Spyglass: Volume XXIV | Issue II | November 2008


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Joplin High School Spyglass Volume XXIV Issue 2 NOVEMBER 2008 See Senior Spotlight On page 7 Sports shorts Football and Tennis Editorial How being a teacher feels In Review Nick and Norah


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Spyglass Around JHS Spyglass November 2008 3 You can be my buddy ... Franklin Tech hosts Community blood drive Compiled By Aaron Murray On October 30th, Franklin Technical Center held their annual blood drive, hosted by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. The drive occupied both the halls and the blood-mobile, just News ★Blood Drive by Aaron Murray . . . page 3 ★Debate update . . . page 3 ★Freshman/Sophomore Spotlight . . . page 6 ★Junior/Senior Spotlight . . . page 7 Features ★Decade Pages . . . pages 8 and 9 ★Obama . . . page 5 ★Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist review by Hunter Dowell . . . page 11 Sports ★Sports Shorts by Rodney Chowning . . . page 12 Opinion ★Speak as if nobody is listening by Qwyntnn Brown . . . page 4 ★Society views politicians by Rodney Chowning . . . page 4 Photo by John Butler. Josh Jamett and Hanah Carr, both nursing options students at Franklin Tech, instruct donors at the blood drive on October 30th. outside of the FTC building. 361 people showed up, ready to donate, and 277 units of blood were donated. But, the donors weren’t the only important ones on the FTC campus that day. Behind every donor, there was a friend to support them, to calm them down, and to make sure that they were okay; The Blood Buddies The Blood Buddies’ main job was to help the donors to their predetermined destination, to make sure that they were okay, and to provide moral support. One Blood Buddy stood behind every single donor and stayed with them the entire time, from the insertion to the removal of the needle. Blood Buddies weren’t the only ones who volunteered. Blood Runners also played a big role in the blood drive as well. The blood runners’ was, as the name suggests, to run blood back and forth to the blood-mobile. They say that a pint of blood saves 3 lives. N & N Music . . . by John Butler page 11★ “Lights, Camera, Action” Miscellaneous Up for an argument Compiled by Nikki Burkett Blue Springs The Joplin speech and debate team statistics Oratory. Roni Leonard took third in Original Oratory and Front page photo By John Bulter ★Horoscopes . . . page 10 ★Clubs Meeting Reminder . . . page 10 Junior Libby Andrew and sophomore Taysom Wallace took fourth in Policy Debate. Pence took second place in Lincoln-Douglas. Sophomore Ethan Putman placed fifth in Extemp. In Storytelling Alex Barker brought home fourth place in Prose reading. Nicole Rowe proved to be a dig help to the team by snagging a fourth place Dramatic Interpretation. These were only some of the finalists from Joplin. Alex Barker, Morgan Olds, and Duet team Andrew sixth and Libby Andrew in fourth. Noel and Evan Ash all helped Joplin’s varsity team place Design Editor: News Editor: Junior Cooper Craig was Presiding Officer in fourth out of nineteen teams. JHS had an incredible nineteen 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 adver- Qwyntnn Brown Nikki Burkett Sports Editor: Rodney Chowning Student Congress and placed fourth. JHS then took fifth place out of 22 overall in points in one of the most competitive tournaments. The novice had junior Caitlin Hoff and sophomore Nichole Yeoman overtake fourth place in Lincoln Douglas. semi-finalists and 9 finalists. Novice Debater Siri Ancha took the Lincoln- Douglas debate by storm placing first over all. And Duet team Chris Hood and Ian Mense placed ninth in Public Forum Debate. Eight out of ten debate teams finished with tising only. Opinions expressed in this publication are those of the Staff Reporters and Photographers: Freshman team Julia Lewis and Miriah Johnson placed fourth winning records. Spyglass student staff and not of the Joplin R-VIII school district staff or administration. Hunter Dowell Mary Beth Roush Aaron Murray John Butler in Public Forum Debate. Junior Chris Hood and freshman Exeter Ian Mense took third place in Public Forum. Hood added on November first took Joplin to Exeter where they to his accomplishments by taking second in Extemporaneous took first place out of twelve teams for the third year in a and sophomore Sarah Stricklen took fourth. Freshman row. Joplin had seven first place winners: Courtney Bowling Laurna Alumbaugh placed fifth in Original Oratory Hoff also for Poetry Reading, Alex Barker for Storytelling, team MSSU MEDIA DAY 2008 RESULTS added to her results by being a finalist in Student Congress. mates Andrew Noel and Evan Ash for Duet Acting and Duet Together the novice helped JHS take fourth out of 20 teams Improvisation, Andrew Noel for Original Oratory, Chris Hood Newspaper Competition Page One Design 1st Place – Qwyntnn Brown, Laura Dimmit – Spyglass Feature Photography recycle trash, no excuses” News Writing 3rd Place – Morgan Bryant – “Getting the job done” Sweepstakes – “Entrevue Avec Eternite” 3rd Place – John Butler – “Smoking Security” News Format 1st Place – Alli Worley – “Keith White” News” 2nd Place – TV III Class – “TV III Newscast” Instructional/Informational 2nd Place – Christa Perry – “Michael 3rd Place – Mariah Hibbard – “Souvenir” Music Video 2nd Place – Andrew Childs, John Butler – “I Will Possess Your Heart” Long Format in overall points. Branson and Neosho The next stop for the debaters was Branson for varsity and Neosho for novice on October 25. Several of the varsity members took home trophies. Sophomore Stewart for Extemporaneous speaking, and Stewart Pence for Radio Speaking. Several other students went to semi-finals and won trophies for Joplin. There were eighteen semi-finalists form JHS in ten different events. Out of ten events offered, Joplin took first place in seven of them. Congratulations to the Eagles 1st Place – Qwyntnn Brown – “Van 2nd Place – Spyglass 2nd Place – Andrew Childs – “Kathy Phelps” 2nd Place – John Butler, Andrea Steere, Pence showed great potential, being a first year varsity for their outstanding winnings. The next tournament will be Ostran Photo” Column 1st Place – Laura Dimmit – “Learning to Video Competition Comedy Drama 1st Place – John Butler, Andrew Childs Rountree” Newscast 1st Place – TV II Class – “TV II October 3rd Place – Mariah Hibbard, Andrea Steere – “D&D” Graphics & Animation Callie Coulson, Jimmy Zerkel – “On The member. Stewart took second place in Radio Speaking, Air” third in Extemporaneous Speaking, and fourth in Original November seventh and eighth at Nixa. Good luck Eagles. Book Review Everybody loves kidnapping A reveiew over The Iliad: a classic war novel By Aaron Murray In the book “The Iliad” by Homer, we see the war of Troy and it’s battles and victories The Story starts out with a beautiful girl, supposedly the fairest girl in all of Greece, and the daughter of King Agamemnon, is kidnapped away from her home by a rouge group of Trojans. The vile and despicable act is the start of a great many wars, and the eventual fall of Troy, and with the help of Gods, a great many battles. People disappear in the middle of a fight to reappear at there own homes, Gods are injured, armor is pierced, people are killed, and all in detailed description! Overall, this book is a really good read for those of you who enjoy reading older literature, especially that written thousands of years ago. Homer uses vivid descriptions and detailed words, as well as great imagery to make it seem as if you were actually there. And if you really get into it, you can follow it up by checking out the Odyssey, which actually stays with one person, instead of jumping around from character to character like the Iliad. All in all, great book. There’s a reason why this book has been named a classical piece of literature, and so shall it remain. I give it a 10, out of 10.


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From the Staff Spyglass November 2008 Editorial Political Cartoon Speak as if nobody is listening... 4 Get in the know Spyglass November 2008 OH OH OBAMA! 5 The person who said patience is a virtue knew thier stuff; maybe they were a teacher. By: Qwyntnn Brown I can admit I haven’t always been as respectful retirement and remain with sanity intact, teachers can do as humanly possible to teachers. But who has? This year I anything. Maybe the best candidate for president isn’t decided to take cadet teaching, I figured it would be a fun sitting behind a desk on Capitol Hill. He or she is standing way to get some money for college later on down the road. behind a podium teaching in this very classroom. Everyday I go over to North Middle School, Teachers have definitely 7th hour. Recently, I taught my first lesson over perfected the art of being firm without Christopher Columbus. I was astonished at how inconsiderate some students are. As I stood in the front of the class “The only way to describe it is being mean. Maybe that is what this nation needs. When people aren’t listening and paying attention to their behind the podium, I watched students sleep, talk, eat, throw things, write notes, and hit being in in a own little world, we need a leader to stand up and keep on throwing each other. All these things I had witnessed in classes throughout the years. I never really seemed to care. But, when I stepped into the information into the air. If there is one one-way mirrored thing that I learned from this, other than glass box.” the fact that teaching isn’t for me, if shoes of a teacher for a day that was a different you keep putting information out there story entirely. somebody is bound to listen and use it I have never in my eighteen years of later on down the road. being felt so helpless. I can honestly say that the only way to It is very rewarding knowing that even if one describe it is being in a one-way mirrored glass box. Nobody student listened they learned something, and one day they can hear you or see you. Trying to talk over the laughter and will use it and maybe think of me. The pros barely outweigh chatting of 25 13-year-olds is not something I personally the cons in this particular experience. would want to do everyday. You can officially rule me out of This is a rewarding and eye-opening experience having a huge family when I get older. that will stay with you for a lifetime. Standing up in front of By the time three o’ clock rolled around, I had a some your biggest skeptics, teenagers that is, you will face headache, had gone through four ibuprofen and five cups of your fears and be at the mercy of no one. coffee. To this day I don’t know how my cooperating teacher does it everyday. I applaud her for her stamina. There is no doubt in my mind if a teacher can teach everyday until Drawing By Hunter Dowell Editorial Society views politicians from outside-in . Should the seat in the Whitehouse go to Joe the average or Joe the millionare? By: Rodney Chowning We have much to look forwad to with President-elect Barak Obama Compiled By John Butler The Economy: According to barackobama.com, his view on the economy is a very liberal one, preferring to, in his own words, “spread the wealth around” by taxing the top 5% of earners and lowering taxes for the rest. He would also raise many business and capital gains taxes in order to lower individual taxes or increase funding for government programs. He also supports increased regulation for many businesses, especially those in the financial industry. The War: Barack Obama believes we must be as careful getting out of Iraq, as we were careless getting in. Immediately upon taking office, Obama will give his Secretary of Defense and military commanders a new mission in Iraq: ending the war. Energy: “If I am president, I will immediately direct the full resources of the federal government and the full energy of the private sector to a single, overarching goal. In 10 years, we will eliminate the need for oil from the entire Middle East and Venezuela.” Environment: Obama would provide $4 billion in loans and tax credits to American auto plants and manufacturers so that they can retool factories and build fuel-efficient cars. He would put one million 150-mpg, plug-in hybrids on U.S. roads within six years and would give consumers a $7,000 tax credit to buy fuel-efficient cars. Photo courtesy of www.insider.com Healthcare: “I believe that every American has the right to affordable health care. I believe that the millions of Americans who can’t take their children to a doctor when they get sick have that right. We now face an opportunity and an obligation to turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday’s health care debates. It’s time to bring together businesses, the medical community, and members of both parties around a comprehensive solution to this crisis, and it’s time to let the drug and insurance industries know that while they’ll get a seat at the table, they don’t get to buy every chair.” Joplin High Scool Presidential Mock Election 2008 Nader-Gonzales 59 There is a detective (like the one above but smaller) hidden somewhere in this newspaper. We are holding a contest for the Spyglass readers. Whoever finds the detective first and shows it to Ms. White in A219 will recieve an award. Today the politicians are criticized for their appearances and backgrounds. The founding fathers of our government made the purpose of our government to have the voice of the common people heard. Yet today things have changed, and we have a presidential candidate that owns more houses than he remembers. Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are the closest we have come to the common person. However, the two happen to be criticized because of this. The best thing to happen would be if Obama walked on stage wearing a basketball uniform and Palin wore a flannel sweater and some blue jeans. The media is what has caused our view on politicians to be so critical. We should be looking at people for what they stand for, not where they come from or what they look like. Obama is standing for the middle-class people of our country trying to make it a better country to live in. Palin is the representation closest to our “average Joe” and has been the closest to the economy as a consumer, like we are. The media has cornered Palin, and is the reason she has developed her “pit-bull” mentality. Media just needs to back off and let Palin and Obama breathe. This way the two can show their true colors and let the voters and world know and see them. This dumb media and their propaganda and paparazzi have misconstrued the society’s view towards people of high stature. Politicians used to be able to show up in their knickers or bedclothes. Seriously, look in some of the pictures about the old continental congress conventions. Why have our views changed so much and why should they even matter? Especially, in the land of the free. Photo by John Butler Andria Steere casts her ballot in the 2008 Joplin High School Mock Election. Baldwin-Castle 8 Barr-Root 11 Obama-Biden 559 McCain-Palin 564 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 Votes Background photo by Qwyntnn Brown


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6 Spyglass November 2008 Feature In the spotlight Spyglass November 2008 7 SOPHOMORE *** SARAH STICKLEN *** SOPHOMORE SPOTLIGHT *** SARAH STICKLEN SENIOR SPOTLIGHT *** ANDREW CHILDS *** SENIOR SPOTLIGHT *** ANDREW CHILDS Angels in the Capital Interest in film production spawns ideaSticklen’s parents were nominated by Roy Blunt to go to event banquet Photo Courtesy of Sarah Sticklen Pictured from top left are Sarah Sticklen, Congressman Roy Blunt. Pictured from bottom left are Billy Sticklen, Chance Sticklen, Katie Sticklen. By Mary Beth Roush Not many people get a tour of Washington D.C, and especially not the government buildings. But, a little over a month ago, JHS’s own Sarah Sticklen went to do just that,. She stayed but four days, but the memories she’s created memories to last a lifetime. Sticklen and her family got to have a personal tour of D.C., as recommended by Missouri governor Matt Blunt. “My parents were nominated by Governor Blunt because of Angels in Adoption, for people who’ve played a big role in adoption, and other stuff like that.” Says Sticklen Angels in Adoption is a fundraising banquet held by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), where people selected by the congressman of their home state to go to Washington D.C and take a personalized tour, as well as a free dinner in the Ronald Reagan building. In D.C., Sticklen got a comprehensive tour of our nation’s Capital. Over the course of four days, she got to see most of our governmental buildings, from West Wing of the White House to the Pentagon. “On the first day, I got to take a tour of the West Wing (of the White House) because my old babysitter works there,” Says Sticklen On the Second Day, Sticklen was disappointed when The White House lawn reception scheduled was cancelled, but Some JHS students have possible careers as producers or directors in Hollywood By John Butler insteadreplacedbyatourofthecongressionalbuiltforallthekids. “On day three, My Mother, my Sister and I all went to When you think area film festivals, Joplin does the NationalArchives Building, went to a gala held in the Ronald not come to mind. But that is all about to change thanks Reagan Building, and Hillary Clinton was the guest speaker.” to senior Andrew Childs. Andrew said, “I chose to start And on day four, she got to see the presidents this festival because I wanted to help promote Joplin film Helicopter, Marine One, land, then went over to see makers who don’t normally get a chance to show their Arlington cemetery, and subsequently, the eternal flame. skills.” And, contrary to popular belief, Stickeln says that What is a film festival? A film festival is the Washington isn’t filled with Skyscrapers “There’s actually a presentation or showcasing of films in one or more movie height code restriction in Washington D.C. The buildings can theaters or screening venues. The films are usually of a only be so tall, but there’s no limit to how wide they can be. I recent and are of a specific genre and required to be a also expected a lot of poverty, but it was actually really clean.” certain length. For this particular event, the genres are Stickeln was effected a bit when she returned from Comedy and Drama and, “They have to be 5 to 10 mins in her trip “inspired to work in D.C., in the White House, to write length,” said Andrew letters for the president saying the can’t attend social meetings” The festival will be held on November 22 at The Sarah Sticklen took the tour of D.C. because Foundry. “It’s $4.00 for admission and $15.00 dollars to her family’s role in adoption. She was there four enter a project in the contest. The winners of the comedy days, but saw the entire city, ate dinner with an ex- presidential candidate/ex-first lady, and even took a tour of the pentagon. Not a chance that many people get. category will receive $150 and the same for the drama category. There will be a $300 grand prize for the best of both entries.” Some previous film festivals that you may have heard of are,The Sundance Film Festival and The Toronto International. Childs said, “This is the first festival that I have been a part of, but I based this one off of those two.” Most would think that this festival is just for the younger crowd, but there is no age limit for the entries. “People of all ages can enter, to me it doesn’t matter how old you are,” said Andrew. All entries are due November 10 and are to be turned into The Timothy Reynolds Multimedia Center at The Joplin High School. For any questions or concerns, visit the festival’s myspace at www.myspace.com/joplinareafilmfestival, or email Andrew at joplinareafilmfestival@hotmail.com. See cover for a photo of Andrew Childs. Photo by John Butler ENTRIES DUE NOVEMBER 10th Acceptable forms of entry include • DVD • Data DVD • Or DV Tape Entry Requirements • Short films must be 5-10 minutes in length • Must have no swearing and little to no violence • Must be your original creative work JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT *** ANDREW NOEL Behind the camerasJoplin High School Theatre Department *** FRESHMAN SPOTLIGHT *** Presents: Future Steven Spielberg may roam the halls of JHS a-tisket, a tasket ... One busy little robot ketHelp others with a bas Michelle Barchak prized JHS freshman By Rodney Chowning While some of us were out swimming or partying over the summer one junior was doing a television show internship. Andrew Noel was in Kansas City over the summer for a good period of time visiting with his father. He managed to get himself By Nikki Burkett an internship at his father’s church on “The Steve and Kathy Show”. The show was shot at the church and poked fun at religious issues. By Mary Beth Roush Alexandra Steele, the A+ schools secretary, is organizing food basket handouts for families who may not otherwise be able to have a holiday feast. Those who choose to participate will be assigned a family to put together baskets for. The baskets are for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. The baskets may include foods like a large ham or turkey, eggs, bread, butter, milk, desserts, potatoes, and canned or boxed goods. There is also a Christmas gift option. It is not a requirement but always encouraged, especially if there are several children in the family. The applications have information such as how many children there are along with their age and gender to help make the choice of gifts easier to make. For further information contact Alexandra Steele at the Joplin High School guidance office. Kids dream of doing something amazing like curing cancer, painting a beautiful picture, or building a voice-commanded robot. Joplin High School’s very own Michelle Barchak did exactly that. Freshman Michelle was chosen as one of 300 of the National Semi-Finalists for the Society For Science. These semi- finalists were chosen by their outstanding performance at their science fairs, in Michelle’s case Missouri Southern’s science fair. Her project consisted of building a robot out of Legos, which had an electric motor attached, and tested to see what type of floor it could most easily move across while pulling a sled weighing 255 grams. Her project’s judges where highly impressed, but Michelle went above and beyond by programming a walking and a touch sensor to stop it. “I liked reading first,” Michelle said, “ and then my dad started teaching me about the car, and showing me things around the house.” Michelle plans to attend college, though she is not sure where she wants to go yet. She does know she would like to be some type of engineer. Even doing so well in science, Michelle does find time for other things. “I really like music, I play the violin and the piano. I am in Strolling Strings. We practice about twice a week in fourth hour.” Michelle also Photo Courtesy of Michelle Barchak Michelle Barchak stands proudly next to her award-winning robot. enjoys sports. She is currently on the cross-country team but was injured and cannot run. She loves to swim. Michelle likes many things, “I liked reading first, and but her passion is science. One things is absolutely certain; lazy was never a then my dad started teach- word in this young ladies vocabulary. ing me about the car....” The Man Who Came to Dinner By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart November 13th, 14th, and 15th at 7:00 in Frank T. Coulter Auditorium “The Steve and Kathy Show” was an Emmy award winner for one of its episodes. A few of its episodes depict the American society’s view with religion today like the drive-in church. Another episode was about sin titled Hitler in Hell. This television show helped the young Noel learn the ropes of a television show and how it is run. “I learned everything there is to know,” Noel said. “I thought that everything was planned but camera people were just told ‘get a sweeping shot on Steve’ or ‘zoom in and out on Kathy’.” Noel looks forward into his future of hopefully being involved with television as his vocation. He was very excited about his internship and what he benefited from it. He said they had much for him to do on the set. “They pretty much had me do anything,” Noel said, “run a camera, carry equipment, or go get food for Steve and Kathy.” Noel worked over his summer. Learning things he needed to get into a field he enjoys. This advanced process of putting himself forward into television to know what to do later. This may be a good thing to put on his resume. “They pretty much had me do anything,” Noel said, “run a camera, carry equipment, or go get food for Steve and Kathy.” Noel worked over his summer. Learning things he needed to get into a field he enjoys. This advanced process of putting himself forward into television to know what to do later. This may be a good thing to put on his resume. voice command to make the root start


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A Tragedy that Shocked the Nation 10 Scorpio: October 24- November 22 Spyglass November 2008 Note to Self HOROSCOPES By Qwyntnn Brown care about, but this month become closer to your eye on the prize”. Talking at all hours of Leo: July 23- August 23 The Oklahoma City Bombing shook the Telling people about all of your personal affairs yourself. You must first love yourself in order the night and spending every waking moment For the first time in a long time you are happy. nation to tears on April 11, 1997. It still has lasting effects in the hearts of the many Americans caught up in this sensless act. This was the largest act of terrorism on US soil until recent years with the attacks on 9/11, now the extent of the Oklahoma City Boming is a small act of terriorism when compared to the THE MULLET isn’t a good way to move on with your life. Time and time again you will be tested by jealousy, but telling all of your friends how SLAP BRACELETS jealous you are doesn’t get you anywhere. Some people like the fact that you are a jealous and protective person, but others find it a tad annoying. Stick to your business and only to yours, don’t spread gossip, and don’t allow yourself to be gossiped about by telling everybody everything. magnitudes of 9/11. Blast in Oklahoma City unites all mankind; United States pulls together for bomb victims Sagittarius: November 23- December 21 You helped your friend and all is good now. By Katheryn Gormely But you will face some equally tough times this month. You will need to do as your friend did May 15, 1995 and lean on them for support and advice. Be to love others, just take it easy and relax this will allow for some much deserved “me-time” on your part. If you take time out for yourself this month is sure to be a very productive time. Pisces: February 19- March 20 Stick to your beliefs especially around election time. Don’t let others change the way you think. From the time we are born our beliefs are one thing you own completely. Don’t sell yourself short by letting your opponent win. If you stick to what you know you will not only have a good month; you will have a very well balanced life. Aries: March 21- April 20 with each other is great for a relationship, but terrible for your schoolwork. It’s easy to get off task when a person of the opposite sex gets involved but don’t let it happen. School should be your main priority, because in reality without school you have a financially hindered future and then if you are still in a relationship it will be strained. It is a long chain of events that affect your future, so don’t let distractions get in your way even if those distractions mean the world to you. Gemini: May 21- June 21 Last month you took in some much-needed relaxation. The events of this month will start to pile up and get a little hectic. Try to continue You have found love and you are content with your surroundings. Just remember that you are loved, Enjoy it. Many don’t get to experience what you are experiencing right now. Be thankful that you have opened this great new chapter to your life. Virgo: August 24- September 2 This month will be rough at times but always remember to lean on your friends and family for support. They will always be there. Do not put too much on your plate as far as everyday activities go. Chaos is never good and stress is even worse. Keep your schedule to a bare minimum and make sure to be surrounded by friends and family at all times. careful with your decisions. Have fun with life Make sure to have fun with your days on earth to view nature’s beauty after a long day of work As a huge homemade bomb exploded into the morning air, it shook people out of their naïve innocence that makes Americans believe that we are safe from terrorist attacks in the ‘heartland of America.’ After two weeks and two days of searching, on Friday, May 5, the death toll was final at 168, including 15 children. Rescue workers stopped searching for victims. There are two adults that workers have been unable to retrieve from the rubble. Authorities worked quickly and within two days they had one suspect in custody the suspect is timothy McVeigh, 27, who was arrested Friday, April 21. He was arrested Friday, April 21. A state trooper for a traffic violation stopped him 75 minutes after the bombing. He was arrested on a weapons charge and sat in county jail for two days before authorities realized that he was ‘John Doe #1.’ “I think that they ought to give whoever did this horrible thing the death penalty.” Said sophomore Misty Melton. this month, but don’t take chances that might hurt you in the long run. As the search continues for the culprits and families tinue to bury their loved ones, people everywhere are having to cope with their intense grief. continues for the culprits and families con- Capricorn: December 22- January 20 You had many accomplishments last month. This month will yet again test your ambition On Sunday, April 23, President Clinton and the Reverend Billy Graham joined the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on what was declared a national day of mourning. Authorities have mad it a nationwide manhunt for others suspected for involvement in the bombing. 20,000 people in and personal drive. Yet again take a step back and get your head in the game. Stay focused, and always keep your eye on the things you wish to achieve. This is the worst terrorist act on U.S. soil. President Clinton praised the speedy work of law enforcement officials for making the first arrest so quickly. Aquarius: January 21- February 18 You have become closer to those you truly but don’t allow yourself to get so busy that the only thing you have time for is play. In order to balance things out you must balance work along with play. If this doesn’t occur we tend to slack off and things don’t get done. As you are preparing for college keep in mind the choices you make now aren’t only going to affect the present they are going to affect the future as well. Taurus: April 21- May 21 The new relationship you find yourself in is going wonderfully, but remember to ‘keep that will allow for a cool-down period and will help you achieve in the days to come. Cancer: June 22- July 22 You are still continuing to get over the past. Again it will not happen overnight. One word of advice for you, though, is not to completely forget what has happened in your past. Learn from it and don’t let it happen again. When the road gets tough, just keep in mind that you have experienced this before and don’t let your past repeat. Libra: September 23- October 23 You are still stuck in the middle of a dramatic mess. Still stay close to your friends and don’t believe everything that you hear. Towards the middle of this month you will see some relief from all of this chaos. Take time to be by yourself, you need some “you time” that may be the perfect solution for your problem. Just take sometime out for yourself; read a book, watch a movie, go shopping, anything to get your mind off of things. McVeigh is being held without bail. He was charged with “We will find them (the culprits) and we will convict them.” Said “malicious damaging and destroying by means of explosive a building or real property, whole in part, possessed or used in the United States.” Federal magistrate Ronald Howland found sufficient evidence to hold McVeigh for trial in the case. A grand jury will be asked to return an indictment. President Clinton. “And we will seek the death penalty.” Long after the dead are buried and the building is rebuilt, said the Rev. Graham, “the scars of this senseless and evil outrage will remain.” MEETING REMINDER:clubs & organizations ‘Channel One’: Controversy at JHS By Bit Vo September 5, 1991 This year, Joplin High School students will be watching an estimated 29 hours of television plus six hours of commercials from “Channel One,” a news program voted into the school curriculum by a majority of faculty members last spring. “Channel One,” a fast-paced news show designed for teens has become marred with controversy since its nationwide debut in March of 1990. Critics have charged the show with exploiting a captive audience with its four thirsty-second commercials, which appear throughout the ten-minute news show. In the Feb. 1990 issue Newsweek it cited Missouri as one of three states that sent strong letters to school boards to say no. Educational groups like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have also spoken out against the program. Criticism has been expressed by teachers and students of JHS as well. “What message are we sending students if we go ahead and say watch TV and yet a lot of studies show that TV watching is being detrimental to a lot of grades. I think it’s setting the wrong modeling,” said JHS teacher Mr. Parker. Mr. Zeka said in defense of the program,” ‘Channel One’ is going to make everybody more aware of the world in which we live in. ‘Channel One’ offered an opportunity without costing anything to us, except that we had to agree to listen to two minutes of commercials.” Evaluations of the show will be taken at the end of the year to determine its future at JHS. RALPH LAUREN POLO TACO BELL DOG It’s not too late. Sign up now for Europe in Summer 2009. You must currently be a junior, senior, or adult to sign up for the trip. Europe Quartet: London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam .Are your friends going? Why don’t you go, too?See Coach Mac in A209 or Ms. White in A219 for details • A+ Schools Program o Sponsors – Keith White & Alexandra Steele o Meetings – Tutor Trainings are announced, meetings may vary • Academic Team o Sponsor – Mike Vogt o Meeting – Monday and Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CC105 • Band Boosters o Sponsor – Rick Castor o Meeting – 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. Band Room • Drama and School Plays o Sponsor – Bonnie Schurman o Meeting – After school • FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) o Sponsor – Torrie Epperson o Meeting – Fridays, 7:20 a.m. Auditorium • FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) o Sponsor – Brenda Beck & Janice Stevens o Meeting – Contact Mrs. Beck & Ms. Stevens • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) o Sponsors – Rayma Taylor & Kristi McGowen o Meeting – 1st Friday of each month, 7:20 a.m. Talon Room • FEA (Future Educators of America) o Sponsor – Suzan Ideker o Meeting – Twice monthly, time determined by group, F102 • Game Club o Sponsor – Justin Crawford & Debbie Leatherman o Meeting – Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. D107 • ITS (International Thespian Society) o Sponsor – Bonnie Schurman o Meeting – 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:15 p.m. F103 • JAM o Sponsor – Will Keczkemethy o Meeting – Thursdays, 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. A115 • JHS Book Club o Sponsor – Debbie Heim & Jane Coffey o Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:00 p.m. Library • Key Club o Sponsor – Karisa Boyer o Meeting – Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. AB203 • Math League o Sponsor – Angela Delph o Meeting – Mondays, 7:30 a.m. B212 • NHS (National Honors Society) o Sponsors – Andy Ritter & Becky Gardner o Meeting – Usually 2nd Monday of each month, 7:30 – 7:55 a.m. Eagle Talon • PALS (Partners Assisting Little Students) o Sponsor – Alexandra Steele o Meeting – Once a month • Physics Club o Sponsor – Michael Gurley o Meeting – Fridays, 7:20 a.m. B109 • Prom Committee o Sponsor – Amber Travis & Ashley Hallmark o Meeting – Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, D108 • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) o Sponsor – Amy Carr o Meeting – Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. A111 • Skills USA o Sponsors – Deonna Anderson & John Rutledge o Meeting – Mondays, 3:20 p.m. Room 66, FTC • STUCO (Student Council) o Sponsors – Jeff Warstler & Patricia Brigman o Meeting – Tuesdays, 7:20 a.m. B207 and Committee on Thursdays, 7:20 a.m. Room 72, FTC • Student Voice o Sponsor – Jason Cravens o Meeting – Once every 2 months • TLT (Tomorrows Leaders Today) o Sponsors – Joplin Chamber of Commerce & JHS Principals o Meeting – Once a month, November through March, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Locations may vary • Tri-M Music Honor Society o Sponsor – Suzan Ideker o Meeting – Twice monthly, F102


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11 Spyglass November 2008 In Review 12 Spyglass November 2008 Sports Tennis girls lob opponents Success follows runners sports The 2008 girls’ tennis team finishes with a bang Cross-country season comes to a close Movie Review Nick & Norah’s infinite playlist or Music Review Music Nick & Norah’s infinite joyride is infinite With movies like Juno, and Charlie Bartlett can Nick & Norah compare By John Butler By Hunter Dowell As you may know the immense popularity of Juno created a domino effect for indie movies, meaning everyone couldn’t get enough of that Sunny D drinker and films involving promiscuous teenagers, but me. I have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Juno, due to the fact that I saw it after all the hype, so there was no way the movie could had held up against what I was expecting. Then there was another small film called Charlie Bartlett, that was not released in the theaters but I did see it on DVD, I like it more than Juno. Lastly there came Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and I can safely say this little indie movie changed my life. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is about Nick (Michael Cera, Juno) who is completely over obsessed with his ex-girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena) who he is trying to win back by making her mix CDs. After Tris discards the mixes, Norah (Kat Dennings, Charlie Bartlett), a friend of Tris, secretly takes the CDs and fawns over them. Norah is a college bound student who is the daughter of a huge music mongrel. Nick’s band has gig in Manhattan and because this is a movie Tris along with Norah and their other friend Caroline show up. Tris is of course with another guy and Norah, who wants to prove to Tris she is going out with someone, asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes, and kisses him. Not knowing this is Tris’s exboyfriend this five minute faux hookup turns into a joyride through New York City to find a legendary band called “Where’s Fluffy?” and to discover the route of love. Cera and Dennings are quite lovable as the romantic leads, even if Nick’s little yellow-orange Yugo does hit some speed bumps along the way if you know what I mean, and you are forced to think otherwise. Their romantic story urges us as an audience to stay alert and want the best for these people. But the truly remarkable character in this movie is Ari Graynor who plays Caroline, the desperately dependent best friend of Norah’s. She is definitely the comedic shine in this movie, and I won’t give away anything except that if you are squeamish and you want to keep chewing gum then please do not see this movie. Each character in this movie plays to a believability that makes the story true and pure, and totally lovable. This movie was definitely sweet and perfect in many ways, even if the premise was a little fantastical. As the plot unfolds these New Jersey teens play through the streets of New York City, you want to join them, and pine to know if this actually ever happens in the Big Apple. This movie takes you to a world where you want to believe that love at first sight and destiny is not just a myth. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist movie poster courtesy of www.imdb.com Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior. The movie also runs ninety minutes, but trust me you will want it to last forever. Great music is a must in your joy ride Music in movies play a big role. In “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” the choice of songs is what makes this movie. This particular soundtrack might be compared to those of movies such as, “Garden State” and “Juno”. The soundtrack features tracks from some of indie rock’s best and brightest, including Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, We Are Scientists, Bishop Allen, and Devendra Banhart. The soundtrack also features a previously unreleased track from newcomers Army Navy, as well as one of the film’s scores, performed by composer Mark Mothersbaugh. Vampire Weekend contributes a track entitled “Ottoman”. The song’s signature riffs, cascading strings, and harpsichord will sound familiar to anyone who has heard the boys’ debut album before. “Our Swords” by Band Of Horses, was originally on the band’s debut album Everything All The Time. The song opens with a noticeably heavy bass line that distinguishes the song right from the beginning. Ben Bridwell, the lead singer of the group, accompanies the bass with his haunting vocals that have been compared to those of an early Neil Young and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. One other name to mention on this soundtrack is, The Shout Out Louds, an indie rock band from Stockholm, Sweden. They contributed the song “Very Loud”. There’s nothing too special about this particular song, but with remnants of The Cure, it’s a very catching one and easy to sing along with. If you loved the movie, as I did, this is a very nice compliment to it. Yes it misses a song or two, but it captures the movie. If you have not seen the movie, I would not buy the CD yet. Soundtracks have a way of spoiling the movie before it comes out. The soundtrack for “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is not one of the greatest ever to come out, but I do recommend listening to it. LOOK FOR THESE DVDs, STARTING NOVEMBER 4 Shorts: The girls’ tennis team finished with a winning record Cross-country qualifiers for sectionals were seniors this year of 6-3. Junior Rachel Lazenby placed in third at state Kayleigh Shuler, Drew Warden, Cody Thompson, Taybor competition. Coach Sean McWilliams said she made great Parker, and Jeffrey Wright, junior qualifier was Ryan Jacobs, improvement throughout the season to achieve such prestige. She is sophomore qualifier was Ryan Davidson, and freshman Get your sports briefly also the third girl form Joplin High School to do so. qualifier was Vivien Moreno. The cross-country team had “We definitely got better, the girls worked hard,” great progress this year and passed what was set. The boys’ By Rodney Chowning McWilliams said, “ideally a coach wants their team to peak by the team took first at Webb City and Pittsburg Invitationals. The end of the season and we did.” junior varsity boys placed first in Pittsburg and girls placed Friday night lights go dim Together the team competed well and showed improvement. second. Even though they lost to Kickapoo their progress through the season. “I was very pleased with our entire team’s success Kickapoo went on to become second in the state meaning it wasn’t this year”, Coach Jason Riddle said, “and we will have a very Football season ends with nail biter of a game a complete disappointment losing to them. The scores of the Eagles good group coming back next year.” showed their improvement collectively. Congrats to the entire Girls’ The cross-country’s top boy runners would be Drew Tennis team members or a great season and good wishes to one next Warden and Cody Thompson and the girls’ runners would be After the narrow win against Lee’s Summit, 28-25, the year. Vivien Moreno and Kayleigh Shuler. Everybody improved Girls just golfing aroundEagles’ football team prepares for their last regular season game against Rockhurst. The current record is 7-3 and getting antsy hopes to make it to state competition. Head Coach Doug Buckmaster is throughout the season and contributed to the great season for the team. Good Job. proud about the team’s progress. “Our expectations were to win the Ozark Conference The 2008 girls’ golf team wins 3:5 in tourney Championship,” Buckmaster said,” and we’ve met that goal.” The Girls’ golf team had set team goals of shooting Juniors Lauren Johnson, Chelsea Damer, and Marnie The team’s progress and achievements is evidence of what under 400 in a tournament, winning a tournament, and sending Kersey were the qualifiers for state. Damer was the team leader is expected to come from districts in the post-season. The outcome someone to state competition. They blew their goals out of with an average of 88. The three did great all year. In districts of this week’s game could determine the post-season also. the water by shooting 400 in five tournaments, winning three Damer tied for third, Kersey tied for 12th, and Johnson placed “We expect hopefully to win district championship for tournaments, and sending three individuals to state. In district 14th. In state competition Damer tied for 55th, Kersey for 60th, the first time,” Buckmaster said, “and then to make it to state competition the team finished third. Their season went very and Johnson for 84th. playoffs.” well even with only one senior Krystal Beecher. The team has competed great together more than one player in particular. A few players have stood out amongst others but the team has put the pieces of the puzzle together for success. Congrats to the football team. Pros shame sports fields with unnecessary actions How professional athletes should behave By Rodney Chowning Professional athletes are the role models to any student athlete or little kid growing up watching football on Sundays or even the MLB Series or NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup. Yet, we see some very unforgivable or infamously memorable behavior by these athletes. People flipping off their own fans (thanks Jake Plummer) people trying to cheat or yelling at the umpires, almost every baseball player and others getting in full on knockout fights, Tony Stewart… We need people who don’t do things for publicity and actually do their job at being a professional athlete and not a show-off. I may like Terrell Owens, but he could do with a little less celebrating. Shannon Sharpe did a good job at hiding a Sharpie under the goal to sign a football, but really be mature or do something better than giving out a pitiful autograph. There are the good athletes out there, however, trying to make this a better world. Lance Armstrong combated cancer and is now helping fund a foundation to help cure cancer. Other athletes are working in charities and pushing towards a better society for younger athletes. Professional athletes are role models to the whole world of young athletes and should conduct themselves as such. Young athletes should look up to these responsible and respectable athletes to learn how they themselves should act. Its just that the professional athletes need to set an example for younger athletes and others looking up to become like them. Celebrating 50 years of excellence in this location! 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Bill Clinton “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” The fourty-second President of the United states was elected in 1992. He was later accused of having “sexual relations“ with a young woman who comvienently happend to be a White House intern. He was only the second president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was later tried in the Senate who ruled “not guilty“. After this ruling he appologized to the nation and continued to recieve high approval raitings. He left office in 2001 and our current president George W. Bush steped in. 1988-1997 then AND NOW Joplin High School’s Spyglass Newspaper has been asked to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary at this location. To celebrate each Spyglass will have a decade page devoted to a certain ten-year period, this issue being the Students in a 1991 Science Fiction class view “Channel One” during second hour. “Channel One”, a news show for teens, is shown the last twelve minutes of second hour everyday. Photo by Jason Miller 1991 “Whatever!” Torfetnhdes SLANG“Give me the 411.” Decade A look into the past: the history of“That’s “sToafikveeitmtionuthetesmagaox”” 1998-2008 decade. “That’s totally fab.” “He’s a hun“Wk”hazzzzzzuuppp” “Talk to the hand.” “That’s da bomb!” By Tiffany Mehnert December 23, 1992 The Graduating Class of 1888. The Graduates: Ida Coffee, Cora Lichliter, Mamie Robertson, Johanna Becker, Tillie Hamilton, Lee Lichliter, William Nickell, Blanche Sergeant, Taylor Snapp, Cora Hoyt, Leroy Lapsley, Olivar Simpson and Willard Lackie. The year was 1888 when the first graduating class made up of 13 students graduated from Central High. In 1896 Central High was changed to Joplin High School, and that is where it all began. “I think it’s surprising that JHS dates all the way back to 1888,” said senior Garrick Downs, “and I think that it is about time that we get new books.” The high school was started at 4th and Byers and since then has been moved through many buildings. The current building was built in 1957. Some students think that the building needs to be updated. “It’s the nineties and we are still in a building that was built in the fifties. Some of our teachers even went here,” said junior Ryan Stephan. Mr. McKinley, a science teacher at JHS, is one of those teachers. He graduated from JHS in 1961. “I can remember when the trees on the front lawn were one foot tall, and the parking lots were dirt. Behind the school was a corn field,” said Mr. McKinley. In 1969 Joplin High School split into two separate schools, Parkwood and Memorial, because of over-crowding. In 1986 the two schools rejoined. There are mixed feelings about the combination of the two schools. “I think that it was good because it was cost cutting, but I think that the should have left the names the same. Joplin High School is a little bland,” said junior Matt Cantrell.



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