Spyglass: Volume XXIII | Issue III | November/December 2007

 

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SSPPYYGGLALSSASSJoplin High School November/December 2007 VOLUME XXIII ISSUE 3 This Month BASKETBALL PG 3 MEDIA DAY PG. 4 EDITORIALPG. 2 HOROSCOPES PG.6 RECYCLING PG. 5 REVIEWS PG. 8

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2 Editorial November/December 2007 A (Literal) Question of Life or Death: Capital Punishment JHS Public Opinion “Are you for or against capital punishment?” By Laura Dimmit Last year, fifty-three people died. I know, sounds like no big deal, right? Well, what sets these particular deaths apart is that they were all due to the United States’ system of capital punishment--the death penalty. The issue of capital punishment has always been a touchy issue: does anyone have the right to take a human life, even in the name of justice? Do those that commit heinous crimes deserve to keep on living, when their victims aren’t? According to the Death Penalty Information Center, in May of 2006, 65% of Americans were in favor of using captial punishment. For the other 35% of citizens, the death penalty represents a more expensive, immoral, and possibly inhumane answer to high rates of violent crimes, that may not even be the correct answer at all. First, however, before we explore any of those issues, it is important to understand the basic facts of the American system of capital punishment. Currently, thirty-seven states allow the death penalty. Excluding murder, specific states have death penatly statutes for specific types of rape of a minor, treason, aggrevated kidnapping, drug trafficking, aircract hijacking, placing a bomb near a bus terminal, espionage, and specific types of aggrevated assault. Federal statutes also exist for “attempting, authorizing, or advising the killing of any officer, juror, or witness in cases involving a ‘Contiuning Criminal Enterprise,’ regardless of whether such killing acutally occurs.” (No one has been executed on charges of non-murder charges since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.) The forms of punishment that have been used since 1976 are lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, and firing squad. Recently, there has been frequent legal action over the whole process of lethal injection. Those challenging the method state that the drugs used are unnecessarily painful, and that, due to the types of drugs being used, the prisoner’s pain is masked while he is dying. Appeals have cited the Eigth Amdendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.” Death by lethal injection involves sodium thiopental (an anesthetic, which puts the inmate to sleep), pavulon or pancuronium bromide (which paralyzes the entire muscle system and stops the inmate’s breathing), and potassium chloride (which stops the heart). Death results from anesthetic overdose and respiratory and cardiac arrest while the condemned person is unconscious. However, if the needle is inserted into a muscle rather than a vein, or if the needle gets clogged, a prisoner could experience serious pain before death, and no one would ever know due to the paralytic. Also, the American Veterinary Medical Assoca- tion forbids the use of potassium choloride to euthanize animals because, without deep anesthesia, it is extremely painful and comparable to having a fire inside your veins. There are countless examples of executions gone wrong, however, no matter the method. For instance, in March of 1997 during the execution by electrocution of Pedro Medina, foot-high flames erupted from the copper headpiece around his head. His body continud to heave and contort until his time of death; later it was discovered that the flames were due to an improper application of a sponge meant to conduct electricity. For his final statement in June of 2000, Bennie Demps, who was executed by lethal injection, said, “They butchered me back there, I was in a lot of pain. They cut me in the groin; they cut me in the leg. I was bleeding profusely. This is not an execution, it is murder.” In addition to being potentially cruel, capital punishment is also extremely expensive. According to the Kansas Performance Audit Report, the costs of capital cases are 70% more expensive than comparable non-capital cases, including the costs of incarceration. In Florida, enforcing the death penalty costs $51 million a year more than what it would cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life in prison without parole. Based on the 44 executions Florida has carried out since 1976, that amounts to a cost of $24 million for each execution. This is very interesting, because one argument that I have heard for capital punishment is that the cost of keeping someone in prison for life is becoming too expensive. Keeping someone in jail for fifty years costs approximately $805,000 to keep someone in prison for life. This figure is roughly $2 million less than the cost of executing someone. So for those concerned simply with the financial aspect, capital punishment is not the best option. Finally, having the death penalty as a punishment option may not even affect crime rates at all. According to a 1996 poll of criminologists, 84% think that the death penalty does not act as a deterrent to murder. In addition, the 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Report shows that the South had the hightest murder rate, and also accountd for more than 80% of executions. That seems rather contradictory to me. It would be foolish to believe that the death penalty is something that will disappear from our country. However, hopefully America will realize that our current system is cruel and unusual. To quote Helen Prejean from the book Dead Man Walking: “If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governemnts as well.” Spyglass is a Joplin High School newspaper class publication. The paper is printed monthly or quarterly. Opinions expressed in this publicaion are not necessarily those of the Joplin R-VIII school district staff or administration. Editor-in-Chief Laura Dimmit Advertising Manager Qwyntnn Brown Staff Writers and Photographers Jessica Uitts Nikki Burkett Morgan Bryant Rodney Chowning Sponsor: Brenda White “I’m against it because there have been so many errors, and people have been put to death and found out about it later.” Mrs. Seber “It depends on the crime.” Mrs. Stevens “I do not think that it has a deterrent value; crimes of passion, we make those without thinking about them beforehand so knowing that they would be pusnished would not act as a deterrent. I think that society has the right to jail someone for the rest of their life, therefore we keep society safe. I’m also against it on the grounds that since society cannot restore life, therefore it shouldn’t have the power to take one.” Mr. Ritter “I think capital punishment is wrong because I don’t think anyone has the authority to take a human life.” Kaleb Cox, senior The Cover Photograph by Qwyntnn Brown “Reaching for Victory” Junior Micheal Bethune practices for the exciting upcoming basketball season.

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November/December 2007 Sports 3 SPORTS SCHEDULES December Boy’s Basketball Basketball JV/V Dec. 10 McDonald County JV/V @ McDonald Co. 6:00 Dec. 13 Webb City JV @ HOME 7:30 Dec. 14 Republic V @ HOME 7:30 Dec. 15 Miami V @ HOME 4:30 Dec. 18 Neosho JV/V @ HOME 6:00 Dec. 20 Bentonville JV/V @ Bentonville 4:30/7:30 Girl’s Basketball Basketball JV/V Dec. 13 Webb City JV @ HOME 6:00 Dec. 14 Republic V @ HOME 6:00 Dec. 15 Miami, OK V @ HOME 3:00 Dec. 18 Carl Junction JV/V @ Carl Junction 6:00 Dec. 20 Bentonville JV/V @ Bentonville 4:30/6:00 Wrestling Dec. 11 Carthage V/JV @Home 6:00 Dec. 13 Neosho V/JV@ Home 6:00 Dec. 14-15 Miami Tourn. V @ Miami, OK TBA Dec. 21 Parkview Holiday Tourn. V @ Springfield 12:00 Dec. 22 Parkview Holiday Tourn. V @ Springfield 10:00am Girl’s Swimming Fri. Dec. 14 Joplin Invitational MSSU 4:00 Tues. Dec. 18 Carthage Pentathlon Carthage 3:30 Gert rueadmy toble By Nikki Burkett Above: Coach Sean Finch shows the boys a move to practice for their match against Webb City and Carl Junction on November 29/ Always live for the game Boy’s varsity and junior varsity players prepare for the season. Student spotlight junior Michael Bethune By Qwyntnn Brown Thanksgiving is gone and winter is on its practices, the players still love the game they play. way; this means basketballs are being heard, shoes “My favorite thing about the game is when are being shined, and the gym is in use. Its basket- we make a big play and the crowd goes crazy! That ball season and our basketball playing Eagles are has to be the best feeling in the world, to know preparing for big things. that everyone is cheering for your team.” Bethune “We want to see a state championship this added. year,” junior Michael Bethune stated. Bethune, This basketball season is in full swing, so number 54, plays center for the Eagles and has come and support your JHS basketball Eagles! been on the basketball team for three years. “I think that we have a lot of potential. We have speed and good shooters, so we should have a pretty good offense, but our defense is good, too.” To prepare for this hopeful basketball season, Bethune stated that they have been working on Photo by Qwyntnn Brown “Flying High” Junior Micheal Bethune jumps for a practice shot. defense plays every day But even through the long

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4 JHS Life November/December 2007 Eagles say: If you’ve got it ... flaunt it! Photo by Daina Burkett On Saturday November 3, Joplin High School’s two show choirs competed in the annual Webb City Show Choir Classic. Competing in the B class (which usually consists of all-girl or all-boy choirs) was Joplin’s Touch of Class, who came away with a second-place trophy. Joplin’s mixed show choir, Sound Dimension, took third in the 5A category (which is for large schools). First place in both categories went to choirs from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri. Left: Girls from Touch of Class strike a pose at the end of “Disco Divas” during the Fall Vocal Music Concert. TV Production classes honored at MSSU Media Day Compiled by Morgan Bryant The Joplin TV Production staff did very well at this years Missouri Southern Media Showcase day. Joplin was among 12 other high schools involved in the competition. In total, the TV Production staff won 15 awards. This year’s winners include: Comedy/Drama Honorable Mention: Dominic Box Honorable Mention: Craig Gilmore Second Place: Alisha Culbertson News Format Third Place: Alisha Culbertson Newscast Honorable Mention: Jimmy Zerkel, Lauren Copple, Tim Pendergraft, John Butler, Chelsea Long Instructional/Informational Third Place: Andrew Childs Second Place: Alli Worley Animation Second Place: Adam Lauderdale Music Video Third Place: Lindsey Boeger, Steven Heritage Second Place: Adam Lauderdale First Place: Andrew Childs Commercial/PSA Honorable Mention: RJ Jennings, Amanda Rowe Second Place: Kevin Mitchell, Steffan Mock First Place: Brittany Harmon, Whitney Russell Long Format First Place: Toby Tressler The JHS Speech and Debate team leaped obstacles and achieved recognition at Hillcrest and Central tournament in Springfield, Missouri. Together the team finished in sixth place out of a total of 30 schools. November 2 and 3 brought about new achievements and more wins for the Joplin High School Speech and Debate team at the Nixa (Mo.) tournament. Senior Adam Blood took first in Original Oratory for his fourth consecutive tournament and first in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and fourth in Public Forum. Junior Andrew Frost came in sixth in Foreign Extemporaneous and fourth place as Blood’s partner in Public Forum. Junior Shekar Dukipati swept into fourth place for Lincoln-Douglas and became a semifinalist in Foreign Extemporaneous. Sophomore Savannah Rivera was a Debaters clean up By Rodney Chowning semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Also, the Novice team took a few spots as well. Freshman Stewart Pence was third place in Lincoln-Douglas and second in United States Extemporaneous. Freshman Ken Zhang also took a spot as a semifinalist in Foreign Extemporaneous. The team took sixth place out of 28 schools. This also gave JHS a win-loss record of 35-29 in debate. The Cassville Tournament brought about tough competition. There were a total of 18 schools there with competitors with either one or two years experience. The largest program in the state, Springfield-Central, and two of the best, Neosho and Nixa, still fell to our Joplin Speech and Debate. Joplin ended up taking first place out of the sight of their opponents. The students had 23 advance to semifinals and 16 to finals. Lincoln-Douglas had sophomores Chris Grills taking fourth, Taysom Wallace earned a 3-1 record, and Roni Leonard earned the same. Freshman Stewart Pence took first in LincolnDouglas and sixth in Original Oratory. Freshman Morgan Olds took third in Original Oratory and went 4-0 in Lincoln-Douglas. Freshmen Courtney Bowling was placed in 10th place and Dylan Prauser took 11th place. In Public Forum sophomore Alex Kent had a record of 3-1 and Olivia Watkins had a record of 3-1 and second in Original Oratory. Freshman team Kayla Gregory and Hailey Hudson left with a 3-1 record in Public Forum. Sophomore Libby Andrew took fifth place in Storytelling. Sophomore Savannah Rivera won in Poetry took third in Dramatic Interpretation and swept in at second in Storytelling. Freshman Emma Meek took fourth place in Dramatic Interpretation. Junior Skye Smith retrieved second place in Humorous Interpretation. Sophomore team Evan Ash and Andrew Noel salvaged first place in Duet Improvisation and second in Duo Interpretation. Noel fetched fourth place in Poetry. Sophomore Carly Deburger received fifth place in Prose. On the side a congratulations goes to Pence for having an undefeated record of 19-0 for the whole tournament.

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November/December 2007 Human Interest Earth Yours, mine, ours By Morgan Bryant With the world’s largest hand-dug well AND the world’s largest pallasite meteorite, it is a surprise that most people had not heard of Greensburg, Kansas. That is until May of this year. On May 4, 2007, the small town of Greensburg, Kansas was completely leveled by a F5 tornado. Eleven people were killed and it is estimated that 95% of homes and buildings were destroyed. Greensburg is a very small town, with only 1.5 square miles of land, and a total population of 1,542. But this small town is about to receive a very large makeover. Greensburg, Kansas will soon be the first ‘green’ town. This will include building a wind farm to produce electricity, and other practices. The rebuilding of the town, in green, will be chronicled on a Discovery Channel show. According to GreensburgGreenTown.org, one of the main goals of the project is to “work to spur economic development with green emphasis.” Spur away, my friends. Spur away. JHS recently went green, literally. On November 14, all students were challenged to wear green to promote awareness of the environment. Even though America’s Recycling Day is on November 15, there was an overwhelming swarm of green in the halls. Five third-hour classes had full participation. Mr. Claxton’s class, which was one of the classes with full participation, won the competition by a drawing. FBLA has been trying to increase recycling at the high school. FBLA teamed up with City of Joplin to help with this process. Mrs. McGowen, head of FBLA, said this project is important because “it teaches teenagers to be responsible and encourages them to continue to recycle in the future.” And those posters around the school telling everyone to recycle? Thank FBLA for those as well. FBLA’s main project this year is recycling. ‘Going green’ is a new trend sweeping the nation. While recycling has been around forever, it seems to have been revamped through the younger generation, thanks to the entertainment industry. NBC recently finished up its “Green Week”. All of the programming had subject matter relating to the environment. Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar this year. It is also due to this movie that Gore and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In this day and age, cars seem to be necessary evils. Walking everywhere, while it would probably lower the obesity rate, is impractical in some situations. Carpooling is an excellent way help conserve gas (unless you’re the driver). Car companies have been coming out with hybrids to suffice the country’s newfound environmental awareness. Another way to save gas is buying a hybrid. (This may be a little farther down the line for some.) If all else fails, there’s always the ever-popular Sunshine Lamp Trolley. The price of gas now is somewhere around cataclysmic. And cars with low MPG’s don’t help. Fueleconomy.gov is a website made by the United States Department of Energy. By going to this website, you can check how many MPG’s almost any make or model of car gets, and tips on conserving the energy. According to this website, the 2008 Toyota Prius is the most efficient car on the market right now, with 45 MPGs highway. The Photo by Kristi McGowen Drew Johnson, a senior, passes out candy to students wearing green. JHS ‘went green’ on November 14 to promote awareness of the environment and recycling. 2008 car with the worst MPG is the Lamborghini Murcielago, with 13 MPGs highway and 8 MPGs city. Luckily we won’t have to worry about this in Joplin. There are simple things you can do to get involved with the recycling movement. Try to conserve paper, recycle soda cans. The next time you finish your ever-so-delicious Fun and useful websites diet soda, put it in a recycling bin instead of the garbage. Easy. Unplug your cell phone oTo find out how much your car is destroying the environment, go to www.fueleconomy.gov charger. Avoid Styrofoam cups. Eat Cheerios. Turn off your computer overnight. Even oFor information on hybrids go to www.hybridcars.com using reusable shopping bags would help decrease waste. It won’t stop global warming, but oFor more information on the rebuilding of Greensburg go to www.greensburggreentown.org it will make you feel better inside. So, go! Save the environment! oFor more fun tips on conserving energy go to www.liveearth.org

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6 Human Interest Horoscopes Winter 2007 November/December 2007 By Qwyntnn Brown qab64801@yahoo.com If you do not know some of the most famous and well-known poets and authors, you might as well go dig yourself a hole and hide in it Scorpio-10/23-11/21 a chance to finally see the “real you”. Even though change out to eat, etc. go to Starbucks or the park and study together This month you need to let go and leave the past behind you. frightens you don’t worry things can be returned to normal; if it’s great for bonding and you GPA! If you take the advice to Don’t worry about the issues that continue to arise around you you are yourself you will have a very good winter. find alternative date places you will have a productive time. and the people you love. Always remember that old saying; “Life is like a highway”. If you remember that and cone to real- Aries-3/21-4/19 Leo-7/23-8/22 ize that life has many bumps and imperfections, you will get This month calm things down a bit so you will be refreshed This month is going to be hard, you will be stressed out with all through this tough time with ease. when the holidays roll around. Although being energized is that is going on in you very busy life. Just know that you have always good, in a time during the year that people are a little wonderful friends and a wonderful family that are always there Sagittarius-11/22-12/21 stressed out it tends to be a little frustrating to those around to talk or offer you a shoulder to cry on. Things will all work This month you are going to be faced with a few tough patches, you. Keep your character but don’t overdue it and this should out in the end, as they always do, but this time the outcome but your positive attitude will get you through it. You will make be a good month for you. may be a little different. I assure you that by next month you major improvements on your life during November; these may will be a happier with the way your life is headed. If you take come as new relationships, friendships, or school situations. Taurus-4/20-5/20 things slow and don’t worry so much you will get through this This month will progress into great learning experience, just This month make sure to be particularly aggressive with the month in one piece. tough things out towards the middle and you’ll be fine. one you like, and your relationship might get closer. Right now they want to see that you care and that you want to be the only Virgo-8/23-9/22 Capricorn-12/22-1/19 one in their life. If you do this it will be a very romantic month This month will be great and pretty much “picture perfect” but This month is going to be a very successful time for you. Your for you. keep in mind that doesn’t mean things unexpectedly won’t be calendar will be decorated in events, but your resume will be thrown at you. Don’t worry though it will work out and you decorated in achievements as well. This month is also going to Gemini-5/21-6/21 will be happy with all that is going on in your life: in love, in be jam-packed with fun and excitement. This month there will be many different situations that you school, in friendship, and in fun! This is going to be one of the will have to adjust to. Many of the things that you have come best months of 2007 for you for sure! Aquarius-1/20-2/18 to know and love over the years, will change. Although no- This month will test the things you believe in and hold dear body really likes change and we all fight it, you have to allow Libra-9/23-10/22 to your heart. Those that challenge the things you believe in yourself and other around you to adjust to these new additions This month is going to be extremely packed with what others aren’t worth your time, unless it’s a little friendly debate. Those and alterations in your life. Just know that you always have would call stressful work, but you take it all upon yourself that bash beliefs just to bring us down are those I speak of. But others around you to lean on. If you have the right mind-set this and get it done when nobody thinks you can. It will take some through it all, don’t let others influence you, unless it is a life should be a very eye-opening month for you. time to get it all done but you will and you won’t worry--oth- or death situation. Hold on to only the beliefs that are morally ers around you might, but you won’t. People will envy you this correct not the ones that we come to believe are correct. Other Cancer-6/22-7/22 month. than this you should have a great time this month. This month, “keep you head in the game” and don’t let things distract you from your schoolwork. Although everyone loves Pisces-2/19-3/20 a new relationship they take hard work. You are a committed This month you need to let loose, let your hair down for once person and you will eventually balance things out, but it will be and just let thing happen on their own. You personality is amaz- hard so prepare yourself for that. One word of advice--instead ing and not everyone gets to see it Being free would give them of staying out until all hours of the night going to the movies, I’m serious: Read a book! SoundingOff! The Serious Edition By Nikki Burkett I dislike it when people complain about our president, but in reality they didn’t vote. You have no room to complain about who runs your country if you have the right to vote and don’t. I don’t understand why you would not vote. Many other countries fight and their citizens die for the right to have a say in who represents them and runs their country. So, for those of you who have a tendency to not vote and then complain about your president, get out there and vote in your next election and then I will listen to your complaining with open ears. I am shocked at the few people in our country who are literature savvy. I can go into my college preparatory communication arts class and find that only a few people know whom Henry David Thoreau is. It is even sadder to me that half of them don’t even care. If you do not know some of the most famous and well-known poets and authors, you might as well go dig yourself a hole and hide in it, because one way or another MacQueeney will hunt you down and find you -- and he will throw you out a window. I am appalled at the amount of teenagers who do not care about anything. And the ones that do actually care about something often give it up because no one else really cares what happened to them. For example, the swim team could all qualify for state and possibly win (which will never really happen) and the next day not a single person who doesn’t care about swimming would know. Existentialism is the new black for teenagers and young adults in our generation. That is all for the serious edition, or at least as serious as I can be. So remember to get out there and vote, read a freakin’ novel and start to care about something. See you boys and girls next time. “If you do not know some of the most famous and well-known poets and authors, you might as well go dig yourself a hole and hide in it.”

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November/December 2007 JHS Life/Entertainment 7 FTC voaffreiersty We have high school, adult education, and continuing education programs for the community. --Kevin Keys Photo by Jessica Uitts Junior Megan Bair and Trixie Swanson, Webb City, make pineapple upside down cupcakes in Culinary Arts I. Compiled by Jessica Uitts As teens grow older, they begin to ponder about their future careers or college. Some may go to a community college or university. Others may go straight into the work force; Franklin Technology Center (FTC) can help bridge the experience for these students. FTC offers 35 programs to JHS students. Each course can be either the first or the last three hours of the day. Accounting I (10-12) Students will be able to understand and apply the concept of the accounting. Accounting II (11-12) Advanced accounting continues to provide experience with corporate accounting procedures and forms. Advanced Computer Applications (10-12) Students need to be able to use technological tools and other resources to locate, select, and organize information and ideas, and solve problems. Business Leadership Technology (11-12) Students will perform business management and support skills through correspondence processing, team projects, and identification of future workplace trends. Desktop Publishing (10-12) This class includes an overview of work processing, graphics, and desktop publishing software. Digital Business Communications (10-12) Students will learn to demonstrate information processing and management skills through use of electronic visual presentations, transcription, and document processing. Marketing I (10-11) Students taking marketing classes are required to join DECA. Students will stud the foundations of marketing with an emphasis in: personal selling, pricing, distribution, technology and communication skills. Marketing II (12) Marketing II is a one-year, one-unit course for seniors interested in the field of marketing. Marketing Cooperative Education (COE) (12) Seniors must be enrolled in the Marketing II course in order to receive credit in the Marketing COE work experience. Sports & Entertainment Marketing (11-12) Students will learn the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports and sporting events. Supervised Business Experience (12) Supervised Business Experience students use their business technology skills to work in office jobs in the Joplin community during half of their school day. Health Science I (11) It is a two-year program for juniors and seniors in the health science area. Health Science II (12) Students receive an internship and will job shadow all different health fields. Nursing Options (12) Nursing Options allows a student to become a Certified Nurses Aid. Medical Office Technology (11-12) Students will b e introduced to medical office skills including filing, computer skills, transcriptions, and telephone skills. . Animal Care Assistant (11-12) This is a one-year, one-hour course. This course introduces students to veterinary science and animal health. Applications in Biotechnology (11-12) This course will increase understanding of the use of biotechnology for plant and animal agriculture, the environment, and food science. Conservation of Natural Resources (9-12) This course prepares the student for activities in the conservation and/or improvement of natural resources. Greenhouse/Landscape I & II (11-12) This is a two-hour, two-year course. Students in the greenhouse rotation develop the basic understanding of plant science, production of plants as well as greenhouse management techniques. Natural Resources Technology (9-12) This course is designed for instruction in plant science, soil, entomology, horticulture, forestry, fruit and vegetable production, agricultural mechanics, careers, leadership, and supervised agricultural experience. Supervised Agricultural Experience/ Agri-Business ED (12) This program meets the needs of students with career goals in the occupational areas of agricultural, technical, trade, and industrial education. Wildlife & Forestry Management (9-11) Using the “Leopold” approach, the student will develop a life long appreciation of Wildlife and its habitat while evaluating its value and impact. Automotive Technology (11-12) Students are able to learn in a handson environment. Students will be provided specific instruction in the areas of suspension/steering, brakes, electrical components, and engine performance. Collision Repair Technology (11-12) Students will learn to repair damaged body frames and to remove badly damaged body panels and weld new sections to replace them. Computer Electronics (10-12) This course will cover basic electronics, with the students participating in hands on labs and projects. Computer Networking (11-12) This course is designed to give the student skills with computers and connecting them together to form networks. Construction Technology I (11-12) Students will experience the construction of a new house form “the ground up” as students build a home in our community each year. Construction Technology II (12) Students will have the opportunity to further develop skills and techniques learned in Construction Technology I. Culinary Arts I &II (11-12) The culinary arts program is designed to give the students a hands on experience they need to be will-trained and efficient employees in any areas in the hospitality field. Engineering Graphics (11-12) Technicians prepare detail working drawings of architectural and construction plans, machinery, mechanical devices indicating dimensions, tolerances, joining requirements, and other engineering data. Graphic Design & Printing (11-12) Students will learn prepress (manual & computer) and printing. The students will use the program QuarkXPress, along with Illustrator, Photoshop, and PageMaker. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (11-12) The student will learn the proper use of electric drills, pipe cutters and benders, acetylene torches and testing devices such as refrigerant gauges and ammeters. Students learn to install and repair equipment. Machine Tool Technology (11-12) Students have shop work with safety and basic manual machining skills, applied math, and blueprint reading skills. Pre-Engineering (10-12) Students will learn how engineers use technology to solve problems. Welding Technology (11-12) This program is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills designed for students to become employable as an entry-level welder. A Pretty Good “Ride” Carrie Underwood “Carnival Ride” By Laura Dimmit I am going to be completely honest. Until I heard Carrie Underwood, I was under the impression that I really, really disliked all country music. Then, someone made me listen to her first CD, “Some Hearts.” And at first, I fought back. I didn’t give in to the catchy melodies, the uplifting and real lyrics, and the excellent vocals. Eventually, though, it was clear that some country music wasn’t all that bad, which leads to the subject of this particular review: Carrie Underwood’s sophomore album, “Carnival Ride.” On most tracks, Underwood leans toward a healthy country/pop mix. But the opening track, “Flat on the Floor,” is pure country spunk. There’s banjo, there’s fiddle, and even what sounds like a rubber band. And, as much as I enjoy the ballads on this disc, Carrie Underwood also has the vocal range to pull off the traditional “female country music attitude” style. (Think Shania Twain, etc.) Moving forward, we discover the very sad “Just a Dream,” dealing with a young woman who loses a soldier in the war. This is another way to identify that this is, without a doubt, a country album: there is always at least one heart-wrenchingly sad song. Luckily, right after that is my favorite song, “Get Out Of This Town.” As the title suggests, this song is about trying to escape your problems and getting away from what you know. I’m just guessing here, but I’m going to guess that this song speaks to a lot of people at this school. Who wouldn’t like to take a break from homework and stress and just get out of town? All wishful thinking aside, several of these songs require one thing to be appreciated: you probably need to be female. Not to make a generalization, but I think Carrie Underwood is probably vastly more popular with girls than with guys. Probably my favorite of these songs is “The More Boys I Meet.” I could try to explain it, but I think it would be easier just to quote the chorus: “It’s not like I’m not trying/‘cause I’ll give anyone a shot once/And I close my eyes/and I kiss that frog/each time finding/the more boys I meet/the more I love my dog.” Enough said. Then, for any girl who’s ever watched a guy settle for something less, there’s “You Won’t Find This.” On all these songs, Underwood is successful in one thing, and that is singing about things that, as far as my life is concerned, actually happen. I’m usually against country music because it seems that so much of it is about trucks and beer and being alone. (That, I realize, is a gross generalization, and I apologize. However, it is at least partly true.) That is why this CD is so nice. However, this isn’t a disc without flaws. I’m not a big fan of Last Name. Having fun is good; getting so drunk that you can’t remember your name is less good. That exception being made, though, “Carnival Ride” is a solid country/pop effort by an American Idol champion that seems to be headed for musical success that is actually based on talent. Refreshing, isn’t it?

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8 Entertainment November/December 2007 December DVD’s By Morgan Bryant It seemed to me that with my last two movie reviews, I gave the impression that I hate everything. Because the only movie coming out around the time before my deadline was “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Imporium”, I decided to do something a little different. This time, I’m going to review several movies that are coming out on DVD. Every year before Christmas there is a massive release of movies, so, I should have my work cut out for me. Hairspray was a very good movie. I absolutely hated it, but it was a very good movie. It was well acted, had catchy tunes, and was slightly risqué. Christopher Walken? Amazing. John Travolta? OK. Christopher Walken and John Travolta singing love songs to each other? Creepiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Ocean’s 13 was probably my favorite summer movie. Ocean’s fan should know that it is much better than the disaster that is Ocean’s 12. As usual, it had quick, snappy dialogue, and another ridiculous plot to get money. This movie is slightly unbelievable, but still good fun. Spiderman 3. What can I say about Spiderman 3? The Spiderman movies have received huge critical acclaim and amazing success at the box office. Spiderman 2 was number one Rottentomatoes.com “best reviewed comic book movie of all time” list. And I agree. I was so excited about this movie. But with three villains and an amazing array of special effects, the movie seemed surprisingly vacant. Go see it. Shrek the Third. No Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. My friends and I bought tickets for this movie two weeks in advance on the Internet. We sat in the theatre four hours before the movie actually started. We had sword fights. We don’t have lives. So, you could say I was pretty excited for this movie. And even though a certain friend of mine spoiled the ending, it was still pretty good. A fitting ending to a successful trilogy. But Disney likes money so there will probably be more on the way. “Invalid” makes 21st century appearance Moliere would be proud! By Morgan Bryant Plays written by French playwrights in the 1600’s are usually not performed at high schools. But, alas, one twas performed at our very own Joplin High this November. It was a very risky thing to do this day and age when most teenagers find people burping to be the funniest thing on the planet. The play performed was “The Imaginary Invalid” (pronounced in-vuh-lid, or if you live in Missouri, en-vuh-lead). It is a comedy written by the French playwright Moliere. Ask almost anybody at Joplin High if they know who Moliere is, and I doubt you would get an intelligent answer. For all of these sad people, here’s a quick history lesson. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known as Moliere is considered to be one of the finest comedy Photo by Will Dimmit Jessica Langford and Shea Ketchum perform a scene from the JHS production of ‘The Imaginary Invalid’. writers in history. (Eat your heart out Tyler Perry.) Ironically, Moliere died during a performance of “The Imaginary Invalid.” He was playing the main character, a hypochondriac. (Here’s a question for you: If you think you are a hypochondriac, are you?) Well, let’s talk about the story. It is set in 1674 Paris, the actual time and place where Moliere wrote the play. (He actually mentions himself in it. Very sneaky.) We follow a man named Monsieur Argan who is a huge hypochondriac, (hence the title). He’s tired of paying his “doctor” bills. He determines the best way to get rid of this is by having his daughter marry the son of a doctor. Lucky for us, she is in love with someone else. Throw in a crazy maid and comedy begins to ensue. The best part of the entire play, in my opinion, was the singing scene. Nice job guys. Disguising a keyboard as a harpsichord and playing nonsense music. Kudos. Beethoven is jealous of your guys’ wicked keyboard skills. Not really sure ‘shepardess’ is a word, though. While all the actors did a very good job, two seemed to standout. Jessica Langford, who played Toinette the maid, had a very good, scene-stealing performance. Zach Bradley also did a great performance as Thomas. Finally I just want to say that I have a huge amount of respect for all of the theatre people. They work extremely hard for six weeks and only get to showcase their work for three nights. And I’m not just saying that because my editor is the stage manager. The Road: not for If you have never read author Cormac McCarthy, be forewarned: This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is beyond dark, beyond dismal, beyond imagination. The Road is a postapocalyptic novel centered around a man and his young son. The reader never knows exactly where the man and boy are, who they are, how old the boy is, or exactly how every living thing except a few humans (and a dog) were destroyed. The story might have taken place in present day, but it’s impossible to know that for sure either; there’s nothing futuristic or old-fashioned to give the reader a clue. And, remarkably, none of that really matters. The two are traveling down the road headed south where, the hope is, they will find real sunshine and blue water. If it sounds boring and like nothing happens, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The plot is simple – two guys traveling down the road – but the action is intense and profound. If your taste runs to plot-driven novels, this might not be the one for you. McCarthy’s searing prose will hook you, though, if you the faint of heart Book Review by Brenda White give it a chance. If you hanker for a novel that probes deeply into the darkest corners of the human psyche and comes up with unnerving, disturbing, macabre results but also awakens hope when you never knew it could exist, pick up this novel for a weekend read. Imagine, if you can, a world hardly recognizable as ours where everything is black – even the sky. In order to breathe you have to cover your mouth and nose to filter out the sooty air. There is no green or blue – only crumbling leaves and black, dead rivers. Imagine a small boy who never knew that everything wasn’t always black, but whose father is determined that they will walk far enough to find some remnant of the world as it was before. Imagine scrounging from an ever-diminishing food supply that is left from the time when there were factories and farms. Also imagine hiding from others who are alive only because they aren’t afraid to take everything you have, including your life. Imagine having two bullets in your gun just in case. Imagine pushing a shopping cart which holds all your worldly possessions across the country, down the road. It isn’t all bad, though. There are many times when the boy’s insistence that they are the “good guys” and “carry the light” can’t help but boost spirits and create a glimmer of optimism in the throes of a bleak situation. Surprisingly, the human condition still spawns hope, even in this post-apocalyptic world. Cormac McCarthy doesn’t write many happy endings. Things don’t always work out for his heroes like readers think they should and hope they will. Evil in human form stands square in the way at every turn in the road. Imagine sitting down with a book that will challenge your ideas of the future and of what is right and wrong. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is published by Alfred Knopf and is available in the JHS Library. You can also buy it in paperback at amazon.com for $8.97.

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