Spyglass: Volume XX | Issue III | December 2004


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COUPONS INSIDE: NORTHPARK 14 CINEMA, P. 10 HACKETT HOT WINGS P. 16 Happy Holidays! JOPLIN HIGH VOLUME XX, HOLIDAY ISSUE 3 I NAmerica! S I D E T-SHIRTS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Page 2 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AND COMMMERCIALISM Page 4 December 14, 2004 JHS media students garner prizes at MSSU competition Spyglass and TV production recognized CLUBS GO THE DISTANCE: NY AND CHI-TOWN Pages 8-9 TIS’ THE SEASON FOR ENTERTAINMENT Pages 10-11 BLIZZARD OF BASKETBALL AND FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP Pages 14-15 Photo by Shemaryah Parker (Left to right): Mr. Lichman, Mila Lichman, Ms. Phyllis Dolence, and Mrs. Lichman pose at the JHS ceremony celebrating Milaʼs attaining American citizenship. Welcome to America! Scott Hasty Shemaryah Parker Editor-in-Chief Staff Writer The Granting of Citizenship to the United States of America Ceremony for Mila Lichman was held November 8. This special occasion was created in order to celebrate the naturalization of Lichman to the States. The event was organized by Communication Arts teacher Ms. Phyllis Dolence, the presentation “I had no idea that my of the colors was done by the JROTC, and Lichmanʼs certificate was pre- becoming a citizen would sented by Dr. Kerry Sachetta. According to Lichman, the cer- have that much impact.” emony came as a big surprise to her. “Everyone hid [the ceremony] from me,” said Lichman. “I had no idea that my becoming a citizen would have that much impact.” Lichman shares her predictions of the positives of what being an Ameri- can citizen may have for her. “I believe I have many more freedoms than what I had in the Ukraine,” said Lichman. “I know I will be better off economically, with college and every- thing. Iʼm sure being an American citizen will help fullfill my dreams faster and easier, as well as making them come true in the best way that I can.” See Surprise, page 12 Late in October, over 100 JHS stu- dents attended the annual Media Showcase Day at Missouri Southern State University. The annual event showcases the talents of area video production and newspaper students. JHS students were recognized in several categories: Spyglass staff awards Best page one design Scott Hasty (2) Best Page one design Sam Litteken Best Newswriting Kari Twombly (2) Best Feature writing Jessica Jensen Best Feature writing Sara Patrum Best Editorial writing Scott Hasty Video Production awards: 1st-Music Video Becky Gooch 2nd-Animation Erica Miranda 3rd-Music video Cooper Hagedorn 2nd-Comedy Patricia Pham, Lakyn Hufhand 2nd- Instructional/Informational Jason Strothers Memorial Middle School took several awards for their documentaries. CONGRATULATIONS, ALL!


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PAGE 2 FREEDOM OF SPEECH HOLIDAY 2004 “All this over one shirt” Freedom of speech tested in Webb City controversy Sara Patrum Staff Writer The recent events at Webb City High School have brought the issue of freedom of speech to our front door -- and even more, a studentʼs right to freedom of speech. Just what that means is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Brad Mathewson, a junior at Webb City High School. Mathewson was repeatedly brought to the office because of shirts that he wore. His mother was brought in, to discuss the matter with administrators, and Mathewson was eventually suspended. The ACLU says that Mathewsonʼs first amendment rights were violated when the administatrion said that he could not wear his shirts. According to Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the Supreme Court ruled that students “do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gates” and that students have the right to express political and social views. It also stated that school officials could not stop expression simply because they disliked it. This does not, however, mean that students can wear whatever they want and when confronted, rely on free speech to keep them from trouble. Administrators have the power to request that a student change shirts, turn it inside out, or be sent home if the clothing violates school dress code policies. That said, the ACLUʼs lawsuit states that Mathewsonʼs shirt was not violating the schoolʼs rather strict dress code. In response to the lawsuit, a pastor from Topeka, Kansas, staged two protests locally against gay rights. The first protests were held outside five Joplin churches on Sunday, and the next day, Monday, Nov. 29, at 7:00 a.m., several members, not including Phelps himself, stood on a corner facing Webb City High School. On the opposite corner stood a large group of protestors supporting Mathewson Chronology of events (according to the ACLU lawsuit) October 20 - Matthewson was sent to the office and was asked by an administrator to change the shirt or turn it inside out. October 27 - Matthewson was sent home for wearing another shirt deemed inappropriate by an administrator. October 28 - Matthewson’s mother met with Webb City administration to discuss the matter, and no resolution was reached. October 29 - Matthewson was sent to the office again; he was sus- pended, and his mother was called. November 2 - Matthewson, his mother, and their lawyer met with Webb City Superintendent Ron Lankford. Matthewson was allowed to go back to school if he refrained from wearing the shirts in question. November 23 - ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) filed a lawsuit against the Webb City School District citing that the school violated the Hrights guaranteed Mathewson by the First and Fourteenth Amenedments. The JHS Student Handbook says: “Clothing should not violate the rules of B sdecency, offend the standards of other students, promote unsafe conditions, or detract from the educational process” C JHS voices say ... Jon Phelps, ʻ06, “Itʼs only a problem because the school made it and the ACLU. Fred Phelps, the Topeka pastor, and his followers boast over 20,000 protests and demonstrations nationwide. At this point, no conclusions have been reached regarding the t shirts or the lawsuit. T g w d into a problem.” Kathryn Nolte, ʻ06, “The short skirts are more distracting than any shirt. And they donʼt get into trouble. Thereʼs a cut-off point we should have when it comes to stuff like that.” If you would like to read the lawsuit for yourself, vist the ACLU website online or visit this address: http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRights.cfm?ID=17068&c=106. The Supreme Court says ... Tinker v. Des Moines Iowa Independent B N D D D D D Heather Soat, ʻ05, “As long as it doesnʼt hurt anyone else, it should be allowed.” School District - 1969 “... students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.” R N N D Weigh in ... Who is right and who is wrong and why? Do you have well-reasoned and insightful comments concerning this case or any other topic? If so, put your thoughts in a letter to the editor and submit it to Spyglass for consideration. All letters must be signed and will be verifoied before publication. Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier “Educators do not offend the First Amendment by exercising editoiral control over the style and content of student speech in schoolsponsored expressive activities so long as their actions are resonably related to legitamate pedigogical concerns” School sponsored publications and theatrical productions are subject to the authority of educators. This authority does not justify an educatorʼs attempt “to silence a studentʼs personal expression that happens to occur on the school premises” Photo by Sara PatrumD Brad Mathewson, a junior at Webb City High School, wore this T-shirt on Octo- ber 20 that a teacher deemed “inappro-N priate and offensive.” Mathewsonʼs com-N ment was “All this over one shirt!” D


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HOLIDAY 2004 CLUB NEWS PAGE 3 Congratulations to clubs and classes Compiled by Amanda Clemons and Holly Robertson Congratulations is offered to the following students for making the all District Band Tryouts: Kate Foster (ʼ08), Josh Glasson (ʼ08), Laura Guinn (ʼ07), Kate Kessler (ʼ06), Kristie VanFleet (ʼ06), Lynelle Jones ʻ(08), Meghan Redman (ʼ07), Todd Derrick (ʼ06), John Franz (ʼ06), Levi Randolph (ʼ05), Clayton Dunaway (ʼ06), and Danna Linnes (ʼ08). Ten of these students will qualify to move on to finals. Congratulations to Sound Dimension, Touch of Class and New Expressions on their superb performances Saturday, November 6, at Webb City Competition. There are a large number of talented students at JHS. Congratulations to SkillsUSA for making the Fall District Leadership conference at MSSU on November 12. Holiday events: Band, Choir, and ROTC spread holiday cheer Compiled by Holly Robertson The holidays are a busy time for JHS groups who give performances. Below are some of the events where JHS groups performed (or will perform) during the holiday season. Band Nov. 29 Dec. 5 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 11 Dec. 13 Pittsburgh Christmas Parade Branson Christmas Parade Carthage Christmas Parade Joplin Christmas Parade Tulsa Christmas Parade Concert ROTC Nov. 1 Nov. 11 Dec. 2 mDec. 7 y Football Color Guard Assembly honoring vets Salvation Army Christmas Dinner Joplin Christmas Parade - -New Expressions -Nov. 6 Webb City Show Dec. 14 Christmas Concert Concert Choir Dec. 14 Christmas Concert Sound Dimensions Dec. 2 12:00 pm Dec. 2 6:30 pm Dec. 4 10:30 pm Dec. 7 12:00 pm Salvation Army Mason Woodard 1st United Methodist Butchers Block- NARFE Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 3:30 pm 11:30 pm 12:30 pm 6:00 pm All day 8:00 pm National Health Care Mrs. Beckʼs Church Twin Hills – Rotary American Legion Elementary Tour John Q Hammons Dec. 14 7:00 pm Concert – Senior Parent Recognition Chorale Dec. 2 12:00 pm Salvation Army Dec. 14 7:00 pm Concert – Senior Parent Recognition Touch of Class Dec. 2 12:00 pm Dec. 7 3:30 pm Dec. 8 1:00 pm Dec. 9 7:15 pm Dec. 10 All day Salvation Army National Health Care College View Manor Byers Ave Methodist Elementary Tour Dec. 14 7:00 pm Concert – Senior Parent Recognition Happy Holidays!! from the staff of Spyglass!! JHS CLUBS J-Crew Fri. 7:30 a.m. @ A119 Book Club 1st Tues. 3:15-4:15 @ library Nat'l Honor Society 1st Tues. 7:20 a.m. & 3:10 p.m. @ Room D106 Future Business Leaders of America 1st Fri. 7:20 a.m. @ Multi-purpose Room Quiz Bowl Monday after school @ CC105 Math League Wed. 7:30 @ B217 Lunch Bunch Thurs. lunch 1st A115, 2nd CC102, 3rd B217 PALS 2nd Friday 4th/5th hr. @ West Central Elementary STUCO officers Fri. 7:30 a.m. @ B207 STUCO Tues. 7:20 @ B207 ROTC Drill Team Tues. @ JROTC Room JROTC Color Guard Wed. @ JROTC Room JROTC Study Hall Tue., Wed., Thurs., 3:00-4@ JROTC Classroom B-11\ FCCLA 2nd & 4th Wed. after school @ D112 Tri-M Music Honor Society 2nd & 4th Tues. 3:15 @ F102 FCA/FCS Wed. 7:20 @ Auditorium International Thespian Society 1st & 3rd Tues., 3:15 @ F103 Chess Club Mon. 3:15 @ A212 Prom Committee Every other Mon. 3:15 @Multi-purpose Room Student Voice 2nd Wed. of each month If you have additions or updates on clubs information, please contact Ms. White in Room A218 or any staff member. Read the Spyglass online! Go to JoplinSchools.com click on Whatʼs New then open Spyglass!!!


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PAGE 4 HOLIDAY EDITORIALS HOLIDAY 2004 How Santa Stole X-mas? Christmas alive and well Jess Jensen Staff writer Sam Litteken Co-Editor I love the Christmas holiday. Itʼs safe to say that I have enough Christmas spirit to lift a malfunctioning sleigh on my very own (as was the remedy in the movie Elf, with Will Ferrell). In fact, my cheerful disposition could almost outshine a certain guiding star. Its that time of year again. Yes, thatʼs right the Christmas For me though, Christmas isnʼt just about the birth of a king or the flight of a jolly fat trees are going up, and decorations are all over the front lawn. man—it also holds the chance to start over. Besides growing colder, the air seems to change in Itʼs also time for the critics to start complaining about how such a way that deep breaths of it fill my heart with warmth. Christmas “re-opens” my eyes and Santa and a reindeer with a neon nose are destroying the true helps me to appreciate all that I have and everyone I love. I begin to be the things I shouldʼve meaning of Christmas, been all year—more compassionate, more giving, more understanding, more “I want to live life Christmas is indeed about the birth of Christ. The better”, for lack of a better word. question is how is a walking, talking snowman, named Frosty I think I must be the last of my kind, however. Some-odd days ago, the Spyglass staff taking away from it? Plain and simple, its not. The creation and was sitting in the journalism room frantically typing away at stories, and I said, “Letʼs listen usage of these characters are meant to accomplish something to some Christmas music!” Really, before I even finished the sentence, there was bellowed a else, entertainment. The Grinch was not created to actually collective “NO!” So I hummed out some “ʻtis the season” tunes to myself. Later I asked my “steal Christmas”. mom if she had any Christmas spirit, and she said, “Well, some. Things just get too busy.” Oh On the contrary most cartoons, stories, and movies are well. based on the characters show another meaning to Christmas. Even though Christmas does become rather chaotic, I prefer to pay attention to the The meaning is togetherness. All these stories have a similar much more congenial, “warm-fuzzy” side of the holiday. message and that is no matter what holiday you celebrate the Iʼll say it again: I love Christmas. It will be a warm day in the North Pole if I ever stop true spirit of the season is to be with the people you care about. loving Christmas. Come Christmas Eve, I will be sharing my spirit with members of my church So is the holiday season being too commercialized? Of and family. Then, while laying in bed and when I finally realize that Iʼm too excited to go to course not. The characters used in Christmas stories are not sleep, Iʼll hum some more ʼtis-the-season tunes to myself and thank the Big Guy once again for meant to take away from the true reason of Christmas, but to such a great holiday. Iʼm hoping that whoever is reading this will do the same. add a little something to it. Merry Christmas. Post-Turkey-Day Hell Scott Hasty Editor-In-Chief Ah yes. Once again the Holiday season has graced Joplin. For many students such as myself, the day succeeding Thanksgiving (Friday November 26th, 2004) was a lovely day of labor and/or shopping. The experience is always different for each indiviual, depending on your job type or where you like to shop. After-Thanksgiving sales are always a societal favorite, and thus makes the economy go ʻround. “ The mall in general was horrifficly packed,” said Kiersten Houk (ʻ06). “Especially stores like American Eagle, or Old Navy. Some stores were more crowded than others, it just depends on the store. I only spent $50. It was all I had, but if given the chance I would have spent more. The fact that the stores were packed didnʼt hinder my spending at all.” Besides the crowded and aggresive shopping conditions, working during the consumer rush, the experience was diverse. “I thought watching women fight over stuff in the mall was entertaining,” said Wes Hardin (ʻ05). “ I thought it hilarious that security had to kick a woman out of Radio Shack in the mall. You donʼt even want to imagine how bad Wal-Mart got. That was an experience.” Cartoon Provided By www.cartoonstock.com


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HOLIDAY 2004 TRADITIONS PAGE 5 Chrismahaquanzanakah- Unity in Diversity Scott Hasty Editor-In-Chief Throughout JHS are hundreds of different people, coming from hundreds of different walks of life. One of the few things that those of JHS have in common is Christmas Break. During the duration the two-week break takes place, there are many unique traditions formed by individual families. Some of these may have lasted dozens of generations, others have been newly begun, and are promised to be passed on by the current holders of the tradition. No matter whether new or old, JHS students speak out about their traditions during the holiday season. “The holidays are different for me and my family,” said freshman Sidra Zaidi, a prac- titioner of Islam. “We exchange gifts and stuff during the holidays. The Muslim ʻholiday seasonʼ, though, is during Ramadan. This past year it began on October 15th, and ended November 15th. The season is based on a lunar month. When it does start, the days are broken up into three parts. There is before dusk (Sahri), the day in which we fast, and after Dusk (Iftar). Before dawn and after dusk are the only times in which we can eat durig Ramadan. One tradition that my family does have is who can spot the New Moon first, which signifies the end of Ramadan. At that point we have Eid, which is when we have a feast, and get gifts.” “ I guess Iʼm a special case,” said senior Kaitlin Allan, a practitioner of Judea. “I get to celebrate both Christmas and Hannukah. For me, though, Hannakuh is the more religious celebration for my family. For Hannakuh, we read verses from the Torah, some of which I memorize and read out to my family, and spin the dradle. We celebrate Christmas about the same as any other family I know.” “I spend Christmas Eve at my grandmaʼs, and we play dirty santa, which is when a guy buys a guyʼs gift and girl a girlʼs gift of up to $10, and we each take turns swapping them around,” said junior Lexie Nicholas. No matter the distances, the intellectual gaps, the hatred, the love, or anything else -- all people in the world have one definite thing in common, they have the holidays. Auld Lang Syne, and all that jazz New Yearʼs traditions abound, as well as Christmas ones! Be sure and read Holly Robertsonʼs summary of New Yearʼs Eve and New Yearʼs Day traditions in the next issue of Spyglass. Just in case you donʼt have any traditions, maybe you would like to adopt one of these: Many people make tons of noise To bring good luck for the next year, many people: eat black-eyed peas, kiss a beloved one make resolutions to change for the better! A Cut Above Salon It’s not summer anymore, but does your hair still look like it is? It’s time for some beautiful color, or how about some low-lights to bring in fall and winter? You know you’ll want to look good for those Holiday parties coming up! Cindi Myers is offering a $10 off special on color or low-lights through the month of December. Call Cindi to set up your appointment. 439-6649 $65.00 Any Style in stock 1122 Illinois, Ste 106 Joplin, MO Phone: 417-623-3808 www.danstuxedo.com E-mail: danstuxedo@sbcglobal.net


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PAGE 6 STUDENTS HOLIDAY 2004 Election inspires political interest Kari Twombly Staff Writer On November 2, 2004, the Joplin High School participated in a school-wide mock election. The election was set up and run by Mr. Harding and his Current World Affairs class. Even though the students under 18 couldnʼt vote in the real election, they were given a chance to cast their vote on who they wanted to win at the mock election. “Voting represents your part in society, if you donʼt vote you are just saying you donʼt want to participate in what surrounds you,” remarked Sarah DeMint (ʼ05.) As students walked into the Multi-Purpose room in CC hall, they were separated by grade in order to wait in line to vote. The Current World Affairs class made voting booths, so everyoneʼs vote was private. The mock election was started in order to get underclassmen involved in school activities and help everyone understand how the election process works. “Something that was interesting was how close it [the mock election] was to he real election.” Stated Coach Harding. “Voting represents your part in society; if you donʼt vote, you are just saying you donʼt want to participate in what surrounds you.” --Sarah DeMint Seniors Sarah DeMint and Maryann Johnson count ballots at the JHS mock electionP.hoto by Scott Hasty RESULTS 18-YEAR- OLDS Male Female Total Bush Kerry Nader 42 16 4 32 17 2 74 33 6 Blunt McCaskill 43 15 41 9 84 24 SENIORS Male Female Total 34 22 13 57 37 1 91 59 14 56 12 74 22 130 34 JUNIORS Male Female Total 103 44 116 59 17 8 219 103 25 140 24 151 31 291 55 SOPHOMORES Male Female Total 89 36 117 54 206 90 30 15 45 120 23 144 39 264 62 FRESHMEN Male Female Total 142 42 155 68 32 19 297 110 51 193 23 184 53 377 76 Grand Total 887 395 141 1,146 251


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HOLIDAY 2004 JOPLIN HISTORY 101 Before JHS as we know it ... PAGE 7 Joplin built its school system one brick at a time Kari Twombly Staff Writer EDITORʼS NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles about the evolution of Joplinʼs school system. Part two will be published in the next issue. PART ONE Jackson School was Joplin’s first high school. For a period of time the building served as an elementary as well as a high school. It was built in the early 1890’s on Fourth Street and Jackson Avenue. Another high school was built in January of 1897, on Fourth Street and Byers Avenue. Lincoln School was built in the early 1890’s during the time of segregation. The school was located at 7th and Kentucky then relocated in 1897 to 4th and Pennsylvania and again to East 7th Street in 1908. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of desegregation in 1959, and the students of Lincoln School were gradually moved to other schools. The building was used for special education until 1975, when it closed its doors for good. In April of 1916 the community approved a bond issue in favor of building a new high school. Memorial High School was finished in 1918 touching 8th, 9th, Wall, and Pearl Streets. There was a smallpox epidemic at the time, so the entire school had to be vaccinated before anyone was allowed to attend the new high school. On Friday September 28, 1934, 3,500 local residents filled the bleachers at the brand new Junge Field. Eight local school bands participated in the opening ceremonies of the $75,000 stadium. The Joplin High School had a 30-0 victory on their opening day. The current Joplin High School was completed in 1958 on 20th and Indiana. Colonel Barbee donated the land. This high school was called Parkwood. Years later the Memorial Eagles and the Parkwood Bears came together and formed the Joplin High School Eagles, as it remains today. The 1942 Junior Senior Class poses outside Lincoln School. September 28, 1934, was dedication day at Junge Stadium. Courtesy Joplin Keepsake Album Courtesy JoplinKeepsake Album Courtesy Joplin Souvenir Album State Champion Drum and Bugle Corps 1929


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PAGE 8 CLUB ACTIVITIES HOLIDAY 2004 NHS gives Ronald a hand Members not strangers to elbow grease Jessica Jensen Staff Writer The National Honor Society cleans up well. At least, the Ronald McDonald House thinks so. On October 9, eleven NHS members and three club sponsors donned dusters and Windex for a little house cleaning at the Ronald McDonald House. The house is available free to parents whose children are patients at local hospitals. The group arrived at the house at 1:30 and tidied until 3:30, doing just about every clean-up job known to neat-freak civilization. The members dusted, vacuumed and scrubbed floors, washed the inside and outside of windows, and arranged and polished furniture. Meghan Johnson 05, the clubʼs treasurer, organized the project. “NHS members suggested this community “NHS members suggested this community service project because they wanted to help the people who help families that come to the Ronald McDonald House.” --Ms. Farren service project because they wanted to help the people who help families that come to the Ronald McDonald House,” said Ms. Farren, one of the clubʼs sponsors. Photo courtesy of Ms. Farren Shiny windows and smiles were the result of a hard dayʼs work for seniors Sam Tillman (right), Katie Fails (front), Jill Smith (back) and Nick Kramer (ladder) at the Ronald McDonald House. Clubs collect cans for needy Amanda Clemons Staff Writer Itʼs that time of year! Donations are being accepted for food drives hosted by various organizations and clubs. These donations go out to needy families who will really need help around this time of year. One club that is collecting cans is the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Their drive started October 26 and is titled “Trick-or-Treat for Cans.” FBLA will provide food baskets for six different families. They have collected a total of 414 canned food products. When the food baskets are complete, the students will personally deliver them to families. International Thespian Society had a food drive beginning October 25 to help the Lafayette House. They collected 195 lb. of canned goods. See FBLA story, page 13 food. Nine members of ITS troupes participated in this activity. Another donation event will be “Bowling for Boys and Girls Club.” Students have collected donations. This was held November 22. The JHS PALS are also planning a food drive. They will sponsor a selected family from an elementary school in Joplin. Their drive began on November 12. ROTC will be assembling food baskets for the soldiers currently overseas. Each class will be responsible to assemble one food basket. To all the organizations sponsoring food drives, good luck with your endeavor. Photo by Kristi McGowen Sophomores Lindsey Altman, Anni Chen, and Kimi Nolte collect cans during “Trick-or-Treat for Cans.” These donations go out to needy families who will really need help


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HOLIDAY 2004 FRANKLIN TECH PAGE 9 Letʼs eat!! ment at FTC. “ Roast turkey, seasoned green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, and pumpkin pie-- all were prepared by the students. The students also planned, ed in the community,” said Whitney Wicks (ʻ05). For those attending, such as algebra teacher Ms. Collins, who attended with her husband, it was a prepared, obtained door prizes, great way to say thanks. FTC students prepare and organized the function. I think its a great way for the younger “It is very nice of FTC to show their support meal for community community to appreciate the older citizens of Joplin.” in the community,” said Collins, “especially for honoring senior citizens Scott Hasty Editor-in-Chief A total of 135 senior citizens attended the luncheon, making the event a huge success. The event was not only an envious occasion for the attending senior citizens, but also for the students the veterans in the area. Itʼs a great feeling to be appreci- ated by young people in the community through events such as this.” photo by Scott Hasty Hard work paid off On November 10, Franklin Technical School hosted the 7th Annual Senior Citizenʼs Appreciation Luncheon. The Luncheon is designed to appreciate the accomplishments of senior citizens within the Joplin community. The function is completely run who prepared this event. The Advanced Culinary Arts class of FTC pre- for the Culinary Arts De- “A lot of days have gone pares to serve the main course of the Luncheon. partment and its staff and into preparing this,” said Stepha- students. The event provided nie Ingram (ʻ05). “It was great to see the senior citi- a very successful “Thanks” to the senior citizens of zens smile in appreciation of all our hard work.” the Joplin community. by students in the Advanced and Beginners Culi- “It is always nary Arts Department. a good feeling to let “The students provided a traditional turkey senior citizens of Jo- e d dinner to all senior citizens Ms. Barksdale, teacher of the who attended,” said Culinary Arts depart- plin remember they are very much need- eDECA takes New York by storm n e Holly Robertson Staff writer Sixteen students from DECA visited New York from Wed., Nov. 17 to Sun., Nov. 21. Students stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania, located across from the Penn Station. The students raised money themselves for financing the trip to New York. The students attended conferences that mixed the fashion industry with international marketing. Students were able to become familiar with American business leaders, and the conference was planned closely with the New York financial and fashion industries. The conference is held every year, but this year was the first time DECA participated. Students were able to visit Madame Tussaudʼs Wax Museum, the Federal Reserve Bank, n d t Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and Ground Zero. They also took the United Nations tour, watched the Rockettes, and rode on the subway. Students were able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They were able to go inside the Statue of Liberty with special tickets. “The trip held many first time experiences,” said DECA Advisor Mrs. Carolyn Miller, “Many students had never ridden on the subway. Some students had never left the state or flown in an airplane.” Students visited many places. “The best history lesson of the trip came from the United Nations tour. Students also enjoyed watching the Rockettes, many were floored by the orchestra pit,” said Mrs. Miller. “I learned many aspects of marketing with large corporations at the conference we attended in New York,” said Whitney Lynch (ʻ06). “We DECA is shown standing in Madame Tussaudʼs Wax Museum, New York City. visited many places such as the United Nations “Our students had the best experience building, the Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, possible touring New York City. The tours focused The Statue of Liberty, The NBC Studio, Radio City, on fashion, finance, and marketing. The students Music Hall, Ground Zero, and all over the streets of will be prepared for DECA Competition in the New York. I would have to say though my favorite spring. Thank you to all for your support,” said Mrs place was probably Times Square,” said Lynch. Miller.


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PAGE 10 MOVIE REVIEWS HOLIDAY 2004 IT’S A KRANKYCHRISTMAS Shemaryah Parker Staff Writer Christmas, for some this is the best time of the year, a time where families gather together to share old memories and make new ones. Thatʼs what the Christmas holiday is like for the characters in Christmas with the Kranks, that is all except for the Kranks After faithfully and happily celebrating Christmas their entire lives, and with their daughter Blair in Peru to serve a stint in the Peace Corps, Luther and Nora Krank are facing the prospect of a very lonely holiday. One blustery Chicago night, Luther glances longingly at an alluring poster in a travel agency window and pictures himself and Nora basking in the glow of the sun on a Caribbean cruise. Though Nora is at first reluctant about going away for the holidays, she soon warms up to the idea. But when their neighbors find out, they are aghast, especially local busybody Vic Frohmeyer. To make matters worse, Luther refuses to put his illuminated Frosty the Snowman on his rooftop. Hemlock Street is famous for it and has won numerous contests sponsored by the local newspaper. The battle of wits between the Kranks and their neighbors quickly escalates, threatening the harmony of the community and, yes, the spirit of Christmas itself. Then, without warning, Luther and Nora get a call from Blair. She is coming home for Christmas after all and now the Kranks have less than twenty-four hours to get themselves and all the families on Hemlock Street back in the proper Christmas spirit. Overall *** Based on a five point scale ALEXANDER: THE NOT-SO GREAT Sam Litteken Co-Editor Bad story line, famous director, overpaid star; “Alexander” could be an Oscar winner! Collin Farrell portrays Greek ruler Alexander the Great. The film shows all of Alexanderʼs life starting with his boyhood, learning from his overpowering, corrupt, father on how to be king. He begins to grow into a fine warrior and prince, eventually standing up to his father, with help from his mother played by Angelina Jolie, and becomes king. The rest of the movie depicts the hardships Alexander faces as he conquers Asian kingdoms and tribes. With all the spectacular fight scenes and driving story lines in its predecessors, such as “Gladiator” and “Troy,” much more was expected from this movie. However, Oliver Stone decided to show more of Alexanderʼs conflicts and problems outside of the battles. However, this was lost, too, due to the overwhelming amount of time spent on Alexanderʼs possible bisexuality and obsession with greatness. In short, the movie had only minimal battle sequences, all that were poorly done, and the story could not have moved any slower. This is credited to Alexanderʼs long-winded speeches about the greatness of himself and his army. Overall * Based on a five point scale N O R T H S T A R 1 201 N. NORTHPARK LANE 4 (Behind the mall in Joplin) **HOLIDAY STUDENT SAVER** Present this coupon at the box office and receive a $2.25 DISCOUNT any adult movie ticket at any show time after 6 p.m. only on any day one coupon per ticket coupon void if altered or copied must be an original newspaper print to be valid EXPIRES JANUARY 2,2005


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HOLIDAY 2004 ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 11 TCD Review ... By Sara Patrum, Staff Writer A Perfect Circle – “eMOTIVe” Hardly a year has passed since A Perfect Circle released their last album, “The Thirteenth Step.” “eMOTIVe” is more of a political statement about war, peace, love and greed. It’s a compilation of 10 covers (or songs by other bands/singers), 1 remix, and 1 original song ; and, it was released to coincide with the 2004 presidential elections. This album appears a bit rushed and uninspired compared to past albums and lacked the edge that has made A Perfect Circle so popular. But the track entitled “Passive” seems to save the album by keeping with the bands earlier trends. While “eMOTIVe” is not an altogether bad album, its more of a political statement and it’s not the best A Perfect Circle can do. Concert Review ... Shinedown at the Rockwell By Scott Hasty, Editor-in -chief Awesome is an understatement. To say it was awesome is almost blashpemy. Shinedown at the Rockwell held in Springfield on Wednesday November 24, was that good. The effects were sweet, the feeling in the air was that of an unrivaled intensity that this reporter has never seen before, and doubts will ever see again. The way Shinedown incorporated the crowd into their show was very extensive. They made it clear: Without the crowd, without the fans, there is no Shinedown. Thereʼs nothing like seeing the band LIVE, playing some of the nationʼs recent greatest hits, such as Shinedownʼs “45”, “Fly from the Inside”, or “Simple Man”. Video Game Review ... Halo 2 By Scott Hasty, Editor-in -chief If God were a game designer, then Halo 2 would be His masterpiece. Halo 2 is that great. Hyper-addictive, Bungie has gone all out to make Halo 2 the ultimate in the firstperson shooting experience. First day sales brought in over $125 million for Microsoft. Students of JHS were no exception to the Halo 2 craze. Gaming sessions lasting hours were held friendsʼ houses. On those days, the only interruption allowed was the occasional potty break (only if the need was desperate) or to the answer the door for the pizza delivery guy. Nothing would get in the way of experiencing Halo 2. Graphically, Halo 2 has very much improved over the first version. The characters have been completely touched up, especially Master Chief. The environments are well de tailed, and although some weird pop ups may occur, they are rare. Overall, the game rolls on a smooth clip. Destructive force is also better than ever, with an assortment of weapons both new and old. The fan favorite is, no doubt, the Covenant energy sword. Others, such as the Rocket Launcher, have gained new fea tures such as target lock-on. Along with new weapons and features, the ability to dual wield some of the smaller weapons is present. This allows for many variations of attack, al though your ability to perform melee attacks and throwing grenades becomes non-existent. Vehicular combat has also been improved in Halo 2 with improved features in vehicles such as the Ghost and Banshee. With a great game like Halo 2, it is no wonder it topped $125 million for first day sales. Halo 2 has become and will continue to be one of manʼs greatest achievements. The Spongebob Phenomenon Sara Patrum Staff Writer “Do you smell it? That smell? That kind of smelly smell? The smelly smell that smells… smelly?” Most 2 –11 year olds know this quote by heart or at least which show its from. But surprisingly, even the seasoned marketing pros and high school and college students are enjoying Spongebob Squarepants just as much as the younguns. This buck-toothed yellow sponge has 2 million children and 5 million non-children glued to the TV every week and buying millions of dollars in merchandise. Unlike other crossover hits like “Ren and Stimpy,” Spongebob Squarepants has good work ethics, has nice clean fun, and still appeals to almost everyone. Others dislike Spongebob because he is “too dumb.” But thatʼs the reason why Dustin Dorris (ʻ05), watches the show. “Itʼs so stupid itʼs funny,” he says. The creator, Stephen Hillenburg, says heʼs just trying to make people laugh. Spongebob Squarepants is loosely molded after Pee-Wee Herman as an offbeat, dweeby childman according to Hillenburg, and Spongebobʼs popularity is probably due to this fact. His innocence and naivety in the undersea world of Bikini Bottom that has its villains, greedy bosses, imbeciles, and squirrels attracts almost everyone no matter their age or maturity level. Spongebob Squarepants the movie opened on November 19 and is was a huge success. But, sadly, Stephen Hillenburg says heʼs stepping out of the project soon. If Nickelodeon wants to continue the show, it may lead to its decline and end, as it did with “Ren and Stimpy” and its creator. But for now, Spongebob Squarepants is the hottest cartoon on TV and in stores. In the words of Josh Labadie, “Itʼs really, really, really…good.”


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PAGE 12 ARTS Jessica Jensen Staff Writer POE-ETIC A Dream Within A Dream (1827) Dark, eerie, absurd, melancholy—all of these words clearly describe Edgar Allan Poeʼs works and personal life. Poe was just not a happy guy, from the death of his father and mother shortly after his birth to the death of his young wife (and 13-year-old cousin) Virginia, not to mention his serious drinking habits and drug use. Poe began his career when he wrote “MS Found in a Bottle”, a short story which earned him $50. He then began working for a myriad of magazines in which some of his best work was published. “The Fall of the House of Usher”, one of Poeʼs most famous works, appeared in 1840 in his collection, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. In 1845, his poem entitled “The Raven” handed Poe national fame. Poe is well known for his detective stories as well. The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter are among the best of these. Poe suffered greatly from depression and madness, and in 1848 he tried to kill himself. In September of 1849 he vanished for three days and was later found feverish in a ditch in Baltimore. He died on October 7 that same year at the age of forty. Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow— You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if Hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore, And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sand— How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep While I weep—while I weep! O God! can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream? --Edgar Allan Poe HOLIDAY 2004 ATTENTION ALL Poetry is a wonderful form of expression, and this new section of The Spyglass is dedicated to just that. Students and teachers: send in your poetry! Each poem will be reviewed by the staff and a few lucky ducks will have theirs published. Thereʼs no minimum and no real maximum. If the poem is long but also very good, weʼll take it. Keep appropriateness in mind and, of course, no plagiarizing please, or else serious consequences will be dealt. Donʼt want to be recognized for your work? No problem. Anonymous poems will be considered as well. Shopping for that perfect gift sometimes fruitless Amanda Clemons Staff Writer You have just walked into you favorite store; you know exactly what you came for. You squeeze your way through the insane Christmas shoppers and manage to get to the aisle. As you reach for the jacket you have been saving up for, a big hairy arm cuts you off and grabs it violently and darts off into the crowd with your new black leather A & F jacket. You know that time; you rush to the store and join the madness in Christmas shopping for your family and friends, especially in the most popular places. The irony of reaching your desired item to find out the guy in front of you bought the last one. Not to fret. There are a few ways to make sure you get that new action figure for your little brother or that new doll for your little sister. You may plan to go to an “out-of-the- way” store, or late night shopping may serve you well. Also you might stop by the store right before work or school. This is just one of many Christmas problems, everyone rushing to the store to get the item that everyone else wants, children begging desperate parents for certain toys in their Christmas stocking. If the shopping place is overly crowded, just take a deep breath and try a different store. You will get it eventually, or plan on buying them a little before Thanksgiving starts or even before that. Just go with a plan that best works with you and you will find a way to find the perfect gifts to buy people. If nothing works, you could give them a gift certificate and wait for the after-Christmas bargains.


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HOLIDAY 2004 ACADEMICS PAGE 13 Chicago meets tomorrow’s leaders Holly Robertson Staff Writer November 11 to November 14, FBLA members attended the National Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago. Students stayed in downtown Chicago, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The students who attended the trip are Jessica Lamar (ʻ06), Matt Houston (ʻ05), Jessica Lambeth (ʻ06),Aryn Crawford (ʻ06), Jane Fuller (ʻ05), Rachael Barney (ʻ05), Emily Ford (ʻ05), Kristen Pratt (ʻ05), Whitney Lynch (ʻ05), Brandon Harmon (ʻ06), and Sean Grubb (ʻ05). The students visited the conference, went shopping, and attended a Chicago Bulls game. “We attended workshops to better our leadership skills.” Emily Ford (ʻ05). “We listened to many great speakers while at the conference. We were able to learn more about becoming a leader. “ Kristen Pratt (ʻ05) English Field Day sports the best and brightest Compiled from staff reports On Friday, Dec. 3, JHS students stormed the MSSU campus and competed in their English Field Day competition. JHS won first place in the sweepstakes com- petition, beating out second place Webb City and 3rd place Carl Junction. JHS also won third place over all of the schools competing in the Creative Entries category. Winners are listed below: Poetry Laura Dimmit 1st 9/10 Emily Kersh 2nd 9/10 Individual Events 1st Place Overall Large Schools Scramlets Michael McCreary 2nd 9/10 Sam Tillman 3rd 11/12 Vocabulary Sarah Cable Reading Comprehension Cort Vanostrum Stephanie Macdisi Andy Johnson Scattegories Liz Arnold Logan Skelley Jason Devore Mechanics Cort Vanostrum Usage Jessica Jensen Caden Worley Spelling Dictation Rhianna Ruch Cybill Esguerra Scrabble Brad Thompson 3rd 11/12 1st 9/10 3rd 9/10 2nd 11/12 1st tie 11/12 1st tie 11/12 2nd 11/12 1st 9/10 1st 11/12 3rd 11/12 2nd 11/12 3rd 11/12 1st 1/10 Photo by Amanda Clemons Skip Drouin, center, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, is presented with a check for $375 from the JHS Future Business Leaders of America.


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PAGE 14 SPORTS HOLIDAY 2004 Football Finisher Sam Litteken Co-Editor Photo by Scott Hasty oplin seniors, Brad Secrist, Jeff Smith, and Kyle Carder ead the crowd in cheering on the Eagles football team. Photo by Scott Hasty Creston Hill (ʻ06) returns a kickoff down the side-line. The Joplin Eagle football teamʼs rocky season has ended. Joplin had its share of joyous victories and depressing loses over this past season. The Eagles marched into Leeʼs Summit North to face the Broncos in the opening week of district play. Joplin had excellent plays throughout the game including a 34-yard pass from Logan Taylor (ʼ08) to Justin Cunningham (ʼ05). Ricky Robertson (ʻ05) added another 63 yards worth of rushing to the Eaglesʼ total offense. This would not be enough as Joplin fell 31-14. The last home game of the season was against the Leeʼs Summit Tigers. With rain in the weather, the Eagles could not seem to finish any drive. The sole touchdown by Joplin was Ricky Robertson from 4-yards out. Leeʼs Summit capitalized on mistakes and the Joplinʼs inability to get into the end zone, handing the Eagles a 21-6 loss. The final game of the season was played at Soccer Wrap-Up Amanda Clemons Staff Writer Boysʼ Varsity soccer leads off with a score of 16-7 and Junior Varsity has a score of 8-6-4. Their last game this season was against Parkview, hey went home with a defeat of 3-1. “We beat College Heights and Carthage who each made it to semi-finals of state this year in heir respective classes.” Said Coach MacQueeney. The Boysʼ Soccer teams have won the oplin tournament the past two years. They have won 15 or more games since Coach Miller and Coach MacQueeney started coaching together. Particularly tough opponents they face are Kickapoo, Parkview, Rolla, and Glendale. Their ultimate goal is to make it to state, but they do also hope to beat Rolla in their next year. Soccer Seniors Sean Grubb Keenan Paige Marsh Gatonga Jason Loden John White Aaron Wilcox Bryce Gurlie Shamaya Debezorghi Rockhurst against the Hawklets. Joplin fought hard, but was overpowered by a Rockhurst 29point second quarter. Justin Cunningham scored both touchdowns, with reception from 18 and 22 yards out. Marco Maturino (ʼ07) helped the cause by intercepting a Rockhurst pass in the end zone. The final play of the season was a tackle for a six-yard loss made by tight end Justin Cunningham. FOOTBALL SCORES Glendale 13 - 30 Lebanon 34 - 14 Rolla 14 - 21 Waynesville 33 - 14 Kickapoo 7 - 22 Parkview 34 - 14 hillcrest 18 - 15 Lee's Summit North 14 -- 31 Lee's Summit 6 - 21 Rockhurst 14 - 39 417-621-9900 HELP WANTED Need people to work front line! Nights and weekends. Home by 9:30 Apply at Charlieʼs Chicken. Ask for: Matt, Tyson, or Henry 624-9913


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HOLIDAY 2004 JHS Hoops SPORTS PAGE 15 Sam Litteken Co-Editor Joplinʼs basketball season is starting up. The Eagles are heating up the hoops and already making their mark. The boys have nine seniors on the squad this year, including three returning starters. The girls have six letter-winners returning including two seniors and three starters. The Eagles have already swept their way through the Carthage Tournament. After passing through Carl Junction with ease and a 71-52 victory, Joplin was set to face Nevada. This would end in a one point victory on the wings of Shea Stehmʼs (ʼ05) six 3-pointers. In the championship game Joplin would defeat tournament host Carthage, 60-46 with Jeff Smith (ʼ05), Kyle Carder (ʼ05), Jason Scourten (ʼ05) all scoring in double-figures. Recently the guys have added a second win against Carthage in the Kaminsky Classic at Missouri Southern. Their upcoming games will include Tulsa School of Science and Technology, Neosho, Kansas City Winnetonka. The Lady Eagles have already had their share of ups and downs already. With the opening game Maeghan Smith and Morgan Secrist (ʼ06) combine to knock down 29 points between them against the Neosho Wildcats. The Eagles would down Neosho by the score of 54-43. The Lady Eagles would then hit a four game drought. The first, being a loss in the fourth quarter to Carthage at home. Next, Joplin would host the Lady Eagles Classic in Kaminsky Gym. Bentonville would still pull off a victory in the first round, even after a furious fourth quarter effort from the Eagles. Saysan Jones (ʼ07) and Morgan Secrist combined for 25 points, but could not pull Joplin past Nevada in the next game of the tournament. However, the Lady Eagles would make a statement in their latest game against Webb City. Morgan Secrist and Saysan Jones would once again play a major factor combining for 30 points. Joplin would dominate the Cardinals coming up with the 50-27 win. The girls will face off with Mount Vernon and Carl Junction before the Winter Break. BOYS BASKETBALL S Nov 27 Branson Chevy Shootout Nov 29 Carl Junction Carthage Tourney C Dec 2 Nevada Carthage Tourney Dec 4 Carthage Carthage Tourney H Dec 10 Carthage @ MSSU Dec 14 Tulsa S&T HOME E Dec 17 Neosho Away Dec 21 KC Winnotonka HOME D Jan 3 Central Away U Jan 6-8 Kaminsky Classic @ MSSU Jan 11 Lebannon Away L Jan 14 Camdenton HOME Jan 20-24 Ralph Miller Classic @ Chanute, KS E Jan 25 McDonald County HOME S Jan 28 Rolla Away GIRLS BASKETBALL Nov 30 Neosho Away Dec 2 Nevada HOME Dec 6 Carthage HOME Dec 9-11 Lady Eagle Classic @ MSSU Dec 13 Mount Vernon Away Dec 17 Carl Junction HOME Jan 3-8 Lady Tiger Intitaional @ Carthage Jan 14 Camdenton Away Jan 21 Rolla HOME Jan 24 Central Away Jan 25-29 Nevada Tourney @ Nevada Jan 31 Parkview HOME



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