Spyglass: Volume XX | Issue I | September 2004


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JOPLIN HIGH VOLUME XX, ISSUE 1 September 28, 2004 Building a Better Media Sara Patrum Staff Writer An idea, five years in the making, is finally becoming a reality. The Joplin R-8 School Board has been discussing the idea of a TV station for the district since the TV Productions class was begun in 1999. The idea behind it is fueled by the importance of hands-on training. By November there should be a new building by the schoolʼs Multimedia Center that will serve as TV Productionsʼ new broadcast station. “Itʼs a great opportunity to learn by doing and for the students to explore a new career,” says Dr. Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High School Principal. Danny Craven Bruce Vonder Haar See JTV on page 5 Off to a rousing start ... Photos by Scott Hasty The Eagles and Eagles fans get roused and pumped for a hopeful victory over the Glendale Falcons. Although the Eagles had an upsetting loss, students of JHS still enjoyed showing their school spirit for the first football game of the 2004-2005 school year. (Top) Participants in the “Happy Meal Relay” line up to suck bananas through a sock at the pep assembly. (Left) JHS spectators watch with awe as Joplin scores its first touchdown against Glendale. I EDITORIAL FROM THE BLACKTOP N Page 4 S SUMMER STORIES HEAT UP Page 6 I D E J-ROCK AND ENTERTAINMENT Page 7 LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: SPORTS Pages 10-11


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PAGE 2 AROUND THE CAMPUS SEPTEMEBER 2004 9-11- Pushing forward while looking back Kari Twombly & Holly Robertson Staff Writers Do you worry about flying? Joplin High School students remember September 11, 2001, and the attacks that occurred on the United States that day when many tragically died.. Many changes have taken place since that morning. The changes were made “No, I donʼt worry about flying, because they have enhanced security so much at airports.” to make the United States safer and to keep the events of September 11th from happening again. Crystal Lynch (ʻ08) Have the changes established helped the United States? Do JHS students feel the changes have made the United States safer? JHS students tell their opinions on the nation today, and how they feel about September 11th. Are you afraid to visit any National Monuments or big cities such as Washington D.C. or New York? Iʼm not afraid of visiting any National Monuments Josh Glasson (ʻ08) Heather Soat (ʻ05) in big cities. I donʼt think there will be another attack, because I think the country has become safer than it was on September 11th. Do you believe there will be another attack? No, because I feel defenses in the United States are so strong, and terrorist know how strong the defenses are now. They wonʼt attack. What precautions do you take in case of another attack? We donʼt need to take any precautions. Matt Friskey (ʻ07) Could you realize if you were in a dangerous situation? What would you do? I would report any dangerous situations that I knew about, and deal with them myself if help does not arrive. Do you feel safe living in the United States? “Yes, because after September 11th, we have taken more measures for our safety.” Do you feel safe living in Joplin? “Yes, we are a small town compared to more significant towns such as New York City and Washington D.C.” Do you still think there could be another terrorist attack? “I do think there is going to be another terrorist attack, because as long as there is supposedly a good force, there will always be opposers, because you canʼt make everybody happy.” In what ways do you believe the nation has become stronger? Well, in certain ways the nation has become stronger; for example, the people have come together. I think as a nation, though, we are falling apart. Do you feel nervous or more cautious around strangers? No, I donʼt feel nervous around strangers because I have lived my whole life moving. I am meeting new people wherever I go.


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SEPTEMBER 2004 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 To be announced If you have additions or updates on clubs information, please contact Ms. White in Room A218 or any staff member. CREATIVE CORNER! DO YOU WANT YOUR WORK PUBLISHED? SEND YOUR SHORT STORIES, POEMS, CARTOONS, ETC., TO THE SPYGLASS IN A218. CLUBS AND NEW FACES PAGE 3 “Never a dull moment” Experience is an asset in classroom Scott Hasty Editor-in-chief She is a like a college professor in that she gives you a full week to complete assignments and/or es- say, much like what is [proportional] to an actual Ms. Sherrill Jamo, a new addition to the JHS college curriculum. [ Along with this,] Jamo almost faculty, comes to JHS from her other occupation includes a ʻpsychʼ class with the composition with as an English professor at Missouri Southern State daily discussion. We learn so much from [her] class, University. Though only at JHS for one hour of the from styles of writing to the human interaction in day, sixth hour, Jamo still finds great pleasure in the stories we read or write, great stuff like that.” teaching her dual credit English composition class “What is also great about Jamoʼs class is that which is made up of around 20 students. everybody in our class knows each other, so there “The students are great,” said Jamo. “Every is never a dull moment. The circle discussions of day is a new experience. The class is like a chamagne debate-type subjects, and/or of writing concepts/ bottle: once the cork pops off in the classroom, ideas constructs are also cool,” said Burleson. spread like the bubbles coming out. I want all my Being at JHS for only one hour doesnʼt stop students to become independent writers, to be able Jamo from making a huge impact on her students, to think on their own when they have to write for not only in their writing skills but also in their think- any subject when needed. All my students are smart ing processes that lead to the broadening of her stu- enough to take that from my classroom.” dentsʼ horizons. According to her students, what type of per- son, and teacher is Jamo? “Sheʼs energet- ic, ac- cepting, under- stand- ing, elabo- rate, creative, and a ʻcoolʼ instruc- tor,” said Adam Ogle (ʼ05). “Sheʼs a pretty ʻeasyʼ [teacher],” said Vicki Burleson (ʼ05). “Itʼs just “The class is like a chamagne bottle: once the cork pops off in the class- room, ideas spread her class requires a lot of thinking.” Jamoʼs students, such like the bubbles coming out.” -- Sherrill Jamo as Burleson and Ogle, believe that Jamo has much to teach them-- much more than just writing-related subjects. “She is similar to, and as close as you can get to, a college professor in high school,” said Ogle. 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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PAGE 4 EDITORIAL SEPTEMEBER 2004 THE STAGGERING SCOTT’S THOUGHTS- REALITIESCOARFTOTOHN EOFPPAARRKIKNGINPUGNISPHEMRENMT GITOEDS HREAREMA Driving to school is a great experience for many students. Itʼs just that with high school comes the fresh batch of license-retaining teens. Parking is then hectic, leaving students of JHS to buy parking permits, for what seems the obscene price of eight dollars. Another common myth (the obscene price being the first one) among students is that the supply of parking is less than the demand. The reality of the average teen is sometimes distorted, and we think in different terms than how adults think; the parking issue is no different. While we teens feel oppressed for having to buy parking permits just to park in the school lots, there is reasoning behind what seems insanity to us. In an interview with Mr. Boyd regarding the sub- ject of parking, the ultimate reasoning behind park- ing permits is safety. Safety to protect us from any unwanted guests who have no business on school grounds, i.e. drug dealers, rapists, or any of your other criminal types. So with safety as the adminis- trationʼs primary concern, thereʼs no legitimate arguement that a teenager can throw their way about THE TEENAGE VIEW OF PARKING PUNISHMENT the parking permit issue. DRAWING AND CONCEPT BY JULIANNE HULLEY The price of JHS parking permits may seem is just trying to suck out every penny it can from ter parking environment. expensive, but in actuality, eight dollars is nothing the teeneage populace, the true reasoning is that that Though it may seem unnecessary and an- compared to the higher priced permits of neighbor- is just an added bonus. The district uses the money noying, the parking permits are really just a good ing high schools. Prices range from $25 to even $45 wisely to give the student a cleaner, clearer parking way to keep everything in order, and also to keep in some areas. Although teens think that the district lot, thus returning your money back to you in a bet- students safe. Spyglass is published by the newspaper class at Joplin High School, 2104 Indiana, Joplin, Missouri. Editor- in-chief, Scott Hasty Co- Editor, Sam Litteken Advertising Manager, Shemaryah Parker Photo Editor, Kari Twombly Staff Writers Holly Robertson Jessica Jensen Sara Patrum Amanda Clemons Adviser, Brenda White SAM’S THOUGHTS- The new rules issued in the parking lot have been a point of discussion and question throughout the school. One major question is what is to happen to the new drivers who obtain their licenses as the school year progresses. The answer is simple really, as Mr. Boyd described in a recent interview; the supply is greater than the demand. Plain and simple there are fewer people who buy passes than there are spaces available, so when it comes time to but a parking pass for the newly licensed driver there should be plenty, if history repeats itself. Another point, often made, is-- what exactly are the results of not having a parking tag and why did the school issue these new consequences? Well, the consequence is a parking citation from the City of Joplin for violations of the high schoolʼs parking regulations, a.k.a. no parking tag, parking in ºteacher spaces (white outlined spaces), handicap spaces, etc. If violations occur numerous times it will result in a loss of parking privileges and possibly even the offenders license. These conditions can seem a bit extreme, and with good reason it is extreme. Mr. Boyd expressed how the school has tried to get the point across, and with the new rules in place the student body has been better about buying tags or not parking on


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SEPTEMBER 2004 New AP White Holly Robertson Staff Writer As the 2004-2005 school year starts, many JHS students and staff members return for another great year. Freshman experience a new environment and seniors prepare to graduate. Adding to this theme, JHS has added a new assistant principal to its staff, Keith White. Before becoming an assistant principal at JHS, Mr. White taught social studies, American government, civil war, world history, and freshman government at JHS. Keith White He also coached football and was head wrestling coach for four years. Mr. White coached track for one year as well. As assistantprincipal,Mr.Whitehasinherited new responsibilities. He deals with discipline and attendance (E-L, sophomores through seniors). Mr. White is also the A+ coordinator: “I hope to have over 100 kids graduate this year for A+”. He is the coordinator of night school and summer school as well. He also helps to keep the drop out rates lower with programs such as VPA and GDA. VPA is a credit recovery program. It is held See White on page 12 FEATURES PAGE 5 ... continued JTV From page 1 “Itʼs definitely a privilege. Itʼs gonna rock.” --Erica Miranda ʻ05 Last year, CableOne approached the school board with the offer of a free channel if the school board could play district-oriented programming, such as showcases of events, student happenings, school board meetings, etc. Students in TV Productions 3 will produce Eagle Vision News and their own 30 minute shows; students in TV Productions 2 will also produce 30 minute shows along with fillers, promos, and station IDs; students in TV Productions 1 will produce 3 to 4 minute segments, and all three will help run the station. Students run every aspect of the station from manning the cameras to writing the shows to directing and editing. The teachers, Bruce Vonder Haar and Danny Craven, are mainly there for guidance and supervision. “I hope to bring a very alternative, unbiased, creative, upbeat side to broadcasting,” says Fernando Martinez, ʼ05, TV Productions 3. The equipment that will be housed in the new building will be state of the art. “Better than any TV station in Joplin or Pittsburg,” boasts Vonder Haar. The Federal grant that the district acquired is allowing the station to purchase full digital equipment. The new building, hopefully completed by the second week of November, will be 1300 square feet and have two sets. One set will be a news anchor desk and the other will be an interview area. “Itʼs definitely a privilege. Itʼs gonna rock,” says Erica Miranda, ʼ05, TV Productions 2. While the students not in TV Productions wonʼt be able to contribute to the broadcast, they will, however, be interviewed for Eagle Vision News and be featured on showcases of the various departments. JTV will air on cable channel 14. The first broadcast is yet to be announced. For those without cable, JTV can still be seen through MSSU channel 57 on designated nights. Photo by Scott Hasty


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PAGE 6 STUDENTS SEPTEMEBER 2004 Summer treks to the far and not-so-far reaches G Jessica Jensen Staff Writer Summer is over. But just because another nine months of high school drama has begun doesn’t mean summer is forgotten. It seems that happy summer memories (and thoughts of future summer plans) can help trialed students and teachers through yet another year of work, work, work. So take some time to reflect on summers past and future—just don’t get caught daydreaming in class. totally without excitement for Robertson. As soon as her family and others finished the trek to the top at the Lincoln Memorial, they were evacuated because an abandoned K S bag had been found and was thought to be a bomb. “Of course it wasnʼt,” says Robertson, who was angered by the whole thing. The experience didnʼt have much of an impact on Robertson who said, “I had fun, but all the museums were pretty boring.” Really Far Not So Far Amazonas, Brazil,ß is as far from Some students didn’t travel far home as Levi Randolph (’05) has ever from Joplin this summer. Amy Guernsey been. A mission trip organized by his (’05) spent most of her summer working church, Joplin Family Worship Center, for Madison Animal Clinic in Webb City. gave Randolph the incentive to leave his home for a week and a half to spread the word of God. Photo by Jessica Jensen Levi Randolph (ʻ05) is shown here with a pirannah, a fish native to “I really enjoyed working, but I wish my family and I could have gone somewhere together,” says Guernsey “We ministered to villages on Brazil. when asked if she enjoyed staying home. the interior of Amazonas, usually doing But her summer wasn’t all about about two services a day,” says the new world traveler. Randolph raised half of the $2000 for the Randolph this summer that he says he hopes to go back next summer to live. work. She visited prospective colleges such as Oklahoma State University and Missouri University, and dropped by the University of trip himself by working at Target the summer of 2003, and another $600 accumulated through prayer and letters asking for donations. The rest was provided through “various other work opportunities,” he said. The trip also opened Randolph’s eyes to a totally different way of life. “They don’t have as much of an economydriven mindset like Americans do. Money and material possessions don’t matter to them. It’s more about friendships and living life.” Far The Washington D.C. museums and monuments saw a new face over the summer. Michelle Robertson (ʼ06) visited some of the nationʼs most symbolic edifices and memorials, such as all the Smithsonians, the White House, Ford Theater, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, new World War II Memorial, and the Washington Monument. Although the trip may seem a bit “hum- Arkansas for a second look. In early August Guernsey invited several of her friends on a two-day camping trip at Stockton Lake in celebration of her 18th birthday. Guernsey is currently planning for a vacation to England, Ireland, and Wales next summer (2005). “I’m so excited. It’s going to be so much fun!” Most of the money Guernsey earned this summer will go towards the vacation next summer. The lifestyle and geography so captured drum” to the average fun-loving kid, it was not Top 10! Hardest Classes and Teachers 1. AMERICAN HISTORY – CARNAHAN 2. CHEMISTRY – PARKER 3. AP LITERATURE + COMPOSITION – MACQUEENEY 4. PSYCHOLOGY – ROBINSON-GRAY 5. AP HISTORY – KECZKEMETHY 6. ANATOMY + PHYSIOLOGY – REED 7. COMM ARTS III CP – STAUSING 8. COMM ARTS II – EMRICH 9. BIOLOGY – REED 10. SPANISH III – SEBER


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SEPTEMBER 2004 FEATURES Get on the Livestrong bandwagon PAGE 7 Kari Twombly Staff Writer You see them on the wrists of athletes, movie stars, and on people you know walking down the street or through your school hallways. What are they? And why are they wearing them? These popular yellow bands that have “LIVESTRONG” inscribed on them are part of a non-profit organization created by Lance Armstrong, 6-time winner of the Tour de France. Selling 5 million Armstrong bracelets was the organizationʼs goal. They have surpassed that and have been able to sell over 7 million so far. Right now bracelets are on backorder. The bracelets are worn daily by millions, and each person has a different reason for wearing them. Faith Mason (ʼ05) wears her Armstrong band because, “My Aunt has cancer and it helps support cancer patients.” Mr. Kimbrough, Joplin High School Associate Principal, wears his band in support of Armstrongʼs foundation. “… I admire him, I admire what he has gone through and how he has come back from having cancer; to me that is amazing. I think that it is also very admirable of him to support the other cancer patients and survivors and raise money for them.” These bands are yellow, the color of hope, courage, and perseverance, which is also what they symbolize. To Assistant Principal Boyd, these bracelets symbolize “Cancer awareness; it is my own personal reminder that I am a cancer patient. You are usually the one that says itʼll never happen to you, but then it does.” Mr. Boyd was diagnosed with prostate cancer last March. Since his diagnosis his cancer awareness has greatly increased. “I expect everything to be fine, since I was treated early,” says Mr. Boyd. So, no matter why these symbolic bands are worn, the wearers are helping raise money towards the fight against cancer and raising cancer awareness. If you would like to purchase a bracelet, go online at www.wearyellow.com. Jrock: Itʼs not your daddyʼs rock and roll Sara Patrum Staff Writer What is Jrock? Japanese rock or Jrock is a unique type of rock music imported from Japan. Within the genre of Jrock, there are many different types of music from poppy bands comparable to All American Refects to hard, visual rock like Korn. If youʼre into Brittany Spears type music, youʼll want to look into Jpop. You wonʼt find Jrock at Wal-mart or Hastings. The best way to get your hands on it is ordering off of the Internet. Some online storesʼ prices seem a bit high, so Ebay may be the way to go. Ebay is also one of the best places to find merchandise: CDs, DVDs, shirts, key chains, buttons, and posters are only some of the things you can find there. Websites such as www.jpophouse.com or www.jpophelp.com are very nice and have all the latest CDs and merchandise, not to mention theyʼre in English. The question most frequently asked Jrock fans is “Why do you listen to that if you donʼt AwmcJpaanunonyspsti,,ctuyoJpyprrpooeJlucypok.ucf,onukld understand what theyʼre singing?” First off, the music is very unique to each band.Any type of music you could want, Jrock, Jpop, or Jpunk can supply. Secondly, there is a plethora of an addictive quality to the music. Often you either like it or you donʼt. If youʼre just looking for a sample and donʼt want to commit to buying a whole CD, you can download an MP3 from a fanʼs rotation site. Thereʼs no cost, but they have terms they would like you to follow. Here is a list of a few Jrock bands and the American bands they are loosely comparable to: Lʼarc en ciel - New Found Glory Dir en Grey - Manson or Korn Bump of Chicken - All American Rejects Malice Mizer - Cradle of Filth Some singers and bands arenʼt really comparable to American artists at all but are all very talented and deserve attention too. Gackt - solo singer Miyavi - solo singer X Japan - 80ʼs style rock (hair band) Laputa - 80ʼs style rock Psycho le Cemu - visual rock


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PAGE 8 ENTERTAINMENT SEPTEMEBER 2004 EVIL COMES HOME Sam Litteken Co-Editor Of all the video game franchises. the only one to make a really successful shot at a movie has been Resident Evil. This thrilling horror film grips you and pulls you into your seat. The film is based around a small group trying to shut down the master computer, the Red Queen, of an underground genetic research center known as the Hive. The group, lead by the heroine Alice played by Milla Jovovich, encounters an Photos From AllPosters.com army of deceased that have been infected by a biohazardous virus that the Hive was researching causing them to regain basic life structure. Trying to fight their way out of the Hive before the doors close and seal them in forever, the group encounters spinetingling creatures including enhanced versions of the virus that has mutated into a beast-like form, a pack of infected rotwilers, and of course the virus infected zombies. The group continues to push forward until the finale which draws you into an unresolved ending that was prepared for a sequel. Resident Evil is an excellent movie for anyone who likes scary movies and thriller flicks. Detail is a major part and is very graphic and gory. The story line is very gripping and keeps revealing new things throughout the film. The only downfall is some cheesy acting by a few of the supporting characters that slow the movie down in the early going. All in all, Resident Evil is an excellent movie and will hopefully open the doors to the future of better video game-to-movie franchises. Overall ***** Based on a five point scale APOCALYPSE Holly Robertson Staff Wrtier Resident Evil 2 is about a deadly virus released into an unexpecting city. As the virus infects Raccoon City, residents who receive the virus become the walking dead. Spreading the virus as the dead walk through the city, Umbrella Corporations (makers of the virus) shut down the city to contain the virus. The people who are Photos From AllPosters.com still living need to find a way out of the city before it is too late. The movie deserves four stars because of its creative, scary, and disgusting scenes. The graphics, such as the bloody fighting scenes, interesting virus containers, and new technology that is used in the movie, are effective. The story line is very suspenseful and intense. Overall **** Based on a five point scale Library Notes ... Gateway Book Award for Teens Nominees for 2004-2005 All-American Girl, Meg Cabot Ashes of Roses, Mary Jane Auch Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, Joyce Carol Oates Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson City of the Beasts, Isabel Allende Hanging on to Max, Margaret Bechard Home of the Braves, David Klass The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd Shattering Glass, Gail Giles Son of the Mob, Gordon Korman This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen Three Clams and an Oyster, Randy Powell What Happened to Lani Garver, CD REVIEW “Crescent” Sara Patrum Staff Writer Camui Gackt – “Crescent” (Pronounced Gawkt) Gacktʼs latest CD is one that Jrock fans have been looking forward to for over a year. Nine never before released tracks, and three released as singles make up this daring and unique CD. Gackt displays all of his talents on “Crescent,” from his astonishing vocal range to his talent as a musician with a guitar and a piano. In way of genre, “Crescent” flows from rock to pop to angsty ballad to acoustic love song and back again. Gackt gives the listener a taste of just about everything in this compilation. The first track is titled “Dybbuk,” ...check out Jrock On page 7 work “oni” or demon. The closest description of this song is musical schizophrenia. Starting with early 90s-like beats, it changes to hard-core rock, then a rap coupled with Gackt singing heavy trills, and finally an electronically altered falsetto. It all seems to fit together nicely and reminds me of “One More Time” by Daft Punk. It is impossible to compare Gackt to a well-known American artist simply because he is so innovative and original. One thing is certain, whatever type of music you like, Gackt has a song that you would enjoy. “Crescent” is a must have for any Jrock fan and for anyone willing to try something new from


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SEPTEMBER 2004 FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PAGE 9 ������������������������� The world at their feet, the knowledge required to succeed, and with opportunity set before the student These are the true principles of the Franklin Technology Center experience. A staff of 37 individuals with 18 different programs gives a student the opportunities needed to get bearings and ground for a possible job opportunity. Mr. Dorton New to the faculty of JHS and FTC is Mr. Dorton, professor to the Heating and Air Condi- tioning division of FTC. Dortonʼs experience in the field includes the “hands-on” of actually being a service technician for 7 to 8 years, and also graduating from OTC with a degree in Heating and Air Conditioning. Dortonʼs objectives include giving his students entry level skills into the business of Heating and Air Conditioning. Also he wants his students to gain the knowledge possible to obtain a job or further their education in this field. According to Dorton, Heat and AC is a very unique class.“Compared to other classes,“ said Dorton. “ There is more theory involved than most other classes. Because of this, I like to enforce more hands-on experience so that my students gain a better understanding into the technical side of Heat and AC, such as the physics and trigonometry involved in it.” Dr. Strait New to the Health Science Dept. of FTC is Dr. Strait. This doctorate recipient in Chiropractic Medicine has been involved with many of the local health systems in the area, but he wanted to try something different and thus chose teaching as the next step in his life. Wanting his students to have a better understanding of what the health care system has to offer, Strait plans on giving his students the chance to grow by providing them job shadowing, exposing them to different types of health care systems, gaining knowledge through hands-on experience, and to ultimately have them employable by the end of the school year. Through practicing medicine, Strait hopes that all of his students will make a difference in the world of health care. s y n d Ms. Gilmore s e Ms. Gilmore, teacher of the nursing course in Franklin Technology Center, is one of the many new additions to the faculty. Gilmore has an impressive background in the nursing field. She is a rega istered nurse (R.N.) for both labor and delivery. Also, she has received her Bachelorʼs Degree at the s University of Wyoming. Gilmoreʼs main reason for becoming a teacher in this particular field was her , wanting to teach and educate aspiring Nurse Assistants. g Gilmoreʼs plans for this year are to teach her students the competencies of nursing. She hopes for her current students to learn information necessary to pass the state board test, and to go on to nursing n school. Gilmoreʼs biggest hope is for her students to gain self-confidence and desire for the field of nursm ing.


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PAGE 10 Volleyball SPORTS Serving Victories Amanda Clemons Staff Writer The Joplin High School Varsity Volleyball team started off red-hot this season as they stomped their opponents. So far their win ratio is 9:1. They hope to have a fantastic season this year as they prepare for Conference Match 8. Their goal this season is to have 20 match wins. “It’s a great team-orientated sport that can build great leadership and people skills.” says Cherie Baugh (‘05). The varsity seniors are: Kelsey Smith, Megan Lankford, Kristin Pratt, Cherie Baugh, Tara Tyrrell, Jill Smith, and Melynn Trenary. Not to be left out, the junior varsity blazed through their opponents with a 4-0-win record. It’s a great start to the season. The freshman team hopes to stay focused and see more wins on their 1-2 record. “I’m a little disappointed in our record thus far, but I am confident that we will keep improving throughout the season.” stated Cherie Baugh (‘05). Photo by Scott Hasty Megan Moore (ʻ06) and Tara Tyrrell (ʻ05) double team tip to gain the Eagles another point. 621 Kentucky Joplin, Mo SEPTEMEBER 2004 Fashion Comes & Goes, But Style Lasts Forever. Come See The Difference... And Make Your Dreams Come True! 417-782-2875 Email: newdschool@softnet.com Full & Part-Time Classes ! “Your Career is Only 9 Months Away!” Call Today!


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SEPTEMBER 2004 SPORTS PAGE 11 Eagles Enter Enduring Season Start Sam Litteken Co-Editor The Rolla Bulldogs entered Junge The Eagles football team has seen its ups and downs throughout the first four weeks of the season that can easily be compared to a rollercoaster ride. The Eagles had a rough opening game at Junge Stadium, hosting the Glendale Falcons. The second quarter, Frank Wattelet (ʼ05) put up the first touchdown of the season for Joplin. Then, Eagles would fight to a 13-13 tie in the third, off of another Wattelet rushing touchdown. The final quarter would seem to be the Eaglesʼ downfall with Glendale capitalizing on Joplin turnovers. The final score would leave Joplin with its first loss, falling 30-13. Quarterback Mitchell Burr (ʼ07) had a great game throwing for 113 yards to six different receivers including Shapore Khalifeh (ʼ06) and Justin Cunningham (ʻ05) totaling 6 receptions and over 70 yards combined. Week two saw the Eagles run past the Lebanon defense in a 34-14 victory. Frank Wattelet showcased his amazing running abilities as he gained 185 yards in the first half alone. Wattelet would break an 81-yard touchdown that sparked the rest of the Eagles to kick it into overdrive. The defense would give up only 18 yards the rest of the half. Blake Chapman (ʼ06) hooked up with Justin Cunningham for yet another touchdown that was started by Floyd Hackettʼs (ʼ05) interception. Stadium in week 3, where once again mistakes and turnovers cost the Eagles in a close game. A fumble looked like the Bulldogs would score again, after scoring off of a Chapman interception, but Shapore Khalifeh stepped in to pull down an interception in the endzone. Fullback Jeff Sadler (ʼ06) scored the first touchdown of the game for Joplin off an 8-yard run sending the game to halftime even at 7-7. Sadler would again put points up on the Photo by Scott Hasty The Eagle defense push though Rollaʼs offensive line in an attempt to sack their quuarterback. board after breaking a 34- yard touchdown run. He against Waynesville last Friday falling 37-8. Jeff would lead the Eagles on this night with 82 yards. Sadler would once again be the soaring Eagle of the Chapman and Khalifeh hooked up twice down the night gaining 81 yards total with an incredible 53- sidelines in an attempt to get back in the game, late yard run. Sadler would also score the only Eagles in the fourth quarter, but it wasnʼt enough to keep touchdown of the night off a 1-yard run. Joplin from falling 21-14. The Eagles have the Springfield schools Joplin would have another rough night coming up including Kickapoo at home this Friday. Football Greats Photo by Scott Hasty On Friday September 3, 2004, Joplin High School, in cooperation with Leggett & Platt, paid tribute to five amazing teams and their coaches in Junge Stadiumʼs latest addition: The Display of Champions. The Display of Champions is a large exhibit of laser engraved standing panels that can be seen as you enter Junge Stadium. The displays include photographs and statistics of the Parkwood High School Bears teams of 19775, 1976, 1980, and 1983 as well as the Memorial High School Eagles team of 1976. The dedication ceremony included two special dedications to Parkwood Head Coach Dewey Combs and Memorial Head Coach Phil Collins. In his 14 years at Parkwood Coach Combs led the Bears to 13 Ozark Conference Championships plus 3 State Championships. Under the leadership of Coach Combs, Parkwood went 133-192. Memorial Coach Collins also put up spectacular numbers, although he was unable to attend the ceremony due to starting his 39th season as a coach in Russelville, Arkansas. The new displays are definitely something for every Joplin Eagles and football fan to visit. Sam Litteken


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PAGE 12 THE LAST WORD SEPTEMEBER 2004 ... continued White From page 5 Monday through Thursday, September 27 through December 29, and also in the spring. GPA is for any senior one year behind in school. The program is taken on the computer. Requirements are passing three classes first semester, and five classes second semester during the studentʼs senior year. Mr. White also helps send out letters to students who have dropped out of school, and many of those students come back to school. The dropout rates has lowered 25% from the beginning of the year. “My goal is to lower drop out rates by 50% this year” Mr. White graduated from Nixa High School in 1993. He played football at Southwest Baptist and graduated from there in 1998. “I was the first to graduate from high school and college in my family, and thatʼs what drives me to help others break the cycle,” Mr. White says. He helps others whose families havenʼt had anyone graduate. Mr. White is completing his masters at William Woods University. He hopes to pursue his doctorate. Mr. Whiteʼs goals are to be the best father he can be and to be a good husband. Mr. White hopes to someday be a principal, or a superintendent. He wants to smile and enjoy life at JHS for as long as possible and hopes to stick around and see all the success that came about from his efforts while he was here. Mr. White believes in the No Child Left Behind policy and hopes to help with at-risk kids.” Is voting ifnutyuoreu?r (near) Kari Twombly Staff Writer The United States presidential election comes only every four years. The next election will be November 2, 2004. There will be many new voters this year. To be eligible to vote, you must first be registered. You cannot vote until you are 18, but you can register when you are 17-and-a-half or older. The deadline for registration is October 6, 2004. In order to register, you can go to the Jasper County Courthouse on 6th and Pearl in Joplin. Be sure to bring some form of identification: driverʼs license, driving permit, birth certificate, etc. Before casting your vote, make sure you research each candidate. For information on John Kerry, visit the Democrat headquarters at 3302 Hearnes Blvd. in Joplin. They will also assist you in completing registry forms to be able to vote. For information on George W. Bush, visit the Republican headquarters at 1531 E. 32nd St., Suite 10, Sunnyvale Center. W (10) (15) I (20) (30) N (40) G (50) S (100) $ 5.50 $ 7.75 $10.00 $14.50 $19.00 $24.00 $45.00 Available in Mild, Hot, Suicide, Honey, Season, Cajun, & Lemon-pepper (Includes carrot or celery, roll, and dressing Party Trays Available! CATFISH DINNER $6.50 (Includes fish, slaw, fries, & hushpupies) CATFISH SANDWICH $3.75 PORK CHOP SANDWICH $4.25 JR. BURGER $2.00 JUMBO BURGER $4.00 Bacon . . $.50 Cheese. . .$ .25 Friday & Saturday ONLY Bar B.Q. Rubs & Pull-Pork Slab $18.00 Slab Dinner, 2 sides $20.50 Rib Sandwich, 2 sides $8.00 Pull-Pork Sandwich, 2 sides $7.00 Specialty Sauces & Rubs $1.00 Sides: Okra, Baked Beans, Season Fries, Potato Salad, Slaw Open til 10:00 on Friday and Sat.! 1301 Broadway, Joplin Dine-In / Carry-Out 625-1333 Season Fries Potato Salad Corn Nuggets Fried Okra Cole Slaw Hushpuppies (6) $1.50 $1.50 $1.75 $1.75 $1.25 $1.50 Dessert Extra Dressing or Roll Can Drinks Bottled Water Sweet Tea Refill $.50 $2.00 $ .50 $ .70 $1.00 $1.25 Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.



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