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Volume LVIII | Issue IV Joplin High School May 2017 Remembrance Page 15 Combining Cultures PAge 5 Until We Meet AGain Page 4


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What’s Inside Spyglass 4 Until We Meet Again 5 Combining Cultures 6 Senior Sign-Off 7 Wrapping Up 2016-17 8 Moving on and Moving Forward 9 Paths of Success 10 Sudent vs Life 11Define: Me 12 One Grade Closer 13 Crossing Off the List 14 Greater Value 15 Remembrance 16 Tribute to Nico and RJ Editor-In-Chief Ashlynn Scott Online Editor Emma Simon Assistant Editor Grace Hughes Layout and Design Editor Zoe Brown Copy Editor Becca Brown Sports Editor Grace Overman Business Manager Drew Romero Staff Members Jessica Beebe Maggie Brister Keaton Campbell Jesse Croney Jake Jones Annie Le Rachel Patterson Sarah Peterson Halli Robinson William Schwarzenberger Adviser Mrs. Mary Crane MSSU CAMPUS 3950 E. Newman Rd. Joplin, MO 417.659.4400 INDIANA CAMPUS 2220 Indiana Ave. Joplin, MO 417.659.4400 franklintechnologycenter.com GET WITH THE PROGRAM.


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Memorable Moments of Memorial By Grace Hughes As high school comes to a close there become many firsts and lasts. Joplin High School’s 2017 seniors mark the last graduating class who attended the temporary Memorial building following the tornado, which occurred in May 2011. For some it seemed to be an inconvenience due to the separation of students and teachers. “Being separated from the upperclassman took away a lot of nerves of freshman year. I was involved in sports, show choir, theater and other clubs so I knew a lot of seniors, but many freshmen never got the chance to meet seniors,” said Emma Dillon, senior. The multiple different routes to get to classes was a benefit, but the crowded hallways were a problem to students attempting to get to class. “Imagine the crowd that stands by the lunch room, but all in one hallway and you have to get to the complete opposite side of the school,” said Andrew Chesney. Relationships were formed with the upperclassmen and had stuck all through high school until it came time to say good-bye. “The freshman and sophomore classes were very bonded at the Memorial building. That bond continued until that class graduated last May,” Dillon said. Through the time spent at the temporary building Chesney found something he loves and pursued all through high school. “My favorite memory of Memorial was acting in my first high school musical and because of that show, I have been involved with theater ever since,” Chesney said. Until We Meet Again By Rachel Patterson As we’re saying goodbye to the 20162017 school year, we’re also saying goodbye to retiring teachers. They’ll be missed dearly, but a common hope is that they have a great retirement and enjoy their time away from the workforce. Bobette Welch chose to go into teaching because at the time, teaching did not require students to pass an education course. She then moved to Joplin because her husband got a job with The Joplin Globe. In 2006, she began substitute teaching, and then started her current career working with Adult Education and Literacy. There, she prepares students who had dropped out of high school to take the GED. “I will miss the thrill of helping students who might easily have been failures in life get their high school diploma and then be able to work at a good job. I frequently meet former students who thank me for helping them,” said Welch. After retirement, Welch and her husband plan to be able to do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it, without having to worry about how it will effect their jobs. Maureen Wrona had a variety of jobs before falling in love with her teaching career. “I grew up in a sports-minded family and it was always teams of this, teams of that. Teaching just seemed like a good fit and I ended up really liking it and feeling really passionate about it,” said Wrona. After retirement, Wrona will miss her kids and her coworkers. “My family and I have several activities planned, to include taking our time [for] medical appointments for my son, and also to include camping and traveling in the area. So what am I going to do? I’m going to do whatever I want,” said Wrona. “I’m going to take my time for about a year and think about things. I’ve got a kid with a lot of medical conditions and I’m going to take my time taking him to doctor’s appointments. All of his doctors are in Kansas City, so it’s very hectic and stressful to try to work and manage him, so I’m going to take my time being a good mom,” said Wrona. English teacher Rhonda Sloan was a stay at home mom until her youngest daughter went into kindergarten. She had various jobs throughout college, but teaching was her only real career. Beginning at the junior high level, Sloan has been teaching for 24 years. She has only taught in the Joplin School District. “I liked students, I liked my content area and I was a mom, and it’s a perfect ‘mom job.’ I wanted a chance to share with others my love of literature and the English language,” said Sloan. She is now retiring from teaching English III and an ACT prep course. After retirement, Sloan will miss interacting with her students, but looks forward to being able to spend more time with her family. “I will be nanny nana, for my oldest daughter has three student kids. Two are still not in school and I’ll help her by keeping them. My youngest daughter is finishing up her residency and is moving back here to practice medicine, and so she’s hoping to start a family, so I’ll help her,” said Sloan. Robin Hurd was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years before teaching. She has four kids with an almost 12 years difference between the oldest and the youngest. Her husband had a job that kept him away from home for three out the four weeks in a month. When she began teaching, she was a kindergarten teacher’s aid for a semester at McKinley Elementary School. For her first 10 years of foreign language teaching, she taught the foreign language portion of “the wheel” at South Middle School (now East Middle School) and Memorial Middle School (now South Middle School) to sixth and seventh graders. After moving up to Joplin High School, she taught Spanish for nine years. “I have always wanted to teach. I played school with my little sisters and taught them to read before they started kindergarten,” said Hurd. After retirement, Hurd said she definitely will miss her relationships with students the most. She plans to spend her time on knitting, weaving, spinning yarn and tending to her sheep. She said she will probably substitute, and hopes that coming back will help her reconnect with former students. News 45


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Combining Cultures Students who immigrated from foreign countries encounter life in the United States Story and Photos By Sarah Peterson It’s a scary thing to leave behind the place you call home and travel somewhere unfamiliar. Junior Nancy Aguero and Senior Joanna Rajendram faced this challenge when their families immigrated from their home countries to Joplin, Missouri. Although they have had to deal with the difficulties of adjusting to an unfamiliar language and culture, they have also had the opportunity to meet new people and take part in new experiences. Nancy Aguero Junior Nancy Aguero moved to America from Mexico eight months ago. Since she primarily speaks Spanish, learning to speak and understand English at school has been a difficult adjustment for her. However, she has managed to overcome these obstacles to form relationships with her peers. “I miss my friends quite a bit, but I’ve made new friends. So it’s good and bad, “ she said. She also misses certain aspects of life in Mexico, notably the food, but appreciates America because it is cleaner and has less crime. Her advice to any student facing the challenges of moving from a foreign country is to be confident. “It’s worth it. Don’t be ashamed of not knowing things,” she said. Joanna Rajendram A little over a year ago, senior Joanna Rajendram moved from Sri Lanka to Joplin. According to her, the two countries differ in food, language and climate. The most surprising difference, however, was a cultural one. “I changed after I came here in the way I speak to other people because the people are different. The way they talk to me is different. In Sri Lanka, people don’t speak much. Here, they speak a lot,” she said. She describes America as a modern country compared to Sri Lanka, something that can be seen in the different clothing styles. “In Sri Lanka, we wouldn’t wear this modern dress,” she said. “We would always wear our cultural dress, and we would wear our uniforms to school.” 45 Feature In with the New By Emma Simon Every year, new teachers and administrators are added to the JHS community. This year, Elsie Morris, family and consumer science teacher, joined the staff. Previously teaching in Jay, Okla., she moved to Joplin due to better education opportunities in Missouri. She came into the school district with what she wanted to accomplish for her first year at JHS. “My goals for this year were to get our FCCLA active,” said Morris. “So far, we’ve done more than our members thought we would.” While Morris was brand new to the district, Dr. Brandon Eggleston joined the JHS staff from North Middle School. “I wouldn’t say I like one [middle school and high school] better than the other,” said Eggleston. “There are different and there are great things about each level.” Victoria Wiley, English teacher, moved to JHS after seeing the campus. “I was looking for a new place to live and I was willing to go anywhere. Once I saw this beautiful school and the amount of students that were here, I knew I wanted to be a teacher here,” said Wiley. Wiley is already planning for next year. “My goals were to help students see they are capable and no matter what it is, it can be done. I wanted to the be the best teacher I can be,” said Wiley. “I have met the first one. But honestly, I will always be trying to make those goals better, no matter how long I teach. For next year, I definitely want to set up the best environment for my students.” Overall, they all had a positive experience during their first year at JHS. “This year has been a year of learning and improving for me,” said Eggleston. “It has been a blast.”


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What I wish I Knew By Jesse Croney Many students come to high school knowing what they want to do. But some students come wishing they had a better plan. Some come expecting changes. Senior Tulsi Nursariwala said, “ I expected a lot of change when I came into high school, and I’m not the kind of person that likes change.” There are many opportunities in high school you can partake in like clubs and sports. “My freshman year I was a joiner. I joined about every club I could. I am now the president of SADD and the Secretary of Safe Teen Coalition,” said junior Hailey Newell. “Coming into high school was a big thing for me, it allowed me to meet new people and become a better person.” The classes students take impact the future and the courses you’ve taken can help. “Dual credit classes have given me the opportunity to tackle college courses while still in high school. This gives me a head start on my future,” said Newell But the thing on everyone’s mind is “What do you wish you had known before coming to high school?” “I wish I had known that high school would be so great,” said Newell. “The first day of freshman year, I asked my friend’s mom to turn the car around everyday since then, it has been an adventure. I discovered not only myself but my education and what I wanted for my future.” Student vs Life Would you survive real life? By Jessica Beebe 1. Can you do laundry? a. Yes, of course. b. Maybe if I use a Tide pod. c. What is laundry? 2. Do you know how to change a tire? a. No problem. b. If I had to. c. I’d rather just call a tow truck. 3. How many of your own expenses do you currently pay for? a. I practically already live on my own. b. The regular stuff like my car, gas and going out with friends. c. I used a dollar in the vending machine once. 4. What is the longest time you’ve been away from your parents? a. Over a month. b. A week or so. c. Hang on, my mom is calling me. 5. Can you schedule your own appointments? a. Definitely! Dentist, Doctor, Veterinarian, you name it. b. Sometimes. c. My mother takes me or tells me the address. 6. Can you balance a checkbook? a. Yes. b. Sure, I took personal finance. c. I like to think that a McGriddle is worth more than my car payment in the grand scheme of things. 7. How clean are you? a. Neat freak. b. Things aren’t perfect but it’ll do. c. I have cleared a path from my bedroom door to my bed. 8. How well can you cook? a. I can cook a full meal. b. Only if it comes in a box. c. That’s what restaurants are made for. Now it’s time to add up your points and see if you’re ready to face the world on your own. For each A you will get two points, each B one point and each C zero points. 10-16 points: You’re ready to be out in the world. You may have a few hiccups, but you are a responsible person and know most of what it takes. 4-9 points: Even though you have picked up on a few things you may want to stay at home for a while longer. 0-3 points: Consider paying rent for your bedroom next year. 67


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JHS 2016-17 JHS students showchase their individuality as well as their ability to unify during the 2016-2017 school year. Through the trials and the triumphs, Eagles fly high. 67 Photos Contributed


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Moving On and Moving Forward Seniors discuss where they plan to go after high school By Annie Le Kaeden Morris “I want to live in Kansas City after college, and so I feel like doing my nursing program there (University of Kansas) will get my foot in the door with those hospitals and I’ll be better prepared for work in Kansas City because I would already know my way around. The reason I want to pursue nursing is because I really care about people. I did a volunteer program at Freeman over the summer, and I got to spend a lot of time with a lot of patients.” Olivia Stone “I’m actually moving out in April because I am getting an assistant manager position at my job...I’m taking a year off of school before going to college because of everything that has happened with me moving out. I have to take some time, but I know I want to go to college.” Cristina Navarro “I’m thinking about going into college. I wanted to be a pediatrician until sophomore year, but then I looked into neonatal nursing and I really really like it because that is what I want to do. I want to work with babies. Majoring in nursing is a big step to that.” Morgan Wilson “About my sophomore year, I decided I wanted to do... wildlife biology. I was researching schools for that, and Montana just got recently rated number one in the nation including Canada.When I started looking into their program, I was like ‘Wow. This sounds really interesting compared to other ones I was looking at.’ I’ll be doing a lot with animals out in nature, [and] I’ll do research.” Students Attending College in the 4 States Missuori Columbia (4) Fulton (1) Joplin (55) Kansas City (3) Kirksville (1) Neosho (10) Nevada (1) Springfield (18) St. Joseph (2) Warrensburg, Mo (2) Kansas Coffeyville (2) Lawrence (3) Pittsburg (6) Oklahoma Miami (2) Shawnee (3) Stillwater (4) Arkansas Fayetteville (4) Conway (1) Feature Out of Four States Aurora, Colorado Avondale, Arizona Brazil Dallas, Texas Fort Lauderdale, Florida France Houston, Texas Huntsville, Texas Lubbock, Texas New York City, New York North Carolina Northern Africa Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Provo, Utah San Fransisco, California West Lafayette, Indiana Winona, Minnesota 89


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Michaela West (left) on the set of Ann Frank playing as Mrs. Van Daan. This is West’s 14th production. Paths of Success Two Joplin High School Students describe taking their secondary vocational passions to the next level of training By William Schwarzenberger As the doors of seniors’ high school experience begin closing, new opportunities open while students continue to pursue what they love post high school. Joplin High School senior Shelby Beaver has been competing in the shot put portion of track and field since eighth grade. With her current personal best at 42 feet, three inches, she attributes much of her success to her coaches. “My throwing coaches spend so much time trying to critique me so I can perform to the best of my ability. They always believe in me and remind [me] it’s just a sport and to have fun. They put pressure on me, but they do it in a way that encourages me,” said Beaver. “Coach Lawrence always holds me accountable in the weight room and pushes me when he knows I can do more than I am putting out.” Track and field is not the only high school sport she participates in, having played basketball in her off season. “It took a lot of hard work not only during the season, but before and after,” said Beaver. “During basketball season, I made time to work on my shot put technique in the weight room which helped tremendously.” Many colleges contacted her, resulting in multiple letters from colleges wanting her to continue to throw shot put. “It started with letters from schools all around. After I had looked through the letters, I contacted the schools I was interested in and Missouri Southern State University was one of them. I knew I didn’t want to go far away for school and MSSU was the best fit for me,” said Beaver. Michaela West, senior, has been with the JHS drama de- partment for all four years of her high school career. West was brought into the theater world by her drama teacher Ashley Trotnic. “It was my freshman year and Ms. Trotnic was having auditions for a play called ‘You Can’t Take it with You.’ I thought that sounded fun and I went and tried out. I was not expecting to get in since I was a freshman, but I somehow managed to pull it off,” said West. “I found my passion for drama in those rehearsals.” Since then, West has been in over 15 productions through the past four years, the performances both involving JHS sponsored and the Joplin community. “It is important to keep auditioning and to be a part of everything you possibly can, so you can start building up your resume for colleges or other productions,” said West. Pittsburg State University is where West plans to major in communications, with an emphasis in drama. “My family and I grew up in Pitt. And I have been in a thespian conference, which is where I auditioned in front of over 20 schools. They can give you phones calls, booths are set up everywhere where you can talk to them or they can express interest in you,” said West. “I think it’s important to get yourself out there and make sure you have as many options as possible. I do not think you should ever lock yourself down to one thing.” Shelby Beaver landing 6th place in shot put her sophomore year in state track and field competitions. Shelby Beaver competing in shot put for State Track and Field competition her junior year. This is her third year competing in shot put for Joplin High School. 89 Feature


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Senior Sign-Off For the past eight years you’ve watched me grow from a stubborn person to an even more stubborn person. You taught me that the world would keep spinning even after everything seems to fall apart. You held my hand and babied me, but now I have to grow up and be on my own. I want to wish Joplin my best as I say my farewells and say goodbye. - Jesse Croney I thought it would be so satisfying to pass off the Spyglass to next year’s editors, but now the feeling is bittersweet. Spyglass has been a part of my life for three years, and I can’t be grateful enough for all the experiences I’ve had. I’m going to miss the whole staff so much, with all of our weird traditions and inside jokes. Thanks to all of you for making my last year of Spyglass great. -Sarah Peterson As a senior, I remember freshman, sophomore and junior year, thinking high school would never end. And now I’m graduating in 3 months. So take it from a senior: Be aware of each day. The days you are happy, sad, stressed or tearing your hair out. Be present always. Remember those moments, because you’re exchanging a day of your life for them. These are moments that you’ll never get back. Don’t waste them. Live them. -Halli Robinson I am a far different person than I was four years ago. I have grown up a lot to say the least. Sometimes you grow on your own and sometimes circumstances force you to. All of the credit of who I have become through these past few years and how I have grown goes to my parents, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Reynolds, and Coach Stauffer; who have inspired me to be the best version of me I can be. - Jessica Beebe These three years have been a growing experience. Not only has it forced me to open up to new experiences and opportunities, I have grown close to people I would not have been able to meet had I not joined. I have enjoyed the hands on practice I received from jumping into the editing world, holding interviews, taking photos, and dealing with deadlines. Even though it’s a panic ridden experience, I would do it all over again in an instant...maybe. -William Schwartzenberger As a child, I dreamed of being on a magazine publication. Fast forward years later, that dream came true. What made it even more special was that I got to share this experience with my fellow staff members. They are the most loving and genuine human beings I have ever met, and for that, I thank them for just being them. It is hard to say goodbye, but I know Spyglass is in good hands. -Annie Le 10 11


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Define: ME Will high school determine who you will become in the future? By Maggie Brister High school can be an important and defining time for many students. However, for others, they don’t let the four years define who they are, and rather change because of the experiences. For senior Cristina Navarro, high school has been very important for her because her parents never had the opportunities she has. “My parents migrated into America, they were first generation immigrants.” said Navarro,“In Mexico they only went to school up until eighth grade, and then they had to stop and start working to provide for their family. Whenever they got here, [America] they didn’t get a chance to go to high school and get an education.” She believes her family’s struggles have helped shape her ideas and persistence throughout high school. “I think determination and hard work define you. I come from a very hard working family and I think that high school has helped bring that out in me,” she said. While high school has been a helpful tool for Navarro, senior Hope Moran has seen how it has impacted those around her. “The idea of graduating from high school and going to college has affected me in both positive and negative ways,” Moran said.“It has affected me positively because it gives me something to look forward to in knowing that I will do something in my future. But also, negatively because it is a lot of pressure to think ‘I have to get into college, I have to get good grades, I have to do this or else I won’t succeed.’” As well as Moran, her sister has experienced the stresses of school. “My sister is going to a four year college right now and she has now developed a lot of stress and anxiety to where she has to be on medications and things that she wasn’t on before.” Moran believes that rather than high school defining you, it helps to lead you in the right direction to where you would like to be. “I don’t think high school defines you as a person because grades do not define you as a person and what you know doesn’t define you as a person, but it does define what you will make of yourself in the future.” As well as Moran, senior Bridget Ingham agrees that the situations you are put through during high school help to define who you will be. “I don’t think high school necessarily defines you, but I think it builds up to defining you because you really learn about yourself in high school. It [high school] puts you through situations that you never really thought that you would go through and it prepares you to be a part of society.” 10 11 Feature Time Out Athletes reflect on injury and recovery of past seasons By Grace Overman Athletes wait with anticipation for the upcoming season. The hope of winning districts and taking home the number one trophy for every season. For some, the dream was ended with an injury putting them out for the rest of season. Spencer Newell sat out his senior year with a crushing injury that put him out for months. With a torn meniscus, Newell played and finished his last game of football, starting off the basketball season with the injury. Newell finally had to end the season early having surgery in early January. “It was terrible. My senior year not being able to play and also the fact that I was just watching not being able to help my teammates. I felt like I let them down,” said Newell. The love of the game is short lived with only four years of sports to play. It’s vital to make the best of each year and to reach your goal for that particular season. Whether the goal is to make varsity or to hit your first “dinger,” home run, in a game. Senior Kinsley Stewart was able to finish physical therapy in time to play her final season of high school softball. She continued onto her senior basketball season with no further injuries. “It was rough when I tore my ACL my junior year, not being able to finish my junior year of basketball but also with the risk that I wouldn’t be ready in time for my senior softball season,” said Stewart. Stewart began practices in the late summer before her senior year. “I actually wasn’t cleared to play for a long time, I took it easy but it was almost impossible not to play the game I love,” said Stewart.


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One Grade Closer JHS students advance to the next grade By Becca Brown The end of a school year can be a joyous time where students celebrate the fact that they are finally done with eryone says about it is actually true,” said sophomore Andreas Michalopoulos. Junior McKenzie Crouch has heard about the year. But as one school year comes to the reputation junior year has. After experi- a close, another one will begin just around encing junior year himself, he agrees that it the corner. is difficult. For freshman Jackson Reynolds, his first “Junior year has probably been the year of high school has been different from most stressful year of my entire life,” said previous years because of more strict teach- Crouch. “I spend hours doing homework ers and a demanding workload. Though he every night, plus trying to juggle sports, a has enjoyed his freshman year, he is ready job and family issues. It can be difficult at to be a sophomore. times.” “Being an underclassmen hasn’t really Junior Claire McPherson is ready for ju- affected me in any way, I just kind of go nior year to come to an end and senior year with the flow. I’m excited to be an upper- to begin. classmen and I’ll get there “I am ready for junior eventually. But for now I “I have a lot of things to year to be over. I took some just have to wait until I get there,” said Reynolds. Freshman Robert Hawley look forward to, but there is also a lot of things to be pretty hard classes this year and it’s been hard to keep up with them, so I’m excited believes that they are nervous about.” -Claire for easier classes next year. I treated the same as the older students. McPherson won’t be taking a math class or a science class since I “From what I have seen, already have my credits for none of us [freshmen] those subjects, so that will have been treated differently because [we] definitely take some stress off of me,” said are younger, and I think that’s a good thing. McPherson. We shouldn’t be treated any different from Though senior year is the school year that anyone else,” said Hawley. many look forward to, some students may Reynolds believes that though students feel anxious about starting the final chapter are separated into different grade lev- of high school. els, there should still be a sense of unity “I’m a little bit nervous for next year, it’s amongst the students. a big and busy year. I have a lot of things “To the incoming freshman, the only thing to look forward to, but there is also a lot of I have to say is don’t let people look over things to be nervous about. It’s my last year you or have negative thoughts about you. of high school, and after junior year, I’m Just let them know that if you’re a fresh- excited to start this new adventure,” said man, you’re just as important as the juniors McPherson. and seniors. All the grades need to come According to junior Josiah Reitz, it is together as one school to work together and important to excell in the grade you are in be there for each other,” said Reynolds. now in order to be successful in the future. For some sophomores, they are glad to “Work hard in the classes you have now. have moved on from freshman year. After The better you do this year, the better pre- completing sophomore year, students ad- pared you will be for next year. And don’t vance to junior year which has the reputa- be afraid to push yourself and try some- tion of being the hardest. thing new. It will most likely be worth it in “Everyone has always said that junior the end,” said Reitz. year is the hardest. I guess I’m scared for next year, but anxious to see if what ev- Feature 12 13


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Crossing Off the List Students and teachers talk about what’s on their bucket list and why it’s important to have one By Halli Robinson How many times have you started to make a bucket list? You list places, activities and accomplishments on a piece of paper, only to find it a year later underneath your bed. For many, writing a bucket list is easy, it’s doing the things on them that’s the hard part. Some Students and teachers of Joplin High School, all struggle with this, but here are three who have made their bucket list, and are already crossing things off. Nathan Storms, a senior at JHS has (these top three things) on his bucket list: write a book, travel the world and do his best to love and serve others throughout his life. “I’ve been on a trip to Northern Ireland and occasionally scribble in a notebook, but there’s still a lot more to do,” said Storms. “The third item is mostly a lifelong goal of mine, and I like to think I’m doing alright so far.” Max Broglio senior, is also beginning to compile his list, but first he wants to ride his bike across three continuous states in one trip. “I did one full state and that was Kansas,” said Broglio. “From the Colorado border to the Missouri border. It took seven days, 480 miles, it was a lot.” Already crossing items off his list, Broglio encourages others to do the same. “I think you should start doing the things on your bucket list as soon as you get the opportunity to,” said Broglio. “There is not a certain criteria for how many things you have on your bucket list or what you can list. I say get them done the second you have the opportunity. And once you get them done, just add something else in its place.” Shelly Tarter, an instructional coach at JHS, shares Broglio’s mindset. As the co-creator of ICE or Immersion in Cultural Education, Tarter thinks everyone “should dream big early.” “You’re never too young to cross anything off your bucket list, to get stuff done and be the person that you want to be,” said Tarter. “I think the more you cross off, the more you add to your bucket list. And then the more things you get done, you get to accomplish and see.” 12 13 MKT-9650-A Straight talk from someone who knows you Sound financial advice means only making recommendations that line up with your goals and risk tolerance. Thoughtful guidance: It’s how we make sense of investing. Marshall Hogue Financial Advisor . 526 S Joplin Ave Joplin, MO 64801 417-781-0835 www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC


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Greater Value The lifelong benefits of recieving your high school diploma By Keaton Campbell When the idea of high school begins to evoke feelings of stress, boredom and exhaustion, it’s easy for some students to feel like getting their diploma just isn’t worth it. However, what these students don’t realize is how the simple act of graduating can open so many doors and provide a multitude of opportunities. A high school diploma allows a prospective employee to be competitive in the current job market and set themselves apart from other applicants. A diploma is no longer optional as it has been in generations past, but necessary, considering over 60% of job opportunities in the skilled labor force require a high school diploma. On top of the ability to secure a job more easily, high school graduates make over 10,000 dollars more annually than someone who dropped out. This is due to the fact that higher salaries and more advanced positions are offered to employees with a diploma. Receiving a high school diploma can enable someone to pursue a higher education, whether it be vocational school, trade programs, a certified work-program or college. A high school diploma is simply the doorway to even more available long-term career opportunities. If a student is considering dropping out, it is important that they understand the potential advantages they are depriving themselves of. Although the road to a diploma isn’t always easy, it is clear to see that the benefits far outweigh the difficulty. The effort that a student will put into receiving their high school diploma will not be something they come to regret, and will be greatly advantageous to them for the rest of their life. 15


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Remembrance RJ Nico By Jake Jones What would you do if you were given a second chance? People rarely get second chances, but one person did, and made the best out of it with his actions. That person was Ronnie “RJ” Daniels. RJ passed away on Thursday, March 2 at the age of 18, after a tragic accident. RJ was extremely determined to be successful and didn’t allow his previous decisions/negative situations to rule out anything in his life. After dropping out and coming back to school again, he enrolled in JHS’ Night Flex program to get his diploma. “He was trying, and all he wanted was to graduate. He worked hard to get to the point of where he was, and students can learn that even though you quit, when it gets hard, you can still come back from it and try again,” said sophomore Austin Titus. Despite his previous decisions, he attempted to forge ahead, being as friendly and helpful as possible to the rest of the students around him. “RJ was a guardian of the door so to speak,” said Night Flex instructor Kim Rhea, in an address she gave at his funeral. “If his buddy Chris was running late, RJ would text him repeatedly to see where he was and to make sure he would be there by the 4 o’clock deadline. If I was running late or had to be gone, I always got a text from RJ questioning where I was and if I planned to be there that day.” RJ’s reputation as a “protector” wasn’t just known to the teachers of his Night Flex classes, but to the general student population. “He was always making sure everyone was happy. It was them before himself, so when he passed, everyone remembered that about him more than anything else,” said Titus. RJ was also well known for his sense of humor. “I loved his sense of humor and on occasion had to admonish him to keep his jokes school appropriate, even though I was laughing as I was correcting him. He reminded me so much of my younger brother who had died when he was a little older than RJ,” said Rhea. RJ’s impact on JHS can be summed up by one thing, said by Titus, “He was people’s protector, and best friend... Whatever they needed he was there, he influenced lots of people, made them better while he was bettering himself. anything he did, was for others.” It is clear that JHS lost a very important, and very inspirational member of its student body this March. Whether it be the impact of his ability to start again after almost quitting school entirely, striving for success, or a personal contact with him that left students with something forever. By Grace Overman Joplin High School experienced a tragedy that shook the entire school. Spencer “Nico” Nicodemus, 18, departed this life unexpectedly on Thursday morning, March 2, 2017. To know him was to love him. Spencer was involved in many activities in and out of school. He loved to cheer on his peers on the field or court and show his support at concerts and Fusion events. Spencer dedicated his time to countless hours of volunteer work, orchestra, fishing and hunting, as well as completing his Eagle Scout project. “I lost count of everything that he was involved in. He just loved everything,” said Nate Daugherty, Spencer’s best friend of eight years. Not shy about his Christian faith, Spencer expressed love openly and showed kindness to everyone he encountered. Compassion was showed to everyone he met, whether they were a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. Love was part of his daily routine. “Nico’s family kind of ‘adopted’ me as their son, Spencer was my brother. No, Spencer is my brother,” Daugherty said. Spencer was many things to many people: son, brother, friend, teammate, student and peer. “We became best friends on the football field. We were opposites of each other and the team had a nickname for us eight years ago, and we had been best friends ever since,” said Daugherty. Narsaliwala reflects fondly on her memories of Spencer. “I met Spencer on the first grade of 6th grade. I walked into my science class and saw that I was assigned to sit by him because our last names were next to each other alphabetically. It was instant. We became best friends from the moment we introduced ourselves,” said Nursariwala, “We’ve been inseparable ever since.” Spencer left an impact on students and teachers alike. “If I have learned just one thing from that boy would be that love is the best gift you can give someone you don’t know,” said Jeff Brown, fusion advisor. Spencer’s legacy still lives on. In the weeks after his death, countless people continued to honor his memory. There was a breakfast held in the parking lot of Joplin High, a thousand bracelets and “Nico” shirts in his honor, as well as a fishing fundraiser for his family, which had a turnout of over 500 people. “Spencer taught me to be kind, share my laughter and how to truly love. He was a kind man who always went out of his way to please others, whether that be one of his best friends or a stranger. He always puts others before himself, which is an element I have tried to master,” said Nursariwala. “Spencer was always laughing and looking at the brighter side of situations. Spencer loved wholeheartedly and he showed me everyday, he fearlessly loved with everything inside of him.” 15



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