Volume 16, Issue 3 www.viennahighschool.com/newspaper
Vienna, IL Vienna High School January 2010
What you VHS crowns Homecoming King and Queen
can find in Page by Kelly Fitzgerald
On Friday, December 4th, 2009,
this month’s Ethan McGinnis and Kayla Loyd
were crowned Vienna High School
Talon... Homecoming King and Queen.
The Coronation was followed by a
Nerd Day-Page 2 dance that lasted until 11:30 p.m.
Homecoming week took place
from November 30th through
December 4th. VHS students
dressed up differently each day
according to the theme. Each
Trot the Globe with day there were points given out
Mr. Giffin on Page 3 to whichever class had the most
students to dress up. Classes were
Madrigal Magic-Page 4 also able to get points at activities
during lunch and at the class lip
Lip Sync Pics on Page 8 syncs.
Monday was Pajama Day and
Skits and lip syncs-
students got to enjoy the comfort of
Page 9 their pj’s on their day back from the
Tuesday, the school was
overtaken by suspenders and big
glasses on Nerd Day. Also on
this day, students from each class
were involved in playing 4-corner
volleyball at lunch time, and the
Sophomores came out victorious
ViHi Opinion with first place.
On Wednesday, it was class
on Page 16 distinction day. Each class had a
Valentine’s Shout Outs different color to support their class.
Page 18 The Seniors had black, Juniors had
red, Sophomores had pink, and the
Freshman had green. Juniors came
out on top with having the most
people dress up for this day. The
lunch activity for Wednesday was
the relay race. The Seniors easily
Talon Wish List took the win by walking to the finish
on Pages 21-22 Homecoming Queen Kayla Loyd and King Ethan McGinnis. VHS Homecoming took line during the 3-legged race.
place on December 4th, 2009. Continued on page 18
The 2009 VHS Homecoming court from left to right. Carley Childress, Blake Gray, Kasyn Moore, Chris Ditterline, Taylor Hoffmann, Brayden Leeds, Cassandra Martin, Retiring
King Bobby Hoffmann, Retiring Queen Allison Bean, Queen Kayla Loyd, King Ethan McGinnis, Laeytn Field, Shane Carlton, Kelsey Harper, Drake Sanders, Emily Horn,
Andrew Kirby, Kelly Fitzgerald, Kyle Loyd, Keeley Harper, and Dominic Tedeski.
Page 2 The Talon January 2010
VHS gets nerdy during Homecoming Week
Page by Kari Robertson
Mrs. Palmer expressing her inner nerd. Brent Goines showing Zack Akins exactly where
Dillon Hall, nerdy and proud.
Peyton Smith and Rebecca Waller having nerd pride.
Brayden Leeds showing his nerdy side. Serena Kotter, Cain Taylor, and Kassey McDonald take a break from chillin’ in the lockers to pose for a
Page 3 The Talon January 2010
W.Y.S.E. Team prepares for lift off
By Joe Myers
Have you ever wondered what of W.Y.S.E. is the University of state champions or, as stated by available online, making it easier
it would feel like to win a trophy Illinois. W.Y.S.E. is intended Mr. Jones, “At least make it further to prepare for events.
for taking a written test? It’s pretty to increase students’ interest in than Anna-Jonesboro.” All of the schools are divided
hard considering that the closest mathematics and science. The first of the W.Y.S.E. events into divisions based on the size of
thing that you can come to the shiny, Since 2004, Mr. Jones, who takes place at Shawnee Community there student body. Vienna is part
gold-plated statuette of plastic is a inherited the team from Mr. College on February 4th. Every of the 700 division. This is the
capitol letter on a piece of paper. Reichert, has been watching over member takes two tests. The tests second to smallest division, only
This is where the W.Y.S.E. Team this surprisingly competitive are in computer science, English, larger than the 300 division, and
comes into play. W.Y.S.E. stands activity. chemistry, mathematics, physics, smaller than the 1500 division, and
for World Wide Youth for Science Mr. Jones and all his W.Y.S.E. biology, and engineering graphics. even larger, the Unlimited division.
and Engineering. The headquarters Team members hope to become This year, more test content is
Several members and the coach of the W.Y.S.E. Team at a meeting. Pictured left to right are Iris Rutherford, Ethan McGinnis, Kirsten Trambley, Cody Hosfeldt, Austin Bain,
Austin Leal, Joe Myers, Mr. Jones, and Christina Faith.
Passports Ready! VHS
Students Travel the Globe
By Samantha Daum
Submitted by Mr. Giffin
This year the Globetrotters will Langston.
once again be going on “holiday,” Drake Sanders, Senior, attended
as the Brits would say it. However, the 2008 Greece trip he said “I had
this spring break, London is not on alot of fun in Greece. It was worth
our schedule like last year. This all the money spent. It was good
year’s group will be traveling even being able to go overseas in my high
farther east and starting our trip in school years. It was a great cultural
the capital of Bavarian Germany; experience being able to see all
Munich. Before going home we will the islands and temples. I would
have traveled through Germany, recommend it for anyone looking for
Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. fun and adventure.”
A few of the stops include If you are not globe trotting
Neuschwanstein castle, home of this year, maybe next year’s spring
the “Mad” king and model for break trip to Scotland and Ireland is
the Sleeping Beauty Castle at
Disneyland; the Black Forest; WWII
for you. Any student can go; bring
a parent, grandparent, or friend if
Easton Grey Lawrence
concentration camp at Dachau; snow you like. We will be traveling to the Easton was born on
capped Alps and alpine meadows; Scottish highlands, visiting castles, November 14, 2009
at 2:48 A.M.
Venice, home of Marco Polo, canals, cruising Loch Ness (maybe Nessie He weighed
gondolas, and gondoliers; and Romeo will make an appearance), touring 6 pounds and 10 ounces
and Juliet’s “fair” Verona. If all this the beautiful St. Patrick’s cathedral,
sounds like great adventure, it is. day tripping to the Waterford Crystal Easton is the son of VHS teacher
“This is my first year to go on factory (look but don’t touch),
Drew Lawrence and his wife, Kara.
the Globe Trotters trip, and I am so romping around bogs and ancient
excited! I can’t wait to fly across ruins, and maybe even kissing the
the Atlantic Ocean and see part of Blarney Stone at Blarney castle.
Europe. I am a little nervous about
being so far away from home and
If this adventure through Scotland
and Ireland sounds like fun, join us. Congratulations
my parents for nine days, but it
will be worth it!” says Junior Paige
It is not too late to sign up. See Mr.
Giffin for details. Mr. Lawrence!!!
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Madrigal finally returns, after a year of rest
Page by Chelsie Racey
For years students in our school of about thirteen people, with each characters. The audience is served a meal and
have been a part of the Madrigal. performing a unique character Also, among the cast of watches the performance while
But, with all the changes in band and who are in a comical, quirky Pirates, Arrrg!, were three student eating. It’s fabulous food, and
choir teachers, having a Madrigal situation. from Vienna Grade School: Seth laugh-so-hard-you-almost-choke
has been nearly impossible for the Not only Vienna students Holoman, Noah Jackson, and entertainment!
past few years. Because of a having participated in the Madrigal this Matthew Williams, who played the If you didn’t come see the
a lasting director, the Madrigal has year. Tara Garrett, who is a trumpet fanfare. Madrigal this year, cross your
finally returned! student at Shawnee Community A Madrigal is a Christmas fingers, because it might be coming
This year’s Madrigal consisted College, played one of the female tradition and is similar to a play. back in 2011!
Top: Katie Morris (The Queen), Tara Garrett (Lady Renolds), Autumn Goines (Hic), Top: Jessie George (Hook), Corey Ferrel (Stinker), Ethan McGinnis (Bob Bados),
‘Tink’ Board (Page). Bottom: Rebekah Waller (Madam Klepto), Christina Faith Jazmine Henry (Lion), Daisha Wathen (Jester).
(Maiden China), Seth Holoman (A trumpeter). Bottom: Matthew Williams (A trumpeter), Melanie Oliver (Captain Kidd), Kirsten
Trambley (Dame Helga), Noah Jackson (A trumpeter).
From Left: Rebekah Waller, Katie Morris, Christina Faith, and Autumn Goines look
Autumn Goines and Christina Faith relax in costume before the show begins towards the pirate intruders in horrified shock at their lousy table manners.
Kirsten Trambley, playing Dame Helga, is Katie Morris, as the queen, is practicing Jazmine Henry, playing Lion, relaxes after Jessie George dressed up as his character,
teaching the ladies how to ‘fence.’ the ‘fencing skills’ learned from Dame being a pirate with her pirate companions Hook, who is in the pirate Trio ‘Hook,
Helga. Hook and Stinker. Lion, and Stinker.’
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Music students show off their hard work in Christmas Concert
By Chelsie Racey
Once again, on December for a choir piece without musical
17th, the music classes have had accompaniment), and Gospel piece
a stellar performance with their called “Follow That Star.”
Christmas concert. The students And last but definitely not least,
have been working hard since the the third group that performed was
beginning of the year, and their Vienna High School’s band. They
hard word has paid off. performed songs including “Clash
The guitar class started off the of the Carolers,” and “Sleigh
night by playing some Christmas Ride.”
favorites. For most of the students, All the students performed
it was their first year of playing, their best and earned a heartfelt
and they did an excellent job of standing ovation from the crowd.
showing how far they have come This being the third year that
in playing the guitar. Mr. Newbold has taught here at
Choir was the next performing Vienna High School, he has done
group, continuing their tradition an absolutely amazing job with all
of an Acappella (an Italian term of the music classes. Addie Travillion and Bobby Tanner practice their music during guitar class.
The sopranos and altos enjoy their time singing in choir class, preparing for the Spring Sahara Veach, Dominick Tedeschi, Andrew Williams, and Donald Craig all prepare to
concert of 2010 that will be held sometime in April. play some music during band.
Cookies, quilts and letters sent to American heroes
By Jared Johnson
are doing for our country, it means
In December of 2009, Mrs. a lot to me. I know it’s hard on you
McGinnis’ class wrote letters and on the holidays because you can’t
baked cookies for the soldiers go home and see your family. But
who are in, or have been to, Iraq, they know this is something you
fighting for our country. Many want to do to help our country out.
students participated in the letter So they just have to deal with it, I
writing and cookie making. They am sure they miss you a lot and
were successful in mailing the they want you to be safe. I know
letters, and they also had great fun. some of my friends and family are
Here are a few examples of the over there where you guys are, and
letters that were written and I miss them to deal and can’t wait
sent out to the American heroes. to see them. Be safe. - Amber
Thank you to a Hero, Dear Solders,
Your willingness to serve our Thank you for your service to our
country by putting your life on country. It is thanks to you that
the line is greatly appreciated. my family can live safely from
The job being done for us is a day to day. My name is Keeley. Taylor Jackson, Cassandra Martin, Samantha Morrisette and Brittany Dixon making
prime example that your actions cookies to be sent to the soldiers.
I am a freshman at Vienna High
speak louder than words. Once School. I’m so excited to finally Ms. Judy Fosse, a quilt maker at
again, your unselfish character be in high school, also I’m excited Calico Corners, has been making
is greatly appreciated and do because I was voted by my class to quilts for the soldiers. To the right
not go by unheard of. Behind a be a homecoming attendant. our is an example of one of the quilts
mother and father, my respect homecoming is December the 4th that Ms. Fosse has made. Along
for you is greater than any other. and I can’t wait for it to be here. with make beautiful quilts, she is
Lots of love and thanks. Our school has a huge celebration also the person who actually sent
-Drake for it is the week of coming and off the letters and quilts. She has
each day we have a different done many things for the soldiers
Dear Solders, theme to dress up to. Hope this and we, Americans, should look at
Thank you for doing what you brightened your day. -Keeley her examples and do the same for the
defenders of our country. A quilt for the soldiers by Ms. Judy
Page 6 The Talon January 2010
Been wondering what the Betas are doing?
Page by Sarah Nelson and Elizabeth Korb
Editor-in-Chief This year has been very busy for the Beta Club. the assisted living center. The Betas can bring
Paige Langston in full or travel sized bottles of lotion, shampoo,
One of the Beta club sponsors, Mrs. Bradley, said it
Assistant Editor has been “Much, much busier, with our officers choos- conditioner, etc.
Maggie Bradley ing to complete a service project every month.” With Also for the month of February, the Beta Club
a new project every month, Betas have had more op- is hosting an 1980’s themed Valentine’s dance,
Bookkeepers portunities for service hours than ever. starting after the basketball on February 12th and
Tyler Harner In December, for instance, there were many differ- ending at midnight.
Sarah Nelson ent activities, including raising money to buy gifts for
less fortunate children. For each five dollars students
Staff brought in they earned one of their twenty required ser-
vice hours to attend State convention. On December
10th, several members went to Mrs. Bradley’s room
to sort out the toys that Mrs. Bradley purchased with
the money that was raised. They were able to sponsor
over 20 children with the gifts that were bought.
Betas are also selling flower certificates from This-
N-That Flower Shop. For only twenty dollars, the
card allows buyers to receive a bouquet of flowers
each month. The flowers incorporate a theme from the
time of year. Half of the money that each Beta sells
goes towards each Beta member’s cost for State Con-
Chelsi Racey Kirsten Trambley and Mellisa Maze contemplating what
vention. to buy for the children.
The Beta lock-in was a huge success. Many students
attended, and with the entertainment provided, there
was no way for Betas to get bored. Little sleeping
Advisor was involved since there was a ping-pong table, sev-
Mrs. Joan Clayton eral video games such as Sing Star for the Wii, and
Vienna High School Halo for the Xbox.
601 N. 1st Street Yet another project that Betas are working on this
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Katie Morris, Montana Craig, Bergandi Johnson, and Tyler
Harner getting tied up.
Lance Duer, Marissa Ross, and Cain Taylor playing one of
the many games during the lock-in.
Kate Mullins, ashamed of Shane
Dashia Wathen, Ethan McGinnis, Kaleigh Grant, and Christina Would someone please explain the game to
Victoria Pearl showing off her reindeer
Nelson wrapping themselves in toilet paper at the lock-in. Clayton Smith?
from the ornament exchange at the lock-
Page 7 The Talon January 2010
It’s swine time in Mr. Hight’s room
By Jessica McMahon & Vanessa Canada
Mr. Height showing the class how to make the incisions
into the pig.
Mr. Hight’s Biology class dissected
pigs and learned about all twenty
nine organs. In order to dissect the
pigs, there were three main cuts.
To make the Y-cut you first cut the mid Dylan Lammers looking at the hard and soft palates, and
Tyler Harner cutting into the pigs liver, which is located
under the heart and lungs, but above the intestines.
stomach down to the back legs. Then you the epiglottis.
cut up to chest and down the sides by the the chest to expose the heart, lungs, the internal organ. For example, if you
front and back legs, revealing all the organs, thymus, thyroid glands, and larynx, laid a person and an adult pig on their back
The second cut is the mouth cut. To which is also known as the voice box. and looked at their insides, all the organs
make this cut, you cut the corners of the This project was simply for the would be in almost the same exact places.
mouth back to and through jaw bone, educational purpose of discovering and Male pigs are called boars, the
and pull the mouth open to expose examining a pig’s organs, and how the pigs’ females are called sows, and the baby
soft pallet, hard pallet, and epiglottis. insides highly resemble a human. They pigs (as dissected) are called piglets.
The third and final cut opens both have the same sizes and positions of The average pigs dissected were male.
Haley Hand and Maggie Bradley examining the pig before the big test. Drew Walsh putting a sleeping spell on the pig as Marissa Ross pokes and prods the spleen.
Kelly Fitzgerald, Victoria Pearl, and Brooke Childress studying the pig and its organs. Dillon Hall, Cady Ross, and Tyler Langley getting in the pig for the second day.
Page 8 The Talon January 2010
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Class Lip Syncs & Homecoming skits
Page by Tyler Harner
Sophomores, Chrissy Glass, Marley Ayyad, Kari Robertson, and Heather Nance
perform a Spice Girls routine.
Ethan McGinnis, Brandon Tanner, and Shane Carlton play back-up
with guitars during the Senior Lip Sync.
Dashia Wathen, Ryan Meyers, and Cody Hosfeldt show their support for homecoming
king candidate Ethan McGinnis.
Freshmen, Keeley Harper, Mikayla Stokes, Maria Botello, and Racheal
Sullivan lip sync along with the Beatles song,” Yellow Submarine”
Jacob Lane, Heather Nance, Tyler Harner, and Cody Evans perform a variety
of raps for Queen candidate Laeytn Field’s homecoming skit.
Marissa Martinez, Clarissa Court, Hannah McGinnis, Kirsten Trambley, and
Emily Horn show off their basketball skills in the Junior lip sync.
For Queen candidate Kelsey Harper’s skit, Keeley Harper and Dashia
Marr get in touch with their gangster roots.
Page 10 The Talon January 2010
Class Distinction Day
Page by Kari Robertson
The Class of 2010 expressing their Senior pride after taking first place in Class Distinction Day during Homecoming Week 2009.
Pictured above is the Junior Class proudly showing their VHS spirit during Class Distinction Day of Homecoming Week.
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Above is the Sophomore Class taking time out of the Homecoming Activities of 2009 to show their class pride on Class Distinction Day.
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Page by Stormi Crippen and Tyler Russell
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If you could re-live one day If you could re-live one day If you could re-live one day If you could re-live one day
in high school, what day in high school, what day in high school, what day in high school, what day
would it be? would it be? would it be? would it be?
That’s a hard one, it would probably be The day I started playing football. It’s Homecoming week because it was The skits and lip syncs during
one day in FFA week because that’s the the best sport ever and Coach Rude is fun. homecoming week.
best week of the year. awesome! What is one thing you would What is one thing you would
What is one thing you would What is one thing you would change about yourself? change about yourself?
change about yourself? change about yourself? I wouldn’t change anything about
I would lose some weight.
Nothing. I am pretty pleased. I wouldn’t get mad as easily.
If you were given a million myself.
If you were given a million If you were given a million
dollars what would you do If you were given a million
dollars what would you do dollars what would you do dollars what would you do
with it? with it? Buy a house, a car and, pay for with it?
I would buy a farm and equipment to farm Buy a 4x4 diesel truck, buy a house, college. I would buy a house on Kentucky
with because that is what I love to do. then do whatever else comes to mind.
What are your future plans Lake. It’s my favorite place to be.
What are your future plans What are your future plans after high school? What are your future plans
after high school? after high school? I plan on becoming a Junior High after high school?
I’m not completely sure yet, but it will Go to college to be a mechanic and spend Special Education teacher. I plan on going to Shawnee College to
probably involve agriculture. time with my amazing girlfriend Amber.
What actor do you think What actor do you think What actress do you think
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you’re most like? What actress do you think
you’re most like? you’re most like? Dakota Fanning you’re most like?
I have no idea. I do not watch TV. Burt Reynolds. He can be funny, but
What is your favorite thing mostly he is straight-foward with things.
What is your favorite thing Julia Roberts because Stormi said so.
about winter? What is your favorite thing
about winter? What is your favorite thing
I love Christmas time because its such about Winter?
Absolutely NOTHING! I hate winter with about winter?
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What was the scariest moment of What was the scariest moment of What was the scariest moment of
your life? your life? your life?
My sister’s birth. The Driver’s Ed test. One day I was stuck at the house and phones were down.
What is your idea of a perfect Valen- What is your idea of a perfect Valen- All of our neighbors were gone and I was fully con-
tine’s Day? tine’s Day? vinced that I was the last guy on the face of the earth.
A bunch of women around me with beef jerky and Chilling in a hot tub with Megan Fox. What is your idea of a perfect Valen-
Mountain Dew. Who was your favorite superhero as a tine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day isn’t really “celebrated” when you are
Who was your favorite superhero as a child? single, soo... I guess the ideal Valentine’s day is sitting
child? Superman because he is the bomb. around playing love songs on my guitar.
Batman, because he is almost as awesome as me. If you could spend one day with a Who was your favorite superhero as a
Plus, I dig the cape. celebrity who would it be? child?
If you could spend one day with a Tiger Woods, because we both play golf. Spiderman, first off the web spinning thing is pretty
celebrity who would it be? What is your New Year’s resolution? sweet, and he has one of the few “super suits” that actu-
Michael Phelps. To play better golf. ally looks really cool. (Especially the black one)
What is your New Year’s resolution? What is your favorite thing about If you could spend one day with a
Try not to super glue anything to my body. VHS? celebrity who would it be?
What is your favorite thing about FFA week because of muddy truck day. Megan Fox, do I really have to say why?
VHS? What is your New Year’s resolution?
The ladies and Christian Stafford because he is as To prepare for the 2012 apocalypse.
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What was the scariest moment in your What was the scariest moment in your What was the scariest moment in your
life? life? life?
I’d have to say it was Halloween night. My Probably the first tornado I had ever been through When me and Jessica went 4- wheeler riding and
friends and I tried to stay the night at a church and when I was 8! I hit a tree and I saw my life flash before my eyes.
everybody bailed. You guy’s know who you are! What is your idea of the perfect What is your idea of the perfect
What is your idea of the perfect Valentine’s day? Valentine’s day?
Valentine’s day? Even though I’m not into that holiday, I would Going out to eat at a nice restaurant with Conner,
Just being with Mark. Oh maybe Valentine’s Day have to say the perfect Valentine’s Day would be then go to some place romantic because I love
could be our movie night! :) having a great time with your “Valentine” and being with him.
Who was your favorite superhero as a add some chocolate and pretty flowers in there. Who was your favorite superhero as a
child? Who was your favorite superhero as a child?
Batman. I always thought his voice was sexy. child? Catwoman.
Sort of like Clint Eastwood’s! Spiderman. When you grow up with a brother If you could spend one day with a
If you could spend one day with a things tend to rub off. celebrity who would it be?
celebrity who would it be? If you could spend one day with a Taylor Lautner because he is gorgeous and he
Taylor Lautner! WOO BABY celebrity who would it be? could be my Jacob.
What is your New Year’s resolution? Hayley Williams. She’s my favorite celebrity What is your New Year’s resolution?
Bring up my grades and keep my room clean for and being around a lead singer sounds pretty It was to get back with Conner and not fight and
a change. awesome to me. argue with him anymore. We are back together.
What is your favorite thing about VHS? What is your New Year’s resolution? What is your favorite thing about VHS?
I love all the people. I love the atmosphere and To keep my grades up and to be a better person. The classes and the teachers, because the teachers
most of all the teachers. What is your favorite thing about VHS? are nice and if you need any help they will and
There are constantly activities going on. the classes are easy if you listen!
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Where can we find you at Where can we find you at Where can we find you at Where can we find you at
lunch? lunch? lunch? lunch?
Usually in the commons or in the Probably at Dairy Queen with my At the same table everyday with some In the old commons.
media center. friends. of my close friends. What is your phobia?
What is your phobia? What is your phobia? What is your phobia? Snakes, because I almost got bit by
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What store do you shop at What store do you shop at I get them. They are very scary! What store do you shop at
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What is your most prized What is your most prized cream? What is your most prized
possession that you can’t possession that you can’t Chocolate. possession that you can’t
live without? live without? What is your most prized liv0e without?
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Page by Jared Johnson
We asked a few VHS students on their opinion of a certain question.
What is your favorite movie and why?
Elizabeth Korb Brittany Barkley Travis Dodson
“I have many “Rose Red,
favorites but the one because it has
because my mama said
I like the most right paranormal
now is Labyrinth activity, though
because of its 80’s it is not real.”
Josh Wiltermood Eddie Botello Ethan McGinnis
“Never Back “I would have to “A Clockwork
Down, ‘cause say that I don’t Orange, it
it’s amazin’ really have a expounds upon
and fits me.... favorite, but I like the subject of
YO!!!! Fo comedies with moral choice and
shizzle d- Will Ferrel and the humanity. And it
good.” House Bunny.” has an amazing
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Valentine’s Heart Grams
Page by Kaylee Knight and Samantha Daum
Alexis I think your absolutely
I love you! gorgeous! You’re an amazing guy,
Happy Valentines any girl would be so lucky to be
Happy Valentines Day Blake Grey able to call you their guy. One
Love Sissy I <3 You day myself I hope to make you
Anastasia April Love Your Secret Admirer
Dear Drew K,
Your ride is sweet. Those
jeans you wore yesterday are
absolutely amazing on you. Dear Bubbles,
I love your hair and watching Kaylee and Aleasha You are loud, crazy, a
you at your locker :) I love you guys so much! We’ve been nutcase but you are indeed
Your love, through so much together my best friend ever, even
Shaniqwah and I hope we continue to go through though you’re the biggest
many more things together. You guys goober I’ve ever met. Eye
are like my sisters, I’ll be there for you Love Yew wif all my heart!
whenever you need me. Hope you have a
Happy Valentines day!
Hugs n Kisses
Dear David Hill,
To All Girls,
:) Best teacher EVER!
I LOVE YOU!
I love you! (: Love A Freshman
p.s you know who this is
To the best dance
partner ever. Mrs. Goines
Sky, You are amazing!
I think you are a From Clayton Smith
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Attention Book Worms: Your Club Is Here
Page by Vanessa Canada & Geoffory Kramp
better. The club chooses the books
they read. Either the students will
suggest one or they get to vote
on the book they want to read.
The club plans on reading the
book, The Lovely Bones, and then
going to see the movie. The book
and movie, The Lovely Bones, is
about a girl who was murdered and
comes back to watch over her family
Mrs. Bradley and Mr. Giffin, book club
sponsors. to get vengeance on her killer and
help her family heal from her death. Andrew Williams, Ethan McGinnis, and Cody Hosfeldt sitting looking at their books.
VHS has a new club and it This is just one of the many
has had a great turn out so far. great books you will be able to
The sponsors of the club are Mr. read. It’s not to late to join book
Giffin and Mrs. Bradley. They club. So go find Mrs. Bradley
are deeply honored to be the club or Mr. Giffin and join now!
sponsors. “It is very important for
students to read because it helps VHS Homecoming
them develop their vocabulary Continued from page 1
and it generally improves reading
It was crazy day on Thursday
comprehension,” stated Mrs.
and students dressed up as random
Bradley and Mr. Giffin. and wild as possible. Clothes clashed Members of the book club discussing their book.
Both Mr. Giffin and Mrs. and mismatched as untamed hair The Freshmen pulled out the win class lip syncs are displayed after
Bradley thought of starting a book and make-up made eye brows rise. for the obstacle course and left the lunch and until the end of the day.
club. The club is planning to read The Juniors managed to take the win crowd impressed over their victory. The class lip sync theme this year
approximately one book every three for the most dressed for Thursday. As Friday rolled along, blue and was a little different. Each class had
weeks. It doesn’t cost anything to An obstacle course was the orange flooded the halls throughout a different music genre. Freshmen
join the book club. The only cost is Thursday’s activity. This course the school as people expressed their were classic rock, Sophomores
that you buy your own books. involved crawling under mats, VHS spirit. Traditionally, Friday were hip-hop, Juniors were Rap,
They meet once a month to carrying a ball with a dinosaur has always been spirit day and and the Seniors were country. The
discuss the books they would like grabber toy, spinning in circles VHS is definitely keeping it alive. Sophomores prevailed over the
to read. The club is a great way then dribbling a basketball, jump This day has been claimed to be the other classes in order to take home
to meet new friends and get to roping, and rolling people on most entertaining day of the week. first place in the class lip syncs.
know your fellow students a little scooters through cones blindfolded. Homecoming candidate skits and
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Page by Kaylee Knight, Sarah Nelson, and Paige Langston
Straight from the Heart
You Caught Me Morning Fire & Midnight
By Kaylee Knight Mist
Everything was falling, By Anthony Bible
We flew up to the clouds,
From the darkness of the night,
It was falling so fast. And over the sea. Emerges rays of morning light.
No one to catch me, Around the world, Dispelling Moon and Midnight’s mist,
I shattered like glass. It was you and me. Engulfing Earth in Sun’s warm kiss;
Then you came out of no where, You never let me fall, ‘Tis the gift of Morning’s Fire, to burn
Straight from the sky, You held my hand, the night and spark desire.
Grabbing my hand, Straight through it all. To give us warmth along with life,
You taught me to fly. and light the path away from strife.
But like all things,
Red-Letter Day the day must end, at twilight,
By Dylan Latham
night once more begins.
A s we approach the red-letter somewhere war m and sandy.
Some though don’t care where
The moon returns for all to see,
We are reminded of couples as the are as long as they ’re and turns the tides in gentle ease.
they laugh and play. together. A wolf now howls as others rest,
T hey look as though they could T hey k now they ’ ll go far, It hunts for prey, survival’s test.
go ‘t il they ’re g ray, Like seeing a shoot ing star. However, the sounds will cease,
L aughing and en joy ing each Tr uly g reat and unique, As sun rises in the East.
other. On this day they ’re any thing
Midnight mist and morning fire;
Some act like sister and brother, but weak .
Like they cannot get enough of Although there are those who Moon’s calm grace and sun’s desire,
one another. g ive this day cr it ique, Both essential to creation,
Red and pink cards and hear t W ho say that it ’s a day they For life and love and inspiration.
shaped candy. hate.
T he mere thought is really quite But even they k now this day is
dandy. great ,
A lot of couples would like to be So enjoy it now, no need to wait.
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805 N. 1st Street 658-8010
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Have a safe and prosperous year!
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Poetry by Kaylee Knight
Straight From The Heart Continued
Friends I Wanna Be
We all have that special I wanna be your sunshine to your rainy day,
friend the color of your paper that takes away the Grey.
who listens to our I wanna be the last person you think about at night,
problems and difficulties. your favorite star that you say shines the most bright.
Who makes life a bit I wanna be the first person you think about at dawn,
easier by just being there the girl that you’d die for if the next day i was gone.
Reaching out I wanna be that girl you point at and say that’s her,
Sharing doubt the girl you can see yourself with forever and be for sure.
When life gets you down I wanna be that girl that you say means the world and more,
Having that special bond the girl you’re willing to tell yours friends I’m yours.
between friends I wanna the that girl that you’d love forever,
A bond that time the girl you want to marry and nothing means never.
cannot break. I wanna be that girl you’d be willing to call in the middle of the night,
We all need someone just to say you’re sorry if at one point we would fight,
To talk to in our life, I wanna be that girl that you’d hug to show the love you make,
A friend to whom we run the girl you’d do anything for just to show me what we have ain’t fake.
In times of stress or strife I wanna be that girl who you’d hold your hand with tight,
When I am angry, just to make me feel like we can be one, that you’ll love me with all your might
you are there to soothe I wanna be that girl that you’d write a song for even if you can’t sing,
my aggression. just to show me that you’re worth it to what you willing to bring,
And when I am sad, I wanna be that girl you show that you’re always going to care,
you are there to cheer me up. that you’d run a thousand miles just to show you’d always be there,
For everything I wanna be that girl you can talk to because you can,
and all that you do, just to show me you can open up and can act like a man,
I want you to know Boy, I wanna be that girl you say is your one in one million,
I’ll do the same for you. the girl you’d say is your one in one billion,
You’ve been a true friend All I really want to be is your beautiful everything..
I hope you stay but I know you just see me as just an ordinary girl.
I would be so very empty
If you ever went away.
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Mix-N-Match Talon Wish List
By Kari Robertson and Stormi Crippen
One day, while the Talon was hard at work, a genie came and granted each Talon member two wishes. See if you can match the members with
1. Elizabeth A. All the seasons of 10. Joe J. A cookie and those
Family Guy and Mr. purple shoes
Korb Chow in my trunk Myers
K. An X-Box 360 Elite
2. Sarah B. Another snake and a 11. Jared and a unicorn
pool of nacho cheese
L. More non-Verizon
C. A puppy and for text messages and a
3. Kari people to stop making 12. Paige toaster
Robertson fun of Rudolph
Langston M. A Rottweiler and
D. Contacts and a fire
4. Tyler extinguisher 13. Maggie
Harner E. A Cannon Rebel T 1i Bradley N. A South Park DVD
box set and The
and a white tiger
5. Stormi 14. Chelsie
Nobel Peace Prize
Crippen F. Gas money and a life
Racey O. Lemon Girl Scout
time supply of Cookies and my own
6. Kelly Squeeze Pops
Fitzgerald G. Another tattoo and a Knight P. To grow 2 inches and
donkey a pet rock
16. Geoffory Q. A laptop and a
McMahon H. A PS3 and a pot of
gold Kramp Certificate of
8. Tyler Ownership for Burger
I. A bunch of scary King
Russell movies and Channing 17. Ashley O, 13-P, 14-L, 15-M, 16-K, 17- J
9. Sam Daum Tatum to be my Santa Dunn
6-A, 7-I, 8-H, 9-E, 10-N, 11-Q, 12-
Answers: 1-D, 2-C, 3-F, 4-B, 5-G,
The Secret Garden
209 N 1st Street
Vienna, IL 62995
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:30 Telephone:
Saturday 9:00 - 1:00 658-9215
Owner: Shelia Harper
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Art Class comes out with yet another amazing project
Page by Maggie Bradley and Geoffory Kramp
This year Mr. Palmer’s Art class created ornaments to place
onto their Christmas tree in the classroom. Students from other
classes voted for their favorite, the student who won received a cup
Congratulations to all who won!
The Christmas House was made by
Fourth place went to Sophomore Eddie Ashley Dunn. Below is the inside of this Third place went to Senior Autum Goins
Second place went to Senior Deanna Botello for his creation of Feliz Navidad. ornament. for her black dress angel.
Morris for her Santa Stuck in Chimney.
Above is the inside of The Christmas
Dear Santa was created by senior House by Ashley Dunn.
Brandon Tanner. First place went to Heather Nance for Sophomore Elizabeth Korb was dreaming
her interpretation of the Peanuts classic of a white Christmas when she created
character Snoopy. this beautiful snow angel.
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