Vol. 5 Issue 5 1776 Declaration Way Thompson’s Station, TN May 2010
Flashbacks to the 90s
the song I remember. Me and my “I loved the song ‘Follow Me’ by watch. “I used to watch ER. Best
By: Lindsey Rowe sister used to try to memorize all of Uncle Kracker because I would show, I watched it faithfully,” says
Staff Writer the words. We listened to them all listen to it at my day care at my Reams.
of the time,” says Kacey Plemons, mom’s work,” says Lexi Toft. “I used to watch ‘Friends’,
Today’s generation can all senior. Other Independence High ’Survivor’, ‘Wonder Years’, and ‘3rd
touch back and remember the Childhood moments always School’s teachers also have plenty Rock From The Sun’. Survivor was
good times of their childhood, all hold great songs and memories. of favorites from the 90’s. “I and still is my
occuring in the 90s. Things have favorite,” says
progressed certainly, but students Fender. “I also
will never forget the progression of loved ‘Saturday
pop culture in their short lives. Night Live’,
There are many well known even though it
songs in the student’s modern lives didn’t start in
today. Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” might be the 90’s.”
playing on the radio. “Imma Bee” Plemons
by The Black Eyed Peas might be also agrees with
playing at prom, but rewind to ‘Friends’ saying,
the songs of the 90’s, when The “Me and my
BackStreet Boys and *NSYNC were Grandma used
popular. to watch it all
“I remember the song ‘I Want It the time.”
That Way’ by the BackStreet Boys “I did not
and listening to them and dancing watch television
to that song,” says Perris Jonson, much because I
junior. worked all of the
“I remember the song ‘As time, but I did
Long As You Love Me’ by the enjoy ‘Seinfeld’.
BackStreet Boys and taking my I like comedies,
daughter, Kendra, to see them. I and I don’t like
got her front row seats and she was the tear jerker,”
ecstatic,”says Marshall Reams, a says Fields.
JROTC instructor. “’Seinfeld’,
There were boy bands as well as ‘Saved By The
girl bands that made people electric Bell’, ‘ER’,
Ryan Gramins poses in 90s gear A Brittany Forgette Photo
with excitement, along with other Homicide’.
artists that are still remembered ‘Homicide’ was
now. “’Wanna Be’ by Spice Girls is like life on the
remember ‘Lightning Crashes’ streets,” says Balzer.
by Live and ‘Hold My Hand’ Then there are the cartoons
Hootie & the Blowfish. Those we all know and love, before
songs were themes at my high high school. When we were more
school dances,” says Matt immature, if that’s possible.
Balzer, Media teacher here at “I used to watch ‘Dragon Ball Z’
IHS. all of the time,” says Johnson.
I’m not a Pop music “I liked ‘Rugrats’, I used to
listener, and I like Jazz and watch them all of the time,” says
70’s Rock and Roll. I did like Grace Martin.
the album, “The Very Best “’The Powerpuff Girls’,
of The Eagles” in 1994, says ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’, ‘Out Of
Diane Fender, journalism and The Box’, ‘Zoom’, ‘Zoboomafoo’.
English teacher at IHS. ‘Zoom’ was awesome,” says Toft.
“I like ‘One In A Million’ The 1990’s are the memories
by Larry Gram, that’s my and that everyone can look back to,
my wife’s song,” says Chuck something students and teachers
Fields, JROTC instructor for actually have in common. The
IHS. songs and television that we can
Everyone also remembers watch reruns of in college and still
the television show they laugh at and enjoy to the time we
would set to record on their retire.
VCR, before the DVR was
Brittany Forgette and James Matthis experience the flashback together A Brittany Forgette Photo invented, or make time to
2 Briefs Independence High School
Humane Society Club makes an Graduation: Freedom? Or
a-purr-ence Prison in disguise?
a member, explained that after the
humane society gathers the money
Graduation. They are the leaders
to buy food, they take it to the ani-
of this high school, but when they
mal shelters to help feed needy cats
enter college they will be the fresh
meat again. They will have to start
One way they fundraise is by all over trying to get to the top.
By: Chey Quigly
Staff Writer making puppy chow and selling it By: Shawna Thoni There is chaos when it comes
during lunch at school. Smith said Staff Writer to graduation and seniors are try-
that it is one of the most fun activi- ing to get ready for college. It’ll be
There is a new club at Indepen- ties she has done in the club. hard for them knowing that the will
dence whose goal is to have fun as Smith also said that another fun be going to someplace new and not
well as to help animals. That club, Everyone thinks that gradua-
part of humane society is volunteer able to be with old friends. They
the humane society, is new to the tion is freedom for seniors, but it’s
work. She said she enjoys the club are entering the world as an adult
2009 – 2010 school year. not. It’s the most terrifying expe-
“because I love animals.” Another ready for college.
The Humane Society has some rience ever because it’s the end of
plus, she explained, is “it’ll look planning. They have to check for While graduating can be a time
great benefits for the community good on a college application.” of stress, most look back at senior
everything, such as if they have
and the school. Member Taylor Smith declared that she likes year as a time of joy. Good luck, se-
enough credits to graduate or if
Croteau explained that “saving an- the club as it is because “it’s fun”, niors. What may seem like a prison
they have a high enough GPA to at-
imals” is the club’s main purpose. and Croteau agrees, but had a sug- tend college. is just a time of change. Enjoy your
“We raise money to get them food,” gestion for the future. “If more Seniors have it tough; they time.
she added. people are there, we can raise more have to act like the ones with sense
Her friend Shelby Smith, also money,” she reflected. because it all comes down to their
Meet the Declaration Staff
Q: What song best sums up your school year?
Kyle Pollard Jackie DelPilar Blake Farmer Taylor Sokoll Eric Williams
Co-Editor in Chief Co-Editor in Chief Sports Editor Ad Manager Staff Writer
A: Another Song About the Weekend A: The Future Freaks Me Out A: Young Forever A: The Best is Yet to Come A: Stop This Train
by A Day to Remember by Motion City Soundtrack by Jay-Z by Frank Sinatra by John Mayer
Jon Castro Shawna Thoni Heather Dudley Anika Terbrueggen Courtney Noble
Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer
A: Stu’s Song A: You Learn A: Sole Education A: Young Forever A: Don’t Blink
by Ed Helms by Alanis Morisette by Jami Roquai by Jay Z by Kenny Chesney
Whitney Wilkerson Chey Quigley Tyler Trumble Liz Johnson Brittany Forgette
Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer
A: Go the Distance A: Happy A: Pokemon Theme Song A: High School Never Ends A: I’m Awesome
from Hercules by Nevershoutnever! by Bowling for Soup by Spose
Hailey Smith Bryce Beyer Lindsey Rowe Foster Parks Sarah Courtney
Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer Staff Writer
A: Hey Soul Sister A: The Reeling A: Single Ladies A: The Middle A: Better Days
by Train by Passion Pit by Beyonce by Jimmy Eat World by Goo Goo Dolls
Independence High School
May 2010 Features 3
Great strides for Epilepsy
Walk for Epilepsy oﬃcial website. analyze space and distance. ing as free and mobile as everyone
The last two years for Amanda Megan Hawkes told the risks else, with a driver’s license, a job,
has been steadily getting worse. “I of the surgery. “She could have and college,” Megan Hawkes said.
was having a seizure every week. ended up paralyzed on her right Amanda Hawkes, now a much
I missed a lot of school, and it got side, or she could have lost all her healthier person, went to the Na-
in the way of everything.”Amanda memories, all ability to remember tional Walk for Epilepsy again on
commented. new things, or even her ability to March 27, 2010. “Everyone in my
By: Whitney Wilkerson
“Having seizures in front of speak, read, and communicate.” family went, but I was the only one
Staﬀ Writer people made her feel like less of Miraculously, the surgery was who got to wear a purple T-shirt,”
Epilepsy is a very dangerous a person,” said Megan Hawkes, a complete success. Amanda was Amanda said proudly. At the walk,
and life-changing disorder that Amanda’s mother. “She was al- making jokes and talking only a whomever has or had Epilepsy
can aﬀect anyone, like Amanda ways afraid she’d have one at any couple hours after. “I was in pain. wears a purple shirt while spon-
Hawkes, a sophomore here at In- time.” They took part of my brain out, sors wear white T-shirts.
dependence, who on January 28th Amanda has gone through 12 it hurt!”Amanda recalled with a Amanda, along with her fam-
underwent a successful surgery. diﬀerent medications, all ending smile despite remembering the ily, walked slightly over two miles
Amanda has suﬀered from up ineﬀective in helping with her pain. around National Mall, which is a
epilepsy her entire life. Epilepsy epilepsy. All the medications had Amanda was released from the park in Washington D.C.
is a disorder in which electrical various side eﬀects and some of hospital three days after surgery When asked why she wanted
signals in the brain essentially the side eﬀects were worse than and back in the classroom in less to go back to the Walk, Amanda
short out. People with epilepsy the actual disorder. than a month. replied, “It feels right to go back.
most commonly have recurring For people with epilepsy, “She’s looking forward to be- It’s raising money, making people
seizures. These seizures are often surgery is a “last resort.” It is more aware.”
convulsions in which a person’s extremely dangerous but it looked
body shakes rapidly and uncon- like the only thing that could help
trollably. Amanda live a normal and sei-
In 2008, Amanda and her fam- zure-free life.
ily went to the National Walk for To perform this surgery, she
Green Valley Gardens Flower Nursery
Epilepsy in Washington DC. The would need her left hippocampus 400 Old Peytonsville Rd, Franklin TN
National Walk for Epilepsy “is a lobe removed. The hippocampus is #: 615-7944921
family oriented, noncompetitive a part of the brain that is mirrored
walk in our nation’s capital to raise on both sides. The left and right Flowers- vegetables and Hanging Bas-
funds for research, education, parts each have diﬀerent functions kets
advocacy, and services for people and removing one could erase her
with epilepsy and their caregiv- ability to remember, understand
ers” according to The National relationships with people, and
Missions for Haiti with Fellowship Bible
Church ers. We did a much more diﬃcult
Easter egg hunt for them, and then
we got to just hang out with them.
degrees, and there was no breeze.
I put on my 100 SPF sunscreen (no
joke) at least four times. Needless
ﬁngers was way too hard to pass
We had the opportunity to
They were listening to Akon and to say it was exhausting work. walk around the zoo, though it
Jordin Sparks, so it was really cool I had one of the most reward- wasn’t the most exciting of zoos. It
to be able to see how similar they ing days on Thursday. We went had a monkey, some peacocks, and
are to us. back ot Canez to continue work- a small alligator as the most excit-
Tuesday was an incredible day. ing on the pavilion. This time our ing animals. There were also rab-
I was able to work with about a entire team was able to go, which bits, pigeons, ducks, and gerbils.
dozen orphans who ranged from included the two nurses that came Overall, it was fun.
By: Bryce Beyer infancy to age six. We did crafts, on the trip with us. They helped set That night we ate Domino’s
Staﬀ Writer played with blocks, and played up a temporary, free, medical clinic Pizza. There’s only one in all of
While many people were get- basketball. We also swam in the for the locals. I had the opportunity Haiti, and we ate from there. At
ting ready for a trip to the beach pool of the house were staying at. to assist the nurses in diﬀerent pro- the time, it was the best food I’ve
before Spring break, at 6:15 a.m. on Most of them were pretty appre- cedures. ever had. I cannot tell you how
Saturday, April 3rd, I was sitting on a hensive about getting in the water, The most interesting patient much it made me miss being in
plane on my way to Haiti. After the so it turned into some time to relax we had been a man that had an in- America. It was one of the best
earthquake in January, my church for students. fected foot wound from August. It experiences in my life, but I was
started putting a team together that Wednesday was the day I was looked beyond repair, and all we ready to go home to the familiarity
would be able to go down during most anxious about. About half of could do was put hydrogen perox- of America.
Spring Break in order to do relief our team drove three hours to an ide on it to try and clean it. After we It has been really cool to see
work. isolated village in the desert, called cleaned his foot, we put some anti- how God has used this trip in my
Our ﬁrst full day there was Eas- Canez. The village had absolutely bacterial ointment on it to make life. Going into the trip I had a
ter Sunday. We were able to go to a no shade, and the villagers lived in sure it didn’t get infected again. pretty selﬁsh outlook on leaving.
church and do an Easter egg hunt huts made of sticks and mud. Our Friday was our last full day But when we got there and I had
in the church’s parking lot. After- main objective was to build a pavil- in Haiti, and we had a few diﬀer- the opportunity to start serving,
wards I experienced one of the ion for everyone so that they would ent things we could do. Person- and to just see how joyful all of the
longest church services I have ever be able to get out of the sun. ally, I was exhausted so I went to people, He totally shattered me. I
been to. It didn’t help that every- The entire day Wednesday we a place in the mountains that had never expected to go Haiti, but I’m
thing was spoken in Creole, which dug about 30 holes that were all 30 American food! We had eaten rice so glad I did. And even though I’m
is the native language of the Hai- inches deep. Then we put wooden and beans all week, some mystery getting reacquainted with being
tians. After the church service we posts in the holes would support meat, and very strange vegetables. back in Tennessee, part of my heart
went to an orphanage for teenag- the roof. It felt like it was about 400 So the opportunity to have chicken will forever be in Haiti.
4 Senior Send-offs Independence High School
Graduating can be an excit- reer. I’m not just talking about book knew throughout your time at In-
ing time for seniors, but it can also work and class lessons, but rather dependence, remember they are in
be difficult. Moving on to bigger the wisdom that comes with being a your hearts. You will always have
things is always a fun
process with many
“What you’ve part of such a large
student body. What
the good times, and that’s the truth.
You will meet new people no mat-
things to look forward done in this school you’ve done in this ter where you end up; it’s inevita-
to, but at one point a school can reflect ble, and so will your friends. You
person has to stop and can reflect who who you are for a may grow apart with those friends,
remember old times.
High school is a large
you are for a long long time. Remem-
ber as you move on
but new bonds will form and mend
the holes that seem to come from
part of life, there’s no time.” to stay virtuous, be leaving home. College and the rest
escaping that fact. As seniors grad- kind to those you meet, and get the of our lives will be an exciting jour-
uate and move on to College and things you need to get done, done. ney, one that everyone must make
continue with the rest of their lives, Aside from remembering the when the time comes. We don’t get
I urge them to remember. Remem- things they learn, seniors should the choice to avoid it and stay chil-
By:Kyle Pollard ber the friends, the experiences, also remember to have fun. Though dren for the rest of our lives, and
and especially the things learned you may be sad you are losing con- the rest of our time here on earth
Co-Editor in Chief
throughout their High School ca- tact with some of the people you will be exactly what we make it.
I’ve transformed from a timid fresh- and “scratchin’ notes away” were the beginning, who accepted me
man who mistakes a supply closet important, they all fall into one despite my braces and poor style
for a classroom into an established large academic bowl. The things (Lauren, Aubrey, Julia). I’m also
student who takes pride in herself I’ll remember most are all of the ex- thankful for the friends I’ve made
and her school. I’ve learned the tracurricular activities that I’ve had along the way, who I have count-
the opportunity to join less memories
importance of staying true to my
word, how to weasel out of a due and participate in. I’ve “I’ve learned who I with (Cady,
date, and which hallways to avoid participated in almost am, who I want to Kara, Talor).
on a bad day. I’ve learned which everything from student And finally, I’d
study habits work best for me, how council to Habitat for Hu- be, and what makes be lost without
manity, National Honor my best friend,
to avoid the 7:10 rush hour, and the
Society to Spanish Honor
me happiest.” the one person
downside to procrastination. But
Society, newspaper to soccer, and who knows me better than I know
most importantly, I’ve learned who
I’ve done enough volunteer work myself, Heather DelPilar.
I am, who I want to be, and what
and fund raisers to last a life time. I’ll miss IHS and all of the mem-
makes me happiest. High school
I feel so blessed to have attended a ories I’ve made here. Homecom-
has given me the perfect venue to
school with so much to offer, inside ing, football games, soccer games,
discover where I fall in the scheme
and outside of the classroom. school dances, and all of the things
By: Jackie DelPilar of things, and has given me a
In true senior send-off fashion, I’ve grown accustomed to will all
Co-Editor in Chief chance to learn more about myself
I want to use this opportunity to become mere memories in just a
than I could have ever imagined.
Looking back at my four years thank the people who mean the few short weeks. I’m proud to be
One of the greatest things about
attending Independence, it’s hard most to me. I’m so thankful for the an IHS eagle, class of 2010, and I’m
IHS is the community aspect. Al-
not to marvel at how far I’ve come. friends that have been there since ecstatic to start my life as a college
though the hours of homework
student in the fall.
have made me the person I am to- singing “Don’t Stop Believing” af- play college soccer, I will always
day. People always say that high ter beating the almighty Franklin remember my time on the field for
school is the best time of your life High School in football to advance IHS.
and now I think I understand why. to the playoffs. At this moment I Besides on the athletic field, cer-
I can remember coming into felt like I was a part of something tain teachers have influenced me to
Indy as a freshman not knowing important. During my senior year make me become who I am. Dur-
what to expect. The thing that I we used the same traditions during ing my freshman year, Coach Phil-
found the coolest was being able to tailgating that we were taught as lips made my World History class
step into a school that already was freshman. the most enjoyable class I have ever
filled with traditions and school I will also remember the 4 years had. Through telling stories and
spirit. As an underclassman, I was of playing varsity soccer. Coming in making the subject relevant, he
influenced by the made class interesting while also
group of close knit “Indy nation has my freshman
year I was teaching me a lot. Ms. Freeman,
juniors and seniors
from the classes of
become more than just one of three Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Justice have
also taught me that you can enjoy
’07 and ’08. They
a school to me, it has f r e s h m put
that were classes while also performing to
included us as a your top ability academically.
missing piece to the become like a family.” on the varsity Looking back I can say that IHS
has been not only a school to me,
By: Blake Farmer group of guys that I was fortunate but a part of my life. I will always
puzzle of what Indy would soon
Sports Editor become. Coming into high school, enough to play with became not remember the friends I have met,
As my senior year comes to a I felt a feeling of pride that I hadn’t only my teammates but my broth- the games that I have played, and
close, this is the moment in which felt in middle school. ers. They taught me things while the pride that I developed while be-
I can look back upon my time at I will always remember the also making it an awesome experi- ing an Indy Eagle. My advice to the
Independence. Indy nation has standards of school spirit that the ence. From moments like holding upcoming seniors is to keep up the
become more than just a school to class of ’08 set for us to follow. One the national champion Brentwood traditions and pride for our school.
me, it has become like a family. The memory I will never forget is my team to three overtimes before get- These four years will always be
people that I have met and the ex- sophomore year, standing in the ting beat to making past substate remembered as some of the best
periences that I have been through parking lot, holding hands while into sectionals. As I move on to times of my life.
Independence High School
May 2010 Senior Send-offs 5
As I sit back and look at the past Senior year is all about making Friends are the ones to help you
four years of my life, a smile finds memories. Whether they are good through the rough times, to put a
its way upon my face. Just like any or bad, memories from senior year smile on your face after getting a
other senior, I’ve had my ups and and high school in general will be bad test grade.
downs. High school is all about the with you the rest of your life. The friends you make in high
highs and lows. I would not school are by far the best. They can
The good times I would not
“ trade the memo- understand the stress of having a
with friends and
the stress from par-
trade the memories ries I’ve made these
past four years for
huge project due or being dumped.
If I could say one thing to the
ents and school are I’ve made these past anything. I can students of IHS, it would be to nev-
a given. still remember the er give up on your dreams.
The thought four years for any- butterflies flying I once heard someone say,
of graduating is a thing.” around in my stom- “Never let the fear of striking out
happy but scary one as well. Like ach the first day of freshman year. keep you from playing the game.”
any other senior, I’ve been looking One thing I will not miss is I agree; if you put your mind to
forward to this moment since the waking up at five to get ready for something you can do it.
first day of freshman year. school. Going through the same Life is too short to sit and wor-
Every student counts down the thing every single day for 720 days ry about the small stuff. Go out and
By: Courtney Noble days till they can walk across the can become very old. live life to the fullest. Never forget,
Staff writer stage and receive their diploma. I will miss my friends though. “We Are IHS!”
I remember the first day I belong. theatre department and forensics
walked through the doors of It is really weird that these team, I would like to give a special
IHS. Because I came from a small are my last words to leave behind thanks to Mr. Himelrick and Ms.
middle school with an eighth here at IHS, but with these words I T. They have been great mentors/
grade class of 70 kids, I was ner- want to recognize some people. teachers and have impacted my
vous. I was entering a new world, First I would like to recognize life greatly.
the world of high school. I had no
idea what to expect. But even with
everyone in the
“You only get one High school
has been a great
my low expectations for my high here at Indepen- shot at high school, experience, and
school experience, I had a better dence. The theatre I’m so glad I got
experience than I could have ever department has so you might as well to have my high
Since coming to high school
been one of my make the most of school experience
favorite things at here at Indepen-
I have not only discovered who it.”
Indy, and I truly love everyone dence. I am very sad to be leaving
I want to be as a person, but also that has anything to do with it. IHS but also very excited to start
who I am. I know it seems cheesy I’d like to thank the IHS Fo- college and begin life on my own.
and cliché, but it’s true. As a fresh- rensics team. Forensics has pretty If I had one piece of advice to
man, I did not have one clue on much been my thing here at Inde- leave behind, it would be to enjoy
where I’d fit in or even who I was. pendence. I have been involved all every minute of your high school
However, with all of the great four years and have been a captain career. You only get one shot at
By: Jon Castro
mentors and friends I had here at the last two. high school so you might as well
Staff Writer IHS, I was able to find just where I With giving thanks to the make the most of it.
High school, will I miss it? something has to change. one person, do what you want to
No, but will I cherish everything Whether you grow a couple do.
good that has happened in my four inches, gain some muscle, get facial Try out for the football team,
years? Yes. High School is said to hair, get a deeper voice, the list goes try out for a school play, you never
be the best years of your life, but on and on. I know I’ve changed know what you could be good at
I really think it depends on how since my first day at IHS in 2006; until you try. Yes, you will not be
well you spent your time. in fact I have even changed since the best at it at first, but starting
No, I do not remember what I
was thought day one of my fresh-
“Change is going freshman year on trying something
new is better trying something new
man year, but high school is so to happen; it is up senior year and thinking: man I
much more than getting your di- could have had so much fun if I did
ploma and going off to college. to you to make it a this the past three years. Go ahead,
It is about finding yourself. good change or a try something new, and do not be
Your thinking, wow cliché much, afraid.
Eric? Well think about it. Are you bad change.” Independence has changed so
exactly the same, not only how you last year, my junior year. Change much since my first day as a little
look, but personality wise, as the is going to happen; it is up to you freshman in 2006, and so have I. So
day you came to Independence? to make it a good change or a bad when I look back at my high school
If you say you have not change. life I do not remember what I was
Eric Williams changed, find me the minute you I feel like too many people are learning on September 17, 2006 in
Staff Writer read this and I will give you a afraid to try new things in high classroom B209. I remember the
cookie. Not really, but think about school because they think someone memories, lessons, and milestones
it. Four years is a pretty long time, will judge them. So what? It is just that make me who I am today, Eric
Independence High School
Senior Send-offs 6
Whenever you hear someone I’ve grown close with everyday great teacher, but for being a great
who has graduated from high and the moments I’ve spent with role model. Miss Tertzakian for
school, you will more than likely them. I’ll miss Ryan Pittman and inspiring me to let my light shine
hear them say, “Those were the best
years of my life.” All throughout Nila Huddleston mak-
ing me smile no matter
“I’m Starting to in a way that I never
high school I never really under-
stood why people would say that. what kind of mood I’m realize...I will But most of all, I’d
in. I’ll miss every sec- like to thank Rachel
Even to this day, I don’t think I will
ever find myself saying, “Wow. I ond I’ve spent on the actually miss this Melius for her end-
IHS stage. I’ll miss the less support and
really miss sitting in never ending
teachers who have in- place.” love that has got-
traffic just to get into school, com-
spired me to be the best that I can ten me through the
pleting pointless honors portfo-
be. hardest of times.
lios, watching girls cry about nose
Along with everything thing With all of that being said, I
piercings, and the vomit-inducing
that I’ll miss, there are a few people must admit that I will miss the days
public displays of affection.” But
in particular who I’d like to thank: that I have spent at Independence
now that I’m a senior and about to
the ones that have molded me into High School. I’m not saying that I
enter the “real world,” I am start-
the person I am today. Beau Col- never want to leave, because trust
ing to realize something that I nev-
lins, for being a constant reminder me, Chicago could not come soon-
er thought I would: I will actually
of why I love to do what I do. Cody, er. But my appreciation for the les-
miss this place.
Jordan, JC, and Wyatt for being the sons I have learned here will stick
There are a plethora of random
greatest group of friends I could with me forever. You never know,
things that I’ll miss. I’ll miss seeing
By: Taylor Sokoll those bright Friday Night Lights
have asked for, even when you’d one day I might even find myself
Ad Manager get annoyed with me. Coach Alex- saying, “Those were the best years
and the day leading up to the game.
ander, for being not only being a of my life.”
I’ll miss seeing all of these people
Memorable Events from Freshman to Senior year
- Bomb threat #1...And #2. -Carrying the toxic yellow passes
-The gigantic deposit (cough) found in the toilet freshman -Earning the first PBS tickets
-Dancing our hearts out in Wellness class
-Football team making it to the state finals sophomore year
-When “Ballin” was cool
-Kathy Kroger earns IHS it’s first national title
-“Scratchin it away” with Mr. Ragland
-Mr. Costic being around IHS longer than every teacher
-Looking forward to Mr. Phillip’s story Fridays
-2D freshman float from class of 2010
-Being skeptical of Coach A’s stories
-Taco soup repleneshment when float-building
-Volleyball winning state championship
-The Hamburgular crushing our dreams
-Posing for Dr. Webb’s camera
-Dancing to “Soulja Boy” every chance we had sophomore
year -Being the class to end the ‘07, ‘08, ‘09 cheer during pep rallys
-The original voice of IHS In loving memory of:
-Attempting the Tanto at football games...Cool, class of ‘09.
-RIP Steve Irwin
-When green was a school color -Mr. Fuller
-Focus Wednesdays become Together Tuesdays, then becomes
-The birth of 5th period
And every teacher who decided IHS
was not for them.
-White-out tradition of Football games
Independence High School
May 2010 You’re so IHS if... 7
You’re so IHs If...
You carry a Sun Drop bottle in You regret taking You remember having
your back pocket. AP government. a weather girl on the
You’ve attended Your school year is You think turning 18 You remember why
IHS longer than all “off the chain.” means you need to get a we wear conduc-
of your teachers. tatoo and/or piercing. tors.
You skip first period Your heros are the
You wear jorts.
to avoid detentions. Yeller Fellers.
There are more people wait-
Ryan Pittman is your hero. You’ve beat-boxed with William.
ing in line for a detention
than your first period class.
You’re shorter than
You believe Ke$ha > life. Your principal has rims.
You constantly quote You wear boots but You think Ms. T and
“The Hangover.” don’t work on a farm. Mr. T are married.
You truly believe Bernie is Mr. You’ve survived multiple
Ragland’s first name bomb threats.
You’ve spark-noted You wake up to
Your SRO officer looks for deer on
every assignment ever the bell between
the security camera during the
given to you. classes.
Brett Meeker has hit on you, your
mom, or your sister. You claim you know Miley Cyrus.
You get pulled out of
You write your sorrows away You’ve been taught by Mr. Costic class because your car
onto the bathroom stalls. more than your own teachers. is being towed.
WINNers: Carol Bird-
You have to watch
and flying cars at
Seven snow brings feelings baseball games.
days still aren’t
You still see Crock- of hope, joy,
ett out of the corner and freedom!
of your eye when You’ve used the
you’re doing some- term “dress-cod-
thing naughty. ed” as a verb.
8 A year in photos Independence High School
From August to May there are only
nine months of time, but this has
been a year filled with memories and
experiences. With events like home-
coming, dress up days, He’s All That,
sporting events, and plays, Indy
Nation has had an exciting 2009-10
Miranda Worland smiles as Josh Lee gets crowned homecoming king.
Memebers of DECA enjoy the competitive spirit.
Brittany Woods, Sarah Helton, Andrea Shook, and Hailey Reed take a pic-
ture during their day at Hogwarts.
Contestants in He’s All That pose in their formal wear.
Andrea Shook smiles as she cheers during a pep-rally.
Independence High School
May 2010 A year in photos 9
Photos courtesy of the yearbook staff.
Ford Wilson, Leah Schofield, and Jake Baker cast their magic on homecom-
Senior float climbs to the top.
The Yeller Fellers pose with some senior friends.
Ford Wilson shows his undying Indy love.
Heckman prepares for a very intense throw.
10 Summer Stuff Independence High School
“because I have so many friends sailing. “When I’m on the beach,” or just too hot can be challenging
up there and the city is so vibrant.” Emily Young shares, “I love to go as well. “When it’s raining I like to
So whether you are a city person or on my boogey-board, and I also watch sports,” Swayze states. For
a beach person, summer provides love to fly my kite.” But if you find some guys this would be an excel-
the perfect time to get away from yourself in just a local pool, a few lent way to pass the time. “I would
daily hassles. exciting pool games include sharks, be playing in the rain, foshiz!”
If you find yourself unable to marco polo, categories, and chick- Fick exclaims. This would also be
By: Liz Johnson go to your favorite vacation spot, en. another great alternative if it was
Staff Writer there is plenty to do here in Ten- After all those enjoying things scorching hot. Other great ideas are
After a long and cold winter nessee. “If I had to stay in state for to do, a hardy appetite can easily swimming, playing in the sprin-
break, it seems to be that student’s summer, I would probably go to present itself. There are all kinds of klers, and going to a local lake.
next thoughts revolve around the the mountains. At least that pro- restaurants to visit that will surely So whether you stay in Tennes-
warmth of the sun and sand be- vides some-what of an escape,” satisfy that hunger. Taylor Cle- see or adventure out into the world,
tween their toes. Thais is just the Shelby voices her opinion again. “I ments suggests Joe’s Crab Shack, there are hundreds of fun activities
case for many students here at IHS. would definitely go to Gatlinburg Lauren Fick prefers Surf Taco, and to keep your summer hype going.
When school lets out for the sum- or CMT Fest!” Former high school Kayla McGill proposes Chuy’s. Visiting just one of the many excit-
mer, kids and teens of all ages feel student, Nick Bunney, exclaims. “I These are all funky places that are ing places in state would do the job,
weight lift off their shoulders and would go to the lake,” sophomore ideal when the weather gets hot. or trying out one of the fun beach
hear freedom ring in their ears. Brandon Swayze states. On the contrary, no matter ideas students have shared would
There is nothing like the fun atmo- There are all kinds of exhilarat- where you are in the world, find- also be idyllic. Have a great sum-
sphere of summer. ing places across Tennessee that ing things to do when it is raining mer IHS!
Although there are thousands provide an unforgettable , thrilling
of places to visit during this time of experience. Some great examples
relaxation, a few places seem to be would include Nashville Shores,
more popular than others. Two out Pigeon Forge, NASCAR Speed
of three students said they prefer Park, Pirates Plateau, the Chatta-
Florida for their destination during nooga Aquarium, and Wetlands
summer. “I love Florida because it’s Water Park. Either one of these fun-
so tropical and fun,” states sopho- filled places will be sure to replace
more Shelby Rushing. your summer boredom.
However, not everyone is the If you do find yourself on the
same. “I would have to say New beach this summer, some fun ac-
Jersey,” Lauren Fick comments, tivities would include beach vol-
leyball, skim boarding, and para-
Jamison. That is the perfect sum-
mer outfit for a girl. It is short and
simple, yet completely adorable.
Summer Scenes Liz Johnson Photo
She says that her favorite sum-
mer colors are white and yellow. well.
Many fashion magazines state that Everyone has their own opin- and other summer clothing and ac-
after Labor Day, the color white is ion on bathing suits, and there are cessories for 70% off the normal re-
By: Hailey Smith no longer considered acceptable, plenty to choose from around Ten- tail price, which is an amazing deal.
Staff Writer however, after the arrival of Easter, nessee. Target has extremely cute You can also gain money by bring-
As the 2009-2010 school year white is back in style. White and swimsuits for a low price, as well ing your old gently-used clothing
slowly comes to an end, there is yellow are both bright colors which as Kohl’s, and Rue 21. Short, sim- you do not wear anymore and their
only one thing on every student’s enable them to match perfectly ple, and flairy dresses are also very store will actually pay you for the
mind: summer vacation. With only with any summer outfit. much in style this summer. Shoes clothes you bring. American Eagle
a few weeks left of school, girls and Sophomore Michael Monroe are also a very big topic also. Flip- is selling incredibly fashionable
boys are filling up malls and local says that his favorite thing to wear flops is obviously a given for both jean shorts now for $24.95, which is
department stores to purchase the during the summer is a t-shirt and guys and girls, but on the other also an amazing deal.
clothes they need for the scorching basketball shorts, which is also a hand, Michael Monroe states, “My Summer is a time for students
weather coming up this summer. great outfit choice for guys. Aus- favorite shoes to wear in the sum- and teachers to take a break from
Although this year has been hard tin Shockley states that he likes to mer are Wallabees.” Liz Johnson school life and receive the oppor-
on many families concerning mon- wear tank-tops during the summer, agrees that open-toed heals or san- tunity to relax for three months.
ey, there are plenty of cute, cheap which is the ideal choice for a lazy dals are very appealing. Make it your best summer yet and
clothing options for those on a tight day of relaxation. For both boys The best places to shop for all of go out and buy adorable clothing
budget. and girls, sunglasses and hats are a these clothing items are Plato’s Clos- for the price that you can afford.
“My favorite things to wear in necessity. They keep the sun out of et, Academy Sports, Rue 21, Buck- This is your time to shine, so dress
the summer are jean shorts and a your face while providing a stylish le, Target, Pac Sun, and American to impress. Sit back and relax, Indy
tank-top,” says sophomore Kimmy look. Also, large bags and purses Eagle. Plato’s Closet has thousands Nation, summer will be here before
are in style during the summer, as of dresses, shorts, shoes, tank-tops, you know it.
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12 Team Dolly Independence High School
Team Dolly inspires Indy Nation
years of chemotherapy. Although hugely of Coach Phillips and the is nice to honor her with an event
Leukemia is a scary diagnosis, school in instilling the what's re- like this. To tell her...’All of these
these classifications are very posi- ally important in life” theme.” people love you and are so proud
tive. The Brentwood game not of you and all you are doing’ re-
Since her diagnosis, Madelyn only raised money for Madelyn, ally helps us all keep pushing on.”
has relied on her “dolly” to help but also helped raise up her Madelyn Gregg serves an inspira-
her stay strong. When Madelyn spirits. Chemo therapy is a very tion, as an example to all of a beau-
By: Blake Farmer was born, she was given this dolly tough treatment, and can be es- tiful young girl who has impacted
Sports Editor by her aunt and uncle. Upon get- pecially rough on younger kids. not only Independence, but an en-
ting older, her dolly has become “The event was fun and a reward tire community of people. For more
more then a toy to her, she has be- for her. She has been through so information or to make a donation
People say, “Live life to the
come a side kick, and a significant much and been so good at taking go to http://www.caringbridge.org/
fullest and make the most of each
piece of her life. “Dolly is like my her medicine while also being visit/madelyngregg1.
day” No one understands this
third child. I am ever-watchful over good during clinic time, that it
statement more than 4 year old
her because I simply can't lose her.
Madelyn Gregg and her family.
Dolly really has helped Madelyn
Madelyn is beautiful 4 year old girl
through all transitions in her young
who enjoys playing soccer, fishing,
life so far, from starting preschool
blowing bubbles, along with taking
to this diagnosis. Dolly is that peace
frequent trips to Jump Zone and
of home,” says Amy Gregg, Made-
Chuck E. Cheese with her brother
lyn’s mother. This is what gave Mrs.
and partner in crime Hudson.
Gregg’s Sunday school class the
On October 26th, 2009, sweet
idea to start up the slogan “Team
Dolly”. Team Dol-
ly not only stands
for Madelyn, but
for her struggle
mia and her battle
to regain her life
back. This slogan Courtesy of Tracy Farmer Independence soccer team with Madelyn and family.
along with a pic-
ture of dolly were
put onto shirts and
bracelets to sup-
a senior at Inde-
the idea of hold-
ing a fundraiser
for Madelyn with
the boys’ soccer
teams. During the
first home game of
the season against
School, both the
Boys JV and Var-
sity soccer teams
wore their Team
Dolly shirts in
honor of Madelyn.
Courtesy of Amy Gregg Madelyn Gregg
Madelyn was diagnosed with Pre - All of the concession stand profits
B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. from the game also went towards
Pre- B Acute Lymphoblastic Leuke- her battle. "Wow... is what I remem-
mia is a type of Leukemia that has ber thinking when Wendy first ap-
an 85% cure rate and Madelyn is proached us about the team want-
classified as "Standard Risk" due to ing to do this for Madelyn and our
her level of blasts in her blood. She family. Neither Alex nor myself
is also classified as a "Rapid Early went to Independence. With that
Responder" meaning that she went being said, to have a whole team
into remission after only 14 days wanting to support us simply be-
of chemo and steroids. These two cause is completely amazing. To
extra classifications mean that she have teenagers look at my little 3
will do the standard two and a half year-old and be impacted speaks
Independence High School
May 2010 Entertainment 13
A Whitney Wilkerson Comic
eryday counts and that sometimes
you will have to accept things the
way they are and simply focus on
the positive. The differences be-
tween my life in Germany and my
life here are big. It took me a while
to get used to new rules and morals
such as a stricter curfew, stronger
parental protection, less freedoms,
and dissensions. But experiencing
these differences firsthand made
me a lot more open-minded and
I learned for life. Contrasting the
schools, it is much easier to study
in the US, but also much more fun.
While German schools are places to
study only, American high schools
are also seen as a community, one
nation with many opportunities re-
garding sports and arts.
After ten months of living in
America, I got used to all the things
that seemed so new to me in the be-
ginning- the people, the school, the
Year neighborhood… So saying Good-
bye won’t be the easiest thing to do.
I am so glad that I got the opportu-
nity to experience life in a different
country and gain understanding
in the world, become much more
independent, open-minded, and
confident. This was an awesome
chance that definitely changed my
life. I also got to travel a lot during
my stay here, and make very pre-
By: Anika Terbrueggen cious memories. Looking back at
Staff Writer my junior year at Independence
High, I can say that it was a really
When I decided to go to Amer- good experience which I’ll never
ica as an exchange student for a forget. Of course you experience
year, I wanted to experience a new ups and down throughout your
lifestyle, meet many interesting stay but that’s life and just makes
people, make new connections, you learn from mistakes. But after
have an impact on peoples’ lives, almost 10 months I’m also excited
and expand my horizons. And this to go back home and see my Ger-
is what happened. I met awesome man friends and family again.
new people, built great friendships I can only encourage other stu-
and also a good connection with dents to go out and study abroad.
Photo by Chey Quigley my host family, exchanged opin- You meet awesome people from
ions and two different ways of life, different cultures and countries,
For the past week, students have been flocking to a table set shared my first-hand knowledge of gain knowledge and understand-
up outside of the café. Yummy treats such as cookies, cupcakes, and another culture and language with ing, impact the lives of others, grow
pieces of pie have been sold to raise money for the Chemo Duck the people around me, and found a in yourself, strengthen your per-
Foundation. The Chemo Duck Foundation raises funds to help sonality, and much more. Everyone
second home in a different part of
send a special duck stuffed animal to young children going through can open their mind and step out of
the world. I remember the first day
chemotherapy. All the money raised during this bake sale will go
of school like it was yesterday and their comfort zone to start a great
to benefit the foundation. If you were not able to get one of these
now it’s almost time to go back to adventure. If you are interested in,
goodies this week, do not worry, there will be a table set up on
Germany again. for example, studying in Europe or
Spring Day. So bring your money and help the cause.
While I was here and at IHS, elsewhere, go to http://www.ciee.
I’ve learned a lot. I realized that ev- org/ for more information!
14 Entertainment Independence High School
Teacher Pop Quiz
By: Foster Parks
IHS teachers are known for Q: What is “Glee”?
their hard work and dedication to B: A T.V. show about a high Q: What is the Ipad, what does it
their students and respective sub- school glee club. do?
Q: What’s the weirdest thing H: Bubbling happiness! B: What doesn’t it do?
jects. But how much do they RE-
you’ve done on spring break? S: T.V. Show? H: Large I-touch, computer/phone.
ALLY know about what’s going on
Balzer: Painted myself for a bas- S: Is that the one you download
in our culture? Well, that exactly
ketball game! books on?
why The Declaration interviewed Q: Team Edward / Team Jacob?
Helm: Drove for 26 hours
three well-known teachers; Matt B: Team Nosferatu!
straight… Not worth it.
Balzer, Kyle Sykes and Jennifer H: Neither.
Sykes: As a grad student, I went
Helm. To find out how much they S: Neither. Who’s that? Q: What’s your best memory from
“Herpin’”! (Searching for Reptiles
know on these topics! class 2010?
B: Tony Marmol editing!
H: This has been one of my top
Q: R U 2 Kool 4 Skool? two favorite classes I’ve taught
Q: What are ear gauges? here.
B: Depends how cool the school is!
B: Things that will never heal. S: Interacting with the students and
H: Holes in your ears? getting to know them was great!
S: No. You misspelled that entire
Masterpiece of the Toy Story 3
Month This month’s masterpiece is
by a crazed toy collector, and must
be rescued by his fellow toys. Now
from Ceci Sach’s 7th period art class. in 2010, the toys have quite a dif-
The project was on self-sculpting. ferent story to tell.
Austin Sullivan, a junior, did an ex-
quisite job on sculpting. The toys are shipped off
Austin explained how he had to a daycare center quite acciden-
to hollow the clay, “I had to cut the tally after Andy places them in
By: Whitney Wilkerson the attic, but keeps Woody aside.
[clay] head off,” he laughed, “and
Staff Writer By: Kyle Pollard At the daycare center the toys will
then put a hole in the top Co-Editor in Chief find some new lovable faces and
of the head.”After hol- befriend them. Andy is very dis-
lowing it out and put- tressed at the blunder, and begins
One of the widest known looking for his childhood me-
ting it back together, the
phenomena of today’s generation mentos. The toys learn of this and
real sculpting and detail is arguably the Toy Story mov- naturally begin to escape. Their
work came easily. Sul- ies. The first two came out within
livan used wooden tools attempts are hindered by their
four years of each other, and the new “friends” who do not want
but “mostly it was hand- third of the saga is set to release
work” he added. them to leave the daycare center.
this year. Students have grown up In the mad dash, Buzz is injured,
To sculpt himself, Sul- with the toy’s loving owner, Andy. and upon trying to reset him the
livan used a mirror. He They watched as Andy played toys turn into a delusional Spanish
said, “I kept turning my with the toys at a young age, went version of his old self.
head to get the full view.” to summer camp, and now, just
Throughout this like this year’s seniors, Andy will Watch the old gang try to
school year the art classes be headed off to college leaving his make it back home and reunite
have shown their never- toys behind. with their beloved Andy one more
ending talent, such as time before he leaves for college.
Austin Sullivan. Next Throughout the years, the The movie will hit the theatres
year, the talent is bound toys have really had quite a diffi- June 18, 2010 and is certain to be a
to continue and improve cult life. First, Woody and Buzz are flick to remember.
lost, only to be found by Woody’s
just like this year.
evil neighbor, returning home
much later. Then Woody is stolen
Independence High School
May 2010 Features 15
the days by both sitting outside by, such as; going to school events grades start slipping from your se-
with other seniors during lunch, (sports, plays, clubs, etc.), recycle- nioritis. You do not want to take ex-
even throughout the outrageous bin basketball, sleep-over on school ams in your final week as a senior,
winter, or dress up days he makes nights, calling teachers by their first do you?
for himself. “I just do whatever I names, dressing like your favorite So class of 2010, the best way
can so I can so I can get by.” Little teacher, or even play four square. out of our high school lives is to
make it enjoy-
By: Eric Williams able last couple
Staff Writer months here at
You are sitting in class; the Independence.
teacher is explaining the next proj- Make a competi-
ect, but you are day dreaming about tion with friends,
your plans tonight. You have pretty do dress up days,
good grades, you already got ac- spend your time
cepted into your college of choice, wisely, and make
and you ask yourself, “Why should the most of your
I have to do this assignment?” Oh last days here at
yeah, it is because you are a senior. IHS. Before you
It is now upon us, seniors. It know it you will
controls our mind and concentra- be soaking up the
tion, turning everything into a summers rays
distraction from the easiest of as- and signing up
signments. It has finally come here for your fall se-
to Independence, the disease that mester classes in
destroys us from the inside out: se- college.
nioritis. Let’s face it; we have lost
the will to complete homework
assignments. It is an excruciating
process, but we can overcome.
We now find ourselves doing
nothing, or complaining about how Eric Williams Photo Kevin Mcullough sleeps peacefully
long we have until graduation. Se- things like these are just a few ways Once Spring Break was over
nior Ben Jones explains, “Well for some seniors get over the long haul in April and no other scheduled
me, I am done. Senioritis has finally we call last semester of our high days off are in sight, senioritis is
taken control over me.” school lives. You can do a num- really starting to spread. Now the
Jones said he makes it through ber of things to make the days go real countdown begins, and your
Film Fest Recap
“I expected to get first place,” say
Johnson, “I put a lot of effort [into
it]; we spent three or four weeks
on this and I’m very proud of what
we produced,” Johnson says with
a hint of satisfaction in his voice.
When asked if he faced any diffi-
By: Brittany Forgette culties with the video Johnson re-
Staff Writer plied, “[we had some difficulties
with] the half court shot, we shot it
“I knew that we would be one in both gyms so we had to make it
of the top schools, but as a whole look like it was in one.”
I expected first [place]”, says Matt Also placing high was Tan-
Blazer when talking about how he ner Mashburn, who got first place
expected his media class to do in in the documentary category with
this years’ film fest. “I think it’s im- “The Eric Malden Project” along
possible to have more creative stu- with Alex basso, who also placed
dents” Blazer continues. first in the feature category with
Perris Johnson and Taylor “The Swine Flu and You”
Darden placed second in the com-
mercial category with “Gatorade.” The Advertiser News Filmfest winners pose with their awards
16 Senior Pictures Independence High School
Photos from Then till Now
S Cl ass
Dillion Reid, Cory Sartain, Alex Heckman, Jon Castro, Ben Laskey, and Josh Lee
make a “pyramid” in freshman wellness class.
Lindsey Blum, Sara Smith, Cody Muller, Corey McGuire, Jamie Feliu,
Rachel Melius, JC Nix, Courtney Ringrose, and Brittany Doan enjoy the
homecoming game sophomore year.
Cady Conley, Jackie DelPilar, Colbey Wood, Chloe Howcroft, and Katherine Ring put
the finishing touches on the homecoming float sophomore year.
Sara Moroni, Nick Dykes, Andrea Shook, Cameron Jones, Julia Hancock, Nikki
Hunter, Amanda Abbott, Jessica Hanes, David McCarville, Katelyn Chambers,
Rachel Melius, Taylor Sokoll, Kristin Dominguez, Blake Farmer, and Claudia
Solano smile at the junior homecoming dance.
We’ll Miss You!
Alyssa Kildgore, Sabrina Lewis, Darcie Walker, Amelia Niner, and Kath-
erine Ring stike a pose at HMS in eighth grade.