December 2004 GILES HIGH SCHOOL Volume Two
Spartans Win Region Championship By Aislynn Ribbe
Thanksgiving weekend held more than just college football and turkey. The
Spartans, after winning the first round of playoffs against Floyd on November 19th,
advanced to the Region C, Division 2 playoffs against the Lebanon Pioneers on No-
vember 27th. Hundreds of Spartan fans made the two-hour drive to Lebanon to fill
the bleachers with red,
white, and blue Spartan
Spirit. A 1:30 pm kickoff
began a tense game between
two excellent teams. At
halftime the scoreboard
showed the Pioneers win-
ning, but during the second
half the lead was passed
The Spartan defensive line in action at Lebanon back and forth between the
Photo by Aislynn Ribbe
Spartans and Pioneers,
keeping fans’ attention focused on the field. With 52.5 seconds left in the
game Giles led 28-21, and many people relaxed, thinking the championship
was in the bag. They were surprised, however, when Lebanon scored a
touchdown and tied the score at 28 as the clock ran out. Overtime began,
giving each team a chance to score. #32 Ricky Cook ran the ball into the The team rejoices over its new championship trophy
Photo by Aislynn Ribbe
Spartan end-zone from the 5-yard line and #23 Nathan Tanner scored his
fifth extra point of the game to lead 35-28. The Pioneers then had their turn,
but #37 Michael Thompson stripped the ball, and #78 Michael Robertson fell on it to secure the Spartan win 35-28.
Snow Court 2004
By Ashley Compton
On Saturday, December 11, 2004, Giles High
School held its annual winter formal. Students began
arriving at Snow Court, themed simply as a snow
dance, at 8:00 pm. As students entered the cafeteria,
which had been transformed into a winter wonderland,
they were greeted by music provided by our very own
Dr. J. Everyone enjoyed the tunes and spent hours
dancing. Around 10:00 pm, Mr. Johnston announced
the highly anticipated Court. The junior princesses Junior Princess Crystal Candler with Senior
Princess Ashley Compton Photo by Nathan Keffer
were Crystal Candler, escorted by Wes Johnson, and
Megan Epperley, escorted by CJ Hamilton. The
senior princesses were Mandy Havens, escorted
by Bobby Davis, and Ashley Compton, escorted
by Nathan Keffer. The 2004 Snow Court queen
was Ashley Hall, escorted by Michael Thompson.
The dance concluded at 11:00 pm as everyone
headed for home after a dazzling night.
Top Left: Queen Ashley Hall with escort Michael
Right: Senior Snow Court Royalty (L-R) Princess
Mandy Havens, Queen Ashley Hall, and Princess
Left: Junior Princess Megan Epperley with Senior
Princess Mandy Havens Photos by Aislynn Ribbe
Congratulations to the Marching Band
By Heather Midkiff
The GHS Marching Spartans traveled to James River High The Marching Spartans on the field at James River
School on October 30th, 2004, to compete in their second High School, with their “Beatles” backdrop.
competition of the year. Over 16 high school bands competed in this Photo courtesy of Barbara Perkins
competition, which moved Giles High into the double AA-1 class,
in which they finished 2nd. They also had an overall 5th place finish
in the Single and Double A division. They also received 2nd place
awards in Marching, Music, Drum Major, and Color Guard. The
Marching Spartans have been practicing their “Beatles” music for
this competition since late July, and have done an outstanding job,
including the wonderful “Beatles” backdrop made by the art
department at GHS.
A lively group shot of the GHS
Marching Spartans from James River.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Perkins
Distant Learning; Not So Distant
By Erica Taylor
How would you like to have a free year at college? Or how would you like
interacting with other students from different schools? Sound interesting? Well, check
out the Giles High School Distant Learning Lab. There are already 9 students taking 4
college courses through New River Community College. The lab is a great source of
interactivity with other schools. These 9 students have interaction with college
professors and other students at NRCC. How amazing is that? These students will have
the ability to graduate with 1 college semester’s worth of work.
Think robots run the lab? Think again my friends! There is a whole team at New
River helping to make the lab run efficiently, along with our own Mrs. Boggess and
Jeff Young. These people work their “feet” off, and the students pay absolutely
nothing. Yes, you could have a semester of college for free!
Enough about the college courses, there are also other classes you can take. Mrs.
(Below) Mrs. Rivera Teaching Spanish
Photo by Erica Taylor Rivera teaches Spanish 1 to students at Eastern, Macy, and Narrows Elementary while
teaching 12 GHS students! Mrs. Martin teaches Algebra to students at Macy and
Eastern, while Mr. Johnston teaches a college level History class to students here and at Narrows High. All this is done via satellite.
Just think, you could make friends with students at Narrows and only have to see them 45 minutes out of the day.
The Distant Learning Lab is a wonderful way to get to know other people at different schools, and even a way to get ahead.
Remember this option when you go to choose your classes for next year. It’s really not so distant when you think about it!
Spartonian Staff Members
Ashley Compton – Editor in Chief Mr. Etzler – Faculty Advisor Erica Taylor
Aislynn Ribbe – News Editor Nathan Colle Karla Williams
Mandy Havens- Assistant Editor Heather Midkiff Brittney Wilson
Chenaye` Woods- Assistant Editor Meghan Stump
Make the President’s Team
By Karla Williams
Everyone in grades eight through ten is required to take Physical Education. In Physical
Education you do these rigid tasks called Physical Fitness testing. There are such events
like shuttle run, v-sit, curl-ups, pull-ups, and the infamous one mile run. There is different
grading for female and male participants and different grading within the gender’s grade
level. For example, in the boys shuttle run if you are a 9th grader and run a 9.1 to a 10.1
then your grade is a 100 percent, however if a 10th grade male ran a 10.1 in he same shuttle
run his grade will be a 90 percent. Needless to say, making the President’s Physical Fitness
Team is a difficult but rewarding task. Keeping healthy is a valuable part of having a good
lifestyle and a wonderful school year. Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Burton, Coach Kelley, and Coach
Williams would like to say congratulations to all who made the team and keep up the good
President’s Physical Fitness
8th grade Abby Johnson
Painting the Town Red
By Mandy Havens
Light poles and street signs around Pearisburg were members at Wal-Mart on the morning of Saturday, October 23
donned with decoration in Celebration of Red Ribbon Week, and handed out candy, stickers, ribbons, and other favors that
October 23-31. SADD (Students Against Destructive emphasized safety and drug awareness. SADD members
Decisions) sponsor, Whitney Matlock, accompanied SADD adorned the school campus with red ribbons to remind
students to “CELEBRATE A DRUG FREE LIFE.” Also, cars
parked in the parking lots around the school received some
attention when SADD members ornamented antennas with red
All of this excitement left many students wondering about
the purpose of this activity. Red Ribbon Week takes place in
high schools across the nation during Homecoming season so
that students may be educated on the dangers of drugs. The
campaign began as a result of the murder of Special Agent
Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Camarena worked for the Drug
Enforcement Administration and died at the hands of drug
traffickers in March 1985.
Due to the teen drug problem that exists in our country,
SADD members strive to eliminate the attraction to drugs and
other destructive decisions. Giles High School’s SADD club
annually participates in Red Ribbon Week to show their
defiance of drugs. So when you spot these lingering symbols
of drug prevention throughout the community, take a moment
“Celebrate a Drug Free Life” ribbons ornament the line
to remember Agent Camarena and remember that keeping
of trees outside of the school.
Photo courtesy of Mrs. Burton your life drug free always generates a positive outcome.
Giles Internal Medicine
wishes to take this opportunity to thank our patients and
employees for their support and assistance in our
progress during the past 20 years.
Paul A. Olson, MD Pamela B. Olson, FNP
219 South Buchanan Street Pearisburg, Virginia
American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at GHS
By Aislynn Ribbe
November 10 , 2004, was a bloody day in GHS history. In the interest of saving
lives, thirty-nine students, faculty, and community members ages seventeen and older
donated about a pint of blood each to be used during emergency blood transfusions.
Although forty-nine people volunteered to give, ten were unable to donate because of
various reasons such as weight and other health issues.
The donors’ courage is to be admired, because the process of giving blood is not
easy. A picture ID is required before you are led into a private area to answer
confidential questions about your lifestyle and medical history and to have a blood
sample taken. A negative result from any of the tests can cause you to be disqualified.
The nurse then tests your veins to find the strongest one, disinfects the area, and inserts
the sixteen-gauge Chenaye` Woods gives blood
needle into your vein.
Once the needle is
removed and the site
covered in sterile
bandages, you recover
at a table while
drinking and eating a
large amount of sugar
to boost your energy.
The experience was
different for everyone.
Some were first-time
donors, while others
had given blood before. L-R Marcus Haynie and Erin Barnett
Kayla Bowles donates to the Red Cross during the blood Motives also varied volunteer while helping Edward
drive between students. Mitchem with paperwork
All photos by Aislynn Ribbe
Billie Jean Hilton was
nervous before her first donation, but said she was giving because she
knew people needed her blood type. Karla Williams, after passing out, instructed all to “Do exactly what (the nurses) say. Don’t get
up until they tell you!”
The American Red Cross thanks GHS for a great day. Forty first-time potential donors made appointments, which is a Giles High
School record! Teacher and SCA Sponsor, Mr. Mitch Reed, is in his first year at GHS. As the adult in charge of the Blood Drive, he
is delighted at the immense success.
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Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar By Heather Midkiff
HOBY’s purpose is to bring together a select group of high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability. HOBY
conducts annual, all-expense-paid seminars. At these seminars, the sophomores have the opportunity to meet, interact with, and
question regional, national, and international leaders. Giles High School sophomores were required to describe, in 500 words or less,
the qualities of a good leader and how they have demonstrated those qualities. The students also discussed how they think their
personal leadership potential could be enhanced by their selection as the GHS HOBY ambassador and what they might bring back
from the experience to benefit
students at GHS. The first place
HOBY winner is Annette
Devereaux and second place
winner is Luke Marrs. Annette
will be attending the HOBY
Leadership Seminar held at
Christopher Newport University
in Newport News, VA from
Friday, May 13th, 2005 to Sunday,
May 15th, 2005. If for some
reason Annette cannot attend this
event, Luke will go in her place.
Congratulations, Annette and
1st place HOBY winner Annette Devereaux Luke! 2nd place HOBY winner Luke Marrs
To: All of my friends! My sister & Trey To: Jessica Midkiff & Jaletta Long
From: Janette From: Rachel Lang
Thanks for everything. I love you guys. Hey, good times glad we met y’all are awesome
Have a Merry Christmas! don’t know what I would do with out ya.
To: My Lunch Table From: Aislynn
From: Kayla B. It’s been a year, honey.
To: Grant (Tex)
Merry Xmas! “Trash” Merry Christmas and
From: Danielle Long, Ashley
Jones, Amanda Wright, and here’s to many more!
Andi Keffer Love you.
Always stay as sweet as you are
now. You are fun to be around
To: Gary F., Janette D., Kristin F.,
with and a great friend.
Nathan C., Andrew G., Shawn H., Kala,
Love ya Man!
Karla, Erica and all of my friends
From: Ben B.
You guys are terrific friends and I love To: Lindsay Meredith
all of you!! Gary, we’re all glad you From: Tanner Bivens
came here, you’re an awesome friend! To the girl that makes angels
jealous, Merry Christmas Lindsay.
To: My Friends To: Chris
From: Brandy Stewart To: Jesse, Kim, Jenna, Meghan, From: Kristen
Thanks for being there for me! Erica, Kala, Ryan, Josh, and The past 7 months have been
You guys are the best and you Brett great! I hope there are many
know who you are. Deana, From: Karla more Christmas’ to come! I
Brittany, Andrea, Alisha, and I think I forgot you guys before love you more than anything!
Melinda. so here is your Christmas wish: Merry Christmas!
Love ya’ll! You guys mean a lot to me!
What Really is Southwest Virginia Governor’s School All About?
By Chenaye` Woods
The Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS) was one
of the first seventeen to be recognized by the Governor of Virginia
in 1985. SWVGS emphasizes a strong academic program dealing
with Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Giles High School
has 22 students attending SWVGS this year. Some of the
requirements for SWVGS include steady attendance,
recommendations from your teachers/counselors, and completion
of Algebra I and Algebra II (preferably Geometry, also).
What is so great about Southwest Virginia Governor’s School?
“I, for one, am getting a lot of my college classes out of the way so
that I won’t have to take them again. I’ll actually be skipping my
freshmen year because of my credits,” comments SWVGS student
Whitney Hayes. “Another good point of SWVGS is the snack
machines and free doughnuts,” add two other SWVGS students,
Travis Patton and Josh Williams. Even though SWVGS has its
many advantages, “the majority of the classes at Governor’s
School are college credit so there’s a lot more work involved.
Despite what some people think, we do not have it easy,” says
Southwest Virginia Governor’s School Building Whitney Hayes. The main focus of SWVGS is to “educate
tomorrow’s leaders in technology through rigorous instruction and
laboratory experience.” The students attend Governor’s School in
the morning to take science, mathematics, and research classes. After finishing, if they have any classes to take at GHS, they come
here to complete their day.
So, if you are in any way interested in the science, mathematics, or technology field, see your guidance counselors today for more
requirements, how to apply, and with any other questions you may have concerning Southwest Virginia Governor’s School. It could
be the right choice for you!
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By Chenaye` Woods
Every household has a different style of decoration for Christmas,
and nature almost always has a part in it. Whether it’s a giant
Christmas tree in the living room, mistletoe above the door, or
poinsettias on the front porch, nature is used to show off the
Christmas spirit. Ms. Pynn has decided to go a different route this
Christmas, and incorporate a piece of nature no one would have ever
thought of using; bean tree pods. After gathering bundles of pods
from the front lawn of Eastern Elementary Middle School, Ms. Pynn
had her art students decorate the bean tree pods with a variety of
colors and designs, blending together to make exquisite tree
After decorating the bean tree pods, the students were to put
hooks through them to finish them off as Christmas tree ornaments.
They were then taken to the library to be hung on the highly
decorated Christmas tree.
By looking at the tree from a distance, the bean tree pods look
like colorful ribbons. Along with the blinking lights, the pods give
the tree a unique look.
L-R: Art students Lauren Scheid, Vanessa Burnette, The tree is the first thing you see when walking in to the library,
Lindsey Meredith, Amber Lucas and Megan Hilton and you can’t help but be in the Christmas mood by the time you
hanging the bean tree pods on the Christmas tree in the leave! Thanks to Mrs. Pynn’s art students, the library has officially
library Picture taken by Chenaye` Woods been filled with Christmas spirit!
To: GHS Students
To: The new kid “Gary” From: Mr. Etzler To: My morning “circle” and
From: Your not so secret Take the time to make a the wonderful drama freaks
admirer difference, make From: Meghan Stump
Gary, someone’s day special and Erica, Ryan, Kala, heck, even
I love everything about you from try to do your best! Dewayne – may our circle
your slipknot CD to your Spartan never be unbroken! (yeah, don’t
lapel pin, and not to mention your graduate) and to all in drama
psycho baby doll drawings. One club – times with y’all are what
day you’ll notice me. Merry To: All my true friends I live for!
Christmas. From: Ashley Compton
Love that wannabe special Thank you all for the joy and
someone! hope you bring to my life. I
would never make it without
you. I love you guys! To: Christopher
To: Girl Scout Troop 2391
From: Ms. Scheid You don’t know how much I
Congratulations! I am so miss you, you mean everything
proud of all of you. Let’s to me, and I could never hate
rock-n-roll over the you.
holidays to celebrate. Love, “Munchkin face”
To: Ms. Shaver
To: “Boo Boo”
I lovers you! (haha)
I won’t have you to keep me straight over
the holidays, but I’ll try to manage! Maybe
I’ll get everything worked out. What do To: Jessica Midkiff and Ruth
you think? I wish you the most absolutely Marrs
wonderrrrful Christmas! You deserve a From: Heather
break from all your counseling. [haha] You guys are the best two
Love ya! friends anyone could ever ask
Chenaye` [ correct spelling] for. Love ya!
Teachers of the Month
By Meghan Stump
MS. CRYSTAL PERDUE - NOVEMBER
Miss Perdue graduated from Giles High School in
2000. She became certified in teaching at Radford
University and has always preferred staying in this area,
where she currently resides in Ripplemead. She has
recently come back to Giles to join the teaching staff in
Special Education and also serves as the new cheerleading coach.
Perdue treasures family time, including time spent with her 22-month old daughter. She also
loves watching movies and her boyfriend race go-carts.
“Everyday is different, and I get the chance to help students be successful in learning and in life.”
MR. JERRY HUFFMAN - DECEMBER
Mr. Huffman was a graduate of Narrows High School. He
participated in football and in his senior year was first team all-state.
He was also all-state track for two years. He went on to graduate
from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Administration and a Business Education Certification. As for other
milestones, Mr. Huffman served in the U.S. Air Force for four years,
was on the Narrows Town Council for twenty years (eighteen spent
as Vice-Mayor) and was an assistant manager at Belk/Legget for
Huffman began his teaching career in 1984 at Pulaski County
High School. He came to Giles High School in 1989 to teach in the Business Department. Since
then he has been an assistant JV football coach, becoming head coach this year. He has been
head coach of Varsity and 8th grade boys track for thirteen years, and assists as a co-sponsor of the FBLA club.
Mr. Huffman’s favorite enjoyment is spending time with his family. He likes yard work, crafts, camping, and watching sports on
TV. In his teaching environment, Huffman’s favorite aspect is watching students as they learn something new and sharing in their
excitement. He values knowing he may have been a small part in the success of some students.
“If you are going to do a job, do it right or don’t do it at all.”
“Failure mainly comes when you don’t try at all.”
Voice of Democracy
By Ashley Compton
Giles High School recently held its annual Voice of Democracy contest,
sponsored by Mr. Frazier and Mr. Johnston. “Celebrating our Veterans’ Service”
was this year’s theme. Originally, sixteen students submitted entries, and the field
was then narrow to the top five who were asked to prepare a three to five minute
taped essay on the subject. Janice Frye, the chairwoman of the Ladies VFW Post
6000 Auxiliary, presented
the winners with checks,
certificates, and medals on
The third place winner of
this year’s contest was
Ryne Hevener. He received
a $35 check.
This year’s second place
First place winner Kristin Fields accepts her finisher was Ryan Olson
award from Chairwoman Frye who received a check in
Photo by Aislynn Ribbe
the amount of $50.
The first place winner was Kristin Fields. Kristin received a check for $100
from the VFW Post 6000 and was automatically entered into the regional
competition. Good luck, Kristin and thanks to all participants. Mr. Frazier, Kristin Fields, Ryan Olson, Mrs.
Frye, and Ryne Hevener Photo by Aislynn Ribbe
Colleges in a Nutshell
By Ashley Compton
James Madison University is located in the large town of Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Although the campus is split by Interstate 81, it looks attractive. Freshmen are not
allowed to have cars on campus and must reside there. Tuition cost is $14,420.
Enrollment of undergraduate students comes to 15,796 and the professor/student ratio
is 17/1. They look for SAT scores between 1080-1250.
Emory & Henry College can be found in
the pretty, rural town of Emory, Virginia.
Students are required to live on campus
all four years with a few exceptions.
Since the school is private, tuition,
$22,940, is more expensive, and fewer than 900 students attend. Freshmen are allowed
to have cars. The professor/student ratio is 14/1. They look for SAT scores ranging from
George Mason University is located
minutes outside of Washington, DC in Fairfax, Virginia.
Freshmen are allowed to have cars and are not required to live
on campus. Undergraduate enrollment adds up to 16,579, and
tuition is just under $15,000. They look for SAT scores
between 1000-1210. Being so close to our nation’s capitol
allows Mason to provide excellent opportunities in research,
internships, and work experiences through strong connections
with business, the community, and government.
Appalachian State University is nestled in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Tuition for out of state
students adds up to $17,400. Enrollment of undergraduate students totals 12,385. Freshmen are required to
live on campus and are allowed to have vehicles. They look for SAT scores ranging from 1020-1210. Also, a
unique, interdisciplinary, residence program, Watauga College, is available to incoming students who are
curious, creative, and intelligent. Appalachian
Elon University By Aislynn Ribbe
Situated thirty minutes east of Greensboro, North Carolina, and
about three hours from Pearisburg, this midsize private university is
best known for its communications, education, and business
departments. Higher-level programs include MBA and Master of
Education. Elon also offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Tuition, fees, room and board add up to $23,565 for the current
school year. 4,796 students are enrolled at Elon, 63% of which are
women, and 47% men. Acceptance is fairly competitive, as only 45% of applicants are admitted. Elon is also expanding by adding a
law school that will open in 2006 and several new buildings on campus. The faculty seems helpful, the students are friendly and the
area is beautiful, making Elon a very attractive choice.
By Mandy Havens
Just across the state line, in the small town of Athens, West Virginia lies a small university that is not
much unlike our very own Giles High School. Concord University, which offers more than 80 majors,
minors, and programs, boasts a small campus with friendly people, who for the most part all know each
other. Most of the classes meet in one large building, and the administration does not mind bragging
about the small sized classes, which accommodate for a large amount of one-on-one student-professor
interaction. Concord prides itself on having a top-notch academic program, and proof of that rests in the
pages of The Wall Street Journal. In an article titled “Want to Go to Harvard Law?” The Wall Street
Journal ranked Concord University 13th among the Best Public Undergraduate Colleges for Elite Graduate Admissions.
Although Athens does not house the hustle-and-bustle activity that many other college towns do, near-by outdoor recreation
flourishes. When students need to escape the small town atmosphere they only need to travel 10 minutes down the road to Princeton,
which is home to many fast-food restaurants and shopping opportunities at near-by Mercer Mall. Concord will not drain your parents’
pockets, as do most colleges and universities. Out of state tuition tops of at $13,608, and with the vast number of scholarship
opportunities that Concord provides, that number is likely to drop. If you are searching for a top quality education on a small campus
with a friendly atmosphere at affordable tuition, be sure to check out Concord University.
Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me? By Brittney Wilson
Global warming: we all know that this potentially catastrophic warming is caused by too much carbon dioxide and other air
pollutions. In recent years scientists have found that, “the three hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998.” Even though
there are new technologies that have made an improvement in air pollution, they still cause 20% of the total
Recently, global warming has been discussed as a national security issue. The worst scenario would be a
major warming in a couple of years, making some parts of the world uninhabitable. In a news article from
cnn.com (www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/11/08/gobalwarming.reut/index.htm) it stated that “artic
temperatures are rising” and that they could result in
“roughly twice the global average projected by U.N.
reports.” In the graph shown (taken from google.com)
carbon dioxide contributes 79% of the pollution to global warming/greenhouse
It has been said that oil is cleaner, but in the future, more carbon dioxide could
develop any of the following threats: “floods, more intense hurricanes, heat waves,
increasing power outages, wildfires, sea level rising, spread of infectious diseases
and an increase in acidity in ocean waters.” In reference to trying to stop global
warming or at least slow it down, President Bush issued a “Clear Skies Initiative”
on February 14, 2002, which helps to reduce the release of “sulfur dioxide,
nitrogen oxide, and mercury from electric power generation.”
Since then, there have been many other programs to help reduce greenhouse
gases. For those that wonder what they could do to reduce the carbon dioxide in the
world, here are some suggestions from the website
(http://library.thinkquest.org/J0113264/how_can_i_help.htm): 1) Conserve
Electricity, 2) in traveling short distances try to ride a “bike, bus, and/or walk”, 3) plant trees, 4) recycle. Other sites used in creating
this article were: www.ecobridge.org/content/g_cse.htm , and www.globalchange.com/berry.htm .
To: Janette, Danielle,
To: Nikki Amy, Kara
From: Chenaye` From: Kristen
I’ve been blessed Janette, glad we
with a wonderful became friends. It’s
best friend this been great! Merry X-
holiday season. Mas! Love ya!
Stay warm with Danielle, we have
your little hoodie gotten really close!
To: Rachel Lang
and be good on Many memories!
From: Jess Midkiff
Sunday nights. Merry X-Mas! Love
Rachel dear I love you,
Merry Christmas, ya!
you crazy trumpet player!
Nay Amy & Kara,
To: Chenaye` cheerleading is a
From: Nikki blast. I am glad we
Chenaye`, are friends now!
Thanks for being Merry Christmas!
such a great friend; I Love y’all!
couldn’t ask for a
better one. Can’t To: Nathan, Kota,
forget those late Shawn H, Rob,
night trips to Kent, Brandon, and
Radford, with our Shane
little hoodies on, From: Karla
hittin’ deer, late You are the best guy
Sunday nights at my friends this black girl
To: Bobbie Mayhew has ever had. I love
house, “I got these From: Brad Davis
cheeseburgers.” So ya’ll. Some more
This is for how much I love than others. (Wink,
many memories! you and care for you. I hope
Have a merry Wink.) Anywho,
this makes you happy. celebrate Kwanzaa!
Love ya, Love,
To: All my friends
To: Sarah Hamblin, Drama, and To: Lauren
Leslie Broadwell, Chorale) Ratcliff, Ruth
Mandi Williams, From: Karla Marrs, and friends
Brittany Poff, Allie I want to extend From: Brittney
Steenken, Lindsey thanks for being Hope you all have
Piland, Sasha there for me a wonderful
Chambers, and Adriana through my up’s Christmas and may
Tickle and down’s. Have it bring memories
From: Katie Cady a great time this to cherish for years
Have a Merry holiday season and to come! Red
Christmas! I love you come back safe. shoes rock!
To: Deanna Dowdy Christmas Wishes To: Ciara Frazier
From: Chad Darnell From: Justin Vaught
All I need for Christmas is Ciara, I hope you have a fun
your love, you mean and safe Christmas. Don’t
everything to me and I will worry I will miss you when I
love you 4 all of eternity. move. I hope we spend
Love Always, Chad Christmas together.
It has been a great 2
months. I hope that you
and I can keep things
going for a whole lot
To: My morning lobby Love, Bryan
“friends” To: Bubbles
From: The most gothic girl From: Shawny Marie
you’ll ever know I love you, have a Merry
My last year w/you people Christmas. Boobah! Sissy
and I can honestly say that loves you.
you people mean a whole lot
Happy whatever you
Love, Karla To: The Homecoming
I’ve had a great time
this year hanging out
with all of you, and to
To: Kent and Lillian my “siblings,” love To: All of my friends
From: Amanda from your bother. From: Megan
I’d like to send a Merry Merry Christmas, thanks
Celebration Day wish to for everything. Ya’ll are
best friend Lillian Crouse the greatest! My presents
and my most wonderful should be here Christmas
boyfriend Kent. Best of morning! Wink wink ☺
wishes. To: Karla, Meghan, Too bad you’re not a
Nathan, Kala, Ashley C., cheeze–it.
Kimmy, Chesea, Ben B.,
Ryan and Kristin
Thanx for all of you being
such great friends! You
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love each and every one of
Ford vs. Chevy By Brittney Wilson
An unending argument that has probably been carried on between you and your
friends and probably between your parents and their friends: Ford vs. Chevy. Which one
is better and which lasts longer may be some of the many topics that are often debated.
By researching the web and finding three websites, (www.netclassics.com/history/,
http://fordcenter.ru/en/history_eng#2000 , and www.biddlechev.com/Chevy_history.htm) I was able to compare Ford history to Chevy
Even though Chevy started 6 years after Ford, it was to outsell Ford by 1 million. Ford has newly applied technologies and the
dealers are working on more efficient fuel saving techniques. Here are a few dates to help you and others settle this friendly dispute,
along with the poll results from Monday, November 15, 2004.
1903- Ford first came out and the vehicles were named by the first 19 letters in the alphabet.
1927- The company closed to reconstruct Ford model A and this turned out to be big in the news. By June, new ads were being made
on the new Model A.
1928- Not many dealers had a Model A Ford to showcase. To fix this problem, more were made in
1934- Elaborate engines were put into Fords but they were still having problems with safety.
1980-2000- “Tough competition…. made Ford professionals apply new technology in different areas
and a special attention was paid to a problem of fuel saving.”
1909- Deal was struck between William Durant and Louis Chevrolet to make a new truck, “Chevy.”
1927- Chevy was to outsell Ford by 1 million and for the next 51 years Chevy was the top selling
Lauren Ratcliff &
1928- Chevy was introduced to the 6-cylinder engine and were sold for the same price as a 4-cylinder Brittney Wilson:
engine. opposites on the
1932- Chevy was introduced to the “independent front suspension” which was used to improve the Ford/Chevy dispute.
Photo taken by Brittney Wilson
riding experience and the handling.”
1980-2000- “Chevy has worked hard to build performance, style and quality…to become long-lasting cars that go the distance.”
Poll (out of 85 voters)
1. Which type of car do you like better? 35 Ford 25 Chevy
Other- 9 Dodge,3 Toyota,1 Mitsubishi,1 Honda,1 Hyundai,1 Honda Civic,1 Tracker
2. Have you and/or your family had any problems with the type of vehicle you have chosen and if so what type?
Ford- 34 Yes 0 No 1 unanswered
Chevy- 25 Yes 0 No
Other- 15 Yes 2 No
3. What is your favorite model of the car you chose? (listed selected answers only)
Dodge Ram, Ford Mustang, Ford
F-150, Chevy Silverado
4. What do you like best about the
qualities of the car/truck you
chose? (listed selected answers
The most commonly received
answers were “It’s big”,
“speed”,. “4 wheel drive”, and
Lazy Lane By Heather Midkiff
Strolling down Lazy Lane is like walking through your friendly neighborhood
cemetery. The landscaping is quietly beautiful, the headstones are majestic yet sad,
and oh yeah, you're just a little freaked out. The Lazy Lane, a once unknown band,
lurk in the underground of the music scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a fresh
visionary of their very own
brand new edge of music.
Their music is a blend of
dark, eerie, spellbinding
songs. I haven’t yet listened
to them myself, but I’m sure I
would enjoy listening to
them. With their semi-Goth
look, they deliver a vibe
more similar to Edward
Scissorhands. They have
only one album titled “The
Chills” that was released on
The Lazy Lane album cover for “The
Chills” the 4th of July in 2003. Songs
like “Sleepyville Creepshow” The Lazy Lane (l-r) Aaron Richardson, Lily
and “Poltergeist” can honestly tell you that the Lane is a spooky place to be. Lane, Greg Ballato, and Aaron Simmons
With the help of Lily Lane (vocalist/keyboardist), Greg Ballato (guitar),
Aaron Richardson (bass) and Aaron Simmons (drums) their music will take you into a psychotic trip through worlds of darkness and
illusion. Lazy Lane mesmerizes the audience and captivates the listener, while vintage guitars, turntables and synthesizers show that
Lazy Lane has no limitations. You can check them out at www.thelazylane.com.
Coheed and Cambria
By Nathan Colle
The band Coheed and Cambria has just recently broken into the music
scene with a new video on Mtv, as well as some video music awards. This
young band is already carving a path to musical stardom. Coheed and
Cambria formed in 2001, but most of the members originally started as a
trio called Shabutie in 1995. Coheed and Cambria’s first album, “The
Second Stage Turbine Blade” was released in early 2002 on Equal Vision
Records and made a surprisingly huge impact on the music industry. “The
Second Stage Turbine Blade’s energetic hooks, melodies and dark, lyrical
content combined with Coheed and Cambria’s melodramatic performances
gathered Coheed and Cambria a large number of followers. A year later,
“In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3” was released under the same label,
which was recorded in Japan while the band was touring with The Used.
Between the lines of “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3” lies a
complicated and outstanding chronicle that began to take shape in their
debut album. Sanchez’s sci-fi epic of another world, where characters
Coheed and Cambria lived and died, is continued with this album. As was
the case with “The Second Stage Turbine Blade”, their latest album carries
listeners through this dark, violent, and sometimes quite disturbing world,
making Coheed and Cambria one of the most unique and original bands
Personally, Coheed and Cambria has changed my views on music.
Band Members Left to Right- Claudio Sanchez,
When I first picked up “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3,” I
lead vocals and guitar, Mic Todd, bass and
automatically knew I had a new favorite band. The music is so
backing vocals, Josh Eppard, drums and backing
groundbreaking that it quickly becomes addictive. If you enjoy music
vocals, Travis Stever, guitar and backing vocals.
Picture Courtesy of: www.coheedandcambria.com
ranging in the genres of pop, alternative rock, or metal, you should
definitely check out Coheed and Cambria.
Kwanzaa! Celebrate Your Virtues
By Karla Williams
I know that several of my friends celebrate different holidays besides Christmas. I
celebrate a little known holiday called Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana
Ron Karenga and was celebrated for the first time on December 26, 1966. He developed
the idea around Africa, and its value, “matunda ya kwanza”, is Swahili for “the first fruits”
and also “Nguzo Saba”, which is Swahili for “seven principles.” Kwanzaa is an African
and Pan-African holiday that spans seven days. It starts on December 26 and ends on
January 1st. Each day of Kwanzaa stands for a different virtue that builds on the tradition
of remembering where you came from and always giving thanks. Another perk of
Kwanzaa is that you get to work on qualities to better yourself and give your life a certain fulfillment. Everyday in Kwanzaa stands
for a different virtue. Day 1 is called Umoja, which is Swahili for unity. This day is spent striving for a deeper and stronger unity in
your family, community, and nation. Day 2 would be Kubijchalia, which is Swahili for self- determination. This day is filled with
trying to reach goals that you once thought were unattainable and also be proud of who you are. Day 3 is Ujima, which is Swahili for
collective work and responsibility. This day involves solving problems together. Day 4 is Umjamaa, meaning cooperative economics.
Managing money and being grateful for what you have is the basis for this day. Day 5 of Kwanzaa is Nia, meaning purpose. You
seek what your purpose is in life and in other things you do. Day 6 is a personal favorite of mine, and it’s called Kumbaa, meaning
creativity. This day is spent seeking the beauty in everything and in each other. This would involve making crafts and singing songs.
The last day is Imani, which means faith. It’s a peaceful day that’s used to rest from eating the fruits of the earth. Also this day is
spent gathering your faith and hope for a better Kwanzaa next year. For each of these days there is candle, and the candle goes in the
kinara, meaning candleholder. Now that I’ve told you a little about this cultural activity called Kwanzaa, grab a bunch of people you
love and celebrate your values.
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A U.S.A. Christmas
By Meghan Stump
Your average Christmas holiday consists of some family time, “Santa
Clause,” a decorated tree, gifts, and plenty of delicious goodies. Perhaps you
awake to watch a Christmas parade or participate in church events. Although these stand as the common
celebration to you, the country we live in has many representations of this usual holiday that are quite unique to
different locations. You would expect to observe different Christmas festivities in other parts of the world, but
take the time to learn about what our own United States of America has in store for some holiday diversity.
Starting with the nearby Washington D.C., most locals check out the tree lighting on the Ellipse. This tree represents our
very own nation, while separate smaller trees represent the states. People can visit special Christmas programs in the Kennedy
Center, or the “Messiah” sing-in at the concert hall.
Moving up north, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, most building decorations are seen as single candles in windows. They
hold a huge Christmas Market and admire a giant lighted star atop South Mountain, which is visible up to almost twenty miles.
Farther up, ice skaters move about under the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City, bedazzling passing shoppers.
Others may check out the beautiful Neapolitan Baroque figures on the Angel Tree in Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Down south, the oldest city in the U.S. continues to hold up a spectacular décor. St. Augustine, Florida decks out in
solid white lights; any other color is prohibited. The only color shining comes from the tree in the town square, which is still
beneath draped white lights on Live Oak trees.
California holds the annual Parade of Stars and a beautiful Christmas concert in Balboa Park in San Diego on the
world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. It also holds the “Nation’s Christmas Tree” in Kings Canyon National Park – a 267 foot
sequoia where visitors gather at the base to sing
In Texas you can join a Tex-Mex “posada” in San Antonio, or head to Fredericksburg for a German style Christmas
Carolers gather in New Orleans at Jackson Square for community singing and celebration. Bonfires are lit all along the
Check out some of these Christmas celebrations
around the world…
Greece – On Christmas Eve, the children of Greece travel from house to house offering holiday
wishes and singing “kalanda,” or carols. Some bring along small instruments such as metal triangles or
clay drums. In return, they often receive dried fruit or sweets.
In honor, the Greek endure forty days of fasting before a hefty Christmas feast. This consists of several
slaughtered pigs, and many loaves of “christopsomo” – Christ Bread. As tradition holds, St. Nicholas is
the patron saint of sailors. His beard drips with seawater, his clothes are drenched with brine, and he
works hard to rescue sinking ships from the sea. No Greek ship leaves shore with out an icon of St.
Nicholas on board. As for gifts, these are exchanged on St. Basil’s Day, January 1st, along with the
“renewal of waters,” replacing all water jugs with “St. Basil Water.”
Sweden – The Christmas holiday in Sweden lasts exactly one month, from December 13th, the feast of St. Lucia, to January 13th,
St. Canute’s Day. On the feast day, the eldest daughter in each family dresses in a white dress with a red sash, and wears an evergreen
wreath with seven lighted candles on top of her head. She carries coffee and buns to each family member in their room. Communities
also sing carols and thank the “Queen of Light” for bring cheer to this time of year. Christmas Eve brings out a gnome called tomte
from underneath houses and barns. He disperses gifts from a small sack over his shoulder.
Venezuela – Venezuelans attend an early church service between December 16th and December 24th called “Misa de Aguinaldo”
(Early Morning Mass.) In the capital of Caracas, many children roller skate to this service, and some neighborhoods even close streets
until 8:00 am. Before bedtime, children tie a string to their big toe and dangle it out a window. The next morning, skaters that pass by
tug on the dangling strings. After services, everyone enjoys coffee and tostados.
Czechoslovakia – Western Czechoslovakia, originally known as Bohemia, was the tenth century home to Good King
Wenceslas, whose name is now the title of an English Christmas Carol. St. Nicholas is referred to as Svaty Mikalas and is believed to
climb down from heaven on a golden rope with an angel and a whip-carrying devil. It is common to cut off a cherry tree branch and
place it in water indoors; if it blooms in time for Christmas, it is consider good luck and promises a short winter.
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It’s A Wonderful Life By Erica Taylor
Have you ever wondered, “what would the world be like without you” or, that “the world would be better off without you?” Well,
be careful what you wish for. George Bailey ended up getting his wish granted, in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Never heard of
the movie? Well, let me tell you about it.
The movie starts out with two celestial beings, representing God and Joseph, listening to the prayers of the
people of Bedford Falls. Each and every one of them is praying for George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart). Joseph calls for
a bumbling angel by the name of Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), who hasn’t even earned his wings yet, to help
out George. Before Clarence can help George he needs to know about George’s childhood so we see a “movie” of
his younger years. A few things happen in George’s childhood; he saves his brother from drowning under some ice,
which causes George to lose his hearing in his left ear, and he saves Mr. Gower (H.B. Warner) from accidentally
giving someone a prescription that has poison in it. George has dreams of traveling to different lands but when his
brother Harry Bailey (Todd Karns) goes off to college and their father (Samuel S. Hines) passes away, George ends
up staying in Bedford Falls.
At Harry’s graduation from High School, George meets one of his childhood sweethearts, Mary Hatch (Donna
Reed). They end up falling in love and getting married a few months later. On the night they are supposed to leave
for their honeymoon, the stocks crash, and everyone flocks to the banks to get their money. Hoards of people are at the Bailey
Building and Loan waiting for the doors to open. George ends up giving away his honeymoon money to them
so they won’t be worried about their finances. George later gets Ernie, the taxi driver, to take him home. They
end up at this old, deserted, broken down home that Mary has somewhat decorated with posters of far off
lands, just for George. They end up having 4 children: Janie (Carol Coombs), Peter (Larry Sims), Tommy
(Jimmy Hawkins), and little Zuzu (Carolyn Grimes). Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) is the “scrooge” in the
movie who owns all the businesses except for The Bailey Building and Loan. George literally hates the man.
Potter doesn’t like anyone and will do anything to get his hands on the business.
Finally the “big” event occurs. It’s Christmas and Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) has to take 8,000 dollars to the bank for a
deposit. He ends up leaving it right in Potters lap, without knowing! Potter enjoys watching Uncle Billy look for the money and
doesn’t say anything. Finally, Uncle Billy tells George he has lost the money. George goes mad and ends up at the bridge. The crucial
moment is when George contemplates suicide. Guess who shows up just before he jumps in, Clarence Odbody! Clarence jumps in the
river to save George from killing himself. After George finds out that Clarence is his guardian angel, he says that he knows the world
would have been better off without him. Well George, you get your wish! George goes through town, that is now Pottersville, and
realizes what and impact he had on everyone’s lives! His mother is the owner of a run-down motel, Mary is a
spinster lady, and all of his friends live in slums. George doesn’t even have his family. He then wants to go
back and live his life happily. Clarence grants his wish, and George returns to a home full of love and
I’m not going to spoil the end for you, but let us just say that it is heartwarming and sure to get you a little
teary-eyed. Happy Holidays!
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By Nathan Colle
The Cross Country team ran great this year, scoring some points in big competitions. The
team had many troubles this year with illness and injury, but they have fought hard and
struggled to do well. They have had many new runners showing great potential, as well as some
familiar faces running harder than ever. Both the girl’s and the boy’s teams performed very
well and hope that these newcomers will have luck in the coming years.
Girls Varsity Runners
Justi Kreider Chris Carpenter showing off
Amber Martin for the camera before he runs.
Kimberly O’Farrell Photo By: Nathan Colle
Girls 8th Grade Runners
The Cross Country team was more than relieved when
I asked if they could stop their practice for a quick
photo. Photo By: Nathan Colle
Cari Lynn Squibb
Boys Varsity Runners
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Lady Spartans End Volleyball Season in Floyd
By Mandy Havens
The Varsity Volleyball team Giles were named to the All
spent the final week of their District Teams. The
season traveling to Floyd for announcer recognized senior
volleyball games and award Erin Barnett as Honorable
presentations. On Monday, Mention All District, senior
November 1, the team boarded Susan Lucas as 2nd Team All
the bus and headed down to District, and junior Emily
buffalo country for the deciding Westmoreland as 1st Team All
game between Floyd and Giles. District. Congratulations
Floyd won the first meeting ladies!
between the two teams, while Congratulations are also in
the Lady Spartans were happy order for Megan Epperley and
to claim a district win later on Emily Westmoreland. These
in the season. The deciding two ladies will travel to
match started off well, with the Hawaii to compete in the
Lady Spartans defeating the United States National
Lady Buffs by two points in the Volleyball Championship
first game, but the middle of the The 2004 Varsity Volleyball Team (l-r) Front row- Megan with the TourneySport USA
match felt a little uneasy, as Flack, Megan Epperley, Mandy Havens, Caitlin McMahon, program. Coach Erin Burton
Giles fell to the Buffaloes in the and Meredith Epperley Back Row- Meghan Mullins, Susan submitted their stats to the
next two games. But much to Lucas, Coach Burton, Linda Powell, Emily Westmoreland, and program, and Emily and
Floyd’s dismay, the Lady Erin Barnett (Not pictured- Keree Wilson). Megan were selected based
Spartans came back firing hard Photo by Michael Hawks: VA Leader on their stats. The juniors-
hits and consistent passes to win only program will last for
game four. The whole match nine days, and Emily and
came down to the fifth game, Megan will possibly get to
and the Lady Spartans, who had play in up to eleven matches
trouble with fifth game crunch total. All of the matches will
time all season, started off a take place at the Canon
little shaky. Down 2-10 at one Activities Center on the
point in the game, the Spartans BYU-Hawaii campus. Megan
came back to claim victory with and Emily seem to be very
a score of 15-13. enthusiastic to have the
The next day, the team chance to play in this
practiced hard, and anticipated a tournament, and the
strong showing from a hard- opportunity to travel to
core Auburn team. On Hawaii excites them as well.
Wednesday, October 3, the Meghan Mullins, Emily Westmoreland, and Keree Wilson Many of the members of
Lady Spartans made a second work the front line while Megan Epperley covers for dinks. this year’s Varsity Volleyball
Photo by Aislynn Ribbe
trip to Floyd County High Team will not be finished
School to compete with TRD with volleyball just yet. Many
regular season champion, Auburn. Giles ended their season members plan to try out for the Giles County Junior Olympic
with a 3-1 loss to Auburn, who Volleyball team this winter/spring, and other players will be
had beat them 3-0 both traveling elsewhere to continue their volleyball careers. Nice
previous encounters. The loss job on a great season ladies!
left the Spartans with an even
11-11 2004 season.
The next night, Giles
players made yet another trip
to Floyd to watch the TRD
game between Auburn and
Glenvar. Glenvar emerged
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Varsity Football Updates
By Aislynn Ribbe
The 2004 season
has turned out to be a
very successful one
for the Giles High
losses in their first two
games, the team has
been on a winning
streak ever since,
ending their regular
season play with a
record of 8-2. The
Spartans beat Auburn
35-0 during a foggy #11 Andrew Williams running up the field at
th Lebanon Photo by Aislynn Ribbe
game on October 29 ,
Spartan fans show their support for the team at the then went on to defeat another district rival, Floyd County, on November
Lebanon game Photo by Aislynn Ribbe 5th. The score of that game, an incredible 43-13, was very different from
the predicted Floyd win of 21-20 in the Friday edition of the Roanoke
Times, and earned the honor of being the Dr. Pepper Spotlight Game of the Week on News Channel Seven’s Friday Football Extra.
A home game win against Glenvar on November 12th clinched the Three Rivers District title for GHS football. A final score of
28-14 meant the Spartans were moving on to the playoffs, the first game of which was the following Friday, again at Floyd.
November 19th at 7:30 p.m. hundreds of Spartan fans filled the Floyd guest bleachers to overflowing as they cheered the team
through a difficult game. By the end of the 4th quarter, however, the Spartans were still in the lead, finishing up with a score of 12-8.
The next challenge for the Spartan football team was the Region C Championship game, at Lebanon High School on Saturday,
November 27th, at 1:30 p.m. (Story on front page).
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Pump That Spirit Up
By Karla Williams
It’s once again time to check
in with the sport that never stops,
cheerleading. I would like to
extend congratulations to the
Varsity Football cheerleaders for their successful
year cheering our Varsity football team with their
many victories. November 21st started a new
season with the first basketball cheerleading
practice. Coaches Laura Epperley and Crystal
Perdue are welcoming some new faces on both
Junior Varsity and Varsity Squads. Basketball
season makes for major changes in cheerleading.
For instance, the basketball cheerleaders cheer for
both girls and boys teams, and the cheerleaders
only cheer at home games with the exception of
when the teams play Narrows. Some face changes
on squads include additions Meredith Epperley,
Erica Maxey, Heather Thompson, and Brittany
Varsity cheerleaders pose for a quick picture before a huge pep rally. Left to Lucas to the Junior Varsity squad. Varsity
right: Rachel Lucas, Meagan Epperley, Roberta Dickerson, Michelle Harris, additions include Erin Barnett, Megan Epperley,
Jamie Maxey, Meghan Mullins, Miranda Smith, and Capt Amy Pennington and Meghan Mullins. The captains of varsity Kara
Not pictured Capt. Kara Meadows and Erin Barnett Meadows and Amy Pennington said about the
season, “We are excited about the new season,
and we’re expecting a strong dynamic to be built with all the squads, and we look forward to having a grand routine to bring to our
Successful 2004 Junior Varsity Football
The Giles J.V. football team
completed their season on October
21st with their fifth consecutive
win and ended their season with
an impressive 6-2 record. The J.V.
Spartans opened the season
September 2nd with a 48-14 win
over Auburn. After an open date,
the team traveled to Radford to
take on the Bobcats. After several
miscues and turnovers, the J.V.
Spartans fell to Radford by a late game field goal losing 14-17. On September 23rd the Giles J.V.’s hosted the tough Blacksburg
Bruins. Both teams battled to a 22-22 tie forcing overtime where the Bruins kicked a field goal to win 25-22. This gave the Spartan
J.V.’s a 1-2 record for their first three games of the season but only 6 points separated them from being 3-0.
Continued hard work and dedication by the entire team proved success. The J.V. Spartan’s played their last five games in proper
fashion beating the Floyd Co. Buffaloes by a score of 22-15; winning at Christiansburg by a score of 44-22; winning at Carroll Co. by
a score of 38-8; beating Glenvar 42-14; and finished the season at Grayson Co. by a winning score of 52-16. Congratulations to the
Spartan J.V. Football Team and the Coaching Staff for a great season!
Spartan J.V. 2004 Football Team:
Brad Ball Sheldon Douthat Mario Jones Josh Radar Jeremy Workman
Donnie Black Ryan Eaton Michael Knight Nate Ribbe
Jarrod Burton Andrew Evan Lidgard Marcus Reed Coaches:
Bray Cartwright Fenstermaker Chris Manning Kent Robertson Jerry Huffman, Head
Stephen Collins Terry Freeman Josh Manning Steven Sessor Chris Bales
Billy Cook Matthew Gusler Kurt Marcussen Caleb Taylor Steve Wilson
Mitch Correll William Gusler Ethan McGuire Justin Vaught
Justin Criner Floyd Hoston Wes Mills Hunter Williams
JR Dobard Jesse Hudson Josh Parcell Alex Wilson
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The freshman class wins the FBLA Food
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followed by the junior class with 1,031,
8th graders with 594, seniors with 221,
and sophomores with 152
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