Issue No. 5
Urbana High School / April 2009 / Volume 98
Information on Referendum a Must For Success
by Aubrey Morse
For most students at Urbana High, local elections seem un-
worthy of acknowledgement, due in part because most of us
are too young to vote or because the issues on the ballot do not
affect us directly. However, in the upcoming election, April 7,
there is one referendum that could affect UHS students as well
as the community at large. The topic of discussion: the fate
of the Urbana Park District (UPD) and the outlook of public
pools in our area.
One such pool that is a major issue in this discussion is
Crystal Lake, which is in dire need of repair or replacement.
According to the Farnsworth Group, a member of the U.S.
Green Building Council, which conducted a “condition as-
sessment” on the pool in 2008, the facility “is now 27 years
past the last major upgrade to the site. The bathhouse was con-
structed in 1958 and the pool was constructed in 1980.” The
report, which can be found on the Park District’s website, also
made it quite clear that the pool itself has served Urbana resi-
dents beyond its intended “sustainable life, which is typically
20 years.” It has become apparent to the entire community
that, “the facility requires substantial maintenance costs an-
nually simply to bring the facility to operation and then to
maintain its service through each season.” Unfortunately, the
Park District does not have the sustainable funds needed to
keep the doors of Crystal Lake open another year. But, the
upcoming referendum may be able to change this.
The tax referendum is supposed to take some of the in- Above, Urbana’s Crystal Lake pool, which is closed until money from district permits the
creased cost burden off the shoulders of the UPD. The current renovation of its facilities.
tax revenue is no longer sufficient for the park district to meet
Urbana’s needs, such as maintaining services for the commu-
nity and keeping parks in working order. In order to keep the
aquatic facilities. The UPD has responsibilities to the public
and simply telling the public that plans will be discussed does Student Wins Plasma TV
UPD going the referendum calls for a property tax increase
of 15 cents for every $100 of assessed property value. For ex-
not seem to ease concerns.
All of the concerns which adults are still facing in regards
for Good Attendance
ample, on a home worth $100,000 the property value, which
to the referendum seem to be trickling down into the minds of
must be paid to the Park District, would now be $150 instead
students here at UHS. This is due in part to the fact that some by Meredith Headtke
of the usual $100. Although this is not a very steep increase in
students who used to work for pools in our area no longer have
the long run, voters still see the referendum as an issue. Sophomore Alana Fried was recently the lucky winner of a
a place to depend on for a summer job, while many others
Many voters do not know exactly where their funds would plasma screen T.V. Fried’s name was chosen randomly among
no longer have a place to cool down during the dog-days of
be going and the park district has not made this all that clear. students who had a 96 percent or higher attendance rate for
summer. To sum it up, the Park District’s pinched pennies are
Although there is information on the UPD’s website to help the month of March. This means students could miss one day
affecting people all around the area, no matter what age.
ease some worries voters may have, there still seems to be plen- and be eligible for the drawing.
The Park District has tried to make information about both
ty to question. For instance, the pool issue Urbana still faces. This is the second year that Urbana High School has done
the pool and referendum issue accessible to the public through
“The referendum will not replace Crystal Lake Pool or keep this type of incentive for attendance. Last year the school gave
their website, www.urbanaparks.org, among other media. Al-
it open for 2009, but it will provide ‘modest funds’ for plan- away a car for good attendance first semester; sophomore
though the Park District is trying to reach voters, facts need to
ning and concept work for a replacement pool,” said the UPD Robin Robb was the lucky recipient. The car was a donation
be made clear. This fact is all the more important when elec-
website. This idea has left some voters up in arms. Teacher from Tatman’s Towing, but this year though the T.V was not
tions are local. “Only a few people could turn the tides of the
Michael Pollock believes that the Park District, “needs to be donated; the school bought it with funds set aside for incen-
vote,” said Pollock. The tides of this local election could in fact
upfront about the facts [involving the referendum] and what it tives for numerous things throughout the school.
decide whether are not we can make waves of our own in the
supports.” Pollock, a long term supporter of the Park District, A few years ago the administrators struggled with attendance
summers to come.
believes that the UPD is not addressing the needs of outdoor rates going down and came up with solutions to hopefully im-
prove the rates. One of these became a prize giveaway for stu-
dents with good attendance. “It takes extraordinary measures
and thinking outside of the box in order to address the issue of
UHS Hosts “Global Fest,” Brings the World to Urbana attendance,” said Assistant Principal Danielle Cook, who is in
charge of the incentive.
by Mandy Facer Last year, when UHS held a drawing for the car students
had to have a 96 percent rate or better for the whole first se-
UHS is known for being a school that honors and appre- were spread out over the school. There were discovery rooms mester. The school had about 530 students make the rate last
ciates diversity. Students from all over the world with many with games. A school did Spanish Bingo, we had origami year, which is about 50 percent of our school’s population.
different cultural backgrounds come here to gain an education classes and one room taught people Austrian Schuhplattler
without losing their individuality. On March 13 and 14, UHS (Slap Dance).” The festival gave students unique opportuni-
had the opportunity to host Global Fest, a festival celebrating ties to interact and experience the many cultures of the world
the many cultures and languages of the world right here in in the comfort of one building.
Urbana. Global Fest also gave UHS students a chance to help with
High schools from all over the state made the trip to rep- the festival production. Senior Cara Siegel was Global Fest’s
resent different languages and countries. The goal of the fes- “Head Volunteer.” “I enjoyed being in such a great leader-
tival was for students to “immerse” themselves in different ship position,” Siegel said. Students from various clubs and
cultures and gain better understanding of the world around organizations also lent a helping hand to help the festival run
them. Booths, performances and games were organized by smoothly.
each school to give students a fun and authentic taste of each Next year, Global Fest will move to Bloomington High
country or language being represented. School after a 12- year run here at UHS. “I am very proud of
“We had language immersion rooms that represent each the fact that Urbana hosted the festival for so many years, and
language,” said teacher Greg Chew, a Global Fest committee appreciate all of the help the teachers and committee members
member who helped organize the festival. “Arabic, Finnish, put into it,” Chew said.
Russian, German, Turkish, Swahili, Bulgarian and Indonesian
7 April 2009
What April 7 Means for Champaign County Schools
by Cody Bralts
County residents may want to pay close attention to tax to be applied to school-based referenda. “Cities like filled their 50 percent pledge … so there is a greater and
the outcome of the local election next month. A proposed Champaign and Urbana got the state legislature to pass increasing responsibility for paying for schools through
school sales tax increase to further fund school-based a law allowing counties to increase sales tax not property the local taxes.”
projects for area school dis- tax for schools, but to allow a sales tax,” he said. Cumpston cited flaws in the federally-mandated No
tricts, including Urbana, will be on the That one cent tax increase, to Pollock, makes the fi- Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) as part of the reason for
April 7 Champaign County ballot. Should the referen- nancial possibilities endless. “The tradeoff for this, and the recent strife the district has faced. “Our schools have
dum pass, it would increase sales taxes by one percent, or a way to sell this to the public, is that you agree to put also taken big financial hits in the last few years because
one cent for every dollar spent, for all residents living and it on a sales tax which affects everybody but is also paid of the requirements of NCLB, which are not backed up
spending money in Champaign County. Projections are to a significant degree outside the county,” he said. For by any funding,” Cumpston said.
that the tax would bring in an additional 3 million dollars example, those who come to Champaign-Urbana for ball That view seems to be common in other districts as
annually for Urbana Schools. games, who visit while on vacation or when they come well. Many educators have said that the NCLB act has
Proposed projects include installing energy-efficient air here to see families … when they buy stuff here, they’re underfunded its own projected goals by punishing schools
conditioning systems and lighting and considering other helping to repair our schools.” that under-perform on tests. While the Act may have
sources of energy such as solar. Renovations for Washing- Urbana school board member Cope Cumpston, a helped close the achievement gap, many advocacy groups
ton Elementary School and district libraries along with supporter of the tax increase, said that the passage of the such as The Forum on Educational Accountability have
new multipurpose rooms are also included in the proposed referendum could help the district immensely. “There is noted that “since its passage, No Child Left Behind has
funding. no other revenue stream that supports schools in this way; been chronically underfunded, shortchanging the educa-
our funding has been decreasing steadily and school facil- tional needs of our nation’s neediest children.”
Taxing Differently. ities are deteriorating all across the country.” Cumpston
added that there are a number of factors that have led to Making it a Community Issue.
When people think of school taxes, many think of it this situation. “Particularly in Champaign County, rev-
as a euphemism for property taxes. Property tax is paid enue formerly available to the schools has been drasti- Both Cumpston and Pollock also agree that, while
by those who own homes, land or otherwise. However, cally cut by tax caps,” she said. “We desperately need the many citizens outside the district would be paying the
while property tax still makes up the basis of local school money.” She cited other counties such as Williamson and sales tax, their contribution would help the community as
funding, the proposed referendum would be based on lo- Cass, which are seeing “dramatic educational benefits” as a whole. However, Pollock says that “some people look at
cal sales tax. Currently, the county sales tax stands at 7.5 a result from passing a similar sales tax increase. this not as a community responsibility but as: what am I
percent and is added to the cost of products each person going to get out of this?”
buys throughout the county. Is the State to Blame? He said that the school district needs to be more
The increase would affect everyone spending money progressive in getting the positive word out — citing a
in Champaign County, causing those not associated with Much of the money that makes public school possible similar school referendum on last November’s ballot that
the Urbana-Champaign area to be affected by the increase comes from the state. However, due to recent state-wide failed by 300 votes. “I think it failed primarily because the
as well. This factor might hinder the Urbana School Dis- budget problems, along with stringent oversight laws, school district and the people who supported it did not
trict’s efforts to pass the measure, according to Urbana many districts have not been getting the adequate fund- do a great job of selling it to the public.”
High School social studies teacher, Michael Pollock. “It is ing needed to improve school programs. At best, both Pollock and Cumpston hope citizens will
more difficult to pass that type of referendum because it’s Again, Pollock believes that a number of factors have look to the benefits of the tax increase. As Pollock con-
county-wide not city wide,” he said. “You have the entire led to the district’s campaign to raise taxes for new and cluded, “It’s not just for the people who have kids in the
Champaign County including rural folks who generally continuing efforts. “The problem with school funding in schools. You want quality education; you want kids who
feel that the tax unfairly impacts them.” the state of Illinois is that the state has pledged in its own are growing up with the ability to go out and contribute
Pollock also said that the benefit of having a sales tax constitution that they will pick up 50 percent of the cost to this community. You have to give them a good public
rather than a property tax is that it brings in a lot more of public education,” he said. “The balance of the cost, education and that costs money.”
money. The concept has been seen so effective, in fact, the other 50 percent, is supposed to come out of local
that Pollock cited successful efforts recently by Cham- initiatives.” But Pollock said that the state has not kept its For more information about the referendum, visit
paign and Urbana in lobbying the state for allowing sales promise on the funding. “The state of Illinois has not ful- www.champaigncountyclass.cc/faq.html
Social Justice Committee promotes equality at UHS
by Mandy Facer
Have you ever been discriminated against happen,” Lehr said. “The Oakwood Exchange was such a great learning
because of your race, religion, ethnic back- So far this year, the committee has completed many experience,” said committee member and UHS sopho-
ground or sexual orientation? Do you see others projects. One of the most recent accomplishments was a more Annie Valocchi. “It was fun to take a walk in some-
around you receive unfair treatment because of the special parent teacher conference session for Latino stu- one else’s shoes and I made so many new friends.”
language they speak or for staying true to who they are? dents and their families. “We had translators who could The Social Justice Committee meets once a month,
These experiences happen everyday, but why do we re- help interpret the conference to both the teachers and the and students are always welcome. “It can be the first
main silent about them? families. This was a huge accomplishment for the com- meeting or the last, it doesn’t matter,” Franklin said. “We
These questions are addressed by UHS’ ground- mittee,” said Angelica Franklin, the Social Justice Com- have the chance to discuss topics that some teachers are
breaking new organization, the Social Justice Com- mittee Chair. By breaking through the language barrier, uncomfortable with in the classroom, but it’s really cool
mittee. The group is determined to find the an- these students and their families could share their voices because anything can be said here; it’s always interesting
swers and help stop unjust treatment in our with the teachers and hear back from them. conversation.”
society starting right here at Urbana High School. Another recent project was the Oakwood High By attending meetings, UHS students have the chance
Dr. Laura Taylor, the principal of UHS, started the School student exchange program. Student mem- to share their views on how to make Urbana High School
Social Justice Committee last year. This year, it has grown bers of the Social Justice Committee had the a better place for everyone.
to include a large number of students, faculty members, chance to travel to Oakwood High School and “Social Justice Committee is a place for everyone. It’s
administrators and volunteers from around the commu- attend school for a day, and then Oakwood a microphone to help make your voice heard. This is our
nity. Faculty member Michael Lehr is an active mem- Students came to UHS for a day. Seeing the school, and we are the one’s who dictate it’s success,”
ber of the Social Justice Committee. “I think it’s really differences between schools helped students gain a better Valocchi said.
important for everyone to feel safe, welcome and val- perspective of the world around them and gave new ideas
ued here at school and that’s what we’re trying to make about how to make UHS a better place.
7 April 2009
SPRING ON THE RUNWAY
Everything you need to know about fashion this season
by Mandy Facer
Spring is finally here, fashionistas of UHS! It’s time Because of the economy, spending tons of money
to send your winter wardrobe into hibernation on fashion isn’t practical. However, looking good
and embrace the fresh new trends of the season. is still important, especially with all the fun spring
Pack up the UGGs, shake off the scarves and trends to enjoy. Finding an amazing look doesn’t
clean out your closet to make room for the vibrant have to break the bank; it’s all about where you
attire of springtime. Here to share her opinion on shop. This season, do your style and your wallet
Spring Fashion 2009 is UHS Junior Macy Sanford. a favor by searching for bargains-you can still look
cute while cutting back. Here’s how:
MANDY FACER: What’s your favorite spring fash- MF: How can you transform an outfit from day to
1. Cut out coupons: The Sunday paper is full
ion trend? night without changing clothes?
of discounts at all your favorite stores in town; tak-
MACY SANFORD: I really like belts-they add extra MS: Add a vest or nice jacket to make an outfit more
ing 10 minutes to snip away can end up saving you
flair to a long shirt or a dress. I’ve seen them on poufy dressy. Instead of jeans, wear leggings with heels at
lots of money come your next trip to the mall. Also,
dresses and long tunics that look really cute. night.
websites like Coupon.com and Couponcabin.com
have printout coupons that you present when you
checkout for discounts off your purchase. And next
MF: What’s your least favorite spring fashion MF: Spring shoe choice: Wedges or Strappy San-
time you pick up Seventeen, check out the cutout
coupons. The magazine often has popular store
MS: Floral prints-I’m really not a flower person. MS: Wedges because they’re really in for summer
discounts for teen readers at retailers such as Amer-
and spring is the transition into summer fashion. They
ican Eagle, Lucky Brand Jeans, and Aéropostle.
also add “oomph” to a dress or shorts and make your
MF: What color(s) should be in at least one piece legs look longer.
from everyone’s spring wardrobe?
2. Browse second-hand stores: Retailers like
Plato’s Closet carry gently worn apparel from name
MS: Pastels and bold colors are both really in right
brand stores. You never know what great finds are
now. Mix and matching patterns is also a new trend; MF: What’s the must-have spring accessory for
waiting for you in the racks of thrift stores!
stripes and checkered patterns work well together. 2009?
MS: Colorful jewelry! Spring is a really happy time,
MF: Which nail polish embraces springtime best? so you need lots of color. 3. Sell your old clothes: Plato’s Closet will also
MS: It’s important to keep it simple-light pink goes with buy your old clothes if they are “in style.” Next time
everything, but it still makes your nails pop. you think about tossing your old shirt, take it into
Plato’s and see if you can get some cash for getting
rid of clothes!
4. Start at the back of the store: Instead of
browsing the new arrivals, venture to the sales racks
All photos from forever21.com and girlprops.com
at the back of the store. You can generally still find
nice clothes if you search around, but you don’t have
to pay the new-release price. Plus, that adorable
dress that just came in will probably be hiding in the
back in a few weeks!
5. Sign up for your favorite stores’ emails:
Most stores send exclusive discounts or freebie
coupons to email subscribers. Take the time to give
the cashier your email the next time you check out,
and you’ll probably never pay full price for anything
Vocal Chords Required: Not Your Average Choir
by Aubrey Morse
Chances are you may have heard sweet music ously, they still had fun in the process. “It was fun to do amazing time. The trip will include college visits to Bel-
playing over our intercom system a few weeks ago, and it was an interesting experience,” said freshman mont and Vanderbilt University, a high school music
but why you ask? No, our school did not suddenly real- Angela Pham. Despite the pressure VCR was under exchange, and trips to the Grande Ole Opry and the
ize we all just want to have a giant dance party during to create a CD in such a short amount of time, they Country Music Hall of Fame.
our passing periods; it was in fact for a good cause. knew it was worth it, both for their fundraising efforts The students have worked very hard to get to this
Our school’s a capella group, Vocal Chords Required, and themselves. “The process leaves us with some- point. VCR selection is very particular. Open auditions
also known as VCR, was trying to raise money for a thing tangible from the high school, like we put all our are held early in the year and are quite rigorous. The
trip to Nashville, which they will go on this weekend. effort into this one thing and created it. It will be a nice students who make it in to VCR are required to be at
What students heard over the intercom a few weeks reminder of the year and high school as a whole,” said practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays no later than
ago was the hard work and time VCR put into a CD senior Terrel Young. 7:00 in the morning. The students are, however, al-
that was a complete collaborative effort. The VCR VCR has been fundraising all year for the trip, from lowed three absences. But if they arrive at 7:01, they
group recorded in one night, and tried to make it the selling Fannie May candy bars to facing the frigid are docked one absence. So, although the expecta-
best recording possible. “The kids took it seriously; temps of winter and caroling around town. Collectively, tions are high, the students strive to reach them. This
they tried to sing their best because it was going to be through their fundraising efforts, the students raised is above all what makes Vocal Chords Required tick,
recorded.” said choir teacher and VCR director Mrs. $8,500. And their efforts have truly paid off. This com- and fuels their striving spirits.
Franklin, “I was very proud of them.” ing weekend, the group will travel down to Nashville,
Although all the students took the occasion seri- Tennessee to learn new things and hopefully have an
7 April 2009
ACT: What to Do
Preparing for the ACT: Study Tips
and What to Expect
on Test Day by Cody Bralts
The ACT is one of the most important tasks you will complete during your junior
by Brian Lee year, especially if you are planning on going to college. While we know it is im-
possible to provide an exact right way for you to take the test, here are some
For most juniors, test day tips to make the whole experience a little less stressful.
is one of the most stressful
days of the year. Here we
have a list of a few basic
tips for that dreaded day to
•Don’t study the day before the test. Studying until the wee hours of the morn-
ing of the test will not help you by any means. Instead, start studying now. And
keep you on track. Remem-
on the night before, go see a movie, eat out, or just relax.
ber: you can always take
the test again if you feel you
did not do your best! Good
•Read for at least an hour a day — not including school work. Yes, that means
picking up an actual book or newspaper and reading it! This will help on all parts
of the test because reading faster and comprehending the text in the ACT better
>>Follow the rules–do not will save you time and improve your score.
pick up your pencil or eras-
er after they call “hands off
•While taking the test, relax! Doing badly on it will not determine your success
in life. But my all means do your best, as your score will be a determining factor
from the desk” because they
could take your test away. of being accepted to a college or not.
>>There is no penalty on
•Don’t be depressed about your practice score. Scores will not increase easily
but practicing will give you endurance for the actual test.
guessing so filling in all
answers increases your
chances of getting a high
ACT: Study Books
>>Use your time wisely by solving easy problems first, by Cody Bralts Cracking the ACT, 2009 Edition, published by
especially during the math and science portions. Don’t the Princeton Review.
spend too much time on one question, move on to the The ACT For Dummies (Paperback)
next if you are stuck. This study guide has been the
While the title might say it’s for goto for many test-takers recent-
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the test. Making silly mistakes in math calculations the highest in satisfaction on founded by a Princeton alumna.
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that will make the test much less dard for many educators and
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noting important things in the text before answering Reading, Math, and Science, The guides. While the study guide
questions. If you read the questions before you read ACT for Dummies instead focuses more on tips, tricks, is reliable and provides a wealth of knowledge and
the passage, you are more succeptable to getting con- and knowing when the test is trying to “trap you.” One strategies for the test, Amazon.com reviewers give it a
fused. featured reviewer on Amazon.com says, “my score 3.5/5. Some people in the Amazon reviews have noted
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7 April 2009
College Picks: College Applications:
Essay Writing Tips
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1. Princeton University could feel right there. One walk through the campus could help you make up your mind instantly.
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3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA >>Apply--The application process can take up to a year. Starting your apps the summer before your
senior year is probably a smart idea, but applications can also take as little is one afternoon to fill out.
Applications do cost money so try and narrow down your list to 4 or 5 so you aren’t spending a lot of
7 April 2009
by Heather Gernenz
Imagine our world invaded by an unseen enemy that
humans become hosts to. These parasitic aliens are called Need some good music suggestions? Ever wonder what your classmates are
souls; they are very gentle beings, essentially nonviolent
listening to on their iPods? We’ve polled the yearbook staff, our staff and
and concerned with the greater good, with the exception
being, of course, that they invade other planets and take some random students to find out what five songs they currently listen to.
over the species who live there. At first everything appears Happy listening!!
the same, but in fact, one by one humans’ minds have been
taken over and their consciousness erased by the souls.
This is the horrifying picture Stephenie Meyer’s stun-
ning new novel, The Host paints. Just as she has created
a series for people who don’t read books about vampires Playlist Name: Yearbook Staff Picks Playlist Name: Echo Staff Picks Playlist Name: Judy Gaylen, Editor
with Twilight, Meyer has done it again, this time produc-
ing a book for people who don’t read books about aliens. Song Artist Song Artist Song Artist
The Host is set in enough of a realistic setting that even Addicted -- Enrique Iglesias I Hate This Part -- PCD Everybody Nose rmx -- N.E.R.D
those who aren’t sci-fi or fantasy fans will enjoy this sto- Tied Down -- Colbie Caillat Don’t Trust Me -- 3O3 The Glory -- Kanye West
ry. Hustler Musik -- Lil’ Wayne You Found Me -- The Fray Baby -- The Roots
When the soul called Wanderer comes to earth, she ex- I Like The Way She Do It -- G-Unit I’m Good, I’m Gone -- Lykke Li Free Chilly -- Lupe Fiasco
pects it to be the routine procedure of insertion. However, Cinderella -- The Cheetah Girls Warning -- Notorious B.I.G. Halo -- Beyoncé
when she comes to after the last jarring memory, she finds
that the captured human whose body she has taken over,
Melanie Stryder, refuses to fade away.
Wanderer is not content with the Pleasantville life the
souls create, possibly due to the fact that she still has a Playlist Name: Alana Fried, So. Playlist Name: Denzil Clemons, Jr.
human shouting in her head. Melanie’s former life and
loves are not an easy thing to suppress, and Wanderer
soon finds herself pining after the man and young boy Song Artist Song Artist
that Melanie had to leave behind. Stalked by a seeker (the 1001 Nights -- DJ Chipz Stanky Legg -- GSpotBoyz
closest thing that the souls have to a police force) who is Play Your Part (pt 1) -- Girl Talk Gossip -- Lil Wayne
determined to find out from Melanie’s memories where Penny Lane -- The Beatles Wifey Type -- V.I.C.
the last of the human resistance hides, Wanderer escapes Me and My Goons -- Plies
to the desert to search for the man that she and Melanie
Caribou Lou -- Tech N9ne
both love. In the Ayer -- Flo-Rida Put it Down -- T.I.
If you are looking for an action packed, fast pace read
then you might as well pass this book by. This intricately
woven story moves slower with a complicated plotline
and questions that take time to be answered. Don’t let the
slow pace discourage though; things like a complicated
love triangle, fight or flight decisions and the pondering
of what it really means to be human will be plenty to keep
you entertained and have you wishing that it would never
“If you had $1 million, what is the first thing you would buy, and why?”
“I would buy a real
“The first thing I flash outfit ‘cause
would buy is an Eco-
I’m the fastest man
Friendly house!” alive.”
Mr. Sly, Science Troy Smith, Sr.
“I would buy an
“A unicorn because island so I would
then I would be the always have
only person with somewhere to go.”
Andrew Kang, Sr.
Rayana Hascall, Fr.
“We would buy a
farm full of horses
“I would pay Lil
Wayne to be my
because they look
height man because
he’s a monster!”
Jad Terrell, Jr. & Lizzy Harden,