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									The Lion’s Tale
  December 17, 2010                                                    Leo Junior/Senior High School                                                        Volume LIII Issue X

Afghan refugee resides in Leo
By Jenna McAbee
                  Opinion editor
          From the beginning,
16-year-old Sana Seerat’s life was
not easy. Seerat was an Afghan
refugee living in Pakistan after
her family fled the Taliban
takeover of their country. When
she was nine months old, Seerat
was diagnosed with a disease
called polio that could possibly
take her life away one day.
          From that point of her
life, things only went downhill.
Her family was very poor and
they didn’t even have enough
money to pay for all of the
treatments she needed to take
care of her polio. According to
Seerat, she just wanted to be
able to live a normal life like
any other girl. Seerat wanted
to have friends; instead, she
had children chasing her
down and calling her names.
          After    her      family
returned to Afghanistan, Seerat’s
mother and father had to support
a family of seven. All of the
extra money the Seerat’s family
received went towards Sana’s
treatments, and her family could
not even afford to pay for food.
          “My younger brother
tried to earn money by                Sana Seerat poses with the Lyon family in July.                                                              PHOTO PROVIDED BY BECKY LYON
doing anything he could,
like going to people’s houses        who needed help. After the             was five years old, her father finally   her people would laugh and make         This time it was her grandmother.
and collecting their trash           surgery, Seerat woke up to             decided he could not handle his          fun of her. People would mock and       According to Seerat, other family
and selling it,” said Seerat.        find that the generous doctor          current way of life any longer.          point. While her family would go        members such as her aunt
          Through              the   operated on the wrong knee.            He decided to pack up his things         out and have a good time with           didn’t understand why Sana
generosity of others, she                     “At this point of my          and leave his wife and children          family and friends, she had to          could not have died instead.
relieved the effects of polio.       life I wished I was never born,”       leaving the family to support            stay home all alone. All she could               Finally, at the age of
          At the age of seven,       said Seerat. “I could not walk,        themselves any way they could.           do is cry and talk to the walls.        thirteen, Seerat attended school
Seerat had one of the biggest        run and enjoy life like other                   Social obstacles also                    “I would call for my           for the first time. Beginning at
surgeries in her life to that        kids my age. I asked myself            haunted her. It seemed Seerat’s          mother but she was never                this age was not easy; however,
point. She received this surgery     why I came into this world.            family was embarrassed of her.           there to hear me,” said Seerat.
for free by a doctor who was                  Seerat’s life has taken       She was never allowed to leave                    At nine years old, Seerat      see Seerat, page 2
helping all Afghan refugees          other turns as well. When Seerat       the house because her mother told        lost yet another family member.

Principal Neal Brown teaches English class
                                                                            Failed proposed referendum
                                                                            to cause financial difficulties
                                                                            By Alyssa Mulherin                       may be put into effect only if         Gazette, the referendum levy
                                                                                                   Feature editor    a majority of the individuals          would add approximately 37
                                                                                                                     who vote approve the school            cents per $100 valuation of
                                                                                     On Nov. 2, residents            corporation’s referendum question      property tax and would allow
                                                                            living in East Allen County              for the following calendar year.       East Allen County Schools to
                                                                            headed to the polls to vote on                   Also according to the          collect as much as $8.2 million
                                                                            the referendum that would                EACS website, the school board         annually in additional property
                                                                            generate additional property             determined that it cannot in           taxes for the next seven years.
                                                                            taxes to support the local schools.      a calendar year carry out its          The referendum would need to
                                                                                     According to the East           public educational duty unless
                                                                            Allen County School’s (EACS)             it charges a referendum tax levy.       see EACS, page 2
                                                                            website, a referendum tax levy                   According to the Journal

                                                                             Annual talent show postponed
                                                                            By Amanda Overholt                                According to Brown,            someplace; you can’t say yes
                                                                                                  Editor-in-chief    he was approached too late              to everything,” said Brown.
                                                                                     The annual talent show          about the talent show—he                        According to Brown,
                                                                            will not take place on Friday, Dec.      did not have enough time                high school students will not
                                                                            17; however, a talent show may still     to get the show together.               be participating in a movie
                           PHOTO BY RACHEL BURTNETT                         take place later on this school year.             “I have nothing against the    presentation as has happened in
                                                                                     According to Principal          talent show,” said Brown. “It just      the past. No holiday celebration
                                                                            Dr. Neal Brown, the talent show          needs structure and a sponsor.”         will take place for high school
Principal Dr. Neal Brown took        and what it meant for the black        will not happen during the school                 According to Brown, he         students on Dec. 17. Brown said
on a new role Nov. 24. He spent      community of that time. The Har-       day due to interfering with              is approached often about student       that he has to be careful about
part of the day informing Eng-       lem Renaissance was the time           education. If it is rescheduled          activities. Some students were          how much time is taken out of the
lish teacher Ryan Clark’s eleventh   when blacks excelled and became        for a later date, it will take           unclear as to why pep sessions          academic day for extra activities.
grade English class about the        well-known for their talent in mu-     place after school hours and the         occur but the talent show will
Harlem Renaissance: what it was,     sic and literature.                    community will also be invited.          not. “You have to draw a line           see Talent, page 2

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  Read a student’s review on the new hit TV show,                   Leo’s own Dance NY Style prepares for perfor-                   Get ideas on what one may do and see in the com-
  Sarah Palin’s Alaska.                                             mance at the Orange Bowl.                                       munity during the winter season.

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                                      on,” said Brown. “It could get       Brown,   before  a   talent          on to everything that happens                Though rescheduling
        “We have 180 days             all of the way down to 160 if I      show takes place, each act           here at Leo,” said Brown. “One       the talent show is being
 of school. You do nothing            allowed all of these activities.”    will be approved by him.             questionable act can result in       considered, a date has
 for one, that’s 179, and so                   According             to           “My name is tacked            many parents calling me later.”      not   yet   been    decided

Students accept “Rachel’s Challenge”
By Jordyn Furnish
                  Opinion editor

         On Thursday, Dec.
9 eleven Leo Jr. / Sr. High
school students traveled to
Woodlan Jr. / Sr. High school
for      Rachel’s      Challenge.
         “I don’t know what
to expect,” said Caleb Welch
on the bus ride to Woodlan. “I
think it will be interesting so I’m
really looking forward to it.”
         Rachel’s       Challenge
is an organization set up by
Darrell Scott. Darrell Scott’s
daughter, Rachel Scott, was
the first person killed in
the 1999 Columbine High
school shooting. According to, Rachel
Scott used diary entries
and drawings to illustrate
his     daughter’s       thoughts
on a more compassionate
and         kinder         nation.
                                      Students sign banner for “Rachel’s Challenge.”                                                                  PHOTO BY GOOGLE
         The assembly attended
by Leo, Columbia City, and            This challenge hit home for          explained that the boys’ biggest     the presenter told the audience      willing to deny it. According
New Haven, and Woodlan                anyone sitting in the room           influence was Adolf Hitler.          to close their eyes. He told         to CNN Rachel Scott’s funeral
students consisted of an hour         that has ever been oppressed         As many know Hitler was the          the crowd to picture the 5           was one of the biggest ever
long video presentation and a         because of his or her race.          leader of the biggest massacre       people who were closest to           for a high school student.
speaker from the foundation.                   The next challenge          the world has seen. Some other       the students. He then said                   More      than      2,000
         “This       presentation     was dare to dream. The               negative influences were the         that in the next couple of           people       attended         the
was great,” said sophomore            speaker explained that it’s          dark movies, videogames,             days the students were to tell       funeral and it was televised
Tara Conklin. “It really gave         okay to write down one’s goals       and music the boys enjoyed.          these people how much they           throughout the nation. The
me a new outlook on life.”            and to keep a diary because                  “Compassion is the           were loved. These people             event was the most watched
         When             entering    one never knows who will             greatest form of love humans         who one holds dearest could          event on CNN up to that point,
Woodlan’s gym many students           read it and how it will impact       can offer,” said Rachel Scott        be taken from them at any            surpassing the funeral of
were apprehensive and didn’t          the world. This challenge was        in her essay titled “My              time. Tears rolled down              Princess Diana. Viewers wrote
know what they would gain             inspired by Rachel Scott’s           Ethics, My Code of Life.”            many of the students faces           into CNN stating that it is truly
from this presentation. The           journals, which held her most                The fourth challenge         as they imagined loved ones          amazing how much this young
speaker then gave the audience        private thoughts and her             stemmed from these words             being taken away or one              girl has affected the nation.
some background information           goals she wanted to achieve.         of Rachel Scott. The speaker         being taken from a loved one.                According              to
on the Scott family and the                    The third challenge         challenged the students to use               The very last thing the, Rachel
Columbine shooting. The first         was     to   choose    positive      kind words and practice little       student’s participated in was        Scott wrote an essay shortly
video clip was the original           influences.    Rachel    Scott’s     acts of kindness. One kind           accepting Rachel’s Challenge         before her death entitled “My
911 call made by a teacher.           biggest      influence      was      word could save a person             by signing a banner that would       Ethics, My Code of Life.” This
Listening to the voice of this        Holocaust victim Anne Frank.         from harming themselves              be hung up in Woodlan. The           essay illustrated her beliefs
helpless      teacher     brought     There were many similarities         or others. One never knows           signing of the banner was            pertaining to compassion
silence throughout the room.          between the two such as              what kind of impact they             completely     the     students’     for other human beings
         After the main video,        writing in a diary, the fight        will have on someone by              choice. It was a vow that one        and the end of violence.
the speaker gave the crowd            for peace among everyone,            just telling them that they          made to honor this teenage                   The document that
the first challenge; eliminate        and having an impact on              look nice, said the speaker.         girl’s beliefs and values.           was written for a high school
prejudice. This challenge was         the world even after death.                  “I liked the fourth                     Rachel Scott was          class was the jumpstart to
not made by Rachel Scott but                   The    speaker    then      challenge the best,” said            17 years old when she was            her foundation. According to
by her brother Craig Scott. He        gave an example of negative          Sophomore Alex Busse. “It            killed in the 1999 tragedy.; Rachel’s
felt strongly of this because         influences pertaining to the         just shows that doing a good         She was personally targeted          Challenge has reached 11
one of his closest friends was        two gunmen of the Columbine          deed will pay off in the end.”       for her strong belief in God         million people, including
killed because of his race.           shooting.      The      speaker              After this challenge         and the fact that she wasn’t         50 states and 6 countries.

 Referendum                                                                                                     Seerat
 continued from p.1                                                                                             continued from p.1
                                                                                                                          Seerat continued to        Parkview      Hospital     and
             be renewed after seven years.              The six schools include Harlan Elementary,
                                                                                                                work hard catching up with and       Solace for the Children,
          Also according to the Journal Gazette,        Hoagland          Elementary,         Meadowbrook
                                                                                                                even passing the level of many       Seerat has now received
 those funds would support additional                   Elementary, Monroeville Elementary, Village
                                                                                                                classmates in Afghanistan.           surgery to stop the curvature
 preschool programs, full-day kindergarten,             Elementary, and Woodburn Elementary. The plan
                                                                                                                          The     way     women      of her shrine, which as
 expanded summer school, smaller classroom              is scheduled for implementation in August 2011.
                                                                                                                and children are treated in          the real threat to her life.
 sizes, increased course offerings, increased                    “I think the redesign plan is not very well
                                                                                                                Afghanistan and Pakistan                      Seerat is going to be
 extra-curricular         opportunities,         and    thought out,” said English teacher Fred Rothert.
                                                                                                                is much different from the           coming to Leo High School
 replacement of stimulus funds that will no             “It is constrained by the wishes of the district
                                                                                                                way they would be treated in         to speak with Leo students
 longer be available and operational costs              stakeholders-namely the five high schools.”
                                                                                                                America, according to Seerat.        about her life. She plans to
 that will not be reduced by closing schools.                    According to, four of
                                                                                                                The whole time Seerat lived in       come in during school on
          “I believe the five, or actually the seven    the five high schools in EACS, Heritage, New
                                                                                                                America no one has ever been         January 11, and she will
 or eight, individual communities in EACS               Haven, Paul Harding, and Woodlan would all
                                                                                                                mean or said impolite things         be telling her life story to
 tend to look only at their own community               see renovations or new buildings. All five high
                                                                                                                to her due to her physical           Kelly Mahoney’s freshmen
 and ask ‘what’s in this for me/us,’” said board        schools would remain in operation; however,
                                                                                                                handicap. In Afghanistan,            class. She wants students to
 member Bill Hartman. “If raising taxes doesn’t         Paul Harding High School would become a
                                                                                                                she would be treated with            be aware that people have
 really appear to help their own community              College and Career Academy. Even with all these
                                                                                                                no respect both because              hard lives and she wants to
 significantly, they tend not to support it. While      steps accomplished, the redesign plan alone will
                                                                                                                she was a girl and because           make students aware of just
 this can’t be said for everyone, 30% voted for         not correct all of the district’s financial problems.
                                                                                                                of the effects of her polio.         how important getting an
 the referendum, I believe it is a significant                   “An educational program was set up in
                                                                                                                          Now with the help of       education really is. Seerat
 factor for the 70% who voted against it.”              each of our feeder districts,” said Superintendent
                                                                                                                an organization called Solace        also wants to share how she
          Although the referendum was not               Karyle Green. “Two of our feeder districts
                                                                                                                for the Children, Seerat is          plans to spend her future.
 passed, the redesign plan was approved                 (Woodlan and Heritage) will have a K-12 campus
                                                                                                                currently living in the Leo                   Seerat loves living
 by the EACS Board of School Trustees.                  setting. The other three feeder areas will have
                                                                                                                community. She lives with the        with her new family. She is
          “I believe the referendum did not pass        one early elementary school, one intermediate
                                                                                                                Lyons family; Abby and Sam           extremely happy and feels
 because there was little time for getting the          school and one 7-12 Jr./Sr. High School.”
                                                                                                                Lyon are in the eighth grade         she is very lucky to have
 information out to the public after the redesign                According to the Frequently Asked
                                                                                                                at Leo Jr./Sr. High School.          found such a fantastic family.
 was decided on,” said board president Janice           Questions portion of the East Allen County
                                                                                                                          She is at this time        The whole family has a typical
 Witte. “Repeatedly we have heard that it takes a       School website, the redesign plan is needed
                                                                                                                being        “home       bound,”     family dynamic relationship
 year or two of information getting out to inform       now because EACS’s financial situation has
                                                                                                                which is when teachers help          with Seerat. They like to
 the people well enough to get it passed. If EACS       reached a crisis point. Operational costs
                                                                                                                students who are not fully           laugh and have fun together.
 constituents understood that raising taxes would       continue to rise and the district simply does
                                                                                                                able to attend school all day.                According to the
 decrease class sizes and offer better education        not have the funds to sustain these increases.
                                                                                                                          The Lyon family is         Lyons it was a blessing to
 for our students, I believe we could have won.                  Also according to the Frequently Asked
                                                                                                                currently taking Seerat under        get the chance to take care of
 Also, many believed that if the referendum             Questions portion of the East Allen County
                                                                                                                their wing and helping her live      Seerat. She makes the Lyon
 failed the redesign would be scratched.”               School website, funding from the State of
                                                                                                                her life to her current potential.   family stronger because she
          According        to,       the   Indiana continues to decline. EACS currently
                                                                                                                She moved in with the Lyons          has nothing at all, yet all she
 redesign plan will save the district $6.8              receives less from the state than it did in 2006
                                                                                                                on April 29. This was only one       wants to do is give to others.
 million in annual costs; $1.9 million short            and funding is expected to decline further in
                                                                                                                day after she received her Visa               “The           Lyons
 of what the district had hoped to save.                coming years. Unless significant steps are taken,
                                                                                                                to come to the United States.        love me like I am their
          As part of the redesign plan, six East        the district could be financially bankrupt in 2013.
                                                                                                                          Through a partnership      own child,” said Seerat.
 Allen County elementary schools will be closed.
                                                                                                                among the Lyon family,
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Americans get stuffed during holidays
Alyssa Mulherin                      holidays, but it’s not an excuse
                   Feature editor    to not eat the next several days.
                                              “I think people eat
                                     more during the holidays
                                     because it’s tradition,” said
                                     sophomore Allison Enyeart. “I
            Every year family        know a lot of people who just
and friends gather together          call Thanksgiving, turkey day.
at some point to celebrate           A lot of people seem to look
the holidays. Many people            at Thanksgiving as a day to
sit around a big table of food       load up on good food instead
and enjoy the company of             of giving thanks and getting in
their     companions       during    quality time with their family.”
Thanksgiving and Christmas.                   Thanksgiving          and
          According to suite101.     Christmas meals can have any
com, the major holidays people       range of calories. It all depends
tend to eat the most are the         on what the family eats and
days between Thanksgiving            does for their tradition. One
and Christmas. Although those        family may eat more or less
holiday times are given that         than another family; however,
people are supposed to eat and       people still need to keep in
enjoy themselves, they also          mind of how much they eat.
need to watch what they eat.                  According to examiner.
          According            to    com, an average Thanksgiving, in the 2010        meal may consist of turkey,
study it was found that 30.6         stuffing,     potatoes,     gravy,
percent of Americans are obese       yams, sweet potatoes, green
compared to Japan with only          bean casserole, rolls, salad,
3.2 percent of their population      and other family dishes. Don’t
being obese. Learning good           forget dessert-pumpkin, apple,
eating habits now can help           pecan pies, or a combination of
people in the long run with          all three, as well as cheesecake
managing          their   weight.    and other treats. This average                                                                        PHOTO BY BROOKE MARKHAM
          “I think America is one    Thanksgiving meal is about
of the most obese countries          3500 calories. That’s adding          Seniors Laura Matrisciano and Mackenzie Merkler open wide for their Christmas cupcakes.
because of the large land area       one pound onto a person’s
with low population density          current weight. Those calories        again, that’s only if someone       makes people eat more. People       don’t seem to follow the
making walking, biking public        are if someone only has               only has one plate of food.         also can follow the portion sizes   rules about portion sizes.
transportation very inefficient,”    one plate, but the average                     Watching what is           because they can help them eat              “I believe restaurants
said Dr. Karen Evans. “Also          American may have up to               being eaten can help with           less and control their weight.      put so much food on a
people may have high stress          two to three plates of food,          someone’s weight control and        Comparing portion sizes with        person’s plate because people
sedentary jobs, abundance of         according to            people won’t always feel like       common household objects            want to get their money’s
cheap food, parents who work                  After burning off all        they are working out. Staying       may help with the portion sizes.    worth,” said Evans. “If they
labor jobs that allow high carb,     the calories that were eaten          active helps to take away the                For example, one cup       give people more food then
high fat diets with no weight        during Thanksgiving, there            worry of gaining those extra        of cereal equals a baseball,        there is less argument about
gain, and food habits passed         is Christmas right around             pounds over the holidays.           three ounces of beef equals         the value of food because
down to children who later           the corner. According to                       “I feel like I gain        a bar of soap, a potato equals      food mark up is big.”
did not have laboring jobs.”,      an      average    weight over the holidays            a computer mouse, half a                    Although weight is
          It may seem fine at        Christmas meal may consist            because I stuff my face like no     cup of cooked pasta equals          one common factor that people
first to eat all the food because    of turkey, stuffing, potatoes,        other,” said sophomore Jessica      a golf ball and three ounces        tend to worry about over the
people may think they will           corn, gravy, rolls, yams, green       Claxton. “I also don’t exercise     of poultry equals a deck of         holidays, there is also the
exercise and it will all go away.    bean casserole, and salad.            at all during the holidays          playing      cards,   according     factor that obesity can affect
Also, many people eat food           The desserts may again be             because the point of the            to     someone’s health. According to
on the holidays then the next        pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie.         holidays is to eat and be lazy.”             When people go out         Evans, people may gain five to
several days don’t eat anything      This meal can average out to                   According to Evans, to     to restaurants and order a          ten pounds over the holidays.
at all trying to make up for all     be 2529 calories. That’s adding       help with the weight control        meal, the meal gets to them         Eating too much can lead to
the food they ate. People do gain    almost one pound to a person’s        over the holidays, one may try      on a huge plate overflowing         fatigue and a reactivation
a lot of extra calories over the     current weight. Keep in mind,         to be stress free because stress    with      food.      Restaurants    of old habits with food.

  Viewers tune in for                                                                                          Electronics released
                                                                                                               for Christmas
  Sarah Palin’s Alaska
 Amanda Overholt
                                                                                                               Kacy Schinnerer
                                                                                                                                    Staff writer
                                                                                                                                                   is looking forward to getting
                                                                                                                                                   the iPad for Christmas. She
                                                                                                                                                   said she would like the iPad
                                                                                                                                                   because it is really interesting.
                   Editor-in-chief                                                                                                                          “I am hoping to get the
                                                                                                                        As the Christmas           new iPod Touch or the iPad,”
                                                                                                               season      approaches,      the    said senior Heather Neuhouser.
                                                                                                               stores start to put out their       “I really want the iPod touch
          Politician Sarah Palin                                                                               newly released electronics.         because it has a camera on it.”
 has recently embarked on a                                                                                    They were released early                     The Nintendo Wii,
 new type of journey. Alaska’s                                                                                 for the black Friday sales.         invented in 2006, released
 former governor along with her                                                                                         According to The           a red version of the gaming
 family is the subject of TLC’s                                                                                L.A Times, the top 4 newly          system also in time for the
 new show Sarah Palin’s Alaska.                                                                                released Christmas electronics      Christmas rush. They are still
          The show follows the                                                                                 include Ultimate Ears 350,          selling the white versions
 Palin family as they explore                                                                                  Logitech Revue (Google TV),         and the black versions too.
 their home of Alaska. Her                            PHOTO PROVIDED BY AMANDA OVERHOLT                        Microsoft Kinect, and iPad.                  “I want the Nintendo
 family includes sons Track and       Sarah Palin and family fish on Sarah Palin’s Alaska.                     Another expected gift is            Wii, because it looks like a lot
 Trig, daughters Bristol, Willow,                                                                              the t-Mobile G2. The prices         of fun and entertaining for
 and Piper, husband Todd, and        Gosselin family to Alaska for         TLC a record premiere rating.       range from $37.00 to $829.00        the whole family.” Savannah
 grandson Tripp (Bristol’s son).     a camping trip and that trip                   Not      all     people             The Ultimate Ears          Young,      10   Grade      said.
          The show kicked off        will be part of an episode.”          are fans of the politician          350 was created by Logitech.                      The students of
 on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 9:00 p.m.              Each episode follows         taking      on     this    show.    They have extra bass tuned          Leo were polled with these
 on TLC. According to Jack           the Palin family and their                     “I’m not Palin’s biggest   into them, and they are             as the options the Kindle,
 Mirkinson of The Huffington         many       adventures;      from      fan politically and I’m really      noise-isolating.     They    are    Google TV, Wii, iPad, iPod,
 Post, the premiere of Sarah         fishing to dealing with teenage       not a fan of people selling their   Custom       In-Ear    Monitors     and other. 4 percent wanted
 Palin’s Alaska delivered record-    daughters and boy problems,           family to a television station in   and Universal Fit Earphones         a Kindle, 8 percent wanted
 breaking ratings for TLC.           the Palin family is always            order to get some fame and a        for      touring      musicians,    Google TV, 4 percent wanted
 According to Mirkinson, the         having an Alaskan adventure.          paycheck,” said senior Brad         pro-audio             engineers,    the Wii, 30 percent wanted
 first episode drew five million              According to Glynnis         Williams. “The two of them          audiophiles and music fans.         the iPad, 23 percent wanted
 viewers—the biggest ever            MacNicol of the Business              together for me are just too                 The Logitech Revue         the iPod, and 31 percent
 launch in the channel’s history.    Insider, high ratings coincide        much. And besides that, I don’t     (Google TV) is a little black       wanted another electronic.
 Not all of the viewers were         with      episodes     revolving      believe that a reality TV show      box that connects the internet               Students of Leo Junior/
 fans of Palin, but nonetheless,     around family drama, while            is something that a potential       to the television. Its functions    Senior High School were asked
 millions of viewers were tuned      low ratings coincide with             future leader of our country        are it integrates personal          to choose which electronic
 in to Palin’s network premiere.     episodes revolving around             should be in. It would have         media, DVR recordings, on-          they would like the most for
          According to Lori          nature and hunting. The               been better if she had stayed       demand, and Web content             Christmas, with the options of
 Calabrese of the Sarah Palin        second week 3 million tuned           governor of Alaska and finished     into one, and its easy-to-search    a Kindle, Google TV, Wii, iPad,
 Examiner, the show is an            in, 3.5 million tuned in the          her term successfully instead       interface on your HDTV.             iPod, or other. 4 percent hope
 eight-part series exploring         next week, and the most recent        of going off like she has.”                  The Microsoft Kinect       for a Kindle, 8 percent would
 the Palins’ home state and          episode, 2.8 million viewers                   “I love Sarah Palin’s      has no controller and can track     like the Google TV, 4 percent
 its residents. According to         watched the show. According           Alaska,”     said     sophomore     one’s actual movement, which        wish for a Wii, 30 percent want
 Calabrese, in an interview          to MacNicol, both drops               Kayla Overholt. “It honestly        lets the player play the games      the iPad, 23 percent anticipate
 with TLC President Eileen           were episodes that centered           makes me wish I lived in            without a controller. It is only    the iPod, and 31 percent
 O’Neill, it was confirmed that      around       Palin’s     outdoor      Alaska. They are always             available for the Xbox 360.         would like another electronic.
 “Kate Gosselin will make an         activities and killing animals.       doing      such     adventurous              The last new release                The stores that will be
 appearance fishing for salmon                Even       with      the     things; I’m so jealous.”            is the T-Mobile G2. It is for       selling these newly released
 and hiking on glaciers with the     rollercoaster ratings, Sarah                   Viewers can tune in        anyone who is just getting          items are Best Buy, Apple,
 former Alaska governor and          Palin’s Alaska has brought            to Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC      into the Smartphones. G2            Radio Shack, and Wal-Mart,
 family. The Palins invited the      in many viewers and given             at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday nights.      runs the Android 2.2 system.        along with other electronic
                                                                                                                        Olivia     Schwaborow      retailers and online stores.
     4 Feature                                                          The Lion’s Tale                                                       December 17, 2010

How to...                             Select students awarded
Make the most of your Christmas break
By Brooke Wilcoxson
                   Special editor     “Student of the Month”
                                            Enjoy family.
                                    Some students may find their
  1. Get involved.                  families unbearable because
                                    of the holiday stress, but really             SCIENCE:                                           ENGLISH:
Volunteering at various places
really makes your Christmas
                                    take this time to spend with                  Jordan Baer (grade 12)                             Paige Dempsey (grade 9)
                                    family and bond. Family is a
season more enjoyable. You
                                    big part of Christmas and could
can volunteer at St. Mary’s                                                       PE/HEALTH:                                         CAREERS/BUSINESS:
                                    help with the holiday spirit.
Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army                                                      Erika Ruhl (grade 9)                               Shannon Connors (grade
as a bell ringer, or bringing
joy to residents at various           5. Get homework                                                                                11)
nursing homes and hospitals.                   done.                              FINE ARTS:
    2. Explore the                  Many teachers will assign
                                                                                  Victoria Gardner (grade                            SOCIAL STUDIES:
                                                                                  12)                                                Brian Rapes (grade 11)
      community.                    projects or assignments so make
                                    the most of the lazy days. Try
Fort Wayne and surrounding
cities provide the community
                                    not to procrastinate and it may               BUSINESS:                                          FAMILY AND CONSUMER
                                    help you feel accomplished.                                                                      SCIENCES:
with many things to do this                                                       Bryce Beer (grade 9)
time of year such as ice skating,
                                      6. Prepare for the                                                                             Rachel Bougher (grade
viewing the display of lights
                                                                                  SPANISH:                                           11)
downtown,         tobogganing/              New Year
sledding,     or    going      to                                                 Danielle Blumenschein
movies at local theaters.           . With 2011 right around the                                                                     7TH GRADE STUDENT OF
                                    corner take the time to ponder                (grade 9)
      3. Just play.                 what your resolution should
Go make snow angels and             be and declutter your life.                   TECHNOLOGY:                                        Max Dove
snowmen. Build snow forts           Maybe rebuild friendships,
with friends and just have a        gain new friendships, let
                                                                                  Spencer Roof (grade 10)
                                                                                                                                     8TH GRADE STUDENT OF
good time. Go sledding or pull      go of friendships that are
a sled on the back of a four-       not healthy, or keep truckin’                 MATH:                                              MONTH:
wheeler. Make it fun. Then          the way you are. Just take                    Hannah Field (grade 11)                            Adam Freeby
warm up with hot chocolate          the time for a fresh start.
when the day’s work is done.

Dancers prepare for Orange Bowl
By Cassidy Zickmund                 NY Style, Leo’s local dance          Dolls, who will be performing       Leo Jr. /Sr. High School who will               “We spend so much
                                    studio, was asked to dance at        live along with the dancers.        be dancing at the Orange Bowl:         time together we consider each
                   Sports editor
                                    halftime at the Orange Bowl                   The Orange Bowl is         seventh grader Brianna Nuitos,         other family,” said Erexson.
                                    along with other dance teams         like the Super Bowl of college      eight graders Taylor Erexson           “We love our teacher; Lindsey
                                    in the United States. They will      football. This year, Virginia       and Chelsey Smith, and                 makes dance more fun.”
                                    be participating in various          Tech will play Stanford; there      freshman Cassidy Zickmund.                      To advertise the event
       Dance NY Style’s             activities while in Miami            will be around 75,000 fans in the             “It’s a once in a lifetime   and help raise money to make
Diva Dancers make their             including classes with Mandy         stadium watching and about 2        opportunity,” said Smith.              the trip, the girls have put up
way to Miami, Fla. for the          Moore and the choreographer          million at home according to                  The girls practice           posters, ads in the newspaper,
Orange Bowl Dec. 31 to Jan. 3.      of the High School Musical  The game is         every Tuesday, Thursday,               walked in the Grabill Days
       The Divas or the             movies. They will dance to           on Jan. 3 at 8 pm EST on ESPN.      and Saturday in preparation            Parade, had a garage sale,
competition team at Dance           two songs by the Goo Goo                      There are four girls at    for       the       big       event.   and held a kiddie carnival at
                                                                                                                                                    the studio. All profits went
                                                                                                                                                    to the dancers’ trip to Miami.
                                                                                                                                                    The average cost for the
                                                                                                                                                    girls to go is around $2,000.
                                                                                                                                                             “People underestimate
                                                                                                                                                    us,” said Erexson. “They
                                                                                                                                                    think we’re just some small
                                                                                                                                                    group from little Leo, but
                                                                                                                                                    we’re more than that.”
                                                                                                                                                             The dancers have also
                                                                                                                                                    danced at a Mad Ants game,
                                                                                                                                                    a Pacers game, Kings Island,
                                                                                                                                                    and annually at The Festival
                                                                                                                                                    of the Trees. They go to 3-4
                                                                                                                                                    competitions every year and
                                                                                                                                                    perform solos, duets, trios,
                                                                                                                                                    and small group productions.
                                                                                                                                                    Dancing for large numbers
                                                                                                                                                    is nothing new for the Divas,
                                                                                                                                                    but the Orange Bowl is
                                                                                                                                                    the biggest event they’ve
                                                                                                                                                    ever been to according to
                                                                                                                                                    Dance NY Styles owner and
                                                                                                                                                    instructor Lindsey Tague.
                                                                                                                                                             “We’re a family,”
                                                                                                                                                    said Smith. “We’re all good
                                                                                                                                                    at our own style, but when
                                                                                                                                                    we come together everything
                                                                                                                                                    works out. We focus on our
                                                                                                                                                    good qualities and encourage
                                                                                                                                                    each other to do our best.”
                                                                                                                                                             “We were actually
                                                                                                                                                    invited to the Orange Bowl
                                                                                                                                                    to dance,” said Tague. “We’ll
                                                                                                                                                    take anything that comes
  Dancers practice hard to be prepared for the Orange Bowl                                             PHOTO BY CASSIDY ZICKMUND                    our way. We seem to just
                                                                                                                                                    get    great     opportunities.”

Randall Artherhults gets personal
By Andrew Rodgers                   engages his classes and              up with two brothers, one           playing Tarzan, and cruising           hobbies include bicycling,
                                    teaches his students real world      older and one younger. His          in cars and motorcycles.               traveling,             writing
                   Staff writer     skills, using witty remarks          older brother Roger, who                     Believe it or not             fiction    and       vegetable
                                    and     personal     examples.       is sometimes mentioned in           Artherhults did not figure out         gardening, “even though
                                            Born in the city of          Aurtherhults stories to the         his desire to become a teacher         tomatoes are technically
                                    Peru, Ind., and raised in the        class, now lives in the Leo         until his sophomore year of            a fruit,” said Artherhults.
        Nestled       between       small town of Converse,              community. He also has a            college. He now has a degree in        Favorite television shows
the clinic and the science          Ind, Artherhults moved to            “baby” brother who lives in         literature and a master’s degree       of Artherhults include Big
hallway one will find the           Fort Wayne when he was a             Florida who just published          in education both from Indiana         Bang Theory, Buffy the Vampire
secluded classroom of English       sophomore. He attended and           his first book, Lohsie’s Woods.     University in Fort Wayne.              Slayer, X Files, and How I
teacher Randall Artherhults.        graduated from Southside                      “My favorite childhood              “I    was    a     D.J.,      Met Your Mother. He also
Artherhults, or “Mr. A” as          high school in Fort Wayne.           memory is summers at Lake           news director, commercial              enjoys Harry Potter movies.
many of his students call him,              Growing             up,      Webster in my aluminum              copywriter,       and       auto               If Artherhults could
has been teaching at Leo Jr./Sr.    Artherhults’ father ran a            boat with the Evinrude              mechanic,” said Artherhults.           live anywhere, he said that
High School for over 30 years.      food processing plant and            Motor and my Honda dream                     Artherhults and his           he would live in building
        Students     at    Leo      arranged the opening of              motorcycle,” said Artherhults.      wife Kathy have a grown                2 at the Old Fenimore
do not get the chance to            several plants in Europe,                     When he was young          son who lives and works in             Mill condos in Cedar Key,
experience one of “Mr. A’s”         while his mother worked at           some of his favorite past times     Brooklyn, New York, and a              Fla., or even somewhere
exciting classes until their        Fort Wayne Bible College.            with his friends included sling     golden retriever named Bailey.         closer to Disney World.
senior    year.   Artherhults               Artherhults       grew       shot fights, catching snakes,                Some of Artherhults’
                                                                                    The Lion’s Tale
       December 17, 2010                                                                                                                                          Opinion          5

                         give back shoes worldwide
TOMS shoes over one million pairs ofto kids “Bridalplasty” instills false
Shoe company has donated                                                                                                    views in its young viewers
                                                                                                                           By Rachel Burtnett                      about what it takes to have a
 By Allison Trosper                                                                                                                                                man love them. Watching already
                                                                                                                                                Editor-in-chief    beautiful      women        complain
                          Special editor
                                                                                                                                The      new    television         about the way they look may
                                                                                                                       show “Bridalplasty” premiered               cause teens to look at themselves
                                                                                                                       Saturday, Dec. 4 on E. The purpose          differently	 and	 aspire	 to	 one	
          While making a holiday                                                                                       of the show is to reward the last           day pay a ridiculous amount of
wish list, TOMS Shoes are an                                                                                           bride standing with plastic surgery         money for a surgery of their own.
item	 that	 should	 not	 be	 omitted.                                                                                  and a wedding of her dreams.                         Throughout the years,
          Not only do these shoes                                                                                      	        In	 the	 first	 episode,	          the belief in true, everlasting love
feel like a foot cushion but they are                                                                                  viewers watch as each of the                has continued to decrease as the
a very altruistic idea, as every pair                                                                                  twelve contestants is interviewed           number of divorces has continued
of shoes bought has a matching                                                                                         alongside their husband-to-be               to increase. The sanctity of
pair sent to a child in need of shoes.                                                                                 as they explain each procedure              marriage	 has	 been	 belittled	 and	
          According to,                                                                                       they want and why. The brides               these couples are one of the prime
in 2006 TOMS founder Blake                                                                                             “wish-list” includes anything               examples as to the reason why.
Mycoskie befriended children in                                                                                        and everything one could think                       If a man loves a woman
Argentina and found they had no                                                                                        of: skin resurfacing, liposuction,          enough to ask for their hand,
shoes to protect their feet. He then                                                                                   breast	lifts,	breast	augmentations,	        they should take her as she is,
decided on the idea of a company                                                                                       tummy tucks, nose jobs, removal             not to await the “improved,”
that makes shoes but also donates                                                                                      of scars and stretch marks, botox,          silicone-injected,             plastic
a pair to children who need a pair.                                                                                    ears pinned back, fat injections            version of who she once was.
          As of September 2010,                                                                                        in upper lip, and even one                           To most, true love means
TOMS has given over one million                                                                                        surgery to shorten a second toe.            loving	 one’s	 significant	 other	
pairs of new shoes to children in                                             PHOTO BY ALLISON TROSPER                          The whole idea of                  unconditionally	 for	 better	 or	
need	 through	 Giving	 Partners	                                                                                       this series raises countless                for worse, a statement the bride
around the world. Not only does
                                                Juniors Addison Ulmer and Brenna Noll show off their TOMS shoes.
                                                                                                                       questions such as where the                 and grooms each vow to one
TOMS donate shoes, but they                  accepts. It then took almost two              According to Ulmer, love in these relationships is                      another on the big day. In general,
are also behind the idea of a day            more weeks for my correctly her favorite way to wear her and what message are these                                   a wedding ceremony entails
without shoes. This is a day for             fitting	 TOMS	 to	 come	 back	 me. TOMS is with skinny jeans, women sending to the audience.                          countless people, two sets of proud
volunteers to go without shoes                         Now that I have my but             she     occasionally   will           Starting at a young age,           parents with tears in their eyes,
for 24 hours to realize how life is          TOMS I am elated. These shoes dress them up with skirts. many females grow up dreaming                                and	one	adorable	little	flower	girl	
without shoes. This day will take            are seriously the greatest shoes              Noll       bought      her about their wedding day, planning            who causes audience members
place globally on April 15, 2011.            that I have ever worn. They TOMS at the shoe store Shi out	every	little	detail.	Going	under	                          to “awww,” but a bruised bride
          I was inspired by the              feel like there is a cloud on my in	 Glenbrook	 Mall,	 but	 the	 the knife just months before the                     wrapped in bandages is not
movement when a friend of mine               feet and it is phenomenal. It store doesn’t seem to have as big day, however, is not something                        typically included in the list.
was wearing them a couple of                                                      much of a selections as online. generally on their agenda.                                If a woman does not
years and I did not realize that                                                           “I want these shoes                                                     love or respect herself enough
they had such a great motive until           “They are amazingly com- in every color,” said Noll. ever preach can these of “it’sHow
                                                                                                                                        the idea
                                                                                                                                                                   to accept the way she is even
this fall. I visited the website and         fortable and I love their                     According to Noll, her feet what’s on the inside that                   when there is a man promising
did a lot of research and I found            One for One policy,” get a bit chilly but the awesomeness counts” to their children when                              to love them forever, how
that	 they	 run	 a	 little	 small,	 so	 I	                                        she feels when she wears them they entered a competition                         can she expect the man to?
ordered a pair a half a size smaller                   -Junior Addison Ulmer makes up for it. Ulmer agrees. to improve their appearance?                                    If every woman was
than my usual. I was anticipating                                                          “They are amazingly                  In the United States, the          in the same state of mind as
my shoes coming in the mail for                                                   comfortable and I love their One idea of the “perfect person” has                the “Bridalplasty” contestants,
days	on	end	and	when	they	finally	           really feels like I’m walking for One policy,” Ulmer said. “They become	 so	 superficial	 and	 harsh	                 females might as well go back
came I couldn’t wait to try them             without shoes and I couldn’t ask are	 hard	 to	 find	 in	 Fort	 Wayne,	 that nearly everyone continually              to the days of staying home
on. I tore them out of the box and           for	 anything	 better	 in	 a	 shoe. but their ‘fantasticness’ makes questions the way they look.                      and waiting on their husband
tossed	 the	 complementary	 flag	                      Juniors         Addison them worth the cost of shipping.”                In some countries, a               and children hand and foot.
and I slid them on my feet. I then           Ulmer       and    Brenna      Noll           It seems all around that woman’s beauty depends on how                           Women need to stand up
had a Cinderella complex when                are also TOMS customers. TOMS	 wearers	 are	 very	 satisfied	 small of feet they have or how long                     for themselves, love the person
I put the shoes on and they were                       “I went to New York with their shoes. TOMS shoes their necks are. In the US, women                          they are, and accept and cherish
too small. My disappointment                 over the summer and found can be purchased at have the idea that weighing 90                                 what they were given. Not
was monumental. I realized                   some and fell in love,” said and the shoes run around $40 to lbs. and having large breasts is                         everyone is born tall and skinny
that I would have to send my                 Ulmer.	 “I	 finally	 decided	 to	 $50, without the cost of shipping required in order to be beautiful.                with assets in all the “right” places.
shoes back, which TOMS gladly                order some a while ago.” which can cost around $10.                                Teenage female viewers             No one in the world is perfect…
                                                                                                                       could obtain the wrong idea                 even	 after	 surgical	 procedures.	

Elementary participation in programs helps in future
 By Annie Merz                                                                                                                                                     organized,       contact     football
                                                                                                                                                                   administered by knowledgeable
                           A&E editor                                                                                                                              coaches       and     administrators.
                                                                                                                                                                   The emphasis is on teaching
         To help kids get started                                                                                                                                  fundamentals and providing safe,
on the right foot for their future                                                                                                                                 fun	 football.	 Cub	 Football	 was	
sport, Leo Jr./Sr. High School’s                                                                                                                                   formed to give our youth a greater
athletic program has created                                                                                                                                       opportunity       to    participate.”
several helpful systems such                                                                                                                                                 The	      Cub	    Football	
as	 Paw	 Ball	 and	 Cub	 Football.	                                                                                                                                program does a great job of
         Paw	 Ball	 is	 nine	 weeks	                                                                                                                               teaching fundamentals to the
long and is for children in grades                                                                                                                                 kids. The outcome of teaching
kindergarten through sixth grade                                                                                                                                   good fundamentals and making
interested in basketball. This                                                                                                                                     it fun for the kids is success. The
year there are seventy coaches                                                                                                                                     varsity boys’ football team has
who lead the thirty teams that                                                                                                                                     had more success this year than
make	 up	 this	 club.	 Paw	 Ball	 has	                                                                                                                             ever before, and many football
a certain number of rules and                                                                                                                                      players give credit to having
regulations;      however,      these                                                                                                                              started playing when they
rules	 differ	 from	 the	 actual	                                                                                                                                  were younger and by playing
rules of high school basketball.                                                                                                                                   by the actual rules of football.
         For	 this	 reason,	 many	                                                                                                                                           “It    gives    kids     an
high school players have voiced                                                                                                                                    edge, especially in football
concerns about the basis of                                                                                                                                        because not too many other
the program. There should be                                                                                                                                       schools have a football league
a point where a line is drawn                                                                                                                                      for elementary school kids,”
between just having fun and                                                                                                                                        said sophomore Sam Waters.
actually     taking     the     sport                                                                                                                                        Both programs teach kids
competitively.	 After	 all,	 when	                                                                                                                                 of the importance of having fun.
the athletes enter high school,                                                                                                                                    If	 the	 Paw	 Ball	 program	 is	 more	
their goal will be winning, right?                                                                                                                                 willing to teach fundamentals
         Paw	Ball	participants,	for	                                                                                                                               and play with more competition,
example, are not allowed to steal                                                                                                                                  they may have higher success
the ball, block shots, or double                                                                                                                                   rates or more wins. In the past,
team. Referees don’t exactly call                                                                                                                                  other high school players think
every travel, double dribble,                                                                                                                                      that they could have been more
etc. They just blow their whistle                                                                                                                                  prepared for the transition if the
for the major mistakes. Because                                                                                                                                    Paw	 Ball	 program	 would	 have	
these	 regulations	 may	 be	 a	 little	                                                                                                                            focused more on fundamentals.
too lenient, when the players get                                                                                                                                  The	 Cub	 Football	 program	
to high school they may not be                                                                                                                                     should continue to keep teaching
prepared when a ref calls a travel.                                                                                                                                what they’re teaching because
         “I think maybe the                  Third and Fourth grade girls fight to get the rebound during their Paw Ball game.   PHOTO BY ANNIE MERZ               Leo’s      football    program      is
older	 kids	 [in	 Paw	 Ball]	 should	                                                                                                                              experiencing winning seasons.
be allowed to steal the ball and                                                                                                                                             If the participants in
press,” said junior Kasie Stoller.           that they may not have been able        how to play the sports and helps        living in the East Allen County       Paw	 Ball	 were	 able	 to	 start	
         The basketball program              to build if not for the program.        get you involved with others.”          school boundaries. According          playing	 with	 the	 goal	 of	 getting	
does a great job of teaching the kids                “[The	            programs]	            Cub	 Football	 is	 led	 by	     to the Leo cub football league        better	 and	 not	 just	 having	 fun,	
that the sport should be fun. Many           absolutely helped me prepare for        the league commissioner Jared           rules and bylaws, the mission         then maybe the high school
also believe that the program                the sport,” said junior Taylor Horn.    Sauder. This program is for kids        for	 the	 Cub	 Football	 League	      basketball team would come out
helped them build relationships              “It helps young kids get to know        in grades four through six and          is “to provide area youth with        with more wins in the future.
                                                                         The Lion’s Tale
   6 Special                                                                                                                               December 17, 2010

Fort Wayne provides community with festive activities
By Taylor Hipskind                thing to do in Fort Wayne for           $3 for seniors and students.     there is a display called           free    refreshments,     live
                                  Christmas is to go downtown                     This year was the        “Candyland Holiday Exhibit.”        animals, many children
                  Sports editor                                           16th annual AWS Fantasy          This event ends Jan. 2 and          crafts     and      activities,
                                  with his family. Every year,
                                  he and his family look at               of Lights at Franke Park.        costs $5 for adults and $3          music, and religious art.
                                  the lights down Calhoun                 According      to    Indiana’s   for children (up to 17 years                 If one is willing
                                  St., the “Santa Claus” on the           NewsCenter, there are more       old). At the display, one can       to travel a short distance,
                                  PNC Center, and the “Merry              than 70 illuminated displays     see     beautiful     poinsettias   there are numerous events
                                  Christmas Wreath” at One                in the park during this event,   and huge gingerbread men.           outside of Fort Wayne to
         There are many           Summit Square. He also likes            and admission is $5 per car.              Sophomore Graham           do for Christmas as well.
things to do and see in           to go ice skating downtown                      Sophomore Christian      Powers attends an event every       Tobogganing at Pokagon
Fort Wayne during winter          and go to Coney Island.                 Nitz said that his favorite      year at the Foellinger-Freimann     State Park in Angola, Ind.
including the lit-up “Santa                 Many             seasonal     thing to do in Fort Wayne        Botanical           Conservatory    is one popular activity.
Claus” mounted on the             activities to do in Fort Wayne          for Christmas is to go to the    as     a     family    tradition.   According to the Indiana
PNC Center or Indiana             are free of charge; however,            Nutcracker Ballet at the Fort             “[The events here]         Department      of    Natural
Michigan Power’s “Merry           there are still some that use           Wayne Academy of Ballet.         always get [my family and           Resources website, “The
Christmas       Wreath”      at   up those riches that are being                  Nitz also enjoys         me] into the Christmas              Toboggan Run” costs $10
One       Summit      Square.     carried around in a wallet.             going on carriage rides          Spirit,”       said      Powers.    per hour and that price
         Many students at                   Every year, the Fort          through the lights downtown               This year marks the        includes a sled that four
Leo Jr./Sr. High School attend    Wayne History Center hosts a            with      his     grandfather.   59th annual Christ Child            people can use at the same
these events, and for some,       gingerbread house competition                   This year at the         Festival at the Allen County        time. Anyone can feel the
they are family traditions.       called     “The       Festival    of    Foellinger-Freimann              War      Memorial     Coliseum.     excitement of going down a
         Sophomore       Jaron    Gingerbread.” The admission             Botanical       Conservatory,    The admission to this event         vertical drop of a total of 90
Birkey said that his favorite     for this event is $5 for adults and     every Thursday and Friday        is free of charge and includes      feet at about 35 to 40 mph.

Above: Senior Billy Schenkel
decorates a cookie to look like a
football at an annual party at a
friend’s house.                                                  Above: Seniors Janna Parke, Molly Merz, Mackenzie Merkler,
                                                                 and Brooke Markham display their gifts from one another.

                                                                 Above right: Senior Molly Merz gets excited after opening
                                                                 her first gift of the exchange.

Above: Spongebob cookies made                                    Below: Juniors Haley Herran, Kendyl Leichty, and Shelby
by seniors Rachel Burtnett, Jenae                                Cooper enjoy their trip to the ice rink downtown.
Bennington, Gretchen Hiler, and
freshman Miller Kern are dis-

Below: Juniors Bree Schmucker
and Kyle Biggins spend time to-
gether sledding.
  December 17, 2010                     The Lion’s Tale                              Special 7

Basketball season shoots into action
                                                                         Top left: senior Nick Silver cheers
                                                                         for junior Gage Corner at the
                                                                         home game against Heritage.

                                                                         Middle left: seniors Preston Crook,
                                                                         Matt White, and Kelsey Hetrick
                                                                         prepare themselves with their
                                                                         newspapers and proper attire for
                                                                         the home game against Dekalb.
                                                                                           1 #
                                                                         Left: senior Andrew4Suciu plows
                                                                         through two Dekalb defenders to-
                                                                         wards the basket for two points.

                                                                         Bottom left: senior Ben 25# Waters goes
                                                                         up for a lay up before the Dekalb game.
                                                                                                 1   #
                                                                         Bottom right: sophomore 5 Sam
                                                                         Waters works on his free-throws
                                                                         warming up for a game at home.

                                                                          Varsity Boys: 2-0
                                                                          Varsity Girls: 3-3
                           #4 Gary tips off
Bottom left: sophomore Keanna 0
for the Lions against New Haven at home.

Bottom middle: senior Marykate 23# Row-
an dribbles the ball down the court in ef-
fort to pass her Bulldog opponent.
Bottom right: senior Ashley 0King plants
in front of a her player on defense.
Very bottom: many superfans at the    boys
varsity game against Dekalb keep      their
noses in their papers to show the     visit-
ing team just how welcome they         are.

                                    Upcoming games this season:
                                                 Varsity Boys                         Varsity Girls
                                          Tonight: home vs. Garrett      Dec. 18: home vs. Southern Wells
                                          Dec. 28: home vs. Angola            Dec. 29: away vs. Angola
                                         Jan. 4: home vs. Concordia            Jan. 5: home vs. Norwell
                                       Jan. 8: away vs. South Adams           Jan. 7: home vs. Woodlan
                                       Jan. 18: home vs. Churubusco        Jan. 18: home vs. Churubusco
                                     Jan. 21: home vs. Southern Wells     Jan. 22: away vs. Adams Central
                                         Jan. 28: away vs. Woodlan       Jan. 25: away vs. Bishop Dwenger

                                      Please come out and support your fellow Lions. There can never be
                                                   enough fans. The louder it is, the better!
      8 Opinion
                                                                          The Lion’s Tale                                                        December 17, 2010

Holiday retailtobecomes chaotic
Employees are forced deal with difficult customers
By Andrew Rodgers                     day exhausted and annoyed.          a nightmare for staff who has to    store puts things on sale for 60, 70,   rattle off items that the shoppers’
                      Staff writer    Being a sales associate has its     literally crawl on top of boxes     and 75 percent off and customers        children picked out online. If
                                      benefits: associates get a good     and bags to dig for things that     come up wanting to know what            the store does not have the item
                                      discount, help people pick out      they might need for the store.      the sale price. This jams up the        that the shopper is looking for,
         This is the time of year     gifts and answer questions. It is   Often important boxes of product    line and causes an unnecessary          the sales associates will have
when millions of Americans            safe to say that for the majority   become lost at the bottom of the    wait for customers who are ready        to endure the shopper’s dumb
gravitate    towards      shopping    of the year, it is a somewhat       pile and found days later when      to make their purchase and get          disgusted facial expressions.
malls     and      spend      crazy   calm job; however, it gets more     the item is no longer needed        out of the store. Use a cell phone               Holiday          shoppers,
amounts of money on gifts.            stressful around the first of       for a display or a customer.        calculator or even fingers to           please remember you are not
         According       to     the   October when hundreds of boxes               At    Aeropostale     in   figure out the price without help.      the only ones out shopping, so
American      Consumer       Credit   of shipment, holiday checklists,    Glenbrook mall, the “see through    The sales associate should not          respect one’s fellow shoppers.
council the average American          and dozens of new employees         fitting rooms” seem to confuse      have to tell customers what 50          Don’t jump into a conversation
will spend about $935 on              start rolling into the store.       even the most seasoned shopper.     percent off of $20.00 is. Go back       between a fellow shopper and
Christmas gifts this year, a 38%               Boxes,           snappy    Throughout the day an associate     to school and figure that one out.      a sales associate or try to be coy
rise from the previous year.          customers, and slow temporary       will be told dozens of times, “I             Then there are the             and sneak ahead of someone in
This means more shoppers with         workers are all things that         am not going in there; it’s see     wonderful customers who enter           line just to save a few precious
shorter fuses and lack of holiday     would make any experienced          through” or are given blank         the store at 5:55 on Christmas          minutes. And lastly, please
cheer will file through the malls     retail worker want to scream.       dumb looks from shoppers            Eve and expect to get holiday           respect the mall employees
doors this holiday season.                     Most stores, including     confused about the doors. By the    shopping done when the store            whom you may come in contact
         This time of the year,       Panda Express in the food court     fifth time an employee may just     closes at 6 for the holiday. Really?    with because they do not get paid
sales associates walk into work       and The Children’s Place and        want to scream out sarcastically:   Obviously shoppers are not going        enough to listen to your cranky
at the beginning of their shifts,     Aeropostale get dingy offsite       “Yes we are watching our            to get their shopping done in 5         complaining self who waited
most wearing red and beaming          storage rooms during the holiday    customers while they change.”       minutes, so the store is going to       until days before Christmas to
with holiday cheer, only to walk      season to store their excess                 Another      annoyance     have to keep its doors open for the     buy one’s presents. Also gift
out at the end of their long work     merchandise. These units become     would also have to be when a        shopper and listen to him or her        boxes are a courtesy not a right!

Christmas annoyances disturb citizens Students’ opinions
Music, lights, and shopping way before Christmas irritates the gerneral public
By Brooke Wilcoxson
                                                                                                              on gas prices differ
                    Special editor
                                                                                                              By Justin Stuckey                       7 million cars on the road are
                                                                                                                                                      able to run on E85, according to
                                                                                                                                     A & E editor This site also tells of
                                                                                                                                                      a study conducted by General
                                                                                                                                                      Motors. The study shows that
          Christmas is a holiday                                                                                                                      fewer than 10 percent of E85
that America seems to enjoy                                                                                                                           car owners use E85 gasoline in
in months besides December.                                                                                                                           their cars. 7 million times 10
This holiday brings favorable                                                                                          Andrew Rodgers wrote           percent adds up to 700,000 cars.
traditions for Americans but                                                                                  an editorial in the December 3 issue    That may sound like a lot, but
may begin way too early                                                                                       of the Lions’ Tale about gas prices.    consider that there are around
and      is    really   overdone.                                                                             Several points made in the article,     6 billion people in the world
          One part of Christmas                                                                               however, didn’t quite make sense.       and 300 million in the United
that Leo citizens participate a                                                                                        The first point made           States. When compared to those
great deal in is putting up lights.                                                                           was that the election of many           kinds of numbers, 700,000 E85
It seems that many consider                                                                                   Republicans on November 2               users is a microscopic amount.
the motto, the bigger the better,                                                                             caused the price of gas to skyrocket             The Lions’ Tale article
but in this case the brighter                                                                                 within two days after the election.     also says this: “It seems gas
the better the most effective. It                                                                             The article says, “It seems like        prices and the economy are
seems Leo residents take the                                                                                  during the past few years the           heavily linked; when gas
time to “outdo” neighbor’s                                                                                    cost of gas has actually gone           prices are low the economy
homes to have the better lights.                                                                              down. Ironic? Once Americans            and businesses do well.”
          Another      part      of                                                                           put the Republican party in                      This is a common
Christmas many look forward                                                                                   power, gas prices raced back up.”       economic myth. If you look
to is the Christmas music                                                                                              Although         Americans     at the facts, a strong economy
mainly played on 97.3 and                                                                                     voted to put many Republicans           tends to roughly correlate
98.1. But does it have to begin                                                                               in Congress, these elected officials    to high gas prices, and vice
playing prior to Thanksgiving?                                                                                do not actually take power              versa. In the last half of 2008,
Many may grow tired of this                                                                                   until January 3. They did not           for example, the U.S. economy
music even before Christmas                                                                                   march into the Capitol, as the          plummeted       into    recession.
because       of      overplaying.                                                                            article implies, and cram laws                   During      that    same
          Buying gifts for friends                                                                            through in two days to cause an         time period, gas prices also
and relatives seems to be a drag                                                                              immediate increase in gas prices.       plunged, from over four dollars
for many people. Many have to                                                                                          Here’s why gas prices          to around $1.70 per gallon.
spend money when all one may                                                                                  rose in the few days after the
want to do is receive it. Buying                                                                              election: On November 3,
                                                                                                              Federal Reserve chairman Ben                   “The gas and oil
presents should not be a burden.
Questions fill the buyer’s mind                                                                               Bernanke        announced        $600   companies should wake up
such as, what will they want?                                                                                 billion in “quantitative easing.”       and realize their fluctuating
And what if they don’t like it?                                                                               “Quantitative easing,” by the way,
                                                                                                              is basically just code for printing
                                                                                                                                                      prices have a mostly
People worry too much about
the gifts they’re giving and don’t                                                                            more money. When more money             negative effect on our greatly
put all the thought into it one                                                                               is printed, that reduces the value      recovering         economy,”
should. Giving should be more                                                                                 of the dollar. When the value
of a feel-good-about-oneself                                                                                  of the dollar is reduced, more                      - Andrew Rodgers
thing and should not be worth                                                                                 money is needed to buy things.
pulling one’s hair out over.                                                                                           A second point in the
          Many joyful hearted                                                                                 article was that “Most Americans
                                                                                                              are held hostage by the gas and                  Finally, the article reads,
people take time out of their lives
                                                                                                              oil companies due to alternative        “The gas and oil companies
to volunteer to be a Salvation                                       PHOTO BY JORDYN FURNISH                                                          should wake up and realize
Army bell ringer. One could                                                                                   fuels not being readily available
                                                                                                                                                      their fluctuating prices have a
see these red-apron wearers Salvation Army volunteer attracts caring customers for their loose change         in most areas. Sure, there may be
                                                                                                              hybrid cars and biofuels, but how       mostly negative effect on our
anywhere during the Christmas
                                                                                                              many biofuel stations have you          greatly recovering economy.”
season. Of course one feels their stores. Lights, ornaments, a Christmas movie every night
                                                                                                              seen on the side of the highway?”                The     gas    companies
guilty if they pass by without Christmas       figures,     nativity until Christmas. It varies from                   This article assumes that      themselves have no obligation
dropping various coins from the scenes, just name it and it will old classics to new movies that
                                                                                                              biofuels – E85 gasoline in particular   to our economy. They attempt
bottom of their pocket or purse more than likely be seen in any all have the same meaning. The
                                                                                                              – save people money. However,           to make a profit, and there is
that they know they will not be major store prior to Thanksgiving. 25 Days of Christmas is not even
                                                                                                              according to, though           nothing wrong with that. If
using in the future. It’s almost a        When watching television a legitimate 25 days considering           E85 costs 15 percent less than          a business would do what is
guilt trip that many succumb to. after Thanksgiving, it is more than Christmas movies only play on
                                                                                                              gasoline nationally, it is 27 percent   “best” for the economy instead
          Back in October when likely that a Christmas show is on weekdays. What a letdown…
                                                                                                              less efficient. E85 actually gives      of trying to make a profit, they
one may be scanning the aisles more than one channel. It is also             As people start stressing        you fewer miles for your dollar.        wouldn’t last long. America is
for a Halloween costume at the very likely the popular Christmas over what to buy, what to wear,
                                                                                                                       Another reason that gas        a capitalist nation. Competition
local Wal-Mart, it is very likely movie “Elf” will be playing what to watch or what to listen to
                                                                                                              stations don’t often sell E85 is that   is the basis of our economy.
to find assorted Christmas multiple times a day on various just remember, this is the one time
decorations in a designated aisle. channels. ABC Family really of year to be happy. It’s important            people simply aren’t interested.
That is just the beginning of the puts one in the Christmas spirit to be in the Christmas spirit and
madness. Local stores and malls with its 25 Days of Christmas do what one can to help others.
completely go all out and fix up series, which involves playing
                                                                              The Lion’s Tale
      9 Feature                                                                                                                                         December 17, 2010

Ben Shappell and students prepare for Costa Rica trip
Costa Rica trip will be taking place in 2012 school year for grades 8-11
By Abbie Trosper
                       A&E editor

         In June of 2012, several
chaperoned students of Leo Jr./Sr.
High School will be going on an
excursion to Costa Rica to partake
in a unique learning experience.
         Ben Shappell (teacher at
Leo), his wife Carrie Shappell,
and Mark Mettert (teacher at
New Haven High School) will be
the adult supervisors of this trip,
leading the students through all
the wonders that Costa Rica has
to offer. Shappell said that there
are nine students signed up and
planning to go, but he is eager
that more will take advantage
of this educational opportunity.
         Through       the     end
of the year, the price of the
excursion is $1,600, and through
March 31 the price of $1,800.
The cost includes all flights,
food, lodging, and activities.
Sophomores Aubrey Dean-Cross
and Jennifer Emery both believe
that the value of their experience
will be worth the expense.
         “The trip isn’t until
2012 though, so there’s time to
save money,” said Dean-Cross.
“I do think the trip will be
worth the price because if I try
to go another time, I probably
won’t find an opportunity
cheaper      than    this    one.”      Sophomore Alli Miller poses next to the Costa Rica poster.                                                             PHOTO BY ABBIE TROSPER
         Emery’s           opinion
of the expense is similar.             amazing that I have continued to        city San Jose,” said Shappell.           about the rain forest and ecology      interested in science, Spanish
         “I think it’s a good          use EF Tours and to take students               Dean-Cross and Emery are         will lead the group. Shappell          students can also benefit from
price,” said Emery. “It pays for       to Costa Rica,” said Shappell.          both excited and looking forward         believes that the students’            this experience, because the
everything except souvenirs.”                   With the assistance of         to participating in these activities     understanding of science will          primary language in Costa Rica
         Shappell used EF Tours,       EF Tours, Shappell has many             and the unique opportunities.            benefit from this trip, having gone    is Spanish. Shappell believes
a tour company, to plan this           exciting activities on the agenda.              “I don’t think I would ever      before and learned a lot himself.      this trip will be a good way
trip. In the past, Shappell won                 “We will visit four            have the chance to go to Costa                    “Since I have gone            to practice speaking Spanish.
a free trip to Costa Rica for          different rain forests, see green       Rica and I’m really excited to be        twice before, I have learned a lot              Any interested students
himself, another chaperone, and        sea turtles on the East Coast, visit    going,” said Dean-Cross. “I love         and will share my knowledge            should talk to Shappell in Room
students from EF Tours, and            a hot spring and swim there, go         to travel and I think Costa Rica         with students,” said Shappell.         332, or go to www.eftours.
has been using this company to         on a zip line canopy tour, have         seems really pretty, so I can’t wait.”            Even though this trip         com and type in this tour’s
plan Costa Rica trips since then.      a free day at the beach of the                  On the expedition, a             will be specifically beneficial        number, which is 1005291,
         “The trip was so              West Coast, and tour the capital        guide who is knowledgeable               towards science students or those      to obtain more information.

Leo teachers explain their high school sports
By Brooke Wilcoxson
                                                                                                                         Starbucks offers free
         Shappell – Basketball and Soccer
                                           Special editor
                                                                                                                         Wi-Fi to customers
                                                                                                                         By Graham Powers                      definitely would make me
“My senior year was the first year for soccer                                                                                                                  want to come back and think
                                                                                                                                                Staff writer
at Leo. One match we scored two own-                                                                                                                           about buying more stuff,” said
goals for the other team. We had two foreign                                                                                                                   sophomore Stephanie Lehman.
exchange students (from Brazil and Germany).”                                                                                                                           Because Facebook and
         Kern      –    Football        “My      favorite
                                                                                                                                 On       Sept.     20         Twitter have become such a huge
general memory was hanging out with the                                                                                  Starbucks, the world’s                part of the internet, Starbucks has
guys     during      summer        conditioning       and                                                                largest    coffee    retailer,        made sure that they added an
enjoying the friendships from teammates.”                                                                                stepped up their game                 easy way to view both websites.
         Miller    –    Cheerleading        and     track                                                                                                               According               to
                                                            Biology teacher, Ronald Carey, picture above, played         after showing off the new               Starbucks
         Baumert         –        Marching          band
Achievement: Drum major senior year. “I                     played basketball along with two other sports in high        additions for their Digital           started giving free Wi-Fi to
loved our freshman year show – Earth,                                                                                    Network       to    compete           their users. With this great
Wind, and Fire. We made it to regionals too!”                                                                            against other competitors.            handout, Starbucks saw over
         Schnelker – Intramural track “Being forced         “When I was a cheerleader, we had lifters during                      According to Starbucks,      30 million different log ins.
(with my very short legs) to try hurdles. I was amazed      basketball season. My partner and I though we were           this new online network is                     With many businesses
to actually clear them without killing myself.”             pretty cool because he could lift me over his head like a    powered by free Wi-Fi through         such as McDonalds, now
         Mahoney – Cheerleader “I remember                  “T” and then I would twist down for him to catch me.”        AT&T and is for customers             serving iced coffee drinks
how excited I was to make it. NHHS still had a                       Crowe – basketball, volleyball, and track           with laptops, tablets, and            Starbucks had to break out of
voting system – you had to tryout in front of the           Achievement: varsity letters for 3 years in volleyball       smartphones.           According      the pack and set itself apart.
whole student body. Usually the same girls got              and basketball, varsity letter for 4 years in track,         to Starbucks executive vice                    With a hands on look
voted in year after year. I moved in as a junior and        Sectional and regional champs in various times               president      Stephen     Gillett,   at this new network, it is very
tried out at the end of the year when most people           in all 3 sports and semi-state champs one year for           the network is designed to            easy to see that Starbucks has
had no idea who I was. The only reason I got                basketball, freshman discus record holder in track,          deliver a new enhanced in-            spent a long time trying make
elected is because I could do a killer toe-touch.”          most digs, most ace serves, and most unreturned              store experience for customers.       this extremely easy and fun for
         Harless – Cross country, basketball,               tips in volleyball, best freethrow percentage,                        The Starbucks digital        the user. On the network it is
volleyball, and golf Achievement: lettered three            most steals, and most assists in basketball.                 network will offer an innovative      apparent that they are going for
years in volleyball. “My favorite memory is                          Carey – football, basketball, baseball,             customer benefit that elevates the    a very calm, warm, and modern
winning the state championship in volleyball                track Achievement: All Conference (ACAC)                     value of free Wi-Fi and will give     feel. On the iPhone the network
over our arch rivals (and good friends) Leo.”               – football, basketball, baseball 2 years each,               customers access to a one-of-a-       is impressive; it did have some
         Osborne – Basketball, track and field,             All Area (Northeast Indiana) – Football and                  kind destination featuring free       issues with its navigation when
marching band, and theater Achievement: won                 basketball, Basketball scholarship to Tri State              access to various paid sites and      used on the iPad everything
conference as a team junior year for track “Mr. Bearman              Clark    –     basketball     and      baseball     services, exclusive content and       was at your fingertips and
was my track coach my senior year. Since I got out of       Achievement:      honorable       mention      for    All    previews, free online channels,       made the system extremely fun
shape when I went to Florida over spring break, he          Conference my senior year and received a                     such as News, Entertainment,          and demanded my attention.
made me run the 800 at a meet and it wasn’t pretty.”        few small scholarship offers for basketball.                 Wellness, Business & Careers, My               “I thought the way
         Crosby – football, baseball, track, basketball              Neal Brown – football, basketball,                  Neighborhood and Starbucks.           Starbucks designed the system
manager “We were playing Carroll HS. I was                  track,     and     wrestling      Achievement:        All             In     each     category     was awesome because it made
playing defense and attempted to knock down                 conference in football “My favorite memory is                Starbucks gives away free             it fun while waiting in line, and
a pass, was unsuccessful and they scored giving             my first touchdown in football for 75 yards.”                content such as free selected         the network made it super easy
Carroll the lead with 2 minutes to go in the game.”                  Witte – football, basketball, and track             music downloads from iTunes,          to find new movies and music,”
         Hissong – football, wrestling, track               Achievement: All SAC in football, played college             free issues from the online New       said junior Aubree Smith.
Achievement: Football – ACAC team champs                    football at Valparaiso University “In football we beat       York Times, and free selected TV               According to Starbucks
Wrestling – ACAC team champs, ACAC                          Northrop who was ranked 5th in state in football.”           shows. Starbucks has done this        Gillett said that they want to
individual champs, sectional champs, 3rd                             Tubbs – football Achievement: Best                  mainly because they get a piece of    keep improving their network
at regionals Track – ACAC team champs                       running back at Northrop High School 1976-                   each sale from these companies.       towards the consumers. With
         Daugherty – Dance and cheerleading                 1977, Honorable Mention in North Division, SAC                        “I think the whole           the network up and running,
Achievement: chosen all-star cheerleader at camp,           “My favorite memory is a football game played                idea of Starbucks giving              it has made the Starbucks
team was chosen to perform at a college bowl game           in the mud against Concordia High School.                    us free stuff is great, and it        experience even more enjoyable.
                                                                                                              The Lion’s Tale
 10 Sports                                                                                                                                                                              December 17, 2010

8 things                                                                                                      students don’t know about
                                                                                                              the varsity cheerleaders
                                                                                                               1. We have an official sign holders
                                                                                                                 club. It’s very exclusive.
                                                                                                               2. We have the longest season out of
                                                                                                                 every sport: June-March.
                                                                                                               3. We don’t lift weights. We lift
                                                                                                                  4. At the end of half-time we always
                                                                                                                  do the same “Do-It” chant.
                                                                                                                 5. Running is one of our least favorite
                                                                                                                  activities during the summer.
                                                                                                                   6. We have two captains per
                                                                                                                       7. Glitter is our favorite accessory.
                                                                                                                      8. We spent camp at Purdue
                                                                                                                      University and we almost died
                                                                                                                      from heat. Legitimately.
                                                                                                                               PHOTO BY ALLISON TROSPER

                                                                                                              Tri-sport athletes excel in academics
                                                                                                              Students succeed inside and outside of the classroom
                                                                                                              By Miller Kern
                                                                                                                                      News editor

                                                                                                                        Seniors Adam Sauder,
                                                                                                               Andrew Suciu, Alex Jakacki,
                                                                                                               juniors Hannah Field, Taylor
                                                                                                               Horn,      Kacie      Klopfenstein,
                                                                                                               sophomores Keanna Gary, Kyle
                                                       IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University

                                                                                                               Pepple, and freshman Bryce
                                                                                                               Beer are all among student
                                                                                                               athletes who participate in three
                                                                                                               sports and achieve honor roll.
                                                                                                                        “Time management is
                                                                                                               probably one of the biggest keys
                                                                                                               that allows you to keep up your
                                                                                                               grades while being involved
                                                                                                               in sports,” said Field. “If you
                                                                                                               can manage your time wisely
                                                                                                               then you won’t have a problem.
                                                                                                               Another tip would be, almost
                                                                                                               every teacher and coach wants
                                                                                                               you to be successful, so if you
                                                                                                               are willing to spend time with it
                                                                                                               and get everything that you can
                                                                                                               out of it, you will be able to do
                                                                                                               whatever you put your mind to.”

 IPFW Spirit
                                                                                                                        Field plays basketball,
                                                                                                               softball, and soccer. She is
                                                                                                               also involved in National
                                                                                                               Honors        Society,    Students

  Catch it!
                                                                                                               Sharing     Hearts,     Fellowship
                                                                                                               of Christian Athletes, and
                                                                                                               Youth Leadership Fort Wayne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    PHOTO BY MILLER KERN
                                                                                                                        Some other tips for           Senior Adam Sauder chest passes the ball to another player during warmups.
                                                                                                               keeping good grades and
                                                                                                               participating in multiple sports       Jakacki. “I usually just do stuff      I am doing. If I’m struggling,
                                                                                                               according to these athletes are        with my friends on weekends.”          they will confront me; if I’m
       800-324-IPFW                                                                                            to prioritize, make time for                    Jakacki is involved in        doing well, they reward me.”
       260-481-6812                                                                                            homework, study at home, pay           football, wrestling, and track.
                                                                                                                                                               Some students’ social
                                                                                                               attention in class, take notes,
                                                                                  and      avoid     procrastination.    lives are not affected so the          He     is   also     involved     in
                                                                                                                        “Just work hard in your       sport becomes the social life.         National       Honors        Society.
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
                                                                                                               sport and at school,” said Gary.                “I’m almost always in                  “Don’t be afraid to ask
                                                                                                               “One day your sport might              a sports season so my social           your parents for help,” said Sauder.
            Leo-IPFW ad Nov-SPIRIT                                                                             pay for your school. It’s not          life is usually the same,”                      Sauder                plays
                                                                                                               easy, but if you’re committed          said Field. “In the summer I           football, basketball, and runs
                                                                                                               then you will learn how to fix         have more time for friends.”           track. He is also involved
                                                                                                               your schedule around sports.”                   Parents play a role in        in National Honors Society.
                                                                                                                        Some kids have to             helping students get good grades.               Some students aren’t
                                                                                                               give up their social lives             They can help with homework            influenced as much by their parents.
                                                                                                               during         sports       season.    and give positive support.                      “My      parents      don’t
                                                                                                                        “My social life is a little            “My     parents   know        pressure me to do well in school,”
                                                                                                               bit different during sports season     how important grades are to            said Gary. “It’s just expected. I
                                                                                                               because I am losing about 2            get into college,” said Horn.          push myself because I like the
                                                                                                               hours of my day everyday,” said        “They go online and see how            feeling    of    accomplishment.”
   December 17, 2010
                                                                                The Lion’s Tale                                                                                 Sports 11

Competition cheer earns succesful season
Leo cheerleaders practice and compete in extended season
Abbie Trosper                           freshman squad at Leo, teamed           said Jones. “It was flawless.”           to increase their stunting and                   Butler, like Johnson,
                                        up with Coach Daugherty to form                   Certain      skills    and     tumbling abilities to a varsity level   has      gained     strength       in
                 A&E page editor        and lead the competition squad.         attitudes were expected of the           in a matter of months,” said Trump.     areas        of       cheerleading.
                                                 At the beginning of the        girls from the very beginning.                    With each competition,                  “I’m a better base and
                                        season, the coaches weren’t sure        Before making a commitment               the girls improved. The first one       tumbler, and I also got a lot of arm
                                        of how the season would go.             to the squad, the girls were told        at the Indiana State Fair in August     muscle from this,” said Butler.
         From June to Oct., three       The uncertainty, however, was           that a standing back handspring          was more of an opportunity for                   The squad had many
sophomore and six freshman              out shone by the impeccable             was required for them to be a            the girls to see first hand just        difficulties to overcome. Two
cheerleaders of Leo Jr./Sr.             dedication and effort of the girls.     part of the team- a skill which is       what and who they were up               members were completely new
High School worked diligently                    The three coaches share        at the beginner level. Another key       against. In Oct., the squad had         to the cheerleading program at
to make Coach Daugherty’s               the same moment of pride of the         expectation of the members going         two competitions, an invitational       Leo, and they were also apart of
first competitive cheerleading          girls, during their last competition,   into the season was to remain            at Concordia, and regionals at          the team. Having never been on
season at Leo a successful one.         regionals, at Pendelton Heights         motivated and focus on improving.        Pendleton Heights High School.          a team together, the squad had
         Even      in   her    first    High School. Each move was                        “We expected certain           Every coach, member, and person         to learn each others’ strengths
year of coaching last year,             made with crisp precision, and          skills,” said Daugherty, “but more       involved with the competition           and      weaknesses.        Quickly,
Daugherty       began     thinking      every stunt was hit without             importantly the motivation to do         squad could agree to this.              the girls bonded and become
about forming a competition             wobbling or falling. The total          what it takes to be a contender.”                 While     improving       as   friends, constantly laughing
team      amongst     the     girls.    score was over 30 points higher                   Once a week on Saturday        a member of the competition             and joking with each other.
         “I knew the girls had          than the previous competition           mornings at 9 o’clock in the             squad, the members of the team                   They are very proud of
the talent to compete,” said            two weeks prior. If a large point       morning, the squad went to               improved in regards to their            the outcome of the competition
Daugherty. “I wanted to wait a          deduction for an illegal stunt          ICE (Indiana Cheer Elite, a              regular season squads as well.          season, and enjoyed being
year to get to know how athletics       and a hair accessory falling out        cheerleading facility) to work on        Sophomore        Nicole     Johnson     apart of the squad. Both
are at Leo first. Then throughout       hadn’t been made, the squad had         their stunting and tumbling skills.      and freshman Kendra Butler              Johnson and Butler’s favorite
last year I could tell we would         the potential to make it to state.                “The girls started out at a    were members of the squad,              aspect of the squad was the
be ready to compete this year.”                  “My        most       proud    pretty basic level for their age and     and believe that this is true.          way everyone got along.
         Maegen Trump, coach            moment (was) hitting our routine        experience level,” said Trump.                    “I’m              stronger,             “(My      favorite      part
of the junior varsity squad at          at regionals with excitement            “Through a lot of hard work and          faster,    braver,     and     more     was) being like a family
Leo, and Judy Jones, coach of the       and      a    positive     attitude,”   dedication, the squad was able           experienced,”      said    Johnson.     with all of the other girls,
                                                                                                                                                                 bonding,”        said      Johnson.
                                                                                                                                                                          Butler’s opinion of the
                                                                                                                                                                 interaction of the squad is similar.
                                                                                                                                                                          “We all got along so well
                                                                                                                                                                 and were very entertaining and
                                                                                                                                                                 funny,” said Butler. “We definitely
                                                                                                                                                                 all have jokes from that team.”
                                                                                                                                                                          The coaches and the
                                                                                                                                                                 girls of the competition squad
                                                                                                                                                                 feel as though they have much
                                                                                                                                                                 to be proud of. This squad’s
                                                                                                                                                                 ability increased amazingly
                                                                                                                                                                 throughout one season. At the
                                                                                                                                                                 beginning, the girls were very
                                                                                                                                                                 intimidated by the skill of the
                                                                                                                                                                 other squads. They went from
                                                                                                                                                                 being intimidated, to being able
                                                                                                                                                                 to contend with the other squads.
                                                                                                                                                                          “To be able to coach
                                                                                                                                                                 these     girls   through       their
                                                                                                                                                                 first year of competition was
                                                                                                                                                                 amazing and it was so much
                                                                                                                                                                 fun to watch them transform,”
                                                                                                                                                                 said Jones. “They made me and
                                                                                                                                                                 the other coaches so proud!”
                                                                                                                                                                          Butler, along with her
                                                                                                                                                                 teammates, is grateful for the
                                                                                                                                                                 help and support of the coaches.
                                                                                                                                                                          “I want to thank the
                                                                                                                                                                 coaches for taking time out of
                                                                                                                                                                 their days and they believed in us
                                                                                                                                                                 even when we didn’t,” said Butler.
                                                                                                                                                                          Daugherty does plan to
                                                                                                                                                                 continue with the competition
                                                                                                                                                                 squad and looks forward
                                                                                                                                                                 to see the Leo competition
                                                                                                                                                                 squads going further and
                                                                                                                                                                 further in the upcoming years.
                                                                                                                                                                          “I have no doubt
                                                                                                                                                                 that we will be bringing
                                                                                                                                                                 home some big trophies in
 The cheerleading team practices before a competition.                                                                                                           the future!” said Daugherty.
                                                                                                                        PHOTO BY CHANDLER YODER

Varsity football players’ achievements recognized
  9-year football                          All Conference                         All Conference                             Captains                                    MVP’s
 3 years Cub Football,                         1st Team                              2nd Team                                                                Rob Rohbacher: Mental Attitude
 2 years middleschool,                                Seniors:
                                                    Jordan Baer
                                                                                                                                 Seniors:                    Alex Egan      Special Teams
                                                                                            Juniors:                          Elliot Adams
  4 years high school                             Connor Kacsor                           Gage Corner                         Jordan Baer
                                                                                                                                                             Adam Sauder Defence
                                                   Kyle Marzec                                                                                               Connor Kacsor Co-Offense
 Kyle Marzec          Elliot Adams                                                        Taylor Horn                        Connor Kacsor                   Kyle Marzec    Co-Offence
                                                  Rob Rohrbacher
 Logan Miller         Jordan Baer                  Adam Sauder                            Ryan Leiter                        Rob Rohbacher
                                                                                                                              Bill Schenkel
 Patrick Mon-
                     Andy Jacquay
                      Alex Jakacki
                                                    Matt White
                                                                                                                                                           For the record...
Rob Rohrbacker       Connor Kacsor
 Adam Sauder           Nik Kelley                                                                                                                          This season, many of the Leo High
  Bill Shenkel                                                                                                                                             School records were broken this
                                                                                                                                                           year by the members of the varsity
                                                                                                                                                           football team.

                                                                                                                                                           Senior Connor Kacsor:
                                                                                                                                                           Most single-season rushing yards
                                                                                                                                                           (1,605 yards)
                                                                                                                                                           Most career rushing (4,469 yards)
                                                                                                                                                           Most average rush per carry (11.4

                                                                                                                                                           Senior Rob Rohrbacher:
                                                                                                                                                           Most career sacks (20)

                                                                                                                                                           Senior Adam Sauder:
                                                                                                                                                           Most single-season tackles (103)
                                                                                                                                                           Most career tackles

                                                                                                                                                           Junior Alex Egan:
                                                                                                                                                           Most extra points (70)
                                                                                                                                                           Longest field goal (41 yards)
  Senior BIlly Schenkel signs the football to                                                                                                              Best average kick-off (51.5 yards)
  be put in the trophy case.
      12 A & E
                                                                  The Lion’s Tale                                                    December 17, 2010

 Students enjoy classic Christmas films
 By Payton Lantz
                  Feature editor
                                         Others,    such
                                 freshman Cailee Steininger,
                                                             as    “The Christmas Story” because
                                                                   of the vintage quality of the
                                                                                                     ArtLaura Matrisciano’s
                                 answered “Elf” because of         movie. “You could never go

                                                                                                     melted crayon drawing
                                 their love for Will Ferrell.      wrong with the classics,”
                                         The movie “Elf” is        said freshman Johnna White.
                                 about a man named Buddy                   According     to    the
                                 [Will Ferrell] who is raised      student body at Leo Jr./Sr.
                                 by elves in the North Pole.       High School, “Rudolf the
                                 Buddy doesn’t know he is a        Red Nosed Reindeer” is one
        One          hundred human until he overhears his          of the most remembered
high school students at elf friends talking about him,             Christmas movies. It is
Leo Jr./Sr. High        School so he sets out for New York         about a young reindeer who
were surveyed about their looking for his real father,             doesn’t necessarily fit in
favorite Christmas movie. Walter Hobbs [James Caan].               because he has a red nose
        Forty-four percent of While in New York, Buddy is          that glows. While trying to
the student body answered forced to reevaluate his life            find his place in the world,
“Elf” starring Will Ferrell, as an elf and explore life as a       Rudolf runs into many new
confirming it the winner. human causing many moments               friends and cute adventures.
Coming in as second was of laughter for viewers.                           Freshman         Robert
“The Christmas Story” with               “The Christmas Story”     Losey chose “Rudolf the Red
14 percent. Lastly, “Rudolph is about a young boy named            Nosed Reindeer” because
the Red Nosed Reindeer” was Ralph “Ralphie” Parker [Peter          he classifies it as a classic.
a close third with 12 percent. Billingsly] who dreams of           Sophomore       Kayla     Beck
        Other candidates for one day owning a Red Rider            picked     “Rudolf”    because
this survey were “A Christmas BB gun. While trying to              she feels that Rudolf is
Carol,” “Home Alone,” “It’s a convince the world that he           fun to watch for all ages.
Wonderful Life,” “Jingle All needs the gun, Ralphie finds                  When students are
the Way,” “The Santa Claus,” trouble with his teachers,            released for Christmas break
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” parents, and even Santa Claus.        this year, they will be excited         Photo and story by Brooke Markham, Editor-in-chief
and “Frosty the Snowman.”                “’The Christmas Story’    about no school, sleeping in,             Senior Laura Matrisciano     my 3D art project and he is
        Most          students shows how even if a holiday         and the holidays in general.      created this art project for her     my favorite Disney character. I
chose “Elf” because they doesn’t go according to plan,             Hopefully they won’t forget to    3D art class by melting crayon.      melted crayon over a candle and
liked the sense of humor family finds a way to make                grab a blanket and a hot cup              “I made a crayon             pressed it onto the paper. It took
in the movie. “It’s a funny it work for everyone.” said            of coca, curl up on the couch,    drawing of Squirt from Finding       me about a week and a half.”
movie,”     said   sophomore sophomore Savannah Young.             and watch some of these           Nemo,” said Matrisciano. “It’s
Charity           Richardson.            Some students chose       lovable Christmas classics.

Students participate in annual Yuletide concert
Choir and band members perform various songs of the Christmas season
                                                                                                     By Kacy Schinnerer            people  and performing
                                                                                                                      Staff writer what she had practiced.
                                                                                                                                                  “I didn’t have a solo,
                                                                                                                                          but Elizabeth Huber and I did
                                                                                                                                          a duet to the ‘Parade of the
                                                                                                                                          Wooden Solider.’” Russell said.
                                                                                                                                                  She also had fun
                                                                                                                                          dressing up for the occasion.
                                                                                                                                          She enjoyed playing at Wassail
                                                                                                                                          Bowl, too. Wassail Bowl was
                                                                                                                                          where anyone from the band or
                                                                                                                                          choir could sign up to perform
                                                                                                              On Saturday, Dec.4,         while the audience enjoyed
                                                                                                     Leo Jr./Sr. High School’s choir      dinner     and     refreshments
                                                                                                     and band performed their             before        the        concert.
                                                                                                     annual Yuletide concert in the               “I think the hardest
                                                                                                     auditoria/cafeteria. This was the    part was recovering from
                                                                                                     thirtieth year for this tradition.   skipping a verse at the end of
                                                                                                              “I thought the band         a song,” said choir director
                                                                                                     did fantastic,” said band            Kim MacDonald. “Overall,
                                                                                                     director Bob Myers. “I try           the concert went well. We
                                                                                                     to pick some pieces for the          sold out for the dinner and the
                                                                                                     holiday season. They have            lecture hall section was full.”
                                                                                                     to be manageable for all the                 Her desired piece to
                                                                                                     students and challenging at          direct was “The Spirit of the
                                                                                                     the same time. The concert           Season.” “My favorite memory
                                                                                                     had a great turn out.”               was the decorations and the
                                                                                                              His favorite memory         atmosphere,” said MacDonald.
                                                                                                     of the concert was having a                  “My favorite piece
                                                                                                     great place to play, where           in this Yuletide concert was
                                                                                                     parents come and decorate            ‘O Come Emanuel,’” said
                                                                                                     the cafeteria for Christmas          senior Isaac Storms. “We
                                                                                                     and where everyone from the          sang this song better than we
                                                                                                     community could come and eat,        did in practice. We also sang
                                                                                                     while enjoying a great concert.      ‘Hallelujah.’ It was also one of
                                                                                                              “I think the most           my favorites. It’s a tradition to
                                                                                                     challenging piece was the            sing ‘Hallelujah’ at Yuletide.”
                                                                                                     ‘Halleluiah Chorus’ because                  He said he gets very
                                                                                                     of the D flat key,” said senior      nervous before every song,
                                                                                                     Brianna Russell, who played          but after the concert, someone
                                                                                                     the flute and the piccolo. “It       always congratulates him
                                                                                                     was also my favorite piece.”         and tells him that he sang
                                                                                                              Her     favorite     part   well. This year, he did not
                                                                                                     of Yuletide was the thrill           get to perform any solo
                                                                                                     of getting up in front of            music, but he was willing to.

  Members of the choir sing Christmas carols.                      PHOTO BY TAYLOR HARTER
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                                                                         The Lion’s Tale                                                      December 17, 2010

                                                       Drive Safely
As winter approaches, students face dangers of driving
By Brooke Markham                    of her slammed on its brakes.        distractions with hazardous           habits have been changed.         afraid while riding in a car
                                     She hit the car that was in          road conditions and the result                 “Once           you’re   with someone because the
              Editor-in-chief        front of her, and the whole          is a deadly combination.              in     an    accident,”    said   driver is driving dangerously.
         In Jan. 2009, senior        front of her car was smashed.                 At Leo Jr./Sr. High          Schmucker, “you don’t want                  “When I see younger
Mackenzie        Merkler      was             It only takes a second      School, 47 percent of student         to experience one again.”         student driving insane, I
driving her car across a bridge      for a driver’s life to be altered    drivers who were polled have                   Merkler        agreed,   wonder ‘when is their wakeup
on St. Joe Road when she             forever because of a car             been in an auto accident.             saying that she now drives        call going to be?’” said Rodgers.
hit her brakes to yield to an        accident. According to cdc.          Some of these students, like          much slower in ice and                      According             to
approaching police car. In a         gov, eight teens were killed         Rodgers, suffered injuries.           snow. She said that she stops, the chances of
split second, her car slid into      each day in 2009 in motor                     “I had to get airlifted to   for every turn and drives         an auto accident can increase
a median and was totaled.            vehicle accidents. More than         the hospital and immediately          under the speed limit, and        substantially       when       the
         In Jan. 2010, senior        350,000 teens were treated           went into surgery,” said              although it may be annoying       weather turns bad. According
Andrew Rodgers was driving           in emergency departments             Rodgers. “They had to sew             to other drivers, it is safer.    to The Weather Channel, it is
on St. Joe Road near Maplecrest      for car crash related injuries.      my cheek back together; [I]                    With so many car         important to allow plenty of
Road when a car pulled out in                 As winter approaches        had oral surgery and had a            accident related deaths and       stopping room while driving
front of him. He hit his brakes      and the seasonal weather             bunch of stitches all over my         injuries happening each year      on icy roads. One should
and his car slid on ice, spinning    starts making an appearance,         face. I was in the hospital for       in the United States, one may     decrease his or her speed and
his car off the road. His car hit    road conditions will begin           three days and on bed rest at         wonder why this is taking         brake gently to avoid skidding.
a tree, which bounced his car        worsen. Icy roads, blinding          home for 2 weeks and I missed         place. Distractions may be        One should avoid using cruise
back onto the road. Rodgers          snow, and black ice make it          school for about a month.”            a large factor of why these       control on icy roads, and be
was airlifted to the hospital,       more difficult for drivers to                     Other      students,     accidents occur. Forty-two        especially careful on bridges. It
where he immediately went            get to their destinations safely.    however, walked away from             percent of the same students      is also crucial that drivers don’t
into surgery for facial injuries.    With so many distractions            their accidents unscathed;            admit to having dangerous         assume that their vehicles can
         In July 2010, junior Bree   available to drivers today such      however, most of these drivers        driving habits, and most have     handle all road conditions.
Schmucker was approaching            as iPods, cell phones, and even      can agree that they were              friends who have dangerous        Even four-wheel and front-
a line of traffic near Parkview      books, the dangers of driving        impacted by their accident and        habits. In fact, 93 percent of    wheel drive vehicles can face
Hospital when the car in front       worsen.      Combine        these    that their lives and driving          those students have been          difficulties on winter roads.

   In July 2010, senior Brooke Markham
   was driving her car down I-69 when a
   car in front of her came to a complete
      stop and she rear ended the car.

    3,500 teens go for a drive
                                                                             In October 2010, according to Mackensie Bell, she was going
                                                                             30 mph in her addition when she hit a black parked car; her
    and      never       make        it    home.                                  vehicle flipped and was totaled. (pictured above)

       -The observed use rate of hand-
                                                                                                                                  Nearly 6,000
                                                                                                                               people died in 2008 in crashes in-
       held electronic devices while driv-                                                                                     volving a distracted driver, and more
       ing was higher among females                                                                                            than half a million were injured.
       (1.2%) than among males (0.8%).

                                                                   In September 2010, senior Kara Col-
                                                                     lier was driving to school in the
                                                                                                                                    38%           of drivers
                                                                                                                                    ages 15 to 20 were speed-
                                                                   above car and was hit by a man do-                               ing when they crashed.
                                                                    ing a u-turn. Her car was totaled.
                                                                                                                               Statistics from

                                                                                          DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE
                                                                                       Although texting may seem like a
                                                                                       minor offense, it is the most alarm-
                                                                                       ing distraction because it involves
   In summer 2008, senior Molly Merz and
     sophomore Annie Merz’s older sister,
                                                                                       all types of distraction. No text is
  Caitie Merz, was a passenger in the above                                                        worth a life.
   truck. It was raining when it slid into an
         intersection and was t-boned.

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