S jazz band excells Boys socce
t region, prepares off on the
for state see page 6
see page 9
Voice of the Mighty Hawks
Super retires after years of service
March Mad- d
ness is the sickest, BY BRANDI PEAHL tion in 1985.
coolest, baddest He was the vice-princi-
After 34 years of service pal and principal at North
event of the year. It’s in the North Sanpete School Sanpete Middle School for
full of miracles and District, Superintendent five years. It was about this
Courtney D. Syme will retire time that Assistant Superin-
splendors and magi-
on June 30, 2010. tendent Leslie Keisel began
cal what-ifs of all Syme has been superin- teaching at NSMS. She has
kind! tendent in the NS School looked up to him for many
District for 10 years. He has reasons since then.
Said by senior, Nathan Aa- put 25 out of his 34 years “I respect him as a leader,”
gard about the NCAA March into administration, much Keisel said. “He shows a lot
Madness tournament. longer than most. of respect for his administra-
“It’s time,” Syme said, tors under him.”
“Thirty-four years is a long These leadership qualities
Upcoming events: time in education of any en- helped him to be a principal
deavor.” at NSH for ten years, longer
Today: Region drama @ Syme attended sever- than most people in his posi-
Emery al colleges before obtaining tion. After his time as princi-
Parent teacher conference his associate degree from pal at NSH, he moved up to
Snow College with honors. the position of superinten-
He then attended Brigham dent.
Cheer tryouts Young University, with an ac- During his time as an ad-
4:00-6:00 p.m. ademic scholarship, where he ministrator, Syme has re-
majored in elementary edu- ceived awards for his ded-
Thursday: Parent teacher cation. He later obtained his ication and excellence in
conference 6:00-8:30 p.m. Master of Education Degree the district. He received the
in Public School Adminis- award for Outstanding Mid-
Boys tennis NS @ Wasatch
tration from Brigham Young dle School Principal in 1989-
Softball NS @ Delta University. 1990 from the Utah Rural
Boys soccer NS @ Maple “I felt that [education] School Association. Among
was something I wanted to others, he also received an
do, and was a worthy endeav- Award for Excellence in 1994
Cheer red and white night or,” Syme said. from the North Sanpete
7:00p.m. Syme began his teaching Board of Education. He has
career at Fairview Elemen- also served and participated
Friday: JV softball tourna-
tary School in 1976. He has in outside educational activi-
ment NS @ Payson stayed in the district ever ties such as positions on state
Track NS @ Pineview since. He taught at Mount and local committees.
By Brandi Peahl Pleasant Elementary and “[Syme] is a pillar of
State Jazz Festival Courtney Syme, Superintendent of the NS School District, has decided to retire after
many years of service. Syme has spent 34 years working in the NS school district and Spring City Elementary un-
Baseball NS @ Delta 10 of those years as Superintendent. til he switched to administra- SEE PAGE 3, SYME RETIRING
Saturday: Track NS @
JV Softball tournament NS @ UBSCT postponed, new testing proposed
BY CARLY CHAPMAN
Y “I really would be surprised if we Adaptive testing monitors stu- tenth grade; and the ACT, taken as an
went back to the UBSCT,” said Les- dents’ progress throughout the year upperclassmen.
By the Numbers: The Utah Basic Skills Competen- lie Keisel, Assistant Superintendent. instead of one comprehensive exit Whereas the UBSCT simply tests
cy Test has been completed by un- She advocates a new system of testing exam, like the UBSCT. Keisel said it students on the Utah core curricu-
enthusiastic tenth graders for over sanctioned by the Blue Ribbon Com- gives teachers a clearer picture of stu- lum, the ACT would test students on
a decade. Now, the test comes to a mission of Testing and Accountabil- dents. Teachers would be responsible a national level.
standstill and perhaps to its demise. ity that couples a system of adaptive for interpreting the results and mod- Strate predicts that the require-
Final score of the boys soccer The UBSCT has been suspended testing and another trio of national ifying lesson plans to cater to stu- ment of taking this test would en-
game against Gunnison. for two years, which means students tests ending with the ACT. dents’ educational needs. courage more students to go to col-
Ending with a NS vicotry. in grades eight through eleven are ex- Adaptive testing is a computerized “The teachers here teach because lege. The ACT would serve as an
cused from the test. But before stu- test taken three times a year in math, they want you to learn,” said Jason entrance exam to college as well as
dents get too excited about this elim- science, and English. Strate, vice principal. an exit exam for high school, free of
ination, they must be informed of the “It’s more testing…but you have The second part of the proposed charge to the student body.
plans our school district has on fu- better data,” said Keisel. “It really ze- new testing system includes the ACT The success of this new testing
Number of years Courtney ture testing. roes in on your…grade level of per- trio of tests: Explore, taken in the plan waits on a current study prov-
Syme has served in the NS formance.” eighth or ninth grade; Plan, taken in SEE PAGE 2, UBSCT
Score the NS jazz band BY SADIE IVIE tors may help seniors make cording to collegeboard.
received from every judge at
region which is the best score With the school year well
their final choice. Things like
cost, location and friends
com students can expect to
pay anywhere from $172 to
Top College Decision influences
achievable. on its way to the finish, se- may just be the thing that $1,096 more for college than The Times recently polled of NS to ﬁnd out what factors
niors are feeling the pressures persuades a senior to choose last year’s students. went into their decisions about which college to attend.
and stress of making their fi- one school over the next. “Money was a big part in These are their responses in order of most important to
nal college decisions. Many After a recent survey tak-k deciding to go to Snow,” said
Contents are still undecided about en at NS, cost was ranked as senior Lincoln Olmstead. Cost
where they are attending col- the most important factor in Many students are find- Programs
A & E................9 lege, how they are going to making college choices fol- ing a solution to the problem
pay for it and where they are ff
lowed by programs offered, of cost through scholarships Family
Crossword.........10 going to live. family, friends, recreational and grants. There are many Friends
“I’m either going to We- and social activities, atmo-
sphere, size, location, reputa-
opportunities to get free
schooling out there and se-
ber State or Snow,” said se-
nior Carissa Lynn Garff. “I’m
ff tion and finally, appearance. niors are on the search to get Atmosphere
News..................1 not sure yet.” With the economy still in as much money as they can. Size
Sports................6 A lot of planning and
thinking goes into making
recession, the cost of a col-
lege education rising and
“My decision now de-
pends on what scholarships I
Opinion.............4 these decisions, and the task many people losing their Reputation
may seem very daunting to jobs, it is not surprising that SEE PAGE 3, COLLEGE
some. However, many fac- cost was ranked highest. Ac- DECISIONS
NS sterling scholars receive top awards
held on March 9 in Richfield at an
LDS chapel. The contestants were
interviewed by a board of judg-
es who where specific to their cat-
egory. The contestants were asked
questions about various things such
as their portfolio and projects that
they completed. The judges chose
the winners based upon the inter-
views and portfolios.
The judges saw and read through
the portfolios prior to the inter-
views to acquaint them with the
Although the majority of the NS
Sterling Scholars weren’t chosen by
these judges to be in the top three
for their categories, they all worked
very hard and long on this project.
“It taught me to be dedicated
and to take responsibility,” Bangert-
Their dedication showed
through not only to their fellow se-
niors but also to those younger than
Photo by Kim Larsen
y them in high school.
“I look up to them,” said Kay-
lee Holgreen, a sophomore at NS.
“They have put in so much effort.”
BY KIMBERLY LARSEN three in their categories. Michael di Peahl for Social Science, Amy achievements. Each Sterling Schol-
Holgreen isn’t the only one who
Edmunds was the finalist in Foreign Bangerter for English and Litera- ar completed a portfolio based on
sees the sterling scholars this way.
On March 16 nerves ran high Language, Alexis Fryer was chosen ture, Michael Edmunds for Foreign the above four categories.
Many other students see them as
and hearts raced for the Sterling for a runner up in Visual Arts and Language, Brooke Seely for Math- Nan Ault, the Sterling Scholar
examples. David Kling, a junior at
Scholars in the central Utah region. Amy Bangerter was also a runner ematics, Brandon Mabey for Sci- advisor and librarian at NS, was one
NS, is one of them.
After much hard work and dedica- up in the English and Literature ence, Dominick Kiefer for Speech of the many people who helped the
“They show that it’s possible that
tion, 134 students gathered at Snow category. and Drama, Devin Shelley for Mu- students put together their portfo-
you can become Sterling Scholar
College-Richfield to see who would This year’s Sterling Scholars for sic and Elisabeth Fullmer for Gen- lios and prepare for competition.
and get scholarships,” Kling said.
be chosen from each category as NS were Alexis Fryer for Visual eral Scholarship. She has been working with the Ster-
The Sterling Scholar program
the Central Utah Sterling Scholar Arts, Travis Christensen for Trade “It was hard, but it was a neat ex- ling Scholars at NS since 2003-04
is one of many scholarship oppor-
winners. and Technical Education, Kody perience,” said Bangerter. and knows how this program can
tunities that high school students
Out of the thirteen categories Kleven for Business and Market- The finalists were chosen based benefit those who participate.
that NS participated in, three NS ing Education, Raberta Garlick on their leadership, work complet- ff
“It pays off beyond anything they
“It’s all worth it,” said Ault.
students were chosen for the top for Family and Consumer Science, ed in their category, citizenship and can imagine,” said Ault.
Bradley Holman for Dance, Bran- service done and also academic The Sterling Scholar judging was
High school custodian reveals hidden talent
BY ALYSSA HALL
A ing professionally for seven years. Concerts were also put on for the city’s
Stimpson has spent nine years work- k Christmas Council.
If you ever find yourself wandering ing as a school janitor. Eight of those The remaining concerts were held for
the halls of NS between the hours of years were spent in Idaho, but since De- two individuals in need of medical treat-
3 and 11, you might expect to find the cember of this year NS has had the plea- ments. At the school where Stimpson
hallways barren and quiet. However, on sure of having his work dedicated to was working in Idaho, there was a boy
some nights you may hear singing com- them. f
who got in a car accident three weeks af-
ing from the classrooms. In this case While he was working in Idaho, ter graduation, paralyzing him from the
you can nearly bet Thom Stimpson is Stimpson became very involved with waste down.
on the job. helping the community around him. He A fifteen-year-old girl from the same
For Stimson singing isn’t just a way has made six CDs and put the proceed- school was diagnosed with cancer. The
for him to entertain himself as he per- ings towards charitable organizations. medical bills the students had to pay
forms his custodial duties, it is a way of He also put on eight benefit concerts were helped along by the contributions
that he organized for different causes. from Stimpson’s benefit concerts.
“I enjoy and take pride in my work One of the fundraisers was to raise The concerts were an obvious suc-
and seeing that it gets done right,” said money for fireworks for the city. Anoth- cess bringing in $11,000 between the
Stimpson regarding his work at NS, er was to raise enough money for the charities in Idaho and the one in Ore-
“but my passion isn’t custodial work, it’s drill team to be able to travel to Florida gon. This accomplishment should be
singing and being on stage.” to perform at the Gator Bowl. no surprise when you realize the talent
Since age four Stimpson has been A Toys for Tots organization in Or- Thom has.
developing his singing voice. He sure- egon also once received the donations His professional career has allowed
ly hasn’t let his talents go to waste. On from one of the concerts. As a mem- him to participate in the Utah State
more than one occasion he has used his ber of the Relay for Life council Stimp- Fair, sing the national anthem in 2007
abilities to help those in need and now, son also held a concert to bring in do- in Dodgers Stadium and open for Joe
at the age of forty-six, he has been sing- ff
nations for those suffering with cancer. Nichols in Kansas in 2008. This year he
will be opening for John Mi-
chael Montgomery in Kan-
sas on July 1.
SEE PAGE 3, SINGING
UBSCT, continued from page 1
this method’s effectiveness. If results are sat- studies.
isfactory, our district may be able to eliminate The UBSCT tests eighth-grade-level material
all other CRTs (Criterion-Referenced Tests) to determine whether seniors are competent
if in compliance with the No Child Left Be- for graduation. Even if students do not pass
hind Act of 2001. one or more sections of the UBSCT, they can
While approximately $1.5 million will be still graduate, minus a little dignity.
saved a year by suspending the UBSCT, this
funding will not be allotted. Consequently,
the reality of this new system of testing relies
on the funding our district is able to receive.
Keisel said a grant has been written to
cover the costs of the new testing system for
four years, but to get the money is a com-
petitive process. If funds are not acquired
through this grant, Keisel said the district
will find another way to pay for the testing
Approximately 91 percent of this year’s
senior class passed the UBSCT, leaving only
eighteen seniors struggling to take the test
again before graduation. Strate said that
most of these eighteen are just below pass-
ing in one of the sections (math, reading and
writing). During retakes students are taken
out of class, missing schoolwork and getting
further behind in their current academic
NS Times Staff NS chess team exceeds expectations, takes fourth
BY CHRIS LARSEN that there was no talking there is no check or check round. throughout the champion-
Chana Thompson during the matches, and that mate. “My teammates and I did ship we would have taken
The Utah State High you were only to move your Black and teammates bat- great on Saturday, and we second place,” said Black.
Managing Editors School Chess Champion- chess pieces with one hand. tled through chess match- won most of our matches,” Despite the outcome
Brandi Peahl ship was sponsored by West Then the first matches were es until 8 p.m. and then re- said Black. Black and his teammates are
Sadie Ivie Jordan high school on Feb- announced to be individual turned to their motel for the With the addition of still happy with what came
ruary 26 and 27. games. night. Black admits that his points from Saturday the out of the championship
Advisor The NS chess team de- “Individual matches last team didn’t do well during chess team ended up tying they fill it’s a great start and
Ben Cox parted Friday after lunch around 30 minutes,” said their matches on Friday. for third place with Wasatch they only hope to get better.
for West Jordan high. Once Trevor Black the chess team The chess team then re- Academy. The decision for The chess team hopes to
they arrived at the high captain. turned back to the cham- third place came down to prepare and compete in the
school they waited around Then the second round pionship Saturday morn- a computer analysis of the next chess championship
Brandi Peahl, editor match was announced to be ing to compete in the rest of teams and our chess team during the summer.
for about an hour and then
Hannah Aldridge signed in to the champion- a blitz chess match, which their matches. They arrived ended up taking fourth The chess team would
Whitney Nafus ship. is a very fast moving game about 8:00 am. and waited place. also like to invite everyone
Chris Larsen Next the official’s an- were you win by taking your around till 9:00 am. for the “If we would have had to come and have fun, and
Sadie Ivie nounced the rules, being opponents king, meaning announcement of the fourth only had one more point join the chess team.
Jesse Richmond, editor
Singing custodian, continued from page 2
Kim Larsen In 2009, Stimpson had the oppor- cause he was misinformed of the au-
Alyssa Hall tunity to audition for America’s Got dition dates. He is sure however that
Talent. His trip to Seattle was not he will be auditioning again next
Alexis Fryer According to Stimpson the week- k “I don’t give up that easy!” Stimp-
end was filled with many delays and son said.
A&E setbacks. “It doesn’t matter how old you
Carly Chapman, editor His hotel reservations didn’t pan are,” said Stimpson. “If you’ve got a
Amanda Johansen out, his credit card wouldn’t work, dream you can achieve it if you put
Kim Larsen his car got hit while it was parked at your mind to it and do whatever it
the motel he was staying at, and in takes to get there. That’s what I’ve
Sports the end he did not advance into fur- done.”
Amy Bangerter, editor ther rounds of the competition. It’s obvious that Stimpson has
Paul Cook “I personally try not to live with followed his own advice. Being the
what-ifs,” said Stimpson. “You never night custodians at NS is just one of
know until you try.” Stimpson’s four jobs. He enjoys this
He kept this attitude even though job, but would like to get to know
Layout in the end nothing came from the more students. He urges that the stu-
Sadie Ivie, editor competition. He didn’t regret it, and dents don’t hesitate to say hi.
Chana Thompson stated that it was fun so it was worth Thom is living proof that if you
Brandi Peahl it. have a dream and work towards it
Photo by Alyssa Hall
Stimpson missed the 2010 com- you can achieve it no matter your cir-
Photography petition of America’s Got Talent be- cumstances.
Hannah Aldridge, editor
College decisions, continued from page 1
Heard IN THE
While walking down the halls at the school, you hear some
bizarre things that make no sense when taken out of context.
Here are a few of the funniest ones we’ve heard.
Syme retiring, conitued from page 1
strength in or district,” Kei- “I’ll miss his wisdom. I’ll time the application is re-
sel said. miss his friendship. I’ll miss leased to submit their appli-
Syme has enjoyed his time his leadership,” Bowles said. cations. These applicants can
in the district, especially the Syme has earned much re- come from outside or within
time he has spent working spect throughout the years. the district. ff
can get,” said Garff. ff
programs and degrees offered tend a school that didn’t offer
with people. He has influenced the lives Interviews will then take While some remain un- are also high on the list. a nursing program.
“[The best part of the job] of many people of all ages. place and the new superin- decided because of financial “I’m going to Snow be- To get the most out of their
is the good people we work He has even had four of his tendent will be announced in considerations, others have cause of the pre-engineer- time and money, students are
within schools. People who children continue in his foot- a board meeting in April and already made choices based ing program,” said Olmstead. searching for schools that of- f
are dedicated, caring indi- steps into the field of educa- May. largely on finances. “It’s supposed to be really fer the best programs for
viduals who really care about tion. “[The Board of Education] “I’m going to Snow be- good there.” their field of interest.
kids,” Syme said. “I respect everything Mr. should look for the very best cause I got a full tuition The college you choose to “Both Weber and Snow
For his retirement Syme Syme does and stands for,” candidate to move our dis- scholarship there,” said Der- ff
attend today can affect your have really good photogra-
has simple plans: hunting, Bowles said. “He’s an awe- trict forward,” Syme said. ek Erickson, senior. career in the future. If some- phy and arts programs, so
fishing and playing golf. He some guy.” What happens in our dis- Although money may be one were studying nursing it just depends on the cost,”
also wants to get caught up The Board of Education trict in the following years the most important factor, they would never want to at- ff
with house chores and spend will not begin to fill the open will depend on who sits in
time with his family. Syme position. Applicants will that chair, according to Kei-
plans on remodeling his have about 30 days from the sel.
home himself, because of the
experience he has received in
the construction field.
“You get to a point [where
you have] a lot of life behind
you and not much in front,”
With Syme leaving, others
will have the chance to take
over. Some such as Keisel
plan on applying for the new
position. Others, such as Jim
Bowles, the principal at NSH,
do not plan on applying for
the position. Instead Bowles
has already asked Syme if he
can call him if there are any
UBSCT testing provided important feedback for students
BY CHANA THOMPSON
A adaptive tests that adapt in take bigger tests. Of course is pointless anyways. But I they might get the idea that But I am not totally op-
difficulty would be given. the UBSCT is a test that is at think that requiring previ- they can get out of other sit- posed to the idea if legis-
A major issue plagues This bill most likely will a lower level than the knowl- ous generations to take this uations. lators and educators could
Utah right now and lawmak- k ff
be effective in the near fu- edge 10th graders are taught, test and then not requiring Call me a hippie but I find another way to maintain
ers worked this past legisla- ture and the money put to- but I believe it truly helps present generations, is a lit- believe life lessons are ex- a less expensive test that re-
tive session to find the an- wards restoring funding to them see what level they ff
tle unfair and also offers a tremely important and even sembles the UBSCT and is
swer. The problem: money. other education programs are currently at and if their disadvantage to this decades though I have already tak- k possibly shorter and takes
The economical impact of facing cuts this year. And it knowledge is not sufficient youth. en the UBSCT, and hated it up less time. It could work.
the recession has taken a toll would also be put towards to pass it, then they realize I don’t like the idea of let- all three days, and even fell A little extra funding for
on how Utah’s education sys- implementing the comput- that they have to work hard- ting students’ feel the relief asleep one day. I am grate- other programs never hurt
tem is working. er-adaptive tests. er. of not having to pass a test ful that I got it over with and anyone, and neither does
Most Utahns are familiar In my opinion I believe In my mind the UBSCT that essentially determines took it like a man. I feel like finding another way to get
with the UBSCT test. This eliminating this test has its is like a checkpoint in life. whether or not they should it helped me to overcome my some cash. I just don’t be-
test is taken in grades 2 and ups and downs. One posi- Like on the Wii game Super graduate unless they meet nerves for other times in my lieve getting rid of the UB-
10. In high school it is cur- tive factor of eliminating this Mario Brothers when you all other graduation require- life where I needed to per- SCT is the way to do it.
rently required that sopho- test is that it will save money. reach half waypoint and get ments. form well, the “checkpoints” Students’ need to experi-
mores pass the test to gradu- But is it worth it? I believe the flag so if you die you can It just makes it all too I have had to face along the ence the challenge the UB-
ate. that the UBSCT test is an ef- f start where it was. I know easy. Students’ should feel way. ff
SCT offers. For those who
Lawmakers approved HB fective way to prepare stu- that is a stupid metaphor but the pressure of passing or not Do you see what I am say- care it can be scary, but for
166, which would suspend dents’ for the ACT and oth- I think it relates to this situa- passing this test. It teaches ing? Even though the UB- those who don’t care, they
UBSCT for 2 years, and stu- er tests they will need to take tion. important life lessons. Life SCT is a simple test, it takes are forced too. If they care
dents in grades 8-11 would that change their future. Taking away the UBSCT is not easy and if they get away learning opportunities about graduating they have
not take the test in order to If this test is taken away, is not a good idea. It may be out of taking this test just by that students’ need to ex- to care about their perfor-
graduate. students’ may lack confi- good for funding and peo- the legislature eliminating it perience before they go out mance on this test.
In its place computer- dence when preparing to ple may think that this test for money purposes, I think into the world.
Do you think the UBSCT served a purpose?
BY W HITNEY NAFUS Sarah Healey: “I think it’s good they cut it. That way students Brent Watson: “Yes. If you’re in the job force and someone
have more time for their education. They make us take the was trying to get a job with the UBSCT, they would be cho-
Nan: “I think it was worth it as a school, it showed us our ASVAB and core testing. Making us to all these big required sen over a person who didn’t. It’s kind of nice not to have to
weak points and were we should focus our direction.” test puts a strain on students education.” worry about it.”
Christina Coates: “Yes, it helps the state to decide what we Kallie McCulloch: “I think it did serve a purpose because it Casie Durrant: “ I think that the UBSCT test did serve a pur-
need to learn. Also it gives us the opportunity to go farther let’s us know what we have learned, and what we as a school pose, it made you think and prepare for something, and I be-
in out future.” need to work on. So it did serve a purpose.” lieve it will help a lot for our future.
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ClearPlay provides a cleaner viewing experience at region and state contests
BY JESSE RICHMOND things out by degrees. The Play because it broadens his Green, doesn’t hold the play-
twelve different categories selection of available movies er in as high esteem.
Before 2006, movie rent- for filtering can be filtered to watch. Roundy says that, while BY AUSTIN SANDERS
al stores such as Clean Flicks ff
out on four different stages “I can watch all sorts of the player was useful for ed- “She has been right the
offered popular movies with
ff of severity: none, implied, movies that usually I wouldn’t iting out blood, guts, and On March 3, the NS whole time,” Case said.
offensive content removed.
ff explicit and graphic. want to watch,” McClel- gory scenes, it did have its speech and debate team “She teaches you how to de-
This brought previously re- The ClearPlay enabled lan said. McClellan names faults. On occasion, the play- competed in the region bate and how to make your-
stricted films to a tamer rat- DVD player costs $119.99, ad n a
ead Pan’s Lab-
Shaun of the Dead, Pan s Laab m er wouldn’t be able to keep tournament held at Emery self seem intelligent.”
ing, giving more people the and comes with 250 free fil- yrinth, and The Matrix trilo- ff
pace, censoring inoffensive High. The speech and debate
opportunity to watch the lat- ters. The filters are download- gy as some of the movies that words while curses went un- Two debaters from NS team competed at state in
est epic without the stuff they
ff ed onto a USB drive called a ClearPlay has allowed him to bleeped. did well at region and were many events. Though much
didn’t want to see. Filter- watch. “[The player] mess- able to go on to the state preparation was made, the
Then, on July 6, selling ed- Stik, es things up,” said Roundy. competition which was team did not do as well as
ited movies was deemed ille- which McClel- Roundy said that, while the held on March 12 at Carbon they had anticipated. No-
gal, and many films were out then lan said player was convenient, he High School. body placed but the team
of reach. However, another plugs t h a t , could’ve just as easily used Junior Cody Case and se- is looking forward to future
way to watch movies without into while the the remote to skip over the nior Joya Fontaine placed competitions.
the unwanted content still the front of the player so that player often does skip things, ff
offensive scenes, and he third in Public Forum (PF). The president of speech
exists: ClearPlay. the movies (or television the storylines of the movies wouldn’t consider paying for Tanya Roundy, the and debate this year was
ClearPlay DVD players shows on DVD) can be fil- are comprehensible none- such a service. speech and debate coach Trevor Carter. He had many
edit movies through the use tered. theless. So, it is still possible to has brought the students of responsibilities but his main
of downloadable filters. The After the initial 250 filters, Fountain Green sopho- watch a movie without all the NS to the point they are at one was to keep the team fo-
filters, made by a special team a subscription to the service more Charity Henderson ff
offensive content that comes now. cused.
of developers, tell the play- is either $7.95/month or also found movies under- with it. The ClearPlay system “Our team is doing well The team is looking for-
er to skip over certain scenes $79.50/year, which gives you standable with the ClearPlay. is allowed to exist because, but we still need to work ward to next year because
based on whether or not they unlimited filters. Alternative- Though she says her player unlike the rental services, the with them and get more they will be more experi-
contain undesirable content, ly, filters for new releases can doesn’t work anymore, she player doesn’t cut out sec- people excited about speech enced. They had very few
ranging from crude humor to be downloaded for $2.95 per liked watching movies with- tions of the movie, but rather and debate,” Roundy said. senior debaters this year,
images of nudity or extreme movie. out things like cussing or vio- skips or mutes them. It’s one Many of the debaters en- but they are hoping that the
violence. Mitchell McClellan, a ju- lence. more step towards a cleaner joy having Roundy as the team will be stronger next
The filters can also edit nior from Mt. Pleasant, said Slade Roundy, another world. coach for several reasons. year.
that he enjoys having a Clear- sophomore from Fountain
NS students sound off about muffins
BY ALYSSA HALL
A days there is still something to be said als at NS the condiments on the muffin
about the love and popularity of the are just as, or more important, than the
The word muffin was first introduced muffin. In fact, in NS alone 88.5% of original flavor of the muffin itself.
to print in the 1800s. This was a time students enjoy being able to indulge in Some of the NS student body’s fa-
when muffin-men were known in more a muffin from time to time. vorite muffins happen to come from Mt.
than just nursery rhymes. In fact laws As the years have come and passed Pleasant’s own Casey’s Café. However,
had to be made to keep these muffin the muffin has evolved in numera- blueberry muffins are by far the majori-
men in line and under control. In the ble ways. What was once just left over f
ty of NS student’s favorite flavor of muf-
1840s a parliamentary law was based bread dough has now been mixed with fin.
prohibiting the use of the muffin-man’s so many ingredients and baking meth- Perhaps muffin-men are a trend that
bell at tea time because of townspeo- ods it has, in many instances, claimed should come back in style. Do you
ple objections. Muffins seemed to gain the title of being gourmet. know the muffin-man? Based upon the
their greatest popularity in the 19th cen- There are hundreds of thousands general love for muffins at NS, to have
tury. This muffin craze caused the pro- of recipes for making countless flavors a connection with a muffin-man when
hibition of the muffin-man’s bell to be- of muffins. Adding condiments such asked this question could be quite an
come ineffective. as butter, cream cheese, or honey can advantage
Although you don’t often find muf- f ff
also make a huge difference for the fla-
fin-men ringing bells in the streets these vor of your muffin. For some individu-
Students and staff divided on class choices Ten Ways to Pass a Test
BY CHRIS LARSEN hoping to teach Astronomy. more electives,” said Kenyon Moroney feels freshman BY W HITNEY NAFUS
Despite some of the rejec- Anderson, a junior from should be given the chance
This year NS offers new
ff tions, many new classes have Spring City. to take weights. A major portion of student’s high school career is
classes, but students ar- started up this year, including Anderson would like to While some have con- taking tests. Students at NS are often tested to see where
gue there is still not enough word processing, in which see classes be more spread flicts with the current class- there are at and what they’ve learned. The issue that most
class choice. Some students students manage an on-line out among periods and ff
es offered, others don’t have ff
students suffer with is finding the right method of studying.
are disappointed with this business; sport sewing in would also like to see more problems with the classes. Students were asked to share how they prepare themselves
year’s class choice, while oth- which students make athlet- ff
classes be offered such as a “I am just fine with my for a test. Here are the top ten:
ers haven’t had any problems ff
ic stuff; student government bass guitar class. class choice,” said Braden
with this year’s selection of for the student body officers, Another student, Eddie Parish, a sophomore from
classes. drama two, an advanced dra- Moroney, a freshman from Mount Pleasant.
Study by using different methods:
This year a total of 115 ma class; pre-algebra for the Mount Pleasant, thinks most Parish stated that he has flashcards, using a study guide, reading
classes have been made avail- special education students; classes are pointless and only small diversity in his class- the chapter, or review out loud.
able to students, 109 classes calculus, which gives stu- some classes help for the fu- es, but he is happy with the Teach someone else.
coming from the first semes- dents college credit; UBSCT ture. classes he has taken.
ter and 111 in the second. prep class; and a credit recov- Moroney enjoys wood While Parish wishes he Don’t procrastinate.
Although some classes ery class. shop and would like to see could have enrolled in some Pay attention in class and take good
have been accepted some “This years’ class selection an advisory class at the end other classes such as Foods 2 notes.
have been rejected such as As- is better than from previous of the school day similar too and History, he feels that hav-
years,” said O’Dee Hansen, what the Middle school had a ing certain classes only avail-
Study a little bit each day.
tronomy, which was thrown
out by a process called reme- NS Counselor. few years ago. able at certain times is good, Have a cram night.
diation by the school board. Although there are more, “It would be great if I and it doesn’t bother him. Get a tutor.
“The school has limited students are having problems could take weights because Although some have prob- Ask questions and seek help.
teachers and students, and with their class choices. then I wouldn’t have to come lems with the current classes
we must cover core classes,” “Our class choice is crap- to school early to go to the ff
offered, others find the class-
Get a full nights sleep.
said Dax Higgins who was py, and I wish there were weight room,” Moroney said. ff
es offered are fine. Have a good breakfast.
Senior competes at state Poetry Out Loud contest
Photo Provided By Jenny Cox
Boys soccer overcomes weather issues, plays hard
BY CHANA THOMPSON
A Delta, Mauricio Montano
said that the team is full of
The 2010 boys’ soccer sea- talent and there are also nine
son starts with bad weather returning varsity players.
but good intentions. So far Some of the strengths that
two games have been can- the boys’ have are passing the
celed due to weather but the ball with remarkable skill and
team feels that they will do all of the players know each
well this season. other well.
The first game was on But where there is strength
March 4 in Delta. The game there is also weakness.
was not a very good start for “Sometimes they don’t
the season, with varsity los- talk as much as they should,”
ing 8-1. said Mauricio Montano.
“At the first game I learned “They don’t see with their
a lot about the team,” said eyes, they think their team
Head Coach Mauricio Mon- will be there.”
tano from Moroni. “They The athletes choose to
need to break the barrier of stay positive and to improve
when a game starts because upon the things that they can
they forget what they did at already do.
practice.” “We’ve gotten a lot bet-
According to Alan Mon- ter,” said senior Bradley Hol-
tano a junior from Moroni, man from Moroni. “We’ve
the team was just fine dur- learned to play as a team and
ing the warm up but as soon we motivate each other to get
Photo by Chana Thompson
as the whistle blew everyone better. We find our mistakes
panicked. and we fix them.”
Although the team had a Not only does Holman
egies through motivational Hurrricane and lost 0-2. had to clean snow from the faces, that takes players away
rough beginning, the players feel that the team contrib-
speeches.” The team played the Man- field four times to be able to from the field, is sickness.
feel that they will play well utes to improvement but he
Six weeks prior to the sea- ti Templars last Wednes- practice on it. “It’s hard to play an 80
enough to go to region and feels that the coaches help
son coaches encouraged car- day and were victorious 4-2. Besides the weather many minute half when you can’t
possibly even the first rounds immensely.
dio, ab, and lower back work- They were very happy for the difficulties have already been breathe,” said Mauricio Mon-
at state. “We have good coaches
outs along with running as first win of the season against endured this season. tano.
“We only have one chal- that know what they’re talk- k
optional conditioning. their rivals. Eligibility has been an is- But even when the team
lenge,” said Alan Montano. ing about,” said Holman.
Also many team mem- Last Friday NS played sue; many athletes have had faces challenges, Mauricio
“[And that is] beating Delta; The coaches have been
bers played indoor soccer Gunnison. The Hawks won a rough time keeping their Montano helps them to re-
since I’ve played on this team preparing the boys in a vari-
throughout the winter. the game 3-2. grades up. member that it is better to
we haven’t beat them. ety of ways for this season.
But as soon as tryouts As the season warms up, “It’s too bad [they can’t win by playing well then to
They’re not invincible, but “The coaches teach a lot
ended on February 22, the the snow melts and it reduc- keep their grades up] because lose by playing bad.
we get “Deltitis” and we’re of footwork within our drills,
team jumped right into play- es the amount of challeng- we’d love to have them play,” “They should strive to
scared to play them.” and we do a lot of condition-
ing games. es that NS boys’ soccer team said Mauricio Montano. play well every minute,” said
Despite the fact that the ing,” said Alan Montano.
On March 13 they played faces. Already the team has Another problem the team Mauricio Montano.
team has had trouble with “They teach us mental strat-
NS girls’ golf prepares for the upcoming season Boys’ tennis faces a rocky start
for the season, hopes for success
BY AMANDA CLARK
A young, many of the athletes
believe they will succeed.
Although boys’ tennis “I think we should all do
struggles to get on their feet good during the season,”
this season due to the lack said Dallas Gardener, soph-
of seniority and young ath- omore.
letes, they have high hopes As one of the younger
for a successful outcome. players, Gardener started
The first tournament tennis this year, only recent-
preparing the team for the ly began playing, but made
coming season was held the traveling team. He was
on March 12 at Lehi High amazed at how much he en-
School. Assistant coach joys tennis.
Brad Bentley notes that the “It’s really fun, and I
team was fairly successful. didn’t expect it,” Gardener
“We did surprisingly said. “It always seemed like
well,” Bentley said. “It was a sport for nerds.”
the first varsity match for The fun tennis is what
many of the players -- they seems to draw new players
were still learning.” into the sport and challenge
The team took second them to pursue their talent.
Photo by Amy Bangerter
overall, losing only to Lehi Although the young play-
but beating Salem Hills. ers are excelling, the older
BY AMY BANGERTER
Y of 18, Kallie McCulloch an 11, and Garlick said. “Hopefully I’ll make it in Since it was the first tour- players are not exempt.
Shannon Davidson a seven. the top ten. I’ve been in the top ten the nament, the team was able Bentley believes that ju-
Though inches of snow continue to With the new scoring system, a par past two years and I plan on being one to see how they will be nior Hunter Erickson is an
cover the Skyline golf course, the NS is worth five points. Every stroke over of the top ones in the top ten.” throughout the year, and excellent tennis player who
girls’ golf team has found alternate plac- par causes one point to be deducted. A The team as a whole is shooting for how not only the team but will do very well during the
es to practice. Although it is just the be- birdie is six points and a bogey is four state, and that will depend on the drive each individual can im- season.
ginning of the season, the team is look- k points. After nine holes, the points are they have. prove. A ladder tournament was
ing forward to developing their talents added together and the highest score “The talent is there,” said Hansen. “If “We will do pretty good,” held between the players de-
and the younger players are looking to wins. the desire is there they will definitely Derek Erickson, senior of ciding the rank of each team
the four returnees for their experience. There have been challenges with the be able to work their way into the state Mt. Pleasant said. “We have member landing Hunter Er-
“They’re really supportive and they weather but the team has been practic- playoffs.”
ff a lot of young players but ickson on top, playing as
really help me a lot,” said sophomore ing at the high school putting, chipping, According to Hansen, the region they’re all pretty good.” number one singles.
Sara Fowles. “They’re fun to be around, and hitting balls against Dax Higgin’s competition will be tough due to the The majority of the team The team has high hopes
they tell me rules, and give me advice.” trailer. experience of the Delta and Richfield this year consists of young- for not only the present sea-
Those returning from last year are se- According to Hansen, once the team players. Delta lost a lot of seniors, but er players. There are only son but the following sea-
nior Raberta Garlick, junior Heidi Shel- starts practicing it will be up to the girls they have younger players who will like- two seniors on the team. sons to come.
ley, sophomore Annie Johnson, and how fast and how much they want to ly place well. He is hoping the girls will And the team has lost sever- “We are young,” Bentley
sophomore Kallie McCulloch. The rest learn. be in the top three teams in region so al of athletes that played last said, “but if they stick to it
of the team is made up of new, young “I’m not really saying where they’re that they can go to state. year. we will have a good team for
athletes and their coach, Todd Hansen, going to be,” Hansen said, “because we “Hopefully we make it to state as Although the team is the future.”
believes this year will be full of new ex- haven’t had the chance to practice.” a team this year,” Garlick said. “We
periences. Garlick started playing golf her soph- haven’t done it in the past, but hopeful-
“We’re just going to be kind of pro- omore year, the teams’ first year at NS. ly this year we can.” Team faces tough competition at St. George
gressing this year and learning,” Hansen Younger players look up to Garlick and With the entire season ahead of them,
her coach feels she is an important play- the girls are continuing to work towards BY AMANDA CLARK
The team had its first pre-season er. their state goal and get past the obsta-
“Raberta Garlick is our only senior,” cles of a young team and a late start. This past weekend the NS boys’ tennis team had the
match in Delta on Tuesday, March 16.
Hansen said. “The girl is the most expe- “It’s going to be a tough, uphill battle opportunity to travel south for a tournament held in St.
Though they were beaten by Delta and
rienced.” this year,” Hansen said. George.
Carbon, they showed promising talent.
Garlick injured her collarbone in a According to Garlick one of the chal- According to assistant coach Bentley the team did sur-
“Delta was a learning experience,”
snowboarding accident and the team is lenges may be overcoming the age of the prisingly well for such a young team. There was a definite
hoping it will not affect her game. Al-
ff team, but she feels the beginners will improvement in just a small amount of time, as the team
A couple younger players stepped up
though the injury may prove to be a set- help the team as much as they can and played better on Saturday than on Friday. The coaches were
to take the place of two key members of
back, Garlick is hoping for a successful that they will be good in the future. thoroughly impressed with the way the younger players
the team, Garlick and Shelley, who were
season. “I’m just learning--just trying to get a took the opportunity to grow.
unable to golf .
“My goal is to take state this year,” feel for things,” said Fowles. The team placed 11th out of 16 teams altogether.
Annie Johnson received a final score
Ladyhawk softball off to a good start for season
Photo provided by McKelle Anderson
NS softball team hopes to gain more “I want them to win state,” said junior Carl held their opponents to one point or less. ff
fifth in the state. The Hawks struggled offen-
“We’ve done way bad on offense the last sively once again scoring two runs during
experience with their offensive skills so
And state is not out of the question with couple games but our defense has been awe- the first inning and not again for the rest of
that they may be able to compete in the the amount of experience the Lady Hawks some,” said senior pitcher Shelby Earl. the game. But their defense got the job done,
state tournament this year. possess. The majority of starters are seniors, Their defense stood out in the first game of holding the cowboys to just one point.
and all six of them started last season as well. the season played in South Sevier. The Hawks One obstacle the Lady Hawks will face on
BY PAUL COOK One problem the Hawks have had so far shut the Rams out with a score of 10-0. their path to a region championship is their
this season is struggling offensively. In the The following Tuesday the Lady Hawks rivals the Manti Templars, who are current-
The Lady Hawk softball team is off to a last two games they scored a maximum of faced the Union Cougars. The Hawks strug- ly ranked second in the state just above the
good start with a record of 2-1 while being just two points. ff
gled both offensively and defensively losing Hawks.
ranked third in state. Coaches and players ff
“We haven’t done so well offensively,” said the game 6-0. The Hawks hope to overcome this chal-
have set high goals for the season. Bailey, “but that is partly because we haven’t “One of our biggest problems against lenge with their abundance of experience and
“We’re going to play hard every game,” said had much time outside. Union were all of our errors in the field,” said outstanding defense. But they still have a lot
head coach Tyler Bailey. “We would like to But they have made up the ground lost on Earl. ff
of ground to make up on offense if they want
win region and get a good seeding for state.” ff
offense with exceptional defense. In two of The next day the Hawks returned home to to be major competitors in the state tourna-
NS fans have high expectations as well. their last three games the Lady Hawks have play the Grantsville Cowboys who are ranked ment.
Hawk baseball NS baseball has high hopes for a success- March madness tournament
takes 6th out of B P C Y AUL OOK
8 at Gunnison ful season, would like to go to region Every year as March approaches, people all over the
country begin to get involved in the college basketball tour-
tournament nament known as March Madness. It is one of the biggest
gambling events in the United States and the highlight of
BY CHANA THOMPSON
A many sports fans’ year.
“[March Madness] is the sickest, coolest, baddest event
On Thursday, March of the year,” said senior Nathan Aagard, “It’s full of miracles
18, NS boys’ baseball team and splendors and magical what-ifs of all kind.”
played against the Gunni- People can bet on the tournament in many ways. Some
son Bulldogs. will simply pick one team to win, while others will enter a
The game started off contest and have a team randomly selected for them. But
badly with the Bulldogs up the most common method of betting is by filling out tour-
to bat. By the end of the nament brackets in an attempt to get the most winners cor-
first inning the Bulldogs rect.
led the game 7-0. “I love seeing unheard of teams upset the good teams,”
The Hawks’ were out of said senior Austin McColluch.
the tourney on Friday due ff
And this year was no different than any other, with sev-
to a loss on Thursday to eral upsets taking place in the first and second rounds.
the Bulldogs with a score A few of the most notable upsets were the victories of
of 8-1. 14th ranked Ohio over number 3 Georgetown, and a little
The tourney continued known University called Old Dominion over Notre Dame.
on Saturday and the Hawks ff
In addition Vanderbilt suffered a loss to 13th ranked Mur-
played two games. ray. But the most surprising upset occurred in the second
The first game was y T
Photo by Chana Thompson
round when number 1, Kansas, lost to Northern Iowa.
against American Leader- “[March Madness] is where miracles happen,” said Chaz
ship Academy. The Hawks
BY CHANA THOMPSON
A tion] isn’t too tough.” ly approached, the team will Jorgenson.
won the game 9-7. Hawk athletes realize the not be stepping onto the field On the local level BYU was able to get past the first round
“I felt pretty good about great advantage they have blindfolded. They have put ff
for the first time since 1993. However they suffered a loss in
Baseball at NS started at
the ALA game,” said Kaden this year with six returning in many strenuous hours of the second round.
the very beginning of March
Poulson, a freshman from seniors, four of whom are practice and conditioning to Kentucky is the favorite to win the tournament, but oth-
and has kicked off into the
Moroni. “We hit pretty starters, and the new region prepare for this season. er teams such as Syracuse, Duke, Ohio State, and West Vir-
season eight days after try-
good.” situation will be a great con- “We’ve been throwing ginia will be tough competitors.
The second game on tribution to the outcome of for a couple months,” said The tournament will continue with the Sweet 16 begin-
The teams’ first game was
Saturday wasn’t as good. the season. Sorensen. “We’ve been to ning on March 25th.
on March 9 against Ameri-
The game was played “We don’t have as tough camps and clinics. Several
can Leadership Academy.
against Richfield and NS as a region as we have in the boys [also] played in the Mt.
Unfortunately the game end-
lost 6-1. past,” said Parker Christens- Pleasant summer baseball
ed in a loss of 6-5.
According to Poulsen en, a junior from Fairview, league.”
“We lost because we made
the team could have im- “especially with the loss of According to Christensen
errors,” said Head Coach Lee
proved the attitude they Juan Diego and Carbon.” the players work hard, hustle
R. Sorensen from Fairview.
had towards their Richfield Although the team is en- and always do their best.
“We should have won.”
game. thusiastic with the results “We have done a lot of off
Senior Colbey Bentley
“We didn’t have our of the season, Sorensen said season work,” said Bentley.
from Mt. Pleasant agrees that
heads in the game,” said that Emery will be one of All of the training will
the game should have ended
Poulsen. their most challenging teams hopefully be enough to pull
with more positive results.
The team feels that they to beat because they have the Hawks through to a re-
He feels that the first inning
played well during the first many returning players. gion title.
is where most of NS errors
half of the game but didn’t Other members of the “Baseball has never won
have a good finish during team agree that Emery will region,” said Bentley. “We
But if you think that the
the second half. be a difficult team to beat. want to show everyone we
first game will hold back this
The athletes look to the “Emery has good pitch- can win, and that’s a big drive
team, then you’re wrong.
future and not on the past. ers and baseball runs in their for me.”
The team has high hopes
“I think we are doing veins,” said Christensen. With their eye on the goal
for this season and is very
okay this season, but being NS played their first re- the team still focuses on their
confident the results will be
realistic I don’t think we’ll gion game against Emery on strengths and weaknesses so ting there; we’re just trying physical fitness of the boys.
go to region or state,” said Tuesday March 23; the re- that they can improve. to put everything together so He said that they will be run-
“We’ll take first or second
Garrett Jenkins, a junior sults could not be obtained “Pitching and defense are we have our best nine on the ning more than usual.
in region and get far into the
from Fairview. “But there before this edition was print- [two of our] strengths but field all the time.” “The harder we work at
playoffs,” said Bentley. “We
is always that chance.” ed. we still struggle on hitting,” One thing Sorensen hopes practice, the better we play in
have a good team this year
and our region [competi- As the season has quick- k said Sorensen. “We’re get- to change this season is the our game,” said Sorensen.
NS sprinters work ethic drives her to seek third state title
Coach Scott Butler notes that because of
Ison’s great skill she is a good role model and
teammate because she can mentor younger
“She is driven to be the best,” said Butler.
“Her work ethic is really strong.”
Ison’s success not only comes from her
ability to run fast, but also from the dedica-
tion she has to train hard.
“[Track] requires very intense training,
hard work and dedication,” Ison said, “and
therefore it’s fun to reap the rewards of our
Hard work, practice and increasing her
skills are important but not all that is required
to succeed. The runners also have to be able
to work together as a team. Ison notes that
one of the things she enjoys most about track
is the athletes she gets to work with. She says
that together they have brought track into the
spotlight and helped people realize that it is a
“We work hard, and we win,” Ison said.
“We love winning -- it’s the best.”
Ison’s number of successful winnings have
not just stayed on the track, but have been in
other aspects of her life.
Ison helped bring her team to win the state
championship title in 3A volleyball earlier in
the year, as well as being a member of the girls
Photo by Chana Thompson
y T Ison also has kept up a high grade point
average and enjoys doing things with friends
and family. She loves to sew, read novels con-
BY AMANDA CLARK
A a good representative for our school,” Ison pionships and holds the school record in the stantly, loves music and shopping for shoes,
said. 200M and 400M. and refers to herself as a complete movie
Shyanne Ison, a two time state and region With three region championships and two Ison along with her achievements, likes buff.ff
champion, has recently begun her fourth sea- state championships in the 4X4 relay, Ison has to have fun along the way. Her team mem- Although Ison has achieved many of her
son of track. been represented NS well in the years she has bers enjoy her fun loving attitude, and joking goals in life, she continues to set goals and
Ison started the sport as a freshman be- been a member of the track team. Not only throughout practice. hopes to receive two to three more individ-
cause she felt like she was a contribution to has she helped bring the team success but she “She is an amazing team member,” said ual region championships as well as a team
help out the team with her talent. has also succeeded individually. Haley Ence, senior of Fairview. “She is also a championship in the season to come.
“I run track because I am fast and can be Ison received three individual region cham- fun dependable person.”
Athletics fund-raiser concert does not earn as much money as intended
Athletes at NS raise money to contribute to their fu- a position of authority was behind it and that’s what made it factors that will play into the decision.
so successful.” “We’re just talking about that now, and we are undecided,”
ture participation in sports.
The administration also credits the athletes and parents for Christensen said. “There are some coaches who did a lot of
the success. work and in the future they could do their own fund raiser
BY AMY BANGERTER
“I think the students who got into it and went out and sold and still raise a lot of money.”
is what made it successful—and the parents,” said vice-prin- According to Aagard, they are trying to compare if one big
The athletic department raised over $16,000 with the cipal Jason Strate. “I had a lot of comments from people that fund raiser will benefit more than individual clubs and orga-
Bar-J Wranglers concert on February 24. The fund raiser was they liked this a lot better; they liked the idea of a one-time nizations doing their own fund raisers.
headed by Casey Jenson, Sharon Christensen, and Janet Ash- fund raiser.” “The thing that we’re trying to do as a school is not raise
worth. The money will be divided amongst the students who The idea of one large, school-wide fund raiser came about the pay-to-plays so that it’s hard to participate,” Strate said.
sold tickets. at the football banquet during Jenson’s first year at NS. Jenson Being able to help students with the costs of being involved
“Each athlete gets to split what they earned into each sport thought it would be easier on businesses and could turn out in sports and organizations is something the administration
they play,” said secretary Brenda Aagard. “That’s the fairest we to be a success. and coaches want to accomplish.
could do because the spring sports were not functioning at Janet Ashworth, parent of NS athlete Quirt Ashworth, told “We understand that we live in an economically depressed
the time of the fund raiser.” Jenson she had connections with the Bar-J Wranglers and that area and we don’t want to price people out of being able to
Some athletes raised over $400 and many were close be- is how the idea for the concert came about. participate,” Strate said.
hind. The potential profit from the concert was around “It was nice for the Bar-J Wranglers because it got the el- The support of the parents will also play into the decision.
$50,000 and nearly 1,500 tickets were not sold. derly out from the community,” Jenson said. “There wasn’t an For the Bar-J Wranglers concert, a meeting was held at NS for
“It was fun,” said principal Jim Bowles, “but we didn’t make age requirement; it was fun for all ages—the entire family.” the parents of all the athletes to let them know what the fund
as much as we needed to.” According to Strate, the school will likely do similar fund raiser was for and what was required for it to be successful.
According to those associated with the fund raiser, one raisers in the future. “At the parents meeting there were tons of parents who
thing that could have been better is the amount of sales made. “I like the idea,” Strate said. “I think it’s a better public re- were opposed to selling the tickets,” Jenson said. “They
Some student athletes did very well in selling tickets while lations feel. People get hit so much with so many things, but thought it would be too hard.”
there were some who did not participate at all. this was something with some entertainment value.” Although it is undecided whether or not a similar fund
“We could have sold more tickets,” said Christensen, NS Not only was the concert beneficial because of the enter- raiser will occur next year, the struggles and benefits from the
Athletic Director, “but I think the concert went well.” tainment value, but also for the athletic accounts at NS. Bar-J Wrangler concert are evident. Many are hoping to see a
Despite the fact that there were many empty seats, the con- “It’s definitely going to help the athletic accounts,” Aagard positive change no matter what the final decision is.
cert was still successful due to several different components. said. “There’s going to be enough profit.” “All too often in this community new ideas are rejected be-
“We got the support of the administration,” said Jenson, The administration and coaches are deciding if they want cause people are afraid of change,” Jenson said. “Sometimes
NS P.E. Teacher and football coach. “Essentially everyone in to do another large fund raiser next year, and there are several change is necessary in order to make progress.”
Jazz band earns highest marks s
dazzles with visuals,
at region, prepares for state fl
falls flat with story
BY ALEXIS FR YER
If anyone can successfully create a magical wonder-
land of strange and impossible events, it is Tim Bur-
ton. Burton’s latest film, Alice in Wonderland, is a vi-
sually amazing, though its storyline lacks somewhat in
Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now nineteen years old, re-
members her first trip down the rabbit hole as only a
dream. She is bored and confined by her current life-
style. In addition, Alice discovers that a snobby English
lord is planning to publicly ask for her hand in marriage.
In a moment of pressure, Alice rushes away and finds
herself following the very same White Rabbit down his
The crazy world she finds is dark yet childish, a great
representation considering the transition from a chil-
dren’s cartoon. However, the environment seemed to
rush by as if Alice, and the audience, would not have
wanted to see more. Both untrue. Burton’s colors and
Photo by Alexis Fryer visual focal points did a marvelous job of bringing a sur-
real, fairytale feeling to the screen--perfect for Alice in
Wonderland’s impossible events.
BY ALEXIS FR YER er several areas of focus. These include: mance and was very impressed by the tal- The storyline as I said, felt incomplete. Alice’s fate
Improvisation, Style/Interpretation, ent shown in the jazz band. He also com- was foretold at the beginning of her journey, leaving it
The NS jazz band directed by Tim Kid- Rhythm/Time, Ensemble, Intonation/ ff
mented on the positive affects the band to crazy detours to lessen the dramatic predictability.
der is, once again, headed to state. At the Tone, Technique/Articulation, Rhythm has on school spirit and the good feeling The craziness was not necessarily a bad thing. The sto-
competition held on the tenth of March, Section and Choice of Selections. it brings to the high school in general. ry of Wonderland is traditionally built upon weird sit-
the band received the highest possible “I thought we played some things bet- “[The jazz band] was extraordinary,” uations and mad characters. Perhaps it was the objec-
rating on each of their songs, winning re- ter than we’d ever played before that day,” Strate said. tive described in the beginning that should have been
gion for the third year in a row. said Aaron Johnson, senior. The jazz students are hopeful for suc- removed.
Each song is judged on a scale of 1-5, Several other band members as well cess at state this year and are prepared to Wonderland’s two rulers, rival sisters, are challenging
one being the best. The jazz band re- as Kidder said they felt good about their work for that accomplishment. each other for the crown. Alice must be convinced to
ceived straight 1s on their three songs: performance. “We need to work hard, but we can do be champion for the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), a
“Feel So Good” by Victor Lopez, “Good- “I thought it was a fair representation it if we devote a lot of time to practice,” Jo- beautiful though tacky character, continually acting like
bye Porkpie Hat” by Charles Mingus, and of where we are now,” Kidder said. hansen said. The band rehearses togeth- she’s… well, acting. Opposing her, the Queen of Hearts,
“Cliffs Riff ” by Shelton Berg.
ff However well things went, there is al- er every morning and members practice is a huge-headed, feisty individual brilliantly played by
“[The songs] are a lot of fun,” said Erik ways room to improve. After the region on their own time. In addition, groups Helena Bonham-Carter.
Johansen, senior. “They help us show our performance the judges gave advice on of students playing the same instrument Aiding Alice in her predicaments are several famil-
strengths and we have a lot of fun playing how the band could develop their songs meet in special practices called section- iar characters including, the White Rabbit (Michael
them.” and what areas to work on. als. Sheen), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), Absolem the
Andrea Shelley, sophomore, said that “[The state competition] will be held “[The students] have worked hard and Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), and the mad Hatter
she enjoyed the variety of styles shown in to a higher level,” Kidder said. deserve the success,” Kidder said. ( Johnny Depp). These and others were cast and creat-
the song selection. “I look forward to going and watch- The state performance is to be held on ed very well, fitting in with great energy to the magical
When rating the bands, judges consid- ing,” said Jason Strate, vice principal at March 26 or 27. world.
NS. Strate attended the region perfor- Through her journey Alice gains courage, finds her
purpose and answers many question - though not all of
them, for she still wonders: how is a raven like a writing
Antsy Does Time delivers timely humor and insight desk?
BY JESSE RICHMOND lem on his hands. A full year As the events of the book a similar stunt in Schwa where
after The Schwa ran away, unfold, Antsy narrates with he started a sort of Rent-the-
Halfway through the book Gunnar Ümlaut, Antsy’s class- a wit that I’ve never seen in Schwa service. The characters
Antsy Does Time by Neal mate, informs Antsy he has a any other character. Though all seem to have matured af- f
Schusterman, Anthony Bo- terminal disease and only has his language is a tad juvenile, ter a year, and the month trad-
nano (also known as Antsy) six months left to live. it never grates on my nerves, ing didn’t seem like something
finds himself recreating the Frustrated by Gunnar’s ac- which is more than can be said the new Antsy would do.
dust bowl, pouring ice water ceptance of his fate, Antsy for other fictional teens. As Antsy goes about col-
on a senator’s head, and be- takes action, and he signs over A few of the old charac- lecting months for Gunnar, he
coming the self-proclaimed one month of his life to help. ters from Schwa return, like tries to stay uninvolved as an
The Master of Time. Word of his donation spreads, the darkly sarcastic Old Man observer. However, he soon
While this may seem and soon the entire school Crawley and the oblivious must face the trials of life and
strange to some, Antsy is by wants to donate a month. Ant- Howie, but the new ones real- death when his father collaps-
no means a stranger to odd sy acts as the collector, the so ly make the story shine. es from a heart attack after do-
happenings. In The Schwa Was called “Master of Time,” and These include Skaterdud, nating two years to the cause.
Here, Antsy helped an invisible the stage is set for the real con- an almost sage-like burnout, Antsy Does Time is an ex-
boy named Calvin Schwa with flict to come into play. Antsy’s meditative little sister cellent book, both as a stand
identity problems, kidnapped Antsy Does Time is about Christina, and Gunnar with alone novel and a sequel.
the richest man in his neigh- much more than a kid with his constant misquotings. Though the book does drop
borhood, and blew up a crash Pulmonary Monoxic Sys- They all flesh out the story a few references to The Schwa
test dummy named Manny. temia. Just as helping Calvin well, adding depth and heap- Was Here, new readers should
When strange things hap- Schwa made Antsy reevalu- ing amounts of humor. be able to enjoy the story
pen now, he takes it in stride. ate his own identity, Gun- The book does stumble a without having read the origi-
The plot of Antsy Does Time nar’s impending death brings bit, though. When Antsy be- nal book. I fully recommend it
picks up quickly, and after 12 about a discovery of what life gins trading months around to anyone looking for a good
pages, Antsy has a new prob- is about. like stocks, it reminded me of laugh.
Movie ratings fail to reflect wishes, standards of many moviegoers
BY AMANDA JOHANSEN
HA people. “Now it’s as if R is for Ridiculous,” said an and PG-13 ratings are switched around.
These people are volunteers only required anonymous parent explaining that ratings are “Violence is R, and sex is PG-13. Sex is
Movies are part of today’s culture; they are to think critically and put themselves into the inconsistent. more demoralizing than violence,” said Ed-
seen all over and by almost everyone. A stu- position of the “average American parent.” McClellan has found many instances where munds.
dent can walk through school, and at any mo- Members who view the films decide on what she has been surprised as to what people will The values depicted in movies have dra-
ment someone might strike up a conversa- would be the best interests of parents and find acceptable. When she finished viewing a matically changed from the 1950s when fa-
tion with, “have you seen that movie?” their children. movie with a friend she had mentioned that mous movies like Gone With the Wind and
Students like to go out to watch new mov- The decisions of the rating is then put to a the film had a PG-13 rating. Her friend was the Wizard of Oz first revealed themselves.
ies with their friends; yet when inappropriate vote and, what- rather shocked to dis- Few people know that Gone With the Wind
material appears on the screen the situation ever the mu- cover it wasn’t rated R. was the first motion picture containing a
suddenly becomes unsettling. tual decision, “You look at one swear word. In the modern day this would be
Inappropriate material is found in all rat- becomes the PG-13 movie, then look overlooked; yet, in the 1950s, it was enough
ings of movies, insinuating the question: rating. at another, and wonder to cause controversy with many of the view-
should I, or should I not laugh at the innuen- “I don’t be- how they got into the ers, and complaints were filed. Now the pub-
do, cuss word, or other awkward situation? lieve that they same category. It just lic is more lenient on what they allow them-
What society deems to be “okay” is not ex- ever think goes to prove how irrel- selves to view on the silver screen.
actly what all people feel comfortable with about what parents want their kids to see,” evant the rating system is,” McClellan said. As the population evolves, they think they
watching. said Sherene McClellan, Flix Co-Owner. Few people at NS agree with the rating are able to deal with comprehending risqué
“Our society has become desensitized,” Movie ratings are based mainly on certain board and what they allow to be put into situations. One must stop and think about
said Sarah Allan, sophomore. content such as language, violence, sexual movies. what society is willing to accept, and how far
This so-called ‘society’ is a full-time rat- content, under-age and regular drug/alcohol Senior, Mike Edmunds is one of those stu- film-makers are willing to go to make “risqué”
ing board in Los Angeles, consisting of 10-13 use. ff
dents who find that the difference between R more acceptable.
Times’ Monthly Jams
NS entertainment writers review and recom-
mends several songs from a variety of artists.
1. Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) -
This song is currently the most downloaded
song on iTunes. It has also received outstand-
2. Rude Boy - Rihanna
Rihanna has yet again wowed audiences with
her latest hit. This song, which debuted on her
latest album entitled Rated R quickly climbed
to the top of the charts.
3. Hey, Soul Sister - by Train
Train has yet again impressed audiences by re-
leasing this current hit. This song has a happy
and upbeat tune that is sure to draw the listen-
4. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
This song has an electric and rhythmic beat.
Lady Gaga continues to impress audiences.
5. Need You Now - by Lady Antebellum
This harmonious country song has a mixture of
passion and sincerity.
6. White Flag Warrior (feat. Tim Mcllrath)
This is a fasted-paced song that adds an entirely
new level of alternative rock. Its passionate
lyrics are worth listening to.
7. Nothin’ on You (feat. Bruno Mars) -
This single is currently the second most down-
loaded song on iTunes. It is done in a very
unique and individual way.
Hip Hop/ Rap
8. Welcome Home - by Coheed and
This is a raising rock ‘n roll band that knows
how to capture an audience.
9. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic
This song moves away from the older
One Republic style and into a new and re-
10. Stay Together For The Kids - by
This is a great song it is on blink-182 Greatest
Hits album. It tells you that even though life
sucks it can get better. Listen to it, and you will
not be disappointed.