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The Pros and Cons of being a Redskin Become a donor today
by Celia Roeder if not impossible, to change our and to look past their name, their by Kyle Butler
One popular issue in the media mascot. “There would have to tribal identity, and in many cases, Over 100,000 people are I’m under age 18. I’m too young
is changing Native American be some type of community their humanity. In fact, some waiting for an organ donation in to make this decision. Well
school mascots. This issue is not movement,” said Principal Jim historians speculate it may even the United States. Unfortunately, technically that’s true, in a legal
only local but national, including Kirkton “It would not be a high have roots in a grizzly practice thousands will never get the call sense. But your parents can make
a lawsuit against the Washington school-based decision.” If Goshen of skinning Indians in battle, like saying that a suitable donor this decision. You can talk to your
Redskins which ultimately failed. really and truly found offense in animals. organ, and a second chance at parents about your wish to donate,
Opponents of using the mascot the term “redskin,” it would have I’m not implying that Goshen life, has been found. and your parents can give their
say the use of “redskin” is a racial been removed long ago. Freshman High School wishes to do any of It can be hard to think about consent knowing that it’s what
slur, very similar to slurs used Viridiana Hernandez, who is of this, but it was and sometimes what’s going to happen to your you wanted. Children, too, are in
against African Americans and Native American descent said still is used as a condescending body after you die, let alone need of organ transplants, and they
Asian Americans. “I don’t feel offended by [the and insulting term towards Native donating your organs and usually need organs smaller than
The famous Washington Redskins mascot].” Americans. tissue. But being an organ donor those an adult can provide.
mascot was created in honor of the Think about a similar situation, is a generous and worthwhile An open-casket funeral isn’t
head coach, William “Lone Star” but switch the mascot name. What decision that can be a lifesaver an option for people who have
Dietz an American Indian in 1933. if there was a school whose mascots to others. Understanding organ donated organs or tissues.
Obviously if Dietz had a problem were the “Colored Folk,” the donation can make you feel Organ or tissue donation doesn’t
with the moniker, he would have “Kikes,” or the “Homos”? African better about your choice, but interfere with having an open-
spoken up. Lumping the term Americans, Jews and homosexuals misunderstanding it though casket funeral. The donor’s body
“redskin” as a negative association would all be offended with false myths can make you want is clothed for burial, so there are
with scalping is a hasty conclusion perfectly good reason. Why are the to not be an organ donor. So no visible signs of organ or tissue
that doesn’t show the full history Native Americans singled out as here are a couple of myths that I donation. For bone donation, a rod
of the word. an acceptable group to remember want to debunk. is inserted where bone is removed.
In 2005, past governor of with a term referring to the color Organ donation is against With skin donation however, a
California Arnold Schwarzenegger of their skin, or some other feature my religion. Organ donation very thin layer of skin similar to
vetoed the California Assembly that differentiates them from the is consistent with the beliefs of a sunburn peel is taken from the
Bill 858, which would have rest of Americans? most religions. This includes donor’s back. Because the donor
prohibited public schools from by Neil Rippey I’m not necessarily suggesting Catholicism, Protestantism, is clothed and lying on his or her
using “Redskins” as a school or Anyone who’s been at Goshen that we remove Big Red Islam and most branches of back in the casket, no one should
athletic team name, mascot, or for long has seen the iconic Indian completely. The image is iconic Judaism. If you’re unsure of or be able to see a difference.
nickname. This bill would have Chief. Our mascot is a noble to the school, and the colors of uncomfortable with your faith’s To become an organ donor,
cost schools at least $100,000 savage, a wise face, and a mane of our uniforms, red and white, have position on donation, ask a the most important thing is to
to abandon use of the Redskins feathers in a majestic headdress. been with us for years. But why member of your church. Don’t make your wishes to your family
mascot. Also interestingly, We’re the Goshen Redskins. must we be called “Redskins”? We let your lack of knowledge of known. When you go to the BMV
members of the Tachi-Yokut The “Redskin,” however, is more could be the Chiefs, for example. your faith get in the way of to get your license or permit, BMV
tribe stated that schools having then just a red-skinned Indian Nothing would have to change, yet saving someone’s life. Go and clerks will ask you if you want to
“Redskin” as a team name mascot. For years, “redskin” was we would be named after leaders get the knowledge; don’t be become an organ donor. Becoming
promoted a sense of pride among a derogatory term used to describe of tribes, not a derogatory term for shy to ask your pastor or other an organ donor is as simple as
their people. the native people of the Americas. an entire ethnic group. leader of religion. saying “yes.”
Locally it would be quite difficult, The term was used to label them
Tessa Yoder 11, Patrick Rieth 10,
Editorial Box I would definitely want the finals
schedule changed. I miss open
We need to have GTV be funny
The Tomahawk is a student
publication serving as a forum lunch! And even when we had
for student expression at GHS, SRT before each exam, that was
where it is distributed to all stu- really nice because we got to
dents, faculty and staff. study for each final right before
While The Tomahawk staff we took it, so I thought it was
aims to provide a balanced ac- by Alex Schrameyer really helpful because everything
count With only four weeks left in was fresh in my head when I took
for news, the opinions ex- the school year, students are al- the exam.
pressed here are not necessarily ready starting to think about next
those of GHS faculty, staff, ad- year.With a plethora of changes Brittany Graber 11,
ministration or school board. this past year, many people are We need to keep SRT. It’s the
The editors alone are solely wondering what other changes best.
responsible for the content. are in store for he 2011-2012
We welcome any comments school year. These students
Tommy Palczynski 11,
or suggestions. Letters to the shared what they want to keep
I really just want kids to stop
editors should be placed in Ms. or change for next year.
wearing pajama pants to school.
Graber’s mailbox in the main
All letters must be signed.
Editor-in-Chief: Kane White 11, Alicia Cuzzocrea 9,
Alicia Yoder We need a battle of the bands I think GHS needs to have better
Opinion: competition! pep rallies. I know pep rallies are
Paige Pobocik a big deal for other schools, yet I
Feature: don’t feel that way about Goshen.
Emily Stoltzfus 9,
Celia Roeder Something I think should stay
Something I would want changed
News: at GHS that I find beneficial is
would be the fact that we have
Paige Pobocik Matt Buncich 11, SRT. I don’t like long nights of
to wear ID’s all the time! I mean
Sports: I’d rather keep the later homework and SRT allows me
it’s annoying to have to wear it,
Neil Rippey starting time on Mondays. It to get my all homework done so
there’s not really a point to them
Entertainment: Peter Meyer Reimer 11, benefits the teachers for their I have free time and have my
and what if my ID doesn’t match
Alicia Yoder More awesome ultimate and meetings, as well as gives teachers help me if needed.
my outfit that day? Something I
Staff Writers: understanding. Also, less work students a little more time to
would keep the same would be
Eby Yontz, Kyle Butler, Kenny during fall play/ musical, and get up and ready. I’d love for
all of the seniors. Well… just the
Ruiz, Alex Schrameyer, Erica Shreiner shouldn’t move away everyday to start later, but I’ll
Waters until after next year. take what I can get.
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Goshen students ‘relay’ for a cure have to register online painting, refreshments,
at relayforlife.org/ games, car washes (most
elkhartcountysouthin. successful), bake sales,
This year following the , place cans to collect
theme Survivor, teams change in businesses, or
will be called tribes find sponsors.
and assigned a color One of the more
which will be received interesting fund raisers Envirothon team at state
in an email. is being “flocked.” To be by Celia Roeder
There are three flocked you pay $25 to In only its second year the environthon
ceremonies that take have your yard covered in team, composed of senior Hannah
place during this purple flamingoes which Johnson and sophomores Aaron Johnson,
event; the survivor, supports the relay. The Peter Paetkau, Ben Kragt and Benjamin
luminaria and the fight flamingoes are removed Wiebe, took first place in the Northeast
back ceremonies. The after 48 hours. Indiana Regional Competition,
survivor ceremony The goal for this year’s qualifying for state competition on April
kicks off the event, relay is to raise $35,000, 20. The team placed second at state, one
where a parade of and so far our community point behind first place. Biology teacher
survivors does a lap. has raised $5,605. Last Zebulon Holsopple and parent Janeen
Each survivor is given year Elkhart County Bertsche Johnson helped coach the
a special t-shirt when surpassed the goal of students on the topics of aquatics, soils,
she arrives. Relays for $25,000 by raising wildlife, current issues and forestry.
Pictured above is a GHS team from last year’s Relay for Life, team A.D.A.M
which was composed of (from left to right) Tia Buss, Jessica Metz, Amanda Life have celebrities $28,000. According to “[The competition is] exciting and fun,”
Pollock (directly behind sign), Emily Ankrom, Janessa Katzer and Maya Meade. just like the Oscars, but Metz, this year the goal said Aaron Johnson “We each had 20
in this case you don’t is to have 30 teams, but questions based on each topic we chose.”
by Erica Waters thought it would be cool and now I
have to be famous at this event, so far only have 19 have
GHS will be hosting Relay for have been working with this event
just a survivor. registered. Zero survivors Super-mileage places 2nd
Life June 11-12. Sponsored by the for 3 years,” Metz said.
The Luminaria ceremony is in have signed up as of right by Celia Roeder
American Cancer Society, Relay Teams of 8 to 15 people will be
dedication to the ones who have now; the goal is to have Goshen High School’s Super Mileage
for Life is an event to raise money camping out on the GHS track,
been lost to cancer. People are 30 signed up. So the team competed on April 18, at O’Reilly
to help find the cure for cancer. taking turns walking the track.
encouraged to take a bag writes work for the committee Raceway Park, Indianapolis and received
This is an all-night, 18-hour event, Each hour there’s a special activity
the names of whomever they are continues. second place.
starting at 2 in the afternoon until on the track that takes place:
remembering, put a candle inside, Metz encourages “Super Mileage is a competition in the
8 the following morning. This walking backwards, meeting a
and place it along the track. The eveyone to participate state of Indiana where schools compete to
event is a celebration for those new friend and three legged races.
fight back ceremony is when on June 11. Plan for a design, fabricate and test a fuel efficient
who have battled cancer or lost a Each team is asked to have at least
everyone finds ways to prevent full night of walking, a car,” said technology teacher JJ Johnson.
loved one. “I think it’s really cool one teammate on the course at all
cancer such as eating healthy, bonfire, live band music, It’s Goshen 3rd year participating in the
to see everyone working together times, representing how cancer
giving up smoking, or saying no to midnight soccer, yoga Super Mileage challenge.
to find a cure”, said Jessica never sleeps. All are eligible to
tanning. lessons, zumba (Latin Junior Justine Richardson said, “I like
Metz, a Goshen junior who on participate in the relay even if
Anyone can donate money to style dance) and pie working with the wiring in the cars.”
the committee that organizes the they’re not on a team.
Relay for Life. A lot of teams eating contest, all for a As the cars can cost up to $1500 to
event, “I got involved because I In order to sign up for the relay you
do fundraisers such as face good cause. $2500 dollars to build, community
support has been needed for the
GHS holds first functional skills dance club. “We have a lot of community
sponsors, and a lot of local companies
Sp give us advice, donate materials
gB and money to help,” said Johnson.
k2 Rocket club takes flight
-K by Erica Waters
ey Eight members of the GHS rocket club
st , Fl spent 4 days in Huntsville, AL recently.
The team toured some of NASA’s
research facilities at Marshall Space
After a pre-flight inspection, the rocket
they built successfully flew to over 4000
feet, with a payload to measure ultraviolet
radiation. Rocket club members
saw about 20 other rocket flights by
university and high school teams from
Student council students are pictured above with functional skills stu-
all around the US. The awards banquet
dents at the dance in the Whiteman gym on April 15.
featured video and speeches by former
by Paige Pobocik were all excited to meet students space shuttle astronauts.
The Functional Skills class at GHS from other schools,” said Pfahler. Team members are Andrew Thiery,
recently had their first dance on April 15, Functional Skills student, Jon Clancey Short, Caleb Vanderryyden,
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Whiteman Mast was one of many students who Josh Gill, Paul Johnson, Greg Rosario,
Gym. Functional Skills classes from really enjoyed the dance, “I had a lot Alberte Lopez and Ben Weibe.
Northwood, Concord and Young Adult of fun,” he said. “I love dancing.”
Pictured here is a group of Marine Biology
students taking a break from the schoolwork
classes were invited. In addition The
functional skills class invited students
The Functional Skills teachers
would like to host a prom for the
to go night fishing. This year marked the 38th
Marine Biology trip sponsored by Goshen
from the swim team that swam with students. Pfahler is hoping that the
Student Council and local businesses
them in SRT recently, Student Council
High School. The group stayed in the Florida members and Mrs. Denman’s class. might help with the planning of May 14
Keys over spring break to study various marine Functional Skills teacher Karen Pfahler the dance and recruiting a DJ.
environments in close collaboration with both said the reason for starting the dance Pfahler wants to thank everyone 8p.m. - midnight
fellow students and instructors. Diversions who helped make this dance a
from the workload consisted of a group trip to
came from Concord’s Christmas dance.
“It was a good social environment success. “All of the students had a Matterhorn in Elkhart
Key West, snorkeling at a coral reef, a visit to for the students,” Pfahler said. “It was great time,” she said. “We are looking Order tickets now from Mrs. Biller
a turtle hospital and plenty of time in the sun. beneficial to all that went because they forward to hosting it again next year.” email@example.com
all bonded and connected. Plus they