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					Weekly Wave Staff:                  Staff Writers:            Katie Johnson
Ali Nissen      co-editor and layout Lindsay Bennett          Don Jurgenson
Melissa Abbott co-editor             Chance Christophel       Jon Mackey
Ms. Hardin      advisor              Kathy Dierking           Alyssa Schaben
Katie Brown    sports staff writer   Courtney Ditsworth       Billy Travis
Rachel Gerking sports staff writer   Adrienne Hardin          Zach Whiting


University of Okoboji Volleyball                                   Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Parriott                              Sex Education:
Rachel Gerking, Staff Writer                                       Chance Christophel, Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                 What type of Message?
         Volleyballs were literally smashing in Des Moines                  Mrs.                                                 Adrienne Hardin, Staff Writer
this past weekend. At least they were for the University of        Parriott is a
Okoboji volleyball squad.                                          teacher who is                                                       In some cases, sex education means a dark message
         The team is made up of four SLHS freshmen and             enjoyed by                                                 about the potential consequences of premarital sex. Yet in
four freshmen from Spencer. They include: Lindsay Stoll,           many.                                                      others, the same class offers graphic, practical information
Jordi Gerking, Chrissy Stettnichs, and Jenna Hentges from                   Mrs.                                              about contraceptives, assembled with the belief that these
Spirit Lake, and Ashley Betz, Alli Hultgren, Lisa Butler, and      Parriott earned                                            are things every teen needs to know.
Jess Christ from Spencer. The Universtiy of Okoboji’s team         her BS degree                                                        Sex education is one of the most controversial top-
is coached by Dave Hultgren from Spencer. He is extremely          in Home Eco-                                               ics in U.S. public education. There are few topics our edu-
knowledgeable about the sport and always wants to win. Re-         nomics Educa-                                              cational system that sparks as much emotion as what to
cently, that’s exactly what the girl’s have been doing.            tion at Oregon                                             teach the students in sex ed. When it comes to deciding
         On March 21, the University of Okoboji volleyball         State Univer-                   Mrs. Parriott              what should be taught, it is hard to find an inch of ground in
team won the South Sioux City Spring Fling. All of the girls       sity, and her                                              a battle of such conflicting views. In a time when we talk
played their hearts out, and they came home with the first         Master’s in Education at George Fox University. She has    about sex more freely than ever, parents are still struggling
place award of pink t-shirts.                                      lived here for two years, raising four kids—two boys and   to figure out what to tell their children.
         Ashley Betz said that what she enjoys most about          two girls. When not working at SLHS, she enjoys playing    Should we be taught more comprehensive views or absti-
playing on the team is that, “you get to meet new people and       golf, reading, and planting flowers. She has taught for    nence only?
have fun with people, and get better as a volleyball player,       fourteen years, and before moving here, she was a family             On one side of the argument are the “abstinence
and get more experience, and you learn to play with other          and consumer sciences teacher in Las Vegas and Oregon.     only” programs. These programs teach that no matter what
people besides your teammates from your hometown.”                          The thing she likes best about her job is that sheage, sex is wrong outside the marriage. Since people are so
         These girls have been playing together since the fall     has the opportunity to work with many different students   concerned about mixed messages, this program may not in-
of 2002. They have definitely improved their volleyball            and staff. Although she has had many memories while        clude any information on contraceptives.
ability and have formed lifelong friendships. Alli Hultgren        teaching, she always enjoys seeing the positive expres-              The other side of the argument is the comprehen-
said, “We’ve definitely improved since we first started play-      sion on a teacher’s face when one of her students im-      sive” view. This approach teaches students that abstinence
ing together because we've gotten to know each other better        proves his/her grade and attitude.                         outside the marriage is perhaps the best option, but it is fol-
in the past 2 years and that's really helped us play more to-               Would she recommend this job to others? “Well,    lowed up with practical information about sex. Generally
gether as a team, which helps everybody improve.”                  I would only recommend this job to someone who really      this focuses on how contraceptives work, where to get
         On March 26-28, the U of O volleyball team played         likes teenagers and is willing to listen.”                 them, and why they are important.
in the Iowa Junior Regional Championships. They placed                                                                                  When sex education was first introduced into U.S.
                                                                                                                              public schools in the 1940’s, it was not done with concern
second in the gold division and brought home a nice trophy.     SLO Tennis Team Starts Season                                 for the morals or emotions of teenagers, but rather to con-
All of the tournaments they play in are connected with the      Courtney Ditsworth, Staff Writer
USA Volleyball League. They have made it to the gold divi-                                                                    trol sexually transmitted diseases and cut back on teen preg-
sion (which is the strongest) in every single tournament. On                                                                  nancies. But in recent years, conservative politicians have
                                                                          Spirit Lake/Okoboji High School girls’ tennis
April 24 and 25 the girls will travel to Waukesha, Wisconsin,                                                                 accepted abstinence programs as the most effective ap-
                                                                team had challenges last week to see where they would
to play in a tournament there. This is Jenna Hentges’ favorite                                                                proach to questions of teen sex.
                                                                be on varsity or junior varsity.
tournament because, “it’s different than here and we get to                                                                             Abstinence programs received some government
                                                                          The coaches said they are really looking forward
go out and do different things as a team after we've played.”                                                                 support in the 1980’s, but in 1996 President Clinton signed
                                                                to the season because they think the team has a lot of
         In closing, Chrissy Stettnichs said, “I’ve learned that                                                              the Welfare Reform Act into law. The Welfare Reform Act
                                                                great talent this year.”
you can learn to be a teammate with just about anyone if you                                                                  increased the cost by providing $50 million annually for
                                                                          The team will be traveling to Spencer, Storm
really work together.”                                                                                                        their advertisement. But it’s under the Bush administration
                                                                Lake, Cherokee, Estherville, and Lemars this year with
                                                                                            th                                that it really grew. The federal government now annually
                                                                the first meet on April 12 at Spencer.
                                                                                                                              funds abstinence programs at $120 million, with a proposal
                                                                                                                              to increase it to $135 million. States that accept the funding
                                                                   Opinion:                                                   must agree that sex ed classes will make it their exclusive
                                                                                                                              purpose to teach the social, psychological, and health gains
                                                                   What’s Up With The Lockers?                                to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity.
                                                                Don Jurgenson, Staff Writer                                             Today, 95 percent of U.S. public secondary schools
                                                                                                                              teach some kind of sex ed. Comprehensive sex ed is still
                                                                          So did everyone hear what they are going to be      the favored approach, but with increasing funds becoming
                                                                doing about open lockers now? If your locker is found         available to them, abstinence-only programs are expected to
                                                                open during school time, a warn-                              grow rapidly over the next few years-a development that
                                                                ing note will be placed on your                               worries those who want a broader approach.
                                                                locker. If you do not shut your
                                                                locker in a timely manner or get                              Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
                                                                too many warnings, further disci-                             Alyssa Schaben, Staff Writer
                                                                plinary action may be taken.
                                                                          This doesn't make much
L to R: Lindsay Stoll, Chrissy Stettnichs, Jenna Hentges, sense to me. My locker partner and I have a locker that                       Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed was released
Jess Christ, Alli Hultgren, Ashley Betz, Jordi Gerking, and has become rather controversial. We have put up pictures          into theaters on March 26. In the movie, Scooby and his
Lisa Butler. Photo contributed by Jill Gerking.                                                                               friends investigate an anonymous masked villain who has
                                                                of women in bathing suits and other clothing items.
                                                                                                                              been wreaking may-
                                                                          We try to keep our locker closed at all times, but
                                                                                                                              hem on a city of
                                                                we can’t control what other people do. You might think
Gerking Shines at State Free-                                   that people (specifically the faculty) would leave our
                                                                                                                              Coolsville.
throw Contest                                                                                                                           Scooby and
                                                                locker alone, but that is far from the truth. We had been
                                                                                                                              Shaggy have to prove
Katie Brown, Staff Writer                                       told by a faculty member that we could have the pictures
                                                                                                                              that they are great de-
                                                                in our locker if we kept it closed. Guess what? We have
                                                                                                                              tectives. Meanwhile,
         Spirit Lake fifth grader Alli                          had pictures ripped down from our locker not once, but
                                                                                                                              Velma becomes ob-
Gerking won the 10 year-old division of                         twice from faculty members. We could have used a
                                                                                                                              sessed with a key sus-
the 2004 Knights of Columbus Free-                              warning or two or had some faculty member ask us to
                                                                                                                              pect and Fred and im-
throw Shootout on March 28, making 20                           take them down, but no, they had the audacity to rip
                                                                                                                              age-conscious Daphne
of 25 freethrows.                                               down personal property.
                                               Alli Gerking                                                                   try to establish the
         “I was really excited and                                        I know that the locker is the school’s property,
                                                                                                                              identity of the Evil
happy. I felt like all of my hard work                          but the pictures that were destroyed were my personal
                                                                                                                              Masked Figure who is
shooting at the Athletic Club paid off,” Alli Gerking stated    property. Now they say they are going to give out warn-
                                                                                                                              unleashing the mon-
after winning the state contest.                                ings?
                                                                                                                              sters in an attempt to
         Alli reached the final stage of the shootout by win-              Jason Kroese, junior, said this about the new
                                                                                                                              take over Coolsville.
ning the past three contests: the local and district qualifying closed locker rules, "I think it's stupid that they are going           If you would
rounds, which were held in Spirit Lake, and the regional        to have disciplinary action for people with their lockers
                                                                                                                              like to see a great fam-
round which was held in Remson, Iowa.                           open, I think it will cause more rebellion from students
                                                                                                                              ily fun movie you
         With her hard work and determination she will be       and will cause more work for faculty, plus having peo-
                                                                                                                              should go and see Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
able to win more free-throw contests in the future.             ple's lockers open doesn't hurt anybody."