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
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
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
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."