Michaelchuck teaches English to Chinese
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Morning Siegel competes Announcer p. 2 internationally p. 4 November 2006 A Publication of West Deptford High School Volume 6 Issue 2 Michaelchuck teaches Renaissance Club helps the Amish English to Chinese By Alexandra Ridinger the Chinese teachers and Milu National Nature Michaelchuck also learned By Meghan Rieger Senior Charles Roberts took school. I was impressed with the teachers’ and stu- dents’ participation thus far, and it really gives the Senior helped them devise dif- Reserve, where the endan- about China’s culture. He nine girls hostage at the students a way to help ferent ways to teach their gered species are located. was able to see how their West Nickel Mines Amish out other students,” stated Over the summer, history students. Parents and other “I tried to squeeze in economy works and what School on October 2. The Sexauer. teacher Mr. Michaelchuck students who were not as many experiences as everyday Chinese life is 32-year-old milk truck The donation war, traveled with a small group enrolled in his class also I could. During my free like. driver lined the girls up which has been generat- of teachers from the United came to learn. time, I would take in and Michaelchuck also had along the chalkboard and ing competition between States and Canada to help “I was impressed with explore all the local points to adjust to the way the shot them all, killing five the sophomores and Chinese students develop how much the students were of interest,” Michaelchuck Chinese eat on a daily and seriously injuring the seniors, has been a great confidence in speaking basis. His diet included others. He then commit- way to turn tragedy into English. many rice dishes, eggplant, ted suicide. something more uplift- Michaelchuck learned and seafood. He also had Due to this recent trag- ing. Although the seniors that with globalization fish, usually braised and edy in the Amish com- made a great contribu- Photos courtesy of Mr. Michaelchuck and rapid development in served in a sauce. Crab, munity in Lancaster, tion, the sophomores won China, the study of English squid, octopus. Stir-fries, Pennsylvania, the the competition. has now become more noodles, and vegetable Renaissance Club at West “This effort is really important. dishes were also popular Deptford High School for a great cause. Not a Most students prob- specialties. decided to hold a compe- lot of people know about ably never thought of Mr. Before Michaelchuck tition to see which grade the Amish community Michaelchuck as a celeb- went to China, he had his could collect the most because they are so pri- rity, but when he was visit- classes write letters to the money to assist the fami- vate. It really feels good ing China, his beard made (Top) Mr. students he would have in lies. to know that you can help him very popular among Michaelchuck’s fifth his class. Valerie Gould The five hundred dol- even in a small way,” said the people. grade afternoon was a student in his CP lars that they collected senior Bryan Wood. “I was definitely an exot- class enjoyed all the US History II class last was donated to the Amish Renaissance co-presi- ic curiosity and was greet- experimental activity. year that wrote a letter to community to help pay dent and senior, Andy ed with stares and giggles,” (Left): Simon plays one of Mr. Michaelchuck’s for short and long-term Bond, had only good Michaelchuck said. a traditional two- Chinese students. medical bills, counseling, things to say about the Michaelchuck made stringed fiddle called “The girl who wrote back and rebuilding of the new school’s donation war. many new friends while an èrhú. to me wrote, ‘I hope one school along with any “It helps to reflect a on this trip, and they had day we can be best friends other needs. positive light and energy ‘hungry’ to learn. They said. on not only the school heated, but pleasant, dis- when I visit America’ in Mrs. Sexauer, a history wanted to know every- Michaelchuck also vis- but also the community. cussions about how every- her letter,” Gould said. teacher and Renaissance thing,” said Michaelchuck. ited Shanghai, Beijing, We talk so much about one views China. Since Michaelchuck has advisor at West Deptford One of the things Suzhou, Nanjing, and Xi- being Americans and “Two generation’s returned, he has taught his was disgusted by the Michaelchuck covered in An. sticking together in times points of view on China, a classes a great deal about recent events. his lessons was the endan- “The highlight for me of trouble. This cause generation under Mao and how they should value “I could hardly watch gered species, the Red- was Xi-An and the Tomb really gives the students a today’s generation living what they learn in school, the news. I feel that crowned Crane, especially of Qin Shi Huang, guarded chance to help each other under a market economy- and the fact that we have doing this collection is a because they were locat- by the Terra-cotta Warriors. out,” said Bond. -It was truly fascinating,” more freedoms than most good way to help another ed around Yancheng. He The 2000-year-old army Michaelchuck said. Chinese students. also taught a lesson about remains stunningly well Michaelchuck taught in In class every day, he opinions. But, after over- pride in its long history. panda bears, which are also preserved. There are six Yancheng, which is located makes sure to have all of coming a little shyness and Although Michaelchuck an endangered species in thousand figures of warriors in the northern part of the the students participate. On fear of making a mistake, served as a teacher in China. In addition, he had and horses,” Michaelchuck Jiangsu Province, north- the other hand, in China, they participated freely. China, he said, “I think I the opportunity to spend said. west of Shanghai. While the students seemed reluc- They love their country learned as much from them a weekend on the Dafeng While in China, he was there, he mentored tant at first to voice their and take a great deal of as they learned from me.” Butterfly garden is a thing of beauty By Alexandra Ridinger can also see it if you go flowers and spent hours Mrs. Tortu-Sliwecki, Mrs. Senior into Room 8 (one of the of time over the last five Ritorto, Mrs. Carter, Miss computer labs). years,” Beek said. Osgood, Mrs. Vereneault, Miss Haulenbeek, also Beek started on this proj- The Ecology Club has and Miss Masters have all known as Beek, and the ect five years ago, and this been a big help at produc- contributed their time. West Deptford High year, she is finally com- ing this Butterfly Garden “The teachers who are School faculty are trying to pleting it with the help of with Beek. The members assisting all love garden- Photos by Kristin Osgood improve the environment the custodial staff, fellow help the volunteers identify ing and have wanted this right from our own back teachers, and students in which species are plants area to look nice for the yard. the Ecology Club. and which are weeds. school,” said who is very Beek is working with About seven years Although the garden is passionate about this proj- students and staff to create ago, Beek came up with not yet complete, some ect and hopes to keep the a garden to attract butter- the idea when she and butterflies are already life of the garden growing. flies that are migrating and (top): The butterfly gar- Mr. Michaelchuck were arriving. “When you get a chance to supply them with food. den was Miss Beek’s involved with a group “It’s nice to see the to stop by and look at it, Unfortunately, most of the vision. called Earth Education butterfly bushes covered you should. The butterfly insects around our area are (right): Angelina Walters Partnership. Since then, in monarchs or swallow garden is a beautiful cre- losing their own habitats enjoys some of the new, they have been trying to tails,” said Beek. ation that should not be because of the massive fragrant blossoms. create a network of gardens Teachers have also got- taken for granted. It’s help- development. in South Jersey. ten involved at helping ing improve our local envi- The garden is located “The custodial staff put in make the Butterfly Garden ronment for the better,” near the library and the the trees, and we planted a success. Mrs. Jasper, said Beek. guidance office, but you Features Page 2 The Talon Two sisters battle skin cancer By Kayleigh Sacco pre-cancer,” Mrs. Richman it wasn’t visible,” said take so that they do not Sophomore explains. “My tanning was Richman. have to suffer as the two According to the always out in the sun, not Brown had to receive physical education teach- American Cancer Society, in tanning beds.” surgery and had eighteen ers did. in 2006, nearly 11,000 peo- The cancer on her face stitches in her face in “Don’t tan,” said Miss ple will die of skin cancer. looked liked crusty pim- the two spots where she Brown. “Also, wear fif- Many cases of skin cancer ples, and Richman had had the basal cell cancer. teen-thirty sunscreen, even Photo by Venise Grossmann are caused by too much sun to go to a dermatologist Unfortunately, some areas in the winter.” exposure. to freeze and cut off the had to be cut out since Students should also look Miss Brown and Mrs. growths. Her treatments the roots were growing and for some tell tale signs. Richman, sisters and gym lasted five years. spreading underneath her “Check for spots that teachers at West Deptford Miss Brown, who also skin. She also had to have don’t seem to heal,” said High School, never thought had cancer on her face for chemotherapy cream treat- Brown. their tanning days would six years, says that it was ment twice on the areas Taking quick and easy Ms. Richman and Miss Brown developed can- lead to skin cancer. due to the exposure she had affected by squamous cell precautions can lead to a cer because they baked in the sun as teens. “I have had keratosis on to the sun as a teen. cancer. safer and healthier life. will take the knowledge to your advantage. my face and neck, which is “My sister’s cancer grew There are plenty of pre- Miss Brown and Ms. they have shared and use it underneath the skin where cautions that students can Richman hope that you Announcer develops confidence Chellow loves studying By Brittany Collins Senior Tech room no later than 7:25 a.m. You cannot be culinary arts at G.C.I.T. late. If you are late, you By Kelly Chellew with it?” Then they had the Each morning during Freshman opportunity to cook, using get cut after three times of homeroom, WDTV News their facilities. being tardy. It is also impor- is broadcast in every class- While a good major- Chellew was very tant that you look present- room in order to keep ity of students spend eight impressed with the school able,” said Washington. Photo by Venise Grossmann West Deptford students periods a and would consider going There is also a schedule and teachers informed. day at West there. that each newscaster must Although the newscasters Deptford Although she has a lot of follow. If a newscaster may make the process look junior, fun, there are some require- doesn’t show up for her effortless, there is actually E m i l y ments she doesn’t like, for scheduled time, after one a great deal involved in C h e l l e w, instance, the dress code. warning, she will get cut. order to prepare. Washington is one of the first announcers to is one of “I can’t wear flip-flops Washington also enjoys Senior, Cherice arrive each day to assist Mr. Kirschner. Chellow twenty-one or Capri’s, and I especially working with the fellow Washington, is involved students hate how I can’t wear nail then went on to perform an wracking. We do a quick newscasters: Nicole Brown, in many school activi- who leave the high school polish,” said Chellew. audition in front of Miss run through before we go Briana Baud, Angela ties, including the morn- during fifth period to attend The program is very Grossmann, an English and on live, but I felt the pres- Munch, Deanna Howard, ing announcements. Even the Gloucester County demanding. Chellew has journalism teacher, and Mr. sure of knowing that every- Angelina Walters, and though this is the first year Institute of Technology. to memorize a great deal Kirschner, the Video Tech thing I did or said would be Abby Cabunilas. Each stu- she has participated, she For the remainder of the of material and, not only teacher at West Deptford broadcast throughout the dent is scheduled approxi- already feels like a vet- day, she takes studies culi- learn culinary skills, but be High School. school,” says Washington. mately twice a week. eran. nary arts. So far this year, able to execute them with “At first I was nervous Doing the morning Any students wishing to “I’ve wanted to do the she has practiced with com- speed. at the audition but soon I announcements requires a take part in the morning morning announcements mercial foods and has been Something Chellew learned that all I had to do great deal of commitment announcements can audi- since freshman year,” says learning safety, sanitation, is really looking forward was read whatever was put and devotion. It minimizes tion during homeroom this Washington. “However, I and knife skills. In a typical to is the Family, Career, on the screen in front of the time that the announcers year or wait until the for- was way too shy. Now I class, the instructor models and Community Leaders me. If you mess up, they and broadcast team once mal tryouts at the begin- enjoy public speaking so I a skill and then the students of America competition. will work with you to get had with their friends in ning of next year. thought that the morning apply the technique. FCCLA is a nonprofit better, but if you do well, the morning before home- “I love doing the morn- announcements would give The students are also national career and techni- you get the job right away,” room. ing announcements because me a chance to do what I given the opportunity to cal student organization for said Washington. “When you are on the I feel that I am performing love.” showcase their skills. For young men and women in “The first time I was on morning announcements, a service for the school,” Once Washington over- example, in October, they family and consumer sci- air was extremely nerve- you have to be at the Video Washington said. came her nervousness, she prepared a Halloween din- ences education in public ner for their parents. Some Crosby travels to Thailand and private schools through of the highlights of the grade twelve. During the meal were spaghetti with competition, the students pumpkin sauce and butter- have one hour to cook from bugs including crickets, sometimes half to one In fact, Crosby stated, nut squash chili. a given recipe. They have By Andrew Ridinger cockroaches, wasps, and quarter the price. “You saw monks every- Chellew has always to compete against other Freshman larvae. “I saved one hundred where you went.” been interested in cooking schools and are evaluated Thailand is a coun- ever since she was young. Another cultural differ- dollars on a Play Station The government there on presentation and taste. If try filled with culture, cit- “It’s a lot of fun. You’re ence is that the Thai are Portable,” said Crosby. was also different because you win, you will receive a ies, jungles, and every- given the opportunity to do respectful to their elders. The predominant they have a king. Crosby full scholarship to college. thing in-between. Over what you’re interested in Some natives even bow to learned that the royal fam- Chellew hopes to attend the summer, freshman for hours,” says Chellew. another’s feet. ily is extremely respected, Johnson and Wales when Evan Crosby went to this Recently, the students One other cultural dif- and it is illegal to insult she graduates, but is will- intriguing country to visit took a trip to Atlantic ference was the Thai them. Shortly after he ing to attend Atlantic City his aunt who works for Community College and Photo courtesy of Evan Crosby language they speak. In left, there was a politi- Community College for Marriot hotels. attended a program called their language, the word cal uprising. Crosby was two years first. Crosby visited cities “What’s taste got to do Thai means freedom so thankful that he was back Photo provided by Video tech such as Chiang Mai and Thailand means freedom in the United States when The Talon Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. He also took a land. this happened. long train ride and rode The climate is also dif- “It was so dangerous from Bangkok to Chiang ferent from our area: it that my aunt couldn’t The Talon Advisor: Recognized by the Mai, which was about is warm, no matter what Crosby was stepped on leave her home,” said Temple Press Ms. Venise Grossmann 12 hours away. Another season of the year. by an elephant. Crosby. Tournament firstname.lastname@example.org exciting experience was In Thailand, the people religion in Thailand is Crosby liked how and GSSPA Press 1600 Old Crown Point getting to ride on an ele- make purchases using Buddhism. Although the friendly everyone was in Tournament Road baht, and thirty-six baht Islamic religion is prac- Thailand. Westville, NJ 08093 phant or elephant trek, as equal a dollar. ticed in the southernmost “The people will help Articles are written by the Online Edition: they call it. journalism class but other www.wdeptford.k12.nj.us/ Learning about the cul- With this currency, one part of Thailand, Buddhism anybody. It was the best could purchase items that is prevalent throughout place in the world. I would freelance pieces are also High_School/high.htm ture was sometimes shock- accepted. Phone: 856-848-6110 ing. Crosby learned that in are normally expensive in the country. There are also even consider moving Ext.2223 Circulation: 1,000 Thailand, the people eat the States for much less, many monks in Thailand. there,” said Crosby. Fax: 856-845-5774 Opinion The Talon Page 3 America’s Top Model is big with teens Reviewed by Meagan Idol, but you can only ing in a fashion challenge, I look forward to watch- “I really enjoy the show This season also had a Swenson, Junior make so many reality photo shoot, and then the ing the photo shoots and because I want to be a few surprises up its sleeve. shows that will catch the elimination. the unique way they’re model one day, and I like Tyra Banks decided to After a viewer’s attention. After Sometimes they also dressed for each one, as to watch the photo shoots do something that they long day at awhile, they all start to include a runway show, well as the drama that because most of them are haven’t considered doing school or become less exciting and selling a commercial prod- comes along with putting pretty cool and creative,” before, and it was a hit. work, peo- more ridiculous. uct, or press interviews. fourteen unacquainted said freshman Eleanor “I was surprised that ple usually America’s Next Top All the participants live girls who are all compet- Goodfellow. they had twins as contes- look to the Model seems to have together and compete for ing for the same grand Even some guys have tants this season. They Swenson television caught the viewers’ atten- the grand prize, an oppor- prize together in a house. started to be introduced usually don’t do that, and for some tion or at least the view- tunity to be managed When I’m walking in to the show because most it gives some edge to the mindless entertainment so ers who are my friends. by Elite Models, a fash- the hallways or talking girls have been so involved show,” said junior Chelsea they can put their feet up This season features Tyra ion spread in Seventeen with some of my friends, in watching it. Warner. and just relax. But lately, Banks, the producer of the Magazine and a $100,000 it never ceases to amaze “I usually get stuck When reviewing the reality television hasn’t series, the judges--Twiggy, contract with Cover Girl. me that America’s Next watching it with my girl- show, many West Deptford been on many people’s Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, America’s Next Top Top Model seems to come friends when I’m over, but students, including senior minds because it’s just and, of course, the four- Model is on its seventh up in conversation every it’s actually pretty cool. Eileen Vernetti, would simply getting old. I mean teen contestants. season and is becoming time. Most of my friends The girls on there are very agree with Tyra Banks, there was Average Joe, Each episode features more and more popular. really look up to the girls pretty,” said sophomore “It’s fierce.” Survivor, and American the contestants compet- I, myself, enjoy it as well. on the show. Michael O’Connor. Barbecue is hot in Cherry Hill Reviewed by Brittney B. They claim they have If you have a big appe-there. I ate so much I my family, we ordered er was laughing when he Manley, Senior the world’s greatest ribs, tite and you want to eat couldn’t move. You are Dave’s Famous Feast. saw the empty basket. and I agree. 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That year for the four hundred meter on a freshman team, but (2005), Owens scored 36 sprint and fourth place in freshman James Owens touchdowns with 2248 the two hundred. is already a left half back yards, breaking every In sixth grade, Owens starter for the football team record a running back received a third place medal at the varsity level. could. for the one-hundred meter Owens has played football Owens loves the challenge sprint with a time of 12.2, since he was nine-years-old of playing at the highest two-hundred with a time and was always a member level in the high school. of 24.6, and four hundred Photo by Bob Creamer of a West Deptford team. “It’s fun to play with older with a time of 57.05. As he grew up, Owens and bigger kids who have This past year, Owens looked up to Kordell more experience than I received fourth place in Young, a family friend, and do,” said Owens. the one- hundred and third a recent graduate of the In addition to being a great place in the two hundred. high school. football player, Owens Owens breaks through hole for a touchdown against Haddon Township. For the one hundred his “Kordell has taught me a is also an excellent track time was 10.67 and 22.7 lot that I needed to know runner. Since he was in “It’s fun to play with older and bigger kids who for the two hundred. for football like how to fifth grade, he has been Owens realizes that remember my plays,” running track. have more experience than I do.” James Owens being involved in two Owens said. Another West Deptford challenging sports will This year, Owens has had graduate whom Owens of 10.67. Owens was also three different states for help him stay in shape and Owens was ranked first in at least one touchdown in looks up to is A.J. Bunton ranked third in the nation nationals in fifth, sixth and be recognized by colleges the nation for the fastest every game, except for the who ran the 100 and 200- for the two hundred meter eighth grades. in the future. time in the one hundred game that he was out on meters. sprint with a time of 22.7. In fifth and eighth grade meter sprint with a time Owens traveled to he went to Baltimore, Siegel swims in international competion By Briana Baud Once accepted, Siegel Siegel felt more relaxed Sophomore arrived in Connecticut on there than he had at other August 8th and rested and championship meets. He Many athletes dream focused on his important enjoyed this year’s Maccabi about competing at an races: the 50 and 100- Games best out of the three international competi- meter breaststroke. he attended before because tion. For some, it is the Siegel felt fortunate to be he met a lot more friends culmination of years of able to experience a more and made better memories hard work. Junior Jeremy personal form of accom- than the years before. Siegel experienced such an modations. The JCC set “I became close with my honor this summer when him up with a homestay teammates, many of whom he swam from August 9th - family. were from New Jersey and August 12th at the Maccabi “My family was very I plan to keep in contact Photo courtesy of Jeremy Siegel Games. generous, and I was very with them,” said Siegel. Siegel qualified for the grateful to spend time with Siegel felt he swam to Maccabi Games 2006 such a nice group. I’ve the best of his abilities and by sending his breast- stayed with host families took first place in both of stroke times to the Jewish before so it wasn’t too his events. Community Center in awkward to be with strang- “I want to continue Cherry Hill. He trained ers,” Siegel said. to compete and hope to hard all summer long to Siegel hopes to compete in the high school state championships this At the meet, he met many qualify for the high school prepare for the meet at the year. different people from all state championships,” said end of the season. over the world. Despite Siegel. all the cultural influences, Hard work pays off Cross country, a good way to get in shape for second sport on the soccer field By Lauren Brown the support that his fresh- record and beating school By Kevin Therkildsen Freshman Every day after school, they practice long distance running, which is often Deptford, which is a clear advantage. But our team still has a respect- There are only six peo- Freshman man coach, Coach Rieger, rivals,” said Kirschling. three to six miles. able record with Magan ple on the West Deptford has given him throughout “I just perform how I “Practice is really hard, Kustera placing in the top girls’ cross-country team, Having played soccer the season since Kirschling always do and work my but I know it’s important 20 winners at the Colonial and sophomore Jessica since he was five, Neil also plays for the freshman hardest,” Kirschling said. to help do better in races,” Conference race. Therkildsen is one of Kirschling has recently team. “He always So far, his favorite year said Therkildsen. The captains of the team them. joined the JV team as a encourages of soccer was last year Practice is shorter before are junior Nicole Howlett, She joined the team with freshman. me to play when Kirschling and his a race when they mostly do along with senior Emily her friend, Haili Hoffman, Kirschling believes that my hardest team went white-water no more than three miles. Fontaine. another sophomore. Their high school soccer requires during each rafting to celebrate gradu- Also, practices are very Therkildsen has only other teammates are Nicole a great deal more dedi- game,” said ating township soccer. challenging been in one race this year Howlett, Emily Fontaine, cation than at the middle Kirschling. At this point, he is unde- but impor- but still did well in her Courtney Stevens, and school level, but he is While the cided about continuing tant to first race against Audubon. Kirschling Magan Kustera. Their enjoying it. high school soccer through college, prepare to All races are held at coach is Coach Cooper. “I didn’t expect to make games don’t but is determined to play compete in Penny Packer Park in “All the runners real- JV, but it is definitely an appear to be harder than through high school. the races. Haddonfield. Therkildsen ly like him because he is honor. I worked really township, Kirschling feels Students will be able to A t is happy with the amount so nice and funny,” says hard during the summer the preparation is much see more of Kirschling on Therkildsen races, they of time she was able to Therkildsen. and at practices. I guess more demanding. the tennis courts during run five spend competing. Therkildsen also plans the coaches noticed,” “Before playing was the spring. kilometers (three point Her cross-country expe- to play on the lacrosse Kirschling says. more for fun. Now I’m one miles) against other rience has left her in great team and the basketball Kirschling appreciates more concerned about my schools that usually have shape to play basketball, team again this year. more runners than West her favorite sport.