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VIEWS Hunting deer: Students aim for enjoyment November 23, 2005 Hoover High School • North Canton, OH Vol. 56 • No. 4 t h e v i k i n g Prepare for Thanksgiving Welcome Home Veterans: Students show appreciation in assembly The intense world of SPORTS •The weight debate •Pressure to succeed •Playing through injury •Year-round dedication L Letter from the Editor The first of the holiday breaks begins tomorrow and students are eager for a few days of rest, relaxation and good food. Whether it be collecting Christmas presents for underprivileged kids or making pressure they deal with from coaches, parents and their own desire for success. For the cross country and football teams, their dedication proved Day of the Dead Masks in Spanish Club, everyone has been busy to be worthwhile. The cross country team took second place at the preparing for the holiday season. state meet while the football team made it to the playoffs. Aside from the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving, Hoover While athletes were busy with postseason events, the actors and recently celebrated Veterans’ Day by welcoming home Vietnam actresses of Hoover were busy practicing and performing “The Man veterans in a special assembly. While honoring the veterans who Who Came to Dinner.” fought for the freedom of Americans, we should also remember Rosa With all that has been going on this month, a few days away from Parks who fought discrimination to bring about equality. school and busy schedules is welcomed. In addition to physical and verbal “fights,” many students As everyone heads home to spend time with family and try to are engaged in battles with themselves as they deal with all the get ahead in schoolwork, at least we can take comfort in knowing pressures of playing a sport. This issue, The Viking Views takes an that our winter break will be free from the stress of studying for in-depth look at the extremes students go to for their sport and the exams. Happy Thanksgiving! The Viking Views Staff Editor-in-chief Steffany Bagnolo Managing Editors Kaci Lapp • Shannon Pifer • Katie Rojek Copy Editors Miranda Oberholzer • Rebecca Paasch • Kaley Smitley News Editors Mike Howes • Rebekkah Rubin • Tammy Williams Features Editors Kristy Ferruccio • Brian Hines Sports Editors Rachel Bouer • Dominic Garrini • Tyler Drake Scene Editors Nathan Floom • Ashley Fogle • Kevin Zieber Opinion Editors Jacob Brown • Ashley Kline • Aaron Miller Focus Editors Rachel Bosyj • Katie Sponseller • James Williams In Brief Jessica Crofford Trends KT Bello SARAH THARP Poll Melissa Reynolds In the Spotlight Rebecca Mohr Calendar Emily Boardman Sports Briefs Pat Brady Katie Rojek, Kaci Lapp, Steffany Bagnolo, and Shannon Pifer review a Photo Editors Dan Boyer • Julie Saternus • Sarah Tharp page of copy. Art Editors Kellen Safreed • Derek Quinn • Logan Wern Editorial Policy Web Editor Justin Fryer The Viking Views is a student-produced newspaper distributed 12 times a year to Viking Views Extra Erik Long approximately 1,900 students and staff, as well as members of the community. As student editors make content decisions independently of the school’s staff and administration, Business Manager Brittnie Viscounte the paper is considered a forum for student opinion. It is therefore exempt from prior Store Manager Amy Robenstine review or restraint in both principle and practice. Advertising Design Josh Gory Letters to the editor are accepted and encouraged. Letters must be signed, but, upon request, they may be published anonymously at the discretion of the staff. 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Web http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~vv1nc/ -The Editors 2 the viking views 11.23.05 contents CONTENTS Band Prom King and Queen, seniors Emily Frank and Tommy Jeffcott smile during the KaTie RoJeK dance. It took place at Windsor Hall on Oct. 29. A live band played as marching band and or- chestra members danced to the beat. See more coverage in News in Brief. NEWS SCENE 4 veterans day ceremony 28 drama club 5 flag from Iraq 29 tech crew 6 operation christmas child 30 movie reviews 7 agape girls 31 cd reviews daN BoyeR 8 language clubs 34 jarhead 4 8 chess club SPORTS 9 teen of the month 38 cross country 10 shopping network 40 football 10 katrina update 41 hunting FEATURES IN EVERY ISSUE aShLey fogLe 12 thanksgiving traditions 11 news in brief 13 rosa parks 8 16 features column 14 restoring a car 16 you’ve seen me before 15 cedar point 17 trends 15 writing a college essay 19 ‘cause it feels so empty without me 19 livin’ out loud OPINION ShaNNoN PifeR 20 my views 18 editorials 20 your view 22 21 best letter FOCUS 21 letters to the editor 23 parents overly involved 21 viking virtue 24 playing through injury 21 popular views image.NeT USed wiTh 25 weight control 32 comic strip 26 playing yearlong 32 entertainment column PeRmiSSioN 37 calendar 34 37 spotlight ON THE COVER 43 game faces In the solitude of twilight, 43 sports briefs a dedicated athlete trains 44 sports captured out of season. 44 sports column deReK QUiNN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY STEFFANY BAGNOLO 38 11.23.05 the viking views 3 news NEWS Veterans honored at assembly Nov. 10 Brittnie Viscounte “Everyone was just amazing.” at the Middle School, married a Vietnamese Staff Writer The veterans honored at the assembly felt orphan named Lee that could possibly be one M the same as Moody. Those honored were 2nd that Oerter took care of. Lee was living in ore than 2.7 million Class Petty officer Marc Carpenter, Sergeant an orphanage in Saigon. Americans fought in the John Cornelison, Sergeant Richard Venditti “He came up to me and thanked me,” Vietnam War. Most of and Specialist 5th Class David Oerter. said Oerter. “If it weren’t for [the others these soldiers came back “The whole presentation was fantastic,” and me], he might not have been able to to America, having never come home to Oerter said. “It was great to be thanked for v [say thanks].” a warm reception and never receiving a the service we gave.” “thank you” for their years spent overseas. Oerter said his favorite part of “We didn’t get welcomed like the the presentation was hearing from soldiers coming back from Iraq,” said past students. David Oerter, a Vietnam veteran who Cornelison said he appreciated teaches at North Canton Middle School. the students recognizing locals “The welcome they’re getting is fantastic… who died during Vietnam. but the best welcome was being welcomed “They deserve to be honored, by my parents.” too,” he said. Oerter said he remembered the exact Cornelison said he would go day he came home. back to Vietnam if he had the “I came home March 15, 1971. I opportunity. remember my dad and I went snow skiing,” “Being in the Marines gave me he said. a sense of pride about our country On Nov. 10, Hoover High School and and about what [we were] doing,” NCMS students welcomed Oerter and Cornelison said. other local veterans back in a ceremony Oerter said he had “mixed called “Operation Welcome Home.” They feelings,” however. gave speeches and sang patriotic songs. “Half of you wants to go back State Representative John Boccieri and and see what Vietnam’s like after Senator J. Kirk Schuring also spoke at the 30 years, but half of you just wants assembly. to put it behind you,” Oerter said. “Operation Welcome Home” is a “Going someplace like Vietnam national program dedicated to giving was a blessing. I learned how Vietnam veterans the welcome they never fortunate we are.” received. While in the military, Oerter Gary Moody, a teacher at NCMS, worked in a Vietnamese orphanage coordinated the assembly this year. for those less fortunate. He said DAN BOYER “It went as well as I expected,” he said. Heather Neutzling, also a teacher 4 the viking views 11.23.05 (Opposite, above) Tiles made by Mrs. Grandjean’s Art I classes welcomed veterans to the Vet- eran’s Day ceremony held in Hoover Hall. (Opposite, below) Two veterans watch the ceremony. (Left) Specialist 5th Class David Oerter embraces Sergeant John Cornelison and 2nd Class Petty Of- ficer Marc Carpenter. SARAH THARP Sergeant Richard Venditti was also honored. ‘You’re a grand old flag’ Flags flown over Iraq given to schools DAN BOYER Miranda Oberholzer There is a flag at each of his sons’ schools feel like you’re doing something great.” Staff Writer – one at Northwood Elementary, Orchard Why did Altieri decide to donate these Hill Elementary and at the high school. The pieces of history to local schools and a public When 1st Sergeant Dan Altieri learned fourth was given to the Stark County Sheriff’s building where people will have a chance that he was being shipped out to Iraq with office, Altieri’s place to look at them and the Marine Reserves, rather than being of employment, know what U.S. somewhat unnerved as could be expected, where he works in “The community gave a lot military personnel he was eager and ready to go. the jail division as a to me....It’s a great place to have done for our “I wanted to serve my country; I was live. I wanted to repay [the country? sergeant. people] for everything they excited to help out,” Altieri said. Altieri flew them “[I think my dad] did for me.” But not everyone felt that way. over the Hadithah brought them back -First Sergeant Dan Altieri Altieri’s son Anthony, a Hoover freshman, Dam on the Euphrates so he could give said that he was “scared for [my dad].” River, so each of the back the support that After eight months of serving in Iraq, flags has seen a place [North Canton] has Altieri was safely on his way home, with that few Americans have ever witnessed in given to him,” Anthony Altieri said. several gifts in tow. person. The elder Altieri couldn’t have said it The American flag displayed at the “We went house to house and having a better. Veterans’ Day assembly was a gift to Hoover small child, two or three years old, come up “The community gave a lot to me. [North High School and is has quite a story to tell. and exchange greetings with you, teaching Canton] may not be as exciting as other While serving in Iraq, Altieri bought four them what a high-five is [is what it’s all places but it’s still a great place to live,” flags at an airbase in the western part of the about],” Altieri said. “That culture is just Altieri said. country and decided where they were to be like everybody else; they just want to live “I wanted to repay [the people] for given before he made the purchase. without danger. Being there, it makes you everything they did for me.” v 11.23.05 the viking views 5 Teens donate toys Gifts go to underprivileged kids Kelsey Stults “These boxes go mostly to third world Staff Writer countries, to kids that are very poor, have next to nothing and wouldn’t receive Finding Christmas presents under the tree anything other than this,” he said. is a privilege that American children expect. Kreis noted that more students are But in many foreign countries, children are participating this year. not always as fortunate. “They bring in more things, which is “In North Canton, most of us are fortunate always nice,” Kreis said. enough to get what we want…[in] poor According to Karin Case, FCS Vice countries kids don’t have that,” said Russ President, participation is not just limited Aldridge, Fellowship of Christian Students to club members. (FCS) president. “We want to give back “We went to different clubs like NHS and share with people not as fortunate as and Student Council to donate boxes and we are.” materials to put in them,” she said. For the fourth year in a row, FCS Senior FCS President Russell Aldridge is participating in Operation Christmas said the goal was to increase the number of Child. boxes this year. For about a month, FCS collected school “We want to have as many boxes...as JULIE SATERNUS supplies, small toys, hygiene items and [members we] have...at our meetings…” games. They packed them into shoeboxes, Aldridge said. About 62 boxes have been wrapped them in decorative paper and sent packed. (Above) Seniors Jessica Bender and them through a collection center to third One newcomer to those meetings is Lauren Shaub stuff shoeboxes with toys for world countries. freshman Amy Snyder. needy children in Operation Christmas Child. According to Mr. Jeff Kreis, adviser, “I feel really good that we can help kids This year, FCS was able to send more than the children who receive the boxes are from other countries whose parents can’t get 60 boxes. underprivileged. them gifts,” she said. v Exams come in time for holidays Jessica Crofford new material,” Merchant said. said. Staff Writer According to Savage, the exams will be Although it appears to be beneficial This year, students will be receiving an “modified a little bit” so they are similar to to have the exams before winter break, early Christmas present: exams. the exams taken in the spring. Nicodemo and Merchant see downsides. Instead of coming back from winter break Savage said that there will be two core “The only downside I and taking semester exams, students will be class exams on each day. Other see is that we’ll only have taking them the week before vacation. classes, such as world language, weekends and school nights “I like the idea because then winter break will be in the afternoon. Students to study for the exams,” will actually be a break,” sophomore Jackie who need to make up exams, or Nicodemo said. Nicodemo said. double-up math classes will Teachers who make special According to Assistant Principal Mrs. have the opportunity to take plans for the last week before Peggy Savage, with exams being taken their exams at that time. break will also have to adjust before winter break, teachers will have more Savage said that, with to the exams taking up the last time to grade the exams. parental permission, juniors week of school. “Grades don’t have to be in until the and seniors can leave afterwards. “My first reaction was disappointment, semester ends, so questions will be more “The weather is very different in because French classes do the ‘Bouche de Ohio Graduation Test style...to help prepare December than May and June. Students Noel’ the week before break,” Merchant students,” Savage said. can walk places in the spring, but not in the said. Mrs. Trisha Merchant said that with winter,” Savage said. However, Merchant said from an exams being moved, it will make the last In the time after students finish their academic viewpoint, the exams will be a week very productive. exams, they will attend class meetings and success. “It’s hard to fit in new meaningful be able to eat lunch together as a class. “Students get real excited for Christmas, material [in the two weeks after break], and “What used to interrupt English classes and [with exams being moved] over break [the exams] open up two good weeks for will be taken care of in that time,” Savage they can just relax,” Savage said. v 6 the viking views 11.23.05 Building bridges PHOTOS BY ASHLEY KLINE Agape Girls host first girl-bonding late night Ashley Kline Staff Writer Makeup, movies, Twister, food and “At first everyone friends. Seventh-grade girls from the North said it would probably Canton Middle School (NCMS) were in be boring, but they were for a fun-filled evening with their Agape wrong. We had so much Girl mentors. fun, especially when we Under the organization of Hoover got to do each other’s guidance counselor Mrs. Judy Hoover, the makeup,” said Fogle. Agape Girls hosted a late night event for “Everyone who didn’t NCMS seventh-graders to attend. go will be jealous when “The main goal for the evening was to they hear how much fun provide a fun opportunity for the girls to get we had.” to know each other better,” Hoover said. “It The night ended with was a great time for girl bonding.” a discussion about the About 50 seventh-graders came to evening overall and the Hoover and took part in makeup and craft movie that was seen. The sessions, games and a pizza party. At the large group broke up into end of the night, all of the girls gathered in their respective small the Media Center to watch “Odd Girl Out,” groups and discussed a movie that reveals the damaging effects the painful realities of of relational aggression and bullying in “Odd Girl Out” and how middle school. to deal with aggressive situations. One of the student leaders for the Agape “It was a good experience to know how Girls, senior Courtney Mooney, believes the they really feel about the whole idea of night was an opportunity for the seventh- Agape Girls and the issues they’re faced graders to learn from the older girls. with,” said junior Hannah Bukowy. “I “Middle school is a hard time to find thought the night was a huge success, and out who you are because everyone is still now everyone is very closely knit because growing up,” Mooney said. “This night v of this night.” showed the seventh graders how older girls (Clockwise from top) Senior Jen Howes act and what to expect in high school.” paints the fingernails of seventh grader Al- Junior Alex Cochran found the night to lison Merten. Senior Brittany Wasko gives be beneficial to the seventh-graders as well a make-over seventh grader Amy Hamilton. as the Agape Girls. Senior Kim Nelson and juniors Katie Ob- “It was a good opportunity for everyone rycki and Calysta Cornell laugh as they talk to get to know their group members. We got with Merten. to talk with the seventh-graders all night instead of the 45 minutes we have at the middle school,” Cochran said. “There were a lot of bonding activities that paid off because the girls really opened up to us.” Junior Alex Vitale agrees. “Everyone got along so well even though many of us had never talked before, and now we’re smiling and laughing together,” Vitale said. Seventh grader, Attiah Fogle also found the evening to be enjoyable, even though she had doubts prior to the event. 11.23.05 the viking views 7 Sophomore Andrew Turgeon decorates a DOMINIC GARRINI skull during a party for the Day of the Dead party hosted by the Spanish Club. Cultures celebrated Language clubs take part in various activities Melissa Reynolds on,” junior Spanish student and club member posted French phrases on the showcase in Staff Writer Hannah Allchin said. the cafeteria, and lunch tables competed to At the party, they ate Spanish food such be the first to correctly translate the phrases The halls of Hoover were filled with the as chips and salsa and pan de muerto while into English. The winner won a French lunch Eiffel Tower, French flags and phrases in listening to Spanish music. for their table. Members of French Club honor of French week. Students ate Pan De “The party went over really well. We had handed out French kisses on Thursday and Muerto to celebrate The Day of the Dead. over 100 students come, and everyone said sold crepes on Friday. And others ate silently at Hometown Buffet they enjoyed themselves,” said Allchin. Members of American Sign Language in order to encourage sign language. French Week was held during the week (ASL) Club gathered at Hometown Buffet Foreign language clubs this past month of Oct. 31 by the French Club. for a silent dinner Nov. 10. This gave the were busy celebrating their cultures with “It celebrated the French language and students a chance to put their ASL skills different festivities. culture,” said French teacher Mrs. Trisha to use. Spanish Club hosted a party for Day of Merchant. “We had a chance to sign with the waiter the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated Many events took place in honor of who brought us our dessert,” said Jessica Nov. 1 and 2. French Week. French students had Paris Lee. “The Mexican people believe on those street signs on their lockers. “It’s a chance They also taught the mascot of the buffet two days their loved ones come back alive, for the rest of the school to know what we’re how to sign. so the purpose of the holiday is to celebrate doing in French class,” said Merchant. “We were expecting more people, but all the memories of their loved ones who passed French Club also held a contest: the club in all it went well,” said Lee. v Chess teams take 1st, 3rd at State Steffany Bagnolo “Everything prepares us for our future other and always willing to push each other,” Staff Writer tournaments. We learn to look ahead,” Miller said. Ichikawa said. Hazen believes he has learned a lot from Three spaces to the right and…check In addition to strategies, Ichikawa feels being a part of the chess team. mate! Such victory seems to come naturally confidence is an important aspect of the “I’ve learned definitely to keep at it to this year’s chess team. The freshmen game. because no matter how good you get, there’s team took first place overall at the State “An opponent can psych you out just by always someone better than you,” Hazen Tournament with Shizuyo Ichikawa tying their facial expressions. I’ve learned to fake said. for second and freshman Ben Hazen placing a smile just so they wonder what I’m up to,” Miller encourages new members to eighth, while the 11th grade team placed Ichikawa said. join. third overall. Hazen feels that all the team’s hard work “Any range of skill can participate in the Ichikawa believes their success is owed is paying off. local and state tournaments including those to the team’s commitment. “The season is going really awesome. with no experience,” she said. “All I can say is practice — years of The whole team’s having a lot of fun and Ichikawa says that people think chess is playing my dad and my teammates,” she we’ve been very successful,” he said. only for smart people. said. Chess adviser Mrs. Miller is impressed “They don’t understand how it works, The team prepares for tournaments by with the group’s determination and but anyone can learn it. It’s a very fun meeting every Tuesday to do puzzles, learn teamwork. activity and you make a lot of friends,” tactics, strategize and play each other. “The members are supportive of each she said. v 8 the viking views 11.23.05 Aspiring doctor is November Teen of the Month “I want to become a doctor because my mother, father and sister are doctors. I grew up around doctors.” - Kavita Betkerur, 12 Tammy Williams Staff Writer Yet another successful Hoover student preparing for has been chosen as the Repository Teen college. Lately, of the Month. Senior Kavita Betkerur has Betkerur has followed in the footsteps of Amy Liu and been applying other honorees of this title. and visiting “I felt that applying for this was a good several colleges opportunity to show that I am successful,” including Duke, Betkerur said. “My sister won it in a previous Ohio State and year and I thought it was fun so I tried it.” Stanford. Her Betkerur is very involved in school. career plans are Having been enrolled in all AP and honors to become a KATIE ROJEK classes including calculus, English, physics doctor. and Spanish, she keeps busy with a full “I want to academic schedule. become a doctor “My favorite class is anatomy and because my mother, father and sister are “I feel that it is important to get involved physiology because I love Mr. Martino and doctors,” she said. “I grew up around in school because I gained more knowledge I love learning about the body. It is very doctors.” outside of academics, I learned leadership beneficial to what I want to be,” she said. Aside from academics, clubs and sports skills and I found my interest in speech and According to science teacher Joe Martino, are also on her schedule. Speech and debate, debate and public speaking,”Betkeur said. Betkerur is one of the top students in his NHS, Leadership Council, Spanish Club and Other interests and hobbies include class. He descibes her as outstanding, mature three years of tennis are just a few. Indian classical dance, cooking, hanging out and hardworking because she always strives Even with all these extracurricular and watching “Gilmore Girls.” to get perfect grades. He believes that a activities, Betkerur says she is able to “I would describe myself as hardworking, perfect student is someone who works hard manage her time well by spending at least energetic and enthusiastic,” she said. to become the best student. two or three hours on homework and According to senior Hoover Teen Board “A lot of my students want to become studying. Also, after school Betkerur does representative Emily Frank, seniors who doctors. I tell them that they need to work volunteer work for NHS and helps the new apply for teen of the month will have their hard and stick to it,” Martino said. “It’s not members of the speech and debate team. applications judged and rated by the teen always about how smart you are, it’s how “I do feel pressured at times but I am able board anonymously. Then, the 10 highest determined you are.” to handle it by pushing myself as far as I can rated applications are sent to the Repository Betkerur is currently ranked second in the go,” she said. Teen board. senior class along with a 4.0 GPA. She feels her greatest achievement was “I feel that this is a great opportunity “My most achieved goal is always getting making it to the Intel International Science for kids to be recognized,” Frank said. mostly A’s and keeping them,” she said. Engineering Fair and making it to states “Kavita’s application was well rounded with Being a senior is also a time for every year for speech and debate. academics, sports and clubs.” v 11.23.05 the viking views 9 Katrina Update: Boardman leads challenge Amy Robenstine Staff Writer Just like the eye of a storm is calm, some things are starting to calm down in the gulf- states that have suffered from Hurricane SARAH THARP Katrina. Many of the schools in the area are back up and running and some classes have resumed. It has been a slow process, Mr. Tom Wilson and Mike Schiltz stand around on the set of the Home Shopping Net- but houses are gradually being rebuilt and Shop ’til you drop work demos that were filmed Nov. 4. many of the residents have been able to return to their homes. However, according to CNN, some of the smaller neighborhoods and towns still need donations to help them HSN uses Hoover studio get back on their feet. Some are still without power, and many crops have been ruined. Rebecca Paasch for demo Several organizations and activities at Hoover are currently raising money for Staff Writer the Katrina Project. Nov. 23, Hoover will be having a student vs. staff challenge, in “It’s out of control!” the dressy man experience they were able to gain. which the students and staff will participate with a French accent shouts, as hairspray “It was a good learning experience, in several different events, such as a cookie- was applied to the model’s new hair-do. because we got to learn what it’s like to eating contest, tug of war, a spelling bee, Georgio of Paris and his hair products work on a real set with professionals,” and an obstacle course. The cost is $1 to came to Hoover Nov. 4 with the Home senior Carolyn Corzine said. attend. Shopping Network (HSN) to film demo Wilson said he saw it as a great Some students are excited about the tapes for new products with the help opportunity for his students to learn, challenge. of the video productions’ studio and and “to have another professional “I think it will be interesting to see students. experience.” what staff members have hidden talents “It won’t be broadcast on TV, but it Many of those who came to Hoover they don’t show in class,” junior Allison will be shown to HSN executives during to produce the tapes found themselves Mayhew said. the selection process for new talent,” impressed by the video productions’ Oct. 31, Hoover High School science Video Productions II teacher Tom Wilson facilities. staff members hosted the Spooky Science said. “We were really excited to come to the Night to help raise money for the project. Wilson said Hoover was contacted school and support your program,” Tracee Many small children dressed in costumes with the opportunity by a local company, McAfee-Gates, President of Diversified were escorted around the science department Milepost Productions, with whom Concepts, said. “It’s just great.” to witness some spooky experiments. The Wilson’s classes have an existing business Diversified Concepts is a company in total amount raised was about $1,000. relationship. Canton that works with HSN to find new As always, students have been and “They’ve come in and spoken to our talent for their network. will continue to collect money around the students, and hired our students in the Though they enjoyed the experience, cafeteria during lunch periods. Students are past,” Wilson said. some students also gained insight on asked to donate any spare change. Wi t h t h e a g r e e m e n t t h a t v i d e o what it’s really like behind the scenes on According to Assistant Principal, Mrs. productions would help film and produce a program on HSN. Peggy Savage, the students at Hoover have the demos, the HSN team was invited to “It’s not as glamorous as it seems on collected $5-6,000 since the beginning of the Hoover. TV — everything looks easy, but it took school year. Boardman is ahead of Hoover Several students had the opportunity us three hours just to get the lighting,” in the Federal League Challenge, and Savage to help produce the tapes and valued the Corzine said. v encourages students to “keep donating.” v 10 the viking views 11.23.05 in brief Jessica Crofford n Senior Mary Benedetto n The student/staff challenge and junior Nyssa Adams were is today during the last 20 minutes of pe- recognized for their art by the Ohio Art riod 11 and all of period 12. Proceeds will Education Association. benefit the Katrina Project. Students who choose not to pay $1 to attend will report n The Third Annual Children’s to a monitored study hall. Holiday Party sponsored by National Honor Society will be Dec. 3 from 1-3 n The North Canton City p.m. in the Hoover Commons. Children School District has been named will make ornaments, bracelets, frames a Blue Ribbon School District by for pictures and decorate cookies. Expansion Management Magazine. Each PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE PAKENHAM year the magazine ranks more than 2,800 n Hoover students Jordan Dellapi- school districts across the country and tests na, Lauren Fiala, Jennifer Bel- each on how well students learn and how lisimo, Emily Boli, Zack Clark many stay to graduate, the community’s and Megan Baker will perform in financial commitment to education and the The Nutcracker at the Palace Theater. Per- community’s adult education and income fomances will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 8 levels. p.m. Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Dec. 11. n Seniors must submit all college n Seniors Lane Becker, Mary applications to the Guidance Benedetto, Kavita Betkerur, Department by Dec. 7 for information to n Hilary Van Cleve and Katie Tyler Drake, Emily Frank, be mailed before winter break. Norton-Smith hold hands with their Krystal Henning, Paul “date” Orlando Bloom at the Hoover Band Hufstetler, Kaci Lapp, n The winner of the Katrina Fundraiser Prom Oct. 29 at Windsor Hall. Jonathan Ramsey and Staci water jug contest is Leigh Ann Schweitzer were named Commended Seibert who guessed that the school n The College Board’s National Hispanic Students in the National Merit could collect $275. She will receive two Recognition Program recognized senior Scholarship Program. tickets to the winter dance. The fundraiser Adam Martinez for exceptional . collected $284.19. academic achievements. 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Roshak travels with his mom, dad and nine siblings to Toledo each Thanksgiving to spend time with his dad’s side of the family first, and then his mom’s side of the family. Since he only gets to see some of his family during the holidays, Roshak really looks forward to Thanksgiving. “I have two cousins who are about my age, and I don’t get to see [them] a lot, so it’s pretty nice to spend time with them,” he said. “We play a lot of cards, and if the weather is nice, we go outside and play Frisbee. It’s usually a lot of fun.” Junior Andrew Arnold celebrates Thanksgiving at his home with his mom and dad, sister, two younger brothers and his mom’s side of the family. “Everyone’s together for the whole day. It’s nice because we get to watch TV and socialize,” he said. Senior Maria Farinacci has three Thanksgivings, spending time with her mom’s side of the family, her step-mom’s family, and her dad’s side of the family. “We have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving,” she said. “We meet all our relatives at different houses and celebrate. I celebrate being out of school and all the good food!” Farinacci said that food is a unifying element at her families’ Thanksgivings, and “We make turkey, stuffing, is one thing that makes them unique. cranberry sauce, gravy and all “We eat typical Thanksgiving food, but we put weird things in our turkey stuffing,” the good stuff. One tradition we she admits. “Sometimes we put sausage and other meat in it.” have is that before we eat, we all Senior Staci Schweitzer feels she celebrates a “traditional Thanksgiving, go around the table and say one untraditionally.” thing we are thankful for.” “We don’t have family around here, so we celebrate Thanksgiving with family -Staci Schweitzer, 12 friends,” she said. “They either all come to our house, or we go to one of their houses for dinner.” Schweitzer said she loves all the traditional Thanksgiving food. “We make turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and all the good stuff,” she said. “One tradition we have is that before we eat, we all go around the table and say one thing we are thankful for.” Senior Kaleigh Hipp’s traditional Thanksgiving took a turn this year, as her sister no longer celebrates Thanksgiving with the Hipp family. “Now that my sister is married and moved KRISTY FERRUCCIO out, it’s different,” Hipp said. “I’ve realized that what really matters is having a good time and appreciating your family for who they are and the time that you have with them.” n V 12 the viking views 11.23.05 DETROIT FREE PRESS/KRT Parks’ memory still standing Ashley Kline Staff Writer Junior Michelle Morrison recognizes the impact Rosa Parks had on bringing equality to a segregated America. “Rosa Parks was a person who was not afraid to stand up for equality,” Morrison said. “She stood up for what keeps this world DETROIT FREE PRESS/KRT together–unity.” Parks died Oct. 24 of natural causes at her home in Detroit, Michigan at age 92. Although Parks is gone, many people here at Hoover believe her legacy will be kept alive. “She’ll always be with us because her presence and actions were so powerful,” said Morrison. Parks is best known for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Her actions ignited the (Top) People gather around Rosa Parks’ casket to honor her. A boycott of the Montgomery bus system and she played a vital role flag is draped over her casket as a symbol of what an influential in the civil rights movement. American she was. (Bottom) A woman folds her hands over a bul- letin of Rosa Parks. “Rosa Parks served as a catalyst to galvanize minds in support of the civil rights movement,” U.S. History teacher Shawn Billker said. “She never did it to be a hero. She felt minorities had been treated poorly and decided to stand up and say, ‘I can no longer up for herself on her own and realized that she didn’t need to wait tolerate this injustice.’” for a group to stand up against what was happening, and because Junior Gloria Estopinan views Parks as a woman who was strong of that I think people will continue to see her as a role model in enough to voice her opinions in an oppressive time period. the future.” “To me, Rosa Parks represents bravery and independence,” Billker agrees that Parks’ message is an important one to continue Estopinan said. “She will always be remembered as a person who teaching to students in years to come. was strong enough to stand up for herself and for others that couldn’t “She’s not that far in the past. She launched a movement that speak up.” was ready to take off,” said Billker. “Her legacy will be kept alive Senior Katie Schmidt also agrees. through discussion because she was one of the first civil rights icons “She gave people the courage to be their own person. She said to teach us about discrimination and how subtle and destructive it it was alright to go against the majority,” Schmidt said. “She stood can be. And her legacy will forever curb discrimination.” n V 11.23.05 the viking views 13 Restoring a classic Julie Saternus Staff Writer It’s not every day that you let an 18-year-old work students are expected to fine-tune their work in the car, Orphanides said. on a 1949 DeSoto. with little help from their teacher, Mr. Bill Orphanides is glad to have Hoover’s auto Nelson, Auto Body I and II instructor. body students working on his car. He greatly However, in Auto The DeSoto has only a few details that need fixed with it, Collins said. The car is appreciates the work done by Mr. Nelson and his students to bring his car back to what it Body II, Jeff Collins going to be repainted, and a small dent needs to be fixed on the driver’s side door. once was. “They do really nice work,” Orphanides is doing just that. “It needs to be brought back to the luster said. it once had,” Orphanides said. Nelson estimates that at a pro shop, the job Collins, a Hoover Auto Body II student, “Jeff is up to every task,” Nelson said. would cost $4,000 - $5,000. However, in auto has the opportunity of working on a 1949 Orphanides also has full confidence in body, the car might take a while to get done, he DeSoto. At the beginning of his auto body Collins. said. “We don’t rush any of the cars.” career, he knew that he wanted to work on “I’m sure it will turn out really well. It Collins is very excited about the DeSoto and at least a few classic cars. Collins had the will be something that I can be proud of, enjoys working on it. perfect opportunity to work on such a car and will reflect very highly on the Hoover “There are a lot of things that take a long time when computer skills teacher, Mr. George auto body program,” Orphanides said. He to do, such as taping off all of the chrome, but it Orphanides, brought in his DeSoto. Collins also has a Model A Ford that the auto body is definitely going to be worth the effort when is excited that he gets to work on such a class repainted. the car is all done.” n V valuable and classic car. Last year he worked Orphanides has a few other classic cars on a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle by fixing the that he inherited by his father, from whom fender and repainting the car, along with a he said he got his love for classic cars. few minor details. His father bought the DeSoto in 1974, “It’s not so much a learning experience and only has around 80,000 miles on as it was last year, this car is just going it. Though the DeSoto is 56 years old, to help me perfect my skills and talents,” the car still runs like new. The original Collins said. In the second year of auto body, engine and transmission is being kept Senior Jeff Collins restores a 1949 DeSoto in the Autobody classroom. Close-ups of the grill, headlights and taillights show the improvement that Collins has made to the car. PhotoS byJulie SAternuS 14 the viking views 11.23.05 how to: Write a college essay Rebecca Mohr Staff Writer Get out a pencil. Get a clean piece of searching, but you might find out something Step three: Editing paper. Write down the first thing that comes new. Creating a self- outline is when you put The final step is editing. Making sure that to your head. The first step of a college essay together a list of any activities or anything everything is spelled correctly and there are has just been completed. that you want to add to your college essay. no grammatical errors or any other errors According to CollegeBoard.com there Finally, finding patterns and connections in your final copy. Try to have a student, are three easy steps in writing a college is grouping similar ideas that you have found teacher, or parent to read the essay and give essay. in the above steps. feedback. The only problem with editing is Step one: Prewriting Step two: Drafting that you don’t want to edit your voice out. First, prewriting. This step includes The next easy step is drafting. This is This essay is a personal essay and it contains brainstorming, discovering your strengths as the same as you do in English class: write a your voice and opinions. a person and a student, creating a self-outline, rough draft and edit for a final draft. Some final tips come from Mrs. Margie and finding patterns and connections. “Everything has to be perfect,” according Blake, a guidance counselor at Hoover. To brainstorm, set a timer for 15 minutes. to ‘Do it- Write: How to Write a Great “You don’t have to lecture. Make sure In that time, make a list of personal and life College Application’ by Gary Ripple, Ph.D. that your essay stands out from the crowd changing experiences. To discover your “Three things that college essays have to and the college essay may be the real strengths, do a little research. Ask people answer are: can you write good English, dividing line between your acceptance or such as friends, family, and parents how to content, and creativity. These are all things the dreaded rejected letter. Don’t wait to describe you. This might take a little soul that should be included in your drafts. the last minute and do a great job.”n V Cedar Point lowers prices, raises rides Logan Wern attendance slump on gas prices, considering “If the prices are lowered, more people with Staff Writer many people travel from all over the U.S. different incomes can go.” In order to prevent another year of decline Another new feature making its way Click, click, click, click-Wahhhhhhh! in attendance, Cedar Point lowered ticket for the 2006 season will be the world’s Millions of people travel to Cedar Point prices toward the end of this past summer. tallest swing: The Skyhawk. Standing at every year to experience the excitement “I think Cedar Point was worth the 125 feet, it will take 40 riders into the air of flying down the world’s highest roller original price,” senior Josh Fowler said. “But in two adjacent swings, swinging opposite coasters at top speeds and to enjoy other I think [lowering the price is] great because of each other. thrills, like swinging back and forth at 70 I might get to go more often.” Many Cedar Point fans are excited to mph or being thrust 240 feet off of the Under the discounted price, those ages experience the latest thrill. ground at 60 mph. These people are in 62 and older may purchase tickets for $9.95 “I’ll definitely ride [the Skyhawk] when luck, because ticket prices are going down instead of $44.95. Also, junior admission I go there,” Fowler said. and Cedar Point has discovered a new thrill: was discounted by $15. No matter what the cost, Cedar Point The Skyhawk. Sophomore Kaylee Bing said that while provides a wealth of excitement that is hard According to the International Ticketing it takes a lot of money to maintain the rides to find anywhere else. Association (INTIX), last year Cedar Point and pay employees, lowering the prices is “The roller coasters [are my favorite], brought in 3.19 million people, which is a good thing. because it’s a thrill and a rush that you down from 3.33 million in 2003. Brian “The [original] prices limit the amount can only experience at Cedar Point,” Bing Edwards, the park spokesperson, blamed the of people that can afford to go,” Bing said V said. n 11.23.05 the viking views 15 Q Bouer Power Rachel Bouer When did we become so old? The leaves have fallen from the trees, leaving some to scatter leaves made me long for the days of old when the rest of my life the ground as the others flutter away in the wind. Once again, was something I couldn’t even imagine coming to pass. It had the bare trees prepare themselves for the long winter ahead. The never occurred to me before my eighth grade year that I would one gorgeous sun and crisp air complete the glorious fall day; however day not attend my old school or that I would ever be a teenager; I’m having trouble appreciating it. For as long as I can remember, my driver’s license had been a goal that would never be reached. fall has been my favorite season, and its memories are clearer to It occurred to me during eighth grade that I would be a teenager in me than those of any. Now, though, it depresses me, for it signifies less than a year, I could drive in less than three, and real life would that yet another year has passed. be hitting me before I knew it. During the early years, fall meant Halloween parties, trick-or- Thanksgiving that year was not nearly as great as it had been in treating, apple picking, a few Jewish holidays and loads of apple the past now that my cousins were too young for me to play with cider. This season of bliss culminated in a trip to Pittsburgh for a and the adults were too boring to converse with. I spent the evening Thanksgiving dinner at my great-aunt’s apartment. The evening introspectively at the window, watching the wind blow in gusts was always my favorite, where the apple pie could win awards and across the leaf-littered ground. The falling leaves and barren trees laughter was abundant. I, the youngest at the adult table, watched made me see how much had changed. my family in admiration as the conversation went on around me. Now, as the leaves fall again, I realize that yet another cycle Years passed and soon I became part of these discussions. Free has been completed. I’m still around to see the leaf-less trees once time vanished as I began to have homework to do or soccer games more, but I am one year closer to looking at colleges, thinking about to play. Halloween parties seemed juvinile as my friends and I getting married and filing insurance claims. enjoyed a cup of red punch in school on Friday for our celebration. We don’t have the time ahead of us that we all think we do. We Trick-or-treating developed into something to be scoffed at and cannot be blind to the fact that we are getting older. We are no longer apple picking slowly grew into a chore. kids. We are not yet grown-ups, but we are close. Every day that At the beginning of eighth grade, it hit me. I was old. I would ends leads us closer to being an adult. Every leaf that falls leads to be leaving my familiar little private school in less than a year. I the time when no leaves are left. began to dread the coming of the following autumn. Unfortunately As teenagers, we are no longer the buds of March or even for me, eighth grade flew by, as did the summer. Before I knew it, I the bright green leaves of July. Now we are just turning yellow, was boarding the bus to arrive at my first day of high school. showing each other and ourselves that we too will soon leave our Fall turned into something I had never known. Homecoming trees descending towards the ground and towards life. We just have plans and upcoming report card worries filled my days. The red to remember to enjoy the fall. You’ve seen me before: Natalie Yakunich Age: 18 Turkey’s alright, but stuffing’s the main Grade: 12 thing. Viking Views: Have you ever VV: Are you going “Black Friday” broken any bones? shopping? Natalie Yakunich: No, mostly just NY: No. I did once; it was pretty stitches, that’s it. I’d like to keep it that interesting. way. VV: Do you have an mp3 player or a VV: Do you have any pets? CD player? NY: No. If I did I’d like a dog; I NY: Yeah, I have an I-pod shuffle. I think they’re more loving than cats, won it at afterprom last year, actually. generally. VV: The weather’s beginning to get VV: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving colder– do you miss summer or have dish? you been waiting for winter? DAN BOYER NY: Stuffing. Definitely stuffing. I NY: I miss summer. I hate winter, but could eat a mountain of stuffing. snow on Christmas is nice. – Kellen Safreed 16 the viking views 11.23.05 AVOID THOSE trends TRENDS EXTRA POUNDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON How To Make With three major holidays just around carrot sticks. Once you arrive at Thanksgiving Holiday Cards the corner, weight gain is inevitable. On dinner, eat salad before you get the main Looking for a way to tell friends average teens gain 5-7 pounds during course. The salad is a healthy alternative and family you’re thinking of the holiday season, however this doesn’t have to include you. Start the holiday to stuffing and mashed potatoes and will them during this holiday season? season off right by eating smart during help to fill you up, so you do not fill up Feeling creative and willing to Thanksgiving dinner. on turkey. During the meal stay away set aside some time? Making Here are some helpful hints on eating from the dark meat of the turkey, this your own holiday cards might be healthy this holiday season. Before part of the turkey has almost six more your answer! Follow these simple attending this year’s grams of fat then the white meat. When steps for the perfect card. 1 family Thanksgiving dessert time rolls around fest, try to eat foods choose only one type of Purchase pre-made blank high in protein. pie or cake.Not a little slice of each. Always cardstock greeting cards Protein enriched choose the type that is at any craft store. foods help satisfy 2 your body and will your favorite so you do help you eat less. not crave it after you finish Collect a snapshot or One common your desert. a few words out of a misconception that Finally after dinner ends do something magazine that would causes many people to eat more active with your family. After helping with convey a special message or on Thanksgiving and actually gain more clean up, tape the football game and go sentiment to the person to whom weight is the idea of fasting the day outside and play backyard football with you are sending the card. before. Although many people believe the family. This increases the time you that if they eat nothing the day before it’s okay for them to binge the day of Thanksgiving, this is not true. Many times fasting the day before causes you spend together with your family and certainly burins more calories then sleeping on the couch after dinner. The key to a healthy Thanksgiving 3 Arrange the picture/ word in the middle of the card. 4 to overeat on Thanksgiving, because dinner, and getting your pants to fit the you are so hungry. Instead, treat the next morning is to eat healthy and smart. Take a spool of ribbon day before Thanksgiving as a regular Try these helpful hints and have a happy and cut pieces that match day; just trade those chips for some Thanksgiving. Kt Bello the size of the length and width. Secure the pieces of ribbon Xbox makes 360–degree change with a thin line of craft glue around the perimeter. 5 Starting Nov. 22, video game and a standard AV cable; and the fans will have the opportunity premium package that includes Write a special message to pick up the new Xbox 360 a detachable 20-GB hard-drive, inside, seal the envelope, from Microsoft. The 360 is the wireless controller, face plate, and address. continuation from Microsoft’s first headset for online gaming, HD outing into the video game industry, AV cables, Ethernet cables, and a Everyone is sure to know how the Xbox, which was released remote controller. Available games much you care when they receive in 2001. It has the ability to play at launch for the system include their personal greeting card. Time movies, music, games, and online Amped 3, Dead or Alive 4, Madden to spread that holiday cheer! games in the comfort of your own NFL 06, Project Gotham Racing 3, Kelsey Stults living room. and the return of the Nintendo 64 The 360 will come in two favorite, Perfect Dark Zero. If you packs at retailers: a $299.99 core can gather enough money, be sure package that comes with the to pick this system up at the end of system, wired controller, face plate, the month. Brian Hines 11.23.05 the viking views 17 opinion OPINION mission statement “We strive to provide our honest opinions while representing all sides, and to fairly portray the student body’s expressions.” Embrace early exams Students are going to be cramming for amount of stress present during the holiday the bleak, gray cloud of exams hovering their first-semester exams early this year, season, it will allow us to enter our break over our heads. This will also allot some because we will now be taking them before having had an enormous weight lifted time for reviewing the exams in class after we begin the much-anticipated winter break. from our shoulders. Most people tend to break. And those who are taking a semester We realize that some students may perceive procrastinate when it comes to studying course will be able to see their exam before this action as one of hostility, but don’t be over vacation; after close to five months switching out of the class. It’s easy to see that quick to dismiss the decision as some kind of school, students are more than eager to there are no students who cannot directly of unfounded, horrible disadvantage. We cast aside their academic woes for a couple benefit from this decision. So pull out those would like to applaud the people behind weeks of relaxation. When all is said and books, start to review your material and be this decision. While studying early for done, we will be able to enjoy our vacation glad that you won’t have quite so much to exams may add to the already considerable a great deal more without constantly having worry about over the winter break. Valued veterans “From the world wars of Europe to the fighting, for the human freedoms we behind war, and you may not ever seek jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of sometimes take for granted in America; they to understand it, but no matter what your the Middle East to the African continent, risked and are risking their lives in an effort stance is on the combat, the men and women and even here in our own hemisphere, our to support an idea in which they believe. fighting deserve our respect. veterans have made the world a better place Regardless of whether or not you agree These men and women are sons, and America the great country we are today.” with the ideas behind the fighting, we must daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and – John Hoeven. remember that these veterans were willing mothers just like the rest of us, but are Veterans’ Day is a time to pay homage to to die for their cause – something many of willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their and show respect for the men and women us would not be willing, or brave enough, country and their ideals. Don’t let political who selflessly served this country. These to do. ideology interfere with the respect that war men and women fought, and are currently You may not be able to see the glory veterans rightfully deserve. Rosa remembered “No.” With so simple a word, a revolution was started. Rosa Parks should be commended for her dedication to justice. She didn’t just say no to changing seats on the bus – she said no to inequality and discrimination. In addition to her most famous act, Parks should be commended for her dedication to equal rights throughout her life. She was a great woman who actively sought to overcome discrimination in the United States through involvement in her local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the South African anti- apartheid movement. She also founded a career counseling center for black youth. Parks should be applauded for her courage, bravery and accomplishments. –Editorial Board– Steffany Bagnolo Jacob Brown Ashley Kline Kaci Lapp Aaron Miller Shannon Pifer Katie Rojek 18 the viking views 11.23.05 ‘CAUSE IT FEELS SO EMPTY WITHOUT ME Jacob Brown Do we need the OGT? There are very few things that I find to students are forced to buy a certain kind of dollars. be completely useless or trivial about the calculator and curriculum book. While it “Between fiscal educations we receive in high school, but if may not matter much in North Canton, not years 2002 and 2005, something can be thrown on the list of trash, all students in Ohio can come up with $7.50 states have received it is the Ohio Graduation Test. and $10.35, respectively, for these materials. over $1.5 billion First developed after President Bush Given that they will probably only be used in federal funds to initiated his “No Child Left Behind” Act for one year each and then thrown away develop and implement the standards and in 2001, the OGT was not only designed to further shows the absurdity of this test. assessments,” according to the 2005 “No level the state educational standards, but also When I took one of the trial versions of Child Left Behind Report.” to put every student in the nation on a similar this test sophomore year, I arrived at several Also in the report President Bush stated, level. In theory, this seems like a good idea, conclusions. First, the tests were really easy. “In order to make sure children are not but some definite flaws hinder, rather than I had friends who slept for the first half hour, simply shuffled through the system, we must help, this education crusade. woke up, took the day’s section and still measure. We must determine what needs to A.P. American History teacher Charles passed with flying colors. be corrected early, before it’s too late.” Collier told me last year that he had to My other conclusion was that the test did That’s a novel idea, but Ohio, as well as every significantly revise his curriculum to fit the not reflect the true abilities of the students other state in the nation, doesn’t need to develop standards mandated by the OGT. For those who took it. To be honest, I was not the most ridiculous tests to determine that everyone is who haven’t taken this course, it is a rigorous stellar of students in my honors Algebra II receiving the education they deserve. What we and extensive class about how our country class, which was riddled with very intelligent do need is for our teachers to teach what their came to be. Since last year, though, it has sophomores and juniors, but somehow when courses are really about, rather than what an apparently had some of its topics pushed out the test results came back, I had the second- OGT book tells them it is about; teach skills of order to fit the needs of a test instead of highest score in the class. Either no one was that students will actually need someday; and the needs of students learning the material trying or the test did not really mirror the if they are going to teach to a test, make it to in all of its depth and beauty. students’ abilities in the classroom. the ACT or SAT because those are the two that For the math and social studies sections, In addition, the tests are a waste of tax will truly affect students’ futures. Ashley Kline LIVIN’ OUT LOUD Who will fight for the truth? At last, it seemed that was not the case. at a very convenient time for Democrats to that some form of After more than 2,000 American soldiers further expose the mishandlings of Bush’s justice would be have died in Iraq and a countless amount of term. The poll also revealed that 57 percent served in President Iraqi casualties, those in charge are finally of the public believes that Bush deliberately Bush’s crusade to getting their acts together and devising a misled people to gain support for the war defeat terrorism in plan. But would it not have saved thousands effort. This will also opportunely pay off for Iraq. Democratic Senators finally worked of lives to study and question the intelligence Democrats come midterm election time. up enough nerve to confront the war’s that was presented before invading Iraq? It’s hard to tell if this closed-session will initiators on their mindless impulses to go Democrats are at just as much fault as lead to an official investigation of the Iraq to war as they forced the chamber into a Bush and his pro-war supporters. They are war, but it’s not so difficult to tell that the closed-session to discuss the war in Iraq and pointing the blame at the administration for Democrats called this session to benefit pre-war intelligence. allegedly manipulating intelligence facts, themselves and their careers. This stunt was During the session, Democrats called on but it was also their responsibility to find out not about exposing potential truths about the Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq if the facts they were given prior to the war war, but to ensure their political positions. by the end of the year. They also presented were accurate. If they had any doubt about In any case, Bush declared a seemingly their own timetables for pulling out of the the information they were given, they should endless war on Iraq, and thousands of lives war-ravaged country. not have given the OK to invade Iraq. They have been lost based on faulty intelligence Too bad the intense questionings and had the chance to determine the authenticity that was believed to be credible. The truth actual plans for war are coming nearly three of intelligence before lives were lost, and needs to be exposed with no ulterior motives years after the invasion. One would think failed to take advantage of it. attached. The people who are risking their that our leaders would have had a concrete With Bush’s approval rating at 38 percent, lives in Iraq, as well as the rest of the world, plan for the aftermath of converting a Middle according to the latest NBC News/Wall deserve to know the truth about what we Eastern country to democracy, but obviously Street Journal poll, the closed-session came have been fighting for. 11.23.05 the viking views 19 your views We would consider certain activities to be classified as “clubs”–not “sports.” Take cheerleading for instance. Even though you can letter in it, it is not considered a sport by Q What do you think constitutes a sport? I think gymnastics and cheerleading should be considered sports because they have to work hard and compete. Just because they don’t run down the field or court doesn’t I believe that a sport or anything “sport-like” depends on a single factor— competition…. But if competition makes a sport, then what about chess and checkers? the administration and advisers. It follows mean it’s not a sport. Gymnasts lift weights I believe any game or situation where there the OHSAA regulations, and is listed sports just like football and basketball players. is competition is considered a sport. It on the Hoover High School homepage. The Both cheerleaders and gymnasts have to doesn’t always have to be physical. cheerleaders also attend the fall sports banquet run and be in shape…. Basically, I think that –David Dixon, Jr., 9 when no other clubs are invited. It is listed gymnastics and cheerleading is as much as under athletics on page 44 of the student sport as football and basketball. handbook. A star is not placed by it to denote –Steph Helm, 9 a non-sanctioned sport like bowling, hockey …A sport is anything that you work hard and lacrosse. The cheer “advisers” are paid the and train for. I think if you’re active and same as athletic coaches, but are not considered use teamwork skills, then that is a sport. coaches because it is not a “sport.” You should be able to call what ever it is Cheerleading looks like a sport, though it is that you work hard for and have fun doing misleading to the public. When administrators and a sport… “advisers” begin to discipline the “athletes,” no –Robyn Gray, 9 longer do they take any of this into consideration, and the OHSAA means absolutely nothing. Clearly half and half isn’t working, and The qualities that constitute a real sport this conflict needs to be made more obvious. are up to one’s own opinion. Personally, I The “advisers” shouldn’t be called coaches think we should leave it at that. Those who and maybe the distribution of letters should are in cheerleading or gymnastics get really be reconsidered. Can you letter in drama offended when others question their sport’s club, pep club, chess club or foreign qualifications. On the flip side, those who language club, etc.? No, so how can you think that cheerleading and gymnastics are letter in “cheer club?” Do any clubs require not sports may have that opinion, but where a tryout where they deny participation like does that really get them? Out of kindness sports do? No, but cheerleading does. for those who participate in cheerleading and SHANNON PIFER Perhaps everyone should be allowed to gymnastics, it’s probably best to leave the participate in cheerleading. After all, clubs subject alone however great of a discussion do welcome everyone. Enough said.... topic it may be. –Gina DiPietro, Katie Selinsky –Robin Reichenburger, 9 my and Merritt Woods, 12 view Staff member Amy Robenstine responds Sports are one of the your mind (sometimes) does not mean it complicated moves on a small beam. They largest influences on constitutes as a sport. must also be flexible and in shape. American lifestyle. People There are those who seem to believe Any activity that requires talent, not are extremely competitive that activities such as cheerleading are not luck, should be considered a sport. Just and they’ve become technically sports, though I would say I because they aren’t your typical baseball, consumed with sports. have to disagree. Competition cheerleading basketball, or football-type sports doesn’t However, some have the includes not only cheers, but also difficult mean that they should be overlooked. Our wrong idea of what a sport flips and jumps that I’m prepared to bet world is evolving and so are the many types actually is. most people could not accomplish without of activities that people can become involved Sports are activities that include mental years of practice. The same occurs with in. If what you excel in includes mental and and physical activity. Just because playing gymnastics. Gymnasts must learn balance physical activity, then you should consider a computer or a poker game challenges and self-determination to be able to perform yourself an athlete. 20 the viking views 11.23.05 It’s mail student views Letters to the editor What is your favorite Thanks- time! giving tradition and why? BARRY SHETZER, 11: Required Reprimands “My family goes to the mall so we can buy things before Walking around Hoover, you can hear messed up, that it puts its academic standards they go on sale.” all of the latest gossip, and for the last few second…. weeks all you have heard about is a few – Amelia Carpenter, 11 people who did something very, very stupid. But we’re teenagers so naturally, we’re going Congratulations to Kevin Cook PAGE ALTVATER, 10: “I enjoy getting for writing this issue’s best let- to screw up a million times before we learn. together with my family and waking up ter. He won this Starbucks card. Before the learning can happen, you have Please pick it up in the publica- early to watch the parade. When I was to deal with the punishment. According to tions lab next to room A-6. younger, I always enjoyed watching them. the rules of this school, all punishment must Squelched spirit be fair and fitting. That means if you take In sixth period lunch, a student had away a sport, which is called an activity in MIKE SAHADI, 12: “My uncle hosts a a boombox as part of his Hoover Spirit football game every Thanksgiving morning the rules in our planners, from one person, Day clothing. A few students wanted to then it must be taken away from all. And the that he calls the ‘Turkey Bowl.’” dance during lunch. The mood was such fact that this is not happening is crap. You that students were enjoying themselves. can’t change what has been pre-set to fit a Then, Mr. Henne took away a student to a certain situation. It wasn’t done when I was KATHLEEN RAY, 9: “We deafening “Booo!” Now was when I took always go to my grandma’s in a similar situation, and it shouldn’t be notice…. The students began chanting house and celebrate my done now just because it will ruin a chance the student’s name, wanting him to come birthday. Getting presents for college that they obviously took away back. Alas, Mr. Henne struck again when is the best part.” from themselves. one of the students who inspired the This is a learning experience, and getting chants was brought to the office…. back to where you need to be is a personal Was all of this really necessary? In JENNY CHUFAR,11: “Having my whole choice. No one can do it or make the a year when school spirit was about family over for dessert. We hang out and choice to do it for them…. Punishment is as plentiful as backpacks on students’ enjoy each others company.” not interchangeable; it has to be solid. And shoulders, this sort of thing on spirit day obviously, that is not the case at Hoover…. seems a bit excessive. For once we had There is a huge difference in how people are MR. LUKENS, staff: school spirit and enjoyed ourselves, yet treated in this school and it makes me sick! “Spending time with my now we have a reason to lose that spirit. family, getting a meal and This is supposed to be a place for learning, Wouldn’t less havoc have been caused by having time to relax.” not a school that is so worried about letting letting students “dance if they want to?” it become public knowledge that someone – Kevin Cook, 11 viking virtue by Steffany Bagnolo JACOB NICHOLS, 9: “I “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula like being with my family. We get together and go to my for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” aunt’s church.” –Herbert Bayard Swope “You should have that number one spot. If When you don’t have time for anything you just practice a little more and try a little but your activity; when you become obsessed harder, you’d be the best,” parent said. with becoming better, but no matter how TARYN COCHRAN, 12: “We all go to my grandma’s and eat a big dinner where all the “Come on, just one more rep/lap/shot/ much you improve, it’s never good enough, kids, including me sit at a separate table.” pitch/try. You have to do better,” coach said. or when you’re losing too much sleep or in “I should be able to do this. I’m going to some way damaging your body. This behavior keep going until I get it, even if it hurts, even if I is unhealthy and will only lead to failure. feel sick, even if I’m here all night,” self said. Pressure is an important part of any Pressure to be the best at a sport, an sport or activity; without it, we would never MRS. DIXON, staff : “It is activity or academically can sometimes seem improve. That said, it’s important to realize one of the few times where overwhelming. You want to please your when pressure becomes harmful. So stop I get to enjoy my whole family all in one place, at parents, your coach and especially yourself. trying to please everybody else and just my house.” There does reach a point when this pressure yourself to be the best that you can pressure goes too far. be. That is when you will truly succeed. 11.23.05 the viking views 21 22 the viking views 11.23.05 The Will to Win Rachel Bouer Staff Writer Innocence. Sports used to epitomize the word, explained. with their sole purpose being to have fun. Where Sophomore cross country runner Megan they were played didn’t matter to the previous Krusemark remarked that not all of this pressure was generation, whether they were played on rooftops bad. in hustle and bustle cities or in the open fields of “Sometimes I feel very stressed and I know that a suburbs. Sports were sports; no matter where you lot of other runners feel it too, but it also gives us a lived or what language you spoke, sports were the reason to push a little harder,” she explained. same in the desire of their players and the enjoyment Lauren Bollender, a freshman tennis player, in the air. agreed that this extra stress makes her “try harder.” However, society’s push for successful However, she said she had the added youth has led to a never-before-seen anxiety of being a freshman on a pressure on high school athletes. varsity team. This becomes nearly as “[Coach] is a lot tougher stressful as the demands put on me [than he used to be]. upon professional athletes He knows I have to win,” earning a salary. she said. This pressure Freshman soccer begins at a young age, player Sara Maj, when children start to who was in the same become specialized situation as Bollender, in a certain sport, said said she felt this strain Rick Reilly, a Sports as well. Illustrated writer, in an “I would make more article in April of 2004. mistakes that I normally Senior Russell wouldn’t make because Aldridge said he has been I was worried I wasn’t playing soccer since he was doing something right,” she very young. He felt that over the said. “I was nervous to see if years, his coaches have had varying [the older players] would think I was attitudes. dependable; then they started to trust me “Coaches [for younger children] are told to teach more and I became more comfortable.” Photo Illustration by Derek Quinn players… In high school, the coaches think that the Unfortunately, for some athletes, the pressure to best man gets the job,” he said. win is just a part of the stress of the whole sport. Junior soccer goalie and track thrower Hannah In addition to the emphasis on success and winning, Mirzakhani said she noticed this drive to win and sophomore wrestler Sam Maj said there is a focus on Continued on page 27 intensity of her coaches as well. weight as well. “They can get overexcited, but they want you to “You usually eat healthier…like salads and be the best that you can be, ” she explained. chicken, and the day before and the day of a match, Aldridge said he felt that coaches sometimes you don’t eat anything at all,” he said. However, he unintentionally apply pressure. just accepts it as “part of the sport.” “I don’t want to mess up in front of the coaches,” Like Sam Maj, sophomore Mitch Ramsey said he he said. was willing to make sacrifices for the sake of sports. However, Mirzakhani said she felt that coaches For him, this meant an end to his 11 year soccer had the best interest of their players at heart. career in order to pursue tennis. He said he made the “They want you to reach a personal goal and decision this summer because he could then play on help the team reach its goal along the way,” she the varsity tennis team, an opportunity he would not 11.23.05 the viking views 23 Putting Mind Over Matter Jacob Brown Staff Writer When an athlete gets injured, it can team’s lineup. going, enduring the pain. signal the end of their season or even the “When I was hurt, a few girls had to step “There was nothing I could do,” he said. end of their athletic career. But there are in and take the events that I wasn’t doing,” “I just dealt with it because I couldn’t really people who are willing to struggle through control it.” pain, unwilling to give up on their activities After his surgery, Benko was forced to for one simple reason: their love of the sit on the sidelines from sports for the sport. next six months. During that period Junior Chad Kostelnik, a of time, he felt discouraged. member of the cross country and “The crutches were the track teams, suffered through worst,” he said. “But once a pinched nerve in his it’s done, you feel better back throughout the cross and realize it was all country season. Because worth it.” of his injury, he had to According to a 2001 adjust his training level study by the Center to allow him to keep on for Disease Control, running. approximately 30 “Coach [Travis million youths Ackerman] had to back and adolescents in me off workouts and the United States put me on the bike a few participate in organized days a week,” he said. sports. In the same “I wasn’t always running year, approximately what the other guys were.” 4.3 million people were Sometimes injuries treated in hospitals for don’t allow athletes to keep non-fatal sports-related on going, though. This was injuries. the case with senior Clay Benko With such risks and injuries, it when he tore the meniscus in his doesn’t always seem like it’s worth knee during the football season last it, but to athletes like Benko, it is. year. Benko struggled through the pain, “When you get the opportunity back, but said his knee just kept getting “worse you realize not to slack off,” he said. and worse” until he was forced to undergo she said. “Because you could only have one play surgery last January. While White let her teammates know left.” “You’re always bummed out,” Benko what she was going through, Kostelnik, White agrees. said. “Because it makes you realize how realizing he could worry his fellow runners, “If you are truly passionate about [your much you want to be out there.” felt it necessary to keep his injuries to sport], you should do whatever you can to Not only can injuries affect the athletes, himself. stay around and stick with it.” but it can also affect the other members of “I tried not to let my teammates know teams as well. Before Benko went through what was going on,” he said. Focus section photo credits: surgery, he was a captain of the wrestling Towards the end of the cross country Page 23 InSet Photo by Shannon PIfer above Photo by Shannon PIfer team. Likewise, when senior gymnast and season, Kostelnik would go to physical Page 26 toP Photo by jacob broWn four-year starter Rhiannon White injured therapy once a week and he would visit Page 26 bottom Photo by Derek QuInn Page 27 Photo by Sarah tharP her neck in an accident on the uneven bars the chiropractor three times a week. Rather her sophomore year, she left a hole in the than shy away from running, he kept on 24 the viking views 11.23.05 e ig h W 0 1 8 0 20 0 2 2 0 16 24 t 0 0 Game 4 The 1 28 12 0 0 Eating healthy has always Pushing past a point of pain in seemed to be something that may practice can also be harmful to a take extra work. To stop at a fast food person’s health. restaurant and pick-up some fried food is “I know coaches say the harder you quick and may be efficient to fill a sudden work, the better you will be, but there is a craving. As teens try to balance multiple point where if you work too hard you are activities and stay energized, a quick fix Shannon Pifer • Staff Writer truly harming yourself,” Reolfi said. of caffeine or high fat and sugar items Cugini tries to focus more on healthier, may seem easy, but may actually end up as workouts get harder, he changes a few lower fat foods, such as grilled chicken hindering their performance. eating habits. and salad without dressing. Teens may be pressured to curve to “I try to eat as much protein as possible, “You just fall into the stage of where specific weight because of being involved because as you workout harder, the more you just puke because you haven’t eaten in a sport, or even may be to the extreme your body eats away at proteins,” Reolfi in like three days,” Cugini said. of striving to look like a model from a said. When the body doesn’t have proper fitness magazine. He tries to stay away from foods that nutrients, the athlete may feel light- “It’s our society, which is bombarded include high amounts of fat and sugar. headed, dizzy, or weak. with TV and magazines. We model fitness “I’m always trying to gain weight, “I’ve experienced a mixture of the because we see it everywhere and feel and even drink high calorie, high protein three, but it’s really about not getting to pressured,” Mrs. Kathy Wise, dietician shakes on a daily basis,” he said. the psychological part. I try to push past and co-owner of Neutrawise said. For certain sports, athletes may my physical limits,” Reolfi said. Losing drastic amounts of weight can actually have trouble keeping weight There is only a certain amount of body become dangerous quickly, and specifically on. Sudden weight drops may occur, just fat a person has on their body before they targets sports such as wrestling. because of the amount of work it takes to start burning muscle and water. “If you’re dieting and starving to get to get through the long practices. “Just look at your goals, to be healthy a specific weight, it’s not healthy. We need “Athletes may have to eat 5000 calories you should not go under certain body fat to focus on what’s best for ourselves,” a day just to replenish their bodies, then percentages,” Wise said. Wise said. the season ends and eating habits have When a person’s body is not getting When a person decides to go on a diet, to suddenly change to stop from putting proper nutrients and is expreriencing a they need to give themselves adequate weight on,” Wise said. lack in rest, the resluts are harmful. time. No more than 1-2 pounds per week, Sophomore Justin Cugini lost eight “I pushed myself too hard for three if much over that, the person is losing pounds in one day once last year before months straight, and because of that, I water and muscle. wrestling. suffered from many injuries and a loss of “Athletes need to replenish their “[Losing weight] doesn’t really bother energy,” Reolfi said. muscles, so performance is enhanced, not me; I don’t think it’s the smartest thing to According to Wise, the number one hindered,” she said. do,” he said. thing an athlete should look for when Hydration is extremely important in Cugini views losing weight and trying to increase or decrease their weight all sports, according to Wise. Sweating is dieting as just a small part of the sport, is that they will still be meeting their how the body naturally cools itself down. and defines it as a mental preparation for nutritional needs. “As little as 3 percent dehydration can the season. “When someone decides they want to make your performance suffer up to 70 “The mental part is the hardest part lose weight, they need to first look at their percent,” she said. about cutting weight, because that’s pretty height, weight, and body fat percentage,” Senior Joe Reolfi trains all year for much all it is,” he said. “It’s all in your Wise said. swimming. During the season, however, head and whether you can do it or not.” 11.23.05 the viking views 25 1, 2, 3, Break! Athletes strive for multiple sports, but few can pull it off Tyler Drake Staff Writer The age of the three-sport athlete is run into each other, especially when teams dying out. Replaced instead by single sport make it into the postseason,” Draime said. specialization, year round training and Head Football Coach Don Hertler Jr., participation in out of season leagues has himself a three-sport athlete while a student become commonplace for many Hoover at Hoover, says that he has no problem with being accepted if they are very good at one student athletes. Many however, still do student athletes playing more than one sport, rather than being fairly good at many play multiple sports, but they often must sport. sports. make sacrifices, depending on which sport “If you have the ability to play more For senior Zach Meleg, this specialization is in season. than one sport you should,” Hertler said. was the exact reason why he became a one- Sophomore Jason Draime, is one of Rather, he is bothered when students do sport athlete. Up until his junior year, Meleg only a handful of Hoover student-athletes not finish whatever sport they are on. played football, basketball, and threw shot- to participate in fall, winter, and spring “I think sometimes kids are too quick to put for the boys track and field team. sports. Playing football, basketball, and move on to the next sport. If they are already “I thought I’d have a better chance of baseball, Draime figures he is involved in a season with one sport, they should getting into college with only one sport,” in at least some sport “about 330 days a finish that team’s season before moving on Meleg said. year.” Draime’s decision to play all three to their next sport,” Hertler said. Although only in one sport, Meleg still sports, stems from the enjoyment he gets Junior Pat Orr who is on both the finds that he is kept busy with training. out of athletics, and not from any outside lacrosse and football teams and “dominates Between running, lifting, visiting colleges, pressure. in Y-ball,” agrees that there are conflicts, and actually playing football in season, “I just think playing sports is fun, and but says that they are never too significant. Meleg estimates that he is doing something I’ve played all three all of my life,” Draime “A lot of times, in the spring and winter involved with football “nearly every day of said. According to Draime though, playing especially I’ll have lacrosse games on the year.” all three sports does not come without any the same days as early morning football Junior cross country and track runner costs. workouts or Y-ball games, but there are Tracy Risaliti trains year round as well in “Practices start to overlap, and seasons always ways to work around it,” Orr said. order to “keep in shape, and not lose (the Despite playing three sports, Orr trains endurance that she) has built up.” Despite for lacrosse year round. constantly competing, she does not feel “In the winter I play in indoor lacrosse much pressure from parents or coaches. leagues, and there are also leagues I “Coaches and parents just want what participate in in the summer,” Orr is best for you,” Risaliti said. “I put said. “(Playing lacrosse) is fun more pressure on myself to perform well to do with my friends, and by individually and for the team, than anyone playing year round I have a else does.” better chance of taking my According to Herlter, the pressures of game to the next level, competition, and the stresses of being a and hopefully be able to student-athlete, are advantages for multiple play in college.” sport athletes. Getting into “They are used to dealing with pressure college is a powerful in competitive situations. Each sport motivation. Many gives you different types of pressure and student athletes competition. In the end, they are stronger think that they have for having gone through it,” Hertler said. a better chance of Continued from page 23 have had had he stuck with soccer. parents who are way to into it and apply On the other hand, he said this would too much pressure on their kids,” he said. mean further stress. Aldridge said he had similar findings. “The tennis coach is a lot tenser during “Parents wanted to see their kids practice compared to the JV coach for the succeed and they end up soccer team,” he explained. Also, Ramsey making too big a deal said varsity players were required to enter about it,” he said. five tournaments during the off-season. He Sophomore doesn’t worry about getting bored though, basketball player he said, because he’s still “getting to know” Brittany Orban the game. said she feels Ramsey also explained a difference in that her parents parental observation between soccer and are supportive tennis. and helpful. “I think more parents came to soccer “Whenever I games for two reasons: there are more have problems, soccer players on the field [at one time], and I always go to the tennis matches are all compacted into them first,” she despite her ankle the space of about a month. I think some said. She also felt brace and taping, parents get bored going to tennis matches that a lot of the stress she re-sprained it two to three times per week,” he said. of being an athlete was only a couple days after Tennis parent Jodi Farnsworth adds that self-induced. the first one which only sometimes the reason parents don’t attend “I put a lot of pressure on added to her pain. games is that they don’t understand what myself because that’s how I wanted to Texas Children’s Hospital explains on is going on. play,” she said. This was seen, she said, by their website that repeated injury such as “I have no sports interest and I don’t… her willingness to play on an injured ankle this can be a “warning sign… that a young understand the rules or scoring of the tennis during the basketball season last winter. athlete is under too much pressure to I go and watch. I want to support [my Mirzakhani agreed that she puts a lot of succeed in sports.” daughter] but I have no clue,” she said. pressure on herself. She said that though Nevertheless, Orban said she greatly Sara Maj, who is a youth soccer referee, others may tell her that she has done well, enjoys playing for Hoover, partially said she sees how this can be a problem. she never agrees. because so many people in the community “Parents yell incorrect stuff because “Even if I play well, there’s always come to the games. they don’t know the rules,” she said. something I could have done better,” she “[The team] loves it,” she said, and she On the opposite end of the spectrum said. encounters many people who are excited are parents who know too much about Swimming Coach Matt Johnsen agreed for the season to begin. their children’s sports and this can lead to that much of the pressure put on athletes “The janitors at school come up to me in frustration. was self-induced. He said that when he the hall and say ‘you’re gonna go to states “Sometimes my dad will take it too was in high school much of the pressure this year!’ It gets me pumped up,” Orban seriously, and I have to tell him to calm was “self-inflicted” and he sees this today said. down,” Sara Maj explained. with the swimmers he coaches. It is this desire to play the game alongside Sophomore baseball player Andrew Orban said she put this pressure on the stress of sports that Johnson sees as Spehar said he noticed excessive parental herself because she didn’t want to get being a large aspect of athletic success. pressure at even a little league game. behind the other players. “Pressure is something that great “Just walking around the North Canton “I knew if I missed any more than a few athletes thrive under,” he said. “Sports ball parks during games you see many days, I’d be behind,” she noted. However, would be nothing without the pressure.” What Do I Know Milano’s Candy & Nuts About Me? I Know I’m Healthy. Go Nuts with Us ! Birth Control Pelvic & Breast Exams Pregnancy Testing STD Testing & Treatment Education & Counseling EC Expanded Line of Male Services 330.456.7191 www.milanoscandyandnuts.com plannedparenthood.org 11.23.05 the viking views 27 can’t belittle any of the parts, lines or no lines.” Actors also really got into their roles. “I really had a blast acting as Banjo,” SHOWTIME! Mihalteanu said. “I started acting like him a lot off stage, however, and that got me some weird looks.” Smitley also enjoyed her character. “It was very different than anything I’ve ever done before,” she said. “She’s very over-the-top.” Aside from the actors, the play was also valued for its content. “I liked the play because it had a great combination of characters,” LaRocca said. “Whiteside was witty, Maggie was sophisticated, Banjo was crazy and Lorraine was overdramatic.” According to Smitley, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” is different than the usual drama club plays. KEVIN ZIEBER “It is a more contemporary comedy. It’s very different because it’s very slapstick,” she said. “For my character, I had to fall on the stage, scream and throw myself across Drama club brings together production a couch. Actually, slapstick humor is harder than drama, but it is really easy to get the Mike Howes important performance. audience involved.” Staff Writer “He had to memorize over 900 lines,” The play also gives those who are not he said. going to be in the musical to be on stage. The curtain is closed, the audience has Even some non-seniors stepped up. “Some kids aren’t musically involved and gone home, and those in the Hoover drama “[ J u n io r] R o mi M ih alteanu an d this is something fun that they can get into,” club’s production of “The Man Who Came [sophomore] Brenna Case both got good director Mrs. Herman said. to Dinner” have taken their final bow. parts and played them very well,” LaRocca The play overcame a few minor On Nov. 18-20, Hoover’s drama club said. “Romi was crazy and amazing in the challenges that plague almost any high performed three shows of the quirky comedy play, and I just thought ‘Oh my gosh, he’s so school production. about an obnoxious, arrogant man named good’ even though it was his first play.” “During practice, some people missed Sheridan Whiteside who goes to dinner and Senior Kaley Smitley, who played actress their cues or forgot their lines,” LaRocca falls down the host’s stairs, fracturing his Lorraine Sheldon, really enjoyed working said, “But for the performance, it all came hip and leaving him stuck in their home for with the cast. together.” two weeks. Instead of resting and relaxing, “We’re very supportive of each other. We Emily Boardman also contributed. he invites over some of his odd friends have to be,” she said. “Most of what we do is who bring even more odd gifts, including dictated by who plays opposite you.” (Clockwise from top) Senior Jay Ramsey a penguin, an octopus, and a roach farm. It Mihalteanu, who played Banjo, a crazy and sophomore Shawn Kelly perform on featured senior Jay Ramsey as lead character actor, agrees. stage. Freshmen Kelsey Case and Gracie “The cast was lots of fun. Everyone’s Rojek review their lines in costume. Junior Whiteside. Erik Essig applies stage makeup to sopho- Junior Joe LaRocca, who played Metz, pretty cool and we all tended to get along,” more Shawn Kelly. Assistant stage Man- the crazy professor who is obsessed with he said. “…Every actor is equally important. ager Katy Herman and Director Mrs. Ginny cockroaches, respects Ramsey for his They all work to support each other. You Herman discuss the script. KEVIN ZIEBER KATIE ROJEK KATIE ROJEK 28 the viking views 11.23.05 KEVIN ZIEBER KEVIN ZIEBER (Top left) Kevin Stoner adjusts the sound in the sound booth. (Top right) Krystal Henning shows the costume options. With the help of a seamstress, Henning designed the ward- robe for the cast. Tech crew supports behind the scenes Rachel Bosyj crew was in charge of creating the set. I know the answers and can help them,” Staff Writer “We started building the set about [three Essig said. weeks] ago,” Sudar said. Crew members enjoyed the behind-the- Very few people ever see the behind-the- This year’s play needed only one set, so scenes aspect more than the acting. scenes of a production. However, several the tech crew decided to add more detail into “I’m not the greatest at memorizing lines, Hoover students get this privilege every year the set, to give it a realistic feel. and by being in tech crew I was able to still during the fall production. These students “We decided to build all the walls and be involved and see everyone but not have to are the tech crew, and are responsible for have glass in all the windows. We also worry about actually being on stage in front everything the audience sees on stage. carpeted the stairs and put doors in all the of a huge audience,” Herman said. “We [did] it all,” senior stage manager doorframes,” Herman said. “It [looked] Sudar agrees that for the most part, there Chelsea Sudar said. really real.” is less stress being behind the scenes. The tech crew was in charge of ‘calling’ In addition to time spent making the “I get stage fright, so I don’t usually like the show. They made sure everyone was in set and gathering props, a few tech crew being on stage,” Sudar said. “I always say the right place at the right time. members were expected to be at rehearsals that you can’t have a play without a tech “I [sat] in the sound booth, [talked] into just as much as the actors were. crew.” the microphone and [told] everyone what “We [needed] to be there to walk through Junior AlexVitale also enjoys being in [was] supposed to be taken off or put on the the play with the actors so they knew tech crew. stage during scene changes.” Sudar said. what we [did] on stage and how they were “I tried out for the play my freshman Helping Sudar backstage was assistant supposed to react to it,” Sudar said. year and didn’t make it,” Vitale said. “I got stage manager junior Katy Herman. Most tech members stayed at the thrown into tech crew and I really learned to “I [sat] backstage with a script and rehearsals just as long as the actors. love it. I still got to hang out with everyone [followed] along,” Herman said. “I [gave] “It [took] tons of time. We met 2.5 hours and I still got to be a part of everything.” cues, [helped] out with scene changes, and after school everyday for almost a month,” Essig agrees. [told] people where to go.” Vitale said. “I am on stage for musicals a lot and I Not only did they have to get everything Herman agrees. wanted to be behind the scenes,” Essig said. right, they had to do it silently. “I [was] always there doing something “I am into both sides and I like tech crew “Back stage, we [had] to keep everyone because there [was] always something that because there is less stress because you’re quiet so that the audience [didn’t] hear us,” [needed] to be done,” Herman said. not on stage putting on the show.” Herman said. “Sometimes it’s hard because Although junior Erik Essig’s job doesn’t While not directly performing for the there are many actors and even just a little demand him to be there until show night, he audience, tech members still feel like they bit of talking or whispering can be heard by still attends rehearsals. were a part of the show. everyone.” “I [went] to dress rehearsals just to get a “We [didn’t] provide the entertainment, In addition to running the show, the tech feel so when the audience asks me questions, we [made] it happen,” Sudar said. 11.23.05 the viking views 29 scene SCENE Reviews SONY PICTURES/ USED WITH PERMISSION James Williams Staff Writer Before seeing “The Legend of Zorro,” it is important for the reader to consider that they are about to spend a little over two hours on a story that can be told in 30 seconds. Don Diego de la Vega, otherwise known as Zorro (Antonio Banderas) heads out to ‘The Legend of Zorro’ defend the rights of Californians as they only manages to be just plain bad. ripping off both Spiderman and Batman enter into statehood in the mid-1800s. For the purpose of contrast, Hollywood in the same film. Even his horse Toronado White supremacists set out to disrupt the decided to sprinkle some good in the movie, starts drinking, smoking and performing all election as it would upset the slave vs. free just to let us know how bad the movie manner of silly cliché comic relief horse state balance in congress, and Zorro must really is. things. defeat them. He must also defeat Bible- The good bits included the first action In between all the ridiculous parts of belt rednecks, oddball government agents, scene and the flagrant use of nitroglycerin the movie, like whenever anyone talks, is pre-confederate army confederates, the (which is the only way that “Zorro” met the what can only be described as filler, fluff organization in charge of Europe and his standard action movie explosion quota). or wasted film. Whichever you prefer, it’s own marital problems. One cause for all the bad that oozed from all bad. That last bit, the marital garbage, takes this movie was that the characters from Every fight seems to last a touch too long up a good third of the movie. The other two “Zorro” were completely standardized in and before you know it you’re wondering thirds are devoted to groan-inducing jokes the sequel. Zorro’s son Joaquin (Adrian when it will be over, and you end up getting and drawn out, but occasionally decent, Alonso) is your typical action movie kid so darn bored that you fashion a hand action sequences, respectively. with one exception; when he overconfidently puppet out of your empty popcorn bag for And if that 30 second summary was too taunts the bad guys, he does it in Spanish. entertainment. much, here’s the über-condensed version. Elena, Zorro’s wife/ex-wife/wife goes In any case the only thing to say about Bad. Really, truly bad. “The Legend of through all the hackneyed romantic comedy the movie has already been said. “The Zorro” is a bad movie. routines that can be applied to the time Legend of Zorro” is too bad for too long, It isn’t awful, or terrible, or dreadful: it period, while Zorro himself must resort to so don’t waste your time and money. Back... ‘The Shawshank Redemption’- 1994 to the classics Dan Boyer Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins). Dufresne is is very insightful. The tying theme of the Staff Writer accused of murdering his wife and another movie is that “Hope is a good thing, maybe Truly great movies only come around man because of an affair. Although Dufresne the best of things, and no good thing ever once in a while. Only a few have the retains his innocence, the evidence against dies,” as Dufresne says. That couldn’t be power to leave you saying “Wow.” It may him is overwhelming and he is sentenced to more true. Every scene will leave you with a not seem like much, but “The Shawshank serve two consecutive life sentences for the new idea about life and the thought to always Redemption” is one of those movies that will murders at Shawshank Prison in Maine. hold onto your dreams and not to let your leave you completely speechless. While in jail, Andy befriends the prison situations take them away. “Shawshank” is the movie version of smuggler, Red (Morgan Freeman), and “The Shawshank Redemption” is an Stephen King’s novel of the same name and becomes the personal financial assistant to excellent movie that will keep you on the it is one of the rare occasions in which the the warden, Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton), edge of your seat until the credits start. The movie is better than the book. though he later finds out it’s a scam to get movie goes very deep and it will connect, “Shawshank” opens in the middle of the Norton rich. on a personal level, with anybody who murder trial of a well-to-do Maine banker, “Shawshank,” although a prison movie, watches it. 30 the viking views 11.23.05 Noise Lagwagon ‘Resolve’ It’s hard to fathom how they’ve done it, but veteran speed-punk founders, Lagwagon, have found a way to make speed-punk relevant again. Long-gone are the heydays of speed-punk greats like NOFX and Screeching Weasel, but through it all, Lagwagon has somehow come out on top. After a two-year break from the studio, Lagwagon returns with one of their finest works in years, “Resolve.” The spirit of ’94 is clear and fast in songs like “Heartbreaking Music” that show the most recognizable face of Lagwagon. But there are newer, more mature elements to the record. In “Sad Astronaut” Lagwagon shows us a softer side to their blistering fast punk. This review would close in a normal fashion but it is still incredible that the crusty veterans were able to stay great after all these years. If you have any sense, you will pick up this record and sit through the whole thing before resuming your life. It is that much a testament to the roots of speed-punk. – kEVin ZiEBEr Video Game in Review Blast... from the past ‘Soul Calibur III’ “Soul Calibur III” is unique from other fighting games because its story mode actually has a story. Unlike other fighting games, “Soul Calibur” doesn’t follow the usual fighting The Beatles tournament held by some evil company/monster/cult story line. ‘The White Album’-1968 Every character has a unique story that somehow revolves around the über evil sword, Those who doubt that a single band can Soul Edge. Most of the characters are searching for Soul Edge so they can either take it for successfully encompass many genres of music, themselves, or take it and destroy it. Each character’s story is told through short paragraphs beware. Perhaps it was because songs for this between fights and decision branches similar to “Choose your own Adventure” stories. CD were written while the band traveled to the “Soul Calibur III” boasts a high number of playable characters, more than 30. All the Himalayas to perfect the art of meditation – or characters from “Soul Calibur II” appear in the game, as well as several characters from maybe it is because that band is The Beatles. “Soul Calibur I” and the original Soul Edge arcade game. Three new characters are added “The White Album” is arguably the greatest to the roster as well. “Soul Calibur III” is packed with replay value. Not only does each collection of Beatles’ songs, proving the true character have multiple story branches and endings, but there are hundreds of things to depth and skill of the band. unlock. There are extra characters, new weapons, pictures, movies and art. For those who expect songs like “Yellow “Soul Calibur III” has one of the best character creation systems seen in a fighting Submarine,” this album will not disappoint you. game. Characters can be made from hundreds of items and accessories. While there are a Yet, this CD offers more than one would expect. very limited number of fighting styles to choose from, there are enough character items to Listeners are treated to sounds reminiscent of insure that your character is unique. styles such as reggae, folk, even vaudeville from A wide variety of different modes includes the story mode, an arcade mode, time attack the early 1900s. mode, and other modes that are found in nearly every fighting game. “Soul Calibur III” No matter your preferences, “The White also includes a new mode called Chronicles of the Sword, which allows players to play a Album” has something that you will enjoy. The strategy/Role Playing Game (RPG) version of “Soul Calibur III” with a custom-created steady beats and catchy tunes, intermingled with character, which is interesting. It isn’t incredibly difficult, but it is a nice change of pace thought-provoking lyrics verify that The Beatles and way better than any other strategy/RPG/fighting game hybrid. are undoubtedly one of best bands of all time, “Soul Calibur III” is a great game, possibly one of the best of its genre. It is completely and deserving of their status worth buying and will definitely keep you busy for weeks, maybe even months to come. as a legend. – Erik Long – rEBEkkah ruBin 11.23.05 the viking views 31 NO DIRECTION HOME Q Brian Hines Why are ‘disruptive technologies’ necessary? I’ve noticed in the past couple of years that the electronic with a very savvy, stylized look in mind. entertainment industry has been changing quite significantly. And so, the iPod entered into the market and “disrupted” the Portable music players, home movie theaters, video games systems, existing industry. It caused a massive change and even took the and portable movie players have seen sort of an electronic revolution, role of single-handedly expanding the portable music player market, in a sense. But why has this happened? If you would have told me and it showed in sales. The iPod has become a pop culture icon, 10 years ago that things would become so compact, simple, and recognizable everywhere you go. Backed by a strong marketing futuristic, despite being only six years old, I would have scoffed at campaign, the iPod was a huge success. you and pushed the idea out of my head. But, lo and behold, it has Poor Sony was left to try and follow suit with Apple. They soon happened. And these revolutions have occurred because of things released a knockoff to the iPod, but continued the Walkman brand, market managers and I like to call “disruptive technologies.” and sure enough, its sales started decreasing. A perfect example would be the ever-popular Apple iPod. Before The same thing is happening to other devices. Apple has just the first iPod was ever released, the only things people could use to recently released the video iPod, which stores a huge amount of video listen to music on the go was Sony’s Walkman products and their files in a very compact size. Of course, the VHS to DVD transfer has respective knock-offs and the very basic MP3 player, but of course already taken place and we can see the result of that instance. Even those little dinky things only held about 10 songs or so. But back video games have seen the same treatment. Sony, with their PSP, to my original point. Sony had immense success with the Walkman is combining console-like gaming with movie and music abilities line, so naturally, what was their business plan to follow? More of (though not as good as Apple’s efforts) into a single, cool-looking the same Walkman. They gave it different colors, made it smaller handheld. Nintendo, breaking away from their Gameboy line (the and more efficient. But there were really only minimal improvements most successful video game system ever) released the Nintendo to the line and eventually people got bored of the thing. People DS last November, adding a new dimension to handheld gaming never walked into stores, gazed at a Walkman and said, “Whoa, that with it’s dual screen layout, touch screen capabilities, and an Xbox thing is really cool! I have to try it out!” Sony, after essentially Live-like online service, which coincidentally was activated on the creating the portable music player market, was now on the brink 14th of this month. of destroying it. With all of these examples, these specific companies have grown Until Apple entered the market. With the iPod, Apple offered tired of the dwindling market. So, to save the industry, one must put huge space to fill MP3s up on an internal hard drive, getting away existing hardware under the disrupter lens. Only through disrupting from only ten songs and reaching over 1,000 songs. With this, they the industry standards with a new, better product that will expand the avoided the disc medium Sony was still using while obviously market can we see success and economic growth. Let’s just hope avoiding disc skipping. It also helped that the iPod was designed that the disrupter lens will be intact in ten years or so. “Rejects” Kellen Safreed – Rebecca Mohr 32 the viking views 11.23.05 Lee J. Bell Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs 4518 Fulton Rd. NW Canton, Ohio 44718 330.492.8717 Park Center Lanes 36 Lanes & Lounge Gameroom & Snack Bar TA N N I N G S A L O N S Pro Shop • Free Complimentary Visit Sponsor of Hoover High • No Appointment Necessary You’ll look better & feel School Bowling Team better after just one visit. Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed! 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Soon after reciting his sniper oath, Swoff and his fellow comrades are sent to Kuwait, in Operation Desert Shield. There he is pushed to the limits of his sanity due to the heat, boredom, his fellow marines and fear. Finally, after his girlfriend cheats on him and he gets demoted due to drinking, he snaps. Once he gathers what remains of his mental stability, war breaks out: Operation Desert Storm. His platoon is N SIO sent on a seemingly pointless patrol across the desert MIS waste land where he is exposed to charred bodies, PER oil rain and friendly fire. After all the boredom and H torturous violent ambiance, all he wishes for is WIT the chance to make one shot: the perfect shot of ED /US a Marine sniper. NET “Jarhead” is a multi-dimensional film. That GE. shows the drama of a single soldier while IMA portraying the Gulf War in a no-nonsense way. The ordeals of Swoff show the truth that war, even in modern times, can push an individual beyond their limits. It also shows us how American soldiers are not always the heroes that our media tends to portray them as. Gyllenhaal plays his role to the max, revealing his true acting abilities by showing emotion that makes the movie half of what it is. Jamie Foxx again shows his expertise as a diverse actor of the highest caliber by playing the hard core, rough and wise character of Staff Sgt. Sykes. The acting isn’t the only excellent thing in “Jarhead.” The movie shows the true color of modern warfare. It also includes unsettling facts such as military bureaucracy and insane soldiers, not to mention friendly fire, which was a leading cause of death during the Gulf War. It also manages to show us the scope, landscape and violence of war by using stupendous scenery, imaging and realistic effects that glue the viewers’ eyes to the screen. “Jarhead” has everything a great movie needs including a point. It shows us how the Gulf War was, and how war has changed. 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School! “Boys of Baraka” in – 8 p.m . 1-18 Santaland theaters today “The Kid and I” in Diaries – Arena theaters today Theatre Dec. 5-7, 12-14 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Poetry night at Open mic night at “The Chronicles of Aerosmith/ Lenny Muggswigz Muggswigz Narnia” in theaters Kravitz at Wolstein – 8 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. today. Center at CSU – 7:30 p.m. Akron Symphony The Nutcracker Orchestra at EJ at the Palace Thomas Hall Dec. 9-11 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Poetry night at Open mic night at Glenn Beck at EJ The Viking Views Muggswigz Muggswigz Thomas Hall “The Family Stone” Issue 5 comes out – 8 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in theaters today Dec. 21 Fiona Apple at “King Kong” in House of Blues theaters today – 6 p.m. In the spotlight: Dustin Schwab The crowd is hushed; the excitement is into reality. overwhelming. The curtain opens as Dustin “He is a good actor, very well rounded in Schwab steps onstage to personify another’s his acting. He is very experienced and has experience, doing what he loves. been in many plays,” his brother Zach said. Schwab has been involved in theater “I have seen them all.” since sixth grade when he joined “The Besides acting in Drama Club and other Young People’s Performing Arts.” programs, Schwab is involved in choir, high- Starting out was a little difficult for lows, and NHS. Schwab. “My friends really helped me learn The future is also bright for Schwab’s what acting was all about,” he said. acting career as he hopes to study theater and Everyone is influenced by something, creative writing in college. This summer he their by friends or by experiences. Watch- also plans to direct. He also plays Bert Jef- ing “Million Dollar Baby” also influenced ferson in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Schwab to achieve his dreams. “I hope that I have do have some sort of “I was so affected by it that I felt if I could acting along the way. Even if I’m going to ever make a show like that, I would feel if I be working at a restaurant it’s a price I will KATIE ROJEK did something in my life,” he said. have to pay,” Schwab said. “It’s going to be With support from his friends and fam- a detour along the way.” ily, Schwab just might follow those dreams – Rebecca Mohr 11.23.05 the viking views 37 sports SPORTS A season to remember Boys cross country finishes second at state Story by Pat Brady n Photos by Derek Quinn F rom pasta parties to hundreds of miles of practices, this year’s boys cross country team was indeed a team. The Vikings, who didn’t have one individual star, ran as a pack all the way to the state meet where they finished runner-up. j i N j m i o m C S y K h EBERTS STRoEmPLE RUNNER Over the summer the team had a different However, Ackerman realized his team’s tight pack like they had all year and finished practice plan. Instead of just running potential a little bit earlier in the season at second to no dissapointment. hundreds of miles aimlessly, Coach Travis the Tiffin Invitational, where the Vikings “They got out there and let the race Ackerman had a more organized approach. beat some of the state’s best competition come to them,” Ackerman said. “I couldn’t “He designed a new training program for including Kings Mills Kings from Cincinnati have asked for anything more; they ran the summer and that was one of the keys to and Cleveland’s St. Ignatius. perfectly.” nV our success,” sophomore Nick Stroemple “When we ran at Tiffin in our second n Despite Hoover’s not placing a runner within said. meet of the year there was a lot of the state the top 20, the boys cross country team placed According to Ackerman, the running competition, and it was a top notch meet for second in the state championship meet at Scioto program wasn’t the only reason for their us to win,” Ackerman said. Downs Nov. 5. Smiling broadly (from left to right), alternate Dustin Blend, Chad Kostelnik, Kyle success. However, the Vikings hit a small bump at Roshak, Brian McIntire, Adam Stackpole, Josh “They did a little more structured the district meet when they lost to Perry. Runner, Jimmy Eberts, and Nick Stroemple cel- running,” Ackerman said. “The biggest “We had to re-focus ourselves on our goal ebrate their success. difference was that the guys sold out and of making it to the state meet and get more did what they were supposed to do instead serious about it,” Eberts said. The Season at a Glance of doing it half-heartedly.” The Vikings were able to redirect as they Event Finish All year the team has been a group with finished first at the regional in Boardman, Dave Clegg Invitational 1 no individual qualifying star but they them for the Tiffin Carnival Invitational 1 Boardman Invitational 1 succeeded using a pack form of “All of the guys on the state meet. By then, their Cloverleaf Invitational 1 running. “We’ve got team got along so well and goal was more than to just be Stark County Meet 1 Strongsville Invitational 1 a good group of leaders and we were all just working there. Running Federal League Meet 1 District Meet 2 everyone just followed them,” towards one goal–making at state for Hoover were Regional Meet 1 Ackerman said. it to the state meet.” seniors Jimmy Eberts, Josh State Meet 2 Stroemple Nick Stroemple, 10 Runner, Bryan agrees. McIntyre, “All of the juniors Chad guys on the team got along so well and Kostelnik, Kyle Roshak and sophomores we were all just working towards one goal Nick Stroemple and Adam Stackpole. The – making it to the state meet,” Stroemple runners were sent off to states by a crowd said. of their peers Friday, Nov. 4. At the beginning of the season, the team’s The next day, before the race, Ackerman goal was just to make it to the state meet. didn’t want his team to get too excited This began to change as they won their first because of the circumstances. C six meets, from the Dave Clegg Invitational In cross country, a team is only as good here at Hoover to the meet at Strongsville. as its last runner. The Vikings didn’t finish h A “Our goal was to finish in the top three anybody in the top 20 runners, but their last n V at every invitational and make it to the state runner wasn’t far behind. meet,” senior Jimmy Eberts said. “After “I just told them to relax and be patient,” we won our sixth invitational, Strongsville, Ackerman said. “Our strength all year has D I knew we had a chance to compete at the been our pack.” states.” The team took his advice as they ran in a KoSTELNiK B K R A y y D L A A E N m RoShAK mCiNTyRE STACKPoLE (Left) Senior Quarterback Josh Nettleton drops back to pass during the Massil- lon game. (Below) Senior Alex Bojko kicks the ball to Massillon after the Vikings scored a touchdown. it’s great,” Hertler said. The team had many shining moments during the season. The Jackson game was one for the majority of the players. “ T h e t e a m ’s shining moment was against Jackson. We kicked them around all night and it got the team into the ShANNoN PiFer playoffs,” Feinberg Out, but not down said. The Vikings were ShANNoN PiFer set to play their Football ends season in playoffs playoff game against Dominic Garrini Massillon, one of the most prestigious T Staff Writer he season has closed to the team not only because ranked McKinley. high school football for the Hoover it leapfrogged them into the “The season was great. We programs in America. The game Vikings football team. playoffs, but it was also revenge turned around from a 1-9 season was meaningful to fans and This season was a successful for the 34-0 loss against Jackson to a 7-4 season and second in the players who saw it as a great one for the Vikings, going 7-4 last season. league to McKinley,” Nettleton opportunity to play with such a and making a trip to the playoffs “It was an awesome said. well-known program. after last year’s 1-9 season. The exclamation point to put on Fans, players, and coaches “It was a great opportunity Vikings season ended Nov. 5 at the end of the season to beat alike were happy with the to play Massillon. They were a Paul Brown Tiger Stadium with our rivals for my last Federal season. great team and we had a good a loss to the Massillon Tigers. League game and put them out “To turn around that many chance to beat them, but it just Massillon was a top ranked of the playoffs and put us in,” games in one year was quite a didn’t happen,” Nettleton said. state team with only one loss. Nettleton said. feat by the team,” Hertler said. Emotions ran high before the The Vikings had a hard week of The night was special not Most players set high game. The Vikings were ready practice preparing for them. only to the players, but also the standards heading into the and so were the fans to believe “We had a good week of coaches. season. Senior receiver and in an upset. practice. We focused on all of “It was a special night. It was defensive back Kyle Feinberg “Going into the game, we Massillon’s key players and we the seniors’ last home game,” did this. believed what we did all season. thought we had a great chance to head coach Don Hertler Jr said. “The goal that I wanted to We wanted to go into the game beat them,” senior quarterback “It completed the season and achieve this season was to be a with good intensity and play our Josh Nettleton said. made the season a success for first-team All Federal League, hearts out,” Feinberg said. The Vikings had to earn their us.” but I got second-team because The team has closed the way into the playoffs and they Most critics thought the Joe Morgan from McKinley season and looks forward to next did so by beating heated rival Vikings wouldn’t do as well as had a great season,” Feinberg season with many underclassmen Jackson. The game was changed they did this season. The Vikings said. returning. They hope to transfer when sophomore running back Kevin Dahl went down with Golden Moments weren’t picked to do well in the Federal League. In certain The season might not have ended the way the coaches had the success of this year’s season to next year. a concussion, but senior Kyle preseason polls they were picked wanted it to, but they were happy “The success of next season Robbins stepped up to take his to lose to GlenOak and Lake. with their play and the success will be determined in the off- place and ran hard the whole The Vikings defeated both teams of the team. season on how much the team night. to place second in the Federal “When a team comes together wants to work and improve. The win was meaningful League, behind number-one at the end of the season like that, If they do that, we will have a decent team,” Hertler said. V 40 the viking views 11.23.05 The Thrill of the Hunt Hunters rejoice at start of the new season CourteSy oF LoGAN BArNBy Katie Rojek grandpa,” he said. Be it recreation or sport, some may Staff Writer His father taught him how to hunt when oppose the entire notion of hunting by citing Gun season for hunting deer starts Nov. he was young, but he has always been animal cruelty, but Andrews disagrees. 28 and goes until Dec. 4, according to the interested in the pursuit. “I don’t think it’s cruel to animals Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For “My grandpa would always come home because we’re helping with the [excess some Hoover students, this means one more with a buck or something and I’ve always animal] population,” he said. “If we didn’t opportunity to enjoy the game of predator wanted to do that,” he said. “It’s not like I’ve [hunt], they would become overpopulated. versus prey. always wanted to go out and kill something Deer would be hitting cars and animals Senior Logan Barnby hunts two to three . . . I’ve just always wanted to be able to go would eat too many crops.” times per week during the fall. He goes out there for the experience.” According to the Ohio Department with family and friends because he enjoys However, according to www.bizstats.com, of Natural Resources, hunters have “bag the activity. hunting is more than just a popular pastime. limits,” where “You get outdoors and can relax,” he There are roughly 27,498 corporations that they can only CourteSy oF LoGAN BArNBy said. “It feels like how it used to be…in deal with hunting and outdoor activities harvest up to pioneer times.” in the U.S. These corporations serve more seven deer a Barnby has been hunting “since he than 21,217,324 recipients, both men and year, depending could walk,” when his father first taught women. on their permit; him how. Although both Andrews and Barnby they are also “It’s a family tradition,” he said. “Then mention that they know of girls who hunt, restricted to you find a friend who likes it too, and you they admit that it is predominantly a guy’s one antlered take them with you.” interest. deer per Freshman Mike Andrews also hunts “I don’t think girls are really into the year. for recreation. He and his family travel to whole [idea of] killing things and gutting Andrews southern Ohio and Pennsylvania six to eight them,” Andrews said. accentuates times a year to hunt during the different Andrews also notes that hunting can be what the seasons. He has even occasionally traveled an expensive hobby. His license costs $40, e n t i r e to Canada to hunt bears. ammunition costs about $5-6 a box and a experience “I like hunting because I enjoy the gun can cost around $500. of hunting is outdoors and I spend time with my dad and However, Andrews does not mind the for him. cost because to him, hunting is more than a “Killing hobby – it is a sport. isn’t the “It can be competitive and it does take important skill and talent,” he said. “You need to know part, it’s being able to get into the woods CourteSy oF MiChAeL ANdreWS how to shoot and track . . . where to go . . . and track it down and use a skill that’s been what you need to do if an animal comes and forgotten,” Andrews said. how to shoot it.” Barnby also emphasizes the whole event, Barnby also considers hunting a sport. rather than focusing on simply shooting an “Your opponent is the outdoors,” he said. animal. “You must withstand obstacles from nature, “It’s just peaceful to be out in the woods like the weather.” during sunrise,” he said. “Everyone can do it, Like a sport, hunters can compete, and everyone should try it at least once.” V according to Andrews. 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The Jordan Bucar, Kyle All-Federal League honors this Vikings lost 3-0 at sHannon pifer Feinberg(Right), year. Volleyball coach Mia Kent. Sophomore Alex Bojko, Caleb Thomas was named Federal Taylor Kiefer finished Cross League coach of the year. Don with a school record Honorable Hertler Jr. shared coach of the of 17 assists and senior Drew Furlong Mention: Tyler year honors with McKinley’s finished the season with over 31 goals, 3 Drake, Ken head coach shy of the school Staudinger, Brian Cross. record. (Left Mario Sousa Derek Quinn Ronnie Gnau Hertler came uBoys Soccer back from a kicks the ball) First Team: Matt 1-9 season Andrews, Drew to 7-3 and Hoover grad Furlong, Taylor Kiefer a playoff birth. Also Greg Habib,who Second Team: Mike Tabeling, Will Ballas receiving coach of the is a freshman Honorable Mention: Mike Vandervaart year honor was Travis at Ashland, is uGirls Soccer Ackerman who led the now the starting First Team: Hannah Mirzakhani, Jackie boys cross country team goalie. After Nicodemo to a runner-up finish at the starter was Second Team: Alyssa Marulli, Sarah the state meet this year. injured, Habib Warner Leading up to the state stepped in for the Game Honorable Mention: Karren Russell meet, the only loss for rest of the season the cross country team was to Perry at the as Ashland won the conference title. Game Faces Rachel Bosyj Name: Taryn Cochran Grade: 12 sport: Cross Country HiGHliGHts: First Team All Fed- Name: Brian Vasquez eral League Grade: 10 First Team All sport: Hockey County Faces postioN: Goalie Personal Record: 20 minutes 6 seconds Brian HiGHliGHts: Two-year varsity goaltender otHer activities: Hines Lettered as a freshman Track: 800 meter, otHer activities: mile, 2 miles Baseball Spanish Club JacoB Brow n 11.23.05 the viking views 43 4th Quarter Q Tyler Drake Will anyone miss T.O.? Before the Philadelphia Eagles played the Washington Redskins bunting and single hitting taking the place of the “all or nothing” on Nov. 6, the greatest thing to happen to their team in the franchise’s homerun hitting attitude prominent in the rest of baseball. The White history occurred. Terrell Owens was suspended indefinitely. Never Sox did not win any individual titles, but rather, the only title that mind that T.O. was the Eagles’ leading receiver with six touchdowns, matters – World Series champions. more than 750 receiving yards, and 47 receptions. More importantly, Meanwhile, T.O. was criticizing his coaches and demanding he was the Eagles’ leading distraction. more money. A dominant trend has emerged in all championship teams – just Even in the ego packed NBA, when players put their team first that, they are teams. While the teams might have many good players the result is always positive. Long gone are the days when one lone and one or two superstars, every member is team-oriented first. player such as Michael Jordan can single-handedly dominate the Championships, resulting from team devotion and selflessness are game and win six titles. Rather, by playing team basketball, and apparent at all levels of all team sports. playing defense, the San Antonio Spurs came away with their third In professional football, the New England Patriots are two time title in seven years. defending champions after defeating T.O. and the Eagles in last Meanwhile, T.O. fought with a teammate, Hugh Douglas, in the year’s Super Bowl. No player on their roster feels that they are locker room, and repeatedly criticized his quarterback Donovan above the team. And if they do, head coach Bill Belichick and his McNabb. staff make sure that they are not around long enough to poison the The team concept is perhaps even more vital to success in high rest of the team with their ego. Last season, while making their first school athletics. The members of the 2003 Hoover football team title defense, the Patriots became gravely depleted at cornerback. went 10-0 by putting the team first. Many good players united around To fill the void, wide receiver Troy Brown, a 13-year veteran, the desire to win and concern for one another, leading the team to gladly switched over to the other side of the ball, in the process, their first perfect season in close to 30 years. sacrificing incentive bonus money. Bonds to the team are so close, In a more recent example, earlier this month the boys cross that this year Tedy Bruschi, the heart of their defense, returned to country team placed second in the state meet. Unlike other teams in the field a mere eight months after suffering a stroke because the the competition, none of their runners placed in the top 20 postitions. “team” needed him. Instead, by each member pulling their own weight, the boys became Meanwhile, T.O. was complaining that the Eagles’ front state runners – up after all seven runners finished within 45 seconds office didn’t do enough to celebrate his 100th career touchdown of one another. reception. Meanwhile, T.O. has the rest of the season off to choreograph A month ago, the White Sox brought Chicago its first World his endzone celebrations, and the Eagles have the rest of the season Series title since 1917. They did it by playing “small ball.” With to pick up the pieces of their season, as a team. Sports: Captured [clock wise from above] seniors kyle robbins, Zac cochenour, and junior kenny staudinger watch as the fumbled ball bounces on the turf. Photo: shannon pifer senior Logan Barnby poses with the birds he killed. Photo: courtesy of Logan Barnby The boys cross country team smiles for the camera before their state meet. Photo: Julie saternus. senior chris Graham faces off in a recent hockey game against kenston 11.23.05 the viking views 44 High. Photo: courtesy of rick Graham.
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