The Chit-Chat A WILDCAT Tradition
Volume 54 Number 2 Waggener Traditional High School October/November 2008
Waggener News Analysis
debater takes aws
Presidential election draws near
first place by Ryan Atkinson
Staff Writer gas prices across the nation.
This country is going through tough
by Bradley Erickson
The 2008 presidential election will make times and needs to be pulled out of the
history. The results of this election will sinking hole fast before the hole gets too
Waggener Traditional High School de- have an impact on every Waggener Tradi- deep. Obama plans on cutting taxes for the
bater Junior Elizabeth Hollis is on a roll tional High School student over the next middle class, implementing a universal
after just two Jefferson County Debate four years. If Senator Barack Obama wins, health care system and pulling out of Iraq
League matches. Hollis came in first place the United States will have its first Afri- slowly.
at the Oct. 11 match beating out two South can American president ever. If Senator Most students may not be able to vote
Oldham High School opponents, one John McCain were to win however, the now, but so much can change in four years
Brown High School opponent, and one United States will have its first female vice and by the time of the next election most
Larue County High School opponent in president in Sarah Palin. of this year’s freshmen will be able to vote
four rounds. Both Obama and McCain offer change, in four years.
“I like to debate because I like to argue,” but which change does this country need Continued on page 3
Hollis said. She said her strategy changed as of now? Lately the economy has hit an
during the October event because, “I all time low. The
started to flow better, and I knew what to stock market took
say.” The process of “flowing” involves
taking notes on what the opponet is saying
record plunges in one
week, the national Don’t Miss the Chance to
when he or she is arguing points. debt sign ran out of
Martha Brennan, coach of the Debate
team, believes that both debaters Senior
Ashley Gutgsell and Hollis did well by just Junior Elizabeth Hollis argues against “the
digits, and our coun-
try is in trillions of
dollars in debt to
coming out and debating at the first JCDL killing of one innocent person to save the lives other countries.
debate match held Sept. 27. “We got of more innocent people” at a recent JCDL Obama talks of major sday
by Thursday, October 30.
trounced by the Oldham High Schools— Debate Tournament. change for our coun-
North and South Oldham,” Brennan said, try. McCain however Waggener Traditional High School will join more than
“In fact, most Louisville schools were beat doesn’t talk to much 50,000 high school students from across the commonwealth
gument during a final rebuttal as well as who will cast their ballot in the National Student/Parent
by the Oldham high about change and
schools.” building an initial case seems to want to Mock Election.
Brennan stated that about a single issue, continue President A special Kentucky ballot will enable students to vote on
Gutgsell and Hollis are like to debate
like to debate Brennan said. Debaters Bush’s policies into the candidates for president, U.S. senator and U.S. repre-
good with their argu- will be working hard on his own possible term sentative in the third district.
mentation but need to because I like tolike to the November/December as president. Bush’s In addition, issues of national importance such as the
improve on organiza- topic: “In a democratic tax cuts for the rich economy, immigration and energy will be included on the
tion. Other aspects of argue.”
argue.” society, felons ought to have failed and a war ballot.
debate include question- --Elizabeth Hollis
--Elizabeth retain the right to vote.” that is going nowhere Results will be reported in the next issue of the Chit-
ing thier opponet during has lead to a huge Chat and will be able to be viewed by website. Stay tuned
Continued on page 5 to the morning announcements for more details.
cross examination, bringing home the ar- debt and record high
I Editorial News Center Spread Features Sports
n “We’ve got spirit, Health Science Vampires are taking Mr. & Mrs. Smith A round up of the fall
s yes we do.....” program takes off and over bookshelves, serve up some advice to seasons plus a new
live theater, movie students in need; feature: Coaches
i Do we? 2
includes many busy
theaters and T.V.
Words from the Wise
d (Antwan) Banks.
2 The Chit-Chat
Waggener Traditional High School
How much do we really love our school? tive change for the
It doesn’t take a genius to tell that spirit but have fun too. It would be safe to next four years.
Waggener Traditional High School is tre- say that out of the 1000 students in this A poll of many
mendously lacking in school spirit or pride school only a small percent of them par-
students reported in
these days. ticipated in every spirit day all week. Who
the last issue of the
Consider this: How often is Waggener doesn’t like to wear their pajamas to
defeneded by students? The answer is not school? Why wouldn’t you represent your
that student’s top
very often. If students were asked how graduating class by wearing a certain concerns in this elec-
they felt about “reping” color? We might yell it tion has to do with the
this school, some would out in the hallways and
Iraq war, gas prices
say they defend come up with signs,
and the economy. We
Waggener ALL the but we don’t really “DO”
heard you and that is
time—faithfully. Yet oth- homecoming. Does that
why we are backing
ers would say things like: make sense? Obama.
“NO. Waggener’s lame. W a g g e n e r The Chit-Chat
Why would I rep them?” students, it’s time to stop
believes that Obama
or “They are so lame. playing around and start
can fix the failing
They never win any having some real school
economy in the United States and bring
games, in any sport. No.
What’s the point?”
fun. ( Yes, school can be
fun) These are four of the Editorial
Editorial gas prices under control. As the people
of the United States, and Waggener Tra-
How is it that those who most memoralable years ditional High School students, grow tired
say that Waggener is
“lame” are the ones who
of your life. We’re only
in high school once, why Chit-Chat proudly of the war in Iraq, we can trust Obama
to slowly pull out it. Health care is an-
are not participating in
any of the school events?
not make it worth remem-
bering? Wildcats, don’t endorses Obama other major issue at stake with many un-
able to afford health insurance or to sim-
Our school is “lame” from the lack of wait until the next homecoming to say that The big one is coming. That’s right, ply see a doctor. Obama has plans to
school spirit and pride. If you don’t take you’ve got spirit. Join a sport, a club, or it’s that time of year again. It’s election implement health care coverage for ev-
part in the events that let you show school flaunt your Waggener wear proudly. Don’t time. This time we are voting for the eryone.
spirit then yes, it’s going to stay “lame.” be afraid to say, ”YES, I go to Waggener candidate who will be the future 44th So, if you are tired of the “same ol’,
After all, we students are Waggener Tra- Traditional High School” with pride. president of the United States. same ol” and want a change for our coun-
ditional High School. How much do we really love our There are two candidates to choose try, then Obama is the candidate for you.
Take Fall Homecoming for instance. We school? from: Senators John McCain of Arizona If you are 18 or over, get out and vote
have two big homecomings every year— A wave of change is coming. Let the and Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama. For those under 18, you will
football and basketball. Each one consists wave start with you. We ARE the Great- The Chit-Chat is proud to endorse have a chance to have your voice count
of five crazy, yet fun days in which stu- est! Barack Obama. We believe he will bring also in a mock election to be held here
dents not only get to show their school the best change for our country. Obama at Waggener.
promises to fix the errors made by the Speak your intent for the next four
current administration and provide posi- years—VOTE Obama.
A WILDCAT Tradition
Chit-Chat Editorial Boar d
Published eight times a year, The Chit-
Chat--the student newspaper of Waggener
Traditional High School is a public forum,
with its student editorial board making all
Feed me! Feed me!
The Chit-Chat is hungry for opinions this to The Chit-Chat. Please turn in your opin-
Editor-in-Chief Ashley Gutgsell decisions concerning its contents.
News Editor Asia Jewell school year, help by “do- ions or your “dona-
Unsigned editorials express the views of
Features Editor Lianet Ramirez nating” your opinions to tions” to The Chit-Chat
the majority of the editorial board.
Opinion Editor Ryan Atkinson Letters to the editor are welcomed and our hungry mailbox! mailbox which is right
Sports Editor Sheldon Moore The Chit-Chat is par- outside of room 201.
will be published as space allows. Letters
Chief Photographer Dailyn Cruz ticipating in a food drive, Please be sure to have
must be signed, although the staff may with-
Chit-Chat St af f hold the name on request. The paper re- not just any food drive— your name with your
Antwan Banks Reporter/Photographer serves the right to edit letters for grammar we are collecting opin- submission (although
Danelle Brown Reporter/Clerk and clarity, and all letters are subject to laws ions from students. Feel letters can be printed
Joy Bunch Reporter governing obscenity, libel, privacy and dis-
ruption of the school process, as are all con-
free to express your anonymously upon re-
Arnell Cheatham Reporter/Advice Columnist
Bradley Erickson Reporter tents of the paper. opinions concerning any quest) and remember,
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Aurelio Hernandez Reporter those of the staff, nor should any opinion article your read in The right to edit your piece
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Waggener Traditional High School
Health Science Program keeps students busy
by Dailyn Cruz
Staff Writer and pass the MNA test. If the student choice that I’ve ever made.”
passes the test, he or she gets an MNA WTHS has a Health Science Program
The renewed Health Science Program certificate and can start working as a since 2005. This program is a big step
at Waggener Traditional High School is medical nurse aid. for those students considering going into
making an the medical field. According to Pam
impact on Misleh, teacher in the Health Science
students Program, many students get started in the
who want programs as freshmen or sophomores in
to have a order to go through the whole program.
career in It is also possible for a junior or senior
field of to take advantage of the program as well.
m e d i - Any interested studetns should talk to
cine. Misleh in Room 224 to find out more.
In order In addition to talking classes, students
to susceed in the program helped at the recent
in the pro- school-wide blood drive and are selling
gram, stu- first aid kits as a fundraiser.
d e n t s
w e l l
Josh Lefler allows Sarah Morrison to bandage his arm while learning about Dominga Ciprian uses “Billy” the dummy’s
the fine points of a career in the medical field. foot as she perfects her wrapping technique.
sciences. “Forming part of the program will help Sydney Reynolds (right) get good practice in
The medical program consists of five me become a better doctor,” said Junior bandaging Ashley Palmer’s arm during class.
classes: Allied Health 1- Introduction to Mason Hunter, a student who is currently
Health Occupation, Allied Health 2- In- involved in the Medical Terminology
troduction to Emergency Care, Allied class.
Health 3, Medical Terminology, and
Medical Nurse Aid
Senior Dominga Ciprian, another stu-
(MNA) dent who is taking Allied Health 1 and
W THS students to travel the world
to trav world
where students will get preparation for 2, said, “Learning how to do Cardiopul- by Asia Jewell
their future career. monary Resuscitation (CPR) in order to Staff Writer
Upon completion of the program in the save a person’s life helped me realize that
Welcome to the whole wide world of Waggener Traditional High School. There are
senior year, a student will have to take being part of the program is the best
more than 100 students going to trips all across the world. Here are a few of the trips
planned so far:
Matt Anderson, Amber Jaggers, and Martha Brennan are taking 37 students to the
Pancake 2009 Presidential Inauguration January 17-21. The trip will include touring sites in
Washington, D.C., watching the presidential inauguration and parade and attending a
contest Nov. 7
student-only Inaugural Ball. Several student from the Chit-Chat and Lair yearbook
Where will the hippest party of 2008
Breakfast will be attending to officially cover this event as well as other students all throughout
Amy Ritchie is taking students on a trip to London and Paris. It is only open to
happen? Well, it could be at Waggener $5.00 theatre arts students or students that have helped or been involved in theatre arts. The
trip is already planned and is March 26. This eight-day trip will take in London for five
Traditional High School? It is at WTHS. Applebees in the days and Paris for two. Eighteen students are traveling to London and Paris. Both WTHS
Coach Gerald Harrison and the WTHS
Golf Team will be hosting a Rap and Sing Highlands graduates and current students are invited to take this trip. Students still interested have
until Nov. 1 to sign up before the total trip price increases.
Sat., Nov. 29
Contest on Nov. 7 at 3:15 to 6:30 p.m.
There will also be a special appearance Mary Muse’s Choir class, Chad Russell’s Band class, and Linda Lancaster’s Orches-
from the WTHS Step Team at the Contest tra class are going to Orlando, Florida to visit Disney World and perform at the Market
in the Large Cafeteria. Cost to get in is $4 Place. Students will have a three-day park-hopper pass, but their primary reason for
and Harrison is promoting that prizes from All proceeds will benefit student going is to perform. May 13 to 17.
radio station B96 radio will be given away. journalists traveling to Washington All French and previous French students are now welcome to join Mdme. Stewart on
To buy tickets, keep an eye out at lunch or D.C. in January to cover the a trip to Quebec, Canada. It will be a six-day trip (by air) June 15 to June 20, 2009. The
contact Coach Harrison or one of the golf Presidential Inauguration. cost for one student who enrolls by Oct. 24 is $1,686. The only two fees not covered by
team members. the cost are lunches and a passport.
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Waggener Traditional High School
Presidential election analysis
analysis continued from page 1
Those students who can vote have to realize that It’s apparent the American people are crying out in
just one vote can carry the fate of every American. agony for a change and change is what this country
Each American citizen plays a part in the United deserves after eight years of not an era but an error.
States success. Voting students must know that who Hopefully, the voters will think wisely on election
ever wins this election will have a dramatic affect on day because the fate of the country is in their hands.
their adulthood lives. Only the voters can decide to
make it harder or easier on themselves.
Obviously, this country can’t keep going in the
same direction as the last four years. According to
PollingReport.com which posted a CBS/NewYork
Times poll conducted during Oct. 10-13, only 7
percent of U.S. citizens polled think that this coun-
try is heading in the right direction. This country
needs positive change—change that will put the
United States in the right direction. Change that One of these Senators John McCain (left) and Barack
Obama (right) will become the 44th president of the
brings a good economy, affordable health care, and
United States on January 20, 2009.
a positive outlook in this country’s future.
October Students of the Month show excellence Conway
Begun during the school year 2007- Zach Hajdalenko
08, The Student of the Month program Grade 9
has quickly become a Waggener tradi- “You always bring a
tion. Students are nominated by a positive attitude to
teacher (pictured here) for simply be- the class. You are
class every day.
ing good students. A boy and girl is se- willing to step out-
She always par-
lected from each grade by a small com- side your comfort
ticipates in dis-
mittee to be the monthly winners. Stu- zone and take the
cussions in Principal Candi Conway has announced
dents of the Month receive a certificate opportunity to learn
telemedia.” the 13 students who will serve on the
and gift card to Buckheads Bar and something new.”
Mrs. Evans Princpal’s Forum for the school year 2008-
Grill. Mr. Anderson
Derrick The Principal’s forum is made up of stu-
Hodges dents who want to represent their peers in
Grade 11 Jacqueline Kalb discussing issues with Conway. The fo-
“You always Eric Cherry
Grade 10 rum also acts as an advisory counsel to
demonstrate Grade 10
“You are a ter- Conway when issues arise that concern the
Wildcat dedi- “You are an enthusi-
rific student and entire student body. Conway seeks Forum
cation with astic learner of
work hard on all member’s advice and input.
your presen- French! Tu es super!”
of your assign- This year’s Forum is comprised of the
tations. Keep Mrs. Stewart
ments! following students:
up your im- You make great
peccable job choices at Junior Hana Ateeq
both inside the classroom and out.” school.” Junior Brandon Coggeshall
Mrs. Jaggers Joe Murphy
Mrs. Cannon Senior Tabia Islam
Senior Thurman James
Emerald Frost Freshman Cassie Kelsey
Katie Swain Grade 11 Senior Brittany Kelsey
Grade 12 “You set a high standard for yourself and Junior Taylor Rihn
“Congratula- others. Your Junior Kayla Robertson
tions for be- spirit, dedica- Senior Tierra Ross
ing chosen to tion and Senior Bethany Rowan
be the student spunk make Junior Theo Yates
sideline re- class joyful Senior Brandon Yates
porter for In- for all around Senior Kasey Whitaker
sight Cable you.”
football “You are an exceptional science student
Mrs. Any student wanting to bring an issue to
games. We are very proud!” that really shined in this unit, ‘Motion in
Jaggers Conway can either talk to her in person or
Mr. Evans One Dimension.’ You are awesome!”
ask one of the Principal Forum members
to discuss it with her.
Waggener Traditional High School
W THS webpage provides information
Need general information about
Waggener Traditional High School? Well
Resource Center under Teacher Resources
menu. This area provides rubrics,
Hollis and debate continued from page 1
visit WTHS’s website, at examples, WTHS’s plagiarism policy, The team is always open to members join- Dec. 6-7--Ohio Valley Invitational—Lex-
www.waggenerwildcats.com. and information on different writing styles. ing the at any time during the year. “Just ington, Ky.
Information found on the site includes The site’s information is not just lim- realize it’s a lot of work,” Brennan said. Jan. 31--JCLD Tournament at Pleasure
teacher information, the dress code, and ited to helping seniors, visitors will also See Brennan in room 201for more infor- Ridge Park High School
student life. Bill Forbes who is the STC find sport schedules and information on mation about joining the team. Feb. 21--JCLD Tournament at
teacher at Waggener said, “The website clubs and activities as well as other news March 7--Catholic Foresnsic League Tour-
can be very useful to find information that from WTHS. The next several debate tournaments are nament—LaRue County
not just meets students’ needs, but also “I take suggestions from students, teach- as follows: April 18--JCDL Grand Tournament of
where parents and teachers can find good ers and staff all the time,” said Mr. Forbes Nov. 8--JCDL Tournament at Waggener Champions
information.” about building the site. Everyone is invited Nov. 14-15--Princeton High School in
Seniors can also get help with their writ- to make suggestions so that Waggener’s Cincinatti, Ohio
ing portfolio pieces by using the Writing website is a better place to visit.
Junior Rings can still be ordered Step team gears up to compete
Juniors will want something to remem- Jostens- 3028 Hunsinger Ln Waggener Traditional High School has Wednesday and the team is preparing to
ber their school in the future--a class ring. Louisville, KY 40220 a brand new step team this year. The dance- enter a competition as soon as the they
The deadline has officially past, but orders (502) 454-0474 like team is sponsored and coached by feel like they are fully prepared. “We work
can still be placed at these various loca- ECE Assistant Ciara Johnson who is also really hard at practice, sometimes we get
tions depending on the company. Herff-Jones- 3221 Ruckriegel Pkwy #3 new to WTHS this year. Many students a little irritated but we still try our best,”
Louisville, KY 40299 showed an interest in the team. “About said Step Team member Makah Howard.
Balfour- 7101 Intermodal Dr (502) 240-0575 thirty students sighed up for the step team The team is looking forward to future com-
Louisville, KY 40258 but I can only have between 20 and 25,” petitions and tournaments.
(502) 933-8001 Johnson said. Practice is on Mondays and
Chess team seeking players Chit-Chat
Practice: Everyday during lunch
Mondays: After school
The Chit-Chat selected its editors and staff in
Meets: Thursday after school September. Above, the editorial board is made
up of (from left) Senior Asia Jewell, news
editor; Junior Sheldon Moore, sports editor;
See Mr. N in room B-32 to sign up and for Junior Lianet Ramirez, features editor; Senior
Ashley Gutgsell, editor-in-chief; Senior Dailyn
more information. Cruz, photography editor; and Senior Ryan
Atkinson, opinions editor.
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for Va The undead take up homage at Cirque books are
Actor’s Theater in Louisville
soulmate. Every instinct in his body just “tells” him that he’s supossed to be with
D racula, the famous vampire novel by Bram
Stoker has been adapted for the stage here at
the legendary Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and
takes the audience
for a thrilling
Curtis Rand as Dracula in his human form and by
David Ian Lee as Dracula in beast form. These
actors make Bela Lugosi (an ancient movie actor
who played Dracula) eat his heart out. These actors
are so in character during their performance that
“My favorite character, Jacob seems to be imprinted to Bella. All he does is
hat started out as an incoherent dream has become one of theatric ride. you literally think they are creatures of the night—
the most popular book series of our time. follow her around like a love-sick puppy and is always trailing her wherever she
The play starts lurking in the dark for victims to keep them alive.
Stephenie Meyer’s first of the four-book series, Twilight, goes,”Ritchie said.
with Dracula The play is directed by Bill McNulty who also
Many readers are suprised that this is the first book that Meyer has had
was released in 2005 and has won countless awards like the chasing his plays Professor Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula’s
published. Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and it has also first victim, arch nemesis.
Arts degree in English. She now lives with her husband and three young sons in Soph
been listed on the New York Times Best Seller list. The Mina, into a garden All of the actors in the cast play their perfor- o
four-novel series which includes New Moon, Eclipse and
Phoenix, Arizona. After the publication of her first novel, Twilight, booksellers
in the form of a mances with such strength, but Dracula steals the Rich more
chose Meyer as one of the “most promising new authors of 2005.” Her novels ard W
Breaking Dawn as well as Twilight, has become extremely vicious demonic show in the best way possible. Dracula frightens said ilson
well known with many high school students (especially have been translated into more than 20 languages for readers around the world.
creature that makes the audience in ways that the Saw movies, Hostel, book at the
Anyone interested in reading more information about Meyer or any of the
female), and Waggener the Wolf Man look or Texas Chainsaw Massacre can’t. Realism is d, the
Twilight books can visit eaders of the just c y
Traditional High School
like a little what this Dracula production has because the old.” ’re
has not evaded to puppy. But the thrill action is right in front of your eyes and every- Cirque Du Freak series keep
at www.stepheniemeyer.com. coming back for more...12 books more to
vampire bug. doesn’t stop there, it where in the theater.
The series is about a If paranormal romances are your be exact.
just continues on the Not everything is perfect about this adaptation of
teenage girl named Bella thing, stop by the library to pick up The surprising, and unexpected endings of each of the
track like an Dracula, however, it still flowed well like the
your a copy of Twilight, but don’t be series of Cirque Du Freak makes the readers more
Swan, who moves to adreneline rushing blood in a healthy person’s veins. Judging by the
suprised if you’re put on a waiting list interested in what’s going to happen next.
Forks, Washington to roller coaster ride when the audience experi- audience’s positive reactions to the play, the minor
to get this famous fanged fantasy. The book series is about betrayal, vampires and
live with her father. ences a Dracula that sends blook rushing imperfections didn’t matter.
Soon after starting through the veins. As proof, Dracula even had a standing ovation werewolves among other great things that make readers
school, she catches the Dracula is played to perfection by Randolph by a huge portion of the audience. This production jump out of their chair when reading. According to
eye of Edward Cullen, of Dracula gets five fangs out of five. sophmore Kyle LaBahn, “The story catches your atten-
who just so happens to tion, it doesn’t give you the ending, but implies what is
be a vampire. There is going to happen next”.
also furry friend, Jacob The series is written by Darren Shan, a novelist born in
Black who comes from a London who moved to Ireland at an early age with his
long line of were parents and his younger brother. The series is very
wolves—werewolves, of course. Being in love with a
vampire isn’t all its cracked up to be. Drama ensues and
n of m at the
True love for HBO’s True Blood popular among high school boys and many boys at
Waggener Traditional High School are hooked.
always includes the clumsy, accident prone Bella. t he att e showing The series consists of 12 books that take
ught oon b ive in
as ca s me al the reader on a vampire odyssey. “It’s just
Edward becomes the object of desire for both Bella and
es t hat h hool will ill co
ampires seem to be taking over television once again. After years of shows
the reader. While it would seem that most girls are jealous eri c s hS w ght cool”, said sophmore Richard Wilson who is
book l Hig Twili is like Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there’s a brand new show on HBO
mpire raditiona ovel ilight on book number two.
of Edward’s love obsession, junior Amanda Mills sees it h e va rT vori te n ey er. Tw rks, called True Blood.
differently. “I can definitely sympathize with Bella. I mean, ggene our fa anie M to Fo Vampires have come out of the coffin in this series as citizens. Despite the For some students, reading all these
at Wa s. . 21 y St e p h o m o v e d a r r i a g e t o
we’ve all probably been in the situation where we want the e Nov ie. ove l by h fact that they are still bloodsuckers, they want to live peacefully with the books in one series might seem a little bit
movi hursday, mov ight n nager
’s m with
best for someone, but we also want what we want the most.” On T d exiting d in Twil erican tee ing her m compared k when humans. As for the blood, which is the vampires idea of a delicious meal, a extreme, but for others, reading them is a
Amanda explained. “Like how Edward wants to protect an ase Am ow ng roc Japanese scientist created a synthetic blood for them to drink. In other words, way of talking to people they will never
a new movie is b Swan, an father foll ty is nothi world is h, the meet, dreaming about things that never
Bella by staying away from her, but he’s also so head-over- The
y of B
her he ci a’s boring tandoffis them, and fake blood, to keep vampires from lusting after humans for dinner.
ks—t l s
heels in love that he wants to be around her 24-7.” th e stor ton to live hates For e. But Bel tiful and ll eyes to , she is This series takes place in a sleepy dull little town in Louisana. Telepathic happened, and listening to stories they
Although love is a BIG part of the story, one reader finds ing lla o m eau w a Biology at would never hear from a real person.
Wash r man. Be rizona h Cruelly b ward) dra d in es th
waitress, Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anne Paquin, also played Rogue in the
the vampire lovin’ that takes place in the book a little a nothe previous A en family. er and Ed ith Edwa ella realiz X-Men movies) works at Merlotte’s—a normal every day restaurant/bar. When Anyone interested in reading
’s ll sp w B these books can go to the library and
finicky. “The romance is actually one of my least favorite Bella ets the Cu , Alice, Ja d to work in lab and the restaurant get its first vampire customer—173-year-old Bill, things get a
me alie n. Force ing o stop ons and ask Ms. Heckel about them or see if
things about the book.” said Waggener English Teacher Amy she s
’s (Ro ceptio rk had t little complicated. The two are instantly drawn to each other.
n re wo
ey a r. they s temptati
Ritchie. “It just doesn’t seem as likely to happen or as Culle s no ex en th e Altho
ugh to it There’s no short supply of colorful characters that help the story along. your English teacher has some in
realistically strong as it becomes.” Ritchie explained. “To B ella i ly hurt wh protect h ampires. ulnerable find o
ut Sookie’s brother, who is a suspect for a murder because of his womanizing his or her classroom library. Hurry
nt to v lv
me, it seems more likely that Bella wants to become a a ccide is trying family are ey are stil ie and ways (played by Ryan Kwanten, who also played in the triller Dead Silence) up, because other students want to
rd is th e mov
vampire—not because she’s fully in love with Edward—but Edwa ard and h lood, but n to Bella. ? Watch th makes for an interesting character. Tara, Sookie’s best friend (played by Rutina read the books too.
because she wants to escape her boring life.” Edw human b rly draw ther Wesley who also starred in How She Move) gets into tons of trouble through-
g a ach o
One, unusual romantic concept in the book is “imprint- dr inkin is particul ove with e out the series because of her outspokenness. There is also Lafayette Reynolds
rd in l
ing.” This takes place when a werewolf is confronted by his Edwa they fall . (played by Nelsan Ellis), the gay cook of the resturant and who has his own
W ill app en unusual personal life.
what True Blook is an entertaining hour filled with romance, suspense, and Sophomore Kyle LaBahn is more than
mystery, with a small hint of humor (what’s not funny about vampires drinking half-way through the suspenseful Cirque du
fake blood? ) on HBO, Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Freak vampire books by Darren Shan.
8 The Chit-Chat
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Mr & Mrs. Smith offer advice we want to
Do we want to
to students with “issues” Mr. & study or sleep?
Have you ever wondered if study
Are you hearing rumors about yourself
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Other students have been talking
Mrs. skills class is for developing study
skills or sleeping skills? As a student,
floating from one mouth to another and
all around school? Are you fed up with
about me in front of and behind my
back by criticizing my hair and the way
Smith I hate to admit it, but I have spent too
much time in study skills perfecting
your boyfriend, girlfriend, parents or I dress. I’ve been having trouble try- those student have to say about you. If I my sleeping skills. From what I have
teachers? Is life just getting to you and ing to ignore the criticism. It makes me were in your situation I would see it as seen, so have too many other students.
you need some advice? Stop stressing out so mad to the point where I wanna fight them talking about you because their hat- Making students take study skills
about the drama and write to us. We’re everyone who makes a comment. I’m ing on you! They don’t like anything about will not make students get better
here to help. We are here to help you— trying to remain calm, but its really get- you because you’re doing things that are grades. There are better classes we can
within reason—find solutions to those ru- ting to me. Any suggestions? good. When you hear these people talking take and study skills is not one of
mors or personal problems. We guarantee -Clowned On A Lot. about you they really want to complement them. Study skills is bad for the school
advice for any of your problems that you Dear Clowned, your hair and the way you dress, but they because we stu-
can’t solve on your own. We are happy to Violence is not the key to resolving your don’t want to because they might be afraid dents take it as
provide you with useful tips in every is- problems. We intend to listen to others that you’ll get more attention then them. So free time and not
sue of the Chit-Chat. So please, feel free criticism and only take heed to what they they will say things about you to be the work time. Like
to share any problems and concerns that say because we forget about our own self center of attention. The only thing that you myself, many
you may have. All letters submitted must acceptance. We must first accept who we have to do is take their negativity and use other students
have a real name; however, we can print are as individuals and continue to know it as a confidential boost. -Mr. Smith don’t know what
the letter under an anonymous or fake who we are at all times even when we are to do in study
name. Put your letter in the mailbox just in doubt the most. Always remember you Dear Mr. & Mrs. Smith, skills and are say-
outside Room 201 or send an email to Mr. don’t need acceptance from other people Because of the problems my boy- ing, “Study skills
& Mrs. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. for YOU to accept the things you do. friend and I are having outside of is one of the most
Mr. and Mrs Smith. -Mrs. Smith school, my grades are dropping. I feel I boring and one of
You shouldn’t really listen to what
should break up with my boyfriend be-
cause that’s the only way I can put a classes we have to of the
take at Waggener
focus back on my school work. This is
my senior year in high school and I re- Traditional High Wise
ally want to make it a good year by keep-
ing up my GPA. At the same time, I I can’t speak for
other students, but
think about our relationship even more
and I’m confused about what to do. I want to the best I Column
What should I do? can be. I wonder
-Second Thoughts how many students
feel this way? Hav-
Dear Second Thoughts, ing me take study skills is not
If your boyfriend really cares about you making me do the best I can do. A lot
he will understand how you feel about the of time I would listen to music and go
situation. Sit him down and explain to him to sleep and I would often hear stu-
how you feel. If he’s a good guy you can dents say, “I don’t have work so I am
both come to a mutual agreement. If a going to sleep.” This is why we don’t
break-up is the result—you can still be need this class because nobody feels
friends. -Mrs. Smith like they need study skills.
I know the principal and teachers
Dear Second Thoughts, want me to be successful, but you are
If you and your boyfriend are having not helping me and other students with
problems and it’s affecting your academ- a class like study skills. How does a
ics, I think it is best that you focus on class like study skills help us on the
school right now. High school years are the CATS test? What would really help us
best and the most important years of your would be to take a class that would
life—it teaches you responsibility and pre- help us learn and get a credit for it. I
pares you for the future. So if you really want to be prepared for the future even
want to get back on track with school, then if that means Waggener High School
I think you should make the wise decision has to push me to do it. When I am in
of breaking up with your boyfriend and get study skills, it pushes me and others
your thoughts back on school. Once you to do nothing.
feel secure with how your doing in school, I think we should kick study skills
then you can make the decision about be- out of the building and begin pushing
ing in a relationship. -Mr. Smith for a better future.
Waggener Traditional High School
Wacky & Wild Homecoming
(Left) “Yes, we have no bananas!” Junior
Katie Howard got a little hungry at the pep rally.
(Right) Wacky Justin Holsclaw, a Junior, poses in his crazy
attire for wacky day.
(Below Right) The WTHS Volleyball team shows their
spirit for Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
(Below) Freshman Cara Akin won the banana eating
contest by defeating herself as she was fooled and the
school gets a laugh at the pep rally.
(Top) Sophomores Kierstyn Foote(left) and
Kristin Bale(right) support Waggener’s Breast
Cancer Awareness Day by wearing their pink .
(Above) The cheerleading squad were at the
pep rally doing what they are do best, cheer.
(Above, Left) Gliding through the halls, Junior
Jaquell McCauley shows his school spirit
through Wacky Day.
(Far Left) The Junior crowd gets hyped at the
pep rally, except for Kyle Roberson who had his
(Left) Crazy Assistant Principal Trent Bates
enjoyed a makeover by the cheerleaders at the
10 The Chit-Chat
Waggener Traditional High School
Girls volleyball season improves during “building year”
Mandy Zhao said. “The happiest game was against Iroquois In all, the volleyball team had 14 games
by Yufen Zhao Both players agreed that the biggest High School at home because many fans
Staff Writer this season and won two of them—
competition was against Sacred Heart were there to support our team,” Jewell Shawnee at home and against Iroquois at
High School during districts at Seneca said. home. ”They tried their best and put their
Learning plays, building strength, and High School this year. Zhao agreed, “We won that game and the heart into it,” Kuhnell said about the team.
working though strategies were three of the team was really excited.” WTHS volleyball team
items on coach Beth Kuhnell’s agenda for members included Seniors Kasey
the 2008 volleyball team. She is the coach Whitaker, Jeriah Hazard, Katie Swain,
of the Girl’s Volleyball Team at Waggener Mandy Zhao, Asia Jewell, Grayce Avila
Traditional High school. and Alexa Elder; Juniors Amanda Mills,
“This was a really tough season because Sam Stewart, Domingue Bell, Bethany
it was a ‘building year ’,” Kuhnell Dour, Roneisha Brown, Shanae Brooks
said. There were 18 players on the and Ariell Smith; Sophomores Kristen
team including eight players that have Nakayama and Alexus Pace; and Freshman
never played volleyball before. The big- Taylor Tiscendorf.
gest competition was Southern High
School. Kuhnell had to teach them the ba-
sics of volleyball before moving on. “The
difference between this year and last year
is that last season there was only one new
player that had never played volleyball
before,” Kuhnell said.
What is it like to play under Kuhnell?
“She’s really funny and really cool,” one
of the new players Senior Asia Jewell said.
“She’s nice and it is very easy to be
friends with her,” another new player,
(Top) The volleyteam shows their proficiency in “pass, set, play” during a
recent game. (Right) Senior Mandy Zhao bumps the ball to a teammate.
Bowlers aim for strikes against Trinity
by Antwan Banks
The Waggener Traditional High helping get the players ready for their
School bowling team won’t be satis- first game. “I love making my play-
fied with having a winning season, ers much better because it makes me
they want to have a winning season better for my players,” Hofelich said.
that includes bringing down the Trin- The team practices on Tuesdays and
ity High School Shamrocks. Thursdays and will soon be having
This year’s team has a record num- meets in December.
ber of 22 bowlers that make up both The players that make up the 2008-
a boys team as well as a co-ed team. 09 squad are: Seniors Brandon Yates,
According to Team Sponsor Kristie Allison Ballard, Stephen Steiger,
Hofelich the bowlers are putting the Desiree Pohlman; Juniors Brad
focus on attitude, practice and expe- Erickson, Chris Rice, Tyler McGill,
rience to pull off wins against Trin- Theo Yates and Mikah Howard, Blair
ity and other schools in the league. Cross, Jimmy Higgins, Chris Steiger,
As the bowling team at WTHS Clayton Koenig, James Poulter and
looks to win more games than last Alicia Shacklette; Sophomores Mat-
year, they will have a hard time play- thew Mann, Phillip Carter, Adam
ing against teams like Trinity High Steiger and Alex Steiger; Freshmen
School. With a small amount of se- David Mills and Richard Rodriguez.
niors, WTHS’s bowling team will According to Hofelich, this year
have trouble with a bigger team like will be an amazing season for the
Junior Chris Rice keeps his eye on target. Trinity. bowling team.
Hofelich said she looks forward to Rice shows that follow-thru is an important
aspect to perfect bowling form.
Waggener Traditional High School
Sports Coaches Corner
Boys Soccer has winning season
Boy Talking about coaching golf
Welcome to the first “Coaches Corner”— want to win; I have always won at every
The Waggener Traditional High School Captains:
a place for the coaches of Waggener Tra- sport I have ever played or coached. I un-
Soccer Team ended the season 9-4 after Donnie Yaste
ditional High School to talk about their derstand that I’m a new coach in this game
losing to Trinity in the district Sam Kpoh
teams, coaching style, challenges and called golf, and to be honest, I’m learning
game. They were 9-3 in the regular season Raymond Mkandama
plans. Each issue of the Chit-Chat hopes on the job. Now that we have a couple of
with wins over some good teams and some
to have a wins, the kids and I know what it feels like
ranked teams including St. Francis, Scorers:
c o a c h and know what it takes to win in high
Ballard, Trinity, and Western. This year’s Abdiaziz Hussein
from a school golf. I think we want to have that
team had eight seniors and had been play- Ramiz Muradov
boys sport feeling more often; therefore, winning and
ing together for two to three years. Abdikadir Mohammed
and a girls losing will mean more to me next year now
This year’s coach, Kevin Schulz worked
sport dis- that we have the experience and knowl-
hard with his players all summer and was Key Players
cuss their edge we need.
pleased that they worked hard throughout Donnie Yaste
the season. Sam Kpoh one of the captains Jonathan Hilliard respective
Coach Harrison talks it up teams. Chit Chat: How much do you love being
and star players said that the team’s motto Abdi Karamn
with Atherton High School’s This issue a part of the team and why?
was “play hard, work hard and be the best.” Sam Kpoh
golf coach. is proud Coach Harrison: I really love being a part
Raymond Mkandama of the golf team because the kids do what
Key Games to have
Coach Harrison, boys and girls golf coach, I ask them to do and they always give me
Waggener vs. Seneca 1-0 Coach Schulz said that he was pleased
kick off the the column. 100 percent. I also love the fact that when
Waggener vs. Ballard 3-1 with the support from Waggener faculty we travel to a golf course we get to see
Waggener vs. Western 5-0 and students and looks foward to next
Chit Chat: As coach, how does it make the beauty of the sky, land, the beautiful
year’s season. green grass, and to meet new friends. What
you a better person on and off the sideline
and why? keeps me from going heads over hills is
Coach Harrison: It makes me a better per- the fact it cost a lot of money keeping the
son on the sideline because it teaches me team going and 75 percent of the expense
patience and how to stay still and let the is on the coach.
kids do what they do best. Golf is a
gentlemen’s sport; therefore, I’m quiet and Chit Chat: What makes you be the best
polite and I quietly cheer for the other coach you can be and why?
team’s kids as well as my own. WHY? I’m Coach Harrison: Love for the sport and
a very hyper coach; I have a lot of energy the thirst for the knowledge of the sport
and I just can’t stay still very long. When I will make me the best coach I can be. In
coach track I never sit down, I constantly track and field I feel I’m one of the best in
walk, talk, shout, sometimes use bad the state and I have the records to prove
words, and I will never cheer for another it; however, I have a lot to learn to be the
team that is competing against mine. Golf best coach in golf. I do my best to make
has taught me to bottle up my energy and sure the kids have fun, I keep their sched-
Abdi Karama takes has forced me to be a nice guy to an op- ule tight, I keep them jumping , keep them
the offensive position posing team. loose, keep them laughing, and keep them
as he wrestles the excited about what they are doing. I have
ball away from his Chit Chat: Do wins and loses “get to been more of a golf manager; now that I
Trinity High School you”—why or why not? have more experience, we should be more
oponent. Coach Harrison: Yes and no. I always competitive and win more golf matches.
I’m looking for bigger things in 2009.
Theater The 2009 Lair Yearbook
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• Plays Pre-order price: $55
•Trip to Europe
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Fast-Forwarded into the Future>>Horoscopes>>by Taniera Paige In the end you will be proud with the deci-
sion you choose.
You may feel like you’re over- wrong direction for you; live your life Your leadership skills are Taniera Paige is contributing writer and
loaded with so much work; pro- thinking how you can make it better for needed more than ever; be care- senior at Waggener High School. She has a
crastinating is probably your yourself by taking small steps to achieve ful because you often take the very positive attitude, loves children, and en-
main problem. Being very cautious is your your goals. wrong route, you don’t want to mislead joys helping people. She intends on attending
best bet so you don’t fall behind. others. Spalding University to become a psychologist.
Trusting your instincts is the Taniera is on the Green Team and involved in
Staying focused and getting your best path to follow this month; Believing what people tell you FCCLA. She enjoys being in those two orga-
work done is what is usually ex- your instincts can help you get wouldn’t be the best choice to nizations because it gives her the opportunity
pected from you. Join a club; out of bundles you don’t want to be in. follow this month. Give your- to lead and work with people that have the
they could use your studious skills. You Listening to that little voice inside can self a chance and stop doubting yourself. same priorities as she does.
never know you might like it and they mean everything to you when making ma-
might like you. jor decisions.
Life isn’t going all right for you Taunting off to your peers that
yet; you feel that something is you are better than they are isn’t
missing. Don’t think too much on the way to go about things this
the subject; it will only make you more month. Not “putting your foot in your
depressed. Start thinking about how you mouth” will be a challenge that will soon
can pull that grade up in your class that be tested as you “conversate” with your
you’re falling behind in. friends.
Being selfish has been a real On a regular day for you, you
problem for you this month; usually ask one of your close
loosen up and start saying friends for advice. Try some-
“Yes.” This shouldn’t be a problem for you thing different today; give your friends a
since you’re a very open-minded person. break from one of your dragged-out sto-
ries and listen to them. A close friend of
You’ve been dreaming a lot yours is going to need your assistance with
lately about random things. Start opinions on what they should do.
paying attention to what the ob-
ject of your desire is, and just “go for it.” You may be feeling down lately
but know that you’re a very cou-
You may feel that to be happier rageous person. Don’t let small
you have to tune everybody out things get to you as much. An event com-
in your life. If you continue you ing up soon will test your ability to fly pass
may ruin your friendships. Instead, stop things with ease.
being impatient when life’s going in the
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