The Torch The Official News Source for Rich Central High School Volume 9 Issue 7 May 6, 2011 Senioritis taking over? naturally,” Senior Ashley M. states. “But What, exactly, is that’s not always a bad thing.” senioritis? Many seniors are just like Ashley. Some are beginning to lose focus on school and make they’re main by Brent W. focus on partying and other outside of school activities. Senioritis, from the word Then there are some students “senior” plus the suffix “-itis” (which who look forward to their graduating refers to inflamation, but in colloquial day but aren’t necessarily counting speech is assumed to mean an illness), down the days. Senior Marla J. says, “I is a term used in the United States to think since freshmen year I’ve had describe the decreased motivation senioritis and I’ve been looking forward toward studies displayed by students to senior year. But now that it’s here it who are nearing the end of their high really came too fast. I love my school school, college and graduate school and I’m going to miss this place.” careers. Unlike Marla there are seniors Many Rich Central High School more eager to leave high school rather seniors are currently walking around then stay. “High school has been a with this “illness” at this moment. pleasure and has given me many Idealistically, many people believe that memories but I count down the days their senior year should be a breeze and until I can finally leave,” said Lisa K. should hopefully go by rather quickly, So there must be two different but for others they see their senior year kinds of “senioritis,” but one thing to as a working year. Some, too, hope it will remember is that, yes, high school is go by slow because a little bit of them four years but it is a very fast four wants to remain in high school. years, and when it comes to an end it “I’ve tried to hold off on my won’t be the time to drop the ball and senioritis for a while now, but it comes Senior student sleeping. Photo by Jacquline C. slack off. African-American History assembly a hit WhAT’s INsIde Making history all Page 1: Senioritis over again Black History Assembly by Brent W. This past Febuary, Rich Cen- tral High School put on a Black History Page 2:Central Issues Assembly that no one would forget. For many years now, Rich Cen- Inked for Life! tral has put on Black History assemblys at the end of Febuary, almost as a tradi- tion. Now, however, this year’s was very Page 3:Central Issues different. The assembly began with the F.L.O.W. Rich Central competetion team cheerlead- ers. The cheerleaders did a phenomnal job and wowed the crowd and really set Page 4:Central Spotlight the standard for the rest of the assembly. Most year’s the Black History Wiz Knows the Biz assembly showcased many students Rich Central Cheerleaders photo by who wanted to give a tribute for the month and showcase their talent. Jacquline C. Page 5:GORC Sports There were poetry readers, sing- ers, dancers and even an inspirational entertain.” For the first time this year, Ms. Lovely Ladies of RC speaker who left the entire crowd excited Anderson took complete control over the and feeling empowered. Even the students took assembly and did a “fantastic job” jun- ior Kendall B. said. Page 6:Central Voices somethinh away other then just being entertained. “The assembly left me with She took over for the recently retiree Ms. Viola Baecher. Prom: To go or not to go? a little more sense of pride because I’m Brenda W. and Rasmen W. black,” said junior Dajae R. “The assem- bly really suprised me I never realized played the roles of Master of Ceremo- nies for the assembly and also did a phe- Page 7:Central Voices how much talent RC students really had.” Junior Brittany Y. stated, “The nomenal job. They kept the assembly afloat and constantly moving on to the Unreasonable Rules assembly was more then just singing and next thing. dancing; they actually showed us that We can only think: “What will black people did/could do more then just they do next year?” Page 2 The Torch May 6, 2011 Central Issues Inked for life! seemingly rash decisions. The perfect tattoo or Rich Central High School junior Gilonni D. was tattooed with a star a mark of regret? and the phrase “What you give is what you get.” When asked why he wanted a by Nia G. tattoo, he replied, “I just wanted one and On Friday nights most teens it was a way to express myself.” have the same thing on their minds: Rich Central High School PARTY PARTY PARTY! However, this student Tatiana N. initially had no night is not a typical house party with regrets when she received her tattoo. dancing, but needles are the main Eventually, she realized, “I should have attraction. It a tattoo party. Tattoo ink Tatianna N. tattoo. and Gilonni D. tattoo.Photo by Nia G. gotten it in a different spot because it replaces normal party dangers as skin is won’t be appropriate when I wear a dress bared for the etching. Tattoo parties are to the comfort of their friend’s home and Teenagers often tattoo or shorts.” starting to become a fad for teens in allowing tattoo artists to use their body themselves to honor loved ones, as a Future implications of actions, today’s society. Many are asking the as a canvas. With twenty dollars and a religious expression, or just for fun. The even one as small as a tattoo, have long question, “Are teens getting tattooed note of parental consent, teenagers make commonality and popularity of the teen term consequences. Teens should too soon?” permanent decisions often on a whim. tattoo movement adds to its allure, recognize this before they go out and Recently, more teens have been Many decorated individuals who were causing young people to make permanently mark their skin. going out, not to the tattoo parlor, but once the minority are now the majority. Summer is almost here! stated, “I am just happy that the warm plus, I can spend a lot of time outside A season full of beautiful weather is near because now I can go with my best friends.” stated Brittney weather! outside without having to bundle up; it H. gets extremely annoying wearing a Shortly the temperature heavy jacket everyday.” outside will be rising, with temperatures by Janeen S He is not the only student at in the 70s and possibly the 80s. Rich Central that feels this way. Joshua Hopefully, it stays in that range. If not, it Many of the Rich Central N. also said that he wants to be able to is said that the temperature could students have been ready for summer to just throw on a pair of shorts and hang possibly go lower than 40 degrees. arrive. Well, guess what? It almost has. out outside. Brittney H. said, “All I need is A lot of the students are just ready to Winter blocked a lot of the top down on my car, my girls, and a bring out their short sleeves and shorts A beautiful flower.Photo by Jacquline students from being able to hang out beach.” Many students do agree that because the hot weather will soon be C. with their friends because it was just too they just want to be able to hang out at here. season of rain, so flowers will bloom cold. “When I realized that the snow and the beach. Spring has finally arrived, Early summer is usually a and the grass can turn green. Bernard F. cold is finally gone, I was very joyful; with summer waiting right around the corner. What’s with the weather? coaches. They are more worried about Weird weather conditions their fields than the weather. by Noelle S The spring season did already Everyone expects rain or sun start which makes it ten times worse for in the spring, not snow. Everyone also spring athletes. Baseball, track, softball, expects it to start to get warm, not colder. and soccer players all have to deal with This weather is really confusing many being cold and trying not to get sick. people because one minute we can wear Not only are players starting to worry, t-shirts outside, but the next minute we but the coaches are too. The fields for have to wear sweatshirts and jackets. all of the players seem to be getting “I hate this weather. It irritates worse and worse. me being cold one minute then hot the “I truly believe that our field next,” stated Rich Central senior Tyler isn’t even a field. It’s a mud pit,” stated H. This weather is definitely frustrating senior Tracy J. Some players are really us all. Everybody knows that this is just starting to lose faith in having any home the weather making a transition from games because of how horrible the fields winter to spring, so most students and The sun rising. Photo by Jacquline C. are. adults don’t complain. seem to care less about the weather The weather isn’t only All we can do is be patient “Its all in God’s hands,” says because it’s not really all that bad. Other affecting regular students or teachers. and wait. Good things come to those optimistic junior Brandi P. Some people people seem to believe otherwise. It is also affecting student athletes and who wait. Interested in BPA on their way to nationals becoming a D.C. here we come! Lisa expressed, “I really like make it to nationals with this being my BPA because it puts you in a diverse first time competing.” She qualified in reporter? by Nia G. setting and it is good experience. Everyone should try it.” Lisa has been Administrative Support Concepts. Raven joined BPA because she Join the staff of From Thursday through Saturday February 26 th , Business participating in BPA for three years and this is her first time going to Nationals. wants to major in marketing and it would be a great way to get a taste of the The Torch, your Professionals of America competed at Double Tree Hotel in Oak Brook in order She competed in prepared speech and placed 5th. business world. Raven said, “Everyone should #1 news source to qualify for Nationals. The sponsor for BPA is Mrs. Irvin and the president is “Going to Nationals in Washington, D.C. is special to me try BPA, even if they are not going into business, because it helps to develop for Rich Central Kevin T. Raven H. took first place with Kevin T., Evette R., and Lisa K. placing because it is the location of Howard University, the school I am attending in skills we all need at the college level.” Nationals will be held May 4th- High School.* to become delegates for nationals. This year, nationals will be held in the fall,” stated Raven H. This is her first year in BPA. 6th and we wish the best of luck to our Rich Central Business Professionals of Washington, D.C. She said, “I did not expect to America. *With the exception of the lunchroom, of course. Look for the online editions of The Torch at www.richcentral.org/torchissue.pdf! May 6, 2011 The Torch Page 3 CENTRAL ISSUES Valentine’s Day What is F.L.O.W.? Future Leaders of the school instead of focusing on personal growth and social issues affecting teens. World Students who have previously attended FLOW and want to be leaders should contact Ms. Stadt. Students who by Jacquline C. have never attended FLOW but would Did you ever wanted to know like to participate this year should also what FLOW was or what it really stands contact Ms. Stadt or ask teachers and for. FLOW stands for Future Leaders of prior students about the program. the World, and it was an idea of the Teachers nominate students to attend school board about 20 years ago. The FLOW. The nomination forms have purpose was to foster new leadership already gone out but you can still join skills among students and to bring the by contacting Ms. Stadt. three Rich Township schools together Many students say that this in a common project. program has really impacted their lives. Students attend four different Brittney H., a past participant, says that student-led workshops on such topics she would love to go to FLOW again as team-building and communication because it teaches you certain things skills. Each Rich campus sends eight that you should and should not do, it leaders and thirty participants to FLOW, teaches you leadership skills and shows which is usually held at Camp you the good and the bad in life. Heart stuffed animal. Photo by Jacquline C. Manitoqua in the Spring. FLOW is not A lot of the Snowball the same as Snowball; it’s only a one- participants also participate in this A day full of love express their love for one another. Ashley M. says, “My Valentine’s Day day event and its focuses on preparing program because they say that it is a students for leadership positions at mini-Snowball. by Victor C. was great; and of course I had a valentine!” About the middle of February, an important holiday filled with love, and what is a seemingly significant occasion Though many students did not have a valentine, the exchanges of loving words, gracious acts, and pleasant Grindz My Gears passed. This holiday the weather was smiles were still circulating through the What grinds your gears? cold, but the hearts of Rich Central’s hallways of Rich Central High School. students were still warm with There are always a few students out of compassion and love. This once-a-year the bunch who will be a sour apple When a random person jumps in to someone because they don’t have a valentine, but lovefest known as Valentine’s Day came and went and was acknowledged by the holiday is all about love whether it else’s conversation. students with smiles and joyful attitudes be with someone or just the feeling in –Janeen S. as they exchanged affectionate behavior. general. Students enjoyed themselves Seeing as how this holiday is once a and milked this holiday for all it was year, students received gifts of all sorts, worth with the outstanding gifts that When people smack their gum. from huge, life-sized stuffed animals to were presented and hugs that were small decorative bags with a card and exchanged. Overall, the students had a –Noelle S. candy inside. It seemed young men and good time exchanging gifts of love and women really went out of their way to indulging in bountiful amounts of candy. Dirty bathrooms. –Tamara M. The Torch Staff Waking up early. –Laryssa R. Editor in Chief Jocelyn A. Nia G. Chiamaka A. Article analysis. Layout Editor Blair C. –Ebony C. Brent W. Ebony C. News Editor When girls don’t wear properly sized clothes. Jacquline C. Janeen S. -Nia Sports Editor Victor C. Noelle S. Brian H. When people talk about Snowball but have Staff Kenisha H. never been there. Photographer Laryssa R. –Brent W. Jacquline C. Diane T. Sponsors Sitoria T. When you find hair in your food. Marc Helgeson Tamara M. –Victor C. Kelly Lonergan Kyle Y. When people talk stuff yet they don’t do The Torch is the official school newspaper anything about it. for Rich Central High School. -Jackie C. TPage 4 The Torch May 6, 2011 Central spotlight The RC Torch Rich Central Cheerleaders am proud that we can continue this Varsity squad takes legacy and I wish for the other years first at State after us to do the same, and make history.” Marissa S. says, “I always pull the team together and say a by Tamara M. prayer then we just pull each other close and have a pep-talk. I also just The Rich Central Coed make them laugh to try and relax Varsity Cheerleading Team placed their minds.” first in the 2011 ICCA state Being a senior at this competition in Springfield on moment could not feel any better. February 11th. This is not the first Jocelyn A. says, “I was very happy. time that they have won this This is my last year and it really competition, as last year they won meant a lot to me to win two years the title. They successfully defended in a row.” Even though a lot of their title. Varsity Cheerleading team.Photo by Jacquline C. seniors are leaving the cheerleading ICCA state held the best of At IHSA they were really hard to happier as they lead the varsity team team this year, they know that after the best cheerleaders. Marissa Small compete against. At ICCA we had to victory once again. For Jennifer they leave the other cheerleaders will says, “At ICCA state we competed one hard team to compete against.” this was her first year being captain only push harder and harder to against four teams and at IHSA state The captains, Marissa Small and winning state. She says, “It feels remain defending champions at the we went against twenty-six teams. and Jennifer Le, could not be great. Words can’t even explain. I ICCA state competition.” On the mat with Mr. Wiz Knows the Biz Stewart Dear Wiz: Why is everybody always in my business. What should I do? In my opinion, in order to get those people out of your business you must not let them in to begin with. This means that you shouldn’t let them know that they affect you or let them feel as if they know anything in the first place. Letting people into your personal thoughts, or even giving them a bit of insight into your business from the beginning of a friendly relationship, creates a sense of comfort for a new friend that may not always be welcomed by the opposing friend. You must begin a friendship the way you want it to be carried out. Sometimes friendships are hard and difficult, but the best way to have a relationship is by reflecting what you expect out of it in your everyday actions. Whether it be your adds on Facebook or deciding who you want to hang with during school hours you should always try to set boundaries with the people you know before they cross them and make you upset or uncomfortable. Mr. Stewart, RC’s Varsity wrestling coach. Photo by Jacquline C. For the people you don’t know you you shouldn’t worry about them as much. A majority of the time the people who think they know things how I went to college, through about you and don’t actually have a personal relationship with you don’t Wrestling coach opens wrestling.” Also, he was all-state in know much of anything. So overlook the people who decide to make up wrestling and all-conference in baseball. When his team wins their matches he preconceptions and rumors about you. Like the old saying goes, if they matter they don’t mind, and if they mind they don’t matter. by Ebony C. doesn’t overemphasize it, but he states, Mr. Stewart is the coach of Rich “Don’t get me wrong, I love to win. I Dear Wiz: Central’s wrestling team and he also concentrate on the individual, holistic I’m leaving for college next year and “consider[s] himself an educator rather improvement. If the wrestler does that, worried about my partner. What should I than a teacher. It encompasses more of he will be successful.” what I really do: getting students for the While getting ready for the do? Many teens are going to have the problem of relationship splits as next level.” He’s been here for more than matches he goes over team and they head off to college. This is a pretty common problem and as seniors’ last four years and really enjoys it. individual goals and also uses different year of high school closes out, many of them open a new chapter in their life. Coaching and teaching isn’t strategies based upon competition. Mr. A lot of things will start to change for them. Having a long distance any trouble at all. He talks about his Stewart states that the team did really relationship is not always the best situation because as you move on to experience wtih wrestling by saying, “It well this year: “On paper we finished 9- college and begin a totally new and refreshed social scene people can begin enhances it by me meeting other 2-1, but we could have easily finished 4- to change and the environment could very well be stressful for both parties. students. It’s a specialty I have. That’s 5; we must keep improving!” One serious struggle may end up being simply keeping track of another person’s life. This could really cut into a student’s school work time and Rich Central Fashion/ Talent potentially cause issues with grades on work, tests, and quizzes. On the other hand long distance relationships could spark a lot of Show focus in academic achievement if your partner is supportive and also an extremely focused student. For the most part it depends on the type of relationship that you and your partner have. If you feel that your relationship Where: Rich Central Gym is not mature enough or developed enough to hold onto that person through the school year with the distance than it would be best to cut it off before When: May 6th @ 6pm you inevitably end the relationship and leave emotionally hurt, stressed, or, Cost: $5.00 with ID worst of all, behind in college. May 6, 2011 The Torch Page 5 GORC SPORTS Fighting ‘til the End Gymnastics team soars of wrestling in state. He stated, “I am Teresa M. says, “Doing Boys wrestling sea- extremely happy that I made it to state; I RC gymnasts are the gymnastics at a high school level was feel that I made it to the highest level of the most fun I ever had. I met new people son ends with state competition which I have been working best of the best, though and we traveled a lot. Even though I was qualifier for for four years. It is a dream come true.” few know the only one to make it to state, my team came to support me.” Her coach, Mrs. by Janeen S. by Tamara M. Even though Ishmael R. did not Redmond, recently took a coaching Rich Central’s Boys’ Wrestling make it to state, he still received a great Gymnastics is not really known position at Homewood Flossmoor. team made it quite far this past season. honor. Having won 33 matches out of or heard of much at Rich Central. Few Tracey J., another gymnast at Rich Even though only one of the boys, 36, Ishmael R. was put in Rich Central’s people that gymnasts Teresa M. and Central, has been doing gymnastics for Bernard F., qualified for state, the school history as having the most wins for a Tracey J. are the only people at Rich three years and learned so much was very proud. Bernard F. stated that wrestler. “It is pretty awesome that I Central High School who have been able throughout those years. many ups and downs have happened in broke the school’s record for the most to witness the gymnastics experience in She says, “I loved my coaches, this season, but the team did not give wins; when I started wrestling at Rich Rich Township District. they were strict, but they did what they up and kept on fighting. Central I never imagined that it would Teresa has been in gymnastics had to do to get the job done and that Bernard F. and Ishmael R. were go this far.” for 10 years, and she went to state her was making me and the other gymnasts chosen as this years MVPs on the Although they are seniors and first time on the team in 2009. Teresa also better.” wrestling team. “The season went well it was their last year wrestling for Rich did club gymnastics at United Even though gymnastics is no for my me and my teammates,” stated Central, they both stated that they will Gymnastics Academy in Frankfort , IL, longer a sport at Rich Central, Tracey Ishmael R. “When Bernard made it to always consider themselves to be a part but she wanted to bring the trophy home and Teresa now work at Gainers state and I didn’t, it was bittersweet of the Rich Central wrestling team. to the Olympians. Gymnastics as coaches. because I felt as though we both Bernard F. stated, “For future deserved it.” Bernard F. was extremely wrestlers, listen to your coach by all proud of himself for qualifying for state. means. Work like you have never worked Although he did not get first place, he is before and believe in yourself because happy that he at least had the pleasure there is a champ in all of us.” Majorettes are the Sports Spotlight lovely ladies of RC by Ebony C. Majorettes & Color start searching for the next generation of these “Lovely Ladies.” Tyler Williams “This past season was truly a Guards look to keep good one and I’m looking forward to the tradition alive next one,” says captain Brittany Y. The Majorettes and Color Guards recently by Brent W. held workshops and auditions for the new spots, and the band is looking for Rich Central’s Marching Band any and all females to audition. is more than just musicians. The “We look for dedicated and Marching Olympians also feature the hardworking girls who aren’t afraid to Majorettes and Color Guards. sweat, and who give us they’re complete Who, exactly, are these ALL,” squad captain Dajae R. states. females? They are trained specialists at The Majorettes and Color baton and flag twirling, along with Guards are under the direction of Ms. dancing and marching techniques. Donita Monroe and the band director This past marching season the Mr. Phillip Crews. Majorettes and Color Guards were made It is pretty clear that all are very Tyler Williams. Photo taken by Jacquline C. up of about 20 females and now that the excited to see the new team and what it The Rich Central be as of now. He knows he season is coming to a close, its time to has to offer. Varsity basketball team has would like to go to a Division a sophomore student on the 1 college. Also, he wants to go team and he really puts in to the NBA, but he knows the Attention work. In his words, “I’ve being playing since third odds of that happening are slim. Tyler states, “If I don’t Rich Central grade and I really love it”. Tyler says, “My dad taught make it that far, at least I’ll have a college degree. I’ll me how to play when I was start studying law.” Students: ten and I have not stopped Tyler’s favorite NBA ever since. It’s the best thing player is one of the starters he taught me so far.” on the Chicago Bulls team, The hard work and Derrick Rose. The reason why practice he puts in with his he likes him is because “his dad’s rec teams have really whole concept of playing is paid off. Since the season good. He goes for what he ended in the spring, he wants with no hesitation.” joined the track team at RC Also he states, “With the help High School. of D. Rose they have a good Tyler is the youngest chance of going to the NBA boy on the team and gets Finals.” more time than some of the Tyler has a lot of heart Come out and support the RC girls older guys. He first played on HFPD Rec lead and really for his age, along with a good head on his shoulders. soccer team! Talk to any soccer enjoyed it. His intentions are With a good trainer he will be ready for the girl for more info on games. playing in college, but he is not sure what college it will league sooner than people think. GO Tyler! Page 6 The Torch May 6,2011 The rc Torch Media Center’s diverse nature helps school Devin A. thinks it’s a good MC where we all go place for students to come learn, do for the right info. research, and to check out books to enrich your mind. He says, “I come to By Jacqulin C. check out biographies on people such as Malcolm X and others.” Also Matthew J. thinks “the RC’s Media Center is a library Media Center is useful because, in case within the school where students, staff, you have enrichment, or study hall, you and community have access to a variety could get your work done. The Media of resources. Students come after school Center is a place where teachers meet to to do homework, read books, tutoring, assist students after school, so it’s very and study. Students utilize this facility useful.” as a place where they can gather their The school’s Media Center is thoughts in a quiet setting. These the core of the school. Resources for all thoughts will assist the students in curriculum areas plus books and other priortizing tasks that must be completed. printed material for leisure and Three computer rooms are entertainment are available for students available, though many feel that there and teachers. With the advent of recent are not enough for the students. If information technologies, the Media The Media Center. Photo taken by Jacquline C. teachers have to fight over who gets the Center provides access to research computer labs, or who gets it first, it sources that are current and easy to use. technology to be compatible with the technologies and databases to the staff makes its harder for freshmen and “The Media Center implements information age and to continue to find and students. sophomores to learn how to write new technologies and databases, and the current resources. Information literacy, working papers. demonstrates to both teachers and Mrs. Baker also emphasizes that with teachers to support the classroom The Media Center has students innovative ways to find and the school should have enough space curriculum, and sharing their love of circulation of 50,307 books, magazines, use information using text and to allow patrons to use the facility books and stories with students are all a or audio equipment. An average of 530 technology,” stated Mrs. Baker. As comfortably. Newer computers that are part of what Mrs. Baker and the Media transactions take place on a monthly technology advances, our school and compatible with today’s technology Center hope to bring to the table at Rich basis. Media Center need to have updated would allow one to implement new Central High School. Put all your chips in the middle! cheesiness may slightly balance out any Flaming Hot Cheetos scorching hot heat or pungent flavor. Both of these brands are identical in vs.Crunchy Curls appearance and looks are not a factor that can be taken into consideration by Victor C. because they are identical to the eye. After much deliberation, the Though there isn’t much to compare and decision between Flaming Hot Cheetos contrast between these too seemingly and Crunchy Curls, which is not an easy alike brands of hot chips, students decision to be made, has been definitely have a preference. determined by researching Rich Central When speaking to Rich Central students’ preferences and asking a few Junior Fahey L., he said, “I like the people which brand they would prefer cheesy flavor.” He also replied saying, to eat and why. Many were undecided “Where I grew up, people ate a lot of because they could not make a clear Crunchy Curls, so I kind of grew up on decision. Some say that these two kinds them.” There are a lot of Crunchy Curls of chips are too different to be at Rich Central and a majority of the compared. Flaming Hot Cheetos are students we talked to eat Crunchy Curls crunchy and have no specific form more frequently. besides generally straight and narrow. Junior Shankena S said, “I Crunchy Curls are in a Crunchy Cheeto prefer Flaming Hot Cheetos because I Different chips that kids eat.Photo taken by Jacquline C. form and are covered in a cheesy thick do not like the cheesy flavor.” type of hot seasoning. Students argue cheesy flavor to their product. Though For the most part, Flaming Hot It is evident what students that these two types cannot be compared they are different in taste, they are also Cheetos are hotter than Crunchy Curls prefer. There are more students walking simply because of the twist that Crunchy very similar and easily comparable in a and seem to scorch your mouth as around eating Crunchy Curls than there Curls adds to their brand by adding a general sense. opposed to the Crunchy Curls, whose are eating Flaming Hot Cheetos. Prom: A big deal, or just another day? Prom not totally great When certain students hear that their friend or family isn’t going to by Noelle S. prom they make such a big deal about it. What’s the point? Prom is a wonderful thing to Although some may be against many students around the United States, prom, others are all for it. Some families but to others it’s a bore. Prom can be may not even have the money to spend what you make it. As a student, I believe on prom yet they manage to buy a whole that prom isn’t anything but a “dress to lot just to keep their child happy. Most impress” type of thing. teenagers seem to be stuck on the fact To some of us high school that if they don’t go to prom then they’re students, it makes no sense to buy a missing out on the “high school dress or tux for over 100 dollars when experience.” we are only wearing it for a night. If you Many teens believe that who really want to just party then why don’t ever doesn’t go will regret not going. I you buy a nice outfit for fewer than 50 mean they might regret it later on, but dollars and go to a party? It’s just that that’s on them. When it comes down to simple. it, its their decision and nobody elses. Prom or not? Photo taken by Jacquline C. May 6,2011 The Torch Page 7 CENTRAL ISSUES Unreasonable rules? Listening to music can be Should electronic de- soothing and it can also help students stay on task and get their work done vices be allowed in the quickly. As long as the music is not loud and disruptive or playing while the classroom? teacher is talking, it shouldn’t be a problem. Listening to music can also by Laryssa R. eliminate students constantly talking to each other and being disruptive. A lot of In many schools, students are people listen to music while doing daily not allowed to be on their cell phones or activities like homework, driving, listen to their iPods or mp3 players in exercising, cooking, and cleaning. class. This rule should be changed In Rich Central, if a student is because electronic devices are not caught on their cell phone or listening disruptive if they are used properly and to their iPod it gets confiscated and a not being abused. Administration and parent has to come pick it up. Some teachers only look at the problems that teachers kindly give warnings, other electronic devices cause instead of the teachers take the device and turn it in to Cell phone and Ipod. Photo by Jacquline C. positive ways they can be used. the dean’s office. If you refuse to give Every student does not use up your electronic device, you get a student texting in class if they are paying they could be used for educational their devices to be disruptive or cheat three day out of school suspension. attention to the teacher at the same time. purposes like looking up the meaning of on tests. Most students use their This rule is unreasonable and Technology has become a big factor in something or for use as a calculator. devices for relaxation and as a tool to electronics should be allowed in school society and plays a big role in everyday Using a dictionary application on a cell get things done faster. Teachers and as long as they are not disruptive. life for many people. Most cell phones phone is quicker than going to get a administrators should consider both There is nothing wrong with a and some iPods have internet access and dictionary to look up a word. sides of what technology can do. The 60th annual NBA Weird Things by Lashai S. All-Star weekend Weird things happen everyday but u never know why competition, and the skills challenge NBA All Star Game events all happened. NBA players Blake Griffin, Javale McGee, DeMar DeRozan, seeing as man is too insignificant and too 2011 and Serge Ibaka participated in the limited by Laryssa R. competition. Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers won the dunk contest. to even try to comprehend God’s The NBA All-Star game was In his winning dunk he jumped over a mysterious ways held in Los Angeles, California. Fans car. It showed Griffin’s originality and voted for their favorite players to talent. Nobody had ever done anything i don’t blame us for not knowing the truth participate in the game. The all-star like that in the contest. weekend started on Friday, February 18th The 60th annual NBA All Star with a celebrity basketball game and the game took place on Sunday, February but what else can someone like me do? rookie challenge. The teams for the 20th with great players from the East and celebrity game included Romeo Miller, the West. The West won the game and im neither sage nor a just human Trey Songz, Secretary of Education Arne Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Duncan, and MVP Justin Bieber. The Lakers was MVP. He scored 37 points. so i know im not perfect. celebrity game was very interesting and Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye West exciting to watch. The basketball talent performed at half-time and they gave a im also not a saint the celebrities had was surprising. On great show. The game and the other All- Saturday, February 19, the all-star slam Star events were very exciting and so i can’t save everyone i know dunk competition, the three-point interesting to watch. i am a simple creature of flesh and bone Fashion/ i suffer hell in my flesh n soul life torturing events overcome my happiness Talent Show and im left not knowing the real truth so i reflect my thoughts wondering why my life cant be a spoof * * of that movie with that happy ending but then i snap back to reality noticing life is never as it seems ~Friday May 6th~ maybe thats why we never know in the RC Gym the truth behind certain things IS THIS REALLY THE WAY GOD INTENDED LIFE 2B???