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December 2008 GILES HIGH SCHOOL Volume Two Spartonian Staff Spartonian Staff Chelsea Cole JJ Kirkner Oliva Humphreys Katelyn Osborne back cover editor and art work Gelsina Ceritano Kelsey Frazier news release editor front cover Harmony Tripp Mr. Michael Etzler faculty advisor Giles High School Marching Band by Katelyn Osborne This past year Giles High School’s own Marching Band has competed in three competitions this marching season. They competed at James Monroe High School, George Wythe High School, and Raleigh County Marching Festivals. Out of all three competitions the Giles Marching Band received the three highest scores ever this year. Also in addition to their highest scores, they ended with an 88.2 and received second place runner up grand champion trophy out of twelve bands in the Raleigh County Marching Band playing during the last pep rally of the Festivals. While year. Photo by Katelyn Osborne competing in competitions the band has been busy this year performing at the Homecoming Parade, Red Devil Reunion Game, five home football games, two away games, and one playoff. But Marching season isn’t officially over until the band has performed in two Christmas Parades. As they say the show must go on the road and band has now started their Symphonic Band season. In addition to Symphonic Band starting up so has the Jazz Band. They too have begun practicing two times a week. This year Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will be putting on a Christmas Concert. They both will perform for kindergarten through third grade at Macy and Eastern Elementary Schools on December 11th. Then Symphonic and Jazz Band will Will Mosses and Alex Lane drop a beat on the make their debut to the community on December 18th at 7:00pm and to Giles drums during the performance at the pep rally. High School on December 19th. Way to go band on your three past competitions and hard work and dedication into making this season a great blow out! ROGER’S BODY SHOP Quality Body Repair Since 1977 Frame Work Insurance Claims Free Estimates WE USE DUPONT PAINT Downdraft Paint Baking Booth GO SPARTANS!! Roger E. Jennelle, Owner 208 Curve Rd. ● Pearisburg, VA 540-921-2524 2 Where Should GHS Money Go Towards? by Katelyn Osborne Lately GHS has updated on it’s technology with a new LCD screen TV in the lobby that shows information on slides, and new elmos and smartboards in the class room to better enhance the teaching and learning process. Now it has been decided whether or not to replace the old bleachers to new updated and safer ones. While these new improvements are very helpful and do update the school, a poll was taken to get the student body’s view on what they think about these new improvements. The students were also asked about what they thought could better enhance their learning environment. When a majority of the students were asked if they thought the LCD TV was an improvement over the other the old TV, 17 students out of 33 said they thought it was not needed for improvement, but Junior Blair A picture of the new flat screen TV in the McGee was one of the students who lobby that displays student information. Photo by Katelyn Osborne thought it was an improvement and said, “It’s newer and more complex!” They were also asked if Giles needed a new set of bleachers and 22 students out of 33 agreed that we do need new bleachers. Senior Reid Ballard commented that the visitor side is looking junkie and probably dangerous and the home side should be updated as well. When the students were asked if they thought if the new smart boards and elmos benefited classroom instruction, 23 students agreed and 9 students disagreed. Lastly the students were asked what the school could invest in to better enhance their learning ability in school and other areas to make school more fun and enjoyable. Some students suggested newer textbooks, computers, and desks, while others suggested better lunches and more clubs. Over all the survey showed that the school’s Another picture of the newly investment in their new technology does benefit teaching in the classrooms because added smart boards in various students thought that it was a great way to learn in a more hands-on experience. Also the rooms around the school. students show their concern and interest in bettering their education. 3 ATLAS Project By Katelyn Osborne The Atlas project is a particle physics experiment that has been conducted at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The project will detect the collisions of protons with high energy as well as what forces created the universe. The particles will collide in opposite directions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the center of Atlas. In theory the LHC is basically a big bang machine. In addition to learning this, the project is also able to detect the origin of mass, extra dimensions, black This is what the inside of the atlas detector looks holes, and dark like. Information and images from atlasexperiment.org matter. Scientist are overly filled with excitement; in being able to rewrite children’s textbooks because the experiment could possiby change our knowledge of energy and matter as we know. Atlas has become one of the biggest collaboration experiment ever attempted in physical science. The project brings together 37 countries with over 2500 scientist and over 700 hundred students as well. The experiment first test run started on September 10, 2008 to debug and set up the detector; therefore, the project shut down in October of 2008 to spring of The collaborators from the Atlas experiment are 2009 due to a large helium leak in the tunnel and for winter shutdown. The project has been rescheduled to resume in the spring of 2009. The recorded pictured in one of CERN’s new buildings. data will be on 100,000 CDs per second but only a fraction of the data is actually documented. Your # 1 Source for Local Sports VIRGINIAN LEADER “Alive and Growing” Small Enough To Know You, Big Enough To Serve You Visit our website First virginianleader.com United Methodist Church 1101 Valleyview Drive P.O. Box 400 Pearisburg, Virginia 24134 540-921-3434 Phone: 540-921-1021 4 Is the End Really Near? By Kelsey Frazier Some people say that the Mayan calendar stops at the end of December 21, 2012, churning up all sorts of religious, scientific, astrological and historic reasons why this calendar foretells the end of life as we know it. Many people seem to think some of the extreme possibilities will occur to end human life on this date. Some believe global warming will increase; earthquakes, drought, famine, wars, social collapse, even killer solar flares will enter the earth in 2012. Planet X is another extreme possibility. Planet X was spotted by astronomers in the early 1980's in the outermost reaches of the Solar System. It is said that the Planet X is speeding right towards us and is to enter the inner solar system in 2012. Two years ago, Patrick Geryl, then 51, quit his job as a laboratory worker for a French oil company. He’d saved up just enough money to last him until December 2012. He has been preparing for the world to end for two years and says it’s going to be survival of the fittest. He has composed fifty seven pages of things he will need on “Doomsday”. The list consists of things like wheel barrows, huge amounts of water, batteries, canned food and other necessities. Patrick also found a survival group which shares his belief and consists of other men and woman who have been preparing for the 2012 event. If you are someone who believes this hype I suggest lots of water and flash lights. If you are someone who does not know and just hasn’t really paid much attention to 2012 here are some examples on why this hype may not happen. The astronomer Philip Plait has stated very clearly that the Mayan calendar does not end in 2012 at all. It is like the odometer on your car, as each section of the odometer reaches 9 and then clicks over to 0, the next number to it starts a new cycle. So when all the numbers again reach 0 all the way across the odometer, the last number will change from 1 to 2 and the new cycle starts all over again There have been reports of more than 500 dates when the world was going to “end”. Y2K being one of the largest hype. The Bible says we will not know the date or the year of Doomsday. In conclusion, the date 2012 is just a belief that the world will end. And just like every other belief there are counter beliefs. Although, the date 2012 is the first “end of the world” that has an actual religion, scientific study, and belief that states the same date. 2012 will be the Doomsday and opening day of a new way of life. It’s up to you to decide if you believe it. 2012 is the biggest thing on the internet today. Just type it on Google and see the billions of pop ups. 5 Meat Fest 2008 Review by JJ Kirkner Meat Fest 08’ was a great success! The outcome of this show seems to prove that teens and adults can be respectful and responsible when needed too. The show was originally supposed to start at 1pm and end by 10pm, although the show was delayed a few hours till about 2:30 or 3pm, because some of the bands arrived later than expected even though the show got set back a few of hours it went off pretty good. Something that was a little disappointing to the bands and myself is that a portion of the audience didn’t start showing up until about 4 or 5pm. The bands to play were the Most Ill, Black Damp, Diggity Dave, The Reasons were Legion, Beards and Bats, A Society Red, Half Sane, and The Misled. They originally had ten bands booked to play but The Makeout and The Buried unfortunately could not make it to the show. Due to two of the bands not making it down, the price of admission went to $5 instead of $7 per person. A lot of people were surprised at the outcome of the show. Pretty much everyone at the show was respecting the rules appointed and most important of all no policemen were called about the noise of the bands/people or for any other reason. The way I look at it, there will be more Meat Fests to come, if people and fellow bands that come to the show refrain from goofing off. But Meatball (Matthew Conley) Host over all I think the and vocalist in Half Sane audience and the bands behavior was good, and I give thanks to the people who attended the show for being so respectful and responsible, and I also give thanks to all of the bands for driving down here to play for us. BarlowGirl Home For Christmas by Olivia Humphreys BarlowGirl captures the spirit of the season in its first holiday project, Home for Christmas. The Christian girl rock band consisting of sisters Rebecca, Alyssa, and Lauren Barlow had a desire to make a holiday album that their preteen and teen fans, as well as their grandparents would enjoy. With the exception of a rock arrangement of “O Holy Night,” which was recorded and released a few years ago, the ladies of BarlowGirl laid aside their rock roots and took a fresh, yet traditional approach to this album. The result was a timeless collection of renditions of well known Christmas songs with a few new additions. Among the 11 tracks are “What Child is This?”, “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel”, and “Angelic Proclamation (O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard On High/ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)”. Along with these classics are two new songs; “Panis Angelicus” is a beautiful Latin operatic tune that Alyssa sings lead for. BarlowGirl also included “Hallelujah (Light has Come),” which the band wrote after reading Luke 1. “We were trying to get the perspective of Mary’s being both the mother of Jesus but also that He came to die for her, to be her Savior,” Becca says. “Reading out of Luke, we were thinking, What did Mary feel during this time? The song is kind of a lullaby to her son. I’m really excited about it.” BarlowGirl released their first album, BarlowGirl, in 2004, followed by Another Journal Entry and How Can We Be Silent in 2005 and 2007. Among their singles are “Never Alone”, “Mirror”, “I Need You to Love Me”, “Grey”, and “I Believe in Love”. These singles have earned them many Gospel Music Association (GMA) and Dove Award nominations. “Never Alone” also was the longest running #1 song in 2004 on Christian Hit Radio (CHR) and Christian Rock charts and was the "Song of the Year" on both charts. 6 Stars, Stars and More Stars! By Kelsey Frazier. What is a star? There are several definitions of a star. A Magic Star Star is a ball of mostly hydrogen and helium gas that shines extremely brightly. A star can signify star quality, doing well at something or being the best. However you see a star, it signifies something of value. Celebrities are viewed as stars. A shooting star represents life and how fast it can be, live it to the fullest. Some believe it’s a chance to make a wish while others just believe they are there to fill the sky at night. You have awards that present star like qualities, like being the head football player or being a star performer. Nevertheless, stars are viewed as an optimistic image. Patrick the star fish from TV comedy Sponge Bob. Star of David STAR Basketball Player Dewayne Wade What Does the Peace Sign Really Mean? by Gelsina Ceritano The peace symbol is becoming more and more popular throughout our generation. The new fashion seems to be all about “peace” and the hope for a better environment, but when did this symbol become so popular? Do not let the peace sign just be a piece of fashion; it’s not just a simple circle with a few lines. The symbol is The peace sign was used as a cry for one of the most widely known freedom during the civil rights rally. signs in the world. Invented in Images by google. 1958, Gerald Holtom, a professional designer, created the peace sign for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC). British advocates that formed the campaign for nuclear disarmament used Holtom’s invention as a badge for peace. Holtom invented this symbol by the request of Lord Bertrand Russel, head of the British campaign for nuclear disarmament. The “fork” in the middle of the circle spells out N and D, which stands for nuclear disarmament. The peace sign made its way over to the United States as a button in the 1960’s. The symbol was adopted from a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., and was used during the civil rights marches. There are still The peace symbol incorporates the letters people who argue that the symbolism of the peace sign correlates with the “anti- N(uclear) and D(isarmament). Christ” because of the upside down cross with broken arms. Please be aware that the peace sign is completely harmless and the future of the sign is just as important as it’s history. So the next time you are wearing the well-known symbol of peace be sure to realize the true meaning. 7 by Harmony Tripp Crowds gathered in anticipation as the results of the polls rolled in on November 4th. The country has spoken and the new President Elect is Democrat Barack Obama!!! The news came as quite a shock to the Republican citizens of America, and while McCain politely accepted defeat, his crowds were a lot less agreeable. The crowds booed and shouted at the mention of Obama’s name, but eventually accepted the outcome of the 2008 election. Since the election, several horrible acts of vandalism and outrage have popped up across the country, speaking out against the new President Elect. Although there is some disagreement towards Barack Obama and his new found title, there have been no “serious” acts of hatred that have physically hurt Obama or his family, which is always a concern for any President or President Elect of the United States. December has crept up and with the coming of Christmas; there has also been a coming of change. Barack Obama has started to choose his cabinet. He is choosing many of the same members that were once a part of Clinton’s cabinet, and some feel that his reign will be the same as the “run of the mill” leaders of the past. Then there are those who are aware of the variety of people who Barack is choosing for his cabinet. By choosing cabinet members from various parties, Obama is getting an amazing collection of people so that he can have numerous ideas and brilliant people to help him run the country. Throughout the election Obama’s slogans have, in some Sources from www.barackobama.com way, focused on change. When Obama is inaugurated in January there are several prominent matters that he wishes to deal with. What are some of the changes you will see when Barack Obama takes office? Well, he plans to make health insurance work for people and businesses, not just insurance and drug companies. Obama plans to reduce costs and save a typical American family up to $2,500. Barack also hopes to help create five million new jobs by investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future, and within ten years he plans to save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined. He also intends to put one million plug-In hybrid cars, cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon, on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure that they are built here in America, which also adds many new jobs to the American workforce. In addition to these other great changes he hopes to ensure that ten percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and twenty-five percent by 2025. Obama wants to implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions eighty percent by 2050. In the past, there have been leaders who have promised many changes with hardly any follow-through. But in this time and age it is entirely possible for there to be such incredible change, especially under the leadership of Barack Obama. It’s time that the nation realizes that there will be change…and this time it will be “Change we can believe in”. 8 Stressful Jobs by JJ Kirkner Before you start thinking about getting a job, you should realize that jobs around the world are becoming more and more stressful. No matter who you are or what your age is every job you take no matter how big or small, will make you stressed out once in a while. Whether or not you're dealing with an endless line of customers, a demanding executive or an uncertain economy, anxiety will find you. It's just part of life. True, a lot of things can make you stressed about your job, some of the issues are: long hours with few or no breaks, employees unable to participate in the decision-making process, job insecurity, large amounts of impending change, and physical danger. Some jobs have more stress than others. That's not to say they're not good jobs, they just require people Information from CNN.com/living and from Careerbuildr.com with strong nerves to handle the increased stress that comes heading their way. Photo from google.com Here are six of the top most stressful jobs: 1. Retail salespersons-Why: Jobs in sales require you to convince customers to spend money. Customers don't necessarily want to spend money and State Farm even if they do, they have a variety of Providing Insurance and Financial Services places to shop. Salespeople have to Home Office, Bloomington, Illinois 61710 prove their merchandise is the best option. 2. Doctors and Nurses-Why: Chris Turman Doctors and nurses deal with life and Agent death on a regular basis, a pressure found in few occupations. They have 1500 N Main Street to handle patients while accessing an Blacksburg, VA 24060 encyclopedia of medical knowledge. Off.: (540) 953-2300 3. Accountants-Why: Crunching Fax: (540) 953-2441 numbers requires attention to detail email@example.com that can make your eyes cross. Not only are you dealing with a client's finances, but you also have to take into account volumes of rules and regulations that change each year. Plus, you're expected to know about minute loopholes and read tiny print that nobody else does. 4. Teachers- Why: Elementary and high school teachers put up with a lot. Students aren't always easy to control or motivate. Parents who can't understand why their children aren't doing better often place the blame with teachers. And pressure to prepare students for standardized tests mean they can't always stick to the lesson plans they'd prefer to teach. 5. Firefighters Why: When firefighters are on call, they've got to be ready to respond to emergencies that range from minor car accidents to huge explosions. They might go an entire shift with no emergency or they might get a call that keeps them out for hours. Perhaps most importantly, they're playing with fire M. Martin Trucking Inc. literally. That's stressful enough. 6. Farmers-Why: Agriculture requires constant attention, from waking up early to strenuous physical activity. That alone isn't stressful, but having no control over nature is. Droughts, floods, fires or other natural disasters can ruin months of hard work, and you can't do much about it. It is clear jobs are stressful and hard to find, and if you have a stressful job or you are having a hard time finding a job, here are some tips to remember 1. Be brave 2. Be prepared 3. Be polite 4. Be 128 Lightfoot Run persistent 5. Be Pearisburg, VA 24134 creative Telephone: (540)-921-3140 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 9 To: GHS From: Coach Frazier Wish: My Christmas wish is for everyone here to realize how good a school we have. To: Leigh Kauffelt From: Josh Stump Wish: Have a great Christmas, I Love You! To: Everyone From: Katelyn O. Wish: Row Row Fight the powa, Do the impossible, see the invisible, touch the untouchable, break the unbreakable!! To: Dalton Seymour From: Lindsey Seymour Wish: Hope we have a good Christmas. I Love you Dalty!! =) To: Pj Merrix From: Kaley Duchon Wish: I wish you a Merry Christmas To: Kaley Shae Duchon To: Mykala Ingram From: Pj Merrix From: Cory Shupe Wish: 20k Gold ring with ruby. Wish: Have a merry Christmas, I Love You To: Ashley Perkins From: Dustin Mcvey To: Chelsea Cole Wish: Merry X-Mas From: Taneisha Wish: Merry Christmas Nugget!! To: Everyone From: Sierra D. Wish: Merry Christmas 10 To: Cody Shupe From: Mykala Ingram Wish: Merry Christmas Shelia! I love you! To: Abby Johnson From: Gelsina Wish: I hope you have an amazing holiday break…I think you’re wonderful! I love ya! To: Zach Keffer From: Amanda (gf) and Tuesday To: The Drama Team Wish: We wrote your name in the sane, From: Stephanie but the ocean washed it away. Then we Wish: Merry Christmas team!! wrote your name in our hearts, and it won’t leave. To: Mr. Weddle From: Jacob Roach Wish: My wish is that you have a Merry Christmas! To: Lauren Thompson, Lauryn Hobbs, Patrick Mahaney and Wes Conley To: Jarrod Alls From: Harmony Tripp From: Kelsey Frazier Wish: I never thought that I could meet someone who Wish: I love you Lauren, Lauryn, and Patrick. Thanks for being awesome! Merry Christmas! P.S Don’t hate enjoyed basketball, life and Wal-Mart as much as me! me Wes, G.P’s are hot and you know it! Until I found you. You’re a great person and friend. Have a good Christmas! P.S- You’re a big DEAL. To: All of my Girls From: Virginia Kirkner To: Emily, Anthony, Harmony, Patrick, Wish: Thanks for sticking by my side Virginia, Dawn, and all my Chorale whenever I’ve needed you guys and just friends for being my friends throughout all these From: Olivia years. I love you guys and I wish you all Wish: Hope you all have a wonderful to have a great Christmas/year. Christmas and that “Santa” spares you the coal and brings you everything you want. Eat To: Amanda Seymour lots of sweets, stay out of trouble, and From: Lindsey Seymour remember the true reason for the season. Wish: Merry Christmas Mandy!! I love you!! To: Ryan Midkiff From: Katie Wish: I love you have a Merry Christmas To: Dawn Williams From: Jake Altizer Wish: I love ya babe. 11 Unknown Facts about Christmas by Chelsea Cole Christmas is around the corner and many families are getting decorations, Christmas trees, eggnog, and making Christmas lists for good old Santa Clause. All of these Christmas traditions are used by most families including my own, but recently I questioned myself, “Where could all of these traditions originated from.” Well, Christmas trees are credited by the Germans because they already found trees to be very popular in homes, but not until the 16th century would they become decorated and placed in homes. They also would build wooden pyramids, and decorates fir trees and pine with candles placed on them. Soon after the word got around about Christmas trees, many priests though it to be a mockery, or a pagan symbol, but it was later accepted and spread to America. Many Americans decorated their trees with homemade ornaments while the Germans remained decorating their trees with berries, dyed popcorn, apples, nuts, and cookies. This explanation of the origin of Christmas trees has made a tremendous influence on today’s Christmas trees and decorations. 2 2 2 The popular holiday drink, eggnog, was first made and consumed in 1607 in the Jamestown settlement. Also its name comes from the word grog, which means a drink made with rum. The all time favorite Christmas legend is St. Nicholas. The history behind St. Nick is that he was a monk from hundreds of years ago that was known for his kindness and sincerity. Many have said that he would give away his inherited wealth and valuables. He then was given the name, “Protector of the Children.” Over the many years and up until today, he has evolved into Santa Claus, delivering presents to children all over the world. 12 Winter Blues by Chelsea Cole Winter time has officially arrived; snow days, cold weather, and staying inside. Although many people may love this kind of weather and just being at home, some people get a little thing called the “Winter Blues.” The winter blues is a state of depression that some people get from lack of sunlight, being enclosed in their home all the time, and the change in time. When people do not get enough sunlight, it causes a feeling of plainness and sadness. In order to enjoy the season and keep a good vibe in your home, you can brighten up the lights or maybe add more color to your rooms. Also you can light candles and spray fresh scents throughout your house to give a feeling of serenity. Another factor of the winter blues is being enclosed in your house due to the cold weather. This sometimes can not be helped if the roads are bad and so forth, but you can get outside and get exercise, play in the snow, or call a family member or friend. The hardest, and possibly the most effective, aspect of this winter depression is the change in time. Many people are used to having more hours in the day and sunlight as well, but when the time changes it is still dark in the mornings which makes it hard for people to wake up. This causes people not sleep well and make them feel exhausted which leads to minor depression. To help fix the problem of waking in the morning, you can get a dawn simulator which is attached to the side of your lamp and it gradually lights up your room when it is time for you to Paul A. Olson, MD Pamela B. Olson, FNP wake up. Additional ways to avoid the blues is eating healthy foods 219 South Buchanan Street Pearisburg, Virginia such as fruits, vegetables, and juices. So make sure you stay active 540-921-4343 540-726-3000 this winter and don’t catch the Winter Blues. The Level of Need Increases by JJ Kirkner A sad problem is slowly growing in world. More and more families are becoming unable to get the basic things they need for their families, including getting presents for their loved ones and friends during the holidays. There are organizations that try to help those in need during the Christmas holiday, but the need is growing stronger to get presents for families. And organizations like the Salvation Army are having problems trying to keep up with the need of the families. Fact: The Salvation Army is having more requests for Christmas help - about 800 families in The USA- are up fifteen percent from last year. The worst part is the Salvation Army used to rely on the food bank for help. But, the increased need means their resources are low too. So, the Salvation Army spent $5000 to buy more food for those in need that includes another 150 children needing toys and clothes for Christmas (This information came from wsaz.com). There Photos by Google.com need to be more helpful organizations and people to donate to the Salvation Army to help out those in need during the holidays and in general, because no family no matter how big or small should have to go through Christmas with out getting presents or having a nice meal to eat. Adopt an Animal for Christmas by Chelsea Cole Cold weather has approached and many animals are left without a home. There are many explanations to the many homeless animals that are roaming around this winter such as, they could not be taken care of, lost their way home, or maybe their owner did not want them any longer. Also, many animals have been dropped at the pound for the holidays due to the lack of money in many households. Although the animals in the pound are taken care of, there are so many animals being dropped that they are running out of money and the needed supplies such as food and water. How could you help? Recently WDBJ7 channel news has said that many shelters are taking donations of money and supplies for the holidays from any willing person. Locally you can contact SPCA Giles County Animal Shelter by calling 540-921-3512, or visit them at 240 Meadows Road. Also, if you are looking to do more, you could also take this as an opportunity to give an adopted animal as a Christmas gift that everyone will love. 13 by Harmony Tripp and recipes by Betty Crocker What's in the Box? Supplies: Gift items, wrapping paper, tape, music - that can be turned on and off Wrap a gift or gifts and several groups in several layers of wrapping paper. The number of layers depends on how long you want the game to last, plus the more people the more layers. Have everyone sit in a circle and give your group / groups a gift and tell them when you turn on the music to pass the gift in one direction and when you turn off the music who ever has the gift gets to take off ONE layer of wrapping paper, continue this until the last layer of paper is taken off and whoever has the gift unwrapped gets to keep it! Christmas Stocking Christmas Game Supplies: Several stockings filled with small toys, candy, and other inexpensive Christmas items, and blindfolds. *Make sure the stockings have been tied closed* Have every person at your party blindfolded with a stocking in hand. Have them guess the items in the stocking by feeling through the stocking. The person with the most correct wins a prize! Peanut Butter Cup Cookies 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup butter, softened Don’t forget Christmas music that will add to the festive 1/2 cup white sugar atmosphere. New songs are upbeat and stylish and will certainly keep 1/2 cup peanut butter your guests entertained, while classic songs are romantic and remind 1/2 cup packed brown sugar people of what they care about most. Silly and fun music like 1 egg, beaten Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, will keep 1 teaspoon vanilla extract the atmosphere enjoyable and light! The combination of these three 2 tablespoons milk styles will ensure that all of your guests will have a good time. Or put 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, on your invitations Bring your own music, so that everyone has a unwrapped little something that they like. Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside. 3. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan. 4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan. Peppermint punch! “Remember your Creator in the days of 1/2 – gallon peppermint ice cream your youth…” (Eccl. 12:1) 2 quarts of eggnog 2 quarts of chilled ginger ale Complements of 1.Place ice cream in a punch bowl, and allow to PASTOR BRAD SCOTT soften slightly OF 2.Blend in eggnog and ginger ale FIRST UNITED METHODIST Stir until frothy CHURCH, PEARISBURG 3.Serve or keep chilled until ready to serve. 14 by Olivia Humphreys The economy has put a financial strain on most people this Christmas, but there are many ways to have the spirit of giving Other Cheap Gift Ideas Christmas ornaments Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup Journal with special inscription inside Homemade Gifts Teacup with box of herbal tea Homemade Christmas gifts are ideal choices for Cheap Christmas Deck of cards and book of card game rules gifts. Moreover, homemade Christmas gifts touches one's heart, as Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon they reflects your love and affection. These cheap Christmas gifts are Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds ideal for your loved ones. Makeup tote 1.Make a gift basket (or stocking) with a theme that relates to the Special coffee cup filled with candy receiver (gardening, sewing, bath & body, movies, sports, coffee, eto.). Books Put together a bunch of little and cheap things that fit the theme and Set of dish towels and dish cloths you have a great gift. Nail polish kit 2. Give homemade coupon books. Draw or create on the computer Pajamas colorful coupons with offers such as 6 hours of free babysitting, 1 free Baking pans and supplies lawn mowing, a hug, a movie night, free piano lessons, a play/fun day Pretty box for keepsakes for siblings, etc. The receiver can redeem them at any time in the year, so this is the gift that keeps on giving. (Parents love these!!!) 3. Use photos to make a scrapbook or picture collage that shows the good time you’ve had with the receiver. Gift Giving Tips 4. Nothing says great gift better sugar! Give homemade cookies, 1.Don’t underestimate E-Bay , Amazon, and Overstock. You can get video games, fudge, cakes, etc. CDs and other small items for a fraction of the price of retail stores. 5. Make homemade cocoa mix or cookie mix and give in a fancy 2. With younger siblings and cousins (8 or 10ish and under) remember that bulk bottle, can, or canister with a bow around it. counts. They would rather have a bunch of small gifts to unwrap than one big one. 6. Take advantage of your talents. If you’re an artist, give away your 3. Don’t underestimate dollar stores such as Dollar Tree and Dollar General. You artwork. If you’re a musician, compose a Christmas song and burn it can get very cute coloring books and small toys for younger siblings and cousins , onto a CD. If you’re a baker, compose your best recipes and make a and coffee mugs and figurines to give teachers, grandparents, etc. recipe book to give away. 4. If you have to get gifts for a whole family (aunt, uncle & 3 little cousins) consider getting the whole family one family friendly gift such as a gift card to their favorite restuarnt or movie rental place or a board game. It will surprise you how much you will save than getting each person a gift. Cheap Christmas Entertainment 5. Make your gifts personal by including a sweet note or write down memories of the 1. Take a drive around town to see the Christmas lights. two of you. 2. Get out the board games and playing cards! 3. Go Christmas caroling. Not only will you be having fun, but you’ll be sharing the Christmas spirit with others. 4. Sit around a warm fire, or cozy up in the living room with Have An Eco-Friendly Christmas blankets and hot cocoa and tell family stories. 1.Use magazine pages and the comic section of the 5. Make decorating the tree, wrap gifts, and bake cookies family newpaper to wrap small gifts events. 2. Save used wrapping paper all through the year, just roll 6. Check out Christmas videos from the public library and have a them back onto the paper tube and place a small piece of movie night with your friends. scotch tape on the edge to hold in place. These really work great for small gifts where the previously folded lines won’t even show 3. Forget the gift tags, make your own by cutting a small piece of matching paper and folding it in half. Write the A cheap and creative decorating idea is making the pictures on your “To and From” on the inside of the paper and tape it to the walls into presents. Simply wrap the front of the pictures in wrapped present. This is great for scraps of paper that are wrapping paper, taping it on the back. Then, decorate with bows, too small to wrap a gift, but too large to toss away. ribbons, old Christmas cards, etc. 4. Have a warm and cozy Christmas the old-fashioned way. Pop some popcorn and string it up all over the house! Add cranberries for a touch of color. 5. Decorate your house by bringing the outside in, using Help For Future Holidays pinecones and acorns! Sprinkle with a few drops of pine 1. BLACK FRIDAY! Most stores have a major sale the day scented oil after Thanksgiving. Electronics are especially marked down. 6. Save the pine trees and invest in an artificial tree after 2. Buy decorations, wrapping paper, bows, cards and gift set Christmas when they go on clearance. after Christmas when stores discount 50 & 75 % off. 7. Cut your old Christmas cards from last year in half, and Walmart, Dollar General, and Kmart are great places to check send the pretty side as a postcard. This keeps new cards out. Lowes also has a lot of lights, outdoor decorations, and out of the garbage dumps. Postcards also cost less postage. ornarments marked down to 75% off the day after Christmas. 8. Call family and friends instead of sending them cards. At Note: remember that you must store these for a year, but if 5 cents a minute, a 7 minute call would still cost less than a you have the room, it’s worth it. Also, Don’t buy & store postage stamp and loved ones would rather hear your voice food items for gifts. Having an expiration date of monthes than receive a card. before isn’t appealing. 3. Buy gifts throughout the year. It’s much easier to see that perfect dress for Mom in July and get it than to try to find Sources something in December. You can also find clearances http://www.christmascarnivals.com throughout the year that will save you a ton. http://www.allthingschristmas.com http://www.betterbudgeting.com/articles/ holidays/saveatchristmas.htm 15 Memoirs of a Geisha by Katelyn Osborne Memoirs of a Geisha is a novel written by Arthur Golden and was published in 1997 and also inspired a movies under the same title. The novel is about a real-life geisha who lives during the time period of Kyoto, Japan before and after WWII. The story starts out with the nine year old girl with gray-blue eyes named Chiyo who is living with her sister, father, and very sick mother, who has bone cancer, in a small fishing village in Yoroido. As time passes over the little village, Chiyo meets Mr. Tanaka and her mother’s illness progresses as well. Soon Chiyo becomes quick friends with Mr. Tanaka and comes to think that he will adopt her and her sister, but in reality their father sold them Mr. Tanaka because he couldn’t afford to take care of them. Mr. Tanaka then takes the girls to Kyoto where they are both separated. Chiyo is sold to the Nitta Okiya, a geisha house in the Gion district. There she begins her training as a maid and student who must wait on the arrogant Hatsumomo. After Chiyo The front cover of the constantly waits on Hatsumomo novel Memoirs of a Geisha hand and foot and overcomes by Arthur Golden. hardships, she meets a wealthy .Photo bygoogle Chairman who exchanges some pleasant words and changes her luck. Walk through each page to see if this change of luck will bring Chiyo any closer to becoming an elegant geisha that she adores so much or will she be stuck waiting on the arrogant Hatsumomo? P.O. Box 361 Narrows, Virginia 24124 (540) 921-2700 or 726- 8038 www.celcofcu.org 16 “Basketball Doesn't Build Character. It Reveals It.” Varsity Boys Basketball By Kelsey Frazier The Spartan ROSTER boy’s basketball Cody Williams 10 program is Travis Robertson 12 looking forward Jarrod Alls 14 to a promising Caleb Tilly 20 season. Each Luke Jackson 22 year the Chris Myers 24 basketball Frankie Robertson 30 program seems Andy Randell 32 to develop a little William White 34 more. Last years King Jones 40 basketball team Wes Conley 42 consisted of nine Greg Ray 44 seniors therefore the program this year is young but talented enough to be coach to a varsity Chris Collins 45 level. Coach Mitch Reed has high expectations for his newly developed team and believes his team will surprise a lot of people and teams with their depth and speed. “I expect for our team to play hard for four quarters, and expect to win every time we step on the floor,” stated Coach Reed. I asked Coach Reed the following questions which he responded to. 1. DOES THE AGE DIFFRENCE OF YOUR PLAYERS HAVE AN AFFECT ON THE PLAY OF THE GAME? Sometimes younger players play nervous early on, but game experience will help their confidence. We have four sophomores on our team, but once they understand how talented they are and that they can play on this level, we should be ok. 2. WHO DO YOU FEEL IS THE LEADER OF THE TEAM, SOMEONE YOU CAN RFELIE ON TO KEEP THE SPIRIT UP IN CRUNCH TIME? WHY? We have 3 captains who not only are vocal leaders, but lead by example. Lukas Jackson, Jarrod Alls, and Wes Conley are our captains this year, and have done a great job so far of being leaders. 3. WHATS THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL YOU FEEL THE PLAYERS MUST HAVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL? I believe there are two: Attitude and Intensity. You must have a good attitude about the program and the team. You must always have a positive attitude in practice and games. The second part is Intensity. Nobody can win games playing half speed. Every single player on the floor and on the bench must play the game as if it were Wes Conley goes up strong against their last. One thing I always tell the boys is to “leave it on the floor”. That Narrows. photos by Kim Tilly means no matter what the score, if you gave it everything you had for 4 quarters then you have nothing to be ashamed of at the end of the game. 4. OVER ALL, DO YOU BELIEVE PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT? EXPLAIN. Perfect is a hard word to use when you are discussing basketball. I would love to see a team in the history of basketball that made every shot and free throw, without making a single turnover. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but practice makes you better everyday. Players must treat practice just as important as games, and be just as intense. →King S. Lee Wheeler, D.D.S. Jones pops a jump shot General Dentistry in the last quarter of 112 Center Street the Narrows, VA 24124 Narrows game. (540) 726-3904 17 by Olivia Humphreys The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team has a variety of players this year, some of which have played at varsity level and others who are new to the program. Leading the girls this year is Kelsey Frazier, the only senior. First year head coach, Brandon Webb says that he is looking forward to building up a women’s basketball program that Giles High School can be proud to support. Players Kelsey Frazier 12th Cassie Martin 11th Chelsey Gibson 11th Leigh Kauffelt 11th Rachel Smith 11th Emily Ellis 11th Amanda Byrd 10th Chelsea Barnett 10th Lyndsey Jackson 9th Upper left: Leigh Kauffelt goes for a lay-up. Megan Fisher 9th Above left: Chelsea Barnett, Kelsey Frazier, and Jessie Boggess 9th Cassie Martin wait to show their skills. Above right: Jessie Boggess waits for the rebound. Right: Amanda Byrd and Lyndsey Jackson warm-up for Coaches their game against Narrows. Brandon Webb Whitney Matlock 18 J.V. Girls Basketball by Chelsea Cole Ashley Flory 9th Becca Price 9th Brianna Caldwell 10th Jade Shrader 10th Karisha Summers 9th Margee Ragsdale 9th Maya Williams 9th Melissa Spicer 10th Mykala Ingram 10th Shelby Conley 10th Taylor Williams 9th Tiffany Cook 9th Margee Ragsdale shooting her free Shelby Conley and Becca Price ready to rebound the foul throws after being fouled shot. J.V. Boys by Chelsea Cole Adam Baker 10th Kyle Murphy 10th Max Ratcliffe 10th Robert Wilson 10th Chase Teats 10th Brooks Haynie 9th Brad Kessinger 9th Markus Albert 9th Cody Vaught 9th Dylan Raymond 9th Adam Baker is looking for one of J.V. Spartans in the huddle. his team mates to pass the ball. Cross Country Travels to State AGAIN! by Gelsina Ceritano The cross country team ended their regular season with a 64-16 record, making it to Regions for a Three Rivers District record for the 12th straight year. The runners placed their entire top five runners in the top half of the field at the Regional meet, defeating Glenvar, who won the District Championship the previous year. The runners made it to the State Championship meet for a state best 11th time in the past 12 years. “The cross country team finished 11th in the state meet, only one point away from being in the top 10. Lydsey Jackson, Abby Johnson and Amber McKinney all finished within six seconds of each other and barely missed breaking the 23 minute mark. Melissa Squibb had a great day on the down hills to also finish in less than 24 minutes, while Cari Lynn Squibb barely missed breaking the 24 minute mark,” Coach Hubbard quoted. Yes, you may have noticed that the cross country team has made it to the State Championship multiple times but the team is the only girls team in any sport at Giles High School to make it to state as a team since 1991. The top fiver runners include Abby Johnson, Amber McKinney, Cari Lynn Squibb, Melissa Squibb and Lyndsey Jackson. “All of the runners have been very consistent all year,” quoted Coach Mark Hubbard. The three seniors, Abby Johnson, Amber McKinney and Cari Lynn Squibb have made it to the state meet every year they have been on the team. Abby Johnson is one of less than ten girls in the history of Giles High School to advance and compete in the state championships as a part of a team that has advanced. Not only are we graced by talent of Abby, but Amber McKinney is the only girl currently in Giles High School to compete in the State Championships in both cross country and track. If you happen to catch one of these runners in the hall, be sure to congratulate their victory on their successful season! 19
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