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Brentwood High School sponsored by the
Class of 2010 wins Homecoming
Victory for the second consecutive year
by CC Hutten & Brittani Wilson, staff writers
Homecoming was a week of hippies, nerds, and the float sites,” said senior Meghann Searcy. “They kind
school spirit. of bring the grade together.”
The week kicked off with a Woodstock-themed Junior class president Sarah Whisenant said she was
dress-up day in celebration of the 40th anniversary of overall “really pleased with the junior class, and how
the Woodstock musical festival of 1969. many people participated. We were more prepared this
“Woodstock Day was my favorite because I had year than others, and really came together at crunch
awesome pants, totally psychedelic,” said senior Bryan time. We always have a lot of fun and work really hard
Bolton. to make everything fantastic.”
Tuesday was nerd dress-up day. From suspenders, “One of the most difficult things about this week
ties, and high socks to vests and broken glasses, it was was the stress of putting everything together on the last
definitely the nerdiest day in school history. Class color day,” said senior class president Thomas Leathers, “but
dress-up day came next: freshmen wore green, sopho- the best part was trying to unite everyone for the bet-
mores wore yellow, juniors wore red, and seniors wore terment of the grade.”
blue. At the pep rally, all the students learned that the
On Friday, students wore their class Homecoming t- enthusiastic seniors won the competition this year with
shirts which were purchased and counted as a competi- their theme Bake the Burros.
tion. The seniors won all three dress-up days by having “At first someone said it as a joke, but then I thought
the most participants each day, but the freshmen had that we could be really creative with the idea,” said
the most t-shirt sales. Thomas.
A new part of Homecoming was the canned food Right after the seniors came the hard-working juniors
drive overseen by the Science National Honor Society. with Brand the Burros, next the freshmen with Break
The cans that were collected were to be donated to the Burros, then last the sophomore class with Bop the
Second Harvest food bank. Burros.
“It inspired competition for a good cause,” said se- At the football game, the Bruins took down the
nior Keith Edwards. Hillsboro Burros 35 to 0. This week was about pump-
The junior class won the overall can count. However, ing up the students for the Homecoming game, and
the seniors won the can sculpture with their rocket ship putting the spotlight on football players. Each grade put
design. together a theme that had something to do with Brent-
The biggest part of Homecoming week was the float wood winning against Hillsboro at the end of the week.
competition. The competition was a little different from
last year because the classes had a new challenge – rain. Top: Varsity football players pump up the crowd dur-
The juniors and freshman got creative, covering their ing the Homecoming parade.
floats with tarp and building under them, while the Middle: Junior float won first place in the float compe-
seniors and sophomores worked on their floats inside a ition.
garage and put it together when it stopped raining. Bottom left: Seniors get “nerdy” for nerd day
“My favorite part about Homecoming was going to photos by Brittani Wilson, and Sarah de Jong
inside Light the Fall into Basketball
This night Walk fashion season preview
issue page 2 page 7 page 10
2 news november 2009
The Voice Community lights the night to fight cancer
by Alicia Ayers, features editor
Brentwood High School On Oct. 1, the streets of downtown ful to everyone that helped support out team because their
5304 Murray Lane Nashville were filled with about 2,500 people efforts can make a real difference in the lives of people who
Brentwood, TN 37027 all on the same mission. The mission was have experienced the same things I have gone through,” said
an event called White.
(615) 472-4220 “Light the Night” As a team, Mott and White met
and was dedi- their goal of raising $2,000.
Editors-in-Chief cated to raising “I know it was successful. An-
Sarah de Jong, Stephanie Morrow money to go towards cancer. The other girl I know raised $7,000 by
Business Editor marching around Nashville and herself, and she is only eight!” said
the donations were each person’s Mott.
Ellen Wall own special ways of fighting “I went because I feel that any-
Editorial Editor cancer. Among the crowd were one who really believes in some-
Gloria Huh friends, family members, and thing should act on it,” said junior
Music Editor supporters of junior Elisha Mott Meredith Bell.
and sophomore Hailey White, “When we finished the race,
Drew Doggett both Brentwood students bat- you saw each group get together
News Editor tling cancer. to cheer, collapse, and cry as a
Scott Thissen “Elisha is the most inspiration- Students support Elisha and Hailey at the Light unit. That was the most rewarding
al, most amazing friend I have. the Night Walk. photo by Meredith Bell aspect of it!” said senior Thomas
She encourages me to live my life Leathers.
Kelsey Haight to the fullest every day, daily tasks just don’t seem as hard as “Light the Night” also made memories and created experi-
Sports Editor they used to be after knowing what she had to live through,” ences that those who attended will never forget.
Spencer Sabo said junior Cate McCoy. “At the walk there was a group of people that had on
Features Editor “Hailey is one of the most inspiring and positive girls that matching R.I.P. shirts for a girl no older than four. From the
I know. She definitely has a huge heart,” said Mott. shirts it was apparent to me that inside our lives there's a
Alicia Ayers All those that gave their own time and money were greatly finely woven group of people all intertwined by cancer. The
appreciated, especially by those who the event hit close to night brought together remaniscers, supporters, and survi-
Sponsor home for. vors in such a way that let a whole city see the phenomenal
J. Little “This event was very near to my heart. I was so thank- joy that comes along with the pain,” said senior Philip Bent.
Rachel Ramsey talks personal finance
by Brittani Wilson, staff writer
Matthew Dossett, Alyssa Ekdall, “Bouncing a check was so embar- to have a checking and savings ac- stay away from tempting places and
CC Hutten, Tyler Johnson, rassing for me,” said Rachel Ramsey in count and it is also important to keep third, use an envelope system that has
David McKinney, Noah Mayhew, describing a time when she was a teen a budget. budget categories on each one.
John Porter, Sid Sadler, and had over drafted on her bank ac- “I think it’s a great idea to keep your Senior Kevin Jack said the way he
count. The daughter of the radio show checking and savings account sepa- saves money is to use self-restraint
Brittani Wilson host Dave Ramsey, she is an alumni rate,” Ramsey said. with spending.
of Brentwood High School. Now in A checking account allows for direct Other tips that Ramsey gives are to
Members of: Quill and Scroll, Interna- her early twenties, Ramsey said she has cash to be used with a debit card or “avoid credit cards and always keep an
tional, Tennessee Scholastic Press Assoc., dedicated her life to teaching teenagers checks while a savings account is emergency savings account because
Editorial policy: The Voice serves as a forum the “importance of personal finance one in which the money can only be unexpected things do happen.”
for its students, faculty, administration, and before they have the opportunity to get withdrawn at an ATM or at the bank. Ramsey said she recalls friends who
the community. The views expressed in The into trouble.” Ramsey said she suggests separating had graduated high school and got into
Voice do not necessarily reflect the opinions According to a Capital One back-to- these accounts in order to ensure that financial problems in college.
of the adviser, administration, Brentwood school survey, 49 percent of teens said one does not overspend into their sav- “Suddenly they find themselves out
High School, or advertisers in the newspaper. they were eager to learn about personal ings money. on their own and many people just
A signed article expresses only the views of
finance in subjects like checking ac- “I started working at my dad’s office party and play through this time and
counts, budgeting, investing, saving, this summer and I saved 45 percent put off growing up until it’s too late,”
the author while an unsigned article expresses
and financing for large purchases. of my money and put it into a sav- she said.
the views of the staff. The Voice invites signed
“My parents are really bad about ings account,” said sophomore Robert “Now is the time to build great
letters to the editors from students, staff, ad- saving money, so I am self-taught and Calbertson. financial habits, while you’re in high
ministration, and the community. The Voice’s learn from their mistakes,” said junior Ramsey gives three simple steps to school.”
staff reserves the right to edit letters and ar- Morgan Hunter. saving money. First, set up a budget Remember, “building wealth is a
ticles that are too long or considered libelous. Ramsey said it is important for teens which accounts for everything. Second, marathon, not a sprint,” said Ramsey.
november 2009 opinions 3
Homeless in the city STUDENT VIEWPOINTS:
and in the suburbs
by Kelsey Haight, entertainment editor
Nashville is a town of rich
Year Round School
historical and cultural value. The
business available in Nashville al- Traditional: “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”
lows suburban residence to work by Drew Doggett, music editor
in the city and live in the peace With the traditional U.S. school cal- “I couldn’t really care one way or the other,” said as-
of suburbia. endar of four nine-week quarters and sistant principal John Calton, “but I do care when the
Economically, Nashville a lengthy summer break, schools have research shows it doesn’t help and that teachers would
depends upon music produc- continued to be among the best in the rather have their summers.”
tion, technology manufacturing, whole wide world. Would the new calendar truly improve test scores?
and tourism to sustain itself as a city. We have all However, during winter of last year, Chicago and New York have already implemented the
driven downtown on Broadway, with its swarms of a strong push to enforce year-round calendar, in hopes of aiding the underprivileged schools
tourists and overwhelming fluorescent lights ad- school or a ‘balanced calendar’ regard- who truly need to exacerbate all options. And guess
vertising Karaoke Bars, home-style chicken wings, ing Williamson County Schools. what? After a year of the new calendar their test scores
saloons, and Elvis paraphernalia. The commerce Critics would like to enhance America’s current edu- went up no more than one percent after expecting the
of such streets allows our city to grow and thrive. cation and try something different, but upon further increase to be significantly higher.
But down on 4th Avenue off of Broadway lays inspection to adapt the system, the evidence just doesn’t How about athletes? If the new calendar presided at
an infamous street of Nashville. According to Will add up. Brentwood High, there would be certain times where the
Connelly, director of homeless services of Park Although the term ‘year round school’ can represent a student body would be out of school and their football
Center, the streets of Nashville have become the number of varying calendar systems, the balanced calen- team would have a game scheduled against a team who
home of nearly 11,000 homeless. dar for Williamson County would consist of a six-week was in session…any extra-curricular activities, clubs, and
The streets host competition between homeless period of school followed by a two-week break. especially sports could not be utilized if neighboring
residence for the comfortable place to sleep, where There would still be a traditional summer but it would schools did not even have the same calendar.
the most food is handed out and the best place to be less than half as the original summer break. Having a In all, the balanced calendar is innovative and probably
earn change. two-week period would be enjoyable at first (taking trips, helpful to schools who need to find ways to keep their
The competition between the homeless leads breaks from school and chances to work) as well as a students occupied and in school. But as for an area where
to rivalries and occasionally violence. Luckily, time for the faculty to take a break. But do the pros really the academics are above average, the year-round calendar
Nashville features numerous homeless shelters outweigh the cons? just can’t make the cut.
which ceaselessly crusade to keep the less fortunate
peaceful and off the streets, though they can only
do so much.
Year-round school: the new era of education
Now, the further outside of Nashville, the bigger by Scott Thissen, news editor
suburbia, or farmland gets. Neither is as hospitable President Obama has designed a Why are students dropping out? Could it be because
to the homeless as Nashville’s commercial streets plan that will lengthen school days the current education system is out of date? Some
are. The competition for a place to stay in the city and remove summer vacation in student’s drop out, out of frustration, boredom, or just
has led more and more homeless to depart from schools. The president’s plan calls for plain not caring, and this is because America’s educa-
the city to make their way into abandoned, scarcely removal of standardized testing and tion plan was designed for a time when Americans were
used land, or the frames of new suburban homes a change to a more state of the art farmers and needed their children for planting and
in sprawling, barely inhabited subdivisions. testing plan. The changes will increase growing their crops.
The homeless’ presence is new and calls for teacher salaries and promote further Japan, one of the world’s premier educators, has year
some questions to be asked, and I hope for some school funding, the theorized cost of around school and a drop-out rate of about one in five.
answers to be given. Have we mastered the art the plan is around 18 billion dollars. Their children have longer school days and more home-
of enforcing order and strict social rule? Has the The plan calls for a two to three more hours of work, than average or possibly even superior American
exclusivity of our town kept the destitute at bay? school each day. In addition, it will do away with sum- student.
These questions are petty in comparison to the mer vacation by changing to two-week intervals of When your current system is spiraling downward,
current issue: what do we do now? school. This ensures that the student’s education stays you can’t just watch it crash you have to do something
Brentwood features no homeless shelter, nor constant and removes the issue of students forgetting about it, and to use Obama’s catchphrase, “It is a time
do we have volunteers to assist the lives of the material over break. for ‘Change.’”
destitute. Is it our job to cast them out or allow This education plan is an excellent idea. America’s America needs to do away with cookie cutter school-
them to settle? Though crime comes side by side current education plan is failing, test scores are drop- ing and testing and move to a time of well paid and
with lawless living, our town is no different from ping, school funding is shrinking, teaching jobs are respected teachers where education is a privilege, not
Nashville, and the homeless now play a part in dwindling and most importantly student apathy is grow- a precept of a previous age. The new plan will provide
our towns hierarchy too; so what action should ing. One out of three high school students will not this change and bring America into a new era of educa-
Brentwood take? Or shall we merely tolerate the graduate, and that number will continue to grow unless tional freedom.
new residents? the system changes.
4 entertainment november 2009
Adam’s story warms hearts New teacher spotlight: Kesha Christian
by Kelsey Haight, entertainment editor by Tyler Johnson, staff writer
Adam is the story of a single, thirty-nine year old liv- One of new member of the Brent- Springtown, Texas where she taught for
ing with Aspergers Syndrome in modern day New York wood staff is Miss Kesha Christian who one year.
City. The movie follows Adam, played by Hugh Dancy, specializes in drama, focusing on Theatre “Mr. Rhodes, my band and theatre
through his struggle with losing both his father and his I. teacher got me interest in acting and
job as a high-end Electronic Engineer. Christian earned producing plays, and I have
Not only is he suffering from loss, Adam also seeks her bachelor degree at loved it ever since,” said
a seemingly hopeless connection with his new neighbor University of North Chrtistian.
Beth, played by Rose Byrne, though Adam’s inability to Texas. In college, she “The hardest aspect of
recognize social cues, nonverbal communication, and participated in many teaching Theatre is explain-
obsession with astronomy initially divide them. productions, and one ing the fundamentals of
Eventually Beth and Adam learn to embrace the of her favorites was acting and developing a char-
quirks of their relationship, with Beth always speaking Edward II. acter, because it is hard for
courtesy of fox.com directly and clearly towards Adam, and Adam sharing “I got to do more students to step outside their
only a little bit of his enthusiasm for astronomy. of the technical comfort zone,” she said.
As they become closer and closer, the similarities between Adam and Beth are aspects of the produc- Acting is a mental process
revealed: they both have trouble with trust and forgiveness. Though Beth and tion and that is what to her.
Adam have these issues, every interaction between the two provides a lesson got me interested in “If you can get it in your
and they spend the movie growing further from their dysfunction and closer Theatre,” said Chris- brain, all else will follow.
together. tian. There are many rewards to
In the end, Adam isn’t as ready for a relationship as Beth thought, and they When she was photo by Tyler Johnson teaching theatre, and I like
move apart. Regardless of the sadness in this movie, it is immensely informative asked, of any particu- to see my students come out
and the audience will leave the theatre with more lessons than one, ranging from lar play that inspired her, she stated, “No, of their shell and conquer their fear of
understanding of Aspergers, facts about space, love and relationships and why there is not, however it is the art form public speaking,” she said.
they all matter. itself is what inspires me the most.” “The biggest reward that I can have is
Max Mayer, both writer and director of Adam, did an excellent job of convey- Christian’s teaching career started at seeing a student develop a love for the
ing the journey that people with Aspergers must take and how when it comes to Springtown High School located in theatre,” Christian concluded.
love, that same awkward, endless journey is one we must all take.
Dinner and a Movie: Otter’s Chicken Tenders and Remember the Titans
by Sarah de Jong, co-editor-in-chief
Football season is in full swing so why not celebrate one of After your sports fanatic meal, watch Remember the Titans to complete your
the most popular sports with a night dedicated to just that. night. This classic movie which came out in 2002 is based on a true story, and has
Football fans of every kind can all join together as one on brought sports fans of all kinds together.
this night of dedication to their beloved sport. This month’s Remember the Titans is set in the 1970’s in Virginia, where Caucasian high school
picks are Otter’s Chicken Tenders and the classic movie Re- football coach, Bill Yoas,t
member the Titans. had his job taken from him
Otter’s Chicken Tenders is a sports by African American coach, “[Remember the Titans] is a
fan’s paradise. The eatery was rated one of the top 5 best Herman Boone, in the newly
sports bars on urbanspoon.com. integrated school, T.C. Williams
movie that, if you let it, can
The second the customer walks in the doors, they are High School. The coaches have change the way you look at
greeted with many big screen TV’s and only sports playing. to learn to work together to
The ceiling and walls are covered with banners of different teach the football players, who life.”
college football teams, and team helmets are on every post. aren’t used to being integrated, -cinemablend.com
The menu consists of mainly chicken tenders, but wraps to come together as one. They
and salad are also avaliable. You have a choice of grilled, must come together during
fried, or buffalo chicken with an option of one of six sauces. training camp as a team and work together. This movie is a heartwarming story
Six flavors of wings were recently added to the menu. Ev- about different people coming together and overcoming their obstacles to reach a
ery item is under ten dollars so this eatery will not break the courtesy of common goal.
bank. Otter’s is also kid friendly, so don’t worry about the ex- freephoto.com “Remember the Titans is about people doing the right thing. Remember the Titans is
cessive sports atmosphere, everyone of any age is welcome. about heart. Remember the Titans is about the human spirit. And most of all Remem-
“The college crowd is especially lively late on weekend nights when the evening’s ber the Titans is about friendship…See Remember the Titans. Live Remember the Titans.
partying calls for filling grub. For those not hungry for tenders, salads are also But, don’t go with your girlfriend unless you don’t mind her watching you weep
available. Smoking is allowed on the small outside patio,” wrote Nashville Cityse- like a small child (as the Hobbit did). This is a movie that, if you let it, can change
arch. the way you look at life,” wrote cinemablend.com.
november 2009 entertainment 5
Kalamatas creates Mediterranean food with love
Brentwood eaterie serves unique food with careful attention to detail
by Noah Mayhew, staff writer
rice, and add a unique kind of tangy taste At both locations they also have live music every
to a meal. Friday and Saturday night. The type of music ranges
Hummus, which is a very popular Greek from Romantic Latin to Brazilian Jazz and of course
snack, consists of finely mashed chickpeas, classic Arabic music.
along with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt As McAllister put it, “Any type of music you
and other spices. wouldn’t find in Brentwood.”
Baba Ganoush is an Arabic dish that Besides the “family environment” that they offer,
consists of eggplant, finely mashed, with their success also has much to do with the fact that
other spices. all of their ingredients are fresh. The meat for their
Finally, Tzadziki is a sort of garlic yogurt gyros (pronounced ‘yeer-oh’; a Greek pita sandwich)
that is mostly used as a dipping sauce. If is ordered from Chicago, which has a prospering
one would judge any Greek or Mediter- Greek village, and all of their feta cheese and olives
ranean restaurant, it would be by the stan- are imported from the Mediterranean itself.
dards of their hummus and their falafel, “We make all the food with love,” Maria said.
which is a small fried ball of fava beans All of these things are part of the reason that
and chickpeas. Kalamatas stands out as one of the healthiest Medi-
One of the classic dishes served at Kalamatas: the delicious Kalamatas was first started six years ago, terranean restaurants around. Maria’s passion, as well
Metditteranean Sampler. photo by Noah Mayhew in Green Hills. Only after booming success as the rest of the staff ’s, stands out in every aspect of
As far as Brentwood’s local eateries go, Kalamatas did they open up the store in Brentwood, Kalamatas authentic Mediterranean cuisine.
seems to be a jack of all trades. Located in the Kroger which is owned by the original owners’ sister, Maria.
shopping center, off Franklin Road, Kalamatas has Jesse McAllister, an employee at Kalamatas, ex-
truly mastered the art of Mediterranean cuisine with plained that as their business persists through this
economy, their business is actually starting to grow,
such classic Greek items as hummus and Falafel as
well as others spanning all across the Mediterranean because most everything on the menu is healthy and “We make all the
cooked with careful detail as well as fresh ingredients.
Simply to get a taste of this restaurant, one might “There is a lot of attention to the preparation of all food with love.”
try their Mediterranean sampler, which includes a of our dishes,” said McAllister. He also divulged an-
other reason for their success: customer service. “It’s
Greek salad with feta cheese sprinkled
on top, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and pita, baba the service aspect.”
ganoush and Tzadziki. “You have to add a personal side. We all talk to the
Stuffed grape leaves are a Lebanese appetizer customers, and each other, every day, always making
consisting of grape leaves that are in fact stuffed with friends,” he said.
Maxximo Jo’s offers fabulous coffee
By Noah Mayhew, staff writer
From the time one enters the charm- six shots of espresso as well as coffee
ing little coffee shop, Maxximo Jo’s, and steamed milk.
there is a friendly atmosphere to pay Their “Mid TN Mocha” includes
greetings. The dining area is rather extra espresso, extra mocha sauce, and
small, just enough to comfortably seat steamed milk. In addition to their cof-
maybe ten people. fee, they also have an assortment of
Their menu also shows their passion baked goods from Provence.
for coffee in history, including clas- Maxximo Jo’s is located on Highway
sic coffee shop items such as espresso, 96 across from Big Lots, and will soon
frappucinos, gelato, pastries and plain celebrate their one year anniversary by
coffee. hosting various discount days, including
They also have a set of their own sig- 25% off on Student Day.
nature drinks to distinguish them from For more information about this de-
other coffee shops around the area. lectable coffee shop, visit
Some of their signature drinks in- www.maxximojos.com.
clude “The Predator,” which is four to
6 Features november 2009
By Gloria Huh, editorial editor
By Alicia Ayers, features editor
Fall is just around the corner and for all the ladies out Watch out upper classmen, there is a new
there who need someone to warm them up, freshman Cody freshman walking the halls and she is on the prowl!
Shelton a.k.a., ‘Phish’ is just the man for that job. Freshman Rachael Alter is searching for her soul
Cody Shelton is a freshman, so older ladies- take it easy mate, so get your game on, boys!
on him and try not to be too intimidating. Freshman year Alter is an upcoming star on the girls’ lacrosse
for ‘Phish’ so far is a breeze because there’s more “freedom team. She said she also likes to watch sports and her
here and time to make more friends.” favorite college football team is the Florida Gators.
Don’t be surprised if Shelton resembles a student already “I like the Gators because Tim Tebow is a
roaming the hallways: senior Ryan Shelton. beast!” said Alter.
Tall, attractive, and brunette? Funny and nice? If you Besides being sporty, she also has some other in-
answered yes to all of these, then you have a great chance teresting hobbies, including cooking breakfast foods
of scoring an amazing date with Shelton. and baked goods, watching scary movies, and hang-
“First we would go watch a scary movie at the movie ing out with her friends. Scary movies are not the
theaters then get some kabobs after and she has to pay for only kind of movies she enjoys, however, because
everything. Then, we would go back to my house and play some Wii, and she has to her favorite movie of all is She’s the Man. Alter enjoys many types of music, but
lose,” said Shelton. her favorite artists are by far David Bowie and Bob Marley.
There is no better way to spend one’s weekend than on a date with this 6’4’, dirty As for her best quality, Alter said, “Most people would say that I’m very
blonde athlete. He said loves to play sports, especially football, baseball, and basket- nice.”
ball and his physique is evidence of that. Since she gets along well with young children, Alter said she hopes to be-
“He’s probably the cutest guy, besides his older brother Ryan. He’s a really good come a kindergarten teacher once she grows up and graduates college.
athlete and he’s hilarious,” said junior Ashley Rahrer. This adorable freshman also has a love for nature. She sees herself as an
“[On the weekends] I like hanging out with friends, Wii-ing it up, playing Xbox outdoor type of girl. She said, “There are a lot more fun activities outside like
Cod5, and beating up Ryan [my older brother],” said Shelton. climbing trees!”
“Cody Shelton is an intelligent, athletic, funny, immature in the greatest way, freaking Alter’s dream boy is described as, “outgoing, sports-minded, funny” and of
sexy (no homo), extremely overweight, but the only problem that can be found in his course, “good looking.” If she finds this boy, her dream date would consist of
almost-perfect self is he still poops his pants,” said brother senior Ryan Shelton. a picnic on the beach.
His favorite music ranges from rap to hip-hop to a little bit of polka and his favorite However there is one thing to watch out for senior and older brother, Rich-
meal is a German dish with meat, gravy and many other goods piled high on top. ard Alter, warns.
So in order to win your way to his heart, it better be through his stomach! Even “She’s a sweetie but she can kick my [seat],” he said.
though there may be other fish in the sea, this “Phish” is the biggest catch of them all! So, boys, get ready, this blonde bombshell is ready to ‘alter’ your heart for
High school relationships: Are they really worth it?
by Matthew Dossett, staff writer
It is very common to stroll through all through high school is now her greatly increased and she was more this in the lives of teenagers?
the halls of Brentwood High School husband, but Mrs. Bicsak falls into a geared to having a more meaningful “Rather than figuring out how to be
and spot a delightful couple holding category that is admittedly rare; what relationship. in a relationship, it seems more so that
hands with one another. exactly made the relationship so special Psychologist Jim Welborn said, “Sta- their relationship is supposed to be a
The question of whether 20 years it was able to prosper through college tistically you’re asking to break up if certain way,” said Welborn.
from now, the image of togetherness and so on? It was a lifelong friendship you date in high school. I actually think The concept engrained in our brains
between the same two be upheld, is one that was made here at this school. After that dating one person for a long ex- consists of how we are supposed to
that has individuals both young and old graduating, there were moments where tended time gets in the way of it being be and act when we are going out with
on opposite ends of the spectrum. the two explored their options. a healthy relationship.” someone.
“Well, at first [girls] are all nice. Once “We just never felt connected to oth- He consistently has day-to-day inter- Crucial to determining whether or
they get to know you, they become ers we dated,” Mrs. Bicsak said. action with young adults said believes not relationships are sustainable is
protective of themselves,” said junior Concerning the overall longevity of that there is a good amount of pressure knowing just to what extent do we
Devin Cole. He made it clear what his a relationship beginning in high school, being exerted upon them. “Media, me- change after the high school years are
whole perspective was, adding that true Ashley Powell, tenth grade honors Eng- dia, media, media, the media; freedom done with.
love is not something obtainable for a lish teacher said, “I think they can be, that’s developed in terms of sexual “Massively, society has become too
student, because it simply will not last. but it’s not as common. People grow being and media promotion of relation- complicated not to. It’s risky to try to
Amanda Bicsak, U.S. History teacher, and change so much!” ships,” said Welborn. have yourself anchored to a relation-
however, has a different story. As a As far as dating in college went, she What people see on television and in ship when there are different rates of
student here she was involved in a said she viewed matters in a totally movies often exemplifies their very own growing,” said Welborn.
relationship herself. The boy she dated different light, because her confidence actions; what is a primary example of
november 2009 Features 7
Fall fashion brings trends to tr y
Streamlined classics become basics with a twist
by Sarah de Jong, co-editor-in-chief
The cold weather rolling in “Plaid shirts are so versatile, especially large men’s
with the changing seasons brings shirts. Put on leggings and boots with a belt and a
new fashion trends along. The scarf and leather jacket you got the perfect fall out-
runways are fit,” said senior Jessica Arnholt.
bursting with Leather is a classic. Whether
Junior Steve Wade receives help in English and math.
neon colors, ruf- it is a jacket, purse, or pants,
leather seems to be always in
fled shirts, and
fitted leather. style for fall. Leather pants may Learning Lab serves
Many of this be a little risky for some, but
season’s trends are basics, classic if paired with a baggy sweater
and heels, the pants can be
pieces that every ‘fashionista’ should
have in his or her closet. Designers a stylish substitute for dark By Tyler Johnson, staff writer
are matching these basics with bright skinny jeans. Mrs. Phyllis Williamson, the head of learning lab and
and bold accessories or outerwear. A leather jacket is a must her staff of ten teachers and 12 teachers’ assistants offer
Brighten up that dark and bland have piece. It goes with support opportunities in all subjects for the students.
fall wardrobe with some serious col- anything and everything, a “It is a good place to get help if a student is strug-
or. Neon is hitting the runway hard. pure classic. Throw a leather gling in math or a foreign language,” said Judi Rush, a
Neon pink, which looks good on jacket over a pair of jeans for teacher’s assistant. Seven years ago, Mrs. Williamson said
almost every skin color, is to be most a relaxed look or put it on over she learned that more students need support in a variety
“in” this fall according to designers a fancy dress to edge up the of subjects, so the Learning lab was established to offer
everywhere. Splashes of neon are all outfit. assistance to everyone.
over Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors’s Mix the trends of scarves and plaid “[Leather] is not just for Each year, the lab has
runway shows. together with an adorable scarf. bikers and rock stars anymore,” to adapt to changes in
Many are not bold enough to pull photos by Sarah de Jong Lori Bergamotto, contributing graduation requirements
this look off, so try these tip to tone down the neon: style editor of People StyleWatch said. set by the state. On an av-
Find a black or gray shirt with some neon mixed in Show off those legs that you worked so hard for erage day, the lab assists
to get that pop of color. A neon shirt with skinny this summer because legs are in. Short dresses with 150 students in different
jeans and a black jacket or cardigan can help to tone chunky heels are a subjects.
down the intensity. Finding one or two neon acces- must for fall. In the In the 2008, the lab
sories is a more subtle way to get the neon into a cold, pair a short had over 5,000 students
wardrobe. sweater dress with sign up for help, and 120
Another trend seen on the runways this season is boots or the very-in students have chosen to
the one-shoulder dress. This trend has carried over booties. Long sleeve use it as their study hall. Sophomore Ryan Whitt
from summer and has proven to be just as popular mini dresses can bal- Services include test works on Spanish and Math
for fall. ance out the length monitoring, credit in the Learning Lab.
Pair a one-shoulder dress with a pair of stilettos of the dress for a recovery, notes from photos by Tyler Johnson
and dangle earrings to dress up the outfit. Designer more covered and classes and assignments
Jason Wu said these dresses draw attention to the warm look. from teachers. There is also tutoring provided by Mu
shoulder, which leads to extra attention on the face. If the fashion for- Alpha Theta, the Math National Honor Society, and the
“Shoulder dresses are so cute on little petite girls ward are not brave Science and Foreign Language National Honor Society.
but if you have a bigger frame and bigger shoulders enough to brace the “I think the Learning Lab gives a student an extra op-
they are not a good idea,” said senior Holly Feld- cold in a short dress, portunity to help with their work. Also the student can
hacker. pair it with a pair ask questions privately instead of feeling embarrassed in
Ruffles have also hit the runway this fall. They are of tights for a more class,” said Tony Wesley, a teacher’s assistant.
everywhere from jackets, to dresses, to shoes. A cute “Gossip Girl” look. In 2009, a new feature is the Kurzweil Reader Soft-
playful top can help hide those extra pounds on the Otherwise, a pair ware which makes it possible for most printed materials
Bring that ruffled tank top
stomach gained from eating all that Halloween candy. of leather pants to be read aloud to a student.
from summer over to fall
A ruffled dress with a ruffled bottom can also help with platform heels with a leather jacket. The Lab offers service to all students from 6:30 a.m.
create the illusion of a tiny waistline. and a cute top to 3:30 p.m. “We try to focus on freshmen since they are
Plaid proves no longer to be only for lumberjacks draw attention to long legs. new to the high school experience,” said Cindy How-
and cowboys. Plaid is in and looks to be staying for No matter what you are wearing this fall, always re- ard, a teacher’s assistant. “However, seniors are more
good. Button-up plaid shirts cover racks in stores member not to get in a cold weather slump and pop successful in advocating for themselves than freshmen,”
everywhere and are selling fast. that color or new trend in to spice up your wardrobe. added Howard.
8 Music november 2009
Flaming Lips: Kings of Leon concert rocks the Sommet Center
by Alyssa Ekdall, staff writer
Embryonic On Friday, October 16th, the Kings
of Leon played at the Sommet Center.
to the beat.
It was apparent that the favorite songs
by Drew Doggett, music editor The arena was almost completely full, of the night was “Use Somebody” and
but not with the normal Kings of Leon “Sex is on Fire.” The fans definitely
Over the past decade, the Flam- crowd. From where I was standing in the reacted the most to these two songs, and
ing Lips have steadily built their back of the general admission section, I it was clear it was because the two songs
following to the point that they noticed that when the band played a song are some of the only Kings of Leon
now exist both in the indie music that was not on the their new CD, Only by songs to be aired on the radio.
scene and on the fringe of the the Night , the large crowd in the general Do not get me wrong though, many
mainstream alternative. admission section people do like
They’ve reached their pinnacle stood silent, and the new album,
due to following somewhat of Embryonic album cover looked confused. and do not just
a formula: add the whole space
not necessarily a bad thing. When the new The lights and now like the
odyssey vibe, cater music to “really songs off the new Kings of Leon
cool six year olds,” use some rad The album does prove worthy
album began to
overhanging video of the because they
breakdowns, and don’t forget the of a double-album in its length
and grandiose sound. The album play, the crowd concert below gave those are on the radio.
Teletubbies. suddenly livened of us who stood at the But I am sure
The Grammy award-winning has two discs to it and deserves to
up, and sang along. that even these
band‘s hit ‘Do you Realize’ recently be played at the same time as two
This continued all back of the arena a great fans know that
became Oklahoma’s official state
But as with the Red Hot Chili night, and there view of what was the new album’s
song. But did their new super- were clearly many sound is very
stardom cause their music to suffer? Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium,
more Only by the
happening on stage. . . different from
Apparently not in their newest Embryonic begs the same question:
Night fans at the the previous
addition to their already expansive when is an album just saturated with
show then there album’s sound.
catalog in Embryonic. music and when is it an abundance
were Kings of Leon fans. All in all, the show was a good. If you
The Flaming Lips have just as of ideas? A song like ‘I Can Be a
Frog’ is playful and has the Flaming The production of the show was excel- could not attend it and you are a fan of
much gimmick in their bag as they lent. The lights and overhanging video of the older CDs, do not worry- you did not
do substance. Space has recently Lips-esque sound of being fun and
the concert below gave those of us who miss much; very few songs were played
been the obsession with the band light, but are silly songs like this the
stood at the back of the arena a great from the older albums.
and that theme resonates with Em- reason the album is 18 songs long?
view of what was happening on stage. It If you could not attend and you just
bryonic, with its psychedelic effects At this point no one questions the
was very well put together and directed. now became a fan because of the new
and celestial atmospheres. Yet, the Flaming Lips. Their quirkiness is
Last year, the Kings of Leon concert CD, than the show would have definitely
album still somehow seems as if their trademark and their innovation
was held at the Ryman. Even though the been something you would have enjoyed.
there is a loose 70’s rock band play- is their reason for fame. So critics venue was smaller, the people who went But if you are an all around fan and like
ing all the music. are less likely to condemn the band
to the show were much more enthusi- both the new and old, than quickly buy
Structure has never been in the for being so odd.
astic. Most of the show last year people a ticket for the next show in Nashville
formula of the Lips but the absence Even through the confetti, the
were jumping around and screaming lyr- because the way the Kings of Leon are
of it has usually worked to their ad- Teletubbie backgrounds, the hulk
gloves, the giant bubbles, and ics. In contrast, at this year’s show, many heading, the tickets are sure to sell out
vantage. ‘Convinced of the Hex’ is just stood around and nodded their heads quickly.
mainly an abstract piece that opens everything wacky, the Flaming Lips
the album by setting the tone the conjure up fantastic music enter-
band wants to convey. tainment, and somehow, it’s not
A standout in the album is ‘See a gimmick. Somehow their music
the Leaves.’ Singer Wayne Cohen’s remains a means of escaping into
lyrics are not necessarily intellec- another world. Somehow after a
tually stimulating, but they flow lengthy career their albums are
cohesively and fit perfectly over the still relevant as ever and their live
texture of the instruments. One shows are amongst the best around.
music blog site cites the song as Somehow, however challenging and
being reminiscent of Radiohead’s peculiar, it compensates in brilliance
‘National Anthem’. and genuine fun, and somehow the
The Lips have recently been creat- Flaming Lips can write songs about
ing their own feature film and at being frogs while still being taken
times it seems as if the music is so seriously.
atmospheric that their album is ac-
tually a score to a movie, and that’s
november 2009 Music 9
by Gloria Huh, editorial
Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon hits stores
An urban rapper from the whole new mix while keeping the orginality of the that he has more to offer and his flexible talent can
streets of Cleveland, Scott Mes- song intact. In his Mary Jane inspired track, Maui be stretched into all corners of music. He proves his
cudi, or more popularly known Wowie, one can’t help but appreciate and sing along humbleness on his MySpace page by showing fans
as Kid Cudi, boasts a mixtape of to the playful lyrics and his chorus inspired lines from that he’s not trying to compare himself to his prede-
a new hip-hop sound. Grind Mode’s, ‘I’m So High‘. Cudi pays his respects cessors.
In his self debut mixtape, A Kid to his hometown, Cleveland, in Cleveland is the “I’m not the most insightful rapper, I’m not your
Named Cudi, he delivers his lyrics Reason, and says “Cleveland is the reason I’m cool.” Talib Kweli, your Mos Def, your Kanye, your Com-
with a raw and heavy flow going His album embraces his coarse yet refreshing voice as mon, or anyone like that… I don’t consider myself a
all out with the bass. a breath of fresh air in the recycled genre of main- genius but I ain’t no dummy either,” wrote Cudi.
In each song Cudi delivers with an understated stream hip-hop. Mescudi reveals his avoidance of the mainstream,
confidence and ease that makes it seem like half the On some songs he shows off his singing skills and candy hip-hop medium in all seventeen of his songs.
mixtape was created while he was still in his pajamas. sounds like an “unrefined John Legend,” according to His uniqueness shines bright in his distinguished and
His rhyming delivery is from the likes of Kanye but ReviewStacks.com. urban style that asks listeners for respect and ap-
more raw and inexperienced. His lyrics are unlike that Man on the Moon combines a techno, space-age feel preciation. He calls his music “ awesomely ’dope’, dif-
of his genre but more about personal struggle and and sound balanced by simple beats. The simplic- ferent, deep, passionate, fun and abstract” and there
individuality. ity that adorns his album does exactly the opposite is no doubt about that. His long awaited album, Man
Cudi meshes his funky synthesized beats with bor- and shows that Cudi is unlike the one-dimensional on the Moon: The End of the Day, hit stores September
rowed ones such as N.E.R.D.’s Spaz and recreates a rappers that are all too familiar in today’s hip-hop, but fifteenth.
Local band finally settles on name after two years
by Kelsey Haight, entertainment editor
After spending the last two years officially stick with the name Merriment and Mayhem.
coming up with band names and McHugh said, “Well, over the last year Payton and
honing their musical abilities, Sean I have continuously texted each other possible band
McHugh and Payton Lockhart have names whenever we stumble upon them, and one night
finally decided to settle down and at 1:00 am I was reading Calvin and Hobbes and read a
form a real band. frame where Calvin claims that he wants merriment
The band’s guitarist Payton Lock- and mayhem, so I shared it with Payton and Merriment
hart said, “We played with Carr and Mayhem sounded good to us both.”
Valentine a couple of times, but that Though they have been friends since childhood and
meant we had two guitarists and a drummer, which have played their respective instruments since middle
didn’t really form a band.” Since then, McHugh and school, the two only recently started playing music
Lockhart have cycled through numerous band names together. McHugh said, “Lockhart and I started playing
(We Recycle, The Kingsmen, The Doo Wops, and The music together freshman year, and since then we have
Twinkies), and lost a lead singer/bassist who preferred become a lot more serious about making this band Payton Lockhart, Sean McHugh, and Jared
sports over music. work. We are hoping to find a lead singer who ap- Doran. photo by Kelsey Haight
On a positive note, Jared Doran recently joined the preciates our kind of funk, but less funk then the Red
bands roll-call as bassist and the three have agreed to Hot Chili Peppers, heavily influenced by the Wombats, went by The Twinkies. The day was really hectic so we
sort of Doo Wop-y didn’t get to play our full set-list.
like The Bucknastys’ “We played all covers: The Bucket by Kings of Leon,
roots.” A Punk by Vampire Weekend, Dakota by Stereophon-
The band debuted ics and I Could have Lied by the Red Hot Chili Pep-
with Ben Smith on pers. We hoped to play a cover of ‘Bleeding Love’, but
bass at Spring Day we were cut short because another band needed to play
last year, where in the before school ended.” After their debut on Spring Day,
spur of the moment, Lockhart and McHugh stayed in the band, but Smith
Smith announced the left. Now that they have Jared Doran as a bassist, the
band as The Twinkies. only missing part is a lead singer, which they hope to
Guitarist of the band, have by Spring Day this year.
Payton, reflected upon Drummer McHugh said, “We just don’t know who
their debut at Spring to ask to sing from our school, or who would take it
Day, “At the time of seriously… Jared knows some good vocalists from
Spring Day, sans-Ben Independence so we’re going to talk to them, but it
we were The Kings- would be really cool to have a fellow student as our
men but plus Ben, we lead singer.”
10 sports november 2009
Sports Hockey’s a-brewin’
by Sid Sadler, staff writer
by Spencer Sabo, sports editor There are no fans yelling and no crowd getting
kicked out of Southern Ice, yet, students are hyped
Despite having the best record about this year’s hockey team. Hockey has grown
in the NFL last year, the Ten- much more popular than it was two years ago. The
nessee Titans have yet to win a fan base has doubled the past two years, and now
game. There are many factors causing this, but Jeff hockey is one of the leading sports at Brentwood.
Fisher is not one. Senior Jacob Fredi, who is a well known hockey
It is hard to coach a team that looked as if it quit fan said, “I’m looking forward to this year, because
in the second half of the Patriot game, drops passes, everyone around school is actually starting to talk
and has 11 injuries on defense. The Titans have a about hockey.”
week seven bye, and maybe they can get it together. Although the team lost two of their most profi-
Unfortunately, they play Jacksonville in week eight, cient players from last year, they are bringing back Sophmores AJ Peckich and Zach McGrath,
who beat them 37-17 earlier this year. sophomore Tanner Elmore who had an amazing junior Joe Feeney, and senior JT Feeney
Chris Johnson, the Titan’s running back, has the post-season. The senior class returns for one more discuss the power play.
second most rushing yards with 596, and has only year and Brentwood also has a great junior group photo by Sid Sadler
carried the ball more than 20 times in a game once. of guys coming in. These juniors include: Tyler
So why not run the ball more? Johnson averages Richardson, Dominick Granda, Joe Feeney, and A.J. at the end of the year.
more yards per carry than quarterback Kerry Collins Rittler. Senior Daniel Ramsey said, “I’m looking for-
averages per throw by almost a yard. “I think we can go all the way this year, because ward to the Ravenwood game the most, because of
Kerry Collins, according to espn.com, is ranked we have a lot of returning players that were solid last all of the hype and all of the people that come to
31st out of 40 NFL quarterbacks in passer rating, year.” said Granda that one game.”
and has the third most interceptions with eight. This The players remember how bitter the rivalry with The talk at Brentwood High is no longer just
might seem bad, but compared to back-up quarter- Ravenwood was last year. Brentwood, however, won about basketball and football. It’s football, basket-
back Vince Young, it is decent. Young has five pass the series beating them twice, including a 3-0 victory ball, and hockey!
attempts and has not completed one of them to his
Basketball team prepares as season approaches
own team, but he did complete one to the other team
against the Patriots.
Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has all
these weapons, but refuses to use them. Young is not by David McKinney, staff writer
a great passer, but he is a great runner. The faster Though the basketball team graduated roughly “Jack Montague, (an all purpose guard for the
you are in the Wildcat, the better. Young ran a 4.58 98 percent of its scoring players, Head coach Den- Bruins) right now, is the youngest guy who can make
40-yard dash, and Johnson ran an amazing 4.24 40- nis King is enthusiastic about what the team can do an impact on the team,” said King. Both junior Tei-
yard dash. Johnson and other running back LenDale this season under the leadership of its seniors, which chmann and senior Daniel Hagaman also said that
White have pleaded with Heimerdinger about using include Elliot West, Josh Tidwell, Atul Agnihotri, Montague could come in and seriously contribute
the Wildcat formation. The Wildcat formation would and Anvil Nelson, among others. to the team. King also said that junior Josh Kil-
fit the Titans perfectly with Young and Johnson, but “I am looking for one lett could be another young
Heimerdinger doesn’t use it. of them right now, who player to make a serious
The biggest reason the Titans are losing all these
games is because of their defense, which is ranked
will step up and be the “I am looking for one of impact.
leader,” said King. The Bruins are prepared to
31st out of 32 teams. On average, they allow over The Bruins had a them right now, who will come back with a vengeance.
400 yards per game, and have allowed 198 points this
season. The 11 injuries do not help either. Both of
record of 22-9 last year,
winning the district
step up and be the leader.” “Last year left a sour taste
in our mouths,” said Teich-
their starting cornerbacks, Cortland Finnegan and tournament, but loosing - Dennis King mann. “Our goal this year
Nick Harper, are injured. in an overtime game in is to go to state,” said senior
But most fans are not affected by their record. the regional semi finals Daniel Hagaman.
Sophomore, Colton Hill said that the Titans are still to Hunters Lane. This year, the team has some big To achieve that goal, the team is hard at work after
his favorite team, but the games are less fun to go to shoes to fill. school. Three days a week, the team works strength
now. “Kyle Teichmann was one of the three best big and conditioning. On Thursdays, the team has open
Eric Bowen, who graduated from Brentwood in men to ever play here,” said King. gym pickup games right after school.
2009 and now is a star for the Belmont soccer team, “We are losing a lot of presence in the paint.” Tei- The first game is Nov. 11 at Dickson County. The
said “[Heck] no. I ain’t no fair weather fairy.” chmann averaged 22 points per game last year, and first home game for the Bruins is Nov. 20 against
If the Titans don’t want to be the next team to go plays college basketball. Bethel Christian. The Bruins play their cross town
0-16, they need to run the Wildcat, make more catch- With all teams who lose players, it is important rival, the Ravenwood Raptors on Dec. 12 and Jan.
es, and figure out what happened to their defense. to have young guys who can step in and seriously 22.
contribute to the team.
november 2009 sports 11
Ultimate Frisbee team ready for season ahead Cross country
by David McKinney, staff writer
There is more than meets the eye to Ultimate Frisbee. “This being our third
starts the sprint
Two years ago, a group of Brentwood seniors got together
and created a club. A club that would later evolve into the
Brentwood High School Ultimate Frisbee team. Since then,
year, we are developing
into a strong program
hoping for a lot of recogni-
by David McKinney, staff writer
the Bruin Ultimate Club has dominated the field across Wil- tion from the school,” said The Brentwood Cross Country team is
liamson County. junior Jere Ford. running towards one goal, a state champi-
The game is mostly played as a recreational sport, but The team goals for the onship.
junior captain Jeff Ford said he ensures that he and the rest year include an undefeated After an eighth place finish at the Ten-
of the team are approaching the upcoming season with season, growth as play- nessee Classic, a second place finish in the
complete sincerity. ers and said junior Daniel Greater Louisville Classic, with four top 25
“The games can get pretty intense,” said Ford, “There Hamburger, “Just to be the finishes, Paul Stewart (11th), Ryan Gadsey
are no referees so you are supposed to play fair, and for the best we can be.” (15th), Nathan Thomas (16th) and Ford
most part people do, but there are some jerks out there.” The team is sure of their Bell (22nd)and a first place finish at the
The team said they are looking forward to another solid abilities on and off the Kenwood Classic, with five runners finish-
season. field, and they are ready to ing in the top 25, and Paul Stewart, Ford
“We just have to go out there and execute our offense and take on any opponent at Bell and Ryan Gadsey finishing in 4th, 5th
play hard D,” said Ford. He is said to have solid leadership any time. Senior Ben Wil- Junior Phillip Bradely catches and 6th place respectively, has the Bruins
skills along with co-captain Philip Bradley. They are both liams said, “We are going the frisbee during a game of running with a strong momentum.
key players on the team, and the team relies on them for to dominate.” ultimate. The Bruins are excited about what is to
motivation. Jere Ford also guaranteed photo by Beth O’Connell come this season.
“Jeff can be a great leader,” said sophomore ultimate fan an undefeated season and The team has been working hard this
Adam Weatherall. a championship. Confidence like this is one of the many season, practicing six days a week, with a
This upcoming season is looking to be a promising cam- reasons 2009 is looking to be a great season for the Bru- mixture of work outs and easy days.
paign for the Bruins. Along with a great season the Bruins ins, with solid leadership, a strong offense and dominating Work out practices consist of 400
are looking to obtain more fans and acknowledgement defense. The schedule has yet to be released, but it is sure torepeats and four 400 meter runs. An easy
throughout the school. be a fun and challenging year for the Bruins. day consists of 50 minutes to an hour of
Young team looks ahead to reclaim their reign According to junior Ryan Gadsey,
“Preparation is a big part of what it takes
By Sid Sadler, staff writer to be successful in cross country.”
The 2009 Lady Bruins are back and they couldn’t have done this well without her,” “For dinner the night before a meet, I
are a force to be reckoned with again. There McPherson said. eat salmon and steamed broccoli. I try to
is one thing different about this year’s team There has been one thing that has stayed be in bed sometime between 8:30-9,” said
though. There are no seniors on the team, the same through the years, and that’s the Gadsey.
which hasn’t happened in two years. coach. Under Campbell, the Lady Bruins “I wake up four hours before the meet
With no seniors and with four returning have won eight state championships. They starts, eat scrambled eggs, a granola bar
starters from last year’s state runner-up team, have been runner-up six times, and have and a banana, and drink a bottle of water
the Lady Bruins are working hard to get back been to the state finals fourteen out of the every hour till the meet starts.”
to state. last seventeen years. There are two huge tournaments ap-
Those four players are juniors: Lauren Her players have nothing but the best to proaching for the Bruins, the regional and
Kaufman, Maggie McPherson, Kasey Van- say about her. the state tournament.
Horne, and Tiffany Shrivalle. “Coach Campbell is a blessing to our In the past years, the Bruins have had
During the regular season Brentwood held team. I don’t know how she has survived strong showings in the regional tourna-
their annual Brentwood Invitational Tourna- the stress we put her under this year,” Van- ments. From that tournament, the top
ment and placed 2nd in that tournament. Horne said. three finishing teams advance to the state
Coach Barbra Campbell had great things to Junior Kasey VanHorne serves All of the girls on the team know that tournament on November 11th, as do the
say about her girls. with no seniors, comes no leadership role. the top ten individual runners.
during warm-up. The Bruins have great confidence in
“Lauren and Maggie both have been This however can be a good thing.
doing great pounding the ball from the
photo by Alyssa Ekdall
When asked about what impact having no what they can do in the regional tourna-
outside.” said Campbell. They also have seniors on the team VanHorne said, “I think ment.
a sophomore starting this year, which is pretty rare for any it’s a good thing and a bad thing. We aren’t separated by a “I think we will make state, for sure,”
varsity sports team. Her names is Nicole Poland, and she is class now, and there is no one looking down on us. As long said Gadsey.
the starting setter for the team. as we all can stay focus we will be great.” The state tournament takes place on
“ I think it’s good having a sophomore this year starting The Lady Bruins did not make it to the state finals for the Nov. 11th at Vaughns Gap by Steeplechase
because Nicole is a huge asset to our team as a setter and we first time in approximately twelve years. race track in Nashville.
12 november 2009
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