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Freshman’s Fearful First Days

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Alex Coleman

Kylie McAllister @smileeyyykylie [Co-Executive Yearbook Editor]

Cheyanne Thompson, freshman, listens to her PE teacher during class.

Cheyanne Thompson, freshman, listens to her PE teacher during class.

The first day of school is an all around crazy day. Freshmen have their first day of high school ever. Most of them do not remember where their classes are or when to go to lunch. For the seniors, it is a bittersweet day, being their last first day of high school. For the sophomores and juniors, it is just another day that they have to be at school in the middle of their high school journey.

Cheyanne Thompson, freshman, had a pretty good first day of school. “I got here at 7:30 because I missed freshman orientation,” said Thompson. Her brother showed her around, and her friend also had an older brother that helped her throughout the day. The first day of school went by really smooth for her, and she was only a little nervous for her first day.

The second day of school was a different story. “My brother and I didn’t leave the house until fifteen minutes before the bell rang, and we have to walk to school. I had a feeling I was going to be late. On top of that, I forgot my locker number,” said Thompson, “all in all I was a lot more nervous the second day than I was the first day.” She was also nervous because she didn’t really remember where all of her classes were. Thompson accidently went to her third block class instead of here fourth block class. On top of it all it was her birthday, so having a stressful day at school kind of put a damper on the usually fun filled day.

Cheyanne thinks that high school is a lot different from middle school. “The classes are longer, but you have less of them. You get more homework so you have to think about time management,” added Thompson. She decided to take general classes this year, and is waiting to take Spanish until next year because she doesn’t want to be overly stressed about school. “You don’t have a lot of free time, and you also don’t get a study hall like in middle school,” said Thompson. Cheyanne thinks that she has good time management skills and that she will be able to work it all out.

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Basically Boisterous Billboards

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Alex Coleman

By: Alex Coleman @AlexColeman831 [Executive Daily Powwow Editor]

Just imagine, it’s a peaceful Tuesday afternoon. The wind is whipping in through the open windows of the car. An individual is driving down the highway, cruising, loving life, taking in the beautiful cornfields and hills of the great Iowa landscape. Suddenly they notice something in the distance. They near closer and closer to the strange object, realizing all too soon what they’re coming up on. A large sign that reads “‘God, send us someone who can cure AIDS, Cancer, etc. etc.’ ‘I did but you aborted them’.”

Anti-abortion billboards are scattered all along the highway, not only in Iowa, but in many states across the U.S. There are hundreds upon thousands of people who riot against abortion each year. The 14th Amendment gives every woman their right to an abortion, but obviously, a multitude of people have chosen to use their right to Freedom of Speech to protest this privilege. Abortion is frowned upon by most people, but the few people who aren’t against the idea of killing a fetus are not going to have their minds changed by a cheesy billboard.

Just think about it, if an individual is pregnant and considering an abortion, whose place is it to tell them they can’t get one? The individual is already experiencing a lot of confusion and stress about their situation, and if they do choose to abort their child they’ll experience a lot more. Do they really need strangers attacking their choices? And honestly, if an individual is driving down the highway and they happens to see one of these ridiculous signs, what are the odds of them going ‘you know what, I’m going to keep this baby now.’

Just because we as a people have the right  to riot against things we disagree with, it doesn’t mean that we have to impose these rights on other people. Is it really going to make someone think about not getting an abortion if you put up that sign? No, probably not, it’s just going to make you look like a huge, ignorant jerk. Choose wisely friends.

Abortion sign on the side of the highway

Abortion sign on the side of the highway

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Benched due to injury

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Kaela Halverson [Design Editor] @kaelswhales

As they line up for the start of the game, last game in regular season for the girl’s soccer team. There will be one person that is missing on the field as the season comes to the end. Watching is sometimes the hardest thing an athlete could do, Tessa Jordan, sophomore, is out due to a sprained ankle that happened in a previous soccer game.

Jordan still tries to participate, “I fill their water bottles,” said Jordan. She tries to keep a positive look out for her team so they can keep succeeding so when she is back from her injury she can continue to play with her fellow teammates. “I go to physical therapy twice a week,” said Jordan, so she can recover faster and get back to the game she loves.

Injuries are devastating but working to get back is one of the greatest feelings, “I hate watching, I rather be playing,” said Jordan. The last home game, last regular season game, lots of pressure is put on and all Jordan can do it be there for the girl’s as they continue to progress in the season.


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The perks of being an initiate

Posted on 07 May 2014 by admin

By: Uriah Lekin [Staff Writer] @Uriah_Royel

NHS,  National Honor Society, is a student group that have leadership abilities and come together to volunteer in the community. To enter this group a student must send a request form to the group’s sponsor, Mrs. Carrie Johnson, and from there they are rated by their teachers. If a student gets enough recommendations, and meets all the requirements, they are accepted into the group.

Austin Brown, junior, is an NHS initiate who has a lot ahead of him. “Tonight (Honors Night) is kind of nerve racking being honored and all because of the ritual,” Austin said.

Austin has his whole senior year to go through and will be able to contribute that entire year to NHS. “I am honored and it is a big accomplishment,” Brown stated. “I am looking forward to senior year because of all the great experiences I will be having this coming year.”

As an NHS member, more than just good grades are required of you. “I hope to help my community with our service project we will be doing and also so I can use it on my college application,” Brown said.

With the end of the year around the corner, Austin has some advice for those aspiring to be in NHS. “Try to be in as many activities, volunteer when you can, keep good grades, and be a leader,” Brown  stated.

Come join Austin, the other NHS Initiates, and all other students being honored at tonight’s Honors Night at the MHS Auditorium.

Austin Brown, junior, will be officially inducted into National Honor Society tonight at Honors Night.

Austin Brown, junior, will be officially inducted into National Honor Society tonight at Honors Night.


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Choosing the right path

Posted on 07 May 2014 by admin

By: Taylor Millis [Yearbook Editor] @tinytmills

College is a crazy time filled with emotions and hard decisions. With all the craziness it is easy to make the simple choice or the one that takes less thought, but it’s important to take the time to make the right decision for you!

Choosing the right school is important and choosing a school just because a friend or boyfriend/girlfriend is going there, doesn’t make it the right decision. Although making a big decision by using the decision someone else made is easy and a lot less stress, there is a great possibility that was not the right decision for you.

College planning doesn’t have to be a hair pulling experience. Going on college visits and talking to friends and family about the differences in schools can be fun and exciting. Picking a college and being comfortable with the right school will come naturally and sometimes takes time. So just breathe and let it happen.


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Schnieder’s final year

Posted on 06 May 2014 by admin

Jeremy Schnieders, senior

Jeremy Schnieders, senior, is finishing up his final high school golf season this year. He plans to play for Kirkwood next year.

By: Taylor Lamm [Opinion Editor] @Lammers11

For him it seems like the golf season has flown by, just like the rest of his senior year. Today is the day for WAMAC, which is being held in Vinton-Shellsburg for the boys golf team. This year he has high expectations for his team and himself. Hoping that they can make it all the way to state.

Jeremy Schnieders, senior, is enjoying his last season playing high school golf. Schniers has been playing golf since he was eight years old. He has mixed feelings about this being his last year of high school golf though. “It is bitter sweet. I am excited for next year. I’m going to play college golf for Kirkwood,” he states. Even though it is coming to an end he has high expectations for the rest of the season.

For today’s WAMAC Schnieders is pretty confident that his team and himself will do well. “The competition isn’t too hard. Only way we can lose is by beating ourselves,” he says. The course for today is only nine holes. It might be small but it’s worth a lot. The rest of the season he has the same expectations. “I hope we have a good rest of the season and make it past sectionals, just play a solid round as a team at districts. Then compete to possibly make it to state,” Schnieders says. His expectations are high and he is hoping for the best.

He’s getting all his equipment ready for tonight’s match. Getting his mind in the game and preparing himself for an awesome night of golf for both him and his team.

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School’s slow stop

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Kayla Comried [Co-Executive Yearbook Editor] @KComried

The clock drudgingly ticks on and on, and each school day seems like its own eternity. With the days getting warmer, and summer in sight, it leaves many high schoolers checked out of school. Summer is coming too slow.

Being fourth quarter, everyone just wants to skid by. Nobody wants super hard classes, and for sure, no one wants a ton of homework. This is one thing teachers need to understand. No high school student wants to go home, when it is 70 degrees, and spend their entire night inside doing time filler worksheets and writing paper after paper. Now, this doesn’t mean the teachers need to cover less material, and quite frankly they can’t, but fourth quarter is the longest quarter, this year especially. With all the snow days this school year, fourth quarter is about two weeks longer than all the other quarters, so maybe teachers could give more time in class to work on homework rather than trying to fit in extra “needed” material. If no other quarter had that material the students in that class this quarter don’t need to learn it either.

Another thing that seems harder and harder with each passing day is getting out of bed. The alarm seemingly goes off earlier and earlier, and that snooze button becomes more and more abused. Due to this, please do not judge other students if they show up to school looking like they just survived a hurricane. We all have our struggle days, and during fourth quarter especially, people need to learn to just not care. Really, when summer comes, no one will be interested in, or remember, what each person wore today, tomorrow, or two weeks from now, so don’t lose sleep and stress about having the perfect outfit or flawless hair. It’s just not worth it.

In just 37 days that last bell will ring, and we will all be set free for a few short months. There are only five miserable mondays until school ends, and just five fantastic Fridays, so power through these last few weeks, and try to enjoy them because as much as we want them to end now, one day we might find ourselves wanting them back.

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Group members slacking off

Posted on 24 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Kylie McAllister [Co-executieve Yearbook Editor] @smileeyyykylie

Working in groups can either be a very helpful or a huge burden. This depends on the members in the group and their work ethic. If a group member does their share of work then it lightens the load on everyone in the group. Leaving all of the work on one person in the group is not fair and can cause stress on the one person.

Depending on the project having one person do most of the work can leave them spending many hours stressing to make it perfect. If everyone in the group just split the workload it would make it easier on that one person. Also, if only one person does the work and everyone gets the grade it simply isn’t fair. Why can one group member can just slack off during class and talk to their friends and have no part in doing the work for the project, but still get the same grade? If one group member spends hours making up the work that the other group members didn’t do, the group can normally get a pretty good grade. But that one group member that didn’t do anything does not deserve the same grade as the one who did all of the work. The worst part is, is that the teacher normally gives the all of the group members the same grade regardless of how much work they put in to it.

Everyone should contribute as much as they can do their group’s project. Leaving one group member to do all of the work is unfair and very stressful on that one person. The slacker in the group is really only cheating themselves because they aren’t learning the material that they need to know.

Eli Matthess, Ryan Anderson, and Jacob Deeter, all ‘16, work together in the library.

Eli Matthess, Ryan Anderson, and Jacob Deeter, all ‘16, work together in the library.

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Striving to score

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Alex Coleman [Ads Editor] @AlexColeman831

She runs down the field, chasing after her opponent who is in possession of the ball. Her teammates are around her, shouting at each other from all around. Her cleats dig into the grass, her legs carrying her as fast as she can manage towards her competitor. She reaches her and steals the ball from underneath her, completely changing her direction and heading towards the other end of the field. The ball gets stolen from her not long later. This is the vicious cycle of a soccer game. The one tonight against Linn Mar will be no exception.

Jade Carter, sophomore, will be playing right and center midfielder at the girls game against Linn Mar tonight. She’s confident that even though the stereo type o Linn Mar is that they’re really good, that her team can come out on top. “I’m pretty scared because they’re really good, but we’re pretty good too. I think it’ll be a pretty even game, and hopefully we can come out on top,” said Carter. Jade knows a few people on the Linn Mar team and is looking forward to seeing them this evening. “I know people there, and it’s really fun that way because then you get to see people you haven’t seen in a while,” Carte commented.

Linn Mar is known for often beating almost anyone and everyone, at everything; Jade, however, knows her team has a few tricks up their sleeves. “We have a really strong offense,” Carter explained. But every strength has a corresponding weakness. “Communication is our biggest weakness, people will be wide open and no one will know. We’re working on that a lot during practices,” said Carter.

After hours of practice, sweat shed over preparation, and every blister and callus earned along the way, Linn Mar is going to have their hands full trying to keep up with our girls. Hopefully, the Marion girls will bring home a win.

Jade Carter, Sophmore

Jade Carter, Sophmore

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Ready to play

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Becca Hall [Online Editor] @chewwbecccaa

He has been practicing all season, striving to win every match and every meet, working his hardest in order to help his team have the best season possible. Caleb Scott, junior, plays number two for singles and number one for doubles on the boys varsity tennis team. He is excited for the home meet tonight starting at 4:00 against Maquoketa.

“I think this meet will go pretty well. I mean, we’ve beat Maquoketa a couple of times before so I think with our team we should be fine.” said Scott. They have put in a lot of hard work as a team and he is confident in his team.

This year the boys tennis team had a different obstacle to deal with than normal, but they turned it into a positive for the team. “We have a lot of new freshman so we have been teaching the freshman a lot of new stuff.” explains Scott. The older team members have put much time and energy into helping some of the newer players gain experience and confidence during tennis.

Scott has big expectations for this meet. “I just want to win the meet. Play as hard we can and just do our best.” As for his personal goals of this meet he wants to “win my singles match for sure and probably win my doubles match with who ever my partner is. I just want to get better individually.”

Caleb Scott is ready to play his hardest and achieve his goals.

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