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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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Reality of the closet

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Uriah Lekin [Staff Writer] @Uriah_theChamp

Five years ago today in the halls of Franklin middle school one bright, young man decided to no longer hide from his peers and take off the fake skin he had been wearing. Three of his best friends were told and unknown to him his secret crush and hidden identity was spilled across the school, Facebook pages, and text messages while he sat at home thinking he had made the right choice. The next day he walked into school with an eerie feeling consuming his body and as he entered his home room he was stopped by an unlikely person who said, “So I hear you like so-and-so.”

Most straight people will never understand the feeling of coming out and the insanity of emotions it brings along with. Why is it that people who are gay have to come out? Why are they labeled as gay, homosexual, or fag? Why aren’t straight people labeled as heterosexual or breeders? Why is it that when someone refers to the straight guy down the hall they call him by his name and not his sexuality? Maybe it’s the times or the way our society thinks and works, but it needs to end. The embodiment known as the “Closet” needs to be thrown into the garbage like the bathroom signs of the 50’s saying “White Only! No colors allowed”. It’s a saying that no longer should be used. People may think it’s just the way society identifies someone, but why? When a straight person likes a girl they aren’t immediately consumed with the sayings from their peers about how they now are out and like girls. They aren’t shoved against lockers or have to mentally prepare themselves for the daily torments of their classmates while they are getting dressed in the morning.

Some may say the closet is just a way homosexuals come out and show the world they are not afraid. Some may say it is just the way it is, or even that it’s the only way, but is it really? As a society many people need to change the way they think of someone coming out or how they label them, because at the end of the day everyone is a person with their own name- not a label like clothing.

Photo taken by Quinn Dombrowski on flickr.com

Photo taken by Quinn Dombrowski on flickr.com

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Testing perks

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: DeLaney Fisher [staff writer] @DeLaney__Fisher

It’s a week dreaded by almost all of high schoolers, statewide. Two hours filled with grueling standardized tests. It’s Iowa Assessments.

As soon as Iowa Assessments are mentioned most students recoil in disgust, but the tests often come with perks. Schedules are pushed back by two hours, snacks are supplied, and they don’t even affect grades or GPA. So, really what’s the harm?

The first test takes around 40 minutes then there is a break, and snacks. A lot of teachers bring an assortment of treats for students to enjoy after completing the first exam. It’s a yummy way to fuel their brain for the next bout. Sure the snack break is followed by another long, drawn out test, but all the time spent on the tests is less time spent in regular classes. That means less learning, and sometimes even less homework. Who would pass up an opportunity to get out of classes?!

Along with the tests came shorter classes. Another bonus! On top of that, and early out in the middle of the week. Having Iowa Assessments actually helped break up the quarter since there haven’t been an early outs due to heat, or late starts due to cold temperatures. They’ve made the week feel shorter and easier to get through.

All in all the Iowa Assessments have been a good thing this year. Substituting a couple of tests per day for snacks, missing some school, breaking up the quarter, and making the week feel shorter is a great deal.

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