The Wolverine Scoop. Volume 20 Issue 3 December 18, 2014

The Wolverine Scoop Volume 20 Issue 3 December 18, 2014 Concussions can lead to depression, suicide by Paige Brown Teens with a history of concussion...
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The Wolverine Scoop Volume 20 Issue 3 December 18, 2014 Concussions can lead to depression, suicide by Paige Brown

Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “What this study suggests is that teens who have had a concussion should be screened for depression,” said lead study author Sara Chrisman, M.D., a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Concussion, considered a mild traumatic brain injury, can also have serious psychological effects. Most prior research on these psychological effects has focused on adults. However, many teens experience concussions through sports injuries or accidents, and less is known about long-term complications in adolescents. The study used data from the 2007-2008 National Survey of Children’s Health and included health information from over 36,000 adolescents ages 12 to 17. In it, 2.7% of the sample had had a concussion, and 3.4% had a current depression diagnosis. Teens who were 15 years or older, lived in poverty, or who had a parent with mental health problems were more likely to be depressed than other teens, said Chrisman, “but what was surprising was when we took those factors into consideration, it didn’t take away from the association between depression and a history of concussion.” Chrisman also cautioned that it’s not known what exactly might account for higher rates of depression in teens with a history of concussion. It could be the brain injury itself, diagnostic bias due to repeated medical visits for concussion, doctors mistaking symptoms of a concussion for depression, or from the social isolation that they may experience while recovering. Jeffrey Max, M.D., a psychiatrist who specializes in psychiatric outcomes of traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents at the University of California, San Diego noted, “In our research, we’ve found that about 10% of the kids had a full depressive disorder or subclinical depressive disorder six months after a concussion.” Children who have a history of concussion are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and have difficulties controlling their moods, especially anger, rather than experience depression, Max added. Unlike Chrisman, however, Max observed that the actual brain injury associated with concussions is probably a major cause of depression in the first few months after injury. “In the clinic, we’ve certainly seen cases where within hours of sustaining a concussion, a kid who’s never had depression before is suddenly depressed and suicidal. One of our studies found that the brain images in children with traumatic brain injury and depression were actually quite similar to those seen in adults who develop depression as a result of traumatic brain injury.” (Source:

This issue became a hot topic recently with the apparent suicide of an Ohio State football player found dead after being missing for several days. Kosta Karageorge, a walk-on college football player, was only 22 when he took his life. Police say that Karageorge died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Additional studies of Karageorge’s brain will be done because of his concussion history. Karageorge had complained that his concussions were bothering him mentally. Karageorge’s sister Sophia said that her brother had suffered four or five concussion throughout his athletic career. The night of Karageorge’s disappearance he got into an argument with his girlfriend then left his off-campus house around 2 a.m. Police found his body several days later in a local garbage dumpster next to a hand gun.

Studying tips by Roy Arana

As finals come and go, it’s important to do certain things to prepare for them. Students often do not know how to study for tests effectively. If you practice the following tips, you’re guaranteed to do well on your finals:

-First things first, make sure to have a quiet place to study that will not provide any distractions. -Study material provided by the teacher is always important, so go over it frequently. -Manage your study time wisely. More information is learned if specific classes are studied for each session. (Source: -Don’t burn yourself out. Studying with breaks ball/2014/12/05/kosta-karageorge-ohio-state-death) is much more effective than nonstop studying for three hours.

Finals continue

by Kyson Channell

Athletic gear for sale by Ciera Rasmussen

As the semester comes to an end, the time for Are you still looking for the ultimate Christmas taking finals is upon us. Finals will follow this present this year for friends and family? How schedule: about a nice Nike sweatshirt or cap? Coach Srholec has a supply of sweatshirts for $35.00 Thurs, Dec. 18th and baseball caps for $20.00. If you are interested, st 1 hour - 8:30-10:15 see Coach Srholec to ask about getting a quality 2nd hour - 10:20-11:50 sweatshirt and cap today. Lunch- 11:50-12:15 3rd hour - 12:20-1:50 Ferguson riots spread 0 hour - 1:55-3:25 by Brenden Callahan Fri, Dec. 19th 4th hour - 8:30-10:15 5th hour - 10:20-11:50

Garner case brings riots by JJ Ixta

Americans may have seen recent coverage about riots around the country in response to the Eric Garner case in New York. He was an African American man approached by NYC police officers last year for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally on the street. There is video evidence of the officers’ response to Garner’s reaction to this interaction. Officers felt that Garner was resisting arrest, so one officer, Daniel Pantaleo, put him in a choke hold. After several minutes of this technique, Garner told officers that he could not breathe. They did not release the choke hold, and Garner eventually died. A grand jury in New York recently voted not to bring charges against any of the officers involved, resulting in the riots around the country. After the Michael Brown case in Missouri, many Americans see this as another example of police brutality, especially that by white officers against black citizens.

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Following the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, people in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around the U.S began to riot. Journalists with The New York Times in Ferguson, Mo., are following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed black teenager. The scene in downtown Ferguson grew increasingly unruly after the decision with police using tear gas to disperse crowds who were throwing rocks and shattering store windows. Some businesses were looted, the police said. Protests also broke out in other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. There were even a few dozen protestors who blocked city streets in downtown Boise earlier this month. (Source: http://news.blogs.nytimes. com/2014/11/24/live-updates-from-fergusonon-the-grand-jury-decision-in-michael-brownshooting/)

Looking ahead: Dec-Jan by Cheyanne McChesney

• Dec. 22nd – Jan. 4th : Christmas break • Jan. 5 th : Second semester begins • Jan. 19th : Martin Luther King Day (No school)


NEWS Jan is blood donor month

News Briefs: Band update

by Sheridan Curtis

This month in band has been quite hectic so keep up. Early in December the Jazz EnJanuary is national blood semble performed at D3 Jazz donor month. Here are sevFestival, one of the only two eral facts about donating high school bands to score a superior rating that blood. day. World famous trombone player Bill Watrous did a clinic Dec. 5th with the WHS band, Fruit• More than 4.5 million land’s band, and Ed’s Big Band. The next day the patients need blood transfusions each year. Concert Band performed at the annual Christmas • 43,000 pints is the amount of donated blood concert. If you want to play in the Pep Band, you used each day in the United States and Canada. must show up to pep rehearsals. Talk to Mr. Fortin • Someone needs blood every two seconds. for more details. • Only 37% of the United States population is eligible to donate, less than 10% donate annually. • One in every seven people who enter a hospital Choir stays busy by Kade Channell need blood. • 94% of blood donors are registered voters. • Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s Upon invitation to the event, the Chamber Singers performed at the Capitol Tree Lighting cereorgans and tissues. • White blood cells are the body’s primary de- mony in Boise Nov. 24, much to the enjoyment of Governor Otter and his wife, Lori. After that, fense against infection. all three choirs held their Christmas concert Dec. • Blood has no substitute. • Donating blood can be your opportunity to ex- 8. Chambers performed the national anthem at tend your preparedness efforts to help change the home match against Bakersfield for the Idalives other than yours and your immediate ho Steelheads Dec. 5. Also, musical auditions were held for the musical Dec. 9. family. Imagine the awesome feeling. by Miriah Haro

Human trafficking awareness raised by Camille Weldon

Around two million children were trafficked internationally in just one year. Jan. 11 is International Day Against Child Trafficking. Child trafficking is the illegal sale or enslavement of a child for the purpose of exploitation. Victims of child trafficking are usually sold into slavery for work, child pornography, and illegal adoption centers. In 2010 a large adoption lobby or illegal adoption business was discovered in Europe. Parliament went on to make a public announcement about the punishment for adopting a child who has been trafficked. Child pornography is a serious crime within the United States. Of those convicted, 19% had child pornography of children three years old and younger; 39% had child pornography of children six years old or younger; and 83% had child pornography of children 12 and under. Twenty percent of the workforce in China consists of children aged ten to fourteen. These children are often Chinese but also are trafficked from Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Child trafficking takes place mainly in third-world countries. The countries with the largest number of children trafficked are China, Ghana, and India. Almost all victims of child trafficking never recover from their experiences or are never found. The first step we can take towards the prevention of child trafficking is the awareness that it is happening right now. (Source:; http://www.againstchild; child-trafficking/child-trafficking-statistics)

Winter pet care tips

by Ciera Rasmussen With winter’s cold temperatures setting in, pet owners need to take special care of their furry friends. Here are some tips for pet care in the winter. 1. They get cold too. If your pet spends time outside, remember that animals can get sick from the cold just like you and me. 2. Provide an outside shelter for when they do have to be outside. They’ll appreciate any protection from the elements. 3. It takes more energy to stay warm. It’s vital to keep fresh water available at all times. You don’t want an ice rink for fleas. 4. Adjust food accordingly. Dogs and cats don’t exercise as much in the winter, so they conserve more fat for energy. This will help keep your pet from becoming overweight. 5. Your pets can get frostbite just like you can. Booties or coats can help protect against frostbite. If you’re worried your pet may be getting frostbite, you should look for firm, waxy skin and blisters; see your veterinarian immediately.

TheWolverine Scoop staff would like to thank the Gear Up Program and the Weiser Education Foundation for their support in publishing the Scoop this year! We absolutely could not survive without you!

Available scholarships at WHS by Becca Torres

WHS seniors, have you been applying for scholarships? You can pick up the following scholarships in Miss Peterson’s office. Elks Student of the Month: Due date- anytime through March. You can get this application in Miss Peterson’s office. Filling it out once will make you eligible for all of the months. Sussle Company: Scholarship given monthly. For seniors--you must be a U.S. citizen and be able to contribute knowledge about your interests. Apply at Alert Magazine Scholarship: No due date. For seniors with a 2.5 GPA or higher, you must write a 600-1000 word essay about a personal encounter that you or someone you know has had with drug or alcohol abuse. Apply at Questbridge National College Match Program: Due date varies with different colleges. This program is for high-achieving, low-income seniors. Various colleges are included. For more information see Writers of the Future Contest: Due date: Continual. This is for students interested in becoming a writer. Find contest rules at Young Entrepreneur Scholarship, Due date: Dec. 18, 2014. Seniors must own and operate their own business. Apply at GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship: Due date: Jan. 8, 2015. For seniors who show exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, strong academics, and community service. Apply online at Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, Due date: Jan. 15, 2015. Applicants must include student nomination and recommendations. Go to or see Miss Peterson. Eastern Oregon Institutional Scholarships: Due Date: Feb. 1, 2015. See Miss Peterson for an application. Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Migrant Scholarship: Due Date: Feb. 5, 2015. For seniors--must show proof of Migrant Education eligibility, financial need, essay, and two letters of recommendation. Apple online at Boise State University Institutional Scholarships: Due Date: Feb. 15, 2015. See Miss Peterson for an application. University of Idaho Institutional Scholarships: Due Date: Feb. 15, 2015. See Miss Peterson for an application. Governor’s Cup Scholarship: Due Date: Feb. 15, 2015. Seniors must have a minimum 2.8 GPA and show strong community service. Must attend an Idaho college. Apply at http://www. asp. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: Due Date: Feb. 15, 2015. This is for minority graduating seniors with at least a 1000 SAT or 22 ACT. Must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate leadership and financial need. Apply at Society of Women Engineers Scholarship: Due Date: Feb. 22, 2015. This scholarship is for senior girls who will be entering the engineering or related field. See Miss Peterson for an application. There are many more scholarships available on search sites including: jsp Visit to see updated scholarships.


Wrestling season hits mats by Jayme Braden

The Wolverine wrestling team is led by Garrett Hinkley, Alex Raby, Cristian Delgadillo, Kristian Claudio, David Perez, Colt Yeager, Hilario Mandujano, Brennan Westover, Ty Johnson, Kristof Krahn, and Ricky Sandoval.


Featured athletes (girls’ basketball) by Jordan Swain

Name: Miriah Haro School sports played: basketball, cheerleading, track Future plans: to become a cardiologist Favorite Christmas carol: “Do The boys competed at the Bucks Bags duel tour- You Wanna Build a Snowman?” nament at Capitol High School earlier this month. Favorite reindeer: Do you The boys also traveled to LaGrande last weekend. mean caribou? They will compete in Emmett this weekend at the New Year’s resolution: to go to state in basketball and track Holiday tournament. Name: Ashlee Huggins School sports played: volleyball, basketball, golf The district tournament will be held Feb. 21 in Future plans: to graduate from Homedale. State will follow Feb. 27-28 in Po- college as an orthodontist Favorite Christmas carol: “Let catello. it Snow” Favorite reindeer: Rudolph Girls’ basketball is underNew Year’s resolution: to go to way church more often by Ashlee Huggins Name: Dana Kerner This year’s girls’ varsity team leadSchool sports played: basketers are Sadie Shirts, Katie Davis, ball CJ Davis, Dana Kerner, and Emily Future plans: to go to college, Gluch. The girls are further into to make money, to buy lots of their season, with a season record cows, & to marry a hot and rich of 3-3 at press time. The Ladies had Texas cowboy not yet played a conference game. Favorite Christmas carol: I hate Christmas carols In a recent game versus Skyview, Shirts had four Favorite reindeer: Bambi rebounds. As a team, the Ladies put up 43 points, New Year’s resolution: to complete my 2013 and 29 rebounds with 10 points from them that New Year’s resolution night. Name: McKayla Mills The girls have faced Vale, Middleton, and New School sports played: basketPlymouth recently. They will play Parma tonight ball, rodeo and Fruitland Jan. 3. Coach Shirts said, “The girls Future plans: to go to college, are playing hard and learning lots. We are getting to become an NFR qualifier, to good contributions from a lot of players.” marry a world champion team roper/calf roper/bronc rider, The district tournament will be held in early and to have adorable rodeo February at TVCC. State will follow Feb. 19-21 babies at Skyview. Favorite Christmas carol: all of them Favorite reindeer: Rudolph New Year’s resolution: to beat senioritis! “This season is about battling in every match, and we need to battle,” said Coach Dickerson.

Boys’ basketball gets going by Miriah Haro

This year’s varsity boys’ basketball team is led by Thomas Crawford, Tony Lopez, Jacobi Beesley, and Evan Loomis. The fifth person rotates on a regular basis. At press time, early in the season, the boys had an overall record of 1-2 with no conference play. The boys have recently played Vale and New Plymouth at home. Beesley has been averaging 14 points per game, Loomis 13, Crawford 11, and Lopez 9. Coach Adolfson said, “The kids are playing really hard. If this continues, success and wins will follow.”

Name: Sondee Mink School sports played: basketball, track, softball Future plans: to go to college and to marry my dream man Favorite Christmas carol: “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” Favorite reindeer: Prancer New Year’s resolution: to graduate

Opinion/ Editorial

College Corner by Miss Peterson

December is a busy time in the college preparation world. Scholarships are coming out (seniors, check the bulletin board across from the library), applications are due, and plans are being made to complete the FAFSA. Also, seniors are completing their senior meetings with me (Miss Peterson) and applying for State of Idaho scholarships. Here are some important upcoming events: Jan. 1st: First day to complete the FAFSA (if going to school during 2015-2016 school year) Jan. 5th: (during school) Senior Seminar, time TBA Jan. 5th: Washington County Financial Aid Information Night, 7 pm, auditorium Jan. 10th: (Saturday) FAFSA Workshop, Rm. 20 Jan. 14th : FAFSA Workshop, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Rm 20 Jan. 21st: FAFSA Workshop, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Rm 20 Feb. 7th: (Saturday) FAFSA Workshop, Rm. 20 Feb. 15th: Priority deadline for University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Boise State University— must have application, transcripts, test scores, and FAFSA submitted. BSU and ISU have additional scholarship applications. Also, deadline for Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship paperwork (Idaho residents). Mar. 1st: Lewis-Clark State College and College of Southern Idaho Priority Deadline—must have application, scholarship application, test scores, transcripts, and FAFSA submitted. Also, deadline for Idaho Opportunity Scholarship (Idaho residents). Mar. 15th: Treasure Valley C.C. and North Idaho College Foundation Scholarship applications due—must have applied and submitted foundation application, transcript, FAFSA. What the heck is a FAFSA? FAFSA is an acronym for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is how students apply for access to Pell and other grants, federal student loans, work study, and some scholarships. Many colleges and universities will not award students any scholarship money until they have completed a FAFSA. It is to be completed by students who will enroll in college the following fall and every year of enrollment thereafter. Jan. 1, 2015 is the first day that seniors from the class of 2015 can complete it. Tax returns from 2013 can be used as an estimate until 2014 tax returns are completed, and the form can be updated later. While it can be a cumbersome process, there are a lot of myths surrounding the FAFSA, which adds to headaches. Many believe that if their student will not be eligible for any money, they should not complete the FAFSA. However, that can keep their student from scholarship money and one never knows where a student’s financial need will fall. Another issue is to make sure that students are completing the correct version. You can go to to fill it out. Other websites that are similar, such as www.fafsa. com, charge money to submit the FAFSA. It is a free application, hence the first word of the acronym being Free. Do not fall into that trap! Lastly, if this information is too overwhelming, it is okay. WHS will be holding four FAFSA workshops that offer personal help with the completion.

Name: Sadie Shirts School sports played: volleyball, basketball, track Future plans: to go to college, to graduate, to make lots of money, and to go to Italy They will play Melba at home tomorrow night Favorite Christmas carol: and will be at Vale Saturday. In closing, seniors, it is your time! Make sure to “White Christmas” (the Bing follow deadlines and not get behind. Your year is Crosby version) ending quickly; don’t let it pass you by! The district tournament will be held in late Feb- Favorite reindeer: Comet ruary at TVCC. State will be held the first week New Year’s resolution: not to go into debt for 3 of March at Meridian High School. college

Editor’s column by Sheridan Curtis

Hello, WHS! As you read this, it is more than likely Christmas, so, Merry Christmas! As always, make good decisions over this extended break. Hopefully you will get everything that you wanted from Santa. Have a great break and as always, stay classy, Weiser High School.

Movie review: Monsters University

Movie review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

by Kamaryn Beams

by Jonathon Shaber

Type: Animation/Adventure  Famous people: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Hellen Mirren Ratings: 7.4/10  Rated: G  Summary: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.   I would totally recommend this movie!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a classic martial arts movie. At any rate, I’m sure that once it reaches a more mature age it will be considered a classic. It is a modern movie, made in 2000, and it has many of the benefits of modern filmmaking. It’s a very interesting movie to watch even though it is foreign and everything is in Chinese. Actually, the foreignness of this movie makes it even more interesting, but I’ll get to that later.

Movie review: Ouija by Gracie Looney

Junior editors’ column by Roy Arana & Jonathon Shaber

As fall comes to an end and winter quickly approaches, many important things are happening at WHS. Basketball and wrestling are in full swing, so make sure to attend sporting events to see our great athletes in action. It is very important to be studying for finals so that first semester can end on a high note. On behalf of your junior editors, we hope that you have a great Christmas vacation! Be safe and we’ll see you next year!

Fashion police

by Demmy Navarro December has begun, and boots and loose tops seem to be this year’s Fall/Winter trends. Accessories, such as bright scarves and jewelry have also been seen around. Girls manage to turn around any outfit and make it work the way they want it to. Such as wearing any jeans or leggings with a long top and adding a scarf to mix and match. Guys wear sport sweaters to keep warm. This season two students stood out with their styles. Following is an interview: Riley Spencer •Where do you buy your clothes? “There really is no particular store, I’ll be walking around the mall and walk into any store that grabs my attention.” •Favorite item for the season? “In the winter, I really like big sweaters and scarves.” •Who inspires your style? “My sister and I have very different styles, but she helps me pick out my outfits.” Marco Delgadillo •Where do you buy your clothes? “I get my clothes at random places but mostly Pac Sun and American Eagle.” •Favorite item for the season? “My favorite outfit during the winter are ugly sweaters with anything.” •Who inspires your style? “Most of my style is just random.”

Summary: A group of friends must confront their deepest fears when they awaken a dark spirit through an ancient Ouija board. On average, this movie was given 2 out of 5 stars. Personally, I loved this movie. It’s a great thriller and will definitely keep you up at night.

Movie review

by Hayden Herrick Does anyone have a get together coming up and is not sure what to watch? If so, consider the movie “17 Again”. (Starring: Zac Efron) This movie is “hilarious and heartwarming,” said Pete Hammond, “If you somehow had the chance, would you do your life over? Thirty-something Mike O’Donnell would. One mysteriously magical moment, Mike gets his second chance. He’s suddenly back at Hayden High where he’s the star of the basketball team, a total hottie, and a classmate to his own teenage kids. This gives Mike a chance to go from a not so good guy to a really cool friend. Zac Efron and Mathew Perry are 17 again and extremely funny as the younger and older Mike in a good-time, timewarp comedy that proves that the best year of your life is the one you’re living right now.” “17 Again” is definitely a movie to watch with your friends. I highly recommend it!

Music review

by Santana Morales Now is about the time that everyone starts turning up Christmas music for the cold winter season. As for now, let’s take a look at the top 10 songs on the charts! 1.Blank Space by Taylor Swift 2.All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor 3.Take Me To Church by Hozier 4.Shake It Off by Taylor Swift 5.Animals by Maroon 5 6.The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez 7.I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith 8.Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson 9.Habits by Tove Lo 10.Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande (Source:

2014-15 Wolverine Scoop staff Mrs. Gonzales – advisor Becca Torres & Sheridan Curtis – Editors-in-Chief Roy Arana & Jonathon Shaber – Junior Editors Vanessa Negrete – Photographer

In a nutshell, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is about a high born girl, Jen (which sounds different in Chinese), who is betrothed in a marriage to another noble. However, Jen is dissatisfied with this life and wants a free life of adventure. So far, it sounds like a rip-off of Mulan, but this is where the similarities end. Simultaneous to this is the subplot of Shu Lien, a woman, and Li Mu Bai her age-old companion, two warriors of much fame and renown in the ways of Wudan, a sort of Kung Fu, Zen combination of martial arts. At the start of the movie, Li Mu Bai decides to renounce his way of life due to a lack of peace in it. He sends his sword, Green Destiny, a legendary and slightly magical sword with a jade hilt and inlaid green on its blade, to an old friend and noble called Sir Te. In doing this, he also denounces an old quest for vengeance against an assassin called Jade Fox who killed his master. Shu Lien takes the sword to Sir Te, and when there meets Jen and befriends her. Not long after Shu Lien arrives, the Sword is stolen by a skilled warrior in black (who is not a ninja; this movie is set in China, not Japan). Shu Lien pursues the thief, but she (because it’s obviously a she) escapes with the sword. Later, Li Mu Bai himself arrives in Peking, where the action is set, and finds Jade Fox there already. Not only this, but Shu Lien figures out that Jen is really the thief who stole the sword, and that she is disciple to Jade Fox. All in all, I thought that this was a fine movie. It had enough martial arts action to satisfy me, though not too much to stifle the plot. The plot was cohesive, though not terribly coherent after a certain point. It was a strange movie, though, to view as an American. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but there was a chain of events in the last half hour that goes completely against what I’m used to in a movie. You get the impression that if it had been made in America, the ending would have been completely different. It would have been happy, which this, I must warn, isn’t. But also, it had an odd, Buddhist tilt to everything. Sure, there is action, there is romance (which I haven’t mentioned for fear of spoiling it but is fairly important to the plot), but all of it is odd. The action is on occasion almost peaceful, and the romance had very little substance to it. The entire ending, too, is very Buddhist, where the only sense that you get is one of nothingness. I’m not discounting the movie because of this, but it went against what I’m used to. If you’re looking for a movie that makes you think, this will satisfy. If you only want fight action, though, watch Bourne or The Winter Soldier.

Top five Christmas traditions by Skylar Thomas

Here we are heading into Christmas. Some of us have special traditions that we do every year. Here is my list of top five Christmas traditions. 5. Caroling. My singing isn’t the best, but everyone isn’t good when you do this. That’s what makes it fun. 4. Setting up the lights. You do it; it’s just a social norm. 3. Bake cookies and other goodies. You have to make the holiday sweet. 2. Give dessert trays. Brighten another’s holiday. 1. Opening a gift on Christmas Eve. It helps to ease into what happens on Christmas.

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Book review

Music review

Moonty reviews: Ib; the Greatest of the Four by Nolon “Junior Moonts” Perry

Title: You Could Be Home By Now By: Tracy Manaster Fiction and Literature Released: Dec. 5th, 2014

There is definitely a chill in the air. While you are cuddled up by the fire drinking your hot chocolate, some great tunes are the only thing to make it better.  • Mother and Father by Broods • Slow Motion by PHOX • Long Distance by The Disticts • Falling by HAIM • Wide Eyes by Local Natives

Hey guys! Junior Moonts here with another review! This time I’ll be reviewing my favorite of the four greats of RPG horror, Ib. Pronounced Eeb, not Ib. As usual, all categories will have an X/5 rating; this being an RPG maker game, graphics will not be included. Here we go!

by Kailyn Doty

“A drama filled book that’s touching, funny, and impossible to put down” Summary: The Commons is a retirement community outside Tucson, Arizona, where Mona Rosko is caught raising her grandson, which is against the rules. Her song goes viral online. Ben Thales hijacks a new segment about Mona to advocate for missing children after searching for his runaway daughter for years. As Mona’s fate hangs in the balance, her neighbors struggle to keep up appearances. Bratty Lily misses her best friend at home, but she’s starting to see the cracks in their relationship when Sierra gets a new boyfriend. You’ll have to read the book to believe your eyes because the character’s reactions are so over-the-top.

by Taylor Carlson

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dramatic and unique books.

Showcase Artist Benjamin Booker, born in 1989, has made it a long way in his 25 years. He is extremely talented, and his sound surrounds that of blues, rock, and folk-punk. He grew up in Virginia but now lives in New Orleans working for a non-profit and slowly gaining a reputation in the music industry. He has opened for Jack White, of the White Stripes, and has even played on Late Night with David Letterman. Booker also had the opportunity to play at the famous Lollapalooza, where Rolling Stones named his performance “the best rock star moment” of the festival. Benjamin Booker is someone you will hear of in the future, for sure, as he sweeps across the country with his soulful sound.

Book review

Should Ferguson be in news?

This month’s book review is on the Throne of Glass written by Sarah J. Mass. This young adult fiction is the first of the Throne of Glass series. The story is told through the point of view of Celeane Sarbothein, a well-known assassin who has found herself in a concentration camp. She is released from the camp but only so that she can become the loathed king’s personal assassin. Its plot continually stresses the theme of belonging and loyalty to who you are. This story is a fantasy due to its made up land of Ardalan and its undistinguished time setting. It is also largely an action book with its numerous murders and fight scenes. I would highly recommend this book for girls and boys due to its action and with just a little romance sewn into the plot.

There has been a lot of news coverage recently about the Michael Brown shooting and the outcome of the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri. Riots have erupted there and around the country. The question is, did the news coverage create more of a problem? Several WHS students were asked whether they think that the case should have received as much publicity as it did. Their responses follow:

by Camille Weldon

Ferguson: guilty or innocent? by Kade Channell

With much national uproar over the recent shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, many Americans are debating the case. Several WHS students were asked their opinion of the outcome of the grand jury not to indict the officer, Darren Wilson. Their responses follow: • Hunter Stone (9): guilty • Ryan Leverenz (9): innocent • Grace McKie (9): guilty • Sydney Dille (9): guilty • Sam Ruth (10): innocent • Alan Salinas (10): guilty • Lauren Bouvia (10): innocent • Hannah Alder (10): innocent • Skylar Thomas (11): guilty • Jase Roberts (11): innocent • Grace Zimmerman (11): innocent • Emily Gluch (11): guilty • Kyson Channell (12): innocent • Jimmy Kerner (12): innocent • Demmy Navarro (12): guilty • Danielle Ayres (12): innocent

Dream Christmas gifts named by Tiara Goodenough

Santa Claus is coming to town! While most WHS students know that they will receive Christmas gifts next week, they may not expect their dream gift. Several were asked to name the best Christmas gift they could possibly receive this year. Their responses follow: • Luke Hansen (9): “a really, really nice Polaris 4-wheeler” • Bryce George (9): “a brand new snowmobile” • Austen Thomason (10): “a free trip to Hawaii with the love of my life, Tiara” • Lizette Almanza (10): “money” • Miguel Lazaro (11): “all the money in the world” • Nayely Magana (11): “my license and a car” • Yusuke Nakashima (12): “I want Tiara Goodenough to buy me pizza” • Ciera Rasmussen (12): “I want my car ready for Christmas.”

by Sheridan Curtis

• Mikel Davies (9): No, the cop was justified in his actions. • Rein Laan (9): No, because it happens all the time and it wasn’t, in fact, “racist”. • Katelyn Wyss (9): Yes and no. Yes, people need to be aware of those actions. No, because this stuff happens all the time. • Lainey Hilt (9): No, for the same reason Mikel gave. • Jimmy Looney (10): No, things like this happen all the time. • Dylan Erlebach (10): No, because if a white kid got shot, it wouldn’t have made the news. • Alecia Lundburg (10): No, the case was based more on racism than murder. • Hope Fuller (10): No, because it’s just like any other case. • Kelsie Hemphill (11): No, because people are making it about race without having all the facts. It was actually standard procedure for the cop to act the way he did. • Alexa Burris (11): I don’t know enough about the case to give a definite answer. • Billy Brooke (11): No, because the only reason it got publicity was because of race and that is not what the case should have been focused on. • Jarin Ebbers (11): Both, it should have been addressed but not to the extent that it was. • Ryan McDaniel (12): No, because any case, regardless of race, should be handled the same. • Evan Loomis (12): No, because a cop, white or black, are all trained to handle that kind of situation the same way. • Miriah Haro (12): No, because I don’t think it should matter that the kid was black. • Becca Torres (12): Yes, not because of race but because of the circumstances.

Best Christmas present ever? by Rylie Zucker

With Christmas vacation looming, many WHS students are thinking about those brightly-colored packages with their names on them under the tree. Several were asked to name the best Christmas gift that they remember receiving. Their responses follow: • Allison MacDonald (12) - a Build-A-Bear reindeer • Marlen Lopez (12) - a laptop • Devin Long (12 )- pre-workout • Andrew Lopez (12) – an Xbox 360 • Zach Boyle (11) - spending the day with my mom • Nick Gluch (11) - wheels for my truck • Maggi Laan (11) – a trip to California with my Family • Emily Gluch (11) – a rifle • Jackson Jensen (10) - a dog • Ben Wootton (10) – a gecko • Alecia Lundberg (10) - a bunny • Devyn Spence (10) - Cecylia with a bow • Danny Olivo (9) – an Ipod • Michael Brook (9) – a remote control car • Emma Davidson (9) – a banana suit • Lexie Zucker (9) - Nike clothes

Story: 5/5 This is as original as original gets. While at an art gallery, a little albino girl (who has normal parents, so I don’t know how that works) named Ib (plot twist. I know.) decides to look around on her own. You can look at the paintings, but most likely they will have words our heroine doesn’t know. Stuff happens and you have to walk into a painting of… something. I could never tell if it was a shark or an eel. With puzzle solving skills in hand, you make your way through a dark, evil art gallery where things can kill you. More stuff happens and you meet Gary, a teenage boy who’s afraid of everything. However, he’s strong and can move mannequins blocking your way. More stuff, you meet Mary, dolls; man, this game is long. No more spoilers. The game has a multitude of endings depending on how you act with Gary and Mary, including a very interesting one in which Mary becomes your sister. Oops. Spoiler. Music: 5/5 The music of Ib is quite inspiring. While there’s a lot of silence, the music is a nice touch when it’s there. My favorite song is “Old Puppet”, a song known as Old Doll in Mad Father, another RPG horror maker game. It has a nice melody, if you don’t mind minor chords and an ending that is dramatic. Gameplay: 4/5 There is no such thing as a game without flaws. Even Mario had its flaws, like World -1. Best glitch ever, but still. Some of the puzzles are a bit confusing, and the multi-ending sequence is a bit flawed. Because it depends on your interactions with Gary and Mary, you could end up getting a different ending by the accidental press of a button. Also, again, X is the action button. Meh. With a score of 14/15, you should really download this game. Seriously. It’s epic. I’m out. Hey Ib, did you know Gary plus Mary equals “Marry”? Ib: What are you implying…? Nothing, nothing.

Name your favorite Christmas carol by Itzel Perez

Radios and stores have been bombarding us with Christmas music since November or earlier. To get readers into the holiday spirit, several WHS students were asked to name their favorite Christmas carol. Their responses follow: • Jacky Alvarado (9): Jingle Bells • Annabelle Fredrick (9): Way Down in Bethlehem • Darrel Calderon (9): Ave Maria • Eric Ramirez (9): Santa Baby • Jessica Ramirez (10): Deck the Halls • Ben Wootton (10): Frosty the Snowman • Skylar Chavez (10): Mary, did you know • Jeb Johnson (10): Jingle Bells • Chayla Owen (11): Silent Night • Haillie Wilikinson (11): White Christmas • Tony Lopez (11): Ding Dong Merrily on High • Roy Arana (11): Jingle Bell Rock • Becca Torres (12): Feliz Navidad • Sondee Mink (12): Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer • Evan Loomis (12): We wish you a Merry Christmas • Jaren Tolman (12): Silent Night


Strange holidays by Ty Johnson

December 18 Bake Cookies Day; National Roast Suckling Pig Day 19 Look for an Evergreen Day; Oatmeal Muffin Day 20 Go Caroling Day; Forefather’s Day 21 Humbug Day; National Flashlight Day; Look on the Bright Side Day 22 National Date Nut Bread Day 23 Roots Day 24 National Chocolate Day; National Egg Nog Day 25 Christmas Day 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day 26 Boxing Day 27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day; National Fruitcake Day 28 Card Playing Day 29 Pepper Pot Day 30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day 31 Make Up Your Mind Day 31 New Year’s Eve January 1 New Year’s Day 2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day 3 Festival of Sleep Day; Humiliation Day 4 Trivia Day 5 National Bird Day 6 Bean Day 6 Cuddle Up Day 7 Old Rock Day 8 Bubble Bath Day 9 Play God Day 10 Houseplant Appreciation Day; Peculiar People Day 11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day 12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day 13 International Skeptics Day; Make Your Dream Come True Day 14 Dress Up Your Pet Day 15 National Hat Day 16 Appreciate a Dragon Day; National Nothing Day 17 Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day 18 Thesaurus Day; Winnie the Pooh Day 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday; National Popcorn Day 20 National Buttercrunch Day; Penguin Awareness Day 21 National Hugging Day; Squirrel Appreciation Day 22 National Blonde Brownie Day 23 National Pie Day; National Handwriting Day; Measure Your Feet Day 24 Compliment Day 25 Opposite Day 26 Spouse’s Day 27 Chocolate Cake Day; Punch the Clock Day 28 Fun at Work Day 28 National Kazoo Day 29 National Puzzle Day; National Corn Chip Day

10 fun January facts by Brenden Callahan

1. The flower symbols of January are snowdrops & carnations. 2. January’s gem is garnet, which represents constancy. 3. The zodiac signs for January are Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 - February 18). 4. Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published January 10, 1776. 5. On January 10, 1920, the League of Nations was established. 6. It is National Blood Donor Month. 7. It is National Braille Literacy Month. 8. It is National Hobby Month. 9. It is National Soup Month. 10. It is National Staying Healthy Month. (Source:


New Year’s resolutions chosen by Emily Gluch

As the New Year draws near, what are your goals and aspirations for 2015? Several WHS students were asked to name their personal resolutions for the new year. Their responses follow: Mikel Davies (9): to run a marathon in under 22 minutes Gregory Reyes (10): to get smart and to read more Abby McElroy (9): to get taller Itzel Perez (10): to stop eating Takies Katie Davis (10): to have a good lamb crop this spring CJ Davis (10): to produce lots of piggies in 2015 Tad Moser (10): to compete at state rodeo Kristian Claudio (11): to win a state title Logan Rowley (11): to catch a lot of fish this year with Jackson Wall Paige Brown (11): not to drink so much Dr. Pepper Cynthia Barrios (11): to get rich Sondee Mink (12): I don’t know. Hayden Herrick (12): to forgive people and to graduate Mr. Dickerson (staff): to complement someone every day

This day in history – Dec. 18 by Amanda Courtois

*1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. *1719 - Thomas Fleet published “Mother Goose’s Melodies For Children”. *1920 - 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US *1961 - For 2nd consecutive year, AP named Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year. *1964 - “The Pink Panther” cartoon series premiered. *1964 - US performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site *1965 - Kenneth LeBel jumped 17 barrels on ice skates. *1966 - Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” aired for 1st time on CBS. (Source: alldays/dec18.htm)

How much do we spend on Christmas? by Dustin Cheney

Jingle Bells are jingling, carolers are caroling, and our wallets are quickly emptying. But how much does the average American spend on Christmas and assorted holiday cheer? The figures, it seems, can be quite staggering. In 2013, Americans spent about $602 billion in November and December, which comes out to $710-$730 for each individual. Compared to the next largest shopping spree, back to school at approximately $73 billion, Christmas proves a source of merriment to use that disposable income. What is all of that cash spent on? According to the National Retail Federation, about $550 goes to gifts for family and friends, over $100 goes to candy and other treats, and the rest is miscellaneous. In 2014, if we can trust the numbers, close to $626 billion may be spent by Americans. Next time, don’t feel so guilty when you put that next little present into your cart. (Source:

College of the Month: Lewis-Clark State College by Becca Torres

Lewis-Clark State College is located at Lewiston, Idaho. It is where two peoples and two cultures came together in friendship and discovery – the Nez Perce Tribe and the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. Founded in 1893, Lewis-Clark State is a public undergraduate college with a three-part mission of academic programs, professional-technical programs, and community programs. As one of the top public, comprehensive, four-year colleges in the West, with its beautiful campus, small classes, and superb faculty, LCSC is often described as a public institution with the feel and quality of a private college. At a Glance Founded: 1893 Students: 4,304; 60% female 40% male Location: Lewis-Clark Valley Location: the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers Population: 50,000 County: Nez Perce Elevation: 738 feet Average Snowfall: 1 inch Majors & Degrees 90+ degree & certificate programs 8 academic divisions 2 professional-technical divisions Job Placement Rates (2011-2012) 88% - academic graduates 85% - professional-technical graduates Campus 46 acres 4 residence halls State of the art fitness center Study away programs 73% of students receive some sort of financial aid Lowest tuition among four-year public institutions in Idaho Activities Over 60 student clubs 7 intramural sports 12 athletic teams: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Frontier Conference Outdoor adventures (Source:

Career of month – bike courier by Amanda Courtois

Bike couriers, or bike messengers, provide a valuable service in cities where traffic poses a transportation hassle. Because bike couriers are not deterred by traffic jams or parking problems, they can often get across a city faster than if they were driving a car. While the digital age has somewhat displaced the need for bike couriers to deliver paper mail and other hard-copy documents, cyclists are still used for errand-running by various industries, such as the food and fashion industries. A courier or messenger usually gets an average wage in a range of $16,000 – 28,000 depending on education and experience. Couriers and messengers can expect wages of $25,800 per year. Couriers and messengers have the highest salaries in Massachusetts, where they can earn pay levels, on average, of close to $34,410. People with this job title can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they receive an average salary rate of $33,290. (Source:

Comics submitted by junior Skylar Thomas


Shadow of the Collosi - Part 3 by Nolon Perry

**This is the third installment in an original story submitted by Nolon Perry.** A palace guard walked to the edge of his post and back, singing ringing through the cold night air. “Oh the shark has, mmm such teeth dear, and he shows them, pearly whites.” The guard thought he recognized the tune, and the form to which the voice belonged to. “Just a jack knife, has Mac Heath, babe, and he keeps it, outta sight.” The guard drew his sword and walked toward our murder of murderers. Mac stopped singing and started walking, which turned into a jog, which turned into a sprint when he heard the signal that a wanted man had been spotted. About that time, another group of guards were chasing Alice and Swordigo, with princess Lana at their heels. The trio jumped the fence, only to land on their fedora-clad friend. “Perfect timing, Mac,” Lana said with her alto voice. They realized that was said too soon as they were quickly surrounded by guards. Who quickly left to avoid a fireball. It’s creator was wearing a witch hat, cover the top of her pink hair. She wore a black t-shirt, combat boots, and  coming from the back of her skinny jeans was a pink cat tail, and her green eyes sparkled in the lamp light. “Hey guys! Long time no see, nya!” Swordigo waved. “Hey Crity!” Mac looked at his fourth childhood friend. She had grown into a beautiful woman. She walked over and slapped him. “If you’d stop staring at me while having metaphorical nosebleeds, we could get out of here faster.” Lana picked up the bottom of her light blue dress, the one that matched her hair, and the five of them ran out of the castle town. They took the dirt road to the next town, hoping to find refuge. Instead they found an old man outside with the wooden gates closed, horrendous sounds of screams and machinery coming from inside the walls. Swordigo walked up to the old man. “What’s up in there?” The old man looked at him. “The spirits of evil have taken over the machines in this town. I’m sure it would become hospitable if someone could drive the evil out of the machines.” Swordigo thought, grabbed everyone but Lana, and dragged them inside the gate, which the old man closed behind them. After not appearing for some time, Lana announced that she was going after them. The old man stopped her and picked up a metal object on the ground beside him: a pistol. He handed it to the princess and said: “It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” He handed the princess the weapon and dusted off his red robe after letting her in and closing the gates. He stroked his white beard and then prayed for their safety. Inside the gates, however, the town could have been mistaken for abandoned. Lana met up with the group, and they walked.

January is Birth Defect Awareness Month by Kade Channell

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month; this year Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District is actively focusing on helping healthcare professionals and the general public to take positive steps to reduce the risk of congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are one of the most common types of birth defect, and some forms may be preventable through healthy life style choices and medical interventions before and during pregnancy. In addition to information about prevention, the NBDPN offers support to families who are dealing with the realities of a child born with one of these conditions. Congenital heart defects include abnormalities of the heart that are present at birth. Some have only a minor and brief effect on a baby’s health while some have very serious and lifelong effects. Nearly 40,000 cases (approximately 1 in 110 live births) are reported annually in the US.  Public awareness, accurate diagnosis, and expert medical care are all essential for adequate prevention and management of these all too common and deadly conditions. There are even students within the halls of WHS who suffer from birth defects, so this is even more important to be aware of. It can affect family members, friends, anyone. This January, help to raise awareness for the many conditions that plague children all around the world. (Source:

Nonsense word by Tessa Shaver

This month’s nonsense word is: nephrotomy. Several WHS students were asked to try to define this word. Their responses follow: Sam Hillard (9): something to do with science Mariah Thompson (9): something to do with the cells Celeste Morales (10): a smart cat Kaden Fager (10): the science of EVERYTHING Afton Winegar (11): the science of royalty Jase Roberts (11): something with the brain Demmy Navarro (12): some sort of science Jimmy Kerner (12): surgical removal of the nephrons in the kidney

Holiday movies released by Miriah Haro

Christmas break is always a busy time for production companies to release blockbuster movies. Following are several scheduled to come out during the upcoming vacation. Enjoy! One Starry Christmas: *Starring: Sarah Carter, Damon Runyan, George Canyon, and Paul Popowhich *An aspiring astronomy professor finds unexpected Christmas romance when she meets a charming cowboy while traveling for the holidays. She also has a boyfriend back home, but she has to make a decision to let this cowboy sweep her off her feet or maintain her relationship back home. The Nine lives of Christmas *Starring: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustaa, Stephany Bennett, Chealsea Hobbs, Sean Tyson, Dallas Blake, and Gregory Harrison *A handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a stunning veterinary student who challenges his decisions to remain a confirmed bachelor. A Cookie Cutter Christmas *Starring: Erin Krakow, Alan Thicke, David Haydn-Jones, Nuranda Frigon, Laura Soltis, and Genae Marie Charpentier *Two longtime rivals and elementary school teachers duke it out during the holidays in a Christmas cookie bake off, but their real feud ignites over a shared interest in a handsome single dad. With both determined to win both the bake-off and the romance, their competitiveness could jeopardize what matters most this Christmas season. North Pole *Starring: Tiffany Thyessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Max Charles, Candice Glover, Robert Wagner, and Jill St. John *The North Pole is in trouble, families around the globe have gotten too busy to enjoy the season together, and the North Pole depends on their holiday happiness. In hopes to save the North Pole, a young boy and a determined young elf team up to try and get the journalist mom, that bases everything on facts, to believe and have Christmas spirit. Angels and Ornaments *Starring: Jessalyn Gilsig, Sergio Di Zio, Graham Abbey, Samantha Espie, and Roger Doche *Corrine’s holiday season gets a dose of romance when she meets the mysterious Harold, who is on a deadline from a higher power to help Corrine find her true love by Christmas Eve. As the clock ticks down to Harold’s deadline, Corrine must decide if she is going to open up to Christmas love.

Congratulations, Jimmy! You correctly guessed this month’s nonsense word! Nephrotomy: a surgical incision into the kidneys, especially for removing a stone.

They then heard a mechanical scream, followed by the sound of metal hitting stone, they they turned. A robotic fox was running right at them.

Martin Luther King Day observed by Bradley Parker

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday observed the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights leader. He was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, and died Apr. 14, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He mainly campaigned to end racial segregation on public transportation and for racial equality. King’s most famous speech was the “I have a dream,” speech. He was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest man to earn it. When he died in 1968, it was not because of natural causes; it was because people were mad at him because he was trying to get rid of segregation. James Earl Ray assassinated him. Martin Luther King was a great man, recognized by the United States giving him a federal holiday. (Source:


WHS STUDENTS: Color the picture on the back page each month and turn it in, with your name and grade, to Mrs. Gonzales in Room 13 to win an awesome little prize.