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CAPITAL STUDENTS RAISE RECYCLING CONSCIOUSNESS

Megan Bailey


By 2030, our earth will be past the point of no return. What can we do to save our planet? A positive impact that we could make would be recycling. Capital High School is trying to make a difference with the start of the recycling club last year, lead by Shelly Treadway. Last year, Capital made progressive steps towards being a more environmentally-friendly school.


Through an interview, and a year under my belt in recycling club, I have gotten to know Ms. Treadway’s views on recycling. The main reason why Capital recycles only paper is for practicality. It would be difficult to ensure that all plastic gets recycled. “Back in the day someone attempted to recycle the milk containers... it became really difficult to do because food would get thrown in there with it. But, you know, baby steps. This is the start of the second year, so a little bit more research and looking at other programs... borrowing their ideas that work for them.” It would also be difficult to sort through weekly. In addition to this, Capital makes so much plastic waste that recycling would have to go out every day, at least.


Here’s an interesting fact about recycling: only 50% of “recycled products” actually end up recycled. While that seems grim, imagine how much that 50% could be reused, instead of put into a landfill. This is why Treadway began the recycling club. “When Mr. Bailey let us know that we were gonna have a club period, I wanted to make sure that I had a club that I could really be enthusiastic about, and I always felt guilty for trash and paper, because in education we use a lot of paper... this was just something I wanted to see happen here.” That said, it would help tremendously, even if we just recycled one plastic product at Capital, like our empty water bottles. Most of these plastic products are ending up in a landfill or our oceans, and it is slowly

killing the planet.


It seems impossible to recycle most things at Capital, but it would actually be a very elementary task. If we set up recycling bins around the school and hired a few people to pick up and transport the products, the whole process would go very smoothly. We could also add plastic recycling bins to classrooms for teachers and students. Although it wouldn’t be very cost- efficient, most of these products only need to be bought once. That’s not so bad, right?


Capital is make huge strides already by simply recycling paper, but with all the environmental problems happening right now, we need to be doing more. Believe it or not, it’s so easy to make a huge difference in this school, community, and planet. All we have to do is put forth a little bit of effort, and we’re already making great strides. According to Treadway, “Just be conscious and not wasteful. You know, be considerate of, ‘is this trash?’ or ‘can this be recycled?’ And just be mindful because hopefully one day you’ll have kids and you know you want to leave this place nice for them.”


It’s important to remember that the little things matter. In this case, something as small as a plastic fork or bottle, when multiplied by the number of students in our school, could make or break the world we live in. We, as students and global citizens, must do better. What kind of planet do you want to leave behind when we’re gone?




SENIOR SEASON

Chanya Henderson


Going into senior year, the excitement you feel cannot be described. It’s senior season! Well,

what is senior season? A student in the fourth year of their study, ready to walk across that stage

with their diploma in their hand. You’d be surprised how many questions upcoming seniors have

or how many people wonder what us seniors do as it is our last year in high school. Let’s see

what us seniors have to say.


The first person I interviewed was Malcom Fletcher. Fletcher is a student of Capital High School

who’s a star at track. Fletcher stated, “it feels good to be a senior, honestly I’m ready to get out of

here.” I truly agree with his statement because these long hard years have been so overwhelming.

Fletcher also said “this is a great school but sometimes there can be a lot of negativity involved.”

We as students need a lot of positivity and motivation to get through these years of education, it plays a very important role in our school environment. Many students don’t have as much

motivation, such as Fletcher himself explains, “I don’t have much motivation, I motivate myself.”


As a senior we get certain privileges. Sahara Stevenson, a smart, educated student of Capital High School stated, “I don’t have senior privilege, but if I did I would be happy because I wouldn’t have to be here as early as everybody else.” I strongly agree with Sahara because I am not an early bird myself. Responsibilities of a senior can be overwhelming. What are some responsibilities of being a senior? Stevenson states, “setting an example for underclassman is a big part of responsibility for a senior.” Leadership is not a position or title, it is an action and an example that us as seniors should set.


However, many of us seniors don’t realize all we do as a senior, from senior photos, making

good grades, or sending graduation invitations. We are getting ready to step into the real world

and I can honestly say, looking back on all those years, I’m proud I made it this far. Never take

your senior year for granted. Last first day, football games, homecoming, and prom. Do all those

things while you can so you can have something to look back on. Being a senior can be fun but

challenging.


I realize that being a senior means you’re closer to entering into the real world, you’re closer to

success. Never take high school for granted. Get your diploma, stay focused, and motivate

yourself! You can do it, do not come this far to give up. You’re one step closer to your goal and

career. Everyone has their different opinions about senior year but most of all I can say most

seniors are glad we have made it this far. We can’t stop now!





DANCE FEVER TAKES CAPITAL BY STORM

Talia Jordan


Are you in need of an art credit? Are you completely unsure of what to take in order to achieve

said art credit? Many students at Capital High School turn to dance as their art credit and are

very happy with their choice. “It’s fun. You get to meet new people, get performance experience

and it’s an art credit, so if you're looking for one of those, take a dance class. It’s a fun way to get

active and get some exercise,” says Isabella Carnemolla, a 15 year old sophomore in the Dance 3

class. There are a variety of different dance classes available to you at Capital High School,

varying from skill to skill. There is Dance 1-4, Expressive Movement class, and Dance for

Athletes. Along with all of those classes, one of the prestige art groups within CHS is the Dance

Company. Dance Company is an auditioned group of twenty-five members — girls and boys —

lead by the renowned Tabitha Moore.


Dance Company is unlike an other high school dance group or “team” in the state. Most

neighboring dance teams only perform for school functions like pep assemblies and halftime

performances. The CHSDC is run like a professional company in the real, professional world,

which is why they are called “company” and are not labeled as a “team.” CHSDC offers a

myriad of different genres, including hip-hop, ballet, modern, etc. The difference between them

and other school dance teams is that CHSDC is a concert-based group. Their main performances

consist of showcases and other concert work. Dance Company hosts two shows, one in the fall

and one in the spring, to showcase the dancers’ talent. For the fall showcase, they invite other

dance studios and teams throughout West Virginia to perform as well. The spring showcase is

also known as, “The Student Choreography Showcase,” where various members of Dance

Company choreograph a piece and perform it. A crowd favorite show is, “Performing Arts

Holiday.” That show is when the entire performing arts department —the theater program, the

Voices in Perfection show choir, the jazz band, etc — put a show together and perform it in

December as a way to enter Christmas break. All of the dance classes, including Dance

Company, perform as well. Another event they perform for is the CHS’ annual, “Prom Fashion

Show.” The title is pretty self-explanatory. You can also catch the CHSDC performing at various

dance festivals, such as West Virginia Dance Festival, Arts Alive and FestivALL.


Although the CHSDC is primarily a concert group, they have a program called, “Dance

Company Athletics” or, DCA. DCA members dance at home and away football games alongside

the cheerleaders. They carry out their movement to the CHS Band. DCA also performs during

basketball season at halftime. “I love DCA. It’s so much fun dancing at the footballs games. The

energy is unlike any other!” says Callie Chambers, a 16 year old junior member of Dance

Company and DCA.


As said before, the CHSDC is an auditioned group. If you are unable to get into Dance Company,

you may be placed into another dance class and offered to audition next year, which is what

happened to Carnemolla. 

“A lot of my friends were in Dance Company, so I figured I could

audition, and then I knew that she would place me in another class if I didn’t get in Company,

and now I’m in Dance 3,” Carnemolla states. Ameera Starcher, a 14 year-old freshman member

of Dance Company, describes her audition process from last May: “the audition process was

pretty standard stuff; turns, splits, leaps. We also learned two combinations.” Starcher is also a

member of DCA. Many recommend that you should, if not audition, then join a normal dance

class. Max Darnell, a 16 year-old sophomore member of Dance Company says, “The reason I joined Dance Company was for more experience in the technical arts, like ballet and modern, and I knew they could give me that, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you should audition too.”


Many members of the dance program can attest that choosing dance was a positive decision and

they further recommend that you take a risk and audition for Dance Company, or join a dance

class. According to all these fine ladies and gentlemen, you can greatly benefit from the dance

program at Capital High School. Khalea Ward, a 17 year old senior who is a part of Dance

Company and has been dancing her whole life definitely agrees with this statement. She says that

dance has filled her life with many opportunities and positively impacts her past, present, and

future. Maybe it can for you, too.



SPORTS AND GENDER

Jaden Amos


At Capital High School, there are a variety of sports that are offered for both girls and boys. I have come to realize though, that there is much more attention drawn to boys’ sports than girls’ sports. That’s why I chose to interview one of my friends who plays a sport at Capital High, and get their opinions and thoughts on the recognition of girls’ sports.

 

Olivia Strazzula plays volleyball for Capital High. What she enjoys the most about volleyball is getting to know new people and playing a sport that she is passionate about. Strazzula says, “I’ve always had a love for volleyball ever since sixth grade and I figured I would give it a try because it’s something I’ve never done before.” I continued by asking her what she thinks are some pros and cons of playing volleyball. She told me that the pros would be that she gets to play with her friends and go different places to compete against different teams. She adds, “There are some things that I don’t really enjoy, I don’t like having practice every day, it gets exhausting. I also don’t enjoy going to farther places for games and not getting home until eleven.” I asked Olivia what her opinions on girls sports not getting as much acknowledgement as boys. She replied, “When I go to soccer games or football games for the boys, I notice there are so many people that show up. When we have a game for volleyball or let’s say softball, I realize there are barely any people there. I feel like we work hard to make sure we do good in the sport we’re playing, but when we have home games nobody shows up, so it’s kind of discouraging.”

 

She also went on to say that when she tells people she plays volleyball or softball, people kind of react by asking her “why” and “what’s the point?” She comments, “When I get these kind of responses, it doesn’t really bother me because I’m playing a sport I enjoy, therefore I usually respond by telling them that I play because it’s what I like to do.” When I go to girls games, I realize that they don’t get very big crowds. So I asked Olivia to explain what type of crowds she usually gets when there are home games. She replied, “Our crowds usually just consist of parents. That’s really it, every once in a while we will get a couple [of] students to come and watch. Other than that, our crowds don’t get big at all.” 

 

 I ended the interview by asking her what she thinks would be some options to try and change the fact that girls’ sports don’t get very much recognition. She responded, “I think that we could put up posters around the school to try and draw the attention of the students. I also think that we could possibly put up game schedules for girls sports, therefore people can kind of get the idea of when games are and maybe show up. Other than that, it kind of falls on the students on whether or not they want to show up.” From what I’ve gathered from interviewing Olivia, I realize that not all our sports or other activities in our school get enough recognition. My goal would be to try and change that. Hopefully we can get more students involved, and eventually we can work up to bigger crowds for our girls’ sports.

 

         

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOL

Sahara Stevenson


Teachers all across the world are searching for ways to improve the attention span of their students. Fidgeting in class, sleeping during lessons, talkative and disobedient behavior are all attributes of a student with too much or just too little energy. Yes, there are many ways to solve this issue within the classroom, but why not contribute to the well-being of the students as well. I interviewed two students from Capital High School to get their outlook on the situation.

 

The first person I interviewed was Tyrell Lucas, a senior at Capital High School. Lucas has been going to Capital all four years and during our interview he expressed frustration about the lack of activities available in the school. “Lack of physical activity is a major issue” Lucas explained, “I feel like if people moved around more they wouldn’t have so much energy built up in class.” With the typical attention span of students being 10-15 minutes, class can be a difficult place for a teenager. Most classes at Capital are 50 minutes long, so the odds of capturing the focus of several students is not likely. However, there could be diversion to regain students’ attention.

 

Lucas does not believe that Capital High School has many activities specifically for the students.  “No, the only thing we have is clubs and even that is every other week,” he stated. Lucas then suggested an interest he feels many students would enjoy taking part in; “By senior year, you should be able to have at least one period of the day where you can go to a club, outside, or a space in the school where you can socialize or have some alone time.” 

 

No one is satisfied with being cooped up in a classroom all day. Lucas feels that basing more school activities around physical activity or outside time will give students something to look forward to. “Throughout the day I can see my peers begin to feel overcrowded and gloomy; more time outside could really turn those feelings around” Lucas suggested. Having class outside has been proven to improve short-term memory, restore mental health, relieve stress, refine vision, promote shaper thinking and creativity. The benefits are endless. 

 

Capital High School should be a safe, effective learning environment for the students who attend, and with the input of the students, it is more than possible. If students had an outlet to voice their ideas, we could make Capital a healthier place. 




THE LEADER OF THE PACK

Zakk Keiffer

 

Coach Jon Carpenter is astonished at the talent on the current football team at Capital High, saying, "It's 

the best we've ever had, that's what you should have here is talent." Not only is he impressed with the talent here, but the talent and competition in-conference as well, saying, "It's hard, real hard. I equate it to playing in the SEC. You're going to have to play the top dogs every week, we play them each year. But it's better, it's not fun beating people by fifty points." He adds, "I've never wanted to watch Mike Tyson 

fight a bunch of chumps." 

 

Carpenter says winning isn't the only way to measure success in his mind, remarking, "The way I measure success is how many people come back to see me after they're finished playing. I've been a part of teams that won, and I only think there were only so many positive relationships that came out of them. But, if you're one of those people cussing me out in the stands, then yes, it is." Carpenter also states that the hours before and after practices and games are "huge,” adding “It's preparing yourself and preparing together." 

 

When asked about when Carpenter decided to be a football coach, he said, "Probably when I was in the eleventh or twelfth grade. The team I played on took place of my family. I had a great dad, my mom and dad got divorced. That took the place of my family. When I was growing up, when I was real little, I had a bunch of brothers and sisters. A guy named Gordon McCune was the vice principal at Eastbank, and he always called me in and talked to me, just took an interest in me. I thought, ‘Man! If I could just sit around and talk to people,’ and I decided I liked football, and if I could be a guy like him for somebody, that's what I want to be." 

 

He shows his strong character in his response about his proudest moments as a coach, saying, "There's been a bunch of them. The proudest moments are, really, the times people we've been fortunate enough to have have said what's on their heart. Not necessarily winning a game, those things are nice, but to think that we've had an impact on changing someone's life for the better. I think that's the thing you're proud of the most." 

 

When talking about intensity, a problem that all high school teams are bound to struggle with, Carpenter states, "It's ups and downs. It depends on who we're playing... every year I've been here, there's going to be a let- down at some point, because of a cold or a stomach virus that's going to run through us. We've got to survive that. Then, we've got to survive the self-inflicted problems that we're going to have to get through. But when the weather turns cold, everybody works together and figures out we're better together." 

 

Carpenter also has some advice for upcoming ninth graders who are interested in the program.He advises,"Compete. I think your ninth grade year is your most important. Everyone's used to being a star. It's hard here. You're going against kids who are eighteen and nineteen years old, getting ready to play at WVU and Louisville. But if you're a pit bull they won't put you in a pen full of chihuahuas. It'd be easy to go start at Riverside, GW or South Charleston, but you're going to get your tail kicked." 

 

Carpenter is a mentor first. He states, "I think you treat people the way you want people to treat your son. I think if I have to yell, and cuss, and run you to death to motivate you, you're going to have a long year anyways. I think the only way to change people is love." Carpenter is a mentor first, a coach second, and ultimately, the leader of the pack.






CINDERELLA: THE UNTOLD STORY

Devin Elliott


The lights come up on the stage at Capital High School, and the hard work of dozens of students

and a dedicated director is brought to life. This phenomenon happens multiple times each year

here at school, thanks to our excellent theatre program. According to Davis Walsky, a

sophomore, theatre “makes the learning experience better,” and many of his cast mates agree.


This is the second year that Mr. Jeff Haught has run the theatre department, and the 30th year

that the program has been in existence. Last year, the theatre department presented a children's

show, Performing Arts Holiday, and a competition piece that won Outstanding One Act Play and

Best Ensemble at the State Thespian Competition. Many of the members of this program have

been involved for their entire high school career. Mr. Haught expressed that his goal for the

theatre program is for “everybody [to have] that basic stagecraft knowledge,” so that the actors

can take on technical responsibilities, and for tech-inclined students to feel comfortable on stage.


The most recent production here at Capital is Cinderella: The Untold Story. It's the Cinderella

story you know, but with a few twists. Kylie Coon, a senior here who plays the titular

character sums up the show as “the wedding of Cinderella and the prince, and then O’Reilly

(the director) comes in and is like ‘this isn't how it goes, you're not even the real Cinderella,’ so

she brings my character onstage and has to run me through what acting is. It's like my character

is a real person in the audience and she's just thrown up on stage like ‘here, you're Cinderella.’ ”

When asked why he picked the show, Mr. Haught stated “It was funny… I like looking at

familiar things with new eyes, and this one is so different from Cinderella. Cinderella and Prince

Charming are so iconic that this one sort of breaks them down. They're real people who have real

insecurities.”


Many of the actors love the theatre because of the sense of family. Isabel Menon, a junior, says

her favorite part about doing theatre at school is “the camaraderie.” She laughs, and describes a

memory from last year. She then continues, “I've made great friends through this. Having inside

jokes, and being able to showcase our talents and our truths to the student body is a really

awesome opportunity.” This sentiment is shared by her cast mates. Coon says she loves theatre at

school because she “gets to act with her best friends.” Walsky stated that theatre has helped him

connect with everyone he goes to school with.


A slight setback with the children's show this year was that the time to rehearse was cut short on

account of mold clean up, and other school cancellations. However, this setback brought the cast

closer together. “The time to put it up was very, very limited,” Menon explains. “We had four

weeks—well, take away our air conditioning days, our power outage days, and we're down to

closer to three weeks—so the way the whole cast just came together and rallied to get this show

done was just amazing.” Walsky agrees, saying “we really have to learn like crazy.” He

explained that this has been one of his largest roles, so it's been more difficult for him to learn his

lines, because he's in more scenes than he is used to.


While many of these actors are no stranger to the stage, everyone has to start somewhere. Many

of the actors have been taking classes here for their entire high school career. Everyone in the

theatre program has very different ideas on the production and theatre in general, but one thing is

always the same: this program is a community, a family that takes care of each other.





POLICY CHANGES

Daelyn Arnold


It is to be expected that with a new year at any given school comes new rules. Here at Capital

High School, our policy has changed slightly since last year, but to the students it may not be as

small. This year, they have given the students some leeway with old policies to reduce

disciplinary actions given by the staff.


“I kind of like the new ones better because they changed the ones I didn’t like,” says Erin Ross,

sophomore here at Capital. This is only one voice regarding new rules. These new additions to

the policy are still being abused. One of the leading policy changes for students is earbuds. These

music-blasting accessories have been causing problems for the longest time, so they decided to

give a little wiggle room with them by allowing the students to have one in during class changes.


However, what has been occurring is the students are using both, and they are not able to hear

announcements or perhaps a teacher speaking to them. This is a constant worry to the staff. “I

broke the headphone rule, I always have both of my headphones in,” says Ross.


This is not our only dire issue as of late, there of course are problems with our school’s dress

code, even though the policy has not seemingly changed.


“My shoulders aren’t a distraction” says Summer Newcomer, also a sophomore here at Capital.

As the weather switches to fall, the students’ attire is changing as well.


During the warmer weather, the challenge with clothing was skin exposure. The main problem

here is the amount of holes above the knees and the straps of shirts or dresses. Newcomer

believes that this policy is “teaching young girls that holes above the knees are ‘scandalous.’”


While currently entering the fall season, the temperature is going to slowly drop more as we

transition into winter in a couple of months. Again, there are still issues with the ripped jeans, but

not so much the exposing shirts.


The jeans are a fashion trend that most teens these days follow, so it became a rule restricting the

holes to below the knees. Students don’t see the issues with the holes, and continue to break the

code. In truth, they seem to be a year-round phenomenon.


It was only recently that the rules have been taken more seriously by the administration, handing

out in-school suspension left and right to students who disobey the orders they are given.

Newcomer has claimed even since the reinforcement that she has broken the dress code many

times but “doesn’t get in trouble.”


Receiving in-school suspension can lead to students missing their classwork, and the make-up

work policy can get in the way of things.


The policy basically states that for a day a student misses, they get a day to make up the work.

For instance, a student could miss two days of school, but only get one day to make up the work.

“The makeup work extension changed from three days to one, and I think that’s outrageous,”

stated Newcomer.


In the previous year, they had allowed students to use up to three days to make up work for

missing three days and beyond, but now students have to scramble to get their work in for

possibly multiple days at a time.


Issues like these are dealt with year-round, but there isn’t anything that the students can do but

respect the new policy changes, or face the consequences given to them.

The main thing that all of these policy changes have in common is that the policy breaking was

started by one person, and carried on as a trend.





THE BLANK SPACE

Nevaeh Russell


From the dawn of education, there has been a distinct line drawn between students and teachers. Teachers and students have chosen sides against each other, and it has torn the fabric of our education. It’s very obvious that they don’t have mutual respect for each other these days, and they probably won’t, unless they can fix their educational relationships. Unless they learn how to listen, understand, sympathize, and share common ground, their relationship will continue to get worse. Unless teachers and students can fix this void between them, this “blank space,” nothing will ever get better.

The “blank space” is a word I like to use that defines the space that both teachers and students have provided to divide themselves from one another. Now, not all teacher/student relationships are bad. Some are just fine the way they are. Others, however, are not as fortunate. Capital High School student Megan Snodgrass has been in situations that have made a strain on her relationships with teachers. When asked about teachers showing special treatment to their students, she responded by saying “Well it depends on who the teacher is. I have seen it sometimes. It makes me feel singled out. Especially when they would give the other students praise, while the rest of us gets told that we’re awful.” No one likes to be bashed and beaten down even more than they probably are, especially by a teacher. In response to a question about understanding the teachers, she stated, “I think I understand them. They just want to get away from work, as much as we want to get away from school...” I can’t say I blame them. Who would want to be in a place where they’re disrespected and just hated in some cases. When Rebecca Sutton, another Capital High student, was asked about the teacher behavior she stated, “Maybe if they understood, if they were more open with us. They’re just adult people that give us work and tell us what to do. No one likes being told what to do.” She’s right, as well, at least in the eyes of a student. Students and teaches have put up barriers against each other so strong that they are nearly unbreakable.

Now it’s time to hear from a teacher's point of view. Mr. Jeff Haught, the theater teacher at Capital High School, is known widely as a very reasonable man. He’s 60 years old, and has had his fair share of disrespect from students. He remarks that the student behavior that really stuck out to him was the lack of respect for other people. He states, “I’ll be having a conversation with you, and then you will turn and talk to someone else. It drives me crazy.” To most, it is the most disrespectful thing you could do. You don’t talk while someone else is talking. Still, most have this problem. He also agrees that students and teachers have a difficult relationship: “Yeah. Yeah, I do. I don’t think students understand that it’s a job, that when they act up in class it makes it harder to do my job, you know? So I approach every class like, ‘I have a job and you have a job.’ I think that students don’t understand that.” They all have a responsibility that they must fill. Teachers and students have to make things right between them. They must mend the bridge between them.

This is a complicated issue, the relationship between teachers and students: how teachers favor other students, how disrespectful they both can be, how lack of sympathy and understanding lead to a widening gap. In order to make amends, teachers and students need to respect each other, listen to each other, and overall, they just need to trust each other and come to an understanding. They need to fill the blank space.




TRADITIONAL LABELS, NON-TRADITIONAL LEARNING

Trysten Moss


The mislabeling of individuals is an issue not only in high school, but worldwide; the mislabeling of “criminals,” particularly regarding juveniles, is one that matters to me exceptionally. 


Jaylen Taylor, a sophomore at Capital High School, agrees that the term “juvenile” refers to a minor, and is often related to crime. More specifically, the term “juvenile delinquents” is applied to young people accused or convicted of illegal activity, such as “drug dealers and thieves,” according to Taylor. But does that make these individuals bad people? “Not always,” says Taylor.


“No,” says Mr. Lohan, a teacher at Capital High, “There are so many factors that go into the raising of a juvenile.”


“They're not bad people, they're bad kids,” states Antonio Patterson, a senior at Capital.


Patterson’s statement is commonly accepted by many; indeed, it is a common opinion that juvenile delinquents are “bad kids”; however, this direct mislabeling is one of the many problems in this world I am committed to, nearly obsessed with, reducing. I would undoubtedly consider it my dream, my purpose; perhaps it is my sole duty as an individual of the upcoming generation. 


Taylor admits to having been a juvenile sent to alternative placement as recently as last year. Taylor confessed to troubled acts such as possession of a firearm, battery, violation of probation, and even burglary.


Mr. Lohan agrees that some juveniles accused of crime are simply “trying to survive.”


Taylor admits to having been sent to alternative placement, and deservingly so. “Yes,” he says, “I chose to do bad things.”


Taylor admits that a typical day of “placement” is significantly different from a regular day at public schools such as Capital. It was typical to observe “fighting and drugs.”


Taylor gave background of his environment and education, in which he did admit to living at home with his biological mom and sister. Taylor willingly shares that his mother does have an education, and a full time job in a social security office. 


Although Taylor comes from a healthy home, he feels that the environment and upbringing of a child has an effect on who they become.


When asked about his relationship with his mother, Taylor says, “It used to bad.” He follows up with a fact stating that his relationship with her has gotten significantly better.


Along with a better relationship with his mother, Taylor agrees that “placement” has positively helped him to regain personal interests and to plan a future. He believes it has helped him to “take the right path.”


Taylor takes part in personal interests such as “dancing and flipping.” He refers to his pleasure of drawing, and working toward his future dream as a shoe customizer.


Where he will go and who he will become is a mystery; however, a young boy with admirable talents has regained his focus and his plans for the future. 


He is not a “bad kid.” He's made mistakes, but here he is, succeeding.





TRANSITIONS BETWEEN CLASSES 

April Meadows


Do you feel like the transitions from one class to another are long enough? Some may say they feel like it needs to be longer, some may say it’s perfect, and others may say they feel like it’s perfect but it would be nice if the transitions were a little longer. Three students, one sophomore and two freshmen, have chimed in with their thoughts about the transitions. One has witnessed the schedule for a year and is familiar with the school, and two are freshmen students who are just now getting to know the school. They all had similar feelings about the transitions.

 

Some students feel like they get from one class to another in the five minute period we have. Salena Legg states, “It depends on what class period I have and who I’m talking to in the hall.” On the other hand, Chris Legg feels as if the time limit is perfect for him. There’s always a problem in the transitions when the students have to go to the bathroom. Salena Legg made another comment, “If the bathroom isn’t on the way to class, then you have to backtrack, which makes you late.” Jared Tyson remarks, “No the time limit is way too short, especially when having to go to the bathroom.”

 

There are many tardies at Capital High School, many from lagging in the hallway, and others from just simply not being able to make it in time to class. Chris Legg reports he is rarely late to class. On the other hand Tyson admits, “There are two classes that I’m late too everyday.” Tyson feels like the transition between 2ndand 3rdis the hardest transition to make. Salena Legg and Chris Legg both feel like the transition between 4thand 5this a hard transition. During transitions ,bathrooms are not an option if you want to be on time. All three of these students never get to go to the bathroom until they are in class. With longer breaks, there are more laggers and more problems in bathroom such as smokers and skippers. I mentioned these problems to all three students and they all said, “More staff should be present all around.” 

 

Many students want breaks to be longer, so I asked how much longer the transitions should be. Salena and Chris Legg both said that 10 minutes would be great. Tyson thought hard about this question. He insisted the time should be “7 to 8 minutes long.” Overall, ten-minute transitions would perfect for these three students . Surprisingly, from 5thto 6thperiod,  the transition at Capital High School became 10 minutes long. All three students feel this was best. 

 

Problems can occur with longer breaks, but I think the big problem is the tardies, especially the tardy sweep. Many kids get caught in the tardy sweep. The problem with the tardy sweep is taking kids out of class time and talking to them for 20 minutes about being late. I feel like something should be done about these tardies, and the tardy sweep only makes it worse. 


All three students had very strong opinions on the tardies. It’s time to step up and fix this problem. 




THE SPORT OF TWIRLING

Lauren Carnell


As time progresses, it seems as if the sport of baton twirling has become a lost

art. Majorette lines and feature twirlers used to be the stars of the football field at

halftime, but sadly not many people know what a majorette is anymore. Those who do

know what majorettes are often do not consider it to be a sport at all, but there is much

more to twirling than others may know .Twirling is one of the most competitive sports

around the world. Twirlers will spend countless hours practicing new skills and

memorizing routines. From marching on the football field with the band, to indoor gym

twirling, it is indeed one tough sport.


Believe it or not, one of the most challenging aspects of twirling is adapting to the practice and performance environments. There are a few few differences between twirling with a marching band and twirling inside of a gym, but perhaps the largest factor is the ground surface. Gym floors offer a slick surface, while turf or grass have more friction, making it a challenge for a twirler to control their momentum.


Some marching bands will have a Majorette line, or a group of twirlers who must perform in precise unison. Olivia Carnell, a Majorette at Marshall University, gave some insight as to what it is like to be a part of a college Majorette line: “At practice the day before a big game, we have to run through our routines until it’s perfect. If one person drops their baton we have to start from the very beginning.” They spend all hours of the day in the heat of the sun trying to perfect their skills for the football game.

“The best feeling ever is when we run onto the field for pregame. All eyes are on us, and

it’s just amazing,” Olivia exclaims.


Indoor twirling is mostly based on technique and structure, while field twirling

consists of bigger, and “flashier” movements. Many twirlers from all over the world come

together to compete in scholarship-winning competitions. Judges will score based on

the technicality of body movement, positions of the feet, and how the baton is used. The

slightest of movement is carefully analyzed and scored accordingly.


There are quite a few differences between outdoor and indoor twirling, but all in

all it requires the same amount of intense effort and practice, just like any other sport.





TEAM... OR FAMILY?

Brianna Hardaker


At the final Capital High School basketball game of the season, excitement echoes through the

tense atmosphere. Shoes squeaking and the massive roars from the crowd show that they’re

fighting hard against their opponents. Even one glance at the Capital Cougars’ sweaty stature and intensity shows that this is going to be a hard-fought game. From the stands, looking out

onto the court, one can feel the aura of teamwork and adrenaline that radiates from the players.

This isn’t felt from just the onlookers, but throughout the team as well. Basketball is not only a

game of winning or losing, but a way a group of people can come together as a family.


A team dynamic is a key influence on their performance on and off the court. “The team gets

along very well together for the most part,” chuckles Ethan Kent, a player for Capital’s

basketball team, “there is a family dynamic between us.” Ethan has had this family vibe

throughout his entire life when it comes to basketball. He has played for eleven years and his

inspiration continues to be his father. He wants to be the best for his father and his team, and he encourages the upcoming generation of Cougar basketball players. “Give it your best, keep practicing, and focus on the little things,” says Ethan. With this mindset, the team could achieve their goals and play

harder and stronger together.


After the hard-fought 13-10 record, the Cougars have completed the 2017-2018 season. “I’m

going to miss my teammates,” Ethan sighed, knowing that he has one more season left in his high

school career. One more season, full of laughter and hard work, and the pregame routine of

shooting 50 threes that he has grown accustomed to. This realization only makes him want to

improve his skill set and grow. Fortunately, he knows that with this skill set and family dynamic,

the upcoming season will be full of love and determination to thrive.







THE WINNING SEASON

Ashley Martin


Everyone was on their feet as screams echoed through Wheeling. The final touchdown

was carried over, with seconds left on the clock. Oceans of blues, greys and whites flooded the

field as the football team embraced and cried with the fans who’d been with them since the

beginning of the season. Among the players was freshman Kyle Hoover. Four years later, Kyle

is still proud to talk about this amazing win, and still shows off his dazzling winning ring

whenever he can.


“It’s amazing, you know, being a baby freshman on an award-winning team,” he laughs.

“I went from playing in the mud to playing under bright lights on a college turf field.”


Kyle has been playing for Capital his entire high school career. He got his start from

playing football in the backyard with his older brothers, who all ended up playing for Capital as

well.


When recalling the season from 2014, Kyle smiles fondly, reminiscing on the memories

of the team’s successes.


“It was magic, really… It was the best feeling of my life. It was a moment that will last

forever. I put this ring on from freshman year and it brings back good memories.”


Memories from the championship season should continue to press our team further to

gain another win, but in recent years our chances of making States has dwindled. Still one of

the tougher teams in our state, Capital has come close to tasting championships every year

since 2014, with no avail.


“New rules of high school football have affected our team greatly,” Kyle explains, “and

people’s attitudes and priorities have changed.” This is something that Kyle says he

understands and relates to, since he is a graduating senior this year.


In light of our passive winning streaks in the past three years, Kyle says he has hope for

our football team’s future. “They just gotta work hard, and remember it’s all a team effort.

Everyone needs to work together.”


Hopefully for Capital ‘s future, the screams of adoring fans

and announcer’s cheers echoing through the stadium will continue onto another winning season

in 2019.






The World is Watching: Explaining the FIFA World Cup

Santino Maniscalchi


Every four years, the people of Earth sit by their televisions and watch the largest sporting event unfold. That event is the FIFA World Cup. What is the World Cup? “Isn’t it like a giant soccer tournament with all countries in the world playing against each other,” asked Anthony Dixon in a puzzled expression. His answer wasn’t that far off though. The World Cup is a large soccer tournament involving thirty-two countries competing to be named the best team in the world. It is meant as a friendly competition between countries, and this year the World Cup is being held in Russia’s eleven largest cities, including its capital, Moscow.


Since Russia is hosting the tournament, they automatically gain a place to compete in the games, but for the other thirty-one countries they have to qualify to compete in the World Cup. In order for a nation to qualify to participate in the World Cup, they must win a series of qualifier matches. Sadly, nations like the United States, Netherlands, and Italy will not be in the World Cup for that reason. “It doesn’t surprise me that America won’t be going; every other country focuses on soccer, while we don’t,” said Anthony. All three countries had failed the qualification by losing to other teams. The United States, for example, was disqualified by its loss to Trinidad and Tobago. However, Trinidad and Tobago will not be going to the World Cup because they also failed the World Cup qualifications.


Even though some of the most iconic countries are not going, there is one country that has made headlines through the soccer community, and that country is Panama. Anthony looked at me in disbelief and said “I thought Panama has always been to the World Cup.” Sadly, he is incorrect; this year Panama will be going to the World Cup for the first time, but the competition it will be going against is difficult, to say the least. The three main teams Panama will be going against are Belgium, England, and Tunisia.


Not only is a new team competing, politics also play a role in the World Cup. For instance, England will possibly boycott the game because of Russia hosting it and of recent hostilities between the two powerhouses. Most likely, England will go to the World Cup because of the FIFA organization stating that if England doesn’t go this year, then they won’t go to the next one, which is the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar.


The World Cup will show the world time and time again who is the best, and if you want to watch the games, it runs from June 14 to July 15.







Amazing Twelve-Year Journey

Alexia Ashley


Often, sophomores go unnoticed in the sports spotlight of Capital High. Sophomores may not be superstar athletes, but they deserve to be recognized. Delacy Diggs is a sophomore, soon to be junior at Capital. Diggs has played soccer for a total of twelve years, two of those years as a Capital High School student. He is currently sixteen and he began playing when he was four. Diggs got involved in soccer because of his close childhood best friend, Henry Moore.


Teenagers often enjoy staying up late, even on school nights. It’s best for teenagers to get six to eight hours of sleep before they begin their day, but Diggs says he gets about four to five hours of sleep at night because of homework (plus the distraction of watching YouTube). Diggs finds it difficult to balance his homework load and his soccer practice. He struggles with time management. After a late practice, athletes are often physically and mentally drained, and aren’t motivated to complete homework assigned to them by teachers. Diggs says his biggest challenge this year was “getting back into shape” after the off-season.


Athletes are constantly developing their skills, and they return back to the basics during the off-season. It’s important to develop better, stronger foundations and systems. Athletes often train two to three times a week to maintain levels of current strength until their season starts up again. To stay fit during the off-season, Diggs would rather walk to get from place to place instead of riding a bike or catching a ride in a car. If he can’t walk everywhere because of weather, he does quick exercises indoors, such as squats, sit-ups, push-up, planks, trunk dips, and wall sits.


Warming up is something every athlete should do. Stretching the day before their game allows the muscles to be more relaxed. Tight muscles are responsible for countless injuries that are easily avoidable. Before athletes go to bed, and after pregame warmup, they should stretch their legs. Stretching is more effective when your muscles are already warm. The best athletes in the world have specific routines that they follow every game day. Becoming focused before every game is a big part of being a good athlete. To get ready before the games, Diggs goes for a short run around the track, just to clear his mind and warm up his muscles. The

team also does a group stretch. After that, they do some warm-up drills involving the ball.


A big benefit of playing on a sports team is socialization, so being a good teammate is important. Having a winning attitude, no matter what the outcome, will make the experience more positive for you and everyone else playing alongside you. Diggs struggled to find the words to explain what makes for a successful team, but then he explained how having a common enemy will make the players have one main goal.


Even though they share a common enemy, problems still arise. Being in the heat of the moment and not thinking about one’s actions before they occur leads to many fights on the field or court. Since Diggs has played soccer for so long, some things just come naturally to him. Diggs feels that he is doing well for his age, and though this could cause him to have enemies, he feels that it mostly gains him friends: “nobody hates me because I’m just a likable guy… so I just end up with a lot of friends.”


Playing a sport in order to spend time with old friends, or to make new friends, is one of the most common motives for participating in sports for all children. Diggs says he’s influenced lots of people to join him in the amazing game of soccer, including his younger cousins, Zavier and Alexia, as well as his friend Gavin. If Diggs wasn’t playing soccer, he would be “eating a hot dog and playing with my best friend, my dog, Pedro.”


After high school Diggs plans on going technical college. He still plans on playing soccer with his friends at a local team close to his college, but his main focuses are having fun and doing well in school.







THE CHS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM: WHO ARE THEY?

Marissa Cook


You’ve heard of our Boys’ Varsity Football team and our Boys’ Varsity Basketball team, but have you heard of our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team? The girls’ basketball team isn’t quite as well-known, and they recognize that they have room for improvement. With hard-fought losses overpowering the wins this season, they have

quite a lot of work to do before they can consider themselves champions; however, they have been making steady progress. Their assistant coach, CHS Sophomore English teacher Susie Garrison, has some things to say about the rise of the team and the work they have yet to do.


Garrison acknowledges that recently the team does not have a culture of winning and acknowledges their setbacks. “Statistically, our team did not achieve any great things,” she admits, “our two biggest challenges this year were injuries and inexperience.”


Due to the lack of wins on the scoreboard this year, it has been very important to keep up morale. The coaching staff manages to keep up a positive work environment for the team by “taking time to share what works and what doesn’t, taking time to instill a positive work ethic, and trying to keep [their] practices and talks upbeat.” This has worked quite well, and the girls show great teamwork and good sportsmanship, getting along well together.


The team has grown a lot since their first days of this past season. The team’s setbacks and challenges are taken in great stride and given a positive spin, with the team being told that “if [they] quit there is no other place to grow, and if [they] keep working, [they] can only improve” by Garrison. Their best game has been the second game against Riverside High School because it was a good measuring stick for improvement from the beginning of their season.


Optimism is prevalent among the team due to their steady, progressive growth over the year, and Garrison strongly believes that the team will be more successful next year. Their biggest goals for the next season are continued growth and the continued ability to be coachable.







A MILE IN HER SHOES

Sadie Bevins


It’s 4 a.m. and Aaliyah Henry is dreading the biology homework she has in front of her. She knows she needs to get some sleep for the big game she has today, but realizes school comes first. So, she pushes through her frustration and gets to work. When you hear “student athlete” you probably think “part time athlete, full time student.” That’s not always the case. No one knows how it really feels to be a student athlete, unless you are one.


Exhaustion, for many student athletes, is physical and mental: “at the end of my day, I feel dead,” says Aaliyah, a student athlete at Capital High School. Her day consists of school, homework (if she has time), sports (which can last for three hours), and then she’s off to orchestra. Aaliyah ends her day either at her job or at home; this busy schedule can be a handful. No wonder she feels dead by the end of her day!


Even with her busy schedule, Aaliyah still manages to find time to meet all her responsibilities at home and school, even though it may not be easy. Along the way, she has discovered certain things she can do to manage her time, such as making a calendar and setting reminders on her phone.


It’s amazing how she keeps up, but she says she doesn’t deserve all the credit. Her parents have a big impact on her life when it comes to her sports and academics. They help her stay on track and make sure she is doing what she needs to be doing. Aaliyah says “they help me plan out my day.”


Even though Aaliyah participates in only two sports, volleyball and track, it is still overwhelming. The question is, how does she juggle all of this? She says, “God, that’s how I do it.” If you are interested in being a student athlete, you need to know it’s hard work and Aaliyah has some tips for upcoming student athletes. She states, “you have to be prepared and be willing to put in hard work.”


What Aaliyah says is true, but you must remember to have fun. Sports are a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the long run because you will learn so much more. Sports don’t just get you in shape, they can also teach you how to manage your time and learn how to be responsible. Best of all, athletes learn how to interact with people and work as a team.


As Aaliyah’s day is coming to an end, she pulls in the driveway and sees that it’s already 10 o’clock. She runs into her house, jumps into her bed with exhilarated relief, and sets her alarm. She is only a few hours away from beginning another day in the challenging but rewarding life of a student athlete.







COMPETITIVE FISHING

Catori Kuyava



Competitive fishing does not appear to be the go-to sport you’d watch every week, but for

some it is. Since the 1960s, it has surprisingly become one of the most popular sports in the

country. Weirdly enough, it was inspired by a basketball game. Thought up in a hotel room

in 1969, competitive fishing has “caught on” over the years.


When Chasie Beard was only fourteen, she and her church competed in a fishing tournament; however, there was an age limit. “Ages ranged from seven to seventeen, [the] oldest being my cousin Elisiah, he’s seventeen, and the youngest was a little kid named Sara [who is] about seven,” Beard explains. Chasie, being in the competition herself, caught a catfish and four or five bluegill, which earned her third

place, earning twenty-five dollars. Having done that two years ago, she hasn’t competed for quite

a while, but she may do it again one day: “I wouldn’t go into regional competitions, just small

town ones,” Beard says.


In 2009, Illinois first sanctioned competitive fishing was a high school sport. Eight-hundred students competed in order to embody 217 high schools as a statewide competition. Though not many schools have this included as a sport, outside of school there is plenty of it. An estimated 30,000 to 50,000 fishing derbies and tournaments take place in the U.S. annually. Not all states require the events to be registered, therefore it proves quite difficult to estimate the exact numbers.


Scoring is fairly simple; however, weight is not the only element in the outcome. The type of species as well as the number of fish influence the score of many fishing tournaments. Some competitions are based on the strength of the fishing line that is used. For example, if your line is thick and strong, you would not gain many points, though if your line were thinner and/or weaker, you would gain additional points.


Interestingly enough, a few superstitions can factor in the competition if you believe in it. Their superstitions include laying a kiss on your catch, which was thought to have originated from TV. Some people believe it is bad luck to pump gas the very morning of a competition. It is thought that the scent of the gasoline will contaminate their lures.


There is more information on competitive fishing dedicated to the sole purpose of sport fishing. The E.K. Harry Library of Fishes located in Dania Beach, Florida is dedicated to the history of sport fishing. It includes over 15,000 books, 2,100 fishing videos, and 150 outdoor fishing magazines, dating all the way back to the 1930s. This heightens its reputation for being the biggest library of its kind in the world.


From its humble beginnings, the sport of competitive fishing has spread as a great way for all ages to compete in the outdoors and develop lifelong skills. Following Chasie’s recommendation, it’s clear that sport fishing could be a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts of any age!






ATHLETES: PART II

Alexia Ashley


Soccer, basketball, dance, volleyball, cheerleading, football and softball are just some of

the sports that are offered here at Capital High School. Many of the athletes who participate in

these sports do not get the recognition that they deserve. Often, the students who play

sports don’t feel appreciated. Maybe it’s time to take a moment to appreciate and

recognize some athletes.


Whitney White is a junior at Capital. She began playing soccer when she was fifteen years old, and enjoys it very much. When she was younger, she she wanted to take part in soccer, butinstead she chose to play volleyball. White decided to play soccer, even though no other family members do.


White does not participate in any extracurricular activities. She has no time between

working at Chick-fil-a, learning Spanish, and hanging out with her friends. Whitney no longer

plays volleyball for the school.


She most enjoys soccer because of her teammates. She says,”Some are easy to work

with and they help you get better.” She played soccer in 10th and 11th grade. She did not play

soccer in middle school, though she would have liked to. After high school Whitney plans to go to college and become a physical therapist.


Soccer is a sport played between two teams of eleven players, also known as football in

most countries outside of the United States. All you need to practice soccer is your

foot and a ball. Some of the different positions are goalkeeper, center-back, sweeper, fullback, wingback, center-midfielder, defensive midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger, forward, striker, and stopper.


Makayla Jones is a senior. She began playing soccer when she was twelve years old. She

started playing soccer because she was observing her sister while she played, when she was

in fifth grade. She found an interest in soccer and began playing it in sixth grade. Makayla

likes the people who play soccer as well and it’s a good way to stay active. She enjoys the

coaches and all the help they provide.


Jones also is involved in lacrosse and Capital High’s  Dance Company. She started playing lacrosse her sophomore year, and also participates in the dance company. In her free time she works at Baskin Robbins, practices dance, and hangs out with her friends. Makayla doesn’t feel that sports keep her from other activities with her friends, but she explains how it can be difficult to balance among the things she does. She finds different ways to balance between her busy schedule of school, work, soccer, dance and lacrosse.


Jones says, “knowing that I have my grandparents’ support, it makes me more confident

when I play in my games.” Since Jones is a senior, college is right around the corner. Jones is

thinking about going to the University of Charleston to attend nursing school.


On another, related note, The FIFA WWC, which is the women’s soccer World Cup,  has only been around for less than 25 years. It was founded in 1991.The first WWC tournament was held 61 years after the men's first FIFA World Cup in 1930. China was the first host country of the tournament. Since then, the WWC has been held in Sweden, Germany, twice in both China and the U.S., and currently in Canada. The U.S. won the first WWC. Michelle Akers lead the U.S. team to victory by scoring two goals. So far, the German and U.S. teams hold the most championships with two titles each. Brandi Chastain's final goal in a penalty shootout lead the U.S. to win over China. Her celebration made the victory one of the most iconic moments in sports history. During the 2007 WWC in China, U.S. captain Kristine Lilly competed in her fifth and final tournament. This made her the first woman, and one of three players in history to appear in five World Cups.




FATE OR CHOICE

Sadie Bevins


A tenth grade English class at Capital high school has been reading Macbeth, and

the discussion has come up about fate and choice. Some students have been puzzled

with the idea that fate exists. Macbeth has been a fascinating play to read that shows

how fate and choice can come into play with someone’s life.


A bright young girl gave me her opinion on the matter. Her name is Mackenzie

Young, and she is a Capital High School student who has discussed fate and choice in her English class. She has noticed that previous stories such as Macbeth, King Arthur, and Romeo and Juliet involve the question of whether life is ruled by your choices or by a supernatural power known as fate.


Mackenzie’s English teacher, Kate Jordan, said she chose to do the topic of fate or

choice in her class because many things we are going to read throughout the

semester can be applied to fate and choice and how this subject can also mirror your

life. Ms. Jordan believes in both: she added, “Logically by my choices, but I tend to be

someone who reads horoscopes, which can be fate.” When it comes to her moral

beliefs she believes her fate is ruled by nature and the universe.


Some Christians at Capital believe that God knows how your life is going to turn

out, because he is the creator of all. But others wonder who really controls your

life? Some believe God said that he would give us free will so we can make our own choices even if they are a mistake. Under this belief, our life is ruled by our choices not by fate.

I shared this opinion with Mackenzie, who is a Christian, and she said, “God knows

our choices before we make them, so whatever we choose he already knows about.”


This shows that it just depends on the person; there is no wrong answer because it’s

your opinion, but it’s interesting to see people’s beliefs. Ms. Jordan also agrees it

depends on who you are and what you believe in.


Fate and choice have been debated for a long time and will continue to be.

Shakespeare showed this theme throughout his stories; he even used quotes about

fate or choice. Take Romeo and Juliet, for example: It is still debated whether their sad ending was either dictated by fate or by their choices.


The discussion of fate or choice will never die out because no one really knows the

correct answer; there is no correct answer. The fact that some of the smartest people

have brought up this topic shows how interesting this topic really is. As Wayne

Newton said, “I believe that fate is choices- it’s not chance.”





CLASSIC LITERATURE

Lauren Carnell


Students at Capital High School recently participated in Poetry Out Loud, a

competition in which students must compete to perform a published poem of their

choice to the best of their ability. These students are some of many who are intrigued

by the art of literature and poetry, and know its true importance. The history of literature has

influenced today’s poets in many ways, and their methods are still taught in schools

today.


Most students are unaware of the impact that literature through history has had on

today’s education. Some of history’s greatest poets, such as Edgar Allan Poe and

Shakespeare, have influenced the evolution of poets and writers today. At Capital High

School, freshman English teachers start their school year off with diving into the epic

poem of The Odyssey by the Greek poet Homer. They break apart the structure and

writing style of the epic to gain insight as to why they wrote the way they did back then.

Each year as we progress through high school, students study many different poems,

epics, plays, and other forms of classic literature. The senior class has just finished

studying the writing styles of Edgar Allan Poe. They had to learn about his history to

understand why he wrote his morbid and gothic tales.


The importance of understanding the history of literature is a crucial factor for

comprehending the story being told. From Poe’s morbid horror stories to

Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, you’ll see hints of their writing styles in today’s

writings and, even movies. Almost all schools teach the history of literature to inspire

upcoming writers, authors, poets and journalists. Many of history’s greatest writers will

forever influence and inspire the future of literature.






Checks and Bills and Taxes, Oh My!

Brianna Hardaker


Financial literacy is one of the least-taught courses in school. Only four U.S. states

require at least a semester-long course devoted to financial literacy. That is only 8% of the

nation. How can we expect the younger generations to learn about financial literacy if it isn’t being taught to them? Teachers talk about this topic frequently, but they never seem to be able to execute the plan. There are plenty of students who complain about this problem. “What even is financial literacy?” Courtney Harper, a student here, at Capital High School, questioned. Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well being. Upon explaining this to her, she quickly interjected with, “I have no idea how to balance a checkbook, pay for bills, or even how to do taxes.” Courtney isn’t the only student that has had this exact dilemma. There have been plenty of class debates and conversations with friends on this topic. One question remains constant within these chats: can schools incorporate financial literacy classes into a school day?


Capital has a business computers course that students can take that gives them a brief

lesson on financial literacy. However, not all students are interested in taking that class.

Originally, students would take it to receive a technology credit, but some students would wait to take a photography class or a TV production class for their enjoyment.

Cougars Forging Careers is a class that helps students with college readiness. Once a week, students attend a club that they have chosen that seems to center around what career path they are pursuing. An idea like this could be used during CFC, but the teachers have other assignments for us. If that idea doesn’t work, there can be a mandatory class that kids have to take in order to receive a credit. This would not only would this be beneficial towards graduating students that need that extra credit, but it would help students prepare for life ahead. There are many ways that financial literacy could be incorporated into the everyday school setting. Whether it is during CFC, a class by itself, or even online classes, this would aid students at Capital High School, and could help all over the state.


Financial literacy is needed to help students learn how to become financially responsible. A mandatory class added onto an average school day would benefit in the overall progress of students preparing to leave for college. Students could be prepared to buy their own house, file for their own taxes, and pay bills. There are endless possibilities that could help students out. All it takes is a little initiative and time, and it can hopefully have a major impact on how

students get ready for college and the real world.








MORE THAN A "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

Ashley Martin


Around December of each year, things are gearing up for the holiday season. Presents are being bought and decorations are hung in each nook and cranny possible. Everywhere you look, Christmas is on the forefront of every store display. But where is the recognition for the other winter holidays? Captivated by the grandeur of Christmas, we overlook the many other beautiful winter celebrations.


Kwanzaa, an African-American traditional holiday, begins on the 26th of December and ends the first of the new year. As stated on the Official Kwanzaa Website, it is “a celebration of family, community, and culture.”


The Winter solstice is the celebration and rituals of the longest day of the year. This past year’s solstice was Thursday, December 21st. Before the Christian religion was spread to Scandinavia, the people celebrated the Feast of Yule, a pagan holiday. This gave way to the tradition of burning a Yule log. The winter solstice has been celebrated as far back as Ancient Rome, as a way to worship Saturn, the god of the sun. They would have a feast called the Feast of Saturnalia, and party for the entire night. In the Scandinavian countries of Denmark and Norway, the Solstice is still celebrated regularly. This is one of the oldest winter traditions and celebrations in history, and is it recognized as a day for replenishing and light. 


Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday of celebrating the redecoration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.  There are variations in how to spell it, the most prominent being Chanukah and Hanukkah. The word is Hebrew, in which it means “dedication.” Hanukkah lasts eight days, this year being from the 12th to 20th of December. Each night, one lights a candle on their menorah, which is an eight pronged candlestick holder. This comes from an old story, where a priest lit a candle in the temple that, after constant prayer, lasted for eight days. 


To the people in Latin America and Spain, the Christmas festivities do not end after Christmas Day. Three Kings Day, on January 6th, is celebrated to honor the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to Jesus Christ for his birth. This day ends all of the Christmas activities, and it is the day that gifts are actually exchanged in Mexico. In Spain, the most important gift is given on this day. It’s a day for final feasting and spending time with family. Three Kings Day is also called Epiphany, or Día de Los Reyes. 


Christmas is a great holiday for millions around the world, but so are the many diverse holidays and celebrations. As this winter season continues, remember to be courteous to those who have different beliefs and religions. It’s easy to get swept up in your own celebrations and forget that there are others are also celebrating in their own special ways.  





ADHD: Myth vs. Fact

Marissa Cook


ADHD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—is a disorder that is fairly

common and very well known. Despite this, ADHD is very misunderstood and the

common knowledge around the globe tends to be misinformation. ADHD is treated as

a “less important” disorder, one that only occurs in young children or one that doesn’t

affect the afflicted person’s  life too much. Some don’t believe it exists at all. ADHD is a serious disorder, and not something to be taken lightly.


This neurodevelopmental disorder affects focus, impulsiveness, hyperactivity,

executive function, and the control of emotions. It affects people’s personal lives as

well as their professional. “It causes a loss of concentration,” says Capital High School

student Chad Peyton, “I can’t sit and focus and do what normal people do.” These

symptoms often negatively affect grades in school and progress at work due to high

sociability and lack of proper attention. Attention deficit people are often dropouts

because of the stress of school.


Negative stereotypes and misconceptions affect the lives of those with ADHD.

Many people believe that it only occurs in young boys, when it actually occurs in any

gender and lasts throughout the person’s life. It tends to show up differently in girls

than in boys, however, with girls usually labeled as “motormouths” and boys usually

given a “bouncing off the walls” stereotype. Those with ADHD “are often

mistaken as lazy or just not trying,” according to Peyton, even when they are trying

their hardest. This negatively affects mental health and motivation, and may be one

explanation as to why depression and anxiety are often found with it.


It is also a common belief that there is only one way to be ADHD: bouncing off

the walls hyper and overly talkative; in reality, there are many ways to manifest ADHD. The

DSM-5—Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition—recently

split ADHD into three categories: ADHD-Hyperactive, ADHD-Inattentive (formerly

known as ADD), and ADHD-Combined, which combines the two previous types.

Although a diagnosis for ADHD requires certain symptoms, no attention deficit person

experiences their disorder in the same way as someone else.


Although people with ADHD can be medicated, medication cannot fix everything and

some are unable to be medicated for various reasons. Those who suffer from attention deficit  have many different ways of coping outside of medication. Peyton states that he taps his

fingers in order to help himself focus. Others may exercise, break down tasks into small

pieces, use planners, attempting to remove possible distractions, and use fidget toys.

Students tend to struggle with coping methods in school, as many schools have rules

against different methods.


For example, Peyton states that he wants his teachers to “let him stand and

walk around instead of forcing him to sit still.” Schools all across the United States are

also outright banning fidget toys, such as the new spinners and cubes, because people

are treating them like toys. Kids could also be kicked out of their classrooms for

fidgeting under the claim that it is a “distraction.”


So what can schools do to assist kids with ADHD? Firstly, allowing kids to use

fidget toys in class when needed will definitely help. They don’t have to be spinners,

simply providing a stress ball is a good method. Anything that can be quietly played

with will satisfy both the student’s need to fidget and the teacher’s wishes of not

disturbing other classmates. Other than that, providing good physical outlets for ADHD

students will help them out in class. Exercise is very beneficial to those with ADHD.

Sending them on errands when they get fidgety—such as giving a note to a teacher or

the office—is a good way to get them back on track and decrease their urge to move.

Allowing students to move around between lessons is also an excellent way to satisfy

restlessness, as is allowing breaks between lessons in order to move around.


Those with ADHD need to have their needs treated with compassion and

understanding. They often feel helpless and as if their own failure is imminent. By

supporting these students in their classrooms and in their personal lives, they will be

more hopeful for their own futures. For teachers supporting, ADHD students is not a

request but a necessity if we are to keep them destined for greatness.






WRITER'S BLOCK

Catori Kuyava


Writer’s block: in school days, there’s not much worse than this. Writer’s block is a powerful

feeling of anxiety due to being unable to put the ideas that are in your head onto paper. It’s the feeling that whatever you write down will have little value and be unoriginal. “It’s being so

insecure about your writing that you just can’t write at all,” says fifteen year old Capital High

student Marissa Cook. This can prevent you from completing assignments or even continuing a story you’ve already begun.


Writer’s block can not only harm grades, but can also disrupt the little bit of peace in your

day to day life. Sixteen year old Nevaeh Russell explains, “Writer’s block can have you stuck in a bad mood with depression, anxiety, self loathing,” which is terrible but that’s not all. It can

effect your future: “I can’t write as often as I want to, and I can’t improve my writing,” says

Cook.


The ways to prevent writer’s block are very few. Some people will just give up, though that’s

not the ideal way to control it. “Always be open minded, always accept new ideas,” Russel says, “Always look for openings, always look for a hole in the wall.” Writer’s block is hard to handle but there are ways to help, you just have to know where to look. Take advice from peers and learn from your mistakes, but don’t let your writer’s block bring you down.






CLASS CHOICES

Santino Maniscalchi


Many students are determined to get the career they want in life. In order for them to

accomplish that goal that they need to take certain classes. A class is the foundation of

any career yet certain parts of the foundation could leave cracks that will damage the entire plan.


So, does Capital have all the classes necessary for every student? “I don’t think it can be possible to have classes for all careers, which is a good thing to have programs like Carver and Bridge Valley,” said Mrs. Conley.  “A student who wants to learn a certain skill can go to one of those trade schools to learn it.”


Students at Capital are at a moment in life that can be like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Students fulfill their prophecies through the actions they take every day, and that

includes selecting the right classes for their future careers.


Yet, it takes more than just classes to be successful. A student must also “have practical

experience,” as Mrs. Conley would point out. As someone makes educational decisions such as class schedules, they should look at the career they are interested in. If someone wants to become an chemical engineer, they should at the requirements and talk to people who have that job if possible. Students can also contact an organization/company that specializes with that particular job. For example, if someone wants to become a diplomat, they can contact a government department and ask questions about the job.


As they plan, students need to understand what they must do to achieve the goals they set and understand what obstacles face them as they progress towards them. Planning ahead for obstacles can be a big help so that students are prepared for the path they choose.




SENIOR  AND JUNIOR ATHLETES

Alexia Ashley

Katelyn O’Reilly, most well-known as Katy, is a senior athlete here at Capital High School. Katy has accomplished many things in her four years of soccer as a Capital Cougar. In her sophomore year, Katy received Honorable Mention and All-Kanawha Valley honorable mention. Her junior year, Katy was on first team All-Kanawha Valley and first team AAA. Her senior year, she won defender of the year, and was on triple A and first team all Kanawha valley. These accomplishments have allowed her to grow as a person, as well as play soccer in college.

Soccer is not the only activity Katy participates in. She also runs track, is on the swim team, and actively performs in the dance company. Katy first started playing soccer when she was only three years old. When explaining why she started to play soccer, Katy pondered then explained, “because of my brothers.”

Katy is a stellar soccer player, and an inspiration to many. She enjoys what she does and never fails to lend a helping hand. She plans on attending college at West Virginia Wesleyan, while playing soccer. She is also interested in going to nursing school.

Megan Bias is a junior, here at Capital High School. She explains her experience playing soccer at Capital by saying, “it was an experience like no other, our season this year has had a lot of ups, downs, but we always stuck together.” Megan further explains,  “we got through our problems and formed a special bond… I personally did not have as many accomplishments as I would’ve liked, but I did have a few good saves as goalkeeper.” Megan continues, “ I made friends and memories I will NEVER forget.”

Megan did not play soccer in middle school, but she wishes she would’ve, because she’s made a lot of new friends on the high school soccer team. In her free time she does volunteer work at “WV Paralyzed Veterans Organization.”  At the organization she enjoys helping out with fundraisers. The West Virginia Paralyzed Veterans Of America is a privately held company in Charleston, WV and is a Single Location business. Categorized under Veterans' and Military Organizations. Records show it was established in 1992 and Incorporated in WV. Megan also volunteers at the animal shelter during the summer.

Even though Megan is only a junior, many people can tell that she is going to do great things for our school and our community.




THE DANCE PROGRAM

Shaliyah Ayars

Capital High School has an amazing dance program than has been alive for decades. The dance company performs at various locations as guests, and the dance class performs three times throughout the school year. The dance program is a great way to meet new people. It can help you step out of your comfort zone.

I’ve recently sat down with miss Tabitha Moore. Tabitha is Capital High’s dance teacher. She is from northern Virginia. She attended both West Virginia University and Marshall university. Tabitha started dancing when she was two years old. She said she enjoys tap dancing the most.

Tabitha has been a teacher at Capital for four years. She says she enjoys teaching because she gets to share her passion with of dance with people and young artists. I asked her what made her choose this job and she said, “I’m not sure really, I intended to teach students with a behavior disorder. When I moved back to Charleston for a couple of years, I was the assistant director of the CHS Dance Company so it seemed like the right thing to do when I found out I was going to be the director.”

I also asked where does she see herself in a few years; she said, “I see myself teaching at Capital. I will continue to teach dance as long as I can move,” she said with a smirk, “plus, I am just getting started I still have a lot to learn and to share.”

This program is leading people to long-lasting careers. Dance may not be the “thing” for you until you try it, and Capital High School is the very best place to start.




ART AROUND THE SCHOOL

Sadie Bevins

Capital High School is all about the arts so why is it that we aren’t in favor to show it.  When people come to our school we want them to be able to see the best of Capital High School to see who we are as a school.

I got the chance to interview a lovely young woman named Zharia James. She is a student at Capital who takes AP art class. Zharia loves art, she “appreciates and admires the hard work that goes into art. It represents what our school truly is” she stated.

Our school is separated into sections; one of the sections is where freshman classes take place and that is called Egypt. There is actually a painting on the wall right before you enter the hallways of Egypt and it lets students know that this is Egypt. So not only can art be used to be creative it can be helpful to students so they know where they're going.

Throughout the school, certain hallways are named by the subject that takes place there. So one hallway is the science wing and one is the math wing. Down the math hallway somebody did a painting that represented that subject. So now art is also being used to celebrate school subjects.

Artwork can also be used to influence students in a positive way. Zharia thinks it can influence students to take art classes and challenge their creativity. “It can help students tap into another part of themselves that they didn’t know was there” she added. It doesn’t just influence students,  it can also influence teachers.

The art program here at Capital is led by Mrs. Christy Pennington who is the art teacher at Capital High School. She has taught at Capital for 13 years and loves it. “It makes me excited when I give you a little bit of knowledge and you go places with it, and you take it in your own direction." This statement shows how she loves watching her students grow as artists. If this is how one teacher feels about art, other teachers must feel something when they see art around the school that Capital students created. By teachers seeing your art it can make them see the kind of student you are.

Just because you aren’t the best at art doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of art around the school. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to work with others and create a masterpiece that symbolizes Capital High School in the best way. So keep in mind, art isn’t just a painting or a drawing on a piece of paper it can also be the way we express our student body as one.







CYBERBULLYING

Lauren Carnell

Cyberbullying: a sensitive subject that is confronted once a year in schools, yet students suffer year round. We sit and watch the same outdated videos that are mocked by most, while those affected sit in silence.

Cyberbullying is one of the most popular forms of harassment among young people today. Social media is the perfect ally for internet bullies everywhere. A Digital Trends survey shows that more teens were cyber bullied on Instagram at 42 percent, with Facebook not far behind behind at 37 percent. Kristiana Gibson, a sophomore of Capital High School states, “They can’t physically see your reaction through social media. It would make them feel guilty in person.” This growing phenomenon is not new news. The anonymity of a bully makes them feel more bold and courageous in their actions. As Ashley Martin, a Capital High senior powerfully says, “They’re cowards.”

Many claim that cyberbullying is harmless because there is no physical damage done. However psychological damage is just as painful as being physically abused. Kristiana shares, “when I get upset I don’t eat.” She is not alone in this situation: being hurt mentally and emotionally can take a major toll on your body. Many teens tend to not to eat or sleep, and in severe cases, they resort to self harm. It is truly disheartening to see so many people suffer from cyberbullying, because I too have been affected by terrible acts of those online.

When commenting on the effects of cyberbullying in the home and at school, Ashley remarks, “It would make your social life kind of chaotic because it would make you feel like everyone is out to get you.” Students grades often dramatically decrease when being bullied. Kristiana goes on to explain that she has felt distracted and unfocused in class because she feels that people had thought of her differently because of what people had said online. This feeling is all too familiar with teens in schools everywhere. Kristiana also says, “Teenagers don’t bother looking for the truth. They’ll follow the crowd rather than doing what’s right.” The spread of this epidemic means that school is not a safe place for many.

Today’s youth must come together and put a stop to cyberbullying and online harassment. It is our duty to support and encourage one another, rather than accept the fact that people everywhere are being harassed through the internet. If you’re complacent, you’re complicit.




ARCHERY

Marissa Cook

Archery has been a big theme in fantasy and mythology for centuries, with characters such as Katniss Everdeen, Elvish, beast hunters, and even gods such as Artemis. With archery being so popular, who wouldn’t want to practice it themselves and become their favorite character?

Capital High School’s Archery Club may not be a more well-known club, but it provides an outlet for archers and fantasy nerds alike. With extra bows, targets, and equipment boxes newly acquired thanks to increased funding, the club has grown fast despite this being the first time it’s been up in ten years.

“It’s something that I’ve done before I came to this school, at Westside Elementary,” says Mr. Kalan Smith, Capital High School’s gym teacher and creator of the club. “We did archery for approximately three years at Westside and I thought it would be awesome to bring it to the high school.”

Mr. Smith’s main goal for the club is “to create an archery team to compete at the state tournament and beyond.” He wants this to happen within the next year.

Archery is an ancient sport, dating back thousands of years. There’s a slowly growing interest for it at Capital, and the students in the club would love to see it expand and succeed.

We’re all very excited to practice and hopefully Mr. Smith’s dream comes to fruition in the form of true competition with peers from other schools.




OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD

Brianna Hardaker

Throughout the nation, thousands of students participated in a scholarship competition, The Voice of Democracy. One student out of many, Jill Maynus, won the competition at Capital High School. She will go on to the statewide competition and hopes to win it all. “I will be very relieved,” said Jill. She stated that it would be nice to not have to worry about paying for college. “Mine being paid for would be pretty lit,” she chuckled. Jill is one of three children that have won this competition. Her brother and sister Luke and Amanda, have won and participated as well.

The Voice of Democracy focuses on different themes every year about America’s history. The students participate in an essay writing competition which goes along with a three to five minute speech. Contestants can get disqualified if it is below the designated time. The point behind this speech is to make your voice heard. One goes through different levels if their speech wins. You have the school wide, the county wide, the statewide and then the nationwide competition. Anyone has the ability to win. You just need to focus on the topic at hand, and get your point across in a mannerly fashion.

The topic for this year’s competition was based on, “Our Future for America.” Many students brought out how it is our responsibility to make women and men have equal rights, to cherish what we have because other countries do not have the freedom that we do, and to honor our country and not trash others. Jill said, “Honor the veterans of foreign wars, and don’t trash the country when you are presenting your speech.” The topic should always be pertinent to America or Veterans. This will allow you to not veer away from the topic at hand, and not use your opinions that may hurt your essay, she explains.

“It is hard to realize what others go through” Jill said with a sigh. She learned a lot throughout this whole experience, and focused a lot on Malala. The main focus of Malala was education for women. In her society, women getting an education was looked down upon. On October 9th, 2012 she was shot by a man who thought it was a crime that she wanted to push the right for women to have education. He thought that it would scare her to quit pushing, but little did he know that she is a force to be reckoned with. In July 2015, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon, funded by the Malala Fund. This is just the beginning of greatness from women.

For students who plan on participating in The Voice of Democracy in the future, stay calm and do your best. Writing may come easy to you or it may not. However, the ability to be great isn’t hard. You can do anything you put your mind to. As said by Lou Holtz, a famous poet, “Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”



ARTificial SUCCESS!

Zharia James

A large piece of Capital High School that’s often not affiliated with our reputation is our prevailing arts program that has been successful in many areas.

Whether it’s band winning a competition, having a fellow Miss Majorette as a fellow senior here or taking home the most awards from the Congressional Art Competition, a lot of praise goes to the members of the art or band classes without much acknowledgement to the teachers. The success of our magnet arts program is not solely based on the performing art students themselves, a lot of work is also credited to the ones who help them perfect their craft.

In the studio art program, Mrs. Christy Pennington does her all to ensure her students do their best work while exercising the left side of their brains. As students enter her classroom, they may not realize the work along her walls are pieces she's created in her past which displays her passion for the subject. As her thirteenth year at Capital High School continues, she hopes for the best out of her students. “Two years ago I had everyone but one pass; 19 out of 20 passed,” she states speaking of the strenuous but rewarding AP Studio Art class she conducts. To hold such achievements outside of her own art creations and pass them to others who share the same passions greatly benefits those who take her class. A vast majority of people believe that in order to take her introductory class, Art I, they must possess art skills to get a high grade; however, Mrs. Pennington teaches students skills that they use in their everyday life. In the introductory class, she keeps a folder of all student work while the class performs various exercises like figure drawing; then, she places every piece that is completed into their personal collection. This portfolio serves the purpose of showing the amount of growth throughout the year and teaches the student how to complete an assignment in a timely manner, so it lessens the difficulty of the task. To complete the amount of work with all of their ability improves a work ethic is an important necessity required to establish a career in any form.

A personal objective Mrs. Pennington possesses is to help all students as much as she can in and outside of the classroom, which benefits those who schedule and perform the tasks she assigns. As the only art teacher here at Capital High School, she loves to see others take an interest in art and find their talent and passion for her muse.






THE AMAZING GSA

Catori Kuyava

For the  gay, straight, pansexual, asexual, bisexual, trans, and more, what’s better than a safe place? I can’t think of one. Here in GSA, anyone is welcome, GSA speaks for people who fear to do so. We provide so many things to help anyone that without GSA, there could be more of a negative impact on people’s lives, or even their ability to learn. "It brings people together,” sophomore Chasie Beard states.

We are working to end homophobia within the school as well as the community. We are in the midst of trying to build a system that would allow everyone to respect one another. “ It’s like you can be who you want to be,” expressed Chasie. Not only is it homophobia we are trying to end, but some other things such as bullying in any shape or form.

GSA is such a popular club, some of the people who wanted to help out and join couldn’t get in. Once you get into the club, that is when you will learn that us students are the ones in charge of the club, which is pretty cool. “I would definitely join GSA again if we have a chance!”

Sophomore Carolyne Chandler excitedly exclaims, “as  for the things we do in GSA,  don’t be surprised… there is quite a lot we have done as well as things we are planning to continue to do still.”

On a serious note, in the past  the GSA team had addressed the State School Board about needing to include sexual orientation in the anti-bullying code, which indeed turned out to be quite an amazing success. I’m very sure much more went on but only very little was known.

“Freshman year I took place in The Day of Silence which is when you didn’t talk all day,” explains Chasie. There’s more to the Day of Silence though. It is  there to remind people to not stand silently while bullying is going on because of the fear of someday the possibility of someone silencing themselves forever by taking their own life. So that is a key factor in the GSA community.

There will continue to be important things and activities going on in school as well as out of school, possibly. Some activities would include Ally Week, No Name Calling activities, as well as the one and only Day of Silence. There are some suggestions though, “ Maybe a Pride Day, where you dress up in the colors of one of the flags, like the pansexual flag, asexual, aromantic, bisexual, and gender questioning,” Chasie suggests. Carolyne explains, “ We were thinking about a Positive Tag Day.” So, hopefully we help because GSA is here to stay.

I cannot explain how much of an amazing club GSA is. We provide so many thing to help everyone. We provide one of the safest places in the school.  “It brings everyone here at Cap together, and it shows that you don’t have to be afraid of who you are,“ Chasie wonderfully expresses. In all honesty, I could not have said it better.



THE FALSE MESSAGE

Santino Maniscalchi

The False Message: What people get wrong with JROTC

The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Course is a high-school-based military program that represents a specific branch of the armed forces, and for Capital, it is the Army. Yet, even though it has an excellent program like this, at Capital High School many students misunderstand the program itself. As the Senior Army Instructor (SAI) Lt. Col. Jerry Owens said, “I’m not sure people do misunderstand. The ones that do usually don’t know anything. People think that we are here to have them drafted and have the cadets be perfect soldiers.” Most people who believe that spread the false message that JROTC is an organization that militarizes the youth. However, its purpose is to help create better citizens, to assist those wishing to join the armed forces with a healthy head start when enlisted into the military, and to help the youth learn to respect those who served the country.

As you sit within the JROTC classroom, there is a sign above the Smart Board. It states, “To motivate young people to become better citizens.” That statement is the program’s mission and is upheld by the instructors at the highest prestige possible. Even in the creed the cadets recite every day in the beginning in class it says, “I am the future of the United States of America.” The program revolves around making a successful future for the youth. That is one of the main missions of JROTC. As Cadet Sergeant Chad Peyton stated “JROTC helps people become better citizens by helping you develop structure and organization.” It not only helps the cadet be formed into a great citizen of our country, it assists those wishing to join the military.

When I sat down with Cadet Lt. Colonel Devon Barbazette, who is Capital’s JROTC Battalion Commander, he told me of how he’s planning on joining the military after high school. When I asked him if he would recommend JROTC to anyone who wants to join the military he replied, “You will be several steps ahead of everyone else once you join the military.” And he’s right; when a cadet joins the army and finishes basic training, the cadet can start out as an E-3, which is a Private First Class. This puts the person ahead of the others at the start of their service, which shows that they can uphold the rank through experience gained in JROTC.

JROTC, in short, is a program that helps all citizens, regardless of race, religion or gender, excel in life as a better-trained citizen for society or the military. Yet, as with any program, it is not perfect. I’ve asked Cadet Sergeant Chad Peyton, and he stated firmly, “I would personally change of how we select leaders because I feel as though they only choose people that have the experience, not those who are effective leaders.” That is the main debate within JROTC at Capital High School. Would the JROTC Cadet Staff have effective leaders or experienced leaders? That is what needs to be changed or improved about JROTC.




CAPITAL THEATER

Ashley Martin

On October 29th, the Capital Theatre Department closed the final curtains on the fall show for 2017. The play, Bedtime Stories Told By Our Dad (Who Messed Them Up), is a comedy about three hyperactive kids and their tired dad, who tells the kids each their own bedtime fairy tale, but with a twist. The play ran about an hour and ten minutes, with six distinct scenes.

The different tales that the dad sleepily twists include: The Princess and the Pea , The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf, and Rumplestiltskin. The show was performed for elementary schools and Horace Mann on Thursday, and the Capital school show was Friday. Public shows were Friday and Saturday nights, with a matinee showing on Sunday afternoon. The breakdown of sets was Sunday evening after the doors were closed.

This show was a debut for the new theatre director, Mr. Jeff Haught. Mr. Haught was the show choir director at Winfield High School prior to joining Capital’s staff. His background in theatre goes back to his first time on the stage as a kindergartener, and to being “hypnotized” by watching his first full-length play his eighth grade year.

Overall, Mr. Haught has been in 150 roles, directing 75 shows, and teaching in around 50. Even though many doubts could come to the forefront about the show’s completion, Mr. Haught simply commented that “[O]nly two things concerned me at all: whether anyone would audition, and whether anyone would come see it.” After successfully producing his first Capital show, students can be guaranteed for more future shows of the same high standard.

As for the future, Mr. Haught wishes to expand not only the program, but the students within its curriculum. “That means increasing the literacy,” he explains. “and overall, instilling a curiosity and a sense of lifelong learning about theatre that will equip any student to pursue theatre at any level throughout their life.”

With all new arrangements aside, the theatre department as a whole has progressed tremendously in the short semester under this new direction. On behalf of the Capital High School Theatre Department, we welcome Mr. Haught to our school.




ANXIETY EXPLAINED

Chad Peyton

Anxiety is a disorder that causes people to fear public speaking, talking to people, and/ or  normal activities. Anxiety affects nearly 3.1% of the adult population in the U.S, however when it comes to children 25.1% of them between 13 to 18 are affected by anxiety.

Anxiety is uncommon, but it affects everyone, as seen in these statistics. Anxiety usually is associated with depression, affecting their everyday life and activities.

At Capital High School, there is an individual student who suffers greatly from anxiety. Her name is Raeann Lanham.

As we sat down for the interview, we got into depth about anxiety. “Doing presentations and interviews, talking to peers or strangers, being yelled at, and my everyday appearance are things that alert my anxiety,” she stated. She goes on to explain more that anxiety happens mostly everyday for her. Her school days are harder than other people who doesn’t have anxiety because she worries about everything she is doing or what others think about her.

“I feel shaky, I sweat, I get heartburn, I get migraines, I’m not able to talk, and I start to tear up when I’m having an anxiety attack,” she explains. During these attacks, she struggles to calm down and thinks as though everyone is staring and judging her.

When this is happening she can only think about what she did wrong. These attacks last for at least an hour for her. They also stop her from doing things she likes or loves to do. She wants to be able to do cheerleading, acting, and theatre but she has anxiety attacks when she attempts or even thinks about theses things and/or doing them.

I asked her what her happy place was, or if she has one. She went into thought, thinking hard about the question. When she was done thinking about the question, she remarked that she doesn’t have a happy place but it helps to talk with loved ones. One thing that doesn’t help that she mentioned to me is being in public places when she is having anxiety because it can sometimes bring attention to her.

Anxiety is something that everyone should look out for and be supportive for the people who is going through it. Anxiety is very serious and can lead to serious illnesses, like depression and panic disorders. So when you see someone in front of people tearing up or sweating, ask if they're okay and help them through it.




A STUDENT’S VIEW

Sy’Jeir Poindexter

I interviewed John Price about cougar hour and what I learned was that he is trying to go to Carver, and that he is disappointed that he wonʼt be able to tell his children about how much fun he had. He thought that it was a great way to have fun with friends, but with it gone it pushes him to get a better education.

He wishes he couldʼve prevented people from acting up; now he feels there is no freedom at lunch. With it gone he makes sure he gets his education, although he is not as active in school. He is glad that thereʼs less of a chance to get in trouble. He likes not getting in trouble but misses hanging with all his friends in school.







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