by Emily Wacaser
Homesickness, social anxiety, fear of the dark, allergies to everything, and your nervous tics are all good excuses to avoid summer camps. But the truth is if you don't go, they simply don’t pay off for you in the end. Yeah, you may think you have plenty to do all summer long, sitting at home and hanging out with your friends; but in all honesty, is that how you want to spend a little over a hundred days of your life? I didn’t think so.
There are dozens of categories to choose from, not to mention hundreds of camps in each category. There's everything from adventure camps (taking you backpacking across Rome) to cabin camps (introducing you to nature and new friends), and educational camps (teaching you about literature or other fine arts.)
Out of all of your options there is bound to be one out there that will ultimately catch your attention.
If money is an issue there are also scholarship options to help you get your foot in the door. If the camp you want to go to doesn’t offer any, visit local organizations to gather sponsorships.
If you have a problem with homesickness or a fear of distance, all of the neighboring colleges hold summer camps for all fields of education you are interested in. You could spend all summer on the EIU campus if you so desired to.
Then there are the people you meet. People are there for all of the same reasons as you and working on the same interests. Like I said, excuses never pay off.
This Friday, April 13th, marks the annual Tiger Showdown here at PCHS. The senior girls will play the female faculty members in a game of volleyball, and the senior boys will play a game of basketball with the male faculty members. The Showdown starts at 6:30 p.m. and the admission price is $2. Come out and watch and have an entertaining night!
by Rachel Kenderdine
By the time the 2014-2015 school year rolls around, Paris Cooperative High School could possibly be located in a brand new school building.
As most now know, Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois, recently guaranteed the release of millions of dollars of funds for Illinois school construction projects. One of the schools on that list? Paris Cooperative High School.
“[The] State of Illinois is going to provide PCHS with a grant amount of $22.2 million dollars,” said Dave Meister, principal of PCHS. “We will be able to build and equip a modern facility when this money is combined with the proceeds from the sale of bonds the taxpayers approved in last spring’s referendum.”
This money, called the Illinois Capital Development Grant, will provide the building blocks for the cost of building a new school. Without it, the community would simply not have the means to construct a new building.
The materialization of the new high school will still take a lot of work, Mr. Meister adds, as the process of planning is still underway. The building of a school, it turns out, is quite the complicated process.
“The actual detailed planning for the facility has not commenced as of yet,” Mr. Meister said. “The design of the building is an expensive process and the Boards of Education did not want to commit resources to design until the state money was guaranteed. Detail design will take about 8 months. Then the construction management will have to create bids for materials and labor needs. The bids will then be published and construction companies and suppliers will get to bid to earn the contract to supply and build the building. The bid process will take about three months. Actual construction of the building will take between 18 to 24 months depending on availability of supplies, labor, and good weather conditions. We hope to be able to begin the 2014-2015 school year in the new building.”
Despite this laundry list of to-do’s that faces both the school and the community, Mr. Meister remains enthusiastic about the upcoming project, especially now that the funds are within close reach. “I am excited!” he said. “To be able to participate in the planning and help oversee the construction of a new facility is a daunting task, but it will be worth the effort as this facility will serve several generations of students in the future.”
by Kylee Henson
Saturday, February 11, 2012 the Paris Varsity Cheerleading Squad competed in Springfield, IL. We, the cheerleaders, competed against fifty-four different teams. We showed up and got to watch some of the teams and then went and got our team picture taken and prepared for this competition. We did the routine, our mounts, and our tumbling. Everything hit so we knew that it was going to be a good routine. We prepared behind the curtains while Tanner gave us an inspirational talk and then we waited for the announcers to call us out. We knew where our family and crowd were and once they called our team out our Pack just screamed. Waiting for the announcers to say we could get onto the mat was one of the most nerve racking things I have ever felt. We got onto the mat and we knew that we had one more shot to show the judges what we were made of. We overcame so much to get to this point and we knew that everything would fall into place once we started. We knew that this was the last time that the squad that we called family would ever be on a mat together again so we made the best of it. We started out the routine with our cheer and everything hit like it was supposed too. The music played and it was smooth sailing from there. You could tell we came there to place and we were not settling for less. Our squad wanted top ten and that’s what we got: 8th place out of 54 teams. We knew that we achieved what we wanted and couldn’t have been happier. The squad was ecstatic and I couldn’t be any more proud of them. Thanks for an amazing year. I won’t forget it!
by Linda Kerrick
Everybody goes job hunting at some point in their life, but for some it’s a very difficult task. If you know what you’re doing getting a job should be a bit of a simpler task for you. Some easy tips for you are: clothing, posture, language, neatness, and honesty. When it comes to getting a job your clothing speaks for you. If you go into an interview looking like you just woke up your chance of getting hired is very slim, though if you go in looking like you’re very well kept and you like to be neat and clean then they will know that you’re serious about how others view you. Also you shouldn’t go into an interview slouching, it shows that you are bored and you have no interest in what it is that you are doing. Your language is going to be a big part of your interview you should know how to properly speak and use adjectives to describe things so he or she can get a better idea of what it is you are talking about. Another thing is you should look neat; your hair should be washed and if you are a male you need to have any facial hair shaved neat and proper. Also, piercings are in now, so if you have any you should take them out for your interview to show that you can be respectful. Honesty is the key for an interview. You should always answer your questions honestly to show that you wouldn’t lie to your employer and that you can be open and honest with him or her.
by Maddie Johnson
Softball in the United States is usually a sport played by females. It’s a lot different than baseball which is most commonly played by males. Softball is played in many different ways. Slow pitch which is more commonly played by grown men and grown women and kids between the ages of 1st grade to about 4th grade. There is also fast pitch softball which is played mostly by teenagers from middle school to college. Some older adults will play fast pitch but it is most likely to be played by teenagers and young adults.
At Paris Cooperative High School we have two different softball teams. We have the Junior Varsity team and the Varsity team. A lot of high schools have a fresh-soph team as well but our school doesn’t have enough kids playing softball to have one of those teams.
This year the Paris softball team is looking to be better because we have several players that can play many different positions. Hopefully this year will be an even better season!
by Brayden Walls
When I arrived at the school the next few days I would go to all my classes just like every day before. By 8th hour I was always exhausted and I would usually be the last one to arrive in the class. Upon my arrival I would notice the funny girl sitting oddly AGAIN! She did this all day, every day…well at least in 8th hour. I had to find out who this girl was and why she sat in such odd ways.
They call her Emily Wacaser. She is young, happy, and enjoys long walks on the beach…but that does not explain as to why she enjoys sitting the way she does. Emily sits like that because, “It is comfortable and I feel relaxed,” as she said.I respond with “You're crazy!” and a giggle. Who knows why this crazy girl sits the ways she does, but she likes sitting like that. Therefore I will let her.
by Brayden Walls
Everyone likes a challenge, everyone likes games…so why not mix the two together and make a challenging game. Everyone can play this game, so let the game begin. It is called “Guess that pal!” invented by me, Brayden Walls…..with the help of some of the old school newspapers. In this game I will list characteristics of students and you will have to guess who they are. The answers to the game will be at the end of this article.
Mystery Person #1: This person is a female. She is a waitress at Monicals pizza. She has brown hair, not long, but not short. She is usually laughing. As far as sports go...she doesn’t play any! She is very funny. She is a senior. She only goes to school half a day and her car is the color of maroon…….
Mystery Person #2: This person is a male. He teaches English and he is very funny. He has brown hair, but sometimes he shaves it all off and is bald! He has two children and a wife, and he used to serve in the army.
First Person: Alex Stidham. Second Person: Mr. Nathan Ogle.
This game originally appeared in many past editions of Tiger Tales.
by Brayden Walls
Rumors have been spreading rapidly like jack rabbits around Paris High School. Students have been ranting and smiling about these new rumors. These rumors are indeed true statements. THE PACK IS BACK. For many years, the pack has been around. It is a great way to show school pride and to have fun while doing it. This year in the glorious club called the PACK, it has been very successful and just as much of a good time. The pack has not only been fun but it has been helping the teams that it is cheering on. This year’s volleyball team was amazing. Not to take credit, but I am in the PACK; the PACK was at every game and this is pretty much why the girls did so well. The volleyball team mentally and physically spiked their way to victory.
If I could describe the PACK in one word, I wouldn’t HA! Simply because the PACK cannot be described in one word! It is too brilliant and indescribable. Well I guess I just described it two words, but I could use so many more amazing and luxurious words! So when you’re sitting at home, doing nothing but eating Doritos while watching “Judge Judy”; get off your lazy gluteus maximus and come join the pack! It’s a heap of a good time, and it usually helps the team win.
An audition story
by Brayden Walls
I looked cautiously at my window as I took a deep breath. The CD began to play and as I switched my eyes from the window to my stereo I listened to the song. It was a “West Side Story” song; although I don’t usually listen to this kind of music, I had to because Saturday, November 12 were auditions for the musical.
This year Mr. Lynch is not messing around, he is talking these auditions seriously. He wants us to have a whole number to perform. This means we have to sing , dance, and still be a character while doing all of this. Although I am not worried about it because I have the voice Steven Tyler, I bet everyone is quite nervous about these upcoming auditions. There have been rumors that some people have been practicing for at least 4 months! I said ,“That’s crazy talk,” but I came to find out it’s the crazy truth! People have been taking voice lessons and practicing dance routines--they aren’t kidding when it comes to auditions this year. Many students are nervous; many students are just ready to show what they have been practicing for. Whatever the case is, I hope everyone does well at their audition…including me! Mr. Lynch doesn’t know what’s coming to him. Well I do, and he better be ready.