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Purple bracelets change attitudes

February 16, 2011
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By: Tatyana Pekarsky In her sociology class, social studies teacher Sarah Reynolds passes out rubber purple bracelets. She explains to her students these bracelets are used to keep track of how often one complains, whines or uses sarcasm. The experiment has begun. Reynolds has been having her student part...

District choir recieves encore

February 16, 2011
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By: Aggie Rieger The audience of the main auditorium was not completely filled for the Junior/Senior District Choir Festival, but the risers sure were. For the second half of the concert, every member of every a Capella choir in the district stood on seven rows of risers to sing together. Before, all members of the Chamber choirs sang. “[The fes...

Single on Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2011
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By: Schyler Tate Every year, the 2nd month of the year, and the 14th day of that month there is a Holiday called Valentine’s Day. On this day couples all over celebrate their love over dinner, chocolates, flowers, and balloons; making the number of this day 2. (Unless of course you’re a Bigamist the...

Journalism students fundraise for California

February 9, 2011
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By: Chelsie Yokum It’s seven in the morning, and the halls are becoming crowded with students getting ready for class, running up and down the stairs to their lockers and in and out of the cafeteria for breakfast. This week, there’s a new addition to the chaos: the journalism department is selling Kr...

Winterguard starts off season

February 8, 2011
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By: Jessica Nichols NorthmenNews: How many girls are on the team this year and who are they? Mackenzi Verhulst: There are 11 girls  on the team this year:  Myself, Kira McKiddy, Shelby Brazelton, Ramsie Verhulst, Amanda Byrum, Taren Leeds, Shelby Walker, Brittany Burge, Katelyn MidKiff, Madi Martin,...

Freshman takes on role of first Pommie manager

February 8, 2011
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By: Chelsie Yokum Twice a week at 6:00 in the morning, the dance team can be found hard at work in the small gym, preparing for upcoming performances and competitions. The girls are motivated by their desire to look good on the dance floor and do well at regional and state competitions. But for fres...

The stress of tests

January 26, 2011
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By: Aggie Rieger Headaches, nausea, mood swings, irritability and more. The list sounds like symptoms of a severe virus. That virus could be your upcoming science test or history quiz. These are all symptoms of stress, commonly from tests and other classroom curriculum. It is test stress, and it sweep...

Girls issue Sadie invites

January 19, 2011
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By: Chelsie Yokum Second semester has arrived, and along with it excitement about Courtwarming and Sadie Hawkins. Sadie Hawkins was a character from the Li’l Abner comic strip created by Al Capp in 1934. Sadie was “the homeliest gal in the hills,” and her father created “Sadie Hawkins Day,” ...

A different vision of Haiti

January 19, 2011
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By: Thomas Baack It’s been almost a year since Haiti suffered the earthquake that has put the country in great need of medical, financial, and for others, spiritual support. When news went out that Haiti was in need of help, several organizations such as The Red Cross and other smaller organizations...

What’s your favorite thing to do on a snow day?

January 6, 2011
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By: Kyle Quatrochi Freshman Bailey Wilkerson: I like to go sledding or make forts to have a snowball fight. Freshman Nicolette Swofford: My favorite thing to do on snow days is go snowboarding and drink hot chocolate with a bunch of friends. Freshman Samantha Mann: Watch movies with my family. And stay warm. Freshman Jake B...

Messiah Q & A

January 6, 2011
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By: Thomas Baack Every other year, Oak Park’s A cappella choir and orchestra performs the master work, Handel’s Messiah, which is considered by many directors and performers to be incredibly tough. But one student, Senior Sterling Robbins, played in the orchestra and performed the solo, “The Peopl...

Q&A with Jacob Sullivan: Musical and Basketball

October 25, 2010
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By: Derek Byrne Junior Jacob Sullivan, who is a returning basketball letterman and plays Link Larkin in the upcoming production of ‘Hairspray,’ faced a schedule conflict between basketball conditioning and musical rehearsal. Sullivan explained his method to handling the dilemma and making both activiti...

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