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Feeling creative? Join Art TOPS class!

Art is a wonderful way to express yourself, especially during rough times, happy days or just when you’re bored. Art is instructed by Mrs. Mandel in room 119. Imagination is more important than knowledge- Albert Einstein Maybe in school Knowledge is everything but over there in art class, it’s all imagination fueling everyone’s minds. So if you’re interested in using your imagination after school, Art TOPS with Mrs. Mandel is the way to go. Au revoir!

Got art???
Art is thing of culture, emotion, creativity, and fun! If you love art don’t let anything hold you back! Art comes from your heart and from your mind. Art is all around you, you may not notice but it’s everywhere! Art can be a smear of paint on a piece of paper. Art can be the grape juice you spilt on your white tank top. Art can be the

blood dripping down your knee when you fall. Art is anything you think is creative, new, or beautiful. Be creative, be beautiful, be art!

by: Carissa

Adrianna Garagiola Carissa Chose Christian Link Evelyn Nadarliyska Jasmine Carvelli Liz “Pikachu” Dick Lizzy Franke

Alexis, Staci, Naomi, Lauren All best friend in art club. Art club is painting cardboard and all went to Cowern Elementary. By Raquan Hill

Nick Becker Raquan Hill Samantha Webster Sammi Goodwin Winston Thao

The turkey named Winston
Once upon a time there was a turkey named Winston. He was very strange. One day he and his friend did a training exercise. They were each separated and put into two different rooms. They were both offered the same deal. If one of them chose to talk, and the other one chose to remain silent, the one who did not talk would be arrested for 10 years. If they both decided to talk both would be given a 5 year sentence, they would also be given a 5 year sentence if they both remained silent. It was a lose, lose situation. So what they did was they secretly met, and when the person came back they hid behind the door. Winston pulled a string that was connected to a magnet, that was holding the window open. When the window slammed shut the person looked out the window, but they were not there. At that same moment they ran out the door and trapped the person inside. THE END! Samantha

Left: The students in the ART CLUB listen to music while creating art. Below: Students Ashley Fettig and Sarah Roering, with their creations.

Have You Joined A TOPS Class Yet? The students in Art Club make art designs of their choice. Art Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Ms. Mandel’s room. Remember this is just one of the many options for TOPS classes. Keep your eyes peeled for any other TOPS classes coming up. TOPS classes are a great way to meet new friends and have new experiences. – Samantha Webster

New books at the library such as the bookes named Jungle Force, Payback time,Vietnam Shapshooter, A Stranger Shore, And much more!. Don’t they look like good books because they look like good books to me

A picture of Elizabeth “Pikachu” in the 8th grade hall way School is like a Kesha song Its weird Its totally outrageous But its definatly worth listening to Picture taken by: Jasmine Zientara Carvelli

Picture of the Gray wolf drawing located in Ms. Mandel's art room Our Eyes hold our deepest secrets But they also set them free Picture taken by: Jasmine Zientara Carvelli

The month of October is anti-Bullying Month, be a part of the thing that will change the lives of many by taking a stand up against bullying. One person can make a difference. But it’s your choice if that will be you. So what do you say will you take the stand against bullying?

By Lizzy Franke

Fall is here! Picture taken by: Jasmine Zientara Carvelli

The volleyball team finishes the season with great effort. The team fought their way through wins and losses. Great job to the volleyball team for a great season! - Samantha Webster

The Sea Shepherds: The Game of Battleship Whaling in the Southern Ocean

Whaling in the world’s oceans has been happening for, well, forever! Literarily, forever. The first human beings in the word sought food. They soon discovered the wonders of the ocean, and the abundance of creatures within the ocean. Not only were the mighty whales an excellent source of meat, but some whales also held oil. This oil was great for burning and also a lot of other things. As time moved on, and as the world progressed in technology, whaling was turned into a high end production. The many countries built whaling fleets made up of as many as 10 gigantic ships; some of the ships armed with harpoons the size of a car, others armed with military-like machines. As the whaling production grew bigger, and the oceans bloodier, the gallant whales grew scarcer. Some of the whales, such as the Right whale, were hunted so gruesomely, that there were fewer than 50 left by the time the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling in 1986. But even now that whaling is supposedly banned, countries and nations still hunt the whales in large quantities. This brings me to the story of the Sea Shepherd’s….

“This isn't a hunt that's going to kill just four or five whales. The repercussions of this will have an effect on tens of thousands of whales that will be killed by the Japanese.”--Paul Watson
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is a non-profit, marine conservation organization founded in 1977 by Paul Watson. Paul Watson has always been a animal rights activist, he even co-founded Greenpeace! But after disputes over action tactics, Paul Watson was asked to leave Greenpeace. Shortly after leaving, he founded the SSCS (The Sea Shepherds and Greenpeace often disagree on many things and are considered rivals). Ever since 1977, Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd followers have been fighting the oceans fishermen and hunters. The Sea Shepherds have had and have many operating boats including The Steve Irwin. The Steve Irwin was obtained in 2007, and was originally called the Robert Hunter. They also have the 1200 ton Bob Barker. The Barker was previously a whaling boat itself! Ironic right! They also had a stealth boat dubbed the Ady Gil, but the Gil was rammed and sunk by the Yushin Maru #2. After losing the Gil, they received another stealth boat named Gojira. Gojira was later renamed the Bridget Bardot. They also had a icebreaker ship named the Farley Mowat, but unfortunately, the Mowat was seized by the Canadian government (and refusing to pay the fines to release the boat, Paul now lets it lie abandoned in a ship yard). And new this year to the campaign, a boat named the Sam Simon joined the Sea Shepherds. This boat was a former German icebreaker and was donated by the founder of The Simpsons, Sam Simon. All of the boats are named after a famous animal activist or a great personnel!

“These guys are so gentle; it's like shooting a puppy dog. I don't see how there's any honor in that.”-Paul Watson
The first direct action undertaken by Sea Shepherds was against Canadian seal hunting in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in March 1979. Also in 1979, the group made headlines when they rammed a whaling vessel for the first time, but definitely not the last time. It was the whaling vessel Sierra (a former Japanese whaling ship) "I set out from Boston in the Steve Irwin with a crew of 19 volunteers. I hunted down, rammed, and disabled the pirate whaling ship Sierra. We fired up the engine and made for the Sierra, which was in the middle of the harbor. I hit her at full speed..." Watson says after sinking the Sierra. Such acts continued with Sea Shepherd claiming responsibility for damaging or sinking multiple whaling vessels through sabotage or ramming. The group has attempted to intervene against Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Makah, Faroese (They had a spin-off show called Whale Wars: Viking Shore about whaling the pilot whales in the Faeroe islands), and Japanese whalers in multiple campaigns around the

globe. Setting a pattern that the group would keep up in later years, the group managed to scuttle a Portuguese whaling vessel, though the first Sea Shepherd was impounded and lost (the Farley Mowat).

"I have never suffered under any delusion that saving the whales in the Antarctic sanctuary would be easy, but the one thing I am certain of is that I and my passionate crew of international volunteers will never quit defending life in the seas from poachers no matter what consequences we must endure to do so."--Paul Watson
But a loss of a vessel didn't stop the Sea Shepherds, not one bit. In the early years of the 2000's, The Sea Shepherds took aim at a new target; the Japanese whaling fleet. The Japanese whaling fleet is made up of 7 multi-ton ships. The factory ship named the Nissian Maru is "the mother ship" as called by the Sea Shepherds. This is the ship where the whale is processed into meat after being killed. The Yushin Maru #1, #2, and #3 are the spotter vessels. They are constantly on the lookout for whales. They

then radio the other ships the location of the whales. There are also three harpoon ships called the Shōnan Maru #1, #2, and #3. These are the ships equipped with the deadly harpoons. There are also security ships that often come with the fleet to the Southern ocean for unknown reasons ( butoften accumulated that these ships are used to "spy"). There is also a massive refueling ship, its deck the size of three football fields. All of these Japanese whaling ships have the word "research" printed in big, bold, white letters on the sides of the vessels. The Japanese hoped to fool other countries into thinking there were killing the whales for research. Obviously, that not the case, nowhere near. Together, these ships make one master of death, fooled by the word research. The start of the 2008 whaling season also started a new series on Animal Planet. The TV show Whale Wars aired for the first time in December 2008. This TV show documents the Sea Shepherds fight against whaling in the Southern Ocean against the Japanese Whalers.

"We have demonstrated that their "research" whaling is nothing more than a mask for commercial operations."--Paul Watson
Every year starting in December and ending in May, both the Japanese and The Sea Shepherds sail on down to the Southern Ocean to fight for their beliefs, and for the whale’s life. The Sea Shepherds, once they have located a ship, use their small boats to race up alongside the big whaler boat. They then throw butyric acid onto the ships, use prop foulers, and any other method they can dream up. This bloody battle between whales, Shepherds, and fisherman has been going on for decades, and until one side fumbles, it will continue.

“I can assure you no whales are going to be killed today.” --Paul Watson

Have you ever ridden in a jet? The most common commercial jet (Arguably) is the Boeing 747. Did you know that the 747 burns about five gallons of kerosene (Plane fuel) per nautical mile (about 6,076 feet, a mile is 5280). Lockheed Martin developed a commercial jet that is 50% more efficient than other jet liners. Using lightweight materials used in the USAF’s F-22 and F-35, Lockheed created a looped-wing design that increased lift-to-drag by 16% and upgraded to ultrahigh-bypass turbofan engines that are 40% wider than current engines, they are 7 times more powerful. These changes reduce noise levels by 35 decibels quieter (About a quiet talk) and shorten landing approaches by 50%.

By: Winston Thao

By Evelyn Nadarliyska

The tennis team practices hard. The tennis team had a great season. They wrapped up there season and had a great effort. –Samantha Webster

Animal of the Month Chicken By: Jasmine Zientara Carvelli Name: Friendly Birth: February 19th 2012 Age: 8 months Breed: Barred Rock/Plymouth Rock Weight: About 4--5 pounds Egg Color: Brown Prizes won: Blue ribbonWashington County Fair 4th place in Egg Production ClassWashington County Fair Best Friend: Chipper Likes: Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chocolate, root beer floats, pumpkins, her mother Dislikes: going on walks, getting dressed up, kids Owned by: Jasmine

The Barred Rock chicken is an easy chicken to raise, being friendly (Thus her name, she is always friendly and never pecks). The barred rock is also a dual-purpose chicken, good for egg production and good for the market. Barred Rocks originate from the U.S.. The Barred Rocks get their name from the barring of their feathers (the alternating colors).

Super Hero of the Month: Captain America
Steven Grant Rogers was born July 4, 1922, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, to poor Irish immigrants, Sarah and Joseph Rogers. Joseph Rogers died when Steve was only a child and his mother, Sarah, died of pneumonia while Steve was a teen. By early 1940, before America's entry into World War II, Rogers is a tall but scrawny fine arts student specializing in illustration, and a comic book writer and artist, a career he willingly set aside upon his transformation into Captain America. Rogers attempts to enlist in the U.S. Army, only to be rejected due to his physically frail body. His resolution however allows him to be noticed by U.S. Army General Chester Phillips and "Project: Rebirth." Rogers is used as a test subject for the Super-Soldier project, receiving a special serum made by "Dr. Josef Reinstein", later changed to a code name for the scientist Abraham Erskine. The serum is a success, and transforms the frail Steve Rogers into a perfect specimen—a nearly perfect human being with peak strength, agility, stamina, and intelligence. The success of the program leaves Erskine wondering about replicating the experiment on other human beings. Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Erskine refused to write down every crucial element Rogers. Courtesy of of the treatment, leaving behind a flawed, imperfect knowledge of the needed steps. Thus, when the Nazi spy Heinz Kruger killed him, Erskine's method of creating new Super-Soldiers died as well. Captain America, in his first act after his transformation, avenges Erskine. Unable to create new Super-Soldiers, and willing to hide the Project Rebirth fiasco, the U.S.A. Government casts the now-powerful Rogers as a patriotic superhero, able to counter the menace of the Red Skull as a counter-intelligence agent. As such, he's supplied with a patriotic uniform (designed by Rogers himself)) a bulletproof shield, a personal side arm, and the codename Captain America, while Steve Rogers himself poses as a clumsy infantry private at Camp Lehigh in Virginia. He forms a friendship with the camp's teenage mascot, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes. Eventually Barnes learns of Rogers' dual identity and offers to keep the secret if he can become Captain America's sidekick, being trained himself to act as the perfect partner. During their adventures, Franklin D. Roosevelt presents Captain America with a new shield, forged from an alloy of steel and vibranium. Throughout World War II, Captain America and Bucky fight the Nazi menace both on their own and as members of the superhero team the Invaders. Captain America also battles a number of criminal menaces on American soil, including a wide variety of costumed villains: the Wax Man, the Hangman, Fang, the Black Talon, and the White Death, The Red Skull, among others. In late April 1945, during the closing days of World War II, Captain America and Bucky try to stop the villainous Baron Zemo from destroying an experimental drone plane. Zemo launches the plane with an armed explosive on it, Rogers and Barnes in hot pursuit. The pair reaches the plane just before takeoff. When Bucky tries to defuse the bomb, it explodes in mid-air. The young man is believed killed. Rogers is hurled into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Neither is found, and both are presumed dead. It is later revealed that neither character actually died. Now, years later in the modern time, the Russian Oil team has discovered something in the frozen ice. They first notice the stunning shield. Then beside it lies its faithful owner, Captain America. For 70 long and perilous years, Captain America has lain frozen in the ice. Now, very much alive, he trains to do exactly what he was made for: to protect the Earth. He now fights alongside Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye in the super hero Captain America and his team. grouped known as The Avengers. Courtesy of Wikipedia Captain America is portrayed by Chris Evans in the One of Cap's Arch enemies, The Red Skull! Courtesy of Wikipedia movie Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers.

One of mr. knapp turtles the painted turtle siting on the rock

Nick Becker