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Green Horn

April 26, 2010 Volume 30, Edition 7

The Award-Winning Student Publication of Springfield High School

Springfield Theater Will Be Back


3 Screens, Stadium Seating, Digital Projection
By Maria Stern

G
oing to the movies is a typical activity enjoyed
by teens. However, Springfield lost its theater
in a fire on July 8, 2008. This fire was the result
of an act of arson started in the apartments located in the
upper levels of the Ellis Block. In the past two years,
Springfield High School teens have filled this theater
void by traveling to theaters in Claremont, Bellows
Falls, and Lebanon. Recently, their hopes for theater
reconstruction have been renewed.
Currently, a request has been sent out seeking
a company to operate the theater. The building will be
owned by the Springfield Housing Authority and leased
to the company. A popular slogan after the fire was: “We
will rebuild.” But reconstruction has been put off for
almost two years.
“Part of the reason is we know how to do
housing,” said Bill Morlock of the Springfield Housing
Authority. “We didn’t know how to do the theater.”
However, the Springfield Housing Authority worked
with consultants in the theater industry to get to where
they are today.
“Springfield on the Move [a non-profit
organization that is trying to revitalize Springfield’s
downtown] just submitted a USDA grant application

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The theater in ruins. Although the area has been cleared since the fire that
ravaged the Ellis Block in 2008, reconstruction was halted as research was
What’s Inside: conducted on rebuilding the theater. A movie complex will rise out of the ashes
Apple Blossom of the old theater in early 2011.
blooms for 54th
time,

F
p. 4 iddler John Specker
performed for SHS
Imma Be students April 2nd
reviewing The with his daughter Ida Mae
E.N.D., Specker. The impromptu
p. 14 concert was arranged by
Specker's wife, Susan Leader,
a potter instructing the CATS
Track team back program. The father-
in Division III daughter duo performed
competition, songs such as "Alligator
p.17 Man" and "Buffalo Girl."
Green Horn Interview
By Ashley Richardson

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Amanda Aberle
Talks About
Student Council
and Her Plans for
the Future

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his year, Springfield High School student What new things have the student council brought get new people on the student council. In order to get on
council advisors Kevin Coen and Liz Goddard, to SHS this year? the student council, you have to turn in an essay of what
along with the student council members, have This year, we’re trying to do more school-wide activi- you would contribute to the council and the school. Your
planned many new and creative ways to raise school ties. We’re trying to get all students, regardless of age, peers will then vote on who they think would be best
spirit. Some of these activities include Winter Carnival, interested in our school. In order to accomplish this, suited to run our school. But if you really want to be a
sports recognition, dances, and the newest addition to we’ve planned activities for the students such as the member, and are willing to work hard, there’s always
SHS, the award for a Student of the Month each month. Winter Carnival, bringing Howard Dean into SHS as room for new members on the student council, whether
The Student of the Month is nominated and voted on by a visiting speaker, and recognizing students for their you were voted in or not.
faculty at the high school. achievements. We want the school to be more united
Senior student council president Amanda and have pride. Why do you enjoy being on student council?
Aberle has been crucial in planning and organizing these I enjoy being on the student council, and being president,
events. Her idea about an award (half-day of school for What has been the most successful activity? because I can actually see firsthand how this group of
SHS with fun activities in the afternoon) for students if The most successful activity that we’ve planned this year dedicated students positively affects our school and
they raised a certain number of cans for the Food Drive is our sports recognition. After each sports season, we our community.
on behalf of the Springfield Family Center encour- recognize students that participated in the sports during
aged SHS students to raise over 1500 food items. She that season. We also recognize drama, and any students What are your plans after high school?
continues encouraging students throughout the school, that have participated in extracurricular activities during I am planning on going on to college after high school
both with academic honors and by recognizing student that specific season. Kids want to be noticed for their to become a nurse. I like to help people and I feel that I
athletes around SHS. Aberle’s goal as president of the efforts outside of school, and we notice them. would be of good use to society. After I leave, I hope that
student council has been to bring the school together, student council activities will become more successful,
What are your duties as student council president?
unite the students, and encourage pride in the green and and that everyone will truly see our school become more
white. The Green Horn recently sat down with Aberle My duties as president of the student council are helping united and proud.
and discussed her contributions to the school. set everyone’s ideas into motion. Everyone on the coun-
cil has ideas, and Do you feel that student council has prepared you
I help them con- for college?
GREEN HORN STAFF tinue with those I feel like student council has really prepared me for
ideas. I do a lot college. Between planning for all these activities, and
A shley Richardson..................... Co-Editor of the planning doing school and sports, I’ve really learned how to man-
of activities and age my time better. It’s been a lot of hard work, and I’m
O livia Johnson........................... Co-Editor
bringing every- sure college won’t be any easier.
J enny Bradley.......................... Co-Editor one together.
How have Mr. Coen and Ms. Goddard changed
S amuel L. Benton.................... Layout Editor How many student council?
K elsey Christensen.................... Layout Editor people are on Mrs. [Susan] Fog was the student council advisor before
student council, them, and she did an amazing job, and got this program
L aurel Porter............................. Photography Editor and how do you started. But Mr. Coen and Ms. Goddard are fresh and
C ourtney Downing.................... Sports Editor get on student new to this school, and they have a lot of energy. They
council? both came from very active high schools, and they are
Melissa Tarbell............................ Tech News Editor helping Springfield do the same. They believe that if you
There are about
----------------REPORTERS--------------- ten active people enjoy more, you will do better, and be more engaged
Erika Anderson, Ryan Brady, John Forbes, Sarah Gray, on student coun- and active.
Sam Hensel-Hunter, Holly Hooke, Angelo Jardina, Jill Rushton, cil right now. In

See Interview page 22


Maria Stern, and Olivia Thayer the fall we will
have elections to

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News

Aspiring ballerina Essie Carmichael (Emily Mobus) dances to her husband Ed's
(Sam Hensel-Hunter) xylophone. From top right: Russian dance teacher Boris
Kolenkhov (Ethan Paton); The Kirbys (Lindsay Turgeon and Frank Gould); The
fireworks manufacturers Paul Sycamore (Ryan Gottschalk) and Ms. Depinna
(Laurel Porter) are arrested; Alice (Eliza Pennell) and Tony (Jon Esden) share a
tender moment; Grandpa Sycamore (Matt Domina) says grace.

You Can't Take it With You


But You Can Have Fun
By Holly Hooke

R
emember Romeo and Juliet from way back? Jess Watkins and Ethan Paton--who performed in their
Looking for something along the same lines? final drama production at SHS.
Something funnier, without the tragedy? If “It hasn’t really set in that it was my last
these were your concerns, “You Can’t Take it With You," play with the SHS drama club,” said Pennell. “It was
performed by the Springfield High School Drama Club, a really great way to end my role with the club.”
would have been a perfect fit for you. “I’m going to miss drama,” added Mobus.
From March 19th-March 21st, the Spring- “I haven’t thought about it being my last production.”
field High School Auditorium rang with laughter at The play, written by George S. Kaufman and
this comic production. “I laughed left and right,” said Moss Hart, is a zany tale of one conservative family and
SHS senior Erin Graham, who saw the play during its one crazy family who clash when a romance develops
weekend run. “Everything seemed professional and between two of their children. Everything happens
well-rehearsed. You could tell they were confident and under Grandpa Vanderholf’s (Matt Domina) eccentric
having a good time.” and quirky views. For the Vanderholf family, plays, bal-
The tryouts for the play occurred in January, let dancing, and even snakes are common occurrences,
leaving a seven-week rehearsal period leading up to the providing lively, comic scenes onstage. “How Mrs.
performance of “You Can’t Take It With You.” Skyrpeck cast the play is what really made it work,”
“We practiced a lot for this production,” said said Turgeon, who played Mrs. Kirby, the conservative
SHS senior John Esden, who played Tony, a romantic family’s mother. “Everyone’s character fit them. The
lead. “We became close like a family or sports team.” outcome was hilarious.”
The quirky and comical production cast 15 Alice (Pennell), granddaughter of the Van-
SHS students in all. Lending their past experience and derholfs, sought love and normalcy. Alice meets Tony
talent to round out the show were six seniors--Emily
Mobus, Lindsey Turgeon, Eliza Pennell, Jon Esden, See Drama page 23

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News
Are You Accredited?
NEASC Visits and Evaluates
By Olivia Thayer

T
he visiting team from the New England Associa- Thibault says that a high point of the NEASC
tion of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) caused visit was their opinion of the arts department at SHS.
a commotion in the halls of Springfield High “The arts were a huge success,” he said. “They also
School and within the entire Springfield community. were impressed with the Green Horn publication and
The NEASC committee graced Springfield with their the Green Horn Live broadcast which they thought was
presence from Sunday, March 21st, to Wednesday, very unique and special.”
March 24th, to evaluate SHS and determine if the school “I think the NEASC visit was a good pro-
should be re-accredited. This process allows the school cess,” said SHS sophomore Tom Kendall, who was
staff to evaluate the excellence of its teaching. The 14 shadowed by a NEASC visiting committee member. “It
members of the visiting team, who came from Vermont, made everyone step up their game and it made teachers
New Hampshire, and Maine, conducted various inter- realize how well they could teach.”
views and observations throughout their four-day visit to During their three-day visit, NEASC com-
Springfield. Their activities included reading self-study mittee members were scheduled to shadow 18 students
reports from faculty members, listening to presentations through various parts of their school day. Sophomore
from members of the school community, interviewing Tom Kendall was followed by a committee member
SHS teachers and administrators, interviewing and during third, fourth, and fifth period. “It [being shad-
Sophomore Tom Kendall believes the shadowing SHS students, touring the buildings, and owed] went well,” he said. “She sat in on my classes
meeting with SHS faculty to express their initial reflec- and asked me how the school was, and about how my
NEASC visit could help teachers realize tions on the school. teachers were and how they taught.”
how well they instruct. Science teacher “Overall I think the visit went well,” said “I feel like it went well,” said senior Amanda
Bindy Hathorn enjoyed being inter- SHS Co-Principal Bob Thibault. “The folks that visited Aberle, also a student who was shadowed. “The teach-
viewed when she could talk about her were happy with the amount of honesty here. Our school ers planned it well. Plus there were no big fights or
didn’t try to hide anything and we showed them who
students' work. we really were.” See NEASC page 22

Apple
Blossom Will
Be Summer
Daze
By Jill Rushton

W
ith college anticipation, many high school
seniors focus their Sundays on working,
visiting colleges, or checking out photos
from last night's party on Facebook. But for 40 students
from Springfield, Burr and Burton, and Green Moun-
tain Union High School, their Sunday routine includes
dancing and singing in a gym for two hours to songs of
the summer in preparation for the 54th Apple Blossom
Cotillion to be performed on May 1st.
At the beginning of November, high school
senior girls in communities served by Springfield Medi- Meredith Ward, Johannah Boucher, Amanda Aberle, Taylor Thomas, and
cal Care Systems were invited to participate in the 54th Kayla Perham twirl their parasols and anticipate the 54th
See Blossom page 20 Apple Blossom Cotillion.

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News
Good Day,
Good Art
Students
Visit Clark
By Erika Anderson

S
aint Patrick’s Day was beautiful. The sun was
shining, the birds chirping, and some stomachs
were heard grumbling audibly. So a trip was
made in search of some pizza. SHS junior Mariama
Roldan and a group of friends were hungry, but hadno
luck finding the pizza. So they followed a group of
Springfield High School guys to Hot Tomatoes. It was
a hike, and they hurried back to join in on the last tour
of the day before packing up for Springfield.
“Thirty-six students went on the trip [to the
Clark Museum],” said SHS social studies teacher Sue Mike Hakey shows gold medal form welding in the RVTC Industrial Trades class.
Fog. “It was wonderful. Perfect weather, complacent

SkillsUSA Competition
docents, great Impressionists, good food, great com-
pany.” The trip was presented free of charge to the
students, and many brought home a rewarding experi-
ence.
“It was a really fun experience and it was

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Hakey, Chevalier Get the Gold
By Sarah Gray

T
eachers and students from the River Valley Tech- This achievement has changed Hakey’s fu-
nical Center were pleasantly surprised to return ture plans. He was originally planning to go to school
home with seven medals after attending the 2010 for heating ventilation and air conditioning. However,
Vermont SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Banquet. The now he is planning to attend Manchester Community
banquet was held at the Sheraton Conference Center in College for welding with a possible focus on pipe weld-
Burlington, Vermont, in mid-March. ing.
Twelve students received recognition for “I’m extremely proud of Mike,” RVTC In-
their team or individual efforts that contributed to two dustrial Trades teacher Rich Fuller said. “He went up
gold medals in Welding and Automated Manufacturing, there with the intention of doing well so he prepared and
two silver medals in Precision Machining and CNC worked really hard. It reassures me that I’m preparing
Milling, and three bronze medals in Quiz Bowl, Preci- my students well.”
sion Machining, and Computer Maintenance. Gold and bronze medalist and Springfield
Industrial Trades student Mike Hakey, who High School junior and Engineering student Ben
is a senior at Fall Mountain High School, took home the Chevalier participated on the winning Automated
gold for welding in Vermont. This is the first time since Manufacturing team and the Quiz Bowl team. Similar
2005 that a RVTC student has won gold for welding. to Hakey’s competition, the Automated Manufacturing
Hakey thought the day of competition was both tense team, which consisted of Chevalier, junior John Wyatt,
and exciting. and Fall Mountain Regional High School student Tyler
“I was kind of nervous. But at the same time, Harding, was given an incomplete blueprint. From this
I prepared quite a bit to do it,” Hakey said. “It was a lot blueprint, the team was required to design and manufac-
of fun.” ture two mating parts using specific computer software
During competition, Hakey was required such as Solid Works, Master Cam, and CNC BASE.
to take a written test and then was challenged to show From this point, a member from the team was required
his skill with three blueprints. Hakey had to decipher to put the codes and measurements of the design into
Marky Hall and Andrew Nickerson
these blueprints and then create a figure using various a Computer Numerical Control machine, which would
make Pysanky Ukrainian Eggs in their welding processes. then machine the pieces.
Precision Valley Program classroom. “I thought I would do well but I wasn’t
expecting to win,” Hakey said. “I just did my best.” See SkillsUSA page 23

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Feature
Gettysburg in February
Refreshing Old Facts, Learning New Points
By Sarah Gray

T
he young interns of the Springfield Art and
Historical Society had the chance to witness
American history firsthand when they visited
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in mid-February. This little
town had a great impact on the Civil War since it was
the location of the Battle of Gettysburg fought from
July 1-3, 1863. The overall battle resulted in the Union
defeating the Confederates. It is considered to be the
turning point in the American Civil War.
The intern trip took place from February
18th-February 20th when interns, Springfield High
School 9th graders Jenn Stein and Courtney Page,
and 8th grader Abby Garaffa, accompanied by intern
coordinators John Swanson, Teresa Janiszyn, Emily
Stringham, and a few of their friends and family, visited
historic sites in Gettysburg. These sites included the
Gettysburg Visitors Center and Museum, the Shriver
House Museum, Devil’s Den, and other battlefields of
Gettysburg.
During the time of the Civil War, the Shriver
House was home to George and Hettie Shriver and their
family. Today, the house has been transformed into
a museum dedicated to the civilian experience of the
people living in Gettysburg at the time of the Civil War.
Intern Courtney Page found visiting the Shriver House
to be one of the most memorable aspects of the trip.
Springfield Art and Historical Society interns, along with chaperones, form a
“The tour of the Shriver house was really skirmish line in mid-February as they flank a Gettysburg Battlefield monument.
good,” Page said. “I also enjoyed eating at the Dobbin Besides visiting the Devil's Den, interns and chaperones toured the Gettysburg
House Tavern. It was yummy.” Visitors Center and Museum and the Shriver House Museum.
Interns Jenn Stein and Courtney Page had
both previously visited Gettysburg, as a class trip during
their 8th grade school year. Both enjoyed the chance to families. “My least favorite aspects of the trip were
return to Gettysburg to renew old facts and learn new “Being able to give a tour of the battlefields cold weather while touring the battlefield and not hav-
points of American history. “I went there [Gettysburg] was one of my favorite parts of the trip,” Swanson ing enough time to do and see everything,” Stringham
last year and it was nice to go again and have everything said. added.
refreshed,” Page said. Intern coordinators Emily Stringham and This trip was put together by the intern co-
Stein was able to learn new facts about the Teresa Janiszyn, accompanied by Corey Santagate ordinators not only to give the interns a chance to learn
history of Gettysburg on her recent visit. She discovered (contributor to the Springfield Art and Historical Society about America’s history, but to give them a chance to
a statue of a small dog placed behind a monument in and the intern program), Stringham’s father Ken, and see of what a reenactment group was like in hopes of
Gettysburg that recalled a dog caught in the Gettysburg John Janiszyn, Teresa’s husband, visited the Gibson being able to create their own reenactment group.
battle. The people of Gettysburg believed this dog de- Photography Studio in Gettysburg. There they were “We are hoping to potentially form a sanitary
served a place of honor. Stein also learned that soldiers, able to dress in period clothing and have an authentic commission,” Swanson said. This would involve the
during the time of the Civil War, were not allowed to 18th century picture taken of them. reenactment of a civilian group that was around during
run away from a battle in order to show pride in their Visiting the photography studio was Emily the Civil War to help with the sanitation of soldiers.
country. Stringham’s favorite experience during the trip. Al- “We are thinking about getting a reenact-
This trip was intern Abby Garaffa’s first though this was enjoyable for Teresa Janiszyn too, she ment group together,” Stringham said. “It’s also cool
time visiting Gettysburg. Garaffa believes that the trip claims that her favorite aspect of the trip was “spending to be able to see where the Vermont troops fought in
was fun and educational. “My favorite part was simply time with the interns.” Gettysburg and for the interns to see a place that was
just walking around Gettysburg,” Garaffa said. “I also The group as a whole ran into few problems involved in the Civil War.”
learned what a historical lifestyle was really like, and while visiting Gettysburg. One small issue was that Currently, the reenactment group is still in
that people died in the most awkward places.” when they went out to dinner on the second night of its early planning stages.
Riverside Middle School social studies their trip, their food arrived late and one of their orders Overall, the Gettysburg trip seemed success-
teacher and Head Intern Coordinator John Swanson was lost. Other than the late dinner, the interns’ only ful for interns, intern coordinators, friends, and families.
has traveled to Gettysburg in the past and knew much complaints involved leaving Gettysburg. “A big part of the internship is getting the interns excited
about the town’s history. This gave Swanson a chance “My least favorite part was having to leave about history and by taking the trip it was a good way
to lead a tour through the battlefields of Gettysburg for because we had a lot of fun,” Stein said. “Leaving and to connect something that was fun and educational,”
the interns, intern coordinators, and their friends and going to bed were my least favorite things.” Janiszyn concluded.

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McLaughlin
Is New
Assistant
Principal
By Kelsey Christensen

A
fter an application, an interview, and a site
visit, Zachary McLaughlin, one of eight can-
didates for the position, was selected to be the
Springfield High School Assistant Principal for next
fall. Current co-principal Bob Thibault will fill the
position of principal.
The SHS community was provided with a
type of snapshot of McLaughlin on March 10th when he

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visited the high school. “My [impression of the] input
from people was that both candidates [McLaughlin and
he STAR team poses with their information board. From left, co-leader
Kevin Freitas] were liked and respected,” said Thibault Janice Izzo, Hali Bailey, Saiana Pianka, Kayla Tyler, Gordon Eglintine, and
about the visit. co-leader Kim Farrar. Photos of shelter animals who need a home appear
McLaughlin received his Master’s degree on the board. The 8 members of this SHS club, which meets every other
from Washington University and Certificate of Ad-
vanced Graduate Studies from Bridgewater State Col-
Thursday, have raised over $1000 for local animal shelters and have donated
lege in Connecticut. He has served in the Peace Corps, food to the family center. STAR is raffling off three items—a quilt, a decorated
and has previously been a history teacher in schools end table, and a basket of goodies—to benefit the animal shelters. Tickets are $1
such as Sandwich High School in Sandwich, Massa- each or $5 for 6 tickets. The drawing will be held May 13th.
chusetts. He currently works at the Hillsboro-Deering
High School in Hilsboro, New Hampshire.

SHS Students Participate in


SHS science teacher and selection committee
member Amanda Frank views this diverse background
as a positive attribute to McLaughlin. “He has a back-
ground that gives him a unique perspective on educa-

UVM Math Contest


tion,” she said.
Thibault agrees with Frank. In fact, Thibault
feels that McLaughlin’s experience with poverty will
serve SHS particularly well.
As well as visiting the school, McLaughlin
has immersed himself in SHS culture. He’s been pres- By Melissa Tarbell
ent at a Springfield School District Board meeting, he

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attended the SHS Arts Festival, and has familiarized n early March, Springfield High School math teach- given on Saturday, March 28, 1958. Over 600 students in
himself with the student newspaper, the Green Horn. ers once again offered students the chance to take 71 Vermont high schools participated in the contest.
SHS music teacher and committee member the annual UVM High School Prize Examination in Since that day in 1958 the test has been
Jim Chleback feels that this participation in activities mathematics. This exam, presented by the University given every year. “Due to the consolidation of several
and McLaughlin's energy earned him the position. “I of Vermont, gives high school students across Vermont school districts,” said Kost, “the number of participating
think he impressed the panel with his enthusiasm and the chance to test their math skills for prize money and schools has not changed significantly. But the number
research-based approach to his job search,” Chleback recognition. of contestants has grown steadily.” The average number
said. The exam, created by a committee of UVM of high school students now taking this test each year is
“He [McLaughlin] definitely went through a faculty, is in its 53rd year. Larry Kost, a lecturer in the around 2000.
lot of prep to get to know us,” Frank added. Frank feels Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UVM and SHS math teacher and coordinator for the
that if McLaughlin carries this energy and preliminary a member of this committee said in a recent statement, test at the high school, Barb Estey remembers that the
research through to his job, he will move SHS in a posi- “As far as we can tell, our contest is the longest running test was around when she attended SHS. In fact, this is
tive direction. such contest in the country and probably in all of North the 53rd year that the test has been offered in Spring-
“He had participated in school activities,” America.” field, since the school has participated every year since
said SHS Librarian and selection committee member This contest came about in 1956 when N. 1958.
Juliet Loutrel. “He’d researched aspects of school and James Schoonmaker assumed the duties of chairman of “The contest was started and continues as
seemed ready to take on the position with positive the Mathematics Department at UVM. After 18 months our way to encourage the study of mathematics at the
enthusiasm.” of gathering approval and financial support for the con-
test, the first UVM High School Prize Examination was See Math page 20

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Features
Abstinence Education: A Solution?
By Laurel Porter

A
recent article appearing in the New York Times
revealed the startling results of a new study of
sex education classes. The study, which focused
on African-American middle school students in urban
areas, found that abstinence-only education was nearly
20% more effective than safe-sex education in delay-
ing sexual activity. The abstinence education program
used in the study did not focus on moral reasons not
to have sex, but rather showed the consequences of
sexual activity.
However, Springfield High School health
teacher Ruth Haskell disagrees with these results. “I
don’t think that’s true,” said Haskell. “I get my infor-
mation from the [Center for Disease Control] CDC and
from the Sexuality Information Education Council of the
United States, or SIECUS, and they advise the World
Health Organization. These sources say that abstinence-
only education is not as effective as comprehensive sex
education.”
Students, like senior Silas Farrar, tend to
agree.
“I don’t think that an abstinence-only ap-
proach works,” said Farrar. “You can teach abstinence
at an earlier age to prevent teens from having sex. But
at the older, high school level, you have to have a more
rounded approach. You can say, ‘Don’t have sex, but if
you do, this is what you need to do to be safe.’”
“In some ways, abstinence education might Clockwise from top left: senior Silas Farrar thinks abstinence training doesn't
help, but it depends,” said senior Dan Murray. “You work for high school students; senior Chelsea King believes that sex education
have the students who don’t really care, and they do
will not prevent teens from having sex; junior Cody Filkins thinks it's more
their own thing. They think ‘I don’t need to listen to a
teacher. If I want to have sex, I’m going to have sex.’ important to prevent STDs than sexual behavior; senior Bennett Chevalier
You also have students who think, ‘Abstinence? Sure, believes it is important to stress abstinence when students are young.
why not go with it? It might be a good thing for me.’”
“I think most people are just going to do
what they want whether you teach abstinence or not,” “I think the health class we have here at the “I don’t think abstinence education is effec-
said junior Michael Pianka. high school is a good program. I think [Mrs. Haskell] tive,” said junior Cody Filkins. “You have to let people
Senior Chelsea King agrees. does well with showing you the different types of STDs. do what they want with their lives. It’s more important
“Whether or not you’re going to teach kids We go more in depth.” to keep kids from getting STDs than to keep them from
about abstinence, or other birth control methods, it still Chevalier believes that it is important to having sex. Sex is human nature. It’s going to happen
won’t prevent them from having sex,” said King. “No stress abstinence rather than safe sex practices when sooner or later.”
matter how much we try not to expose kids to the idea students are young. Showing the consequences of sexual activi-
of sex, they’re going to find out about it, and they might “I think that the way we teach sex ed now ties is one of the primary aspects of abstinence educa-
end up doing it anyway.” is good, but I think that during the younger years, it’s tion.
“I think it can go both ways,” said sophomore important to stress abstinence,” said Chevalier. “I think “I wish that students would not have sex,”
Lauren Fountain. “It depends on what you’re teaching that’s important for our society. We have an increasing said Haskell. “That’s my first and primary goal, that
and how you’re teaching people.” teen pregnancy rate, and an increasing dropout rate they not have sex and that they are abstinent. But it’s
At Springfield High School, sex education because of it. If you preach abstinence when kids are equally important to give them information. If I just
is covered sophomore year in a required health class. young, when they get to high school, you don’t have to teach abstinence, it’s not going to be as effective as if I
“We have an Abstinence Plus program,” said preach it as much.” also teach safety.”
Haskell. "This means that though we do preach and teach “If the school tries to get people to be absti- “I think that just condemning having sex,
abstinence, we add on birth control and contraception nent, it might be effective,” said Murray. “It might not. saying it’s wrong, is less effective than actually explain-
so students can be safe.” It depends on the person.” ing the consequences,” said Murray. “You have to give
Senior Bennett Chevalier, reflecting on the Some students are indifferent concerning people a major reason to be abstinent. They aren’t just
sex education he has received in the Springfield school student sexual activity. going to not have sex because you tell them not to.”
district, believes that the health courses are effective. “I don’t think it matters,” said King. “It’s “It’s probably more effective to teach the
“I remember, in fourth grade, we got the their choice, and if they decide to have sex, you just consequences of sexual activities,” agreed Farrar. “If
general overview of the boy/girl genitalia and anatomy. have to hope and pray that they’re going to have safe we just say it’s wrong, no one will care.”
They gave us deodorant,” said Chevalier. “In fifth grade, sex.” “I think that [showing the consequences of
we got more in-depth with sex ed. Through middle “I think most people are just going to do sexual activity] might help, but some kids just won’t
what they want whether you teach abstinence or not,”
See Abstinence page 23
school, we talked about sex in our health class. I think
we do a pretty good job at this school. said Pianka.

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Features
Marijuana Legalization
For Better or For Worse?
By Jill Rushton

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ith more states legalizing marijuana, many ful effects on the body. Its long-term effects may include
individuals debate whether it would be safer the loss of brain cells, lung cancer, slow confused think-
to continue to ban the controversal drug, or ing, memory loss, and blood vessel blockage. Studies
allow use freely for medical purposes. Although Ver- show that a marijuana cigarette contains 50%-100%
mont law states that no person can possess more than two more tar than tobacco. Driving while intoxicated on
ounces of marijuana for health use, many Vermonters marijuana involves the same risks as consuming alcohol
have spoken at the Montpelier State House hoping to while driving. Studies show that children, ages 12-17, if
alter the regulation, causing more debate about changing they use marijuana previously, are 85 times more likely
the cut-off mark for legal possession of marijuana. to use cocaine than any other age-group.
The strongest argument for legalizing mari- “My biggest concern [on legalizing mari-
juana involves its use for medical purposes. Marijuana juana] would be the behavior,” SHS truancy officer
can be part of treatment for patients with certain ill- Kevin Anderson said. “Marijuana has certain effects on
nesses, including AIDS and glaucoma, or can decrease people that can potentially lead them to poor decision
assorted pain and muscle spasms. Marijuana also making. It affects your ability to learn and changes your
reduces the effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients reaction time. It will be dangerous to have more people
since it relaxes them with its main active ingredient, access it.”
tetrahydrocannibol (THC), which reduces vomiting and “I don’t think it would be good to legalize
nausea. marijuana,” sophomore Mike Whittemore said. “It
“THC is responsible for the effects of smok- would influence kids to do it more freely, and they just Jon Esden thinks the money spent on
ing marijuana,” SHS health teacher Ruth Haskell said. wouldn’t care. Kids only do it to be cool and brag about enforcing marijuana laws is ridiculous.
“It [THC] slows down the neurons in the brain so people it.”
Each year, the United States government
Mike Whittemore believes that
cannot think or react as well, which causes users to make
poor decisions.” legalization will influence kids to use
Marijuana is prohibited because of its harm- See Marijuana page 21 the drug more frequently.

Upward Bound
New People, College Preparation
Holly Hooke

ment. A typical day for the students in Upward


“I learned to be more responsible,” said Bound starts with morning academic classes including
Freshman BJ Blish thought that Springfield High School sophomore Marissa Keenan, theatre, literature, math, writing, science, computer,
Upward Bound would be awkward, a participant of Upward Bound. “Not to mention, social issues, and SAT prep. Afternoon activities include
but found himself enjoying it. it’s an easy step to get ahead for all your high school community service, recreation, and community meet-
classes.” ings. The students also enjoy free time, where they are

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et’s face it. There’s not much to do if you’re stuck Upward Bound started in 1974 and serves 85 allowed to use Keene State College facilities or take a
in Springfield for the summer. So maybe you high school students each summer. Students from target walk downtown. In the evening, events start up again
should consider spending six weeks in a college schools in Vermont and New Hampshire can participate. with mentoring, electives, personal time, movies, sports,
dorm with your friends, taking interesting classes in a These students come from Vermont high schools like and hikes.
relaxed environment, having free time to roam around a Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Green Mountain, Leland and “I usually chose sports for my activity,” said
college campus, and visiting colleges. With the Upward Gray, and Springfield, and New Hampshire schools like junior and 2-year Upward Bound participant Max Blake.
Bound (UB) summer program at Keene State College, Fall Mountain, Keene, and Monadnock. “They’re competitive and you’re with your friends.”
you get it all. For the 6-week duration of Upward Bound, At the end of the summer, students plan
Upward Bound is a summer program de- students live in the dorms of Keene State College and an excursion. Each excursion program splits into six
signed to prepare students for their high school classes go home for the weekends. Students attend classes and groups, visiting two or three colleges around New
and eventual college enrollment. The program is orga- participate in special activities, which are individually England or in New York City. “My favorite part was
nized for minority students and physically-challenged chosen. “At first, I thought it would be awkward living the college visits,” said Keenan. “You go on tours and
students, according to the Upward Bound information with people I didn’t know,” said freshman BJ Blish, who even eat the college food.”
brochure. The summer program combines diversity, participated in Upward Bound. “It turned out awesome,
self-awareness, and responsibility in a fun environ- and by the end I was friends with everyone.” See Upward page 21

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Features
Candy Salt
Changes Gold or Just Getting Old?
Is Nothing
By Erika Anderson
she said. Roldan acknowledges that salt is unhealthy,

Sacred?
but she still remains fond of salt. However, she also
blames the processed foods today for the amount of salt
in food. “I do feel like I eat salt too much,” Roldan said.
“But it is hard to avoid salt with the foods today.”
1,276 mg of sodium is found in the average
By Courtney Downing American lunch box. This figure represents a normal
lunch of water, cheese, crackers, orange, cookies, and a

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hat do you get when you combine the bite- bag of Smartfood popcorn. The average recommended
size candy that will “melt in your mouth, not daily amount of salt is 2,400 mg, according to Web MD.
in your hand” and your favorite candy bar? However, in one lunch box, a person could knock out
You get the new Hershey’s pieces, bite-sized candies more than half of his or her daily recommended dose
that have taken on the flavor of four favorite candy of salt. This is impressive without supper, usually the
bars: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joy, York heaviest (saltiest) meal of the day, figured in.
Peppermint Patties, and Special Dark Chocolate. Sophomore Lauren Sanderson is also a fan
The new Hershey’s pieces commercial of salt. She said simply, "Salt makes things taste bet-
shows four different scenes in which a person reaches ter.” Her chosen salty food is potato chips, although
for the candy bar, and just as they do, the chocolate Sanderson feels that she must have something sweet
treat turns into bite-sized pieces. For instance, the to offset the salt. “When I eat something salty, I have
Almond Joy portion of the commercial involves a to balance out the salty with something sweet," said
woman sitting in a sun chair by a pool. As she reaches Sanderson. "Whether it's Cheez-Its and chocolate chips
for the candy bar it turns into bite-size candies. Com- or potato chips and marshmallows, I'm a sweet and salty
mercials also show settings in which the candy can be person.”
easily consumed. Despite worries, there are health benefits to
With traditional candy bars, typing, work- salt. Runners and other athletes need a consistent level
ing on papers, or answering phones can be challeng- of salt and water in their body. Otherwise they can
ing. First one has to put down the candy, wipe off suffer injuries. SHS science teacher Bindy Hathorn,
Mariama Roldan understands health who teaches biology and forensics, is aware of salt's
chocolate-covered fingers, answer the phone, and then
begin getting the chocolate out from between the keys problems of salt, but remains a salt importance to the body. “In your body there is a potas-
on the keyboard. Hersheys pieces, however, offer less fanatic. Lauren Sanderson balances sium sodium pump,” said Hathorn. "This pump uses
mess with the same flavor. salty foods with sweet foods. sodium(salt) to help keep it going, so the cells will keep
According to advertising, the pieces have hydrated.” The sodium potassium pump’s function is
fewer calories than the actual candy bar. The pieces to balance and lower the cells' sodium level.

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have around 210 calories per serving. But to some, this xcuse me, do you consider salt a friend or foe? “Salt and electrolytes are important to bod-
is a debatable point. While these offer fewer calories, This question, asked with sincerity and candor, is ies,” said Hathorn. “It’s all about the balance.”
many food critics think that snackers will be more apt greeted with guffaws and “good luck." But it is a Unfortunately, too much salt can be fatal.
to finish the whole bag in one sitting, rather than eat the serious question that is being asked all over the United “Too much sodium makes a person retain water, which
suggested serving size.The calories may be fewer in the States, in varied forms. isn’t good,” said Hathorn. “Salt can also be a major
pieces, but as critics point out, it’s the volume of intake According to webmd.com a person requires, on factor in individuals with high blood pressure.”
that really matters. average, about one teaspoon of salt per day. Mostly, Hathorn appreciates salt and feels that “it’s
According to a New York Times article, the salt is a fine addition to one’s diet. If one doesn’t have a friend and I use it in moderation.”
idea for the candy bits was developed after consumers enough salt, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and Some SHS students do not use salt. Many
became concerned with calories. With American obesity muscle cramps may result. Lack of salt can lead to low know it’s unhealthy, but a few just don’t like the taste
a significant health topic, people want to eat healthy and blood pressure and fainting spells. of salt. SHS sophomore Emily Emond is one of those
become active. Others believe that while it is important Salt is also steeped in history. Thousands opposed to salt. “I normally don’t add salt to things,”
to eat healthy, it’s also important to include junk food in of years ago the Chinese were drilling brine wells in she said. “I consider it a foe.”
one’s diet. The special dark chocolate candy pieces may an effort to retrieve salt. Because of its reputation, salt SHS senior Kamryn Sidney is another stu-
be a healthy choice because they contain antioxidants has been a pillar of commerce and trade, as valuable as dent who feels that salt is an unnecessary condiment at
and a small amount of sugar. gold to some ancient peoples. the dinner table. “I don’t add salt to things. But if it is
However, the scientific fact of the matter seasoned lightly with salt, I’ll eat it,” said Sidney. “It
is this: salt is found in everything. From frozen TV is on the dinner table at home for other people in the
dinners to cereal, salt is everywhere. Salt is hidden in family, but I don’t use it. I think it's gross.”
some tempting treats: ice cream, chocolate, and soda. Well, there it is. The ins and outs of sodium
However, salt also lurks in saturated and salty chip chloride or salt, at one point worth its weight in gold,
packages as a prime ingredient. These snacks taste but now a major health concern. As spring moves on,
delicious, but their high concentration of salt makes one can imagine another New Year's Resolution: to
them unhealthy. No matter, healthy or not, there is no consume less salt, sugar, and fatty foods. Maybe pass
escaping salt. up the bacon and go for some bean sprouts that would
SHS junior Mariama Roldan is a salt fanatic. better lubricate the body's potassium sodium pump?
“I eat salt because salt makes everything taste better,”

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No Child Left Behind
Fixing a Broken System
By Jenny Bradley & Olivia Johnson

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n 2002, President George W. Bush signed the No throughout schools, would like to revise NCLB to check
Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act into law. With this the academic progress each student is making, regardless
new act came the belief that by setting high stan- of their original level of proficiency.
dards and academic goals for students, politicians would Students share Obama's worry about the
improve student performance in American classrooms. value of standardized tests. “I feel that a standardized
Along with NCLB came a deadline to bring every test doesn’t accurately measure a person’s capability,"
American student to academic proficiency by 2014. For said senior Emily Mobus. "It measures how well you
Springfield High School students, only four years until can memorize things and then spit them back out on
they are expected to be perfect. paper."
However, many think that NCLB needs its There are many factors that are important
own plan for rehabilitation. They echo SHS senior Silas in the learning process. A specific, one-time test can- Senior Emily Mobus feels that
Farrar who said, “It [NCLB] is a broken system." not truly measure a student's proficiency. Humans are standardized tests, which are used to
Barack Obama seeks a restructuring of No different. They learn in different ways, with different
Child Left Behind. After a drought of below-average levels of ability.
evaluate learning in public schools
test scores and failing schools in the past few years, the “I’ve always hated tests and almost always under the No Child Left Behind Act,
Obama administration wants to create an assessment to do poorly," said junior Max Messier. "I feel like a lot only measure one's ability to memorize
check students on the level of the skills they will need of people are in the same boat as me, which is why it things and spit them back on paper.
to be successful in college and beyond. seems crazy to judge us on a test."
NCLB, agreed upon by both Democrats and Senior Kayla Perham agrees with Messier.“I
Republicans, demands high test scores from American don’t think it’s a good system," Perham said, "because
high school students. This act groups students together everyone’s at different levels and it’s not a good gauge See Behind page 22
with similar expectations on standardized tests. to measure people’s ability.”
Obama, rather than focusing on what Although nothing is set in stone and the law
students are scoring in areas like math and reading is still being revised by the Obama administration, there

Fighting at SHS
Disturbing, but Declining?
By Jenny Bradley & Olivia Johnson

improved. Esden said, “Compared to my freshman and All fights and assaults at SHS are recorded by
Senior Derek Graham doesn't believe sophomore year, the amount of fighting has definitely school officials. An assault occurs when one person
that out-of-school suspension is an decreased.” But he still feels that the disciplinary process attacks another in a one-sided violent action with the
effective punishment for fighting. is not effective enough. “We’ve gotten better," he said, victim acting in self-defense. Police are contacted in
"but there’s still a lot to be improved.” the case of an assault, though SHS officials make the
Most fights end with suspension, which senior decision about when to notify the authorities.

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ighting is contagious. It spreads like wildfire. Ev- Derek Graham doesn’t believe is an effective punish- Thibault feels that recent fights at the schol may
eryone loves attention and as much as teenagers ment. Graham said, “If you get O.S.S [Out-of-School- have to do with spring fever. As the snow melts and the
hate to admit it, they love drama too. The second Suspension] it’s like getting a week of vacation. You’re temperature rises, no one wants to be cooped up all day.
a fight begins, an audience appears. not learning your lesson.” With everyone anxious, people tend to be more irritable
Regarding fighting in school, Springfield Being suspended from school affects students and therefore more fights break out.
High School Co-Principal Bob Thibault said, “If there’s differently. Senior Johannah Boucher agreed that the “Everyone goes through cabin fever and you
no audience, there’s no fight." But he added, “We seem current disciplinary methods are not effective. “I don’t don’t handle situations in the best way you can,” said
to be having a lot of fights lately." think it has the right effect," she said, "but I do think they Thibault. “But it’s important to be aware of how we
However, Thibault is convinced that fighting have the right idea behind the punishment." interact with others.”
at SHS has diminished over the long-term. He believes Senior Paige Parker feels that school fights are Thibault feels that students must work
that the decline of fighting is a result of the improved ridiculous and provide no solutions to problems. “I think together to improve school climate. School officials
atmosphere of the school. “It has a lot to do with the that fights aren’t meant to happen in school. They are can punish students and make changes. But, Thibault's
changing climate of the school," he said. definitely not worth being suspended for,” she said. message to students about fighting is clear. "It's your
Senior Jon Esden agrees that things at SHS have “And they don't solve anything." school," he says.

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Columns
Accepting Ambiguity
Motion in the Emotion
By Jess Watkins

With the stresses of senior year, college I find a solace, an ability to calm down, an
rejections, and other sources for a less-than-happy self, emptying of everything caught in my head, as I move.
I’ve found myself with an insatiable need for motion. Maybe it’s a feeling of being in control, having the
And I must satisfy this need for motion outside. Some- power to walk away from everything. I can leave it
times being stuck in four walls is too much. Outside, behind me, if only temporarily.
the world feels open, like I can step into the world and But I think my feet are getting tired of this
it can hold me, rather than being in a room and feeling town. They know these streets so well; I don’t even
like I contain it. Inside, I hold the burden, but outside have to think about where I’m going anymore. They
the world holds the problem. Somehow, I feel like the just know. They’re tired of walking the same paths.
outdoors is responsible for me. Maybe it’s because the Maybe my thirst for always being on the go stems
world is so big, and a room is so small. Whatever the from being ready to let go of this town. I’ve lived here
reason, outside I feel less trapped. I have the ability to for my entire life, and I’m ready to explore the world.
escape all of the things bothering me, and let the world I’m ready to see new places, try new things, meet new
take them and disperse them, rather than having them people. Movement is comforting to me, because I feel
permeate and overflow in a tiny, contained, indoor like I’m going somewhere, even if I’m just walking the

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hat do you do when you just can’t take it any- space. same, familiar routes over and over again.
more? When you’re upset, angry, confused? Anyway, when I have an excess of emo- I just find something in the quick steps and
What is it that finally calms you down? tion, I am immediately faced with the urgency to be in fresh air that is incredibly refreshing. It puts things in
Lately, I’ve been provided with ample opportunities to motion. It’s fitting. The word motion is even contained perspective for me, reminding me that the world is so
figure out ways in which to cope with intense emotion. in the word emotion. I need to be on my feet, moving, much bigger than I am, that my problems and worries
I used to retreat into music, letting lyrics and beats lull running, walking, dancing in the glorious freedom of are nearly insignificant in the scope of the world. It
me back into normality. the outdoors, rain or shine. reminds me that the world needs help, and I will gladly

Finding Existence
Whales. Sharks.
By Kelsey Christensen & Eliza Pennell

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emember when you were a little kid how fas- Even their calves rank among the larg-
cinating exotic animals could be? Editions of est animals. A baby blue whale grows
Zoobooks were prized reads. Zoboomafoo (the 200 pounds each day in their first
PBS show with the lemur) was the perfect after-school year of life. A full grown blue whale
television program, and, of course, zoos become the best is about three times the length of a
destination for family outings. Animal trivia was the best school bus, at 100 feet. Their tongue
thing to uplift your mood, and every now and then, you alone weighs roughly the weight of
might recall those bits of trivia and feel somehow in-tune an elephant (consider that African Elephants are among threatened by boat collisions and hunters. Occasionally,
with your inner child. Well, we still feel that way. We the largest land creatures.) This whale--at about 80 an orca whale or a shark will prey on a Blue Whale.
find that the best thing to enrich your mind and spirit years--has among the longest life span of any creature 2. Orca Whale. An orca whale (Orcinus
is a little googling of animal trivia, regardless of age or on the planet. And, though their sounds may resemble Orca) is more specifically a dolphin; the biggest variety
interest in science. dull, pulsating noises, blue whales are among the loud- of dolphin, in fact. While many try to suggest that the
Though facts about most animals help pass est animals, using their decibel aptitude to navigate the nickname “killer whale” is a misnomer, orcas are vi-
the time fairly well, marine animals, like dolphins and ocean with sonar. cious predators. When orcas are not swiping a seal off
whales (in case you’re wondering, the difference is that Blue whales are probably the imaginative a block of ice (this tactic should make the recent Sea
dolphins have teeth, and dolphins are a kind of whale, image you conjure in your mind when the lookout in World tragedy less surprising) pods of Orca whales work
while whales are not a kind of dolphin) surpass all the crow's nest shouts "thar she blows!" They can shoot together to take down larger sea animals.
creatures in terms of providing the most unbelievable water out of their blow holes up to 30 feet, and their Orcas travel in pods of up to 25 whales,
information. These are some of the most interesting shape fulfills the requisite whale physiognomy. Their though some female orcas travel with just their offspring
specimens we encountered: diet consists of massive amounts of krill (tiny shrimp their entire life. The whales can be 30 feet long and
1. Blue Whale. The blue whale (Balaenop- like fish) which they pack away to the tune of 40 tons weigh six tons.
tera musculus) is a record-breaking species of whale. each day.
It is the largest animal ever to have roamed the earth. Blue whales are endangered species, mostly See Whales page 21
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Welcome To...
Rejection
By Melissa Tarbell

D
ear Melissa, that I would get accepted to at least most of the colleges
Thank you for your interest in Middlebury Col- I applied to. When I received acceptances to my backup
lege. The Admissions Committee has recently schools I kind of overlooked them, never guessing that
completed its deliberations, and I regret to inform you I might actually have to rely on them.
that we are not able to offer you admission to next year's Assuming that I would be accepted to every
entering class.” school, I knew I would have a hard time deciding where
I received this admission decision online on to go. I had three favorites: Hamilton College, Middle-
Saturday, March 27th, early in the morning. For any bury College, and Williams College. I figured if I was
studious high school senior this would be a disappoint- rejected from one or two of the five that would make my
ing statement to read after those long pesky hours of decision easier. Now that I’ve been rejected from three
completing college applications in the previous months. I feel that the decision really isn’t any easier at all. Now,
For me it was especially devastating because just the with two of my top three schools out of the picture, I
night before I had received two more of these sorrowful feel forced into one of the remaining ones—if I even get
college rejection letters. accepted. As much as it’s hard to decide between five
I decided to apply to eight colleges: Hamil- really great schools, I would take that over my current though, my hopes went down the drain. I felt that out
ton, Middlebury, Williams, Amherst, and Bowdoin were situation any day. of the five schools, Hamilton would be the easiest
my top choices and Keene, UMass-Amherst, and Paul My favorite college out of them all was to get into, so when I saw that I had been rejected I
Smith’s were my backup schools. Although the top five Hamilton College. I had visited it three times, I have automatically knew that the outlook was not good for
schools I applied to are considered to be pretty selective, a Hamilton t-shirt, bag, and pennant, and I absolutely the other schools. Sure enough, I also was rejected by
I never felt an ounce of doubt that I would get into all love Clinton, New York, where it’s located. When I Middlebury and Amherst. I wasn’t so much bummed
of them. I am ranked in the top 10% of my graduating imagined college life, I pictured myself at Hamilton. that I wasn’t accepted by Hamilton. It was that I saw
class, I play sports, I am artistic, I get straight As, I’ve However, since all five schools I applied to are great, it as a foreshadowing of the next week when I would
never gotten into trouble with either the school or the I told myself that if I didn’t get into Hamilton it would receive my other admission decisions.
law and, I admit, I am somewhat of a teacher’s pet. be fine. I would go to Middlebury instead.
See Welcome page 21

Humor
All these attributes gave me reason to believe When I received a rejection from Hamilton,

Surviving Apocalyptia
Cars, Bikes, and Zombies
By John Forbes

First let me discredit a few crazy notions. A use in the Zombie Apocalypse, however, is a bicycle.
huge SUV will not protect you from the horrors of the Bikes are silent, faster than a zombie, and don't requite
zombie apocalypse. SUVs and trucks do have something fuel. If you find yourself in that crowded dead street
going for them. Provided they aren’t all that top heavy, riding a bicycle you don’t have to worry, there will be
they’ll be able to stand up to a beating from the zombies, probably enough room for you.
and you’ll be able to push some of the smaller cars right All of this aside, if you can find some way
off the road. around the gas problem there are a number of mobile
Now imagine driving down a mish-mashed behemoths that will make you feel particularly safe,
apocalyptic street. Not really a street so much as a for- and they are. The larger varieties of vehicles have the
lorn parking lot. Now you’re going to be forced to find advantage of being nearly impenetrable and with a lot
an alternate route, or get out of the car and walk. But of storage space offer more room for supplies, guns, or

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ast edition I mentioned that it’s possible to main- even if this extremely likely scenario doesn’t happen, people (the non-zombie types).
tain a public place against zombies, at least tem- you’ll have to make a ton of stops for gas, which means What it really boils down to, though, is
porarily. Now imagine that the building you’ve that the zombies get that many more opportunities to availability. Therefore, if you are considering anything
chosen isn’t exactly optimal, or maybe the zombies gnaw on you. Bet that economy coup seems like a great that isn’t a bicycle you’ll need to find the keys or learn
found a way into the air ducts. You’ll want to get out idea now, huh? how to hotwire.
pretty soon, which entails picking the sneakiest route and Smaller vehicles trump the others because As with any other advice I’ve given you, just
bypassing as many zombies as possible. When you get they’re usually faster and more fuel efficient than their try and use your best judgment. And remember, zombies
to the parking lot what kind of car will you take? larger counterparts. The most efficient vehicle you can never have the right of way on the highway to hell.

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Review
The E.N.D.
(Black Eyed Peas; 2009)
By Samuel L. Benton

Since it’s June 3rd release last year The have received great recognition, each making the top
E.N.D. has been greeted with many negative reviews. ten on the Billboard 200 (with the exception of “Rock
Rolling Stone refers to the songs as dumb, calling the That Body,” which has not been released as a single in
album “an assault on the senses, and on good taste.” It the U.S., although it has been a chart topper in the UK
would appear that the reviewer, Jody Rosen, never had and Australia), and three of them making number one
good tastes to be assaulted. Ths album is, simply put, (“Boom Boom Pow,” I Gotta Feeling,” “Imma Be”). “I
an outstanding piece of work transported into the future, Gotta Feeling” reached number one on almost 20 differ-
Terminator-style, landing in speakers wedged in ears all ent charts, and is the most downloaded song in iTunes

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n 1995 the Black Eyed Peas were formed. At that around the world, and let me tell you, the faces the ears history (probably to the disapproval of will.i.am, who
point the members of the group were Will.I.Am, belong to are grinning, the faces’ bodies are very likely dislikes the pick-and-choose approach to iTunes.)
apl.de.ap (both originally in a group called Atbann dancing along to the greatest pop album in years. They It makes sense that “I Gotta Feeling,” and the
Klann) and Taboo. Two albums were released with love it. They know how to party. other singles for that matter, are so popular. Everyone
this group, Behind the Front (1998) and Bridging the Designed as a premade dance mix, The likes a good time, and that’s what the songs are. That’s
Gap (2000). In 2003 they released Elephunk, featuring E.N.D. provides nearly non-stop fun for 15 songs, what the album is. In the Black Eyed Peas' world, life
a more dancy sound and new focalist Stacy “Fergie” only missing the beat once (which is impressive as is great, there is nothing wrong, they live for the party.
Ferguson. The album was well-received and featured this album has more beats than you can shake a stick While obviously you shouldn’t craft your life around that
their first hit single “Where Is Love?” Two years later at) on track 13, “Now Generation,” which attempts to thought, you can take the songs like you welcome a good
they released Monkey Business, which sported two of politically connect the world and only ends up making party. It’s an “at this time” sort of thing. Listening to “I
their most well-known singles, “My Humps” and “Don’t the world feel uncomfortable with the knowledge they Gotta Feeling,” I don’t think that everyday is going to
Phunk with My Heart.” The album was not as well are in the Now Generation. Other than that, the songs be great, I don’t think that nothing could ever go wrong
regarded critically. Four years passed and then they are pure gold, supercharged like a fork in a socket, the in my life. I just think "hey, tonight's gonna be a good
released a new single from their upcoming album. The first nine songs in particular, each of which sound like
single was “Boom Boom Pow,” and the album was The they are single-worthy. In fact, the first five tracks on See E.N.D. page 22

Opinion
E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies). the album have been released as singles, all of which

Technologese for
the 21st Century
By Kelsey Christensen

F
or many of us, the ubiquity of technology has been alone can be both someone with whom you communi- night" or “I should torrent that new Black Eyed Peas
a blessing. No need for going to the library when a cate via Facebook, or to become communicative with album.” What? You should rush-of-liquid a recent album
paper is due – there’s Google! Technology seems a person via Facebook, past, present, or future tense. A release?
to be the ultimate goal in education. And, one would reasonable person would realize that they could make Facebook has committed even worse crimes
have to be living in Narnia to miss the triumphant arrival the word friend a verb by simply saying “to befriend.” against language. An increasingly-popular feature of
of the already-beloved Apple iPad, which dominated the But, few realize this. Maybe in the future, befriend will Facebook, called Pages, has diminished adolescent
media in late March. However, technology has hastened become archaic and absurd. understanding of a previously-fine noun. Pages allows
a disintegration of the English language. For others enchanted by technology, the word you to “become a fan” of pages created by Facebook
Even beyond the verbal atrocities of texting torrent has become a verb. Torrent was once a beautiful users. Sometimes, the Pages' function is promotional.
phrases like lol (laugh out loud), brb (be right back), and word, which meant a rush of liquid or severe outpouring. A page for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland emerged
omg (Oh, my god), an extreme misunderstanding of the It was not uncommon for people to poetically construct when the film was released in theatres. However, there
function of a verb among teens serves as proof of the phrases like “a torrent of emotion” or “a torrent of is a page for everything: fried dough, Lady Gaga, Green
disasters of technology. abuse.” These metaphors suggested verbal cleverness Mountain Coffee, trampolines, Angelina Jolie, sleeping,
Thanks to Facebook, the online networking and dexterity. However, technology has mangled this not being on fire. It may be absurd and superfluous to
giant, you often hear people say things like “Guess who linguistic gem. In the world of technology, a torrent express to your Facebook network that you’re a fan of
friended me last night?” According to the Merriam- is a large file compressed to a small size that one can resting each night,.
Webster, friend is a noun that means “one attached to illegally download, provided someone has offered to Now, though, fan pages are whole sentences.
another by affection or esteem." But, in the Facebok share the file somewhere on the web. This change in Here are some recent fan pages that I have observed:
world, friend is a verb meaning to be able to chat, mes- meaning has resulted in technology-obsessed people
sage, and view photos of someone. The word friend saying things like “I torrented a bootleg of Avatar last See Technologese page 20
pg 14 G r e e n H o r n
Arts
Depressed? Literary
Magazine
Hollywood’s Got You Seeks
Covered Student
By Sam Hensel-Hunter
Writing
By Sarah Gray

W
hile politicians complain about the graphic
depictions of violence and the morbidity of

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many films, the 2010 trend has been toward ot art? Well then take the opportunity of hav-
comedies and family pictures. With Avatar knocked ing it published in the Springfield High School
from its perch in the top 10 at the box office in late 2009-10 edition of the Collaborative Arts
March, the top six spots were taken by light-hearted Technical School (CATS) Art and Literary Magazine.
fare. At the same time, though, Green Zone and Repo The CATS Art and Literary Magazine is a publication
Men have fought to find a place in the box office top ten of student artwork and writing that students have created
while Shutter Island’s box office run reached an end. throughout the school year in Arts Academy classes and
Green Zone’s budget is an estimated 100 million, and it regular academic classes.
has yet to break even in box office earnings. SHS art teacher Lisa Murray and SHS pho-
Green Zone’s lack of box office success tography teacher Catherine Moore create and publish
mirrors that of the Hurt Locker, both war films whose the magazine with help from a student staff.
promotional material tended toward the grit and grime The student staff for the 2009-10 Art and
of a warzone, something that moviegoers don't want to Literary Magazine includes freshmen Shelby Reardon
see. As people are worried day-to-day about whether and Alyssa Cooper, and seniors Britney Andrews, Han-
their jobs are safe, how they’ll make ends meet, and what nah Aldrich, and Alicja Antosiewicz. First-time student
they need to cut back on, they seem more interested in staff member Britney Andrews decided to join the staff
spending their money on something that can take them to provide her input in the SHS community and the
away from the strain and fear of their day-to-day lives. Springfield community.
Not surprisingly, movies like the Hurt Locker and Green “I like getting involved with my school and
Zone, which show troops fighting and dying in Iraq and my community,” Andrews said. “I’m also already really
Afghanistan, have been superseded by Tiger Woods’ involved in the school’s art program.”
love life, balloon boy, and the weekly dose of American Murray and Moore hope to collect student
Idol. artwork and writing from teachers and students through
Taking us out of the world of the stock the end of April in preparation for assembling the
market, healthcare debate, and two ongoing wars this magazine. “I would like to continue to get work from a
spring are Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your variety of classes,” Moore said. “The entries of writing
Dragon, Disney and DreamWorks’ dueling 3D, CG, are slow coming. At this point we could create a whole
fantasies. Alice broke the Avatar record for highest book of just visual images.”
grossing opening for both IMAX and 3D viewings, and “We mostly just need people to submit
continued to top the box office until being replaced by things,” Murray said.
How to Train Your Dragon. How to Train Your Dragon The staff hopes to meet sometime shortly
is the result of a $165 million budget, and the combined after April vacation to begin arranging and editing the
creative efforts of the DreamWorks team. But Dragon’s pages of the magazine. Catherine Moore’s husband, Jeff
box office dominance was short-lived as the Clash of Moore, works for Springfield Printing and prints out the
the Titans remake was released Easter weekend and SHS Art and Literary Magazine and also assists Moore
promptly went to the top of the charts. Clash of the Titans with the layout of the magazine.
stars Sam Worthington in another hybrid character role. This year, Moore is planning to keep the
He performed in Avatar as a human in an alien world, as layout simple with the majority of the book in black
a machine in the human world in Terminator Salvation, and white, including a colorful, center-page spread of
and took a crack at playing a mortal trying to challenge visual art. Andrews plans to help produce a book that
the gods. Titans, much like How to Train Your Dragon, will be hard to put down. “I want to make it so that when
offered a magic carpet ride to take the viewer away people start reading it, they’ll want to finish reading it,”
Light hearted films involving Titans, from everyday life into a fantasy realm where money is Andrews said.
no priority and their wildest aspirations are possible, a The staff hopes to have the magazine at the
Dragons, and White Rabbits have foreign concept to many who are still feeling the pain of printers by mid-May and distributed to Springfield High
dominated movies of war and violence nearly ten percent unemployment rates. 3D and popcorn School students and staff and members of the Springfield
this spring. seem to be just what Americans need to fix the economy, community by the end of May.
at least in the imagination.

G r e e n H o r n pg 15
Sports
Bosox
Punchless but Perky
By Ryan Brady

A
s the winter ends and spring begins, it means the field, while Jacoby Ellsbury will move to leftfield.
start of another major league baseball season. Marco Scutaro will take over at shortstop becoming the
For those people living in New England, that seventh starting shortstop since Nomar Garciparra left
means the start of Red Sox baseball. in 2004.
There are many questions facing the start of The pitching staff will remain similar to
this season for Red Sox Nation. How will David Ortiz last year, with the addition of one important arm, John
rebound from two consecutive poor years? Who will Lackey. Lackey comes over from the Angels and will
catch most of the Red Sox pitchers, Jason Varitek or Vic- likely start ahead of Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka,
tor Martinez? But the one question that sits in the mind or Clay Buchholz. Those three will have to battle it out
of all Red Sox fans is this one: Will the Sox be able to in the early going for the 4th and 5th starting spots, while
keep up with the billion-dollar payroll of the defending Josh Beckett, Lackey, and Jon Lester will represent the
World Series Champion New York Yankees. top of pitching staff.
This past offseason baseball experts expected These top three pitchers bring proven playoff
the Red Sox to sit back and let their farm system build credentials to the table. Three years ago, Jon Lester won
up. It was expected that Red Sox officials would con- game four of the World Series, the clinching game for
cede this year since they couldn’t keep up with the Yan- the Red Sox. Four years before Lester won his clinching
kees. But General Manager Theo Epstein was having game, Josh Beckett did the same, as the winning pitcher
none of that defeatist philosophy in the off-season. for the Florida Marlins. He was also the World Series
In order to keep pace with the Yankees, MVP. Just the year before that, John Lackey, as a rookie,
Epstein bolstered the Red Sox defense and pitching pitched and won game seven of the World Series for the
staff. He focused more on the amount of runs the Red Anaheim Angels.
Sox give up, rather than the amount they score. “I’m excited for the season,” said sophomore
Senior TJ Wallace believes hitter David The Sox brought in two-time gold glover Red Sox fan Kirk Perham. “They definitely reinforced
Adrian Beltre to take over for the aging Mike Lowell at their pitching staff. They have six great pitchers, and
Ortiz needs a bounce-back year to third base, while also signing free agents Mike Cameron that depth will allow more durability over the season.
bolster Red Sox fortunes. and Marco Scutaro. Cameron will help fill the outfield
void left by departed free agent Jason Bay in center See Sox page 20

Bronx Bombers
Champs Aren't Chumps
By Ryan Brady

J
ust like New England, New York and the metro- wasn’t an everyday player in the outfield and was most
politan area await the start of the spring, a pleasant notable last summer as a DH. Damon will be replaced
time for Yankees baseball. For the 27th time the in left by Brett Gardner and Randy Winn, who came
Yankees will be starting their season as defending over from the Giants, while Nick Johnson, a former
world champions. Marlin and Nationals player, will take over at designated
The Yankees bring back key parts to their hitter.
lineup this year. Their entire starting infield will return, The big outfield acquisition this offseason
along with the top three pitchers who guided them was Curtis Granderson, who will patrol centerfield.
through the playoffs. The big change will come in the Granderson was part of a three-team deal that saw the
outfield, along with the bottom of the rotation and the Yankees deal Phil Coke, Austin Jackson, and Ian Ken-
bullpen leading up to Mariano Rivera. nedy away. Coke and Jackson were sent to the Detroit
“I’d like to see Joba [Chamberlain] as the Tigers, while Kennedy will now suit up for the Arizona
set-up man,” said Springfield High School Guidance Diamondbacks. “I wanted to see Phil Coke have a big
Counselor and Yankees fan Kelly Ryan, “and Phil role in the rotation this year," said senior Yankee fan
Hughes as the fifth starter. He’s got five pitches, three Derek Graham, “but they traded him to get Granderson,
that are quality, and I think that’s better suited to be a which was a good trade. I just liked Phil Coke.”
starting pitcher than in a bullpen role.” They did have to give up notable young Kelly Ryan wants to see Joba
Yankee fan favorites Hideki Matsui and
Johnny Damon are gone this season. However, Matsui See Yankees page 23 Chamberlain as Yankees set-up man.

pg 16 G r e e n H o r n
Sports
Track and Field
Running, Jumping, Throwing
By Maria Stern

S
pring has come to Vermont. The sap is running.
And so is the Springfield High School track and
field team.
Practices began for the track and field team
on April 15th indoors. However, soon after this start,
the team was able to take advantage of the early spring
and move outdoors to the track.
The SHS track team has seen an increase in
numbers for both the boys and girls this season. Also,
many competitive veterans returned to the squad. “I like
seeing a lot of freshmen coming out for it [track],” said
SHS junior Nikka Bactad.
“Our first goal is to get the numbers up,”
said Coach Josh Dikeman. About 45 athletes signed up,
and Dikeman hoped to have 30 track participants come
midseason.
The SHS track and field team is returning
all three coaches: Josh Dikeman, Kevin Spaulding,
and Tim Wallace. Dikeman and Wallace are optimistic
about the season. “I’m very pleased seeing the number Division III high jump champion
of freshmen coming out,” said Wallace. “It will help us Michael Pianka listens to Coach Josh
build as years go on. It will give us more depth.”
The team’s goal for the season is to use their
Dikeman, sprints towards the highbar,
numbers for a stronger showing at the Division III State and leaps over the barrier. In mid-
Meet slated for June 5th at Green Mountain Union High April, Pianka broke the state high jump
School. record again with a leap of 6'6''.
“We didn’t place real well at the state meet,”
Dikeman said. “So we’d like to improve on that.”
At the 2009 state meet, the Cosmos girls
finished 8th and the boys finished 11th. The girls are
expected to finish higher simply because of greater
numbers. Only eight girls were on the roster last season.
Veterans Bactad and sophomore Holly Hooke will lead
the girls. In the past, the Cosmos girls have been strong
in the 4x100 meter relay.
“[My goal is] to have a good 4x100 girls
relay team,” said Bactad. She runs the first leg of the
relay race for the team.
In 2008 the girls won the state championship
in the relay. They were poised to win again in 2009.
However, an injury a few meters before the finish line
hurt the team’s chances. In 2010, freshmen Rachel
Schleimer and Shelby Reardon are expected to contrib-
ute in the throws and distance events respectively. Also,
sophomores Helen Bearse and Alaina Orth look strong
in the throws and middle distance.
On the boys’ side, the core of senior captain
Angelo Jardina, senior Eric Bolavong, junior John
Errair, junior Cody Filkins, and junior powerhouse
Michael Pianka will undoubtedly rack up points at the
state meet. Pianka is the state champion in the high
jump, in addition to holding the state Division III and

See Track page 23

G r e e n H o r n pg 17
Sports
Seniors Lead Softball Returns 10 Veterans
the Tennis
By Ashley Richardson

Team
By Ryan Brady

T
his year the tennis team begins its 7th season
under coach Kim Lewis, and the girls hope it will
be her best season yet. The team has seven se-
niors all having more than a couple of years experience.
Sophomore Lauren Sanderson, entering her second year,
hopes to fit in among the seniors.
“There’s mostly new people,” said senior
Olivia Johnson. “It’s extreme since the seniors have a
lot of experience and we have many new people who
haven’t played before."
Junior Chelsea Howland, sophomore Liza
Fontaine, sophomores Sam Macie and Daniella Burke,
and freshman Angelina Mei are all new to the team, but
will balance well with the experience that all the seniors
bring to the team.
“Yeah, I’m not very good," said senior Kim
Murray jokingly. “I usually hit a few people during
practice and so far I’ve only hit Nicole [Stewart] once.”
On a more serious note, Kim Lewis is hopeful. “We’ll Ashley Richardson unloads heat on a Bellows Falls batter during a 13-3 victory.

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do well," she said, "better than last year.”
The team’s practices should allow easy ith some snow still on the ground, and the “The first week of practice we worked a lot
transitions for all the incoming players. To start, the field still wet, the Springfield High School on conditioning and throwing,” senior Paige Parker said.
players free hit with each other, and then move on to softball team began indoor practice to get “It prepares us as a team to make better, stronger, and
group-based work. “We work in groups based on our ready for their first game, April 5th, scheduled less than more accurate throws. Conditioning also helps us get
skill level," said sophomore Lauren Sanderson. “We a month after their first practice. in shape and be quick runners.”
work on serving volleys and then we do matches of “The first few days of practice inside we For the first time in SHS history, the Cosmos
Canadian doubles, which is two versus one.” bunted and practiced our throwing techniques,” sopho- softball team practiced outside on their field on their
more Kristin Cook said. “But this year we’re really third day of try-outs. The field was freshly packed with
focusing on being a team, and the teamwork aspect of new clay in the fall, and was dry enough both on the
the game.” clay, and in the field, for a full field practice. The Cosmos
During the first week of practice, the team remained outside for the rest of the tryout week.
practiced as an entire squad, both varsity and junior “We’re making history as a team, being out
varsity teams, and worked on the basic fundamentals on the field this early in the season,” senior Erin Graham
of the game. said. “We’re really working on being a team, and having
“My first week of practice went well. I no fear on the field.”
adjusted to it fast,” freshman Jill Rushton said. “I have However, only 21 girls came out for the team
been excited for the high school level because of the this year, making it a challenge to split the team into
faster pitching, and I’ve always kind of grown up around varsity and junior varsity teams. Only two freshmen,
softball so I’m excited to be challenged for the next four Jill Rushton and Bre Congdon, out of the five 8th grade
years.” students who played last year, came to tryouts. And only
Head coach Andy Bladyka and assistant four seniors, Erin Graham, Meredith Ward, Paige Parker,
coach Mike Langdon returned to the squad this year, and Ashley Richardson, will lead the team this year.
and welcomed former SHS softball star pitcher Amanda “Having such a small team will be a bit more
Osborne to the team. Osborne took the place of Ron challenging this year to make two teams,” junior Jessie
Young as head junior varsity coach. Haskell said. “But we didn’t lose that many seniors
“The coaches are very encouraging and en- last year, and we have a lot of experience as a team this
ergetic, and I have developed a pretty good relationship year.”
with them,” Rushton said. “This has helped me be more Although the team only has four seniors, and
comfortable about playing at the high school level.” few underclassmen, the talent on the team should win
On the first day of practice, the main focus of the squad many games. Ten varsity players from the
the two-and-a-half hour practice was conditioning and 2009 team returned this year to lead the 2010 squad.
throwing techniques, as well as about an hour of pop-ups “This year we’re hoping to beat a lot of the
and grounders. The pitching machine was not brought Division I teams and end the season with a winning
Olivia Johnson returns a volley during out on the first day. But the team practiced bunting, as record,” junior Sarah Vredenburgh said. “We’re also
the Woodstock match. well as sprinting to bases and playing various games, hoping to make it past the first round of playoffs.”
in addition to practicing relays.
pg 18 G r e e n H o r n
Sports
Athletic Director Mike Hatt Will Coach
Brattleboro Football Team Next Autumn
By Ashley Richardson

M
ike Hatt graduated from Springfield High on Brown Field, and I remember we were all really
School in 1978. Hatt coached football and excited to be part of the rebuilding of Cosmos football.
served as SHS Athletic Director for 15 years. And pretty soon, the program turned from an 0-9 season
He will continue to cheer on the Cosmos, but not from to an 11-0 perfect state championship season. I’m so
the sidelines as head Cosmos coach. After coaching appreciative that Coach Hatt stayed around for all four
the team to two straight football championship game years of our football. I’m sad to see him go. But I thank
appearances, Hatt will move on. In a Green Horn Live him for the good times, and wish him nothing but luck
interview, Hatt spoke of his transfer to Brattleboro. at Brattleboro.”
“I want nothing but the best for Springfield,” In early 2010 Hatt decided to resign from his
Hatt said. “I think the things that I certainly will carry position as head football coach at SHS. And, after the
with me, because of most recent events, are the four opportunity to go to Brattleboro presented itself, Hatt
championships we’ve had in dance, football, boys also resigned from being the SHS Athletic Director.
basketball, and boys soccer. It was our first-ever boys “Going to Brattleboro is a win-win for me,”
soccer championship, first-ever championship in dance, Hatt said. “I obviously like what I’m doing here. I got
first championship in football in 60 years, and the first into drivers education in 2001, and I really liked that.
championship in over 40 years for basketball.” I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get back into
Hatt will leave his Athletic Director posi- that, and the opportunity presented itself after I resigned
tion at Springfield High School, and become the head from football here.”
football coach at Division I Brattleboro Union High Brattleboro High School, located near the
School next year. Massachusetts border, hasn’t been in the football play-
“I’m obviously very excited to go to Brattle- offs since 2006, and their last state championship was
boro, or I wouldn’t have taken the position,” Hatt said. in 1973. Brattleboro Union High School is much larger
“The program at Brattleboro needs a lot of work, as we than SHS, so Hatt will have no trouble finding suitable
know. Last year we scrimmaged them and did a pretty players for his team.
good job against them. For a Division III school to take “There’s no shortage of athletes down at
it to a Division I school like that, it proves that they have Brattleboro,” Hatt said. “They just had a $50 million
a lot of work to do.” renovation. We played down there this fall and their
Hatt was part of two championships in the facility is excellent. I also like the fact that the football
2008-2009 school year, in both football and basketball. Mike Hatt has served as SHS Athletic field is 30 seconds from my office down there, so I
Hatt was head basketball coach for a few years while his Director for 15 years. Next autumn don’t have to travel three miles across town to the field
two sons were a part of the team, but decided to focus anymore.”
just on football in 2004. In the 2009 basketball season,
he will teach drivers ed at Brattleboro
Last year, the Brattleboro Colonels football
however, Hatt came back to help head basketball coach Union High School and coach the team went 2-7 on the season, and didn’t make the
Pete Peck lead his team to victory. And they did just that, Brattleboro football team. Division I playoffs. But Hatt, who had wanted to get
beating Vergennes for the Division II boys basketball back into just teaching and coaching, is excited to be
championship 59-31, last March. Hatt has been a part of the Springfield school dropping the athletic director’s position to move on and
“There’s been a lot of victories lately, and a district for 15 years, and decided that it’s time to move teach again.
lot of league championships,” Hatt said. “A lot of our on, and get back to something he enjoys doing: coaching “I’ve been thinking about getting out of the
kids, men and women, have done great jobs as far as football and teaching. athletic director's business for a while now,” Hatt said.
statewide and in New England, and some have even “This is just a new chapter in my educational “It’s just a lot of time, and where I’m at with my life now,
received national recognition. I’m just happy for the career,” Hatt said. “I spent 15 years here at SHS. There my wife and I just want a lot more free time. So, I got
resources we’ve had, and that we were able to be so were a lot of challenges early, but a lot of success late. in the business to coach and teach again, and I’m going
successful.” There were also a lot of memories. Obviously the things to do that and drop the athletic director position.”
Part of the success of Springfield athletics’ that I look forward to in Brattleboro are some of the While the Springfield community certainly
involves the support of the fans. The football team espe- things I’ve already had here: establishing relationships wishes the best for Hatt in his transfer to Brattleboro,
cially drew large crowds to Brown Field, and everyone with players, parents, and coaches. And so I’m just he will be missed by many, as a coach, athletic director,
supported Hatt and his team, even when they had an 0-9 looking to do more of the same.” and teacher.
season in 2006. The support from the community has The relationship between Coach Hatt and “Coach Hatt has been a big part of SHS
shaped Cosmos athletics, and brought success to the students at SHS is something few coaches will experi- athletics for a long time,” junior soccer and softball
town. ence in their careers. Not only does Hatt have strong player Sarah Vredenburgh said. “He's been a coach
“I’m very proud of our Springfield athletic personal relationships with his players, but he also has and a mentor for many kids in our school. Coach Hatt
community,” Hatt said. “I look forward to seeing what established relationships with students, teachers, and took an 0-9 football team to a state championship and
the athletic community is like down in Brattleboro. As citizens in the Springfield community. undefeated season a few years later. Events like that
the Cosmos traveled around the state, we realized that “Before I even got to the high school I was brought our school and community together. It'll be
we travel just as good as anybody, and our fans and the excited about playing for Coach Hatt,” senior football hard to replace him because he was really committed
people involved in our community and athletics are as player Bennett Chevalier said. “We had a big football
good as anybody in the state.” class, and we started doing the spring football practices See Hatt page 22

G r e e n H o r n pg 19
excited to do some of the songs,” senior Jenny Bradley their poise and appearance in the shows, which will
Blossom from page 4 said. “I’m excited to start rehearsing the girls’ solo culminate in the crowning of the queen.
piece “Summer of ‘69” and “Summer Nights” from [the “It’s like a beauty pageant,” Tarbell said.
annual Apple Blossom Cotillion. Nineteen girls took movie] Grease.” “You get judged by your qualities and you get to dress
the opportunity to join this venerable tradition to raise For the 10th consecutive year, Springfield up while the judges pick somebody to be a role model
money for the Springfield Hospital Auxiliary. Money Hospital Foundation Director Larry Kraft will be the for younger kids.” Along with the queen, four other
raised by the event will be used for college scholarships master of ceremonies for the show. Co-directors and contestants will be chosen for the court. Other awards,
for students interested in pursuing in the health care choreographers Pam Church and Carrie Jewell will including Director’s Choice, and Mr. and Ms. Conge-
career. devote their talents and creativity in their 6th cotillion niality will also be given to participants.
Since January, the senior girl contestants and to bring summer to life. The lights will dim and the summer heat
their escorts have spent two hours every Sunday rehears- “The group of seniors this year has been very wave will roll inside Riverside Gymnasium as the shows
ing for the event. “Apple Blossom is just something you positive,” director assistant and former Apple Blossom begin on Friday, April 30th, at 7:30 pm. The crowning
do when you are a senior,” participant Melissa Tarbell participant Nicole Snide said. “They are moving along of the queen and her court will be announced at the last
said. “I’ve wanted to do it for a while. It’s the last chance very fast and we find ourselves very pleased with the show, Saturday, May 1st.
you get to spend with [some of] your senior class.” progress. They seem to be picking up the dances very “I decided to do Apple Blossom because I
This year's theme for the cotillion is Sum- quickly and are very attentive.” thought it would be really fun,” Bradley concluded. “It’s
mer Daze. Participants will be performing to summer- Out of the 19 girls, one will join the select the last senior thing you get to do. It’s two hours every
themed songs from High School Musical, Grease, and group of Apple Blossom Queens. The queen candidates Sunday that you are forced to be with your class. It’s
other popular films that depict teen culture. “I’m really are interviewed by a panel of judges and evaluated on something you usually wouldn’t do.”

Technologese from page 14 Math from page 7 number of questions each year because of the difficulty
“When I was a kid, I used to race raindrops on car win- secondary school level,” said Kost. “We also wanted of type-setting in the earlier days of the contest.”
dows,” “I never want to leave my bed in the morning,” a way to acknowledge and reward those students who Although Springfield High School students
and “No matter how far we’re seated in class, we’ll still excel in this area.” have done well in the past, having overall and regional
talk.” However, Esty has a theory that the test winners, only 10 students took the test this year.
In the real world, you can’t be a fan of no began as a way to get the US involved more in the "race To see how hard the test is, Esty said that
matter how far we’re seated in class we’ll still talk. for space” waged against communist Russia. This test SHS math teachers take the exam themselves. “We have
You could maybe be a fan of talking when seated far began around the time of the Cold War, so Esty guesses an informal contest going on in the math department,”
away, because the whole phrase becomes a noun. In “this was an outcrop [of the Cold War] to recognize math she said.
Facebook-land, it’s too much trouble to make a fan page and get ahead of the Russians.” For those students who do well, they have
noun-like. Either way, the test has definitely been suc- a chance to be one of eight statewide or ten regional
It’s a frightening vision when one contem- cessful in promoting math and recognizing students who winners. These winners receive a modest amount of
plates the impact of technology on the development excel in math. “I have been involved with the contest prize money as well as recognition for their outstanding
of the English language. Some people walk around for 36 years and it is one of my favorite activities,” said skills in mathematics. An awards ceremony is held in
professing their fanhood for I hate waking up in the Kost. “It's a lot of work. But from what I hear, well worth early May on the UVM campus for winning students,
morning, and discussing who they recently friended. the effort.” parents, and teachers.
We should consider the power we surrender when our The exam, which consists of 41 questions However, no regional winners were found
speech is diminished. Remember Newspeak in George involving “the traditional subjects of algebra, geometry among SHS students when scores were evaluated.
Orwell's 1984. The technology pit, regarding the cor- and trigonometry as well as probability, combinatorics However, the Best in School award will be given at the
ruption of language, is dark and deep. No one who has and problems involving reasoning skills,” according to end-of-year assembly at SHS when most individual
ever appreciated parts of speech or word-smithing can Kost, was to be completed in an allotted time of two awards are given out. Until then, the identity of the top
fathom where the bottom lies. hours. The number 41 was chosen because “it is a prime mathematics student at the high school will remain a
number,” said Kost, “and it was easier to have the same secret to the general public.

Sox from page 16


lineup was more balanced with the three, four and five before. But they should have a potent lineup. Starting
Maybe we’ll even see a six-man rotation.” spots displaying plenty of power. Those lineups also at the top they’ve got Jacoby Ellsbury, who posted a .301
Their deep starting rotation will be aug- possessed great contact hitters and speed at the top. average last year, while also setting a Red Sox record
mented by an experienced bullpen. Over the past few The common theme in both of those line-ups with 70 steals. Next will most likely be Dustin Pedroia,
years the strength of the pitching staff has been their involved David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in the three the 2008 American league MVP. Following him will
bullpen and its ability to bail out the starters. This year’s and four spots. Ramirez is long gone to L.A. and his be first basemen Kevin Youkilis, who may flip-flop
bullpen offers no new names as Jonathan Papelbon, and replacement, Jason Bay, is playing in Queens for the with the number four hitter. Fourth will be catcher/first
Hideki Okajima will again anchor the bullpen that will Mets. David Ortiz has only been a shadow of his former baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez. Matinez is
also feature Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez, Daniel self the past two years. widely regarded as one of the best-hitting catchers in
Bard, and Michael Bowden. “David Ortiz definitely needs a bounce-back the game. Batting fifth will be long-time DH Ortiz. He
The one question that remains about the Red season if the Red Sox want more power to their lineup,” will be followed by new acquisition Adrian Beltre in
Sox lineup this year involves the offense. It’s clear that said senior TJ Wallace. “There’s no doubt that Youkilis the sixth spot. Beltre has regularly hit over 25 homers
there are good hitters on the team. But the lineup isn’t and Pedroia, and Martinez are great hitters. But they’re per year. However, he hit only eight last year, due to
as frightening as it has been in the past. different hitters than Ortiz and Ramirez were.” injuries. J.D. Drew, who had his best season in a Sox
“It should be real tough for teams to get Ortiz and Ramirez were feared by oppo- uniform last season hitting 24 home runs, will hit 7th.
going against us,” said senior Matt Mitchell referring nents. At any point, they could completely change the Eight and nine will be filled by Mike Cameron and
to the Red Sox. “And we have a good shot of getting a momentum of the game with a homerun. Current Red Marco Scutaro, the new free agent acquisitions.
bigger bat later in the season so we can go deep in the Sox hitters hit their share of homers, but they aren’t The Red Sox batting lineup may not be
playoffs.” considered power hitters. Power hitters may not get as power-packed as in previous years. But they are
The Sox certainly have had recent playoff on base as much as the likes of the Ichiros, Jeters, and certainly in the running for the American League East
successes winning the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Pedroias, but they bring that game-changing swing to title and may take another trip to the World Series with
But they won those titles with power lineups. Every the game. their deep rotation, bullpen, and defense.
hitter in the ’04 lineup was a deep threat, and in ’07 the The Red Sox lack the power they’ve had

pg 20 G r e e n H o r n
Whales from page 12
ocean floor with their strange, wide heads. school bus. Considering this, you might assume they
3. Hammerhead Shark. Sharks are actually 4. Humpback Whale. Humpback whales are eat other large creatures. They don't. They eat small
a type of fish. Their streamlined skeleton is made up famous for their songs. They are the musical artists of fish, krill, and plankton. They find their meals, for the
completely of cartilage. Shark fossils, believe it or not, the ocean and their songs carry great distances. They most part, near coastlines around the globe's poles. In
date back to times before dinosaurs existed. One shark, use these magical songs to communicate with each the summertime, this is where they make their general
the hammerhead, is a particularly interesting specimen. other. The guys, in fact, sing to the lady whales they home. For the rest of the year, they stay closer to the
Of course, you have seen pictures of these strange-look- want to mate with. Their sound is soothing, voluptuous, equator. These warmer, equatorial waters allow them to
ing creatures, with their wide, hammer-shaped faces and simple. They're also graceful in movement, often breed. Pregnancies in humpback whales last close to a
and wide-set eyes. Their unique eyes give them a larger breaching high above the surface of the water, twirling year, and the bond between mother and calf lasts much
visual range than most fish, making it easier for them to and spinning before slapping the water on their way longer. Calves are nursed for a year, but mother and calf
find food. Another sensory organ helps them find their down. This characteristic may illustrate their playful- stick together for at least a year after a calf is weaned.
prey. Ampullae of Lorenzini are organs that detect ness, or may be a useful tool in removing parasites from Humpback whales are considered an endangered spe-
electrical fields created by other marine animals. Their their skin. cies, a tragic fact considering a world without the song
favorite dish is stingray, which they can pin against the Humpback whales are about the size of a of the humpbacks.

Bubble from page 24 Marijuana from page 9 Welcome from page 13


to understand why anyone would do that. We do now. spends about $8.26 million dollars trying to get marijua- The last month or so I have been unsure of
And you will too when you’re a senior. Luckily, we’re na off the streets. However, many teenagers and adults my plans. One day I want to go off to college, live in
smarter than that. We’ll continue to write our columns still use marijuana as a getaway drug, and continue to a dorm, study German, and go abroad. The next day I
and articles, do our physics homework, and try to un- rebel against the enforcement of marijuana-use laws. want to stay at home, work, take classes, and do my
derstand what poetry means (most likely failing). But “The amount of money that the U.S. gov- craft fairs. It’s when I got rejected that I knew what it
in our minds, while we’re pretending to understand the ernment spends on trying to stop people from smoking was I really wanted. I knew I wanted to go to college;
content of what we’re being taught, June 19th will be marijuana is ridiculous," said senior Jon Esden, who it is the experience that I want. I can get my education
flashing neon as we approach the finish line. opposes the legalization of marijuana. “The system anywhere, but I want to go off to college, play college
Oops, we probably shouldn’t have told you obviously isn’t working. The money could be spent level sports, meet people from across the country, and
that. But as you can see, we’ve kind of let ourselves go. towards schools, roads, or public transportation.” just have the overall college experience.
But that’s cool because we’re leaving anyway. You re- In 2009, both Massachusetts and California The whole college application process se-
ally need to understand how delicate we are as seniors, passed bills to regulate the commercial production and nior year is a pain in the butt. I got stressed getting the
and how much effort it literally takes from us to come distribution of marijuana, while imposing tax revenue on applications all together on time, then I stressed about
to high school every morning. Still. OKAY? Okay. retail sales. According to a January 2009 Mason-Dixon having to wait so long to find out my answers. I stressed
poll, 63 percent of Vermont voters support “a change in about where I’m going to go, but then told myself to
Upward from page 9 the law to provide for a $100 civil fine without jail time wait for the decisions before I start stressing out. Then
for those who possess an ounce or less of marijuana for the decisions came and I could officially stress out all
Upward Bound can allow students to get personal use.” With this rate, could marijuana freely be over again.
ahead in their classwork and prepare for college. Par- used in Vermont in the next few years? Since I was rejected from three schools, I
ticipants acknowledge these advantages to the program. “Whether it is behind the wheel of a car or have been looking into my backup schools. Now that
“You won’t know everyone there. You will join clubs. someplace else, one situation can lead to another crime,“ I’ve accepted that I may be going to one of those schools,
You’ll live with people you don’t know, and it will be Anderson concludes. “Anyone’s life is in danger when I don’t know what I’ll choose if I do get accepted to
filled with different people,” concluded Blake. “That’s you are under the influence. I don‘t think it will hurt for the last two colleges I haven’t heard from. But as I told
what college and life is all about. UB just brings it the government to evaluate more [about marijuana]. It myself to do before, I’m not going to stress out until I
closer.” would be a better way to do business.” know what all of my options are.

Theater from page 1


for a downtown marketing initiative [called] Operation “I’m hoping they maintain the historical grow our economic base, we need a strong infrastructure
Jump Start,” said Springfield On the Move member integrity of the building,” Swanson added. not only of physical pieces, like roads and water [and]
Carol Lighthall. Springfield On the Move is hopeful about sewer, but of culture,” said Lighthall. “The theater is
“The select board is simply just approving the construction. “I think that the theatre will add to a vital part in making this a healthy vibrant commu-
the grant funding,” said select board member John the energy of downtown,” said Lighthall. “I'm hopeful nity.”
Swanson. When approved, the project will be granted a that we can work with the theatre owner/operator to tie SHS junior Ryan Gottschalk works at the 802
permit. “There are various service organizations worried in promotions and other connections to our downtown music venue on Main Street, just a few doors away from
about it that are trying to get things going,” Swanson businesses.” the Ellis Block. “Even if we still had the movie theater,
said. The theater will also provide an activity for I think business would be okay at 802,” he said.
Once reconstructed, the Springfield Theater teens. It will become a vital part of the community. “The "I don't necessarily know that it's because
will boast three screens, an increase from the two found theater was, and will again be, part of the heart of the there's no movie theater,” VideoStop worker Michelle
in the Ellis Theater that burned in 2008. Three major community,” said Executive Director of the Springfield Lachapelle, "but we have been busier the past few
film distribution companies will each have a screen. One Regional Development Corporation Bob Flint. “It's a months.”
theater will have stadium seating. “We hope to have social hub as well as a primary source of entertainment “Any time an event or activity increases foot
some type of digital projection,” said Morlock. Nine, for the region.” traffic in our downtown, we have the opportunity to offer
two-to-three room apartments will also be added, which Like many teens in town, Springfield High additional services,” added Lighthall. “For our down-
will be an improvement over the previous boarding School senior Kayla Perham compensates for Spring- town businesses, this can mean additional sales.”
house arrangement in the Ellis Block. field’s lack of a movie theater by going to Claremont. Morlock has set up a Facebook page for the
A work crew from the Southeast State Cor- “It bothers me because there’s nothing to do in our town Springfield Theater Reconstruction to keep the public
rectional Facility began clearing rubble in late February anyway,” she said. Although she likes making the trip informed about the progress being made. “I think people
in preparation for construction to begin this April. The to Claremont, the longer drive has made going to the will like the end product,” he said.
revitalized theater is projected to open for the beginning movies an infrequent luxury. But it may be Swanson who best summed
of 2011. SHS senior Paige Parker thinks going to the up the opinion of the entire Springfield community. “I
“We’re hoping construction will be com- movies now is “not as big a deal as in middle school.” look forward to getting it back,” he concluded, “that’s
pleted by the end of this year,” said Morlock. “Everything is interrelated. To maintain and for sure.”

G r e e n H o r n pg 21
E.N.D. from page 14
the best lyrics on the album, such as “you could be the made it to number 7 in the U.S.) is comprised of verses
night” (which they chant throughout the entire song). model type, skinny with no appetite,” and probably is provided by each of the three males of the group, with
Nothing else matters. You’re living in the moment and the best-crafted of all the songs on the album (although a synth-heavy chorus provided by Fergie, singing in a
the moment’s good. my personal favorite is “Meet Me Halfway.”) I’m going style based off one of her idols, Madonna.
“I Gotta Feeling” is a great little diddy, but to be honest. I don’t know much about the mechanics The E.N.D. is without a doubt one of the
it is not quite as well-crafted as songs like “Imma Be,” of electropop. I know when it sounds good, but I have best albums of the New Millennium, one of the most
which begins relatively slow (as slow as this album ever trouble pointing out sounds so forgive me for the next defining of the New Millennium and even future genera-
gets. It’s turtle-ish. If the turtle is on rollerskates.) and sentence: “Rock That Body” is the most futuristic of tions, and--yes I’ll say it--one of the best pop albums
picks up to the point where techno-inspiration shows the songs, filled with slaps, claps, sonics of all types, ever released. I cast a disapproving glance upon those
and the term electropop seems more fitting than ever tweaked voices (Fergie is essentially chimpmunked) who claim this album to be a dud (er-hum… Rolling
for the album. filtered with autotune, all on top of a grooving beat that, Stone) and I fully intend to party with those who realize
Perhaps the true gem on the album (they fit when you crank up the decibels, can rock your body and it’s wonderocity. In spirit at least. The closest I get to
together so well it’s hard to pick) is “Rock That Body,” become one with your heartbeat. partying is listening to The E.N.D.
its meaning clearly stated in the name. It sports some of My favorite, “Meet Me Halfway” (which

Behind from page 11 Interview from page 2


are parts of the old NCLB Act that SHS Co-Principal sidered high stakes. In other words, until students pass Overall, how did student council do this year? Are
Bob Thibault favors. “I originally didn’t like NCLB," the MCAS, they cannot graduate from high school. you planning any more activities?
he said. "However, there are some things in it that are With so much depending on one’s future Student council did amazing this year. The first year
good. I think it's important for us to be held accountable. students are forced to take the MCAS seriously. When is always the hardest when you’re trying to come up
Just because NCLB hasn't been working, doesn't mean they work well on the MCAS, students are rewarded. with new activities, but we did very well planning and
we stop. We just need to find a better way." “It’s hard to take the NECAPs seriously organizing new events. We’re not planning any more
Perhaps other state assessment could help us. when we never see the results. Therefore, we are never large activities this year, but we will do another student
In Massachusetts, for example, high school students are rewarded for what we do,” said senior Erin Graham. “I recognition for the spring sports teams. Hopefully the
required to pass a standardized test, the MCAS, similar hope that the new act changes this situation. Otherwise, years to come will be even better, so we’re hoping
to the Vermont NECAPs. Unlike the NECAPs, which why should we take something seriously that has no everyone will continue to get into the school spirit, and
students often don’t take seriously, the MCAS are con- effect on us?” make our team more united and proud.

Hatt from page 19 “There have been preliminary discussions Mike Hatt has touched many lives during
with Mr. Thibault about the athletic director’s position,” his time at SHS. He has changed Cosmos football and
and he was always looking out for his players, and SHS Hatt said. “We’ve had some RIFs [Reduction-in-Force basketball. “In my four years at Springfield high school,
students, best interests.” notices] in the physical education department, but I think Coach Hatt served as my coach, teacher, and mentor,”
When Hatt decided in early 2010 to resign probably half my job, the physical education part, will SHS graduate Grant White, who is currently at Kimball
from coaching football at SHS, coach Jack Cohun from probably go to a physical education teacher. Nothing Union Academy to prepare to enter Bowdoin College
Bellows Falls Union High School took over his position is set in stone. They’ll do what they need to do, but I and play football and basketball, said. “He has done
very quickly, and was well-prepared for the job. Now think right now they are looking at the athletic director’s so much for the entire Springfield community over the
that the coaching position is filled, SHS will focus on position as a half-time position with benefits. Hopefully years. He’s an excellent coach and individual. He will
finding a new athletic director. we’ll be able to find someone to do a good job.” be missed greatly in Springfield.”

NEASC from page 4


SHS science teacher Belinda Hathorn, who in a room for over an hour.” While some students and
anything. Both Kendall and Aberle are confident that was part of the School Resources for Learning self-study teachers contemplated the timing of the lockdown and
SHS will get the accreditation it needs. faculty committee, was interviewed by a NEASC visit- worried if the lockdown was an act perpetrated for the
However, a visiting committee member did ing committee member and had someone observe her committee, or if the safety scare would threaten the
not accompany some students who were supposed to be class. chances of Springfield being re-accredited, Thibault
shadowed to class. One of these students, freshman Jill “I didn’t mind [having someone sit in on my assures that neither of those situations were the case.
Rushton, felt that the NEASC committee should have class],” said Hathorn. “We did our normal stuff and The NEASC group ended their stay at SHS
shadowed more students so they could understand the didn’t put on a show. We are what we are.” with a general faculty meeting on Wednesday, March
school community more. Hathorn also said that she very much enjoyed 24th, after school. At this meeting the committee Chair-
“I was supposed to be shadowed but the having the NEASC member interview her individually. man Warren Galway dropped rhymes like Run DMC to
committee member only sat in on one class and didn’t Hathorn said, “It was really nice to be able to take the vocalize his opinion of the school.
ask me any questions,” said Aberle. “I didn’t see any time out and talk about the students' work. Usually “The last meeting was very positive,” said
committee members in my other classes either.” we’re too busy.” Hathorn. “I think they saw the goods things here but
Aberle agrees that the visiting committee Hathorn thinks overall that the experience of we also have things to work on, like all schools do.”
may not have been able to get a true perception of the having the NEASC Visiting Committee come to SHS Thibault added that the full and public report from
school from a student's view with such minimal shadow- was a positive one. “I think that they saw the good things the NEASC Accreditation team will come later in the
ing. and they saw what we need to work on,” she said. spring. It will include commendation about the school
Thibault said that the visiting committee cre- The one setback that SHS faced during the and recommendations that school officials must follow
ated their own schedule for their visit. However, when visit was the all-school lockdown, due to administrative to be re-accredited.
there were available members to shadow students, he concern about school security, which took place on “The main thing people need remember
tried to pair them with a student. Wednesday, March 24th, the last day of the committee is that we are accredited. This process is just to get
Another large part of the NEASC evaluation visit. re-accredited,” concluded Thibault. “They will tell us
involved teacher observation and interviews. Most “The major low of the visit was probably the things that we need to work on. It won’t just be a yes
teachers at SHS were interviewed by a NEASC com- lockdown on Wednesday,” said Thibault. “Even though or no answer. At this point, I think we will probably
mittee member or had one sit in on their class when they they [the NEASC committee] were sitting in a closed get re-accredited.”
accompanied a student. room writing their reports, no one enjoys being locked

pg 22 G r e e n H o r n
Yankees from page 16 returned to strengthen the rotation. Joe Giradi is hoping The lineup will probably look like this:
that Vazquez will have a season closer to his previous Derek Jeter SS, Nick Johnson DH, Mark Teixeira 1B,
relievers to get Granderson. However, this is just the two seasons in the National League rather than his last Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada
way the Yankees have always preferred their lineups. season in a pinstripe uniform when he struggled. Sab- C, Curtis Granderson CF, Nick Swisher RF, and finally
They often choose offense over defense. Last year, bathia is a sure thing, and will continue to put up Cy Brett Gardner LF. Randy Winn will see time off the
though, they proved the importance of pitching when Young numbers, probably in the realm of 200 strike- bench in either RF or LF for Gardner or Swisher. How-
they brought in two top-of-the-rotation starters, C.C. outs, and an ERA around 3.00, with well over 200 ever, Granderson could also hit in the two spot, with his
Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. innings logged. speed and power, but he may stay lower in the lineup
The top of the rotation will, for this reason, The pitching staff aside, the Yankees of- because of his high strikeout rate.
remain strong, assuming that Burnett doesn’t suffer fense should be just as potent as it was last year. A few The lineup will be strong no matter where
with injuries, something that has plagued him his entire changes will be made, most notably with Robinson Granderson hits, and the Yankees should again make a
career. The rotation will also need another big year out Cano in the five spot. At the beginning of his career good push for the playoffs, the American League East,
of the 38-year old Andy Pettite. “A lot of the rotation Cano hit behind Jeter in the second spot. Last year Joe and even the pennant. “I think they’ll make the playoffs,"
comes down to Andy Pettite," said Ryan. “People expect Girardi experimented with Cano in the five spot, but he concluded Kelly Ryan. “I’m not sure they’ll get the East.
him to do well, but he’s getting up in age so he’s not a had difficulty with runners in scoring position. Girardi It’ll come right down to the wire as to who wins the East
sure thing” now has confidence that Cano has matured enough as a with the Red Sox. And 28 is the number.”
Former Yankee Javier Vazquez has now player to fit into the spot.

Clark from page 5 Track from page 17 Drama from page 3


very interesting,” said SHS sophomore Samir Mann. SHS record in this event. It is likely this season will (Esden) and their wacky romance begins. A string of
“I found it inspiring.” see more key performances added to Pianka’s athletic events and circumstances between the families almost
This was free for students because the Ster- resume. Freshmen Kodi Andrews and Chris Whaley are separate the couple. Luckily the Vanderholfs teach
ling and Francine Clark Institute, as well as the Williams expected to contribute in the distance events. Tony’s father, Mr. Kirby (Frank Gould), and his mother
College Art Museum, will pay for the buses and admis- “As a team, I’d really like to see us place (Turgeon) the meaning of love, life, and happiness which
sion. “It is really incredible that these two museums are higher with some of the running events,” said Wallace. allowed the couple the right to marry.
willing to do this,” said SHS Art teacher Lisa Murray, “I think we do pretty well in the field events.” The team’s The SHS Drama Club also recently attended
who organized the trip. “Both of these museums offer training regimen has been altered this season to improve a drama festival/competition in Lyndon, Vermont. The
a generous stipend for students to come and view these the athletes’ performance. They added, according to top two performances would advance to a regional
great works. Our students are so well-behaved that Wallace, “more endurance stuff.” competition. Springfield High School Drama club came
they’ve invited us back again. And we already went in “That’s going to make us better,” said Wal- in 3rd place and performed “God’s Honest: Evening of
December.” lace. Lies.” a series of three vignettes.
Williamstown provides a home for Williams Wallace, who coaches the throwing events, “We performed around 10:00am, then
College, a prestigious Ivy League Institution. The arts sees every meet as an opportunity for progress. “Goals watched and also went to an acting workshop,” said
museum was equally impressive. for this season would be [for] kids [to] get a lot more Esden. “We didn’t win, but it was good to have the
“My favorite part was definitely the modern out of it and each week to improve with PRs [personal experience and meet new people and have fun.”
museum,” said SHS sophomore Eibhilin Whittemore. records],” he said. The challenge of playing different characters,
“The Moby Dick fabric sculpture was really cool.” A factor that hinders the Cosmos team per- getting onstage, and working as a team provided growth
Whittemore, however, would have liked to touch this formance is the absence of a pole vault. Wallace believes for the members of the SHS Drama Club. “SHS drama
unique sculpture,but due to its texture and size this was the team has athletes who could be talented in the event has given me the opportunity to work on shows with
not allowed. Roldan also had a favorite sculpture. “I and earn points for the team. However, SHS no longer a supportive director,” said Mobus. “I’m comfortable
really liked the Degas sculptures of the ballerinas, and has a pole vault pit, though fundraising efforts to buy a working with everyone and getting onstage.”
the potraits in the Clark,” said Roldan. The sculptured pit began last summer with a car show. “Drama has helped me develop as a person,”
ballerina was dressed in a tulle skirt and ribbon. concluded Watkins. “I’ve learned to increase my capac-
ity for empathy and balance what I love.”
Abstinence from page 8
“It’s hard to tell kids not to have sex, but depression and suicide," she added, "and bringing sex
care,” said King. “People will just give in to impulse you can teach them safer methods,” said Fountain. “It’s into a relationship at such a young age can bring terrible
and end up having sex.” important to teach students about the risks, so that if emotional consequences.
“I don’t think you can control anything,” said students do start having sex, they know how to protect “So I tell students about all the reasons that
Chevalier. “I don’t think you can keep kids from doing themselves.” they shouldn’t have sex, and that I believe that it’s for
anything. I think that it is important to keep kids from Haskell, when asked to explain why students the best of their physical, mental, and emotional health,”
getting STDs and becoming pregnant. Kids are going should remain abstinent, said: “There’s physical harm Haskell continued. “I tell students that sex isn’t healthy
to do what kids do, and if they’re going to have sex we associated with sex, like getting a disease, but there for them at such a young age, but in the end, it’s their
have to at least show them how to keep from getting an is also the emotional harm of not feeling good about decision, and their parent’s decision. We try to help
STD or becoming pregnant.” yourself,” said Haskell. “Teens are more susceptible to students no matter what decision they make.”

SkillsUSA from page 5


“I enjoyed getting to compete in something ments. “They are not only my students but I design performance from last year.”
that I’m learning how to do,” Chevalier said. “Also the and run the competition,” said Gray. “So it’s always Wyatt, who also competed last year and
competitive aspect is fun.” a nice surprise when my students perform above my earned a silver medal at states, hopes to add to the win-
Vermont Adult Learning junior and Manu- expectations.” ning tradition. “We took home gold at nationals last year
facturing and Engineering student John Wyatt also The RVTC students who achieved gold are so we are going back this year to maintain our title,” he
enjoyed the competition. “The day of competing was now preparing themselves to compete at the national said.
quite a bit of fun,” Wyatt said. SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Missouri, in late Hakey is hopeful for nationals and is prepar-
Manufacturing and Engineering teacher June. ing for the tough competition. “I expect to do well,”
Chris Gray, who is also the co-advisor for the RVTC “I anticipate that the students will do equally Hakey said. “It will be different competing against the
chapter of SkillsUSA along with Carpentry teacher Erin as well as their counterparts did in former years,” Gray rest of the people that won gold and it will be tough.
Hunter, was proud of his students and their achieve- said. “My goal is to repeat our national gold medal But it will still be a fun experience.”

G r e e n H o r n pg 23
By Erika Anderson
SHS Speaks Out
A
s Spring comes into full swing, Sunny weather will melt away your winter tears,
All Vermont is glad to sing. Smiles around to be remembered for years.
When spring comes to town, Wrapped up in fluffs of white in the sky so blue,
Happiness goes 'round. It comes every year, but it feels so new.
It is the season of life, Beauty blooms in the fields of green and gold,
Never strife. Flowers of all colors, shining and bold.
Soon in the warm weather we will bake, Sunny sights to put your mind at ease,
The changing seasons are no mistake. Wrapped in the cool of a spring breeze.
Into the mud will sink our pain,

Bursting the
Winter clothes are shed for the season,
Caught in the ectasy of the rain. Spring clothes are the reason.
Bunnies will play in the grass so green, Looking at the stars, pinholes in the night,
Kitties will catch birds (oh they're so keen.) This spring everything will be alright.

Bubble
Bikes come out, children will play, Opinions abound on such a wonderful thing,
Trapped in the 24-hour beauty of a spring day. What is your favorite part of spring?

Neon Lights
So Close, Yet
So Far
By Jenny Bradley and Olivia Johnson Social Studies Teacher Sophomore Jake Sargent
David Slivka "My favorite part of spring is the star of the

I
t’s almost Apple Blossom. You know what that "My favorite part is getting the Harley out of the barn soccer season."
means? That means it’s almost time for prom. AKA and out on the road for the frist time."
it’s ALMOST June. Once it’s June, it’s almost JUNE
19th. We get to graduate. SEE YA SPRINGFIELD
HIGH SCHOOL.
We’re ready to blossom. Spread our wings.
You know what they say? Time to experience “the real
world?” So we’re going to do that. We’ll start this sum-
mer. Swimming every day, fires every night, smores,
Summer Place, Summer Place… and more Summer
Place. Okay, this probably sounds more like a routine,
not really a new experience. But we’ll get there. Basi-
cally what we’re trying to express is that we’re ready
to move on, start our lives, live.
Every day is harder than the last. Wake up
and do the same thing we’ve been doing for the past
four years. Same faces, same classes, same path. We’re Sophomore Victoria Molden Sophomore Savannah Pellerin
ready for some new things. Meeting new people, learn- '"I like seeing all the flowers pop back up." "I really like all the flowers and things coming up."
ing outside the box that we have been trapped in for our
whole lives.
Right now we’re sitting staring at this com-
puter screen doing everything possible to force these
words. We’re tired of forcing things, of just barely
scraping by. Don’t get us wrong. We love SHS. We love
most of the people, but…we’re ready to close that book
and start a new one.
Maybe it’s senioritis. Maybe it’s spring fever.
How about it’s just I-need-to-leave-for-college-now
syndrome. Too bad it’s April. We still have ten weeks,
but why stop now? We’ve made it four years. What’s
ten weeks?
It’s a lot. You know those kids that make
it this far and then drop out of school? We never used
Junior Terrry Reidy
See Bubble page 21 "My favorite part of spring is swimming and
Freshman Abi Cox
"I like spring because it gets warmer and the snow
traveling." goes away."

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