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OPA! Worth a celebratory cheer

Tara Grace • Editor in Chief

We could sit here and debate whether gyro is pronounced “guy-row” or “eur-o” but the one thing we should all agree on is that OPA’s gyros are out of this world.

Fair gyros can’t compete with these. The grease and dry meat aren’t a match for the tender, flavor-filled gyro at OPA.

Now don’t get me wrong, they don’t just serve gyros but salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches, as well.

Their food made me just want to scream “OPA!” because it was packed with a ton of juicy meat, and drenched in yummy-filled garlic sauce.

They also offer options that blew me away. You can have french fries, fair fries, or chips.

Their fair fries, sprinkled with vinegar of course, would put the grease-filled fair fries to shame.  They also offer a garlic sauce with their fries that give your taste buds a wonderful surprise.

Just be careful of the extra cost, but it’s totally worth it.

The only downfall I saw was that the staff did not forewarn me about the extra cost for fries added to a gyro, and the added cost of extra sauce, which caused a surprise when I got the bill.

The staff is lovely. They don’t treat you like just another customer, but as a friend. They converse with you about your day, and give recommendations on their favorite things on the menu.

The small place has posters of movies, such as Scarface, and signs hung up all around the restaurant making it seem informal and giving the place a laidback feeling. This created a friendly environment, because it didn’t seem too stuffy orfancy.

Overall, I would give this restaurant four and a half stars. They made me feel special and welcomed as well as supplied me with yummy food to have me so full I was rolling out the door. Just a forewarning on the pricing would be awesome, then this place is set for the Food Network to make a stop. ϖ

Delaware traffic calls for terms of alleviation

Paul Winters • Views Editor

The population of Delaware is on a steady rise, the density moving to 180,000 according to a 2012 estimate from the United States Census Bureau. This is a 3.9% increase from the 2010 census.  With a denser population, there is more gridlock on the roadways.

Rush hour traffic in Delaware oftentimes results in standstill congestion.  State Route 23 fills up with cars commuting to and from work. The peak rush hours are from 5-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.  Getting anywhere quickly during these times can be nearly impossible.

“I try to avoid rush hour traffic,” senior Dryden Heeter said. “I think of how to avoid the main roads.”

There is a call for more projects and construction to try to make traffic in Delaware run more smoothly.

“There are more projects than funding,” said Nancy Burton, Public Contact for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). “It is a long process, with many factors, safety concerns, traffic volume, economic development, and population.”

Many projects are put off until the safety concern is too much to look away from.  With the interchange at I-71 and State Route 36-37, the intersection had become dangerous before action was taken.

“A  project was completed a year ago [at the I-71 and 36-37 interchange],” Burton said.  “We eliminated left turn lanes. This has improved congestion in the area.”

According to Burton, the 36-37 interchange has seen on average approximately 23,400 vehicles travel through it daily, compared to the I-270 and State Route 23 interchange that has 175,000 vehicles on average. Even though there is more congestion, the safety priority comes out to be the deciding factor of which projects gets funding.

The proposal of new road projects can be an extensive process. Once construction starts in the summer months, there is a push to get as much done as possible, weather permitting.

“The construction is usually constant,” Junior Elyssa Steele said. “Construction happens at the worst times of the day.”

There is a recent boom in the Polaris area; the farther south towards Columbus, the more congested the traffic becomes.

“There is a long-term project to add another interchange between Delaware and Polaris,” Burton said.  This project will be an attempt to relieve some of the congestion at the 36-37 Interchange at I-71.

Coming closer to the center of Delaware, the merge of 36-37, Central Avenue and William Street is a center of congestion. The recent change to the intersection has made traffic flow better, but it is still hard to ease the rush hour traffic. The traffic on Central Avenue and William Street between their merge and Lake Street is normally at standstill conditions when rush hour comes around.

With Delaware county’s population on the rise, the gridlock and congestion will only get worse from the current bottleneck traffic.

Choir Prepares for OMEA Conference

The Delaware Hayes Symphonic Choir has been given the opportunity to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus Convention Center in February of 2014. This will be the Symphonic Choir’s first time ever performing at the conference.

“It means a lot to the choir,” junior Naomi Latta said. “Everyone is so dedicated to it.”

There are over 100 choirs from Ohio, ranging from middle school to college, that audition to perform at the conference and only about 20 are actually chosen. The Hayes Symphonic Choir learned that they were one of those 20 choirs in early July, and from the very first day of school, they’ve been working hard on their music selections.

“The symphonic choir is giving their own 45-minute performance, so unlike concerts we do here at Hayes with only three or four songs, [the students] have to sing a whole concert performance,” said Dara Gillis, director of the choir.

The choir will be performing songs such as “Loch Lomond” by Jonathan Quick, “Notre Père” by Maurice Duruflé, and “Sweet Hallelujah” by Mark Miller.

The seniors who helped with the audition tape last year as juniors, finally get to see their   hard work pay off this year by getting to perform at the conference.

“This is my final year in Symphonic Choir,” senior Austin Johnson said, “so I’m very glad that my last year in the choir will include performing at the conference!”

Attending an event like this “establishes a reputation, and people look at your program differently,” Gillis said.

Attending the OMEA conference will potentially keep the choir’s chances of being selected in future years higher. It will also give the impression to prospective members that the choir is a big deal and is something to work hard at.

“It will definitely improve our reputation by a lot,” Latta said. “We already have a good one, so this will make us one of the most well-known choirs in the state.”

As a whole, the choir members are thrilled to be given this new opportunity and agree that this is a huge step for the future of the group. Other music programs in the school perform at events such as Solo and Ensemble as well as district and state contests, but the OMEA conference is one of the biggest steps any music group at Hayes has ever taken.

Students take talent to big screen

Lily Wiest • Managing Editor

It started out as a simple D-Town project. Less than a year later it was being shown on a theater screen to a city full of people. Phil Frentsos’s music video for the song “Teenage Problems” had quite a journey. It was one of three short films chosen to be shown in the Ohio Shorts Youth Division at the Independents’ Day Festival in Columbus.

Every year the Wexner Center hosts a film festival for youth and adult filmmakers, and every year Mr. Schey encourages his D-Town students to submit their own short films. Last year he pushed the contest even harder than before, inspiring Frentsos to create a video specifically for the competition.

He was originally planning on doing a fictional short film, but when his friend and fellow senior Elijah Welch asked him to create a music video for his new song he changed the plan.

Welch, or The Psalmist, is a Christian rapper who writes and produces all of his own music. He appeared in the “Bands You’ve Never Heard Of” column of the Talisman last year.

Frentsos said that he picked Welch’s song because he thought it “had a purpose. [Elijah] puts everything teenagers deal with in life and turns it to a religious standpoint,” he said.

Welch himself said he feels called to write songs of substance and that he wrote “Teenage Problems” because he feels that many of the issues teenagers deal with go overlooked.

The video itself is roughly four minutes long. It switches between close-ups of Elijah singing and shots of teenagers holding signs with words like “Depression,” “College” and “Body Image.” The end shows Welch burning all the signs, reinforcing the message of the line “letting God handle all these teenage problems.”

Frentsos said he was inspired by the purposeful videos of Ryan Lewis, best known for his work with rapper Macklemore.

“I turned to him for motivation,” Frentsos said.

He said that he tried to emulate Lewis’s slow-moving shooting style, which is evident throughout the video.

“[Phil]’s very thoughtful about the way he uses tracking shots,” Schey said.

Schey also praised Frentsos’ story-telling ability. From a technical standpoint he said the video stood out to him because of its “great shots, great angles and such a quick pace of editing.”

Frentsos said he was motivated to do his best work not only because of the competition, but also because it was promoting his friend’s music.

“Elijah really wanted it to be good,” he said. “I wanted to do good for Elijah.”

The festival itself took place on the weekend of September 20. It was a huge event, and several streets were closed down in preparation. They featured independent music, film, art and food. The Ohio Shorts films were shown on Saturday.

Schey said he was “surprised at the scope. It’s pretty cool…to think that they’re talented enough to be viewed in that setting,” he said.

Welch said he found the experience “humbling.”

The boys are each moving forward in their artistic work. Frentsos will continue to use what Schey called his “intuition” for film in D-Town again this year. Welch has joined him in D-Town and is currently talking to a label about producing his music more professionally.

Click the link to watch the video on Youtube.

Low club attendance leaves advisors puzzled

Avery McGrail • Online Editor

There are plenty of students spending several hours participating in band, theatre, and sports, but students who are willing to give up time for after-school clubs, or who even have time to, are in scarce supply.

The Gay-Straight Alliance is one club worried about attendance to meetings.

The Gay-Straight Alliance is a student-run club for students of all sexual orientations. It focuses on providing a safe, harassment-free environment for students to talk about any sexual orientation or sexual identity issues. More and more schools are including their own GSA and are working to create a positive, accepting atmosphere in the school environment. Hayes’s GSA program started long before advisors Ryan Schey and Ariel Upstrom began working at Hayes.

They’ve noticed that club attendance starts off strong but then dwindles.

“I think at the beginning of the year students come back and they’re like ‘yay! school! exciting!’,” Schey said, “and then during the year they get lazy, they get apathetic, they get busy with other things.”

The dying attendance may be a recurring pattern for the GSA, however, the past two years have been more prominent.

“Last year Ms. Uppstrom and I would show up and we’re like ‘So… just the two of us I see,’” Schey said. “The whole point is to have students in it.”

So far this school year, they’ve met once but they do plan to have more meetings and events to recruit new members. The Day of Silence, an event many GSAs participate in, usually gets a lot of participants. It is scheduled for this coming spring.

“When we don’t have people sitting at a lunch table to get sign-ups or publicize it, it makes it hard to make those things happen,” Uppstrom said. They also usually have an Ally day during October, which is currently on the cutting board.

Uppstrom said that there are two ways to look at the club attendance problem: positive and negative. The positive side is that the GSA is not necessary anymore. After so many years of existence and the work they’ve done, society (in the school) is progressing. Maybe it’s progressed to the point that there isn’t a lot of instances of bullying in the school.

However, on the negative end, Uppstrom worries that maybe there is a stigma to the group, or out students are afraid and don’t want to acknowledge where they’re coming from.

The GSA isn’t the only club feeling the hurt. Many other clubs are seeing empty yearbook group-shots.

Unfortunately, sometimes this lack of attendance makes clubs impossible to attend, because they are then no longer offered.

One of the most beloved clubs, The Muggle Alliance, is currently six feet under.

Worldwide, there are thousands of Harry Potter fans, so the inevitability of there being “Potterheads” in Hayes is very big. However, participation has decreased drastically in the past several years

“It’s really about what is in the interest of the adviser too,” said English teacher Mr. Hering. “We really want to buy into it as much as the students do.”

The group started when a few students, who knew about Hering’s love for the Harry Potter series, approached him and asked to help start up a Harry Potter-related club. The Muggle Alliance was then born. The club focused on Harry Potter-themed activities and held a quidditch match, the main sport of the wizarding world, against Buckeye Valley. As a part of their community involvement, they teamed up with Main Street Delaware  and set up a Harry Potter themed First Friday, turning most of Downtown Delaware into ‘Diagon Alley,’ ‘Hogsmead’ and ‘Hogwarts’. That gloomy rainy night ended up being the biggest First Friday they’ve had, with over 1,000 costumed people showing up to participate.

Clubs like the Muggle Alliance face a challenge when no students are willing to take on the leadership of the club, and an even bigger problem when very enthusiastic students have scheduling conflicts or graduate.

“The key with clubs is it’s the students that make them happen,” Hering said. “It’s not fun to advise a group that doesn’t really have participation and enthusiasm, so the students have to make it happen.”

These sorts of organizations pull people out of their comfort zone and don’t look too shabby on college applications and resumes. It shows colleges that the student is well-rounded and willing to get involved in an academic setting. It also demonstrates a student’s leadership abilities if they’re the ones who initiated the club.

Organizations like band, thespians, and sports have many members for the same reasons. Teachers who run these groups are usually paid to do so, and therefore are more willing to devote their time and energy into it.

However, this isn’t true of advisers like Uppstrom, Schey and Hering, who desire the same amount of passion from their students that they have.

After school clubs aren’t a necessary aspect of school life, but they can help improve a student’s social confidence. Instead of spending time alone at home, students are spending time with people who they share a common interest with.

As long as the internet exists and teenagers have less and less time after school, there will be fewer students attending clubs.

“We need kids to let us know what they want to do so that we can make things happen,” Hering said, “or so that they can make things happen, I should say.” ϖ

High school class replaces long standing middle school course

Meg Ayscue • Business Manager

After over a decade of teaching seventh and eighth grade students Advanced Science Kids (ASK), Deborah Bogard is moving to help a younger generation with enriched reading because Physical Science has moved down to eighth grade.

More and more students are taking on high school classes as soon as they can to either graduate early, have more class options later on in high school, or even to have more for their college or scholarship applications. Dempsey has been offering Algebra II and Geometry classes for middle school students who wanted to take them earlier. And for the past two years, the school board has been looking for a way to offer more options for grades K-12, specifically in the science department.

In January of 2012, the board suggested moving Physical Science to Dempsey for those students who want to get completed prior to reaching high school. However, this meant getting rid of Bogard’s eighth grade Advanced Science class.

“[Bogard] was intended to teach seventh grade Advanced Science,” said Paul Craft, the Delaware City Schools Superintendent. However, an enriched teacher left the district, so that position was offered to Bogard.

She was not able to teach the Physical Science class herself because she is not a licensed high school teacher.

Not every student was thrilled about Bogard leaving Advanced Science.

“[ASK] was such a fun class, but I also feel like I learned so much from it and that I grew as a person from it,” said former ASK student Anna Hurley.

Bogard is now in charge of “reading enrichment” in the district for grades three through six. More specifically, the Delaware City Schools website lists her as the gifted reading and virtual reading specialist. Although all elementary schools can list her as one of their teachers, she is now located in the technology building next to Dempsey.

“She is obviously a very gifted… very effective teacher,” Craft said. “I’m excited about what she’s bringing to our efforts.”

Students can still take Advanced Science in seventh grade from a different teacher, Becky Sanson, and Physical Science in eighth. However, they no longer need to be considered “gifted” to take the classes; Craft explained that they just need to be in the “top tier” of testing scores.

“I think Advanced Science was worth it… I honestly don’t think it’s worth it to have an eighth grade Physical Science class,” Hurley said. “It’s completely plausible that everyone could get ahead and be able to take the AP science classes if they double up their first two years, or even their first year, in high school.”

According to Craft, the district is trying to give “more students the option for high school curriculum” at an earlier age. “Over the course of the next year, [the district will] see more high school classes offered at the eighth grade level.”

Many of her former students are sad to see the change.

“[Mrs. Bogard] is such a great science teacher,” Hurley said. “I think she is such a wonderful asset to our school system that we shouldn’t… let her do a job that other people can do, when she can do a job that no one else is capable of.”

New members inducted into Hall of Fame

Lily Wiest – Managing Editor

Five alumni and one coach were inducted into the the Hayes Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Friday afternoon, September 13.

The inductees were selected by the Distinguished Hall of Fame Committee for their achievements in academics, athletics and the performing arts. Principal Stranges thanked these men for representing Hayes so well and welcomed them back to the school.

After the JROTC Color Guard presented the colors, the new members each gave a short, motivational speech to students in the audience.

The first to go was Dr. Richard J Blakeslee, class of 1970. He works for NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He said that he would classify his work as a research scientist as “an adventure”, but also mentioned how proud he is of his Delaware roots.

He urged students to think seriously about their character in the workplace.

“As you pursue your dreams, do so with kindness, consideration and respect for others,” he said.

Jack Hilborn, class of 1967, spoke next about his years of experience as a Delaware businessman. Hilborn was once a member of the Key Club, and talked about the continuing importance of service.

Herbert “Bill” Williams, another businessman from the class of 1954, praised the Delaware community. His family has been in Delaware City Schools for four generations, starting with his mother who graduated from Willis in 1921. He himself was the Student Body President during his senior year.

“I welcome you to stay in this community and make it even better,” he said.

Dan Morrison was also inducted into the Hall of Fame, though he is not an alumni. He coached Varsity Boys’ Tennis for 37 years, making him the longest tenured coach in Delaware history. His team won the OCCs 13 times. He now teaches ACT Prep classes and tutors during school.

“I never cared about the sport all that much,” he said, “but I care about the students.”

Coincidentally, Will Morrison, Dan’s son, was also inducted into the Hall. Having just graduated in 2003, he was honored for his athletic accomplishments. He holds the record for the most tennis wins at Hayes and was voted MVP for four straight years.

He encouraged students to follow their dreams, even if they are less profitable than other options.

“Commit yourself to a path that will bring you happiness for years to come,” he said.

Christian Howes, class of 1989, was also inducted for his musical achievements, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Thomas fulfills lifelong dream, becomes U.S. Marine

Emily Richards – News Editor

Fellow Delaware County JROTC members gathered last Friday afternoon to watch Olentangy senior, Austin Thomas, swear into the United States Marine Corps.

“It’s my oath of enlistment saying that I passed all physical, moral, and mental tests to start my path to become a U.S. Marine,” an excited Thomas explained. His current ship-out date is July 21, 2014.  He will travel to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina to complete basic training.

Thomas looks forward to participating in this training, but mostly to completing it so that he can proceed along the track to becoming a Marine. Following basic training, he will attend the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Thomas’s involvement in the JROTC program can be accredited to his ongoing interest in joining the Marines. He believes that joining the program was one of the best decisions he has ever made.  “It’s the reason I get up in the morning to go to school,” Thomas said. “I love it.”

Four years later, Thomas is able to reflect back on his time in the program and acknowledge all of the hard work, effort and dedication he contributed to attain his current position. “I just put in 110% every time,” Thomas said. He also took part in hours of volunteer work and recruiting.

“I chose the United States Marine Corps because I truly believe that the Marines are the best of the best,” Thomas said. “No one is tougher, truer, or more honorable, and nothing would honor me more than to be a part of that tradition.”

Should teachers be educators & protectors?

Jamie Lahman • Graphic Designer

Almost half a year ago, Sandy Hook, as well as two other public shootings, took place, and it seemed half the nation was up in arms to protect their arms while the other half was in opposition.

The problem is that schools are common targets for disgruntled terrorists because of their innocence and vulnerability to an attack. On top of that, revenge or envy towards other students are often the cause for school shootings by students.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre argued in a press conference last winter that schools should be increasing gun visibility, not decreasing it. “The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be permanently involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection,” he said.

Like most issues, there are many risks and benefits which arise from arming teachers.

Statistics for pro-concealed carry show a lessened likelihood of multiple-victim shootings. In contrast, anti-concealed carry activists point out that the United Kingdom has one of the lowest number of gun-related homicides per capita in the world due to their strict gun control laws.

It’s no wonder how ambiguous the solution to the situation is and how easily the nation can be split on an issue. Paul Mason, a senior at Hayes and an active gun enthusiast, is also hesitant.

“I don’t think guns by themselves are bad,” Mason said. “But if they get into the wrong hands, things could get bad. I don’t really know how I feel about [arming teachers].”

Some believe that having trained officers in site or armed teachers in the classroom is the best solution to protect the children.

One benefit of concealed carry in schools  is due to the decreased response time. Some fear that in the time required for the police to completely take over the situation, the damage already done can escalate to an unacceptable degree. This is even more of a concern in rural areas with a smaller, less ample police force.

However, there are also the unintended negative consequences. First, there is the chance of an accidental discharge.

In an interview with Talisman last school year, Superintendent Paul Craft said that isn’t uncommon. “Even when I was on a military post in Afghanistan with highly trained soldiers we had such incidents,” he said.

In addition to the physical consequences, a 2013 study done by the Center for Homicide Research found a possible link between having weapons in the classroom and an increase in aggression by the students.

In some countries where terrorist attacks on schools are more common, such as Israel or Thailand, armed teachers have helped to reduce the number of attacks.

For Ohio, the attitude towards firearms overall appears to be improving. With four more months left in the 2013 year, the number of concealed carry permits issued by the state has already exceeded that of last year’s. With that said, there is no reason to believe this means an increase of people in favor of arming teachers or principals in the Delaware area. ϖ

Borowski goes abroad, spends year in Belgium

Emily Richards • News Editor

While most Hayes students were enjoying football Friday nights and attending school dances, senior Hannah Borowski was across the Atlantic Ocean exploring the continent of Europe.

“I wanted to have a year abroad,” Borowski said. “It looks really good on college applications and every essay is really easy to write.”

She departed from the United States in August of 2012. Upon arriving, her host parents, Georges Nihoul and Christine Bodesone, welcomed her by throwing a birthday party with her host grandparents and a couple of friends. “We ate dinner in our backyard,” Borowski said.

Borowski participated in the American Field Studies program, which allowed her to spend ten and a half months with a single host family in Liège, Belgium.

She chose Belgium as her place of residence because of the more personal, tight-knit community that it contains. The European country is actually smaller than the state of Ohio, ranging about 174 miles across.

Much of the traveling is done by train. “From top to bottom of Belgium is about a two-hour train ride,” Borowski said. “It’s easy to see anything and go anywhere.”

Borowski generally traveled by train or bus as opposed to in a car like most Americans do. Adapting to the new transportation method was a significant adjustment for Borowski, but not necessarily one with negative consequences.

“There’s so much more freedom,” Borowski said.  “It was really inexpensive.”

During her stay, Borowski learned a lot from her host parents. Nihoul and Bodesone work together traveling to schools and organizations to play icebreaker games with children, many of which she got to participate in.

She was also exposed to the culture of living with someone with a disease. Her host father, Georges, had diabetes.  “It was a very noticeable thing in the family so I learned a lot about that,” Borowski said.

Borowski attended L’institute Provincial d’Herve school where she was in a classroom with about 20 other students. The class itinerary in Belgium is comparable to that of Willis Intermediate School. “You’re with the same people all of the time,” Borowski said. “You change classes together and have the same schedule.”

It is also a lot more difficult for students to get one-on-one attention with teachers because they do not have their own classrooms. “I really missed that,” Borowski said.

She also missed her friends, family, and downtown Delaware, specifically First Fridays, farmer’s markets, and her favorite stores. However, there were plenty of unique opportunities for her in Belgium.

Outside of school, Borowski participated in recreational activities with her companions who were also involved in the exchange program.

“Some of my best friends were from other countries,” Borowski  said. “We would go to the city and go shopping, walk around, sit in the park and have fun.”

School released early every Wednesday, and Borowski used some of this free time to travel to national parks to go hiking. She also ventured into cities to sight-see in other European countries such as Germany, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands.

“The world is a lot larger than we think,” Borowski said. “There are millions of other towns like Delaware with all different kinds of languages and people.”

For these reasons, Borowski highly recommends taking the opportunity to travel abroad.

“[Do it] if you want to have an adventure or do something you will never, ever forget and see things that you wouldn’t even imagine existing,” Borowski said. “There are so many new experiences out there.” ϖ