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A Day To Remember A Hero

In 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the “War to End All Wars” came to an end. This day was called Armistice Day because it was the day the leaders of the major countries fighting in World War I signed an armistice, otherwise known as a peace treaty.

To commemorate the first anniversary of Armistice Day, the English government asked that all unknown soldiers be buried on this day, a tradition that sparked the ideals behind what is now known as Veteran’s Day.

Armistice Day was renamed Veteran’s Day after the end of World War II when it was decided that the veterans of both wars needed to be honored.

Veteran’s Day is celebrated all around the world, not just in the United States. All across the globe, the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country’s beliefs are honored with parades, ceremonies, assemblies, and other events.

One of the other ways to honor veterans is a moment of silence. It began on the morning of November 11th, 1918 when people were called on to be silent for one minute to remember those who died in battle, a tradition that is still carried on today.

“Every year I would go to my grandchildren’s Veterans Day assemblies,” Keith Sheets, a three year veteran said. “When my granddaughter was in 5th grade at Willis, they had me and the other vets stand up and say a little something about the service.”

Sheets says that he and other veterans feel very honored, especially at the assemblies run by the school.

Celebrations and ceremonies happen all over the world, in schools, churches, home town cemeteries and national cemeteries.

Soldiers and other armed personnel that have served for the United States attend these celebrations to remember their service.

“Going to these amazing celebrations and ceremonies makes me feel good about what I did,” Sheets said. “Knowing I could be someones hero, especially my granddaughter’s, puts a big smile on my heart which is enough for me,”

Celebrating Veterans Day is popular not only amongst adults but also children. Many schools take trips to Washington D.C. to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11 a.m. on November 11, a color guard representing every service branch will present arms and solute the tomb. As this is happening, a bugler plays taps and a wreath is placed at the Tomb’s base.

For the fifth year in a row, Delaware will have its own Veteran’s Day ceremony. It takes place on November 11th at the Council for Older Adults, which is located at 800 Cheshire Road. All current and former military personnel are invited to a breakfast buffet at 8:00 AM, followed by a presentation to honor those men and women.

Honoring a veteran is like hugging a hero. It is not only a thanks to him for fighting for the country but it also shows appreciation for his sacrifices.

Hollywood Re-do’s classics

Staff Writer – Arden Palmquist

We all love the classics, but lately Hollywood is overdoing them. So many classic movies are being re-filmed, and sometimes the scriptwriters change the script up and add a little more or take a little out of the original.

Recently, Carrie and Romeo and Juliet have been released as a re-do classic.

Carrie was first filmed in 1976, and then it recently came out again in 2013. The 1976 film starred, Sissy Spacek and William Katt. Carrie was just re-released, which starred Chole Grace Mortez and Ansel Elgort. Hollywood stayed original and kept the script and plot the same as the 1976 version.

Romeo and Juliet has a total of three movies. One was filmed in 1968 starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussing. Then in 1996, Hollywood recreated Romeo and Juliet starring, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. The 1996 version was transformed into a modern day suburb setting but kept the original dialogue. In 2013, Hollywood recreated Romeo and Juliet this time starring, Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. The 2013 version stuck to the way Shakespeare originally written it, but adding a few more lines to create more comedy.

In 2011, Hollywood re-made Footloose. The original film was made in 1989 which starred Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his mother moved out of chicago and to the small town of Beaumont to live with his aunt and uncle.  The town of Beaumont forbids dancing, and when Ren finds this out, he does everything he can to protest against this. Along the way he falls in love with the daughter, Ariel (Lori Singer), of the Preacher. Later on, the town changes their mind and approves the idea of dancing again. In 2011, which starred Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, the plot changed. Ren (Kenny Wormald) moves to a small town in Boston to live with his aunt and uncle after his mom passes away. He finds out that the town forbids loud music and dancing, which causes Ren to protest. Along his protest to bring loud music and dancing back, he falls in love with  Reverend’s daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough).

Hollywood seems to like re-doing the classics, and adding new things. However, a classic will always be a classic.

Familiar sport brings exchange student closer to home

Tara Grace • Editor-in-Chief

Andrea Romani might be new to the country, but he is certainly not new to the game of soccer.

Romani is an all-year foreign exchange student from Italy who is getting involved in the athletic scheme of Hayes by joining the boys varsity soccer team.

“I wanted to try American soccer because I think it’s a good way to get involved and make friends,” Romani said.

Romani has been playing soccer for eight years in Italy and wanted to experience what American soccer was like.

According to Romani, the two main differences between Italian and American soccer were the coach and the way the team is formed.

“A lot of foreign schools don’t have high school teams, they just play with their city,” Varsity coach Nate Weakland said.

Romani wanted to obtain an idea of what it was like to play for a high school team where he sees his teammates every day.

Another difference Romani has noticed is the coaching style between his Italian coach and Weakland.

“The coach is a bit more hard with the player, not so polite.” Romani said.

Weakland has had his fair share of coaching foreign exchange students with Sidney Meyer two years ago, and Rodolfo three years ago.

Weakland claims that the most difficult part of coaching a foreign exchange student is the language barrier that exists.

“Some of the terms are different. You’ve got to figure out ways to communicate with them, so that makes it a little difficult,” Weakland said.

According to Romani, it is sometimes hard to figure out what the boys are saying due to the way they talk very fast on the field and the short sayings they use.

Overall, Weakland believes that Romani is a great asset to their team and hopes that he will help achieve the soccer team’s goals.

“He is a great winger for us,” Weakland said. “He is definitely the guy that can come over for us and be a starter and have a pretty big impact.”

The boys soccer team as a whole is hoping to achieve the top half of the OCC conference play and hopefully make it to district final at the end of the season. ϖ

Pop-star Miley Cyrus ‘Can’t stop’ and shouldn’t have to

Miley Cyrus beat Lady Gaga in most shocking performance this year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

People were expecting Gaga to come out in wicked outfits and have a crazy show but they weren’t expecting Cyrus’ profane performance.

Viewers might think that Gaga would be in a bad mood about not astonishing the world the most, but for her it’s not about shocking people. She just wanted to be strong, beautiful and powerful. She stated “it’s not a competition” in an interview with The Guardian.

During Gaga’s performance at the VMA’s, she was changing in and out of outfits, some of which were not at all modest. Katy Perry was in a sports bra and boxers, with back up dancers in bikinis.

Gaga and Perry have had past performances where they wore little to no clothing at all. Their dances aren’t always clean either.

So what makes Miley different? It doesn’t make sense that she gets so much more hate from viewers. Cyrus is known for her childhood career as an actress and a singer, Hannah Montana. People like me have known her to be a role model.

She used to write music to make girls feel like they fit in. She would write songs about love and relationships for the younger-aged girls. This is nowhere near the music she makes now. “We Can’t Stop”, “Wrecking Ball”, and “Love Money Party” are some of the songs she has on her new album Bangerz which was released October 4th.

Her song “We Can’t Stop”, she sings about being at a party, doing what she wants with no rules and how she’s “‘bout that life” now.

She was engaged to Liam Hemsworth and had her life on track. Her life all turned around though. She cut off her hair, she and Liam broke their engagement and she’s all about parties now.

Viewers are upset that this role model isn’t continuing to be a role model anymore.

Other performers such as Madonna and Britney Spears are known to write “sexy” music and have some vulgar dance moves in their performances. But Cyrus isn’t known for that type of music.

Miley Cyrus is different than these other performers because she was known for her childhood career. Gaga, Perry, Madonna and Spears are known for this type of music because they started as woman already and they don’t have a reputation as a role model to younger girls.

They’re expected to have crazy performances, vulgar dance moves and lyrics. But for Cyrus it’s different.

Cyrus has come a long way in her career with music and acting. Starting out as Hannah Montana, a young teen role model and now she’s turned into a woman who parties and wants to show off her bad girl side.

There is no reason why Miley Cyrus should be hated for her new kind of music and videos, this is who she is now.

What Your Halloween Costume Says About You


So creativity isn’t really your thing. That’s okay – the world always needs more witches and princesses. But if you think you can just wear a sheet and be a ghost, think again. That does not count. If you want candy, put in more effort.


You take the ‘trick’ part of trick-or-treat very seriously. Props to you, as these often end up being some of the best and most detailed costumes out there. But you should consider that they can be so realistic that everyone’s too freaked out to hang out with you. Or maybe I’m the only one hiding in my bedroom in terror.


You may look hot but don’t blame us if you get pneumonia. October is cold, people! Consider wearing a sweatshirt over those fishnets.


This is sort of the catch-all category. If you’re wearing balloons or anything involving a cardboard box you probably belong here. While this shows immense creativity, don’t be offended if no one understands what you’re supposed to be. And make sure your outfit fits through the doorway.

Character from Book/Show/Movie

You’re the greatest person ever. No, seriously. You win.

(Compiled by Lily Wiest)

Delaware encourages literacy with ‘Ender’s Game’

Arden Palmquist – Staff Writer

For the past few months, Delaware has been going haywire over a novel called Ender’s Game. Delaware County has planned several activities up until the premiere of the movie through the Delaware Reads program. This program advocates literacy by promoting a particular book and creating activities that relate to the book to make reading fun for children and adults.

The town has created many events for the community to participate in and enjoy. There are different activities for different age groups. They have been going on since August 23.

The superintendent, Mr. Craft, Delaware Library staff, and Hayes librarian Sarah Ressler sat down last May to decide what book would be best for the entire Delaware community to read, finally deciding on Ender’s Game.

The novel is about government agencies developing a secure defense for an upcoming alien attack. A boy named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is monitored by the government to see if he qualifies for battle-school. The government can see everything when the monitor is on the person. Soon Ender is drafted to battle-school with other kids to train to become a young military commander. Right away Ender makes more enemies than friends. All children are placed in the battle-room where Ender learns how to fly and use laser guns for war. Because of Ender’s achievements he is sent to his first training army, Salamander Army. Ender is then traded into the Rat Army because of his immense skills. Later on in the novel, Ender is traded to the Dragon Army and becomes leader of this army. Soon Earth is attacked and Ender saves the day along with other leaders from battle-school.

“Ender’s Game is a great book,” junior Sirya Banks said. “It makes you think about people and the idea of what we can make in space.”

So far, Delaware has done a launch party to kick-off this event, and the YMCA had a teen lock-in on August 18th. Around 70 people attended the lock in. The lock-in had swimming, rock-climbing, and games related to Ender’s Game and movies playing throughout the night. Children were locked-in from 8 pm to 7 am.

On October 2, the library held a skype session with the author of Ender’s Game. “It’s a really big deal,” Ressler said. “He rarely talks to anyone.”

In addition, there are activities, such as trivia games about the book and book talks planned up until the premiere of the movie on October 31 at the Strand.

Halpern Really Connects With Readers in Newest Novel

Anna Bloom. Just released from a three week stay in a mental hospital, after being admitted for suffering from depression, anxiety attacks, and serious weight image issues.
She returns home and her high hopes of a warm welcome fall short when she learns that her parents are splitting up. Which is no surprise to her because before she was admitted her parents had serious issues getting along.
She returns to school and has a much harder time than she thought she would adjusting back to her normal life. The overload of homework, the constant bad attention she’s getting from people wondering where she was for three months, and her home life start to take a toll on her.
Justin is one of Anna’s so called “friends.” Justin and Anna have a weird relationship. To Anna it seems as though they were technically dating but since she hasn’t heard from Justin since she left the hospital, their “relationship” is still up in the air.
Now to talk about the best part of the book.
To be honest, I have not read a good realistic fiction novel since I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Being one of the first realistic fiction books I have read in a while, this book was surprisingly funny. Halpern brought a refreshing new twist to this novel. The book is in the perspective of Anna the main character. Anna has this great sense of humor which made me feel like I had this weird almost friendship with her. Her humor I thought was so relatable. Her outlook on life is so bizarrely close to most teens nowadays it’s surreal.
No matter all of the horrible events that happened to Anna in the book, she always put a entertaining spin on it and always had something laugh out loud funny to arise from the given situation.
Out of five stars I would give this a four.
I had very few issues with this book. The book flowed very nicely and there was not one point in time where I was confused or had to backtrack and reread.

5 questions with Mrs. Kraus

Regan DeWitt – Features Editor

Q: When you were still in school, what was your most embarrassing moment?
A: I puked all over the floor in my 8th grade science class because the teacher would not call on me to go to the bathroom.

Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: Not being able to fulfill all of the things I want to do or am capable of doing before I die.

Q: What is your favorite song at the moment?
A: I heard Roar by Katy Perry on the radio for the first time on the way to school and it got me really pumped for a Monday morning, but besides that it would be Pompeii by Bastille.

Q: How did you and your husband meet?
A: We were both Resident Advisers (RAs) in the same dorm in college at Bowling Green.

Q: If you could have anyone over for dinner at your house, who would it be, why, and what would you cook for them?
A: I would probably have some of my favorite students over just because I can’t think of anyone else right now and I would obviously make homemade pasta and pasta sauce!

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.”

Shakespeare meets ‘Walking Dead’ in Hayes’ Macbeth

Director Kelly MacFarland instructs cast members through blocking the fall play, Macbeth. Opening night will take place September 26.

Emily Richards • News Editor

The Delaware Hayes thespians will take a modern approach to this year’s fall production of Macbeth. The Walking-Dead-inspired modifi- cations include a post-apocalyptic setting.

Additionally, characters will articulate their lines with modern English as opposed to the 17th cen- tury Old English that Shakespeare utilized when he wrote the drama. “We don’t want to lose all of the audience by intermission because they don’t understand what’s going on,” director Kelly MacFarland said.

His objective is to modernize the play in a way that conveys Shakespeare’s timelessness. “There’s a big stigma about Shake- speare being boring,” MacFarland said. “I want to try to make it

where it isn’t perceived as boring.” Although it will be performed

with contemporary interpretations, the classic genre of this year’s production greatly differs from the classification of last year’s piece, The Farnsworth Invention. This alteration can be accredited to former director, Michelle Howes, who created a four-year play cycle of several different styles.

“The students can get a full theatrical experience doing a clas- sic piece, a contemporary drama, a contemporary comedy and a children’s theater,” MacFarland explained.

The play itself is about a general who is confronted by witches. The witches inform him that he will become a king.

There is one problem, though – there is already a king in power.

Consequently, Macbeth and his wife plot to murder the king and take the throne for themselves. “It’s sort of a self-fulfilling proph- ecy,” MacFarland said.

After coming into power, the general is not very well liked and realizes that he is not an exception- ally suitable king. He and his wife are overcome with guilt. MacFar- land explains that the play is about the deterioration of the couple.

General auditions for the play were held the week of August 19, and callbacks were that Friday, Au- gust 23. “One of the most difficult things to do as director is casting,” MacFarland said. Often times, he has an image in his head as to what he thinks the character looks and acts like.

“I wasn’t trying out for any part in particular,” sophomore Kathleen

Duffy said, “but when I got my callback for a witch, I realized how much fun it would be to get the part.”

MacFarland believes that the greatest goal of the play is to
teach its participants and help them grow. “I like that the play is a smaller group of people for the cast and I like that it’s a lot more fo- cused on character development,” Duffy said.

Now that play practices have started, the thespians give up sev- eral hours of their evenings each night. During the couple of weeks leading up to the play, practice will last until 8 p.m. “Juggling home- work can be rough,” assistant stage manager McKenzie Confer said, “but once you create a system for yourself, it gets easier.”

During all of this practice time, MacFarland would like to improve the organization and efficiency
of the play as a whole, while also establishing better relationships with the students. Confer hopes to enhance the play in comparison to previous years.

“My goal is that we all work extremely hard and make this one of the best plays Hayes has ever done,” Confer said.

Macbeth will run September 26 and September 28. “It would be really awesome to have a full audi- torium for all of the performances,” Confer said.

Adult tickets cost $10, and student and senior tickets are avail- able for $7. All of the information can be found on the Hayes Mac- beth Facebook page or the school music website.v