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Swisher’s Column

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editior

The Hall of Fame, for the Pacers, has been around for years. To date, 108 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame programs.
This years inductees include Brent Carson ‘66, Cliff Dochterman ‘43, Larry Eberst ‘73, Tony McCleery ‘45, Abigail Nims ‘97 and Joe DiGenova (Friend of the District Award).
Starting in 2013, the district combined the athletic, academic and performing arts Hall of Fame events into one large recognition event, which took place on September 26.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to properly recognize alumni who have made a major contribution to the success of those programs.
These graduates can be from Delaware High School, Willis High School and Hayes High School.
To become eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the alumni must have graduated at least 10 years before the induction. If it is a coach or an administrator being nominated, they must be inactive for 5 years.
Special Distinguished Service Awards are presented to coaches, employees and friends of the district who have accomplished a grand commitment to furthering the Delaware City Schools goals through great service.
These awards are given by the Board of Education and Delaware City Schools administration.

Tennis team swings season to a close

Mariah Swisher ∙ Sports Editor

As fall sports come to a close, the girl’s tennis team is one of the first sports to finish earlier than everyone else.
Many sports have struggles within their team, and because of those, they can have a rough season. For the tennis team, however, they know how to keep their heads up during those stuggles. They had goals to achieve, and one was “to become more supportive of each other,” sophomore Jessica O’Brien said.
Many of the players, like O’Brien, had the goal to prove to themselves and their new coaches that they can grow as a team. And they did. The tennis team, like every team, worked hard to build their game.
“I definitely saw a lot of growth in terms of actual tennis playing experience,” Coach Julieanne McClain said. “But also growth in terms of how really tough they are.”
Tennis is different than a normal sport. Players have to be able to work both as individuals and as a team. For a lot of athletes, doing both can be a new change.
“They don’t have to work together during a match because they all do their own thing,” McClain said. “So you really have to teach them what it means to be a team and how to encourage each other.”
The new thing this year, for all sports teams, was having a new strength and conditioning coach.
The tennis team definitely used this to their advantage. “We did a lot of strength training during the season,” O’Brien said.
Because of this addition, the overall season was strong and went well, although their numbers of wins was low.
As for the overall team improvement, “I think the girls got a lot better from the beginning of the season to where we are now,” McClain said.
O’Brien could see that everyone improved and especially were more aggressive. McClain agreed.
“I think our team tried our best and played to [the] best [of] our ability,” McClain said. “I think they worked really hard.”
Like every team, they are already looking forward to the next season. “We’re going to have a lot of kids come back next year with more experience and be better and be ready to have a better season,” McClain said.
They have high hopes for the offseason, too. “I think that this season has lit a fire to give these girls the spark they need,” McClain said.
Coach McClain is ready for the team to continue to work with Coach Coleman in the offseason and attend clinics to help get better for next season.

Swisher’s Column

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editor

Life is a gift, and influencing lives is a blessing. Ever think running influences lives? Sometimes it does.
The Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon, which was sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the third year in a row, has raised over three million dollars just because of people running.
Something special that Nationwide does with the race is that they have a patient at every mile, to remind the runners of why they are running.
When Hayes Principal Ric Stranges ran this year, he did something a little different.  He would stop at each mile to talk to that patient, while others might just wave and keep running. “It changed me [talking to them],” Stranges said.
Stranges started running in races six years ago. His purpose, though, isn’t for a time. “That isn’t what I care about,” he said. “I care that I have fun and make a difference.”
Along with hundreds of other people, Stranges is a part of a life changing movement. At the Columbus Marathon on October 19, they had over 100,000 people show up to just cheer on the 18,000 runners that were making a difference. Those people watching made a difference for the runners, and the runners made a difference for the patients.
Something so simple as running a race can make the biggest change. “It’s been life changing,” Stranges said. He believes everyone should do something to get out there and influence others.
Running has become one of the best ways for people of all kinds to have the chance to change lives while changing their own. The Columbus Marathon is just one of hundreds of races, which means that there are hundreds of more races where more and more people are changing and influencing others.

Ebola causes epidemic of worry to uninformed people

The rapid movement of Ebola has most of the country worried, even though many people don’t know what it is.
“People fear the unknown, especially when it comes to their health,” English teacher Gina Puleo said. “With Ebola, it’s no different.”
Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in the Ebola River that is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers believe that the virus was animal-borne.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first symptoms of Ebola are fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Symptoms have been seen to show up anywhere between two and 21 days after exposure to Ebola.
Ebola is a rare and deadly virus caused by an infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.
When someone is infected with the Ebola virus, every organ in the body is constantly under attack. The body is marked by blood clotting, hemorrhaging and attacking of immune system cells. By doing these, it cuts off the flow of blood to vital organs.
After the immune cells are killed off by the virus, it reproduces at an extremely fast rate.
Death usually follows due to catastrophic drop in blood pressure and multiple organ failures.
The chances for recovery depend on good supportive care and the patient’s immune response.
To treat this deadly virus doctors will use I.V.s and will also balance the electrolytes (body salts) in the infected person. They also maintain oxygen status and have to keep up with the other infections happening in the body when they occur.
According to CBS News, 60 to 96 percent of people who contract Ebola will die from it. People who have recovered often have antibodies for at least ten years. Some people who have recovered have stated that they developed long-term complications such as joint and vision problems.
Researchers for this virus have not come to the conclusion whether or not once someone has recovered, if they are immune to getting infected again.
There are several Ebola laboratory contaminations; one in England and two in Russia.
Multiple travel associated cases have been diagnosed in the United States. One on September 30, 2014, and another on October 12, 2014. That one of which included a health care worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, who provided care for the index patient, has tested positive for Ebola.
Another case was from a medical aid worker who returned from Guinea to New York. This was reported by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on October 23, 2014.
The sudden uprising of cases in the United States has people worried even though they have no idea what the Ebola virus is according to Puleo.
“People are not educating themselves on the issue but instead are panicking, and spreading false information they ‘think’ they know,” Puleo said.
Although the Ebola virus is just now getting peoples’ attention, it has existed for many years in many different countries. However, once it hit the United States it sparked into a hot topic. v

Students need better relationships with staff

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

During the first day of school, most teachers will introduce themselves to each of their  classes. They show everyone pictures of their dogs, talk about their husbands or wives, share about their favorite things to do when they aren’t working. However, after that initial “getting to know you” part of the first day of class, they don’t share much about themselves until somebody makes an effort to get to know them better.

As a student body, Hayes doesn’t try enough to get to know its teachers well enough, and it’s vitally important to do so. Teaching is a very open, extroverted profession, and most of those who work at Hayes are some of the most outgoing teachers there are today. The staff throughout Delaware is an extremely caring, personable, and all around high-performing group of adults.

It is entirely up to the student, however, to approach a desired teacher and establish trust, find mutual interests, and show concern of getting to know one another. This may be the worst part to any high schooler, but is well worth the anxiety to work towards getting to know someone who will be in the same room for the next nine months.

Students should feel more comfortable asking teachers about their lives and what they are like out of the chair behind the desk. Even those teachers who aren’t comfortable with sharing personal details generally enjoy telling students about their favorite books or how they view the world around them.

It’s almost always more fun when a deeper student-teacher relationship is established. Walking into a classroom where there’s a mutual trust and admiration between the two is much more comfortable than trying to learn from someone that remains a stranger through the whole year.

While it is important to have respect for any authoritative figure, it’s also helpful to break down the almost awkward social barrier that generally comes with student/teacher relationships. It’s different for elementary and even middle school students; most high school to teacher age gaps aren’t terribly large, many teachers being in the same generation as students.

Student/teacher relationships are also extremely beneficial when applying for colleges, when teacher recommendations are a required part of most applications. It’s easier for a student to ask a teacher they know for a recommendation, and its easier for a teacher to give a solid, professional, yet personal and loving reflection if they know the student well.

Having at least one safe place in the building (a classroom where a student can work and relax without fear of intimidation or peer pressure) is also extremely important. Teachers are more than willing to open their rooms during their free periods, and some allow students to work in their rooms even while a different class is going on.

It’s very important to have mutual trust and admiration in the classroom, and the bonds formed between staff and students can be vital to growing up. It’s extremely fulfilling for a student to walk into a class and know that he or she is welcome, that they can engage in a conversation with that teacher, or tell them if they need help with school or with life in general.

Having a personal connection with at least one teacher help make the classroom less stressful, more fun, and benefit both parties, helping both have a better year. Meaningful relationships also make high school just slightly more bearable during the day as well.

New lunch schedule benefits everyone

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

This year, there have been undoubtedly noticeable changes to the lunch room. There are more options in which line to go to, what options there are to choose from, and there are definitely more options on who to sit with.
While everyone was concerned with how 800 kids were going to fit in a new two period lunch system, it is also obvious that the administration put their best foot forward about working out the best system possible. With a growing student body that is noticeably bigger this year, revamping the lunchroom design as well as the lunch schedule during the day was a large challenge to take on.
The set up of the lines may be the most noticeable; the pizza shop took over the old athletic training room, the panini line was added, and there are signs everywhere to help remember what is served in each line each day. Additionally, the serving lines from last year have been removed, almost tripling the room students have to walk through to get their food.
The food itself has changed as well. The panini line was added, different types of pizzas are available, and the taste of the Chinese food and Bosco sticks have changed for the better.
There are a lot of new choices with the new “Grab-N-Go” option. Chicken Nuggets, corn dogs and hot dogs, several different types of chicken sandwiches, and other options are all new to lunch everyday. For those who haven’t liked the lunch choices in the past or don’t want to wait in line, Grab-N-Go is extremely convenient.
While it may be different to not have a lunch lady serve every lunch to every student, the ability to individually pick lunches gives more of an adult like feel to the cafeteria. It’s nice not to ask someone to serve you food every time you go through the line. Additionally, there is the option of eating in the auxiliary gym, which opens up space for the extra people this year.
Altogether, lunch may be hectic, but once the excitement of the new year calms down, there’s sure to be a natural flow to the addition of people. Hayes is incredibly lucky to have such a concerned administration, who are willing to be so open and creative toward the challenges that come up from year to year.