Former Pacers look forward to journey through life

Jimmy Walker – Staff Writer

2014 graduate; first year out of Hayes
2014 graduate; first year out of Hayes
2014 graduate; first year out of Hayes
2014 graduate; first year out of Hayes

 

2013 graduate; second year out of Hayes
2013 graduate; second year out of Hayes

As teenagers go through the first years of their lives, their paths are laid out for them. Go to middle school, get good grades, maybe play some sports or learn an instrument.

It continues into high school, but with a little more freedom. You make new friends, join a variety of clubs, and eventually, graduate.

However, what happens when you leave the familiar environment of public schooling and set out to find your way in life? Some of Hayes’ very own graduates have had to face this question, and are figuring out the answers.

Kayla Curry graduated from Hayes last school year. To Curry, the social skills she learned in high school will aid her greatly in this next chapter of her life.

“You do learn a lot of life skills, how to communicate with people, how to deal with a lot of people, because when you’re walking through the hallway, in real life you can’t just shove someone into a locker,” Curry said.

Although she was anxious after graduating, she’s pushing through and taking on college life. Accepted into Ohio University, she will begin her education at the beginning of the 2015 year.

Curry plans on majoring in criminology, so that she can forward her goal of becoming a detective. Curry will also be going through basic training with the Army National Guard next summer, to aid her in her goal of becoming a detective.

Curry also plans to play women’s basketball in college, as well as possibly joining the college’s rock climbing club.

Alongside Curry in the 2014 graduating class was Keenan Kimbro. Upon finishing high school, Kimbro was sad knowing that he wouldn’t get to see his friends as much as usual. However, he holds comfort in the fact that high school taught him how to properly manage his time, which he believes will be important as he moves through life.

“Time management is very essential, whether it’s a teacher harping on you in class, or a boss harping on you in a job,” Kimbro said. “Everywhere you’re going to go, you’re going to need to learn how to manage your time, and get things done when they’re supposed to be done so that you’re not getting in trouble.”

Kimbro plans to wait on going to college for about a year. In the meantime, he is helping out the little league football players in Delaware, passing on his knowledge to help improve their skills.

When Kimbro does head off for college, he will be attending the Arts Institution in Cincinnati for their culinary program. After those four years, Kimbro would like to intern in Italy for a few years, and then come back to the States and open his own Italian restaurant.

Nick Rozmer graduated from Hayes in 2013 and is beginning his second year post-high school. A former Talisman staff member, he is glad to be able to move on with his learning experience.

“I felt relieved because it was a long, weird journey through high school to do all that, and be required to go to it, whereas in college you’re not required to, so it’s almost more like you want to do it,” Rozmer said. “I felt great about it because I was finally able to work more, go to college and actually move on with my life and do what I wanted to.”

Now that he is out of high school, Rozmer plans to attend Columbus State for his first year of college, and hopes to then transfer to a college with a strong English program somewhere in South Carolina. He will use this education to begin his journey of becoming a high school English teacher.

“I write short stories, I wrote the stuff for the Talisman, I write reports. It’s all just writing to me. It’s fun,” Rozmer said.

The road ahead can seem tough, and for some, it very well could be. However these former students show that it can be managed, and best of all, the path is their own.

So as many of these Pacers saw farewell to Delaware, there is comfort knowing that the knowledge they gained while at Hayes is going to help them significantly in these upcoming years.

 

Computer screens to fighting machines

Megan Swisher • Staff Writer
The generic word “geek” is reserved for someone who plays videogames and never goes outside. That is simply not the case for LARPers.

LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing, is when a group of people dressed as either their favorite fictional character or their own persona get together and physically act out scenes in their created world. These events generally take place in public parks and involve a medieval theme, some lasting several days and even months.

Before anything can begin, someone invents an imaginary world in which the action will take place. These individuals are called the game designers. Game designers have the option of creating an entirely new rule system to address combat, magic, death and characters’ skills.

Participants are the next biggest thing that contribute toward any LARP. According to the How Stuff Works website, the person who runs the game is usually called the game master (GM) who also leads the action, the people who are part of the game are non-player characters (NPCs), and the people who play the game are player characters (PCs).

This quirky idea to bring the gaming world to life started in the 1970’s, according to LARP Insider, and was inspired by tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. It was invented independently by groups in North America, Europe, and Australia, but is now a widespread activity across the globe.

All of this may not seem to grasp everyones interest, but the game itself has a lot of enjoyable aspects. The collaborative creation of a story, the attempt to overcome challenges in pursuit of a character’s objectives, and a sense of immersion in a fictional setting are some of the many reasons why LARPing is a positive social environment that is becoming more known to the public.

Some TV producers have recently been using the theme of LARPing in their newest ideas. The CW’s show Supernatural has made an episode solely dedicated to the game, and some series such as The

Quest on ABC are almost exclusively about LARPing.
This way to spend time with others who share interests is not only creative, but fun for all. Just make sure to watch out for those magic wands and foam swords.

Girl really does meet world

Marissa Markham • Staff Writer

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, otherwise known as Corey Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, are back, and this time they’re married, parents, and learning how to cope with being adults.

Disney has created a sequel to the popular 90’s show “Boy Meets World,” which aired on June 27, 2014. Instead of watching the lives of the two original stars, viewers get a look into their life after school. Corey and Topanga now have two kids: Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Auggie (August Maturo).

But that’s not all of the Girl Meets World cast. Riley has her best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter), who has a knack of getting the two into trouble, and then there’s Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), who claims to be in love with both seventh grade girls.

While some people, mostly adults who were teens themselves during the seasons of “Boy Meets World,” find that the show has too many cheesy moments, Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an 82%, with comments like “Girl Meets World sweetly shares the nostalgia of its predecessor” and “[provides] positive moral values for today’s youth.”

And although the first episode did contain some corny jokes, and some lines did sound forced, it must be noted that the show was picked up by Disney; what else is there to expect? “Boy Meets World” was aired on ABC, which is quite different than a 24 hour kids channel.

It should also be mentioned that the following episodes (there are seven in total so far) were much better. Most of these kids are first time actors, so there has to be doubt and nerves coursing through them, causing their acting to not be “on point.” But it’s obvious that the acting gets smoother and more enjoyable as the season continues.

The show has also been scheduled for a second season. Keep in mind that “Boy Meets World” was on air for seven years. “Girl Meets World” could do just the same. It might not, but there’s always a possibility. Not all shows start off with a bang; it can take a little time.

Don’t judge a show by past shows and reviews from people that aren’t in the target age group. “Girl Meets World” is intended for ages six to fourteen, which means it isn’t crazy for an adult to not be fond of the show. And even though it’s a spin-off of “Boy Meets World,” it’s not going to have the same exact  humor or scenarios. It is its own show, and give it a chance when you can.

New Year, New Drama

The music and drama program is one of the most well-known and popular groups in the Delaware City Schools District, and Thespian Troupe 420 makes up a big part of it at Delaware Hayes. In just one school year, members take part in a play, a musical, two variety shows, among other things, in which they gain a considerable amount of experience and memories to last a lifetime.

With 40 to 50 members, their participation in those year-round shows and meetings keeps the students busy. “It’s horrible trying to get your homework done while you’re constantly on stage and not wanting to die because you’re so tired coming home at nine o’clock,” said Kathleen Duffy, a thespian of two years.

With the stress and work needed to accomplish a quality show, as well as to keep up with school and social work, members make a strong commitment to what they love. “It’s honestly time management because a lot of people are pretty new to that, so you have to get working and getting all of the different elements of theater together, but it always works out in the end,” said Tori Newman, the sound operator and historian of the thespian troupe.

However, that pressure allows thespians to apply gained skills to other work both inside and outside of the auditorium for possible future careers. “My favorite part is doing the dramatic shows because it’s challenging as an actor or an actress, but it’s also fun to do the musicals because I’m a horrible dancer so it’s fun to work on that part of myself too,” Duffy said.

Although diligence is a big factor to keep up with the busy club’s calendar, the rewards, memories, and relationships made in the process atone for the stressful nights. “When you’re in the thespian group, you’re kind of close to everyone there because you’re with them after school so many times during the week. You become somewhat of a family,” said Jessie O’Brien, secretary and assistant stage manager of the thespian troupe.

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With a new school year, many changes are being initiated with new members, new directors, and a brand new agenda of shows. “We are actually doing two shows involving music and there’s a rumor about doing student directed one-acts at the end of the year,” Newman said.

Along with the modified calendar, Thespians are gaining a new adviser, Keith Tankersley, and will have Brad Faust and Dara Gillis directing this year’s musical and the fall play, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

 “The play will be different, but I have faith that it will just as great as always because although we have a director that’s in a different area of expertise, they really know that they’re doing,” Duffy said.

Robin Williams’ Suicide Touches Students

Mallory King • News Editor

From “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Aladdin” to “Night at the Museum” and “Jumanji,” Robin Williams was an iconic person who had an extensive theatrical range.

He played a quirky nanny, a blue genie, President Roosevelt, a jungle man and many other characters throughout his career.

Williams was known to be a great comedian of his time.

“He was just so remarkably at ease on stage and just became who ever he needed to become in the moment, sometimes changing in a split second,” said Lydia Gray, president of the Thespians.

He did have some challenges, though. According to Los Angeles Times, Williams dealt with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease as well as depression.

“I think it could have gone one of two ways,” said Griffin Clark, a freshman who works in theatre. “It either stressed him out to a point where he couldn’t do it, where he couldn’t feel capable of anything, or it kept him going because it felt like he was able to make people laugh.”

But Gray has more personal feelings toward depression.

 “As someone with depression, I know that maintaining a stable schedule is really… important and so I’m sure the instability and extreme schedule that acting brings must have made it difficult to manage symptoms,” Gray said.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, over 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year.

Even with the number of diagnosed cases per year, many people still do not know the facts about Parkinson’s disease and depression.

 “I think [his death] will give mental health the attention it sort of needs,” Clark said.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Parkinson’s disease is a disease that affects the nervous system. The disease gets progressively worse as time passes.

Many people believe the impact that Parkinson’s disease had on Williams contributed to his depression.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, around 60 percent of people with Parkinson’s experience depression or its symptoms.

Gray felt a personal connection with his passing.

“It was especially sad to me because there was this man, and he made everyone happy for years; to sort of come to this realization that he had been going through this miserable struggle and still putting a smile on his face for the camera was just really sad to think about what that could have felt like,” Gray said.

Clark has a different feeling about his death.

“I think that as sad as it is, it can be used as a good thing, because it shows how people so up beat, and people who look like they are so optimistic about life, can really be hurting… then something can push them too far,” Clark said.

Gray is passionate about Williams’ role in “Aladdin.”

“I grew up on ‘Aladdin,’” Gray said. “The first show I ever did was ‘Aladdin,’ and so… I will always have the voice of the Genie doing his eighty different imitations in my head.”

Other students feel this way as well.

“I’m a sucker for ‘Aladdin,’” Clark said. “ When I was four, I watched it everyday.”

He has touched the hearts of fans all across the world.

“There will never be another Robin Williams,” Gray said.

Williams just wanted to make people happy.

“I’ve seen quotes by him that have said things about him just loving to make other people smile,” Clark said. “So, at least I would like to believe that [his career] was a good thing for him, that it kept him going longer.”

DACC class of the month: zoo school

Reilly Wright – Features Editor

Not too many people can say their high school classes were taking chemistry in zoo classrooms or writing their papers next to animal enclosures, yet for zoo school students this happens every day.

The local Delaware Area Career Center, or DACC, gives high school students opportunities through classwork and credit for future college careers or an early head start into a workforce. With these classes, one of the most unique is the Zoo School Program in which the DACC partners with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to give junior and senior high schoolers an opportunity to learn and work in a zoo environment.

“I chose zoo school because I would love to become a zoologist someday and the program will give me a head start on that path,” said Megan Swisher, a Hayes junior involved in Zoo 1, the beginner of the two possible classes. The program appeals to students thinking or looking into majors revolving around zoology, biology, human or animal medicine, ecological studies, as well as many more fields.

The program also provides students with classes such as chemistry and statistics through the University of Findlay in which they can earn up to seven semester credits through the college at the zoo.

The year-long course puts students directly into ecological environments with the animals and their habitats that their learning and curriculum is focused around.  “I love animals and it gave me a chance to learn about them more in depth and I got to meet other people that have the same passion as I do,” said Victoria Lang, a graduate from DACC as well as Zoo 1 and 2.

The highlight of the students’ course is the eight page thesis due at the end of the year in which they create a hypothesis and do research focused on a specific animal species. Students spend a couple days a week in that animal’s habitat and focus on their traits to complete the project. “I’m mostly looking forward to our big project on our animal,” Swisher said. “It’ll be a lot of work, but a wonderful encounter with the wildlife.”

 Students are given hands-on learning opportunities through this unique program from the DACC and Columbus Zoo that will change their perspective on the gap between school and animals for years to come.

“It was the best experience I could have ever hoped for and I will always have my memories and new friends with me forever thanks to the zoo and this amazing program,” Lang said.

School: variations between here and there Students from abroad learn about U.S. culture

Ben Lee · Staff Writer

From a very young age, children in America are expected to attend school and many proceed straight to college. In the international community, though, the way that school works varies from each country to the next.
For the past several years, Hayes has hosted students from all sorts of other countries. This year, Hayes will be accommodating four students from Chile, Germany, Tajikistan, and Georgia (yes, Georgia the country, not the state).
No matter where you go in the world, there will always be a place to learn called school. But like people, every school operates a different way. Some schools may require uniforms. Some may require that you be a certain gender. And other schools may require a certain set of courses.
“We must learn the [core] subjects,” said Elizbar Khvichia, an exchange student from Georgia. “For example math…[and] Georgian Literature.”
The United States educational system divides students by grade level and separates them into different school buildings, but that is not how many schools function internationally.
“Our school building is not divided, it is united,” Khvichia said. He also said that for him, high school junior and senior year in the U.S. are like primary and secondary years at his school in Georgia.
Another difference that would be found between school here in the U.S. and those in other countries is that in the U.S., there are a total of twelve grades. Other countries do not have the same number of grade levels
“Our school starts at the grade of the fifth grade to the tenth grade, and then I have to change the school for the eleventh grade to the thirteenth grade,” said Liv Hasberg from Germany. “So at my school were also children. There are age ten, and also there are young children.”
Parents of American students have come to anticipate the cost that they will have to pay when the school year begins. While the materials that are required with those classes are not always needed, they will make the school year more challenging. In other countries, if students do not have the required books and materials, the year is not more challenging, the year never begins for those students. Also, in other countries, uniforms are necessary for students but schools often provide uniforms free of charge for students, so that they only have to pay for books. This is essential in many strugglines countries, because people value education over trying to get out of poverty, so schools try to reduce costs as much as possible.
Parents tell children to never judge a book by its cover. The same thing applies with the way school works inside and outside the U.S. While students may appear different due to their uniform or the way their school building looks, none of that matters since everyone is learning for a higher purpose.

BV v. Hayes: How the rivalry works

By: Dylan James

The Buckeye Valley defense swarms the Pacer ballcarrier at the August 29th game at Buckeye Valley High School. Hayes won handily 31-6
The Buckeye Valley defense swarms the Pacer ballcarrier at the August 29th game at Buckeye Valley High School. Hayes won handily 31-6.

It’s that time of the year again: football season. With football season comes the rivalries in it, and as usual the first game of the season for the Hayes Pacers is against Buckeye Valley. These schools, which are exactly 4 miles down the road from each other, aren’t exactly best friends.

Last years game wasn’t the prettiest to watch, 51-0 in favor of the Pacers. The last win for the Buckeye Valley team was in 2011 (Hayes won 35-22 in 2012), but the rivalry hasn’t lost its heat. It’s actually become Golden, as in new Hayes coach Mike Golden.

“I don’t have any personal history with BV,” Golden said. “But, I do understand the rivalry, and the intensity. I’ve been involved in some big rivalries, so I understand.”

Teams go into a season having high standards, and they do not like to lose. The situation is no different with this year’s Pacers squad.

“I have high expectations, I always do,” Golden said. “I think that if you play a sport, any sport, you do it because you want to be the best you can be.”

When it comes to rivalries, there’s always high energy and intense focus. In the locker room, everyone is silent and everyone is getting ready to go play. This Hayes team is in the right frame of mind.

“We need to make sure we know exactly what we’re doing,” Golden said. “We need to react to things they’re doing. We need to be successful, and play at a high level.”

Golden and the Pacers are going to be all business in the weeks leading to the game and the weeks after.

“We’ve all been there before,” Golden said. “We’ll act like we’ve been there before.”

From the sidelines and the stands, the game is completely different from what players experience on the field. On the field, the players are not just players. They’re a representation of the people, the rivalry, and the tradition that comes along with it.

“I feel the tradition of the Hayes-Buckeye Valley rivalry,” Senior Safety Cody Wooten said. “It’s great! And we plan to get a win again this year.”

Things are easy to say pregame and postgame, but when it comes to performing on the field on Fridays, under the lights, it’s a whole different story. It’s when the pressure to perform hits hard.

“Of course there’s pressure,” Wooten said. “No one plays to lose. You play to win.”

The feeling of the players is the same as the feeling of the coach, as far as expectations go. Everyone expects to perform well and at a high level of effort and intensity.

“Our expectations on the field is to give 100% effort on every play,” Wooten said. “We do what we’re told, and every person on the field is expected to do their job. We’re held responsible for every play on the field.”

There’s no rivalry in the history of sports rivalries in which the fans aren’t active participants that influence the game. Fans give that inspiration and energy when a player is in the moment.

“Having a loud, crazy student sections and fans definitely affects [the] play in positive ways,” Wooten said. “The environment of a Friday night game gets your adrenaline going.”

From the fans perspective, there’s definitely energy in the air. They know what the rivalry means; to them, to the school, and to the community. The incoming Freshmen this year at Hayes are going to experience it for the first time.

“The BV game gets it hype because we’re rivals,” Freshman Nick Patten said. “We’re so close to each other, and they’re ‘Hillbillies’ and we’re ‘from the city’.”

If you’re a true fan of a team, you cry when they lose and cheer when they win. Pacers fans are the exact same way.

“It’s important to win because it’s a win,” Patten said. “Any game goes on our record so a wins a win.”

The environment of a game and the personality of the fans are different when a game is home compared to away. The Pacer fans that are going to the away game are going to be noticeable.

“I’m gonna be going crazy,” Patten said. “I’m gonna be loud and proud.”

Just because it’s a rivalry doesn’t mean there is just hatefulness from everyone. There’s an unspoken respect for what the opposition can do.

“I think you should always respect your opponents,” Patten said. “They can beat us, and we can beat them too.”

When it comes to getting the win, it’s no doubt the team is confident it can win. This game is a must win.

“Heck yeah it’s a must win game,” Wooten said. “Every game is a must win. But Buckeye Valley is a ‘Should Win’. A loss to Buckeye Valley is embarrassing.”

Sure, the game is what counts on your record, but it’s what’s put in before the game thats important as well. A positive attitude and good effort in practice goes a long way to getting the win in games.

“I think that every game, every practice, even every day is a must win,” Golden said.

Later school times needed for teen health

Marissa Markham • Staff Writer

Later school times have both positive and negative effects; from teens getting the sleep they both mentally and physically need, to clubs and sports having to come home late.
Teenagers these days are often labeled as “lazy” or “unmotivated,” when really they aren’t getting the credit they deserve. Professor Russell Foster, a top brain doctor and Oxford University’s head of circadian neuroscience, said the daily routine affects the brain. The time at which children become fully awake gets progressively later as they get older, and the pattern continues until the age of twenty, when it begins to reverse.
Even when teens try to fall asleep at an early or reasonable time, most aren’t physically able to until after 10-10:30 p.m. They’re not going to bed later on purpose, they’re hard wired to fall asleep later and get up later.
Biologically speaking, a teenage body still thinks it’s the middle of the night when it is woken up for school, and it’s not just the feeling of being tired that results from waking up early. Both Professor Foster and the National Sleep Foundation have found that forcing teenagers to go to school so early could cause more educational errors, poor memory, irritability, reduced motivation, and depression.
However, there are other things to take into account when deciding the school schedule. Having a start time an hour later, for example, would affect after school activities such as clubs and sports, which then leads to more problems.
After an away game or match, especially in a city that’s at least half an hour away, sports teams get home in the late evening, sometimes even after the sun has started to go down. But if school were to start later than it already does, games would be pushed back as well, resulting in students not getting home until well after dark.
Students who are in clubs or have jobs after school could also be affected. Work schedules would have to be rearranged or completely changed, and clubs would have to start at a different time. People would get home closer to 7 p.m. or maybe even later. And they still might need to do homework or chores.
Even after taking that into consideration, there are still more reasons for why school should start later in the morning. When most teens arrive at school, a sleep-promoting hormone called melatonin is still high, which is yet another reason why they’re so tired.
This issue has become so huge that not only have countries experimented with different start and end times for the standard school day, but even news channels like NBC have done reports on it. A recent report talked about how Hilton Head Island High School in South Carolina has pushed back their start time a whole hour.
The teachers thought it was best for the students’ health, and the students have said that they felt more rested. When interviewed for the segment, Dr. Judith Owens from Children’s National Medical Center said that teens are biologically programed to fall asleep at 11 p.m. and wake at around 8 a.m., and that’s a time when students are normally already in their first period class.
No matter what time the school day begins, there will always be students that complain that they are tired. However, pushing the time back to fit our body’s needs is something that should be put into place, and should happen sooner rather than later.

New trainers’ office causes confusion

Madi HuckStaff  Writer

With the new lunch lines, the athletic trainers had to do some relocating.

“I’m confused because I’m so used to it in the place where [the athletic trainer] was,” Cross Country runner Meg Vonada, said.

The first aid office, or the room for the athletic trainers, can now be found in the basement where the old softball office was. It’s the room next to 702, but there is no room number assigned to the room itself.

For those who are unsure of where that might be, it’s in the same hallway as bus alley. Go down the steps as if going to the bus, then turn left at the bottom of the stairs. After that, it’s the second door on the right, going under the archway.

 “As of right now, we are seeing a few less athletes because they don’t know where we are at,” said Maggy Krauza, an athletic trainer.

The trainers still have the tables to stretch out the athletes, as well as the ice machine to help any swollen ankles that might come about. For the most part, other than the location, the room is the same.

“[The] biggest difference is that this room is not on the same floor as the gymnasium,” Krauza said.

This means for the athletic trainers will have to work quicker and more efficiently to get the water to the athletes as well as be about to help any potential injuries.

Unfortunately, only football has locker rooms in the basement. All the other locker rooms, for both boys and girls sports, are located across from the pizza and sandwich lunch lines.

“It’s very biased. It’s horrible! And frankly it’s rude because it makes [the football team] seem more important than all the other sports,” Vonada said.

In her opinion, there should be easy access to the trainers for all sports teams.

“We should make sure every sport is treated equally and should be the same distance away from the trainers,” Vonada said.

The trainer’s office was moved in order to make an additional lunch line. This decision was made at the end of last school year.

The student athlete can still expect the very best from the trainers here at Hayes. There will be some confusion at first, but when the athletes need some help, they’ll be able to find their way.

“I think once everyone knows where we are, they’ll be able to find us,” Krauza said.

So for all the athletes out there, here’s the official notice: the trainers will be either in their new office or at all the sporting events, to keep Hayes safe and ready to play.

The voice of Delaware Hayes High School students