Piroska gets personal

Compiled by Sammi Piroska

Junior Jonathan Herrell is a very active student when it comes to his athletics. Here at Hayes, Herrell follows his family’s tradition of playing on the football team as well as contributing to the lacrosse team. As the wide receiver and inside linebacker for football and attack for lacrosse, he contributes to the many victories on his teams. Outside of school, Herrell continues to pursue athletics as he does MMA fighting at a local MMA gym. He is not alone when it comes to fighting, as several of his friends and his brothers all participate in the events with him, giving him more motivation to improve on his skills in the ring. With his energetic personality, Herrell continues to push himself to become the best he can be within the many sports he takes part in.

Every student has a special trait that makes them stick out from their peers. Freshman Natalia Geissman possesses a fun and outgoing personality that rubs off on her friends. Geissman puts her personality to use as she is one of the cheerleaders who leads the Pacers in spirit during the football and basketball seasons. Also she contributes to the Lady Pacers Lacrosse team as she is one  of the mid-fielders. Outside of sports, Geissman enjoys spending time with her friends around town but also works hard to be a strong student in the classroom. As Geissman works to be an anesthesiologist when she is older, her focuses are on her science courses as she is currently taking advanced classes in that subject.

Faith in humanity

Keera Wilmoth • Art Editor

Unfortunately, cancer exists, and it affects millions of people. Whether someone is two years old or 86 years old, any person might be forced to live with it.

12-year-old Mary Elizabeth Paris is battling leukemia at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Going through treatments and a bone marrow transplant is extremely tough, especially at such a young age.

Because gold is the color of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, her nurses decorated her whole hospital room in gold. Not only did they transform her room, but Paris received a special message from her favorite movie star, Jon Heder.

Heder posted a YouTube video impersonating Napoleon Dynamite to help encourage Paris as she goes through treatments. “Hang in there, you’re gonna do awesome, and uh, just uh, listen to your heart,” Heder said. “That’s pretty much all I do.”

To end the video, Heder waves the Napoleon Dynamite butterfly locus as a goodbye to Paris.

Never underestimate the power of a nice gesture, because though many of you might not be famous, every ounce of encouragement can help someone get through a tough time

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

Symphonic choir reaches another octave

The renowned music program at Hayes has won numerous achievements over the years, and lately the choir performances have stepped it up another notch.

For the first time, the Hayes Symphonic Choir performed at Ohio Wesleyan’s Gray Chapel on Saturday, October 18th with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra. “We’ve had smaller numbers of people sing with [COSO] before, but this was the first time the Symphonic Choir has done this,” said Dara Gillis, the choir director at Hayes.

The Central Ohio Symphonic Orchestra has performed to Ohio communities for more than thirty five years and has grown to become a professional ensemble. The accomplished orchestra performs to their 700 subscribers at OWU aa well as statewide to about 17,000 people annually.

COSO Maestro Jaime Morales-Matos directs the skilled musicians from several central Ohio communities all with various backgrounds. Some work with kids, technology, and more, but all share the same passion: making music. All of the musicians have degrees in music and are accomplished performers that perform to COSO subscribers regularly.

This experience provides students with a better idea of what is involved in the world of music. “You don’t really get the opportunity to do this very often, considering the fact that it’s a professional orchestra…it was definitely a learning experience for all of us, not only working with the orchestra, but working with a professional conductor,” said Anna Hurley, a senior Symphonic Choir member.

The choir has been practicing their piece, Chesapeake Summer of 1814, since the second week of school. “The song itself, we weren’t all very fond of, but it was a really cool piece and I think we were definitely very confident with the parts that we had,” Hurley said.

The performance also demonstrates to choir members what it takes for collaborations such as these in order to perform for the public with a renowned music group. “I think there was some balance issues but I think with what we did with them, it went really well,” Hurley said.

This is the first time the choir and COSO have worked together and they hope to continue these performances for the public.  “In the future, I would really like to do other things with [COSO],” Gillis said.

DACC Class of the Month: Health Technology

One of the many courses available at Delaware Area Career Center is the Health Technology program. Students prepare for health-related careers through a technology-driven course that pushes their medical knowledge.

In this program, students learn in an advanced healthcare atmosphere with hands-on with diagnostic procedures.

“Health technologies is for anyone interested in health occupations,” said Kimberly Budd, the Health Technology Instructor. “The core part of our program is useful regardless what healthcare field you go into”.

Daily, students are placed in a clinical environment and are consistently put through detailed training and real-world experience that pushes them a step ahead of other nursing school applicants.

“A lot of the stuff they learn in lab are things that first and second year nursing students are learning, so they already have that foundation,” Budd said.

This course is a 2-year college tech prep program that prepares students for additional years in medical school through various practical medical procedures.

“Junior year we do the nurse aid training program…senior year we do more of the skilled things like how to draw blood and more certifications,” Budd said.

Students are placed in the program’s advanced hospital lab, in which teens study medical terminology, physiology, anatomy, and infection control for their future career.

“Everything that we learn in the classroom, we can stimulate in the lab,” Budd said.

By the end of the course, students earn certificates in CPR, Nurse Assisting, and First Aid as well. High schoolers even have the possibility of earning a certification to work as a nursing assistant in their field right after school.

“I want to make sure that they have the opportunity to be employable when they graduate,” Budd said. “I look into what I can do to make them the most successful out of school.”.

Health Technology provides students with a hands-on learning experience in preparation for their chosen medical pathway; whether in nursing, gynecology, physical therapy, or more.

“I do what I can as far as certification and skills that will help them once they graduate and get a job to make more money than they could have otherwise,” Budd said.


Bus routes change, improve efficiency

Mallory King • News Editor

Riding the bus this year is like the new cafeteria changes; hectic at first, but in the long-run, beneficial for most students.

Last year, the bus routes were challenging for students and administrators alike.

“It took us almost a half hour every day to get kids from the bell onto the bus and out,” Principal Ric Stranges said. “Thirty minutes everyday.”

For a lot of students, this 30 minutes was not enjoyable.

“There were kids who were out in the cold, kids in the rain, kids in transferring busses, so with the help of our wonderful transportation department… they decided to look at it differently,” Stranges said.

This is when Stranges and the transportation department decided to collaborate and create a new system.

“Last year, and previous years, Hayes and Dempsey let out exactly at 2:30, and it just didn’t make any sense,” Stranges said. “So, they moved [Dempsey’s dismissal] ten minutes later, so they are 2:40, which allows us to pick up and exit in less than eight minutes.”

Many students this year can feel the effect of these changes.

“Usually I have to wait at least ten minutes, maybe, so a lot better than last year.” junior Tessa Kidd said. “Last year we had to wait for… 25 [minutes], because I was on the second round of busses.”

The changes to the bus routes has also allowed the district to become more energy efficient and save money.

This year, there are thirteen buses, instead of the thirty used in previous years.

“Thirteen buses load up and pull out in eight minutes or less,” Stranges said.” Kids can get home quicker and start their homework.”

With this being said, not all students believe the bus is the best use of their time.

“The bus ride to my house is 20 minutes longer than walking home,” junior Melissa Mason said.

Mason’s bus route was combined with another, in order to improve the overall efficiency of the bussing system.

“Dempsey kids, at one point would have to get off the bus and just stand around,” Stranges said. “Students are no longer having to transfer buses. There is one run that runs through.”

Having only one wave of buses helps the flow of buses to other schools.

“All the elementaries are benefiting, because we get out faster,” Stranges said.

When the students get out faster, that means the bus drivers get their job done more easily.

“[The bus drivers] are so thrilled, and I think the students are too,” Stranges said. “I see happy bus drivers.”

Putting the few negatives aside, Stranges believes this new system will benefit students.

“I don’t see anyone losing in this deal, unless… they are on the bus too long,” Stranges said. “I think honestly, it’s like lunch; I hope we are all going to benefit from it.”

Abduction scare prompts safety awareness

Mallory King • News Editor

It takes a village to raise a child; everyone in Delaware can do their part to help protect kids from potentially dangerous people.

According to This Week News, an adult male attempted to lure a twelve-year-old girl into a car while she was walking on Troy Road, by offering her candy. She ignored him and continued walking.

When this incident took place, the girl was unaware of her surroundings.

“In this instance, the young girl didn’t get a real good description due to self admittedly having her head down,” Officer Larry Lucas said.

Luckily, the girl was not abducted, but dangerous situations like this can be prevented.

“Probably one of the biggest prevention tools…is to try not to be alone,” Lucas said.

Being with others can help in case of an emergency.

“That’s an extra set of eyes to be cognitive on what’s going on,” Lucas said. “It’s an extra mouth to be able to yell and get help. Its an extra set of feet and arms to get away and get help.”

When walking with others is not an option, technology can be a great alternative.

“If you do have a cell phone… call a friend [or] call a parent,” Lucas said. “They’re on the other end [and] they can walk with you, so to speak.”

Taking the extra step to plan ahead can allow students the ability to remain safe in vulnerable situations.

“[Educate] kids on what to do in their surroundings so they can maintain their safety,” Wellness teacher Laura Frisch said. “We have to just make sure that we know enough about our surroundings so we don’t put ourselves in a vulnerable situation where we don’t know where we are.”

Kids can also learn self defense, in case of an emergency. Sean Duffy, a health teacher at Hayes, teaches students at Wesleyan about safety in his self defense classes.

“I teach my students an awareness and also movements that not necessarily guarantee their safety but empower them about their knowledge,” Duffy said.

According to Lucas, the best way to prevent abductions is education.

“Education is the key,” Lucas said. “The thing about abduction, and the thing about any type of crime… is crime knows no boundaries. It hits small towns, big towns, every demographic you can imagine.”

Even though abductions cannot be prevented, kids can learn about steps to take during an emergency situation.

“It’s key to get anything like this reported immediately,” Lucas said. “Every second in delay between reporting is going to be a second delayed in law enforcement responding.”

Taking steps to improve children’s safety ultimately prepares them for difficult situations.

“We just want people to be prepared, not scared,” Lucas said. “It takes a whole village to raise one child.”

Columbus Ronald McDonald House becomes largest in world

Mallory King News Editor

Ronald McDonald serves up more than “Happy Meals;” he gives hospital patients hope.

According to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio website, the house opened in 1982 and by 2008 had a total of 80 rooms. In 2014, it was expanded again to now have a total of 137 rooms, making it the largest in the world.

When a child is admitted to the hospital, families are welcome to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, free of charge.

“We are a home away from home for moms and dads and brothers and sisters…of children who are seriously ill or injured,” said Ryan Wilkins, the Community Relations and Marketing Director of Ronald McDonald House Columbus.

This provides peace of mind to guests.

“[The Ronald McDonald House] honestly just [gives families] a place to go to have a nice sleep that is close to the child that is in the hospital,” said Erin Gassin, a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. “It just gives them peace of mind so that they can have a little bit of normalcy.”

The Ronald McDonald House not only cares for families with patients admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, but they help other families in need as well.

“About 95% of those patients are being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, but we do support families that have children in any area hospital here in Central Ohio,” Wilkins said. “The only requirement is that there would be a child that is being treated at the hospital and then the family could stay here so they can be close to their children.”

Some hospitals around Central Ohio have recently expanded their facilities in order to provide the best care possible for their patients.

“At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, there’s a brand new tower that is 12 stories tall and they are treating a million patients now every year,” Wilkins said.

This new tower allows room for even more patients, which has prompted the expansion of the House.

“All of that growth really is what precipitated us needing to grow the Ronald McDonald House,” Wilkins said. ”We were running a waiting list on a regular basis and we really wanted to do everything we could to provide a home away from home for as many families as possible… in order to do that we had to add on some more space.”

The expansion will allow the Ronald McDonald House to serve even more families.

“With our previous facility of 80 guest rooms we were [helping] 3,000 families [per year], so now we are going to be able to serve even more than that,” Wilkins said. “So right now we are able to provide 137 guest rooms for families here at the House… every single night.”

According to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio website, the expansion also included a rooftop garden and larger kitchen.

With this new expansion, volunteers are more essential to the House than ever. Running the House takes the effort of many people working together for one common goal, helping families.

“Everything that you would imagine that needs to be done at a hotel is done by volunteers here at the Ronald McDonald

House,” Wilkins said. “From greeting folks at the front door to helping families get checked into their room to the housekeeping.”

The volunteers also do the laundry, cleaning and cooking for guests.

“We really take pride in what we make them,” Gassin said. “We call and find out what the people are making so we don’t repeat the dinner and…we enjoy going down there and making something good and healthy and yummy.”

Volunteers are tremendously impacted by their experiences at the House.

“Just [making] them feel like they are at home, seeing the smiles on their faces and hearing them say ‘thank you,’ that means everything to me, more than anything,” Gassin said.

Step inside the Animous

Arden Palmquist • Entertainment Editor

In 2007 a new historical video game was introduced and is now a common game among teenagers, “Assassin’s Creed”. This historical fiction video game primarily takes place during the Third Crusade in the Holy Land in the year 1191. The plot revolves around the Secret Order of Assassins which is based upon the Hashshashin Sect.

The player is playing as a modern-day male, Desmond Miles, who is allowed the viewing and controlling of the genetic memories of his ancestors, through a device called the Animous. One of his ancestors was a member of the Assassins.

Throughout this plot, details are found about a struggle between two factions, the Knights Templar and the Assassins. Both are desiring an artifact known as Piece of Eden. The Piece of Eden is an ancient artifact used to control minds.

“Assassin’s Creed” mostly received good reviews. Due to the amount of success, developer, Ubisoft Montreal released the second game in 2009. Thus started the series of “Assassin’s Creed”.

Seven years later, Ubisoft Sofia has created the eighth main game, “Assassin’s Creed Rogue”. The release date is set for November 11, 2014 for North America. This game can be played on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and in 2015 players can play the eighth game on Microsoft Windows.

“Assassin’s Creed Rogue” will act as a sequel to 2013’s “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” as well as containing connections to 2012’s, “Assassin’s Creed III” and 2014’s “Assassin’s Creed Unity”.

The setting of the eighth game is in mid-18th century during the Seven Years War and follows an Assassin-turned-Templar, Shay Patrick, Cormac.

Rogue will be similar to Black Flag with a little twist of ship-based naval exploration and third-person, land-based expedition.

Within a seven year gap of several “Assassin’s Creed”, the game has made a lot of changes. The first game was harder for the players to blend into other objects for protection. The crusade police were way more sensitive in the first game. Throughout the series, the gameplay grew harder.

Gamers are excited for “Assassin’s Creed Rogue” for the plot to thicken as the storyline continues.

There are several other games following the main ‘“ssassin Creed” series, a total of 13 other games aside from the eight main games. Due to the success of the series, there are also comics, as well as Novels and films based off of the video game alone.

Ubisoft Sofia plans to release at least 35 more games to the series in the future, which means the games will get more challenging for players, all the more fun for gamers.


Dance to Magic Man

Arden Palmquist • Entertainment Editor

Nobody bands are my thing. This issue, I want to share yet another nobody alternative band called ‘Magic Man’.

‘Magic Man’ is a synth rock, synthpop type of band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010. They give an almost 80’s vibe mixed with modern characteristics.

Later on in their first year of fame they released their first EP called ‘Real Life Color’. The lead singer Alex Caplow, and guitar/keyboardist Sam Vanderhoop Lee, were traveling around France, trading labor for rooming on a number of farms. With these experiences they wrote the songs to their first EP and on January 25, 2010 their EP was released.

In 2013, Caplow and Vanderhoop Lee added a few more members to the band. Justin Bowe on keyboard, Joey Sulkowski on drums and Gabe Goodman on base. With the changes to the band, ‘Magic Man’ began to work on a new EP. In September of 2013, their second EP, ‘You Are Here’ was released. When they started touring and making their band bigger than just a small town band.

With their first tour they supported, ‘Walk The Moon’ followed an immediate smaller tour supporting ‘Sir Sly’.

In 2014, their single, ‘Paris’ was #39 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, eventually peaking at #33. This was the start of fame for ‘Magic Man’, which soon lead to the band releasing a full album titled ‘Before The Waves’. This album was released on July 8, 2014.

‘Magic Man’ then set sail on their first headlining tour, joining’Painc! At The Disco’ and ‘Walk The Moon’ for The Gospel Tour for the majority of the summer. Following The Gospel Tour the band started a tour with headliner ‘Smallpools’ in October of this year.

I recently got the opportunity to see them with ‘Smallpools’ and a smaller alternative band, ‘Waters’, at the Newport music hall on October 21. I have been a fan of ‘Magic Man’ for quite some time now, so seeing them was a real treat.

It was rather interesting and exciting to see Caplow get into the music as much as he did. He interacted with the crowd, showed everyone his intense dance moves and just enjoyed singing his music for the entire audience.

‘Magic Man’ is one of those bands where you can not sit still while you listen to them. Their lyrics are catchy along with a killer beat and it’s almost impossible not to like them.

The voice of Delaware Hayes High School students