Lacrosse prepares for continued seasonal success

The lacrosse team is in progress to their way back to the top by working through the off season.

“We play during the winter to get better, work on our fundamentals, start getting team chemistry,” senior lacrosse player Joseph Sanfilippo said. ”And to have fun and win.”

The games are located at the Continent in Columbus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There are three different teams.

Some grade and previous skill level was used in deciding the separation of the teams, but mainly position was the deciding factor.

“We split the teams this year up by a more of- fense and defense based teams, so that both groups can really start meshing with each other before spring season comes,” junior lacrosse player Gareth Ulmer said.

There are many positives about never let- ting up through- out the year.

“I can keep my skills toned and gain the edge come season,” Ulmer said.

The boys get a lot of work in on their skills.

“Indoor lacrosse helps out with stick skills like pass- ing, catching, and ground balls, defensive positioning and slides,” Sanfilippo said. “Plus the communication and language of what the coaches and players are trying to say helps us out for the spring, when it really matters.”

There are some challenges that they have to overcome. For one they can only play with five players plus a goalie, when typically they play with nine plus a goalie.

“Winter is more like indoor soccer and basketball,” Sanfilippo said. “Lots of pick and rolls, quick ball movement, and fast-paced up and down running.”

These drasticts differences oo the smaller field will help improve the team down the line

during season.
“The main difference is the pace is even more sped up than in the spring, so condition- ing plays a huge role,” Ulmer said.

With all this hard work, the lacrosse team is hoping to make another mark on the history books at Hayes.

“I see the chemistry building among our team and people are beginning to step up to fill the roles we need this spring in order to make it back to states,” Ulmer said.

Bowling ready to roll through the competition

At Colony Lanes the Delaware Hayes bowling team lies in waiting. They practice in order to prepare for the victims who dare come to their home to challenge them during the season.

“The team is really tight this year,” sophomore Alicia Halstead said. “We’ve bonded a lot and have gotten closer as friends, and we are ready for this year.”

There are some new people on the team this year, which have contributed to the bonding. Previously, the team had been bowling together for a few years, but the new blood has brought some new aspects to being a team.

“This year, there [are] a lot of new players,” Halstead said. “It’s been a bit different to adjust to, having new members on the team.”

Even with new people, there is an optimistic tone in some of the players. Athletes can gain the stereotype that it is all about winning. While that may be on the players’ mind at times, it’s not the only thing the bowling team is thinking about.

“[I am] looking forward to having fun,” sophomore Bryan MacDonald said. “Also hanging out with the players on the team after school and practicing with them will be fun.”

The bowling roster is full of talent. Some of the players have aspirations for state competition at the end of the year.

“Some players to watch are Dakota Burglar and Patrick Starr,” MacDonald said.

“I think that the whole boys varsity team is key,” Halstead said. “My friend Taylor [Schurr] and I are going to be key for the girls this year, in my opinion as well.”

The team as a whole has high expectations. The team wasn’t as successful as they would have hoped last year, but in their minds, this year is a whole new year.

“I expect that we will get better as a group and develop our games,” Halstead said.

“I know that we all want to improve our record from last year,” MacDonald said. “Everyone also wants to break personal records like high scores. I mean, who doesn’t.”

French Club welcomes students of all languages

French Club has never had the best attendance but it does have a large variety of activities.

For example, to celebrate Mardi Gras, they traveled to J. Gumbo’s which decorates accord- ingly for the French holiday.

Every meeting they do something like this that includes the French language, but in such a way that everyone, even non-french speakers, can enjoy it.

“Sometimes we does themed crafts based on the holidays closest to the that meeting, we listen to french music, and sometimes we watch movies,” said the club’s president, Kennedy Simpkins.

During the September meeting, they made crepes in the food and nutrition lab with toppings like nutella and cherry pie filling. And for the next meeting, they watched Aladdin with French subtitles.

The club meets every month on Thursdays in Ma- dame Young’s room, 2110. Contact Simpkins or Madame with any questions.

“Speaking French is absolutely not a requirement to come to French Club,” Simpkins said.

Board Game Club challenges students

Board game club has been active for a year and a half now and consists of both teachers and students.

There are a variety of games played, from social to cooperative or dexterity and speed.

“[The best part is] getting the chance to interact with students in a non-educational setting,” said Kevin West, the club’s adviser. “Just being able to do something, have fun, and have good conversations with kids that don’t relate to content or skills that students are required to learn in class.”

The club meets every other Thursday in West’s room. If interested, one can ask West about the next meeting, or they can just show up.

“Just come try it out for one week and if you like it, come on back,” West said. “If it’s not for you, you lost an hour, hour and a half, of a Thursday afternoon. No big deal.”

Varsity Leadership Club to begin

The new Varsity Leadership club teaches the student the difference between the right and the wrong way of being a leader.

“We just came up with the idea last year and

now this year we are planning on implementing it when we get back from break,” said Jordan Black- burn, a leader of the club.

Along side Blackburn, Gregory White and James Bibler also run the club.

The main goal between White, Blackburn, and Bibler was to teach the difference between right and wrong.

“… we wanted to get going is that there is a certain way that you can lead that people will respond to that is in a positive way,” Blackburn said. Along side leadership skills, Blackburn wanted diversity.

“One of the things we wanted to start with is having a club that didn’t just have people from sports but from all over the school,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn, Gregory, and Bibler also want to shine the spotlight on the people that lead the correct way.

“We want to start rewarding the kids that do things right, rather than rewarding those that make bad decisions,” White said.

Poetry Out Loud lets students originality shine

Among the many clubs at Hayes High School Poetry Out Loud is another club that brings out the creativity in students.

Poetry Out Loud has only been here at Hayes for a small number of years. “As a nationwide organization it began in the spring of 2006 and it spread out to all of the high schools,” Gina Puleo said, an English teacher that will be leading the club next year.

Valerie Plessinger currently runs the Poetry Out Loud club with Kelsey Bagley and Gina Puleo as co-advisers.

“To get into the club you just have to have an interest in poetry, and a willing- ness to work hard and succeed,” Puleo said.

“As a club we work together to memorize, perform, and learn poetry,” Puleo said. Students help each other and give each other constructive criticism to make them better performers, break them of their stage fright and to prepare for competition.

The first competition is school wide in February where the winner would go onto states that are held in Columbus and then the nationals are held in Washington D.C.

“We teach students public speaking skills, to read poetry for the tone, the meaning, and the author’s intentions and purposes… also to be confident and pas- sionate and how to be lovers of poetry,” Puleo said.

Breakfast Club tutors struggling math students

Although Breakfast Club has a small number of members, those who do attend find it beneficial and want to come back.

They meet every Friday at 6:25 a.m. at Hamburger Inn or Tim Hortons. This club is for kids who need help with math homework.

“The kids that mostly come are the ones with math needs and don’t understand their math homework,” Andy Graham said.

They meet at breakfast places to“start the day with a good meal.” He wants them to be focused for the day.

Graham describes this club as “helpful” to the students. Along with Graham, Randy Turner, another math teacher, is there to help students too. So students will have two math teachers to get help from.

This club usually has 12-18 kids that attend. The biggest number they have had is 36. They are always wanting more.

“Kids like the club. When they come the first time, they always come back a second time,” Graham said.

He also said, “It is about starting the most popular quiz/test day of the week off with a good meal,” Graham said. “While waiting for the meal you can get any last minute questions answered from anyone that attends.”

‘Star Wars’ Roleplaying Club encourages creativity

The Star War Roleplaying Club began when a few members of the board game club expressed interest in role playing by itself.

Thomas Hering became the adviser partially due to enjoying role play himself.

However, it was also to “honor” the fact that it can be played in “academic environment where one might expect others to look down on it, but generally… they’re more intrigued and excited, even if they’re not able to make that courageous jump [to play] themselves.”

“With a board game, you have very specific rules in that you roll a dice and then you move a certain amount of spaces; you don’t get a lot of creativity,” said Rebecca Kovatch, a member of the club. “But in this kind of game… [the narrator] gives you the basis of the story. He’ll [say], ‘you’re in this area of a town and your task is this.’ The rest of it is up to you as a team.”

This club can be for anyone that enjoys games, star wars, or creating stories. Kovatch describes it as “creative, strategic, and fun.

“Part of role playing is a way for us to find courage and humility and humanity that we don’t always possess in our real lives, but then we can carry that outside the game,” Hering said.

The Star Wars Role Play Club meets every other Tuesday in Hering’s room. Anyone that is interested is welcome to join.

Horseback riding makes strides forward: Riding horses helps kids in therapeutic need

Horses have helped humans conquer vast lands, travel millions of miles, make a living and now to heal. Their strength and loyalty have been noted for hundreds of years, and now it’s being used for those in need.

Recently, a new therapeutic horseback riding barn opened in Delaware. Stockhands Horses for Healing is a non-profit organiza- tion founded by Tim Funk and Lisa Benton to provide horse-facilitated therapeutic help.

Horses for Healing offers help to children and adults and veterans with various disabilities through their therapy horses. The barn also provides boarding and horseback riding lessons to the public.

“We have a pretty wide range that we are looking to reach to,” said Cathy Smedley, Program Direc- tor of Horses for Healing. “We’re not only looking for [disabled] kids, but we’re also looking to try and reach out to the veterans and their families to get them involved with horses as well.”

This developed area of therapy gives riders a discovered sense of self-esteem, control and calmness around the animal. Riding a horse gives an individual a feeling of pride and understanding, placing their developmental or mental disability in the back of their mind.

“I have seen students go from being completely terrified when they are on top of the horse to being super confident,” Smedley said. “It translates to them being confident at home and in school.”

Therapeutic riding not only of- fers students a chance to improve their riding skills, but also a bond with the horse. Horses are noted for their loyalty and lack of judgement, giving riders a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

“All week long, he wants to ride Lacey!” said Erin Maggard, mother of a Horses for Healing student. “It’s good, I don’t want him to see this as ‘Oh no, on Sunday I have to go to therapy’. He thinks it’s fun; it’s rewarding for him.”

The idea that one individual could control such a giant creature gives students a sense of companionship and teamwork necessary for the rest of their lives.

“I think seeing the kids’ reac- tions with their horse and how it changes is probably one of the best parts of the job,” Smedley said. “I’ve seen kids that don’t really connect well with people and they connect so much with the horse.

“Therapeutic programs are opening nationwide and adopting this area of service. The unique rhythm of a moving horse has proven to resemble the human movement of walking, providing riders a sharpened sense of coordi- nation, balance and core strength, powerful skills for students.

“I have had a lot of students where their core strength gets so much better,” Smedley said. “They start off [kind of] as a wet noodle and they end up getting really great core strength. The confidence and self-esteem they get [through it] is incredible.”

“I can definitely also see him building core strength,” Maggard said. “When we first got here, he could barely sit up straight on [the horse].”

Horseback riding requires aspects such as awareness and re- sponsibility to control the one-ton animal beneath the rider. This form of therapy targets that in its riders and presents a perfect opportunity to improve students.

“Behavior-wise, he’s not really open to listening to strangers,” Maggard said. “But him seeing the others doing it, he just did it…he’s interacting with peers which is a big difference.”

Stockhands Horses for Healing targets these aspects in their lessons, whether private or with others, and volunteers are necessary for them to continue.

Whether doing simple barn work or leading and se- curing the rider and horse, volunteers are in need for the program.

“It’s hard to get volunteers because of timing,” Smedley said. “People don’t understand what we do and we definitely need as many volunteers as we can get so that we can really try and reach out to more kids and do better.”

If interested in helping out or in lessons with Stockhands Horses for Healing, visit www.stockhands- horsesforhealing. org or contact Executive Director Lisa Benton at (614) 318-5781.

“With the people that founded this place and everybody that works here, I think everyone’s heart is so much in this and they really want this place to do better…that really makes a difference when there are people that are passionate about it,” Smedley said

Music videos surprise viewers

Music videos like “Blank Space,” “Wrecking Ball,” “Anaconda,” and more seem to cause controversy and discussion over what’s appropriate to put in a video and what’s not.

Nudity appears to grab a lot of the media’s attention no matter when it’s used. When Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video came out, the internet exploded with com- ments and posts either bashing or praising the twenty-two year old.

“I think that it is inappropriate to be nude in a music video that is public for everyone to see,” sophomore Lauren Ken- ney said. “And people say it ‘symbolizes’ her feelings being stripped away, but Miley could have made a video where she wasn’t swinging from a wrecking ball naked.”

Others think that it’s Cyrus’s decision to approve of what the video’s content is, and that it’s actually an acceptable thing that people are comfortable enough to show their skin.

“It’s sort of empowering to see her be- ing able to be naked in front of the nation,” freshman Griffin Clark said. “I feel that she is strong for women’s rights and self expres- sion, and I feel that she didn’t abuse that with anything that was inappropriate.”

Cyrus isn’t the only one who’s made a controversial video. Both Nicki Minaj’s “Ana- conda” music video and “Only” lyric video stirred up emotions when released.

In “Anaconda,” Minaj can be found twerking, partially clothed, rubbing whipped cream and bananas on herself, and dancing on other people.

“In almost every single one of her videos her butt is showing, so you kind of have to expect it,” sophomore Natasha Walker said. “It’s very inappropriate, but it goes with the song.”

It seems that most people agree with the fact that since it’s her song and video, certain things are expected. But while some think that it’s just Minaj being herself, others believe that she’s showing how confident she is about herself.

“I’m not going to lie, I was taken aback at first at how much Nicki shows and how much she sexualized herself.,” Clark said. “But I think sexualizing yourself, as long as it’s done by your own hand, it is very em- powering, and she just exudes confidence.”

Minaj’s “Only” lyric video might not be an actual music video, but it was still able to cause issues and arguments. Through different symbols and actions, many viewers have said it resembles Nazi Germany and compares Minaj to Hitler.

“It’s a very touchy topic. It doesn’t mat- ter if she was trying to symbolize that she is the ‘leader of the rap game,’” Walker said. “She could have symbolized it in a different way.”

It appears that the main argument is how people believe artists should be dressed in their videos. Some people are too critical because they base their opinion on their overall view on the artist, and oth- ers just aren’t critical enough. There’s no one answer, and there will never be a music video that pleases everyone.

The voice of Delaware Hayes High School students