13 Nights of Halloween

By Katlyn LaPorte

Every October ABC Family puts on the 13 Nights of Halloween special. For the 13 days leading up to Halloween, they play classic Halloween movies and other family favorites to get everyone pumped for the upcoming holiday. Each year they mix it up a bit and add some new selections onto their list of Halloween favorites.

Some of the classic Halloween movies they play include “Hocus Pocus”, “Corpse Bride”, “Casper”, “The Addams Family”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Sleepy Hollow”.

These are some of the best Halloween movies that you can’t go through October without watching. Of course if you miss them the first time, they will be played more than once over the 13 days.

Not only do they show the classic family movies but they also throw in some scary ones for the festive people who love the scary part of Halloween. Some of these movies include “Dark Shadows”, “Poltergeist” and “Poltergeist II: The Other Side”.

Along with those they also show some of the favorite movies series for a night in binge-watching the television. Some you can catch are the “Harry Potter” series, the “Hunger Games” series and the “Batman” series.

Last but not least, they have some good shows for the kids. They show “Frankenweenie”, “Toy Story of TERROR!”, “Matilda”, “Monster’s University” and “Paranorman”.

To really get into the holiday spirit you can catch all these movies along with a few others on ABC Family from Oct. 19-31.

Full movie schedule: http://www.ibtimes.com/abc-family-13-nights-halloween-2015-schedule-full-lineup-released-when-what-watch-2080560

 

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Homecoming In Review

By Kinzi Kaiser

SHS celebrated Homecoming from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

Student Council members chose the dress up days for the week.

“I liked the dress up days. My favorite day was movie duo day. I dressed up as Ken and Kayla Albright dressed up as Barbie,” said sophomore Matt Hill.

The week started off with color day; freshmen wore red, sophomores wore yellow, juniors wore green, seniors wore blue and staff wore purple clothing. Then followed Disney day on Tuesday, with a variety of costumes including Star Wars characters and princesses. Movie duo/twin day was on Wednesday, hippie day on Thursday and Spirit day on Friday.

“My favorite dress-up day was spirit day because everyone always goes all out,” said junior Faith Floro.

“My favorite part about Homecoming week was wearing my cape on spirit day,” said sophomore Luke Jensen.

The pep rally was on Friday afternoon during fourth and eighth periods. It started off with the cheerleaders performing their state routine to the students.

“You could definitely say we put a lot of hard work into our state routine that we performed at the pep rally. It was more than I could’ve asked for,” said senior Homecoming queen Ashli Hellman.

The pep rally also included a donut eating competition for some staff members. Science teacher Aaron Edinger, dressed up as character “Eddie Spaghetti,” held a game a competition in which students from each class competed by searching the crowd for twelve cents, pocket lint and black no-show socks.

Multiple mini-games were performed by members of each sports team. Senior volleyball players served volleyballs into oversized sweatpants worn by golf team members. Senior soccer players wore pantyhose with a tennis ball at the bottom  in a competition to see who could knock down a row of powerade bottles the fastest.

Following the pep rally, students proceeded to go outside to destroy an old car.

Friday night had two Homecoming events. The first was the Homecoming football game. The team won against University 47-7.

“The band has really been growing since school started and this week we really got to prove what we were made of, especially on Friday night,” said Jensen.

The bonfire followed shortly after the football game. At the bonfire, the band played, the cheerleaders cheered to the students and students from the sports teams spoke for their team.

“I really liked the bonfire this year because it wasn’t rainy this year and the fire was big,” said Floro.

The week came to a close with the red carpet themed Homecoming dance on Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Color Day
Juniors Amanda Scherbarth, Katlyn LaPorte, Kelsey Adams and Carlie Rosa and seniors Amber Finlayson and Ashli Hellman participate in Color Day.

 

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Junior Jessica Holloway dresses up as “Jessie” from “Toy Story” for Disney Day.

 

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Aaron Edinger dresses up as “Alan” from “The Hangover”, for Duo Day.

 

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Junior Luis Rojas is in the groove for hippie day.

 

Taylor Huss (11)
Junior Taylor Huss shows off her tiger spirit in her homemade tutu.

 

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Teachers face off against students in a game of tug-of-war.

 

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Soccer players are challenged to knock over Powerade bottles with a baseball and pantyhose.

 

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Administrative staff go against senior softball players in a toilet paper and dribbling competition.

 

Teacher of October

By Katlyn LaPorte

The teacher of the month for October is the one and only Aaron Edinger. Edinger teaches biology, anatomy, science research and physical sciences and is currently an assistant coach for the football team. He has been teaching for five years.

Edinger was born on April 28 and is 33 years old. He and his wife Valerie have four kids: Everett, Capri, Corbin and Vincent. Everett is seven years old, Capri is six, Corbin is four and Vincent is two. He really enjoys coaching sports and driving or riding horses.

Edinger graduated from Eaton High School in 2001. He was a year round athlete in high school, playing football, wrestling and track. He attended and graduated from UNC in 2005. He continued his football career in college.

Edinger’s favorite color is blue. His favorite food is steak. His favorite sports are football and wrestling. His favorite TV show is the Walking Dead and he really enjoys the movies Brave Heart and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite being a science teacher, his favorite subject is history.Aaron Edinger

Edinger’s favorite teaching memory was his first year teaching middle school science when he realized he needed to be more particular with his wording when he told them to put the, “balls in their sacks” rather than telling them to put the round objects in the bags.

“I hadn’t realized what I said until the whole class was laughing,” said Edinger.

Edinger aspires to give back to others the same as he has received. Part of his giving back is running Young Life, a Christian ministry that provides a fun, safe and accepting environment for high school students.

Edinger is a very popular teacher among the students at SHS.

“I like the way he teaches. He is easy going and really understanding. I don’t really even consider him as a teacher because he builds that bond with you as a student,” said junior Yadira Galvan.

“He is a good coach, he is motivating and always positive and if we ever make mistakes he helps us fix them,” said junior Gama Soto.

 

Kayla’s Korner

By Kayla Smithgall

Growing up, I had heard about Alzheimer’s disease. I had even seen people with Alzheimer’s. But I never gave it much thought until my family started noticing some changes in my grandma.

Maybe I should start out first by telling you about her.

She is the youngest of seven children and is the only girl in her family. This being said, she is very independent. She is selfless. She also happens to be very stubborn. For every holiday we would gather at her house and no one was allowed to be in her kitchen, let alone help her with anything.

In the fall of 2014, she began to forget things. Not necessarily big things, just things she never used to forget. She was also complaining of dizziness that constantly kept her at home.

Thanksgiving rolled around and my grandma told her two other sons, who lived out of town, to stay home. She didn’t even want to come over to our house, but my parents were able to convince her. She didn’t bring anything and she didn’t help, or even offer to help, my mom.

That’s when we knew something wasn’t right. My parents decided to take her to a doctor.

Her results came in two weeks later and in December of 2014, my grandma was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. She was also diagnosed with vertigo, which is something I have as well.

For the next couple of months, every time I saw her she would tell me about her latest vertigo episode and ask if I’ve had similar experiences. She would get excited when I would tell her I had and when I would tell her that my medication helped me, she was relieved.

It suddenly hit me. She thought her medication would make it all go away. She wasn’t ready to accept it. She was trying to cover her Alzheimer’s with her vertigo.

My sophomore year, I had to write a research paper and I chose Alzheimer’s as my topic.

When I first learned that she was diagnosed, I had blown it off. Alzheimer’s was just a word to me. I never realized that it would cause so much pain in my family.

As I began researching it, it really hit me what it meant for my grandma to have Alzheimer’s. A fact that really hit me hard was that it is fatal. Sure, people don’t die right way; they usually live eight to 10 years after being diagnosed, but it was eventually going to take her life.

I also read that people with Alzheimer’s can get to the point where they can no longer talk and need help with literally everything they do.

This was what my grandma was diagnosed with? My strong, independent grandma would need help with everything she does?

She would never be the same again. We could no longer have family holidays at her house. She would no longer make her famous mashed potatoes and gravy or her “green stuff” that my brother loved so much. She would no longer remember all the little things we did that meant so much to me.

I can honestly say that I have learned more about my grandma in the last year than I have in the past 10 years.

One of the toughest things about Alzheimer’s is that it starts with short-term memory loss.

My grandma can still quote Bible verses perfectly. She remembers the town she grew up in. She remembers all of her brothers’ names and their order of birth. She even remembers the camper her and my grandpa would haul their family around in for their vacations.

She can remember all those things but she can’t remember the house she has lived in for 23 years.

When she first began having problems, she couldn’t remember the birthdays of my family members. My mom would call her to remind her and then would go pick out a card for her that my grandma could send to that family member.

On my birthday a few months ago, she called me and asked me to come to her house because she had something for me. I was surprised that she had remembered my birthday, because my mom hadn’t reminded her.

When I got to her house, there was a little wrapped box sitting on her dining table.

Inside of the box was a necklace. She explained to me that it was the first necklace my grandpa ever gave her.

To me, it was way more than a necklace.

“I saw it and it reminded me of you. I know how much you like sparkles,” she said.

Not only had my grandma remembered my birthday, but she also remembered a little detail about me that I thought she had forgotten.

None of her other granddaughters, or any family member for that matter, had been given an heirloom. It was her way of telling me that she trusted me to keep it in the family.

The first few months of learning to live with my grandma were very hard. But as time goes on, I’m really learning to cherish the little things.

From Across the World to Sterling

By Ethan Robinson

It’s a new school year, and with it, SHS is the host of two new exchange students.

Please welcome Sevil Mamedovi and Malte Kuessner!

Sevil comes from the small city of Marneuli in Georgia, and Malte from Willich-Anrath, Germany. Their arrival here marked their first time in the United States. Both came here for brand new experiences; Sevil saying she is here to meet new people and cultures and Malte remarking that one of his favorite subjects in school was English.

As for their exchange programs, both of their hometowns are similar to Sterling. Malte says that the flat landscape and abundance of friendliness and pickup trucks is not unlike Willich-Anrath.

School, however, is a different experience altogether for them. For instance, Sevil states that American schools are not similar at all to those in Georgia.  Here in the U.S. you move about the school, rather than stay in one classroom, and get more variety of choices in classes.

Sevil says she is glad for this, especially now that it gives her a chance to try new classes, like theatre. Sevil thoroughly enjoys this elective.

“Mr. Johnson is an awesome and amazing teacher,” she said.

Malte, on the other hand, is sort of a renaissance man when it comes to hobbies and says he tries to enjoy everything. Several of his joys include hunting, fishing, skiing and bicycling. He also joined the soccer team, which is yet another new experience to add to his list.

Both Malte and Sevil have expressed some challenges in school when it comes to English, but their aforementioned joys along with helpful, understanding teachers have so far made that transition easier.

Overall, their experiences have gone greatly, with both Malte and Sevil emphasizing an excitement to find something new, whether it is knowledge or potential friends.

Now, Sterling Tigers, let’s make sure this stays that way. Let us continue to show them a good time, so that our exchange students may leave the U.S. with bright, positive memories that will stick with them for many years to come.

 

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Malte plays center mid for the JV soccer team.

 

 

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Sevil takes a break from rehearsing lines in her theater class.

 

 

Savvy Sydney

By Sydney Goldenstein

How many times do we have to read or hear about a child contemplating suicide because of the torment of bullying?  How many families live daily with a child who is considering suicide because of being bullied? Where is our outrage?

The relationship between bullying and suicide is complex.

The ugly truth is this topic makes people uncomfortable. That is why it needs to be talked about a lot more. Students deserve to be protected from bullying.

According to stopbullying.gov, 20 percent of students in the United States in grades 9-12 experience bullying. 30 percent of young people admit to have bullied others in surveys. A little over 70 percent of school staff have witnessed bullying and 71 percent of students say they have seen bullying take place in their schools. 57 percent of the time when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds. These are only a few statistics about bullying in a high school environment.

The most common types of bullying include verbal, social, physical, and cyber; though it can be broken down into many different forms.

In movies, the stereotypical bully shoves the nerd into a locker or steals people’s lunch money. In reality, that isn’t really the typical bully. In fact, it isn’t very common to see physical bullying anymore. More often we see verbal, social and cyber bullying taking place.

I see most bullying take place over the Internet. The most popular place I’ve noticed recently is Yik Yak, an app originally made for college students that allows people to anonymously create and view posts within a five mile radius. Of course, being anonymous, it is the “perfect place” to make a rude comment about another person. Nobody knows who wrote it, right?

I’m sick and tired of seeing bullying and people putting others down just to give themselves a better self-esteem or to look “cool”. I’m tired of reading articles about kids committing suicide because they were tormented so badly that they felt the need to inflict harm or death upon themselves.

High school can either be the best or worst years of a person’s life. How do you get a kick out of making someone feel horrible and have a bad day? We need to be picking each other up, not kicking one another down. The change starts with you.

If you are a victim or know somebody who is bullied or suicidal, please talk to somebody who can help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255

SHS counselor Traci Reeves: ReevesT@re1valleyschools.org