The image on the left is what a person can see in the sky on a clear night. The white box represents a region which appears completely dark and empty to the human eye. The image on the right, however, shows what the Hubble telescope saw after absorbing light waves from this “white box” region for some 500 hours. A different tool made the same reality appear very different.
That’s exactly what the intramural basketball league has done for West High. Each game reveals a new star. After four seasons of high school basketball spent on the bench, senior Grant Wells now has his chance to shine. “It was kinda weird, you know, scoring more points in one intramural game than in my entire high school career combined.” In his team’s season-opener, Wells had a league-high 23 points with 18 of them from behind the 3-point line.
The league opened registration several weeks ago and filled up all eight team spots, each team with six players to total 48 players in the league. After every team plays each of the other seven teams, the league committee plans to have a post-season tournament. “I was really impressed with how it all came together so well. I mean, you’ve got refs, stats, rankings. It’s the real deal. They’ve even got their own website!” said junior Carson Ball, captain of Hufflepuff (1-1).
Among other interests, the league’s pre-season top-ranked team “Old School” has drawn much attention. The team consists of head basketball coach Damon Kelley, along with four other staff members and two members of the coaching staff. So far, Old School has lived up to the pre-season hype and will be a threat come tournament time.
As the league’s co-founder and co-commissioner, I hope the intramural league demonstrates the innovative spirit of the “West Way” and inspires the student body to build more telescopes.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “awkward third wheel?” Urban Dictionary defines it as “one who deters the socialization of a couple, perhaps when being invited out of pity or through a feeling of duty. This person may be eased into the situation by being allowed to stay in an environment he or she has become accustomed to (perhaps a kitchen, where the third wheel can bake cookies for the couple.)” Being the awkward third wheel may sound like a death sentence, but with a little charm and humor, it can become bearable. Take it from me. I’m what you would call a professional third wheel.
It’s clearly not a serious date if you’re there, right? So don’t worry about getting in the way. Honestly. If they’ve dragged you with, it’s also possible that they’re nervous and don’t want to be completely alone. This is the perfect situation to make a few jokes to lighten the mood and make yourself feel less lonely. It’s up to you, the designated third wheel, to make the night fun.
But don’t spend the whole time whining about being forever alone. Nobody likes a sad sack. Make a joke out of it (“Aw, you guys are so cute! Hey, maybe my cat will finally sit by me!”) But don’t be the date-dampening Negative Nelly.
So should you find yourself third wheeled, just remember: relax and enjoy yourself! The date/party/evening won’t last forever. Embrace the awkward, and let the laughs come rolling in.
“Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim doubt at yourself. Be bold.”
-Alan Alda, actor and writer
College: Bellarmine University
Best Memory of High School: Senior year soccer season
Favorite class/teacher/subject: Mr. Corman and Mrs. Brown, any science class
The thing I will miss most about high school will be… the great friendships I made while attending West
The thing I will miss least about high school will be… same classes every dayThe thing I am most looking forward to in college is… being away and on my own, college sports games, and new friendships
My advice for underclassmen is… don’t lose confidence, remember that amateurs built the ark, professionals built the titanic. Don’t lose hope if you don’t find success your first try.
Favorite Band: The Mountain Goats
Favorite Song: For the Moments I Feel Faint, Relient K
Favorite Album: MMHMM, Relient K
How many songs are on your iPod or phone? 4,353
If I could only see one band live, it would be… Relient K
The band or singer I would most like to hang out with for a day would be… Dan Bakitus
Guys and girls, with spring break rapidly approaching and a recent “wave” of us heading to various beaches and warm locations as our destinations, we will be among thousands of other high school students and making new friends. Meeting new people can be awkward. With that in mind, here are some key phrases compiled by the newspaper staff to assist you in breaking the ice with new groups of people on Spring Break.
1. I must be lost… because I see paradise.
2. I don’t know which is prettier today, the water, the sky, or your eyes.
3. You may not be able to tell by the looks of me, but I can run really fast.
All in all, I wish everyone a safe and fun spring break and encourage everyone to make the right decisions and enjoy the time away!
When I think of prom, I think of long flowing dresses for girls and three-piece suits for guys. However, as I was looking through a recent prom catalog, that’s not what I found at all. The way that you can really personalize your prom wear was interesting and slightly entertaining. The “cowboy,” “mod” and “usual” just to name a few were so varied that you could have your own style in each section. I personally will be wearing a normal suit and keeping it classy. To be honest, guys just go along with what your date likes and it will be more enjoyable for both of you. To the ladies, don’t get too demanding. It isn’t cute. All in all prom is a once or twice in a lifetime experience so just make it enjoyable. Ciao!
It’s spring time once again here in Jessamine County, and for FFA members that means one thing: competition time! Our FFA chapter has been kicking tail here the past few weeks at many local, regional, and state level competitions. Here is a rundown of some of the recent successes:
Bluegrass Regional Speaking Contest
Floral Impromptu: Joseph Brock – Excellent
Extemporaneous: Sarah Warren – Excellent
Creed Speaking: Casey Simpson – Superior 1st
Goat Impromptu: Derrick Simpson – Superior 3rd
WJHS Members of the Superior 1st Parliamentary Procedure Team:
Bluegrass Region Paperwork Day
Beef Production Entrepreneurship: Rod White – Superior 1st
Agriculture Communications: Sarah Warren – Superior 1st
Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship: Rod White – Superior 1st
Turf Grass Management: Dalton Knight – Superior 1st
Outdoor Recreation Placement: Derrick Simpson – Superior 1st
Jessamine County Scarp Book compiled by Sarah Warren – Superior
2013-2014 Bluegrass Regional Vice President: Sarah Warren
Photo: Sarah Warren