Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program 2014 scholars selected

Mia Zanzucchi

Five West Jessamine High School students have been selected as Kentucky Governor’s Scholars, an immersive five-week college preparatory program. Students live on one of three college campuses in Kentucky and participate in small group seminars, volunteer work and more.

Monica Alden, Nicole Fielder, Emerson James, Shawn Murphy and Jesse Seales are West Jessamine’s five Governor’s Scholars. For some, GSP will be an opportunity to “network with future leaders,” as Fielder, who hopes to attend Vanderbilt University next fall, said. Others, like Murphy, will take this opportunity to see firsthand what college is like.

Rising juniors who are interested in the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) should contact the guidance office this coming fall for application and selection information.

From left to right: Jesse Seales, Nicole Fielder, Emerson James, Monica Alden and Shawn Murphy

From left to right: Jesse Seales, Nicole Fielder, Emerson James, Monica Alden and Shawn Murphy

Job interview musts

Logan Sparks

With summer quickly approaching, many of you are looking for a summer time job that will bring in some money. Here are some tips that will help land you the job you want:

If you want to be a great candidate, then you need to have great preparation. Preparation is the number one thing that will set you apart from other candidates.
Research everything you can about the company. You want to know about the place you’re going to work not just so that you sound intelligent in the interview, but so that you can figure out if it’s a place that you actually want to work at.
Get to know someone on the inside.
Employees can give you an idea of what the job is like and can help you determine if this is a place you would like to work at.

“During the interview, make sure you have strong eye contact” senior Cassidy Johnson says. Johnson has perfected the job interviewing process by landing three jobs.

Now that you know some of the best techniques, you can go out and hopefully get any summer time job you want.

Powderpuff returns to West

On May 16, the West Jessamine National Honor Society (NHS) will host their annual powderpuff football game, a girls-only flag football charity game. Like past years, this year, all proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis research. A $1 donation is required to play, and tickets are $3. Player signups will begin the week of April 28 and tickets will go on sale the week of May 5.

“Students seem to really enjoy powderpuff,” NHS adviser Ms. Gray said. “The upperclassmen enjoy playing the lowerclassmen and it’s a great fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”

Moving Pictures stops the competition at High Bridge Film Festival

Mia Zanzucchi

The West Jessamine High School stop motion action film club Moving Pictures entered and won the high school division of the High Bridge Film Festival for their short film Feast Friends.

Feast Friends centers around a man, alone on Thanksgiving, who realizes the true meaning of Thanksgiving. The members of Moving Pictures wrote, shot and edited the whole film by themselves. Sophomore Kaitlyn Kearns did the storyboarding, some members acted in the film and others helped move the props to make the over 2,000 photos appear seamless.

Juniors Nicole Fielder and Jesse Seales founded Moving Pictures last August with art teacher Mr. Stein as faculty adviser. “I wanted to see people’s interest in film develop,” Seales says. “I want to see the club grow [next school year] and for other people to have great ideas and direct their own films.”

Moving Pictures hopes to enter the 2015 High Bridge Film Festival next spring.

Moving Pictures at the High Bridge Film Festival on Saturday, April 26

Moving Pictures at the High Bridge Film Festival on Saturday, April 26

The heart of baseball

Meredith Crockett

The air of spring is among us at last… Well, maybe. With that warmth and growth comes an even greater event: baseball. The sport of baseball has been alive and well for a very long time. From the smell of salted seeds and freshly mowed grass to the late nights of disappointment when we reach the bottom of the 9th and just can’t pull it together (yes, I mean you, Texas Rangers!), baseball entraps us all.

Baseball is a way of life; ask any player or devoted fan. That moment of success, a flawless double play or the crack of a bat that leads to the storm-the-plate moment, all prove what is so special about baseball. Since its origins in the 1830s, baseball has been an escape: a way to avoid the mediocrity of day-to-day life. In the ‘20s, we escaped from poverty and on to the ‘40s: war and death. The thrill of the game provides a 9-inning utopia for those in need. Even today in times of tragedy, such as 9/11 or the 2013 Boston Marathon, baseball has been there to pull us through. It gave us someone or something to route for even when we feel there is nothing left in us. The sport can bring both blood-curdling rage and inexplicable joy all in a matter of minutes, this thrill, being just part of why fans have become so devoted. So, let us become devoted. Let us jump into this season with a heart of optimism, a heart of joy. The endless winter is gone, and its baseball season, and that’s all that matters.

A performance to look forward to

Jacob Sears

On May 29, the West Jessamine band, choir and visual arts programs will come together for a spectacular performance. As the visual arts department is creating pictures and paintings to display during the event, the band and choir are preparing to perform. This will be the first time that these programs team up. Come and support your arts programs!

A pleasant walk*

Young Koh

There are many ways to go about it.

It’s life. We often don’t even know what to do about it. We try to get creative about it and move along, plan as things go. These plans don’t always work. Life likes to shove lemons down our throats, so we have to show life how our gastric fluids are even more acidic. Rejections aren’t the newest things we have ever faced. Colleges will shut their doors in our faces. And they won’t lose any sleep over it, either.

But this is altogether a different matter, isn’t it?

It does seem rather strange that you are to take on a rather heavy social burden in such a candid manner. Financially, prom will burn a hole through your pocket no matter how you try to cut corners (don’t). Then there’s also the part about getting a date. Socially, it’s just another event. Ask a friend! It will all be fine and dandy, just teenagers fooling around in a mature setting. Right? Wrong. Who you ask and why you ask have much deeper-reaching meanings and intentions than people make it seem (and you’d possibly lose sleep over it). You wouldn’t ask someone if you don’t even remotely want that person with you. Whatever you do with regards to this event will therefore be watched closely by the Girls’ Syndicate. With everything out in the open, there is little freedom as to what juvenile jokes you can pull off.

The reality is that prom embodies what seems to be a ritualistic entrance into the adult social interaction. It’s dipping your proverbial social toe into the pool of complicated mannerisms that you are expected to follow. There are expectations to be fulfilled: prom, “promposals”, tuxes, cars- they all come to symbolize some form of growing up. You are doing these things by yourself and you have to make decisions of certain actions that may or may not be very stupid decisions. But they are all requirements that make up this much less welcoming face of prom

Which way will you go about it?

*Prom is short for promenade, which means a walk or a stroll in French

Athlete of the Month: Emerson James

Josh Preston

This month’s athlete of the month is junior Emerson James. James plays left field on the baseball team and has been playing since age 5.

With an array of AP classes as well as extracurricular activities to juggle, James says it can be hard to balance everything. Serving as the Junior Class Vice President, he also feels that baseball has taught him leadership.

“I think baseball teaches you to be a leader in the classroom,” James says. “But I also think that the vice versa is true.”

James stated that school teaches many useful things about being a teammate and leader alike as well: two critical life skills.

Although James enjoys high school baseball, he has no further aspirations to play at the collegiate level. “Playing in college would be even more difficult than balancing school and sports in high school, so it’s a no.”

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The Masters

Fred Allen Meyer

Photo courtesy of Fred Allen Meyer

Photo courtesy of Fred Allen Meyer

The 2014 Masters is in the books. With Tiger Woods out and Phil Mickelson missing the cut, many thought it would result in an uneventful tournament, but they were wrong.

This Masters resulted is a Sunday showdown that will never be forgotten. In round one, Bill Haas was the one that got off to the hottest start by posting a round of four under par, 68. Not far behind was last year’s Masters champion Adam Scott, and 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson. In round two, leader Bill Haas got off to a slow start by bogeying the first three holes. The rest of the day didn’t get any better for Haas – he ended up shooting 78. Once again, Bubba played extraordinarily, shooting a four under par 68 to take a three shot lead into the third round.

Twenty-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth, who’s playing in his very first masters, made a run at the lead in the third round. He was playing some of the best golf of his life under extremely pressured circumstances. While Spieth was making his move in the third round, Bubba and Adam Scott began to falter. Bubba shot a two over, 74 and Adam shot a four over, 76. Adam Scott was four down to begin the day, so his chances at winning back-to-back Green Jackets began to diminish. Bubba’s 74 moved him to five under on the tournament and into a tie with Jordan Spieth.

Jordan Spieth wasn’t the only one who made a big move in Saturday’s third round. Miguel Angle Jimenez shot a round of six under par to put him in a tie for third at three under par, only two shots back of leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth. It was shaping up to be a Sunday showdown for the final round of the Masters between Watson and Spieth. Spieth got off to the best start of the tournament birdieing three of the first seven holes to take a two shot lead on Bubba Watson. With the par 5 eighth hole next Spieth bogeyed and Watson birdied which would put both in a tie going into hole nine. On hole number nine, Spieth hit it right and into the trees, which resulted in a bogey. Bubba drove it down the middle and hit a great shot into the green about twelve feet from the hole for birdie; Bubba sank the birdie putt resulting in a two shot swing. Bubba took a two shot lead heading into the back nine. Throughout the first five holes on the back nine, Bubba was playing like he really wanted the Green Jacket. He birdied two of the first five holes and on hole twelve, Spieth hit his tee shot in the water and made bogey. Bubba had a commanding three shot lead with three holes to play. Bubba had been in this position before, and it showed. He was as calm and confident as one could be in this position. He parred the final three holes to coast to his second Masters Victory in three years. I am sure Jordan Speith will be sporting a green jacket of his own sooner rather than later, 2014 just wasn’t his year. If Bubba keeps his composure like he did this past week, he will be favorited for several more victories in 2014, however none as sweet as the Masters!

FCCLA Spring Fling

Emily Kerns

On April 15, the Jessamine County Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization held its first annual Spring Fling at JCTC to raise organization funds. The officers and volunteers created six fun stations including pictures with the Easter bunny, face painting, crafts and other exciting games for children to enjoy. Members baked cupcakes for Easter decorating and even printed out Easter bunny pictures for families to take home. At five dollars a ticket, the Jessamine County FCCLA raised $320 with 85 kids in attendance. This contributed greatly to the club’s treasury and will able them to help fund future community service projects. Overall, the FCCLA Spring Fling was a huge success and will become an annual event the club will continue to organize.