In Tune With: Lillie Molten

Favorite band: my chemical romance

Favorite song: a dustland fairy tale by the killers

Favorite album: sigh no more by Mumford and sons

How many songs are on your iPod or iPhone? 105

If I could only see one band live it would be: Green day

The band or singer I would most like to hang out with for a day would be: Kurt Cobain

Outstanding Oscars

Mia Zanzucchi

On Thursday, January 10th, Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and Ted, and the 2013 Oscars host, announced the official Oscar nominations for this year. The 85th Academy Awards will be presented live on Sunday, February 24th on ABC36, starting at 7 in the evening.

Nominees for the elite Best Picture category include obvious choices like the highly anticipated movie-musical Les Misérables, Golden Globe winning Argo, the historical drama Lincoln, Ang Lee’s beautifully adapted Life of Pi, the intense Django Unchained, and Zero Dark Thirty, starring Jessica Chastain. Dark-horse Beasts of the Southern Wild and the French foreign Amour came as pleasant surprises, as did Silver Linings Playbook which opened to a very limited release, but has since given lead actress Jennifer Lawrence a Golden Globe win.

Denzel Washington received a well deserved Leading Actor nomination for playing wild pilot Whip Whitaker in Flight, but has stiff competition against Daniel Day-Lewis’ Abraham Lincoln and a singing Hugh Jackman as Victor Hugo’s Jean Valjean.

Life of Pi, The Avengers, Prometheus, The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey, and Snow White and the Huntsman will go head to head for Achievement in Visual Effects.

Already holding her Golden Globe, Adele will take her James Bond song “Skyfall” to the Oscars to battle it out with songs from Chasing Ice, Ted, Life of Pi, and the one song added to the movie version of Les Misérables not in the original stage version.

Best animated movie nominations include Brave, the Golden Globe winner for best animated film, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and two spooky, Halloween-ey movies, ParaNorman and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.

Noteworthy is Leading Actress nominee 9 year old Quvenzhane Wallis who portrayed a very emotional and powerful Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. She is the youngest performed to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe.

Best Picture-
Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Personal Pick: Silver Linings Playbook
Prediction: Argo

Actress in a Leading Role-
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Personal Pick: Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany
Prediction: Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy

Actor in a Leading Role-
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Personal Pick: Denzel Washington as Walker “Whip” Whitaker
Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln

Best Director-
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Michael Haneke, Amour
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Personal Pick: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi
Prediction: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln

Fan of award shows? Be sure to check out the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10th starting live at 8 pm on CBS-27.

Editor’s note: The Oscars have since come and gone, but I like pictures and GIF’s so here you go. -Mia 

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Two Looks at Les Mis

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Matthew Liversedge

4/5 stars

Bringing Les Mis to the big screen was ambitious, to say the least. No one could doubt the magnitude of the project after seeing the cast line-up. But even with so many star actors and actresses, bringing the popular musical to the movie screen was a dangerous gamble.

When Les Mis the musical first appeared in London in 1985, critics disapproved of turning a piece of literature into a musical production. But following record box office sales, the production has run continuously since that time, making it the world’s longest running musical.

Similarly, it’s hard to imagine a musical, intended to be performed with all the emotion that comes with live performance, being turned into a big-screen hit. But Les Mis met with great success as a movie as well, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide and winning three Golden Globes as well as eight Oscar nominations.

Sure, Les Mis has its problems. Not all the characters were played by Broadway singers, and not all the songs followed Les Mis the musical. But in the end, Les Mis is a success, just like the musical and just like the book, because it effectively captures Valjean’s passionate cry for grace in the face of the law. Singing need not be perfectly in tune or in time for us to recognize Fantine’s desperation, Javert’s hate, or Eponine’s love.

In a way, Les Mis’ imperfections demonstrate exactly what Victor Hugo wanted us to realize: that forgiveness of fault is greater even than obedience to the law.

 

Daniel Gallutia

3/5 stars

Les Misérables, the story of multiple characters from all walks of life each yearning for purpose within the corruption of society, was released on the big screen this past Christmas and has acquired an overwhelming positive reaction from the public, mostly for the ability of the movie industry to overdramatize drama, if such is possible. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of musicals becoming movies for a few simple reasons. First of all, theatre is meant to encapsulate the audience with an alternate world in which they become apart of the production and sense a connection with the actors on stage. Within a movie, the connection is less personal for we become more prone to being numb of feeling for the movie industry simply feels, universally, less pure in principle. Most importantly, a theatrical performance varies with each showing, which portrays the indeterminate qualities of theatre and legitimate emotions that are evoked from these performances.

I humbly respect the cast and producers for their attempt at a “raw” creation where there is little sound editing or vocal auto-tuning. However, I question whether this can justify the movie’s existence. It seems that people are more entranced with the fact that “Wait, Russell Crowe can sing?” (Which I still question even after watching the movie.) And then they worry less about the themes of social injustice and the necessity for love and compassion that is intended to test the audiences’ perception of society. To add, the special effects merely diminished the original purpose of the musical and the novel by Victor Hugo in its overproduction. Overall, in my opinion, this movie seemed unnecessarily made and did more injustice to the musical then justice. (pun intended)

January Senior Spotlight: Cassandra Pettyjohn

College: Berea

Major/minor: Primary Education/Psychology

Best memory of High School: Being nominated for homecoming court

Favorite class: Choir

The thing I will miss most about High School will be: My friends

The thing I will miss the least about High School will be: The drama

The thing I am looking forward to the most in college is: Meeting new people

My advice for the underclassmen is: don’t worry about what people think, in four years none of that will matter. Be yourself!

Twitter Toppers

Carter Hahn

Best User name: @kcin_backwards (Nick Bernard)

Top Tweets of the Month:

@jackbandy (Jack Bandy): “To get an applause from the crowd, most people have to block a shot, hit a three, etc… All I have to do is check in. #LifeOfABenchWarmer”

@RHorne13 (Ryan Horne): “S/O to the seniors for winning their last East/West home game by the largest margin in history”

@CarsonBall (Carson Ball): “I say we throw everyone a curveball and baby powder our own gym. #TheydNeverSeeItComing”

@JMoneyMillion (Jordan Million): “Kentucky needs to be less boring in 2013.”

And for the latest West Jessamine sports updates follow @thejj_sports on twitter and pick up your copy of the Jessamine Journal every Thursday!

A Word from your Local FFA Chapter

Sarah Warren

If you have ever seen that iconic blue, corduroy jacket in the halls here at West High, you have instantly been able to determine that the wearer is a member of our local FFA chapter.  The Jessamine County Agriculture Department is proud to boast a membership of around 150 Freshman – Senior students within the chapter, and twice as many students enrolled in Ag classes.

It is with the collaboration of both East and West High Schools coming together at JCTC, as well as the department’s 4 agricultural advisors, that Jessamine County has one of the best chapters in the state. A common misconception about the FFA Organization is that it is all about cows, plows and sows. However, since the early 1980s the organization has widened its classes to welcome in any student with a desire to learn more about the agricultural industry.

The FFA now not only includes the farming aspect, but also strives to give back to the community through innumerable community service projects, as well as leadership opportunities and career development events. We are a diverse family of agricultural optimists and community leaders with a desire to aid in any way. Dues are $20, that’s all. You don’t have to live on a farm. You don’t have to have ever even touched an animal. All that is required is an AG class and a desire to join. We promise, you’ll look great in national blue and corn gold; corduroy is always in style in the Ag. Department!

East vs. West: pride on both sides of the U.S. 27 divide

Josh Preston

The biannual regular season matchup of the West Jessamine vs. East Jessamine basketball clubs has grown into one of the most exciting rivalries in the region. Since their first meeting in 1998, the Colts have dominated the rivalry with a 27-15 record in the matchup.

Every year, the teams prepare for the contest, with one game being hosted at each school site. In recent years, the involvement of each school’s student sections has grown remarkably. In fact, this is no longer a simple meeting of two Jessamine County teams; it has become a fierce rivalry between each school’s student bodies. If you’ve ever witnessed one of these games, you can see and feel the extreme amount of school pride demonstrated by each of the school’s student sections.  Every year, the respective student sections bash the other as much as possible with a series of spirited chants from each side. One would logically ask why this is the case.

The answer is school pride and a healthy spirit of competition.  The truth is there is little difference between the students of East and West Jessamine.  They are share same county and are familiar with each other, but when it comes to the East vs. West rivalry, look out. All in all, it is more than just a basketball game; it becomes an all-out war of which side of the county can truly out due each other.

In recent seasons, the Colts have suffered a five game skid against the Jaguars, the last win against East arising in 2011 from a team led by Jarrod Polson, a current University of Kentucky Wildcat. The “Colt Crazies” pulled off quite the stunt for one of the 3 match-ups between the teams in 2012, with baby powder being thrown into the air by nearly everyone in the student section, fogging the East Jessamine gymnasium and delaying the game half an hour for cleanup.

This year, as always, there was great anticipation leading up to the matchup during the week.

The West Jessamine senior leaders of the student section concurred during the week as to what was to what be worn collectively by the student section for the Friday, January 4th game.  After much confusion, the verdict was finally reached for a “Red-Out”.

A deafening noise of screaming from each student section arose as hysteria filled the gym prior to tip off. West received the ball to start the game and raced their way to a 20 point lead by halftime at 47-27.  Though East rallied and cut the lead to 14 at the beginning of the second half, the Jaguars proved no match for the veteran Colts as West cruised to a 98-63 triumph over the Jags. When the final buzzer sounded, the Colt Crazies rushed onto the court and celebrated with their team; it was the first win over East in nearly two years. The next matchup of the two teams will be in the latter part of the Colts’ regular season on Feb. 1 at East Jessamine High School.

At the end of the day, after all the foul chants and hateful jabs between the two schools, the intensity of the rivalry can really show how near and dear the two schools truly are. One thing about the rivalry that makes it so special is that the kids playing against each other, and rooting against each other, have known one another for years, which brings all the more excitement and serves as even more motivation for the two schools to win against each other in the embittered rivalry.  Well, and whoever wins gets bragging rights for an entire year.

Technology Growing at West

Skyler Reisig

West Jessamine High School has continually become more advanced in the technological department.  This includes SmartBoards, projectors and numerous technology labs.  But with this advances we have negatives as well such as slow computers, glitches, computer crashing. Our school has made several strides to become more modern such as purchasing 500 iPads and updating our school website.

But with becoming more technological we run the risk of depending on technology. If a computer crashes it makes it harder on us to perform simple tasks because we become more dependent on technology.

Technology is used daily such as; taking attendance, checking our grades on infinite campus, typing papers, and looking at the content for your next test on Moodle.  But as we do more with technology the more dependent we become. We use smart boards daily.   The majority of classes use smart boards for compiling notes while other classes use them for videos or to give out bell work or bell ringers.  The downside of SmartBoards is that they are slow and at times unreliable.  Most of us have been in at least one of our computer labs or even the library (just for computer work).  Depending on what you’re doing in the computer lab they can prove to be very useful or to slow to do anything. I put emphasis on slow sometimes the computers are unusable because of how slow they are. It may not seem like it but computers are a big part of our everyday lives.

Gun Safety Debate

Carter Hahn

With the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut, many people have been debating the legality of high-powered assault rifles. Those opposed to the guns being legal argue that there is no use for these assault rifles in hunting game. These rapid-firing machine guns can only be used to slaughter people, as seen in shootings across the country, or to shoot for no reason. President Obama claims that he will make gun control a primary concern in his second term as the President of the United States.

Those who support the legality of these assault rifles argue that it is their “Right to bear arms” as given to them in the Bill of Rights. This also poses a very strong point. Both sides to the argument have very valid points and  makes for a sometimes heated debate.

Now for my input on the subject: I believe, as Americans, although we have the right to bear arms, there is no need for these high-powered death machines. They should be illegal because they are not used for anything of purpose, and as long as they are legal, mass shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will continue to happen.

So the question remains: Should the government restrict some of our rights to potentially save some lives? The Colt Nation seeks your feedback. Contact us at WJHSColtNation@gmail.com

Familiar Face, New Role

Carson Ball

He might have a new gig, but Yancey Marcum is anything but new to West Jessamine Football.

Marcum was appointed to be the next head football coach on Wednesday, January 9. Marcum has served as an assistant coach for the past seven seasons at West Jessamine.

A 2000 WJHS graduate, Marcum went on to play collegiate football for Youngstown State University, the school from which he graduated. He returned to West as an assistant coach in 2005. Of all responsibilities that come with being head coach, Marcum said that his main priority above all else is to influence his players’ lives.

“I felt that being a head coach, I could implement the systems and the control and help kids more than when I was an assistant,” he explained.

Marcum took the position as head football coach with four goals in mind for next season and many more seasons to come. First, he wants to win district. Second, he wants his kids to benefit not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. He plans to help each of his players do well in school and graduate. He also wants to guide his players so that they will be the best men that they can be. Lastly, Marcum wants to do what West has only been able to do once in the past 3 seasons- beat East Jessamine.

When word spread through the hallways of West Jessamine that Marcum was to take the position of the next head coach, morale was at an all-time high.

“He was the best man for the job,” explained Junior Carter Hahn. “He deserved it more than anyone else, and I couldn’t be happier right now, not only for him, but as a member of the West Jessamine football program.”

Returning Junior Running Back Devin Taylor said, “He’s taught me so much while he’s been a coach here at West. Not only about football, but about life in general,” when asked about the hiring of Marcum.

Taylor went on to say, “Since he was hired, all the kids who ever thought about playing football now want to play. Our team is expanding, and I’m really excited about the future of this program.”