Boys’ soccer makes history, wins region crown

Noah Hayden

For the first time since 2008, the West Jessamine mens’ soccer team took home the 12th region title and landed itself a spot in the final 16 teams in the State Tournament. The big victory came against heavy favorited Boyle County. The Rebels (17-5-0) came into the matchup as the popular favorite against the Colts (14-8-2).

Sophomore Josiah Holifield got things rolling with an early first-half goal to give West momentum. Senior Joseph Kang iced the match with a second half goal off a corner from Michael Murphy to stretch the lead for the Colts to 2-1, which ended up as the final score.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my guys,” said senior Wes Holifield. “We all really came together after the tough district title game loss. It made us a lot closer” said Holifield.

It was only the second time in school history that West has won region; it was also the first region title for head coach Brock Sutherland. Low expectations didn’t hold the Colts back at all. Not even expected to make it out of the District tournament, they exceeded all expectations and took region and almost advanced a round in state after a narrow 1-0 loss to Highlands. It was a magical season for the Colts, a region crown and 1st team all- state honors for senior goalkeeper Wesley Holifield.

It was one to remember, but the team next year is already looking to repeat as region champs.

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Super illegal?

Megan McAnly

After a long day of school and work, I realized that my black, non-slip shoes were falling apart at the bottom, so I figured that super-glue would do the trick. I walked into Walmart, found the glue and headed for the checkout line. I watched as the cashier scanned my other items and then she suddenly asked me for my I.D. I replied with, “I’m only seventeen, can I not get super-glue?” The Cashier explained that teenagers abuse it and told me I couldn’t buy it. I purchased my other items and left the store without the thing I most needed.

As I was leaving, I thought, how do people even get a buzz off of something like that? Why would they want to try? I never thought about having trouble buying such a simple household  item.  I asked around and found out that I shouldn’t get asked for an I.D. if I went to the Dollar General down the street.  Another friend told me that he later went to Walmart and was not asked for an I.D. buying super-glue. Was it my cashier that wanted to I.D. me? Or was it the system? Either way, I was mad that I couldn’t buy super-glue to fix my work shoes.

Kids these days need to realize that they only have one life. Don’t waste it on something as stupid as putting super-glue into your body. Have fun, but be smart, safe, and responsible.

Checkmate

Amanda Mayberry

The Chess Club has just started at West. It’s lacking in members currently, and any student is welcome to join. In Chess Club, they play chess and watch each other to give advice on strategies and how to play better. The advisor of the club is science teacher Mr. Edwards. Currently, they have no plans to compete. If you want to join, the club meets Fridays after school. Mr. Edwards said the he started the club because a student requested him to be the advisor.

The destructive hierarchy of modern individualism

Stefan Delipoglou

As humans, we naturally view ideologies that don’t coincide with our own as false. Though common sense would dictate that discrimination against groups of differing traditions is wrong, history does little to support this. If someone were to leave society for an extended period of time and adopt habits that are uncommon to us, we are naturally bound to find fault with this. However, does this necessarily make it wrong?

Christopher Knight, who lived in isolation for 27 years, was arrested for stealing food from nearby summer camps, seemingly for the sole purpose of survival. Knight pleaded guilty to burglary/theft in an effort to stay out of jail, yet he still received mandatory mental health counseling.

Why is it that society has deemed this individual sick? If a singular “thing,” be it philosophy, person or practice doesn’t conform to society, then we do what we can to toss them in the trash. The court decided that this individual needed to be rehabilitated “to ensure a successful return to the community.” Not unlike immigrants in a foreign country, they have experienced the stares, condescending laughs and subsequent mocking from the native speakers of a misunderstood language. However, they are not alone in being judged by the majority. Even within our own culture, we face the same mocking and jeering as certain stigma we are trained to look down on.

America has always been stiff-necked towards individuals and to maintain this, leaders of today are targeting the nation’s youth to prevent them from diversifying. As seen in the music industry, musical talent has stagnated, as repetitive and similar songs fill the ears of the youth. Through this, the newer generation has identified a sort of societal nirvana, a place we should all aspire to reach. The outcasts, unfortunately, are looked down upon. For those who are unable to reach this place – be it money, mentality or looks – this is an unfair reality that they feel cannot be stopped.

In reality, it can be stopped, yet people are too afraid to take the initiative to change something, especially when facing a challenge alone. The curse of our society is the uncanny ability to force others into a corner or hierarchy, and while doing so, we become too busy to notice our own feet walking towards the same corner.

Losing slippers and trying new things

Mia Zanzucchi

First-time director senior Quint Bosse is “nervous, yet extremely excited” to bring “Cinderella” to the stage.

First-time director senior Quint Bosse is “nervous, yet extremely excited” to bring “Cinderella” to the stage.

West Jessamine senior Quint Bosse will make his directing debut with “Cinderella” in January. Even though performances won’t start until Jan. 23, rehearsals are already under way.

“I’m very nervous, yet extremely excited,” Bosse said. “I chose to try my hand at directing because the interest in the drama department has grown so much since “Sweeney [Todd],” I didn’t want us to go three months or more without a show. Also, I’m a senior and have done so many shows as an actor, I thought it would be a good experience to see the other side of it.”

Junior Maggie Terry will play the title character, senior Austin Vahle will play the prince, sophomore Sarah Robbins will play the evil stepmother and freshman Sarah Nesselroade and sophomore Ana Flores will play the ugly stepsisters. The small cast of 12 is a big change from the large Sweeney ensemble.

“I chose Cinderella because I really wanted our drama department to reach out to a younger crowd,” Bosse said. “And of course, it’s so fun for actors to do a show they grew up knowing.

The script is Bosse’s own creation based off of the public domain folklore that students grew up with.

Performances are slated to be Jan. 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the WJHS auditorium.

Redundancy (Redundancy)

Young Koh

Conflict with people is a part of our daily routines. Intentional or not, the act of offending people is closely integrated into our daily interactions with people. In fact, it is a process almost impossible to avoid in conversations. Some people go to great lengths to avoid offending others and to preserve a certain superficial harmony whenever possible. Societally speaking, those who do not do so and indulge in the usage of offensive gestures and language are generally considered the “meaner sort”; or the “less culturally developed”.

Here, I would like to question such notions (However, I wish to establish first that I am not in any direct opposition against the societally acceptable mannerisms). The way that “nice” people act and speak, as I have observed, is generally based around two main principles:
1) That one should avoid, at all costs, hostile conflicts in opinions or interests
2) That in the worst case scenario where anger is aroused and catharsis cannot be achieved without some vent, substitutions of offensive language or gesture may be utilized. This is illustrated in the average school setting: students generally go for more of “poop” and “crap” as opposed to the alternative. Shakespearian thumb-bitings are also sometimes used.

The first principle seems impossible. Conflict will exist in our life, and in several cases, it is the only way to resolve the many tensions of life. Let’s be frank with ourselves: do we really feel better with an “elevated” moral stance when we avoid hostile encounters? Or do we simply feel the pent up pressure continue to build and pile on stress? One might feel moral about the avoidance of conflict, but it is my personal opinion that the “piousness” experienced is then vented of in a torrent of regret and rage, with personal conversations resounding the question “Why didn’t I?” and malicious plots to sneakily “Get ‘em back!”

The second principle, though not impossible, seems absolutely ridiculous. With accordance to it, the “acceptables” are: poop, dang, shoot, shirt, shut-the-front-door, son-of-a-biscuit, shiitake mushrooms, and so on. All is done with the intention to say the horrifying four lettered “s-word”, “f-word”, and “d-word”—the unholy verbal trinity—without actually saying them. To the casual observer, doing such not only makes the speaker look foolish, but it also makes the speaker rather hypocritical when he/she criticizes others for the usage of such words. Basically, you have the full intention of insulting someone or some situation, but you do not, and you say something else that means the same thing to yourself. Such actions are self-deceiving and not unlike the stereotypical “faker”.

I am not advocating profanity: there are other ways to confront people and settle disputes. However, the people involved in conflicts rarely consider creating a viable argument and will much prefer less refined ways of conflict, i.e. the middle finger. The “refinement” of crude language to achieve emotional release does not refine the method of argument; it merely lays sugar on excrement. For any action taken, there are consequences. If you wish to speak in the most direct and piercing manner possible, then do so and bear the consequences. If your morals and societal codes hold you against being rude to others, don’t find ways around the rule. Just don’t speak and bear the consequences. We have enough politicians and lawyers as is.

A review of Sweeney Todd

Olivia Mohr

Lianna Naughton and Jesse Bronaugh in Sweeney Todd

Lianna Naughton and Jesse Bronaugh in Sweeney Todd

The Sweeney Todd cast “served up a real treat” (heh, heh) during Halloween weekend. This bone-chilling tale about a man’s crazed pursuit of revenge was directed, put together and acted out extremely well; the talented cast really put their phenomenal acting and singing skills to use, and the orchestra was fantastic. They all worked really hard, and the performance was a reflection of that. I could tell by watching the performance that Ms. Brinkerhoff and Mrs. Greene had, as usual, directed and conducted amazingly. The cast really got into their roles, and their emotion, passion and love for acting and singing was clear. The performance as a whole was just absolutely incredible. Great job, Sweeney Todd cast and orchestra!

Prayer, pickle-ball and pastries

Monica Alden 

Every Friday morning at West Jessamine High School, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) gets together to do all sorts of fun things, like playing pickle ball, eating donuts and praying together.

One of the most appealing aspects of FCA is its openness. “We’re more like a Fellowship of Christ Wannabes than anything,” Junior Gentry Fitch says. “Anyone who wants to live more like Him is absolutely welcome along with anyone who’s curious about Jesus. So everyone should totally come this Friday!”

FCA meetings have a four-week rotation.  First, there’s Club Week, which is basically pickle-ball and badminton tournaments and donut eating. The next two weeks are Life Groups.  Boys and girls split into separate groups to share life and go through a devotional. Afterward, they think about and discuss thoughts for the next week.  The fourth week features a guest speaker who shares their experience with Christ.

From what I’ve heard, this club sounds fantastic because, you know, who doesn’t love donuts, ping-pong and sharing their faith? (Not in that order, of course.)

NHS and Beta host toy drive party

The National Honor Society and Beta Club will be hosting a toy party on Friday, Dec. 20 during fifth block in the gym. There will be an ugly sweater contest with a prize, movies, Christmas-themed activities and gym free time. Going to the party will be the only way into the gym that day.

To go, bring a new toy to lunch during the week of Dec. 2 and trade it in for a ticket. Donations will be given to the Angel Tree program at the local chapter of the Salvation Army.

College Corner: November

Catherine Graham

College can seem big, scary and really, really confusing at times. Most of those times just happen to be when you’re looking at the crazy high price tag. Education is expensive, but you don’t have to sell everything you own to pay for it. There’s a magical little thing called “financial aid” to help you out. But you might need a little magic to decipher all of the money mumbo-jumbo that schools will throw at you… Consider this column your dictionary for the five most important terms when it comes to your personal payment plan.

Financial aid – Money you get from a variety of sources (the government, private organizations, the college itself and more) for a wide variety of reasons (academic, athletic, need-based) to help pay for your education. There are several types, including, but not limited to:

  • Scholarships – Probably the most well known type of aid, these are awarded based on merit in some categories and other criteria like sports, clubs and test scores. You definitely want to be searching for these since they don’t have to be repaid. There are plenty of scholarship search websites online, and information is available through the guidance office, so start looking them up now!
  • Grants – Like scholarships, these don’t have to be repaid, which is the very best kind of financial aid. But unlike scholarships, these are based solely on need. Need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which becomes available to file on Jan. 1. Apply even if you think your family’s not eligible – you never know. Quite frankly, 99 percent of us quality as “Ivy League poor.”
  • Waivers – These handy little “free passes” can really add up. Waivers are given to those who meet certain circumstances (usually economic, sometimes merit-based) and keep you from having to pay certain admission-related costs. Many schools waive application fees (which can be anywhere from $50 to $100 each) and sometimes you can get the fee for sending in standardized test scores like the ACT, SAT and AP exams waived too. Just keep an eye on your mailbox and email, and don’t be afraid to call admissions offices and see if they can waive anything for you.
  • Student loans – Not that these are bad (sometimes, they’re just necessary to get through school), but they should probably be a last resort for aid because they need to be paid back after you graduate. Loans can be borrowed from banks, colleges or the government. Consider it an investment in your future, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Look for free aid first and prepare yourself for a career where you can pay off your debts and get on with your life.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – This application qualifies you for most state and federal aid, as well as some institutional aid (but most require separate applications). You have to use your family’s tax data to file the FAFSA. The closer to Jan. 1 you file, the better chance you have of getting money.