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Green Horn

June 14, 2010 Volume 30, Edition 9

The Award-Winning Student Publication of Springfield High School

Gone Fishing
Larry Wight Retires From the High School
By Ashley Richardson

o-principal Larry Wight will be joining the
Class of 2010 as students leave Springfield High
School this June. After four and a half years fill-
ing various leadership roles at the high school, Wight
will retire and enjoy some of his outdoor hobbies.
“I’m going fishing,” Wight said. “Now that
I’m retiring, I’d like to pursue some of my hobbies. I like
photography and I carve fish and birds. I also want to
finally finish hiking the Long Trail, so I’ll start my hike
this time where I left off five and a half years ago.”
Before coming to SHS, Wight held numer-
ous teaching and principal positions in schools around
Vermont and New Hampshire. Before Wight was
principal at SHS, he held a teaching principal position
in Perkinsville, head principal position at Newport, and
was a science teacher in Bradford, Vermont.
“On top of my education positions, I also
worked at Ladue's Furniture in Claremont in the fam-
ily business for 12 years, and was assistant manager at
Britts Department Store prior to that,” Wight said. “I
also lived in Alaska for about seven years.”
Wight was retired before he came to SHS,
but came back to be a substitute teacher, and later SHS
Assistant Principal. “All of my experiences at SHS are

See Wight page next to 23

Co-Principal Larry Wight talks with Junior Mariama Roldan. Wight, who served
as assistant principal, principal, and co-principal, will retire after nearly five
What’s Inside: years at Springfield High School. Wight's leadership style has been characterized
Art students by compassion, patience, understanding, and good humor.

Plaza Folks Bloom

p. 5

By Ashley Richardson
Iron Man 2

not rust proof, hen the sun starts shining, and the birds start wide variety of soft-serve ice cream flavors, including
p.14 chirping, it’s a guarantee that Springfield cheesecake, blueberry, kaluha, and papaya, is the main
High School students will start hanging out attraction to SHS students. “The Summer Place is like
in the plaza. The main attraction in the plaza, Jonathan’s a watering hole,” senior Jenny Bradley said. “It’s where
Summer Place, opened in late April. Since then, students everyone gathers.”
have used the plaza to socialize with friends after school But students don’t only hang out at the
Softball team and into the night. Summer Place. Some students, those with motorcycles
beats Burr & “There’s usually a lot of people down there, or street bikes, hang out in the parking lot near Peebles.
Burton 7-4, and a lot of my friends, so I always hang out at the Sum- They hang out with other Springfielders who share their
mer Place,” senior Paige Parker said. “There’s nothing interest in bikes or cars.
p. 16 better to do in this town then get ice cream and hang
out in the plaza.”
Jonathan’s Summer Place, which offers a
See Plaza page 21
Green Horn Interview
By Kelsey Christensen

. Zach McLaughlin
Brings Reflective,
Approach to SHS
his winter, after an intensive application pro- to the school. I appreciated that. It showed that they ting edge stuff happening.
cess, a panel of students, teachers, parents, love this place, and wanted to make sure that the next
and administrators selected Zach McLaughlin, assistant principal could actually help. One teacher Where did you work before Springfield and what are
currently an educator at Hillsboro-Deering School in asked when I was going to get on with it and marry my some of your accomplishments in education?
New Hampshire, to be assistant principal next year at fiancée--all in good fun, of course. My career path is a bit of a traveling circus.
Springfield High School. The Springfield School Board Mr. Thibault [Bob, Springfield High School I always thought I wanted to become a teacher. Then I
finalized this decision in an April meeting, when they Co-Principal] and I sat down at the end of all this and hit college, and I started to think that maybe I wanted
officially appointed McLaughlin as assistant principal. discussed my observations of the day. It was a good to follow a different path. After college, I went to China
The Green Horn recently caught up with McLaughlin opportunity for the two of us to see if we felt that we and taught English in a small Chinese college.
via e-mail. He explained his experiences, vision, and could work together effectively. I didn’t go for the teaching really. It was just
educational philosophy. Once I found out that I had been picked for a cheap way to have an opportunity to live in China and
the job, I came in the next Sunday to sit in on the first learn about it firsthand. But something funny happened
Describe the process of getting the job. NEASC [New England Association of Schools and while I was there. I got addicted to teaching. When I
I was initially interviewed by a large group Colleges] meeting. returned, I got my Masters degree in teaching and I
of teachers, faculty, staff, students, and community It was a thorough process. But I am glad to student-taught in a city school in Saint Louis. Then I
members. It was a really enjoyable experience. I thought have been put through it. I learned a lot about the school went to South Africa as a member of the Peace Corps
we had a good dialogue about what I thought about the in the process and met some wonderful people. It leaves and worked with South African teachers. I returned
school and what I might be able to contribute. me excited for the next step. home and taught in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and
I really appreciated the quality of the ques- Maine. I am a big believer in students understanding and
tions I was asked, and the clear desire by the committee
Why are you interested in the Springfield School Dis- being engaged in real issues facing the community. All
to find a good fit for SHS. trict? What do you think about the district so far? my students for the previous three years were required
After that, I was brought back to spend a I really appreciate the level of pride that the to attend a school committee meeting, a board of select-
day at the high school. I met a lot of staff members and
students, faculty, and staff have at SHS. I know that men meeting, and town meeting. As a teacher, it was
students. I sat in on a few classes. I spent lunch talking
every school faces challenges. But the people that I have rewarding to see my students being active citizens in
with a few students, and I had a great conversation with
been engaged with thus far are committed to making their local community.
the superintendent [Frank Perotti]. Springfield High School a special place. I have spent
Towards the end of the day, I met with staff
time in several different districts, and my favorites have What is your educational philosophy?
members in the library and answered their questions. been the ones that feature a staff and community that I see educators as facilitators of learning
Some really pushed me on what I felt I could contribute
have a fighting determination about the school. Districts opportunities. I believe that an educated public comes
like these are the through the teaching of skills and attitudes. Skills are
ones where spe- transferable to new pieces of content that students will
GREEN HORN STAFF cial things can need to be able to process after graduating. We won’t
A shley Richardson..................... Co-Editor happen, because always be there to help students, so we need to give
people are ready students the ability to think on their own. As a facilitator
O livia Johnson........................... Co-Editor to struggle for a of skill development, I need to create an environment
J enny Bradley.......................... Co-Editor place they be- where students feel comfortable taking social, devel-
lieve in. opmental, and intellectual risks. Through risk-taking
S amuel L. Benton.................... Layout Editor I n among their peers, students are able to build and test
K elsey Christensen.................... Layout Editor addition, there socially-constructed knowledge. This risk-taking will
are some amaz- occur when we teach the value of respect, the impor-
L aurel Porter............................. Photography Editor ing programs tance of having an open-mind, and the potential of free
here. I have thinking.
C ourtney Downing.................... Sports Editor
been really im-
Melissa Tarbell............................ Tech News Editor pressed by pro- What will your job as assistant principal entail?
grams like the That is something Mr. Thibault and I are
----------------REPORTERS--------------- Arts Academy still discussing. It will definitely see me taking on a lot
Erika Anderson, Ryan Brady, John Forbes, Sarah Gray, and the Green of the discipline issues. Next year will likely see me
Sam Hensel-Hunter, Holly Hooke, Angelo Jardina, Jill Rushton, Horn. There taking on more of an assistant principal role rather than
Maria Stern, and Olivia Thayer is clearly some
wonderful cut- See McLaughlin page 20
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SPIRIT Returns to SHS
Communication, Diversity, Racism Discussed
By Sarah Gray

e’ve got SPIRIT, yes we do!
We’ve got SPIRIT, how about you?
In late April, the Student Problem Identi-
fication and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT)
group met for the first time at Springfield High School
since the fall of 2009. The meeting took place during
the school day. Members of Restorative Justice, an
alternative, humane disciplinary system at SHS, also
attended this meeting.
The meeting gave SPIRIT members an
opportunity to discuss problems at Springfield High
School. Dr. Charles Johnson, the school safety coordina-
tor in Vermont, and Azekah E. Jennings, representative
of the U.S. Department of Justice, also met with the
SPIRIT group. At the April SPIRIT meeting, Angelina Mei said that students aren't getting
After the meeting, Jennings assembled a enough help in the classroom. English teacher Joanna Coleman, who attended
mediation agreement for SPIRIT and Restorative Justice the meeting, believes the group's initiatives must be taken seriously.
participants. This agreement identified problems at SHS
that students and faculty of both groups discussed. The stress to students is that hopefully we, as teachers, will be “I would say that some racial slurs are over-
document will help SPIRIT members develop a plan of able to gain student trust,” Coleman said afterwards. used,” freshman and SPIRIT member Larry Bolduc said.
action at their next meeting. Additionally, freshman Angelina Mei, who “However, I also think students respect other students
“This meeting wasn’t just a meeting to chose to participate in SPIRIT after meeting with Wight, just for being students.”
get students and staff together to talk about each oth- felt that it’s hard for students to make time out of their Now that a written mediation agreement
ers’ feelings,” English teacher Joanna Coleman, who hectic schedules for extra help in classes. has been created, Wight hopes SPIRIT members can
participated in SPIRIT, said. “It was a meeting that “I would hope that teachers could make get together once again at the end of this school year
led to a formal document that is to be signed and taken more time for students,” Mei said. or the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. From
seriously.” Another topic that was discussed at the April there, students and faculty can decide what their next
Springfield High School students were SPIRIT meeting involved prejudiced behavior and racist plan of action would be. Coleman, in fact, believes that
recommended by SHS faculty to participate in SPIRIT. comments at SHS. Although most students claim to another SPIRIT meeting should happen sooner rather
Teachers were asked to recommend freshmen and make such comments and act in this way in a joking than later.
sophomores who demonstrated good leadership quali-
ties and students who wanted to express their voice and
manner, some students are offended by such behavior
and words.
See SPIRIT page 22

help solve conflicts at SHS. Close to 24 students were
recommended for SPIRIT this year. This was smaller
than the 100 students who were recommended for the
group last autumn and the 60 students who attended

SPIRIT meetings last school year.
Freshman Amelia Thomas was recom-
mended to participate in SPIRIT this year. She joined
to learn more about conflicts that exist at SHS.

The Newest
“I thought it [the SPIRIT meeting] would be
a good opportunity to learn about all the issues in our
school because I don’t know a lot about them,” Thomas

“Students seem to miss class for so many
other reasons,” Coleman added. “But I can’t imagine
a better thing students should be missing class for.”
As the meeting progressed, students and
teachers described conflicts at Springfield High School.
Larry Wight believes that cyber
One issue discussed was the lack of celebrating cultural
By Maria Stern
holidays and a neglect of cultural diversity. bullying is a rising problem at SHS.

“We have a lot to learn from other cultures,
ullies aren't what they used to be.
and I think it enriches all of us,” SHS Co-Principal Larry
The traditional image of the big, strong, older Cyberbullying.us, a site dedicated to the
Wight, and SPIRIT participant, said. “So I think it’s
kid who takes lunch money from the underclass- prevention of, and education about cyber bullying, de-
important to celebrate cultural holidays and thus learn
men and deals out wedgies is best left with our parents’ fines this action as “when someone repeatedly harasses,
from other cultures.”
generation. By contrast, Generation Y is faced with mistreats, or makes fun of another person online or
Another concern raised at the SPIRIT meet-
bullies who don't physically intimidate their victims or while using cell phones or other electronic devices.”
ing involved communication between students and
even speak to their vicitms. Instead, the 21st Century
teachers at SHS. Coleman hopes to improve this con-
has its own type of bully: the cyber bully. See Cyber page 22
nection at the school. “One thing I would particularly

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Anne Marie Kelly is New
Mental Health Clinician
By Maria Stern

School in April, replacing the former mental health clini- Kelly’s experiences with education provide
cian Richard Colburn. Her office, located in the guidance her with an understanding of high school students. “I’m
hallway, fills the space previously used for Student amazed at the kind of pressure high school kids are under
Assistance Program Director Danielle Dulaney. across the board,” she said.
During her few months of work, Kelly has In her role as mental health clinician, Kelly
been pleased with the open and welcoming attitude wants to be available to help students manage stress.
Mental Health Clinician Anne Marie displayed by Springfield High School students. “I have no magic wand,” she said. However, she offers
Kelly offers hope and advice for “I feel it’s really a privilege to be here,” she hope and advice. “I hope to be another source of support
said. and positive energy,” Kelly said.
students under stress. Kelly attended high school in a small town in Kelly is available for appointments from

pringfield High School has a new addition to the Connecticut. After high school she took time off before 7:45 am-3:00 pm every day. Students can make an
faculty: Mental Health Clinician Anne Marie attending college. “But once I got started [with college] appointment to see Kelly by consulting with Guidance
Kelly. I just kept going,” she said. Kelly has a graduate degree Department Secretary Claire Pullinen or with main of-
Kelly recently moved to Vermont after living in social work with a background in clinical psychology. fice personnel.
in Connecticut. “I have always loved Vermont,” she said. Kelley believes that waiting before attending college “I would really like to meet with anybody
Kelly became enamored with Vermont when she visited made school more enjoyable for her. who wants to come in,” she said. “If it’s really important
the state as a child in the summertime. “It took me a long time to like school,” she I’ll find a way to make it happen. No one should feel
Kelly began working at Springfield High said. like they’re alone.”

Amanda Frank Excited to

Take Over Yearbook
By Erika Anderson

he yearbook at Springfield High School will have layout and design for the journal,” Frank said. She
a new advisor next year. SHS Environmental has also worked with web design and other forms of
Science and biology teacher Amanda Frank will advertising.
fill the position. Frank is looking forward to working with the
“I really enjoy graphic design and have a yearbook. She is particularly excited about a nonscience
good aesthetic sense, or so I've been told,” said Frank. period. “I love science. But five periods of it per day
“I also think yearbook will be a great way to get to know is a lot," Frank said. "I know there's tons of work to
more students in the SHS community." go into the yearbook class. But I envision it as a fun,
creative spot in my day.”
English teacher Jessamyn Dechert, who will Frank decided to apply for the position as
leave SHS for a position at another school in June, has yearbook advisor because of the fact that it is an elec-
advised the yearbook over the past three years. “The tive. Frank liked the idea that she would be teaching
first, and probably most important, thing I need to do is a class that included students who wanted to be there.
sit down with Ms. Dechert and pick her brain,” Frank “Right now the science classes I teach are requirements
said. “She's done a wonderful job with the yearbook for graduation. Kids have to be there whether or not
for the past three years and I'd be foolish not to learn as they want to be,” said Frank. “As an elective, students
much from her as I can. I will start with the information are choosing to participate in yearbook and that should Amanda Frank will be the new
she gives me and build the class from there.” create a more relaxed, yet exciting, learning atmo- yearbook advisor next year. She hopes
Frank did not have to worry about undergo- sphere.” to make the book more affordable.
ing a rigorous selection process in order to be chosen Frank’s role as advisor will be to coordinate
as yearbook advisor. “There was no interview. I guess the production of the yearbook. She thinks that in order
no one else expressed interest,” said Frank. “I really to have a successful yearbook the staff will have to work has been noted for its innovative changes. “This year
just had an informal discussion with Mr. Thibault [SHS together as a team. “Hopefully I will be able to take the the yearbook will be in color," Dechert said. "This is
Co-Principal].” position of guide and co-collaborator,” said Frank. “I the first time in SHS history. And it will be available
Frank's background has trained her for the will have lots to learn from the students, especially those for the same price as last year [$60.00]."
role of yearbook advisor. In fact, she worked as an who already have yearbook experience.” According to Dechert, the yearbook has be-

See Yearbook page 21

editorial assistant on her graduate school educational Dechert, who has advised the SHS Citizen
publication. “One of my responsibilities was page for three years, will be handing over a publication that

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Hensel-Hunter Wins Local
Speech Contest
Competes in Charlestown
and Burlington
By Sarah Gray Sam Hensel-Hunter finished first in
the Rotary Club's 4-way Speech

ophomore Sam Hensel-Hunter left the crowd winners in reverse order,” Hensel-Hunter said. “I was Contest this spring.
speechless when he was awarded 1st place in the on edge when I didn’t win 2nd or 3rd. Winning was an
Springfield Rotary Club’s 4-way Speech Contest exciting experience.” speakers. He found this level of the speech contest more
on March 26th at the Springfield Rotary Club luncheon The local contest required competitors to tense and pressure-filled than the first competition.
at the Hartness House. Hensel-Hunter then went on create a speech that took a specific subject and evaluated “It was a lot more intimidating because there
to be named one of four finalists in the speech contest this subject according to the Rotary Club’s 4-Way Test were a lot more contestants,” Hensel-Hunter said.
regional competition held on April 18th at the Charles- of Truth: whether it is truthful, fair to all, fosters good However, despite the increased tension of
town Senior Center in Charlestown, NH. He continued will and build friendships, and is beneficial to all. this round of the speech competition, Hensel-Hunter
on to the next round of this speech competition held in Hensel-Hunter based his speech on his vol- was honored as one of the four finalists in this level of
Burlington in mid-May. unteer work at the Dismas House in Rutland, which of- speech-making. “It felt relieved to be a finalist because
On March 26th, Hensel-Hunter competed fers a halfway house for people who have been recently I was bracing myself to not be one of the finalists,”
against SHS juniors Kelsey Christensen and Laurel released from prison. Hensel-Hunter volunteers there Hensel-Hunter said.
Porter, and SHS sophomore Erika Anderson in the 4-way twice a month as a cook and believes that the organiza- Hensel-Hunter competed against the other
Speech Contest. Hensel-Hunter finished 1st, followed tion represents the 4-Way Test well. three finalists in Burlington on May 15th. However, he
by Christensen, Porter, and Anderson. For his winning On April 18, Hensel-Hunter went on to the was disqualified at this level of competition because his
effort, Hensel-Hunter was awarded $75. regional speech competition held in Charlestown, NH.
“It was a relief to win because they did the At this event, Hensel-Hunter competed against 18 other See Speech page 20

STAR Seeks to Improve

the Life of Animals
By Melissa Tarbell

TARPS, The Animal Rescue and Protection Society in 10,000 people born each day. Since there is no way for
Chester, Vermont. all these helpless animals to have a decent, humane life,
“The kids loved it and wanted to continue STAR members emphasize the importance of spaying
STAR member Hali Bailey believes it is more,” said Farrar. “They asked if we could form a and neutering.
club.” Since the club was founded four years ago, STAR has also made a donation to Heifer
important to socialize with animals to students have raised over $1,000 to benefit animals. International, a program that donates farm animals to
get them used to human interaction. STAR club members often donate their families in underdeveloped countries. These animals
time to the Springfield Humane Society and TARPS. offer both essentials, like food and milk, and financial

he mission statement of the Student Team for “We give [the animals] fresh water and wash the toys, assistance to families.
Animal Rescue (STAR), a club at Springfield blankets, and cages,” said STAR member junior Tif- To help support their many causes, STAR
High School, is a sincere and direct statement of fany Haley, who has been a part of the club since it was hosted a raffle during the month of May. SHS English
intent: "We will provide our time and energy and funds founded. teacher Rebecca Skrypeck’s mother, who donated two
to improve the lives of animals that are in jeopardy, Sophomore Hali Bailey added that it is quilts to STAR last year, donated another quilt to the
to protect them from future harm and to improve the important “just to socialize with them, get them used club this year for its raffle.
quality of their lives." to humans.” There were other prizes as well: 1st prize
STAR was formed in the fall of 2006 by The group has donated dog and cat food to was the animal-themed quilt provided by Skrypeck’s
several students from the SHS On-the-Job-Training the Springfield Family Center and also offered financial mother, 2nd prize was an end table that Marcia Locke’s
(OJT) program. Kim Farrar, a co-advisor for the club assistance to anyone who requests funding to spay or students were refinishing in country style, and 3rd prize
and a special education instructor with the Occupational neuter their pets. STAR members feel very strongly was a gift basket that contained everything from food to
Development Program (ODP), taught summer school about the need for owners to neuter pets. They offer books to a picture frame. The gift basket was on display
in 2006. Each Friday she took her students to perform startling statistics in support of this initiative. For
community service. One place they volunteered was at example, 70,000 cats are born every day compared to See STAR page 20

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Students Students Advise About
Attend Life After High School
Keene State By Olivia Johnson & Jenny Bradley

College Fair F
or the second year in a row, the Springfield High
School Guidance Department, with the help of the
Positive Parent Group, presented a panel of SHS
graduates to talk about their lives after high school. The
panel, which consisted of alumni who have gone to col-
lege, transferred between schools, participated in com-
By Courtney Downing munity service programs, or worked after high school,
took place in the SHS Auditorium on May 26th.

hen opportunity comes knocking, most open “We’ve struggled to get the word out and to
the door. In this context, 19 Springfield High get students to come,” said guidance counselor Kelly
School students took advantage of the col- Ryan before the late May panel. “I think the meeting
lege fair at Keene State College in Keene, New Hamp- would benefit any student. Even if you haven’t decided
shire, on Monday, May 10th. Guidance counselors Ryan what you are going to pursue after high school, this
Delurey and Heather Toth chaperoned the event. conversation is one any student should hear.”
Junior Ashley Morin attended the fair and This alumni panel was also intended to Kelly Ryan felt that the panel of SHS
thought it was informative and helpful. “I thought it was suggest how students dealt with the pressures associ- grads offered a conversation that all
a great way to look at all the colleges,” said Morin. "It ated with attending college. These pressures included students should hear.
got a lot of the questions I had answered.” application deadlines, financial aid, and applying for
Toth said that this group was smaller than the local scholarships. “I was called by someone in the high school office in
group that went to the fair in October. “I think that the “On top of graduating, we want the panel October and was asked to be on a student panel at the
reason fewer students went is because a lot of students to talk about students who are college-bound,” said high school," he said. "I told them I was available and
went in October,” said Toth. “Even though not as many Ryan. “We want them to answer questions about what would gladly come up and answer any questions that
students went, the ones that did [attend] were really to bring to college, some tips, strategies about books, the students desired to ask.”
engaged in what was going on.” and so on.” Albee thought the meeting would benefit
“I think that all the students were involved 2009 SHS graduate Tyler Albee was asked
and willing to talk with the reps,” added Toth. “The to speak to students about college during the panel. See College page 20

AP Tests
students definitely walked away with a lot more infor-
Sophomore Sam Hensel-Hunter attended
the fair and thought there was an important variety

See Keene page 21

Big Exams, Big Rewards
By Holly Hooke

his time of year, juniors and seniors are stressed gain the student college credit. A good score on the AP
enough with sports and academics. Throw in Ad- exam, therefore, could save an individual over a $1,000
vanced Placement (AP) exams in May, however, and allow them to move beyond an introductory class
and the pressure intensifies. in their first year of college.
Students taking AP courses have the oppor- Students have mixed feelings about the
tunity to take their particular class’ culminating exam Advanced Placement exams. “I’m interested in find-
to possibly earn college credits and identify themselves ing what score I’ll get. But it was kind of a pain,” said
as exemplary students in the process of applying to col- senior Olivia Johnson, who took the AP Literature and
lege. Composition exam. “We had about a week and a half
“I wasn’t really worried about the exams. I to prepare, so that helped.”
took the AP test for English and biology,” said Spring- Senior Ryan Brady, who has taken exams for
field High School senior Erin Graham. “Hopefully, I AP Calculus, AP Literature and Composition, and an AP
did well and earned some college credits.” Language and Composition exam, felt more relaxed this
Students pay $86.00 to take one of the pos- year. “It seemed like a bigger deal last year," he said.
sible 30 AP exams, a fee that has been assumed by the "This year I was more prepared so it wasn’t as big of a
Springfield School District over the past few years. deal."
The payback for doing well on these exams is impres- Other students handled the exam with a
sive. According to the College Board, 3,600 colleges, casual attitude.“They went as best as they could,” con-
Guidance Counselor Heather Toth
or 90% of 4-year colleges in the United States, award cluded senior Jenny Bradley, who took the AP Literature
thought students were engaged at the credit for students who score well on these exams. For and Composition exam. “I’m glad they’re over.”
KSC College Fair. most colleges, a grade of 3 or 4 (out of a possible 5) will

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Health Clerk Tammy
Fountain Will Leave SHS
By Kelsey Christensen

his winter, along with other budget cuts, school particularly well because she has two teenagers of her
officials eliminated the health clerk position at own.
Springfield High School. This was a role filled With her position eliminated, Fountain will
by long-time Springfield educator Tammy Fountain. continue to work at her second job as a pharmacy tech-
Next year, SHS will have two nurses instead of one nician at Rite-Aid Pharmacy in the Springfield Plaza,
nurse and one health clerk. supervise the Elm Hill after-school homework club, and
Fountain had worked as a paraeducator in spend time with her family.
the Springfield School District for ten years before she “I’m used to having summers off,” she

“I want to thank everyone who’ve been so welcoming to me. At the end of

the day, I feel I was able to make a difference.”

took on the role of health clerk during the current school said.
year. Fountain said she transferred to the high school Fountain’s only negative feelings involve
health clerk position simply for a change. her bewilderment at the budget cut process. “I found
“The staff has been wonderful and welcom- that my 11 years of seniority didn't do me any good,”
ing,” she said about the shift in jobs. she said. “To be handed a slip of paper that says ‘thanks
In her position as health clerk, Fountain, for your time,' makes you feel like a number. There’s no
as she put it, grew to love the students at SHS. She real job security.”
Springfield High School Health Clerk provided encouragement and compassion for the young However, Fountain leaves the high school
Tammy Fountain enjoyed working with people she worked with. “I think there’s a lot of stress with positive feelings. “I want to thank everyone who’ve
students this year. She also found the for teens today,” Fountain said. “Teens may not have been so welcoming to me,” she concluded. “And, at the
staff wonderful and welcoming. a lot of support networks, but I’ve been able to be end of the day, I feel I was able to make a difference.”
here for them.” Fountain feels that she relates to teens

Science NECAPS
More Preparation and Hope
By Olivia Thayer

rom, college visits, and upperclassmen privileges rest of the students were not required to attend school
are things that Springfield High School students until 10:00 am. The juniors taking the test came in at
look forward to in their junior year. However, the 7:45 am, were offered a free breakfast, tested, and then
third year of high school comes with challenges as well. had a short 10-15 minute break before beginning their
Along with being encouraged to take the SAT (Scho- regular school day with shortened periods of instruction.
lastic Aptitude Test) and the ACT (American College The first two sections of the test were administered on
Test) 11th graders are required to take the New England Tuesday morning and the last section on Wednesday
Common Assessment Program (NECAP). morning.
The NECAP is a standardized test required Though some students felt equal to the
by law in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode challenge of the science NECAPs, others were worried
Island. Juniors must take this test in the areas of reading, about the test. “The first section of the test was harder
writing, math, and science. The 11th graders at SHS than the second,” said junior Elizabeth Austin. “The
tested in reading, writing, and math this past October. questions from freshmen and sophomore science were
On May 18th and 19th, however, all juniors took the harder because I didn’t remember the material.”
science NECAPs. NECAP test results are important to school
“Surprisingly, they [the NECAPS] were officials because in 2009 Springfield High School
pretty easy,” said junior Tara Davis. failed to meet the requirements for AYP, or Annual Elizabeth Austin was surprised that the
“Personally, I thought the test was pretty Yearly Progress. While other factors like graduation or
easy,” agreed junior Matt Aiello. “On the second part, dropout rates may affect a school's ability to reach AYP, science NECAPs were so easy. Junior
all the information was there. You just had to find it.” NECAP test scores at Springfield High School are still science teacher Gretel Schuck reviewed
Junior Leanne Souksanh thought that the test a concern. test-taking skills and encouraged her
itself was easy. But she felt that testing in the morning In the science NECAPS for 2009, none of the students to try hard.
was un-fair.
On the two days that the juniors tested, the See NECAP page 21
G r e e n H o r n pg 
Art Competitions Color Springtime
Students Submit Work for Miller Art
Center and Congressional Competition
By Olivia Thayer and Jill Rushton

tudents in the Springfield High School art bread off the street. Seniors Johanah Boucher, Erica
program competed in two art competitions this Endrusick, Krystal Zielonko, and Rebecca Trombly
spring. Artwork from Springfield public schools placed third through sixth behind Aldrich and Andrews.
was entered into the annual student art show at the Miller Freshman Courtney Page took 7th place, followed by
Art Center, where senior Hannah Aldrich placed first. junior Chelsea Howland in 8th, and senior Paulina Mei
In addition, senior Erica Endrusick received a Congres- in 9th.
sional Award at the 29th Annual Congressional Art “The art show was good, but pretty shallow
Competition from Congressman Peter Welch. people-wise,” said Aldrich. “There wasn’t that much
Each year, the Springfield Art Historical hype about it. People get really into their sports events
Society presents a Student Art Exhibit that features and they should [be excited] about art shows, too.”
artwork by Springfield School District students from Student artwork was displayed at the Miller
kindergarten through 12th grade. The exhibit opened Art Center until May 28th.
with a reception on May 6th. Judges viewed the dis- SHS art students also entered pieces in the
played artwork and awarded cash prizes and ribbons for Congressional Art Competition in Montpelier, an event
1st- through 9th-place winners. They also recognized that took place on Monday, May 10th. The Congressio-
art excellence with 28 honorable mention awards. nal Art Competition is part of a national high school art
“All the art teachers [throughout the district] competition where one student art piece is selected from
are encouraged to bring in art work,” said Murray about each state and the selections are displayed at the White
the Miller Art Center show. “I will submit anything that House in Washington, D.C. Vermont Congressman
people bring me or that I save.” Peter Welch hosted the Congressional Art Competition
Levine Kinney submitted work from all the this year at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
elementary school art classes, while Marguerite Janiszyn Murray and five art students from SHS
displayed art from Riverside Middle School. However, traveled to the show to view the art and to participate
Erica Endrusick, Casey Dupuis, and while all schools were encouraged to submit art pieces, in the awards ceremony. Seniors Hannah Aldrich,
Johanah Boucher competed in the 29th only the high school student work was judged. Britney Andrews, Johanah Boucher, and Casey Dupuis,
Annual Congressional Art Competition. Senior Hannah Aldrich took first place at and junior Alaina Page submitted pieces of art into the
the student art show with her mixed media collage of competition. All of these student artists went to the
Hannah Aldrich won the student show Haiti. Senior Brittany Andrews received a second place show and attended the awards ceremony.
at the Miller Art Center. award with her artwork depicting a starving child eating “[The competition] went well,” said Murray.

SAT Casts Long Shadow

“Erika Endrusick won the Congressional Award from
Senator [Peter] Welch.” The Congressional Award is
given to one person from each district represented.
While this is not the award that will result in Endrusick’s
piece being displayed in Washington, it is still an honor
By Holly Hooke accorded to only a select group of students in the state
of Vermont.

tudy this. Learn these words. Colleges are look- “There were a lot of impressive artwork
ing for this score. Ever hear these commands or and people,” said Dupuis about the Congressional Art
listen to this advice? When students consider the Competition in Montpelier. “It was kind of intimidating
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), they are bound to recall being there.”
variations of these phrases. While the students may have felt out of
College-bound high school students nor- place at such a large, prestigious event, they believedl
mally take the SAT during their junior or senior year. that the SHS art program prepared them well for such
The SAT was developed in 1933 by James Bryant to challenging events.
identify gifted males in public schools. 77 years later, “I think at SHS we do a good job of con-
the SAT is America’s most well-known standardized centrating on art,” said Aldrich. “We also have a lot of
test, according to the College Board. talented people.” The only drawback Aldrich sees at
The highest possible score on the SAT is a SHS involves the fact that the art department does not
2400, which is computed from a verbal section, a math have a large budget for supplies and students sometimes
section, and a recently-developed essay section. Most run out of items like paint and canvases.
of the questions are multiple choice. Students feel more Desmond Dana felt her SAT went fine, “I think our art program [at SHS] is very
though she didn't finish all sections.
See SAT page 21
involved,” concluded Trombly. “Art is a good way to
express yourself.”

pg  G r e e n H o r n
Health and Wellness
Plan Benefits Staff
By Melissa Tarbell

he Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) account with VEHI. Those excluded from involvement
is the largest line of insurance with VSBIT at this point include substitutes, crossing guards and bus
(Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust) which drivers, though there may be changes concerning their
provides various kinds of insurance to school districts. eligibility in the future.
Since Martha Tarbell, the substitute coor-
Sophomore Lauren Fish currently
“We are exploring the idea of including oth-
dinator for the Springfield School District, has taken ers,” Tarbell said. works at Woodbury Florist, a job she
on the part-time role of Employee Health and Well- PATHpoints works by allowing staff mem- will fill during the summer.

ness Coordinator, a position paid for through VEHI bers to register for an account under VEHI and rack up
grant money, more educators have become involved in points based on certain eligible activities. At this point,
VEHI and taken the initiative to start living a healthy eligible activities include the Healthy Lifestyle survey
lifestyle. worth 50 points, a 10-week walking program, monthly

Springfield was one of the pilot school crossword puzzles, lifestyle coaching, nurse coaching,
districts to start a sub-program of VEHI called PATH- peer coaching, and a few other options which can be
points. According to PATHpoints director Gillian Pieper, found on the PATH website, tomypath.com.
“PATH was born out of VSBIT to provide wellness Each day staff members can log onto their

programs for VEHI to a) help reduce the number of account and record their activities. This earns them
health care claims; and b) to provide increased benefits points. At the end of the school year, the amount of
to our members.” points they earn is converted into a cash award which
“For the past 10 years we’ve had a participa- can be used however the individual chooses, whether

Money the
tion rate of over 40%,” stated Pieper. “The past three it is to take a fitness class or pay bills.
years we went from 50% to 61% to 68% as the health “This [cash incentive] has given some people
trust’s insurance premium rate increases went down the added push they needed to get involved and take that

Student Way
from 12% to 8% to 5% and finally to 0%. The point is leap they’ve been meaning to take for some time,” said
that as participation in our program has gone up, rates Pieper. “In addition, people are so busy, often working
have gone down.” two jobs to get by, so it makes sense to pay them for
Educators and administrators employed by their precious time. We provide the incentive because
Springfield School District, including teachers, secretar- the health trust belongs to all its members. It is our
ies, para-educators, custodians, and nurses and, starting
this year, Café Services employees, may register for an See VEHI page 23 By Ryan Brady

s summer approaches, high school students find
themselves with a lot more free time. Some
students fill their time with athletic training.
Others lounge around at home. Many, however, find
a summer job.
During the school year many students work,
but others don’t have the free time to fill a job. Most,
though, see a necessity for summer employment. Jobs
can range from Springfield High School teens working
at the Summer Place to young people taking care of the
greens at the Crown Point Country Club.
For seniors, summer jobs and summer posi-
tions help pay for college. For others, summer employ-
ment may mean the beginning of their commitment to
adult labor. Senior Jon Esden, however, will be joining
the Army National Guard this summer. “I begin basic
training in July at Fort Sill, Oklahoma,” said Esden.
“I’ll learn basic army maneuvers and [learn] how to be
a soldier.”
Esden’s position won’t be a summer job,
since he will continue with his National Guard com-
mitment through the next year leading up to the fall of
2011. He will enter Auburn University, in Alabama,
in fall of 2011 with financial support from the Army
National Guard.
Jodi Greene, left, is the PATH Coordinator for Park Street School and Martha Besides graduates seeking extra money for
Tarbell, right, is Employee Health and Wellness Coordinator for the district.
See Jobs page 20

G r e e n H o r n pg 
8 Students
in All State
By Sarah Gray

usic is a universal form of expression that
is heard around the world. Students of all
ages come together on a daily basis to show
their love and appreciation for music in public school
music classes. Students at Springfield High School
expressed their love for music in the beginning of May
at the Vermont All-State Music Festival.
The festival is an annual event that is sup-
Pyronova is Nick Chlebak on guitar, Matt Aiello on vocals, Dylan Patrie on ported by the Vermont Music Educators Association
(VMEA) and run by the Vermont All-State Committee.
drums, Jeff Sherwood on bass, and Reese Johnson on guitar.
Musicians from Vermont high schools receive the op-

Pyronova Completes
portunity to perform in a band, orchestra, jazz, or chorus
ensemble and be directed by some of America’s finest
conductors. The festival involves three days of force-
ful rehearsals culminated by a series of performances

Successful Mini-Tour
featuring all four groups.
Ten students from SHS auditioned for the
Vermont All-State Music Festival this January and eight
out of the ten students were chosen to participate in this
gala event. Sopranos sophomore Erika Anderson and
By Olivia Thayer senior Brittany Adnam, altos sophomore Carrie Mobus
and senior Emily Mobus, and bass sophomore Michael

he Springfield-based band Pryonova, which Band Slam],” said drummer Johnson. The Islands Art, Whittemore were chosen to participate in the chorus.
features four Springfield High School students, a local program that supports the arts around Grand Isle, Sophomore violinist David Castrignano and junior tuba
and one former SHS student, won 1st and 2nd funded the band contest. player Nick Chlebak were chosen for the orchestra,
place at battle of the bands competitions in April. Py- “I thought we played a good show the first while senior alto saxophonist Lindsay Turgeon was
ronova took 1st place at the Islands Band Slam in Grand night,” said lead singer Aiello. “But it was a slightly chosen for the band.
Isle, New York, on Friday, April 9th, and 2nd place at older crowd and more mellow atmosphere, and our
another battle of the bands at Woodstock High School music isn’t mellow.” See All State page 20
on April 10th. Chlebak, who plays guitar, said that three
Juniors Nick Chlebak, Reese Johnson, and bands, including Pryonova, played at the show, and each
sophomore Dylan Patrie, along with former SHS student was given 30 minutes to perform. Chlebak added that
Jeff Sherwood, who is now a junior at Newport High having the chance to play in Burlington made the group
School, founded Pryonova two years ago. Junior Matt more interested in performing in clubs and venues in
Aiello joined the group this year to sing lead vocals. that area.
The name Pyronova holds no specific significance to After playing in Grand Isle, Pyronova spent
the group. According to one band member, when they the night in upstate Vermont, then went directly to their
chose their name, they thought it "sounded cool.” second performance of the weekend. Back-to-back
“Technically we’re a rock band,” said performances prompted band members to label their
Sherwood. “But we also play slower ballad-like songs, weekend a mini-tour.
and some heavier songs that could be classified as soft The second performance was another battle
metal.” of the bands at Woodstock High School. That com-
For the past two years, Pryonova has played petition hosted nine bands, including Pyronova. With
at various locations in surrounding towns and music so many participants, each band received less playing
venues. This includes numerous performances at 802 time. Violinist David Castrignano was one of
Music in Springfield. Traveling to Grand Isle, Vermont, “The second night, I thought we played 8 SHS students chosen to participate in
was the longest trip they had taken as a band. the All-State Music Festival.
“I think we killed the first night [at Islands See Pyronova page 20

pg 10 G r e e n H o r n
Drill Baby Drill
By Sam Hensel-Hunter

rill baby drill, a catchphrase of Republicans led due to overfishing. Now--facing an oil spill during their
by vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was spawning time--who knows? No one can predict what
even adopted by the supposedly-environmen- specific impacts the oil will have on bluefin spawning
tally friendly President Barack Obama. This frenzied and the long-term consequences, but it's hard to imagine
mantra, however, has died down lately as an estimated anything positive."
210,000 gallons of crude oil continue to flow daily out In the wake of the oil leak there have been
of the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. questions about the safety and need for offshore drilling. Ryan Brady, who went on both senior
Springfield High School environmental sci- When asked about these concerns, Frank said, ”Yes, I
ence teacher Amanda Frank is worried about the spill. do think we need to reconsider offshore drilling. (But I
trips, knows the true meaning of unity.

Find Unity.
Through email, Frank wrote, "Strangely enough, we felt the same way before the spill happened,)” adding
[her classes] were in the middle of studying petroleum that, “Petroleum is not a sustainable energy source--
when the leak began. We have spent some time watch- we should be investing in those [energy sources] that
ing and listening to news broadcasts about the spill and are."

discussing the various aspects from ecological conse- Frank criticizes oil companies and the gov-
quences to economic impacts to clean-up methods to ernment regulation in the United States. "Despite what
the controversy over offshore drilling." oil and gas companies say, offshore drilling clearly isn't
When asked to discuss the environmental environmentally safe," she said. "Many other countries
impact of the oil leak, Frank added,"It's still really early that participate in offshore oil drilling (for example, Nor-
to tell what will happen in terms of the environment. way and Brazil) have laws requiring oil companies to use By Jenny Bradley & Olivia Johnson
Right now there are several million gallons of oil in the a $500,000 safety mechanism on all of their rigs. Had

water and the well is still leaking 210,000 gallons per this been a U.S. law, it’s likely that the current BP leak
here are many big shabangs, meaning colorful
day. This isn't good for anyone or anything." would have been stopped when it happened. However,
formal events, right at the end of one's high
Not satisfied with her explanation, Frank the oil-friendly Bush administration removed this 'too
school career. The senior trip is one of them.
went on, ”The area affected by the oil leak is ecologi- expensive' requirement from the 2005 energy bill."
It’s supposed to be this big deal, where just the seniors
cally unique and very important to many species of or- After the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 that
have four, maybe five, days of fun. Fun not found in
ganisms. The estuaries of the Mississippi River Delta oil company was forced to pay $287 million for the
Springfield. We always thought our senior trip would
provide nursery habitat for everything from oysters to cleanup as well as $5 billion in punitive damages. The
be amazing. It would be one last chance to really bond
brown pelicans (recently removed from the Endangered punitive sum was equal to one year’s profits for Exxon
with everyone. Unfortunately, we have an indifferent
Species List) to huge bluefin tuna." at the time, but through a series of appeals the punitive
senior class. Don’t get us wrong, we love you (most of
Frank elaborated on the impact for tuna: "The damages were reduced to around $500 million, a sum
you). But really?
area is a huge spawning ground for the bluefin tuna and that Exxon has continued to fight.
The senior class officers and class advi-
this is the time of year that they spawn. Prior to the oil
leak, bluefin populations had already decreased 80-90% See Oil page 23 sor Ms. Guy tried again and again to get the class to
participate in a senior trip this spring. Every time they
found themselves with just a handful of students who
seemed to want to have some fun. Because that’s what
it is. Senior trips are fun. Don’t we want to have fun?
To clear this up, we were offered multiple
senior trips. But they were far from what we had antici-
pated. Instead of going to Virginia Beach, or enjoying
two two-day trips to Maine and Boston we settled with
going on two one-day trips. One trip was to Hampton
Beach and the other was to Six Flags in Springfield,
Massachusetts. Remember Six Flags? We went there
for our 7th grade end of the year trip. Wow, look how
far we’ve come.
We find it strange that as a class we didn’t
come together, like so many classes before us. Academi-
cally we are one of the best classes to pass through these
halls in awhile. Face it: We’re smart. We’re strong. We’re
independent. We’re a fantastic class.
But you know what we lack? We lack unity.
We don’t know if we lost it along the way or if we never
had it. But it isn’t there. Sure, we have our groups. But
these groups have never really come together to form
one big group. It’s sad, really.
But perhaps our little trips brought us a little
closer together. There’s no guarantee, but maybe. After
all, it wasn't too much money for these trips and we
deserved some fun at the end of senior year. As for you
Gulf Coast wildlife, including pelicans, is in trouble. Some humans are helping. underclassmen (yes, juniors, you are still underclass-
men) find your unity before it’s too late.

G r e e n H o r n pg 11
Examining Existence
By Kelsey Christensen

tion should be long-term: an addiction you can use to to complete your assigned task later. No matter how
oblivate any assignment. One good way to do this is to busy you think you’ll be later (which leads hopelessly
buy, download, or stream an entire television series. It’s dutiful students to complete assignments early) you
recommended that the series have many seasons. Once mudst maintain the attitude that there will be time for
you’ve picked an addicting series, you can marathon homework in the future. Maybe you’ll pull an all-nighter
episodes as a substitute for doing work. the night before an assignment's due date, or do it on
Once you’ve seen the entire series, however, the bus the day it's due.
you’ll have to pick a new one. For example, I got through Whatever your fabricated scenario, believe
the fall and winter with five seasons of The Office. that there will always be time. For example, if you’re
I’d watch several episodes late at night and leave the assigned a big paper early in the week and you know
homework for the morning. it will be due the beginning of the following week and
Playing video games is another good weapon you know you’re constantly active during the weekend
to block out the abysmal presence of assignments. – you may have a track meet, a performance, a prom,
Choose a video game that has many sequels and spin- etc. – you must not convince yourself to write the paper
offs, however. This makes it possible to set a goal of during the week. Do not waver in this chimerical belief:
beating every game in the series before you can conceiv- you will be able to write your paper Sunday evening.

rocrastination is a common strategy in the war ably complete homework. You can also enhance your procrastina-
against getting tasks accomplished. However, it Exercising, organizing, and doing arts and tive qualities if you design an overwhelmingly busy
is easy to fall into the trap of productivity, leaving crafts are also options for procrastinaiton. But beware: schedule for yourself. Do sports. Audition for a play.
one’s tasks accomplished with time to spare. To avoid these choices may lead to creativity, and when it comes Take an extra class outside of school. Do anything.
this tragic scenario of fruitful activity, here are some to procrastination one should be distracted by an unpro- This way, you will have a fistful of genuine reasons to
tips for procrastinating effectively. ductive activity.
First, to procrastinate well and consistently, To truly be a procrastinator of the first rank, See Existence page 20

you must always have a distraction. This one distrac- you must always tell yourself that you will have time

Surviving Apocalyptia
Killing the Dead
By John Forbes

ast edition we talked about the dress code for intelligent decisions quickly. Also remember that every
the Zombie Apocalypse. This time we'll discuss teammate is responsible for the team, so if anything goes
some zombie eradication tactics. In previous wrong no one person is to blame.
editions, I've said that your primary directive should be Do not travel at night. You're walking down
survival, and that you shouldn't go about haphazardly a dark street and you see a shadow move, or at least you
seeking carnage. But sometimes it's unavoidable. Let's think you do. Either way you're on edge now, paranoid,
suppose you're running out of food and you need to frightened, and unable to defend yourself against the
resupply, or perhaps you're looking for other survivors. flesh-eating mob lurking around the corner. In addition

In typical horror movie style, it's a bad idea to separate from your group.
Everyone should stay together on your zombie eradication mission.
Regardless of the reason, there are a couple of rules you it may be difficult to see the zombies, and thereby dif-
should follow. ficult to shoot them.
First and foremost, don't travel alone. It's dif- In typical horror movie style, it's a bad idea
ficult to watch your own back, and more people means to separate from your group, for reasons of fear and
more hands, means more weapons, means more dead safety; everyone should stay together on your zombie when you're screaming in agony you'll probably bleed
zombies. As long as you aren't flying solo it would be eradication mission. Even if you weren't in a zombie- to death.
a good idea to improve group cohesion. Use terminol- infested wasteland this is a good idea. Suppose you slip, Even though you might be out there to exter-
ogy and signals everyone can understand, and make fall, and impale yourself on a piece of loose architecture minate the zombie populace, it's important to remember
sure there is one respected leader capable of making or a dislodged pipe. If your group isn't within earshot that you're still mortal, and to a zombie, still tasty.

pg 12 G r e e n H o r n
Welcome To...
By Melissa Tarbell

received a lot of feedback about my column entitled more of a trade school.
Welcome to Rejection, so I thought for this edition I The other two, Keene and UMass, were both
would update my readers about my college status. very good schools and were relatively close to home,
First of all, I was indeed rejected from all so they were equally balanced on my pros and cons list
five of my top schools: Hamilton, Middlebury, Wil- for a while. I went to visit both schools for the second
liams, Bowdoin, and Amherst College. After I was time, Keene first. I really loved the Keene campus.
rejected from the first two schools, I started looking Their dining hall was huge and their student center
into my backups and accepted the fact that that’s where was fabulous. I would have gone there solely for those
I would probably be going. Even though I was bummed two aspects of campus. I already knew I would like the
to find out that I was rejected from all five schools, I town of Keene, New Hampshire. I’ve always liked the
was prepared for it. town and the college campus is right in the middle of
This left me with my three fallback schools: downtown Keene.
Paul Smith’s, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Another plus for Keene was the fact that I
Keene State College. Paul Smith’s was out of the picture, would be able to participate in varsity athletics, which the classic college experience of going to football and
which was kind of a bummer since they were nice and is important to me. They have a great women’s soccer hockey games.
offered me a very generous scholarship. However, I had team, and since they are Division III , I would have a I knew I would fit in well at Keene State
only applied to Paul Smith's in case I decided to continue spot on the team. However, they only had club tennis College, but there was one major problem: I want to
down the horticulture or hospitality paths. Needless to and I’m not sure it was that big of a thing. Another study several foreign languages, especially German,
say, those were not the paths I chose, so there was no downside to Keene was no hockey or football. I don’t
other reason for me to go to Paul Smith’s since they are know about you, but I was really looking forward to See Welcome page 22

Finding Serendipity
Big Trouble for Big Laughs
By Eliza Pennell
target student they must squirt outside of school. tion as well. A few FBI agents, goat-ridden freeways,
When Matt goes to Jenny's house to kill her, hallucinogenic toads, and apathetic airline employees
there are other, real killers afoot. Two hit men have been later, the story ends with a bang. Bang? Is that a pun?
hired to take down Jenny's cranky, dishonest embezzler Perhaps. You should read this delightful story for
of a stepfather, Arthur Herk. In the minutes following yourself to find out.
Matt's arrival, Matt is attacked by Jenny's protective I've been meaning to read Big Trouble for
mother, who thinks Jenny is really being attacked, the hit ages. I saw the movie version years ago. I think it was
men are confronted by an all-too-friendly dog, a bullet is one of the first PG-13 movies I was allowed to see.
shot into the Herks' fancy television, and Puggy jumps I've watched it a few times since then—quite a few
out of his treehouse to apprehend the hit men. times—and it never gets old. It's one of the wackiest,
A bit later, Arthur is still alive, of course, most absurd, tales I've ever been treated to.
and he's a little jumpy. He knows the bullet in the TV The characters in Big Trouble may not be
was meant for him. So he goes to a bar that is more particularly well-developed. But the way they interact
of an underground weapon supply. He buys a nuclear with each other is often hilarious—always smirk-worthy,
weapon from the Russian owners. Quickly after, Snake at the very least. The plot resembles real life in essen-

ave Barry's first full-length novel, Big Trouble, and Eddie show up. tially no way, but it makes for a fun story. And anyway,
is a tale woven with bumbling criminals, hit Snake and Eddie are just two idiots who see it takes place in Miami, and things do certainly sound
men down on their luck, squirt guns, a home- Arthur's expensive car and assume he's a drug kingpin. like they're a little crazier down there. (That's a frequent
less man named Puggy, and some relatively normal They take Arthur hostage, as well as Puggy, who was joke of Barry's, a native of the city: It's Miami. Everyone
people who find themselves in the wrong place at the simply looking for a quiet drink in the deserted bar. has a gun.)
wrong time. They also bring along the suitcase containing the nuclear Overall, Big Trouble is a thrilling, strange
Matt Arnold is a regular teenager who is bomb Arthur has just purchased, figuring it must be tale of absurdity, relationships, personal improvement,
trying to kill a girl named Jenny. Kill with a squirt gun, money or drugs. bravery, and those things that make life interesting—like
that is. He's an active member of a game going around They all go back to the Herk residence, where
school called Killer, in which one student is assigned a our other characters find themselves thrust into the ac- See Serendipity page 21

G r e e n H o r n pg 13
(The xx, 2009)
By Samuel L. Benton
The xx’s debut is as minimalistic as can be. perfectly. They’re not messy, nor overly wordy at all.
The guitar riffs are no more complicated than easy math They’re plucked straight out of a conversation between
or a simple declarative sentence, added to beats that two lovers, filled with space, infinity, seas, and fan-
vary little during each track. But xx is different than tasy.
most minimalist art. It’s hardly even an effort, which Most of the tracks feature vocalists Croft
is a good thing. This band doesn't have to try to sound and Sim taking on the roles of all forms of intimacy,
like it does. It’s the most natural minimalism I’ve ever ranging from ex-lovers who wish to remove the “ex”
heard, which stems from what only can be described as from their title (“Heart Skipped a Beat”) to a couple that
the group's shyness. Don’t mistake their shyness for a just couldn’t be any happier (“VCR”). “VCR” is one
lack of confidence, though. They know what they are of the cutest, most pleasant songs I’ve ever heard. It is

he xx formed in 2005. The London-based band good at, but they don’t have any desire to throw it out the embodiment of a perfect romance. Croft and Sim
was comprised of four members: Romy Madley there in a loud and complex manner for all to see. each have their solo songs on this album, but when they
Croft (guitars, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals), The quiet sound of xx contributes to a trade-off together on single tracks, the songs glow and
Jamie Smith (beats), and Baria Quershi (keyboards). nighttime feel to the music that makes the album most shine like the crystals and oceans than can be found in
Quershi left the band in late 2009, around the enjoyable when the sun goes down. It can cast you into a the lyrics.
time the xx’s debut album was released. Their self-titled 40-minute dream, which when it's over makes you want The xx’s debut encourages a listener to hear
debut was released on August 17, 2009, in the United to go right back to sleep again (similar to the reveries of more of their music and question what is next for this
Kingdom. It made its American debut two months later, Caliban in The Tempest) by starting over from the first band. It’s hard to believe they could do better than this
on October 2nd. track. debut album. Their shy, humble sound is what gives
Released on Young Turks Records, xx only The dreamy feel of xx is reinforced in song xx its greatness. But such shyness can only last so
charted 94 on the Billboard Top 200. Though not a titles like“Infinity,” “Night Time,” and "Stars,” each long in the modern world of popular music. What the
commercial knock-out, the album has received much carrying the mood from title to song. xx replaces that modesty with presents an interesting
positive critical attention since its release. The lyrics complement the quiet music question for the future of this promising band.

Iron Man 2
Not Rust Proof
By Sam Hensel-Hunter

obert Downey Jr. dons the red and gold armor Man 2 doesn’t live up to the high dramatic standard set
again for Iron Man 2. Two years after the origi- by Iron Man. The effects are as spectacular as ever, and
nal, with a increased budget and appearances the suit’s been given a portability upgrade as we see
from Scarlett Johansson, and Oscar nominees Don in the trailer, and generally the visuals have gotten a
Cheadle and Mickey Rourke, Iron Man 2 begins after slight upgrade. However, the script, acting, and overall
Tony Stark's announcement that he was Iron Man at the quality of Iron Man 2 are mediocre when compared to
end of the first film. the original.
This time we're seeing the narrative from the Most disappointing in Iron Man 2: Don
Russian home of Ivan Vanko, whose father and Stark's Cheadle has replaced Terrance Howard. Cheadle’s
father were contemporaries. His father's death inspires acting is stiff and wooden even in the middle of battle.
Vanko to create a pair of electrically-charged whips that Changing actors is common in comic series. In The
are powered by the same technology the Iron Man suit Dark Knight, for example, Katie Holmes replaced Mag-
uses. Back in the United States, Stark appears before gie Gyllenhal and proved that such change can benefit
a Senate committee headed by Garry Shandling (The a movie. But Cheadle is definitely a downgrade.
Larry Sanders Show). Many scenes in Iron Man 2, intended to be
Stark rejects the committee’s attempts funny, end up being painfully awkward, one in particular
to reclaim the Iron Man suit for government review involving a drunken Stark explaining how he goes to Iron Man 2, the relatively uneventful aftermath of this
and investigation, cracking jokes and embarrassing the bathroom while dressed in his metal suit. Samuel confession takes away a big facet of the comic book
rival Hammer Industries and its CEO, played by Sam L. Jackson improves the overall comic climate of the superhero: the secret identity. While this isn’t totally
Rockwell (2008’s Choke and 2009’s Moon). Stark’s film, but he’s only given a couple of scenes in which to uncommon (2008’s The Incredible Hulk benefited from
boisterous public demeanor hides concern and fear in work his magic. such film-making strategy), it’s been a staple in the Bat-
his private life, as he discovers that the fuel for the Iron Many of the problems in Iron Man 2 result man and Spiderman movies.
Man suit is slowly poisoning him. from ignoring the drama suggested in the first movie,
Despite these diverting complications, Iron most notably the revelation that Stark is Iron Man. In See Iron Man page 21
pg 14 G r e e n H o r n
Closure Found
By Maria Stern

t has been six seasons since the fateful day when
Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on a tropical island on
a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles and passengers
found themselves Lost. Millions of viewers around the
globe followed this group of men and women on their
convoluted journey across the Island and time. On
May 23rd, these viewers watched a bittersweet conclu-
sion and were granted closure in the good-versus-evil
storyline of Lost.
The finale, aptly titled "The End," was both
sad and happy. This final night of Lost provided answers
to questions, which had been building since 2004. Yet
it also meant the end of a legacy. Lost fans followed
these survivors through their complicated past, tribula-
tions on the Island, and empty future. In the narrative
of the show, the survivors of Oceanic 815 had become
like family to millions of Americans. Every fan of Lost
had their favorite character who they identified with and
In this respect, Lost may have been different
from other television programs. There was a certain hu-
man element involved in the story of these castaways.
The viewer became attached to characters and engaged
in the events of the characters’ lives. Lost also challenged
the viewers’ decision-making skills. For many episodes,
for example, this reviewer struggled between trusting
The Man in Black over Jacob.
From the very beginning of the program
viewers were given information on the characters’ past
through flashbacks. Starting with the end of Season 3,
flash-forwards began and viewers learned about the
empty lives led by the Oceanic Six, the six survivors
who returned home.
In the final season a technique identified as
flash-sideways appeared. Flash-sideways revealed an Top, a tableau of Lost, Season 6: Hurley, Claire, Sawyer, Kate, Jack, Jin, Sun,
alternate universe where Flight 815 doesn't crash. The Juliet, Locke, Sayid, Ben, and Desmond. Bottom, significant moments in Lost:
passengers of 815 begin to remember their lives on the Evil and good sit on the beach in the form of the Man in Black and Jacob; Des-
island, prompting Desmond Hume to guide the crew to
a church, where they unite once again in the after-life,
mond Hume and Penny Whittemore reunite.
as the flash-sideways is revealed to be.
Lost is ultimately a story of redemption. However, though love occurred on the Island between find they have found closure in their lives. They greet
Each character lived a troubled past. When they crashed many couples, the loving pair that is foremost in my each other in the after-life as the long-lost friends they
on the Island, each entered purgatory. Through the six mind is Juliet and Sawyer. Sawyer is the rogue, the bad are. With great solemnity, the survivors of Oceanic 815,
seasons, the characters were able to come to terms with boy of the show, the one everyone thought could not concluding with Jack, realize they are dead.
their past. The struggle between good and evil in their be tamed. However, in Season 5 of Lost, the two begin Critics around the country were abuzz
lives is evident in the battle between Jacob and The an adoring relationship that ends with Juliet’s tragic concerning the conclusion of Lost. New York Times
Man in Black, two brothers whose quarrels start with death. columnist Mike Hale criticized the series finale for its
their mother's poor parenting. In the final episode of In the final episode of Lost, aired in late May, banality.“So that was the answer: the island was college,
Lost, Jack Shephard, the surgeon who had taken on the Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Miles, Richard, and Frank are able or home, or Outward Bound,” Hale wrote.
role of Guardian of the Island, battled to the death with to leave the Island on a plane offered by the mysterious And there is much to question about the con-
the Smoke Monster (the gaseous version of the Man in Charles Widmore. Hurley, the lovable loser, and the clusion to Lost and its six years of questions, hypotheses,
Black) who had taken over the body of John Locke. weasel-like Benjamin Linus become joint Guardians and dead-ends. Lost offered faith-based metaphors. If
Love is another important theme of Lost: of the Island. Jack slowly dies of wounds inflicted by anyone doubted this point, the finale, where suddenly ev-
romantic love, love between friends, and love between the Man in Black. erything made sense and all sins were forgiven, proved
strangers. An example of enduring love involves Penny As the final minutes of Lost ticked away, the them wrong. The inhabitants of the Island needed the
Widmore and Desmond. Throughout the series, Penny characters who once called the Island home re-unite in time on the Island to reconcile things they had done
persistently searches for the Island where she knows her the afterlife (with the notable exception of the father-son wrong in their previous lives. For example, Charlie, a
true love Desmond has been trapped in a hatch built by duo of Michael and Walt) at a church for the funeral of
the mysterious Dharma Initative before the crash of 815. Christian Shephard, Jack’s father. In the process, they See Lost page 22

G r e e n H o r n pg 15
Search for
Athletic Director
Moves Ahead
By Ryan Brady

a sophomore or a junior, vacant by Hatt could be filled by Joan Cioffi, who is

someone who’s going currently half-time elementary Phys Ed teacher and
to be here next year, but half-time high school Phys Ed teacher.
has an idea of what we’re If Cioffi assumed Hatt's half-time teaching
looking for.” position, it would mean that the new athletic director
Thibault re- would only be given a half-time role, with all high school
Joan Cioffi, currently half-time Phys Ed teacher at both the flected on changing the Phys Ed positions filled. However, Thibault hopes that
high school and elementary level, could fill Mike Hatt's half- position’s name of athletic an SHS Phys Ed teacher may step forward and apply
time Phys Ed position at Springfield High School. director, but he decided for the position that combines half-time athletic director
to keep the title the same. and half-time teacher. Benson has shown interest in the

ince Mike Hatt announced his intention to resign At least one Phys Ed teacher at SHS was confused by position, but was not ready to assume such a responsibil-
as Springfield High School Athletic Director, the process. “When I went and asked before, they said ity at this point.
many people wonder who will replace Hatt, who they were tweaking the name,” said physical education This isn’t the first time that the athletic
has been at the high school for 15 years. But by mid- teacher Joy Benson. “I knew very little of what was director position has challenged SHS officials. A few
May, the process of finding Hatt's replacement was in going on.” decades ago, no athletic director position existed at the
its early stages. However, the SHS Athletic Director position high school.
“For now, we’re just putting together a continues to be what it was before, a half-time job. As “During the mid-80s, the AD [athletic direc-
committee,” said SHS Co-Principal Robert Thibault. Hatt leaves his current position, he leaves a half-time tor] was a fulltime P.E. teacher and athletic director on
“Hopefully we’ll get a student, a coach, and a teacher position as physical education instructor as well as his
[for the committee]. The student should probably be half-time athletic director job. The Phys Ed job left See AD page 20

lexis Locke bats during a game at Bill Robinson Field in Springfield this
past May. First baseman Jessie Haskell readies herself for a play as the
pitch is delivered to homeplate. Amanda Farnsworth leans in to receive
a strike from senior pitcher Ashley Richardson. All three girls contributed to a
strong softball season which saw the Cosmos finish with a regular season
record of 7-9 during a year in which they played challenging Division I
opponents Hartford, Rutland, Brattleboro, and Mount Anthony. In the first
round of the playoffs, the girls defeated Burr and Burton at home, 7-4, and
went on play Otter Valley in the second round of the playoffs on Saturday, June
5th. They lost at Otter Valley, 6-3, and ended their season at 8-10.

pg 16 G r e e n H o r n
Goes National.
By Ryan Brady

or the second year in a row, Springfield High that determines the win-
School junior and bowler Amanda Farnsworth ner.”
will be going to the National Bowling Tourna- This is the
ment. Farnsworth competes in a local bowling league third time that Farn-
in the fall, winter, and spring. At the end of her season sworth has won the Pepsi
in May, she competed in, and won, the Pepsi Cola Cola Tournament. She
Tournament. won a couple times when
“First you have to qualify,” said Farnsworth she was younger, and
Amanda Farnsworth is headed to the the National Bowling
“To qualify you have to have an average pin score high finished second last year.
enough.” Now, however, she’ll Tournament in Indianapolis for the second year in a row. To
The score is based on all of the matches have an opportunity to qualify, she won the Pepsi Cola Tournament on May 2nd.
Amanda competes in throughout her season. This year showcase her skills in
she qualified and went to the tournament as the reign- Indianapolis in the weeklong national tournament. Farnsworth has not trained with this challenging aspect
ing runner-up. The tournament was held on May 2nd The tournament will challenge bowlers of competition, since the Springfield alley offers only
in Rutland, Vermont. with different oil patterns to see how they adapt to the one pattern. With last year's tournament experience,
“I competed in the scratch division,” contin- changes. Oil patterns are what determine how slippery however, Farnsworth hopes to finish better in her second
ued Amanda, “It’s where there is no handicap scoring in the lanes are and suggest how far down the lane oil crack at the National Bowling Tournament.
the game. It’s just the amount of pins you knock down is found or how heavy the oil is layered on the lanes.

Springfield Wiffleball
Project Hits a Homerun
By Jill Rushton & Olivia Thayer

iffleball was once just an imitation game of manufactured a ball, called a wiffle ball, that would be
baseball played by families and neighbor- easier to hit.
hood children in streets and yards on hot According to www.okwiffle.com, it went like
summer nights. Now, this unusual American pastime this: ''‘My dad comes home and sees us no-good kids
--with its twisty pitches and pencil-thin yellow bats--has trying to throw curveballs and throwing our arms out,’
inspired fans to create wiffeball teams of their own. recalled the man's son, David A. Mullany. 'So he decided
One of these fan-created teams consists of he wanted to make a ball that would make it easier for
four students from Springfield High School and one SHS us to pitch.'”
grad. Freshmen Kirby Goodrich and Jordan Crowley, “It [wiffleball] is a fun thing to do,” said
sophomores Jake Patoine and Eric White, and SHS Crowley, who is somewhat aware of the game's origins.
alumni Deven Blais are part of the Springfield Wiffleball “It’s not like baseball. It’s a fun game to play with your
Project, which was formed earlier this spring. friends.” All members of the Springfield Wiffleball
“We all just really like wiffleball,” said Project currently, or in the past, played baseball for
Crowley. “So we thought it’d be fun to play against SHS.
teams from other towns.” While many think wiffleball is just baseball
Goodrich and Patoine were inspired to played with a plastic bat and ball, the game has its own
organize this team after viewing videos of other teams rules and regulations. In traditional baseball, players
from around the country on the popular video site, in the field attempt to get the hitter out. In wiffleball,
YouTube. however, the field is divided into four zones: single,
Kirby Goodrich takes a statuesque cut “We found out [about the league] by just double, triple, and home run. Wiffleball game strategy
at a wiffle ball. Jordan Crowley watching people on the Internet playing,” said Goodrich. consists of the hitter attempting to belt the ball into the
demonstrates a special pitching grip “We decided to start a team and started practicing.” farthest zone possible. Unlike baseball, no runners are
David Mullany and a group of friends in-
for wiffleball pitching.
vented the game of wiffleball in 1953, after Mullany See Wiffle page 20

G r e e n H o r n pg 17
Winter Running Club
Marathon-Training, Community-Building
By Jill Rushton & Olivia Thayer

ver the winter and spring, most students partici-
pate in sports such as basketball and baseball.
But four Springfield High School athletes
dedicated their last six months to training for the 22nd
Annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay,
which took place Sunday, May 30th, in Burlington,
“The simple answer to why I created the
group is to promote community through a healthy ac-
tivity,” said organizer of the running club, Cliff Weyer.
“Our running group is based on that idea.”
The student group included junior Caleb
Watkins, sophomore Lauren Fish, and freshmen Kodi
Andrews and Courtney Page. Each participant ran a
different stretch of distance, ranging from 3.1 miles to
6.4 miles
Weyer joined the relay team and ran 6.4
miles of the marathon. SHS Cross-Country Coach
Nate McNaughton, along with fellow Riverside Middle
School teacher Meredith Jez, ran the entire 26 miles of
the marathon.
“Another goal of this team was to run with,
and support, coach [ McNaughton], [Meredith] Jez, and
Ana Thayer [former SHS runner] as they are running the
full length,” said Weyer before the event. Weyer also
pointed out that SHS students Chris Whaley, Shelby
Reardon, Larry Buldoc, and Sara Paton ran with the
group all winter and helped the marathon team prepare
for the May 30th race.
“I’m excited for all the music, people, and the
final sprint,” said Fish prior to race day. “There’s going
to be music while we’re running, and there’s supposed to
be like 4,000 people running.” Fish ran the last part of
the race, a 5.4-mile leg, ending with the final sprint.
“I’m excited because it’s my first marathon,”
said Page before the race. “But I’m a little iffy about it
because it’s supposed to be 88 on Sunday.” While Page
ran all winter, she didn't plan to run in the marathon until
her sister, Alaina Page, pulled a tendon in gymnastics
two weeks before the race.
“I’ve been running a couple times a week,
two to three miles each time,” said Page before May
30th. “I’ll be running the shortest leg, a little over three
miles, because I’m the most out of shape.”
The students who ran in the race trained since
November as part of the winter running club, which Clockwise from top, Courtney Page,
was formed at the end of the fall sports season to help Kodi Andrews, Caleb Watkins, Chris
runners stay in shape through the winter and spring. Weyer, and Lauren Fish reach for the
“We started out as just the winter running
club,” said Fish. “But then one day Mr. Weyer was like
sky in Burlington; Fish sprints along
‘Hey! Want to run in this marathon?’” The group of the boardwalk on Lake Champlain;
runners started meeting two to three times a week and Lauren Bolduc and Page rejoice on
increasing the mileage as the weeks progressed. Fish race-day; a long view as thousands of
said that in the weeks prior to the race, she was running
about seven or eight miles each time.
racers compete in the KeyBank
Both Page and Fish agree that participating Vermont City Marathon.

See Marathon page 20

pg 18 G r e e n H o r n
The Last
Seniors Final
By Holly Hooke

pring is here. Another Mother’s Day has passed,
which means another Springfield Dance Factory
recital was held.
For 28 years, Dance Factory dancers have
showcased their work in this annual spring recital.
This year’s recital took place on May 8th and 9th, in
the Springfield High School Auditorium. Saturday’s
Program A started at 7:00 pm and Sunday’s Program B
began at 2:00 pm. The younger classes held their recital
on Saturday, May 8th, at 2:00 pm in the Park Street
School Auditorium. The shows ran about an hour and a Josh Dikeman plans strategy with Angelo Jardina and John Michael Errair.
half each with pieces choreographed by Dance Factory

Track Team Exalted in Last

owner Susan Hagen and teachers Kate Frizzell-DeRosia,
Pam Donnelly, Ashley-Hensel-Browning, and Tami
Dancers devoted their winter and spring

Weeks of Competition
classes learning recital pieces. During the rectital, some
dancers participated in as many as eight performances.
“It was a lot of work. I was in eight dances,” said SHS
senior Kamryn Sidney. “I’m happy. But at the same
time upset that it’s over.”
Fourteen students from Springfield High By Sarah Gray
School performed in the recital. For seniors Erin

Graham, Eliza Pennell, Jenny Bradley, Meredith Ward, he Springfield High School track team pulled Englands, which takes place the second weekend in
Emily Mobus, Kamryn Sidney, Shannon Regan, Jenna out all the stops as they began their last month June.
Hendee, and Georgia Ladd this was their last Dance of the 2010 track season. The team traveled to Last year, the Cosmos didn’t perform as well
Factory recital. Many of the students have danced since the Connecticut Valley Conference (CVC) Champion- at States because of injuries to key members of the track
they were three or four years old and have performed in ship on Saturday, May 15th, in Lebanon, NH, where team. This past failure, however, may give SHS track
recitals every year. they competed against schools from Vermont and New athletes the motivation they needed to have a success-
“I’ve been in recitals since I was three,” said Hampshire. ful state meet performance. The Vermont State Meet
Ten members of the SHS track team qualified took place the first weekend of June at Green Mountain
See Dance page 23 to participate in this meet as determined by previous Union High School
track meets. Most athletes believe that this is truly the “I’m hoping that everyone will improve, set
running start for the rest of the track season. personal records, and peak at the right time,” Stern said.
Springfield finished 10th overall for the girls, “I hope that at the state meet we have a lot of individual
and 11th overall for the boys in the CVC Champion- champions and come in the top three for teams overall
ship. Although the team scores weren’t as good as the
team expected, individual track athletes performed well. See Track page 21
Mike Pianka was first in the boys high jump at 6' 4,"
far surpassing the second place finisher who came in at
5' 10." Maria Stern finished 3rd in girls shot put with a Sports Correction
toss of 32' 9.5." Stern also finished 3rd in girls discus,
throwing at 97' 6."
In edition 8 of the Green Horn, the
“I think we are consistent when it comes story about John Davis running in the
to points and individual people are improving,” Stern Boston Marathon incorrectly stated
said in late May. “We have a tough four weeks ahead that the Boston Marathon took place
of us.”
The team traveled to Hanover for the Ha-
on April 19th and April 26th, with 735
Shannon Regan, Meredith Ward, nover Invitational on Saturday, May 22, and then to runners competing. The Boston Mara-
Jenny Bradley, and Erin Graham Essex for the Essex Invitational. All track teams in thon took place on April 19th. 26,735
danced in their last recital this May. Vermont are invited to the Essex Invitational. The top runners participated.
six qualifiers in each event are allowed to go to New

G r e e n H o r n pg 19
Pyronova from page 10 McLaughlin from page 2 Wiffle from page 17
equally well,” said Chlebak. “But we only got ten a co-principal. This will be a bit of an adjustment from allowed on base and pre-set rules and ghost runners
minutes to play and that really didn’t allow us to show what students and faculty have done this year. determine scoring. For example, in wiffleball, if a batter
the full spectrum of our music.” Aiello felt that the hits a single and the next batter bashes a triple, one run
Woodstock show presented an audience that was more What do you hope to bring to the school? will have scored and one runner will be on third.
favorable to the band's youth-oriented style. I hope I can bring a positive and hard-work- One aspect of wiffleball that is similar to
“The Woodstock show had a lot more high ing attitude to my position. I am someone who believes baseball involves the three-out rule. Outs are made
school-aged people,” said Aiello. “It was more chill deeply in education as a calling. I am lucky to get paid when a batter strikes out, or when a fly ball is caught
and easier to interact with the audience.” to work with young adults and caring professionals. in the air. However, there are outs that are made in
Even though Pyronova didn’t take top honors Beyond my attitude, I hope that I can add a wiffleball that are not allowed in baseball.
at their second battle of the bands, they placed second thoughtful and reflective approach that draws from my “You have zones you hit into and a strike
overall and were happy with their performance. “The many experiences. zone behind the batter. If a fielder fields the ball in a
AD from page 16
band that won really deserved it,” said Johnson. specified area and throws it back to the strike zone, it is
When asked where Pyronova would go from considered an out,” said Goodrich. “It’s kind of hard
these shows, band members offered different opinions. top of that,” said P.E. teacher Joan Cioffi. “His name because it takes a lot of practice to be able to get good
“It’s [being in a band] more of a hobby for me,” said was Chip Dorwin, and because he was also the athletic pitches and hitting.”
Aiello. “I’d like to continue, but I don’t really see myself director he was given a stipend for the job.” After practicing daily for three weeks, the
doing that.” The hope is that a committee will be put Springfield Wiffleball Project participated in its first
“I think we’ll stay together through high together by the end of May or beginning of June, and that tournament in Bennington on May 29th.
school, maybe some longer,” said Chlebak. “After Hatt's replacement for athletic director will be selected “The first tournament was rough. We didn’t
college, I’d like to take it more seriously.” by the beginning of summer. do very well,” Crowley admitted. “But we have four
Johnson agreed with Chlebak positive view- “ "I’m looking for people right now,” said or five more tournaments left.”
point. “Being in band in high school has been a great Thibault. “If this article is released, and I’m still looking, The Springfield Wiffleball Project has five
experience for all of us,” concluded Johnson. I’m hoping people will step up.” players, which gives them a full team. But they encour-
age other wiffleball enthusiasts to create their own teams
Existence from page 12 College from page 6 to enjoy this growing competitive sport.

put off work. After school, you’ll have play rehearsal any students considering college. “I'm willing to share
or sports practice, and after that you may work a shift, what the students want to know," he added. "Whether Marathon from page 18
and after that you have a dance class. At this rate, you it's how prepared I was for college, what dorm life is
won’t get home until 9:00 pm. That’s six hours of pure like, or what to expect when they get to college.” in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay Race
not doing your homework. No one could dispute the Panel organizers hoped the experience should help their cross-country performance this fall.
legitimacy, nor the sheer procrastinative beauty, of such would answer questions but also challenge SHS students “I always get really nervous before races,”
an unreasonable personal schedule. to think more concretely about life after high school. said Page. “So the more races I run, the less nervous
To achieve the highest levels of procrastina- Junior Amanda Farnsworth was positive I’ll be.”
tion, you must never examine your assignment before about the event beforehand. “It’s something I definitely “Running year-round will definitely help me
you commence the work. It’s best to stay intimidated by want to hear before I make any decisions about college," next season,” concluded Fish.
the workload because it will persuade you to stay away she said. "I’m excited to hear what alumni students can
longer. If you look at the work and find it reasonable, tell me about what my future may be like.” Speech from page 5
STAR from page 5
you may feel compelled to complete the assignment
speech was timed a few seconds short of the five-minute
required length.
Finally, when you sit down to finally do your in the main office at Springfield High School. Hensel-Hunter felt that his speech experience
work, don’t be afraid to do one last thing. Maybe you Tickets were $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets and offers great benefits for the future.
need to make a sandwich before you can concentrate were available from any STAR member. The drawing “I think having this competition on a tran-
on completing your assignment. Maybe your room is took place on May 20th. script or résumé might make an impression on people,”
uncharacteristically untidy, and it will be eating away at “Buy a ticket. Join,” said Bailey, before the Hensel-Hunter said. “I also think this experience has
you while you try to work unless you clean it. Or, most raffle. “We’d love new members. Animals do deserve boosted my confidence involving public speaking.”
likely, you’ll absolutely need to change your facebook a home and should have a better life.”
status to explain that you’re about to do homework.
All State from page 10
There’s always something you can do other than your

Jobs from page 9 “It felt great [to be chosen for the chorus]. I process.
was so excited to get in,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t sure “I’m going to audition for the festival next
college, some SHS underclassmen will take on summer about how I would do, because I’m not a very strong year because I like the audition process and I know just
jobs. For example, sophomore Lauren Fish will work sight reader, which is part of the audition. But I did what to expect now. Of course I still need to get into
at Woodbury Florist this summer. “Random stuff,” said make it.” the festival again next year,” Anderson said.
Fish, when asked about her duties at the florist shop. The festival took place in early May and The Vermont All-State Music Festival is
“Helping customers, making arrangements, and doing most observers felt it was successful. “The festival went an event that high school musicians and vocalists look
stuff that everyone else won’t do.” very well,” SHS Music Director James Chlebak said. forward to every year. Music Director Chlebak and
Despite the concrete summer plans of Esden “In particular, the level of repertoire and performance students agree that the festival is a beneficial experi-
and Fish, not all SHS students can locate work in these in the orchestra was higher than in recent years.” ence.
hard economic times. “I’ve looked briefly for a job,” “My favorite part of the festival was singing “It's a pretty amazing event. It's the last of
said sophomore Taylor Fontaine, “but so far I’ve been and hearing all 240 other voices behind me. It was like the All-State festivals where students are housed in
unsuccessful and I don’t really need a job.” a wall of powerful greatness,” Anderson said. “My least families. That really gives it a special atmosphere. In
Summer jobs come in many forms whether favorite part of the festival was not seeing the other addition to traditional high school marching bands, the
a graduating senior seeks money before college, or groups perform.” opening parade features elementary bands, junior high
an underclassman attempts to add to money on hand. Anderson is hoping to go into a career in- bands, and samba groups, which is also pretty unique,”
Whatever the case, high school students will swell the volving singing and plans to participate in the festival Chlebak said. “The people who run the festival really
ranks of those looking for employment this June. in years to come. She enjoys the festival’s encouraging care about young people and work hard to make it a
atmosphere and likes being able to practice the audition great experience for all.”

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NECAP from page 7 Yearbook from page 4 Keene from page 6
114 juniors at SHS reached a level 4, or proficient with come more popular among students and staff. Dechert of schools represented at Keene State College. While
distinction, on the test. 16% of juniors reached a level is proud of student involvement in the creation of this Hensel-Hunter respected the variety, he was bothered
three (proficient), 50% reached a level two (partially publication. “The book is entirely student-created [advi- by the limited space. “I think it was too cluttered,” said
proficient,) and 34% were graded at a level one, or sor-guided]," she said. "Students have made all decisions Hensel-Hunter. “People had to fight to show off their
substantially below proficient, according to theVermont on this book." school. They [college representatives] didn’t really have
Department of Education. Building on this past success, Frank hopes enough room to do much of a presentation.”
Such scores motivated the three junior sci- to make the yearbook even more affordable for students Despite Hensel-Hunter's misgivings,college
ence teachers to work harder at preparing 11th graders and staff in the coming year. “One thing I'd like to work fair organizers seemed to be trying to create a relaxed
for the science NECAPs. on is making the yearbook available to as many people event for participants. Students attending the fair found
“Ms. [Peggy] Guyer and I went over the as possible,” Frank said. “I think the price makes it rows of tables filled with brochures, mailing-list cards,
basic concepts for test-taking,” said science teacher hard for a lot of people to buy a yearbook. I'm not sure and college representatives in the KSC Gymnasium.
Gretel Shuck. Shuck says she went over points such how, or even if, this can be done. But I want to look Students were encouraged to visit booths that interested
as full-sentence writing and answer-planning with her into it.” them. Adding to the openness of the event, no specific
students. “It’s too late for us to re-teach the full three aganda dictated the college fair. Instead, students were
years of science at this point,” she added. Seredipity from page 13 encouraged to talk to college representatives and ask
Some juniors felt that their science teachers questions about prospective schools.
put a lot of time into preparing them for the NECAPS. nuclear weapons that look like garbage disposals and
“Ms. [Amanda] Frank helped us a lot,” said Austin. chasing airplanes down runways. Plaza from page 1
“She gave us a lot of practice tests.” I love when I can read about characters who
“The plaza is where everyone chills,” senior
Aiello added that in his class, Frank spent leap beyond anything life has prepared them for. Things
Ryan Colburn said. “It’s appealing because I get to hang
the last few days before the test going over the test from go crazy, but in the end, everything's okay because these
out with all my friends, have fun, and not have to worry
last year. characters can handle themselves. Their lives completely
about getting in trouble.”
“Ms. Guyer got material from last year's change, so they have to jump in and decide, “What the
Not only do SHS students hang out at the
test and we went over it,” said Davis. “I was prepared. hell. If this is how my life is now, I will just handle it,
Summer Place in the plaza but also senior and junior
But I would have been more prepared if I actually paid no matter what.”
girls work in the ice cream shop. “I love working at the
attention in class.” I love that. It's very empowering to see
Summer Place because I get free ice cream,” senior
Both Souksanh’s and Jacob’s teachers also characters commit to things this way, because it makes
Kayla Perham said. “I also get to see everyone at work,
went over practice tests and questions. This made them it seem so attainable in real life. It makes me feel like I
so it doesn’t feel like I’m actually working. I get to see
both feel better about the science NECAPs. can do that, too. I'm not expecting any nuclear bombs in
my friends, so it’s more like a social event.”
“I think some students will [do well on the my near, individual future. It will probably be something
The town of Springfield doesn’t have much
test] and some won’t,” said Shuck. “The one thing we a little less exciting. But it will be different and thrilling
to offer that would satisfy a high school student’s need
really tried to discourage this year was a student filling if I can just agree with fate and say, “Yes. This is my
for fun on the weekends. It has a library, 802 Music, a
in random answers and not trying.” life. Watch out now.” Big Trouble had a lot of this.And
used book store, an art gallery, and a few restaurants.
SAT from page 8 it was just silly. It was a fun read.
But most students need somewhere to hang out or watch
a movie. With this scarcity of options facing young
Bubble from page 24
stress with the SAT because each section must be com-
pleted in the given time and students are not allowed to people, the plaza seems to be the only spot in town that
go back to work on unfinished items. “It was hard for appeals to many students.
down. They tried to ignore the Dunkin Donuts bag. Then “The Summer Place is definitely the Spring-
me to finish all the questions in each section on time,”
they seemed possessed by their hunger, and all at once, field hang out,” Perham said. “Everyone is always there.
said junior Desmond Dana. “So I just kept going and
they agreed to eat the muffin. And the ice cream is awesome. The whole high school
it turned out fine.”
Afraid of being discovered, they quickly population is there. It seems like everyone migrates
Some students prepare intensely for the
grabbed the bag and pulled the muffin out. Within a mat- to the Summer Place and it almost seems like they’re
SAT with suggested books and tutor programs. They
ter of seconds, the muffin was gone. All that sat before forming a cult. There’s honestly nothing else to do in
are also encouraged by the fact that they can take the
them was the muffin wrapper, the Dunkin Donuts bag this town.”
test repeatedly to improve their score. “It wasn’t that
which they had used as a makeshift plate, and crumbs In the winter, students have to find other hang
big of a deal for me,” said junior Maria Stern. “I don’t
that formed a frame around the crumpled bag. outs, whether this involves a friend’s house or traveling
get stressed or concerned. I know I can always retake
For just a moment, the three sat there realiz- to another town to find a movie theater (the Ellis Theatre
ing what they had done. And then, all at once, they burst in downtown Springfield burned a few summers ago and
Other students, however, question the valid-
into fits of laughter. There they remained, consumed by has not re-opened yet). But in warm weather, Jonathan’s
ity of this well-known test. “I think that [it is] stupid,”
the silliness of what they had done. Summer Place is where one can always find Springfield
said senior Jon Esden. “Colleges shouldn’t want just the
Though this may seem like a story about citizens, young and old, who share a common craving
smartest people. They should want the hardest workers.
nothing, it is much more than that. It’s a story of friend- for ice cream.
The SAT doesn’t show that.”
ship, silliness, and hunger. This is a true story. “You’ll always find people at the Summer
Some accept the SAT as an expected part
P.S. As of now, there are only FIVE DAYS Place,” senior Olivia Johnson said. “When I go down
of the high school world. “I view the SAT as a rite of
until graduation. there I never have to worry about meeting anyone,
passage,” said sophomore Alexandra Johnstone. “And
I’ll be passing this one next year.” because there’s always someone there. I hang out at
the Summer Place because the ice cream is delicious
Track from page 19 and my friends are always there. It’s basically one of
800-meter dash, wanted to see everyone on the team try Springfield’s only attractions.”
on the girls and the boys sides.”
Iron Man from page 14
his or her best and improve by the end of the season.
SHS sophomore and track member Holly As a senior, Jardina hoped underclassmen would realize
Hooke hoped to win her 4x100 relay team event and/or that they have the potential to achieve great things in
her high jump event at States so she could be recognized track and field in years to come. “I’m hoping to see kids Iron Man 2, for all its shortcomings, is still a
with a States jacket. She also hoped that the team as a strive and do better at their events," Jardina said, "and good time. The action sequences are polished and look
whole would be successful. see that they have potential for the future." better than the first film. The addition of a partner for
“Hopefully everyone will do well, improve, “We have a lot of talented individuals,” Stern Stark gives the fight scenes another level of action and
and set personal records,” Hooke said before the state concluded before the state meet. “New team members interest, making teamwork important until the climax.
meet on June 5th. and upperclassmen are all working hard to improve. We Though Iron Man 2 is a worthy successor to the first
Senior Angelo Jardina, who competes in the can do it.” film, it still falls short of Iron Man.

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Welcome from page 13
the sports I play, but I’m not the star of my team and
and they only offer Spanish and French majors and a A+ for its physical setting. certainly I would not be recruited for UMass. There are
rinky-dink German minor. I was willing to lower my Although I saw the same mock dorm room options for me to play at the club or intramural level, but
standards and possibly try an independent/self-designed that I saw the first time I visited UMass, I visited two I really want the pride of wearing that UMass uniform
major, but with all the options UMass-Amherst offered, different dining halls. Since my tour guide took us to and having the grandstands packed with crazed Min-
my mind was made up. the wrong dining hall, and we had to walk all the way utemen (that’s the UMass mascot). So, I have made it
I brought my entire family (mom, dad, and back to the correct hall, I was able to view parts of my goal to train hard over the summer and try out for
older sister) with me to an open house for admitted campus that I hadn’t seen before. This unplanned tour their soccer and tennis teams, although I might have to
students at UMass one Saturday in April. When I ar- only increased the school's GPA in my gradebook. choose one or the other because tennis is year-round at
rived, I felt tentative about joining such a huge college When I weighed the facts, UMass-Amherst UMass.
community of more than 26,000 students in the middle seemed to be the obvious choice. Good-looking campus. In the end, I agreed to go to the University
of a large, intimidating campus. But as the 6-hour open Check. Reasonable dorm rooms. Check. Distance from of Massachusetts-Amherst. I can relax. I don’t feel like
house wore on, I felt more comfortable. A big factor was home. Check. Opportunities. Triple check. UMass-Am- I was forced to settle for this school, ether. Even though
that my dad liked the school so much. Of all my family herst, in fact, is part of the Five College Consortium, it was my backup school, I am excited about attending
members, I figured he would like UMass the least. But which allows me to take classes at any of the other four UMass. I’ve sent in the $400 enrollment fee, signed up
he really liked the area and the campus and his feelings participating colleges (Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, for orientation, received my official UMass email ad-
for the university seemed to pass to me. and Amherst) at the same expense or less than the cost dress and have the all-important foam finger as well as a
The UMass campus is the classic college of UMass classes. Being a state university, UMass- windbreaker, t-shirt, pen, folders, and window stickers.
campus with lamp-lined concrete pathways surrounded Amherst already has a lot of options without those other I figure I was destined to go to UMass-Amherst: it was
by greens and a mixture of old and new buildings. When four colleges. I mean, why not take advantage of that? the very first college I ever visited and now it’s the last.
I consider colleges, I think of the campus as a big factor However, I worry that UMass-Amherst Not to mention I’ve always wanted maroon and white
in my decision. UMass-Amherst received an automatic offers only Division I sports. I’m relatively good at as school colors.

SPIRIT from page 3 Lost from page 15

is that student input on issues at SHS is often more
“If we don’t have another meeting until next creative than what we adults usually come up with.” drug addict, sacrificed himself to sink the Looking Glass,
year, this will all fall apart,” Coleman said. “If we are Springfield High School students also share which had been blocking radio transmissions. He was
actually going to enforce this mediation agreement and the same belief that SPIRIT gives them a chance to then able to leave the Island (purgatory) and enter an
be effective as a group we need to meet on a regular express their opinions. “I think SPIRIT is important after-life.
basis and involve all students.” because it gives faculty and Restorative Justice an idea In one night of Lost, six years' worth of dra-
Although Bolduc is uncertain of when the of what’s going on in school from a kid’s perspective,” ma, action sequences, and relationships were resolved.
next SPIRIT meeting will take place, he feels good Mei said. “I believe this could help make problem-solv- And with the close of Jack’s eye, it was all over.
things will result from this April meeting. ing easier.”
“I expressed [at the meeting] what I figured “SPIRIT helps people see that there are
were some issues that could be resolved,” Bolduc said. problems to be solved so we should be solving them We have to go back. Visit past
“I went away knowing that some of the issues had a and not just stepping back and observing the problems,”
good chance of being resolved.” Thomas added. editions of the Green Horn at
Another point recognized at the SPIRIT “I believe that the more student voice you shs.ssdvt.org and have your own
meeting focused on the purpose of SPIRIT itself. “One have, the better off you are,” Wight concluded. “I hope
purpose of SPIRIT is to provide a vehicle for student SPIRIT helps make students aware that they can make Lost-style flashback.
voice that is non-traditional,” Wight said. “And another a difference.”

Cyber from page 3 Wight acknowledged that students bringing

This site has done numerous studies of 11- to 18-year school,” the victim said. issues to administrators use print-outs of the harassing
olds in various regions in the United States resulting in The consequences for cyber bulling vary. messages or bring their phones as evidence.
a fundamental description of this form of harassment. The Restorative Justice Program can be utilized if both “Someone will have proof of it somewhere,”
Approximately 20 percent of students have parties want to reconcile. This is not always the case. said Esposito.
reported being bullied. So far nine states have defined In some instances, police have been involved in solving To some, using technology to communicate
cyber bullying or passed legislation to prevent it. As a the problem. “It [cyber bullying] has the potential to get causes problems with etiquette. According to SHS social
result of Vermont teen Ryan Patrick Halligan’s suicide, someone expelled if it’s bad enough,” Wight said. studies teacher Angelo Jardina, capital letters and bold
Vermont House Bill H. 629 has clarified the policy of “At school we were both classified as victims text give the impression that someone is angry. Also,
bullying. This bill requires schools to develop a conse- because there was bullying going on on both ends," failing to use a salutation in an e-mail may appear
quence for bullying and a bullying-prevention plan. the victim added. "It was just resolved and forgotten rude. Thus, technology makes communication difficult
Springfield High School Co-Principal Larry about." because one cannot always be perceived as demonstrat-
Wight thinks cyber bulling is an increasing problem at Wight believes that cyber bullying is an ing appropriate emotions.
SHS. “It’s probably one of the most prevalent means of equal-opportunity offender. Text messaging, e-mailing, Highlighted by the issue of cyber bulying,
bullying,” he said. “Then it spills over to school.” and social networking sites are all misused for the sake Wight believes people have less respect for each other
In the past two to three years, cyber bulling of harassment. "If you have new technology, someone than in previous generations.
has become a common problem both on- an off-campus. will find a way to abuse it," he said. “Even though it's just words on a screen it
These conflicts affect the SHS learning environment. “It [cyber bullying] was over Facebook still hurts, and you still carry it with you,” said the victim
"It's a serious issue," Wight said. "It can be very upset- messaging and text messaging,” added the victim. interviewed for this article. After their experience with
ting to the people [involved]." A problem with technology and bullying cyber bullying, they believe that such behavior should
“I’ve had a few occasions where I was cyber involves the fact that once a video, statement, or photo be a crime punished by a fine and potential jail time.
bullied and where I cyber bullied,” said an anonymous is posted online, it becomes a permanent feature of In response to the challenge of bullying and
SHS student. “When I was cyber bullied, I cyber bul- cyberspace. It can never be removed. SHS Computer harassment, SHS staff members participated in anti-bul-
lied at the same time.” This conflict, which lasted a few Lab Supervisor Jane Esposito believes that students are lying training on May 26th as part of an early release
weeks, involved swearing, arguing, and threats. not aware of this feature of permanency associated with day in the Springfield School District. However, some
This particular incident was brought to the internet. “They’re not thinking ahead,” she said of agree with Wight, who concluded, “I really think we
school “It was brought up at school and resolved at students’ internet use. “It someday might hurt them.” have to do more."

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Wight from page 1
One of the things Wight brought to SHS school staff and student body, welcomed new co-prin-
memorable,” Wight said. “Deciding to take the job was was respect for both the students and the staff. It didn’t cipal Bob Thibault. Next year Thibault will take over
probably the most memorable. I wasn’t sure if I wanted matter if students were in trouble, or were simply walk- the position of SHS Principal.
to be a principal again, but there were some administra- ing to their next class. Wight always spoke to students “Mr. Thibault is already getting things started
tion difficulties here at SHS so I hung around to resolve and treated them with respect. “I’m going to miss the for next year,” Wight said. “He is working with a com-
them.” interaction with the students,” Wight said. “I enjoy mittee that is trying to find a balance for the students for
Although Wight is physically leaving the talking to them, and one of the things I brought to SHS next year’s schedule. We hope that the student voice
high school, his memories of the students will remain. was treating the students with respect and not talking will be heard in that. I highly respect Mr. Thibault, and
“I’m going to miss the students a lot,” Wight said. “They down to them.” have only the highest compliments for him. I know he
keep me young and on my toes. We have a lot of great “Mr. Wight is the most easy-going, easy to will take this school to the next level.”
kids here.” talk to principal I have ever encountered in my life,” Next year, the seniors will be gone, the
In the four and a half years since Wight senior Bennett Chevalier said. “I’m going to miss his schedule will be changed, and Mr. Wight will be retired.
became an administrator, SHS was recognized and humor. He’s a funny guy.” But, as observers consistantly remark, the work Wight
honored in areas such as sports, music, the arts, and In Wight’s four and a half years as an admin- put into this school and his interaction with the students
journalism. istrator at SHS, he’s worked with two superintendents will always be remembered by those that worked with
“The most impressive aspect of SHS is and a series of assistant principals. “It’s not unusual to him.
definitely the diversity of talent,” Wight said. “We have a lot of different administrators over the span of “I feel like Mr. Wight encouraged students
are talented in music, athletics, art, and everything in a few years,” Wight said. “It’s a challenge. But I get to be better when they were going downhill, when no
between. Our drama productions are also incredible. good people to help and let them do their job. From my one else believed in them,” senior Paige Parker said.
When you go watch a production, it’s almost like you’re perspective, things have been going a lot better lately. “He changed the school for the better. Everyone will
watching college kids perform. There are a lot of talented There has been more collaboration with the administra- always remember him because of his kind personality,
young adults that enjoy what they do here, and it shows tion and more student voice.” his good sense of humor, and the fact that he always
in their success.” This fall, Wight and the rest of the high helped everyone in any way he could.”

Oil from page 11 Dance from page 19

When asked about how BP can make up on.” SHS senior Erin Graham. “It’s hard to believe that was
for the current leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Frank said, Gottschalk added, ”I feel that anytime an oil my last one.”
”Well, I'm not sure there is much anybody can do to company goes anywhere to drill for oil, it's a catastro- Other senior dancers felt this bittersweet feel-
make up for a spill like this. BP (and any other negligent phe waiting to happen. And this somewhat proved my ing. “Dance is what I’ll really miss about high school,”
companies) should be responsible for the containment point.” said senior Eliza Pennell. “Recital was weird since it
and clean-up costs and habitat restoration efforts, as well Gottschalk doesn’t oppose offshore drilling was my last.”
as for compensating those whose livelihoods have been entirely. "Under the right circumstances and guide lines, Some dancers, however, merely felt a sense of
impacted.” it should be allowed," he said. "But only if we have a relief. “In a way, I’m glad it’s over,” said senior Emily
Environmental science student Ryan Gott- say as in how they drill on our coasts.” Mobus. “But I’ll always miss the Dance Factory.”
schalk said of the leak, “As an animal rights activist Gottschalk concluded, ”There are still Graduating dancers agreed they will always
and an environmentalist, I think the major issues are people like Congressman Gene Taylor, Democrat of remember their performances and cherish what dance
what's happening to the environment. How many lives Mississippi, who compare the Gulf Coast Oil Spill To has taught them. “This may be the last time I dance in a
of animals were destroyed, or just flat out taken, horrifies 'Chocolate Milk,' and say It will 'Break Up Naturally.' Dance Factory Recital,” concluded Mobus. “However,
me. As well as what happened to the Oceanic Creatures, This guy needs to get his facts straight, because he's it’s not the last time I’ll ever dance.”
such as sea birds, fish, shellfish, sea turtles, the list goes more than a little off with that assumption.”

VEHI from page 9

belief that those members who make a concerted effort said Tarbell. This money will be used to encourage a for myself has helped me to encourage my students to
to be healthy ought to benefit directly from those efforts, sustainable infrastructure. Some examples of purchases make healthy living choices for themselves starting at
financially.” with this money include PPE (Personal Protective age five.”
Cash prizes are awarded in increments of Equipment) like goggles and respiration for cleaning PATH aims to teach employees overall
$50 and are only allowd to go as high as $150. Staff is as well as a water filtration system. Another project wellness. While that includes physical wellness, mental
allowed, and encouraged, to log more than 150 points that has been discussed involves creating or enhancing wellness is also addressed by this program.
online, but the maximum cash prize they can earn is staff rooms. “It is important that there is a staff room so “The world has gotten to the point where
$150. Likewise, staff may earn between the increments [teachers] can separate themselves from the classroom people are way too stressed out,” Tarbell said. “I’ve felt
of 50 points. However, if they log 75 points, for ex- and take the time to eat lunch,” said Tarbell. it in my own position. It’s taking time off the end of our
ample, they will only receive $50. Although VEHI is a program dedicated to lives. We’re not allowing downtime for ourselves. We
For every point VEHI customers earn, their the wellness of employees of Vermont schools, the need to learn how to take a breather because a healthier
school is also given an equal amount of money to be positive effects can be seen trickling down to students. you is going to live longer.”
used towards “sustainable infrastructure to promote Park Street kindergarten teacher Jodi Greene, also a One way for Springfield School District
safer and healthier school environments,” as described site coordinator for PATHpoints Adventure at Park employess to learn about mental wellness is to be
by VEHI standards. Street School, incorporates her healthy habits into her involved in the 6-8 week pure coaching program, one
“In the last couple of years, VEHI has laid out lessons. of the PATHpoints activities. This program “walks you
a Best Practice book which gives us guidelines as to what “The knowledge I have gained from the Path through setting lifestyle goals and learning to support
the money can be used for,” explained Tarbell. “They to Wellness program regarding healthy living habits has each other in making these changes,” said Tarbell.
want us to use the funds for things that are sustainable trickled its way into my classroom,” said Greene. “I Tarbell notifies participants about healthy
and ongoing. For instance, they don’t want us to just serve more fruits and veggies in the class for snacks. The PATHpoints opportunities through emails that go to
buy bottled water where once it has been consumed it children put on pedometers when we go for classroom each Springfield School District employee. A monthly
is gone. They’d rather us buy a filtration system for the walks, and I incorporate more movement into the daily newsletter is also posted. All past and present newslet-
water fountains.” routines.” ters, as well as other information regarding VEHI and
“Thanks to our active staff members, we Greene also involved her students in the an- PATH, can be found at the Springfield School District
have earned $17,000 to $22,000 for the school district,” nual Dam Run/Fun Run. “Making healthy living choices Employee Wellness website.

G r e e n H o r n pg 23
By Melissa Tarbell
SHS Speaks Out
he art of tattooing most likely came about by accident. Whatever its origins, tattoos have become a popular art form. In some indigenous tribes, tattoos symbolized
rank and status. In other places, they represented religious values. Ancient mummies, from Italy to Egypt, have been discovered to have tattoos on their well-preserved
skin. It is possible that the simple tattoos on what archaeologists have named Iceman, a 5200-year old mummy unearthed on the Italian-Austrian border, may have been
used for therapeutic purposes. Egyptian tattoos, mainly found on women, may also have been a therapeutic tradition connected to childbirth. With this intriguing history in
mind, this edition's Speaks Out asks certain members of the Springfield High School community: What is the story behind your tattoo?

Junior Mariama Roldan Senior Shawn Keefe Senior Krystal Zielonko

"I wanted a tattoo that meant something to me, in a "I drew it. I wanted to draw my first one. It has my "I have three. They all have a meaning. Two I designed
place I could hide if I needed to. It’s a Virgo sign. It’s initials on it." myself. The first I got when I was 16. It symbolized
my astrological sign." everything I’d been through."

Secretary Sandy Hyrckiewicz Junior Desmond Dana English Teacher Becky Skrypeck
"I have two. A bunch of friends and I all went to get "My freshman year I wanted to get a tattoo. But I waited. "I have 9 of them. I have ouroboros on my back, which
tattoos when we turned 40." I decided to get a 4-leaf clover with my mom. We got means infinity. It’s the snake swallowing its tail. I had
them together." that one done in New Orleans when I got married."

Bursting the Bubble

The Muffin
By Jenny Bradley and Olivia Johnson
opened Word documents to at least appear as if they assumed the somewhat-crinkled Dunkin Donuts bag
would accomplish something during those last few belonged to the Green Horn Layout Editor. But he was

nce upon a time there was a muffin hidden be- minutes of the school day. After they had exhausted nowhere in sight. And the bag looked long forgotten.
hind the looming row of computers, which lined their gossip topics, they faced the hunger that had been Though it obviously belonged to someone
the wall of Mr. Janiszyn’s classroom. The day plaguing them. else, the girls could not help themselves from at least
was almost over as three hungry girls entered the dark They were often hungry during their last peeking inside. One of the girls grabbed the bag and
room. Mr. Janiszyn was nowhere to be found. class of the day and had previously found a collection opened it. Inside rested a blueberry muffin. After dis-
Tired from a long day of school, and desper- of Cheez-Its and/or Ritz hidden somewhere in Mr. cussing their options, the hunger-crazed girls decided it
ately wanting to avoid doing their Green Horn stories, Janiszyn’s cabinets. But on this particular day, they was foolish to steal this muffin, no matter how appealing
the three girls plunked themselves down and set off to had no such luck. The three girls scoured the cabinets, it seemed.
gossiping. They swapped high school war stories as they desperate for something to eat. And then they found The girls returned the muffin and wrinkled
twirled around in their fantastic swirly chairs. it. bag to its spot behind the computers. The girls sat back
They checked their email, checked Pow- It was near where the printer now rests,
erSchool (about every five minutes), and reluctantly though at the time there were only computers. They See Bubble page 21

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