Teen Mom Season Finale
Meet the exchange students!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tri-Creek explores TheNew TeCh Model of eduCaTioN
The New Tech Network sent three representa-tives to meet with
stakeholders from across the community on Friday, September 9th.
New Tech is an approach to education that integrates project based
learning (PBL), the smart use of technology, and promotes a culture
of trust and cooperation between teachers and students.
Lydia Dobyns, President of the New Tech Net-work, Tim Presiado,
Director of New School
Development, and Paul Buck, Assistant Director of Planning, met
with teachers, administrators, school board members, students, and
parents. They pitched New Tech as a model that prioritizes 21st
century skills. PBL is at the heart of their instructional
approach. In project-based learning, learning is contextual,
creative, and shared. Students collaborate on projects that require
critical thinking and communication. By making learning rel-evant
to them in this way, student engagement reaches new levels. The
smart use of technology supports our innovative approach to
instruc-tion and culture. All classrooms have a one-to-one
computing ratio. With access to Web-enabled computers and the
latest in collaborative learning technology, every student becomes
a self-directed learner who no longer needs to rely primarily on
teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction.
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Year Book Review
As we recent-ly re-ceived o u r y e a r -books
this September, there have been many different opinions about
them. Many students said what they thought and ev-ery response was
that they were great! Whether its the theme, the introduc-tion, the
about the students, or the this or that section, they are simply
The theme of the yearbook has gotten the most comments. It
features every activity, sport, or event that was go-ing on in the
2010-2011 school year. The cover theme is my favorite part.
Everybody is mentioned on it and I like that, one student
Another most commented on sec-tion was the introduction of the
year-book. I love the breakfast club theme to it, one student said.
The intro is very well thought out too.
Overall, the 2010-2011 year-books look amazing, everyone likes
them. Great job yearbook staff!-Cristina Borsilli
President of the New Tech Network, Lydia Dobyns
Student Council Elects Officers The following students have been
elected as officers for Main Council Student Council. President-
Cassie Williams, Vice-President- Jesse BarrientesSecretary- Zach
McKevitt, F.O.R. (Friends of Rachel) leader- Danielle Wilson.
2Meet the Exchange Students-Katie Wilkey
Name: Lucie ArnoldGrade: 11Home Country: SwitzerlandWhy you
decided to come to America: To see a new culture and of course to
learn English. I wanted to know about the American life-style. Its
also a good way to go my own way in life.Favorite thing about
America: Football games, and that nothing seems impossibleHost
Name: Melanie FerrariGrade: 11Home Country: FranceWhy you
decided to come to America: To discover American culture, and also
to be fluent in EnglishFavorite thing about America: The fact that
there are many different landscapes and cities in just one country.
There are too many things to see and places to go, and thats
awesome!Host Family: Saulsgivers
Name: Juhani JarvensivuGrade: 11Home Country: FinlandWhy you
decided to come to America: Id like to learn to speak English
better. Im interested in American culture too.Favorite thing about
America: I like everything here because its so different.Host
Name: Federico TagliattiGrade: 11Home Country: ItalyWhy you
decided to come to America: To try a new experience and learn the
languageFavorite thing about America: FriendsHost Family:
Name: Marcos PalharesGrade: 11Home Country: BrazilWhy you
decided to come to America: Because its a good place to learn
English and its a very big coun-try with a lot of different types
of culture.Favorite thing about America: The people and friendsHost
Lucie Arnold and Melanie Ferrari
Name: Luna DuricGrade: 11Home Country: SerbiaWhy you decided to
come to America: To improve my English and meet more
friendsFavorite thing about America: Relaxing atmo-sphereHost
Name: Eero HeljoGrade: 11Home Country: FinlandWhy you decided to
come to America: I want to learn how to speak English, and it is
cool to live somewhere else.Favorite thing about America:
Everything is differ-ent than in FinlandHost Family: Isons
Luna Duric and her host sister, Kayla Sheets Marcos Palhares and
Marcos Palhares, Federico Tagliatti, and Juhani Jarvensivu
Teen Mom Season FinaleTeen Mom has been at the top of our to
watch list since it first hit MTV two years ago. The girls (Maci
Bookout, Amber Port-wood, Farrah Abraham, and Catelynn Low-ell)
have been through the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. This
season was full of crazy drama that put itself into the girls
Amber and Garys court issued no-contact order was lifted. Yet,
Amber, Gary, and Leah still cant be a family if they arent all
aloud in the same room together. Farrah decided to leave Sophia
with her parents when she goes to Florida but theyll only be apart
for two weeks. Maci and Ryan came to an agreement to be civil with
each other. Catelynn and Tyler decided that it would be better if
Carly didnt come to their gradua-tion. Catelynns step-dad, Butch,
went back to jail for failing to obey the no-contact order be-tween
him and his wife, Catelynns mom, April.
Season three ended in tears for Catelynn, Farrah, and Maci. But
Amber didnt seem to happy that she could finally talk to Gary
again. What we all want to know is, what will happen during season
Write Lucie Arnolds name on Switzerland
Write Melanie Ferraris name on France
Write Juhani Jarvensivu and Eero Heljos names on Fin-land.
Write Luna Durics name on Serbia.
Write Federico Tagliattis name on Italy.
Sorry Marcos Palhares. Since you live on another conti-nent, we
will have to get you next time.
Foreign exchange Student Map Quiz
Attention All techiesAre you into technology? Would you go crazy
if you lost your iPhone or your Kindle? Would you get lost on your
way to your best friends house without a GPS? The Devils Dispatch
wants to hear about any new, fun, and perhaps as of yet, obscure
pieces of technology, apps, or anything else that helps you get
through the day. Please submit your ideas to Mr. Gianotti in room
4Dancing Into Season 13The highly acclaimed television hit
Dancing with the Stars is back for another exciting season. Tune
into ABC Monday/Tuesday nights this fall to watch ce-lebrities
Jive, Samba, and Quickstep their way to vic-tory and The Mirror
Ball Trophy. This season, ready to go with an all-new cast, there
wont be a dull mo-ment, and you dont want to miss it! Heres the
Ricki Lake - actress, TV hostRob Kardashian - model, reality TV
starHope Solo - U.S. National soccer playerJR Martinez - Iraq
veteran, actorKristin Cavallari - The Hills actressRon Artest -
L.A. Lakers basketball playerNancy Grace - CNN Headline News
anchorDavid Arquette - actor, director, producerChynna Phillips -
singer, actressChaz Bono - Sonny & Chers sonElisabetta Canalis
- Italian actressCarson Kressley - TV fashion expert
What twists and turns are in store for this seasons
con-testants? Who will you be rooting for?-Rebecca Greaney
Album Corner With Mr. Deal
Prior to a Walk the Moon show, band members join the crowd with
styrofoam plates full of brightly colored face-paint. Their active
engagement as they create abstract de-signs on the faces of eager
fans is a perfect compliment to the bands tightly constructed debut
album, i want! i want!. From the synthed-out opening track, Anna
Sun, Walk the Moon offers a dynamic collection of catchy songs that
will most certainly hook your attention and keep you reel-ing for
more. Blending heavy guitar riffs, pulsating drum beats, and array
of keyboards and synthesizers with lead singer Nicholas Petriccas
soaring vocals provides listeners with an addictively fun album
worthy or repeated listens.
Recommended Tracks: Anna Sun Lisa Baby Jenny
According to a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine, our
computers will be loaded onto our
contact lenses by 2040.
Continued from page 1They use Echo, an online learning
management system to create a vibrant network which helps students,
teachers, and parents connect to each other, and to student
projects across the country.Finally, each New Tech school maintains
a culture that promotes trust, respect, and re-sponsibility. At New
Tech schools, students and teachers alike have exceptional
owner-ship of the learn-ing experience and their school
envi-ronment. Working on projects and in teams, stu-dents are
accountable to their peers and acquire a level of responsibility
similar to what they would experience in a professional work
No final decisions have been reached, although more meetings
about the New Tech model have been sched-uled as of this writing.
Student representatives Katie Wilkey and Nathan Muha will attend
all meetings, so if you have an opinion about this article, you
should talk to them. Teacher representatives include Mr. Harker,
Mrs. Smith, Mr. Gianotti, and Mrs. Hudak.
The New Tech Network launched thirty high schools across the
country in 2010.
Featured Artist: Adele
If youve listened to popular music stations on the radio
late-ly, chances are youve heard Adeles Rolling in the Deep played
at least once. The strong beat and awesome power be-hind Adeles
voice draws you in, and just as you start feeling you could have
had it all, the song ends. Usually this is your last encounter with
Adele until the next time the song comes on, but have you ever
realized you probably dont know very much about Adele Laurie Blue
Adkins, the woman behind the voice?
Adele Adkins was born on May fifth 1988, in Tottemham London,
England. From the tender age of four she began singing and realized
her obsession with music. In 2006, Adele graduated from the BRIT
School for Preforming Arts & Technology, where she was
classmates with other well-known singers such as Leona Lewis and
Jessie J. Ini-tially, Adele had been interested in making others
careers happen, but this soon changed. In early 2006 Adele
published two songs in an issue of an online arts publication, and
later posted a three song demo on Myspace. These two events would
be the first steps toward starting her career. By the end of 2006
Adele was signed to a label and her career started taking shape. In
2008 her first album, 19, was released and entered the British
charts at number one. After being a musical guest on an episode of
Saturday Night Live in late 2008, Adeles US career would catapult
her into a new level of stardom.
At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele won awards in categorizes Best
New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In early 2011,
Adeles second album, 21 would be released and hit number one in
several countries. This album has spent an impressive eleven
con-secutive weeks at number one in the UK, which is the longest
ever by a female solo artist in the UK. In the US she has spent
twelve weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, the longest time
spent at number one since 2000. After learning about her impressive
career, it is safe to say this British singer-songwriter is
definitely not one to forget!
Some individuals on the LHS newspaper staff have decided that
the writer of this article looks a bit like Adele. What do you
6Girls Golf- More Than Just a Rebuilding YearTheres only one way
to describe loosing 80% of your varsity team in one year- it
completely sucks. Thats why it was no sur-prise when this years
Girls Golf team was expected to not do well whatsoever. With two
new coaches and only six girls total, it was said to be a
rebuilding year. Not only did they rebuild, but they improved and
far succeeded every ones expectations.
The team only had one senior, Ashley Pastuszak; three juniors,
Lerin Manis, Katie Wilkey, and Vickie Nichols; one sophomore,
Jorden Zubay; and only one new freshman, Becca Wasserott. Hav-ing
only two days of practice, the team jumped right in it with a match
against Hobart, winning 222-2. That boosted moral, but soon a
series of invites (18 holes against multiple schools) fol-lowed,
and not placing in the top of any of them put them back down. Their
schedule was completely filled with matches and practices everyday,
but the work payed off, especially when they shot a season low of
20 against Boone Grove. And then came our second-to-last match of
the year against Kankakee Valley and North Newton. KV is always a
tough competitor, and at the begin-ning of the season they had
never thought they could have a score close to theirs. Regardless
of the pouring rain and cold, they tied them and had to do a
tie-breaker, where we lost by only one stroke.
Then came the two things everyone was waiting for: conference
and sectionals. All of the players went into conference with a good
men-tal attitude, and it payed off big time. The team placed rd
overall, with Vickie Nichols receiving First Team All-Conference
and Ka-tie Wilkey receiving Second Team All-Conference.
Unfortunantly, they didnt have the same result at Sectionals. They
placed 6th, but Vickie Nichols advanced to Regionals individually.
Regardless, the team improved, and ended the year much better than
they started it. They rebuilt for sure, and next year theyll come
back even stronger.
Left to Right:Katie Wilkey,Ashley Pastuszak,Vickie
Nichols,Jorden Zubay,Becca Wasserott,Lerin Manis
Girls X-Country Finishes Off Conference For the first time in
team history, the girls cross country program has completed the
regular confer-ence season undefeated at 6-0. The lady red devils
took care of the visiting KV and Highland teams last night, both by
a score of 27-0. The team fin-ishes in 1st place going into the
championship meet on Oct. 1st. Top finishers for the Red Dev-ils
were Sarah Edwards, Sarah Wieser, Macken-zie Nichols, Rachel
Megquier, and Jessica Bullitt.
KV- Hobart Football
Confidence in the 2011 season of Red Devil football grew
September 2 after their first win at KV. Finish-ing with a score of
6-14, it was not only a big game for Lowell but also for senior
Tyler Wright. With 8: left in the third quarter, Wright stripped
the ball from KV quarterback Joel Bolen and scored a 10 yard
touchdown. Wrights 6 points was followed by a 1-yard stab at yet
another touchdown by Nick Hamilton. Wright reported to The Times,
He [Hamilton] goes out to work his butt of for us, and we go out to
work our butt off for him. Thats what RDP is all about.
The following week, Lowell had a tough second win against the
rival Panthers of Griffith. September 9 ended with a close win of
18-1. The Devils took advantage of the last 9 seconds of the first
half resulting with a lead on the Panthers of 18-6. Jeremy Crocker
took a handoff and rolled before throwing to the end zone where
Tyler Hamm then caught and ran with 2.8 seconds left. Its easy to
say both our Red Devil team and their coach-ing staff were happy
with their performance that night. Nick Hamilton told the Times, We
seemed to come out with more fire and just wanted to play. We were
ready to go. As usual, we plowed through the Highland Trojans with
ease. Nine different Red Devils carried the ball, resulting in 401
rushing yards. Although the Highland
7game has consistently been an easy win, the boys see it as
merely another night to progress. Coach Kilmer stated, Our defense
has been great all year. We just need to keep improving. With such
a mind set, the Red Devils exemplify true RDP. Great work ethic and
unstoppable RDP is what will take this team to great lengths and
carry them to state.
And finally, recapping the most thrilling game of the season,
the Devils tore up the Brickyard on Hobarts Homecoming. Bryan
Thomas stated, I could see it in our linemans eyes what passion.
They were jacked, I was jacked. We just kept going, clicking on all
cylinders. Thomas directed a 72-yard drive, using all running
plays. He then finalized it with a 12-yard touchdown giving the
Devils a close and hard-earned victory of 19-17. Not only could one
become excited vicariously through the team, but just watching, let
alone being a part of, the student section emphasized the
electrifying win.-Kelsie Roadruck
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8Students and teachers participate in the SADD event held in the
field house on September 22nd. Students got to expe-rience
simulated events meant to teach them to stay away from drinking and
drinking and driving. Thank you Mrs. VanHoose and Mr. Swanson for
helping organize this event.
Home Sweet Home - 2012 Distinguished Young Women of
LowellFormally called Junior Miss, the Distinguished Young Women of
Lowell program was the most success-ful of 49 years. The 14 senior
girls who participated were: Allyson Thompson, Samantha Caudle,
Brittney and Ashley Ulanowski, Alyssa Kersey, Casey Zab-erdac,
Kelsie Roadruck, Renee Franker, Rachel El-liot, Hannah Noah, Katie
Cavanaugh, Katrina Ras-mussen, Brandi Stormer, and Kelvina
The contestants showcased their-best-self in mul-tiple areas
including: interview, fitness, talent, and poise. Although these
are the areas in which the girls are judged, there are also other
ways in which to get a scholarship such as: spirit of DYW,
sponsorship contribution, and academic achievement. Three girls are
rewarded per category. The contestants who left with a scholarship
or multiple scholarships in hand included: Allyson Thompson
(Lowells 2012 Dis-tinguished Young Woman), Samantha Caudle (first
runner- up), Brittney and Ashley Ulanowski (sec-ond and third
runner-ups), Alyssa Kersey, Casey Zaberdac, Renee Franker, and
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9The Blood Drop (Morgan Born) visited LHS to drum up support for
the Blood Drive. Sorry fresh-men boys! You have to be 16 to
Truancy Prevention has yielded a lot of awareness at our
elementary schools. Students have participated in poster contests
and other fun activities. In addition, they have found enthusiastic
support from Mrs. Rosenbaum, our at-tendance officer, and Dr.
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Although the program is a scholarship opportu-nity, the 14 girls
saw it as more than that. Im not out there to win tonight. This
-week ex-perience has simply been a way for me to get to know some
of the best girls Ive grown up with. Being a part of the program
this year is the best decision Ive made in my high school career.
Tonight youll see 1 other wonder-ful girls and I hope you really
see how close of friends we have become, Kelsie Roadruck told the
judges during her interview on Septem-ber 24. Roadruck and the rest
of the contestant were not the only ones who felt this way. A
smiling Pat Konyk, leader of the program since 1964, said This is
the first time in 48 years that a group has asked me to be in a
picture with them. Therefore, through the sweat built up from the
fitness routine and the lipsticked smiles of poise, the girls,
their little sisters, and Pat Konyk ended their performance by
getting a team behind the curtain. 1,2, Sisters!
Freshman Academy Scholarship
Do you like free money?
As students inch closer to the fateful day when they say
farewell to the halls of LHS, a common thought consumes them: how
am I going to pay for college? Its true the thought of debt from
student loans can be frightening, but efforts are being made to
help alleviate this fear and provide some financial support to our
college-bound students. This support is known as the RDP
Lowell High Schools RDP Scholarship Committee is com-prised of
teachers and students who organize fundraisers to provide
scholarships for graduating students at LHS. Schol-arships will be
distributed to college-bound students starting with the class of
201, though exact details of these schol-arships have yet to be
determined. Essentially, the commit-tee is in the fund-raising
stage and hopes to provide several significant contributions
towards students college tuitions.
Currently, the committees fundraisers are Market Day, Fannie May
candy sales, and various on and off-campus events, such as car
washes, breakfasts, and even (potentially) competitive sports
events. These methods of fundraising have been successful in the
past, and the committee hopes to expand on them to provide more
opportunities to generate money for future scholarships.
Some upcoming events are as follows:On October 1, the committee
will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Lowell High
School. Breakfast will be served from 7 10:0 in the LHS cafeteria.
Tickets can be pur-chased ahead of time - $7 for adults and $4 for
children (th grade and younger). See a committee member for more
Additionally, on Monday, October and Monday, November 7, a
percentage of all sales from Lowells Pizza Hut will be donated to
future scholarships (customers will need to turn in a flyer from
the committee for this portion to be donated - see a committee
member for a flyer). Incidentally, these fall on Monday night
foot-ball games for the Colts (Oct. ) and Bears (Nov. 7),
As of this writing, the committee consists of teachers Mr. Bays,
Mr. Brandush, Mr. Charpentier, Mrs. Leslie, Miss Nelson, Mrs.
ONeill, and Mr. Werling, along with students Whitney Cross, Kenny
Hughes, Mitch Roadruck, Hannah Tucker, and Cambria Wynsma.
If you have interest in joining the RDP Scholar-ship committee,
or if you would simply like to donate to future scholarships, see
Miss Nelson in room A107.
Mrs. Opat is fun and light-hearted. She cares about all of her
students. That is why she is one of the most liked teachers in this
school. So what was she like in high school?
Q: What were you like in high school?A: I was an all around good
girl who still had fun.
Q: What made you decide to become a teacher?A: I wanted to go
into medicine but my mom talked me out of it. I liked sports and
kids so I went into teaching. There wasnt alot of choices for women
Q: Did you have one or many boyfriends in high school?A: I had
one boyfriend for a year and a half.After that, I went to the
dances with different people.
Q: Would you relive you high school career?A: No. College, yes.
High school, no.
Q: Would you change anything?A: No. I had alot of fun. I was
active and a good girl.
Q: Were you bullied or did you bully anybody?A: There was no
Q: Since you went to Catholic school, and it was legal then, did
you ever get beat?A: I never got beat. But I got caught cheating
ona religon test once. (you got to do, what you got to do Mrs.
High SAT Scores Lead to $$$Performing well on the SAT is the
number one way to get into the best universities. High scores can
also lead to scholarship money. So, if youve already taken the SAT,
or if you it scheduled in your future, heres a chart to help you
decide where your score best fits in. We took our information from
eduers.com, and the listed scores include the critical reading and
math sections of the SAT.
Purdue University 110Indiana University 1099DePauw 120Loyola
124Illinois 127Michigan 128Notre Dame 10Valparaiso 1179Wabash
Meet Mr. Lodise
We got many new additions to the faculty at LHS this year, but
one teacher in particular is differ-ent than the rest. All you need
to do is have a con-versation with Mr. Lodise and youll know
He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but spent a lot of time in
his parents home country of Italy. He speaks English, Ital-ian,
Spanish, and a little Portuguese. Mr. Lodise came to America to get
his Masters degree, which he did in Ohio. He then moved back to
Ven-ezuela, and was an en-gineer and the CEO of a supermarket
chain. While Venezuela is a beautiful country, there are con-
cerns about the safety and overcrowding there. For those
reasons, Mr. Lodise began exploring other countries to live in. He
believes that the United States holds the most opportunity and is
the easiest to start a life in. He quite literally moved to America
seeking the American Dream.
While Mr. Lodise loves living in the United States, he says that
the weather is better in Venezuela, and he misses his family and
friends there. Regardless, every-one at LHS is very excited and
happy to have him here. -Katie Wilkey
intereSted in contributing to the paper?contact Mr. gianotti in
StaffKelsie Roadruck, Editor-in-Chief
Katie Wilkey, Layout EditorMaureena Miller, Photography
Cristina BorsilliMikayla Blievernicht
Emily KingNikki Sierzputowski
Megan Suarez Alison Johnson
Nina IglinskiBeth Braun
Faculty AdvisorsMr. Gianotti
Mrs. PastuszakMr. IngramMr.s Brugh
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