Green Arrow

By Alyse de Leon Among the students at Perry High School, there are those who aren’t just involved in the day to day, run of the mill student activities, and Senior Wyatt More »

Finally, a superior!  The PHS marching band finally received an overall superior rating after three years in competing at an OMEA state finals event. The band achieved their goal and proved the point that if you work hard enough you can achieve anything, this past Sunday.

The band is superior

by Jacob Dyer The Band traveled to perform for a superior rating. The Perry High School marching band traveled to The University of Dayton to perform for their third year at the More »

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Candidates seek three Perry board seats

by Brooke Riddle On November 5, 2013, 4 people will compete for 3 available seats on Perry Local Schools Board of Education. Candidates David Ramos, Betsy Elum, Bill Schnierle, and Michael Brenner More »

Even though they had a rough season, the PHS Football Team worked their hardest to try to win for their school

Hardships of the football season

by Hailie Jeffries On Friday October 18, the PHS Football Team lost it’s eighth game this season with a score of 33-21.     It’s obvious that this season is a rough one More »

Go team! The main lobby adorns portraits of the Varsity Cheerleaders and football players, to get everyone pumped and full of school spirit.

School spirit at PHS

by Jenna Shinsky School spirit at Perry High School seems to be very prominent, however, is there enough of it to go around? It doesn’t seem that way, and if there is, More »

Green Arrow

By Alyse de Leon

And Breathe. Bamfield, 12, pauses and breathes, concentrating on the target. He related that archery relaxes him.

And Breathe. Bamfield, 12, pauses and breathes, concentrating on the target. He related that archery relaxes him.

Among the students at Perry High School, there are those who aren’t just involved in the day to day, run of the mill student activities, and Senior Wyatt Bamfield is one.

    Archery is commonly known as shooting with a bow and arrow. Now he isn’t combating evil away with his ability, or participating in The Hunger Games but rather for fun as a sport. “My favorite thing about archery is that it is a way I can express myself and it has come to help define who I am.”

Bamfield started getting involved in his early teens. He has been involved with the sport for five years. “My parents randomly told me one day that there were lessons at the Massillon Rec and I went and it became my passion.” What do you get when you mix hard work and passion? Success.

Bamfield puts lots of hours in, especially during the season. “During competition season I try to practice every day or every other day and either my backyard or at Ohio outdoor sports.”

With so much practice it pays off: Bamfield has competed in tournaments across the country and all across Ohio. “I have competed at a lot of different tournaments throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arizona. The first tournament I go to every year is at Case Western University.”

His best accomplishment yet is the title he won last March. “I competed at the National Field Archery Association(NFAA), Indoor National Championships last year in March and won in my division.”  Bamfield is now officially a Nationally recognized archer. This is no small feat. For some to be nationally recognized is a dream.

While Bamfield might not be out protecting citizens, he still helps and participates in the community through volunteer work. He is on the Speech and Debate team as well as, a member of Student Council, and Perry Service League. This just goes to show that you don’t need superpowers to be something great.

Typhoon in the Philippines affects Perry

by Jacob Dyer

Rubble from the typhoon called Haiyan that hit the Philippines.

Rubble from the typhoon called Haiyan that hit the Philippines.

Typhoon that hit the Philippines affects Perry as well.

The super typhoon that made landfall in the Philippines =affects Perry students as well. Shamira Perez-Griffith Stated, “We were all pretty worried about our family on our mom’s side that was down there. Luckily, we did know that the place where they lived wouldn’t be as affected as some of the other parts so that helped ease some worry, but the typhoon hitting period was devastating.” Shamira continued saying,” We’ve kept them in our prayers and thank God no one in our family was affected.

After speaking with Shamira I spoke with Alyse DeLeon about the tragic occurrence. Alyse gave me a lot of her take on what happened and what she felt about the situation. Alyse proceeded to say,” In the Philippines you are always hearing about some sort of natural disaster. It’s almost yearly. The people there do not have a lot. It’s still a third world country. You know if you were to go there and give someone fifty American dollars they would probably start to cry and go crazy. That’s enough for someone to feed their family for a week. A lot of people who live in poverty live in poorly built homes. Lots of Filipinos, who live in America, at least the ones that I have noticed, send money or food or whatever they can to help their families because they have so little there. When there’s a natural disaster like typhoon Haiyan everything is swept away. The hardest his area was the city of Tacloban. When I saw this in the newspaper and heard stories of what people went through there were no words. One women and her child drowned in the rising waters of her home. Others had to watch their family members being swept away, and then see blotted bodies in the water. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed.”

You could tell Alyse was filled with emotion. Alyse continued to say,” It’s so sad to see a natural disaster destroy places like the Philippines because it’s filled with people who already have so little. To even take that away is unfair. Much is being done around the world to help with the damages; things like donating food, money, and anything else that could help are being taken into action.

Changing Lives

by Jenna Shinsky Verbal warnings, detentions, AEP, and suspensions are some very common and well-known forms of punishment here at PHS. If a student does not follow the rules that are set in place by the school, disrespects a staff member or another student, or shows up late to school or class, they have to go through some form of disciplinary action. The following forms of discipline, in some cases, don’t get to the root of the problem for the student. That’s where Mr. Campbell and Mr. Jenkins step in. Together they are both working with different students individually to get to the root of their problems, whatever those problems may be. “We do anything from helping students study, to just talking to them on a daily basis about their life.” said Mr. Jenkins. The program is currently in its infantile stages, however it is looking promising. Not only are various different disciplines being recorded much better than they have in the past, there has also been a significant decrease in the numbers overall. Mr. Jenkins believes: “We get to know the kids, since this program is more personalized. We find the root cause of their problems, and destroy it. Behavior is only a symptom of a bigger issue, not the causation.” The upcoming years will bring even lower behavioral problems, and even more successful, extremely intelligent Perry High School graduates to make a difference in the world, one conversation at a time.

Busy man! Mr. Jenkins, an English teacher who also helps students with their academic and personal problems, searches his email for important files.

Busy man! Mr. Jenkins, an English teacher who also helps students with their academic and personal problems, searches his email for important files.

 

Poster Room

Madame Miller and the French Club officers discuss how to do the “poster” room during the scavenger hunt. “I love when everything is planned, set  up and the scavenger hunt is in full swing… and I get to watch my students running down the halls in search of their next clue and beating the clock to finish the fastest,” Madame said.

Madame Miller and the French Club officers discuss how to do the “poster” room during the scavenger hunt. “I love when everything is planned, set up and the scavenger hunt is in full swing… and I get to watch my students running down the halls in search of their next clue and beating the clock to finish the fastest,” Madame said.

 

by Mckayla Raines On November 22, the French club will host its fourth annual scavenger hunt. Perry High School French club is expecting participants from the club and at least one person from another foreign language on their team. The teams are also expected to have one teacher on their Madame Miller, Perry French club adviser says, “I’m expecting 7 teams of 7 people each… so, hopefully, around 50 people.”

At The scavenger hunt, there will be multiple rooms where the students do multiple hands-on activities that will help the students learn French. “There are several new rooms that we are trying this year. They are all active and should be fun for everyone.” There will be a dance room, art room, makeup and hair room, crepes and hockey also. These rooms will be run by the French Club officers. Megan Arrendale is the Vice President of French Club who participated last year’s hunt says she can’t wait for the hunt.“Last year I got to do the scavenger hunt and this year, I am in charge of the hockey room, I wish I could have participated again this year, oh well.”

Changing Lives

Busy man! Mr. Jenkins, an English teacher who also helps students with their academic and personal problems, searches his email for important files.

Busy man! Mr. Jenkins, an English teacher who also helps students with their academic and personal problems, searches his email for important files.

by Jenna Shinsky

Verbal warnings, detentions, AEP, and suspensions are some very common and well-known forms of punishment here at PHS. If a student does not follow the rules that are set in place by the school, disrespects a staff member or another student, or shows up late to school or class, they have to go through some form of disciplinary action. The following forms of discipline, in some cases, don’t get to the root of the problem for the student. That’s where Mr. Campbell and Mr. Jenkins step in. Together they are both working with different students individually to get to the root of their problems, whatever those problems may be. “We do anything from helping students study, to just talking to them on a daily basis about their life.” Said Mr. Jenkins. The program is currently in its infantile stages, however it is looking promising. Not only are various different disciplines being recorded much better than they have in the past, there has also been a significant decrease in the numbers overall. Mr. Jenkins believes: “We get to know the kids, since this program is more personalized. We find the root cause of their problems, and destroy it. Behavior is only a symptom of a bigger issue, not the causation.” The upcoming years will bring even lower behavioral problems, and even more successful, extremely intelligent Perry High School graduates to make a difference in the world, one conversation at a time.

The band is superior

Finally, a superior!  The PHS marching band finally received an overall superior rating after three years in competing at an OMEA state finals event. The band achieved their goal and proved the point that if you work hard enough you can achieve anything, this past Sunday.

by Jacob Dyer

The Band traveled to perform for a superior rating.

The Perry High School marching band traveled to The University of Dayton to perform for their third year at the OMEA state adjudicated performance on Sunday November 3rd. The band performed to the best of their ability and received a superior rating for the first time in school history. Senior trumpet player, Dean George, said, “After we got done performing we were standing in the end zone. The trumpet seniors all stood together in a circle and put our arms around each other. I knew it wasn’t our best and I honestly didn’t know what we would get. After hearing a 2 announced for every other band we grew worried and disappointed. Once they said one we all hugged each other and we were all excited and just kept saying we did it.”

After the performance Dean said,” I’m going to miss band and miss all the people, but at the same time my four years is up and I’m ready for it to end.” The band then went home with the superior rating they worked so hard to get. The band starts practicing to become the best they can from mid-July through October into November.

A few days later I asked Mr. Smith, the band director, if he thought the marching band worked to their full potential this year. Mr. Smith replied, “Yes, they worked hard all year, absolutely.” He then proceeded to say,” I have a few ideas I’m kicking around for next year. I’m thinking about either a science fiction show, a movie themed show, or a Le Mis show.” Lastly I asked Mr. Smith what he was thinking when they announced that Perry band received the superior rating. Mr. Smith said,” I was happy for all the band members. I felt they deserved it for all the hard work over the years.”

The band will travel to Disney to perform for the world later this December, but other than that their 2013 season has come to a close. It just goes to show that with great determination you can achieve anything.

Experiencing Pop Culture

Looking Swanky!  Welcome back to the 1920’s. Mrs. Daily dresses up as a flapper for “her Pop Culture class’s project and Throwback Thursday."

Looking Swanky!
Welcome back to the 1920’s. Mrs. Daily dresses up as a flapper for “her Pop Culture class’s project and Throwback Thursday.”

by Peyton Sibert

On Thursday, October 31, the school had a “throwback” day.  Some students “threw it back” to elementary school, while some threw it back to the eighties for Red Ribbon Week.  Many of the teachers, however, participated in the “Decades Day” for Mrs. Daily’s Pop Culture class.  Pop Culture is a course that teaches students about the social aspects of the history from the 1920’s to the 1990’s.  The students had just finished a unit on lifestyle and fashion.  Mrs. Daily, the Pop Culture teacher, stated, “It’s a fun way to show practice and apply what they learn in class.”  This project was made up of teachers volunteering to dress up as a person from different decades.  The students would the go to their rooms and inspect their outfits to identify the correct era.  “My favorite decade is the 1960’s because of numerous cultural chances that were primarily led by young people,” Mrs. Daily mentioned.

Mrs. Patron, a Speech teacher, who happened to dress as someone from the 1950’s, said, “It’s an opportunity to connect with kids on another level.  It invites conversation and discussion; introduces us to a time we might not have lived in or ever been to, but the exposure to different areas, I think, is crucial to our development.  I really do.”

The information learned in the project is a large part of the Pop Culture Course.  Mrs. Daily said that it was her “personal love of the material” that led her to teaching this class.  “I’m fascinated by cultural elements of history and choices people make.  It’s a fun class to explore history in a non-political way,” she added.

This class is a different form of history that allows for creative school-wide projects. Mrs. Stanford, who is a new math teacher this year, commented, “It seemed like a good time.”

This unique project is a “good time” for the teachers, while still being informative and giving the students a chance to practice their knowledge with the fashion throughout the 1920’s through 1990’s.

Genetically Inclined

by Taylor Wilson

“Jeans or Genes?” On Wednesday November 6th Sam Rhine came to Perry High School to talk about Genetics. Perry Students from 9-12 grade could come to the event along with students from other schools to hear the well renowned Sam Rhine who would talk about genetics. “It was very interesting and I learned information that I never knew before,” says Sydnee Fenn, grade 11. Even though it was about a 4 hour lecture where the students took notes they still enjoyed it. “Learning about how they made a human brain out of skin cells was my favorite part,” says Sydnee. However, not everyone at the genetics conference was there for biology, many had attended for their med-tech classes.

Shanna Bradley, grade 11 says, “The Stem cell research can be applied to Med-Tech,” which the students can later use in their medical careers for “knowing that conditions like type 1 diabetes and tracheal cancer can be cured.” Although a lot of the conference involved the students taking notes on what Sam Rhine was talking about, the facts that the students learned were interesting and intriguing to many students. “ With Stem cell research medical technology has improved drastically over the past 50 years from giving someone sight to creating a new brain or organ,” says Shanna.   Overall, the Sam Rhine Genetics conference was a success in giving students from Biology classes, Chemistry, and Med-Tech an inside look along with a bigger picture about genetics.

Students lined the Stairwell to take a quick picture with Sam Rhine before his presentation on genetics.

Students lined the Stairwell to take a quick picture with Sam Rhine before his presentation on genetics.

Farewell to volleyball seniors

Bittersweet moments! A comforting hug, to dry some bittersweet tears. Libby Wertz, 12, receives a warming hug from Junior Varsity volleyball coach, Jen Corona, this past Thursday, in honor of senior night. “It was so emotional because I realized it was my last  game in Perryʼs gym and Iʼm going to miss Perry volleyball and my teammates.” Says Wertz.

Bittersweet moments! A comforting hug, to dry some bittersweet tears. Libby Wertz, 12, receives a warming hug from Junior Varsity volleyball coach, Jen Corona, this past Thursday, in honor of senior night. “It was so emotional because I realized it was my last
game in Perryʼs gym and Iʼm going to miss Perry volleyball and my teammates.” Says Wertz.

by Taylor Houvig

” This past Thursday night, the volleyball team and fans joined together to honor Perryʼs four seniors at their very own senior night, to play their last home game, ever. Perryʼs seniors Libby Wertz, Kiersten Wagner, Sam Vaughn, and Jessica Christman, led the way through their fellow teammates to be honored and recognized as seniors for their own senior night. “Iʼm sad because I realized it was my last game ever in Perryʼs gym, but at the same time Iʼm very excited to get out on the court and play my absolute hardest, thereʼs no holding back.” said Wagner.

Their teammates supported them and cheered them on as they walked through the for their last home game ever to be played in their high school career. The seniors’ teammates each gave them a flower, to honor each of them, and each senior also received a brand new volleyball! The girls’ teammates also spent hours on decorating the gym to make sure everything was perfect for the seniors. “ When I walked into the gymnasium I was amazed to see how well the gym was decorated. I am grateful that the underclassmen spent so much time making my senior night a successful one. I canʼt believe this night is over with because my senior volleyball season is coming to a halt. I wish every volleyball player the best of luck and encourage them to work hard because your season will go by faster then you think.”

Perryʼs seniors also honored Boardmanʼs four seniors by honoring each one with a flower. Unfortunately though, Perry was defeated by Boardman with final scores of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-16. The Panthers were also led with leading scorer of the night Anna Oprisch. The score board isnʼt always the most important part of the game, itʼs the heart that goes into each and every point. Perryʼs girls fought back hard and this seasons’ seniors made a mark on their team and also on the court. “Iʼm going to miss everyone and the entire volleyball program here” Said Vaughn. “It was mixed emotions all night. Iʼm going to miss Perryʼs volleyball program, and Iʼm especially going to miss my teammates, incredibly.” Said Wagner.

Volley for the cure game

Perry and Jackson volleyball players join arm in arm to honor the breast cancer survivors, at this past Tuesday’s Volley for The Cure match at Jackson High School.

Perry and Jackson volleyball players join arm in arm to honor the breast cancer survivors, at this past Tuesday’s Volley for The Cure match at Jackson High School.

by Tayloy Houvig

Volley for the Cure was started in 2006 to help raise breast cancer awareness. The game still counts towards regular season record, but gives the game more of a meaning.  Everyone attending the event is encouraged to dress up in pink and all proceeds go to the local Susan G. Komen for the Cure! We asked Torrie Romigh, 11, and Libby Wertz, 12, how she felt about the cause, “ It’s an exciting game for a good cause!” Says Romigh. “I’m excited to play with the team when we’re all pumped for a great cause.”

Jackson honored this great cause by involving anyone who had either survived breast or cancer or is fighting against breast cancer to come out, and join in the festivities. Hundreds and thousands of dollars are donated every year. The girls, all decorate their gyms with pink banners and streamers, and posters to get into the event. “I think it was cool how Jackson included us to be apart of their Volley for The Cure. I was surprised how we got to walk with their survivors and each Jackson player even gave us a Volley for The Cure shirt!” Says Anna Oprisch, 11.

Although Perry did lose in this match against Jackson, it was a great event that inspires and opens the eyes of many people in the fight and awareness of breast cancer. No matter what the score board says, it can not take away from the emotions people felt in those stands that night, seeing their loved ones being able to walk across that court and say that they are a survivor of breast cancer.

This our volleyball team participated in four Volley for The Cure’s, they went to Lake, where they took home the win! Then to Jackson’s and on Tuesday October 1st they will be playing in their own Volley for the Cure starting at 5:30 with the JV and Freshman games. Then, that will be followed up with Perry vs. Glenoak Volley for The Cure game this Thursday October 3rd at Glenoak Highschool! Everyone is encouraged to come out and support these players and survivors, and don’t forget to wear pink!