Monthly Archives: October 2015

Steve Here inks the Dark Knight really fast

Friendos know Steve Here as the host for “Ten for the Win” and his own Youtube channel, but what fans may not realize is he’s an artist and a writer. Here he does a “Friendo Workshop” with an illustration of the Dark Knight. It’s cool when you learn something new about someone.

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NXSteve Season 2 Episode 3 – Arnold returns

On the latest episode of NXSteve, Friendo Championship Wrestling’s Arnold makes his debut in the ring against Dan Beardman, who is still trying to get his money. Also Beef Jerky takes on El Paco Loco.

Ghost documentaries

If you find yourself staying in for Halloween or have some time to kill before a party, here are some ghost documentaries you can watch.

Ghosts of the 7th Cavalry – BBC Documentary
Ghosts of the 7th Cavalry deals with some of the darkest chapters in American military history: episodes of atrocity and tragedy from the 1870s frontier to Vietnam.

THE SALLIE HOUSE: The Most Haunted House In America
Join an elite team of Paranormal Investigators as they embark upon the most haunted house in America. In 1906 a legend was born in Atchison, Kansas in what is now known as the Sallie House, which was the home of the towns doctor at the time. A young girl died in excruciating pain during an emergency operation without anesthetic and now forever haunts this accursed dwelling.

Cheney marching band finds success

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The Cheney High marching band has added some more hardware to its trophy case.

They swept their division at the Harvest Marching Band Festival in Yakima, Oct. 17. They also won the AA Division – finishing fourth overall – at the Pacific Northwest Marching Band Championships at Joe Albi Stadium, Oct. 10 and were third at the first Washington State University Marching Band Championships in Pullman, Oct. 24.

“This year we are doing well, none of us expected to be this good,” drum major Keenan Loughery said. “It’s an example of the dedication this year’s group has.”

Callie Hollingsworth, flute leader, added that many of the younger students have stepped up in their roles.

“A lot of underclassmen have progressed quickly,” Hollingsworth said. “It wasn’t the easiest year to hop in, and they did it.”

For the Cheney marching band, the season begins at band camp in August. Like some of the fall sports teams, the band had some practices indoors due to the poor air quality from regional wildfires.

The band’s leaders also took a different approach this year during practice. Loughery said the upperclassmen emphasized positive reinforcement and looking at their strengths.

“We’ve seen better results because of it,” Loughery said. “People are more willing to admit when they are wrong when there’s positive reinforcement behind it. Everyone wants to get better.”

The band’s success has carried over into the color guard, who won first place at the Yakima competition. Hannah Simonsen, color guard captain, said this year’s squad had several new members. The color guard also introduced a rifle line into their routines, which she said isn’t “easy to do.”

“You see freshmen come into band camp and our job as veterans is to tell them ‘you can do this, you can succeed like we did,'” Simonsen said.

Cheney football fans watched the marching band’s 2015 show “Introspection.” Loughery said Westwood Middle School teacher Joshua Wisswell came into contact with Alex J. Thode, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee undergraduate. Thode created the music for “Instrospection” specifically for Cheney, while Wisswell wrote the drills.

Loughery explained that “Introspection” is about a cluster of thoughts being lost in chaos, then coming together to form a single thought.

“Part of marching band is entertainment and having elements that will surprise the audience,” Loughery said. “In ‘Introspection’ everyone is going crazy at first. It’s choreographed chaos, in reality we know what we are doing.”

The band accomplishes this by having the color guard and the drumline perform together, which isn’t very common, according to Loughery. Near the end, all performers come together with one of the color guard members being lifted into the air while everyone in the band is playing the same note.

With competition season over, Simonsen said the color guard will perform at halftime during Cheney basketball games. The marching band will perform during Mayfest.

Loughery, Hollingsworth and Simonsen will be graduating this spring. While it will be difficult for them to move on, they’re hopeful that the underclassmen will continue the legacy they’ve established.

“I’m extremely thankful for the time I’ve spent here,” Loughery said. “The directors pushed us in the right direction. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life, though this was a big part of my book.”

MLHS Nationa Honor Society offers lunchtime tutoring

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One of the four pillars of the National Honor Society (NHS) is service. According to its website service is a willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition.

High school NHS chapters will dedicate many hours to performing community service projects, but some will also take time to help improve their school. One way Medical Lake is doing this is by offering tutoring for their classmates during lunchtime in the counseling center, Monday through Friday, until May.

The NHS started the tutoring program last year as a way to help their classmates. Nicole Rippee, adviser and counselor, said the club based its tutoring model after the Lewis and Clark High School’s NHS chapter. Tutoring is also a way to help bolster the chapter’s membership and ties in the other three NHS pillars: leadership, scholarship and character.

“Participation in NSH is higher this year, we have a lot more involvement from students,” Rippee said. “It also shows how Medical Lake is benefiting from NHS.”

Each NHS member will sign up for one day each month. Up to two students will be available for tutoring at the time. Last year, the club offered the tutoring program before and after school but kept it to just during lunchtime this year.

“Most kids are here during lunch and that time is open for anyone who needs help, even if it’s just for a math problem,” NHS treasurer Nick Isherwood said.

Vice president Romona Hyde said most of the students who come to tutoring are freshmen and sophomores. With most NHS members having already taken those classes, it’s mainly a review.

“Math is usually the primary subject most students have trouble with,” Hyde said.

Tutoring is also a way for NHS members to connect with underclassmen and help them transition into a new school and classes.

“We usually don’t see underclassmen during school hours, so we don’t usually get a chance to show them the ropes,” president Emma Ransom said.

The club is also asking teachers to inform their students about the tutoring opportunity.

“Our teachers do a great job and they stay after class to help students, but they are also busy,” NHS secretary Jessica Laird said. “Some students also learn different ways and may have a perspective that is more helpful to the student.”

Rippee added that some students have a fear of asking a teacher for help during class, whereas tutoring allows a student to be with their peers in a one-on-one or two-on-one setting and receive help without being in front of the class.

While their classmates mostly benefit from tutoring, Isherwood said NHS members feel a sense of accomplishment after helping someone understand a problem for the first time and restoring their confidence.

“As you are teaching someone, you also see your own growth,” Isherwood said.

Happy Halloween from Mr. Stover’s Desk

I just wanted to remind everyone to have a safe, fun and scary Halloween.

To visit the artist’ Deviant Art page, follow the link.

Austin Creed, Sam and Josh are trapped in the basement

With Halloween a couple of days away, it’s part 3 of Austin Creed’s playthrough of “Until Dawn.”