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Exams and Their Relevance
By Abbey Beare, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
What’s the point of exams anyways? Many students find themselves asking this as they cram information and stress over a passing grade.
Exams might be more helpful than you would think. Exams may be difficult, and at times mentally straining, but they do improve learning and the ability to maintain the information learned.
“I believe they are beneficial to students in that they hold students accountable for their learning. If a student knows that an exam is looming at the end of the semester, they are forced to truly learn and retain the information for the long term rather than committing to it for a day or two. I think they can be beneficial to teachers in that they can inform future instruction, and help them evaluate the effectiveness of their classes,” said Principal Brian Martin.
Knowing where each student stands in terms of the material and information they are expected to know is crucial. Exams give teachers a chance to gauge what every student knows and has retained throughout the semester.
“Exams promote competition among students. They work harder to improve their knowledge and skills. In this way they learn more. Also, exams are excellent tools to determine the efficiancy of teaching methods because teachers get an opportunity to monitor and evaluate their teaching strategies according to their student's progress,” according to http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/.
Anxiety and nerves often get the best of students around exam time. The best way to conquer test anxiety is to know the information ahead of time. Before exams is the best time to buckle down with flashcards, books, and your chromebook and study until you're confident.
“They do push me to retain the information; Before exams, I study more in general. I hate stressing over them and the huge tests, but it encourages me to try more and really learn the information,” said sophomore Roxsand Bowman.
Most forms of standardized testing have been revised over the years, although exams remain constant. However, starting this year, Ross allows students who have earned an A in their class both first and second quarter to opt out of the exam.
“I don’t know that we would ever get rid of exams entirely, but I’m certainly open to teachers allowing alternatives (projects, presentations, essays, etc), especially for kids involved in AIR tested classes. Our new exam opt out policy also gives students an alternative to having to take exams if they perform well enough during the previous two quarters,” said Martin.
Although students and staff are left with a lot of stress and anxiety during and before exams, it gives students the opportunity to study and absorb information and gives teachers the opportunity to assess the learning of their students.
Whether you believe exams are beneficial or you believe they are a waste of time, they are not going anywhere. Testing is necessary to judge how much of the learning material each and every student knows. The best way to get over exam stress is to know the information. Study and do the best you can unless you can do well enough to bypass them all together.
Dog Bones Packed With Love
By Dallas Fritz, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
An organization new to Ross has arrived with a good purpose that speaks to kids with disabilities, and it is reaching a level of success: Brewhaus Dog Bones.
According to http://brewhausdogbones.com/ ,”Brewhaus Dog Bones is a company dedicated to providing vocational traning for young adults with disabilities. Brewhaus Dog Bones are hand crafted, small batch, oven baked dog treats made from whole grains proudly sourced from local microbreweries."
Brewhaus is a beautiful organization dedicated to people with disabilities that brings joy to their life with the desire of making dog bones. But how did Brewhaus Dog Bones come to be?
This organization was started by a mother from New Richmond, Ohio whose daughter has a disability. Dedicated to giving these kids the vocational training that they need and deserve to help them throughout their lifetime, this mother started Brewhaus Dog Bones in 2014. It put so many people in awe with the founding of it, it even encouraged one of our staff members to bring something new to Ross this year.
“I decided to contact the mother and asked her if she would be willing to bring this program out to Ross because we don't have very many opportunities to give kids vocational skills. The mother agreed and she worked with me to get it all set up and ready to go here at Ross. Now, I am taking care of it. It's a lot of work but it's worth it,” said Mrs. Rose Kappesser, Special Education teacher.
Now that Ross has a new organization this year with the purpose of making bones, we need a Brew Crew to help make the dog bones a success and a touch from the heart.
“There are seven students involved in this and they are Cal Carter, Grace Peacock, Taylor Vanlandingham, Marcus Bowman, Ian Williams, Ashley Ebersole-Niehaus, and Chris Arno,” said Kappesser.
Along the way of making these dog bones, students from this group have a few steps that they like about making the dog bones.
“My favorite part of making the dog bones would definitely be the molding, which is getting all the dog mix that we got done and then molding it into the trays. I like the process of making the dog mix and to clean the dog bone trays,” said junior Marcus Bowman.
“I would say bagging is my favorite part because it is easy for me to do. Molding was not my best at all because it’s hard to get the dog mix in the dog bone trays for me,” said junior Ashley Ebersole Niehaus.
There are times when dog bone making is a bit of a challenge for students, though.
“Molding them mostly is my biggest challenge,” said Ebersole-Niehaus.
The students meet mostly three days a week (Monday-Wednesday) to bake the treats that a lot of dogs crave. Part of the class takes place in Mrs. Kappesser’s room where she teaches them the basic life skills in her room. Then they go over to the administration building where there is an industrialized sized kitchen that is in the basement where they house the actual baking and making of the dog bones. This is like a real-life scenario so they actually go to work, have to clock in and clock out, wear aprons, gloves, and hairnets.
Some people may think that these students are just making dog bones for a hobby, but this organization is so much more and has a purpose that soars over all.
“The whole point why they are making dog bones is that students with disabilities tend to not get well paying jobs. They are usually given custodial work or very basic jobs that are low paying. And this program shows that they are capable of so much more. That they are able to manage orders, send out emails, organize everything that has to be done, assign orders, and do every little process of the business,” said Kappesser.
Everyone is capable of doing anything that they set their mind to. Having a disability can affect the way you learn, but ot doesn't affect how big of a heart you have and it doesn't take away the passion you have for something. These students have come a long way in Brewhaus and hopefully they continue to do so. These students are capable of incredible things and they deserve to be given a chance. If employers see what is in their heart and how much they tried, maybe they’ll think twice about giving them a job. Like they always say, don't judge a book by its cover because that book could be a prize winner.
Blood Drive: What Happens After?
By Aileen Tarvin, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Each year the high school gives students an option to donate blood. Most of us know what happens before and during giving blood, but what happens afterward?
For an entire week before the donation, students are expected to keep up on taking vitamins and to drink an appropriate amount of water. They also have to make sure they eat breakfast before they go in to donate blood. If students do not do as instructed, they may feel side effects or may not be qualified to give blood.
“Out of 65 donations, anywhere from zero to six kids will feel side effects, like being tired, but I would call those mild reactions... maybe one kid will full on pass out,” stated Mrs. Sharon Berlage, Social Studies teacher and Blood Drive Adviser.
If donors follow the instructions given, such as eating and getting a good amount of rest previous to their donation day, then side effects should not happen.
Although when side effects do happen, according to mayoclinic, they may include tiredness, nausea, being light headed or slight bruising.
What Happens to Your Blood
After donating, there are several steps each blood donation must go through before it is cleared to be used.
After talking to Mark Pompilio from the Community Blood Center, these are the five steps for blood usage:
There are many reasons that donating blood is helpful to other people. According to both Berlage and Pompilio, each person who donates has the potential to impact three lives. Each donor will the receive a phone call telling when his or her blood was used and the hospital it was used in.
Although it is too late to sign up for the school's donation program, you are still able to sign up for other donation opportunities. Help impact lives for the better. Sign up at https://www.donortime.com or call (937)-461-3412 or see Mrs. Berlage about the second semester blood drive.
New Year, New Changes
By Mariah Clemow, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
A new year is approaching, leaves are falling and temperatures are dropping. Winter is coming and so is a new start! What things are you expecting this brand new year?
There may or may not be change happening to everyone around us, maybe even including ourselves. There will definitely be change happening at the end of the school year when the seniors head into the adult world.
Senior Lauryn Emenaker said, “I don’t see a lot of change happening for the school, but if there is, I think that all the seniors left Ross High School changing for the better.”
Even the staff is excited for this new upcoming year, filled with new opportunities and experiences.
Math teacher Cherie Hornfeck said, “I’m actually really excited to take a break from newborns and to get to see my kids grow up and reach new milestones in life. Also, I will be teaching geometry second semester, so that’s something to look forward to.”
Things may even be changing for Ross High School, or students hope so.
Sophomore Elizabeth Roberts said, “I expect but also hope that we will have more snow days due to our new superintendent.”
A new year may bring joy for the unknown or even a little fear. Many don’t realize that people are excited for a fresh start and to change themselves.
Roberts said, ”I think people will grow and there will be love and respect for everyone at Ross.”
New memories grow and old ones may fade, but this new year brings fresh starts for many and new experiences for others. We watch as years go by and we are suddenly in high school. Time flies when you're having fun or so they say. Making the most of everyday might be how we start enjoying life and the little things more.
“I want people to be able to focus on the positive things and to look forward to everyday,” said Emenaker.
High school is what we make of it. We laugh, we cry, we make these memories to last a lifetime. They say high school is the best years of our lives. We should live each day to the fullest and make 2017 the best yet!
Join a Family. Be a Leader.
By Lilly Toerner, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Do you feel as if you have no power to change the future? What if you truly could? With FCCLA, there’s unlimited options - unlimited possibilities.
FCCLA is known as Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. FCCLA gives students many opportunities and is about making change for tomorrow and promoting a better future.
According to the National FCCLA Website, “Our mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education.”
FCCLA is a program at RHS that approximately over 200 students take part in, but some students are unaware of how to be a part of FCCLA.
“I know or at least think it has something to do with cooking and taking classes about child care,” said freshman Casey Clemons.
FCCLA is more than taking a class. FCCLA is where one finds his or her true identity. It’s where one chooses the type of leader he or she wants to be and where he or she plans where his or her future will lead.
Junior Amanda Kelley said, “It’s a great way to meet new people and learn important values such as public speaking, communication, and responsibility, just to name a few.”
There are often many questions asked about how to get involved in FCCLA. To be involved, you are required to take a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) class. If you do that, you are a part of FCCLA. The only thing different is if you want be an officer, you have to apply for that position. Officers are decided by our advisors Ms. Tannreuther and Mrs. Berling. Overall, the officers make the decisions and decide a lot of what the chapter does as a whole.
“As an officer, you have more responsibilities like community service hours, getting involved in helping the community, and doing things like FCCLA spirit week and assemblies for the school. Some of the community service we take part in is welcoming home the Veterans from Honor Flight, we held our yearly Veterans Day assembly, we raise money for local families that have a member in their family battling cancer in our yearly Hoops for Hope basketball game, and so much more, ” said Kelley, officer.
In November, the FCCLA officer team went to Orlando, Florida to compete in skill events all about FCCLA. This event was called a National Cluster Meeting, where kids from hundreds of chapters all around the country listened to speakers and learned how to better their leadership skills. The Ross chapter’s Knowledgeable Team placed to compete in Nationals this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. Members were Ambir Chadwick, Amanda Kelley, Olivia Colyer, Savanna Yates, and Hannah Jones.
Not only do the students play a huge role in FCCLA, but so do the advisors. The advisors do so much for the program and the students. Without them and their support, FCCLA wouldn’t be whole.
Kelley said it best with, “The advisors are a key role to the FCCLA program. They recruit new people every year to replace the graduates. They plan the trips and book the hotels and plane rides. As well as help people with their projects. I love my advisors. Ms. Tannreuther and Mrs. Berling are total opposites but that’s what makes them great. Without our advisors, there would be no FCCLA.”
There are an abundance of opportunities hidden behind the scenes of FCCLA. If one has the want to make a change and the courage to do so, nothing can stop them. So don’t wait, go see your counselor, one of the advisors in rooms 153 or 155, or talk to a member personally to become active within FCCLA and learn more.
Emily’s Lasting Legacy
By Katie Ledford, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Any student who has seen the record boards in the athletic hallway has noticed the name “Emily Casaceli.” She's an accomplished three sport athlete, and she’s finishing off her successful high school athletic career this year.
Emily Casaceli, senior, holds multiple records in cross country, swim, and track. She currently holds eight records in swimming, four records in track and field, and the first spot on the top ten performances board for cross country.
“It’s really cool just because knowing that I’m the fastest one that’s ever come through Ross so far. Hopefully my records stay for a while,” Casaceli said.
Emily’s coaches and teammates all expect ground breaking performances from Emily in her current season of swim and her upcoming season of track. She has big plans to shatter her previous records and make it to state for both sports.
Casaceli said, “For swimming, my goal is to make it to state. Last year I almost made it to state, but I was probably one second away from qualifying, so that was really aggravating. ...for track I’d like to also make it to the state meet. ...last year I made it to regionals and almost made it to state but fell short again, so I’d like to make it to state in both sports.”
Emily isn’t done building onto her RHS legacy, but Jake Richards, RHS cross country and track coach, thinks the legacy she’s leaving behind is the best she could ask for.
Mr. Richards stated, “... in terms of actual records..., in itself, shows Emily Casaceli’s legacy in that there’s somebody right behind her chasing her down and using her mark(her record). ...I think the best legacy she could possibly ask to leave [is an] inspiration for those girls who come behind her and try to follow in her footsteps because the record board is a powerful motivator. I think she’s going to be thrilled with watching that for years to come, watching people chase her down.”
Mr. Richards acknowledges the constant success Emily has seen during his two years of coaching her. He accredits her “unparalleled” work ethic and optimistic attitude.
“She’s the rare combination of determination and willingness to put in effort to be successful which I feel is increasingly rare nowadays,” Mr. Richards stated.
Junior Abi Clayton, Emily’s teammate, also accredits Emily’s work ethic for her unquestionable success.
Clayton said, “She’s driven, motivated, and makes goals that are just far enough out of her comfort zone that she will be able to reach them if she pushes herself hard enough.”
Emily’s work ethic and perpetual desire for improvement are just a few of her traits which undoubtedly motivate her teammates to work harder and perform better.
“It all goes back to Emily being a fierce competitor and inspiring those around her to do maybe stuff that they don’t think that they can,” Mr. Richards said.
Clayton shares Mr. Richards’ viewpoint, telling how Emily’s success has motivated herself personally to do better.
“Emily’s success honestly just makes others want to try to beat her, myself included. I have wanted to beat her every year just because she seems untouchable,” Clayton stated.
Emily is a senior this year and her cross country career has already come to a close. Go out and support her as she accomplishes even more and finishes her last seasons of swim and track, building onto her already envious legacy. The first swim meet is on Nov. 30 at 6pm at the Eaton YMCA, and track begins in March.
More Hands, More Hearts In RAMM Organization
By Melody Conrad, Staff Writer and Editor
December 1, 2016
Nestled within our own community, one organization, Ross and Morgan Ministries (RAMM), seeks to make a change and uplift those in need.
According to its brochure, RAMM has a goal to “ease the financial burden of individuals and families who have temporarily fallen on hard times and to help find long term assistance if necessary.”
RAMM operates in four food pantries throughout the region: St. Aloysius, Ross Christian Church, Venice Presbyterian, and Okeana United Methodist. Generally, Ross Christian is open on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. Venice Presbyterian is open Monday-Friday from 9-1 p.m. Dates and times were not shared upon publication date for the other two panties.
“The churches have come together for a purpose,” Debbie Schwab, RAMM treasurer, said.
The group gained significant momentum in the past year, and nine local churches- Okeana United Methodist, Ross Christian, St. Aloysius Catholic, Shandon Congregational, Venice Presbyterian, White Oak Christian, Ross Community United Methodist, Macedonia Christian, and Auburn Bible Methodist Church- are already on board to help.
RAMM holds a strong focus on food insecurity and personal care items that those in the area need. During the holiday season, however, RAMM takes on a program called Hope for the Holidays. This program provides “food for Christmas dinner and gifts for those who could use a hand,” according to the group’s brochure.
Through its general outreach programs, RAMM treats the community like family and understands the importance of treating people with kindness and love.
“One of the most important things we do is listen to a story. They can’t believe someone wants to listen to them and genuinely cares,” Jan Dilleman, outreach coordinator, said.
Schwab nodded in agreement, recalling a story of one woman whose husband was a drug addict before leaving her and her children.
“She had no food in the house. She was at the end of her rope,” Schwab said, her eyes welling up. “What we were able to do for her and provide for her; you could just tell it made a night and day difference in her world.”
If you ask the women of RAMM who is most impacted by the program, however, they hold a common understanding.
“We get more out of it than even the people do. It’s not just I-gave-you-a-can-of-food. It’s a relationship,” Dilleman said.
As RAMM struggles to become known in the community and receive donations, they have branched out to Facebook (RAMM- Ross and Morgan Ministries of Butler County) and various businesses in the area. They also set up drop-off locations at Big Bul’s, Country Barrell, Ross Family Dental, and IGA for local residents to leave items such as diapers, non-perishable foods, cereals, canned goods, shampoo, toilet paper, and other personal care items.
With a heart set on giving, RAMM is only possible through the generous donations and benevolent spirit of the Ross area. For those that wish to donate monetary funds, they can call 513-212-7950, give to participating churches and direct the funds to RAMM, or mail the money to PO Box 41, Ross, OH 45061.
“A little bit of care can really be magnified if we take just a few moments of our day to give to someone else,” Dilleman said.
Remembering Victor Estes
By Molly Banfield, Staff Writer
November 22, 2016
On Sat. Nov. 19, Victor (formerly Laura) Estes, senior, was involved in a fatal car accident along with girlfriend, Rosa Avila.
Victor had many friends from Ross and Butler Tech School of the Arts (BTSOA) that would like to give a final goodbye.
Rachael Estes, Victor’s mom, said, “He was an amazing gift to anyone who had the blessing of meeting him! He accepted everyone for who they were, he was genuine, head strong and beyond anything loving beyond words!”
Savannah Brown, senior at BTSOA, said, “He was friends with absolutely everyone, everyone loved him. He was an amazing friend and an amazing artist.”
Levi Antoine, Ross graduate, said, “He was so honest. If he thought you were making a bad choice he'd tell you. He was like everyone's dad. He was and continues to be one of the most creative and beautiful people I've ever met.”
Morgan Campbell, senior, said, “His purity and understanding and ability to be himself everyday made him someone really amazing to me. Someone I respect deeply because he didn’t hide from the world.”
Kayla Pablo, senior at Lakota East, said, “He was hilarious. There was this one time he wore a Batman mask and bright blue leg warmers in the car and stared right back at anybody who looked. He was always doing something funny and amusing. Overall he was an amazing and fun person who helped create some of my favorite memories I'll have for the rest of my life.”
Gates Turner, senior and former Ross student, said, “He was always doing something so goofy, [which was] part of the reason I loved him so much. I wasn't liked widely at Ross. But I was loved deeply by people like Victor and I am so grateful to have known such a beautiful person. I will always hold you near and dear to my heart. Until we meet again, dear.”
Madi Conley, senior, said, “Victor was an amazing person and friend, I cannot thank him enough for being my friend for so long even when we really didn't keep in touch. I will always remember our rides home together from school and his presence will always be with me. Victor always brought a lighthearted sense into whatever room he walked into and I will forever miss that.”
Suffering loss is always hard, but guidance counselors and other staff are available for support. If you need help, do not hesitate to reach out to others. Whether it be friends, family, counselors, etc., anyone can help.
The visitation will be held on Wed. Nov. 23 at The Webster Funeral Home at 3080 Homeward Way at Route 4 in Fairfield from 5 p.m. until the time of the funeral at 7 p.m.
What's Happening at RHS?
If You’re Reading This Online, You Shouldn’t Be
By Caitlyn Wagonfield, Staff Writer
November 11, 2016
When most people think of addiction they think of drug use, but they don’t think about people having the uncontrollable need to always be on their phones or computers.
According to Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is an impulse control disorder. IAD can be caused by people using the internet as a substitute for real world human interaction. IAD, like other addictions, can affect relationships, academic performance, and cause poor financial standing.
Pew Research Center in Washington DC did a study on the effect of social media and technology on teenagers. Their research was on teenagers 13-17 years of age and showed that 24% of teenagers are on the internet: almost constantly due to smartphones.
Students at Ross have showed similar results.
“I’m online multiple times a day,” said junior Ally Barger.
94.2% of students said that they were on the internet multiple times a day and only about 6% said they were online less than that.
Signs of IAD are being online longer than originally intended, not being able to stay off the internet for short periods of time, feeling moody when not having access to the internet, and using the internet as a way to relieve stress.
According to the Center for Parenting Education, children and teenagers that spend more time online are more likely to be obese, have sleeping problems, develop depression or anxiety, and have attention disorders such as ADD or ADHD.
Not only are teenagers spending more time on the internet, but it is also affecting society as a whole.
“Students are totally and completely addicted to their phones. If they weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many accidents from texting and driving. I think it causes people to become anti-social, because they can hide behind their phones,” said Barger.
There is only one thing teenagers can do to fix this problem. Turn off the electronics, go outside, and interact with people in real life.
Student Feature: Captivating Cal
By Stephanie Gibson, Staff Writer and Editor and Contributing Writer Lilly Toerner
November 1, 2016
Junior Logan Fuller said it best with, “He’s more than just a teammate, he’s a big part of our football team. He’s really our centerpiece.”
Cal Carter, freshman, has touched the lives of many and is truly a wonderful human being. Cal has Down syndrome, but that sure doesn’t stop him from being who he is.
When asked what word would best describe Cal, Fuller immediately said, “Funny. The things he does, he’s always dancing and stuff on the sidelines.”
According to the National Down Syndrome Society’s website, “A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are: low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.”
Cal is unique in many ways. His personality can turn anyone’s day around, including his father’s.
Cal’s father and RHS business teacher, Clifford Carter said, “I’m truly blessed to be Cal’s dad and proud to call him my son. In the past 15 years, Cal has made me a better human being. I’ve been fortunate to have a front row seat to see him grow as an individual. It’s personally gratifying to see him live life to the fullest and his smile is a daily reminder to live in the moment. Our father/son relationship is truly special and having him at Ross High School has strengthened that bond.”
Cal is also involved inside and outside of school by being a part of many different activities.
Mr. Carter stated, “At school, Cal is involved in helping the football team on Friday nights and looks forward to assisting the basketball and baseball teams in their upcoming season. Also, he participates in making dogbones for Brewhaus Dog Bone Company. Outside of school, Cal plays basketball for Butler County Special Olympics and baseball for The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League.”
With everything that Cal participates in, his high school transition has been going very well.
“Cal has never been happier and more accepted than he has this year at Ross High School. He has been asked to be involved in more activities (Homecoming) and sporting events (football and pre-game dinner) than he has ever been before. He gets excited every Sunday evening because he gets to go to school the next day. Coming into a new school knowing no one (besides his dad) he was a little hesitant; however, the administration, staff, and students have embraced Cal and took him under their wing so he gets the opportunity to experience what high school has to offer,” said Mr. Carter.
Cal has had a fantastic start to to his freshman year, but let’s try to make it an even better year as a whole!
Adding Some Photo "Flare"
By Corinne Rivers, Editor-in-Chief and Contributing Writer Mariah Clemow
November 1, 2016
This year, RHS welcomes many new clubs and classes that are more specific to student interests. One of these classes, photography, gives students the opportunity to learn new camera techniques and picture-taking skills.
Mrs. Sarah Baker, art and photography teacher, decided to bring a photography class to Ross after she spent years teaching it at her previous school. After being approved by Mr. Martin and the board, the semester class was good to go.
In photography class, students learn a variety of digital skills including Photoshop and other photo manipulation systems. Each student starts the class by receiving a digital camera that they can take home and use whenever they would like (for educational purposes). Then they focus on exposition, technique, and themes. Themes include still life, abstract, portraits, and animals; students even took a field trip recently to the Cincinnati Zoo to capture photos of zoo animals.
“There’s a lot to [photography], different things that you could do with photos, whether it’s taking them or doing things with them afterwards, either digitally or physically. I think there could be a lot more to this course than it already is,” said Mrs. Baker.
Because photography is a part of the art department, the class is more focused on creating visually interesting photos and thinking outside the box. Any camera has the power to teach technique and composition, one just has to know what to do with it.
“Everybody takes pictures. Whether you’re out there taking pictures of nature or friends or eventually your kids, everybody is going to take them so I think there is a lot to benefit everyone,” added Mrs. Baker.
Kahlea Randell, senior and photography student, heard about the class when she went to her class schedule meeting her junior year. She became interested in the new class and signed up to learn more about it.
“I’ve learned that you can’t just take pictures. You have to fix everything first, like the ios, the flare, the shutter speed, the exposure,” said Randell.
Randell’s favorite thing about photography class is walking around and taking pictures of her school. She enjoys the freedom of taking the pictures she wants and being able to spend time with her fellow classmates. Randell is also looking forward to taking better pictures of her future kids.
Randell added, “I think other students should join photography because it’s a great experience and it’s something you’ll be able to use later in life.”
Many students have learned a lot from photography class already, including senior Katie Golsch.
“My favorite part about [photography] is learning all of the things that you can do with the camera so that you can take the perfect shot and amaze others with how good it is,” said Golsch.
To join photography class, talk to Mrs. Baker in room 301, your counselor, or sign up during your class schedule meeting next year.
Behind the Hallways Series: Book it to the Library
By Abbey Beare, Staff Writer and Contributing Writer Camryn DiAngelo
November 1, 2016
Have you ever thought about getting to know the media center staff? There may be more to them than you can see through those clear library doors.
The staff here at the high school is vital to students’ learning experiences. Many walk into the library, check out a book, and don’t even think twice about the workers helping them.
“I am a Ross resident, my kids go to Ross schools and I love the community. I was a stay at home mom until I decided to work here at the library and fell in love with it. I later went to Kent State to get my masters in library science,” said Karla Moeller, RHS librarian.
Ross is small community filled with love and care for eachother. However, just as most public places, people become lost in the crowd. Many seem to forget teachers and students alike have lives and interests outside of the High school.
“I moved to Ross for the school system, the environment, and the community,” said Ms. Partin, Technical Support Specialist. She was later asked who she is outside of Ross High school, “Well, I enjoy running, reading, cooking, and spending time with my grandchildren.”
Although Ross is a desirable place to work and attend, their is a lot outside of the school system. In day to day school life, few stop to really get to know each other.
“I really enjoy anything that takes me outdoors. I have a 120 lb dog, Bernese Mountain Dog named Josie, who is very demanding of both me and my wife’s time. I enjoy playing softball for my church and gardening and working in my yard, too. I also enjoy music and can play both saxophone and piano, though neither exceptionally well,” said Andy Klaber, District Technology Coordinator.
The media center staff members do a lot to ensure our knowledge can expand past the classroom by providing books and technology support. They are always happy to help find students the books they need and make sure their chromebooks are in good shape.
The media center is full of great books and smiles. Make sure to stop in and check out a book, be polite and courteous, and get to know the friendly, helpful, media center staff.
New Sports? Maybe...
By Zach King, Staff Writer and Marketing Manager and Contributing Writer Luke Demeropolis
November 1, 2016
Do you know what it takes to be able to get a new sport into our school?
Mr. Gunter, Athletic director, stated that students would have to make a survey and the results would have to be very successful in order to add a sport.
“First of all, we would probably do a student survey on that particular sport, we would need to get that information back, the information would have to be overwhelming because there's a lot of work involved in getting a new sport as far as money for budget,” stated Mr. Gunter.
If there was a new sport that majority of the students wanted, the idea would be given to Mr. Gunter so that he could bring up the idea to Mr. Martin, principal.
“First you have a student survey, then you get the results back on that particular sport, then I present it to Mr. Martin, then we probably take it to the board of education, and then possibly to the boosters because it might just be a club sport for maybe the first couple of years to see if there's any interest in it.”
A survey posted by the Ro-Hi-Ti showed that out of 272 responses 135 of students of Ross voted for lacrosse. 32.4% of the votes were for boys volleyball.
After Mr. Martin was asked about the sports that had overwhelming responses he had this to say,
“We’ve had some conversation about it. The problem with continuing to add sports at a school our size is that it can actually start to take students away from participating in already existing sports programs. Additionally, due to Title IX regulations, we also have to be careful to make sure that we’re offering equal opportunities for boys and girls.”
Ross has added a few sports in the past few years like Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Swimming, and Boys and Girls Bowling.
Although before becoming an actual school sport it usually starts as a club sport, but it can be made into one if the Board of Education thinks it's in high demand.
“Typically a sport operates as a club sport before it is taken under consideration for varsity sport status. The Board of Education would then need to approve allocating money to fund the program and provide coaches in order for it to become a full-fledged sport.”
If there is anyone who thinks that there should be a new school sport, remember to make a petition and to submit it to Mr. Gunter for consideration by the school officials.
Reviving the Reason for Red Ribbon Week
By Molly Banfield, Staff Writer and Contributing Writer Katie Ledford
November 1, 2016
When students think of Red Ribbon Week, the first thing that comes to mind for most is just another week to dress up, but the true meaning behind it has been lost.
Red Ribbon Week focuses on prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance abuse particularly among students It helps erase the stigma around addiction and inform people of the dangers and effects of substance abuse.
According to the National Family Partnership, “The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23 - Oct. 31 each year.”
Last year was the first year guest speakers were brought in for Red Ribbon Week. Nick Jackson and Danny Ciamarra came to speak about their personal experience with drugs. They came at the beginning of the week to give presentations in the auditorium. Then, at the end of Red Ribbon Week, they came back and had several students share how their earlier presentation impacted them.
According to Mrs. Lieberth, counselor, the theme for Red Ribbon Week this year is, “You Only Live Once. Be Drug Free.”
Many people think that drugs and alcohol are not a problem but of 60 RHS students surveyed, 51.7% said that it affects them somewhat and 10% said that they are affected greatly.
Considering a majority of those surveyed are affected by drugs in some way, remember the reason we recognize Red Ribbon Week and show your support for the cause. Take a stand against drug abuse.
If you or someone you know suffers from drug addiction, counseling is available through the Envision program. Talk to your guidance counselor for information about drug counseling groups. For help outside of school, you can also call 1-888-74-0069 to speak with a treatment advisor.
And Just Like That
By Tea Getz, Staff Writer
October 2, 2016
October 14 marks the end of the first nine weeks of the 2016-2017 school year. It’s a time full of tests, due dates, and stress for most students and teachers.
Science teacher Mrs. Cara Greco said in disbelief that she can’t believe the first quarter is moving so swiftly. It seems like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything that needs to be done accomplished before October 14.
Not only do teachers worry about the due dates and what needs to be finished, but students do too.
Junior Jennah King explained that in her Spanish class they have a self evaluation every two weeks, and she has already had three. That’s six weeks of school already over.
Junior Julia Nunn said, “It feels like we just started school yesterday.”
But the thing is, we didn’t, and it really makes you start to think.
For many of our friends here at the high school, this end of the quarter starts the first of their “lasts” in their senior year. It’s just going by too fast, don’t you just wish you could slow it down? Have time to soak it all in?
The truth is we only have four years of high school. Supposedly, it’s one of the best times in your life, but everyone is rushing to finish something. From a simple project to finishing high school altogether, we have our eyes set on one goal so we miss all of the adventures on the way.
Mrs. Greco said, “Don’t get lost in your time so you don’t forget about the overall picture.”
Students of RHS, open your eyes and see the overall picture. Years from now, we will all look back and want to remember the good times, remember all of the fun memories, not just the times we rushed to finish our projects and assignment, but when we actually lived.
Yes, the end of the first quarter is approaching and quickly. This doesn’t call for a state of panic or urgency, but rather, it calls for us to slow down and remember what’s important.
The wise words of Jennah King speak for themself, “Don’t take life for granted and don’t blink.”
Behind the Hallways Series: Serving up Smiles
By Stephanie Gibson, Staff Writer & Editor
October 2, 2016
Days go by where students come and go to school without even realizing what the staff of our school does for each and every student.
The tight knit community of Ross means a great deal to everyone who lives here, which includes the cafeteria staff of RHS.
Sandra Campbell, one of our very own lunch ladies, said, “The Ross Community is a big part of mine and my family life’s. From the time my children were little they participated in Ross sports from MRAA soccer, football, softball all the way to high school activities. Even My husband has his business in Ross. I love how everyone knows everyone, it a small close community and I love to support it. So working for Ross Schools is an honor [sic]”
When Debbie Christophel, food service coordinator for the district, was offered her current position she said, “I gave it some thought and decided to try it. It takes me 7 minutes to get to work. I love the people and the closeness of the community.”
There is so much more to the lunch ladies of Ross than meets the eye. While students may not realize it, these special ladies have lives of their own and their own personalities.
Christophel said, “As a young teenager I used to do a lot of volunteer work. I was a candy striper at Mercy Hospital where I fed the elderly patients. I worked one summer at a Head Start program as a teacher’s aide in New Miami. During high school I tutored underprivileged kids at a church downtown Hamilton after school. These are great memories.”
While this fact about Christophel may surprise you, here is another fun fact about our cafeteria staff.
Campbell also said about herself, “I am an OCR fanatic. OCR is obstacle course race. I love to do all types of obstacle courses. My favorite is the Spartan race. I love to lift weights and workout to stay in shape for my races. My ultimate goal is to run the Spartan Ultimate Beast which is 26 miles with 60 obstacles.[SIC]”
Keep these fun facts in mind the next time you see one of these ladies around. This is just a little piece of what they are like outside of the cafeteria.
From a survey put on the Schoology home page (as seen in photo), 87 people out of 123 who responded to the survey said that they always thank the lunch ladies.
While these odds are quite positive, let’s try to thank our hardworking staff one hundred percent of the time. So the next time you buy lunch, just remember to say those two small words. The simplest of gestures can mean a lot more than you would think.
By Corinne Rivers, Staff Writer & Editor in Chief
October 2, 2016
With the rapidly increasing technological era, some might say that high schoolers do not read as much as they used to. While this seems discouraging, there are always ways to build up your interest in reading.
For some high school students, their interest in reading decreases when they are assigned to read for school. Assigned reading will usually include analyzing and questioning everything you read and sometimes having to write about it. When students know they will be graded on reading, it makes them less likely to enjoy it.
Mr. Scott Canfield, psychology and history teacher, mentioned his trials about reading in his classes. At first, Canfield would make his history students read a specific book about the Holocaust and World War ll. As a result, half of his students would either love or hate the book, and those that hated it did not do well with reading. When Canfield saw this happening, he decided to let his students choose a specific World War II book that interested them. When students were reading individualized books, they enjoyed it a lot more.
Mrs. Maynard, RMS librarian and media manager, said, “I can remember my own daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed reading until around the 7th grade, saying that she no longer enjoyed reading because she had to analyze everything and didn't feel she could read just for the joy of it.”
Although this seems discouraging, there are many different outlets for high school students to find ways they enjoy reading again.
Ms. Karla Moeller, RHS librarian and media manager, said, “High schoolers have so many more options for reading than ever. The teen genre has exploded in popularity over the last decade, resulting in major motion pictures and fictional characters are making a home in pop-culture. Students also have access to books, ebooks, books on CD, audio downloads.”
Yes, technology, although sometimes overwhelming, is another great tool to use to increase interest in reading, but not all students dislike reading. Some students claim they just can’t find the time or the right book to captivate them.
“Students, or anyone for that matter, could start by setting aside as little as fifteen minutes a day for pleasure reading. For those who think they no longer like to read, I would say find something that truly interests you and then find a book about it. It's just a matter of finding the right one!” said Maynard.
For students that are overwhelmed with the thought of reading big novels or informative nonfiction books, you should always choose a book that you feel comfortable with.
“When a student is looking for a book in the media center, I usually ask what their interests are outside of school. Picking a book about a subject that you interests you makes a big difference of whether you want to read or not. Challenge yourself to finish a book in a certain amount of time. If you are intimidated by the content of a book try listening to it or reading a graphic novel,” said Moeller.
If you feel encouraged to read a new book or are curious about what to read, speak to Mrs. Moeller in the media center, visit www.goodreads.com, or drop by this year’s bookfair to find the right book for you. Happy reading!
Envision a Better Outlook on Life
By Staff Writer, Abbey Beare
October 2, 2016
Angry? Confused? Depressed? If you are having trouble handling your problems, or need to talk to someone, the high school has a few new tools to help you cope.
Starting last month, a counseling group, Envision, started coming to Ross once a week to help students cope and deal with the world around them. Envision is an organization with the goal to help people of all ages cope with stress, and mental health issues. The group has reached out to several schools, including many in Butler county.
¨Envision Counseling is a team of dedicated behavioral health professionals who provide the highest quality of personalized care in a supportive, respectful, and culturally responsive environment,¨ according to their website https://envisioncounseling.net/.
Teenagers often have a lot on their plate. Between high school, home lives, and even social lives, the world becomes an overwhelming place. Whatever struggles studentś may be facing, the school wants to make sure you feel secure and have a chance to converse and let out your thoughts and feelings.
¨We all see a need for mental health services,¨ said Mrs. Angela Raby, school counselor, ¨the counselors wanted kids to have the tools they need to get them out of a bad spot or to keep them from one.¨
If you feel as if you would benefit from the Envision program, sessions run from September 28 till November 30. A second session of groups this year goes from January 11 to March 8 and you can join the groups within the first 2 weeks. There are many ways to get inducted into the groups.
"The Counselors, teachers, administrative staff, and parents at Ross can recommend students for the groups. Any student can self identify that these groups would be beneficial to them. This year the Counselors at RHS sent around a google document explaining what groups are all about. Students then picked topics that they would like to know more about. Any student could benefit from these services," said Mrs. Peace-Sedziol, prevention coordinator and leader of the Envision groups.
Many students are in need of therapy or counseling but do not have the financial resources needed that most counselors require, including insurance and payment, to treat someone. It is important to see that students receive the help that they need.
¨Envision is nice because is doesn't involve insurance so that we are able to reach more kids,¨ said Mrs. Raby.
Counseling and mental health services can be very helpful to people of all ages. During teenage years especially, kids are in need of a safe way to express themselves.
Envision is an opportunity to talk about your feelings, have fun, and build yourself within a confidential group of people. The groups have been proven to help lower negative behavior. If you are in need of a positive outlet and a safe place to express your feelings, swallow your pride, and talk to your counselor today to recommend yourself for a group with Envision.
Mr. Lien Guides Students to Win Tech Awards
By Johnathon Meyers, Staff Writer
October 4, 2016
Although Mr. Lien is fairly new to Ross, he has already helped some of his students win different awards at the Ohio State Fair Tech Display.
Mr. Lien has been going to the tech display since 1985, and has attended through three different schools, Harrison, Princeton, and now Ross. Being a construction tech teacher, Mr. Lien has the opportunity to work with many students aspiring to learn about construction, electricity, engineering, and drafting. Taking 30 projects, students won awards with their skills and their determination in the classes.
Adam Bosse, junior, has had different projects entered. He won various awards including an award of merit and a best in show award for two different projects, after being in three of Mr. Liens classes.
Mr. Lien has included multiple projects from different courses, and took them to the tech display. According to Mr. Lien, students entered a computer that was breadboarded, a wall section for construction, a toolbox that was made in class, some electrical wiring displays, bridge and crane arm projects, pvc and copper plumbing. Also, some of Mr. O'Neill's students collaborated with Mr. Lien to create some projects of their own, such as a homemade drill made out of spare parts, a styrofoam cutter made of spare parts, and a CO2 car.
According to the Ohio State Fair Tech Showcase flyer, the purpose of displaying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is to give better understanding of the subject, and to provide more hands on experience. This is a daily thing for Mr. Lien’s current students.
If you would like to know more about construction or engineering, go visit Mr. Lien in the morning, or just simply enroll in one of his classes for the next year.
New Year, New Teachers
By Tea Getz, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
New school year that is. In the 2016-2017 school year, RHS is welcoming 10 new staff members into the building. With all things new, there is a general curiosity about them. So what should you know about the new faces of these not so new halls?
Emily Doblinger- Mrs. Doblinger, now our new Assistant Principal, has taught a wide variety of different classes from 8th grade Social Studies all the way to AP US History. Doblinger previously was the Dean of Students at Wyoming Middle School, but decided to make the switch to Ross because she has always heard amazing things about not just the district but also the students. When not in school, you can find Doblinger spending time with her husband and kids, singing, or remodeling her house. Doblinger’s goal for this school year is to continue the great work happening right here in the high school.
Ben Dougherty- Mr. Dougherty has been teaching Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, and AP Calculus for seven years, previously at Purcell Marian High School. Dougherty has heard many great things about this school district from his friend Mr. Michael Frankenhoff, a science teacher here at the high school. Dougherty enjoys spending time with his wife and nine month old son, and also enjoys reading and playing tennis. He hopes to give the students he teaches a new perspective on mathematics.
Chris Napier- This will be Mr. Napier's fifth year teaching math and third year teaching AP Calculus, previously taught at Hamilton High School. Napier decided to teach here because both of his grandparents taught and retired from RHS and its reputation of excellence. On the weekends Napier enjoys working on cars and practicing math problems. Napier can’t wait to work as an advisor for National Honor Society and have an awesome year.
Ashley Tebbe- Mrs. Tebbe has been teaching for seven years as a special educator in Earth Science, Geometry, and Employability Skills. Tebbe has always heard amazing things about this school from her sister and previous RHS English teacher, Whitney Sackenheim, which ultimately helped her make the switch. Tebbe loves hanging out with her husband and two little boys. She also enjoys boating and spending time with the rest of her family. Mrs. Meg Cottingham, science teacher, mentions how she loves having Tebbe around because it’s like having a little bit of Sackenheim here at the high school.
Allison Thomas- This is Ms. Thomas’s first year teaching as an intervention specialist. She co-teaches in Earth Science, Geometry, and Algebra II. Thomas chose to work in the Ross School District because she loves the dedication the school has to their students and is excited that she gets to utilize technology with the Chromebooks. When Thomas isn’t at school, she enjoys baking, watching Netflix, and traveling. Her goal for the school year is to become active in the Ross community and help students discover their passions.
Emily Hamblin- Mrs. Hamblin is teaching regular and advanced English 10 but has also taught many other English classes such as AP Language and Composition and Drama. Hamblin is building a house that is closer to the Ross district and saw the opportunity to teach here and took it. Hamblin has four children that are highly involved in sports, so she doesn’t get all that much time to have any hobbies but she does like to read and watch documentaries. She is excited to be on the block scheduling so she has more time to interact with her students.
Maggie O’Toole- Ms. O’Toole is teaching Algebra II and Precalculus in room 208 and would love for students to stop by and introduce themselves. O’Toole graduated from RHS and knows how supportive the staff is and how the community is very welcoming, and these factors helped her make the decision to work in the Ross Local School District. She loves to run and is involved in the cross country program as an assistant coach. O’Toole enjoys traveling and being active, and she recently went skydiving. She has high hopes for her first year of teaching including building relationships with the students and staff members. O’Toole is excited for this year because she gets to work alongside the teachers that were once her own and is finally living her childhood dream of being a teacher.
Shelly Martin- Ms. Martin previously worked at Hamilton City Schools and is now an Instructional Aide for RHS. Martin lives in the school district so making the switch was a practical decision. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and playing piano when she is not at school. For this school year, Martin hopes to work as a team with teachers to help students reach their highest potential and is excited to become a part of RHS while getting to know the staff and students.
When you see a new staff member in the hallway, give them a warm smile as we welcome them to our ram fam!
Mr. James Yates and Ms. Shelley Baker were unavailable for interview.
Don’t Hide your Ross Pride
By Corinne Rivers, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
Sporting school spirit wear is the best way to show support for your favorite clubs, sports teams, or school pride. After years of contemplating, a new spirit wear store has arrived for our students.
The spirit wear store will be open every Wednesday during all lunch shifts for students to browse the clothing options and buy spirit wear. Not only can students buy their wear at school, but they can shop online at www.rokkitwear.com/school/4949-ross-high-school to see a wider variety of clothing.
According to Ms. Belle Allen, RHS counselor and spirit wear store advisor, the in-school store will offer short sleeved t-shirts, long sleeved t-shirts, and hoodies, and the online store holds anything from sweatpants to bags to hats. Allen hopes to grow the in-school store to eventually sell hats, sweat pants, and quarter-zip jackets.
With all of these options, students believe the store could attract new spirit.
Senior John Sprandel said, “It would be nice to have more options for clubs. Instead of just ‘Ross Tennis’ or ‘Ross Football,’ [we could] include some of the other after school activities like journalism, show choir, ASL club, etc. Just a little variety.”
Sprandel, among others, looks forward to checking out the spirit wear store during lunch and shopping online for his perfect Ross wear.
“I hope this shop will help lift up the overall morale of the student body. I want to see even more students coming out sporting the spirit wear to games and other events,” said Sprandel.
Like Sprandel, senior Stephanie Cable hopes the store will improve the attitude of the students.
“I hope the students will see this store as a great opportunity to support Ross and everything it does,” said Cable, who is eager for more, improved Ross pride.
Be part of something great by purchasing Ross spirit wear, visit the in the cafeteria during your Wednesday lunch or shop online at www.rokkitwear.com/school/4949-ross-high-school. Go Rams!
And the Leaves Came Falling Down
By Dallas Fritz, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
The blistering summer heat is leaving us shortly to bring the sweet essence of fall into place.
The changing colors of the leaves brings your heart to life as you smell the apple cider in the air and feel the warmth of the season. Fall brings the delightful harvesting spirit to Ross with the leaves changing colors, Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, carving pumpkins, and getting lost in corn mazes. On a school survey that seventy Ross students took, these were the top five things teens look forward to when Fall arrives.
Everybody loves Halloween! Getting to dress up like whatever you want for one night whether it’s going trick or treating, going to halloween parties, or just handing out candy on your front porch to little kids is always the treat for a night. It is also the one night where you can try to eat a whole garbage bag full of candy and not make yourself sick. Some people think Halloween is just about the candy, the costumes, or sometimes both. This year teachers and students will have the opportunity for a week to dress up for Halloween and possibly spook other students. Get ready to spook, RHS students and staff!
The first thought of Thanksgiving to most people is the food. Time to gobble down on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, the pumpkin pie with whipped cream. How can anyone turn down this deliciousness? A table full of food calling out to your family saying, “Eat me, you know you want to eat me.” The smell of turkey in your house and you keep peeking in the oven wanting the hours to pass so the turkey is done for dinner. Oh, if time would go faster. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful time to get together with family and give thanks for what the holiday is all about. It’s such a warm, cozy feeling to be with family and your loved ones around the dinner table or even just hanging out with them.
Leaves Changing Colors
Have you ever stepped outside and listened to around you when fall is here? Smelled the sweet, crisp air as the leaves sing to each other beyond their beautiful colors? Seen reflection of orange, red, and yellow, glistening in the sunlight on top of the trees? All the colors of the leaves all rolling about on the trees and overlapping each other of orange, red and yellow. Looking at the leaves could sweep most people off their feet looking at it in awe. And for some people, the crunching of the leaves makes the season seem even more wonderful. Stepping on the ground while you hear the crisp crunch of the leaves under your feet brings along the feel of the season and everything about it.
Corn mazes are a lot of fun, especially from how they look. The tall crops of corn evenly aligned one by one grouped together all over the field for children and teens to get lost in. Running through the dirt and mud dirtying up your shoes as you run through the maze running around in circles. The maze brings excitement and fear wondering if you are going the right way in the corn maze. Corn mazes are lots of fun whether if itś fearful, or exciting.
If you're in the mood to get lost in a corn maze, try going to Niederman Family Farm. Address is 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Township, Ohio. Friends, family, and anyone is able to attend. Their fall festival starts Sep 23- Oct 30, 2016. 6-10p.m. on Fridays. 11a.m.-10p.m. on Saturdays. 1p.m-6p.m. on Sundays. The admission is 11 dollars per person on and children under 2 are always free. Niederman Farm is always looking for happy faces and delightful spirit to bring to their Fall Festival.
Who doesn't love carving pumpkins? Going to a pumpkin patch and picking the biggest pumpkin to carve, opening the pumpkin up is the part that a lot of students seem to enjoy. Pulling all the guts out, and then getting ready to carve the pumpkin, is so thrilling. Even if you are just carving a nose, mouth, and eyes on your pumpkin, it is still a fun thing to do.
They are lots of pumpkin patches nearby that students can go to and get some pumpkins. Down in Ross, you could visit Burwinkel Farms to get some pumpkins. They are located on 4359 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Ross, Ohio, 45013. Their farm offers a variety of activities for all ages such as the corn maze, scavenger hunt, and weekend hayrides to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Also, you could go to Brownś Family Market, which is also located in Ross. They are located at 11620 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton Ohio, 45013. Their hours during the fall are from 9a.m.-6:30p.m. Their fall activities start Sept 3rd which includes their kiddle pumpkin patch and a large pumpkin patch along with straw house maze, hay rides, and many more. You can then take that pumpkin home for some carving.
There are plenty of fun activities to do this fall whether itś going to Niederman Family Farm for a fun filled corn maze, or going to Brownś Family Farm Market to give a pumpkin a home. Students, go and pick a pumpkin or stuff your face with candy, whichever you feel can make you happy this fall. Happy fall to all!
The Hard Truth: Suicide Awareness
By Caitlyn Wagonfield, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-24. Think about that for a second.
Suicide is a topic typically avoided in most households, but with someone committing suicide every 13.3 minutes on average, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. According to Hope for the Day, over 40,000 Americans take their lives each year and globally 800,000 people commit suicide annually.
According to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, “Research has consistently shown a strong link between suicide and depression, with 90% of the people who die by suicide having an existing mental illness or substance abuse problem at the time of their death.”
Depression is a mental illness that can cause severe despondency and dejection. The stigma associated with mental illness is the main cause for people not getting the help they need. For the most part, people with mental illnesses are seen as psychotic or insane, which is completely untrue. Mental illnesses are just like any other illness, especially in the sense that medicine is used to treat it.
With suicide comes common misconceptions. Some people believe that talking about suicide can cause people to have suicidal urges. The problem that this causes is that it stops people from talking about it. Not talking about something doesn’t make the problem go away; it only hides the problem while it gets worse. Another problem is that people think if someone talks about suicide they only want attention. Most people don’t know that talking about suicide, especially in a jokingly manner, is a huge red flag. It’s actually the number one warning sign for suicidal teenagers.
The good news is that suicide can be prevented, but in order to prevent it you must first know the warning signs.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the things to look at are the person’s talk, behavior, and mood. When talking, the person might mention being a burden to others, experiencing unbearable pain, or killing themselves. Behavior-wise, they might start drinking or doing drugs, withdrawing from once loved activities, sleeping too much or too little, acting with aggression, and even being unusually happy or calm. If they show any of these signs you should contact help.
If you or someone you love is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, contact the school counselors or the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
New Grading Scale, New Rules
By Stephanie Gibson, Staff Writer & Editor
September 1, 2016
Say goodbye to the old seven point grading scale and give a great big and bright welcome to the new ten point grading scale that RHS has adopted for the 2016-2017 school year.
Having a ten point grading scale set in place is causing both teachers and students to have mixed feelings on the subject.
Junior Haley Grau said, “The feelings I have for the grading scale are 50-50 because I liked the challenge but I also like it since it is easier to get an A.”
On the other hand, junior Emma Finger said, “I like the new grading scale because most schools have the 10 point scale and when colleges look at potential students, they look at the letter grade, not the percent.”
Those are two different but valid points when it comes to students thoughts on the grading scale.
From the teacher’s perspective, chemistry teacher, Mr. Jonathan Reeve, said that he will have to adjust the way he weighs grades to make sure students get the grades that they deserve because of the new grading scale.
The ten point grading scale is put in place for every class which will also impact AP classes, but not all of them.
On this point Reeve said, “Overall it won't impact AP much at all. Since I had to curve AP tests to fit the grading scale. [SIC] I will just curve differently to fit the scores to the new grade scale.”
The good news is that with the help of the ten point grading scale, if students get two A’s for a semester class there is the option of being exempted from exams.
Mrs. Emily Doblinger, assistant principal, said, “I would hope that the incentive of getting two A’s would allow kids to be able to exempt from their exams. I remember high school and it was always really nice to know that I didn’t have to wake up on exam days and go in and take exams if I did well so I always worked hard. I think that incentive will help other kids work hard.”
With students working hard, Finger also said, “The exam exemption doesn’t make me want to work harder because I already try my hardest to get A’s and if I get A’s both quarters, I usually don’t have to stress over the exam because I already know the material.”
Make this year a good one by keeping those grades up and even better, get straight A’s so you don’t have to worry about exams!
An Angel on her Shoulder
By Dallas Fritz, Staff Writer
and Contributing Writer McKaley Williams
November 1, 2016
We all know the devastating car accident that involved our junior, Kayli Morgan on Sept. 25. The support we have been giving flourishes each day from cards and letters to an angel on her shoulder.
Ross has always been very supportive of our community members and this shows the love for our fellow citizens. Just because there was a tragic car accident, it doesn’t take away the love we have for Kayli, and the prayers heading her way from hundreds of us here at the high school. We support our fellow rams and are willing to continue to wipe the dust off our horns and lift each other up. Here at the high school, we are doing as much as we can to keep the spirit of Kayli in the building and supporting her as much as possible while she’s at home recovering.
Staff members and Ross citizens feel the same about our dedication and affection towards her and her family.
“We’ve had a couple of different students come forward to start different initiatives. Someone set up a gofundme account to raise money for the family and to deal with medical expenses. We’ve had everything from students sending cards and letters, kids decorating her locker,a bunch of different things. We will continue to help them moving forward until Kayli is ready to come back to school,” said Principal Brian Martin.
“Ross has been amazing. Her swim team and cross country team friends have been incredibly supportive and her cross country team started a gofundme page for her,” said Kayli’s mother, Kathy Jones.
“I don’t think I have ever been as proud to be an alumni of RHS. This was a horrible situation for Kayli and her family. RHS students and staff did an amazing job of making the best of it. Kayli is such a strong person and RHS went above and beyond to make sure she knew that she is loved," said math teacher Margaret O’Toole.
Swim teams and support from the cross country team are pretty amazing, and what is beyond amazing is how far she has come despite her injuries.
The angels have lifted her up and are continuing to do so with her recovery.
“She is recovering well, but slowly. She receives physical therapy three times per week and occupational therapy for upper body strength two times per week,” said Jones.
Even our own staff members are checking in on her and seeing how she is recovering.
“I think she is doing well. She was actually in to visit and she is in a wheelchair right now. She was in good spirits and it seems to be looking well. She is looking well and she has lots of stitches in different places. She looks as good as you would look going through what she went through. She is also talking and she is able to do the most of her normal activities. I believe she has a little bit of memory loss but talking is something she’s able to do. She can make jokes and has her sense of humor,” said Martin.
With her doing better than expected, it may be a possibility for her to come back to school soon.
“We are thinking mid Nov., probably another month or so. Obviously a lot of it depends on how it progresses medically. She’s going through a lot of physical therapy right now but we’re hoping mid November,” said Martin.
With her coming back to school it all depends on a couple of things.
“In order for her to come back to school she has to be able to be safe in her transfers and she has to be able to have her pain controlled,” said Jones.
Until she comes to school, there are many things we can do at Ross to keep supporting her through this tough time. We need to be here for her, and we will give as much support we can.
“I think it is a matter of how the school is supporting her academically and that’s actually a way for her to get some tutoring in so she doesn’t get too far behind in her school work,” said Martin.
“I think the best thing that RHS students can do is reach out to Kayli and her family. Kayli, like most students, loves to know that students are thinking of her and wishing her good health and happiness. I know that my algebra 2 class sent her cards and flowers. I think a simple text or a short conversation in the hallway will make Kayli’s day. She will need all the love and support she can get when she comes back to school,” said O’Toole.
We are here for Kayli and can’t wait to see her again at school. It is amazing how well she is recovering and she is in all our thoughts. We wish her best with her recoveries and are going to continue with our support. This tragedy could have happened to anyone and she was lucky with the help of the angel on her shoulder.
Beyond the Presidents: A Critical Look at the Vice Presidential Candidates
By Melody Conrad, Staff Writer and Editor and Contributing Writer Rhianna Spencer
November 1, 2016
In a recent survey of the voting student population, 92% agreed the vice president is a factor to be considered in the election. Ask students to divulge information, however, and blank stares ensue.
With Clinton and Trump receiving more than their fair share of facetime on news outlets, it’s easy to see the vice presidential candidates as more of decorative pieces on the mantel that are told when to stand, sit, and speak. However, these overshadowed viewpoints may one day lead the nation and have an impact on presidential decisions.
The two candidates, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, are described in the Guardian, national daily newspaper, by Stephanie Kirchgaessner as “two Catholic-inspired visions with little else in common.”
Pence stands firmly beside strict immigration laws; Kaine supports looser control. Pence is pro-life; Kaine is personally pro-life, but also endorses pro-choice. Pence opposes LGBT rights; Kaine supports them.
While Pence sees value in the death penalty, senior John Sprandel said, “Kaine doesn’t support the death penalty; I know that was a major point in the [vice presidential] debate.”
In terms of the economy, Pence argues that cutting taxes will aid in economic development, while Brunori of Forbes, American business magazine, said Kaine takes a “slightly left-of-center approach to tax policy”.
Both vice presidential candidates, however, have had substantial time in the District of Columbia. Kaine served as a senator for Virginia starting in 2012, and Pence served in the House of Representatives up until 2013. In short, each candidate has a foothold in how the government operates.
While the presidential candidates are important to research and scrutinize, the vice presidents serve as significant factors in the election, and should not be overlooked. On November 8, head out to your local precinct armed with the knowledge that when you check a box next to Clinton or Trump, you choose a team, not an individual.
Fire Dance Performance Sends Band to State
By Johnathon Meyers staff writer and Contributing Writer Keegan Nickoson
November 1, 2016
With the band winning a spot to compete in the state competitions, they must have performed well. But what was their show about?
The show “Fire Dance” is a three song show filled with spanish descent. The first song, “Carmen”, is an opera. The second, “Danzon”, is an orchestrated song. And the final song called “Fire Dance”, a jazz adaptation. As simple playing three different songs sounds to some, the band and the band director put in a lot of work to make this whole show be the best it can be.
With the band being such a large group, unity is important among all sections of the marching band and the colorguard.
Mr. Roemer, band director for Ross High School, said that “ ...everybody has to play together and function together as one.”
Band members had a fun time, even though there were bumps in the road to success.
“The hardest part about the show was learning all of our positions. Also learning the music and memorising the music. The absolute hardest thing about marching band was taking the spots and music we learned and combining them together to make the show,” said band member Kameron May.
However, May is not the only member of the band experiencing some hardships.
Junior Derek Johnson said, “My hardest part was becoming a leader this year. I’ve never had to deal with being a leader, and this year I had to because I was the section leader and I had never done anything like that, so I had to help out the drumline with their parts and making sure they were learning them. This was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”
Even with the hardships that the band had to endure, they still had fun while performing the show.
“My favorite part in the show is the drum break which features the percussion to let them show off their skills,” said May.
Johnson also weighed in on the subject, “My favorite part is the song entitled “Fire Dance” (the last song of the show) [sic] it’s the fastest, and has the ballad and the drum break in it as well.”
With the band and colorguard overcoming the toughness of the show and persevering through the hardships that came, be sure to congratulate them and wish them good luck at their state competition this upcoming weekend!
What You Need to Know About RAMbotics
By Tea Getz, Staff Writer and Contributing Writer Sabrina Harris
November 1, 2016
Student activities like American Sign Language club and Earth club are well known at RHS, but what about the lesser known?
The RAMbotics club is a team that comes together to build a robot that will complete the required tasks in a tournament. The tasks required for the robot are not the same every year and requires a lot of time, dedication, and hard work to get the project working properly.
There are several things that happen during a RAMbotics competition that you wouldn’t normally see at any other tournament.
Junior Brett Fryer said that there is a lot of energy and happiness in the atmosphere,
“Yes, it’s a competition but we all come together.”
The team will often lend out materials to other teams just for the sake of being helpful and often get to meet a lot of new friends along the way.
Junior Max Kline said there are students from all over the world that will attend these tournaments. He has even met students all the way from Japan. Since there are so many participants there are jobs that correlate with their individual talents.
RAMbotics isn’t just building; there are multiple different jobs that help the team succeed. You could help build, but also help with animation or marketing. RAMbotics is a place for everyone, even people with different interests.
Fryer said, “Rambotics is a group of kids that are all different but learn together and cooperate together.”
Sophomore Mackenzie Powell also said, “You don’t have to be an A student to have fun and be on the team.”
If you are looking for a fun and intellectually challenging club, join the RAMbotics team. All you need to do is have an open heart and mind.
Ross High School: Changes Through the Years
By Caitlyn Wagonfield, Staff Writer and Contributing Writer Aileen Tarvin
November 1, 2016
According to Student Services, the graduating class of 1985 had around 170 students; the class of 2019 has 244 students.
While the Ross community has changed consistently throughout the years, some things haven’t changed that much.
According to Jennifer Dougherty, Spanish teacher, students are still somewhat the same. She believes that they are still into the same things, such as sports and social events. The only thing that has made a huge difference among the students is the use of technology.
“Instead of passing notes, now they’re texting,” said Dougherty. She contributed the use of technology to smartphones and chromebooks.
Even though the students haven’t changed much, the building has. When Dougherty started teaching here 26 years ago, they were in the building which is now middle school.
“There used to be a pig farm across the street. We had no air conditioning, so when it got hot we would open the windows and all you could smell was pigs,” stated Dougherty. The school also used to be on a bell schedule rather than a block schedule, so there were more classes in a day.
Another thing that has changed is the amount of testing. Dougherty reminisced on a time when there was no state testing and teachers had more control of their classroom.
Dougherty also believes there is more stress put on students. When she first started here, kids didn’t have to earn as many credits and she thinks graduation requirements have gotten much more difficult.
While many things have changed because of technology advances, one thing that has not changed is the small town sense of community.
“Small things keep Ross ticking...the things that really typify the high school years are the daily activities, events and habits that each one of us was part of in a special way,” quoted from the 1978 Rossonian yearbook.
The school has developed into an even better school than it once was, so consider yourself lucky that you go to a school that has developed in significant and beneficial ways.
Señora Gardner’s Article Reaches Success
By Dallas fritz, Staff Writer
October 6, 2016
Have you ever wondered if other teachers have a fascination for writing articles in the world of journalism even though they major in another language? There’s a teacher at RHS who falls into this category: Mrs. Angela Gardner.
Spanish teacher Angela Gardner wrote an article last February and had the satisfaction of getting it published in the Language Editor Magazine. This magazine is a publication by the American Council on the Teaching of a Foreign Language. Her hard work that she commits at RHS while she teaches Spanish paid off and is evident in the article that she had published. She has submitted other articles in the past, but they did not get the satisfaction of being published like the one she just wrote last February. This article is beyond satisfying for her and is great for her future.
“It is very satisfying to see hard work come to fruition. I’m glad that I got the opportunity. Not only to be featured, but also to recognize the efforts of so many people that provided support,” said Mrs. Gardner.
But first, what is the article and what is it about? Her article is called “The Certification Experience Becoming an ACTFL Tester and its Impact”. This piece of writing is about training that she received for a certification to be able to solicit and evaluate speech in the Spanish Language.
“It was tough and I was really impressed by the support from Ross Staff and the teachers all over Ohio,” said Mrs. Gardner.
The staff and teachers here at RHS are supportive of Mrs. Gardner getting her article published and they were thrilled for her. It is an honor to be published in an education magazine and to have people all over Ohio see your writing as it is a tremendous opportunity.
“It is a very good thing for the school and I was not surprised that she was published because of all the great things that she brings to the school and the education she provides,” said Principal Brian Martin.
With all the tests she has to grade and the lessons she has to prepare for, it is a wonder how she was able to write an article that was able to be published in her free time. But, how did she do it?
“I’m an early riser and I dedicate time outside of school to improve the craft of teaching. Reading and writing these things helps me improve,” said Mrs. Gardner.
We congratulate you, Mrs. Gardner! May your article take you places in your writing and career.
Angela Hannon Perseveres Through Her Battle with ALS
By Zachary King, Staff Writer and Marketing Manager
October 2, 2016
Hearing that one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with ALS is difficult. Most would be afraid, but Ross community member Angela Hannon decided to fight this disease head on and she’s determined to win.
Angela Hannon, who is a wife to Matt Hannon and a loving mother of three kids, Brett, Ally, and Ben, was diagnosed in the summer of 2014, when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was popular. When Mrs. Hannon was first diagnosed, she began losing the ability to move, but learned to adapt with the help from a few friends.
Matt Hannon, husband of Mrs. Hannon said, “It has been a struggle as Angela's mobility has worsened. However, we have had a lot of support from family and friends with home care. We also had help with remodeling for accessibility from several Ross families.”
Ally Hannon, RHS sophomore and daughter of Angela and Matt, stated that the diagnoses has made herself and her family stronger.
“It has made me stronger and my family stronger. I feel like now we can go through anything i’m just praying for a cure for her.”
On September 18, there was a benefit held at Big Bulls and a walk for Mrs. Hannon.
Moved by all of the people that showed up to walk and take part in the benefit, Ally was filled with excitement.
“It was overwhelming in an amazing way. There was so many people there and we feel so much love with how the community has been helping us. It’s incredible to see everyone helping my family.”
Even though Mrs. Hannon battles through her illness everyday, she still makes time for her kids and her movies.
“Me and my mom are extremely close. We talk about our struggles and help each other get through them everyday. My favorite thing to do with my mom is to watch movies of funny comedies with her,” said Brett, oldest son of Mrs. Hannon.
According to http://webcsoh.alsa.org, the amount of money raised for Mrs. Hannon was $1,527; the goal was $2,000.
Dig around your house, look under your couch, raid your piggy banks, and consider helping them reach their goal. You can donate at http://webcsoh.alsa.org to help out an amazing woman who has had such a huge impact on the Ross community.
Five Urban Legends to Scare Your Pants Off
By Caitlyn Wagonfield, Staff Writer
October 2, 2016
As Halloween approaches, people start paying to go to haunted attractions, but they probably don’t know about the real “haunted” places and the urban legends that surround them.
1. Lick Road
Lick Road, a dead-end street at Richardson Forest Preserve in Colerain, is the home to a ghost by the name of Amy. While there are many different versions of the story, they all contain similar information. The story starts with Amy being murdered and thrown off of the bridge in the woods by her boyfriend. There have been reports of people hearing screams, footsteps, and even seeing a woman wearing a white dress. According to CreepyCincinnati.com, if you sit and wait at the end of the road, the ghost of Amy will write “Help me,” in the condensation of your car window.
2. The Ruppert House
The Ruppert House, located on Minor Avenue in Hamilton, is Hamilton’s own Amityville Horror House. The Ruppert House is the location of America’s largest family mass murder.
According to Forgottenoh.com, on Easter Sunday, 1975, 41 year old James Ruppert murdered his entire family. The investigation proved that he did it because he felt he was a failure. He was jealous of his brothers success in life, so he shot him, his wife, and their eight children. He also killed his mother because she was planning to kick James out of the house. They say the ghosts of James Ruppert’s family still haunt the house.
3. Miami Cemetery
The Miami Cemetery, located on Mills Road in Miamitown, is a combination of multiple old cemeteries. Many of the bodies from other locations were dug up and moved there, which is why many think it’s haunted. The main story that surrounds the Miami Cemetery is that a little girl in white walks past the headstones at night. When you see her or try to approach her, she disappears. This has been passed off as the way the headlights of cars reflect off the headstones, but the right side of the cemetery is open after dark so people can check it out for themselves.
4. The Oxford Light
The Oxford Light is a story that has been around since the 1940s. There are multiple variations, but they all follow the same basic plot. In this Romeo and Juliet story, there were two kids that were in love, but their families did not want them to be together. This caused them to sneak around. Every night they would meet at a specific mailbox on an old country road. The girl would park at the mailbox and then flick on her headlights three times, then her boyfriend would ride his motorcycle to meet her. Her father eventually figured out what they were doing, so he put spikes across the street. When the boy went to meet her, he ran over the spikes, causing him to fly off his bike and die. If you go to Oxford-Milford Road and flick your lights three times you will see a light coming down the street that is supposedly the headlight of the motorcyclist.
There is no evidence that this actually happened as there is no record of it with the Oxford Police. The man that lives in the house the couple supposedly used to meet at knows nothing about it and he’s lived in the house for the last 70 years.
5. Kings Island
Kings Island is known for its Halloween attraction, Halloween Haunt, but many people do not know the actual ghost stories. The first story often talked about is “Missouri Jane.” The young girl is from the 1800s and is said to be supposedly buried in the cemetery at the end of the Kings Island parking lot. She is often seen at the International Restaurant and White Water Canyon.
The second is about a teenage boy who died on the Racer before it was moved from Coney Island to Kings Island. According to Roadtrippers.com, the legend is that the boy was on the Racer’s last ride at Coney Island, but he fell out of the coaster at the bottom of one of the hills and died.
The most popular story is about John (Johnny) Harter, who is now referred to as “Tower Johnny.” Johnny was a young man who climbed the Eiffel Tower at the front of the park in 1983. He ended up falling into the elevator shaft and was split in half by the cables. His ghost is said to have haunted the park ever since.
While some of these stories are complete fiction, others have said to have some truth behind them. If you're looking for something fun and spooky to do during October, go check out some of these places if or when they are open to the public.
Teens and Halloween: Is It Too Late?
By Melody Conrad, Staff Writer and Editor
October 2, 2016
Trick or treating, previously reserved for children, is quickly spreading into the teen population. While some love teens spending an evening clothed in exotic garb, others see it as teenagers failing to be responsible adults.
Advocates for teens going out on Halloween think of trick or treating as nostalgic and harmless. They see it as adolescents holding on to a treasured part of their childhood, and going door-to-door is one instance of refuge in a world that forces them to grow up too much, too soon.
“If they still want to go out and get candy, they should go out and get candy,” Senior Liz Hoerstmann said.
Supporters also note that going out on Halloween to get treats means time not spent doing inappropriate activities. Instead, teens are outside enjoying the nighttime celebration and getting free candy.
“I think the biggest problem is the perception of people of the teens. They think it’s only for little ones, but heck! I think it’s for everyone,” Mrs. Cottingham, chemistry teacher, said.
But not everyone is receptive to the idea of teens trick or treating.
“If you're old enough to drive, hang up the pillowcase-and join the block party,” said Theresa Novak, city and opinion page editor for the Gazette-Times.
In her eyes, and those who argue against teens taking bags around the neighborhood, having someone come up to your door who is mature enough to do adult activities should not spend time retreating into childhood. Opponents see teens asking for candy as unnecessary, and the confrontation between residents and the teens as awkward.
So what should teenagers do on Halloween?
Ultimately, it’s up to the individual person. If trick-or-treating is not something that sounds interesting, Halloween parties, scary movies, and pumpkin carving are always options. Halloween is a time to have fun, and the possibilities, whether it be trick-or-treating or not, are numerous.
When Halloween comes around, dress up and get some candy, or spend your time trying out some other activities. It’s all up to you!
Despite the Name, Grouplove’s New Album Isn’t a Big Mess
By Molly Banfield, Staff Writer
October 2, 2016
On Sept. 9, Grouplove released their third studio album, Big Mess, and announced the corresponding tour.
Grouplove became popular by their 2011 song “Tongue Tied” and has had staggering success since, including “Let Me In” which was featured on the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack. This is Grouplove’s first album since the release of Spreading Rumours in 2013.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, after returning from their tour, “The band took real time off, with no deadline in mind.” Hannah Hooper, keyboardist and vocalist, and Christian Zucconi, lead vocalist, were expecting their first child and needed time out of the music scene.
Big Mess was definitely worth the wait though since this album is one of their best yet. Their past albums could be described as entirely indie rock but with their new release, they ventured out a bit more. Their song “Traumatized” has a harsher rock style compared to the rest of their music.
As a whole, the album has an upbeat sound especially songs like “Spinning” that has some of the best lyrics of the album like “I was broken, now I’m brave... found my colors in the grey.” Even “Don’t Stop Making It Happen”, which is a song about the one that got away, has a happy soundtrack behind the sad lyrics.
Sophomore Anita Harbeson said, “Even though I enjoyed the entire album, my favorite song was ‘Hollywood’. It had much more feeling and power than the rest and almost gave that tired of change vibe.”
Overall, Big Mess is a beautiful mix of poetic lyrics, indie rock, and pop.
Big Mess is available for streaming on both YouTube and Spotify. You can purchase a digital copy from iTunes for $9.99 or buy the CD from stores like Walmart and Target or at store.grouplovemusic.com for $11.99.
Olympics: Teacher Style
By Johnathon Meyers, Staff Writer
September 12, 2016
Even though the Olympics are at an end, Ross High School staff members are still revved up, but what would the ross staff members like to be involved in if they were to compete for their country?
Every staff member interviewed was asked the same set of questions. The questions are as follows:
Mr. Martin, Principal
Question 1: “Basketball. I played basketball growing up and I can think of no greater honor than playing for your country.”
Question 2: “My favorite to watch are the sprint events in Track & Field. I think they’re the most exciting.”
Question 3: “Michael Phelps. Who wouldn’t want to meet arguable the greatest Olympic athlete of all time?”
Mrs. Doblinger, Assistant Principal
Question 1: “I would want to be a swimmer because they are so incredible to watch and swimming keeps you in great shape.”
Question 2: “I love swimming and gymnastics. Track and field is also pretty awesome to watch!”
Question 3: “It would be an honor to meet any of the incredible athletes that represent the USA in the Olympics!”
Mrs. Raby, Counselor
Question 1: “I would definitely want to be a part of the women’s soccer team. Soccer has always been a favorite sport of mine to play. I think being on the field with such skilled women and competing at the highest level would be the ultimate.”
Question 2: “I found myself really enjoying watching the swimming this summer. And ever since I was a little girl, the gymnastics have been one of my favorite sports to watch.”
Question 3: “I wouldn’t mind meeting Shaunae Miller, the runner from the Bahamas that dove across the finish line. I am so impressed with her desperation and willingness to literally throw herself at her dream full-force. I know it's a debated topic, whether her diving finish was intentional or not, but regardless of whether she hurled herself forward or simply lunged toward the line and her legs gave out…this is a woman who gave her all and left nothing in the reserves. It's a quality you don’t see too often; one that I find so admirable. I would hope that some of her greatness would rub off on me just by my standing close to her and talking with her. People like her are the kind of people I would really like to learn from.”
Mrs. Lieberth, Counselor
Question 1: “The most realistic thing would be golf... However, I would LOVE to be on the women's gymnastic team!”
Question 2: “Gymnastics. Those girls are simply amazing! I do enjoy watching track as well.... If only I could run as fast as Usain Bolt…”
Question 3: “I would love to meet Simone Biles so I could ask her how she jumps so high! Did I mention that I love Olympic gymnastics???”
Mr. Jones, science teacher
Question 1: “I would want to participate in a modern pentathlon because it seems like a random collection of sports to learn and venture into.”
Question 2: “My favorite sport is wrestling, because it is one of the sports I’ve experienced and because I’m a coach.”
Question 3: “If I could meet one olympic athlete it would be Nadia Comaneci because she was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 on the gymnast bars, and because she reminds me a lot of my daughter. I’m interested in what childhood experiences benefited her the most.”
Mrs. Slade, math teacher
Question 1: “If I was going to participate in a sport I would want it to be shooting because it doesn't require a lot of running or jogging.”
Question 2: “Swimming, because it is a lot of different events and the teams have to work together. Plus it doesn't have drag out.”
Question 3: “I would want to meet the U.S. gymnastics team because they work so hard all their lives and I want to see how they do it and I want to know if they give up anything to pursue their career in gymnastics.”
Could our staff bring home the medals for the United States of America? This we may never know, but you never know, Mr. Martin could pull up with some threes, or Mrs. Liebrith might just get that hole in one that makes her score that much better, thus maybe not bringing home the gold for the U.S.A but bringing home the gold for Ross High School.
New Superintendent in Town
By Zach King, Staff Writer and Marketing Manager
September 1, 2016
This past year, the Ross Board of Education welcomed a new superintendent, Mr. Scott Gates.
Mr. Gates is starting his 19th year in administration and he loves working alongside teachers and working with students and their parents.
With his extended amount of experience in education, the Board of Education was confident that he was the best fit.
The Summer Ross Reflections newsletter, published earlier this school year, stated that “Mr. Gates was unanimously hired by the Ross Board of Education.”
The superintendent title is not the only thing that defines Mr. Gates.
“I am who I am, I don’t change, it's just not who I am. I learned a long time ago that you can’t turn yourself on and off. You just have to be who you are,” said Mr. Gates.
Even though Mr. Gates works in Ross now, Mr. Gates grew up in Akron, Ohio. He enjoys all of the four seasons in Ohio, something he wasn’t familiar with while formerly living in Houston.
“I taught in Houston, Texas for two years and we had two seasons: hot and super hot.”
Mr. Gates loves to scuba dive, play paintball, drink apple cider, and also he really likes the energy that community provides, and most importantly he loves his family.
“I will go to great lengths to get apple cider... last year, me and my son, who is a huge apple cider fan as well, drank 30 gallons in the fall of apple cider. We like it.”
Mr. Gates is very passionate about his job, the community and everyone in it.
“Whenever you see Mr. Gates, you can tell that he is a very caring and enthusiastic person... He has very high energy, very enthusiastic, loves kids, loves the band Rush, loves to scuba dive, loves his family, just an all around good guy,” said Mr. Brian Martin, Ross High School Principal.
Mr. Gates cares most about everyone's safety and he knows that it is a huge responsibility, but he is ready to take on the challenge as he steps into his new role.
“Something that is very important to me is safety and I’m really taking a hard look at the buildings and the procedures we take to make sure you guys [students and staff] are safe. When your parents watch you walk out the door or put a kindergartener on the bus, they’re putting their child's safety in my hands, so I have to make sure that the buildings are safe and that you guys [students and staff] feel safe coming to school.”
One question that Mr. Gates was asked by the Board of Education was “Why did you choose Ross?” His answer may surprise you.
Mr. Gates replied, “Why not? It's a great district, great kids, great teachers, high achieving, lots of opportunities. Who would not want to be in this district is the question I would pose to other people.”
Being that this is Mr. Gates’ first year of being superintendent of Ross, he brings a lot of opportunities and he is definitely ready for the challenge.
“I think he will be a great superintendent. I would love to see him be at Ross for a long time to come,” Mr. Martin said.
Ross Scores New Girls’ Golf Team
By Melody Conrad, Editor and Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
In August, the first girls’ golf team was created, signifying the end of the male-dominant sport. It was now up to a team of eight girls to conquer the course with golf bags and a few balls.
“Mr. Martin and Mr. Gunther knew that I had played golf before, and they were interested in starting a program because there had never been one at Ross,” Mrs. Lieberth, golf coach and counselor, said.
But the creation of the team was only the start. The eight members- Hannah Combs, Amanda Kelley, Olivia West, Melody Conrad, Grace Schwettmann, Claire Matthes, Faith Ohmer, and Allie Barger- had little to no experience, and Mrs. Lieberth knew that starting at square one would be the best option.
“I struggled at first to remember that [the girls] are brand new and even though I was trying to say it in a basic way, when you don’t have any prior knowledge, it was like a foreign language,” she said.
Building off of basic swing techniques, proper use of clubs, and golf etiquette, the girls steadily improved their game while the SWOC team score reflected growth.
Ross scored 282 overall swings at the first match, but as of publishing date, the girls knocked that number down to 263.
Athletics aside, the girls’ golf team is about so much more than a score, a point that junior Amanda Kelley emphasized.
“I love everybody on the team,” Kelley shared.
This unity is seen throughout the group, as the girls are known to laugh about mistakes, try to do their best, and celebrate their accomplishments even if that accomplishment is simply making it through nine holes.
After each match, for instance, the girls go out to dinner and exchange stories of golf balls rocketing into dense woods and clubs flying out of their hands into soybean fields.
The Ross girls’ golf team may not be the top scorer when the SWOC championships come around, but they have still won in their own right. Each girl has gotten out on the course, attempted a new skill, and maintained a positive attitude as they grew in their abilities. Whether they realize it or not, these girls have set the standard for the coming seasons, a true representatives of what Ross spirit is.
For those in the community who wish to come out and support the team, the schedule is as follows:
9/6 - (A) vs Franklin @ Franklin (4:00)
9/8 - (A) vs Harrison JV @ Circling Hills (3:30)
9/12 - (A) vs Taylor @ Shawnee Lookout (4:00)
9/13 - (A) vs Edgewood @ Wildwood (4:00)
9/20 - (H) vs Taylor @ Circling Hills
9/22 - (A) vs Harrison JV @ Circling Hills (3:30)
9/26 - (H) vs Edgewood @ Circling Hills (4:00)
Build the Float, Earn the Right to Gloat
Abbey Beare, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
Battleship. Life. Candyland. Trouble. This year’s homecoming floats will be themed boardgames! Have you thought about what you can contribute to the giant board game themed masterpieces?
Year after year, we are asked to go to float building, but we shrug it off and let the class officers and model students stress out about such a big and tedious task. We are bribed with a goal for our class to win the best float, but that goal does not motivate the vast majority of students.
“I have been every year for the past three years, and every year it's about 50 percent work and 50 percent fun. We listen to music and work together with our friends. You can come for as long as you can whenever fits your schedule best. It's a lot of hard work, but it definitely pays off,” said John Sprandel, senior and Member-At-Large.
Class officers and teachers advertise the fun and satisfaction of building the floats, but the word hasn't spread as far as you would think.
When asked why she didn't go to float building, sophomore, Roxsand Bowman said, “I haven't heard much about it; it sounds like it might be fun.”
Float building is praised from several students who have been. It is more than just slaving over homecoming floats, there is a lot of fun and amusement involved in the long creative hours.
“It's a lot of fun, there was even pizza at one of the meetings last year! The best part is watching the float go by at the parade and looking at all the detail you helped with and all your hard work paying off,” said Anna Perry, sophomore.
Float building gives you a chance to use your creativity, and join in on the teamwork. It is a competition that more students should take part in
Float building starts September 16th so next time you are asked to join the fun stop staring at our teachers with blank faces thinking to yourself, “you might if it was worth it.” Go help build the floats and hope your class wins!
Comprehensive Guide On How To Survive AP Classes
By Molly Banfield, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
Any student entering an AP class is bound to have heard horror stories from their peers. While these stories may have some truth to them, there’s more you need to know before diving into what may inevitably be the hardest class you’ve taken in your high school career.
One last piece of advice from Mr. Reeve who’s been teaching AP for a long time, “Don’t fall behind or slack off. At the end of the course, almost every student I’ve had has said that they wish they would’ve tried the whole course. Put in your best effort all year to earn a good score on the AP exam.”