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Letter from the Editors
Carly Preston n Maria Stroia
Madison DeChellis n Josh
Chief Copy Editors
Sydney Stroia n Cassie Pratt
Chief News Editor
Tyler Bradley n Anthony Massa
Chief Features Editor
Natalee Henderson n
Jenn Cammel n Rebecca Snyder
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Chief InDepth Editors
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Mrs. Rachelle Ogilvie
The snow is here and so is our November issue.
While winter sports are starting their seasons and we’re
dressing for the cold weather, The Viking Views would
like to wish our readers Happy Holidays!
Many of you may have heard that graduation is going
to be held at the Civic Center this year. You can get the
details on page 6. Counselor Mrs. Hoover was named
2013 Person of Character, find more about ‘Hoover’s
finest’ on page 8.
Thanksgiving is here and if you’re craving something
sweet, make sure to cut out our Thanksgiving recipe on
page 12. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was
assassinated. We remember this tragic event on pages
10 and 11.
Did you know there are more than 40 clubs and
activities here at Hoover High School? Make sure to
flip to the InDepth section to read more about what
Hoover has to offer. Whether you are sporty, creative or
academic, you’ll be sure to find a club that suits you!
The 50th anniversary of Dr. Who is here! Read about
this time traveler’s adventures through the years on
pages 28 and 29. We also review the Drama Club’s
performance in the fall play “It’s Murder in the Wings”
on page 32.
With winter sports seasons just beginning, one can
find their previews on page 34 to see which student
athletes you’ll be soon cheering on! Former Hoover
student Matt Reed has the opportunity to dot the “i” on
the OSU field. Catch the details on page 35.
As we work hard on our next issue, we hope everyone
enjoys the remainder of the year with their friends and
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Table of Contents
News-In-Brief/World Map 4/5
Graduation Location Change 6
A.L.i.C.E. Training 7
Mrs. Hoover 8
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Anniversary of Kennedy’s Death 10/11
Personality Profile: Paris Brasill 14/15
How to: Black Friday Shop 16
Fine Arts 20
Foreign Language/Culture 23
Polls/My View 25
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Dr. Who 50th Anniversary 28/29
Top 8 Movie Soundtracks 31
Winter Sports Preview
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— Abbott Electric Inc.
— Ameriprise Financial Advisor —
— Aqeel A. Sandhu, M.D./Heart
— The Becker Family
— Randall H. Blevins, O.D.
— Drs. Brandau & Unger
— Canton Christian Home
— Canton Women’s Center
— Dr. Charles E. Belles & Dr. Ted
A. Rath — Optometrists
— John and Patty Crofford
— Pat and Kristen DeChellis
— DeHOFF Realtors
— Ermanno’s Legendary Pizza
— The Esber Family
— David J. Farinacci, D.D.S.
— Mike and Lynnette Gallina
— The Greenwald Family/
GDK & Company
— Gregory Industries
— Harrington Management Group
— Gary and Shirley Horton
— Vic and Cynthia Hunt
— Dave and Marge Johnson
— Dave and Barb Johnson
— The Leeson Family
— The Luthy-Moneypenny Family
— North Canton Veterinary Clinic
— Thomas M. Paumier, D.D.S.
— I2R Power Cable Co.
— Portage Sunoco
— Tom & Tonya Preston
— Kisling, Nestico & Redick
— Rhonda F. & Andrea M. Company, DDS and Associates
— Alice M. Robertson
— RS Expediting
— Salon 3
— Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
— Walter Soduk, D.D.S.
“For all your smile needs.”
— Roger and Erika Stewart
— St. Paul Lifeteen
— John, Elaine, Maria,Tim and
— George T. Williams, D.D.S.
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Compiled by Alexandra Miller
Photo courtesy of Mr. Rick McDonald
n The Speech and Debate team placed
sixth out of 23 teams at the Wadsworth
Invitational Nov. 9. Hoover had seven
competitors place. Senior Mollie Wright,
champion [Original Oratory], sophomore
Zack Uysal, champion [Student Congress], sophomore Caroline Voegele,
third place [Oratorical Interpretation],
junior Caroline Shepherd, fifth place
[Oratorical Interpretation], senior Annie
Denbrock sixth place [Oratorical Interpretation], senior Brittany Rimmel and
junior Toni DiPietro, sixth place [Duo
n The freshman football team (below)
had an undefeated 2013 season. First
year head coach, Mr. Tim Goodman, said
he was proud of the boys’ accomplishments.
“The boys worked extremely hard all year
long,” he said. “I’m very proud of [them]
individually and as a team. They have a
very bright future.”
n The annual Holiday Choir Concert will
be held Dec. 12. All choirs will be participating and the concert is free and open
to the public.
n Leadership Club sponsored a Toys for
Tots toy drive competition in November
for all grade levels. Toys were dropped
off in Ms. Sarah Jackson’s room and the
winning grade received a pizza or donut
n The Viking yearbook staff won The
American Scholastic Press Association
for the 2012-13 yearbook along with best
overall photography for the first time.
n AP Psychology students will be conducting a real life experiment with a Kent
State University graduate.
“It is a great way for students to see psychology in action by being subjects in
psychology research,” AP psych teacher
Mr. Jim Draher said. “Students are filling
out a survey and answering assessment
questions. The research deals with how
cognition [what we think] can change our
n Fellowship of Christian Students held
the annual Operation Christmas Child
by taking donations, toys, school supplies, personal hygiene items and other
n The annual Student-Staff Challenge
will be held Nov. 27 in the gym.
n Thanksgiving break will run from Nov.
28-Dec.2. Classes will resume Dec. 3.
Midterm exams run Dec. 18-20.
n The Hoover Marching Band received
an Excellent Rating at states Nov. 8.
This is the first time the band has earned
a state finals bid since 1984.
n A number of senior athletes recently
signed to play their respective sports on
a college level. From the softball team,
Jenna Lilley, Kelly Dillow, Kaitlyn Eckleberry, and Tara Thacker signed to play
at their respective universities. Monica
Albertson also signed to play lacrosse at
Kennesaw State University.
AROUND THE WORLD
New York City
Upon completion, One World
Trade Center in New York City
will become America’s tallest
building at 1,776 feet, surpassing the Willis Tower in Chicago.
The building is set to open in
An American journalist was detained for 48 hours in Venezuela
before Venezuelan authorities
returned him to Miami Nov. 10.
The Vatican announced that it will
be displaying the bones of St. Peter, the first pope, for the first time
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines Nov. 8 and made its way to
North Vietnam, with a death toll
between 2,000 and 2,500, NBC
Iran announced Nov. 12 that the
United Nations is welcome to visit its nuclear facilities before Iran
and the The International Atomic
Energy Agency [IAEA], resume
nuclear talks next month.
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Commencing a transition
Graduation venue moves from Faith Family Friends to Civic Center
oover High School will hold the
2014 graduation at the Canton
The decision to hold commencement
at the Civic Center — as opposed to
Faith Family Church [the 2012 and 2013
graduation location] was a direct result
of an Aug. 21 letter sent to the district on
behalf of Freedom from Religion.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation,
[FFRF] is a group that focuses on and
enforces the First Amendment, particularly
the freedom from the establishment of
According to FFRF
L. Seidel, one of
the missions of the
group is to uphold the
of church and state.
concerns are brought
to the attention of the
FFRF by citizens.
nine percent of our complaints come from
local communities who report things,” he
said. “We investigate the facts.”
According to the FFRF website, the
Faith Family venue was brought to their
attention by a concerned parent.
According to Seidel, the foundation,
which started in 1976, writes letters to
facilities that abuse the First Amendment.
He said that if the situation still is not
resolved, it is taken to court.
“They are a very powerful organization
that is against any type of conflict between
church and state,” Hoover Principal Mr.
Tony Pallija said.
Pallija said he believes North Canton
City Schools meant no harm in having
graduations held at the church.
“We looked at it like an auditorium,”
he said. “We felt that graduation should
be held at one of the nicest facilities in the
Senior Graham Arnold agreed, but tried
to look at the event optimistically.
“It doesn’t matter what it once was,
but what it is now,” he said. “It’s [now]
considered holy ground.”
However, Arnold holds a different
“I disagree, because we don’t hold any
religious ties to the place,” he said.
Pallija also disagrees.
“It’s a tough call, but we’re not having
a religious ceremony. That’s how I look at
it,” he said.
Though Pallija said graduation was
previously held at the civic center for
around ten years, the location changed
to the church because it was bigger and
N o w
t h a t
f r o m
luxury of a
nice, close location has been taken away.
“I’m disappointed that they think we
were having a religious ceremony when we
were not,” Pallija said.
Arnold said while he is saddened by the
change in venue, it is a reflection of the
“A lot of things are changing, but we
can all adapt,” he said. n
“It doesn’t matter what it once
was, but what it is now. It’s [now]
considered holy ground.”
— Mr. Andrew L. Seidel
“The church was nice and I’ll miss that,
but if someone complained, we have to
appeal to their interest,” he said.
Although there are no religious symbols
of any kind in the auditorium, and most
people know that facility itself was a
warehouse before it was a church, Seidal
said the idea of having a public school
graduation at a local church is a problem.
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To read the letter sent to the
NCCS district, please visit
(left) The Canton Civic Center will house
Hoover High Schools’s 2014 graduation
ceremony in June. Graduation was held
at Faith Family Church for the past two
years. n (above right) School Resource
Officer James Harnack simulates a potentially dangerous situation during ALiCE training Oct. 9-10. ALiCE training
was held for all grades in Hoover Hall. n
Maintaining school safety
lmost a year after the tragedy at
Sandy Hook, schools across the
country continue to face the threat
of violence. Sandy Hook remains the
second deadliest shooting in U.S. history,
with the loss of 27 lives. These deadly U.S.
shootings began consistently appearing
since the early 80s, according to a Dec. 14,
2012 edition of The Washington Post.
Since then, the United States has
encountered 61 mass murders with
firearms. The most recent school shooting
occurred Oct. 21 at Sparks Middle School
in Nevada, leaving a teacher dead along
with the shooter [self-inflicted wound].
This rise in school shootings leaves us
with one currently known solution: to alert,
lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.
[A.L.i.C.E.] Hoover students underwent
A.L.i.C.E. training Oct. 9 and 10. While
some students were excited for the unusual
assembly, many others expressed somber
School Resource Officer
James Harnack feels very
strongly that A.L.i.C.E. is
the way to go.
“This past year I’ve
become one of three
official North Canton
trainers in A.L.i.C.E.,”
Harnack said. “The state
of Ohio has adopted this
program and accepted
[it]. There’s a number of districts that do
not use A.L.i.C.E. — but also a growing
number that do.”
So far, 18 states have adopted A.L.i.C.E.
training and there are more than 1800
trainers across the United States.
A.L.i.C.E. training at Hoover was a
decision made by NCCS superintendent
Mr. Michael Hartenstein and the school
board. It was created in 2000 by police
and SWAT member Greg Crane along with
input from other experienced officers. The
A.L.i.C.E. program was developed with
tactics, knowledge and skills to allow
Crane and other officers to survive deadly
events and go home at the end of the day,
according to responseoptions.org.
According to Harnack, more than
600,000 students have successfully been
North Canton police educate students, staff with A.L.i.C.E. training
trained in A.L.i.C.E. in Ohio and the
numbers are growing.
Senior Katy Campanaro said she
underwent an internal debate as to whether
or not to appear before the senior class in
the training simulation.
“At first I said no, but I ended up saying
understand these are worst case scenarios.
“Not all students are going to attack the
attacker. All it takes is five,” he said. “If it
comes between you and the attacker, you’re
going to pick you. That’s why A.L.i.C.E is
so great, because there are so many different
options for protection.”
of security are
in place, like
talkies, so the
staff, police and
an emergency. There is also a link on the
“We have the school safety hotline,
which lists phone numbers or an anonymous
e-mail system so that students can report
any possible threats,” Harnack said.
While a threat could be declared through
the school safety hotline, Officer Harnack
can be reached via phone, e-mail or through
“We have made many ways to maintain
safety here at school, all you have to do is
use it,” Harnack said.
A.L.i.C.E. will be here for a while,
according to Harnack, stressing the point
“Everybody has their own opinion about
A.L.i.C.E., but many don’t have credible
reasoning behind it,” he said. n
“We have made many ways to
maintain safety here at school, all
you have to do is use it.”
— Officer James Harnack
yes because I decided if I had to learn it, I
might as well participate,” she said.
Campanaro admitted the situation made
her nervous and uncomfortable; yet overall,
she felt she could complete most parts of
“When they were picking people to
tackle the subject, I was hiding in the back
because it made me nervous,” she said
She feels that A.L.i.C.E is much better in
general, but isn’t sure how she feels about
the physical violence.
“I could definitely barricade the door
and throw an object, but I do not think I
could tackle somebody to the ground,” she
said. “Certain kids appear to be willing to
step up to the plate, but that natural ability
to take someone down is not in every kid.”
Officer Harnack said students need to
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HHS counselor named Person
rom working with schedules to
serving as a mentor to high school
girls seeking to make a difference,
Hoover guidance counselor Mrs. Judy
Hoover always puts others first.
In recognition for her compassionate
attitude toward others, Hoover was named
the Stark County Person of Character.
Sponsored by various businesses and
organizations throughout the area, each
school chooses someone in the community
that they think represents the six pillars
of character. From the list of entries, one
is selected as Person of Character for the
Hoover said she did not know about the
“I was totally surprised,” she said.
“[Principal] Mr. Pallija sent out an e-mail
late one night.”
Guidance co-chair Mr. Jason Downey
said he worked with Pallija to nominate
“We filled out an application for her
and cast our vote for her,” he said, adding
he believes that she is a great recipient for
this award because she has lots of empathy
and knows how to put herself into other
Junior Lianna McDonald, a member of
Agape Girls [which Hoover advises], said
she is always looking out for her students.
“She is very relatable to the students and
she cares a lot about us and just wants us to
succeed,” she said. “She is a great Agape
Girls leader and it’s an honor to have her as
Hoover said she is honored by this
award, which focuses on trustworthiness,
respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and
“I was very humbled because I could
think of many others who were more
deserving of this award than I was,” she
said. “I felt a lot of gratitude because I
had a lot of friends show up on my behalf
to accept this award with me. I try to
emphasize character and I try to live my
life by the six pillars of character.” n
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The events of November 22, 1963 forever burn in the memory of Americans. Horror and
grief struck when the nation’s 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was shot and killed
while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Not only the nation, but the world, mourned with
his widow, First Lady Jackie Kennedy, and their children, Caroline and “John-John.” As
America approached fifty years since this terror in Dallas, its citizens remember and reflect
Death of a President
resident Kennedy died at 1 p.m.
Central Standard Time, 2 o’clock
Eastern Standard Time, some 38
Americans, glued to their television
sets, watched intently as CBS anchor
Walter Cronkite, fighting back the tears,
announced the death of the nation’s 35th
president. The date was Nov. 22, 1963.
The New York Times reported on Nov.
23 of that year that three gunshots rang out
in downtown Dallas while the president’s
motorcade traveled through the city. The
president traveled in an open convertible
along with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy,
Texas governor John B. Connally and his
wife. Following Kennedy’s vehicle was
a car escorting Vice-President Lyndon B.
The President died after being rushed
to Parkland Hospital because of a wound
in his brain caused by the assassin’s rifle.
Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with
Kennedy’s death later in the evening.
Psychology teacher Mr. David Reese
incorporates Kennedy’s assassination
into his classroom curriculum. Like most
Americans living at this time, he can still
remember where he was when he heard
the news. Greatly impacted by the horrific
event, Reese has made it a point to study
and gain knowledge of what occurred Nov.
“Kennedy’s assassination was the crime
of the century,” Reese said. “It could have
precipitated World War III and was the
scariest thing we have been through in
Mr. Terry Woods, father of American
Sign Language teacher Mrs. Susan Cammel,
was 26 years old and a second lieutenant in
the United States Army stationed in France.
He said he was at a banquet when he heard
“I remember someone who I knew
slightly coming to our table all excited,”
Woods said. “‘The President’s been shot
in the head,’ he said, not overly loud. We
all rushed in, in time to hear an announcer
saying that the president had been shot
in the head and neck from an unknown
assailant while he was in a motorcade in
Woods said many of the events of the
next few days are blurry; however, one
feeling remains clear.
“I remember feeling awful when I heard
that announcement,” he said. “I remember
saying afterward that it was almost as if
someone had told me my father had died.”
Lyndon B. Johnson taking the
oath of office on Air Force One
following the assassination of
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A few days after the assassination, Woods
said he was informed that students from the
American School in Bordeaux, France were
placing a wreath at the Tomb of the French
Unknown Soldier. He was selected to take
a squad there for the ceremony.
“I remember two of the squad, folding
an American Flag, and I was standing by,”
he said. “A short, elderly Frenchman, clad
in a blue smock and a black beret, with a
cigarette dangling from his lower lip, and
tears streaming down both cheeks, came
up to me, took my hands in both of his,
squeezed them and told me how very, very
sorry he was that my President was ‘La
Mort.’ For a very brief moment time, at
least to one man, I represented the United
States of America. I have never forgotten
Home and abroad, people everywhere
mourned — in awe at the premature death
of the leader of the free world. Canadian
citizen Mrs. Alice Robertson said the death
of Kennedy had a similar effect on a global
“I remember [my husband] calling me
from work early that afternoon and telling
me what had happened,” she said. “I was
in shock and immediately started to cry. I
believe it was the shock of an assassination
and the loss of a young man with so much
promise that really shook the world.” n
Jack Ruby prepares to shoot and kill
Oswald, who is being escorted by
police to be sent to Dallas County
Passing the Torch
Fifty years after President Kennedy was assassinated,
a ‘new generation of Americans’ studies the man they
never knew as president.
ALL PHOTOS PUBLIC DOMAIN
n Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas,
the 35th president of the United
States of America was shot dead
while in a motorcade to gain support for
the upcoming election.
That man was John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
who was campaigning for the upcoming
1964 election. While driving in a convertible
with his wife and Texas
governor John Connally,
shots were fired and
Kennedy slumped over.
surrounding this day in
history are the subject of
an in-depth unit taught
by Mr. David Reese in
his psychology class.
While students learn
of many significant
historical events, that single day fifty years
ago still carries an impact today, according
to retired history teacher Mr. Greg Parish,
who was a guest speaker for Reese’s
classes this month. To him, Kennedy’s
assassination could only be a shock to the
“No president had been assassinated
since McKinley ,” he said, “No one
thought it couldn’t happen; just no one
thought it would happen. [With that],
we lost a vision for the future.”
Although history records many
political assassinations, to this day,
Kennedy’s stands alone, according to
“He gave America hope, hope for the
Civil Rights movement, hope with Vietnam.
[He was] an attractive young politician who
was shot down in the prime of his life,” he
Senior Rae Valentine, a student in Mr.
David Reese’s psychology class, said
such topics are discussed in his class. She
said she learned of the changes the came
following the assassination — including to
what degree a president is protected.
“America had no choice but to protect
the most powerful
man in America,”
she said. “We
don’t want to have
the loss of their
feared what would
Reese said the
events leading up to and surrounding Nov.
22, 1963 must be remembered by future
generations — not only because of the
assassination but also the actions that may
have been taken as a result.
“It was the crime of the century, and it
could have brought about World War III,”
he said. “World War I was started with an
assassination, and this assassination could
have brought another [global] war.” n
“His assassination not only affects
us on an emotional level though; it
affected America’s history in general.”
— Mr. Greg Parish
said. “His assassination not only affects us
on an emotional level though; it affected
America’s history in general.”
For awhile, the course of America
“[How could] someone as small as
Oswald kill such an important leader seemed
unfair to the people,” he said. “America
was naïve at this time, and it made us all
lose a little faith in our country.”
John F. Kennedy, Jr. salutes his
father’s casket while standing
next to Mrs. Kennedy and sister
The John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame
is a presidential memorial at the
President John F. Kennedy
Arlington National Cemetery.
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Behind the traditions
From pardoning a turkey to the Macy’s parade, here is a look at some Thanksgiving customs
Story by Cassie Pratt
ne of the most famous holidays of the year, Thanksgiving is a time to sit back and watch some football and eat too much at
Grandma’s. It is also a time to carry out yearly family and national traditions. Since 1621, history has been a witness to various
Officially a Day of Thanks
Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until Oct. 3, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation,
determining that the last Thursday of November would be a day for “thanksgiving and praise.” Following presidents issued their own
Thanksgiving Proclamations, keeping Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. When President Franklin Roosevelt came into
office, he changed the date of Thanksgiving in 1939 to Nov. 23, since most people tended to their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving
— and they were at the height of the Great Depression.
A Reprieve for a Turkey
Each year, one lucky turkey is given a second chance as a result of the presidential pardon of a turkey. In 1963, President John F.
Kennedy sent back his turkey, writing, “we’ll just let this one live.” He didn’t technically pardon it but is recorded to be the first to spare
a turkey. It was President George H.W. Bush’s first Thanksgiving at the White House in 1989 that a turkey was officially “pardoned.”
Since then, every year the president has saved a turkey from becoming dinner.
Parade on 34th Street
Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a New York City tradition. It attracts more than 3.5 million people every
year to watch as well as 50 million TV viewers nationwide. Its first parade, however, occurred on Christmas. It consisted of knights,
clowns and jugglers trying to draw attention to Macy’s store. It was a six mile hike, from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan.
Tossing around the Pigskin
Watching football is a custom throughout fall, there is a particular affinity for the game on Thanksgiving: a showdown between the
Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. This particular tradition started when the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth Spartans, moved to
Detroit in 1930. The team’s owner knew that he needed to draw new fans to support the new team, so he put together a match between
them and the world champion Chicago Bears. The newly-named Lions lost; however, the tradition stuck. n
a recipe from Viking Views staff member Maddie Light
For the crust
1 stick melted unsalted butter,
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
For the cheesecake
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese,
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
For the pumpkin mousse
1 (¼ oz) envelope gelatin
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large egg whites
For the whipped cream topping
1 cup very cold heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9x13 pan. Mix melted unsalted butter and
graham cracker crumbs to make crust. Place and pat crust into your pan to form one
Begin making cheesecake by whisking cream cheese, eggs and sugar. Evenly spread
the cheesecake on top of the crust and place it into the oven for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix gelatin according to instructions. Sit and let soften.
In a large, heat-proof bowl, mix canned pumpkin, egg yolks, sugar, milk, coarse
salt and ground cinnamon. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water — the bowl
should not touch the water — and mix together until the mixture has thickened (approximately 8 to 10 minutes). Remove from the heat and combine with the gelatin. Let
it cool to room temperature.
Now, in another separate bowl you need to beat the egg whites until you see soft
peaks. That is when you lift the beater out and the edges of the egg whites curl. Then,
add the additional ¼ cup of sugar and beat again until medium peaks form. Combine
the room temperature pumpkin gelatin contents with the egg whites. Gently spread the
pumpkin mousse over the cooled cheesecake.
Finally, cover the dish and leave in the refrigerator for at least eight hours. When
ready to serve, combine heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract for a chilled
whip cream topping.
Serve and enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving from The Viking Views
Compilation and photos by Missy Johnson and Karinna Roknich
For fall and winter,
graphic sweaters and T-shirts
are hugely trending.
These can be found almost anywhere.
These individual articles of clothing can be
paired with high-waisted jeans and skirts.
Lately, that’s what most girls have been wearing.
Another trend seen frequently this year are leg
warmers and high socks. These are worn with boots
and stylish shoes.
This trend is often worn with a sweater and jeans, as
well as a skirt — and makes for a cute and comfortable
look for this season.
Almost all of this can be found affordably at Forever
21, Wet Seal, Urban Outfitters and other trendy
shops around the area.
Freshman Zahra Sandhu said she believes
everyone should have their own style.
“Style should reflect your
personality,” she said. n
With the winter
weather fast approaching,
many guys are getting into the style
of v-neck sweaters.
Many guys will pair a button down shirt with a
v-neck sweater not only to keep it classy, but keep
warm both outside and inside Hoover High.
Junior Heath Porter exemplifies this trend perfectly.
Porter said these are some of his favorite pieces in his
closet, adding that he’s always prepared.
“Sweater weather for every day,” he said.
Along with sporting the v-neck sweaters, some gentlemen have kicked it up a notch by going the super dressy
route. With this comes the revival of an old but classic
trend: the bow tie.
“I respect the bow tie. Not a fan of it, but I respect
it,” Porter said.
Though Porter may not be trying it, many
have dared to tie the bow on for dressy
days and dances. n
Each issue, The Viking Views staff will highlight a
number of trends. Models are then selected based on
those who wear the fashion.
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What do you love the most
about mission trips?
“The Fault in our Stars”
because it isn’t fake. It
shows real life and the
affects of cancer on teens.
I love being able to see kids
and how much of a difference they make with us. Society is so focused on yourself. It takes you out of your
What is your
book and why?
“Her presence brings absolute
joy and happiness.”
Story and Q & A by Danielle Huff
Photo by Danielle Huff
he transition between middle school
and high school is often intimidating
and stressful to students. Freshman
Paris Brasill has not only overcome the big
adjustment, but has excelled in all of her
high school pursuits.
By maintaining her grades, participating
in a multitude of extracurricular activities,
and giving up her time to others, Brasill is
continuously working hard and is actively
involved in the things she loves.
Over the summer while most people are
relaxing and taking a break from their busy
schedules, Brasill spends her summers
going on missions trips. She has recently
traveled to Pittsburgh, North Carolina,
Akron, and soon Mexico, where she said
she strives to help the less fortunate and
give back constantly.
“The missions trip from Akron was
really cool; volunteering at one of the most
poverty stricken areas was extremely eyeopening,” Brasill said.
The life-changing relationships and
experiences made have made Brasill into
the person she is today.
“We’re not coming in and fixing people,”
she said. “They help us more than we help
Singing, reading, and spending time with
friends and family is typical for Brasill,
and just few of her favorite pastimes. In
addition, keeping up with her grades and
maintaining high academic standards is
import to Brasill.
A subject she really enjoys learning is
“My favorite teacher is Ms. Schilling;
she makes the class so enjoyable,” Brasill
Although she is new to the high school,
Ms. Schilling had Brasill in 8th grade for
French, and continues to think highly of
“Paris is an absolute sweet girl,” she
said. “She puts demands on herself, but she
never gives up.”
Freshman Zahra Sandhu said she enjoys
being around Brasill as well.
“Paris is always putting other people
first,” she said. “Her presence brings
absolute joy and happiness. I’ve become
a better person because of Paris. You have
certain friends that you pick up good and
bad habits from, and I only pick up good
habits from Paris.”
Working hard in school and volunteering
year round keeps Brasill extremely busy,
but she said her one true passion is working
with children who have special needs.
According to her, the most influential
person in Brasill’s life is a four-year-old
named Maylee Kush. Maylee is Brasill’s
cousin who has Down Syndrome.
“It may sound silly to say a four year
old has an influential part of my life, but
Maylee has taught me a lot,” Brasill said.
Additionally, spending time with Maylee
has given Brasill the maturity to accept and
appreciate all people.
“Maylee has taught me that just because
you’re different doesn’t mean God doesn’t
have just as big of a plan for your life,”
she said. “She has given me even more of
a love and understanding of people with
When she is older, Brasill said she would
like to be a special education teacher and
work with younger children.
In addition to spending time with cousin
Maylee, Brasill also is involved in the
The Buddy Walk is part of an organization
that helps people adopt kids with Down
Syndrome. Along with its food, crafts, face
painting, the walk focuses on families who
have loved ones that face similar obstacles
each and every day.
“It is just so neat to see all these families
and other people with Down syndrome just
like Maylee,” Brasill said. “This is a day
for them, a day where they do not have to
feel like outsiders.”
Brasill’s aunt and uncle have “hosted”
the Buddy Walk for three years now,
making T-shirts to spread awareness of
special needs kids in public areas.
“Maylee’s T-shirt says, ‘Team Maylee
— Rockin’ her Designer Genes,’” Brasill
said. She reiterated why Maylee is an
“I just love being able to spend time
with Maylee, and am so proud of all the
new things she learns each day. She is so
clever, beautiful, and happy.” n
Where would you want to
What do you think about
the high school so far?
What is a quote you live
Paris — I’ve learned about it
in French class. It’s just so
beautiful. I’m a foodie so I
would want to try the food.
I like it a lot. It’s a pretty
easy transition, [because]
I was in the Jumpstart program. I’m excited for my
high school career.
“I live for Him because He
died for me.”
Each issue, The Viking Views staff will randomly select a Hoover student to be featured as a unique personality.
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By Kelsey Rife
Black Friday Shop
Know exactly what you want to buy and
stores you want to go to
2 Get enough sleep so you are well rested
before you shop
3 Go with someone or a group of friends
After all your Thanksgiving festivities are done, be sure to
take a power nap and be ready to shop.
Before you leave your house, know exactly what you want
to buy and where you are going. Depending on what stores
you are going to will affect the time you go. The mall usually
opens around midnight every year, other stores outside of
the mall have their own specific times.
No matter where you go you should leave early to get a good
spot in line.You are going to do a lot of waiting so go with a
group of friends to keep you entertained while waiting.
If you don’t want to go out on Black Friday you can stay in
and shop online; many stores have deals online too.
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Every single student at Hoover has one. Day in
and day out — the monotony continues.
However, what makes the high school experience
special — what will make us one day look fondly back
through the pages of our yearbooks — are the activities,
sports and clubs that exist outside of the traditional
From Academic Challenge to Drama Club, from Speech
and Debate to Lacrosse. Whether it is watching and
analyzing cartoons to cheering on the sports teams
with each passing season, Hoover offers a plethora of
clubs to keep students busy.
So sit back and read about some of what Hoover has
to offer — and if what is on the following pages does
not spark an interest, there is always the possibility of
a new club sprouting. Get ready to
Join the club...
— Intro by Josh Woods
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A 'fine' look at the arts
Students display creative, musical talents
Story Melanie Tuttle and Hannah Gill
Speech and Debate
From reciting prose poetry to defending your case, Speech and
Debate is a club for those who enjoy public speaking or proving a
point, and gives students the opportunity to spend time with people who share their same interests. Speech coach Missy Stertzbach
said the club is growing in number.
“There are seventy-seven kids this year, and it’s the biggest
team Hoover has ever had,” she said. n
Improv and Drama
Improv, along with drama, choir, orchestra and band make up
the performing arts department here at Hoover. All of these programs allow students to display different talents and abilities, and
to express their creative side. Improv adviser Mr. Darrell Woods
said Improv Club interests students because it forces them to think
outside the box.
“I think they enjoy it because it is different, not like all the other
groups; it is a group of kids who get together just to have fun,” he
Band, Orchestra and Choir
Viking instrumentalists can take part in band, orchestra, or both.
Those involved with the band all take part in both marching and
concert bands, and are offered the opportunity to also join jazz and
pep bands. Freshman Riley Matulich is a member of the Hoover
“I enjoy band, because we are like one big family and it’s a lot
of fun, even though it’s a lot of work,” she said.
Several different choirs are offered at Hoover to capture the interest of singers including Women’s Chorale and Symphonic Choir
Hoover also has a few select choirs that require auditions. They are
the Hi-Notes, Lo-Notes, and Hi-Los. n
For those who long to relive the days of simple arts and crafts,
Art and Culture Club may be the answer.
From creating art to exploring different art styles, the work
of the club often reflects the season — including finger painting
hand turkeys and pumpkin carving. They even provide face painting for elementary school events.
“It’s all about getting in touch with things you haven’t done in
awhile,” art teacher Mrs. Janet Baran said. Baran says the club is
one big family. n
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Stop the press
Student authors, journalists meet deadlines
For students who are fascinated with the inside workings of the
school or for those who have a passion for writing and photography, joining the Yearbook staff may be something to consider.
Yearbook combines all of these interests, while also allowing students to earn an elective credit.
“Yearbook is all about capturing the memories of our school,”
senior Clarissa Staley, a three-year member of yearbook, said. “It
Story by Anthony Massa
takes time, effort and sacrifice but in the end it’s worth it.”
The co-editor of the Yearbook, senior Helen Meffie, agreed.
“When you get that book, it justifies all the stress,” she said.
Yearbook advisor and art teacher Mrs. Tam Grandjean said
Yearbook attracts people with all different interests.
“We have graphic designers, journalists, photographers and
writers,” she said.
The Yearbook staff has a strong sense of friendship and the
members have all become close friends.
“I like how close we all are,” Staley said. “We have definitely
become a family.” n
Literary Magazine [LitMag] consists of nearly 300 students
who submit short stories, poems, photos, essays and other artwork
to be considered for the online publication that is produced each
“Essentially we showcase student creative work,” Mr. Andy
Rankin, English teacher and co-adviser of LitMag, said. “A common interest is being creative.”
Senior Amber Knepper, a two-year LitMag staff member, said
the club has a relaxed atmosphere.
“It’s an easy club to be in,” she said. “You have flexible schedule and it’s lots of fun.” n
A 'sporty' camaraderie
Students take the slopes, support Hoover
Story by Taylor Ulik
Often times, students struggle to balance schoolwork and sports.
Ski Club can be an alternative. The club offers an opportunity to
get out and get involved in a sport that isn’t as time consuming as a
varsity team. Ski Club is open to anyone, and Senior Cam Haverfield said the members usually go skiing on Sundays.
Haverfield said he is glad to have joined Ski Club.
“A lot of my friends are in it and I need something for my free
time,” he said, adding is now an avid skier, and often goes skiing
on Saturdays as well. n
Students who would rather support the clubs and teams here at
Hoover rather than being involved in them should consider checking out Pep Club.
The Pep Club is responsible for planning and coordinating all
events for Spirit Week. n
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Students continue academic excellence
Story by Becca Snyder
For those with a science-oriented mind, Chemistry Club may be
the choice to become academically involved. Students who enjoy
answering questions on all academic subjects should consider trying Academic Challenge.
Another option is Math Club, run by Mr. Jeff Kreis. The club
usually meets on Thursdays a few times each month. They play
math-related games, watch videos, and sometimes have guest
speakers. Different math teachers also pop in from time to time to
teach new techniques. But you don’t have to be a genius to join.
“Many students hope to major in a math-related field, but that is
by no means required,” Kreis said.
The Future Educators of America may interest those interested
in the teaching field. Adviser Mrs. Shirley Dobry said these students are often asked by the local elementary schools to volunteer
in after school programs, which ultimately gives these students an
opportunity to educate kids in the community — utilizing a realworld application. n
Chess: a game of wits.
Chess Club adviser Mr. Gary Kotila said the club is designed for
anyone interested in the game, regardless of skill level.
“There are a couple chess players who are very knowledgeable and
you can learn a lot,” he said.
The club participates in a number of tournaments throughout the
year. The first tournament this year was held Nov. 9.
Senior Mitchell Fabian said he enjoys being a member.
“Everyone is here for the enjoyment of chess,” he said.
“It is also a very fun environment and everyone is willing to
help each other.”
Meetings are held every Friday, after school until 4 p.m.
“What makes this club different from others here at
Hoover is the uniqueness of the kids. If you want to play
chess, and have fun doing it, this is the club to be in,” Kotila
Those with a creative mind and a knack for technology
should consider Robotics Club as the place to go. Sophomore Brandon Hinderer is a member of the club.
“I have always been taking things apart, so I decided to
get involved with it,” Hinderer said.
Robotics Club runs from January through the beginning
of March, and meets every day except on Sundays.
Engineering teacher and adviser Mr. Todd Alkire said requires a lot of dedication.
“The club is time-consuming and not unlike a varsity
sport,” he said.
Roles in the club include a team that designs and builds
the robot, a programming team that writes the language of
the robot and an electrical team that designs the electrical
systems and wiring for the robot. Robotics Club is also a
great opportunity for seniors, because the program is recognized by many colleges and is a great way to earn scholarships and school funding. n
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A melting pot of culture
Students study various world languages
Story by Ally Tsenekos
American Sign Language [ASL] is the only language that is visual.
The club, like many other world language clubs at Hoover, offers an
opportunity for its members to travel and experience the culture and
history of the language. According to ASL adviser Mrs. Susan Cammel,
the club members are looking forward to their trip to Gallaudet
University, the only liberal arts college for deaf students. n
As adviser for the Spanish Club, Mrs. Ann Dolvin said that the
club is a good experience for anyone interested in learning about
cultures in Spanish-speaking nations.
“[Students] get to do cultural things that are fun and associated
with the countries — including dancing and eating and making
Although the French Club only meets once a month, its members
participate in many activities throughout the year, including watching
movies, eating food and celebrating holidays. Freshman Carly
Huthmacher enjoys the fact that French Club is both educational and
“I’ve been in French class since eighth grade,” she said. “I love
French and I love the teacher.”
French Week, held the week of Nov. 18 this year, is a favorite among
its members. According to Huthmacher, club members will decorate
the showcase with cultural decorations and makes crepes. n
The adviser of this club is
first year teacher Miss Karen
According to her, club
members must have attended
a German class in the past or
The club meets and
organizes events once a
Leading the way
Students become mentors, plan HHS events
Story by Jenn Cammel and Jake Vogley
From the Buddy Project to Prom Committee to Agape Girls,
volunteer clubs offer a chance for students to help those out in
Freshman, Rachel Byrd said, “In Buddy Project we either play
games or do crafts with them and have a snack, and it is a very
If you’re interested in volunteer clubs, you can also join Agape
girls. Senior Danica Steiner enjoys Agape girls because she likes
playing games with the seventh grade girls and says it is most
definitely a rewarding experience.
Those interested in school events can join prom committees.
They plan out the annual prom and sell tickets and sweetest day
roses. So, if you can’t wait for prom, join thecommittee to be a
part of the fun all year.n
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Madison DeChellis n Carly Preston n Maria Stroia n Josh Woods
Dylanni Smith n Missy Johnson n Nate Leeson
The One Percent
“We strive to provide honest opinions while representing all sides
and to fairly portray the student body’s expressions.”
Thank you, Mr. President
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is one of the most respected people in American history. On the 50th
anniversary of his assassination, The Viking Views
staff wishes to reflect on the life of the man who
once called a “new generation of Americans” to public service. On the steps of the Capitol on Jan. 20,
1961, he asked, “Ask not what your country can do
for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
During the short tenure of his presidency, he did
much. In one of tensest moments of modern history, Kennedy kept his cool. As an orator, he rallied
the country whilst standing with his back pressed
against the precipice of nuclear annihilation, and as
a leader he served as the figure strong enough to
anchor a country that was quickly drifting toward
national panic. While his presidency wasn’t perfect,
he still holds a place in the heart of the nation —
another leader in a time of turmoil, struck down in
Well, Mr. President, the question is, what can we
do for your legacy? During your life, you led the
country through tumultuous waters, what can your
country do to honor you — after you had done so
much for it? While the staff and its adviser were not
here during your time as president, we humbly offer
this editorial as a way to say thank you.
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A.L.i.C.E. at last
After reading headlines on tragic school shootings
around the world, A.L.i.C.E. training has come to
Hoover High School. On October 9 and 10, students
gathered in Hoover Hall and learned everything regarding A.L.i.C.E. North Canton Police officers presented the students with the procedures and details
Superintendent Mr. Michael Hartenstein and the
school board made the decision of holding A.L.i.C.E.
training at Hoover. Students volunteered to present
the drill in front of their peers in the audience.
The training was a well-made decision.
Most students took it seriously during the training
— especially the students participating in the simulations. However, there were many mixed emotions
after this training. Some students found it beneficial;
others felt quite the opposite. As these tragedies occur, we at The Viking Views support the teaching of
A.L.i.C.E. and hope it can be a catalyst for change in
preparation for a time we hope will never come.
School safety is a crucial component — and the
student body must realize that. We hope through
this training, not just Hoover, but every school
throughout the country can stay secure. Through
A.L.i.C.E., we anticipate a more active, yet protective, environment in case of school emergencies.
are you thankful for this
“The tradition of making the
graduation from the ‘kids
table’ to the adult table.”
— Drew Orr, 12 Orr, 12.
“I am thankful for having
enough food and a place to
sleep every night.”
— Vanessa Snyder, 10
“I am thankful for friends
who can make me laugh, my
friends, for always supporting
whatever I do and teachers
and mentors for preparing me
for my future.”
— James Oakes, 11
“I am thankful for my amazing friends who are always
there to help and support me
—Jordan Thompson, 12
do you feel as though hoover appeals to
all interests through the various clubs,
activities and sports it offers?
“No, the clubs here do offer a wide
variety of activities, but I’ve wanted
a club that offers a refuge for gamers such as myself for awhile now.
Not just video games, but also tabletop games such as Dungeons and
— Tyler Reymond, 11
“Yes, I believe we do, but we
should promote all of the clubs
equally so we can show all that
we have to offer.”
— Sam Gratton, 10
“Yes, because the school
provides a club for all of
people’s interests and
likes. Hoover would also
be likely to allow you to
start your own club if you
— Laura Bergert, 10
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Too good to be true
Thoroughly Modern Miller
e loves me, he loves me not. This is the quintessential
phrase of a girl in love.
But are fairy tales and happy endings a thing of the past,
or are they looked at from a perspective of a movie go-er? To any
girl who has ever seen a chick flick, the idea of a relationship is
We watch movies like “The Notebook” or “Titanic” and we see
the “perfect guy” in Ryan Gosling and Leo DiCaprio. We expect
our guys to act like that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love these types of movies but I feel we
set our expectations to high. Movies spark an attention in us that
makes us feel as if every guy we meet is going to build a house for
us and save us from a sinking ship.
We fall in love with fantasy; we forget reality — plain and
simple. “I want a relationship like Noah and Allie or I want a guy
Sure, we all do. I do.
We know these examples by heart.
“The Notebook:” Noah writes Allie 365 letters after their
breakup and then proceeds to build a house for her all while she is
engaged to another man.
“Titanic:” Jack and Rose fall in love on a doomed ship and
their relationship tragically ends with Jack dying for her in the
Sorry to burst your bubble, but these characters are fictional.
Let’s look at it from a guy’s point of view. Look at the standards
we set for ourselves that very few people could live up to. I don’t
When we have these expectations of a guy writing you a letter
every day for a year, it’s hard for anyone to live up to. Why do we
put so much pressure on them? What do we see in the men that
portray these iconic roles?
We may never know.
So ladies, next time you watch “The Notebook” or “Titanic”
and ask where your Noah or your Jack is, remember, the right guy
is out there. Maybe he won’t write you 365 letters or give you his
space on a door in the middle of the Atlantic.
But he will make you feel special. And a type of special that
someone else won’t feel and you will never see in a movie. n
Laughing out loud
guess I just could not understand what was so funny.
Yet almost the entire group of students in the lecture hall was
chuckling or at least smiling. They didn’t even know what
kind of video they were watching but it was already somehow
humorous. A person’s face that was different from most because of
a complication around his childbirth.
I was offended by their laughter. I had seen the video a few
years ago as a freshman and also last year as a KOM, so I knew
what the video would say about this son and his hero of a dad who
form a Iron Man triathlon team.
As the video went on and the remarkably able young man made
awkward movements or facial gestures, I continued to hear stifled
I guess I just don’t understand how this is even remotely funny.
The boy in the video, Rick Hoyt, suffers from cerebral palsy.
He can’t walk. He can’t speak without computer assistance. He
can’t enjoy playing sports. He can’t drive his friends to Starbucks
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How is this humorous?
Watch what you laugh at. First, put yourself in that person’s
shoes. Is it really all that great? While what I mentioned above is
an extreme example, it gets the point across.
But this doesn’t end there. For example, if you book checked
someone for kicks and giggles? Think about it from their
perspective. A completely unprovoked attack. What if they were
having a rough day that you just made worse?
It all seems sad and depressing, but it is true.
Be more considerate about what you laugh at. If one of your
friends completely messes up and spells their name wrong, laugh.
If your friend tells an embarrassing story about himself struggling
with a car door only to find it was locked the entire time, laugh.
There is a time and a place.
All I ask that you just think about it first. Dig into your
consciousness and ask yourself if it is really worth the quick
chuckle. If it isn’t, why do it? Your laugh is a fleeting moment;
however, the result on that person may have a more lasting
s time changes, so does society and to think.
its habits. With the technology that
How long would you guess that it has
The New York Times runs short stories
we have today, we’re overstimu- actually been?
on their app for the people of our generalated. Many of us sit down in a room with
tion that are always on the run.
our smartphones, gateways to anything in
Not only are world-famous publications
the world we could ever imagine, and say
Now, take that thought and contemplate hurt, but smaller papers like The Viking
your answer for just a few moments. I’ll Views are affected in the idea that we’re
This boredom comes from the expecta- wait for you.
hard-pressed to run a book review because
tion of constant change and entertainment.
*Cue the “Jeopardy!” theme song.*
the people don’t want to read about readEvery day, hundreds of apps are added to
How many hours have you spent be- ing.
the various app stores and a large portion of tween “Angry Birds,” “Candy Crush,” FaPeople want to hear about what they
those are to become nothing but the newest cebook, and Twitter in that time frame?
know and love. People do not have a pasgame crazes.
According to Studies done by the Kaiser sion for books anymore, unfortunately.
The technology we
In many ways, books
have today for the most
can’t compete with the
part takes away from
levels of stimulation of the
simpler, but thought-provirtual world, but you have
“If I had all the time in the world,
voking, means of enterto give reading a chance.
tainment, such as books.
If you’ve taken the time
I’d read constantly, but that’s an
I find anymore that
to sit down and read this, I
unrealistic expectation of reality.”
books have become a
limited means of enterGo set down those
tainment simply because
phones and try reading a
people don’t want to
good novel, comic book
read. Mindless games
or anything else that has
like “Candy Crush” keep
your attention through the mental stimula- Family Foundation, an average teenager
Maybe try a good gear-churning murder
tions of flashing lights, loud, albeit annoy- spends upwards of seven hours a day on mystery and try to figure out whether it was
ing, sounds, and instant gratification at the their phone.
the butler or not [side note: it’s always the
end of every level.
Think of how many books you could’ve butler.]
Sure, I understand that sometimes it’s read in that time. You could’ve visited so
If a romance novel is more your style,
hard to sit down and read a book; I have many places and learned so many things.
read about the strife of the teenage heartan iPhone and I play games like “Cookie
Unfortunately, the world we live in isn’t throb. Pick up the ever-popular “Hunger
Clicker,” but I make a point of reading at exactly leading us to reading, especially to Games” series if you haven’t gotten around
least a book a month, and that’s a mini- reading anything of great substance.
If “Pride and Prejudice” is more your
Television and movies distract us from
Life sometimes doesn’t allow you to books by taking the creative imagery out style, more power to you, I hear they’ve
read either. Between school, family time, of our hands, leaving the creativity to the even added zombies to it. Yes, that’s right,
and after-school activities, I can’t always director instead of the imagination of the there’s a book called “Pride and Prejudice
enjoy the thriller that’s been sitting on my audience.
bookshelf for weeks.
Honestly, if you haven’t grabbed my
News has moved to more audience
If I had all the time in the world, I’d read friendly means by being on the televi- point, read a book that will be something
constantly, but that’s an unrealistic expec- sion, radio, or phone — once again taking you love, even if it has zombies or spartation of reality.
the need to read away, driving the general kling vampires.
Honestly ask yourself, when’s the last public away from the wonderful world of
It doesn’t matter what you read, but just
time you sat down to read a book? I ask print.
read something that has at least a couple of
many people this and they have a hard time
Even that which is renowned for being words. You might even find that you like
even trying to answer it, so I want you all in print is changing away from the world of it. n
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Years of ‘Doctor’
Commentary by Jenn Cammel
ime lords unite. Beware the Daleks, for the highly-anticipated 50th anniversary episode of “Doctor Who,” otherwise known
as “The Day of the Doctor” premiered Nov. 23.
The show’s popularity has been steadily increasing over the past few years although the first episode aired fifty years
One could argue the world is obsessed with The Doctor.
Many clothing stores have started selling Doctor Who merchandise, and there is now an amusement park in London called
The Doctor Who Experience, which is entirely dedicated to the show. The attractions makes you feel like you are actually in the
famous BBC television show.
But “who” is The Doctor?
In the show, The Doctor is very mysterious. He is known as a raggedy man, the oncoming storm, a space man, a caring father,
a time lord, and an imaginary friend. He continually keeps everyone wondering, Doctor ‘Who?’
This alien, who has the physical characteristics of a normal human being, travels through space and time and captures the interest of many.
His time machine, formally known as The TARDIS [Time And Relative Dimension In Space], has been a key component of
the show since 1963. The Doctor spends most of his time travelling the universe looking for adventure, usually finding problems
which he attempts to fix. He travels with his companions, who are usually ordinary humans without any special skills or powers.
He makes these journeys in the TARDIS [Time And Relative Dimension In Space].
When The Doctor is reaching old age and an imminent death, he regenerates in a new body with its own unique style and
personality. Since 1963, 11 actors have played The Doctor. The newest Doctor, [Peter Capaldi] will be introduced into the show
during the annual Christmas special.
With the first episode airing on November 23 1963, Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction show of all time. In a
poll by Entertainment Weekly in 2012, 59 percent said their favorite doctor was David Tennant, the 10th Doctor. 2013 Hoover
graduate Madeline Tauscher agreed.
“[David Tennant] really brought out the role as the doctor,” she said. “He brings out emotion. You get attached to him.”
Tennant left the show after his third season. Since 2010, The Doctor has been portrayed by Matt Smith. n
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Why The ‘Doctor’ is in
Commentary by Lauren Henley
octor Who appeals to many people for many different reasons. I enjoy it because every episode is an adventure. The Doctor
takes you in the past, future and all throughout the universe. The adventures wouldn’t be the same without The Doctor and
his companion. On these adventures, you become attached to the characters.
Even though most polls show David Tennant as the people’s favorite Doctor, mine is Matt Smith. His funny personality is what
makes him, in my opinion, the best. Many people know him for his bow ties.
Although I was sad to hear about Smith’s retirement from the show, I was excited to see how Peter Capaldi will portray The
Doctor. Capaldi is supposed to bring back the darker side of The Doctor. This will be a big change from Matt Smith. As I mentioned
before, Matt Smith’s character was upbeat and funny, so to have Capaldi bring back this dark side of The Doctor back will be a
change in the show.
In addition, the past three Doctors have been younger, so to bring back an older Doctor will almost bring a sense of the original
As for the species of Doctor Who, my favorite has to be the Weeping Angles. The Weeping Angles, which appear as statues,
cannot move while you are looking at them, but be careful not to blink because that’s when they can move. They are my favorite
because of the eerie feeling to them. After watching an episode, you will become more aware of your statue surroundings.
This show is so amazing because of the sci-fi elements. As you are watching, it makes you feel like you are actually traveling
throughout time and space. The characters are also something that makes this show a must see.
I suggest this show to anyone and everyone. It’s a great show if you like sci-fi, action and those shows that not everything is as
it seems. n
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3. Dazed and Confused
The music in this classic comedy epitomizes the mid-1970s and all of the culture
surrounding it. With acts like Alice Cooper,
Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, The Runaways
and Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could this soundtrack not make the top ten? Not to mention
KISS, Peter Frampton, and Aerosmith too
name a few more.
2. American Grafitti
Compiled by Carly Preston
Disclaimer: A soundtrack is not to be
confused with a movie score. A score is
original music created by a band and orchestra to go with each scene.
This Danny Boyle directed film focuses on
the 1990s Scotland drug scene. With party
scenes playing songs by prominent funk
and techno artists such as David Bowie and
Leftfield, and others featuring Blur and Joy
Division. All while highlighting classics
like “Perfect Day” by the late Lou Reed
and “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop this movie
weaves great acting and great music.
6. O Brother,
Where Art Thou?
This year 2000 comedy features some of
the most prominent music from The Deep
South in 1930. Featuring forgotten blues
and folk singers and modern gospel bands,
this album will be sure to please any fan
of the true classic American music. With
songs like “You are my Sunshine” and “I
am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” it’s easy to
see why this is so beloved to many.
5. Garden State
This 2004 Zach Braff film focuses on a
young mans return to his hometown after
his mother’s untimely death. Having garnered a huge cult following, this lesserknown independent movie, truly shines
with it’s amazing music. Having won an
Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack,
this folky album highlights artists like The
Shins, Zero 7 and Simon & Garfunkel. It
also includes the newly-released “Panic”
by Coldplay that truly brings this soundtrack to notability.
4. The Graduate
7. Saturday Night Fever
How could a list of best movie soundtracks
not include this 1970s staple? Containing
music by the golden men of Disco, The
Bee Gees, this album is sure to bring out
the dancing bone in anyone — disco hating
With songs written by all the Gibb brothers, but most notably Barry Gibb, no disco
fan could resist these groovey songs when
John Travolta’s hips start to boogie.
This 1973 coming-of-age film focuses on
a group of graduating teenagers in 1962
and their last night together. Drawing
from the times of early Rock n’ Roll and
Motown; musicians such as Fats Domino,
Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and The Beach
Boys lend their voices to this soundtrack..
As well as songs famous song including
the landmark instrumental piece “Green
Onions” by Booker T & The M.G.’s and
the original “Louie Louie” performed by
Richard Berry — making this soundtrack a
piece of music history.
When released in 1968, this movie’s soundtrack quickly rose to the top of the charts,
knocking the newly released Beatles’ White
Album off. With nearly every song written and preformed by Simon & Garfunkel,
This album raised the group to commercial
success with already recorded songs like
“Scarborough Fair” and “Sound of Silence.” However, the star song originally
called Mrs. Roosevelt was later changed to
Mrs. Robinson after director Mike Nichols
begged Paul Simon him to include it as an
original work on the album. The song became an instant success and is not one of
the duos most performed songs.
1. Pulp Fiction
With so many great Quentin Tarantino movie soundtracks, it’s hard to pick just one,
but this 1994 film has to win due to both its
versatility and non-traditional nature. With
nine tracks containing just songs, four with
dialogue and music, and three with dialogue alone this movie’s music set the bar
high for future soundtracks to come. With
artists like Dusty Springfield, Kool & The
Gang, Chuck Berry, and Al Green featured,
it’s hard to choose one favorite song. However, it’s Urge Overkill’s cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon”
that really shine in this cinema staple.
Juno n Goodfellas n Almost Famous n Fight Club
Rushmore n Empire Records n Pretty In Pink
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The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Guess who’s back. Back again. Shady’s back. Tell a friend. Well, not really. On his newest album, The MMLP2, Eminem informs the world that his days as Slim Shady are done.
The album, named as a sequel to his first studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, is a return to his 8 Mile roots. The aggression and vulgarity that Mr. Mathers has become known
for is definitely there, and as such the album cover is adorned with a “parental advisory”
label. Before the album dropped at midnight on Nov. 5, four tracks off the album had been
released: “The Monster, Berzerk,” “Survival,” and “Rap God.” On the latter track, we see
Eminem deliver a blistering 100 words in 15 seconds. While he’s not the fastest rapper in
the industry, he’s definitely a talented one. Talented enough, in fact, to earn five stars. n
— Nate Leeson
It’s Murder in the Wings
t’s Mr. Moon, he’s dead,” screams Nelva Odell [junior Autumn Jocas], the banker’s wife. That truly sums up the play, but let me elaborate.
The play opens up to a not-so-trustworthy publishing company, The Wings
Publishing Co., and the middle aged secretary, Tyrolia [senior Katy Campanaro] answering the repeatedly ringing phone. Soon Tyrolia is joined by her editor, Maddie
[senior Samantha DiGiacomo], and two readers, Kitty [senior Dawna Warren] and
her sister who’s always a step behind, Doris [senior Gabrielle Fatzinger].
It seems like a normal day until Maddie walks into the office of her boss, Elgarth
Moon, and he’s dead. Nothing had seemed wrong with him before that, but he was
definitely dead, a point Tyrolia made very clear.
Only minutes after Elgarth was found dead, the office was flooded by reporters,
actors, critics, writers, and camera men waiting to view the signing of Mr. Lionel
Upshaw’s [senior Graham Arnold] new play, “Done In.”
Havoc and hilarity were bound to ensue as Maddie, Tyrolia and Kitty tried to
hide the body from the masses. How could they possibly explain the death of their
boss and president an hour before the biggest party of the company’s history?
Eventually Maddie got an idea; she would tell the guests that it was a game and
simply a part of their promotional campaign. While the women all tried to hide Elgarth’s body from the assorted guests, the killer was revealed to be Lionel Upshaw.
Upshaw had a few moments alone with Maddie, and he pulled a gun, albeit an
orange gun, on her. The other guests believed that the entire charade was just a
cheesy conclusion to the game. The guests couldn’t believe it was Upshaw and just
continued to laugh.
The cops disguised as a janitor [senior Josh Woods] and Elgarth’s Fiancée [junior Ashley Horn] were the only two who figured it out and
arrested Upshaw, pulling him off the stage.
Things quickly wrapped up, and all the guests left happy, not quite sure if what they saw was real or only part of the game. In a matter
of minutes, only the four office girls were left. As the girls wheeled the body out, it rose from under its sheet and revealed none other than
Maxi [senior Brian Warner], a freelance author for the Wings. Although, I still want to know where he put the body, it seems the audience
will never know.
I’d like to give a shout-out to the Hoover Drama Club for pulling off this feat of theatrical hilarity and confusion. The show was full of
strong twists, turns and more than anything, laughs. The actors, tech workers, and directors all deserve a round of applause for putting on a
fantastic show. If you missed the show, make sure to see the next show in Hoover Hall, the spring musical: “Beauty and the Beast.” n
— Trent Cash
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Thor: The Dark World
nterested in dark elves, superheroes, and a little romance? If so, check out
“Thor: The Dark World,” starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman
and produced by Alan Taylor. After “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor, The Mighty Avenger [Hemsworth], fights to save Earth and all
of the Nine Realms from Malekith, leader of the dark elves of Svartalfeim,
who is looking to take over the universe. The dark elves are looking for their
aether, a dark red cloud of smoke, that Thor’s grandfather had buried in the
hopes that it wouldn’t be found.
Jane Foster [Portman] is Thor’s love interest as well as a scientist that
came upon the aether after being pulled through a portal. Loki [Tom Hiddleston] is Thor’s younger, evil brother that may help Thor defeat Malekith
This movie has the perfect balance of characteristics. With the action,
romance, humor, and plot twists, it will not disappoint.
The special effects and action shots are very good. Asgard, Thor’s home,
is like nothing ever seen before. If you have not seen “Thor” or “Marvel’s
The Avengers,” then I would not recommend this movie for you, as it will
be very hard to understand certain aspects of the plot. Although I have seen
“The Avengers,” it was still a little hard to follow along sometimes.
As for the plot itself, you may find yourself drifting off during a couple
scenes, especially if you don’t understand what’s going on. Also, avoid the
3D version; take my advice and save your money. The 3D effects don’t really live up to its expectation. Nothing really popped out. After a while I
forgot I was wearing the 3D glasses.
Overall though, it was a relatively good movie. Loki’s humor and the romance between Thor and Jane along with the odd-looking
dark elves will keep you interested. “Thor: The Dark World” is your typical superhero movie. He saves the world. He gets the girl —
with a few unexpected plot twists. If you like superhero movies along with a lot of action, then “Thor: The Dark World” is the movie for
you. Just leave the 3D glasses in the bin. n
— Celia Kellicker
s a long time fan of Arcade Fire, naturally I was excited for their fourth studio album, Reflektor, especially when I found out
it was co-produced by LCD Soundsystem retired frontman James Murphy. Suffice to say, the powerduo of Arcade Fire and
Murphy led not only my approval but the recognition and congratulations of other (more notable) rock critics. This album is a
long-haul for the listener at 75 minutes for 13 songs on two discs, but it is well worth it.
After the commercial success of The Suburbs and a grammy for album of the year, the band had a lot to live up to. Reflektor shows
their ability to progress and evolve as a band. Their previous albums have a cleaner sound, yet Reflektor is ridden with electronic beats
and foot-tapping rhythms — hence the influence of Murphy. The album was said to be influenced by a trip to Haiti and there is a hint of
Caribbean influence, especially in songs like “Here Comes the Night Time.” The rhythm and groove embody an 80s vibe and there are
lots of subtle influence of classic rock. The band decided to ditch their funeral clothes and have a little fun this time around.
My favorite is “Reflektor,” the first song released,
because this one is just funky, perfect party music.
For a more rocky grainy feel, listen to “Normal
Person” and enjoy the satire of singer Win Butler
slowly asking “Do you like rock and roll music/ cuz’
I don’t know if I do.” The bassline in “Joan of Arc”
is one to move to.
Overall, this album is the embodiment of all the
great classics — The Beatles, David Bowie, Ziggy
Stardust — and is designed to pay tribute to the
many ways music reflects on our lives. Even after
great success, Arcade Fire continues to push the limits and please the public. n
— Maddie Pinney
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Compiled by Tyler Bradley
Head Coach: JC Heighway,
Assistant Coaches: Jesse
Varsity Boys: Joey Harrison,
Anthony Inzetta, Aaron Gresham, Tyler VanNatten, Preston
Varsity Girls: Kaleigh Barth,
Lauren Barth, Amanda Dowling, Rachel Glatz, Korina Kalb,
Key Competition: New Years
competition at Park Center
Center lanes. Jackson
Season Outlook: “We have
a ton of experience going into
this season. I look forward to
our juniors and seniors stepping in and helping the younger
members on the team to develop and learn off of their experiences.”
—Coach JC Heighway
Head Coach: Geoff Bishop
Assistant Coaches: Josh Palsa,
Mark Wetzel, Shawn Krucek, Brian
Spencer Mackert, Zach Lawson,
Mike Magana, Dylan Oney, Kyle
Policicchio, Alec Weber, Alex Zielke, Ben Bishop, Nathan Murphy,
Key Competition: Avon, Elyria Catholic, Lakewood, Midview,
Western Reserve Academy
Season Outlook: “We have a
great group of student athletes
who have the ability and desire to
be competitive this year in our division and repeat the success we
enjoyed last season.”
—Coach Geoff Bishop
Head Coach: Randy Montgomery
Pado, Terry Cook, Annie Montgomery
Returning Lettermen: Austin Candea, Joe Jackson, Nick
Evans, Austin Blyer, Phil Shori,
Tony Iero, Jake Jajack, Tristan
Ross, Matt Zehnder, Addison
Crawford, Tyler Drabick
Key Competition: Akron St
Vincent St Mary, three games
in Arizona Cauctus tournament
Dec. 26-31, Massillon, Federal
Season Outlook: “Hustle and
depth must be our ally. Experience will come and make the
team better and better as the
season goes on hopefully!”
— Coach Randy Montgomery
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Head Coach: Matthew Johnsen
Assistant Coaches: Rick Morrison, Eric Shahan, Carol Reigler
Returning Letter Winners: Zach
Kennedy, Alex Lammlein, Stephen Watson, Brandon Burgess,
Michael Cochenour, Alex Green,
Curtis Roden, Nathan Spaid, Armando Ventosa, Markus Brandle,
Gavin Carper, Mitch Ganuelas,
Zane Grissett, Zach Napholz, Justin Richards,Tom Schnettler
Key Competition: Each year, the
boys biggest challenge is beating
Hudson High School’s swim team.
Season Outlook: “We lost a lot
of talent to graduation. We have
a chance ‘grow up’ if train well!”
—Coach Matthew Johnsen
Head Coach: Abbey Allerding
Assistant Coaches: Christopher Moore, Tim Vandervaart, Terry Moore, and Tyler
Returning Lettermen: Kaylee Stroemple, Kelsey Lensman, Kailtyn Runner, Julie
Worley, Marquia Turner, Allie
Farina, Adrienne Sarbaugh,
Lexi Manos, Tiffany Bentler
Key Competition: McKinley
Season Outlook: “With a
strong group of seniors leading the way, the Lady Vikings
have worked hard in the offseason to improve. They are
practicing and learning to
work as a team. They are anticipating the season ahead.”
— Coach Abbey Allerding
Head Coach: Mathew Johnsen
Assistant Coaches: Rick
Morrison, Eric Shahan, Carol
Returning Lettermen: Kimberlee Aston, Sarah Evans,
Marisa Fernandez, Maggie
Mullens, Lauren Nist, Alyssa
Snyder, Alexandra O’Connor,
Molly Patterson, Sarah Tolson, Carlie Grandjean, Jessica
Schaper, Emily Triner
Key Competition: Federal
League: Jackson and Boardman
Season Outlook: “We have
great senior leadership and
an eager squad of freshmen
— Coach Matthew Johnsen
The finishing touch
Hoover graduate dots the “i” for OSU band
otting the”i.” Since 1936, it has
been an Ohio State tradition, where
few have had that honor. For one
Hoover alumnus, that honor became a
That Hoover alum is 2008 graduate Matt
Reed, who is extremely thankful to
have the opportunity to dot the “i”
with the OSU marching band.
“It’s the greatest honor a Buckeye
could ever participate in,” he said.
The fifth year Ohio State student
explained why this tradition is such
“It seems like every week we
hear about some famous and/or rich
person asking to dot the ‘i,’” Reed
said. “The best part is that it’s not
something you can buy, but rather
something that has to be earned
through years of dedication and hard
Reed added the Ohio State band is
very competitive. Members who have
been in the band once are not always
guaranteed a spot the following
year, and not every member gets to
perform at all the games.
The band assigns ranks based
on the number of performances a
member has participated in. In order
to be eligible to dot the “i,” a student
must be a fourth-year sousaphone
player and have an exceptionally
high rank. The higher your rank, the more
likely you are to dot the famous letter. This
year, Reed has acheived the highest rank.
“It took a great deal of diligence, practice
and hard work, but at the beginning of my
fourth year, I was able to earn the position
of being ranked first for this season,” he
Reed was able to pick two football games
at which he wanted to dot the “i” and he
chose a home game against Wisconsin on
Sept. 28 and the traditionally sought-after
Michigan game in Ann Arbor on Nov 30.
Reed has accomplished much in his
life already, and said he doesn’t plan on
slowing down soon. While he looks toward
the future, Reed believes high school has
played a big part in his life.
“I’m very lucky to have the experiences I
did at Hoover,” he said. “There’s no secret
to having the best high school experience.
But if I could offer any piece of advice,
it’d be to get involved no matter what year
you are. It doesn’t matter if it’s band, cross
country or Anime Club, just find an excuse
to be around people.”
Reed said students will remember those
“If you think back to the greatest
moments and memories of your life, I
guarantee they didn’t happen when you
were by yourself,” he said. “They happened
when you were with other people. High
school is better in company; life is better
While at Hoover, Reed was involved
with the Marching Band, Leadership
Council, President’s Council, National
Honor Society, Choir, Ski Club, Academic
Challenge, Mock Trial and French Club.
He also lettered in both Cross Country and
Track and earned the rank of Eagle in Boy
Scouts. At The Ohio State University, Reed
is majoring in electrical and computer
engineering, with a minor in biochemistry.
He’s in the pre-medical program and
plans to go to medical school.
Besides being involved in a variety
of different clubs and organizations,
Reed also took great pride in his
schoolwork. History teacher Mrs.
Alberta Bowman knew Reed was a
exceptional student when she had
him in her advanced placement
American History class [APAH]
during his sophomore year.
“Matt was very creative, and he
earned great grades in my class,”
Bowman said, remembering how
Reed was always willing to go the
extra mile in class. “Whenever the
class had the option to do an optional
project, he and his friends would
always take that opportunity.”
Reed is exceptional both in the
classroom and out.
“Matt was always a lot of fun to
be with,” Mrs. Ann Bradway, who
worked closely with him on the
Leadership Council, said. “He was
a great kid, just a wonderful young
man. He’s very detail-oriented, very
goal-oriented, and I think that’s what
has helped him to be so successful.”
All in all, Reed said he enjoyed his time
at Hoover High School.
“My favorite part was definitely the
people,” he said. “There is a great faculty
and staff, and an even greater community
surrounding the school. Growing up a
Hoover Viking is something to be thankful
(above and center) Graduate Matt Reed
dots the “i” in the Ohio State University
Band Sept. 28, and will dot the “i” again
during the Nov. 30 game. He has been a
student at the university for five years. n
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The Drive — a day in Browns history
n the closing minutes of the AFC
Championship, the Browns were
clinging to a tight 20-13 lead and
had the Denver Broncos and future star
quarterback John Elway pinned at their
2 yard line. As a Cleveland sports team,
we shouldn’t be surprised that we found a
way to lose that game. It seems to be our
goal to always fall just short of an elusive
trip to a Super Bowl.
Throughout his career, Elway established himself as “King of the Comeback.” That night went on to be no different. In a game where he totaled 300 yards,
Elway did what all great players do; he
made great plays.
This drive should have been stifled
right from the start. The old Browns Municipal Stadium was by far one of the biggest home field advantages at which to
play, and the Browns also boasted one of
the best defenses in the league. With all
these factors along with the Browns having to march 98 yards down the field, the
game was the Browns’ to win.
And the Broncos marched.
One factor was the fact that the Browns
were unable to force Elway into a fourth
down. Elway might be one of the most
clutch players of all time, but an inability
to force him into a pressure fourth down
is incredibly important.
During the drive, the Browns forced
Elway into many sticky situations.
Throughout the drive Elway kept the
Browns defense on their toes with his array of runs and bullet passes thrown on
the run. Many of Elway’s players said
that they’d never seen him so calm as he
orchestrated almost every play to perfec-
with Tyler Corbit
The Browns defense was so baffled,
it’s said that they were looking at each
other yelling, “Will somebody stop him
already?” Throughout the game, Elway’s
icy nature and ability to march right
through a stingy Browns defense silenced
an almost deafening crowd.
Finally, Elway was in the Red Zone.
In the zone, he finds himself at 3-and-1 at
the Cleveland five yard line.
It’s the 15th play of the drive.
Elway throws a bullet on a slant route
to receiver Mark Jackson that makes it a
tie game after the extra pointed is added.
During the Drive Elway went 6-7 with 78
yards passing as well as 20 yards rushing.
After regulation, Elway lead a 60 yard
drive in overtime to set up kicker Rich
Karlis for a chip shot field goal to send the
Broncos to the Super Bowl of which they
went on to lose 39-20 to the Giants. n
Strong as steel
True or Falce
our Super Bowl victories and 238
sacks later, the incredible Pittsburgh
Steelers defensive line has truly left
a lasting impact on the game of football.
Nicknamed the Steel Curtain, these four
men revolutionized the way a defensive
line should look in the NFL. Even more
so, all four of their starters were AfricanAmericans playing in a league where segregation was still a dominant aspect in the
game. Now, after nearly 35 years since
they last played, there is only one player
On Sept. 29, former Steelers defensive
with Andrew Falce
end L.C. Greenwood, one of the two remaining of the Steel Curtain, died from a
kidney failure at the age of 67. He joins
fellow squad members Ernie “Fats” Holmes and Dwight “Mad Dog” White.
Holmes, a defensive tackle drafted in
the eighth round of the 1971 draft, enjoyed a six year career in Pittsburgh before being traded due to weight issues.
He accounted for 40 sacks in his career
before retiring. He died at the age of 59
when his car rolled off of a Texas highway and he was thrown through the car.
He was pronounced dead on the scene.
White, a defensive end drafted in the
fourth round of the 1971 draft, spent his
entire career wearing black and gold. He
amassed 46 sacks and four super victories before retiring in 1980. He died due
to complications from an earlier surgery
at the age of 58.
This leaves the sole survivor of the
Steel Curtain Hall of Fame: defensive
tackle “Mean” Joe Greene. The only
member of the Steel Curtain to be in the
Football Hall of Fame, Greene enjoyed a
lustrous career with the Steelers, compiling 78.5 sacks over the course of his 12year career.
The Steel Curtain, once a strong and
robust group of four, has since been dwindled down to only one surviving member.
These men have left a lasting impact on
the game of professional football and in
the battle for racial equality. The Steel
Curtain was the first all African-American dominant defensive line. Since then,
the NFL has become more diverse in welcoming other ethnicities, but during the
1960s and 70s, racial equality was a raging issue.
The NFL has yet to see such a dominant defensive line since the 1970s Steel
Curtain. They have left a true legacy behind them and have created the definition
of what a dominant defensive line should
be. Fighting through racial barriers and a
tough sport, Greenwood, White, Holmes
and Greene have, and always shall leave,
a lasting impact. n
Sports|The Viking Views|37
ith practices beginning in early June and the season ending in
mid October, volleyball is a very time consuming sport. One
must be dedicated and a hard worker to make it through the
long, early practices of the summer to the final game of the season.
This dedication is a must for sophomore Malia Weaver.
Weaver has been playing volleyball since seventh grade. She has
many supporters who she feels make her a stronger player.
“My biggest supporter would have to be my mom,” she said. “She
comes to all my games and is definitely one of my louder fans.”
Throughout the season, the team bonds through the practices and
games, and supports each other every step of the way.
“We have great chemistry with each other,” Weaver said. “Every single one of my teammates is very supportive.”
Sophomore teammate Hannah Davis said Weaver has incredible tenacity, while also maintaining a good attitude.
“Malia is a hard worker,” she said. “She puts full effort into everything
she does. She’s a really positive influence to the team because she has
such a passion not only for the sport but for winning as well.” n
Story by Dylanni Smith n Photo by Madison DeChellis
Hoover Hot Shots
all is football season. Every Friday night, hundreds of people
come out to support the football team. Senior Josh Moss said it is bittersweet knowing this is
his last year playing football for Hoover.
Moss has been playing football since third grade and has been
with it ever since, saying the sport has given a sense of camaraderie.
“Over the past three years my teammates and I have bonded
really well together,” he said. “We can go to each other for anything.”
Teammate and friend Jake Garfield said Moss is very dependable.
“You can always trust that he has your back,” Garfield said.
In addition to teammates, Moss is also devoted to the game.
“Josh has made a lot of key plays this year when we needed it,”
Garfield said. “Every time the ball was thrown to him, you could
trust that he would make a play.”
Moss said he will always remember the good times he had on
“I’m going to miss being out there with friends and playing on
Friday nights,” he said. n
Story and photo by Macie Moneypenny
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PHOTO COURTESY OF KARISSA HAASZ
Hoover vs. Jackson
(clockwise from top left) Senior Luke Grandjean prepares
the red zone offense against their biggest rival, Jackson.
The boys won 51-42. n
The defense huddles around
Coach Burtscher. The defense consists of eleven players. n
The offense prepares another red zone play. They stayed
on top of their game against Jackson. n
huddles while discussing their next play. The boys intense
communication lead them to a win. n The student section
begins to celebrate their impending victory. Through rain
and snow, the student section was always there to support
their team. n Senior cheerleaders McKenzie Padgitt, Kendall Haasz, Kylie Shambaugh, and Karissa Haasz cheer at
their last game of the season. The girls have been cheering
together since seventh grade. n PHOTOS BY ANGELA GUSBAR
(clockwise from top left) Seniors Gabi Fatzinger and Jacob Voegele pose for a photo on Twin Day. The pair dressed as an old couple and
stayed in character all day. n Seniors Corrin Pelini, Taylor Zaher and Taylor Pocock smile on Spirit Day. Every Spirit Week, students are
encouraged to dress in school colors to support their football team. n Freshmen Sydney DeChellis [with freshman Jason Pepper] and
sophomore Andrea Rambacher pose for Character Day. This was the first year Hoover had this theme day. n Freshman Shelby Keys and
sophomores Adam Hutchings and Dan McGill pose on Jersey Day. Students had the opportunity to wear their favorite team's jersey. n
Sophomores Hallie Brobson and Alexis Montague are 'wacked out' on Wacky Wednesday. Students look forward to going all-out on this
day every year. n Junior Kate Enot makes Bret Zucal a box on Spirit Day. The football team beat Jackson 51-42. n
PHOTO COURTESY OF TODD WEBER/ LIFETOUCH
Spirit Week 2013