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November 2009
Hi Times Issue 2 Vol. 101
2009-2010 Hi Times Staff
Melanie Beres
Cassy Swanson
News editor:
Natalie Pritz
School News editor:
Heather Mead
Sports editor:
Ricky Gagnon
Features Editor:
Laura Rosenbaum
Richie Finlay
Celebrate making unique treats
Staff Writers:
Anissa Aldana
Brittany Belkiewitz
Jordan Bello
John Decker
Lauren Dipert
Scott Donaldson
Jon Gardner
Danielle Henry
Emily Jorgenson
Alex Lopez
Israel Ramirez
Matt Reed
Katelin Rosenbaum
Alex Saliwanchik
Erin Sass
Skyler Short
Shelbi Smith
Courtney West
Zachary Winslett
Ads Manager:
Samantha Holifield
McDonald goes to nationals
Matt Reed
Staff Writer
Once and a while a student at LPHS has a skill that goes unnoticed
by many. Brian McDonald is one of those people.
McDonald’s bowling has lead him to nationals where he came in
first place. The competition took place in Indianapolis Expo-Bowl
where over 1000 kids competed. The competition lasted for two
“It was a pretty hard competition”, said McDonald.
McDonald started bowling then he was about three years old. He
became interested in bowling from his grandparents, who also gives
him his inspiration.
McDonald bowls mostly on Saturdays, and is currently in a league,
although he has considered joining the high school bowling team
this year.
“I’m just doing it to get some scholarship money”, said Mcdonald.
Basketball teams preview
talent for 2009-2010 season
Cassy Swanson
Editor in chief
For those people who have
been craving to see the talent of
the 2009-2010 La Porte basketball teams, the 30 year anniversary of Louie’s Basketball Night
will be held on November 16.
“Louie’s night is the intrasquad scrimmage for the boys
and girls basketball teams. The
teams split up and play against
each other,” said boys Head
Coach Wells.
The scrimmages start at 6:00
p.m. and are expected to last
until 9:00 p.m. The event will
be held in the main gym and the
cost is the same as any regular
basketball game.
“Since this is the 30 annual anniversary of the event, we will
be selling t-shirts in honor of
the 30 years,” said Coach Wells.
Fans who would like to see the
basketball teams in play before
the regular season will be given
and chance and will be able to
meet the players.
Senior basketball player Evan
Jurjevic said, “People come to
see how the basketball programs
will be this year.”
The scrimmages are also beneficial for the players, who have
a chance to play in front of an
audience, possibly for the first
“The goal for the night is to get
a feel for the game-like situations for the upcoming season,”
said Jurjevic.
Coaches will also be using the
night to make final decisions for
the winter season.
“It is another tool for the coaches to continue the evaluation
process,” said Coach Wells. “It
is another opportunity for every
player to prove his/her playing
time or expand his/her role.”
Photo Provided by: Heather Mead
The cranberry mini cakes are a fun and festive way to have a
unique sweet treat on Thanksgiving day.
Heather Mead
School News Editor
Thanksgiving is a time for
families to come together from
around the country to catch up
on what is occurring in everyone’s lives, to watch and play
football, to consider what they
are thankful for, and to eat as
much as they can.
Thanksgiving is usually associated with the usual: stuffing,
cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie,
deviled eggs, mashed potatoes
and gravy and turkey, while other families have unique foods.
Senior Alexis Butts has eaten two unique Thanksgiving
“I think the strangest would be
eating cooked macaroni noodles
in curry sauce. While I was in
Germany, my host sister made it
all the time,” said Butts. “[Also]
one year instead of roasting the
turkey, my uncle fried it. It was
pretty good, just really greasy.”
Freshman Nathan Moore eats
turkey, mashed potatoes with
gravy, beats, turkey stuffing,
cranberries, green beans, oyster
dressing, rolls and sweet potato
“At one point we had clam
chowder too,” said Moore.
English teacher Mrs. Cooper
usually eats turkey, stuffing,
mashed potatoes, green bean
casserole, and pumpkin pie, but
has celebrated the holiday with
a Thanksgiving lasagna.
“At my family’s house, we always have some kind of pasta
because my mom doesn’t eat
birds,” said choir teacher Mr.
Other unique foods that can
be seen around the dinner table
on this holiday include cream
cheese filled celery, rutabaga,
Mince pie, Persimmon pudding,
caramelized, spicy carrots, macaroni and cheese, collard greens,
gingersnaps, and S’more’s.
Butts said, “My favorite food to
eat on thanksgiving is our blueberry pie. My grandpa and I always race to see who will get the
first slice.”
Cooper’s favorite holiday food
is cranberries.
“My mom makes awesome
cranberries in a blender with
oranges. It’s so yummy,” said
“Glazed Cranberry Mini Cakes”
Found at
Cook time: 30 minutes; 10 min.
Makes 36 mini cakes
- 1/3 c. softened butter or margarine
- 1/3 c. granulated sugar
- 1/3 c. light brown sugar,
- 1 egg
- 1 ¼ t. vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
- ¾ t. baking soda
- ¼ t. salt
- 2 T. milk
- 1 ¼ c. fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
- ½ c. walnuts, coarsely
- 1 2/3 c. Hershey’s premier white
chocolate chops, divided
- 2 T. vegetable oil
1. Heat over to 250 degrees F
2. Lightly grease or paper-line
small muffin cups( 1-3/4 in. in
3. Beat butter, granulated sugar,
brown sugar, egg and vanilla
extract in large bowl until light
and fluffy.
4. Stir together flour, baking
powder, baking soda and salt;
gradually mix into butter mixture.
5. Add milk, stir until blended
6. Stir in cranberries, walnuts
and 2/3 c. white chips (reserve
remaining chips for glaze). 7. Fill
muffin cups about 7/8 full with
8. Bake 18-20 min. or until wooden pick inserted in center comes
out clean.
9. Cool 5 min.
10. Cool completely
11. To prepare the while glaze:
place remaining 1 c. white chips
in small microwave-save bowl;
sprinkle vegetable oil over chips
12. Microwave at MEDIUM
(50%) 30 sec.; stir
13. If necessary, microwave at
MEDIUM at additional 30 seconds or just until chips are melted when stirred.
14. Drizzle white glaze over top
of mini-cakes.
15. Refrigerate 10 min. to set
Rise of underground music scene
Anissa Aldana
Staff Writer
Most know the drill: that new, catchy song that’s replayed over
and over on MTV and the radio just doesn’t seem to leave the
heads of our youth all throughout the day. A new band has managed to climb their way to the top, whether it be with one giant
step or thousands of small ones they’ve taken over the years.
A band such as this is All Time Low, who just a couple of years
ago were just the opening band that warmed up the stage as people still entered the venue, once opening for bands who now open
for them. Others include Paramore, Cobra Starship, and even the
Devil Wears Prada, who have played in La Porte.
Getting big in the music industry is not an easy feat. Some bands
may be lucky enough to gain fame through a popular song that
gets them noticed. Others spend years of constant promotion and
touring in order to get on their feet. Once they’ve made it this far,
the bands then tries to maintain popularity within the underPhoto Provided by Anissa Aldana
ground music scene and continue to expand their fan base, as well
Saosin playing at the Riveria.
as the size of the stage they will take on.
The guys of the band Pensive said, “Controlling the music industry are the fans! Fans don’t make distinctions between signed and unsigned bands anymore. They support the bands they love, and use the power of the internet to spread the word about their favorites.”
Many fans are willing to go to strenuous lengths for the bands that they love and adore, and the bands
are thankful in the truest sense. The love and passion fans show cause them to be more than just fans,
they become friends, and sometimes even family.
After shows, there are always people standing at the doors, waiting for the concert goers to leave.
There, they hand out flyers, demos, Myspace addresses, and virtually anything that may get the band
“Today fans have a lot of personal contact with their favorite bands and the old days of mysterious,
unapproachable rock star back stage is an anomaly. The most avid fans now become friends in the truest
sense and the bonds are real and lasting.”
Some just ignore handouts and toss these things on the ground or leave them in the back seat of a car.
On the other hand, some essentially take home the promotion items and give these bands a chance.
If lucky and talented enough, the bands will be given a shot to showcase what they’ve got to offer at
the summer tour, the Vans Warped Tour. This tour gives bands the opportunity to gain tremendous
amounts of fans and fame, and the opportunity to soar to the top of the music scene. Therefore, Kevin
Lyman, creator of the tour, has the ability to determine whether or not the band will climb to the top or
fall flat, being left in the dust and the other tour busses head for the next venue.
Club float winner: PSI
Class showcase winner: Sophomores
Runner-up: Show Choir (not pictured) Runner-up: Seniors (not pictured)
Photo Provided
Photo by Laura Rosenbaum
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Second runners-up: Lisa Mullen, Jordan Beasley
King and Queen: Matt Reed, Nicky Lang First runners-up: Natalie Pope, Greg Wedow(not pictured)
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Door Decoration: Mrs. Rosenbaum,
door decorated by Jadie Novak