March 2012 Panther Tale


March 2012 Panther Tale
Panther’s Tale
MARCH 2012
Saint Patrick’s Day
Melissa Bass
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and
religious holiday celebrated internationally
on March 17. St. Patrick is most commonly
recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. In
the seventeenth century, it was made an
official feast day and has gradually became
a secular celebration of Irish culture.
Originally, the color associated with
Saint Patrick was blue, but over the years
the color green has grown in its association
with the holiday.
The United States has adopted this
holiday, not officially, but a lot of people celebrate it. One sport event on this
day is the St. Patrick’s Day Test, which is a international rugby league
tournament between the USA and Ireland. In the United States, it’s not an
official holiday, but we still celebrate it by displaying the color green,
feasting, consuming alcohol, taking part in religious observances and
marching in parades. This day has been celebrated since the late
eighteenth century and is primarily observed as a celebration of Irish or Irish
American culture. When the holiday came to America in 1737, it was
publicly celebrated in Boston.
One popular icon for this day is the shamrock; it is a wild growing,
three-leaved clover. Recently, the “authentic luck” as been running a little
low in Ireland, because two harsh winters have affected the plants growth.
The leprechaun, which has been linked to Saint Patrick's Day, was
first a type of Irish folklore. There also known to have a hidden pot of gold at
the end of the rainbow. First this little guy was known to wear red, but after
being connected to this holiday, his wardrobe was then changed to green.
Black History Month
Tabitha Rettig
February was Black History Month was a very important month of the year for
many people because many great things happened. About 100 years ago, blacks had
no rights at all; they were slaves, and the only way to get their freedom was to
somehow escape and get to the North for their freedom. The men who stood up for
their rights were looked up to by blacks and looked down upon by whites.
These were very unfair times for these people. Some recognizable names
form history include Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King, Jr., etc.
These people played a huge part in black history and remain very important to all of
us. Rosa Parks stood up for her rights on the bus; Harriet Tubman led people through
the underground railroad to freedom; and King stood up for everyone's rights with his
“I Have a Dream” speech.
But, there are many more people that were a big part of African Americans
rights. Right now, we have another part of African American history starting with our
first black President Barack Obama. This has been a huge step in life for African
Americans and for the country.
2011-2012 Panther Tale Staff
Sierra Davis
Melissa Bass
Hannah Harms
Angela Pahl
Tabitha Rettig
Branden Kleppe
Brittany Quigley
Steph Stumme
What You’ll Find
St. Paddy’s Day
Black History Month
Coca Cola’s Birthday
Common Baby Names
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Coca-Cola’s Birthday
Common Baby Names in
2011 and 2012
Branden Kleppe
Sierra Davis
Coca-Cola is one of the oldest sodas still being produced; it was
Every year thousands of babies
on March 29th, 1886, when it was first invented, and now it is one of the
are born around the United States. New
major soda pop producers in the world. According to the Heritage Cocanames become popular, and old names
Cola Website, it was that day in March of 1886 when Atlanta pharmacist
that have been around forever are still
John Pemberton created the drink out of curiosity and started to sell it at
being used. Names like Matthew, Ryan,
his pharmacy. He sold the drink for 5 cents a glass, and Frank Robinson, Jacob, and John are names that have
John’s bookkeeper named the drink Coca-Cola and wrote it in the
been used for generations. Girl names
famous script that is still being used by the company today. Pemberton
such as Sara, Emily, Abigail, Elizabeth,
sold about 9 glasses of Coca-Cola a day, but in 1888, John Pemberton
Jennifer, and Rebecca are also
died. Through 1888 and 1891, an Atlanta businessman named Asa
generational names. However, the year
Griggs Candler bought and secured the rights to Coca-Cola for $2,300.
2011 has come up with some original
Candler would later become the first president of the company and bring names. Newer girl names that were
the drink to fame. When Candler was selling the drink, he also started
given to babies in 2011 are Addison,
selling popular Coca-Cola memorabilia.
Brooklyn, Avery, Evelyn, Harper, and
From 1893 and 1918, the company and the drink were growing
Aubrey. Popular 2011 boy names are
fast into a huge company, making the demand great. In 1916, the
Brayden, Jackson, Jayden, Ethan, Liam,
famous contour bottle was introduced, and the business was flying. As
Kaden, Logan, Gavin, and Landon.
Coca-Cola became really popular, it was soon sold in several countries
Names are extremely unique
and U.S territories.
and different all over the world. For
In 1919, Ernest Woodruff bought the company from Asa G.
example, popular girl names in Mexico
Candler. Four years later in 1923, Robert Woodruff, Ernest’s son,
are Graciela, Perla, Camila, and
became president of Coca-Cola and he would bring the company to
Gabriela. Popular girl names of 2011 in
greater heights over 60 years of being Coca-Cola’s president. From the
Germany were Adalia and Analiese.
mid 1940s to 1960s, companies overseas had doubled since WWII.
Common names used for a girl in
Through 1960 to 1980 the company was still growing at a huge rate. It
Thailand is Isra or Kanya, and Kamol is
created new drinks like Fanta, Sprite, TAB, and Fresca. Another thing
a famous boy name. Rhea and Eros are
that happened was that the Coca-Cola company bought Minute Maid
two examples of common Greek names.
Company in 1960. Throughout the course of these years, Coca-Cola
Every person is unique and
was being enjoyed in more than 163 countries.
therefore names are unique. Some
In the 1980s, Coca-Cola introduced Diet Coke, New Coke, and
people name their kids old-fashioned
Coca-Cola Classic, which is the same original drink due to people still
names and some make new names. For
loving regular Coca-Cola. The number of countries that have enjoyed
example, Gwyneth Paltrow named her
Coca-Cola rose to 165 in the 1980s. Also, in 1985, Coca-Cola became
daughter Apple. Everyone is different
the first soda in space. Coca-Cola also had the lead in the competition
and names are an element that make
with other companies like Pepsi Co. and 7 UP; this lead also still
everyone unique.
continues today. The company also sponsored several sports
associations and the Olympics. The 1990s brought Barg’s Root Beer
and the lovable Coca-Cola polar bear. More than 170 countries
Unusual Celebrity Baby Names
worldwide enjoyed Coca-Cola to this day. The company has now seen
1. Kal-El, child of Nic Cage, named
its second century, and it has more than 500 brands, and 1.7 billion
Coca-Cola beverages are being sold and served each day. Coca-Cola
after Superman.
will be 126 years old this year, so cheers to you Coca-Cola. The
information compiled in this article is from http://heritage.coca-cola.
2. Pilot Inspektor, child of Jason Lee
Picture is from My Name is Earl), named
after the band Grandaddy’s song,
He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the
Pilot.” Umm...ok.
3. Coco, child of Courtney Cox and
David Arquette, short for Courtney
4. Kyd, child of Tea Leoni and David
Duchovney. Need I say more?
5. Sage Moonblood, son of Sly
Stallone whose middle name is
Sage and, obviously, has to have
blood in his name.
6. Memphis Eve, daughter of Bono.
7. Fifi Trixibelle, daughter of Bob
Geldof and Paula Yates, named
after dogs? horses?
So don’t be afraid to pick some
names that are way out
there...celebrities do it.
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Hannah Harms
On the day of
March 2, 1904, the famous
author Theodor Seuss
Geisel (also known as Dr.
Seuss) was born. This man,
in my opinion, is the best
childhood book writer as of
today. I personally own just
about every book he’s ever
published, which is 46
books total. He became a
household name with some of his most famous books: Green
Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Cat, One Fish Two Fish Red
Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches
Egg, Horton Hears a Who!,
How the Grinch Stole
Each of these books
been read to children of all
for centuries now, even though
were made so long ago. For
anyone who hasn’t read at
one of his books, they often
and they have pictures, which
also created by Dr. Seuss
himself. His first strike in fame
due to the book called And To
Think I
Saw That On Mulberry Street! Mulberry Street was actually a
street less than a mile from his home on Fairfield Street in
Springfield, Massachusetts.
When he wasn’t writing these famous books, he was
doing cartoons for the New York Daily Newspaper. The
cartoons were during World War ll era, so many were political.
He wrote 400 cartoons in two years, and they were later
published in Dr. Seuss Goes To War. To prove how much of
an impact Dr. Seuss made while he was alive, today, 21 years
after his death and on the exact date of his birthday, one of his
famous books The Lorax came out in theaters. This movie
starred Zac Efron and Taylor Swift and was about a boy’s love
for the trees, and how
businesses and money
profits are killing them off,
polluting the air and killing
Dr. Seuss died in
1991 at the age of 87. In his
honor, the postal service
issued a 37 cent stamp
depicting two of his books
and 6 of his famous
characters. It was released
on Oct. 27, 2003.
Horse Meat
Stephanie Stumma
Have you ever tried something you thought would
be gross but ended up tasting really delicious? Have
any of you ever considered eating horse meat? Well,
you should. Horse meat may be a taboo in our culture
in America, but in other countries, it’s a daily part of
their meal. It is a major meat in only a few countries,
notably in Central Asia, but it forms a significant part
of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe
to South America to Asia. In the late Paleolithic era,
wild horses were a common source of food. French
tastes for horse meat date all the way back to the
Revolution. A 2007 Time magazine article about
horse meat brought in from Canada to the United
States characterized the meat as sweet, rich, super
lean, oddly soft meat, and closer to beef than
Horse meat can be used to replace beef, pork,
mutton, venison and any other meat in virtually any
recipe, although the cooking time is shorter than that
of beef or pork. Those preparing sandwiches or cold
meals with horse meat usually use it smoked and
salted. Horse meat forms an ingredient in several
traditional recipes of salami. In Japan, horse meat is
served raw, thinly sliced, and dipped in soy sauce
with ginger and onions. People in Kazakhstan make
sausages out of horse meat. In France, it is a
delicacy to serve horse as a steak. In Sweden, horse
meat is usually made into hamburger meat. It is also
sliced deli-style for sandwiches. Now that you know
what horse can be made into, hopefully you’ll
consider expanding your taste buds’ horizons. It is
now legal to slaughter horses in the United States for
human consumption. Some states still have tight
regulations for the sale of the meat like California and
Illinois. In Iowa, there are currently no slaughter
houses opened for horses yet. So you’ll have to go
online to buy horse meat. Info obtained from
Blood Drive
by Brittany Quigley
On March 27, 2012, the advanced levels of high school science classes organized a Blood Drive in the Tripoli High
School gym from noon to five o’clock p.m. These students were the ones who also worked during the blood drive escorting
people who had donated and keeping an eye on those who were preparing to donate. In order to donate, people were
required to follow certain steps before, during, and after donating.
Before they could donate, each person was to register when they came in if they didn’t have an appointment. Next
they were to drink some water, which should be done throughout the entire day. Hydration is important when donating blood.
The person should wear comfortable clothing in order to stay relaxed throughout the process. The person should also bring
their identification with them and a friend to help calm the nerves.
Next is the actual donation. When arriving at the donation site, staff will help them register and check identification.
Then a nurse takes them aside and asks questions to ensure the person is healthy and eligible to donate. If all criteria are
met, the nurse will take the person over to the chair and clean a section of the arm where the needle will be inserted. A
sterile needle will then be inserted and the donation process begins. This will last about ten minutes. When the donation
process is complete, a nurse will remove the needle and bandage the arm. After donating, it is important to grab a snack and
something to drink. Then, the person is free to carry on their normal daily activities, avoid stress and overworking the arm.
There was a total of forty- eight units collected at this blood drive this year, but approximately fifty- nine had
attempted to donate. Each unit can save up to three lives; therefore, approximately one hundred and forty- four lives were
saved during this blood drive. Thank you to all those who put forth the effort to donate blood this year!
Get your pictures in the yearbook!
The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to
submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos
of school and community events or you and your friends
just having fun, we’d like to see them.
Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as
many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone
will want to have.
Here is how you can submit photos online:
Log on to:
Password: Panthers12 (case sensitive)
•Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on
“Image Share”.
•Enter information about the photo and provide contact
information in case the staff needs additional information.
•Click “Save Details”. It’s that easy.
Thank you!