Takeaways from Jeff’s 80-51 win in Charlestown basketball scrimmage

Story by Phillip Steinmetz, Photos by Jay Williams

On Tuesday night, Jeffersonville basketball officially started their season with a home scrimmage against Charlestown. This was the first time anyone has seen this years boys team with the first regular season game just around the corner against Southport next Wednesday. They played five 12 minute running quarters, four of varsity and one of junior varsity. The young Red Devils looked impressive the entire night and showed great potential for a team with only two seniors on the roster.

Jacob Jones looks poised for a standout freshman season

Could there be any more pressure on the freshman point guard? He’s been asked to start varsity as a freshman on a team that is rich with tradition and pride. This scrimmage was the first time a lot of people have seen him play on this kind of level. The freshman guard impressed early and often. He shot the ball with confidence as hemade his first basket with a corner three and played sworming on ball defense throughout. Jones played quite a bit in the scrimmage and only committed one turnover on a bad pass in transition. He won’t impress you with size or his passing ability but he plays with the type of confidence that makes him able to compete with the bigger and stronger guards. Jacob Jones lead the team in scoring with 16 points and looks poised to lead the Red Devils in scoring for quite a bit of games this season and will only improve as the season goes forward.

Interior defense could be an issue until Coleman is eligible

In the starting lineup for the interior it included Gerrin Moore, Michael Minton and Bailey Falkenstein. Junior Jaden Coleman figures to be the main big man in the post this year once he’s eligible but the timetable has yet to be figured out for when he will be cleared to play after playing at Rock Creek last season. Jeff figures to be able to score in the post with Moore being able to put the ball on the floor and having a soft touch around the rim but defending the post is a different story. Senior Cam Northern played the best on defense in the post with being the biggest player on the team. When Coleman is eligible though, is when the Red Devils could really take off. He is a lengthy and athletic forward that can crash the boards with the best of them. The Pirates got most of their points in the paint and were able to draw fouls going toward the basket. Until Coleman is eligible, the weak point of the Red Devils will be the interior defense play.

Shooting the ball with consistency will be key for the young Red Devils

Jeffersonville is going to be one of the better shooting teams this year. The Red Devils combined to make 10 three’s on the night with Jones leading the way with four long range baskets. Gabe Gallahar and Michael Minton had two a piece, LaGrange and Falkenstein had one each also. The perimeter defense wasn’t the best for Charlestown but making ten three’s is still something impressive. Jeff has six shooters that are reliable from beyond the arc on any given night and they showed it Tuesday against Charlestown. LaGrange has the most potential to be a lights out shooter but getting open shots consistently will be the only issue. Gallahar looked more aggressive in finding his shot which could be what he is asked to do the most this season. If the Red Devils are able to hit at least ten three’s a night on a decent percentage, they could hang around with some of the tougher teams in the state.

In all, Tuesday night was an impressive showing by the Red Devils. Yeah, it’s only Charlestown but last season Jeff only won 72-61 at home. Jeffersonville is going to be really young, but they showed flashes of what could be a promising season behind who looked like the most dominant player on the court last night, Bailey Falkenstein. He was the player to get everyone going and in position to have such a successful game against the Pirates. The combination of his strength and scoring ability should make him the leading scorer for the Red Devils this season. 

 

Athlete of the Month – October

The Athlete: Junior Taylor Wooten, who is Jeff High’s highest placing girls cross country runner, received high praise from her coach Tom Kendall. Kendall credits her work ethic and coachability for her success, while Wooten is motivated by her teammates to be the best runner she can be.

Athlete’s Perspective: “My teammates are what push me to work hard. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had through running.” — Wooten

Coach’s Perspective: “Taylor has been our No. 1 runner all season. She has worked very hard at evolving her speed and endurance.” — Kendall

Stats: Wooten has had impressive runs this year, including a time of 21:49 on Oct. 1. However her best run came during her sophomore year, where she ran 21:06 at semi-state.

I’m with her

story by: Simone Brady

 

Her History:

Hillary Rodham Clinton (née Hillary Diane Rodham), born on Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago is the Democratic party’s nominee for President of the United States. She obtained a law degree with honors from Yale University in 1973 after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969. During her youth, she worked on Republican campaigns; however, after hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak, she changed her affiliation to Democrat in 1968.

Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, won the presidency in 1992 and again in 1996. She served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001, making various diplomatic trips to 82 countries during her tenure. After the end of her husband’s presidency, Clinton decided to run for a Senate seat in the state of New York. She won the election, and went on to her appointed duty from 2001-2009.

Then, in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her as Secretary of State, which was her position until 2013. She became the most extensively traveled Secretary of State in history, visiting 112 countries and traversing over 950,000 miles.

Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but conceded in the face of defeat. Despite her loss, she never gave up on her goal to be the first female president. When the opportunity arose again, she took it and ran with it, launching a successful campaign and garnering many supporters.

Along with her fans came critics, of course, including her opponent in the presidential race, Donald Trump, who calls her “Crooked Hillary” due to some of her more public missteps.

Her Ideas:

Clinton plans to reform immigration and make it much easier for immigrants, both legal and illegal, to obtain citizenship. She claims that she will enact this plan within her first 100 days in office, according to her website.

Her belief is that protecting families is one of the most important things one can do when dealing with illegal immigration. Clinton’s agendas of promoting naturalization and attempting to help immigrants obtain safe healthcare are also part of her plan to overhaul America’s immigration system.

Her plans to combat terrorism are well-rounded; she wants to fight radical Islamic terror from many angles. According to her platform, she wishes to take out bases in Syria and Iraq, work with U.S. allies to prevent terrorist attacks, and tighten defenses here at home by preventing gun access to people who are suspected of terrorist ties.

Clinton also supports LGBT rights and racial justice. With the legalization of same-sex marriage last summer, and the rising coverage and awareness of police killings, protecting citizens’ rights has become more crucial than ever.

Clinton appeals to many citizens all across the United States — people of all different races and ethnicities, those across the gender and sexuality spectrum, of varied economic status, and any other factor one can think of. Even those who are not necessarily big fans of her are flocking to her side due to fear of her opponent.

Final Word:

Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton is on a mission to be the very first woman to hold the office of President of the United States. Despite her mistakes and the few faux pas that she may have made, with over 30 years of experience in politics and law, she is truly the most qualified candidate in this race to achieve that goal.

A Look Inside JHS’ Young Democrat Club

“Democrat Club, for me, has given me a place where I feel as if I have made a difference in local politics, even though I can’t vote.”

As a member of the Young Democrat Club, junior Hazel Dickey explains what the club has to offer, and what they wish to do within the walls of Jeff High and in our city.

Run by Mr. Mark Felix, the Young Democrat Club is a place for students who are interested in learning more about Democratic politics to get involved, and have political experience in the community.

“Last year, the first year of the club, we basically all got together and were able to discuss our opinions and beliefs with people who also felt the same way,” Dickey said. “This year we want to make more of a difference. We do phone banking every Thursday and we also try to do what we can do get more Democrats into office.”

Treasurer Abby Hornback thinks that the Young Democrat Club is a great opportunity for students to learn more about politics, as well as to go out into the community and educate themselves on the issues today’s politicians are fighting for.

“It seems like kids today are becoming more aware of politics and social issues,” Hornback said. “Having this club at school gives them a chance to get a head start in making a difference, rather than waiting until they’re an adult.”

Hornback encourages anyone who is interested at all in politics to join. They meet every Tuesday in Mrs. Jenna Felix’s room, C103.

Your Third Option

Story by: Caleb Albert

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Almost all of the media coverage focuses on the two infamous candidates of the 2016 election: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Because there is so much attention being given to them, other candidates, such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, have been forgotten and left out of the race. In fact, many people think not only that only Trump and Hillary are running now, but that only Democratic and Republican candidates are capable of being elected in November.

However, Gary Johnson, a Libertarian and the former governor of New Mexico, is still eligible for the presidency, and has persevered through his campaign, despite the lack of media coverage.

Johnson is the perfect blend of conservative and liberal — he is fiscally conservative, but socially tolerant. This means that while he plans to cut spending in a lot of ways, he is more liberal with social issues, such as marriage rights and religious freedoms. He is also in favor of implementing term limits, which will help create balance of Republican and Democratic representation in our legislation.

Many voters want political experience in a presidential candidate, which is something Johnson has to offer in abundance. Serving as governor of New Mexico, Johnson inherited an incredibly tragic economy: in 1995, he began with a $4.397 billion budget. However, he left with a $7.721 billion budget, and a surplus of roughly $1 billion. He averaged a 7.29-percent budget increase per year.

All of his budgeting was done by vetoing 750 proposed bills, more than any other New Mexico governor combined. Although this seems unfavorable, the increased budget allowed for new schools, roads, highways, and hospitals. He cut taxes 14 times and never raised them. This type of political and business administrative experience is exactly what America needs in a chief executive officer.

Some people might be wondering why the media isn’t covering Johnson as much as the Democratic or Republican nominees.

Andrew Gustafson, a senior at Jeffersonville High School, said, “Clinton and Trump are running campaigns that are focused on scandals and personal attacks, while Johnson is focused on the issues. Scandals make better news stories than a qualified candidate discussing policies.”

Major media outlets understand that controversy makes for more interesting news, which could be why Johnson has been left out of the presidential debates, and why so few people know of his campaign.

Although, according to recent Quinnipiac polls, Gary Johnson is currently polling at 35-percent for voters under the age of 40. Young people are not only the voice of the future, but are the future, and we’re inheriting it quicker than some thought we would.

Don’t let your voice be persuaded by the same two political parties that have run this country for too long. You have other options.

Jill Stein

Story by Tristan Jackson

The 2016 presidential election process is winding down, and some people are basing their decision on who they think is the least awful out of the two candidates at the top, rather than what they find positive about them.


My question is, why are we not seriously considering a third-party candidate? More specifically, why not a Green Party candidate like Jill Stein?

Stein, a Harvard graduate, finished medical school in 1979. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 1973, earning Magna Cum Laude honors the same year.

Stein got her start in politics when she ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Her experience came from her time working as a doctor, where she saw how broken the health care system had become.

She got into politics because she feared for the future of her children, and other children, because of preventable epidemics, such as diabetes and cancer. On top of that, she feared for the irreversible damage being done to the environment.

Being a Green Party candidate, one of Stein’s main focuses is the environment. She plans on moving towards clean renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to conserve the earth we live on, and hopefully reverse damage already done from the overuse of fossil fuels and coal.

The plan she has laid out would create millions of jobs in the United States, and if all goes according to plan, Americans would be 100-percent transitioned to renewable energy by 2030.

She wants to cut defense spending by 50-percent, where the United States spent a whopping $598.5 billion in 2015 alone. To put that number into perspective, defense spending accounted for 54-percent of all federal spending, while education received just under $70 billion, or just 6-percent.

Stein also has big plans socially, as she wants to strengthen women’s rights, protect the LGBT community, and make sure corruption within our police system is stopped.

This may leave one wondering: why is Jill Stein not on top of the polls? She’s never been labeled a racist. She’s never put our national security at risk. She’s never said anything demeaning about someone because of their gender, or any other physical quality.

There has to be some reason why people are gambling on two potentially awful candidates while Jill Stein, probably the most put-together candidate in the race, is virtually out of the running.

Voters can blame many things, but if Jill Stein was in the news more, she’d probably stand a better chance. There’s not a lack of news produced by Stein herself — the problem is she hasn’t been in the news enough for most people to even know what she stands for.

Jill Stein, a candidate for president, was forced to leave the site of the first debate for holding an interview. That doesn’t sound like a lack of media coverage to me, but rather media corruption.

Thanks to the media in our country, Jill Stein will lose. It’s really a shame that a women who’s main focus is making sure our world is livable in the future, can’t even get her foot in the door of the race or a debate.

We should be looking at our first female president in the United States come next January, and it shouldn’t be Hillary Clinton. If change and sustainable growth are what you’re looking for, Jill Stein is the way to go.

Make America Great Again

Story by Jay Williams

His History:

Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York. He attended college at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a degree in economics. He worked for his father’s real estate and construction firm, and in 1971, he was given the opportunity to run the firm, which he renamed “The Trump Organization.” He now stands as President and Chairman of the organization, building office towers, golf courses, and casinos worldwide.

In June of 2015, Donald Trump declared his candidacy for President. (In 1988, Oprah Winfrey asked Trump if he would ever consider running for president during her talk show. Trump said, “If it ever got so bad, I would never want to rule it out.”)

He quickly rose up the ranks amongst his fellow candidates, and became the frontrunner of the Republican Party. He was officially named as the Republican nominee on July 21, 2016.

Trump is a candidate who has avoided running on the premise of political correctness. Clint Eastwood told Esquire, regarding Trump, “Everyone’s walking on eggshells.” Later, the actor said, “We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”

His Ideas:

Trump has sustained criticism during his campaign, taking such hits as being called a racist, sexist, and Islam-aphobe. However, with a campaign with little to no focus on political correctness, do these hits truly cause Trump to restructure his rhetoric?

In fact, they never have.

Trump was dubbed “a racist” after he stated that the United States should build a wall on the Mexico border, as well as install a temporary ban on all Muslim immigrants. However, I would argue both actions have little-to-no racial bearing.

Building a wall is meant to slow illegal immigration, not prevent Mexicans from legally immigrating to the United States. Additionally, the temporary ban on Muslims was proposed in light of the Orlando night club disaster, a mass shooting where 49 people were killed and more than 50 wounded by a man of Muslim descent.

The ban is meant to halt Muslim immigration, which would attempt to prevent radical Islamic terrorists from slipping through the cracks. Furthermore, the temporary ban would be put in place to allow time to concoct a more sound vetting system.

Trump is a very solid candidate in many aspects, regardless of the numerous personal attacks he has sustained. Trump speaks to millions after millions of Americans who are sick and tired of poor leadership and weak policies regarding terrorism, immigration, and trade deals.

He vows to defeat ISIS, which is a policy well regarded by the vast majority of the US. Trump has stated that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, as well as the “weak leadership” in Washington, have drafted and negotiated some of the worst trade deals ever. Trump promises he will re-negotiate trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA.

Final Word:

It is hard for millions of Americans, as well as myself, to believe that Crooked H has better and more effective policies than Trump. The Republican nominee has laid out numerous, comprehensive plans to improve trade, as well as reduce illegal immigration and eradicate radical Islamic terror from the face of the Earth. Hillary Clinton has given sorry excuses for policies, and has used her awful political history to point out that Trump has no political history. Hillary Clinton, in 30 years, has done nothing. She would continue to do absolutely nothing in the next four years.

Greater Clark County School Board Elections

Although the Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the main topic of conversation on Nov. 8, 2016, those results aren’t the only ones for students to keep to an eye on.

The results that will be affecting the students of Jeff High School the most will be the Greater Clark County school board elections. Four of the seven school board seats are up for election, with three of those four openings having re-election filed.

The Hyphen breaks down what you should know about each race, and those candidates running.

District 2- all of charlestown township      

Current board member: Tony Hall (filed for re-election)         

Challenger(s): Katie Hutchinson & Pasquel Ross

Tony Hall: “I feel like I can share my experience and knowledge. We have a very bright future in Clark County and I feel great things are ahead for Greater Clark…(We have to) make sure every decision you make is answering ‘is this best for kids?’…During the first board meeting, we recognize students, teachers, other staff and even some community members who have gone above the norm.”

About the candidate: Hall is a retired Greater Clark County school teacher. He was a math teacher for 33 years, an Athletic Director for 17 Years and a girls basketball coach for 13 years. Hall is the secretary of the board of trustees. He is in two committees within the school board: Charlestown redevelopment and the ISBA nomination committee.

Katie Hutchinson:  “I am running for the educators, families and students. It seems GCCS has lost focus of who, not what, we are about. As a school board member, I want to put our focus back on students and involve families in every step, not just the voting … I will bring a fresh look and a passion for always doing what needs to be done. I am not ok when things are ‘good’. Our kids deserve greatness because they have greatness inside of them. We are preparing our students for tomorrow. We can’t continue doing what we’ve always done — it’s not working.”

About the candidate: According to former JHS teacher Katie Hutchinson, she has worked for Greater Clark for eight years.

Pasquel Ross: could not be reached for comment and no verified information was found.

District 5- Jeffersonville Township Precincts 17, 18, and 20 through 25    

Current board member: Christina Gilkey (filed for re-election)            

Challenger(s): unopposed

Christina Gilkey: “I, personally, feel we (GCCS) are in a great place in what we are doing for teachers and students. I want to continue to be apart of that. There’s a learning curve to being a school board member. We [board members] have to do homework and study material just like students.”  

About the candidate: Gilkey is the Board of School Trustees Vice President. Within the school board, she attains to the strategic planning committee, insurance committee, and college and career readiness.

District 6- Jeffersonville township precinct 7,8, 9, 10, 11, 11a, 12, 13, 15 and 16     

Current board member: Jerry White (not seeking re-election)                        

Challenger(s): Milton Clayton (filed for open seat)

Milton Clayton: “I’ve always worked with kids and I’ve enjoyed working with children…I have an extensive public education background. I want to help ensure the safety and education of students. I’m a parent and a grandparent and I know how education affects family.”

About the candidate: Clayton worked with Greater Clark County Schools for 41 years. Of those 41 years, 25 of them were in the transportation field. He has held the position of Administrative Assistant and Director of Transportation for the GCCS system as well.

District 7- Jeffersonville Township Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 14        

Current board member: Teresa Bottorff-Perkins (filed for re-election)   

Challenger(s): Kelli Dattilo

Teresa Bottorff-Perkins: “I’ve been involved in education my entire life. I spent 40 years as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. I am passionate about students and schools. Being on the board takes a lot of preparation. Several people do not realize that members of the board have full time jobs.”

About the candidate: According to a Dec. 2, 2015 Courier-Journal article, Perkins pleaded guilty to a D-felony charge of shoplifting in Tennessee. She was sentenced to four years of probation and also had to pay $1,402.77 in restitution by Dec.15, 2014. Perkins is in the strategic planning committee and the education foundation within the school board.

Kelli Dattilo- “As an educator, I have many of the skills needed to understand the inner workings of a school district…I think it’s important that the needs of the students, teachers, and staff are understood by the Clark County community and taxpayers…Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the banking/business world for almost 20 years. My knowledge of business principles, management of people and resources, as well as problem-solving skills are talents I would bring to the GCCS school board.”

About the candidate: Dattilo works at Doss High School, a high school in Louisville, Ky. She has been a teacher there for nine years.

“I think that what’s important is one [ a member  of the school board ] who wants to work hard,  is open minded,  and a collaborative team player,” Deputy Superintendent Travis Haire said.  

Tully and Treat’s High School Help

Chloe’s Answer

Q: How do I break up with someone without hurting them? What if I want us to stay friends in the future?

A: Breaking up with someone is never simple. It’ll probably go one of two ways: you’ll be on good terms with each other, or you’ll dislike each other for a while.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll more than likely be affected by the breakup. I think what’s most important when breaking up with someone is remembering that they’re humans and have feelings too.

You should just pull them to the side, in private, and tell them exactly how you feel.  Don’t expect it to go smoothly — in fact, it probably won’t. But what’s important to remember is that we’re all in high school, so there’s plenty of time to find who you’re meant to be with.

In the end, most high school relationships don’t work out, so don’t dwell on anything too much.  

Emily’s Answer

Q: Do you have any advice for presenting in front of the class? I get really nervous and want to cry.

A: It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a big group of people, but it’s important to remember that classroom presentations are not the end of the world.

Having dealt with social anxiety myself, I’ve had my fair share of fits of panic and fear over presentations — trust me. Over my high school years, I’ve started to realize that everyone is there for the same reason, which is to get their education and to get out.

Odds are, if everyone is presenting, they’re probably not even paying attention too closely, and won’t notice the little things that you do. Plus, you’re more than likely not the only one feeling that way.

Just find a friend or someone in the audience that you trust, and focus on them. After you give more and more presentations, it’ll get easier. Just take a few deep breaths and remember that you’ve got it!

Chloe’s Answer

Q: How do I break up with someone without hurting them? What if I want us to stay friends in the future?

A: Breaking up with someone is never simple. It’ll probably go one of two ways: you’ll be on good terms with each other, or you’ll dislike each other for a while.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll more than likely be affected by the breakup. I think what’s most important when breaking up with someone is remembering that they’re humans and have feelings too.

You should just pull them to the side, in private, and tell them exactly how you feel.  Don’t expect it to go smoothly — in fact, it probably won’t. But what’s important to remember is that we’re all in high school, so there’s plenty of time to find who you’re meant to be with.

In the end, most high school relationships don’t work out, so don’t dwell on anything too much.  

Emily’s Answer

Q: Do you have any advice for presenting in front of the class? I get really nervous and want to cry.

A: It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a big group of people, but it’s important to remember that classroom presentations are not the end of the world.

Having dealt with social anxiety myself, I’ve had my fair share of fits of panic and fear over presentations — trust me. Over my high school years, I’ve started to realize that everyone is there for the same reason, which is to get their education and to get out.

Odds are, if everyone is presenting, they’re probably not even paying attention too closely, and won’t notice the little things that you do. Plus, you’re more than likely not the only one feeling that way.

Just find a friend or someone in the audience that you trust, and focus on them. After you give more and more presentations, it’ll get easier. Just take a few deep breaths and remember that you’ve got it!

Chloe’s Answer

Q: How do I break up with someone without hurting them? What if I want us to stay friends in the future?

A: Breaking up with someone is never simple. It’ll probably go one of two ways: you’ll be on good terms with each other, or you’ll dislike each other for a while.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll more than likely be affected by the breakup. I think what’s most important when breaking up with someone is remembering that they’re humans and have feelings too.

You should just pull them to the side, in private, and tell them exactly how you feel.  Don’t expect it to go smoothly — in fact, it probably won’t. But what’s important to remember is that we’re all in high school, so there’s plenty of time to find who you’re meant to be with.

In the end, most high school relationships don’t work out, so don’t dwell on anything too much.  

Emily’s Answer

Q: Do you have any advice for presenting in front of the class? I get really nervous and want to cry.

A: It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a big group of people, but it’s important to remember that classroom presentations are not the end of the world.

Having dealt with social anxiety myself, I’ve had my fair share of fits of panic and fear over presentations — trust me. Over my high school years, I’ve started to realize that everyone is there for the same reason, which is to get their education and to get out.

Odds are, if everyone is presenting, they’re probably not even paying attention too closely, and won’t notice the little things that you do. Plus, you’re more than likely not the only one feeling that way.

Just find a friend or someone in the audience that you trust, and focus on them. After you give more and more presentations, it’ll get easier. Just take a few deep breaths and remember that you’ve got it!

Chloe’s Answer

Q: How do I break up with someone without hurting them? What if I want us to stay friends in the future?

A: Breaking up with someone is never simple. It’ll probably go one of two ways: you’ll be on good terms with each other, or you’ll dislike each other for a while.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll more than likely be affected by the breakup. I think what’s most important when breaking up with someone is remembering that they’re humans and have feelings too.

You should just pull them to the side, in private, and tell them exactly how you feel.  Don’t expect it to go smoothly — in fact, it probably won’t. But what’s important to remember is that we’re all in high school, so there’s plenty of time to find who you’re meant to be with.

In the end, most high school relationships don’t work out, so don’t dwell on anything too much.  

Emily’s Answer

Q: Do you have any advice for presenting in front of the class? I get really nervous and want to cry.

A: It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a big group of people, but it’s important to remember that classroom presentations are not the end of the world.

Having dealt with social anxiety myself, I’ve had my fair share of fits of panic and fear over presentations — trust me. Over my high school years, I’ve started to realize that everyone is there for the same reason, which is to get their education and to get out.

Odds are, if everyone is presenting, they’re probably not even paying attention too closely, and won’t notice the little things that you do. Plus, you’re more than likely not the only one feeling that way.

Just find a friend or someone in the audience that you trust, and focus on them. After you give more and more presentations, it’ll get easier. Just take a few deep breaths and remember that you’ve got it!

Chloe’s Answer

Q: How do I break up with someone without hurting them? What if I want us to stay friends in the future?

A: Breaking up with someone is never simple. It’ll probably go one of two ways: you’ll be on good terms with each other, or you’ll dislike each other for a while.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll more than likely be affected by the breakup. I think what’s most important when breaking up with someone is remembering that they’re humans and have feelings too.

You should just pull them to the side, in private, and tell them exactly how you feel.  Don’t expect it to go smoothly — in fact, it probably won’t. But what’s important to remember is that we’re all in high school, so there’s plenty of time to find who you’re meant to be with.

In the end, most high school relationships don’t work out, so don’t dwell on anything too much.  

Emily’s Answer

Q: Do you have any advice for presenting in front of the class? I get really nervous and want to cry.

A: It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a big group of people, but it’s important to remember that classroom presentations are not the end of the world.

Having dealt with social anxiety myself, I’ve had my fair share of fits of panic and fear over presentations — trust me. Over my high school years, I’ve started to realize that everyone is there for the same reason, which is to get their education and to get out.

Odds are, if everyone is presenting, they’re probably not even paying attention too closely, and won’t notice the little things that you do. Plus, you’re more than likely not the only one feeling that way.

Just find a friend or someone in the audience that you trust, and focus on them. After you give more and more presentations, it’ll get easier. Just take a few deep breaths and remember that you’ve got it!

Chloe’s Answer

Q: How do I break up with someone without hurting them? What if I want us to stay friends in the future?

A: Breaking up with someone is never simple. It’ll probably go one of two ways: you’ll be on good terms with each other, or you’ll dislike each other for a while.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl, you’ll more than likely be affected by the breakup. I think what’s most important when breaking up with someone is remembering that they’re humans and have feelings too.

You should just pull them to the side, in private, and tell them exactly how you feel.  Don’t expect it to go smoothly — in fact, it probably won’t. But what’s important to remember is that we’re all in high school, so there’s plenty of time to find who you’re meant to be with.

In the end, most high school relationships don’t work out, so don’t dwell on anything too much.  

Emily’s Answer

Q: Do you have any advice for presenting in front of the class? I get really nervous and want to cry.

A: It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when talking in front of a big group of people, but it’s important to remember that classroom presentations are not the end of the world.

Having dealt with social anxiety myself, I’ve had my fair share of fits of panic and fear over presentations — trust me. Over my high school years, I’ve started to realize that everyone is there for the same reason, which is to get their education and to get out.

Odds are, if everyone is presenting, they’re probably not even paying attention too closely, and won’t notice the little things that you do. Plus, you’re more than likely not the only one feeling that way.

Just find a friend or someone in the audience that you trust, and focus on them. After you give more and more presentations, it’ll get easier. Just take a few deep breaths and remember that you’ve got it!

Preeminent Presidents

Story by: Adrian Blair

Top 5 Presidents

While the 2016 Presidential Election pits two of the most questionable presidential candidates in American history against each other, The Hyphen takes a look back at five of the most impactful presidents in our nation’s history.

  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt    (1932-1945)  Democrat

A lot of historians undervalue Roosevelt, and don’t give him credit where he’s due. FDR was the most battle-tested president in our history, and it’s not even close. Roosevelt was elected in 1932 during the height of The Great Depression, which was the worst economic crisis in American history. Slowly but surely, by the end of the 1930’s, Roosevelt helped the U.S. economy get back onto its feet…just in time to stop Adolph Hitler and enter in the second World War. And to think, Roosevelt did all of this in a wheelchair. Franklin D. Roosevelt is an American hero and arguably the best president in our history.

    2.) Abraham Lincoln   (1860-1865)  National Union Party

“Honest Abe”, as Lincoln was dubbed, was just that: a real class act. Lincoln led the Union to victory that ended the Civil War and banned slavery, all in his four and a half short years as president. Had Lincoln served two full, complete terms, who knows what he could’ve accomplished. And on top of that, what other president rocked the beard?

3.)  Thomas Jefferson   (1800-1808) Democratic-Republican

Jefferson was a terrific scholar and a main contributor to the writing of the Declaration of Independence. In 1803, Jefferson engineered the Louisiana Purchase from France, expanding the United States from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. I really think if Thomas Jefferson wasn’t a slave owner, he’s the best to ever roam the White House halls. It’s an honor to live in a town and go to a school that dons his name.

4.)  Theodore Roosevelt   (1901-1908) Progressive Party

Franklin D.’s fifth cousin, “Teddy” was a very kind and observant president. He started developing wildlife refuges and created National Parks all over the country. Teddy also fixed a lot of social problems caused by the Industrial Revolution by cleaning up streets of big cities, and creating immigrant safety programs that Americans still use today. Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you can agree Teddy Roosevelt earned his place on Mount Rushmore.

5.)   Ronald Reagan   (1980-1988) Republican

If Donald Trump were to take notes on any former Republican president, it would have to be Reagan. “Ronnie” wasn’t a career politician, and really used it to his advantage. Reagan was able to keep his sanity when dealing with the Soviet Union in the latter stages of the Cold War. Unlike his predecessors (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter), Reagan was aggressive and very determined to stop all nuclear threats toward the United States. And on top of all that, how many presidents survived an attempted assassination? Reagan did at the age of 70 in 1981, which just goes against the laws of nature. 

Obama’s Legacy

As you go for your Sunday drive, you may notice stickers on the back of cars that say “NOBAMA” or “Obama for Women”. These stickers clearly reflect the opposing opinions of the current President of the United States.

Breaking boundaries many thought would never be broken, Barack Obama was the forty-fourth president and the very first African-American president. During his two terms, he has made some drastic changes to the way the government used to be — whether those changes are a benefit or detriment, is still up in arms, and up to the people he serves.

However even if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, Obama has left his legacy on America and its people. Here are some of the departments where Obama’s legacy will be felt the most:

The Economy: Money is a “hot topic” in any situation when brought up, especially when it comes to the way the government is utilizing it. Obama has aided the stock market and corporate profits to bulldoze previous record highs. With his help, the buying power of the average worker’s weekly paychecks are up 4.2-percent. In contrast, the national debt has more than doubled since his stay in the office.

Healthcare: Obama has made some debate worthy decisions, with the biggest and most debated being the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — otherwise known as ObamaCare. This act gives people who do not work, are self employed, or make too much money for Medicaid, an inexpensive way to have health insurance. The number of people lacking health insurance has gone down by 16.5 million because of this Act.

Unemployment: Since Obama’s stay in the office began, he has added close to 10.7 million jobs. But some people will argue that is not enough.  This opinion can be backed up by the fact that the poverty rate is 0.3 percentage points higher, and the number of U.S. citizens on food stamps are up almost 36-percent.

Same Sex Marriage: Same sex marriage was also legalized across the whole country with a 5-4 vote while Obama was in office. With the White House lit up in rainbow colors, the LGBT community and its supporters celebrated their victory, but many religious groups were enraged and began protests. One man was so angry that in June of 2016, he took the lives of 49 people in a well-known gay nightclub in Orlando.

Terror: The man who took the lives of those innocent people also pledged his allegiance to ISIS. Many people will say that Obama’s efforts in the fight against ISIS are few and far between. Republicans can argue the fact that because of his “nice guy” approach ISIS has grown in numbers.

Obama has been in office for almost eight years, and has made countless decisions for this country. Despite all the controversy and debate over whether the risks he’s taken are right or wrong, he will always be the forty-fourth president and his name will forever be engraved into America’s history.  

The Republican Club

Story by Kyle Sanders

The goal of the Republican Club is listed prominently: “To actively work to bring young people into politics.”

Since the club was chartered last December, club president Josh Waddell has worked to teach other students on what it means to be a Republican. Each meeting starts with a small presentations over something political, then the group spends the rest of the time talking over how it relates to the Republican Party.

“Being a Republican means that you are concerned with fiscal and economic responsibility, as well as being open to other views, and respecting others,” Waddell said.

With the upcoming election just days away, Waddell has noticed a slight increase in attendance to the Club. Typically, the club has only five students attend, but has increased up to 10 people in wake of November’s election.

“I think this is a very unique and interesting election,” Waddell said. “This year the millennials become the largest voting block, though most will not vote, so a lot of young people are coming to age in this very interesting year.”

The Republican Club is a way to teach other students about politics, as well as the ways a Republican and Democrat are different. According to Waddell, students get a lot out of the discussions.

“The Republican Club provides me with opportunities to support local Republicans and learn more about what it really means to be a Republican,” said junior Kurtis Kimmel, an attendee of the club.

The Republican Club is proud to be a club to help teach politics among students, and hopes to remain around after the election to help students learn more about being a Republican. The Club meets up every other Wednesday after school in room A204.