Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tim Burton puts a new twist on an old favorite

By: Danielle Vealey  
With May brining in a handful of new movies, “Dark Shadows”, is coming out as well. The movie is based on the TV show “Dark Shadows” of the 1960s. The movie is to have a star filled cast, including Johnny Depp, Michele Pfiefer, and Helena Bonham-Carter. Tim Burton being the director of this film, he has taken it and turned it into something of his own.
   The original “Dark Shadows” began in June 1966 and lasted until April 1971. There were five complete seasons of the show about Barnabas Collins, a vampire, and strange events that occurred around him. Jonathan Frid played Barnabas in every season of the show and he was also in “House of Dark Shadows”, the first movie based off of the series that focused on finding Barnabas a cure and searching for love amidst his burdens. Frid just recently passed away of old age on April 14, 2012. He was 87.
   Tim Burton has made this latest installment more humorous than serious. He has focused on making people laugh more, rather than scaring anyone or making the audience sad. Depp, playing Barnabas Collins, was locked in a coffin by a witch who cast a spell on him in the 1700s. He wakes up to find out that he is in the year 1972. He comes to discover his old residence is being occupied by his descendants. Barnabas gets close to them and tries to save their failing family business that the witch (who has also returned to get Barnabas) is deliberately trying to destroy.
   Depp and his co- stars will be walking down the red carpet at the “Dark Shadows” premier on May 11. It is predicted to be a great movie that the whole family can enjoy.

Viking track team races through season

By: Tabitha Hudnall

            It is nearing the end of the Viking track season, and the runners have done a great job.  In their first meet of the season at Point Pleasant on March 17, the boys placed second and the girls placed fourth.
            During the Lindsey Mann Memorial at Roane County the Vikings were on fire with the girls placing second and the boys placing first.  The boys won first in discus, shot put, long jump, high jump, 4x110 meter shuttle hurdle, 4x800 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay, 300 meter hurdles, and 800 meter run. The girls won events in 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter dash, and 4x200 meter relay.
            The Viking Classic that took place April 27 was also a success with boys placing second overall and girls placing fifth. 
            Throughout the season, both teams have excelled their abilities and are sure to end this year with a bang. Congratulations to the teams for working so hard this season.

Award Ceremony Schedules

By: Tabitha Hudnall

            Informal Awards this year are set to be Friday May 11 and Formal Awards will be the week after, Friday May 18.  Informal Awards are on the same date as the AP United States History exam, so students taking the test will go to lunch when finished and then return to go to the informal awards.
            Informal Awards are meant to be for all members of the school.  Teachers and Coaches will be giving awards to students who have excelled throughout the year.  Awards are also given for competitions, clubs, and for sports.
            Formal awards are to recognize the seniors and their accomplishments throughout their school careers.  This ceremony gives students and colleges to award scholarships, announces Valedictorian, honors graduates are recognized and awards and scholarships from clubs and sports are given. After the Formal Awards are over the seniors are allowed to leave the school. Family members are welcome to attend.

AP Exam Schedule


By: Tabitha Hudnall

            If you are in an Advanced Placement class, you know that the next few weeks are vital for studying.  The AP Exams will be taking place May 7-17 in the Chancey-Walker building.
            Seeing as how I am in two advanced placement classes, I understand the stress that goes along with the courses.  These next weeks are crucial for last minute cramming and improvement of multiple choice and essay taking skills.
            Junior and AP test taker Zak Haga stated “I’m confident I will do well on my tests.”
             Some teachers are doing after-school review sessions to go over important materials that will help students on the exams. Some students are stressing to the extreme while others are nonchalant about the tests. They key to success is to not stress yourself out. So study, do your best, and good luck to all who are taking the AP Exams!






AP Chemistry
May 7
8 a.m

AP Environmental Science
May 7
8 a.m

AP Psychology
May 7
12 p.m

AP Calculus AB
May 9
8 a.m

AP Calculus BC
May 9
8 a.m

AP English Literature & Comp.
May 10
8 a.m

AP United States History
May 11
8 a.m

AP Biology
May 14
8 a.m

AP United States Gov. and Politics
May 15
8 a.m

AP English Language & Comp.
May 16
8 a.m

AP World History
May 17