Monday, March 14, 2016

Parenting class becomes mothers for a weekend
By: Katie Bailey
  Susan Daugherty 7th period parenting class is taking baby simulators home for several weekends in March. These life like simulators involve students by calming the baby when crying to be fed, burped, rocked, or changed.
  The class will be graded on how much time they have spent holding and caring for the infant. The system includes many sensors that determine the clothing changes, time in car seat, surrounding temperatures, head support, diaper changes, and bottle feedings, which will determine the grades of the students on their performance.
  The simulator will also cry several times in the middle of the night wanting to be cared for. The student will then have to get up and find out what the problem is and fix it.
  Being a student in the class I found that after taking the infant home it was a one of a kind experience that I did not enjoy.
  The crying started at 5:00 pm on Friday. I knew it was going to be a long weekend when I did not get more than a 20 min break until 9:46 pm. Once it began sleeping (made breathing sounds). I rested and fell asleep, until 3:35 am when I was awakened by a screaming doll. The baby kept me awake for a full hour and wouldn’t let me go back to sleep until 7:00 am.
  This continued all weekend and I soon figured out that this was a difficult job for one person to do. I was exhausted by the lack of sleep I had received Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. It seemed like everytime I shut my eyes, I was being forced awake again and again.
  Daugherty’s goal for sending the infant's home with each student is to teach parenting skills and prevent teen pregnancy.
  I can say as a student in her class, I have learned a lesson from taking the baby home. As for me and my life I am not ready to have a child, this is something I need to wait for much later in life.

Saturday School causes controversy
By: Katie Bailey
  The decision has been officially made that all Jackson County schools will operate on several different Saturdays in the last few months of the 2016 school year, due to the number of school closings and delays this past winter.
  There has been a lot of controversy on the topic of a Saturday School system. Some argue that it will interfere with sporting events, family time, and that it will cause extreme mental draining.
  “I like to sleep in on Saturdays,” said junior Selena Lanham. “With my family plans on Sundays, Saturday is the only real day I get off.”
  However, junior Laura Blizzard agreed with the other side's concerns that were based on an extended summer break.
  “It’s just one more day in the week,” said Blizzard. “It would give us a longer summer and more time with friends.”
  Once the decision was made, some students began to ask about their sports interfering with the Saturday School system. For example, the archery team competes almost every Saturday in the month this policy will take action.
  Attendance of the school sponsored sporting event will excuse you from school that entire day. All other students with absences and no doctor's excuse will be counted absent and the absence will be put on their school record.
  Along with an absence counted against the student, they will also be assigned a day of ISS for truancy.
  So far this only involves two Saturdays, May 14 and May 21, but if any weather complications occur that cause school outings, more weekends will continue to be taken away.


Ripley gains swim team
By: Katie Bailey
  The Board of Education is pleased to announce that in the year of 2017, Ripley will gain a swim team. Several different students have gone to the Board asking for them to accept their pleas. The Board said they were most persuaded by the amount of students that would partake and put in their full effort.
  The coaches, Tom Phillips and Neale Garvin, swimming graduates from Ohio and Fairmont University, plan to coach the soon to be swimletes into a winning season.
  “We’ve been coaching at the YMCA in Parkersburg for years now,” said Phillips. “I’d love to begin working with students at Ripley and finally let the leaders behind us step up.”
  There will be both a girls and boys swim team with at most 20 swimmers per division. The fastest most efficient swimmers will make the cuts and remain on the team.
  Practices will be held during the summer at the YMCA in Parkersburg and some select practices at the Ripley pool. These are not mandatory, but all students who plan on trying out are encouraged to go.
  There will be several different meets that may include some bit of traveling. The championship meets will be on most weekends in the spring against teams all throughout the state.
  The coaches encourage all students to come to tryouts, which will be announced at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

FFA Banquet is a hit once again

By: Savannah Casto
 Ripley FFA banquet of 2016 was held Friday, February 19 and started with a great dinner around six.  After dinner everyone headed to the auditorium to start the ceremony.
   Three hundred people attended.  This year 26 FFA jackets were sponsored, and 16 proficiency awards were handed for the best completed SAEs.  Last year Ripley’s FFA ranked 11th in state for COEs, they are two away from 100 American degrees, that being the highest degree one can achieve in FFA.  One hundred will be a state record and may be in the entire organization.
   Yet another FFA banquet was a huge success with great food and amazing people were honored.  48 students received their Greenhand degree earlier this year; freshmen Courtney Brown and Rachel Kerns received Star Greenhand awards.  Senior Morgan Casto won Star Farmer bases on the business she has built with her goats over the past several years.  Senior Cierra Jenkins also received Star Agriculture business for her successful welding business, “Cierra’s horseshoe Art.”

   Ripley FFA is doing huge and amazing things and sculpting even better students.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Anderson Wins WVSSAC art Contest

By: Katie Bailey
  This 2015-16 school year there were contests held that let students enter art for any given sporting event. The winner of the contest sponsored by WVSSAC was senior, Kylie Anderson.
  She learned about the contest from her teacher, Debbie Sisson who encouraged all of her students to partake in.
  Anderson’s art has been shown on front of a magazine in the month of February and if you want to see a copy, Sisson has them available.
  The requirements for the competition had to be on a 9” x 12” inch sheet of paper and had to do with any kind of sport.
  Anderson used, a type of colored pencil named prismacolors on her art piece.
  “I chose to draw something that had to do with cheerleading,” said Anderson. “I thought that it would be the most interesting.”
  The contest prize included a $200 scholarship and her design printed on the cover of a sports program for WVSSAC championship events. The catalogs sold for $5 apiece at the championship events held throughout the state.
  “My picture consists of a megaphone, pom pom, and a cheerleading bow. I drew the items where I thought it looked natural,” she added.

  Congratulations Anderson, on your statewide win!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Band, choir go to All-State competition
By: Anna Sheets
   Members of the Ripley Viking band are going to participate in the all-state practice and performance March11-12, preforming on March 13, along with other students from schools across the state.
   The full all-state band is usually around 110 people, so it is very selective and not many make the cut. This year, out of 14, Ripley High School had only four students that were selected to play in the all-state band: Seniors Alyssa Bumpus, Olivia Poe, Anna Watson, and Junior Ashley Knox. These students will be practicing all day on March 11th and 12th to prepare for the performance March 13.
   The students attending all-state choir are Seniors Jeana Mahan, JJ Mahan, Sophia Brown, Hannah Hamon, and Travis Rauison. These students will be practicing all day on March 10 and 11, and will be preforming on the 12th in Parkersburg. The competition for all-state choir is much more competitive for girls than boys, as there are more girls that try out for the competition, although it is nerve-racking for everyone who tries out. Ripley sent eight students to try out, which is the maximum limit, and only the five mentioned before made it. 
   “After the try-outs, all of us go over to Steak And Shake for burgers and milkshakes as kind of a celebration for all their hard work,” said Hancock. Both band and choir are asked to try out for their respective band or choir teachers, and then the selected students go to try out for a panel of judges, who will be choosing who will be preforming in the large band or choir. 
   “The students that tried out practiced very hard in their free time, at lunch and after school,” says Poole.

   Both competitions are very competitive in different ways, and making the cut for either all-state event is an honor. 

‘Lip Sync Battle’ coming to lunch

By: Haley Taylor
   There are more weapons being used in a battle than just sporting equipment. Thanks to a popular segment on “The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon,” Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” is on its second season. A variety of celebrities pair up to go against each other using the weapon of their mouths by lip-syncing songs. LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen host the hit television show.
   “Lip Sync Battle” is unlike other reality music shows because contestants are not put in front of a panel of experts to critique; the live audience is the judges. Helping produce epic battles, celebrities are outfitted not only with microphones but props, costumes, and even backup singers. The “winner” is chosen by the studio applause at the end of the episode. One cannot predict who the audience will crown as the winner, but they tend to pick the performer with the most humor as well as how close they act to the actual singer they are interpreting.
    There have been many episodes that are unforgettable. Channing Tatum’s “Run the World” performance will be talked about for decades. At the end of Tatum’s rendition the Queen BeyoncĂ© walks on stage herself sending the audience and viewers off the edge. The crazy part of it all was that it was the first time Tatum and BeyoncĂ© had met. Anne Hathaway won the audience over with her grand finale during “Wrecking Ball” by singing on an actual wrecking ball leaving her opponent and host LL Cool J speechless.
   When the producers are picking the celebrities they look for stars that don’t have to necessarily be a singer, but can take a joke. The performers are allowed to pick any song they think will win the audience over. There have been more recent hit songs played such as “Wrecking Ball,” as well as songs that are older but never forgotten such as, “Baby Got Back.” The contestants that pick an easier song have a better chance of winning because they can focus more on their performance than the lyrics. Easier songs are classified by if they have repeating lyrics for example, “Shake it Off.”
   “Lip Sync Battle” has sparked an idea at Ripley High. Student Council is to create our own lip sync battles. The idea came from student body President Brooke King.
   King said, “I first thought of this idea when I saw Anne Hathaway perform ‘Wrecking Ball.’ I thought it was hilarious.”
   Student Council advisor Becky Neal said, “These battles will just be lunch time entertainment. Hopefully it will be a big enough attraction to help kids stay out of power hour.”
   The performances will be during lunch in the gym and anyone is allowed to participate. If you do not want to participate in the battles you can sign up to be the MC. You can sign up for these acts with Neal. Of course the songs have to be school appropriate and approved by administration. Student Council is hoping to get the performances started in the upcoming weeks. Listen to the announcements or check @RipleyHSWV on twitter for updates!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Track's upcoming season

By: Ashtun Welling

   Track will officially start training Monday, March 29. The teams train by running, independent training and they have been lifting since August. Some returning runners this year are senior Caylee Painter, Audra Thomas, Junior Laurel Miller, and Sophomore Hope King. For the boys we have seniors Lucas Blankenship, Nolan Holley, juniors Dalton Fisher, Justin Fields, and sophomores Zane Griffin, and Steven Carte.
   “This year we have been fortunate to have so many returning runners,” said Coach Bright. This season’s expectations are high and the ultimate goal is to take the majority of our teams to state. Their hopes for this season are to have more state qualifiers, and record breakers. “Last season we did pretty well but there is always room for improvements,” said junior Laurel Miller.
   We wish our track the best of luck for this upcoming season.


Fans hyped over Deadpool

By: Ashtun Welling

Deadpool is a movie to get excited about. This film is long overdue it’s been talked about since the early 2000’s. Fans were lined up February 12, 2016. This movie was expected to be better than the new Star Wars.
  This is the story of a Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who goes through rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers. Then he adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with new abilities and a dark sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man that nearly destroyed his life.
  Wade Winston Wilson (Deadpool) is a fictional antihero appearing in American Comic book published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist/writer Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool made his first appearance in “The New Mutants” #98 released on February 1991.
  The cast for this film is Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, Jed Rees, and Stefan Kapicic. In order from the previous sentence they played as Deadpool, Angel Dust, Weasel, Ajax, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, The Recruiter, and Colossus (voice).
  This film is rated R, because of nudity, alcohol, drug use, profanity, violence and gore. The most memorable fight scene from the movie was the nude fight scene between Ajax and Deadpool. That scene follows the experiment that makes Deadpool into a mutant. The nude scene is to show him no longer feeling pain and how easily he can heal. However there is no full-frontal shot; this scene was tastefully done.
Overall this film was great. We have waited so long for this character to come to life on the big screen. Deadpool, much like its source material, is an irreverent, bloody, and riotous twist on the superhero gene- a must-see comic book movie experience. With great power come's great responsibility. That's what Spider-Man taught us. But Deadpool is as irresponsible as they come. 

Super Bowl commercial creates controversy with pro-choice supporters

By: Krissa Scarberry

    February 7, the 50th annual NFL championship game was held and the outcome shocked football fans around the country. Aside from the game itself, many viewers watch the Super Bowl primarily for the entertainment of watching the commercials in between.
   This year, however, while most of the commercials were entertaining, others gave way to a lot of dispute. What’s to expect from a world that can turn anything into a controversy?
   One of the most controversial super bowl commercials of 2016 was the “Doritos Ultrasound” commercial. Here’s the gist of it: A husband and a wife come in for their routine ultrasound, and during the course of it, the husband starts eating from a bag of Doritos. As the wife starts to get angry, the husband is just noticing that wherever he’s holding his chip, the baby is shown reaching for it on the ultrasound monitor.
   The only thing this commercial was meant to be is humorous. However, this particular commercial got some radical pro-choice activists fired up. Shortly after the commercial aired, a modern day pro-choice group called “NARAL Pro-Choice America” tweeted out a response that got everybody talking:
   “#NotBuyingIt—that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight. #SB50”
  I hate to be the one to break this to you NARAL, but babies have ALWAYS been human, even before Doritos aired their commercial. Also, ultrasounds are not “anti- choice tactics,” but in fact a necessary part of the pregnancy process. Nobody forced that woman to get an ultrasound against her will.

   Because I don’t speak for everybody, here’s the link to the commercial so you can see for yourself: (This link is MacBook friendly for those of you viewing on a Ripley High School computer.)

Students qualify for third year of All-State

By: Cassidy Tolley
   All-State is an organization for the coming together of some of the best choral or band students in West Virginia.  Being chosen for All-State choir or band is a huge honor for a recipient. Two of our senior students have been chosen this year for the third year in a row, a rare event.

Jeana Mahan
   Senior Jeana Mahan has been selected to participate in All-State Choir for 2016.  This makes her third year being chosen for All-State, which has not happened for a very long time.  To try out for All-State Choir, one must audition at the school for choir director Annie Hancock.  An audio recording is sent to judges, and from there, eight recipients will be chosen.  The eight recipients then travel to Parkersburg, where they audition at Regionals. 
   “I feel so honored to be a third year recipient because of how selective the process is,” says Mahan. 
   Five students were chosen from our high school and will perform at the All-State Choir Conference in March. 
   In March, singers from all over the state will come together for three days to perfect the music they will perform. 
   “It is a very tiring process, but absolutely worth it to sing with some of the best singers in the state.  The songs we sing are some of the hardest musical pieces I’ve ever performed, but they always end up being my favorite,” said Mahan on performing at the conference. “I’ve met some of my best friends through All State.  It has also helped me in making lasting connections for the future,” she said.

Olivia Poe
   Senior Olivia Poe has been playing the French horn for almost four years.  She has been a qualifier for All-State her sophomore, junior, and now senior year.
“The first time I tired out for All-State was simply for the thrill of it,” said Poe. 
   Trying out for All-State band is much different than choir and requires an audition in six different categories including tone, sight-reading, scales, etudes, solo, and overall quality.  The audition is performed blind behind a curtain, without speaking.
   Poe has worked with many different band directors in the past, including RHS director Sherry Poole and WV Symphony instructor Tom Beal.  Poe travels to Charleston on Mondays and Tuesdays to rehearse with the symphony and has put in a lot of time and effort to reach where she is now.
   “The benefits that have come from All-State have not been as much about being there, but the process of getting there,” said Poe.
    “All-State has been such a neat experience,” said Poe.  “I am able to reunite with familiar faces as well as meet a lot of brand new people who share the same ambition as me.”

   We at Ripley High are very proud of our senior qualifiers and wish them the best at their conferences next month.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

French National Contest excites French students

By: Calista Boggess
  The French National Contest is a competition to test students on their knowledge of the French language.
  The contest is an exam during school that students will take in February or March; at Ripley High it will be taken March 9. Around twenty-five other schools also participate, and some of these schools are Parkersburg High, Morgantown High, and University High. High schools mostly make up the majority of the contestants, but there are a few middle schools that participate. The contest is nationwide.
  French I and II will take part in the competition, and any French III or IV students that would like to take the exam may. Many students believe this exam will be a challenge, but others are confident with their skills.
  Megan Stowers, a sophomore and French II student said, “It just dependents on what’s on the test, but we have learned a lot this year.”
  The contest is a ranking, so if a student wins the state level, there is a prize. The prize is a plaque, a certificate, and “something you can be proud of and put on a resume for college applications,” said Julie Morris, the French teacher. There are also scholarships winners can receive. Levels students can win on are state and national.
  A majority of students at our school take Spanish, but a reason some take French is to be out of the ordinary.
  Ben Morris, a sophomore and French I student says, “It seems like most people take Spanish, and I wanted to do something different.”
  French is an uncommon language in Ripley, but competitions like this bring more attention to the language and the French culture.

International trips get students out into world

By: Cheyenne Jones
International trips are a great way to get out and explore the world. Ripley High School is lucky enough to have teachers willing to take students on trips like these.
   Junior Sarah Victory said “I chose this specific trip because it gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in foreign languages.”
    Students are recommended by teachers to come to a meeting about a trip where they can learn about where they are going, when, and how much it costs.
    Julie Morris, a Spanish and French teacher, is one of the teachers who participates in these trips. During her trip in the summer of 2017 they are going to Europe, including London, England; Paris, France; and Berlin, Germany. During this trip they will be visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and taking a guided tour of Berlin.
   “We begin planning a year and a half before the trip so students will have time to pay for the trip. The trip is usually expensive, and if we start early they can use a payment plan. We go on trips every other year,” said Morris.
   When asked about concerns for the trip, Victory said, “There are no concerns about the trip. I am traveling the world and seeking new experiences, and what’s wrong with that? The group will have a safe and fun experience with the teachers who are going.”
    Locations for the trip are based on some questions and answers with students, and the number of students, parents, and teachers that go can vary. On average 20-25 people go on the trips. Sarah Summers, social studies teacher, is also going on a Pacific trip during the summer of 2017. Summers says that she goes on these trips every year. A few places they will be going are New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; and Honolulu, Hawaii. A few things they will be doing is visiting the Sydney Tower, and taking a guided tour of Honolulu.
  Both of these trips are still open for entry and can cost about $3,500 or more per person, so for more information you can speak with either of the teachers.
Hi-Y prepares for Model UN
By: Madisyn McCann  
  Model United Nations is a stimulation for schools in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.  Schools from all over West Virginia will be coming together at the Mineral Wells Conference Center March 11 through 13 to have a mock U.N. meeting.  The students from each school will represent countries from all over the world and vote on global issues according to how their country would vote.  To prepare for this event, students have been researching their countries and problems within their countries to present at the meeting.   At the conference, students are required to wear Western or international standard business attire.
  Ripley Hi-Y members, led by Kristin DeWees, will be representing Pakistan, Lebanon, and Argentina.  The organizers send the country assignments to the delegator, then they distribute them to their team.  The members include sophomores Jamie Crawford, Hunter Burdette, Bethany Johnson, Tate Riley, and Easton Perry.  Burdette and Crawford are representing Pakistan and are presenting a resolution on ways to improve women’s education around the world.
   “I expect the kids to do very well, they have been researching and preparing.  All of them are very excited,” said DeWees.   
  The students write position papers that explain their country’s position on an issue and provide ideas on how the world should address the problem.  At the actual debate, the delegates give speeches, negotiate, and propose resolutions, then vote.  Preceding the debate, there is a caucus that includes problem solving, collaboration, and compromise between the delegates.  
  “Hi-Y and Model U.N. teach students how to work with others and also develops their speaking skills.  The experience gives you a better understanding of politics and improves comprehension skills,” said Burdette.  
The Ripley newspaper wishes the students attending Model U.N. good luck and safe travels!

School art show sure to impress

By: Lucas Blankenship
  April 4-8, the library will feature the work of art students at Ripley High School. The pieces will come in all sizes, and in many forms.
  “I usually choose the neatest and best work from my classes,” said art teacher Debbie Sisson. “The work also has to be creative.”
  The categories of competition are photography, pastel, colored pencil, oil and acrylic, watercolor, tempera, mixed media, paper relief, charcoal, pencil, crafts, stained glass, collage, maker, ink, and 3D sculpture.
Sisson teaches Art I-IV as well as Ceramics, so she will have plenty of pieces to choose from.
  “Most pieces are done in class,” said Sisson. “But students are always welcome to take their art home.”
  Sisson herself chooses what art goes into the school show, while she has outsiders judge what work will continue on to the county show. Only 40 pieces can go to the county show to be displayed alongside Ravenswood High School winners.
  “It’s exciting to show off your hard work,” said senior Emily Dodson who has three pieces going to the school show. “It’s a great opportunity to others to see the hard work that goes into it every day.”
  The county show will be held at Ripley High School, April 15.
  This year, Ravenswood has a new art teacher in Adam Cox. Together, he and Sisson will judge the county show with middle school art teachers will break any ties that may occur.
  Be sure to check out the artwork when it goes on display!