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The Chronicle published on May 15, 2015.

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news

Trending Now The Biggest Loser

View these and other stories New budget proposal has Mason taking financial hit
and galleries on
thecspn.com Duncan MacKenzie | Staff Writer a place to raise his family was because of the top-
It turns out the sheriff of Nottingham didn’t notch schools, and he intends to keep them that
C GMC Track Meet way.
bring down Robin Hood--it was postcards and pro-
The Comet Track & Field team testations from the Mason community that put a “The challenge that we’re trying to overcome is
takes on the GMC meet today at 4 halt to Ohio Governor John Kasich’s latest attempt helping people realize that it has impact for all Ma-
p.m. Check thecspn.com for to find a solution to the school funding formula in son residents, and really Ohioans,” Henderson said.
coverage. Ohio. “Mason is a pretty big draw and attraction for Ohio.
I’m certainly one of the people that responded to
C Science Fair Earlier this year, Governor Kasich proposed a that attraction and moved my family here from
plan with “Robin Hood” qualities, to equalize re- Pennsylvania because it’s a good place to live, good
Sophomore Sreeram Venkatarao is sources available to rich and poor school districts schools, good health care, good quality of life. That
presenting his project at the alike. If it had come into effect, Mason City Schools good quality of life is tied to the schools.”
prestigious INTEL International would have lost $7 million over the next two years
Science and Engineering Fair this in the form of reductions of TPP (Tangible Personal “We’re concerned
week. Check thecspn.com for an Property Tax) reimbursement. Because Mason was because even in the House
interview with Venkatarao. one of the biggest receivers of TPP tax reimburse- version, in year three, we
ment, it would in turn become one of the biggest
C Destination Imagination losers if this source of funding were to go away. could lose $7 million.”

The Destination Imagination team This tax would be replaced with funding from — Tracey Carson
competes in the Global Finals May the CAT (Commercial Activities Tax). Recently,
20-23 at the University of Ohio’s House of Representatives passed a new ver- Public Information Officer
Tennessee. Check thecspn.com for sion of the biennium budget, called House Bill 64,
coverage. which keeps the district’s funding at its current lev- Carson said that the new plan is a move in the
el for the next two years, without reduction. right direction, but it only protects Mason for the
Photo contributed by Sabrina Patel next two years. After those two years are up, she
This change was greatly influenced by Mason said it’s back to the drawing board.
Destination Imagination team compete at community members, who sent thousands of
Globals in 2014. emails and letters to state representatives voicing “We’re concerned because even in the House
their opinions about Governor Kasich’s proposi- version, (in) year three, we would lose $7 million,”
compiled by Jessica Sommerville tion. According to Public Information Officer Carson said. “We want them to put in, like they did
Tracey Carson, Mason community members made in 2011, a measure that would say districts that are
sure their voices were heard at the state level in disproportionately impacted would see a perma-
numerous ways. nent reimbursement in perpetuity for the TPP tax.”

“(This) has an impact for According to Ohio Representative Paul Zelt-
all Mason residents, and wanger, the real difficulty that the bill will have to
overcome is that each school and student has dif-
really Ohioans.” ferent needs, and catering to everyone’s needs isn’t
going to occur with one collective bill.
— Todd Henderson
“From my perspective, the issue becomes that we
Mason High School Parent have three very unique categories within schools:
urban schools, suburban schools and rural schools,”
“Folks wrote emails to members of the House Fi- Zeltwanger said. “They all have different needs,
nance Committee, they wrote emails to members different demands, and different challenges. The
of the House Education Committee, they wrote problem becomes when we try to produce a state
letters to our own Representative Zeltwanger and funding solution to address each of those, even
Senator Jones, and we also had a 48-hour postcard though they are unique. That’s one of the biggest
campaign where thousands of people flocked to hidden challenges in it all. I am probably more of
our schools to make sure that they signed a post- a proponent that state funding should be set based
card,” Carson said. “Then fellow parents went with on a certain amount per student and the funding
us to the House Finance Committee to deliver should follow the student.”
them.”
The bill also has many more obstacles to over-
Todd Henderson was one such community come before finally becoming law. Carson said that
member who made sure his voice was heard. Hen- the battle is yet to be won and the community’s as-
derson has children in Mason City Schools and said sistance is still needed.
he is concerned, as a Mason resident and parent,
about the future of the district. Henderson said that “We had a lot of support from the communi-
one of the reasons that Mason appealed to him as ty and we will continue to call on their support
throughout this process,” Carson said.

May 15, 2015 C 3

Gas Station Debate Musical Reign

Crooked Tree gas station Santos set to retire from esteemed musical kingdom
sparks debate among residents

Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer

Get off my lawn. Choral director Elaine Santos conducts Honors Concert Choir students in her classroom. Photo by Madison Krell
For the past several years, the proposal for the
construction of a gas station has been an on- Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Santos said she challenges ment because a lot of what we
going battle between the residents of Crooked Choral director Elaine Santos, students to be their best selves do is individual,” Young said.
Tree and the Mason City Council. Residents which allows them to both real- “Once a year, we get to really
have come together and protested construc- ruler of Mason High School’s ize their pursuit of music and come together and collabo-
tion of a Shell gas station on the roundabout musical empire for 16 years, add to the program’s prestige. rate (for) the spring musical.
at the intersection of Mason-Montgomery and will relinquish her crown next That’s one of the nicest times
Bethany Road. year as she retires. “When they feel a sense of for us...I’m going to miss that
According to Crooked Tree resident Scott Ste- pride, that pride emits from with Mrs. Santos particularly
vens, the residents in this area have spoken to Since her coronation, she has every single one of them to because she’s such a good col-
the city council and county court to protest. crafted a legacy infused with the greater population,” Santos league.”
“When it went before City Council in 2011, successes, including superior, said. “So there’s another level of
the entire neighborhood protested this and state-level recognition and the prestige that’s being built.”
lost,” Stevens said. “The City Council favored first three-discipline concert.
the developer. It has already been approved and “I’ve done what I can do, and I’m very eager to
there is nothing else we can do.” According to Santos, she was find out who the winner of this interviewing
According to City Planner Brian Lazor, the hired under former Superinten- process will be. I know it will be
gas station will actually serve the community dendent Kevin Bright to grow someone outstanding.”
better. the music program.
“The developer did a marketing study and it — Elaine Santos
showed that area was underserved,” Lazor said. Its development included an
“The gas station will provide the residents in increase in enrollment; San- Choral Director
the area shopping option. There will also be a tos said the music department
convenience store.” reaches over 1,000 students, or This acclaim may propel stu- While Santos is an integral
Though the gas station is approved, it doesn’t “about a third of the school”. dents to music careers in which member of the music team,
follow the stipulated ordinances according to transitions in colleagues are she said that her successor may
the City of Mason, Stevens said. According to common, according to theater have the potential to elevate the
Stevens, he knew that the zone was a commer- teacher Allen Young. choir and pursue national rec-
cial zone, but never expected a gas station. ognition.
“I knew that when I built my house in 2002, “I’ve worked with (her) for
that there would be a business in the area,” Ste- 14 years...and she teaches very “I’ve done what I can do, and
vens said. “There is an ordinance stating that good vocal technique,” Young I’m very eager to find out who
gas trucks aren’t allowed to travel on any routes said. “Somebody new (will) the winner of this interviewing
in the City except for Route 741 or Route 42. bring a whole new philosophy process will be,” Santos said. “I
This gas station is not on either of the routes. and approach, (but) it’s good if know it will be someone out-
We always knew that a light business like a dry you are training for a career to standing, and I know it will be
cleaner’s, or a doctor’s office would go there, work with different people and someone who can move the
but never a gas station.” learn different philosophies.” program to the next level of
recognition...someone who has
Young said that it will be up the energy and the foresight to
to the current staff to acclimate see: ‘This is where they are now,
the new choral director, but he and this is big. I think this is
will miss collaborating with where I can take them which is
Santos. even bigger.’ That would bring
me such joy.”
“It’s been great to work with
Mrs. Santos guiding the depart-

4 C April 17, 2015

The Chronicle’s Policy Opinion

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The Chronicle promises to report the truth and
adhere to the journalistic code of ethics through Civic journalism adds its voice to the media maelstrom centered on police brutality
online and print mediums.
It happened in Walmart. A civil journalist is responsible. That South Caro-
The Chronicle is produced by students enrolled Amid lurid yellow 99-cent tags and bleeps of scanned linian was there to record a video that would later
in Journalism I, II and III. merchandise, John Crawford III, a young black man, circulate both Twitter and the world. The Informa-
wandered the aisles of its Beavercreek location. He chat- tion Age has turned us into individuals with the ca-
Editorials reflect the staff ’s opinion but do not ted with the mother of his children on the phone, car- pability to expose all the wonders and horrors we
necessarily reflect the opinions of the school ad- rying an air rifle at his side. A police officer, called in to witness--tools like CNN iReport encourage us to con-
ministration or the Mason City School District. investigate Crawford and his weapon, shot him when he tribute the shaky videos we capture of burning build-
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A media maelstrom has enveloped cases like Craw- could lead to accountability.
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editor are welcome, but are subject to be edited police as valiant, navy suits that stand between us and The media may have morphed our perception of the
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April 17, 2015 C 5
Editorial Cartoon
Opinion Four
Minutes

at the

Drive-Thru

Beyond Billionaire Abbey Marshall | Staff Writer
Working at a Culver’s drive-thru, I’ve
Gina Deaton | Online Editor
seen a variety of people: anything from
World-famous Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, Rowling said, “You have a moral responsibility a whiny kid demanding custard after an
was kicked off Forbes’ list of the richest people in when you’ve been given far more than you need, to arduous rec basketball game from his
the world because she lost her status in the all-ex- do wise things with it and give intelligently.” I don’t mom’s minivan to an old woman hauling
clusive “billionaire” club--she’s a mere millionaire think she could have emphasized it better, and in a a tractor with her seemingly out-of-char-
now, and Entertainment Weekly said it was because modern world of materialism, we need more peo- acter Ford truck. Despite the wide range
she “broke a few rules of how to stay rich”, the big- ple like Rowling who do know how to manage their of characters, everyone can ultimately be
gest of these being that she donated so much of money. She knows it isn’t about letting your money categorized into two groups.
her money to charity (close to $160 million). Her sit in the bank so that you can make some presti-
hefty donations, combined with British taxes, in- gious list. She knows it isn’t about buying things There are those who whiz by in a flurry
spired her plummet from the charts, and she is now you really don’t need. It’s about giving to those of impatience, a rude demeanor and per-
a member of Forbes’ shameful “Billionaire Drop- in need, and personally I think Rowling’s view on manent frown etched upon their faces,
offs” list. money management makes her the richest woman and there are those who have the decency
in the world. to make eye contact and say, “Thank you”.
Rowling is being stamped as a poor money man- The second type of people is extremely
ager, not because she spent it on expensive items, Business Insider wrote, “Maybe next year, Row- rare.
beauty treatments, or even traveling experiences, ling,” in response to her disappearance from the
but because she donated so much of it--she is esti- list. What they don’t realize is that, chances are, she With today’s constant hustle and bustle,
mated to continually donate 16 percent of her in- doesn’t care one bit whether her name appears on politeness is forgotten while curt and im-
come and regularly support around eight charities. that list. She doesn’t care because she knows that polite behavior runs rampant. When we
The fact that her selfless giving is putting her in a she doesn’t need a billion dollars--no one does. Row- want something, we want it now--because
bad light is absurd--it’s exactly what she should be ling is a walking example that giving is the best that’s what we’re used to. We can refresh
doing. way to feel rich. If more wealthy people on that list a page and receive breaking news, we can
were like her, a lot more problems could be solved. Google a question and have an instanta-
Once a single mom living on welfare and now neous answer. In a world of notifications
the first female novelist to become a billionaire, But as for now, it’s just Rowling and her magic. and ringtones, simple face-to-face com-
munication is lost because there simply
isn’t enough time.

Outside the realm of technology, per-
son-to-person encounters are all I experi-
ence at my job. It brightens my day when
someone takes the time to glance at my
nametag and personalize their “thank
you”s, or when someone smiles and com-
pliments me. On the flip side, I become ir-
ritated and quickly upset when someone
harshly comments on pricing of which
I have no control, or rolls their eyes be-
cause I took too long to scoop a chocolate
cone.

The way I see it, you can either spend
the four minutes of drive-thru wait time
one of two ways. You can cheerily chat
with your passengers, crank up your fa-
vorite song, roll down the window to en-
joy a nice day, and kindly thank the em-
ployee who hands you your meal when
it’s ready, or you can restless drum your
fingers on your steering wheel, glare out
your window at someone who is trying to
do their job, and snatch your bag when it’s
ready and drive off in a huff.

Either way, you still wait those
four minutes.

C6 May 15, 2015

Graduation Marathon Ticketed

Grads plan how to kill Drivers faced with limited options as lots overfill
time during ceremony

Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer

Graduation survival kit: ready-to-toss cap Assistant Principal Dan Distel patrols the parking lots in the mornings. Photo by Matthew Marvar
and large-sleeved gown; 4G LTE smartphone;
Subway sandwich; and four years’ worth of pa- Matthew Marvar | Staff Writer difficult task.
tience. “We do not have the manpower to be out there
It’s 7:10 and junior Madison Miller is pulling
This year’s senior class has 828 students, into the first lot. Miller, who paid for a spot there, every single day,” Distel said. “When somebody is
making its graduation a marathon. According said that in a perfect world, there would be one out there, it’s typically me--trying to be more vis-
to senior Leyla Ashraf, this makes food cru- open for her. But there were none. ible, and to help kids to understand (the injustice)
cial. Under the impression that she would receive a when you take another kid’s spot or when you park
Saturday school if she parked in the teacher lot, in the wrong lot that you aren’t paying for.”
“I’m probably going to stick some snacks she went for the only spot in the first lot that wasn’t
in my sleeves, honestly,” Ashraf said. “I really taken--the handicapped spot. Miller, however, said Nevertheless, according to Distel, victims of a
will. The sleeves are huge.” she wasn’t trying to take advantage of the handi- filled first lot have an out.
capped spot--she simply needed a place to park.
Senior Faryaal Zindani, the last member of “If I was trying to benefit from getting a handi- “I thought to myself, ‘If the pool
the class of 2015, said she will tweet pictures capped spot, I would park right next to the school. isn’t being used right now, then
and chat to pass time, but her family is not as Parking in the pool lot (handicapped) spot, (is not)
optimistic. benefitting from it,” Miller said. “A handicapped why do the handicapped
person would not benefit (from that spot) in walk- spots matter?’”
“A lot of my cousins (have said), ‘Hey, we’re ing to the school…(Even though) I parked there, I
just going to come the last 30 minutes of your was not intentionally trying to take a handicapped — Andrew Boeres
ceremony,’” Zindani said. “But they’re going to spot.”
suck it up because we had to do that for my Junior Andrew Boeres faced the same dilemma. Junior
brother.” He felt that the handicap marking could be an ex- “They’ll go and park in the teacher lot,” Distel
ceptionClass Students in this situation. said. “They’ll come see Mrs. Wood and say, ‘Hey,
When Zindani at last crosses the stage, she “The2010 703 only spot left open was the handicapped I had to park here because there was no parking
said it may be difficult to return to her seat in over there.’ She records their license plates, iden-
time for the final festivities. 2011 697 tifies that the person does have a pass, and we’re
spot,”2012 724 Boeres said. “And I thought to myself, ‘If okay with that.”
“(My brother) didn’t make it back to his For the future, administration is exploring ways
seat,” Zindani said. “He was still getting his di- 2013 846 to police the lots more effectively. Administra-
ploma when they turned the tassels in the air. the pool2014 794 isn’t being used right now, then why do tive Assistant to the Assistant Principals Annette
So we’re talking to administration and mak- Wood said she advocates for the system used in
ing sure that we’re seated before the confetti 2015 828 the senior lot because it’s more effective than any-
and everything goes off because that would the handicapped spots matter?’ because there are thing else.
suck not being able to turn your tassel with handicapped spots for the students in front of the “It would be much easier for a student whose
the entire class. And it would be awkward just school--so it’s like those spots are just off-limits for spot has been taken to come to me and say, ‘Mrs.
walking back from getting your diploma while Wood, this car is in my spot and this is the license
everyone’s standing up.” plate number,’” Wood said. “That’s what happens
in the senior lot. And the number of infractions
Despite this possibility, Zindani said she in the senior lot are so much less because of that.
looks forward to being this year’s last senior Because the seniors can help us police their lot.”
to graduate. Boeres said that it all comes down to conve-
nience.
“I think it’s awesome because...people are Everyone wants to come to school as late as pos-
going to be so excited toward the end any- sible,” Boeres said. “And if they see an open spot,
ways to announce the graduating class,” they’re being lazy, but they just take it. They don’t
Zindani said. “I think it will be exciting to be think they’re going to get in trouble.”
the last one and that everyone will cheer on
that we’re finally done...it gives (me) some-
thing to look forward to while I’m waiting for
everyone else.”

no reason. Especially at 6:00 in the morning--who’s
going to the pool?”
Despite this technicality, both Miller and Boeres
2011 got slammed with a $350 fine from the police.
697 Miller speculated that the source of the parking

2012 724 problem lay in the hands of the new student driv-
ers who drive to school and park without a pass.
YEAR “I’m guessing there are probably more sopho-
2013 846 mores who have gotten their licenses recently,”

2014 Miller said. “Who...probably haven’t paid for (pass-
es)...who are just now starting to park in first lot
794

2015 and are probably filling up second and third lot.”
Assistant Principal Dan Distel, who is in charge
828 of parking, said that because there are so many

NUMBER OF GRADUATES kids who use the parking lots, enforcement is a

Infographic by Gabrielle Stichweh

May 15, 2015 C 7

8C May 15, 2015

Destination: Reached Lasting Lesson

Mason Imaginator Team strives for first place at Globals Holocaust survivor
preaches forgiveness
Photo by Sonia Rayka
Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer
Photo contributed by Sabrina Patel
On May 5, Mason
The Mason Imaginator Team at Globals in 2014, where they took home second place. High School students
experienced a history
Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer vides all the teams with chal- that cannot be broken. My hope lesson that went beyond
Mason’s Destination Imagina- lenges labeled A through F, and for Globals this year is to win. We the textbooks.
each challenge is geared toward got our highest score at state this
tion teams are destined for great- a certain type of group. Accord- year; we’re hoping we can go to Holocaust survivor
ness. ing to senior Sam Hodge, his Globals and get first place.” Eva Mozes Kor spoke Eva Mozes Kor
group likes to take on the theatri- at an assembly in front
Destination Imagination is cal challenges. According to Patel, Destination of students and community members. At
a non-profit organization that Imagination has helped her find age six, Kor, her twin sister Miriam and her
prides itself on inspiring students “Our challenge was a C level herself and what she loves to do. family were sent to Auschwitz where she and
to become the next generation of challenge for Destination Imagi- Miriam suffered through the twisted experi-
innovators and leaders. Accord- nation this year,” Hodge said. “We “We got our ments of Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor known
ing to DestinationImagination. had (to) come up with an eight- highest score at state for experimenting on twins. Kor said there
org, the program encourages minute presentation of a charac- was immense chaos the first day they arrived
students to have fun, take risks, ter that deals with a phobia and this year; we’re to Auschwitz.
incorporate the arts and incorpo- show how they got the phobia hoping we can go to
rate STEM (science, technology, and how they overcome it in that “Everything was moving very fast,” Kor
engineering and mathematics) eight minutes. It’s sort of like a Globals and get said. “There was a lot of yelling and crying.
into their challenges. The pro- play. We took the fear of music first place.” I looked around and realized my father and
gram strives to teach the par- and incorporated it into a sequel two older sisters were gone. Never ever did I
ticipants patience, flexibility, of the story of the Pied Piper. The — Sam Hodge see them again...no longer did (Miriam and
persistence, ethics, respect and main character has to deal with I) have any family and (we) had no idea what
problem-solving skills. a fear of music because the Pied Senior would become of us.”
Piper took his sister, so he goes
Out of all the Destination on a quest to find his sister and “I’ve learned a lot of different According to Kor, her ability to persevere
Imagination participants in Ohio, overcome his fear along the way.” skills I thought I would never through hardships she faced stemmed from
seniors Dillon Drozdz and Sa- be doing,” Patel said. “I used to the sight of three dead bodies in the camp,
brina Patel have been part of the This team of Dillon and So- be very to myself and then I sur- something she had never laid eyes on before.
organization the longest. phie Drozdz, Sam and Emma prised everyone when I would be
Hodge, Patel, Matthew Terry and the one who, after we performed, “I’ve never seen anyone dead before, but
“I was in kindergarten and it Vinny Cevasco has been together would answer the judges’ ques- it became clear to me that children would
was one of those flyers we took for close to eight years. They’ve tions. I also learned a lot of skills; die so I made a silent pledge that I would do
home,” Drozdz said. “My mom learned each other’s strengths like working with power tools.” anything and everything within my power to
said to my dad, ‘Why don’t you and weaknesses and are taking make sure that Miriam and I would not end
do this? It seems like it’ll be fun’, their efforts to Globals in May. Patel said Destination Imagina- up on that floor, that we would actually sur-
and I’ve been doing it ever since. tion has provided a way for her to vive,” Kor said.
I think it’s very beneficial be- “In sixth grade, we made our interact with all types of people.
cause you’re learning to work as team that we’ve had for eight Since the liberation of Auschwitz camp,
a team, time management skills years and we went to Globals and “At Globals, I learned to talk Kor has become a public speaker dedicated
and how to collaborate, which we placed in the top 10, which to people from other countries to sharing her story and teach lessons she has
you will need in life after high was an irreplaceable experience,” I never thought I’d meet in the learned as a Holocaust survivor, one of them
school.” Hodge said. “I think it created near future,” Patel said. “Learn- being the importance of forgiveness. Kor said
a bond between the seven of us ing about their story and how DI her views about forgiveness were dramatical-
Destination Imagination pro- has impacted them is really cool.” ly altered after Miriam’s death in 1993. Kor
said that her first steps toward forgiveness
began with a friend suggesting that she write
a letter to Dr. Mengele and forgive him. Ac-
cording to Kor, the ability to prevail against
her own ghosts of Auschwitz had far greater
strength than Mengele’s acts of violence.

“(Through forgiving), I had power over
Mengele and I wasn’t hurting anybody, and
if I could forgive him, I decided to forgive
everyone who has hurt me,” Kor said. “I was
no longer a victim of Auschwitz, nor was I a
victim of my tragic past. I was free of Aus-
chwitz.”

According to Kor, the formula for violence
starts with anger and must be stopped by
spreading ideas of peace and forgiveness.

“Anger is a seed for war,” Kor said. “People
who are at peace with themselves and with
the world could be called seeds for peace. For-
giveness is a seed for peace.”

April 17, 2015 C 9

Feature

Making Bank

Graduation parties used as elaborate ruse to stockpile funds

Kylie McCalmont | Staff Writer party on a trip to Europe. it isn’t a common decision, she gifts at every graduation party
Another graduation party in- “I’m interested in the money said she isn’t bothered by earning can become expensive and hide
money for college herself. the true meaning of the celebra-
vite means another trip to the aspect because obviously mon- tion.
bank. ey is awesome but I was lucky “I will have to work a lot over
enough to get a full ride to UC the summer and help save my “That’s definitely something
Senior Rahul Sandella said he so I don’t have to worry too much own money to pay for college people put together,” Hoover said.
is not only looking forward to about undergraduate costs, but I and I know my dad and my mom “(The fact that) I’m going to a
graduation, but his grad party would like to pay for that trip if are both willing to help pay for graduation party so I must bring
where he anticipates cashing in there was any extra money,” San- things,” Hoover said. “I just don’t something but you’re just cel-
on the generosity of friends and della said. have a problem working for the ebrating the fact that you gradu-
family. money that I need to pay for ated from high school, I don’t get
Unlike Sandella, senior Katha- things that I need for college like why that can’t be enough.”
“I remember going to my sis- rine Hoover said she decided not laptops and textbooks.”
ter’s friends’ grad parties; my par- to have a grad party because of Despite the pressure to plan a
ents would always give money the hassle to plan. Although people may feel party or the unnecessary money
to people who they knew well,” pressured to empty their pockets obligation that looms overhead,
Sandella said. “It would usually “For me a graduation party when attending a graduation par- Sandella believes a graduation
be relatively substantial amounts would be difficult to have be- ty, Sandella said that generous party is truly about the experi-
because they might not have giv- cause my parents are divorced gift-giving is not necessary. ence because, after all, everyone
en a lot of money for a 16th birth- and it’s just really inconvenient only gets one chance to graduate
day or something like that.” because there’s so much to figure “People feel the obligation (to high school.
out and so much to plan and so give money) if they are family
Sandella has a full ride to the much to get,” Hoover said. and we’re really close with them,” “You could have multiple
University of Cincinnati so rather Sandella said. “(But) I wouldn’t be graduations but your high school
than the money being used to- By deciding not to throw a offended if someone didn’t bring graduation is going to happen
wards college, he plans to spend graduation party Hoover is giv- anything except a nice message.” once so you might as well make
the money from his graduation ing up on a popular reason to the best of it,” Sandella said.
have one: the money. Although According to Hoover, giving

Senior Rahul Sandella said he is looking forward to his grad party to receive money from friends and family. Photo by Madison Krell

C10 May 15, 2015

Police Perception Nationwide Incidents

Trust in law enforcement takes hit as brutality incidents surface Cleveland (2014): Cleve-
land police were suspected
Abbey Marshall | Staff Writer ing, things of that nature. Rarely do respect the profession by creating sit- of misconduct by the Justice
Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. Eric we see the good that people do every uations that need to be investigated. Department after many inci-
day.” dents, one of which included
Garner. “Are there bad apples?” Herrlinger the shooting of two unarmed
After the events that transpired “Are there bad said. “Absolutely...This career field citizens on a high-speed
apples? is no different than any other field, chase. 137 shots were fired.
with these men in Ferguson, Balti- Absolutely...This it’s just that we’re out in the public
more, and other cities nationwide, career field is no so there’s a lot more (attention), espe- Albuquerque (2014):
media has flocked to report on in- different than any cially with social media and record- Justice Department investi-
cidents of alleged police brutality. other field, it’s just ing devices.” gated 21 shootings by police.
These situations have caused a de- that we’re out in the A $4.25 million settlement
cline in public trust of police, accord- public so there’s a lot The few police officers that taint was reached for the family
ing to a 2014 poll taken by USA To- more (attention).” the image of law enforcers will be of a victim of one of these
day, which reported that two out of dealt with to the full extent of the incidents.
three Americans say officers don’t do —Drew Herrlinger law, according to Herrlinger.
a good job when it comes to “force, President Obama’s
fair treatment and accountability”. Mason Police Officer “Those people that tarnish the plan for police brutality
Growing tensions in response to the Junior Alex Eatrides, however, said badge are dealt with swiftly and
deaths of African-Americans by the the media’s interference isn’t the is- succinctly in the sense that they go “Establish a task force on
hand of police officers eventually sue. According to Eatrides, this topic through the process and they be- police accountability”: He
erupted into violent riots in Balti- wouldn’t be receiving as much atten- come a criminal,” Herrlinger said. wants to create an organiza-
more, where Freddie Gray passed tion without continuous coverage “We are not above the law…Those tion that will work with state
away in police custody. These riots from news outlets. that don’t do the right thing...will be governments to implement
urge people to address the topic of “I don’t think the media has real- disciplined probably greater than practices to increase police
police and public relations, accord- ly been blowing it up; I think com- most civilians will be.” accountability.
ing to junior DeAngelo Simmons. munities of people are blowing it
up and the media is forced to show “Those people that “Demilitarize the police”:
Simmons said he believes that po- that,” Eatrides said. “The community tarnish the badge He wants the government
lice brutality is an issue that is age- of Baltimore is really starting to step are dealt with to more closely monitor
old, but is just now being brought to up and say they’ve had enough...The swiftly and the use of deadly force and
the forefront because of information media is just showing that it’s getting succinctly in the review the program currently
that is more readily available today very violent because people have just sense that they go in place in response to the
than in previous years. had enough.” through the process and they killings.
According to Simmons, the grow- become a criminal.”
“Police brutality is something that ing mistrust of officers is a popular “Fund body cams for po-
has existed for many years, but it’s opinion for a particular demograph- —Drew Herrlinger lice”: A proposed solution to
just coming to our attention because ic. Because most coverage has been decrease police misconduct
of the social media age,” Simmons of the abuse of black citizens, many Mason Police Officer is the use of body cameras,
said. African-Americans have developed Simmons said he believes the however, this is an expensive
an unfavorable view of law enforce- rocky relationship between law en- plan. Obama wants federal
According to Mason Police Officer ment, Simmons said, and this is forcement and the public can be funding to be used for these
Drew Herrlinger, the media’s por- largely attributed to the media’s pre- mended by a public apology. cameras.
trayal of these events doesn’t neces- sentation of these events. “The police and the government
sarily depict the full story. “It is a race thing,” Simmons said. definitely owe the people--and when “Convene community
“It’s hard to ignore “The black instances are being put to I say people, I mean everybody: meetings”: The attorney
stereotypes when the forefront. I’m sure it happens too white people, Hispanics, Asians--an general is initiating com-
those stereotypes with a white cop and a white guy…I explanation and a reassurance that munity conversations about
involve you dying don’t think (trust of police has) ever we can trust in them (and) in the fu- the topic of police brutality to
or living...But every been up with black people. There’s ture, the proper precautions will be discuss possible solutions.
cop isn’t bad just always been some type of inequal- taken,” Simmons said.
like every black ity...Most of these police officers have According to Herrlinger, if both Information from NBC news and colorlines.com
person isn’t a thug.” probably been brought up (hearing) citizens and law enforcement at-
stereotypes and it’s hard to ignore tempt to fix currently poor relations,
— DeAngelo Simmons stereotypes when those stereotypes unity is a possibility in the near fu-
involve you dying or living...But ev- ture.
Junior ery cop isn’t bad just like every black “If I had my way...I would make
person isn’t a thug.” the chiefs of police more account-
“There’s a rush to judgment,” Her- Herrlinger said he acknowledges able,” Herrlinger said. “We would
rlinger said. “The media is going to that there are a few officers that dis- have to (do something like) a unity
publish what sells without looking rally...When people come together
into it further...They’re a business, and they’re united, I think that’s a
so they’re going to sell what works powerful statement...America’s a
for them and that’s protesting, riot- powerful country.”

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Miami University
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EDITOR’S NOTE: All information in The Chronicle college map
was compiled from the Naviance Graduation Survey. All spelling

ZcongWratulations!!of names and post-high school plans were submitted by students
in the class of 2015. The Chronicle college map is not a produc-
tion of the Mason City School District or Mason High School.
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C16 May 15, 2015

How We Measure Up

Standardized testing fails to represent skills unmeasurable on scantrons

“If you can survive this Sheila Raghavendran | Editor-in-Chief pathways kids can go through if they
battery of tests and these Gina Deaton | Online Editor don’t meet this 18-point require-
different disciplines over ment.”
that long period of time, it’s This year, approximately 1126 stu-
showing that you can, again, dents took a total of about 2185 Ad- The Washington Post listed 33
read something at a vanced Placement exams at Mason flaws in standardized testing, includ-
college level or something High School. Their scores may re- ing that standardized testing can
that you might have to read flect their knowledge of the subject, “lead to neglect of physical condition-
in a workplace.” but these standardized tests are just ing, music, art and other, non-verbal
a few of many that do not measure a ways of learning”, can “penalize
Nathan Coates, English department head student’s inclination for art, music or test-takers who think in non-stan-
athletics. dard ways” which it said is common
“The Columbus College of among high school students, and
Art and Design--it doesn’t The number one ACT and SAT that standardized tests cannot predict
require test scores. UC myth is that “the SAT and the ACT future success.
DAAP, on the other hand... are tests of intelligence, and my
they don’t look at your scores are a good indication of how I Digital Image Design teacher
portfolio at all, they only will do in college,” according to The Aaron Roberts said this neglect of
look at scores, and your Princeton Review. art is seen on standardized tests like
GPA, and your resume, PARCC, which fail to represent cre-
and your essays and all The article debunked this myth ativity.
that traditional college because “your test scores reflect how
application stuff.” good you are at taking the SAT or “Creativity is really hard to mark
Aaron Roberts, Digital Image Design teacher ACT, as well as how much time you on a scantron,” Roberts said. “...One of
spent preparing--and that’s about it. my bigger issues with standardized
“The creativity that is Your score does not measure how testing...is that it’s completely unindi-
involved in the arts is not intelligent you are, serve as a final vidualized, while art is a great oppor-
as measurable as grade for your four years of high tunity to be extremely individual.”
something that’s concrete. school, or predict how successful you
What is concrete in will be in life.” Band Director Bob Bass said he
music? Well, rhythm is agrees--musical “subjectivity is very
concrete. There’s only one Former President George W. hard to measure”, even impossible.
way it should go, and that Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act of But according to Bass, each music
can be measured.” 2001 set the requirements for yearly college or university weighs ACT and
standardized testing in reading and SAT scores differently.
Bob Bass, Band Director math for students between the third
and eighth grades. On top of this, “If you’re looking at a conserva-
“Work ethic, and Curt Bly, English teacher students in grades 10-12 must be tory and they’re all music students,
determination and tested once. This year, Ohio imple- I would say the ACT score and the
fighting through Photos by Gina Deaton mented Partnership for Assessment SAT score (have) no basis whatsoever
failure--these are all things of Readiness for College and Careers because it’s purely based on talent,”
that you learn as an (PARCC) testing and Ohio Air test- Bass said. Conversely, for example,
athlete that if you’re going ing, two series of exams students in at Northwestern, standardized test
to continue in athletics you the third through ninth grades are scores are “major piece(s) in order to
have to persevere through subject to take--being told that it will be accepted as a musician. You have
those tough times, and I predict their performance in college. to be talented and you have to meet
think as a student that’s the criteria for that university...Basi-
often the case as well, According to Cleveland.com, for cally it depends on what institution
particularly if you’re not a students, PARCC testing counts for you apply for.”
good test taker.” “nothing, officially.” But according to
Assistant Principal Dave Hyatt, it is Freshman and Honors Concert
now a graduation requirement. Choir member Sam Terribilini said
that PARCC testing is “ridiculous”
“The state has chosen to eliminate and he wishes he could have his tal-
the OGT for this year’s freshman ent better recognized on a scantron.
class and those grades below,” Hyatt
said. “They’ve actually created three “College prep tests are important,
different pathways to meet a gradu- because they focus on the building
ation requirement, with the first, and blocks for specialized talents, but
probably the most important (being) they fail to give credit for talents
the end-of-year or End of Course ex- where credit should be given,” Terri-
ams that students have to accumu- bilini said. “...Would I want to express
late scores--it’s not a pass/fail--but my love for art and poetry and sing-
they need to accumulate a certain ing? Of course.”
number of points over the seven tests
to meet the graduation requirement. Terribilini said that though he can-
So it’s still a graduation requirement not reflect his musical ability on stan-
per se, but there’s also two additional dardized tests, he understands and
values their purpose in measuring
college readiness.

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“The basis for...the bigger subjects ter and they have value. And then the
(that) we believe need to be under- questions they ask are rigorous, and
stood...can’t rely on just talent,” Terri- that’s what we want: our students to
bilini said. “That is why we are tested interact at a rigorous level with com-
on regurgitated information, because plicated texts. So I think that part of
the hope is we will apply it to every- it is good.”
thing else we do.

“The ACT score, coupled with GPA is very,
very important. It’s one of the first things
they look at before they even decide it’s

worth recruiting the player.”

— Curt Bly, English teacher

Similarly, English teacher Curt Bly According to Coates, although there
said that although standardized tests are many aspects that standardized
do not measure the “kinesthetic talent testing doesn’t measure, there’s one
or skill” that “athletes excel in”, it is very important aspect that, in theory,
important for athletes to be equally it does: college and career readiness.
skilled in performance on the field
and on a test, especially for scholar- He said colleges had been reporting
ship consideration. that students “weren’t doing enough
heavy lifting intellectually” in high
“The academic picture is really im- school, while employers said that
portant in every sport,” Bly said. “In students were applying for jobs “who
baseball, there are fewer scholarships can’t read the kind of manuals that
than there are in football or basket- need to be read”. Students were unpre-
ball where pretty much the entire pared, and according to Coates, this is
team--certainly Division I level--is on what sparked college and career readi-
scholarship, full scholarship. Base- ness tests like PARCC.
ball’s not like that. So when there’s
only 11.75 scholarships for 35 play- “That’s what they’re intending to
ers on the team, the academic picture measure: are you ready when you get
weighs very heavily for coaches be- out of here?” Coates said. “Does the
cause they’re making an investment. diploma mean something? It’s your
So the ACT score, coupled with GPA diploma, it should mean that you’re
is very, very important. It’s one of the ready for the next step--whether that
first things they look at before they is a four-year institution or a two-year
even decide it’s worth recruiting the training college, entry right into the
player.” workforce; wherever you want to go, it
should be us giving you the ‘okay’ that
According to English department you’re ready.”
head Nathan Coates, while “10 hours
for one test is excessive”, the English According to Bass, the next step is
portion of the PARCC test is a fair not the same for everyone, though
measurement of a student’s skills. schools tend to mold students to fit a
certain template.

“Does the diploma mean something? It’s
your diploma, it should mean that you’re

ready for the next step.”

— Nathan Coates, English department head

“It’s a good test,” Coates said. “It’s a “A lot of times (students) are forced
hard test. Like all tests--I can speak for into this narrow path: We all have to
English and language arts--they give be college-bound, we all have to do it
you a difficult text that’s worth read- this way,” Bass said. “But not all of us
ing; I think that’s important. Some are like that..Yes, we all have to be ed-
texts aren’t worth reading and you ucated, but it doesn’t have to be down
know, on past standardized tests, it’s this narrow path. Because we’re not all
like, ‘Why am I reading them?’ and going to go down that narrow path.”
it’s about wagons or something. These
are legitimate literary texts; they mat-

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May 15, 2015 C 19

Culture Swap Cyber Stalking

Spanish, American exchange provides memorable experience Social media creeping
has dangerous potential

Juliana Discher | Staff Writer

Live ‘n Learn Spanish students from summer 2014 experiencing American lifestyle. Photos contributed by Robin Hunsucker Stalking is all fun and games until
you accidentally hit the ‘like’ button.
Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer “We got along really well and Running of the Bulls, so I am go-
This year, approximately 45 Ma- he’s like a Spanish brother to me,” ing to be able to see that and that There is a new image being associ-
Brown said. “Our ages were a little will be really fun.” ated with the term ‘stalker’ now-a-days.
son High School families are let- off because he was 18 and I was No longer is it a person in a trench coat,
ting strangers sleep in their homes, 14, but I have a brother who was This year, Live ‘n Learn was clutching binoculars, peering into your
eat their food, and teach them 17 at the time, so it was good. Even launched as a 501c3 non-profit window, but rather a person huddled be-
about their culture. though there was a big age differ- and even though it is a fun expe- hind a phone screen, scrolling through
ence, he would hang out with me rience, students can get volunteer your daily life. Creeping or stalking
Live ‘n Learn is a program where and my friends.” hours from hosting because they online occurs when a person views
Spanish students have the opportu- are volunteering their time to help someone else’s social media page for
nity to get a taste of American cul- For the first time this year, 14 Spaniards learn about our culture an extended period of time. In a study
ture by staying in the Cincinnati MHS students are traveling to and improve their English. conducted by the National Center for
area with host families during the Spain with chaperones, includ- Cyberstalking Research, 70 percent of
summer. Robin Hunsucker began ing Spanish teacher Debbie Perry. According to Hunsucker, she stalking victims know the person stalk-
preparing the company in the fall They will visit six cities in seven decided she wanted to start Live ing them. While some may not admit to
of 2012 and Spanish students first days and then the next week they ‘n Learn after studying abroad and the act, junior Kim Lyon said she feels
came to the United States in the will stay with host families, similar also teaching English in Spain for online creeping is a rampantly occur-
summer of 2013. to the program in America. four years. ring event in the high school age range.

“When the Spaniards come here, “I’m hoping to inspire students in the “It’s so common,” Lyon said. “The
they come for one month and they United States to continue studying thing is that most people don’t start out
live with host families who have Spanish and to see it as with the mission of stalking, but you
students with the same age and more than a subject.” click on someone’s picture, and then
gender as them, and they have sim- you click on the likes, and then you
ilar personalities, interests, or hob- — Robin Hunsucker click on a page, and then you click on
bies,” Hunsucker said. “During that someone tagged in a picture. Next thing
month, they do classes three days a Live ‘n Learn Creator you know, you’re creeping on someone
week and one day, the Americans in Australia.”
come to class and the Americans Freshman Bailey Nix is traveling “I started because I love Spanish
practice Spanish, and the Span- to Spain this summer to stay with and for me, it was really eye-open- While stalking can be innocent and
iards practice English.” the Spanish student she hosted the ing to travel abroad,” Hunsucker lighthearted, sometimes things can
previous year. said. “I’m hoping to inspire stu- turn for the worse, according to Lyon.
For the rest of the time, the Span- dents in the United States to con-
iards and host families participate “I’ve talked to the family and tinue studying Spanish and to see “One of my friends was in an online
in fun group activities, such as go- they said that there’s a bunch of it as more than a subject. It’s some- chatroom and was talking to some-
ing to Kings Island, playing laser fun activities we’re going to do, like thing that can be useful in their one and became Internet friends with
tag, and doing other typical things we are going to go all over Spain life, that can help them travel, to them,” Lyon said. “She let them come
in the area. to different tourist spots,” Nix said. see the world and to meet people.” into her social media, and eventually
“I’m going to be there during the she started getting notes from this per-
Freshman Avery Brown hosted son outside her house. He would mail
the same Spanish student for two her gifts. She used to run in the park
consecutive years. Brown said they and she would see him standing by the
bonded over their shared interest playground sometimes.”
in soccer and still keep in touch
over the phone. At a certain point, Lyon said that there
is a line to draw between casual creep-
ing and harassment stalking.

“It’s okay if you go onto social me-
dia with the intent of finding out more
about someone, but when it turns into
constantly watching a person through
your computer screen, I think it’s no dif-
ferent than watching someone through
their window screen,” Lyon said. “Just
as if hiding behind trees and watching
someone live their life is stalking, so is
hiding behind a username and watch-
ing someone’s social life. It’s when this
cycle repeats with a stranger that the
line between casual stalking and Inter-
net creeping becomes apparent.”

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May 15, 2015 C 21

Sports

Serious Slugger

Ellis smashes conference and school home run records

Erin Brush | Managing Editor

Senior Hailey Ellis puts fear in the eyes of every
pitcher in the conference. With the school and con-
ference record of 12 season home runs under her
belt, rival pitchers have good reason to shake on the
mound. According to Ellis, she can sense her oppo-
sition’s nervousness when she steps up to bat.

“Reading the defense that I hit off of, I can tell that
they’re scared when I walk up,” Ellis said. “I see it
on the pitcher that she’s nervous. I see it from the
coaches when they try to intentionally walk me and
the pitcher misses her spot. The second I hit (a home
run), they usually try to pull their pitcher. I think see-
ing the weakness in the defense and the cheers from
the dugout and seeing my mom in the stands, every-
thing builds up and I feel like I can do it.”

As of last week, Ellis resides at number 12 on the
all-time home run per season state leaderboard. This
year’s success story is a very different tale from the
2014 season in which Ellis had a season total of one
home run. According to Ellis, the difference between
this year and the last is a mystery to her.

“I don’t know what the difference has been,” Ellis
said. “My swing is a lot smoother. We started this
thing called The Program. It’s physically challeng-
ing and mentally. No matter what pitchers we face, I
know the pitchers we hit off of at practice are better
than any team in the GMC. That kind of confidence
really helps.”

According to Ellis, her quirky new swing gets its
fair share of criticism.

“The only comparison of my swing I could do is
compare it to Derek Jeter,” Ellis said. “I have a lot
of movement in my swing and people think that I
start my hands too high and people think I can’t get
through the zone. I have a really high swing. If it’s
a quicker pitcher I’m already set, but if it’s a slower
pitcher I build up a lot of dirt in the back of the batter’s
box and then I just stroke it.”

Ellis said she has a sixth sense when it comes to
her hits.

“When I hit home runs over dead center, I know
they’re gone,” Ellis said. “You can just see it and you
can hear it from the crowd. I usually know. When
we’re playing Lakota West and I tie the game in the
bottom of the ninth and we are in extra innings, that
feels good.”

As her home run total continues to climb upward,
Ellis said she refuses to be satisfied with her current
stats.

“A solid goal for me is to get to 16 (home runs),”
Ellis said. “I’m going to make it happen.”

Photo by Erin Brush

22 C May 15, 2015

Small School, Big Runner 24

Mars Hills student new asset to distance track Senior Tyler Krabbe leads the baseball team
with 24 runs this season.
Eric Miller | Staff Writer “That legislation just
97
In any given race, track runner Joe Thistle- changed a couple of Photo contributed by Mike Krell
ton will compete against more people than he Junior volleyball player Jacob Grove leads the
has in his entire graduating class. years ago and he was conference in defense with a season total of 97

Thistleton is senior at Mars Hill Academy, the first one.” blocks.
where the 2015 graduating class is just four stu-
dents, including himself. Thistleton has taken Rapp said there is 85
advantage of new OHSAA legislation that al-
lows him to compete for Mason since Mars only one disadvantage Sophomore softball pitcher Elle Buffenbarger is
Hill is not officially OHSAA recognized. Mars top three in the GMC with 85
Hill does offer track and field, but Thistleton to Thistleton not at- season strikeouts.
said he wanted to be a part of Mason’s track
program to help him run at the next level. tending Mason, but 48.31

“I joined Mason track because I am hoping that it has an easy fix. Joe Thistleton Senior Amit Maity took first in the 400-meter
to run in college,” Thistleton said. “I knew that “The con is it is fun dash at the Mason Invitational with a time of
Mason would give me the right training I need
to be an elite runner.” to see your athletes during school,” Rapp said. 48.31.

Thistleton began his running career at Mars “There can be a ‘Hey, can you drop by my class Results as of May 10.
Hill but just last year he was training to be
apart of the cross country program for one of after third period?’ That’s a little harder. But
Mason’s biggest rivals.
obviously with texts and phones we can com-
“The spring track season of eighth grade
was when I began running,” Thistleton said. “I municate.”
ran with Mars Hill in track and cross country
all the way through eleventh grade. I trained Thistleton said even though he started the
with Sycamore High School for my twelfth
grade cross country season, but I still had to season as somewhat of an outsider, he said his
wear a Mars Hill jersey because I didn’t live
in the Sycamore school district and therefore teammates have helped him become better
couldn’t be a part of their team.”
oriented to Mason’s team and bond with the
Assistant boys track coach Tom Rapp said he
has only had one instance in his coaching ca- boys who were once strangers.
reer that is comparable to Thistleton’s.
“I completely feel like a part of the team,”
“(I) had one runner in cross country one
time who was a homeschooled kid,” Rapp said. Thistleton said. “The guys have been awe-

some, distance runners and sprinters included.

I came in knowing Tommy Stewart really well

and he made it really easy for me to transi-

tion into the Mason program. I became friends

with a lot of the guys quickly and can definite-

ly say that I now have some of my best friends

on the team.”

Rapp agreed with Thistleton and said that

his maturity helped him transition into Mason.

“(Being new) would affect a lot of people but

Joe is very socially mature,” Rapp said. “He’s

outgoing and enjoyable. He enjoys being on

a team of our caliber. I think he’s having as

much fun as anybody on the team.”

The Chronicle Sports Photo by Charlie MacKenzie

MVP: Nadim Boulos

Sport: Tennis
Class: 2015
Claim to Fame: First singles on varsity A
Best thing about tennis: Both a physical and mental
game

Worst thing about tennis: People assume it’s an easy
sport but it’s not

Toughest Opponent: Sycamore
Motto: Play every opponent like he’s a champion
Celebrity Crush: Roger Federer
Embarrassing Moment: I broke all the strings of my
racket and had to borrow a racket from my opponent

Netflix Addiction: Sherlock

March 20, 2015 C 23

Wicket Keeper Fielder

Batsman

Fielder

Fielder Batsman Fielder
Bowler

Fielder

Fielder

Wicket Craft

Cricket club brings popular international sport to local parks

Charlie MacKenzie | Staff Writer stump, it’s an out. Also if you catch (the tucky and back there my dad was friends right now is expand to Lakota and other
ball) out of the air then it’s an out.” with a guy who knew Sachin Tendulkar, schools,” Mishra said. “We have friends
Students are chirping about cricket. the best cricket player of all time. My there and we are able to contact them as
Cricket is a popular sport in India, and A point is scored when both run- parents made me join and then I played they are starting (a club).”
has been brought to Mason High School ners make it to the bases without being and it was pretty fun. When I realized
by a group of 30 students. The club tagged out. Multiple runs can be scored here that a freshman was starting a club, According to Mishra, the club will be
meets every Thursday to discuss club at each bat. According to freshman I had to join.” hosting cricket camps over the summer
activity and practices every Saturday and founder Durga Mishra, his love for in order to give young kids a chance to
at Heritage Oak Park. Cricket is played the sport and the difficulty to organize The school doesn’t technically spon- play the sport.
on an oval field by two opposing teams games convinced him to create the club. sor the club, however the school board
of 11. Senior member of the club Amit approved the club meeting on school “We really want to have fun but we
Sathe said the sport isn’t too distant from “A lot of my friends and I have played grounds. Sycamore is the only other also want to give back to the commu-
America’s favorite pastime. cricket when we were young but we were school in the area with a cricket club, nity,” said Mishra. “This summer we are
“It is kind of like baseball in a way never able to play often, maybe only and as of now the club is playing and going to be doing cricket camps to teach
that you have two bases instead of four,” once a year at a party,” Mishra said. “We practicing amongst themselves. Mishra little kids how to play the sport.”
Sathe said. “One person is running and all really enjoy the sport and we wanted is trying to expand the club to other
another person is batting at a time. to make something that we could play schools in hopes that they can play Cricket is a large part of the Indian
There are wickets, which are stumps. on a regular basis.” against other teams this fall. Mishra said culture and Sathe said he hopes that
The guy who is throwing the ball is try- that he is reaching out to his friends at America will eventually adopt cricket as
ing to hit the wickets, and if he hits those As cricket is a very rare sport in the other schools and attempting to con- a more popular sport.
then the person is out. The two people United States, it is hard for the sport to vince them to organize their own cricket
work together and they run to each side. spread. According to Sathe, his parents clubs. “In India, cricket is really the most
If you can’t make it before they hit the made him join a cricket team when he popular sport,” Sathe said. “...Wherever
was in sixth grade. “We have 28 people in Sycamore start- you go, whether it is colleges or high
ing a team and what we are trying to do schools, you’ll find someone playing
“I was on a team in sixth grade,” Sathe cricket out on the field. I hope it spreads
said. “I used to live in Louisville, Ken- even more and gets bigger.”

Cricket club members prepare for a game of cricket on a baseball diamond at Heritage Oak Park. Photo by Madison Krell


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