The Voice: November 2, 2015

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A fall sports summary, some crafty DIY projects and a look at the slow movement toward transgender acceptance.



    Do people really believe that its whats on the

    inside that counts?

    As laws and regulations change, acceptance of different sexualities, genders, and identities expand. While people fight to be recognized as normal, many obstacles stand in their way. Is anything really getting better? contd on page 6 Volume 55, Issue 1

    November 2, 2015

    V iceTheyour school. your voice.

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    Young quiz bowl team off to a strong start

    Black College Tour chance to research opportunitiesArin DampierBusiness Manager

    The Black College Tour 2015, October 26-30, is led by social studies teacher Judith Hightower every year. The tour takes bus loads of students to different black colleges around the United States. This year the tour will be traveling to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., visiting nine colleges in four days. Students who have gone in the previous years found it to be a great experi-ence.

    It was fun, I think its a good experi-ence for all different races, and teaches you

    of the diversity of the different schools, said senior Parris Davis.

    The purpose of the black college tour is to make students aware of an alternative to mainstream schools theyve grown up hear-ing about, like MSU or U of M. Most histori-cal black colleges and universities (HBCU) started as small schools that provided a way for African Americans to get an education, and over time grew into colleges. HBCU tours have been going on at Everett for over 25 years, and Hightower loves them.

    The tour opens so many students eyes about how many options for schools there are, and what they have to offer, said High-

    tower. (They also learn about) things have happened they have never heard of.

    Hightower also wants students to know its not only for African American students.

    HBCU tours arent just for African American students, these schools are so diverse, they push for diversity; many even have white recruiters, said Hightower.

    Some students that go on the tour, arent even from Michigan. On many occa-sions students, parents or grandparents hear of Everetts black college tour, and fly their children or grandchildren here to go on the tour, or drive and meet the tour at its first destination.

    The tour is a history lesson, as well. During last years tour, the students went to North Carolina and visited the site of the very first counter-top sit-in, which has now been turned into a museum. It had an emo-tional effect on many of the students.

    Most of the students walked out with tears in their eyes, and a new experience in their hearts, said Hightower.

    This year the cost of the trip is $400, a bargain for a five-night trip. Students are only responsible for paying for their dinners. They will attend the trip while school is still in session, not on spring break. They will eat on the campus at some of the schools they

    attend, to get a feel of what campus life is like. The tour visits about three schools a day, depending on how far the schools are from each other, and how big the campus is.

    One advantage of historical black col-leges is that they are known to have smaller class sizes. Instead of being in a class with 400-500 students, students would be in a class of 50-100. If you like more one-on-one learning, maybe a HBCU could be the place for you.

    Anyone interested in attending this years HBCU Tour should contact Hight-ower in room 207 for information on how to register.

    Ali AljaziReporter

    The Quiz Bowl team had its first meet September 23, and came away with three wins against Waverly, Eastern and Grand Ledge. The scores were 100-55, 100-85, and 125-120, respectively, with the last being a comeback from a 70-point Grand Ledge lead.

    Quiz Bowl co-captain Andrew Drumhell-er said he expected the team to win all three. Quiz Bowl Coach Benton Billings had also an-ticipated the same outcome.

    The team continues to practice for its next meet, where they will be playing Holt, Okemos, and East Lansing. Coach Billings has high hopes for his team.

    The next meet will have us playing bet-ter teams, but we can definitely beat all three, said Billings.

    In the past Okemos has always been Ev-

    eretts biggest competitor, winning their last three meetups.

    Okemos has been tough, but I am ready for them. We have gotten better and it is time to beat them, said Drumheller.

    The greater goal for the team is to win the WKAR QuizBusters tournament, and receive $5000 in scholarship money to MSU for each player. Last year the team was eliminated in the round of 16.

    Our team has the potential to win the tournament. We will be facing Saline, which is a very tough team, but we will put up a good fight and we can win, said Billings.

    The new team does face an issue with ex-perience because there are only two returning players for their third year.

    The lack of experience on the team is a disadvantage, which means the team will have more work to do at practice, said Drumheller. Saline is very good from what Ive seen and

    will challenge us. A new recruit for the team, Sean Potter,

    believes experience is important to the new players.

    The returning players are ready, but the new recruits need work, said Potter. It takes experience to know when to buzz in. It takes confidence, which comes with experience. But I can see that we are improving as first-year players. Beating Saline is possible, but we need to work hard during and outside of practice.

    Whether or not the team is victorious against Saline, Billings is confident his team will do well and improve for next year.

    There is a lot of potential in the new team, said Billings. This is the first team Ive had with only two experienced players, which puts us in a rebuilding process. This season will primarily be a learning experience. I expect great things for this years team and even more for the next.

    Administration changes hall sweep routine

    Briana VazquezReporter

    September 29 was a big day. It was the first time this year, and the first time anyone could recall, that administration conducted a first hour hall sweep. It caught many people, even teachers, off guard.

    At 7:35, the hall sweep was called, and around 300 students were ordered to report to the cafeteria.

    It looked as if we were having lunch early in the morning; [the cafeteria] so full it looked like a regular lunch hour, said assis-tant Principal Marcelle Carruthers.

    A d m i n i s t r a t i o n wants to encourage stu-dents to be on time, and the hall sweeps first hour are a way to help stu-dents realize that even being five minutes late matters.

    Tardiness is a big issue in general but the majority of [tardies] are coming from first hour, said Carruthers. We want students to see what we see every morning.

    Normally in hall sweeps, students are released. That was not the case this time. Students were held in the cafeteria for their whole first hour.

    Some students think that hall sweeps en-courage other students to go to class, which clears the hallways and helps other students make it to class.

    It helps the students by getting every-one to class on time, said sophomore Jalisa Jones.

    Administration said that point of keep-

    ing students so long was so that their parents became aware of the problem as well.

    I received a couple calls and spoke with some parents, after I explained the situation they understood and were okay with it, said Carruthers.

    Administration is attempting to lessen the issue of tardiness and absences, and also clear the halls so classes arent being dis-rupted.

    Every minute you are not in class, you are losing instruction. Each time a student walks into classes late, they interrupt the edu-cational environment and disrupt the teacher trying to teach, said Principal Susan Cheadle Holt.

    The amount of hall sweeps done will all depend on the stu-dents. If tardiness de-creases, so will the hall sweeps. Administration understands that some students have situations they cannot control, but they also see many stu-

    dents just standing around first hour. They want to work on decreasing the amount of students skipping class and standing in the hallways.

    We would rather not do them at all, but students are always roaming the halls, said public safety officer John Pentecost.

    Some students feel like hall sweeps are solely for punishing students, but administra-tion said that that is not the case.

    There is no one to blame, we just want to work with parents and students, said Car-ruthers.








    Quiz bowl meets for a practice session Monday afternoon. During practice the members play against each other in trivia categories to gain experience for meets. topics usually consist of Geography, literature, and history.

    Every minute you are not in class, you are losing instruction. Each time a student walks into classes late, they interrupt

    the educational environment and

    disrupt the teacher trying to teach. -Principal Susan Cheadle Holt.

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    Arin Dampier and Ruth BecerrilBusiness Manager and Opinion Editor

    This year, priority schools coordi-nator Dee Halstead ran and organized homecoming, pep rally, and spirit week. Together, she and administra-tion changed the rules to run for h o m e c o m i n g . Halstead and the student council also changed the themes for spirit week. Instead of the usual Twin day Tuesday and Wacky Wednes-day, there was Camo day, Ca-reer Day, and Disney Day. Some stu-dents liked the change, saying that it spiced up the week. Others werent so open to the change.

    I feel like they made the themes hard to do, said senior Shania Far-quhar.

    In previous years, running for

    homecoming did not come with many strings attached, just a teacher recom-mendation. Now to even qualify, stu-dents need a teacher recommendation and a record of never having been sus-pended throughout their years at Ever-ett. To run, students also had to peti-

    tion for signatures from their peers. These changes were announced at the class meetings held during the first week of school. Many students felt upset about the changes. However, the sus-pension requirement was the change that caused the most up-

    roar among the students.I think its stupid and unneces-

    sary. You shouldnt judge something like this on someones past. Everyone makes mistakes, said junior Arielle Echols.

    Students were also required to have a yearly GPA of at least 2.0, which

    some students do side with.Most of the requirement changes

    were made so that the students on homecoming court would be a more positive representation of Everett.

    Assistant Prin-cipal Marcelle Carruthers also stated that a new regulation for hav-ing good citizenship in your classes may be implemented to run for 2015 winter homecoming. This regulation will weed out students who have bad classroom participation and behavior.

    As the weeks went on, students realized there were even more require-ments. After many student had started their petitions, administration made an announcement that you could only get signatures from your grade, and that they should get as many signatures as they could. Students were then car-

    rying five or six sheets of signatures around.

    When finally given the homecom-ing ballots second hour, students dis-covered that not everyone who col-

    lected signatures were on the bal-lot. For the junior class, only three people were on the ballot: Alma Holt, Damoney Trevi-no, and Deshawn Portee. Since there was only one lady candidate running, it took the suspense out of finding out who would win at the pep assembly.

    Many students who did petition for the court were upset to find out that they did not make the requirements, af-ter all the work they put into it.

    Running for homecoming should be fun, said junior Kurstina Simmons. The fact that only one girl was on the ballot upset many of the other girls

    who ran. Students are beginning to voice

    their opinions more and more about how they believe their homecoming is being ruined by the schools new rules.

    Another rule that has some stu-dents upset is the ban on students be-ing allowed to boo 9th graders, or any grades at all. Staff said that they will be watching to make sure all students are participating in a proper and friendly way. Some upperclassmen disagree with this change, because they remember it happening to them as freshmen.

    Given the fact this is the first year Everett has had these guidelines the staff will be watching to see how the new rules work, and revisit the deci-sion before winter homecoming, said Carruthers. Students understand the reasons behind the changes, but are worried about what is in store for fu-ture events.

    Where are we having pep rally during the winter? We cant be outside in the cold nor can we all fit in the gym, said senior Elma Ramic.

    Homecoming changes shake up students

    toP leFt to riGht: seniors cheer for their class, chanting 16. the seniors run across the field. Juniors chant for their class, 17. Seniors Cortoria Jones and Carson Lazano cheer together during the Project Unify cheer routine. 2015 homecoming court poses together before the pep rally. Mr. and Mrs. Freshmen Ishmeal Johnson and Abigail Clisch, King and Queen MacQuinn norris and oceana trevino, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Damoney Trevino and Elma Holt, and Mr. and Mrs. Sophomore Daiveon Robinson and Jalisa Jones.


    Those who want to run for homecoming

    should be good role models.

    -junior Kurstina Simmons.

    They were put into place to raise the standards of Everett and

    its students. -Assistant

    Principal Marcelle Carruthers.




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    Dan TranOnline Editor

    October is a busy month of competi-tion for athletes, but the football team arent

    the only team who are competing. For the

    marching band, the Grand Ledge exhibi-tion is the most important day of the whole

    school year, besides the parade in Washing-ton D.C. next semester.

    Every year in Grand Ledge, the Ev-erett High School Marching Band faces

    off against other Michigan high schools in

    an exhibition to see which school can call

    themselves the masters of half-time enter-tainment.

    The bands watch their peers shows,

    before they flaunted their own hard work

    in the form of their four piece show titled

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives. To wrap

    up the whole exhibition, Michigan State

    Universitys Spartan Marching Band held

    their show for all to see.The day before Grand Ledge, the

    marching band held a tough rehearsal, refin-ing every part of the show from the music,

    parade sequence, and marching. Tensions

    were higher than normal, and everyone felt

    the pressure, especially the drum majors

    Charles Timms II and Alexa Muethel and

    director Penny Filonczuk. Despite the hard

    day though, the band pulled through and fo-cused on making the Grand Ledge show the

    best it could be.

    At 4:00 on September 30th, the band

    departed Everett for Grand Le...