BY MARCUS EMMEL
On Friday, Feb 8, the CCA show choir once again made their annual tour around to the elementary schools. Because of the recent weather, the tour was cut short to the local schools, North Bend and Tiffin Elementary. During the tours, the show choir performs their show of the year and then teaches the kids a dance to a song most of them know, Cruisin' for a Bruisin from Teen Beach Movie. Senior Mikayla Tackaberry says, "The show choir tour is really fun for the kids because they get a chance to see what the high school show choir is like and maybe we can recruit them when they grow up. I also think they like when we teach the songs because they get the chance to get up and dance to a song most of them like."
Normally the tour goes to all four elementary schools, but even with the shortened schedule the tour was still a success. Choreographer Fawn Boston-Halter, also a teacher at North Bend Elementary, takes a great deal of time to choreograph the show and make it great. When the show choir performs, the kids can actually see what the show choir does and the types of music they perform. Next year, hopefully the weather will permit the show choir to make the full rounds to all of the schools!
By: Audrey Bunten
How many students have you seen at CCA that’s not wearing a backpack throughout their school day? Almost every student's backpack has a laptop, at least one textbook, a binder, and at least one notebook.
These heavy backpacks are hurting the students' backs. Not only are they causing backs to hurt but they are also causing the posture of these students to change. A few students have brought up to teachers that their bags are too heavy. Some teachers would say, “just leave your bags in your locker” or, “Don’t bring your backpack to every class”.
It’s harder for some students to go to their locker between classes than others. Half the students at CCA have lockers on the second floor and half of those students rarely have a class upstairs. The passing period that students have isn’t enough for kids to go to their locker, get a drink, and go to the bathroom as most teachers expect.
If students have a longer passing period than they’d be able to stop at their locker no matter where their next class is. They’d also be able to use the time to get a drink and go to the bathroom so they don’t have to use their class time to do these.
Research studies were done at the University of Iowa and they show that 2,000 backpack related injuries occur every year. Another study showed that 55 percent of grade school students carry more than 10 percent of their weight. 85 percent of college students experience pain from backpack use. Members of the UI hospitals say that if you weigh 150 pounds then you shouldn’t carry more than 15 pounds in your backpack.
There are some ways to help your backpack not hurt your back as much. You can carry your water bottle instead of putting it in your bag since that will add more weight. Put heavier items closest to your back and put lighter items in the front. Make sure both straps are on your shoulders instead of just one and wear your backpack above your hips. Weigh your backpack at home and see how much weight you’re carrying every day at school.
By Haley Tackaberry
The Fine Art departments here at CCA has many costs to cover in order to make sure their work and performances are the best they can be. With show choir in season and the musical Freaky Friday set for the second weekend in April, there are many expenses, including Costumes, sets, rental fees, royalties, and more.
A big fundraiser for these costs is Breakfast with the Stars on March 2nd. From 7-11am in the high school commons, CCA's Fine Arts Booster Club will be providing a breakfast where anyone is welcome. Throughout the morning, the cast of Freaky Friday will be performing songs, as well as members of CCA’s show choir Vocal Dynamics. There is no fee, although free-will donations are highly suggested in order to help out these fine art departments.
Choir director Tracy Williams says this is not only a good way to cover costs, but also promote these activities.
“Last year was the first year doing this breakfast and it was a huge hit. It is something we have decided to do every year, so that parents and community members can see the many activities that happen at CCA. It is an awesome way to promote the musical so that people will want to see the show in April.”
Williams also appreciates the communities involvement in fundraisers and activities such as this one.
“It is nice to live in a community where the Fine Arts are important, so thank you to all those people who have volunteered or come out to watch a performance. It is greatly appreciated!”
As we all know Clear Creek Amana Track and field “CCATF” is starting very soon! February 11th will be the first day of practice for anyone who has a desire to go out and run for our track team! Practice runs from 3:30 to 5:30 at the latest.
Last year the 2018 boys track season was very successful as they had many state qualifiers attend the 109th edition of the Drake Relays which took place April 25th through the 28th. The CCATF team will go through hard training, physically and mentally to hopefully attend the 110th annual Drake Relays!
Last year our track team had a lot of members and this year we hope to have even more new participants to help our success through this upcoming season. Former track runner Jack Sexton (20) has participated in track both his freshman and sophomore year and intends to go out again, Here's what he has to say.
“I’ve been looking forward to track since the day cross country ended. Hopefully, you’ll catch most of our team at Drake Stadium in mid-May.” - Jack Sexton (20)
Head coach of our boy's track team Ben Robison has been coaching the team for the last (Number of years) years. He is also the head coach of the Clear Creek Amana Cross Country “CCAXC” team. Coach Ben Robison is looking forward to the season ahead and he can't wait to get back out on the track!
“After a very successful 2018 Season – despite the weather – we are looking forward to a promising 2019. The roster size has grown a little bit the year, and we’ll be looking to get some underclassmen into the mix. We lost quite a bit to graduation leaving big shoes to fill. We’ve definitely got some guys that are hungry to do just that! We are returning quite a few State Qualifiers from the 2018 Track Season, and our distance kids are coming off of an incredible 2018 Cross Country Season. I look to these guys to be the leaders of the team. I expect to have quite a bit of success in the 800s/1600s/3200s.” - Ben Robison (Head Coach)
By Amelia Keller
Sponsor A Family is a long held tradition at CCA, also known as the Holiday Gift Basket program. SAF is a program in which advisories, individuals, and local businesses donate to ensure that families who struggle to purchase gifts at Christmas have the ability to. It was formerly coordinated by Erin Thompson (now teaching in another district) and Mrs. Hayes.
Student council and Mr. Trosky are now in charge of carrying out the program. Trosky was passionate about SAF as soon as he started at CCA. He was brought up in a family where if you "have more, you give more." Trosky says that's what the holiday season is all about in his opinion.
In the last seven years, SAF has helped a minimum of 15 families each year. The families range in size and how many incomes they have. We have many partners in local businesses and organizations that donate not only monetarily, but physical gifts as well. Of course, advisories and students play a key role. It wouldn't be possible without the overwhelming involvement of the team at CCA.
Trosky says, "At the end of the day, we are all in this together."
By Zachary Warren
Everyone knows “that movie voice.” it’s in almost every movie trailer nowadays. He’s been the voice behind some of the worlds most popular movies, such as Jurassic Park and Men In Black. Redd Pepper is the man with one of the most recognizable voices on Earth. He also is the title holder for the sexiest voice.
Before he became the man with the most recognizable voice on earth, he was a train station operator. One day while working someone knocked on the window of the train, and told him he’s got a very nice voice. He gave him his card and walked away. Redd kept working until the end of his shift and looked down at the card. It was the Vice President for the Sci-Fi channel.
His career really gained traction in 1996, when he voiced the trailer of the famous movie Space Jam. After that all of the movie producers wanted him to voice act for them. He still does movies, and he’s purchased insurance for his vocal cords.
BY SHELBY MOQUIN
Media is consuming our world, through social platforms and streaming services; it is everywhere. Most of our leisurely lives are either spent on our phones or watching TV shows or movies. America is known for producing blockbuster movies and award-winning shows.
But outside the borders of America, there is a different world of media and movies, but of course lies the language barrier. Netflix has been one of the leading services producing shows and movies in other languages. Netflix also provides multiple ways to watch shows and movies in other languages, some select movies and shows have the option to have an audio voiceover in multiple languages. But all shows have the option for clear and concise subtitles.
Teens tend to stick to only certain types of TV, watching only what they will know they will like, and only a fraction of teens in the U.S are bilingual. Teens at CCA are no different, only 13 out of 73 students from different grades know how to fluently speak another language. Depending on what they prefer, they may watch TV shows and movies strictly in their native language or watch both English and foreign shows.
CCA students did show a preference for watching foreign TV shows and movies, more students leaned toward foreign TV shows and not movies. But still a large percentage doesn’t even watch them at all.
So branch out, watch TV shows and movies in other languages. Just because they are in another language doesn’t mean that they should be intimidating. You might just find something better than you are currently watching.
By Amelia Keller
The NCAA credits the University of Missouri with the first homecoming in 1911, but the University of Illinois claims that it actually started the tradition in 1910. The U of I also claims to have the longest running homecoming tradition, as they only missed one year in 1918 because of the flu epidemic preventing people from getting together in large groups.
Many high schools and colleges across America continue this tradition with their own football games. Alumni will come from far and wide to see their home team. Clear Creek hosted their homecoming football game against the Liberty Lightning this year. The Clippers were victorious 37-7.
The homecoming court started in the 30s. It was originally chosen by both the quality of the float and the merit of the person, but later switched to only being about the person.
CCA's homecoming court consists of six couples. This year's court was Lillian Hennes, Liza Evans, Jordan Neely, Claire Schwarting, Lydia Banwart, Amelia Pereira, Cole Sherman, Quentin Gisleson, Davis Dawson, Kaden McAreavy, Zach Kabbage, and Mitch Evans.
Congratulations to this year's homecoming court and the 2018 Clipper football team! Let's carry this great homecoming week into an incredible year! Go Creek!
At storm’s a brewin’ this year for CCA Homecoming! And everyone is ready! But there are a few things you might want to know before. This year's Homecoming schedule is a little different than in years past. Instead of the Dance happening the day directly after the Homecoming Game, it is the week before. On September 15th at the CCAHS from 7-10pm will be the Homecoming Dance. There will be no outside school dates allowed. A bonus is that it is free! The following Monday begins Homecoming week with themed days. Monday the 17th is America Day, so wear your red, white, and blue gear!
Tuesday the 18th is Tourist Day, so show off those “I ❤ NY” shirts and fanny packs! Wednesday the 19th is Color Day, each grade level in the building has been assigned a color to wear.
That Wednesday is also the day that you will be able to pick up you your homecoming shirts if you ordered one. Announcements will be made about the shirts that day. Thursday the 20th is Throwback Day! Bring back the 80s and 90s by wearing styled clothing that fits that era or any era you choose. Keep in mind the themed days are optional and you do not have to participate.
Thursday is also the Parade which starts at 6pm. Lineup is at 5:30. Pep Rally and King and Queen Coronation will follow the end of the Parade. The Parade route has changed slightly from last year, please see below for the updated route. Friday the 21st we are finishing out with Spirit Day and of course the the Homecoming Game against Liberty High School!
Mr. Trosky who helps run Student Council shared his thought on this year’s Homecoming, ”Student council has worked hard on homecoming the t-shirts, and those proceeds go to various activities throughout the year for high school students. Additionally, we hope that the new activities that are going to be available this year help all students get involved in some way.”
Don’t forget to wear your Homecoming T-Shirts! Have a great Homecoming!
By Laurel Preston and Shelby Moquin
Around the time of 10:00 o’clock on Thursday morning of the 31st of May, a vehicle caught on fire in the Clear Creek Amana High School Parking lot. No one was injured and Fire Department was notified immediately. Principal Moody and Vice Principal Mr. Potter were the only ones allowed at the scene with the Fire Department. More details will be reported at a later time by the Newspaper at CCAHS as the story emerges.
By: Sierra Brown
Spanish is taking a trip to Costa Rica next summer. Currently 7 soon to be Juniors are attending this trip as well as Miss. Hauschildt, the Spanish teacher. They go on trips so students can gain a wider view of the world, practice the language with those they encounter in Costa Rica, and to broaden perspectives.
Out of all places, they chose Costa Rica because it’s one of the most affordable trips for students. An amazing thing about going to Costa Rica is students can see an active volcano, go into a rainforest, and national parks. This year includes watching chocolate being made and visiting a pineapple plantation. Their trip also includes a day of service. In the past, they have gone to orphanages or local schools.
“I chose this tour, so students could see a unique part of the world, very different than that of the US, and experience the culture while staying with local families” says Ms. Hauschildt.
They will be in Costa Rica for 7 days and depart on the 8th. In the past vacations, CCA has generally gone to Costa Rica, since it is the most cost effective and has a wide array of places for sightseeing.
Photo Courtesy Of Krystin Gist
By Olivia Smyka
After thirty-eight years of teaching, Language Arts teacher Kristen Morlan says goodbye to the students and staff at CCA.
She has taught many topics at the school, such as American Literature, A.P. Literature, Advanced Composition, Basic Writing (which she described as “the opposite extreme” when compared to Advanced Composition), Dramatic Literature, and Creative Writing. Morlan stated that her favorite subject to talk about was probably A.P Literature, because of how eager the students were to learn more about reading and writing. In addition to teaching, Morlan coached cheerleading for twenty-one years and dance for twelve years.
“[I love] getting to talk about literature and how it applies to the real world, to lives to history..just what it can do culturally,” Morlan said.
She mentioned some of her favorite memories at CCA including pranking the cheerleaders at nationals in Nashville, going to Brucemore and the Frank Lloyd Wright House with her AP class, judging Special Olympics with students at the state competition, and participating in and winning the door-decorating contests throughout the years.
There is a lot that Morlan will miss; she will mostly miss the variety of students she has worked with and CCA’s amazing staff.
“Everyone is helpful and encouraging and I will miss that environment,” she stated.
By Sierra Brown
All grades 8-12 have to do MAP testing. My Academic Plan is a program to help make sure your academic path is plotted and easy for you to follow. MAP guides you through series of steps to help you identify your interest, values, and even skills through online inventories. Here at CCA, we do MAP testing one time. “We do MAP, once, because it is required by the State of Iowa for us to implement a career and decision making program for all students 8-12. ALSO, because it's a good way for students to start exploring courses, colleges, and careers” says Mrs. Kite, At-Risk Counselor.
They’re many benefits students receive from completing this program. For example, this test helps students thinking about their future and which classes would help them in the future. “Also, it helps students keep track of the courses they'll need in high school to fulfill their high school requirements for graduation” says Mrs. Kite. The program is great to use as a resource for colleges that offer programs and the job outlook for careers students are interested in pursuing after high school.
“So far, my favorite thing about MAP are the conversations. Students begin talking about their future plans and start thinking about the steps they need to take in order to make those plans a reality” says Mrs. Kite.
This year we took MAP testing in the spring, to make sure it was set up correctly and the staff knew how to navigate the website. However, it can be done at anytime.
By Rori Wagner
Photo Courtesy of Olivia Randall
As the end of the school year comes to a close students face many new challenges in classes. For Earth Science students their challenge is more close to home than most.
This challenge will be deciding whether Clear Creek, a creek near our school, is a healthy environment for life. This will all be going into the grade for a project, the Clear Creek Project, and there are 150 points to get for the project in all.
To get determine the state of the creek students will do a variety of testing such as, “habitat assessments, chemical tests, physical assessments, and collecting macroinvertebrates,” as stated by Earth Science teacher, Olivia Randall.
They also will have to conspire all the data in a scientific report that includes images, the data they collected, and based on that decide whether the creek is healthy or not.
A project like this could make or break a student’s grade so for students it might seem stressful to have at the end of year. Randall takes it as an opportunity and said that, “by having a large end of the year project, students have one more opportunity to get their grade where they would like it to be! It is also a lot of fun to end the year with going out into the field for class.”
Projects like this have occurred in the class before so it might seem like just another Earth Science project, but Randall said that, “the Clear Creek Project is different from other projects because students are writing their very first scientific report of high school. It is also cool because we are doing the exact same tests that scientists in the DNR use out in the field.”
Randall overall thinks that large projects like this one benefit students by showing them how the content relates to the real world and real life. However, she also says they come with a cost because “they do take up a lot of time so we might not hit as many different earth science subjects.”
Overall the Clear Creek Project is in Randall’s opinion, “a great way to get all students actively engaged in the content we are learning. By pairing in class learning with application of the content at the creek, students are far more likely to internalize this topic.”
Pleasing all students when it comes to school lunches is not easy. CCA has recently taken a step to hopefully broaden the diversity of school lunches, and to make them more enjoyable for everyone.
In the past, CCA always had one meal option for lunch. Students could get the whole tray of the lunch option, and an option to buy snack items on A La Carte. Though the lunches at CCA were satisfactory, there was a lack of option. Students had one and only one meal choice everyday at lunch. Whether it be a sloppy joe or tacos, students had to eat it if they wanted school lunch.
Recently, the school has added a change to hopefully make school lunches wider in range. Everyday there is a lunch substitution option for students. For example, on Fridays, a hot dog is offered instead of whatever is being served that day. Other options for days of the week include a regular chicken sandwich, a pork sandwich, and a hamburger. This change allows students to have more choice in what they eat, and allows them more room to pick and choose.
Students are liking this option and enjoying the new alternates, but some may wonder if the school is doing enough to promote healthy but also tasty lunches.
“I do feel like they should have more fresh options, like a fruit and salad bar, so we can have something more healthy,” stated freshman Morgan Malli. Maybe a salad bar, or something fresh would give even more options for lunch, especially those looking for fresher options.
CCA has taken a step toward better lunches, and students are pleased. But there still may be room for improvement and experimenting with what students like best.