Eight teachers here at CCA are adding new additions to their families. Six out of the eight teachers have already had their babies. Leanne Nelson and Jacob Halter are both Language Art teachers. However Robby Davis works as a tech assistant and Cassie Roller works at the transition center. Jessica Kelso is a health aid along with Evan Schulte teaching Social Studies. Also, Amy Marling teaches Science and is a Special Education teacher while Olivia Randall teaches Science and Biology.
Mrs. Randall is pregnant with her first child and is very excited. She thinks she is given a fair amount of time to spend with her new baby before she has to come back to work. When she does come back to CCA, she said that having to leave her baby with a family friend or stranger will make her sad.
Photo Courtesy of Olivia Randall
All of the teachers mentioned up above are having their babies during the school year. How would this affect the students? Madeline Fox added, "Getting a different teacher can be hard because they might have different teaching techniques as in taking notes, tests, and labs. It could also be difficult because after the 3 months are up, you have to switch back to your original teacher again. All in all it's a learning experience for everyone".
CCA Secretary Holly Thompsen loves the idea of our staff members having babies and thinks there are so many because the staff as a whole is so young right now. She thought the most difficult part of going through this change was finding substitutes to take over for the 3 months while the teachers are gone.
Both mothers and fathers can use sick and personal leave that they have accrued over time. We are allowed five days off, but we can take more off if needed" depending on how much an individual has saved. Mr. Schulte was having he second child so he felt like he was more prepared and ready to go back to work after the five days. But when he had his first child, he remembered feeling like he could have used more time.
Photo Courtesy of Evan Schulte
In conclusion to our staff members having babies, the other teachers are happy for them. The students however have mixed feelings. Some are happy for their teachers and others are at a standpoint. If your a student, which one are you?
As one of the CCA musical theatre groups performed a piece of the musical Peter Pan at State Speech on Saturday Feb 3rd, the audience would never know that the group had been cramming to relearn the number just hours beforehand.
Unfortunately, as sickness and the flu swept through CCA, they caught sophomore Sage Helmke just days before the State Speech performance. Cast as Peter Pan, Helmke was home sick with pneumonia. Even though Helmke could not go on, the show still had to.
¨I was very devastated and sad that I couldn't be with my group when they performed,¨ Helmke admitted.
With major shoes to fill, the group faced a difficult dilemma of what to do, and group member Sophia Rocca (´19) was up for the challenge. Receiving the news the day before State, Rocca, originally cast as ensemble, was asked to fill in for the lead.
¨I stepped up to take Peter Pan because I knew the entire musical theatre from top to bottom,¨ said Rocca. Rocca had rehearsed enough times to be familiar with Helmke´s part.
Playing it cool, Rocca performed the number without missing a beat. To the judges and audience, everything was normal and performance ready. But under her facade, Rocca was second-guessing herself.
¨When I stepped in front of everyone to perform, my heart was racing and I was terrified,¨ she explained, ¨but I took a deep breath and just acted like I was always that character,¨ Rocca recalled.
Rocca was not the only one to take on a new character. Sophomore Miranda Mason had never performed in the group, but offered to fill in for Rocca´s old character. Mason spent the day of the competition learning her part and refusing to be anything less than perfect.
The full group went to their performance time with little group preparation, but they owned the stage. Their score definitely reflected that: they received two IIs and one I (superior) from the judges.
The group gave their all and did everything they could to make their last performance their best, no matter the circumstance.
Photo Courtesy of Discovery Walks (blog)
There are many different types of depression a person can experience, such as Postpartum Depression, Bipolar Depression, and Major Depression. But there is a type of “depression” that you might not be aware of: Paris Syndrome.
According to The Guardian, Paris Syndrome affects people (especially Japanese tourists) who come to visit the French capital and find that it’s not as amazing as they thought it would be. These people may find the city to be extremely dirty, or may find the people who inhabit the city to act rude.
“In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistances hardly look at them,” said Bernard Delage, a member of an association that helps people settle in France called Jeunes Japon. He mentions that visitors may feel negative due to angry-looking people on public transportation. Paris’s many handbag robberies may also make visitors dislike or hate the city.
A documentary titled Paris Syndrome included an interview with French psychiatrist Dr. Mahmoudia, who stated that Paris Syndrome does not exist. “We speak a lot about pathological voyages, but not Paris Syndrome,” he stated. “A pathological voyage is an organic disorder that can be viewed in terms of medical pathology. It is a case of an altered conscience, and is closer to behavioral automatism..pathological voyage is more of a behavior than a symptom.”
Though it doesn’t affect many, Paris Syndrome is definitely a strange phenomenon.
Putting on a high school musical is never easy, especially when the cost is higher than it's ever been. Many may know that the upcoming musical at CCA is Beauty and the Beast, and this “tale as old as time” musical is definitely not low budget. This familiar production is the most expensive musical CCA has ever done, considering the extravagant sets, props, and of course Belle’s famous yellow ball gown.
There is a significant amount of hard work and expensive, crucial items to make this fairytale come to life on stage.
Tracy Williams, the vocal director of the musical, explains the extravancy of putting on the show, ¨One character´s costume is around $200.¨ Williams also comments by saying Beauty and the Beast will cost around $9-10,000. Although the set and three large backdrops consume a large amount of the budget, a majority of the money is going to the rights and royalty of the musical itself. This includes materials and scripts.
This show is so large, the school has officially hired another co-director, Deb Kennedy, the wife of current CCA Drama Director, Tom Milligan.
Milligan will direct more of the overall tech and production, while Kennedy will take on the acting director role.
With the department taking on this challenge, that means there is a major call for fundraising. FAME, the booster club for the fine arts department, is hosting a pancake breakfast here at CCA on March 3rd from 7-11 AM. The breakfast will be donation only and will have an exciting element.
¨This will be a fun and interactive breakfast. There will even be photo opportunities with Belle in costume,¨ said Amy Tackaberry, co- chair of FAME
The cast members of Beauty and the Beast will be in charge of working it but occasionally breaking out in a song from the show. Whether it be the songs ¨Gaston¨ or ¨Be Our Guest,¨ the attendees can count on being serenaded throughout the breakfast.
¨People of all ages know this iconic show, so it is important that I portray this classic character as accurately as I can. However I feel that Belle and I are similar in certain ways, so that helps with character development,¨ said Avery Anderson (´19), on her feelings about taking on the challenge of playing Belle in the production.
Even though the main goal of this breakfast is to raise money, there is also a huge advantage of getting the district excited and drawing more audience members to the performance. Rehearsals have officially begun on January 30th, and so the preparation begins.
¨With Beauty and the Beast being such a huge, well-known show, everyone has got to be on their A-game during rehearsals. It's going to take a lot of dedication from each and every member of the cast and crew,¨ explains Anderson.
With fun, there also comes hard work, and there is going to be a lot of time and effort put into the next few months.
With the performances being on April 19th, 20th, and 21st, the planning and fundraising are in progress, in hopes of honoring this classic fairytale, and putting on the best possible show.
By Angel Gore
Photo courtesy of i-sopod, a popular isolation tank manufacturing company.
Commonly known as float tanks, isolation tanks, or sensory attenuation tanks, these salt water float baths might be our answer to sensory deprivation. The tanks are dark and sound proof, that only contain sin temperature salt water, where users float for varying amounts of time.
Float tanks may have just become popular locally in the last 10 years, but they have been around since 1954, when they were first invented by John Lilly. But let’s fast forward to present day, where there are float tank centers in most cities all over the world.
Although athlete celebrities like Stephen Curry and olympic gold medalist Carl lewis swear by the benefits of float tanks to help treat conditions like muscle tension, chronic pain, hypertension, arthritis, and even PMS symptoms, some are still skeptical about the weather the treatment makes any sort of difference to patients senses.
Although there are some skeptics, as expected with any form of alternative medicine, the practice of isolation tanks is becoming more and more popular. You can even buy float tanks online to keep in your home for anytime you need a little relief. These float tanks do not come at a fair price however, they can cost anywhere from $10,000-$30,000 depending on the quality of the float tank, which seems like a lot for anyone, which is why there has been an increase of isolation tank centers all over the world, where you can go and float away at a fraction of the price.
Although the practice of floating in isolation tanks may seem like a health fad of the 21st century, specialists predict isolation tanks will continue to grow in popularity in the future.