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 Ledge. It was a

    double edged sword for the band seniors,

    who were led to perform their full show

    at Grand Ledge for the last time in their

    high school careers. Senior Alexa Muethel

    marched in Grand Ledge as a flute player

    for three years, and lead the band as Drum

    Major her final year. She is also first chair

    flute in Everetts symphonic band.

    Its kind of bittersweet to know its my

    last time, but Im glad to have done it for

    four years, said Muethel.

    Several school bands ranging from Wa-

    verly and Holt, to Leslie and Jackson attend-ed Grand Ledges exhibition. Many schools

    performed before Everetts arrival, and

    many more were waiting their for their turn

    to go. Many different bands ranging from

    humble 50 member bands to massive 150

    member ones held their shows on Grand

    Ledges football field. Sophomore Saxo-phone Section Leader Simone Harris en-joyed watching the shows of other schools

    and was amazed at the sheer number of

    some of the bands at Grand Ledge.

    Something that stood out was how

    big they were. All these bands have so many

    people because students in those areas

    aren't afraid to put in the work for marching

    band, said Harris, Students don't realize

    that the marching band is a very respected

    group of people, and we have more oppor-tunities than other after school activities

    This years show at Grand Ledge was

    considered not only the best run of the full

    show according to the observing drum ma-jors and director, but also the best Everett

    has done in years according to Grand Ledge


    Marching band shows off in Grand Ledge

    the everett Viking Marching band performs their show the soundtrack of our lives in their turn at the Grand ledge exhibition. the band put months of hard work into this one performance, which judges said was the best everett has done in years.

    Honor Society fall blood drive a successStherlyne Osterne


    On October 16th, the annual fall blood

    drive was held in the activity room. It began

    at 9:30A.M., students in National Honor So-ciety (NHS) hosted the event. The National

    Honor Society is a student organization

    that inducts members with high grade point

    averages. Becoming a member encourages

    the students to volunteer and do things that will benefit the community. One of the big-gest events hosted by NHS are blood drives.

    Blood drives happen about three to four

    times a year.

    Students who are under the age of 17

    needed a permission slip signed by the par-ent or guardian to be allowed into the activ-ity room and donate blood.

    We have people come in , they give us

    a photo ID to donate blood, said senior and

    NHS member Phuong-Vi Dang.

    This blood drive had about 20 people

    who came down to donate but only 13 good

    units were taken. Some teachers and the

    Principal came down to donate.

    People need blood, and if I ever need-ed blood I would hope that someone would

    be kind enough to give blood for me, said

    English teacher Christi McGonigal Cross.

    Although the staff are always quite

    busy, a few of them made the time to go

    donate.I am lucky enough to have an intern to

    cover for me so I can donate, said Cross.

    The students and Red Cross staff work

    together to make the process of donating

    easier. You go down to the activity room sign

    in with the NHS members and wait for a

    nurse. Then you fill out a questionnaire and

    small physical, and then donate if able to,

    said senior NHS president ZaQuan Calla-han.

    The NHS member all have different

    roles for the blood drive. Some work reg-istration, helping students and staff start the waiting process. Others ensure that the donors get snacks and water after donating, and write students passes back to class af-ter they have waited a sufficient amount of

    time. Most NHS members are runners, and

    go around the school trying to find donors.

    I was going to the classrooms and see

    if people were interested in donating blood,

    said Senior and NHS member Eric Bengel.

    Although many students are turned

    away from donating due to weight or nutri-tion restrictions, many students still attempt

    to donate blood. Some students say they like

    to give back to the community, and others

    just find the donation experience exciting.

    I always try to donate, I like to feel like

    Im making a difference, said senior Jason

    Sailor.No matter the intention behind donat-

    ing, the blood drive is a great opportunity for

    students to give back to the community. Any

    student of age who is interested in donating should talk to NHS coordinator Stephanie Robinson in room 101 or a NHS member

    for details on the next blood drive.

    Senior Jason Sailor waits for the nurse to wrap his arm after dona-tion. the donation process usu-ally takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on how quickly the do-nors blood flows. Drinking water and eating a diet high in iron can decrease waiting time.

    nhs members put up various signs and posters so that donors would be able to locate the blood drive. nhs members also went to classrooms and lunches asking people to go donate.






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    EDITORSAlexa Johnson (Editor-in-Chief)Katrina Turner (News)Ruth Becerril (Opinion)Alexa Johnson (Features)Salma Torres (Entertainment)Erin Arnold (Sports)Raquel Adkins (Photo Story)Dan Tran (Online)Arin Dampier (Business Manager)Isaiah Garrett (Multi-Media Editor)

    REPORTERSAli AljaziKaitlyn Brown-HatchettLexis DawsonDeqa Husein Linda LeeYicheng LiBebeto Nyongobela Angelica OrdiwayStherlyne OsterneSein SanKylie SkuseKira Thatcher Julia TominskiDennis Truman-ParkerBriana Vazquez

    ADVISOR Chad Sanders

    Mission StatementThe Voice is a monthly publication of Everett High School. It is published the second Wednesday of each month by the fourth hour Newspaper class. The Voice is distributed free of charge to every student and staff member at Everett. The current issue is always available on the counter of the main office. Subscriptions are also available for $15/year. The Voice is an award-winning mem-ber of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. Letters to the editor are accepted at the discretion of the editorial board. Forms of speech not protected by the First Amendment will not be published. Letters must be signed by the author, and will be edited for quality. Direct all questions to room 313. We can be contacted via email at

    The Lansing School District is com-mitted to a policy of providing equal opportunities to all qualified people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental ability.


    Sein SanReporter

    Everett High School has recently start-ed doing first hour hall sweeps. Many stu-dents that were caught in the sweep didnt understand why the administrators started doing it. Hall sweeps first hour is unfair to students because there are students who ar-rived to school late but still are rushing to get to class. I know this because I got caught in the very first one they did. I was five min-utes late to my first hour, and I had to go to the cafeteria. There were a lot of people in there, and Im sure that half of those kids would rather be in class then to be in the cafeteria all hour.

    First hour hall sweeps are wrong be-cause many students get to school late, and sometimes it's out of their control.

    First hour hall sweep are ridiculous, I feel like we are already late, why make us miss like the entire hour," said sophomore Dallas Robinson. Students who were caught in the sweep sat in the cafeteria for all of first hour.

    Phone calls were sent out to parents, to inform them of their student tardiness. However, many parents already know and are actually part of the reason that students are late to school. Some parents work in the morning, and car troubles can also be a rea-son that a student is late.

    Sometimes Im late in the morning because I have to wait for my car to warm up, otherwise it will stall, said senior Kayla Dennings.

    Being kept out of class can have a nega-tive effect on student attendance and grades. Students caught in hall sweeps miss lessons.

    Repeatedly missing class can cause students

    to need summer school, to make up the

    credits they missed.

    I feel there shouldnt be first hour hall

    sweep because two tardies make an absence

    and ten absences equal a fail, said sopho-more Martaysia McClane.

    On the other hand, some students agree

    with having the first hour hall sweep, and they even agree with involving the parents.

    Parents want our grades to be good

    and they want us to be successful, I feel you

    cant be successful without your parents

    help, said sophomore Andrea Kent.

    Some parents dont care about their

    childs education, and usually if the parents

    dont care the student doesn't care either.

    Some students just stand in the hallways,

    these are the students that are a problem.

    However, first hour hall sweeps mainly hurt

    the kids who actually do want to be in class

    and learn.I was parked in the very back of the

    student parking lot, I was on my way to Mr.

    Billings class less than a few minutes late

    and I got hall swept, I found it ridiculous

    that they held us all hour, said Dennings,

    who is usually not late to class, and found

    the hall sweep very unfair.

    A solution that can please both sides

    is to do the hall sweeps around ten minutes

    into class. This way, students who are actu-ally trying to get to class but are caught in

    hallway traffic or crowds will be able to be in

    class. Meanwhile the students who are actu-ally the problem who are around wandering

    the halls, the students that dont bother to be

    in class, are the ones caught in the sweeps. This could eliminate the amount of stu-dents with good attendance getting caught in sweeps, and increase the effectiveness of the sweeps altogether.

    Theres nothing like getting your schedule that you waited all summer to receive, and be-ing disappointed when your entire schedule is messed up and all of your classes are wrong. This year, we had a new software system, and although it was supposed to make things more efficient, things definitely were confusing and a pain.

    Normally, we usually have a whole week in August to go up and see counselors to fix problems and classes. This year, we had two days to fix the schedule. We had to put in a request form and hope that our classes were fixed. What if that paper was lost? Or thrown away? In addition to that, we could have only come in between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for those two days to sit in a confusing line and wait for your name to be called.

    There wasnt a very good announcement letting students know that they could only change the schedules during those two days. Some said they got letters in the mail, others said they did not. The counseling center had an impossible task. How can you expect to get every students schedule changed when we have about 1,800 student enrolled with only 3.5 counselors in only two days? You cant.

    Students were still having problems even after school had started, and it was very dif-ficult to get called down, and even emails or phone calls back. They should have given more time to allow students to come in and speak to their counselors, and should have been more understanding. It wasnt the students fault for scheduling problems, and the counseling cen-ter could have been more lenient.

    To make it easier on counselors and stu-dents, the schedules for next year should be put online. Students should fill out a form to choose what classes they want so no items are messed up. If a class is full, students should get an email or an alternate form of automated response so that they have time to choose a different class. Schedules can make or break a students year, and there should not be so many issues surrounding them.

    Scheduling mess ups are unacceptable

    First hour hall sweeps counter-productive, should be stopped

    Pep rally changes ruin beloved traditions

    Antonio BermudezGuest Reporter

    This years homecoming and pep rally

    had some major differences from previous

    years and many students were not happy.

    One big change was that the pep rally

    took place in the football stadium, due to

    the large number of students this year.

    Since their dance was not made for perfor-mance on grass, the dance company was

    unable to perform. Dance company spent

    many hours practicing to perform at the

    pep rally, they even started to create it over

    the summer. The dance could have been

    modified to be performed over the grass,

    but the dancers were notified too late.

    I hated that we couldnt perform

    this year, the tradition was kind of ruined

    and we werent able to show you the new

    changes we have made, said senior Chloe

    Anderson.The seniors were also limited to what

    they could do. In previous years the senior

    class would steal items from teachers and

    carry them while running into the pep rally.

    This years seniors were definitely uphold-ing the tradition, stealing various items

    such as plants, flags, chairs, diagrams, and

    even a gumball machine.

    I was honestly upset because its tra-dition, every year a student always takes El-liotts trees for pep rally, said senior Jason

    Sailor. Normally seniors run out onto the

    court with music playing. Since the pep

    rally was held on the field, seniors were a

    bit scattered and upset that they werent al-lowed to have music.

    We were supposed to enter through the gates but they made us run all the way

    around and by the time we got into the sta-dium we were all tired, so our run was not

    as successful as it shouldve been, said se-nior Albrya Walker.

    Homecoming Court was also different.

    As usual there was a Mr. and Mrs. Fresh-men, Sophomore, and Junior. Then there

    were four nominees for homecoming queen

    and king, and the winners usually get an-nounced at game at halftime. This year, the

    runner ups dropped out due to restrictions on running. This resulted in Homecom-ing King and Queen also being crowned

    Mr.and Mrs. Senior.

    Usually they announce the winner at

    the game and have multiple senior couples

    dressed up. The competition part is what

    makes homecoming so nail biting and in-teresting, said senior Ana Guerrero.

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    Kylie SkuseReporter

    Andrew Jarman isnt normal. At least, not according to societys standard of the word. But to Jarman, it is the world that is abnor-mal. Jarman grew up with a normal household in Australia, with a normal family, on a nor-mal street, with normal neighbors. He went to school with normal students. But Jarman knew something was different with his seem-ingly normal life.

    I always felt different but I never had a word for what I was feeling, until around the age of 17-18 when I found out about the word transgender and looked into it more and real-ized it suited me perfectly. I am transgender, said Jarman, who is now a freshman in col-lege.

    Transgender. Its a strange word to many, most dont even know what it means. Its not a word that often comes up in casual conversa-tions. For Jarman it was hard to come out to

    his friends and family in fear they would not accept him.

    I told my partner first, then my friends.. then most of my family. I havent told my dad yet though because of something my mum said when I came out to her, said Jarman, who only recently told his family and friends how he felt towards his own gender

    Jarman knows his choice to become a boy is a hard one for everyone in his life to com-pletely accept but he hopes that one day that will no longer be the case.

    My friends completely accept me and nearly all of my family accepts me, he said.

    Though many of Jarmans loved ones claim they accept him, not all of them are tell-ing the complete truth.

    My mum says she accepts me yet she continually makes me hate myself and makes me feel like Im not a human being. She also hurts my feelings and once compared me to autistic people because of the way I am, said Jarman.

    Jarman hopes that when hes older, and has more financial stability, he can get the sur-gical change to physically become a boy. Even though gay marriage in America has been legal-ized, that is not the case for Jarman, who lives in Australia. Right now, he is legally a woman. He can marry his partner, who is male, while he is still biologically female. But if he wants to have surgery to become male, he will no longer be able to have that freedom or be recognized as a male citizen. Jarman is not the only one who finds reason to disagree.

    It makes sense to legalize gay and transgender rights because more orphans are adopted, and more family structures exist. Emotionally, the participants are healthier and more love is given without shame. In terms of humanity, people living as themselves cre-ate more of a united community, said parent Marci Peyton.

    Despite such laws in other parts of the world, when asked, ten out of ten people, interviewed agreed to the principle of equal

    rights. I dont understand why we wouldnt

    treat members of that community the same as anyone else, said journalism teacher Chad Sanders.

    Jarman knows he isnt the only one who feels this way; in fact, it is estimated that the LGBTQ community takes up 20% of the world population.

    You are never alone, I dont want to see another news item saying a teen has hurt or

    worse, killed themselves, because they couldnt be accepted. You deserve life, you deserve happiness. Everyone does, and that includes you, said Jarman.

    Still, not everyone agrees with this differ-ent type of normal, nor the possibility that it could become part of theirs, however, with a little more time and positive influence, those people can come to better understand the meaning of transgender. And for Andrew Jar-man, thats a start.

    Everyone should have the right to be free to be who they are. People use freedom to hurt others when it should be used to cultivate yourself

    and it stems from problems from someone else, English teacher Jennifer Leroy.

    Being transgender doesnt affect anyone else really, even when it to family or friends. If youre not transgender why would you care if others are? It doesnt affect you, said sophomore Alex Wudyka.

    Every individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and with the same rights as any other human being, said Math teacher

    Bethann Barron.


    Freshmen VS G o a l sTony Stone

    Cyerria Smith

    Graduate college Play in the NFL Take care of my mom

    Maintain a 4.0 Have no drama Turn in all work and be to class on time

    We asked Everett staff and students about their views on transgender rights

    Graduate high school Go to college and win a championship Go to the NBA

    while attitudes are changing, Transgender people still face obstacles

    Get a doctorate degree in the medical field Be an airplane pilot Go into sociology

    Ishmeal Johnson Obtain a doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University Have a nice family and incomeMake my parents proud

    Jamyrin Jackson

    Bianca Ponce-Quintana

    Celaina Boylan-Castilla

    Graduate high school Graduate College Become a pediatrician


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    FEATURESIsaiah Garrett

    Multi-Media Editor

    benton Billings has been a Viking for the past 20 years. As a history teacher, one thing he wants every Viking to know, is that Vikings never actually had horns on their helmets. So, myth busted.

    Billings teaches AP European History, Sociol-ogy and Government. He encourages students to think outside the box of societys standard thinking and get their own pair of sociological glasses. He also coaches the JV baseball team and Quiz Bowl, pushing students to exercise not only their bodies but their minds.

    My two hobbies in life are trivia and baseball and I am the luckiest guy in the whole world because I get to coach them both here at Everett, said Bill-ings.

    When Billings was a little kid he always knew what he wanted to grow up to be. While his peers aspired to be firefighters, doctors or lawyers, Billings wanted to be a teacher. His Mother was a teacher herself and was his own kindergarten teacher. Al-though she was an elementary school teacher, Bill-ings teaches high school because he clicks with them better. He considered teaching as low as el-ementary school but felt he would play too many games with them and as high as college but it just wasnt right. High school students are the just-right porridge for Billings.

    I just like working with the high school kids, said Billings.

    Billings knows government. He used to be a staff member for Senator Debbie Stabenow when she was a state senator. Billings also studied political science in college. He said he wanted to have experi-ence first-hand with government works rather than

    teaching something that he just learned from read-ing a book.

    History has always been an interest for Billings. His love for all the social sciences along with his life experience in government makes his classes more than just reading from a textbook and learning ma-terial. You get interesting and fun stories to go with the learning to create a casual learning experience.

    Working for Debbie Stabenow allowed Billings to achieve his goal of being a teacher by landing a teaching job at Sexton High School in 1995. His stay with the Big Reds was short as an administrator moved from Sexton to Everett, bringing along a few young teachers including Billings.

    With November 23, 2015 marking his 20-year anniversary at Everett, Billings plans on throwing himself a party celebrating all the time teaching over the years.

    Im not gonna teach anywhere else, said Bill-ings. I started here and Im gonna retire here.

    Billings plans on being a teacher at Everett for another nine more years before retiring and mov-ing up north, where he hopes to work in a bookstore and also coach a little league baseball team. No matter where he ends up, Billings will find a way to con-tinue to pursue his love for history and baseball.

    Raquel AdkinsReporter

    sophomore Kasandra Stadel wanted classes that were more hands-on than what she was getting. She also wanted to have more one-on-one time with teach-ers. Soon after the year began, she found what she was looking for, and became a member of the Everett New Tech High class of 2018.

    My best friend told me that the learning situation [in New Tech] was better, said Stadel.

    Stadel started the school year with regular high school, but af-ter talking to math teacher Sheila Orr and social studies teacher Tim Walker, she decided to go through with it.

    She got onto the school's website and got the application to enroll in New Tech. After tons of paperwork she submitted her ap-plication.

    After just three days she was called down to the counseling cen-ter and got switched over to New Tech.

    According to Stadel, there are only 21 kids in my class at the moment. There are like 100 spots open [for sophomore New Tech classes].

    Stadel enjoys her New Tech classes more than regular high school. She gets to do more work on the computer and tablets. She also gets cool classes like environ-mental art, a class that mixes art with science. According to prin-ciple Susan Cheadle-Holt, you can still sign be transferred into New Tech and as far as she knows there is no cut off date.

    I would recommend others to switch into New Tech, said Stadel.

    Stadel sees New Tech as a new beginning and a great new way for students to be able to learn.

    I am happy I got switched [into New Tech], said Stadel.

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    Isaiah GarrettMulti-Media Editor

    On September 9, Apple held a keynote unveiling their new prod-ucts, the iPad Pro, Apple TV, and iPhone 6S. They also gave a look into WatchOS, the operating system on the Apple Watch. There are tons of new features to each of these Apple devices.

    iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6 successor, has a better camera and a new technology called 3D touch, which increases the speed at which actions can be done. The device also comes in an all-new rose gold color which gives the phone more of a variety to choose from when purchasing. Other students, after being informed about the new 3D touch feature, think that having this on their phone would make the experience at school a whole ton better.

    It will make shortcuts and make it simpler to access things, said senior Antonio Bermudez.

    The update allows users to peek into certain applications without opening the full app. Examples were peeking into an important email from a teacher about that late assignment or sneaking that quick text in when youre supposed to be read-ing a book in math class.

    The new front-facing camera has an all new 5-MP sensor which allows for more crisp, fun selfies. This camera update might make the iPhone 6S the ultimate selfie smartphone.

    Even with the improvements, some students believe that there are other smartphones with better cameras to choose from.

    The HTC eye has a 13-MP camera, said senior Austin Reed. Although the HTC eye does have a 13-MP front-facing camera, others say that it doesnt have that good look of an iPhone selfie.

    Also added to the features of the new iPhone are Live Photos, which create a GIF while not doing anything differ-ent while taking a picture. These Live Photos would make a whole new type of selfie or action shot in the school envi-ronment.

    Wed get that awesome touchdown, said sophomore Collin Matthews. In the event of trying to shoot an awe-

    some touchdown you have to get it at the right moment, but with Live Photos if you get a shot around the time of the touchdown you get an awesome playback of the whole action shot.

    On Friday September 25, Apple will release their new phones in the United States. Everyone will be able to take their crisp selfies and peek into that important email and enjoy the new look of the rose gold color option.


    Salma TorresEntertainment Editor

    This past summer was filled with viral moments, celebrations, and lots of hot topics. Before the 2014-2015 school year ended, lots of people were talking about the new season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB). The new season was released June 12 and Twitter was go-ing crazy for Ruby Rose, the actress who plays Stella Carlin in OITNB.

    Senior Kiara Caston was one of the students who went going crazy over Rose

    and was excited for the new season.Shes hot, shes attractive, she has

    a good personality, and plus she likes animals and I love animals, said senior Kiara Caston.

    Caston said that if she had the chance to marry Carlin she would. Thanks to the United States Supreme Court, if that day ever comes, she can. On June 26, history was made when the United States legalized gay marriage.

    There were a lot of people who happily accepted this news, and although many were excited about the change, some found the choice morally wrong.

    It happened out of nowhere so I think it took people by surprise, said

    senior Casey Hicks. I think it showed a lot of peoples true colors because some people just never voiced their opinion on it so you just thought they were neutral; but once it finally became legalized a lot of people got upset.

    Legalizing gay marriage wasnt the only thing the United States did this

    summer. The Wom-ens Soccer team brought home the World Cup. Senior Celaina Boylan-Cas-tilla was excited that they made it to the finals.

    Its amazing for a womens team

    to make it that far. They were actually re-ally really good, so it was nice to see a home team pull that far through.

    Although when the World Cup start-ed Boylan-Castilla didnt think theyd

    make it to the final.I knew theyd make it far because

    of how well they were playing but then they made it to the final and it was re-

    ally cool.The USWNT ended up winning 5-2

    against Japan in the final.

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    Four fun Fall DIY ideas

    Things you will need: mason jar, fake leaves, mod podge (or water mixed with glue), and a paint brush (a sponge works too).

    First, coat the mason jar in mod podge. Next put on the fake leaves, and coat again with a layer of mod podge when the first layer dries. Let it sit for 24 hours, and then you have a candle holder thatll hold tea candles.

    Things you will need: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nut-meg, and measuring cups in teaspoon, teaspoon, and 1 teaspoon.

    Mix together 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, teaspoon of nutmeg, teaspoon of ginger, and teaspoon of cloves. Now add to your favorite coffee.

    Things you will need: a melon baller, room tempera-ture apples, cake pop sticks, a baking sheet, a stove top pot, and caramel chips that melt. Optional: sprinkles or candy to put on the apples, and wrappers.

    First, using the melon baller, scoop out bits of apple, but dont cut the apples. Then, place them on a baking sheet and stick the cake pop sticks into them. Follow the direc-tions on the package to melt the caramel. Let it cool for long enough for the caramel to thicken a little, then dip the apples in caramel. Set on a surface and wait for it to harden. Dont put them in the fridge, the caramel could come off. Wrappers and decorations are optional. Dip them in the sprinkles or other decorations when they arent completely cooled but not boiling. After they cool, you can put them on wrappers to serve and enjoy.

    Do you have a favorite fall treat or tradition? Share it with us at!

    Kaitlyn Brown-HatchettReporter

    Fall is here, theres Pumpkin Spice everything and the smells of fall are leaking from every candle store. When you think of fall you probably

    think of everything from Back to School, to Halloween, and even

    Thanksgiving. Heres a few

    D.I.Y. ideas to make fall a little more fun.All materials should be available at

    craft stores, grocery stores, and some Targets. Do a little research before trying to get the items just to be sure the store you go to has what you need. Other than that, Amazon should sell most of the items needed.

    Nail artThings you will need: Your choice of a nail polish,

    clear top coat, glitter nail polish, sponge (for alternate look), and a spare piece of paper.

    First, paint your nails with one coat of the base color, let dry. When dry, paint a second coat of the same color. Wait until the second coat of paint is tacky, then lightly sprinkle glitter onto your nails over the piece of paper. Cover your nails in top coat to finish. To clean up, pick up the paper fold it a little, and pour the leftover glitter back into the container.

    Another style is to put a bit of polish onto the tip of a makeup sponge, and dab the tip of your nail until you reach your desired affect. Coat with top coat after for a long last-ing look (shown below).

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    Dan Tran Online Editor

    The varsity football team kicked off the

    season in Akron, Ohio against St. Vincent-

    St. Mary. On August 29, many students and

    parents traveled all the way to St. Vincent-St.

    Marys home field, cheering on their fellow Vi-kings in their first game of the year.

    Horns chimed, drums rolled

    thunderously, and cymbals resonated through-out the stands as the Everett Marching Band

    played. Everett fans screamed and hollered in

    the stands, cheering on the team. Go Ever-ett go! echoed from the fans as they clapped

    along to the fight song. A select number of

    parents debated the referees when the Irish

    were awarded touchdowns.Before the start of the game, the Everett

    marching band greeted their fellow musicians

    from St. Vincent- St. Mary. The two greeted

    each other heartily even though they cheered

    for opposing sides. Junior Drum Major

    Charles Timms II had the pleasure of being

    one of the first to say hi to the Fighting Irish

    Marching Band.

    Meeting the Irish was a great opportuni-ty for the Viking Marching band, said Timms

    II, I was feeling their vibe. Like they had a

    good vibe and they were kind. I like how they

    greeted us with smiles and hugs. They made us

    feel really welcome to their school.

    St. Vincent-St. Mary Irish got

    an early lead in the first two quarters. Things

    started picking up for the Vikings third quar-

    ter, but the two touchdown lead from the Irish

    was too much.The first game of the season

    concluded with an Everett loss with the final

    score of 34-20. Much of the varsity team con-sists of newer players, coming from JV. Senior

    LB/FS Dennis Parker, said that experience

    may have been the issue regarding the out-come of the game.

    I think we did good, but I think the

    younger guys struggled, like most of the fresh-man and sophomores, said Parker. They

    struggled with the strategy. Varsitys strategy is

    a lot more complicated.

    A loss is always disappointing but Senior

    DL Devin Sinclair keeps his chin up despite

    the outcome in Akron.

    Personally I feel like we played our

    hearts out and put everything we could into it.

    Im proud of each and every one of the guys

    on the team, said Sinclair, Even with the loss

    I feel like it pulled us closer as a team.

    Besides the game in Akron, the Varsity

    Team was also able to visit the Pro Football

    Hall of Fame in Canton free of charge. Head

    Coach Marcelle Carruthers felt that the trip

    was an excellent opportunity and that the play-ers represented themselves well.

    (This was an) outstanding trip. It was set

    up by a former football player from Lansing

    Eastern named Kaleb Thornhill. Coach Key-ton coached him in high school. Our young

    men knew him because he works the football

    camp in Michigan State, said Carruthers. It

    was a great, great visit. (The team) did a great

    job representing Everett High School.

    Years first football game a fun opportunity

    Julia TominskiReporter

    The girls Lansing Legacy swim team is starting off with a good season so far. The team may get last in every meet, but that has more to do with the size of the team than their strength.

    Usually a swim team has 20-30 people, but Lansing Legacy only has 15 swimmers. The more people you have on a team, the more swimmers you can put in races, and the more points your team gets. Having 15 people on a team means less points and the girls have to be even faster than what they should be.

    In addition, not everyone is always at the meets, which means that the team has even less swimmers to race. Also, half of the team are freshmen or brand new to the sport. Adjusting to the busy and committed schedule takes some getting used to. Getting used to being on a committed team for the first time is hard for those who havent been on a serious team before.

    Not all meets are serious, but some swim meets are really important, like the first real meet at Holt September 12. That was a chance to show Coach Nate Burchfield what the girls can do.

    I have great confidence in this team, they just really need to work hard-er, said Burchfield.

    Even though the team isnt winning on paper, the swimmers say the experi-ence has been worthwhile.

    This team is really close, said freshman Timia Edmond. Were a great team theres just limited of us.

    The team showed their strengths on Thursday, October 1 against Mason. Julia Tominski won her heat of the 50

    freestyle, her first win at a dual meet. Timia Edmond had her best time this season in the 200 IM, with 3:34. In two weeks the girls start hell week, where the girls push themselves the hardest for CAACs, but Edmond isnt worrying about the girls at all.

    Were a strong bunch of girls, said Edmond. We will push ourselves to get better so by the time CAACs come, the girls will be ready.

    Yicheng LiReporter

    Toan Tran, a sophomore at Everett High School, can still remember the first day he joined the cross country team last year.

    At first, it was actually my friend who talked me into joining in the (cross country) team.And I think it is great to get a chance to hang out, said Tran.

    Indeed, Cross Country is a great method of entertainment: courses always with beauti-ful views, free trip all around the city. How-ever, the sport of cross country is more than recreation. The loss of breath, the aching stomach and the dehydration makes this sport more like a training of mind.

    At the last mile of all three, when all the physical conditions go against yourself, you must fight with the eager to stop in your body, and that is when the true race just begins, said Tran.

    Besides the race itself, with continuous

    meets twice a week on average during the whole September, this is also a test for all the team members.

    Exhausting as they are, we can also have a chance to hang out with our friends, especial-ly when all the courses have beautiful views, said sophomore Joi Thurman.

    When asked to describe the cross team, most of the athletes gave the same answer, family.

    Maybe this is what people always say about their team, but I can really feel the con-nection between us. We are always open to each other, said Phuong-Vi Dang.

    Family isnt just a metaphor to this team; there are three pairs of siblings who run cross country, and hence the sense of family may explain the amount of jokes they like to play.

    If you want to learn gossip, you should join in the cross country team. But I am glad that we know what is the boundary and that we love each other after all, said Thurman.

    a few members of the cross country team warm up for a invitational meet at leslie high school. a typical warm-up consists of about 20 exercises including stretches and run outs.







    new Tech freshmen Julia Tominski swims the backstroke in a meet against ionia. although the girls fought tirelessly, they lost by a few points.

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    SPORTSThe Rundown:Everything you need to know about fall sports

    Dennis Parker Reporter

    As the fall sports season comes to an end, all the teams prepare for the tough-est part of the season. Performing well in their biggest games can make or break their postseason. All of the teams at Everett practice hard in attempts to make it to the final games. Here is a quick breakdown of the fall sports season.

    This year's varsity football team had a rough

    time coming together as a family. After work-ing and training together however, they are be-ginning to mesh together nicely with the under-classmen late in the season.

    It's a lot of seniors and most of them didn't

    take it seriously, said senior linebacker LeAndre

    Wright.Although some of the boys do like to goof

    off, they know that there is a time and a place for

    everything and are committed to their team.

    We've been through thick and thin, which is

    bringing us together, said Wright.

    They have been progressing in working as a

    team. They've encountered weaknesses, but have

    also developed many strengths.

    Our offense and defense are really start-ing to buckle down and our special teams come

    in handy, said senior defensive lineman Nick


    The volleyball team only has one win so far, but things are looking up.

    Our first game started off a little rough. As we work together and get to know each other we have been getting better, said senior Victoria Guardiola.

    Other volleyball players agree with Guardiola, but see places where the team could improve.

    I think we have a lot of potential, but were not as focused as we should be, said senior Paula Jones.

    The cross country team is running a lot more in meets and also at practice. This years group is really pulling to-gether as a team.

    I really think this years team is probably my favor-ite of my three years running Cross Country. Everyone is friendly and I really feel at home, said senior Noria Yoder.

    The seniors athletes say that they are really close to one another.

    My fellow senior runners are all my friends. They're not all that fast, but definitely determined, said Yoder.






    Cross Country

    This year the varsity soccer team started their season 1-8, but the players are hoping they can make a strong fin-ish.

    I feel like the team is pretty good . We just need to work on things and work harder at practice, said junior Gabriel Cruz-Torres.

    Although the team members get along fine, they want to work on winning more games.

    I think we could have done better this season, said junior Gabriel Cruz-Torres.



    Senior DAndre Taylor runs the ball closer to the endzone attempting to get a first down. The boys worked hard against East Lansing, but lost with a of score 27-20.

    Senior Victoria Guardiola and Junior Jada Page jump to block the ball incoming ball. the girls fought hard, but lost against east lansing.


    Due to the lack of swimmers, the swim team cant rack up enough points to come away with a win. Although they don't have enough swimmers, they try to keep their heads above the water. To do so the swimmers focus on individual goals, rather than team wins.

    I think that it's a great sport to compete and build your strength while having fun, said senior Charm Per-kins.

    Many of the team members really like the sport and think it's a great way to spend their free time.

    I enjoy it very much, and have been swimming for a very long time, said freshman Lucy McLelland.

    the girls swim team poses for a picture in the locker room before a meet.

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    sophomore timmy houser pushes to a strong finish at the Lansing Catholic invite. houser is running a 5k race, typical for the cross country team.

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