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THE The Cyclone PaGe is published as a public service by Harlan Newspapers Sec B -Pg. 6B Hadan IA News Advertise Fri. morn., Dec. 8, 1989 Phone 755-3111 Physics students, test thezr avzatzon skzlls By Joe Kaufman •.. physics correspondent Recently, physics students at HCHS took to the air. On November 15 and 16, the high school gymnasium was in- vaded by paper airplanes. Planes were tlig and little, cardboard and paper, graceful and gumpy, and basically fun to build. The planes were built as part of a flight unit covered by the students in physics class. It all started on November 14 when planes (technically gliders) were built and flight tested• Some gliders looked good, but after sev- eral nose-dives, the pilots behind the planes realized looking good isn't everything. Many builders were mocked as they constructed huge, grotesque flying shapes, but in the end, almost all of the planes did well in some way. There were three categories for scoring in the second annual Physics Paper Airplane Contest. During their flights, students were awarded points for best hang-time (total seconds in the air) and longest distance flown. The third area was a quiz over airplane ter- minology and problems. Points were awarded in the following sections: top 3=15 pts., next 4=12 pts., next 5=10 pts., and so on. Points for each category were added together for a contestant to- tal which would signify air rank. An Air Commander needed over 42 points. A score from 36 to 41 points decorated a student as Captain. Twenty-nine to 35 points earned a First Lieutenant rank, and below 28 points were the novices. On the morning of November 15, six students flew their works of art, because the next day they would be busy at the UNI Symposium• The greater part of the class flew the following day, and the results were in. Each stu- dents was allowed three trials, and the best results in each area was kept. Top scores for distance went to Marc Mores (75 ft), Marta Arresemilan (55 ft), Joe Kenkel (50 ft) and Shawn Erlbacher (48 ft). For hang-time, the best floaters were Joe Kenkel (6.58 see. in air), Mark Klein (5.88 see.), Matt Jensen (5.83 sec.) and Tim Miller (5.08 sec.). After glancing at the scores, ev- eryone knew how well they had to do on the quiz to attain a desired rank. Many found that Air Commander and Captain were al- ready out of reach, and others no- ticed that they needed a very high score to reach First Lieutenant. The pressure was on. Students took the quiz November 20, and the next day Room 202 was buzzing with antic- ipation. Top scores on the quiz were posted at the front of the room. Curt Tremel led the pack with 100%. Joe Kaufman took second with 98%. Third place went to Tim Miller with 97%. And Brad Bartlett pulled out a fourth place finish with 96%. Now there's a close race. With all of the scores in, final rankings could at last be calcu- lated. A lone Air Commander stood above the rest-Joe Kenkel. Joe Kaufman and Marc Mores be- came Captains• Curt Tremel, Brad Bartlett, Shawn Erlbacher and Tim Miller rounded out the officers with First Lieutenant status. Remaining students ended up in the novice range. But regardless of rank, all of the students seemed to enjoy the break from the regular classroom, and, as usual, every- one learned a great deal. HCHS junior is On the published record By Missy Kenton and writer By Christy Bruck • •. co-editor Jenny Petersen, a Harlan Community High School junior recently had a story she wrote published in the tJ, igJL..LI1.Q Writer of the Midwest. a newspa- per that publishes student writ- ings. For her creative writing class, Petersen wrote a paper about a conflict. The paper con- tained the following criteria: a con- frontation, dialogue, the writer's feelings, and the writer's observa- tions. Petersen's story was sent to the Writer along with five other entries from HCHS. Petersen said that she was flattered that her story has been published. The following is Petersen's story which was published in the Wnter. Sliding into his sporty silver truck, I felt a strange familiarity and a tense nervousness in the air. As I peeked over at the massive man sitting in the driver's seat, I noticed streaks of silver were be- ginning to show in his thick, black hair and small lines appeared around his eyes. Even though it was summer, he was wearing a navy sweater that had a red stripe running along a "V" shaped neck with khaki colored pants that had very fashionable tailoring. I began to wonder if his fiancee was now picking out his clothes, too. Keeping his dark eyes to the road, he casually asked me, "So, how have you been?" I knew he was trying to congenial, but it seemed as if we were strangers rather than father and daughter. That thought mademy heart feel as if it were made of brick and stone instead of flesh and blood. That hardness hurt. "Oh, pretty good," I replied po- litely. "You know how it is." Actually, he didn't have any idea, because we hadn't spoken for months• Being angry for so long had been easy because of the miles that lay between us. Now there was more than miles. There was anger and hurt. But he had come to get everything out in the open. The fear we were both experienc- ing was plain as we chatted about meaningless things trying to avoid the real subject• After we had been driving for what seemed hours, we arrived at the fairgrounds, which, in actual- ity, was only a few blocks away. I was somewhat confused about why we were here, but before I had a chance to ask he began, "I thought it would be easiest to talk where I am the most comfortable. And that's the race track." And beneath the terror seizing my heart, beyond the fire burning through my stomach, I felt an in- tense love for this man who fa- thered me. Somehow, I realized that no matter what we said during the discussion that was going to ensue, I was going to get to know him. And everything was going to be all right. Jenny Petersen holds up a copy of Th¢ Writer. which contains her article. Elizabeth Lawler • •. staff writers Yes, Christmas is in the air and the holiday season can only mean one thing... Christmas compila- tion albums by every music group imaginable. Even, yes, those New Kids On The Block. KNOTB's new Lp is entitled Merry. Merry Christmas. This is our second col- umn, and we've decided to change our column structure so that both of us can voice our opinion. Missy: Most of the album is slow and boring. I felt that the best songs were the traditional ones. "Little Drummer Boy" and "White Christmas" are pretty much sung the way they were written, although Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" much better than Jonathan Knight. If you don't like New Kids On The Block now, this album won't make you change your mind• I give Merry_ Christmas a * 1/2 rating. Elizabeth: I agree with Missy on the fact that it was slow and bor- ing. Once I heard what a certain song sounded like, I just wanted it to get it over with so I could hear the next song. "This One's For The Children" for example has a serious message, but the song is very similar to every other New Kids slow song. Perhaps when they are older, they'll be able to pull an album like this off. Merry_ Christmas receives a * rat- ing from me. • - Save your money • * - You can live without this selection • ** - Worth checking out • *** - Race to the nearest music store and buy it. Staff List Co-Editors: Amy Hendrickson and Christy Bruck. Staff writers: Jayne Pauley, Joe Kaufman, Eric Nelson, Vicki Poldberg, Elizabeth Lawler, Missy Kenton, Teresa Heilig, Melissa Wirtjes• Adviser: Julie Langenfeld. Students experience wedding ceremony By Brenda Vonnahme •.. staff writer • iere comes the bride! Well, not exactly• The students taking Practical Family Life (PFL) re- cently participated in a mock wedding. During this unit the students learn the issues that need to be ad- dressed before marriage. They learn to identify expectations of marriage roles for both partners; it also helps them understand some of the common concerns and pro- cesses in marriage. They learn the cost of a wedding and the time, energy, and communication in- volved in planning it. Many guest speakers give in- formation on the food, flowers, pictures, and ideas of a good mar- riage. It helps describe the values which influence the decision to marry or to be single• Unlike a real wedding, the students plan this one in three weeks and each pay an amount for the reception. An average mock wedding costs be- tween thirty or thirty-five dollars. The class divides and decides who will be married and who will be inthe wedding party. There are different roles and every student is involved. The girls usually wear a wedding dress and the brides- maids wear prom dresses. The boys can wear dress pants and sweaters, suits, and some even rent tuxes. The ceremony usually takes place in a church and is per- formed by a minister. It is like a real wedding because the couples exchange vows and rings. They also have music, flowers guests. There is a rece following day with cake, wiches, mints, and punch. students get to watch a video of the wedding• By the end unit, the students also if marriage is to be a vital isfying experience, a great commitment, time, energy, skill must be expected. ¸, : Practical Family Life students participants in mock weddings. Troy Schaben smiles at the camera while he and his classmates make a pinata in Spanish class. Oye pinatas By Jayne Pauley •.. staff writer Bears, toy soldiers, Santa Claus, and milk and cookies will be in- vading HCHS as Renae Nielsen's Spanish classes make pinatas. One hundred twenty-one stu- dents will be making 24 pinatas out of crumbled up newspaper and paper mache, which is a mixture of flour and water. The students got together in groups of four or five and decided on a design that they would like to do. They will be painting the pinatas and they may also be raffling off the five best pinatas around Christmas time as a means of a fund raiser for the foreign language club. "The purpose for the kids mak- ing the pinatas is to learn another culture's Christmas traditions. The pinatas are the Spanish and Mexican cultures Christmas tradi- tions," Nielsen said• The students will fill their pinatas with candy and then, at their Christmas party, the pinatas will be strung from the ceiling by wire, and as is the tradition, the students will be blindfolded and given baseball bats so that they will be able to break open their pinatas and enjoy the goodies that are inside of them. Sophomores get dramatic By Dawn Gardner and Vicki Poldberg •.. staff writers It may not be Masterpiece Theatre, but the Harlan Community High School sopho- more English classes seem to be having fun just acting out small segments of longer plays. Sophomore English teacher Vicki Gray said that her first idea was for her classes to read Twelve Angry Men, which is a play set in a jury room where a murder trial is being discussed. "It gave us a chance to see how jurors act when they need to give a judgment on a case," Becky Scheel, HCHS sophomore, said. Acting out Twelve Angry Men took two and a half class periods. Gray assigned the parts according to how well she knew the students and how well they fit the part. This is the thirteenth year Gray has had her English classes do Twelve An m3,_ Men. The play they have been work- ing on more recently is MiraCle Worker. which is about Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. The classes just finished reading it out loud and Gay thought it would be interesting if Special Education Instructor Leonard Payton came in and talked to the students about how blind people cope in the world. He showed them a Perkins Brailler, a braille Bible, a talking clock and calculator, several canes, a few game boards for the blind, and many other useful items for the blind. When doing the Miracle Worker, Gray gave the students a chance to choose their own parts. She also let them switch each act so that they could get the feel of different character traits and personalities. As a whole, Gray said that she feels the students get to see the play and the characters more in- depth and it gives the students a chance to work together. It also gives the students the opportunity to create their own interperation of the characters and it helps them remember the play. They also learn theatre terms. "It lets us get to know our classmates better and it helps us realize what actors go through," Kara Selby, HCHS sophomore, said. Gray's English classes plan to do more acting next semester and then they will actually dress in costume and act it out as if it were an actual play. A at home By Christy Bruck ... Co-editor Have you ever had one of weekends that is just exciting? That long Thanksgiving was simply the for me. I stayed home the weekend because I was ill the privilege of bab' three adorable younger s By now I'm sure you've that I used the word castically. Jeff, Katie, and David have this idea that they empt from obeying a that was blood-related orders had no meaning to When I talked, they just me with blank stares. Being was not in the mood to words, so I decided to rnak most of my confinement at l I became a MOVIE I gathered my pillow, a forter, the television trol, VCR remote medications, and a box of soft tissues. I parked myself on the arranged my materials on table with a phone, and Aaaah, this was the life. I the couch cuddled u[ I decided that the kids their own. I did as I sept in intervals, waking to the sound of the This was the life! Our so peaceful that I Jeff, Katie, and David doing so quietly• Later, I ered that they had stroyed their rooms and a disaster area out of the spilling taco sauce, sugar, and leaving their the Clean-up Fairy. I didn't care. Why? was sick and deserved to myself. I watched about movies that weekend, and had company for some My brother David watching Rambo, and changed the video tapes, have to leave my perch sofa. Handy, huh. Although I didn't see friends that weekend, I had time. In staying Thanksgiving weekend, I ered that you don't always go out to have a good hey, I didn't have to money either. Maybe I the same thing this