2014 Fairfield County Election Results – Updated 10:09

For Governor and Lieutenant Governor

  • Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis (Green) – 1066
  • John Kasich and Mary Taylor (Republican) – 28252
  • Edward FitzGerald and Shareb Swartz Neuhardt (Democratic) – 10686

For Attorney General

  • Mike DeWine (Republican) – 27910
  • David Pepper (Democratic) – 12222

For Auditor of State

  • Bob Bridges (Libertarian) – 1638
  • John Patrick Carney (Democratic) – 11248
  • Dave Yost (Republican) – 26930

For Secretary of State

  • Jon Husted (Republican) – 27754
  • Kevin Knedler (Libertarian) – 1736
  • Nina Turner (Democratic) – 10285

For Treasurer of State

  • Josh Mandel (Republican) – 24349
  • Connie Pillich (Democratic) – 15400

For Representative to Congress (15th District)

  • Steve Stivers (Republican) – 27567
  • Scott Wharton (Democratic) – 12421

For State Representative (77th District)

  • Tim Schaffer (Republican) – 21077
  • Hollie Ann Saunders (Democratic) – 9704

For County Commissioner

  • Michael R. Gavin (Democratic) – 13885
  • Mike Kiger (Republican) – 25268

For Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas

  • Branden Meyer (Republican) – 24378
  • Heather Wharton (Democratic) – 14320

Fairfield County ADAMH Renewal

  • For Tax Levy – 24560
  • Against Tax Levy – 15688

Lancaster High School Class Officers

By Jacob Arter

Students have been campaigning the last few weeks at Lancaster High School, hoping they would be named a student officer on September 19.

Throughout LHS, posters are hanging from the walls by students trying to become a main class officer such as president, one of the two vice presidents, secretary, or treasurer. There is also the PR person and governing board.

“I want to be the junior class president because it’s a matter of most students don’t have a way to voice their opinion, so I plan on being that voice of the unheard student, ” said Andy Reliford, a candidate for junior class president.

Running against him is Annie O’Dell who says, “I want to be class president because I want to help raise money and take charge. I want to plan fundraisers and help bring our class as a whole.”

The candidates had a long wait for September 19th to come. Trying to get people on their side to vote for them. The freshman and junior classes were the only ones that had an election.

Freshman Class President is Emily Cordle. Their Co-Vice Presidents are Lauren Frick, and Abbie Leslie, Morgan Kennedy is the Class Treasure, while the Secretary is Gina Falvo.

The Governing Board for the freshmen is Dylan Collison, Nick Knickerbocker, Lauren Lama, McKenna Melfi-Cline, Bryden Moxley, Destiny Rohner, Michala Stewart, and Vada Young. Grant Molnar was elected the PR person.

Junior Class President is Aimee Leslie, Lauren Strope and Andy Reliford are the Co-Vice Presidents. Secretary is Maddy Allen, while Annie O’Dell is Treasure, and Michaelia Thimmes is Class Representative.

The officers are looking forward to a great year, and are hoping to achieve many things and help the school be the best it can be.

Lady Gales Volleyball

By Ashton Walker

Lady gales volleyball team will be looking to finish their season strong, finishing OCC play. Which is never an easy task.

Last week the Gales rolled over Groveport Madison winning three sets to none and winning by an average of 16 points each set.

The Gales’ next game is against the Reynoldsburg Raiders who have an overall record of 3-11. The Gales should handle them with ease.

Last time these two teams played the Gales had no trouble, winning in 3 sets. In the closest set the Raiders came within 9 points. The other two sets Reynoldsburg never broke double digits.

The gales of course should have a lot of confidence going into the game but should not be overlooking any teams in the near future.

The game following up the Reynoldsburg game will be a much harder test against the Grove City Greyhounds. Last year the Greyhounds won an OCC championship and this year gave the Gales one of their two losses.

So far it has been a great season for the Gales but finishing the season by winning out would be the icing on the cake.

Mr. Stoughton

By JD Arbuckle

Mr. Stoughton has been teaching for three years at Lancaster high school. The past two years he has been teaching at the RTI position, which stands for response to intervention. In this job he, helps kids improve in many areas like study habits/skills, stress management, and time management.

Mr. Stoughton went to LHS in high school. He said, “It’s nice to work and teach at the same high school. It’s amazing being co-workers with many teachers that taught me in the past. I feel comfortable here because I’ve known most of the staff since I was in high school.” He went on to say, “I can’t picture working anywhere else.”

Mr. Stoughton has always been a great athlete. In high school he played football, basketball and baseball. As a quarterback for Lancaster high school he was extremely successful. He led the team to a 10-0 regular season in 2006. That year the finished 3rd in the state rankings. He finished his career the winningest Lancaster quarterback. He also went to the final four his junior year in basketball. In baseball he earned a scholarship to play at Cincinnati University.

Currently, he coaches football at the high school. This is his 4th year coaching and his 3rd year on the varsity staff. He works with the quarterbacks. He wanted to be a coach since he graduated. He learned this when coach Brian Sampson said, “you can’t recreate the feeling of being on that field on a Friday night but coaching is the closest you can get to it.”

Since then Stoughton has been pursuing his coaching career. He also is a baseball coach. Stoughton currently coaches the freshman baseball team at LHS. He is also an assistant on varsity. He primarily works with the catchers.

Mr. Stoughton is a passionate man in all that he does. He gives it his all, whether teaching in the classroom, coaching on the field, or coaching on the baseball diamond. As coach Stoughton would say, “If you want to succeed as bad as you wanna breathe, that’s when you’ll be successful.”

Dean Spires

By Chance Brown

Lancaster High School’s newest member Mr. Spires has been teaching in the Lancaster area for many years and is gladly welcomed as new dean of students.

Mr. Spires taught at Tallmadge elementary and South elementary school for many years before being asked to become dean of students at Lancaster High School. He accepted under one condition.

Spires was also a wrestling coach for the high school. Becoming a dean at the high school is hard for Spires because it required that he forfeit his job as the wrestling coach.

Giving up the job was hard for Spires but he has found new joy in connecting with students at Lancaster High School. He finds that making these connections is more rewarding than he could have imagined.

Spires considers the best part about being a dean at the high school is being able to talk to the many students at the school. He also works with the students to find solutions to their problems.

Spires was welcomed by the teachers and staff and was humbled to be one of them. Lancaster High School’s staff welcomed him into their family.

Preparation for this job was hard on Spires as he had to quit his coaching position on the wrestling team. For four years he had to prepare to connect with the student body at Lancaster High School.

Spires’s plan for the future of Lancaster High School and the graduating classes to come is being able to problem solve with technology. Lancaster High School is blessed to have a bright, young, and driven dean like Mr. Spires.

“Gotham”

By Owyn Howard

Have you ever wondered how Batman got his start as Gotham’s Dark Knight? Fox’s new show “Gotham”addresses the beginnings of the Caped Crusader.

“Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue. McKenzie portrays the main protagonist Detective James Gordan.

Gordan is new to the detective department in Gotham City. Being fresh and untainted by corruption, he is honest and respectable. He seeks justice first and foremost, and he repetitively puts himself in danger because of his earnestness.

Gordan’s respectable nature clashes with his partner, Detective Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue. Bullock is a seasoned veteran in the police department and knows all the ins and outs of the city.

Unlike Gordan, Bullock has become corrupt by the city, seeking his own well-being first. He is willing to hurt others and turn a blind eye to injustice as long as it is beneficial for himself. In this regard, Bullock and Gordan are polar opposites.

However, through the distinct character differences, Gordan and Bullock work well together as partners. Gordan’s earnest pursuit of justice has begun to rub off on Bullock. With Gordan’s passion for justice, and Bullock’s knowledge of the city, the two make a great duo.

“Gotham” is a show that has different qualities that set it aside as unique and interesting. One quality is that the show has a filter over the lens that makes everything appear in a gritty and dark lighting. This is symbolic of the gritty and dirty nature of Gotham City.

Another quality that makes the show unique is that it addresses the corrupt nature of big city politics. Gotham is a city where the mayor is controlled by the city’s biggest mob boss and cops turn a blind eye to injustice for the right price.

One thing I would like to see the show do is to set up the steps leading up to the Caped Crusader dawning his cape and cowl. I hope to see Bruce Wayne, as a child, begin to form into the makings of Batman. I also would enjoy seeing the birth of the Joker.

In my humble opinion, I give this show two thumbs up. And after all, who doesn’t love Batman?

Lancaster High School Hosts First Blood Drive of the Year

By Owyn Howard

Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive at Lancaster High School on September 23rd. All students eligible are invited to come contribute to the life-changing cause.

Donating blood is a great cause that can help countless people. Blood transfusions are used in hospitals on a daily basis; many people’s lives depend on the donation of blood. Every single ounce of blood given will be put to use.

Blood drives also serve the purpose of bringing people together. On September 23rd, Lancaster High School will come together as a school to help the community. Literally shedding blood alongside fellow students truly brings the community together in a unique way.

“I think the blood drive will be absolutely awesome for our school. Donating blood is a great cause that can save lives,” said sophomore, Savannah Foster.

Many people expect to be given blood when medical complications arise, but few people actually take the time to donate. This is a problem that cannot be overlooked.

If the use of blood by hospitals is more than the amount of blood given by donors, then the people who critically need blood will have none. By keeping your blood to yourself, who are you helping?

“If I have the ability to help save someone’s life, then I am going to donate. It is as simple as that,” said junior, Noah Raddatz.

If you are able to donate, then donate. It is for a life-changing cause.

Your blood could be the factor that saves someone’s life.

LHS Band of Gold Hits Season Head-On

By Harrison Gilmore

While most students at Lancaster High School were sleeping in and going to the pool, the LHS Band of Gold was working hard in the heat of late June.

Now, the group prepares to host the Lancaster High School Band of Gold Invitational Saturday the 27th. While the group will play in this competition, they are unable to place because they are hosting the event.

“The rating system is based on a scale from 1-5; 1 being the highest, 5 being the lowest. Our new director, Mr. Factor, has experience achieving that 1 rating at state competition,” senior Douglas Mayes said.

With a new director at the helm for the band, Lancaster High School hopes to take the Band of Gold to scoring ones at state competition year in and year out.

This is the Band of Gold’s second competition of the year, placing first in their first competition at Licking Heights. After tomorrow’s competition, the group will have 3 or 4 more opportunities before state competition.

With a new director this year, the freshmen in the group have a unique opportunity moving forward that other members of the band do not have.

“The freshmen have the chance to have Mr. Factor all four years of high school. They don’t have to worry about learning new styles or preferences,” said Mayes.

The Lancaster Band of Gold Invitational will feature between 10 to 15 schools from across Ohio. Each school will showcase their talents in front of spectators, opposing schools, and judges.

Lancaster FFA Honored for Dedication in Classroom

By Shawn Norris

Lancaster High School is honored that one of our teachers, Gina Neff, won a national award for her excellent teaching in the classroom.

She was awarded a National FFA Award for young teachers that perform well in the development of young minds.

As a young teacher in the agricultural system, one of the most prestigious awards to be nominated for is the Outstanding Young Member’s award, in which Ms. Neff was not only considered for but also awarded.

Ms. Neff was awarded by the National Association of Agricultural Educators in 2013, then received the Ohio’s outstanding young member award in 2014.

Just to be eligible for the award you have had to been teaching for 3 to 5 years to even be considered. Then they look at the achievements in the classroom.

Other things that are looked at when being considered for the award are the accomplishments throughout the FFA organization.

There are only six other members to win the outstanding young members award, which says a lot about Lancaster’s ag teacher. This would then place her as one of the best in the nation.

“I am very excited to have gotten the award and to see how much the chapter has grown since I have been here,” Ms. Neff said.

2013 Fairfield County Election Results

2013 FAIRFIELD COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS – Final Results

Lancaster City President of Council:

Russell (D) – 2081

Bitler (R) – 2811 <winner>

Lancaster City Council at Large (Elect 3)

Nixon (D) – 1628

Woodgeard (D) – 2263

Bentle (R) – 2653 <winner>

Hale (R) – 2701 <winner>

Hedges (R) – 2811 <winner>

Lancaster City Council Ward 5

Hiles (D) – 306 <winner>

Mogle (R) – 215

Lancaster City Council Ward 6

Touvell, Sr. (D) – 235

Tener (R) –  327 <winner>

Lancaster CSD Board of Education

Bickham – 2845

Kittredge – 3513 <winner>

Pearce – 2898 <winner>

Issue 1 (Fairfield County District Library Replacement)

Yes – 8773 <winner>

No – 7313

Issue 2 (Fairfield County Roads & Bridges Renewal)

Yes – 13564 <winner>

No – 7195

Issue 3 (Fairfield County Senior Services Renewal)

Yes – 15457 <winner>

No – 5377

Issue 9 (WalMart – Sunday Sales of Wine & Mixed Beverages)

Yes – 52

No – 62 <winner>

Accident Causes Student Tardies

By John Urbine

On the morning of Thursday, Sept. 12, a motorist lost control of his vehicle near the corner of Fair  Ave. and High Street.

The car, a 2004 Dodge Durango, veered off of High Street and onto the guy-wire of a telephone pole. The accident occurred when the SUV’s steering-wheel locked, which prevented the driver, a Lancaster High School student, from steering back onto the road.

Authorities blocked High Street during their cleanup of the situation, resulting in many Lancaster High School students being late to class.

No injuries were reported.

 

Wizard World Presents: Ohio Comic Con

By Jeremy Hill

From Sept. 20-22, fans from all over the Midwest will gather at The Greater Columbus Convention Center to share their love of pop culture at the Ohio Comic Con.

Thousands of pop culture fans travel far and wide to revel in their interests at this yearly event. Comic Con yields booths dedicated to movies, comics, television shows, graphic novels and more. Fans can buy and sell wares related to their hobbies and enjoy the company of those with similar interests.

Lancaster senior Kiefer Spangler tries to attend the event every year.

“It would be one of those experiences I would would be mad at myself for missing,” Spangler said. “It’s the one day of the year I can meet people just as nerdy as myself…it’s an explosion of excitement that can’t be described unless you’ve been there yourself.”

Ohio’s Comic Con draws celebrities and guest speakers year after year. This year Stan Lee, William Shatner, and TMC’s “Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus are scheduled to be in attendance.

“I am excited for the whole thing, but I am especially excited for the celebrities. Some of these people live such extraordinary lives and just love having a good time,” Spangler added.

Tickets are available through TicketLeap.com. Doors open at the GCCC on Friday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. The event will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Ohio Comic Con is orchestrated by Wizard Entertainment, a New York based publishing house. Wizard Entertainment runs similar events in Chicago, Toronto, New York City, and Boston.

Class Of 2013 Preparing For Graduation

By Jacob Williams

It’s been twelve longs years for the class of 2013 but the day everyone dreams of is finally almost here. The seniors of LHS will be graduating on June 2 and entering the real world.

Reaching the end for most of the seniors is a bittersweet moment. It’s an end to four long years of hard work.

But it’s also the last time that most of us will ever see each other again and not to mention the teachers. It sure is going to be odd not seeing all of these wonderful people anymore.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, senioritis is really starting to kick in for the class of 2013. But honestly, almost all of the seniors felt this on the first day.

Luckily for seniors, it’s almost all over so just hold on tight for a few more weeks. Twelve years of hard work isn’t worth ruining in the last two weeks of high school.

“Well I don’t think I’m going to miss the high school that much, I’m ready for college,” said Chris Longnecker.

“I’m going to miss some close friends but that’s about all,” said Jordan Gossell.

Make sure to make the best out of the remaining time left at the high school seniors, and lets go out with a bang!

LHS Students Excited for Summer Break

By Emily Matheney

Now that summer vacation is coming close, people can be spending time in a lot of different ways.

During summer vacation people can spend it with friends and family. Others can spend it just relaxing, going on vacation, or playing sports during the summer days.

There are a lot of popular vacation spots that people go during the summer such as: the beach, Florida, California, and many more places. There are also some people who have a budget that can go to the zoo or even the city pool just for day.

Some people will be playing sports for travel teams and others might have conditioning for their school teams which takes up time during the summer. They could hang out with friends when they do not have games or just relax lying out in the sun.

“During the summer I am going to be running in the morning and in June going on vacation to Hawaii,” Trent Lindsey, a sophomore at Lancaster High School said.

During the summer it is also a great time to do things that people have wanted to do since they have a lot of free time. They could be trying new things, going to new places, making new friends, and tons more.

Summer is the time that is taken off from school where students can just relax and get ready for the new school year. This is the time when everyone deserves a little bit of a break.

Major Concert Offers Low Price Tickets

By Sarah Morton

When it comes to concerts featuring bigger name bands, the price for tickets is generally upped slightly. However, CD102.5 always defies this every year.

Every spring, CD102.5, the local Columbus alternative and indie rock station, hosts two major concerts. These concerts feature four to five bands per show.

Most of these bands are well-known to fellow CD102.5 listeners. However, admission prices are extremely cheap: five dollars each.

The “First Dose” featured Alt-J, Little Green Cars, Family of the Year, and The Virginmarys. While the three other bands have recently acclaimed higher status, Alt-J is a critically praised band, having been presented The Mercury Prize. The Mercury Prize is a prestigious award awarded in Britain, equivalent to The Grammys’ Album of the Year.

Second Dose featured The Joy Formidable, The Neighborhood, Guards, and San Cisco. These bands have also reached recent popularity in the indie world.

“Some friends and I went to both doses,” said local concert-goer Brianna Keil. “Definitely blasts attend to and see for yourself.”

Unfortunately due to the cheap prices of the tickets, they sell quickly, and a good chunk of people miss out on a great concert experience. Or those who could not go…better luck next year!

Music Fans Excited About New Album Release

By Jacob Williams

After almost seven years of anticipation and false rumors, the day has almost come. Daft Punk is set to release their forthcoming studio album.

Random Access Memories is the title of the new album that will be up for sale on May 20, in the UK that is so you Daft Punk fans in the U.S. will have to wait until the 21 to get your hands on a copy.

Honestly it will be worth the extra one day wait for new Daft Punk. After all they’re kind of the best French House group out there.

All of this anticipation that has accumulated over the years has brought up one huge question for lovers of house music everywhere. Will this new material be accompanied with a tour of some sort?

The one thing we do know about these “androids” that hide their true appearance with leather suites and futuristic robot helmets is that they are entertainers. They have come to be known for the stellar live performances that they put on.

The set up that they use during live performances is truly a thing of beauty. A massive pyramid covered in LED lights towers over the stage as the two grind away at their controllers, mixers, etc.

“I’m a long time Daft Punk fan and I love the music,” said Austin Barnett.

Lancaster Students Get Spring Fever

By Emily Matheney

Now as the days and weeks go by the weather outside has slowly increased in temperature and it feels great.

When the weather gets warmer people can find more things outside to do like going for a walk, jog, riding a bike, going to the park, hanging out with friends, or just laying outside watching the clouds go by.

Some students may be in sports and with the weather like this it is much better than it being less than 40 degrees and having to wear layers of clothing just to stay warm for the game.

“The weather is at a comfortable range, not too hot and it is not too cold,” said Kelly Sparkman, a sophomore at Lancaster High School.

The flowers and the plants are starting to blossom and the trees are starting to get there leaves back. This is where everyone can see what is so unique about the world.

Instead of staying inside all day watching television, surfing the internet, and watching those adorable videos of cats. People can go outside and enjoy life while they have it. People can always stay inside, but when the weather is like this go outside and make your own the adventure out there.

Hopefully as the temperature tends to raise maybe people will see what is outside and go out and look for a while and experience something real.

Lancaster Choir Students Travel to New York

By Sarah Morton

There appears to be a trend with traveling among the Lancaster High School Arts. The Drama Club went to State Conference this year; the Band of Gold goes to Florida every few years. And this year, the LHS choirs went to New York City.

While it is not a required trip, a majority of the students involved in the Cantari, Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, Chamber singers, and Singing Gales participated.

The choirs will be performed in a cathedral located in the city. They performed each of their individual choir pieces, as well as pieces combined together.

But performing was the smallest part of the trip. Sight-seeing, shopping, and even watching a Broadway show were the events the choir participated in.

While the students are stressed out taking their quizzes and tests early and getting their homework in advance, the trip was nonetheless worth it.

The choirs will de departed Wednesday night the 17th, and arrived in New York the following morning. They left Saturday night the 20th.

Boston Bombing Terror Attack Rattles Citizens

By Jacob Williams

Last Monday, the Boston Marathon was at the center of a series of terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 3 people and injured 183

To both the runners competing in the race and the spectators, nothing seemed unusual about the Marathon. Then as runners were approaching the finish line a bomb went off.

About 12 seconds later another explosive was detonated not all but 20yards from the site of the first explosion. These bombs sent concrete flying through the air at speeds exceeding 500 feet per second.

After some time spent investigating, law enforcement was able to figure out that the bombs were made out of pressure cookers and were filled with all sorts of shrapnel, including nails and chunks of metal.

Among the victims who died in the explosions include Martin Richard who was only 8 years old when he lost his life to this unthinkable act of violence.

“It’s a terrible thing that someone would want to do this to so many innocent people,” said Chris Longnecker.

Metal Detectors at Schools Become Popular

By Josie Dupler

Have you ever thought about having to walk through metal detectors to get into school? State Representative Bill Patmon has proposed a bill to make it happen.

Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting took place, school safety has been in the limelight across the United States. Putting metal detectors in place is just one of the many ways the government is working to improve safety in Ohio’s schools.

If Patmon’s proposed bill passes, metal detectors will be available to any Ohio public school that wants one in their building.

“I love the idea! I’ve even discussed with my family how having metal detectors at our school would make me feel so much safer than I ever have before,” said Taylor Heath.

While Ohioans support improving the safety of their children, many are worried about the cost. To pay for the metal detectors, Patmon plans to use money from homeland security rather than education funds.

A few parents and educators are against this form of improving school safety, worrying that having children walk throw a metal detector every morning will be a negative way to start their day.

“Metal detectors would be a great addition to safety, but schools would have to have a plan in place with someone to monitor the metal detectors as students come in and be prepared to confiscate items detected,” said Deputy Dixon.

While parents, educators, and students would have to adjust to having metal detectors in schools, we can only hope that this will improve the safety of all.

Speaker Gives Glimpse into Life in Vietnam During War

By Josie Dupler

On February 25th, Gahanna’s Columbus Academy welcomed Kim Phuc as a speaker, part of the 2012 Currier lecture series. While many people see Kim Phuc as the Vietnam War poster child, Phuc works to be seen as hope for war victims across the world by telling her story.

Kim Phuc was born and raised in Trang Bang, Vietnam, where she and her family lived a life of luxury and happiness. However, this all changed on June 8, 1972, when the place her family was hiding at for safety was bombed by the American military, which was told the village had been cleared of civilians. During the bombing, Phuc lost two of her cousins and was covered in napalm gas, burning her skin at 1200 degrees Celsius. When miraculously running out of the fire, Phuc was photographed by Nick Ut. Little did they know, that photograph would change both of their lives forever.

Ut rushed Phuc to the nearest hospital, where she began her long recovery. After spending two years in different hospitals, enduring seventeen surgeries, Phuc was finally able to return to her village. She was thrilled to be back in school and catch up with her classmates, but the Vietnamese government had a different plan for her. The picture that Ut had taken of her was all across the world, on every news stand and in many homes. The horrid image broke the hearts of people everywhere, filling them with anger.

“My dream was to study medicine and give back what was given to me, but my country didn’t allow freedom like that to happen,” said Kim Phuc to her audience at Columbus Academy.

Instead of being able to return to her studies, Phuc was forced to become a symbol of war for her country. The Vietnamese government had her under 24 hour surveillance, not allowing her to be free to study and live as she pleased. After years of being her government’s government, she was finally able to escape to Canada and begin a family with her husband.

“We all take for granted the freedom that we have and don’t take enough time to consider what has happened in the past that gave us the freedom we have,” said Meredith Hood. “War victims, like Kim, make us realize how lucky we are to live where we live.”

Phuc’s new life in Canada gave her a chance to tell her story the want she wanted it told, not the way the Vietnamese government did. She started traveling the world, sharing how blessed she is to be alive and how encourage people everywhere to work together to make peace so that less people become victims of war, like she was.

“I believe that every person can make a difference and create harmony,” said Kim Phuc.

She also has traveled the world to seek forgiveness for herself and the Vietnam veterans that attacked her village. At Columbus Academy, she was able to reconcile with two Vietnam veterans that live in Lancaster area.

“I always wondered what had happened to the girl in the picture, now I’m at peace knowing that she is alive and working to make our world a better place,” said Vietnam veteran Jim Lutz.

Phuc now has her own non-profit foundation that works to provide medical and psychological help for war victims and needy children in many different countries. She is also a UNESCO Ambassador for a Culture of Peace and has received four doctorate degrees. Phuc is a living symbol of peace, forgiveness, and freedom for people all across the globe.

“When terrible things happen, we must learn from the experience and use it to make us stronger. We all were put on this Earth for a purpose and each of us have a chance to speak up for what’s right and work to create change,” said Kim Phuc.

Arts Programs Making a Wave in Competitions

By Sarah Morton

While most people seem to only notice the accomplishments of sports teams, the arts at LHS have also made some significant achievements.

Friday, March 8, LHS’s choirs and bands participated in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) conference at Teays Valley High School. From 4 to past 10 o’clock, these groups performed for a rating, with 1 being the highest rating.

Choirs that competed at this conference included Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, and Chamber singers. All of these groups received 1’s.

“We performed class double A songs, so I did not expect us to all get 1’s,” said LHS junior Alexis Scranton. “I’m so proud of everybody!”

Symphonic band and concert band both received a 2, while wind ensemble got a 1. Wind ensemble will be going onto states as well.

The bands and choirs that received a rating of 1 will be going to States. Exact locations and dates are as yet to be determined.

“I’m pretty sure we are going the same week as prom,” said LHS junior Emily Allen, one of the members of the Wind Ensemble.

For those who have classes with choir or band kids, congratulate them on their hard work and wish them luck as they go on to states.

Blue Jackets Finally Starting to Heat Up

By Jacob Williams

For the majority of their short time as a franchise, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been the laughingstock of the National Hockey League. But with their recent performance, they’ve showed fans that they can win more than one game in a row.

Perhaps an even stranger fact is that the Jackets were named the NHL’s hottest team with a five game win streak and a new franchise record of an 8 game point streak. Anything past a one game win streak was a miracle in the past but things are looking up for this mostly young team.

Coaching, last year’s disgrace of a season was widely contributed to the poor coaching skills and bad attitude of the Jacket’s past head coach, Scott Armiel.

But with Todd Richards their new head coach, the whole team is getting along and actually playing like a team and winning games despite the laundry list of injuries that is plaguing the team.

The most outstanding part of their team right now is the recently acquired goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky. Last years’ Jeff Carter trade to the Flyers proved to be a wise decision in an attempt to have goalie that can stop more than 10 shots a game.

Before their overtime loss to Vancouver on Tuesday, Bobrovsky lead the jackets to a five game win streak including a pair of weekend victories against Detroit and on Saturday’s affair, Bob solidified his first career shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Red Wings.

“I am absolutely astounded by the Jackets recent performance, they’re starting to actually look like a real professional hockey team,” said Nick Williams.

Pope Francis Welcomed by Catholics Worldwide

By Josie Dupler

While students were test taking, the Roman Catholic Church welcomed a new Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Wednesday.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is from Argentina, being the first Pope ever from the Americas. He fluently speaks Spanish, Italian, and German.

“I think it’s really cool that Bergoglio is the first pope to be from the Americas,” said Bailey Kuhn.

Instead of asking Catholics from Argentina to travel to Rome and celebrate his appointment with him, he requested that they stay at home and donate the money they would have used to travel to the needy.

Bergoglio will be called Pope Francis. Some say this is a reference to Franciscans, since Bergoglio is the first Jesuit to become Pope, while others say it is in honor of a 13th century saint.

President Obama sent the best of luck and wishes, calling him “A champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us.”

When addressing the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis asked that members of the church pray for him and one another on their journey to make their faith and church stronger.