February 2011

StuCo Raises Money with Pennies for Patients

By Kristian Bush |

In the month of February student council is all about charity. They are supporting three organizations by collecting money in cans in a fundraiser known as “pennies for patients.” The fundraiser specifically caters to leukemia and lymphoma but assists with other charities as well.

“I think it’s a good thing for these three charities and the events to participate as a council,” student council sponsor, Julie Masters said.

Two Wrestlers Advance to State

By Lorenzo Cisneros |

There is one thing on the mind for the two wrestlers going to the state competition from Madison and that is to come out on top.

“I expect to leave from there with a state championship,” heavyweight wrestler Connor Hunsaker said. “I always expect the best and nothing less.”

Hunsaker and Stephen Mears (180 weight class) are the only two wrestlers from Madison to move on from the regional competition to the state competition, both placing third place in their weight division. The state competition will be held next weekend, Feb. 25-26, in Austin, TX at the Delco Center.

Art Students Draw Toward State

By Juan Garcia |

Drawing, sculpturing, and painting are some ways students express themselves in their art classes. This Saturday those students get the opportunity to show off their artistic talents at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) regionals.

“This is the biggest regional and state competition we compete in,” art teacher Claudia Freeman said.

In this stage of the competition, 70-80 Madison students are competing. Each student presents their artwork and talks with a juror and has the the chance to explain their reason behind their artwork. Each student is judged on a four point scale, with four being the highest.

“It’s always good for students to have the opportunity to explain their artwork one on one with a judge,” art teacher Margo McCarthy said.

Students going to state competition will be announced Saturday after the jurors have made their decision. But even though not all students will be advancing to the next level, art teachers are still encouraging students to be unique.

“Open the box,” Freeman said. “Keep your mind open to all the possibilities.”

Regional competition takes place at Johnson High School this Saturday.

Debate Prepares for Districts

By Christina Dimyan |

Friday afternoon the debate team left to the NFL district national qualifier at MacArthur in hopes of making it to nationals.

“I don’t expect us to get eliminated. They are both solid and have demonstrated that this year,” debate coach Chris Mifflin said.

Shamira Shepherd and Summer Mills are both competing in the individual competitions. Today’s results can be a good indicator for them on how to prepare for districts in April 2.

“Most are preparing already. The rest of the kids will prepare next week for districts,” Mifflin Said.

UIL distcits will be held at MacArthur all day on the April 2. Between 6 and 9 students will be going from varsity debate. there are 9 spots; 3 speaking and 3 debate spots. Districts is a very different experience for debaters. Rather than debaters having up to 2 losses, districts is double elimination. With that, about half of the competitors get eliminated after the second round.

“It’s a very stressful and different event, and I expect it to go well,” Mifflin said.

To debate students, all the this hard work is no different than sports. They prepare, practice, and compete in tournaments in hopes to make it to the finals.

“[Debate] gets you included in school and gives them opportunities. Some kinds need to be challenged more and this class is challenging ,” Mifflin said.

Wool Judging Team Sweeps Championship

By Samantha Sanburn |

Ten students competed in the San Antonio Livestock Show wool judging event on Feb. 12. These students seniors Savina Robles, Ariel Jones, Tasha Womack, Kelly Hazlett, Patricia Ward, Dallas Campbell, Jamee Bell and Brandee Stanzione and sophomores Cody Coln and Casey Lopez.

The competition was open to all 4H and FFA members in the state.

“In a wool judging event, students evaluate wool fleeces for different quality factors.” sponsor Michael Wallace said.

One of the team members, senior Savina Robles, won second highest individual and picked up a $10,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. According to team sponsor, Michael Wallace, she plans to attend San Angelo State University and wants to join the collegiate wool judging team.

Winterguard whirls to competition

Photo Courtesy Briana Rayos | Story By Brittany Weaver

When the temperature drops and fall turns to winter, colorguard comes off the football field, and changes to winterguard. Without the band to accompany them, they compete to win prizes against other schools. With one competition already behind them at Wagner, their next competition is on Saturday Feb. 19 at Southwest High School.

“We are all really close,” said senior captain Rebekah Evermon. “All of us are excited.”

In competitions teams show a routine and get judged on how well they perform it.

“Our show is very original and amazing,” said sophomore Clarissa Salas.

Biggest Disappointment For Music Industry

By Juan Garcia

The Grammy Awards is the biggest night for music, but this year, the performances were mediocre, the presenters were lame, and the show was a huge upset.

The Grammy Awards opened with a tribute to Aretha Franklin where Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride took turns singing her biggest hit singles such as Respect and Natural Woman. However, Christina Aguilera tried to regain her self-esteem rather than pay tribute to “the queen of soul”.

The Grammy Awards featured performances by Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Justin Bieber, B.O.B., Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Usher, Eminem, Rihanna, Drake, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Muse, and Mick Jagger, with special appearances by Bob Dylan, Jaden Smith, Dr. Dre, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Bruno Mars arrives at the Grammy Awards, where he was set to preform alongside B.O.B. and Janelle Monae.
There were no outstanding performances,however, the best performance of the night was Bruno Mars who sang a revamped soul version of his hit song Grenade, before being joined by Janelle Monae who sang Cold War. The runner up was Lady Gaga, who kept is simple but entertaining. She arrived on stage in an egg, from which she hatched prior to debuting her newly released single Born This Way.

Bruno Mars won “Best Male Pop Vocal” for Just the Way You Are. Lady Gaga walked away with three Grammy Awards including “Best Pop Vocal Album” for The Fame Monster. However, Lady Antebellum swept the board with five Grammy Awards including “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for Need You Now.

However, there were many upsets in some categories such as “Best New Artist”, were Esperanza Spalding beat out the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake. The biggest upset though is in the highly coveted “Album of the Year.” In this category, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire outlasted Eminem’s Recovery, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.

The Grammy Awards was a night of surprises and disappointments. With some average performances this year
awards do not even compare with last year’s memorable performances by Pink, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga.

For full list of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards winners visit grammy.com

Spirit groups shine at one singular sensation

Photos By Chloe Medina | Story By Kristian Bush |

Red lipstick, glitter, and big smiles: thats what it’s all about for high school dancers in the district at this time. With the dollies and cheerleaders getting ready to go to nationals in Orlando Feb. 10-15, competition season is well underway.

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