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Est: 1901


Drama Productions

By: Jake Deuterman


The Funny Thing Happened On the way to the Forum


 

 

The fall production was directed by Mrs. Mary Dillon and technically directed by Mr. Marshall Baltazar. The fall production was a musical. Dr. Vance Reese was the Musical Director for the play. The play was written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The play is telling a story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story that is where the title of the play comes from.

From the director Mrs. Dillon says when asked the question “Why did you chose this play?” she states, “Funniest musical that exist and I knew with the cast that I had that I had the talent to be able to put on a kind of show like this”

 

Rumors

 

 

The winter play was directed by Mr. Marshall Baltazar and technically directed by Mrs. Felice Stokes. Rumors is a farce. Several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their hosts' tenth anniversary. However, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host - the deputy mayor of New York City - has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone's upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and the media.

From the director Mr. Baltazar says when asked the question “Why did you chose this play?” he states, “One reason is the playwright, Neil Simon is always a hit, the message of play especially with teenagers of the fact of spreading rumors and what they can turn into, and the cast size, that was a big thing to take into consideration. ”

 

The Importance of Being Earnest


The spring play was directed by Mrs. Mary Dillon and technically directed by Mrs. Felice Stokes. This play is based in 1895 but the director decided to put a twist and on and set in the swinging 60’s of the 1900’s. The play is a trivial comedy for serious people; it is silly, social, and has a lot of satire in it. An example of satire in the play is when Mrs. Fairfax says to Jack, “If you are not too long I will wait for you all of my life”. Another example of Mrs. Fairfax talking to Jack using satire is when she says, “I never change except in m affections”

From the director Mrs. Dillon says when asked the question “Why did you chose this play?” she states, “It’s a classic, I always wanted to do the show it was one of my favorites and I love the early 60’s period so it seemed like the right thing to do.

 

 

 

JV Athletics Enjoy a Winning Spring

 

Most people who attend high school sporting events usually check out varsity games. Now in the case of Christ School, one might want to take some time to go see a JV game. All three the Christ School JV teams competing in spring athletics have a winning record as of today:  JV Baseball, JV Lacrosse and JV Tennis .

The JV baseball team, coached by Mr. Uhler, has an impressive record of 13-1. Led by team captain Zak Lintz, the team's only loss came to a very talented Ashville Trailblazers team.

"At the end of the season, with injuries and cancelations permitting, I see our team going undefeated for the rest of the season. Coach Uhler has been an awesome and fun coach with a mix of fun a discipline. I have learned a lot and had a blast while doing it," says Lintz.

When asked to compare this year's team with last year's, he said, " It's hard to tell, only because of the difference in players. Last year we had more of a hitting team, if that makes sense, and this year we have a better fielding team with not as good a hitting team."

The JV Lacrosse team, coached by Mr. John, also has an impressive record of 5 wins and 4 losses, especially considering that the team has played some of the "best JV teams in the state," according to  team member Scott Ullstein. The team has played a very competitive schedule and performed well considering the youth of the team.

"We get better and better through each WestPoint [a running drill] and each tough practice that we have," says Ullstein.

The undefeated JV tennis team is rolling this season. Coached by Mr. Brown and Coach Harris, the squad is a strong group with lots a depth. The roster has changed many times throughout the season, proving that many people have stepped up and played hard in challenge matches to work and earn one of those top spots.

As Coach Harris said at the beginning of the season, "Nobody is guaranteed to play on this team. You have to prove yourself on the court."

The spring sports JV teams at Christ School have had successful seasons, and the future of the Varsity teams looks bright. So, for all those really good JV players out there, one day Christ School community members may say :"I saw him play before he became a star."

Faculty Of the Year

 

This year the faculty of the year competition has been heated. With two of the school's most outstanding and devoted teachers leaving (Mr. Stender and Ms. Tillet), many would think that the competition would be between the two of them exclusively. According to the latest Galax Leaf poll, Mr. Higgins has a strong campaign. Others who voted for Ms. Tillet appreciate the results she has with AP students, and Mr. Stender’s voters say that “He is not only a teacher but a friend as well. He will be sorely missed.”

Auch, Jamie                        1.3%            1

Baltazar, Marshall            1.3%            1

Bower, Heather                        3.8%            3

Chase, Dan                        0.0%            0

Cluxton, Erich                        1.3%            1

Dillon, Mary                        0.0%            0

Dowling, Ben                        0.0%            0

Giuliani, Vanessa            7.5%            6

Harris, Leigh                        2.5%            2

Higgins, Brian                        13.8%            11

James, Pat                        1.3%            1

John, Ryan                        1.3%            1

Kaneft, Brent                        5.0%            4

Kinney, Donna                        0.0%            0

Kiser, Ken                        0.0%            0

MacDonald, Jennifer            1.3%            1

Mahoney, Olga                        2.5%            2

Martin, Bryan                        0.0%            0

Martin, Jose                        0.0%            0

McCarthy, Steven            1.3%            1

McMurry, Patrick            0.0%            0

Mohney, Michael            6.3%            5

Moroz, Mark                        0.0%            0

Morrison, Mary Jane            6.3%            5

Parham, Duncan            3.8%            3

Powers, Sandy                        5.0%            4

Pulsifer, Emily                        0.0%            0

Rankin, Isaac                        3.8%            3

Reed, Jordan                        0.0%            0

Sparacino, Dale                        0.0%            0

Stump, Jeremy                        1.3%            1

Stender, Bruce                        12.5%            10

Tillett, Lyn                        15.0%            12

Thompson, Justin            1.3%            1

Thornton, Trevor            0.0%            0

Weil, Betty                        0.0%            0

Young, Ben                        1.3%            1

 

Spring Concert

The Spring Concert, also known as Zeldafest, closes out the school year every May.  This year the event will take place on the football field on Saturday, May 11.  This festival will have food, activities, and live music.   Activities include Sumo-suit wrestling and a slip ‘n slide!  There will also be free funnel cakes, snow cones, and cookout.

The bands performing include student and faculty bands as well as the jam band Mama's Love.  Double Take is one of the bands preforming in the concert, and Christ School’s Jake Lambrecht is the drummer for the band. Lambrecht says that the group is expecting a good crowd for the show.  Double Take covers Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd and other classic rock songs.

Beyond the music, new activities highlight this year’s concert. In Sumo-suit wrestling, one can test his or her strength and balance against an opponent while dressed in an inflatable sumo suit and attempting to make your enemy fall off the mat.  The slip n slide will be positioned on a steep hill that you can slide down in between Pingree Theatre and the Student Center.  

And the food?  A funnel cake is made of deep fried batter sprinkled with powdered sugar.  It is like taking a bite out of heaven. Enough said.

Ian Campbell, guitarist and lead singer of student band Altitude , gave us a few hints about his band and what they will be playing.  He says Altitude plays reggae and rock and also does a few covers where they put their own taste into the jams.  Ian is expecting a huge crowd and says he and the band are very excited to play.

 

 

 

 

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

 

 

The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400 passenger airplane that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. It is the primary means of transporting major assemblies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to the 787 final assembly site in Everett, Wash. This reduces delivery times to as little as one day from as many as 30 days today.

 

The Boeing 747 Dreamliner is Boeing’s newest airplane. Boeing states that it is the world’s most fuel-efficient plane and it uses primary materials like no other airplane before. This plane is 20% more fuel-efficient than the plane it will be replacing the 767. This plane operates on almost all-electronic flight navigation system. The engines are noise reduction. The way that is reduces noise is the chevrons that are placed behind the engine this is many pieces of slated metals and it helps with noise reduction inside and outside of the cabin. There are only 50 of these planes in the world. That includes all of the 787’s that Boeing has made.

 

There are many operators that operate this plane. One operator is All Nippon Airways first service October 26, 2011, Japan Airlines first service on May 1, 2012, Ethiopian Airlines first service on August 16, 2012, Air India first service on September 19, 2012, LAN Airlines first service on October 1, 2012, United Airlines first service on November 4, 2012, Qatar Airways first service on November 20, 2012, LOT Polish Airlines first service on December 14, 2012.

 

The range of this plane depends on its payload. The wingspan of this plane is 211.5 feet. The airplane length is 235 feet and 2 inches from nose to exhaust pipe. From tip of the fin to the ground the length is 70 feet and 8 inches. It has a swing tail cargo door. It has a cruise speed of 567 mph. It can hold up to 502,500 pounds at maximum capacity. For cargo from the passengers there is 65,000 cubic feet that is 486,233.77 gallons or cargo. Only 4 airplanes have been purchased as of April 26, 2013. It can go 9,210 – 9,780 on one tank of gas. It can hold up to 36,641 US gallons of jet fuel

 

There have been a few milestones that this plane itself has had. They are as follows:

 

  • Modifications began 2005
  • First flight 2006
  • Flight test, certification 2007
  • Return to service 2007

 

 

 

Electric Car

By: Belk McDill

           

This year Christ School embarked on a project to help the environment, building an electric truck. The truck was a part of the Electronics Practicum class led by Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Higgins. This class’ focus was to build the truck, and learn about electronics in general.

When asked why he did this project Mr. Higgins said, “This seemed like a good idea with a good competition to end it, and it brings a good name to Christ School about future technologies”.

The class started off with a truck that had been sitting in a field for a while, and had not run for years. They gutted the truck using different methods, and techniques. Reid Memmel says, “My favorite part of the build was grinding things off the truck”. After taking the truck apart, it was time to put it back together. But what’s a good project without its challenges. One of the challenges that the class had to overcome was that the wrong motor was delivered, which set the class back about a month. Mr. Higgins states, “The most challenging part was the shortened time, and trying to engineer everything about the truck”.

After the correct motor was installed the truck began the assembly process. Tal stephanides’ favorite part was when he got to put the steering wheel on, but he accidentally put it on backwards.

The truck also is equipped with hydraulic arms that hold the bed up for easy battery installation. This is an impressive show if ingenuity, and engineering.

After the truck was finished, they took it to the EV competition. The EV competition or Electrical Vehicle competition consisted of a five minute presentation, a game of electronically oriented jeopardy, autocross, and a drag race.

The autocross is a course that tests speed, and maneuverability. The truck was driven by Jaylen Allen, and Sam Elmer, this took 81 seconds to drive through. This race was what Jaylen said that he enjoyed the most out of the class and the competition. The drag race was the big event of the competition, and Reid Memmel got to drive the truck for this event. The hard part was that the truck had no clutch, so Reid was forced to start in a higher gear, meaning lower acceleration. But Reid was undeterred; he drove the truck one eighth of a mile in just over thirty seconds. This means that the truck’s top speed it somewhere between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

The EV competition was tough but we managed to win a trophy, we won rookie of the year!

You might be wondering, what are they doing now that they are done with this project? Well, because it is a class, they are now learning why everything that they did while building the truck works, and expanding their knowledge on electronics. 

 

Technology Rumors of 2013

 

By: Trevor Murrah

In 2012, the world witnessed a lot of new updated gadgets and electronics such as the PS Vita, the iPhone 5, the iPad 4th generation, the iPad Mini, Windows 8, and the Wii U.  

There have already been some major technological releases and announcements for 2013, such as the Playstation 4 and the Xbox 720 (officially named the Xbox Infinity). Yet with the release of all of these fresh, innovative gaming systems, phones, and tablets, the general public is already spreading rumors and leaking pictures of more devices said to be released in 2013.

One of the more impressive rumors is the announcement of a 5th generation iPad. The iPad 5 is said to have a bigger screen and a less chunky border than the first couple of iPads. Imagine an iPad Mini enlarged to the size of a regular iPad.  

The second product to be released by Apple is the iPhone 5S, the successor to the slimmer, faster, and lighter iPhone 5. Apple usually releases an “S” version of an iPhone (such as the iPhone 4S, successor to the iPhone 4) in order to fix minor problems with the previous version. The iPhone 5S is rumored to have a few important upgrades from the iPhone 5, such as faster processing, improved camera infrastructure, and perhaps a near-field communication (NFC) chip. A chip like this one could be used to secure transactions such as file sharing and credit card payments. The 5S is also said to be available in different colors, like the 5th generation iPod that Apple released last year.

  As if Apple didn’t have enough rumors about their upcoming products spreading around the internet, there is a third product supposedly in the development process right now. It’s not a new phone, tablet, or even a computer--but a watch. This smart watch, also known as the iWatch, is a touch screen watch that will allow people to check stock quotes, the weather, their latest messages, and…time.

Another highly-anticipated technological gadget is the Google Glass. A number of lucky contestants in a social media campaign received the device early to test it out. The glasses show recent text messages, provide directions from your current location to a destination, and record videos. Google Glass is said to have “super-imposed information and augmented reality features that could, for example, show you a menu and prices when you’re in front of a restaurant,” according to Inc.com.

Some of these new ideas and rumors for technology in 2013 are still unofficial. However, if these new gadgets should be released this year, only time will tell how the public reacts to the updated features from a familiar line of technology, Apple, versus a novel and unknown product such as Google Glass. 

 

 

Boy Scouts of America Face Scrutiny over Anti-Gay Policy

By: Trevor Murrah

With almost three million members and over one million adult volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the most significant youth organizations in the country. The goal of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to train youth in "responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance." Despite
this admirable aim, the organization's ban on homosexual scouts and scout leader has led to several controversies between the organization and its backers, funders, and even the President of the United States. 

According to NBC News, the BSA have denied membership to homosexuals since 1980, but the organization did not release an official policy until 1991, when the BSAreleased a position statement saying that "We believe that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the requirement in the Scout Oath that a Scout be morally straight and in the Scout Law that a Scout be clean in word and deed, and that homosexuals do not provide a desirable role model for Scouts." BSA representatives have made remarks similar to the BSA's position statement in several press releases in 2000, 2003 and 2004. Although the BSA opposes gay
scouts and scout leaders, the organization makes no attempt to find out the sexual orientation of those who apply. Their policy very much resembles the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy in employed by the U.S. military. The topic of the BSA's anti-gay policy has been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and other news sources in recent weeks. Although the ban has been in effect for over twenty years, it has recently gained more notoriety as the general public starts to focus more on gay rights.

Recent protests against the BSA's anti-gay policy have tarnished the organizations reputation. Musical artists Carly Rae Jepsen and Train have dropped out of performing at the Boy Scout National Jamboree because of the policy. The United Way of America, one of the BSA's major backers, has cut off their funding for the organization.

According to the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama and the 2012 Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, both said that they disagreed with the Boy Scout's anti-gay policy.

The sudden wave of attention to the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and scout leaders has not only taken a toll on the organization, but on the entire reputation of the Boy Scouts of America.

Several Eagle Scouts around the country have sent back their eagle awards to the BSA to demonstrate their opposition to the organization's policies against homosexuals.

Because of the pressure and scrutiny over their policies, the Boy Scouts will review their policy. The National Council, the BSA's governing body, plans to reach a final decision on whether to lift the ban or maintain it sometime in May.

Many people from activists to ordinary Americans, believe that lifting this ban could be one of the major breakthroughs for gay rights in the United States.


A Boat Made Out of Carboard?

 

On May 12, Christ School will host the 8th Annual Cardboard Regatta, which takes place on the last Sunday before graduation. The Cardboard Regatta is a race across the Christ School pond in boats fashioned out of cardboard, and each dorm builds their own boat and enlists two house members to paddle the boat.

The Cardboard Regatta began during the 2005 - 2006 school year. The excitement generated by the event contributed to a return in popularity of Dorm Wars. In the 1980s and 1990s, Dorm wars were big on campus, but enthusiasm started to fade away and  much of the student body stopped participating.

It was Mrs. Mohney who came up with the idea of a cardboard boat race across the bond. The Student Activities Committee took hold of the idea and decided that the length of the race should be across the lake and back and because it was almost the end of the year, they decided to do hold the race on the last Sunday of the year. The tradition has stuck.

In past years, the event has proved so popular that almost half of the student body has gone down to the pond just to watch and cheer. When there were only a few Dorm Wars events, some dorms depended on the regatta to score major points. Often times, whichever house won the Cardboard Regatta would win Dorm Wars for the year.

When the competition first began in 2006, only three dorms participated in the event: West, Noland and South Carolina. That year, South Carolina won the race. Cunningham and West struggled in the early years. Noland dominated the event in the latter part of the decade, winning in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Mr. Mohney claims that Noland succeeded because they had two of the strongest kayakers in the school paddling for the dorm. Some might argue that Mr. Mohney’s experience in naval engineering could have impacted the results.

  Strategies for building the boat vary. Some dorms built small boats, others big ones, while floats are sometimes popular. Some dorms make their vessel waterproof. Those students who build just a float have traditionally not worked because it too much water comes over the sides. Despite the variety in designs, Mr. Mohney believes that the bigger the boat and the more tape and paint the better.  

What strategy will prevail this year? We’ll see you at the lake on May 11 to find out…

 

Puerto Rico

By: Belk McDill

 

Over spring break, as most of us went home, some students and faculty went on trips all over the world. Trips with a Latin American flavor included a service learning trek in Nicaragua and a surfing expedition in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico trip was led by Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Reed. Beyond surfing, the group also went snorkeling and sampled much of the local cuisine.

"My favorite part was crushing big waves!" said Mr. McCarthy. They also toured the small island territory where sightseeing included historic buildings, statues, and the city streets.

The trip was a smooth and relaxing time, with the only 'speed bump' coming when an student, who will remain nameless, forgot what his bag looked like and the group had a difficult time locating his belongings, according to Mr. McCarthy.

According to Mertcan, there were many urchins that had to be moved from the surfing area so that they were not stepped on while they were surfing.

When asked why he decided to lead this trip, Mr. Reed shared that he likes "surfing, and... wanted to share that with some of the students.... we chose Puerto Rico because Mr. McCarthy had been there and recommended it as a place to travel to."

Even though the main focus of the trip was surfing, the group had many other adventures. While snorkeling, they encountered many animals in the ocean and its reefs, including fish and many kinds of sea urchins. Also, according to Mr. Reed, one of the resort dogs ran out of the woods with an iguana that it had killed and began to eat it on the beach.

All in all, the general consensus is that this trip was well worth it!

 

London Calling

By: Jake Deuterman

This past spring break there were a plethora of trip options for Christ School students. From service-oriented projects to international cultural experiences. For spring break 2013, 12 Christ School students and two teachers went to was to London, England. They flew from Charlotte Douglas International Airport 8-hour flight to London's Gatwick International Airport. The group landed just after 7:00 a.m. London time. After a quick cup of coffee, the group hit the walking tour of the city-- 2 o'clock in the morning the time has changed it to 7:00 in the morning.

The walking tour consisted of seeing many of the popular destinations that London has to offer: from Big Ben to the London Eye. The first day's lunch was a not so stellar meal at a local café, but for the most part the cuisine sampled in London was "pretty good." There were many different places that the group went to eat. One place was a South Korean meal. This consisted of vegetables and miso soup. The vegetables are very hot temperature and spicy. Another meal was mashed potatoes and in the middle of the potatoes was a potpie with ground beef inside. That was a favorite for most of the students then the following night we had mashed potatoes. The dinners were a planned meal and most were good only a few were below par. As on most days, the students on the trip were allowed to spend free time exploring the city in small groups.

The trip was largely centered on experiencing British theatre, and the group attended four plays while they were in London. The shows included: The 39Steps, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, and Billy Elliot. The favorite play for most of the students was The 39 Steps. The play only a total of 4 cast members but the show was fast-paced and entertaining. The 39Steps is a play that was written by Patrick Barlow. The novel that was written in 1915 by John Buchan and by the movie that premiered in 1935 by Alford Hitchcock adopts this play. Another play that was seen was The Lion King. The Lion King was a very well technical play but for the acting the only actress that was respected was the woman who first comes out on stage and sings the Circle of Life in her native language of South African.

Other things that were done during the students free time ranged between going to the biggest fanciest department store in the world named Harrods’s Other things that kids did during their free time is go to the tower of London were the crown jewels were located. Some kids would take a few hours of down time and go hang out at a coffee shop or go to chill out with random people. The subway was the most fun part of the day for most of the kids. On the subway at night was the best because there were too many people on each train. So it was fun because it was crowded and loud. But on the other side in the morning the subway was very boring. Everyone would have their own space and no one would talk to one another because everyone was plugged in to some type of electronic device and drinking coffee. 

 

Seattle

 

Seattle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, the capital of the Northwest and the gateway to British Columbia and Alaska.

The first thing people think of when they think of Seattle is the weather. The city is mostly rainy, and it rains almost every single day. But there is always a silver lining to every cloud. Beginning in April or May, the weather starts to lighten up.

The skyline of Seattle is very attractive.  Not overcrowded or underwhelming, the Space Needle and other structures dominate a skyline with Mount Rainier in the backdrop.

Have you ever been to a fish market? The Pike Place Market, located in downtown Seattle, is a fun and engaging spot that every tourist must visit. They deliver fishes by throwing them through the air! Of course you are not going to catch it, but the workers there do.

Pike's Market includes more than just fish-Seattle is the home of the world's most popular coffee chain, Starbuck's, and you can find one of their franchises there along with a cheese store, ice scream shop, Indian traditional, bookstore, magic shop, clothing shops, and many other specialty shops. The views are amazing, too. You can see the whole Puget Sound, downtown, and the Space Needle from Pike's Market.

Downtown Seattle is the busiest destination in the city. Seattle's Aquarium can be found there, as well as SafeCo and CenturyLink Fields, home to the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, respectively.

The destination that stands out above the rest in Seattle is the Space Needle. The unique structure has a great view from the top. In fact, the observation deck spins really slowly so that tourists can walk around and sightsee. You can also go outside! Don't worry; the walkway is covered with fence wire so that you won't fall from 604 ft. The night view from Space Needle is also amazing. The lights will space you out!

So, while it's not the traditional vacation destination, Seattle is a fun place to visit. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

Ben Dowling

GL = Galax Leaf       BD = Ben Dowling

 

GL: Where did you graduate from college?

BD: Montreat College

GL: Are you from this area from?
BD: No. I came to Asheville because of job connections.
GL:Did you teach anywhere before?
BD: Yes, one school.
GL: Why did you choose CS?
BD: I was offered a job, and I wanted to live at a boarding school because
of the enhanced student relationships and academic freedom (freedom to teach
what you want within the curriculum) of a private school.
GL: Why did you choose to teach?
BD: I saw teaching as a temporary job, and now I'm in my 9th year and really
enjoy it as a vocation. It's my life's work. Teaching is the opportunity
that gives time to research and teach what you (a teacher) are interested
in. "Free time" is spent doing work studying things that I am passionate
about. I have a job that is something that I would do on my own for fun.
GL: Was there a person or a thing that inspired you to teach?
BD: I had very good professors at Montreat. Those teachers saw potential in
me and recommended teaching. This was a complement as if saying that I was
good enough to be at the same level as my professors.
GL: Why did you get an American Studies degree rather than education?
BD: Education degrees put emphasis on the delivery of the material. Taking a
specialized degree teaches the material. It makes you able to be able to
tweak the way you teach. I never had a desire to teach in public school.
GL: Do you ever desire to teach at a higher level?
BD: I did, and I am still interested. I would need to get more education and
part of me thinks that I won't. CS has made me a certain kind of teacher and
I like that.

 

Ice Cream

 

By: Will Janvier  

The week leading up to spring break, Mr. Miles, Director of Student Life at Christ School, announced that there would be some small changes to the Dining Hall menu, as requested by students. A few of these requests included bringing back fruit smoothies to Tuesday breakfast, enhancing choices for buffet lines, and most importantly, adding a Hershey's ice-cream bar station. This ice-cream bar features six different flavors of scoopable ice cream. The flavors offered range from the basic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry to the more innovative bubble gum, birthday cake, and cookies and cream.

When asked about the changes, Mr. Miles responded, "Several weeks ago, I sent out a Student Life survey, which included several questions on the food-- overall food and some options that students wanted to see. I got an overwhelming response about food selection and there have also been a lot of hand-written suggestions. That is partly why we decided to get the hand-scooped ice cream."

What is Mr. Miles favorite flavor? Bubble gum.

Student Conrad Ma says he thinks the ice cream bar is great! Even though he is not a big fan of any particular type of ice cream, he still thinks this addition was a necessity for Christ School. On the other hand, Grant Watson says that the ice cream bar is pointless and that the ice cream does not taste that good.

Many others also believe this is a not needed expense, but they like the addition and note that it did "change things up" around campus. People now have a new treat to look forward to after sports and dinner

 

 

 

March Madness

 

By: Cameron Bailey

It’s that time of year again; spring is in the in the air and pollen is everywhere, and in arenas around America college basketball teams are seeking to survive and advance in route to winning the National Championship.

Meanwhile, average Joes have worked around the clock studying teams and matchups and picking wins. Whether it’s flipping a coin or listening to ESPN analysts, fans have many different ways to make those tough decisions in their bracket. For some people, there is no science in picking a bracket. After all, it is called MARCH MADNESS for a reason.

The simple logic is to pick a team based on the seed that the team is given, but the problem with that method is upsets. Upsets happen every year. For example last year in the first round of the tournament Leigh a team that was good but based on stats was not a better team than the Duke blue devils. But the upset occurred and the 15 seed advanced and the number two seed was sent home. C.J McCollum Scored 30 points and dashed out 6 assists. He was practically unstoppable against the Duke Defense. On the other side Duke Shot only 23% from downtown plus Leigh won 74% of the 50 50 balls. Meaning that Leigh wanted it more and had a bigger desire to win. This factor is unpredictable, making even harder to predict.

Another example of a very unpredictable example of a upset was the Georgetown vs. Florida Gulf Coast University. This upset occurred this year and only 5% of people picked this in their brackets according to ESPN. FGCU had three people in double figure scoring; two of those three had over 20 points. This factor and the fact that they held Georgetown to just under 40% from the field. Another reason why FGCU might have won is the fact that they shot 44 free-throws and made 30 of those.

Whether the location of the game, previous history between teams, rivalry, or player injury, strength of schedule, luck, or a bad day, there are countless reasons why upsets happen, but there is no exact science to predicting these upsets.

One method for selecting your bracket that has proven success is the blindfold method. This approach allows amateur bracketologists to assess teams and matchups pick without knowing the name of the teams; the choice is based solely based on statistics and seeding. The personal bias that enters into any decision is largely eliminated. But how can heart, the will to win, and hustle be quantified? There are some intangibles that statistics cannot measure, and that makes the selection process even harder.

There is no right or wrong way to pick a bracket. What works one season may fail the next. Do your research and make the best decision that you can. Busted brackets are inevitable, but once in a blue moon the stars align and bracket genius is achieved for a moment.

 

Russia's Meteor, One Month Later

 

By: Trevor Murrah

It's been nearly a month since a blazing fireball lit up Ural Russia's skies and an unusually large meteor struck the Earth's surface on the morning of February 15, causing a shockwave that blew out countless windows and injured more than 1,200 people. The event went viral worldwide and has drawn comparisons to the biggest meteor impact ever recorded. This odd occurrence also motivated members of the global scientific community to take advantage of the media attention that this rare event has generated about space.

The meteor collision has opened the door to discussion of humankind's preparedness for potentially catastrophic incidents and how to prevent impact events, such as the one that many believe wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The Russian Parliament and the Federation Council have pressed their cases for billions of dollars to invest in a nuclear defense system nuclear that could be used to take out approaching comets or asteroids.

NASA has already invested in developing an Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS), a program that scientists claim could give about a day's warning in cases like that in Ural Russia, pinpointing the area of impact up to a matter of a few feet.

In late February, less than two weeks after the Russian meteor impact, Canada's Space Agency also launched a micro-satellite intended to provide an early-warning system for space debris and other near-Earth objects.

This unusual event has sparked the continuation of research and development of early warning systems that will be able to alert the presence of meteors and other objects in space and pinpoint their potential impact location. This future technology could save the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people and advance our understanding of the dangers of space.

 

Pianissimo 

 

By: Chambers Loomis

 

Few classical artists in recent years have sold out Asheville's 2,500-seat Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, much less done it while still a college student. Daniil Trifonov is a 21-year-old Russian piano virtuoso who achieved international fame by winning both the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2011. On Saturday night, he gave a performance of Tchaikovsky's monumental Piano Concerto No. 1, the same work that won him both competitions.

 

His rendition of this pianistic warhorse rivaled the one rendered by Van Cliburn over four decades ago. Both dripped of the same nationalism, Cliburn's a bit more untamed and Trifonov's more nuanced. Every one of Trifonov's notes had something to say. His intricate runs sounded more gestural than technical.

His demonic, layered fortissimos instantaneously collapsed into tender pianissimos. Nowhere were his thoughtful rubatos conveyed more clearly than in a silky section of the first movement's cadenza, marked by a bell-like melody played in the top octave. Doubtless his tender shaping in this section was facilitated by a fifth finger skill learned in Liszt's La Campanella, one of Trifonov's favorite encores.

 Saturday's performance was yet another indication that, in years to come, Trifonov will surely join the ranks of Rubinstein, Richter, Horowitz, and Kissin.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Daniil for a few minutes after the concert. Having changed into a casual sweater and jeans, he spoke very naturally and unassumingly.

 

Trifonov explained that the orchestra melded seamlessly with his conception of the piece and that he fed off the electricity in the room. He believes that the piano, a nine-foot concert grand from the 1980s, was, though a bit past its prime years, perfectly suited for the acoustics of the hall. His favorite pianos on which to perform are Hamburg Steinways and Italian Faziolis. Trifonov has no plans of making his tour schedule less demanding in the near future. His previous two weeks included concerts in five countries. Trifonov always makes sure to take hour-long naps before performances. He soon plans to complete his degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. After all, even the best artists have more to learn.

Rumors

By: Jake Deuterman

 

This past weekend, February 15-17, the Christ School Drama Department's winter play, Rumors, hit the stage. Written by Neil Simon, the play is set in a wealthy person's home where several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence for a dinner party celebrating their hosts' tenth anniversary. Things are not as they seem... the guests discover that there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host - the deputy mayor of New York City - has shot himself through the earlobe. The comedy ran for 1 hour and 35 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.

Many people contributed to the production of this play, but the two most influential contributors were director Mr. Marshall Baltazar and technical director Mrs. Felice Stokes.

The tech crew consisted of Chris Schiebout, Marshall Willett, Michael Ray, Mason Ward, Courtney Chase, and the artist Vincent Li.

The cast: Emma Lenderman (Chris Gorman), Sam James (Ken Gorman), Maggie Preston (Claire Ganz), Thomas Lynch (Lenny Ganz), Banks Simmons (Ernie Cusack), Anna Teall (Cookie Cusack), Reid Scothorn (Glenn Cooper), Kaitlyn Lindberg (Cassie Cooper), Connell Maloney (Officer Welch), Tony Sun (Officer Pudney) also Tony sang the song true colors by Cyndi Lauper, and finally Nancun Yu (Musician).

Thomas Lynch, who played Lenny Ganz to rave reviews, commented on his first appearance on stage, ever!

"I enjoyed the performance but did not like memorizing my lines. My favorite part of the play was the scene where I have a hard time opening the pretzel bag but then Cookie comes through the door she opens it right up and starts to eat the pretzels.”

 

 

Tie Swap

By: High Garst

This year marks the seventh or eighth annual, and now infamous, Christ School Tie Swap(Mr. Dowling can't remember how many years he has been doing it!). During the Dowling era in Cuningham House, Mrs. Dowling realized that Mr. Dowling's tie collection had far exceeded a reasonable collection.

When told about the problem, Mr. Dowling said, "My inner-capitalist took over, " and the idea for the tie swap was born.

The first sale took place rather discreetly in the dorm, but after he realized that it was an instant hit, Mr. Dowling introduced the exchange to the entire school. Over the years the number of ties has increased. Mr. Dowling still likes to spend time buying new ties, anxiously awaiting next year's swap.

His best find? By far a shoebox contributed by Sam Elmer that was full of his grandfather's ties. Dowling says that he continues the event every year because the swap is great opportunity for students to upgrade their closet and understand capitalism first hand.

And where else but at Christ School?

"It is", Mr. Dowling said, "something that truly celebrates what makes Christ School different.

 

Knowing your three Armstrongs

By: Trevor Murrah

Three truly inspiring characters in history share the same name: one went to the moon, another competed in and won the Tour de France seven times, and the last became arguably the famous jazz musician of all time. Wait, who did all of that? Louis Armstrong? Lance? Neil? The catch is that they all have the same last name, but they are three different people, which often makes for confusing popular culture references. This begs the question: do you know your Armstrongs?

 Grant Watson: "I know Lance and Neil but I don't know the third one. I know that Lance is a former cyclist and that Neil was the first person to walk on the moon. I don't admire any of them.""

 Jack Fleming: "Neil, Lance, and Louis! One was an astronaut, one is a former cyclist who admitted to using drugs, and Louis was a trumpet player. I admire Neil Armstrong the most."

 Lars Lewis: "Hmm... there's Lance, Neil, and I believe the third is Louis. I know that Neil went to the moon, Lance was a cyclist and Louis was a jazz player. Honestly, I admire Lance Armstrong. I admire him for finally admitting that he was blood-doping and giving up what he didn't deserve."

 So who are the three Armstrongs?

Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut and on July 21, 1969, became the first man to walk on the moon.  Besides being an astronaut, Neil was also a test pilot, naval aviator, and aerospace engineer. He made his first space flight with NASA in 1966 as the command pilot of Gemini 8. This mission made him NASA's first astronaut to fly in space. Then in 1969, Neil set foot on the moon alongside Buzz Aldrin. This historic moment meant that the United States was winning the Space Race against the USSR and became the first country to put a man on the moon.

Lance Armstrong is a former professional racing cyclist. This Armstrong won the Tour De France seven consecutive times, a record for the event, before being stripped of all titles from each of those races and banned from cycling in 2012 by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for use of performance-enhancing drugs, a process known as "blood doping." Lance has been stripped of all his recognition and titles from August of 1998 until his retirement from the sport. The former pro cyclist first publicly admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January of 2013.

Louis Armstrong was a famous trumpet player who performed from the early 1920s to the mid-1960s. The grandson of slaves, he was born into poverty in New Orleans and was forced to drop out of school after being abandoned by his parents. After dropping out, Louis joined a local quartet that sang on the streets for money. He started to learn how to play the trumpet with a different local band in New Orleans later on. Since then, Louis became known as one of the most influential and charismatic performers in jazz. You have probably heard his renditions of "Somewhere over the Rainbow," "The Saints," and "What a Wonderful World."

 

Shadows on the Wall

By: Belk McDill

Recently, the Christ School media center was used as a filming location for a local independent film. The movie, Shadows on the Wall, is a science fiction film about a college student who discovers-well, I don't want to spoil it. The movie was written and directed by Ben Carland, a local director.

The filming process for a full length movie is a very complicated one, requiring light design, sound techs, a camera man, a guy to run the focus on the camera, a director, an assistant director, and many more jobs, depending on the scale of the movie. The process is one that takes time, patience, and skill. Filming consists of capturing many takes of the exact same scene, often from different angles, over and over again.

The enrichment was an educational experience for our students. When asked why he chose to help lead the enrichment, Mr. Baltazar said that this enrichment appealed to his working in drama and theater, but also seemed generally fascinating.

Many students who were part of the enrichment also got to be in the filming process. Trevor Murrah 16' was the slate operator for filming. For those of you who don't know what the slate is, it is the small rectangular piece of slate (like a chalkboard) on which the operator writes the number of the scene and the take. Trevor then you put it in front of the camera and clapped the two parts of the slate together in order to sync the audio with the picture.

Trevor said that he wanted to do the enrichment because he is very much into drama and acting, and when asked what his favorite part of filming the movie was, he responded, "simply being a part of it."

Mr. Baltazar says that this "was a great opportunity to see how an alumnus does in life after he leaves school."

Overall, this enrichment was a success and a truly enriching experience. How successful? Well, you will have to wait until 2014 when the film is released!

An article was published on the Asheville Citizen Times Newspaper and the link is here!


 Types of Computers

By: Jake Deuterman

A survey was sent out to see what types of computers the students at Christ School use/have. The survey has collected results and the results are:

 

Question: What kind of Computer do you have:

 

 

 

LARP

By: Will Janvier

Enrichments days are school days when Christ School teachers offer different activities, on or off campus, to enrich students. Choices on enrichments can be educational, but also very fun! An enrichment can be anything from learning to cook to forging knives to caving. For this year's spring enrichment day, the usual medley of offerings is expanding to a novel activity for Christ School students: LARP!

 LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role-Playing. There are different ways to LARP, with themes and "scenarios" that range from Medieval Knights to Star Wars.

 The Christ School LARP will be a medieval battle, where the opposing teams will duel for control over an objective. Every student will be armed with a sword, a shield, and any other armor or weapons that he buys or makes, as long as it follows the Medieval era. The swords will be made of PVC pipe covered in foam, for safety.

 The way to capture the objective is simple: kill the enemy-every last one of them! Because LARP is only role-playing and the swords are made of foam, no one should get hurt, but there are rules and precautions set in place to prevent injury. The exact rules are still being decided, however, at this time it looks as if each solider will be playing on his honor and is responsible

for calling himself out when he gets "killed" or "wounded."

 The referees will be there to make sure everyone is playing fare and complying with the rules. Once a soldier is out, he will have to go to a safe zone where he will have to wait between 1-5 minutes before joining back in the battle.

 Mr. Thompson says, "We wanted to do an enrichment that was fun, and that would involve a lot of students.  Most enrichments you would have a cap around 10 or so students.  We wanted to see if we could put together something that would have ten times that.  We wanted to see if we could get some 60 kids to come out and agree to all do the same thing in the spirit of enrichment day."

 Mr. Thompson also shared all of his non-classified information about his strategy for the army.

"I think our strategy is more likely to take a logical approach to it; we'll do a lot of planning, try some covert maneuvers and try to infiltrate the other army versus just running up to them and hoping that brute force overtakes them."

 Warrior Thomas Clarity says he thinks it will be fun and his strategy is to quite simply kill everybody.  Grant Watson says that he may is participating since he has nothing better to do, and he has a few other friends playing and intends to gang up on others with them.

This will not be a small, 20-person duel; this event will be a full-scale battle. So far 97 students are signed up already, along with ten teachers and more than 5 referees. It's roommate against roommate, English vs. Science, and Greenie vs. Greenie!

 

 MLK Day

By: Cameron Bailey

This past month, while many around the nation enjoyed a nice vacation weekend, Christ School was not relaxing or taking time off but "putting time on," according to Father Kirk Brown. For the third year in a row, Christ School's students and faculty participated in numerous community service events around Asheville on MLK Day.

The students and faculty went out to different volunteer services after gathering in the chapel for a service to celebrate and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. More than seven organizations benefited, along with the community of Asheville, from the efforts of Christ School faculty and students.

The 8th Grade organized and went to Black Mountain Primary School. At the elementary school they picked up trash and raked leaves and branches, even replacing  the mulch in the playground area. The children of this school were very grateful and appreciative of the hard work on the part of Christ School's youngest students.

The 9th Grade class split into three different groups. Some went to Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store and helped with moving merchandise and organizing the store, while others went to Western North Carolina Rescue Ministry's thrift store to help clean and organize the facility while also serving a meal at their headquarters.

As a result of the visit, Christ School has formed a relationship with WNC Ministry and will volunteer there in April and May.

The 10th Grade class helped out RiverLink at Lake Julian and at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. At Lake Julian, the group picked up trash while those who went to St. Luke's helped to clear the surrounding land of invasive plant species. With so many students at work, their efforts made a visible impact by the end of the day.

The 11th grade class went with Asheville Greenworks to pick up trash and rubbish to make Downtown Asheville look better, while others worked on Tunnel Road. The group that worked on Tunnel Road discovered a homeless campsite and many students felt that it was very humbling experience.

As Coach Harris said, "It's really nice to know that we took part in something like this and that Christ School was able to better the community at Asheville Greenworks."

The senior class participated in the MLK March that took place in Downtown Asheville and also went to the church service that took place before the march.                                         

These students were able to go out into the community with other people who were passionate about MLK Day and service.

Christ School and Asheville are better places because of this day and the activities that took place, and the community of Asheville was very grateful for Christ School's participation in MLK Day.

High Garst said "As a young boy growing up in Asheville, I would walk around town with my parents and see these people on the side of the road begging for money. I was never able to as a child to grasp fully why these people were doing this. I always wondered why they didn't go back to their house and eat a meal there. I have been given many wonderful opportunities, especially here at Christ School, to go out in the community and learn about these people and their needs. I feel that these people that are in this situation for various reasons need to be helped because they are people just like you and me."


Free Time

By: Jake Deuterman

There are many things to do while at Christ School as a boarder or a day student. What do Christ School

students do during their free time? People usually say that free time is the period during which you can do

whatever you want. A survey was sent out two weeks ago to ask the student body how they spent their

free time. The survey found the following:


 

Black Box Theatre

 By: Jake Deuterman

Over Christmas Break while most of us were at home sitting on the couch, others were at school building Christ School’s new black box theatre. The theatre is located in the stage left area of Pingree Theatre.

A handful of people played a big part in making this project happen. One was Mrs. Dillon, Christ School's theater director. Mrs. Dillon thought “it would be a neat idea to have a little ‘classroom’ within the theatre, so that the director and actors can focus in an enclosed space that has room for the actors to move around and see themselves.”

The theatre consists of four boxes on one side, with the inside of each box consisting of a mirror, two doors, and one plain side. The other three sides are made of existing cinder block walls.  A drop ceiling with five rows of lights (five individual switches control each row of lights) covers the theatre.

The original idea was to have this classroom stand above all of the stored set pieces. But that option did not come to reality because there was no way to allow people to move safely in and out of the theatre.

Mr. Gross and Mr. Willems spent three days in total at work constructing this stage classroom. First what they started with was moving all of the set pieces to one of two places. The first place is to the dumpster and the second place is to the off campus rental storage place. The reason why they through most of the wood away are because it will not be able to be used again for various reasons; it could be split or have stripped screw that cannot be removed. But the wood that would be able to be used is stored off campus. My thoughts are that the wood would never be seen again.

Mrs. Dillon sat down with the Leaf to discuss the theatre at great length:

Q: Where did you get the idea for the Black Box Theater?

A: I started thinking about this idea 3 to 4 years ago. I saw all of the empty space above the set storage and though that we could put a classroom up there.

Q: What was your original idea of the black box?

A: The original idea was to have the main level that could still be used for storage of the set, while the second level could be used as a place to store costumes, props, and a costume-making room. Then the third level could be the black box theater where actors can rehearse and be able to see themselves and get immediate feedback on their blocking (movement on stage).

Q: Why did that idea not go through?

A: The idea did not follow as planned because the architect said that the build inspector would not approve of this.

Q: How do you think that this has and will benefit the drama program?

A: It will benefit everyone because people will be able to see their movements and get immediate feedback.

Q: Do you like the light layout?

A: The light layout is exactly what she thought it would be.

Q: Whom do you think was the biggest contributor in having this thing built?

A: Many people went into making this thing possible. First Mr. Elmer, he was the general contractor and that Chuck and Brian where the designers.

The first event set for the black box stage is a “coffee house” style Open Mic Night, hopefully set to take place during the second week of February. Students will perform and Mrs. Dillon is going to offer up a few poems to read out loud. Mrs. Dillon thinks that the theatre can seat up to 40 people. Anyone who wants to attend is invited to come and see fellow students and faculty share their talents in an intimate setting.

 

 

Tweet Tweet

By; Jake Deuterman

 

Many people may not know Coach Siders, Christ School’s Sports Information Director, but when you click on the Athletics link on the Christ School website, most everything that is there was written or posted by Coach Siders.

From all the recaps of football and basketball games to constant, up to the minute scores and highlights on Twitter, Siders makes sure that Greenie fans know exactly where their team stands. Coach Siders has been involved with the basketball team since he began working at Christ School thirteen years ago, when he met Coach Gaines’ wife at a party and she connected him with Christ School. Coach Siders was a coach when Coach Thorp was a player!

Siders grew up in Alexandria, VA, where he went to Mount Vernon High School. Before Coach Siders came to Christ School, he served as a police officer. He retired a while ago, but he says that his time in the police department was an enjoyable and gratifying experience—and the government is still paying him! Coach Siders has been married for 40 years, and he and his wife Barbara live not too far from Christ School, with plans to move closer to Christ School to a one-story home that they are building nearby.

There are many things that brought Coach Siders to Christ School. First he had always dreamed of being a coach, and Christ School was a great place to fulfill his dream. What he enjoys most about Christ School is being able to be in the Athletic Department, while his least favorite part of his job is having to help Coach Parham with his job. Coach Parham and he have some interesting discussions in their office.

Coach Parham said, “I could make a book on jokes that Chuck [Willems]says and then another book on stories the Coach Siders tells me about his time in the New York Police Department.”

After thirteen years of Christ School basketball, Coach Siders says his favorite team was 2007 -2008, the team on which all three Plumlee brothers played. That team had a very cohesive group of players and that is the year that they won their first back to back championship after winning in 2006-2007. Christ School would go on to win 3 more state championships in a row, before falling last year in the semifinals. What does Coach Siders think about this year?

“Anything could happen.”

Check out the twitter page that Coach Siders keeps up to date : Click Here

 

AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

By: Will Janvier

On Tuesday, January 15, Christ School’s long time teacher and friend, Mr. Stender, announced that 2012-2013 would be his last year formally teaching at Christ School. He made the announcement during chapel, saying that he was leaving school to embark “on a new adventure!”

Mr. Stender currently teaches biology, chairs the science department, and serves as head of house in Cuningham. He also guided the wrestling program for many years and is currently coaching swimming. He has given much to the science and wrestling programs at our school.

 Current Greenies wrestling coach, Mr. Kiser, notes that “Coach Stender raised the level of wrestling while solidifying the integrity of the program and how it is viewed by other teams and coaches. He is loved and missed by the entire state wrestling committee.”

In Cuningham, Mr. Stender has shown first year 8th and 9th graders the ropes of Christ School with an appropriate brand of tough love, while also leading Cuningham to more dorm wars victories than any other house on campus.

From the outside looking in, many might mistake Mr. Stender for a typical boarding school teacher at Christ School: house parent, sports coach, and teacher. But we all know better... Mr. Stender has been known to perform room inspection wearing a medieval knight costume and always arrives at the house Christmas celebration in his pajamas.

So why hang it up after all these years?

“I’m retiring because the good Lord has indicated to me that this is the time to retire. I am of age; I am financially in a position where I can I think afford it; I am ready to take care of Mrs. Stender 24/7…. And we want to run around and have fun. That’s the real reason. We’re going to do some traveling, going to do some work. I intend to learn to play the piano; I intend to get my body back into a little better shape, and I think it’s going to be a good time.”

Mr. Krieger praised Mr. Stender’s contributions to Christ School, while also lamenting the hole he will leave in the community.

“It’s a great loss. On one hand, he’s so effective in the dorm and a great teacher and has great energy around campus, but I’m very happy for him and Mrs. Stender to after all these years of teaching and being with kids and mentoring… He’s going to go off on part two of his life and that’s another adventure. He’s going to be greatly missed and difficult to replace, and he left a great mark on Christ school.”

Jake Froelich is one of the senior leaders in Cuningham house. Perhaps he captures Mr. Stender’s legacy at Christ School best: “He’s been a second father to me while I’ve been in the dorm with him, from my time as a freshman to a senior.”

Mr. Stender is a role model for Christ School, and he will never be forgotten.

 

 

         

Christmas Presents

By: Belk McDill

 

Christmas Break: a time for relaxation and a time for gifts, unusual gifts. Some people ask for socks, money, or a new video game. Yet some people ask for stranger things, ranging from technology to boats to personal hygiene. Why does someone want this unusual range of gifts-- because it fits their lifestyle? Exactly!

For those who like to play games, such as Alex Dunn, an iPad mini is just for you! Or for those of you, who are panicked by the thought of identity theft, consult Mr. Rankin about his brand new anti-identity-theft wallet, which you can get for just $5.08 plus tax and shipping and handling fees. Just remember, in the words of the great Mr. Rankin, “You can’t put a price on your identity.” For those of you who enjoy music, you might like the amp that Will Cole got for his guitar.

The theme of boats was a popular one for Cameron Bailey and Robbie Mangone. Cameron got a boat to pursue his duck hunting hobby.

“I was extremely excited when I got this boat!” Cameron stated.

Robbie Mangone got a new Shiva Pyranha kayak, which is a sport kayak used to navigate through rapids.

For those of you who like a clean shave, a shaving brush made of badger hair is just what you need. Nick England got one of these and, as he put it, “It makes me feel like a man.”

For the Star Wars lover, such as Liam Pulsifer, a Jabba the Hut bobble head makes a great desk toy, or distraction, and it can be yours for just $10.67 on Amazon.com.

Click on the links below to see what some people got for Christmas

Jabba the Hut Bobble head

 Anti- identity-theft Wallet

Moe's Barbeque

By: High Garst

 Moe’s BBQ is a small, you guessed it, BBQ restaurant near the end of Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville, North Carolina. While the restaurant’s owners hail from Alabama, business is booming here in Asheville. The traditional BBQ is smoked and juicy while complimented by a spectacular Moe’s in house sauce.

But the real magic that keeps this eatery on the map is the smoked wings. These are the most tender wings I have ever eaten. The sauce has just enough kick so that you can still appreciate the taste and texture of the meat. The wings are served with a chipotle ranch dip that perfectly cools the heat of the wing sauce with sufficient spice to maintain the sizzle.

Beyond the BBQ and wings, Moe’s compliments its entrees with a variety of tasty sides. As one Urbanspoon reviewer noted, “A universal complaint I have about BBQ restaurants is they rarely have good sides. Moe's Original BBQ does-- the collard greens and the squash casserole.”

Christ School faculty have discovered Moe’s and are pretty impressed across the board: “They have pretty good BBQ. The sides were great, especially the coleslaw!” says Mr. Chase.

“It is not quite at the 12 Bones level, but still good,” says Mr. Thorp, adding that the
“turkey is a very good choice if you are wondering what to get.”

To top off the whole culinary experience of Moe’s, a free Packman gaming system sits next to the entrance to ensure that you leave on a positive note

This is the true Ashe-Bama mix of quality BBQ and homespun atmosphere that many tourists and locals are delighted to consume.

 

Raquetballers

By: Will Janvier 

There is a sport for everyone at Christ School. From hard hits on the football field team to the hilarious performances of the drama department, being an “athlete” has many meanings for Greenies. However, one sport goes very unnoticed: racquetball!

Racquetball is a lot like tennis but with no net. The goal is to hit the front wall before it bounces on the ground twice. Equipment needed: a racquet, racquetball, and goggles.

And the small confines of the court and speed of the ball make for a lot of action. You can get hit with the ball in the back of your head or dive on the hard wooden floor trying to save a point. As for players, you can play with two, three, or four people in single, cutthroat, and doubles matches, respectively. In cutthroat, players switch off between having a partner and have to play as the solo player against two.

Christ School racquetball is a “small” sport with only eight players on the team, led by Coach Dowling. The “racqueteers” practice and compete every day. With only eight players, the team does not travel but, rather, opts for taking on teachers, peers, and even parents at Christ School in a competition for honor!

Of the eight players, five have just started playing this year. Grant Robinson is new to the sport, and he is quickly becoming one of the best players on the squad.

“I wanted to try a new sport to see what it was like, and it’s actually really fun!” says Robinson.

Why does Coach Dowling enjoy the sport?

“You get a great workout. Racquetball is played indoors so no matter how rainy or sloppy it is outside you still get to sweat it up in the lower gym. I would recommend it to anybody, really, because like tennis or golf its kind of a sport you can play with anybody at any skill level for any point in your life, so I plan on being 95 and still hitting the racquetball court.”

On and off the court, the team is a unique group of guys who enjoy hanging out and doing other activities together. Members of the CS Racquetball team even travelled to Carolina Day to support the basketball team last week.

Coach Dowling is also an active player on the team, and he often takes the squad out for post-match meal and, sometimes, a movie. Say what you will about the Christ School racquetball team, but nobody has better team chemistry and player morale like these Greenies.

 

CSC Christ School Cereal

By: Cameron Bailey 

Cereal is a big deal at Christ School.

According to an anonymous student, “I pretty much go for the cereal most of the time, because I don’t enjoy the food that is provided.”

Cereal is the second option to most students when the main course is not what they want.

“Since we are kids, cereal has sugar, and I really like sugar,” exclaimed Jacob Kang.

But according to food services at Christ School, they are open to any opinions about the Dining Hall, but only about three or four are turned each month!

As a student, you have the power to take advantage of the comment box to ask for different kinds of cereal. If you really want a particular cereal, you could even get a couple of your friends and do conspire together.

That is… if you want to see the cereal change. There is no point in making a suggestion if you are happy with the current cereal situation.

But, according to one anonymous Christ School student, speaking on behalf of the student body: “we’re not as satisfied as [we] have been in the past.”

This dissatisfaction means one of two things: the cereal is constantly changing or the brands have become consistently bland.

The major problem is that many students don’t know even where or what the suggestion box is. So listen up! The suggestion box is located in between the dish room doors hanging on the wall. So if you want a change in the cereal at Christ School…. do something about it: make a suggestion!


Editorial Staff

Jake Deuterman

High Garst

Chambers Loomis

Jacob Kang

Will Janvier

Trevor Murrah

Cameron Bailey

Belk McDill

Josh Moore

 


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