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Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 20:20.
When students think of heroes they never really think of the ordinary students that they go to school with. When I think of a super hero I think of a Super Sophomore. This sophomore would have the athleticism of Paul Whiteman, the intelligence of Laura Hein, and the humor and leadership of Parker Roach. So when you put all this together you get SUPER SOPHOMORE (pictured right)!!
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Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 19:57.

Super heroes usually have lots of different powers like x-ray vision, telepathy, super strength, and several other things. When you think of superheroes you think of Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Ironman, Flash, and Rogue. But not all people are like superheroes most are just normal. But when you put them together they make a Super Sophomore. Kristina Halvorson's intelligence, Mickell Maller's way with words, and Rachel Brown's eyes.

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Hybrid Freshmen

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 19:57.

Now a days all you hear about are hybrid things, like: the new hybrid cars that run on electricity or a new type of hybrid breed of an animal. Now what if it was possible to make a hybrid freshman student? How would this person think, look, and act around others? Well we put the hair of Kim Allen, the intelligence of Natalie Wallace and the humor of Shylo Dooley.

I call this person Kim Wallooley.


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Kodi Whitevich: HybridSophomore

Submitted by dlower on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 19:52.
In today's society hybrid is a popular word.  The thing that usually comes to mind when hybrid is mentioned is a car that runs on electric power in addition to the usual gasoline powersource.  Well, what if we could choose the perfect sophomore combination? What would that person look like, act like, think like?  In this write-up the choice was the athletic ability of Paul Whiteman, the kindness of Chantel Szlavich and the intelligence of Kodi Dyer.  We'll call this hybrid student Kodi Whitevich.
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Submitted by dlower on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 19:15.

When people think of superheroes their minds go to thoughts of Wolverine, Wonderwoman, and Batman among others. Of course Superman who is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, crash through any obstacle and exhibit xray vision must be added to the list. But in this writeup we are talking about SuperJunior. What would SuperJunior at VHS look like? Well in this case SuperJunior would have the perseverance, work ethic and intelligence of Souvanny Miller, the humor of Zach Dillon and the physical prowess of Collin Moeller, put the three together and you get SuperJunior (pictured left).

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Alternative Education as a career option

Submitted by dlower on Wed, 06/03/2009 - 17:06.

Kristi Pierce 


Today I interviewed Mrs. Wilcoxen because she is my favorite teacher. I think her job is wonderful. She helps students every year to graduate and she also puts up with a lot of angry students, but what teacher doesn’t?    

Now she is not just any regular teacher she is an alternative ed teacher. When students fail a class they retake it in her class, so they have the opportunity to graduate. Mrs. Wilcoxen says her job is like being a teacher with total freedom. Some decisions she has to make everyday are consequences for students, how her class is run and organization throughout the day.Her favorite part about her job is her students. Her least favorite job is correcting papers on time. Even though “Family Guy” can be important too sometimes.

Some of things that have changed while she has been working are job security.  She has been teaching for 14 years now. And that is a long time and a lot of experience. Before that she went to college for 4 years and got her teaching degree. Well actually it took her 10 years to complete four years. She went to the University of Oregon and when she first went she failed miserably and after a while she noticed she was not getting anywhere so she had to finish two more years which were paid for by the government. The advancement to being a teacher would be becoming a principal and getting more money. But she does not want to do that because she does not work for the money. And she is too sweet to punish students so harshly.           

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Spring Fliiing!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 19:44.

On May 29th the school had some fun in the sun with Spring Fling. It was a day filled with snow cones, clown cars, barbeques, and the teacher/student softball game. There were other activities, Mrs. Willard had a volleyball net out and some kids put a football game together.

There were things to do inside if you weren't a fan of the sun. Mrs. Riley had movies playing in her room all day, she had Iron Man, Wall-E And others. The mods were filled with video games. The two history rooms (Baker and Brown) had the Wii and Xbox 360. Wilcoxen had pancakes in her room all day, with chocolate chips in them. Right across from that there was a Kareokie room in Mr. Izett's Room.

The big event ended with the teacher/student softball game. The teachers did pretty well during the duration of the game, but the students had talent that couldn't be reached. So I would say it was a very good day for Vernonia.

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Memorable sevice

Submitted by dlower on Wed, 05/27/2009 - 22:08.
According to Synda Allen, Memorial Day at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetary wouldn't have been the same without the services of Danyell Freeman, Frank Heselton and Rachel Wilcoxen.  Vernonia Memorial Cemetary is located at 2080 Bridge Street in Vernonia, Oregon.‎  Every year the arduous task of erecting the cemetary flags for proper display at the cemetary goes to Synda Allen (director of the cemetary), her husband and any volunteers they can get to commit to the occasion.  The 20 foot poles on which the flags are mounted take a lot of manipulation to place in the ground properly.  According to Allen the three volunteers from Vernonia High School along with her and her husband completed the work of the usual 15 volunteers required to pull off the proper placement of the flags.  After several hours of work Vernonia High School senior Danyell Freeman, sophomore Frank Heselton, and VHS Service Coordinator Rachel Wilcoxen (also AEP Instructor) completed their work which aided in preparing the local cemetary for Memorial Day.   
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Women's job fair

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 19:22.
On May 16th, there was a Women In Trades job fair in the Portland area. A number of female students from Vernonia High School attended the event. It was pretty fun. We got to do all sorts of fun workshops like building birdhouses, making chalkboards, planting flowers, and other fun activities. There were also a lot of colleges represented. One of the best activities available at the fair was the ability to walk around and see the different jobs they have in the trades for women. It's very useful for today's female students as they can find out the different trades so they can see the different courses that colleges offer.
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Career Day 2009

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/18/2009 - 19:51.
On May 15th Vernonia High School hosted a very fun career day. There were speakers from over 40 different vocations represented.. Some of the jobs were plumbing, coast guard, and firefighting but that's just a taste of the fun experienced by the VHS student body. Some of the speakers gave away free stuff which really got your attention. After the fair we had a raffle ticket drawing. That was fun as well.  Most everyone had an enjoyable experience.  Special thanks go to Mrs. Beth Kintz, Mr. Cecil Fellas and Mrs. Dana Hyde for all their work in putting this day together. 
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Improving your brain

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 19:00.
 Ever wondered what the best food for your brain is? Better yet ever wondered what types of foods would increase your mind's reactions, what’s better for it? If you wanted your brain to have better short term memory drinking coffee actually enhances your brain's ability to remember things faster in a period of time, please don't drink coffee until you reach at least the age of 15 (we would recommend waiting even longer). It helps you pay more attention, as well adding to your problem solving skills. To have better long term memory eat  blueberries-  the antioxidants in blueberries help protect the brain from free-radical damage and helps you from getting Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases. They also help improve your translation of things and thinking. Wild blueberries have even more brain booster in them than domestic ones. To think faster eating salmon or mackerel will help. As gross as this may sound the fatty acids found in fatty fishes are a main building block of brain tissue, so they’ll improve your thinking quickly. They are rich in Niacin which helps slow the rate of cognitive decline.  If you’re having a long day and just need some energy, instead of having a really unhealthy energy drink eat a high protein salad with vinaigrette. The oil in the dressing will help slow down digestion of protein and carbs in a salad, which will stablize your blood sugar levels and keep your energy levels high. If you’re having a stressful day and just need to calm down eating low-fat yogurt or mixed nuts will help. The lysine in them helps your stress hormones to feel more relaxed and therefore letting you calm down. The best way to concentrate when you’re trying to study for a test or anything is drinking peppermint tea. The scent of peppermint helps you focus and boosts performance. It also helps drivers be more alert and less anxious.



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Allee Chadek was my top choice for CRLE

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 19:34.
My top choice for CRLE Project was Allee Chadek. Her project is on equine veterinary. She job shadowed a vet whose horse had a nail go through its hoof resulting in an incredible hands on experience. She got to see what they did, where the animal goes after surgery, and looked at the facility of where they recover.    My second choice was Tricia levenseller. Her project is on how to write a book. She made up her own characters and went step by step on how to do it. It was very easy to understand and the characters sounded realistic by the way she described them.    My third choice was Tara Ostrander: Her project is on teaching.
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Top 3 senior projects

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 19:25.
 1) Tyler Owen worked on making a granite table. He made a poster describing how and what to do for the project. He included pictures of the work process and the finished table. He had also brought a finished table in. It was perfectly made.  

2) Amber Eastlick was working on photography. She put two well taken photos of her and Cody Smith in a frame. She also included an impressing photo album.

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Amber Eastlick is my top choice for CRLE

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/10/2009 - 18:35.

By Genesis Castro

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The life of a writer

Submitted by dlower on Fri, 04/10/2009 - 18:21.

Informational Interview for "Career Exploration 2" by Tricia Levenseller

Practice makes perfect, and this is true for everything that we do.  Anybody that is committed to being good at anything must continually work at it.  It may be repetitive and annoying, but greatness can only be achieved as we endeavor to master ourselves in the art of our choice.

Writers especially, are faced with this concept.  Nobody is born literate.  It is something that takes time and effort. 

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