by Abby Eads
This past week the Erie High School National Honors Society (NHS) came up with an idea for a way to bring awareness to several worthy causes in a short amount of time. They called it Awareness Week! The idea behind Awareness Week is everyday the whole student body would wear a color for a specific day and perform activities, all to represent a specific condition or problem people should be aware of. During each day, the students wearing the daily colors were asked to go into the gym to take a group photo showing the fact that they are aware. The whole week was a success! The events that happened are as follows:
On Monday the color was orange, representing Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Each student was given the opportunity to come to a table set up in front of the concessions to receive a slip of paper informing them of MS and cut out a snowflake to tie in with the final line of their informational handouts “No two cases are the same, just as no two snowflakes are the same!”
“Something none of us can avoid is our minds. The power of our brain allows us to do amazing things, but even it is prone to disabilities” stated Erin Stichter. On Tuesday, students were invited to wear green to represent mental illness, and when they walked in the door, they received a slip of paper and a donut (covered in lots of green sprinkles, might I add).
Lavender was the color of the day on Wednesday, representing all cancers. Wednesday’s slogan was “Cancer sucks!!!” During lunch, Erin Stichter, the mastermind behind Awareness Week, went around from table to table with suckers and handouts informing everyone about the various different types of cancers.
A day that wasn't too hard to dress up for was Thursday! Everyone wore red, white and blue, representing everyone in the military and the first responders. These are people who serve our country and our community. “To all military and first responders that selflessly give of themselves day after day… LET’S NOT FORGET TO SAY “THANK YOU”!” Lunch was the time to head to the fold-up table to get the daily handout and sign a tie blanket going to Jane Keag, a first responder in Erie, to show our support.
Friday was the last day of Awareness Week, and everyone wore gray to support children with disabilities. “Spread your smile through a Christmas card to one of these children. Be the reason someone smiles today.” In order to spread some Christmas cheer, students signed Christmas cards to be sent to Walter Lawson Children’s Home in Loves Park, IL.
When questioned about Awareness Week, Makayla Dornbush stated “It was fun.” When Erin Stichter, the Awareness Week coordinator, was asked whether she'd like it to become a reoccuring event in years to come, she said “I think this week would be a good reminder to High School students for the years to come. You could do a lot of different things with an Awareness Week.” In conclusion, Erin stated that: “the Awareness Week was not meant to be stressful for anyone, I just wanted it to be laid back and a good reminder for all the students. We had really good participation by the student body and I think is was a successful week.”
by Jasmine Bentley
Twelve students from Erie High School went on a college visit on November 29th to Western Illinois University, or WIU. Among these students, there was at least one person from each grade level. The occupational diversity within the students helped to show the variety in majors that WIU holds. We toured the campus, ate in the cafeteria, and had a really good time.
When we first arrived at the campus, we listened to an hour speech about the school, how to get in, and all of the majors. There are two campuses. One is in the Quad Cities and the other, the main campus, is in Macomb, Illinois. On the Quad Cities campus, there are sixteen majors. A few would be Communication, Management, and Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.
On the main campus, there are over sixty majors and fifty minors. Some of the majors are Biochemistry, Sports Broadcasting, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, and Mechanical Engineering. A few minors that WIU offers are Neuroscience, Agricultural Economics, Fisheries, and Scuba Diving. There is more to do at WIU besides just going to classes and doing homework, there are more than 250 ways to get involved with the school.
Sports are a big deal for WIU, a few teams they have are baseball, men and women’s basketball, football, and volleyball. They are all Division One sports. You can also study abroad at Western: Haiti, Italy, and Spain are a few countries that have been visited in the past few years. There are also many job opportunities around campus that we noticed: desk assistant, librarian, and tour guide were a few.
Three interesting things about the Macomb campus would be the hotline, the night walkers, and the emergency help boxes. The hotline is a number that was created by the psychology students that is open from 8:00pm to 3:00am that students can call if they are feeling overly stressed or down. There are others students and adults that answer these calls and help the caller. The night walkers are a group of people that can be called anywhere on campus and walk students, that are afraid to walk alone, wherever they need to go. Even though WIU has a safe campus, this is a precaution for people who are afraid to be alone. There are over fifty emergency help boxes on the Macomb campus. People can push the button on the box and the campus police can be at that location within ten to thirty seconds. They have not been used much but it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Freshman attending WIU have to live on campus. After the first year, students have the option to live on campus but do not need to. There are three freshman dormitories: Tanner, Henninger, and Bayliss. The upper residence halls are Corbin-Olson, Lincoln-Washington, Thompson, and Caroline-Grote. Most of the buildings rotate male to female on each floor. Corbin-Olsen does have a gender fluid floor.
Overall, WIU was a very interesting school with a lot of opportunities for its students. The campus was beautiful. The dormitories were good looking. The campus had a very relaxing and happy feel to it. I personally think that it would be a very good school to attend.
In a first hour English class, a few seniors decided to surprise their new teacher, Mr. Abbott. Students wanted to surprise him with a little christmas cheer to welcome him for the holidays. They set up a Christmas tree, holiday lights, and decorative art that the students colored themselves.
by Jasmine Bentley
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many people within the United States. It is a day to celebrate and remember what people are thankful for. It is also to commemorate the dinner between the pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621. This is a time for families to get together and be genuinely happy. There are many traditions that are a part of Thanksgiving.
If you were to ask people what they are thankful for, most would say family. This is why the first tradition is so important. Getting the entire family together happens to be a lot of people’s favorite part of Thanksgiving because they can see family members that they weren’t able to see throughout the year. Throughout the week of Thanksgiving, some families write down what they are thankful for and then, during the feast, they are able to tell them to the important people in their lives.
This holiday also helps many people realize the benefit of being grateful and having gratitude towards others. Gratitude is a contagious attitude and once it starts, it is hard to stop. Families learn that you have to give thanks in all circumstances because there will always be some good. People are more likely to give during this time. One way is giving food to those who are unable to afford it or that do not have a family to dine with.
When people think of Thanksgiving, then often think of the surplus of food that is prepared and served during this time. Another name for Thanksgiving is Turkey Day. The reason being that most families serve turkey and/or ham with many sides. A few sides would be cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, bread rolls, and dessert. One of the most common dessert would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
All and all, Thanksgiving is not all about food. It is mostly about spending time with important people in your life. It is a time for families to get together and share a meal together. Gratitude is thrown around like confetti during this time. It is contagious and could be the reason for someone’s best day. There are many foods that are served and eaten. Happy Thanksgiving from Cardinal Chronicle!
by JoHannah Ruff
Thanksgiving is, arguably, one of the greatest times of the year. You spend time with your loved ones, and express your thanks. Everyone is thankful for something, and at EHS, a few of the students spoke about what mean a lot to them.
Emily Jenkins is thankful for…
Mr. Rickels was also asked what he will be doing over his break, and he stated he will be traveling to his hometown, Monticello, Iowa, for a Thanksgiving dinner that he is celebrating with his Mother and his brother. He will also be coaching basketball, and visiting with his kids over break.
Lastly, freshman Sarah Otten was asked what she will be doing over her break. She plans on eating lots of food, catching up on sleep, and spending time with her family.
While you are thinking of what you’re thankful for during break, remember to thank the ones in your life who give your life meaning.
by Abby Eads
In light of recent college visits, it was decided that a motivational “get your college life together” article needed to be put together and published so those that don't know where to go for information will have something to refer to during their search for careers and colleges after high school.
There’s a ‘life after high school’ type of checklist for both seniors and juniors on the ecusd.info website. Just go to aforementioned address, and click on the tabs in the order listed here: high school, counselor, college career info. There you will find many resources from the guidance office, including the website bigfuture.collegeboard.org. This particular website Mrs. Ramos would recommend everyone look at. Going there is a great way to discover new colleges you may be interested in and maybe narrowing down your list of interests.
Below is a summary of listed suggestions from the guidance office for both juniors and seniors.
Mrs. Ramos also spoke about her going into English classes later in the year to talk about preparations for college, as well as there being a junior college night for parents and students. The summer between your junior and senior year is prime time for visiting colleges because decisions need to be made soon. Mrs. Ramos also mentioned there being group college visits in the future, like Western Illinois on November 29 and ISU in April.
A good way to get a better understanding of what you need to be thinking about when all this prep comes around is know what other people may be thinking about it. When asked what their plans for college were, these two student seemed to have it all handled. Melanie Gustaf, a Junior, said that once she graduates she’s planning on attending Southern Illinois University. She has visited multiple colleges, and when asked about her feelings of the Southern campus she stated that the campus is beautiful. They have nice dorms, good majors, and really cool professors. She’s preparing to go by looking at all the pre-reqs so she can get them out of the way and start on her major as soon as possible. The reason why she had originally developed interest in Southern Illinois University was because they are one of the best schools in the country for radiological science, and she’s interested in a career in ultrasound tech.
Another student, Ana Pearl (Senior), states that she'll be going to Blackhawk East for two years after graduating this spring. Then she’ll transfer to NIU and “hopefully” she’ll be accepted into veterinary school. She chose her career because she loves animals and knows that she wouldn’t enjoy being a doctor to people. She chose Blackhawk East because she knew she needed to go somewhere in state (so she wouldn’t have to deal with out-of-state tuition) and it’s close to home (about an hour and then some away). She’s choosing to go to NIU later because she’s had family members attend and recommend it to her. The programs are great and she enjoys the campus.
The Junior class recently (November 17) went on a trip to Sauk Valley Community College to learn more about certain career types. They were able to talk to people within their chosen professions and ask about what their career is like. This is another thing to help get you prepared for college: if you don’t know what you'd like to go to school for, look for things that interest you and research them and maybe talk to people who've been in those careers before as well.
by JoHannah Ruff
Meet The Cardinals is always exciting for everyone involved. It’s and exciting event with an atmosphere packed with pride. This night was a preview of the Cardinal basketball season this year. This night featured all of the season’s basketball players, cheerleaders and dancers.
Meet the Cards took place last Friday, November 10th. The first event of the night was introducing the freshman and sophomore boys that will be playing on the Fresh-Soph basketball team this season. After the introductions, the boys scrimmaged against each other!The Fresh-Soph cheerleading squad cheered on the boys while they played with their usual enthusiasm! Following the first round of scrimmaging, the dance team was given their introduction.
After the boys scrimmaged the Fresh-Soph girls team played against the Varsity girls basketball teams, who were introduced prior to scrimmaging. I spoke with EHS Junior, Jenna Saad, about what she was excited for in this upcoming season. “I’m excited to have a successful, upbeat, season of us playing together!”. We’re excited to see what Jenna and her teammates accomplish this season!
Lastly, the cheerleaders (F/S and Varsity) were introduced. After this, all dancers and
cheerleaders performed the school song, and the crowd sang along. Then the Varsity boys were
introduced, followed by another scrimmage. The Varsity cheer squad encouraged the boys from the sidelines as they practiced against each other in preparation for the season.
Meet the Cards was a great time, and we are excited to see what our dedicated Cardinals will do this season!
Ethan Homeyer recently wrote an essay called, "The Energy of Life". He told me that he was very proud of how hard he worked on this paper and how it actually turned out. Take a look for yourself!
English Comp. 101
22nd Sep. 2017
The Energy of Life
Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt sick? Have you ever been with a friend and could just tell something was wrong, and you really weren't sure how you knew? Have you ever gotten a chill down your spine? All of these sensations can be easily explained. Many believe that all living things, including humans, are made up of energy. We have a certain kind of energy inside of us, an energy field of sorts, surrounding us. This energy field is sometimes called an aura. It’s understandable that to most people, the word aura can relate to psychics and New Age pot smoking hippies, but there is much more to the so called auras. They actually have a lot more to stand on than what you think. In fact, I firmly believe that the aura is a physical energy field that can be seen, felt, and measured.
An aura is basically an invisible energy field that surrounds us all the time. There are many people today from around the world that claim to see auras. The main corporate of these claims are psychic mediums. Psychic mediums are basically people who say they can see energy and are able to “read people” and heal people by using energy. Some people believe in the psychic's ability to read and manipulate energy to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Many believe this is a spiritual gift given to certain people by God, others believe that what they are seeing is the energy of the Universe and believe that we are all connected by this common energy and driving force. Many even connect auras with angels. Along with all of the spiritual explanations to auras and seeing auras, there is also a more concrete psychological explanation to auras.
Several neuropsychologists claim that the ability to see auras can be explained by synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition, which affects about 4% of the world’s population, when a stimulation of one cognitive pathway leads to another automatic stimulation of another sensory pathway. Basically these people have their wires crossed. Some people say they can taste numbers and some say that they associate a certain color to certain people. That last example is a lot like seeing auras. People who see auras see many different colored energies around people. One of the best connections between the ‘New Age’ look on auras and the psychological explanation would be Esteban. Esteban is a healer from Spain who claims to feel others pain (more on that later) and see auras. People from the University of Granada can to examine him and found something amazing: not only did they find traces of mirror touch synesthesia (which means he actually feel other people’s pain), but they also found he has face-color synesthesia as well. This means that certain facial expressions are associated with a certain color. So with a combination of some synesthesia, high empathy, and his spiritual connection, Esteban has really been able to heal a lot of people.
Energy fields can not only be seen, but they can be felt. The kind of energy you carry around varies depending on your emotions, overall mood and attitude. Has anyone told you that you seem really positive some days, and on your off days you seem kinda negative? Well that’s kinda how energies work, just like opposite poles on a magnet, your energy field has different poles. Positive and negative. These varying energies can be felt by some people and can be transferred. The people who are able to feel others’ emotions (energies) are called Empaths. Imagine having extreme empathy for everyone 24/7. These people can feel others’ emotions and pain as if it's their own. Something like this might seem crazy, but many psychologist have supported the idea of Empaths (they are also know as highly sensitive people or hsp or short). Think of Empaths as energy sponges. They absorb others energies around them, and it sometimes can be overwhelming. I know because I’ve had these experiences before. My sophomore year in high school was really hard for me. I would have so many anxiety and panic attacks for what seemed like no apparent reason. I couldn’t figure out what was triggering it. I was sad a lot and overall just drained of energy. So I went to see a psychological therapist and she wasn’t really sure what was going on either, until one day she introduced me to the idea of Empaths. I was intrigued and skeptical, so I did some research on my own. I was amazed and relieved at what I found. It all made sense. I would have panic attacks in a large chaotic crowds because of the sensory overload I was getting. I would walk into a room and suddenly feel my stomach churn and flip, only to find out someone in the room was sick. Whenever I would get really sad for no reason I would get ahold of all my friends and family, and nine times out of ten something was going on with someone else. Learning about Empaths has helped me so much and I was able to control what I was feeling. I learned to use this ‘ability’ I have, and I think I’ve been able to truly help people. I know several other people who have had experiences like this. So I firmly believe that it is possible for people to feel others emotions and pain. I think it’s possible for anyone to have this ability. All we’re doing is feeling others energy, our life source.
Energy fields aren’t just strange mystical auras that can be seen and felt by some people, they are a physical part of our biology and it affects us physically. Our very cells and tissues generate electromagnetic fields while they are working or sustain us. For example Rupert Sheldrake theorized that a morphic unit, the physical development unit (cluster of cells) that will later become a tissue or an organ, has an energy field around it that helps form it into tissues. These are called Morphogenetic Fields. This theory helps explain why things like emotions and certain behaviors and talents can be hereditary. We aren’t just passing down our genes, we are passing down our very energy, that spark that makes us who we are. An Etheric Field is just a fancy term for an aura. But more specifically it is suggested that every living thing from cells to plants to humans has an Etheric Field. This is also known as our subtle body. Think of it as an invisible extension of our bodies that allow us to grow, according to Barbara Brennan. This theory also suggests that this energy field exists even before a cell has completely developed. There are many other theories involving the existence of human energy fields, and many of them suggest that this energy field is an open layered system. This means that there are specific layers to this energy field and these layers are ever changing as we grow. So it seems like it is possible to look at and measure these energy fields. In fact, people have tried it before. Dr. Walter Kilner examined the aura in 1911 using colored filters and a kind of coal tar. He discovered what looked like three zones of energy. The energy that was the closed to the skin was darker than the layers away from the skin. He also observed subtle changes in the energy when the person he was observing had a change in mood, or when they came back to re-examine the energy and the person being looked at had a slight change in their health. Sure, there isn’t a lot there, but it just goes to show that it very well might be possible since we already know about Morphogenetic Fields.
There is evidence that supports the claim that we have a human energy field with our being and surrounding us. It’s possible that people are able to see, feel, and interact with these energies. It’s pretty amazing. If we are able to learn more about these energy field we could learn more about ourselves, our bodies, and ourselves. We could make so many health advances just by learning how to manipulate this energy that we possess, just like how Esteban is able to heal the people he meets. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately not many people are willing to open their minds to this new idea in spirituality, psychology, and biology. This is quite a controversial topic. But if we as a society are willing to open up to this new idea, good things are sure to come.
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by JoHannah Ruff
When you think of school spirit, what comes to mind? Do you think of face paint, bandanas, and tutus? Do you think of a mascot? Whatever you think of when you hear school spirit, it’s an important part of our school or any school and is greatly appreciated by student athletes and coaches. Going to a sporting event in our community and cheering our team on is definitely noticed by the athletes and the entire school!
School spirit is a positive attitude for students and teachers to have about events that occur in their school. There are many ways that students and teachers can become involved while supporting these events, other than just showing up. Students can go all out in their school colors by using body/face paint, tutus and bandanas that represent pride for our school colors. Sometimes students even use even morph suits. For the Erie-Panther homecoming football game, one of Erie’s students, Ryan Osborne, dressed in a panther mascot suit and paired it with a black morph suit! Apparel like this is a great representation of school spirit!
Earlier this year a poll was conducted, asking high school students if they generally prefer to cheer on volleyball, football, or basketball. There was a total of 46 votes: 22% chose volleyball, 43% chose football, and 35% chose basketball. Regardless, all of our Cardinal and Panther sports are loved by many
One of the most impactful sources of school spirit from students is the Rage in the Cage, or “Rage” for short. There is an interesting history behind the Rage. It was founded by one of Erie’s own staff members, Mr. Brad Storm. He had the idea in high school, and it has expanded since. Our students love being a part of the Rage, and they all actively participate! The Rage is a huge part of our school, and it gives a lot of personality to our student body while still showcasing student individuality. I spoke with an active Rage member, Caden Swift (EHS Senior), and asked if he sees himself as a role model for underclassmen to have more school spirit. Swift replied: “Yes. As being Rage leader for football games and volleyball games, I feel like I set the tone… I’m sure it will be a lot different next year if we co-op, but it should encourage more kids to come out and cheer!”. And he is right, if we do end up joining all sports with Prophetstown, our student and faculty should feel more encouraged to participate in showing school spirit more often!
School spirit is something that our school shows greatly, and we can’t wait to see how it continues
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by Trevor Henry
The current co-op between Erie and Prophetstown was established in 1998, with the intent of a powerful and mutually beneficial setup for both schools in athletics, according to Erie High School’s principal Mr. McConnell. “I believe the current co-op provides opportunity that allow students to participate in activities that we wouldn’t be able to facilitate if it was only Erie,” he stated in a recent interview. He continued with “I personally feel that a full co-op will solidify the future of current activities that we host, due to the fact that the current numbers of athletes are showing a dramatic downward trend by student athletes. Including scholastic bowl, not only athletics, academic bowl, co-op classes together, such as those we offer but they don't vice versa. I.e. Ag program building trades wielding class.” When asked if it included organizations, such as band and choir, he states that all activities will be on the table; however, there still needs to be a lot of discussion about logistics. The Three Rivers Conference voted to allow Erie and Prophetstown to go into a full co-op on October 5th, and the Erie school board approved a full co-op agreement on October 23rd. If the Prophetstown school board votes to co-op, there will be a new agreement that will put all activities under one umbrella.
In an Interview conducted with Eric Robinson from Prophetstown, he stated his feelings toward the current co-op: “I feel it is great, but at the same time it’s bad because it’s only in certain sports. What I mean is, we make friendships in the sports that are combined and then we play against each other. Those friendships turn into rivalries when we play against each other in sports not under the co-op.” Eric is for the schools to co-op their activities, he stated that he feels the schools co-oping would be a good idea in another ten years! He stated the co-op helped him make friendships he otherwise would not have had, and feels it would be a great idea so students can be playing with each other for more than two seasons. Eric feels it would bring Erie and Prophetstown students closer and it would make the team stronger.
In a recent survey that the Chronicle conducted, about 97% of EHS students said that they like the co-op currently how it is or would like more sports in it. A majority of Cardinal athletes said that they would also participate in their sport even under a co-op. 45 out of 65 Panther athletes stated they enjoyed being in a sport with Prophetstown athletes, while 50 out of 64 Panther athletes stated they believe sports are better in the co-op when referring to athletics, sportsmanship, and team strength. That same number also said that they had made friendships they would not have made without the co-op. When questioning only Panther and Cardinal athletes a vast majority of them had said that their time in the co-op sports were positive.
In the final section of the survey Basketball and Basketball dance had 41% of people wanting to co-op it, following was Volleyball, then Scholastic Bowl. 21% of people are wanting to combine the music programs and 23% wanting to combine the dual credit classes. Only 29 people out of the 101 surveyed found people didn’t want to combine anything at all. Some of the comments gotten from the survey are “I believe we should co-op because without it, we (won’t) have sports teams in a couple of years.” However, another student said “I simply just don’t want to have to bus back and forth and I like my Erie teammates. I haven’t played any Panther sports yet, so my stubbornness might change. Our numbers a really low for volleyball and basketball, which makes playing for a freshman like me a lot more fun because it makes me feel more needed on the court.” Another comment taking this stance was “It’s fine how it is, if we co-op anything else we will have a bigger bench that the coaches won’t play at all.” From many people across the school they have said that the basketball and volleyball teams on both sides don’t have very many people on them, and that without the co-op, the freshmen that get to play now won’t be able to if there is no one wanting to do those sports we haven’t gone into a co-op yet.