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  • would you describe Wonderful Town to someone who doesnt know the show? Its a story about two young and beautiful girls from Ohio who go to New York City chasing their dreams and in the process, get pushed around and caught up in the action, and Ill try not to spoil anything else!

    Q. Was there anything that sur-prised you in creating a produc-tion? e freedom that the actors have. ere are a lot of little nuances within the show and characters that allows us to turn the characters... into a liv-ing person.

    Q. Tell me about your process in becoming Baker. Well a really good tip that Mr. Sherman gives us is to think about our characters motivation and why they say what they are saying, so think-ing about that and shifting my morals and ideas to Bobs ideas has been the most challenging part but also the most fun.

    Q. Whats your favorite thing about playing bob Baker?I like that he shows a change in character. Its interesting to see how certain interactions mold a persons outlook and I think it takes a humble and genuine guy like Bob for that to take place.

    Q. What would you say are the most im-portant thingS that go into a stage production? Memorizing lines. When we made the transi-tion from being on book to o book, the re-lationships between characters became more genuine.

    q. What kind of audience would enjoy this show? Everyone! e show has so many fun char-acters and if you like singing and dancing it is de nitely your show!

    Wonderful TownTHe 2015-2016 WHHS Theater Senior High Musical

    SENIOR Sam Riber decided to try something new this year: the-atre. For most of his life, he played sports but the arts are not new to him. He plays guitar, piano, and sings in Senior Ensemble and Chamber Choir. In Wonderful Town, Riber will be playing the princi-pal character Robert Baker, a New YorkCity magazine editor with lost dreams.

    e student produced newspaper of Walnut Hills High SchoolVolume CX, Issue 5 ursday, November 5, 2015

    SAM RIBER would you describe Wonderful Town to someone who doesnt know the show?

    Its a story about two young and beautiful girls from Ohio who go to New York City chasing their dreams and in the process, get pushed around and caught up in the action, and Ill try not to spoil anything else!

    Q. Was there anything that sur-prised you in creating a produc-tion?

    e freedom that the actors have. ere are a lot of little nuances within the show and characters that allows us to turn the characters... into a liv-ing person.

    Q. Tell me about your process in becoming Baker.

    Well a really good tip that Mr. Sherman gives us is to think about our characters motivation and why they say what they are saying, so think-ing about that and shifting my morals and ideas to Bobs ideas has been the most challenging part but also the most fun.

    Q. Whats your favorite thing about playing bob Baker?

    I like that he shows a change in character. Its interesting to see how certain interactions mold a persons outlook and I think it takes a humble and genuine guy like Bob for that to take

    Q. What would you say are the most im-portant thingS that go into a stage production?

    Memorizing lines. When we made the transi-tion from being on book to o book, the re-lationships between characters became more genuine.

    q. What kind of audience would enjoy this show?

    Everyone! e show has so many fun char-acters and if you like singing and dancing it is de nitely your show!

    City magazine editor with lost dreams.


    SENIOR Maddie Eaton is far from new to the Walnut Hills stage. Eaton has played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Kattrin in Mother Courage and Her Children and has won Cappies for her roles as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Ado Annie in Oklahoma!. In, Wonderful Town, she plays Ruth Sherwood, a bright and young Ohio journalist trying to make it big in New York City.

    Q. Tell me about Wonderful Town. Its the complete opposite from Sweeney Todd. While [Sweeney Todd] was dark and mysterious, Wonderful Town is fun and lighthearted.

    Q. What was your first experience in theater?Seventh grade. I was Helena from A Midsummers Night

    Dream.Q. What have your favorite roles been, and why? Playing Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd. It was insane. It was special to me because, at the time, I didnt know if I wanted to continue theatre, and it really made me think about the future.

    Q: WHat do you intend to Do in the future?Before Sweeney Todd, I didnt know if I wanted to turn acting into a career. Now Ive been looking at some great theatre programs at University of Michigan. ey have a really good musical theatre program, and Id like to double major in that and international studies.

    Q. What do you think is the most important thing that goes into

    a production?Every single person has to be committed, and ready to take it seriously. If they dont, it disrupts the whole ow of the production.

    Q: Tell me about working with Mr. Sherman.

    Hes an excellent director. He has a very lenient style of directing and is organized down to the minute. Hes a hard worker and that encourages us to work even


    Q. How have the people in theater affected your experi-

    ences? You have to have a good relationship with everyone you work with, and you have to learn to be mature and dedi-cated, or just a really good actor if you cant.

    Q. What kind of audience would en-joy this show? I dont think its for any one person. Its for anyone who wants to laugh and have fun.

    DISCLAIMER: SENIOR Veronica Victa, Fine Arts Section Editor for The Chatterbox, is a cast member of Wonder-ful Town and Managing Editor of Design, Augusta Battoclette is a memeber of the crew.

    Maddie Eaton


    Emily Glazer,17Tatyana Woodall,17

  • Ibrahim Munir, 19Matthew Youkilis, 19

    Thirty students huddled togeth-er in the corner of a classroom at 8:25 am on Oct. 20. Over the public address system, Principal Jeffrey Brokamp prepared students for an active shooter drill. The first in Walnut Hills High Schools history, this drill addresses the issue of gun violence, a widely debated topic amongst citizens in the United States and members of the Walnut Hills Community.In the second amendment, the le-gality of owning and bearing arms is described. It states, A well regulated Mili-tia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the peo-ple to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. In recent years, the amendment has sparked controversy among many individuals who have inter-preted it in different ways. Presidential candidate Ben Car-son said, I would never advocate


    anything to interfere with Sec-ond Amendment rights. We have to keep in mind that law-abiding American citizens absolutely should have gun rights. However, others believe that citizens do not have the right to bear arms. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, Were way out of balance. I think that weve got to reign in what has become an al-most article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime. And I dont believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. Some students at Walnut also have an opinion on the issue. Re-ece Boggs, 19, said, I think for certain guns we need more con-trol like assault weapons. But there shouldnt be more control on things like handguns. The issue of gun control has become very prevalent in the news because of the rising number of mass shootings that occur every year.

    Based on a study conducted by the FBI, there were 160 active shooter incidents between 2000-2013. The FBI defined active shooters as individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to

    kill people in populated areas (ex-cluding shootings related to gang or drug violence). The number of incidents has risen from 11 from 2000-2002 to 48 from 2011-2013. Recently, a shooting that re-sulted in nine people being killed at Umpqua Community College

    in Oregon became a national news story. In June, nine died in a shoot-ing that was believed to be racially motivated at an African American Church in Charleston, South Car-olina. There have also been many school shootings in the past few years. Twenty first grade students and six adults were killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elemen-tary School in 2012. In 2007, thirty-two students were killed at Virginia Tech University. These shootings have led to the rise of precautions such as active shooter drills in schools. Social Studies teacher Elizabeth Ormsby said, I do believe that there are too many avenues to get weapons. Ormsby said, I think people do have a right to bear arms. However, I think there needs to be more protocol established in background checks for people who want guns. Brad Dillman, who teaches AP United States Government, AP Comparative Government and

    April 20, 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two seniors at Columbine High School, devised an elaborate plan to kill students and staff. This plan included a fire bomb to divert firefighters, pro-pane tanks converted to bombs which were placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and bombs rigged in cars. They murdered 12 students and one teacher and in-

    jured an additional 21 people.

    April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide. This shooting sparked intense debate about gun violence, gun laws and

    other issues.

    December 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff at Sandy Hook Elemen-tary. This was the deadliest mass shooting in at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second deadliest mass shoot-ing committed by a single per-son in U.S. history. This shooting prompted renewal of the debate of

    gun control in the U.S.

    October 1, 2015: Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer shot and killed ten and injured seven at Umpqua Community College. He killed himself after exchanging gunfire with deputies. Some reports say that this shooting was targeted

    specifically at Christians.

    Action against active shootersEconomics at Walnut, said Im pro-Second Amendment, and so I believe that people should be al-lowed to have the right to bear arms. Dillman said, Criminals should not have guns. He believes that when politicians address the issue, they need to be against crimi-nals having guns. Like Boggs, many students have an opinion on the issue. SENIOR Griffin Daly said, Access to guns is a bad thing and can make bad situ-ations worse. Throwing more guns at anything never helps. Daly believes that we need to limit access to guns and regulate them more effectively. Instances of gun violence have affected other schools in the Cin-cinnati area. On Oct. 29, a foot-ball game at Taft High School was moved because of shootings near the school the previous day. Ormsby said, I believe that [gun violence] is something that we need to take very seriously. We need to be prepared in all circum-stances.

    I think people do have a right to bear arms. However, I think there needs to be more proto-col established in back-ground checks for peo-ple who want guns. -Elizabeth Ormsby




  • Sports 3

    Aaron Espelage, 18

    Game speed! Game Speed! head coach Adam Lazar said to his Womens Varsity Bas-ketball team at their first practice of the year. Two years ago the Lady Eagles won the 2014 ECC Championship and are coming off of a tough season last year. Lazar is ex-pecting a conference championship this year and said, All I care about is hanging ban-ners.

    Winning a championship is hard and to hang another one this season captains need to fulfill their end of the bargain Lazar said. SENIOR Captain Khira Burton wants to fulfill her end of the bargain and lead the Lady Eagles through the season and the tour-nament. I expect to have a good season and to go farther this year than last Burton said. Burton is also excited about the team this year: Im excited to see some of the new

    younger girls! Burton said. The Lady Eagles have a talented team from top to bottom and All 12 girls can play.. it will be a challenge to split their min-utes Lazar said. Though Lazar believes that minutes wont be a problem because, [theyll] succeed if the team can understand that we is more important than me. The Lady Eagles are poised for a strong season and it shows through the hard prac-tices. Lazar revved up the intensity for the first practice and plans to continue fierce prac-tices throughout the season. The Lady Eagles practice every day af-ter school and, Championships arent won by cutting corners, theyre won with hard work, Lazar said. That motto shined through their first practice with Lazars rule of no walking on the floor. In between drills players were in-structed to jog to the next position and there was to be no walking. Competition was prevalent in every drill, sets of 3s & 4s faced off in many passing, shooting, and defensive drills. The set of players who lost the drill ran suicides along the side of the gym while the winners hur-ried to the back of the drill line.

    Shooting for the StarsWomens Varsity Basketball team prepares for a competitive season

    By the end of the two hour practice the Lady Eagles were exhausted and tired from all the hard work and running. We run so much, were practically the cross-country team Issabell Gibon said. The Lady Eagles have a long season ahead of them, with tough practices and a goal of a championship but with motivation from Coach Lazar, they look to succeed and to Rise To the Highest.



    A new dey for the Cincinnati Bengals

    Alexandra Berding, 16

    In Cincinnati, it is particularly challeng-ing to be a sports fan. In recent years, major league teams have produced mediocre records. The Reds being 64-98 this past season, and the Cincinnati Bengals being unable to win a playoff game for four consecutive years. This year however, the Cincinnati Bengals have broken records. For the first time in franchise history, the football team is 7-0. Quarterback Andy Dalton was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. Currently there are three other teams that are undefeated in the National Foot-ball League. The New England Patriots, The Carolina Panthers, and the Denver Broncos have yet to lose a game. The Bengals are on the rise, the only time they have come close to this record was in 1988. In that season, they were 6-0 until eventually losing to the New England Patri-ots.

    It was in that year that they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the San Francisco 49ers. If the last time the Bengals were unde-feated they went to the Super Bowl, will they go this year?

    The excitement of this unexpecected record has invaded Walnut. The Bengals are going to the Super Bowl this year. said SENIOR Henry Faherty. Maggie Cavellier, 19, said The Ben-gals will win the Super Bowl because they are playing well under pressure and coming from behind to win games.

    Fans have mixed emotions about the like-lihood of the team being able to make it that far into the postseason given their record of four years of consecutive first week losses. Geddy Kneriem, 19, said, No, its the Bengals. Weve gotten lucky, and I dont think our luck is going to continue. Luck or not, the skill level of each player has improved to make a stronger team dy-namic. Dalton has stopped throwing as many interceptions, in 2014 the quarterback threw 17 interceptions. While so far this year, he has thrown four. The Bengals will need to win a few chal-lenging games to keep their polished record. On Nov.5 they will attract national atten-tion for the Thursday Night Football game against the Browns. Then on Nov. 16 they are up against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. Following this, they will play in Arizo-na on Sunday Night Football on Nov. 22 against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bengals have not had a primetime


    Pictured above is Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. In this game, on Oct. 4, the Bengals played the Kansas City Chiefs; the game ended in a team victory, winning 36-21, the touchdowns were scored by running backs Giovani Bernard (1) and Jeremy Hill (4).

    game yet this season, and in previous years the outcome has not always been so smooth. Since 2003, the team has lost 15 out of 21 games broadcasted after 7:30 pm.

    With three primetime games in a row, the Bengals will be able to prove their legitimacy as a Super Bowl contender.

    The Bengals will win the Super Bowl because they are playing well under pressure and coming from

    behind to win games.-Maggie Cavellier, 19

    No, its the Bengals. Weve gotten lucky, and I dont think our luck is

    going to continue.

    - Geddy Knerim, 19

  • Viewpoints

    Dear readers, I write this letter on behalf of the entire staff. The Chatterbox has decided to take the position of encouraging all young people to vote by providing ways on how to get regis-tered and information on previous elections.

    With the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, it is important that students stay informed and involved.

    Presidential elections are unique because they have a primary election six months be-

    fore which allows candidates to win a nomi-nation through their political party (Demo-crat or Republican). As a 17 year old who will turn 18 before the presidential election occurs, you can register to vote and then vote in the primary election.

    The fact of the matter is that the govern-ment has an impact on you regardless of who you are if you live in the United States. The Chatterbox believes that it is your responsi-bility as a citizen to decide what you want by voting.

    A key aspect of Walnut is its rich diver-

    sity, that stands out from other schools in the surrounding area. Not only are all Walnut students intelligent, they all have contrasting viewpoints meaning when Walnut students vote, they will all contribute different deci-sions and impact elections.

    This page was created through a collabora-tive effort by the me and the team of Manag-ing Editors because of Election Day was last Tuesday, and we thought it would be benefi-cial to write about this topic while voting is still on the minds of the community.

    Please take your voice into consideration

    and recognize that you can make a difference regardless of your opinion. There is some-thing to vote on for everyone.

    Are you crazy for Clinton? Bonkers for Bernie? Triumphant for Trump? Fancy for Fiorina? You can bring your ideas to life with one simple vote.

    With admiration and determination to make an impact,

    Alexandra Berding Editor-in-Chief

    Your Vote DOES Matter

    The form must be postmarked or received by 30 days before the

    election date, March 15.

    1 Obtain a Voter Registration Form from, or another website. Search

    Ohio Voter Registration Form, and most results will be useful.

    Once completed, return in person or by mail to the Hamilton County Board of Elections, lo-cated on Broadway St., any BMV or Deputy Registrar, or the Hamil-ton County Treasurers Office, located on Court St.



    How can

    YOU vote?

    To be eligible to vote in the 2016 Presi-dential Primary Election, you must be 18 and a United States citizen by the time of the general election, Nov. 8.

    Figure 1 shows the difference between the rates of voter eligibility and the voting rates of that population, by age, from 1996 to 2012. In each elec-tion year, youth voters were significantly


    Figure 1

    Current and valid photo ID which must show your address (but if you show an Ohio driv-ers license, your address does not need to be current)

    A military identification (military ID)

    An original or copy of a cur-rent utility bill

    An original or copy of a cur-rent bank statement

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    An original or copy of a cur-rent paycheck

    Forms of identification needed to voteIn order to be able to vote at a polling place on an election day, one must provide at least one or more of the listed forms of identification. Failure to do so will prevent one from being allowed to cast their vote.

    An original or copy of a cur-rent other government docu-ment, other than a voter reg-istration acknowledgement notification, mailed by the board of elections.



  • Viewpoints

    Avery Samuels, 16

    In colonial America, the right to vote was held almost exclusively by white, Prot-estant men who owned land or paid a speci-fied amount in taxes. Jews were barred from voting in four colonies and Catholics were barred from voting in five. In some colonial cities, as few as forty percent of white men were eligible. However, the Revolutionary War altered the way the government and the citizens of the new country dealt with voting rights. The concept of no taxation without representa-tion ultimately led to most states removing the qualification of property-ownership and replacing it with taxpaying requirements. Other states allowed any veteran to vote. By 1790, there were no religious requirements on voting either, allowing as many as seventy percent of white men to vote. However, the right to vote was still an issue that was left up to the individual states. In 1800, only three states allowed for white male suffrage with no qualifications. By 1830, that number had increased to ten.

    As new territory was added onto the country and more people moved onto the frontier, there was pressure to remove the property-ownership qualification entirely. Once North

    Carolina eliminated its property-ownership requirement in 1856, suffrage was granted to all white male citizens. In 1857, the Dred Scott v. Sandford case ruled that a black man has no rights a white man is bound to respect, thereby explicitly denying African American men suffrage. However, the Fifteenth Amendment, passed in 1869, extended the right to vote to all

    men, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Still, this right was contested over multiple times, specifically by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which legally denied Chinese men citizenship and therefore, the right to vote. Furthermore, many Southern states mandated literacy tests and poll taxes specifically designed to limit African American voting power. Most of these restrictions were overturned follow-ing the Civil War. With the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1919, the right to vote was now given to all citizens regardless of race or gender. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 pro-hibited any election practice that denies the right to vote to citizens on the basis of race and forced jurisdictions with histories of vot-er discrimination to submit any changes to its election laws to the government for fed-eral approval prior to taking effect. The Act is continually being renewed, most recently in 2006 for another 25 years. In 1971, the 26th Amendment was passed which set the minimum national voting age to 18.

    Isaac Stephani, 16

    So weve told you about the history of voting, how we feel about voting, and how to vote. But why? Why should you vote? Is it worth spending the time? We believe the answer is yes. Voting is the strongest individual act a person can do to make their voice heard. A vote is something everyone can see, some-thing no one can discredit, and something no one can ignore. Many people adopt this philosophy: There are millions and millions of people who vote, my one vote wont matter. Well that is wrong. Each of those million and mil-lion of votes are made up of individuals who decided that their one vote, and their time, was worth it. If everyone thought that their vote didnt matter, then no one would vote. Everyone that can vote needs to recognize this and realize that their vote matters. Over the years, there have been many close elections. In 1880, James Garfield beat Winfield Hancock by a mere 2,000 votes in the presidential race. Just 2,000. In 1960, John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon by just 112,000 votes (out of the 69,000,000 that were cast). In 2000, Al Gore had more of the popular vote than George Bush had, but by a slim enough margin that Bush had more electoral college votes.

    Why should you vote? The United States is notorious for having a relatively low voter turnout. According to a Pew Research Study, out of the 34 coun-tries that research that was completed, the United States ranked 31st in voting turnout with 53.6%. Among the top five countries were Belgium (87.2%), Turkey(86.4%), Sweden(82.6%), Denmark(81.8%) and Australia(80.5%) (Some of these percentages are misleading because some countries that enforce voting). This just goes to show how much improvement America could have in terms of its voter turnout. Some people will say that they are not vot-ing because they are trying to make a state-ment. This is wrong. By not voting it is true you are not endorsing any candidates, but you are not actively trying to support your views and ideas, which is the reason behind voting. No taxation without representation. During the early years of the Nation, only some white men could vote. Realizing this was unfair, citizens protested and cam-paigned so that everyone could have the right to vote. This slogan they carried with them, the slogan which stands for equal vot-ing privileges, should not have been support-ed in vain. Some will argue it is the civic duty of citizens to vote, and that those who do not vote are negligent in their duties. Here at the Chatterbox we support those views.

    With the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1919, the right to vote was now given to all citizens regardless of race

    or gender.

    A brief history of voting in America17901790: No

    religious re-quirements on voting.

    1830: 10 states allow

    all white males to


    Suffrage is granted to all white male citi-


    1869: The 15th Amend-ment is

    passed giv-ing all men the right to

    vote.1919: Every American citizen has the right to



    1971: The 26th Amend-ment is passed.


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  • Style & Culture 6

    Elise Fritts, 16

    At the end of Vine street, on the five-way corner at West McMicken, sits a strange, triangular building. The only things to mark it are a neon sign boasting live music and a circular sign reading Schwartz Point. The outside may look run down, but inside lies an incredible escape from the world in the form of jazz music. Stepping inside, you are instantly trans-ported to a place far different from the out-side. Its a small, cozy space with a few tri-angle tables and a small bar. Theres a small stage at the far end with a modest grand piano sitting atop it. The place is filled with

    The Buried Jazz Gem of the Queen City

    eclectic decorations ranging from Turkish-style rugs hanging from the walls to a wire Eiffel Tower sitting atop a shelf. While each decoration is wildly different from the next, it all fits together like the pieces of different puzzles put together to make a new picture. The flow of the venue is very relaxed with no set schedule or any feeling of urgency. The only real rule is to keep talking at a min-imum while musicians are playing. Of course, the most important part of Schwartz Point is the music. On Tuesday nights, an eight piece jazz ensemble comes and plays while on Friday and Saturday nights Ed Moss, the owner, plays the piano along with the occasional vocalist or soprano

    saxophone player. Watching Moss play is a true experience. He gets incredibly deep into the music, never playing the same improvi-sation twice, that you can truly see his pas-sion for what he does. The way Moss plays, it becomes less like watching a performance and more like watching a man having a jam session in his living room. While music is what gives Schwartz Point its energy, Moss also has a passion for cook-ing. On Tuesday nights the entry fee is $10 with a complimentary buffet provided by the owner himself. If you cant make Tuesday nights, however, you can still call in to make a reservation for a minimum group of four and maximum group of ten to have a home-

    made three course meal before the music for $25 a person. An incredible venue, there are only a few small negatives. First, its a cash only estab-lishment, so make sure to bring a few ex-tra bucks with you. Second, the location is slightly out of the way with no immediate parking places. Overall, Schwartz Point is a true hid-den gem of the city. At only $5 on Fridays and Saturdays and $10 on Tuesdays, its an inexpensive way to escape into the world of wonderful jazz music.

    Katie Chase, 16

    Think back to 2005 What were you do-ing? Most of us were obsessing over the new Harry Potter movie, spending Mondays and Wednesdays watching American Idol and trying to figure out what this new strange website called YouTube was. How did you communicate with your friends? How did you keep up on the pop culture entertain-ment? Well, if you stop to think about it, most of us did not. For a lot of us, our parents were the ones setting up playdates or sleepovers with our friends. We were too young to really care about what stars were getting divorced or who had just dropped the latest mixtape. In 2005, the first iPhone hadnt even been invented yet. Crazy to think about, right? Since the iPhone was invented, millions of new social media platforms had been creat-ed, such as, Instagram, Vsco, Vine and Snap-chat. In a 2015 Pew Research Center study, they found that 92% of teens, ages 13-17, go online daily. About 24% of them reported going online almost constantly while 56% go online several times a day, 12% go on-line once a day, 6% only weekly and 2% less often than weekly. Of these teens 91% reported going online with a mobile device.

    SENIOR Bjorn Burrell said, Ive had social media since the 6th grade when I was forced to get a Facebook and on average the amount of time I spend on social media a day depends on if I have homework or other activities going on that day. Now kids are getting social media plat-forms when they are only like 8 or 9 years old because it is just our societys norm now. Kids getting accounts this young can be a huge risk for not only safety issues but also for developing face-to-face communication skills and possibly even affecting how well the child does in school. I believe that necessary communication skills that you would need in a job interview, a job in general or surprisingly even simply talking to friends can be affected by how much teens are using their phones. When most teens hang out, they sit around on their phones posting Snapchat stories, looking at Instagram, or watching the newest Hotline Bling vines making fun of Drakes dancing. It is easy to see that social media and technology have become the newest way of life and have taken over this generation. If youre reading this in public you can proba-bly spot at least five people using their phone to check social media. Teens cant live with-out phones.

    Keegan Sullivan,18

    Attempting to improve ones appearance has been on the top of many peoples minds since the dawn of time. From corsets and powdered wigs to waxing almost everything, beauty expectations have often been strange, and over the years they have changed. While in the 80s, peanut butter in sandwich bags to be put in your bra was the big thing because it felt more real, thigh gaps and thigh brows are the cur-rent big thing. These trends can cause people to do horrible things to themselves that they should never need to do. Over the years the trends have evolved. I permed my mullet, said teacher Kyle Scudder, when asked what the weirdest thing he did to improve his looks as a teenager was. I asked my sisters friend to perm it because I thought it looked a little flat. Mullets, although now laughed at and poked fun, of were once a large fad. But

    dont worry, Mr. Scudder, stars like Hulk Hogan, David Bowie and Patrick Schwayze all participated in the totally boss mullet fad. Other beauty trends are more serious, such as what everyones body weight should be. Fat is fun but lonely. Why not be thin now? You have the rest of your life to be flab-by, Teen magazine said in 1971 to a 16-year old girl who sent a letter saying she was fat

    and content with it but had no boyfriend. Magazines are con-stantly doing things like this, making themselves one of the biggest culprits of insulting people about their bodies, while there is nothing wrong with them.

    When people attempt to alter their beautiful bodies, its often because someone, especially magazines, tells a person they have to or that their body is wrong. But no ones body is wrong.

    Mullets, mascara and more Are you addicted?


    ISABELLA PITTMAN/CHATTERBOXThe school wifi blocks most all social media platforms. Despite this, students still find ways to access them.


    Liza Allen, 19, puts on mascara using her phone camera. Mascara is one of many products people use to change their appearance.

    Schwartz Point owner Ed Moss playing the piano. He was accompanied by soprano saxaphonist Jean Marquis.

    I permed my mullet.

    -Kyle Scudder

  • Peanuts 7

    EX NIHILO NIHIL FIT Living with a dead language

    Junior High Square Squad

    Students gather to converse and relax with groups of friends. Afterwards they can go home or go to a friends house. They go there both during the school year and over school breaks, most often going there to hang out with friends over summer break.


    Emma Farrell, 18

    Teens often have hangouts that they go to afterschool. Its usually a place for kids to socialize with friends and relax after a long day at school. One common hangout for Walnut Hills students is Hyde Park Square. Student mostly go on Friday afternoons. Students can go to Graeters or Pattys to get treats like candy, or ice cream, and coffee. There is also a small little area in the square where there are benches and a fountain that people can sit by and talk. This is where many seventh graders go to hangout with students from other schools. Last year it was a lot of seventh-graders and a lot of the Saint Marys kids that meet up with the Walnut kids, Luke Cordill, 20 said. Hyde Park Square is in a convenient loca-

    tion; many buses have stops near the square and when it is time to go home then the stu-dents are able to walk

    home to each others houses. Katie Sutkamp, 20 said that she goes with friends who live in Hyde Park, but she also will bring along friends who do not live in the area

    and they will then just walk back to her house. Sutkamp said that she can spend up to three hours just walking around the square. As students become older, there is sometimes less time for them to go to Hyde Park Square because of homework or athletics or any other kind of extracurricular activities. The seventh graders and eighth graders, they dont interact [with each other] as much as [we] did last year, Sutkamp said. Sutkamp was able to go to Hyde Park Square much more last year than she was able to this year due to her soc-cer season. Sometimes Ill have a game or I have practice and I cant go because then I have to do homework. When the sport or activity ends then students have more free time. Some are able to hang out with their friends after school while others take advantage of the extra hours and get home-work done or just watch television to relax. Although Hyde Park isnt the only place to hang out, it is one

    of the most popular

    places for junior high students at Walnut. Students can hang out and have fun for hours before go-ing home to start their homework.

    Cam Hogue, 21Allison Meier, 19

    All students who come to Wal-nut in junior high are required to take a minimum of three years of Latin. Some dread it. More dread the tests and quizzes, the home-work, and studying. The hardest part of Latin is that theres homework every night and I dont really do it, Em Marmar, 18 said. However, while some dislike Latin, there are a few who enjoy it and thrive in it. I wouldnt say I like Latin, but

    its better than taking two years of a foreign language, said Marmar, who is currently in Latin IV. If you did well in Latin III then its kind of worth it to take Latin IV. However, there can be perks to tak-ing Latin IV. Dr. John Thomas, a Latin I and IV teacher, said, I think that col-leges like students that have been taking Latin more than students realize. I think that Latin is the foundation that helps [students] learn a modern language. So, Latin can help with English, and a multitude of other modern lan-guages one might want to learn. Many Latin teachers think that Latin will help with not only their students school life, but also their future careers. The difficulty of the class in general, as well as the language itself, is often unfamiliar to the seventh- and eighth-graders who are new to Walnut. Although some speak languages other than English, for most, this is their pri-mary language. Students come to Walnut with many diverse backgrounds. And one of these backgrounds is a lot of English grammar. And, most of the students who come to Walnut arent used to homework, said Thomas. So, these new effies are often struggling because of their backgrounds and what they grew up learning. Another reason students might struggle with Latin is that students and other teachers have a misun-derstanding of the language. I would say that they come in, because its one of the more diffi-cult classes, and thats where they...complain about it, said Latin

    teacher Tara Ligon. You have to do the work or else you wont know whats going on, but its not fun. So, we need more support from the other departments, frankly, because Im not sure its completely under-stood what it is we do, especially when we start with the seventh grade...exactly what we do beyond, you know, Lets read some Caesar, what we do in Latin class. Some students think that Latin should be an optional course, including Zoe Barron, 21. I think that you should have a choice in taking Latin depend-ing on what job youre planning to go into. I dont like how hard it is to learn the personal endings and cases, she said. But, while some despise Latin, the language is all around students, especially at Walnut. The frequent-ly-used words auditorium, cri-sis and even senior, for example, are all derived from Latin words. Some students struggle to even pass Latin. However, there are many resources that Walnut pro-vides to assist students struggling with Latin. Some of these are help nights, tutors, and Certamen. Cer-tamen is a Latin quiz team coached by Ligon, where students can not only learn about Latin and the Ro-man culture, but also to compete against other schools. There are often many difficult decisions to be made regarding the study of Latin. Some of these are how many years of Latin to take, whether or not to join Certamen or use any other recourses for Latin, and whether one will pursue the language in life, even after the high school career. HANNAH BUNDSCHUH/CHATTERBOX

    Piper PeanutDear Piper Peanut, I like this guy who sits near me in class, but every time I try and talk to him, I dont know what to say. Can you give me some advice on how I can get him to notice me?

    Sincerely,Crushing Caroline

    Dear Caroline, While it may seem like a boyfriend is necessary to fulfilling your high school experience, Im here to inform you that its not. Yes, the myth about having relationships in high school is definitely promi-nent in pop culture today, but this stereotype is, well, just that..a stereotype. You dont actually need a boyfriend or girlfriend to fit in. Sometimes its just better to form strong relationships with people your age, but not necessarily romantic ones. Instead of striving for a romance with this boy, maybe talk to him and get to know him a little bit better. You may find that you like him better as a companion rather than a date, and it could help you build a strong friendship with him. A good way to strike up a con-versation is to find similar hobbies between the two of you; maybe you both like a certain sport, or you both play the trumpet. Figure out something to talk about as an icebreaker, and other topics will come flowing in. For example, a conversation beginning with an interest in choir, could lead to discussions on your favorite types of music or your favorite bands. Either way, it will get the two of you feeling more comfortable with each other, and it could lead to more interactions in the future. Also remember that dressing a certain way or talking a certain way to impress them isnt necessary. As cliche as it sounds, being yourself is the most important step to establishing relationships with other people. If you are more comfortable in sweatpants and a tee shirt, why put on some skirt and sweater for a person you may see only once the entire day? If they cannot accept you in sweatpants and a tee, then they arent worth the effort. Nobody should have to play dress up in order to talk to a friend, because that isnt what a friend is for, right? Simply remembering that a relationship isnt necessary to get through high school can help ease the pressure of that first conversa-tion. So, dont freak out, because this person is just another human being, and getting nervous isnt necessary. Just be open be open to them, and theyll be open to you.

    Sincerely, Piper Peanut

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    Octavia Carmen-Houser 16Amara Johnson 16

    What is your most embarassing moment? Perspectives

    When I was 10, I liked this boy and we were chugging kool-aid packets. Then I started laugh-

    ing and it came through my nose.


    I put my elementary school on lock down be-cause I had a toy gun and a lady thought I brought

    it on the bus.

    When I was in high school, I walking in front of class, my foot got caught on a backpack strap

    and I tripped and took out a whole row of desks.

    I ordered Papa Johns late at night and I ac-cidentally fell asleep, while watching American Dad. I woke up with 4 missed calls, which I as-sumed was the pizza delivery. He left the pizzas

    at my door.

    I was at Eden Park and I was trying to jump to the other side of the pond. Then I slipped and

    fell in.


    Prescott Huston17Aj Fletcher 16 John Wiessmann 19

    Heather Durbin, Gym Teacher Kendal Cooke, 20

    Teacher Feature: Mr. Schnure Many of you have probably either met or heard of him, but do you know him? William Schnure is Walnuts Advanced Place-ment (AP) Environmental Science and Botany teacher.With a love for the outdoors, he has fo-cused the majority of his life around it.Schnure is the advisor of the Bio- Eco and Recycling Club, and a former member of the Green Club. He graduated from Hocking College with de-grees in both Forestry and Wildlife Manage-ment. In addition to that, he also graduated from Xavier with a degree in Biology.

    Schnure also has a love for athletics.When he was a teenager, Schnure played freshman foot-ball and ran cross country for Loveland High-school. Although he admittedly can no longer run several miles, he frequently goes golfing and hiking.

    Schnures tip for highschool students: Be kind to everyone, because you never know.

    Octavia Carmen-Houser 16 Tara Sales 17



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