No Body to Murder

No Body to Murder is a play about an attempted murder. It is a cross between a mystery, comedy, and drama. This play took four months to rehearse. It took so long because the drama students only had sixth period to practice because they worked with a special needs class that met at the same time. The production No Body to Murder was the first time that the drama students combined with the special needs students for a performance. The funds for this production went to Special Olympics. The special needs kids worked very hard, and the drama students said it was a huge privilege to work with them. I interviewed Ms. Kiesling about the play, and I asked her how this whole production got started. Her response was, “Mrs. Calvert approached me and asked me if I was interested in doing this production with her drama students, and of course I said yes.” I had the privilege to watch this play, and all of the students did excellent. Every single one of them did a superb job, and I really enjoyed it.

Student Parking Lot

Many things go on in the student parking lot, such as vandalism, reckless driving, car accidents, skipping, smoking, and drug use. But if these things are not seen or reported by other students, then there is not much that the staff or the police can do because “there are no cameras in the student parking lot yet,” according to Ms. Huddnutt, so all they can do is try to track the student down, which is not always effective. In Ms. Mallach’s words, “We really only have word of mouth,” which means tell someone; use your voice.

Vandalism occurs much more often than you would think. It goes from people messing with others’ vehicles to throwing stuff, such as food rocks etc at someone else’s vehicle. If you ever go out there, then you will definitely see people driving recklessly weather it is speeding, doing illegal moves, or anything else, you need to let the staff know that they need to abide by the rules like everybody else.

There have been a sufficient amount of car accidents out there as well. Some students also go out to the student parking lot to skip class, and some of those students are out there smoking cigarettes and marijuana, along with other illegal substances. While they are doing these activities, others are ruining the hard work of the art students on the cement barriers. The cement barriers are there mainly to direct traffic and for parking, but some students take it upon themselves to destroy these works of art; they knock them over, spray paint on them, and break them. Some people break the cement barriers by accidently hitting them with their vehicles while trying to show off, and that may seem like fun and games to the driver, but it could seriously injure them or some innocent by-stander. Students here at Capital High School need to learn to be more careful and responsible while they are driving on school grounds or anywhere else, for that matter, so please be safe and courteous to other drivers out there, and make sure to buckle up.

Capital High Newspaper

Capital High does have a school newspaper it is online at bruinnews.com. There are seven Capital students that write for the newspaper. They all do an excellent job. Many students were asked how they feel about Capital High getting a hard copy newspaper again, and most of them felt that it would be a great idea. Not everyone has heard of bruinnews.com, so we asked the same students how we could help get our name across. One student suggested that we remind people on the morning announcements, while another student suggested that we make posters and put lots of pictures and color on them. These are both great suggestions and will be used right away. The Paw Print delivers informative articles from what sports are taking place to teacher retirement. We love to inform our readers and if you have any suggestions or opinions on what we should report about, then please email us at pawprintchs@gmail.com.

We bought a Zoo

Geordon lytle

We Bought a Zoo is a touching film starring Matt Damon. Damon plays a widower named Benjamin who is struggling to raise two kids. He feels that they need a change, so he buys a run-down zoo in an attempt to bring his family closer together. This movie deals with loss and family dynamics. Benjamin decides to move his family into a huge house with a zoo in the back yard in order to try to forget about his deceased wife. Benjamin decides to try to run this zoo and, unfortunately, runs out of funds. Then he discovers that his wife left him an investment account with instructions to use his heart when making decisions with this money. In time, the town is ready for the opening of the zoo. Suddenly there is a bad rain storm that delays the opening. Surely enough, the rain stops just in time, and the opening successfully takes place. In my opinion, this is a great, heartwarming, family film, and I would suggest it to anyone.

GSA

            GSA, Gay Straight Alliance, safe place where students can go and talk with other gay and straight students about questioning their sexuality, or getting more involved with peers in their school, coming out, healthy relationships, stereotypes, etc. Meetings take place every Monday at lunch in room 103. The advisor of GSA is Ms. Cleveland. She wanted to become the GSA advisor because she was tired of not having a safe place for students struggling with their sexuality to go.

Helena High has had a GSA for a while now but this is Capital High’s first year. Ms. Cleveland said “I am tired of seeing students drop out of high school because they don’t feel accepted or cared for in regards to their sexual orientation.” She likes being the GSA instructor. She likes the opportunity to know students on a different level and is happy to provide a safe and caring atmosphere for them to just be themselves. Cleveland was asked how it feels to help these students, and her response was, “Helping any student in need is why I became a teacher. All of our students deserve to feel safe, accepted, and cared for at our school.” GSA was approved when Ms. Hudnutt, the principal of Capital High School, was approached about the need for this group and very open heartedly agreed to it.

    GSA is a group to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students. On average there are about fifteen students that attend every meeting sometimes there are more. Students in this group have problems accepting or interpreting their sexuality. Some are bullied at school about how they talk, dress, look, and just being themselves some are even judged at home. No one should have to be constantly bullied at school or made to feel un-safe it’s just wrong. So if you are interested in this group or need some advice, please go check it out.

State Football Championship Facts

Capital High has always been a victorious school; especially in football, we rarely ever lose in games. But when we do, we get up, dust ourselves off and try even harder at the next game. We have made it to the state championship. This time we will do our very best to win.  We’ve gone to state fourteen times and won eleven; this will be our fifteenth time at state. Capital first played in AA football in 1975. It was in the mid-1990s when a student on the football team at Capital High cut his hair, died it, and wore a mohawk for the state championship, starting a tradition that continues today. All the football players wear mohawks and dye it a bright color based on their position if we make it to state. So good luck, Bruins; bring home some metal. Go Bruins!!

Winter Sports

Winter is here, and that means that it’s time for winter sports! Here at Capital there are a few sports that you can do in winter time. There are boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming, and wrestling. For boys’ basketball the head coach is Mr. Almquist, practice is typically every day from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Capital. The games are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There are twenty games scheduled for the regular season, followed by the playoffs and the state tournament. There are 35 to 40 kids on the four teams combined. Twelve players suit up for varsity games.

Girls’ basketball the head coach is Mr. Pilgram, practice is after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Capital. They also have 20 games scheduled, not including playoffs and the state tournament. Practice is two hours every day. There are 16-18 players on the JV/ varsity team. There are 20 more girls on the frosh/ sophomore team.

And this seems like it would be a fun sport, swimming! The head coach is Mr. Ermels. Practice is at the Carroll College PE Center from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Monday through Friday and Saturday practice from 8 to 10 am if there isn’t a meet. Meets are usually on Saturdays, but sometimes they can be on a weekday evening. Last year there were six boys and twelve girls on the swimming team. The coach is expecting to have more kids this year. Capital and Helena High practice together, so there are about 40 to 50 swimmers total each year. Every swimmer swims about 3 miles on a typical morning. That’s a lot of swimming! And for all of those wrestlers out there, wrestling practice begins at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the gymnastics/wrestling room on November 17th. The head coach is Mr. Sheridan. As of press time, no further information about the rest of the season has been made available.

Knitting Club

           It is the second year of Knitting Club here at Capital High. Ms. Dorrance is the faculty advisor for the club and one of the club’s founders, but she isn’t the only one who started the club. The other founders are Carolee Polock, and Cindy Holcomb. The club meetings take place in the Capital High Library every Monday at 3:15 and end at 4:30. Knitting needles and yarn are all the materials needed for this club, and they are provided for you by the faculty of       Knitting Club. Last year there were 35 students who joined knitting club. You don’t have to sign up for Knitting Club. All you have to do is show up. In Ms. Dorrance’s words, “It’s very casual.” If you have no idea how to knit then one of the instructors will show you how. You do not have to attend every meeting. If some days you don’t feel like going or are busy, then that’s all right because there are no assignments or due dates for knitting’s, you make your projects at your own pace. Some of the things that you make in knitting club are scarves, headbands, ties, and hats. You might even be able to come up with your own thing to make. So if you would like a way to relieve stress, or if you just simply enjoy knitting, then join Knitting Club

Bullying

Does bullying go on at Capital? It absolutely does. I had the opportunity to interview Ms. York and Mr. Pancich as well as a couple students who wish to keep their identity anonymous about the bullying at Capital high. I asked them to tell me about the bullying that goes on at Capital. Ms. York’s response was “All venues and genders bully each other; there are a lot of stereotypical names called. Students are afraid to tell someone they’re getting bullied because they’re scared.” Mr. Pancich’s response, “Administrators are only aware of bullying if students step up and report it, but a lot of the bullying is through text and email. Student’s need to report or we can’t act.” That is true, if you are being bullied say something to someone. Ms. York was asked if she ever has a hard time getting students to open up, responding “I think everybody needs to feel valued and understood, you really have to care about the people you talk to; usually people know what they need to do. You can’t fix it for them because it takes the power from them.”  Emotional and mental bullying occurs more than physical bullying, but it usually starts outside of school. Bullying is more common among girls rather than boys. The biggest issue with bullying is drama, all kinds of drama whether it’s family drama, relationship drama, or just being new to the school. Everyone needs to be aware of this issue. If you see this going on in the halls do something, don’t just ignore it. If you were being bullied wouldn’t you want someone to stand in and help you?