The Local Roar The Student News Site of Clarksdale High School Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:34:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CHS Offers Saturday School for State Test Prep Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:33:31 +0000 Clarksdale High School offers a Saturday school program to help students that need extra practice in state tested courses. Students who participate are offered additional help and state test prep in Algebra I, English II, Biology I, and U.S. History. The goal is to make sure that every student can pass their state test, as each test is a graduation requirement and part of the school accountability rating. The school is currently a rated “D” school, but administrators Dr. Hayes and Ms. Shaw want to see the school grow to be a level “B,” and they believe that Saturday school can help CHS reach that goal.

Saturday school begins at 8:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm. The school district will provide transportation for students, as well as breakfast and lunch for the students that attend. Students also have the opportunity to participate in physical education, which many of the students enjoy. Saturday school regular, Marchellos Scott, says, “I like Saturday school because the class size is smaller and I get more attention from the teacher. The extra credit in my English and history classes is nice too.” Many teachers are offering extra credit for students who attend Saturday school. State testing begins in two weeks, so the school wants to encourage all students to attend Saturday school to prepare for the tests.

Remaining Saturdays:
April 6th
April 13th
April 27th
May 4th
Mau 11th

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Clarksdale High Baseball Team Makes a Comeback Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:01:11 +0000 The 2019 middle school, junior varsity, and varsity baseball teams are looking great for the upcoming season. They have a 5-3 record overall, and 3-2 record in district. This is a vast improvement from previous seasons, where the team often lost by major point margins. This new and improved team is practicing to blow their opponents out of the park.

Last week the team played the Gentry Rams at home. The game began on a sour note as the team was down eight points, but they found a way to come out triumphant. They scored 11 points in one inning, making the final score 12-8. The game against West Bolivar on April 1, 2019, was canceled due to unknown reasons, but it’s a fact that Clarksdale would have beaten West Bolivar in the first inning (some may call this statement extreme bias, but I prefer to call it extreme confidence). The team will travel to Sardis, Mississippi on April 2, 2019, to beat North Panola on their home field.

This year’s team has big dreams. The team has their sights set on becoming district champs. Down the road, they are looking to be state champs, and they have many opportunities to do so because the team is young. The team is made mostly of underclassmen, which means that they have plenty of room to grow as a team. The team consists of only three seniors: Kylon Lampkin, Anfernee Jackson, and Demetric Strong. They have led their team to those glorious victories and are setting great examples for their young teammates. The coaching staff, comprised of former baseball players, is great with the student athletes, and they have brought the baseball program a long way. Coaches Kemp, Cummins, and Mack are looking forward to a great season!

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Clarksdale High School Testing Schedule Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:20:24 +0000 April marks the beginning of testing season for Clarksdale High School. Teachers have been preparing students for state testing and the time is almost here. These assessments are a graduation requirement and contribute to Clarksdale High School’s accountability score. Any student who does not pass the state assessments will have to retest until they receive a passing score. Additionally, seniors who have passed all of their assessments are eligible for early release.

April 16-17 – Eng II – Senior retesters ONLY
April 18 – US History – Senior retesters ONLY
April 18 – BIO I – Senior retesters ONLY
April 23-26 – CKC CPAS TESTING
April 24-25 – Alg I – Seniors retesters ONLY

April 30-May 1 – ENG II (10 graders and junior retesters)
May 2 – US HISTORY (11 graders)
May 7-8 – ALG I (first time testers and 10/11th restesters)
May 9 – BIO I (first time testers and 10/11th retesters

May 9 – AP CHEM
May 10 – AP US HIS
May 15 – AP LANG

-Come on time
-Come prepared
-Listen to the tips that your teacher has given you (they are very helpful)
-Leave all electronic devices at home
Finally, remember to do your best and walk away from the test feeling confident!

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Important Senior Dates and Announcements Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:14:47 +0000 For the seniors at Clarksdale High School, the school year, and their time at CHS, is coming to a close. Every year, the senior sponsors prepare activities to celebrate the senior class and the contributions they have made to CHS. As the year wraps up, there are several dates that the seniors need to be aware of. Seniors mark you calendars for the following dates:

April 15h – Senior Dues
****Senior dues will not be accepted after this date. If you have not paid, you will not participate.
May 18th – Prom
May 20th – Senior Picnic
May 21st – Senior Luncheon
May 22nd – Community Service
May 23rd – Graduation

Any questions about senior events may be directed to the senior sponsors, Mrs. Gibbons, Mrs. James, and Ms. Smith. Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors!

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Professional Wrestling is a Sport Tue, 02 Apr 2019 13:48:43 +0000 Pro wrestling is one of the most misunderstood industries in the world. It is an industry of athletes who take serious bumps in and outside the wrestling ring. Wrestling takes real skill and real physicality, but this fact is overshadowed by the misconception that everything that happens in pro wrestling is fake and that it’s, “not even a real sport.” I believe that pro wrestling is more of a sport than the average eye realizes.

Admittedly, pro wrestling is scripted and therefore predetermined. The winners are chosen beforehand, so the athletes go in the match knowing how it ends. However, this does not mean that these matches are safe and predictable. The first and overall misconception is that the punches and slams do not hurt and that the matches are choreographed. In actuality, the matches are painful and are not choreographed the way people believe them to be. It’s believed that the wrestlers memorize every step, slam, jump, and punch in the match. In reality, the matches are loosely choreographed, meaning the wrestlers only know certain spots, a move or sequence of events in a wrestling match, that tell them how close to the end of the match they are. Everything else in the match is basically improv, running off of the psychology and chemistry that those two or more wrestlers share with each other. Memorizing every match would take a tremendous amount of time. It would not make sense for every match to be completely physically memorized when the wrestlers are wrestling for four to five days out of every week in different cities, states, countries and continents.

Given this, pro wrestling takes real skill and physicality. The bumps, collision to the wrestling mat, or any surface involving wrestling, are very serious business. If one slightly executes a move incorrectly, known as “botching” in wrestling terms, someone could be seriously injured. Also, a wrestler’s limit of physically helps them survive different circumstances in the wrestling world. In what I believe to be a sport, pro wrestling has many instances where a match does not follow its standard rules. There may be dangerous circumstances where wrestlers are able to use objects such as ladders, steel chairs, sledgehammers, bats, kendo sticks, barbed wire, thumbtacks, glass and even fire on one another. The options are endless. These circumstances, or match types, have different rules which would increase the risk for wrestlers.

It is also significant to know that although wrestlers are hurting each other intentionally, they are also protecting each other, making sure that their co workers doesn’t get seriously injured, concussed, or even paralyzed. Injuries are very common in pro wrestling. Wrestlers suffer all types of injuries including brain damage, ankle sprains, achilles tendon ruptures, shoulder fractures and the list goes on. The list resembles that of any other sport and may even be expanded based on a wrestler’s working conditions.

Although professional wrestling is scripted and the outcomes are predetermined, most of the bumps and bruises are very real. I believe that the sacrifices wrestlers make, including their brutal schedule and the beatings they take on a day to day basis, makes the industry worthy of being called a sport.

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Gone Girl: A Myriad of Twists and Turns Mon, 01 Apr 2019 21:10:58 +0000 Gillian Flynn’s mystery novel, “Gone Girl” seemingly chronicles what is yet another deteriorating marriage due to financial issues, something readers across all ages may be familiar with. Yet under that familiar theme lies a much more horrid truth.

“Gone Girl” begins with Nick Dunne, husband to titular character Amy Elliot Dunne, recounting the last minutes he spends with his wife before her unexplained disappearance. Soon he finds himself in a whirlwind of trouble, blamed for his wife’s murder. However, in an interesting narrative viewpoint, Nick’s point of view alternates with that of his missing wife, as she recounts their marriage before their financial woes began. The reader soons finds out that neither narrator is reliable, as we discover Nick’s infidelity, Amy’s past as a seemingly sociopathic monster, and the notion that Amy is alive and had orchestrated this entire ordeal.

The book leaves one grasping at straws, trying to find a innocent soul in the book to root for, without much luck. During the second part of the book, what Amy calls her “true self” is revealed. She is ruthless in her endeavour to make Nick suffer for his infidelity, going to great lengths and manipulating a whole town, all to simply appease her loathing of her husband. Nick catches on to her and begins to plan a charade to lure her back in and expose her wrong doings. Amy seems to bite the bait, and returns to town, knowing she nor her husband can reveal what the truth was, and both begrudgingly agree to stay together.

“Gone Girl” truly is a myriad of twists and turns, exceptional in its ability to confuse the reader, and to have them constantly checking their moral compass. It certainly is worth a read.

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Book Bowl Sparks Love of Reading Mon, 01 Apr 2019 20:59:44 +0000 The Clarksdale Municipal School District Book Bowl is reading competition. Teams are organized by grade level, with two teams per grade. Each grade level competes against itself. There are five members per team. Students are given a reading list at the start of the year and they are expected to read every book in preparation for the Book Bowl. During the competition, students are asked questions about the book and the teams earn points by answering the questions quickly and correctly.

The Book Bowl gives participants the a chance to challenge their classmates in reading comprehension. Book Bowl participants are offered incentives for participating, such as a dress out pass and a Book Bowl tee shirt. The goal is for the students to feel comfortable during the competition. In the end both teams receive really cool prizes, including backpacks, earphones, and a personalized water bottle. Students enjoyed the event and the books Hidden Figures and Catcher in the Rye were book bowl favorites.

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‘Us’ Captivates Audiences and Forces Deeper Thought Mon, 01 Apr 2019 20:45:39 +0000 Jordan Peele, director of the movie “Get Out!” has just released his latest film, “US,” starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex. The film is a mystery/thriller that follows Adelaide Wilson and her family. After years of not returning to their family vacation home, Adelaide starts to recall the horrifying experience she had as a child and she is scared that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers appear in front of the vacation home, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them–their evil doppelgangers. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes rate this movie at 94%, while the film received a 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb.

I highly recommend this film. “Us” is one of Peele’s best works to date. It is not too scary, but the twists and turns in the movie keep you watching and wanting more until the very end. Even after the ending, it’ll leave you wanting more, as there is so much to unpack in this horror flick. Peele packs his films with symbolic meaning. “Us” really speaks to me about how the upper, elite class makes all of the decisions in society and the lower class is forced to follow suit. If this trend continues,there won’t be a happy ending, just chaos. Similarly to “Get Out!,” “Us” is also just a phenomenal horror film. It’s fun and the tension builds steadily throughout the movie. The twist and reveal at the end makes the audience rethink everything they thought they knew, which leads us, the audience, to consider the deeper meaning of how our society is out of tune with itself.

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