Monthly Archives: January 2012

Science Project

Monunique Smith and Corey Brown pour baking soda for an experiment in Wilfred Berlin’s physical science class. Students were learning what happens when an alkaline substance is combined with an acid. PHOTO BY CRISTAL CARRILLO

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Energy drinks: Are they helpful or a health hazard?

By Ashtyn Marshall
Staff Writer

Nos, Monster, Venom and Red Bull. Most people have heard of at least one of these.

They are some examples of energy drinks, which many teenagers consume. But are they dangerous or helpful?

“I’ve never drank one,” said Linda Calmus, nurse at Daniel Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School.

Calmus said she doesn’t drink
them because they’re expensive,
and she prefers pop or coffee.

She said a student who once went to Webster drank energy drinks all the time and ended up getting very sick after chugging a whole energy drink.

She also said energy drinks have improved because now they have a lot less sugar, but they still can be dangerous.

Calmus said an energy drink every once in a while is OK, but kids with heart problems need to avoid them.

Anai Gutierrez, a Webster sophomore, said if she gets an energy drink, it’s either a Nos, Monster or Venom.

She said she usually drinks two a month. When she buys them, she gets only one instead of drinking more at a time.

Gutierrez said the drinks give her energy most of the time.

She said the one that works best for her is Nos. “Nos is my favorite,” she said.

Tori Delonia, a sophomore at Webster, said she mainly drinks Monster.

“I usually drink two a week,” Delonia said.

Like Gutierrez, Delonia buys only one at time.

She said the drinks really don’t give her much energy.

Underage smokers face expensive consequences

By Cassie Hale and Stormie VanceStaff Writers

Most people know that society has a large teenage smoking issue. What some people may not realize is that there are teens right here at Webster who smoke.

According to the Web site http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com, since 1999, the number of high-school students who have smoked cigarettes has dropped by 34.2 percent.

Currently among high school students, 46.3 percent have smoked cigarettes.

Teenagers smoke for multiple reasons, some student smokers said.

Peer pressure and anxiety are just a couple of reasons.

“I do it because it calms me down,” one smoker said.

Another student enjoys the physical effects of smoking.

The student, who doesn’t smoke on school property, said, “There is a thing called a feel-good drag that happens when you smoke for so long, and then you aren’t able to.”

Several of these teens’ parents know about their smoking habit. Some even provide the cigarettes for them.

Linda Calmus, the nurse at Webster, said smoking can affect people’s health.

“There are some serious health issues related to smoking, like chronic bronchitis and heart disease. They’re sick all the time, and smoking knocks your immune system down,” she said.

One student is aware of the health risks.

“I do think about it affecting my health, because my grandpa died of emphysema due to smoking,” he said.

Not only do cigarettes affect smokers’ health, but they can get pricey.

According to a clerk at Tobacco Express, 3353 S. 57th West Ave., the cheapest cigarettes, Timeless Time, run $3.55 a pack or $33.75 for a carton. The most expensive, Carltons, run $6.95 a pack or $67.75 a carton, with 20 cigarettes in a pack and 10 packs in a carton.

If someone smoked a pack of cigarettes every day, that’s a carton every 10 days, or three cartons a month. If that same person smoked the cheapest cigarettes possible, it would cost $1,215 a year.

With the amount of money spent on cigarettes, that person could buy two iPad 2s with covers and the most expensive pair of earbuds on Apple.com and still have money left for pizza and a movie.

Cigarettes also have expensive consequences at school.

Kelly Alexander, the dean at Webster, said if a student is unfortunate enough to get caught smoking on school property, his or her parents could get a fine of up to $150.

Kickin’ It

Students in Lora Reynolds’ photography classes recently practiced motion photography. Here, Courtney Waller plays hacky sack while classmate Ariana Burger (not pictured) learns to shoot stop-action photography. PHOTO BY ARIANA BURGER

Teacher, students contemplate the importance of education

By Tigeana Vann
Staff Writer

Education means fascination for David Dixon, ninth-grade physical science and physics teacher at Daniel Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School.

“What I think education means for most people is opportunity,” Dixon said. “For me, personally, it’s what makes life interesting: learning about things you like.”

Dixon also believes that education is important for landing a good job.

“Education is what gives you value in the job place,” he said. “There are fewer jobs that you can get without an education. Most of these jobs are unpleasant.”

A freshman at Webster, Tre’ce Motte, agrees that education is a necessity to her life.

Motte’s next step is “to go to the best college I can and get an extremely high paying job.”

“I could try to get with my teacher(s) and try to figure out a plan so I can get what I need, and if not, I’ll do it on my own with no help,” Motte said.

Being a teacher, Dixon plays a vital part in a student’s education.

“There is a lot involved, and it depends somewhat on the grade level,” Dixon said of teaching. “At lower grades, teachers have to be many things for students. They have to be friends, motivators, part-time parents and finally educators.

“As students get older, teaching is more about presenting and explaining more complex material.”

Mikayla Massey, a sophomore at Webster, says she is getting “a lot that I can use when I get older” from her education.

Massey said she is going to “go to college and learn some more and then get a good paying job.”

“I’m getting enough, but it could be more challenging,” she said. “I know I’m a sophomore, but I could use pressure.”

Academic team ends strong season

By Kenzey Weaver
Staff Writer

Webster’s academic team competed at the area tournament on Saturday in Miami, Okla.

Webster swept its district seeding at Berryhill and then went undefeated at the Nov. 12 regional tournament in Inola to qualify for area.

“I am glad the kids got the opportunity to experience area, and I think we did well for the year,” Coach Patricia Pegues said.

Seniors Tiffany Larson, Jasie James. James Denny, and Kristy Fleming started the first game against Vinita.

The teams were tied 40-40 after the first quarter, forcing a tiebreaker. Webster answered the tiebreaker question, putting the score at Webster, 50; Vinita, 40. At the half, Webster led 150-140. There were no halftime subs.

Webster trailed 160-190 after the third quarter. The final score was Webster, 180; Vinita, 200.

The second and final game of the day was against Inola High School, whom Webster had beaten at the regional tournament.

Larson, Denny, Fleming and James started the game.

Inola shut out Webster 70-0 in the first quarter. At the end of the first half, the score was Inola, 130; Webster, 30. There were no halftime subs.

The final score was Webster, 60; Inola, 230.

“The first game was all right, even though we lost, and the second, I have no comment,” Larson said.

Fleming said intimidation was an issue.

“I think we became intimidated by the other two teams, one of which we have beaten before.

“The only teams who have beaten us are ones proficient with word association: They only listen to a key word in the question and answer a word closely associated with the word,” she said.

“We need to not become intimidated by other teams and work on word association techniques. Even though we didn’t win, we did well. I am honored to be a member of the Daniel Webster academic team.”

How could this be me?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of monthly columns chronicling the experiences of a Webster Weekly reporter as she prepares for the birth of her first child.

By Brittany Wilson
Staff Writer

Every day, I wake up and wonder: How could this be me?

On Sept. 19, I found out I am pregnant. That’s when my life changed. When I say changed, I mean everything: the way I sleep, the way I wake up, the way I eat, the way I walk, and even the way I talk — my attitude.

Everything in my life has changed — even the way people think about me.

When I told my mom that I might be pregnant, all I could do was cry and lie in her lap.

She seemed mad at me at first. She didn’t sleep for days and hardly talked to me.

A week later, when we found out for sure that I was pregnant, my mom finally loosened up. She said, “Now all I can do is be happy about having a grandbaby on the way.”

She wanted it to be a girl. On the first ultrasound, my baby wouldn’t open its legs, so we couldn’t tell what it was. On Jan. 4, it was my mom’s birthday, and she says she got the best birthday gift: We found out that my baby is a girl.

I am very thankful for my mom, and to tell the truth, she is the only one I cared about judging me for being pregnant.

Luckily, instead of judging me, my mom is proud of me because I’m 17 years old and in the eleventh grade, and I didn’t drop out like most teens do when they become pregnant.

I also worked at a fast-food restaurant every night after school for the first four months of my pregnancy to help my mom out.

I just want to let other teens know it isn’t easy being a pregnant teen and isn’t cool at all.

It comes with a lot of responsibilities. There’s no more fun, parties or excitement. And I know it wasn’t easy for my mom to get past being hurt, so please don’t put your parents through what I did my mom. They don’t deserve it.

I am now five months pregnant. Zahrya La’Shae Walton is due May 22; I will update monthly to let readers know how my pregnancy is going. Thank you for reading and understanding