Shark Scene The Student News Site of St. Louis High School Fri, 17 Dec 2021 14:36:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St. Louis High School Band’s first Christmas Performance since 2020! Fri, 17 Dec 2021 14:36:01 +0000 The first Saint Louis High School Christmas performance since 2020 occurred Monday, Dec. 14 in the high school cafeteria. 

Middle school and High school students alike were all excited to be able to play for the holidays. Due to the coronavirus, the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders have never had an official concert. 

Senior trombone player Aaron Bowerman did an amazing job. He anecdoted, “This was by far the best conducting and playing that I have ever experienced in my long history here at SLSHS. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself this year and made the best out of difficult situations ”

Students and audience members alike were excited to finally be back. Years of unnoticed hard work can finally be showcased with the return of concerts. Ella Mader was an audience member. She commented, “I thought the high school band sounded really good. I really liked Abby’s part in “Sleighride” and everybody else sounded amazing too. It seemed like a lot of work and practice was put into all of the songs.” Abby Francisco had the iconic role of playing the slapstick in “Sleighride”. 

More performances are on the way with a concert in February. There are also many concerts in the spring including the Pops concert and many outdoor steel band performances. You can also catch the pep band at select home basketball games.

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SLHS students partake in a performance for Academy of Performing Arts Company after the “Come home to Alma” parade Thu, 16 Dec 2021 16:19:02 +0000 A few students at St. Louis High School are a part of the Academy of Performing Arts Company, where they recently performed in the studio windows shortly after the “Come Home to Alma” parade Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. A few of the students that were involved in the performance are Elizabeth Starry, Leah Chvojka, and Tori Patterson. 

“I believe it went really well! It was my first performance back as a company member since my freshman year. I am now a senior, so it was bittersweet,” said Chvojka. “I am also SUPER excited to perform more this year! Especially for the event for Arts United in February that Company One performs at. I think our advanced poms routine really got everyone into the holiday spirit. I was glad to dance with my fellow seniors, but am sad that it had to be my last Come Home to Alma with The Academy of Performing Arts.”

Elizabeth Starry said, “Everything went well, and we all had a great time doing it together as a company. It did go better than I expected. We had two of our five members in our dance gone for a dress rehearsal. Everyone managed to pull it all together about 30 minutes before the performance.” Starry added, “I am very excited to perform more this year and see how much our group will advance and improve. I’m so glad the music didn’t cut out like the last performance and the previous Coming Home to Alma.”

“I thought it went pretty well for the most part, especially since we hadn’t done anything like it in a couple of years because of Covid.  It went pretty much as expected, nothing went wrong but it was a tiring performance due to the long practice we had the day before. If I were to change one thing about it, it would be that we hadn’t had a Company party the night before. I am very excited to perform at the end of the year. Recitals are always so much fun and a really great experience. It’s a nice feeling being able to show off what you have worked so hard to achieve the entire year.” Tori Patterson said.

The companies worked hard to bring a great performance to family, friends, and audiences who wanted to watch. A big thanks to the choir that performed the music for the companies as well!

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St. Louis wrestling beats out #4 ranked Pine River in first opening of the year Thu, 16 Dec 2021 15:51:56 +0000  The St. Louis’ wrestling team beat out the number four ranked Pine River in their first opening meet of the year Saturday, Dec. 8. 

This meet helped to determine standings for the team state meet. In wrestling, eight regional winners move on to the team state finals where they are seeded and a bracket is set up to determine the order of matches for the tournament. The team fared well against Pine River, crushing them in a 55-49 win beating out the fourth best team in the state in Division four. This really helped the team as it put them in a good position for the bracket settings later in the season. 

However, as the dual progressed Hart was not to be out done. With the Sharks losing momentum Hart  made a stand and didn’t let the Sharks back in the match. Craig Bebow, a senior wrestler stated, “The meet went better than what I thought it being my first meet back on the team since freshman year. I was a little nervous.” A few outstanding performances for the night were Colin Kuhn, Robert Long-Terwilliger, Justice Onstott, and Braden Ball all of whom went 2-0. Coach Kuhn stated,  “I was nervous about the hour and a half bus ride to compete against a perennial  powerhouse in their home gym, but our guys seemed unaffected, and performed beyond expectation.” The next time the boys will be out on the mat is Saturday December 11. 

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Is Batman the best superhero ever? Thu, 16 Dec 2021 13:42:32 +0000 He is vengeance. He is the night. He is Batman. The Caped Crusader has been striking fear into the hearts of psychotic clowns, monocle-wearing dwarves, two-faced politicians, and self-proclaimed geniuses since 1939. 

He is the smartest and strongest a human can be, and most importantly the greatest tactician in the universe. Let’s pull out the wrap sheet, shall we? Over the years, Batman has beaten Superman: Man of Steel, Ares: Literal God of War, and who’s this? Darkseid: Literal physical embodiment of evil and New God of chaos and destruction. Granted, he only killed Darkseid’s physical form, no person mortal or otherwise could ever dream of actually killing the New God. Batman became the Dark Knight ever since his parents were executed by Joe Chill in Crime Alley, just behind the Monarch Theatre. He then proceeded to endlessly train himself with the League of Assassins, before being kicked out due to him refusing to kill. With the help of his butler, he created a high-tech Batsuit to fight crime in his city of Gotham.

But the thing that sets Batman apart from his teammates; Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and many more is that Batman has a contingency plan for all of them. Including himself. According to Batman, “I’ve carefully studied every Justice League member, past and present and created contingency plans to neutralize you, should that ever become necessary.” Superman replied, “None of us would ever do that to you.” Batman simply replied, “Then you’re damn fools.” Batman’s only weakness is in his name: he’s a man. And if you think Marvel’s billionaire playboy counterpart, Iron Man, is an even match, you just need to stop. Tony Stark and Iron Man are one in the same; Bruce Wayne and Batman are two different people entirely. While most superheroes’ identities are the character they put on, Batman is Batman. Bruce Wayne is Batman pretending to be someone else. According to student Landon Gall, “I think Batman is better than Superman because he has too much technology like he could just beat anyone in a fight if he wanted to, by killing them, but he refuses to kill.”

After Thomas and Martha Wayne were brutally gunned down while Bruce was eight, Wayne was raised by his trusted butler and father figure; Alfred Pennyworth. His inherited corporation, however, was orchestrated by his father’s friend Lucius Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprises. In his third year of crime-fighting, Bruce Wayne was attending a class circus act named“The Flying Graysons”. Wayne saw something that reminded him of himself. The family comprised three members; Mary Grayson, John Grayson, and Dick Grayson. The young Dick watched as his parents died, sabotaged by the Killer Croc, also known as Waylon Jones. Bruce Wayne adopted Grayson, and Batman had his Robin; for the first time we now had the titular Caped Crusaders. While Batman has had three main Robins over the years, this was his first. So what separates Batman from his other heroes? His relationship with his villains. The Joker especially. The Joker is truly the Anti-Batman; he wears loud colors, has an outgoing personality, doesn’t try to hide his identity, and of course, is evil. The Joker is closer friends with Batman than anybody probably other than Alfred. Batman has a near personal relationship with each of his rogue galleries; he had a relationship with Penguin and Two-Face before they became villains as Bruce Wayne. The Riddler is solely dedicated to proving he is smarter than the Bat. 

But he doesn’t work alone, he has his own “Bat Family” composed of three Robins: Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Red Hood (Jason Todd), and the current holder of the Robin mantle: Tim Drake. As well as five other bats; Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Batwoman (Kate Kane), Signal (Duke Thomas), and the son of Wayne Industries CEO Lucius Fox, Batwing (Lucas Fox). It doesn’t end there though, other members of the bat family are Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, Butler Alfred Pennyworth, and finally trusted Wayne Industries CEO: Lucius Fox. Totalling 13 people Batman considers part of his family, 14 members of the family in total. But there’s one big problem: The Dark Knight does not play nice with others. Gotham is a big place, but it’s Batman’s place. The only members of the Bat Family that Batman works with regularly are of course Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood, and of course his three allies; Alfred, Lucius, and Gordon. Batman gets upset when the others come around as they have other cities to look after. Nightwing, for example, has Bludhaven. But Batman is a loner, he rarely opens up to people as the people he has relationships with tend to get shot in alleyways. Such cases are his parents, Jason Todd who got beat to death, and Batgirl who was shot in the spine and turned into Oracle. 

He, along with Superman, are considered the leaders of the Justice League and the faces of Justice for the people of Earth. He has had more comics made about him than any other hero in the books. But what other Hero has a total of 186 villains? In his 82 years of crime-fighting, Batman has certainly established himself as one of the world’s best- if not, The best superhero in the history of fiction.

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Cars 2: One of the most underrated sequels of all time? Thu, 16 Dec 2021 13:33:46 +0000 Everyone remembers the Pixar film, Cars. Its sequel, however, is not remembered so fondly. Cars 2 released in 2011, five years after the original film debuted in 2006. The movie was nothing short of a flop. 

The film starts with British Intelligence Agent Leland Turbo transmitting a message to his partner. He is undercover and secretly broadcasting this recording. The mood of this movie is immediately set far darker than the original film because Agent Turbo is murdered and turned into a scrap cube. According to Saint Louis High School student Aaron Bowerman, “This is definitely the goriest Pixar movie.” After this first scene, we follow Turbo’s Partner, Finn McMissile as he goes undercover in the same oil refinery compound Turbo was in. He is discovered and engages in a fight with the villains of the movie, lemons, and their leader, Dr. Zundapp. McMissile fakes his own death and manages to get away from the villains. This isn’t before finding out there is a mysterious figure acting as a boss above Dr. Zundapp.

We then shift to the main focus of this film, Tow Mater, as he gives a broken down car a tow just outside of Radiator Springs. As he arrives back into town, he sees the previous film’s antagonist, Lightning McQueen greeting his fellow cars. Mater gets excited and floors it into town to greet his friend. Mater and Lightning engage in friendly hijinx, that is until the main plot is revealed. Mater then crashes a date Lightning is on, upsetting him. Mater then calls into a radio show, signing Lightning up for a Grand Prix without asking him. 

In Tokyo, at the first meeting for the Grand Prix event, I have to say we take a step down from Chick Hicks and now have Francesco Bernoulli as Lightning McQueen’s rival. We are rejoined with Finn McMissile, as well as meeting Holly Shiftwell, a fellow agent. They are meeting with an American Agent, Rod Redline, who is currently in the bathroom. Mater enters the bathroom, giving away Rod’s cover. Rod quickly transfers critical information to Mater and then gets jumped by a few lemons. 

The British agents then think Mater is the American agent, leading to our new main character getting himself into hijinx. Before we can get to the fun though, we have to watch our beloved Rod Redline be tortured to death by the lemons and Dr. Zundapp. His engine is overheated after the villains find he has transferred crucial information to Mater. We see the car blow up and the flames of his corpse creep up the screen. 

Now, the main focus of this film is the development of the character Mater, which is fair. He was only funny in the first film, not a serious character. But the main problem with this is it completely makes Lightning McQueen a jerk again. The entire point of the first film is ruined when Lightning reverts right back to the mean and bitter car he was at the beginning of the first film.

When it all comes to a climax, it is revealed that the main villain of the film is Miles Axlerod, the same man who funded and provided fuel for the Grand Prix. It turns out, he was a major stockholder of gas and founded Allinol, the green fuel, to sabotage himself so everyone will have to use fossil fuels again. He somehow developed a ray that will instantly fault the engine of any car. We see multiple international racers die on screen, which is kind of disturbing. Did I mention this film has a body count of 308 cars? 

Yet after all, I can’t help but like this film. The agent stuff was fun, and the twist at the end is terrible, yet entertaining. According to Adam Shattuck, “It’s truly an underrated classic.” I think the film, at any rate, did what it was trying to do. It made Mater an actual character, granted they had to retract some of Lightning’s development from the first film. Is it worth a watch? Yeah I would say so. The first film is perfect, this second film is entertaining, and the third film, I have no motivation to watch it again anytime soon.

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Want to know what makes a home warm and welcoming? House plants! Tue, 14 Dec 2021 17:55:41 +0000 People enjoy decorating their houses, both interior, and exterior, but what’s one of the most common decorations today? House plants have been rising in popularity at St. Louis High School, whether fake or real. People put them in various places, their bedroom, hanging from their ceiling, in front of windows, or in their classrooms!

According to Healthline, there are many benefits to owning house plants. It could help reduce stress, studies have shown that indoor plants can make most people feel more comfortable in their area, and more soothed. Studies have also shown that to most, plants help with blood pressure and heart rate. Plants can also help you possibly recover from illnesses faster, and may pay more attention to your surroundings. Not to mention the fun parts; decoration, and caring for a living thing.

“I prefer something real. As a biologist, I think living things are cool and prefer to care for something and find that feeling of accomplishment, rather than having something in my house that I would never touch again. Although, the only plant I have myself is the succulent in my classroom.” Mr. Bunce said. When asked if he would recommend house plants to a friend or family, he said, “it would depend on the person, if they have no interest in plants, then no. If they have an interest, however, I would recommend a plant that doesn’t need much care such as a cactus or a succulent. Those two types of plants don’t need too much, just some water and they are good to go. To someone who is really into plants, I would recommend hanging vine plants – or if you have room, floor plants. For outdoorsy people, I would definitely recommend something like a garden with a variety of plants for the spring and summer.”

Ms. Kisser said, “I prefer real plants. I don’t have any fake ones in my classroom or at home. Real plants are a challenge, which I enjoy. They also are constantly growing and changing, which is fun to watch. Also, I’ve learned a lot about plants in the last couple of years. Not only would I recommend plants to my friends and family, but I have propagated some of my plants and given them to friends and family. I have 3 plants in my classroom. In my apartment, I have 20 indoor plants, and 2 outdoor plants that are currently inside for the winter. Before quarantine, I had 5 plants. Three were spider plants that I carried to Florida in a ziplock to start when I lived there. The other two were gifts from friends. During quarantine, buying plants (from the store or online) was something exciting to do and look forward to. And so, now I have 20+ plants and am out of room for new ones!”

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How to be Eco-Friendly 101 Tue, 14 Dec 2021 17:45:20 +0000 Saint Louis High School students are recently taking steps to avoid leaving a carbon footprint to help save the planet.

One major step into avoiding plastic waste is using reusable bags and not the plastic bags provided at a store. Reusable bags were popularized in the early 2000’s as consumers began to reject disposable shopping bags. There has been a large increase in use in the last decade. At one point in 2007, reusable bags even became a sought-after fashion accessory, and recently tote bags have stepped into the scene.  

Peyton Allen tries to always avoid using plastic bags. She said, “I like to think I’m helping in a way by not using plastic bags and using tote bags instead. I know it doesn’t make a big difference because a lot of others still proceed to use plastic while being aware of the issue.”

Plastic bags are very harmful to the environment. They don’t biodegrade and they are photo-degraded. That means that they break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits and contaminate soil and waterways. They are the largest source of ocean litter and are harmful to wildlife. Eliminating the use of this waste can be one big step to cleaning the planet.

Recently, there have been more and more sustainable options being introduced. There are many small businesses that create products that help people reduce waste. One product, in particular, that is very helpful is reusable wax wraps. It works as a clear plastic wrap but can be easily cleaned and used many times and is eco-friendly. Others have been using reusable ziplock bags for their food.

There is one simple way that everyone could help reduce waste– use a water bottle. Having a nice water bottle to take with you is a very little thing, but it cuts out the need for buying plastic water bottles. United States landfills are overflowing with more than 2 million tons of discarded water bottles.  

Jenna Abell is a runner and consumes a lot of water daily. She does her part in reducing waste by not using plastic water bottles. She commented, “I use my water bottle every day, and I carry it around with me everywhere. I haven’t used a plastic one in a long time because I can just refill my own.”

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Worst Christmas songs of all time! Tue, 14 Dec 2021 17:38:07 +0000 With Christmas right around the corner, the time of festivities such as Christmas caroling is upon us. There have been a lot of Christmas carols that have been sung over the years, and there have been some awful ones. Some famous Christmas songs from our younger childhood such as “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” are some of the worst according to multiple sources.

Christmas is the favorite time of the year for a great many people and for some, the best part can be the songs that are spread amongst each other. However, some songs such as “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,” are quite annoying. Another song that causes a headache just listening to it is “Mistletoe,” By Justin Bieber.  Those songs are some of the worst to ever grace one’s ears.

The song I don’t agree with being on any list of worst Christmas songs, is “Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer.” This song is a classic, but from what I hear, it is considered one of the worst and most offensive Christmas carols to exist. If you can get offended by a Christmas Carol, you are just a grinch. The song itself however can get annoying after a while. However, it’s still a funny one.

Regardless of one’s opinion on a Christmas Carol, you can listen to whatever song you like if you want to. Christmas is the time of festivities and a time to enjoy those around you regardless of their taste in music.

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Until breakups do us part… Mon, 13 Dec 2021 18:22:15 +0000 “Until death do us part.” These binding words have cemented marriages for ages, but the fallen stars of the land of vice and sin don’t seem to get it as they seem to collect wedding rings like infinity stones. 

Celebrity marriages are infamous for living fast, dying young, and leaving carnage and more step-children than rabbits on aphrodisiacs, but sometimes, just sometimes, they can last for a long time. The best example of a long-lasting marriage is Irving Benson and Lillian Waldowsky which lasted from Nov. 19, 1936, to March 3, 2016, with the death of Lillian. 

On the other side of the coin, there’s Britney Spears’ marriage to Jason Alexander, which, to be fair, was annulled in a matter of hours due to Britney’s declining mental health. There are many reasons Hollywood marriages fail like lack of intimacy, high divorce rates, and the culture itself. A lack of intimacy can lead to disaster because journalists hound the stars all the time, and there’s no room for private talks between lovers. 

The hectic schedule also takes away time for closeness causing a rift. Finally, there are the affairs. I could hang myself with a chain of multiple tabloids about infidelities because people seem to think they can get away with anything, but news flash, they’re celebrities and can’t.

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St. Louis Varsity Boy’s Basketball open their season Mon, 13 Dec 2021 17:52:38 +0000 The Saint Louis boys varsity basketball team opened their season against the Breckenridge Huskies Tuesday, Dec. 7 on the road. The Sharks fell to the Huskies 59-38. 

Starters for the Sharks were Thomas Zacharko, Ignatious Jackson, Cole Lombard

Demetrius Alspaugh and Colby Taylor.

The Sharks began the game in stride with an 11-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. As the second quarter came around, the Huskies battled back to tie up the score, the first half ending with both teams being close in score.

Everything came down to the second half as each team had the opportunity to win. The Huskies made big plays in the third quarter of the game which ultimately led them to come out on top as they held their momentum throughout the 4th quarter.

“We were looking good at first,” said Senior Demtriues Alspualph. “At the end of the first quarter, we were up 11 points and were not that far behind by the end of the half. In the beginning, Breckenridge played man-to-man defense which is why I think we had such a huge lead. Once the other team switched to zone defense it seemed like we fell apart and they just ended up outscoring us.”

Leading the varsity team was Junior Thomas Zacharko with 13 points. Zacharko was a big help to the team. Cole Lombard had a great night with 9 pts and Ignatious Jackson added 8 points. 

The Sharks next compete against the Valley Lutheran Chargers on the road, Friday, Dec. 10. 

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