Shark Scene The Student News Site of St. Louis High School Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:28:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Science Olympiad competes at Delta College Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:28:35 +0000 Saint Louis High School students competed at a Science Olympiad event at Delta college Feb. 22. 

Science Olympiad is a competition with a variety of science-based tests. A few examples of these are protein modeling, geologic mapping, ornithology, and forensics. Depending on the event, you work either independently, with two, or up to four people.

The Sharks took second in the small-schools division, losing to Nouvel Catholic Central. There were five small school teams: Carrollton, Fulton, Ithaca, Nouvel, and Saint Louis. 

The team was coached by Mr. Stedman, and he said, “Even though we took second in the small schools, it is still really impressive with four people missing the event, such as Cole Acker, Owen Downs, Rylee Koutz, and Kassie Acker; three of them being upperclassman. This gives me confidence in my younger group, and I hope we can do better when we have everyone participating.”   

Students that attended the event were Aaron Bowerman, Demetrius Alspaugh, Dawson Brundage, Alex Baxter, Faith Owen, and Jaszmin Harbor. 

Bowerman said, “The event was super fun. Even though no one placed individually, we are a really young team and have a promising future.” Bowerman participated in geologic mapping, protein modeling, and circuit lab.

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Spring sports are just around the corner! Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:30:58 +0000 The end of winter is coming and along with it comes the end of winter sports. Spring sports are right around the corner, and coaches have been on top of it trying to get students to sign up. 

Lots of sports sign-ups have been taking place this week including, the boys’ track meeting Feb. 25, girl’s track and boys’ golf Feb. 26, and girls softball Feb. 27. 

Noah Harry has been playing golf for four years and has been on varsity for all of them. He commented, “We lost an all-state golfer last year, but we have three returning seniors and our region is not very difficult, so I think we can still pull through with at least the top three in the region.”

The boys’ baseball team nearly had an entire coaching overhaul this year. The team hopes their new head coach will help them have a good season and possibly win regionals. Blake Siefka is a junior at the Shark Tank and has been playing baseball all three years of high school. He stated, “I’m really excited about the season. We have a bunch of new coaches this year, and I think it will help our success. We have been doing a lot of offseason workouts in the last two months.” Siefka added that he is confident if his team works hard during practice and plays as a team, they will have a lot of success.

Girls’ track is hoping for another good season as they are coming back from a TVC West championship last year. Boys track is also hoping for a good season although they lost a few seniors from last year who were key competitors for their events. Although boys track lost a few people, they also have a lot of new runners such as Cameron Peak. Peak is attempting to dual-sport this season with golf and track. He commented, “Since it is my senior year, I am going to dual sport since I haven’t played many sports in my high school career. I am trying to compete in golf and track this year. For this year I think I can get at least eight strokes off of my golf game.”

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Junior Shannan Mitchell bowls a perfect game at practice Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:24:29 +0000 St. Louis junior Shannan Mitchell bowled a perfect game during practice Monday, Feb. 24. Mitchell bowled 12 strikes in a row to end the game with a score of 300. 

Mitchell stated, “I have been preparing for this in the sense that I just wanted to make sure I was consistent with my shots and that I wasn’t getting too excited. The most nerve-racking part was when I realized during the seventh frame I could finally get my first perfect game. I’m really happy that I got this because it has been my goal since freshman year, and I always thought it was impossible.”

She also added, “The thing that made it amazing was the fact that not all of my strikes were good and that everyone was watching me and was so happy for me. When I finished my game, I was so shaky and I had to have my mom take a picture because I couldn’t hold my phone still enough.”

Shannan’s mom commented, “I was so nervous for Shannan on her last shot. She pulled it a little bit and then bam, all of the pins were down. I was so happy for her and how she achieved her goal of ending a game with a score of 300.” 

This Saturday, Mitchell will compete in singles at Bay Lanes in Bay City, and she hopes to bowl as well as she did at practice on Monday and achieve her goal of bowling 300 in a game.

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Three wrestlers qualify for the state tournament Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:21:14 +0000 Three boys from the Saint Louis varsity wrestling team advanced through regionals to compete at the state competition in Detroit at the Ford Field arena, Friday, March 6. This includes seniors Gavin Giles and Alex [Fig] Newton and freshman Dylan Marr. 

Marr stated, “I’m very prepared because Coach Kuhn has taught us all the stuff we need to know. Now we just need to use the moves the right way.  I feel good going into the state meet because we will have had two weeks of rest.” Marr added that he is looking forward to getting a break from non-stop practices. 

Newton said, “I am feeling good going into the state meet, but I feel that I need to buckle down and focus more to get the dub. I am very prepared for State but still have a lot of preparation to do. I am looking forward to eating mostly, but all of the experiences to happen.” Newton adds that he hopes he accomplishes being state champ. 

Giles stated, “We’ve worked hard for three months every day from three to five. I’ve put in the time; I’ve gotten the extra workouts in. We’re ready. I’m hoping to accomplish wrestling my absolute best and battle for a state title.” Giles added that he’s looking forward to finishing school in the next couple of months and starting a new chapter in life. 

The competition will take place in Detroit at the Ford Field arena, Friday, March 6.

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Will Smith’s Bad Boys for Life is a hit Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:15:24 +0000 After 17 years, the latest segment of Bad Boys has been released: Bad Boys for Life.

The third installation to the series starts by introducing a new conflict, which involves a prison break in Mexico to get everything rolling. In comparison to the two previous movies, a new crime leader is on the rise by the name of Isabel Aretas. She completes this prison break with two goals in mind: get her son (Armando) back in her life and eventually get revenge on Detective Lowery (Will Smith) and whoever else put her in prison and killed her husband. 

Initially, I noticed that the tone in the movie was a bit softer than the two previous ones. The scenes were more heartfelt.

However, the humor was still there, the action was 100% packed, and it was well-performed by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

If asked to grade this film, I’d give it an “A”, and I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys Will Smith movies. It met my expectations in terms of the amount of action. Most of Will Smith’s movies are good, especially the Bad Boys series. 

Justin Jones of CBR (Comic Book Resources) says, “Bad Boys for Life, the first film in the franchise not directed by Bay, is full of heart and packed with characters who are easy to love.” 

When asked about how he liked the movie, senior Trevin Robinson said, “It was very action-packed. I enjoy movies that are action-filled, so this one was definitely a good watch.”

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St. Louis runners compete at Indoor State Meet Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:54:08 +0000 Some St. Louis runners involved in indoor track traveled Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23, to Eastern Michigan University for the Michigan Indoor Track Series (MITS) State Meet. According to coach Brian Tomanek, seven girls qualified, and it was the most in school history. The athletes who qualified were Jenna Abell, Mikenna Borie, Jaiden Dickman, Payton Kuhn, Libby Munderloh, Adry Munoz, and Chloe O’Boyle.

Munderloh ran in the 1600-meter run, and she took 10th place out of 40 with an incredible time of 5:19.42. She ran a great race and missed all-state by a mere two spots and less than two seconds.

Munderloh was also a part of the sprint medley relay team that qualified. The team consisted of Borie, O’Boyle, Munoz, and Munderloh, and they came into the meet ranked last at 33rd, but they improved to take 15th out of the 33 teams with a time of 4:32.32.

Tomanek stated, “They improved their time by 36 seconds and should be very proud of their performance.”

Munderloh shared, “I didn’t really do as well as I would have liked to this past weekend, but the meet did give me some confidence for the upcoming outdoor track season. As a team, we moved up really well in the rankings, and a lot of girls had some new personal bests. We surprised a lot of people with our performances, like the fact that our SMR team moved from 33rd in the rankings to 15th overall.”

Borie competed in the SMR and the 4×800 meter relay. She said, “Being able to run was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun with the other girls.”

Additionally, the distance medley relay team of Dickman, O’Boyle, Kuhn, and Munderloh took 11th out of 18 teams with a season PR of 13:08.88! O’Boyle also competed in the 60-meter dash and ran an impressive 8.37 in preliminaries.

Tomanek shared, “Definitely the goal is to qualify as many girls as possible and earn all-state honors, but that didn’t happen this year. It looks like we made a big step this year and may be one year away from making another step.  Overall, these girls had a great weekend, and many of them have put in the work for three to four years now, and it shows. The work, commitment, and dedication to doing the right stuff make these girls special. They earn every bit of success that comes their way.”

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FFA holds spirit week with dress-up days Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:47:39 +0000 St. Louis High School participated in a week of dressing up for FFA. Unfortunately, SLHS missed the first two days of the week because of President’s Day and a snow day. However, that didn’t stop SLHS; they still went all out and put on their best school spirit. This year SLHS celebrated FFA Week with fun spirit days. These days were Wednesday: YEE-YEE vs. Lumberjack day, Thursday: Barn/chore clothes day, and Friday: FFA apparel. Both students and teachers participated in FFA spirit week. There was also a game night on Wednesday night. This night FFA members got together and had snacks, music, great conversations, and played many different games. 

Mr. Bernia stated, “My favorite day is FFA Apparel because it allows our students to show off their FFA Pride.” He hopes everyone involved enjoyed it and had a fun time dressing up. Mr. Bernia thinks that Ms. BG was clearly the winner for going all out on Thursday for Barn/chore day. He believes this week was a great week for bonding with FFA members and brought a lot of laughs. Mr. Bernia wishes every week was spirit week. He also believes that the game night was a great opportunity to build relationships. Mr. Bernia stated, “This was a great time to see the bonds of friendship forming between FFA Members. I truly feel this united FFA members and made them feel like a part of something bigger.  I feel blessed as a teacher to get to work with amazing students!” 

Another staff member that participated in spirit week was Mr. Landis. Mr. Landis’ favorite day was Lumberjack Vs. YEE YEE day. Mr. Landis stated, “I always like supporting school organization, and this was a fun way to do that.” He believes this was a fun way of bonding and seeing everyone participate.  

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Shark basketball drops game to Valley Lutheran Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:25:57 +0000 The varsity boys basketball team competed against the Valley Lutheran Chargers Feb. 2. The Sharks were keeping up with the Chargers until the last quarter but lost 52-61.  

Avante Taylor stated, “I thought we could have done a better job on defense. We would have secured the win if we didn’t get into foul trouble.”

Cade Pestrue added, “It was a good game, but we didn’t shut down their big man, and he got almost every rebound during the final moments of the game which led to us not having enough possessions to come back.”

Pestrue led in scoring with 26 points on 8-14 shooting, including seven made three-pointers. Noah Prestage led in assists with three, and Corban Allen grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Sharks.

Friday night’s game was a re-match because the Sharks had gone against the Chargers earlier in the season. The varsity boys basketball team played again Feb. 25, against Nouvel Catholic Central at home and lost 40-55.

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Girls basketball plays St. Charles at home Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:37:16 +0000 The St. Louis girls basketball team competed against the St. Charles Bulldogs at the Shark Tank Feb. 18. The girls tried their hardest but eventually lost to the Bulldogs with the final score being 47-29.

Joslynn Clark is currently the starting point guard for the team. She commented, “I feel like the team was trying their hardest but didn’t start playing to their full potential until the third quarter. It was a very fun game to be a part of, and we love the competition.”

The girls struggled throughout the entire first half putting up very little points. Natalia Garza said, “It was a fun game to play, and the bench really helped out a lot with their attitude. Unfortunately, the game ended in a loss. Towards the end, we started coming together as a team and tried out best. Overall, the team worked very hard on and off the bench.”

The varsity girls competed again away at Valley Lutheran on Friday, Feb. 21. The team lost another game against Valley Lutheran with a score of 67-39.

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Students don’t get the day off for MLK Day Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:15:22 +0000 Martin Luther King Jr. was a famous human rights activist who stood up for the equal treatment of African American citizens in the United States in the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately, April 6, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically shot in the jaw and died upon arrival to the hospital. Acknowledging his impact on America, President Ronald Reagan made a bill stating, every third Monday of January is to be celebrated as MLK Jr. day. 

Some schools acknowledge what he did for the country and students take the day off of school. 

St. Louis High School did not take this day off this year, and a lot of people have surprisingly the same thoughts on this topic. Some think it doesn’t make any sense why we still have school on this day. I think that our school should celebrate this day because I appreciate what MLK did for America, and I appreciate how he stood up for what he wanted until the end, and he did it respectfully. 

There are some students and staff at SLHS who have their own opinion on this topic as well. 

Sophomore Ben Dousah stated, “It doesn’t make any sense to me. At my old school, we had the day off, and I was thankful for it. What’s the difference here? We had President’s Day off regardless what you want to call it (Mid Winter Break)! MLK was an icon, and if the United States recognizes it is a federal holiday, our school should let us have the day off.” 

History teacher Brian Caszatt stated, “I think we should have the day off. I would support that cause all the way.”

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