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Charley Nold

The Editor-in-Chief of Manual RedEye. He is also the Managing Editor for the Crimson Yearbook, an Eagle Scout, and Vice President of the duPont Manual Student YMCA. He Plans to Study Web Media and Political Science at Ithaca College/Western Kentucky University. Contact: (502)-432-7496 or at

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Manuscripts: The Manual Story Telling Session is a podcast devoted to the raconteur, the biographer, the braggart, the kids who color outside the lines—the round pegs in the square holes. Here we present the untold stories of duPont Manual, and even the ones that have been told a few times too many. Hosted by RedEye Editor-in-Chief Charley Nold, every week Manuscripts will showcase stories centered around a specific theme. For our second installment we present the first in what will hopefully be a set of podcasts devoted to the games. Storytellers Brent Raines, Sara Attarzedeh, Erin Bridges and Austin Gupta. Download the podcast here. Photo by Darby Brown.

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Manuscripts: The Manual Story Telling Session is a podcast devoted to the raconteur, the biographer, the braggart, the kids who color outside the lines—the round pegs in the square holes. Here we present the untold stories of duPont Manual, and even the ones that have been told a few times too many. Hosted by RedEye Editor-in-Chief Charley Nold, every week Manuscripts will showcase stories centered around a specific theme. For our first installment we present: Pump the brakes! Stories about driving. Featured Storytellers incude Max Tague, Jake Sims, and Jane Doe. Download the podcast here. Photo by Darby Brown.

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Communications/Media Arts students spent today in Bowling Green, Ky, at Western Kentucky University accepting Mark of Excellence awards for broadcast, print, and online publications (excluding yearbook, which was judged in fall).


Broadcast awards for Manual AM:

Best broadcast news story – Dave Carroll & Eli Fosl (2nd)

Best broadcast feature – Nathan Pohl & Logan Gilbert (3rd)

Best videography – Clayton Olash, Julian Wright & Patrick Frentz (3rd)


Print awards for The Crimson Record:

Best newspaper (3rd)

Best reviews – Virginia Johnson (2nd)

Best page design – Virginia Johnson (3rd)

Best front page design – Virginia Johnson (1st)

Best feature writer – Colleen Kidd (2nd)

Best sports writer – Meredith Bell (1st)


Online Awards for

Best online news site (1st)

Best multimedia package (1st)

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President’s Day will possibly gain new significance at Manual this year because of The President Project.

The senior class’s year-long project to get President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement offered new information today on its Facebook page:

[quote]We are trying to reach at least 1,500 page likes in honor of President’s Day which is tomorrow, February 20. If we reach this goal by 11:59 Saturday night, we will make a special announcement the following day. Tell your friends and family about us and have them like our page.[/quote]

The page currently has 1,356 likes, clearly short of the group’s goal. The goal would represent support by a nearly a three-fourths of the school’s population. 

“Our goal for the Facebook page since the beginning has been to get the entire school – freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors – to all like the page and really show that we have the full support of the school,” Michael Perry (12), the senior class president and organizer of the project, said.

Since the project’s start, the school has showed much support for the group. “On the grassroots level it has been amazing just to see students and parents and teachers rally around a cause, unite for a common purpose,” Jake Sims (12), President of the Teen Republicans and member of the President Project, said. “The Facebook community has only helped us to grow and continue to generate support. Just “liking” the page is a great way to positively endorse the whole idea behind The President Project.”

Perry was exited about the prospect of meeting the marker, but unsure of how much of a long-term impact it would have. “I think that this next wave is great, but it’s still a little short,” he said. “We have overwhelming support at the school level. Almost every student is very excited about what’s going on, and wants the Project to succeed. The school is almost one hundred percent behind us, and we like to think that that is a testament to the bipartisan message and central theme of education.”

The announcement was vague and had no real details on what the news for the project was, but project organizers were excited.

“We have a big announcement we’ll release,” Sims said, “arguably the biggest development for The President Project yet.”

As The President Project continues to gain momentum, Sims wants to share the message of the projects importance to our country. “This Project is about more than the class of 2012, more than duPont Manual; it’s about the importance of education and bipartisan commitment to excellence and what’s best for the country,” he said.

UPDATE: The project reached its goal ahead of schedule. The President Project facebook group had 1,516 likes as of 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 20, ahead of it’s goal to meet that number by this Saturday.

UPDATE: As of 7:32 p.m. Monday, February 20, The President Project has announced that it will release the information this Thursday. They hope to hit 2000 likes by that time.

[quote]Outstanding work everyone! You guys have exceeded the goal and did it way before the Saturday night deadline. Instead of making the announcement on Sunday evening as originally planned, we will make the announcement this Thursday because of your amazing support. We broke 1,500 likes after only one day, but can you guys break 2000 before Thursday night?[/quote]

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We are slowly but surely moving into the 21st Century with AP Registration.  This year, students will register for their AP Exams online.  I have attached the form mailed to all parents/students this week that details the registration process.  It is important to note that although students register for their AP exams online, they will still come to the College/Career Room in the Guidance Office to pay for their exams.  After registering online, the student will print the confirmation form with payment (check/money orders only…no cash) to finalize registration.


Online Registration opens 12 AM, Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 and closes 3 PM, Friday, Feb 24, 2012.  Students must bring in their confirmation form with payment by 3 PM, Friday, Feb 24.  Any registrations/payments after this date/time will incur an additional $20 late fee.  No payments/registrations will be taken after 3 PM, Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012.  Teachers may also want to take your students to the computer lab to give them intentional time during the school day to complete this quick, easy online Registration.  This should not take more than 15 minutes (max).  This way, the teacher is more in the “know” of who has registered and who has not.  This tool also gives the teacher the ability to look online to see which students per block have registered by pulling up rosters per block.  I will get more information to AP teachers about this capability as we approach this event.  As the AP coordinator, this program will allow me to gather student/parent data in a timely, more accurate manner, and better communicate with students, parents, and teachers during and after the registration process.


Attachments to be looking for:

1.      AP Exam Calendar (2012)

2.      2012 Advanced Placement Registration as Easy as 1…2…3

3.      IMPORTANT INFORMATION read prior to testing window for students and parents


AP Pre-Administration Sessions—remember this is a mandatory session for each student who plans to take an AP exam.  Every student prior to AP testing must complete this information.  If there is one student in an AP exam site who has not completed the Pre-Administration session, it penalizes the entire testing group.  The entire testing group will have to go through this section of the AP exam because of this one student, adding an additional hour to an already stressful and lengthy exam experience.


AP Pre-Administration Sessions:

Monday, April 16, 2012

1st block:  9th grade (Auditorium)

4th block:  10th grade (Auditorium)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1st block:  11th grade (Auditorium)

4th block:  12th grade (Auditorium)


A letter was mailed home to 10th and 11th grade students/parents (with the AP Registration information attached) regarding potential AP courses to consider for next year based on their PSAT score.  The letter explains that there are other considerations to keep in mind before signing up for an AP course. However, solely based on the PSAT score, the student showed potential in particular academic areas that he/she might consider taking at the AP level next year.


Contact Ms. Christy Teague if you have any questions.


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Perennial gubernatorial candidate and local politician Gatewood Galbraith passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Galbraith ran for the fifth time this year against Governor Steve Beshear and Senate president David Williams, earning 9% of the total votes cast in the election.

He held numerous positions in politics in his time, in addition to campaigning for governor; he also ran several other unsuccessful campaigns for Attorney General, Secretary of Agriculture, and the 5th District congressional seat.

Galbraith gained much popularity for his views on the legalization of marijuana. He drove a Mercedes-Benz station wagon that ran on hemp-oil and was deemed “the Hempmobile.” The drug was something he saw as a cheap cure for many ailments; he believed it cured his asthma, and that government resources were being wasted on enforcement of anti-drug laws.

Gailbraith’s sharp, clever wit and distinct turns of phrase caught the attention of many local media figures, giving him more coverage than would be expected for someone who lost seven different elections.

He would always re-introduce himself by saying, “If the people that beat me had done a better job, there would be no need for me to run again.”

Among his other views, Galbraith believed in freezing college tuition and creating charter schools. He strongly favored creating a $5,000 voucher for books and materials to be given to graduating seniors who planned on attending post-secondary education in the state of Kentucky.

“No food, no beer, no creature comforts,” Galbraith said. “Not one penny gets spent until that person actually presents themselves to the entity to begin their training.”

He was respected because of his colorful positions on civil liberties. Many local and state politicos have found themselves profoundly intrigued by Galbraith.

In a recent episode of KET’s Comment on Kentucky, host Ferrell Wellman agreed with this analysis of Galbraith’s policies: “He would say something that would make you roll your eyes, and then fifteen seconds later he’d say something and you’d go, ‘wait, that’s not a bad idea’ or ‘why aren’t we doing that?'”

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Senior class president Michael Perry (12), Parker Bowling (12), and Matthew Garofalo (12) appeared on WHAS-11’s “Great Day Live!” to spread the word about The President Project. Spearheaded by the three students, the project’s year-long goal is to secure President Obama as the commencement speaker for the class of 2012.

During the WHAS-11 interview, the students discussed how they came up with the idea, the work involved in asking the president to give the commencement, surging student interest, and the recently released “‪We Are Manual: An Invitation to President Obama” video.

“I’ve watched Terry Miner and Rachel Platt since I was little,” Bowling said. “It was a little surreal being in the studio with them and kind of put The President Project in perspective of how much of a reach we’ll have on the community, not just Manual but on Louisville.”

Click here for more information about The President Project.

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This column is the sole opinion of the author. It does not necessarily represent the opinions of the RedEye staff, duPont Manual High School, its students, faculty or administration.

I showed up late into the first quarter, a casualty of traffic. I was talking to a friend on the phone before I arrived, but I had to cut the call short because the crowd erupted in a cheer that could only have come from the thrill of a first touchdown. I walked in on the Male side of the stadium to something just short of chaos:  small girls, most likely freshmen, in yellow jumpsuits and with purple headbands wove through the mild-mannered, middle-aged alumni.

I made my way to the “proper” half of the stadium. The air was sharp with the pungent smell of alcohol; it was impossible to tell from which part of the crowd the odor came. I walked high into the stands, too wary of entering the raucous crimson mob. There I would be able to watch the game, to soak up the beauty of this tradition.

I pieced together what I had missed through tweets: “Touchdown for Manual, Motley to Dishan Romine. The kick by Prewitt is good, 7-0, Manual with 7:30 remaining in the half.” As I looked at the student section, I saw one boy wearing a candy-cane colored suit and another redheaded boy in a full corduroy suit without his shirt on. The crowd congratulated these men on their attire; the game itself seemed a lesser spectacle to me than the fans.

129th Male-Manual Rivalry Game

At half time, our mascot ran across the field, waving our flag in the face of the Male Bulldog. He and his partner bulldog knocked over our ram, swinging at him while he was down. The crowd looked on, confused whether or not the fight was staged. The Male crowd erupted in cheers at our mascot’s defeat. The ram quickly ran back to an angry student section ready to beat Male.

But in spite of this, perhaps we’re no better than them (except maybe for that part when we won the barrel back, 23-14). Isn’t one of our favorite cheers a euphemistic death threat to the bulldogs?

That’s not even the oddest thing we do. Think about it: our fourth day of spirit week, Doomsday, is a day in which we begin our morning with the burial of a deceased house pet. When I was explaining this tradition to a friend of mine, she was in shock. “You bury a dog?”

And yet this still isn’t the most ridiculous thing that happened during this year’s Red/White Week. On the Facebook group “Louisville Male Bulldogs vs Manual Crimsons Football Game,” a mass comment war erupted between the two sides and went on for hours. Low blows were thrown left and right—some posts simply proclaimed one school’s dominance over the other, but some even threatened fights, though the threats appeared to be empty. The worst part was the grammar: “manual boutta smash.!~” one student boasted. Another post read, “a yall dont let these manual kids distract yall from the game saturday. cuz all they tryin to do is mess with yall heads.”

I understand being competitive to an extent, but this was beyond a spectacle—this was madness.

Call it being a senior, call it being a Manual student, but there is more to this game than winning a barrel. It’s more than just sitting around at 4:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon screaming, “That’s how we do it at duPont!” It’s about the reputation, the idea that there is some sense of “better” that we can attain by winning the football game.

We’ll all buy into it, as we do every year, and as we’ve been doing since 1893, since my grandfather walked the halls of Louisville Male—because as Thomas Chapman (12) so memorably reminded us, it all comes down to one thing: “Beat Male!”

Charley Nold is a senior and the Editor-in-Chief of Manual RedEye. He is also the Managing Editor for the Crimson Yearbook, a Life Scout, and Vice President of the duPont Manual Student YMCA. He Plans to Study Web Media and Political Science at Western Kentucky University.