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Eliza Coleman

Eliza Coleman was Editor-in-Chief of When she isn’t writing articles or pressuring the staff to meet their deadlines, Eliza enjoys exploring new places, drawing geometric patterns, and the smell of chocolate chip cookies. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and a Varsity member of the Manual swim team, as well as an award winning essay writer.

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Students who are interested in submitting questions for the principal candidates’ Q and A session on Friday, May 31st should do so immediately here.

Alternately, students may submit questions on paper to Ms. Hunt (Rm 224), Ms. Robinson (Rm 200), or to any of the Student Senate members.

Questions will be accepted until about midday on Friday, in order to have time for all questions to be screened and considered.

According to the Student Senate Updates page on Facebook, “All questions will be screened by the Student Senate sponsors Ms. Hunt and Ms. Robinson in regards to the legality of the submission.” It is illegal for employment-related questions to address personal information such as age and religion. Student Senate Chair Robyn Blackman encouraged students to carefully consider the wording of their questions so that they solely address policy and have a higher chance of being asked.

Questions which are submitted most frequently by a wide variety of students also have a higher probability of being asked.

Interviews will continue to be conducted by the administration on Thursday May 30th, and the finalists from that process will be presented during the Q&A session. This will be the first time that students have been invited to participate in the principal selection process.

“The fact that students are a part of this process is really a first in the Kentucky history. We want to get this right so that other students and other schools could possibly have the opportunity to do this as well,” said Blackman.

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On May 23, Ms. Cash’s Foods class participated in a “Microwave Only” lab. The students were not allowed to use anything other than microwaves and basic cutlery to prepare their food.

“A lof of these kids are going to college soon, and they had to look up and make recipes they could prepare in the dorm room,” said Foods teacher Mrs. Cash.

The foods class is divided into multiple groups, each with 6-8 students. Each group decided on the recipe they wanted to make. Recipes included BLT sandwiches, burgers, brownies made in bowls, coffee cake, risotto, ramen noodles, and baked potatoes.

“There are thirty something people in this class, and only 4 microwaves to use,” said Nina Espinueva (12) and she laid out bacon to be cooked in the microwave for a BLT.

“There are also people who aren’t even in this class, who come during lunch to use the microwaves,” said Sheila Zhang (12).

Despite the challenges, the groups were all successful in completing their finished products. “It was actually pretty easy,” said Austin Motley. Motley worked with Kylie King and his other teammates to create burgers cooked entirely in the microwave.

The Foods class is not done yet. For their final, they will be participating in “Fun Food Friday,” a lab activity where each group gets to decide what food to prepare.

Groups are graded based on their finished product, and their abilities to work together as a group and follow lab regulations.

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    The Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance continues to meet administrative resistance to their latest project.

    Last year under club president Kelsey McKim, the club created rainbow-decorated triangles supporting LGBT students. The club meant to request that teachers put them in their rooms in order to show support, but it never happened due to time constraints.

    The triangles read: “This is a safe space for all students, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or any other sexual orientation or gender identity. Hate and discrimination will not be tolerated.”

    This year, the club’s co-presidents, Zoe Schaver (12) and Maura Hayse (11), sent a letter to Principal Wooldridge explaining their project and included one of the triangles. “We wanted to inform him as a courtesy, because we were going to have teachers put these up in their classes and we thought that he should know,” said Schaver.

    Wooldridge took issue with the triangles because there are rules in place which should make the whole school a safe place, and he thought the triangles implied that this was not the case.

    “While it is true that there are rules in place to protect LGBT students, they are often specifically targeted for bullying, and the triangles are a message of support,” said Schaver.

    Wooldridge then explained to them that, because of his impending retirement, he felt that this was too big a decision for him to make about the school himself. He requested that GSTA take their idea and present it to the SBDM council to gain their approval.

    Schaver presented the idea during the council meeting on May 1. The council, including teacher representative Tim Holman, agreed that while the triangles were a good idea, they were not in the council’s jurisdiction.

    “The SBDM basically told us that they were fine, just so long as we got the permission from individual teachers,” said Schaver.

    However, once the club started to ask teachers to display the symbol, Wooldridge asked Schaver and Hayes to stop distributing the triangles.

    According to Schaver, Wooldridge had spoken to the Assistant District Superintendent after their previous meeting. The two of them had decided that the triangles should not be put up until every teacher gets sensitivity training on how to deal with LGBT issues. They were worried that the triangles would be interpreted to mean that students who were dealing with LGBT problems could go to the teacher who displayed the triangle for help, and proper help could not be offered until teachers were educated on the subject.

    However, due to the fact that Wooldridge will not be principal next year, he cannot authorize the training for any current teachers. Thus, the triangle project has been pushed back again to be dealt with next year by a new principal.

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    The members of the Anime club seem like one big family. There is certainly a lot of love, and a lot of creativity, among this group of Manual students.

    The Anime club was formed two years ago in 2010 as a place where students could come together and discuss and watch anime. Since then, its turned into more of a social club, though all of the members are still really big anime fans.

    A very dedicated anime fan is known as an otaku. Otakus not only watch anime and read manga, but they also attend anime conventions, do cosplay of the characters, and own merchandise surrounding anime franchises. Cosplay is when people dress and act like the characters from different series. Cosplays are shown at conventions, where participants meet other cosplayers, pose for pictures, and discuss the series. 

    The club’s president, Brevyn Fleming (11) has created a number of her own costumes to participate in conventions in the area, including Chisaii Con in Shepherdsville, and others in Cincinatti. “My favorite cosplay I’ve ever done was Panty from Panty and Stocking. And once I hand-sowed an entire floor length dress in one week for a One Piece cosplay.” said Fleming. Her entire cosplay list can be found on her Tumblr page, Colonelemu.

    Fleming and Vice President Christina Sutter shared with us the list of rules for attending a convention:

    -Do not glomp (run/jump hug) cosplayers

    -Do not scream

    – Ask permission before taking pictures

    -Do not take props from people

    -Do not hit people (especially with your props!)

    -Do not touch people without permission

    -Do not sexually harass other cosplayers

    -Do not stalk

    -Do not insult other people’s cosplays

    -Be polite

    -Do not rave in a binder or a corset!

    -Don’t throw things

    -Don’t harass homestucks

    “Homestucks” refers to people who cosplay as characters from the wildly popular web comic Homestuck, which features a very large cast of characters. Abby Stowers (11), who also designed the club’s many fliers around the school, draws fanart of Homestuck as well as other animes and mangas. Her artwork can be seen online on her Deviantart page, NemuriMoya.

    If you are interested in attending an anime convention, there are many coming up in the area, including the Sukoshi Con in Louisville on July 19-21, as well as OMGcon in Paducah, Ky from June 14-16th. For a full list of anime conventions throughout the country, please visit here. The anime club meets on Tuesdays after school in the Library from 2:30 to 3:30.

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    On April 12th, Action for Africa held their annual student-faculty talent show to help raise money for the senior Habitat for Humanity project. There was no charge for admission, but donations were accepted, and snacks were provided with a small fee.

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    One Blue Wall, Manual’s literary magazine, was to host an open mic night on Friday, April 12th. The event was to feature original student literary works. According to teacher sponsor Amy Ritchie, the event will be postponed indefinitely due to a scheduling conflict. The new date of the event will be announced soon.

    To learn more about One Blue Wall, visit this link:


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    According to the United States Department Of Justice, domestic violence is defined as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship, that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power or control over another intimate partner.” Domestic violence can come in the form of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse. Regardless of the form, it can happen to all races, and to all ages. One out of five female high school students are physically and mentally abused by their partners.

     While this is a serious issue, it is an issue that does not receive much public attention, because many people say “why doesn’t he or she just leave?” But the statistics clearly show that the public, and more importantly high school students need to be more educated about this topic, so they do not become the victim or the perpetrator.

    On Thursday, April 2nd, Dr.Rash held a Domestic Violence Seminar in the auditorium. It was for seniors, but was also open to any sophomore or junior if seats were available.

    “I myself have personal experience with the effects of abuse in relationships. I can attest it is bewildering; it’s shocking and sometimes has horribly painful affects. That is why we need to make our student body aware of signs of abuse, where to go for help, how to remove themselves from that relationship and start the healing process, “ said Dr. Rash.

    Congressman John Yarmuth kicked off the seminar program  with a short speech. He highlighted some of the work he is doing in the community to help spread awareness about domestic violence. “ Healthy relationship are the most important thing to have to focus on in your life,” said Yarmuth. Yarmuth also mentioned the recently passed Violence Against Women Act, which provides transportation, housing, and counseling for victims of domestic violence.

    After his speech, the powerpoint presentation was given by Sarah Zarantonello, Coordinator for The Center for Women & Families, and Rus Funk, Executive Director of MensWork. The presentation consisted of examples and information on what a healthy and unhealthy relationship looks like. Zarantonello and Funk even did a skit to challenge the students to see if they could identify who is the victim or perpetrator in the situation. At the end, students were able to ask questions.

    “I don’t think I feel more aware about domestic violence, but knowing that it happens more often is important to me, “ said Rachel Minrath (12).

       Dr. Rash will not stop here with spreading domestic violence awareness. Next year, he will partner with Center For Women and Families and Menswork to develop the White Ribbons Program. The program was initially started at Menswork to help male victims, but the chapter that will be started here at Manual will be for the young men and women. The goal of the program is to provide students a safe place to go and talk without fear or judgement. It will be a place where victims can become survivors and, since abuse is often generational, have the opportunity to possibly break the cycle of abuse in their own homes. Although Dr.Rash is the founder of the chapter here at Manual, the coordinator will be Mrs. Spiegelhalter. She was best suited for the position, since she teaches the Healthy Relationships class for juniors and seniors.

    Dr. Rash hopes that the program will eventually spread throughout JCPS.  Congressman John Yarmuth will also be working closely with the program. For more information on how you can be a part of this movement, please visit Dr. Rash in room 206 , or Ms. Spiegelhalter in room 325. To find out more about Menswork and the program, visit women program or for The Center for Women and Families.