The Talisman The Student News Site of Rutherford B. Hayes High School Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:04:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Q&A with Olivia Sisler Thu, 06 Feb 2020 14:05:58 +0000 Q: What is your name and grade?

A: “Olivia Sisler and 11th grade.”


Q: Do you drive to school? If so do you like driving to school and parking in the parking lot? 

A: “Yes I drive to school, sometimes I feel like people shouldn’t have their licenses but what can you do?  


Q: Would students be more productive if cell phones were banned during school hours? 

A: “I definitely think that phones can be a distraction in some circumstances like when something important is being said or during a lesson, but a lot of students use their phones for listening to music, grades, things like that.” 


Q: Do you have open lunch? If so, do you like it? 

A: “I really do like having open lunch I think you should get it automatically and not have to stress about grades because it’s one hour of freedom where you get to relax your brain outside of school and come back in a better mood.” 


Q: What do you like to do in your free time? 

A: “Besides working I really just hang out with my friends, eat taco bell, go shopping. I also have a really big family so I like spending time with them and watching my little siblings grow up.” 


Q: Where do you work? 

A: “This year I’m doing sound for the booth for Hayes theatre after two years on the stage crew. I am so excited to learn new parts of what makes up the technical side of theatre.”


Q: Do you like having a big family? 

A: “I do like having a big family, I’m the oldest of five. Four girls and one boy. I like helping out and hanging out with them because I can’t do it every day with my schedule.” 


Q: What are you doing after high school? 

A: “My plan is to go to Mount Carmel Nursing School but first I’ll probably get credits out of the way at Columbus State.” 


Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? 

A: “I think sometimes teachers forget that we have jobs or other classes and sometimes It can be a lot all at once that you just don’t even want to do any of it because you don’t know where to start.” 


Q: What’s one thing you want to accomplish before graduation? 

A: “I want to save up as much as I can and make friendships that I’ll have forever because, in the end, you’re not going to remember what you learned in high school, more of the memories you made. 


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Conversation heart candies deserve more love in return Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:33:50 +0000 It’s officially that time of year when we’re reminded of our loved ones, the ones we could never be apart from. That’s right- conversation heart candies.

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a tiny heart shaped candy with a chalky pastel color that literally says ‘I love you’.

No matter how strongly you feel about conversation heart candies, people should appreciate them more because they were at once near extinction from our holiday season.

According to Spangler Candy Company, they claimed Sweethearts in 2018 after their original owner, the New England Confectionery Company (Necco), went bankrupt, but couldn’t have the Sweethearts ready in time for the 2019 Valentines season.

Candy brands like Brachs, popular for candy canes and candy corn has produced its own similar conversation heart candies. Wonka Candy has also produced its line of Sweet Tart Hearts. 

The 2019 Valentine season was a tough one for conversation heart candy lovers, since they were no longer being produced. With the candy continuation being questioned, it was unclear whether we’d get to taste pure sugar in the kindest form again.

Although there’s minimal ingredients, many spin offs of the original kind haven’t hit the mark.

Sweet Tarts brand disguises itself as a true conversation heart producer, with the same pastel colors, and the giant pink heart on the bag, it’s an easy and regretful mistake to pick up one of these bags for your special someone.

As the name implies, Sweet Tarts doesn’t satisfy the soft and chalky taste of the original conversation hearts, and are simply the original Sweet Tarts in the shape of a heart with tiny messages.

The nostalgic taste of elementary school valentines is a hard one to beat. With a shaky foundation of the production of these candies, it’s important that we return the love they’ve always given us, and not take for granted their existence on local shelves this month.

According to Spangler Candy Company, their headquarters began operating in Bryan, Ohio, making these little candy hearts hit close to home even more.

While many other candies are just exceptional for Valentines day and chocolate treats everyone well, these candies give a little more than their taste.

No one can deny the flattery of the small red inked messages telling you to be theirs or to text them, or even more serious, asking for marriage.

These candies can go a long way in their value to a relationship. They are not just helpful in a relationship of two, but also in the relationship with yourself.

Conversation hearts can be your ultimate hype man this February. Popping a tiny candy into your mouth with the words “U shine” or “U rock” is the best form of self love.

The messages are endless and with multiple colors to choose from, it’s a sure fact that you’ll find the perfect heart for everyone.

It’s our second season of giving, but this time with a little extra love. This is why conversation heart candies are the way to go.

In a large bag or a small cardboard box with a place to write one’s name, the form of delivery is up to you.

Although our practices of valentines cards have been abandoned since elementary school, it’s never too late to revive the spirit, especially when it tastes as good as this.

According to the Smithsonian magazine, Necco Sweethearts used to make up for 80% of Valentine’s Day sales. 

Therefore, it’s no question why these candies need to make a comeback, and lucky for us, the 2020 Valentines season is the time for this comeback.

This Valentine’s Day, forget the expensive flowers or confusing boxed chocolates. Grab a twelve pack of conversation heart candy boxes to give to those special people in your life- your mom, best friend, mail man, editor on a school newspaper, just to name a few.

While their time to shine is slim and reliant on a non-federal holiday, it’s time to show support for their continuation and how they’ve never failed to brighten spirits.

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Wrestling team takes down Hilliard Bradley on senior night to win OCC Wed, 05 Feb 2020 23:35:55 +0000 The Delaware Hayes wrestling team defeated the Hilliard Bradley Jaguars 48-15 on senior night to win the OCC-Cardinal Division; both teams entered the dual undefeated in the OCC.

The boys class of 2020 includes seniors Mason Sutandar, Emmet Cain, Brian Frisch, Tristan Burton, Zack Raquepaw, Ethan Rupp, Corbin May, J’von Cain, Jahi Brussard-Nash, Nate Robinson and Gustavo Alfaro. As a class, they acomplished 44 team dual meet victories and 520 individual wins.

The girls seniors includes Chloe Diehl, Ari Avant and Akima Cain.

Ari Avant

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Senior wrestler Ari Avant performs a take down in her match during senior night. Avant went on to win her match in 24 seconds with a pin.

Mason Sutandar

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Senior Mason Sutandar poses for his senior night picture with his parents. Sutandar has wrestled his whole high school career and qualified for the State tournament during his sophomore year.

Zack Raquepaw

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Senior wrestler Zack Raquepaw attempts an escape during his senior night match. Raquepaw is a two-time seal week finisher.

Nate Robinson

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Senior Nate Robinson poses for his senior night picture with his mom and siblings. Robinson is ranked 12th in the state in the 220 pound weight class by

Tristan Burton

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Senior Tristan Burton attempts a take down in his senior night match. Burton went on to win the match in overtime.

Emmett Cain

Senior Emmett Cain attempts a take down during his senior night match. Cain went on to win the match with a pin.

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Lady Pacers basketball team defeats Hilliard Darby Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:57:54 +0000  







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Australian Bushfires still burn throughout the country Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:07:41 +0000 Australia is no stranger to dangerous situations, given that it seems like every other animal wants to kill you. However, the environment is screaming for help, and the current bush fires is the final straw.

Every year, there’s a fire season in Australia. So much so that the indigenous people believe that it’s necessary for population control of the animals. Nonetheless, this year the season started very early and won’t stop.

This fire has been lit since late July, and as of mid January, has spread to 15.6 million acres of land spanning across the coast of Australia. This rapid spread of fire has also affected the animals.

When fires burn, so do animals homes. The biggest example of this is the koala. The koala lives in the Eucalyptus trees, but since the start of the fires, they have now unfortunately become a part of the endangered species list, showing how much these fires have affected Australia.

Many people have resorted to donating money directly to wildlife centers like Steve Irwin’s foundation at the Australian Zoo. Others like Senior Bella Brehm have decided to “adopt” or sponsor animals.

“There are so many organizations and other ways to donate,” Brehm said. “I was the one who brought it up [to my parents].”

Adopting the koalas doesn’t actually mean that you’re receiving an actual marsupial in the mail.

“They can not afford to take care of all of these animals, and people are struggling to get money,” Brehmn said. So if you sponsor a koala, it helps with its treatment and care.”

Not only do the koalas get more treatment, but the sponsorship also pays for their needed food.Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Koalas are not the only animals that are being affected. Wombats, which are mostly reclusive and keep to themselves, have been observed to be not only letting other animals in their burrows, but they’ve been forcibly moving others into their homes themselves.

The change in animal behavior is very noticeable. With this change in animal behavior also comes with questions on how these fires will ultimately affect the environment.

“I think we’re having a massive loss of biodiversity,” AP Environmental Science teacher Jeffrey Bakunas said. “As a lot of the trees are burning, it’s like a two-fold approach where we’re losing a lot of the trees that are absorbing the carbon dioxide, and also releasing a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

The world is already seeing some of the effects from the fires. Many people with lung and respiratory conditions such as asthma are having trouble with breathing as the air quality around Australia is dwindling.

Map of Australian bushfires

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The fires are mostly located on the east coast of Australia, and have decreased in size. However, they are still burning throughout the country.

The world most likely won’t see some effects pass over for a very long time.

“I think it’s going to be decades before the forests are going to be able to regrow back to normal,” Bakunas said.

With the fires still burning, some firefighters from the United States have flown all the way to Australia to help assist their Aussie partners. More than 100 people have traveled to help.

“As a country, we should be setting the tone for taking care of each other internationally,” government teacher Jordan Blackburn said. 

Blackburns brother and sister-in-law live in Sydney, Australia, and tell him that the fires have been the worst they’ve ever seen.

The fires have opened up a discussion about the relations between countries, as many others start to go over to help. Not only are people helping physically, but also spreading awareness about the fires in the process. 

Many american teens have heard about the fires by this point from social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram. And they all have the same thing that sophomore Isabelle Murrell said.

“It’s sad,” Murrell said. “… it’s [hurting] all of Australia and all of the animals, people and their homes.”

The work of others home and away is not going unnoticed, and the repercussions from the fires are very evident.

“I hope this awakens a lot of people to [see] another one of the consequences of climate change,” Bakunas said

If you or a friend would like to donate to help combat the fires, click the links below to donate.

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Meet exchange student Kaela Ruso Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:06:29 +0000 Q: What made you decide to want to experience being a foreign exchange student?

A: My mom was here at Hayes thirty years ago as an exchange student so she told me all about that and I got crazy over the idea that I could go somewhere else to school.

Q: How did you reach out to get to do this opportunity?

A: My school asked us if we wanted to do but in the end we all needed to do it ourselves, so I went to an organization and asked if it was possible.

Q: How long will you be in Delaware?

A: I’m here for 10 months so I came here before school started and my flight is in June.

Q: What’s the biggest change living here, or just in the U.S. in general?

A: Probably the language, its okay after some months. In the first few days it was weird but it’s fine at the school.

Q: What’s different about school in the US and school in Austria?

A: School systems are so different here. We can’t choose our classes and you’re stuck with the same people in  a classroom so all of the teachers are traveling around and you’re sitting with about twenty people in one classroom everyday for years so you know exactly those people and no one else. Here, you travel around and I know way more people which is really weird and I was struggling with names the first few weeks. We get a fixed schedule and everyone does the same thing, the only thing you can choose is if you wanted to do Spanish or French or something.

Q: What do you like most about Hayes?

A: That you have sports in school. We don’t have a single sport in school so when you want to do a sport you need to go to a special school now here everyone does something and that’s way more fun.

Q: What activities have you been involved in at Hayes?

A: I did golf in the summertime. I do the musical right now. I wanted to do ski club, but it was not possible with the musical.

Q: Would you recommend this experience to anyone who might be interested?

A: Definitely, it’s so much fun and you’ll learn so much about different things. Yes, you hear a lot about America and see all the movies, it’s kind of like that but it’s also very different, living here is awesome.

Q: What do you miss about home in Austria?

A: What I really miss about home is subways, I’m living in a city with almost 3 million people and here it’s a small town without any public transportation and need a car to get places. Also, we are allowed to drink when we turn sixteen, so here nobody does anything like that which was weird at the beginning. The school is I think stricter. There’s a dress code, where we don’t have a dress code at home in school. Some rules are interesting to learn.

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Cats 2019 is a purrfect disaster Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:50:19 +0000

Jackson Collins

Once upon a time, T.S. Eliot wrote a book of poetry entitled “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, which inspired famous composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to write a musical around it.

Why on earth was Webber inspired by this sensual cat poetry? No one knows, and many should be concerned. This man even took out a second mortgage on his house to fund his hellish musical nightmare.

Against all odds, Cats became the longest running musical in Broadway’s history. Now it’s one of the biggest failures in film history.

It’s frankly appalling that this movie was even green-lit to begin with. You know what sounds like a great idea? A musical about cats introducing themselves and fighting over who gets to die.

It gets a star-studded cast, but instead of having them wear costumes, the film is done with the same motion-cap technology used in monstrosities such asMars Needs Moms.

Not to mention, it had the perfect release date (as in the same day the new Star Wars came out).

To make the movie an accessible adaptation, Taylor Swift’s character, Victoria stands in place of the audience, and characters explain plot beats to her. Well, the term “plot” is used loosely in this instance.

There are vaguely religious and cult-like themes brought on by the concept of “Jellicle Cats” that are hardly explored. Yet the story is not nearly as vomit-inducing as the appearance.

The animation is as dreadful and uncanny as all the critics say it is. It is an abysmal and surreal viewing experience for all ages.

The sizing of the characters is so inconsistent that the audience has no clue the true scale of these characters. Are they the size of mice? Small humans? Who knows?

The songs are tolerable, but even theatre people have mixed feelings about this musical. With a cast so incredible, they certainly do the source material justice. However, it is nearly impossible to enjoy that with how horrible this movie looks.

Much like stage version, the choreography is impressive, and borderline sexual. One almost has to see it to believe.

I would not recommend this to anyone who does not wish to taste their mental illness. Even if one would want to subject themselves to this, this film did so horribly that the only showtimes at nearby movie theaters were at 10 in the morning.

Cats is hands down one of the worst films of the decade, and I pity the star-studded cast that was involved in it.

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The draft laws are unknown to many who qualify for it Sat, 11 Jan 2020 19:12:16 +0000 Logo of the Selective Service System

The Selective Secret Service is the Governmental Organization which controls the draft, however has no part in decided when the draft is needed.

While jokes on TikTok and other social media networks have implied a humorous tone to the potential of the United States engaging in a war with Iran, there is enough significance of the events to call need for those of age to know the laws concerning the United States draft.

The Military Selective Service Act was passed near the beginning of the US involvement in World War 1 in 1914. This Act required almost all men between 18 and 26 years old to register for the draft, including non-citizens and those with dual citizenship with few exceptions.

The United States last utilized the draft on Dec. 7, 1972, during the Vietnam War. The date of the last drawing for the lottery was on Mar. 12, 1975.

According to KCPP, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a random calendar and number selection program for Selective Service. Using this random selection method for birthdays, each day of the year is selected by a computer in a random manner, and that date is placed in a capsule and loaded in a large drum on a random basis.

The drawing is similar to state lotteries, but with 366 balls representing 366 calendar birthdays of a year. The ages of the draftees fell between 18 and 26. 

The order that these numbers are drawn illustrates the order that people will be called to the draft. There are two sets of balls in the lottery, one representing birthdays, and one numbered 1-366, to represent a sequence. 

Registrants with low lottery numbers are ordered to report for a physical, mental, and moral evaluation at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to determine whether they are fit for military service and are given 10 days to file a claim for exemptions, postponement or deferment.

According to the Secret Selection Service website, if a person is enrolled in high school, their draft is postponed until they graduate or reach the age of 20, whichever occurs first. In addition, college students can be postponed until the end of the current semester, or if they are in their final year, when they graduate.

A person’s draft request can also be postponed if they have a serious illness or there is a death in their immediate family.

Finally, any physical disabilities can also keep someone from being drafted. Even if someone cannot be drafted due to one of these conditions, they are still required to register.

In Feb. of 2019, there was discussion of the law which only drafts men being unconstitutional. While there are many strong opinions over the topic, nothing has legally changed. 

All in all, the draft poses a serious threat to eligible citizens and is something that should be thoroughly understood by Americans.

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The real costs of expensive college readiness services Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:09:36 +0000 In the 2018-2019 year, use of college readiness services from the College Board, such as the PSAT, SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, reached another high.

The number of AP exams taken during 2018-2019 was over 5 million, according to the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments Program Results. That’s over a 20 percent jump from the 2017-2018 year when 4.2 million were taken. In addition, about 6 million students took the PSAT and 2.2 million took the SAT.

This year, the standard fee for AP exams is $94 for most students. For some that need it and qualify, reductions from the College Board can bring down the cost to $62, and different states have allocated funds to even further reduce or eliminate the cost.

“The final fee for any AP Exam… for a qualifying student is $0…” the Ohio Department of Education said in a statement. “Paying these fees will meet the Ohio Strategic Plan for Education’s effort to address equity issues and should help narrow the achievement gap.”

A lesser known cost of AP exams is how much it costs school districts to administer the tests.  A portion of the AP exam fee, $9, is given back to schools as a rebate to cover the cost of administering AP exams.

For the 2018-2019 school year, 495 AP exams were taken at Hayes. The school pays two substitutes trained in how to proctor the exams for each exam class per day. That ends up being around $120 per day per substitute, according to Kier Smith, the counselor responsible for AP testing.

So for the 2018-2019 school year exams cost about $4,000, which is roughly the same as the rebate given to the school, which was around $4,140. This net gain differs from in the previous year, when 358 exams were taken and the rebate was only $3,100.

In addition to the fluctuation in the coverage of the cost of administering the exams by the rebate, some critics have also cited the high salaries of many College Board employees and executives while the cost of the AP exams for students has remained high.

Form 990’s are documents filed by non-profit organizations for the government disclosing their revenues and expenses for the year.

According to the College Board’s Form 990 from 2017, the CEO and President David Coleman made over $1.3 million. The average salary of the 15 highest paid executives was $440,000 compared to the average overall employee salary of $108,000.

The salary of Coleman is unlike the salaries of the heads of comparable non profits, like ACT, Inc., which administers the ACT.

According to the form 990 for ACT, Inc. in 2017 the CEO, Marten Roorda, had a salary of $817,000. Their ten highest paid executives made an average salary of $380,000.

These discrepancies may be due to the smaller number of services given by ACT, Inc. The College Board offers the SAT, PSAT and AP courses while ACT, Inc. only offers the ACT, which is more widely taken but services fewer students in total than the total of the College board.

The salaries and benefits of all College Board employees made up about 27 percent of the total operating expenses in 2017. This is smaller than the ratio for the ACT, Inc. whose salaries and benefits made around 40 percent of their expenses.

Beyond high salaries, the overall net gain of the College Board should also be considered.

The Form 990’s for 2015 through 2017 showed that the College Board had an average net gain of $85 million.

This money is the surplus of revenues after the expenses of operating and maintaining the College Board are paid for. The College Board has not responded to a request for comment on the subject. The information in their Form 990’s suggests that they accumulate this excess. Doing so is not abnormal.

“That extra money is what is used to sustain the business in any way it needs,” accountant Brandon Brown said. “You’ll never really see a non-profit breaking even on purpose; the goal is to make money so you can perform your specific purpose [as a non-profit].”

Their net gain is much larger than that of ACT, Inc., however.

In their form 990’s from 2015 through 2017, the average net gain was $9.56 million, including a net loss of over $3 million in 2017.

This too might be a result of the difference in the amount of services given by the ACT.

Despite the financial criticisms of organizations like the College Board, their services for students – to challenge and prepare them for college – are prevalent.

“[AP] is college level, so it’s definitely preparing students for that next step…” Pollard said. “It’s as rigorous if not more rigorous than some of the college-level courses that you’d take.”

Students who have taken the courses agree.

“I took AP classes because they are the highest level classes available and offer an academic challenge,” senior Max Thomas said. “they have more content and allow learning at a higher level.”

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Talismans favorite holidays Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:45:51 +0000 Each holiday ranked on a leaderboard.

Karl Edwards

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