Spirit of the Pioneer

BHS Student Newspaper 2008-09

Quiz Bowl Places 3rd in State Competition

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

By Halli R. Taylor
On Saturday, April 4 at 4:45 AM, nine members of the Batesville High School Quiz Bowl Team left for Fort Smith to compete in the Arkansas Government Quiz Bowl Association’s State Finals.

Sponsor Mrs. Weygandt, along with the Quiz Bowl Captain Preston Caldwell, Clare Brown, William and Stuart Allgood, Jon-Michael Poff, NaTanya Clark, Sam Johnson, and Katie Cummins were all in attendance.

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Spring Horoscopes

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

By Halli Raye Taylor
Aries: March 21- April 20 Congrats, you are the first of the Zodiac signs and a natural born leader. You take the initiative, you’re dynamic, you aren’t afraid to investigate the mysterious. You fight for what you want. You are a true Pioneer.

Taurus: April 21- May 21 You, my dears, are the watchful ones. You are rational and thoughtful. You have the great ability to hang on when things get rough; you look within yourself to find the courage to make it through whatever might bring you down.
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Basketball Teams Dribble thru Another Year

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

The 2008-2009 basketball, team led by Coach Morrow, started conditioning after school began in August, which consisted of ball handling, transitions, and defensive drills during practice.

Keeping grades up is an important part of basketball. A 2.0 GPA average is required to stay an active player on the team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Senior Rings: A Legacy Close to the Hand

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

By Adele Owen
The year before a student becomes a senior is a busy and stressful time. Some would go so far as to say that it is the hardest year in high school.


One of the privileges of being a junior is receiving a senior ring. A student’s senior ring tells a story about that student and his/her life during high school. The stone and cut, the sides and year, the school a student went to and their signature, each part of the ring tells a story about the person that wears it. Read the rest of this entry »

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BHS Prancers Receive Recognition

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

By Taamasa Hyde and Halli Ray Taylor
Being on the dance team takes a lot of hard work, skill and dedication. This year, a group of girls gave one hundred and ten percent during all performances.


“Prancers try out in the spring for the following year. Tryouts consist of learning dances and perfecting skills including jumps, leaps, and turns. Students are selected for the team by out-of-town judges. Once the team is chosen, girls begin practicing for the following year. Mandatory practices and camps are held during the summer. Prancers perform for pep rallies, football and basketball games. They also compete at the AAA State Dance Competition held in the fall,” stated Mrs. Wilson, Prancer coach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Swim Team Hopeful for Next Season

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on May 7, 2009

By Jake Pitts
The Batesville Swim Team had been active this year, competing in meets and growing as a team. Team members include Andrew Cox, Catie Mitchell, and Jennifer Baker, along with four junior high students.


Sophomore Jennifer Baker commented, “We’re a small team. It’d be amazing if we could recruit more. Anyone interested should definitely join!” Read the rest of this entry »

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BHS Student Visits Island of the Giant Animals

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on January 14, 2009

By Linh Tran


The trip to the Galapagos Island was more than just a vacation for Clare Brown. Her experience at the island was unforgettable as well as the time she spent with her best friend, former BHS student, Michelle Novillo.


After landing, Brown first noticed the building that was the so-called airport. “It was merely a shack with no walls,” commented Brown. 


Brown and Novillo then got on a bus, which took them to a ferry and later went on a taxi ride to their hotel. Staying for five days, the girls found the room and board were just as interesting as the airport building, especially when the girls found lizards and different species of insects in the room with them. Luckily the critters did not cause any problems.


These were not the only animals that were found on the island.  There were sea lions, blue footboobies, the Galapagos turtles, land iguanas, terrestrial iguanas, sea turtles, and a lot of bird species.


 “Once while we were at a fish market, the venders threw down their scraps of fish and several birds and even a few sea lions were on the ground right beside us eating.  Sometimes birds would come and eat off of your plates after you set them off to the side of the table once you were done eating,” Brown stated.


Food choice was not that out of the ordinary. “We ate a lot of fish there, considering it was surrounded by the ocean.  The first course was always a soup and then a meat course served with rice.  We also always had fresh juice to drink,” noted Brown. 


Not only did the animals captivate Brown’s interest, the ocean did too. “The water was the bluest and clearest water I have ever seen.  It was a very unique aqua/light blue color,” explained Brown.


The ocean’s wave currents are extremely strong in the Galapagos, so they swam in a cove, which blocked all of the waves.  They got to snorkel where the fresh water met the ocean, and instead of getting wildly high currents, they got water that was completely still.


Some other things they got to do was visit The Charles Darwin Research Center, where they saw several tortoises in captivity for observation, La Playa de Perros where there were thousands of iguanas, and Tortuga Bay where they saw many more marine iguanas and also a place where the tortoises lay their eggs. 

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Student’s Blog Published in National Magazine

Posted by bhspioneerspirit on January 14, 2009

By Krystle Pham


Once again, technology has managed to change the lives of those seeking a way to reach others in this generation.  Blogs are the new way both faculty and students voice their opinions on current issues and other mind-compelling topics. 


Online literacy surprised senior Jon-Michael Poff in a way he never thought possible when one of his posts was published in Edutopia Magazine.


The California Magazine’s choice of Poff’s blog post proves that writing is a powerful way to be heard.  “Powerful writing has the ability to shape the hearts and minds of people,” said Jon-Michael.


Ideas are only as effective as the number of people who hear them.  Jon-Michael stated, “Blogging lets you write to a huge audience – no less than the web-using world.”


While Jon-Michael was overwhelmed with this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity, he gives full credit to his English teacher Mrs. Huff for her influence in his blog. 

Mrs. Huff also has her own blog that she tries to frequently update. “It inspires me to keep learning, to keep improving, to give back to education and to improving our schools,” said Mrs. Huff.


Blogging has become more and more involved in education and across the nation as a means of influence in the ever-changing world.  Mrs. Huff stated, “I read.  I think.  I write.  I discuss and debate.  These are the habits of a literate lifestyle.” 

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