By Faith Ward, Special Events Editor
Recently, eight students from Amanda Freudensprung’s journalism class took a trip to the Waco Tribune-Herald. Students gained hands-on experience of what goes into creating newspapers.
“I wanted my students to see real-world applications of the skills we’ve been practicing,” Freudensprung, commonly known as Mrs. F, said.
Students who attended the field trip not only got to visit the Waco-Tribune Herald but got a real behind-the-scenes tour from Kelly Freudensprung,who is the advertising director at the Waco Tribune-Herald as well as Mrs. F’s husband. Freudensprung guided the young journalists through all departments of the paper, including some generous one-on-one time with the Trib’s graphic design team.
“My husband is a natural host, so I enjoyed seeing him doing a part of a job he loves,” Mrs. F said.
Mr. Freudensprung led the tour for the journalism class.
“I was excited about leading a tour for the Rapoport Raven Call’s journalism class. Mainly, I was excited because I don’t get to lead tours as often as I would like, but also because this was my wife’s first class to bring to the Trib,” Freudensprung said.
Students didn’t only get to meet associates in the advertising department but also got to see where journalists come in to work, a museum with antique press machines, a special room dedicated to 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, and a display on the Branch Davidian cult.
“I liked when we went into the journalism museum and we were able to see all of the history from Waco and their Robert Griffin room,” senior Rachel Petty said.
Overall, the journalism students said they enjoyed the trip. Mrs. F is even making plans for the future.
“I think it was a really beneficial trip for students, and I would like to expand it in the future to make it longer, to include more activities, and to include the yearbook staff,” Mrs. F said.
While the journalism class was enjoying the tour, their tour guide was pleased with their presence as well.
“I think that the tour was a great success,” Freudensprung said.
A new extracurricular activity, Glee Club, was welcomed by Meyer High students in September 2013. Glee Club has had two major performances so far this year and will have more in the future.
“We had a concert called “Our First Concert,” and a separate concert for the whole Meyer High school with milk and cookies,” sponsor David Corkill said.
Glee club has a few specific genres of music which they prefer to sing.
“Mostly they sing popular songs; during February they sang songs for African-American history heritage,” Corkill said.
Corkill and club members all want many new improvements and accomplishments for the future of Glee Club.
“We could really use more membership, participation, and practice,” Corkill said.
Glee Club isn’t only hard work to perfect the songs for performance, but also a time for everyone to come together and do what they love to do best, which is sing.
“My favorite part of Glee Club is spending time singing with my peers,” junior Marcus Edwards said.
by Helena Herrera, Managing Editor
Rapoport couples were eager to share insight into their Valentine plans. Valentine’s Day is known as a day when people celebrate love. It is also a day when couples exchange gifts, or even best friends give each other gifts.
Junior Malik Simon and freshman Shariviya Sam, who have been dating for a month, spent their special day with Malik’s family. Malik cooked for Shariviya and his family because he knew that the restaurants would be beyond busy; the result was interesting, to say the least.
“The food was amazing; we had bacon cheeseburgers, but everyone was sick the next morning, so I guess we did something wrong. Valentine’s day, Shariviya and I had my family food poisoned,” Simon said.
Juniors Lawrence Scott and Haylee Iddings are also one of Rapoport’s couples. They exchanged chocolates and bears on their special day, and then talked about a few things they liked about one another.
“I like her red hair,” Lawrence said.
“He’s very charismatic and he makes me laugh,” Haylee said.
Even best friends and family were feeling the Valentine’s Day love.
“Love and cherish the people in your life,” senior Destiny Wilson said.
by Rachel Petty, City Editor
Students were welcomed back to school last autumn by teachers, staff, and faculty members, both new and old. Brian Self was one of Rapoport’s new teachers. Mr. Self has been teaching for over fifteen years: seventeen, to be exact.
“I have taught every level of physics, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry), and environmental science, and also U.S. history,” Self said.
Many students expressed that they enjoyed Self’s class because of the various projects that are done in his class.
“I really enjoy Mr. Self’s class and his teaching style because he keeps everything interesting with experiments.” Junior Jeremiah Rocha said.
Mr. Self is said by many of his students to be an interesting teacher with a different teaching style and a unique approach to the material he teaches which keeps his students on their toes.
“You never know what to expect with Mr. Self; I’ve learned to always be prepared for some type of random experiment or project in his class. Most of the time he keeps things fun and interesting,” senior Zia Buttrill said.
All agreed that class time is wisely spent in Mr. Self’s classes, whether he’s giving a lecture with plenty of pictures and interesting stories, having a sledge hammer driven into his chest, having students conduct electricity, or creating fire in a bottle.
“My favorite experiment by Mr. Self would have to be the Van De Graaff Generator. I enjoyed feeling the shock of electricity and having fun with it, with my classmates,” Rocha said.
Mr. Self isn’t the type of teacher who would Google science experiments that everyone has done and seen before. He is very innovative and creative when it comes to the experiments he performs in class.
“The experiments I come up with myself work better than the experiments I find online or in text books. They work better simply because I can control what equipment I use as well as controlling the outcome if the experiment,” Self said.
According to Meyer High students, the most popular experiments performed by Mr. Self so far are the Van De Graaff generator and the sledgehammer experiment.