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1 The Columbian Issue 2 volume 4 a year staff Editor: Kennadi Hyland Lily Hutchinson Mikayla Rivera Alexis Garza Advisor Jenny Kincannon Principal Chris Miller The Columbian is a newsmagazine published by the Columbia High school newspaper staff. Its purpose is to inform entertain and support the student body. Opinion are those of the students and not necessarily those held by the faculty or administration. Inside this issue... We Bleed Maroon Whats Hot Homemade Holiday What do you want Columbia Cheerleaders Triva page 2 page 3 page 4&5 page 6 page 7 page 8 With the kids jingle belling, and everyone telling you, Be of good cheer, There ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow. There ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago. There ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, when loved ones are near. in review With this being the most wonderful time of the year, we also say goodbye to an amazing year has been filled with (for the most part) election talk, preparation for the end of the world, once in a life time chances, a new friend, Twilight, fast food, zombie apocalypses, Snookie s baby, ducks, football and college applications. Even though there are predictions of the world ending, let s look back at what Columbia High School has done in the year For the second time in CHS history, a girl joined the football team mid-season. This wasn t just any girl who joined, this was Cassie Ditrich. Cassie is a strong-willed, outgoing girl who asked Coach Lynch, if she could kick for the Columbia Roughnecks. When he said yes, she ditched her cowgirl boots and hat for cleats and pads. Cassie Ditrich successfully made 3 field goals for the Roughnecks. One thing that s definitely trendy this year is the use of hair extensions. Hair extensions come in all colors and can be made any length in order to please any They can be styled and washed just like your natural hair. Your extensions can be removed at any time. When you have the ability to change the length of your hair without having to grow it out, why not do it? CHS has opened its arms to welcome new faces. These new faces are smart and talented people. What they do ranges from helping in the office to coaching on the football field. It s no secret that new music has been cranking out like crazy this year, everything from Taylor Swift s new Red album to 2 Chains single I m different. As we get closer to the Christmas holidays, some artists are coming out with new Christmas music. DMX has done his own rendition of the great American classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. New music has been coming from every genre lately so, be prepared; you might just hear something very unusual. The 2012 London games were one of the most entertaining Olympics the world has ever seen. If you didn t watch it, you missed out. The U.S. trumped the medal count with 104 medals, 46 of them being gold. The Fab Five became a widely used term for the U.S. women s gymnastics team. Our women s soccer and beach volleyball team won gold, and our men s basketball team won gold as well. The entertainment also was a sight to see. James Bond was even there. The year has been long, memories have been made, history has been created, life will move on, and the journey will keep going. Featured 1 girl desiring to wear them.

2 MAROON! We bleed The Columbia Roughnecks end a great season with the overall game count of 8-4. Leaving everything they had on the field, the seniors of the team agree they did their absolute best and regret nothing in all of their 4 years of high school football. If you were ever close enough to the field, you would have heard the boys saying their prayer or yelling one of their numerous chants, but before the game, how do they get pumped? The team actually has many rituals, many of the same rituals; they do before each Friday game. Superstition is what you would probably call it. We all wear the same socks when we come to school, sit at the same seats at Scotts, and we have to eat the same thing, said Matt Durham. Coleman Roark agreed and said, Durham is right, I wear the same outfit every single Friday. Some of these boys have a couple of different superstitious things they do all by themselves. Like Zach Henson, for example, he said proudly that he always wears his Super Mario hat right before the game. If you didn t see before, these seniors are people you don t get very often. 2page They stepped on Griggs field with dedication, determination, love for the game, and passion. They have left their mark on Columbia High School forever. These boys have some advice to the upcoming varsity. You need to stay out of trouble and make the right decisions, said David Rodriguez, having your mind straight is hard to do but it is what you will have to accomplish to achieve your goals. Best friends Jake Finley and Zach Henson agreed with each other and said, You need to live it up while you can because your senior year will go by in a blink of an eye. All of Columbia High School will miss these departing Roughneck football seniors, and we wish them the best of luck in their future, but now we know that the road to the playoffs is not impossible with a rare group of guys. Congratulations to our boys of fall; we can t wait until next football season. For the first time in sixty five years, our volleyball team was able to make it to the playoffs this season. They held up for two rounds playing against Houston Yates, and Tarkington. Although they did not make it to state, all of the girls are very proud of how they have worked as a team. Alexis Rhodes said We all know we did what everyone thought we couldn t, and I m especially proud of myself for that. I am glad I was able to play and share with these girls that opportunity my senior year. For this school, making it to the playoffs is the greatest accomplishment in volleyball this year. Congratulations Lady Necks! I hope you re ready for the spring sports, because they re creeping up on us. Make sure you go out and support the tennis, basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, and track teams. You may want to keep warm for the first half of their seasons or cool, because with this crazy Texas weather, you never know.

3 What s 2012 favorite video games Hot 2012 From lame to fame, here is what rose to the top! We went from the sad Twilight movie with the lame rating of a two and a half star to the new Breaking Dawn Part 2 with a stupendous outcome and a OMG ending! Even though its not the newest, it s the coolest. Just Dance 3 upgraded with newer songs and dance moves that you do not want to miss out on! Check out our list on 2012s Whats Hot addition! call of duty: black ops 2 halo 4 HUNGER Games 2012 top 5 movie must sees The avengers assassin s creed 3 just dance 3 breaking dawn part 2 The dark knight rises Taken 2 Sheer Joy Salon Wed-Sat 11-5 Owner/ stylist : Hailey Cutler walk-ins welcome! 3 Entertainment

4 December Peppermint 2012 Bark Columbia High School West Columbia, TX Ingredients 6-oz. chopped chocolate-flavor candy coating 3-oz. chopped milk chocolate bar 6-oz. chopped vanilla-flavor candy coating 3-oz. chopped white chocolate baking squares ¼ cup crushed peppermint candy canes Directions 1. Line a large baking sheet with foil. In a small, heavy saucepan, melt chocolate-flavor candy coating and a milk chocolate bar together, and stir over low heat until smooth. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread it into a 10x8-inch rectangle. 2. In another small, heavy saucepan, melt vanilla-flavor candy coating and white chocolate baking squares, and stir the ingredients over low heat until smooth. 3. Slowly pour the white mixture over the chocolate mixture onto a baking sheet. With a thin spatula, swirl the white mixture into chocolate mixture. Shake baking sheet gently for even thickness. 4. Finally, sprinkle it with crushed candy canes and let it chill for 30 minutes or until firm. Use foil to lift candy from baking sheet; and then break candy into pieces. This makes 1-1/4 pounds. 4Homemade Break the Tradition Oreo Truffles Ingredients 1 lb. white baking chocolate, melted 1 8-oz. pkg cream cheese, softened 1 18-oz. pkg, chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling, finely crushed Directions 1. In large bowl, combine crushed cookies and cream cheese. 2. Beat the cookies and cream cheese with a mixer on low speed until well blended. 3. Form 1-inch balls by hand. 4. Dip balls in white chocolate and then place on a baking sheet that is covered with wax paper. 5. Refrigerate truffles for 1 hour or until firm. To store, cover and refrigerate. This makes 50 truffles. Make it a Homemade Holiday There are many great holiday traditions that fade away as the years go by, like making paper snowflakes or drinking hot chocolate with your family. It used to be that the ornaments that would cling to your tree were crafted in your school classroom or with your family at home. Nowadays, Christmas trees are flocked, spray painted, blinged out, and unfortunately fake with expensive ornaments hooked all over the tree. You can break the pattern of letting old traditions die by making a very simple decoration: string popcorn. Using a needle and thread, popcorn can be strung from fireplace mantels, stair cases, doors, counter tops, and of course the famous Christmas tree. To properly make your string popcorn, you must let the popped popcorn sit for at least 24 hours to prevent them from breaking apart. The needle you choose is also very important because too big of a needle will crush the popcorn to a kernel and too small of a needle will be rejected halfway through the popcorn. A size 14 needle is ideal for the correct stringing process. Just like your needle, your thread must be of ordinary size. Also, adding cranberries to the string adds a vibrant finish to your homemade decoration. Whether it is making cozy, warm lava cakes, crisp, sweet appetizers, or stringing popcorn just for fun I hope you break your habit and have a homemade holiday! Peppermint Bark Oreo Truffles LAVA CAKE Ingredients 3/4 cup (4-1/2 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate pieces 2 tablespoons whipping cream 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate pieces 3/4 cup Butter 3 eggs 3 egg yolks 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder Directions 1. For the filling, in a small heavy saucepan, combine 3/4 cup chocolate pieces and whipping cream. Cook and stir the mixture over low heat until the chocolate has melted. Remove the pan from heat and begin to let it cool (stir occasionally). Cover and chill filling for about 45 minutes or until firm. 2. Meanwhile, in a medium heavy saucepan, cook and stir 1 cup of chocolate pieces and butter over low heat until it has melted. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool. 3. Form the chilled filling into 6 equalsize balls... Lightly grease and flour six 3/4- cup soufflé dishes or six 6-ounce custard cups. Place dishes or cups in a 15x10x1- inch baking pan and set aside. 4. In a mixing bowl, beat 3 eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed 5 minutes or until lemon-colored. Beat in the cooled chocolate-butter mixture on medium speed. Sift flour and cocoa powder over mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. Spoon 1/3 cup batter into soufflé dishes. Place 1 ball of filling into each dish. Spoon the remaining batter into dishes. 5. Bake the cakes in a 400 degree oven about 13 minutes or until cakes feel firm at edges. Using a knife, loosen cakes from sides of dishes and invert onto dessert plates. If desired, dust with powdered sugar or garnish with raspberries. This recipe makes 6 servings. 5 Homemade

5 What do you want for Christmas? Hey CHS! We took a poll of 100 students to find out, and here are the results! sporting goods 8% money 10% jewerly 15% other phone 8% 12% clothes 21% ereader 10% ipod 5% videogames 5% car 9% Allison Jenkins wants a One Piece Jump In! Travis Hodges wants a Kiss calendar! Aaron Green wants his brother back from Afganaztan! Collin Heidaker wants World Peace! Nook HD+ Barnes and Noble has come up in the world of ereaders and tablets when they developed the Nook. Being one of the lightest tablets, the Nook HD+, with its 9-inch screen, weighs 1.13 pounds. It can show movies, slip you into a good book, and serve as an app center. The item will be available for shipping on November 15, iphone 5 The fastest, newest, and thinnest addition to the Apple family has arrived. The iphone 5 is a touch screen based smartphone with a 4inch screen and a higher resolution than the iphone 4s. When it was first announced, over two million pre-orders were received within 24 hours. ipad mini Everything you loved about the ipad- its 10 hour battery life, high resolution, isight cameras, Facetime- is still included in the hand held ipad mini. With a 7.9 inch display and over 275,000 apps, what was made for the ipad, is made for the ipad mini. 6 What Do You Want

6 Who are the... CHS Cheerleaders?! The purpose of the CHS Cheerleaders is to promote school spirit and sportsmanship, support athletic teams and promote school services on campus and in the community. This year we have nine fired up junior varsity cheerleaders, one enthusiastic mascot and seventeen dedicated varsity cheerleaders. The wonderful woman behind this organization is Mrs. Jana Reid, who has been coaching our cheer team for thirteen years now. Mrs. Jana is a perfect fit for the girls. With her firm but fair personality and help from the cheer captain Emily Mayo and co-captain Kaley Jackson, they ve made our cheer team what it is today. You can clearly see Mrs. Jana is proud of her girls. Probably the best cheer squad since 2003 says Mrs. Jana. Needless to say, one thing is for sure, our cheerleaders are ready to pump up the crowds any day of the week. Emily Mayo What s the most important change from last year to this year? We work together well as a team. Varsity Captian Emily Mayo, and Varsity Co-Captian Kaley Jackson were both asked a few questions about their team. kaley Jackson What accomplishment are you most proud of? At our summer camp I got offered to be a UCA cheer instructor and Emily and I also got UCA All American Cheerleader. The Brazoria County News serving the friendly West Brazos area since 1962 brazoiacountynews.com Plain Jane Sweets By: ReBECCA hutchinson Gingerbread Houses $30 (979) Mindi es Bakery We specialize in homemade cakses & cookies mindi Who s who?! 7

7 Ch T R I 3 The Columbian Newspaper staff wishes everyone a VERY Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! istmas 1 2 Riddles: 1. What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time? 2. What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? V Why was Santa s little helper so depressed? I 4. What do you get when you deep fry Santa Claus? 7 A 8 5. What do you get when you mix a vampire and a snowman? 10 8 Triva Criss-Cross s Christmas Down FUN! ACROSS 3.What does Santa use as a door? 4.What is another word for present? 5.Milk and what other treat do we leave for Santa at night? 7.What is a traditional red and white candy? 8.What animals travel with Santa? 9.What does Santa use as a vehicle? 10.What s Santa s beverage of choice? 9 DOWN 1.What is the night before Christmas? 2. Not a creature was stirring, not even a 6.What are decorations commonly hung on Christmas trees? Don t Forget the Lyrics! 1. Rocking around the Christmas. 2. All I want for Christmas is my two front. 3. Santa Claus is coming to. 4. Rudolph the -nosed reindeer. 5. On the first day of Christmas my true gave to me. RIDDLES 1.Sandy Claws 2. Claustrophobic 3.He had low elf-esteem 4.Crisp Cringle 5. Frostbite. DON T FORGET THE LYRICS 1.Tree 2.Teeth 3. Town 4. Red 5. Love