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By:  Zakkery Vance There are things that go bump in the night: Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, or the Chupacabra. These creatures are known as and are part of an expansive list of creatures known as cryptids. Cryptids (from the Greek word κρύπτω or krypto meaning “hide”) are creatures or plants whose existence is suggested but not documented or discovered by the scientific community. The status of cryptids can fall into one of six categories: Unconfirmed, Disputed, Proposed, Extinct, Confirmed, or Hoax. Here’s what some Ava students had to say when asked if they believe in cryptids:

“Someone killed Bigfoot, so he is absolutely real.”-Dylan Miller

“I don’t believe in trees.” -Tristin Nettles

“I think that they are real, but people blow them out of proportion.” -Zack Herrell

“I don’t see why they can’t be real. If people believe that there is unknown life on other planets, then why can’t there be any on this one?”-Casey Ritchie

“The probability of large animals co inhabiting the regions we live in unbeknownst to us, is rather slim; however, since we continue to discover new species every year, I am open to the possibility of cryptids.” -Meghan Whitacre

“I do believe, because mostly science doesn’t have all the facts. Also some myths are true stories!” -Megan Loy

“Jesus loves Bigfoot, too” -Sarah Dudley

“Well the stories had to come from someone seeing them in the first place.” -Ruby Kilgore

“I only believe in Andy Biersack.” -Kaitlyn Rowe

“This doesn’t make sense.” -Allyson Shots

“Bigfoot is my mom…” -Savanna Rode

“Ness is really a dinosaur.” –Devin Stewart   Do these creatures exist? Are they just hiding? That depends on your imagination…

Examples of other cryptids:

Mongolian Death Worm

Mongolian Death Worm




Jersey Devil

Jersey Devil








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By: Damien Jenkins

     Some of us though are going into fields that are not as traditional: entertainment business, sports management, music composition/engineering, architecture, and theater/acting to name a few. Although we all are doing different things with our lives, we can do one thing together, start the change that we all want to see.

     As we turn our heads and look towards the future nothing is certain, but one thing the world is our oyster and it is up to us to make a pearl or just let the clam be a clam. The only thing I know is that it is up to each and every one of us to go out and make our own destinies.

     So as we walk down that aisle in our cap and gowns, and look over our past and try to catch a glimpse of our future just remember that we all have the capability to defy gravity and change the world.


By: Scotlyn Canape

On Saturday, April 5th, the Ava Jazz Band and Colorguard traveled to St. Louis as a reward for spending so much extra time at school for band. Every Tuesday through Thursday, a handful of band students arrive at school at 7 A.M. to participate in the Jazz Band. During the marching season, the Ava Colorguard stays after school every other day until 5 o’clock in the afternoon to work on their techniques for the show.

This display of hard work, dedication, and love for their passion shows Mr. and Mrs. Sacco that they are willing to do anything for the band. As a result of their work, they were rewarded with this fun-filled trip.

This trip included the St. Louis Zoo, the CityMuseum, Union Station, and the Hard Rock Café. Half of the day was spent at the St. Louis Zoo where the students enjoyed the new Sea Lion Tunnel, Big Cat Country, and other fascinating exhibits.

The second half of the day was spent at the ever-changing City Museum. With the several nooks and crannies always being mind-boggling, the students were challenged both physically and mentally to the point of exhaustion. However, they were once again refueled after smelling and tasting the amazing fudge at The Fudgery inside the Union Station, and again after eating the great food at the Hard Rock Café.

The jazz and colorguard students really enjoyed the entire day! “After being bloodied and bruised at the CityMuseum, and getting sunburned at the St. Louis, I got to go eat some expensive, but amazing food at the Hard Rock Café. It was a really good day!” said Tanner Lewis after being asked how he felt about the entire day. The students all felt as if this was a worthy reward for their hard work. “We take the kids on trips as a reward for all the extra hours they spend at school that they don’t get a grade for,” stated Mrs. Sacco.

All in all, the day turned out to be a great day for all of the band students that attended this awesome trip. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Sacco who made this trip possible!


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By: Savannah Jenkins

Have you taken a moment from your busy work week and noticed the innocent lives of young children? Are the children being well taken care of, at both home and school? Is the child getting the necessities of life?

There are quite a few children who are striving for survival. By showing how much you care for their well being, you and the community of Ava, MO can bring a smile to a child’s face.

There are many children, in elementary and middle school who need the basic necessities of life and care and support. You can help these needy children by providing them with items such as groceries or toiletries. You have no idea what these children have encountered or even, sacrificed to get where they are in life.

Just by simply giving a child a smile, it will show the child that someone in their life cares for them, and wants the very best opportunities for them. You can inspire and encourage these less fortunate children, brighten their every day lives at school, and show them how much you care for them.

Bears Den director and former elementary principal, Diane Premer, stated “Ava Schools provide parents and students with many additional services. If a student needs tutoring they offer it. If parents need “daycare,” kids can stay at Bears Den until 6:15, at a very reasonable cost. The school even feeds the students a meal.

“Bears Den is a fabulous program for our kids. They get food, get to play with friends, and do fun things. This keeps kids from having to be home by themselves unsupervised.”

Be an encouraging, positive role model for children and make a positive difference in their world. Whether it is in Bears Den or in the neighborhood around your home, go out today and bring an encouraging smile to a child’s life!




By: Scotlyn Canape

Welcome to the Library!

By: Scotlyn Canape


In case you have not taken a stroll around the library lately, you might want to pop inside and take a peak at the new featured items on the display! The I Mustache You to Check Me Out books will be on display for just a little while longer! So head over to see the interesting books just begging to be read!


If you’re not a reader, however, you might want to head over anyway because there are more fun aspects to be checked out. The Decker Library is a great place to find a quiet spot and study. If you cannot figure out a problem, however, have no fear because the vast and knowledgeable mind of Ms. Taylor will always help out in any situation.

Can’t come during the day? No problem! The library hours are from 7am to 5pm, so if you don’t have time during your classes, but need a good book, just head over before or after school.

“A library is a house of hope. It’s a place where we all, whatever our situation, can feed our ideas and develop our dreams.” – Doug Wilhelm 

By: Tanner Lewis

On April 10th, 12th, and 13th, the Ava High School Drama department will present one of the greatest musicals to date at Ava High School. The Wizard of Oz musical is finally here, starring Ivie Macy as Dorothy, Austin Giorgianni as the Tin Man, John Vineyard as the Scarecrow, and Matt Freeman as the Cowardly Lion, as well as a slew of other amazing cast members.

The Wizard of Oz musical does differ from the movie. There are a lot of different scenes and a lot more dancing. Fortunately, it is a whole new look at the great story we all know and love! There are a lot of elements that stay true to the movie, such as Dorothy searching for the Wizard and having to defeat the Wicked Witch. It is a different story, but if you like The Wizard of Oz, then you need to come see this musical!

Are you ready for some awesome munchkin dancing, great general marching, and an all out musical blast? If so, then you will want to come down to the Ava Performing Arts Center for an evening showing on Thursday or Saturday night at seven o’ clock. You can also attend this show for a Sunday matinee at two o’clock.

By: Tanner Lewis

Folklore abounds in our world today. One of the more intriguing areas of folklore in southern Missouri surrounds the weather.

The Farmer’s Almanac is an excellent source for folklore and weather lore all year round. Each day The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Weather Folklore offers a piece of weather advice. For example on March 25th, it stated, “The most talkative parrot will become quiet and glum before a rainy day.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor’s take warning,” but wondered what it actually meant? This unusual saying explains that a red sunset means that the air is dusty and dry and good for sailing. A red sunrise means that the dusty air has already passed and storms are on their way, instilling fear into sailors’ minds. On the other hand, when you see a ring around the moon it means rain will be here soon and a clear sky indicates that there will be frost ahead.

Did you know that it is said that mist in May and heat and June makes harvest come right soon? According to the lore, April showers bring forth May flowers. there are just a few pieces of weather lore about the spring and summer season.

Although many swear by these folklore forecasts, the next time you go outside, you may want to look up at the sky and see what weather lore is true.

By: Scotlyn Canape

This semester’s contest season can be considered yet another success in the music world. The Ava Pride Band traveled to West Plains to perform their two musical pieces, Morning in Madrid and Symphony of Souls. After a moving performance, they headed straight into the Sight-Reading room and gave a great interpretation of the piece they had just received. These are some of the amazing compliments that the band was paid by their tough District judges:


-”Simply keep working hard toward even GREATER levels of excellence!”

-”Your phrasing was so VERY musical, and that coupled with outstanding balance/blend, ensemble precision, phrasing and style make for such WONDERFUL musicality!”

-”The most musical performance of the day!”


After that award-winning day, in which the band received a I on their two pieces and a II in Sight-Reading, they traveled to West Plains yet again for solo and ensemble contest. These are the musicians that performed and will be moving on to state solo and ensemble contest:


Mallory Allen – Saxophone Quartet

Emily Armour – Clarinet Trio & Mixed Woodwind Trio

Emily Bailey – Clarinet Trio

Alexis Beverlin – Saxophone Quartet

Benen Canape – Timpani Solo & Percussion Trio

Connor Canape – Brass Quintet

Scotlyn Canape – Clarinet Solo & Clarinet Trio

Kim Copeland – Flute Solo, Horn Solo, Brass Quintet & Mixed Woodwind Trio

Elizabeth Ferguson – Flute Solo, Mixed Woodwind Trio & Saxophone Quartet

Christian Follin – Saxophone Quartet

Micheal Fratti – Percussion Trio

Matt Freeman – Brass Quintet

Andrew Giorgianni – Brass Quintet

Sam Greilick – Flute Quartet

Alivia Groth – Flute Quartet

Gabe Page – Timpani Solo, Multiple Percussion Solo & Percussion Trio

Savanna Rode – Flute Quartet

Jennifer Withers – Flute Solo & Flute Quartet

Maranda Yost – Brass Quintet


Our students have worked so hard and deserve this amazing opportunity to head to Columbia for the Missouri State Music Festival! This chance to receive a I at the state contest level is so nerve-wracking that they are working even harder during this last month before state performances on May 3rd at Mizzou.

By: Scotlyn Canape

“Legendary” is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “remarkable enough to be famous or very well known,” and this year’s Prom was just that. Legendary. It all started with the new event that took place in the Ava Performing Arts Center, Promenade, which set things into motion quickly.

After hours of dancing, chatting, and stepping outside to the lovely courtyard area, it was time for the spotlight to be moved to the king and queen candidates. Our king candidates were Austin Giorgianni, Ben Loge, and Dakotah Moree, while our Queen candidates were Amber Henderson, Kymber Koop, and Emory Parham. After a short drum roll Austin and Amber were crowned the Prom King and Queen of 2014. Their dance as king and queen was quite amusing and brought laughter.

The rest of the night followed in a dancing spree as students tried to get the last of their energy out before the night was over, and it ended with all of the prom attendees gathering in a circle to watch some smooth moves be pulled. It then ended in a bang with many dancing to the last song, Gangnam Style by Psy. The night was full of surprises, closing out with the sweetest surprise of all; donuts on the ride home.

When students arrived safely back to school, slowly stumbling out of their sleep stupor, they realized that this night had ended quickly. Their minds were full of quirky dance moves, good songs, and great friends, yet most of all it ended to be considered a legendary night in students’ minds.







By: Austin Russell

Oxford Dictionary has voted and “selfie” has been elected 2013′s word of the year. A selfie according to the Oxford Dictionary is, “A photograph that has been taken by oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or a webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” There is no official spelling of the word selfie, it can be spelled with a “ie” or a “y” as in selfy. In the Oxford Dictionary, it is spelled “selfie”.

On September 13th of 2002, a picture was uploaded by a man with this comment, “I tripped over and landed lip first (with front teeth being a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long through my bottom lip. And sorry about the quality, it was a selfie.” This disturbing yet simple comment has helped revolutionize our lanuguage for a decade and probably decades to come.

By August, Oxford gave selfie its place in the dictionary but is said to be merely a stepping stone for this rising-to-fame word. To justify Oxford’s choice of making selfie word of the year, they said, “The use of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.”

A very popular selfie in today’s society is the “duck face”, also known as the “Myspace Face”. This word’s origin was invented during the launch of MySpace in 2003 and arose to mainstream popularity in 2005.

So the next time you take a selfie or make a duck face, know that you are participating in the word of the year.