Unhealthy Choices at the Student Store

Members of Student Council work the lunch rush in the Student Store (Patrick O'Conner)

by: Patrick O’Connor

It’s a normal Monday afternoon at Tri-City Prep. Students eagerly watch the clock during fourth hour, waiting anxiously for class to end. The bell finally rings and lunch begins. Many students flock to the student store, some to get their lunch, others to supplement their preexisting lunch. But how healthy is the food at the Student Store?

On the average day, there are twenty-five to thirty-five transactions made at the student store. Of these an average of four hundred to five hundred calories are purchased per transaction. Most experts agree that to keep a healthy diet you need to intake somewhere in the area of two thousand calories a day. The calories purchased at the Student Store alone are not enough to send students over this limit; however most students don’t eat what they buy from the store alone but rather use it to supplement other foods. While not all items sold at the student store are unhealthy, enough are that the average transaction contains twenty-five percent of your daily value of fat.

In one day, Poptarts were ordered the most out of any food products. Depending on the type of Poptart, they contain three hundred and ninety to four hundred and twenty calories. They contain seventy-five grams of carbohydrates which equals about twenty-five percent of the recommended daily value. They have thirty-three grams of sugar and ten grams of fat. Poptarts contain very little nutritional value because they have minuscule amounts of vitamins and minerals and are extremely high in carbohydrates, fat, and sugar. Due to this, these items are quite unhealthy on their own, especially if you eat more than just Poptarts for lunch.

Cup of Noodles were ordered the second most frequently. They contain two hundred and ninety-six calories. They also contain fourteen grams of fat and six grams of saturated fat which is twenty-two percent and thirty-one percent of the recommended daily values respectively. In addition the contain one hundred and forty-three milligrams of sodium which is sixty percent of the recommended daily value. This is especially important because having too much sodium in your diet can lead to dehydration, elevated blood pressure, and even kidney disease. Cup of Noodles contain little to no nutritional value but, unlike Poptarts, are not commonly used as supplements to a greater lunch.

Candy and ice cream were also commonly bought. Both of these items are high in calories, sugar, and fat but low in nutritional value. Many students bought multiple candy bars or ice creams to have with their already packed lunch, making their meal especially unhealthy. While not all the items sold at the student store are unhealthy, the most commonly sold items are. Though the choice to live healthy is ultimately up to the students the student store does not seem to be encouraging a healthy diet by selling such items.

One of the easiest ways to make sure you are eating a healthy lunch is to pack it yourself. Monitoring the nutritional value is easy when you pack it the night before. For eating healthier at the student store try to avoid the candy, microwaveable items, ice cream, and Poptarts. These items tend to be the highest in calories, fat, and sugar and the lowest in nutritional value.

When asked about making healthy changes to the Student Store, Rachel Winters, the Student Council store manager, was very interested. “I want to make the school healthier, and I think it’s very important for everyone to eat healthy,” she said.

One anonymous student said, “Students have to realize that all through life there are unhealthy choices for food. You have to condition yourself, and that is what the student store is teaching us, that the quick and easy food isn’t always the best choice. It comes down to common sense and for the student to decide what is best for them.”

If you want to eat healthier at the student store stick with the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the Baked Lays. For even healthier food on campus you can buy Naked Juice from the Green Team, which has a serving of fruit in each bottle and is high in nutritional value. Hopefully the students at Tri-City will help to promote a healthier diet.


Cross Country Panthers- More Like Cheetahs

The Cross Country Team Building Their Endurance

by: Danielle Freeman

Tri City Prep’s latest sport is cross country. It was started by Alexis Lucas, better known as Lexi, who competed in cross country in middle school. She is currently the only girl on the team, but by the end of the year, they hope to make cross country just as popular as rowing.

What is cross country? Cross country is endurance racing off of a track. Competitions are called meets, and most often they are co-ed. How the team places in a meet is based on their total amount of points. Points count against you, and the team that has the least points wins.

Tri City’s cross country team is currently meeting from 3-4 pm, and run an average of 1-2 miles, but plan to build up to 3. The team manager, Caroline, is responsible for taking care of errands, as well as keeping track of times and statistics.

The coaches, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Ward, co-instruct the team. They are both firemen, and they have opposite shifts, which mean that at least one of them is always available for practices. Their method of coaching the team is by doing a mile, stop to rest and discuss what they can do better, and then do another mile differently.

There are many different styles of running in cross country. One style is called base running, which means you simply run flat for a distance. Another method is interval running, in which you push your body like you’re running up a hill, and then going back down several times. Hill sprints are just going as fast as possible up hills. “The reason that we do all three is because it conditions your body for endurance,” said Coach Lucas.

The Panthers have many goals for the year. Their primary goal for the year is to be successful not just in winning but personally. As a team, by the end of the year they hope to achieve a legitimate cross country team, compete with other schools, and eventually get recognized. As for meets, they hope to run all the way through without stopping, and be able to run the Whiskey Row 10k (6.5 miles).

“It’s really not competing but building up endurance to do your best,” said Lexi Lucas.

In order to improve their running, the coaches want to start doing drills, which increase their endurance and determination. They practice at many different places, and each place brings a new challenge. But in spite of these challenges, the team works together and builds up their stamina with each practice.

“I think that most runners are ready for meets,” said Coach Lucas.

The coaches are impressed with the team’s attitudes and manners towards the coaches and each other. At meets the team members that aren’t running will cheer for the members that are. Both of the coaches do their best to encourage their team to reach not only the team’s goals, but their own personal goals.

The team’s next meet is Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. at North Point Academy. Both the coaches and the team members think they will be ready. But as long as they strive to reach their goals, there is nothing that can stop them.

 “We’re just pacing ourselves and doing endurance,” said Lexi.

Required Concussion Training Not Such a Headache After All

The sign that athletes passed thier online test and are elligible to play their sport(s)

by: Jacob Holevar

With the initiation of the new school year, a flood of TCP students flocked to the sports sign up sheets for a chance to join in Tri City’s athletics. Tryouts are held, and students become part of a team, dedicating themselves to the sport. Then, arising from the fact that sports come with an inherent risk of danger, the school enacted a series of preemptive efforts to keep participating athletes safe.

Among these repeated actions are physicals and insurance forms, which have been employed by the school for many years. This season, Tri City enacted yet another protocol, which was the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) concussion training course that all athletes were required to take. As this training was new and unfamiliar to many of the school’s athletes, questions were asked as to why the concussion training was needed this year. When Mrs. Winters, the athletic director at TCP, was posed this question, she said that AIA required the training for all athletes in participating member schools.

The AIA concussion certification program was a simple process, beginning with a survey to test the participant’s knowledge when they began the course. This was followed by tutorials and information, presented by avatars such as “Daredevil Dan” and “Paranoid Pete”, laid out in a Facebook imitation format. These and other characters presented their facts by commenting on videos of athletes and their doctors discussing signs of concussions and information about how to proceed if someone exhibits symptoms of a concussion. The training concluded with another survey, testing the participant on any knowledge they might have gained from the program.

The instruction given by this course was very informative, and although it helps with concussion prevention and treatment, it left out an important particular, to not to let someone who has a concussion fall asleep. It was a quality course, and has the potential to be great, especially if the AIA continues to improve it over the upcoming years.

When a recent poll was taken amongst Tri City’s athletes, sixty-five percent of participants found it worthwhile. Of the soccer and volleyball players who turned in survey forms, one hundred percent found the training helpful, whereas only thirty percent of the school’s rowers found the information practical.

Among the athletes who did find it beneficial, the most prominent, positive comments were that the program was very informative, and that the format was “cool” and easy to use. However, general observations from the players who did not find it helpful included that they already knew the information presented, and that the format could be annoying.

For the people who did not find the AIA concussion program instructive, there is good news. Most likely, athletes will only have to complete the course only once in their high school years. For those who enjoyed refreshing their memory about concussions, the training continues to be free, and they can retake it as often as they’d like

Soccer Kills in Its First Game of the Season

Caden Burch, # 18, steals the ball from Verde Valley High School and prepares to kick it up the field to Gavan Turner, # 6, for an attack on goal

By: Sabrina Flick

Preseason excitement was running through each of the soccer player’s veins Thursday, September 15th, as they eagerly waited for their first soccer game to arrive. After practicing for just three weeks, the soccer team believed they were ready and prepared for their first game.

“I hope that we win the game by not just one person, but the whole team to play together so everyone plays a part. I also expect us to win, but that should be the thought of every game it seems like, but we will have to wait and see how good the team is,” said Dallas Meade.

“Its Verde Valley! They are always a great game! We usually come out on top, but we will have to see with our senior talent from both teams gone,” said Caden Burch

The soccer season had finally started. Verde Valley arrived, they were in position, and the game was ready to begin. With Gavan Turner and Dallas Meade kicking-off, the game had officially begun.

All the players, both Verde Valley and Tri City, were in the zone. Meade gave the Tri City Panthers a great start by scoring the first goal. Within the first half Tri City had scored four goals. Also during the first half, Trent Skousen, serving as the goalie, let nothing past him.

At the very beginning of the second half, Tri City was able to score once again. Verde Valley made the second half extremely interesting with an amazing score by their goalie. Although Verde Valley came out with a total of two scores, it wasn’t enough to overcome Tri City.

Like Meade predicted, the Tri City Panthers came out on top. Turner scored two goals, Meade scoring two goals, and Catie Hoekstra scoring one goal, leading their team to victory. The final score was 5 to 2.

With some overall feedback, Emily Beaman believes that, “We played well, but there’s definitely still things we need to improve on”.

“ Altogether we played a fabulous game, but we need to work on passing the ball to the outside,”added coach Jim Turner.

Students Have More of an Adventure Than Expected on Life Skills Camp Out

Kevin Andreasky taking a break from the many activities to enjoy a drink

By: Patrick O’Connor

The sun begins to set on the Bradshaw Mountains as nineteen students huddle around their fires. They are from Tri City Prep’s Life Skills class with a goal for survival. Over the trip, they will build shelters, bushwhack through mountains, navigate with a map and compass, and cook with rabbit.

The trip began during the Fall Block. Students made fires and learned how to build traps and snares for food. Mrs. Miliken taught first aid while Mr. Burgess taught essential survival skills. With this knowledge, they were sent off into the vast wilderness.

The students were divided into teams. Their goal was to earn points through challenging competitions. The team that won first place could pick their choice of elk, fish, bratwurst or rabbit for dinner.

One challenge was starting a fire using a fire ring. They built the ring, and used a magnifying glass to burn a rope tied to the ring. After many struggles, they were allowed to use lighters and matches. The teams then cooked their dinner over their fires. They successfully cooked hot dogs using Dutch Ovens and sticks.

The night ended as everyone headed off to sleep. Some teams slept in tents, while others slept in survival shelters built of wood and tarp. The motive for people to sleep in the shelters was to earn extra points.

The teams woke up to another challenge – cooking breakfast. They cooked eggs and ham in their Dutch ovens. After finishing their meal, the teams were relieved by having a much needed downtime. The more competitive students used this time to earn more points. Some built a solar still to collect water, while others even ate bugs and reptiles for points!

After the insect genocide, it was time for the orienteering competition. Each team was given a map and compass, and a navigation lecture from Mr. Pasterino. The objective was to find certain places called “points”. At each point, the teams collected a notecard to prove they were there.

At dinner, the winners of the orienteering competition surprisingly chose the rabbit. The losers had to eat bratwurst. Potatoes, rice, and onions completed the meal. The dinner was delicious, partially due to the Dutch oven French Fries that were created.

Despite these “problems”, everyone had a blast! Daniel Couthran concluded that “It was a great adventure because we saw our classmates and teachers in a more relaxed setting, and learned about ourselves.”