Friday, February 25, 2011

Rising Gas Prices

Rising Gas Prices

While there's no fighting here in West Virginia, the unrest over in Libya is hitting us in other ways, like at the gas pump."The price that we see is affected by the perception of what's going on politically, and when the political situation changes, then obviously it has a drastic impact on the oil prices, and that would be reflected in the gasoline prices," says WVU professor of petroleum engineering, Kashy Aminian. Local gas station employees say they're also seeing the hike, and are afraid their business could take a hit."People stop moving around.  People drive less.  It hurts us on the service end of it as well," says Ryan Stuart, manager of the Westover Exxon.Libya has cut production of 400,000 barrels of oil a day, contributing to the rise in price.(USA Gas Prices)  In the short term, prices are still expected to rise, but should drop over time."It is possible that the price of oil might even go higher, and you can see the impact of that in the gas pump.  But, I think if we come back and look at it next year from now, you'll see that the price has come, probably come down," adds Aminian.Stuart says gas stations do make a profit when you buy gas, but it's small.  But, when prices jump, they don't just hurt the consumer; they hit businesses just as hard."There's a profit made, but it's not what everybody thinks it is, especially right now.  Honestly, the higher the cost goes, the smaller the margin is of profit.  You know, people aren't going to buy gas.  So, you got to be right there is a competitive level," adds Stuart. Aminian says a peaceful resolution in Libya could be the ticket to gas prices coming back down."This is probably a temporary issue.  Of course, you can never predict the future, particularly when it comes to political situations.  If the situation, for example, in Libya is resolved peacefully, or some change happens in there that this problem will go away, we'll see probably a significant drop in oil price," says Aminian. Aminian adds that the United States imports about two-thirds of their supply of oil, or about 10 million barrels a day.(wdtv)

Math Field Day

                                                  MATH FIELD DAY
      On February 21, 2011, the annual Math Field Day Competition was held.  This year it was held at Logan Middle School. The competition was stiff, but we had the team to win.  Chapmanville Regional High School’s Math Field Day team consisted of Sravya Pidaparthi, Nancy, Kenny, Kishan, and Nichole.  Overall, we were the team winner for county.  We also had two single representatives from Chapmanville.  Sravya won first place and Nancy is the alternate.  I spoke with Sravya and Nancy personally to see what they had to say about the experience.  Sravya said, “I practiced weeks before the competition to prepare, but considering my father is a math teacher, it came pretty natural to me.  We were tested on geometry and algebra I.  The questions were difficult but we had the mentality to win.”  I also spoke with Nancy and she had little to say.  She told us that being an alternate meant she could only compete if someone was absent from the competition.   Nancy said she was still going to practice rigorously in hopes of taking someone’s place in the event.   The regional competition will be held in Huntington on March 15, 2011.  Good luck to all the participants and especially our Chapmanville Tigers!

-Halie Jo

Chapmanville Tigers vs Poca Dots

Chapmanville Tigers vs Poca Dots

            On February 24th, The Chapmanville Tigers will be playing The Poca Dots. This game is very important for the Chapmanville Tigers because it is a Cardinal Conference Game. The Tigers have been on a very good roll lately, winning 5 games straight. The Tigers record is 13-8 which is really good considering who we have played and all the injuries and outbreaks this team has had. The Poca dots are doing pretty good this year with a record of 19-3. The Tigers played the Dots @ Poca which was a very good game. We played our hearts out but we just came up short, so we expect to come out with the win this time. We would appreciate if our fans would come out and support The Chapmanville Tigers.

Round Two Sectionals

 Lady Tigers vs. Lady Skyhawks
 Our girls will be playing the Lady Skyhawks tonight for their 2nd sectional game. They defeated the Tolsia Rebels this pasted Tuesday and it was a great game. Our girls are playing very well this season and hopefully will make it to states. The Pep Club needs to come out and support our girls tonight just like we did our boys last night. Good luck to our mighty Lady Tigers tonight!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lady Tigers Match up with Lady Rebels Wednesday Night for Round 1 of Sectionals

     The Lady Tigers placed 3rd in their conference while the Lady Rebels placed 2nd.  They will be facing off Wednesday night at the Field House @ 7:30.  The first round, Chapmanville came out on top winning big with a score 65-47 over Tolsia at home.  However at the Rebels home court, Chapmanville took a fall losing 57-54 in a double over time.  This game will determine who makes it to the Championship round to battle for the sectional title.  The top two teams will automatically advance to regionals.  The girls have had an outstanding season this year and will hopefully make a trip to states which has only been done once in school history.  So let's come support our girls to a victory!

By: Allison

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Black History Month

            Black History Month has been being celebrated since 1976; it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the U.S., Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month. Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. The goal of Black History Week was to educate the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements.
            This month we have a few teachers that are doing things in class with their students for Black History Month; Mrs. Varney and Ms. Mendez. I honestly think it should be celebrated in every History and English class throughout the school. The youth needs to be informed about important Africa Americans from the past.
            There have been many arguments about why Black History Month is celebrated in the shortest month of the year. Also, another argument that Black History Month has become a “ready made excuse to ignore African American history for the other 11 months of the year”, thus promoting racism. It is no secret that although racism has come a long way in the past century, prejudice is still an imposing problem on American society. I hate that people are racist because everyone is equal.
            Bob Marley was a great artist and very popular to the public now. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great and very famous Africa American.  There were and are many great African Americans.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gifts for Loved Ones?

     Valentine's Day is one of the most popular holidays.  Gifts and other things are given to special people on this day.  We were curious to see what the kids of our school were purchasing, so we surveyed students to see what they were getting their loved ones for Valentine's Day. 

5% said a dozen roses and a bottle of wine.
60% said roses and chocolates with a card.
30% said life size stuffed animals.
5% said themselves.

-Halie Jo

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chapmanville vs Point Pleasant

     On Saturday, February 5th, the Chapmanville Tigers will be traveling to Point Pleasant High School to play the Black Knights. This game will be very intense and it is a MUST WIN game because they are part of the Cardinal Conference. The Tigers record is 9-5 and the Knights record is 7-7. When Point Pleasant came to Chapmanville it was a very intense game, but the Tigers came out with win. So hopefully when we go up to Point this Saturday it will be a very good game. The Tigers are one of the hardest working teams in the Cardinal Conference.

The Super Bowl

Super Bowl
     The Super Bowl is the championship game for the National Football League, pitting the top team from each of the NFL's conferences against each other. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in American culture -- the broadcast is almost always the most-watched program of the year, and Super Bowl Sunday has become a de facto national holiday.

     The game features the winners of the AFC and NFC championship games, decided after a 16-game regular season and two rounds of playoff games. It has been played every year since 1967, started thanks to a merger between the NFL and its rival league, the American Football League.

     In 2011, the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Green Bay Packers in Dallas. The Steelers went 12-4 in the regular season, were the No. 2 seed in the AFC and defeated the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. The Packers were the sixth seed in the NFC after going 10-6 in the regular season. They defeated the Chicago Bears to reach the Super Bowl. The NFL championship game will take place Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium.

Byran Herald


 UNC vs. Duke Rivalry

The Carolina–Duke rivalry, also referred to as the UNC–Duke rivalry, the Duke–Carolina rivalry, The Battle of Tobacco Road, or The Battle of the Blues, is a fierce rivalry, particularly in men's college basketball, between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University athletic teams. It is considered one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports: a poll conducted by ESPN in 2000 ranked the basketball rivalry as the third greatest North American sports rivalry, and Sports Illustrated on Campus named it the #1 "Hottest Rivalry" in college basketball and the #2 rivalry overall in its November 18, 2003 issue. The intensity of the rivalry is augmented by the proximity of the two universities, located only eight miles apart roughly along
U.S. Highway
15-501, and the dissimilar funding structures of the schools, as North Carolina is a public university and Duke is a private university. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the flagship school of the multi-university UNC system and consistently ranked in the top 30 national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, and is consistently ranked in the top 10 national universities.