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A Family Guy turns musical

Seth Macfarlane creator of the TV show Family Guy has released a vocal album

The theme song from the Fox cartoon Family Guy is recognizable to almost any teenager. The jazz and big band oriented music of the show normally take cues from old movies, musicals, and songs such as The Sound of Music or the musical style of Frank Sinatra. This genre of music is the showcase of Seth Macfarlane's first solo release album, Music is Better than Words. Macfarlane, along with being the mastermind behind the comedy of Family Guy, is also vocally trained and greatly inspired by old jazz standards and show tunes.

Actors give the inside look on musical life

Cast's acting background is presented

This year, the fast-paced rock musical Footloose will be presented to the public on November 17-19. The actors are excited for it to kick off. Mitch Romney, Travis Johnson and Emily Counts are three of the actors in the musical this year. Romney has played with the band in the pit and on stage as an actor. Romney prefers the stage, but he still helps the music department as a percussionist for the band.

Soundbytes: If your life could be like any movie or TV show, what would it be?

Soundbytes: If your life could be like any movie or TV show, what would it be?

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Not Your Regular Math Class

New Statistics Class Added at MCHS

Could you ever image a class bungee jumping Barbie’s off the second floor of the Moffat County High School? They are in the new statistics class taught by Ms. Kristin Ingalls. This is the first year the class has been offered. Ingalls said, "As a math department, we decided to add this class to give students another option."

Not just a word or just another term?

The views expressed in these columns do not necessarily reflect the personal views of the reporter or The Blue Print newspaper. Reporters have been asked to take a specific position on an issue in order to share its perspective.

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Strict director, better performance

Heather Dahlberg's strict directing helps Footloose cast

Heather Dahlberg, director of this year's musical, Footloose, chose this specific play for two reasons. Last year's Sound of Music was very traditional. The slow, traditional music made Dahlberg realize a more contemporary musical would be better for the kids this year. The revision of the 80's movie Footloose came out only a couple weeks ago. "I thought we could use that as kind of a marketing tool," Dahlberg said.

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The Pit Loves Rock N' Roll

Bolton and the pit orchestra are adjusting to the Rock N' Roll genre for Footloose

and director John Bolton's eye for more professional band players is what makes the pit orchestra. The pit is made of band players that Bolton thinks have potential. The music they play is professional music - pieces big time musicians play. "It's definitely more advanced," said Nicole Ferree, a guitar player in the orchestra.

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SAFE works to solve abuse

The SAFE group is working to encourage healthy relationships among teens. To Carol Crossman, coordinator of the SAFE group, abusive dating behavior should never be the norm, but to some teens it is.

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DECA/FBLA working through budget cuts

To deal with budget cuts, competitions have been dropped

Budget cuts are effecting DECA/FBLA members very harshly. While their membership has nearly tripled, their budget has been cut recently. They have had to drop many competitions because they can't afford to attend. According to Krista Schenck adviser to both groups, students are also doing three times the amount of fundraising this year to keep up with the lack of funding.

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At MCHS girls know how to tackle

The last time that a girl played on the Moffat County High School football team was 12 years ago. But that changed when senior Kelsea DeBowes joined the team this year. DeBowes loves to play football, however wrestling is her favorite sport. Last year, she started to play for Hayden High School but quit after only a few weeks.

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Head coach blazes into season

Although head coaching for the Lady Dogs is new for Matt Ray, he brings years of experience to the table. "I was the head coach for Hayden for three years until I came to Craig, and I was the JV and freshman coach for nine years. This is my second year as head coach for Craig," said Ray. That is almost 15 years of experience that Ray has brought to his new team.

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Contrary to popular belief

Most people perceive cheerleaders in a stereotypical fashion as dumb blonde barbies and drama queens. "I think that it is definitely a misconception and I think that if people would take the time to observe and understand the components in cheerleading they would realize that it is a sport," said coach Jennifer Vallem. Contrary to popular belief, the cheerleaders are actually extremely athletic.

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Girls swim team: five to one

The Moffat County girl's swim team kicks off their season this month. They have an initial meeting the 8th. Practice will begin the following Monday. Junior Hannah Kirk described our team as, "absolutely tiny." Last year, they had a total of eleven girls on the team. This year, they have an estimated twenty. The girls compete against teams with up to 80 girls.

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MCHS honors those who served

On November 11th, Moffat County High School took a full day to honor those who have and still are sacrificing their lives for our freedom. The day began with an assembly where the band performed "The Armed Forces Salute" and the choir sang, "Song for an Unsung Hero." Directly after, a panel of local veterans took the stage and answered questions from both students and teachers. Questions ranged from what combat was like, to how it felt living without family.

Arts and sports made even

In recent years, sports have been somewhat of a pride and joy for Moffat County High School. Football, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, track, swimming, and many more of the sports offered at MCHS are extremely popular among the students. In fact, many of the students themselves are also well known throughout schools and around town.

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Brittany Madigan: Suffering from a severe case of senioritis

Being a senior in high school brings a lot of excitement and high expectations. At Moffat County High School, being a senior means being top dog on campus, owning the best parking spots in the parking lot, getting off-campus lunches, enduring the “easy” schedule, and of course trying to withstand the anticipation of graduation. What a lot of people don’t realize though, there are two sides to the last year of high school.

Janet Sheridan: Adolescent angst

“Aunt Janet, watch Dad. See how he’s gulping down his Slurpee? Wait a second. It’s funny.” I sat on the bleachers surrounded by young nieces and nephews and watched my brother down his icy concoction. Almost immediately, he clutched his temples and moaned, “Wow, brain freeze. Ooh! Why’d I do it?” He then looked woebegone as we laughed. His oldest daughter didn’t participate in the fun. Instead, full of self-righteous scorn, she leaned toward me and complained: “No matter where we are, he always does that. I hate it. He can be so dumb.”

On the Record for Nov. 17, 2011

On the Record for Nov. 17, 2011

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2011 season learning experience for MCHS volleyball

As the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team walked off the MCHS gymnasium floor Oct. 22, the players and coaches were all smiles. While the 2011 season didn’t go quite the way the Bulldogs had expected, the team finished the season with a 3-2 victory at home over Battle Mountain High School. Like the season as a whole, head coach Sandy Camilletti said it is the small things that matter. “I feel pretty good about the season,” she said Wednesday. “I think every game we had some kind of improvement, but we didn’t always come out on the right end.”

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Ridgeview Elementary students express gratitude to Craig veterans

When you’re in the military, the food sometimes falls short of gourmet cooking, local veteran Jim Meineke told a group of Ridgeview Elementary School students Wednesday afternoon. “Beans and weenies,” he said of the cuisine during his service in the Korean War. “Lots of beans and weenies.” Meineke, a decorated veteran who served with U.S. Marine Corps, was one of four local veterans who spoke to a group of about 15 Ridgeview third- through fifth-graders at the school.

EDP discusses business incubator, strategic plan

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board discussed Wednesday its short- and long-term goals. EDP director Darcy Owens-Trask said the majority of the organization’s focus would shift to creating the business incubator in the next year. “We have a contract with the state and a financial obligation to get the business incubator off the ground in the next year,” Owens-Trask said after the meeting. “It’s going to require about 75 percent of our focus.”

Briefs for Nov. 17, 2011: CMS hosts food drive through Dec. 9

A canned food drive takes place at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., through Dec. 9. The drive is open to students and community members, and cash donations also will be accepted. Canned food and donations can be dropped off at the CMS front office during regular school hours. Middle school students can earn $1 off the entry fee to Friday’s CMS school dance by bringing in two cans of food for the drive.

Datebook for Nov. 17, 2011

A canned food drive takes place at Craig Middle School through Dec. 9. Food can be donated to the school’s front office, 915 Yampa Ave. Call 824-3289.

Horoscope for Nov. 17, 2011

Consider acquiring supplemental earnings from places other than your usual sources in the year ahead. They are likely to come from either a hobby or a new interest of yours. Don't hesitate to try different enterprises.

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Comics for Nov. 17, 2011

Comics for Nov. 17, 2011

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Crossword for Nov. 17, 2011

Crossword for Nov. 17, 2011

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Sudoku for Nov. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Nov. 17, 2011