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SCHOOL and S P() RTS I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District I Page Eight Lady Warriors N/Warren Town and County News - Co-Conference Champs Pictured, left to right, Row 1: Dani Richardson, Natalie Meuler, Megan Seymour and Lindsey Pritchard. Row 2: Abbey Montgomery, Devin Brown, Sierra Nelson, Paige Lammers, Samie Brooner and Calyn Thompson. Row 3: Coach Ellis, Coach Hunter, Jamie Johnson, Mel Stevens, Hannah Hoover, Katie Elliott, Sidney Zepnak, Paige Dickel, Coach Acton and Coach Pals. Photos submitted. The Norwalk High School Varsity Softball team had a successful 2012 summer season. The Lady Warriors earned the title of Co-Conference Champs. They share this reign with Oskaloosa. The Lady War- riors ended the season with an overall record of 22-14 and conference record of 9-3. The Junior Varsity team ended the season with an overall record of 17-4-1 and 9-0 conference record. The freshman team went 19-10 overall and 9-1 in the con- ference. Several Lady Warriors earned all-conference rec- ognition for their out- standing effort this season. All-Conference recogni- tion was awarded as fol- lows: 1st team: Devin Brown, Infielder; Melody Stevens, Outfielder and Natalie Meuler, Utility. 2nd team: Calyn Thomp- son, Catcher; Sidney Zepnak, Pitcher; Sierra Nelson, Infielder and Paige Lammers, Infielder and Honorable Mention: Abbey Montgomery, DH and Megan Seymour, Pitcher. All-District Team was also awarded to Devin Brown. Sidney Zepnak Sierra Nelson Natalie Meuler Paige Lammers Megan Seymour Melody Stevens Call 911 for emergencies! Devin Brown Calyn Thompson Abbey Montgomery Norwalk Warriors Thursday, August 2, 2012 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Verbal Abuse--Slurs and Name-calling It is far easier for teachers, parents and playground supervisors to spot physical harassment than it is for them to notice something that can be just as damaging-- slurs and name-calling. In reality, the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me" has little merit. Words truly can hit as hard as a fist and unkind labels can follow children throughout their school years. Do not allow labels in your home. Forbidding your children to use curse words is important, but it is not enough. You also need to make sure they are not using ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual orientation slurs. Ex- plain that using labels like these is insensitive and pre- vents them from seeing the person as an individual. Talk about the cruelty some words convey. The phrase "That's so gay" has become a common slur among young children, although many do not under- stand the cruelty that is behind these words. Help chil- dren understand the pain that slurs and name-calling can Cause. Explain that being "different" is not justification for being harassed. Although children have always picked on peers who did not seem to fit in, today the abuse has become bolder and, in some cases, led to deadly beatings. Other children, long-term targets of bullies, have turned to violence--or even suicide--in a form of sick revenge. It is simply not acceptable for fami- lies or schools to allow the harassment of children for any reason at all. Talk with them about false impressions. A girl who would rather play sports than play with dolls is not boyish or a lesbian; she is just a girl who would rather play sports. The same is true for boys who may not en- joy rough-and-tumble activities. Calling children names like "gay boy" or "queer" just because they choose to follow their own interests, is an ignorant choice and cannot be allowed. Help them understand when words are okay and when they are not. Some children may feel that it is okay to use a slur if they have heard it repeatedly from others. Help them understand the difference between a word that is being used as a put-down and a word that is simply a description. Use non-judgmental terms. If children are curious about the terms "gay" and "straight," tell them that some people are gay, or homosexual, which means that they are attracted to people of the sam e sex, while most other people are straight, or heterosexual, which means that they are attracted to people of the opposite sex. Saying "my uncle is gay" (if he is) is simply a statement of fact. Calling classmates "gay" or "queer" simply to be hurt- ful is just as unacceptable as those old ethnic and racial slurs that have long been forbidden. Pay close attention to how your children--and their friends--are behaving toward others and talk with them about how it would feel if they were the targets of name-calling. George Smith claimed to be the first to invent the modern-style lollipop, in 1908. Smith named the treats after his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pop.