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I r 10 Montana in a high altitude Antarctica this School students he experiment are ok, a junior and a freshman. project in all They were two and followed High School David McDon- said. Great Manhattan, Sidney all have experiments will 130.000 feet above 99 per- atmosphere. will be near-space condi- ROBINSON School stu- plays from the project. have already shipment to They will be and January. They in Montana by can analyze Some ideas about type of stuff we Xperiment like, graphite. I had three dif- strips with six of on inch to the to "The purpose of the project is to allow students to experience the sci- entific research method so they can see how research really works." - David McDonald see how they react to near space conditions," Nesper said. "Our experiments were shipped to New Zealand first and from there they will go over to Antarctica," McDonald said. The project, called Aria-9, will allow students to investigate what happens to materials when they are exposed to high alti- tudes, extreme thermal condi- tions, space radiation and ultra- violet rays. The materials range from ordinary items like an orange crayon and yellow paper clip to more complex materials like dissolved copper sulfate. Silly Putty, hair gel, Mountain Dew, bubble gum and PEZ candy will all fly on a NASA mission designed to measure galactic cosmic rays. The students used wood, iron and aluminum strips to place the six different types of glue on. "Our hypothesis is that since the items will be exposed to extreme adilJons, the glue will either c m3nger bonds or it will break. I don't believe the gamma rays will affect the glue because they are much like light. The rays will probably pass through without any affect, except for maybe the iron or the aluminum, but I don't think it will affect the glue at all," Nes- per said. "The purpose of the project is to allow students to experience the scientific research method so they can see how research really works," McDonald said. Each experiment involves approximately 950 K-12 stu- dents in four states, Washington D.C. and Australia. It is being directed through Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Judges, Leibach from left, Mayor Bret Smelser, Justice of the Peace Greg Mohr, Sidney High School and student Michelle McPherson listen to the issues during Tuesday,s debate. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader A historical debate took part at Sidney High School Tuesday afternoon. 2003 were debating the issue, the question dated back to 1787 - on the table was whether to adapt the U.S. Constitution. Brad Faulhaber's advanced government students took on the debate with great enthusiasm. One side was proposing to adopt the consfitution while the other side wanted to keep the Articles of Confederation. Judges included Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser, Justice of the Peace Gregory Mohr and Sidney High School Assistant Principal Brent Leibach. "This takes the place of the leadership class of last year that gave us so many great leaders," Smelser said. Faulhaber said historically nine of the 13 states had to approve the constitution in order for it to be ratified. PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Assistant Principal Brent e PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE Students quickly check over research before the next part of Tuesday's debate. "All 13 states eventually approved it," Faulhaber said. "But it really was uncertain for a while ." The judges during Tuesday's debate represented a state, which had to decide the fate of the constitution. "I tried to help the students understand the issues involved with creating the constitution," Faulhaber said. "The constitu- tion itself was a radical change for Americans." He said the debates back in the 1780s included the limit of state's rights. "They are some of the same arguments we have today," Faulhaber said. Smelser said, "Getting back to history and getting back to its roots is important for us." The teacher said he was pleased with the students' per- formance during the debate Tuesday. "Their knowledge was excep- tional," Faulhaber said. He was also pleased with the aggressive nature and enthusi- asm displayed by the students. "It's partly because they are so competitive, and some of these issues are the same that we are facing today," Faulhaber said. Smelser said he was impressed but not surprised by the stu- dents' knowledge. "That class is sharp, there's no doubt about it," Smelser said. Faulhaber said the next part of the class is to answer the question, "Do you think the constitution is being applied as it was intended.+' Faulhaber said, "I imagine they are going to say no - that the federal government has assumed more power." The teacher said other topics for debates during the school year will include term limits and first amendment provisions. Editor's note: The following features one of Sidney's special citizens. This is part of a series on the contributions of the area's special citi- zens who face challenges but are succeeding.) BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader Brenda Frank has been working at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care facility on the j mi- torial staff for almost a year. "I have been working there, coming up on one year now," Frank said. Eastern Montana Industries helped Frank get the job at Sidney Extended Care Center. "They helped me find the job I had at the motel here in town, and so I went back when I wanted another job," Frank said. "It is a good place to go if you are having a hard time finding a job." "Brenda worked for six years over at Motor Inn cleaning rooms," Cindy Berg, job coach from Eastern Montana Industries, said. "I had to learn a whole new set of skills. The work at the motel is not the same as my new job," Frank said. Berg helped train Frank for her now job at Sid- ney Extended Care. "I just got tired of cleaning rooms over at the motel. I was there for six years. I wanted some- thing different," Frank said. Frank is very thankful for the help from Eastern Montana Industries in locating a job. "It feels good to work. I am very thankful for their help. It is hard to find a job in this town," PHOTO BY ELLEN ROBINSON Brenda Frank likes the hectic pace at Sid- ney Health Center Extended Care. Frank said. At Sidney Extended Care, Frank cleans the wheel chairs and does the dusting. She works three days a week in the mornings. "I like working in the morning," Frank said. Frank enjoys the work environment at Sidney Extended Care. "The people I work with are nice. We work hard See Frank, page 12A I You may have noticed some changes in the Sidney Herald- Leader in the past few issues. The religion, agriculture and Homespun pages have been redesigned in our new format. This is just a small part of the changes we have planned for your newspaper. We're making these improve- merits so the Sidney Herald- Leader will be easier to mad. One of the key lmprov ments we will be making is the placement of items. The staff wants to make the news and information you're looking for quicker and easier to fred. That's why in the is- sues ahead items will be moved around. To help you prepare for these improvements, here are some of the key items we will be moving and the pages on which you can find them: weather and new format of around towns, 2A; Obituar- ies/ births/engagements/wed- dings, 3A; viewpoints, third page the back in the A- section; Sports, 1B; and Home- spun, back page of B-section. You'll notice the obituaries, for example, will still be locat- ed on page 3A. Not all ele- ments w.ill be switched for the sake of moving them, know the obRuaries among our most Important content so we kept them the same location. In this lssue our Community Profile 2003 special edition produced in the new redesign. It gives our readers a good idea what they are instore for. Watch for our Nov. 9 issue- for aU of these changes and much more Thls and other improvements are part of an effort to make the Sidney Her- ald a better newspaper for you. n~mma~mmmI ~ *Financing I dllUlllM available monthy or annual paymen'ts ap nved I P credit or up to $2,500 m rebates GEM CITY ......... 703 S. Central, Sidney 482-3120 www.gemcitymotors,com