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SPRING FLING PROVES TO BE A HOPPING GOOD TIME Photo Essay p. 10 the Papillion-La Vista South High School 10799 Highway 370; Papillion, Neb. 68046 Torch Thursday April 17, 2008 Volume 5, Issue 5 Students take deeper look into foreign cultures CAR projects extend research projects such as listening to a podcast in the target language, reading an article A foreign language is written in the target language often a recommended course or learning a song in the for high school students. target language. Yet, too often students focus Sophomore Paige solely on the language and Kurtzuba chose to interview neglect the cultural aspect. a German chef for her CAR To remedy this gap in the project. curriculum, the foreign “I’m interviewing Gerda language department created from Gerda’s Restaurant,” the Cultural Kurtzuba said. Adventure “Since I like “the goal Reflection cooking and I behind the projects for all want to become car project students enrolled a chef, I can see was to... give in a foreign what Gerda had students an language. to go through opportunity “The goal to learn about to come to the behind the CAR United States the language projects was to and start her and culture address the state own restaurant.” outside the and national W h e n classroom...” s t a n d a r d s -Spanish teacher Sarah Baker s t u d e n t s for culture, complete their communications and projects they are required connections and to give to answer a set of questions students an opportunity to about what they gained from learn about the language the experience. and the culture outside the “Students need to describe classroom in a way that best what they did, how they suits their interests,” Spanish did it, how it pertained to teacher Sarah Baker said. their language, what they Students were given over learned, what they wanted to 60 project options to choose share with others and what •continued on page 2 from. Among these were Amy McConnell Staff Writer robert nielsen/the torch Chugging down the concoction of Jones Sodas, TABASCO sauce and other liquids, seniors Brogan Kauzlarich and Monet Thomas compete in the “Fear Factor” section of UTC. Kauzlarich went on to compete in the final four. battle to become the ultimate titan Blythe Butcher Focus Editor ROBERT nielsen/the torch Dancing around in green tutus, seniors Tyler Speck and Kyle Hubenka perform their talent for the judges. The two received a standing ovation for their dance. Before this year, students were never given set standards as to how to obtain the title of the greatest Titan. However, in late March, Student Council produced the Ultimate Titan Challenge. This reality television show-based competition included 20 seniors: 10 boys and 10 girls. While the freshman, sophomore and junior classes attended advisory sessions to prepare for next year, the senior class attended a special assembly where the Ultimate Titan Challenge was introduced. During the assembly, seniors had the opportunity to nominate challenge participants. After the nominations were counted, the competitors included seniors Kaitlin Barnes, Jessica Carlson, Jessica Grothe, Katie Hubenka, Brogan Kauzlarich, Clare Koeppe, Catherine Prather, Ashley Simpson, Monet Thomas, Liz Thornburg, Eric Borst, Anthony Dunn, Will Findlay, Kyle Hubenka, Josias Hueser, Doug McAcy, Shawn Saunders, Brent Sorensen, Tyler Speck and Joey Tomasiwicz. Of these seniors, one male and one female would be named the Ultimate Titan. •continued on page 4 DECA qualifies four for nationals Josh Conrad News Editor Four students at PL South have shown their aptitude in the many facets of marketing by qualifying for the national DECA competition. The competition will take place at the DECA International Career Development Conference on April 26-29 in Atlanta, Ga. To qualify for Nationals, each participant had to place third or better at Districts and then at State. After qualifying, competitors are preparing to make the next step in their journey. Seniors Sarah Kohler and Kellie McFeely worked together in the Advertising Campaign category. The team worked with Kajoma’s Boutique, a fashion store in downtown Papillion, to create an advertising strategy in an effort to bring more business to the small store. The team was able to choose the business to work with, and in this case it was an easy decision. “We had both stopped in to Kajoma’s before and saw that it carries a lot of brands that other stores don’t have,” Kohler said. “We thought it fit us for this project.” Kohler and McFeely conducted public surveys to decide the store’s target market, worked with ownership to create advertising and involved the business in a silent auction. For competition, Kohler and McFeely created a presentation reporting the effects their advertising campaign had on the business. This presentation •continued on page 4 courtesy photo Seniors Sarah Kohler and Kellie McFeely receive first-place state DECA awards. The two qualified for the National Convention. 1 2 3 4 o n e i n f o u r w o m e n Braden boex/the torch CDC releases STD study related to teenage girls Doug McAcy News Editor A new national study was just conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and concluded that an estimated one in four (nearly 3.2 million) teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 19 is affected by at least one of the more common sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the most common STDs include the human papillomavirus, chlamydia, herpes simplex virus and trichomoniasis. While abstinence is the only way to protect onself against contracting an STD, one local organization that is helping to broaden awareness of this situation is the Omaha Women’s Fund. The Fund conducts research and distributes funds and grants to help raise the awareness of issues facing young and old women in the Omaha area. Almost a year before this CDC study came out, the Omaha Women’s Fund was spreading the word on this primary concern around the Omaha metro area. “We hope to educate people about the fact of the epidemic of STDs,” Executive Director of the Omaha Women’s Fund Ellie Archer said. “Last year alone, we had radio ads, TV spots and billboards from an Alegent Health grant.” In accordance with its STD awareness campaign last year, the Omaha Women’s Fund coordinated a current-running web site,, to continue its education throughout the metro area. The web site contains information on STDs regarding the most common infections, symptoms and prevention tips. Another local organization currently helping to stymie the STD epidemic in the area is the Creighton University Medical Center. “It (the CDC study) doesn’t come as a surprise to us here in Douglas County where the STD rate over the last five to six years has been higher than the national rate,” Director of OBGYN at the Creighton Medical Center Terry Simanek said. •continued on page 4 3 6 7 9 NEWS ProStart, SkillsUSA state results FEATURES Katie Dodge gets up close and personal with marine life ATHLETICS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Track team travels to South Dakota to compete In-depth interview with Treaty of Paris INSIDE NEWS 2-4 opinions 5 features 6 athletics 7 arts & ent. 8-9 Photo essay 10

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