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Leah Fagen

5941 Queens Drive Lincoln, NE 68516 (402)-318-9771 leahfagen@rocketmail.com

May, 13, 2014 To Whom It May Concern: I have become intrigued by your business and I am happy to present my resume to you. I have experience in the field of writing because I have taken two terms of newspaper and taken a differential English class. I am currently a junior counselor at a wilderness camp in Lincoln, NE. I also volunteer on Sundays at Food Net, which is where people that can’t afford food go to receive rations for their week. This happens on every Sunday, providing them an opportunity to think about what they will need in the upcoming week. I have spent many years excelling in English and have had many opportunities to develop my skills. I also have experience with many different types of people and cultures. I have volunteered at different churches and in different regions. I have developed a passion for people in need or those that require certain attention. In general, I work well with people. This helps me create a safe, comfortable environment for not only me, but for my coworkers and clients. This allows me to work well and this is what is most important to me. I am very interested in working with you and your company and getting some work experience. This is an opportunity I am excited for, because this is a chance that I have been waiting for. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Thank you. Sincerely, Leah Fagen


Leah Fagen

5941 Queens Drive Lincoln, NE 68516 (402)-318-9771 leahfagen@rocketmail.com

Objective: Seeking out a job in the field of child care. Education: SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, Lincoln, NE Freshman year- Completed May 2014 WORK EXPERIENCE Child Care- Wilderness Nature Camp, Lincoln, NE June 2013 to July 2013 Assisted children as a junior counselor, providing children ages 6-12 years old a safe and appropriate environment. Also assisted counselors by monitoring children when the counselors were preoccupied. Farm Work- Fagen Farm, Jetmore, KS, May 2003 to present Assisted family as a farm hand. Works well with animals and upheld care for the animals and equipment. ACTIVITIES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS Published Poetry 2011 Sign Language Translator 2004-Present Girl Scouts Award 2008 Junior Counselor 2013


Evaluation­   I started journalism because I really didn’t have any other options for a class to take. I did  jump right onto the class though, seeing how much fun I thought it would entail. As a student, I  have always been quite good at writing. So, I felt that newspaper was an invaluable class to take.  Before, I worked on projects by myself, but with this class I learned to utilize the help that other  people were offering. Other life skills that I learned were how to prepare for dead­lines, dedication  and team work. These will help me throughout life, especially in my work life. I plan on being a  psychologist, so me being able to communicate with my clients and work well with desk clerks is  important. Journalism is an extremely important class for me, because it gave me opportunities  that I did not think I would get. Some of these opportunities are being able to meet new people,  being able to interview people and learning how to make layouts.    I remember when I first started this class and most importantly, I remember not really  being comfortable in my own skin in the new environment. Miss Benson helped me break out of  that barrier and create a little self­confidence. She also taught me how to work with what I’ve got.  When I first started newspaper, I didn’t know what I was doing or what was expected of me.  Because of this, I didn’t get my work done in time and this resulted in me not having any articles  in the paper. I really wish that I could have gotten my work in, but since I didn’t, I had no errors  what­so­ever in one of the articles that I held onto. I am still very proud of myself.      Reflection 1­  I honestly believe that my best work was that of Southwest’s onion version of the paper. I  wrote two articles that were both fake in this edition of our Hawk Tawk. I know that it seems  illogical for this to be my best work, but if you think about it the way that I do, you will realize that  having no restrictions helps. I work best when I have the freedom to be creative and that is why I  wrote the best on these two articles.   My work started out as a simple idea, but it developed into a bigger creation. My articles  were titled “How Could They” and “The Big Secret in Southwest”. My favorite part of these pieces  was how I managed to make people laugh. Also, I like how well they were written and how  creative I had been. This made writing after easier because it allowed me to see that I could have  funny kicks in my writing.   


Reflection 2­  I believe that my work that needs work is my most recent article, “Swing the Night Away”.  The event had not occurred until shortly before the paper was due for release. This caused me  to be sloppy, which is unacceptable. I feel like I could have evolved the article even more and this  would have made it even more interesting. I did try to capture the essence of fun in my article,  but I think I became too invested in this. I could have talked about the effort that was put into the  dance.   The article just started out as facts about the dance. Simple things like how many people  went to the dance in years previous. This helped me get a head start, but didn’t help me with  getting the rest of it finished. I even went to the event and took photos and this did help.    Reflection 3­  I helped the Hawk Tawk by taking plenty of photos and volunteering for multiple articles. I  also help edit many layouts. This is actually one of my favorite things to edit, because not only do  I get to see the awesome work that our staff creates. I also help people with in­design when they  don’t understand it. I have helped people edit pictures and correct work. Since Quinn is even  more inexpierenced than me, I thought that it would help Benson if I just showed her how to work  the program. I also helped look through some peoples rough drafts.    Reflection 4­  Throughout the year, I have faced the extreme hardship of having my great­grandfather  die. This caused me to be missing for a period of time and I found myself not with a source of  internet or computer. My class is a team and they helped me through it, and many of them took  on my articles. I was touched that they would do this for me, considering how much the work did  mean to me itself. I did want to do the work myself, but since they helped me, I felt very grateful  to them. I feel like I handled the situation well and this taught me to know that people will be there  for me when I need them.    Reflection 5­  I believe that I should get a B. I don’t think I did the best work that I could have, but I did do  the best on some of my work. I also was not able to do some of my work, due to my absence.  This also makes me feel as if I do not deserve an A. Most of my work was that of my most  pristine effort. Although this is true, I did not do my best for some of it. I feel as though I could 


have done better, and I should have. I don’t feel as though I gave my everything, but I plan on  doing so on later assignments. One example of my less impressive articles is my most recent  one. This one could have used more work and effort. I do feel badly about this, but my partial  work will not happen again.  


He spends his nights in California, {He spent his whole life being to young,} Watching the stars on the big screen, {To live the life that’s in his dreams,} Then he lies awake and he wonders, {At night he lies awake and he wonders, Why can’t that be me Cause in his life he is filled With all these good intentions He’s left a lot of things He’d rather not mention right now But just before he says good night, He looks up with a little smile at me, And he says, If I could be like that, I would give anything Just to live one day, in those shoes If I could be like that, what would I do, What would I do

Is that too much to ask With a safe home, and a warm bed, On a quiet little street All she wants is just that something to Hold onto, that’s all she needs Yeah!

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If I could be like that, what would I do, What would I do Falling in I feel I am falling in, to this again.

If I could be like that, I would give anything Just to live one day, in those shoes If I could be like that, what would I do, What would I do I’m falling into this, dreams, We run away If I could be like that, I would give anything Just to live one day, in those shoes If I could be like that, what would I do, What would I do

If I could be like that, I would give anything Now and dreams we run She spends Just to live one day, in those shoes If her days up in the north park, Watch- I could be like that, what would I do, ing the people as they pass And all What would I do she wants is just A little piece of this dream, If I could be like that, I would give

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So now I’m standing here alone I walk alone Think of home I’m learning how to live life on Memories of long ago No one my own knows I lost my soul long ago Lied too much I think that I’ve Lied too much She said that had enough Am I too much she’s had enough Am I too She said that she’s had enough much She said that she’s had enough I’m standing on my own Remembering the one I left at Standing on my own Remem- home Forget about the life I bering the one I left at home used to know Forget about the Forget about the life I used to one I left at home So now I’m know Forget about the one I standing here alone I’m learnleft at home ing how to live life on my own Forget about the past I’ll never I need to run far away Can’t go know Forget about the one I back to that place Like she told left at home me I’m just a big disgrace When all the world is spinning Lied too much She said that ‘round Like a red balloon way she’s had enough Am I too up in the clouds And my feet much She said that she’s had will not stay on the ground You enough anchor me back down

think that I’m strange They would box me up and tell me to change But you hold me close and softly say That you wouldn’t have me any other way

Standing on my own Remembering the one I left at home Forget about the life I used to know Forget about the one I left at home

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I am nearly world renowned As a restless soul who always skips town But I look for you to come around And anchor me back down There are those who

When people pin me as a clown You behave as though I’m wearing a crown When I’m lost I feel so very found When you anchor me back down [Chorus] When all the world is spinning ‘round Like a red balloon way up in the clouds And my feet will not stay on the ground You anchor me back down


The Nuts and Bolts of LSW: Thanks For All You Do Behind the Scenes

By Caile Birdwell In one day, a hallway can be filled with muddy footprints from the students that have walked through it. On the next day, custodians will have cleaned it up, and it will look spotless once more, as if nothing had ever happened. Among the people who work at Southwest, there are the custodians. Custodians are the people who work day in and day out to keep our school clean. They mop, wash, wipe, scrub, scrape, change, spray and clean every hallway, every day. The custodians work day or night shift. The staff that you see in school work the first shift, which means that they work when the students are in class, policing the halls and cleaning up messes as they appear. “Our job is building maintenance, cleaning up the school, and setting up for any group that wishes to use the facility. If there’s a basketball game, we need to set up for that, if there’s a performance coming to the

auditorium, we need to set up for that. There used to be a church group that would come in here, and we needed to set the commons up for that every Sunday,” said Scott Lanham, Assistant Custodial Supervisor at Southwest The second shift includes the “primary cleaners,” that empty the trash, clean out the pencil sharpeners, clean off the white boards and disinfect and clean the rest rooms. The third shift scrub or clean all of the halls and beef up the security at nighttime, to make sure that nothing happens to the facility. Two custodians work in the morning, eleven work in the evening, and two more work at night. The job is often time-consuming, with a whole manner of tasks to fulfill. “It’s a never ending job,” said Lanham. “Parts of the school get dirty before you can finish cleaning the other parts, and we’re really working around the clock.” Lunch is the busiest part of the day for most custodians at Southwest, especially so in the spring and fall.

“When spring rolls around, there’s a lot more garbage to pick up outside the building. Kids are eating outside more, and that means that more trash ends up on the outside of the building,” said Lanham Even though the spring means that there will be more garbage to pick up, that doesn’t mean that the winter is any less busy “Winter is another hard part of the job. Snow and slush get inside the building, and we also have to do snow and ice removal,” said Mike Dudek, Custodial Supervisor at Southwest The custodians also have to stack the chairs, clean and then fold the tables, clean the floor and organize everything so that the students can move freely throughout the commons after school. Then, the next day, they have to unfold the tables, un-stack the chairs and then put everything back the way it was the day prior. “The commons definitely get the dirtiest, the kids travel back and forth through it every day, and eat lunch

there, too.” Lanham said. The custodians at Southwest enjoy it when the general public sees the building and the hard work put into it. The custodial staff is working around the clock to help Southwest stay clean in the public eye “It’s always good to hear compliments on our work,” said Dudek Even though the job can be hard and difficult at times, the students and their teachers make it all worth it. “I like being around the kids and the staff,” Lanham said, “The kids here are really nice and well behaved. The staff are nice as well, and I enjoy seeing them every day.” If a mess is made, custodians will be there, cleaning and working hard to keep Southwest safe. There is rarely a workless moment for a custodian, as they are always ready and willing to help out and keep the students in a clean environment. Without the custodians, Southwest could not be the school that it is today.

By Natasha Naseem Who makes sure there is a substitute assigned when a teacher is ill? What if there weren’t anyone to track whether students are even at school? These problems are solved on a daily basis by none other than the Southwest Main Office, Attendance Office, and Bookkeeping Staffs. While their interactions with students vary greatly from what teachers and fellow students experience daily, without their work, Silver Hawk life would be drastically different. Mrs. Jacci Sarkar is one of the Main Office staff members, who works as

the Payroll Secretary. She has been on the LSW staff since the summer of 2009. “No two days are alike. But that’s why I love it,” said Sarkar. Across the hall, Ms. Sandy Hays works as the Attendance Secretary. She has been working at LSW since it opened in 2002. She handles parent calls, various student dismissals, attendance stage letters and checks students in and out when they are tardy or excused. “It really isn’t stressful, but there is a lot of multitasking,” said Hays. Down the athletic hallway, the

Bookkeeping window is managed by Ms. Jan Kepler. Her responsibilities vary, but include managing the school’s various accounts, overseeing the school budget, computer and paperwork, paying bills and assisting students with various projects and AP testing funds. The work these staff members do is vital to ensure Southwest’s success. Despite the variety of their responsibilities, one thing the three have in common is their appreciation for the LSW student body. “I recognize our students often when I am outside of school,” said

Hays. “Even though we do not have in-class interactions, they will wave and say hello.” “I love what I see in the student body,” said Kepler. “I have not encountered disrespect at my window. I appreciate students’ courtesy and respect.” Just as with LSW teachers, the office staff members are here to help us and work for our good and wellbeing. “Don’t be afraid of the serious desks!” Said Mrs. Sarkar. “We are all here and happy to help.”

Safe & Sound: The LSW Security Staff

By Lydia Robertus

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Manning The Front

Mike Siefkes After working as a sergeant for the Lincoln Police force for 35 years, Mike Siefkes is now a security guard for Lincoln Southwest. “I find something new that I like about my job everyday. Each day brings me new challenges,” said Siefkes. Siefkes is looking forward to another grandchild that is expected to be born this June.

David Blase Blase graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in teaching. Due to the limited availability of teaching positions, he became a police officer. Blase’s favorite part of his job is being around people everyday. “Being around so many young people makes me feel young as well,” said Blase. When he’s not working in security, Blase enjoys spending his free time fishing.

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Health Office Heroes

Debby Rye

Job Title: Health Tech (Assistant to the nurse) Years at Southwest: 11 years She became a Health Tech because: One of her friends told her that she would enjoy it because of the line of work and environment. Also, because of the schedule would work with her children’s schedule. Previous to becoming a HT, she stayed home with her children and she decided it was time for a change in scenery.

Crystal Golter

Job Title: Registered (Treatment) Nurse Years at Southwest: 3 years Her favorite part is: Making relationships with different people. She loves getting to know so many students. Even though the school is quite large, Golter has managed to meet many of the students. She decided to work at a school because the hours work well for her kids, which are currently attending Hill Elementary and Scott Middle School.

Kay Holt

Job Title: Registered Nurse Years At Southwest: 10 years Fun facts: While she was working at Saint Elizabeth’s as a Labor and Delivery nurse on the night shift, she delivered ten babies by herself. Sometimes, she couldn’t get the doctors awake and at the hospital in time. Also, she planned on returning to a hospital when her children graduated from high school. They are currently 28 and 32 years old. Compiled By Leah Fagen

Food For Thought job is guessing what the students will By Mattison Merritt In our cafeteria, our 16 staff mem- eat. Things like weather, activities and bers range from a cook that has been sports seasons also play a part in dehere since the opening of LSW’s doors ciding meal production and choices. One of the requirements of the to members that are brand new this year. Regardless of their experience, job that Smith didn’t anticipate was the constant need to they prepare over watch out for messes 3,500 meals evand problems in the ery day. 650-800 lunch room. meals stay at the Having to settle arschool and are guments, watch over served to LSW’s her cafeteria staff, students. The rest constantly check apare taken to surpliances to ensure rounding middle they are working and elementary properly, help prepare schools. Tammy Smith, Cafeteria Manager Tammy Smith and serve meals, keep track of money, place LSW’s cafeteria (right) serves second lunch correct food orders, manager has been students with cafeteria staff manage the schedule working at South- members Barbara Tisdale and Susan Jones. Photo by Mattison and make sure everywest as a cafeteria Merritt/Hawk Talk thing runs smoothly manager for three throughout the hectic third block lunch years. “At the time I started with LPS, hour chaos, Smith’s days are incredmy kids were in grade school and the ibly busy. The job requires you to be conhours were perfect,” said Smith. The most challenging part of her stantly moving around and keeps you Mark Domangue Domangue is the newest security guard here at Southwest having worked since August of 2013. “One moment that made me especially love my job was when a parent told me a student said I treated them with respect,” said Domangue. Domangue’s favorite part of his job is the exercise he gets daily walking around the school keeping students and staff safe.

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on your feet. It also requires a lot of physical and mental strain, with heavy lifting and constant recipe re-calculations when it’s a rush to make more of something. “This job is very exhausting,” said Smith, “but it does have it’s perks.” Smith explained that the staff gets along very well and it’s a lot of fun working with such a great staff. “Sometimes we make huge messes,” said Smith laughing as she remembered her first day working at Southeast when she accidently dropped a whole gallon of ranch dressing and it got all over the floor, shelves, walls and ceiling. “You just have to laugh,” said Smith. Smith wants the students and staff to know how hard the cafeteria staff works to provide these meals for the school. They enjoy helping to create an environment that enables students to receive the necessary nutritional requirements to help them learn and succeed.

Lauren Spivey Spivey has been a security guard at Southwest for seven years now. She is the head of the security department at school. Spivey especially loves her job because of how much she enjoys working with people. “Some people like to spend their time alone, but I’m a people person. I enjoy interacting with others,” said Spivey.

Reading Between The Lines By Dana Okazak The Media Center staff does a lot more then assign computers in the mornings. Librarian Laurie Logsdon, Technician Lori Mescher, and Secretary Deb Lyons are responsible for making sure the printers are up and running throughout the entire school, while also maintaining the school website. They are also constantly updating and running stats on resources that are provided for students “The student population here has been very respectful, and it has been extremely fun to get to know them better,” said Lyon. Prior to working at LSW, Lyon was a Library Technician at Pound Middle School. “Having kids in here and having this place full in the mornings is absolutely the best part of the job,” said Librarian Laurie Logsdon. Logsdon has been at LSW for eight years now. She taught at Lincoln High School for 22 years. Eventually, she went on to get her Librarian degree at UNO. “Overall, we are fun people,” said library technician Lori Mescher. Mescher worked at State Farm prior to coming to LSW. She then came to Southwest when the school first opened. Although they enjoy their work, there are some difficult parts to their job as well. They do not like it when students come into the Library without passes. It makes them feel/seem like the “bad guy”. Whether it is for doing research, hosting the poetry slam or just a place to hang out, they encourage students to utilize the space. They want students to feel comfortable while they are in the library and encourage them to spend time in there more willingly.

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Talk with a Hawk [Junior]

Keegan Miller

Each issue, the Hawk Talk will introduce two students you may or may not know at Southwest, and take a look into their lives inside and outside of school.

Other than Speech, are you involved in any What are your goals for the future? clubs or groups? I plan on becoming a forensic scientist with the FBI. Not through school, no, but I do participate in a I hope to become this, because I want to catch bad youth group called DeMolay. guys. I want to use science and math, rather than a gun. Which of your speeches is your favorite? Probably my dramatic interpretation of “Flower for Where do you want to attend college? Algernon,” It is about a man named Charlie that has I’m planning on UNL. It has one of the best Forensic a mental disability, then has a surgery to make his Science programs around. I.Q. increase, but it decreases because the effects of the surgery didn’t last. How would your friends describe you? Quirky. It is mostly because I’m on Speech, and What is your favorite class? I have developed different “weirdnesses,” I guess My favorite class is probably the Forensic Science you could call them. class with Mrs. Sarah Hammers. I am planning on being a forensic scientist and the class makes for What is your favorite pass time? great practice. Reading. It is just a fun thing to do, and I can enjoy it whenever. I am currently reading “Blood Gospel”. How did you get interested in being a forensic It is a great book. scientist? I wanted to be an engineer, but after hating legos, What is an activity you do outside of school? I decided that I should start investigating what I I like to go skiing during the winter. I’m not very should do. I started looking up different careers good at sports and skiing is just pretty relaxing. It and I found forensic scientist. It just clicked in my isn’t very competitive, so that is a plus. My favorite mind as something I’d like to do. slope is Ski Cooper, because it is just for locals, so there isn’t a lot of waiting in line. Compiled by Leah Fagen

Vanessa Kavan What is your position in Soccer? What is your favorite class? Outside midfielder and center mid, but I can play I’m going to say Chemistry or anything science. I forward when I need to. find science to be easy and more interesting than other classes. What is your favorite part of playing Soccer? I’m going to say being so involved in the game. All What is your favorite pass time? the action that is going on; it’s intense, but it’s fun. I really like to watch movies and eat. My favorite And it gets your adrenaline going and it just feels types of movies are scary movies and I usually eat good. crackers and fruit while I watch them. Who is your coach? Are there any other activities that you are For club, his name is Andy Benkis, but my Southwest involved in? coach is Coach Thomas Nettleton. I am an Athletic Trainer for Southwest and right now, I am training wrestlers. How do you prepare for games? I like to listen to music, and I don’t really talk to What do you see yourself doing in the future? people. I try to get into my own zone. Then for I see myself being a physical therapist. I don’t warm ups, I get really active and I try harder, if it know, I’m just into the taping and rehab thing. is a bigger game. What college do you want to attend? Who is your soccer idol? I’m actually committed to Drake University. I’m I’m going to have to say Lionel Messi (He plays for going there to play soccer. Argentina), just because he has so much technical Compiled by Leah Fagen control; what he can do with the ball is insane.

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Totally Trendy

Quirky Habits? Some of the students here at Southwest have some pretty weird habits. You can’t really put your finger on the weirdest, but we gathered a few that are pretty strange.

By Jordyn Champoux Jean Jackets In the last couple of months, jean jackets have become trendy once again. In the 70s, jean jackets were popular among many people, especially teens. Celebrities have been spotted wearing this reintroduced trend, such as Zac Efron, Kanye West, Emma Watson and Cameron Diaz to name a few. Jean jackets are also popular among LSW students. “I like the jean jacket because you can dress it up, or dress it down. It’s super versatile. I’ll wear it with anything,” said junior Erik Pawlowski. There are a wide variety of ways you can wear your jean jacket. You can put it over a colorful top with a scarf, Junior Erik Pawlowski shows off his or wear it with a sweater for those trendy jean jacket. Photo by Jordyn Champoux/Hawk Tawk cold Nebraska winter days.

Junior Maddie Gage wears her headband along with the rest of her fashionable outfit. Photo by Jordyn Champoux/Hawk Tawk

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Hippie Headbands In the 70s, headbands worn around your forehead were in style. Now, they are dubbed “hippie headbands” and are becoming trendy once again. Headbands worn around the forehead date back to 330 BC, Egyptian era. “Headbands can go with any outfit and can complete your look and show your personality,” said junior Maddie Gage. More popular headbands can have flowers on them, are studded or even beaded. Headbands can be a cute way to make your wardrobe more “Bohemian” or just another way to make an outfit original.

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Tap their fingers to the beat of the teacher’s lecture

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Talk to themselves in their head and gesture

4 the eraser on their pencil 5 Rub against their scalp 6 Wear sandals everyday

Place their phone perfectly in the right corner of their desk

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Science Class Critters By Leah Fagen steer clear of him, due to his literal Humans are not the only beings snapping at them,” said Bittle. in our school. At Southwest, there Bittle also has Lizzy, the Bearded are an abundance of class pets, but Dragon. She was just aquired in the some of them are month of March. Being considered “creepy a new addition to the crawlies” by those class, students are who are afraid fascinated by her. them. “She isn’t fully Mr. Kevin grown, but people Schrad, who want to touch her,” said teaches Biology Bittle. and Zoology, has Lizzy is not two pets, Iggy and dangerous though. Diablo. Iggy is an Iggy likes to climb and sit on stu- Bearded Dragons are iguana. She whips dents and Mr. Schrad. Photo by not known for being her tail around to Leah Fagen/Hawk Talk aggressive or harmful. hit people, which Bittle also has is a common sign of fear for Iguanas. Benny, the Corn Snake. He has been at She has been at Southwest for two the school for six years. Students have years. become familiar with him because he “She seems to still not like people. has been at LSW for so long. If she knows you or has been around “The students like Benny because you, then she is less likely to hit you,” he is awesome. The only reason that said Schrad. “Her tail whipping has people don’t like him is because they developed over her years surrounded don’t have any respect for snakes,” by high school students.” said Bittle. Schrad’s other pet is Diablo, the There are many more animals corn snake. She has been at Southwest than Iggy, Diablo, Snappy and Lizzy. for approximately five years. Sandman is a crested gecko that “Some people have this phobia has “attended” Southwest with the (Ophidiophobia), because of the way students for 18 months. the snake feels or look,” said Schrad.“I Wyatt, another corn snake, has try to help the students with their fear; been with the class pet family for about many of them do.”   four years. He is Bittle’s daughter’s pet Mr. Charley Bittle also has an snake, and she got him when she was assortment of classroom pets, ranging five years old. from turtles to a gecko. The teachers take care of the One of his turtles is Snappy, his animals, but usually let the students American snapping turtle that actually take the animals under their wings. will snap at people. He has been at These reptiles and amphibians have Southwest for three years. found their way into Lincoln Southwest. “He makes people nervous and If you would like to be around these afraid because he could snap a finger creatures, you could take Biology or and do a lot of damage. Most people Zoology.

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A Mission of Love By Jordyn Champoux While teaching Vacation Bible Every three years, junior Kelsey School, Caden and Kelsey taught the and freshman Caden Pauling go on a children songs, played games and mission trip to La Ceibita, Honduras. shared their message with the group. The Pauling siblings go to Honduras “When we visit La Ceibita, the chilthrough their church, Southwood Lu- dren love to have their picture taken. theran. Some of the kids tend to stick around Southwood offers three different some people more than others, and opportunities throughout the year to you form bonds and friendships with go to Honduras, and many of the vol- them. Some of the same kids from the unteers have been to Honduras mul- last trip were still there when we went tiple times. back three years later. It was really “We go to Honduras every three fun to see how much they have grown years over spring break,” said Caden. up and how their personalities have Getting prepared for this journey changed,” said Kelsey. involves many more steps than just Visiting Honduras is very different packing a suitcase and buying a pass- than living in Lincoln. The Paulings noport. Before going to Honduras, the ticed several differences between the two had to take medicine and get shots cultures. to prevent any diseases they might “From my visit to Honduras, I contract from the insects or water in learned that you can’t take the nice the village. Volunteers are required to things that you are able to have for get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccina- granted. The village members are very tions, because the outbreak of these proud of their homes and don’t take diseases, which little things for granted,” come from the consaid Caden. taminated food and This year, the siblings water in the villages. and other volunteers Honduras is went around to differfound along the Caent homes of the village ribbean Sea and has members and learned many views of the how to make and form mountains towards tortillas. the inland part of the “Each night the country. However, Caden and Kelsey Pauling (mid- same woman from the Honduras is strug- dle left and middle right)and village would cook us gling economically, other church memebers in Hon- all dinner. Each night it duras on a mission trip. Courand is one of the tesy photo would be tortillas, beans poorest countries in and rice,” said Kelsey. Latin America. VacOn the second to last cines aren’t available and there are night in La Ceibita, all of the volunteers several fatal diseases running rampid. got together with the members of the To get to La Ceibita, Honduras ev- village to talk and eat. The volunteers ery morning, the volunteers boarded all shared with the village members a truck with an open bed and rode the what keeps them coming back to Honbumpy roads into town. The rigorous duras. When the volunteers shared ride took around 45 minutes each way. their reasonings, the village had an in“My favorite part of the trip was the terpreter to help everyone understand truck ride between where we stayed what was being said. and La Ceibita everyday because the “I like seeing all of the volunteers, view is something you can’t get to see even the middle schoolers, share their anywhere else,” said Kelsey. reasonings for coming back to HonduIn La Ceibita, the volunteers built ras,” said Kelsey. homes, took care of the children in the On their last day in La Ceibita, the village, taught Vacation Bible School, Paulings and the rest of the volunteers helped improve the local school and took the village leaders to a resort to visited an orphanage. Caden and spend a full day with the volunteers Kelsey taught Vacation Bible School before they left for Lincoln. and played with the children while “After you get home from the trip other volunteers helped build houses. you feel like a changed person on the “I like getting to see how all of the inside. You feel like you did something kids are so happy with how little they good for people who aren’t as privihave,” said Caden Pauling. leged as you are,” said Caden.

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A Dana in the Life Silver Hawk Spring Fever With Dana Okazaki I can honestly say that I have had a pretty easy-going life. I haven’t had too many hardships, and despite how I felt at the time, my problems were only temporary. One problem, however, seems to be following me. It is not a problem I created, but something I was born into, a problem that everyone is born into. Pre-concieved notions are being set upon shoulders just by the way a person looks. The first time that I had really noticed stereotypes is when I was about seven years old. Someone had asked my mother which country she had adopted me from. My mom, who has blonde hair and green eyes, does not resemble me directly. My father, however, is Japanese. It didn’t even occur to this woman that there was a possibility of a Caucasian woman and a Japanese man having children. This really showed me how much people believe in stereotypes but neglect to look deeper into them. My biggest issue is with the way people are perceived. We effectively take people of one race and overlap them with every other member of that race. We are forcefully grouping together large sums of people and believing them all to act the same way and share the same beliefs solely by ethnic backgrounds or religions. Stereotypes with religion and race are greatly impacting the way people are viewing others. On October 26, 2001, the “Patriot Act” was signed into law permitting the President to monitor anyone believed to be involved in an attack on the United States. Critics have argued that people are being monitored based on how they look. Something I have noticed is that stereotypes are not only enforced by people of a different race or gender but they are being perpetuated within the same race as well. For instance, some will call people of their same race derogatory names as a term of endearment. I have realized this opens the door for others to use these words more freely. We are diminishing the actual impact and cruelty of the words and statements making people not realize they are degrading one another. I can sit here and make a list of all the people i can blame, heck we all can but one thing that we must remember is that it takes the first followers and believers to spread the injustice. My stereotype is something that will follow me forever, lurking above me, and always in the back of my mind. The only thing I can do is challenge people who believe in stereotypes by letting them know that they are wrong. By believing in these and by spreading them, it will only lead to more believers and more followers in a never-ending cycle of prejudice, ignorance and even hate.

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By Madicyn Deiro It’s term 4. This means summer vacation is basically a month away and yes, the warm weather of spring is here. Students begin to lose interest in learning. Girls choose to grab their Starbucks fix, a good book and chill on the patio at home (or is that just me?) while boys head on over to the “Y” to shoot some hoops instead of throwing themselves into the loads of homework they (should) have. This can’t be happening! Get’cha head in the game; this term is important! Freshmen…I hope you have enjoyed your first three terms of high school with discretion. Welcome to Southwest High, where fun and games is forbidden. Just kidding. My freshman year was very enjoyable and full of firsts: first football game, first homecoming, first driving experience, first…news flash--oops. Little did I know that grades mattered greatly from the get go of 9th grade. I was so caught up in the fact that I was in high school, where we have so much more freedom than in those middle school days. Don’t slack, freshmen. You’ll regret it. Get ahead while you can. Sophomores…How’s driving going for you? When spring came around, I remember rolling my windows down and soaking in the sun as much as I could. Try not to overuse this luxury; gas is getting quite pricey. If you can’t resist the temptation to enjoy the nice weather, sit in your car and work on your Biology or Spanish 3 homework. But please, enjoy sophomore year while you can. Next year is

about to be all seriousness. My fellow juniors…What’s a three letter acronym that we should be quite familiar with? Girls, you’re probably thinking PLL (Pretty Little Liars) and boys, COD (Call of Duty), but no, I’m thinking of the ACT. Yes, we have been able to take the ACT since August, but most juniors wait until the spring season to partake in this college entrance exam. As we all know, in April, LSW will be giving the juniors a free ACT. Just because you didn’t spend your own money or your parent’s money on this test, doesn’t mean that you should try any less harder than those you purchased. Let’s picture one of the many days this spring season that will be sunny and 75 and the last thing you want to think about is studying for the ACT. Hold up, who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? Go on outside with that ACT prep book and enjoy the beautiful weather. Okay, I know that doesn’t sound very pleasant, but you gotta’ do what you gotta’ do. This is your future we are talking about. College. Which brings me to you seniors… Class of 2014...Don’t slack so you can get out of here in a month! Silver Hawks, summer is indeed around the corner. Stop messing around and get focused on what’s really important, your future. Don’t let mother nature get the best of you. You have all summer to enjoy beautiful weather. Now get back to your schoolwork!

By Caile Birdwell and Leah Fagen Let’s face it, life is hard. On top of the big challenges life presents us with, such as tests and applying for colleges, there’s loads of smaller problems. At first, these may not seem like much, but they can add up fast. To counter them, people around the world have been coming up with “Life Hacks,” which are little things you can do to make your life easier. Here are just a few that we found and tested, then decided were worth sharing. Loud Music Did you know listening to music on higher volumes has been proven to increase happiness and feelings of relaxation? As a person who used to blast their music at extreme levels, I can confirm that this is indeed true. I found, and still find, that listening on high volumes made it easier to fall asleep. It got me some odd looks from family members, though. Customer Support People tend to have no patience; I can relate. So, rather than sitting on your couch and listening to a monotone robot voice on the customer support hotline, just mash the crap out of your pound (#)

button until you get a person. This action forces the robot voice to connect you to a person. Time has been saved and you may continue with your life. Caile and I tried this and it works. Marshmallows I’ve found that eating marshmallows can relieve mouth pain. Marshmallows relieve sore throats, toothaches, and can even relieve arthritis pain. There’s some gelatin in certain brands of marshmallows, which is good for soothing irritation. I liked marshmallows already, so after seeing this life hack, I was anxious to try it. Sometimes when I sleep with my mouth open, I wake up with a sore throat. So, I ate a jumbo marshmallow, and my sore throat was cured. At the end of the day, we think that our hacks will help someone out there. These problems aren’t major and you probably won’t freak out if you don’t have the best seat in the theatre, but if we can make your life easier, we will give it all we’ve got. That sounds cheesy, but it’s true. If you have any ideas for life hacks, let us know.

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Changing the Clocks “Just 'Cause”

and we don’t need lollygaggers,” claimed Applebee. While these are all essential parts of the band, the band agrees that there has to be one instrument that carries the group. Scott Skultety carries the group with his master whistling skills. He has been whistling since the young age of four. His sound helps the band take the rock band genre up to a higher level of rock music.   “I don’t know what the others said, but whistling is some hard-core stuff, man,” said Skultety. If you wish to see “No Guns, Just Roses” perform for the first time, that is unfortunate because they don’t plan on playing a live show for at least five years. This allows them time to reprioritize their band and members.

By Leah Fagen Get ready to rock, Southwest! A few teachers have developed a rock band, calling it “No Guns, Just Roses.” The group has been meeting secretly on Tuesdays for the last two months, when they are supposed to be at the PLC teacher meetings. They will not admit to it, but their absences from the meetings has been noted. In the band there are five different parts. Mr. Marco Pedroza tears it up on the drums, while Mr. Mike Geist jams out on the bass guitar. Apparently, there was some controversy about who should be privileged to play the bass, and Geist was none too pleased about it. “I honestly think that I deserve the bass, but it’s whatever. I mean, he doesn’t even know how to play guitar,” said Geist. On the opposite end of the opinion, Pedroza had a few choice thoughts about his position in the band. “I get how awesome I am on the drums, but come on; I think we all know that I would totally rock on the bass,” commented Pedroza.     Brian Albrecht is the lead guitarist in the organization. He has apparently been playing the guitar for three months and decided that it was enough practice. “Yeah, I’m pretty awesome when it comes to the guitar. Some people have it, some people don’t. I just ended up being one of those that does,” said Albrecht. Keri Applebee, the lead singer, believes that three months of playing the guitar just isn’t enough. She also thinks that he could improve for the band. “It’s insane! He has three months of practice and doesn’t even know what he is doing. We are a high quality group

Another teacher stated that, despite the heinous amounts of student paperwork she is presented with every day, it gives her, “something better to do.” Before discovering the accessibility of the clocks, staff members filled their open time with moping around in the hallways or recreations of WWE matches in the forums. There once were reports of Mr. Raatz building a tree fort near the outdoor classroom. “This one time I found a sweet roll of twine behind the school,” commented a teacher. “It kept me busy for awhile, but it wasn’t as sick of a find as the clocks.” While some staff members used the clocks out of boredom, others were just happy to see some change being made in the school and students’ lives.

By Griffin Day A new study shows that the everchanging clocks at Southwest are nothing other than curt jokes conducted by the faculty, “just ‘cause.” “We found out where to adjust the clocks one day and just sort of went with it,” said an anonymous teacher as he wiped spilled coffee off of his khakis. “I guess it kind of keeps students on their toes.” Tens of different staff members have admitted to adjusting the time ahead or behind a minute or two every couple of days. “One time I sat on top of the adjuster button without knowing it for like, three minutes, and the clock went crazy,” a Main Office faculty member teacher reports.

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By Leah Fagen ATTENTION: Southwest’s mascot, Silvester, is still missing. Students are devastated by his absence. He disappeared one month ago, leaving LSW mascot-less. Students and staff still suspect that One Direction stole Silvester. The Assistant Athletics Director, Kim Carson is furious about the supposed thievery of our cherished Hawk. “We will not put up with this! I demand that Niall and his crew returns our mascot! They have finally taken things too far,” said Carson. Southwest’s sports teams have become emotional and the coaches are trying their best to keep the teams together. They believe that the games just aren’t the same without him and the students are petitioning at a 1-D concert. A shrine has been built on the sidewalk, commemorating our favorite Silver Hawk. People have begun making stuffed Silvesters and t-shirts in his honor. You may buy them in the school store in the front of the building. Harry Styles, known for his luscious locks, denies that the band took the bird costume. They have allowed a few school security guards to search their double decker tour buses. “We don’t have your ugly bird! Leave us alone,” Styles said. The school does have liable reason to believe that 1D stole Silvester. Southwest and the band have had run-ins with each other before and they were pretty intense. Our principle is tempted to bring the police into this matter. Also, Josie Loos, the person inside the mascot, is still missing.

By Griffin Day Recent rumors pertaining to filling in the pool of the Southwest natatorium are ringing true as head football coach Mark King announced his intentions of creating an indoor football training center during a public press conference. King’s plans involve draining the pool and filling it with astro turf, removing the record boards and banners to be replaced with personal pictures of his family and a few prints of his amateur street photography portraits. The new field will also be championed with state-of-the-art field goals, line markers and a lush throne built atop of the remnants of his enemies. “You know, I just saw an opportunity to expand our program to really fan out our potential,” said King as he polished his crown and scepter. Other decisions made by King have sparked controversy in the past, such as his plight to replace the tennis courts with football player-exclusive locker rooms and recruiting the Girls Cross Country team as linemen. King also mentioned that he plans on expanding the indoor football field past the pool area and into the basketball courts and eventually into the classrooms. “Its about time we start living and breathing football at this school,” said King. “Then my plan for school domination will-, er, nevermind.”

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Talk With the Hawk By Jordyn Champoux What do you aspire to be in life? “…………………………………” What is the craziest thing you have seen? “…………………………………” Wow! I can’t believe that happened in front of our school! “…………………………………” What do you think of Southwest? “…………………………………” If you could be any other school mascot which school would you choose? “…………………………………” Thank goodness you didn’t choose to be the Knight Statue. “…………………………………” What’s it like to know you’re stuck here forever? Reporter Jordyn Champoux in“…………………………………” terviews the Silver Hawk. Photo Being stuck here forever is better than prison. by Madicyn Deiro/Hawk Talk “…………………………………”

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Swinging the Night Away By Leah Fagen attendees how to swing, waltz and Southwest held their 10th Annual jitterbug. Swing Night on May 2. The event Once the lessons concluded, the consisted of various types of swing floor was open for swinging until music, dance lessons and food. The event was open, but not limited to, Southwest students, friends, family members and anyone who shared an interest in swing dancing. “The goal of the night was to provide music by the LSW Jazz Band, dance lessons, great music, great food and great fun,” said Mrs. Alyssa Wilhelm, who was in charge of the event. Dance lessons taught by Mr. Jeremy Smith, the Ballroom Dance teacher, Band members take the spotlight at Swing Night began at 6:15 p.m. and on May 2. Photo by Leah Fagen/Hawk Talk lasted until 7 p.m. The lessons gave those new to swing dancing the opportunity to 10:30 p.m. Dancers swung to the carlearn the dances prior to the event. rying rhythms and upbeat melodies Smith, accompanied by students in provided by Southwest’s own Jazz 1 his Ballroom Dance class, taught and Jazz 2 bands.

Swing Night is a tradition at Southwest. According to Wilhelm, at one time, over 500 people had attended the event. Although this year’s event was smaller, many people enjoyed Swing Night and look forward to it every year. “Swing Night is one of my favorite dances and I come every year,” said senior Maddie Stuart. People dressed in attire in accordance to the antiquated, swing-era theme, spanning anywhere from poodle skirts to suspenders and fedoras. Others dressed in outfits fitting for prom and some simply wore shorts and shirts. Although outfits varied, the students were brought together by the music that filled the Commons throughout the night. “I thought we played pretty well. ‘Cool’ and ‘Second Mind’ were my favorite songs to play,” said freshman Jazz Band member Parker Garivay. Swing night provided Southwest students and community members a night full of jazz and was one of the many events that marks the ending of the 2013-14 school year.

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of 2014 1. Zac Brown Band - May 24th Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln 2. David Cook - June 6th Celebrate Lincoln 3. David Nail - June 7th Celebrate Lincoln 4. Backstreet Boys & Avril Lavigne - June 9th CenturyLink Center in Omaha 5. Thompson Square - June 20th Country on the River in Council Bluffs 6. Bruno Mars - June 23rd CenturyLink Center in Omaha 7. The Band Perry - July 18th Casino and Hotel in Council Bluffs 8. Dierks Bentley - July 19th Casino and Hotel in Counsil Bluffs 9. One Republic, The Script, & American Authors - July 30th CenturyLink Center in Omaha 10. Katy Perry - August 20th Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Compiled by Sofii Fox

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Bringing Brazil to Lincoln

By Jordyn Champoux After the construction of the Pinnacle Bank Arena, many new and different restaurants were built in the Haymarket. One of the new restaurants is Rodizio Grill: The Brazilian Steakhouse. Located across the street from Lazlo’s and up the street from Ivanna Cone, at 737 P Street, Rodizio’s is within walking distance from the Arena. Rodizio’s is different than any other restaurant in Lincoln. From the paintings on the wall to the Brazilian music playing, Rodizio’s is very warm and welcoming. The Gauchos (waiters) are friendly and give information on all of the meats offered when brought to your table. Rodizio’s has options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Rodizio’s offers two menu items, The Unlimited Gourmet Salads ($17.99) or The Full Rodizio ($27.99), which is also where the restaurant gets its name. The salad bar has over 21 salads, pastas, soups, fruits, vegetables and breads. Some of the salad bar options offer traditional Brazilian foods and more American options.

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The salad bar also houses alfredo bar, and over 14 meat, poultry, pork nana popper, Polenta which is a Brapasta, mashed potatoes, fruit, mozza- and fish options. They also offer cara- zilian version of cornmeal and Pao De rella and many more salads, rolls and melized pineapple and a chicken heart Queijo which is Brazilian cheese bread different soup options. Some unique for the brave. made with Yucca flour and cheese. All items on the salad bar include Salada The meats are all cooked and sea- appetizers are included in your meal Rodizio which is a B.L.T. salad price. and Ovo De Codorna which is One of the more distinct items marinated quail eggs. on the salad bar is Farofa, which is If you choose the Full Yucca flour that is usually sprinkled Rodizio the Gauchos bring on beans and rice and is a Brazilian around meats on large metal favorite. kabob and slice you off a piece Rodizio’s also offers rich tradiof meat. Each Gaucho has a tional Brazilian desserts, such as different meat option to offer the traditional Flan, Bolo Brigayou. When seated a host will deiro, which is a three layer chocobring you an indicator with a late cake, and Rabanada, which is green side and red side. Paa cinnamon pastry served with vatrons flip it to the green side nilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Rodizios Grill is located at 737 P Street in downtown when you want the Gauchos With plenty of options in both to bring meats to your table, Lincoln. Courtesy Photo the salad bar and the “Full Rodizio”, and flip it to red when you Rodizio’s has something that evwant to get a chance to eat some food soned specifically to the type of meat. eryone can enjoy and is a unique resand pause the meats. When the Gauchos bring around the taurant to Lincoln and worth checking The “Full Rodizio” has meats that meats and make it to your table they out. are common to the United States are hot and every slice of meat is just Whether celebrating birthdays, anbut are given the traditional Brazilian as delicious as the last. niversaries or just trying out a new name such as Assado, Alcatra, Miolo With both options, guests get three restaurant, Rodizio’s will have you Da Paleta and Raquete. traditional Brazilian appetizers to try. coming back for more. The Full Rodizio, offers the full salad The Bananas Frita which is a fried ba-

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Talk with a Hawk [Junior]

Keegan Miller

Each issue, the Hawk Talk will introduce two students you may or may not know at Southwest, and take a look into their lives inside and outside of school.

Other than Speech, are you involved in any What are your goals for the future? clubs or groups? I plan on becoming a forensic scientist with the FBI. Not through school, no, but I do participate in a I hope to become this, because I want to catch bad youth group called DeMolay. guys. I want to use science and math, rather than a gun. Which of your speeches is your favorite? Probably my dramatic interpretation of “Flower for Where do you want to attend college? Algernon,” It is about a man named Charlie that has I’m planning on UNL. It has one of the best Forensic a mental disability, then has a surgery to make his Science programs around. I.Q. increase, but it decreases because the effects of the surgery didn’t last. How would your friends describe you? Quirky. It is mostly because I’m on Speech, and What is your favorite class? I have developed different “weirdnesses,” I guess My favorite class is probably the Forensic Science you could call them. class with Mrs. Sarah Hammers. I am planning on being a forensic scientist and the class makes for What is your favorite pass time? great practice. Reading. It is just a fun thing to do, and I can enjoy it whenever. I am currently reading “Blood Gospel”. How did you get interested in being a forensic It is a great book. scientist? I wanted to be an engineer, but after hating legos, What is an activity you do outside of school? I decided that I should start investigating what I I like to go skiing during the winter. I’m not very should do. I started looking up different careers good at sports and skiing is just pretty relaxing. It and I found forensic scientist. It just clicked in my isn’t very competitive, so that is a plus. My favorite mind as something I’d like to do. slope is Ski Cooper, because it is just for locals, so there isn’t a lot of waiting in line. Compiled by Leah Fagen

Vanessa Kavan What is your position in Soccer? What is your favorite class? Outside midfielder and center mid, but I can play I’m going to say Chemistry or anything science. I forward when I need to. find science to be easy and more interesting than other classes. What is your favorite part of playing Soccer? I’m going to say being so involved in the game. All What is your favorite pass time? the action that is going on; it’s intense, but it’s fun. I really like to watch movies and eat. My favorite And it gets your adrenaline going and it just feels types of movies are scary movies and I usually eat good. crackers and fruit while I watch them. Who is your coach? Are there any other activities that you are For club, his name is Andy Benkis, but my Southwest involved in? coach is Coach Thomas Nettleton. I am an Athletic Trainer for Southwest and right now, I am training wrestlers. How do you prepare for games? I like to listen to music, and I don’t really talk to What do you see yourself doing in the future? people. I try to get into my own zone. Then for I see myself being a physical therapist. I don’t warm ups, I get really active and I try harder, if it know, I’m just into the taping and rehab thing. is a bigger game. What college do you want to attend? Who is your soccer idol? I’m actually committed to Drake University. I’m I’m going to have to say Lionel Messi (He plays for going there to play soccer. Argentina), just because he has so much technical Compiled by Leah Fagen control; what he can do with the ball is insane.

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By Dana Okazaki It’s no secret that prom season has arrived once again. Stores have signs boasting about their selections, dresses are hung neatly on racks and Facebook is exploding with dress pictures. Sure, there are various different bridal shops and special occasion dress shops here in town, but there are many other ways to get that perfect dress without spending your entire life savings. A more affordable option is to look at DebShops.com or dhgate.com. DebShops.com is an online shopping version of the store “DEB”. If online shopping isn’t for you, the DEB store can be found at Gateway Mall. Senior Aya Hinz purchased her dress online at dhgate.com. “My dress ended up being around $43, which I think is a really great price,” said Hinz. Prices can run as low as $35 online, and can be purchased in a variety of colorful options with desired sizes. If your order is $50 or more you will receive free shipping and receive it with-

in 7-9 business days. If you’re in a bit of a rush, you can order shorter shipping dates and even next day shipping for an additional $29.99. Another affordable option is JC Penney’s at Gateway Mall. Prom dress prices at JC Penney’s are around $59.99$89.99. You also can purchase these online for a larger selection of dresses or if your size is not carried in stores. JC Penney’s also has free shipping to stores for a purchase order over $25, or anywhere for orders $99 or more. Senior Alyssa Richtarik purchasedher dress for $50 at JC Penney’s. “Since I only spent $50 on my dress I was able to spend more money on my shoes,” said Richtarik. Another option is to check into is places like Cinderella’s Formal Gown Rental and Lemme Dress U. These stores allow you to rent prom dresses, rather than purchase them. Formal gowns can be rented out for as little as $18.95, making them more affordable. Cinderella’s Formal Gown Rental,

located in Ralston, Neb., has over 6,000 gowns to choose from, along with shoes, accessories and even wraps. This prevents girls from spending hundreds on a dress that’s only worn for a couple of hours. You may also be able to find a steal at consignment stores here in Lincoln such as Crazy for Consignment and The Classic Consignment. Omaha thrift stores such as Thrift World have four locations that with a large variety of gently used clothing along with formal wear for men and women. “I got my prom dress at the Goodwill on “O” Street for $25,” said senior Suzanne Polzkill. Polzkill’s dress does not need any alterations, making for an even more inexpensive prom dress. The bridal shops in Lincoln offer a huge selection, but not without a huge price. With all of the money that you save, you can buy a more expensive pair of shoes, or even cover the entire cost of prom and post-prom.

These are a few more cost effective dresses from DEB and JCPenney’s.

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Yearbook Shout! App This year, Southwest’s yearbook, the Talon, is trying out the “Yearbook Shout” app. With Yearbook Shout, you can leave video or audio messages called “shouts” in your friends’ yearbooks for them to view on their phones or tablets for years to come. “Shout” stickers are sold in sheets of 10 for $5, and will be sold during yearbook distribution. To use the Yearbook Shout app, follow these steps.

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Download the Yearbook Shout app to your smart device. It can be found in the App Store or on Google Play by searching “Yearbook Shout.” Purchase a sheet of QR code stickers for $5 from Miss Benson in Room C110 or during yearbook distribution.

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Open the Yearbook Shout app and scan a QR code from your sticker sheet.

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Record your video or audio message, and save it. Then place the sticker in your friend’s yearbook.

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Try the Shout! App now by scanning the photograph!

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Download the Yearbook Shout app to your smart device. It can be found in the App Store or on Google Play by searching “Yearbook Shout.”

Have your friend download the yearbook shout app, scan the QR code on his or her smart device, and your Yearbook Shout video or audio message will begin to play.

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12 13 14 15 16 17 Basebal Banquet @ 6:00 P.M. Theater Banquet Tunnel Walk Band/Orchestra Mother’s Day @ 6:00 P.M. (Pep Rally) Concert @ 7:00 P.M. Choir Concert @7:00 P.M. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Tennis Banquet Track Banquet State Track & Field @ 6:00 P.M. @ 5:00 P.M. FinalsFinals@ Omaha Burke State Track & Field Blocks 1 & 2 Blocks 3 & 4 @ Omaha Burke Pagent-Faculty Pagent-Faculty First Day of Play @ 7:00 P.M. Banquet @ 7:00 P.M. Senior Lunch SUMMER BREAK! 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Graduation @ 4:30 P.M. 1 2 3 4

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