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Dickinsonian The Chapman High School

Vol. 90, Issue 6

What’s on tap? • March 5-9 Dance Tryouts 3:30-5:30 p.m.

• March 6 District Band Night 7 p.m. • March 9 End of 3rd nine Weeks • March 9-10 All School Production 7 p.m. • March 12-16 Cheer Tryouts 3:30-5:30 p.m. • March 19-23 Spring Break

What’s Online?

April 2 is the deadline to pre-order the 2012 Chapman High School yearbooks and video yearbook. Go to the CHS Web site, then to the Shamrock menu screen and then click on the pre-order information button and fill out the order form. You will need a credit card or check photo by Cody Markley

Who Knew?

Members of Sonya Anders FCCLA traveled to Belleville Feb. 8 to compete in Star Events and to elect officers. Every CHS student who entered a Star Event qualified for state. Juniors Morgan Potter and Sierra Bomia (seen above) were both also elected as chapter officers. photo by Alex Cunningham

400 W. 4th Street, Chapman, Kan. 67431

Feb. 27, 2012

And the winner is... Alex Cunningham editor

After several months of anticipation, history was made Feb. 10 when the new Chapman Irish mascot was revealed between the basketball games against Concordia. The new mascot was created by stay-at-home dad Dante Nickel, who designed the mascot after he read a story in the Kansas City Star about how Notre Dame requested Chapman to stop using the previous mascot. “I decided to enter the contest because I thought if Notre Dame was going to take back its mascot, someone should step in and suggest a new one,” Nickel said. Nickel actually sent in his design without even knowing about the contest. He said he just wanted to be helpful. After calculating the results, the administration began working to prepare for the night of the reveal. Notifying Nickel, making T-Shirts to give away and sell, and having a new league sign created were just a few of the jobs that needed to be done. “We had to be very secretive of course,” said principal Kevin Suther. “We didn’t want news of the winner to get out.”

The new Chapman Irish mascot was designed by Dante Nickel from Colby (top right). photo by Alex Cunningham As the night of the reveal arrived, the district gym was packed with students, staff, community members, as well as the Nickel family. After the

varsity girls’ basketball game ended, Suther gave a short speech and presented Nickel with a plaque and T-Shirt. The lights then dimmed as the new mascot

was about to be revealed. “My family and I joked, ‘What if the mascot behind the shroud wasn’t mine?’” Nickel said. “That would have been awkward for everyone.” Cheers and applauds erupted around the gym as the new mascot was revealed on the league sign and the scorer’s table. “My kids were jumping up and down at the moment of the reveal,” Nickel said. “It was a special and unforgettable and exciting moment for sure.” Nickel and his family were not the only ones excited about the reveal. Many community members and students were pleased with the new mascot as well. “I like the new mascot a lot,” said freshman Lindsey Hurford. “It’s very similar to the old one but with a brand-new twist.” Although Feb. 10 has come and gone, Nickel and his mascot will not soon be forgotten, as the new logo will be seen on everything from scoreboards to clothing to gym floors. A plaque identical to the one he recieved will also be hung in the district gym. “Mr. Nickel will be forever linked to Chapman history,” Suther said.

StuCo sponsors activities for student body Alex cunningham editor

Most clubs sponsor activities to raise funds for their organization. However, that isn’t always the case. The donut day and matchmaker activities sponsored by Student Council were done simply for student enjoyment. Donut day was held for the fourth year running the morning of Feb. 2. StuCo used their own funds to buy 31 dozen donuts, which they then gave out for free to any student or staff member who wanted one. “It was just something we did to boost school spirit,” said StuCo sponsor Nichole Weller. “Usually during January and February there’s not a lot going on, so we thought it would be something fun for students.” Donut day chair members Kirkland Babin, Lane and Lexi Coberly, and Kathyeli Rivera planned the activity weeks in advance. Tasks to prepare for the activity included finding the total number of students and staff

Sophomore Devin Neal and freshmen Tyler Soreide and Lane Coberly enjoy donuts during donut day. photo by Adrian Fink members in the school, calling donut places to compare prices, making posters advertising the event, and putting the activity in the announcements. Although it took a lot of hard work, Babin said he was more than happy to be one of the chair members. “I loved donut day because I like donuts,” Babin said. “So of course I didn’t mind running it.”

Donut day chair members weren’t the only ones working to put together an activity. A separate group of StuCo members worked on the matchmaker activity. After being delivered, matchmaker forms were passed around to each advisory the last week of January. Students filled out the forms, which asked questions regarding their


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personality and what they liked in others. They then returned them to the StuCo members to be sent in to the company. “I really liked the matchmaker activity,” said freshman Raymond Sawyer. “Even if you didn’t want a new boyfriend or girlfriend, you could find new friends who you’re compatible with.” Like donut day, the matchmaker activity was done to boost student morale, and StuCo gained only a minimal profit from selling the print-outs. “I think it’s important to have activities within the school that allow all students to be involved,” Weller said. “These are two StuCo projects that everyone has the opportunity to participate in.” Although the main purpose of these activities was to raise school spirit, there were other perks as well. “The matchmaker activity finds your perfect love match and best friend match,” said sophomore Shelby Young. “And who wouldn’t want that?”

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Page 3 Practice begins for spring All-School Production, “Curtain Going Up” Page 6 Cheerleaders put it all on the line during the annual stunt routine Page 7 “Hunger Game” fanatics tell why they love the Suzanne Collins series Page 8 School lunches vs. fast food: Which is better for you?

Students share their opinions on religion


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Facebook adds timeline

For the smells coming from the hallway. The stench during lunch is something the students haven’t been enjoying. For doughnuts from StuCo. Students were able to receive free doughnuts from the club the morning of Feb. 2.

This is an example of what the Timeline looks like. Many students have avoided converting over to the new look because they don’t like the way it looks compared to the old view. Stock photo

What do you think about the most recent changes to Facebook? Lori McGarvey Editor

“I like it better the original way.”

Bryan Price—Freshman

“I like it because you can have a cover photo.”

When Myspace started changing their profile and home page layouts, everyone moved to Facebook, thus making Myspace essentialy extinct. Now that Facebook is changing is it time once again to move on? And if so, to what? The new Facebook’s biggest feature is having a Timeline on your profile. Anyone who switches over to Timeline allows their friends to see their profile and information from longer ago. In fact, they can see all the way back

Welcome new students Briana Elliott

Kaitlyn Jackson—Senior

“I don’t like it because I can’t find a way to stalk people anymore.”

Jamey Dalke—Counselor

We had many new students come at the beginning of the year, and we have more entering now. Chapman has been known for welcoming them to our school with open arms. Students here are good for not judging people by their cover. We welcome and introduce ourselves to everyone we see no matter what their appearances are. If someone is having problems, many students try to help each others out. Remember, if you help someone out when they need help, they will most likely be there to help


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until the day you were born (although almost no one had Facebook at that time). Some people claim that Timeline is more organized, but I beg to differ. I do not like the layout of Timeline because instead of reading things straight down the page like normal, you have to read side to side, and the boxes do not always line up. This makes it difficult if you prefer to read things in order. It just seems way too confusing to me. I also think the stretched, blurry picture on the top of every Timeline profile is very unattractive. Although you have the choice to choose which picture you want people to see, it makes your profile look horrible. Not to mention when it crops your photo to fit in the box, it usually cuts off the top or bottom or the photo.

Speaking of photos, Timeline makes it a lot easier for people to see photos from the past. That may not be a big deal if they are photos you uploaded, but it’s the photos your friends upload that could be a big deal. If your friends uploaded a photo of you doing something illegal or embarrassing two years ago, college administrators can go back and find them easier. And if college administrators can find all that information, it’s just opening the door with a welcome sign for all the creepers out there. As for me, I will probably end up deleting my Facebook account if changes like this continue to happen. Goodbye Facebook, Hello new cliche’ social network.

you when you need it! Our staff is also very welcoming, too. They always try to get to know the new students as much as they can. If they ever get lost or need help with something, our staff is right there for them. New student or not, if you ever need anything, the staff is here not only to teach you, but also to help you along your way throughout the year. We do a great job of welcoming new students. Now just keep up the friendliness! Just remember, one day you could be a new student, so never forget to treat our newcomers the way you would want to be treated if that were to be you one day.

Open lunch for everyone?

Letters to the Editor

Jessica Norris—Junior

“I like it because you can look at past posts easier, and I like the cover photo.”

Lunches need to be changed

Adrian Fink Reporter

For more people in the newspaper. Beginning this second semester, Mr. Weller had a record amount of print students.

Speak Out!

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The Dickinsonian is published by Chapman High Publication approximately eight times during the school year. Questions concerning subscriptions, which are $20 annually plus mailing charges, should be addressed to Chapman High School, 400 W. 4th, Chapman, Kan. 67431, (785) 922-6561.  The Dickinsonian is primarily an educational tool, with its first goal being the training of staff members in newspaper production. Its second obligation is to its readers, the students of the high school. Efforts are made to meet the needs of community members.

School and local events will be covered as possible by staff members. Due to the limits of staff time and the fact that The Dickinsonian is produced by students, some events may not be covered as thoroughly as mature readers would like. National and international news will be part of the publication as related to CHS students. Opinions printed in The Dickinsonian do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the student body as a whole, nor of the staff, faculty or administration. Editorial topics will be chosen by the main editors. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words. Unsigned letters to the editor will not be accepted by the staff. The editorial staff withholds the right to publish letters and to edit letters as needed to prepare them for publication. The staff will not publish materials which are obscene, libelous or invasive of privacy of others. Community service projects will be sought and undertaken by the newspaper when possible. Staff members are journalism students. Students are encouraged to learn responsibility, cooperation, self-reliance and dependability in a supervised school situation.

Raymond Sawyer Why is it that only seniors get open lunch periods and not underclassment as well? I think if you live close to school you should be allowed to go home for lunch. This way you could eat what you wanted and not waste the food made by the cafeteria staff by throwing it in the trash. I know it is impossible to please everyone. However, if everyone had an open lunch period and not just the seniors, the underclassmen would be happy.


Page 1...........................................Alex Cunningham Page 2................................Siiri Rautio/Faith Decker Page 3..................Hannah Diercks/Allison Wederski Page 4-5............................................Lori McGarvey Page 6..........................................Myckinnen Hawes Page 7................................................Jacob Langlois Page 8.....Sydnei Ehlebracht/Kasey Curtis/Carlie Phillips Reporters: Paige Altwegg, Morgan Beemer, Kayla Blatt, Alex Cunningham, Kasey Curtis, Faith Decker, Hannah Diercks, Sydnei Ehlebracht, Adrian Fink, Nathan Garrison, Victoria Gibble, Vanessa Gray, Brianna Hall, Myckinnen Hawes, Rachel Hengemuhle, Bailey Hurford, Megan Hurford, Kaitlyn Jackson, Jacob Langlois, Cody Markley, Lori McGarvey, Sybellen Pace, Carlie Phillips, Siiri Rautio, Rebecca Rudolph, Amanda Schubert, Trevor Shartzer, Emily Voskoyan, Megan Watson, Allison Wederski

Every day around third hour my tummy gets the rumbles that only the school’s cafeteria food can satisfy. The problem is I never get enough for that rumble to fully go away. As I sit at the lunch table enjoying my food each day, there is almost always at least one person who can’t eat because they forgot to bring money. What if we had an optional system of online payment? There are banks that have online bill payment options, so opening the school’s system to payment through the online bank accounts would end the plight of forgotten lunch money. Another thing that bothers me is the cost ratio when purchasing main courses. If you get a full tray (three items or more), it costs $2.10. If you get each course separately, it costs $0.75-$1.50 for each item, and you can only scan a lunch card once. The lunch system offers reduced cost meals, but an allotment of money to the school to lower general prices may be another idea to consider. I am a growing teenager, so more options in food choice would benefit me both physically and financially. I love that the cooks take the time to cook the baked goods for us to purchase separately, but I don’t like to buy one every day and spend that much money. The microwave in the commons area is a wonderful addition, but taking that one step further by adding a stove or a fridge in the same area would make the option of bringing your own lunch a more viable option. Then students could store their food in the fridge and cook it themselves, thus learning to be independent along the way. Despite the difficulties, the CHS lunch staff has always stood fast and offered good meals. My only hope is that they can find ways to offer more of it in the future so that rumble in my tummy can be fully satisfied each day.

Coeditors: Alex Cunningham & Lori McGarvey

WEB MASTER: Amanda Schubert & Vanessa Gray

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iTextbooks coming to CHS Brianna Hall Reporter

Sophomore Dustin Cody and freshman Vicki White are two of many in-school couples here at CHS. photo by Hannah Diercks

Students dating inside and outside of school Kasey Curtis Reporter

Many teens are crazy about relationships, especially in high school. There are many ups and downs to dating people in the same school, but some students have gone a step further by finding that special someone outside the halls of CHS. Sophomore Seth Cunningham has a sister who is dating someone from Clay Center, but he said he has no desire to do the same thing. “I would rather date someone from the same school, because I get to see them more, hug them, and have someone to walk to classes with,” Cunningham said. There are also some students who only date people from their school because they don’t like dating from other schools based off of their past relationships. “I don’t like dating people outside of school because it’s just not fun,” said sophomore Ashley Roberts. “You don’t get to see

them everyday, and you don’t really feel like a part of their day.” However, others said they like their space and alone time with friends during the week, therefore they only date from different schools. From a different point of view, it could also be something as simple as not liking anyone who attends your school. A few ups to dating outside of school can be getting away during the week and making the time you do get to spend together that much special. Roberts said although her last out-of-school relationship ended, she has been involved in a relationship with students both at CHS and outside of school. She has advice for anyone thinking about doing either. “I believe it’s important to really know the person as a friend no matter if they are from your school or not,” Roberts said. “However, I do think it’s easier to get to know someone who goes to the same school.”

If you are a fan of iPads, you might want to enroll in the Chapman High School science classes next year. The science department is considering using them in addition to, or in place of, standard textbooks in use right now. ITextbooks are electronic textbooks downloaded on iPads that allow teachers to download applications and access links to help the learning process. It has not yet been decided, but CHS is considering using them for years to come. “We have been considering iTextbooks because they would incorporate more technology into the school,” said high school principal Kevin Suther. Science teacher Sara Cook uses one iPad in her classroom now from a grant she received. She said having an entire iPad cart would be even more beneficial. “We will have the ability to read the textbook and access links from the same device without taking time to get out the laptops,” Cook said. “We will also get new copyrights electronically without having “We will have the ability to to wait for new books to read the textbook and access come.” The iTextbooks would links from the same device also take away some without having to take time backpack weight since to get out the laptops,” students wouldn’t have to carry books between Sara Cook, Science Teacher classes. Cook admitted there would be some issues involved with using iTextbooks, including the fact that students wouldn’t be able to take them home. “Not everyone has internet access to the online book at home, and some students like having the physical book to look at,” Cook said. In order to solve the problem, the teachers have considered keeping a classroom set of books the students can check out and take home overnight. Freshman Thomas Meuli said he thought that would be a good idea. “The only con to iTextbooks would be not being able to take it home and actually see what you’re doing outside of class time,” Meuli said. There may be a chance of every classroom getting iTextbooks in the future, but Suther said they are still only considering them for the science department right now. If any other classes were to get them, it would be a later time. “I wouldn’t say we would never get iPads for the entire student body, but it definitely won’t be next year,” Suther said.

ASP set for March 9-10 Kinnen Hawes Reporter

Quickly approaching is the second all-school production of the year, “Curtain Going Up”. The spring ASP is a comedy based on the story of a production being put on by a first year drama teacher and her students. It has a lot of the normal high school drama, according to sophomore Aaron Renshaw. “It’s a play within a play,” Renshaw said. “A lot of it has to do with a lot of high school drama, dating, and people trying to put people against each other.” Although much of the story is all about the students, it is also about their new drama teacher, according to director Collette Erickson. “It’s about a first year drama teacher doing a play, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong,” Erickson said. Erickson said the objective for the director and the cast is to produce a good show, but they also have other hopes for this year’s production. “I want the students to have a really good time,” Erickson said. Much of the cast said they en-

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Josh Chewning Junior


Football, Basketball, Golf

Favorite Class:

“Irish Ink, because I like working with computers.”

WHAT DOES THIS award mean?

“It means a lot that people notice I work hard in class.”

Senior Victoria Alcisto and sophomore Ashley Roberts rehearse for the Spring All-School production. photo by Hannah Diercks joy the comedy of the play where they can show their personalities on stage. “My favorite scene is probably when Jocko gets shot,” said sophomore Riley O’Neal. “Buck is playing around with a gun that they are using in the play. It has a blank in it, and he’s spinning it on his finger, and it goes off and it hits Jocko at close range. It’s kind of funny.”

“Curtain Going Up” will be showing March 9-10 in the CHS auditorium. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased beginning Feb. 20. “Students should come because they’ll have a really good time,” Erickson said. “The students who are playing students are really good at capturing the high school attitude. And sometimes it’s really fun to see things fall apart.”


AFS, FCCLA, Spirit Squad, Cheer, Gifted, Scholars’ Bowl, Journalism, NHS

Favorite Class:

“Journalism, because I get to work on what I love twice a day, everyday.”

What does this award mean?

Alex Cunningham

“It means a lot, because it’s nice to know that teachers have noticed how hard I work to do well in school while balancing all my activities.”



DK In Focus


John 16:33

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= Islam

= Judaism

= Christianity

Religious diversity at CHS Tim Tebow: Admire or hate him? rebecca roudolph Reporter

megan watson Reporter

Jodi DeArmond—Computers Teacher I admire him because he’s a good role model to others.”

Trevor Williams—History Teacher “Yes, I admire his strong faith.”

Jason Shorman—Senior “I don’t admire him, because I think he uses his religion to get attention.” Jill Hummel—Senior “Yes, I love him for that! I like a guy who’s not afraid to express his religion and isn’t embarrassed about it.” Nicholas Bledsoe—Junior “I accept that he’s religious, but it gets kind of annoying.”

Sierra Bomia—Junior “To me it seems like he’s just promoting his religion to get more attention.”

Logan Lexow—Sophomore “Yes, because he’s not afraid to express his emotions and faith.”

Madison Sparks—Sophomore “Yes, because not a lot of other athletes are open about what they believe in.” Ashley Hansen—Freshman “Yes, because he’s not afraid to express who he is.”

Thomas Meuli—Freshman “Yes. Even though some people make jokes about him, he’s using it to reach out to people.”

One of the most diverse aspects of Chapman High School is its variety of religions practiced by the student body. Some have strict guidelines, while others are not a religion at all. “I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons,” said senior Kinnen Hawes. Senior Grace Pierson said she is agnostic, which she admits is something most people don’t know about. defines agnostic as one who believes it impossible to know anything about God or about the creation of the universe and refrains from commitment to any religious doctrine. “When you understand why you dismiss all other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours,” Pierson said. Perhaps one of the most common religions at CHS is

Catholicism. Sophomore Adrian Fink said he enjoys his religion even with the responsibility that comes with it. “I do enjoy being Catholic because it gives me a sense of belonging,” Fink said. “The congregation is like your family. It’s very time consuming, but you know it’s the right thing to do.” Sophomore Paige Altwegg said she enjoys being Christian, because it’s what she believes in and is a part of her. Rules and guidelines are a part of almost every religion and for some they can be challenging to follow. “It’s difficult day to day,” said sophomore Jordan Cook who is Methodist. “It’s so easy to just do what everyone else is doing, but you have to stay on track.” Sophomore David Floyd said there are no challenges when facing his Mormon religion’s rules. “Everything they expect is achievable as long as you set your

mind to it.” Pierson said people sometimes try to get her to change her views because of her religious beliefs. “A lot of people try to talk to me about their religion or try to take me to their preachers and make me believe what they do, which can be frustrating,” Pierson said. Students may also face judgement of others because of their beliefs. Junior Caitlin Davis is an atheist and said many people who go to church often judge her for her beliefs. “I can try to explain why I have these beliefs to people, but they don’t want to hear it,” Davis said. With so many religions at CHS, students are likely to find someone who shares the same beliefs as them. However, being accepting of every one’s different beliefs may be a different story. “Every one should respect and be tolerant of other’s beliefs anywhere you go,” Davis said.

Passive believer by personal choice jacob langlois Reporter

It has started wars, divided countless nations and claimed millions, if not billions, of innocent lives in pursuit of the age-old question: Which religion is the right one? But what if they’re all right? That is what I believe, so I guess you can call me a passive believer. It is common sense to expect different lifestyles from one country to another. Just as there are different traditions, foods and behaviors, we should anticipate that different countries believe in different Gods. When it comes to religion, maybe it is not the difference in religious beliefs that is the problem, but instead faulty interpretation of the religious scriptures. Instead of allowing peace of belief and religious tolerance, many people preach

the “my God could beat your God up” theory. This is not only a childish thought, but an ignorant one as well. I believe there can be as many religions as there are different cultures, all affected by the same God in different ways. Ever since I was old enough to attend church services, my parents allowed my the option of pursuing my own religious views so as to allow me the ability to follow my own beliefs. Through friends I have attended multiple churches of different religions. You would imagine that all these churches would be different, right? Well, most are according to their scriptures. Yet even with all these differences, some churches still manage to preach the same message. “If you don’t follow our scripture our way, you will burn in Hell or face the punishment of OUR God.” Or, “If you don’t

meet here in OUR church, you are not of OUR faith”. Not only are these statements blatantly ignorant, they allow ignorance to be spread and develop into future generations. This is opposite of each church’s attempt to achieve a tranquil, peaceful, and tolerant lifestyle. What God would preach destruction over peace, or hate over love? I don’t think it is necessary to gather in one place to be recognized by God. In fact I think my bedroom is just fine. I pray every night before I go to sleep and always thank God for the blessings I have received and for help in troubling times. I do not go to church and I don’t have a set religion. My name is Jacob Langlois and I am a passive believer. And for me, that is all I need.

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DK In Focus


Roundtable discussion on religion

Brianna Hall


Keenan Crane Megan Watson Carlie Phillips Logan Lexow




How would you feel if you saw some of your friends praying in the hallway during school?

Meg hurford Reporter

Do you believe in evolution or creation?

Megan Watson: “I believe in evolution, because we have so many traits that resemble the monkeys and then the caveman. How we look, act and how our brain functions are so similar. ” Keenan Crane: “I believe that one person, God, created the universe. It’s just the way I was brought up, and my parents raised me like that.”

How often do you go to church?

Carlie Phillips: “I go every Sunday, and it’s more my parents’ choice.” Logan Lexow: “If my parents didn’t make me go I’d probably still want to go, but only like once a month.”

Do you think church and state should be separate?

Watson: “I think it’s good, because the people who don’t believe in anything won’t be discriminated against at all.” Hall: “It’s good to a point, but I think schools should have the right to offer it even if they’re not a private school. Kids who are willing to take the class should have that option, and kids who wouldn’t want to then don’t have to.”

Do you think the Pledge of Allegiance should be in schools? Hall: “I think it’s fine. It’s pledging to your country more than God, so I don’t think it should be taken out just for one line.” Crane: “I think it’s fine. I mean, our founding fathers did it.”


Watson: “I would ask what they were doing. It’s not like you see that around here very often.” Phillips: “It would just be unusual, it’s not something you ever see. Stuff like that just doesn’t happen.” Hall: “I would just let them, I mean it’s what they want to do.”

Do you think it’s OK for our sports teams to say a prayer together before games? Hall: “It’s a team unity thing. I think it’s good for them to come together and ask for help before something like that.”

Watson: “Yes, I think it is OK for them to do it because we have always said one as long as I can remember. I see nothing wrong with saying a prayer if it’s what everyone on the team believes in and wants to do.” Lexow: “Basketball does it, and I think it’s a good thing. It makes us think about what we’re about to do.”

What is your viewpoint on clubs like Fellowship of Christian Athletes?

Phillips: “I think they should be allowed in school because it’s a good thing. They’re not required, so if you want to be a part of it you can be, but you don’t have to.” Watson: “I think it’s good. But if people tried to get an atheist group going it would be their choice, so it’s their right to do that, too.”

Seminary helps get students into BYU sybellen pace Reporter

Most kids think waking up at 5:30 a.m. is impossible, but for seven Chapman High School students who are Latter Day Saint members, early mornings are part of their daily routines. These seven students have devoted each morning to seminary class in Junction City. “Seminary is a church program where the youth of our church come together in the mornings to read scriptures and discuss them,” said sophmore David Floyd. “It is a Bible study,

so we take the scriptures and we learn different lessons from each of them.” Most Bible study groups also do this, but what sets this class apart is the amount of time they put into the program. “It is every weekday. We go for probably one hour each time beginning at 6:20 a.m.,” said freshman Chelsea Pace. Because of the early start time, students involved with the class say is takes a lot of commitment and effort. In order to graduate the class you must attend for four consecutive years during high school.

“This is my first year, and so far I love it,” said freshman Caitlyn Hartung. “It’s a great way to start the day. It brings a positive influence into my life.” Pace also said she is motivated to finish the class because that is what her parents want her to do. “I go because my parents want me to and because I want to,” Pace said. “Both of my siblings went, and I want to finish it aswell.” They all agree that even with the high commitment level, the pros still outweigh the cons. “It helps start the day and is usually fun,” said junior Kaysen

Hawes. “I also have friends from other schools that I get to see there.” Most of the students attending the class hope to be able to attend Brigham Young University once they graduate, and this class helps give them a leg up on getting accepted. Statistics show that if you have four years of seminary completed, there is a higher chance of you getting into the school. “(BYU) offers a really great program for what I want to study,” Hartung said. “Also, it’s a church school, so I know I will be able to keep my standards high while going to college.”

Sophomore David Floyd follows along as the seminary teacher guides them in a study. photo by Kinnen Hawes


When I knew...


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Don’t try this at home

I could leg ride Zach Witt “I worked learning how to leg ride every day in practice. I wanted to learn how to because you can use it as leverage to work in other moves. Assistant coach Noel Richardson worked on it every day with me. One day in practice I got it and was really excited all my work had paid off.”

Sports ticker

• February 27-29 Basketball Substate • March 5-9 Dance Tryouts 3:30-5:30 p.m. • March 7-10 State Basketball • March 9-10 All School Production 7 p.m. • March 12-16 Cheer Tryouts 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Athlete of the Month

The cheer squad and yell leaders perform their annual stunt routine in the District Gym during the boy’s basketball game. The cheer team practiced for several months to perfect the stunt routine in order to be prepare for their performance. photo by Alicia Brown

Cheer performs their annual stunt routine Allison Wederski Reporter

Every year, winter cheer and yell leaders come together to perform at senior night. This year, cheer coach Laura Witt said she thinks it was one of the best. The annual cheer stunt routine gives the squad the chance to showcase what they have been practicing. Many cheerleaders said they were excited for the chance to show their skills in front of an audience. “Stunt routine is something we get to do once a year for senior night,” said sophomore Kiersten Estelle. “We have been working on it for months, and I think it will turn out really well.” Cheerleaders are not the only people involved in the squad. Junior yell leader Frank Carpentier said he was also excited about the performances. “I’ve been talking with some of the cheerleaders, and they’ve

been saying this year’s cheer stunt routine will be even better than last year’s,” Carpentier said. The winter cheer and yell leaders prepared since Novemeber for their performances. While enduring months of after school and weekend practices, Witt said she was sure all the practice would pay off. “We’ve been practicing a lot and learning new skills to try to be creative and do things other squads in our area aren’t doing,” Witt said. There were three total performances where the entire squad performed, These included the Feb. 9 basketball game, basketball senior night Feb. 14, and the pep assembly Feb. 14. “I think stunt routine is going to be great, because sophomore Nathan Garrison and I and our partners have been literally breaking our backs for it,” Carpentier said.

What’s it like to be a flyer? Rachel Hengemuhle Reporter

Courtney Hoffman

Kiersten Estelle

Why did you want to be a flyer?

“I wanted to be a flyer since the first time I saw a stunt routine my freshman year.”

“Everyone wants to be a flyer. You get to be noticed and be high up in the air.”

Why do you like flying?

“I like flying because it’s fun. You get to be high in the air, and it’s almost like being on a human trampoline.”

“I like flying because it’s fun. You get to be the center of the stunt, and you also get to be noticed.”

How did you get over being nervous?

“I stopped being nervous the first time I fell and saw that my bases would do anything to catch me.”

“You just have to go into the stunt and trust your bases.”

“She expects me to give it my all, 100 percent every practice, game and stunt routine.”

“I feel she expects more of me because I’m her daughter. She expects perfection.”

What does coach Witt expect of you?

KWU softball camp deemed a success Morgan Beemer Reporter

COLE SUTTERFIELD STATS: Sutterfield had a record of 13-18 this season wrestling in the 113 lb. weight division. COACH SHEETS: “Cole was selected as wrestler of the month because of his strong work ethic in the practice room and his willingness to stay after practice to improve himself to become better in future years.”

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, especially for a softball player. On Feb. 4, Chapman held a softball camp sponsored by Kansas Wesleyan. The camp focused on hitting, pitching, fielding and catching. They also hosted a coaching clinic. The camp had about 60 girls attend. KWU head softball coach Daryl Hoelting led the camp with the help of assistant Elle Pottorf, a catcher from Kansas University, and some of the Kansas Wesleyan players. Hoelting is a former Sacred Heart and Salina South High school softball coach.

“I went to the clinic because hoelting will be my coach next year, and also i am really into anything softball related.” Megan Hurford, Senior Softball coach Andy Fewin said the clinic was held to get things started with practice only a few weeks away. He also said it was nice having someone come in who has the same coaching technique as himself. Multiple CHS softball players attended the camp as well as athletes from surrounding areas.

“This camp had a great turnout for it being the first year,” Fewin said. “It was nice to see the number of girls and to listen to what different people have to say about the sport.” “I went to the clinic because Hoelting will be my coach next year when I go to Kansas Wesleyan, and also I am really

into anything softball related,” said senior Megan Hurford. Hoelting started out working on the basic fundamentals of throwing a softball and took steps from there. He also instructed the hitting and fielding part of the camp. Pottorf worked with the catchers and then instructed the camp on bunting. Two college pitchers worked with all of the camp pitchers. Hurford said the camp helped her refresh all of the basics. “Going helped me with catching. It brought up different points that I will have to tweak a little,” Hurford said.

Entertainment 7 DK Bro vs. girlfriend

The Dickinsonian FEBRUARY 27, 2012 Issue 6

Paige Altwegg Reporter

It’s a challenge to see who knows junior Logan Lemkuhl better: His significant other Vanessa Lovett, or his main bro friend Alex Canfield.




“Football, because I like to hit people.”

What is Logan’s favorite sport? What does Logan most enjoy doing in his spare time?

“Football, because he likes the aggressiveness.” (2)

“Hanging out with his bros, “Petting my cat, Rory, because he’s because they get along well.” (0) soft.”

What is the most listened to song on Logan’s iPod?



“Football, because he likes to hit people.” (2)

“Hunting, because he enjoys the game.” (0)

“‘It’s Raining Men’ by the Weather Girls.”

“Some country song.” (0)

“It’s Raining Men’ by the Weather Girls.” (2)

What is Logan’s favorite food?

“Steak, because it is yummy.”

“Steak, because he likes his meat.” (2)

“Steak, because he likes the taste.” (2)

What kind of truck does Logan drive (year included)?

“2003 Ford Ranger”

“2003 Ford Ranger” (2)

“2000 Ford Ranger” (1)

What is Logan’s favorite place to shop for clothes?

“Cabelas, because they have cool things.”

“Walmart, because he likes to shop there.” (0)

“American Eagle, because he has good style.” (0)

“Rory, because he reminded me of a raccoon.

“Rory, because it reminds him of a raccoon.” (2)

“Rory, because it roars.” (1)

“Megan Fox, because she is hot.”

“A K-State football player, because he dreams of being one.” (0)

“Casey Donahew Band, because it is his favorite band.” (0)



What is the name of Logan’s cat?

If Logan could meet any famous person, who would it be? Looks like the cat won this one. They both tied with a score of 8, which means Alex and Vanessa can fight it out themselves to see who wins.

Students ‘hungry’ for Collins’ hit series Carlie Phillips Reporter

Lane Coberly Freshman “It is a completely different idea for a book, and it’s interesting to think what if it really did come down to that.”

Kody Baer Sophomore “I like how it is futuristic and different than a lot of other books.”

Siiri Rautio Reporter

Suzanne Collin’s “The Hunger Games” trilogy has gained popularity all over the world, and that includes students and staff at Chapman High School. There is something in the book series that attracts readers regardless of their age or gender. Where North America once existed is now Panem, a 12-district country formed after a devastating world war. The government has total control over the post-apocalyptic world. Once a year, one teenage boy and girl paired from each district are forced to attend a cruel televised competition called the Hunger games. The last person to be alive is the winner. Teenager Katniss Everdeen volunteers to attend the dangerous game instead of her little sister and gets dragged into a series of unpredictable events. This intensive plot gets you hooked almost immediately. Collins has managed to create a storyline that is thrilling and touching at the same time. The main idea of the Hunger Games reminds me of the gladiators from ancient Rome: You fight until the very end. Teenagers competing for survival and killing each other in the Game is definitely brutal and attracts the public on the same level. Fantasy worlds have always fascinated people because they let you use your imagination. Still, Panem feels more realistic than others because it is a futuristic world. It makes you wonder if that is what our world is going to be like after decades pass by. The book also raises concerns about the condition of our environment. Even with all the violence, The Hunger Games is also a beautiful love story. After an arranged relationship based on attracting the public, Katniss and Peeta find themselves falling for each other. Love between the two teenagers is not easy considering the Game allows only one person to win. Because of the huge success the trilogy has received, author Suzanne Collins gave her approval for making three movies based on the books. The first movie, called The Hunger Games, will come out Mar. 23. You can bet that I will be one of the first in line.

Alex Canfield Junior “It keeps you on your toes.” Brian Liu Senior “I am a sucker for a love story.”

Tayler Gentry Senior “It’s an intense story on how the future may be.”

Brittany Duer Freshman “It is a different book and has lots of action.”

Amanda Grunwald Sophomore It’s a twist on the story and unlike any series. It pulls you in right away and is addicting.”

Sarah Johnson Junior “It’s a life and death situation, and it’s an exciting story that pulls me in.”



The Dickinsonian Febuary 27, 2012 Issue 6


Bizarre Binges Sydnei Ehlebracht Reporter

Some of you have seen the hit show “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern. He has eaten some pretty bizarre things, but he is not alone. These students have eaten some pretty bizarre foods, too. Amber Cockrell—Junior “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten was green beans wrapped in bacon that had melted brown sugar drizzled on top. Trevor Spencer made them for me.”

What do CHS students put into their stomachs?

Jerrad Gillen—Junior “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten was when I was at an Italian restaurant in California and my sister dared me to eat pumpkin ravioli, so I did.” Cheyenne Sacher—Freshman “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten was when my family was at a really expensive restaurant in Alabama, and I got to try squid, puffer fish and other weird sushi. They looked really good, so I decided to try them. They weren’t that bad.” Courtney Hoffman—Senior “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten would have to be chili that was pranked with ghost pepper sauce, which I might add is the hottest sauce ever. Yeah, I started crying!”

Kyler Langvardt—Freshman “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten was when I was down in Louisiana where my family lives, and my family dared and paid me to eat crocodile.”

Wyatt Hoffman—Senior “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten would be when I was four or five and I ate mountain oysters. I got brought into it when we fried them with bass, and they didn’t look much different from each other. But once I tried it, it did not taste too good. I have never eaten them since!”

Kiersten LaPorte—Sophomore “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten would have to be shrimp, because it is really weird looking. Junior Jordan Woods and her aunt made it one night. It was really good, though.”

Aaron Renshaw—Sophomore “The most bizarre food I have ever eaten was rocky mountain oysters. My dad said it was a new kind of steak, so I tried it and it wasn’t that bad. Then he told me what it was and I freaked out!”

What is the best FAST FOOD FACTS & FIGURES lunch at CHS? Victoria Gibble Reporter

Hannah Diercks Reporter

Adam Johnson—Freshman

Kaysen Hawes—Junior

“Chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes because it’s the best thing.” Kaylin Fink—Freshman

“Chicken patty and mashed potatoes because the mashed potatoes are awesome.”

“Nachos because they’re delicious.” Lauren Perry—Sophomore

Shelbi Mathis—Junior

“Pizza because it tastes good.” Erin Riffel—Senior

“Chicken strips because they’re yummy in my tummy.”

“Stuffed crust pizza because it’s pizza.”

“Chicken strips because they don’t look weird.”

“Crispitos because the cheese drizzles off the warm taco.”

Mrs. Gruen—Math Teacher

Mrs. Erickson—English Teacher

“Super nachos because of the cheesy, Mexican deliciousness.”

“Chicken noodles on mashed potatoes. It’s a carb lover’s dream.”

Wade Hambright—Sophomore

Cody Markley—Senior

Kaitlyn Jackson Reporter

McDonald’s Big Mac Calories: 600 Fat Calories: 300 Cholesterol: 85mg Carbs: 50g Protein: 25g

Four Cheese Pizza Hot Pockets Calories: 300 Fat Calories: 13 Carbohydrates: 39g Cholesterol: 15mg Protein: 13g

Chicken McNugget (10 piece) Calories: 420 Fat Calories: 220 Cholesterol: 60mg Carbs: 26g Protein: 25g

Cup of Ramen Noodles Calories: 296 Fat Calories: 127 Carbohydrates: 36.8g Cholesterol: 0mg Protein: 5.6g

Subway Double Meat Cheese Steak, 6 in. Sub Calories: 450 Fat Calories:120 Cholesterol: 65mg Carbs: 50g Protein: 37g

Totinos Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Calories: 385 Fat Calories: 170 Carbohydrates: 39.5g Cholesterol: 31mg Protein: 14.4g

Taco Bell Grilled Stuffed Burrito-Steak Calories: 680 Fat Calories: 250 Cholesterol: 55mg Carbs: 76g Protein: 31g Taco Bell Double Decker Taco Calories: 320 Fat Calories: 120 Cholesterol: 25mg Carbs: 39g Protein: 15g

Grilled Chicken Basil (Healthy Choice Dinner) Calories: 290 Fat Calories: 54 Carbohydrates: 38g Cholesterol: 35mg Protein: 20g Nacho and Chips Lunchable Calories: 380 Fat Calories: 188 Carbohydrates: 41g Cholesterol: 10mg Protein: 7g

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Dickinsonian Issue #6

Dickinsonian Issue #6  

Dickinsonian Issue #6