Augusta Oriole December 2017 Volume 85, Issue 3
Augusta High School
Augusta KS 67010
Team particpates in first national competition Aubrey Stueven Reporter The robotics team attended the BEST robotics competition in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This competition occurred Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, and included a team of 18 students and five sponsors. “This competition requires students with a wide variety of skill sets. Students had to define the problem and come up with unique solutions that they could build the robot from,” head coach Tom Zerr said. Overall, the team placed 9th in the BEST competition. For the individual competitions, they received 1st in T-shirt Design, 3rd in Team Exhibit and Interviews, 6th in Marketing Presentation, 8th in Engineering Notebook and 10th in Spirit and Sportsmanship. As a team, they created a marketing plan as well as a robot to put before the judges. The robot had to go through a course to represent the skills and abilities of the robot. “[The robot] had to be built from a limited set of raw materials. No kits. The robot had to perform three tasks to score points. Quality of build, speed, and efficiency were important factors in creating the robot,” Zerr said. Marketing team members developed a company called Augusta Robotic Research and Development Company (ARRDCo.), and the company helped to support firefighters and created innovating technology to help them with their work. The robot created was designed to distribute water in places inaccessible to the firefighters, as well as to remove waste hazardous to them.
As a group, the team participated in multiple activities, including activities with groups from other states, in addition to the competition. “The students created a marketingtype display, they did a marketing presentation, they participated in a mixer with other students from probably five or six states, and of course they did the robot competition,” team parent Lesley Lewellen said. Because this was the first year the team went to the national competition, the team’s skills improved from past years. One of the factors toward improving the team was having practice later. “We had practice every day until five, and on some days, we went later,” Sam Chesick (12) said. Another factor is the team’s increase in participants. “I think more members of the team. We have a variety of things you have to do for the competition,” Lewellen said. “We started out with probably five members, and it’s increased to about 25. Having more members decreased the workload of the other members.” The team worked together to make it to the national competition, and experienced growth along the way. “We made sure to take advice from our mentors when it was given. We also made sure to communicate better as a team,” Gavin Kocher (11) said.
Jacob Lewellen (12), Bridget Winzer (12), and Forrest Tuschhoff (9) play their band instruments at the competition. They played their instruments to inspire pep for their team. Photo courtesy Leslie Lewellen
Robotics team members stand with their robot for a team picture at the BEST competition The robotics team won 9th place in the overall competition. Photo courtesy Tom Zerr
Fine arts draws large crowds Running brings holiday fun Gracie Johnson Reporter
by Corinne Bailey in her solo. “I was super nervous because I literally have the biggest stage fright The art and choir departments put of anyone I know,” Walker said. on Fine Arts Night Nov. 30 at the high Walker’s solo went smoothly and school. was enjoyed. Students were showed their “The performances all went artworks and musical acts perform. very well except for my small act,” “Fine Arts Night was incredible,“ McNutt said. “I somehow left out Art teacher Ryan Swayne said. “It was an entire verse of the song.” a much better turn out than I could The art department displayed have ever expected.” some of their creations as well. The attendance this year improved One of the artists whose piece from past years and exceeded many’s was showcased was Dolly Watkins expectations. (12). “Every table was full, and we even “I really liked being able to show had people standing in the upper off my art because I got a lot of commons,” choir compliments on director Jared it, and everyone McNutt said. got to see what I Both can do,” Watkins departments said. were supportive She loves the of one another. creativity and “I was freedom that incredibly proud she has when of all of my she is in art students and class. all of the choirs “I love really rocked it putting what is out,” Swayne in my head and “Orange-Eyed Owl” was created by Dolly said. turning it into Hailey Walker Watkins (12). It took her 4-6 weeks to build and a beautiful art is made completely out of clay. Photo courtesy Ryan (12) sang “Till it Swayne piece,” Watkins Happens to You” said.
Lindsay Baugher Reporter
Despite the weather with a low of 30 degrees and a high of 59 degrees, there National Honors society members was still a lot of participants. (NHS) volunteered and students ran in “It is a great way to get people out the Turkey Trot race near Century II in and get them active,” Brown said. downtown Wichita, Saturday, Nov. 19. It was a fast two mile run for NHS member Brooklyn Flower Helton finishing in 11 minutes and 57 (12) helped runners prepare for the seconds. race. Barnett also ran in the race. “I had to help people check in “I think my time was 15 minutes and get their numbers for the race,” an 30 seconnds. I’m not sure about Flower said. my place Flower because enjoyed helping there were The turkey trot is a traditon the community. a lot of I’ve been doing since 2012, “I think people.” - Colton Barnett (12) it’s a great Barnett said. experience. I Helton wasn’t going thought to do anything else that day, so why the race was easier than in the years not help out the community,” Flower past. said. “It was a lot warmer, and it was a NHS volunteers also helped after lot more organized because last year the race. there was a 30-45 minute delay before “We handed out medals and gave it started,” Helton said. out shirts to the participants,” Easton Some students run in the turkey trot Brown (12) said. every year. In addition, there is also a “The turkey trot is a tradition I’ve coupon for a turkey given to some been doing since 2012,” Barnett said. participants. Despite running every year there “I think the first 2,000 people were still new challenges to face. that sign up get a coupon for $25 off “Some parts of it was easier than a certain size turkey. The coupon before, but when you turned a corner, makes the turkey really cheap,” all the cold wind would hit you and Colton Barnett (12) said. that made it harder,” Helton said.
Youth leaders help aid community New buffet appeals to customers Aubrey Stueven Reporter
The Youth Leadership Butler (YLB) program is a group of juniors around Butler County who learn leadership skills and complete a project to benefit the community. For the 2017 project, YLB is creating miniature libraries. The group met once a week on Monday nights. Depending on the week, the group met at different places. “Towards the end [of the year], we started a group project to benefit the
Youth Leadership Butler placed miniature libraries around Butler County. One of their libraries was placed at Trinity Episcopal Church in El Dorado, where citizens may take a book. Photo by Sadie Williams
community, and it gives books to little kids who maybe can’t afford them,” Tyler Miller (11) said. Miniature libraries look like a small house on top of a pole. The mini libraries includes different books available to the community. Any kind of books donated were put in the libraries, such as childrens’ books, young adult books, and some adult romance novels. YLB censored adult novels that may be considered too racy for young children. To take a book from the miniature library, people have to leave a book in its place to allow the library to stay full. Most of the libraries are filled with books from different libraries, from book drives at schools, and from the YLB participants’ own homes. YLB decided to make miniature libraries as a group together, and have created five miniature libraries to place around Butler County. “We came up with several ideas and created presentations for them. We all came to a consensus on the project, and decided that the mini libraries would be the best option,” Miller said. One of their miniature libraries is placed at the Trinity Episcopal Church in El Dorado. There are a total of five miniature libraries placed around the Butler County Area. Each mini library was hand made by the YLB team. According to Miller, it involved the most people in the county, and it would be an affordable option for YLB.
To participate in YLB, the organization’s board members choose its members from sophomores that send in an application. Some juniors do this through their school’s counselors, while others choose to go through the city instead. “Anytime we nominate students, I send out a nomination form to the entire staff, and the teachers submit a nomination form,” counselor Elizabeth Hamblin said. “Any of the students who had more than one nomination received an application. Youth leadership is not decided by us, it’s decided by the organizations, so they choose the students from each school that they want to represent.” The skills the participants learned in YLB are not measurable; however, Hamblin felt the program benefited the students. “With my students who have gone in the past, I would say that they grow as people and as students. Typically the students that are chosen are strong students to begin with,” Hamblin said. Previous participant Sidney Ridder (12) enjoyed YLB and got felt that she learned more about different communities. “I learned that every school is different and some schools receive more money for school activities,” Ridder said. Ridder recommends the program to any upcoming juniors wanting to help the community.
Da Vinci painting sells for millions Lindsay Baugher Reporter Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi” was sold in a world wide auction Nov. 15 for $450 million at Christie’s auction house in New York Da Vinci was a popular artist during the renaissance era and an inventor well ahead of his time. In his painting “Salvator Mundi”, da Vinci illustrated his vision of Jesus Christ as savior of the world. According to The Telegraph, in the United Kingdom, the painting was last sold in 2013 to Dmitry Rybolovlev for $127.5 million. Before then, in 2005 the painting was found in Louisiana partially painted over. Art scholars from around the world came to a consensus that the painting was an authentic da Vinci piece. “The journey of the painting is really cool, the fact that it went for 450 million is just crazy, and it shows you just how interesting the arts can be and how much interest and how really beautiful that some pieces can be,” history teacher Jake Sims said.
Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo courtesy Creative Commons.
Da Vinci was seen as a popular painter in his time and still today. Ashley Small (11) compares da Vinci’s work to name brands like Coach and Nike. The painting depicting Jesus Christ is also what could have made this piece so desirable to buyers. Art teacher Audra Shelite said due to the historical significance and that fact that it is of Jesus Christ made it a unique item.
Anything by dwa Vinci is going to be very expensive. Da Vinci was a popular artist during his time and had a good reputation. “Da Vinci is important because he did the “Last Supper” painting, so not only does he have a reputation for us historically, but during his time-he was an artist that people desired to hire. He was commissioned for a lot of church paintings,” Shelite said. Not only was da Vinci smart when it came to art, he was also ahead of his time with his inventions. “He was a guy that was really 300, 400 years ahead of his time, and for him to do that in that era is pretty phenomenal, and considering had he not done that, had he been around maybe 300 years before we wouldn’t even know about him because all this stuff wouldn’t have been possible unless it occurred during the renaissance,” Sims said. “Salvator Mundi”’s owner is a mystery, according to People Magazine. People Magazine also reported that this is officially the most expensive painting ever sold.
Gracie Johnston Reporter A new restaurant is coming to Augusta around New Year’s. It will be called King Buffet and will be a Chinese buffet. It will be located on Walnut St. where Sidelines used to be, in downtown Augusta according to the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Andy Lin’s (9) parents will be owning and operating the restaurant. It will consist of mostly Chinese food, but there will be a variety of other foods as well. “I am most excited about opening day,” Lin said. “My dad really likes other people seeing if his cooking is good.” Assistant principal Ryan Muhlig believes the buffet will be a great addition to the community. “If the food is quality, and it is managed correctly, then the restaurant will last,” Muhlig said. He is not the only one who thinks that the buffet will be around our community for a decent amount of time. “Chinese food is fire, so I think that it will be booming with customers,” Trevor Gray (11) said. There might be a discount for high schoolers and teachers. “I will bring cards to school and people will be able to just take them and use them for a discount,” said Lin. Students are excited about this decreased price. “I hate spending money on food, so any money I can save is great,” Gray said. The owners want to make the restaurant as nice as possible. A lot of renovations have been made to the building as well. This includes the parking lot being repaved and new paint. The new restaurant is coming soon, and the people of Augusta will be able to decide if it is worth a try or not.
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Holiday tunes Winter time offers unique dates affect moods Gracie Johnston Reporter
Bailey Pennycuff Reporter Christmas music expresses holiday spirit. Whether I’m in the mood for Nat King Cole or Michael Buble, I listen to Christmas music at every possible chance during the Christmas season. Some people believe Christmas music is annoying or too cheerful. I can respect that opinion; however, I strongly disagree with it. Christmas music is essential during the holiday season and is certainly acceptable throughout the rest of the seasons. My all-time favorite Christmas song is “All I Want for Christmas is You” by singer/songwriter Mariah Carey. I blast that song on my way to the pool in the middle of summertime with no shame whatsoever. In fact, last Christmas season, my sister Morgan Pennycuff (9) and I declared Carey’s song to be our song, which adds a special kind of love of the song for me. Carey sings multiple Christmas songs and released an album in 1994 called “Merry Christmas,” which includes many of my go-to seasonal favorites. I have to be in a certain mood to listen to instrumental Christmas music. If I am sleepy or not in a great mood, I listen to instrumental Christmas music, mostly because when I am tired or not in the mood for singing along, I can relax and enjoy the melody. I am not saying all I listen to is Christmas music because I listen to all different sorts of music. Many people who mostly enjoy a certain genre, like rap, do not enjoy a contrasting genre, like country music. I am a person that adores many genres. Whoever I ride in the car with or whoever is playing the music, I most likely jam out to whatever the music is, even if I have never heard the song before. Typically, I do not like to listen to remixed Christmas songs. Christmas songs should be left how they were originally made, or at least with a small amount of changes. In all honesty, the Christmas season is not even my favorite season. Summertime is definitely my favorite; however, that does not stop me from listening to Christmas music. The feeling I get when I listen to Christmas music is such an elating feeling. I don’t know exactly how to explain what the feeling is, but I love the way Christmas music makes my foot tap and how it makes my heart yearn to sing itself out of my chest. The best explanation I can think of is warmth. I feel so cozy and comfortable. So much happiness shoots around in my little brain. If something makes a person happy to that extent, then why only listen to it for one season?
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All year long After Halloween After Thanksgiving Never 302 surveyed
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Christmas time is the only season where people can go see the beautiful Christmas lights, and it can provide many date options. Go enjoy the lights in the warmth of a car, while listening to Christmas songs with a significant other. This can be turned into a night of loud singing and cute pictures. One place where lights can be viewed is at Botanica Gardens located in Wichita. Another idea for a date night is making ugly Christmas sweaters. Be competitive and creative together. Laugh at how silly each other might look. This will bring the couple closer, showing each other a less serious side. If there is snowfall enjoy a snow day. Build snowmen together. Have a small snowball fight. Afterwards, maybe go inside for hot chocolate and cuddles.
Watch classic Christmas movies such as “Elf”, “A Christmas Story”, “Home Alone”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, and so many others. These can bring back childhood memories and laughs. Multiple movies come out around Christmas as well. Go to the theater and see upcoming movies such as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, “The Greatest Showman”, “Pitch Perfect 3”, “Ferdinand”, or multiple others that will be showing. Bradley fair is another fun location for a date, because of the carriage rides on Friday and Saturday nights. Make conversations and snuggle up together. Put on some warm and padded clothes and go ice-skating. Laugh at one another for falling, help each other skate, and just enjoy a fun day on the ice. Be careful and avoid injuries because a trip to the emergency room is never a fun occasion. Feel free to enjoy these with a date, a friend or if you are independent and “don’t need no man”, go by yourself. You determine what fun you have this holiday season so make the most out of it.
Finals cause mental exhaustion Aubrey Stueven Reporter
The end of a semester brings along the dreaded final for some classes. In my experience, most finals cover everything learned in the semester, while others are just a final test students take over a certain unit. Some teachers make this test overly difficult and do not give students much of a chance to prepare for this including one day to write a “cheat sheet” if the teacher allows one, as well as a day to study would benefit the students tremendously. As soon as students finish their test for the last unit they learned, they are swooped into finals. Most teachers give a single review day for the students. In my science classes, all of my teachers have given us a cheat sheet to bring with us into the final, while in English, I have not been given the same opportunity. For some math classes, geometry teacher A.J.
Bodyk sometimes allows a single note card for the test. This allows students to write down the formulas they do not remember. Instead of allowing students to write a note card for themselves, trigonometry teacher Jayson Schwinn creates his own cheat sheet and provides it to the entire class. The sheet includes formulas needed for the test, as well as a unit circle. This is my personal preference because everything I need to know is already provided. Preparing for a final leaves the mind strained and over-worked because there are so many different points to remember. For some, their finals are on the same day, which causes the brain to be over-worked. Teachers should only have a final as the last test of the unit they are completing at the time. If that is not something the teacher chooses to do, allowing the students to have more time to study and prepare for a semester final would benefit the students as a whole.
Technology helps human race evolve Lindsay Baugher Reporter Technology has been changing lives since the first computer came out in the late 1930s. Today, computers can make 3D objects (even organs for the human body), watches that are basically phones and phones can scan your face. Schools started with a chalkboard and chalk, then moved to typewriters and now, schools issue out laptops and iPads for students to use. Technology has overall made lives better for a lot of people. It is easier to keep in touch with friends and families who are in other states or live in other countries. That, of course, would not be possible without social media, video calls and webcams. Students used to not know their grade in a class until the end of the semester. Now, students can receive a notification every time a grade for an assignment or test is put in the grade book or when their grade rises or drops. Technology has improved navigation for drivers. Instead of using paper maps, there is GPS built into cars or even on a smartphone. Technology has made it easier for parents to see where their children are. Phones are able to
share locations with contacts so parents are able to pinpoint exactly where their children are instead of guessing and hoping that they are where they said they would be. Without technology, there would not be self driving cars, or cars that can parallel park themselves. With the help of technology, newer vehicles have backup cameras that beep when the driver is steering too close to something. Sensors alert driver when they are veering into another lane and could hit another vehicle or object. However, not all technology with the vehicles is great. Some sensors on the vehicles are cameras that look at the lines on the road. When there is an exit, the lines on the road disappear so the sensor thinks the driver is out of the lane. When this happens, drivers can begin to ignore the warning. If drivers ignore the warning too much the technology basically becomes pointless. The feature can be dangerous because when a driver is veering into another lane or falling asleep, the driver might ignore the sound and not wake up or start paying attention. Technology has helped the people of the world evolve.
Mental health affects teens lives Middle school Michaela Lord Reporter
It is common for students to miss school because they are physically ill, but people do not realize how much school is missed because of mental illnesses. “It has a tremendous impact in two ways. Anytime you miss school, it’s hard to catch up, but with a mental illness you’re usually gone for extended periods of time and a lot of times those mental impairments are with you all the time,” counselor Tracy Anderson said. Every person experiences mental illnesses differently. “I have depression and anxiety. Personally, I’ve never missed school because of them,” Emma Roberts (12) said. Roberts talked to students last year during seminar about mental health. “It’s developed from a mild depression to severe depression, and it comes in patches. It’s not constantly there all the time,” Roberts said. Not every mental illness is the same for everybody. “My depression isn’t completely sadness it’s more of monotonous,” Mady Mansfield (12) said. “There is usually no changes in my mood unless I’m anxious, then it’s hectic.” People with mental health issues cope with them and get help in their own way. Not only do they cope differently, they are affected differently, too. “I don’t like meeting new people, and sometimes I don’t like getting out of my bedroom to see people that I do like,” Mansfield said. The mental health status can get so low and
unhealthy, people may feel like taking their lives. When former Newman University basketball coach Mark Potter talked to the students Nov. 15, he recalled a time where he thought about driving his car into a telephone pole. “I just wasn’t feeling right. Something was not right. My thoughts were starting to spiral out of control,” Potter said. Potter talked about his struggle with severe depression and its affect on his daily life. “My depression is different because I’m much younger than him and I don’t have a career and kids,” Mansfield said. Mental illnesses do not affect everyone in the same way. “It’s affected me because it makes things harder, such as school and my social life. My friends are more open to me and help me through my problems. I don’t really talk about it to my family because I don’t feel comfortable,” Roberts said. Each mental illness requires a different therapy. “I’d start with a high school counselor or a mental health service in town,” Anderson said. Some people are afraid to get help with their mental health “A lot of problems can be taken care of if something is done early, but if not then something bad could happen,” Anderson said. Mental illnesses and physical illnesses are connected but still different. “Mental illnesses are different than physical illnesses because physical illnesses don’t impact your focus or ability to think like a mental illness would,” Anderson said.
Parents enforce curfew differently Michaela Lord Reporter You sneak in your house after being out past curfew, open the door, and walk into your living room to find your parents sitting on the couch waiting. Many teenagers like the idea of not having a curfew. “I don’t really have a curfew because I don’t go out. My parents just tell me when I need to be home,” Olivia Richardson (10) said. Parents may not set curfews because they trust their teens. “My parents let me leave whenever I want as long as I tell them I’m leaving... as long as I stay out of trouble,” Payne Roby (12) said. The strictness affects teens and how they react. “Overall, I don’t really use such a privilege. For the most part, it includes running to Walmart to buy ravioli at two in the morning or seeing a friend at midnight who just got off work,” Roby said. A teenager with less relaxed parents still understands why having strict parents is not bad.
“Sometimes, I get frustrated, but I know it’s for the best, so I don’t get too upset,” Richardson said. Parents may become less strict. “They used to be a lot more strict but they aren’t as strict anymore, because they let me do more stuff now because I’m not a troublemaker anymore,” Alexis Bodie (10) said. Having rules is sometimes part of being strict. “I have to do my chores and homework before I go do anything. Usually, if I go over to a friend’s during the weekend, I have to be home by 10:30,” Bodie said. If teens have a curfew, they may do the same for their teenagers. “I would probably be as strict as my parents because I don’t want my kids getting into too much trouble,” Richardson said. The same goes if they do not have a curfew. “I would probably not give them a curfew, it seems like an unnecessary rule that would just spark good ol’ youth rebelliousness and cause said rule to be broken,” Roby said.
debate started Tatum Moore Reporter Middle schoolers learned basic debate skills to prepare for the high school level. Charlotte Ehrmann (12) decided to start a middle school debate club for her senior project. “She’s just teaching them very basic debate skills. What it is, what affirmative and negative is,” debate coach Tim Laner said. This could help with next year’s debate team. “I hope this will make the program more competitive,” sponsor Danny Park said. Ehrmann hopes to bring in more participants. “...Participation is down in the debate team. Hopefully, this will encourage people to join debate and show them it’s not as hard as they think,” Ehrmann said. Although some middle schoolers have quit, Park and Ehrmann are happy with the ones left. “The one’s still here seem very interested in what’s going on,” Park said. The team meets once a week and the students learned the main parts of debate. “We’ve had several different meetings from three to five once a week,” Ehrmann said. Many of the new debaters have learned the importance of not only being able to argue well, but also and fully understanding the issue. “You really have to know your topic to do well and win,” Savannah Athy-Sedbrook (8) said. Though the club has been successful, there have been challenges. “Middle schoolers don’t know how to listen. You have to re-explain it at least four times before it sticks,” Ehrmann said. Ehrmann has done most of the work teaching the middle schoolers, but Park has stepped in when necessary. “The only time I step in is if they need something worded differently, so they better understand what she’s talking about,” Park said.
Charlotte Ehrmann (12) teaches middle schoolers the basics of debate. Photo by Tatum Moore
StuCo announces winners proposal for his girlfriend. “Kayla and I are both very huge fans of ‘Star Wars’,” Stewart said. Stewart surprised Knoll Dec. 2 with a poster that Daniel Stewart (11) and Kayla Knoll (12) were said, “Your name may not be Leia, but will you be announced the winners of the Jingle Bell Ball (JBB) my princess at JBB?” and two lightsabers. proposal. “I was just chilling,” Knoll said. “He lives only five StuCo President Katie Payne (12) developed the minutes away, and he popped on idea of having a JBB proposal over.” contest, and giving away tickets Dalton Blazer (11) proposed to to the dance. Karli Dodds (11) and made it to “It’s a good way to get the kids the final four with a lit up bedmore involved and participate in room and a poster that said “Will the dance,” Payne said. you light up my night at JBB?!” After finding out about the It was difficult for those voting possible free JBB tickets, Stewart to decide which couple should and Knoll decided to try to win win the tickets. them, but Stewart didn’t tell “There were some good ones,” Knoll what his idea was. Payne said. “It didn’t take that long to Though the competition was come up with the line, three tough, Stewart and Knoll were hours,” Stewart said. “I used the Daniel Stewart (11) asks Kayla Knoll (12) not surprised when they were ansame letter formatting for most to Jingle Bell Ball with a poster and light nounced the winners. of it so it looked like ‘Star Wars’ sabers. Photo Courtesy Lynn Knoll “It was original,” Stewart said. letters.” Though Knoll knew Stewart was going to ask her “I’ve never seen it before, and felt my idea was creto JBB and he was going to try to win the tickets, she ative compared to the others.” Knoll got her hopes up after posting a picture of did not know how or when. the proposal. “I knew he was going to ask me, but I didn’t “When I posted it, it got a lot of likes on Twitknow how,” Knoll said. “I knew it would be cute, so ter,” Knoll said. “It was probably my most liked we could try to win the tickets, but I didn’t know tweet and there’s a lot of ‘Star ‘Wars fans at the what he was planning.” school.” Stewart decided to make a “Star Wars” themed
Tatum Moore Reporter
Cole Johnson (11) and Kenzie Kirk (11) pose together before last year’s prom. They posed on Gracie Johnston’s (11) porch. Photo Courtesy Marie Kirk
Couple going on fifth year together Michaela Lord Reporter In high school, relationships seem to not last; however, some lucky couples have managed to make it. An example of this is Kenzie Kirk (11) and Cole Johnson (11). “It will be five years on Jan. 25,” Kirk said. Helping the relationship takes both sides. “I think we have made our relationship last by supporting each other no matter what, making each other a priority within limits, and spending a lot of time together because that’s how you really get to know a person,” Kirk said. Whether it is going out and doing an activity, or just staying at home to watch movies, couples typically spend a lot of time together. “We don’t go out a lot, but I think the thing we like to do the most is go out to eat. We’ve also been to the zoo and glow golfing but staying at home and watching movies all day is usually how we spend our time,” Kirk said. Sometimes, couples have to make compromises. “I drive when we go places, and every so often, I will pay for something if he doesn’t have enough money.” Kirk said. “I also watch him play video games just because I know he enjoys them. I have taken time to help him with classes” Making compromises is doing something for the other person that you wouldn’t normally enjoy. “I don’t like shopping, but I will go with her because I know that she likes it,” Johnson said. Everyone always says first impressions are everything. “He was funny and laughed at my jokes, so that was a bonus. He made me laugh more than anyone in my classes that I could remember,” Kirk said. Every first impression has two sides. “She was smart and funny because of the classes we had together in sixth grade,” Johnson said. After being together for almost five years, there are good effects. “I like how I can tell her anything and we can talk about anything,” Johnson said. As well as having good effects to a relationship there is also bad effects. Some reasons couples might last are trust and compromising. “I think it is because we are honest with each other and we always find ways to make things work,” Johnson said. Being able to talk to each other about everything is important. “We can rant to each other and we rely on each other. Not only are we dating, but she is also my best friend,” Johnson said.
Family holiday traditions differ Sadie Williams Reporter As the holiday season rolls around, families and friends prepare for their various festivities. Traditions vary from family to family, but nearly everyone has a special winter holiday activity. “My dad and I, we bake cookies usually a couple nights before Christmas. We make 40-50 cookies, and we decorate them together. We usually do it late at night and listen to Christmas and ‘70s or ‘80s music,” Braxton Hubbart (11) said. The annual rituals of the Hubbart family do not end there, but carry on to the next day. “On Christmas Day we do presents in the morning, but we have to wait for my grandparents to get there so they can watch,” Hubbart said. Some families have multiple traditions that are not directly related to each other. “Our only other tradition is that whenever we eat, we have three of the men pray, and one of them is always my grandpa. We also usually watch a movie whenever we get back home together,” Hubbart said. The Hubbarts are Christians and celebrate Christ-
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mas; however, many non-religious families still celebrate the traditionally Christian holiday. “Most people that are religious will celebrate because it is the birthday of Jesus, so they celebrate the religious aspect. We just hang out with family, and that kind of stuff,” Abbee Rhodes (11) said. Regardless of background, the holiday season is used to spend quality time with friends and family. “We’ll generally travel to in-laws during the time, and if we get the chance, we get to see extended family as well,” science teacher Nathan Stevens said. Around the Christmas season, the Steven’s house is particularly chaotic. “We have a lot of family things to go to, and I use the time I have off from school to do things around the house that I have put off because of school,” Stevens said. The winter break is full of various possibilities for each and every individual, no matter what their personal preoccupations are. Sometimes, the best part of the season has nothing to do with the holidays themselves. “I just want some snow. It’s 75 degrees today. It’s ridiculous,” Rhodes said.
Seniors earn all-expenses-paid trip to Capitol Sadie Williams Reporter Two seniors earned the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. on an all-expenses-paid trip through the new Jobs for American Graduates program (JAG). Branden Bond (12) and Brittney Cairns (12) earned a high placement at the JAG state competition with their Project Based Learning presentation. “When we went to Salina originally for state, Branden and I won third place in our PBL or project based learning, portion,” Cairns said. As a result of Bond and Cairns’ success, the duo was granted the opportunity to fly to D.C., with no cost to them, in order to compete in the JAG nationals competition. The money used to transport Bond and Cairns was granted by a corporate donor. “JAG national, which is the higher up people of JAG, got a donation from
student’s AT&T for work ethics, $1 million,” Cairns said. and motivating them to Bond and Cairns make the best choices for PBL project their individureviewed what al person. had been “We’ve taught in their looked a lot JAG classes, about how as well as choices really including various guest affect us and where we’re lecturers lesheaded,” Pray sons. Branden Bond (12) and Brittney Cairns (12) with Governor Sam Brownback, and JAG-K President said. “They While in presented the Chuck Knapp. Photo courtesy of Christy Pray. D.C., Cairns and Bond participated different projects that we’ve been in a competition for their event, and working on in making positive choiclistened in on encouraging seminars. es, and we’ve had multiple speakers “We had to do our PBL project for come in where they’ve turned maybe competition and do some leadership a hard situation into something stuff to become better people - even positive, and they used that to make them stronger,” JAG-Kansas teacher though we’re already great people,” Cairns said. Christy Pray said. As they traveled with students The type of curriculum reviewed had a lot to do with improving the from other JAG programs, Bond and
Cairns had some time to get to know the other individuals in attendance. “We got to hang out with the group of other competition people,” Bond said. JAG-K was a new course available here this fall. The program was brought to Augusta largely due to the leader of the JAG-Kansas. “The new president of JAG, he graduated from Augusta High, and he felt the school would really benefit the high school. It’s Chuck Knapp,” Pray said. Knapp thought that the class would greatly benefit the students; being an Alumnus, he had insight into the staff and way of life of Augusta High. The program’s purpose is to help students who have been faced with various struggles that may increase the difficulty of high school. “It’s just to motivate them to not only come to school but to do their best, and to look at their possibilities for the future,” Pray said.
Finals prep begins Junior organizes JBB dress drive Tatum Moore Reporter Every high schooler knows preparing for semester finals can be stressful and time consuming, unless they don’t prepare at all. Students work all semester, and at the end take a test to show they remember and fully understand what they have learned. Many students use different techniques in order to prepare for their first semester final tests. “I study and review notes and what I didn’t understand the first time,” Josh Todd (12) said. Some students study for hours every day leading up to the grade determining examinations. “Probably four hours a day,” Maddy Barkus (11) said. Other students think the extra preparation is unnecessary. “[I study] about ten minutes,” Jacob Leavins (10) said. Many students study the most for their math and science classes. “[I study the most for] chemistry or Algebra II because they’re hard and assign a lot of homework,” Barkus said. Other students feel they need more preparation for their other classes. “[I study the most for] English,” Todd said. Most students agree that studying and preparation pays off when it comes to the test. “If you prepare yourself, then you do better on the test,” Leavins said. Students also study in the hopes of raising their grade in class. “I get a better grade...in class,” Todd said
room Nov. 30. “Nataleigh told me she was going to do a dress drive and asked if she could use my classroom. I was like sure,” Timberlake said. Jingle Bell Ball is the talk of first semester, with Timberlake then asked for more specific informagirls buying their dresses as early as May for the tion, so she knew what exact plan was. mid-December dance. “I was like sure, what are you wanting to do Despite the popularity of the dance, many here,” Timberlake said. students do not attend because they either cannot Cantu then stated the theme that she would abide afford a dress they would want to wear, or they do by throughout the entire experience. not want to spend the money on a dress they only “She said that she just wanted to collect some wear once. dresses so that if anybody needed a dress for anyNataleigh Cantu (11) developed a solution. thing then they could come in and do that.” Timber“My mom and I came up with it one day in the lake said. car. I’m not exactly sure what brought it up.” There was a lot of enthusiasm regarding the ecoCantu decided to change up the traditional dress nomical boutique. drive environment into something more enjoyable. “I think it was a great idea. I “We changed it into a boureally love that she was trying tique so you can try on the to get rid of some dresses that dresses eat some cookies and no one was wearing - because make it feel less like a hand you always buy a dress and keep out,” Cantu said. “We also gave it in your closet - that maybe the option to donate canned someone else would be able to goods for the caring center.” use one of those dresses,” TimA program similar existed berlake said. in the past, but it was not very Despite the good intentions, successful. no one showed up to the Dec. “This was a new idea to us, 30 boutique to get a dress. but apparently Augusta has “I think it needs to be better done it in the past, but nobody advertised,” Timberlake said. has used it,”Cantu said. “Whether it’s through social The revamped drive has media, talking to teachers, talkbecome more known throughing to students, putting up signs, out the student body than any and trying to make it coordinate previous attempts. with a specific date like before a “I just know that it is for a certain dance or something like good cause and for girls that that.” can’t afford dresses,” Ashley Nataleigh Cantu (11) holds a donated A similar event will take Prentice (11) said. dress. The dress drive was Nov. 30 from place at a date that is yet to be The drive took place in Eng3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Photo by Sadie Wilreleased for the spring prom. lish teacher Becky Timberlake’s liams.
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Price enters season coming off varsity bench Noah Coldwell Reporter Basketball is a way of life for some, but most players think of it as a way to hang out with their friends while staying in shape. Most high school athletes dream of just making the team, but about 35 lucky athletes are more concerned about getting on the court in a varsity game. One of these individuals is Luke Price (12). Price has been playing for the basketball team since he was a freshman and is ready for a senior season. “I’ve been playing basketball since the first grade, and I’m excited for this year. We have good coaches and I think we’re gonna win a lot of games,” Price said. Last year, Price played on the JV team, and had little varsity opportunities. This year he is hoping to get a lot
more chances to play on the varsity court. “As a JV coach, I loved having Luke on the team last year. He is a guy who will go and do whatever you ask and excel at the little things,” JV boys basketball coach TJ Meyer said. Students and
coaches alike have anticipated his senior year. “He’s going to help us a lot at the varsity level because of the way he spreads the floor and helps his teammates. We love him as a person, and we really like him being part of the program,” Meyer said. Basketball has been important to Price throughout
the years. It was a key part of his life as he was growing up. Even as Price got older, baseketball still remains a prevalent part of his life. “On the weekends, my buddies and I go hang out and play basketball. It’s kept me in really good shape, and I always enjoy watching college and pro basketball on TV,” Price said. After the first few games of the season, Price has been held to a small amount of playing time, but in those few munites he shows the effort and the skill his coaches have observed throughout his highschool career. “He’s really great with the little details and is a really greabt teammate and a very good person, seeing him playing some varisty this year will be fun,” Meyer said. His performance
on JV was noticable. “He is really fun to watch play; I was thinking about making a Luke Price fan club at one point,” Madison Wheeler (12) said. With the season already underway, the student seection plans on growing the Luke Price fan club. The student sections already contains around 40 members on a day normally filled with activies, and on days where people are free, tends to have around 50 to 60 members and fans of sports. The student section is located at in the corner towards the band nearest to the entrace at Hutter gym during the varisty boys and girs games. With seniors like Wheeler starting a fan club like the Luke Price fan club, younger student sections members are almost sure to follow in the upper classman’s footsteps and will help the club grow. Price is hoping to have a great season this year.
Bowlers prepare for new home Team seeks to advance Charles Lighty Reporter
team also prefer The Alley over the Augusta alley. “I like The Alley a lot, especially As the bowling season draws closer, with the computer system,” said Kyler the team will have a new home, The McFeaters (12). “I think The Alley will Alley in Wichita. make our whole team better.” Over the summer, the local bowling Some bowlers bowl year round alley closed and the team started the outside of school and do not just bowl search for a new home alley. at Holliday Bowl. The team choose The Alley due to “I have played at the Augusta alley location. all three years in high school, but I Head coach Kellee Roberts prefers have played at tournaments at The AlThe Alley over Holiday Bowl. ley outside of school,” said McFeaters. “We used to Some bowlbowl at The ers massively Alley for four like The years before Alley. we switched “I love The to Augusta, Alley, it is and then a lot betwhen this ter than the one closed, Augusta one. we switched The lanes are back to The better and are Alley,” said actually oiled Roberts. and the maThe team chines don’t 2016-2017 Bowling team at a home meet at Holliday did not just eat our balls Bowl. File Photo choose The the like maAlley because chines here of the factilities, location also played in Augusta,” said Kelly Stewart (12). part into choosing which bowling alFor some bowlers, Holliday Bowl ley would be considered home ot the wasnt just a place to bowl. Orioles. “I used to work at the Augusta alley “It was the closest bowling alley to and I enjoyed being around bowling us, the one in El Dorado was actually but The Alley is better in my opinion; further away,” Roberts said. I am really excited to bowl at The AlThe Alley also comes with some ley,” Stewart said. benefits for the bowling team The season is coming up soon and “We like The Alley more since they practice will start around Jan. 3 at The have a computer system that lets us set Alley. up certain pins that we want to pracThe bowlers are looking for another tice shots with and the Augusta alley good performance this season and didn’t have the system,” Roberts said. plan on making the state tournament Multiple members of the bowling and attempting to win state.
“It’s different because the guys are stronger,” Erwin said. To prepare for season, wrestlers had Wrestlers took to the mat for pre-season. their first dual of the season Nov. “The pre-season is a lot of drilling 30, against Andover Central. The and some conditioning,” Terry said. team lost the dual but rebounded They also ran for conditioning. Dec. 2, in Pratt placing 2nd. “Every Tuesday and Friday we run “It’s awful early, but we have in the morning at seven,” Fox said. good numbers,” wrestling coach Practice consists of a ton of running. Brandon Terry said. “During practice there is running, a To be a wrestler, you have to lot of drilling and a hot weight room,” work hard all season. Fox said. “You have to have a lot of dediThis year was different from last cation and a year for Fox. lot of com“I kinda mitment,” had the realFox said. ization that it Wrestlers is my second that might to last year, not be the and that I weight for want it to be their weight two good last class might years,” Fox have to lose said. weight . This “Nobody realization has to cut helped him weight, but to decide to let’s say if take more someone is steps in 106.5 and training Wrestling team sits and watches a teammate during a the weight this year. match. Photo by: Maddy Foy class is 106, “I ran then they would either just wrestle about seven miles a day before the the next weight class or cut weight season started,” Fox said. to wrestle in the 106 weight class,” He also worked out on his personal Terry said. wrestling mat. Briggs Erwin (11) is in the There are more numbers of wresweight class 138 pounds. tlers than normal. “I could’ve cut weight, but I did Although the future of this season is not, because I just did not want to,” promising. Erwin said. The wrestling team hopes to imErwin was in the weight class at prove over the upcoming season and 113 pounds last year. hopes to have multiple state qualifiers. Maddy Foy Reporter
Orioles prepare for winter competitions
Basketball Jan. 5 vs El Dorado Jan. 9 @ McPherson Jan. 12 @ Wellington Jan. 16 vs Andale (Girls) Jan. 19 Baldwin Tournament (Boys) Jan. 23 vs Andale (Boys) Jan. 25-27 Lady Cat Classic El Dorado (Girls) Jan. 30 @ Clearwater Feb. 2 vs Collegiate Feb. 6 vs Mulvane Feb. 9 @ Winfield Feb. 13 @ Buhler Feb. 16 vs Circle Feb. 20 @ El Dorado Feb. 22 vs McPherson March 1& 3 Sub-State (Girls) @ Augusta March 2 & 4 Sub-State (Boys) @ Augusta March 7, 9 & 10 State (Girls) Salina Bicentennial Center March 8, 9 &10 State (Boys)Salina Bicentennial Center
Shocks, Hawks teams perform Noah Coldwell Reporter Nearly 10 years ago, the University of Kansas mens basketball team won the National College Basketball Championship 75-68 in overtime over Memphis University. This was exactly 20 years after their previous championship win against Oklahoma. Since that 2008 victory, Kansas has only made it to the championship once, and lost to Kentucky in 2012. Current NBA regulations state all players must play one year in college before advancing to the NBA draft. This rule is known as the one-and-done rule and is typically taken advantage of by players who want to bypass the typical four year college term and begin their professional career early. “I think the one-and-done rule is pointless and doesn’t do anything but put a negative effect on athletes, careers,” Jaden Laing (10) said. Former Kansas one-and-doners Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins were both choices in the top three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. Last year, the Phoenix Suns drafted former KU freshman Josh Jackson with the fourth pick of the draft.
Six selections later, the Sacramento Kings drafted KU senior Frank Mason III. “Embiid is really good right now, and it was really cool seeing him play at KU,” Maddie Ray (10) said. The absence of the two players clearly affect the team, but have offered new opportunities to other players by giving them more playing time and more opportunities. Three seniors and two sophomores currently lead the team, each of whom have thus far produced better seasons than last year, and all of which are scoring double digit average points so far. Many project a high ceiling for this seasons Jayhawks, due to the small number of ranked teams on their schedule. “I think they’re going to be really good this year. They have a lot of experience and a pretty easy schedule to work with,” Isaiah Hernandez (10) said. Wichita State on the other hand, is starting four seniors and one sophomore heading into the season, and only play one ranked team (Notre Dame) in the Maui Jim Maui invitational. Due to the weakness in their schedule and how seasoned the team is, many experts expect a high placement in the National Championships.
Bowling Jan. 6 Bishop Carroll tournament at West Acres Jan. 11 Home tournament at The Alley Jan. 16 vs Circle at El Dorado Grizzly Bowl Jan. 22 vs Andale at West Acres Jan. 25 vs Mulvane at Derby Bowl Jan. 30 Home triangular at The Alley Feb. 1 Salina South tournament at Salina All Star Lanes Feb. 6 Home vs McPherson at The Alley Feb. 8 Home triangular at The Alley Feb. 10 Andover tournament at The Alley Feb. 15 Collegiate tournament at The Alley Feb. 23 Regional tournament at Wichita Seneca Bowl March 2 State tournament at Wichita North Rock Lanes
Wrestling Jan. 4 Abilene dual 6 p.m. Jan. 6 Home tournament 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11 Buhler dual 6 p.m. Jan. 13 Kearney, Neb. tournament TBA Jan. 18 Home triangular 5 p.m. Jan. 25 McPherson dual 6 p.m. Jan. 27 Chanute tournament 9 p.m. Feb. 2-3 Rose Hill tournament 11 a.m. Feb. 8 Home dual 6 p.m. Feb. 10 Remington tournament 9 a.m. Feb. 16-17 Regional tournament Arkansas City Feb. 23-24 State tournament Salina
High school athletic field where multiple sports are played. Photo by Noah Coldwell
Facilities require constant maintenance Charles Lighty Reporter As years go on, sports keep playing and the fields and courts start to go in durability. In the past year, the school dished out the funds for a new track since the old one was starting to get old and in a few years. The turf on the football field will need to be replaced also. The person in charge of scheduling the replacing and repairs of athletic fields is athletic director Doug Law. “We just recently got the turf redone and then painted and a company comes in two times a year to clean and redistribute rubber on the football field, and fog and disinfect the wrestling room at least twice a year,” Law said. Wrestling and football tend to require more maintenance to keep the equipment safe for use, but they are not the only athletic fields that need to be maintained, basketball and baseball/softball are also important to upkeep for the safety of the players. “We get both gyms screened, they screen off the top layer and put on a new layer each year and we just got the track redone which needs to be done every eight to 10 years,” said Law. The athletic fields and courts are very important to the athletic activities, and is often encouraged by members of the community. Since the fields are not just used for high school
sports, it is also important to keep them up to date for groups like the middle school sports teams. The little league teams also tend to use the athletic fields from time to time during their respective seasons. “I feel that we need to maintain these fields, not just because of whatever athletic activity uses them, but because it brings people together and highlights different groups other than the athletes,” Matthew Treto (11) said. Not all students agree with spending serious money on maintaining or replacing the athletic fields. Alexis Bodie (10) is one that thinks the money should be spent somewhere else. “I think that instead of spending thousands of dollars on new turf or track or making the gym look pretty, we should use the money for other activities that need the money more than just the sports,” Bodie said. People of the fine arts programs tend to think that the money used for sports should be used for other things. This money can not be used for fine arts programs because the school system is allowed a certain amount of money for a certain area of activities and the money can not be transferred over. The fine arts programs receive a certain amount of funding and then the athletic departments require a different and large amount of funding that is needed.