Augusta Oriole January 2018 Volume 85, Issue 4
Augusta High School
Augusta KS 67010
Friends of Freshmen focus on Kindness Week Gracie Johnston Reporter The Great Kindness Challenge runs a world wide event known as Kindness Week. Augusta’s school district has participated in Kindness Week since 2015. “The Great Kindness Challenge started five years ago,” counselor Elizabeth Hamblin said. “A senior did it for her senior project, she found it and went with it. The following year I decided that I wanted to incorporate it and have our freshmen and leaders get involved.” The freshmen plan Kindness Week with the help of their Friends of Freshmen leaders. “Even though I spend hundreds of hours getting the week ready I really wanted it to be the freshmen leading it,” Hamblin said. The Great Kindness Challenge has been incorporated into the elementary schools and middle school. “All the other schools are doing it. The middle school, the elementary schools, and in fact students go over to the elementary schools and do little activities with them,” Hamblin said. Hamblin would like to expand Kindness Week throughout the whole community of Augusta. “This year it snuck up on me so now I am kind of scrambling to make it a successful week throughout the schools,” Hamblin said. Kindness Week is all about showing respect and being thankful to others. In 2017 over ten million students were involved in the challenge. Also over fifteen thousand schools throughout 91 countries were involved.
“There are so many reasons to be kind and so many health benefits to being kind,” Hamblin said. “It improves our brain, it improves our overall health. I mean, just look at us as a society and imagine the society if we were kinder to each other.” Hamblin believes Kindness Week can reach out beyond the people in the school. “Building each other up, lifting each other up, instead of tearing each other down, and doing mean things to people. Imagine what we could create in this world if we all did that to each other,” Hamblin said. The freshmen are doing multiple activities for Kindness Week this year. One of the more popular activities is the Great Wall of Kindness. “My favorite part of Kindness Week is the great wall of kindness because I get to compliment people anonymously and then I get complimented as well,” Erin Fitzpatrick (11) said. One kind comment can make someone’s day. “Being kind makes other people feel better,” Rayne Morrison (12) said. “Kindness is just honestly showing respect to others and treating others the way you want to be treated.” The Friends of Freshmen leaders hope that Kindness Week has an impact on the freshmen. “I hope that Kindness Week gives the new freshmen a tradition and shows them that a little kindness goes a long way,” Brianna Bushell (12) said. The importance of kindness is a big part of the week. “I honestly hope that the freshmen respect people and treat people better than they are now,” Morrison said.
Friends of Freshmen leader Raine Harman (11) works Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief during lunch. Photo by: Gracie Johnston
The Great Wall of Kindness on the second day of the week. It quickly filled up with kind notes. Photo by: Gracie Johnston
Trump faces impeachment demands from public Lindsay Baugher Reporter Since the beginning of his presidency, some organization or individual has been trying to remove President Donald Trump from office. When former FBI director Bob Mueller was appointed special counsel investigating Trump’s campaign ties with the Russian government. Mueller is investigating whether Trump and his campaign worked with the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. Reporter Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” released interviews and reports from Trump Staff. According to Mollie Hemingway, editor of the online conservative magazine, “The Federalist”, Wolff has a reputation of spinning very colorful stories but also admitting sometimes he makes them up. According to the British daily newspaper “The Guardian”, Trump’s lawyer, Charles J Harder, sent a cease-and-desist letter to publishing company Henry Holt and Company. The letter was threatening legal action and asking them to not publish the book. Henry Holt and Company
published the book anyway. Trump supporters see no reason for him to be impeached. “I haven’t seen any strong or meaningful attempts. His main problem though is his mouth,” recent graduate Dayton Smith said. Use the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office has been a topic of conversation. The 25th amendment allows for the removal of the president from office if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet, or congress deem him physically or mentally unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. If this was used Vice President Mike Pence would become president. Many people think Trump has a
problem with his mouth versus a physical disability. “I mean physically definitely not, some people think he is mental just because of what he says. He’s just so outspoken and that goes against him a lot,” government teacher Jeff Regier said. According to Time Magazine online, White House Doctor Ronny Jackson said the President’s health was “excellent”. According to “Fire and Fury”, White House staff said Trump acts as a child. “I believe people would like to see him out of office because he is very offensive with his speech and everything seems to be like a ‘my thingy is bigger than your thingy’ with him,” Emma Tisdale (11) said. The divide in the country will remain when it comes Source: goodfreephotos.com to Trump;
however, if he were to be impeached the people who like Trump are going to be upset and the people who do not like Trump are going to be happy. “The country would just flip flop, the people that like Trump are going to get upset verses the ones that want him impeached probably,” Regier said. Fears for the country’s future do exist. “I’m just scared for the future in general for the hatred, divide, possible civil wars, evil, growing racism,” Smith said. Trump being impeached would make the democratic party happy. “Democratic and independent parties would just be happy Trump isn’t in office,” Tisdale said. If Trump were to be impeached the Vice President, Mike Pence would most likely take office as the president. “If he was impeached I think maybe the vice president would be the president, and I don’t know if he would get more support, he might get more support from the republican members in congress,” Regier said. In 2020 American voters will have the option to choose again who they want as president. Tisdale said Trump only has three years left in his presidency. The next president will likely change things Trump changed and even change things he did not.
Net neutrality repeal causes country-wide debate Aubrey Stueven Reporter The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently repealed the net neutrality rules. This repealment occured Dec. 19, 2017. Ajit Pai, the chairman on the FCC, along with his board, three out of five voted to do away with Barack Obama’s law toward net neutrality. By Jan. 16, attorney generals from more than 20 states had filed a lawsuit against the FCC’s repealment of net neutrality. Net neutrality allowed the government to regulate internet carriers and force them to treat all of their customers the same. With net neutrality repealed, at their discresion, internet carriers will be able to charge different prices for different customers and different sites. “The way my grandpa always explained it to me was as if the internet was in a bucket. Without net neutrality, the government has a plug in the bottom of the bucket and they control how fast the internet trickles out, but with net neutrality there is no bottom, allowing the internet to flow freely,” Heidi Seiwert (11) said. Some who worry, that the repeal of net neutrality will create
a monopoly on the flow of the internet. “I think it is going to cause a monopoly, simple because of the fact that not a lot of internet providers have the money to pay companies over and over again,” Miranda Melton (12) said, “So, it’s either going to cause the companies with more money to charge more, or it’s going to put the lower companies out of buisness.” Kansas official Sam Brownback has spoken out against the mandation of net neutrality. Some agree with Brownback and do not worry about the occurrence of a monopoly. “I do not think this will cause a monopoly on internet service,” Clay Wesbrooks (12) said, “If the companies such as Twitter and Snapchat, who are purely internet based, allow the repeal to implement a charge on their services, the people that use and rely on the services will no longer use them.” Wesbrooks feels that users of these social media sites would leave if they were charged for the service. Almost as soon as the repeal occured, and outbreak on many media sites occurred with varying opinions on the issue. Government officials from both parties have made moves to add back
some restrictions to the repealment of net neutrality. Days after the repealment passed, Republican U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) moved to create the Open Internet Preservation Act. This act will ban blocking websites as well as prevent the slowing of websites. In addition, it will require the FCC to set up an inbox allowing complaints about net neutrality complaints, and forcing the FCC to address the comments. In addition to the reaction from other government opinions, the public went up in arms as well, fighting to replace net neutrality. While many people had an
opinion on the issue, not all of the comments were factual and instead attacked on Pai himself. Accoring to Slate.com, Pai has been the victim of harassment, including unwanted food deliveries, negative comments on social media, and death threats over the repeal of net neutrality. Unlike the threats that have shown anger and resentment toward Pai, others do not think the repealment of net neutrality will have much of an affect. “I do not think the effects will be nearly as large as people expect, and that the people that are angry at the moment, will realize the anger is for nothing,” Wesbrooks said.
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Swatting call leads to death of Wichita father, husband Gracie Johnson Reporter
large number of armed police officers to a particular address. A phone call was made to the School resource and Police Officer Wichita police department Dec. 28, Danny Strobee said making a swat2017 regarding a shooting and hosting call is easy. He also said three to tage situation. four years ago there was a swatting The police responded with the call incident in Augusta. information given to Suspect of the crime, them over the call. Tyler Barriss made the Twenty-eight yearswatting call from Caliold Andrew Finch was fornia to Wichita, and it shot on his front porch wasn’t his first rodeo. by a Wichita police Barriss has made at department officer. least two dozen swatting Finch’s mother said calls and is currently they did not know why under investigation in the police were at their Canada for a swatting house and that Finch call he made a few days only went on the porch Andrew Finch before the Wichita call. because he heard a Barriss is currently sound. He was also not charged with false a member of the gaming alarm and involuntary community. manslaughter. With this What happened was conviction, he could identified as a swatting face 11 years in prison. call. According to OxAdditional charges ford Dictionary, a swatcould also be filed ting call is the action of One theory about making a hoax call to why the call was made the emergency services was because of a in an attempt to bring dispute between two Tyler Barriss about the dispatch of a “Call of Duty” players
while they were playing. However, “Swatting calls are not funny bethe player who made the call was cause obviously people can get hurt, given a false address resulting in law and it is just taking resources away enforcement showing up at an innofrom the other citizens if an officer cent person’s is having to house. respond to this Swatting calls are not funny The police alleged hostage officer who situation,” because obviously people can get shot the vicStrobee said. hurt. tim is currentFinch’s fam- Student Recourse Officer ly on a paid ily is currently leave during suing the city Danny Strobee the ongoing of Wichita. investigaThe lawsuit tion. Police can not confirm why the claims FBI statistics show Wichita shot was fired because they are still has a higher officer involved in investigating who is responsible for shooting deaths rates than in ChiFinch’s death. cago or Detroit. The mother of the victim has The Wichita Police Department questioned the how the cop reacted. has not apologized for the death of “I wasn’t there, getting the bits Finch. Also the name of the police and pieces that I have gotten from officer who shot Finch has not been the news information, there is two released. sides to every story,” Strobee said. “Due to the actions of a prankster, “What I’m hearing from the Wichita we have and innocent victim. If a police officer’s side of it, he wasn’t false police call had not been made complying to the commands so I we would not have been there. our really can’t say that he or she should thoughts and prayers are with the have reacted differently.” family as well as the officer.” Wichita The mother of the victim blames Police Deputy Cheif Troy Livingston the police officer for the death of her said during a police briefing days son. after the shooting.
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Sport brings dangers to wrestlers Resolutions lead get picked up when they are about to get slammed down. I get so scared because so many things can go Wresting is a very dangerous sport. wrong. They can get the wind knocked out of them The wrestler’s opponent is based on the weight or break a bone. It is also scary when one of our class they are in ranging from 106-285 pounds. wrestlers picks up an opponent because they can Sometimes there are wrestlers who are under or hurt themselves doing that. They could slip and over the weight class they want to be in which is have their opponent fall on them or pull a muscle dangerous. from straining too hard. When a wrestler is over they must cut weight, so Another move that is illegal is when a wrestler they can wrestle in the dual or has their opponent picked the tournament coming up. up and upside down. At the Cutting weight can be Augusta tournament on Jan. a very dangerous process. 6 I watched this happen. He Wrestlers will not eat at all for dropped to his knees and his days or only eat one time a opponent was dropped on day. This can be very hard on his head. The wrestler who the body if done continuously. dropped his opponent was They will wear multiple layers disqualified from the match of clothing to try and sweat which made his opponent the weight off or run with all win. those layers on. When a wresSome other safety precautler is cutting weight theycan tions taken in wrestling are get very tired and irritable. skin checks. In a skin check, Tommy Burriel of Arizona state has Cody Dixon Matches are also very the wrestlers skin is examined from Boise state in a half nelson in a championdangerous. There are rules by a ref for signs of ringworm ship match. Photo by Chris Hunkeler, CC Share Alike make certain moves illegal. or other skin infections that 2.0 Generic For example, when a hold can be passed to an oppocalled a full nelson is used, the wrestlers airway can nent. The wrestler’s nails also must have trimmed be cut off causing them to pass out and suffocate. and their facial hair must be shaven to avoid the This move is illegal because the wrestlers hands are possibility of scratching their opponents. behind his opponents heading pushing his head Blood time during a match is worrisome. If a down. wrestler uses all of their 5 minutes at the blood staThe half nelson only puts one hand behind the tion they have to forfeit the match and that is always head which doesn’t cut off the air way but helps get so sad for the team and the wrestler. the opponent on their back for a pin. I get worried if they can not getting the bleeding Wrestlers can also pick up their opponent and under control because that could mean a serious almost fall on top of them to secure a take down to injury and I hate seeing our guys loose. help get a pin and win the match. This is allowed Wrestling is dangerous and can be really hard to but can be very painful. When any of the wrestlers be around if a wrester get injured during a match.
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to disapointments Aubrey Stuven Reporter At the start of each year, wonder takes hold on the prospect of a clean slate to begin the year. Jan. 1 at 12 a.m., the new year begins and so does the start of the New Year’s resolution. This is the start of epic failure on the resolutions people decide to create for themselves. For some, preparing a New Year’s resolution can take weeks to decide, while others take an instant. Though many partake in the creation and commitment of making a resolution, others do not choose to participate in the yearly tradition. This is due to the looming threat of failure. These failures often lead to the disappointment of the people who make them. The disappointment and failure often leads to a lowering and damage to a person’s self-esteem. Eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions fail entirely by Feb. of the upcoming year. Because of the damage to self-esteem and the preset disappointment, New Year’s resolutions need to disbanded or only made with caution and a realistic goal. If resolutions continue to be made and broken, self-esteem levels will continue to plummet. Making resolutions should be a thoughtout process and an achievable goal. Resolutions should not be a continued tradition because of the looming expectation for failure, as well as the unreachable achievements set forth by others. Continuing to make resolutions that are not planned to be achieved and stuck to is unnecessary and a waste of mental energy.
Popular YouTube personality needed to make better choices Lindsay Baugher Reporter The internet is a fascinating place. It is a place where individuals can express themselves and share their lives with others but also a place where nothing disappears. YouTube has come a long way since 2005. Many people in the YouTube community use the platform to share their lives with their subscribers. They also use the platforms to share life experiences to help others who may be going through the same situation they are. Sometimes, however, the platform can be
abused. YouTubers can post videos that cross multiple moral lines and show how they truly are as a person. Earlier this month, YouTuber Logan Paul took a trip to Fujikawaguchiko, Japan and made a series of videos showing his adventures each day. One day during the trip, Paul and his friends went to a forest in Japan called Aokigahara, translates to Sea of Trees. It has gotten the name Suicide Forest because many people have gone there to take their lives. Paul claimed his intention of going to the forest was to bring awareness to suicide. While in the forest, Paul discovered a victim of suicide and not only
YouTube star Logan Paul laughs in the video he posted where he recorded finding a body in Japan. Screen shot from YouTube
showed the victim in his video, but also laughed about the matter after finding the victim. Paul did call the authorities and report it. Paul’s video was deleted from YouTube (not long after the video was posted), but that did not get rid of it forever. Copies of the video are still going around the internet but with the part about the victim completely removed from the video. Paul posted a video apologizing claiming his laughter was how he was coping with the situation. Many do believe that he does not mean this. Paul should have stopped recording as soon as he figured out what was going on. He should have never posted the video and should have deleted the footage or given it to the police. Paul looked at the footage at least three times: before he edited the video, while he was editing the video and then again after the video was edited. In all of those times looking at the video and the part where the victim was discovered, not once did he realize he should not post it. Paul showed such little respect for the family of the victim and of individuals who have been affected by suicide, like myself. I lost a family member to suicide, and I could not imagine the pain that family felt seeing that video. I hope they did not see it. Anything posted on the internet is there forever. Delete does not mean it is gone forever. Videos get copied and re-posted, messages get screenshotted as well as tweets and other posts. Everything gets saved somehow. Everything you do in life comes with consequences. Anything you do whether it is something good or something bad, it will have a consequence. How you write something in a post or say something in a video may not be taken in the way you intended it to be taken. People need to think before they post. The delete button is not universal so be respetful of what you post.
Junior delivers groceries to less fortunate Sadie Williams Reporter
Tyler Miller (11) unloads groceries from his trunk to deliver to a person who requested his service. Miller picks up the groceries at either the Andover Dillons or Walmart. Miller’s clients place their orders through the stores online order option, and Miller delivers them to their home. Photo by Sadie Williams
The focus of most students is making it to graduation with most of their sanity; Tyler Miller (11) shattered this norm, and decided to pay attention more to others more than himself. Tyler’s mom, Kelli Miller, helped him come up with the idea of the delivery service. “We probably started talking about it this summer. Trying to find ways to volunteer that don’t interfere with school, other jobs or activities. We were brainstorming and kind of landed on that,” Kelli said. The inspiration for the service came from a person close to the Miller family. “I came up with it through helping my grandma because she doesn’t like to get out and drive, especially in the winter,” Tyler said. About two months ago, Tyler began to put in motion the idea of a service to help out the people in Augusta who could not physically get to the store. The first step was getting the word out. “I was the advertiser. Tyler was not that great at Facebook or social media. That’s pretty much how all the moms communicate everything, so being able to advertise on all the Facebook swaps,” Kelli said. “He is getting on Facebook now, so he is getting a little better. He’s made a couple posts.” Soon after the initial advertisements, Tyler had three people in need of his service. Tyler instructed them to order their groceries online, and went to the store to pick them up and deliver them to their homes. “They didn’t have a way to get to the grocery store, but they could buy the groceries, so they paid for them, and I brought them to them,” Tyler said. Anywhere from zero to three people use the service each week. The Millers have made efforts to expand their outreach throughout Augusta, and its surrounding areas. “A lot of the people that need the service may not be on Facebook. We have reached out to a lot of senior centers, the apartment complexes and
the senior living, that are not assisted livings, but a lot of elderly people live there,” Kelli said. “They are not so much on social media, so being able to distribute fliers and reach out to them to say ‘Hey, here’s a way that you can get your groceries and stay inside where it’s warm.’” Tyler recently appeared on the local news station for his community service achievements. This appearance was the first time many had heard of his service. “I didn’t know about it until I saw it on the news. I was watching the news at home one night, wasn’t paying much attention, and I kind of looked up, and I thought ’Hey, I know that kid,’” Tyler’s band teacher Todd Hollis said. Although Hollis had not known of the service prior to the news broadcast, he was not surprised. “Tyler is such a nice kid. I saw what he was doing for the community, and for people who couldn’t get out, and I thought well that’s about right,” Hollis said. “That sounds like something Tyler would do.” Despite the sudden increase of attention on Tyler and his service, he acts as though nothing has happened. “He hasn’t said anything. In fact, I showed a video. I took the news clip, and I showed the class. He kind of shrunk in his chair like he didn’t want anyone to see it, so I think he might have been a little embarrassed,” Hollis said. He has no concrete plans for the, but future of his delivery service. He is hopeful that the upcoming months, and even years, will hold more opportunities to help out the less fortunate. “I’ll probably keep doing it. I might even do it in college. I might do it for a while; I don’t know, just until it dies,” Tyler said. “I deliver to three people, sadly. I want it to grow.” Although the attention is good for publicity and growing his service, Tyler’s favorite part about his project has remained the same since his first delivery. “Helping them and seeing how appreciative they are when they receive the groceries is what makes this worthwhile,” Tyler said.
Awkward events affect everyone Children learn “I learned to evaluate all possible solutions before freaking out,” Reavis said. Sometimes, when something goes wrong and one Everyone has had an embarrassing moment tries to fix it themselves, they are not able to think of whether they would like to admit it or not. everything that could be done to fix the situation. Sometimes, only a few people notice when it hap“I started checking my pedalboard, and when I pens. couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I started to freak “I was playing a show with my band and I was out. It was two or three minutes before our bassist freaking out because my guitar wasn’t coming came up behind me and said ‘how about you try plugthrough at all and then the bassist pointed out that ging the cable into your guitar’ and held up my cable,” my cable wasn’t plugged in,” Jacob Reavis (10) said. Reavis said. Other times many people are People may make excuses for there to laugh. what happened. “I was fishing with my grand“I had it unplugged to plug parents and when we were done it into somebody else’s tuner,” we were putting the boat back Reavis said. on the dock so it wouldn’t float Sometimes embarrassing moaway. The boat started to float ments happen on vacation. away, and I fell in the water so I “I went to Shores, Alabama panicked. Then, I finally put my with my best friend, Halli. We feet down and the water was less went to the beach and were than three foot deep. There was going swimming and then got around 20 people at the docks,” out and sat in the beach chairs. Devon Cline (12) said. Then a jellyfish came up and Everything happens for a reastung my butt, everyone started son, whether it is an experience laughing,” Hallie Johnson (9) Hallie Johnson (9) poses fearfully next to or a lesson. a jellyfish Photo By Bailey Pennycuff said.
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High schoolers work around schedules Sadie Williams Reporter With students getting more involved in out-ofschool activities, they have had to come up with ways to make money that work with their sporadic schedules. Daniel Stewart (11) makes money assisting his father when he has free time. “I work with my dad who owns a salvage yard. A salvage yard is a business that buys wrecked vehicles, takes off the parts, and resells them,” Stewart said. While there, he helps his dad in whatever way he can. “Since my dad owns it, he has me work down there sometimes and just help him out with whatever he needs,” Stewart said. Although he has a wide variety of possible tasks, his typical day focuses on fixing one particular part. “I mainly work on transfer cases. My responsibilities are to make sure to clean all the parts,” Stewart said. “If there are any bad parts, we order new parts and replace them, and make sure the transfer case is working properly.” Another way a student can make money is babysitting, which is Sophie Johnston’s (10) preferred method. “I babysit once every couple of weeks during
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school and twice a week in the summer,” Johnston said. While watching the children, she has a variety of tasks to complete before their guardians return home. “I have to make sure the kids are safe and fed along with putting them to bed if it is night and keeping them occupied. I also have to clean up the house before the parents return,” Johnston said. These two jobs are both flexible options when it come to time commitment, but if a student is in a particularly busy season, a more entrepreneurial plan may be ideal. Gabe Fox (11) has a unique, and effective, way of earning some extra money. “I buy textbooks from universities. As a bulk price, I get them cheaper. Then I’ll sell them one-byone to individuals,” Fox said. To get ahold of the books, Fox employs a variety of resources. “To find them I use Ebay or Chegg,” Fox said. After he gets ahold of the textbooks, he makes a profit on them by selling them out to students who need them. “I usually end up selling them back to Ebay, it is just the easiest way to do it,” Fox said. Regardless of how busy a person’s schedule is, there are plenty of ways to make money that will work around it. Sometimes it takes a little creativity.
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from parents Tatum Moore Reporter Most teenagers worry about their parents embarrassing them. For some, this worry could become reality at any moment because one of their parents work at the school they attend. Though parents telling stories in front of peers may seem embarrassing, these students are used to it. Noah Stevens (11) is the son of science teacher Nathan Stevens, who had two sons at the high school before Noah. “I don’t really care, because he tells everyone. It’s not very embarrassing anymore,” Noah said. While the stories are not embarrassing, Olivia Richardson (10) is glad her mom has backed off on the story telling now that she is in high school. Olivia is the daughter of science teacher Erika Richardson. “I think since I’m here now and people know me, she’s backed off,” Olivia said. Sometimes the downfall is not because of their parent, but their parent’s students. “I get so many people asking about assignments for his class,” Noah said. Other downfalls occur outside of their parent’s class. Jett Hand (9) and Josie Hand (12) are the children of science teacher J.D. Hand. “If you do anything in class they know about it right when it happens. Like if you do bad on a test,” Jett said. What appears as a downside for the students is a benefit for the parents. “I can keep an eye on (Olivia),” Erika said. Others simply enjoy seeing their child every day. “I get to see them every day,” J.D. said. Noah was in his father;s,Nathan, biology class last year and it worked well for both of them. “He’s one of those kids you won’t really have a problem with him,” Nathan said. Students appreciate their parents working here for other reasons. “Occasionally, I’ll forget about an assignment before it’s due and sit in his class the morning it’s due and finish it up. He has a printer in his class, which is really helpful. I also get a lot of snacks from his room,” Noah said. Along with being able to finish up homewowrk before class, these students also use their parent’s classroom to store food and supplies they do not want in their locker.
Therapy dogs visit during school, provide benefits Tatum Moore Reporter Some students often feel overwhelmed between homework, finding time to study and difficult classes. This is why dog owner Deb Holderman brings her therapy dogs Jadon and Jeni to visit twice a week. “A therapy dog can lift moods in the classroom, often provoking laughter. The therapy dog is also there to offer friendship and a shoulder to lean on for students,” Holderman said. At the beginning of the year Holderman and her dogs only visited those in health science teacher TJ Meyer’s health science classes and JAG specialist Christy Pray’s JAG classes, but Pray convinced principal Donna Zerr the dogs should visit during lunch. “Because of how many kids approached her in the hallway we asked if they could visit during lunch so more students could have the benefit of the dogs,” Pray said. Pray felt there could be benefits from the dogs visiting. “I think it reduces stress in the building and it gives students that unconditional love that only a dog can give,” Pray said. Many students enjoy having the dogs around and feel they help them get through the day. “It makes people feel better and makes them laugh,” Juan Miranda (10) said. Those in the health science and JAG classes enjoy the visits from Holderman and her dogs. “It instantly brings a smile to their faces and changes the environment of the room,” Meyer said. When the dogs first started visiting school Jadon was the only one to visit. “As far as coming into my class it’s just Jadon, because Jeni was just learning her tricks, but Jeni
does visit kids during lunch,” Pray said. When Deb visits the Pray and Meyer classes she tries to teach them about the benefits of the dogs. “She talks about the type of care they provide and their job when they go to facilities,” Meyer said. “She also talks about education and being a professional.” Holderman and Jadon enjoy visiting the school and Holderman says that she feels they make a difference. “There are many times I’ve walked into the school and had students run up to Jadon saying ‘This is just what I needed today,’ or we’ve been getting ready to leave and have been chased down so they can get one last hug from Jadon. So again, yes, I know Jadon helps make school much better for students,” Holderman said. Some might worry about the dogs being a distraction. “I think it’s a positive distraction. It makes people feel better and makes them laugh,” Miranda said. Holderman and Jadon also make visits at other local schools. “We visit preschools in the Augusta area when they’re teaching the letter ‘D,’ and we have visited several Wichita elementary schools during their career day. We have a couple schools locally we’re working on visiting but are awaiting approval,” Holderman said. Jadon not only provides benefits for stressed students, but he also helps those who are facing challenges greater than high school. “Jadon also visits all the cancer units in our area, two in Wichita and one in El Dorado, and he has several hospice (a type of care that focuses on the chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patients symptoms and needs.) He brings smiles and laughter everywhere he goes and helps people to forget their troubles if only for a moment. Jadon has over
JAG specialist Christy Pray’s JAG class loves when Deb Holderman and Jadon visit their class. Holderman visits their class to teach them about the work her and Jadon do. Photo Courtesy Christy Pray
Cheyenne Pohlman (10) pets Jadon in TJ Meyer’s health science I class. When Jadon and Deb Holderman visit Meyer’s classes she teaches them about her job and being a professional. Photo Courtesy TJ Meyer
Participants compete in state debate tournament Michaela Lord Reporter
“I filled up the snack tub that we are not technically supposed to bring, brought a portable pingpong set, and constantly updated my case,” Coldwell said. For Coldwell and partner Ehrmann, preparing for state is not much different than preparing for tournaments.
“I’ve been doing a lot of research and reorganizing our evidence,” Ehrmann said. Some students get worried about going to state. Qualifying for state in any activity takes time and “I’m not really scared, but I am worried though. effort. My entire family has the flu and I’m avoiding them A total of 60, two-member teams competed at like crazy. If I have to debate with a fever I will, but state. I would like to be as healthy as possible,” Ehrmann “Charlotte Ehrmann (12) and Noah Coldsaid. well (10) were 21 out of 60 teams,” head Contrary to Ehrmann’s anxiousness, Colddebate coach Tim Laner said. well had a much calmer demeanor when it Like most events, there is certain criteria to came to competing at state. qualify for state. “I’m not worried. It’s my first time going to “To qualify for state, you have to go to four state, so I don’t know what to expect,” Coldtournaments and have [at least] a win-loss well said. record of 50-50. It’s fairly easy to qualify, but Ehrmann choosing Coldwell as her partner the competition is fierce. A lot of schools only was a shot in the dark, as he is less experibring their best teams,” Ehrmann said. enced. The coach, Tim Laner, and assistant “I was risking it. He was a second year, but coach, Danny Park, went to state with the I wanted a new partner. I wasn’t getting along qualifiers. with my old ones,” Ehrmann said. “I went as a judge so I had to watch other Although, sometimes risks do not pay off, rounds while they competed,” Laner said. this one had a fortuitous ending for each Every student prepares for those tournapartner. ments differently. “Noah is a great guy. We work really well “We have a lot of class time. I wrote my together. I have definitely seen him grow case over summer,” Ehrmann said. over the season. I’m really glad we are debate On the other hand, students may have partners, and I wish him the best of luck in the Charlotte Ehrmann (12) reads the evidence from her debate case. Ehsome fun with preparing. future,” Ehrmann said. rmann used this case at the debate tournament. Photo Credit Michaela Lord
Talent advances in sports Noah Coldwell Reporter
Gabe Fox (11) competes at the home tournament against Andale during a varisty match. Photo File.
Wrestling team travels to Kearney for big meet Charles Lighty Reporter The wrestling team took a trip up to Nebraska on Jan. 13th to participate in the Kearney, Nebraska Midwest Duals. John George (12) chose wrestling over attending the state debate tournament. “I have gone only once to Nebraska. The last two years I went to state for debate with my former partner but I enjoy going to the wrestling meet more. It is more competitive than regular meets,” said George. The wrestling tournament gives the team and wrestlers a chance to desplay their skills and abilities in front of four college coaches for local areas around Nebraska and possibly other coaches. “There is also a college wrestling meet up there, when we go, so a lot of college coaches are there and they get a chance to watch us wrestle,” George said. “It also gets
us more prepared against state caliber wrestlers not just from Kansas.” The tournament hosts a number of teams from multiple states. The meet consists of schools from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and parts of Iowa “I would say there are around 10-15 different schools that show up, not just from Kansas. There are schools from Colorado, Nebraska, and a few from Iowa also,” Edwards said. Cole Edwards (12) has attended the tournament twice and said he did fairly well the first two years. “My freshman year I went 2-2 and my sophomore year I went 4-1, so overall I haven’t done that bad at the tournament,” Edwards said. The wrestling team made the four-hour long trip up to Kearney, Nebraska. The team stayed over the weekend in hotel rooms near the campus of the college. Briggs Erwin and Gabe fox were also notable attendees.
grade team “Landon’s always out practicing basketball, it’s a big part of his life,” It’s important for a coach to get to Jayden Wilson (10) said. know a player before introducing him Although the future looks bright for or her to a team. some of the athletes on the team, the This can be seen on many levels, be current season looks like it could be it college, professional, an exciting one for the or even in high school. eighth graders. Last year, the now“I think the team is eighth grade boys very solid as a whole. I basketball team won the think they are going to regional sub-state chamto very well this year,” pionship. Wilson said. This year, they look to So far, the season has have another successful shown positive results, season in their final year and coaches and specof middle school. Upon tators have began to entering high school, notice. coaches will have already “Were going to get identified them as a qualthe league title and ity player before tryouts the league tournament Eight Grader Alex Rocha even begin. championship,” eigtht dribbles down the court “It’s really important grade boys coach A.J. BoPhoto by Noah Coldwell to go look at the middle dyk said. schoolers before they get With the departure of here. I really look for talent, work ethic one of the biggest senior classes in and attitude,” head basketball coach recent memory, this new talented Jake Sims said. group of eighth graders could help the Some of the players on the eighth basketball team continue its success in grade boys team have siblings who the future. already play for the high school. “I think that team has some playLandon Wilson is providing help at ers who will play at the varsity level in as a guard this season for the eighth high school,” Bodyk said.
Coach A.J. Bodyk calls eighth grade boys team into the huddle to discuss the game plan. The game ended up as a loss at home against the Circle Thunder birds. Photo by Noah Coldwell
L.A. Lakers retire Bryant’s jerseys numbers 8, 24 Maddy Foy Reporter The Lakers recently retired Kobe Bryant numbers eight and 24. Retiring his Lakers jersey number 24 was more difficult to retire Lakers jersey number eight. “I think 24 was more challenging, and I tend to gravitate to things that are harder to do, also it was really, really hard to get up night in and night out, it was a grind taking on the Boston Celtics and having a bone fragment in my foot during that series, having a broken finger, muscling through that back half of the career,” Bryant said Dec. 18, “USA Today” article. Zach Davidson (10) thinks that Bryant had a significant impact on the NBA. “He created the Mamba mentality, which meant to focus on the good while the bad is happening,” Davidson said. Ryan Andrews (9) believes Bryant impacted the NBA in the same way. “He showed everyone what the Mamba mentality was,” Andrews said. Sean Spencer (10) thinks that Bryant changed the entire game and bettered Michael Jordon, and the
way he played. “Bryant made Michael Jordan the great player he used to be,” Spencer said. Davidson thinks the retirement of the two jerseys showed how great of a player he was and how much respect everyone had for him. “When they retired number 24, it was a great thing, and Kobe really deserved to be honored that way,” Spencer said. Bryant has also impacted the Lakers greatly. “He got the Lakers to the championships,” Spencer said. He created a legacy and set a standard for the Lakers. “He played like a Black Mamba and he challenged and mentored Michael Jordan as a young player,” Spencer said. Some believe that Bryant was one of the most important players on the Lakers. “He made them very good and they won a lot because of him,” Andrews said. Spencer, Davidson and Andrews have never been to a Lakers’ game. However, Davidson and Andrews have watched games on TV. “He was a great player and will be missed,” Davidson said.
Byrant after wearing #8 on the court, wearing his jersey number 24. He switched to the Lakers jersey number 24 midway through his career. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
Boys basketball stays confident for Baldwin Tournament Maddy Foy Reporter Last year, the varsity boys basketball team played in Baldwin. The players, coaches and cheerleaders stayed over night in Baldwin. This year, the Baldwin Tournament was played Jan.17- 20. The players who were chosen to play in the Baldwin tournament were not randomly selected. The coaches decide. “Players are chosen based off who has been suiting varsity,” head boys basketball coach Jake Sims said. The preparation was almost the same as last year’s preparation. “We were very well prepared, and we watched a film on all of the teams to learn how to defend certain players, plays and also learn not to beat them offensively,” Zac Burton (11) said. Sims was very confident in this year’s tournament as well. “There is nothing I will change in order to make the team more prepared
the team was playing well and winbecause we have done a good job in our games, and at practices, and our ning, he did not care as much if he confidence in the way we prepare,” was not playing as well. “Personally, I was a little bit nerSims said. Emvous last ily Wilyear cox (11) considenjoyed ering last year’s it was my first tournatime ment. playing She in the enjoyed Baldwatchwin ing Autournagusta’s defenment, so this sive year, I game. “I will try The boy’s basketball team won first place last year in the Baldwin to stay think tournament. The cheerleaders supported them and cheered them on for calm we their win. Photo file. and played have poise,” Burton said. the best we ever had,” Wilcox said. The team effort was almost 100 Burton felt his own play during the percent and very effective for the win tournament was a struggle, as long as
Athletes compete year-round Noah Coldwell Reporter
you less prone to injury and can improve your ability in other sports. Most sports injuries happen due to The road to senior year can be long focusing on just one sport, along with and difficult for most career ending many, but can be injuries,” head girls worth the struggle basketball coach to those willing to Tracy Anderson stick with it. There said. are many options To some, playof sports students ing sports can even can partake in, and affect a students you can even take personal life. two in one season “It’s fun to hangif the coaches allow out with friends it. During the fall, and learn how to winter and summer work around a seasons, there are schedule. Sports different sport opteach responsibility tions to take. because you have to “Playing sports show up to practice shows me how to and work, but you work with other still have to do all Johnny Clausing (12) Dunks over an El people. Whether your school work,” it be the coaches or Dorado Defender. Clausing finished the Jonathan Clausing (12) game with 17 point. Photo file the teammates, it’s said. very beneficial to Not everyone learn how your feels the same way teammates think,” about playing mulNatalie Rockers tiple sports. (12) said. “I like having the Some sports can rest of the year to be more beneficial train myself to get to a specific person better at one single depending on their sport. It will help feelings toward the in the long run if sport. I’m able to focus on “My favorite working on specific sport to play is aspects of football,” basketball, it’s the J.C. Bailey (10) said. one I’ve played the Sometimes, longest. You have sports offer opto be smart and portunities to those aware of what’s gowilling to work ing on at all times,” toward it enough. Rockers said. “I received a Most coaches scholarship offer Natalie rockers (12) stands on the track agree that playing from Washburn, being recognized on the fall senior night. multiple sports will Photo file which is a pretty have much betgood school, so I ter benefits than decided to go there. focusing on one sport year-round. I wouldn’t have been able to go there “I’ve seen studies that have proven without basketball” Clausing said. that playing multiple sports will make
of last year’s tournament according to Wilcox. “Although, as a team we did really well, and won the tournament, so that is a sign we did very good,” Burton said. However, just like in most games, there are ups and downs. “There were a couple of times last year where we got sped up during the game and the other team would go on a little bit of a run, so we need to figure out the right time when to push the ball and when to slow down the pace,” Burton said. The team did not lose to anyone. They are defending champs. “It is a good tournament full of sold competition,” Sims said. In 2017, the final game was against Bonner Springs. Augusta beat them 64 to 46. The 2018 final game once again pitted the Orioles against Bonner Springs. when the final buzzer sounded, Bonner Springs beat the Orioles 64-69.
Lady Orioles strive to fly high at Lady Cat Classic Charles Lighty Reporter With every season bringing in new players and new talent, schools need a way other than the regular season and playoffs to showcase their team and their abilities. El Dorado hosts the Lady Cat Classic every year, and this year, the Orioles will be attending again. The tournament took place in El Dorado at the high school Jan. 25-27. The tournament hosts teams from all divisons that are coming to compete for a chance to be crowned the champions of the tournament. Teams from all over the state of Kansas come with teams traveling from up around Kansas City to make the two hour trip to El Dorado. Last year, the Lady Orioles faced some tough opponents in the tournament. “Last year, we played Mill Valley, a 6A team out of Kansas City who was nationally ranked,” girls head basketball coach Tracy Anderson said. Last year, the Lady Orioles ran into a road block during the first game of the tournament. “We lost our first game and then won our next two,” Anderson said. This year, the Orioles are hoping to avoid another road block at the annual tournament. They hope to advance further into the tournament, as well as advance themselves as players. “Hopefully, this year we don’t have to face another 6A team in the first round. We are hoping for a run this season,” Anderson said. The key to the Orioles avoiding a 6A team is getting a higher ranking
for the tournament. “I’m excited for the tournament; the girls have been playing really well up to it, and hopefully, they can keep playing well so we can get a higher ranking than we did last year and avoid some of those higher schools,” Anderson said. Abbee Rhodes (11) has been playing varsity for the past two years. “We have been doing better every year, and we keep placing a lot better,” Rhodes said. Having played basketball almost all her life, transitioning to high school and the varsity level was an improvement for Rhodes. “I think the best way for us, and me, to get better is game experience, which we are getting, especially the younger girls who have talent,” Rhodes said. One of those younger girls is Jadyn Jackson (9) who is playing varsity minutes. “There will be good competition at this tournament, so we will have to come prepared,” Jackson said. For Jackson, playing varsity does not make the way she plays different. He play style would be the same in the junior varsity and freshman game. “For me, playing varsity does not change my game, I play the same way if it is a freshman game or a JV or varsity game,” Jackson said. Although, playing varsity as a freshman has helped in other ways for Jackson instead of changing her style of playing. “I do believe that playing varsity so much has helped me get better with my basketball skills,” Jackson said. With the future talent coming, the basketball team is excited for the future.