Augusta Oriole October 2017 Volume 85, Issue 1
Augusta High School
Augusta KS 67010
Lewellen earns national merit semifinalist honor Tatum Moore Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, Jacob Lewellen (12) received a letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation informing him that he was named a National Merit Semifinalist. In order to become a semifinalist, Lewellen had to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) and score high enough on both of those tests to qualify; a 219 was required for both of these tests. Lewellen is one of approximately 219 semifinalists from Kansas and 16,000 semifinalists across the United States. This represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Lewellen said he learned about the National Merit Honor Scholar when he was in middle school and set it as a goal. He knew it would take a great deal of work, but his parents helped him along the way. His parents encouraged him to study the embodiment SAT book and to take the SAT before the PSAT. “My parents pushed and helped me. [They] told me about the sophomore and junior PSAT testing,” Lewellen said. In order to be ready to take the tests, Lewellen began preparing months in advance. “I used a free online [PSAT] preparation and [practiced on] it consistently for two months,” Lewellen said. After all of the work and studying Lewellen still was not sure how things would turn out.
“I knew I would do well, but I didn’t know I would be one,” Lewellen said. Mom and gifted coordinator Leslie Lewellen, could not have been more proud when her son received the letter. “I knew he had a set this goal, and I watched him work to make and to reach his goal,” Leslie said. During the past six years only two other students have been semifinalists, but neither one became a finalist. Finalists are chosen based on scores, academic and extracurricular activities, recommendations and essays. This year, roughly 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists. Half of the finalists will win a scholarship; either a $2500 National Merit Scholarship or a merit scholarship sponsored by a college or corporation. Leslie and principal Donna Zerr both think this could be the year for Augusta’s first finalist. “[Jacob] has an excellent chance. He is an excellent student who has many qualifications that will help him go far,” Zerr said. Lewellen will find out in February if he is a finalist, but he thinks his chances are good. “I’ve got a fairly good chance, if I fill in the form and do well enough on the SAT it’s fairly likely,” Lewellen said. Colleges across the country offer many scholarships to those who become finalists, 53 colleges are offering full tuition including Wichita State University, the University of Kentucky and Louisiana Tech University. For more information go to thecolleematchmaker.com.
Jacob Lewellen (12) reads from his textbook in Jeff Regier’s 3B American Government class. Lewellen works hard studying the new chapter over the articles of the constitution after a test over the 27 amendments. Government classes and the business essentials class went to the County Government Day at the El Dorado Courthouse and Jail on Oct. 10. Photo by Tatum Moore
Hurricanes devastate thousands, bring in donations Lindsay Baugher Reporter Five hurricanes have affected the U.S. since Aug. 17 wiping out homes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. Hurricane Harvey made landfall first in Houston then in Louisiana Aug. 17. Homes were ruined, belongings were pulled away with rushing water down the streets. More than 30,000 people were left with nothing but the clothes on their backs, taking refuge in shelters. Social studies teacher Jake Sims was inspired by a tweet from a college basketball coach that made him want to help the victims of Harvey. “The coaches did something and then a couple students said, ‘We would like to do something,’ so that started that end of the deal,” Sims said. The athletic department sent down a box full of Oriole T-shirts. “We just tried to get it over to Houston and to whatever hands possible,” Sims said. With the help of the O’s Zone and Sims, students were able to send supplies to victims. A drop-off box was provided in the office for students to donate nonperishable food, bottled water, baby formula, diapers, pillows and hygiene items. Students involved in the JAG
classes also held a donation for gently loved toys to send to children. Global Warming Global warming is essentially the affects humans have on the Earth. The production of carbon dioxide is a cause from humans. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, when people deforest areas, produce cement or burn coal, carbon dioxide and other heat trapping chemicals are released into the atmosphere. Social Studies teacher Rick Hess has been keeping up on and researching global warming for 15 years. “[Global warming is] one of the reasons why we are having more
outbreaks and larger tornadoes, hurricanes, the rise in sea level, all of it, they partially attribute to human activity,” Hess said. The heat trapping chemicals are warming up the Earth including the oceans. When the water in the oceans is heated up that causes hurricanes. “When water warms up it creates a storm, and they can brew and get stronger. Right now, the water is warming up making storms bigger, stronger and more frequent,” Hess said. Global warming does not always affect the humans on the earth just with weather. “Everyone that lives in the U.S. house insurance is going to go up
because we have to pay for so many houses in Houston and all of Florida,” Hess said. These hurricanes, which have caused more than $350 billion in damages costing insurance companies, and one way to help pay for it is to raise insurance rates. “That is a direct relation between of these hurricanes, if we have more violent whether due to global warming it’s going to cause more destruction and we pay insurance to pay for those things,” Hess said Family Some students were affected by the hurricanes more than others. Haylee Hoefgen (12) has family members who live on an island Vieques off of Puerto Rico. “My grandma’s front porch was gone, the roof on her guest house was gone. There were treetops on top of the house,” Hoefgen said. Her family couldn’t get to their house for two days, and they did not have power for two weeks. Hoefgen said everyone in her family is okay. “After Maria, my grandma’s house is half gone. There is no power and getting water or food is hard but no one in my family is injured. ” Hoefgen said. Hoefgen’s grandma is coming to Kansas to live with her while her house is rebuilt.
Clubs organize supplies for families
Infographic by Cierra Jackson
X is in
iPhone X features improve on iPhone 7 capabilities Lindsay Baugher Reporter Apple released the iPhone 8 Sept. 22 and plans to release the iPhone X Nov. 3. The 8 and the X are very similar. The biggest difference is the screens. The 8 screen is just like the previous phones with the colored glass piece for the front camera, speaker and home button. The iPhone X got quite the facelift compared to the iPhone 7 Plus; however, it is not very different on the inside. The iPhone X (pronounced ten and not like the letter) will release Friday, Nov. 3. The biggest change to the X from older phones is the new facial recognition instead of using a thumbprint. “That’s weird, and it creeps me out,” Nataleigh Cantu (11) said. Instead of the user tapping their thumb on the home button, they will turn their face in a circular motion so the phone can read the user’s whole face. “I wouldn’t want to use it because I don’t want to look at myself,” Cantu said. According to Apple, the X weighs in at 6.14 ounces compared to the 7 Plus at 6.63. The X however, is not as tall as the 7 Plus. The X is 5.65 inches tall whereas the 7 Plus is 6.23 inches. The X has a depth of 0.30 inches and the 7 plus is .29 inches deep. The screen is a noticeable difference. “It’s deep, rich and smooth, and draws level with
Samsung in the quality stakes easily,” online review reporter for new technology, Gareth Beavis said in his article “Hands on: iPhone X review” on the Techradar website. “However, what’s different here is that the screen on the iPhone X extends right to the bottom of the device, with the physical home button nowhere in sight.” The X’s screen wraps around the edges of the phone eliminating the home button space and the glass around the front camera and speaker. The X has Super Retina HD compared to the 7 Plus, which has Retina HD. Super Retina HD and Retina HD are Apple’s names for the quality of the images on the screen; the images have high definition and are crisp. Like the 7 plus, the X has 3D touch. When it comes to shooting videos on the phones, the X has more capability. According to Apple, the X shoots 4k videos at 24, 30 and 60 frames per second. The 7 plus can only shoot 4k at 30 frames per second. Both phones can magnify up to six times in video mode. The cameras in both are almost identical. Each has 12 mega-pixels wide-angle and telephoto cameras. The lenses are 6-element lenses. Both phones have a portrait mode, which is
where the camera uses a larger aperture to help keep the background out of focus. The X has a new feature called portrait lighting, which gives the user the ability to change the lighting of the photo before it is taken. The way the cameras look on the phones is different. On the 7 Plus, the camera runs horizontally were as the X runs vertically. Both phones have a front flash for more lighting when taking front camera pictures. The speaker on the X is able to go louder than a speaker on any other iPhone said Apple. Apple has yet to bring back the headphone jack; however, with the X, users can listen to their music and charge the phone at the same time. Dual adapters have a charging cable port and a headphone jack. These tend to change how the music sounds, but they will no longer be needed because the phone can charge wirelessly. “Wireless charging is a great feature; it’s amazing and more convenient,” Griffin Atchison (11) said. The last comparison is the prices of the phones upon release. Prices can vary depending on where the phone is purchased. If purchased directly from Apple, the iPhone X costs $999 and the iPhone 7 cost $669.
Wichita city officials debate future of Century II Cierra Jackson Reporter Century II Performing Arts & Convention has been an iconic part of the Wichita skyline since it’s completion in 1969, but discussion about the future of the building is underway. The building was state-of-the art when it opened, but it no longer meets the needs of the groups who use it. The Wichita City Council is consulting with arts and community groups to decide a plan of action. John D’Angelo, Director of Arts and Cultural Services for the City of Wichita raised concerns in 2013 and has been guiding the discussion. “When they built [Century II] in 1969, they were good stewards – they said, ‘OK, we need to build something for the future,’” D’Angelo said to the
Wichita Eagle. “I think we need to again be good stewards and have that discussion.” Parts of the Century II are hindrances to groups who use the building including Music Theater of Wichita and Theater League of Wichita’s traveling Broadway shows. Semi-trucks bringing in the sets, lighting and other parts of the Broadway shows don’t fit in the loading docks. Josie Hand (12) interned with Music Theater of Wichita this summer. “I honestly spend more time there than I do at my house,” Hand said. “I have grown up performing there, but through working on stage and backstage with Music Theater Wichita, I see how a new building would be very beneficial. I just wouldn’t want them to lose any performance time due to construction.”
The city counsel is currently looking at four options for the future of Century II. The options range from an extensive remodel to tearing down the building and starting over. A 2014 Wichita city document placed estimates for the changes between $63 million and $592. “I believe that as long as they are improving, I want the to keep as much of the original making it better for the community,” Kayla Knoll (12) said. Because Century II is so iconic, many people feel it should stay. “I don’t think they should tear it down. It’s been part of Wichita forever; it would be different. My sister does gymnastics all the time there; it would be a different building and stage,” Karli Dodds (11) said. D’Angelo and other who support changes to Century II are concerned
about putting off decisions. “If you say, ‘Well, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing”, the reality is, at some point, you’re not going to be making decisions,” D’Angelo said to the Wichita Eagle. Century II opened for business Jan. 11 1969. At the time, the center housed Concert Hall, Convention Hall, Exposition Hall, and a theater, which would later be named the Mary Jane Teall Theater. Bob Brown Expo Hall was added in 1989. Another addition was completed in 1997 when the Hyatt Regency was built and attached to the south end of Century II. Later structures and parks including Garvey Center, Finlay Ross Park, and A. Price Woodard Park were added to enhance the area surrounding Century II.
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Netflix trumps viewing programs New eyebrow trends go too far Bailey Pennycuff Editor-in-Chief
Maddy Foy Reporter Over the years, the look of eyebrows have changed significantly. These new trends are becoming too extravagant. Eyebrows are suddenly more important to everyday makeup. Starting in the ‘90s, the look of eyebrows became more interesting to style. The style then was thin eyebrows. From 2000 to 2010 the look became thicker and higher. Now that 2017 is here, the style has become very diverse and too much. Most people now fill in their eyebrows. Filling in eyebrows usually looks okay. However, there are times when it is overdone. When eyebrows are filled in, sometimes they are not the color that should be used. Also, some people make their eyebrows very thick, which does not look the best. On the other hand, filling in an eyebrow too thin does not look good either. Braided eyebrows are one of the new popular trends. It is a cool new trend that has already taken over Instagram. Is this next one pretty or creepy? The feather brow trend has also taken a hit on social media. This trend is not attractive and is creepy. A makeup artist, Sironen posted her new feather brow trend that involves a glue stick. Another new eyebrow look that has made its way up towards the top new looks is the wavy brows. This features a thick brow with a wavy tail. The wavy brow is the least attractive of the trends. Why are eyebrows so important now? When did we start shaping, plucking, filling and coloring them?
The makeup artist filled in her eyebrow. This is becoming more and more of a trend. Photo courtesy Free Stock Photos
It is a chilly October night and you have nothing to do except snuggle up, drink hot chocolate and watch a movie. But wait. . . where does one find a great movie to watch? When wanting to watch a movie, there are many options to choose from. One option is renting a Redbox movie. However, there is a downside to everything. For Redbox, a downside is having to get up and leave the house and drive to the nearest Redbox machine. On the plus side, many places offer Redbox machines. Including Walmart, Dillons, Walgreens, Kwik Shop and McDonald’s. Redbox is meant more for renters who do not watch movies regularly. If someone rents from Redbox regularly, the prices can become immense due to the price of $1.50 per movie, per night. Which is a relatively sufficient price for only renting a movie for one night. Other options could include Hulu, Amazon Prime or my personal favorite, Netflix. These networks provide access to television shows or movies, as well as other similarities; yet,
there are pros and cons to all three providers. Each service allows viewers to watch an unlimited number of programs for one fee every month; however the prices all vary. Additionally, each service provides access on laptops, PCs, televisions, phones, tablets and game consoles. All three services are commercial-free during streaming, but, it costs more money each month for Hulu to enjoy the no commercial interruption. My favorite aspect about Netflix is being able to have a plan where multiple devices may access the account at the same time, while Hulu and Amazon Prime allow only one device to stream at a time, yet Netflix has cons as well. If a television show or movie is currently airing, then Netflix, typically, does not offer that movie or show to be viewed. It takes a little bit of time for the content to be released to Netflix. Cable or satellite television is an adequate option as well. Sports games are not offered on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu nor Redbox. So, if one wanted to watch the football game every Sunday, then a cable or satellite television package is what needs to be purchased.
Popularity effects candidate options Maddy Foy Reporter Homecoming Candidates are based off popularity. Some students every year complain about how candidates are always the more popular students. Candidates depends on what kind of popularity they are. With two different types of popularity. One type of popularity are the students that are kind, smart, well-known and well-liked. Also, there are the students that are more liked by only their friends, they may or may not be so nice to everyone. The type of popularity just depends on who is chosen. People that are chosen are most likely well-known and one either likes them or hates them. They are popular. It just matters what kind of popular they are. Everyone that is chosen as a homecoming candidate usually deserves it. Homecoming candidates are chosen because they are involved with their school. Candidates will always be popular. With them being popular it makes others think they should not be chosen. People like to think that if someone is popular, that they are rude and think very highly of themselves.
Obviously, if the majority of students do not like a person enough they will not be chosen. If someone is chosen that means that people liked them to vote for them. A complaint I’ve heard from the seniors is that they think that they should have been chosen as a candidate. One of the seniors that was chosen, did not even think that she was going to be chosen. She may not be the most popular one chosen, but she definitely deserved her spot in it. She said that she has a good grade point average. She believes her good G.P.A. is the main reason she was chosen. However, she did not make it to the final four candidates. She was not upset, just glad that she was chosen to be a candidate. Homecoming candidates should be well-liked. They should have good grades. Also, a candidate should represent our school in a positive way. They need to be someone that others think of them as a leader. When they become a candidate, that should make them want to be more of a representation of our school. With them being popular, they need to lead our school in a good direction. Having our homecoming candidates popular is a great idea. Our candidates set a positive outlook on our school.
Halloween parties compensate youth trick-or-treating Bailey Pennycuff Editor-in-Chief Trick-or-treating is an annual activity every child should experience and enjoy, but how old is too old to trick-or-treat? Why should the fun stop? In the U.S. 90 percent of children between the ages of five and 13 go trick-or-treating. As for adults, 50 percent dress-up for Halloween, whether they are going to a Halloween party or taking their children trick-or-treating. I am a firm believer that there is still a young child inside of everyone; however, it would be kind of creepy for a 40-year-old to knock on the door dressed as a pirate, saying “trick-ortreat.” If I had to put an age limit, it would be 16. Not many 16-year-olds even go trick-or-treating. Most would rather go to a Halloween party. However, there are always exceptions. If 15-year-
olds wanted to dress-up and get a bag-full of candy, then I think they should go for it. It is not bad to desire to be young. For the teenagers that do not strive to remain in their childhood, a Halloween party is a sufficient alternative. Oftentimes, older teenagers who go to a Halloween party tend to dress-up with a group or another person whose costume correlates to their own. Examples of these would include a couple where one person dresses as ketchup and the other as mustard; or where one person dresses as a firefighter and the other as a dalmatian. Some parties have a costume competition, where attendees vote for the best costume at the party. I think is a good way to get people to attend the party. I also believe that the competition puts more people in the Halloween spirit. I also admire when the hosts of Halloween parties
do more than simply put candy in a bowl. Even though it is typically more challenging, some hosts make festive snacks or do something creative with the candy. For instance, making a spiderweb out of crunchy pretzel sticks and scrumptious frosting, or putting teeth and googly eyes on popcorn balls to make them look like a monster blobs. Not only are the snacks tasty, but they tend to draw more people to the party. Both trick-or-treating and Halloween parties typically involve candy, so either way would be a good choice for the sweet-toothed citizens. Also, if the only reason someone enjoys Halloween is because they get to dress-up, then either option would still be acceptable. If you do not get invited to a Halloween party this year, then oh well! Get dressed-up and go trick-ortreating (as long as you’re not 17-years-old or older).
Win or lose, homecoming court enjoys process Sadie Williams Reporter Although there is only one homecoming king and queen, all of the participants agreed that the best part of the process happened before the ceremony. While most people think that it is all about winning, this years candidates strongly disagreed. To them, the best part of the experience had to do with all of the princes and princesses. “It was being with all seven of my friends and everyone being so fun and hanging out with everybody and the parade and being around a whole bunch of friends that I’ve had for so long,” princess Natalie Rockers (12) said. The king candidates were seniors Kendall Davis, Colton Barnett, Luke Price, and Easton Brown; the queen candidates were Sidney Ridder, Rockers, Kylie McDaniel and Jordan Curry. The entire court has known each other for a long time, and are very good friends. “We’ve all kind of grown up together too, so we’re all pretty good buddies,” Price said. Because of this friendship, the environment was atypical for that of homecoming; there was no competitive atmosphere. “I think everyone that’s nominated,
they’re all good kids. We all get along. No matter who wins we’ll be happy,” said Ridder, prior to being crowned queen. Davis and Ridder were announced the fall homecoming king and queen at the homecoming game. Despite what most people thought, all of the candidates seemed genuinely excited for them. All of the candidates were very happy about Ridder winning queen. “I think she’s very deserving of winning and she doesn’t get recognized a lot so think it’s good for her to get recognized for something,” said Rockers. There was equal enthusiasm for the crowned King. “I’m really happy for Kendall because I think he deserved it,” said McDaniel. Overall, none of the candidates experience were marred by them losing. Even after the winners were announced, all of the selected individuals still wore genuine smiles. The only non-enjoyable part about the process was coordinating everything with the courts busy schedules, but the candidates agree that it was worth it. “It was super, super fun but it was a little bit stressful because I had to deal with volleyball and everything. But I thought it was worth it. I liked how we took pictures and stuff and made it super exciting,” said McDaniel.
Homecoming candidates take photos with their partners after crowning. Photo by Chase Hughes.
Kendall Davis (12) grabbed the crown to place on Sidney Ridder’s (12) head after announced winners. Photo by Chase Hughes.
National Honors Society membership increases bers might cause some problems, it hasn’t affected the way the organization runs. The individual hours are the same as last year, but The National Honors Society (NHS) expansion the total hours increased substantially. Hours refers to allowed sophomores to join the juniors and seniors the system of keeping track of a member’s volunteer in the organization. time; each member must work for at least 10 hours Sponsor Jayson Schwinn, his predecessor Nicole each semester. Cisneroz and principal Donna Zerr thought getting “It was 10 hours last year, and 10 hours this year. students involved earlier Per semester it should would benefit the stube about 1,050. So we dents and the program. There were 50 NHS members last year. should be right around As a result, freshmen the 2,100 hour range for We have 105 members this year. going-on sophomores the whole year,” said - Jayson Schwinn, NHS Sponsor were allowed to apply. Schwinn. This more than doubled Nothing has changed the membership. regarding opportunities “There were 50 NHS members last year. We have to meet each member’s hours requirements. 105 members this year,” said NHS sponsor Jayson “Really, as far as volunteer opportunities go, we Schwinn. just take them as we come in. I’m not actively searchAlthough the organization thought the larger num- ing for new ones because we had a lot last year. We,
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for the most part, could’ve made the hour totals we need to if we would’ve had the numbers so I’m not actively searching for new ones but if they come up we will take advantage of them,” said Schwinn. Some sophomores felt excited that they were given the opportunity to participate at an earlier age. “I think it’s good because sophomores need the chance to help the community, and they need a chance to get out and do something,” NHS member Alexis Bodie (10) said. Some juniors were concerned about the sophomores’ maturity levels. “I’m not sure all the sophomores are ready, at least some of the ones that got to join, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Presley Williams (11) said. Group meetings have changed with increase. “I think the biggest change is that we’re having two meetings on any given meeting day so we can split up the group… I’m not sure that’s because of the numbers, but it’s certainly helpful,” Schwinn said.
Movies, genres offer seasonal excitment Top 10 favorite Halloween movies Favorite Halloween movies genres 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Hocus Pocus Nightmare Before Christmas IT Halloween Town Halloween Twitches Nightmare on Elm Street Monster House Rocky Horror Picture Show Friday the 13th
Family Friendly 9% 25 Votes
Horror Movies 81% 232 Votes
Animated/Stop Motion 10% 30 Votes Graphic by Aubrey Stueven 287 people polled
Students struggle to balance work, school Noah Coldwell Reporter Jobs offer opportunities to those willing to put in the work. Students, who don’t do many extracurricular activities or have free time during the day. Popular options among students are typically restaurants or the other in town businesses such as Augusta Rental. Some students partake in seasonal jobs, such as lifeguarding and umpiring over the summer, or working at the Applejack Pumpkin Patch during the fall. “I’m looking forward to getting to work at the pumpkin patch this fall because it’s really flexible so I can work while still participating in basketball and turning is schoolwork on time,” J.C. Bailey (10) said Out-of-town jobs can create some difficulty as students managing the small amount of hours available and gas cost. Work can be found within Augusta that is flexible enough to allow afterschool work to be done, while still having a social aspect. “I’ve worked in Augusta for three months and most of the time working with other classmates is fine,” Emma
Tisdale (11) said. Another problem students face with work after school is being able to balance the in school school with the time they spend at their jobs. “I stay up really late to get all of my work done, but it still gets done so it doesn’t affect my grades a whole lot, I plan to work in here for all of high school so I should be fine,” Tisdale said. Though the options in Augusta may be minimal, other work can be found out of town.
“Working in Augusta is a lot better than my old job in Andover was because I don’t have to drive that far anymore, and I get to save a little more money,” Emily Hall (12) said. Even after high school, some college students prefer to work in their hometown. “I’m probably going to work in Augusta next year too, because I’m going to Emporia, and I like to work with the other students at Ace, and see all the familiar faces,” said Hall.
Emma Tisdale serves a customer their food at her job at Sonic. She started working at Sonic in the summer and enjoys the people she works with. Photo by Aubrey Stueven
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Oriole’s mascot name discovered Aubrey Stueven Reporter The school mascot is generally known as just that: the mascot. A widely-unknown fact, is that the school mascot has a name. Oscar the Oriole. “I didn’t know the mascot had a name. If I had to guess, it would be Orville, because that’s a cheesy O name,” Jacob Gillis (10) said. Oscar’s name is mostly unknown because there is not much representation besides the school mascot. The costume is most commonly used at football and basketball games; however, it does not play a major role, aside from walking around the stadium or gymnasium to cheer on the Orioles. On the other hand, somWe students know the mascot’s name because of journalism teacher Julie Barker. “It’s Oscar. I found out in journalism class because we were all talking about it,” Tiffany Hilton (9) said. During 21st century journalism, the class found pictures in old yearbooks and had to write captions for them. “I had to write a caption for a picture featuring the Oriole, and I had to ask Barker what it’s name was,” Jaden Laing (10) said. The mascot’s name is slowly becoming known due to Barker’s 21st Century Journalism class. The name originated from athletic director Doug Law. “I named him Oscar myself because he needed a name. The booster club bought us a new costume and I just started calling him Oscar,” Law said.
Where’s Shane? highlights Augusta Bailey Pennycuff Editor-in-Chief
Soundcloud reveals skill Noah Coldwell Reporter Since its release in 2007 , Soundcloud has become a familiar name with those interested in music. Soundcloud is a music and podcast streaming platform based in Berlin, Germany. Sweden by Alexander Ljung. This platform has always been somewhat relevant, but gained popularity in the past few years. It has developed the careers of relevant artists including the likes of multi-platinum artist, Post Malone. This Platform has allowed many lesser-known artists to gain popularity, and a few students in the school. “Soundcloud I think is superior than other services because it allows people to listen to my music for free; however many times they like and it helps me get my name out. I’m also able to post for free, and it’s a lot easier to get discovered on Soundcloud than the other services,” Damien Savoy (11) said. The service is popular among artists who have not hit the mainstream, yet and want to become a household name. “I think some of the best rappers can be found there. I mean, Lil Pump started there, and he’s kinda my idol. So yeah, Soundcloud for sure,” Sean Spencer (10) said. Hip-Hop has become an increasingly popular genre through the service, and has given many of the genre’s greatest stars their shot. “I think Soundcloud is way better than Pandora. It’s one of the greatest music apps of all time and it’s the way I listen to music every day,” Spencer said. Soundcloud faces competition from other popular streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, but still manages to win the hearts of those looking to expand their horizons. Fine Arts teachers widely use services like soundcloud to play certain music quickly they would have to download music. “I think it offers a lot more options for people to listen to your music anytime, anywhere. It’s a great educational tool that we can use in schools,” Assistant Band Director Clayton Kaus said.
KWCH Channel 12 News offers a segment for viewers titled “Where’s Shane?”starring reporter Shane Konicki. “In the segment, I go around to schools and highlight local things in the community,” Konicki said. Konicki not only talks to the community, he also participates in activities and takes interactive live shots with the groups. Friday Sept. 22, Konicki came to Augusta to interact with the soccer, football, volleyball, and dance teams, the cheer squad and the O’s-Zone. “He asked us if we could teach him
a little section of one of our dance routines,” Hailey LaPlant (11) said. “Then, he taught us a dance move of his own called ‘The Snowman Shimmy.’” For the past four weeks, “Where’s Shane” has aired on Friday mornings at different high schools in the area. Some members of the soccer team arrived at school early Friday morning to show him the way they play. “He played a soccer game with us, like a drill that we do as a team,” Jake Tucker (11) said. Konicki came to Augusta because he wanted to experience the atmosphere and see how the students interact on game days. “I usually come on Fridays to show the school’s spirit for football season,
Konicki has done the segment for over a year, and has done a various amount of activities for the show. “I’ve talked to the Bug Lady in Wichita several times, and she is a really nice lady, but I think she likes to watch me squirm,” Konicki said. “I have eaten some bread with worms in it, and she had me eat some June bugs that had some kind of seasoning on them. I’m just glad that they were dead.” Konicki enjoys creating the segments for Channel 12. “A lot of my co-workers get jealous of me because there’s always food involved, like doughnuts or something,” Konicki said. “They weren’t jealous when I had to eat the bugs, though.”
Football coach Jason Filbeck answers questions and interacts with KWCH Channel 12 News reporter Shane Konicki the morning of Friday Sept. 22. Konicki spoke with other activity members throughout his segment, “Where’s Shane?” Photo by Charles Lighty
Marching band takes over show
Sadie Williams Reporter Marching instructor Todd Hollis left it up to the section leaders to decide the theme for the Marching Band competition set. At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Hollis gave the band music to a show he had selected. “The music he picked out before was concert music, and it was really difficult, and nobody would have been able to march and play it at the same time,” marching band member Charlotte Ehrmann (12) said. The band members unanimously agreed that the music was too much for them to play in an acceptable manner. The section leaders decided to meet with Hollis about possible changes. “He had this music that was awful at the end of last year and everyone was like yeah this is awful so we all got together and found shows we liked,” drumline section leader Matthew
Treto (11) said. Hollis created a process for them to do this so that it was done in an organized and fair manner. “The section leaders, what we did was like you found three shows you like and then the three most common of the shows we voted between, I think one had 15, one had 13, one had 10, and then we voted on those three,” Treto said. “I think that was very fair because, hey, they’re the most popular y’all can chose from that.” The winning theme was “Pirates of the Caribbean”. It was not everyone’s first choice, but most agreed that it was better than the original show. “It’s alright. Aaron [the trumpet’s leader] let his section members choose what they were going to vote on, and we chose classic rock theme, but I like “Pirates of the Caribbean”, too,” marching band member Gabe Fox (11) said. Similar sentiments were felt throughout the band, and its
members. “It’s just just music, the music’s fun. I dont like ‘Pirate’s of the Caribbean’ that much, but the music’s cool,” Treto said. Although “Pirates of the Caribbean” was ultimately the show selected, the section leaders had other choices to vote on. “The second place was called “Spy Fall.” That is what I voted for, but they played James Bond the seniors’ freshman year, so they didn’t want to redo it,” Treto said. Most of the band is happy with how things turned out for their 2017-2018 show, but there were a few eyebrows raised in the process. “I feel like a lot of band members wish it would have been more inclusive…” Ehrmann said. Because only the section leaders were asked to select a show, it left many without a voice. “...Other than that I think everyone is happy with it.” Ehrmann said.
Playing for those who are gone but not forgotten Charles Lighty Reporter As the team came out of the tunnel on the first game, something was not normal. Instead of running onto the field, the team walked. At the front of the line senior Kendall Davis, walked arm and arm with some of his fellow seniors while holding the number 33 jersey. Corbin Collier, who passed away, wore number 33 when he played for the Bluejays his eighth grade year. “He would be a senior now if he continued here, and the senior class asked if they could honor him. They carry his away jersey and lay it over the bench. The demonstration with the jersey is our thing,” said head football coach Jason Filbeck The players appreciate this demonstration, especially the seniors. One of these seniors is Kendall Davis who was a close friend of Collier’s. “I really like it considering he was my best friend and I grew up with him. It makes me feel like he is there with us, like he was never gone,” Davis said. This display isn’t the first time the football team has honored Collier. “In middle school, we had stickers for him on our football helmets, and we had lime-green shirts and socks with the superman logo on them for him.” The jersey demonstration isn’t the only way Davis is honoring Collier. “I have a tattoo of him; I don’t think I will ever forget about him” Davis said. Assistant coach Brian Prentice is proud of the team and how they are honoring Corbin.
“I think it is really neat how they are honoring him, but it is sad because you think of all the things that had happened over the year,” said Prentice, “but I think it’s cool how the boys have done this on their own. I had coached Corbin since the 4th grade and the other boys since 3rd, and I for sure miss him. I think they are using Corbin for even more motivation for this season.” One of the people who have been missing Collier the most, is his guardian and Ewalt, elementary school, second grade teacher Shelly Dunsmoor. “Words cannot describe how much I miss him, but it makes me feel overwhelmingly blessed to see the football team honoring Corbin. When they took that picture and each boy came up to me and told me they loved me, it overwhelmed me and showed me how much they really missed him,” said Dunsmoor. The football team walks onto the field with the number 33 jersey in the front, held by senior Dunsmoor was Corbin’s second Kendall Davis Photo courtesy Gus Garcia grade teacher and mentor and later in his life, his guardian. Collier that he called them his brothers munity for Corbin,” said Dunsmoor. “I would work with Corbin after and have always remained close with Collier hoped to give back to his school and soon grew close to him. one another. community, and after his death, DunI got him involved in sports. It was “I am so proud of the senior brothsmoor wanted to create a way that Colthrough sports that he realized acerhood and how they have chosen lier could continue to give back to his countability and his brotherhood of to honor Corbin on this, their final community even after he had passed. friends. In little league, everyone, even season together,” said Dunsmoor. “It “I started a non-profit organization the coaches and parents did everything is such a blessing to know that Corbin called Corbin’s Village which I use to together” said Mrs. Dunsmoor. is in their hearts at every practice and help kids who are in little league and Honoring Collier, has brought back at every game. I love how the boys can’t afford some of their equipment good memories. enter the field walking arm in arm as and extra expenses” said Mrs. Dun“Corbin always had a good heart. a united front with Corbin at Kensmoor. He told me one day, ‘I want to give dall’s side marching out together. I Donations to Corbin’s Village can back, like one day when I have money hate that Corbin is not here in body. I be sent to Dunsmoor at Ewalt. after going pro, I want to give back miss him more than anyone will ever Dunsmoor still attend football to my community. After Corbin died truly understand. I simply could not games with her senior mom shirt. people started donating money to me Dunsmoor refers to the senior class be more proud of this team and their and telling me to use it to help people. continued display of brotherhood and boys as the brotherhood, since when I didn’t know what to do, and then I friendship.” they were kids, they were so close with got the idea to give back to the com-
New head coach changes practices, affect season outcomes Michaela Lord Reporter The girls golf team’s average placements this season is better than last season’s placements because of the new coach and the sophomores and juniors having more experience. The change in coaches has affected most, if not all, of the girls golf team. After the girls golf tournament at Crestview Country Club, the girls went bowling because of how Tylyn Emlet (10) golfed. “We’ve had a lot more fun. We went bowling, and we are going glow golfing,” Sarah Price (10) said. New head coach, Danny Lundberg, works with each girl on the golf team to improve her skills and placements at tournaments. “He has helped me improve my swing and my scores overall,” Lewellen said. During practice Lundberg will follow the girls and help them whether they are playing hole, chip and putting, or at the driving range. He has especially worked on the girls short game on the green, which includes chipping and putting. “The green is where you take strokes off your game,” said Lundberg. The girls are benefiting from the new coaching style and having more
enjoyable practices and tournaments. “We like the new coaching style because we work on different aspects to improve our game,” Lewellen said. The girls work on different skills almost every day, from their short game to their long game, during practice. “We either chip and putt or play a certain amount of holes. It changes from day to day,” Lundberg said. When the girls work on their long game they may go to the driving range and use different clubs and hit balls into an open field to get practice. The team is lacking senior’s leadership with three juniors, three sophomores and two freshman comprising the team. “They are doing better for many reasons, such as experience, because the juniors and sophomores have played for a few years now,” Lundberg said. Some of the girls are placing better because they are competing in tournaments and going to meets and working on different parts of golf during practice. “I am placing better because I am actually playing, and he is working with us more individually,” Price said. On Oct. 3, the girls went to Hesston and placed 3rd as a team, but since it was a league the team didn’t metal. During league the only teams that
New head coach, Danny Lundberg helps Lindsey Lewellen (11) with her swing at the driving range during practice Photo by Charles Lighty
metal are the first and second place teams. League is at Hesston every year, but a different school hosts it. Lindsey Lewellen (11) placed first team in all league scoring an 88. The lower the score the higher the
placement. “Placing first team in all league was fun because I got second last year and I wanted to do better this year so I secured the first team spot. It was a good day. I really like that course,” Lewellen said.
Soccer team deals with shortage of upperclassmen Gracie Johnston Reporter Last year the soccer team lost a total of eight seniors. Despite having no seniors, the team has a total of eight freshmen on varsity that fill in the missing spots. Kaden Kelley (9) had not played soccer for five years and is on varsity. “I didn’t expect to be on varsity this year especially since I didn’t play for a long time,” Kelley said. The freshmen are inexperienced but still work hard for their position. Some freshman expected to be on varsity. “I expected to be on varsity because we don’t have any seniors and have barely any juniors so it was a pretty young team, so I knew I had a shot,” Wyatt Pankratz (9). Some older players agree with this. “The freshmen on varsity have all earned their spots,” Captain of the soccer team captain Jakob Bergkamp (11) said. They have earned their spots through simple acts such as practicing outside of their sport, and gaining respect from their older teammates. “They are a lot more mature than you would expect, because they listen,” varsity goalkeeper Braden Jergensen (11) said.
With their young collaboration, the soccer team has had to adjust to playing against teams who have a lot more experience than them, including, Andover Central, who has 11 seniors. The Orioles played Andover Central their first game of the season and lost 10- 0. Changes include new offensive formation. “Last year, the offense we ran wasn’t working, so we changed it and now our young team understands it better,” Jake Tucker said (11). The team has been struggling with adapting to playing some of the more experienced teams. “We don’t have the size, speed and experience as some of the older teams, because of our youth,” Anthony Orocio (9) said. Size has been a big struggle for the team this year. “We partially struggled because of our youth and we aren’t as big as the older kids,” said Kelley Pankratz is the smallest kid on the soccer team at 5’ 4”. “It would probably help a little bit if I was a just a little bit taller,” Pankratz said. Everyone on the team has had to adapt. For example, Bergkamp is a junior and had to step up and accept the role
as team captain. “Jakob is a good captain and leader too, who helps the team whenever we are down and just keeps us going,” Orocio said. Many other players agree that Bergkamp always has a good attitude and picks up the team. “Jacob is a leader and most of the people on the team actually listen to him, and he has helped calm people down when we are losing,” said Jergensen
Although the soccer matches have only resulted in four wins this season, the team is learning and gaining experience. Since we didn’t have many underclassmen on varsity last year it is a different game going from playing JV to varsity,” Kelly said. Since the team is not losing any seniors next year, they will have virtually the same team and will be gaining some experience playing varsity.
Anthony Orocio (9) takes a first touch after receiving a pass from a fellow teammate. Orocio then dribbled up the field and made a pass to another teammate to attempt and get a shot off at the goal against Andover Central. They did not make the goal and were defeated. Both JV and varsity were defeated by the Jaguar soccer teams. Photo by Avery Latimer
Squad prepares for state
Integrity impacts sports
Gracie Johnston Reporter
Michaela Lord Reporter
The cheer team is preparing to make history at the first annual cheerleading state championship competition. They plan on attending the competition Nov. 18 in Topeka. At the cheer camp this summer, the squad was made aware of the competition, and quickly applied for it. “We are extremely excited, we were actually at our booster club yearly meeting and I was walking out to my car when I got the email and I literally screamed to Amanda and ran inside and told everyone else,” cheerleading coach Kayla Richmond said. A total of 92 cheer teams will be competing in the state competition. “This team is a performance team; I expect we go way above where we are at practice,” Richmond, said.
In order to prepare the girls have been fundraising and practicing. “We have been doing a lot of conditioning and practicing when it comes to stunting,” said Sammy Shipman (12). “Also, our games are our practice because the competition is a game day competition so our coach is making sure that all of us are very peppy and involved at games.” The team has been selling raffle tickets at the football games in order to fundraise for state. Overall, their fundraiser has been successful, and they have raised around $3000. They raised enough money to pay for everyone’s room and board expenses, meals, along the competitions entry fee. The entry fee for the competition is $400. In addition, they were also able to raise enough money to get new uniforms for state.
The bases stunt the flyers up on their hands during warms up of the homecoming game in preparation for the upcoming game like state competition. Photo By Chase Hughes
Integrity is an essential part of sportsmanship. Having integrity leads to better sportsmanship. In specific sports there are different times when the players make their own calls rather than a referee, this is true for tennis, golf and cross country. In tennis, the players say whether the ball was in or out. “Almost every meet we go to there is cheating. Not all of it is intentional,” girls tennis coach Nathan Stevens said. If the players do not see where the ball lands, they may make the call they want rather than what it should be. “A lot of times, a player will get tired of the opponent making the wrong calls, so they will talk to their coach and have another coach come watch the line, and if the coach does not agree with the call, the coach can override the call,” Stevens said. Cross country and hockey have similar but different qualities of sports integrity. “In cross country, on the routes, it’s wrong to take shortcuts or to walk just because the coach isn’t there,” Josh Manahan (9) said. In hockey, it is mostly about sportsmanship rather than integrity during the game. “In hockey, you have to cheer on your teammates and not bring them down, be a team player and set up goals before practice,” Manahan said.
Not all players try to cheat, they just don’t see where the ball landed to make the correct call. “I call out someone about once a year,” tennis player Jordan Curry (12) said. In golf, the players keep track of how many strokes they have. “In my level not a lot of people cheat, but when you are younger there is a lot more. As you get better at the game there is a lot less because people pay attention more while the other people hit the ball,” said boys golfer Drew Hess (11). In golf the players have to call other players out for cheating. “I’m not afraid to call people out. I have done it more than more than once,” Hess said. When player cheat, they risk of being disqualified. “When someone cheats they risk getting caught and when they get caught they will get disqualified at the tournament,” said Hess. When the players start playing golf young they don’t understand that paying attention to the other players is an essential part as well as paying attention to themselves. “Integrity plays a large role but it’s also on your group to make sure there is not cheating so if you’re group is not paying attention and you’re cheating then it is on the group as well as being on the person trying to cheat,” said Hess. At the end of the tournament the players all sign the score card once they feel all the scores are what they should be. If they feel like it is wrong they will say something to get it fixed.