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Vol. 90 Lewiston High School April 13, 2018 Vol. 90 No. 7

1114 9th Ave., Lewiston, ID, 83501

We are the Change

Competition in Anaheim

Right to Vote

High School Turns 90

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THE BENGAL’S PURR College students should worry about learning, not debt

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By Madison Hinkley Reporter

people with debt for a large sum of a person’s life. By eliminating tuition costs, students could focus more on their education rather than money. Student debt is something that many people deal with

for their entire lives. If student debt did not exist for an in-state college, many people    Some may say that paying would have better education, for college is just part of life, better financial standing and, but, for many people, it can hopefully, better lives. cause problems down the       Colleges should offer free road. College leaves many tuition because students who want to go to certain colleges often cannot go at all because the tuition is too high for them. This was shown through a 2015 survey that concluded the total students’ loan debt was $1.3 trillion, with $80 billion spent A swarm of protesters hold a sign reading “education is a right“ recently at a march for free by the govcollege tuition. Photo courtesy of

ernment on post-secondary financial aid. The average tuition for an in-state college is $18,943 with room and board. This can be hard for many people to afford, especially young college freshmen who have to pay for themselves. There have been cases of students who did get help regarding college tuition, such as David Mann of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mann would not have been able to afford or attend college if not for a program called the Kalamazoo Promise.    Fifty-six percent of students drop out because they have conflicts with going to college. Working on top of going to school is one example of this, and is hard for most people. Some would argue that in-state colleges should still charge students tuition.

However, they should not because the fees can become just too high for students to keep up with, which leads to student debt for many people. A solution to this problem would be to start offering free college tuition and maybe implementing some taxes to still help out the college. The cost for colleges to stay running could come from the supplies the students buy and taxes the state would pay. In-state colleges should have free tuition for residents of their state because student debt it is a large contributor to financial struggle for many Americans. High tuition costs also impact where a student decides to attend. While going to college, students should focus on their actual schooling, not on paying tuition.

Medical marijuana offers help for cancer, epilepsy By Elsa Munster Reporter

   The “devil’s lettuce.” A gateway drug. Although marijuana has these titles tied to it, this drug is actually more helpful than most people think. Marijuana has many medical benefits that come with it. Cannabis helps cancer patients, whether it be with fighting the cancer itself or with helping the side-effects of other medications such as chemotherapy. Marijuana has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory, while keeping normal cells healthy. Chemotherapy causes nausea and vomiting, but cannabis helps many people with the nausea and vomiting.  Other medications may reduce appetite, but cannabis makes people gain more of an appetite so it helps with people who might struggle with being

underweight. Not only that, but it also relieves pain, lowers inflammation, and decreases anxiety in many people. Overall, for those who suffer with cancer and have to live with terrible side effects of medications, marijuana can be a very helpful source for many patients.     People who suffer with seizures, such as epilepsy, also have found benefits from taking marijuana. A study of 272 patients who struggled with seizures put them on cannabis and the results were amazing. Of the patients, 86 percent noted some degree of seizure reduction, while 10 percent of those people (26 patients) experienced complete seizure remission. The type of marijuana that helps the most with people who suffer from seizures is CBD, which doesn’t get people “high” like THC does.

Many people, including chil- cines. People who struggle it, and we, citizens of the dren and adults, struggle with seizures have also been United States, have the powwith epilepsy, and marijua- helped by taking marijuana. er to do so. If marijuana helps na has been shown to help Marijuana should be legal- so many people, then why is these people. ized in every state in the US it still illegal? Some would argue that that hasn’t already legalized marijuana should stay illegal, but in reality it should be legalized. It’s been scientifically proven that it kills cancer cells ( w h i l e k e e p ing normal cells protected) and it helps with side This map displays the legality of marijuana in certain states. Light green represents states with e f f e c t s legal medical marijuana. Dark green represents states with legal medical and recreational marof oth- ijuana. Grey represents states where marijuana is illegal. Image courtesy of medicalmarijuana. er medi-

Friday, April 13, 2018

5 Student’s choice to walk-up or walk-out By Annabelle Ady Opinion Editor

Annabelle Ady

March 14, students across the nation walked out of class in protest of gun violence. A majority of groups gathered for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 people murdered in the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting. Similarly, there was a movement the same day that encouraged students to “walk up” instead of walking out of class.      According to The Mighty, the walk-up movement is the belief that “students should walk up to other students and be kind in order to foster better school environments.” In some school districts the walk-up protest was used as an alternative to walking out.      This is problematic due to the fact that it is not based on genuine interest or friendship, but on fear. To me personally, the walk-


up version of the walk-out protest was not as positive or productive as it was made out to be. As a quiet kid who has been known as the “weird” one of the class, this movement could make a person like me feel targeted by my peers because they were afraid of me. I know that the walk-up was meant to be a positive alternative for kids who already feel ostracized by their peers. But it’s likely that a walk-up from a random peer would not make them feel any more included. Walking up to the weird, quiet kid would only cause them to feel singled out, and even less a part of the school environment.     For a kid who gets walkedup to, the message sent can easily come solely out of fear rather than true interest. For the lonely quiet kids, usually the only thing they want is a friend who actually cares about them -- not just peers who talk to them because they don’t want to be a victim of potential violence.   Both movements have been largely student-run, with very few adults heading the protests. As with most cases of social movements involving teens and children, some parents got up in arms about their kids being “forced” to protest something that they didn’t understand.  There has


been talk that the youth are being brainwashed for other adults’ political agendas.   I can‘t speak for other students, but I wasn‘t forced into participation on either

side March 14 -- not out of peer pressure and not for a political agenda that was not my own. We all had our own reasons to protest, whether they were purely selfish or

selfless.  Whether students chose to walk up or to walk out March 14, it really comes down to this: Our voices were heard, and this is a step in the right

of people preferred thin-crust to thick-crust, regular or other unlisted options. Typically, people prefer thin-crust because of its convenience. The bread is less filling, so there is more room for toppings. Since there isn’t as much bread and sauce, the crust won’t get soggy. And folding a slice of thin-crust pizza makes it easy to take on the go. Thin-crust pizza is also healthier than thick-crust or deepdish. A slice of thick-crust or deep-dish pizza has around

360 calories, where a slice of thin-crust has around 170. Thick-crust pizza is dense and settles in the stomach, making it harder to eat more than one or two pieces without feeling grossly full. Some would argue that thincrust is not the better choice. There is less grease on thickcrust pizza because grease tends to soak into a crust. It’s hard to eat thick-crust without sitting down, making it harder to take on the go. But this could make thick-crust pizza more of

a comfort food. Given these reasons, such as the easy ways to eat it, health benefits and varieties available,

thin-crust is obviously the better choice. Give thin-crust a try the next time pizza is on the menu.

Students gather around the LHS Student Resource Officer, Robert Massey as he gives students advice on keeping safe and avoiding violent situations. Students gathered for 17 minutes March 14 to pay respects to the 17 students killed at Parkland High School a month earlier. Photo by Grace Eller.

Serious issues: Why thin-crust pizza is superior By Ellie Hafer Reporter Pizza is one of the most beloved meals in the country. This is because of its customizable toppings, its convenience, and the many different types of pizza. Pizza offers endless possibilities, but only one pizza can be the best. Here, thincrust reigns supreme. Simply, thin-crust pizza is primarily the preferred type of pizza.   In a survey published at, 56 percent

Thin-crust pizza is inherently better. Photo courtesy of


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Band and choir has exciting journey to Anaheim

By Jazmyne Hartogh Reporter  The band and choir students attended competitions in Anaheim, California, March 21-26.   The entire trip was described as fun, although some would say that is debatable. On the way home the band students’ bus had a few problems. The band bus’ transmission blew out, leaving the students aboard stranded in the Nevada desert for three and a half hours.   Once loaded on the new bus, not much later, a hawk flew into the windshield, cracking it. Instead of getting another

bus, the group continued after a quick examination of the windshield. Their expected 24-hour trip was pushed to 27 hours, with 55 band kids finally arriving home around 11 p.m. March 26.  However, the choir kids’ trip took only 24 hours, arriving home around 7 p.m. March 26.   As exciting as the trip home was, the days before were also eventful. Both groups of musicians competed Friday, March 23, in Anaheim.   The band kids performed at the Rose Centre Venue, and got a 84/100. They placed third out of four bands at

the awards ceremony in the Disney Fantasyland Theatre.   “[It was the] biggest festival that Disneyland has had in years,” said Brendan Burns, band teacher.       As for Lewiston High School’s band performs in Anaheim. Photo courtesy of Brendan Burns. the choir Girls Choir and Concert Choir. community,” said Julie Burke, kids, they won three silver awards    “Kids represented Lewiston choir teacher.   recognizing LHS Gold Voices, very well. . . . It was a good

LCSC seeks part-time workers Lewiston votes to for kids’ college this summer pass levy for funding By Amanda Egland Co-Editor in Chief Lewiston residents voted March 13 in favor of the Lewiston School District’s supplemental levy.   This levy provides nearly 30 percent of the school district’s funding and is not affiliated with the cost of building the new high school, according

to superintendent, Robert Donaldson.  The levy passed with an 81 percent approval rating.   “Speaking on behalf of the board of directors, we are very grateful for the level of support for the levy,” Donaldson said. “Eighty-one percent speaks volumes and shows that the community supports our public schools.”

Prom: A night under the ivies By Eli Thomas News Assistant   The Lewiston High School students can attend prom from 8 to 11 p.m. April 28 at the Elks Lodge in Lewiston.   Tickets will cost 10 dollars are 2 for 15 dollars.     The theme this year is “A Night Under the Ivies.”     “It will be a very pretty, elegant, garden scene,” said junior, ASB Treasurer, Kaitlyn

Blume.        This year students can reserve a time online for pictures with Ridinger’s Photography.     Members of ASB have decided to hire a new DJ after unsatisfactory music in the past.     “I have enjoyed proms in the past and I’m pretty excited because it is my last prom,” said Karlin Schlafman, senior.

By Kari Wilsey Reporter

  The LCSC Kids’ College is looking to hire for three parttime positions this summer.   The jobs pay $9.25 per hour, and hours will vary from 1540 per week depending on the position. Workers must enjoy working with kids and have a valid driver›s license.     The jobs can include anything from driving LCSC vans to off-site classes, checking students in and out, and assisting with the overall jobs that will be provided from the classes.     Training for the first positions and for drivers will

start in mid-May. Training begins in mid-June for the second and third positions, and the work for all jobs will end in August.   Applications are available through, and in the LCSC Sam Glenn Complex in Rooms 208, 211, 212, and 214. Each application should include a resume.

A Child Programs a robot at the Kids’ College. Photo courtesy of LCSC.

LHS prepares with lockdown drill By Eli Thomas News Assistant     Just 21 days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students at LHS viewed an informative video on about the school’s lockdown procedure.   The video, created by Chad Arlint, assistant principal, had the

motto of “if you hear it, do it.” This motto encourages students to cooperate and follow instructions carefully during a drill or emergency.     The video was followed by a lockdown drill on Friday, March 9, during the transition period between 1B and 2B. The drill ended at 9:40 a.m. and classes

resumed as normal. “Our students and staff responded well and did an amazing job,” Arlint said after the lockdown drill.      “I think everyone knew it was going to happen,” said Wyatt Carpenter, junior, about the drill. “So it wasn’t really a complete drill.”

Friday, April 13, 2018

FCCLA forms bonds within students

By Aaliyah Vaughns Sports Assistant

  At the LCSC regionals event, she placed second and got silver for the recycling and redeSyrinda St. Onge, a junior, is sign project. This allowed her currently in her second year of to compete at the state level in being a part of the FCCLA club. Boise April 4-7. During her first year of FCCLA,    “Being a part of this club, or St. Onge competed in life event any club really, you really get planning as her event, and to know your peers and create planned a family vacation for a bond like a family,” St. Onge said. competition at LCSC.   “This year I decided to switch FCCLA: family, career and comthings up and chose to do munity leaders of America, is recycle and redesign and I a national career and technical student organization that made a table,” St. Onge said.   provides personal growth, leadership development, and c a re e r preparation opportunities for students in family and consumer sciences FCCLA members travel to Bosie for state competition. education. Photo courtesy of Melinda Pals.



Drama club presents musical comedy, Drowsy Chaperone,April 18-21, 25-26 By Leah Scmidt Managing Editor

The Lewiston High School drama department will present its musical, The Drowsy Chaperone this month. The Drowsy Chaperone is “a musical within a comedy”. Director, Mel Syverson, said “It is an uproariously funny look at musical theatre through some incredibly cheesy characters, big dance numbers and an endearing narrator.”  Showtimes for the performances will be at 7 p.m. April 18-21, and 25-26. There will also be a matinee

showing on April 29 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $5 for regular admission, $1 for LHS staff and students, and $3 for seniors, students, and children under 6 “Ticket prices are super low for an incredible night of entertainThe LHS Drama club will put on The Drowsy ment,” said Chaperone this month. Image and design courteSyverson. sy of John Patterson.

BPA attends state competition

By Abby Bower News Assistant

  Members of the LHS Business Professionals of America traveled to Boise for state competition March 7-10.     During their trip LHS stu-

dents focused mostly on competing and doing their best, but they also spent time making memories and new friends with similar interests.   The goal of BPA is to train and prepare students for the office workplace. Students

compete in individual and team events such as programming, interview skills and business skills. The events also include open tests to earn students them a spot in the state competition.

SPARC aides disabled students Mock trial competes By Nathan Nordin Reporter

  The SPARC program will hold its annual dinner, raffle and silent auction Friday, April 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Eagle’s Lodge.

  Proceeds will benefit the SPARC students of LCSC and LHS. SPARC is a program for students with disabilities ages 18–21, aiding them to learn skills that lead to independence, employment, success and happiness.     Dinner tickets are $8 per

person and kids under 5 are free. The event will be wheelchair-accessible at 1304 Main St.     Dinner tickets will be available at the door and at certain local vendors such as Les Schwab, Colortyme, or Skelton’s.   Raffle and 5 0 / 5 0 tickets will be available at the event $1 each or six for $5. People who have questions or wish to make donations to SPARC can call 208790-3519.

Students of the LHS SPARC program study at LCSC. Photo courtesy of Julie Bieker-Bender.

By Amanda Egland Co-Editor in Chief

 The Lewiston Mock Trial team made a quick trip to Boise to compete at Idaho Mock Trial state. The LHS team won one out of four of the preliminary rounds.     Seniors, Mason Bartholomei and Peter Everett, won best witness awards at the event, and Everett also won best attorney.   The team did not qualify to compete further at the state level.

New art at LCSC By Elsa Munster Reporter  The LCSC Center for Arts and History held an artist reception at April 12 for the Student Art Exhibit.   The exhibit runs April 3-28 at 415 Main St. Sixteen students from LHS have submitted their artwork, and some are putting their pieces up for sale at the exhibit, according to John

Patterson, LHS art teacher.   The 2018 Lewiston High School participating artists are: Sirius Adamson, Hailey Albrecht, Hannah Covey, Tate Fisher, Sarah Griffin, Aurelie Jacqmin, Cassondra Manske, Nathan Nordin, Kinley Pederson, Mariah Rowell, Pitchayapa Rueangritwattana, Emily Trigsted, Uahuu Tujendapi, Ivonne Valdivia, Taylor Wickett and Savannah Wilkins.

THE BENGAL’S PURR Students watch for scholarships Senior projects strive for change

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Compiled by Abby Burgess and Jazmyne Hartogh, reporters

Seniors can apply for over 40 scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 throughout April and May. For more information, search Due Date

Scholarship Title



LHS Class of 1985



Centennial Elementary PTA Scholarship



Orchards Elementary PTA Scholarship



Chrystal Becker Memorial Music Scholarship



Marian Adams Memorial Journalism Scholarship



Mike Jensen Memorial Scholarship



Valley Medical Center Health Sciences Scholarship



Webster PTA Scholarship



Bradley J. Crosby Memorial Music Scholarships



LHS Alumni Association Scholarship



LHS Class of 1959



Dwight Church Memorial Scholarship



Eichenauer Spirit of Volunteerism Scholarship



LIFE Science Scholarship



Mikray Moser Memorial MikrayStrong Scholarship



Brian Todd Ellis Memorial Scholarship



Devann Marie Maurer Memorial Scholarship



Raymond & Patricia Rooper Scholarship



Virgel Larson Family Scholarship



Albert Leo Wessels Memorial Scholarship



PEO Education Award-Chapter AR and BR



LIFE 21st Century Scholarship


Alex Ozeran


American Legion Post #13 Scholarship



Deatley Family Scholarship



Fraternal Order of Eagles Scholarship



Camelot PTA Scholarship



Patricia S. Bell memorial Scholarship



McSorley Elementary PTA Scholarship


Project: Opiate Crisis How will your project help the community? “Hopefully it will spread awareness and bring attention to the growing problem?” How can students make an impact? “If you ever meet someone struggling avoid judgement, because stigma makes it impossible for them to recover.”


Eugene Northrup Memorial United Steelworkers Scholarship



Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation Scholarship

Up to $5,000


Martin D. Heieren Memorial Paramedic Scholarship



PEO Education Award - Chapter Q



Whitman Elementary PTA Scholarship



All Saints CAtholic School Guardian Angel’s Scholarship



22nd Annual J.A.M. Scholarship



22nd Annual Spirit of Jill Andrews Award



Alert Magazine Scholarship





Tyler Curry

Project: Suicide Awareness Reason for Choosing Project: “I have lost friends to suicide and I’ve seen what it can do to people.” How can students make an impact? “They can be informed on the warning signs of suicide and potentially save a life”

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Audiences tag along as Simon searches for love

By Mikey Vidovich Entertainment Assistant   

 Directed by Greg Berlanti and released March 16, Love, Simon is a film about its title character (Nick Robinson), who seems to live a normal teenage life and have no problems. But in reality, Simon Spier is gay and nobody, except for Simon, knows.

 After an anonymous student from Simon’s school posts a blog calling himself Blue and confessing to be gay, Simon begins emailing the person anonymously. In Simon’s first message to Blue he confesses that he’s gay. The rest of the movie is about Simon trying to figure out who Blue is, while also dealing with personal

problems. One guy finds the messages between Simon and Blue and blackmails Simon with them.   This was a very entertaining movie, filled with comedy, but also heart. The cast who played Simon’s friends was outstanding. The whole gang seems to have a real friendship connection, which makes

Simon and his friend Leah laying in bed talking. Courtesy of

Photo of Simon Spier sitting on the festival wheel waiting for a special someone. Courtesy of

some later scenes in the film more sad.   The film does a great job showing how Simon’s life slowly changes, not just at school but at home too. His family is a great part of the film, especially his younger sister, Nora Spier (Talitha Bateman), who is always trying to help. When Simon comes out to his family his father is shocked but his sister sticks up for him. His father is not mad, he is upset that Simon had to hide who he was for so long.     The movie has a happy ending, but the way it played out was unique. It is definitely a shock when “Blue”

is revealed, but it was not a disappointment.  The way this story is told is a great way to tell a cute love story while also addressing realistic problems that people face in society.   Love, Simon, for its great story and message deserves a 9.8/10.



Papa John’s satisfies customers with their pizza

By Eli Thomas News Assistant

Papa John’s is a national pizza chain known for its ”better ingredients and better pizza.” Lewiston has had its very own Papa John’s for quite a few years located at 1024 16th Ave. In recent time it has undergone a new ownership, and is now under Sam Swarner.   The chain specializes in take ‘n’ bake pizza, wings, breadsticks and dessert. The food items being discussed in this review are a large barbeque pizza with green peppers and beef. The other is their double chocolate chip brownie.     The first part of any dining experience is the service quality of employees. When calling in an order for carryout,

the Papa John’s staff was very helpful and kind. The customer service is very warm when one walks in to the store. The workers always have smiles on their faces.   At first glance, the pizza looked great. The green peppers and beef were both very appetizing to see. The first bite consisted of the soft dough, the sweet barbeque sauce, and flavorful cheese. This continued all the way to the crust. The crust was a bit dry but it was still warm and fluffy. The only other downside of the pizza was the barbeque sauce was a bit tangy. But other than that, the pizza was wonderful.     I saved room for dessert like any wise person would, and had a double chocolate chip brownie. The brownies were

warm, gooey and tasty. The chocolate chips melted in my mouth and the texture was great too.   Papa John's promised better ingredients and better pizza and they definitely delivered. For this reason, the Lewiston Papa John’s earns a 9.6/10. Adviser’s note: Papa John’s provided food free of charge for this review.


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10 We are the change

Friday, April 13, 2018

Students walk out in hope of change for the future By Abby Bower News Assistant   Students all around the nation staged walkouts at 10 a.m. March 14 to speak out about many things, including school safety and gun violence.   While Lewiston High School was one of the schools to participate, organizers made it clear that the walk-out was not mandatory for students, and that it was not about guns or gun violence, but simply about school safety.   The LHS walkout, attended by around 300 students, was geared towards students sharing their experiences with kindness in hardship. Students shared their advice about getting through hard

times in high school, and they remembered victims of previous school shootings across the nation.   Speakers included LHS student resource officer, Rob Massey, with ASB president, Mason Bartholomei, and a handful of students.     Among the powerful student speakers was Megan McRoberts, a junior who told her classmates about surviving trauma.       What changed me was one day someone at school decided to hang out with me for the entire day,” McRoberts said. “That one day is what flipped a switch in my brain. From that moment on, I try every single day to be the person I needed for two years and didn’t have.”  

 McRobe r t s , alongs i d e m a n y of her peers, made it clear that schools need to improve school safety, and that t h e y wanted to use t h e i r voices to spark the change.

Students raise money to make change in community By Amanda Egland Co Editor in Chief   Six local charities and families received donations totalling more than $20,000 March 1 in the Lewiston High School library. The funds, dispersed by Lewiston and Clarkston high schools’ leadership programs, dispersed over $20,000 the financial gifts, which students raised from the annual Golden Throne basketball game.   Since 1998 the schools combined have raised more than $195,000, according to Mason Bartholomei, ASB president at LHS. That money that has been dispersed to 25 charities.   Representatives from both P1FCU and Inland Cellular were present at the ceremony March 1, as they sponsor the Golden Throne event each year.  This year’s charities included Meals on Wheels, Zeus’s

Teenagers demand a voice after national tradgedy By Josie Hafer Opinion Assistant

Mason Bartholomei addresses the student body on the practice field during the walkout March 14. Photo by Abby Bower.

Friends, The Gina Quesenberry Foundation on behalf of Holly Heitstuman, and the LHS clothing center. Donations also went to two LHS families, the Vassars and the CadezSchmidts. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers Melody Cadez-Schmidt, and her parents Adam and Taryn, accept their check from LHS and meals around CHS student councils March 1, in the LHS library. Photo by Amanda Egland. the valley to lost animals to their families. Foundation provides financommunity members who They have reunited around cial assistance to local cancer may not be able to get meals 3,000 pets with their owners patients and their families. otherwise. According to co- since 2014. These pets in- The foundation received its ordinator, Margaret Bunch, clude dogs, cats, rabbits and Golden Throne donation on the local organization de- the occasional chicken or behalf of Holly Heitstuman livered 44,000 meals to the guinea pig. They also provide and the Heitstuman family. community each year. the pet pantry food delivery Heitsuman died Jan, 10 af  Zeus’s Friends is a local in the Lewiston-Clarkston ter a three- year battle with group of volunteers who valley. breast cancer. are dedicated to returning   The Gina Quesenberry   School counselor, Neil Wil-

liams, accepted the donation on behalf of the LHS Clothing Center. The money raised for this cause will purchase clothes for students who cannot afford them otherwise.   The Schmidt family received funds on behalf of Melody Cadez-Schmidt, Melody has been diagnosed with a rare condition called Langerhorns Cell Histiocytosis, and she and her family travel to Spokane frequently for chemotherapy. Melody is the daughter of Taryn and Adam Cadez-Schmidt, and her father works as an LHS athletic trainer.     LHS senior, Katie Vassar, received funds on behalf of her family, since her father, Bob Vassar was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer late last year.   Bob Vassar is undergoing chemotherapy at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.

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  The Marjory-Stoneman shooting in Florida sparked a nationwide movement. Teenagers all over the nation are taking a stand against these fatal shootings. With all that youth have done so far, many wonder why they shouldn’t be able to vote on these issues that affect them.         Many are asking what can be done to ensure a safe and promising future for America’s youth. Many wonder if the voting age should be lowered to 16. According to the American Psychological Association, Capital News and also the National Youth Rights Association, this may be the solution.       Studies by the APA have shown that the typical adolescent brain has developed cold-cognition skills by age 16. A person

uses cold cognition in calm, low-risk situations with time available to logically reason through a decision. Voting is a perfect example of an opportunity to use cold-cognition skills.     Still, arguments surface with the common claim that teenagers are too immature to vote in governmental elections. However, all 16-year-olds in the US hold plenty of rights that many view as adult responsibilities. At 16, children can marry or join the armed forces with parental consent. A 16-yearold can approve of medical treatment and well as pay their own prescription fees. A person of 21 years of age or older can legally purchase alcohol for a minor as long as the adult is present during the time of consumption.     In Takoma Park, Maryland, community members 16 and older have been permitted   vote in local elections

since 2013. Voter turnout the voting age may benefit what could change if these among the 16-and 17-year- the nation in more ways than students had more of a voice in their government. olds there is significantly one. younger   Teenagers are expected to larger than other voting     Activating groups, according to the Na- voices can also mean more have adult responsibilities, tional Youth Rights Associa- innovation. Take a look at but are denied the same tion. The younger age group what students all over the rights. What better way to is two times as likely to vote nation are doing this year prepare teenagers for the than the 18-year-olds. Also, -- on March 14 alone, thou- real world while they are evidence from NYRA shows sand of American students in high school than to give that those who vote when walked out of classes to fight them a say in their future?   they are first eligible are for safety in schools. Imagine more likely to continue voting in the future.   If people are given the chance to vote at an earlier age, future vote turnouts may increase. According to the New York Times, the US has average voter turnout rates of 57.5% of eligible voters. For a country with one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the develA young girl holds a sign reading: “Let us decide our future“ at a protest for lower oped world, lowering voting ages. Photo courtesy of

Senior rallies support for Cystic Kindness Klub works Fibrosis awareness and research to promote positivity  

By Mattie Bentz Reporter

 Local runners came together to take part in a fun and run for a good cause in the Breathe and Believe 5k/10k at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Kiwanis Park in Lewiston.       The Breathe and Believe 5K/10K is a cystic fibrosis awareness run, operating by donation only. All the donations are sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $3,000 was raised for Cystic Fibrosis research from the run.     Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices, blocking up tubes, ducts and passageways.   This fundraiser is to help spread awareness. Maddi Calkins, LHS senior, has a younger brother who is battling cystic fibrosis, and she›s wants to make a difference. She does not just want to fight for her brother, she wants to fight for everyone that suffers from X-Ray picture of Ethan Mix’s lungs as of May 5, cystic fibrosis. 2017 photo courtesy of Maddi Calkins   

By Nathan Nordin Reporter

  Although not in full operation this year, the Kindness Klub is working to make everyone feel included by showing who the kindest people in the school are. The club was originally created to promote positivity and kindness.     In the last year, when the club was fully functioning, a group of students met with Christina Cahill, school counselor, to discuss who deserved each week’s kindness award. This year, Cahill has recognized a student with the award each week. They include Emily Trigsted, who spent time after school making T-shirts to commemorate the February groundbreaking of the new high school.   The student chosen each week receives a coupon for an Extra Value Meal from McDonald›s, a club sponsor.   While it wasn’t in full operation this year, Cahill is looking for a group of students to participate in next year’s Kindness Klub. To nominate the next student of the week, see Cahill in the counseling center on Thursdays before school.

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Autism activist speaks inspiration to community By Leah Schmidt Chief Copyeditor

on TV and radio, and was the inspiration for an HBO movie starring Claire Danes.   “When you’re weird, you She is known as the “most gotta sell your work.” accomplished and well    Dr. Temple Grandin spoke known adult with autism in to members of the Lewiston- the world,” according to The Clarkston valley March 7 in Green Apple Project. Grandin the (packed) Clarkston High teaches at Colorado State School auditorium. University and also travels     Grandin is the author of the country telling her story many books, is often featured and inspiring others to reach their goals.     The Green A p p l e Project, a local nonprofit for a u t i s m support and education b r o u g h t G r a n d i n to the LewistonClarkston valley as part of its Speaker Series. The organization strives to “create a Dr. Temple Grandin spoke at Clarkston High School place where March 7. Photo by Leah Schmidt.

our children with autism are not only tolerated, they are valued and respected as well,” according to  In her speech, Grandin strongly encouraged parents to allow their children to participate in activities where they have shared interests with other children.    “The only place I was not bullied was where I had shared interests,” Grandin said of her childhood.     She shared her belief that too many kids are labeled with Dr. Temple Grandin addresses a sold-out crowd March 7. Photo by Leah Schmidt. disabilities before they treated as different for the her presentations, such even know who they are rest of their lives.   as families of people with for themselves. “Children     Grandin warned that autism, and many audience should have the opportunity “autism becomes an members  asked for advice to find themselves before identity,” which is why it is for their families. society begins sticking important for children to find     Grandin has inspired many labels on them for the rest their interests and passions people with her powerful of their lives,” Grandin said. before they are potentially message. Her passion is For example, children might taken away. evident to anyone who talks be diagnosed on the autism     Because Grandin has lived or listens to her, and her spectrum before they even through many experiences message is clear: Everyone is know what it is, and then are similar to those who attend different, not less.

Woods reaches new heights on Jazz Fest stage By Sandra Kinney Co-Editor In Chief

When the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival chose its elite musicians this February, Meeka Woods, LHS senior, received the honor of playing as the only female on stage with the group. Woods and the LHS jazz band traveled the annual festival in Moscow the weekend of Feb. 23. On University of Idaho campus, the competition included schools from all over the Pacific Northwest, plus select schools from Canada. “Jazz Fest is cool because schools from all over this part of the country come together,” Woods said. “It’s amazing to see all of these insanely tal-

ented students.” Students audition in solo competition for a chance to play on stage the final night of the festival. In each category students are scored out of 100 points. Woods auditioned in the procussion category, and scored above every other student in her category. “They were all talking music theory,” Woods said of the elite group. “It was nice to be there. I had never done anything like that before.” Woods’ plans to become a music teacher, and her drive for music originally began with her grandmother. “When I was little she would always take me to [play music at] nursing homes, and it was funny because it was always senior citizens playing for

senior citizens,” Woods laughed. “They never cared how well I played -- they were just happy that I was there.” She encourages other students to join band. “[Brendan] Burns got me to join band my sophomore year, and two years later I’m totally addicted,” she Meeka Woods plays Feb. 23 at the University of Idaho. Photo courtesy of Woods. said.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Features 13

LHS’ main building turns 90 years old

By Skylar Raymond Features Assistant

over the area. The LHS community has During spring break this bled purple year, the LHS building sat and gold from empty on March 26. But that day one. There date marked the 90th anniare different versary of the opening of the assumptions main building on the school of how the campus. Steven Branting, a colors came local historian, graduated about, but the from LHS in 1966 and gave most common The Bengal’s Purr insight theory is that to the unique history bethey came hind the school and its main from plums. building. Lewiston’s Lewiston High School’s downtown main building was built in area was busy 1927 by Curtis Richardson with plum (who also built the Davenfarming in the port Hotel in Spokane). It early 1920s, was actually the fifth high Branting said. school building that had The deep purbeen built in Lewiston. Afple, from the ter opening this building in outside of the 1928, LHS became one of plum, shows the largest and most prestidevotion and gious public schools in the wisdom; while the rich gold Local historian Northwest, Branting said. sy of Branting. on the inside Although the building symbolizes has some differences now, compassion and courage, he most of the structure and explained. layout is the original. One ed two floors of classrooms Although the LHS commuof the biggest differences in and a library to the original nity has sported purple and the main building today is structure, virtually doubling gold for over 90 years, the that it no longer has a gym- the size of the footprint of mascot wasn’t always the nasium. With the original the school. Looking down Bengal. Historians have yet building, there was no Booth the halls of the main buildto find out which mascot Hall for the gym. For basket- ing, Branting pointed out, came first, but the class of 1924 chose the Bengal for its strength and power, Branting said. Since its opening, Lewiston High School has had a strong impact on the community surrounding it. The growth of the town is credited to the high school’s acco m p l i s h m e nt s, Branting said, and the school continues to leave its mark every day. It gives the comLewiston High Schools campus layout in 1950, without the science building. Photo courtesy of Steven Branting. ball games and P.E. classes, students used the stage in the auditorium. Booth Hall opened in 1963, and by the summer of 1972, a wall went up behind the auditorium, blocking off some of the stage. The main building also originally had large windows that started at the base of the building and extended to the roof. On the first floor, the classrooms that now house English and journalism/spanish were previously chemistry rooms. In 1955, the building gained two entire wings. These add-

“LHS has always been considered one of the best schools in the area.”

one can see where the original wall structure ends and where the newer classroom add-ons begin. Lewiston High School used to have graduating classes of more than 600 people. Today, most graduating classes are around 400. This was because parents from all over the prairie wanted their children to attend LHS, Branting explained. Students who lived far from Lewiston stayed with families during the week to go to school. Some students stayed in town all year and did not see their families for long periods of time. The reason for this, Branting said, was that LHS was considered one of the best schools in the area before other high schools were built. The high school had the first-ever band and orchestra in the Northwest, established in 1906. Students and staff saw this as a great accomplishment and, at one point, the music classes had over 150 students. From winning awards, to making college scholarships available, the band and orchestra were a huge starting point for LHS, Branting said. The programs brought students from all

Steven Branting. Photo courte-

munity public education and school spirit that last a lifetime. Branting said that he sees alumni of LHS continue to show Bengal spirit and pass it through the generations. All of this positive influence comes from the supportive community and authenticity of the building, Branting said. In 2016, a bond passed for a new high school to be built in Lewiston. This new building will give students more opportunities to succeed in high school and will have enough room for freshman students as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The original main building however, will be used by LCSC for extra classrooms and may be renovated in the future. With the new high school under construction on Warner Avenue in Lewiston, the legacy of the original building will continue to inspire future students in the years to come.


14 Sports

Flowers drives for the end of senior season

Josh Flowers

By Braeden Keane Sports Features Editor   Josh Flowers, senior, has played golf for LHS since his freshman year. As this season is his last for the high school, he’s

been reflecting on his time.  “I really enjoyed playing for the golf team.   It was awesome to play with some friends as well as make some new ones,” said Flowers.     After starting playing golf c o m p e t i t i ve l y in 2014, Flowers’ ability and skill has improved quite i m p r e s s i v e l y. Shawn Nilsson, coach of the LHS boys golf team, watched Flowers grow into the player he is today.    “Josh is one of our most improved players from when he started to now.  He has shown

great strides in his short-game development,” said Nilsson.  A big part of a golfer’s game is the ability near the green. The short game is what makes or breaks a round of golf.   “His strength is his short game putting and chipping.   His weakness right now is his consistency with ball striking,” said Nilsson.     Golf is a tricky sport, and involves extreme focus and consistency. A large part of what happens in a round is what a player like Flowers can do within his own head.   “My favorite part of watching Josh was his positive attitude and consistency,” said Nilsson.     While it may be a cliché, Flowers feels that parental and

coach support influences any athlete’s ability and willingness to learn.    “I really attribute a lot of my game to my parents and my coach for believing in me through the ride of this high school career,” said Flowers.     Besides golf, Flowers also played hockey for the L-C Valley Lightning.     Next school year, Flowers is continuing his education at Northern Arizona University, where he will study on a premedical track.     Along with Flowers, Coach Nilsson and the boys golf team

have placed in many tournaments this year.   “We have been really competitive this year,” said Nilsson.    The team earned first place at the Lewiston Invite on Mar. 19, third at Clarkston on Mar. 12, hird at Moscow on April 4 and fourth at Kennewick on Mar. 9.    The team continues to head toward state-level competition this year before saying goodbye to Flowers and fellow seniors, Seth Samuels, Hunter Kiel, and Treyton Forsman.  Until then, Flowers plans to enjoy every minute of this season.

For more golf results and the teams’ 2018 season schedules, visit

Cheer finishes strong By Kaitlyn Hinkley Sports Editor   Wrapping up the 2018 cheer season, the varsity Bengals attended the state tournament March 16 in Boise and placed third in show.     “It was such a thrilling experience,” said junior, Kenzie Talbott. “The rush of adrenaline with everyone

watching you and your team counting on you.”   Earlier in the season, LHS attended regionals where they placed second in main routine and stunt and first in sideline.     “All the happy emotions hitting you once you're done, [when] you know you have put your all into it,” finished Talbott.

Boys golf sells gift cards to fundraise for season By Nathan Nordin Reporter  Community members can buy gift cards to Bloomer’s Nursery for $10 to benefit the LHS boys golf team. Cards are for sale now and can be used from mid-April to the end of flower

season while Bloomer’s is open.   Gift cards can be purchased from Shawn Nilsson, golf coach, or any member of the boys varsity golf team.   Bloomer’s is at 0301 Second St. in Lewiston and at the Rosauer’s parking lot, 332 Thain Road in Lewiston.

Lewiston High School cheer prepares to start their sideline routine at the state competition in Nampa, Idaho on March 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of Makela Santos.

Girls golf strives for the “w” By Abby Bower News Assistant

  Lewiston High School’s varsity girls golf team started this years season strong by placing third in a tournament March 12 at the Quail Ridge Golf Course in Asotin, WA. The team’s top five golfers played 18 holes, with an overall group

score of 396. The group's score landed them the highest score of the tournament.  “I think we have a good group of girls because we’re getting better. This is the best we've done in a long time,” said sophomore, Allison MacMillon.     MacMillon, who has been golfing for two years along-

side her dad and coach, Greg MacMillon, had the lowest score for the team with a 92.   With the season just beginning, MacMillon, along with the rest of the team, is only hopping to get better.    The next time the girls golf team meets is April 4, against Clarkston High School starting at 8 AM.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Track starts with strong lead

The LHS track team hosted the Sweeney Invitational March 17. Photo by Sandra Kinney.

By Kaitlyn Hinkley Sports News Editor The Bengals track team held the Sweeney Invitational at home March 17, jumping into the 2018 season with a strong lead, especially the boys’ team.   At the March 17 meet, boys’ varsity placed second behind Walla Walla. The girls placed sixth.    The following boys placed in top 10 in their event March 17: • Ozzy Wexler (first, 400-meter) • Sakti Woodbury (first, 800-meter), Caden Byrer (sixth, 800-meter) • Joey Perez (first, 1,600-meter), Byrer (fifth, 1,600-meter) • Perez (first, 3,200-meter), • Connor Turpin (seventh, 3,200-meter) • Harrison Smith (eighth, 110-meter hurdles • Smith (third, 300-meter hurdles), Wexler (fourth, 300-meter hurdles) • Wexler, Troy Hanes, Isaiah Walker, Dmitri Whitcomb (third, 4x100 relay) • Drew Fenter, Panji Woodbury, Walker, Whitcomb (sixth, 4x200 relay) • Wexler, Smith, Whitcomb, Woodbury (first, 4x400 relay) • Noah Norwood, Matthew McCormick, Turpin, Woodbury (second, 4x800 relay) • Smith (sixth, high jump), Dale Simmons (seventh,

high jump) Hanes (fourth, pole vault) Carlos Arteaga (fourth, triple- jump) • Simmons (eighth, triple -jump).   ”It was awesome to break a meet record and[set a personal record] so early in the season,” said Perez, senior.   These girls placed in the top 10 in their event: • Kassie Collins (first, 100 meters) and Annella Tucker (10th, 100 meters) • Collins (eighth, 200 meters) • Ashley Dahl (fifth, 100-meter hurdles), Madigan Kelly (10th, 100-meter hurdles) • Jennah Carpenter (second, 300-meter hurdles) and Dahl (fifth, 300-meter hurdles) • Tucker, Kelly, Ashley Dominy, Collins (sixth, 4x100 relay) • Kelly, Dominy, Victoria Sabo, Collins (fourth, 4x400 relay) • Carpenter (first, high jump), Callie Bernatz (seventh, high jump), Alexis Eberhardt (eighth, high jump) • Carpenter (second, long jump), Dahl (ninth, long jump) • Sammi Grant (eighth, triple-jump), Bernatz (ninth, triple-jump).     ”My season is going decent for where I’m at,” said Collins, a junior, who has run in track • •

since seventh grade. “I hope to improve our relays and go to state.”   March 24, the Bengals held another meet at home, the Lewiston Invite. There, LHS boys placed first and the girls placed fourth.     The following boys placed top 10 in their event March 24, aiding the team score to win the meet: • Hanes (third, 100 meters) • Wexler (first, 400 meters) • Perez (first, 800 meters), McCormick (sixth, 800 meters) • Byrer (first, 1,600 meters), Woodbury (second, 1,600 meters), Norwood (sixth, 1,600 meters) • Perez (first, 3,200 meters), Byrer (second, 3,200 meters), Turpin (fourth, 3,200 meters), Evan Potter (seventh, 3,200 meters) • Smith (third, 110-meter hurdles), Fenter (seventh, 110-meter hurdles), Hayden Keener (10th, 110-meter hurdles) • Wexler (first, 300-meter hurdles), Smith (second, 300-meter hurdles), Fetner (fourth, 300-meter hurdles) • Hanes, Walker, Fenter, Whitcomb (fourth, 4x100 relay) • Arteaga, Walker, Fenter, Whitcomb (third, 4x200) • Wexler, Smith, Whitcomb, Woodbury (first, 4x400 relay) • McCormick, Whitcomb, Potter, Turpin (second, DMR 1200-400-800-1600-meter) • Izaak Kershisnik (fourth, shot-put), Michael Bramlett (seventh, shot-put), Isaiah Evans (eighth, shot-put) • Daniel Barclay (ninth, discus) • Smith (first, high jump), Simmons (third, high jump) • Barclay (seventh, pole vault) • Hanes (third, long jump), Simmons (fourth, long jump), Cutler Lang (fifth, long jump) • Arteaga (second, triple-jump), Simmons (third, triple-jump).

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Jeniwea raises the bar By Aaliyah Vaughns Sports Assistant

  Seniors and their parents got together March 7 in Booth Hall for a friendly game of basketball -- the Jeniwea game.    The annual game matches LHS seniors from each of their former junior high schools -Jenifer and Sacajawea.     Paige Dickinson, a senior, participated in the Jenewa game as a cheerleader for the Sacajawea team.     “It was a lot of fun and           “We were over 80 points ahead,” said coach, John Potter. “So you could say we kicked some butt.”   The following girls placed top 10 in their event: • Anna Reynolds (10th, 200 meters) • Carpenter (ninth, 400 meters) • Sabo (fourth, 800 meters), Miriam Ames (sixth, 800 meters), Katie Perez (eighth, 800 meters) • Katie Perez (eighth, 1600 meters) • Kelly (second, 100 meter hurdles) • Jennah Carpenter (first, 300 meter hurdles), Kelly (fifth, 300 meter hurdles) • Kelly, Reynolds, Dominy, Lakelynn McComas (fourth, 4x100 relay) • McComas, Ames, Kelly, Carpenter (first, 4x400 relay) • Reillee Roy (third, shot-put) and Noelyn Shriver (fifth, shot-put) • Zandra Carroll McLelland (eighth, discus), Shriver (ninth, discus) • Carpenter (first, high jump), Bernatz (second, high jump), Ebhardt (ninth, high jump) • Lindsey Stachofsky (second, pole vault) • Jennah Carpenter (first, long jump) • Sabo (seventh, triple jump), Ema Thompson (10th, triple jump).   The meet at Timberlake High

it brought back a lot of memories from junior high and I really enjoyed myself,” Dickinson said. “Being a senior, this is it for you, I’m going to miss it a lot because it’s been a part of my life for a while. I’m going to miss it all.”  The game was a fundraiser for Safe and Sober, the party after LHS graduation, hosted by senior parents. The night of Jeniwea, LHS raised an estimated $1,000 for the upcoming party. School April 6 was cancelled due to weather.   April 7 the Bengals traveled for the Boise Relays. The placing of both teams were not available at press time.      These varsity boys placed top 10 in their event April 7: • Whitcomb (seventh, 400 meters), Wexler (10th, 400 meters) • Woodbury (second, 800 meters) • Turpin (third, 3,200 meters) • Smith (ninth, high jump) • Hanes (fourth, pole vault)   These elite varsity boys placed top 10 in their event April 7: • Perez (seventh, 1,600 meters) • Perez (second, 3200 meters), Byrer (tenth, 3200 meters) • Wexler (sixth, 300 meter hurdles) Smith (tenth, 300 meter hurdles)      These girls placed top 10 in their event April 7: • Kelly (ninth, 100-meter hurdles) • Jennah Carpenter (first, 300-meter hurdles), Dahl (sixth, 300-meter hurdles) • Carpenter (first, long jump)      These elite varsity girls placed top 10 in their event April 7: • Dahl (10th, 100-meter hurdles) • Carpenter (third, high jump)   The next meet LHS will attend is the Lapwai Invitational April 13 in Lapwai. Races start at 3:30 p.m.


16 Sports

Softball starts with Lakeland, Pullman wins

Baseball hits strong opener By Grace Eller Sports Assistant

The 2018 varsity Bengal baseball team started at the beginning of March, and by mid season they had an overall season record of 7-3.   The team played Lakeland in a double-header at Church Field in Lewiston, March 10, losing the first game with a score of 11-13. The second game the Bengals won with a score of 122.   March 12, the Bengals played Moscow High School at Church Field, and won with a score of

10-0.  “We are doing pretty good,” said sophmore Dawson Bonfield, “We’ve played some pretty decent teams, but we are getting better as the season goes on.”   The Bengals played Sandpoint High School March 17 at Church Field, and won 6-2.       March 20 the Bengals played Walla Walla High School at Church Field in a double-header. They lost the first game, 2-3, and won the second game, 7-2.   Coach Golden Steele said that his team is “Scrappy.  We will put the ball in play and put pressure on teams.”

Over spring break, the Bengals played in a tournament March 23 and 24 at Church Field. March 23 the Bengals played Mountain View High School and lost, 0-4. The Bengals also played Caldwell High School that day and won, 11-1.     The second day of the tournament they played Hillcrest High School and won with a score of 9-4. After winning two games and losing one, the Bengals were determined to end the tournament with a win against their rivals, the Clarkston Bantams. They easily won with a score of 10-1.

Moms battle it out for Safe and Sober fundraiser By Erika Schlafman Sports Assistant

Coach Kristin Delp snaps a photo with her softball team before a recent game. Photo courtesy of Delp.

By Erika Schlafman Sports Assistant And the season begins!  The LHS varsity softball season started March 10, with a win 11-0 against Lakeland at Airport Park.   The ladies continued March 13, winning 11-1 against Pullman High School at Airport Park. The varsity girls also won 11-0 against Mead High School March 17. at press time location wasn’t available. They then played Mt. Spokane High School, losing 2-4.

  After their first loss, Lewiston beats Sandpoint in two games March 24 at press time location wasn’t available: 161and 9-7.     Continuing the streak, Lewiston beat Moscow April 2 at Ghormley Park, 27- 0, then again 15-0 for a double header.    “They are doing really well for a team of young adults in high school,” said Kristin Delp, varsity softball coach.     Delp added that she feels excited for their upcoming games.

 The annual Battle of the Moms fundraiser took place March 14 in Booth Hall.     Battle of the Moms raises money for Safe and Sober while allowing parents of senior athletes to get involved in their children’s sport.     Mothers of the varsity basketball players practiced and played a game of basketball against each other. Meanwhile, they fundraised $1500 which

included all proceeds from admission, concessions, sibling rivalry event, Dad event and overall donations throughout the night. On the sidelines, the mothers of senior cheerleaders cheered and performed a dance.  Mothers of senior wrestlers included: April Cook, Carrie Fliger, Tara Fowler, Michelle Hill, Danielle Hobbs, Helen Lorang, Carla Nieto, Lindsey Reynolds, and Brenda Ross.   Mothers of senior boy basketball players were: Maggie Bak-

er, Marni Bann, Heather Lang, Kristi Ocampo Henry, Deanne Ruddell, Rori Santana, and Tonja Wilcox.  Girls basketball players’ mothers included: Rachell Brown, Noelle Grant, Amy Roberts, Daria Wilkins.   The cheer moms included: Vanessa Bachman, Angie Braun, Erica Broyels, Peggy Egland, Corey Frazier, Nicole Henry, Kim James, Amber Logsdon, Melody Moore, Jaclyn Roy, Heidi Wilponen, and Sacajawea Junior High cheer coach.

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Has it changed? By Gracyn Richardson Entertainment Editor  American history has included mass shootings since as early as July 26, 1764, when a teacher and 10 students were shot dead by four Lenape American Indians in Greencastle. But more recently, people have committed mass shootings within the walls of this nation’s schools.   After the Columbine school shooting in 1999, The Bengal’s Purr asked the students of LHS complete a regarding safety in schools with responses from 951 students. Nearly 20 years later, the current staff of the Purr conducted a survey using the same questions, gathering 240 responses from students and the community.   Survey Question 1: Who should be held responsible for gun-related violence by teens? 1999 Results: • 36.5 percent, teens are responsible • 20.5 percent, parents are responsible • 17.5 percent, society is responsible • 4 percent, the government is responsible 2018 Results: • 33.1 percent, teens are responsible • 32.6 percent, society is responsible • 15.1 percent, the government is responsible   Survey Question 2: Do you think there should be a mandatory waiting period when buying a gun? 1999 Results: 68 percent said yes there should be a mandatory waiting period 2018 Results: 67.6 percent said yes    Survey Question 3: Do you know how to shoot a gun? 1999 Results: 78 percent knew how to shoot a gun 2018 Results: 85.5 percent knew how to shoot gun   Survey Question 4: Do you or your parents own a gun? 1999 Results: No answer 2018 Results:  84.6 percent of people’s parents owned one   Survey Question 5: Do you think that outlawing all guns would increase or decrease the national crime rate? 1999 Results: 69 percent said that outlawing guns would increase the national crime rate 2018 Results: 68.6 percent said that it would increase the crime rate   Survey Question 6: Do you think raising children around guns promotes violence? 1999 Results: 81 percent believed that it does NOT promote violence 2018 Results: 88.4 percent said that raising children around guns does NOT promote violence   Survey Question 7: Do you feel that students of Lewiston High School are in a danger of firearm violence? 1999 Results: 15 percent believe that they’re in danger at LHS 2018 Results: 43.1 percent said that they do feel like they’re in danger of gun violence at LHS

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By Gracyn Richardson Entertainment Editor In the picture (left) of the smiling beauty, Martha Williams is being crowned by Senior Becky Wilson, the 1971 winner of LHS’ annual Junior Miss. On Saturday March 14, LHS is hosting the “modified” version of Junior Miss called Distinguished Young Women, and the 2018 Junior contestants are: Alexia Taylor, Ashlee Bachman, Kenzie Talbott, Savannah O’Brien, Adrianna Braun, Morgan Goodson, Emily Trigsted, Saebra Woods, Olivia Bergen, Lydia McRoberts and Lenita Sedgwick. Tickets are $10 at the door and doors open at 6 p.m.

Martha Williams wins the 1972 LHS Junior Miss. Photo courtesy of 1972 Bengal’s Purr.

Co-Editors in Chief......................................Amanda Egland, Sandra Kinney Managing Editor........................................................................Leah Schmidt Entertainment Editor........................................................Gracyn Richardson Features Editor..........................................................................Sandra Kinney News Editor.............................................................................Amanda Egland Opinion Editor..........................................................................Annabelle Ady Sports Features Editor………....………..................................Braeden Keane Sports News Editor...................................................................Kaitlyn Hinkley Copyeditors.....................Sandra Kinney, Gracyn Richardson, Leah Schmidt Photography Editor………............…..............................................Grace Eller Co-Digital Media Managers……..................Josh Asmus, Gracyn Richardson Entertainment Assistants........……Eli Thomas, Mikey Vidovich, Alexx Wren Features Assistants......................Skylar Raymond, Loretta Tuell, Alexx Wren News Assistants...........................................................Abby Bower, Eli Thomas Opinion Assistants…………...................… Josie Hafer, Jonathan Wilcoxson Sports Assistants……….......Grace Eller, Erika Schlafman, Aaliyah Vaughns Business Assistant ........................................................................Erin Kammer Adviser.....................................................................Charity Thompson Egland

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April 13th, 2018: We are the Change  

The Bengal's Purr is the award-winning student newspaper of Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho.

April 13th, 2018: We are the Change  

The Bengal's Purr is the award-winning student newspaper of Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Idaho.