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January 2012 Edition

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Index

Editor Emily Cox Features Devyn Auxier Jourdain Brooks Arts & Entertainment Tabatha Ellis Leetha Rowe Sports Jered Ross Sami Kretzer Student Life Cheyanne Mast Keegan Cunningham Opinion Daniel Stephan Kailie Brissett

Project Connect is underway. (Photo by Mrs. Michaud)

CONTENTS

BHS Wrestling Hits the Mats (Photo by Sami Kretzer)

Project Connect .................................................................................................................. 4 February Horoscopes ......................................................................................................... 5 “Murder in the Knife Room” ................................................................................................ 6 2012 Academy Awards ....................................................................................................... 6 Advertisements ................................................................................................................... 7 Black History Month ............................................................................................................ 8 Groundhogs Day ................................................................................................................. 8 Finding the Right Job .......................................................................................................... 9 Book Reviews and What’s Hot .......................................................................................... 10 The Birdhouse is Now Open ............................................................................................. 11 Homecoming/Spirit Week ..................................................................................................11 JROTC Competition .......................................................................................................... 11 Mr. BHS ............................................................................................................................. 11 Mrs. Miller Gets Published .................................................................................................11 Benton Basketball Prepare for Districts ............................................................................ 12 NBA Season is in Full Gear ............................................................................................... 12 Fighting for the Championship ...........................................................................................13

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Project Connect Update

Freshman Tanner Dredge

Mrs. Michaud’s 9th grade communication arts class takes notes on their new Mac Books.

Project Connect Update

great learning tool in and out of the classroom. Having the computers in our possession for almost a full month now, we’ve all had time to develop our own opinions about the device. Junior Mackenzie Huffman says, “I like my new computer. My favorite thing about it is that everything is accessible by Emily Cox online and we don’t have to handwrite as Beginning January 4, 2012, school has much.” Another Benton student, junior changed drastically for students at Benton Laura Conger says, “The work seems High School. Since going 1:1 with the pilot easier and communication, whether it be program dubbed “Project Connect”, every student-to-student, or teacher-to-student, student now has their very own Mac Book has improved.” laptops. With this change everyone has also Students are not the only ones who have experienced a great deal of change in the received benefits from “Project Connect”, classroom. teachers have, too. Mr. Gier, math teacher, Despite some minor setbacks, and the says, “I love them! It’s going to take us occasional bump in the road, the laptop about three years to be using them to their launch has been a success. Many students full potential, and to where the students are are enjoying all the perks of having this using them ubiquitously.” When asked

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what some of the favorite features of the Mac Books are, junior Kaelynn Burchett, says, “ I like face timing Mr. Gier to get help on my homework assignments.” From what I have gathered, there has been a lot of positive feedback about the computers. Mrs. Laipple, communication arts teacher, says, “With the computers we are going to be better able to prepare our students to work and operate in the 21st century. We are better able to engage students in inquiry and collaboration with other students, and tap into their creativity.” This has been a big step for Benton High School, and it’s been a step in the right direction for students and faculty alike. Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing towards what will be.

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February Horoscope Aries Horoscope (March 21-April 20): Everything about you is and must be private for the next several months. Although you strive to be out and about succeeding in all endeavors, the planets are pulling you inward to gather strength and wisdom for the next leap forward. Tremendous change in your professional life is about to occur. You'll need courage, which is drawing itself around you.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) : You seek to bring beauty and comfort into your daily life, whether it's serving others in your profession or tending to the ill and housebound. Actually, your presence becomes the beauty people seek and when you realize this all tasks take on a luminous and compassionate light. Beware of an emerging sensitivity to everything, especially drugs, medicines, foods, and the auras of others.

Taurus Horoscope (April 21-May 21) : Your mind is attempting to be spiritualized. What does that mean? That a new state of consciousness is available due to new levels of information being beamed down through the crown of your head into the cells and atoms of your physical brain. Be aware of this. It's like catching a fiery star.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) : Films speak to you this month. So watch them endlessly. Everyday and every night. Look for love in dance, photography and music. Bring these arts to children or take them with you. All things personal will be synthesized in the art forms you choose to be around. But most of all you need to choose one (or more) artform to become proficient in. It's time.

Gemini Horoscope (May 23-June 20) : As the Sun transmits Pisces into your life, compassion grows bigger and brighter, like your twin star Pollux. You swim about seeking to find who to care for and how to serve. In between being the server you do need the arts, too. All the arts, both visual, tactile, moving, and blinking (neon). Careful of where and how you walk. And stay away from spirits (alcohol). Cancer Horoscope (June 21-July 20) : The prayer website may be of great interest because of its comprehensive overview of spiritual paths. You are rather "universal" this month, which means all-inclusive. You resonate with all religions and philosophies. The power of prayer takes on great potential for you. It provides insight and imagination. Travel, as a spiritual journey becomes vividly meaningful. Leo Horoscope (July 21-Aug. 22) : You seek more depth within relationships. Not necessarily sexually, though that too may occur. But more specifically you seek to express yourself emotionally through communication, which creates understanding (a standing under) and wisdom. Monetary situations may disrupt your mysterious thoughts. But wait awhile. They'll disappear in a moment's time. Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) : Brightness follows you wherever you go. If not the brightness of gold, then the gold of confidence, knowledge, and illumination are yours this month. Careful with others though. A funny sort of power problem may occur. Speak your truth in careful, measured, and neutral terms. Stand your ground.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) : Careful with all relationships, especially those intimate. Be cautious with outgoing energy. You may find yourself in a warrior's stance. This may or may not be appropriate. The important thing is not to hurt or be hurt. If you are (or do), wounds will appear. They are lessons and they are not easy. Healing eventually occurs but not before battle. Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 21-Jan. 20) : Perhaps you are being rather dreamy these days and perhaps you're also stumbling about (literally) as if you have fins instead of feet. Don't fret. This is natural during this time of year when Piscean waters deeply sensitizes you. Get some new shoes, drink lots of water, speculate endlessly (take notes), attend church, and know that no one escapes reality. You're just in another state (of expanded reality). Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 21-Feb. 18) : Your talents need to expand this month to include artistic endeavors. This will bring greater financial possibilities and a sense of being within the stream of culture. Careful in the meantime with money. Use it for books, film, stock in oil and the oceans, gifts, religious icons, and art classes. Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 18-March 20) : Being most sensitive during this time, it's important to tend to health and to remove oneself from environments that are unnatural, overstimulating, difficult, and contain not a shred of the artistic and cultural. Try not to swim into nets of confusion. Solitude and withdrawal, most days, is imperative. Courtesy of horoscope2012.us

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Arts and Entertainment

“Murder in the Knife Room” by Tabatha Ellis On January 10-11, the theater department at Benton High School held auditions for their spring play, “Murder in the Knife Room”. The cast list has been set and stage construction and practices are now in progress. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this play, it is, as you can guess, about a murder containing twenty suspects. As the mystery unfolds, the Inexplicably Omniscient Inspector realizes he is taking on the most thrilling murder in the history of thrilling and baffling murder cases! Sophomore Cameron Pike, who plays the Pompous Millionaire, calls the play a “light and fluffy show.” Pike says his character is “a person who is very uptight and acts above it all.” “There are no main characters, but the one’s most looked at are the ‘Mysterious Host’, played by Junior Dylan Norman, and the ‘Faking it Deaf ’ mute played by senior Matt Sharp.” Pike goes on to say that, “It’s going to be interesting to do, and I love being on stage!” The play will take the stage on March 2 and 3, and 9 and 10 at 7:30pm in the Benton auditorium. Be sure to come out and watch this comical murder mystery!

Did You Know? The federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February is not officially called Presidents Day. Instead, it is Washington’s birthday. There was an attempt in 1968 to officially name it Presidents Day, however, this suggestion died in committee. Many states still choose to call their own celebration on this day “Presidents Day.”

2012 Academy Awards The 2012 Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. This years awards show will be hosted by Eddie Murphy who will be presenting categories for best picture, best animated feature, best actor, and best actress, just to name a few. You can view the 2012 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 at 7:00 pm on ABC. Here are the predictions for this years top categories: Best Picture: “The Artist” “The Descendants” “Hugo” “The Help” “Midnight in Paris” Best Animated Feature: “Rango” “The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn” “Puss in Boots” “Arthur Christmas” “Kung Fu Panda 2” Best Actor: George Clooney, “The Descendants” Jean Dujardin, “The Artist” Brad Pitt, “Moneyball” Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar” Michael Fassbender, “Shame” Best Actress: Viola Davis, “The Help” Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn” Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady” Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk about Kevin” Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Here are a few celebrity names guaranteed to be taking home a trophy: Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, Kenneth Branagh, and Christopher Plummer.

(Library of Congress)

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Features

BLACK HISTORY MONTH By Devyn Auxier Students often look forward to holidays, but they often seem to overlook the true importance of them. For instance, February is Black History Month. Black History Month celebrates all of the accomplishments of African-Americans, from the fight for equality, to enhancing the arts and humanities. Do you ever think about how the celebration came about? The month’s celebration traces back to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson was the son of former slaves, and grew up employed by a coal mine in Kentucky. Woodson graduated high school at the age of twenty-two, then proceeded to graduate from Harvard with a Ph.D. During his time at Harvard, Dr. Woodson noticed that there was a lack of ethnic diversity in the books he had studied. But, unlike what most would do, Woodson decided to do something about it. On September 9, 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (which is now the Association for the Study of AfroAmerican Life and History). The ASALH researches and informs the world of “black life”. In 1916, Dr. Woodson also established the Journal of Negro History. Then, in 1929, he formed Negro History Week to nationally celebrate the contributions of African-Americans throughout history. This historic week was placed during the second week of February due to the two birthdays of highly influential figures; Abraham Lincoln (February 12), who abolished slavery, and Frederick Douglass (February 14) who escaped slaves through the Underground Railroad, and wrote about it. During the early 1970’s, Negro History Week became Black History Week, and in 1976, Black History Week then turned into Black History Month. Each year Black History Month is celebrated across the nation with a new theme each year chosen by the ASALH. As the month rolls by, one can see commemorations all going on, as well as documentaries, magazine articles, and museum exhibits across the states month that featuring the prosperous history of African-Americans. So this year, instead of just being aware of the holiday, reach out and learn about the true meaning behind it. You’ll be surprised what you learn!

Groundhogs Day by Jourdain Brooks The legend of the groundhog is based on an old Scottish couplet. “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.” Candlemas Day was the Scottish version of what the United States refers to as Groundhogs Day. Every February 2, people gather at the Gobbler’s Knob, a wooded knoll just outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for a celebration that has been going on since 1887. It wasn’t until 1966, though, that the ceremony finally became public, and has since become a national media event. It is said that Phil, the groundhog of Punxsutawney, has been right in his predictions 90% of the time since 1887. With groundhogs just around the corner the question everyone is wanting to is, will there be 6 more weeks of winter? We will soon find out.

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Finding the Right Job By Daniel Stephan How do you plan to get your “dream job”? Not many people understand the essentials for starting a career. Well, the start of your career is your resume. Without a resume, you will not get an interview, and you will not get a career started. A good resume is the foundation for a good career. For high school students, a good way to build a resume is to get a part-time job after school, and get a job that looks sophisticated on your resume. An example of a job like that would be, someone who worked in customer service. Now looking at that from the average standpoint, you might not think that it would look that impressive, but from the hiring point-of-view, it shows you have people skills, and manage stress relatively well. After high school, if you choose not to attend college, there is not a whole lot of hope for finding a beneficial career, but lo and behold, there are still job options out there for you. When I say that there are still jobs out there, that is a limited statement. Businesses are not looking for people with just a high-school diploma, but you might be able to get a lucky break. An alternative for not going to college would be on-the-job training. In the right career field, on-the-job training is almost all you would need. If you were wishing to work in a hands-on field, on-the-job training would almost be better than a college degree. I am not suggesting you skip college and go straight to the work force, I am simply saying there are alternatives to being successful in the business industry. There will always be new jobs being created, or being thought of, and there will always be new opportunities. Make sure and choose a degree worth having. Whether you plan on going onto college after high school, or straight into the work force, a good resume, a good reputation, and a good attitude are ideal to finding the career, and possibly “dream job” for you.

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Tips and Tricks to the Perfect Resume When building a resume, make sure it is reader-friendly. By that I mean, make sure your listed previous employers are easy to locate, and your history and academics are easy to navigate. If the reader cannot find what he/she is looking for, they will simply pass over your resume. You cannot expect the reader to do any work. Be honest, would you want to read a sloppy resume? Employers are not looking for what your plans for college are, they are simply interested in whether or not you will show up, complete your work, and go home. Don’t make your resume a novel; keep it semi-short, professional, and informative. On average an employer will only spend 15-20 seconds looking over your resume, according to George Washington University’s Career Center Resume Guide. Your resume should answer these two questions: Why should they pick me over everyone else? And what can I do for the company?

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Reviews

The Forbidden Game By: L.J. Smith Jenny who has always been known for her party throwing ways, has come up short for her boyfriend, Tom’s, birthday party. She had a busy week so at the last moment, she goes and buys a game for her and her friends to play. When the game becomes reality and a new player, Julian, Prince of the shadows, plays, everyone’s life is in danger. To win, they have to confront their phobias, but the twist, if they lose, they lose their life. . . “He plays with her heart . . . and her life.” -L.J. SmithI rate this book four stars because Jenny not only has to make her boyfriend, happy but fight off a man that has loved her all her life... and make sure everyone lives..

-Leetha Rowe

Thirst No. 3 By: Christopher Pike Alisa has a habit of watching over her human female descendants and, after being alone for five thousand years, she has decided to bring Teri into her life. But just knowing Alisa puts Teri’s life at risk. Alisa’s guilt grows as she finds out the IIC, a top secret group, knows Alisa’s secret and will not stop for anything until they get her blood. Another enemy, the Telar is more powerful and wants her to join them. She doesn’t know who to trust, who to challenge, or what will become of her. “I have viewed The Last Vampire series as my Bible since I was fourteen. I say that half-jokingly, but I truly enjoyed the books and the messages in them.” ~A reader. I rate this book five stars for the new things Alisa has to overcome, and how she gets on with life, and protecting the ones she loves, even if it’s against her own desires.

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Big Miracle Chronicle The Innkeepers The Woman in Black

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance The Secret World of Arrietty This Means War

February Movie Releases

February 7 Various Artists - Now That’s What I Call Music! Various Artists - Now That’s What I Call Romance! Paul McCartney - Kisses on the Bottom Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks The Fray - Scars & Stories Van Halen - Untitled February 13 Emeli Sande - Our Version of Events February 14 Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Beneath the Massacre Incongruous will.i.am - #willpower Shearwater - Animal Joy Prima Donna - Bless this Mess Reign of Terror - Second Studio Album February 21 Apparatjik - Square Peg In A Round Hole Buckethead - Electric Sea Some Nights - Second Studio Album

Did You Know?

February 10 In Darkness Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Safe House Undefeated The Vow

February Music Releases

February 24 Act of Valor Gone Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds Wanderlust

Woodson chose the month of February as Black History Month because both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born in in that month. Lincoln was the U.S. president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and Douglass was a leading abolitionist of his time. (ehow.com)

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Student Life

Cardinal Birdhouse Now Open by Jourdain Brooks The Birdhouse, Benton’s new school store, is now for business before and after school, and during any home game. The Birdhouse is located on the first floor, in the old conference room next to Dr. Westfall’s office. Some of the items sold in the store are: hoodies, t-shirts, rally towels, laptop skins, spirit coins, and flash drives, just to name a few. “I like how it promotes school spirit.” said junior Justin Leutz. And that was exactly the purpose of opening The Birdhouse. If you haven’t already done so, come check out the new school store during business hours. Don’t see something you want? Let the worker at the cash register know. The more input they have, the more likely it is they’ll get it!

The theme for homecoming is Monte Carlo, the slogan for the week is Bet on Benton. Spirit Day Schedule: Monday-Superhero Day (teachers have to be Villains) Tuesday- Sports Day: Teachers (refs), Freshman (Golf), Sophomore (Football), Junior (Baseball), and Seniors (Basketball) Wednesday-“Would you still be my friend if I wore this?” Thursday-Million Dollar Day Friday-Spirit Day.

Homecoming/Spirit Week by Cheyanne Mast February 6-10 is Benton’s spirit week in preparation for the big Homecoming game. The boys Varsity Basketball team will be playing against Maryville Spoofhounds for Homecoming on Friday, February 10. “We will have a lot of energy and support from the crowd to help us beat the Spoofhounds.” said senior Brad (Boo) Steltenpohl. The cost to get into the game is $5 for adults, $3 for students with an ID, and free for students with an activity card. Saturday, February 11, will be the Homecoming dance at Benton in the Modis Gym. The cost is $5 per person, your activity ticket will not get you in. The dance will be from 7-9:30. Students are not allowed to bring a date from a different school; only Benton students are allowed to come.

Mr. BHS JROTC Competition by Kailie Brissett On Saturday, January 14, the Benton High School JROTC competed in Council Bluffs, Iowa against twenty-two teams from four states. In sixteen categories, the Benton team finished fifth or better in four of them, bringing back four trophies. The Benton family is very proud of our JROTC team and we congratulate them on their outstanding performance.

by Leetha Rowe Benton High Schools prom committee is hosting their first annual Mr. BHS. The competition will begin on Monday, February 6, the start of Homecoming Week, with an assembly presenting the boys running for Mr. BHS. It’s only open to senior boys for now, but there is a possibility it will open up to juniors, as well. To win Mr.BHS there will be a talent show competition where students will get to vote on the best performance by putting money in runners container during lunch. Whoever has the most money, wins. All the money raised will go towards the prom fund. The winner will be announced Friday of Homecoming, February 10th. Good luck to all participants!

Mrs. Miller gets Published by Keegan Cunningham Benton High School’s very own creative writing teacher, Mrs. Miller has recently published a short memoir that will appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul, coming out soon. Miller wrote this piece for a graduate class on the teaching of writing. The story is based on an incident that she has wanted to write about for a long time. When asked why she decided to publish her work, Miller wrote, “I have always wanted to publish my writing, and this seemed like a good opportunity.” Out of curiosity, I asked her how she got this piece published. Miller explained that a few months after she wrote the piece, she heard from one of her students, senior Jessica Ball, that she had submitted a short memoir to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and that it had been accepted. Over the summer, when Mrs. Miller was searching for publication outlets, she remembered Chicken Soup for the Soul. The books website makes submitting your work this&seemed&like&a&good& submission&very&easy,&so& opportunity.” she&submitted&it&online& very easy, so Miller submitted it online in June and heard back in September. From that point on, it was a & Out&of&curiosity,&I& and&heard&back&in& matter of signing September.&From&that& agreements and accepting the changes made by the editor. When asked if she thought asked&her&how&she&got& this&piece&published.&She& point&on,&it&was&a&matter& publishing in general was a good way to improve her writing skills, Mrs. Miller said, “Absolutely. The explained&that&few& of&signing&agreements& publication process and working with an editor is an excellent way to improve my craft.” months&after&she&had& and&accepting&the&

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Sports

Benton Basketball Prepares for Districts by Sami Kretzer The Benton boys varsity basketball team is set to enter the districts competition on February 20. The team has struggled this season with a record of 1-15 and hold a record of 1-0 in the MEC play. Benton girls basketball team will also enter the court on February 20 competing in the same competition. The girls currently hold a record of 9-7 right now in the season. Both teams share the same anticipation towards district play. For most teams, districts is what they look forward to each year; what they strive for. District play is only the first step, though. It’s the platform that leads them on to bigger games such as the state Senior Seth Pfleiderer competition. How well they do determines how far they will go on. The Lady Cardinals know firsthand what it’s like to grip a State Championship. In the 2006-07 season, the girls won the District Championship that then paved the way to a State Championship with an undefeated record. Benton is no stranger to greatness when it comes to basketball, and sophomore Andee Wahlert says, “We’ve got a great team that has come a long way. I think all our hard work and everything that we’ve poured into this will pay off in the end.” Despite tough competition thus far in the season, Benton boy’s basketball holds high hopes for the upcoming district play. Sophomore varsity player, Dontae White, says that his hopes for this season is to come back with a “District Championship!!” We wish both teams the best of luck in the upcoming district tournaments and hope to add on to the legacy of Benton Cardinal Basketball. Be sure to show your support this February 20 when the battle begins!

NBA Season is in Full Gear By Jered Ross Christmas Day was the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season. With only a 66 game regular season, the teams are handling it like it’s a regular full season. Trades were made to each ball club, including the Chris Paul trade from the New Orleans Hornets to the LA Clippers. People are excited about the new season even though it’s short. High flying action is what the people miss according to the NBA Times story. The NBA ratings are up more than ever and with that, more money is being brought in than ever before. Team owners are proud of their players and the outcomes so far. Even though the season is short, it is setting pace to be one of the best season’s yet.

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Fighting for the Championship by Sami Kretzer The question that floats around the mat for the Benton Cardinal wrestling team is, “Will all the effort and time invested pay off ?” As the wrestlers enter districts on February 10. Another factor sets in the back of their minds, state. For the team, though, they push that thought to the back of their minds. “One mountain at a time,” junior, Cecil Leivan jokes. “Right now I think we are all just focused on districts. We’ll worry about state when that time comes. I feel like we have a good shot at doing great this year!” The common mind set for the whole team alike is derived from hard work and dedication to the sport. Coach Hubbard feels that, “We are working very hard to get better on a daily basis, and I have high hopes for all of our kids.” He stated that the team is, “starting to peak at the right moment” this season and they, “have several kids with a great chance to do something special this post season!” Just what does it take to be a District Champion winner, you might ask? And what do you have to do to prepare yourself in order to have a good fighting chance? According to a wrestler who is no stranger to district, or state competition, sophomore Tyler McNutt, who took fourth in state last year, says that it’s all in how much you invest in the sport. He described in his 145 pound weight class alone, there are five good wrestlers in the district. “The tough thing is that only the top four move on, so knowing this, I had to begin preparing myself. Everyday in practice, and outside of practice, I try to work harder and harder.” McNutt said, “No matter what, you can’t give up. I believe that you will succeed with hard work and not giving up... and listening to the coaches!” For the seniors, this is their last shot at coming out on top and victorious. For some, this is the kind of stuff they’ve dreamt about since their first practice. Senior Keegan Cunningham stated, “I think the team will do well at districts this year. We’ve been working hard and investing a lot of our time at practice. It should be an exciting tournament and hopefully we can take a few guys to state.” The Cardinal wrestling team, who is in the Class 2, District 3 group, will compete for districts on February 10, and state is set for February 16. Good luck this year in the post season, and we hope you bring back several wins!

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