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The Growl

Bettendorf High School

Friday, May 15, 2015


Vol. 51 Issue 6

GRAD PARTIES by Fritzy Swearingen Staff Reporter


owadays, graduation parties are just common tradition for people who--you guessed it-- graduate from high school. It is a time of rejoice, saying goodbye to friends and most of all, Grandma Debbie’s gargantuan $5 check. While you are not at your own graduation party, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

parties. If you are trying to hit four to five parties, there is bound to be cake at every single one. Five parties equal roughly five cakes. Five cakes times your metabolism is equal to how many pieces you are going to eat. The math is absolutely crucial when biting into black and gold frosted cake that makes your teeth look like a pirate’s. “Arrrgh matey, ‘Appy graduation”

you heard Trevin’s parents put $5 Chili’s gift cards in each of the goodie bags and they’re running out. Broseph, instead of getting your baby back ribs at $12.99 you are looking at a $10 meal including tip. Once again, math is essential. Additionally, when you create your group, stick with it. If your best friend Trish has been throwing passive aggressive shade at you over Twitter, sit this one out with her and go with some other people.

2. Plan Your Route 3. Etiquette 1. Chew Gum All Day Ahead of Time

Gum chewing raises your metabolism, and you are going to need to a high metabolism for all that cake at graduation

Think of these parties like a baseball game, you got Supercop on first, traffic on Utica on second, and on third, you have got a quarter tank of gas. Plus, on top of that,

And most of all, when you arrive to your destination, it’s going to be the third week of May and your windows will be down. Chief Keef’s “Sorry 4 the Weight” mixtape

may not be the best music to bump to pulling up to your friend’s backyard where his relatives are. Unfortunately, graduation parties need to be hosted by your friend’s family, not by DJ Holiday. You will be better off with with some Christian Rock on KLOVE so your friend’s Aunt Opal can hit that Nae Nae. Also, offer to pour beverages for some of the guests to woo them with your manners. Typically, lemonade or bleach truly compliment any type of sweet or salty food at a graduation party. Now that you know what to do, apply these methods when taking on the fascist oppressive gatherings known as graduation parties. Remember, chew gum, plan your route, and pull up with that Toby Mac.

Sophomore reveals hidden make-up talents by Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter

What has been your favorite hairstyle you’ve done? Why? My favorite hairstyle I’ve done, yet challenging, was the Victorian style hair for the musical this year. I had to work with short shoulder length hair and had to get it to go as high as I could, which is not easy. It was a tedious process but the finished product was definitely worth it.

Riley Tidrick explains how she does incredible makeup and hair styles. How did you start doing makeup? I’ve always been interested in doing mine, or other people’s makeup. It started out of boredom and lots of free time. Haha. It’s been a passion of mine for years and has been something that I’ve picked up over time. Aside from everyday makeup, my passion for special effects makeup started a few years ago and has just continued growing. Do you have any makeup tips? One everyday makeup tip would be to try and keep it natural. You don’t want to look like a cake. I believe you should try to enhance your features and natural beauty, not cover it. Another tip would be to try different things. Go out of your comfort zone every once in a while and try something new. Also, you can ALWAYS ADD MORE so start with a lighter color and build it up. What has been your favorite makeup look you’ve done? I don’t currently have a favorite look because I tend to fall in love with each look I create. I would say that some of the makeup looks for “Mary Poppins” this spring were pretty crazy and were some of the coolest to create. Some of my favorite special effects makeup looks have probably by far been creating different zombies. What is your favorite makeup product? I have so many I don’t think I could even list my top 10. I have acquired quite the

Ryley Top Left: Ryley Tidrick Top Right: Ryley Tidrick Bottom Left: Ryley Tidrick Bottom Right: Zach Malchodi makeup collection over the years and have tried numerous brands. I like to just keep buying and trying new products because they are constantly making new ones, and I like to test them all out. How did you start doing hair? My passion for doing hair started with my own. I guess you could say I have an obsession with long hair and styling it. It’s amazing all of different styles you can create with your hair. I would always play around with other people’s hair to see what looked good and what didn’t, and it all just kind of snowballed from there.

Do you have any hair tips or hacks? One tip I would give to someone who isn’t super confident with their hairstyling skills would be to just sit and play with your hair. Play with it and get comfortable with it, and it will be so much easier to style. Just practice different styles without looking in the mirror or at the back of your head and you would be surprised at how easy it can be. You just have to experiment with it.

What is your favorite hair product? Once again, there are so many. I guess one of my top five would have to be Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt spray because it gives your hair texture if you're lacking it. It also gives you beachy waves, and, let’s be honest, we all want to look like we just walked off the beach.

Do you plan on doing hair or makeup in the future as a career? I have considered hair/makeup as a career but that industry is just about as easy to get into as acting is. Although I have a passion for hair and makeup, I also have a passion for science and medicine which is what I plan on studying and pursuing as a career. Do you have any funny stories about a makeup look/hairstyle gone wrong? Oh, do I. I have quite a few interesting stories. Makeup ideas don’t always turn out perfect, that’s for sure. One of the funniest things I think has ever happened is when I accidentally turned someone grey. This was years and years ago, and I tried putting my shade of foundation (I’m quite pale) on one of my darker complected friends, and the combination turned out grey. It was definitely an interesting look, to say the least.

02 Opinion May 15, 2015

The Growl Editorial

The editors bid a fond farewell...





s I write this letter to you, Bettendorf High School, I want to thank you for the memories. For four very long years, these halls have been a place for long nights, early mornings and a chance to reconcile with failed papers and math tests. This school has been home to state champions and not-so-state champions. Bettendorf, you have been a place for

us to find out who we are and discover who we’re not. And sad to say, I’m going to miss you. Although some of us have gone years without talking, and this might be the nostalgia setting in, but I will attempt to never forget what you have provided for me. A chance to meet amazing people who are my best friends and my worst enemies. You have introduced me to my love for journalism and my hatred for sports, and you have introduced others to their love of sports and hatred for journalism. You have shaped each of us into totally different people who are just trying to find a place in this weird, weird world. Bettendorf, you have been the most stable thing in most of our lives, so thank you.

yet to find the spell to magically put it together at the touch a finger. I do believe that it would be “newspapero completo” if there were one. Long story short, Bettendorf, it’s been real.

And for those of you who actually read The Growl this year, thank you. I know that some of the topics weren’t exciting to read about, but they were important. And that’s what we tried to do, create something important, meaningful. Also, sorry-not-sorry about that Meninism article. I mean, at least it got people talking. So, even though The Growl may be something that you take politely to later throw away or demolish, or as this one girl said to me at the beginning of the school year, “if you give that to me, I’ll burn it,” know that hours upon hours went into writing and designing it. Because, beg to differ, we have

Students visit whole nation by Annette Schneider Staff Reporter


am looking forward to summer because I get to go to Detroit and Canada to do missionary work for my church, St. Paul Lutheran,” Madi Hornbuckle said. Hornbuckle is a sophomore who just got her passport to prepare for her vacation this summer. “I look forward to hearing the Canadian accents, especially the word, ‘eh’. I am also looking forward to helping others while spending time with my friends from church,” Hornbuckle said. Alyssa Perales, a freshman, is going to the Bahamas this summer with her brother and grandparents. “I cannot wait to go to the ocean. There is also a Fourth of July barbecue on the beach that should be really fun,” Perales said. Tasia Comer, a junior, is going to St. Louis, Missouri, this summer for her family reunion. “I look forward to seeing and spending time with my family and the great, free food that will be there,” Comer said. Comer plans on spending the time she is not with her family at Six Flags. “I like the roller coasters because they give me a rush. I, also, really wish we had a Six Flags in Iowa because I would go there every day,” Comer said. Comer is going in July and hopes the weather is warm. “Summer is fast approaching, and I could not be happier,” Hornbuckle said.

where are you going this vacation? by the numbers... After polling several BHS students, the following are the top vacation destinations for summer 2015.


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May 15, 2015



How to survive college roommates by Brianna Klabunde Staff Reporter

Top: A lounge area in Willow dormitory at Iowa State University. Most dorms have a common lounge area, often with kitchen or recreational facilities. Bottom: A room on the second floor of Willow at ISU. Most dorms rooms have desks, beds and closets, but not much else, depending on the dorm. Rooms are small, meaning many students study at the library or other places with a little more space. Photo Credit: Charlie Coffey


fter living with family for the past 17 or 18 years, moving away to college might seem like a stressful idea. There are so many new decisions and responsibilities to consider. For starters, whom do you choose to live with? “I would prefer to be with someone that I know, but seeing as I don’t know anyone at the college to which I am attending, I am kind of stuck with a new person. I think, though, that it will be good for me because I will get a chance to make new friends,” Olivia Solbrig said. “I prefer someone I don’t know because then, if we end up not liking each other very much because of living together, it’s not a big deal, and it won’t ruin my relationship with one of my friends that I’m already close with,” Jackie Blaum said. “I think college is a great opportunity to meet new people and not time to room with someone you know from high school,” Amy Schellenberg said. Adjusting to living with someone else, whether you know them or not, is a stressful experience. Someone you’ve known from school could be a completely different person at home. For example, how much time do they spend at home, how clean are they, what are their sleeping habits? “I’m worried we will drive each other crazy,” Ashton Glaus said. “I am someone who loves to listen to music when I am doing anything, so I

think I will have to make arrangements depending on whether or not they also like music, and if they like the same bands I do,” Solbrig said. “It would be nice to have the room pretty quiet most of the time for studying,”

Variety show features talented students by Melissa Weinstein Staff Reporter


n Friday, May 15, the variety show will be held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Featuring singers, dancers, bands and balancing acts, the show will have performances that appeal to everyone. As co-chairs of the variety show committee, juniors Karly Lent and Abbie Logan are responsible for delegating tasks to other members and overseeing everything that happens regarding the performances to ensure that the night runs smoothly. “The committee is in charge of every last detail of the show. We schedule the auditions, create the program, run the dress rehearsal, create a script with the emcees, make a promotional video, make a program, create the CD with all of the acts’ songs on it, fill out all the requisitions to get a money box and any other situations that come up,” Lent said.

Freshman Jack Stamper is a member of the variety show committee. “I do anything Karly tells me to do,” Stamper said. This year, the money made from ticket sales goes towards Maggie’s Minions. This charity raises money for Maggie Dykstra, a local girl who suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy. “The money is helping her family add an addition onto their home, so they can put a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. It is getting difficult to carry Maggie upstairs where she sleeps and bathes,” Lent said. Stamper encourages everyone to come out and see the “amazing talent” in the school. “It’s to help a great cause, and it’s going to be super freaking cool,” Stamper said. Lent agrees. “The variety show is something different. It only happens once a year, and it gives students a chance to show their talents. Kids come out of their shells to put on a great show, and they appreciate a big crowd,” Lent said.

Blaum said. Another new experience might be making a set of rules with a roommate in order to make compromises on differing preferences. “Just be straight out about whatever problems you have to get them solved quickly,” Schellenberg said. “I’m not sure about rules yet. Just don’t

steal my stuff, and we should be good,” Glaus said. No matter how scary moving away may seem, the experience will end up being new and exciting for everyone. “I’m just excited for the freedom of not having to listen to anyone else but myself,” Ashley Hertter said.

04 Features May 15, 2015

Welcoming the Future:

By the numbers...




Iowa State




45 students

by Alex Connor Newspaper Editor

Josie Clark: St. Ambrose, undecided In this annual tradition, the Growl lists Matthew Coiner: Iowa, where and what the seniors are doing after engineering high school. The names compiled are Brittney Combs: Goodwill accurate as of May 8. Richard Conner: Scott, welding Alexandra Connor: ISU, Jakob Airgood: Scott, undecided journalism and mass Jodi Alagna: Scott, then ISU, communications animal sciences Megan Cowherd: Wartburg Rebecca Alagna: Scott, then College, business St. Ambrose, early childhood Cyle Cox: St. Francis University, education undecided Nicholas Arevalo: Iowa State, Emma Cox: UNI, elementary mechanical engineering education Lauren Arner: Iowa State, Matthew Cox: Iowa Central computer science College, sports management Katherine Baer: Iowa, Henry Crowley: ISU, design communication studies Max Curtis: Scott, history Addison Bailey: Taylor Maya Danner: Bowling Green University, exercise science State University, cultural studies Sativa Ballard: Scott, then Iowa, Bryce DeLeon: Scott, real estate nursing Austin Dreher: ISU, computer Brittanie Becht: Work science Aimee Benson: Scott, then ISU, Gordon Dunlap Jr.: Full Sail animal sciences University, entertainment Ryan Berg: Wisconsin-Madison. Hannah Edmond: Scott, dental microbiology assistant Simen Bergset: Navy Savanah Edwards: Marshalltown Jacqueline Blaum: Iowa State Community College, undecided University, physics and computer Monique Engman: Army science Jason Erbst: Luther, music Blake Bodenschatz: UNI, Matthew Ernster: Iowa State, business management Taylor Bolton: Scott/St. Ambrose/ engineering William Fawcett: Scott, then ISU, Iowa, nursing engineering Tyler Bonis: Scott, auto Taryn Feller: Iowa, undecided technology Alexus Fennelly: Iowa, undecided Dominique Bradley: Scott, Gabriella Figueiredo: Undecided undecided Lo Ttee Fisher: Scott, anime Andrew Braught: UNI, music James Flaherty: Scott, art education Matthew Flaherty: Colorado Vanessa Buchanan: Scott, Mountain College elementary education Elizabeth Flanagan: Loyola, Kenneth Buckingham: Scott, English undecided Megan Fleming: Drake, pharmacy Thomas Byrne: DePaul, business Sarah Flynn: Undecided Lawson Calhoun: Scott, auto Sarah Francisco: Iowa, marketing mechanics Xue Yao Fu: Iowa, accounting Ian Campbell: St. Ambrose, Nicholas Furan: UCF, business undecided Cameron Fusselman: Undecided Jennifer Campbell: Carthage Brett Gaydos: Iowa Western College, marketing/international Ashton Glaus: Colorado Christian relations University, undecided Kylee Cangas: Iowa State, James Gomez: Iowa, psychology architecture Rachel Griggs: Carthage College, Mackenzie Carlson: DePaul, undecided psychology Erin Grobstick: Capri College, Matthew Cassady: Louisville, massage therapy criminal justice/ROTC Brianna Hakeneworth: Navy Ryan Cassady: Edgewood Haidyn Hank: Iowa State College, accounting University, undecided Adriana Catana: California, Lara Hanke: going to school for undecided Hannah Chin: Loyola, journalism/ two more years, then college Jordan Harms: Scott, business/ business/pre-law management Tara Chitwood: Undecided Madison Haussmann: Scott, college, radiology nursing Hope Christensen: Eastern Abrianna Hayes: Western Illinois Illinois, elementary education University, graphic design

Jacob Hayles: St. Ambrose University, pre-medicine Shannon Heard: Scott, undecided Mackenzie Helgerson: Kirkwood Community College, science Ashley Hertter: Luther College, nursing Alexis Higley: Iowa, communications disorders David Hill: Iowa, engineering Parker Hill: Central College, biology/ environmental studies Rebecca Hillyer: Scott, undecided Carter Himmelman: St. Ambrose University, education Nicholas Hines: Blackhawk Community College, physical therapy Lauren Hoffman: Miami University, science KayVyonna Hollingshed: Scott, nursing Kayla Hollis: University of Northern Iowa, management: organizational leadership Adam Housenga: Scott, then Iowa or Michigan, pre-law or entrepreneur Keil Huber: Black Hawk College, sports management Blake Hugaert: Scott, construction Michael Hughes: Iowa Ryan Hunter: undecided Akpevweoghene Ikoba: Iowa, human physiology. Austin Ingles: Iowa, engineering Ian Ingold Dayhab at HOC PI Ariana Jackson: Western Illinois, music therapy Cole Jackson: Iowa, finance Jess Jacobsen: Troy University, engineering Haley Jennings: Scott/art school, journalism/fashion design Christopher Jerson: National Guard, Scott, engineering/ computer science Ashleigh Johanson: Southern Illinois, civil engineering Brandy Jurevitz: Iowa, neonatology Laura Justis: Iowa, aerospace engineer/ pre-law Kylie Kaas: Undecided Chelsea Kalar: Southeastern Community College, undecided Amanda Kane: Iowa, English/ Spanish Breanna Kane: Scott, sign language interpreter Michaela Kelly: St. Ambrose, accounting Tyler Kidwell: Scott, undecided Joshua Kinyon: Iowa, actuarial science Brianna Klabunde: Kirkwood, undecided

May 15, 2015

the class of Logan Klein: Goodwill Dayhab, community volunteer Elliot Klim: Wisconsin (Whitewater), business Vince Klim: Wisconsin (Whitewater), business administration Charles Klutho: Iowa State, architecture Kennedy Knight: Iowa, biology Noah Krist: Iowa, economics/ environmental studies Kira Kuhn: Iowa, biology Michelle La: St. Ambrose, undecided Xavier LaDouceur: Scott Julia Lampe: Iowa, business Aaron Lawrence: Augustana, psychology Madeline Leonard: St. Ambrose, undecided Madison Lower: DePaul, communications Mikeala Lowry: Iowa State, early childhood education Joshua Malik: Iowa, business Colin Malin: Wisconsin (Madison), real estate Dennis Marriott: Kirkwood, undecided Pierce Matt: UNI, undecided Cassandra McGee: Iowa, undecided Noah McKissick: Dubuque, business Logan Mohr: Undecided Austen Montgomery: Scott, undecided Caroline Mooney: Navy Jonathan Moore: undecided Zachary Mouw: Iowa State, civil engineering Dustin Murphy: Undecided Sharlene Myles: UCF, biology Tanner Nelson: Iowa, psychology Veronica Nelson: Iowa, business analytics/computer science David Niska: OSU, accounting/ business Margaret Obert: Northpark University, nursing Marquist Paige: DNU Ryan Parisot: undecided Thomas Parker: Iowa, undecided Karma Perez: undecided Devin Perkins: Scott, then Western Illinois Dylan Perkins: Work Alexa Persell: Scott, early childhood education or paraeducator Dylan Piper: Illinois Community College, then Iowa, pre-med Emma Ploessl: Scott, undecided

Joshua Price: Scott, then UNI, education Johnathan Pyron: Scott, automotive classes Reilly Quick: Iowa, business related Dayton Racer: Virginia Tech Megan Rant: Iowa, nursing Sarah Roberts: Capri College, cosmetology Abel Rodriguez: Scott, auto body Roy Rodriguez: Gateway, undecided Makinze Roman: Quincy University, pre-med Amanda Romano: Minnesota (Twin Cities), genetics/cell biology and development Javier Rosas: Northeast Iowa Community College, business/ finance Shane Rowell: Undecided Shelby Sands: Scott, undecided Andrew Sass: UNI, undecided Troy Sawyer: State Tech, business Amy Schellenberg: Iowa, business Mandria Schirm: Iowa State, undecided/human science Koy Schneider: UNI, accounting/ finance Gavyn Schriver: Scott, culinary/ military Kevin Schulting: Iowa, undecided Jacob Schwarm: UNI, business marketing/management Haley Scogland: University of Northern Iowa, business Abby Sears: University of Iowa, undecided Matthew Seibel: Workforce Blake Seline: Iowa State University, architecture Regan Shade: Workforce Anna Sierra: Scott, English


2015 Features

William Smith: Scott, robotic engineering Olivia Solbrig: Dominican University, English/ secondary education Catherine Spencer: Montana State University, kinesiology Bryan Sproston: Rock Valley College Eleanor Stamper: Bradley University, theatre communications Kyle Stancliff: Ministry internship Christian Steffen: Iowa, biology Nicholas Steinke: Iowa, biology Lindsey Stickler: Iowa, biomedical engineering Jackson Stinson: Community volunteer. Matthew Stone: Iowa Central Community College, business marketing Richard Stotlar: Community volunteer Frederick Stroker: University of Minnesota, business Stephen Suto: Scott or Hamilton Technical College, undecided Reema Tandon: Volunteer work with support Alexis Tansey: Iowa, communications/pre-law Ann Clare Thachil: Iowa, nursing Emily Tinsman: Drake, music education Grace TouVelle: UNI, speech pathology Melanie Trepa: Iowa State, nonprofit communications Melissa Trepa: Iowa, English Richard Turner: Iowa, accounting Madeline VanderVinne: Bradley, nurse practitioner Brendan VandeVoorde: Iowa State, engineering

Christine Vincent: Augustana, undecided Olivia VonGries: Iowa, psychology/pre-med Alaina Wallace: Iowa, biomedical sciences Blake Wallace: Iowa, chemical engineering Emma Walraven: Scott, then St. Ambrose, nursing Bradley Warhurst: Work Libby Weaver: Western Illinois, business Shiloh Weaver: Kirkwood, undecided Archie Weindruch: Yeshiva Tiferes of the Rabbinical College of America, Talmudic Studies Melissa Weinstein: Iowa, undecided Jacob West: Chadron State, music education Kaalin Wheeler: Air Force Sydney Wientjes: Iowa, pre-med Akia Williams: Scott, then UNI, psychology Riley Wilson: Iowa, business administration Harley Wray: Scott, culinary Kolby Wright: Marines Kristyn Wright: Kennesaw State, business accounting/engineering Grant Wurst: Iowa, business marketing Alexander Wyatt: Scott, business Lauren Young: Iowa State, undecided Alexis Zickuhr: Lakeland College, sports kinesiology

06 Features May 15, 2015

Seniors struggle to stay focused

(Left) Ryan Berg seeks comfort from Sarah Francisco. “Senioritis is an overwhelming feeling. Your thoughts become occupied with fantasies of summer. The outdoors beckons. Your bed is just a little harder to roll out of in the morning. You struggle just a little more with the day to day school tasks. You find yourself sighing, sometimes rather loudly, every time your teacher assigns homework,” Berg says.

by Brianna Klabunde Staff Reporter


enioritis is like being killed very slowly by a boaconstrictor while being sucked into quicksand, and by that I mean that there is no escape,” Ian Campbell said. There comes a point in seniors’ high school experiences where they realize they are simply done trying. Whether they have already been accepted to college, decided what they plan to do once graduated, or simply do not care, the feeling acts as a disease on all senior students by the end of the year (if not sooner). This disease has become affectionately known as senioritis. “Senioritis happens when you're so over high school that all you want to do anymore is lay in bed, watch Netflix, and hope that your blanket shields you from all your problems,” Libby Weaver said. The disease starts with a few missing assignments, maybe a poor grade on a test,

(Right) Riley Wilson suffers from senioritis by using his phone and iPad instead of studying.

sometimes refusing to show up to school at all. “High school is too much work and sleeping is easier. My homework is a problem that future Libby can deal with,” Weaver said. Teachers feel particularly stressed out at this time of year. “I’m not particularly sympathetic. Suck it up and get the work done,” English teacher Connie King said. When it comes down to it, senioritis

seems inevitable. Nonetheless, some seniors have offered a bit of advice to those underclassmen who will inevitably be in their situation one day. “Waking up gets harder no matter how early you go to bed, so I set the clock in my car five minutes fast so that when I get in it I think I’m late and hurry to school,” Mandi Schirm said. “Just do your work and try not to procrastinate,” Weaver said, “I’m a hypocrite though.”

“Build healthy relationships with your teachers. It makes you a better student when you know there is someone there supporting you,” Amanda Kane said. . Ultimately, relief from this gripping disease will only be found in the sweet release of graduation. Yet, the struggle to fight it lives on in the hearts of annoyed teachers and determined students desperately trying to keep their scholarships. So good luck to the current underclassmen, may you struggle less than those who came before you.

Students set trends for summer season by Olivia Teach Staff Reporter


CLOTHING staple jackets: leather, army jackets flannel tribal shorts combat boots and dresses kimonos open cardigan overalls/rompers parachute pants lace cami joggers


SHOES vans sperrys timberland

tribal prints pastel colors


converse: black, high topped, red white and blue birkenstocks timberlands

ACCESSORIES raybans canvas backpacks


CLOTHING flannel khakis t-shirts with short sleeve button up shirts cargo pants jean jackets joggers roll up short sleeve shirts

Adam Housenga and Callie Jahns show off their style.

ACCESSORIES watches beanies fake larger framed glasses raybans

May 15, 2015



Baseball players prepare for season by Brett Gaydos Staff Reporter


ith baseball season quickly approaching, every player is thinking about summer. Tryouts for the team were held earlier this week and the team should be set next week. For seniors Matt Cassady and Kolby Wright, this is their last chance to play for the team they love. “It’s going to be pretty overwhelming without making any mistakes, and it will also be pretty sad for me and my stepdad knowing that it will be my last time

Matt Cassady

Kolby Wright

stepping on the field with him coaching me,” Wright said. Wright will not be playing in college and will be joining the Marines after high school.

“It will be sad to leave the game that I love, but I know I will be doing something greater in the Marines,” Wright said. For senior Matt Cassady, the beginning of his last season is bittersweet. Cassady will be continuing his college baseball career in college at Bellarmine in Kentucky but will also be doing the ROTC for the Army while there. “It will be great to still play college ball like I have always wanted to, but I will also be able to serve my country while doing it,” Cassady said. These two will be a part of a group of leaders that will do whatever it takes to win each game and after high school will be doing something greater than stepping on the field as a bulldog. Both players have

chosen to pursue other endeavors in their lives. “Since I could remember for the longest time I have wanted to serve my country, it has been a dream of mine,” Wright said. ”Doing baseball is important to me but joining the military seems like a greater cause.” “Playing the game I love in college is something that I have always wanted to do, but I am very grateful that I will not only be able to do that, but I will also have the chance to be a soldier,” Cassady said. Many games will be played throughout the summer so be sure to check the schedule and come support the Bulldogs as they look to have a great season.


Kevin Anderson, Chad Behal, Ian Campbell, Matt Cassady, Matt Coiner, Jacob Flynn, Ken Fu, Sam Hall, Nick Jackson, Isaac Luebke, Jonah Luebke, Dylan McDermott, Noah McKissick, David Niska, Hunter Miller, Nick Mulholland, Michael Pyevich, Michael Probucin, Nick Ratigan, Kohl Rohwer, Collin Stickler, Fritzy Swearingen, Carson Tudeen, Pavel Yashurkin.

Boys Track

Girls Track

Laetitia Ausborn, Anna Baker, Hailey Behning, Trinity Borland, Mia Bruty, Hope Christensen, Tasia Comer, Maya Danner, Eleanor Drexler, Grace Erpelding, Creana Farley, Sarah Flynn, Allysa Gallagher, Dajae Hanson, Logan Hocker, Elizabeth Honeycutt, Haley Humphrey, Micah Jacks, Amber Jerson, Chelsea Kalar, Montana Keys, Julia Lampe, Mahkenna Lee, Madison Lower, Grace Markovich, DoniRae Mayhew, Taylor Mitchell, Katherine Murcia, Molly O’Brien, Emma Ostrom, Bailey Pate, Peyton Phillips, Mackenzie Rice, Kayla Schlichting, Madeline Schmidt, Abby Sears, Anna Sierra, Catherine Spencer, Sydney Spranger, Allison Wroblewski, Lauren Young.

Matt Coiner: Legend? by Fritzy Swearingen Staff Reporter *Satirical Piece


Joshua Anderson, Kyle Anderson, Nicholas Arevalo, Tristan Baltazor, Quentin Barnes, Peter Bauer, Simen Bergset, Dylan Canas, Brandon Cooley, Chase Day, Alexander Eitrheim, Dax Emerson, Connor Flynn, James Flynn, Spencer Goettsch, Jordan Gunti, Jacob Hayles, Parker Hill, Mason Hocker, Drake Hoffmann, Xavier Holley, Eric Hradek, Jess Jacobsen, Elliot Klim, Charles Klutho, Noah Krist, Raul Lopez, Joshua Malik, Cameron Maxfield, Joshua McDowall, Dalton McLaughlin, Jacob Nelson, Miles Nomura, Benjamin Olsen, Anthony Pena, Andrew Pojar, Bailey Pribyl, Alex Schmertmann, Koy Schneider, Blake Seline, Karson Shrader, Brett Spencer, Bryan Sproston, Jackson Stamper, Christian Steffen, Phoenix Steinfeldt, Mitchell Suiter, John Sullivan, Andrew Sunderman, Stephen Suto, Keshun Thach, Kelcey Tingle, Nathan Trabue, Jacquez Vesey, Charles Webster, Archie Weindruch, Zachary Whitesides, Ghavinne Whittington, Carlos Wilson, Matthew Wolfe, Robert Zamora.

atthew Coiner, once a big name on Iowa’s high school basketball courts, has moved to another court across the parking lot: the tennis court, that is. Perhaps the biggest underdog in state tennis history, Coiner has a 15-1 singles record. Taking on big teams like Central and Pleasant Valley, he does not even flinch at a single thought of losing. He can be seen with his two-year old white basketball shoes, a $20 bill tucked in his left, black and gold, Nike elite sock, and hair gelled to such a high standard and intricacy, it would make any other guy’s hair resemble a trashcan. After matches, Coiner typically autographs the match ball to give to his opponent to show the true talent and prominence that he represents. Coiner was a true challenge to reach for questions, as we had discussed his impressive career just moments after he talked with his agents.

“They [any high schooler that plays tennis] are all just sleeping on me,” Coiner said. “The number one in the state [Charlie Humes, PV] is really just all hype.” Unfortunately, Coiner is a senior and will be hanging up his shoes in about a week after he wins the state championship. Although he will enter retirement this summer, his legacy will live on to be told in the hallways of BHS for years to come.

08 Community service Students letter coming to Bett make cardboard float May 15, 2015


by Annette Schneider Staff Reporter


community service letter is similar to an academic letter. It recognizes students who have gone above and beyond in their community through volunteer opportunities,” Hannah Chin said. Chin is a senior who is involved in Raising Student Voice and Participation, RSVP, and currently communicating with a Minnesota principal to get more information on what that school does for their service letter. “We have not finalized the requirements, but essentially you will have to complete a minimum of 100 service hours along with writing a detailed reflection and obtaining recommendation letters from your volunteer adviser,” Chin said. The service letter will be put into effect next school year with Jimmy Casas and RSVP’s help. Ryan Berg is also a senior who has been communicating with the school from Minnesota through RSVP. “This program is not affiliated with any of the clubs or organizations at school. The idea behind offering a community service letter is to provide an outlet for all students, regardless of athletic ability or academic inclination, to get a varsity letter,” Berg said. Berg believes this will be very beneficial to the students and hopes everything goes smoothly so it can be an effect starting next year.

“This is going to benefit the students by providing them incentive to go out into the community and to do something significant. Knowing that you are making a difference, sometimes literally saving lives, is extremely empowering. A bonus of partaking in community service is that it looks great on college resumes,” Berg said. Katie Byrne, a sophomore, is involved in RSVP and hopes this service letter can get more people involved in the school and the community. “I think this will be a good way to involve more of the student body and help people feel more a part of the school. Not everyone is a star athlete, performer, or excellent student, so this is a great award they can earn,” Byrne said. Chin, Berg, and Byrne, and others, are working hard to get a service letter at Bettendorf for next year. “The community service letter is a unique opportunity for BHS students; no other school in the MAC has this award available. The letter gives more students a chance to be recognized in the school community for their dedication to bettering our environment,” Chin said.

by Brett Gaydos Staff Reporter


ast Friday, several students from the engineering department competed in a cardboard boat regatta. The task for each group was to build a boat out of cardboard that would float in the Middle Park Lagoon. The goal was to paddle all the way around the island in the Lagoon and touch the dock in the fastest time possible. “It was a little tricky considering we had such limited supplies to work with but it was fun because we had to get a little creative,” Ashleigh Johanson said. Once the boat was in the water, the hardest part had started. As soon as both partners were in the boat the clock started to tick. In total, the boat had to float 600 meters around the island. For some, their boats sank before even reaching half way. “It was great knowing that we created something that actually worked and worked well,” Johanson said, “When we hit the dock we were super excited because at that point we were in first place.” Senior Jess Jacobsen completed the race by himself. While sitting in the boat, Jacobson put a paddle in each of his hands and made it all around the 600 meter course. “It was hard to maintain a good grip because the water made it slippery and tough on my hands,” Jacobsen said. Jacobsen did finish the race in one of the fastest times of the day and surprised a lot of people watching.

Jess Jacobsen successfully paddled around the island without sinking. “It was nice because it surprised a lot of people that I even finished and then when I finished fast, they were even more surprised,” Jacobsen said.


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