The Miegian Newspaper: October 2022

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MIEGIAN Vol. 66, Issue 1 | October 2022

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Dear Reader,

New year, new issue! I’m so happy to finally be releasing our first issue. Our staff this year, which includes some familiar and not so familiar faces, has worked extremely hard since the first day in Mrs. McCambridge’s room. I have enjoyed getting to know each of our new staff members, and I think you will see many of their strengths shine through while reading this issue. My favorite part of being on the newspaper staff the past three years has been getting to learn so much about our student body. From the budding photographer to study abroad students, we are so glad to be able to tell these stories to our peers. I hope we can tell as many stories as we can and represent each one of our readers.

I am proud to present the first issue of the Miegian of this school year to you. This year’s staff looks a little different from last year, and we have gained new staff members who, in a short time, have put their marks on this issue and become part of the Miegian family. I have watched the newspaper grow over the span of my three years on staff, and I truly believe every year, with every issue our staff works harder to be the voice for Miege. In each issue, we want readers to learn something new about a classmate, have something to relate to and feel like we are covering something they feel passionate about. I am already so impressed with the staff this year and cannot wait to see where we go from here.






PRINT EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Emma Lazarczyk Mary-Kathryn Wert


DESIGN EDITOR Delaney Johnson

PHOTO EDITOR Natalie Martinez



STAFF WRITERS Will Baska Luke Crawford Sophia Gassett Elaina Gibson Cash Navarro Jamie Weiss


The Miegian and Bishop Miege Press are published by the newspaper staff of Bishop Miege High School. The staff won the 2022 All-Kansas award for both its newspaper and online website, The editorial board decides the content of each issue. Opinions expressed are the views of the writer and are signed. The Miegian welcomes material (letters, guest columns, feedback) from faculty, administrators, students, parents and others. This material will be reviewed by the editorial board and published based on the publication’s letters policy

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table of contents


04 News Briefs 05 Student Loans


06 New Teachers 09 Puzzle 10 Book Talk 12 Celebrity Drama 14 Luke Frenzel 16 Travel


20 Costa Rica Trip


21 Academic Communities 22 Student Commutes


23 Altar/Reconciliation 24 Walkin’ and Rollin’


26 Perspectives



28 Male Cheerleaders 30 Golf 31 Sports Briefs






LEVEL UP Kansas private schools are one step closer to moving up a class in sports. On Sept. 14, the Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 in support of a multiplier proposed by KSHSAA. Now it heads to the Kansas Legislature. “I think it is a long time coming with the success we have had as a school,” head football coach Jon Holmes said.




FOR THE CAUSE An act following the death Mill Valley student Cooper Davis, who died due to pills laced with the pain killer fentanyl, has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The act requires communication services and social media platforms to work closely with federal authorities to fight illegal drug sales. “Fetanyl is a wonderful drug in the right place, but it is a horrible epidemic happening,” PHOTO | PIXABAY nurse Malisa McEachen said. “It is important they get a handle on it.”



Oct. 11


Varsity boys soccer has an away game against Blue Valley Northwest at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 13


Varsity cross country has the EKL Invitational at Blue Valley Southwest



Band, drumline, choir and the handbell choir have a fall concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Oct. 22


Oct. 21

Miege is hosting the October ACT. The test starts at 8 a.m.

Varsity football has an away game against Blue Valley Northwest at the Blue Valley District Stadium at 7 p.m.

Students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. due to parent and teacher conferences.


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Sophomores and juniors who choose to will take the PSAT on Oct. 12. With high scores, students are recognized as National Merit Scholars.



Miege is hosting a fall blood drive for juniors, seniors and faculty on Oct.19. Senior Vincent Lopez participated in the winter drive.


COMING SOON The KCI Airport is undergoing major construction of a single terminal, making it the largest single infrastructure project in Kansas City’s history. The new design will include brand new options and amenities to improve the traveler’s experience. It is expected to be completed in the spring 2023.

UP FOR DEBATE The Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard case will determine whether it is legal for colleges and universities to prioritize applicants based on race in their acceptance process. On Oct. 31, this case will be argued in front of the Supreme Court. If the court rules in favor of Students for Fair Admission, then it could affect a decision on affirmative action the court made in 2016.


Students grapple with the cost of college tuition

“I was terrified about picking a college because it was so expensive, and money WEB EDITOR-IN-CHIEF was always a big stressor for me,” Hess said. “I thought it would be a year-by-year thing ith the pressure to choose a college to see how many years I could afford.” looming for upperclassmen, they According to the National Public Radio, often face another challenge — paying for there will be an application available in it. early October for individuals to receive their Senior Elizabeth Benes has applied loan forgiveness. It is recommended that for multiple scholarships, worked several applicants submit their forms before Nov. babysitting jobs throughout the summer 15, so the Education Department can go and been involved in numerous activities to through the applications before the student improve her resume, but still relates to the loan payment pause ends on Dec. 31. pressure of deciding on a college based on Applications are expected to take four to six the price of tuition. weeks to process from the initial day they “I think it’s disappointing when you are submitted. absolutely love a school, but money is “I think [student loan forgiveness] will a problem,” Benes said. “It puts a lot of help a lot by relieving the financial burden unneeded stress.” because student On Aug. 24, loans are something President Joe that almost everyone Biden announced has,” Hess said. “They a historic are a weight on your student loan shoulders that you feel forgiveness plan like you can not get on that allows loan top of, until you are borrowers with free of them.” the Department According to an of Education up online survey of 177 Senior Elizabeth Benes to $10,000 if they responses, 59% of make less than students said that $125,000. If they also received Pell Grants, they may use student loans, while 24% said borrowers are eligible for up to $20,000. they definitely will. Schmidtberger cautions If an individual has less than $10,000 in students about the effects of student loans student debt, they will receive their exact and suggests that, if eligible, students amount back as part of the forgiveness plan. should first look into merit aid scholarships. “College is expensive and I think no “I think seniors think they’ll go to matter how much parents make, any college, they’ll take out a loan and it will be forgiveness of loans is highly acceptable for easy to repay it,” Schmidtberger said. “They our students,” guidance counselor Elaine don’t realize the higher interest rates on Schmidtberger said. certain loans.” According to the Washington Post, about As seniors begin applying to colleges, it one in five Americans hold student loans, is still uncertain if President Biden’s student but Schmidtberger said attending college is loan forgiveness plan will apply to future still worth it. college students. “Having a four year degree, no matter “If [Biden’s student loan forgiveness what the major, is going to pay off,” plan] does affect us, that would be great Schmidtberger said. because then people could go to their English teacher Brock Hess graduated dream college and college can be exciting, from college two years ago and relates to rather than worrying about student debt,” the stress that the expense of college can Benes said. “You could go where you want bring. to, rather than where you can afford.”



“ I think it’s disappointing when you absolutely love a school, but money is a problem.

FAST FACTS 60% of students said that student loans should sometimes be forgiven, and 36% of students said they always should. according to an online Miege survey of 174 students

President Biden’s plan to forgive student debt could cost $1 trillion. according to the Wall Street Journal

The typical undergraduate with loans now graduates nearly $25,000 in debt. according to a Department of Education analysis

Since 1980, the total cost of both four-year public and four-year private college has nearly tripled. according to the College Board


NEWS | 5



DR. ARICO Before Miege? Teaching cellular microbiology at JCCC If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? Ireland, because she has never been there before How did she end up at Miege? She has wanted to teach in a Catholic school for a long time. Her favorite activity? Cooking Indian food | NATALIE MARTINEZ

MRS. ARNOLD Before Miege? Being a stay-at-home mom

Before Miege? Teaching math at at Curé of Ars

If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? The Holy Land to see where Jesus walked

If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? Italy, because her husband is Italian

How did she end up at Miege? “God was calling me here, and I love the spirit.”

How did she end up at Miege? She is an alumna and has always felt at home when at Miege.

Her favorite activity? Hiking with her family | NATALIE MARTINEZ



Her favorite activity? Hanging out with her family | NATALIE MARTINEZ



Before Miege? Attending Benedictine College

Before Miege? Attending Benedictine College

If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? New Zealand, because it seems so beautiful

If he could travel anywhere, where would he go? Spain to walk to the Camino

How did she end up at Miege? She knew alumni who spoke highly of Miege. Her favorite activity? Doing theater and playing “Dungeons and Dragons” | NATALIE MARTINEZ

MR. KLENE Before Miege? Teaching math at Lee’s Summit West High School If he could travel anywhere, where would he go? Hawaii, because he loves the ocean How did he end up at Miege? His friend, Mr. Gemmill, works at Miege, and he told him it was a great place. His favorite activity? Fishing & riding his motorcycle | SOPHIA GASSETT

How did he end up at Miege? He has a friend who teaches here and that’s why he wanted to student teach here. His favorite activity? Cooking and trying new recipes


MRS. PATTERSON Before Miege? Teaching science at Holy Cross If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? The Holy Land, because “I would love to see where Jesus walked.” How did she end up at Miege? When she brought her 8th graders over, she liked the community and felt at home. What is her favorite activity? Spending time with family and working in the yard | NATALIE MARTINEZ





Before Miege? Teaching P.E. at Lansing High School

Before Miege? Being a stay-at-home mom

If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? Croatia, because she and her husband have never been there.

If she could travel anywhere, where would she go? Alaska, because there are lots of landmarks she has never seen before.

How did she end up at Miege? She is an alumna, and her dad has worked at Miege since 1996.

How did she end up at Miege? Miege is a good fit for her and her family.

Her favorite activity? Spending time with family

Her favorite activity? Hanging out with her kids | SOPHIA GASSETT



Match each teacher to his or her trivia question. Each teacher has one question. A. Dr. Arico

B. Mrs. Barreca

C. Ms. Berry

D. Mrs. Zych Franco

F. Mr. Geris

G. Mr. Klene

H. Mrs. Patterson

I. Mrs. Rippee

1. Who is one of 13 children?

E. Mrs. Arnold

6. Who graduated from St. Ann’s Grade School?

2. Who is a twin? 3. Who went to Notre Dame?

7. Who was a college volleyball player?

4. Who is from Wichita, KS?

8. Who has seven children?

5. Who has a green thumb?

9. Who plays frisbee golf? 1. G, 2. C, 3. A, 4. H, 5. I, 6. B, 7. D, 8. E, 9. F







TRAVEL ‘ROUND THE WORLD RIDDLES 1. What is the most slippery country in the world? 2. I am a country, but I become a part of your body if the last letters of my name is removed. Can you name me? 3. Do you know which part of London is also present in France? 4. Which country is always ill?






Students find time to read for fun outside of homework BY LUKE CRAWFORD


200 books — that's how many senior Janella Corpin has read since 2021, and she's heard about them all on TikTok or Goodreads. In an online survey of 179 students, about six out of 10 people said over the course of the summer they read at least one book, not counting assigned reading. Most students said they find book recommendations from friends or family members, but one growing demographic of readers comes from TikTok. Of the school’s readers, 25% said that TikTok was their primary source of book recommendations. Since last year, TikTok has had a massive influence on the print market. According to an article in Forbes, 2021 saw the largest amount of paperback book sales since 2004, which many industry analysts attribute to the growing literary movement online. One author who has gained traction both on TikTok and among students is Colleen Hoover. According to the Washington Post, her romance novel “It Ends With Us” sold over 700,000 copies last year despite originally being a backlist title with no marketing.

“'The Outsiders' by S. E. Hinton because it shows teenager life in the '80s.”




“I think she’s really good, I really liked ‘It Ends With Us,’” Corpin said. Romance is the favored genre among student readers, followed closely by fantasy/ sci-fi, and then it’s a close tie for third between realistic fiction and mystery. One enthusiast of realistic fiction is senior Oscar Ludwikowski. “I like to connect to my books,” Ludwikowski said. “I think sci-fi’s too out there.” As one of the school’s most prolific readers, Ludwikowski read 12 books over the summer. Ludwikowski’s favorite of his summer reads, “Station Eleven,” follows a band of musicians touring a post-apocalyptic America. “It’s about how even in the death of the world and technology, music and art always prosper,” Ludwikowski said. It’s no secret that a lot of people (especially students) simply do not like reading whatsoever. For many, it is likened to homework as opposed to entertainment or art. One person who is determined to change that idea is English teacher Brock Hess, who says his main goal this year is to help students to read more. “I think that people don’t like reading

“'Let the Sky Fall' by Shannon Messenger because it has the most enjoyable characters — they are so funny.”


either because they’re not reading good books, or they’re having a hard time following,” Hess said. He then explained various strategies to make reading more appealing to students, such as providing a list of several books that the students could choose from, as opposed to one assigned reading. “I feel like if students feel like they have a choice, they’re more apt to actually do something,” Hess said. “And then maybe they can find something they are interested in and just see reading as a good.” For students who do have a fondness for literature, the explanation is very simple – a well-needed break from reality. “It helps get my mind off of everything going on,” senior Charly Curry said. “It takes you to your own little world, and I think that’s fun.” Though the world may be reading less now than in the past, literature is timeless. Whether it be a student or teacher, a good book can give the reader an alluring peer into a new world. “I think it’s important to read because it helps your imagination,” Curry said. “Having that type of endless entertainment and information is really special.”

“'Girl in Pieces' by Kathleen Glasgow because it shows how mental illness can affect people differently.”



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41% - 0 46% - 1 to 5 13% - 6+ how many books students read this summer


- #1 New York Times bestselling author - Has over 41 novels - Best known for her 2016 romance novel “It Ends With Us” - Recently gained large following after blowing up on TikTok


- American writer known for his horror, supernatural, and science fiction novels - Has over 50 film adaptaions of his novels - Top selling novel is “The Shining” with over half a million sold copies


- British author known for her fantasy and drama novels - Won the Hugo Award For Best Novel in 2001 - Top selling novel is “Harry Potter” with over 500 million copes sold worldwide



family member 17%

other 27%

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Students examine their relationships with celebrities BY CASH NAVARRO



lon Musk’s attempts to buy Twitter. Taylor Swift is re-recording her old albums. Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson broke up. With their names remaining constant in headlines and what may seem like near never-ending attention to their lives, it’s hard to go a day without hearing at least one story or piece of drama from the biggest celebrities.

The question of the media’s negative effects were recently brought into light with many looking back on the death of Princess Diana, who died 25 years ago from this September in a car crash while attempting to avoid the paparazzi. Times have changed since Diana though. In the ‘90s, if students wanted to keep up with celebrity culture, they would have to read the tabloids or watch shows like “TMZ” and “Inside Edition.” With the growth of the internet and the advent of social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, celebrity news has become near instantaneous. For freshman Mary Aguilera, this is not necessarily a bad thing as it gives her the ability to follow celebrities she enjoys, like actor Austin Butler. “I started following Butler this past summer after watching the Elvis movie,” Aguilera said. “I realized that he was a cool

However, as of late, many are reconsidering their relationship with these social elites and others are questioning how this constant media attention affects the mental health of those that they follow, with over 93% of 179 polled Miegians saying that too much attention is placed on celebrities’ personal lives.



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of students follow over 50 celebrities on social media freshman Victor Axtell in the minority. “I don’t really follow any celebrity or celebrity drama,” Axtell said. “If any big news comes out about someone, I’ll hop on that, but other than that I mostly ignore celebrity news.” Without any clear answers, questions still remain about how healthy this relationship is with influencers, but for the time being, people will continue to follow celebrities, whether it be Kim Kardashian or Austin Butler. “I think when people have all this information at their fingertips they start to become attached to them.” Axtell said. “People think they know these celebrities personally.”

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person, and decided to follow him.” Aguilera is not alone in following celebrities on social media. Despite the overwhelming amount of students saying that too much attention is put on celebrities, another poll of Miegians showed that roughly 84% of polled students follow at least one celebrity online, with 11% saying that they follow over 50 celebrities. This leaves students like

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How I fell in love with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, twice



have been in shambles. Truly a devastated soul. Will I ever fully recover from such undeniable heartbreak? “Inside Edition,” my favorite prime time gossip show, has been removed from its original time of 6 p.m. Now if I want to hear about the latest celebrity gossip and sensationalized news, I have to watch the far worse “People Magazine Show” (or “PMS” as I call it). I have already sent a strongly worded email to KCTV5 requesting that it be returned to its proper place, but seeing as that was months ago, I doubt that they will adhere to my demands. For those unaware of the wonders of “Inside Edition,” it’s a televised gossip show hosted by the great Deborah Norville. Nearly every weekday at 6 p.m. for the past decade, I have watched the gang confront corrupt televangelists, lying physics and learn what Garth Brooks has been doing. It is truly a splendid show, but now it’s gone and all I have left is trash. The “PMS” is a bizarro version of “Inside Edition,” almost as if the showrunners of “PMS” took the concept of “Inside Edition” and decided to mangle and corrupt it. It is true evil. With that being said, I still watch the “PMS.” I know, I am a total hypocrite, but a man’s gotta do what he’s got to do, and this man has got some opinions on Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s second marriage. Back in 2002, actor Ben Affleck and singerturned actor Jennifer Lopez met on the set of the movie “Gigli” and immediately fell in love with each other — it was true romance. As hype for “Gigli” grew, so did their relationship, and after a divorce and a music video, the two finally tied the knot in 2003 and they became Bennifer. Despite all the glitz and glamor, time was tough for the newlyweds. Paparazzi outlets like TMZ made it to where their life became public for all to see. Despite this setback, the two were determined to stick together, they were soul mates after all. But then something terrible happened, “Gigli” released.

rofile ted p a d p The New York Times in its review wrote, u @jlo “[Lopez] threatens the apparent ringleader with baroque martial-arts torture, which involves gouging out the eyes and also removing that @britn eyspea r part of the brain that stores visual information, so that the victim will not only be blind but will also lose all memory of what he has seen. Having seen ‘’Gigli,’’ I must say that the idea has a certain appeal.” 14 recommended videos The Times was not alone in feeling this as the film was panned by critics and general audiences alike. Reception to the film was so bad, that as of writing this, “Gigli” sits as the 66th d largest box office bomb in cinema hare usk s history. m n @elo The movie was such a @aus disappointment that it started tinbu tler p oste to create a rift in Bennifers’s relationship, and soon thereafter they divorced. The two’s marriage lasted a glorious 10 months. They were meant for each other, and in a matter of months they separated. It truly makes you wonder about what could have been. And wonder I did. Since my birth, I have often found myself pondering about how we, collectively as a population, could get them back together. As time passed, it seemed that all hope had been lost, but then a miracle happened. This summer, after collectively five different divorces @jlo posted a new post and nearly two decades of longing for each other, they got remarried. Very little is known publicly about the two’s recent marriage, and if I had to guess that’s probably for the best. @BenAffleck retweeted In a perfect world I would have learned this joyful story from the lips of one Deborah Norville on “Inside Edition,” but instead I had to learn about from the emotionless beings that @kimkardashian posted host “PMS.” However, I feel that I have learned an important lesson in the Bennifer saga. If Bennifer can get their relationship to work despite the obstacles, then so can I 13 new videos posted overcome the problems that be. That is why


Tuesday, October 11

I have decided to continue my campaign to bring back “Inside Edition.” I highly encourage you, dear reader, to join me in this crusade for a better world, because if Bennifer can rejoin after two decades, then we as a community can assemble together for this honorable goal. Consider this a call to action.


THROUGH LUKE’S LENS FRAMING THE SCENE Junior Luke Frenzel looks through his pictures, searching for the perfect shot. Frenzel often uses the Canon Rebel T8i since it is versatile and fairly easy to use. “The rebel series has fairly entry-level cameras, which makes it pretty easy to pick up.” Frenzel said. | NATALIE MARTINEZ

Student photographer connects communities with his shots BY SALLY PANIS FEATURES EDITOR


s the once bright green leaves begin to turn a vivid amber, junior Luke Frenzel feels the crisp breeze on his skateboard while flying airborne in the refreshing autumn atmosphere alongside fellow skaters, who have their own personalities and stories — all told through Frenzel’s camera lens. According to Frenzel, ever since the sixth grade, bursts of excitement and curiosity emerged in his mind, after he discovered a profound passion for photography. His earliest photos, taken with a vintage film camera, kept him hooked and began Frenzel’s photography career with various approaches and techniques. “My mom had a couple of film cameras from when she was a kid that she taught me how to use when I was fairly young,” Frenzel said. “The process of taking the pictures, getting them developed and having that product just kind of kept me invested and progressively experimenting with different forms.”

After doing photography for infant baptisms and a confirmation service at his local church, Jacob’s Well, Frenzel was spotted by a fellow member of the congregation and asked to join her company, Startland. Once contracted, a diverse set of opportunities helped Frenzel define his signature as a photographer and build his experience.

“ You will develop your


style over time and as long as you are having fun with it, then that’s the most important part. Junior Luke Frenzel

Frenzel said he especially enjoys photo shoots with his friends in the skate park, local artists at concerts and even strangers on vacations. With each of these distinct events, Frenzel uses the duality of his

camera lenses and knowledge to illuminate the spirit of the individual to match the aesthetic of the setting. “I also have a fish eye lens that I like to use for skateboarding,” Frenzel said. “If they’re trying to get specific clips, then the fish eye lens comes in handy because you get so much in that field of view. It also is a kind of a staple of skate videos to have the big exaggerated fish eye lens with the vignette, it’s classic.” According to Frenzel, as he looks at the photographs from his first professional concert shoot, the Daniel Gum Concert at Record Bar KC, the tones of green and orange make the images more intimate. Apart from his local photography endeavors, Frenzel always carries his camera outside of the KCMO area too. On a recent trip to Manitou Springs, Colorado this past summer, Frenzel captured one of his most cherished and favorite prints. “It was these two guys that both had banjos on a bench outside with a little bucket as they were playing,” Frenzel said. “So I gave them like $5, and I told them to play their favorite song. They just started

jamming out, and I was taking a bunch of pictures,” Frenzel said. The look of these two men and the environment around them created the perfect moment and story for the picture, he said. Frenzel said the energy from that occasion was terrifically captured through the camera and looks back at that photo with a fond memory. A frequent pattern has emerged in his photo shoots according to Frenzel. Each image radiates the ambiance from that moment, and strangers love the end product. “The small interactions I have with the artists after showing them the series of pictures that I got are normally very warm and energetic,” Frenzel said. “They’re like, “Oh that’s so cool. Add me on Instagram.” Frenzel uses his photography adventures to establish a stronger sense of community in a large

collection of areas with various types of people to grow as a person and photographer. Recalling the nervous mindset that he once held, Frenzel said that although exploring the possibilities of photography can be intimidating, it is worth it. “So just practice,” Frenzel said. “You will develop your style over time and as long as you are having fun with it then that’s the most important part.”

SKY HIGH Flying through the air, a local skater and fellow friend of Frenzel exhibits his abilities and skills on the board. Frenzel began skateboarding in fifth grade, taking his photography talents to new heights by introducing new methods and techniques to secure the perfect shot. | COURTESY OF LUKE FRENZEL

MUSIC TO THE EYES Showcasing his vocals, local artist LyMerrick performs his own original R&B music. Record Bar KC has hosted thousands of local, regional, national and international bands and musicians for over 15 years, establishing a well-respected venue to music lovers. | COURTESY OF LUKE FRENZEL JAMMING OUT As two men strum on their banjos alongside the road, Frenzel captured his favorite shot yet. On a summer trip to Manitou Springs, Colorado, $5 was all it took to hear a song and make a lasting memory. | COURTESY OF LUKE FRENZEL





















Students travel overseas for summer break





nother post of far-away lands and the Eiffel Tower popped up on a feed. After scrolling through social media, it seemed everyone was in a different country. Smiling from ear to ear as they explore an unknown territory, students posed for selfies with the scenery of distant lands behind them. Students broke away from the familiarity of the U.S. and decided to explore cultures around the world over the summer. Whether students explored the towns of Europe alongside their families or decided to take a solo trip to gain a new experience, they weren’t the only ones following this travel trend. An online survey conducted of 164 students showed that 21% of students traveled outside of the country this past summer. According to an article by NPR in June, American travel to Europe was projected to jump 600% from last year. Also according to NPR, this sudden growth in overseas traveling even had a new name, “revenge traveling,” because travelers were making up for lost travel time due to COVID-19. Senior Alexander Murphy was part of this trend.


Walking across the brick streets of Italy, senior Alexander Murphy prepared himself for a long day of exploring. For Murphy, his reason for traveling was his annual family vacation. Over the summer, Murphy and his family traveled to Italy for two weeks. According to Murphy, his family favors Europe as a place to travel. While he enjoyed the trip, the part he wouldn’t want to do again would be walking to the Colosseum. “It was a crowded and long walk,” Murphy said. “It was very hot.” While some may like to go sightseeing or souvenir shopping, Murphy said his favorite thing to do was explore the food options. “Eating was pretty fun and swimming too,” Murphy said. “The pizza was super good.” A difference Murphy noticed between the U.S. and other countries he’s traveled to is how other families act. “Here in America, everyone in a family tries to go away,” Murphy said. “In other countries, they all stay together and that’s very important.” Murphy said he would like to continue going on family vacations even when he goes to college. “It’s a fun escape for our summer and get together with family and have a good time,” Murphy said. Having the opportunity to travel to Italy with his family made the trip an eyeopening experience for Murphy, and he is looking forward to the next trip. “I think there’s a lot of good things other cultures like can bring to you and can change your way of thinking,” Murphy said. “So I think [traveling] is a very necessary thing I will do.”


Student summer travel according to an online survey of 164 students



of students traveled outside of the U.S. over the summer SCHOOL



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Returning to his family’s roots, sophomore Cooper Cahalan traveled to Germany over the summer to see the place his parents once called home. “My sister was born in Germany, so we decided to go back to her hometown because my parents also used to live there for two to three years,” Cahalan said. “We wanted to go back and see where they lived.” While his trip was mostly centered around learning more about his parents’ past experiences, Cahalan took advantage of this opportunity to make some memories of his own. “I traveled to a couple of different countries,” Cahalan said. “I traveled to Germany,

Amsterdam, Paris and Ireland. According to the firsttime traveler abroad, he was not excited and felt underwhelmed when awaiting the trip. However, once he experienced the lifestyle of different countries, he began to see how unique other cultures were and how much of the world he did not know. “Everything in the U.S. is just box-like plain, but the architecture over there is unreal.” Cahalan said. ‘We did what we called castle hunting, where we would just go out and look around for a castle.” Cahalan and his family spent two weeks in various cities of Germany and became accustomed to the everyday lifestyle such as

Top 3 travel snacks, based on 50 responses


Charging port converters — these helpful tools aren’t on many students’ summer packing list, but sophomore Avery Kurt knew she needed one. For Kurt, this was a useful tool as she traveled on a two week family vacation to Italy, Croatia and Greece in July. “It’s definitely a different experience than in the United States,” Kurt said. “They do things a lot differently. Life in the United States is so much easier.” According to Kurt, the travel time to Europe included a 10-


hour flight in addition to another two-hour plane ride. “The flight was super long, and the jet lag was bad,” Kurt said. While Kurt and her family were in Europe, they stayed in two different Airbnbs and a hotel. Kurt said that most livable places were located above shops and restaurants. “Everything is a lot more squished and compact,” Kurt said. “There are so many different travelers.” While in Rome, Kurt and her

family visited the Vatican and the Colosseum. “It was my dad’s dream to take my family to Rome,” Kurt said. For other students who are traveling abroad for their first time, Kurt urged them to be prepared for walking because of the price of transportation to each site. “It was a thrilling, memorable and unique experience,” Kurt said.

eating wiener schnitzel and the long brick roads where they walked for hours as they explored little shops and the stories shared about the cities. “I was not really expecting what I saw,” Cahalan said. “It was super cool to wake up in a different country because you are living in another part of the world, and you kind of just get away from home. It is not anything like the U.S.”

AWE OF ART Starring at a painting, senior Jordan White visits the Musée d’Orsay in Paris France. White and other students left for France on May 26 on a 10-hour flight. | NATALIE MARTINEZ

Tour group travels to France

OUR LADY OF CHARTRES French teacher Leigh-Ann Haggerty visited the Chartres Cathedral along with students. They toured the church located in France on June 4 during their trip. | NATALIE MARTINEZ

ON TOP OF CHARTRES Balancing on the sign, junior Alex Haggerty visits the Chartes Cathedral, where Mass was going on when the students visited. | NATALIE MARTINEZ

CASTLE BEAUTY Looking up to take a picture, sophomore Paloma Maldonado Banda and junior Gabby Brown stand in front of the Château Royal d’Amboise. The group of students visited the castle on May 30. | NATALIE MARTINEZ



The ringing of the alarm clock shook the room at Oxbridge. Students filled the dorms in Barcelona at a summer study abroad program as they prepared for their first class of the day. Over the summer, junior Dr Julius Lopez ventured by himself and resided with fellow students from all over the globe for one month when he decided to take

the trip to enhance his interests in the health field. “I studied general medicine,” Lopez said. “I learned how to do stitches and other basic stuff like that.” While some may struggle with the idea of learning in a completely different country with people they have never met

before, Lopez said it actually helped him. “The combination of a different environment and a different culture — I feel like it really helps you absorb the information better and it sticks with you,” Lopez said.



Student reflects on summer study abroad experience BY ANA GAJEWSKI



his summer I went on the biggest adventure of my life. I had the crazy idea to travel to Costa Rica all by myself to spend two weeks with people I didn’t know to research sea turtles, do conservation work, learn from veterinarians and immerse myself in a new culture. I did this through a study abroad program called Loop Abroad. We worked with Latin American Sea Turtles, LAST,helping with their sea turtle research and mangrove conservation projects on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. We had the opportunity to assist veterinarians with a dog and cat spayneuter campaign. Working with all the animals was an amazing experience. Costa Rica is a beautiful place, and the wildlife there is astonishing. On our first day, we saw a sloth on a low tree, and seeing an animal like that

living freely was so incredible. We had the opportunity to hike Corcovado National Park on one of the days that we were not working. I will never forget this day. It was quite eventful, starting at 3 a.m. to drive to the park and start the hike early enough that we would be able to get back without the tide being too high.

“ Working with all the

animals was an amazing hands-on experience that I hope to recieve again. “

Our guide Carlos was a very funny man, so it was never a dull moment between making jokes with him, crossing rivers, watching monkeys swing from branches right above my head, to one of the girls, Katie-Ann, spraining her ankle and hitching a ride back on a horse. Although the tourist days were fun, the best part of the trip was the experience

with animals. Out of the four sea turtle monitoring and research days, we caught five turtles — three green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and two hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata). In the morning we went out on a boat to set a net and then monitored it, and if a sea turtle was caught, then we took it back to the beach to weigh it, measure it, remove any parasites, record any tracking numbers and place tags*. This research is necessary for learning about sea turtle behavior, patterns that they follow during different cycles and conservation. We also had the opportunity to assist veterinarians in preoperative and postoperative procedures as well as sit in on surgeries for dogs and cats. This was special because I learned so much and received so much hands-on experience that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience until vet school. I am so grateful for all the experiences and people that I met in Costa Rica. Pura Vida! *safety and biosecurity precautions were taken; no animals were harmed


What’s your favorite meal from Taher, the new food company? “Lasagna because I thought it had a lot of flavor to it and good sides as well.”


“It’s got to be between the pesto chicken or the Hawaiian roll sliders. I think that lunch has definitely improved this year from last year.”


“That’s a tough one. It’s probably the pesto chicken we had. It was pretty solid, with a nice flavor.”



“I liked the Hawaiian roll sliders because my mom makes them all the time, and I thought they were really good.”


PUT IN THE EFFORT Join an academic community




ince you were young, the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” comes up in almost every conversation about your future. As a kindergartner, the common answers of astronaut and princess were allowed, but now we need an actual answer. After four years of high school, students are pressured to know exactly what they want to be. Many still do not know due to the lack of experience in specific job fields. Now, students have the opportunity to explore their passions and narrow down what they want to do in their futures before they leave for college. Academic communities, new this year, will assist students in navigating their potential careers and gain experience in the fields of their choosing. Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity and do the work to be in an academic community, even freshmen and sophomores who will be invited to join in the spring. According to Bridgeport, 20 to 50 percent of people enter college undecided of their major. Academic communities can help you narrow down and solidify your search. Imagine yourself walking into college with already having an idea about your future occupation. You will be ahead of your peers, and you will be proud of yourself. But the opposite is also true. If you learn about an occupation and decide that it no longer interests you, you will know that before entering college. It is easier to change your mind now, rather than when you are semesters into college. There are seven academic communities: Human Services and

Education; Business and Law; Digital Media and Performing Arts; Faith-Based Service; Health Sciences and Medicine; Engineering and Design; and Computer Science and Information Technology. To be part of an academic community, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, complete a minimum of three courses from the experiential or college classes in their community, create an online portfolio and participate in extracurriculars and career exploration. Yes, this may seem like a long list to tackle, but in the long run you will be thankful. Each community has an adviser who specializes in the area of your choosing. Students, definitely take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your understanding of your interests. On Nov. 2, students will have the opportunity to visit with their academic community advisers and listen to industry professionals. Juniors, even though this is right after you take your ACT, it is worth going to. We know after your test that all you want to do is get Chick-fil-A and take the longest nap of your life. Spending more time at school probably sounds like the worst thing ever, but your senior self will thank you for putting in the extra effort now. Seniors, this day is a college visit day with no school, but it is still important to come to meet with your academic community if you can. If you put in the work, you will receive recognition at graduation and set yourself apart. At the end of the day, while joining an academic community may seem like an immense addition to an already tight schedule, you won’t regret it. Upperclassmen, you are now starting adulthood in the face, and this opportunity will be sure to give you a greater sense of confidence in that contest.

“ Everyone should take

advantage of this opportunity and do the work to be in an academic community. “

How can you be an academic community scholar? 1. GPA Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of seven semesters.

2. Academic community coursework Complete a minimum of 3 courses from the “College Preparatory” or “Experiential and Applied Learning” courses related to your area of interest. 3. Portfolio Create an digital portfolio that includes your resume, projects, professional learning experiences, extra-curricular participation and post-high school plans. This is due March 1 of your senior year.

4. Extra-Curricular participation and career exploration Be an active member of one club or team, do community volunteer work and attend professional learning experiences.

Scan this QR code to learn more about academic communities. ILLUSTRATIONS | MARY-KATHRYN WERT



What is the typical student experience coming to school? Do you pay for your own gas? 26% said they do 41% said they don’t 33% said they don’t drive

according to an online survey of 177 students

How long is your drive to school? 5-10 minutes 10-20 minutes 20-30 minutes


47% 26%

30+ minutes






What do you like/dislike about your commute?

FAST FACTS Of 83 students who drive, the average amount they spend on gas in one trip is between 40-50 dollars. 43% of students said they drive themselves to school. according to an online survey of 177 students

“I like having the option to walk to school, especially in the fall when the weather is nice.”

“I don’t like my long commute because I leave at 7:30 a.m. and get here around 8:10 a.m. on a good day.” according to U.S. Census Bureau



In 2019, the national one-way commute average was 27.6 minutes, an all-time high. ILLUSTRATIONS | MARY-KATHRYN WERT PHOTOS I EMMA LAZARCZYK

TO FEED AND FORGIVE Mersmann assembles community altar BY WILL BASKA STAFF WRITER


he gym falls silent in reverence as the Archbishop walks down the middle aisle, approaching the grand, white-clothed edifice waiting for him. This is no ordinary table, but a fruit of labor, a divine workshop that will serve as the base of all Masses — an altar handcrafted by Father Anthony Mersmann. Although a new altar had become a need for the Miege community, Fr. Mersmann said he was more than glad to bring the task into his own hands. “We needed a bigger, more sturdy altar,” Fr. Mersmann said. “The old one was very wobbly, and I knew I liked building things, so the idea came to build one.” While it could seem like a daunting task, Fr. Mersmann willingly spent his summer days

completing the project, expressing the joy it was to combine his penchant for building with his pastoral duties. “I love hobbies that offer immediate results, going from nothing to something,” Fr. Mersmann said. “Being able to see that type of work truly benefit my call to priesthood is really cool.” Not only did the job suffice as a way to fulfill his vocation, but it also served as a creative outlet for Fr. Mersmann to add his own personal touches. “I spent six hours woodburning the AlphaOmega symbol onto the front,” Fr. Mersmann said. “It really just means the beginning and the end. I wanted to communicate on the altar that this is everything — God is everything.” Though constructing an altar may seem like a heavy load, Fr. Mersmann said it has only inspired him to continue his mission to

Miege introduces lunch Reconciliation BY WILL BASKA STAFF WRITER


ou feel a little guilty about that extra cookie you snagged in the lunch line, or perhaps the table you left filthy and littered with crumbs. Now there is an immediate solution, as Father Anthony Mersmann has introduced lunch Reconciliation. Though this opportunity will not be available during lunch every day, Fr. Mersmann said he is excited to see it fully instated in the school community. “The sacraments are the most incredible tool in terms of potential for growth,” Fr. Mersmann said. “By having them more available to students, we grow so much closer with God.” Students, teachers and administrators alike will be able to receive the sacrament on Fridays, where Fr. Mersmann will be happily fulfilling his pastoral duties in the chapel. “We have many people in this building who rarely go to Confession who can come for an incredible opportunity,” Fr. Mersmann said. For those who struggle with the dynamic of confessing their sins, Fr. Mersmann has a simple, but important

better all parts of his ministry. “I always want to improve, move, create, solve,” Fr. Mersmann said. “We have been doing work in the chapel, and pretty soon we are going to incorporate some awesome images of the Sacred Heart. I love seeing those types of results.” On Aug. 31, Fr. Mersmann witnessed his labor come to fruition at the first all-school Mass of the year, led by one of his greatest role models, Archbishop Joseph Naumann. “I was just so glad I got to offer up this gift to the Archbishop,” Fr. Mersmann said. “I definitely felt edified and grateful that he was here to celebrate Mass.” As the school year is well underway, Fr. Mersmann said he hopes to see this creative sentiment spark inspiration across the school. “We all have God-given gifts that we can use to benefit the community,” Fr. Mersmann said. “I know I’m not stopping. It’s who I am.”

piece of advice. “I think a lot of it is just getting used to it,” Fr. Mersmann said. “I know it can be scary, but once you put yourself out there just a little bit, I think people will find it’s a wonderful tool.” Fr. Mersmann said that the establishment of lunch Reconciliation will have an immediate impact, but also one that starts a spiritual snowball effect. “When we go to Confession, we receive God’s love, then we can learn to incorporate that in our own lives,” Fr. Mersmann said. “The more we receive the love of God and the more we live it out into life, the more we will end up receiving the sacraments.” With this opportunity becoming a new staple at Miege, the spiritual environment the school attempts to instill becomes completely evident. Fr. Mersmann said he was more than happy to build on that sentiment. “When you give the opportunity, more people will go,” Fr. Mersmann said. “I feel like I am doing what I was supposed to do as a priest.” A BLESSED CREATION a Archbishop Joseph Naumann celebrates the Eucharist on altar created by Father Anthony Mersmann. | ANA GAJEWSKI

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ONE CUT AT A TIME Writing on a polyvinyl chloride pipe, senior Janella Corpin begins working on a frame for a Chiefs race car costume for the Walkin’ and Rollin’ organization. Corpin and other seniors are creating the costume as a way to earn service hours. Their first work day was held on Sept.17. “It was very hard since I was getting weaker the more I was cutting it,” Corpin said. | MARY-KATHRYN WERT


Seniors build Halloween costume for local boy in wheelchair BY JAMIE WEISS



oud chatter fills the Hammerspace Workshop packed with seniors running around the building as they grab parts for their project. The hum of the saw vibrates the floor as a Chiefs race car begins to take form. The inspiration for this project — Axton, a 7-year-old boy, who loves to dance, listen to music and laugh. When he was six months old, he stopped breathing and has since been diagnosed with epilepsy and uses a wheelchair. This Halloween, he will receive a costume created by a group of seniors led by 21st century learning director Matt Peterie. “I chose this because I am always looking for a good project that allows us to connect with people and make a difference,” Peterie said. “I love how this one brings the artistic

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and creative side along with the building and making.” Members of the team have certain roles where they can use their skills to create the costume, including building, designing and marketing. Senior Sofie Hyde is helping to

“It is really important to

go out and help the less fortunate. You do not know how many people you can help until you get out there. Senior Justin Walls

design and decorate the costume. “I really like art so designing will help this

project a lot,” Hyde said. “I will do whatever I can to make the costume the best it can be.” The Walkin’ and Rollin’ organization gives children with disabilities opportunities to have costumes that would otherwise not be possible — giving them a Halloween to remember. “We want to know what their dream Halloween is,” Peterie said. “We take all that information and try to create a costume that can fit as part of their wheelchair or their walker, so they can participate in all the Halloween trick-or-treating and parades.” The students who participate in this event are receiving 10 to 20 service hours, but that is not the only reason senior Justin Walls wants to be involved. “It is really important to go out and help the less fortunate,” Walls said. “You do not know how many people you can help until you get out there.” When deciding what costume to create,

the group met with Axton and one of his moms to find out his interests. “He initially wanted to be something really fast, so we thought it was going to be a spaceship or a race car,” Peterie said. “Then, we found out he was a huge Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes fan with some awesome curly dark hair.” The group’s main goal is to create the race car with Axton dressed up as Patrick Mahomes. “We decided to do a Chiefs NASCAR theme with the number 15 for Patrick Mahomes,” Walls said. “There is going to be a big arrowhead on the dash, too.”

Meeting with Axton and his family gave the team an opportunity to learn more about his condition and other children like him. “He is a really sweet and funny kid,” Hyde said. The final costume will be presented on Oct. 15 where all teams in the Kansas City region will show the costumes to the children and their families. “We have a lot of work to do in the next four weeks until we are ready to roll this out to Axton,” Peterie said. “I am excited for this group of seniors who are at Miege and everything we have in front of us.”

QR CODE TO DONATE The proceeds raised will be included in funding Axton’s costume. The group’s goal is to raise $300, which will go toward building and decorating the costume.

FORMING BONDS Meeting with Axton on Sept. 9, senior Caleb Oblepias and 21st century learning director Matt Peterie learn about Axton’s conditions and how to coordinate his costume. Oblepias is responsible for measurements and building the costume. | NATALIE MARTINEZ

by the numbers


total costumes for children with disabilities


total volunteers who help out with costume making


cost to children and their family members


schools in the metro area participating in Walkin’ and Rollin’ according to the website of the Walkin’ and Rollin’ organization

LAYING THE FOUNDATION Holding a pipe, senior Justin Walls begins building part of the costume on Sept.17. Walls is part of the group designing and building the costume. | MARY-KATHRYN WERT

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CLAPS ALL AROUND Greeted by the herd council, freshman Isabella Castillo-Ruiz enters the school during freshman welcome. Freshman welcome took place before freshman orientation on Aug.15, where students received their chromebooks and schedules. “It was exciting, but also scary starting new things,” Castillo-Ruiz said. | NATALIE MARTINEZ

HANDS UP On herd day, Perrini herd members juniors Jeremy Schleicher, Justyce Betts, Harry Gittemeier and senior John Swaney put their hands on their head for the heads and tails game. During herd day on Aug. 17, different herds competed against each other for points. “Herd day is always a great time,” Betts said. “What I like about it is that the herds come together to compete as one.” | NATALIE MARTINEZ

HUDDLE UP Discussing the question, Rost mentors Taryn Frank, Jennifer Dessert, Kayla Moylan and Lori Voss contemplate how many bones a giraffe’s neck has. Mentor competitions took place on Sept. 22 where teachers competed in volleyball and trivia. “I really enjoyed the competitions with the teachers,” Moylan said. “I am so competitive so I wanted to help our team get a win.” | NATALIE MARTINEZ


BUILDING SPIRIT During the football game at Aquinas against St. James, seniors Rohan Putz, Oscar Ludwikoski and Grant Nicely lead the game. The student section built up in excitement on Sept. 16 to support the varsity football team’s win 52-14. “I loved getting sweet revenge against St. James because we lost to them in playoffs last year,” Nicely said. | ANA GAJEWSKI

GROOVIN’ OUT During the ‘80s Mixer, sophomores Rose Lopez and Adriana Aquino dance in the crowd on Aug. 19. “I liked how all four different grades got to combine and show how different their outfits were,” Aquino said. | MARY-KATHRYN WERT

EYES FOCUSED On the first meeting of the American Sign Language Club, sophomore Zoey Turpin learns the alphabet. The ASL club formed and had its first meeting on Sept. 9. “ASL is a good thing to learn because you can communicate with more people,” Turpin said. | SALLY PANIS


BRING IT BACK NOW, STAGS Male yell leaders return for the first time since 1991 BY EMMA LAZARCZYK



ne. Two. Three. Up. Down. Along the sidelines, pyramids of cheerleaders guide the student section in chants, which students have repeated for years, but this year there are a couple of new additions to the team. According to The Hart, for the first time since 1991, there are boys cheering on the team. Previously, male cheerleaders, more popularly known as yell leaders, had their own section on the sidelines at athletic competitions, but due to a decrease in interest, yell leaders became a thing of the past until this year. “I’ve always had an interest in cheer, but I never thought I would have the chance to do it,” senior Adrian Villegas said. “When the chance came up, I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try it.” According to assistant cheer coach Taryn Frank, reinstating yell leaders has been in the works for the past two years. “I had a lot of guys in class who said, ‘It’s never going to happen’ and when it finally did they were like ‘Oh, maybe I will try out,’” Frank said.

HOLD EACH OTHER UP During halftime, seniors Adrian Villegas and Ava Fortin show a new stunt to the crowd. Villegas and Fortin became stunt partners this year. | STELLA CAHALAN


As a member of the cheer team for four Villegas said. “I feel very welcomed by my years, senior Ava Fortin said she thinks the teammates and coaches. My best moment so addition of boys has opened the team up to far was getting an All-Star nominee at RNC, a more opportunities. cheer camp, which would allow me to audition “Partner stunting with me and Adrian was to be an All-Star cheerleader.” definitely one of the hardest things I’ve had While the team’s season has just began, to learn on the team, and it can be super Fortin said she hopes members will continue to frustrating,” Fortin said. “Adrian and I have grow as a whole throughout the season. definitely formed a special bond through it — “As a team, we have shifted more focus to there is a lot of trust between us which helps making sure that everyone understands what me to not be scared and helps him to focus on the team will be trying to accomplish in the working hard.” next few months,” Fortin said. “I would like According to Athletic Director Joe Schramp, the recent spark in interest CALL IT LOUD Following a cheer, junior Alex Smith led him and the coaches to discuss the spirits and waves to the crowd. Smith said he decided to join cheer this year to put himself out there. possibility of opening the team up to | MARY-KATHRYN WERT boys. “This year, we had a couple of boys who were interested,” Schramp said. “They are leading the chants, and I think that is good.” Due to the push for the return of yell leaders by students and her witness to other schools growing their cheer programs to include boys, Frank thought it was a good time to push for it. “I was overjoyed, because I have been asking since freshman year,” junior Alex Smith said, “I wanted to join just because I never got to do extracurricular activities in middle school, and it was just something fun and new and exciting. It’s kind of athletic, which I am not.” In only a short time, male cheerleaders have made a positive impact on the team, according to Frank. “Especially in stunts, male cheerleaders can do a lot more stunts lifting girls,” Smith said. “They are a very strong base to build off of.” As a senior, Villegas said he is looking to make the best out of his short time on the team, and has already gained life-long memories and experiences. “Everyone is very accepting of having a boy on the team,”

LOUD AND PROUD Moments before the Rockhurst vs. Miege football game on Sept. 23, the cheer team practices its routines for the game. Both Varsity and JV cheered together for this game. Senior Adrian Villegas and junior Alex Smith have joined the team as yell leaders. | ANA GAJEWSKI

to be able to form strong relationships with each other and for us to become consistent and strong in our routines. It’s definitely a lot of work, but I just would love to see us succeed at state this year.” According to Frank, the team has grown in strength and spirit with the boys adding their unique skills to the group. She said she hopes that all the members of the cheer team are able to bond and support one another throughout the season as they work towards state. “With Ava and Adrian, when they are stunting, he’s like a big teddy

bear,” Frank said. “He will catch her when anything happens.” Villegas and Smith are the only two boys to become yell leaders this season, but Frank and Schramp said they hope to see more interest from male students wanting to become yell leaders and bring their energy to the sidelines and continue to break the status quo of what a cheerleader looks like. “As one of the first boys on the team, I want to inspire other boys to be on the team, and do what they want,” Villegas said.


Q: Why were you a yell leader? some of us were just too small A: “Itothink play football, so we just decided to be yell leaders.”

Q: A:

Is there a memory that sticks out to you? “We went to cheerleading camp, and there was 10 of us guys, and there must have been about 300 girls there in KU.”

ONCE A STAG, ALWAYS A STAG Returning to their roots, the class of ‘87 yell leaders meet up for a reunion. | PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROBERT FITZGERALD

LEADING THE PACK Amping up his skills class of ‘87 alum, Robert FitzGerald, poses with a group of cheerleaders at a KU cheer camp. FitzGerald was one of 10 yell leaders his senior year.

Q: What was your favorite chant to lead? got spirit. We would scream, “We had A: We spirit” and we would go back and forth. SPORTS | 29

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Preparing for an upcoming tournament, freshman Ashley Myers and JV golf coach Dennis Mueller talk about tips for the driving range. Coach Mueller was recruited to serve as JV coach with the influx of new players. “I enjoy all of the girls’ personalities and their work ethic,” Mueller said. | MARY-KATHRYN WERT

DRIVING UP THE NUMBERS Girls golf team more than doubled from last year BY ELAINA GIBSON



n the driving range, the noises of the girls forcefully hitting the balls with precision sound while they laugh with each other and have fun. According to freshman Ashley Myers, her teammates have made it easy to meet new people and adjust to the environment of high school, whether through offering rides to practice, lifting each other up or providing a energetic and welcoming environment to play a sport. “I had no trouble at all meeting people, and they were all just so welcoming and nice to me,” Myers said, “I do not know why you would not want to be friends with all of them.” The sport is not just an entertaining pastime, as the golfers have different individual goals to keep them on track. Honing in on scoring better was a common intention between Myers and returning sophomore player Caroline Bock. “My biggest goal right now is probably to make it to state and just see how I finish and also to beat my personal best score, which is an 85,” Myers said. Whether her goal is to be more diligent at every practice or improve their putting and chipping, each girl wants to do her


part to help her teammates succeed, according to Bock. “I think we will probably make it to state this year,” Myers said. “We definitely have to put in the effort, but we are doing pretty well so far.” Bock has played golf throughout her summers and when wanting to join a fall sport, she turned to golf as one she was familiar with. Golfers on the team have a variety of different skill levels. Some have little experience, while others golfers like Myers have played since they were 4. “We are all learning together, and it is a fun experience,” Bock said. “You do not need to worry because you will not be the worst one.” Each girl has a person or group of people that helps them stay motivated throughout the season. New golfer sophomore Mia Mendez said that her dad was essential in her decision to join the team and thought it was important for her to learn how to play. Myers said her teammates help her strive to improve her skills. For Bock, her mom encourages her throughout the season. “She always motivates me to play golf and pushes me to keep going,” she said. According to Bock and Myers, breaking

societal stigmas that say women do not know how to play or do not play well is crucial for the team to keep growing in size. Both girls said golf is an underrated sport because few people talk about it and give it the recognition it deserves. “I know that people don’t really play golf because it is not a sport people grow up on, but I have never heard anyone really talk about it at Miege,” Myers said. The girls golf team has welcomed new players this year, growing from five members to 12. Myers and Mendez agreed that head golf coach Scott Schultz has provided them with help and kindness in their first season. “One bonding experience that I liked was our first practice when I got to meet everyone, and we all just talked about our orientations,” Myers said. “The first practice was probably my favorite because I got to meet everyone and learn about them and see how they play golf.” Myers said she feels a sense of belonging on the golf team, and according to Bock, the girls form a close bond with each other that helps keep the challenging game fun. “Golf is very different from other sports that I’ve played previously, and I think it’s something good to try,” Mendez said.

The big 100


Football coach John Holmes and soccer coach Nate Huppe have achieved 100 wins. “I was just happy for the boys to come out with a win in a tough game against KC Christian more than hitting 100,” Huppe said.


Football coach John Holmes achieved his 100th win against (42-0) during his 11th season as head coach.

8 years

Soccer coach Nate Huppe achieved his 100th win against KC Christian (2-1) during his 8th season as head coach.

Q & A from fall athletes

CUTTING TIME With a mile left in the race, sophomore Ella Aquino stays with the front pack of runners at the Bonner Springs Invitational on Sept. 17. Aquino placed 14 out of 52 in the 5K with a time of 21:52, which was two minutes faster than her time the week prior. | ALENA GILLESPIE

Support our Stags


Q: What is your favorite cross country moment? Rim Rock meet was a big moment for me. A: “The Even though I did not get the time I wanted, I

thought it was tons of fun competing with all these big schools.”


Q: What is your favorite part about being a setter? get to control the offense, and I can give the A: “Ihitters a good ball, and then when they get a good kill, I just feel kind of proud.”

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BRING IT IN Gathering on the court, the volleyball team prepares for their senior night game against Lansing, which the Stags lost 1-3. Returning to Miege for her first season as head coach, Lindsay Zych Franco represents the Stags for the first time since she graduated in 2012. | EMMA LAZARCZYK



KICK START Hands in the air, the student section cheers as the Stags open the game with kickoff. The game ended with a victory of 28-21. “I have some friends at Rockhurst, so getting to play them was exciting,” senior Gavin Mannebach said. “It was a great environment being in the front rows.” | MARY-KATHRYN WERT

RED SEA Dressed as Moses, senior Rohan Putz runs up the middle of the bleachers “parting the Red Sea.” | EMMA LAZARCZYK


DRUMS OUT Seniors Jackson Owens, Polly Ayala and Cassidy Reno play for the drumline, which partnered with students from Rockhurst and Sion. | ANA GAJEWSKI

BREAK THROUGH Ready to play the game, the varsity football team rips through the “Stags Rock The House” banner during the Rockhurst game on Sept. 23. The Stags beat Rockhurst by seven points. | MARY-KATHYRN WERT