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BLUE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Vol. 43 Issue 6 January 2013 Stilwell, Kan.

ADDING AWARDS National Art Honor Society members prepare the newest Brick by Brick mural page 2 REGULATION REALITY In light of recent tragedies, student recognizes need for gun control page 5 REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE Club promotes environmentally friendly message. Take the quiz to see how “green” you are page 14

Striving swimmer: Senior leads swim team by example; coach discusses work ethic, future goals for college. Pages 8-9.

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Walk into Blue Valley. You see a large mural, composed of many large, blue puzzle pieces and a tiger. Student accomplishments are proudly written across it, an entire wall’s worth. This is last year’s Brick by Brick, which National Art Honor Society (NAHS) copresident senior Katie Campbell helped make a reality. “[NAHS 2012 co-presidents, graduates] Lauren Reardon and Meredith Schmidt painted it, and I know a couple other NAHS members helped,” she said. “[Senior] Katie Wynn and I drew the names.” She said helping with last year’s Brick by Brick has helped her with this year’s mural. “I didn’t realize how much time it really takes to get that all done,” Campbell said. “We have had a few problems in the past with timing on Brick by Brick, so we really want to make sure we get a jump start on it and get ahead before, you know, the big rush when the end of the year comes.” Brick by Brick is created by NAHS members. “Student-wise, Brick by Brick, starting last year, was the responsibility of National Art Honor Society,” NAHS sponsor Mark

Mosier said. “Their job is to solicit from teachers information to put on Brick by Brick in addition to putting together the original concept of the overall design on the wall. Once that design was approved, then they were to draw and paint that on the chosen, select wall. After they had collected the information from the various teachers, then they start laying that out, or whatever you want to call it, on the wall.” Each Brick by Brick stays on the wall for four years. This year’s Brick by Brick will replace the previous mural of a Tiger and an iPod. “The question is, ‘Can we leave them on for longer than a four year cycle?’” Mosier said. “We don’t have enough walls in the building to leave them all up. I guess we could leave them on a six-year cycle, maybe, but, at some point, they have to be painted over.” Campbell said they work on Brick by Brick year-round. “Basically, we’ve wanted to start discussing what was going to go on Brick by Brick by the end of this year,” she said. “Getting that started is really important. Then, we want to begin drawing it on the brick the beginning of [this year] and have it painted sometime midway through the end of the year and then written.” Campbell said they are still working on the design for this year’s Brick by Brick.

“We obviously want to incorporate tigers somehow,” she said. “We’re thinking maybe a huge tiger stripe print, but it’s not anything solid yet.” Mosier said he is a little concerned with the progress that has been made on this year’s Brick by Brick. “I have encouraged the National Art Honor Society people, as much as possible, to be putting the design up, but, at this point, they have told me that everything is under control,” he said. Mosier said the items on Brick by Brick go through an approval process before being put on the wall. “Whatever students achieve, accomplish, whatever, whether it’s an athletic or an academic honor, their sponsor or coach is supposed to submitting that first to [Principal Scott] Bacon who gives his stamp of approval,” he said. “Then it gets passed along to me either by email or by form, and then that form is given to the students. The wording and the names and the spelling and so on, on the form would be what the students would use to put the bricks up.” Campbell said Brick by Brick celebrates student accomplishments. “The goal is to showcase all the awards that were given to individuals and teams who were recognized throughout the year,” she said.

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Jan. 22 — Club Photos for Yearbook Jan. 24 — Tiger TV Jan. 30 — Curriculum Night, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 — Pizza Hut Fundraiser Feb. 5 — American Math Competition, 7:30 a.m. in the Commons Feb. 6 — Signing Day, 3 p.m. in the Commons Feb. 7 — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m. in the PAC; Sweetheart Assembly Feb. 8 — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Feb. 9 — The Music Man, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the PAC; State Scholar’s Bowl Feb. 11 — Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 p.m. in the gym Feb. 14 — Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7:30 p.m. in the gym; It’s Paper Day: February Tiger Print distributed Feb. 15 — No School Feb. 16 — Sweetheart Dance

Debate squad places second in State tournament, turns focus toward preparation for next year kellycordingley editor-in-chief Blue Valley’s debate team took second place to Shawnee Mission East High School in the State Debate Tournament on Jan. 12. BV was defeated by one ballot. Senior Archana Vasa, secretary and treasurer of the National Forensics League, was part of the team that took second at the tournament. She said despite the second place finish, she is proud of how her senior year State run turned out. “It felt good because we hadn’t even qualified for that tournament last year,” she said. “It was also disappointing because we really wanted to win, and we were in first place the whole tournament until the very last round.” Vasa said the team’s work ethic and preparation throughout the season paid off. “I think we debated our hardest,” she said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done this whole season. I think all our hard work was really reflected by our placing at State.”

Debate coach Chris Riffer said despite the loss, the squad held their heads high. “Sometimes what you get out of something isn’t what you put in,” Riffer said. “They were able to put the loss in perspective better than most.” Riffer said the seniors on the squad set the bar high for next year. “This group of seniors was always the last in the room working,” he said. “None of them thought they were so good they couldn’t improve.” Next year, Vasa said the debate squad is apt to excel. “I think the team is in a good position to do some great things next year,” Vasa said. “We’ve already had some really talented juniors step up to the plate, and I think they’re going to do a great job as seniors next year.” After spending four years with the debate seniors, Riffer said he has high hopes for their futures. “It’s going to be hard to see them go,” he said. “Every one of them has bright future.”

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!"#$%gregory &'())*+,$'-, Remember Columbine? Of course you don’t, and neither do I. I was four at the time and only learned about it when our middle school took the opportunity to learn about the life of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the tragedy. Twelve students and a teacher were killed that day when a duo of students opened fire on their classmates. Well, arguably the most tragic shooting spree at a school in American history has just been oneupped. Twenty children and six adults were shot to death on Friday, Dec.14, 2012. Newtown will soon be synonymous with Columbine, Aurora and Virginia Tech University. This feels too soon. Didn’t we just get over the Aurora theater shooting? Shouldn’t there have been a year or two after that until the inevitability of another tragedy? Weren’t the gun control talks starting to cool after the Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher murdersuicide? Well they are not going away anytime soon. And those suggesting we should avoid talking about the issue of gun control in wake of a tragedy are ignorant. Let me say it again: they are ignorant. This is an issue that needs, begs and deserves to be talked about, and one that needs to be resolved. This won’t be popular at Blue Valley. People are hilariously conservative at Blue Valley. People hunt at Blue Valley. People think that “guns don’t kill people — people kill people” at Blue Valley. On a related note, if you use that argument in any manner that isn’t joking, I’ll equate your intelligence to that of a bumper sticker. So, I understand I’m going against the grain here. We need a massive regulation of firearms in America. I said it, crucify me. It’s sad we need too many jarring incidents to get us to talk about it.

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However, that’s how we are as Americans. Nobody complained or cared about the shoddy levees in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina decimated them. Though it would be a bit ignorant to lobby for getting rid of guns completely, it would be infinitely more ignorant to do nothing. This issue was discussed after the Belcher suicide when sportscaster Bob Costas quoted a column on the halftime show on NBC’s Sunday Night Football that called for regulation of firearms. The nitwits at Fixed, ahem, I mean Fox News essentially called this an attack on our basic freedom as Americans. Those who worship Faux News agreed vehemently: they can’t take our guns away from us. And while I personally see no real reason for the average Overland Park-dwelling citizen to need a firearm, I get it — you need your precious guns to give you a twisted sense of safety or to slaughter woodland creatures. To each his own. But if you think there is nothing that can be done, or regulations would do nothing, then I’m going to break out the “I” word again on you. Ignorant, idiot, insane — take your choice. I wish I could call you something else, but this is a family paper. More extensive background checks, stricter regulations and a change of culture would all reduce mass shootings. Think that the problem is going to solve itself? According to the “Washington Post,” six of the twelve worst shooting sprees in America have happened since 2007. The problem is not going away; it is intensifying as we speak. The man who slaughtered 26 in Newtown, and the one who killed 12 in Aurora used firearms and ammunition that were all bought legally. Not a single red flag was raised as to why hundreds of automatic rounds were needed. Honestly, if we’re going to do something about guns, shouldn’t we start with eliminating the automatic weapons first? Do you really need a machine gun to kill a deer? If so, do you also identify yourself as the worst hunter on the planet? There’s quite literally no reason to ever need a weapon that doesn’t require reloading. You want a rifle to hunt with? Fine, but don’t tell me the average citizen should be able to carry an AK-47. Those who want guns for protection or say mass killings could be stopped if other citizens had guns are also out of touch with logic.

So, you’re telling me if an elementary school student or teacher was packing, then this could be stopped? We should fight fire with fire and set up an administrator with a gun for the off chance that the pure incarnate of evil walks through the schools doors? You must not be very smart. If someone is going to carry a gun at a school, it should be those who are trained and legally obligated to carry a firearm — a school resource officer who is there for the sole purpose of protecting students. If only a citizen had a gun in Aurora. All they would have to do is ignore the fact that movie theaters are generally dark. And that there was hysteria and panic on a wide scale after shots were fired. And that gas canisters were released by the shooter in order to heighten that fear and panic. And that he was wearing body armor. Other than that, a random citizen having a gun would work out great. Seriously, when’s the last time you heard of the average, gun-wielding citizen turning into Jason Bourne and fending off a violent shooter? In the last 30 years, there have been 62 mass shootings in America. Not a single one of them ended with a glock-toting citizen ending the life of the gunman. Not a single one. It’s just not realistic. The last time we heard about an average citizen using a gun to “defend” himself, the discussion was revolving around George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. However, if there is one thing we can agree on, it is that we should not let any political discussion overshadow the tragedy of Dec. 14. We went through the motions: flags were lowered to half mast, President Barack Obama spoke and cried at the eulogy and we all mourned the fact that 20 children will never learn to drive a car, never attend a school dance, never graduate or never wed. Those who survived the ordeal will likely never be the same. A community has been shattered, and countless families have been irreparably damaged. There were 20 children who likely had wrapped Christmas presents waiting for them under a tree — presents that were never opened. We cannot agree on much as a country, but the barrel of a weapon should never be the last thing a child will ever see. Whatever god you believe in, we all come from the same one — that’s who those children are with now.




January 2013

Despite high school memories, relationships, graduation spurs excitement for future kellycordingley editor-in-chief Only one more set of high school finals to go. Only one more prom to attend. Only a few more assemblies to compete in class competitions. Only a few more papers to submit to last minute, and hopefully no more than three tardies to first hour. Yeah, high school has been fantastic.

I wouldn’t trade the friends I have made for the world, and I’ve learned a plethora of life lessons here at Blue Valley. I’ve learned everyone has a story. I’ve learned those who seem less than bright may surprise you later on. I’ve learned people you hardly talked to the first three years of high school can become the people who help you learn complex math problems the night before a test. I’ve learned most people want to help you out if you’ve been nice to them before you needed something. Even with the wonderful experiences I’ve had here, I’m not dying to stick around. Life beyond high school is the next step, and we are supposed to take it.

College isn’t something we should fear — it is something we should look forward to. It is where people can meet lifelong friends and future spouses. It is where we find ourselves. I hear all too often I should enjoy my time in high school because, pretty soon, things are going to get real. I couldn’t agree more. Everyone should try to enjoy their time in high school, especially at a high school as fabulous as BV. But, being excited to move on and away is just fine, too. Embrace the change that is coming — don’t fear it. Thousands of 18 year olds are headed off


to college in the fall, each one with something unique to them. There are thousands of new people to meet, to become close with, to go to lunch with and to walk to classes with. No, college isn’t going to be as comfortable and as easy as high school was. But, then again, neither is life. I cannot wait to go to college, but that doesn’t mean I cannot wait to leave BV. I’ll cry at graduation. I’ll be upset about leaving my friends and everything I’ve accomplished here. But, moving onto college will be one of the best things ever. So, one semester left to go. One semester left to embrace both what I’ll miss, and what I’m excited for.

!"##$%&'()*+*",(%$&-$.+(.%*./",(+0( -%01$&&/0#",(&.200,($#3/%0#)$#+ alexkontopanos Z[HɈWOV[VNYHWOLY It always starts with cracking a couple jokes. Everyone in the class giggles a little when a student gets a few laughs with the teacher. You made a special handshake with your teacher? That’s fine. There’s sometimes banter and innocent teasing? That’s not a problem. However, some students are, unfortunately, unaware of the boundaries with teachers. I know some teachers are loads of fun

and easy to joke around with, but students cross the line when they start ridiculing or insulting them. It doesn’t matter how much you don’t like a teacher’s personality or their teaching methods. Students need to maintain a professional and appropriate relationship with their teachers. Your teachers are here to educate you and help you grow as an individual and as an intellectual. They’re not here to be your best friend, put up with your snarky comments or accept your critiques on their ways of teaching. Yes, I know some teachers like to tease their students, and there’s no harm in that. But be aware of your limits. Don’t be that obnoxious student who has to argue and debate with the teacher every single day and distract the class. Not every teacher is going to appreciate your humor, but no teacher will appreciate disrespect. I was appalled when during one of my

classes, a student decided to debate with my teacher about whether the teacher had the right facts and if he even had the proper credentials to be an educator. I couldn’t believe that the student had the nerve to insult a teacher about the way he was teaching and the validity of his facts. It’s understandable that teachers sometimes make mistakes, and they can be wrong, too, just like students. That doesn’t give any student the excuse to attack them. Keep in mind your teachers also put your grades into Synergy. So, it doesn’t hurt to be polite. In addition, you want your teachers to take you seriously. I doubt they will want to write you a recommendation letter if the only thing you did in class was insult them and goof off the entire time. Consider the fact that they’re older than you, and you should respect your elders. They are here to help you and deserve appreciation for making it their profession to guide us through what many would

consider to be the most important four years of our lives. If you can’t understand proper relationships with your teachers and establish mutual boundaries, how do you plan on functioning in the real world? How are you going to work alongside your colleagues, your bosses or your military commanders? Acknowledge authority instead of trying to override it. There should always be a mutual respect between teachers and students. We need to be grateful for the amazing opportunity we have for education and for those who provide that education to us. Instead of ridiculing them and distracting the entire class, take some time to understand how much your teachers actually do for you. Respect their profession and stop criticizing them. So, think before you open your mouth to make another snarky comment.

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There’s always that one couple in the hallway that are constantly making out and have their hands all over each other. Everyone can see them. Everyone tries to ignore them. No one says anything. Or at least, not to them. Let’s break the ice and recognize that this is school. No one wants to see that. There’s also always the poor freshman who just wants to get their Geometry book, but his locker is unfortunately placed — right in the middle of the two lovebirds.

Honestly, if you and your “soulmate” are seriously “in love,” good for you. You don’t need to show it to the rest of the student body. Most students have just gotten out of bed in the morning, and the last thing they want to see is people being all lovey-dovey. We just ate breakfast, for goodness sake. Some people are so enamored with each other they are walking down the hallway while still holding on to each other for dear life. First off, that doesn’t look easy or comfortable. Second, most likely you are causing a bit of a traffic jam. So, please, kindly walk normally. Now, there is a difference between holding each others’ hands and holding each others’ bodies. If you want to hold hands, go for it. That is not a problem, but please keep up the pace. We thank you for keeping

it PG for the sake of everyone around you. It’s not about whether or not you like each other — we understand you’re fond of each other. It’s just common courtesy. Something that intimate doesn’t have a place in Blue Valley’s hallways, or at least not where people are trying to receive an education. It makes everyone around you feel awkward. There’s probably a rule about keeping it clean in the hallways somewhere, otherwise known as a purplefree zone. Boys are blue, and girls are red. Mix the two together, and what do you get? Purple. So let’s keep it purple-free, shall we? And for all of you who feel the need to do this in between every class: you will see each other in 50 minutes. The world is not going to end in that time. It will be OK. You can’t possibly miss them that much.

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kellycordingley editor-in-chief Years from now he could stand, grinning ear-to-ear in front of hundreds of cameras, on the most glorified stage possible — the Olympic stage. Decked out in medals and a Speedo, he might wave to his fans back home, maybe even remembering his high school swim team back at Blue Valley. Not Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte, but BV swim captain senior Chris Hearl. Hearl said, at the moment, competing in the Olympics is a goal of his. “If I get good enough, my dream would be to go to the Olympics,” Hearl said. “I’m not going to say it’s never going to happen. I’m looking forward to swimming in college — maybe some conference championships.” Currently, Hearl is being scouted by Louisiana State University, Notre Dame University and Texas Christian University, all of whom are offering scholarships, though the amounts are not certain. Hearl swims sprint races — backstroke, butterfly and freestyle. He has contributed to setting the school record in the 200 Medley relay with 1:39.27, the 200 Freestyle relay with 1:28.67, the 400 Freestyle relay with 3:15.05. He personally set the records for the 100 Butterfly with 49.86 and the 100 Backstroke with 50.30. He is also a two-time State champion — something both he and swim coach Adam Bien said they hope to accomplish again this year. “His times in the 5A State Championship would have been State Champion in 6A as well,” Bien said. “So we hope to get him to be a double State Champion in 6A this year.” As far as Hearl’s future success, Bien said the possibilities are endless. “The sky’s the limit for [Hearl],” Bien said. “Some of the things we’ve seen him do, I’ve never seen a high school swimmer do, just the times that he’s had.” Due to the work Hearl has put in, Bien said he has high hopes for Hearl’s future.


“After high school, since he’s spent so much time, if he wants to continue with swimming, I think he’s going to be able to really excel,” Bien said. “He’s going to get scholarship offers to a bunch of different schools — good schools — whatever makes him happy. At the next level, he could be very competitive in NCAA swimming. I’d like to see him out there.” Bien said Hearl is unlike many athletes he has coached in the mentality he brings to the pool. “He’s able to make changes daily when we need to work on specific things,” Bien said. “He’s one of those swimmers where he, obviously, being a two-time State champ, knows what he’s doing. But, at the same time, he’s open to listen to coach’s suggestions and always wants to get better each and every day.” Hearl practices and competes with his club team as well as competing with the high school team. “The practice at my club is a lot higher competitiveness,” Hearl said. “[BV’s swim team] wants me to swim with them, obviously, but both the practices are at the same time, so I have to make a choice.” Bien said Hearl being on two teams initially worried him, but Hearl has balanced his time in a way so he doesn’t miss out on too much. “I kind of share him with his club coach,” Bien said. “In past, other coaches have had problems with that struggle between high school swimming and club swimming. I think [Hearl] has made this transition of being able to do both and not miss out on anything with either team. He’s always there with our high school team, even if he’s practicing with his club team.” Bien said Hearl is an exceptional athlete to coach, partially due to the way he leads. “He’s a great role model for our younger guys to see what it takes to be an elite swimmer in the Metro,” Bien said. “He is kind of a quiet guy. He’s much more of a leader by leading by example. Just by doing things the right way each and every day the kids can see what makes him successful and try and emulate that.”

This season, Hearl said the team has the potential to do well. “The season’s been going pretty well,” he said. “We’ve all been working really hard. I think we’re going to swim really fast. I’m looking to maybe break some more school records and definitely the two State records I was close to [last year].” In last year’s State tournament, Hearl’s personal time during his men’s 4x100 Freestyle relay would have broken a 1988 record set by former BV swimmer Walter Denton in the men’s 100 Freestyle. “I swam in high school, too, and I never thought that time could be touched,” Bien said. Due to the rigorous practice schedule swimming demands, Hearl said he has to sacrifice certain aspects of his social life. “It’s tough,” Hearl said. “There’s a lot of time management and social sacrifices I have to make, making sure I keep everything in order. Sometimes I need to take a step back and make sure I’m keeping everything up.” Bien said he has seen Hearl be able to balance a social life as well as maintain an elite swimmer’s schedule. “His social life, a lot of it, is related around his club swimmers, and I know they’re pretty active,” Bien said. “Sometimes you’ll see really elite swimmers not be able to have that social life, but I think [Hearl] balances it great. I think he has a great time every day, especially from seeing some activities at football games.” Hearl attributes part of his success to his support system. “My family and teammates, they all support me,” Hearl said. “They’re really understanding of everything.” Bien said coaching Hearl over the years has been a positive experience. “[Hearl] is an easy guy to coach, he’s got a work ethic unlike many high school athletes I’ve seen,” Bien said. “He is a great kid to coach, his family is very involved, and he has a brother as a freshman this year. Hopefully, if he can have just a bit of what Chris rubs off on his brother, I think we can have some good years to come with the Hearls.”


Senior Vaughn Erickson

Junior Spencer Underwood

Describes Hearl as: Poseidon, god-like and charismatic

Describes Hearl as: Leader, champion and fast Underwood



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Record-breaking swimmer plans to continue swim career in college, aims to win at the State Championship


Junior Justin Marin

Junior Alex Fraser

Sophomore Matt Grove

Describes Hearl as: Poseidon, fast and an Olympian

Describes Hearl as: Godly, heavenly and gorgeous

Describes Hearl as: Poseidon, speedy and a leader



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Soaking up the UV rays, senior Ashleigh Bryson tans after school. Bryson goes tanning twice a week at Solarium. “I started in eighth grade before one of my cruises,” she said. Photos by Alex Kontopanos.

Students discuss concerns, motivations regarding tanning daniellewilliams staff writer

Craving a bronzed skin tone. Soaking up the ultraviolet rays. Relaxing in a warm enclosed tanning bed. Raising your risk for skin cancer? Many Blue Valley students who crave a bronzed skin tone turn to the method of tanning beds. Though they pose various health risks, it is a part of many BV students’ weekly routine during the winter months. Junior Brooke Zimmerman tans at least two or three times a week. “I started tanning freshman year in the winter because I started getting really pale, and I hate being pale,” she said. Senior Ashleigh Bryson said she is a fan of tanning beds, and she goes twice a week. “I started tanning in eighth grade, just before spring break, so that I wouldn’t burn horribly,” she said. Spray tans are another option for students desiring that sun-kissed look, but Bryson and Zimmerman said they prefer tanning beds. “Spray tans have a lot of disadvantages,” Bryson said. “They can make people look unnatural, they stain clothes, and you have to wait eight hours before you can shower. It’s just too difficult.” Zimmerman said she understands the risks that go along with tanning, but that hasn’t stopped her from going to the tanning salon. “I’m not really afraid of the risks, but I am cautious of what it could do to me,” Zimmerman said. Bryson said the possible risks worry her, but, unlike a lot

of other athletes or students, she’s not in the sun for extensive amounts of time. “Typically, in the summer, I’m too busy to lay out or go to the pool, and natural rays are just as harmful,” she said. “Yes, I’m scared, but I think that a lot of other people are in the same amount of danger.” Bryson goes to Solarium and pays $20 a month while Zimmerman goes to The TAN Company and pays $25 a month. Bryson said her parents think tanning is important to keep you from burning, but not for cosmetic purposes. “My parents encourage me to tan before we go on vacation for burning purposes,” she said. “As for the rest of the year, they just tolerate it.” Zimmerman said a lot of other BV students tan for various reasons. “Students tan because of the winter and people begin to lose their color, also because of dances,” she said. Tanning salons are required to explain to their customers the detrimental risks that tanning beds have. However, a report for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce showed that tanning salons continuously do not provide accurate information of the risks to teens who come in. Bryson said if she was forced to stop tanning she could probably do it. “It wouldn’t kill me if I didn’t tan, but I don’t plan on stopping,” she said. Sophomore Abby Lindmark said she is against tanning of all sorts. “I think people use [tanning beds] because they feel like they need to be tan to look better,” she said. “I think it’s wrong because you should be fine with what you naturally look like.”

Chatting with Solarium employee senior Hayley Wallace, senior Ashleigh Bryson prepares for her regular tanning appointment. Bryson said she varies the level of tanning beds she uses each week. “I tan before vacations so I don’t burn,” she said.

Lindmark has never used beds and rarely lays out in the sun during the summer. “I think it’s stupid,” she said. “It can harm my skin and give me skin cancer.” Lindmark said the risks are extremely high and people shouldn’t tan for cosmetic purposes. “Don’t get a tan to make yourself look better,” she said. “You will regret it later.” Mike Bruggeman, a sales consultant at The TAN Company, began tanning when he was sixteen, and has been hooked ever since. “I heard it releases endorphins in your body which makes you in a better mood,” Bruggeman said. “Also I just feel better when I’m tan.” Bruggeman said he usually sees at least 20 to 30 high schoolers come into the salon a day. “Usually high schoolers come in anywhere from two to four times a week,” he said. “You do get the ones that tan a little more often than others but I think everyone tans in moderation.” Bruggeman said he recommends tanning to high schoolers. “It’s just kind of a confidence boost,” he said, “and everyone likes to be tan.” The TAN Company has customers sign a waiver before using the beds. “We have a release form which consists of stating that you will wear eyewear,” Bruggeman said. “It’s not recommended — it’s a law.” Bruggeman said he thinks tanning is safe as long as you do so in moderation. He recommends coming in two to three times a week. “Too much of anything is not good,” he said. “Make sure you use the lotion we are selling at the salon and eye wear.”

Solarium offers three levels of tanning beds, along with spray tans and collagen red light skin rejuvination. Solarium employee senior Hayley Wallace said tanning comes with many benefits. “I don’t like being pale, and I want to have color year-round,” she said. Photo by Alex Kontopanos.

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Wiping the sweat from his face, senior Cody Gadberry finishes his CrossFit training for the day. Driving home, he anticipates what his time at Marine boot camp will be like. He’s been training three days a week, and learning skills involved in obstacle course training, rifle usage and hiking. After graduation, Gadberry plans on attending military boot camp to become a member of the United States Marine Corps. “I decided to join the military in general because I wanted to have an opportunity to serve my country that I’ve


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lived freely in for my whole life,” he said. “I want to help allow people to continue to live here free. I chose the Marine Corps over any other branch [of the military] because of the professionalism, the physical challenge that goes into earning the Gadberry title of Marine and the brotherhood.” Gadberry said his friends and family have supported him throughout the entire process of deciding to become a Marine. “They have been there for me to talk through decisions and [they] try to understand everything they can,” he said. Gadberry said he hopes to learn self-reliance and leadership skills from the experience. “The process to become a Marine is a long and hard

process,” he said. “I am most excited for the day I graduate boot camp just because that will probably be the proudest day of my life.” To become a Marine, Gadberry will go through a test to see if he is healthy enough to be in the military. After that, he will have to wait until he goes to boot camp. Boot camp is a three-month-long test of physical and mental strength. After he graduates boot camp, he will have earned the title as a United States Marine. After this, though, he will be trained further — combat training and then school for a specialty job within the Marine Corps. He said, although nerves are definitely a factor, he is generally excited to have the opportunity to serve his country. “I would say I am slightly nervous to be stationed over seas, but I am also excited for it,” he said. “It’s definitely a good kind of nervous. I look forward to traveling all over the world and learning and seeing new things while having the opportunity to fight for my country.”

Similar classes differ in curriculum, offer students multiple perspectives on individual’s behaviors abbybamburg entertainment editor “Mean Girls.” “Glory Road.” “Juno.” Yes, these are movies students at Blue Valley have watched in school — in Sociology and Psychology. Psychology teacher Courtney Buffington said students often get confused about the difference between these two classes offered at BV. “Psychology is why we behave the way we do,” she said. Psychology covers topics such as the biology of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, development from birth to death, comparing personalities, motivation, emotion, psychological disorders, memory and cognition. Sociology teacher Andy Unrein said Sociology is how a person’s surroundings mold their decisions and personality. “From our perspective, it’s the study of how individuals interact with their environment around them,” Unrein said. Sociology covers six units: foundations of sociology, gender roles, culture, groups and organizations, social class and race and media in society. Buffington said Psychology has a unit on social psychology and the sociocultural perspective. “When we look at perspectives in Psychology, how

psychologists analyze what we do and why we do what we do, there is a perspective called sociocultural,” she said. “It can be linked to Sociology. And then we do a unit of social psychology, meaning why we behave the way we do in certain groups.” Buffington said the difference between the two subjects is actually very basic. “Where sociology is the study of groups and culture, psychology is about the individual,” she said. “There’s a lot more biology in psychology.” Junior Janel Murphey was enrolled concurrently in both classes last semester, but she said she enjoyed Sociology more. “Psychology turned out to be more scientific than I thought,” she said. “And more, ‘This happens in your mind because . . . ,’” she said. Buffington said the classes are similar because there are scientific studies in both, and the classes are based on each other. “[The Psychology classes] look at why people behave the way they do in an individualized culture compared to a collective culture, and that’s like Sociology,” she said. “So much of why individuals do what they do is because of the outside world.” Unrein said he thinks the biggest similarity of the classes is that they both examine the individual. “Both classes work from an individual perspective and work outwards,” he said. “But with Psychology, it’s more of

an internal study, and with Sociology, it’s how that individual is impacted by situations and the experiences they find themselves in.” Murphey said students learn about gender roles in society in both classes. “Both teach us how gender roles affect your life and the way people act,” she said. “We also learn about how you grow up with those traits in both classes.” Unrein said he and Buffington bring different pieces to each class. “We used to have only one teacher teaching both Psychology and Sociology, and that teacher could get confused on what is the difference,” Buffington said. “And you couldn’t keep track of what you’ve talked about in each class.” Unrein said he likes teaching Sociology because it gives him freedom with the students. “There aren’t very many topics that are off-limits,” he said. “Because you have a little bit of that freedom, kids seem to be more interested in the things you do and the things you discuss than they sometimes are in my other classes.” Because Buffington teaches an elective, she said she loves that the students are choosing to be in the class and the personal connections students make with the things they learn. “I love that the answers aren’t black-and-white,” she said. “We actually never have answers. It’s all just, ‘What do you think?’ We can just find relationships.”



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!"#$%&&'#()*+ !"),-',% )SVJRWLYPVKJSHZZHSSV^ZÄLSK site visits, hands-on experience ILULÄJPHSPUZ[\KLU[Z»M\[\YL jansenhess sports editor After fifth hour, Exploring Health Professions (EHP) students change into their scrubs and drive to a local hospital — their classroom for the rest of the day. They experience things most people only see on “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Dr. Oz.” EHP allows high school students to shadow in hospitals and receive hands-on experience in different health-oriented occupations. “It’s not like in the TV shows,” junior Bailey Bolden said. “It really teaches us what the work place will be like. It helps us see a wide range of occupations that are within the medical field. You truly get a sense of what it’s really like to be in that profession, whether it’s slow-paced, fast-paced, etc.” She said EHP has been really beneficial in helping her narrow down what she wants to do in the future. “If I hadn’t done this class, I would still be lost,” Bolden said. EHP teacher Donna DeHart said she decided to teach this class because it keeps her up-to-date on current health advances.

“I used to teach Health and Wellness, and I really enjoyed teaching that,” she said. “I stopped teaching that. The opening came up, and I decided that it would be a nice experience for me to try teaching it. I do externships every summer at [the University of Kansas Medical Center] to keep me up on the latest stuff so I can bring that information into the classroom.” DeHart said the class can save the students time and money in college. Senior Makenzie Hanson said this class provides the students with experiences they can’t get in college. “I feel like in college, it’s more of you have to find your own things if you want to shadow something,” she said. “In high school, it’s nice to get a feeling of each field before going to college, so you get a sense of what you’re interested in.” Because of the class, Bolden said she has discovered that she wants to enter pathology because there are so many things pathologists can do, like work in an emergency room or in morgues. She said visiting a pathology lab was one of the factors in this decision. “I saw a uterus with a cyst, a gallbladder, a breast with

Organizing her Exploring Health Professions notebook, senior Ali Jones waits for further instruction from a nurse. EHP students travel to various hospitals and shadowing sites to learn more about future health professions. “I took EHP to be better exposed to different career opportunities in the health care field,” senior Ali Jones said. Photo by Kelly Cordingley.

cancer and a 12-week-old fetus,” Bolden said. While visiting a veterinary emergency room, Hanson saw a lateral suture, a rhinoscopy, a colonoscopy and chemotherapy on a dog. Hanson said the class has helped her decide which career best suits her. “I thought I wanted to be a [veterinarian] at first,” she said. “But I realized that I wouldn’t want to be a [veterinarian] in just a small clinic because it’s not really busy all the time. I think I want to go into either physical therapy or speech pathology.” Hanson said she is interested in the medical field due to her love of science classes. “I feel like it’s a lot more hands-on, and it’s not the same case everyday,” she said. “Like, if you were in accounting or something like that where you’re dealing with the same thing every day. I feel like you get a big variety.” Besides visiting the various hospitals, the students spend their time in the classroom learning medical terms that will help them in the future and at their field sites. “In class, we do a lot of work in workbooks with medical terminology because we have tests over medical terms,” Hanson said. “It helps you in the different sites you may go to and the different terms they might use. That way you have a background about what they mean when they’re saying something.” DeHart said, along with the medical terms, the students learn different rules and regulations. “Some of those are federal laws, some are state laws and some are individual location’s rules and regulations,” she said. “The [students] are getting CPR trained. So, that and a couple big projects, like one on the history of medicine, how we got where we are on the medical field, are what we get accomplished. It takes a long time to get down the rules and regulations because you have to dress different ways to go to different locations.” Currently, no males are enrolled in EHP, but Bolden said it’s not unusual. “I don’t think it’s weird not having boys in the class because most girls want to go into nursing and that’s not a typical job for boys,” she said. DeHart said, although the classroom time is important, nothing can replace the actual experience. “The locations show the [students] the real world of medicine,” she said. “We can talk about it, and I can show DVDs, but until they actually get out there and talk to those nurses, talk to the respiratory therapists, [physical therapists], [occupational therapists], whoever, and see what those careers are like, nothing’s as good as the real thing. They get to see babies born and all kinds of surgeries. They have a say in the field sites. They don’t pick all of them, but they have some level of choice. Anytime you get to see the real thing, it’s better.”

Competitive CRAZE

January 2013

Taking a break from cheerleading, senior Maddie Beal focuses on the action during a varsity basketball game. Beal cheered alongside Fitzgerald and the other varsity cheerleaders. “I feel like we’re closer to the fans and the game and closer to the interaction during basketball,” Beal said. Photo by Odi Opole.


Cheerleaders compare competitive cheer to high school cheer

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Cheering for the team, junior Meghan Fitzgerald chants the words to one of many cheers. Fitzgerald is a member of the varsity cheer squad, which attended a girls basketball game January 10. “I like cheering for BV because I can be with all my friends,” Fitzgerald said. Photo by Odi Opole.


Minute one. Adrenaline pumping. An arena fit for headlining concerts is filled with countless fans — all eyes on the stage. Excitement, nervousness and anticipation fill their minds. The music starts to play as the dance begins. Minute two. Sweat drips down their faces as they throw their teammates in the air and catch them with ease. Tumblers take the floor and gracefully stick six back handsprings in a row — with every hair in perfect place. A group of fliers soars through the air and lands in the arms of her base. Smiles gleam across their faces as they know everything they have worked for is coming together. Done. Junior Meghan Fitzgerald cheered for Kansas City Cheer in Senior Open 5 level up until this year. Senior cheer is ages 15 and up and levels 1-5 are based on skill level, 5 being most advanced. ‘Open’ teams are also referred to as ‘restricted’ and have more rules than regular teams. Cheerleaders in these divisions are limited to the specific skills they are allowed to perform in their routine. Fitzgerald said competitive cheer prepared her for high school cheer. “It helped me with my tumbling, and it taught me how to stunt,” she said. “I have that competitive drive, so going into high school cheer was easier. Being on a competitive club, you want your team to improve as a whole. The whole competitiveness of it helps a lot when you’re trying to improve. In high school cheer, we are cheering for a team; whereas, in competitive cheer, it’s an independent program, and you don’t really cheer for anyone.” Senior Maddie Beal cheers for All-American Cheer and Stunt (AACS). She said what she learns in competitive cheer carries over into her leadership role in high school cheer. “Club cheer is a lot more intense, strict and stressful,” she said. “It helps for high school cheer to have me know what I am doing. Club cheer helps you form a team together and forces everyone to get along.” Fitzgerald said high school and competitive cheer run in the same seasons. “KC Cheer practices year-round, and tryouts are in May,” she said. “The summer is just when you build all your skills and come together as a team. You don’t start competing until October, and you compete all the way until April. The only time it causes issues is when the competitive team has practice during a high school game or when the two interfere with each other. It’s just hard to please both programs.” Blue Valley cheer coach Michelle Wirt also coaches Diamond Cheer. This is her second year with Diamond

Cheer, but previously coached KC Cheer for 15 years. Wirt said she likes coaching competitive cheer because the cheerleaders already obtain a knowledge of stunt and tumbling, so she doesn’t have to teach them much. “Competitive cheer is more physical and fast-paced,” she said. “High school cheer is more school spirit, peppy and enthusiastic-based.” Beal said tumbling in competitive cheer is different from high school cheer. “I like tumbling — it’s my favorite part,” she said. “It’s a lot harder to do it at the high school because it’s on a hardwood floor. I don’t do as much as in competitive because it’s a bouncy floor, so it’s easier.” Wirt said school cheer is a higher priority for coaches. “Cheerleaders represent school spirit and are role models in the school,” she said. “Competitive coaches don’t like this because they focus on group dances. If one person is gone it makes a big difference.” Even though she has broken her nose, sprained her ankle and chipped her teeth, Fitzgerald said concussions are one of the biggest concerns for competitive cheerleaders. “You can get concussions when you’re stunting or tumbling,” she said. “It’s a lot of the same injuries as you see in other sports, like sprained joints or ankles. In a lot of instances, you see people hurt their backs and get broken bones. It’s a lot of everything.” Fitzgerald said cheerleaders should try out for a competitive team if they are looking for a more rigorous way to improve themselves. Beal said she tries to act as a role model for the younger cheerleaders. “I just tell them if they love the sport to just stay in it and keep trying their best,” she said. “Never quit or just stop trying just because you’re tired. Our coaches expect us to be leaders and calm down all the people who are nervous and get them all pumped up and excited. We have to push them to do their best. Even if you’re scared to learn a skill, you have to take one for the team and try it.” Fitzgerald said cheer competitions are a whole-day event. “We have to get there pretty early to watch the rest of the teams,” she said. “You normally start practicing an hour before you perform. After you perform, you have to wait until about 8 or 9 [p.m.] for awards.” Fitzgerald said competitions can either make or break you as a team. “It is an extremely nerve-wracking experience because your team is about to put everything you’ve practiced to the test,” she said. “It’s about being able to look good as a team and keep a reputable name. It’s a very adrenalinepacked experience, knowing everything could fail or be amazing within the next three minutes.”



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Club promotes fourth ‘R’ in reduce, reuse, recycle mantra sallycochran staff writer The 3 R’s of going green: reduce, reuse, recycle. However, according to Environmental Club sponsor Larry Hare, it’s actually the 4 R’s. “I think it should be the first R — to remember,� he said. “So, I always tell my classes about the 4 R’s — to remember, to reduce, reuse and recycle. Because, wouldn’t you agree, that people want to remember but they often forget?� The Environmental Club meets every Wednesday during TCB to collect the plastic recycling from around the school. “Around school, we do our best to put recycling bins in every classroom,� Hare said. “I have asked every teacher if they want one, that way we can recycle plastic bottles. There’s also paper recycling in every room. I think that is a good way [to be green] at school.� Environmental Club member sophomore Kamandeep Dhanoa said the club offers a unique community service experience. “I like that we’re helping the environment,� she said. “We have the opportunity to get community service in school, and some kids aren’t able to get community service out of school.� Environmental Club also picks up bottles in the stadium after home football games. “[Stadium clean up is] not very popular — we want it to be more known,� Environmental Club co-president junior Amy McClain said. “We grab all the bottles and cans from the bleachers, and we put them in some of the baggies, and we recycle them. We go through recycling bins that were left out. Sometimes it’s raining, and it’s not that fun. It’s a little harder task.� McClain said the club is paid for collecting the recycling. “That money helps us get more cans and bins for recyclables,� she said. “We also use it to buy the plastic lining that we use and gloves to use because sometimes the recycling is pretty nasty.� Dhanoa said there are several factors that affect the quality of the recycling. “Not everyone empties their bottles,� she said. “Some people throw their trash in there, so it can get kind of disgusting sometimes.� McClain said due to the larger amount of members, the meetings take less time than in the past. “This year we’ve gotten a lot of people involved, which doesn’t normally take as long,� she said. “We’ve also altered the procedure, so it doesn’t take that long. My freshman year and my sophomore year, it took a good 30 minutes or an hour, but that was also because we didn’t have many people.� To get involved with Environmental Club, come to one of the meetings. “It’s really easy community service, and you’re also helping the environment, so it’s a great thing to do,� Dhanoa said. “Everyone should be involved. They always need extra hands.�

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Those new to “Les MisĂŠrablesâ€? will find it emotional and artistically beautiful. Those who know other “Les Misâ€? productions will be happy it stays very true to the Broadway performance. Those who have only read “Les Misâ€? in Communication Arts — or even just the SparkNotes — will be interested to see what a great story it really is. Originally a Broadway production, “Les Misâ€? was made into a major motion picture and opened in theaters Dec. 25. Almost the whole movie is in song — there are only a few spoken parts — and performances of the songs were live rather than the traditional lip-syncing to pre-recorded songs. With all the singing, the whole movie flowed together nicely. All of the actors were chosen perfectly and fulfilled their roles well. Anne Hathaway, who played Fantine, was true to her character and even cut her hair off in the movie — yes, that was her real hair being cut. Hugh Jackman, who played Jean Valjean, was amazing. He packed so much power into his songs.

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Amanda Seyfried, who played Cosette, is exactly who I would have pictured to play this role. She looks so sweet, innocent and loving — the perfect look for Cosette. Her duet, “A Heart Full of Love,â€? with Marius (Eddie Redmayne) was beautiful. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, who played the ThĂŠnardiers, were the perfect villains. Carter, who has come to be known as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series, portrayed Madame ThĂŠnardier’s character amazingly. She successfully fulfilled another villainous role. Russel Crowe, who played Javert, embodied his role of a powerful authority figure very well. His singing was great, but he didn’t seem to be fully confident. Samantha Barks, who played Eponine, had an absolutely beautiful voice. She sang with so much passion and really got to people’s emotions. The well-known songs in “Les Misâ€? include “I Dreamed a Dream,â€? “On My Ownâ€? and “One Day More.â€? These songs will be stuck in your head for a while after seeing the movie — and the soundtrack can be bought on iTunes. This monumental musical movie is so true to the original Broadway production and helps uphold the respect that “Les Misâ€? deserves.

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:LUPVYIHZLIHSSWSH`LYZ commit to local colleges

Stories by Mitch Sundquist.



Q: When were you first approached by JCCC about playing there? A: “The beginning of this school year. The assistant coach called me to invite me to the campus and talk about possibly playing there next year.”

Q: What did you do while you were on your visit? A: “The coach talked to me about the school academically, as well as the baseball program. Then, I toured the campus, and the coach made me an offer.” Q: What factors contributed to your decision to play at JCCC? A: “They offered me a good scholarship, as well as an opportunity to start next year.”

Q: Have you taken any official or unofficial visits to JCCC? A: “I took one official visit in September.” Q: When did you decide you wanted to play baseball in college? A: “Freshman year. I made it a goal of mine to achieve.” Q: How did you feel when you realized you had achieved that goal? A: “It felt great knowing four years of dedication to the game finally paid off.” Q: How much is your scholarship worth? A: “I honestly don’t remember everything they are giving me. I only know that they gave me as much as I could [get].” Q: What’s your favorite thing about JCCC? A: “The baseball program is very competitive and they send their players to other competitive programs after the two years at JuCo.”

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Q: When were you first approached by Fort Scott about playing there? A: “After I pitched a 9-inning complete game at [Kansas] State [University], one of their guys in the stands came up to me and said they really liked me.”

Q: Have you taken any official or unofficial visits to Fort Scott? A: “I took an official visit a couple months ago.” Q: What did you do while you were on your visit? A: “I walked around the field, which has had a lot of work done and looks sweet, and went into the locker room. Then, I walked around the campus and met all the players and talked to the coach for an hour, so it was a long day.” Q: What factors contributed to your decision to play at Fort Scott?



Previous Action: 1/7 @ Miege (46-53 L) 1/10 vs BVSW (27-29 L) Upcoming Action: 1/18 @ Gardner-Edgerton 1/24 Topeka Tournament Record: (4-4)


Previous Action: 1/11 vs BVSW (64-60 W) 1/14 Basehor Tournament Upcoming Action: 1/19 Basehor Tournament 1/25 @ Gardner-Edgerton

Record: (4-3)


Previous Action: 1/12 Greg House Invitational (2nd) 1/15 vs STA Upcoming Action: 1/19 @ BVSW 1/23 BV Invitational


6ɈZLHZVUJS\I!)S\L=HSSL` Question: When did you officially commit to play baseball at Fort Scott Community College? Answer: “October 13.”



Michael Hayworth Question: When did you officially commit to play baseball at Johnson County Community College (JCCC)? Answer: “October 1.”


A: “I figured if I want to succeed academically and in baseball, I need a lot of structure to make sure I always know what I need to be doing and not get off-task. A community college setting provides a lot of structure and keeps you busy all the time.” Q: When did you decide you wanted to play college baseball in college? A: “Probably when I saw [my older brother] Ian [Janes] do it. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.”

Previous Action: 1/11 @ Basehor Linwood 1/12 @ Basehor Linwood Upcoming Action: 1/18 @ BVNW Invitational 1/19 @ BVNW Invitational 1/22 vs BVW


Previous Action: 1/10 @ BVN College Lanes 1/14 @ Mission Lanes Upcoming Action: 1/25 @ Olathe East Lanes 1/31 @ Olathe East Lanes

Q: How did you feel when you knew you would get an opportunity to play in college? A: “I was very excited because I felt like someone actually noticed me on the field.” Q: How much is your scholarship worth? A: “I get my books and tuition paid for, and, depending on how I did on my ACT, I could get the rest academic.” Q: What’s your favorite thing about Fort Scott Community College? A: “Literally baseball is the only thing to like. And the rodeo team is pretty good.”

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Girls varsity team played BV Southwest, lost 27-29 in close matchup, maintains 4-4 record

(Above left) Girls basketball coach Andy Unrein encourages and instructs players towards the end of the game. The varsity girls team played against BV Southwest on Jan. 10. “I think we’re really close as a team this year, and we’re getting better every day,” varsity player senior Bailey Geiman said. (Above right) Varsity player senior Bailey Geiman shoots the ball despite heavy blockage from a BV Southwest player. Geiman played throughout most of the Thursday-night game. “My goal is to improve every night and make it as far as we can,” Geiman said. (Bottom Right) At the end of a time-out, girls varsity basketball coach Andy Unrein leads the team salute. The varsity girls raised their fists in a show of team unity after every team huddle in support of injured teammate senior Sara Hanna. “[Hanna’s injury] didn’t affect our attitude or mental state, but it affected the outcome,” Unrein said. “You take one of your best players off the court, and, ultimately, it affects the team.” (Bottom Left) Varsity team member senior Jarin Braithwait dribbles the ball and looks for a pass. Braithwait said the game involved a lot of emotional weight for both teams. “[Southwest is] our rival school, and they’ve been working to beat us since freshman year,” she said. “We wanted to win it for Sara [Hanna], especially after what happened.”

The Tiger Print — January 2013  

The January 2013 issue of The Tiger Print newspaper.