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LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR Every story I write teaches me something different. I’ve had my fair share of stress, and I’m definitely not in love with feeling out of control. Anxiety attacks, however, are something I’ve never experienced, although I’m sure there are many here at Century who have. My favorite thing about writing is discovering what makes people unique, particularly in the ways in which they are able to overcome whatever challenges they may be dealing with. Alyssa’s avenue is music, which she achieved through her faith (19). The Ice Chips shine through their passion of skating (8). Blake, a staff member, has conquered his fear of falling by persistence (33). I find something remarkable in people’s journeys to success as well as failure, and I’m hoping that the Star staff is doing that each month for those who read it.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS // Ice ice baby // Sweet savings
AN EVERYDAY BATTLE TO STAY CALM
ABOUT THE COVER | SENIOR ALYSSA BUETOW STANDS IN THE CENTER OF THE HALLWAY.
PHOTO | ALEX SKALICKY
PAGE 6 - GOT GAME? PAGE 8 - GOING FOR GOLD
PAGE 12 - THEY’RE SAXY AND THEY KNOW IT PAGE 14 - DEALS BY THE DAY
PAGE 19 - THE INFLUENCE OF FAITH PAGE 24 - SUBJECT OF SUCCESS
PAGE 26 - TREBLE TRIO PAGE 29 - STOP DROP AND RULE
PAGE 32 - COLUMNS PAGE 36 - WHAT’S THE WORD?
WORST VS. BEST
MOST TALENTED PLAYER ON A BAD TEAM OR THE LEAST TALENTED ON A GOOD TEAM? SHORT AND CARTOON | TAYLOR THOMPSON
HOME “Worst on best, because my team would be the best…maybe.” - freshman Ben Hinz
“THE BEST ON THE WORST BECAUSE EVEN IF I WAS BAD I WOULD STILL LOOK GOOD.” - SENIOR JEN BENZ “I would naturally be the worst player on any team.” senior Mandy Jordan
“The medium player on the medium team.” - junior Bryce Pilon
“The best player on the worst team so I can carry my team to victory.” - freshman Jaden Rittenbach
“Worst player on the best, because we would win and give me something to shoot for.” - sophomore Connor Friedrich
“I would be the best on the worst to show my leadership skills and do my best to improve my team as a whole.” - junior Logan Schaffer
FOULS “The best on the worst. I would at least feel better about myself.” - junior Julie Haff
WHO WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP? SHORT AND GRAPHIC | BLAKE CHASE
“Louisville for girls. Syracuse for boys.” - senior Kelsey Tortalita
“I predict that Larry Bird will come back and win for team USA.” - junior Alex Bolton
“I’m taking NDSU getting the playing game and going all the way.” - junior Isaac Wahlin “Indiana and North Carolina.” - sophomore Talon Staudinger “Louisville, they’re really good.” - junior Jared Brandner “I don’t like basketball.” - freshman Katie Bahr
“I’m thinking the Bulls are going to win. Go Bulls! The Bulls are awesome.” - sophomore Parker LaMont
“Duke University, all the way. Jabari Parker, that’s why.” - sophomore Dalton Feeney
SENIOR DREW LINGLE
“My hopes for the upcoming season are just like any other athlete in a sport: to make it to state and hopefully bring home the trophy. I also hope for a larger fan base.”
SENIOR ANDY BARGMANN
“Getting to hang with the big bad wolf (Tanner) and sometimes Mason.”
“For the team to defend our state championship from last year. For myself to earn All-State honors and contend for an individual state title.”
“The best thing about golf is that whether you do good or bad the only person you can blame is yourself.”
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1. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE SEASON? 2. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SPORT? “I hope we can go for another State Championship, because that would be awesome senior year.” “Well I hope we stay competitive like we did last year.”
SENIOR JOANNA JENSEN 06
“We hope our relays break lots of records and or course to take state again!”
PHOTOS | SUBMITTED
“My hopes for the season is to get as big of calves as Mr. Jacobson and the best thing about my sport is being way, way, way better than my sister Taryn.”
SENIOR DOMINIC NEAMEYER
“Give it our all and stay consistent.”
“The perfect combination of individuality and team, but more importantly, Mike Kapp.”
SENIOR COURTNEY BRACKIN
“Any moment with my team is the best.”
“The best part about fastpitch softball is making friendships with your teammates and getting to play with some girls that you have played with since we all started, and also having Ziegs as our coach.”
SENIOR MORGAN SABOT
SENIOR SIERRA LINK
“My expectations for the season are that it’s going to be different after losing four seniors last year, but I believe we can pull it together and have another great season this year!”
NATIONALS BOUND SYNCHRONIZED SKATING TEAM PREPARES TO TAKE THE PODIUM STORY | LEXI JORGENSON
PHOTOS | SUBMITTED
PHOTO | THE CAPITAL ICE CHIPS SYNCHRONIZED SKATING TEAM POSES WITH THEIR MEDALS. THE TEAM TOOK FIRST PLACE AT SECTIONALS AND HOLDS THE HIGHEST SCORE IN THE COUNTRY GOING INTO THE NATIONAL COMPETITION. “WINNING MIDWESTERN SECTIONALS WAS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF HARD WORK FOR THESE SKATERS. MOST HAVE BEEN TOGETHER SINCE THEY WERE 8 YEARS OLD,” HEAD COACH BECKY GALLION SAID.
he watches the skaters gracefully float about the ice. Their elegance and precision inspire her and she knows this is what she wants to do. She will be a figure skater.
Senior Katelyn Castle has known she wanted to be a skater since she watched an ice show in elementary school with her class. She started taking lessons soon after and now will be going to Colorado Springs with her synchronized skating team for Nationals for the fourth time. “It’s kind of like another family, you get so close with everybody,” Castle said.
Synchronized skating is a team sport made up of anywhere between 8 to 20 skaters. Judging is the same for singles, pairs and the dance categories. The judges look for teamwork, speed, formations and step sequences. The Capital Ice Chips team is made up of 20 skaters who have been skating together this season since the end of June.
produce some awesome results.”
Castle is a prime example. She has been taking skating lessons since she was 9 years old.
“It’s really rewarding,” Castle said. “You get an adrenaline rush when you compete.” Castle and her synchronized skating team, the Capital Ice Chips, qualified for Nationals by placing in the top four at sectionals. There are three categories at sectionals - Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific. In previous years, the Ice Chips have placed fifth, sixth and fifth again. This year, the team is expected to place very well at Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Feb. 25 through March 3, based on their high scores at sectionals.
“We’re really hoping to win, because right now we’re going in with the highest score in the country,” Castle said. “If we don’t take first we at least want to make the podium because
“THE TEAM IS EXTREMELY TALENTED AND ATHLETIC. THEY ALL BRING A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO THE TEAM WHICH WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE SOME GREAT SKATING.” “Our intense summer training starts in early July and from then on, for the team it’s pretty much non-stop,” Ice Chips coach Becky Gallion said. Gallion has been coaching the Ice Chips for the past 11 years and has coached skating for 20 years. Her goal for the team at Nationals this year is to make the podium since they have fallen short the past couple years of competing.
“My hope is for the team to have a nice clean skate and feel good upon exiting the ice and waiting for their scores,” Gallion said. “Our goal is to make the podium as we have been just off the podium in fifth the past two years.” Gallion admires the athleticism of her skaters and their ability to work together as a team. “The team is extremely talented and athletic,” Gallion said. “They all bring a lot of different things to the team which work together to produce some great skating. They are very competitive and work hard at practice to help
we never have before.”
Senior Landy Williams also anticipates her team will place well at Nationals.
“Right now, out of everyone’s score in the country, we’re expected to take first,” Williams said. “But it depends on how great of a skate we have.” To prepare for the National competition next month, the team practices four days a week, sometimes twice a day, doing different on-ice and off-ice interval training. Though the team works hard to hopefully win a National trophy, skating is about more than just winning.
“It feels like all eyes are on you [when you’re skating],” Williams said. “It doesn’t feel like as much of a competition when you’re skating with your team, you’re just showing
people what you and your team have worked so hard for.”
Williams has been skating for eight years and will miss her synchronized skating team after this year skating as a senior. “I’ll miss the crazy trips we went on and the memories we made,” Williams said. “Creating the relationships and friendships with the people, and learning to work together and it turning into us winning a big competition like sectionals like we just did.” No matter what path she chooses after high school, skating will be a part of Williams’ future, as well as Castle’s, in some way.
Castle plans to help coach skating next year and Williams’ is deciding between two options. “If I continue to skate I’ve been talking to coaches in New York and I’ll skate on the Skyliners,” Williams said. “And if I don’t continue to skate, I’ll hang up my skates and maybe help coach.”
Olympic figure skating in the United States has nearly 165,000 members, more than 690 member clubs, collegiate clubs and schoolaffiliated clubs, and more than 900 registered Basic Skills programs 53 world titles are held by U.S. Olympic skaters 187 world championship medals by the U.S. (more than any other country) Figure skating was the first winter sport included in the Olympic Games when it appeared at the 1908 Olympics in London. A long program skate in the Olympics is 4.5 minutes and is equivalent to a 1 mile run
CARTOON CLASSROOM * * * * * * STUDENTS TO STARDOM
WHO’D MAKE THE BEST TEACHER? SHORT | ALEX SKALICKY
“Mr. Fredrickson, because he would be a little strict, but in a good way.” - freshman Keya Luger
“Rafiki from The Lion King, because he’s full of wisdom, but he’s cynical at the same time.” - senior Mikayla Gutierrez “Spongebob, because he’s really loud and funny.” - senior Tayler VanHorn
“PATRICK, BECAUSE HE’S STUPID AND WE WOULDN’T LEARN ANYTHING WHICH IS PERFECT BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE SCHOOL.” - SENIOR MIKAELA MILLER
CHOOSE ONE WAY TO BRING ON THE FAME SHORT | LEXI JORGENSON
“Homer Simpson, because he’d give me free stuff.” - junior Jacob Morrissette
“Daffy Duck, because he’s so mean to everybody, so he’s like walker... Love you Walker!” - senior Shanalle Engen “Mickey Mouse, because he seems to know what he teaches on TV on the Mickey Mouse Club House.” senior Shastity Boehm
“If I could be famous I would want to die on American Horror Story.” - senior Tanner Anderson
“I would probably be a singer, because I suck otherwise.” - senior Sam Baumgartner
“For my epic coloring skills.” - senior Tessa Moravec
“I’d want to stop Alzheimer’s.” - freshman Lauren Oster “Stealing chocolate from little kids with Jaimee Red Tomahawk.” - senior Tia Gregoryk
“Helping people.” - freshman Breanna Pederson
“I would be famous for helping people or being a community counselor.” - junior Haley Hoff
“A professional omelet maker.” - freshman Mariah Vetter
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FOUR MUSICIANS SHARING THEIR PASSION
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“I MEAN THE STUFF WE GET TO DO IN THE CLASSROOM AND EVERYTHING IS COOL AND ALL, BUT THERE’S SO MUCH OUT THERE. THERE’S A LOT TO EXPLORE AND LEARN HOW TO PLAY.” SENIOR NOAH GERMOLOUS Inspiration to play: “I chose saxophone because that’s what my dad played when he was in high school.” - Brendan
“My parents forced me to do it. That was the best decision they ever made.” - Noah
“Random chance. I tried the flute, didn’t like it. Clarinet, didn’t like it. Sax, Hey!” - Braden
“I knew that my uncle played saxophone, so that made me want to play it.” - Austin
Inspiration to keep playing:
“I love doing it. I mean the stuff we get to do in the classroom and everything is cool and all, but there’s so much out there. There’s a lot to explore and learn how to play.” - Noah “It’s nice to set goals for yourself. Makes you feel better.” - Austin “I keep playing music, not only because it’s really fun, but also because I want to sound like Paul Desmond or Eric Marienthal someday.” - Brendan “What they said.” - Brendan
IN ORDER FROM LEFT TO RIGHT | SENIORS NOAH GERMOLOUS, AUSTIN YRI, BRADEN WEIGHT AND AT UNIVERSITY OF MARY - FRESHMAN BRENDAN JACOBSEN
“We performed for Zorrell’s dinner, we’ve performed at supermarkets, we perform at nursing homes. We play from this massive library of quartet literature that Brendan totes around. It ranges from funk to classic swing to tango to classical tangoes, to contemporary stuff --really contemporary stuff. ” - Noah
Favorite part about music: “The sound.” - Braden
“It’s intoxicating.” - Austin
“All of the babes it gets me.” - Noah
“Playing Jazz. Jazz is the form of music based off of improvisation, which is so different from all other types of music. You are completely free to express yourself and do cool things.” - Brendan
“We were formally the Blue Tango Saxophone Quartet, but other names include Gordon Goodwins Big Fat Admirers Club, and the Holy Church of Russel Peterson. Russel Peterson is this Saxophone player from Concordia; he’s the Professor there. He’s probably like one of the best saxophone players in the Midwest. Braden emulates his style as you would not believe. We’ve been worshipping him for a couple years. And Gordon Goodwin is just this modern composer who writes music with his big fat band, --P-HA-T. It’s real catchy stuff. And we like to play that.” - Noah
TAKING OUT THE TRASH FEATURE | BLAKE CHASE
PHOTOS | RACHEL DETWILER
PERCUSSIONISTS WITH A DIFFERENT SOUND
Name of Song?
“Stinkin’ garbage.” - Grant Origin of music?
“Row-Loff composed the only song we play.” - Mitch
Inspiration to play as a trash can band?
“Mr. Harold told us to.” - Isaac
Future predictions for careers?
“Not a trash can band.” - Isaac “Living in a trash can!” - Mitch Time together as a group?
“We’ve been together for three years, except Julian, who has been here two.” - Grant
Future plans for the Trash Can Band?
“We’ll probably go to Elijah Gray and Stone Suess.” - Isaac Plans for after high school ?
“We won’t stay together, that’s for sure.” - Julian Time spent in rehearsal?
“It’s usually a 45-minute practice before a performance.” - Isaac Interesting story?
“We argued for ten minutes about wearing buckets on our heads.” - Mitch
TOP | IN ORDER FROM RIGHT TO LEFT - JULIAN WILHELM, GRANT EHLI, ALEX VOLK, ISAAC SCHWARTZ AND MITCH GEIGER COMPLETE THE TRASH CAN BAND. MIDDLE | MITCH ACTS AS THE BAND’S BASE DRUM WITH A PLASTIC TRASH CAN, WHILE THE OTHERS USE A METAL TRASH CAN. BOTTOM | AS IS TRADITION, THE FINISH OF A PERFORMANCE ENDS IN THROWING THE DRUM STICKS AND KICKING THE TRASH CANS.
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GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE F U N SO WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS IN THE BATHROOM TOGETHER? SHORT AND GRAPHICS | ALLY KRUPINSKY
“BECAUSE HERMIONE WENT TO THE BATHROOM ALONE. AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO HER, SHE GOT ATTACKED BY A MOUNTAIN TROLL!” - JUNIOR ERIKA PAULSON “It’s a party.” - freshman Sydney Twogood
“They briefly chat about the current situation, and then one of them turns on the sink so the other can’t hear them pee. #truth” - sophomore Halli Ackerman “It’s dangerous.” - freshman Jake Frank
“Gossip and mirror selfies.” - freshman Rahmi Elkhatib “Because we want to be like the girls from The Girls’ Room on the Amanda Show.” - sophomore Sam Trottier “Because girls talk about boys.” - freshman Brooke Schulte
“Girls need to go to the bathroom together. Hermione went alone and she almost got attacked by a troll. Just saying.” - junior Mindy Schwarz
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BACK PORCH VIEW WISHES SHORT | KACEY PETERSON
“I WOULD WANT TO SEE A GLISTENING LAKE SURROUNDED BY FOREST WITH GIANT TREES. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE THE CALM LAKE AND WITH THE FOREST EVERY DAY WOULD BE PEACEFUL.” - JUNIOR EDINA OSMANBASIC
“Mountains.” - freshman Ethan Vallie
“A mountainous region with snow-capped peaks with a very dark leaved pine forest with the snow fluttering to the ground.” - junior Connor Ulmer “The beach.” - senior Jasmyn Loven
“I would love to see the mountains in Norway! I have been to Norway and saw the mountains and they are amazing!” - senior Layn Sarsten
“The ocean.” - freshman Malorie Ottosen “Hawaii.” - sophomore Monica Savadel “Thousands of my adoring fans and Justin Timberlake.” - junior Amber Jordan
“The beach.” - junior Kylie Bentz
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PHOTO | SENIOR ALYSSA BUETOW STANDS IN THE HALLS OF CENTURY. BUETOW, PRIOR TO A GROWTH IN FAITH, USED TO SUFFER FROM INTENSE ANXIETY. “MY WORST FEAR AT THE TIME WAS PROBABLY LOSING CONTROL,” BUETOW SAID. “MY BIGGEST FEAR NOW IS ACTUALLY KIND OF THE OPPOSITE. NOW I FEAR WHEN PEOPLE AREN’T AROUND ME, BECAUSE I LOVE HAVING PEOPLE AROUND ME.”
PLAGUED BY FEAR WHAT IT TAKES TO OVERCOME ANXIETY STORY | ALLY KRUPINSKY PHOTO | ALEX SKALICKY
Anxiety disorders are the most common in the United States. They affect 40 million adults, which is the equivalent of 18 percent of the population.
Only about one-third of those suffering from anxiety disorders receive treatment. Anxiety disorders can develop from risk factors, genetics, brain chemistry and life events. Nearly half of the population diagnosed with depression is also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
he can feel the all-too-familiar panic begin to take over her. She loses control of her body - all she wants is to feel safe. She hugs herself, but she cannot compete with the numbingly excruciating terror that has embedded itself into her life.
Buetow’s parents were just as taken aback as she was, and it was a challenging time for them as well. Buetow’s mother Suz Buetow remembers her being so upset she would lie on the floor of the car and hyperventilate because she was so afraid to go to school.
“Anxiety is kind of something no one can really control,” Buetow said. “It’s not like a sickness you can really just take some medicine for and be 100 percent okay.”
Even though Buetow’s parents knew what the primary cause of her anxiety was and tried to educate themselves as much as possible on ways to overcome the condition, they still struggled with exactly how to go about tackling such an intense fear. Today, Buetow only occasionally experiences the same feelings of anxiety she used to encounter daily. It took a wake up call from home and a resulting growth of faith to begin to overcome her condition.
Senior Alyssa Buetow was in the sixth grade when she began to have intense anxiety. Although she says her anxiety originated from the fear of getting sick in public, she realizes now that it really had more to do with losing control of her surroundings.
Before she recovered, Buetow was plagued by her anxiety attacks on a daily basis. Starting in the sixth grade and continuing through middle school, Buetow always tried to miss as much school as possible in order to try to cope with her fear.
“I would say that it gets really embarrassing, especially if you’re around people when you’re super nervous,” Buetow said. “When you’re in the midst of it you just want it to end and you want people to know that anxiety’s not who you are, it’s just something that you struggle with.” Buetow was diagnosed with anxiety as only a sixth grader, and was mildly shocked and saddened with the news at the time.
“I think the hardest part would be just taking the step of actually acknowledging ‘okay, I have anxiety’- that you might need help or you might need medication,” Buetow said.
“I was very angry that my child had to go through something like this. I had no way to stop it. And I could see she wasn’t doing it on purpose, I mean she was as devastated by this and frustrated by it as I was,” Suz said.
“My mom got really sick and that was the turning point because she almost died and it was almost like I didn’t have time to worry because there was enough worry in the house. So, I had to turn to something else and that’s when I turned to my faith,” Buetow said. “I just remember laying in my bed one night and looking up and saying there’s gotta be something that can help me. I felt like I had no one because my family was at the hospital. And then I started going to New Song and that’s when I realized that faith is more than just picking up a Bible and looking at it. It’s a relationship and it’s the best thing ever.”
New Song Community Church teaching pastor Aaron Schuler was one person that really helped Buetow get through her anxiety. They met regularly for a few years to discuss ways to think about life differently.
“When I first met her she was very locked up. For most people it was maybe not a huge deal or situation, but it would get her really afraid. She had some issues with just going through the day-to-day stuff,” Schuler said. “We just talked about how to get free from that and not worry about some of these things and to not be afraid, and as we did that we kind of talked about why. How God doesn’t want any of us to be afraid in our lives. That was just kind of the main point, seeing her grow and learn to trust Him and to now being very, very carefree and caring and loving and relaxed at most times. It’s been awesome to see her as she’s grown to trust God more.” Buetow’s involvement at New Song was the start of her recovery, and ultimately allowed her to get off her medication.
“It was really awesome because [Aaron] understood and walked me through it and then basically showed me there’s no time for anxiety because God had such big plans for my life,” Buetow said. “And so when I grasped that, anxiety just cut off and I started getting involved in church and school.”
Buetow’s parents, although always strong in their faith, have been amazed by Buetow’s transformation through prayer.
“I think that’s the biggest attribute that helped her with her situation more than anything,” Buetow’s father Terry Buetow said. “I think she really conquered her anxiety just through her faith. That was her strongest element.” Suz agrees, and is thankful for Buetow’s strong recovery.
“Seeing what faith has done for her has made it even that much more personal for me. She’s taught me a ton about my faith,” Suz said. “I have a stronger faith because of her and I’m a better person because of her.” Buetow and those who have witnessed her growth also attribute her recovery to her passion for music.
“It’s really good just to sit in your room and pull out your guitar and just play,” Buetow said. “Especially when you’re having anxiety, because you’re letting it out through music and not any self-destruction.” Schuler recognized Buetow’s music talent from the beginning of their relationship and told her how to utilize that in the face of anxiety.
“WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MIDST OF IT YOU JUST WANT IT TO END AND YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT ANXIETY’S NOT WHO YOU ARE, IT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT YOU STRUGGLE WITH.”
Senior Tyrza Hoines has known Buetow since preschool, but the two didn’t become close until eighth grade, around the time Buetow began to strengthen her faith. Hoines is another person who has helped Buetow overcome her once-severe condition.
“I know that with her anxiety she tried other means of coping with it, such as medication, but she didn’t truly overcome it until she brought the issue to God. By doing so, she has become so strong, not only in her faith life but, overall as a student, worship leader and woman. I’ve always tried my best to be at her side and help her when she needs it because she is my best friend and sister in Christ,” Hoines said. “And, if anything, this has definitely brought us closer, because I would do anything for her.”
Hoines is also very confident in her faith, and is very optimistic about Buetow’s future as a person and Christian.
“I’m so proud of her and that she has God centered in her life,” Hoines said. “I’m excited to see where He takes her and the amazing things she’s going to do in the future.”
“I believe that God has given each of us something inside of them to offer the world, to help it be a better place to grow or to be better.
And so she starting playing music and I was like ‘you realize the great gift you’ve been given to play music and how this fear and anxiety is blocking you out from experiencing this incredible thing.’ It helped her not focus on the anxiety or the fear, but focus on the gift. It helped her to focus less on what isn’t so real,” Schuler said. “We would talk a lot about how like 80-90 percent of the fear you have never comes true. No one wants to live a life fearing what doesn’t ever happen. And I think most people understand that there’s better things out there living without the fear.”
Now, Buetow finds release in her music and faith, and can now handle the ‘what if’ questions that used to assail her to the point of an anxiety attack. Her change of perspective undoubtedly helped her move on from her condition. “I would say that I have way more compassion towards people who struggle not only with anxiety but with depression or just any thoughts of them feeling worthless, because I’ve been there and now I can say that you do get through it,” Buetow said.
VELKH IZ DAYN LOSHN WHAT LANGUAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK? SHORT AND CARTOON | TAYLOR THOMPSON
“Spanish, so I can understand my brothers.” - junior Joe Bahr
“French, because then if I went to France I would be able to understand people.” - senior Tyrza Hoines
“Francais parce que francais est formidable.” - junior Mitchel Pilon
“I know Logan Allard would speak Klingon.” - junior Colton Backhaus
“Elvish, because it is Elvish.” -junior Danielle Dinga
“The ones the dragons speak in Skyrim just because it’s cool.” - junior Stone Suess
“French, because it’s sexy.” - junior Amber Jordan
“YIDDISH, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THEY SPEAK IN THE MOUNTAINS AND I’M A MOUNTAIN MAN AND AM GOING TO GROW A BIG BEARD.” - SOPHOMORE JOEY FELTON
“Russia, so I could take over China and then I would have two countries.” - junior Wyatt Zeller
“PROBABLY NORTH AMERICA AND MY REASON WHY IS THERE ARE GOOD LOOKING WOMEN EVERYWHERE.” - SENIOR SETH BAUER “I would say Russia. Someone needs to go over there and straighten out their human rights.” - senior Tadd Junior “Europe, because it is beautiful. It looks good; I love it! Clear water that’s warm, why wouldn’t you?” sophomore Talon Staudinger
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RULING THE NATION OF YOUR CHOICE SHORT | BLAKE CHASE
“Italy, because I like Italian food.” junior Michael Volk
GENERATION OF GENIUSES
CHOOSE ONE SUBJECT TO THRIVE IN SHORT | LEXI JORGENSON
“Chemistry, so I could be on Breaking Bad.” - senior Rachael Elhardt “Math.” - senior Tayler Van Horn
“Science, because it’s so hard.” - freshman Hope Hausauer
“Science, because then I could get a really good job and make a lot of money.” senior Mathoni Anderson
“SPANISH, BECAUSE I’M CHINESE.” - JUNIOR SAM DING “Gym, obviously, because I want to win every game.” - senior Christian Walter
“English, because I like to write, but I’m not very good at English.” - sophomore Cailey Carter
“Science, then I would know everything about the human body, because I’m going to be a physical therapist.” - senior Taylor Patch
WEIGHTED GRADE POINT SYSTEM TAKES EFFECT NEWS BRIEF | ALLY KRUPINSKY As of December, the school board implemented the weighted grade point system. Parent concerns and the national trend of weighted GPA were the primary reasons for the board making the change, which has been deliberated for several years.
The purpose of the weighted grade point system is to provide incentive to enroll in more challenging classes. So, if a student maintains all A’s except for one B in an AP class, they will still have a 4.0 GPA. The board hopes that enrollment of AP classes will increase with the adjustment, since GPA will more accurately reflect workload.
The weighted grade point system will additionally raise the number of students recognized at graduation. More valedictorians will increase recognition, but some parents are now concerned that this will minimize the significance of the distinction. There are currently 49 Century seniors who meet the Valedictorian requirements, and there were 29 before the new grade point system was implemented. In the end, the school board felt that it would be best to conform nationally and hopefully encourage more rigorous course enrollment. Information was provided by school board member Lawrence King and Century guidance counselor Dan Trottier.
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Q: What is the biggest challenge you’ve encountered as a singing group? Alyssa: Not laughing.
Q: Do your individual music tastes conflict?
All: Not when we sing for others.
Q: What are some before showtime rituals?
Heather: We joke and practice in the bathrooms and sometimes we record ourselves.
Q: What has been your favorite part of performing?
Kathryn: I love the exhilarated feeling I get. There's a reason why a show or song is suddenly reenergized when an audience is there. There's something about sharing something with others that makes the performance more special.
Kathryn: These girls are the best friends in the whole world. I have had so many wonderful moments with them in music, theatre, and just in school. I am going to miss them so much when we graduate and go our separate college ways, but I hope we will always share that connection we have through music and theatre.
Q: Do you plan to sing together after high school and college? Alyssa: I hope so, maybe a reunion in the feature.
Q: How long have you guys been singing together? Alyssa: Since sophomore year.
Q: What are some before showtime rituals?
Heather: We joke and practice in the bathrooms and sometimes we record ourselves.
Q: If you could've sang a song in any disney movie what movie would it’ve been? All- Fozen.
Q: What is your favorite song that you’ve sang together?
Kathryn: My favorite song with the trio is Candy Cane Lane. We blend splendidly on it and our harmonies are really tight, plus it's just a really fun and catchy Christmas jingle. Q: How often do you perform?
Heather: We are always singing everywhere, but basically whenever we get the chance.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about theater and singing?
Kathryn: The feeling of being a family. In theatre, we all work so hard to create one story together. We spend so much time together working toward that one goal, and in the end, we all share the same experience, the same moment. It's the same with singing; we all have to be connected through the music, and we become more than just a group of kids singing.
Q: What is the biggest challenge youâ€™ve encountered as a singing group? Alyssa: Not laughing.
Q: How often do you perform?
Kathryn: With the trio, it's really hard to keep track. We do numerous miscellaneous things throughout the year, from anthems to jingles to class performances to the talent show, so all I can say is that we perform pretty regularly.
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SHORT | KACEY PETERSON CARTOON | TAYLOR THOMPSON
“I’d use my sirens to get in front of the drive thru.” - junior Emina Zukic
“Mess with people, pull them over for the heck of it.” - freshman Rylee Zuraff
“Speed, because I can.” - junior Riley Moran
“I wouldn’t ruin anyone’s day by pulling them over for speeding.” - senior Sam Solberg
“I would set it up so that I had a lot of stuff to do that day and drive around town going through all the red lights and using my sirens.” - senior Jess Unruh
“Probably just drive where you weren’t allowed.” - freshman Riley Gross
“Drive really really fast because normally you can’t.” - junior Brianna Tortalita
“I would get coffee and donuts. Can’t be a true cop without coffee and donuts.” - senior Sheilan Hamasoor
“Sirens all the time! I would wear them out!” - junior Ashlynn Grasl
Me, when I found out Spongebob was cancelled CARTOON | TAYLOR THOMPSON
INTO THE FUTURE
“I would ask, ‘What will my future job be, because that’s kind of a big deal!’ and ‘Who will I marry?’” - junior Maddie Rants
“Who am I going to marry, so I know to either stay away from that person or go for them!!” - senior Jack Abfalter
“Am I going to be successful in life and marry Selena Gomez?” - sophomore Justin Wolf
“I would ask if I would ever get a true girlfriend.” - junior Quinn Wittkowski
“At what weight will I top at?” - junior Philip Thomas
“WILL PANCH EVER BE ANY CHEAPER?’ - SENIOR COURTNEY BRACKIN
WHAT WOULD YOU ASK A PSYCHIC SHORT AND GRAPHIC| ALEX SKALICKY
“Will I tear my other ACL?” - sophomore Sophia Thompson
THEME SONG A SONG TO DESCRIBE LIFE
SHORT & PHOTO| SUZIE COX
“‘Bubble Butt,’ because I like to twerk.” - senior Grant Ehli
“‘Lost In My Bedroom’ by Sky Ferreira. Believe it or not it, happens a lot.” - senior Tanner Anderson “‘Everything’s Embarrassing’ by Sky Ferreira. Yeah….” - senior Kailee Zabolotny “‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ by Chance the Rapper. It’s a good song.” - senior Dayton Nunley
“‘Bleeding Out’ by Imagine Dragons, because life is draining and everybody tries so hard to make everyone else happy, but everything will turn out okay. This song always reminds me of that.” - junior Kelsey Handt “‘Paparazzi’ by Lady Gaga, ‘cuz I can’t keep ‘em off me.” - junior Logan Schaffer “‘So Good’ by B.O.B! Because life is great!” - freshman Jayden Hauff
“SAY SOMETHING, BECAUSE ME AND MY BROTHER WOULD SING IT TO EACH OTHER BEFORE HE LEFT FOR COLLEGE.” - JUNIOR ISAAC WAHLIN
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PHOTOS | ALLY KRUPINSKY
ince when did humans all become the same? Who decided that if you have abs you’re going to get all the girls? What wise guy decided that skin and bones are perfect? I honestly couldn’t pinpoint a specific person who has corrupted our minds with this idea of the perfect life, but in my mind m ind every human has. It’s human nature n ature to try to ‘one up’ the person next n ext to you; to try to be the best out off everyone. Even though people o have the mindset to be different or better than others, they also have this mindset to fit into the mold that we’ve created for ourselves.
We have created this monster that consumes our confidence and fills us with insecurities. It is spoken on television and written in magazines that we should be who we want to be, but, when we try, there’s a voice yelling at us saying that’s not the right way to be ourselves. Victoria Secret models are idolized because of their size zero figure, and Hollister models are worshiped for their abs of steel, but if anyone has noticed, not everyone looks like that. There are limits on what is healthy to what is overweight and this society that we’ve created makes that clear, but when will people realize that protruding bones and the deterioration of one’s body is not what we should encourage? Since the fifties, we have
been raised to be Barbie and Ken; not to be ourselves.
I may be one voice, but I’m saying everyone should embrace who they are. If you’re a girl and aspire to be the first female in the NFL, go out and do it. If you’re a boy and hairstyling is your thing, go do it. As for myself, I’ve become who I want to be. Despite hard times and believing that voice telling me I was not good enough, I didn’t let it make me who I am. Now more than ever is the time to break the mold of what we’ve been told is perfect. Newsflash, nothing is perfect.
Stop judging people because they don’t walk around in Buckle jeans, or because they don’t drive the nicest car. Listen to what someone has to say. Not everyone has a bold voice, sometimes the people who change the world are the ones who started with a whisper. They say a spark can start a fire and that couldn’t be more true. If this craze for perfection and this mold of the ideal human could be broken, this world wouldn’t be such a bad place. One of my favorite quotes is, “But if the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?” from Boonaa Mohammed’s poem ‘Beautiful’. If we could create a society that accepts people for who they want to be as a person not just how they look, that would be pretty kick ass.
IT IS SPOKEN ON TELEVISION AND WRITTEN IN MAGAZINES THAT WE SHOULD BE WHO WE WANT TO BE, BUT, WHEN WE TRY, THERE’S A VOICE YELLING AT US SAYING THAT’S NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO BE OURSELVES.
FREE OF FEARS COLUMN | BLAKE CHASE
utting on a climbing harness for the first time is uncomfortable beyond belief. The stiff cords bunch and pull at pant legs, and the tight waistband can cut off blood flow. I remember the first time I put on a harness. I was almost seven, and ready to take on the world rappelling. My Dad had been ttalking alking about this activity all day. With my m y baby-blue helmet, I strapped it, rready eady to go. I wasn’t the first person, so I had a basic idea of what needed to be done. My Dad crounched on a ledge slightly above and to the left of me, acting as my coach. As I stood with my back to the cliff, I had several thoughts, most of them along the lines of ‘this is so cool!’ Then I was told to lean back. My heart hit a peak higher than the cliff I was on. My breath was shallow, and I started to cry. I realized then that I have a horrible fear of falling. It was a real fear, something I had never experienced before. Sure, I’ve seen scary movies that have left me awake all night, but that fear is artificial. I was about to die, I was sure of it. I stood there, half over the ledge, wanting the fear to end, for my life to be safe, for my Dad to reach out and pull me back up. Instead, he told me, “Keep going. Lean back.” ‘I can’t,’ I remember thinking. ‘I can’t. I’m going to die. I can’t.’ The words cycled through my head. I was told to calm down, to breath normally, and I did. Soon, my heart rate slowed enough for me to think straight again.When
I started leaning back for the second time, I was breathing at an almost normal rate, though still crying with fear. Suspended on the side of the cliff, I walked down, slowly. By the time I reached the bottom, I was having fun. I even risked a small jump.
Three years ago, I went to a Camp Wilderness for the first time and participated in high ropes courses suspended fifty feet or more above the ground, one ending in a hundred and fifty-foot zip line. We had the choice of taking a running jump or sitting down and sliding off. I choose to slide off. I wish I had ran. This past summer, I went to the same Scout camp and did the same high ropes course. This time, I ran and jumped. It was incredible! I also took a climbing class. We learned knots, bouldering, climbing, and rappelling. The first time I went over the wooden edge, I felt the familiar rush and tingle of fear. After all the years, I still hadn’t gotten over the fear of falling. However, that first jump was so fast and fun, I wanted to go again and again and again and again.
This thing that used to be incredibly hard for me to do has now become something I very much love. I’m no longer afraid of heights. I want to skydive, base jump, and hang glide. I try to force my fears into strengths. The sky isn’t the limit for me anymore. It’s an opportunity.
THE SKY ISN’T THE LIMIT ANYMORE. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY.
THE MONUMENTS MEN REVIEW | KACEY PETERSON With a never done before take on World War II, Monuments Men, is a tale of a daring team of art historians and museum curators on the search for stolen art. During World War II the Nazi’s were responsible for ‘confiscating’ millions of pieces of art work. They began to hoard them for the ‘führermuseum’, Hitler’s personal museum. As the allies pused the Germans back the Nazi’s began to store the artwork in mining caves throughout Germany. The purpose of the art recovery team, the Monuments Men, was to find the art and return it to the rightful owners. The movie does have a slow and lackluster start with not much action and little enthusiasm, but does begin to pick up around about a fourth of the way through when the men get to Europe. The movie has not only entertainment value but provides a great historical background of one of the darkest times in history.
DIVERGENT REVIEW | SUZIE COX Divergent is a riveting book, part of a series written by Veronica Roth, set in a dystopian downtown Chicago. The people are divided into five different sections based on their personalities and values called ‘factions’ to secure peace. Abnegation for the selfless, Candor for the honest, Amity for the peaceful, Dauntless for the brave, and Erudite for the knowledgeable. At age 16, everyone is tested on their personality and each must choose a faction. Tris, the lead heroine in the story, will either remain in Abnegation where she was raised, or she will decide to switch to a new faction. But, Tris has a secret no one can know. She is a strange exception to the testing. She belongs to a group called the Divergent - meaning she could be part of more than just one faction. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. With the help of her dauntless trainer, Four - whom she develops a connection and romance with - she finds that it is possible to be both brave and selfless. This novel takes on the problem of conformity and questions the certainty of narrow-minded ideology, forcing the reader to pause and think in the middle of that dauntless break about the plot’s conclusion. A movie has been made and will be released March 21, 2014.
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100% OF THE STAR STAFF AGREES Anxiety, fear and stress are not new to high school. We’re all human; there isn’t one person without a weakness. Maybe it’s speech class, or what people think of a person’s appearance, or maybe it’s something completely different. We, the 2013-2014 Century Star staff, are hoping that not only is the elusive and unattainable perfect person deemed impossible here at Century, but also that each and every person is able to embrace the flaws that make them unique. Most importantly, we’re hoping that all students have a release; each acknowledged flaw or weakness
should be accompanied by a way to express or feel greatness. Maybe through sports, art, academics or something that fits into none of those. Each person has their own set of issues or insecurities, but each person also, and more importantly, has something to be proud of.
To conquer any shortcomings, we must first love ourselves. To become healthier, happy people, we must focus on what makes us special. Let’s acknowledge our innate flaws, and then commit to finding what makes us shine.
“I get anxiety when I’m really busy so I make a lot of lists. I love lists.” - senior Sierra Link
“Everything. I lay in my room and I don’t do anything.” - freshman Anna Hantke
“Homework. I throw myself down the stairs–like a bagel.” - junior Mindy Schwartz
- sophomore Kristin Haff
“School. I play a lot of Halo.” - freshman Abby Voigt
WHAT CAUSES YOU THE MOST ANXIETY AND HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?
“Three and two counts in baseball. I just pray and hope I make a good pitch.” - sophomore Connor Friedrich
“Everything, “Getting fired and by from my job, eating lots and I cope with of food.” - junior Bobby Edick
“I’m not an anxious person.”
it by crying.”
- senior Allison Renken
“Anna Hantke. I’m not sure that I do (deal with her).” - freshman Amanda Irwin
“Being friends with Ashley Thorpe and Laiken Ross.” - senior Mandy Jordan
“My life.” - sophomore Taryn Neameyer
“Homework. I do my homework.” - sophomore Abbie Meschke
“Gym, because I suck at playing every game.”
“Flappy Bird. It’s awful. I keep on playing it—I think that’s how you deal with it.”
- sophomore Anna McCusker
- freshman Leif Rue
#heard “Being friends with Mandy Jordan and Laiken Ross.” - senior Ashley Thorpe
- senior James Jeske
“Mr. Dasovick, because he’s scary.”
“Enriched math tests. I deal with them with oreo F’real shakes.”
- junior Kenzie Markwardt
- freshman Cody Chase
“Precalculus...and I don’t cope with it.”
“Picking out my outfit in the morning. I deal with it by drinking lots of coffee.” - sophomore Karlee Chaffee
- junior Alexis Blazek
“Math, IDK.” - sophomore Austin Bernhardt
“Cheerleading every night, band tour, work, homework in every class, Shakey Monday, All-State, and competition. I mostly sleep.”
“Passing semis on the interstate. I close my eyes until it’s over.”
- junior Caitlin Stockert
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