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// Century’s finest // defeating his disease

bottoms up? drunk driving hits home

May 2014

2013-2014 Star Staff Sue skalicky


Ally Krupinsky

outgoing editor

kacey peterson

incoming editor

carissa martin

design editor

chase geer

business manager

taylor thompson


alex skalicky

opinion editor

lexi jorgenson


blake chase

staff member

Suzie cox

staff member

star newsmagazine policy The Star policy is a document that covers everything from our purpose to our plan of action if something goes wrong. It’s the staff ’s guideline as to how our decisions are made.

The Star is a student-generated newsmagazine published through the efforts and decisions of its editorial board and staff without any prior review. It is produced, edited and maintained by students. It is an open forum for student expression and the discussion of issues of concern to its audience.

Letter from your [outgoing] editor I’m not perfect and I never plan to be. As long as I’m imperfect, I can learn. I can learn to deal with the distance college will put between my family and me; I can learn to adapt to a completely new set of responsibilities. As long as I’m imperfect, I can become more patient with people. I can become less stressed, and hopefully less of a procrastinator. I’ve never claimed perfection personally or as an editor. We spelled some names wrong, we printed some pixelated photos and a million other things that drove me crazy. Ultimately, those things don’t matter. I believe that as long as we’ve managed to influence even a few people through our stories, then I’ve done my job. We aren’t an amazing sports team, we aren’t a beautiful choir, but we are nationally ranked. Our work ethic has a lot to do with it, but I really believe it’s because the stories we told deserve national attention.

As nervous as I am about starting over at a new publication, I’m ready. Or maybe I’m not, but I’ll deal with my The Star and its staff are protected by and bound to the principles of the First Amendment, made possible by the Constitution and various laws and court decisions imperfections as they come. implementing those principles.

The Star staff will strive to report all issues in a legal, objective, accurate and ethical manner, according to the Canons of Professional Journalism developed by the Society of Professional Journalists. The Canons of Professional Journalism include a code of ethics the Star staff is encouraged to follow. The Star publishes itself and covers the budget costs entirely through advertising sales, subscriptions and fund-raising projects.

Ally Krupinsky editor

Letter from your [incoming] editor

The challenges of high school are numerous; they come in different sizes, kinds, and severities. Sometimes these hardships are central to an illness (page 22) and sometimes they are made into meaningful lessons for others (page 17). One thing is for sure though, we wouldn’t be the people we are today without these challenges and hardships. As next year’s editor-in-chief my goal is to share not

only the stories of hardship but those of fun times and lessons learned. My hopes for the upcoming year include publishing a Star that is interesting and interactive with the student body. It is my hope that each person’s story that we tell is told with a sense of direction and purpose that impacts members of the student body and community. I look

forward to producing a paper that not only the Star staff can be proud of, but one that the whole school can appreciate.

Table of contents // Century’s finest //defeating his disease

bottoms up?

about the cover | a view from the dashboard of a buzzed driver precedes an oncoming crash

drunk driving hits home

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page 6 - catch her if you can page 8 - Do you even lift bro?

Student life 10-14

page 10 - pupil of the year page 12 - Sunshine it’s fine



page 15 - plane off the planet page 17 - to die or not dui

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opinion 25-30

page 20 - old mcdonald had a farm page 22 - i love you with all my kidney page 25 - REviews page 28 - What’s the word?

*Star retractions: The Star staff would like to apologize for the misspelling of Edina Osmanbasic’s name in the April Issue, page 17.

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Favorite teams in this state may or may not be popular “Club Impulse Wolf Pack Volleyball Team, because who doesn’t love a bunch of killer wolves in spandex?!” - junior Ali Hasche

“I would say the recNballs, because they have the best coach and they are world champions.” - senior Preston Dvorak

“UND hockey team. They’re our only D1 national champions.” - senior Andrew Carlson

“The Harvey Hornets, because that’s my hometown.” - senior Shanalle Engen

“UND men’s hockey team, because they are in the frozen four!” - senior Myranda Merkel

“FM Red Hawks, porque me gusta beisbol.” - junior Alex Flicek

“ND lifters, because Zach Zuther and I started it.” - sophomore Brad Kostelecky “Bison football, because they kick butt and they’re fun to watch.” - sophomore Ethan Porter “North Dakota has a sports team?” - sophomore Chase Schuh

“The CHS swim team, because we have Beyonce on our team, aka Lynnae Ryberg.” - sophomore Harper Wavra

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best sport to play during the summer

“Baseball, because it’s fun to watch and a good sport to play.” - sophomore Tyler Miller

“Fishing, because it involves water.” - sophomore Riley Smith

“Basketball. You can really get a workout and it’s fun.” - junior April Hruby

short and graphics | blake chase “Sand volleyball, because you can get together with your friends and have a good time.” - junior Haley Hoss

“Track. It’s one of the ones that anyone can join; you don’t have to worry about being good.” - freshman Orlin Brinkmeyer

“I really like swimming, but not competively as a sport.” - junior Conner Ulmer




junior Jordan Jacob talks about her struggles and hopes in her running career Q. When did you start running track and cross-country? A. In seventh grade.

Q. Why did you start running? A. My parents, they kind of made me go out for it. I didn’t want to. Q. What has been your biggest accomplishment in running so far?

A. Winning state cross-country this year

Q. What have been some challenges that you have come up against so for in running?

A. In sophomore year I got a stress fracture in one of my metatarsals in my right foot and this year I fractured three of them in my left. Q. How has this been difficult for you?

Q .What are your pre-meet rituals? A. Our team’s spaghetti dinners and I always wear my lucky sports bra!

top | (from left to right) juniors Jordan Jacob, Brittney Humphrey, Kalen Tow Crow, Jaiden Schuette, Laura Laber, and freshman Kelby Anderson

Q. What are your hopes for this track season? A. I want to be able to get over my injuries so I can run state. Q. What is your biggest overall goal for running?

A. To run for a good Division 1 college and to keep improving my times. Q. What is the most rewarding thing that comes out of running?

A. Just the feeling when you finish a race. Q. Who is your biggest inspiration?

A. Mary Cain, who is a really good runner, and Laura Roesler, who runs at Oregon. Q. Where would you like to run for college?

A. I have no idea! I just know I want to run Division 1.

A. It gets frustrating, because I got really behind in my training and now that I am back, I can’t run with my teammates. Q. What things are you doing so you can come back and compete?

A. I am building up my running mileage really gradually. Q. What is your favorite event in track?

A. I run the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m, but the mile is my favorite.



left | juniors Jordan Jacob and Anne Klusak above | junior Jordan Jacob

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The 2014 Century High School literary magazine, Perception, is finished and ready for pre-order for $15! They will be available for pick-up at Coffee House on May 16th. Bring your money and fill out a pre-order form in room 117 during periods 6 or 7. The remaining copies will be sold at Coffee House but they’re selling fast!

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The 2014 Century High School literary magazine, Perception, is finished and ready for pre-order for $15! They will be available for pick-up at Coffee House on May 16th. Bring your money and fill out a pre-order form in room 117 during periods 6 or 7. The remaining copies will be sold at Coffee House but they’re selling fast!

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senior Casey shaff

boys’ track

“Schweigs [Schweigert] always talks about how he got the girls back in the day.”

senior Chandler Aarfor


“We did plate workouts with sprints in “We did plate workouts with sprints in between betweensets.” sets.”

“There’s not really one singular funny line that they say. You would have to be there to understand what’s going on.”

“Our hardest workout would definitely be the progressive 200.”


1. what’s the worst training exercise you’ve done this season? 2. what’s the funniest thing your coach has said this season? “We had eight 200s and we had six 400s. They were kind of hard.” “Stav said the day after the snow day when we had to go outside to run, “It’s a nice day out there if you're a polar bear.”

girls’ track

Junior Jaiden Schuette 08


girls’ soccer

senior Kennedie Boehm

“The 20 laps around the hallway and then having to go lift right away.”


“Popcorn fart.”

“Just keep walking girls [after Anne Dickson threw up in the parking lot of our hotel at state last year].”

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“You guys are not the best team I’ve ever had, but somehow you won state.” - Coach Gress

“Pick up balls.”

girls’ tennis

“We had to run all 18 holes for practice.”


junior nora erickson

“Our muscle endurance training is pretty tough, mainly because our assistant coach is a body builder.”

junior Morgan Menge


“Get in, and if it’s not good enough anymore, get out.”


Student of the Year Story | Kacey Peterson Photos | submitted

Senior Daniel Wassim brings a new standard to volunteerism


e walks the halls of Century with his head held high, confidence in every step, and a smile ready to shine. His mind is running with ideas on how to make his school, his church, and even the world a better place. The 2013-14 Star staff has selected senior Daniel Wassim as the Century Star student of the year.

“Daniel's character really distinguishes him from most people. He has such an outgoing attitude that allows him to set his goals high and accomplish them. He is also so willing to help and assist others,” Wassim’s friend senior Dustin Dutchuk said.

Daniel Wassim has been a member of National Honor Society for the past four years. He is now the NHS Club president.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with his excitement to serve and his humble, organized, thoughtful approach to leadership,” National Honor Society (NHS) club adviser Megan Sletten said. Wassim’s leadership skills have not only made an impression on teachers, but also his friends.

“Daniel is an excellent student leader because he does everything with motivation and passion. He is always willing to lend a hand to help and never ceases to bring a smile to everyone’s face,” Wassims’s friend senior Heather Kaiser said. “His positive energy is encouraging!” Wassim recently started a peer mentoring program at Century. The program is designed so that students who have had success in a particular class can lend a hand to those who


are struggling.

doing it,” Dutchuk said. “After completing his undergrad, he hopes to go to law school.”

Wassim is not only an active leader at Century, but he is a dependable volunteer at his church.

“The hard work, devotion and success Daniel has exhibited through his time at Century makes him the perfect [Star student of the year] recipient,” Dutchuk said. “He will continue to do so as he goes off to college.”

“Daniel’s peer tutoring invention was thoroughly organized and worked well, and in general, his leadership has been extremely beneficial to the NHS Club and Century as a whole,” Sletten said. “At church, he acts as a ‘big brother’ for one of the members,” Dutchuk said. Wassim’s knack for leadership and volunteerism has made a large impact on many of his friends.

Wassim has shown great leadership and volunteerism throughout his high school career that will help him to lend a hand to those in need throughout his life.

“He has such an outgoing attitude that allows him to set his goals high and accomplish them. He is also so willing to help and assist others.”

“I think it’s really inspiring that Daniel offers his time and heart to the community. It truly shows his love and care for people, something that is very admirable,” Kaiser said. Wassim’s traits of hard work, dedication and leadership will carry over with him as he leaves Century to attend college.

“After high school, he plans on attending Georgetown University. The acceptance rate is roughly 17 percent, so getting into the school is difficult, but no one had any doubts of Daniel


top| senior daniel wassim stands in fornt of georgetown university. above | Wassim poses for his senior photos.


Teacher of the year

Above | teacher Ron Metz in action teaching one of his classes

Story | Suzie COx Photo | Sheilan Hamasoor


Science teacher Ron Metz exemplifies the meaning of a teacher who really cares

allways are crammed with faces that pass by one another, each a mere blur. There is one face however, that emerges from the monotonous crowds. He is not one of the youth roaming the maze-like halls, but one who teaches. He is friendly, he is kind, and most importantly he makes an effort to let those youth know they are not just another blurry face to him. He is a teacher who will not neglect an opportunity to greet his students with a hello and a smile that makes them feel significant. Each year, the Century Star newspaper staff nominates a teacher who has proven themselves to stand out in character and accomplishment. This year, the Star staff has chosen science teacher and girls’ basketball coach Ron Metz. Though he has only been teaching at Century for two years, the impact he has made has not gone unnoticed.

“Mr. Metz is stinkin’ awesome. He cares about every student and wants everyone to succeed, ” former Metz student junior Rachel Detwiler said. “Even though I only had him for one year he still remembers my name and says ‘hi’ whenever I see him in the hall.” Detwiler is not the only one who feels this way about Metz. Junior Dani Dinga speaks of him positively.

“When I had Mr. Metz last year I really enjoyed his class. He’s really nice,” Dinga said.

Dinga’s positive experiences in Metz’ class have influenced her hopes of getting Metz as a teacher for geoscience next year.

He is a mentor to students in addition to being just a teacher.

“I learned lot in his class. I greet him whenever I can in the halls and he helped me decide to take AP bio next year when I was having doubts if I could do it,” Dinga said.

Metz not only teaches his students with patience and understanding, but he makes things entertaining once in a while. “He’s really good with mixing his humor in when he teaches and it makes it a lot easier to learn,” junior Kelsey Handt said. “Once he told us that he wants to genetically figure out how to clone mammoths that can reproduce without mutation from some prehistoric hair that was found so he could have a mammoth ranch. Not a farm, a ranch.” Handt was fond of Metz’ class.

“Biology last year was the best way I could possibly end my day,” Handt said.

“He loves the kids, loves the field of teaching and he really epitomizes one who really loves their job.” Metz’ endearing qualities do not end there. Many agree that he is a humble man with a good heart. Principal Steve Madler endorses this opinion of Metz.

“As a person he is genuine. When you

talk to him everything he has to say is very heartfelt,” Madler said. “He is a very modest person and often doesn’t like to take credit for his accomplishments and likes to give credit to those who are around him.”

Teaching isn’t the only thing that occupies Ron Metz’ life. In addition to teaching, he is also the girls’ varsity basketball head coach. His dedication to his students is a trait he carries with him onto the court with his players. Junior Jordyn Jossart, a member of the team, believes he wants the best for his students and players.

“He genuinely cares about us and he’s happy to be there every day,” Jossart said. “We’re all pretty silly, so it’s nice that he has a sense of humor to deal with all of us, because it wouldn’t be half as fun if we had to be serious all the time.” The years spent in high school are the years that help mold individuals into who they are. The friends, the teachers, and the experiences are the cookie cutters that shape us. Metz is one of those cookie cutters, and he has been shaping some lovely designs.

“He loves the kids, loves the field of teaching and he really epitomizes one who really loves their job,” Madler said. Congratulations Ron Metz on receiving the honor of Teacher of the Year. Thank you, for all you do.



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Make a toe ring. Paint your toe nails. Paint your �ingernails with bright sparkly polish. Make a friendship bracelet and send it to your friend. Change something about how you wear your make-up. Make an earring holder out of a branch. Make a summer tote bag out of a recycled tank top. Make some summer jewelry. Sketch a �lower that is growing in your yard. Organize your summer sandals and �lip-�lops. Make a leaf t-shirt. Visit a �lower garden and/or butter�ly house. Grow some lavender so you can make your own potpourri. Turn up the music and dance. Learn how to hula-hoop.

learn to grill pizza crust.

Have a wet t-shirt relay race. Go �ishing. Have an outdoor basketball free-throw contest. Learn to grill a hot dog. Learn to grill a hamburger. Surf/boogy board at the beach. Make Hawaiian pizza for your family dinner.

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Give your dog/pet a bath outside. Take your dog/pet for a walk. See a local baseball game. Make a CD of your favorite summertime songs. Enjoy a board game marathon on your backyard picnic table or on your back porch.


Have a scavenger hunt. Play mini-golf. Go stargazing.


Invent a new type of pizza. Make a music video Have an overnight movie marathon. Babysit and make paper airplanes. Volunteer in a community effort. Create a photo journal. Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it. Make your own popsicles. Watch last year’s hot summer �lick. Go to this year’s hot summer �lick. Volunteer to read to children at the library. Eat some fruit with fruit dip. Make a collage out of old magazines. Get a new hairdo.

Make a card for a friend.

Sleep until noon–once.

Eat the best banana split ever.

Visit a college.

Write a poem


Write a song. Write a play. Start your novel. Make a Web site. Make smoothies. Help plan the family vacation. Make a root beer �loat. Watch the sunrise.

Build a sandcastle.

Watch the sunset.

Grab a blanket, spread it out in the grass, and cloud watch. Walk barefoot through the grass.

Tie-dye your bed sheets.

Bike �ive miles.

See some �ireworks.

Catch lightning bugs. Take a nap under a shade tree. Have a pool party. Play with water balloons. Bury a friend in the sand. Sleep in your backyard, under the stars. Hike a rail trail. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest.

Make peach lemonade.

Plan and enjoy a luau.


Create a sidewalk mural with chalk, use a tropical theme. Skip stones at a lake. Run through a sprinkler. Buy a kiddie pool and make a whirlpool in it.



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smarty-pants The most intellectual person of this generation short and graphic | blake chase “Riley Conlin. He’s smart. He’s just a genius all the time and he has smart comebacks for whatever you say.” - junior Devin Bohl I’d have to nominate Evan Markel. He’s very intelligent and open-minded.” - freshman Rohmi Elkhatib “Stephan Hawking; he’s extremely smart in the science field and he’s in a wheelchair. Disabilities don’t define who you are.” - sophomore Jordan Picard

“Tanner Wolf, because his Twitter game is ridiculous” - junior Andrew Steinwand “Kyle Hagler, because he is good at everything.” - senior Katelyn Grothier “Harry Potter, because he’s a wizard who saved us all from You-KnowWho”- junior Payton Gibbs “The smartest person, of course!” - senior Zach Naylor

“Aristotle, because time is an illusion.” - junior Evan Eggers


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“They’re stuck on an island with Corbin Bleu and everyone from Flight 29.” - senior Mandy Jordan

“The Malaysian plane realized they didn’t have me on board so they turned around and crashed because they didn’t have enough gas #realtalk.” junior Scott Mann “False. The plane was never real.” - junior Mitchel Pilon “It disappeared on an island like in LOST.” - senior Ashley Thorpe

“It flew into the jet stream where it got off track and pushed into the black hole above Yellowstone, and got sucked through to an alternate dimension where pigs fly.” - senior Ashley Goehring



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Her stomach drops as she hands the phone to her mom; she knows something is wrong. It only takes a few agonizingly long moments before her mom collapses on the floor, wailing ‘Not my baby!’ She picks the phone back up to hear the news that changes her life forever - her sister has been killed by a drunk driver.

The sister

Speech teacher Shelly Kinn was 21 when her 18-year-old sister Renae was killed.

“Part of me didn’t believe it, but it was way too real,” Kinn said. “It completely crumbled my family. And my mom, part of her died when my sister died. We’ll never get that back; there’s always that grieving.” Renae had just graduated high school two weeks before her death. She was stressed because she still didn’t know what she wanted to do in the future, so she went to Montana with a friend to blow off steam. That night, the two girls were trying to meet new people. So they got in a pickup with two boys and another girl to go to a party. The first driver was sober. But Robert Frank, the drunk owner of the pickup, decided he wanted to drive. The two girls in the back - Renae and 15-year-old Jackie, who they had just met - were instantly killed when they flew out of the vehicle. A witness says they were screaming and pounding on the back window for Frank to slow down.

“It was just horrible, because we were in North Dakota and she was there and we had so few details and we didn’t know any of the people. It was very traumatic, finding that out and then taking a couple days to get the body back, not ever really knowing the full story,” Kinn said. “And that’s why I was not only devastated, but I was so empty because we didn’t know what happened.” The only reason Kinn knows as much as she does about the details surrounding her sister’s death is because she went there afterwards. She stood on the spot where she died; she drove past her sister’s killer’s house.

“I just felt so incomplete not knowing where she was, who she was with,” Kinn said. “Just because I felt like I needed answers and I didn’t really know if I was going to get any, but I felt like I had to go there just to see where she was.”

Kinn was the only member of her family to go to the trial that convicted Frank. Even though he had killed three people by the time he was 21 and was caught buying alcohol before the trial, he was given a very suspended sentence for negligent homicide. She knew it was a long shot, but she testified to try to keep him behind bars longer.

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“I don’t feel like justice was served, but at least they heard me out,“ Kinn said. “Life in prison wouldn’t have been enough. Twenty-five years she’s been gone and I know he’s been out for at least 15.” When Kinn went back to college, she felt alienated. No one knew how to handle her tragedy, especially because partying was very much a part of the college scene.

“My only problem is to get behind the wheel. I don’t have a problem with people drinking of age and things like that or having a drink, but I just really worry about the driving,” Kinn said. “Because I think people just don’t realize what can happen. We kind of figure you’re invincible in so many ways and I think that’s where I really cringe.” The last time Kinn saw her sister, she was helping her pack for Montana. It was a normal night, just two sisters talking about boys and graduation. She had planned on calling her sister that weekend, but waited a day too late.

“That’s one thing I think about now is don’t hold off on those calls or telling somebody you love them or this or that, because you just never know,” Kinn said. “It’s cliche, but life is short and you just never know when you’re going to lose someone that you love.” Eventually, Kinn would like to write a book about how drunk driving has impacted her life. She isn’t looking to preach or be pitied; she wants more people to stop and think before getting behind the wheel.

“I definitely think it has affected me,” Kinn said. “I think I see things a little differently and obviously I valued life before, but you just don’t know how quickly it can be taken from you.” She finally gives him the ultimatum. Quit drinking,

The addict or we’re done. He packs a duffel bag, grabs his keys

and walks down three steps in front of his house. He thinks of his wife and 1-year-old daughter. He turns around, throws his duffle bag on the floor and never has a drink again.

Gym teacher and boys’ basketball coach Rich Hovland has come a long way from the day when he almost gave everything up for his best friend, alcohol. Hovland’s addiction was gradual; it started in college. He thought he was drinking like everyone else was, he even drank less than many of his friends at times. He began to look forward to parties, mostly because alcohol made him feel good; it made him feel confident.

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“The taste was never attractive to me, but how I felt was attractive,” Hovland said.

Once he got a teaching job, Hovland became more secretive about his drinking. Up until 1995, he never had an alcohol-related violation. He was never late for work because of alcohol, and he almost never let people see him drink. Once a few people started to question his drinking, he got even sneakier.

“There is something there that is so attractive to you, and we’re not dumb people, none of us are, and if something makes me feel good and it makes me feel better than I did before, am I attracted to it? Absolutely,” Hovland said. “It becomes your pal. And, in the end, it becomes your best friend and probably your only friend. I almost chose alcohol over my wife and my daughter.” It was his wife’s 20th high school reunion, and he was driving up a day later in his truck pulling a camper. He knew he couldn’t drink a lot there, so he did beforehand. He was going about 62 mph when he passed out, rolled the truck and camper and was thrown out the window into the ditch. He only had one scratch on his shoulder.

“I should’ve died. I should have been dead. You shouldn’t fly out of your car at 60 miles per hour,” Hovland said. “So apparently it wasn’t my time to go.”

Hovland was sober for about six months, but wasn’t ready to give up what alcohol gave him. He finally stopped for good when he came steps from losing his family.

“It didn’t scare me enough to make a change, even though I knew I was doing something that could be the end of my life. That’s powerful when something has that kind of a handle on you,” Hovland said. “The craziest thing about that disease is that it makes very intelligent, well-adjusted people at times turn into, for lack of a better term, idiots. And that makes no sense. I would say I was an average teenage person with average intelligence and solid goals in life and places I wanted to go, and why it grabbed me I cannot give you an answer.” The close calls Hovland had throughout his addiction still haunt him today.

“There are times, and it doesn’t happen as much anymore, but I would say immediately after I kind of got my act together I’d wake up at night. My thought was always ‘Oh my God, I could’ve killed a whole family.’ And it’s not as much anymore, the farther and farther I get away. But I bet you once a year that, I don’t know if you’d call it a shudder or whatever, happens and it’s like a memory triggers and I just think it could have been my family in the car, I could’ve ran into somebody, who knows what,” Hovland said. “It’s a very humbling thought.” Hovland believes drinking is much too embedded in society for addiction problems to ever dissipate. He knows not every person will become addicted if they drink, but as an addict, he knows all too well how thin that line is.

“I don’t think you can know. I think it’s virtually impossible to know if you choose to go drink tonight, is that just your first drink of five million or is that the only drink you’re going to have? I don’t think you have any way of knowing what that relationship is. And it’s like smoking; you’re never going to get addicted to nicotine if you don’t start puffing on cigarettes. It’s the same way,” Hovland said. “My advice is, if you like it, I think you have to be scared.”

Speech teacher shelly kinn with her younger sister, renae.



She goes to a graduation party and sees jello shots

The adviser lined up on the counter. She doesn’t say anything,

but in the back of her mind she notes just one more example of the societal acceptance she’s fighting.

Century High School Students Against Destructive Decisions adviser Laurie Foerderer has been teaching art for six years. When she was asked to start advising SADD at the end of her first year, she didn’t even know what it was. Five years, seven SADD conferences and countless hours later, she’s hooked. “The whole philosophy of SADD is to empower young people to be educated and to educate each other about dangers and things that are harmful. And there can be only good things that result from that,” Foerderer said.

The mission of SADD encompasses more than drunk driving, but it’s an area they cover. Foerderer says they plan on doing more drunk driving-related events in May. This year, she’s relying more on her students to give her feedback. Foerderer is taking a few other new approaches this year as well. SADD is done with handing out pamphlets and brochures; they’re raising awareness in relevant, noticeable ways. They’ve had school assemblies with speakers, presented information to other schools, got the city council to regulate electronic cigarette purchases before the age of 18 and several other constructive events. “Kids know not to drink. I don’t have to tell them it’s illegal. I don’t need to tell them they’re going to get in trouble or get kicked off their team. They know that,” Foerderer said. “I need to figure out a way to make it right here, personal responsibility. And how do you get out of those situations.” Tackling an issue like teenage drinking is in no way easy, or even realistic. Foerderer knows that.

“There’s this mentality out here, it’s not my kids, it’s not my kids doing it. It’s everybody’s kids,” Foerderer said. “C’mon parents, this is not legal. This is not legal. I’m fighting a losing battle when that attitude is out there.” Foerderer’s mission is not perfection, it’s education. She knows that high schoolers are in no way perfect; she knows that even her most well-rounded SADD members will make mistakes.

“Don’t live for the moment. That moment ends, graduation happens, your friends disappear, that moment is gone. Don’t live for that moment. You have to start thinking ahead a little bit. Even if it’s just six months ahead,” Foerderer said.

“it becomes your pal. and, in the end, it becomes your best friend and probably your only friend. i almost chose alcohol over my wife and my daughter.”

gym teacher rich hovland in his health class.

He sees the oncoming car swerve onto the curb, a

The officer classic sign. He turns on his lights and the stops car. He

talks to the driver, has him complete field sobriety tests and looks for evidence of alcohol. Yes, he’s doing his job, but he’s also preventing unfortunate accidents he’s seen too often. Lt. Jeff Solemsaas has been with the Bismarck Police Department for 21 years. During his career, Solemsaas has been on patrol for a considerable amount of time. He used to average anywhere from ten to 50 DUI arrests per year. He has also been involved in five fatalities due to drunk driving.

“My personal opinion is that there is kind of a mentality in the state that drinking and driving really isn’t a significant issue, but that’s up until the point when we have the fatalities where somebody innocent gets killed. We haven’t had a whole lot of those fortunately, but we have had a few,” Solemsaas said. “Then there’s kind of a big public outcry - ‘you need to do something about this,’ ‘we need to change the mentality in our state,’ and that lasts for a few months, and then it kind of slowly goes back. So there’s kind of an attitude that it’s really not that big of deal as long as no one gets hurt, you’re really not doing anything wrong.” Solemsaas has had to make death notifications to notify innocent people’s families that they’ve been a victim to drunk driving.

“That’s the absolute worst job that I’ve ever had. I just absolutely hate that. Going to someone’s house and telling them that your brother your son your father or your uncle whatever has been killed in a drunk driving,” Solemsaas said. “It’s heartwrenching. You’d have to have a heart of stone to not be affected by it. I think you talk to any officer, that’s the one thing they hate the most is going to tell somebody that somebody has been killed.” Those few but powerful fatalities have stayed with Solemsaas for a long time.

“A lot of those are very vivid memories of things I saw or heard or things like that. Something so outrageous, had so much impact on me that I remember that for a long time,” Solemsaas said. “It’s frustrating, because you know this easily could have been prevented.”

The belief that officers are simply trying to get people in trouble is far from the truth, Solemsaas says. In enforcing traffic law, they are merely trying to prevent more tragic deaths. He hopes that the stricter DUI laws implemented in 2012 will result in educated drivers being more responsible. “I think there has been more of a push both nationwide and in the state of the dangers and the effects of alcohol and driving and stuff like that. I think younger people are more aware of that. I think even back when I was in high school, there wasn’t that awareness that there is now,” Solemsaas said. “I’d like to think that high school students now are much more aware of the dangers than older generations were. There’s just that much more information out.”

youth risk behavior survey century high school

Percentage of students who rode one or more times during the past 30 days in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol 2009 - 30.1 percent 2011 - 23.5 percent 2013 - 15.5 percent Percentage of students who drove a car or other vehicle one or more times during the past 30 days when they had been drinking alcohol 2009 - 20.9 percent 2011 - 16.6 percent 2013 - 9.2 percent

sadd adviser laurie foerderer with some sadd group members

lt. jeff solemsaas in uniform



Call me foshizzle what would you be called as a famous rapper

Short and Photo | Taylor Thompson

“Sweet Candy Mandy.” - sophomore Mandy Stenehjem

“Shyanne.” - sophomore ShyAnn Fleck

“The book worm.” - junior Sage Walz

“I don’t rap, I am too white.” - junior Megan Hendricks

“Nutorious K.N.D.” - junior Kennedy Fenster

“The 8 Myle.” - junior Myles Gross

“Booooomtorious, that’s my Snapchat name.” - junior Colin Olson

“Double D.” - junior Dom Davis

do you duet Singing with the celeb of your choice short | Alex Skalicky

graphic | Blake Chase

“Luke Bryan because da booty.” - senior Mikaela Miller “I would do a duet with Obama because he sang once and he sang well so that he would cancel me out.” - senior Josh Jyring

“Miranda Lambert because people say I look like her.” - freshman Mikaila Morris

“I would sing with Josh because he would sing with Obama.” - freshman Brighton Ressler

“Ashe O’Hara because he’s got a really nice voice and I’ve been listening to his music for a long time.” - sophomore Dawson Abel

“I would sing with Brighton because he’s singing with Josh who’s singing with Obama.” - freshman Brennan Tyler



“Christina Aguilera because she’s awesome.” - freshman Shae Pfenning

Cluck Cluck Moo short | kacey Peterson

Century students share their dream farm crops and amimals

“Puppies. What makes you happier than a box of puppies?” - junior Natalee Rorvig

“Horses, lots of horses because I’ve always loved them and I never got a chance to have one when I was younger. I love farms and I’d like to live on one one day.” - sophomore Mikaela Reardon “I’d grow watermelons.” - junior Caitlin Stockert

“Wheat, corn, and maybe some alfalfa–gotta get that crop rotation #dustbowl” - junior Brianna Tortalita

“I would raise Alpacas ‘cause they remind me of my friend Marisa.” - sophomore Margaret Brink

What actually ends up happening...

What we plan to do in the summer.

“i’d be a dragon rancher, no explAnation needed.” - senior jessica unruh “Baby chicks because they’re so cute and adorable.” - senior Sheilan Hamasoor



A mother’s gift To save his life, she gave up a kidney

Story | Lexi Jorgenson


e’s exhausted. More tired than usual. The dialysis is taking a toll on him and even the basics of phy ed class have become too strenuous. He quits the sports he loves because of the toll the disease is taking on his body. Senior Tyler Adolf was diagnosed with a kidney disease when he was 2 years old.

“They’re not sure if I was born with it or if I acquired it,” Adolf said. “I’ve been dealing with it since I was 2, but it got really bad in ninth grade.”

The disease is called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis or FSGS. Adolf’s kidneys have glomerulosclerosis, scar tissue that forms in the glomeruli of the kidney. It prevents the glomeruli from filtering toxic and harmful substances and even excess nutrients out of his body. “Up until ninth grade it didn’t really affect me and I could do the things I wanted,” Adolf said. “I guess it makes me more tired and it’s led to a few other health problems.”



When his disease began progressing 4 years ago, Adolf had to give up basketball and soccer, because the sports became too strenuous on his body.

“I mean, even gym got strenuous, which it never had been before,” Adolf said.

Last June, Adolf was told his kidneys were failing. November, 2013 he underwent a kidney transplant, his mother being the donor, and found out 3 days later that his body rejected the kidney.

“When they first were deciding and going through the pre-stages of the transplant my whole family kind of knew she would be the one doing it,” Adolf said. “I’m grateful, but it kind of sucks that it didn’t work.” Since his body rejected the new kidney, Adolf will remain on dialysis for the rest of his life. “Dialysis wears me out a lot, that’s three times a week, so it’s hard to do a lot of things,” Adolf said. “I mean it’s depressing just knowing I can’t do what other people

Photos | Alex Skalicky

can. Being 18 and just knowing my whole life I’m going to have to deal with health complications, dialysis and all of that.” Despite the complications and weekly dialysis, Adolf’s mom is hopeful for her son’s future and believes a cure will be found in his lifetime.

“Not having the operation work was devastating, we had such high hopes for it to work,” Brooks said. “But there is always hope though that research will find a cure.” Roughly 5,400 people are diagnosed with FSGS each year, making Brooks hopeful in the discovery of a cure. “Tyler’s future is as bright as anyone’s, if not more,” Brooks said. “The adversity he has gone through will make him stronger mentally. He is smart and has a wicked sense of humor, so I see his future as unlimited as long as he takes care of his health along the way.”

Adolf has been dealing with adversity as a result of FSGS since he was 2 years old,

when he began having internal bleeding. When he was 7 years old he had a biopsy and underwent two additional biopsies and his kidney transplant. “We had a lot of good years and then the last few were not so good,” Brooks said. “On top of the FSGS, he also had a blood clot, internal bleeding, C diff numerous times and we found out he had a blood clotting disorder in the last 2 years.” Brooks was devastated when her son was first diagnosed. “When Tyler was first diagnosed it was heartbreaking. Every mother wants their child to be happy and healthy, and he was neither,” Brooks said. “Even though he was sick a lot in the beginning and on lots of medications, we tried our best for normalcy.”

But Brooks believes Adolf has taught her what is really important in life.

“I’ve missed a lot of school… I couldn’t tell you how many days,” Adolf said. “Recently, it’s prevented me from going to school period and just doing online classes.” Adolf is taking essential classes such as English and economics online so he can graduate with his class this year.

“I guess it’s not so much the physical aspect of the disease, it’s more mental, just knowing you have the disease and the complications with it,” Adolf said. Brooks foresees a bright future for her son.

“Tyler is a smart, funny and caring young man who I am very proud of. The way he handles his disease is amazing,” Brooks said. “As he moves on to college, I am sure he will continue to manage his disease and not let it manage him so that he can live his life to the fullest.”

appointments for 16 years, it’s what we do.” FSGS has brought their family closer together.

“We try the best we can to be there for each other,” Brooks said. “I think we have learned what is truly important over time. There has been lots of tears shed, and will be lots more. It’s what moms do. He has come a long way, and I could not be prouder of him.” Adolf’s sister, 2013 Century graduate Lauren Johnson, has also watched her brother overcome his disease.

“Tyler has had this disease for a long time and it progressively got worse,” Johnson said. “He was in and out of the hospital a lot over the last year and we all knew a transplant was the next step, but still, when it was actually time for that it was scary.”

Johnson, like Brooks, is hopeful for Adolf’s future.

“I mean it’s depressing just knowing I can’t do what other people can. Being 18 and just knowing my whole life I’m going to have to deal with health complications, dialysis and all of that.”

“Having a child who is not healthy every day puts life in perspective,” Brooks said. “In playing sports, you can learn a lot, both good and bad about human nature. Tyler not playing sports was hard on him mentally when he physically couldn’t do it anymore. It was hard for me to see him disappointed in that, but there is more to life than sports.”

Besides sports, Adolf has recently had to give up attending some of his classes in the school setting and instead complete them online due to his extensive dialysis and treatments.

Brooks always knew she would be the one to give up her kidney for him.

“There was never a question for me if I would give him my kidney if I was a match,” Brooks said. “Both his dad and I were matches and I just said I would do it.”

Though his body rejected the kidney and he will have to remain on dialysis, it will not shorten his life. “Ty’s life will not be shorter, just different,” Brooks said. “This disease has affected all of our lives, but it is our ‘normal’ life. Having done hospital stays and doctor

“Tyler has been through so much and still has a long road ahead, but I have no doubt he will meet any future obstacle with some sarcastic and brave attitude that he has overcome every obstacle thus far with,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t always admit this to him, but Tyler is kind of a genius and could do just about anything he wants with his future.”

Photos | Senior Tyler Adolf poses by the Missouri River. Adolf was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS, a kidney disease that prevents toxic substances from being filtered out of his body. He underwent a kidney transplant this year but found out days later that his body rejected the kidney. “Last summer in June I found out my kidneys don’t work anymore,” Adolf said.



Congratulations Class of 2014! “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Review | Taylor Thompson

Prepare to enter a completely different twist on a normal slasher horror movie. The newly released movie Oculus is about a brother and sister who both live with a sinister past that put one of them into a mental hospital for eleven years, and now they are trying to make it all go away by proving a demented mirror was the cause for all the dread. But the mirror will not give in so easy, they must face their frightening past in order to live for the future. Oculus is a mess-with-yourhead-and-make-you-cringe experience. Although the plot is a little vague, it never fails to make you want to pull your hair out from all the suspense. In the end, there is something that leaves you confused and wondering, but it leaves a gaping hole for a possible sequel that will hopefully be just as tormenting as the first.

orange leaf Review | Kacey Peterson

Move over CherryBerry and Tutti Frutti, Orange Leaf is here to stay! Located on Burnt Boat Dr., this new frozen yogurt bar brings a whole new level to the awesome taste of froyo. When walking in, the workers are there to greet you with a friendly smile and little sample cups. Perhaps one of their greatest additions is their yogurt dividers. These dividers allow the more picky eaters to separate their different flavors, so they can savor one taste at a time instead of letting them all run together. After purchasing the delicious froyo one can relax in Orange Leaf’s comfy chairs. Whether the day be strikingly hot or frigidly cold, the Orange Leaf froyo experience is too good to pass up!




leepless nights and endless days. Running from t-ball practice to tumbling classes. Putting on movies with the slightest hope of cleaning something around the house. Moms are superheroes. Who else do you know that can answer the door, while on the phone and feeding a baby. I mean dads try, but moms just have that ability to be everywhere at once and magically keep it all together.

MOM Column | Alex Skalicky

When my sisters and I were young we were troublemakers. From sliding down the stairs on the hallway door to overflowing the bathtub with bubbles, we never gave our parents a break. Even today, we still raise hell, only in more adult ways, like ‘accidentally’ rear ending someone, or lighting some part of the house on fire at family get togethers when we’re all home. No matter what we did when we were rugrats and no matter what we do now, mom is always there to save the day. My mom has always been like my best friend. When my older siblings would laugh at me when I would fall, mom was always there to give my owie a kiss. When the slightest bit of thunder rumbled through the house, mom would be the one to give me her pillow so I could sleep by her. When I would lose friends mom was the one to remind me that moms are always there. My mom is the strongest person I know. When it comes to superheroes, my mom is definitely at the top of the list, next to Ironman of course. She’s strong like Superman, and can maneuver through anything like Spiderman. She can take a hit from life like the Hulk. And she is beyond beautiful like Catwoman. Besides being cooler than a dude in a cape, she’s intelligent and wise.

My mom has taught me way too many things to count. She brings me closer to God on a daily basis. She makes me laugh like no one else can. She does a darn good job at embarrassing me in front of boys, but she says it’s done out of love. She inspires me to make a change. She doesn’t shove sports or education down my throat. She lets me live a life where I do make mistakes, but she’s always there to help me through them. She sees me in a light I don’t even see myself in. She’s created laughter through my tears, and tears through my laughter. My mom has taught me right from wrong and trusts me to make the right decision. And she’s there with her arms opened wide to hug me when I make the wrong choice. With graduation and life coming at me with obstacles and challenges I don’t know if I can handle, my mom is still by my side. I was terrified of not having anymore Perkins breakfasts, Taco Bell dates, talks in the early hours of summertime mornings, movie marathons when it’s cold, or someone to crawl into bed with when I get lonely. But I will always have those things, growing up doens’t mean those things will stop.

Moms have the hardest job there is. But if there’s one thing my mom should know, it’s that her hard work always pays off. It’s gotten me where I am today and will help me in the future. Her hard work will be there when I’m the one having sleepless nights and running around like a mad woman. Moms often don’t get the credit they deserve. So, thanks mom. Thank you for getting me to where I am today, thank you for not giving up on me, and thank you for always having open arms to give me a hug. Thank you for being my superhero.



“No matter what we did when we were rugrats, and no matter what we do now, mom is always there to save the day.”


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100% OF THE STAR STAFF AGREES We’ve been told not to drink and drive. We’ve been given the statistics and we’ve heard some compelling speeches.

We’ve heard that younger people think they’re invincible. Is that true? Do these warnings or statistics only take effect once you’re affected? Are we naive enough to ignore it until something goes wrong? Imagine looking into the eyes of a mother whose child you killed. Or looking into your own mother’s eyes after your sister has been hit by a drunk driver. Still can’t picture it? Maybe we weren’t meant to. Maybe, that pain is unimaginable, and so the only way to actually wrap our heads around it, unfortunately, is when it happens.

We, the 2013-2014 Century Star staff, believe driving drunk is inexcusable, whether you’re of legal drinking age or not. Drinking may be a part of our culture, but drunk driving doesn’t have to be.

People will drink this summer. Some of the graduating class will drink in college. Don’t be the one who drinks when you know you shouldn’t; it’s not worth it. Don’t be the one to trust someone who’s buzzed just because they’re in better shape than you are. Don’t be the one we read about in the newspaper. Don’t ruin your life, or anyone else’s life, for the thrill of a party.



“No, because I feel like there isn’t enough punishment for the people who drive drunk. The cops are too lenient on the laws and they should crack down on drunk driving.” - senior Allison Renken

“No, because the population is growing in North Dakota, so the risks are growing too.” - sophomore Logan Gross

“No, I do not think the law is strict enough. I think they should do more than a few days in jail, even on the first offense. People can’t take it lightly, because some of them don’t learn from just a fine and a couple days in jail.” - senior Hannah Oberlander

“I think they are strict enough. They are strict enough to where people will avoid drinking and driving.” - junior Alex Szarkowski

Do you think the DUI laws are strict enough? Why or Why not? “They could be a little more strict.” - freshman Erin Troftgruben 28


“They should be stricter. [People] should get punished so they don’t do it again.” - freshman Kyra Lind

“I would say no. I feel like there should be no tolerance on it.” - junior Chris Meduna

“They should be a little more strict.” - junior Crystal Gaydos

“No, because people die from drunk drivers.” - junior Jaiden Schuette

“I feel like they’re not harsh enough. I think [the law] is strict, but the penalties aren’t harsh enough.” - junior Emina Zukic

- senior Chandler Aarfor

“Yes, they are strict enough because a little party can hurt somebody when you’re behind the wheel.” - senior Chris Hoffert


in “I suppose in one way or another they are strict enough, but people still manage to bypass the DUI laws, so I suppose they could be a little stricter.” - senior Eric Domke

“I think as an adult you should get your license revoked, because you’re more aware of your surroundings.” - sophomore Shania Hartmann

“Considering they just made them more strict I’d probably say yes. It’s never an absolute necessity to drive, you could definitley get a ride from almost anyone or spend the night somewhere if you’ve been drinking. Drunk driving is easily avoidable.” - senior Brandon Miller

“Well I have never really gotten one, so I don’t know what they are.” - junior Alyssa Gessele

“No, because we live in an area where driving is a necessary thing and a place where people really like to drink.” - junior Kelsey Handt “No because drunk driving is 100% preventable.” - junior Ikaria Becker


“I think for the first offense the laws are strict enough, but for repeat offenders, I feel like the severity of the punishment should be stronger. There’s no excuse for drinking and driving. You’re not only putting your life in danger, but also risking the life of the baby in the car seat sleeping in the oncoming car.” - senior Miriah Deichert


“DUI laws aren’t strict enough because they are happening almost everyday, all the time.”



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We’ll miss you Seniors! civic center 1 p.m. May 25 (graduation)

Upcoming Track Meets: Saturday, May 17 WDA Bismarck – Community Bowl

Don’t forget to check out Coffee House May 16!

Friday, May 23-24 State Meet Bismarck – Community Bowl

Good luck juniors and seniors on your AP exams!

OH, when the patriots go marching in! Band Parade May 9 at 6:30 p.m.



Come and watch Century’s Spring Orchestra Concert May 12

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