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1000 E. Century Ave. Bismarck, ND


Two girls spend a summer away from home


Paul Murphy’s

final column


Century soccer players look to summer for improvement

Turn here for our summer issue!

photo.abbykopp Century High School sophomores Marissa Sipes and Lindsey Horner have amazing plans for this summer. To find out what they are doing turn to page 28. / May 2010 / STAR 3

I have learned a lot this year.

Dear Readers,

I have learned that rap music isn’t as bad as I thought it was, the brain is made up of 80 percent water, high school is unmanageable without besties and that your day only goes as far as you take it. This last and final year of high school has been a whirlwind. Taking a long trip back to that first day seems fuzzy and unclear. Back to the brain fact, I am sure mine consists of plenty of water, but along with that water comes creativity, strength, determination and most of all, newspaper. Knowing that I will no longer walk through these high school hallways makes me feel joyous; though I will never forget how they have scrunched me together to form, well, Amanda, or “Laatrell” for those of you who know me. Here in the newsroom is where I’ve made my second home. We of the Century STAR staff have put endless hours into creating the newsmagazine you get to flip through every month. If I were to make a guesstimation on how many hours we sit in this room both before and after school, I simply couldn’t. There are too many hours; and plus, I am no genius of arithmetic. From the first day I was dubbed editor-in-chief of this here paper, I knew it would be a long road. What I didn’t know was that this long road would blossom into a beautiful journey. On this journey, I have discovered myself and what I am to do. As I pass the baton onto Samantha, I pass it with wisdom, faith, honesty, inspiration, information and more than anything, no regrets. Everything from pregnancy to seniors and their suck-age to Jersey Shore have all been addressed and reported in the STAR. Though some may believe we are out of line at times, I could not be more proud of any single thing in my life. My adviser, my 24 children and I have traveled a long road. This road shall never end; it is called the road of opportunities. It is called the road to success. It is called life. That’s all I’ve got. Thank you for your time and readership. Best of luck to what’s ahead; you never know where tomorrow will take you.

I am passionate. I have never been a quitter. Writing is my life. I adore photography and I'm pretty good at design. I'm extremely curious- I love to ask questions. And just over a year ago, I was going to drop out of newspaper. I was terrified of interviewing people. The huge, complicated cameras were intimidating. The writing style we were supposed to use was much too strict for me. I was completely lost and confused in room 117. Now I am editor of the Century Star. I don't know how it happened, but sometime over the course of this year, the Star became my life. I began immersing myself in everything newspaperfrom reporting to selling ads. I found out that that's the only way to do anything, to plunge in headfirst. That's what I want for you this summer. I don't want it to be just another boring, hot three months. I want you to explore, take road trips, set goals and try new things- just dive in. In this issue we've highlighted tons of places to go and things to do around town, North Dakota and the world- so there are no excuses. In this last week of school, as we say goodbye to the seniors and welcome a new class of sophomores, remember that life is about finding the things you are passionate about, the things you love. I found what I love- being your 2010-2011 Century Star editor-in-chief.

Best wishes,

Amanda Littrell / May 2010 / STAR 4

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Table of Contents

News Summer fitness fun...........9 News shorts.......................11,13 To tan or not to tan.......12 College map.........................14

Sports Summer goals..............................17 The big three.............................18 Sports shorts..................................19 Player stats.....................................21 Campers are intense..........22

Feature Feature shorts..........25,30,32 TYC hands down................26 Rearanging reality............28 Braving the battle................31

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Table of Contents OPINION Opinion Paul...........................................34 AJyssa....................................36 Maddy.................................37


Rants and Raves............38

ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment Urban Bismarck......................................41 Best of Bismarck...................................42 Entertainment shorts..........44,49,52 Zoo on Fire...............................................46 Vacation package..............................50 It’s my life...................................................54

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{NEWS} Planning a weekend trip? Go to century.highschoolmedia. org to get an up-to-date weather forecast. Look to the sky August 12-13 for spectacular meteor showers!

Do you have family that can’t make it to graduation? They can still watch you cross the stage and accept your diploma via live video stream at Honor our retiring superintendent Dr. Paul Johnson at his farewell party. Wednesday, May 26, 3-6 pm at the Hughes gym

Last day of school is May 27th!

Seniors graduate on May 30th! / May 2010 / STAR 8

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“ always feel good afterward.” “We’re only limited by our own imagination,” Century High School gym and health teacher Rich Hovland said. When the weather warms up and people crowd to the pools, it’s not a bad idea to go along. Water sports are a great way to cool off, and swimming is arguably one of the best physical activities, as it works all the muscles of the body. Participation in physical activities such as these can also relieve stress. “[Physical activity] is my me time,” CHS junior and soccer goalie Caja Sipes said. Zumba, an alternative exercise dance class at the YMCA, has acquired a lot of high school fame. Zumba is free with a YMCA membership and is a great group exercise. Classes at gym centers are more pricey but can also be fun. “We have a lot of opportunities in our community,” Hovland said. Easy everyday activities like parking at the end of the parking lot, or taking a no-car day, taking the stairs, and carrying heavy items are very basic ways to start physical activity. Throughout the ages of new inventions, our bodies have been allowed shortcuts. Hovland’s father was able to walk around five days after quadruple bypass surgery because he stayed fit beforehand. Hovland believes a person’s body can be compared to a machine; if it is not used and treated well now, it won’t work well later. “It’s amazing that no matter what you do to [your body] it’s still going to try to survive,” Hovland said. “But in the long run, the dysfunction catches up with you.” Physical activity isn’t just about the physical benefits, it releases endorphins to give an optimistic mood. “[The best thing about physical activity] is definitely the way you feel afterward,” Sipes said. “Sometimes it’s really hard to even finish, but you always feel good afterward.” Hovland agrees and believes physical activity can help psychologically as well. “People are [better] able to handle the ups and downs throughout their lives,” Hovland said. “It’s one less thing to worry about.” As summer shines in, the sights of people walking through parks and laughing in water fights are sure to bring in the season widely considered as the most entertaining with a positive tone. For many, physical activity won’t be another new year’s resolution but a lifestyle change that will bring their lives fun and joy.v / May 2010 / STAR 10

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The Price is Right short.jocelynnsonnenberg photo.alyssameier Nowadays, store-brand products don’t always rely on lower-quality ingredients. The best way to check is to compare the ingredients listed on the backs of products against one another. In many cases you’ll see the ingredients are exactly the same and in many cases you can save money by buying store-brand instead of name-brand products. Store-brand products cut costs by doing less marketing, advertising, and market research where name-brand products do not. Here is a comparison of what you would pay for name brand vs. generic brand equivalents. Sam’s Cola $2.58 Great Value fruit smiles $3.28 Great Value ketchup $1.18 Great Value mustard $1.12 Great Value frosted pastries $1.86 Great Value waffles $1.25 Great Value ice cream $2.75 Great Value cookies $2.00 Great Value mac n cheese $0.50 Great Value apple blasts $2.28

Coke 12 pack $4.28 Sunkist fruit smiles $4.00 Heinz ketchup $2.08 French's mustard $1.38 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts $3.50 Eggo waffles $2.14 Blue Bunny ice cream $3.38 Nabisco Oreo cookies $2.98 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese $0.74 Kellogg's Apple Jacks $3.00

Total: $18.80

Total: $27.48

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8% of children are estimated to be troubled by food allergies

1.5 million Americans are

Roughly allergic to peanuts

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To tan

or not to tan? A look at the risks and benefits associated with tanning story.carriesandstrom photo.macyegeland

Entering the room, she turns and quickly locks the door behind her. Then she strips off pieces of clothing, changing into a tiny string bikini. Finished, she sits down on the acrylic surface, swinging her feet up onto it. Putting in her headphones, she reclines and grabs the lip on the lid of the tanning bed. She pulls it shut and prepares to be bronzed. Summer’s on its way and everywhere teens are eager to get outside and enjoy the summer sun. They’ll go to the river or pool, hang out with friends and get a great tan; but some students are getting a head start by heading to the tanning beds. “I just want some color,” Century High School sophomore Sierra Kreft said. Kreft bought a month long tanning package to get ready for summer and she’ll go every two or three days for the duration of the package. What teens don’t know is that even very moderate tanning can have future repercussions. According to dermatologists, negative effects of tanning include: premature dry skin, skin wrinkling and brown spots, possible wart transmission, and the most severe risk- cancer. Tanning in a tanning bed, even occasionally, as a teenager increases the risk of developing a malignant melanoma later in life by 70 percent. “[Tanning beds] should be outlawed,” American Board of Dermatology certified dermatologist William Cornatzer said. Cornatzer has been a dermatologist for 25 years, and thoroughly opposes tanning bed use. Tanning beds were originally developed by dermatologists, who thought it would be healthier for people to tan in a tanning bed before summertime or before going on vacation as opposed to burning, but Cornatzer is adamant that dermatologists now know this philosophy is flawed. “Tanning beds are basically a form of radiation,” Cornatzer said. Tanning beds work by utilizing special light bulbs that produce both UVA and UVB rays. The UVB rays are the rays that cause burning while UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin levels and when coupled with low levels of UVB rays cause the skin to produce a tan. The difference between the two rays is the wave length. While UVB rays are shorter and can lead to forms of skin cancer; UVA rays are longer and more dangerous as they increase UVB rays cancerous effects and can directly cause malignant melanomas which oftentimes can be fatal. In order to minimize the chance of burning, tanning beds reduce the level of UVB rays used and increase UVA rays, this also increases the cancer potential. This means there is a greater probability of getting cancer from a tanning bed. “Neither is safe,” Cornatzer said. “But the tanning bed is significantly riskier.” However, New Image Tanning owner Greg Weimer argues that tanning beds are not solely responsible for skin cancer. “It’s more genetic than anything else,” Weimer said. “A vast majority of

people with skin cancer never slept under a tanning bed.” Weimer says tanning and tanning beds are not all bad; there are several benefits to tanning. Tanning is a great source of vitamin D, which helps with immunity, bone and tooth strength, and to fight against depression, in addition to other health benefits. One 20 minute tanning session provides the equivalent of 100 glasses of milk with vitamin D. The recommend amount of vitamin D for people under 50 is 200 IU, but most experts say a more accurate recommendation is 1,000 IU per day. Tanning, depending on one’s skin tone, provides anywhere from 4,000-10,000 IU per 20 minute session. Tanning can also help with certain skin conditions, asthma and even a few forms of cancer. Weimer has been tanning once or twice a week since the late ‘70s when tanning beds became popular. He says it makes his skin feel better and helps with his asthma. “I feel better after I get in and take a tanning session,” Weimer said. This is a feeling that is echoed by Century junior Shelby Svihovek. Svihovek has been tanning since the winter of her sophomore year and says she finds it enjoyable and relaxing. “At first I did it to get a base tan,” Svihovek said. “Now I do it because I don’t like to be white.” Svihovek tans three to four times a week for 20 minute sessions, and says she doesn’t worry about the consequences. “I don’t have any of the signs of anything,” Svihovek said. However, some teens take the opposite view on tanning and say they would never do it. “I don’t tan because I don’t like to be fake,” Century senior Chelsey Krecklau said. “I don’t want to have skin cancer someday; that would be scary.” While going tanning is not a guarantee one will get cancer or suffer any of the other possible negative effects, the safest course of action is to use protection against UV exposure. Dermatologists recommend using the highest SPF sunscreen available and to look for one that contains helioplex or some other ingredient that will protect against UVA rays and well as UVB rays. Also, wear protective clothing if exposed to the sun for long periods of time. What about teens who still want that bronzed look? Other options are available, such as lotions containing bronzers, which are available at retail stores and tanning salons; self-tanners also come in spray, cream and gel form. “If [teens] want to look tan they should learn how to do spray tans,” Cornatzer said. Whichever option teens choose to take, be it tanning indoors, outdoors, using self-tanners, or simply remaining white, the most important thing it to be informed about the risks and benefits, and to take it slow. “Whatever you do, you want to do in moderation,” Weimer said.v / May 2010 / STAR 13

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Black Hills State University Arianne Skjeie

US Merchant Marine Academy Patricia Evenson

Concordia University (Nebraska) Erik Scherer

BYU Idaho Jon Bahr

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School Elise Dauenhauer

Salt Lake Community College Hayley Hemingway

Miami University of Ohio Tiffany Shiu

Seattle Central Sara Hardmeyer

Valley City State University Megan Rude

St. Cloud State University Rachel Pederson

Harper Community College Josh Bray

University of Notre Dame Erik Jensen

Bellingham Technical School Jonathan Haynes

Mayville State University Ethan Smallbeck

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Chelsey Krecklaw

Minneapolis Media Institute Joshua Caulder

Arizona State University Jordan Kalk

South Dakota State University Sarah McPhillips

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (Phoenix) Josh Anton

Massachusettes Institute of Technology Jessica Wass

Dodge City Community College Mike Davis

Slovic Christian Bible College Alina Poberezhnik / May 2010 / STAR


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Laura Welte Logan Holt Norah Kolberg Dickinson State University Cody Hilzendeger Jordan Buechler Andrew Ficek Taylor Stein Concordia Sara Johnson Erika Jossart Anna Kingstad Emily Knudson Daniel Draovitch

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Austin Klein Danny Besmer Mike Mahowald Joel Maier Cody Willits Minot State Roger Herrmann Rhema Bible College Shauntya Jasper Military Christopher Clinton Thomas Mills Alex Edinger Brianna Herman Bryce Murray Robert Puttre Luke Roberts

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She has a great swing. Find out more about junior Megan Larson’s golfing talent on page 21.

This summer, attend the annual McQuade Softball Tournament in Bismarck, Friday, June 18th through Sunday, June 20th. It’s the largest three day tournament in the in the USA, bringing in teams from across the country. The Prairie Rose State Games will be held July 9th-11th in Bismarck and Mandan. The Prairie Rose State Games is a multi-sport festival for amateur athletes in North Dakota. The games encourage participation for all ages and skill levels.

Cross Training basketball camp is holding an individual instruction camp for 5th and 12th grade boys and girls. This camp is from June 14th to June 17th at Shiloh Christian School. For contact information call 701-250-9964. / May 2010 / STAR 16

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Summer goals

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Century soccer players use their summer vacation to improve their soccer skills With the sun beaming high in the sky, most students use their In charge of the camp is Tom Marcis. Marcis is the president summertime to relax and not worry about a thing, except maybe of the North Dakota Youth Soccer Association, which is a parenthow to waste away the day. But a choice few spend their time run- organized league that takes place in various cities around North ning in the hot weather after a soccer ball, improving their soccer Dakota. This summer he will be coaching the U17 Shock team skills. Century students, like juniors Tessa Neameyer and Annie that includes several girls from Century. Marcis sees each player’s Cramer, have done summer soccer for years and look at it as a performance increase during the summer season. time to improve for the following spring. “I’ve seen all forms of the game,” Marcis said. “Summer is a “I’ve gotten a lot better from it and I wouldn’t be half as good good time for improvement.” if I didn’t play summer soccer,” Cramer said. “My sister did it and I Each year, coaches from outside the local area help out and always wanted to follow in her footsteps.” “I wouldn’t be half as good if teach the players new ways to help them This summer will be different for both Nea- I didn’t play summer soccer.” improve. There have been some coaches from meyer and Cramer because, instead of parEngland, Australia, Scotland and Hawaii. Having ticipating in their usual traveling summer soccer league, they’ve this diversity gives each player the opportunity to learn different decided to stay in-state to participate in a local league set up by techniques that are used around the world. the North Dakota Youth Soccer Association. Doing this gives both “It gives us a lot of experience having different coaches that girls more time to relax or find a job. Staying local will also cut are almost professional,” Cramer said. down on the cost of playing. Both Cramer and Neameyer see the This summer, several Century soccer players, including Neaimportance of enriching their soccer skills and use this opportumeyer and Cramer, will be sweating in the heat while working nity to improve. hard to improve their soccer skills but will have fun trying to win “I guess once people get to be our age they don’t like to go to an entertaining and competitive championship. Giving up part of practice because it takes up their summer and their nights,” Neatheir summer gives them the skills they need to show they deserve meyer said. “This way you don’t really practice, but instead you go to be on Century’s varsity soccer team.v once or twice a week and just scrimmage.” / May 2010 / STAR 17

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A trio of Century throwers dominate shot put

The sun shines down on a warm spring day at the Bismarck "I expected Conrad and Ryan, but I didn't think that I would Community Bowl where 12 schools from around the state are be up there with them," Monson said. competing in the Kiwanis track meet. The meet is nearing its end These throwers are connected by more than just their athletic when the results from shot put flash across the big screen. To no prowess. The three share a close relationship away from competione's surprise, the first three names are followed by the letters tion as well. CEN. "We act like brothers," Meidinger said. "We get mad at each This has been the case for much of the outdoor season. Seother, then we get over it and get back to competing and hangniors Ryan Meidinger and Drew Monson and sophomore Conrad ing out with each other." Schwarzkopf have finished in the first three places in shot put at Their friendship away from throwing leads into the great supthe majority of the meets this season. While port that they give each other. While they they have been a constant in the top three, “We always want to be on the compete individually against each other their order has changed throughout the top, but we didn’t expect to be at meets, they find little disappointment in season. finishing behind their teammates. top three every meet.” "It's been pretty mixed up," Meidinger “It always feels good to win," Monson said. said. "But we're always happy for the other guys." To these throwers their personal place is not as important as Support from each other has been a key factor into the group's the success that they are having as a team. accomplishments this year. They have pushed each other to new "As long as we're all in the top three we're happy about about heights this season, and they are always trying to help better the how we did," Monson said. group as a whole. Though they were all aiming high at the beginning of the year, "We all help each other," Schwarzkopf said. "We give each their success so far has come as a bit of a surprise. other coaching tips." "We always want to be on the top," Meidinger said. "But we With the immense success that they have been having so far didn't expect to be top three every meet." this season, they are not lowering their sights for the end of the Before the season began Meidinger and Schwarzkopf were year. recognized as two of the top throwers in the state, but Monson's "We'd like to take top three in state and keep getting over 50 place among the trio has been somewhat of a shocker. [feet]," Meidinger said.v

Century's top five shot put marks / May 2010 / STAR 18

1.Josh Kary 60' 7" 2005 2. Pete Klemin 60' 7" 1998 3. Dave Marion 59' 4.5" 1988 4. Steve Burian 58' 2.75" 1986 5. Darren Hoffman 56' 5.25" 1993



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State Champions Girls' Swimming and Diving Girls' Basketball Cheerleading

WDA Champions State Runner-up

Girls’ Basketball Boys’ Soccer Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ Soccer Volleyball Boys’ Cross Country

Individual Awards

Brett Kelly- Senior of the Year, Gatorade Runner of the Year- Cross Country; Michael Frenzel- North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year Award; Carli Peterson- Miss Basketball finalist, Quarterback Club athlete of the year; rial Award Winner; Garrett Mindt-Joel Ulness Award

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If you have a trampoline here are some fun tricks you could try, use caution when doing so.

Butt-bounce: Try jumping up and landing on your butt, when you land on your butt and you go back up land on your feet

Flips- jump up and tuck your head down and pull your body in a circle, for an extra challenge try to land on your feet

Back-flips- same as a regular flip but this time throw your head back and use your hand for balance to pull yourself around Try bouncing onto your back and seeing if you could land it

Knee flip- jump down onto your knees and then do the same thing as a flip from there

Midget handspring-Jump high bounce on

your knees, flip forward and with a boost from your hands try to land it. / May 2010 / STAR 19

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The deep end

Students at Century are getting paid to do one of the summer activities they love best, hanging out at the pool story.racheliverson photos.rachelneumiller

A pen is put to paper and blue ink slowly seeps into the white surface, leaving stained lines, marking its progress. A hand is wrapped around the writing utensil. The owner of the hand is carefully filling out a registration form at the front desk of the YMCA which will sign her up for a class that will claim 32 hours of her life.

Bismarck’s YMCA offers a variety of services, including lifeguard training. “Its not something to be taken lightly; you’re there to protect and help people,” Century High School sophomore Amber Schmidt said. Schmidt just finished the course and is now lifeguard certified. She was trained by Sue Glock, the head lifeguard trainer at the YMCA. It was a grueling 32 hours of work, but it was fun and Schmidt made many new friends during the four days. Many Century students have gone through the course and been certified as lifeguards. “We’ve gotten quite a few students from CHS,” aquatic director and lifeguard instructor at the Bismarck YMCA Sue Glock said. Century senior Max Redmann has taken the YMCA’s course and benefited from it. He has been spending every summer poolside, soaking up the sun, and protecting youngsters from the deep end. For his efforts Redmann is paid $10.50 an hour. “I get to teach kids how to swim,” Redmann said. “It’s fun.” Unlike many teens, Redmann has a job lined up for every summer, and a fool proof option for his future. “Almost anywhere you go to college you can get a job as a lifeguard,” Glock said. Lauren Meiers has been a lifeguard since her late teens. It has supported her through college and she has decided to stick with it. Currently, she works as a lifeguard at the YMCA and helps Glock with training. “I love working at the Y. They work around your schedule and it’s really relaxing,” Meiers said. “But you have to be prepared because you’re protecting peoples lives.” Lifeguarding involves a lot of strange situations. “There was this one time at the Y when a young boy, seven or eight, went number two in the pool. When they pulled him out he kept going until he reached the bathroom. They had to clean the poop in the pool and on the pool decks.” Schmidt said. Lifeguarding may be a lot of relaxing and tanning with high pay, and the occasional poo incident of course, but it’s not an easy journey. “The training was exhausting; I’m still sore,” Schmidt said. They work in the classroom and in the pool for four days straight, after school Thursday and Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, but all that effort is a big pay off. Each summer these Century students will be found lazing by the diving boards, soaking up the rays. In red uniforms and white noses they may look like the picture of relaxation, but unlike the image one perceives, these are trained individuals ready to jump into action at the smallest sign of panic.

The YMCA offers four full classes, and certifies around 60 new lifeguards every year. The next class is scheduled for June, but is filling up fast. For information on taking the lifeguarding class contact Sue Glock at the YMCA at (701) 255-1525. / May 2010 / STAR 20

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Century High School junior Megan Larson shares her passion for the game profile.tonyabauer photo.submitted


What sports do you currently play/have you played? Track and golf. In middle school I played volleyball and basketball.


Which sport is your favorite? Golf. I like my friends and being outside all summer

3 What is your favorite part about participating in sports? When the hard work pays off. I like having a good day.


Do you have any lucky charms or superstitions when preparing to compete? I used to be very superstitious. Golf- always wears a shamrock necklace. Track- wore the same socks for every meet last year. Favorites

Person to have supporting you?

Athlete? Adam Scott, golfer. Professional Team? Indianapolis Colts. Pre-game Pancakes.

Golf- Grandpa. Track- My mommy. / May 2010 / STAR 21

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Campers are


Or at least in-tents

Star filled nights in the open breeze call for one thing: camping. The STAR did in-depth research of where to camp, how to camp and even talked to those with camping experience.

Places to go -Lake cabin/ camping grounds at lakes -State and National Parks -Backyard


How to set up a tent: 1. Clear the camping site of stones and sticks; a flat surface works best for setting up a tent. 2. Place a waterproof tarp in the center of the campground; the tarp should be a little larger than the tent floor. 3. Roll out the tent onto the tarp. 4. Assemble the tent poles and string through tent loops. 5. Place tent completely over tarp. 6. Put pegs in ground to secure tent. Source:

Campfire foodsshort.breanneskalicky If you are about to venture out into the wild for a family fun camping trip don't forget to pack some of these delicious foods for some classic campfire roasting. Eggo waffles- These are an easy and delicious campfire food. Just take a roasting fork and put the Eggo on the end of it. Turn it in the fire until it turns golden, then top with your favorite toppings and enjoy. Pop-tarts- You will need a campfire pan for this one. Butter both sides of the pop-tart and fry in the pan. Continue flipping until both sides are golden. Then let cool and eat. Hot dogs- This is a classic food that never gets old. Just cook over the fire with a roasting fork, then add whatever you like. S'mores- To make the perfect s'more, roast a marshmallow over the fire until all the edges are golden brown. While doing this, set the chocolate on the graham cracker close to the fire so the chocolate melts just a little bit. Then add the marshmallow and enjoy. Pizza sandwich- Butter two pieces of bread on one side of each then place in the cooker. Add pizza sauce, peperoni and cheese, then clamp the cooker together and cook over the fire. Once the cheese is melted and the bread is browned it is ready to eat. Jiffy pop- This is the best kind of popcorn you can buy to fulfill your camping experience. Just hold jiffy pop over the fire until it stops popping. Then open up the top and enjoy. / May 2010 / STAR 22

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Scary story On a dull Saturday night two girls are driving around Bismarck. They began in search of something to do and nothing came to mind. So, of course, they resort to singing at the top on their lungs while in the car. The girl in the passenger seat, Elizabeth, sees a shadow in the back seat. She grabs Annie’s hand on the steering wheel and nudges her head toward the back of the car. Annie tries to get a glimpse of the shadow through her rearview mirror. She sees the shadow swaying back and forth. The two glance at each other, then at the same time stare in the backseat. Nothing’s there; the two laugh hysterically. Then they decide to have a sleepover, just to be sure that nothing comes after them in the stillness of the night. Because, deep down both girls are scared out of their minds. After watching movies and checking their Facebooks, the exhausted girls lie down on the floor in Annie’s living room. The two fall asleep talking about their plans for the rest of the summer. Elizabeth awoke in a cold sweat at the chiming of the grandfather clock telling her it was 3 a.m. She screams, and awoke Elizabeth. The two shivere in the sight of a transparent 11-year old boy. To be continued at www.century.highschoolmedia.

What to put in your backpack -Bug spray -Hat with a brim -Fruit snacks and granola bars -Canteen -Extra sweatpants, sweatshirts and socks -Swim suit -AM/FM Radio -Emergency phone (keep it off unless needed) -Sunglasses -Deck of cards

Aleah Hruby Century High School sophomore and life-long camper How long have you camped? My whole life. We started with just a tent, then got a camper. What makes it fun? We do watersports, have a campfire with s’mores and we go (camping) with other people. What do you do to prepare? The first camping trip takes the longest to get ready for. We have to clean the camper and wash all the dishes; we probably spend a whole day preparing. What’s your best memory of camping? When I went with my cousin from Indiana, because I don’t get to see her much. Do you plan to go this summer? Where? Yes. Probably to New John’s Lake or to Fort Lincoln. What’s one thing you couldn’t go without while camping? My iPod. / May 2010 / STAR 23

{FEATURE} “For Hillestad’s specific type of cancer, there is a mere fifteen percent survival rate.” To read more about Kayla Hillestad’s inspiring story turn to page 31. Century Music and Band Awards Night- May 25th, 6-8 pm in the commons.

Snapshots and videos on the web, check in throughout the summer Congratulations to the Century Knowledge Master’s team who took first in the spring Knowledge Master Open, ranking in the top 17% in the nation. / May 2010 / STAR 24

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People with passion

Everyone has different interests and hobbies so the Century STAR set out to find people with a passion for something that they love. short.aleciasmith photos.submitted

Dan VanBeek


(above left) has been going hunting with his family since he was six-years old, and hunting himself since he was about 10-years old. He usually hunts waterfowl, upland game, big game and fur bearer, all this includes deer, turkey, pheasant, partridge, coyote rabbits, raccoon and even gophers, prairie dogs and more. VanBeek has considered becoming a hunting guide in Alaska, because of his love for hunting. He also loves the cold, because there are no bugs and that Alaska would be an endless snowball fight.

Shannan Scully junior

(top right) has been riding horse since she was 11-years old. She competes in local play days and 4-H. In the future Scully plans on keeping a few horses for recreation and show and going to vet school to become a large animal vet.

Sabra Bertsch sophomore

(bottom right) has been listening to Cher since she was four-years old, and now has all her songs. She also has a tattoo on her ankle that says “Do you believe?” with a shooting star - a quote from Cher’s song called “Believe”. Bertsch got to see Cher in concert December 18, 2009 in Las Vegas and almost cried. Her passion for Cher is expressed with a sticker on the back window of her car that says, “Got Cher?” She also wears a Cher button on her spandex as a good luck charm during soccer games. / May 2010 / STAR 25

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TYC hands down Century Junior Molly Zachmeier

story.aleciasmith photos.submitted WORKING HARD, OR HARDLY WORKING

spends her summer working with kids

jump, play or do anything at all.” Having clean thoughts and pure morals keeps the mind healthy It’s all about dressing up, playing games and being crazy. There are and open for new ideas, as well as understanding others. The mind is so many opportunities to try something new such as archery, riding different from the brain. The mind is what makes a brain different from horse, canoeing, sailing and so much more. Triangle Y Camp is a place everyone else’s. along Lake Sakakawea, near Garrison, ND, where everyone can be “Every one of my most favorite memories would be lost if not for completely and 100 percent themselves. For Century High School junior Molly Zachmeier, it’s her life and the main thing she looks forward to as the mind,” Zachmeier said. “I could experience stuff with my body and spirit, but without a mind, my history would be lost.” the days of school count down. Spirit is what gives someone love and life. To Zachmeier, the spirit Zachmeier has been a camp counselor at Triangle Y camp for three is what defines someone; it’s the sparkle in the eyes and the light in a years. Before that she herself was a camper, enjoying all the camp laugh; a spirit is personality. had to offer. She goes at the end of May for a session of staff training “There are so many ways to think of it: Holy Spirit, camp spirit, where the staff learns everything they’ll need to know for the coming school spirit, or just a person’s spirit,” Zachmeier said. summer, right after that the kids come and the summer begins, it’s what Zachmeier has been waiting for “There’s so many difsince the end of last summer. The camp season ends IT’S THE END OF THE SUMMER ferent people and mid-August, followed by a staff banquet. Zachmeier The last event at Triangle Y is the staff banquet. This comes home some weekends, only when she feels lifestyles at camp, but is a time for the staff to act like campers themselves and like it. camp is that one bond go about all the different activities without having to While she is there, Zachmeier works at the 70 foot worry about campers, but this makes everything seem alpine climbing tower helping kids conquer their fear that we share.” empty and quiet. Everyone receives a wooden paddle; of heights by belaying them up the tower. campers get them at the end of their week, the staff get “It’s a safety thing,” Zachmeier said. “We also have team building them towards the end of the summer. People write messages and grand activities.” memories on them so they can be remembered forever. Zachmeier also helps out at the miscellaneous activities such as Zachmeier has made bonds and friendships that will last a life archery, arts and crafts and at the sports field. She spends most of her time, such as Minot High School senior Shayanne Tescher, Beulah High time with her cabin, just hanging out and having fun. School junior Marisa Kritzberger, Bismarck High School senior Mallory “I get paid to play all summer,” Zachmeier said. “Plus I get free food Neu and so many more. and home.” “It’s a staff of 40 people,” Zachmeier said. “They’re all family.” When camp is all over for the summer Zachmeier heads home to Bismarck. Her drive home is a tranquil time for her to reflect on the BODY, MIND, AND SPIRITsummer. Tears may fall as she realizes how much she already misses all Songs of praise can be heard Wednesday night before the dance, the fun times, people and memories. When she arrives home she talks as all the campers and staff gather for Chapel. This shows a deeper to her family, and hangs out with all her Bismarck friends. Zachmeier more spiritual bond to camp and focus on the “Body, Mind and Spirit” loves to share all the camp stories, and wants to share her summer motto that is practiced at camp. experience with all her friends and family. Treating the body with respect and taking care of it includes eating ”Mostly I’m just homesick, well more like ‘campsick’.” Zachmeier said. right and exercising, as well as being proud of it. As soon as she leaves camp at the end of the summer, Zachmeier is “I’m short, I realize that and I embrace it,” Zachmeier said. “I wrote a already counting down the days until she can return again.v speech on it last year, because without a body there is no way to run, / May 2010 / STAR 26


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“I was helping a 12-year old girl climb the tower. She was terrified of heights and was almost crying. I talked her through it and she got to the top of our 60 foot climbing tower.”

“Sabra Bertsch, my friend Shayanne and I had this cabin and we just had a blast. It still stands out as my favorite. We played ‘Hallelujah’ on repeat and made a king size bed for us three to share so we had more room to play. We had a dance party every night with other cabins. We went midnight rope swinging. It was a total blast.”

“Shayanne and I were having a food fight, and finally we pinky promised that we were done, but I quickly forgot and threw salsa at her. She got people to send me into the pond for breaking the promise. I wasn’t even mad; I deserved it. Never break a pinky promise.”


“The first summer I worked, I was a Leader in Training (LIT) and all the LIT’s had a campfire and my friend Marisa and I were throwing rocks at each other through the fire. She threw a pebble and it went right into my mouth through my gap.”


“Paige, Amber and I stole every staff member’s mattress and put it on back pond road. I hid in my cabin all night because everyone was so mad. They got over it.” / May 2010 / STAR 27

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Sophomore Lindsey Horner gives her friend sophomore Marissa Sipes a piggy back ride. / May 2010 / STAR 28

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Changing the world, one summer at a time


his summer, while most teenagers are relaxing by the river, two friends are going on a journey to a new continent and a new way of life. On June 24, Century High School sophomores Lindsey Horner and Marissa Sipes will begin training for a two-month mission trip to Africa. Sipes and Horner will be working with Teen Missions International with what is called a foot-washing mission. This means that they will be washing children’s feet and giving them shoes. “It’s going to be so awesome to help them, work with them, and tell them about God,” Sipes said. At the beginning of their trip, they will spend two weeks in Florida at the Lord’s Boot Camp to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the challenges of their trip. Their average day at boot camp will consist of early morning devotions, classes, workshops and a large obstacle course to help with teamwork. After two weeks there, they will leave for Malawi and be gone until August 13. “I’ve had Africa on my heart for a few years,” Horner said. “I have a desire to go over and see the children come to know Jesus and help them out.” Once in Africa, they will be staying in tents, showering and washing their clothes in the river, and helping out at various AIDS rescue units in and around the country of Malawi. “There’s so much need and hurt over there,” Horner said. “Just being able to go over and show [the children] love and play with them will just be so exciting.” Horner feels that God has called her to Africa to help make a difference. She’s very excited about going and getting out of North Dakota for the summer, but will miss her bed, hot showers, friends and family. “I’m going to be missing out on normal summer activities; like summer camp, going camping on the weekends, and just being able to sleep in and hang out with all of my friends,” Horner said. “It’s going to be different

being gone and not being able to do that every day.” Sipes feels that God has called her to Africa to help the children come to know and love him. She’s thrilled to be given the experience of a lifetime, but also knows she will miss many things. “I know I’m going to miss the food,” Sipes said. “Food, and the regular comforts of America.” Since seventh grade Horner and Sipes have been planning this trip. Sipes’ mother, Donalee Sipes, gave them a brochure and got them interested. She shared memories from her past trips and continues to support them in anyway she can. “I’m very excited for them, but it is a little nerve racking,” Donalee said. “I think it’s a good experience for them, and it will give them a new perspective on how good we have it.” The trip will be fun, but also expensive. The trip itself costs more than $4,000 dollars. In addition to the original cost, adding about $1,000 for special equipment such as work boots and clothes and certain shots so they won’t obtain any diseases, this trip is costing about $5,000. Sipes and Horner plan on paying for the trip through jobs, help from family and fundraisers. Both Sipes and Horner are a little nervous, but mostly, they’re just anxious. “I think I’ll get homesick, and I’m nervous to be away from home for so long,” Sipes said. “But overall, I’m more excited.”v

“There’s so much need and hurt over there.”

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The Nerd Herd

From closest left to closest right: Allen Lindholm, Cameron Lalall, Steven Helfenstein, Steven Deutsch, Jon Briggs, Kevin Booth.

Every day before first period, Century students passing through the history hallway must weave their way through the feet of seven junior boys that spend their mornings together. Allen Lindholm, Cameron Lalall, Steven Heffenstein, Steven Deutsch, Jon Briggs, Kevin Booth and Tyler Tkach begin their days together as a group they like to call “The Nerd Herd.” short.macyegeland photos.sammimoss

Q: So why do you guys come to school early? Kevin- Parking is terrible. Cameron- It’s good for homework and discussions. Steven D.- We [Steve H. and he] started coming because we had class together.

Q: When did you start meeting here in the mornings? Steven H.- We started meeting here last year, sophomore year.

Q: Do you come every morning or does it kind of depend on the day? Steven H.- Yep, every morning. / May 2010 / STAR 30

Q: What do you guys usually do? Steven H.- We play hacky sack with water bottles.

Cameron- Yeah, and we do homework.

Q: Do you guys hang out outside of school? Steven H- Oh yeah, we’re the Nerd Herd.

Q: Anything else you guys want to add? Steven H- We’re nerds. (Laughs) Cameron- Yeah, that’s pretty much it.

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Braving the battle Sophomore Kayla Hillestad fights for normalcy in her out-of-the-ordinary life story.alyssameier photos.submitted


rom the first day of a person’s life they are taught the things that they will need to know. People learn what is right and wrong, along with how to do laundry, drive a car and the long division one is promised will be useful later in life. Parents, teachers, friends and strangers all contribute to the spectrum of facts that a young girl or boy will acquire throughout life. Still, some things cannot be taught, prepared for, or familiarized with before they meet the individual head-on. Kayla Hillestad was an eighth grader at Horizon Middle School when she was first diagnosed with cancer. The diagnosis was terrifying; it was not only causing her pain, but she didn’t know anything about the subject. “I didn’t know anything about cancer,” Hillestad said. “I didn’t want to know anything about it.” Kayla’s symptoms started with exhaustion and back pains. In the fall of 2007, Hillestad’s back pains led her to a chiropractor several times until something abnormal came up during one of her appointments. A small mass on her left ribcage was found and she went to MedCenter One immediately for tests to be done on it. Being told that the lump may be cancerous, Hillestad prepared for a trip to Minneapolis with her father. After further testing, the results came back. This 13-year-old

girl was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcom stage four on Sept 6, 2007. “They didn’t expect her to make it past two years,” mother Lori Hillestad said of her daughter’s diagnosis. For Hillestad’s specific type of cancer, there is a mere fifteen percent survival rate. With this hanging over the young girl’s head, what gave her the strength to fight? “It made me realize life is important,” Hillestad said. ”Don’t get down.” This attitude helped her through a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, losing her hair and contact with many of her friends while she was sick. The Make-A-Wish foundation also helped Hillestad by giving her a hot tub that she had asked for. Hillestad recieved support from her family, friends, doctors, and even strangers who visited her Caring Bridge Web page online. This strong support group would be needed again when the cancer returned in late 2009. Her 15 percent chance dropped down to ten percent after the cancer reoccurred because it is a sign that there are cancer cells that survived the treatment and may be difficult to destroy or remove. Watching Hillestad suffer not only hurt her, but her siblings, her mother, and her father. “There’s nothing worse when you can’t fix your daughter’s cancer,” Lori said.

Lori said that she asked “why?” often after the diagnosis. Kayla’s father, Tim, also found it difficult to accept what the doctors were telling them. “My first thought was how could this have happened,” Tim said. “Fear and sadness stayed with me for a long time.” Though the return of the cancer may be discouraging to some, Hillestad has decided to take it one day at a time and try to make the best of the things she is still able to do. “She is always pushing herself, even when she is really tired,” Lori said. Though cancer is never a pleasant thing to encounter in life, there are things that it can teach to people that nothing else is able to. It helped the Hillestad family grow and learn to respect and communicate better. It helped a teenage girl learn to value her life, and later decide what she wanted to do with her life. Hillestad had originally wanted to be a hair stylist, but after her experience, her plans have changed. She now wishes to be a child life specialist working with kids, all because of a disease that nearly took her life. “It helped me,” Hillestad said. “It inspired me.”v / May 2010 / STAR 31

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Remember when...

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Sophomore Ivy Lippert: “My favorite summer memory was when me and my neighbor set up a tent in my backyard. We lived in it for a week. We bought groceries, rented movies, painted our nails, stayed up until four in the morning and woke up every morning to the sprinkler system raining on the tent.”

Senior Andrew Wiseman: “I went bow fishing with my friend Jesse McCarren, and we got 80 carp in one day- all over ten pounds.”

Junior Steve Baker: “I was flying from Puerto Rico to the British Virgin Islands in an eight passenger plane. It was basically a mini van with wings. Let’s just say, I was happy to land safely.”

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“Happiness” Junior Colby Farver

“Summer! The river and the sun, music and friends, no school.” Junior Taylor Wetstein

“Finding a job.” Junior Tre Gader

“Getting a new phone.” Junior Tim Holzer

“Looking forward to the summer because that is my time to paintball.” Senior Jordan Martinetti

“Hockey this fall.” Junior Rozzy Rothberg


Senior Austin Smith

“Going to the river this summer or cruising with the windows down.” Junior Daniel Towner / May 2010 / STAR 32

“Doing guest vocals on tour with Vendetta Spoken this summer.” Junior Andy Krick

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A final look at friendship and change, plus tennis



t’s kindergarten and I’m shuffling my feet at recess, stagnant and still. It’s one of the first days of school and I’m alone until I feel a tap on my shoulder and he’s standing there, grinning with all the gaps in his teeth before he shouts “You’re it!” and runs off. What happens next is just elementary school instinct, I’m a dog after a postal worker, and no way will he outrun me. Senior year and he’s riding shotgun. It’s been twelve years since we’ve met but the name of the game hasn’t really changed. Right now I’m chasing him. Right now I’ve almost got him cornered. “Are you really going to ask me that?” I don’t say anything, fighting the urge to point out that I’ve already asked it. He and I are always like this, quick to correct when one of us messes up, constantly trying to outdo the other. He’ll score higher than me on a standardized test or some video game and I do my hardest to beat him when the next round comes along. When I try and explain this natural competition to other people, they usually stare at me for a good ten seconds before pointing out, gently, that what I’ve described doesn’t sound like a friendship, but a rivalry. Where we’re headed is to pick up a few tennis rackets at his house. It’s 11 p.m. and we’ve decided that it’s the perfect time for he and I to find out which one of us has even less athletic prowess than the other. This is, I think, what happens with the best of friends, you spend so long doing the conventional: watching movies, playing games, that, if you hang out long enough, all that’s really left is the ridiculous: jousting with Wal-Mart shopping carts, building a trapeze out of air-mattresses or, yes, heading off to play tennis in the middle of the night. The rest of our friends are driving to another house to scavenge the tools necessary for such a sport: head bands, water bottles and anything we can easily break in a loss-induced fit. It’s the two of us and everything is perfectly normal until I ask him. It’s entirely without reason, why I would choose now of all times; maybe I was bored, maybe there’s a kind of fate to these things or maybe I just know without knowing that he’s ready for me to ask. “We’re not talking about that” is his response but I can see the meaning in his movement, the flex of his fingers in his lap, the quick rise of his eyebrows before he stares out the dark window as if there is suddenly something worth seeing. I know him well enough to know my answer, I could drop it but I have to go through the motions, to hear it from him. “Are you?” He taps his finger a few times, a tell tale sign that he’s about to give up. A few seconds later, he keeps his eyes away from me and says “Yeah. I am,” he tells me and he’s known since he was twelve. It’s first grade, a year or so since I chased him across the playground and my mom is dropping me off at one of the biggest houses I’ve ever seen. I hug and kiss her goodbye before walking under the sharp angles of the roof and ringing the doorbell, waiting to be let in to play LEGOS with my new best friend. His house still impresses me years later, but not in a way that keeps me from being perfectly fine with inviting myself in, talking to his parents and then letting myself down into the basement / May 2010 / STAR 34

where he’s more than likely dwelling. He and I are sitting in the kitchen, grabbing a soda or two before we head off with the racquets. We crack the cans open without a whole lot of talking. Back in the car I told him all the obvious things: that I had sort of figured for awhile and that this didn’t change anything. It was true, I’ve never really understood that idea of judging someone for the way they loved. The girls I’ve fallen for have never been of my choosing and I don’t get why that lack of control would suddenly change depending on the gender. In any case, it isn’t what confuses me about the whole thing. He’s known all along that I accept that sort of lifestyle, so why wouldn’t he have told me years ago? It nags at me until I start forming the obvious answer: Are we just not as good of friends as I had thought? Was I simply not worth telling? I end up just sort of staring off and my eyes find their way to the fridge that I’ve been raiding at least a few times a week for years. On it, held up carefully by two magnets with the sort of care that could only come from his mom, sits a photograph of him and his grandmother. The rest of us have teased him about it before, “Oh, snookums, aren’t you just darling” but honestly, there’s a picture just like it hanging up in all of our houses, and I’d imagine in most homes. Both of them beaming up at the camera, his grandmother proud of his confirmation or his birthday or any other thing that grandmothers are proud of. He sees me looking at it as he pours another diet soda and turns away almost too quickly to be subtle. “If she knew,” he watches the soda fizz at the top of his cup, “she would tear that picture up and never speak to me again.” He keeps his voice callous, uncaring, but at the edges of it, I can hear just the smallest trace of hurt. And I think I get why he could never bring himself to tell me, not because we aren’t close enough, but because we are too close for him to take that chance, to risk the possibility that I would turn away and abandon him. I finish the soda and I tell him to hurry up so I can mop the court with him. We jump in my car and we talk and we laugh. We remember that girl I liked that he ended up dating for months, “Why did you do that?” and he laughs before saying “I don’t know, at least it made you mad.” We don’t talk about what this means for the future because we know exactly what it means. We know that, just like he didn’t leave me by myself that first recess, I could never leave him alone now. He couldn’t out run me then and, no matter what happens, I am never more than a few steps away. We pull up to the tennis courts and I could tell him all of this, could explain in detail the intrinsics of our relationship, but just as I knew him well enough to ask that question, he knows me well enough to not need my explanation. Instead, he slams the car door shut and hurtles off into the night. I am right at his heels.v


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here she was, sitting cuddled up against the bus window as Too often are people, young and adult alike, under the impresif the other children were looking to swallow her whole. Who sion that silence and stillness are most often the right answers. knows, maybe they were. Her dirty brown hair reached out When someone says something we disagree with, we are taught in individual strands towards the just as dirty seat she rested her to simply nod and keep our opinions to ourselves out of respect. head against. The knees of her stretched and stained blue-jeans Where is the respect for the other side of the argument? We too were propped up against the back of the seat in front of her; were born with voices begging to be heard and bodies aching to long bony arms grasping each other on her lap. Her eyes were move, so why let them waste away and create more regret to dwell lost outside, among the passing cars and dry grass, too afraid to on in the future? chance a glimpse of the other kids around her. What she was hidSince childhood I have dreamed of accomplishing certain ing from, she never said, but she never said much of anything. things with my time here; one of them being the most important to I saw her walk on the bus every morning with her little brother, me. I want to make a change, an impact, and a difference, even help him to his seat, and then brave the journey to her own. I saw if it is just on one person. I believe everyone, in some way, wants her walk past every smirking boy and giggling girl with her eyes the same thing. We dream of being millionaires, doctors, writers, attached to the floor. As soon as she was to her assigned spot, no artists, and teachers. We want to contribute to society, we want one bothered spending any more time mocking her. to do so many things with our lives. How can we They turned around to their friends and let the girl “We have no time for expected to do any of it without standing up for remain by herself for the rest of the ride. I saw her what we believe in? hesitation or regret, disappear into that seat every day that I rode that Maybe this is becoming too much of a rant only for life” bus, yet no one else seemed to. or a speech and I should tone it down a bit, but Though she sat with that cracked bus seat all to wouldn’t that be defeating the purpose of this colherself, she was not alone. She was one in a hundred people I umn? There are millions of words once swallowed by timid throats saw over and over throughout my life who never seemed to have that we will never get the chance to hear. There are stories that anyone to keep them company but crinkled book pages or lumiwill never be told. There are people that will not be remembered. nescent screens. Their loneliness in itself did not bother me much I don’t want to be one of them. The decisions I make in the comeven then, but what makes me remember their faces, especially ing years are ones that will stay with me for the rest of my life. If her round freckled one, is the idea that maybe I could have done I choose to live silently today, I will most likely die the same way. something. I could have helped, and I didn’t. Timidness and fear will get me nowhere. Trusting my instincts and Our regrets are so often what we remember in life. Whether it’s doing what I feel is right will get me the places I want to go. something we did wrong, something we shouldn’t have done at all, So, in my final column, I challenge you. I dare you to step out something we said or just staying silent when speaking up could of the ordinary routine you have and do something new. Reach have made a difference. Every person has these thoughts crawl out to someone. Say something you’ve been holding in. Do somethrough their heads occasionally, and for some, the thoughts make thing you are afraid of. We will make mistakes. This is inevitable. a home. The past becomes some sort of a movie being replayed But I would rather make a mistake doing something I believe in over and over, with the regrets being the star of the show. There than by doing nothing and regretting it later. People might not we sit analyzing our actions throughout our years. This must stop. I like it, but this can’t stop us. To change something, you must first refuse to remain in place and analyze the things that my younger change the way others think about it. Your voice might just be self didn’t do perfectly, because, frankly, we aren’t supposed to be force that the world needs, so its time to go. Speak. Move. Change perfect. These years are those to learn, not to lead. the world.v / May 2010 / STAR 35

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Chaos in its sweetest form



aturally, as a 15-year-old female, the topic of my future wedding enters my mind occasionally, and I generally allow it to stay there for a bit. It always ends the same though, me realizing that I couldn’t care less if my orchids are shipped in at room temperature from Zimbabwe, or if my cake is taller than me. All I know, and all I care is that, when I am up on the alter, five very specific people will be lined up behind me. They go by the names of Sam, Eliot, Solveigh, Jack and Max. When all the gunk has been boiled out of the stew of life, they will be what’s left. The solid foundation of my life and well-being. These are my fab five. They are my siblings. When I remind Sam of his duties as my maid of honor he contorts his face in such a way that any passerby might believe he is being defeated in a battle against a Warhead candy. For eight years of my life it was just Sam and me. I am confident in saying if you would have seen us in our glory days some neuron in your brain would have triggered the song from Fox and the Hound. Little did we know, there was a baby boom just around the corner. Four babies in two years. Their first few years are a crying, spitting, diaper changing blur. But these days, fun is an understatement. Bored is not in my vocabulary unless I am talking about a 2X4. / May 2010 / STAR 36

I play board games with my eyes closed. I can sing every cartoon jingle in four languages, and when I have an event of any kind I have the loudest, best looking groupies. It is not all sisterly bliss though. There are times when I would rather run to the store without buckling seat belts, fixing broken zippers, and spending 12 minutes finding lost mittens. I would rather go to a movie rated above PG and I sometimes wish I did not know which animal is in every cage at the zoo, or go to the bathroom without the door being opened six times with urgent questions. All those wishes go away though, when I am driving to the bank and the cell towers cue my phone to blast a Beethoven Symphony and the darling voice on the other end says he just called to tell me he loved me. All my frustrations go away when I turn right at the end of the hallway instead of left into my own red room to a bright orange and green one, to place my lips on the bridges of 7-year-old noses. I wish everyone could meet them and shake their petite, velvety hands. I want the world to be as happy as I am every day because I get to kiss them, squeeze them and wrestle with them. The least I can do is share a bit of insight into each of them.

“When all the gunk has been boiled out of the stew of life, they are what is left.” Sam was born near perfect and stayed that way. He only played with quiet toys, and he only cried once. Sam was petrified of grass; if placed on a blanket the green blades surrounding him would have kept him on that flannel square for eternity. He turned his hate for one green thing in to a love for another. Sam loves six inch pieces of paper with presidents’ faces on them. He is as good as they come. He is the kind of guy that buys his mom and sister roses on Valentines Day, and plays 14 games of basketball a night and always lets his little brother win. I am saving up for Sam’s entrance into the college life so I can pay to add minutes to his cell phone plan. Just talking about this fella makes me want to drive to his place of employment and gather him into my arms. I often wonder if his large cranium will roll off those shoulders from shaking it at me. A subtle back and forth when I do something out of the ordinary; in other words Sam spends most of his time at home shaking his head. He is somehow always understanding, though he manages to lovingly make fun of me. It is hard, because everything I am saying seems mediocre, as if even Shakespeare himself, the man who mastered the art of writing love, would not be able to say it well enough. Would not be able to express my gratitude for the brother/sister relationship I hold in my possession. For his first three years of life, Eliot’s head was the size of a boulder and as shiny as the top of the Chrysler building. We set him in a small elastic contraption called a Johnny Jumper and he bounced from dawn ‘till dusk. He has yet to take a nap in his nine years, and he has yet to stop moving. Eliot is more excited to remove snow from the concrete slabs in front of our house than I have been about anything throughout my 15 years. He has so much enthusiasm for every second of every day. If I could put Eliot’s energy on the market, Starbucks and Monster would go out of business. While some look forward to things like vacations, I look into the future and search for excitement and I find it in watching America’s Funniest Home Videos on Wednesday nights with Eliot. Make a list of every characteristic I lack and the end result is my baby sister. The only linkage between us is passion for the arts and a disagreeing relationship with math. She is my only sibling that will willingly slow dance with me in the kitchen. There is something about Solveigh. She makes me better. She makes herself so vulnerable, and wears herself on her sleeve. She makes me better every time I look at her. I have a shrine to my baby sister. It consists of drawings of chesty tooth faries, hatching dinosaurs, and constant messages and reminders to love and protect what you love. Her scream lights up the neighborhood and her smile lights up my life. Jack was born laughing. At the dinner table he told me he has three wives, one for the morning, one for the afternoon, and one for the evening, and that if I ever told him he was stupid he would move to Texas and never visit me for a million years. When asked what eight plus seven equals, he answered 15. I said “Jack, how do you know that?” his response was “Duh, I am an artist.” The difference between a question and an answer are still unclear to him, but without missing a beat he can tell you the plot, characters, and reasoning behind any cartoon. Memory and Checkers are his forte. Before he walked, he skipped. He is a garbage disposal when it comes to food consumption, and is roughly the size of my big toe. The quote “a light can not be covered by dark” was talking about Jack. The hairs inhibiting the backs of his head stick out as much as he does. I adore my pint-sized, wide-eyed


baby brother. Max was born one minute after Jack and has spent the last seven years on a mission to catch up. His mission statement is to be faster, smarter, and stronger. He strives on excellence. He is excellence. I shoulder the blame for making him bizarre, which he exceeds at. The words that exit his mouth surpass anything I have considered bizarre before. His gap-toothed smile holds my heart. When he is happy I am happy, and when we rocked out to AC/ DC on the kitchen table last Saturday morning he was the only one I could have imagined next to me as the air guitarist. He is in my life to test my limits, which he does exceptionally well. My limits and frustration vanish though when I wake up and he is away in a dreamy land on my stomach because he wanted to see if my dreams would transfer into his brain, and he likes the way it feels when he sleeps on something that rises and falls. I sometimes question if he loves me more than he loves his goldfish Adrian Peterson and his bull dog Lulu, but in those moments, as if he has telepathy, he says something like, I am so glad you are my big sister, because I think some other big sisters might smell. That is love. I can hardly speak of them without my throat swelling and my eyes producing a fountain show like the hourly one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Words are not enough. Nothing is enough to express my gratitude for the blessing that is my family tree. Everything will be okay for the rest of my life because I have these five mouths to laugh with, and ten shoulders to rest upon. Sam, Eliot, Solveigh, Jack, and Max are the sun to my Earth.v / May 2010 / STAR 37

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Burger King. Your commercials continue to taunt me whenever I turn on my TV. Is it really necessary to have that incredibly lame costume wandering in and out of various places around the city? It’s not like you’re advertising anything good in the first place. Please, find a new mascot because you are definetly not the king of all burgers. Abby Kopp

RANTS As if the rainy, disgusting weather outside wasn’t bad enough, it also has to affect my appearance. Frizzy hair drives me more insane than anything else when I’m trying to get ready in the mornings. Maybe this means the weather is finally on its way to getting nice and leaving my hair a dry, tangled mess. Hooray. Alyssa Meier

Everyone knows by now that North Dakota weather is anything but predictable. Even the weatherman finds himself stuttering as to what just happened. One thing we can all agree on is that we should expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather in this arctic-infused region. I still can’t help but complain. C’mon North Dakota, it’s May. May is for sunshine and birds singing, not slush, mush and razor nipping winds. It’s time the gardens were at peace in this Peace Garden state. Casey Krefting

I’ve screwed myself over so many times with my morning alarm, it’s time I developed a checklist. Is the radio loud enough to actually disturb my sleep? Yes. Is it set to a.m.? Yes. If it’s on my phone, is it set to on? Yes. Then why can’t I wake up in time for Chemistry? Hmm? Clearly, this is my evil alarm’s doing. Norah Kolberg

I absolutely hate seeing Facebook drama. Seeing your petty fights on my wall is not only annoying, but it’s embarrassing for you. If you have a problem, solve it the old fashioned way and keep it in a text. Alex Roth / May 2010 / STAR 38



Don’t you just love that feeling of having your bare feet out in grass? Not having to freeze your little toes off anymore but now you get to let your toes be free! Bring out the flip flops and bare feet. Brianna Brown I love sitting by the window as the sun streams in. Perhaps it’s the Vitamin D encouraging my mood, but the sun is a great thing. Forget global warming, I’m just happy soaking up the sun. Bailey Carlson I love when people repeatedly slam on their brakes while driving. Not sure if you’re too close to the person in front of you? Think that rabbit is going to cross the street? Is your car going to bottom out on that one-inch dip? Just speed up a little at the time, and if you get within 30 feet of another object, hit the brakes and proceed to go 12 miles an hour until you’re sure it’s safe. If you repeat this a few times, I’m sure everyone will get exactly where they want in no time, and I’ll definitely be the first one to throw you a big thumbs up as I pass. Alyssa Meier More like www.bestwebsite.ever! I admit to being a word junkie and provides my fix, time and time again. It’s like stepping into a world of perpetual insight and wisdom. With the simple click of a mouse you could learn difference between obtain and attain. Why not share my love affair with my fellow knowledge-seekers? is priceless. Casey Krefting

I could eat muffins everyday. They are the perfect blend of flour, sugar and energy. Any flavor is perfect; chocolate chip, blueberry or banana nut. You name it, it’s one of the best foods out there. Jordan Kalk / May 2010 / STAR 39

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Urban Bismarck The heart of Bismarck is found story.amandalittrell photos.submitted

School is almost out for the summer, though Alice Cooper stated it best, the statement remains true; and with the approaching summer filled with river water, short-shorts, flip-flops and green landscape, students are antsy to see what this season will bring. Urban Harvest, Bismarck's very own downtown festival, has proven to be one of the main attractions during these hot months. Urban Harvest was started five years ago for the purpose of creating opportunities for the local community. One of the current directors, Gina Phillips, has been involved with Urban Harvest since its prime. "I thought it was a really nice opportunity for the community to be able to get together and support local artists and musicians," Phillips said. Not only is Urban Harvest a hot spot for hanging out, but also a provider for musicians and artists of all types. Century High School sophomore Alaina Kloster performed at Urban Harvest with the Shade Tree Players just last summer. "I think Urban Harvest is a really chill environment and it was nice out," Kloster said. For many, Urban Harvest becomes a place to be heard or seen in the small town of Bismarck. Simle Middle School choir teacher and longtime musician James McMahon finds it hard not to take advantage of this opportunity. "I'm a musician and what a better venue. Everyone can come for free and be outside," McMahon said. Every Thursday from July 8 to August 12, downtown Bismarck has seen a vast development in local support whether it may be for a band, artist, vendor or stores nearby. The festival starts bright and early at 10 a.m. and continues for a span of 12 hours. After the last band packs up, it becomes clean up time until the following Thursday approaches. "It’s the exposure of being a part of that event. [It's] exposing local artists, not only in music but visual artists as well. That opportunity is excellent," McMahon said. Urban Idol: A returning favorite of the Urban Harvest go-ers is back. Urban Idol is a weekly contest that features a variety of talents from two different age groups. The first, ages 11 and under and under and the second, ages 12 to 17. Acts of singing, the building of LEGOS

and gymnastic moves have all been main attractions of the youth talent competition. “We really want to offer kids a place to show themselves off and get comfortable with performing,” Phillips said. Urban Idol offers a place for kids to be the center of attention. Prizes for the top dogs have been donated by local businesses and only the crowd may determine who wins. For the kids who don’t feel as comfortable right away, an open mic is provided to get all of those last minute jitters out. To sign up, visit the downtown festival and simply ask where the sheet is. Sign-ups are during the week of the performance. Children’s hour: Starting at 10 a.m. children have a boundless list of activities; this starts with the Gateway to Science center which offers the lego workshop. “The kids just think it’s the best thing ever,” Phillips said. Along with Gateway to Science, the library features a story hour, the Suzuki School of Music likes to put on an interactive play and Shade Tree Players and Sleepy Hollow also perform. Wellness hour: Though they haven’t all been booked yet, Urban Harvest would like to feature different organizations supporting health and wellness. Some things they’d like to see are: yoga, Tai Chi, a class on cooking with fresh veggies, spotlights on gardening and composting, dance classes and exercise classes. Music: This, of course, is one of the main reasons for Urban Harvest. Starting promptly at noon, the more acoustic and jazzy sets are played to create the relaxing atmosphere for those still on their lunch break. This is just the beginning of the music festival that continues throughout the night. At 6 p.m., the opening band plays their set which is followed by the headliner around 7:30 p.m. Though there seems to be anything and everything at Urban Harvest, options are kept open. Creativity is a boundless horizon in the eyes of the planners and festival go-ers. “It’s a way to reflect on life and society. [Creativity is] going to be different for everybody because everybody has a different view. Everyone has their own world view and that should be celebrated,” Phillips said.v

As one of the Urban Harvest directors, Gina is looking for volunteers. To contact her, call (701) 223-8158, email her at, visit the webpage and read the blogs at or scope their Facebook page at Bismarck Urban Harvest. / May 2010 / STAR 41

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Best Italian DiDonna’s Italian Restaurant review.amandalittrell

Calm, ambient lighting followed by an array of delightful servers, warm bread and pasta to die for is the only way to explain DiDonna’s Italian Restaurant. Located on Bismarck Expressway, this locally owned stop focuses its service around none other than the customer. At the top of the menu, and an old favorite around the world, DiDonna’s Fettucini Alfredo is high atop the scale. Though this meal is decadent, don’t let it fool you; it’s hard for one person finish. Though the heaping pile of pasta may seem intimidating, it really is a party in your mouth, so go ahead and dive in.

Best Coffee Boneshaker Coffee Company review.amandalittrell

Nothing says cool, casual coffeehouse like Boneshaker. After relocating in 2004, Boneshaker has stayed committed to their regulars, transformed into possibly the coolest spot in town and most of all, provides a warm, welcoming seat to students and adults of all ages. The diverse and sophisticated menu offers anything from coffee to sandwiches to classic favorites, including the white chocolate mocha. The strong and solid espresso makes for a good base, but without the extra Boneshaker oomph of flavor, this mocha would fall into the “ordinary” catagory. Along with the high line of beverages, this local coffee shop also offers a drive-thru window for ultimate customer satisfaction.

Best Chinese China Garden Sweet and Sour Chicken review.macyegeland It’s a classic. You truly cannot go wrong with this one. China Garden’s Sweet and Sour Chicken is the best in town. You start your meal off with the most amazing cup of egg drop soup ever. Then, not even 10 minutes later, your food is already ready and sitting in front of you. Perfectly breaded chicken, tangy sweet and sour sauce, fried rice and the best egg roll you will ever eat. It’s a light, quick meal for a much more reasonable price than other Chinese restaurants.

Best Mexican Fiesta Villa review.amandalittrell / May 2010 / STAR 42

This high-end historical hot spot for Bismarck has live entertainment, is built on a famous train station, offers great service and above all, has tantalizing authentic Mexican food. Nothing says authentic Mexican food like chicken, roast beef, ground beef, seafood, shredded pork or refried beans wrapped in a home-made warm tortilla with veggies and sauce. Yes, we mean fajitas. This hot and steamy favorite is ordered by many a customer and is guaranteed to make anyone’s taste buds salivate. Go ahead, take a trip and see for yourself.

Best Dessert Supernova Sundae at Space Aliens

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review.macyegeland Chocolately. Sweet. Succulent. This dessert has absolutely everything you could ever want to fill in the cracks after a good meal. It comes in a massive goblet and is big enough for three, maybe even four people. The warm brownie mixed with the vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and M&Ms is the perfect combination. The best part about this dessert is, although it looks and sounds like it, it isn’t too heavy. Definitely a must have.

Best Cheesecake Mr. Delicious review.amandalittrell There are few words to describe the cultural and taste-defying difference this locally owned and operated business has brought to Bismarck. After recently hitting its four year mark, Mr. Delicious stands to be one the most diverse restaurants in town. The menu, that includes everything from coffee to frapaccinos and sushi to sandwiches, has brought Bismarck to appreciate tastes and flavors unfamiliar to our senses. As cheesecake is its most popular dish, it comes in a variety of flavors. Stacked in the glass container, Mr. Delicious offers over ten different types of cheesecake per day. Along with great food, Mr. Delicious also brings the artist out in everyone. Every Thursday, an open mic night is supported and performed by local artists and musicians to keep the jive going. To experience a whirlwind of culture and tastes, experience Mr. Delicious.

Best Burger Ruby Tuesday’s Minis review.macyegeland The Ruby minis at Ruby Tuesday are the perfect choice if you’re craving a juicy burger. It’s great if you don’t feel incredibly hungry because the burgers are small, but if you feel like you could eat five pounds of food, it’s an excellent choice too because it comes with endless fries and garden bar. The burgers are topped with crisp lettuce, a perfect tomato and just the right amount of cheese. Two burgers, endless garden bar and all the fries you can eat for around $10. Sounds like a deal to us!

Best Fast Food Panchero’s Chicken and Queso Burrito review.macyegeland In all seriousness, there is absolutely no better food on this planet. It’s quite literally a sin if you haven’t been to Pancheros. The best part about this burrito, and everything at Pancheros, is that you get to pick what does or doesn’t go on it. Since it’s all your favorites being rolled into one big bunch of excellency, how can you not love it? Although Pancheros knows how delicious it is and has set their prices in their favor, it truly is absolutely worth the cost. If you get your burrito punch card filled, you could get your meal from the gods for free! / May 2010 / STAR 43


Summer Playlist short.amandalittrell photos.submitted

If you plan on driving down River Road this summer, which you should, let us help you find something to bump to. The Century STAR staff and friends share what songs they put their boogie shoes on to: Sophomore Kayla Richard “I Can See It In Your Face” Pretty Lights (far left) “Summer’s Comin” “In The Summertime” Clint Black Mungo Jerry Senior Brittany Van Cleve (top right) “Breakdown” “Electric Feel” Jack Johnson MGMT “Alejandro” Lady GaGa Junior Kaitlin Johnson (bottom right) “Eenie Meenie” “U Had Me @ Hello” Sean Kingston/Justin Bieber A Day To Remember

Keeping cool short&photos.paulmurphy

Is the summer heat getting you down but waterpark prices keeping you dry? Try out these cheap alternatives. -Remember running through the lawn sprinklers as a kid? If not, now’s your chance to relive those childhood memories! -If you’re looking for an edgier method of water fun, get some friends together and dig out your old squirt guns for an action packed, refreshing battle. -Why bother paying for a water slide when you can create your own? All you need is a tarp, a hill, and some water. For added speed, just add baby oil. Be sure to check for rocks or sharp sticks beforehand. -Sure, it’ll be a little small and cramped, but setting up a kiddie pool and lounging in your front yard is more than a red neck stereotype, it’s a great way to cool down and save up. -If all else fails, the river always provides a refreshing (and free) dip, provided you don’t mind your feet being muddy. / May 2010 / STAR 44

Summer scares short.colemanspilde

Century students talk about their most frightening summer moments Senior, Kalee Kemmesat:

“When I was six I got caught under a boat dock with rope from the tube and almost drowned, which is ironic because I’m a swimmer.”

Sophomore, Karly Knudson:

“A few years ago I was home with my sisters when we heard these really weird noises around our house. Then there was a knock on the door and we all got so scared that we turned off all the lights and hid. The phones didn’t work and we were all freaking out. But later we realized it was our neighbor and our phone was off the hook.”

Junior, Mike Bjork:

“On a mission trip to Minneapolis, everyone was going to the bathroom but I took longer to go and everybody was already done and left on the bus. I told one of the women at the church about my situation and asked if I could have a phone book and she started freaking out. A little bit later when the buses stopped for lunch they realized I wasn’t there and some of them came back to get me.”

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One Century High School student steps out of the spotlight and behind the scenes story&photos.sammimoss He takes a deep breath. Every muscle in his body is overflowing with nervous energy; his legs can’t help but shake. His mind blanks- his only thought is of what he is supposed to say. That’s his cue- he steps into the burning light, onto the stage, in front of the audience. Five years ago, Century High School senior Jesse Emerson made his debut on stage in the stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Every year since then Jesse has been a part of the local children’s theater company, Shade Tree Players. But things are going to be a little different this year. “The tables are kind of flipped,” Emerson said. “I remember when I was little and the [directors] were trying to get me to come out of my shell and be more of an actor.” Instead of getting on stage this summer, Emerson will be working behind the scenes as assistant director. “Jesse is the most lively [assistant director],” STP program manager Kalle Meza said. “He called and emailed all the time to check if I had looked at his application. He’s always jumping around.”

Emerson, standing out among 28 applicants, was chosen to work with director Timothy Rosin on the show The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends. “I think it’s a great opportunity for all the children in the community that want to get more involved in theater,” Emerson said. “I think it’s a great way for kids to just enjoy their summer without having to go to summer camp.” Emerson had the chance to play the part of his summer job when he was cast as the assistant director in this year’s one act play The Audition. As a senior, this was the last school play he got to be a part of. “He’s very talented,” CHS drama director Rachelle Kinn said. “He’s been involved in all aspects of theater from lighting to memorizing.” Though Emerson has his fears about the upcoming summer he’s excited to get started. “I’m excited to get the kids out of their shells, make them less shy and open them up,” Emerson said.v

To see a list of summer show times for Shade Tree Players, head to

Zoo on Fire



(from left):graham Taylor, rob Blake So why did you guys choose to call yourselves “Zoo on Fire?” Taylor- We were going to call the band Chinchilla. I came up with the name Chinchilla. Graham- And then the first album was going to be called Chin Zilla Taylor- But apparently some metal band from Germany in the 80’s was named Chinchilla. Robert- I think I pitched Zoo on Fire because my brother had said that he wanted to name something Zoo on Fire at some point because it was the most chaotic thing he could ever picture. Taylor- Needless to say, I was pretty crushed when we couldn’t name it Chinchilla. But hey, we’ve got a pretty cool name guys. What kind of music do you guys consider yourself? Graham- We’ve talked about this a lot. I mean, really we’re a rock and roll band, but we’re influenced a lot by a vast array of things, sort of. I love pop music so there’s a lot of that in it too. I mean it’s keyboarding, it’s synths so of course there’s a pop element to it. But we aren’t really pop punk either, because we’re not Blink-182 or something. Taylor- What do you guys think about Art Punk? Graham- Kind of. We also have a lot of math rock stuff too I guess. There’s word you guys are going to be going on tour this summer. Any truth to it? Graham- Hopefully. If we go, potentially what we want to do is hit the major cities like Seattle, Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco bay area and Denver. Taylor- Minneapolis, St. Paul, Des Moines, here, Fargo. Graham- It’s really all up in the air, on a huge degree. Taylor- Booking a tour is really hard. Graham- We’re booked to play in Boulder, Colorado on July 24 and San Jose the 17th. But we have to get more than two shows to do it. / May 2010 / STAR 46

What are you guys most excited about for the tour if you go? Graham- Being there. Rob- Yeah, being there and doing it. Taylor- I’m looking forward to seeing all these awesome places for the first time. Graham- I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of strange, new people. Taylor- Yeah, I want to meet some weirdos. Graham- I’m excited for the challenge and the pain we’re going to go through. I mean because if it does happen the way we want it to happen, it’s going to be horribly exhausting. Like all of the gear we’re going to have to move multiple times a day and all the driving we’ll have to do. We’re planning on camping a lot if it goes the way we want it. Taylor- I’ve never seen the ocean so that’s the main reason why I’m so pumped. I’m pretty sure I’m just going to run nude on the beach and just jump into the ocean. Blake- I’m most excited about traveling with my four good buddies to the west coast and playing our hearts out, playing our music to its fullest potential.v

Check out Zoo on Fire at

Zoo on Fire’s next show will be on May 22 at Project Noise starting at 7:00 p.m.

Band members include: Graham



Keyboards, some guitar, vocals

Graham, how did you get started in music? I started playing in school, like the snare drum in band. Not really that fun but kind of okay, you know. Wednesday mornings, that sort of thing. Pretty much right at the same time I started taking drum lessons too from a different teacher. Basically, my weekly lessons would consist of us coming down here [the Makoche] and I would learn a rock beat and he would plug in a bass and we would just jam. So, I would just play that for like a half hour straight. Slowly, we would change the bass drum pattern to something slightly different and that was what I did for a year. And then pretty much at the same time as that, like a couple months after learning to play the most simple beat you could play on a drum set, we started playing together [meaning he and Rob]. (Later, in the interview Graham added this statement.) I kind of got bored with [playing the drums] because there’s limitations to what you can express and do with a drum set and I’m not creative enough to get over those boundaries without switching to another instrument. So I just starting dinking around with a keyboard.


Guitar, backup vocals, song writer Rob, how did you get started in music? I started playing trombone in the fourth grade. In the fifth grade my parents bought me this crappy $30 acoustic guitar that didn’t even have a name brand. That was my first guitar. And then the summer after fifth grade I had saved up enough money over probably like a year or two to buy this $100 guitar, this silver Epiphone which I play to this day, most of the time. I’ve spent a lot of time with that guitar, It’s been like eight years. Also, the summer of fifth grade I started playing with Graham and Evan. And we’ve been playing ever since with a couple breaks. Then last year Graham asked me if I wanted to be in Zoo on Fire and then I was.



Bass Blake, how did you get started in music? I started back in the eighth grade, I picked up guitar. My uncle bought me a guitar for Christmas. Robert Kramer, my fellow band mate and best friend forever, influenced me greatly when he decided to aspire as a musician.

Drums Taylor, how did you get started in music? I wanted to play the drums since the fifth grade. But my parents would never get me drums because they’re loud and expensive. For obvious reasons, really. Basically, it came down to me begging to get a drum set. It’s all I talked about and all I thought about. I bought drumsticks and I would drum on my couch and stuff like that. I begged them and I was like, “Hey get me this drum for Christmas and I will never ask you for something again. You don’t have to get me anything for my birthday or next Christmas or whatever.” Christmas day ‘05 was the day I started playing drums. They brought them home and my dad made me do a scavenger hunt; it was weird. He wrotes these notes... but it turns out they were in my dad’s car in the garage. So I set them up immediately and I haven’t turned back since, I guess. The rest is history. God, that was the best day of my life, I’m serious. / May 2010 / STAR 47

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Water parks across



. Schlitterbahn- New Braunfels, Texas. Schlitterbahn has a lot of areas 1 of interest for everyone, with three miles of tubing happenings, and the world’s first surfing machine, you’ll be sure to have a great time. . Typhoon Lagoon- Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It has a tropical 2 exotic park with sweet body slides, and if you’re crazy enough you can even swim with sharks. . Noah’s Ark- Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. With over 60 water activities 3 and 30 mph drops, you’ll be taking big risks and have a grand ole time doing it. Splashin’ Safari- Santa Claus, Indiana. This is a park with eye-popping 4.pizazz and a feel for a real African safari. . Water World- Denver Colorado. This park has the most 5 tube rides in America; it’s where modern meets the biggest rush of your life. Beware. Source:

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Road trips


Paul Broste Rock Museum

Fort Union Trading Post


This is one of North Dakota’s weirder, lesser-known attractions. Found in Parshall, North Dakota, the museum was built by lifetime rock lover and known recluse Paul Broste. The building is built entirely of rock and displays, well, rocks. Sound boring? Take a step inside the Infinity Room and you will change your mind. Make the drive over a little more exciting by playing musical chairs- every 30 minutes, the driver pulls over and the passengers have 30 seconds to rearrange themselves and pick a new driver. 133 miles, Bismarck to Parshall (2 hrs. 33 min.)

Possibly the coolest reconstituted fort in the state, this historical site features ranger talks, a trade house, and a gift shop where you can purchase trade items. The area around the fort is also beautifulmake a day out of it and go on a nature walk after you run around the upper level of the fort like a little kid. After the longer drive, you’ll be wanting to move around. 234 miles, Bismarck to Williston (3 hrs. 52 min.)

Okay, you’ve been there at least a dozen times with your parents (and possibly your junior high), but have you ever had your picture taken as a saloon gal or guy with your best friends? Have a scavenger hunt in this awesome little town- divide into teams and see who can gather the most Medora paraphernalia in two hours. Saltwater taffy totally counts! 134 miles, Bismarck to Medora (2 hrs. 8 min.) / May 2010 / STAR 50

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Staycations short.caseykrefting

Bismarck/Mandan summer day trips Raging Rivers:

For the days Mother Nature decides to bless North Dakota with summer-like weather, Raging Rivers is a great place to cool off while having wet and wild fun. Whether you’re aiming to relax in the lazy river or have races down the speed slides, Raging Rivers will satiate the hot summer-day boredom. What to bring: Sunscreen, $13 for admission plus snack prices, positive attitude.

Sertoma Park/Amusement Park:

Super Slide Amusement Park features a 150-foot super slide, ferris wheel, go carts, bumper cars, mini golf, a batting cage, and much more you and your friends can enjoy on a sunny day. If you don’t have extra cash but you still want something fun to do, try out one of many Sertoma Park playgrounds. What to bring: Insect repellent, at least $5 (for amusement park), inner-child.

Bismarck Zoo:

Located on the Western edge of Bismarck, the Dakota Zoo is a host to a vast assortment of animals. Whether you want to check out the entertaining sea otters or consume the mountains of cotton candy at the concessions, the Dakota Zoo is sure to fill your afternoon with exotic aromas and fun. What to bring: $7 for admission plus snack prices, quarters for corn kernel feed, aviators for a coolness factor.

Mandan Indian Village:

If frugality is your plan for the summer, then the Mandan Indian Village is the place to be. Its hidden foot-trails, rolling hills, and epic view of the river will make this a hot spot for picnics, star-gazing, and exploring this summer. What to bring: Tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, reckless spirit.

Concerts short.tonyabauer

State Fair- Minot, ND

Brooks & Dunn: July 23

If you’re a country fan this is a must see. This will be Brooks & Dunn’s last concert in ND as they cross the country on their farewell tour.

KISS: July 24

This legendary rock band will be visiting ND in July. If you’re not busy, it wouldn’t hurt to stop by and witness their antics for yourself.

Darius Rucker: July 30

Former lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker has found his calling in country music. With chart topping hits such as “History in the Making” and “Alright” he will draw a crowd of young and old.

Sugarland: July 31

Making yet another stop in North Dakota couldn’t hurt this chart-topping duo. With fans throughout the state lining up to see them once again, everyone better get their tickets quick! Watch out for Launchfest this coming August. This music festival sponsored by Club Radio lets local artist express their talents and their personality.

Justin Beiber: June 29 Minneapolis, MN -For all you Justin Beiber fans, and we know you’re out there, take a trip to the twin cities to see this up-and-coming pop star.

Keith Urban: August 4 Bismarck, ND -If you’re looking for a concert in Bismarck, Keith Urban is your best bet. This big name will be stopping by the Bismarck Civic Center at the beginning of August, so all you country lovers grab your tickets and your concert tee for this summer serenade..

WE fest 2010: August 5-7

Detroit Lakes, MN This country music fest will feature Keith Urban on opening night and in the days following Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney and many other country music phenomenons will take the stage. For a complete list of artist and times visit / May 2010 / STAR 51


Summer Movies short.caseykrefting

Toy Story 3- June 18, 2010 - Family Comedy Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever this summer in Toy Story 3! The plastic duo find themselves dropped off at a daycare center by their long-time owner Andy. They soon realize the daycare's toys aren't as friendly as originally thought and attempt to escape to be reunited with Andy. This knee-slapping summer flick is sure to ignite some reminiscent memories. Twilight- Eclipse- June 30, 2010 - Action Drama The drama continues to surround Bella as her mere existence causes the creation of a ferocious vampire army in Seattle. As if dozens of bloodsuckers craving your demise wasn't enough, Bella finds herself torn between her love for the vampire Edward and her friendship with the werewolf Jacob. Bella must make a decision that could start a war between the two ancient species, and all before her graduation! If the vampire/human love story isn't enough to get you to the theater, the look on the crazed teenage girls' faces will. Inception- July 16, 2010 - Sci-fi Action Leonardo DiCaprio plays an expert thief in the art of stealing and extracting valuable secrets from people's minds while they are dreaming. Although he's the best at what he does, it has cost him everything he ever loved. Now he's being offered a chance at redemption. Instead of stealing an idea, DiCaprio is asked to plant one. This seemingly impossible task is rendered all the more difficult due to his dangerous enemy being able to predict his every move. This sci-fi action flick challenges the potential of technological advances and the espionage that could result from it. Piranha 3D- August 27, 2010 - Horror The tourists of Lake Havasu, Arizona, find themselves swimming for their lives over their 4th of July weekend. A tremor causes the lake's floor to open releasing hundreds of thousands of prehistoric man-eating fish. Unchanged since the dawn of time, these razor-toothed Piranhas are blind with a ravenous instinct for blood. The carnage of these killing-machines will have you grabbing for your armchairs this summer.



What you need:

Hemp String (buy at Hobby Lobby or Walmart) Beads (glass or any other types that you like, just make sure the hole in the bead is big enough for the string to fit through)

step 1: Take four pieces of string that are the same length and make a knot to tie them all together. step 2: Then, take one of the pieces of string and make a knot around the other three pieces, and pull tight to make it secure. The knots will slowly start twisting making the necklace look the way you want it to. step 3: Keep repeating this step till you have the neckalace half the length that you want it to be. step 4:Then take you bead and slide it through one of the pieces of string. Take a new piece of string and continue with the knots. step 5: Continue making the knots until both sides of the necklace are the same length. / May 2010 / STAR 52

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1. Disc Golfing A mixture of golf and frisbee is now a sport. There is a Disc Golfing course at General Sibley and by Hillside Park. So get a team together and go play. 2. Baseball We have many, many baseball and softball fields in Bismarck. It's a great way to get exercise and have a blast with friends 3. Chalk Remember playing out side in the summer and drawing with chalk? You can still do that! Don't worry, you're not to old! Run to the store and grab a bucket of chalk and make your driveway colorful. 4. Sand Volleyball We have several sand volleyball courts, and who doesn't like to play volleyball? Get a group together and go down to one of the courts and play. 5. Swimming Whether it's at the river or in a pool, its always fun to cool down in the water.

6. Bike rides Some may not be into the whole "working out" thing, but riding bike is a great way to work out and have fun. There are side walks and paths all around Bismarck, you can travel all around town on your bike. 7. Walking with no shoes It may not seem like an activity but it really can be! So many people love just being able to walk around shoe free in the summer. 8. Water balloon fights It’s not just a childhood past time. It’s a blast to have a bunch of friends get together and have a intense water balloon fight. 9. Sprinklers and trampolines We all used to love doing this when we were littlejumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath it. 10. Down Town Exploring We have a lot of different and interesting shops down town. Take a day and explore what they have to offer, whether its food, clothes, jewelery, or knick-knaks. / May 2010 / STAR 53

‘ It’s My Life Cody Njos



The Century STAR takes a look into this sophomore’s life and interests Why do you keep your hair so long? To be different. Who’s your hero? Adam Colten. He’s a head producer for Loaded Longboards. If you had a super power, what would it be? That’s a toughy. I’m going to go with the ability to fly. Who is your favorite animated person? Erin Esurance from the Esurance commercials. What’s your favorite Disney movie? I love the Lion King. What’s a song that describes your life? “No, don’t shoot” by Foxy Shazam. / May 2010 / STAR 54

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Century Star - Issue 8  
Century Star - Issue 8  

Issue 8 of the centurystar