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STAR Century High School 1000 E Century Ave


March 2011

Steering a bike in a purposeful direction


An unlikey pair


Head on collisions

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Dear Readers,


Once in your life, you will meet someone who changes the way you see things. You may not even realize it at the time, but that one person will leave a permanent impression on your life.

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For many of the seniors this year, that person was Amber DesRoches (p. 22). I never had the chance to meet her, but I’ve seen the impact she’s made and is continuing to make in the lives of others. Another one of those people that can’t help but make an impact is art teacher Laurie Foerderer (p. 24). Besides her positions as adviser of both the art club and Students Against Destructive Decisions, Ferdie, as she is lovingly referred to by her students, is taking on another life-changing responsibility. Making a difference isn’t just for a chosen few, but for everyone. Several hours spent volunteering (p. 10) improve the community as a whole. Free lunches supplied by a church (p. 36) feed students that might not have enough money for lunch every day. Because it’s the simple things- the smile in the hall and the random compliment- that leave an impression on the people you meet.

Sammi Moss





7 Calories for a cause

Century plays host to fundraiser benefiting cerebral palsy

10 Helping hands vs. hired help

Jobs vs. voulnteering- what choice CHS students are making


15 Fire on the ice

Century ice skaters are burning up the ice

18 Knocked out

A new take on head injuries

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22 She had a dream

Creating a place where children can escape from their reality

This rabbit is hidden somewhere in the issue. Will you be the first one to find it? The first one to find it and show up to room 117 will win a gift card.

24 Fostering relations

A teacher and student are forming a new kind of bond

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30 Maddy 31 Abby 32 Rants and Raves


36 Free of charge

The community is opening their doors for lunch

38 Thrifting

Finding a way to get more for less

42 Expression

Doodling the day away

44 Reviews

Movies, music and more

46 It’s my life

A sophomore shares her perspective on life

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Summer stagecraft Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater will hold auditions for the new season short.allithorson

This summer Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater will be celebrating their 22nd season. Planned for this year are the productions “Jesus Christ Super Star” and “Beehive.” An informational meeting will take place Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m. Cast audtions will take place at Century High School April 10 and 11. The Sunday informational meeting will give students the opportunity to learn choreography and music from the productions to sing the next day. The auditions will begin at 3:30 p.m. Students are told to come prepared with a song of their choice and one of the songs from the Sunday meeting. Students may sign up for an audition time slot at the Sunday meeting or call Stephanie Delmore at 319-0895.

Clean house

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With a new season comes the opportunity to clean out some of that mess piling up around the house Recycling: Instead of throwing away that moldy cardboard pizza box or that empty juice bottle laying under your bed, throw them in a recycling bin. It doesn’t take much more effort than putting the item in a trash can and it helps the Earth. A true win/win situation.

Trash: Make sure to check if trash is safe to throw before tossing it. Always give away as many items as possible to those less fortunate.

Reorganize: Buy storage bins or smaller boxes. Vaccuumsealed storage bags can save closet space, alphebatize knick-knacks so they are easier to find and color-coordinate clothing for easy picking.



for a cause

Students and adults are preparing for an event that can change lives story.abbykopp photo.submitted


Girls’ soccer coach Sarah McNulty and senior Annie Cramer ride their stationary bikes in the Great American Bike Race. Century soccer players have participated in GABR for the past two years. They will have another two teams this year.

iking, pedaling, cycling, rocking. These four verbs will be commonplace at Century April 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m..

For the fifth year in a row, 100 teams of 12 people will be on stationary bikes for one reason- the 15th annual Great American Bike Race. Each member of the team will ride a stationary bike for 25 minutes in the hopes of raising money and awareness for people with cereberal palsy. Along with the bikers, the older generation will be in rocking chairs to rack up miles. “It’s an incredible event,” assistant superintendent and former Century principal Michael Heilman said. This year, he hopes to continue his involvement in GABR. “I hope to have a team in the race. I will help in whatever other capacity that I can,” Heilman said. “If they need to help set bikes up or need help with some other portion of the race I would volunteer to help out with that.”

Last year, the event raised over $220,000 and the participants road a combined total of 16,109.41 miles. Senior Tessa Neameyer has been involved with GABR for two years through her soccer team. “It’s really hard,” senior Tessa Neameyer said. “But it’s also super fun.” In the past 15 years, the event has raise $1.2 million for the families of those with CP. Century soccer coach Sarah McNulty has encouraged her team to participate. “It’s a good cause, it’s hosted at our school, it’s during our season and it’s a great way to give back for community service,” McNulty said. If lending a hand isn’t enough to inspire a community, some join for the competition. Awards are given out to the fastest riders, the fastest teams and to the team that raises the most money. “I would encourage anybody and everybody in our community to go up and take a look and spend a few minutes at the bike race,” Heilman said.



Foul fluoride


Drinking a glass of water may be giving nearly the same effects as swallowing one’s toothpaste Fluoride, found in nearly every toothpaste and mouthwash, is a poisonous element that is typically beneficial to teeth, but fluoride doesn’t only reside in toothpaste. Fluoride has been added to the Unites States’ water since 1940, and currently 70 percemt of the water in the US is fluoridated, though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wants that number to continue increasing. But this fluoridation does not hold many benefits. Despite numerous supposed studies, there was no striking differences between the health of teeth exposed to fluoridation versus water that does not contain fluoride. Fluoridation benefits only children, as baby teeth can absorb fluoride through the bloodstream from ingested water but adult teeth cannot. Although this has significantly decreased the number of cavities in small children, the average cost of a family’s dentists visits has not decreased. Fluoridation is capable of making children’s bones more brittle, and causes tooth flaws in two out of five children in the US. For the small amount of benefits fluoridated water holds, many countries have taken out the fluoride, and the EPA is thinking of revising their policy on fluoridated water. But for now, the water you’re drinking, unless put through reverse osmosis, will continue to have fluoride in it- just like your toothpaste.

RussianspyorAmericancelebrity? A situation right out of a James Bond movie- Anna Chapman spy, model or Russian diplomat? short.racheliverson Russian spy Anna Chapman was discovered in June 2010 as a mole gathering intelligence for Russia. She was deported back to her homeland during a prison exchange. She was in the US for 10 years, living in a $2,000 dollar apartment and rubbing elbows with New York sociallites. She sported a master’s degree in economics, was a trained deceiver, and was referred to as a, “hot Russian spy,” when captured. She was awarded one of Russia’s highest medals for espionage, though she didn’t find out anything highly classified. The 28 year old was prompted to run for Russian Parliament by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and is a favorite to win. Chapman also accepted a job as an adviser to the president of Fond Service Bank and was present at the launch of the most recent Russian spacecraft. Her political career has not kept her from her other jobs. She works as a as a model, TV host and entreprenuer. She was recently featured in the Russian version of the magazine Maxim. The Russian tabloids call her “Agent 90-60-90.” Next on the Chapman’s world-domination plan- a $1.99 iPhone app produced by the US based Zeda Inc.. It’s called, “Poker With Anna Chapman,” and allows players to take on the Russian spy in either Texas Hold ’Em or five-card draw. Chapman, although a spy on the US government, is even becoming more popular with the American public. Source: Foxnews and Newsweek Source: and


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Source: North Dakota Job Service

It’s regular for teens to balance school and a job, but what about those who replace a job with voulnteer work or those who juggle all three?

Students balance work, school and giving back “Between school, work, and volunteering, I don’t really have any extra time.” story.racheliverson photos.abbykopp




ith a failing economy, teens around the nation are finding themselves strapped for cash. With layoffs, downsizing and an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent nationwide, many of the jobs usually filled by teenagers have adults in the positions instead. The unemployment rate of 16-24 year olds is nearing 50 percent, but North Dakota has the best state economy in the United States. North Dakota’s unemployment rate is only 3.9 percent. There are help wanted signs up on nearly every street, and plenty of opportunities to apply for jobs. There is a vast selection for teens to choose from- McDonald’s, Dan’s Supermarket, and Texas Roadhouse are a few of the most popular. Teens in North Dakota have the option to keep their schedules packed and their pockets full, though some are opting out of the latter. Whether choosing to work or volunteer, students give their reasons for both.

Mees works at Kentucky Fried Chicken along with volunteering at First Lutheran Church. “I teach the Sunday school kids,” Mees said. “It’s a joy, they’re all fun.”

“Between school, work, and volunteering, I don’t really have any extra time,” Mees said. Stressful as it is, Mees would love to see more students as involved with volunteering as he is.

“Mostly, I love the people there, plus the job,” Rogstad said. Rogstad has had the time to learn the job since a majority of his summer and school year were spent behind the grill. Many teens crave a fast-moving environment, and Ruby Tuesday has provided exactly that for Rogstad. “It’s very high-paced, and you have to be able to work quickly, and have pride in what you do,” Rogstad said. Other students have denied their piggy banks any sustenance and chosen to spend their days helping out. Junior Troy Dewey is busy with track and homework. Instead of using his minimal free time to work, like many of his friends, he helps around the community, teaching Sunday school and helping people at his church.

Junior Cody Mees is juggling a job and school work and still find time to volunteer. He enjoys his job and the time he spends helping in the community.

He works at KFC four to seven nights a week, volunteers at the soup kitchen every Wednesday, rings bells for Salvation Army and cleans up litter off Highway 10.

Some students, have chosen to leave volunteering behind, at least for now, and work to earn a biweekly paycheck. Junior Dawson Rogstad works as a cook at Ruby Tuesday and wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Volunteering makes me feel good,” Dewey said. “I like helping my mother out at church and I like teaching students about God.” Dewey also helped this summer with one of his church’s projects. He spent a few days scraping, repainting, and generally fixing up a house the church sponsored for people who needed a place to stay. Students fill their days with jobs, church, sports, homework, and many other activities. Some choose to spend the majority of their time focusing on work- others school and sports, but all seem have a spot in their heart for those in need. The students who spend their time improving the quality of life for others are the ones who really shine.

“I don’t know of any other students who do volunteer[ing],” Mees said. “It’d be more fun [if there were] more people involved.”

What could you do in a year? Where:

Doing what:

Nursing home: Hospital: Neighborhood: Soup Cafe:

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The Facebook policy says, “Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way.”

Friends with Barack Obama or Steve Jobs? Think again. Most Facebook accounts that carry a name of a celebrity are fake. Believe it or not, pets are not eligible for Facebook profiles.

Communicate internationally Students characterize their language of choice



“It’s fun and unique. It is helpful, definitely. When I travel, it makes things easier.” Senior Krista Tolstedt


“It’s challenging. Fun, interesting, and a little weird sometimes.” Junior Amber Cusey Spanish

“Don’t provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone without permission” Do you really know all your “friends”? Often, people accept requests just because of numerous mutual friends.

“Energetic.” Junior Sierra Kreft


“Do not create more than one personal profile.”

“Latin is a basic language that leads to others. It has helped me with my grammar in English, that’s for sure.” Junior Maddie Leapaldt



Century Spirit Yearbook Signing Event! April 19th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the commons

An 8-page autograph section will be sold for $1.50 to people who have already bought their yearbook. If you haven’t, purchase a yearbook and an autograph section at the event.

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The Star asked 40 people what sport they liked watching the most. Here are the results:



Volleyball Football Hockey

20% 10% 28%


things you should know about

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Load up on carbs.

Start eating more carbohydrates two to three days before a meet. Carbs keeps a person energized. Athletes should fill up on fruits, vegetables, breads and pastas.

Stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated is one of the most important concepts when being an athlete. A person should drink at least 2.7 liters of water everyday. But consuming an excessive amout will cause a “water belly.�

Get some strides in

About five minutes before the start of a race, do some strides. It will get the blood flowing and the heart rate will increase in beats per minute.

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Fire on the ice Bismarck Capital Ice Chips make it to the Nationals story.sydneyharvey photo.submitted


hey’ve got 3 minutes 40 seconds to impress the judges. The sounds start to fade and it’s all about being in the moment. This is it- their chance to shine, to let it all out and be the very best they can be. Long time skaters and Century seniors Jenna Goeke, Kristen Bortke, and Katie Nelson had been practicing for a long time to reach it to nationals, and now they finally got their big break. “Nationals was amazing, and it was really exciting,” Nelson said. The Capital Ice Chips figure skating team, placed sixth in the U.S. Synchro Nationals Competition that took place March 2-5. This was the Ice Chips’ first trip to nationals. In order for them to qualify, they had to place in the top four in the Midwest Sectionals. Nationals went very well for the synchronized skating team, but it did not come easily. Even though they had placed at every one of their competitions, their score at nationals was still lower than their regional score. “All together, we were still really happy for what we got,” Goeke said. This was the biggest competition for them, and reaching nationals was a goal they had set for themselves at the beginning of the year.

“They’ve been working really hard to make it to nationals, and I’m very proud of them,” Capital Ice Chips coach Becky Gallion said. The Ice Chips have been practicing vigorously since July. As a team, they practiced an average of three times a week and about three to four times a week individually. “We worked really hard, and I’m proud of us for making it this far,” Bortke said. “It’s good to finally see a pay-off.” The Ice Chips worked hard this season both at skating well and staying optimistic. Some kept positive to keep their energy up and some encouraged others. “We had a lot of time to spend with our teammates which made us closer and able to skate stronger,” Nelson said. This is Goeke, Bortke and Nelson’s final year of skating for Capital Ice Chips, and the Ice Chips will now have to push harder in order to make it to nationals again. “Now that we got sixth, we’ve got a lot of people and teams looking at us now,” Gallion said. “Even though we lost a couple of skaters, I still think we can achieve and get better.”


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Junior basketball player Jared Thunshelle does a step-by-step layup short&photos.rachelneumiller

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Meyer Bohn, senior, took st place at state wrestling in his weight class Girls’ swimming won the state tournament years in a row


Girls’ golf finish the year winning a state title by beating Minot by strokes.


Skating Ice Chips took at Midwest sectionals.



Boys’ and girls’ hockey placed th at state.



cheerleaders were nominated for All-American Cheerleader.


Thunshelle jogs up to the basket, tosses the ball into the hoop with one hand while lifting the corresponding foot in the air and catches it after going in.

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Mood changes Difficulty with memory

Lack of energy


Sensitivity to light and sounds

Easily confused Slowed thought process

Blurred vision


Fogginess Difficulty concentrating



A minor injury becomes a fatal issue


sense of confusion, a throbbing headache and loss of consciousness overwhelm them. Waking up with little or no memory is common- though not knowing what’s happened can be the most fearful. Concussions have affected many players over the years but it’s becoming a more common and dangerous problem in the lives of athletes. The North Dakota High School Athletic Association provided a new policy in Sept. 2010 that specifically deals with players and concussions. A concussion is defined as a brain injury which results in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. The policy from the NDHSAA states that if a player shows signs of a head injury, he or she cannot be readmitted until cleared by a certified medical personnel. If a concussion has been diagnosed, the player’s clearance must be in writing and may not be on the same day which the athlete was injured. “A seemingly minor injury could be career ending,” NDHSAA Athletic Director Jim Haussler said. “It’s not only the sport, but more importantly the individual.” Century senior Shane Vettel quit playing the sport he loved because he had too many concussions. Vettel played hockey for 13 years, but, with nearly 17 concussions, his days of playing hockey had to end because another concussion would have been be fatal. “I’ve had enough [concussions] to kill me or put me in a hospital bed for the rest of my life,” Vettel said. The many games he spent with horrible headaches, dizziness and vomiting caught up with him. Vettel’s concussions eventually lead to his a career ending injury by tearing part of his brain between the white and gray matter. The part of his brain that was injured deals with speech and memory. Vettel’s speech often changes when he is around someone

with an accent. His brain will tell himself to talk with that similar accent because of the damage from the concussion. “I constantly have to reteach myself how to talk,” Vettel said. Century senior athlete Carson Wentz also experienced a concussion during the 2010 football season. He still participated in several plays after being hit hard in the head. He even managed to complete two passes and run in a touchdown afterwards, but to this day he still doesn’t remember doing it because of the hit he took.

“I’ve had enough [concussions] to kill me or put me in a hospital bed for the rest of my life.”

“It took me a little over an hour to realize what had happened to me and how it happened,” Wentz said. “It was a very scary incident.”

Concussions are becoming a bigger problem in the lives of athletes today because they are more common and more easily detected. An estimated 140,000 high school athletes in the United States suffer a concussion each year. A concussion may cause multiple symptoms. They can appear immediately after the injury or may develop over several days or weeks. For some athletes the symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to fully recognize. For Wentz, he was lucky enough that he did not feel physically ill but only suffered memory loss. Though football is the most common sport that athletes get concussions it can happen in any sport. Every athlete is at risk. “Kids today are bigger, stronger and faster,” Haussler said. “That makes them more vulnerable than ever before.”


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Create a color crayon Students were asked, “If you could create a new color crayon, what color would it be and what would you name it?” short.allithorson


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Sophomore Katie Zueger: “Sunset. It would look like a sunset.”

Junior Kodi Ladry: “Powerade Blue. I would like blue Powerade.”





“People walk slow.” “Bad drivers

“People that don’t turn right on a red.” sophomore, Hannah Weaver junior, Ty Moran

“People always say ‘I seen you!’” senior, Sam Barney

“People chew their gum with their mouth open.” senior, Shelbie Fettig

“People try to copy other peoples’ homework.”

sophomore, Mary Johanson

and people that turn left onto Century.” sophomore, Jake Kok

“PDA in the halls, or a squeaky desk.” junior, Lizzie Schatz



She hada

dream A young girl changes the hospital experience for future patients

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he word dream has many definitions. Sometimes it is a story that unfolds before a sleeping mind. Sometimes it is a creation of pure imagination. Sometimes it is a goal- a place to get to, or an ideal situation to reach. This vision of a better world is the kind of dream that Amber DesRoches had for the pediatric unit of Medcenter One when she was a patient there. Amber was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in Dec. 2003. Though this diagnosis would cripple many people’s hope, Amber seemed optimistic. Later, it was discovered why she handled it so well. “She knew she had leukemia, but I forget how many months later the doctor explained that leukemia was cancer,” Amber’s father John DesRoches said. “Her face just fell ‘cause she knew cancer was really bad.” Amber was shaken, but immediately turned her attention away from the daunting diagnosis and focused on finding out what she could do to overcome it. “She was one of those people that had to be in forward motion all of the time,” Amber’s mother Pam DesRoches said. Amber made an effort to keep herself busy, whether it was building a doll house, reading or creating a book of her future family. Amber was always looking towards the future, a quality in her that would help her to fight through her battle with cancer. But, after four years of fighting, it overcame her. Amber passed away Dec. 8, 2007, five days after turning 15. Yet, years after her life ended, Amber is still in the newspapers and on people’s minds. What started with Amber and Pam discussing how the pediatric unit of Medcenter One needed to be brightened up, turned into a one million dollar renovation called Amber’s Dream. The nurse’s station has turned

into a pirate ship, the treatment room is an underwater room filled with mermaids and wonder and the hallway is a night sky to float away to. “She definitely left a legacy,” Medcenter One foundation director Carrol Dobler said of the project. “Amber will not be forgotten, that’s for sure.” After the renovations are complete, the children’s hospital will indeed be a place for children. There will be personal mailboxs to send letters to Meddy Bear. There are portholes for the children to peak into and escape out of. There are bells on each of the murals that symbolize fairies getting their wings. Every aspect of the project was dedicated to making the time spent in the hospital more enjoyable, as well as giving the children a reason to get up and out of their rooms. “When you have a surgery, what do they tell you to do, ‘get up and walk around,’” Dobler said. “We have to motivate them to do that.” For Dobler, the impact of the art pieces and interactive games of the project pales in comparison to the people they affect. When Amber’s grandfather recieved a call from Dobler saying the project had been approved, he knew exactly what to do. “When [Amber’s Dream] was approved, I went to my office and called Amber’s grandpa,” Dobler said, her eyes filling with tears. “He got into his car, drove over and wrote a $10,000 check.” He is now planning on donating his Jaguar for a raffle in honor of his granddaughter. Currently, Amber’s Dream is approximately 80 percent finished. Amber’s dream will live on for future generations to see. Amber has created a unique and positive environment for those in not-so-positive circumstances, and that, is truly a dream come true.

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1 The creative things you’ll see in Pediatrics: 1.) A playroom including chairs made to look like boulders and a giant mural. 2.) A hallway painted to look like the night sky with stars dedicated to cancer patients. Flashing lights are being installed in the ceiling.. 3.) Hidden pictures line the nurse’s desks.


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Fostering relations

The Foerderer-Fredericks story story&photos.carriesandstrom

First Impressions


he made her way through the familiar hallways to her frequent destination. The residual scent of paint and art supplies hit her nose, bringing an instant grin to her face. The walk, the smell, the inherent joy- all made it feel like this was just another day. But it wasn’t. When junior Sherilyn Fredericks first bound into room 139 for art II she had no way of knowing that the woman in the front of the classroom would become much more than her teacher. In the same way, art teacher Laurie Foerderer never would have guessed that she

would come to think of one of her students as “part of the family.” Yet something about Fredericks’ open personality and Foerderer’s caring nature brought them together in an unpredictable way. Fredericks became more involved in SADD and Art Club, both of which Foerderer advised, and their relationship quickly morphed into something deeper. “She was one of my favorite teachers,” Fredericks said. “Sometimes you have a teacher and sometimes they’re more because they understand you.”

Posing the question Fredericks had been living in foster care for four years, when Foerderer jokingly offered to take all the kids in art club home with her. Fredericks took her seriously. “She just came in and asked me, ‘Are you for real?” Foerderer said. Shortly after they met in the fall, Fredericks asked Foerderer if she would take her in. Fredericks kept her cool and, in her typical nonchalant attitude, posed her question. “It was like any other question,” Fredericks said. Inquiring was as easy for Fredericks as answering was for Foerderer. When the question was first presented, Foerderer fought back tears, not knowing how to respond. “Saying yes [meant] changing [my] whole life and the way [my] family runs,“ Foerderer said. Although Foerderer loves her three sons, she had always thought she would adopt a girl. However, by the time Fredericks approached her, she had decided it was not meant to be. Fredericks’ question meant an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong goal and help a girl she cared about, but it was much more complicated than that. “[My brother Bryan and I] went through foster care together- I basically grew up taking care of him,” Fredericks said. “He’s my best friend.” The responsibilities of taking in a child are huge and life changing, and the very idea of bringing in another individual to one’s family can be overwhelming- bringing in both Fredericks and Bryan simply wasn’t in the cards for the Foerderers. “I remember asking God, ‘Why this?’” Foerderer said. “‘Why are you giving me this?’” After discussing the matter thoroughly with her husband Jim Foerderer and looking into what foster care entails, Foerderer arrived at the eventual conclusion that it just wasn’t the time- but the idea of adopting a girl had been rekindled in her mind. “I never quit thinking about it,” Foerderer said.

Second Chances That spring the equation changed when Fredericks’ younger brother Bryan was adopted by another family and Fredericks decided she didn’t




want to go with. Even though it was hard to part with someone she had gone through so much with, in her heart Fredericks knew that that house could never be her home. She was forced to face the harsh reality of separation. “I always knew we would split up,” Fredericks said. “Siblings don’t stay together forever [in foster care.]” Now, under the new conditions and without the previous restraints, Fredericks once again posed her question. “I remember thinking, ‘Well now how do I say no?’” Foerderer said, “And I realized I didn’t want to.” Foerderer once again brought up the subject of adding Fredericks to their family, and Jim tempered her enthusiasm to help with cautious words of wisdom. “Laurie looks through rose-colored glasses and I’m the Windex,” Jim said. “I clean her glasses.” Jim warned that the foster care process wouldn’t be a walk in the park, and, while it may be a breeze at first, there might be storms as well. Nevertheless, Jim could see how much Foerderer cared. “She just couldn’t get Sherry out of her mind,” Jim said. Despite all the questions and apprehensions the Foerderers decided to move ahead with the process. “Life is full of risks,” Foerderer said. And this was one she was willing to take.

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Making the move Just more than a year after they first laid eyes on each other Fredericks and Foerderer began spending more and more time together, including Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as Foerderer began the process of becoming a one-of-a-kind foster parent. “A foster home is more temporary, but this isn’t going to be my temporary home,” Fredericks said. “This is my for real home.” The Foerderers began intergrating Fredericks’ into their lives, and the transitional process commenced, bringing the two even closer. “You don’t know someone until you live with them,” Foerderer said. Both Fredericks and Foerderer had things to learn, and the long procedure of becoming a foster parent allowed them to strengthen and adapt their relationship. One thing specifically that had to be addressed was how to approach the family-school barrier and they came up with one simple rule. “What happens at Foerderer’s stays at Foerderer’s,” Fredericks said. Foerderer officially became a foster parent March 10. Fredericks moved in permanently March 14. The road to this harmonic combination of Fredericks and Foerderer has shaped and changed the lives of a family and two extraordinary individuals in ways they never could have imagined. As their new lives begin the two remain optimistic and look forward to a long, happy future together.


“It was meant to be,” Foerderer said. “It was always meant to be.”

In 2009 North Dakota had the following foster care statistics 1285 total enrolled 55% enrolled were male, 45% female

Races of those involved: -White (non-Hispanic) 60% -Am. Indian/Alaska Native (non-Hispanic) 25% -Other race (Asian, Black, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian) or 2 or More races 15% Ages of those involved: 18% Infant-3 years 15% 4-5 years 14% 8-11 years 12% 12-14 years 28% 15-17 years 13% >18 years


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That was awkward short.abbykopp

Ever think the hallway is empty when all of a sudden a friend appears? An enemy? A teacher? Here’s how to deal with those awkward moments. First, establish your relationship with whom you are running into. Is this a long lost, second grade best friend? I am unaware as to why this friendship no longer exists, but my guess would be that it ended somewhere in middle school. If this is the problem, a few words would be polite, but the head nod might be the way to go. Acknowledgement is a good way to keep things cordial. Is this person a friend? If that’s the case, a simple “hey,” is appropriate. Feel free to expand the conversation and ask how they are or what their plans are for the weekend. Friends are friends, so this conversation probably won’t make it into the top ten most awkward hallway moments of all time. Is this a random sophomore parent lost in the hallways looking for their child? Try being a “typical teenager.” Whip out a cell phone and call or text a friend to avoid this awkward hallway moment.


Is this the fifth worst English teacher of all time that was so bad the class was dropped after the first semester? First of all, ouch! That’s just rude, but no judgement. A head nod will do the trick, unless they like to stop and talk, then it should be suggested that a phone is taken out as one continues on their way to the bathroom. Secondly, make a point of passage. Do not show weakness. Take the nearest hallway or pass on the right side of the individual. This makes the possibility of doing the awkward hallway dance decrease significantly. Above all, to avoid getting into the awkward hallway hall of fame remember this- when in doubt, smile at someone. It is unnecessary to make eye contact, but don’t just blow them off.

Customer service

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hose of us who have jobs know how hard it can be to go straight from school to work until 10 p.m. Our weekends are consumed by eight hour days filled with rather monotonous activities (ringing up groceries, taking orders, making food, etc.). The worst part of it all? Customers- and there are few jobs that don’t require contact with them. It’s not all customers that make going to work a chore. There are always the sweet little grandmas and adorable, curious 4 year olds that leave you smiling. But there are also the grouchy, cell-phone-yacking, rude customers that make a person wish they were jobless. We, as the STAR staff, would like to encourage you to be a customer who leaves people smiling. When a cashier tells you to, “Have a good day,” be sure to say ,“You too.” It might not seem like it makes that big of a difference, but it does. At restaurants, tip a little over minimum at the very least. Try not to talk on your cell phone when your order is being taken or your groceries are being rung up- and if it’s inevitable, apologize after you hang up. It’s small things like this that can make a huge difference in a person’s day. So, next time you’re in line or getting your order taken, remember the person you are talking to deserves some respect.




I believe that knowing better is the first step to being better, and reading is the first step to knowing column.maddybarney

have attempted to read minds and science fiction, but have been unsuccessful at both. The aroma of library books is intoxicating, and the inside of Barnes and Noble is overwhelming because I want to be able to consume and store all the information its merchandise has to offer. I am infatuated with magazines and spend a good chunk of my Saturday perched upon the secondhand furniture of the library and the secondhand information they have to provide. I rip and tear and file articles that possess something that makes me read them again and again. I read cast lists in hopes of finding my name, music in hopes of finding my melody, and sayings in hopes of finding meaning. Knowledge has always been something I have thirsted for, and reading has always been my beverage of choice. I read advice, and trust perfect strangers because they said something with purpose that assisted in organizing an internal mess. I scan the Facebook Live News Feed and the articles of the Tribune. The teller at BNC will inform you that I have the humble bank account of a high school student, so I read traveler’s guides of far away places to transport my mind there, disregarding the fact that my body remains in my bedroom. Within pages I can meet a monster. I can defeat a monster. I can be a flapper or a drug lord. I can experience joy or pain I never would have known. I can be an ancient Greek or Roman. I can build a pyramid or say my vows. Through the use of text I can find the perfect man that I could not find through genetics. My eyes can be opened, and my tears can be shed. I read about gang awareness, about food, about love and about hate. I read reviews to assist in my delicate decision making process.


I read Dr. Suess then, and I read Dr. Suess now. Street signs mark the city and I read them to make sense of it. I have read books on philosophy and the Communist Manifesto, because they were free on my iPad. I believe that knowing better is the first step to being better, and reading is the first step to knowing. After I read my siblings to sleep, I cross the hallway and read myself to sleep. I have read books because Oprah said so, because the New York Times found them agreeable, because teachers assigned them and because a graphic designer somewhere created an ascetically pleasing bound. Articles about the human body, the human psychology, and the human nature are enticing to me. Poetry says what a paragraph cannot. Pages 109-119 of “Johnny Got His Gun� perfectly summarize my feelings on war. I have read quotes that silence and still me, and others I have considered so perfectly stated that I would consider permanently inscribing them on my skin. I have been evoked and provoked by the words of others. Maya Angelou used a cocktail of words and genius to inspired me, and Nicholas Sparks combined romance and adjectives to trigger my gag reflexes. Some choose to only read text messages, while others prefer the classics. Some look to words of the Bible guide them through life, others the Koran, and some prefer the use of horoscopes. Some like Dumbledore, and others favor Edward, but we all read for a reason. Maybe we read because the sun is shining, and the hammock is swaying; maybe we read because the reality of the lives of the individuals in the books is more pleasant then the one we are experiencing or maybe we read because someone found a way to say something that we needed to articulate, but were not capable of.


Things I’ve noticed from the backseat of a Chevy column.abbykopp


he first ten years of my life were spent in a vehicle. I traveled around North Dakota and the surrounding area with a book and the sound of interstate under the tires. I grew up in a family of sports and/ or music junkies, and my earliest memories consist of a red Suburban, a staticky TV and a sibling’s sleeping head propped up on my lap. I’ve been dragged from soccer games to volleyball games to basketball games to country concerts and back to soccer games, and along the way I’ve learned some valuable lessons. The first one I learned in the middle of a soccer field. My sister was the goalie and never took defeat well. She was my hero, my friend and I never wanted to see her upset. She would shrug me off and tell me to go away. I was told to shut up and leave her alone. At the time, I was confused. I was proud of her, but as I grew up I realized that she had taught me a very valuable lesson. Someone will always be there for me. No matter how rude I am, and no matter how much I want to be alone, I never will be. There will always be someone to back me up. Lesson learned. The second life lesson to be learned was found on interstate 94 between Mandan and Bismarck. There are signs all along the road saying things like,“Be Kind,” “Be Polite” and “Have A Nice Day,” but for some reason only one made an impact. It said, “Smile.” In my life, I’ve spent too much time being sad, and it took me by surprise that I didn’t often take the time to simply be content with where I am. To smile is to be happy and that is what I am determined to be. Lesson learned. The most important lesson I have learned has to do with escaping. When days are done, sometimes it’s easier to tune out the world rather than live in it. Sometimes it’s better to go away and get out of town, or to drown in music until there is nothing but this moment, but life can not be lived if we’re not present. So, take the time, stop your vehicle and get out and live life, don’t just look out the window as it passes by. To escape is to be afraid, and that is something I’ve never been too keen on. Lesson learned.

Two words- saggy jeans. Excuse me? I bought you at the perfect size and the tag even says “stretch skinny.” Doesn’t that mean you are supposed to suction to my legs as skinny jeans are supposed to? Thank you, jeans, for not suffocating me and making it impossible to move, but I’d like to be able to wear you more than once or twice without having to wash you to again get you to the perfect fit- it’s quite annoying. -Junior Alicia Frohlich I hate how short our spring break is. I get to sit in class as my cousins are all out traveling together. It’s so unfair! I think we deserve a break just as much as other people do. So I’ll just sit in class and my brain will begin to shut down as I anticipate the coming of May. -Junior Taylor Crosby Dear young ladies, how hard is it to flush the toilet? I mean all you have to do is push the silver handle down and away it goes. You can even step on the handle and not dirty your hands. Sincerely, Sick of flushing the toilet twice. -Junior Lexi Ternes I hate it when ditzy people brag about acting dumb. Their like, “OMG. That door says pull and I totally pushed it!” Seriously? Or “Watch out guys, there’s a wall there.” Stop trying to get attention by playing stupid. We all know you are most likely a very intelligent person. So grow up, and display the fact that you do, indeed, have a clue. -Sophomore Tylie Olson Snowy days, sunny days, cloudy days, blizzards, occasional tornados, humidity off the charts, rain and ice. If you’re looking for some seriously extreme and unpredictable weather, take a trip to North Dakota for a week. I love ND, but I could live without the crazy weather. -Senior Jodi Homan






I love just after the snow melts and there are giant puddles. I drive my car as fast as I can through those puddles and hope that they go over my roof. Those are the best! It’s like you’re in a car wash. -Junior Alaina Kloster I live for playing my Owen Basoon. It is my way of singing. Instead of vocally I can sing through my basoon. -Senior Dylan Boyd I love prom dress shopping. I’m not sure if it’s the princess dresses, everyone “ooing” and “ahing” over how gorgeous you look or just the fact that it’s a nation-wide game of dress up, but I love it. You grab your girls, your mom and the camera and try on as many dresses as you can fit into without infuriating the workers, and model for the whole store. Glitter flies and you usually end up finding something amazing. -Senior Jasmine Towner I love art class! I know it sounds cheesy, but just think, with;out it students would be boring zombies going through school seeking a way to get out of those boring class lectures. It is a class dedicated to expressing yourself and showing your personality through vibrant colors and lines. I wish everyone could enjoy this elective, and I encourage those who haven’t to do so. -Sophomore Jackie Ortega I love Ashby’s ice cream! It really makes Mondays enjoyable when I have $1.05 waffle cones of REAL ice cream to look forwrd to, even if the drive there is long! -Senior Sam Brown



There’s an app for that It seems like there’s a new app for iPods coming out every day and with technology evolving, there are few teens that do not have access to these time suckers.


Doodle Jump Jump from one platform to the next and try not to fall. Moron Test These deceptively easy levels have intrigued millions.

Flood-It 2 Try to flood the screen in color in only 22 tries. Angry Birds Use birds to kill pigs. Sound simple? It’s not.

Calculator talk short.dinamoss


All you have to do is type these numbers into your calculator, flip it upside down and a random conversation with a classmates awaits GLOBES = 538076

OIL = 710

HOLES = 53704

EGG SHELL = 77345663

HELLO = 07734

GOOGLE = 376006

HOLE = 3704

LEGOS = 50637

LEGS = 5637

GEEZ = 2336

LOGS = 5607

SIZZLE = 372215

SHOES = 53045

GLOSHES = 5345076

GEL = 736

BLOG = 6078

LEG = 637

GOOSE EGG = 66335006

What NOT to forget when going to Prom Between getting ready, taking pictures and eating a wonderfully crafted dinner, many forget the essentialshere is a reminder of what you should remember

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Identification- A school ID or a driver’s license/permit will suffice. Money- It’s important to carry a little extra cash & your debit card in case a late night Perkins run is suggested. Bobby pins & safety pins- This one is aimed more towards ladies, but guys can be thoughtful and bring some too. Comfortable shoes- While your shoes for Grand March might look gorgeous, they may not be the most comfortable to dance in. Bring a pair of flats, or go barefoot so you can dance the night away. Tickets- Don’t forget these. You’ll need them to get through the doors. A positive attitude and a smile- Prom is suppose to be fun, the time of your life, so get dressed up, be with friends, and boogie. Your date- It’s not necessary for you to have a date for Prom, but if you do, don’t forget him or her.



Free of charge Century students find free lunches story&photos.abbykopp


n the middle of the school day, many don’t want to fight the mob of students flocking towards the lunch room. When the lines of Century’s cafeteria get a little too overwhelming, many students take a walk down the street for a free lunch. Four churches have come together to feed the students of Century once a week. Every Thursday, about 175 students battle the elements to walk to Newsong church for a meal, free of charge. “They’re a lot better than the school food,” sophomore Morgan Ness said. “They have a lot of options. My favorite meal is when they get Domino’s pizza, and last week they had ice cream with a lot of toppings.”

“We thought, ‘Hey, since Newsong is so close, why don’t we try and do that for Century students?’ and that’s kind of how it started,” Schuler said. “It’s a fun thing for us because we get to meet students and hang out and it’s pretty low key. The first couple of weeks students were like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ but now it’s a fun place where you get to meet people. Everyone is really grateful and I think students are really liking it.” And they are. Junior Lucas Sackman has been going over to these lunches since they started several months ago. “Newsong lunches are ten times better than school lunches,” Sackman said.

The youth pastors at Newsong, Century Baptist, Charity Lutheran, and Legacy United Methodist each fund one week of meals a month so the cost is not overwhelming

Newsong has a big TV screen up and large tables for many to gather around. The atmosphere is that of a coffee house- low key and calm. It is clear immediately when entering the church that everyone is welcome.

“We thought it was a really cool way of meeting students- blessing them and feeding them,” Newsong’s youth pastor Aaron Schuler said. “Free food is fun.”

“It’s one of my favorite things I do as a pastor,” Schuler said. “I get to hang out with students and meet new people and give free food away and just bless people. That’s probably the best, and it’s just fun. It’s about relationships and talking with people and giving away free food. What could be better?”

First Lutheran Church feeds the students of Bismarck High School once a week. Schuler and other youth pastors had been thinking of starting a free lunch for Century students for the past few years.

One slice of pizza from Century’s lunch adds up to 340-438 calories. One slice from Domino’s pizza is approximately 210 calories depending on the toppings




“Putting hot sauce on a toothbrush.”

What is the best

April Fools’ Day prank? short.alyssameier

The STAR asked students what their best April Fools’ Day prank was

-senior James Wilson

“How about ‘April Fools, your mom.’” -junior Sean Davis

“Putting pudding in milk to freak people out. Or maybe kiwi yogurt, cause it’s green.”-senior Kaelen Kosse

Spring clothing short.sydneyharvey

“I like to wear shorts because they’re very comfortable and they come in very handy during the spring and summer time.”- sophomore Alexis Burgard “I pretty much wear a T-shirt and jeans.”- sophomore Jacob Sommerfeld “I love to wear tank tops during spring.”- junior Alicia Reineke “Flip flops were a gift from God.”- junior Hailee Lensegrav “I like to wear capri pants, because in the summer, people say ‘Dude you must be roasting!’ In the fall they say, ‘Wow, why are you wearing those?’ and in the winter they’re like ‘It’s super cold.’ But in the spring, it’s perfectly acceptable.”- sophomore Sabrina Padilla


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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure



t may be for versatility, or creativity. It might be done for cost effectiveness. Perhaps it could be called a hobby, or maybe even an obsession. There are many reasons behind it, but one thing is for sure, Century High School students have thrifting on the mind. The desire to sift through bins of used goods in hopes of locating that perfect something has overcome many. “It is a good use of my money, and I get good stuff, good clothes, plus, it is cheap,” avid thrifter junior Nolan Schmidt said. Junior Michael Bahr began thrifting with his mother when finding the perfect teddy bear still took priority over locating the perfect crew neck sweater. “I have always gone with my mom, for my whole life, with Mrs. Bahr,” Bahr said. “I go for many reasons: it is cheap clothing, good quality with great pictures on it.” Schmidt and Bahr have bonded over a common passion for thrifting since Bahr introduced Schmidt to it. They go every other week together to keep their thrifting bromance alive. “[We go] maybe once every couple weeks. More often in the summer, there are better clothes, better selection- [the] t-shirt selection is better,” Bahr said “They have lame button-ups in the winter- super lame.” It is natural to pick favorites, and these boys have narrowed the thrift stores that are worth their time down to three. “Goodwill and Seeds of Hope,” Schmidt said. “And Boys Ranch.” “They have good t-shirts,” Bahr added. Dorinda Eckroth is the Volunteer Customer Service Leader and Store Adviser for Seeds of Hope in Bismarck. She enjoys observing the thrifting practices of the wide variety of customers that enter her store. “We have some regulars searching for that treasured item,” Eckroth said. “But we have a variety of customers. People come from all over.” The donation process takes place when the excess, unwanted things in one’s closet become the treasured things in another’s. “We have a dock in the back where people bring their items for donation,” Eckroth said. “All the donation proceeds benefit the woman and children in the community that are abused. When the women are ready to transition out they come in and pick out household items to get started in their new lives.” Seeds of Hope offers holiday items, clothing, microwaves, and everything in between. “We don’t have control over our inventory,” Eckroth said. “So we see everything.” Bismarck is thrifting for many reasons, and whether they know it or not, someone is benefiting from it. “[Thrifting] is the joy of getting something you don’t have to pay full price for, or the chance you may find a treasured item from your past of childhood,” Eckroth said. “Also, the idea of recycling and giving back to women and children on the community.”


Why do you have your water bottle? short.maddybarney

Water is the stuff of life. It single handedly caries the well being of all life on Earth. It is recommended that each individual drinks 8 glasses of water a day. The STAR asked some students why they are carrying water bottles.

“I always have a water bottle “I like to drink water, I get dehydrated with me so I don’t have because I work out after school.” to miss class. It is super senior, Dave Mathern handy when I get super thirsty, or if someone else “I am trying to drink more water, the needs a drink and doesn’t Camelback is the perfect water bottle.” junior, Rachael Scott want to miss class.” sophomore, Craig Henderson

New uses for old things

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Ways to turn old into new and extremely useful...

gum container (shown at left) - tissue holder egg carton or ice cube tray - painting palette paper clip dispenser- bobby pin holder old glasses case- makeup brush holder old glasses- candle holder flat iron- iron old coat rack- necklace holder bobby pins and paper clips- bookmark newspaper- gift wrapping plastic eggs- snack holder old CD- coaster honey- lip moisturizer long shoe laces- belt


Finger food short&photo.racheliverson

Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips Italian seasoned bread crumbs paresaman cheese kicken chicken spice flour extra light olive oil 3 beaten eggs Directions: -dip the strips in flour making sure to cover them thoroughly, dip them into eggs, and a mixture of 4 parts bread crumbs and 5 parts kitchen chicken and parmesan. -fry a test strip in a cast iron frying pan to check the heat of the oil, lay on one side until browned then flip. Be sure not to put more than 4 in the oil at a time, or the temperature will lower causing the strips to absorb more oil. -when thoroughly fried and no longer pink set onto a plate covered with a paper towel.

The reality of television short.jilliansisk

The Star asked students for their opinions on all the drama and bickering that is Reality TV. 1.Real World, Jersey Shore or Bad Girls Club? sophomore Chad Nies: None of them sophomore Lauren Theurer: Jersey Shore junior Mason sisk: Bad girls club junior Maria Hoff: Jerseyy! junior Aryan Eels: Jersey Shore, I guess senior Taylor Roth: Bad Girls Club

2. What is your opinion on reality tv? sophomore Chad Nies: Stupid sophomore Lauren Theurer: Depends on the show. a lot of it’s lame. junior Mason Sisk: Don’t like it junior Maria Hoff: I find it entertaining junior Aryan Eels: Pretty popular these days senior Taylor Roth: Could be better, and more realistic

3. What character is most like you? sophomore Chad Nies: Dog the Bounty Hunter sophomore Lauren Theurer: Sandy from Spongebob junior Mason Sisk: Hmm, I don’t know! junior Maria Hoff: Sammi from J-Shore. I’m such a sweetheart junior Aryan Eels: Definately the handicap kid on Glee senior Taylor Roth: Shaggy from Scooby Doo

4. What is your version of GYM TAN LAUNDRY aka GTL? sophomore Chad Nies: I don’t even know what that is sophomore Lauren Theurer: Eat, sleep, dance junior Mason Sisk: Eat, sleep, poop junior Maria Hoff: Eat, run, sleep junior Aryan Eels: IDK! senior Taylor RothWell Idk, cause i’m not a tool



Doodling around

Students share their doodles with the Star

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Senior Justin Ledger

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Adele “21”



Some albums have a track or two that are worth purchasing. Some don’t have any tracks that are pleasing to the ear. Adele’s “21” is the rare album that delivers 11 honest, raw and exceptionally euphonious songs. It would be ideal to be able to be immersed in this CD all day, every day. Adele evokes a different emotion, not only with every song, but with every awe inspiring cord, triplet and display of her endless talent. This album will leave you defenseless against your own expression of music, right along with the genius that is Adele.


Nights in Rodanthe


Nicholas Sparks, bestselling author of “The Notebook,” has a plethora of romance novels. “Nights in Rodanthe” is one such novel. That is really all there is to it- it is simply one of his books. There is nothing special about the heartbroken woman who finds refuge in a North Carolina town and falls in love with a bitter but lovable older man. In fact, this is almost exactly the plot of “Message in a Bottle,” another one of Sparks’ books. It is almost embarrassing then, to say that “Nights in Rodanthe” is one addictive read. There is something about the unoriginal plot and stereotypical characters that makes the book relatable, even for a teenager. Tears are inevitable, but so is laughing at the cheesiness of it all.

Wild Target


“Wild Target”, a comedy filled with superb British humor and settings, is one of the best movies that was not released widely in American theaters. The film stars Emily Blunt as Rose, a sly but not so cunning, con-artist. When Rose succeeds in pulling off one of her most expensive heists, she continues on her way. When the man she sold it to hires a hitman, the elusive Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy), Rose becomes a wanted woman. When Victor goes to shoot Rose, he finds another assassin already there about to finish the job. The story of “Wild Target” can seem a little fast-paced at times, but the hilarious dialogue and the acting by Rupert Grint, who steals the show as Maynard’s bumbling new apprentice, easily makes up for it. Emily Blunt does a fantastic job of deadpan comedy and is the perfect contrast to Bill Nighy’s hitman with a heart. “Wild Target” is a fast-talking, fun film that will leave its viewer thinking that only the British really know how to do a crime-comedy.

Girl Scout cookies review.carriesandstrom

Brought to the public in the wagons and arms of girls all across the nation, Girl Scout cookies have been a cornerstone of the American diet for generations. They fulfill both a desire to give back to the community and to consume a tasty treat. Classics rich with flavor and artfully crafted chocolate, like Thin Mints, and others with a more artsy feel, such as Shortbread cookies, are welcomed by both the young and those young at heart. Joining these distinguished baked creations are cookies relatively new to the Girl Scout cookies’ tradition of excellence. One notable newcomer is the Lemonade, a delightful shortbread cookie so infused with lemon flavor that one might think they’re actually consuming a thirst-quenching beverage. So, whether one’s craving savoy crisps or giving into their sweet tooth, they should buy a box of cookies, satisfy their appetite and help the Girl Scouts.



It’s My Life

Sophomore Starla Tipton shares a glimpse of herself Why are you a vegetarian?

What do you do for fun?

What’s your favorite color and why?

If you could create an animal, what would it be?

What is the best drink ever and why?

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

What would be the perfect day off?

What is your theme song?

Because I believe killing is wrong.

Purple, because it’s regal.

Powerade, because they have a thousand flavors and I drink it every day. Powerade is amazing.

My perfect day off would probably be just going to a movie with a friend, doing something I love, not having to worry about what I “should” be doing.


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Listen to Queen music.

A combination of a porcupine and a turtle, a Purtle.

My super power would be invisibility. I’m not strong, so I need sneak attacks.

My theme song is “My Life” by Billy Joel because I’m constantly having to explain to people why I am the way I am and that I’m not going to change for them.



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Century Star 2010-2011 Issue 6