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‘Quilters’ takes the stage

Heading to regionals

Halloween... “It’s the one day out of the year where nobody can say anything.”

It’s the one day when girls can wear scandalous outfits. It’s the one day when “you get to change who you are.” It’s the one day when

ANYTHING

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Motocross motivation Sophomore Adam Barnett has been riding motocross since he was 11 and uses it to motivate himself to do well in school.

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Fall focus: photo story Check out the best photos from the volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, football and cross country season.

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Fine Arts Close-knit actresses take the stage as ‘Quilters’

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a young rising star, Xan Mattek. Mattek is just a freshman but she is already taking on a huge role in the musical. She is familiar with When you think of a musical, the theatre atmosphere, after you can’t help but to picture a large performing at the community group of people on the stage singing theatre over the past couple and dancing their hearts out to a years. A leading role may seem catchy tune under the spotlight, but intimidating for others, but Mattek for “Quilters,” it’s a different story. seems to be confident in her role. There are a lot of reasons why the “I like that I am a part of this musical “Quilters” is different from musical. I feel like I’m learning a the typical musical. Instead of a lot from the the older members large cast with many characters of the cast, and they’re all really and roles, the drama department welcoming of me,” decided that they Mattek said. would only cast The last seven people, all Thurs., Oct. 25 - 7:00 PM special thing that being women. The low number Sat., Oct. 27 - 7:00 PM “Quilters” has to offer, is that it’s of actresses may Sun., Oct 28 - 2:00 PM not your typical seem a little musical. Instead strange, but many of one long story that goes in of the actresses think that will chronological order from beginning help the musical attract a larger to end, this musical shows different audience. Senior Suzy Weller scenes that are not in order. Every has been a part of the drama scene will come as a surprise to the department since her freshmen audience. The different characters year, and she feels that “Quilters” that are introduced in each scene will be successful due to it’s cast. will allow the audience to focus in “The smaller cast will give a more on the characters personality more intimate feeling towards the and motives. audience. The audience will be able “Quilters” will be showing to zone in with each cast member on October 25, 27 and 28 in the since there aren’t many. I just feel auditorium. Please come and that it will give a cooler effect,” support your theatre department. Weller said. The cast will also be featuring

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Sydney Kossow / The Pylon The cast of ‘Quilters’ surround sophomore Samantha Highsmith, who plays their mother

“I like that I am a part of this musical. I feel like I’m learning a lot from the the older members of the cast, and they’re all really welcoming of me.” Xan Mattek Freshman

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October 25, 2012

News Updates

Senior named National Merit Semifinalist Sham By Bailey Driver The Pylon For senior Anna McHenry, it’s safe to say that hard work really pays off. Recently, McHenry was named a McHenry semifinalist for the 2012-2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. “My scores on the PSAT determined my eligibility to qualify. Each state has a minimum score requirement for the top 1% of the test takers and those students then become semifinalists,” McHenry said. “At

first I didn’t really know what University. the PSAT was for, but I’ve always “Being a semifinalist or done my best on tests like that.” finalist can get you a lot of The minimum score scholarships, especially at state requirement to qualify in schools. Plus, it looks really good Kansas this year is on a resume,” 212, and McHenry “I really just want to McHenry said. scored 214. Now, Once do well and be the best McHenry McHenry has the opportunity named a that I can possibly be.” was to continue semifinalist, she competing for had to write an Anna McHenry 8,300 National essay and fill Senior Merit Scholarships out an online like the other scholarship semifinalists. application. Based on the scholarships In February, McHenry will McHenry can qualify for and be notified if she is a finalist receive, she’s considering based on the applications other attending Northwestern semifinalists have sent in. University in Illinois or Kansas For any help she needed

along the way, McHenry was in regular contact with senior counselor, Mrs. Stelljes, and junior and senior English teacher, Mrs. Abker. “My parents have been very supportive throughout the process, but Mrs. Abker has helped me the most to focus my essay and really fine tune it,” McHenry said. She can’t give all the credit to someone else though. McHenry’s drive for success and dedication has gotten her further than any of the help of her teachers and parents combined. “I really just want to do well and be the best that I can possibly be,” McHenry said.

Students perform with Joe’s Pet Project in 305 Live

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Halloween on Wednesday

Friday afternoons

Cold classrooms

State tennis on South/ Central game night

No croutons at lunch

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Over 200 USD 305 students gave up their four-day weekend on October 12 and 13 to participate in a rock concert fund raiser. Joe’s Pet Project, a local band, and Emily Afton, a Broadway singer who has starred in ‘Hair’, worked with students to create a show unlike anything Salina has seen. The band members and Afton sponsored a song writing workshop for music theory students, and the song they wrote was performed at the concert. Orchestra, choir, band, and the drum line all participated in 305 Live. All proceeds from the concert were donated to the Salina Education Foundation.

Construction has started in basement Sarah Gage The Pylon The floor of the kitchen, which doubles as the ceiling of the basement, has begun to sag, causing structural problems to the walls of the building on the first floor as well as potential damage to the roof. Construction has begun in order to prevent the concrete slab which holds the ceiling

to sag any further, preventing severe structural damage. “If it needs to be done, it will be done so that there is no further damage,” maintenance supervisor Kenny Vanauken said. In order to prepare the basement for the construction, it had to be cleaned out. Everything stored there --including food service equipment, drama props and

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costumes, as well as custodial supplies--had to be moved to pods located outside the small gym. Though it may pose as an inconvenience now, after the construction is done, there is a plan to better organize the space the basement provides. “It is absolutely necessary to preserve the structural integrity of this part of the building,” executive director of operations Ken Kennedy said.

In order to fix the sinking of the floor, steel reinforcement beams are being installed with new footings and support columns to prevent any further settlement of the concrete slab. The project is scheduled to be complete by November 30. “The sooner the better. [It’s important that] we get it right the first time, so there is no further damage,” Vanauken said.

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October 25, 2012

Student Life

One night where new anything goes Dillon’s

Katie’s Corner The

Poll:

By Katie Kelemen

Do you think it is okay for girls to dress scandalous on Halloween?

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There is a lot of controversy as to if the new Dillon’s Market Place is really better than the past ones. I’m here to tell you that it is indeed more superior. For starters the overall size is a plus. This store has added so much selection in not just the grocery department, but also hair products, make-up, and kitchen appliances. One of the greatest aspects of the new Dillon’s is the sushi bar, where in the middle of the small cubicle there are three men ready to prepare sushi of your choice. The new store is a place you can go not only to get groceries checked off of your household list, but to get apparel for your favorite school teams or a quick bite to eat.

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As girls’ Halloween costumes become more and more reaveling some students are deciding to flaunt their bodies. Briana Chora / The Pylon

Girls’ perspective By Hayley Hager The Pylon

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t used to be children who would commit to a face covered in paint to match the clown outfit they were trickor-treating in; now those once innocent kids are committing to spending hours on their hair and make-up to match an outfit that barely covers their chest and butt to attend a much

Boys’ perspective By Sydney Dauer The Pylon

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hen questioning guys on what they thought of girls dressing scandalously for Halloween, they immediately responded with a ‘heck yeah’ attitude. However,

Parent’s perspective By Beth Cash and Genna Salstrom

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lthough teenage life consists of parents’ rules such as curfews and dress codes, Halloween seems to be an exception. Some moms with teenage daughters aren’t bothered by the revealing of a little more skin during this festive night.

anticipated costume party. That’s right, it’s Halloween and little girls aren’t so little anymore. “It’s the one day out of the year where nobody can say anything,” junior K-Lee Jones said. “Anything goes.” Jones is dressing as the familiar Cruella DeVil, only with a seductive twist. For most girls, the sex appeal factor plays a big part in which costume they end up choosing. “You get to change who you are and play as an entirely different character,” senior

“I don’t care if they do it for Halloween, but dressing like that all the time isn’t attractive.” Tyler Hanson Junior

“You don’t have to dress skimpy to be cute, but if my daughters wanted to dress that way one day out of the year, I’d be okay with it,” Barb Kathrinberg, mother of senior Quinn and sophomore Maya Kathrinberg said. Scandalous outfits such as sexy nurses, superwoman, and even Chucky have become such a norm that they’re almost to be expected. “The outfits I’ve seen really aren’t that bad; the skirts aren’t

62% Yes 38% No

Jaylinn Dent said. “I already know I’m going to be a sexy nurse! Walkin’ around with my stethoscope, seeing if I make people’s hearts race.” “I’m going to be a sexy Chucky,” senior Cierra Wilson said. “And, oh, it’s going to be scandalous.” While some girls, and even guys, have a negative perspective on these skimpy costumes, the girls actually wearing them have simply found the confidence to do so. “I’m excited to show off my body,” Dent said.

“Yeah, I’m comfortable enough with myself to dress that way and if you aren’t, then don’t,” Wilson said. “Besides, it’s actually pretty hard to find a costume that isn’t really short,” Dent added. Whether it is a lack of options or a boost of confidence, you are guaranteed to spot girls dressed, or barely dressed, to act as some of their favorite personas to celebrate Halloween. “It was once the candy you looked forward to, but now it’s the party!” Dent said.

once these guys realized that their thoughts were going to be published in the school newspaper, they wished to remain anonymous. “Not only are they disgracing the holiday, but also themselves. The holiday is meant for kids,” senior Kade True said after taking some time to reflect on the question. There’s no question that guys like these outfits, but some

believe that the motives behind them aren’t what they should be. “Central girls are attention seekers,” senior Grant Dodge said as the rest of his lunch table nodded in agreement. Junior Taylor Hanson seems to have found a happy medium on the scandalous situation. “I don’t care if they do it one night for Halloween, but dressing like that all the time isn’t attractive,” Hanson said.

that short, and stockings cover up most of the bare skin; I’ve seen worse,” administrator Debbie Turner said. Despite the fact that Halloween costumes are usually worn for only a few hours in the evening, It’s hard to understand why parents would let down their guard for one night but refuse to allow their teens to be seen in revealing clothing any other time of the year. Surprisingly, trusting and understanding the fun in

the holiday is the key to such lenience. “Teenagers come to an age where they can make their own decisions; I just hope they make the right ones,” Brenda Stoss, mother of junior Luke Stoss said. Whether it be because of the rarity of the event or that it’s societal norm, more parents are allowing their daughters to strut their stuff in public on Halloween.

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Sophomore Adam Barnett uses motocross as motivation to do well in school By Chandler Burris The Pylon

Sophomore Adam Barnett has been riding dirt bikes since his dad bought him a 90cc bike when he was 11. Riding dirt bikes is one of his favorite things to do, and he uses it as a motivation to do good in school. “When I ride I feel completely stress free. It keeps me motivated and gives me something to do at the end of the week. I know to

some people riding may seem scary with all the big jumps and fast turns, but actually it becomes really fun and easy with a little practice,” Barnett said. Barnett has ridden on many courses from Prairie Harbor to Milford. Milford is his favorite course because of the air he can get on his jumps, but Prairie Harbor is a somewhat new course so he is still deciding if he likes it or not. Prairie Harbor opened just

outside of Salina about a year ago. The admission fee is $2. They support the riding of almost any motorized vehicle and really encourage people to come out and get into the sport of motocross. Motocross is the official sport of dirt-bike racing and is a widely popular sport among Americans, mainly because of the “Big Air” that riders experience. “In the air it’s just me; I feel like the only person in the world

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A member of the first group to be adopted from the orphanage in Huazhou, China and the first Chinese adoptee in Salina attended what could be her last reunion with her China Sisters. “This reunion was important because it’ll be the last one before we all leave for college,” senior Quinn Kathrinberg said. Kathrinberg and her 13 China sisters were all adopted from the same orphanage in China, and they now live in different states across the nation. Though they are separated now, they have continued to connect over nine reunions throughout their lifetime. “Only eight of the China Sisters could make it to this year’s reunion. We were able to Skype two of the girls that couldn’t make it, though,” Kathrinberg said. The girls and their families spent four days in Wisconsin for this year’s reunion. It had been four years since the girls had last seen each other, so most of their time was spent catching up. The group spent their time eating birthday cake, sharing baby pictures, and recounting funny stories. Though this may be the last reunion ever, the girls will forever be connected. “It’s a special bond between thirteen girls,” Kathrinberg said.

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Type 2 Diabetes

Did you know? -About 30% of youth are overweight and 15% are obese. -More than 93% of chidren go trick-or-treating each year. -The obesity rate in the United States for youth has quadrupled over the past 25 years.

From October until the end of the year, it becomes more than acceptable to eat piles of candy, bake delicious treats and cook large meals to eat with family members. However, this pattern of unhealthy eating during the holiday season could be part of the reason so many people struggle with obesity and live unhealthy life styles. “It’s (the candy)

You only get candy like this once a year. So it’s not that big of a deal.”

Getting in

Smaller portion sizes Avoid the food altogether If you are looking to go really healthy, avoid the food and candy completely by handing out Halloween decorations, toys or school supplies. For example, you could give out Halloween stickers, pencils, glow sticks or necklaces.

Go with drinks Why not give out a small Gatorade or Vitamin Water? Most people spend all of Halloween night walking around, so instead of adding on to the candy pile, give out a small sports drink, water, or juice box to rehydrate.

costume Timeline: Student question What is the best costume you have ever worn for Halloween?

By Emily Wood The Pylon Junior Korin Koch puts on a Cinderella dress, a slip, and long white gloves. Then she pulls her hair back and puts a wig on. However, she isn’t dressing up for Halloween. She is just getting ready to go to work and make little girls’ dreams come true. Koch works for Dream Weaver Productions, which is owned by Bill and Debbie Weaver of Salina.

“I was a meriach. A trumpet player with a sombrero and trumpet.”

Alex De Leon Junior

Trey Gabel Senior

Baby

Frankenstein

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Ingredients One 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree One 12 ounce can evaporated milk 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup baking mix 2 eggs 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon clove 1/8 teaspoon ginger 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Directions 1. Coat a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. 2. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix batter thoroughly. 3. Pour the batter into the slow cooker and cover. 4. Cook for approximately 6 hours on the low setting or for 3 to 4 hours on the high setting. 5. Cool the pie by allowing it to sit at room temperature in slow cooker. Nutrition facts Calories: 259 cal Saturated fat: 5g Cholesterol: 240mg Potassium: 271mg Fiber: 2g

Total fat: 11g Monounsaturated fat: 4g Sodium: 175mg Carbohydrate: 31g Protein: 10g

199 students were surveyed during lunch

It has been reported that the average American consumes almost 24 pounds of candy a year. Americans purchase almost 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. Top selling candy: candy corn. Americans purchase over 20 million lbs. of it a year. The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy. Almost 65 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold the week of Halloween.

Students become princesses, work at little girls’ parties

Halloween costumes A pregnant nun.”

Mood fluctuations that could lead to depression

Healthy pumpkin pie recipe

If it just doesn’t feel like Halloween without all the candy, alter the portion size. Offer bite-sized candy or sugar-free versions of candy.

Orange 36% Kit Kats

Increased bad and decreased good cholesterol

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Twix 11 grams of saturated fat in a package

Replace chocolate with granola bars and fruit chews with dried fruit packs. Other ideas: bagged pretzels, gum, cheese sticks. Nuts or seeds are often made in Halloween versions and provide a great healthy alternative to candy.

Reese’s pumpkins 51%

Weight problems

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way too much; that’s far their top holiday as far why Americans are as sales are concerned. fat,” freshman Garrett “Eat whatever you Campion said. want. Pig out,” senior According to the Trenton Early said. American Obesity Although Halloween is Association, a little over the time of the year when 30 percent of children and the most candy and treats adolescents (ages 6 to 19) are consumed, the pattern are overweight and 15 of stuffing one’s face and percent are obese. And, not caring continues on over the past 25 years, throughout the year. the youth obesity rate has “I love candy. It doesn’t quadrupled. matter the Whether amount,” it is lack of senior Brittany knowledge Campbell said. or simply But some choosing to are beginning ignore the to realize facts, nearly the effects 93 percent of eating so of children poorly. go trick-or“I like treating, no candy in small doubt piling portions. I Lexie Edison up huge bags think the Freshman of candy. amount “You only people eat on get candy like this once a Halloween is ridiculous. year, so it’s not that big of Too much candy makes me a deal,” freshman Lexie feel sick,” freshman Olivia Edison said. Opat said. For the candy industry, it is a huge deal. It is by

Poll:

Dangers of eating so much candy:

Halloween may be the source of many unhealthy choices By Emily Wood

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Kindergarten Pirate

“We go to little girl’s birthday parties. We start out by getting to know them and building relationships so they don’t get scared. Then we play games and teach them the three traits of Princesses,” Koch said. The three traits they teach the little girls at the parties are to have poise, be kind to others, and believe that dreams and wishes do come true. Other students who work at character parties include senior

Sammy Jordan, senior Suzy Weller, junior Miranda Allen and freshman Xan Mattek. The girls take turns dressing up as different princesses, but Koch usually plays Cinderella. “My favorite part of the job is seeing the little girls’ eyes light up when we talk to them,” Koch said. “It makes you remember when you were a little kid. The girls fully believe that you are that princess.” One of the only stipulations of working as a princess is you must

be able to sing. The princesses’ sing Disney songs during their visits. Near the end of the party, a coronation is held and the little girls become princesses’ themselves. They are given a crown to honor their achievement. “It’s like we get to be little kids dressing up for Halloween,” Koch said. “It doesn’t feel like a job because you are playing dress up.”

Klinger from MASH... a soldier in a dress with a gun.”

A robot made out of a box, tin foil, and silver paint.”

Mr. Cullins Art Teacher

Cody Smocovich Junior

3rd grade Rock Star

It’s like we get to be little kids dressing up for Halloween.” Korin Koch

Bob from Veggie Tales.”

A Pepsi can.” Gabrielle Resley Sophomore

Josh Claybaugh Sophomore

Ninja Turtle

Koch dressed as Cinderella at a little girl’s party

I was ketchup and Jon was mustard.”

5th grade

Photo courtesy of Bill Weaver

Junior

Middle school Crayon

Sarah Bartz Sophomore

High school Ted


In depth

In depth

Sugar monsters

Type 2 Diabetes

Did you know? -About 30% of youth are overweight and 15% are obese. -More than 93% of chidren go trick-or-treating each year. -The obesity rate in the United States for youth has quadrupled over the past 25 years.

From October until the end of the year, it becomes more than acceptable to eat piles of candy, bake delicious treats and cook large meals to eat with family members. However, this pattern of unhealthy eating during the holiday season could be part of the reason so many people struggle with obesity and live unhealthy life styles. “It’s (the candy)

You only get candy like this once a year. So it’s not that big of a deal.”

Getting in

Smaller portion sizes Avoid the food altogether If you are looking to go really healthy, avoid the food and candy completely by handing out Halloween decorations, toys or school supplies. For example, you could give out Halloween stickers, pencils, glow sticks or necklaces.

Go with drinks Why not give out a small Gatorade or Vitamin Water? Most people spend all of Halloween night walking around, so instead of adding on to the candy pile, give out a small sports drink, water, or juice box to rehydrate.

costume Timeline: Student question What is the best costume you have ever worn for Halloween?

By Emily Wood The Pylon Junior Korin Koch puts on a Cinderella dress, a slip, and long white gloves. Then she pulls her hair back and puts a wig on. However, she isn’t dressing up for Halloween. She is just getting ready to go to work and make little girls’ dreams come true. Koch works for Dream Weaver Productions, which is owned by Bill and Debbie Weaver of Salina.

“I was a meriach. A trumpet player with a sombrero and trumpet.”

Alex De Leon Junior

Trey Gabel Senior

Baby

Frankenstein

Irregular sleep Poor oral & skin health Cancer Enegry Fluctuations Increased acidity levels from evolvingwellness.com

Ingredients One 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree One 12 ounce can evaporated milk 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup baking mix 2 eggs 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon clove 1/8 teaspoon ginger 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

from Komen for the cure

Directions 1. Coat a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. 2. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix batter thoroughly. 3. Pour the batter into the slow cooker and cover. 4. Cook for approximately 6 hours on the low setting or for 3 to 4 hours on the high setting. 5. Cool the pie by allowing it to sit at room temperature in slow cooker. Nutrition facts Calories: 259 cal Saturated fat: 5g Cholesterol: 240mg Potassium: 271mg Fiber: 2g

Total fat: 11g Monounsaturated fat: 4g Sodium: 175mg Carbohydrate: 31g Protein: 10g

199 students were surveyed during lunch

It has been reported that the average American consumes almost 24 pounds of candy a year. Americans purchase almost 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. Top selling candy: candy corn. Americans purchase over 20 million lbs. of it a year. The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy. Almost 65 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold the week of Halloween.

Students become princesses, work at little girls’ parties

Halloween costumes A pregnant nun.”

Mood fluctuations that could lead to depression

Healthy pumpkin pie recipe

If it just doesn’t feel like Halloween without all the candy, alter the portion size. Offer bite-sized candy or sugar-free versions of candy.

Orange 36% Kit Kats

Increased bad and decreased good cholesterol

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Twix 11 grams of saturated fat in a package

Replace chocolate with granola bars and fruit chews with dried fruit packs. Other ideas: bagged pretzels, gum, cheese sticks. Nuts or seeds are often made in Halloween versions and provide a great healthy alternative to candy.

Reese’s pumpkins 51%

Weight problems

Baby Ruth 13 grams of fat in a regular size bar Reese’s 210 calories in one package Mounds 250 calories in a “fun-size” bar Snickers 30 grams of sugar in a regular size bar

Give healthier, prepackaged treats

Other 14%

ADHD & ADD

Top 5 worst candies for you:

According to information complied from Evolving Wellness and Crunchy Domestic Goddess, here are some alternatives to handing out candy:

What is your favorite special edition Halloween candy?

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way too much; that’s far their top holiday as far why Americans are as sales are concerned. fat,” freshman Garrett “Eat whatever you Campion said. want. Pig out,” senior According to the Trenton Early said. American Obesity Although Halloween is Association, a little over the time of the year when 30 percent of children and the most candy and treats adolescents (ages 6 to 19) are consumed, the pattern are overweight and 15 of stuffing one’s face and percent are obese. And, not caring continues on over the past 25 years, throughout the year. the youth obesity rate has “I love candy. It doesn’t quadrupled. matter the Whether amount,” it is lack of senior Brittany knowledge Campbell said. or simply But some choosing to are beginning ignore the to realize facts, nearly the effects 93 percent of eating so of children poorly. go trick-or“I like treating, no candy in small doubt piling portions. I Lexie Edison up huge bags think the Freshman of candy. amount “You only people eat on get candy like this once a Halloween is ridiculous. year, so it’s not that big of Too much candy makes me a deal,” freshman Lexie feel sick,” freshman Olivia Edison said. Opat said. For the candy industry, it is a huge deal. It is by

Poll:

Dangers of eating so much candy:

Halloween may be the source of many unhealthy choices By Emily Wood

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candy statistics

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October 25, 2012

Kindergarten Pirate

“We go to little girl’s birthday parties. We start out by getting to know them and building relationships so they don’t get scared. Then we play games and teach them the three traits of Princesses,” Koch said. The three traits they teach the little girls at the parties are to have poise, be kind to others, and believe that dreams and wishes do come true. Other students who work at character parties include senior

Sammy Jordan, senior Suzy Weller, junior Miranda Allen and freshman Xan Mattek. The girls take turns dressing up as different princesses, but Koch usually plays Cinderella. “My favorite part of the job is seeing the little girls’ eyes light up when we talk to them,” Koch said. “It makes you remember when you were a little kid. The girls fully believe that you are that princess.” One of the only stipulations of working as a princess is you must

be able to sing. The princesses’ sing Disney songs during their visits. Near the end of the party, a coronation is held and the little girls become princesses’ themselves. They are given a crown to honor their achievement. “It’s like we get to be little kids dressing up for Halloween,” Koch said. “It doesn’t feel like a job because you are playing dress up.”

Klinger from MASH... a soldier in a dress with a gun.”

A robot made out of a box, tin foil, and silver paint.”

Mr. Cullins Art Teacher

Cody Smocovich Junior

3rd grade Rock Star

It’s like we get to be little kids dressing up for Halloween.” Korin Koch

Bob from Veggie Tales.”

A Pepsi can.” Gabrielle Resley Sophomore

Josh Claybaugh Sophomore

Ninja Turtle

Koch dressed as Cinderella at a little girl’s party

I was ketchup and Jon was mustard.”

5th grade

Photo courtesy of Bill Weaver

Junior

Middle school Crayon

Sarah Bartz Sophomore

High school Ted


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October 25, 2012

Athletes & Sports

How to Huynh

Briggs, Morris win state title By Chandler Burris

Austin Huynh

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Is it really worth it? When using steroids, athletes don’t seem to realize the consequences. Lance Armstrong has recently been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned from cycling due to his steroid bust. Nike also dropped Armstrong along with all of his Livestrong merchandise. He has yet to confess to it but as of now is facing a lot of criticism. Many people looked up to Armstrong and wanted to do the things he did. He made his image by cycling with cancer, but when people found out he used steroids, it all went down the drain. Athletes that use steroids or any type of drug are always asked the question, “why”? We all wonder why certain athletes use steroids to achieve greatness. In the end, it’s not worth it. There’s always the thought in the back of your head that you really didn’t really achieve that goal. It’s never worth not knowing you won in a fair way. I do understand one thing, there is always a strong motive behind the reason why the athlete would even consider doing steroids. For example, Lance Armstrong’s father left him when he was only two and that might’ve served as a drive for Armstrong to be the best at what he does, even though being the best in his eyes included using steroids. It’s a different perspective for everybody. Most people that I know that want to be the best put in extra hours in the weight room or shoot a couple baskets on their own time. No one is making them do that, they just have a stronger drive than other people. What also comes to my mind when a drug bust happens, is why is the person who is getting busted getting so much publicity? Let’s be honest, almost everybody in the industry of professional sports uses some type of substance to give them that extra boost in their performance. Society feels as if this is new news. It’s not like this is the first ever drug bust. Yes, this may have been a little shocking since it’s Lance Armstrong but we’ve seen this many times before. In conclusion, I don’t think that athletes should use steroids, because it takes away the joy of being successful the fair way.

Paige Johnson / The Pylon

Senior Gabrielle Briggs serves while her partner junior MacKenzie Morris prepares to volley the return.

Senior Gabrielle Briggs and junior Mackenzie Morris overcame their biggest challenge yet, clutching their state title and putting a cap on a sweet 34-0 season. The duo faced Kapaun High School in the final round of the state tennis tournament with a score of 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Briggs and Morris’ overall goal this year was to compete at state and do their best; they couldn’t have been happier when they finished their season undefeated. “The past three years with Gabby have been very successful; not only have we developed as individual players but also as a team.

Winning state is one of the best ways to end the season and we could not have asked for anything better. I’ve truly enjoyed the time Gabby and I had to play together,” Morris said. Senior Sammy Jordan also competed at state for singles but was stopped in the second round with a loss. Jordan was just happy to compete and hopes that even more Mustangs will compete at state next year. “It was definitely a balancing act this season between school, college scholarships, and all the other activities I’m involved in. Everyone practiced hard and I believe our returning players will do even better next year,” Jordan said.

5A regional boys’ soccer bracket [1] Salina Central (14-2-0) [16] Arkansas City (2-13-0) REGIONAL CHAMP [8] Liberal (7-8-1) [9] Hays (6-8-2)

Eli Berner / The Pylon

Tonight October 25, the regional championship game will be held at Salina Central stadium.

Just before the senior night ceremony, Valley Center’s goal keeper dives to block senior forward Damion Cooper’s shot on goal. The ball went through the keeper’s hands making the score 4-0. The final score of the game was 9-0 allowing the team to end their regular season with a final record of 14-2.

Difficult bracket leaves girls’ volleyball 1-1 at sub-state By Sydney Dauer The Pylon The volleyball team began the season hoping to build on the success of last year. Doing just that, they won four more games this season than last. “Obviously, our record is a lot better,” junior Brooke Peters said. The team attributes their success to the exceptional teamwork they found during the season. “Everyone accepted their role on the team,” Peters said. “We learned how to risk, take chances, and trust our teammates,” senior Nicole Morgan said. Looking back on the season, Morgan believes that they worked together well, but that they could’ve won even more games than they did. Peters’s favorite moment of the season was defeating

Kapaun at the McPherson tournament. This match was monumental because Kapaun is a tough team that is now competing for the state title. “It was our last match of the day and we had five matches before it so we were really tired,” Peters said. The highlight of Morgan’s senior season wasn’t an overall match, but rather came during a single point in a match. “I spiked the ball and I hit a girl in the thigh during senior night. Her thigh just clapped.” Morgan said through a large grin. Although the girls fell short in the sub-state tournament, losing to favorite Valley Center, the team was proud of the success they achieved this season. “Hopefully, next year we’ll make it to state,” Peters said.

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October 25, 2012

Athletes & Sports

Fall seasons come to an end Football

Girls’ golf

3-5

Volleyball 28-13

Head Coach: Steve Ewing

Head Coach: Traci Pfeifer

The football team hosts Hays this Friday night. The winner of the game moves on to regional play. Although this year has been a rough one, the team has grown from their down moments. “I’m proud of our guys for battling through adversity and injuries; we were able to stay strong as a team and persevere. I can’t wait to say my most memorable moment of the season was beating Hays in the last district game,” coach Hall said.

This year the girls’ golf team had strong individuals and were strong as a team. Junior Alissa Kim placed first at regionals and the team placed second. Although the team had a strong run at regionals, state was a different story. Kim shot her worst score of the season, making it a difficult ending to a good year. “I thought our season was successful and it was the most fun we’ve had as a team,” Kim said. Maggie Vernon / The Pylon

The volleyball team had a successful season after returning most of their starters from last year. The team came together, not only achieving more wins than last year, but beating ranked 5A teams like powerhouse Kapaun. “Beating Kapaun in McPherson was the most memborable moment for me this season,” coach Pfeifer said.

Junior JW Maldaner.

Senior Taylor Knoth.

Volleyball team celebrates.

Head Coach: Mike Hall

Paige Johnson / The Pylon

Girls’ tennis Head Coach: Mike Goll Although tennis season is short, the team had plenty of memories during their season. Doubles partners senior Gabrielle Briggs and junior MacKenzie Morris made it to state along with senior Sammy Jordan. Underclassmen Meg Johnson and Morgan Hauserman and freshman Sydney Kossow also had exciting memories from going to regionals. “Overall this was definitely the most fun year I’ve had of tennis,” Jordan said.

Cross-country Boys’ soccer 14-2

Head Coach: Nick Owen

Head Coach: Josh Gooch

After losing two early games, the soccer team has been on a roll. Ranked first in regionals, the boys are not letting their fans down and are continuing to dominate. They returned nine seniors from last year and have younger players stepping up as well. The team has good chemistry and a very clear goal in mind. “This year we just want to win state,” senior forward Jesse Lennon said.

The cross country team this year had a stronger number of runners and competed throughout their whole season. Kids got into better shape and got stronger. Everyone on the team improved and reached their goals for the season. Sophomore Daniel Villareal might have even exceeded expectations. “My most memorable moment was witnessing Daniel get tenth at regionals. He is the first guy to go to state in a long time,” coach Gooch Eli Berner / The Pylon said.”

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Senior Sammy Jordan.

Athletes in the mix Erik Norris Boys’ soccer Shea Myers Volleyball Meg Johnson Girls’ tennis ‘Mark Vaughn Football Casey Campbell Cross Country

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Soccer team celebrates.

On the Spot

Junior Treyton Hines.

numbers a quick look at numbers and stats about the fall sports season

97

The number of matches Mackenzie Morris and Gabby Briggs won during their three years together.

192

The number of square feet a goalie has to cover in soccer.

1

The number of cross country members that made it to state.

1501

The amount of pounds the offensive linemen add up to.

9

The number of seniors on the soccer team.

You would never catch me

Celebrity look-a-like

My coach hates it when I

“Breaking the law”

“Michael Cera”

“Slap his huge calves”

“With my swag turned off... you will also never catch me”

“Hayden Panettiere”

“Pass with Bay Bay, Iced T, and C-Na$ty ”

“With a bow in my hair”

“Penelope Cruz”

“Talk too much”

“Talking bad about our school or sports teams at our school”

“Geno Smith”

“Don’t wear a shirt under my pads at practice”

“Channing Tatum”

“Walk”

“In Victoria’s Secret”

By the

1041 The number of kills the volleyball team had this season.

6

The number of lead changes in the South-Central football game.

18

The number of days until winter sports practice starts.


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October 25, 2012

Editorials & Opinion

Kudos Despite poll drop victory of Obama likely & Call outs By Drayton Willey The Pylon

The following are situations in which our students and faculty deserve praise for a job well done or to be called out for dropping the ball.

Kudos: -Bill Snyder. -Warm weather...for now. -Animals in Halloween costumes. Er Muh Gerd! Totes presh! -T-Swizzles new album -Boy’s soccer playoffs at home. GET IT. -Freshman football boyz. -Colored Skinny jeans. -Mark Vaughn for coming out of his shell. Be free, social butterfly. -Spanglish. “What a cute little gato!” -Boys in cord pants. -Sombreros. You can’t be sad while wearing one. -Ms. Kenyon. -Cast and Crew of Quilters. Go see it. It will blow your mind. -Brice Harper. -NEW DILLIONS! Sushi bar? Milk shake machine? Okay. -Two Starbucks in Salina. Caffeine overload. -The real Slim Shady. -Ken Beck for finishing his Eagle Project.

Call outs: -Fake Twitter accounts. -Eli Berner taking a big hit in the Great Bend game. Ouch. -High school females freaking out about T-Swizzles new album. -Ignorant political tweets during the debates. Just shhhhh... -Twitter couples. Hey, why don’t you just text each other? -Selfies. -Everyone on Instagram is on the wrong day of the picture challenge. Losers. -Our football student section. What happened guys? -Hey girls, it’s like 84 degrees out. No need to wear Uggs. -The lunch lady on trash duty. Like sorry I assumed I could dump my trash in the half full trash can. -The ACT Saturday. Ewie. -Freshman who don’t shower after P.E. -That last calc test. Dear sweet lord of all things math related. -Hey vets, why do you get the front row? If you’re going to stand there, at least be peppy or something. Or just don’t stand there. -Obama for not being able to dunk a basketball. Come on, even Wilson could. -Teen drinking. You miscreants. -The movie Sinister. Scarist movie ever. Don’t let Jeffrey Micheal tell you otherwise. -Halloween is on a weekday. Unforutunate.

President Barrack Obama’s, first foreign policy challenges and threats to our country’s prosperity and values. Throughout it all pundits, correspondents and fellow politicians have all called for an end to his presidency. Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney poses a serious challenge to President Obama, challenging his job creation and economic records. However President Obama still should be elected, and most likely will. On most voters minds’ is the economy. The languid economy and pace of job creation can easily be blamed on President Obama. His track record for the economy isn’t poor with a net gain of 125,000 jobs according to ABC on October 4, 2012. U.S. News on June 13, 2012 presents a valid reason for Obama not being blamed in totality for our pace of economic growth; congress. The extreme polarization in Congress on both sides of the party divide

present a real and confounding roadblock to economic recovery. Furthermore Mitt Romney, a candidate running on his economic credibility, has numerous flaws in his policies.

Obama’s campaign is Compared to Romney’s progressively becoming more foreign policy Obama’s record based around being “Not seems immaculate. The Center Romney 2012” instead of for American Progress on “Obama 2012”. September 21, 2012 concludes The one area of policy that the Romney/Ryan 2012 that President Obama reigns ticket would have dramatic supreme in, setbacks in especially relations compared to with “Obama’s campaign is that of Mitt regional Romney, and global progressively becoming more is foreign powers, based around being ‘Not policy. The as well as Romney 2012’ instead of only job that damaging ‘Obama 2012.’” President the U.S. Obama has economy by destroyed destabilizing Drayton Willey according to trade Guest Reporter the comedy agreements duo Key with China and Peele and Russia. is the job of Ever since Osama Bin Laden hunter. the start of the election and Foreign Policy Magazine Obama has been running on September 26 purports against Mitt Romney, the that American’s are safer 2012 election has ebbed and than they were four years receded in favor and against ago, a claim backed by the Obama. death of high ranking AlBut when the economy, Qaeda officials. The article health care and foreign policy continues to note Obama are all taken into account it has also increased pressure is clear that the winner of the against China’s currency 2012 election should, and will manipulation and Iran’s be Obama. nuclear program.

O B A M A

Yes, Drayton and Dalton Willey are brothers. Dalton, the older of the Willey duo explained that “Our differentiating viewpoints help refine our thoughts.” Dalton and Drayton are partners on the debate team.

Staff Editorial: Power of the Vote By Genna Salstrom The Pylon With elections right around the corner, I’ve been hearing the same thing over and over; that it doesn’t matter whether or not you vote in Kansas because of how dominantly red it is. However, you can’t expect to

ever make a difference if you don’t even try. Regardless of the state you live in, it will always be crucial for everyone that has the ability to vote, including teenagers, to get out and vote. The decision we make on November ninth will affect all of us down the road.

If you’re one of those teens that say they really could care less about politics, rethink your position. Whether it be about abortion, school lunch laws, or legalizing marijuana or gay marriage, I guarantee every one of you have complained about the government before. Since teenagers obviously

don’t have a problem taking advantage of their rights to complain about the government, they need to find in their hearts the desire to also take advantage of their rights to vote. There’s no better way to stick it to the man than to take control of your own future. Young people have the opportunity to have a huge, powerful voice, as they represent roughly thirty million voters. The common misconception among young voters is that the choice of president doesn’t affect them until farther down the road, but that’s not the case at all. If same-sex couples ever want to be able to get married or marijuana smokers want to stop getting in trouble with the law, they have to be willing to get out and vote. If you’re worried about tuition and taxes being raised, you too need to take control of your future and stand up for what you believe in. It’s not that hard to figure out what each candidate’s beliefs are and formulate an opinion. I strongly encourage all of the teens to pay attention to politics and, if they can, vote for what matters to them. If every young person gets out and votes, there’s no limit to what changes can be made. This year is the perfect time to band together and change the course of history. Whether you vote Republican or you vote Democrat, go change the world on November ninth.


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October 25, 2012

Editorials & Opinion Romney to bring future economic stability By Dalton Willey Guest Reporter President Barack Obama is a wannabe Marxist dictator with ties to every single terrorist organization. Okay, maybe that’s a little far, however, president Obama has heralded in a new era of the United States, an era where government intrudes into our everyday lives and our deficit balloons out of control. The figures in eight years of President Bush’s deficit grew by 4.899 trillion dollars. Meanwhile, in four years President Obama has grew the deficit by 4.939 trillion dollars. Yes, President Obama has spent this money on “creating jobs” however the figures show otherwise. In September of 2008

we had an unemployment rate of 6.1%, now it’s at 8.1%. We need a change for our nation’s future, that change comes in Mitt Romney a man who has the ability to reign in the economy reduce our deficit and lead the United States back on the road of prosperity. Mitt Romney in 2002 took over an embattled Olympic committee that was struggling with debt and turned it into one of the most profitable Olympics we have seen. Mitt Romney also took over Massachusetts in 2003, a state that’s unemployment was worse than it had been during the Great Recession. He then turned around the Massachusetts economy and balanced the Massachusetts budget both extraordinary feats.

When we juxtapose both Mr. Romney’s and President Obama’s economic records the choice is obvious.—As students we must make our voice heard this Presidential election and the only way to do that is to vote for a president who can save our economic future. If you want our future to look as good as our past, and want a stable job market when you graduate, I highly recommend you vote for Mr. Romney, after all we may as well take a chance because four

If you could vote for Romney or Obama, which one would you vote for? 115 students were polled during ELO. Of these, 71 students voted in favor of Obama while 44 voted for Romney.

62%

OBAMA

38%

R O M N E Y

more years of Obama is four more years we simply cannot take.

ROMNEY

Mapping out the electoral college

Have an opinion? Tweet to @chspylon and we might feature your tweet in the next issue. Sam Mermis @sophomore Obama should just quit. #Romneynation Suzy Weller @senior I will be relieved when all of it is over... But if Romney wins, I’m moving to Australia. Aaron Ordonez @junior I think that it might be our last opporunity to reclaim our liberty! Katrina Paradis @teacher It’s a sad state of affairs. Jesse Lennon @senior I should be president instead of Romney or Obama cuz ima #king boi Xavier Catania @senior Of all the millions of Americans these are the best two candidates we could find? #RonPaul2012 Taylor Knopp @senior I will keep my money, my freedom and my guns. You can keep the change. #Romney

People’s President If you could vote for anyone in the world for president, who would you vote for? Drake -Tiana Leepers Junior

Bob Marley -Eva Martinez Junior

Snooki -Christian Jacobs

By Sammy Jordan The Pylon

How does the electoral college work?

Sophomore

Each state is given two electoral votes plus a proportional vote dependent on the states populations. This means that some states are worth more, such as California. A candidate must receive 270 electoral votes to win.

Republican (Romney)

What does this mean for me?

Democrat (Obama)

The electoral vote for Kansas is always Republican. Also, there is a possibility if a candidate wins the popular vote, they might not win the election if they have less electoral votes.

Swing States

Honey Boo-Boo -Morgan Hauserman Sophomore

David Bowie -Noah Wellbrock-Tally Junior


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Senior Ivan Jimenez celebrates with teammate Junior Malik Veal.

TeeJay Johnson/ The Pylon

Sophomore Daniel Villarreal runs up hill during the cross country meet on October 6.

Eli Berner/ The Pylon

Intensity drove some athletes to perform at extreme levels. Senior Gabby Briggs and Junior MacKenzie Morris won state tennis and became the first to do so since 2004. Sophomore Daniel Villareal became the first boy’s single cross country runner to make it to state since 2001. The boys’ soccer team continues its dominance and heads in to regional play tonight. The girls’ golf team nearly won regionals and made a great run to the state tournament. The volleyball team won 25 games or more for the second consecutive season. The football team came just a play away from beating arch-rival, Salina South and plays for a chance at the state playoffs tomorrow against Hays.

Senior Gabby Briggs and Junior Mackenzie Morris celebrate after winning state.

Photo courtesy of Gabby Briggs

Fall Focus Eli Berner / The Pylon

Senior Ryan Emme dives to stop a ball from going in to the net during practice.

Maggie Vernon / The Pylon

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Senior Carson Jett spikes the ball back over to the opposing team.

Maggie Vernon / The Pylon

Junior Alissa Kim lines up to swing during Senior Tanner Montoy runs to stop the the regional golf meet. ball from going out of bounds.

Eli Berner / The Pylon

Freshman Michael Gage runs in the XC meet on October 6th.

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Junior Brooke Peters leaps in to the air to spike the ball during practice.

Maggie Vernon / The Pylon

Senior Taylor Knoth watches her ball after swinging during the regional meet.

Paige Johnson/ The Pylon

Senior quarterback Mark Vaughn runs off the field during the game against South.

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Salina Central's October issue of the Pylon

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Salina Central's October issue of the Pylon

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