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Nation’s first national park dazzles Rustler visitors

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NEWS....................Capitol Invasion HOSA Students travel to Washington, D.C. pg. 04 OPINION...................Sick Yet? Newest viral movie frightens one Stampede staffer pg. 11 FEATURES...................Homecoming Frenzy A-Z Coverage of Homecoming 2011 pg. 14 ENTERTAINMENT...................Downtown Hangouts Great Falls’downtown secrets revealed pg. 23 SPORTS...................Ice Hot Hockey season starts to heat up pg. 27

c.m. russell high school great falls, mont. oct.6, 2011 vol. 47, issue 2



katie hodges

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Chasing Sanity

Oct. 6, 2011 The Stampede


Exploring beauty in Yellowstone

One of my favorite parts of attending CMR is how great our student body

There is no doubt in my mind that when it comes down to it, our students will help out those in need, eagerly lend a hand, and behave admirably when called upon to do so. Because of that, it alarms me that whenever there is a crime committed in the community (such as the terrible vandalism of the Highland Cemetary), suspicion is automatically cast upon the teenagers. High schoolers get a bad rap. No matter how many great things we do (donating Saturdays to raise money for worthy causes, showing up at school early in order to welcome new students), many people in the community automatically assume that we are responsible for the worst. However, this is not the case. Although it may be tempting to blame teenagers for all that is wrong in society that doesn’t make it right. Yes, some teenagers vandalize. Some teenagers get drunk on the weekend. Some teenagers aren’t that nice. They may even be whippersnappers. But the same can be said for any group of adults. No demographic is all good or all bad. Although it is easier to see all of the bad, I know that the students of CMR make it easier for adults in the community to see the good. Despite the ease of making teenagers the scapegoat for everything from vandalism to global warming, the truth will be found somewhere in between. Teenagers might be responsible for some bad, but they are also responsible for a large amount of good. People just need to decide to see that.

Canjarri McKinley snaps a picture of Yellowstone’s own Grand Canyon. Photo by Katie Hodges.

Biology, geology students get chance to discover geothermal hotspots by katie hodges For a student aspiring to enter the earthscience field, few things could be better than a chance to explore Yellowstone National Park. So when junior Canjarri McKinley learned about the annual trip to Yellowstone, she jumped at the chance. “I had never been to Yellowstone before,” McKinley said. “I thought it would be a good way to start.” The annual trip, taken by AP biology, geology, and biology 3-4 classes, offers students the opportunity to perform water quality tests in the Belt Creek and in the Firehole River. It also gives them a chance to enjoy some of the park’s 10,000 geothermal features. McKinley said the trip was a “good experience,” because it gave her the opportunity to “learn more about stuff people do when they go to national parks,” – such as taking water samples. Students also hiked various trails, including one to observe the Grand Prismatic Spring. This hike involved a strenuous climb, which McKinley felt was worth it. “I wanted to get all the way to the top, but I didn’t,” McKinley said. “Seeing the view…it was really pretty.” Although he suffered from sore legs, senior JJ Howarth also liked the hikes.

“I really enjoyed walking around and seeing the different geothermal areas,” Howarth said. Howarth originally signed up for the trip thinking it would be a nice escape from school. He had been to Yellowstone before, but he “wanted to go farther into depth.” “I learned a bunch of things and got to see mud pots and things besides Old Faithful.” Although no longer in a biology or geology class, Associate Principal Susan Quinn also learned a lot on the trip. Quinn, who has gone on a similar trip with Great Falls High School, attended when another female chaperone was needed. “I jumped on it,” Quinn said. “I learned so much.” Quinn thinks that the trip is important because it gives students a chance to “[get] outside of the classroom.” “Actually seeing everything in really and seeing the connections between the disciplines is so important,” Quinn said. McKinley echoed those sentiments. “I’m really glad that the science department decided to do this trip,” McKinley said. “It’s a really good experience for students.”

(From top to bottom) Biology teacher Tom Cubbage demonstrates the proper use of infrared thermometers to junior Cody Cleveland. Students admire the spray of the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone Grand Canyon. Leaning in, junior Luke Deshon gauges the temperature of a sulphur hot spring. Students were treated to wildlife sightings when elk crossed their trail at West Thumb. Photos by Katie Hodges.

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede

Counselors step up, take on more students


by caroline perkins

The first thing Julie Graham does when she gets up in the morning is turn on her music, dance, and giggle. “I love music; I do love dancing, and music. The first thing I do is turn on my music. It gets me in a good mood and it makes me happy, giggling, and laughing,” she said. As one of CMR’s counselors, Graham does this because as soon as school starts it’s non-stop work with students. When school started this year the counseling center was down to five counselors compared to last year’s six. The new workload that is being put on the remaining counselors is going to have an effect. The work load is bigger, but it’s not bad, according to Pattie Ashmore. Even with the number of students goHead engineer Alan Burley ing up this year by 100-120 for each counselor, Ashmore has worked at CMR for 15 years. Photo by Jake Settera. doesn’t mind because she likes working with students. “I like kids, so I like meeting new kids,” Ashmore said. One of Ashmore’s colleagues, Brenda Lowry, has the same opinion on the topic. “The days fly by, I don’t know if it’s harder, but it’s by kendra hix busier. You never know what your day’s gonna look After 15 years of maintaining CMR, Alan Burley has been like,” Lowery said. promoted to head engineer. Counselors help with anything from emotional issues “Everyone works their way up,” Burley said. to care groups and school problems to college and miliBurley is an example of this. He started as a custodian, tary questions. then over time moved up to second engineer, a position he Doing all of these things has created a problem where had held for the past two years, and he advanced to first en- counselors don’t always have enough time, Earlene Ostgineer in July. berg said. Everything from Homecoming to tournaments, the cus“The amount of hours in a day, the feeling like you todial staff works hard to make everything look great and go smoothly, Burley said. Julie Graham is a music Ken Cartwright, the previous first engineer, retired last junky that is a year, leaving an area for promotion Burley was prepared to counselor for act upon. students with last names Burley has spent many hours learning the ways of the D-H. building as well as the grounds. He taught himself how to run the snow removal equipment and the boiler system, taking tips from Cartwright and Jay Powers, Cartwright’s preBrenda Lowry is a decessor. huge sports fan that is “Ken wanted him prepared,” custodian Tom Balyeat said. a counselor for Balyeat is one of 15 men and women on the custodial staff students with last names working continuously, behind the scenes to maintain the Me-Sc. 45-year-old facility. He is also the third engineer. “CMR is an enjoyable place to work,” Burley said. “Lots of good people and good times.”

After 15 years, Burley steps up as lead engineer

The counseling center is a place for students to ask questions and solve any problems they have. Photo by Kelsey Smith.

wish you had more time. It just crams the students together,” she said. “I wish I had more time to help them.” And counselor Jacie Schoenen agrees. “Yes, more kids, more responsibilities, shuffled kids.” Even though she runs out of time, Ostberg still try’s to take care of every aspect of the student. With the heavy work load, and long hours that the counselors have they often stay after school to help students taking time out of their own lives. Pattie Ashmore is a spunky lady and is the counselor for students with last names Sd-Z.

Jacie Schoenen Earlene Ostberg is studied mortuary ready to help with science and is a any problem. She counselor for is a counselor for students with last students with last names I-Mc. names A-C.


Oct. 6, 2011 The Stampede

What’s shakin’,CMR?

HOSA members travel to DC for leadership conference

After touring the U.S. Capitol, Heidi Winslow, Darby Lacey, Kelsey Smith and Olivia Lee prepare to meet with Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Smith.

by kelsey smith All we could think of, as Darby Lacey, Heidi Winslow and I boarded the Delta flight to Washington D.C., was just how nerdy the other people attending our leadership conference would be. As state officers for Montana HOSA, we knew that everyone from across the country would be attending the workshop and sporting the navy blue polyester suits with the maroon HOSA neck tie accompanied by the ever wonderful Montana HOSA nametag. Yes, this was going to be a really nerdy conference. The fun didn’t stop there. After we arrived we immediately were put into our lovely uniforms, along with all the other 140 state officers from 23 states, and began to meet some incredible people. Through leadership sessions, we worked on improving HOSA in our state, as well as our individual chapters. From there, we were turned loose in DC to explore the city. On a scavenger hunt, we were asked to find little things in museums, like the Hope Diamond, a single frame in the art museum with more than 2,000 paintings, and find the words written on a toothbrush that was taken by one of the astronauts on the first trip to space. The most memorable aspect of the trip was certainly the twilight tour of the Capital. From FDR, Lincoln, Jefferson, White House, and many others we saw virtually every memorial that could be seen in the great city. The most memorable tribute, however, was the newly created Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. After that we toured the Capital building, and met with Sen. Baucus and

Oct. 13 7:30 CMR band concert Oct. 17 6p.m.- 7p.m. CMR Fall Concert #2 8p.m.- 9p.m. CMR Fall Concert #3 Oct. 18 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m.CMR Speech and Debate Parent Meeting Oct. 19-21 CMR & GFH All State Choir/Band/Orch Oct. 27 9p.m.-Noon CMR and GFH Crosstown Marching Band Practice 7:30p.m. CMR Halloween Drama Play Oct. 28 7p.m. CMR and GFH Crosstown Marching Band Practice Oct. 29 7:30p.m. CMR Halloween Drama Play Nov. 1 8a.m-4p.m.CMR Red Cross Blood Draw Nov. 4 CMR End of Quarter Early Out 12:15PM Nov. 5 CMR Speech and Debate-Browning Nov. 7 CMR & GFH UM Orchestra Festival Nov. 10 CMR Stampede Distribution Nov. 11 All Day Event Speech and Debate at Billings 3:30p.m.-11:55p.m. CMR-Electric City Speech and Debate Tournament Nov. 12 All Day Event Speech and Debate at Billings 6:30a.m.-8:00p.m. CMR-Electric City Speech and Debate Tournament Nov. 17 7:30p.m. Barrage Concert Nov. 18 8p.m.-11:30p.m. CMR MORP

CMR welcomes new teacher Rep. Rehburg’s aides to promote our program in Montana and to simply get a feel for politics on the national level. The experience allowed us to connect with 140 other members, but we found it especially easy to connect with a group from Kentucky. We were mostly amazed by the group’s accents, and the way that they said certain things. “I reckon,” “y’all,” and of course “coke,” instead of pop continued to entertain us for the entire trip. Washington Leadership Academy didn’t just open my eyes to HOSA on the national scale, it entertained and resparked my interest in medicine as a career, and has also allowed me to return to the East Coast. We were right about the nerdyness presented at the academy, and while comparatively at school Heidi, Darby and I are probably the nerds, it’s much more apparent in other places, let me tell you.

Katie Poulin, a teacher new to CMR this year, is stepping up to teach freshman World History in place of former teacher Steve Yates. Puolin received degrees from (Top Left) Pictured is Montana’s statue in the both University of California Davis and Capitol building, Charles M. Russell holding an University of New Hampshire. She has easel. (Top Right) Lacey, Smith, Winslow and Lee previous teaching experience in Califorstand in front of the Washington Monument, the nia. Poulin said that she has she is looktallest structure in DC. (Bottom Right) Lacey, Winslow and Smith stand in front of the Montana ing forward to the rest of the school year because “everyone [she] has met here has pillar at the WWII memorial. Photos courtesy of Kelsey Smith. been great.”

Making it relevant

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede


CMR offers Med Prep Academy for the first year

by jen verzuh

Taking field trips isn’t a typical part of the English curriculum, but that’s exactly what Rene Cleveland recently did with her students. On Sept. 19 Cleveland took her sophomore medical English students to Rainbow Senior Living Center, where “they were interviewing seniors as a little primary research on how medicine has changed.” When Cleveland heard that the school needed teachers for the new medical-based English, she jumped at the opportunity despite having no medical background. “I have interest in some of the medical controversies out there, and I also think a lot of the themes in medicine relate well to English,” Cleveland said. “It’s all about human connection, things like compassion and ethics.” This is the first year CMR has offered the Med Prep Academy, which offers medical English and history classes in addition to medical classes such as Intro to Health Occupations and Human Body Systems. On the sophomore level, students in both Intro to Health Occupations as well as medical English get dual credit for certain assignments. “It’s medical but it also ties into the English cur-

riculum,” Cleveland said. “[We] do all the same skills but put a medical spin on it to interest students interested in that field. We’re doing something to make school more relevant.” Jamie McGraw, a medical English teacher for juniors nd seniors, is also interested in having her students talk to actual sources from the community in regards to the changes in medicine over time. “[I] would like to bring in a physician who’s been practicing for the last 30 years to talk about the changes in medicine,” McGraw said. McGraw herself was at one point interested in pursuing a medical career, spending the first three years of her college experience majoring in premed. She said she was eager to be a part of the program because “I knew that I would get to work with motivated teachers and students and that was a draw for me.” Junior Maddie Hazelip is one such student. She previously took Intro to Health Occupations and in addition to taking medical English with Cleveland she is in medical U.S. History taught by Burke Allen, Athletic Training and Human Body Systems. Currently, she is interested in pur-

Growing into Agriculture by deja lacey

Montana is a land filled with loads of animals, plants, and natural foods, but in the small town of Great Falls, a certain high school doesn’t have a club to study it all. Not yet anyway. For two years CMR has been attempting to develop an agriculture academy so that students can be connected to hands on real word academics. Part of trying to get this program started is getting the word out that it exists. “I think that this school has loads of great clubs that many kids don’t know are going on,” Jodi Koterba said. Koterba has been teaching for 18 years, and when she came to CMR she was interested in the agricultural academy. She teaches an agricultural class that works with animal science, natural science, mechanics, food science and power structure. Some of Koterba’s students really do get involved in the class outside of the classroom. Sophomore Zack Graham has been taking the agricultural class for two years now and he likes it. “This will be my second year in class and it’s cool because I work on a farm,” Graham said. If there is one thing that Graham could change in the class it would be the computer work. “Having to read the online book isn’t fun for me, it’s extremely boring,” Graham said. Junior Warren Krone thinks that the online reading couldn’t compare to the long


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suing a career as surgeon. “Just a few assignments are different to learn about the medical field,” Hazelip said of medical English and U.S. History class. “If you’re interested in medical careers than you’re more determined to work hard in that class.” Another new class the Med Prep Academy is offering is Med Prep Senior Project. Senior Claire Bebee is currently enrolled in the class, taught by McGraw. She is planning on becoming a physician’s assistant who specializes in sports medicine. Besides Med Prep Senior Project, Bebee is in Advanced Health Science, which will line up an internship for her with a physician’s assistant, and that internship will be what her Senior research project will focus on. “I love med prep,”Bebee said. “It’s a good idea to be in (it) if you’re interested in a medical career.” McGraw agrees. “The content is geared towards something they’re interested (in) and hopefully the more relevant the material the more geared they will be to learn it.”

lectures about cement. “I joined the class because someone told me that we get to go on a lot of field trips so I thought it would be fun,” Krone said. Some of the things that Krone has done this year that have stuck witj him are the planting and the lessons on construction. “I like that we go outside a Posing in front of the greenhouse, Warren Krone,Shyanne lot and that we aren’t stuck in- Hammond, Zach Graham and agriculture teacher Jodi Koterba side of the classroom all day,” work on the growth of their plants. Photo by Deja Lacey. Krone said. Shyanne Hammond is a freshman and she enjoys when the class is able to get out of the room just as much as Krone does. Hammond only wishes that more kids would join the class. “I like to do this kind of stuff; working outside is fun,” Hammond said. “Our teacher is awesome. She’s wild and crazy and that’s what makes the class so fun,” she said.

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An Ode to Poe Poe at a Glance

Edgar Allen Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He died October 7, 1849 in Baltimore Maryland under mysterious circumstances. His top 5 most famous poems and stories are: 1) The Masque of the Red Death 2) The Tell-Tale Heart 3) The Raven 4) Annabel Lee 5) A Dream Within a Dream Interesting facts: Poe had a massive gambling problem, so he had to drop out of college. Ever since 1949, someone has left a bottle of cognac and some roses on Poe’s grave No one knows for certain how Poe died. While traveling to New York, he took the wrong train and ended up in Baltimore, where he would­ soon die.

Drama department to perform author’s works on stage later this month by grieghsen adams Edgar Allen Poe is tapping on the door of the C.M. Russell auditorium. The drama department is taking creativity outside the box and bringing the world of Edgar Allen Poe to the stage. Drama director Chris Evans said he wanted to bring Poe’s dark work to the stage. “There is a huge interest in Poe which really surprised me,” Evans said. Evans came up with the idea of putting Poe’s work on stage when his students were telling him of the different poems that were being read in their English class. “The Poe Project is bringing Poe’s literature to the stage. He dealt with the human condition, and that’s what theatre deals with,” Evans said. The project consists of numerous interpretations. “As of right now, about seven or eight poems with the potential for more,” he said. For each production, students are allowed to have as much freedom as they want and color outside of

lines so long as no one gets fired or angry. There will be several interpretations of the famous poem “Annabel Lee,” Evans said. Many students are participating in more than one play. One student, junior Nic Beargeon, is in not only one play but two. “I’ll be in both ‘Annabel Lee’ by Jennifer Verzuh and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Emily Townsend,” Beargeon said. He said he will have to juggle both performances and rehearsals. “Depends on the rehearsal days. The practices won’t be on the same day. My director is willing to work with me,” he said. “I’m totally excited. Totally.” He said he was asked and approached to do both plays, and that’s how he decided to perform in two. The November performances will feature dancing, poetry, short stories, monologues and minimal sets.

Media Center hours, services extended by stephanie mouser One look around the media center and it’s obvious this is not the library your grandparents grew up with. With all the additions, including a fourth computer lab, new and funky furniture, more books, and longer hours, the media center is not your typical library, that’s for sure. “The media center is constantly having stuff added to it, whether it is books, or the latest state of the art equipment,” media specialist Amy Borger said. For many of the returning upperclassmen, the additions to the media center were a welcome surprise. “I thought it was pretty cool. I like the new tables -- they’re pretty convient,” sophomore Cori Bonilla said. The fourth lab offers help for students, and for teachers as well. “The fourth lab was added for the benefit of all, as more students are going digital, with online classes, and Moodle, it’s been a big help. Teachers can even send students down more often to print or work on assignments. The newest lab was a great decision,” Borger said. “We Students this year have longer hours, cool furniture, and more computers in the managed to cut four-week MAP testing down to just a week.” Along with the newest lab some pretty funky furniture arrived. En- CMR Media Center. Photo by Stephanie Mouser. joy a comfortable – and ers, not to worry. Along with the furniture and new lab, more books slightly ironic -- seat were purchased. “Even more books are to be expected in the fall,” Borger said. in a rainbow-colored Perhaps the least visible change came in the form of longer hours. hand and kick your feet The new hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6:30 up on a puzzle piece ota.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. toman. “Many students are taking advantage of the longer hours,” Borger “The hands are my favorite, because it’s said. “We made them keeping in mind the students that might have funky and fun,” Bonilla clubs or drivers ed after school or 7 a.m. classes in the morning. So this way students can come in whenever convenient for them.” said. For those who are old fashioned and prefer books over comput-

What would you add? “I would put an all knowing, talking parrot in the media center. Because the media center needs a class pet, and if it’s all knowing it could do my homework.” Sydney Frohberg, 11 “A - m e r r y - g o - r o u n d , they’re a lot of fun.” Megan Davis, 10 “I would put in more books. I don’t think we should stray too far from books. Despite living in a technological world, we shouldn’t replace books with computers and technology.” Rachel Hendrickson, 11 “A coffee shop, to invite students to come and read more.” Tammy Petzold, english teacher

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede


Building a path to success

High school house students break ground, pour cement, begin foundation on new house by lindsey buck

After 14 years of hard, extensive labor, the ring of a phone brought former high school house teacher Tom Maurer right back into action. “The first morning was like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe what had happened to Bruce,” Maurer said. On Sunday, Sept. 18, Bruce Barta, CMR’s high school house instructor was involved in a four wheeling accident. Barta is currently being taken care of in the east wing of Benefis Hospital. Maurer said that one of his most important goals is to build the house the way that Barta would want. This year’s house is located at 1508 5th Ave NW. “I am subbing for him. I’m going to do it his way,” Maurer said. Maurer said that he does not regret agreeing to come back at all, but is also very hopeful for Barta’s return to good health. “I hope Bruce gets healthy and comes back quickly. We do not want any more serious accidents,” Maurer said. Despite Barta’s tragic accident, Maurer and many of his students remain hopeful for the school year. Senior Walter Spicer has big plans for his first year in high school house. “This is my first year in high school house, and I am really enjoying it. My friend Cameron said he really liked doing it last year, so I thought I would give it a shot,” Spicer said. Spicer said he hopes to gain as much as possible

from the class. “My main goal is to really learn as much about construction as possible and to get the house done on time,” Spicer said. With the house foundation already laid, and concrete already poured, much hard work and dedication is required from students. “I think the most challenging part has been laying footings. There’s a lot of work to be done with leveling,” Spicer said. Even through all of the hard work, Spicer says that he knows he will have a great year. “I wouldn’t mind building my own house later in life,” Spicer said. Junior Austin Geiser is also new to high school house this year. He said that his inspiration to join the class was to prepare for his career. “I enjoy construction so it just seemed like a good class. I want to pass and build a good house,” Geiser said. According to Geiser, one of the hardest parts of building the house has been pouring footings. However, he says that getting the house done is extremely important to him and his future. “I want to be in construction so anything I can take from this class will help.”

Top Left: Senior Cameron DeCelles carries concrete forms to set around the foundations of the house. Top Right: Senior Justin LeBrun measures and marks wood to prepare it for cutting. Middle Right: Junior Austin Geiser and instructor Tom Maurer measure and lay out concrete forms. Bottom Right: Junior Josh Oatman helps lay a concrete form to build up concrete for the basement of the house. Photos by Jake Settera.

opinionvoice it

There is something I think you need to know. Your mind is trying to eat you alive, swallow you from the inside out. It’s a beautiful thing, really. These days my thoughts fall on these subjects: work, stress, homework, stress, school, stress, sleep, stress. I found myself hating this routine, but maybe it does not deserve all the hatred it tends to get. As I was sitting down, stressing about what to write my column about this month, a cat changed my life. Here I was texting all my friends about topics they wanted to see in the paper, when I came across an article about a cat named Willow. Willow went missing from her Colorado family five years ago, and she ended up in New York City due to a chain of strange, hardcore events. Then I realized what life is: an 1800-mile trip from something small to something big. As much as I’d like to spend my time wasting my soul away on Facebook, watching lame movies with friends, and making money without working, this is just not realistic. Life is not a hilarious TV show, or an inspirational Facebook quote, at least not right now. Life is a work in action. Making it to the top, or whatever “the top” means to you, requires the work. I know the work is tedious, but it has a purpose. Try to spend your time doing the hard, boring things now, and the beautiful, inspirational, fun things will come. Try to be a little more like Willow.


Mill levy failure continues to impact school, student advocacy needed John Dewey, a famous American philosopher, once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” From elementary school to middle school to C.M. Russell High School, many principals, teachers, and parents have supported our growth and education as students. However, a change has taken place, and it’s only fair to say that there is less support for education in the current economy. The recent mill levy has taken away many of our opportunities, and can continue to do so. The May 3 levy failed by more than 1,500 votes. It would have provided an additional $998,000 to the Great Falls Public School District, and due to its failure many drastic changes were made. For the first time in many years, foreign language classes will not be offered in Great Falls until high school. According to CMR Principal Dick Kloppel, cuts include half of a music teaching position, half of an industrial tech position, one literacy position, one social studies position, one health position, one English position, and half of a special education position. Due to these cuts, there are fewer classes offered and more students in each class period. Additionally, each budget has suffered a ten percent budget decrease. As a student staff, we at the Stampede believe that education is a top priority. The mill levy was a crucial part of all of our educations, and its failure is devastating to our district. However, sitting around and talking about all the cuts that have been made, and how angry we are that the mill levy did not pass will not help get the next levy passed. There are things that you can do as a student to help the next levy pass. Write. Write your heart out, in any form. Write letters to the Stampede, or the Tribune, or to the school board members, or the city commissioners, or the district superintendent about how you feel about this subject. The public needs to know how we feel as a school, and how this levy affects us, because it does not affect most




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Illustration by Corey Allen. of them. Go to school board meetings and voice your opinion. We challenge you to help make a change for your school, and for yourself. Opportunities are being taken away from you with each mill levy that does not pass. We encourage you to fight for those opportunities and a better future.

Charles M. Russell High School: The Stampede The Stampede, published approximately every four weeks, is a public forum for all voices on campus. These voices include the students, parents, faculty and the community at large. The opinions and views in this publication are not necessarily those of the Stampede staff, the student body, CMR employees or the school administration. The Stampede strives to cover the news accurately and fairly; however, when a mistake is made, a correction will be printed in the following issue. All writers are responsible for the content of their articles. Editors will edit all copy to be free of plagiarism and libel, and all writers will double-check their facts before publication. The Stampede accepts letters but limits the length to 200 words. The Stampede reserves the right to edit all letters; anonymous letters are not accepted. The Stampede maintains membership in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, the Journalism Education Association and Quill and Scroll. Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/KRT Campus High School Newspaper Service.

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Parking Lot Etiquette by keeli telleen

Not many CMR students have aspirations to become professional drivers, but the school parking lots provide some good training. Creative interpretation of the term “one-way” leads to many near accidents, and litter makes for quite the obstacle course. “You see litter everywhere,” reports senior Darby Lacey. Well folks, there are plenty of trash cans located both outside and inside the school. Even if you aren’t concerned with the care and protection of our planet, get some exercise by making the effort to dispose of your garbage properly. And if you are practicing your jump shot into the trash can and you miss… well, keep practicing until you make it. Senior Alyssa Malisani has seen plenty of strange activity in the parking lots during her three years at CMR. “Winter is the worst,” she said. “People are always taking up multiple parking spots.”

Even now in the fall, Malisani said she has seen, “people speed and swerve around speed bumps… I’ve almost been hit lots of times.” Now, most people who have sat in my passenger seat are unlikely to report that I am the best driver (I admit I play my music a little too loud, and get a little too into it), but I try to use common courtesy and common sense when it comes to finding a parking spot in the morning or leaving the campus at lunchtime. “I see people park their cars in the motorcycle spots all the time,” said senior Garrett Lankford. By the way, seniors, make sure to get your new parking passes; otherwise you will get ticketed. No big deal, but there are more enjoyable activities than shelling out five bucks for a “privileged” parking space. On that note, underclassmen: please tell your parents that neither the senior lot nor the faculty lot are for their use in picking you up. Your time will come, promise!

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One driver demonstrates what not to do when cruising around the CMR Senior Lot. Photo by Kelsey Smith.

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Battlefield 3

Modern Warfare 3


“It doesn’t take the most powerful nation on Earth to create the next global conflict. Just the will of a single man.” Do you believe this to be true? Well, if you’re a fan of the Call of Duty series, you’ll understand these words as the quote from the up and coming game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.” Now if you don’t know what Call of Duty is, have you been living under a rock? In case you don’t know it’s basically a first person shooter game that takes events in world history and revamps them to make them fun and exciting. This game brings back many of the characters that you know and love from the original Modern Warfare games, such as Captain MacTavish (otherwise known as his code name, Soap), Captain Price, and Vladimir Makarov. The game depicts the Russian Invasion of the United States, which has set the world into an all-out war against the Russians. Basically, it’s World War III. The game shows America, England, France, and Germany fighting against the invasion in their home countries. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the actual game to come out to know the full storyline. How is this game better than Battlefield 3? Well, many old and new innovative features are added to MW3, many being that the new guns, with every COD game and new missions and characters. With Modern Warfare 3 comes a whole new multiplayer gameplay. It offers new kill-streaks such as Assault, Support, and Specialist. The Assault sends in the things like Predator Drones and the Helicopters like in the other games. The support package sends out stuff like SAM Turrets (Surface-to-Air Missile) and UAV’s (Unmanned Arial Vehicle), and the Specialist package has you keep your score throughout the game. Also with MW3 comes a “Survival Mode” just like the classic Zombies mode, but with people. They also have an all new campaign mode along with it. In the game, it also adds a new game mode called “Kill Confirmed.” In this new mode you can pick up dog tags from your deceased teammates, which allows you to have the “kill confirmed.” but the opposing team can steal it and the kill will not be confirmed. Now MW3 is still gaining its reign of terror against the Battlefield franchise for its popularity. The Modern Warfare series has been out since 2007; it has claimed the crown from all those people that wait in line to buy it at GameStop. Now, if you really want to give the title to some abomination of the First Person Shooter games, then by all means buy Battlefield. I don’t care which one you pick, but the Battlefield series is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s only time before you see what the real giant is.

If you’re tired of the same boring old games then read this and go buy yourself an amazing one. “Battlefield 3” is the newest installment in the battlefield franchise, developed by Digital Illusions CE or DICE. DICE is setting out to topple the Modern Warfare giant and claim the First Person Shooter throne with this game and all its new features. The biggest and most exciting new feature is the lighting effect in the game. It is so realistic and even if the game doesn’t take the crown from MW3 it WILL have better lighting than ”Infinity Ward” and the MW3 series could ever hope for. ”Modern Warfare” has had millions of online players over the years, me included. I can tell you if for some strange reason you never experienced this that their game’s multiplayer is the most unrealistic and cloned multiplayer ever devised by infinity ward. I mean if you look at it from an economic standpoint then it makes sense. Their overall plan is to take advantage of the player by cloning the same multiplayer over and over again, and the player will hopefully accept this as the norm. But just to be sure they add a DLC (downloadable content) for the first few months that the game is out. This isn’t what games should be, and gamers shouldn’t accept this. We work hard for the money that we get so we can get a few hours of gameplay from a game. I for one am tired of paying full price for a game that is just a clone of the one I bought last year-- and a crappy clone at that. “Battlefield 3” is not one of those games. It has promising new features and is overall a stunning game. From the dynamic lighting effect to the amazing multiplayer, this game provides the gaming experience you paid good money for. The wide open maps completely dwarf any map “Infinity Ward” will produce, and the use of vehicles will ensure that multiplayer is kept moving and at times pretty intense. The dynamic lighting in the game is another thing that will make “Modern Warfare” fans regret buying another clone, the bland colors will make playing the game boring, and it will just become a blur while the people who were smart buyers and got “Battlefield 3” will be enjoying fresh new colors and amazing lighting that almost promises to make you say “Wow” with every new environment. So join me and the thousands of other smart buyers who are going to say no to cloned games such as the “Modern Warfare” games and are going to get “Battlefield 3”. But even after all of this you still decide to be a die-hard “Modern Warfare” fan; you will probably have a friend who can loan you his game after you realize yours can’t compare to the stunning beauty of “Battlefield 3”.

Although the election is more than 14 months away, the political climate surrounding the 2012 presidential election is already heating up. And for the all-too-busy Amercan voter, 14 months is just too far away to be concerned about. However, there is no room for dilly-dallying with the candidates are already jockeying for position and debating back and forth about each party’s pros. So, this is the quick and ready, up- to- date, prudent information regarding the busy, bustling presidential hopefuls.

Republican Hopefuls

Democratic Incumbent

President Barack Obama- already serving President of the United States

Rick Perry- Governor of Texas

Mitt Romney- former Governor of MassaMichele Bachmann- Minnesota representative in the House of Representatives The two front runners are Perry and Romney who have essentially been arguing back and forth over who has created the most economic improvement in their respective states. The truth? While both of them have done work to improve the situations in their states, neither have created notable progress. Listen to what they say, and listen to the “Talking Heads” on TV, then listen to your head. DO NOT pick one because he has the best haircut (then the best option is Michele Bachmann).

American Jobs Act- President Obama’s new bill to create jobs in America. He announced it at his speech during the first football game of the season. It includes provisions for wage rates, buying American, and tax cuts. 2012 is around the corner and Obama is in full campaign swing. Pay close attention to his actions over the next fourteen months and decide whether his actions are due to concern for his country or concern to get re-elected. Once again, this is a choice for your own head, and not for the “Talking Heads.”

Contagion: Can America handle a pandemic?

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros. Pictures/MCT by shayna leonard

My new grocery list: hand sanitizer, vitamin C, 10 cases of water, and a seasonal flu shot. Upon watching the new Hollywood blockbuster, “Contagion,” I have developed a new sense of hypochondriasis. Every cough, sneeze, and itch reminds me of the plethora of victims who fell short in the battle against the movie’s virus. Although the story line was dry and tedious, the main point pretty much scared my socks off.

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The core story revolves around several individuals affected by this resistant and extremely lethal virus. Whether they are infected by the virus or have lost a loved one to it, almost every person in the world feels the wrath of the oncoming disease. From rich doctors to poor welfare workers, it doesn’t matter your race, class, or gender, the virus has no prejudice and will attack if able. But it wasn’t really about the people; it was about the country as a whole. The United States had a lot of difficulty protecting and preventing against the virus. The question remains: can our country withstand an attack of microbiological nature? It all goes back to the year 2009, when H1N1, otherwise known as the “swine flu,” spread across the globe killing about 18,000 people. Although this isn’t as extreme as in the movie, the death toll is still shocking. Preventions included quarantines and vaccinations that were produced swiftly and efficient- l y . However, the virus wasn’t all that our country had to worry about. It was the panic. I think that the biggest problem that society will have to face if such an epidemic happens is the widespread hysteria resulting. The only thing we have to fear is ourselves in a situation such as this.

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede

In the college state of mind


Eat. College. Sleep. College. Friends. College. Getting the hint? College is in every other thought for seniors, and the college fair is one way that the school attempts to ease this anxiety. The college fair took place at the University of Great Falls on Sept. 22. It puts colleges from Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, and even Saskatchewan together in one room. This allows students the opportunity to gain helpful college information quickly and easily. The students can then talk to representatives from these particular schools in order to ask any personal questions they may have. Along with gleaning pertinent college facts, students were automatically entered into a drawing for $1,000 scholarships when they signed up for the fair.

At the University of Great Falls students spent Sept. .22 retrieving information on potential college choices. Photo by Cory Allen.

I’m not predicting that a super bug pandemic is in our future, but if it is, are we prepared, physically and mentally? The writers of “Contagion” don’t seem to think so. A virus spreads from person to person through contact with an infected being or something that infected being has touched. However, nothing spreads as quickly and efficiently as fear.

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It’s supposed to be


A yellow shirt with a fuzzy mustache. That is how I chose to express myself today. High school is all about self-expression. I firmly believe that people have a right to express themselves, and the greatest way to do that is by displaying your personality through your appearance. There are endless ways to show the world who you are. When it comes to teenagers, some opt to get inked up, while others sport T-shirts that show their favorite bands. I challenge all of you to stand out and not be afraid to show the world who you are. As expected, there will be some people who won’t be fans of your personal choices. I can personally tell you that not caring about others’ opinions is the greatest feeling ever. After spending years worrying about what other people thought of me, it wasn’t until the middle of my junior year of high school that I realized it doesn’t matter. There’s always going to be someone or something in your life that threatens to hold you back but I discovered when you push forward and do what feels right for you, you’ll be the happiest you’ve ever been. So if you ever want to put a neon color in your hair or wear 27 bracelets on one wrist, go for it. Live your life on the edge of your closet. You don’t want to end up as a 30-year-old, sitting in your cubicle, wearing a Beastie Boys T-shirt underneath your blue button-up because you missed out on your glory days. Be that person who is walking down the hallway, wearing what they please, with piercings where they please, who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of them. In all honesty, everyone will be jealous of you.

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Record breakers: Jeff Nation, JJ locke, George Vogl, and Casey Coffman. Photo courtesy of Jeff Nation.

CMR student and graduates set world record by peyton fulbright

This summer, senior George Vogl found out firsthand that Xbox’s are great for entertainment -- but cooking hamburgers, not so much. “I was so out of it. I found a cold hamburger in a bag. I tried to cook it on my Xbox-I thought it would work,” Vogl said. On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, Vogl was one of four Great Falls teens who played Bad Company 2 for 51 hours and 21 minutes, at Montana State University-COT in Great Falls, setting the world record for most consecutive time spent playing video games. “I had the most energy the whole time. I was goofing off the whole time. I had to keep my teammates awake,” Vogl said. “I was constantly nagging Jeff to stay awake.” It may have been tough to stay awake, but breaks were allowed. Ten minutes for every hour are received, and time can be accumulated, so naps could be taken. According to Vogl, a few vital power naps were taken, and those naps were what allowed them to keep pushing through. Even with the naps and breaks, it only took about 24 hours for Vogl to have things become wild. It got to the point where he had to ask himself “What am I doing? Where am I at?” “I was almost ready to pass out. Minutes were going by so slow,” he said. Of course, Vogl couldn’t have done it without his friends. JJ Locke and Jeff Nation, both class of 2010, and Casey Coffman, class of 2011 set the record along with Vogl. Nation was responsible for all the planning. He came up with the idea after reading

about the record in the April issue of Game Informer Magazine. “I thought it would be cool to break some kind of record,” Nation said. Nation took care of setting everything up. He completed all the paperwork, he worked out being able to attempt the record at the COT, and he did all the contacting of Guinness Book of World Records, so it was official. To make it official, there had to be two people watching at all times. Requirements were that those people had to be honest citizens. A webcam was set up, and it was supposed

to take a picture every minute to prove they were actually participating. But according to Nation, he set it up wrong, so the entire thing was filmed. The squad’s record was “unofficial” until Sept. 28, when Nation said he received an e-mail from the Guiness Book of World Records stating they are the offial record holders. But this isn’t the end. The quartet plans on adding a few more hours to their record next year, according to both Vogl and Nation. In shock? Need to hear it for yourself to believe it? Then take it from Vogl. “I’d cancel all my plans and do it again.”

On Aug. 20, 2011, the record breaking team set up shop at MSU-COT. Photo courtesy of Jeff Nation.

A year over the pond

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede


Ten foreign exchange students travel from Europe, Asia to call CMR home by: ida anderson and beth stanley

IDA ANDERSEN NORWAY American television shows such as “One Tree Hill” and “Glee” are what brought senior Ida Andersen to the United States for a year in the foreign exchange program. “I always wanted to go to America because we see it on television, and I wanted to know if that is what it is really like,” Andersen said. American television is not the only thing Andersen loves about Montana. The friendly people, school spirit and cheaper prices are some of the great things about living in Great Falls. Some of Andersen’s favorite things include indie music, Italian food, and chocolate.

ARRATE ANABITARTE SPAIN Coming to Great Falls has been a great experience for Arrate Anibarte. She loves talking and meeting new people, so the most exciting part has been getting to know the Rustlers at CMR. “The people here are so friendly. Almost everyone talks to you, and they are all really nice. And the teachers are always there to help you when you need it,” Anabitarte said. Another thing she enjoys with the high school life is the football games. “I really enjoy the games on Fridays because we don’t have those kinds of things in Spain,” she said. The foreign exchange students poses with their countries’ flags before the homecoming parade From the back. left: Aparajita Naik, Isabelle Weidmann, Ida Andersen, Liza Mazharova, Thanaporn Puttitanum, Verena Weber, Lara Womann. Sitting, front: Jone Zaballa, Arrate Anabitarte, Louise Fie Bertelsen. Photo by: Beth Britton

ISABELLE WEIDMANN GERMANY Wide open spaces are a welcome change for Isabelle Weidmann. The foreign exchange program has allowed her to experience the Wild West and all it has to offer. “In Germany you can walk anywhere. Here you have to drive,” Weidmann said. While open land is a welcome change for Weidmann, the food is not. “I miss German food. I also miss my family, “she said. Though the distance has been a challenge, Weidmann has been able to keep in touch with LIZA MAZHAROVA UKRAINE Meeting cute American boys is one of the things 16-year-old Liza Mazharova looked forward to by coming here. So far she is just enjoying the experience of being in a new country. “I really like it here! But at the same time I think Great Falls is a little too small and cold”, she said. When Mazharova is not at school, she enjoys hanging out with friends and dancing.

THANAPORN PUTTITANUM THAILAND For Thanaporn Puttitanum, living in Great Falls has been a completely new and thrilling experience. This is Puttitanum’s first time in the United States and so far she loves it. “The weather is very different; it is much warmer in Thailand. I like the cold weather,” Puttitanum said. She reports that the school day is much shorter in Montana. “In Thailand we study all day long, we don’t have time for afterschool activities,” she said.

VERENA WEBER AUSTRIA Studying abroad has been on Verena Weber’s bucket list since third grade. And now that she is old enough to go for a year through an exchange program, the United States was a natural choice. “The US has always fascinated me,” she said. Back home in Austria, she enjoyed doing equestrian vaulting and skiing. She also likes hanging out with her friends and cooking.

LARA WOMANN GERMANY School mascots, team spirit, and sporting events are completely new experiences for Lara Womann. “When we have football games, it’s like one big happy family,” Womann said. A typical American school day is much different than a day in Germany. “American school days are longer and there are less classes. In Germany we have up to 15 classes, but I like American school better,” she said.

APARAJITA NAIK INDIA The first thing Aparajita Naik noticed about American teenagers is that they are much more independent. “Back home, I didn’t really have to worry about anything because my parents would take care of everything,” she said. The cold Montana climate is also going to be a change for Naik. “I have seen snow before though, because I live in the north of India, by the montains”, she said. “But I don’t think I’m prepared for the cold to come yet”

JONE ZABALLA SPAIN American culture has come as quite a shock for Jone Zaballa. With school sports and teenagers driving cars, America is completely different from Spain. “In America, there are no parties or dancing on the weekend,” Zaballa said. In Spain the tradition was to go out and party in the streets until late hours of the night.

LOUISE FIE BERTELSEN DENMARK A great opportunity to improve English skills and make American friends is what made Louise Fie Bertelsen decide to take a year over in the US. “I have always wanted to go to America. I really wanted to go and experience the high school life and try something brand new,” Bertelsen said. She adds that she thinks it’s going to be a fun year, because she enjoys meeting new people and facing new challenges.


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Auto tech students aim to create a Voltzwagon

school, and Monroe had to go through many interviews, by meg smtih along with presenting to the entire CMR staff, to get permisIt’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….Leslie? CMR’s newest caped crusader is an eight-week-old gold- sion for her project. “The whole staff thought it was great,” Monroe said. en lab, standing beside her sidekick, senior Mandi Monroe. Monroe, through K9 Companions for Independence, “[They were] very supportive.” And even with the trials signed up to raise a therapy dog as the of getting Leslie to school, theme of her Senior Project. an even greater problem She said it has been a “really big comhas been “explaining to mitment,” but she is hoping that raising people that she isn’t for the puppy as part of Senior Project will fun.” “keep [her] organized in what [she is] She is a working dog, doing.” Monroe said. Inspired by her mother who worked And working herself, in physical therapy, Monroe said she is Monroe plans to not exactexcited to raise a therapy ly “get anything out of it, dog. She will have but give something back.” the d o g “[These dogs] do amazfor 14 Presenting her idea for Senior Project to the CMR staff, ing things,” Monroe said. “I months Mandi Monroe and her mom, Kim Monroe state their want to educate Great Falls and dur- case. Photo by Beth Britton. about what this is.” ing that time will teach Leslie five commands a month. So far, Monroe has taught Leslie sit, down, don’t, and hurry. Beyond the basic comDo not be mean, harass, annoy, or bother Lesmands, Monroe has a strict lie. If she is going to help someone someday she schedule she must follow with Leslie. needs to be treated kindly. Every morning Leslie and Don’t worry about being allergic to Leslie. You most likeMonroe rise at 6:30 a.m. for a ly won’t be around her long enough to be affected. If you bathroom break and breakfast. have a problem, move to the other side of the room. This start to the day is followed by an hour of play; she is a puppy, after all. You must ask before petting Leslie. She However, being a puppy, is not for fun. She is a puppy-in-training. Leslie does attract quite a bit of attention. This was a major concern with the

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more advanced in the near future. “It was a project that was by luke sisko Shawn Kohut is a self-proclaimed “gear head,” and a brought into our shop. With the new project in his Auto Technology class is offering him push of electric systems the students that are involved with it will the chance to share his interest with his students. “I’m a gear head and I looked at this as an alternative, learn it down the road,” Kohut and I just like working with kids,” Kohut said.This year, said. The project affects his stuKohut and his auto students are transforming a Volk- dents in and out of school. “For the students it will give swagon van into an ecologically-friendly electric vehicle. “We’re a bit behind schedule, but for the most part I’m them more experience outside the proud of the students with a lot of ingenuity they put into curriculum,” Kohut said. Kohut’s the Voltzwagon,” he said. The van is not the first electric- auto tech students will have a good understanding when the future of powered project at CMR. “It originated from the wind energy program. When technology for vehicles become An older Volkswagon van is in the process of being transformed into an electric the windmill was installed it brought in electricity credit,” more advanced. Senior Gerad Calaman is one of vehicle. Photo by Corey Allen. Kohut said. It’s something new for Kohut, who has been a teacher the students who is involved with wagon project. at CMR since 2002. Kohut said he is proud of bringing this the ingenuity on the Voltzwagon project. Calaman said “It’s cool because instead of gas its battery powered,” project to his students and he believes they will benefit his goal is to “learn how to make a regular car into a bat- Calaman said, who admitted that his previous working greatly from it when the technologies in vehicles become tery powered car, and he is enthusiastic about the Voltz- with vehicles was “just basic stuff,” Calaman said.

by meg smith From the slums of south L.A. to the sparkling halls of CMR, Chunk is here to help. After a rough life, Chunk was found in a “no-kill” animal shelter and “didn’t have a hair on his body,” Deb Louttit, Chunk’s owner in the psychologist’s office, said. Chunk is an eight-year-old therapy dog “here for petting and loving,” Louttit said. He was trained at Intermountain Therapy Training and is to be re-certified in December. Chunk’s job is an animal therapy tool and he can be petted as often as the students will give him attention. “He loves to come to work,” Louttit said.

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CMR graduate returns as new choir director


by: whisper harris

Helping students a few days before school started, Kathy Gilliand assists in the CMR Advisement Center. Gilliand is retiring tomorrow, Oct.7. Photo by Beth Britton.

Gilliland retires after 25 years by kendra hix

Kathy Gilliland, the soft spoken face that everyone sees at the front desk of the Advisement Center, is moving on. “My husband and I are moving to Helena. We are going to build a home,” Gilliland said. After 25 years of working at CMR, Gilliland is retiring soon. She has worked in the Advisement Center for eight years and the main office for 17 years. One of her favorite things about the CMR Advisement Center is the counselors and how close they are, she said. They can laugh and cry together as a family. Gilliland’s job is to keep track of the five counselors and their appointments. She also directs the students if they are lost or new to the school.

“My favorite part of the day is to start it catching up with Kathy. It won’t be the same and I’ll miss that.” –Jacie Schoenen

“I like the connection with the students, parents and counselors. I’ll miss them,” Gilliland said. Programs at CMR have changed a lot since she was a graduate in 1969. The Care Programs as well as the Mentor Programs are some of the most vital programs to students, she said. Known for her patience and quiet disposition, Gilliland is said to be the glue that holds the Advisement Center together. Sometimes students come in and ask for something, she said, and they don’t always say the magic word, “please.” All they need is a look and they know to use their manners. “They’re all great kids. If you respect them, they respect you back,” Gilliland said. “ That’s how it is with everyone.”

“She’s just the best there is at what she does. I’ll miss that. It’s tough shoes to fill.” -Julie Graham

Kathy is one of the kindest, most patient people I have ever worked with. She takes care of us.” -Brenda Lowry

For students, Homecoming is a time to celebrate coming back to a new school year. Jennifer Cantley, the new choir director at CMR, is enjoying a homecoming all her own, she has returned to the place where she went to high school and participated in choir. “This is like homecoming to me. I get to come back where I took choir as a Rustler,”Cantley said. “I had a great choir experience that was positive. I was encouraged to jump in, and I hope I do the same for my students.” At CMR there are many traditions pertaining to the choir department, including keeping the steady traditions of good music, hard work and lots of fun. “I will be keeping CMR traditions alive and hopefully starting some new ones,” she said. Cantley will be bringing back Magical Dinner, which hasn’t been done in a couple of years. The Chanteur choir will be going to Bozeman in November to be broadcast for television. The returning choirs had a longer retreat, helping them to build relationships, and the beginner groups will be given more chances to do things related to musical art.

Taking a break from teaching one of her choirs, Jennifer Cantley poses by the piano. Photo by Whisper Harris.

“The best advice I can give to anyone who would like to take choir or thinking about it to know that it has lifelong rewards, it’s hard work, but a lot of fun. Don’t be afraid sing and to put yourself out there, ” she said. For students who are considering taking choir, Cantley teaches Chanson, Concert, Chaconne, Chanteur, and the Russell Ayres. “I’ve been directing imaginary choirs since I was six years old. Music has always been huge in my family,” Cantley said. “I feel like I was meant to do this.”

The period 6 Concert Choir works with teacher Jennifer Cantley on Sept. 29. Photo by Keeli Telleen.


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Anime Club Ms. Jacobs--501 Art Club Mrs. Brashear/Mrs. Van Heel-502 Barrier Busters Mrs. Underwood/Mrs. Allen / Mrs. Wheeler--223 Botany Mr. Cubbage--210 Bowling Ms. Carter--225 Business Proffesionals of America Mrs. Parsons--228 Cheerleading Mrs. Anderson--Upper Gym Chess Club Mr. Beck--322 Color Guard Mrs. Jordan--Media Center DECA Mr Stukey--229 Drill Team Ms. Myers--Upper Gym Fellowship of Christian Athletes Mr. Metge--307 Fencing Club Mr. Clapp--219 FCCLA Mrs. Stark--222 FFA Mrs. Koterba --401 French Club Mrs. Davis--204 German Club Mrs. Bulger--234 HOSA (Health Occupations for Students of America) Ms. Virts/ Ms. Drahos--506

CLUBS 2011-2012

Students have opportunity to join the numerous clubs CMR offers

Several students sign up for ski club, one of the most popular at CMR. Photo by Shayna Leonard.

While talking to a new student, on Aug. 31, CMR senior Darby Lacey promotes HOSA club. Photo by Shayna Leonard.

Indian Ed CLub Charelle Beatty--Media Center International Club Mrs. Slater--304 Journalism Club Ms. Britton--326 Key Club Mr. Lathrop--325 Long Boarding Club Mr. Hibbert--317 MMUN Mr. Cubbage--311 Music Listening Club Mr. Dell--602 Poetry Club--218 Pep Band Mr. Kellogg--601 React Teddy Nault--Cafe Rustler Buddies Mrs. J. Graham--TBA Science Bowl Mrs. Spencer--327 Science Olympiad Mr. Metge--307 Sci-Fi Club Mrs. McLean--328 Ski Club Mrs. Kirol -- 222 Spanish Club Mrs. Buley--201 Skills USA Mr. Hogan--403 Speech & Debate/NFL Mr. Rosenleaf--207 Thespians/Drama Mr. Spencer--Bill Will Hall Youth Alive! Mr. Metge--307 If you are thinking about joining any one of these clubs, you can see the teachers listed for more information.

“So far, I think the club is to get to know other kids who are religious.” -Emily Neumann, 9 Youth Alive!

“It’s not your average club one bit; everytime it’s different.” -Jade Matschenbacher, 10 Anime Club

“The club makes me feel good. I like the club and the kids in it.” -Amber Roberts, 10 Spanish Club

“It’s a refined art of sword play and gentlemanism.” -Dakota Matson, 10 Fencing Club Mr. Lathrop leads his Key Club meeting with one of his members on Sept. 13, the first club day of the 2011- 2012 school year. Photo by Jake Settera.

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede

A Call to Duty:


New “videogames as literature” class innovative, rigorous way of teaching students by shayna leonard

Some students desire a way of learning that suits their interests and abilities. Unfortunately, teaching tactics today don’t work easily and efficiently for everyone. However, there is hope. And this hope is called Videogames as Literature. “We have shifted the regular English curriculum into something more engaging,” Scott Clapp, head of the English department and teacher of the class, said. A new class this year, Videogames as Literature is an English 7-8 option for seniors that uses outside media such as videogames incorporated into teaching methods. Twenty-one students participate in the class, and parts of the curriculum include reading “The Things They Carried,” a memoir about Vietnam and playing the famous” Call of Duty: Black Ops”. Although they are playing videogames, the focus is much more than that. Clapp’s class has been focusing mainly on the heroic cycle, a way of following the epic of a hero, and intertextuality, using videogames as a springboard to literature. Even though Clapp said he is far from an expert, he hopes to make the learning “rigorous and relevant” and “applying it to real life.” However, Clapp is most excited about their upcoming project. “We are planning to design a full-blown game design document,” Clapp said. “Eventually writing a full storyline for a videogame, designing it, and then doing a pitch of the game.” He plans to have each student pitch an idea, and then have the class vote on what they think would be a good game idea. Then, each leader will recruit a team of designers,

writers, and artists who will make the game come to life, creating a 150-200 page game design document. He wants the design teams to be “very thoughtful” and “not haphazard.” “I actually know some people in the gaming industry whom I will have come in and listen to your pitch,” Clapp said. This gives each student in the class a genuine opportunity to be creative, professional, and able to have a real-world experience. Senior Tyler Santy, a huge fan of the “Call of Duty” series and avid gamer, really enjoys the class. “The fact that it shows that not all adults are anti-technical,” he said. “People are realizing videogames have positive influences.” “All videogames are 21st century novels,” he said. Clapp said that most of the faculty at CMR likes the class; however, he hasn’t had a lot of parent input. “Every teacher realizes you guys are wired differently,” he said. “I live for the ‘Aha!’ moment,” he said. “The moment when you guys said ‘I so get it.’” Clapp believes that students can really learn from gameplay. “There is a richness to that gaming design that goes beyond the surface details.”

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Concentrating on not getting blown to bits, seniors Paris Simonson and Jeff Ovrom take a turn at getting past the next level in Call of Duty: Black Ops during English class Sept.30. . Photo by Shayna Leonard.

Scott Clapp’s 3rd period English class, otherwise known as videogames as literature, plays Call of Duty: Black Ops on Sept. 30. Photo by Shayna Leonard.

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A new documentary show on TLC called “My Collection Obsession” showcases people who spend hours a day obsessing over their strange collections. They cover collections and obsessions from dolls to shoes to vacuum cleaners. But everyone on the show has one thing in common-absolute obsession. I can relate-- sort of. I am obsessed with several things. That’s what people would tell you. I feel, however, that people confuse obsession with passion. I’m just an overall passionate person. I put my heart into everything I do. I feel like without that passion, I wouldn’t be human. Everybody needs something to “obsess” about and here’s why. A close friend of mine has recently lost two friends to suicide. It is my belief that if we find something to love and put our heart into (in a healthy way, of course), we will look to that when we feel nothing else is working for us. For instance, I am quite obsessed with Lady Gaga. I know the words to every song and dream to one day have her retweet me. I looked to her this summer when I was isolated at a camp in South Dakota where I didn’t fit in. I feel like no matter what my obsession was, had it been another celebrity or collecting rocks, I could have turned to it during that time. From talking to my friends, I find they have something they’re obsessed with too. So please find something to obsess over. Start a collection, start a hobby. Anything. Be a little crazy.



From dinosaurs to dancing

A multitude of TV shows premiering this fall

Terra Nova


Dinosaurs, who doesn’t love ‘em? In the new series “Terra Nova” that premiered Monday Sept. 26 on Fox, the show starts out in the year 2149 where the Earth is threatened due to overpopulation, so scientists found a “rift” in space that allows them to travel back in time to the Cretaceous Period. The Shannon family joins in the fun as the first human colony in this new world. the series is going to be a hit, especially if you love dinosaurs. So tune in to see how it all works out!

The new season of “Glee” premiered Tuesday Sept. 20 on Fox. The new season kicked off with some new surprises with some familiar faces. Sue is running for Congress, threatening to cut the arts programs at school, Quinn has become a rebel, and Santana has been cut from the Glee Club. Rachel and Kurt decide to go to Julliard for college, only to find out they don’t have a theater arts program, and Mr. Schuester wants to start a family. All in all, I can tell this is going to be a great season for all the Gleeks out there.

Two and a Half Men

As most of you may know, the new season of Two and a Half Men premiered Sept. 9 on CBS. It starts out at Charlie’s funeral, where they are all remembering him for the eccentric man he was. When Alan gets home, he had plans to scatter his ashes on the beach when Ashton Kutcher’s character Walden appears! Kutcher says that he was trying to drown himself because his wife and high school sweetheart ended things with him. Alan later takes him to a bar where they meet two lonely girls who they later take home. The next morning he decides to buy Charlie’s beach house from the family. The adventures will continue this season as Charlie’s family, as well as the audience, adjusts to Walden.

Dancing with the Stars

The new season of Dancing with the Stars aired on Sunday Sept. 18 on ABC. The season started with all new dancers including Carson Kressley, Chaz Bono, Chynna Phillips, David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian, and J.R. Martinez. Ron Artest was kicked off of the show in the first episode, leaving the remaining celebrities to go to the second episode. The show brings back the judges that you know and mostly love, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and the man himself, Len Goodman. Winning the first episode was Chynna Philips and J.R. Martinez.

Caitlyn Aakre showcases the super scary dinosaurs in the all new series “Terra Nova.”

Luke Sisko, Ryan Murphy, and Corey Allen show their interpretation of “Two and a Half Men.”

Kelsey Smith and Shayna Leonard depict the roles of Max and Caroline from the new upcoming show “2 Broke Girls”. Photos and text by Zach Pottratz and Caitlyn Aakre.

New Girl

The new series “New Girl” premiered Sept. 20 on FOX. The show depicts a socially awkward girl named Jess who moves in with three men that she found on Craigslist after her boyfriend dumped her. The role of Jess is played by Zooey Deschanel. They help her to get back into the dating scene while at the same time getting close with her BFF, who happens to be a model. I thought the first episode was funny as heck, and I believe it’s going to be a great series.

2 Broke Girls

The new comedy”2 Broke Girls” premiered on Sept. 19 after the premiere of Two and a Half Men. Set in New York City, the show is about two friends that come from totally different families. Max, who comes from a working class family and Caroline, a rich girl that is kind of in the dumps. As they try to make ends meet, they dream one day to open a cupcake shop, for that they need to raise $250,000. At the end of each episode, there is a tally to show how much of the $250,000 that they’ve raised so far. This is supposed to be a hilarious series, and I can’t wait until more episodes come out.

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Madonna announces Stampede’s Stampede’s Books Books to to Read Read new album due in Across the Universe spring 2012

Super Villians

By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES (MCT)-Madonna has confirmed rumors that she is at work on her next album. While promoting her directorial film effort, “W.E.,” at the Venice Film Festival, the pop diva announced that she’d “started a little bit of work in the studio” on her as-yet-untitled 12th album, with the first single pegged for a February or March release. It has been speculated that Madonna would re-team with William Orbit, who co-produced and co-wrote the majority of her hit 1998 album, “Ray of Light.” In an interview with Sweden’s Sveriges Television, she didn’t exactly shoot down the collaboration rumor, only saying that fans should expect “more good music.” The disc will be her first since splitting from longtime home Warner Bros. Records and inking a 360-deal with music conglomerate Live Nation. Her last album, 2008’s “Hard Candy,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. (c) 2011 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.


fromThe Little Mermaid “She is just so completly evil!” -- Kristine Sundly, science teacher


from Batman

“Not the Heath Ledger joker, not the Jack Nicholson joker, but the comic book joker.” -- Chris Evans, drama teacher



by Beth Revis by whisper harris

Amy, a 17-year- old girl, joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard Godspeed, a spaceship. She expects to be awakened 300 years in the future on a new planet. However, she is awakened 50 years before the landing date. Someone tried to murder her, and now she must find out who before her parents suffer the same fate. This book captures science fiction, mystery, and romance perfectly. This is an amazing debut novel, 398 pages.

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer by stephanie mouser

What would you do if your parents had disappeared, the world went into an apocalyptic mode, and your life meant nothing anymore? This is the exact situation 17-year-old Alex Morales was put into when an asteroid hits the moon, knocking it closer to earth. Alex is left with great responsibilities not only to survive, but to protect his two younger sisters as well. As he is put through unimaginable situations and devastation, he continues to find hope in Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “The Dead and the Gone.” In this novel, Pfeffer explores the possibilities of an apocalyptic world through a teenage boy’s eyes. Offering suspense, drama, and tragedy, this 315-page book will keep readers up all night wanting to get to the stunning conclusion.

Web sites not to be missed

1. is a website showcasing the common man failing at anything possible, if you just want to laugh at someone else’s misery and AFV isn’t on then visit for your fix

CH Scar

from The Lion King “I like him because I don’t like him!”

--Dawn Drahos, Med Prep teacher

Art by Mandi Monroe


2. is a website that has various links to other sites depending on what type of media you want to see anything from games to poetry. 3. is a website that has a vast archive of videos that are designed to teach you skills, they have many categories to choose from and the skills they teach range from something crazy like surviving a zombie attack to something more practical like getting a

better night’s sleep. 4., you may have heard of the phone service but did you know they had a website? The website has categories you can look through and it has news about various things plus top 10 questions and various polls you can take part in. 5. is a website for users to post links to other cool things they’ve found while surfing the net and they can also post their own artwork, writing, video game scores or even their own gameplay. This site isn’t just about games though, it literally has a huge array of categories.

If you could add a word to the dictionary, what would it be? If you had to ride an animal across Africa, which animal would it be and why?

Folf Lion because the


would be a cushion.

What’s your favorite key on the computer keyboard? On a scale of 1-13, how excited are you to be in the Stampede?

That’s what my name starts with.


well if I ever need money. or parent permission slips.

(love you Dad)

The squiggly one, it makes regular words into Spanish ones.

I cannot even put it into words!

Tony Bennett lands his first No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times Los Angeles (MCT)-- Tony Bennett’s 85th birthday was last month, but the legendary crooner got a major belated gift this week when his album “Duets II” took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The disc, which pairs the singer with some of music’s biggest players, including Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin and Carrie Underwood, bowed at No. 1 after logging 179,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Bennett, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, made history as the oldest living artist to hit No. 1. He’s also the oldest living artist to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart after his duet with the late Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul,” debuted on the chart. Bennett pushed Lady Antebellum to No. 2 as its “Own the Night” sold an additional 125,000 copies, while Adele’s “21” maintained its staying power by clutching onto the No. 3 spot. Other notable chart debuts include Demi Lovato’s post-rehab disc, “Unbroken,” opening at No. 4 with 96,000 copies

My whole vocabulary. my friends would appreciate some help understanding the nonsense that comes it’s a half-sneeze, half-cough out of me...

crocodile. because who would mess with a guy riding a crocodile.

lunch money NOTHING!

Best thing If I forget about having your parent I can go working at your to my dad. school?




just wasn’t enough

enjoy the ride more.




Frindle, because the book

A platypus, I would










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An elephant! I’d get a nice view, and it should be pretty comfortable.

Elephant- it’s a slow and relaxing ride and it has room for all my stuff.

I get to see my mommy all day long! Who wouldn’t like that?

She can give me lunch money

It gives my pinky a workout.

who doesn’t want



Kaboobalated- it means squished

13! Only about half of my face has ever been in here. This is exciting!

~tilde key~

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Warhol Exhibit visits C.M. Russell Museum


Views of an artist and a student by corey allen

The pop culture legend Andrew Warhola Jr (Andy Warhol) was born Pittsburgh, Penn. in 1928. Warhol was renowned worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, and author. Warhol was an instrumental part in the pop art movement and is unequivocally one of the most known and revered artists in recent history. “Andy Warhol: Legends from the Cochran Collection” is a 36-piece set of silk screen prints of Warhol’s iconic work from the private collection of Wesley and Missy Cochran. The collection will be on disIllustration by Corey Allen play at the C.M. Russell Museum from Aug. 19th – Dec. 31st, and presents a unique opportunity for students, teachers and everyday art admirers alike. As a long-time fan of Warhol’s artwork, I was excited when I heard about his work being exhibited at the museum. My favorite of Warhol’s prints that are being displayed at the museum is “Howdy Doody” from Warhol’s “Myth” series, which is one of two series’ that are on display at the museum, second being “Cowboys and Indians.” Having enjoyed many of the characters Warhol depicted in the myth series as a child, the series brought about fond memories, with a new twist provided by Warhol’s unique pop-art style. The myth series depicts characters such as Mickey Mouse, Dracula, The Wicked Witch of the West, Superman, Santa Claus, and Uncle Sam. “Howdy Doody” connected with me most because it’s a character I did not recognize that has a particular mystique and genuine disturbing emotional response. Overall, I think the exhibit is a fantastic glimpse into the pop art movement and the work of an icon such as Andy Warhol. I strongly believe that it’s a must see exhibit, and a great opportunity for the community to experience. by corey allen

Downtown Hot Spots

Teens discover cool hangouts in Great Falls Tracy’s

Mountain Mudd

Phone: 453-6153 Address: 127 Central Ave. Hours: Open 24 hours This is a hot spot for nightowls, with tiny jukeboxes at each table and some of the best breakfast food in town.

Little’s Lanes

Phone: 452-4116 Address: 517 1st Ave. N. Hours: Due to leagues, can be sporadic. Call for more information. Nowhere to go on a Friday night? Come here for 20 lanes of awesome bowling.

Phone: 770-3121 Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Address: 901 Central Ave. Two drive-through lanes make it perfect and convenient for getting your caffeine fix.

JJ’s Bakery Phone: 727-5910 Hours: Mon-Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A classic Great Falls hang out, perfect for studying for a few hours and enjoying a delicious cinnamon roll.

Downtown Dog

“Andy Warhol was one of the most famous pop artists ever, House Warhol made recognizable imagery global,” said art teacher Phone: 454-3647 Kerry Brashear. Brashear had the opportunity to view his artHours: Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-6: p.m., work at a museum in Seattle, where she marveled at the sheer Sat: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m.size of Warhol’s prints, and his use of bright, bold colors and 5 p.m. dramatic contrast. Later in his life, Warhol was more interested Address: 5th Street S in being a celebrity himself, and he focused on everyday items A peaceful place to grab a “gourmet” or celebrities, Brashear said. Warhol helped to usher in the pop hot-dog, relax and watch TV. movement, and made society look at seemingly normal imagery as forms of fine art. She said she likes Warhol’s work more 5th Street Diner together as a series, than individually. “My favorite piece is Phone: 727-1962 Annie Oakley; I like his use of line, color, and position of the Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 figure” Brashear said. This is a great opportunity to view con- p.m. Sun: 9 am -2 p.m. temporary artwork from a celebrity master, she said. Brashear Address: 120 Central Ave. added that many of the works in the series are easily recog- An old hangout where all kids go nized and loved by many. “I think that the community could at least once. Home of the best fries get an understanding that Warhol was a diverse artist. He was a in Great Falls. co-founder of a magazine, involved with a band, a printmaker, filmmaker and much more.” Information compiled by Ryan Schlosser and Katie Hodges. Photos by Jake Settera and Ryan Schlosser.

Candy Masterpiece

Phone: 727-5955 Hours: Mon-Sat: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Address: 120 Central Ave. The perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth, with everything from grown-up fudge to little-kid sweets.

Crooked Tree

Phone: 315-1221 Hours: Mon-Sat: 7- 6 p.m. Address: 501 1st Ave. N The newest addition to downtown, complete with gourmet cupcakes and coffee.

keepingactive Wanner remembered

alecks leavey

notes from a

smart-aleck sports editor

Oct. 6, 2011 The Stampede

All is good in the world of sports today. Barring the University of Miami’s scandals, and the NBA lockout, and Mayweather’s knockout against Ortiz, and Peyton Manning’s aging body, and baseball fans getting beaten into comas, it’s great to be a sports fan. Even though the playing field has turned yellow with penalty flags, the review from upstairs shows that there are plenty of things to be proud of as October begins. I couldn’t be happier. Sure, the Red Sox are a loss away from losing the wild card spot and as basketball is stopped the “Big Three” are ordering wheelchairs, but Brady is still the golden boy of the NFL and Notre Dame is starting to actually win games. Some of the other staff members of the Stampede scoff at what is apparently an obsession, and say things like, “Who cares that the NFL lockout ended?” or “Don’t you have more important things to do than read sports articles during class?” My answers would be, “Everyone, and probably.” My point is, our world revolves around sports. The Superbowl is the most watched event on television every year, as the Packers and Steelers game caught the eyes of 111 million people last February. That’s a lot of eyes. The president of the United States had only 38 million viewers during his inaugural address. Tiger Woods, 2011’s richest athlete, made approximately $100 million this year, and pro tennis star Serena Williams was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. Athletic competition is the epitome of people coming together for a common goal: to play games. What other global group could say that their intentions were so innocent? Yes, we all know someone who goes to extremes and breaks the TV when their team is blown out, but for most fans, sports offer a chance to escape from their desk jobs and be a part of a team. Whether it’s PeeWee football, high school golf, college basketball, or professional rowing, sports produce friendships, competition, and loyalty: all more important than the final score.


Austin Loris Wanner (1994 - 2011) Through the eyes of his friends by corey allen

“Austin was one of the nicest, funniest people I’ve ever met” said senior Julianna Valenti about Wanner. Wanner was born in May 1994 and since then Wanner has made a lasting impact on many people. Wanner had a huge personality, a huge smile, and was a huge human being overall at 6-4. However in many people’s opinion the biggest part of Wanner was his heart. Wanner died this summer in a car accident on July 19th, at the age of 17. Wanner had many close friends whom atJewell met Wanner in 7th grade when they were both on the same basketball team. Jewell recalls how Wanner often broke things on accident. Wanner broke both Jewell’s Rock Band drumset, and his basketball hoop. “Don’t call me Wiener” is a statement Jewell recalls Wanner saying often. Many of Wanner’s closest friends would intentionally mispronounce his last name to annoy him Jewell said. “Austin ate a copius amount of food.” Jewell said. “We would order Austin an entire individual pizza when he would come over” Jewell continued with a grin. Wanner will always be my best friend. “I’ll always remember the good times”.

tended CMR, all who miss him dearly. Many students at CMR have made shirts in his honor, with his football or basketball jersey number on the back to wear at CMR’s sporting events in his memory. There are many students at CMR whom Wanner has made lasting impressions on, and each have unique stories and memories of Wanner. Below is a collection of a few students who were close to Wanner, and their memories of him. Valenti met Wanner through Patrick Jewell during her sophomore year. Valenti recalls how infectious Wanner’s laugh was, and how it was hard for her not to smile while he was around. He always used to get mad when I’d drink the slushies he’d get at Sam’s Club at lunch Valenti said. One of Valenti’s most prominent memories is when she accidently ran over Wanner’s foot with her car after school one day. “I’ll aways remember when he’d introduce himself” Valenti said. Wanner always seemed to find a way to introduce himself and meet new people in the most creative ways. She added, “He was a social butterfly”. -Julianna Valenti

-Patrick Jewell

“ I met Austin in connections, but only really started getting to know him in Junior year” senior Alanna Whitehorn said. Whitehorn loved how genuine, down to earth and humble Wanner was. “He was a great listener” Whitehorn said. Wanner would tell me “Things will always get better” when I was feeling bad. Wanner was easy to be around, and was always sweet. Whitehorn said. “I’ll always miss his big bear hugs.” “It’s hard not seeing him.” -Alanna Whitehorn

My own memories of Austin start simply with his laugh. I can hear it in my head as clear as ever. Wanner had a unique and infectious sense of humor. When I first met Austin, he picked me up by my shirt and said I was one of the smallest kids he’s ever seen. At first I was offended, until I truly got to know Wanner, and understood his sense of humor. Wanner’s size and stature earned him the nickname “Lurch” after the tall character from “The Addams Family,” and I often called him Lurch to mess with him. I’ll always remember the constant sports bickering, the friendly insults, and the great times I had with Wanner. - Corey Allen

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State golf over, both boys and girls disappointed by ryan murphy

In the past, the Rustlers girls’ golf team could be described in one word: unstoppable. But, this year is a little different. Up until recently, it was uncertain if the girls’ team would even be able to pursue any more than individual titles at this year’s state golf tournament, which took place at the Butte Country Club Sept. 27-28. However, even with enough girls to potentially vie for a state team title, the girls’ goal was not to win a state title, but rather to build for the future. With

such a young team, the ultimate goal was to simply get more experience for the seasons to come. The boys team has had some “bright spots” throughout the season, Coach Brian Halverson said. Juniors Taylor Kuntz and Josh Kakalecik specifically came to Halverson’s mind, when he cited excellent rounds both played. Even with all the talent, the goals weren’t to win the state tournament. The goal for the boys team was “To move into the middle of the pack, 8th place or better.” Coach Halverson said. More or less, the boys hoped to estab-


lish themselves as one of the better programs in the state. As for individual titles, Halverson said seniors Rachel Solomon and Lexi Pyette were be in the hunt for the state championship. “Rachel will have a pretty good shot at winning it all and Lexi can keep up with the best of them,” he said. She won the Great Falls invite on Aug. 22-23. Solomom knew exactly what she had to do to win state. “Stay patient, stay in the moment… make good shots and play good golf.”

by ryan murphy

Reflections “Golf is really about mental preparation, not physical. It’s my last season and I’m sad about that. It’s fun, but definitely challenging.” - Lexi Pyette, 12

Even though it wasn’t what they wanted, both the boys and girls took 11th at state, with excellent performances from Rachel Solomon, Taylor Kuntz and Josh Kakalecik. Solomon took thrid as an individual, while Kakalecik was two strokes out of getting All-state honors, while Kuntz was only one stroke out of All-state mention.

“I’ve grown a lot from freshman year to now through going to tournaments and meeting different people. I’ve grown a lot as a golfer and a person because of it.” - Rachel Solomon, 12

“You get to meet a lot of new people from around the state.” - Marc Levesey, 12

the results

Girls 11th Boys 11th Rachel 3rd Solomon

Cross country confident X-Country Top Tips headed into cross-town by ryan murphy

“I suggest golf to kids coming into CMR, it’s a good way to spend your afterschool hours.” - Luke Stenzel, 12

Bozeman won the state title for the girls. “It kinda pokes me in the ribs a little bit,”Coach Brian Halverson said, “but Bozeman won the girls title, beating the team record we set last year.” However, Halverson was adament about how young his team is and puts out a call for incoming freshman golfers next year.

Freshman Allen Rogers watches his tee shot at the Meadowlark CC. Photo by Beth Britton.

With the cross-town cross country meet on the horizon, CMR runners are seeking a victory for both the boys and girls. “It’s looking to be tough,” Coach Nathan Gregier said. “But if they run how they should, they should win both boys and girls trophies.” Even with a positive outlook going into this year’s rivalry match, the season hasn’t gone exactly to plan. With the early season loss of one of last year’s best runners, Patrick Rayl, to a heel injury, the team has been short a key leader. In addition to injury, another difficulty to the cross country team has been experience on the team.

“A lot of the younger kids have shown good improvement, as well as good leadership from the seniors,” Gregier said. As if injury and experience were not enough to overcome, CMR cross country has a hard time filling a team. CMR has one of the smaller cross country programs in the state. “Bozeman has about 50 girls on their team, while we have 11,” Gregier said. However, having a young team isn’t all bad. Freshman Cambria Hassell, after working with the team during the summer, has become one of the stars of the girls’team. “Cambria ran over the summer and put in a lot of miles preseason,” Gregier said.

“...they should win both boys and girls trophies.”

Advice from some of Cross Country’s top athletes “Stay hydrated.” – Larsen Blake, 11

“It’s OK to eat calories, just not gummy bears and Ho Ho’s.” – Coach Nathan Gregier “Set your own pace and goals.” - Bekka Russell, 12 “Your body is capable of much more than your mind will let you believe.” – Coach Nathan Gregier “Don’t be disappointed if you can’t meet your goals.” - Bekka Russell, 12

Senior Woody Buck attempts to pass a competitor at the Great Falls Invite on Sept. 16.


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Pyette breaks sports record

Junior Nick Downs fires a shot as the varsity boys soccer team battles the Skyview Falcons on Aug. 23. Photo by Meg Smith.

Soccer girls, boys celebrate Homecoming week with victories by alecks leavey While C.M. Russell’s Homecoming was showing off dressup themes in the hallways, the varsity girls soccer team was shooting off goals against Great Falls High last Tuesday. After one half, only a single point was scored by senior Ali Zimmerman; after that came the barrage. Seven more goals went on to be scored as the Rustlers heightened the Homecoming festivities with an 8-0 win over the Bison. Senior Alyssa Malisani had an assist and a score of her own at the end of the shutout. “It’s just another game,” Malisani said. She added that in the eyes of her coach and the team, a game against their city rivals is no different from any other matchup. The winning continued on Thursday when the girls completed a regular season sweep of the Butte High Bulldogs in a 7-1 rout.

When asked about her team’s confidence riding backto-back wins, Malisani admitted it was “definitely going up.” “I definitely think our defense is solid,” she said. The girls will take on Bozeman and Billings Senior this weekend Oct. 7 and 8, and still have some things to improve on as their record sits at 4-2-2. “Our middle field has some holes, and we need to finish games earlier,” Malisani said. “But we are feeling good, and that’s a pretty big deal.” The boys team also had reasons to celebrate after a 1-1 tie with Great Falls High, and a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs, which completed a season sweep of Butte by CMR. The boys now have a 2-4-2 record, and are hoping to continue to improve. The Rustler men will play host to Bozeman and Billings Senior the same day as the girls this weekend.

Huddling together after a point, the Rustlers keep their focus during a match against Billings West on Sept. 17th. Photo by Alecks Leavey.

The varsity girl Rustlers get a quick breather in their matchup against GFH on Sept. 27. Photo by Alyssa McClain. With the game over, the Helena Bengals and varsity Rustlers shake hands on Sept. 9. Photo by Jake Settera.

Lady Rustlers keep heads up, stay focused on taking first win by alecks leavey On the outside looking in, some might think a team with a 0-13 record would feel devastated; perhaps even hopeless. They obviously haven’t met C.M. Russell’s varsity volleyball squad. “[We] are all working really hard and we have a blast together as a team,” senior Carly Gysler said. Despite not having won a game, the lady Rustlers have the confidence and determination of an undefeated juggernaut. After a close 3-0 loss to rivals Great Falls High during the start of Homecoming week and another on Thursday to the no. 1 ranked Lewistown Golden Eagles, the girls are hoping for a turn around the second half of the season. “Everyone just needs to

believe in themselves and the team each game,” Gysler said. “[Something] that could improve is just creating a more winning attitude.” Teammate and fellow senior Christina Johnson agrees. “Our team needs to work on fighting to the end and not letting errors get us down,” she said. “We really need to believe in ourselves.” With future games right around the corner including a visit from Butte High on Oct. 6, and a crosstown rematch against the Bison on Oct. 11, CMR has a chance to show just how much they trust themselves and the girls around them. “We all get along really well and are having fun,” Gysler said. “We are working towards some wins in the future.

by jennifer verzuh An ordinary day in senior Lexi Pyette’s life is anything but typical. “I go to golf right after school then I have soccer, do my homework and go to bed,” Pyette said. “It’s not actually that bad,” Pyette said of her intense schedule. “I’m just glad I get to do both…and that the coaches work with me. You just make little sacrifices here and there,” she said, including missing many Homecoming events, not getting to spend much time with her friends and having practices on holidays. “You’re just committed to your team,” Pyette said. Pyette is currently the captain of both varsity golf and soccer and will be in basketball and tennis, where she plays singles, as well this year. She has been playing soccer, golf and basketball since before first grade and has been involved in tennis for the past two years. She has lettered in all four of those sports. “I’m the first female to letter in four sports (at CMR),” Pyette said. “I was really excited to know that I broke a record.” If she letters in those four sports again this year she will break the all-time lettering record at CMR for boys or girls, she said. In addition to focusing on sports, Pyette works hard to keep her grades up. “I make sure I get a good grade, that’s a priority for me,” she said. Pyette has already received a soccer scholarship and plans to continue playing at the college level where she is hoping to pursue a degree in premed or biology. “I think I’m going to go to Carroll for soccer,” Pyette said. Despite her success, Pyette maintains that she doesn’t “do it all.” “My teammates help me out a lot,” she said. “CMR is a good place for athletics. Sometimes it’s challenging but you just got to time manage and be prepared.”

Fire on Ice

Oct 6, 2011 The Stampede


New Great Falls junior ice hockey team starts season off by keeli telleen

Speed: that is newcomer Eric Swahn’s favorite element of hockey. Still, one wonders what brings a young man from Stockholm, Sweden to Great Falls, Mont. for athletics. “I didn’t like play in Europe; the ice is bigger and the game is slower,” Swahn said. “It’s more physical here.” Swahn is one of nine CMR students playing for the Great Falls Americans in their inaugural season as a USA Hockey sanctioned Tier III Junior A team. For all but one of the players, Great Falls is a new residence. For Senior Jordan Landwehr, however, the coaching is the same. “I played for Coach Frank in Atlanta, and when he got the job here he asked if I wanted to come,” he said. His biggest challenge in coaching this season, Coach Matthew Frank said, is “having a lot of young, inexperienced players. We have 10 who are just in high school.” Players’ ages range from 16-20. Frank hopes to develop all of his players and give them the chance to succeed at the next level, on a Tier II or Tier I team. The Americans opened at the Great Falls

Ice Plex on Friday, Sept. 30. Most CMR students were attending the Homecoming Football game and dance that night, but there was some high school support at Saturday night’s game. While the Americans lost both games last weekend, they will have multiple chances for redemption throughout the season. In addition to getting their footing on the ice, most of the players are still adjusting to a new life in Great Falls. “I actually like it a lot more than I thought,” Landwehr said. “It’s pretty chill.” Ben Zienty said simply, “It’s different.” What do the Americans hope to accomplish this season? Landwehr wants to work on, “improving as much as I can, working on making it to the next level.” Sean Sayers wants what any other serious athlete wants, “to win.” Sayers, who plays center and left, said he also wants to work on picking his game up. “They are all good players with the drive to succeed,” Frank said. “They work hard day in and day out.” Swahn is looking forward to playoffs. “We haven’t played together before, so it

will take a month or so to get the team together, but I think we’ll be quite dangerous.”

CMR Roster: • • • • • • • • •

Connor Barta - Montana Erick Fischer - Nevada Jordan Landwehr - Georgia Igor Nomokonov - Missouri Randall Patzner - Colorado Sean Sayers - California Cory Schafer - Pennsylvania Eric Swahn - Sweden Benjamin Zienty - Illinois

Upcoming Home Games

Frenzied action by the Americans goal. Photo by Keeli Telleen.

Defenseman Eric Swahn takes a breather during the game against the Helena Bighorns Oct. 1 Photo by Keeli Telleen.

Randall Patzner battles for the puck in a 1st period face-off. Photo by Keeli Telleen.

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Sat, Oct 8 vs. Missoula @ 7:30 Sat, Oct 15 vs. Gillette @ 7:30 Fri, Oct 21 vs. Helena @ 7:30 Sat, Oct 22 vs. Billings @ 7:30


Oct. 6, 2011 The Stampede

CMR Homecoming Game 2011 Win

Rustlers rally to 27-13 Homecoming win over Skyview by alecks leavey The CMR varsity football team concluded an exciting week of Homecoming with a 27-13 win over the Billings Skyview Falcons on Friday night. Senior receiver Trey Cates returned a second-half kickoff return for a touchdown for the second week in a row and had an 8-yard run score in the final quarter. Junior running back Hunter Thomsen ran for 141 yards on only 21 carries, including a 7-yard score five minutes after Cates’ touch-

down, while sophomore quarterback Jayse McLean passed for 167 yards and completed 13 of his 20 pass attempts. Jack Johnson’s team has won two games in a row after a 51-14 loss three weeks ago against Billings Senior, including a 45-6 thrashing against Missoula Big Sky on Sept. 23. The Rustlers, now 3-3, take a trip down to Helena High this Friday Oct. 7 as they try and get past the .500 mark.

Top Right: Sophomore Jayse Mclean and Josh Horner make a run for it against Skyview. Middle Left: Senior Blake Green takes a Skyview player down. Middle Center: Seniors Garrett Cornwell, Austin Fisher, Jordan Otis, and Amber Gettis cheer on their football team. Middle Right: The Rustler football team celebrate their victory. Bottom center: Keeli Telleen, Claire Bebee, Kylie Myers, and Dakota Whetham were colorful and rowdy as the Ruslters battled the Skyview Falcons. Photos by Jake Settera.


The October 2011 issue of the CMR Stampede