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c.m. russell high school great falls, montana May 5, 2011 vol. 46, no. 8


an open forum for student expression

sliding into

home base CMR softball aims for state title

Performing Arts Assembly a valuable annual tradition (pg. 2)

“Star Spangled Girl� debuts tonight (pg. 5)

Track & Field competes despite Mother Nature (pg. 18)

voice it opinion

The Staff

Stampede gives farewell, see you again Rustlers Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish poet and writer, once said, “In America, the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs forever and ever.” As a newspaper this year, the times have not been easy. There have been late nights full of stress, disappointments in errors, the difficulties of going out and finding people to interview, and much more. However, overall we believe we have accomplished the goal that Oscar Wilde spoke of: to cover CMR to the best of our ability. Looking back, we have delivered hard hitting news to students, such as the trials of Jessie Hardin in Uganda, the illnesses that students struggle with, and the reality of the message in the play “American Roulette.” We’ve entertained our readers with opinionated movie reviews, stories about students’ expressions, and the details of the lives of teen mothers. We’ve lifted and supported many CMR sports such as basketball, football, and even fencing. To you as a reader, we hope that we have given the biggest gift of all: knowledge. If we’ve ever proved or disproved gossip you’ve heard in the halls, made you furious, made you joyful, or brought a tear to your eye, then we’ve done our job. It’s been a good year, but the work is never over for the Stampede. We all look forward to bringing you more issues in the future, and to making improvements to our paper each and every time it comes out. Wherever you as a reader may be in the future, whether it be serving in the military, studying at a college, or even climbing the ladder to fame and fortune, we hope you do not forget the power

Performing Arts Assembly a valuable annual tradition Each year in early May the CMR drama and music departments team up to share performances with the entire student body. It is a great opportunity for students and staff to check out the work being done in Bill Williamson Hall -- and it’s a nice way to celebrate the a r r i v a l o f spring.

of a newspaper. Through delivering up-to-date news, striking opinion pieces, and the talents and accomplishments of students, we have the power of words. The Stampede has given us every opportunity as a staff to be ourselves, and given you as a reader the opportunity to form your own thoughts and opinions. So therefore we ask you not to forget to be offended, be informed, be angry, be overjoyed, be opinionated, and wherever you are, pick up a newspaper every once in a while.

The Talking Head tim seery editor-in-chief

staff alecks leavey austin lahr caitlyn aakre christina christianson deja lacey jennifer verzuh jordan smith josh philyaw kristi gange lindsey buck

megan bernhardt mandi monroe

adviser beth britton principal dick kloppel

Charles M. Russell: The Stampede

Art by Christina Christianson.

We’d like to thank the students and staff members who make thier annual performance possible. We appreciate what you do, and students should hopefully recognize how lucky they are to be given the chance to be an audience member. The May 3 assembly did not disappoint -- thanks to the Symphonic Band, Chanteur, drama students, Russell Ayres, Chamber Or- Conductor Dennis Dell leads the CMR orchestra in the May 3 Performing Arts Assembly. Photo by Lenaya Jung. chestra and the Russtones.

There are 64 million public school students in the United States. Every day millions of them go home and are asked by their parents what they did at school that day. I want you to take a minute and ask yourself how many of them when asked this question can reply that they attended their High School House

editor-in-chief tim seery visual content editor nick green news/opinion editor katie hodges business manager nick schulz features editor shayna leonard sports editor meg smith

class and helped build a home for a family in need, played in a full band, choir, or orchestra, spoke a foreign language, took numerous college level classes, tried out for a cutting edge drama production, took medical classes, wrote for an award winning student publication, and listened to a holocaust survivor tell her story. The answer is, not many. Here in Great Falls each one of us can go home at the end of the day and say that we had the opportunity to participate in one of those activities. As students in the Great Falls Public School system we are surrounded by opportunity---both academic, athletic, and extra curricular. We should not take these opportunities for granted. Regardless of whether or not this or any mill levy passes we must not lose our focus on education.

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. 228 17th Ave. NW (406) 268-6178 Great Falls, MT 59404

Education is integral to any advanced comunity and despite what may seem like a lack of immediate pay-off for those who are not directly tied to the school system the rewards are great. Great Falls is a sterling example of what education can do right. For the most part our students take advantage of those opportunities afforded to them, be they academic or extracurricular. In summation those who see funding education as something of little consequence or too much of a burden on their already strained lives must accept the tacit if unassuming benefits of a well funded education system. To borrow an old cliche the youth are our future, and Great Falls must continue along it’s great march on the path of excellence.

CMR teacher recalls her high school pregnancy experience that he was the father to his friends, but would Kudos to The Stampede for printing an tell me he was sorry when we were alone. important article in February in regard to teen The next reality hits as mentioned in moms. I especially understood the comment the Stampede article -- “Your friends do by Holly Komeotis—“I had friends that made disappear…” All those who were excited for promises. They told me that they would be you, those who were supportive of you and the right by my side, and as soon as I started to baby, have moved on with their lives. I missed get bigger I stopped having out on prom--I was an athlete-- I friends.” was a teenager. Not! Other teens Today as I walk through were enjoying such their senior the hallways of CMR High year. While the teen mommy, School and view the pregnant like myself, is going through teens, a stressful memory labor pains, or is changing poopy comes to haunt me. I have to diapers, and/or trying to catch say that I agree that having a up on sleep while trying to make baby growing inside of you ends meet! for nine months is the ultimate Even though I had my parents’ experience, but teen pregnancy support, I still felt very alone; life is also an experience of shock was never the same. I am thankful and awe! I say so due to the for the support of my parents, the fact that I was a teen mom my staff at CMR, and the Young Parent senior year at C.M. Russell Education Center. I wouldn’t be High School, giving birth to where I am today without them. Julie Anderson and her son, Timm, my son on Dec. 18, 1981. on the way to his baptism on Jan. I was able to finish high school Seriously, the shock of teen 23, 1982. He was one month old on time with my friends in the pregnancy is thinking that at the time. Photo courtesy of Julie spring of 1982 by taking eight you are pregnant, believing Anderson. classes. Graduating on time was you are pregnant, and then my goal, as well as being a good finding out for sure that you are pregnant— role model for my son. Other teen moms had my heart pounds just thinking of these girls little or no parent support, and they didn’t do and the decision they have made and will as well; no parent support—more stress—more have to make. I was crushed having to tell my loneliness—less of you to give. parents. My mom took the news rather well, I learned from YPEC that I did not want to so I thought. Crying hysterically, I bawled the be a statistic of a teenage mom. Such statistics news to her as she was heading out the door are that a teen mom will most likely not finish to catch a plane. The following high school, not go on to college, Monday morning I was curling and become pregnant again my hair in my poof pillow within the next one to two years. and reality hit; my mom came In the end, I discovered that home. She entered my room giving birth was a traumatic to lose her temper a bit and experience. I chose not to have any said she would make a doctor more kids due to complications in appointment. Little did I know the delivery process. I love my that the appointment would son; I love my granddaughter! be to talk me out of having But my other family, my other my baby—total shock! Not kids, are now those who travel really—I was having major the hallways at CMR. I hope to difficulties in school and life make a difference in their lives in general (the bully scene is another story)—I -- my son’s life, my granddaughter’s life, and was not the greatest prospect to be a parent at yours. I hope to help you not make mistakes the time. Is any teen? Through the grace of God that I have made. and a few prayers, my uncle told my mom he My advice: “If you choose to have sex, would adopt my baby if things did work out. protect yourself. Girls get on birth control. Guys The aw-side of pregnancy is climbing to the wear a raincoat! To those who get pregnant, be third floor at CMR, stressing about life at this a good role model for your child, do the best time, back pain, feeling scared and all alone. for your child, and never give up on a dream. I My best friend greeted me halfway up the kept a promise to myself, friends or no friends, stairs and noticed that something was wrong. to be successful in life. I did it, and you can, When she asked me, I began to cry and blurted too. I encourage you to meet success the easier that I was pregnant. We left school together way, though -- without a baby. and went to Planned Parenthood to confirm my suspicion. Then we traveled to inform the daddy; he fell off the couch and said nothing. I left feeling even more alone. He denied the fact Julie Anderson

03 Fourteen juniors recognized for outstanding departmental work May 5, 2011 The Stampede

When it comes to working hard and devoting oneself to a specific area of study at C.M. Russell High School, 14 juniors stand out in 2011. The annual Junior Awards were handed out at the recognition breakfast April 19.The awards are given to students who are chosen by teachers in that department. Students were honored for their creativity, devotion, attitutde and willingness to strive for perfection. Principal Dick Kloppel, along with GFHS Principal Fred Anderson, handed out the awards in front of parents and teachers.

This year’s Rustler recipients are: Christina Green – Art Beau Bridgeman – Business Marquis Archuleta – Drama Darby Lacey – English Ali Coster – Family/ Consumer Mira Rumpel – World Language Jordan Otis – Health Enhancement Derik Powell – Industrial Tech Katie Hodges – Journalism Tasha Heryla – Math Kelsey Smith – Med Prep Keeli Telleen – Music Dalton Albers – Science Rachel Solomon – Social Studies


Dear Editor, On March 31 there was an article in the paper about the freshman class being “extraordinary” in academics, absences, truancies and F grades, but is this really what the entire school thinks of us, or are they just looking at the bad? I thought that it was unfair and unjust to criticize the freshman class so toughly and compare them to all the upperclassmen. Instead, we should’ve been compared to the other classes in their freshman year, if at all. Another factor that should’ve been realized is that there have been many policy changes over the past year. I did research and found that “instead of students missing 10 days then being kicked out of class you have kids who miss over 30 days and are still enrolled,” teacher John Cislo said. “The policies have changed, and they have probably skewed the numbers pretty well.” The school board has changed the attendance policy from having any child who misses more than 10 days of school unexcused to allowing these kids to stay enrolled and rack up a lot of F’s and absences. What troubles me as a freshman is that the article doesn’t give a passing glance at the good side of the class. We have a lot of outstanding sports stars along with some academically amazing students. Thank you for your time. Dustin Senger, freshman

Yearbook Release Party!

The full-color 2011 Russellog will make its debut on May 19 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the cafeteria. Admission is $2. Live music, pop, snacks and the BOOK! Books are for sale in the Finance Office until May 13. Books will be for sale at ther party and then again starting Monday, May 23.


Members of the C.M. Russell High School special education department show off the “Spread the Word to End the Word” poster they signed. The poster will be displayed at national and international Special Olympics events. Back Row- Lance Johnson, Matthew Jorgensen, Nick Roberts, Trey Royt, Christopher Wilkenson. Middle Row- Shane Ard, Michael Rapp, Cinthia Payan, Cinthia Hueth, Tony McCuin, Jacob Coleman, Devin Aristonic. Front Row- Ashley Warf. Photo by Shaenell Jaime.

Catching the holiday spirit

How the non-religious can still enjoy the holidays nick green

The plethora of Christian themed holiday can be a time of personal and external conflict for non-believers. Bombarded on all sides by unwanted religion non-Christians are often caught between a principled if un-enjoyable abstinence from celebration and a somewhat hypocritical indulgence in the widespread festivities. I would ultimately have to say that if you can’t beat em’ join em’. I’m definitely not saying that people should just go with the flow and pay lip service to Christianity; doing this would probably be more insulting to genuine believers than a simple statement of disbelief. My point would be this: in a society where the holidays of a predominate religion have become highly commercialized those who don’t accept the tenets of said religion can still embrace the spirit of goodwill in society without sacrificing a part of their being. I have come to this conclusion from personal experience. There was a time when I wouldn’t let myself watch corny Christmas cartoon specials or help in decorating the yearly Christmas tree, I’ve since come to a more nuanced decision. I’m still uncomfortable with religion’s permeation into American society, but faced with the choice of either struggling in vain against people immoveable in their opinion or just moving on and enjoying the occasional chocolate Easter bunny, I would go for the latter. The spirit of the holidays is after all, generally a time of good spirit for most and by rejecting the holdiays entirely, the non-religious miss out on a chance to join in on the momentary emergence of human kindness. If I were to leave one final message it would be this: you can not whole heartedly belief in something without having to totally disown it and in the process exclude yourself from what can be enjoyable secular experiences. Being non-religious in America is not always easy, and those of faith often seem to to hold very negative opinions on the non-religious. They can go on thinking this and those of us who don’t take these prejudices to heart can just smile and enjoy the cheesiness of The Year Without A Santa Clause.

Students spreading the word on ending the word mandi monroe

A campaign is sweeping CMR to spread the word to end the word. “The purpose of the R-word campaign is to promote respect for our children with intellectual disabilities. We want to help people realize that the word is very hurtful towards a person with these kinds of disabilities, ” paraprofessional Sara McDonald said. The banner pictured is an important symbol for the campaign. “Its purpose is for students at CMR to take a pledge to not use

the word ‘retarded’. The banner will be going with the group to the Special Olympics and then hopefully to the world games, which is in Athens, Greece” McDonald said. Afterwards the banner will come back to CMR, where it can help the students remember to choose to respect everyone with their word choice. To learn more about the campaign or how you can help spread the word go to

A Technological Tragedy Screen-distracted America struggles to stay focused meg smith

Now, while technology may have expanded due to the achievements of a few smart people, in general, we are all getting “stupider.” Before you verbally attack me with contradictions of, “No we aren’t!” and “You’re wrong!” just think about the mere simplicity of those articulate responses. Articulate. $3 word, meaning to be expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness. Some may try to rationalize that we have since developed a wide multitude of new words and phrases to define technological advancements. Oh yes, “Facebook it” is a highly intelligent phrase. The extra three seconds it might take to say, “Get on Facebook and look up this person,” is simply too much effort for the entirely too busy modern teenager. And for those of you who couldn’t tell, that previous paragraph is called being facetious. Facetious. $3 word, meaning sarcastic or lacking serious intent. In addition to the ever flourishing Facebook, Google Chrome has unleashed a new generation of “Google it” research papers.

As the Twenty-first Century has ravaged the generation of books and libraries, Internet sources such as the reliable Wikipedia have emerged to lessen the stress of the dreaded research paper. Book. $2 word, meaning a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers. Now, don’t get me wrong, Facebook and Google have their place in today’s society. The untold amounts of free knowledge swirling about our heads at any given moment provide more information than our forefathers had ever dreamed of. But there’s the problem. This vast treasure trove of new information has turned us into ADD America. The mere prospect on focusing on a specific area is incomprehensible to a generation that has grown up watching television, texting their friends, Twittering, and updating their Facebook status all at once. We are eternally connected to the entire world at a single click of a button. Click. Click. And in a world of this much interaction, the Cult of Impersonality has emerged. With the information surplus destroying today’s individuality, people are all too

ready to acquiesce to “talking heads” dictating society’s wants and needs from the thousands of screens we see every day. We can exchange fashion, fads, and common ideals faster than ever before, thus making the teenage necessity to “fit in” a large driving force in today’s society. Our every move is monitored and cataloged, making it of the upmost importance to follow the trends of each second. NOT. It is more vital than ever for people to adopt individual living styles that don’t depend on trends from the past or the latest cultural fad. In this eerie 1950’s conformity, we run the risk of watching American history repeat itself. I cannot, with good conscience, sit back and watch the creativity and individuality of the American spirit go wasted to laziness and an inability to focus on one’s self. It’s time to find the time, to end the times. Step up to step out of the box, America.


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The Unpredictable “Smell” of Success Drama department debuts new play “The Star-Spangled Girl” tonight nick green

If Kyle Wood had to offer a short promo for the upcoming play it would be: “I like the way you smell.” Wood, quoting from this week’s production The Star-Spangled Girl, is one of only three students starring in the Neil Simon comedy. “Following American Roulette (the last drama production) we wanted to do a comedy,” Wood said. Juniors Drew Sorrusten, Kyle Wood, and senior Aly Hutchinson are starring in the play coming out today and runs through May 7. Admission is $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Wood first got into drama because his sister had been and he had, at that point, not found an extra-curricular activity. Wood further added that because the play has already been performed across the country, (the previous play American Roulette being written by drama teacher Chris Evans) it was an easy choice to be the next production. “It’s basically a story about two hippies, they’re brilliant students

at Dartmouth who publish a protest magazine. But, to mix things up a beautiful Olympic swimmer who’s sort of the Fox News type, moves in next door to the hippies and peculiarly one of the hippies falls in love with her based on her smell,” Hutchinson said. “There’s another twist, though. The girl likes the hippie who doesn’t like her even though she has an eight-foot boyfriend. It’s basically a love quadrangle,” The play is certainly a different play from any performed this year. “This play is Chris Evans unique because it’s so darn funny; it’s not a deep thinking play,” drama teacher Chris Evans said. “Imagine Fox News and MSNBC as boyfriend and girlfriend. The play was written in the 60’s but you can still see some of the political arguments we’re having today.”

“Imagine Fox News and MSNBC as boyfriend and girlfriend.”

Such a convoluted plot naturally requires a lot of forethought and practice. Wood said the most difficult part of preparing has been memorizing lines. “The lines are all pretty dependent on each, and we all rely on each other,”

I am a part-time history geek. I’m not exactly sure as to when this development occurred, but somewhere along the line I started hanging out in the Barnes and Noble history section and stealing my dad’s Ben Franklin biographies for road trip reading. Admittedly, this isn’t as cool as being a part-time computer geek (I can’t hack anything) or a part time math geek (my homework takes me a long time). But at least I can stake my news-opinion editor claim somewhere in

Chasing Sanity katie hodges

Wood said. As the last play of the year, “StarSpangled Girl”holdsspecial significance for senior Aly Hutchinson. I had surgery the week before the show, and it’s going to be pretty difficult running around the stage on Thursday,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson added that while “it’s nice that we get class time,” it’s still pretty stressful. Evans, however, feels that all the work is worth it, “It’s just a funny, funny, play and even though I’ve seen it several times it still makes me laugh.” “I’ve got three of the hardest workers, it’s very rare to see any of them without books in their hands,” Evans said. While her time with CMR Drama is nearly at an end Hutchinson, is sad but optimistic. “I’m excited to go to college, but I’ve been in every mainstage show since I started; and I’m really going to miss the people.”

the large world of geekdom. Being a geek used to be well…Geeky. But thankfully sometime over the past 10 years, it became cool to be a geek about something. This is a good thing. Period. The end. Everyone should have one thing they love and devote time to, one thing to geek out over. Encouraging people to be geeks means encouraging people to take an active interest in things that they love. It means that people are passionate about things. And when people are passionate about things, the things they create or do are better. Someone who geeks out about brain surgery is most likely going to be a better brain surgeon than someone who sort of tolerates it, and had that

Pictured at upper right, Juniors Kyle Wood and Drew Storrusten rehearse a fight scene between their respective characters. Wood later exclaiming “that actually hurt.”). Pictured above, junior Drew Storrusten suffers the effects of his ‘wounds’ after dueling Wood. Pictures by Nick Green.

brain surgeon not been encouraged in his geekiness, there wouldn’t be a great brain surgeon. So be a geek. Even if the thing that you geek out over won’t save a life, you will probably be a more happy, productive person for it. Finding something to be passionate about means that not only will your passion benefit, but everything else in your life will benefit from it. Having something in your life that you love will make everything else seem better. A passion might not always bring fame and succes (whoever heard of a rich history geek), but it can at least bring happiness, corny, but the most important thing. So find something to be passionate about. Find something to love.


DECISION 2011: Election delivers financial blow School board members chosen katie hodges

Great Falls voters denied the high school and elementary levies which together amounted to $998,000 on May 3, and also elected four new trustess to the school board. The voters turned down the elementary levy by 9474-7985, and the high school levy by 95007993. Mary Moe, Jan Cahill, and Bob Moretti were elected to the three four-year terms, and Johnny Walker was elected to the one-year term. Somewhat ironically, each of the trustees elected Tuesday supported the mill levy. All candidates had the chance to interact with the public at a student-led forum April 19 at Cameron Auditorium on the Benefis campus. The American Association of University Women sponsered the event, at which student journalists from Great Falls High and CMR questioned the candidates.

Mary Moe

Students and community members gather to question and listen to trustee candidates on Tuesday, April 19, at the Cameron Auditiorium in the South Benefis Tower. Junior Katie Hodges moderated the event. Photo by Beth Britton.

Voters deny district’s $998,000 levy tim seery

“The most pressing issue is getting a budget in place that will sustain us.”

“My top priority is to maintain the quality of education.”

“One of the first issues is what programs the district recommends taking out. I’m sure that will be one of the first priorities.”

“There’s going to be some tough desicions that need to be made. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Johnny Walker

Aside from the sheer numbers and the new reality of a failed levy, Kloppel said he is disturbed by voter attitude. “More than one half of the voters say they support education, but in actuality they really don’t,” Kloppel said. Kloppel said that in years past the district has levied funds and in the spirit of fiscal responsibility only used part of the funding. “A few years ago we levied 19 mills and only used five of them. That ends up coming back to haunt us because our budget is based on what we use,” he said. “Had we used more, we would have more budget to work with. I guess it shows you that our frugality has even caused us to take a hit.” Reflecting on the new reality of two failed levies, Kloppel is thoughtful. “I don’t understand the perception that our district doesn’t use money wisely.”

Bob Moretti

On May 3, Great Falls voters weighed in on a $998,000 mill levy, and for the Great Falls Public School District the result was far from desirable. The high school and elementary levies both failed by a margin of more than 1,500 votes. According to the Cascade County Elections Office, of the 25,000 ballots sent out to registered voters, 12,600 of them had been received by mid-Tuesday morning. All additional ballots were dropped off at the election office or cast on Tuesday at the Montana Expo Park. After hearing the result, CMR Principal Dick Kloppel reacted by saying, “I am disappointed and somewhat saddened by the results. The general palpable atmosphere in the community was negative.” “There is the perception out there that the district has fat, and the bottom line is that the levy was going to support vital organs,” he said. “When the levy is needed to hire English teachers, science teachers, literacy teachers—those are all vital organs.”

Jan Cahill


SPEAKING OUT: Candidates share views at the April 19 Forum Eric Bakly

“We, as a board, should find ways to get out with the public. Trust comes from relationships.”

Jan Cahill

“I think I can provide insight to new board members. I’m proud to have been a part of education.”

Audrey Finlayson

“I received a quality education. It’s the ultimate way to give back.”

Mary Moe

“I believe our choices will determine the destiny of Great Falls. We have never been more in need of good schools.”

Bob Moretti

“I believe it’s every citizen’s responsibility to volunteer. The reward to me is success.”

David Schuler

Randall Hand

“I bring my love for community service. I look at this seat as a thankful position.”

“I would like to give students the best education possible.”

CMR shop department ends on strong note Senior prepares for welding career jennifer verzuh

Many high school students are unsure when it comes to choosing a future career, and even if they have one in mind they often don’t take the initiative to work towards that goal. C. M. Russell High School senior Zackary Brown is different. Brown is planning on pursuing on a career in welding, which he has been involved in since his freshman year. He has taken three welding classes at CMR and is currently taking one dual credit welding class at Montana State UniversityGreat Falls College of Technology (COT). Brown was Senior Zackary Brown poses in the CMR welding room. attracted to This is his fourth year studying welding by the welding. Photo by Jennifer “hands-on” asVerzuh. pect about it and soon found he had gotten “good at it.” Brown recently competed in the MSUCOT regionals on March 11, where he received first place in stainless and mild steel, GMAW, SMAW welding. “I won a 250 Pearl Esab,” he said. A 250 Pearl Esab is also known as a wire feed welder. Brown said he enjoys the hands-on experience about welding and believes it’s a good job and “a trait that’s rarely used.” Brown is considering attending college for the trade at MSU-COT in Great Falls.

May 5, 2011 The Stampede


A day in industrial tech

Sophomore DJ Sergent works on his project for woodshop class. Photo by Shayna Leonard.

CMR shop students attend statewide competition jennifer verzuh

C. M. Russell High School senior Valorie Oldfield was one of nine Rustlers to attend the annual SkillsUSA competition April 11-13 yet she was the only girl to go from Great Falls and “was one of two girls in the competition.” However, this was no disadvantage, as Oldfield came away with the title of best drafter in Montana. During the summer she will be attending the national rounds of the SkillsUSA competition in Kansas. Oldfield has been involved in drafting classes for three years and plans to continue in college. “I’m going into mechanical engineering in college,” Oldfield said. She will be attending Washington State University-Vancouver. “I like the fact that you can put different objects on the computer and mess with them and play with

them and have them still be the same project,” she said. For the competition, Oldfield drafted up a gyroscope and gave a presentation about it. SkillsUSA is an annual statewide competition that tests students in the fields of carpentry, woodworking, welding, drafting, and auto shop. Three to four students from each of these areas are chosen to attend the competition. This year, students were accompanied by welding and machining teacher Paul Hogan. Hogan said SkillsUSA is an “all hands-on” competition focusing on each of the students’ areas where they build parts according to specific instructions and are individually judged. For students to be chosen to attend this competition “they have to excel in their individual areas,”

Hogan said. In addition to Oldfield’s victory, senior Dean Stoller received second place in carpentry. “They’re very dedicated,” Hogan said of Oldfield and Stoller. “And when they work hard and put in that much effort they’ll do well.” All of the CMR students who attended the competition placed in the top 25 percent , according to Hogan. “I’m just proud of these kids and the effort they put out,” Hogan said. “They worked hard and deserved everything they got out of it.” Other students who attended the competition are Jaycen Cole, Marc Oldham, Travis Price, Eric Students work to accomplish Wilcox, Gavin McClain, James and repair projects in shop Bamfield, and Travis Owens. classes. Photos by Deja Lacey.



Teachers earning national certification


Lena Blassuer Caro Marchegiani katie hodges

Color. Shape. Material. Type. Sparkles. All aspects that go into choosing the perfect prom dress. But for Caro Marchegiani, it was something else. Flatness. “I needed to pack it and take it back home,” Marchegiani said. Marchegiani, a foreign exchange student, will return home with her light blue dress at the end of the school year, and she said that she had to be sure that she could take it with her. Prom dresses aren’t the only thing unusual for Marchegiani this year, either. Instead of being scared by an Algebra II/Trig class in a foreign language, Marchegiani is enjoying it. “I really like math,” Marchegiani said, adding that she is also enjoying her textile and cooking classes. “Here, I like school a lot,” Marchegiani said. “It’s like in the movies.” Although Marchegiani misses her family, she has yet to experience much homesickness. Marchegiani said that her family here is nice and that she’s “not homesick at all.” However, she misses Argentinean food, especially that of her grandmother. “I don’t really like the food [here],” Marchegiani said, adding that she misses how much meat she ate in Argentina. Unlike Marchegiani, foreign exchange student Lena Blassauer has enjoyed the food in America. “My host mom cooks really good,” Blassauer said. Blassauer, a native of Germany, has enjoyed her time in the United States so much, she is hoping to spend another year here and graduate from CMR, if the diploma from America will transfer to Germany. Blassauer has enjoyed her classes at CMR, calling them easy and fun. “My favorite class is Spanish,” Blassauer said. Blassauer has also enjoyed cheerleading at CMR, describing it as one of her favorite parts of America. “Every time you see a movie from the states, there’s a cheerleader,” Blassauer said. “I really like the school here and the school spirit.”

Looking to students for the answer to a math problem, Terri Dahl teaches her Junior Honors Algebra II class. Photo by Deja Lacey. deja lacey

Along with grading Odyssey projects and reading “Romeo and Juliet,” freshman English teacher Holly McEwen has added one more project to her large stack of things to do: earn her National Teacher Certification. The National Teacher Certification, or NTC, is a second license for teaching. In order to get a NTC, teachers take a number of tests and videotape the classes that they teach. “The students just act the same. When I watch the tape I see some of the kids texting or waving at the camera, but I find at least one good part,” McEwen said. She started her NTC last year and then decided that she was going to finish this year. Along with taking tests and taping the class, there are four portfolios that have to complete.

“I’m kind of that person who always has to be doing something,” she said. Three teachers at CMR have decided to take the extra step when it comes to teaching. Tom Cubbage, Holly McEwen, and Terri Dahl have all strived to attain the National Teachers Certificate. Dahl successfully earned her certificate in 1997, while Cubbage and McEwen are now finishing the process. Part of McEwen’s reasoning for starting the NTC was to get feedback on her teaching. Like McEwen, biology teacher Tom Cubbage also wanted to get feedback about how well he teaches his students. Cubbage applied for his NTC last year, but he missed the cutoff by 12 points. He decided to go for it a second time. “There is some type of financial award from the district and the state,” Cubbage said. Even though there is money involved, Cubbage said he is more focused on making sure that his teaching skills are on point. “It makes me look at my own teaching and ask myself questions about what I can do better,” he said. Cubbage has found that giving his students clay while he gives a lecture or goes over the notes for the day helps them pay attention. “I’m the type of person who has to be with a pencil and paper, but it helps them to have something in their hands,” Cubbage said. Austin Pond, a sophomore in Cubbage’s biology class, also finds that it makes the class better when students get to do “hands-on stuff.” Pond said that Cubbage’s class is “very supportive” when it comes to the video section of the NTC. During the taping, Pond said that students act maturely. One of the only things that Pond thinks should change is the long lectures that Cubbage gives. Regardless, Pond finds the class “inspirational.” Even though the NTC has taught Cubbage about himself, he admits that “I’m kind of ready to be done.” The one teacher who has earned the certificate is Terri Dahl, the math department leader. Dahl was one of the first teachers in Great Falls to earn her NTC, and she renews her certificate every three years. “I was so happy when I had finished,” Dahl said. “It’s a great feeling to have one.”

“If I could change one thing, it would be knowing what’s going on at the school. Events that are going on during the week. Announcements are very last minute and don’t say everything that’s happening. I think they need to inform their students about what’s happening during the week before it happens.” -Darrian McManious, 12

“I would like to go back to having a consistent bell schedule. It takes so much time away from classes. To get the time back, I would say we should have fewer PLCT and connection days.” -Steve Titcomb, history teacher

“Definitely longer lunches.” -Kris Kaul, 10

Students and staff speak out If you could change one thing about CMR, what would it be?

“More dances. I like dances.” -Colton Carter, 11

“I believe that the school should offer a wider variety of classes. I know when I was a freshman there weren’t classes “Announcements. They throw my like guitar. Students would feel more welcome and would whole class period off. It’s hard to anticiwant to come to school if they had classes that pate how wound up my kids are going to weremore enjoyable.” be when they are over.” -Jessica Hug, student teacher

-Alanna Field, 12


Scouts honored by Eagle status austin lahr

It’s -15 degrees outside and senior Casey Coffman is in the middle of the wilderness -- camping. Coffman, along with 11 others, is a member of one of several Boy Scout troops in Great Falls who made an untimely camping trip near Neihart this past winter. “That was one of the coldest nights of my life,” Coffman said. One would assume that in this day and age of cell phones, iPods, and video games, that the camphappy group called the Boy Scouts would have no purpose, but for some scouts in the community, it has proven otherwise. Senior Austin Thompson said that the Boy Scouts program has quite a few lessons to teach. “I found out that Boy Scouts is more than just a bunch of guys who decide, ‘Hey, let’s go camping this weekend.’ They really teach you life skills,” Thompson said. “Everything Thompson from how to work leather to being prepared for any emergency.” The Boy Scouts of America began in 1910 and have since then enrolled more than 50 million scouts and awarded more than 117 million merit badges. Typically, the groups are divided into specific ranks. Most begin their journey in Cub Scouts, and traditionally “cross-over” into Boy Scouts at about the age of 12 and then move up gradually through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second class, First class, Star, Life and then Eagle. Reaching the Eagle Scout title is above all honored and respected. “It’s a highly prestigious rank, and I will always be an Eagle Scout,” Coffman said. Since joining the scouts program in the first grade, Coffman said the scouts have provided him with an abundance of the outdoor activities he loves. “I absolutely love being a scout,” Coffman said. “I love to go camping, and I even met a lot of my friends through the scouts. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.” Both Thompson and Coffman work alongside the other individuals in their troop to not only go camping and learn how to survive in the wilderness but also give back to their community. Thompson said he has consecutively participated in the Boy Scouts food drive and has also provided his services to restoring several trails as well as picking up trash around the community. one might not expect boys in high So this month I have had to do two research projects, one about Sandra Cisneros for english, a Latina poet, and another about president Andrew Jackson for government. Through my journey of hours spent writing note cards and the infinite times I retyped my works cited page, my masterpiece(s) are finally complete. Although the job was painful features editor

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school to continue participating in something typically meant for younger children, but for Coffman and Thompson the lessons taught extend much farther than those childhood years. “The scouts are for any age; it doesn’t matter if you’re eight or 80 years old. The lessons you learn you use for the rest of your life,” Coffman said. Thompson said that the vast majority of individuals who portray that frame of mind are simply buying into the Boy Scouts stereotype, which he assures is real but not for every scout. “Boy Scouts has just taught me a lot of life lessons from managing money to being prepared for emergencies, to shooting guns, to even cooking,” Thompson said. For some, like GFHS senior Scott Mathson, being an Eagle Scout actually helped him land a job. “Most kids would think that being in Boy Scouts at this age is a dorky kind of a thing,” Mathson said. “Ultimately, it is highly looked upon by colleges and jobs, and actually helped get my job.” While the numbers may look impressive, there are numerous problems facing the Boy Scouts of America. Thompson said that he is personally seeing a rapid decline in membership and not just nationally, but locally as well. “The numbers just aren’t what they used to be. Parents are no longer encouraging kids to do it, and kids are just not interested anymore,” Thompson said. Coffman said that though younger boys are becoming less interested with the scouts, the program itself is also to blame. “I feel that the activities that newer Coffman troops are participating in have decreased in difficulty and creativeness, and as of right now they don’t do quite as much as I think they should be doing,” Coffman said. “There was a statistic that I heard that only 10 percent of anyone who joins Boy Scouts makes it all the way to Eagle,” Thompson said. “And when I crossed over to Boy Scouts I made a promise to myself that I was going to get to Eagle, and I’m not going to stop until I get it.” Despite the declining number of members and lack of involvement of the newer troops Thompson and Coffman said that they both intend to continue participating in Boys scouts “As a result of Boy Scouts, I feel like I’ve become a better leader,” Thompson said. “[Boys Scouts] really taught me leadership skills and responsibility.” and I thought I was going to die, I accomplished something that I can claim as quality work, and because of this I can declare that I have actually learned something. Who knew? In the process I have learned a few things. Distinctively I have shown myself that I have the ability to not procrastinate. I don’t know if you have heard, but procrastination leads to not getting your work done on time, which leads to even more work in the future! This epiphany brought me to the conclusion that doing one’s work does pay off in the end, and I know that we’ve all heard that before, but it’s often hard to believe without seeing, and when your in the moment all you want to do is spend the night on the couch in front of the television.

Art by Christina Christianson.

I also have acquired a love for poetry. I never knew that so much work goes into a five-line poem. And the themes that are revealed in those five lines are not only phenomenal, they are life changing. Therefore, I am, shall I say, glad I did the project. You may think I’m crazy, and yes that may be true, but the fact is school teaches us things. I know, right? Not just how to do logarithms or how to annotate a poem, but it also teaches us how to go about our daily lives with success. That learning can be fun and that things in life shouldn’t be put off too long. So congratulations to all you juniors and seniors, who just finished your research projects. Be proud of the magnum opus you created!

CMR students and staff change the world

In response to the earthquake in Japan, the freshman government decided to do a fundraiser for them. We ordered bracelets from a website that say “Hope for Japan” on them. We will be selling them in the commons during both lunches for a dollar each. Most of the profit we will make from these will also be sent to Japan through the Red Cross. We ordered plenty of bracelets, and we are in the middle of selling them at North Middle School - Cori Enseleit, Freshman Class President

The sophomore class did a collection for the Children’s Receiving Home. We had it going for almost a month and ended it the day before winter break. We received canned

food, blankets, gifts, books, toys and all kinds of winter clothing. Our drive was extremely sucessful and I hope to do even better next year. - Jack McCarthy, Sophomore Class President

The amount of money it takes to buy one bracelet during A and B lunches. The money will go to earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The number of dollars needed to raise by the school for Chris Evans, drama teacher, to have the winning class officer shave his head and for him to wear a dress all day at school.

1 month

The amount of time it took for the sophomore class to organize and carry out their service project of donating food and clothing to the Children’s Receiving Home How many kilometers you can run on May 21 in order to donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in Great Falls.

The amount of money it takes to impact animals such as cats, dogs, and birds at the Pet Paw See. It provides food, hygiene, and even a new home. During the April Red Cross blood drive in the CMR fieldhouse, senior Katie England settles in to donate a pint of blood. Photo by Beth Britton.


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Taking care of business Students take on extra responsibilities to receive higher opportunities shayna leonard and lindsey buck

For some kids, having a teacher in charge is hard enough, but juniors Sarah Udovich, Jean Ducimetiere, and sophomore Taylor Korb face the daily challenge of being a leader for students. “It’s a weird job. You don’t want to be mean but sometimes you have to,” Ducimetiere said. Ducimetiere is one of the many managers for the CMR Company this year, and it’s a job that requires a lot of hard work. “I wanted to try to handle more work for my own experience. It makes me feel that I can do good,” he said. Managers are in charge of counting students absent, marking students tardy, and giving students permission to leave classes. However, according to Ducimetiere, along with the hard work comes fun. “The most fun part is helping people. I’ve usually needed help and now I’m in a spot where I can help,” he said. Ducimetiere said that all the managers take time to patrol around their classrooms and assist students with projects and other homework. According to Ducimetiere, there are more benefits to being a manager than just being helpful. “You’re your own person and your own teacher. You learn how to interact and act in real world situations,” he said. Ducimetiere said one of the hardest parts about being a manager is having to take two classes at once. Other than the normal responsibilities of managing a business class, managers also are part of their own class. “I’m working on a project about handling conflicts. We have to rent movies, answer questions, and take time outside of school to do this,” Ducimetiere said. Sarah Udovich also recognizes the hard work it takes to be a manager. However, Udovich has bigger management plans than just her high school career. “I’m either going to do fashion merchandising or fashion designing,” Udovich said. She says that both of these careers require her to have taken business classes in high school.

“I think a lot of kids like the business department because you go at your own pace and are independent. You have more responsibility,” she said. According to Udovich, business is becoming a bigger part of the world every day. “Marketing and entrepreneurship is really huge. The business world is taking off,” she said. Becoming a manager for the CMR Company, however, is not an easy job. Sophomore Tayler Korb is an example of the hard work and dedication it takes. “I was inspired because I wanted the extra challenge and many teachers encouraged me to apply for the position,” Korb said. A well constructed resume, teacher suggestion, and interviews with staff are required to attain the position of manager. “The most challenging part of being a manager is finding the balance between working with my peers and being responsible for management duties,” Korb said. Like Udovich, Korb plans to pursue a business career in her future, and says that management is one of the first steps to getting there. Management classes are valuable for students and are the future of CMR, she said. “Student managers are important because it gives leadership opportunities for students and additional challenges which students are looking for.”

Sarah Udovich and Jean Ducimetiere on one of their many projects. work (top and bottom) Being a manager and a student means they have the responsiblity, thus twice twice the amount of work to do per day. Photos by Shayna Leonard.

May 5, 2011 The Stampede



entertainment Furry fad erupts in high springing

into this month’s movie scene

Something Borrowed: Adapted from the novel by Emily Griffin, this romantic comedy about love, friendship, and betrayal features Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, John Krasinski, and Colin Egglesfield. Thor: Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor, god of thunder and a powerful warrior. He is cast down to Earth as a punishment for reigniting a war. Once there, he becomes a hero as he battles with his stepbrother, Loki, the most dangerous villain from his planet. Recent Academy Award winner Natalie Portman stars as both a scientist and Thor’s romantic interest. Bridesmaids: SNL star Kristen Wiig leads this cast as Annie, Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) single best friend, who is thrilled when the newly engaged Lillian asks her to be the maid of honor until she realizes all of her responsibilities and takes her and the rest of the bridesmaids out for a bachelorette party in Vegas that none of them will ever forget. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain

Jack Sparrow in the newest Pirates installment, w h i c h finds Jack searching for the Fountain of Youth amidst zombies, mermaids, new villain Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and a woman from his past (Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz), who also happens to be Blackbeard’s daughter.

The Hangover: Part II: The original cast, including Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis return for the sequel which finds the gang heading to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding. Kung Fu Panda 2: Jack Black reprises his role as Po, a kung fu master/panda who sets out to find the Furious Five after an evil emperor peacock (Gary Oldman) attempts to take over China with weapons so powerful that kung fu alone may not be enough to stop him. -Jen Verzuh

student Jarrett Workman flaunts his fur meg smith It came in a dream with the intense flash of sudden inspiration. Wolves. Junior Jarrett Workman has been fascinated with wolves since he began writing about them at the age of 11. By the age of 12 he had progressed to live action role-playing online. There he met Dallis Sears who “pointed [him] to a few sites.” From that point on Workman became enthralled by writing his book, “Thowan.” The basic plotline involves the adventures of a spiritual wolf that has

the ability to turn into a human. This concept got Workman thinking about taking his role-playing to a whole new level. “Recently I’ve had a few friends suggesting I make my own suit,” Workman said. By “suit” he means that he will literally create a “furry” costume that mimics a wolf. The “furry” subculture is a new trend defined by dressing up as real or imagined animals and wearing life-like suit replicas of the animals. Although Workman hasn’t officially started making the costume, he already has a blue and white synthetic wolf tail that he frequently wears around school. While he is comfortable with his new look, one has to wonder how the parents of a “furry” handle the situation. “My mom has been very supportive,” Workman said. His mother has even offered to help him with fabric recommendations and the tremendous sewing job. While the suit may look like an animal, the real beast is creating the outfit. The head requires extensive plastic framing before adding foam to give it a consistent shape. Then, the jaw has to be added. However, this can entail some mechanical work because Workman is hoping to create a moving jaw. For some, this job is more work than it’s worth, but Workman is excited to “finally do something more artsy with it.” This freedom of expression also manifests itself every time Workman wears his tail, or plans to wear his suit. But Workman isn’t concerned about the people who may feel the need to make snide comments over his hobby. “It doesn’t worry me,” Workman said. “If something happens, I’ll just get out of the way.” Aside from the skeptics, Workman is confident that “a lot of people are very open to it.” Relaxing on the couch, Jarrett Workman shows off his tail which is part of his costume. Photo by Meg Smith.

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You can be classified as a furry

___Your favorite books include talking animals such as “Redwall” and “Winnie The Pooh.” ___You prefer talking animal cartoons to live action movies. ___Your favorite Disney characters include Stitch, Timon & Pumba, Flounder, and Simba. ___You enjoy artwork that crosses human anatomy with animal limbs (ex. Mermaids, Centaurs). ___As soon as “Rango,” “Rio,” and “Hop” were announced to be released, you wanted to see them. ___You find that animals are better companions than humans. ___The mice in “Cinderella” made it all the better. __You wish that your pets would talk to you.

Furry Facts: Anthropomorphic: Giving physical human traits, personality, and emotion to non-human beings or objects through artist representations. Furry: A person who which embrace their love for anthropomorphic characters. Furry Fandom: Describes the increase of populairty furry fans, literature, and art. Fursuit: A costume worn for fun and conventions. This is usualy a “mascot-like” ensemble. Furry Convention: A gathering of furries to meet, enjoy art, discuss literature, and meet authors and comedians.

World Wild Web: WikiFur - The Furry Encyclopedia or Fur Affinity - Furry Community

___You believe that animals have human-like emotions such as love, hatred, and jealousy. ___You prefer werewolves to vampires. ___The only reason you stay at the sports game is to watch the mascot run around. ___You dress your dog up in human-like outfits (Ex: dresses, bows, coats). ___When your parents asked if you were raised by wolves, you wish you had been. ___You love/loved Sesame Street and all its inhabitants. ___Your favorite superheroes include Batman and Catwoman. ___Furries don’t seem so bad after reading the Stampede.

May 5, 2011 The Stampede



cd and game review

“Last Chance” takes CD to “Level 2” Music and video games have always gone together, like peanut butter and jelly. For instance, look at the multi-million dollar franchises that are Guitar Hero and Rockband. Soundtracks can be found for virtually every video game out on the market. Maine’s “Last Chance to Reason” has in fact topped all of those, with their sophomore release, “Level 2,” a concept album based on the video game they are creating. Taking place in a digital world, Level 2 revolves around the relationship between man and technology and what the move to a virtual world would mean for the human existence while being told through an artificial intelligence struggling to face the harsh and violent realities of a video game world. Level 2 is an immediate prog metal epic, filled with vocal harmonies, guitar duo melodies, crushing double bass drums and bass. Did I mention the exceptional use of the classic 8-bit keys. This is the gamer’s soundtrack, not just because the band members are incredibly talented metal heads, but because of the fact that they are video game geeks in every sense of the word. With lyrics like “Free floating through the cache/streaming code in binary,” on “Temp Files” and “I stare into my rendered self/ dissolving pixel by pixel.” On the song “Portal,” Level 2 can make any computer nerd perk his or her ears in interest. The game itself is in fact very similar to the album-- spastic, chaotic and yet at times melodic and peaceful. Designed by the band and indie game designer Tom Vines, the game is a 2-D side scroller influenced by games such as “Super Metroid” and “RType.” The game has not been released in full as of yet, but the first level has been released for free downloading. The first level has been set to the first song on the album, “Upload complete.” To listen to “Level 2” or download a free demo of the game check out;

Art by Christina Christianson.


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If you could have dinner with any president, who would it be?

George Washington

Steven Johnson so I could help him senior

Johnathan Bush


Colton Carter junior

cut down his father’s cherry tree and see his wooden teeth.

Bush -- So I can ask him how it feels to be related to


Tim Seery. George Washington ‘cause he was

Molly Harding sophomore

Rene Cleveland teacher


Teddy Roosevelt because more political problems should be solved around campfires by intelligent, rational people.

What’s the best thing to happen to you this year?

If the entire world was scratch ‘n sniff, what smell would you pick?

in t he morning 2012. What’s going to happen?

If you could create a holiday, what and when would it be?

Dragmas, to celebrate

Beating Great Falls High in the Engine Contest being interviewed for “The Chart” and WINNING

New Car Smell New car smell mixed with bacon and eggs and a hint of lemon peel

Burke Fierce ♥ Allen ♥


being on state swim team & winning Good lunch conversations with like-minded people.


Spring rain

Christmas the start of Drag break will Racing. It would be on be starting. the first race of every season.

The juniors will graduate Humpday- every and then we will Wednesday


Year of the Carter Dec. 22, 2012... “It’s a great day to be alive...” A sad excuse for a presidential election & more bad news from the government. Other than that, not much.

Colton Jeffrey Carter April 28


We need more holidays? Don’t we have one every month already? Chocolate Day- then we would exchange tasty treats & it would be pretty hard to have a bad day with people bringing you chocolate.


Softball team adjusts well to new head coach, bat their way to the top caitlyn aakre

The CMR softball team has gone through a lot this season: a perfect game by pitcher Alissa Keeler, bipolar weather, and a nearperfect season putting them in the top of their conference. Topping it all off, they have a new head coach. “She stepped up to the plate really well, pun intended,” junior outfielder Jenni Peer said. Coach Lindsey Graham, herself a fourtime Rustler champion in softball, was assistant coach to and took over for Roger Spring. “Coach Spring was a huge mentor [to me],” Graham said. Graham grew up “playing baseball with the boys” and doing Little League. Her dad was a coach and her brother is a baseball player. As coach, she has been leading the girls to victory all season with a record of 10-2 as of press time. “She challenges us every day to make us better softball players,” senior short stop Alex Lowry said. Graham has worked to improve all of the players’ skills by filming them and reviewing the tapes to see what can be changed. “[We do film study] then they coach each other. They can call each other out when they do something. It’s like peer-editing,”

Graham said. In addition, this year’s seniors have worked especially hard to lead the team to success. “[The] seniors have been taking leadership roles. I’m proud of them,” Graham said. Junior catcher Haley Rowe agrees. “The seniors really stepped up this year with defense and offense,” she said. Rowe is confident in her own abilities, as well. “I’m a good teammate; I like to help our team and JV. I’ve improved my infield skills,” she said. She’s not the only one improving. “In years past I was always used as defense and running. This year I’m making a name for myself. I’m not a power hitter, but I can get on base,” Peer said. The confidence instilled in the players is most likely a product of Coach Graham. “Coach Graham is doing great. We all love her as our coach,” Lowry said. The feeling is mutual. “It’s been a pleasure coaching these girls so far. They’re like my own kids,” Graham said.

Top: Sophomore pitcher Alissa Keeler winds up for another strike. Above: Alex Lowry and Janelle Bates listen intently to Coach Lindsey Graham before the cross-town game April 28. Far left: Sophomore Heather Darby prepares to catch . Left: Junior Jenni Peer high-fives her teammates. Photos by Caitlyn Aakre.

It is the beginning of the end. Our year is rapidly coming to a close and with it sports are ending. Now I know for some of you this is the most tragic part of the school year. Your whole reason for living is collapsing around you. And for others, it is as insignificant as a leaf falling from a tree. BUT, whether you are dreading the end of the sports season or relishing in the beginning of summer, I have only one plea. Avoid the summer sports editor slump.

The Final Point meg smith

Medically diagnosed, the summer slump is the end of school and the beginning of inactivity. It is that time of year during which depressed athletes and couch potato students lose all desire for any sort of movement. This is a very serious disease. It spreads like wildfire throughout the hot summer, affecting nearly all of the recently released students. However, there is a cure. Do what the good Lord intended and start using your legs as actual forms of mobility! Ride a bike, take a walk, go for a run, and play on the swings. Do SOMETHING. It is physically impossible to live in the Big Sky State and not be able to find one single outdoor activity. So here’s my proposition. 20 minutes. Every

day all you have to do is pry yourself away from the television screen and move your legs for 20 minutes. Other “activity campaigns” cry out for an entire hour of activity a day, which, I am not afraid to admit, is never going to happen. So, in comparison, I’m really asking very little. I’m not calling the nation fat. I’m not saying that everyone at CMR could lose a few pounds, and I’m not saying that students are naturally lazy. I am merely conjecturing to bring about an uprising of active individuals with a little pep in their step. The whole concept of exercise is endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Therefore, I am simply pleading for a happier America. Is that too much to ask?

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For C.M. Russell’s track and field squad, one opponent has ruthlessly dominated the team no matter the date: Mother Nature. What will soon be a mere memory, this winter season has fought the entire JV and Varsity group with no mercy the past month and a half. With gusting winds derailing javelins from their courses, hail raining down on distance runners, and icy roads quickly halting com-




petitions outside of Great Falls, the recent weather has pushed and tried all the athletes and coaches. “It’s a challenge to get quality practices in when the weather doesn’t cooperate,” said Danielle Ross, a sophomore javelin thrower who’s especially felt the effects of Montana’s climate. “It can be hard to compete to my full potential when the wind is so bad.” Yet CMR has prevailed, disobeying the forecasts and mak-

ing it out to Memorial Stadium to compete and practice whenever possible. And as spring starts to creep into town, a silver lining becomes apparent as it thaws from its frozen state. The coaches are still pushing, and the athletes are still performing as personal records are shattered and the team prepares for the anticipated meet against Great Falls High on May 12, divisionals, and state.

Hazelip heads toward victory

CMR’s track and field team preparing for their freshman meet on May 3 and JV meet on May 7. After battling harsh weather for weeks, the players and coaches were rewarded with a sunny Monday practice as they jumped, sprinted, and threw. Photos by Alecks Leavey and Meg Smith.

lindsey buck Even without much training and experience, and weather as an opponent, sophomore Maddie Hazelip has managed to impress and shine throughout a tough season. “I have been playing tennis for about a year. I think the season has gone pretty well,” Hazelip said. Although she has only just started playing tennis, Hazelip made CMR’s varsity team and has a record so far of 9-4. “I wanted to get better and improve my abilities. I had friends that were good at [tennis] and I wanted to learn how to play,” she said. Hazelip said that she believes the most exciting event will be the chance to play at divisionals in Kalispell. She said she hopes to come out with a winning streak. As only a sophomore, Hazelip feels that she has a lot of opportunity coming her way in the future. “I hope to improve my knowledge and skills throughout my season at CMR.”

Powerlifting prowess affects many at CMR

May 5, 2011 The Stampede


CMR students lift for fun, competition, family tradition megan bernhardt

For senior Joey Lehotsky, powerlifting is a way to diminish the chip on his shoulder. “I really got into powerlifting when I didn’t bring home anything my first year. It really put a chip on my shoulder, and gave me more motivation in my training,” Lehotsky said. Since he started lifting in fifth grade “when my dad gave me some 5-lb. dumbbells to play with,” Lehotsky has made great strides. He started lifting competitively three years ago, and he won the award for best overall lifter at the 2011 State Powerlifting meet, which took place at the Community Recreation Center on March 5. Powerlifting coach Travis Crawford says the best part of coaching is, “seeing

the kids be successful.” The team has definitely been successful in recent years, winning back-to-back state championships. Competition is not the only reason students powerlift. For senior Liz Ramsey, lifting is more of a family affair. Her biggest accomplishment was beating her sister Remick’s deadlift record at the high school powerlifting meet this Senior Joey Lehotsky lifts at the 2011 State Powerlifting Meet March 5. Photo courtesy of Joey Lehotsky. year. Ramsey added, “my dad has been a powerlifting is what sets it apart, accord- that has been eluding you for a long time. Lifting gives me another place to goal set, trainer since I was little, so I grew up with ing to Crawford. Overall though, Lehotsky feels that he and gives me a place in which I can feel it.” Crawford said, “early exposure makes can accomplish things through lifting that accomplishment.” [lifters] successful,” and “getting kids in- he couldn’t otherwise. “The thing that got me hooked on liftvolved when they’re younger” is better so ing is the results. My favorite feeling in the that they can improve. The competitiveness and structure of world is when you accomplish something

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GFPS students display artwork at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

Kelsey Staigmiller, 10 Haley Berkrum, 10

ABOVE: Blue/Green in front Jordan Kemp, 11 Kathryn Horne, 10

Lauren Mathis, 12

Red in back: Shae Lee, 9 Chris Goodau, 12

Danielle Roberts, 11

Graphic Design 3-4

Nicole Zarling, 10

Christian Haney presented with the Zach Culliton Award Recognized by his art teachers for his determination, creativity and work ethic, sophomore Christian Haney was recently presented with the Zach Culliton Award through the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Modern Art. Teacher Jackie Van Heel said she appreciates his “can-do” attitude and courage in creating works of art. “He takes his work seriously,

but he also has fun creating art,” Van Heel said. “He works exceptionally hard in everything he does,” art teacher Theresa Jacobs agreed. “His attitude is what makes him stand out. He always comes in to work and try his hardest.” The Zach Culliton Award was established in memory of a Great Falls High School student.

Taisha Bell, 11

Christian Haney, 10

Caleb Montgomery, 12

CMR Stampede May 2011  
CMR Stampede May 2011  

2011 May 5 issue of the C.M. Russell High School newspaper