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Students train brains for Science Olympiad
By Sophia Templin Wednesday, students involved in editor in chief
De Soto High School has gained a new academic team with Science Olympiad this year. “Science Olympiad is a competition for students where they can problem solve and do application in science with different experiments and real life [problems],” said science teacher and Science Olympiad sponsor Laura Sixta. Science Olympiad is a national organization that aims to promote science education with over 20 events to compete in. Students can choose to conduct tests or build/design a project. Students prepare these projects by running trials and taking notes on their own. They then present their experiments at the competition. Physics teacher Todd Peterson cosponsors the team with Sixta. Every Monday and
the Science Olympiad team have the opportunity to come to an “Open Lab.” “Between Scholar’s Bowl and other extracurricular activities, it’s hard to organize a time to all be together,” Peterson said. “The events are more individual experimental projects, and most students come in just to use us as resources.” DHS students participating in the Science Olympiad are currently composing projects such as an elastic launch glider, tests on water quality and the construction of a boomilever. “It’s kind of like our big game of science, like any football game, just a way to show what we know and compete,” Sixta said. Students are starting to compile their projects for the upcoming invitational tournament Jan. 19.
SOPHOMORE TYLER WOLLUM works on his design for his Boomilever during Open Lab Monday Dec. 10. The Boomilever is an event where students compete to see which lever can support the most weight. Photo by Sophia Templin
Debate team faces tough competition at Regionals
By Laura Meyers Spring Hill, Rock Creek, Ton- winning record will qualify for robin type tournament.” news editor
The De Soto High school debate team traveled to Olathe Northwest High School for its Regional Debate Tournament on Dec. 14-15. This year’s tournament is predicted to be more difficult than last year, where the team earned first place and finished as Regional champions. Basehor Linwood, Sumner Academy, Jefferson West,
ganoxie and Topeka-Hayden High School will be competing against DHS in the tournament. “We hope to place in one of the top three [at Regionals] in order to qualify for State,” said junior debate president Rebekah Burgweger. “If we place in the top three, then we qualify for State, but more importantly, four-speaker debate,” Burgweger said. Those that place below the top-three positions and have a
State, but only two-speaker debate, not four. “Four-speaker debate is unique only to Kansas. It’s similar to our regular-season debate, except that we have two teams that compete together as one team,” drama teacher and debate coach Erin Purifoy said. “On one team, the two students are for the topic, and the other team is against, and the two teams compete against the opposing teams from other schools in a round-
In this Issue: Legalization of Marijuana: Student Opinions
2012: A Year in Review
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Four-speaker debate has a special advantage compared to two-speaker debate. In fourspeaker, the team will present to a panel of three judges, as opposed to two-speaker, in which the teams presents for one judge on most occasions. This advantage is crucial, seeing that three opinions is less subjective than one. Therefore, placing in one of the top-three places at Regionals is a key goal for the team.
“We have the toughest Regional in the state. Tonganoxie will be really challenging, and they have won four-speaker State five or six times in recent years,” Purifoy said. “Sumner also has a very strong debate program. They have qualified people to Nationals several times. Spring Hill has a new coach and will also be very competitive ... There are also some other schools that we don’t see very much. It’s anybody’s game,” Purifoy said.
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OPINION Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Marijuana legalization is detrimental
By Kaylee Asher feature editor
Marijuana is a substance that should not be permitted within the United States. Although this drug is not the most horrendous in itself, it does motivate users to try other forms of illegal substances. Marijuana is what most deem as a gateway drug. Some may justify their smoking as a fun, recreational activity. It is something for the user to do when they are bored. To these people, it provides entertainment while hanging out with friends. Personally, I believe that I can have just as much fun with my friends without being disori-
ented by drugs. It is ridiculous that people deem marijuana necessary to have a good time when it is completely unnecessary. Also, many people simply use marijuana for the sense of danger that correlates with it. Users enjoy the thrill of possibly getting caught. The last time I checked, nothing is attractive about being caught with weed. In fact, it is entirely the opposite. Smokers are essentially paying for the drug and then paying for using the weed. This, to me, sounds like a ridiculous and avoidable cost. Users should instead use this money towards benefitting their future. In addition to this, smoking marijuana has similar effects to smoking cigarettes. In some ways, marijuana is much worse. Studies done by the University of Washington show that marijuana users inhale more smoke which penetrates deeper into one’s lungs. This smoke then stays in the lungs for a longer period of time. This causes respiratory problems
earlier in life than cigarettes do. This can lead to lifelong respiratory struggles as well as cancer and immune system failure. Along the same lines, studies done by the Journal of the American Medical Association show that people that use marijuana are two to five times more likely to try other substances. These drugs lead to potentially fatal symptoms. If marijuana was eliminated entirely, the chance that people would try other substances would be lessened. In addition to this, various pro-marijuana websites plea that marijuana is not addictive. This is in fact disproved by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Statistics show that addiction is common in daily users spanning between a 25 percent addiction rate to a nearly 50 percent addiction rate. With this sort of addiction, complications are inevitable. It is proven that marijuana use leads to an increased chances of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia ac-
cording to NIDA. These disorders can change a person’s outlook on life entirely. By permitting these drugs, people are essentially promoting anxiety, depression as well as schizophrenia. This is not just. On top of marijuanas effect on the emotional and physical side it also, contrary to may peoples beliefs, decreases intelligence. The National Bureau of Economic Research has done studies that support this fact. Marijuana users scored 15 percent lower on a standardized math exam comparative to those who do not participate in the ridiculousness that is recreational marijuana. This leads the U.S. towards a less intelligent future which will restrain progress. This in turn is expected to effect the national economy drastically in the future according to NBER. The future wages of students who will not attend college will decrease by as much as two percent because of marijuana use. I know that all of these facts may not change one’s stance on
the topic, but the fact that older marijuana abusers are affecting the youth concerns me. According to NIDA, in 2009, nearly 16 percent of eighth graders had attempted marijuana. Eighth graders should be involved in studies and sports, not marijuana. Since then, the numbers have not improved, marijuana use is on the rise. People need to realize that today’s eighth graders are the future of the United States of America. These kids minds, bodies and spirits are being affected because of their exposure to drugs at such a young age. Take into consideration that by promoting marijuana to the youth, one is also depreciating the future of America. I would also hope that people would think about their future children. Would you want your child attempting this substance that is proven to have negative effects in the long run? As a nation, we should be looking out for the youth and their future. By permitting marijuana, we are doing the opposite.
should marijuana be legalized beyond its medical use? Many people already have an opinion on this. When given the chance, I would vote for the legalization of marijuana, although my reasons of supporting legalization may be different than most. Whether or not the drug should be illegal because of moral reasons is no longer the issue. People should look past their moral belief on legalization and think more about the possible benefits of legalization. The issue now is more revolved around lowering the United States’ crime rate and for money to stop supporting drug cartels for the most popular drug in the world. Marijuana legalization is more logical than keeping the drug illegal. The amount of tax money
the United States spends fighting marijuana ranges in billions of dollars every year according to drugsense.org which keeps an active clock monitoring the U.S. spending on the “War on Drugs.” That money could be used for more things rather than enforcement of the law on something that many believe is no more dangerous than the legal intoxicating substance of alcohol or tobacco. Marijuana is often called a gateway drug, but marijuana itself, is not directly leading people to the abuse of more dangerous drugs. I believe that because of its current illegal status that marijuana is a gateway to the criminal world of the drug trade. Many people would believe that marijuana is not on par with the dangers and addictive qualities
of other drugs, but it puts users around criminals and users of more dangerous drugs. Because many marijuana users have to interact with the criminal world to receive the drug, they end up being around other more dangerous drugs than marijuana. This reason is why I believe marijuana is called a gateway drug. Not necessarily because its effects lead the user to crave other drugs, but because the drug is legally held on par with other more dangerous drugs. The legalization of marijuana would bring about a heavy decrease in crime because many users of marijuana will no longer need to interact with the criminal world to get it. The money that used to go to drug cartels would be taxed, providing more opportunities for more beneficial
government spending. With less people having to interact with the criminal world to get the drug, the U.S. crime rate could drop dramatically. The war on drugs, primarily against marijuana, have cost tax payers billions of dollars over the years that could be spent on more beneficial things. With the taxing of marijuana, large amounts of money can be put to more important use, rather than to incarcerate people for recreational use. Whether marijuana is morally right to you or not is not the issue at hand, it is more about the benefits legalization creates. While some may disagree, I believe that the legalization would be less harmful to the country than the current prohibition against it.
Marijuana legalization provides benefits to U.S.
By Jake Stephens
Although still illegal at the federal level, marijuana was legalized for recreational use in the states of Washington and Colorado Nov. 6. It is imminent that other states will also have the chance to vote for or against the recreational use of marijuana in the near future. The question that many people are asking themselves now is,
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OPINION Wednesday , December 19, 2012
Santa should not be spoiled VOICES
By Makenzie Hill
Santa Claus is a big part of many American children’s lives. Along with the Easter Bunny, Leprechauns and the Tooth Fairy, Santa is a fanciful part of growing up. He is kind and delightfully pudgy. Sitting on his lap and talking to him was one of my favorite things during Christmas. Sadly, Santa is not real. It is
something that all Santa-believing children learn eventually. The fact that Santa and the other mythical creatures are a lie told to kids by their parents brings up some controversy in society. Is it morally right to tell our children that Santa is real? Some say it is wrong because as trustworthy figures, parents should not tell their children lies. They say parents ruin the trust built by their bond with their kids, leading to a sense of mistrust and betrayal between child and parent. Really? I never felt that my parents had betrayed me when I was told Santa wasn’t real. I was sad, but not because my parents lied to me. Rather, it was because of my disappointment that the jolly, fat man wasn’t real. It breaks my heart to hear of
little kids who go to school with the bliss of Santa beliefs, and have them crushed by some mean older child who feels like ruining the younger child’s dreams. Many times this happens because the older children think it is juvenile to believe in imaginary figures. Is that really so bad? I have never heard of a child’s life being ruined because of their continued belief in Santa Claus. Honestly, I wish that I still believed in Santa. He is just such a fun part of Christmas. I love the thought that he knows me and what I want for Christmas. He is a wonderful, nice grandpa sort of guy. So, let us let the Santa belief live. No harm will come to the younger generation from their belief. And, as we all know, when kids stop believing in Santa, he loses his magic.
Christmas is too commercialized
By Jordan Wolfe
Every December, Americans are subjected to countless commercials and advertisements for Christmas sales. Corporations spend millions of dollars promoting that Christmas is the time for spending and giving. However, buying gifts is slowly becoming what the focus is on. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 26,
2011, $35.3 billion were spent on online shopping, according to market research organization ComScore. Note that this statistic does not include the billions of dollars companies received in their stores on days such as Black Friday. Sales on Black Friday increased 20.7 percent from 2011 to this year. People wait for this day to buy the hottest gifts for cheaper prices, and companies are always very grateful for that. The trend of buying and getting expensive gifts is slowly whittling down the true meaning of this day, which stems from the remembrance of Jesus Christ’s birthday. However, Christmas is more about an even deeper meaning: giving and joy. We can all remember when we were younger and we opened the biggest box under the tree,
or when we tore away the colorful wrapping paper to reveal that we got the latest Barbie doll or the new set of Hotwheels we really wanted. When we got these gifts, our ecstatic reactions made our parents feel the love they have for us, which is why they bought the toys for us. But when is this too much? When the desire for getting something for ourselves or family gets to the point where people are being trampled and are dying, we are reaching the breaking point between love and materialism. Getting gifts for people is a holiday tradition, and I am not suggesting that we should stop or otherwise change Christmas. However, I am suggesting that we all need to “relax” to the point where we aren’t commercializing and obsessing over the material perfection on a holiday that is about family and friends.
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Should parents tell their kids about Santa?
Senior Jeannette Clampitt “I do not, because I don’t think it’s a good idea to start lying to a child even though it could be something they believe in. I don’t think it’s ethically right to lie to a child.”
Junior Montana Frehe
“Depends on the age, and honestly I feel that most people figure it out by themselves and if I had a child I would let them find out by them self.”
Senior Nick Hall
“No because I think it is something kids should learn on their own, and if they go into their teens and still believe in Santa then the parents should tell them.”
Freshman Kirsten Searls
“If they are little kids then I would like them to say it, but with kids our age then probably not because we know he’s not real.”
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The Green Pride De Soto High School 35000 W. 91st St. De Soto, KS 66018 Phone: (913) 667-6250 Fax: (913) 583-8376 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF » Sophia Templin MANAGING EDITOR » Tyler Bell NEWS EDITOR » Laura Meyers OPINION EDITOR » Rebekah Burgweger FEATURE EDITOR » Kaylee Asher SPORTS EDITOR » Maddie Torline ARTS EDITOR » Makenzie Hill ADVERTISING MANAGER » Ryanne Mercer STAFF REPORTERS » Kelsea Burns, Emily Herrington, Xena Moore Jake Stephens, Jordan Wolf CARTOONIST » Ben Patton ADVISER » Michael Sullivan EDITORIAL POLICY The editorial policy of The Green Pride is (1) Letters to the Editor must be typed, signed, and less than 300 words in order to be published and (2) the staff reserves the right to edit all copy. OPINIONS EXPRESSED in The Green Pride do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Green Pride Staff, De Soto High School, the DHS administration or the De Soto Unified School District #232 Board of Education. CENSORSHIP POLICY Kansas Senate Bill 62 guarantees the same rights for student journalists as are given to professionals. These rights include, but are not limited to, all First Amendment rights, including the right of freedom of expression, insofar as published items may not contain libelous, slanderous or obscene statements, may not incite or promote illegal conduct, and may not cause a substantial disruption to normal school activity. This bill does not allow the adviser, administrators or any other faculty to censor the paper in any way.
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New Year’s resolutions are pointless
By Rebekah Burgweger
The New Year is coming fast and so are the unbearable New Year’s resolutions that come with it. The problem with New Year’s
resolutions is that they are pointless. New Year’s resolutions are supposed to be a goal for the entire year. Instead, they end up being a goal for a month. If one is only going to last a month, one should not make a resolution. However, some people say setting goals is a good thing, no matter how long they last. Yet, I think that when people give up on their goals too easily it undermines the idea, which is what happens with most New Year’s resolutions. Today, when people come up with their reso-
lutions, they barely try to make them last. Another reason New Year’s resolutions are pointless and doomed to fail is because they are unrealistic. For some odd reason, people believe that when a new year comes, they will be able to accomplish something they could not do in the previous year. Some examples of these resolutions are, “I am going to go to the gym every single day” or “I am going to eat healthier.” The problem with these resolutions that make them so un-
realistic is that they take a giant step in only one goal. A better goal than “I am going to eat healthier,” is “I am going to have at least one piece of fruit, five out of seven days.” While this goal might seem easy, it is doable. In addition, after one makes this goal part of their every day life, one can make another goal towards eating healthier. The other reason New Year’s resolutions fail is that they are very vague. For example, take the resolution “I am going to go to the gym every single day.” It does
not have a set time and it does not state what one does when he or she goes to the gym. This allows one to break the resolution more easily. It also is very unrealistic, because there is a high possibility that one would not be able to make it to the gym every single day, especially if one is not accustomed to working out. Every year though, people always make the same mistakes with their resolutions. The result is, many New Year’s resolutions that are given up on when the year has barely started.
Cartoon by Ben Patton
Public figures should not be obsessed over
By Kelsea Burns
For teenagers, admiration for certain public figures is to be expected, but some people take this
admiration to the extreme. There is a line between admiration and obsession, and it is being crossed way too often. Teen idols have always been present in out society. In reality, they’re nothing new or particularly special. However, many teens have taken to worshiping people like Justin Bieber and the members of the band One Direction. People and boy bands aren’t the only things that are looped into these obsessions. Some fans of movie franchises like Twilight
and “reality” television shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashions take their appreciation of these shows to a ridiculous and unnecessary level. Even students at De Soto High School know the life stories of these teen idols and can recite facts word for word that no one should know about these people if asked. Admittedly, some teen idols have talent that is being showcased, but what else have they done? Have they solved world
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hunger, cured cancer or anything else of real importance? For the most part, the answer is no. Some teen idols may do things that are admirable, but even this isn’t enough to justify the level of obsession at which they are held. None of the Kardashions have affected my life to the point where I want to watch a show with the intent of getting an inside glimpse of these people’s lives. The members of One Direction have not in any way in-
spired me to learn every detail of their lives. These people, although they are talented, should be treated like everyday people. If anyone did this kind of thing to someone who wasn’t a celebrity, that person would not only be incredibly freaked out, but they would also probably file a restraining order. Simply put, celebrities are the same as regular people and should be treated as such. There is no need for all of this hullabaloo.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By Sophia Templin book is a public entity and company students began to return to schools on (51.0 percent) and getting 332 Electoral editor in chief
The year 2012 has been filled with the likes of Honey Boo Boo, elections, sex scandals, movies and the impending apocalypse. For the lack of better words, this year has left its mark in history. We started off the year with the fear of not being able to access the illegal content distributed on foreign websites. The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) were two nearly identical bills that attempted to stop the spreading of copyrighted content. On Jan. 18, over 7,000 websites, including all 3.8 million English Wikipedia articles, participated in a 24-hour web site blackout in protest of SOPA/ PIPA. On January 20, a decision was postponed and nothing ever came from the proposed bills. At the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, the black and white French film, The Artist, was nominated for 10 awards and won five: Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. The same night of the Academy Awards, George Zimmerman, the appointed neighborhood watch coordinator of a gated community in Florida, shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-yearold African-American. The shooting received national and international attention. The trial for Zimmerman is set for June 10, 2013. On March 5, Invisible Children Inc. released a short film entitled Kony 2012. The film was to promote the “Stop Kony” movement by making Joseph Kony, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan cult, well known enough to have him arrested by the end of the year. The film went viral and collected over 94 million views and even gained support from 37 American senators. On March 23, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games was released. Worldwide, the film earned $686,533,290 and in North America, it became the highest-grossing film released outside the summer or holiday period. On April 2, the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball tournament was concluded with Kentucky beating Kansas 67-59 in New Orleans. A dozen Secret Service officers, agents and supervisors were involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal on April 12. The prostitution scandal created a serious stir in the media for much of the year. Facebook, Inc. held its initial public offering on May 18. The IPO was the biggest in Internet history. Now, Face-
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stock can be bought. Former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 child molestation charges. The case led to the downfall of long-term head coach Joe Paterno. The Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health care law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare), on June 28. The law has been described as the most “sweeping change” in America’s healthcare system for over 50 years. The mandate requires Americans to buy health insurance before 2014 or they’ll face a fine. In response, 26 states sued because they felt the requirement was unconstitutional. Gangnam Style swept the world on July 15 when it was released on YouTube. By November, the South Korean song became the most viewed music video in the history of the site. During the midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises July 20, a mass shooting occurred at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colo. James Eagan Holmes was arrested after setting off tear gas grenades and shooting into the audience with multiple firearms. Holmes was dressed as “The Joker” and killed 12 people, injuring 58. From July 27- Aug. 12, the Summer Olympics were held in London. The United States was represented by 530 athletes. The U.S. came home with 46 Gold medals, 29 Silver medals and 29 Bronze medals. Michael Phelps returned as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with a total of 22 medals, and 16-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas became the fourth U.S. female to win the individual all-around. Honey Boo Boo invaded cable television on Aug. 8 with her show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The series was one of TLC’s highest rated shows in its first season and gained over 2.2 million viewers. Former Missouri Congressman, Todd Akin, stirred controversy during his Senate race by stating that if a woman is “legitimately raped” then her body will shut the “whole thing down” and rarely get pregnant. His comments led to his loss to the Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill for the Senate. After the Chicago Teachers Union failed to expand art and music programs for inner-city schools, 29,000 teachers began a strike on Sept. 10. The teachers also hoped for contract negotiations for an increase in pay, better benefits and protection from losing jobs to school closures. By Sept. 14, the teachers finally reached an agreement with the city and
Sept. 19. During the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, a heavily-armed group attacked the U.S. group in Libya on Sept. 11. U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, three members of the mission, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and U.S. embassy security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were murdered. Although the attacks were strongly condemned by the U.S. government, criticism surrounded the U.S. government response accusing them of overplaying the role of protests against a trailer for the controversial anti-Islamic movie and the government reluctance to label it as a terrorist attack. The NFL and the NFL Referees Association continued their labor dispute until an agreement was settled on Sept. 26. Due to the lockout, the NFL resorted to the use of replacement officials for the start of the 2012 season that had previously worked as high school, college, arena and lingerie league referees. The inexperienced referees made quite a few officiating errors spurring negative reactions and ultimately speeding up the lockout process. Apple released the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21 and the demand, despite the $649 starting price, was through the roof. Children education activist, 15-yearold Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen as she was returning home from school on a school bus in Pakistan. Malala has been a symbol for the United Nations to promote the demand that children worldwide be in school by 2015. On Oct. 22, cycling legend Lance Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport’s governing body due to the use of steroids. Armstrong denies the allegations but has lost longtime sponsors Nike, Trek Bicycles and AnheuserBusch. He has also stepped down from his cancer awareness charity, Livestrong. Also on Oct. 22, Hurricane Sandy, a hurricane that devastated portions of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, formed. The storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and is considered the second most costly Atlantic hurricane, behind Hurricane Katrina. The presidential election was held Nov. 6 where the Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden were elected to a second term. Obama carried 26 states and Washington D.C. as well as receiving 65,464,068 popular votes
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votes. The major challenger, Republican and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was able to carry 24 states, 60,781,275 popular votes (47.3 percent) and earned 206 electoral votes. The election was regarded as the most expensive in history The election was filled with mudslinging comments and advertisements. Notable points that stirred public attention were Obama’s sub-par performance in the first debate, Romney’s out-of-context comment about having “binders full of women,” as well as Donald Trump’s public challenges over Obama’s eligibility and citizenship. The election produced ground-breaking steps as voters endorsed same-sex marriage in four states and the legalization of marijuana in two. The legalization of gay marriage and recreational marijuana use is a big change in American society and foreshadows upcoming dramatic changes in policy. CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Nov. 9 after citing his affair with the principal author of his biography, Paula Broadwell. The affair was discovered following an FBI investigation after a family friend of the Petraeuses received some threatening emails later traced to Broadwell. The last of the Twilight movies was released Nov. 16 with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. The release of the last film has earned an estimate of $751,135,000 worldwide. It had a $340.9 million worldwide opening, the eighth largest opening ever. Also on Nov. 16, Hostess Brands announced that it was ceasing plant operations and laying off most of its 18,500 employees. Hostess intends to sell off all its assets, brand names and liquidate. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher died on Dec. 1 after a murdersuicide where he killed his girlfriend and mother of his 3-month-old child before driving to the Chiefs training facility and killing himself after thanking general manager Scot Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. Belcher’s death raised national attention after NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas spoke of gun control while discussing the murder-suicide. The next generation born this year have unique names to say the least with “Blue Ivy Carter,” “Lorenzo Dominic,” “Penelope Scotland,” “Hashtag Jameson,” “Tennessee,” and “Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence”. As a year, it’s been real. See you all next year, unless we all die on Dec. 21 when the Mayan calendar ends. Then, c’est la vie!
IT’S THE HOLI
Santa around the world Occasions of finding out about Santa By Makenzie Hill is to create a nativity scene and to arts editor
To the typical American child, Santa Claus is a jolly, old fellow who visits every Christmas Eve to deliver his/her presents. However, around the world, there are many versions of Santa. Here are just a few Santa figures from around the world. Because of the warm weather, Australians spend Christmas outdoors. They have a native plant they call a Christmas bush that is used similar to poinsettias or a Christmas tree. Santa arrives on a surf board to the local beaches to deliver presents to children. In Brazil, a common tradition
attend Mass. Santa is called Papai Noel or Father Noel. Instead of the North Pole, it is legend that he lives in Greenland and wears red silk because of the heat. China’s traditions are much like ours. They decorate a tree and hang stockings. They decorate with paper flowers, lanterns and chains. Santa is called Dun Che Lao Ren, translated it mean “Christmas Old Man.” In Ethiopia, Christmas is known as Ganna. It is celebrated on Jan. 7, instead of Dec. 25. It is a day full of singing and worship. This often takes place in ancient churches carved in beautiful rocks or modern churches.
By Maddie Torline open in the morning. When kids brother bringing in a bike and I sports editor
The winter season is a time for people to be around family, be joyous, eat plenty of food and of course, get presents. One mysterious man named Santa Clause magically flies all the way around the world to bring billions of kids presents in one night. How does he do it? Well, he doesn’t. Santa is not real. Santa is one or both of your parents. Yet, even though he is not real, billions of kids thrive off of the thought that late at night on Christmas Eve, Santa will come down their chimney and set up an aurora of presents for them to
find out that Santa does not come down the chimney, he comes down the stairs, and he does not wear a furry red suit, he wears pajamas, it feels as if their whole world come crashing down. Students at De Soto have their own stories as to how they found out Santa was not real. Juniors Rachel Giersch and Taylor Cole are examples of how most students found out. “I was in my mom’s closet, and I saw this big brown dog and I was like, ‘oh my gosh,’ and then it was under the Christmas tree the next morning,” Giersch said. “I was looking out the window and I saw my mom and my
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was like, ‘oh they are getting me that for Christmas tomorrow’ and the next day they said it was from Santa,” Cole said. On the other hand, a majority of students could not even remember how they found out so they made up extravagant stories such as the following. “I heard something on the roof and I climbed up the chimney, so I was covered it soot and ash and everything, Santa saw me and got scared and flew away and didn’t give me anything. So I was sad,” senior Sam Bowman said. Whether true or made up, everyone has a heartbreaking story as to how they found out about Santa.
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Students honor unique holiday traditions
By Kaylee Asher lay out a shoe outside of their feast day of Saint Nicholas. feature editor
Students of De Soto High School and their families all celebrate the holidays a little differently. Many families have unique traditions that help spread the cheer during this time of year. Junior Kelsey Plake begins celebrating the holidays on Dec. 6 when all of her family members
door. The family goes to sleep and during the night Saint Nicholas leaves a gift in their shoe. In the morning, the family gets up and enjoys their gifts. This is similar to a custom celebrated in the France. In this instance, Father Christmas, otherwise known as Père Noël, brings small gifts and sweets for children on Dec. 6. which is the
On Christmas Day, senior Lindsay Everson and sophomore Emily Everson determine who will open gifts first in a unique way. The night before, their parents hide an ornament somewhere on the tree. In the morning, the first one to find the ornament is allowed to open their gifts first. This tradition hails from Ger-
many. After one’s family finishes decorating a tree, the parents hide the pickle in the night. The first child to discover the pickle receives an extra gift. On the five days leading up to New Year’s Day, junior Katie Contrearas and her family host a five-day party. During the parties, the family enjoys one another’s company, eats plentifully and plays games. On the final
day, the family simply finishes what is left of the party food and proceeds on with life. On New Year’s Eve, junior Oscar Chavez utilizes grapes to bring in the new year. This is a tradition that hails from Spain. At midnight, each member of the family is supposed to eat 12 grapes at once. This is to ensure that each person will have 12 happy months ahead in the new year.
Staff Resolutions SOPHIA TEMPLIN: To do whatever it takes to become not allergic to cats anymore TYLER BELL: To have at least five tattoos by the end of the year LAURA MEYERS: To find a cute AND wedgiefree pair of underwear REBEKAH BURGWEGER: To never make another resolution KAYLEE ASHER: To become the female equivalent of Cee Lo Green with his cat MADDIE TORLINE: To completely bring out my inner Sasha Fierce MAKENZIE HILL: To sing as beautifully as Snow White RYANNE MERCER: To come up with more excuses as to why my stories are never done EMILY HERRINGTON: To be able to eat anything I want and not get fat JORDAN WOLF: To do better in school and receive more hugs from Sophia JAKE STEPHENS: To go to the gym more to become the Hulk KELSEA BURNS: To become the fairest of them all MICHAEL SULLIVAN: To enforce all Newspaper staff to reach their deadlines with lightsabers
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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SPORTS Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Volume 41, Issue 4
Returning lifters hope for a successful season
By Laura Meyers hope for strong a season from renews editor
The 2012-13 power lifting season at De Soto High School begins this winter. The team is following a successful year with
turning lifters. “A lot of young lifters are excited to come out this year, that are new, and we’ve got a lot of veterans that are coming back also,” coach Brian King said.
Senior Lauren Mabe is a returning State champion from last year that has a hopeful season. “She [Mabe] has a chance to possibly be the first girl in the state of Kansas to clean 200 pounds,” King said.
Mabe has a goal to break a State record this year. “The State record is 180 pounds for hang clean, and I can already lift 195 pounds,” Mabe said. Senior Brent Johnson is another returning lifter that is following a successful season. “Last year, I set a lot of maxes and took second or third at almost every meet last year,” Johnson said. “This year I hope to take first place at State for squat.” Another veteran lifter, senior John Phillips, has a season goal to take the State championship. “My training so far is looking really good. I already have eight records here at De Soto,” Phillips said. Training for the team takes place during and after school.
“We train in class. We also train Monday through Thursday. I really want the kids to get four days in a week to train,” King said. Much of the competitors success is result of the atmosphere within the weight room while they are training. “I have been doing well in the weight room. I have a good weights class with a lot of energy,” Mabe said. Johnson believes his class is important to his success as well. “I have a good weights class. The people in there really push me, so it has been going really well,” Johnson said. The team kicks off its season at its first meet on Jan. 29 at Royal Valley High School in Hoyt.
SENIOR BRENT JOHNSON prepares for the upcoming power lifting season in his Fitness and Conditioning class. Johnson is a returning lifter that hopes to place at this season’s State competition. Johnson emphasizes how his class’ energy improves his training experience. Photo by Laura Meyers
A look behind the scenes of the swim team
By Jordan Wolf day. Each workout consists of a Cunningham said, when asked staff reporter
De Soto High School has added a boys’ swim team to its repertoire of winter sports. As it is new and somewhat unknown to the students of DHS, many may wonder what goes on behind the scenes. Practice is held every day after school at Indian Trail Middle School in Olathe. The team shares a bus with Mill Valley, who practices with De Soto, to get to the pool. When they finally get in the water, the swimmers do a variety of drills and exercises. The workouts are tiered to each athlete, and there are several things going on at once. On average, each swimmer swims 2,500-5,200 yards per
warm-up, a drill, a main set and a sprint set. The team is coached by Alissa Ruffin and Alex Morris. Ruffin is a math teacher at Monticello Trails Middle School and a former competitive swimmer. Morris is currently enrolled at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he is studying secondary education. “We have a variety of abilities in the pool, so even with only six lanes of swimmers, we have three different workouts taking place. We want to make sure the workout is tiered toward the ability of each swimmer,” Ruffin said. In total, there are eight swimmers that come from DHS. One of these swimmers is sophomore Patrick Cunningham. “It’s a lot of fun to practice,”
about his favorite part of swimming. “It’s a lot different than running track or something. Just being in the water, where it’s cool and refreshing, makes the workouts a lot better.” Ruffin and Morris are responsible for determining what the swimmers do in the water and what will prepare them for their meets. “[The coaches] are really cool and informative. They can help a lot, especially to the kids that aren’t very good at swimming. So far, they’ve done a good job at preparing us,” Cunningham said. The team usually returns to the school around 6 p.m. after each practice. From there, the swimmers will have to go home and rest for the next day’s practice.
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Senior Katie Gehrt stands out on the court By Emily Herrington the De Soto Community Center crazy, it’s just a really cool atmostaff reporter and playing as a starter on the sphere to play in,” Gehrt said. The De Soto High School girls’ basketball team kicked off the season with a solid start, winning two games at the Hays tournament. Senior Katie Gehrt is one of six seniors, including Paige Williams, Shelby Deghand, Megan Brashears, Taylor Saucerman and Maria Pileski. Gehrt has been a member of the team for all four years of her high school career. Basketball has been a huge part of her life, in and outside of school. Gehrt has worked hard to be president of the Student Council, the president of the National Honors Society and senior class vice president, while coaching at
varsity basketball team. “Katie has worked very hard for the last three years to get where she is now,” head coach Jim Bonar said. Gehrt started playing the sport when she was in the third grade and has played ever since. “In third grade, my cousin Josie played at Spring Hill, and I watched her team win the State Championship and I decided that I wanted to do that,” said
Gehrt. “I actually had a journal that I wrote in that said I wanted to play high school basketball.” Passion and the thrill of the game kept her playing throughout high school. “The excitement building up to the game, the crowds going
Hoops starts season in Hays
By Ryanne Mercer of the season,” head coach Matt ads manager
The De Soto High School boys’ basketball team kicked off the season Nov. 29 with the annual Hays tournament. The team placed third at the Hays City Shootout. After losing to Kearney High School, the team was sent to it’s last game, where it beat Newton High School. Based on coaches votes, two DHS players made the All-Tournament team, senior Issac Lueth and junior Gage Carroll. Coaches could not vote for their own players. Senior Ryan Stallbaumer made the All-Academic team. The team suffered a loss against Shawnee Mission South, on Dec. 7 making their record 2-2. “[The main goal is] to get better every game in hopes of playing our best basketball at the end
Rice said. Even though the team has only played four games together, they have already improved from the start of the season. The team continues to practice to better performances in each game. They hope to get to the point where they are playing their best basketball towards the end of the season. Even though there are many positives already, Rice said there are still things to improve on. “Taking care of the ball and valuing each possession. Coming together as a team and embracing our strengths and potential. We don’t know what we can’t do to get in the way of what we can do,” Rice said. The first home game was on Dec. 14 versus the Ottawa High School Cyclones.
With six seniors playing this season, Gehrt believes that the season should be fairly successful, especially compared to other teams who have more underclassmen. Whether or not she will still continue playing after graduation is being considered. Gehrt is counting on a fun year with her team, in the new gym, and she is hoping that lots of people come to see the girls play. SENIOR KATIE GEHRT shoots a 3 point shot at her game against Paola. Last season, Gehrt, actively involved in school activities, designated a tremendous amount of time and effort to her backetball team. Wildcat Photo
Conditioning helps prep for upcoming sports By Rebekah Burgweger run faster and at a higher volume.” are only allowed to condition opinion editor
This winter, De Soto High School has a two conditioning group who have decided to battle the winter weather in hopes that they can stay fit for the spring. One of the groups consists of cross-country runners who run during the off-season. The athletes train most days in the winter, even in the snow and rain. The reason these athletes run is to keep their endurance and fitness ability they had built up over the season. “If you want to get fast, the best thing for you to do is to run consistently year round,” said head cross-country coach Chris McAfee. “The off-season allows you to train at a quicker pace, and it allows you to recover quicker in workouts which means you can
“I think it is a good chance to bond not only as a team but to get the chance to run some extra miles and prepare for the next season,” senior Shelby Stephens said. However, there are some other reasons athletes continue to run. Come February, sophomore Meredith Wolfe, senior Sarah Churchwell and Stephens will be participating in a half-marathon. “We’re going to bump up the mileage a little bit and see what we can do to prepare for that,” Stephens said. Another group that conditions during the winter is girls’ soccer. Their training will begin the second week after winter break. According to Kansas State High School Academic Association’s rules, the athletes are not allowed to do any footwork or enhance their skills with the ball. They
through cardio and work outs. “We go for distance, we go for speed. We also do core work,” assistant coach Melissa Stone said. “That way, by doing all the fitness stuff during the off-season, when we get to the regular season we can focus more on actually playing soccer and our ball skills.” On average, there are 15 girls conditioning. Understandably, though, fewer girls come in the end than the beginning, even though the program is strongly encouraged by the coaches and it would help one make the team. “Part of our tryouts is a fitness portion and you can definitely tell the ones who have been to off-season training,” Stone said. While these programs will not be competing, all of the athletes involved are working hard for the moment when they can.
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Sophomores rule wrestling Still too early to judge recent Royals trade By Xena Moore seem to have so much talent is guest reporter
The De Soto High School’s wrestling team has in recent years sent many wrestlers to State, last year being a school record of seven. As the 2012-13 season begins, the sophomores have proved to stand out as a talented class. Out of the seven State qualifiers from last year, three of them return to DHS for another school year: Josh Miller, Hunter Miller and Jeremy Slitor, all sophomores. “There are more [sophomores] and several of them have experience from before. They’re the core of the team,” head coach Shannon Sawner said. The reason the sophomores
because of the boys’ dedication and involvement with the sport at an early age. Many of them have been wrestling since elementary school. Compared to the other grade levels, the 2015 graduating class also shows a high interest in the sport compared to others. Out of the approximate 30 wrestlers on the team, the sophomores make up half of the team with 15 boys. The rest of the team is comprised of about 10 freshman, three juniors, and only two seniors. Sawner’s hope for this year is to build on similar numbers of State qualifiers from last year, and the sophomore’s talents will definitely help contribute to the goal.
By Jordan Wolf
Late last Sunday night, the Kansas City Royals gambled away their future to the Tampa Bay Rays for a better chance at contending right now. In a six-player deal, Kansas City dealt, among others, top hitting and pitching prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to the Rays in exchange for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis. Royals general manager Dayton Moore previously said that the team would bolster its pitching rotation by trading away some of its elite young talent, and he certainly followed through with that promise. I think I can speak for a majority of Royals fans when I say that a trade involving Myers was very possible, but the inclusion of Odorizzi was shocking. After the club had brought Odorizzi up late last season, it seemed as if he would take a regular spot in the rotation during spring training. Along with Odorizzi and Myers, the Royals gave up third baseman Patrick Leonard and pitcher Mike Montgomery, who was once an elite prospect but has been on a downward spiral since 2011. The main problem many fans have is that the Royals gave up at least six years of Myers and Odorizzi for, worst case scenario, two years of Shields and up to five years of Davis. Odorizzi didn’t seem to have the talent or the stuff to make it as an ace starter in the hitterfriendly American League, but
could have easily made it as a solid No. 2 or No. 3 guy (especially on a staff as dismal as KC’s). But Myers was something special. Originally starting as a catcher as a rookie coming out of Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina, he quickly made the transition to right-field. He batted a line of .303/.395/.522, which is nothing to scoff at. Myers added to his monster 2012 campaign by bringing in several Minor League Player of the Year honors, including the award given by Baseball America. The award has been given to several phenomenal players throughout it’s history. But for every Mike Trout there is a winner like Rocco Baldelli who onl played 7 years in the majors. Myers and Odorizzi played in the All-Star Future’s Game in Kansas City this summer, which was their first time playing at Kauffman Stadium. Now, they will likely only return in a teal and blue Rays uniform. Enough on who the Royals gave up. What’s done is done, so we as fans should focus on what the team is now. Shields, the centerpiece of the trade, has been a mainstay in Tampa Bay’s rotation for his seven seasons in the big leagues. He has posted a career ERA of 3.89 and notched a record of 87-73. Davis, meanwhile, was demoted from starter to the bullpen last year where he made 54 appearances and had an ERA of 2.43. In his first three years, he started a combined 64 games. The two will likely join fellow offseason acquistion Ervin Santana, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels earlier this fall, Jeremy Guthrie, who was re-signed for 3 years and $25 million this offseason, and whoever manager Ned Yost feels is best between the logjam of mediocre pitchers like Luke Hochevar, Bruce Chen and Felipe Paulino. When Danny Duffy returns from Tommy John sur-
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gery, the rotation will begin to take it’s true form. Royals fans can only hope that Shields can put up numbers like he did last year, and Davis can show his vast potential and become a solid No. 4 starter. This deal certainly will help the team in the short-term, as a team can get by without having a good young right fielder. However, it’s hard to contend in the American League without solid starting pitching. Speaking of not having a good right fielder, the absence of Myers will likely spell for Jeff Francoeur to start in right field on opening day. Francoeur was arguably one of the worst every day players last year, when he had a WAR of -2.7. WAR (wins above replacement) judges how many wins a player gives/costs a team in comparison to if a AAA player, such as Royals rookie David Lough, were to take his place in the lineup. Essentially, if Lough or another “replacement player” were to have taken Francoeur’s spot in the lineup last season, the Royals would have won two or three more games. Not having Myers to take the starting job away from Francoeur is one of the main reasons why many fans are unhappy with this trade. It’s painful to see two players like this go; guys that had been thought of as future messiahs for an organization that hasn’t made a playoff appearance since 1985, when the baselines of Kauffman Stadium were graced with such legends as George Brett and Bret Saberhagen. However, we as fans should not play the “what if ” game and talk about where we could be if we hadn’t done this trade. Myers and Odorizzi may become studs, and they also may flop. We just don’t know for now. This trade gave us a drastically improved pitching rotation and a real shot to contend in the AL Central and possibly further into the postseason.
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Playing for Keeps should not be kept in theaters
By Kelsea Burns staff reporter
Many De Soto High School students will be deciding what they should do with the weekend ahead of them. There are several things that they should not do such as stealing children, kicking puppies or seeing the movie Playing for Keeps. This so-called “romantic comedy” starring Gerard Butler as George Dryer and Jessica Biel as his ex-wife, Stacie, came out on Dec. 7, and it was probably one of the worst movies I have seen. The story line was predictable and the fact that this movie was even filmed was an embarrassment. It was almost as if the screenwriters didn’t know where they were taking the plot. The movie follows the life of George Dryer, a down-onhis-luck soccer player, who had moved back to Virginia to win
back the love of his ex-wife and reestablish a relationship with his son. Dryer begins to coach his son’s soccer team and eventually becomes the target of the team’s soccer moms’ amorous advances. One of the women even crawls into his bed and begins stripping off all of her clothing. Romantic comedies need several key components to be considered good in my book, all of which were severely lacking. There was no chemistry between, well, anyone. Even the soccer moms who throw themselves at Dryer seemed incredibly awkward while doing so. A romantic comedy also requires humorous content. While this movie could have been seen as funny in very brief moments, you would have to be able to stay awake in order to laugh at it. If anyone laughed while watching it, they would probably be laughing at the drool coming out of
the corner of their date’s mouth as they snore away. Admittedly, the actors and actresses did the best they could with what they were given. The writers gave them lemons, and they made lemonade. It was arguably the worst lemonade ever made but lemonade nonetheless. The underdeveloped, unoriginal plot was pathetic, and the characters were unbelievably flat. This movie isn’t even worth the $1 Redbox rental. Don’t waste your precious time and money on this movie. PLAYING FOR KEEPS is made up of a stellar cast, but so far the reviews have been sub-par. The film has been berated on movie rating sites including rottentomatoes. com where out of the 64 reviews, 63 said it was “rotten” and was said to be, “Witless, unfocused and arguably misogynistic.” Poster courtesy of FilmDistrict.
Combined concert proves a success
By Jake Stephens staff reporter
The annual De Soto High school combined Christmas choir and band concert took place on Dec. 10 in the gymnasium. The Band performed the pieces Sleigh Bells, Christmas Music for Winds and Jingle Bells Forever. A few of the songs that the choir were Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock and African Noel. The Jazz band also performed Benndetta, Greensleeves and Copycat. The concert lasted around an hour and a half with the band and choir both performing over half an hour with both band and choir coming together at the end for Hallelujah Chorus. “I was glad that the concert went so well after the practice
we had put in for it over the past couple of weeks,” said junior choir and band member Nelson Reeves. Participants enjoyed hearing renditions of some of their favorite Christmas songs while also hearing new ones. “My favorite performance of the night was the band’s performance of Sleigh bells,” junior Nick Schimdt said. The band and the choir had been preparing for the concert performance for about a month. The choir had only six days of class to prepare for the concert and did not have outside of class practices. The band practiced every class day for about a month and students had to take time out of school to make sure they were ready.
“The concert really shows the choir members’ ability to step up when they need to, with the little given time we had to prepare for the concert,” choir teacher Mary Etta Copeland said. The band and choir put a lot of effort into the concert performance giving spectators an enjoyable holiday concert.
De Soto High School theater presents.... The musical is based on the Biblical story of Joseph, a man with 11 brothers and the ability to interpret dreams. His brothers become jealous of Joseph’s relationship with their father and the coat his father gives him, and they sell him into slavery.
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The show’s dialogue is mostly sung with very little spoken lines. It includes various styles of dance and music. There are fourteen solos in the show. Auditions were held on Dec. 11, 12 and 13. Students interested in a lead had to perform a 32- count dance and a oneminute solo.
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Winter Color Guard prepares for upcoming winter season
By Emily Herrington niors Courtney Goodin, Rachael the first competition is. They’re staff reporter
The De Soto High School Color Guard has been working hard to prepare for its upcoming winter season. The team’s main goal is to become better known throughout the school and better teammates. “I think we have a great group of girls who are ready and excited to learn new things. I think this year we are really hoping for a challenge, something that will really help other teams remember our name,” junior Alex Knauss said. “Considering the addition of our new coach, only time will tell if we’re able to reach our goal. So far, the year looks fairly bright.” The team this year includes se-
Lind and Shummer Roddick, juniors Knauss, Lizzy Henderson, Naouel Azzouz, Taylor Cole and Makell Hadley, and sophomores Jessica Cavanagh and Hope Moler. There are no freshmen on the team this year. “My favorite part is learning new things and making new friends,” Moler said. “I feel like we’re getting a lot done and that we’re going to win big.” Just like being on most teams, the girls enjoy being around the nine other girls who they can talk to all the time. “I enjoy having everyone grow so close during the season. We really build a family,” Knauss said. The team has already decided on its music and routines, although they don’t know when
very excited for the adrenaline and excitement that comes with performing. “Practices can feel really long but performing is super great because it’s like a rush of energy,” Goodin said. “I think we’re going to use sabers, the swords and that’s a cool possibility.” In the end, they are counting on the hard work they put into practices to result in some great performances. “Practices typically revolve around the foundation of technique and understanding of dance and equipment. When the hard work is generated from practices, we are able to show off what we’ve learned. Preforming is the final outcome of all our hard work,” Knauss said.
DHS DAZZLERS PERFORM at the Homecoming pep assembly in October. The team is now preparing for their winter season by practicing for competitions. Photo by Lela Servos.
Over 20 band, choir students make District KMEA groups
By Ryanne Mercer ads manager
Every year a group of students in band and choir audition for Kansas Music Educators Association. All music teachers belong to KMEA, which promote honor groups. A total of 21 students mixed between the two programs made it to either State, if they are in choir, or will be trying out for State in January, if they are in
band. De Soto High School band students auditioned to be placed with schools of similar size. Students that made it were placed in the ‘Gold’ band, a group composed of 1- 4A schools. The choir members that made the middle level are, freshmen Emily Everson, Emma Goldsky, Mackenzie Kennedy, Michaela Shupe and Rex Templin. Members that made the high school level are juniors Makenzie Hill and Maddie Torline.
Band members that are in KMEA include seniors Rhiannon Caldwell, Emily Churchwell, Jonny Hodges, Laura Meyers, Jake Dunlap, Dylan Ritter, Maria Pileski and Sarah Churchwell, juniors Madison Kerr and Kyara Sarrano, sophomores Erick Sherman, Brenton Michalek, Alexander Michalek and Connar Kennard. Choir and band auditions took place at Olathe East High School. De Soto High School
band and choir is in the Northeast district. There are over 90 high schools in each of the six districts. Freshmen auditioned by singing one song, but upper classmen had three songs they had to learn. They didn’t know until the day of auditions which song of the three, they were going to sing and they sang about two pages of the song. Band members will audition for State on Jan. 5, while choir
members will already know if they made State or not. State is held in February in Wichita. Templin and Everson have already made State, but choir teacher Mary Etta Copeland is waiting to see if Torline and Hill made it. “It’s some extra work for these students, but when they’re already doing good work and then they can be pushed a little farther to reach more heights, it’s a good thing all around,” Copeland said. DE SOTO BAND STUDENTS perform in the KMEA District Gold Band after a full day of musical clinics with Pittsburg State U n i v e r s i t y ’s band director Douglas Whitten at Blue Valley High School. Photo by Tom Kuhn
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