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The December 19, 2013

Green Pride @DHSGreenPride

35000 W. 91st De Soto, Kansas 66018

Year in Review A reflection on 2013 on page 5

Volume 42, Issue 4

Vol. 42, Issue 4


LITE team gives back Emily Herrington arts editor

The De Soto High School Leaders in Teamwork Education team has continued its traditional Angel Tree in the library this year. Every year a Christmas tree is set up in the library and paper angels are cut out and hung all over it. On the back of each angel, a requested item by someone who cannot afford it is written on the back. Students and staff members then sign up to provide a chosen item to those in need. “We put...the things that people would need and can’t buy, for select families together. We... took the list that the Johnson County Christmas Bureau gave us and bought

them,” said LITE team sponsor Jennifer Sosna.

“I think it’s just important that we give back because at any time we may need that help ourselves.” - LITE team sponsor Jennifer Sosna. The different items needed ranges from personal hygiene products like deodorant, diapers and shampoo, to fun items like soccer balls and board games. It is a way for the whole school to give back to its community. “When I first took over, we

were buying gifts for families here in De Soto. We did it through the community center. They lost funding and started sending everyone to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau,” Sosna said. “This year is a little different. We’re focusing on the necessities that families need and can’t be bought with food stamps.” All of the items had to be turned in by Dec. 4. The team was able to collect all of the requested items in time to deliver them the Great Mall in Olathe on Dec. 14. “Anybody in this school could be faced with a situation like a lost job, or a parent getting ill or a loss of some type that could send them to having to need assistance,” Sosna said.

DHS success at tree lighting

Makenzie Hill feature editor

In this issue

De Soto held its annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 7. As usual, the De Soto High School band and choir were involved in the proceedings. The choir and band alternated songs before the official tree lighting. The choir sang Here We Come A’ Caroling and Deck the Halls. The band played Deck the Halls, however, after playing this song an unplanned switching of roles took place. Because of a lack of music, the band ended up singing Here Comes Santa Claus. “We sang it, but we didn’t really know the words, so we


sang ‘la la’ a lot,” junior Erick Sherman said. “Mr. Bradford didn’t really know the words either, but he made Santa Claus sounds while we sang.” While this display was initially unplanned, band students agreed that they found the ad-lib both humorous and incredibly enjoyable. After the musical festivities, De Soto’s new mayor, Timothy Maniez, greeted the crowd and began the count down. Once the tree was lit, the band played and the choir sang O Christmas Tree, the English version of the old German carol. Though it was cold outside and the students had to bundle up to keep warm,

they felt that they performed well regardless of the circumstances. They were proud of their performance. “It went really well. It was just very very cold,” Sherman said. “It was a definite improvement from last year.” Choir teacher, Mary Etta Copeland also felt that this years performance went well. She also enjoyed the free food that the students were given after the lighting. “They gave the kids free soup and chili and desserts.” Copeland said. So, even with the impromptu vocal performance from the band, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting was considered a success by both directors and students.

Page 4 - Is Health Class Educational? Page 5 - Wednesday turns Wacky


Page 6 - Student athlete rituals Page 7 - Choir travels to Crown Center Page 8 - Merriam Art Show


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Start of Winter Break Boys’ swimming @ Turner First day of second semester Girls’ and boys’ basketball vs. Paola High School Girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball vs. Eudora High School Varsity wrestling @ Derby High School KMEA State Auditions Bowling meet in Olathe Scholar’s Bowl League @ Paola H.S. Queen of Winter Sports dance Girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball tournament @ Tonganoxie H.S. Varsity wrestling @ DHS Kansas Sousa Junior Honor Band and K-State Concert Band Clinic Boys’ swimming @ Blue Valley Southwest Invitational Bowling @ Royal Crest Lanes Girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball @ Basehor-Linwood High School

Opinion Dec. 19, 2013

Sex education curriculum needs to be educational for everyone Kelsea Burns

opinion editor

There are many classes in high school that students consider useless and irrelevant. Although there are obvious exceptions, one class that is usually seen as a joke, when it shouldn’t be, is health class. Our health education, although not the worst, is far from the best. Teenagers these days like to think they know everything there is to know about health. So they are less willing to take health class seriously. This is an extremely dangerous and possibly even fatal mistake. Not knowing the symptoms of a fatal sexually transmitted disease never ends well. For example, syphilis often goes undiagnosed because it mimics other diseases. It also can stop displaying symptoms for a while, so the person who is infected with it may

think that they are healthy again. This is not the case, and that person has a very good chance of not surviving. Someone who blew off health class and didn’t bother to learn about these types of dangerous diseases could easily fall victim to his or her own ignorance. Of course this isn’t just the fault of the students. The curriculum is in serious need of reform. Many students have questions or false beliefs concerning topics in health class that are never addressed. If health began with an open forum designed to address these concerns, the class could become more beneficial for the students. For example, there are many rumors regarding sex that sex education doesn’t address. These include not being able to conceive while a girl is on her period. This is not true. Also, in a school where marijuana is the drug of choice, there is

a surprisingly little amount of education regarding it. There is also no discussion about different methods of contraception. Most teenagers are not aware of the various forms. To some, a female condom may sound like a joke, but it, along with the male condom, is one of the few forms that also protect the users from STDs. Additionally, students should be taught where they can go to receive confidential STD testing as well as the locations of and services that health clinics provide. The health education curriculum at DHS is also extremely and wrongfully heteronormative. Health class should be the one place where students should be able to learn about these types of things without censorship. Students should be taught the difference between transexual, transgender and transvestite. They are not the same, de-

spite what some might believe. Students should also be made aware that people identify as more than just male and female; identities such as genderqueer, intersex and androgynous. Sexuality also isn’t addressed. Any student struggling with determining who they are in terms of who they are attracted to could be looking to health class just so they can be aware of what their options are. The current curriculum doesn’t allow for this and even furthers ignorance when it should be designed to do the opposite. Although the Kansas Education Regulations requires schools to provide students with a “comprehensive program in human sexuality, including information about sexually transmitted disease, especially acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS),” it does not specify exactly how in depth the class must go. As

Students in health class should learn about gender identity, sexual orientation, STDs, drugs, and different types of contraceptives.

a result, some health classes could be lacking important information. Health class shouldn’t be censored. It is the one class in which students should be able to learn everything they need to know, regardless of whether or not it might be considered offensive to someone else. When a student’s life is on the line, the school should do whatever it takes to keep that student from dying from an STD. The school should also work to decrease ignorance, not further it. Health education is the one class that nearly every student is guaranteed to use at some point or another; we might as well make it productive.

Manners matter everywhere for everyone Rebekah Burgweger media. For example, I was on Twitter you could get in big trouble (just a

co-editor in chief and two people were arguing, and they kept incessantly commenting on De Soto has a problem. It seems each other’s tweets which polluted as though the students have lost their people’s newsfeeds, and it became manners. I am referring to the lack uncomfortable for everyone on Twitof social network etiquette. Students ter at that time. need to be reminded about what There is a simple solution for this. is okay to post online, and what is For one, do not send out antagonizstraight up annoying. ing tweets. This is the hardest to do For one, people need to stop post- since everyone gets angry at some ing selfies. I know what your face point and needs to blow off some looks like, and while the occasional steam. The best solution is that if you selfie is okay, doing one every single see a subtweet about you, do not reday is not. It blows up everyone’s spond to it. Just move on and ignore newsfeed, and no matter what peo- it. The last option is to argue over ple tell you, they are annoyed with text or face-to-face. Your argument your actions. However, it is perfectly will be private which makes more fine to post a picture if you actually sense since your comments are dihave something to share. For exam- rected towards that one person. ple, if you are at a concert and you Another tip on good social netwant to take a picture, go ahead; on working manners is to be aware of the other hand, make sure the picture what content you are posting. You is not just a close up of your face but may think that it is okay to flaunt the actually shows the setting you are in. fact that you smoke and drink, but Another problem that has been multiple people do not. If your prooccurring is arguments on social file gets checked out by the police,

warning). The final tip I am going to talk about is the fact that people should not make their status update a status paragraph. I know, I know, you have to share that really personal status. But do you remember that senior you added when you were a freshman or that person that your sister was friends with and so you added her too? Yeah, she does not want to see that status. Status updates are not meant to be long, dramatic paragraphs of how you feel. That is what a therapist is for, and Facebook is not your therapist. Now, I could just unfriend the people that annoy me, but it has gotten so bad that even the people I care about are breaking these unspoken rules. Here is a quick guideline to go by, if you post more than one thing (three things for Twitter) every two to four hours on the same social site, then you probably need to reevaluate your manners.


Vol. 42, Issue 4

Opinion The Green Pride @DHSGreenPride

De Soto High School 35000 W. 91st St. De Soto, KS 66018 Phone: (913) 667-6250 Fax: (913) 583-8376 EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Kaylee Asher Rebekah Burgweger NEWS EDITOR Ryanne Mercer OPINION EDITOR Kelsea Burns FEATURE EDITORS Makenzie Hill Maddie Torline SPORTS EDITOR Jordan Wolf ARTS EDITOR Emily Herrington STAFF REPORTERS Erin Kaul Tim Mayfield Erin Sullivan CARTOONIST Ben Patton Multi-Media Michael Buffkin Nick Schmidt ADVISER Michael Sullivan


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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.



Teens terrorize traffic Kaylee Asher co- editor in chief

People nowadays do not realize how strenuous and stressful driving is. You are forced to take in numerous details regarding the cars around you, check all of your mirrors, be conscious of when you must brake, judge the space between your car and the next vehicle, look for your exit, and watch for traffic signs and pedestrians while also maintaining a constant speed. The amount of ignorant drivers on the road today is outrageous. News flash, going 100 mph on the highway is not safe for anyone. Yes, you may get to your destination two minutes faster, but you’ve also managed to enrage everyone else on the road by putting them in danger. If you do not care about what others on the road think of you then you should be mindful of what your friends think. The people on the road aren’t the only one who are affected. Your passengers will refer to you as the guy/girl with road rage, and nobody want to ride in that person’s car. Frankly, most people will

have enough common sense to avoid you if they don’t have a death wish. If you are the type of person who speeds incessantly or race your friends, then you are, for a lack of a better term, stupid. There is absolutely no need for anyone to go 30 mph above the speed limit. Get your life together, wake up and leave earlier. That’s what normal people do, and that is why we don’t have as many speeding tickets as we do hairs on our head. People also seem to forget that they aren’t alone on the road. It is somewhat important to care about where other cars are. Looking be-

fore you merge into a lane can be the difference between arriving alive and not arriving at all. On the other hand, there are some exemplary drivers who make themselves bad drivers by being so confident in their driving abilities that they think that they can use technology simultaneously. I’d like to clue you in on a little fact: you cannot. The National Census Bureau found that 45,230 people were involved in some sort of distracted driving incident in 2009 and 33,808 of these people ended up dying from the accident. Sending a text to your mom telling her that you’re on

your way home might seem a little less important to her than you coming home alive. I understand that in some situations that text or call that you get while driving is imperative and must be answered right away, but pull over. That is what the side of a road is for; use it. Do not put peoples’ lives in danger simply because you need to reschedule your dentist appointment. However, if you do choose to ignore the obvious truths of this article, then I urge you to reconsider. From the wise words of Ice Cube, “check yourself before you wreck yourself.”

All television shows are too similar By Jordan Wolf sports editor

Did you catch the latest episode of that TV show about the teenage mom? Or the group of friends living together and solving their problems? How about the one about the two partner cops who are opposites but put their differences aside to work? If you watch cable television, you likely had multiple shows in mind while reading the above paragraph. This is due to TV networks’ recycling of ideas every few years. You can see how similar everything is by just reading through the TV guide. Having three shows about ghost encounters on three separate

channels during the same time slot is not okay. It seems that part of the rehashing of ideas stems from networks’ quest for ratings. When they see how popular certain shows are on other channels, they try to build off of the other channels’ success. I love The Office and Parks and Recreation as much as the next guy, but the fake documentary style of sitcoms is starting to get old. Sometimes these novel ideas just can’t be remade. What happened to shows with unique plots, that can only be done one way? I can’t imagine a story about a high school teacher starting to cook meth as a sitcom on ABC, or really any station

other than AMC pulling it off for that matter. Instead of original ideas, we see the same basis for shows brought in every few years, sometimes even when there is already one about it on the air. Seriously, there are two shows about guys who run a pawn shop on rival networks. The strive for high ratings has also caused certain networks to drift away from their original purpose. Did you know TLC stands for “The Learning Channel?” Yeah, I’m really learning from Honey Boo-Boo and Toddlers in Tiaras. The “show stealing” between rivals makes it difficult for honest competition. If channels stuck to their origi-

nal identities and created new ideas then they would likely gain many viewers due to their originality. Instead, ratings are going down universally because of watered down content. Many viewers are turning to streaming services like Netflix in order to receive the unique programming they want to see. The current state of television is being brought down by these poor decisions made by executives in an attempt to get the highest profits possible. There are slowly becoming less new ideas, and the statement “100 channels and still nothing on” is slowly becoming a reality. When will it end? Only time (and TV networks) will tell.

Feature Dec. 19, 2013

Ryanne Mercer news editor

De Soto: For the start of the school year, associate principals Kris Meyer and John Sedler began at DHS, along with a new nurse. February- Scholars Bowl wins State Championship again. Journalism and Forensic students also placed at State. May 24- The softball team became the 4A State champions. September- McDonald’s was reopened after being remodelled. OctoberThe DHS boys’ soccer team won the league title for the second year in a row. Also, DHS’ marching band won grand champion at Baker. November- The girls’ cross-country team brought home the State Championship title with six individual placers between the girls and boys team. Also, Taco Bell/KFC closed.

Illustration by Creative Commons user lakeside

National News: Jan. 1- The Senate and House of Representatives approved a last minute budget deal to avoid fiscal cliff. Jan. 21- President Obama was inaugurated for his second term. April 15- Multiple bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. Three days later, one of the suspects was killed, and the next day the other suspect was found. April 17- There was an explosion after a series of fires in a fertilizer plant in Texas, killing 12 and injuring around 200 more. June- National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden came forward and

World News: February- Pope Benedict announced that he would retire. Later, the first Latin American pope, Pope Francis, was selected. July 3- Egyptian President Mohamd Morsi was removed from power. July 22- Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy. Sept. 15- Russia and the U.S. reach an agreement that Syria must either turn over or destroy all chemical weap-

ons by mid-2014. Nov. 1- The leader of the Pakistanian Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, is killed by a Central Intelligence Agency drone strike. Nov. 24Iran agreed to halt productions of uranium for all non -peaceful purposes for six months with member of the UN Security Council and Germany. Dec. 5- Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela passed away.

announced that the NSA had been spying on U.S. citizens and later revealed they had spied on foreign allies. June 26- The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. July 13- George Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin. Aug. 21- Private Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after leaking over 700,000 US government files. Sept. 16- 12 people were killed in a D.C. Navy Yard shooting. The gunman was killed after a shootout with police. Sept. 30- The U.S. government shutIllustration by Creative Commons user down for 16 days. ibrhima10

Illustration by Creative Commons user lekamie

Entertainment & Sports: FebruaryThe best picture went to Argo at the 85th annual Academy Awards. The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence took home best actress. Feb. 3- The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49er’s in Superbowl XLVII, 34-31. April 8- Louisville beat Michigan in the NCAA basketball National Championship game 82-76. June 15- Kim Kardashian and Kayne West had their first child named North. July 8- Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead as a result of an overdose. July 22- Milwaukee Brewers player Ryan

Braun was suspended for the remainder of the season without pay for using performance-enhancing drugs. Aug. 25- At the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus sang with Robin Thicke in a controversial performance. The Kansas City Chiefs began the NFL season 9-0 before losing to the Denver Broncos. Nov. 30- Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker passed away in a car crash along with a long time business partner. Dec. 7- Sporting KC won the Major League Soccer cup over Real Salt Lake 7-6 after penalty kicks.

Wacky Wednesday: a tradition born from the senior class Ben Patton cartoonist

A rather wacky tradition has been sweeping the halls of De Soto High School that takes place every Wednesday. Wacky Wednesday has been gaining popularity since it was first introduced earlier this school year. “I wore a wolf shirt on what I was calling Wolf Wednesday,” senior Max Taulbee said. “Trent [Brents] thought we should broaden the topic and Wacky Wednesday was born.”

Senior Trent Brents thought Wacky Wednesday should include as many people as possible. “The idea just came to me while I was in the shower to start wearing weird stuff every Wednesday. So, I took the idea to Max and we began fleshing it out,” Brents said. Wacky Wednesday, for those who do not know, consists of students dressing up in the most ridiculous outfits possible. It has spawned a dedicated group of participants eager to show off their new outfits every Wednesday.

“I just think it’s dandy to see all the wacky clothes on Wednesday,” Brents said. “It gives you something to look forward to at school every week.” Taulbee had something similar to say. “I really think it helps brings a little flair to hump day,” Taulbee said. “It just gives people a little something to help them through the week.” Despite the fun-loving nature of the school tradition there seems to be an underling competition among students on who can wear the

wackiest of clothing. “I liked Nelson Reeves with the soccer referee outfit,” Brents said. “He would pull yellow cards on people in the hall for PDA. I also think my overalls with a cut off camo tee under was one of the best. I had to appear in court later that day and I didn’t have to time to change out of my outfit.” “I personally thought my shirtless cardigan was the best,” Taulbee said. “But there’s plenty of stiff competition out there.” Every Wednesday, stu-

dents wear the wackiest outfits they can find. If a student feels like he or she does not have any wacky clothes that week, experts say to head over to Goodwill and browsing through their clothing selection. “Goodwill is full of hidden treasures waiting to be worn on Wednesdays,” Brents said. Brents had one last piece of advice for students wanting to break into Wacky Wednesday. “The less you care about what people think of you, the more fun it is,” Brents said.


Vol. 42, Issue 4


Athletes: powered by their superstition

M a d d i e To r l i n e feature editor

“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work,” the famous Bud Light slogan announces. Rituals are a large part of sports. Players, fans and coaches will do almost anything to win their game, regardless of how strange it may appear. Here at De Soto High School, the winter sports teams are not an exception to this idea. The girls’ basketball team has a tradition of jamming out before every game. “The team, before every game, in the locker room we get on the lockers and dance and sing to Get Low by Little John,” junior Megan Bonar said. The whole team also uses the exact same kind of deodorant, not the same stick of course, but the same brand and scent. “A couple of the girls wear the same socks or underwear for all of the games

Junior Dalton Verhulst drives past a defender in a game against Basehor on Jan. 25. Photo by Shelby Philbrook

Junior Jeremy Slitor pins his opponent at the Ottawa meet on Feb. 8. Photo by Carena Bledsoe

and a few have lucky sports bras,” senior Mackenzie Lancaster said. On the other hand, the boys’ basketball team has a ritual of always saying “21” while in their pregame huddle. “21 was Alan [Maxville]’s number. It’s just something that we do to commemorate him, as far as our team goes, to show that he is still part of the team,” senior Eric Williams said. Both the girls’ and boys’

teams pray the Lord’s Prayer after each game. As for individuals though, Bonar wears either her pink or green sports bra for each game. On the boys side, Williams mentally prepares himself before each game. “[Before games] I pray and after that I just stare at the wall and concentrate,” Williams said. The De Soto wrestling team may not have a whole team ritual that they partici-

pate in, but as for individuals, certain wrestlers listen to music and get “pumped up before meets,” junior Chandler Carter said. The boys’ swim team does not have a team tradition as a whole but as for individuals, sophomore Miles Arnold pictures himself getting the time that he needs for a race. “At our last meet, I visualized myself swimming my fly and getting a time of 1:09,

and then I got it,” Arnold said. As for the boys’ bowling team, it is the one exception. According to its members, neither the team nor individual players have rituals they participate in during the season. Whether it works or not, sports players, coaches and fans all have rituals that they participate in before games. As it is commonly said though, “it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

Although it is different than outdoor soccer, the players still enjoy the different version of the sport. “I love that it’s an ongoing game,” Carrillo said. “The regulations are quite different. Half time is nonexistent. It just depends on however long your team needs a break.” The players also agree that it’s a great opportunity to get to know each other before the DHS outdoor soccer season starts. “It keeps our team together and we get to see who all is coming in,” Peterson said. “We get to work together and be prepared for the upcoming season. We also get to build our relationships and play well together, so that we’re well prepared and know each other well,” The players also agree that there are some downsides to the sport, including late nights.

“Last year we had games that started at 11 and ran really late. It’s hard to start your week out like that,” Peterson said. However, the night games do have some benefits. “I like that it’s at night because you have a little bit of a rest between conditioning and actually playing,” Carrillo said. “It’s just one day out of the week. It’s on Monday, so you don’t have homework if you choose to do it over the weekend.” Despite not having a coach, the team is still fairly competitive. “We play up to play more aggressive teams to better ourselves,” Peterson said. “Some of them were adults, sometimes maybe in their twenties. We usually play [people who are] 18.” The players think that indoor soccer is a great way to prepare themselves for the outdoor soccer season.

“It works on quicker reaction because there’s no outs. If the ball hits a net above the field, that’s out,” Peterson said. “But you can push people into the walls and

you can kick the ball off of the wall. You can kick it to the wall and it can bounce off to another player. You really work on your passing and quick shots.”are] 18.”

Girls’ soccer players enjoy indoor season

Kelsea Burns opinion editor

There are a lot of opportunities for students at De Soto High School to become involved in sports. One of which is the girls’ indoor soccer team. “We meet up every day and condition as a team,” senior Crystal Carrillo said. “This is less strict [than outdoor soccer], and you can do whatever you want, show up or not. It’s indoors so you don’t have to use your cleats - you use regular shoes.” Indoor soccer also has some different rules. “The goal keeper is more restricted. There’s more rules for the goalkeeper than there is for the field players,” junior goalkeeper Taylor Peterson said. “I think it’s complicated, but it makes you think better. The field is also way smaller. [It’s] probably half the size.”



Arts Dec. 19, 2013

Art students finish portfolios

Erin Sullivan

staff reporter

The Advanced Placement Studio Art class is one of the many AP classes that De Soto has to offer, but it is not a typical AP class. Instead of slaving over books and cramming their heads with knowledge about math or English, Studio Art students focus on developing individual artistic talent. These students work hard to bring their ideas to life through many different projects they work on. “I assign different types of projects throughout the year that deal with different aspects. [The students] typically have one or two weeks to work on it depending on the size and difficulty of it, and then they will present to each other and give critiques,” said AP Studio Art teacher Tim Mispagel.

The projects are designed to challenge students and inspire their creativity. Everything that the students create in the class can be used in their end of the year portfolio or can strengthen their artistic abilities. The overall goal of the AP Studio Art class is to create a final portfolio with 12 concentrations that can involve any type of art that a student wants. The majority of this work is completed throughout the year, but some projects are borrowed from past high school art classes. The idea for the class is that the portfolio is built over the course of the year so that students do not have an abundance of stress at the end of the year. However, as most people know, most high schoolers are experts in the art of procrastination. “As fate would have it and the assignments get more out of their comfort range,

Tim Mayfield staff reporter

the students have become less prepared and less confident on in their work. It will all be good though. All of these kids should get done in time. It is just some might be more stressed by the end of the year,” Mispagel said. Even though Studio Art is focused on building their portfolios, throughout the year there are many other opportunities for the students to showcase their work. Many times there will be a few different competitions such as the league art show at the end of the year and another at Johnson County Community College at the beginning of January. “Individual assignments from pretty much everyone in the class are inventive in their own way. Everyone is doing very well and this year and I am excited to see what else is going to come from the rest of the year,” Mispagel said.

Junior and one-year veteran Jebbie Cavanagh had a differing opinion. The De Soto High School‘s “I tried out because I enjoyed doing Winter Guard will not exist this it last year, and I wanted to get more year. Despite the team captain, experienced with the sport,” Cavanasenior Alexandra Knauss’ best at- gh said. “The other girls had a differtempts to recruit members, there ent coach, so when Tarin came to were not enough people at tryouts to our school they weren’t used to her ensure its continued existence. coaching methods, so it wasn’t as Many of the girls felt that the coach much of a struggle for me.” didn’t do the team justice. While there were some mixed “I didn’t like how she (coach Tarin feelings about Winter Guard Clay) had a negative attitude all the this year, the team veterans still time,” senior Makell Hadley said. harbor warm feelings. Senior Taylor Cole, a three-year vet“I really liked the strong eran, also did not try out for Winter Guard sense of community. We were this year. a strong family ... and perfor“This year I’m not doing Winter Guard mances were always really because I don’t really have that much time splendid and fun. And it to do it. I could easily make time if I really takes a lot of effort to get wanted to ... She (the coach) didn’t really as far we did, and to be make it that enjoyable last year,” Cole said. able to put into a final Knauss had her own opinion on why product is an amazing the guard perished. feat,” Knauss said. “I feel like a lot of it had to with problems Attempts to reach with authority, and the changing of differClay for comments ent instructors,” Knauss said. were unsuccessful.

RIP Winter Guard

The three pieces above, from left to right, by junior Emma Jackson and seniors Alexandra Knauss and Ashton Riffel are just samples of the portfolios that Advanced Placement Art students have been putting together this year. Photo by Emily Herrington

Madrigal students Christmas caroling

Erin Kaul

staff reporter

In the past, the De Soto High School Madrigals have done several holidaythemed concerts such as performing at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting and at Crown Center. In additon, this year the choir is going caroling at Hillside Nursing Home. The choir wanted to go caroling in the past, but nobody had organized it. This year, senior Kassidy Forshey and junior member Cory Conley are going to take on the job. They decided to go Christmas caroling at the Hillside nursing home one weekend in December. “I think that it kind of shows the Madrigals a side of the community that we might not see all the time,” Forshey said “Especially when we go to the nursing homes because some of those people

don’t get a lot of visitors, and it really blesses them when we get to go and sing with them and make their day at Christmas time.” The choir is hoping to sing easier songs that many people are familiar with so that they can sing along. Conley said that the choir would try to sing Carol of the Bells in addition to other songs. “We’ll probably just sing standard Christmas carols. Ones that a lot of people know so that they can sing along; they really like to sing with us,” Forshey said. They hope that the people in the home will feel loved, and that they can share some Christmas spirit during the holiday season. “I want to make sure that the people in the nursing home know that they are loved and valued. That’s a special way that we can be there for them and help them have a good Christmas season,” Forshey said.


Vol. 42, Issue 4

The Last Word

A brush of genius for the Merriam art show The Merriam art show took place on Dec. 12. De Soto High School submitted about 25 pieces for the show and eight were selected among 720 entries. These pieces competed against 120 other pieces that were accepted into the show.

Junior Adara Handley produced this piece called “Contrasting Elements” that received an honorable mention at the art show.

Junior Alex Lewis created this piece entitled “Vocal” that won first place at the art show. The piece was inspired by the vocalist Matty Mullins.

Senior Taylor Cole generated this two-dimensional image entitled “Reflection” which was awarded an honorable mention at the art show.

To view the rest of the pieces that were selected for the Merriam art show,

Junior Ryanne Mercer produced this piece titled “Riptide.” Her inspiration was the band Emblem3 and her admiration for tropical places.



Junior Melinda Sanchez created this piece entitled “Roar” based off of a song by Katy Perry.

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The Green Pride, Dec. 19, 2013  
The Green Pride, Dec. 19, 2013  

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