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CONSTRUCTION Construction crews planned on a harsh February, but it turns out it is looking better than expected. If you notice the towering wall in the center of construction, then you will be looking at your very own CHS library.
What’s Up? •March 5-6 All-School Production Great Plains Theatre •March 8 Board of Education Meeting •March 9 District Band Night •March 11 FFA Alumni meeting •March 13-21 Spring Break
Who Knew? •FFA members showed they are excellent public speakers, as they earned fourth place in their district speech contest. State qualifiers included Austin Abeldt, Karl Janke and Sarah Johnson. •Computer Club members made valentines for the Chapman nursing home.
Senior Brogan Britt visits with a senior citizen at Chapman Valley Manor photo by Allie Day
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Feb. 26, 2010
The fight for a cure Kinnen Hawes Reporter
The Chapman vs. Herington basketball game Jan. 29 featured two teams battling each other, but they still found a way to unite against breast cancer. Students and fans from Chapman and Herington participated in a breast cancer awareness and fund-raising night by wearing pink T-shirts, and Chapman basketball players also showed support for the night by wearing pink socks to the game. The planning for the night began in the Herington community. The Herington athletic director was contacted by a woman in the community and asked to participate by having their Student Council sell T-shirts. He, in turn, called CHS athletic director Shane Sundahl. “When the Herington athletic director contacted us, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” Sundahl said. “I knew the Student Council would be willing to help sell the T-shirts.” Once Chapman became involved, Sundahl and StuCo members began the process of selling T-shirts. Senior Kristen Harris was the head of the committee that sold the pink shirts. “The main responsibility of our committee was advertising the T-shirts, because we wanted to make sure everyone knew about them and had a chance to buy them,” Harris said. A pep bus was provided for CHS students who wanted to participate in the night. There were a total of six students riding the bus to support the Chapman basketball teams. Although the numbers were small, junior Karl Janke was
Senior Kristen Harris helps present a check to the Herington Municipal Hospital at Breast Cancer Awareness Night Jan. 29 at Herington between the boys’ and girls’ basketball games. More than $1,500 was raised between the two schools. photo by Bailey Mundy part of the student section decked out in pink for the game and said the team spirit was the best it had been all year. “The energy at the guy’s game was the most intense I’ve ever seen,” Janke said. The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams helped support the breast cancer awareness night by wearing pink socks with their uniforms. Even though pink is normally seen as a feminine color, junior Matt Spurlock said he
didn’t mind having to wear pink because it was raising awareness for a good cause. The cheer squad also contributed to the night by wearing matching pink shirts instead of their usual uniforms. “It was fun to see everyone dressed up to support the same cause,” said junior Amber Zumbrunn. “It made me feel good to be a part of it.” The CHS basketball coaches also shed their green dress shirt
and showed up to the game in pink. “Even though we weren’t asked to do anything, we wanted to because it’s important to support those kinds of events,” Ingram said. “We also wore tennis shoes because it was ‘Coaches Against Cancer’ weekend.” While the fight against breast cancer may not have an ending buzzer, Chapman and Herington fans joined up one night to even the score.
Helping hands extend to Haiti Nalani Clark Reporter
Multiple Chapman High School students spent their Saturday, Feb. 6, helping pack meals in Abilene, and no, they weren’t working at McDonald’s or Burger King. Instead, they were helping the Haitian people after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck the country Jan. 12. The earthquake that hit Haiti left more than 200,000 dead and many in need of food and water. Numana, who is a non-profit hunger relief organization which was
formed in August 2008, heard their cry for help and sent food to Abilene that needed to be packed and sent to Haiti. More than 400 people showed up at the Armory to help package the food. The meals consist of rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals. “We had to pour rice, flavoring, dried vegetables and soy sauce into a plastic bag and then seal the bag,” said sophomore Tayler Gentry. After the bags were filled and sealed, they were put into boxes
Drinking statistics hit home After Dickinson County students took a survey on drinking, the results showed something needed to be done.
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the average age Dickinson County youth have their first drink
and shipped to Haiti. Each bag is to feed six people. The goal was to make 250,000 meals. At the end of the day that goal was completed. There are many benefits of volunteering your time to help others. Junior Kendra Lemon said that one benefit of helping was meeting new random people. Another great benefit is the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping someone in need. “It was very organized, and everyone looked happy to be helping,” said sophomore Brandon
Fansler, Students helped for many reasons. Gentry said she was happy to spend her Saturday helping because it made her feel good seeing all the people who went and helped. This event not only helped feed the Haitian people, it also helped the students involved realize that one person can make a difference. “If I could I would definitely do it again,” Gentry said. “While I was there I found out one person can be a huge help.”
Why are sports struggling? Chapman teams are having problems putting numbers in the win column. What is being done to change this trend?
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Opinion 2Thumbs StudentDK parking battle continues
The Dickinsonian February 26, 2010 Issue 5
Kinnen Hawes Reporter
Brittany Lavalleur Reporter
To the beginning of spring sports. A new season brings new optimism. To the Haiti disaster. May those who lost loved ones be comforted, and those who are struggling get help. To Spring break. Finally another full week off! To the upcoming state assessment tests. We know we have to do them, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them. To the idea that at some point in time we are going to be able to walk outside without coats. We can dream, right?
OUT! How do you feel about the teacher only parking lot?
With limited parking since the June 11 tornado finding spots has been difficult, but it recently got even worse when students were told they couldn’t park in the east lot behind the science building. Students are being kicked out because it is a “teachers only” lot. With so much available space in the east parking lot, students should be allowed to park there. We’re all in the same situation with the limited space. Teachers have been provided a large area for parking, but some decided to park by their classrooms, even with a designated space available just for them. Students have had to park in the crowded west parking lot, and now with Old 40 parking gone the problem has worsened. Students are now attempting to park in the alley behind the northeast modulars, but that has also been stopped. Being able to park in the “teachers only” area would be easier for students, especially for those who have morning classes in the southeast classrooms, and it would also allow them less time to walk in the freezing cold.
I think they should let other people park there. Teachers should have to park on streets like we do.
Amanda Schubert, Freshman
I think it’s a great rule, because as professionals we deserve a place to park.
Rebecca Rufener, English Teacher
Prom-a-Rama comes to Salina Brenda Siemen Hank Corcocan The sixth annual Prom-a-Rama prom dress giveaway event will be held March 6, 2010 at the Christ King Lutheran Church, 111 Magnolia Rd. Salina, Kan., from 12 a.m. until 1 p.m. The previous Prom-a-Rama events were very successful with many girls receiving dresses and accessory items. Prom-a-Rama is a prom dress give away event involving the collection of donated dresses from Salina and surrounding communities and then giving away those dresses to high school girls who attend the event. To receive a dress, the girls need to attend the give away, and
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I don’t think it’s a bad idea because they work here. It would be just like reserved parking for doctors at hospitals. Christian Meuli, Sophomore
If that isn’t an option, how about making the teachers park in their designated spot? With a total of 18 teachers in the east part of campus and 16 parking spaces available in the “teacher only” lot, there is almost enough room for every teacher whose room is around there to park. This would allow more room on Old 40 for students to park and would make for less of a hassle because everyone would then have designated spots. These are just a few of the solutions that could make parking less stressful. If students still can’t park in the east lot and teachers continue to park on Old 40, another possible solution that might be a bit more extreme is to have students pay for a parking space. This could possibly make parking easier until we get more parking areas. Buying a space would guarantee you a spot to park everyday, and it would give the school more funding at the same time. The bottom line is students should have the same parking rights as teachers since we are all in this same tornado-ridden problem together. I don’t care what option is used, just give us one.
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provide proof of being a high school student. Once the girl has shown her identification she will be admitted to the give away, and there will be volunteers to help her find the perfect dress. The Prom-a-Rama committee was awarded a grant through the Salina Greater Community Foundation for the 2010 PromA-Rama. With this money, the committee has purchased new larger size dresses from the size 18 through 26. There will be a seamstress to make on-site alterations and minor repairs. The dresses will be hung on racks by size, and any donated accessories will be on the tables. The girls attending the give away may sign up for various drawings (gifts donated by local businesses). If you wish to contact someone about this event, you may call
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Spitting equals disgusting Megan Thurlow Senior All right. I’ve been irritated for a long time about this, but I stayed quiet, hoping it was just a fad. Well guess what, it isn’t. I walk down the sidewalk every single day behind some guy who thinks he’s so cool for spitting on the ground. It’s like he’s thinking, “One step, two step... okay, time to spit.” It’s not even tobacco spit or mucus, it’s plain saliva. Grow up and swallow your spit.
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PDA stays annoying Elizabeth Forsyth Senior I’m just going to say it: PDA is annoying. Not only can they not keep their hands off each other, they feel the need to do so in the exact middle of our already-toosmall “hallways.” If you’re not mature enough to keep your relationship out of everyone’s way, don’t have a relationship at all.
In the Feb. 4 edition of The Dickinsonian, there was an error in the “Getting to Know the NCKL” quiz. The answer to what school has been in the league longest should have been Concordia (82 years) and not Abilene.
Coeditors-in-chief: Kurtis Keating and Sarah Poland
The Dickinsonian February 26, 2010 Issue 5
Youth Court offers real-life experience
capture the moment
Megan Thurlow Reporter
English students use video to show what is important in their lives Kaitlyn Jackson Reporter
In Collette Erickson’s Sophomore English class, sophomores get the chance to make sure they will be remembered forever with their video time capsule. Erickson said she started the time capsules about six or seven years ago. Sophomores bring in an item of their choice and tell why they are putting it in the time capsule. Since it is in a video format, the students were able to keep their items after they were filmed. The play “Our Town” was what gave Erickson the idea for the time capsules. “When we read the play ‘Our Town’, the people wanted future generations to know what life was like in the early 1900’s for years to come, so they put items into the time capsule, and that is put in the cornerstone of the new bank,” Erickson said. Erickson has seen many items go into the video time capsules. Some were unusual and memorable. “My most memorable moments would be the frozen squirrel brought in and the Wade Beemer
Sophomore Courtney Hoffman gets filmed for the video time capsule. Hoffman presented her umbrella because of the unpredictable weather. photo by Kinnen Hawes memorial,” Erickson said. Some students admitted to being hesitant and a little nervous to be in front of the camera, but in the end they had fun. Sophomore Mandie McPhail brought in glow sticks for her part of the video time capsule. “The project was pretty rad, but it would have been cooler if it was an actual time capsule,” McPhail said. Perhaps the most enjoyable part for the students was seeing what their classmates brought in to film. “Zach Parham’s mohawk was really cool for the time capsule,” said sophomore Jonathon Terry.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Activities: All For Girls, Computer Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Irish Ink Favorite Class: “My favorite class is English, because my class is really fun.” What does this award mean? “It’s nice, because it means that my teachers notice the work I do.”
Activities: Golf, Spanish Tutor Favorite Class: “I really like Pre-Calculus, because I’m good at math.” What does this award mean ? “It means a lot to me, because I’m actually getting recognized by my teachers and my hard work is paying off.”
Brandon Cook Junior
After the filming for the capsule was completed, the video was finally be put together. Sophomores Jordan Bauman and Trevor Spencer were responsible for creating the finished product. Erickson said once the video is completed she holds on to one copy. During the class’s senior year, the class president will receive a video to be played during class reunions in the future. From frozen squirrels to glow sticks, you never know what a sophomore will bring in for the video time capsule. What you do know is that it will bring back lots of memories when it is viewed in the future.
“You can’t handle the truth!” It may not be that dramatic, but the Dickinson County Youth Court is educational and entertaining. Youth Court is a monthly event where local teenagers serve on a jury for juvenile delinquent cases and decide their punishment. Typical volunteers get recruited from a spokesperson who visits the school, but some, like senior Michelle Klekot, said they got involved in a different way. “I played a video game that was about defending people in court,” Klekot said. “So when I heard about Youth Court, I thought I actually wanted to do that in real life, so I checked it out.” Participating CHS students are sophomore Jordan Paleska and seniors Jennifer Abbott, Samantha Jansen, Samantha Jenkins and Michelle Klekot. “Being able to decide the verdicts of people is pretty cool, because they’re like us in a way, and we want to make them a better person through it,” Jenkins said. Some jury members said serving is also a way of giving back to the community. “Youth Court gives the delinquent a second chance, because after they complete our sentence, which is usually community service, it goes off
You see a lot of “ things and realize
Lizzie DeGroat Junior
you don’t want to be like that. -Samantha Jenkins Senior their record,” Abbott said. Youth Court is also a way for the juniors to learn life-changing events, from decision-making to respect. “It’s obvious that no crime goes unpunished,” Jenkins said. “You see a lot of things and realize you don’t want to be like that.” Klekot said Youth Court taught her how to get along with people she normally wouldn’t otherwise. “It’s not just Chapman kids there, it’s Abilene and other surrounding areas, too.” However, unless you’re a member, you’ll never know what goes on inside those court doors. “We’re actually not allowed to talk about the cases,” Abbott said. Those who choose to be involved usually don’t regret it later. “I would still participate in Youth Court even if I didn’t have to get NHS points,” Klekot said. Abbott said she thought Youth Court was a really fun experience. “It’s really different compared to what you see on television.”
Cook teaches foreign language Elizabeth Forsyth Reporter
“One of the reasons we teach is so students will pass it on,” said Spanish teacher Eileen Beavers. One of her Spanish III students decided to take this quote and use it himself. Junior Brandon Cook, who is a student in the Teaching as a Career class, was asked to tutor a gifted second grader in Spanish. “I got chosen because the gifted teacher needed someone to tutor the second grader, and I was in both Spanish III and Teaching as a Career,” Cook said. This is something that is done outside of his classroom activities. Because of this, Cook must prepare before going to tutor. “He spends a lot of time thinking of what to prepare for the lessons,” Beavers said. “Because she is younger, the lessons must be short, but he has to have multiple lessons ready.” Cook spends one day a week at the elementary with the second grader and said this experience has changed the outlook of both people involved. “It’s really great to see her going back into the room and use the words she just learned,” Cook
As he helps a second grader read in Spanish, junior Brandon Cook learns what it’s like to work with younger students. Cook tutored his second grader once a week. photo by Elizabeth Forsyth said. “And usually the next time I go into the room the whole class greets me in Spanish.” The tutoring has also helped Cook learn more about teaching, which he plans to go to college for two years from now. “I have learned patience and understanding by doing this,” Cook said. Cook said he has even seen a change in the student outside of Spanish since he first started. Since beginning this tutoring in October, he has seen her become more talkative and outgoing. She also interacts more during the
tutoring time. Beavers said she hopes Cook’s tutoring will help initiate even bigger plans. “I have taught Spanish at the elementary level before,” Beavers said. “It would be nice if our district offered Spanish at that level, because students at that age love to learn new things.” The old saying said by most students at one point is, “When am I ever going to use this stuff?” Cook is making practical use of the answer by teaching Spanish skills every Wednesday to pass on what he has learned.
The Dickinsonian February 26, 2010 Issue 5
And the survey says......
Survey shows Dickinson youth are near the top when it comes to teenage drinking Tyler Schultz Reporter
Some see it as a way to earn money for Dickinson County, while others view it as a big problem. Either way, the county is making an effort to crack down on underage drinking after an alarming survey was published. This survey was given out to all Kansas sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grade students. The survey is compiled of questions about drinking habits and drug use. The test asks each question multiple times and in different sections to make sure the answers the students give are legit. A student must answer the question four out of five times the same way, or the
question is thrown out. “I feel bad for students having to answer the questions over and over, but the state also needs to make sure all of the answers they receive are the truth,” said counselor Jamey Dalke. In the end, Dickinson County was ranked in the top five out of 105 counties in Kansas in the percentage of students who are drinking. Nearly 56 percent of students say they have tried alcohol at least once in their life, and 12 is the average age most kids in Dickinson County had their first drink. More than 22 percent of students surveyed also said alcohol was “very easy” to get. Stats like these are the reason the state is implementing new programs to crack down on the underage drinking while still incorporating the old ones already in place. Some of the new programs, such as Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, have short-term goals already in place. The CMCA’s short-term
goal was increase the rate of ci- to heart.” tations for Minor in Possession However, other students said from 52.15 per 1,000 by five per- something more needs to be done cent to 54.76 per 1,000 by the end than what is being done right of 2009. now, because the numbers show Older programs that are still in that Dickinson County students Percentage of effect include Drug Abuse Re- have an issue with drinking. Dickinson County sistance Education (D.A.R.E.), “I think they should enforce the students who used which is a national program that programs more, because I didn’t started in Los Angeles in 1983. alcohol at least once even know we had them,” said These programs will now be sophomore Grace Pierin the last 30 days benefitted by a $500,000 grant son. that Dickinson County received because of the alarming numbers. the average age “I like the surveys, because it Dickinson County gives us money and we use it for the programs,” Dalke said. youth have their first These programs are set up to drink help out the students in the community, but some students are pessimistic that the new and old programs will have a posiPercentage of tive effect on the drinking Percentage of situation in the county. students who say students say it is “Most likely they won’t they would drink at very easy to get work,” said junior Lizzie a party if it was alcohol DeGroat. “People might lisoffered to them ten to the messages that the programs are saying, but nobody really takes those things
I think they should enforce the programs more, because I didn’t even know we had them. -Grace Pierson Sophomore
TO DRINK OR NOT TO DRINK CHS students answer that question and more
based on d the 2009 D Count
Facing the f underage
Charles Jarnot Junior
MiCale Rogers Senior
Kurtis Keating Editor
In an effort to figure out why so many CHS students are drinking, the Dickinsonian staff interviewed journalism teacher Matt Weller’s advisory about the issue of underage drinking and the pressures the face each day. DK: Is underage drinking a problem at CHS? MiCale: Yes, because it’s a small community and there’s nothing else for kids to do.
Megan Watson Freshman
Amanda Schubert Freshman
DK: Why do students drink?
Will: There’s nothing else for kids to do.
Aubreale Favors Freshman
Will McLaughlin Junior
DK: So do kids drink because there’s nothing to do or because it’s the “cool” thing to do? Everybody: Both.
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SADD helps raise awareness Myranda Clark Reporter
Although Students Against Destructive Decisions is no longer just about underage drinking, they are still focusing on how to raise awareness about the issue. Percentage of students SADD has done a variety of who think they would activities in order to raise awarebe viewed as “cool” if ness on the consequences of unthey committed to derage drinking. Sponsor Nicole Howard said the club being drug free has sponsored a drunk goggles obstacle Percentage of course students who say they and have have used alcohol given the at least once latest sta-
Junior Hillary Shorter helps SADD raise money by working the concession stand during a recent basketball game. SADD uses the money from concession stands to help purchase prizes for After-prom, which the club sponsors. photo by Megan Thurlow
in their life
Percentage of students who reported binge drinking at least once in the last two weeks
tistics on the effects of drinking. They have also held meetings, that involved the freshmen through senior classes to Percentage of get their opinions on what students have else to do. smoked cigarettes “Our meetings are a at least once in the chance for students to get last 30 days their opinions out in the open, and they have been very successful,” Howard said. “What we are basically doing is preparing an action plan for us to take it up a notch in helping to raise awareness about drinking.” These meetings were held on two weekdays during advisory period. The meetings were led by a Chapman alumnus who contacted Howard to help out SADD with raising awareness.
SADD’s action plan to help with drinking is not fully prepared yet, but there is belief that the club has already helped students. SADD secretary Meg Hurford said the group has informed students on the consequences of drinking that they may not have known about beforehand and that not everybody around them drinks like many kids believe. However, even though SADD has already had activities to prevent drinking, some don’t think that’s enough to have an impact. “I think SADD could improve greatly if we got the entire school involved for activities that are focused around drinking,” said SADD Treasure Hillary Shorter. “I also think we need to do more than just a monthly meeting so we
can get ideas to raise more awareness.” Howard added that having more activities would help, but she also believes space is the biggest issue the club is facing. “We were operating with very little room for activities,” Howard said. “That made things difficult, because the most we could do was have speakers come in which got monotonous. Now that we have the gym open, we will be able to do a lot of fun activities to help raise awareness, and it will also help with participation.” With a progressing action plan and more space available for activities, expect SADD to be doing more in the near future to raise awareness about underage drinking.
give kids something else out and stuff. In Salina, to do. people just drank at parties where people hang DK: Would a com- out, but in Chapman it’s munity center benefit so much smaller so it is Chapman? more of a problem.
Amanda: You try to fit in. There is pressure, but it depends on who you hang out with.
still have fun without drinking, like find a hobby or something to do instead of drinking. I do puzzles at home.
facts about e drinking Charles: I think it’s OK if kids have one or two, but it becomes a problem when it becomes a contest and people are trying to see who can drink more than everyone else, DK: Is there more that could be done about the drinking problem in Chapman? Aubreale: The school is doing everything they can do, because they can’t really keep the alcohol out of kids’ houses. Charles: Or people could just drink less. It’s OK to drink a little bit so they won’t do something stupid, but it’s like compulsive eaters. If it’s there, let’s drink it. MiCale: Or parents could hide it from their kids, and I think school functions or a community center/ program would also help
Aubreale: Nobody can make you do anything at Micale: Junction City has Will: I think more people the end of the day. It’s your a rec center, and there are worry about getting bust- decision, because they activities for younger kids ed in a big city. can’t make you drink. as well as older kids. They go there and hang out, but Aubreale: Yeah, because DK: If you haven’t some people do just blow there are random nights drank, why do you it off. But I think if the where cops will have choose not to? kids had more input into check points and just sit it and helped decide the on a certain street and Aubreale: I have goals. activities, it would work give breathalyzers to evbetter. eryone who goes by and MiCale: My stepdad check their cars to try to was a drinker. I’ve been DK: Aubreale, you came catch people before they around this kind of stuff, from the Salina school drink. and my friends were big district. Is drinking drinkers. When you drink more or less of a prob- DK: Do the freshmen too much you can’t conlem in Chapman than get pressured by the up- trol yourself, and you put Salina? perclassmen to drink? yourself in a bad situation. Sometimes it gets violent, Aubreale: It is more of Aubreale: It all depends and you may not remema problem in Chapman, on who you hang out ber what you did, but evbecause in Salina there’s with. You can either tell eryone else will and they skating, games, basket- them no, or you do drink will hold you to that. ball, dances and places it to be cool so they don’t where kids can just hang think you’re a little kid. Charles: I think you can
Aubreale: Saying I did something because I was drunk doesn’t work. It’s still your fault, and you have to be accountable for what you do. MiCale: Once you are in a car accident or go to a hospital or kill someone, you can’t go back in time and change it. DK: Is SADD effective, and if so in what way? Charles: helps give thing fun helps keep trouble.
After-prom kids someto do and them out of
MiCale: They’ve had some speakers before who have talked to us about drinking, too.
Inside the #’s 2
The number of wrestlers who qualified for State wrestling Feb. 26-27. They are seniors Morgan Shorter and Dalton Weaver.
Senior Jarrod Dockendorfs’ twopoint field goal percentage for the season, which was leading the NCKL as of Feb. 23.
What’s Up? •March 1 First day of Spring sports practice •March 1 - 6 Boys/Girls Basketball Sub-State •March 15 - 19 Spring Break •March 22 - 26 Dance Tryouts • March 23 CHS Baseball and Softball Sports pictures •March 31 CHS Track, Golf and Boys Tennis Sports Pictures •April 1 Chapman Track Invitational
Athlete of the Month
KENDRA GIFFORD STATS Gifford has an average of eight rebounds, two steals and six points a game so far in her junior season. COACH COOK “I selected Kendra because she has done a lot for the team. She has contributed a lot on defense and got after the ball very well on offense. She always works very hard as well.”
The Dickinsonian February 26, 2010 Issue 5
Fall, winter HOW CAN OUR TEAMS teams struggle CHANGE THEIR to find success after multiple losing seasons
Why is CHS struggling in sports? Taylor Garrison—Freshman
“So many people slack off during practice.” Courtney Hoffman—Sophomore
“People aren’t as dedicated as they need to be.” Spencer Anderson—Junior
“People don’t seem to care if they win or lose.” Jordan O’Neal—Senior
“Greatness comes in terms, and right now we’re on the off-set of a great term.”
Junior basketball player Chad Williams reacts at the end of another loss. The Irish football and basketball teams have both struggled this year, only winning one game at home. “It’s frustrating when people start giving up just because things don’t go the way they want them too,” Williams said. “It makes playing less fun.” photo by Spencer Anderson Allie Day Reporter
After a tough loss, a coach’s last words may be, “Learn from it and move on.” The Chapman High School fall and winter athletic teams have heard this to often, as there have been records set in terms of losses during both seasons. In the case of volleyball, junior Hillary Shorter said a lack of unity hurt more than a lack of athletic ability. “We never played as a team,” Shorter said. “I felt like girls played more for individual glory.” The football team was another sport that struggled. After losing so many games, football players YEAR
“There is not enough team unity, and people want to play individually.”
as well as fans get their mind set on losing as a habit. Junior Rod Caldwell said losing as a habit needs to be changed. “We gave up way too easy. Once we got the mind set, we couldn’t catch back up,” Caldwell said. “All we need is a little change, and that starts by putting more effort into practices and getting into the weight room.” In the same sense, the boys’ basketball team has yet to start a winning tradition in head coach Tony Ingram’s two-year tenure. Whether it be the fact that more underclassman are playing at the varsity level with less experience or unity as a team, many obstacles have been
Nicole Howard—Volleyball Coach
“Volleyball, for example, hasn’t had a consistent coach in a few years.”
faced. “Our biggest lack is commitment,” said senior Greg Harris. Talent comes and goes with each graduating class, but talent isn’t the only key. “It’s probably hard to say there is just one reason, but I feel one contributor is the commitment that is necessary to be successful at times is lacking,” said freshmen coach Trevor Williams. “To be good at anything takes committed individuals.” Assistant basketball coach Matt Weller said there are many factors involved. “The easy answer would be we don’t have as much talent as we
did in the past, but it goes deeper than that, “Weller said. “A lack of facilities, a tough league, and a lack of commitment to the summer weights program are also factors. The bottom line is both the coaches and athletes need to take responsibility for this and turn it around.” As rough as the past year has been, athletics will have something to look forward to with the new facilities which will open in December. That is one reason why Weller said he is optimistic heading into the future. “The new facilities are going to be the huge boost in morale we need in order to start new traditions,” Weller said.
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Chapman Rec League to start next fall Stephania Nelson Reporter
In hopes of creating team bonds early on in life, administrators and coaches want to begin a recreational league for Chapman next year. Chapman has never had a recreational league before, and Chapman middle school and high school coaches and administrators would like to change that. The main goal of the rec league would be to get kids physically active and to begin making special connections that will aide them when they get to middle
school so they are ready to play in competitive team sports. “We want an opportunity for kids to be involved in sports at a young age,” said athletic director Shane Sundahl. “It will hopefully create bonds and friendships in Chapman, instead of them having to branch out.” The administrators would like to involve students between first and sixth grades. They also plan on having high school athletes coach the participants, with the actual coaches being their mentors. The sports they would like to concentrate on are basket-
ball and volleyball. Just like the YMCA and Abilene programs, there would be a small fee for each child to pay. Games would be played on Saturdays during the fall for volleyball and during the winter for basketball. Head volleyball coach Nicole Howard is one of the coaches in charge of setting up the program. “We want to work with the kids so they know how to play the game early,” Howard said. “That way when they’re older they can focus on working together.” Head basketball coach Tony Ingram said the program will also
help develop kids socially by being able to feel like they are part of something. Also, it will develop them athletically by having the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills in these sports. “The rec league is still a work in progress,” Sundahl said. “We’re hoping to have everything finalized by the March board meeting so we can give a final presentation.” Even thought plans aren’t fully worked out, coaches agree the rec league will be a step towards a brighter future for the young athletes in the district.
The Dickinsonian February 26, 2010 Issue 5
Got (too much) milk? Think you can drink a gallon of milk in one hour? DK staff member Jacob Langlois thought he could. Silly little boy...
8:33 p.m. Before drinking the milk, I divided the gallon into ten sections with a sharpie. After 10 minutes from the start of the challenge, I had drank a quarter of the milk. I can feel it in my stomach, but I don’t feel anywhere close to being sick. I think I might actually beat this challenge! 8:43 p.m. One-third of the gallon is gone. I feel a little bubbly right now,
Calling all cell phone services: So what do you have to offer me? With so many cell phone providers, it can be difficult just picking one to choose. But that choice becomes extremely important when you are stranded on the side of the road. Here is everything you need to know about the five major cell phone providers.
Pros: It is the cheapest to activate and cancel plans. Unlike most providers, you get incoming calls for free. Cons: No mobile-to-mobile plan. You don’t get a free phone for signing a contract Overall:An average company lacking in some features.
Pros: They offer a wide range of cell phones. They don’t round up
In my process of emptying out the contents of my stomach, multiple thoughts ran through my head. “5 minutes left.” “Only .2 of a gallon left.” “Why is this still cold coming back up?” The Gallon Milk Challenge is a challenge in which you have to drink a gallon of milk in under an hour without throwing up. It has been said it can’t be done. I am here to prove that one way or another. 8:23 p.m. The BEGINNING I’m thinking back to earlier in the day when I had done everything I could to prepare myself for the hour at hand. I had not eaten anything since lunch and had only drank water, so the cold milk felt good on my dry throat. I had even tried stretching my stomach out with some simple stretches.
Above: Jacob Langlois poses with a milk jug before attempting to defeat the Milk Jug Challenge that was said to be impossible. Right: Unable to finish, Langlois spits back up the milk he drank into a bucket, thus ending the challenge a few drinks short. “Kids, don’t try this at home,” Langlois said. photos by Tori Young
Casey Hoffman Reporter
Jacob Langlois Reporter
but still kind of thirsty. Well only two-thirds to go! 8:53 p.m. Half an hour from my start, I have downed half of the carton. I’m starting to feel a little full, but not throw-up full. I’m working on it though. 9:03 p.m. Uh oh. This isn’t good. My stomach feels like a volcano ready to erupt at any moment. Right now throwing up sounds like a pretty good idea to me. 9:13 p.m. (Slurring) I’m down to onefourth of a gallon and can definitely feel the milk. I don’t know what I was thinking. Who would ever accept a challenge like this? 9:18 p.m. With only a few chugs left, I started to gag. My stomach started to punch at me. I opened my mouth and let the last hour’s work escape me. So close, but still oh so far away. 9:23 The Aftermath I feel like for what I managed to drink, I did pretty well. If there are any challenges in the future, I’d feel comfortable doing them as long as they don’t involve the consumption of dairy products. Oh, and kids, don’t try this at home.
Cell phone providers
REVIEWED Tori Young Reporter
Are you ready for a change with your cell phone provider? If so, these students might give you some good advice as to which ones are the best. minutes, so if you make a call that lasts for 1:52, it won’t round up to a two minute call. Cons: They have a lot of data plan problems. Also reported to have bad customer service. Overall: A great company that has a lot of coverage and is the most well-rounded.
Pros: They are the largest provider and are the only provider to offer the iPhone. But the feature that sets them apart is rollover minutes. Cons: They don’t have good coverage in the mountain regions of the west according to toptenreviews.com. Overall: A very good provider that offers just about everything.
Pros: Only provider to start their nights at 7 p.m. instead of
the usual 9 p.m. offered by other companies. They only require one-year contracts instead of a two-year contract required by most providers. Cons: They don’t have any business or international plans. Also, they have a slightly higher activation fee of $36 according to toptenreviews.com. Overall: A good provider who doesn’t get a lot of attention.
Pros: They offer wide coverage area and variety of free phones when you sign a contract. They offer more minutes for a cheaper price. Their signature feature is their MyFaves, which lets you call five people on any network at any time for free. Cons: They lack in many features but mainly roadside assistance. Which could mean a lot if your car is broke down on the side of the road. Overall: Mediocre but the company it gets the job done.
Amber Cockrell—Freshman Provider: Verizon Wireless Are they good? “Yeah, because they have cool phones.” Logan Lehmkuhl—Freshman Provider: Verizon Wireless Are they good? “Yes, because you get good service everywhere.” Vanessa Oliver—Sophomore Provider: U.S. Cellular Are they good? “Yes, because you can talk to another U.S. Cellular person for free, and you get free weekends.” Deian Brooks—Sophomore Provider: Verizon Wireless Are they good? “Yes, because you get really good service pretty much everywhere.” Paige Shumaker—Junior Provider: Sprint Are they good? “No, because I’m roaming all the time in Chapman.” Whitney Hutchinson—Senior Provider: Verizon Wireless Are they good? “Yeah, but I liked Alltel better because I had good service everywhere, especially in Chapman.” Thomas Shefelton—Senior Provider: Sprint Are they good? “Sometimes, but it depends on the service area.”
DK In-Depth 8 Never too sweet for FFA
The Dickinsonian February 26, 2010 Issue 5
Brianna Hall Reporter
When you think of a sweetheart competition, you don’t think of girls throwing up to finish a gallon of milk replacer or rummaging through cow manure with their hands, but this is what happened at the annual FFA Chore Night. Chore Night is designated for junior girls in FFA to compete in chore-like activities planned by the senior FFA boys. This year’s event was Feb. 3 in the Ag Shop. There were four junior girls going out for sweetheart: Meghan Dalton, Shelby Hutchinson, Marci Scripter and Allie Zook. The night began with the girls carrying hay bales and buckets of corn from the end of the trailers to the start of the ag building. They were then given bolts and blindfolded. The seniors explained the activity by saying they had to find the nuts that matched their bolt in a bucket. What the girls didn’t know was that they had to stick their hands in a tub of cow manure to find the nut. There was at least one activity that was no longer allowed, according to senior Jake Hildebrand. “Last year we had the girls drink milk replacer out of a calf bottle, but because everyone was worried about health problems
they didn’t let us do that this year,” Hildebrand said. Chore Night is used as a preview for the Sweetheart crowning, which was Feb. 12 between the basketball games against Concordia. The sweetheart was voted on by FFA members. The sweetheart may not be important to people not associated with the club, but FFA sponsor Tara Lindahl said she will have a big role in the chapter the following year. “The sweetheart represents the chapter. She helps organize Chore Night and the sweetheart crowning her senior year,” Lindahl said. For those seniors who had to wait to be in charge of the event, it was now their time to shine. “I think it’s great. I remember being an underclassman and wishing we could help, and now my time has finally come,” Hildebrand said. The girls who participated said the best parts were the adventurous tasks. “The best part is finding out the fun and adventurous tasks we get to do,” Scripter said. This year’s FFA Sweetheart was Meghan Dalton. “I was really nervous at first, but when I got out on the floor I calmed down. I was really excited when my name was called,” Dalton said.
Juniors FFA members Meghan Dalton and Karl Janke react after Dalton was crowned FFA Sweetheart. Dalton is a first year Chapman FFA member. photo by Laura McLaughlin
Chore Night: Behind the scenes 1. Digging through a bucket of cow manure, juniors Meghan Dalton, Shelby Hutchinson, Marci Scripter and Allie Zook try to find a nut to match bolts they had earned earlier in the night. 2. Concentrating on one of the Chore Night tasks, junior Shelby Hutchinson packs a bearing with grease. 3. Juniors Meghan Dalton, Shelby Hutchinson, Marci Scripter and Allie Zook chug milk during the “2-minute Challenge.” Scripter won the challenge by drinking four glasses of milk. 4. After having to dig through a bucket of cow manure to find a nut during Chore Night, juniors Meghan Dalton and Marci Scripter wash off their hands. 5. Juniors Megan Dalton and Allie Zook carry bales of alfalfa from one end of a course to another. 6. Junior Shelby Hutchinson searches through a trough of corn for a bolt. photos by Sarah Poland