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CONSTRUCTION The roof on the library and drama wing has been finished. Workers are also trying to finish the kitchen ahead of schedule so the kitchen could possibly be moved in late summer to be used in the fall.

What’s Up? • April 21 NHS Honors Banquet • April 24 State Music Festival Solos and Small Ensembles • May 6, 8, 9 Class Night • May 11 & 12 Class Dismissed at 1 p.m. • May 16 Graduation

Who Knew? •FFA members Austin Abeldt, Sarah Poland and Sarah Johnson all took first place at the Hutch Aggie Day competion. •Students who earned all 25 AR points for two of the three nine-week periods got to watch “The Blindside” as a reward.

Senior Jarrod Dockendorf enjoys his break from class as he laughs during the AR reward movie. photo by Brittni Knapp




400 W. 4th Street, Chapman, Kan. 67431

April. 16, 2010

Class Night shows favorite things Megan Thurlow Reporter

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… Wait. Those aren’t really anyone’s favorite things. Class Night, however, is. This year’s theme, picked by choir director Kyle Chamberlin, is “My Favorite Things.” The theme is the main focus of the musical show, which takes you through a variety of songs, dances and skits that have to do with the students’ favorite things. Chamberlin said picking a theme is actually one of the last things on his mind when Class Night rolls around each year. “I kind of think of different scenes and songs that would work well with that class,” Chamberlin said. “I usually start piecing together the show before I get an idea for a theme.” Sometimes students disagree with the theme, but senior Brittni Knapp said everyone was happy with Chamberlin’s choice.

“I really like the theme this year,” Knapp said. “It’s unique and interesting. I know we will have fun with it.” Class Night has always been one of the last times the seniors will all be together other than graduation. Senior Dilon Altwegg said he decided to participate in Class Night to have a good time. “Class Night is important because it gives us a chance to be with each other one last time before we all go our separate ways,” Altwegg said. Others, like Knapp, said it’s a good way to wrap up the seniors’ time together. “I do Class Night because I’m a senior and all cool seniors do it,” Knapp said. “It’s a good way to end the year.” Every production comes with challenges, and this year is no exception. Knapp said it can be difficult to focus in rehearsal, because everyone wants to be the center of attention. Knapp agreed.

3 teachers will not be back in 2010 Elizabeth Forsyth Reporter

Twenty-five years of combined teaching at Chapman High School will be leaving at the end of the school Judy Smith year. Business teachers Tom and Judy Smith and Ag teacher Tara Lindahl have different reasons for leaving. “Mr. Smith Tom Smith and I decided to retire at the same time,” Judy said. She added that they want to spend more time with their grandchildren and Tara Lindahl see more of their son and his wife in Atlanta. Lindahl has a different reason for leaving her Alma Mater after two years of teaching at CHS.

She has decided to pursue a graduate program of biblical studies at Grace University. Her plan is to become a minister. “It was a really hard decision, but when God called I needed to be obedient,” Lindahl said. Throughout the years, different memories have stuck with these teachers that made their time teaching at CHS memorable. “My best memory was starting the Irish Ink Design and printing business and the reception we got from the community,” Judy said. Tom said he would miss how easy it was to work with the faulty and students here. Lindahl moments consist of more funny times, like when Mr. Pitts missed the last step on the deck and faceplanted into the sidewalk. Students also have memories from these teachers and will notice the change next year. “I will miss these teachers,” said sophomore Tessa Hettenbach. “They are great at what they teach, and it will be different coming to this deck next year with three of the four teachers being new.” Both business potions have been filled, while the Ag position is beginning the process to hire a

Prom 2010 Preview

Prom: Is it really worth spending hundreds of dollars on just one night? We show the pros and cons to both sides, then let you make the choice.


Seniors Jordan O’Neil, Emily Richardson and Mat Coles rehearse their lines during a Class Night practice. photo by Jennifer Abbott

“It’s definitely hard to stay on track,” Knapp said. “We make Mr. Chamberlin mad a lot, but he puts up with us and does a good job.” Despite the short attention span, the seniors plan on producing a polished show. “I hope everyone is entertained by the masterminds of the class of

2010 and that our hard work pays off by showing the community what we can do,” Altwegg said. Class Night will be Thursday, May 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 9 at 3 p.m. at the Junction City Hoover Opera House. Tickets went on sale April 15 in the office.

New teachers fill void Casey Hoffman Reporter

There will be even more changes than just a new school next year, as three new teachers will be coming to Chapman High School. Business and Computer teachers Tom and Judy Smith are retiring, while Ag teacher Tara Lindahl is leaving to become a minister. The teachers who are replacing the Smith’s

are Brett Coster and Jody Armond. Coster, who comes from Clay Center, will be teaching half the day and will then be the tech support for the other half of the day. Armond, who teaches at St. Xavier, also has experience at CHS, as she student taught with Judy Smith three years ago. As of press time, Suther said he doesn’t know who is replacing Lindahl.

They will be hard to replace. They are good people and well respected amongst the staff, students and community. -Kevin Suther Principal

new teacher as of this time. Jodi DeArmond will be one of the new business teachers next year, taking the position of Judy. “I’m really excited for the new teacher taking my position,” Judy said. “She student taught here and knows about the programs that are currently here, such as ACA and Irish Ink.” All three teachers noted how they would miss working in the Chapman school district. Judy said she was grateful for the op-

portunity and will miss the “outstanding faulty, administration and staff.” Principal Kevin Suther also commented on the Smith’s retiring after being at Chapman for over a decade. “They will be hard to replace,” Suther said. “They have well established programs, and are good with the students. They are good people and well respected amongst the staff, students and community.”

Cheer/Dance teams selected CHS had their annual cheer and dance team tryouts. See who will be cheering for you next year.


2Thumbs Elizabeth Forsyth Reporter

for having great teachers at CHS, which shows through the Standard of Excellence Awards. to immature people who spit on the sidewalks. Grow up! towards the treats at lunch, including ice cream and bubble bread. Thank you cooks for offering more than just the norm. for the cold weather slowing down the process of the school. Hopefully it picks up over the spring and summer. for the last nine weeks being here. We are in the home stretch for the year.


OUT! Do you think people who don’t normally watch wrestling should be able to go to state?

I think people should be able to go because the office offers it to everyone. Nicholas Bledsoe, Freshman

DK Opinion

Has anyone seen Lucky the mascot? Bailey Hurford Reporter

There has been an all-points bulletin out searching for Lucky, the Chapman High School mascot, during the basketball season this year. Unfortunately, he continues to be MIA. Bringing spirit to the student section is a big part of the cheerleaders’ job. During football season, the cheer squad was able to recruit some help with this job from two students who were willing to put on a hot head and give out lots of high fives. However, by the time basketball season came around, the two mascots decided they couldn’t do it anymore. Junior Will McLaughlin said he wasn’t the mascot during basketball season because it would have got in the way of power lifting. He and senior Dalton Weaver acted as Lucky during football, but both were unavailable this winter, which meant Lucky was nowhere to be found. Having a mascot was an essential addition to the football and basketball games last year as well as during this year’s football

season. But finding someone willing to wear the costume was difficult to do, and the cheerleaders weren’t allowed to be Lucky. So the search for a new Lucky begins. Here’s a memo to all you girls out there: Who says the mascot has to be a guy? Just because in past seasons Lucky has been a boy doesn’t mean it is a requirement. Girls are just as capable being the mascot as anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or girl. Anyone can do it as long as they have some pep and responsibility. Lucky has to be excited about everything and be good with all the little kids who look up to him during the season. Lucky also brings spirit to the fans at all of the games. If you are interested in being the mascot, contact cheerleading coach Laura Witt or any of the cheerleaders. Here is to hoping that Lucky will show up by next fall. Having him (or her) around added a lot to the games, and it would be sad if someone couldn’t be found to provide that excitement by next year.

Lori McGarvey, Sophomore

I want the wrestling team to be supported, but most of the kids who go are going to skip.

Collette Erickson, English II teacher


Senior Morgan Shorter wrestles during the Abilene dual. Shorter finished his season with a 29-12 record. photo by Tori Young Megan Thurlow Reportor

Calling all bandwagon fans! Jump in with the rest of the crew and you can get out of school, too!

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State wrestling fans are not true fans

No, because if they didn’t take part in it any other part of the season, then they shouldn’t take part in it to skip school.

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Classrooms were empty the day of state wrestling as there was a sudden interest in the sport. The majority of the 76 students who chose to skip school and attend State Wrestling had never even

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supported the wrestlers before. Wrestling meet attendance during the season was low, but once kids heard they were allowed to miss school for the day, they were all for school spirit. I’m not calling all the fans who went phonies, just the ones who didn’t go to watch. The office secretaries had to turn down a few students from going to watch because they didn’t even know the names of the two wrestlers who qualified for state. Let’s face it, state wrestling was just an excuse for students to skip school and socialize with their friends. A fan and a spectator are not the same thing. Assistant principal Shane Sundahl, who was in charge of making sure students who signed out were there, said that after the 2 p.m. check-in, the fans slowly trickled out. The number of students who suddenly became wrestling fanatics has become so large that


Page 1.........................................Brianna Hall Page 2..................................Stephania Nelson Page 3......................................Kinnen Hawes Page 4-5..................................Myranda Clark Page 6......................................Kurtis Keating Page 7........................................Sarah Poland Page 8......................................Kaitlyn Lowry Web Master..........................Mariah McAntee Reporters: Spencer Anderson, Myranda Clark, Nalani Clark, Allie Day, Elizabeth Forsyth, Brianna Hall, Kinnen Hawes, Casey Hoffman, Bailey Hurford, Kaitlyn Jackson, Kurtis Keating, Jacob Langlois, Brittany Lavalleur, Kaitlyn Lowry, Mariah McAntee, Lori McGarvey, Stephania Nelson, Sarah Poland, Tyler Schultz, Megan Thurlow, Tori Young.

the district decided there won’t even be school next year on the Friday of state wrestling. It will be interesting to see how many supporters the wrestlers get then. To make a fair guess, I’m willing to bet very few spend their day off watching wrestlers compete. “I guarantee next year you won’t have many fans, if you have any at all,” Sundahl said. “The students just used this as an opportunity to get out of school for the day.” Not having school is the way to go, but this year there should have been a quota for students who wanted to miss school and attend state wrestling. They should have had to attend and sign in at a minimum of two wrestling meets during the season. It isn’t fair to the teachers to have to plan around undedicated students. Don’t get me wrong, the wrestlers need our support, they just need it the entire year, not just at the end when it benefits you.

Coeditors-in-chief: Kurtis Keating and Sarah Poland

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KMEA conference recognizes students to see different music going “onTheyin got Kansas and see some better

Bailey Hurford Reporter

After the June 11, 2008 tornado, music was one of the few things that remained. That thought was reiterated during the Kansas Music Education Association conference which was held Feb. 26 in Wichita. Tri-M groups from all over the state attended the event. You had to be a Tri-M member to be eligible to attend. The convention had lots of different workshops for students, and a variety of groups performed. Tri-M sponsor Kyle Chamberlin also got to learn about the latest in music education. “It was a great experience for the students,” Chamberlin said. “They got to see different music going on in Kansas and see some better groups at the high school level.” Senior Megan Thurlow believed music reunited everyone during the tornado, and CHS wouldn’t be as far along as it is today if it weren’t for the music program still being alive. This idea influenced Thurlow to make

groups at the high school level. -Kyle Chamberlin Music Teacher

a video about just how much it meant to her and the community and then enter it into a contest at the convention. The video talked about how important music was after the tornado and how it brought everyone together. With budget cuts being made, Thurlow also thought the video was a good way to get people to realize how important music was to students and teachers in the district. Thurlow’s two-minute video went on to be one of five videos that was honored during the convention. “The video took roughly a week for me to do,” Thurlow said. “I put in a lot of work, and some things didn’t even get shown in the video.” Some people say without music the school and community wouldn’t be as far as we are today. New ideas from the KMEA convention are hoped to bring improvement to the school as well as the Tri-M chapter.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Activities: SADD, NHS, T-Works Favorite Class: “2-D Art because i love drawing. Drawing is my favorite hobby.” What does this award mean? “It means I’ve been doing well for my teachers to recognize me.”

Tiana Brooks Senior Activities: Baseball Favorite Class: “ Anatomy, because i like knowing how everything works in our own bodies.” What does this award mean ? “ It’s great. I’m really proud of myself, because not a lot of people get to be Student of the Month.”

Senior Stephania Nelson and sophomore Logan Emig perform as part of the All-School Production “More 10 Minutes.” Nelson was one of eight seniors who would be acting for the last time in their high school career under the direction of Lisa Divel. photo by Brittni Knapp

Seniors take their last bow Sarah Poland Editor

The All-School Production provides an opportunity for Chapman High School students to show off their acting talents. With a large senior class, the spring ASP was the last theatrical production for many involved. The production was held at the Great Plains Theatre with a theme of “More 10 Minutes.” Senior Jennifer Abbott said the extra stage space the Great Plains Theatre offered was nice even though there weren’t as many seats. Senior class involvement in ASP was the largest of all the classes, with eight out of the 11 people involved being seniors. Senior Brandon Litke said he enjoyed the skits in this ASP. “Being able to do Monty Py-

thon skits for my last ASP was pretty awesome,” Litke said. Even though the senior class had the largest involvement, underclassmen also participated in ASP. Sophomore Logan Emig said he is going to miss the seniors in future productions. “Even though I haven’t been going to Chapman very long, I’m going miss their spontaneity during the times when we weren’t working on anything, Emig said. Senior Michelle Klekot said many people who normally come didn’t when it was held Great Plains Theatre because of the drive to Abilene. However, the drive to Abilene didn’t stop many students from traveling to see the production. Junior Jenny Lindhoff said she enjoyed attending. “I really enjoyed the restaurant

skit, because the members acted really well in it and the script was just very creative,” Lindhoff said. Sophomore cast member Kendall Zodrow said he was pleased with how the show went. “I felt like we did really well, and there was a very good turnout for the show, which is always encouraging,” Zodrow said. Even though the curtain was closing on ASP for these seniors, the memories they made putting on the productions will had a lasting effect. “I think we all performed a little differently during the last show because we knew it was really going to be over,” said senior Megan Thurlow. “We all kind of teared up at the end. I know we’ll all miss performing together.”

Journalism on the Web Mariah McAntee Reporter



Most students know about the journalism Web site, but do you know all the stuff it has to offer? There is something for everyone. All you have to do is go to www. and then click on the link that says journalism. The site’s goal CHN is not just for students and Our award-winning newspais to provide viewers up-to- faculty at CHS. It’s now offered per is also offered to anyone on date information on every- for family and friends to watch as the journalism Web site. You can well. Just click on the Chapman zoom in and out while flipping thing happening at CHS.

Yearbook Layout of the Month

Michael Sleeth Junior


If you want to get a sneak peak of the yearbook before it comes out in August, you’re able to see a different layout each month in the yearbook layout of the month section.

High News icon at the top of the screen.

through each page of the Dickinsonian.

Sound Slides


The newest addition to the Web site is Sound Slides, which are a group of pictures taken throughout the week combined with an interview with someone who was involved with the activity.

Most students are very familiar with our photos Web site. Anyone is able to look at these photos or download them to your computer at home by following the instructions on the front page.



DK Focus

1. CHS students welcomed 10 new teachers for

the 1999-2000 school year. The district also had a new administrator in superintendent Tony Frieze. Frieze is still the superintendent today.

2. For the first time in Chapman

Tony Frieze has been superintendent since 2000.

history, the FFA chapter sent four girls to Louisville, Ken. To compete in the national agriculture communication contest.

3. With the closing of Talmage Elementary

School, the district saw a huge change. After a long debate, the land was eventually transferred to Abilene’s school district, and Chapman lost nearly $200,000 in state funds.



A decade

The past 10 years at CHS have be

Chemistry teacher Mark Mayberry was the inaugural AFS Turkey Dance winner in 2004.

Heather Bolte and sophomore David Weise made up the 2000 Regional Scholars’ Bowl team. They took second place at regionals and were able to advance to state.

tired as Chapman High School’s secretary after 37 years on the job. Principal Dick Hall led her away on her last day by giving her a ride on his Harley.

Taken away on principal Dick Hall’s motorcycle, secretary Imogene Caughron retired after 37 years.


1. In a one-year time

span, the district lost 72 students, which equates to a loss of $146,000 in funding. In order to make up for this the district had to come up with new ways to earn money for funding.

2. Both the basket-

ball and wrestling teams competed at state. The wrestling team finished with a 12th place overall finish. Senior Greg Kriesch took second

sponsored by Student Council took place Nov. 11. The round-robin tournament was made up of four teams. StuCo vice president Jenna Murphy said she was pleased with how well the idea worked.

3. The two-semester class Pro-Start, which was

started in Spring of 2004, taught students the basics of restaurant management, food preparation and safety in the work place.

Boys’ baseba return to CH 2004 w new h coach Mayb


1. Spring sports flourished, with

and senior Eric Arveson third in their weight divisions. The basketball team was knocked out in the first round once again. It was the last time the boys team has qualified for state.

the boys’ track team winning NCKL and the girls’ track team taking second. However, the highlight of the spring season was the softball team that took fourth place at state and finished the season with a 16-8 record under the direction of Mark Mayberry.

2. The sophomore class logged 199 hours of

3. Even a bomb

threat couldn’t stop Homecoming from taking place. The juniors took first in the float competition, followed by the freshmen.

1. It’s not every day that stu-

2. The inaugural Ironman volleyball tournament

2. The boys’ basketball team qualified for state 3. Secretary Imogene Caughron re-


dents got to see chemistry teacher Mark Mayberry dancing like a turkey. The first AFS Turkey Dance was Nov. 25, and Mayberry was the first teacher to have the honor of dancing in front of the student body.

1. Seniors Scott Rock, Jimmy Kummer and

for the first time since 1981. The boys lost to Coffeyville in the first round 50-72.

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Showing school pride, freshmen Stephaine Beemer, Ashlee Kabat and Christine Thompson wrestle on their float. Beemer is now a teacher at Enterprise Elementary School.

community service during “Make a Difference Week,” which was held Nov. 11-15.

3. NHS wrote new bylaws for the first time in

club history. Before these new bylaws were written, the club had no previous guidelines to follow. One new rule was that anyone found to be guilty of drinking was automatically dismissed.

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1. With no money available, National Honors

Society was unable to award scholarships to its senior members. NHS had awarded scholarships for six years prior with the money that was made from hosting the Kansas Honors Banquet. This year the banquet was hosted by Junction City High School instead of CHS.

2. Following the 1917 DCHS school

year, there was no record of a baseball team. However, from 1905 to 1917 there were four years where teams went undefeated. Baseball made its return to CHS in 2005 coached my Mark Mayberry, who made the move from head softball coach.

3. The 2005 track members were the last group

The high school auditorium was just one of the casualties of the was June 11, 2008 tornado hit Chapman. Thousands of volunteers came to help clean up the town.

1. CHS started up

two new business classes. Fighting Irish Photography began taking all school and athletic pictures as well as the pictures at most school dances, such as prom. Irish Ink produced business cards, brochures, and student of the month posters as well as wedding invitations. Both are still going strong today.

2. The marching band

performed at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. There were 85 students and 29 chaperones who attended the trip over winter break.

A new weight room was added to the high school in 2006.


1. On June 11, 2008, a tornado ripped through

Chapman destroying all three schools and the district office. There was also major damage done to the district gym and the football stadium.

2. “Extreme Home Makeover” came to Chap-

man to help build freshman Jesus Martin and his family a new home. There were also multiple projects to help throughout the town.

3. CHS was forced to have school in

FEMA-purchased modular trailers because of the damage done to the schools by the tornado. Each trailer had two classrooms separated by a wall.


1. Picked at the bottom of the league, the Irish

football team overcame great odds, as they finished as co-league and district champions and made their third straight playoff appearance under the direction of Tom Smith, who retired at the end of the year. After 28 years of teaching at CHS, music teachers Joe and Sheila Markley decided to retire.

2. Few teachers at CHS can say they taught

for 28 years. Music teachers Joe and Sheila Markley did just that, and the time finally came for them to retire. This was their last year teaching at CHS after teaching since the fall of 1985.

3. USD 473 added a new activity bus to provide

space and comfort on trips. The cost of the bus was $40,000 more than a normal bus because of the extra features like the high top seats and extra compartment space underneath the bus.

to have Phil Weishaar as their coach. After 32 years of being head track coach and 35 years of teaching, Weishaar decided to retire.



Sophomore Wade Beemer was remembered by his classmates throughout the 2006-07 school year, and that continued until their graduation two years later.

3. With the

addition of a brand new weight room, the lifetime fitness class and athletic programs finally had a place of their own to work out after using the multipurpose rooms in previous years.


1. Sophomore Wade Beemer passed away

after a car accident while on his way to football practice. Beemer was 15 years old. The football, basketball and baseball teams all had remembrance icons on their uniforms.

2. After a lengthy hiatus, the CHS cheerlead-

ing squad added yell leaders to the team once again. The two yell leaders were Axel Lincoln and Wade Chamberlin.

3. The boys’ basketball team was undefeated

(10-0) NCKL league champs for the first time in school history. The team finished the season with a 15-8 record and lost to Smoky Valley in the substate championship game 47-51.


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Inside Spring sports in full force the #’s Softball Baseball 2nd

The place that returning varsity tennis players Greg Luerding, Trenton Kern and Derrick Keating took at the NCKL league meet last year as sophomores.


This will be Tom Smith’s third and final season as the CHS golf coach, as he is retiring at the end of the school year.

What’s Up? •March 30 Baseball vs. Clay Center Softball vs. Junction City •March 31 CHS Spring Sports Pix Golf, Track and Tennis •April 1 Tennis @ Concordia Baseball @ Wamego Track Chapman Invititaional Baseball JV vs. Wamego •April 6 Golf @ Wamego Tennis @ Ellsworth Baseball vs. Abilene •April 8 Tennis @Hillsboro Baseball JV @ Abilene

Shortstop/Pitcher Defense: Fielding Percentage .806 Offense : Batting Average .286

Last Year’s Record: 5th NCKL Top Returnees: Kurtis Keating, Derrick Keating, Trenton Kern and Greg Luerding Key Losses: Jake Linder and Justin Thacker Player Quote—Derrick Keating: “I would like to have more regional qualifiers as a team, and I would like to qualify for state with my doubles partner, Trenton Kern.” Coach Quote—Tony Ingram: “I hope they take what they learned from last year, apply it to this year, and improve.”

ANDREW HAYNES STATS Haynes was an impact player for the Irish last season with a .354 batting average, an on-base percentage of .373 and 36 RBIs. COACH COOK “ Andrew will be a big player because he has started since he was a sophomore, and now being a senior he will have great leadership skills. This year we are looking at him to drive in runs.”


Greg Luerding Junior

Position: Base For Doubles Statistics: 3-5 Singles Record Best Finish: Took 2nd in NCKL Singles

Head Coach: Nichole Weller Last Year’s Record: 11-10 Top Returnees: Kendra Gifford, Allie Day, Kendra Lemon, Hillary Shorter, Addie Mayberry and Megan Hurford Key Losses: Tara Wolf, Carissa Miller. Stephanie Cameron, Tonya Garner, Tamara Garner and Caitlyn McLaughlin Player Quote—Hillary Shorter: “We want to do well in league play and have some team unity.” Coach Quote—Nichole Weller: “We’re going to be an inexperienced group, but we have a good group of underclassmen coming up.”

Kendra Gifford Junior

Pitcher/Shortstop/Third Base All-League (Infield), .300 Club Batting Average .452 (CHS record)


Brandon Cook Junior

Two Time Varsity Letter Winner Tied for sixth at Marysville with a score of 85

Head Coach: Tom Smith Last Year’s Record: Team finished fourth in the NCKL and second at three different meets throughout the year, including the Chapman Invite. Top Returnees: Brandon Cook, Jordan O’Neal, Jared Mills, Kyle Foerschler and Cole Wieters Key Losses: Michael Poland (state qualifier) and Casey Holtzen Player Quote—Kyle Foerschler: “Our goal this year is to get all varsity averages in the low 80’s.” Coach Quote—Tom Smith: “Our team is really young. We only have two seniors, and we are going to try to improve each day.”

Boys’ Track Girls’ Track

Head Coach: Brian Sweet Last Year’s Record: 5th at NCKL Best Team Finish: 3rd at Clay Center Top Returnees: Tyler Woodworth, Dilon Altwegg, Will McLaughlin, Trevor Spencer Key Losses: Wade Chamberlin, Noel Richardson and Ryan Opat Player Quote—Dilon Altwegg: Trevor Spencer Sophomore Events: 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, “We need to try and do our best this season and send as many people as long jump, 4x100 relay Best Finish: 4th in NCKL in the 200 we can to the state meet.” Coach Quote—Brian Sweet: “I’m looking forward to watching the athletes improve and hopefully some will get to state.”

Head Coach: Michelle Elliott Last Year’s Record: 6th at NCKL Best Finish: 3rd at Wamego, Abilene and Beloit Top Returnees: Kristen Harris, Jill Kurtz, Kaity Lowry, Andrea Opat Key Losses: No key losses Player Quote—Jill Kurtz: “Our Goal is for more girls to place so we can win more meets.” Kristen Harris Senior Coach Quote—Michelle Elliott: Events: Triple Jump, Relay, Long Jump, 200 Best finish/score: 33’3” Triple Jump “I see Jill Kurtz doing well, the 15’5” Long Jump, 27.5 sec. 200 Meters freshmen girls doing well in sprints, and Kristen Harris stepping up in the triple jump and long jump.”

Spring sports predictions Lori McGarvey Reporter

Athlete of the Month

Chad Williams Junior

Head Coach: Kyle Cook Last Year’s Record: 12-10 Top Returnees: Andrew Haynes, Matt Krinhop, Jarrod Dockendorf and Chad Williams Key Losses: Jess Lemon, Skip Mayberry, Nichol Kesterson and Mark Elliot Player Quote—Trent Langvardt: “Hopefully we can take our varsity team to state and have a good season.” Coach Quote—Kyle Cook: “We have to do much better than .500 for the season.” Best finish/ score: Won 13-4 vs. Abilene

Top League Competition

Predicted Finish Power Player Hardest Workers Player Who Will Step Up

Thomas Thurlow Baseball

Trevor Spencer Boys’ Track

Andrea Opat Girls’ Track

Kyle Foerschler Golf





Clay Center


2nd, because we have a lot of returning starters.

5th or 6th. We just have small numbers, so it’s hard to score points.

Top 4: We will probably work harder

2nd, because we have Brandon Cook.

3rd, because we have a lot of new people.

3rd, because we should improve this year.

Matt Krinhop He was a great help to our team last year. Chad Williams He had to play many different positions.

Will McLaughlin He will likely score the most team points. Will McLaughlin He does everything that is asked of him, which is a lot.

Jill Kurtz She works her butt off.

Brandon Cook He was the best player last year.

Kendra Gifford She is an overall good player.

Kurtis Keating He is the best at the net.

Kaitlyn Lowry She is dedicated.

Coach Smith He tells everyone what to do.

MiCale Rodgers She works hard for her spot.

Dustin Meadors He is a senior and will encourage the younger athletes.

Me I think I need to step up.

Myself I am going to start working harder.

Jordan O’Neil He will step up.

Jennifer Abbott She is a senior, and it’s her time to shine.

Chase DeWitt He practices all the time during pre-season.

Hillary Shorter Softball

Derrick Keating Tennis

Greg Luerding He does well in singles and doubles.

The Dickinsonian March 26, 2010 Issue 6

DK Entertainment

Spring Break Memories Stephania Nelson Reporter

Spring break was a mini-vacation for students who want to get away from all of their issues. Some may like the cold weather winter has given us, but others were ready to adventure to warmer places. With the chilly winter wind, some students traveled south where beach accessories were acceptable, while others decided to take their leave to a tranquil resort.

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri


minutes with freshman


Seniors Brogan Britt and Brittney Lawrance attempt to fit in a small children’s car at the outlet mall in Missouri. The group spent a total of five days at the resort. courtesy photo Who Went? Brittni Knapp, Brogan Britt, Stephania Nelson, Brittney Lawrance, Matt Krinhop, Andrew Haynes and his family, Jarrod Dockendorf, Dilon Altwegg, Ryan Hummel and Greg Harris What Did You Do? We went to the cafe a lot to play pool and shuffleboard. Best Memory? On the first day there, we broke a bed because too many people were on it.

Gulf Shores, Florida/Alabama



Kirkland Babin

Stephania Nelson Reporter

What are some disadvantages with being small? “Some disadvantages are I can’t reach things that are on high shelves, and other people tend to underestimate me because of my size.” And the advantages? “I can fit in tight spaces, and since people underestimate me I can show them up!” Have you ever gotten picked on because of your size? “My friends joke around and say, ‘you’re not big enough to do that,’ and they call me anorexic.”

You are a cross country runner. Does it help when running longer distances?


“Yes, because I have less air resistance and when people see me coming, they are like ‘WOAH!’”

12 11 10 9

How do you stay so small? What is your diet?


“I don’t have a specific diet. I eat all the time and just exercise.”

7 6

Do you ever get confused for a middle schooler?


“Too many times to count.”


Are there any funny stories that have to do with your height?

3 2

“During cross country in seventh grade, Dalton Cooper and Andrew Todd put me in a trash can. I completely fit in it.”


Music Review: Ke$ha Kaitlyn Jackson Reporter

Senior Jordan O’Neal basks in the sun while at the beach in Florida. O’Neal said he really enjoyed the “good clean water.” courtesy photo Who Went? Jordan O’Neal and his family, Thomas Shefelton What Did You Do? We went to the beach. Best Memory? Playing football on the beach.

San Antonio, Texas

Rising to fame with the number one hit, “Tik Tok,” singer Ke$ha brings fun electro pop to 2010. I didn’t know who Kesha Rose Sebert was when I heard her song on the radio. All I knew was her name is spelled a weird way with the dollar sing in place of a “s”. Her first song “Tik Tok” got me on my feet dancing all over. Everyone who heard the song was singing it everywhere I went. Ke$ha brings electro and dance pop to a whole new level. Her songs are based on her own life experiences and are influenced by storytelling style music. Her first ever appearance was on Flo

Rida’s hit song “Right Round.” Ke$ha’s music gets people bouncing around, singing and dancing like little kids hyped up on sugar. Ke$ha has a style that is all her own. Her wardrobe is described as “garbage chic.” Her fashion sense is inspired by Keith Richards. Her stage make-up is characterized by dramatic make-up on and around her right eye. Her first album, “Animal,” was released Jan. 5 in the United States and Canada. The album went up the charts on Billboard Top 100, hitting number 14. Another one of her songs on the album, “Blah Blah Blah,” featuring 3oh!3 had charted before being released.

Another song off the album, “DINOSAUR,” will give you a laugh. The song is basically about an old man who follows her around, which she finds it funny but awkward. I think her music is fabulous. It gives me a beat to dance to, and the lyrics are easy to memorize. Her music may not have a personal effect on people, but the lyrics make you wish you could experience the pop star life. The music she sings brings people excitement and a love for moving your feet. The electro pop beats and fun lyrics of Ke$ha’s songs will have you so hyped up so you won’t ever want to stop.

Top 5 ‘Animal’ Album Tracks 1 Tik Tok

2 Blah Blah Blah

Senior Tyler Schultz and Junior Jill Kurtz stand in front of the Alamo Memorial during their trip to San Antonio. The two travelled with Kurtz’s family. courtesy photo Who Went? Tyler Schultz, Jill Kurtz and her family What Did You Do? We went to museums, malls, Six Flags Fiesta and toured the city. Best Memory? One of the rides at Six Flags Fiesta was crazy, because it was a lot scarier at night than during the day.

3 Kiss N Tell 4 DINOSAUR 5 Your Love is My Drug


DK In-Depth

The Dickinsonian March 26, 2010 Issue 6


Seniors Emily Richardson, Kyle Foerschler, and junior Karl Janke all sing along to “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the Tri-M Dance. “My favorite part of the dance was karaoke to this song because it was fun,” Foerschler said. photo by Megan Thurlow

Tri-M dance uses karaoke, costumes to attract new members Tyler Schultz Reporter

Whether you went dressed as Pocahontas, Lady Gaga or just yourself, The Modern Music Masters dance offered a chance to step away from the normal dance set-up. More than just a fund-raiser, the dance is put on so the club can some gain recognition to the student body.

“We basically do it to gain recognition for our club,” Chamberlain said. “I had a lot of fun at the dance, and I would say it was a success.” The members of Tri-M came together Feb. 27 four hours early to set up lights and drop confetti on the tables for the dance that would take place that night. “We blew up about 60 balloons for the dance, and I only counted

three getting popped,” said Tri-M senior Jennifer Abbott. People who attended sang karaoke to provide the others with music and entertainment. Anybody who attended got the chance to sign up and sing at any time. The dance also featured a contest for best individual costume and best couples costume. Freshman Laura Thurlow won Best Individual Costume.

“I dressed up as Pocahontas and had a lot of fun at the dance singing with my sister,” Thurlow said. The award for best couple was won by senior Sarah Poland and her boyfriend Brad Bohnenblest, as they dressed up as Elle and Carl from the movie “Up.” “My sister usually dressed up as Disney characters in for the dance, and I saw the movie ‘Up’

Freshman Laura Thurlow was the Tri-M dance individual costume winner. “The dance was a great experience. My favorite part was singing karaoke with my sister Megan,” Thurlow said. photo by Megan Thurlow

and loved it,” Poland said. “So, I talked Brad into it.” Although the dance had a small turnout, the students who attended said it was still a lot of fun. “It was a smaller dance, but I had a lot of fun with my friends who came,” said junior Maria Flowers. “I thought some of the costumes were funny, and everyone seemed involved in the karaoke.”

Junior Kailtyn Lowry celebrates after the costume contest. “I had a blast at the dance,” Lowry said. “I was excited to see I wasn’t the only one who dressed up in a crazy costume.” photo by Megan Thurlow

Senior Sarah Poland and boyfriend Brad Bohnenblest are all smiles after they were announced winners of the Best Couple costume. “Our goal was to win, and it was very exciting,” Poland said. courtesy photo

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