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ON THE COVER: Michael Cooprider, Hutchinson, and Keely Schmidt, Pretty Prairie, gaze off into the theatre as they perform in Our Town. The two practiced their lines during a dress rehearsal on Nov. 16.

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IN THIS ISSUE IN THE CLASSROOM 2 How Protected Are You Online?

Allison Hipsher

Cyber security

4 Life on the Ranch

Sydnee Shive

Farm & Ranch Management Program

6 Scrubbing for the Future

Mallory Cowles

Surgical Technology Program


8 A Snippet Beyond the Scissors

Cosmetology Program

Aurora Nadeau

10 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Oh My!

Science Lab Technician

Shealynn Hubbs

12 Social Media Summer Snow Learning to thrive in the age of technology ON CAMPUS 14 Raise Your Voice

Michael Cooprider

Student Voters

16 Flight 1549 Dustin Curiel Miracle on the Hudson survivor Doreen Welsh

18 The Tutor Is In

Evelyn Medina

Helping students be successful


20 Preparing for a Production

24 Fine Arts - Vol. 2

Our Town

Michael Cooprider Dustin Curiel

Showcasing art on campus

IN THE COMMUNITY 26 A Year Worth Celebrating HutchCC’s 90th Birthday Shannon Leininger 30 Shadowing the Pros Laynee Barlow Internships help direct students towards a career path

32 Followers of Christ

Alexa Flores

Students learn and grow in their faith

34 Study Hard, Work Hard


Students financially supporting themselves

ON THE FIELD 36 Blue Dragon Volleyball



Season recap

38 Successful Season

40 Operation: Gameday

Cross Country

Allison Hipsher & Casey Bailey Bre Rogers


44 Continuing a Winning Streak


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How Protected Are You


infrastructure.” This week provided a smooth transition into November, Every year since 2003, October has been set aside as the awareness month which is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, backed by for cyber security. For 2018, National Cyber Security Awareness Month the Department of Homeland Security. Similar to week three, this theme (NCSAM) will focus in on encouraging individual consumers, businesses, worked on the need for the public to uphold safe online security practices. and families, to work together to keep the nation’s online presence strong The 16 sectors of the government’s infrastructure and safe. is run by use of the internet, this means that it is With every year, there are themes for each week also subject to unsafe online practices. of October that highlight specific issues, goals, and “Cyber Security month is a good time to review reminders. week Oct. 1-5, was all about “making your all the procedures and systems that we have in home a safe haven for online security.” In short, place. We’ve implemented some changes this year NCSAM stresses the importance of practicing safe because of this security month... For example, online habits every day. we recently configured our systems globally, From the use of social media, to controlling the like all of our computers, to not allow certain thermostat from a smartphone, there are ways to browser extensions be added,” Loren Morris, Chief make sure that information stays protected. For Information Officer at Hutchinson Community example, make passwords strong and do not share College, said. them. Also, stress the importance of these essential The First National Bank of Hutchinson got safety tips within the household. involved Oct. 26 by hosting a coffee talk at the Week two, Oct. 8-12, gives insight to “millions Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. The event of rewarding jobs” on careers in educating featured Pickpocket Gene, who demonstrated cybersecurity. In the United States, there are not how easy improperly protected information can currently enough professionals in the field of be stolen online, as well as tips on how to stay cybersecurity, which means that there are many All students have access to the Rimmer Learning openings for people with all kinds of backgrounds. Resource Center, so it is important to log out of all safe. “Most cyber attacks start by some kind of These teaching jobs target people of all ages, personal accounts and programs before leaving. both in and out of school. Students at HutchCC Additionally, do not allow public computers to phishing attempt. Phishing is nothing more save passwords. than somebody trying to get somebody else to do have the opportunity to enroll in the Cyber something by tricking them. And Security class taught by Jeff Heminway, Computer it’s also called Social Engineering. It can happen online, it can Support Specialist Instructor. It is a three credit hour class that is available happen over the phone, it can happen face to face,” to all that are interested in the matter, not just computer science majors. said Morris. “It’s basically deceiving somebody into giving away some “I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a business major, sensitive information about them that they can use against them.” anyone in management, as well as anyone who just wants to be better aware Actively keeping in mind the various tactics and scams present across of what happens in Cyber Security,” Heminway said. the internet is the first step to privatising and securing personal Week three, Oct. 15-19, enforces that “it’s everyone’s job to ensure information online. For more information on Cyber Security, visit www. online safety at work.” While home and work lives may mix in some areas, whether it be retail or prestigious office jobs, it is everyone’s duty to keep their organization’s online security safe. During this week, the focus was on workforce training and risk management. The week of Oct. 22-26, highlighted “safeguarding the nation’s critical

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• Prioritize Securing Your Dragon Zone Account

Never share your school passwords with anyone, and always log out when using public computers. Hackers can access all kinds of information through this school account if broken into (i.e, phone, address, tax forms, pay stubs, banking info, etc.)

• Be Aware of Phishing Tactics

Know what scams look like when they come into your inbox. The term “Social Engineering” refers to how scammers go about tricking people into trusting them as a reputable company with the intention of stealing money or valuable personal information

• Create Unique Passwords

By creating unique passwords that include numbers, symbols, and capitalized letters, you are creating a stronger password. One of the most common ways hackers break into your accounts is through a weak password. In addition, avoid using the same usernames or passwords across multiple accounts. Lastly, store these passwords in a safe place -- email is not a secure place to keep them.

• Don’t Give Out Your Social Security Number

Only give your SSN to legitimate sites and trusted people. Information provided by Loren Morris, Chief Information Officer.

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Preparing for

Life on the Ranch

Hutch CC’s two-year Farm and Ranch Management Program prepares students for their future careers through valuable hands-on experience

Justin Hard, Hutchinson, sorts heifers to check for signs of sickness. These heifers are just a small part of the Hutch CC cow herd.

The sun is starting to rise over the hills, the sounds of hungry cattle are heard in the distance, and rows of crops can be seen for miles. It’s a job some students dream about. Whether it’s on the family farm, a ranch of their own, or an agribusiness, Hutchinson Community College’s Farm and Ranch Management program allows students to attain their dream jobs. “[The two year program] provides training and technical skills for those students who are planning on going back to the farm or working in the ag-business field after graduating from Hutch CC,” said Kent McKinnis, Agronomy Instructor. Hutch CC’s program is a perfect fit for students who want an education, but don’t want to go to school for more than two years.

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The curriculum is very hands-on, and many of the students enrolled in the program are also enrolled in classes such as Animal Science, Plant Science, and Ag Economics. “The students get hands on experience at our 400-acre school farm just south of Yoder. They will work with our cow herd that includes 50 cows, and they will help plant corn, soybeans, wheat, and milo,” said McKinnis. “The students will also be involved in the harvesting of the crops at the farm. Plant Science, Farm Crop Production, and the Soils classes will spend two lab hours per week at the farm.” Experiences within the lab times are crucial to the program. “I enjoy the labs out at the south campus. I enjoy going out to the farm and being able to see what we are discussing

in class applied on a farm,” said Justin Hard, Hutchinson. Along with this, students complete a fourcredit hour internship the summer after their

“I enjoy going out to the farm and being able to see what we are discussing in class applied.” -Justin Hard freshmen year. The internship can be in any field of agriculture, such as the dairy, equine,

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Top: A field of grain sorghum is walked by a group of students at the Hutch CC school farm. Students will grow other row crops at the farm, such as soybeans, wheat, and corn. Bottom Left: Kent McKinnis, Agronomy Instructor, harvests the Hutch CC grain sorghum crop. Farm and Ranch Management students will assist with all parts of harvest. Bottom Right: Soil samples are evaluated by Daisy Beck, Buhler, during a plant science lab. Labs are an integral part of the Farm and Ranch Management curriculum.

beef, or crops industries. “They are required to submit a weekly report to me by email that explains what they did that week and how many hours they spent on each task along with at least two pictures of their task that week,” said McKinnis. “At the end of the course they are required to turn in a summary paper that explains how the summer went, what they learned, and what they enjoyed about the internship.” Hard performed his internship at the Hutch CC school farm, and said, “I learned about managing a cow herd, and learned a lot about haying. I feel the skills I learned in the internship will help me in the future with my own herd.” Graduates can utilize their degrees in several different ways. “About half of the

Entering the Workforce

students go back and work on the family farm, the other half of the students go to work at a What percent of graduates go back to the farm, co-op, ag dealership, parts or service, work in and who goes to work for other businesses? the seed industry, or start their own ag related company,” said McKinnis. Hutch CC’s Farm and Ranch Management program sends “qualified, dependable, and knowledgeable employees with some practical experience [into the Go to work for other businesses workforce,]” said McKinnis. As the sun sets on the rows of crops and the cows find their nightly resting places, Hutch CC’s Farm and Ranch Management students continue gaining hands-on farm experience, classroom knowledge, and working hard towards their degrees. Go back to the farm or ranch



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Meredith Husley, Hutchinson , and Rachel Eilerts, Goddard, practice draping a patient. When draping, they have to make sure their gowns don’t touch the table to keep it sterile.

Kierra Bradstreet, Dighton, sets up and organizes a back table for surgery, making sure everything is put in the proper position. Organizing the back table is important to keep things nice and in order for surgery.

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Maria Ramos, Garden City, practices a surgical scrub. This is important to all medical staff that enter a sterile environement.

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for the

Surgical Technology program rewards students with the important role of assisting doctors throughout each surgery. Passing instruments back and forth isn’t the only thing a surgical technician learns. Their day is spent working in a sterile environment where they gown and glove doctors, assist them throughout each surgery, cut, suture, and hold retractors in order to make each procedure runs smoothly. “They basically get everything ready for that case, we set up the sterile environment for that particular patient and whatever case you are doing,” said Surgical Technology Program Clinical Coordinator Deborah Ash. Several classes are required in order to enter the surgical technician program. Some include anatomy and physiology, and microbiology. It’s recommended that students take medical terminology and pharmacology. Additionally, they learn aseptic technique, lab skills, the necessities for a sterile environment, the correct way to scrub, gown and glove, set up a back table, assist that doctor, know how to use the instruments, and hand them correctly. A large amount of time and studying go into this program; as it is deemed a rewarding challenge. Within the first semester, students take 17 hours of classes just within the major, followed by 16 hours in the second semester. “It’s a 10-month program. After that, there is a certificate offered and then there is an AAS degree that is offered, it’s approximately five more classes which would be 15 credit hours,” said Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Brent Marker. “When students see us again after that first

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week of clinicals they are so excited about it like, ‘Oh my gosh! I got to see this case and that was so much fun,” said Marker. After students complete their work at the clinical site, they are ready to go out in the workforce. “Most students get jobs within the state, a high percentage, there are some that go outside of the state but that is the advantage about being a scrub tech is there are job all over the country,” said Marker. “A lot of our students are hired at our clinical sites. Right now we have eight different clinical sites,” said Ash. There is a minimum of two clinical site rotations within the course.

Ash’s favorite part of the program is, “knowing that we’re producing out of this program are people that we want to work into the operating room, knowing they’ve got to aseptic technique down.” This program requires a lot of homework and a lot of studying which includes selfdiscipline but is rewarding in the end.

Hollie Keast and Abigail Rineheart, Hutchinson, and Instructor Brent Marker helps students with creating their sterile environment while they are draping the patient. It is important to drape the patient properly for the procerdure that is happening.



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Students gain real-world experience and practive what they’ve learned. They all dressed up for their Halloween booth on Third Thursday.


rom clipping hair to mixing dye, hair stylists provide a service to their clients, but they have to learn about it somewhere. About 25 students join the Hutchinson Community College Cosmetology Program each year and it is constantly growing. “This program gives us the foundation and techniques needed to utilize the industry to be successful,” said Sarah Lewis, Hutchinson. When a student enters the program, the first four months is focused on learning the basics of cutting, coloring, styling, and perming. The remaining time will be spent practicing on the clinic floor and taking advanced classes, which involves men’s hair design, make-up, long hair design, acrylic nails and updos. There are also other classes required which include Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Kansas Law, and Electricity. The students use what they’ve learned and take a practical and written exam at the end of the program. Bailey Boyett, joined the program because she likes to be creative and she has always enjoyed cutting hair. Her favorite part about the program is “the instructors because they help us a lot, they are really good at what they do and they make me wanna keep coming to school, they are a lot of fun.”

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Everyone is allowed to work at their own pace and helping each other out is a big part of the class. “The students need to remain enthusiastic as they go through the program. I hope that they remember how far they go from their first day of school to where they end up on the last day of school.,” Alex Hass, Cosmetology Program Coordinator, said. Hass recommends that students start out with the certificate program because it is a basic knowledge of what is needed to be a cosmetologist. If students want to take it a step further, the associates program is two years plus an additional 19 credits. This degree is more business based and will teach students how to run a salon. The cosmetology program tries to incorporate fun activities. During October’s Third Thursday, the whole class dressed up in costumes preparing for their halloween booth where they did facepainting and handed out discount cards in downtown Hutchinson. Alumni student Ashley Waters, Hutchinson, graduated last year with a certificate in cosmetology. She has completed 1,500 hours of cosmetology school, meaning she is able to take the state boards that certifies her as a cosmetologist. The state boards are a showcase

of the students’ skills in the safety of a client and includes a written test. Students are required to study the body, hair and even electricity because some cosmetologists do facials which involve electric currents. “Once you pass this test you’ll receive your license in the mail,” Waters said. “My favorite part was learning about color theory, I like that we got to make a color wheel for a project. Everyone had their own version of it, mine was a painting of a girl with the color wheel as a mohawk. After that we got to experiment with fun colors, I did red and orange on my practice hair,” Waters said. Waters enjoyed the new connections she made while attending the program. “They really made sure you worked as a team,”Waters said. Sarah Lewis plans to work in a salon and build on her experience and then eventually return and join the instructor program. The HutchCC Cosmetology program added a Training and Instructor Program this year. They meet twice a week until the end of March for training and then during one class next semester they will supervise and teach the students.

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A Snippet Beyond The


A look inside the cosmetology program and how students earn their degree

Heather Rogers, Hutchinson, gets acquainted with her client while cutting his hair. Putting customers at ease is one thing students are taught in the program.

Prepping her mannequin, Sidney Monroe, Hutchinson, practices the art of dying hair. Before working on clients, students perfect their skills using mannequins.

Cost of the Cut Woman’s Hair Cut $11 shampoo,cut,blow dry + a style for $5 more


Permanent color retouch $35 Color retouch & refresher $50

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Men’s Hair Cut $11 Only $7 on Monday’s

Shampoo & Dry Only $5

Weave $30 Area Light $55 1 color $65 2-3 colors



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“It’s been fun working at HCC these last six years. I get to use my skills to help a new generation of students develop theirs. Even if it is in a behind the scenes sort of way,” Tori Graf, Lab Technician Photos of various science labs and classrooms

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STORY / Shealynn Hubbs 11/13/18 1:07 PM

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Oh My! Under the microscope of a Science Lab Technician Almost every college student is required to take a science course while attending Hutchinson Community College. Labs are a big part of these classes. Labs wouldn’t be possible without one person, Victoria Graf. Graf is the only Science Lab Technician at the college. Sometimes she has students help, but this semester she’s going solo. All students are eligible to work in science labs, but it’s preferred they have a background in the field. “My students don’t just clean or wash dishes. They mix chemicals and help set up the labs, too, so it’s preferred they know about or have a background in this area,” Tori Graf, Lab Technician said. Every week, Graf gets to work by preparing various labs for students. She hand mixes all the chemicals and puts out all the equipment needed to successfully finish the lab assigned by the instructors. It varies when the labs are assembled. Sometimes Graf will stay late and get the lab ready for the next morning or she’ll get to campus extra early before class begins. Labs might also fall on the same day so Graf will have to disassemble a lab before another class starts. Labs also vary in type. For Graf they can be as simple as counting beans, or as complicated as mixing chemicals and setting out twenty petri dishes for students to study DNA. But what happens after everything is done? If the lab didn’t require much; students or teachers will sometimes take care of it. Classrooms already have the basic equipment such as, microscopes and lab coats. Howerever if the lab is more complex, Graf also handles disassembly and clean up.

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This semester alone, Graf is responsible for over twenty different classes. They all have different lab schedules and types of labs. The two main sections are biology and chemistry. It’s safe to say the work of Tori Graf is amazing. Many classes depend on her to do an accurate and timely job. After being at Hutch CC for six years, Graf has no plans on leaving. Most students don’t know how their labs are put together. They just walk into class and start. But, Tori Graf is the master mind behind it. Whether it’s mixing chemicals or counting beans, Graf works hard to make sure students have the means and tools to participate in labs. “Science should be fun. Hands on labs are essential,” Tori Graf, Lab Technician, said. Though her work goes unnoticed by many, Graf loves her job. “It’s been fun working at HCC these last six years. I’ve gotten to know many of the instructors that I once had as a student on a more personal level and many of them have become very good friends of mine. They had helped to develop my love for Biology and Chemistry and now I get to use my skills to help a new generation of students develop theirs. Even if it is in a behind the scenes sort of way,” Tori Graf, Lab Technician, said.



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What social media app is most popular at HutchCC?



15.7% Brock Appiah edits and learns how to add photos to his blog in Brad Halliers Social Media class. The Social Media class is new in the 2018-2019 school year.


Learning to thrive in the age of technology... At Hutchinson Community College there are many electives offered and one that focuses on the topic is Social Media Platform taught by Brad Hallier, Journalism Instructor. The class teaches students how to promote themselves and their platforms, and how to put oneself out in the most positive way while keeping a clean reputation online for future employers. An assignment that can be expected in the class is starting a blog. “Just write something, there’s really no limits to how long they’re supposed to be,” Hallier said. In class tudents learn how to use different apps they might already use daily such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The class also learns to use apps that aren’t as commonly utilized like LinkedIn, an app used for job and employment advertising.The class made it’s

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first appearance this fall semester and is currently scheduled as a spring class as well. Social media is used for more than just personal reasons, business also utilize the platform to promote their services. Janae DeWeese, Asst. Dir. of Marketing & Public Relations, is responsible for the HutchCC Instagram and upcoming Snapchat account. “The Marketing Office handles the college’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Although we technically share all four accounts, we split up who is the primary contact for each type of social media,” said DeWeese. If this is a career you’re interested in pursuing, let it be known a bachelor’s degree in journalism, advertising, business or marketing will be needed. It helps to have the basic foundation and as it gives you the understanding wof what appeals to your audience. There

Other: 6.7% are other forms of advertising on campus, although social media advertisement is the most relevant to students due to their ages.

Scan the snapcode to add HutchCC on Snapchat or search “Marketing3”.

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Trooper Ben’s Rise To Fame: On Wed, Oct 10, Kansas State Trooper, Ben Gardner, came to speak to classes about how he incorporates social media into his career. Gardner explained to students how he uses the social media platform known as Twitter to connect with his astonishing following of almost 60,000 to spread information as quickly and efficiently as possible. The messaging feature of the app also works for the state troopers to reach each other, whether it be private message or posts open for the public to view. Gardner explained the multiple purposes such as advertising for recruiting, entertaining while also informing, and most importantly, to humanize them. With the negative light shined on police enforcement recently, Gardner feels showing the personal life of law enforcers off duty, exposes a side that people can relate to. Gardner will make posts saying, “Hey guys! I’m about to work on math homework with my son for the next three hours. Hope everyone’s day was great!” Gardner believes going the social media route has improved the bond between himself and the community. While many may fear those behind these badges, they need to realize they’re people living their lives, just like everyone else.

Pictured on the left is Janae DeWeese, Asst Dir. of Marketing & Public Relations, who runs the campus Instagram and Snapchat. To the right is Dennis Stoecklein, Director of Marketing and Public Relatons, who runs the campus Twitter. Together, they both run the institutions’s facebook account. Instagram: @hutchinsoncommunitycollege Twitter: @HutchCCNews Facebook: @HutchCC

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Dr. Carter File checks in to vote at Hutchinson Community College’s early voting day. Dr. File is the president of Hutchinson CC.

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Not even half of America’s youth will vote in the next election. Several organizations have been working for years to help drive up youth participation in politics, but it ultimately comes down to the youth to get registered and vote. It is very important that college students register to vote. On Oct. 24, the college hosted an early voting day and zero of the first fifty voters were students. Brad Fenwick, Director of Rimmer Support Services and College Democrats Club Sponsor, said, “It is important for college students to vote for a number of reasons. First, voting is important for college students because our government controls many aspects of colleges from financial aid and student debt, to how we measure success in colleges, to overall funding for higher education. Additionally, voting is about shaping the future. Change generally occurs slowly in our country, so if you want a future that is different from the present, you

have to start shaping that future now. Whether you are concerned about social policy, economic issues, military action, or anything else the government touches, you need to vote to help the country move in the direction you want.” The timing could not be better for youth voters to get involved, but with great power comes great responsibility, and the responsibility of voters to stay educated on a local and national level. Voters should know who is running for what position and voters should knows the views of the candidates. “Read up,” Keely Schmidt, Pretty Prairie, said. “Read independent news sources, the local newspaper, engage in conversation with friends and family, and join a political club.” “It is very important to be educated on the issues and candidates for election. You need to know who cares about the things that are most important to you, and what they intend to do about them,” Fenwick said.

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Voting polls are set up on an early voting day at HutchCC. The college hosts the advanced voting site every election.

There are two political clubs at Hutchinson Community College: the College Democrats and the College Republicans. “College Democrats has done voter registration drives in the past,” Fenwick said. “Unfortunately, we were not able to get one organized in time this year. In recent years we have been a small group, so we haven’t been as active as I would like.” “It is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and to learn more about the issues you care about,” Schmidt said. The United States has seen a dramatic shift in recent years and it has never been more important for the youth to start raising their voices and letting their political leaders know what changes they want to see in this country. Change can’t happen if people don’t vote, and change definitely won’t happen if voters don’t stay educated on who they’re voting into office. Get registered, stay educated, and raise your voice.

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Miracle on the Hudson survivor Doreen Welsh speaks at the Dillon Lecture Series.

Doreen Welsh and an ALS interpreter speak during Welsh’s Nov. 6 Dillon Lecture Series. The DLS has brought new speakers to HutchCC every semester since the early 1980s.

In the town of Hutchinson there lies a rich history of business and philanthropy with the Dillon family. Beginning their legacy in 1913 with their first two grocery stores, their savviness has since led them to the top of the company Kroger. In addition to owning their own Dillon’s chain, the family owns countless other outlets nationwide. While their influence has the potential to reach from coast to coast, the Dillon family maintains its involvement where they began. One of these endeavors continued their legacy by bringing Miracle on the Hudson flight attendant Doreen Welsh to speak at the Sports Arena. Welsh’s lecture took place on Nov. 6, as the final lecturer of the 2018 Dillon Lecture series. According to a study published by, nearly one in three American adults are either anxious to fly or are outright afraid of the mode of transit. For many, this fear comes from not wanting to crash. The saying goes that people are more likely to experience a car crash than they are to be in a plane wreck. While the odds are in favor of aviation, there

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still lies the risk of failure. On Jan. 15, 2009, shortly after leaving the airstrip U.S. Airways Flight 1549 collided with a flock of Canadian geese, which caused the engine to lose power. The flight that was on course to Seattle, Wash., from LaGuardia Airport in New York City was forced to crash land. In an article published by the New York Post, they stated that the emergency crash landing of Flight 1549 is now hailed as “the most successful ditching in aviation history” after Pilots Chelsey Sullenberger and Jeffery Skiles landed the plane in the Hudson River in New York City. Out of all 155 crash survivors, Dillon Lecture Speaker Doreen Welsh was one of five people to sustain a serious injury during the crash landing. The entire plane broke into a mad panic which left quick and smart thinking up to the five crew members on board. With an un-resealable door open and more and more water rushing into the plane, slides were deployed which left some passengers standing in knee-deep water. According to an article published in the New York Times, 140 New York City fire

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Pictured is a section of the crowd that attended Welsh’s lecture. Each year the lecture series attracts schools and patrons from the area surrounding Hutchinson.

Speaker Doreen Welsh answers questions during the press conference that took place shortly before the lecture began. Welsh partook in a Q&A for roughly 20 minutes.

fighters and countless other emergency workers responded to the issue leading to an incredibly successful rescue with zero fatalities. Welsh’s lecture carried themes of quick-thinking and uncertain circumstances. Beginning her story with how she got the job being a flight attendant and finishing with where she’s at now. After 38 years in the air the events of the crash landing on the Hudson rendered her permanently unable to board an aircraft. While she survived the crash during her prelecture press conference she mentioned that even though flight attendants go through extensive training it was the natural survival instincts of the crew that enabled the landing to go so smoothly. Following the events, the crew received numerous honors. Then New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented all five crew members with keys to the city. Shortly after the crash landing, the crew received a standing ovation at Super Bowl XLIII. In addition to these honors, Captain Sullenberger and the crew were subjects of the 2016 film, Sully.

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Each crew member was awarded with a key to the city by then New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.



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Kimberly Shea, Hutchinson, helps Valerie Taylor, Hutchinson, with her math assignment. Rimmer Learning Resource Center offered math tutors for anyone struggling in math.

Leanna Coon, Hutchinson, works on editing a paper. She’s tutored at HutchCC since August of 2007.

Nathan Bretton, Hutchinson, works on his laptop answering questions he receives from students online. During Bretton’s first year of tutoring he said he really enjoys helping others.

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STORY / Evelyn Medina 11/13/18 1:14 PM

Jessica Shea, Hutchinson, looks over the math notes o f M a d a l e n e We g e re r, Cunningham. She explained to Madalene how to work problems on her assignment.


Tutor is in

Sources help Hutchinson Community College students be more successful When struggling in a class there are resources students can check out on campus. Tutors are a great way to get the extra help. There are tutors everywhere on campus and they manage to work around your class time. There are different tutors for subjects like math, science, and writing. They are more readily available but that doesn’t mean students can’t find tutors for other courses. “I enjoy watching concepts ‘click’ for students, and then watching them use those concepts with increasing independence, confidence, and success,” Leanna Coon, Hutchinson said. Math and writing tutoring begin at 8 a.m. weekdays and last until the building closes.

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They will also answer emailed questions during these hours. In order to become a math tutor, students must pass College Algebra. Starting next semester, the Supplemental Instruction groups for General Biology and A&P will also move under their auspices, with specific walk in hours. “The most effective motivation is intrinsic, originating from within a person,” Coon said. Writing tutors are available the entire time RLRC is open. There are no individual tutors during the summer but they can assist with a few other subjects such as Spanish, Biology, and Psychology. During breaks between the semesters, the RLRC is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. there during those times, there is no tuturing available, but a

writing tutor does remain at the front desk to address patrons’ questions and can assist with resumes and scholarship essays. “A mindset necessary for self-motivation,” Coon said. Math and writing labs are walk in services, that have up to ten or more students at a time, generally there are more in the math lab than in the writing lab. Nathan Bretton, Hutchinson, is a Biology tutor, he is available Monday through Friday at the Science Hall commons area. It is his first year tutoring and he really enjoys it. He reminds students to get their homework done early so they don’t have to worry about it later. “I enjoy being able to help students get on the right track,” Bretton said.



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Preparing for a Production

An overview of the Hutchinson Community College’s theatre production of Our Town.

Every year, Hutchinson Community College’s Theatre Department puts on four shows. Theatre Program Director, Deidre Mattox, chose this year’s shows in March of last school year. After selecting the shows, Mattox met with the other directors and instructors in the Fine Arts Department to form a calendar of when the shows would take place. In May, Mattox met with the Technical Director, Patrick Reading, to discuss set designs finalize things in August. “Pat and I had an initial production meeting in May, and then met

Jayden Billinger, Newton, pantomimes making breakfast during practice. Billinger played Mrs. Webb in the production. Photo / Michael Cooprider

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again in August right before auditions to talk about the design”, said Mattox. After making final decisions on technical aspects of the show, Reading got to work with the theatre students. Students in Reading’s class work countless hours in class. They put in 45 hours of non-class time work. Alex Miller, Hutchinson, said, “Working with Patrick Reading and Deidre Mattox was a fun experience. I learned so much from both of them.” Auditions for the show took place right at the beginning of the school year and the cast list came out Aug. 20. Damien Page, Hutchinson, said, “I was ecstatic that I could play a major

Veronica Ratzloff, Hutchinson, delivers a line during a live performance. Ratzloff played several characters during the production. Photo / Dustin Curiel

Luis Ramirez, Wichita, rubs his arm during a scene. Ramirez played the part of Mr. Webb. Photo / Michael Cooprider

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Michael Cooprider, Hutchinson, and Keely Schmidt, Pretty Prairie, perform a scene on ladders. Cooprider played George Gibbs and Schmidt played the part of Emily Webb. Photo / Dustin Curiel

role in my first HutchCC theatre production. I felt that it was a good sign of things to come.” It was now time for the actors to get to work. Every night for three hours, the actors practiced for the show. they also put in work outside of rehearsals in order to memorize their lines and develop characters. Veronica Ratzloff, Hutchinson, said, “With each line that is memorized, I’m able to be more of a character on stage rather than just being an actor” The weekend before the show, all actors and technicians gather together and finish any technical work that needs to becompleted before dress rehearsals and performances in the upcoming week. Once all of the set is built, microphones are tested, lights are focused, and lines are memorized. It’s finally show week. Show week starts off with cue-to-cue, which is the stage manager’s only chance to practice calling cues for the show. After this, the cast has three dress rehearsals to get used to performing with lights, sound, and costumes. The three dress rehearsals lead into three live performances. “Opening night, I was so nervous, it took me five minutes to tie my blue ribbon right. However, once I was on stage, I felt comfort in being there with my co stars.” Ratzloff said Finally, after the last show night, actors and crew members take apart the set and the show is officially over. “After the show was over, I was relieved but also sad because I put so much time and energy into the show,” Miller said. “I made so many new friends from the show as well.” HutchCC theatre is working on their next production “Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste” on Nov. 29- Dec. 1.

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Lacy Johnson, Louisberg, speaks as Stage Manager during a performance. Johnson took on several roles and stage managed the production until another student took over. Photo / Dustin Curiel



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A Simple Review Mattox schedules her season with other directors in April of 2018

Deidre Mattox planned her entire season in March of 2018

The tech crew and actors made final touches the weekend before the show opened

Auditions for Our Town took place on Aug. 17 Mattox met with technical director Patrick Reading to discuss set designs in May 2018

Actors got straight to work since they didn’t have much time to get prepared

The show opened oct. 18 and ended Oct. 20

Michael Cooprider, Hutchinson and Keely Schmidt, Pretty Prairie perform in a dress rehearsal for Our Town. Our Town was Cooprider and Schmidt’s first show at HutchCC. Lacy Johnson, Loiusberg, Nick Hockett, and Dafne Oliva, both from Hutchinson, perform during a dress rehearsal of Our Town. Photos / Dustin Curiel

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Damien Page, Dafne Oliva, Michael Cooprider and Veronica Ratzloff, all from Hutchinson, deliver a stage manager line during a dress rehearsal of Our Town. The cast equally split up the part of stage manager. Photo / Dustin Curiel

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Each semester, HutchCC Fine Arts students spend numerous hours working on projects for their classes. Featured on this page are drawings and collages from the various 2D art classes, also featured here are a few works that the ceramics class produced. Most artwork produced by the school’s art classes can be viewed in the hallways of Stringer Fine Arts.

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Pictured above is a sketch displayed in the hallway to advertise the upcoming figure drawing class. This is the first time the class has been offered in almost two decades.

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A Year Worth

Celebrating HutchCC celebrates it’s 90th birthday with a variety of activities and giveaways.

What started as one of the first Kansas community colleges, beginning with only 187 students, is officially being applauded for it’s 90 years of excellence this year. Hutchinson Community College was a product early in the United States’ junior college movement inspired by the European system in the early 1900’s. Notably, Hutchinson waited eleven years to take advantage of the enabling legislation for junior colleges. HutchCC first began the public education journey in the fall of 1928, teaching classes out of the former Hutchinson High School building, now known as Lockman Hall. Since then, on its own stomping ground, the college has continued to prosper by making it a goal to provide campus improvements to help better serve the students. “Something that I’m particularly proud of

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is how we have improved the campus in many ways when we underwent the campus improvement campaign,” Dr. Carter File, HutchCC President said. “Continuing to improve and provide facilities for our students has been really fun.” In honor of serving students for the last 90 years, the college and community has started a year of celebration. “I think that just being around for 90 years is a tradition and a fun fact in itself because the majority of the community colleges in Kansas didn’t begin until the mid ‘60’s,” said File. Before students even came back to campus, the faculty and staff kicked off the semester by throwing a birthday party for the college. “[At the first celebration event], we invited everyone on the front lawn of Lockman Hall, took a picture and used that photo for some of the electronic billboards around town to thank the community for 90 years of support,” Denny Stoecklein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said. The marketing department created a new logo specifically for the 90th year and has used that to get the word out to the community. That logo has since been used on 4,000 T-shirts that were handed out, pins, floor decals located throughout campus buildings, on fiveby-five cardboard logos for classrooms, and was even acclaimed as a large presence during the Kansas State Fair. Continuing through the school year, a variety of other activities will be implemented in the winter and spring that will be in honor of

the college’s historic mile mark. “We’re going to continue to get our logo out wherever we can and we’d really like to do some things outdoors in the months to come and really get the students more engaged in the celebration,” Stoecklein said. Tieing into the 90th year theme, the Fine Arts department incorporated the 90th year as part of their events. In the fall, the Fine Arts department had two concerts titled, “90 years & Counting: A Jazz Legacy” and “HutchCC 90 Year Celebration.” “In all programs throughout the college, we’re trying to find high points and strengths that have been developed at the college over the 90 years and certainly jazz has been one of the many strong points at the institution,” Neal Allsup, Director of Choral Activities, said. Though 90 years has been a noteworthy milestone for HutchCC, the faculty, staff and the community are looking forward to the history in the making for many years to come. “There has been a number of great presidents before me that provided an excellent foundation for the college,” File said. “Really, all of our jobs here as employees is to continue laying that foundation so that we can think about what’s next for the 2020s and the 2030s so they can continue to celebrate.” The college plans to uphold a reputation for providing quality education, creating memories for students and faculty to come, while continuing the celebration of true blue excellence.

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Did you know... It is rumored that when the college chose their colors, blue and scarlet, they were influenced by their close ties to Kansas University.

The first semester of HutchCC consisted of ten sophomores and 177 freshmen.

The Duke the Dragon mascot was voted in by students during the 1930 school year.

Though we are the “Blue Dragons,” many boosters and faculty wear red at sporting events. This tradition was adopted by basketball coach Sam Butterfield.

Elland and Kent Residence Halls for men and women did not open until fall of 1967.

Cost of in-state tuition for students in 1990 was only $704 total.

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A group of HutchCC students pose for a photo in their 90th celebration T-shirts at the Kansas State Fair. -

HutchCC President Dr. Carter File and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Cindy Hoss talk to employees as they come through the breakfast line. On Nov. 2, the college hosted a “Flannels & Flapjacks” breakfast for employees in the Sports Arena. Photo courtesy / HutchCC Marketing On their way to class, Jaden Mayfield, McPherson, and Payton Marshall, Alta Vista, walk across one of the 90th celebration floor decals in Shears Technology Center. These floor decals were placed in various buildings around campus, as well as some in the outreach centers. Photo / Shannon Leininger



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While attending t he K a n s a s S t a t e F a i r, Curriculum and Program Improvement Coordinator Ryan Diehl and a group of students radiate school pride as they wear their 90th year anniversary shirts. HutchCC gave out 4,000 shirts to students, staff and faculty. Photo courtesy / HutchCC Marketing

The morning of high school senior day on Nov. 2, the college hosted a “Flannels & Flapjacks” breakfast for employees. The event’s poster incorporated the As a part of the college’s large presence at the KSF, a 90th celebration theme and included an old Duke the Dragon icon. Photo courtesy / HutchCC Marketing cardboard decade tower was provided for HutchCC alumni to sign. The tower was located in the rotunda of Shears Technology Center after the fair. Photo courtesy / HutchCC Marketing

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Shadowing the Pros

Ryder Cook, Hutchinson, works on a computer. He completed an internship with Information Technology Services at HutchCC.

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Students all over have to make the choice of what they plan to do after college. Many already know what they would like to major in, but for others it doesn’t come easy. Some students may perform internships or job shadows to solidify their decision on a career path. With these opportunities, students are able to watch, observe, and work with professionals, learning and obtaining as much knowledge as they can. Jumping right in and gaining experience outside of the classroom may be what these students need to be 100 percent sure about their major. “They communicate with users through email response, phone answering and in person demonstrating professional attitude and work ethic. Troubleshoot and evaluate computer operating systems, application programs, hardware, networking, and security. Develop and apply specialized computer technology skills, in a hands-on industry setting. Distinguish and appropriately apply industry terminology and standards in computer technology. Research and obtain appropriate information, evaluate alternative solutions and make decisions as applied to computer technology,” said M.O. Odeh, Technical Support Manager at Hutchinson Community College. “When I job shadowed, I would watch surgeries and different kinds of procedures the doctors would do anytime I was there. I got to help a patient and help out with minor procedures, ” said Haylee Dodson, Nickerson. Students spend hours and years in the classroom working towards earning their desired degree, but getting some hands-on experince in the field may make or break their decision to follow through with their degree. STORY / Laynee Barlow 11/13/18 1:56 PM

“IS210 is a three credit hour requirement in the Computer Support Specialist - Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.” “Requirements include a departmental Consent, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and passing IS149 A+ Practical Applications, a minimum of 135 clock (work) hours during the semester,” said Odeh. “Shadowing has definitely helped me realize what I would like to do in the future. I’ve always been interested in dermatology, but shadowing definitely made me realize that is what I really want to do,” said Dodson. The students are usually passionate about what they are planning on going into and work years on getting there. “I have always been interested in working with the skin and dermatology since I first found out about it which was in middle school,” said Dodson. There are many businesses in Hutchinson that allow students to shadow or perform internships with them. There are also advisers and professors who are willing to help students out. “The Computer Support Specialist Internship is on-the-job training offered in conjunction with the Computer Support Specialist program,” said Odeh. The students and professionals have advice for students who may not know what they want to major in or who may not know what interests them. “My advice for people is to step out of your comfort zone and do different types of job shadowing to see what they are interested in, there are so many options and you never know if you’d actually like it until you try, ” said Dodson. “Choose something they like and interests them, otherwise, they will get bored with it, and quit halfway. Think of their major as a life and a career not as a job,” said Odeh. Choosing a major can be tough, but the reason behind choosing it can make all the difference. “I love helping others and helping them feel better about themselves,” was Dodson’s reasonings for choosing her major. Once a student chooses a major, they start the process of working towards it. “I would highly recommend job shadowing, it really helps you realize what you would like to do in the future and could open new doors for you, job shadowing is a great way to find out what you’re good at and what you like to do,” said Dodson. DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY / Laynee Barlow 030-031 Job Shadowing.indd 31

Cook works on a computer hard drive during his internship shift. Computer Support Specialist students complete an internship with ITS.

Laynee Barlow, Plevna, checks a heifer to see if she is bred during her shift at the Prairie Vista Veterinary Hospital. Barlow shadowed the vet and learned about the career field.

Cook finishes up the final touches on a computer hard drive after he reinstalls it into the computer. He makes sure he hooked up everything correctly so the computer would work.

My Story

I have a personal experience with job shadowing. I am going into Veterinary Medicine and am currently shadowing Dr. Harder at Prairie Vista Veterinary Hospital in South Hutchinson. My experience at the vet clinic has been wonderful. I have obtained a lot of knowledge about both sides of the veterinary world, business and field work, and I think that it has made me even more passionate about my future career. I would say that shadowing or interning is a good way to get hands-on experience, and it may help other students make a final decision on what career field they want to go into. - Laynee Barlow



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Followers of Christ

Students learn and grow in their faith

Lexi Hogan, Garden City, sings during worship on Monday night. Lexi has been a part of challenge for two years and is also a volleyball player at HutchCC.

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Life can be challenging at times and the Now on a weekly basis we’re averaging anytransition from high school to college is one of where from 75 to 90 people,” said Ramirez. the most stressful. Challenge, acollege Students involved in Challenge meet every ministry, was brought to Cross Point Church Monday at 8 p.m. at the Cross Point Church. in Hutchinson four years ago and has been These evenings consist of a Bible study, offering students a place to learn and small groups and worship through "The worship. music. first challenge “I was originally asked to come “I enjoy getting on stage and ever had 7 and see if I saw any potential in being able to spread the Gospel people. now on with others, stepping out of your college ministry starting up. I told a weekly basis them originally that I would come zone,” said Riley Metzgur, we are averaging comfort for two weeks and now I am still Stillwater, Okla. anywhere from working in Hutch,” said Porfirio The Monday meetings are 75 to 90 people." Ramirez, Collegiate Pastor for organized differently every week Porfirio Ramirez Challenge. to keep the students interested The name Challenge is shared in coming back. With the help of by many college ministries throughout the leadership and volunteers they find ways to United States. Ramirez decided to keep the be creative, like coming up with a skit that name so when students transfer they’re goes along with that day’s scripture reading. connected to other college ministries wherever Challenge also meets on Thursday’s for game they go. night. “The first Challenge ever had seven people. “I definitely love the atmosphere and just

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Malik Wilkerson, Fort Smith, Ariz.; Garret Allee, Hutchinson, and Trace Ott, Montgomery, Ariz.; act out a passage from the Bible, Barabbas. All three students have been involved in Challenge for a year. Students dance to the Cupid Shuffle during the Halloween dance party. This party is held annually on the Monday before Halloween.

Students who attend challenge 68.2% freshmen 31.8% Sophomore

the openness that Challenge creates,” said Bianca Gutierrez, Halstead. Most of these students learn about Challenge by visiting the table Ramirez sets up during the activities fair on campus, by word of mouth, or they go to CrossPoint Church to learn more about it. “I enjoy the open community, and being able to see transformation,” said Myles Hansen, Coweta, Okla. Hansen is on the Cross Country at team at HutchCC and learned about Challenge by going to Cross Point and meeting with Ramirez. Challenge is a place for college students to grow spiritually. It is a community to learn and make friendships with people that have similar interests. Ramirez wants to give people a place where they can learn and feel safe doing it in the process. “We welcome any and everybody who is interested in learning a little bit more about

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Jesus and what the Bible has to say about him,” said Ramirez. Challenge has become a home away from home for some students. Transitioning into college can be difficult and this community welcomes anyone to build a bond with Christ and friends.

22.7% are involved in a college ministry 66 responses Bailey Graber, Hutchinson, participates in the Cha-Cha Slide. Graber is a second-year attendee at Challenge.



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How HutchCC students are financially supporting themselves while managing studies and class Preparing for the future means time spent in a classroom, reviewing material outside of the classroom, and not much time for anything else. College students often have a hard time financially because a large portion of their day consists of schoolwork. “It is hard to balance everything financially,” said Hunter Roberts, Abbyville. With books to buy, tuition to pay for, and everyday living expenses; students face the challenge of trying to pay for it all. Students who live on their own also have utilities to cover. “It’s made it possible for me to move out of my parents’ house and closer to the college,” said Tessalyn Walton, Marquette. Many students maintain jobs to supports themselves while attending college. On campus and around Hutchinson there are many

Cherish Abernathy, Hutchinson, works in a clothing store dressing room. Abernathy worked at TJ Maxx since the grand opening two years ago.

opportunities to get a job. “I strongly recommend getting a part time job to other students if they find themselves with a lot of down time. It’s a great way to spend your time in an economically proactive manner as well as teaching you a lot of responsibility you may not have otherwise learned,” said Walton. Balancing school and work requires time management. A part-time job is more flexible with a student’s class schedule and allows them to work around school. “I wouldn’t say easy, however, it is doable. It just takes dedication and time management,” said Walton. Part-time jobs help many students keep on top of their finances. Though college can be a great time it’s also hard for students. A part-time job might be just what some

Alexandira Nunez, Hutchinson, takes customers orders at Chick-Fil-A. Nunez was in her first year with the fast food restaurant.

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Kaleb King, Hutchinson, socializes with a customer while checking them out. King has worked at Dillons for two years.

students need to help them get a hold on things. “School comes first,” said Roberts. Students working part-time jobs learn to balance their responsibilities at school and work. “Know your limits in the amount of work you can do and how to balance school and work. Understand that you can say no if something is too much for you.,” said Walton. “Know what’s best for you and stick to it.”

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Elena Takova, Sofia, Bulgaria, hits the ball during a match against Mineral Area College. This was the third game the Blue Dragons played in the Allen Samuels Volleyball Classic. Hydeah Hinesman, Jonesboro, Ga., spikes the ball against a Seward County CC defender. The Blue Dragons fell to Seward County CC in four sets.

Raychel Reed, Aurora, Colo., passes the ball during a game against Pratt CC on Oct. 31. The Blue Dragons defeated Pratt CC in three sets.

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The Blue Dragon volleyball season ended with a 19-16 record and third place in the Jayhawk West Conference. Three athletes earned post-season conference and region honors. Raychel Reed, Aurora, Colo., received first team, ending her Hutch CC volleyball career with one of the best libero careers in Blue Dragon history. Elena Takova, Sofia, Bulgaria , was a transfer from Northwest College. She received first team and found herself as the team’s leading hitter. Cassidy Crites, Great Bend, received honorable mention, and ended her HutchCC career as the number one setter in the Dragon’s 6-2 offense.

Lexi Hogan, Garden City, hits the ball during a match against Northeastern Junior College. This game was played at the Allen Samuels Volleyball Classic. Cassidy Crites, Great Bend, spikes the ball while playing a match against Seward County CC. Seward County CC gave up one set to the Blue Dragons.

Date Aug 24 Aug 25 Aug 29 Sept 3 Sept 5 Sept 10 Sept 12 Sept 15 Sept 19 Sept 21 Sept 22 Sept 24 Sept 28

Opponent Pima CC Odessa College Panola College New Mexico Military Institute Barton CC Pratt CC Seward County CC Dodge City CC Colby CC Garden City CC Butler CC Missouri State University Tyler Junior College Mineral Area College Northeastern Junior College Independence CC Blinn College Hill College

Result W L L L W W L W L W W W L L L W L W

Score 3-1 3-2 3-1 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-1 3-0 3-2 3-0 3-0 3-1 3-1 3-0 3-2 3-0 3-0 3-1

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Date Sept 29 Oct 3 Oct 6 Oct 8 Oct 10 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 17 Oct 19 Oct 22 Oct 24 Oct 31 Nov 4

Opponent North Central Texas College Monroe College Pratt CC Seward County CC Colby CC Garden City CC Panola College Jefferson College Tyler Junior College Missouri State University Butler CC Dodge City CC Barton CC Independence CC Pratt CC Colby CC Seward County CC

Result W W W L L W L W L L W W L W W W L

Score 3-1 3-2 3-0 3-0 3-1 3-0 3-1 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-0 3-0 3-1 3-0



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Andrew Kibet and Silverstre Kibarar, both from Eldoret, Kenya, race in the Region IV Cross Country Championship at Winfield on October 27. Kibet brought home the 2018 Region IV and Jayhawk West individual titles and tied a school record with a time of 24:01.80 while Kibarar earned All-Region IV and All-Jayhawk West honors.

Successful Season for Cross Country

The 2018 cross country season boasts success with many HutchCC runners placing in the top ten during each meet. Starting out running as they hit the ground, both men’s and women’s teams placed first in the Terry Masterson Twilight Classic meet on Aug. 31. Carrying on that same energy, the Blue Dragons went on to place in the top five during the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin on Sept. 15., as well as the Emporia State University Invitation on Oct. 6. The following weekend, the women’s team placed first and the men’s team placed second at the Fort Hays Tiger Open.

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Moving onward to Oct. 27, the Blue Dragons led by Andrew Kibet, Eldoret, Kenya, won their first Region VI Cross Country Championship since 1996. Following this win, Head Coach Justin Riggs was recognized as Region VI Coach of the Year. Finishing off the season with a bang, Andrew Kibet went on to win first place over the NJCAA Division I Championships on Nov. 10, setting the bar in history at Hutchinson Community College. Winning five races in this season alone, Kibet was named USTFCCCA Central District Male runner of the year.

Head Coach Justin Riggs accepts the 2018 Region IV Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year award on Oct. 27 in Winfield. Riggs led the Blue Dragons to their first regional title since 1996 and the Dragons had their first individual Region VI champion since 1983.

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2018 Cross Country Team Results

Terry Masterson Twilight Classic Hutchinson

Women - 1 Place 2ndth Lisayo Ewoi 4th Aileen Gomez 5th Gabby Collins 6th Sarah Patterson 8th America Garcia 10 Saw Ahmara

Fort Hays State Tiger Open Hays


Blue Dragon Gabby Collins, Desoto, earned All-Regional VI and All-Jayhawk at the 2018 Region VI Championships.

Men - 1st Place 1thst Andrew Kibet 4th Sylvestre Kibarar 7th Connor Kaufman 8th Brett Hillabrand 9th Kade Gerlach 10 Jared Stark

Missouri Southern Stampede Joplin

Women - 4th Place 1st Lisayo Ewoi Men - 1st Place 1thst Andrew Kibet 6th Sylvestre Kibarar 8th Brett Hillabrand 10 Jared Stark

Emporia State University Invitation

6thth 7th 9 2ndth 6

Women -1st Lisayo Ewoi Sarah Patterson Gabby Collins Men - 2nd Andrew Kibet Sylvestre Kibarar

Region VI Cross Country Championships Winfield

8th 10th 1thst 5th 8

Women -3rd Gabby Collins Sarah Petterson Men - 1st Andrew Kibet Sylvestre Kibarar Brett Hillabrand

NJCAA Division I Championships Garden City Women - 12th 1st

Men - 7th Andrew Kibet


The Blue Dragon women’s cross country team poses for a photo celebrating their Jayhawk West championship and Region VI Championship third-place finish. Several women brought home individual honors including All-Jayhawk West honors for Lesayo Ewoi, Nanyuki, Kenya; America Garcia, Dodge City. All-Jayhawk West and All-Region VI honors were give to Sarah Patteson, Udall; and Gabby Collins, DeSoto.

Blue Dragon Brett Hillabrand, Omaha, Neb., earned All-Region VI and AllJayhawk West honors at the 2018 Region VI Championships after running he 20th fastest time in team history (25:35:42).

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Women - 5th 1thst 5

Men - 1st Andrew Kibet Sylvestre Kibarar

The Blue Dragon men’s cross country team was recognized as the 2018 Region VI and Jayhawk West team champions on Oct. 27 in Winfield at the Kansas Veterans Home. Several men received individual honors including All-Region IV honors for Jared Stark, Augusta; All-Region VI and All-Jayhawk West honors for Brett Hillabrand, Omaha, Neb.; and Silvestre Kibarar and Andrew Kibet, broth from Eldoret, Kenya.



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Behind the scenes of what it takes to make a Blue Dragon Football game possible Every Blue Dragon football game requires athletes on the turf, as well as a game day operations team. Game day at Gowans Stadium is no small task and requires more time and manpower than most would think. For Athletic Director Josh Gooch, game day preparation starts as early as a week before the actual event. “The first thing that starts getting the week going is the email confirmation sheet from the referees,” Gooch said. “When I get that email, I forward that to all the people that are going to help the game operations.” Each home game has a checklist with 65 different steps that have to be completed. “It’s more about making sure to meet on the things that the whole group needs to do. Kind of mapping out the week, is there anything special, is it a homecoming game, is there an extended half time? Just making sure that things are secure,” Gooch said. “I need to know about each thing that needs to be done, but that’s what’s great about our team. They all handle all those things that do get done.” There is a large staff that goes into a game. Individuals for concessions, tickets, scoreboard keepers, ball boys, chain gang, film, photography, stats, announcers, sponsors, trainers, and many more. “I’d say roughly, on a game day, we’ll have anywhere from 30 to 35 people,” Steve Carpenter, Sports Information Director, said. These people put in the time to make sure

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game day goes as planned. “On a Saturday when we have a noon game we arrive at 8:00 a.m.,” Gooch said. “It’s a 10hour day.” “If it’s a noon kickoff, I’m here at 7:30 a.m.,” Carpenter said. “If everything goes right, I’ll probably be done by 6 to 7 p.m. So roughly [working] about 12 hours on a game day.” With everything that has to be completed, it is easy to see that this job can be stressful. “The most stressful thing about a football game is the unknown, what could possibly happen. We’re prepared for the things that we know could happen, there is always that unknown,” Gooch said. There are many colleges that don’t have a sports information department and miss out on the luxury of having people run their

Cephus Smith, West Palm Beach, Fla., runs the ball for a touchdown against Fort Scott. The Blue Dragons ended the game with a 61-21 win over Fort Scott.

social media accounts and sports website, and provide stats, photos, and film. “Hutchinson Community College is very fortunate to have a SID department because our athletic department is at a D1 level,” Carpenter said. “There is nothing junior college about it, we are every bit a Division I type athletic department.” Employees of the Blue Dragon athletic department go above and beyond when it comes to game day operations. “We have an amazing staff at Hutchinson Community College. Our athletic staff is second to none. I’m thankful for each and every one of them, more than I could ever tell you

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for a story,” Gooch said. “That is what makes Hutchinson Community College athletics special.” Even with the stress that comes with the task of game day operations, both Gooch and Carpenter agree that it is well worth it. “My favorite thing about a football game is watching it all come together, so that the student athletes have a great experience, the coaches have a great experience, and the fans have a great experience,” Gooch said. “It’s a proud moment and I take pride in that in every athletic event we put on.” “When it all comes together, we’re cookin’,” Carpenter said. “There is no better feeling in the world for an SID.” So much happens behind the scenes that most people wouldn’t even think about. HutchCC athletics requires great amounts of thought, attention to detail, and manpower to that make a football game possible for the students, the fans, and the community. “We devote a lot of time behind the scenes

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to make [sporting] events go well,” Gooch said. “The fan experience is important to us.”

Khalil McClain, Fairburn, Ga., runs the ball during a game against Dodge City CC at Memorial Stadium. The No. 4 ranked Blue Dragons ended the game with a 45-7 win.

2018 Blue Dragon Season Aug. 23 Sep. 1 Sep. 8 Sep. 15 Sep. 20 Sep. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Nov. 3 Nov. 10

Ellsworth Community College Independence Community College Iowa Western Community College Fort Scott Community College RPA Butler Community College Highland Community College Coffeyville Community College Dodge City Community College Garden City Community College Iowa Central Community College

W, 30-12 W, 37-27 L, 33-24 W, 61-21 W, 82-0 W, 27-13 W, 16-13 W, 24-14 W, 45-7 L, 24-21 L, 54-16

Results as of Nov. 13

Monty Montgomery - 2 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Week Sebastian Garcia - 1 NJCAA National Player of the Week



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Dylan Chesterman, Hutchinson , and Nick Shelton, Orlando Park, Ill., celebrate Chesterman’s fumble recovery against Highland CC. The Blue Dragons defeated Highland 13-10 with a game-winning field goal by Sebastian Garcia.

Dante Madden, Bellington, Mo., carries the ball past the Coffeyville CC defense. The Blue Dragons defeated Coffeyville CC 24-14.

The Blue Dragons celebrate the win against Independence CC. HutchCC finished the game with a 37-27 win.

Mason Schucker, Searcy, Ark., hands the ball off to Erin Collins, Plant City, Fla., in the first game of the season. The game against Ellsworth CC ended in a 38-10 victory for the Blue Dragon’s.

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Monty Montgomery, Grayson, Ga., strips the ball from the Dodge City CC quarterback to score a touchdown. Montgomery scored two defensive touchdowns against Dodge City CC.

Mason Schucker, Searcy, Ark., recieves a snap while playing against Fort Scott CC at Gowans Stadium. Schuker scored 12 touchdowns during the season.

Drake Bolus, Gray, Ga., runs for a touchdown against RPA. The Blue Dragons defeated RPA 82-0.


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Continuing the Even though Blue Dragon soccer ended the season with a loss, the team finished with a winning record. Ending the season with 13 wins, three losses and one tie, the Blue Dragons soccer team continued the program’s winning season streak for the fourteenth year. Head Coach, Sammy Lane, earned his 200th win against Pratt Community College, becoming the third ever coach in the Jayhawk Conference to have 200 wins. The last game the Blue Dragons won marked a five-game winning streak. This game also included the biggest comeback ever by the Blue Dragon soccer team. Brailey Moeder, Hutchinson, scored three goals within 5 minutes and 4 seconds, winning the game against Cloud County, 4-3. Moeder earned a Jayhawk Conference honor as co-player of the week along with goalkeeper Taylor Camp, Waxahachie, Texas, who was named goalkeeper of the week for the second time in a row. Camp also tied her own career high of nine saves for the Blue Dragons. The season ended with a rough loss against Johnson County with the opening round of the postseason Region VI Women’s Soccer Tournament. “This year’s team has made me excited about coaching again,” said Head Coach Sammy Lane. “I’m looking forward to the future.”

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Northeast Community College North Iowa Area Community College Northwest Kansas Technical College Barton Community College Garden City Community College Garden City Community College Dodge City Community College Pratt Community College Cloud County Community College Northwest Kansas Technical College Barton Community College Garden City Community College Hesston College Dodge City Community College Pratt Community College Cloud County Community College Johnson County Community College

W, 6-0 W, 11-0 W, 7-0 T, 3-3 W, 8-0 W, 8-0 W, 3-1 W, 2-0 L, 2-0 W, 7-0 L, 4-2 W, 3-0 W, 6-0 W, 2-0 W, 3-0 W, 4-3 L, 3-1

Addi White, Hutchinson, defends the ball against Northwest Tech. The Blue Dragons defeated Northwest Tech 7-0.

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Jenna Boese, Wichita, runs to the ball against Cloud County. The Blue Dragons won against Cloud County 2-0.

Naomi Waithira, Nyrobi, Kenya, dribbles a ball during the game against Barton. The game ended in a 3-3 tie for the Blue Dragons. Kaitlyn Sabala, Towanda, passes the ball during a game against Hesston College held at Buhler High School due to poor field conditions at the Salthawk Sports Complex. The Blue Dragons won the game 6-0.

Alix Miller, Hutchinson; Cameron Rodriguez, Odessa, Texas; Amy Turner, Dublin, Ireland; and Macy Smith, Topeka, celebrate Turner’s first goal of the season during a game against Northwest Tech. Turner scored two goals and the game ended in a 7-0 win for the Blue Dragons.

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Dragon's Tale - December 2018 Issue  

This is a student magazine put together by students for students.

Dragon's Tale - December 2018 Issue  

This is a student magazine put together by students for students.