Dragon's Tale - March 2019 Issue

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Duke’s Territory An evolutionary tale of HutchCC’s colors and mascot Tyler Bush

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Dream, Believe, Do

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DUSTIN CURIEL Design/Photography Editor Hutchinson

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ON THE COVER: The snow continues to build up on a bronze statue of Duke the Dragon in front of the Parker Student Union on Mar. 19. Hutchinson Community College was closed the next day because of the Duke’s Territory six-inch snowfall. An evolutionary tale of HutchCC’s colors Photo by Dustin Curiel and mascot

Tyler Bush

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IN THIS ISSUE IN THE CLASSROOM 2 Student Profile: Tyler Bush Sydnee Shive South Dakota student comes to the heart of Kansas


6 Not Just a Production Line Sarah Loomis

Silversmith Class

ON CAMPUS 8 Duke’s Territory

Dafne Oliva

Insight to the History of HutchCC

10 Turning a Page Towards the Future Michael Cooprider

HutchCC Bookstore

12 Social Media Takeover

Sydnee Shive

Using social media as a marketing tool

14 Bringing Creativity to a Career Staff Profile: Jackie Long Shannon Leininger 18 Love Is In the Air Laynee Barlow Who is your Valentine?


IN THE COMMUNITY 20 The Impact of a Speaker Dillon Lecture Speaker

Dustin Curiel & Shannon Leininger

22 Play in a Day

Dustin Curiel

Theatre Department’s 24 Hour Play

26 Dream, Belive, Do

28 Saving Lives One Ounce at a Time

Alexa Flores Community gathers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Blood drive


Sydnee Shive & Laynee Barlow

ON THE FIELD 30 The Beat of the Blue Dragons Dragon Dolls Dance Team Bre Rogers 32 Teaming Up to Cheer on the Dragons

Cheer Squad

34 Nothin’ But Net

Women’s Basketball

36 Putting Up the Points

Men’s Basketball

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Bre Rogers Evelyn Medina & Michael Cooprider Evelyn Medina & Staff



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“Find your passion and live for that,” said Tyler Bush, Britton, S.D. “Love it now and love it hard because it’s not every day you get to do what you love.” Bush is a sophomore majoring in agricultural business at Hutchinson Community College. He is a member of the HutchCC Livestock Judging Team, a sixthgeneration member of his family’s farm and ranch, and a National Junior Angus Association Director. The livestock industry is one of the things that brought him to the college. “I picked Hutch after a lot of visits to different junior colleges. It seemed the best fit for me, the program and the kids that Ben [Williams, Livestock Judging Coach,] got in. It just felt like home,” said Bush. Judging livestock is something Bush has been doing for over twelve years. It’s one of the things he loves doing most. “[One of the best parts of judging] is knowing our team has a chance to make a run and win a national championship, and the

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talented individuals you get to judge with,” said Bush. “It’s fun to be a part of this kind of team, how competitive and deep it is. So honestly, maybe not even the contests itself are my favorite part, but how competitive and close our team is.” Being a member of the livestock judging

“I take a lot of pride in how far we’ve come and w h at d i r e c t i o n we’re headed” team requires a great deal of time and commitment. Sophomore livestock judging team members usually have practice four days a week, spend weekends traveling to contests and practices, and take hours out of their day to practice reasons; a key component of livestock judging.

A sophomore from South Dakota brings his love of livestock and drive to chase his dreams to the heart of Kansas

“My favorite part of judging is probably not the judging in general, but the lessons you learn from it. The commitment that it takes to be a part of something. I mean, we spend a lot of weekends on the road, and don’t get to go home very often,” Bush said. “I really enjoy the commitment and dedication it takes, and the passion you need to have to do it nonstop.” Along with livestock judging, Bush is a sixth-generation farmer and rancher. The Bush family’s cow herd started in the 1920s, when his great, great grandpa purchased one Angus cow and one Angus bull from a neighbor. Every female in the herd can be traced back to this Angus cow, making it one of a few remaining closed herds left in the country. “I take a little bit more pride in the cow herd as I get older. Just being able to go home and talk cattle with my dad or my grandpa, and just talk about the generations of genetics,” said Bush. “I’m real big on the history of our herd, and I take a lot of pride in how far we’ve come and what direction we’re headed, and what we can do to make that better.”



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Bush has also been competitively showing cattle for most of his life. Showing cattle has taught him the value of hard work, dedication, and determination. It’s allowed him to make new connections with other members of the livestock industry and given him some fond memories of his time spent in the barn. “My first big memory is winning the South Dakota State Fair in 2009 with my steer ‘Ricky the Geek.’ He’s pretty awesome, it was pretty fun,” Bush said. “I got so nervous before leading him into division that I literally let go of him and was puking on the side of the ring.” In addition to livestock judging and farming, Bush is a member of the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors. The board consists of a team of twelve leaders from around the U.S. focused on benefitting, representing, and teaching the youth of the Angus breed. The NJAA is a stand-out among youth livestock organizations and has played a large role in Bush’s life. “I was kind of born into the Angus breed, and I’m thankful for that. There’s been a lot of role models and a lot of people that have stuck out to me and made a pretty big impact on my

life and the decisions I’ve made,” Bush said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a lot of the people I met growing up.” After he graduates from HutchCC in May, Bush plans to continue his livestock judging success and education at South Dakota State University. Bush’s dad and grandpa are both former members of the SDSU livestock judging team. From there, he plans to head back to his family’s farm and continue chasing his dreams. “My dad’s my biggest role model, my best friend. Getting to judge next to him someday at a cattle show would be pretty incredible. I know that chance will come, hopefully soon, but that’s easily my biggest goal,” said Bush. “When I get to go back home, I want to make a big impact on not only our operation, but really just the cattle industry as a whole,” Bush said. “I want to be that guy where everybody is like, ‘He changed the industry, he was able to move forward and make a difference and make livestock better.’”

Bush crouches next to his family stone outside the American Angus Association Headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo. The Bush family has a long history with the Angus breed. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bush.

The HutchCC Livestock Judging Team earned top honors at the Aksarben Livestock Show. Bush was named 7th Overall Individual, 9th in Oral Reasons, and 2nd in Cattle. Photo courtesy of Ben Williams.

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Bush poses with his family for a back drop picture. His steer, Rosco was named Grand Champion Market Animal at the 2017 South Dakota Summer Spotlight Livestock show. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bush.

Bush continues to win many individual awards throughout his collegiate livestock judging career. His most recent honor was being awarded 14th Overall Individual and 3rd in Sheep and Goats at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Bush with his steer, Rosco. Bush showed Rosco throughout the 2016-2017 year. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bush.

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90.2% Students that would take a non-credit class that could help their future

143 students surveyed

Students that know about class opportunity times


143 students surveyed

Turquoise bracelet created by Becky Vieyra.

Ring created by Debbie McCoy. Lori Martian-Price carefully shows a new student how to create a silver piece of jewelry. Many beginners start out making a ring or bracelet and work their way up into pendants and more detailed work.

Robb McCoy helps his wife, Debbie McCoy as she places a molding around a tube for a future project. Those in this class like asking others for their input to make the piece of artwork even better.

Silver-hearted ring created by Becky Vieyra.

Class is held Saturdays

9am & 1pm

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Copper-colored bracelet created by Robb McCoy.


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Creating Handmade Jewelry in the Silversmith Class Scratching of a file. Sizzling of a torch. A room with an aroma of iron and hardwork. These are the senses that occur within the class of silversmith. Even though there are not many creators, the artwork that is created is extraordinary. Hutchinson Community College provides a silversmith class that is taught by metalsmith and design instructor, Lori Martian-Price, for many years. She works with a large arrangement of ages, but the class is mostly filled with those who have taken up silversmith as a hobby. “One main focus is just getting people involved in getting in touch with their creative side. You can really bang your frustrations out, taking a piece of metal and hammering it into something really cool,” Martian-Price said. She also said that this class allows students to put their concepts and ideas into a piece of art. With an open lesson plan, Martian-Price is able to focus on each student and help them develop one-of-a-kind pieces. “I just like encouraging people to be creative and to find their little creative niche. So it’s a little more fun, a little more freeing,” Martian-Price said. Most students are non-traditional and take the silversmith class to try something new, or to respark a passion from the past Debbie McCoy, Hutchinson, learned about this class through information that Hutchinson Community College gives out to the community. However, her first encounter with silversmithing was back in high school. “It’s a whole new world and it’s huge. You have so many different types of metal to mix together, or to keep them seperate, tons and tons of different types of stones out there...there are so many directions for your creativity,” D.McCoy said.

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Robb McCoy, Hutchinson, said that there is a learning curve when it comes to silversmith. It sometimes takes four class periods to finish one piece, or it may only take one day to create a bracelet or pendant. Working on projects on campus is enjoyable for most, and with the silversmith class not being a credited class, those learning silversmith skills use what the HutchCC provides in the classroom plus the tools MartianPrice provides. Martian-Price enjoys the idea that people are able to learn about silversmithing without having to spend a large amount of money on tools and supplies. If the students decide that they do not want to continue after the class, they will not have a burden. Both D. McCoy and Martian-Price believe that the silversmith class not only helps someone become more precise in their work and to become more patient, but also allows those to create connections. “It becomes like a little close-knit family,” Martian-Price said. She shares that many keep coming back to the classes to see the people and be able to share the same hobby. “I didn’t know Lori, and I didn’t know Becky before this class, and now they are two of my best friends,” D. McCoy said. For most, this class is for enjoyment and relaxation, but there are a few that pursue metalsmith as a career choice. Martian-Price said that this industry is such broad area, and that social media helps those in it. When she first started her work, networking was not as popular as now. “There is a lot of interest for handcrafted jewelry that is not mass marketed,” Martian Price said. A room filled with the sight of dedication and perseverance can make anyone want to spend a Saturday working with silver to produce a masterpiece.



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“Dragons Tail 1929” is a statue of Duke the Dragon located outside of the Student Union. Jesse Kuhs is the artist behind the piece. It is dedicated to the men and women of Hutchinson Community College. Given by Chris and Jack Harris.

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An Insight to The History of HutchCC

“He’s a dragon, one of the most powerful mythological beings. So it is showing how strong and powerful we at HCC are,” Roni Ratzloff (student at HutchCC), Hutchinson, said. At Hutchinson Community College, most students take pride in the campus colors and college mascot. However, not very many students know about the history surrounding the red and blue color scheme and the beloved Duke the Dragon. Denny Stoecklein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said “The colors were selected by the student body in the very early years of the college.” “The mascot was chosen at the same time as the colors, also by the student body,” Stoecklein said. HutchCC traditions were decided generations ago, but even back then higher approval was needed. “While the colors and mascot were chosen by the student body shortly after the college’s founding in 1928, one would expect the school’s administration and/or board likely played a role in the official approval of them,” Stoecklein said. The 2018-19 school year at HutchCC marks a milestone in the College’s storied history. “HutchCC opened in the fall of 1928 with a first year enrollment of 187 students, ten sophomores and 177 freshmen. Today we serve approximately 14,000 students from around the globe,” according to the Hutchcc website. While mild changes have been made to the official colors and mascot, the same groundwork is still there. The foundation of commitment, leadership, and academic skills have lived throughout the 90 years of HutchCC. These values have carried throughout the many generations. “It means having a good sense of compassion, strength, and appreciation for small town life that is found in Hutchinson,” Keely Schmidt, Hutchinson, said about being a Blue Dragon. According to Alex Miller, a student , Hutchinson, being a Blue Dragon means, “to be humble and kind.” Apart from the skills instructed on the students, pride in being a Blue Dragon is one of the many things that students already have within them.

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Ratzloff said, “One can take pride in how far you’ve come to be a part of this college and applaud your hard work as well as your peers.” HutchCC has shaped and molded students into role models for future generations. Professors are part of the backbone that helps shape students, and most of the time it goes unnoticed. “The faculty and staff of Hutchinson Community College genuinely want what’s best for our students and are willing to go the extra mile to help them be successful. It speaks volumes when students who have graduated or moved on to the next phase of their educational journey return to HutchCC to visit those faculty and staff members who had an impact on their lives,” Stoecklein said. Duke and the colors chosen in past generations are clearly a part of the school spirit and pride. Without it [The college] would be pretty lame and boring,” Ratzloff said. “Without school spirit, you may feel disinterested to go to campus or go to class. When you are proud of your school, your work ethic improves along with your social life on campus” Schmidt said. Students at HutchCC have a very clear mindset on what it means to be a Blue Dragon, and their pride is clearly observed. With the 90-year history, future generations and current Blue Dragons have advice for new students “Get involved,” Schmidt said. “I have made some of my best friends by being involved. Have your voice, be heard by doing activities and speaking out in class.” “Don’t get too stressed. Take a moment to breathe, it’s just college. Everyone learns still at their own pace.” said Ratzloff. Take the time to celebrate being a Blue Dragon, celebrate the education and inspire those around.

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Mural of some history of Hutchinson Community College, located in the basement of the Student Union. The basement of the Student Union serves as a "hangout spot " where students can do their work.

“The Evolution of the Dragon” is framed along with other paintings of Duke in downstairs Lockman Hall. It shows the beginning and most current designs of the college mascot.



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Campus bookstore offers new features Each year, college students go through the brutal process of figuring out where they’re going to get their textbooks. Conveniently enough, located at the bottom of the staircase in the Parker Student Union, is Hutchinson Community College’s campus bookstore. HutchCC offers books and much, much more. “In regards to textbooks, the campus store currently offers the option of purchasing or renting your textbooks. You can do either of these using cash, check, credit card, financial aid, payment plan, or third party pay. We also offer an online textbook ordering system so that you can order your books online through your DragonZone 24 hours a day and we offer a pick-up option, rather than having to have them shipped,” Amber Osner, Campus Store Manager, said. “You can request to have your textbooks picked up at the Hutch, Newton, McPherson or Fort Riley locations.” By ordering this way and selecting the pick-up option it also makes the trip to the store much quicker, according to Osner. Students skip the long lines at the front and simply pick

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them up at the counter which is located in the back of the store. “In regards to clothing, the campus store offers three locations that you can purchase merchandise, including textbooks, and those locations are Hutchinson, Newton, and McPherson,” Osner said. “If you are a distance student or alumni, but don’t live near either of these three locations we have an online store that you can buy merchandise as well.” The bookstore doesn’t stop there. Over recent years, Osner and her colleagues have worked to get more books on scholarships, as well as more books in stock. “Within the last few years we have installed a pick-up counter where the online orders can be picked up without the long wait during the beginning of each term. It is kind of a small reward for ordering your books online because you get to ‘skip the lines’ so to speak,” Osner said. They have also added a book scholarship reservation. Students reserve their scholarship books through a form in DragonZone.

A small section of the campus bookstore’s technology section. The campus bookstore is constantly trying to make students’ lives easier.

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A small selection of products offered by the book store.The bookstore refreshes its stock every semester.

“It is a Google doc that is filled out and then submitted to us electronically,” Osner said. “We then verify the information on the form and pull and charge the books to the student’s book scholarship account. Then they can pick those up at the pick-up counter and complete the required book scholarship paperwork. Again, this saves the students time because the books have already been pulled for them and the wait is much less. We now also have our online store which means students can shop merchandise 24 hours a day.” The bookstore has also found ways to improve outside of textbooks. They recently added a technology section. “We have just recently added a ‘tech’

section to the bookstore,” Osner said. “We offer laptops, printers, calculators and a few other tech items in the store. The campus store refreshes its inventory every semester, whether it be textbooks, clothing, or gift items we are continuously receiving new merchandise.” On top of all of this , Osner is still pushing to improve the bookstore. She wants to make sure students have an enjoyable experience in the store. “Some future plans for the bookstore include offering rentals to online students,” Osner said. “Currently, it is a program that must be done in store, but we hope to see that change in the near future.” Even if students don’t frequent the

bookstore weekly, it’s hard to not buy things that aren’t on the textbook list. “The bookstore is a once a semester stop for me, but I can’t help but not get a few extra things on my way to the checkout,” Luke Willis, Hutchinson, said. “I think the bookstore is i n a nice location and does a fine job of making the book checkout process quick and easy.” When getting ready to purchase books, clothing, or tech gear, the campus store is the a one-stop shop.

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Another section of clothing products the store offers. The bookstore offers a wide variety of clothing products.



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HutchCC marketing department uses social media takeovers as a tool to advocate for the college Buzz! A notification lights up an iPhone. Instagram: hutchinsoncommunitycollege just posted to their story. Along with Instagram, Hutchinson Community College utilizes several different social media platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. “People put value in a business’s social media account. It seems like they are relatable, and for marketing purposes, we do that because we want to connect and make one-on-one relationships with people. They feel like it’s real,” said Janae DeWeese, Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Social media takeovers are a new marketing technique implemented this past year by the official HutchCC Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook accounts. The takeovers are a quick glimpse into the daily lives of students and faculty. “[Takeovers are an] easy way to really show people different areas of the college without it being in front of a camera, just looking at the camera, telling you something for 10 minutes. People don’t want to tune in that long,”

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DeWeese said. “They can see little snippets throughout the day, and it’s real.” The takeovers showcase multiple different programs and big days on campus, such as the first day of fall classes. Programs like agriculture and welding were the first to partake in the takeovers. Takeovers showcase both student and faculty viewpoints, and spike involvement on the pages. “I think it’s better to show both [viewpoints], just so others can have insight on what students are actually doing, you get to know them on a more personal level. I also think it’s good for faculty to go through with it so they can maybe be a little bit more in detail with some stuff that goes on,” said Justin Mosher, Olathe, Colo. Mosher was able to take over social media during the Kansas State Fair while the livestock sale class exhibited cattle at the open show. “I tried to advocate for what we do and what we did, just try to explain why we’re doing it, and why it matters,” said Mosher. “I tried to show how progressive our program is and how

much we’re able to learn along with the benefit we’re getting.” The takeovers are not without their challenges. Sometimes there are issues with timing, communication, and technology. “Forgetting to post and forgetting to keep it up throughout the day is one of our problems. We’ve had surprises we thought would be interesting for people and didn’t get a lot of reactions on it,” DeWeese said. “I think just basic technology and communication has something to do with it, sending videos to devices and making sure everything uploads correctly.” Takeovers have been successful, and there are more on the way. “Dragon’s Tale is taking over soon, along with several other programs,” DeWeese said. “We have several more in the works and a couple actually scheduled. We’ve been talking with several and getting them on the calendar, and that’s our goal.” As HutchCC social media continues to grow, expect more takeovers and continued use of innovative, trend-setting marketing ideas.

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Shannon Leininger, Newton, videos Alexa Flores, Hutchinson, discussing her page design. Dragon’s Tale took over social media on Feb. 19.

Amber Brawner, Visual Media Design Coordinator, edits a boomerang for the Dragon’s Tale social media takeover. Boomerangs, videos, and pictures are utilized when making the posts.

Screenshots from past social media takeovers. The welding and agriculture programs are just a few to have taken over social media.

Follow HutchCC on Social Media @hutchcc @marketing3 @hutchinsoncommunitycollege

@hutchccmedia @HutchCCNews

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In the summer of 1989, Long holds a baby pig while interning at a swine farm in Plains, Kansas. While on the farm as an intern, Long initially started in growing and finishing side of production.


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Photo / Courtesy Jackie Long

Career Development and Placement Coordinator Jackie Long uses her creativity and background to bring a light to HutchCC


oving to a small town in the Midwest could seem like the school’s farms including, swine, dairy, sheep and some a different world to someone who grew up in a big with cattle. During this time, she found that she was passionate city. Career Development and Placement Coordinator Jackie about working with pigs and took an internship in Plains, KS. Her passion and love for animals also extends through to Long was able to see the colors, beauty and life around her in her personal life. a new light through her passion and career. In addition to her cat and dog, Long has a potty-trained Long grew up in the large city of Detroit, MI. After college, eastern box turtle named she worked Ted that is over 50 years primarily in old. Ted was gifted to her human relation father, and was in return jobs in the urban gifted to her. area. While in Plains, “My jobs in Long met her husband HR taught me at a laundromat and also that, if you can acquired a love for the write well, express Midwest. yourself and “Throughout all of that, communicate I had a lot of different jobs, well, then there’s but everything I learned always going to along the way at some point be work for you has came in handy,” Long somewhere. You just have to find Long’s, water color art piece titled, Stop Flirting!. When working on the said. “The opportunities compositions of her paintings, Long typically looks for some kind of behavior may not look like anything it,” Long said. or quirky attitude. This painting was featured and sold at the Kansas State Fair. you had ever imagined Long soon Photo / Courtesy Jackie Long though.” put her longWhile living in Kansas developed love for animals into practice when she began volunteering for a in the late 90s, the agriculture business went through a veterinarian. As her passion for careers dealing with animals transition. Therefore, in 2000, when a position for a career grew, she then visited Michigan State where she learned there coordinator at Hutchinson Community College opened, Long took her opportunity for her own transition and she and her were jobs in animal agriculture. While attending Michigan State, Long worked at all of family moved to Hutchinson.

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Long poses with a baby pig while working as an intern the s u m m e r b e f o re h e r last year at Michigan State.Upon graduating, as Long decided she wanted to go into agriculture, she went to work for DeKalb genetics where she worked for 11 years and was a trainer with both employees and students. Photo / Courtesy Jackie Long

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Jackie Long’s, Indian ink art piece title, Summer Saturday’s. Long created this piece after a request to create a painting from a photo reference. “Black and white ink is such a good place to start because you learn a lot about form and shading,” Long said. Photo / Courtesy Jackie Long

Career Development and Placement Coordinator, Jackie Long smiles in her office after meeting with an advisee. Part of Long’s office decor includes a couple of her framed art pieces.

Coincidentally, Long also continued to put into practice her ever growing artistic side using animals as her subject. At a young age, she used to love to draw and sketch her surroundings. From adolescence to adulthood, both in her careers and passion for art, Long’s family was her biggest fans. “What I’ve always loved to do was paint and sketch animal subjects so Hutchinson is ideal and I decided that my favorite subject is animals. So, I basically spend the entire Kansas State Fair in the livestock area,” Long said. “My favorite thing to do is make the painting tell a little story and include a little quirk to it.” Alongside her career, Long kept her artwork in practice and discovered watercolor which has been her primary medium over the past 25 years. Long is a firm believer in the idea that people can discover their own creativity at any time throughout their lives. “I truly think anyone can draw. It helps you become a good observer and appreciate the world around you. You start noticing different things, especially the color thing. That gratitude and that appreciation makes our days better,” Long said. Long’s role as Career Development Coordinator for the Agriculture, Business, Computers and Technology Department is quite versatile as well. “My primary function is to advise student in majors related to business and computers, both technical and

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transfer,” Long said. “This includes helping students plan schedules and answer any questions they have regarding their education at HutchCC. I assist advisees as they seek employment in their career field and/or plan to transition to bachelor degree programs.” In totality for the 2018-19 school year, Long advised a total of about 120 students, both part-time and full-time. Additionally, Long also regulates HutchCC’s CareerZone and aids in the recruitment of students. During her many years in Hutchinson, Long has not only been able to continue to cultivate her paintings and drawings of Midwest animal subjects, but she has also continued to touch the lives of those around her both on and off campus with her kindhearted patience, motivational insight and knowledge, and passion for others’ success.

Long’s water color piece, Refuge. When Long has trouble thinking of quirky titles for her art pieces, she asks a friend that she met at DeKalb genetics who has a good sense of humor. Photo / Courtesy Jackie Long

As she helps direct traffic on the first day of fall classes, Long stops and talks with a student. Long has a total of 120 advisees. Photo / Courtesy HutchCC Marketing

Long chats with a student about career development during one of HutchCC’s campus fairs. One of Long’s roles on campus is to advise students as they seek future employment and/or as they plan to transition to Bachelor degrees. Photo / Courtesy HutchCC Marketing

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Love is in The Air Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. Couples around the world celebrate this day of love. Many couples around the Hutchinson Community College campus celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether it is going to restaurants, doing fun activities, or even just hanging out. Some of the couples here on campus have been together for quite some time. “We have been together since June 6, 2016, so a little over two and a half years,” said Taylor Looney, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Before this couple was even together they knew each other and have their own love story. “This is a funny story. I used to post selfies every Sunday on my Instagram with the hashtag #ss and I decided to click on the hashtag and look at other people’s hashtags. I came across a picture of Daniel and I thought he was really cute so I followed him on Instagram and got his Snapchat and then he gave me his number and we started texting and Facetiming a lot,” said Looney “I found him February of 2015 on Instagram.” Being from Pennsylvania, Looney and Kansas native Daniel Hinton had a long distance relationship in the beginning. “I met him for the first time in person April 6, 2017, when I flew down to Kansas to go to prom

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and spend 10 days with him,” Looney said. “Our first date was an Italian restaurant at Ginova’s here in Newton the day of prom, we went out with a few of his friends and we all had our prom attire on. It was awesome, it was the best Italian food I have ever had and it was really nice to get to know his friends,” said Looney Their relationship may be untraditional for some, but they moved in together after Looney graduated high school. They are both attending HutchCC. Their love story isn’t the only one on campus. There are many students and facuily that make relationships work throughout the hardships of balancing school and work. Sociology Instructor Kimberly Newberry teaches a marriage and family class. “It’s not necessarily a how-to class, it’s the sociology of marriage and family. We go all through the different stages, we talk about love-, we talk about children, we talk about marriage, we talk about divorce, so it’s kind of like a whole spectrum of what to expect, and some people don’t want to get married, that’s why it’s marriage and family, because you still have family issuses so it’s a nice well-rounded course,” said Newberry. Newberry believes that people should take at least one class similar to the one she teaches.

“Yes, everybody. We still have a really high divorce rate, people believe that they absolutely have to have kids, you don’t have to have kids, if you don’t like kids please don’t have kids, get animals, volunteer your time, but yes, I think it could benefit everyone,” said Newberry. Newberry and her husband both work here at HutchCC. She said that is wasn’t too hard to balance their work and personal lives, they only need to make sure one of them is off in time to pick up their child from school. She has a few things she thinks is important to keep a relationship going. “I talk a lot about commitment and how important it is to communicate, honestly to learn how to fight, because if you spend enough time with somebody you’re gonna fight with them, but how do you fight fairly,” Newberry said. “How do you know when to end a fight, cause you’re gonna argue, but then you have to learn how to come back and sometimes you have to say you’re sorry and that’s really hard. You can’t always text it, because it’s not personal so communication is really really important.” Newberry said, “When it’s right you just know it.”

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Daniel Hinton, Florence, Kansas, and Taylor Looney, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, pose for a romantic picture. The two found each other online and finally met almost a year after they had been talking online. Pictures provided by Taylor Looney.

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Kimberley Newberry is a Sociology instructor and her husband Jesse is a Computer Support instructor on campus. They met each other at a restraunt when he worked as a waiter.

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Dr. Rick Rigsby kicks off the 2019 Dillon Lecture Series with one of the most inspirational lectures to date At 62 years of age, he was being called an overnight sensation. At that same age, he found a new calling to go all over the world and encourage people and give them hope from the words of a third grade dropout. On Feb. 19, Dr. Rick Rigsby kicked off this years’ Dillon Lecture series with one of the most inspiring speeches to date. Rigsby began public speaking in the late 80s, early 90s, but it wasn’t until 2017 that one his speeches reached nearly 200 million people worldwide as the video went viral. After presenting his powerful speech for nearly the thousandth time during a commencement ceremony, Rigsby’s life changed in a matter of hours. “I had no idea that it would go viral,” Rigsby said. “When you have a viral video like that, it’s not about you. People are looking for encouragement, they’re looking for hope.” Within less than a week of the video going viral, Rigsby and his team hired more and more staff to manage Rick Rigsby

Communications as he approached his new found calling and began getting booked to present speeches and workshops all over the world. Rigsby bases his message from past generations to invite listeners to remember the meaningful things in life. “I was influenced greatly by my parents. My parents who had very little, but they had everything who said, ‘always look for ways to help other people,” Rigsby said. “If there was ever a time to model that everybody oughta be worth dignity, now is the time. We don’t have to think alike, but why can’t we think together?” From laughter, to tears, to repeating motivational words, Rigsby used his gift of speaking to reach a wide range of people in the Hutchinson Sports Arena that day. “I have a message that appeals to young, and I have a message that appeals to the gentlemen that I just met who is probably in his 80s. That message is, ‘how can I be better today?’” said Rigsby. “The key is to have something worthwhile to say that has a universal appeal.” “The message I

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took from [the presentation] was really just being a better person, as cliche as that sounds,” Tyler Korb, Hutchinson, said. “Not just a better person in regards to yourself, but with others as well.” Throughout his speech, Rigsby emphasized many key motivational points. One of them being that the gift of wisdom is often wrapped in the difficult moments of life, and that it’s important to not take life so seriously. “I turned 63 last week, and I’m still the biggest kid in the world,” Rigsby said. “There’s something very organic about being serious about what you do, but not being serious about yourself. That ideal I think has kept me grounded and has helped me be able to relate to people of all levels.”

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Left: Dr. Rick Rigsby answers questions during the press conference held before the lecture began. Dr. Rigsby addressed questions asked by both local and area media. Below: Dr. Rigsby addresses the crowd at the Hutchinson Sports Arena during his lecture. The main theme of his lecture was pursuing excellence as a habit.

Dr. Rick Rigsby engages in conversation with a student from Inman High School. During the press conference, Dr. Rigsby insisted on hearing from each of the high school students.

Using audience participation, Dr. Rigsby has everyone in the crowd repeat his words with gestures in order to remember a quote. Afterwards, an audience member went up to the stage to recite the quote by himself.

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Olivia Green, Hutchinson, HutchCC instrutor Matt Wilper, Hutchinson, and Nia Matunde, Hutchinson act in a short play about the curent situation of health insurance in the United States. Each play at the festival was alloted 10 minutes of stage time.

Aundria Acker, Hutchinson, Dafne Oliva, Hutchinson, and Rachel Hein, Hutchinson perform on the stage in HutchCC’s Stringer Fine Arts Center during the festival. Each cast was only given a few short hours to prepare.

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HutchCC Theater opens its stage up to the community for the 10th 24 Hour Play Festival

A ton of stuff can be done in a single day. Read a book, a 16-hour drive can get someone to the other side of the nation, or you could even try your hand in the world domination scene. If books are boring, you’re not game to drive to the coast, or world domination isn’t your cup of tea fortunately there are other options that exist. The wonders of the human mind allow some people to write, direct, or memorize and act in theater productions over a 24-hour period. Beginning in the evening of Friday, Feb. 8, the HutchCC theater department brought together

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six playwrights, six directors, six technicians and 24 actors to write, direct, build, and act in six 10-minute plays that hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. the following night. As the event was open to the public in addition to HutchCC students, a number of alumni and other community members participated. Amongst the participants was Jason Probst, the representative for the 102nd House District of Kansas. Probst is no stranger to the festival, this was his third year participating in it. “It’s an exciting and fun event. I enjoy the

chance to be creative, and to have a small part in creating something that provides entertainment for people,” said Probst about the 24-hour festival. As a writer, Probst’s part in the festival began at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and mostly lasted until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. With the limited amount of time provided, some people’s instinct would be to prepare leading up to the start of the event, and in past years this is what Probst did. This year however was different. “I wasn’t prepared at all. In past years,

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Dylan Kramer, Hutchinson, and Veronica Ratzloff, Hutchinson on stage during one of the first plays of the day. Each play covered a wide range of issues that a prominant in the status quo.

Pictured above is the flyer for this past 24-hour Play Festival. The event was held on February 9th and atleast one 24 hour play is held each acedemic year.

Damien Page, Hutchinson, during a monologue at the beginning of a performance. Along with this festival being Page’s first 24 hour play, it was also is directoral debut.

I’d think ahead about what I might want to write, but this year I didn’t have time to plan a head.” Probst said. Fortunately, I had some things on my mind going in, so I was able to turn those ideas into a workable play.” The festival squeezes something that takes weeks, or possibly months to put together into the time frame of one day. HutchCC Theater Student Damien Page, Hutchinson, said the process is a little nerve wracking. “With the production of an entire show there is weeks of preparation and practice. The

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festival is congested into one day to learn and design everything. It is very nerve wracking but makes you a better theatre person when it’s all said and done,” Page said. Coincidentally, his directorial debut in thet festival was also Page’s first time participating in a 24 hour play. “Twenty-four hours for a director is first to read the script and get a feel for what you want to do. Then you have to block and plot out where the actors are going to go and how they are going to react. This all needs to be done in

a decently small amount of time so the actors have time to rehearse it and memorize,” Page said about the director’s role. Actors arrived at Stringer Fine Arts where the festival is held at 9:30 a.m. the next morning for a prop check, to receive their roles and to get scripts. They were given the entire day until the dress rehearsal to memorize the play and blocking. For those who participated in the event it seemed like something they’d done time and time again. The appeal of the festival is different



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Wilper, and Matunde engage in dialogue during the festival. Wilper is an economics instructor at HutchCC.

Thurston playing ukelele during the final play of the night. The final performance of all 10 plays lasted an hour after 24 hours of work.

Benjamin Weins, Hutchinson acts with Brook Butler, Hutchinson. Their performance was one of the more serious plays of the night.

Magazine contributer Mike Cooprider, Hutchinson sings in a musical during the last play. Cooprider is also one of many students in HutchCC theater which participated in the festival.

for each of the participants. For Probst the environment of the festival is something that plays a role in why he takes part. “I enjoy that [the festival] stretches me - forces me to be creative under deadline conditions, and that I get to create something new every year,” Probst said.” I get to work with some really interesting people, and there’s something incredibly rewarding about seeing

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your work brought to life by talented actors, directors, and stage techs. To some, theater is a life changing activity that provides countless opportunities for fulfillment. “You get so much. You get to meet new people. You get to face your fears. You get to tap into the wonderful world we call theater,” Page said.”[The] 24 hour play festival is a great way to

dip your feet into the great lake that is theater. It’s a lot of fun!” The 24 hour festival has been a longstanding event hosted by the HutchCC theater department with this marking the 10th year. Even though the next festival is a year away, an adventure into theater doesn’t need to wait. “Theater is always willing to welcome you,” Page said.“Come try it out in the future, there’s something fun in it for all of us.”

STORY / Dustin Curiel 2/26/19 1:55 PM

Lauren Couchman, Hutchinson, Lucas Soltow, Hutchinson and Hannah Graber, Hutchinson acting out a scene. Each actor participating in the plays was required to bring at least one prop and a costume with them.

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KaSaundra Teidtke, Hutchinson, and Weins act out the conclusion in their performance. At the end of the day six plays had gone through the stage in essentially no time



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Community gathered to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

It was cold and cloudy on January 20, but that didn’t stop individuals from keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message alive in Stringer Fine Arts Center. For more than 30 years, Hutchinson Community College has celebrated the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill marking every third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday began and was observed three years later. Martha Woodard Rawlins took quick action and organized Hutchinson’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Day events at the Elmdale Community Center. She then passed on the responsibility to Dr. Hence Parson who has been in charge of it ever since. “I’m actually working on it all year, I’m always getting ideas and suggestions and asking for new talents, different people to come together” said Dr. Parson. Part of Dr. Hence’s initial responsibility for the event includes to look for a speaker ahead of time and identifying what would be some of the major points that need to be

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highlighted. “We’re always going to talk about education since Dr. King received his doctorate from Boston University, and were are always going to have a religious component because he was and is a minister, and that’s why we celebrate two days” said Dr. Parson. The Keynote speaker for this year’s event, Rev. Terrell Davis, currently serves as the Executive Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects for the Wichita Public School System. Davis preached to the audience about change, mainly directed to the young audience, the change Dr. King talked about. Davis also talked about how important it is that everyone should pray for one another. “It’s amazing how we try, try all kinds of things to bring the world together, to bring racist together, to bring religions together but they one thing we left out was we never ask folks to simply, pray for us” said Rev. Davis. Rebecca Shetler and Miriam Kitson, creators of Hutch Harmony spoke about racism in our town. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle” said Kitson.Their

ultimate goal is to get harmony in Hutchinson and make a change just like Dr. King. “If we keep pushing along that ball against and around the external forces and obstacles we will get movement and maybe even enough heat to spark a fire like Dr. King did” said Kitson. “An exhibit of African Americans will be open on February 1, 2019” said Henry Platts, Director of the Reno County Museum. This exhibition features past, present, and future African American individuals making a difference and will be open for a full year beginning February 1, 2019, at the Reno County Museum. Year after year, the community continues to go out to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. activities, to keep the message alive. “I appreciate all of the assistance of Dr. Carter File and the support of the various faculty, staff, and students that are in attendance in most if not all of this. A big thank you to those who believe in what i’m trying to do, because without them we probably wouldn’t be as successful as we are, so much appreciation to those folks” said Dr. Parson.

STORY / Alexa Flores 2/26/19 12:40 PM

Dr. Hence Parson, Hutchinson gives his introduction speech for Martin Luther King Day. Dr. Parson has origanized this event for 32 years.

Dr. Hence Parson and Darrell Pope give an introduction speech at Second Missionary Baptist Church. Parson and Pope have helped each other for years to make this event possible.

Speakers listen to Pope as he introduces them. They all spoke about Dr. King and shared their opinions.

Yearly Events Cutural Appreciation Day: March Law day: May Constitution Day: September Freedom Fund Scholarship Banquet: October Native American Day: November

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Bishop Jeanette James, Hugoton reading a poem: “A Negro Mother”. James has been in ministry since 1976.

Hutchinson Cheif of Police, Jeffrey Hooper giving his speech over freedom. Hooper served the Riley County Police Deparment for 27 years before he moved to Hutchinson.

Rev. Terrell Davis preaching to the crowd to love another. Davis was a principle at a Middle school and was awarded principle of the year.



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Blood drives make a difference in the lives of others around the world.

Brittany Reynolds, Inola, Okla., chats with the nurse before she donates blood. The blood drive was held in Parker Student Union. Emma Brundage, Solomon, prepares to donate Blood. Typical Donations consist of a pint of blood.

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On Jan. 25, the Red Cross Association held a blood drive for students, faculty, and community members to attend and donate. The blood drive was held in the Parker Student Union. The people who donated on that day saved an average of 183 lives. There will be another blood drive on on Apr. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parker Student Union. Donors must be at least 17 years of age and must weigh 110 pounds or more. Donors save the lives of at least three people when they donate.

Lillian Ward, Wichita, smiles while the nurse prepares to draw blood. There will be another blood drive Feb. 29.

Sam Ybarra, Hutchinson, smiles as she awaits her turm to donate blood. Ybarra is one of many to donate blood whith the Red Cross Association. As she donates blood, Reynolds watched as her arm is disinfected. The actual donation takes about ten minutes.

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Blue Dragons Making every homegame special

Every Blue Dragon home game is special. Local fans, cheerleaders, and the half time performance from the Dragon Dolls are all things that make a home game unique for Hutchinson Community College athletics. The Dragon Dolls add something special to every Blue Dragon home game. It’s not just talent that these girls have to offer. They give a lot of time and commitment to making a Blue Dragon halftime entertaining. “It takes about a week to learn a routine, and to clean it and to get it ready for a performance,” Kala White, Spirit Squad Coach said. Some dances are crafted by guest choreographers, while others are choreographed by the captains of the Dragon Dolls. These girls find time in their personal lives to come up with dance numbers for fans to enjoy. “In dance, the song comes first and then you choreograph to the song,” White said. “For me I put on the song I’m gonna be choreographing to and then I basically just freestyle until I come up with moves that I like for the dance, it takes about a day,” Dragon Dolls, Captain Jasmine Merrell said. “When you’re performing you just get lost within yourself and just have a good time.” This year is the first year that the Blue Dragon athletic department has had Kala White. She coached cheer and dance at Neosho

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County Community College in Chanute for two seasons before coaching for HutchCC. White grew up cheering but never did dance. “They are really hard workers, especially with me not having such a dance background, they really kinda help me,” White said. While attending Blue Dragon events, fans can notice the dance team on the side lines with smiles on their faces happy to cheer on the Blue Dragons. “The dancers specifically, they just have

such a positive vibe, especially this group of girls,” White said. “They are always in good spirit for sure.” Not everyone has the guts to stand in front of a crowd of people and dance like these girls do. Trying out for a team or a position can be scary. “I tried out [for the Dragon Dolls]. They made a dance that we had to perform right then, we learn it that day, we perform it and then we did technique across the floor,” Merrell said.

Jazmyn Merrell, Salina, dances to a hip hop routine. This was performed during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Northwest Kansas Technical College.

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“I look for girls that are technically sound when it comes to dance,” White said. Most of the Dragon Dolls have been dancing long before their time at HutchCC. “Both of my parents were dancers so they kind of just put me into dancing when I was four, and then they tried to put me in sports, that didn’t work out,” Merrell said. “I know their routine changes, I just like watching them regardless of their routine,” previous employee and Blue Dragon fan for over fifty years said. “They have great moves and different styles,” Ramses Jimenez, Salina, said. The Dragon Dolls give a lot to Blue Dragon Athletics every home game, and they are a big part of what makes it a fun experience for fans. Sabrina Gomes, São Paulo, Brazil, dances as a Dragon Doll. The team performed their routine during halftime of the Blue Dragon women’s basketball game against Dodge City Community College. The Dragon Dolls end a routine with a pose. This dance was performed during halftime of the men’s game against Pratt on Jan. 19.

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Teaming Up to Cheer on the

Kylie Rundle, Hutchinson, cheers on the Blue Dragons women’s basketball team. The women beat Dodge City Community College 71-47.

HutchCC Mascot Duke the Dragon pumps up the crowd during a game against Colby Community College. Duke is at every home game with the cheer squad.

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The Blue Dragon cheer squad forms a pyramid. A pyramid it one of the many stunts performed by the cheer squad.

Hannah Moore, McPherson, cheers on the Blue Dragons during the basketball games against Northwest Kansas Technical College. The team’s job is to pump up the crowd during each home game. Morgan Rotramel, Hutchinson , helps form a pyramid. The Blue Dragon cheer squad participated in Pink Out Night at the Sports Arena.

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The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team huddles together before a game against Butler Community College on Dec. 8. The Dragons won 77-61. Photo by Bre Rogers

Nothin’ but Net A Highlight of HutchCC’s Women’s Basketball Team

Dribbling the ball, Makayla Vanett, Crowley, Texas, hustles the defense. Vanett scored 311 points as of Feb. 21. Photo by Evelyn Medina.

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Blue Dragon Women’s Basketball 2018-2019 Results

Nov. 1 Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 14 Nov. 18 Nov. 20 Nov. 24 Nov. 28 Dec. 1 Dec. 5 Dec. 8 Dec. 12 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 5 Jan. 12 Jan. 14 Jan 16 Jan 19 Jan 23 Jan 26 Jan 30 Feb. 2 Feb 6 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 16 Feb. 20 Feb. 24

Bethany JV Murray State College Northwest Okla. A&M Washburn University Central Christian Lamar CC Hesston Coffeyville Independence CC Neosho County CC Butler CC Cloud County CC Iowa Western CC Ellsworth CC Allen County CC Cowley County CC NW Kansas Tech. College Garden City CC Pratt Dodge City CC Colby CC Barton CC Seward County CC NW Kansas Tech. College Garden City CC Pratt Dodge City CC Colby CC Barton CC Seward County CC Results as of Feb. 26

W, 107-32 W, 88-65 W, 82-57 W, 84-53 W, 85-29 W, 102-35 W, 92-48 W, 81-45 W, 53-41 W, 87-78 W, 77-61 W, 60-49 W, 71-50 W, 95-22 W, 102-67 W, 83-69 W, 105-51 W, 87-56 W, 69-38 W, 71-47 W, 98-59 W, 93-48 L, 70-54 W, 100-69 W, 95-53 W, 75-62 W, 59-31 W, 75-62 W, 87-49 L, 77-69 Tia Bradshaw, Dodge City, shoots the ball during the game against Northwest Kansas Tech. The Blue Dragon Women’s Basketball team won this game 105-51. Photo by Bre Rogers  Photo by Bre Rogers Kelsey Brett, Adelaide, South Australia, drives the ball towards the basket. Overall Brett has 101 points as of Feb. 21. Photo by Evelyn Medina

Tijuana Kimbro, Memphis, Tenn., shoots the ball during the game against Dodge City. Kimbro scored 8 points during this game. Photo by Bre Rogers

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the Points

Rheaquone Taylor, Dalas, Texas, shoots the ball during the game against Independence. The Blue Dragons beat Indepencence 83-51.

Putting up

Chris Giles, Dallas, Texas, dives for a ball during the game against Colby. The Blue Dragons won this game 95-76.

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Nov. 2

Northeast CC

W, 99-62

Jan. 14

NW Kansas Tech. College

Nov. 3

Northeastern Okla. A&M

W, 68-54

Jan. 16

Garden City CC

L, 70-69

Nov. 6

Northern Okla College

W, 109-68

Jan. 19

Pratt Community College

W, 60-57

Nov. 9

Spring Creek Academy

W, 111-83

Jan. 23

Dodge City CC

W, 98-90

Nov. 10

Redlands CC

W, 117-85

Jan. 26

Colby CC

W, 95-76

Nov. 16

Murray State College

W, 88-55

Jan. 30

Barton CC

L, 102-87

Nov. 17

Labette CC

W, 105-98

Feb. 2

Seward County CC

L, 87-79

Nov. 20

Northern Okla. College

W, 105-69

Feb. 6

NW Kansas Tech. College

W, 81-68

Nov. 24

Hesston College

W, 103-83

Feb. 9

Garden City CC

L, 93-58

Nov. 28

Coffeyville CC

L, 78-67

Feb. 11

Pratt CC

W, 74-70

Dec. 1

Independence CC

W, 83-51

Feb. 13

Dodge City CC

W, 94-53

Dec. 5

Neosho County CC

W, 86-81

Feb. 16

Colby CC

W, 93-86

Dec. 8

Butler CC

W, 78-56

Feb. 20

Barton CC

W, 82-65

Dec. 12

Cloud County CC

L, 72-64

Feb. 24

Seward County CC

L, 94-75

Jan. 5

Allen County CC

Jan. 12

Cowley County CC

W, 102-86

W, 85-78

Results as of Feb. 26

W, 85-76

Malique Jacobs, Wilmington, N.C., scores during the basketball game against Seward County. Jacobs scored nine points during this game.

Sequan Singleton, Bronx, N.Y., shoots the ball during the game against Northwert Kansas Tech. Singleton scored 9 points during this game.

Coach Steve Eck’s Top 5 HutchCC Moments My favorite memory is easy. Winning the national championship in 2017.

Winning the region 6 championship in 2013 was a good moment.

My first game that I coached was a good moment.

Winning the 2017 league with a 25-1 record was another good moment.

Getting to the national championship in 2016 was a good moment.

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The 2018-19 Blue Dragon basketball season has several milestones. On memorable moment the men’s team celebrated came on Feb. 11. Head Coach Steve Eck grew up in Haven and spent all of his free time in Hutch like it was his hometown. His team became the first National Junior College Athletic Association Division men’s basketball team to reach 1,800 wins. “Getting Hutch to 1,800 wins was one of my goals when I took the job,” Coach Eck said. “It’s nice for the fans, administration and all of the coaches and players that made it happen.”



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