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NJCAA Tournament

Dragons bring home championship trophy

Day in the Life On-campus custodian’s daily life at HCC

Robotic Connection Automation engeneering technology

Blue Dragon Baseball Baseball team ranks first in the confrence

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The mens basketball teams holds up the championship trophy after their win against Southwest Florida State in the final round of the NJCAA tournament on March 25. It was the third national championship in school history. Allie Schwiezer

MEE T THE STA FF The Dragon’s Tale is published three times a year by the Magazine Production class of Hutchinson Community College, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501. When compiled, the three issues serve as an overview of the activities and the people of HCC during the school year.

Amber Brawner

Taryn Gillespie

Keisha Hendricks



Hettinger, North Dakota

Loribeth Reynolds

Megan Ryan

Allie Schweizer




The Dragon’s Tale staff poses inside the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview lobby in Wichita on April 10. The team attended the Kansas Collegiate Media conference and received numerous individual awards as well as a silver overall award for the magazine. Amaëlle Caron



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Table Of

Contents 4 D ay in the Life Custodian’s daily routine

Megan Ryan

6 M aximizing Dorm Space Making a home away from home

Taryn Gillespie & Keisha Hendricks

8 AmaĂŤlle

HCC student adjusts to America

Loribeth Reynolds

14 R obotic Connection Subhead?

Loribeth Reynolds

16 A Shear Delight

Cosmetology program new to campus Keisha Hendricks

18 Prepping Students Allied Health Simulations

Taryn Gillespie

22 NJCAA Tournament Basketball brings home national title

Allie Schweizer

26 Springing to Life

Campus transformation Staff

28 Raising the Red Flag Subhead?

Megan Ryan

32 Softball Lady Dragons

Allie Schweizer & Taryn Gillespie

36 Baseball Blue Dragons

Allie Schweizer & Taryn Gillespie

40 Track Track & Field

Allie Schweizer

44 Golf

Blue Dragons Megan Ryan & Keisha Hendricks

A master gardener sprays fertilizer on the grass outside of Lockman Hall. The gardeners worked on the garden replanting flowers for the spring time throughout March and April. Taryn Gillespie

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Campus AmaĂŤlle Profile Student from Paris experiences college in Kansas

Day in the Life of a Custodian Brenda shows the ins and outs of campus cleaning

Making a Home Away from Home Student decorates dorm to feel homey


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“Kansas was not on the list of places I imagined. I was thinking somewhere by the ocean, like Louisiana. Honestly I was just thankful I was picked because I didn't think I was going to be.� -Amaelle Caron

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Day in the Life of a Custodian...


Daily messes, a strict schedule and waking up at the crack of dawn is Brenda Taylor’s daily life as a custodian.. “You have to have a servant’s heart to do this job,” said Brenda Taylor, custodian in Shears Technology Center. She works a 9-hour shift, cleaning up other people’s messes and often doesn’t get the achnolagement deserved. This custodian takes it in a day at a time. Her day starts at 5:30 a.m. and goes until 2:30 p.m. working Monday through Friday. The job is rarely a glamorous one but being able to see the glass half full instead of half empty is something Taylor seems to have down. “I like my job for the fact that, don’t get me wrong, sometimes it feels thankless. Especially when I just clean the bathroom and 10 minutes later when I have to use the bathroom there may be water all over the counter,” Taylor said. “But I like the fact that my bosses will work with me because I have a special needs child who is 19. There isn’t a lot of places that you may find that are family friendly. So I feel like, especially when she was going through the worst part of her illness and I didn’t know day to day when she would need me. I don’t know if I would have a job if I didn’t work here. Plus, having all of the extra holidays off and knowing I won’t have to wonder what the next week will look like makes this job work for me.” The daily to-do list can sometimes be very repetitive but Taylor has plenty of stories that come from her everyday chores. Tales of ghosts that haunt buildings around campus are not things She considers to be out of the ordinary. Not only does she believe that the STC building has a booger-meister that used to leave boogers in unusual places, but when she worked in Lockman Hall she had a near

death experience with a murderer. “I did have something interesting happen to me when I worked over in Lockman Hall. That building makes a lot of noises because it is very old,” Taylor said. A man had walked into the building and she could tell the situation was a little unusual. After getting help from the maintenance office, they called the police and the man was arrested for breaking into cars. They later found out that he had killed someone in another state. Taylor has worked in almost all of the buildings here on campus. Starting at the Student Union, then Lockman Hall, Stringer Fine Arts, and now she in at Shears Technology Center. “I came over here to Shears and this is where I believe I will stay until I retire,” said Taylor. Taylor said that just recently she had one of her favorite experiences, and it was as simple as having a student acknowledge the work that she does here. “When students come up and tell me that I do a good job, it means a lot. I mean, it means a lot coming from the staff too, but when students tell you that you do a good job then it means a little extra because that is really who you are working for,” Taylor said. “You have to have a servant’s heart to do this job. I try to smile at everyone, and it’s kind of funny because I will be having a bad day myself and then I see those same students smiling at me which will make me smile.” This June will mark 19 years of Taylor’s dedication and hard work as a custodian in the halls of HCC’s campus buildings.

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Brenda Taylor, custodian in Shears Technology center, cleans the floor first thing in the morning. The machine in the picture is what Taylor usues to mop with. Taylor sweeps the floor with her micro fiber dust mop. Whenever there are messes throughout her shift she uses this to clean the floor with. Taylor burnishes the hallways first thing in the morning so the

3. floors will shine. This is her favorite part of her job, even though it Taylor cleans the boys restroom first thing in the morning. She only brings the cart with her once when she is first cleaning the restrooms. After that she brings her spray bottles and rags to clean up messes.

takes the longest.

Taylor whipes down the counter in the womens restroom. She

4. likes to makes several trips to check for messes but is known for cleaning the restrooms thoroughly.

Taylor cleans the toilet in the womens restroom. The green glove

5. she is using Taylor calls it her “Michael Jackson� glove and says if you hear someone singing in the bathroom it is probably her. Photos by Megan Ryan

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DESIGN STORY 1. Storie brought stuffed animals when moving into the dorms. Tow mater from Cars even made the cut. 2. Hand painted owl canvas made by Storie herself to brighten her room and make it feel like home.



3. 3. A little accent table sitting in the middle of her room adds a space for her books, magazines, and remotes when she isn’t useing them. It also adds a cute touch of color to her grey and white carpet. 4. Storie used her favorite color, teal, to decorate her dorm room. Using a yellow accent color gave the room a fun and warm feel. Many of Storie’s decorations were given to her from family and friends. The string lights with photos attached added more of a personal touch to her room as well and gives it a home-like feel. 5. Decorating her dresser with a makeup mirror and added teal pom poms as an extra touch. Photos By Keisha Hendricks



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6. On her desk she has a desk lamp and her macbook laptop. 7. Her awards from Distinguished Club Society and Phi Theta Kappa as well as some more canvas art are set up to decorate her window.


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Megan Storie, Desodo MO


: How did you and your roomate decide to decorate your dorn space?

: My favorite color is teal, so I just went crazy.


: Whats the most convient part of living in the dorm?

: Being close to main campus and friends.


: Whats the most difficult part of living in the dorm?

: Bring around tons of people, and having to share a bathroom.


: How did your divide the room?

: Half is a living room and the


other half a bedroom.

: Where did you gather most of your decorations?

: They were given to me randomly.


: What is your favorite thing to do in your dorm room?

: I like to read with just the string lights on. Sometimes the dorm lights can be harsh,

so just having the string lights on creates a relaxing aura.

8 Easy Steps To Making Your Dorm Feel Like Home 1. Downsize - Dorms are very small and trying to pack too much into your room can lead to a cluttered nonfunctional room. 2. Lighting - Lighting in dorms is always bad, so think about getting a desk lamp to help in seeing all the homework and studying you will be doing. so. Also think about using rope lights, and floor lamps as well. 3. Get a Rug - Getting a rug can add a lot to your room visibly as well as make for a functional place to sit when friends are over. 4. Frame it up - Find some of your favorite photographed memories and get light inexpensive frames, industrial strength velcro is great for holding the frames on your wall and gives you the availability to change the photos as often as you wish. 5. Mattress Pad - The mattresses that are in dorm rooms are sure to hurt your back. You don’t want to be unconformable and lacking of sleep the whole year. Getting a foam mattress topper is sure to comfort your stay. 6. Mirrors - Having a mirror in your room can help make your room look larger and more bright. As well as make a great place to get ready away from the community bathrooms. 7. Decorations - Adding decorations can add a homey feel to your room and make it look nice when guests come to visit. Try creating your own canvass artwork, or getting cheap wall decals to spice up the plain white walls. 8. Friends - Invite guests over to see your new space and have a fun night in. It can help make you feel comfortable in the new area and help you make new friends.

Living in the dorms is fun, but, for me, it doesn’t feel like home. The decorations make it more relaxing, less stuffy, and makes it feel less like a temporary home. It’s inviting, and my friends love hanging out in my room to watch movies or play card games or just chill because it feels more like a home. - Megan Storie

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Four thousand miles away from her home HCC student, Amaelle Caron, talks about adjusting to life in the middle of America. At age 16, coming to Kansas from Paris was an easy decision for Amaëlle Caron, France. While leaving her dogs, she said, was the hardest part, she was ready for the new adventure. “I was talking in the car with my dad one day and he asked if I wanted to go to high school in America. I thought it sounded super cool,” she said. “ My mom was very supportive about it. She is very much into letting her children free. She doesn’t smother us. She is the best mom ever, she was like, ‘you go live your life.’” Her father works for an advertising firm, and her mother is a physical therapist. She also has a younger brother Mattéo, who still lives in France. Unsure of what he wants to pursue after high school, he is going to stay in France. Confidence was something that Amaëlle’s family wanted her to gain from this experience. In Paris, she felt very shy, and

not open. Coming to America, for her, was a wonderful new adventure. “It was just meant to be, and it was such a relief to leave,” she said. “Not that my life was bad in France or anything, it was just that I had a lot of insecurities and I just felt like I didn’t belong where I was, in general. When I came here, everything was amazing.” Hundreds of applications pour in for foreign exchange students from across France every year. She wasn’t very optimistic about hers being chosen. However, when she received a call about her application to come to America she was taken aback. Before she knew it, she had been approved for an education visa. “I was one of the first students to be picked. I left with a few other exchange students from France,” she said. “We flew into New York a few days before we went to our host families. I remember it as being

“I’ve gained so much out of this experience...”

A sticker on Amaelle Caron’s, Paris, France native car symbolizes her love of animals. When she can she spends time volunteering at the Hutchinson Humane Society. Loribeth Reynolds



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While at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference, Caron, takes a break. Caron is a part of The Hutchinson Collegian newsteam, and enrolled at HCC from Paris, France, to study journalism. Loribeth Reynolds

breathtaking and new.” when she is feeling Amaëlle’s host family It was a lot to take in ill, or tired she doesn’t Photo courtesy of Amaëlle Caron for 16-year-old Amaëlle, speak so clearly. In a time when most France, children start American teenagers are learning English in learning to drive, she elementary school, was traveling to another so she was familiar country to embark on a with the language journey. when she arrived in “After spending America. three days in New Foreign exchange York, it’s kind of like students and their the bonus tourist stuff families do not get that you get to do on to pick and choose your trip to America,” where they’ll stay she said. “You’re pretty once they arrive. much on your own to travel to your host Their application is given to an American family. That was a little stressful for me. agency who, in turn, pairs the student with When you get to the airport by yourself a host family. For Amaëlle, she was paired and have to navigate all the gates and with a family who lives in McPherson. board flights.” “Kansas was not on the list of places Her French accent is delicate and thick I imagined,” she said. “I was thinking but her English, both written and spoken somewhere by the ocean, like Louisiana. is very good. Although she does admit Honestly, I was just thankful that I was

Amaëlle’s Family Photos courtesy of Amaëlle Caron

Amaëlle and her mother, Nadège Caron

Her brother, Mattèo Caron, Amaëlle, and Arnaud Caron, her father, enjoy a day at the beach in France.

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Holding up an award, Caron proudly shows off her news teams’ gold medal. Although she changed her major to marketing, she has, “no regrets” about her journalist experience. Loribeth Reynolds


picked, because I really didn’t think I was going to be.” Arriving at the Wichita airport, Amaëlle began looking for her host family. The family accidently left their “Welcome to America” signs at home, but they improvised. Holding up napkins from a nearby restaurant, with the words “welcome to America” scrawled on them, her host family attempted to flag her down as she left the terminal. She was about 4,000 miles away from her home, and realizing her journey had just begun. “I feel like some foreign exchange kids come here because their mom or dad wanted them to come,” she said. “If you truly don’t want to come to America, then don’t do because it will be terrible. It’s something you have to commit to.” With a zest for learning about a culture much different than her own, the most valuable lesson she’s learn is to be open and accepting of others. “I can say now that being open-minded

and respectful is an area of experience for me,” she said. “People everywhere are different. You need to respect that not every family is alike. I feel like when I came here and became a part of my host family there was a lot of adjustment on my part. For instance, I come from an Atheist family and my host family was strictly Christian.” Amaëlle, willing to accept and learn about this particular characteristic of her host family, attended their church, and respected the family’s rituals. She attended McPherson High School, but finished her diploma in France. While gaining great life experience, the year she went to McPherson High, was considered a year off. But something was calling Amaëlle back to Kansas. “After I finished my diploma in France, I just felt out of place there,” she said. “Kansas is just more convenient for me because I already knew people here.” Hutchinson Community College was an easy choice for Amaëlle when she decided

“As of now I have no regrets...”


to come back to America. Not only was the price right, but they also offered a degree in a field she was interested in — journalism and marketing. “I’ve gained so much out of this experience,” she said. “Like, knowledge, another language, meeting different types of people, and falling in love. This has just been so worth it.” Being a part of The Hutchinson Collegian, the college newspaper, had been one of the highlights of Amaëlle’s experience at HCC. She plays multiple roles as a page editor, reporter, and photographer. “Gosh, I love everybody at The Collegian,” she said. “I just love how we are family, it can be stressful, but I feel like that’s just a part of what life is that everyone has to learn to adjust to. It just gives us a real newspaper experience, you know?” Living with a roommate off-campus, Amaëlle gets to and from school with her car. She’s involved with the work-study program as a Collegian lab assistant, and spends most of her free time with her boyfriend, Ethan Ball, who she met last year while working


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On an early morning bus ride to Wichita, Caron, talks with her friend Megan Ryan, Inman. Caron and Ryan were traveling to the Kansas Colleigate Media conference on Apr.10. Loribeth Reynolds

Posing for a winter portrait, Caron stands with her boyfriend Ethan Ball, Inman. The couple met while on the newspaper staff, The Hutchinson Collegian, HCC’s student newspaper. Loribeth Reynolds

at the newspaper. Like most college students, she has recently changed her major from exclusively journalism to include business and marketing. “I just don’t see myself working in journalism all my life,” she said. “But I do like design, and I think I more want to go into advertising. Plus, it is sometimes hard talking to people because they just can’t understand me. Sometimes I feel like I’m not saying the right thing. But then again, some people are just not trying to understand me. That’s frustrating, but I’ll get over it after a while. However, the reporting experience really helped me to gain confidence.” As far as the future, Amaëlle is enthusiastic. Her goal is to attend a university after HCC, and ultimately obtain a green card for citizenship. She would love to stay right here, in Kansas. “I’m kind of anxious about switching my major, but at the same time I’m really excited. As of now I have no regrets.”

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Classroom Allied Health Simulation Students participate in real-life simulation

Cosmetology HCC Cosmotogolgy gets off the ground

Robotic Connection Students learn about automated technologies


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Connection Automation Engineer Technology students learn how to program robots in hands-on classes


Mechanoid, a robot, is used to teach students how to program actions. Once programmed, it repeats those actions as well as sounds.


alking down the halls of the Shears Technology Center, most of the time you’ll see students working at a computer. However, on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, you’ll see students working hands-on with automated technology through Hutchinson Community College’s Automation Engineer Technology program. The word robotics can bring to mind a futuristic setting, perhaps where cars zip through the sky, while you slip on your self-lacing shoes. However, the future of robotics is here, as many manufacturers replaces human labor with automatic machines. Bob Blume, Automation Engineer Technology coordinator, has 33 years of experience in this field. He has taught robotics at three schools, including HCC, and has experience working in manufacturing plants throughout Kansas. “This program is designed to get students ready for a job in the manufacturing industry,” Blume said. “Students are learning technology that will help them with repairs and building electrical panels in the industry.” Students learn how to design, build, and improve complex processes that we use in our day to day lives. For example, a vending machine is put together and operates through automation. The arm of a garbage truck as it picks up weekly waste, is also automated. FANUC and Scorbots are two types of robots that the class works with on a weekly basis. A FANUC (Fuji Automatic Numerical Control) system is used in the automobile and electronics industry. Scorbots, on the other hand, are used to help students learn programming and control software. “Right now we spend our time learning how to troubleshoot these machines,” Blume said. “These processes can be applied to


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1  A  FANUC robot is used to teach students to program. The bot can be programmed to “pick and place” an item. Jackson Dairy, a local business, uses a similar robot to stack boxes on a pallet. 2 Nora McNeil, Wichita, learns about robotic maintenance in a hands-on lab. The class spends two weeks learning about equipment maintenance. 4 Used primarily for a teaching aid, the Scorbot robot is programmed to use its gripper to pick up a letter block. This robot is used in the SkillsUSA Robotics and Automation Technology contest. 4 Students like McNeil learn how to program the Scorbot and manipulate the gripper to pick up letter blocks that spell out their name. Photos by Allie Schweizer


a lot of things like painting, welding, palletizing, and assembly.” Oxford University recently put out a student saying that in the next 20 years, 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. could be automated. Blume agrees that this industry is the future. “I view automation in the workforce becoming greater, and greater,” he said. “As demand for robotics grew from 2011 to 2015, the robotics industry grew too by over 85 percent, and it’s expected to grow even more in the future.” With a high demand in the workforce for trained automated


engineers, Blume said what he likes most about his job is seeing students succeed in the field. “We’re proud to say that most of our students have jobs before graduation,” he said. “I enjoy seeing students get a good paying job. Some start at over $45,000.” With evidence pointing at jobs being susceptible to robotics in the near future, that only means one thing — ­ the future of jobs will be running automated machines. This is something that HCC‘s Automation Engineer Technology students are prepared to do.

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Cosmetology Program Is the Newest Program To Be Offered At HCC After 56 years, the building at the corner of Poplar and Third Street in Hutchinson, Kansas, changed from Sidney’s Hairdressing College to HCC Cosmetology. Bill Wyer, owner of Sidney’s, was looking for a way to continue the cosmetology program and Hutchinson Community College was interested. Sidney’s operated under their name from 1960 until 2016. On June 1, 2016, the college officially offered the first cosmetology class. “For me it was pretty easy, but for my boss, and the people in charge of making all that happen it was a lot of work for them. But, they made the process pretty smooth for us,” Alex Hass, Cosmetology Coordinator, said. Hass started at Sidney’s in 2012, and then when it became HCC Cosmetology, she switched right over. “I’m all of the cosmetology students’ adviser. So, they start by coming for a tour, and then I get to know them a little. Then we start talking about admissions and applying for financial aid, and then I direct them towards the people that can help them with those things,” Hass said. HCC Cosmetology has three full-time instructors that teach the students throughout the length of the program. “They have orientation with me, and then are pretty much with me until they get up and started,” Hass said. New students to the one-year program start in either the month of January or June. They will take cut and color classes, advanced texture and nail classes, and many other classes. The students will be on the floor working with actual clients about two-thirds of the time they are in the program. “Getting real-world experience, and they will ‘fake it, until the make it,’” Hass said. “The students’ first few clients tend to be a little shaky, but the instructors are always there helping them step by step. The most difficult thing to teach students are their


Cassidee Howell, Pretty Prairie, and Megan Drach, Hutchinson, work together to finish an aerial color on a client. Students learned how to interact with clients. Keisha Hendricks

interpersonal skills, but a lot of the times it will come to them throughout the course.” In any program, there are easy concepts and more complex concepts to teach. “We attract all different kinds of people who are wanting to come to the cosmetology. So, for some people cutting hair is easy, they all kind of universally hate perms,” Hass said. “I don’t think there is any one thing that they all pick up on, they are all on different levels.” The experience level for new students is different for everyone. They have students who come in with years of experience doing hair at home and some who haven’t even painted nails before. Students will come in at all different levels. They all learn new techniques and skills they can take with them into the career field. “I’ve been doing hair for a while now and wanted to learn how to do coloring,” Megan Drach, Hutchinson, said. It’s where students learn about building confidence, pushing out of their comfort zone, creating art, and making their clients


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1 2 feel good about being in their own skin. It’s about students being able to get the chance to build relationships with one another and their clients. “I just really like working with people and building relationships with different people,” Cassidy Howell, Pretty Prairie, said. The students and instructors become a family while also learning from each other. They learn to have fun, and do their jobs with responsibility, passion, love and care. “I would just hope that people know how much fun we have and how much they learn and how good of a job they do. I think too many people are just scared because they’re new at this,” Hass said. The HCC Cosmetology instructors will not let clients walk away without being satisfied with the student’s work. Each client is like a walking billboard, they show off the students’ ability. As a bonus to HCC, students and staff, they receive a 30 percent discount on all cosmetology services. When students graduate from the program, they will receive a 40 percent discount off all products and can take advantage of the continued education classes. Hass said, “The students are so excited about what they do, and so passionate about it. I hope that people do just give them a chance, because they just do such a really good job. They work really hard, and they work a lot.”



Haley Tucker, Nickerson, colors a local client’s hair platinum. Tucker has a passion for make-up and even helps teach other students how to improve their makeup application.


Tucker works on finishing up a client’s hair and completes the finishing touches after a coloring session. Tucker planned to stick around Hutchinson after graduation and work at a local salon.


Students take a break from the HCC Cosmetology Open House for a group photo. The open house had different activities going on throughout the evening to showcase the new program. Photos by Keisha Hendricks

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Prepping students for real-life situations

Healthcare students participate in Allied Health Simulation


hen it comes to preparing healthcare students to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients, nothing beats the real deal. Starting in 2003 the healthcare programs have held anywhere from one to 60 simulations per year. These simulations give the students a real-life opportunity to get a feel for what they will be doing on an everyday basis after they graduate. Carol List, Coordinator - Simulation and Skills Lab (Associate Degree Nursing Program), was one of the instructors who helped plan and run the simulations. “This particular simulation took approximately two full academic years to plan before it was ever carried out in the spring of 2015,” List said. “Countless faculty and staff hours were spent completing a needs assessment, construction of measurable objectives, scenario design, and evaluation.” From a student’s standpoint, these simulations give them the experience that will better prepare them for their future career. “These simulations help us get a real clinical experience,” Lyndsey Clune, Hutchinson, said. “It’s a safe place for us to learn and work on the skills we will be using every day in the work field.” Like Clune, Kelsey Hoppock, Wichita, agrees that the simulation process is a positive experience for the students. “It helps you get an idea of what you will be doing in a real-life situation and gives you the time needed to ask questions that you


might not have time for in a real-life situation,” Hoppock said. On March 22, a simulation was held in Davis Hall, the one of the many buildings used for the allied health programs. The patient, a simulation dummy named Smokey Burns, was admitted into same-day care for a leg injury after falling off a ladder. Everything was going as usual until Smokey stopped responding and the students put their skills to work to save him. “I was feeling the adrenaline rush for sure, and knowing that we had to save this man’s life, it was so emergent,” Clune said. “We had to put our best skills forward. It helped me appreciate all of the interdisciplinary teams, and helped us work together.” The students involved in the allied health programs will graduate from HCC and go directly into their chosen career field. “I will graduate in May,” Clune said. “I plan on being a confident nurse, save lives, enrich people’s life, gain a great skill set, and most importantly learn to not second guess myself.” Scenarios, like the staged simulations, help students feel more comfortable when presented with the real-life medical issues they will eventually be assessing first hand. “Inter-professional education prepares our students to provide safe, competent care utilizing teamwork,” List said. Programs such as this are starting to grow throughout the country helping prepare these students for the future.


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1. Linda Benander, Hutchinson does CPR on the mannequin during the simulation on March 22. 2. Five students work together to keep the man in the simulation alive. A Pharmacy Technician student is giving a nursing student a syringe of Epinephrine. 3. Ashley Harrod, a radiology student from Howard, sets up the x-ray machine. The machine could be adjusted to photograph in many positions. 4. Lyndsey Clune, Hutchinson, uses a bag valve mask to give breaths to the mannequin, Smokey Burns. Clune is a nursing student graduating in May. Photos By Taryn Gillespie

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students participated in the March 22 simulation

Physical Therapy Assistant Nursing Respiratory Therapy Radiology Pharmacy Technician

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Community NJCAA Dragons win NJCAA tournament

Raising the Red Flag Bringing awareness to abuse

Springing to Life HCC garden comes to life


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Hutchinson, Kansas, home to one of the top sporting events in America, the National Junior College Athletic Association Division One Men’s Basketball Championship. The Tournament hosts the top 24 D1 men’s teams in the nation as they all compete for the national title. The year 2017 marks the 70th year of the tournament, which started in 1945. It has been held consecutively at the Hutchinson Sports Arena for 69 years, putting the city on the map. “I can only speak for the last 8 years even though the tournament has been here for 70 years. It is really great when you are playing in it. If you don’t qualify, it motivates you to want to get there the following year,” Hutchinson Community College’s Head Basketball Coach Steve Eck

said. The reason it has been in Hutchinson is because the American Legion really does a great job of running the tournament. The people that help on the score table and inside the arena do a great job that is done by all volunteers. Plus, the people of the Hutchinson community really support the tournament by their attendance.” The Tournament has been one of Hutchinson’s trademarks, bringing visitors from all over the country into the city every March. However, with the long-standing tradition, NJCAA officials threatened to look elsewhere for a host after they asked the city to look into making improvements to the arena. Lots of other towns and schools were willing to host the tournament, and even though the NJCAA officials wanted it

to stay in Hutchinson they had many issues and concerns. The original Sports Arena was completed in 1952. In order to make the needed improvements, it was proposed that the sales tax rate be raised for the next ten years to pay for an estimated $29 million renovation. This had to be voted on and approved by the community. Seventy five percent of the voters approved it and the city council awarded the Sports Arena with a new contract, agreeing to the renovation and guaranteeing that Hutchinson would keep the tournament for the next 25 years. “Despite the history of the arena and the tournament, the arena was in need of just such a renovation. The last renovation was in 1981. The arena was about 95 percent ready when the tournament began,” Steve Carpenter, HCC Coordinator of Transportation and Sports Information Director, said. The grandest part of the renovation is the

One of the two hallways leading from the south entrance to the gym. The new wall decals feature old HCC sports pictures, some dating clear back to the 40’s. Allie Schweizer



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new, three story main entrance and lobby on the south side of the arena. Tall glass windows and a modern, futuristic design for the new ticket area wraps around the outside of the building. Entering the lobby, there are two huge staircases that ascend up to the third floor. The south addition also includes new concession stands, a fan shop, two sets of restrooms, two elevators, a multipurpose room, and hallways leading to the court decked out with wall decals and linear LED luminaires that run across the ceiling in a giant rectangle. The north addition includes three new auxiliary gyms, a weight room, training room, restrooms, three multipurpose rooms, four visitor locker rooms, and two locker rooms for game officials. The main gym has a new floor, and includes 5,559 seats, new handrails, handicap accessible seating, two huge video boards, and new lighting. The press box and media areas got a facelift as well, including a new sound system and video recording station. “I think the new facilities within the

arena are amazing. The training room, locker room and weight room are all top of the line,” Nikola Scekic, basketball player from Belgrade, Serbia, said. “We are fortunate to have the chance to be the first team to experience the new sports arena.” Hearing that the HCC Blue Dragons made it into the tournament this year just added to the overall excitement and buzz about the new arena. The 2017 Blue Dragons

One of the two giant stair cases in the new south entrance. Allowed visitors to enter the top level of the arena. Allie Schweizer

The new, three story, south entrance that faces 11th St. This is also the new main entrance with a ticket booth on the outside. Allie Schweizer


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were ranked second in the nation and won the Jayhawk Conference championship for the second year in a row. This year marked the 20th year that HCC has made it into the NJCAA tournament. They won national championships in 1988 and 1994, and were runner-ups in 1949, 1973, and 2016. Last year, the Blue Dragons came in as the No. 8 seed in the tournament and played in the championship game, losing to Salt Lake Community College (Utah) by 10 points. “This year’s team had such great chemistry. It was obviously one of the most talented teams in the country, but the way they got along on and off the floor really set this team apart of many other teams I’ve seen at Hutchinson,” said Carpenter. This year, HCC was ranked the No. 4 seed in the tournament, this is the highest seed they have ever been ranked. The top

8 seeds receive a bye to the second round. ”We never felt that a team was better than us, we all have faith in each other and knew if we played hard together we could win it all,” said Papi Conley, Derby.

In the second round, March 22, HCC played No. 13 seed St. Petersburg. At halftime, HCC was down by three. They came out of the locker room and outscored St. Petersburg by 20 points in the second

Steve Eck, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, cuts the final string on the net. Each player got to cut a piece of the net off to keep as a souvenir. Allie Schweizer



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After winning the National Championship the Blue Dragons ran to the center of the court to celebrate. Players, managers, and athletic trainers ran from the bench to join. Allie Schweizer

half, beating them 95-78. “The first game was the most difficult game in the tournament because we had a bye for the first two games,” said Scekic. The next opponent was No. 5 Odessa, where HCC found themselves down by 17 points in the first half on March 23. They came back to tie the game, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats as they went back and forth with the lead. The Blue Dragons ultimately pulled ahead by a few points and beat Odessa 89-86, advancing to the semifinals. “Odessa was the most difficult game in the tournament because it was just about who wanted more when it came to crunch time. We pulled together and when that happened we thought nothing could stop us from winning,” Samajae Haynes-Jones, Wichita, said. The Friday night matchup brought HCC and No. 8 seed Northwest Florida State together. HCC started the game down by 8 but quickly came back on a 19-4 run and was up at halftime 46-41. In the last 6 minutes of the game, HCC went on a 19-10 run, winning the game 88-79. During the game, Shakur Juiston, Newark, N.J., broke the school’s record and became the new career rebounding leader with 731 rebounds. “It’s just a blessing to become a part of a Hutch legacy that’s going to be around forever,” said Juiston. During the March 25 championship game, HCC played against the No. 6 seed, Eastern Florida State. This marked the first time in HCC history that the Blue Dragons played in the championship game for two years in a row. “It felt good to have another chance to prove that we could win it,” said Conley. HCC started the game off

strong with a 21-4 lead and kept that lead for the rest of the game. The Blue Dragons won 84-58, becoming the 2017 National Champions. “Winning the championship was an experience I will never forget. Our team made history, and I was a part of that. I’m very thankful for HCC for welcoming me and giving me something I can carry with me for a lifetime,” said Scekic. During the tournament Hutchinson had the highest field goal percentage, 49 percent, with 125 field goals out of 255. They also had the highest number of assists with 85, and the most blocked shots with a total of 24. “The players really bought in this year to what teamwork is all about. The reason we led the tournament in highest field goal percentage was because we also led the tournament in assists. The players did a great job of making the extra pass for a better shot,” Coach Eck said. “Coach Jay Cyriac and Coach Cortland Carney has been coaching the guys all year on making good

passes and going to the boards and getting the rebound. It is important to have coaches that can relate to players and motivate them to do the right thing.” In the tournament, Juiston had the most points (88), most rebounds (56), highest rebounding average (14/G), most assists (20), most steals (10), most defensive rebounds (47) and the most blocked shots (7). J.J. Rhymes, Phoenix, Ariz., made the most free throws in the tournament with 26. “Shakur Juiston is a special player. He was our team leader by his aggressive play during practice and games. He has a nose for the ball and really does a good job of rebounding outside of his area. He is a good passer because he is an unselfish player. Coach Cyriac recruited him from his home state of New Jersey and Shakur was good when he came as a freshman and really, really good as a sophomore,” said Eck. Juiston captured the Most Valuable Player award and joined Rhymes and Haynes-Jones on the NJCAA All-Tournament team. Eck won the Coach of the Tournament award. “Being the coach of the year has nothing to do with me. It has to do with my assistant coaches and the players. The award goes to the coach that has his team win the tournament. The players and the assistant coaches and also my student assistants all did their job and we came out on top. It was a total team effort and I really appreciate all they have done for this program,” Eck said. “I would also like to thank everybody at HutchCC that have supported the players and a special thanks to the students for a great showing of support in the National Tournament. Hopefully that will carry over to next year during the regular season.” The year 2017 has proved to be a big one for the city of Hutchinson, HCC, and for Blue Dragon basketball. With the tournament returning to the arena for the next 25 years, the community, college, and players can look forward to seeing the Dragons battle for another trip back.

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120plants are planted around campus. There are 24 flower pots on campus. There are 5 plants per flower pot. 26


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It takes lbs. of potting mix to fill the flower pots. Including the master gardens, there are flower beds on campus.

1,200 tulips were planted on campus this year.



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The photo spread depicts the transition of the Hutchinson Community College garden from February through March. We used pieces of different photos to show the changes in growth in the plants and flowers and the changing of colors throughout the months. The garden is


maintained by the master gardeners who identify the different types of plants and work to keep the garden looking nice for campus visitors. The information at the bottom of the page was provided by Lead Groundskeeper Nathan Shelton.

person is responsible for mowing the entire campus.


It takes     hours to mow the main campus. The amount of hours it takes to weed eat and trim depends upon the week.


There are    fruit trees. on campus: 3  Apple 2  Plum 3  Peach

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Raising the Red Flag


Bringing awareness to the signs of abusive relationships


aising the red flag is being a friend to someone in need, not just being aware. Noticing signs of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in a friend’s relationship or in your own. The Red Flag campaign encourages people to say something, don’t just assume everything is okay or that it can fix itself, because most of the time it won’t. “The Red Flag campaign is a nationwide thing on college campuses to try to prevent dating violence or sexual violence,” Mike Shirkey, College Counselor, said. In 21 percent of college dating relationships, one of the partners is being abused. This is equivalent to one in five relationships according to “Violent Behavior in College Student Dating Relationships,” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (1996).


Hutchinson Community College has been involved in the Red Flag campaign for the past four years. Originally this campaign started at the University of Virginia. Shirkey, Michelle Wortham, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services, and the HCC student government, along with others in the student success center helped put together this campaign at HCC. “Bringing awareness to show what the red flags are in dangerous relationships,” Wortham said about the campaign. The college collects items to donate to the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center located in Hutchinson. This year, they are in need of things such as laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, new children’s clothing, underwear, socks, women’s sweats, towels, washcloths, and bedding. The collection

locations are in the Parker Student Union, outside of the Student Success Center, and at the Peel Center. The Red Flag campaign focusses on six forms of abuse, isolation, sexual assault, emotional abuse, victim blaming, jealousy, and coercion. This campaign helps bring awareness to a situation people don’t realize could happen around them. “Those are the main red flags, now there are different forms of them like cores. It can be different controlling kinds of behaviors. They won’t let you talk to anybody else or they force you to have sex or other things like that,” Shirkey said. The campaign encourages students across campus to avoid being included in the 21 percent of abusive relationships.


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1. Flags shown around Hutchinson Community College campus are used to make students ask questions about abuse. There are approximatley 800 flags on campus.


3. Flags along the sidewalks are for the Red Flag campaign. The campaign lasts until April 21.

5. Jocelyn Regehr, Inman, places red flags along the campus sidewalks to prepare for the Red Flag Campaign.

4. A banner displayed during the Red Flag Campaign in the Parker Student Union.

6. The poster shown gives more example of signs of an abusive relationship.

2. The poster shown gives examples of abuse to be aware of in a relationship.

6. 7. Flags shown on campus draw attention to the Red Flag Campaign.


Photos by Megan Ryan

Items Needed for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center Laundry Supplies Cleaning Supplies New Children’s Clothing

Underwear (all sizes) Socks (all sizes) Women’s Sweats (all sizes)

Wash Cloths Bedding Towels

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Field Blue Dragon Baseball

“Well unlike a lot of other tea ms I’ve been on, I’ve never bonded with a tea m like I did with this set of guys, I’ve made friends that I know I’m gonna have for many many years! I think that’s what makes us a whole different monster on the field, it’s easy to beat a bunch of guys playing ball, but it’s hard to beat a band of brothers fighting for one goal! Stache, gas, and a whole lot of cash.” -Dayden Lane #10


Lady Dragon Softball Dragons hit it out of the park for a homerun season

Track & Field HCC dragon track stars compete


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“O o ooh Ah, You Wish You Were a Blue Dragon”

Molly Stephenson, McKinney, Texas : What’s special about this year’s team? : I think what’s special about this team is the grit that the team has. We’re very freshman heavy this year, and they have proved that they have earned their positions and worked hard. This team won’t give up whether we’re down in a game or winning by a bunch, we won’t give up.


Lexi Eisenbart, Wichita : What is the funniest thing that has happened this season? : There are a lot of funny moments, but the funniest one that happened most recently involved Hannah. Coach hit her a ground ball that went right through her legs and Hannah just stopped and said “Oh my gosh Coach, I’m so sorry, my pants just ripped when I went down to field the ball!”


Izzy Godinez, Hutchinson : How are the coaches involved and helpful to you girls? : Our coaches never take a day off. They’re always doing something to help us succeed as a team such as watching film, preparing the fields, individually and as a team accessing what we have to work on to be better than the day before.


Mikenzie Lee, Drummond, Okla. : What is the craziest thing that has happened this season? : One of the craziest things I’ve seen this year is Izzy getting a home run off of a bunt. They over threw to first base and the ball rolled all the way to the back fence and Izzy is fast enough to where she got a home run off of it. That doesn’t happen very often in college softball so it was crazy to watch.



-Lady Dragon Softball team chant

Tori Caruthers, Lampasas, Texas : What is your favorite softball chant? : My favorite softball chant has to be when we count the number of balls that the opposing pitcher throws. Ball four, ball five, ball six, etc. and when the pitcher finally throws a strike we all clap and cheer for her.


Memorie McLaren, Brazoria, Texas :What is the craziest thing that has happened this season? : The craziest thing that has happen this season, two of our starting players D.J. Cannon & Hannah Danielson hit their first home runs ever, it was a very exciting moment for everyone.


Kameron Pope, Woodward, Okla. : What is a fun thing you guys do to bond as a team? : We love to go support the other Blue Dragon sporting events and cheer them on. We are all one big Blue Dragon Family!


D.J. Cannon, Fort Worth, Texas : What is your favorite pitch to throw? : My favorite pitch to throw is my screwball. It’s natural for me, and it’s my fastest and most confident pitch. Continued on page 36



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2016-2017 Softball Scoreboard

Izzy Godinez, Hutchinson, catches a pop fly over her head at short stop. Godinez has a fielding percentage of .935 for this season. Allie Schweizer

Brooke Lee, Forney, Texas, waits for the ball to come in while making an out on first base. Lee had a total of 55 putouts so far this season. Allie Schweizer

Garden City CC Garden City CC Central CC-Columbus Central CC-Columbus Indian Hills CC North Central Texas Iowa Central CC Central CC-Columbus Clarendon Bethany JV Bethany JV Tabor JV Tabor JV Oklahoma Wesleyan JV Oklahoma Wesleyan JV Neosho County CC Neosho County CC Allen County CC Allen County CC Hesston Hesston Labette CC Labette CC Highland CC Highland CC Kansas City Kansas CC Kansas City Kansas CC Cowley County CC Cowley County CC Coffeyville CC Coffeyville CC

W 11-3 W 4-3 L 7-3 W 6-1 L 11-1 L 8-0 L 4-2 W 11-2 L 8-7 W 10-1 W 13-3 W 11-0 W 11-6 W 11-0 W 7-4 W 5-3 W 7-6 W 12-11 W 12-4 W 4-2 L 12-11 L 14-6 W 6-5 L 9-1 W 8-2 L 6-5 W 8-6 L 2-0 L 9-7 L 1-0 W 9-2

Results as of April 13, 2017

Tori Caruthers, Lampasas, Texas, bunts during a home game. Caruthers’ batting average this year is .398. Allie Schweizer

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!1 Ashton Reynolds, Mt.Hope : What’s one thing you wish was different about the team? : One thing I wish was different about the team is that I wish the college wasn’t a 2 year program so we could have more time to build as a team and continue to progress because we have a ton of talent.


Lexi Eisenbart, Wichita : What is your best quality personally and as a team? :I would say my best quality personally is being a leader. As a catcher you can see everyone and everything that is going on the field. When your team is struggling it is your job to bring them together. I especially love talking to my pitchers. I think the team’s best quality is playing for the person behind them. There is no selfishness on this team. When we get up to bat our mentality is to get on base for the person behind us.


Izzy Godinez, Hutchinson : What made you want to play softball? : My father played slow pitch when I was little, I basically grew up on the diamond so I feel like I was destined to play.


Mikenzie Lee, Drummond, Okla. : What is your favorite part about traveling? : Traveling is pretty fun for the most part. The bus rides can get boring but we usually try and make it fun by playing Heads Up. Coach Rose even joins the team back there and that makes it so much better because she’s willing to bond with us like that.


Molly Stephenson, McKinney, Texas : How long have you played Softball? : I’ve played softball since I was five, my dad started off as my coach and I’ve loved it ever since.


Tori Caruthers, Lampasas, Texas : When was the first time you ever hit a home run, and the first time you hit a collegiate home run? : I honestly can’t remember my first home run. Last year I had 14 home runs and I owe that to the sophomores who pushed me to be better and try to keep up with them.




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!2 1. Lexi Eisenbart, Wichita, catches as her pitcher warms up before the second game of their double header. Eisenbart had the most putouts on the team with 111 so far this season. 2. D.J. Cannon, Fort Worth, Texas, pitches the ball. Cannon was given the Jayhawk Player of the Week three times this season.


3. Hannah Danielson, Edmond, Okla., dives for a catch while playing in right field. Danielson has 51 putouts so far this season. 4. Izzy Godinez, Hutchinson, lays down a bunt for a hit, during a home game. Godinez had a batting average of .451 this season. 5. Ashton Reynolds, Mt. Hope, slides into third base. Reynolds had the most triples this season with a total of three.



1 Memorie McLaren 6 Dayna Johnson 2 Mikenzie Lee 7 Ashton Reynolds 4 Greer Huff 8 Hannah Danielson 5 Molly Stephenson 11 Tori Caruthers



20 Izzy Godinez 22 Shayla DeGarmo

3 Brooke Lee 8 Hannah Danielson


Photos by Allie Schweizer


9 Shelbey Thomas 21 Kameron Pope

11 Tori Caruthers #15 DJ Cannon 17 Kylie Finley 19 Destiny Schulze



5 Molly Stephenson 8 Hannah Danielson 11 Tori Caruthers 28 Raven Bass

1 Memorie McLaren 4 Greer Huff 5 Molly Stephenson 13 Lexi Eisenbart

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“Uncle” Brady Hoover, Wichita : What are some of your baseball superstitions or pregame rituals?


“The Flying Dutchman” Julian Rip, Vianen, The Netherlands : What is special about this years’ team?

A: Before every game, when I take the field I draw “KL” and

A: This years’ team is really close, we are like a family and

a cross behind me. Kurt Layton was my dad’s best friend who happened to share the same birthday as him (same year also) and means a lot to my family. He passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, otherwise known as ALS, on May 20, 2011. My older brother, Kurtis, was named after him. He’s an inspiration to not only the way I live, but a reminder of how lucky I am to be able to play the game.

Q: What made you want to play baseball? A

: My father and brother made me want to play baseball. I was never around for my dad’s days of playing but he passed this on to my older brother. My brother grew up playing and ever since I can remember I was his biggest fan. My dad’s career ended from shoulder surgery, so my brother was the one who threw to me as a young kid. My dad’s support, mentally and financially got me to where I am today. Nobody will ever believe in me more than my old man has and always will. He’s my rock, but I would say my brother is my inspiration. From me being his bat boy, catching partner, and batting practice shagger; we’ve now traded roles and he’s my biggest fan and I would not even play baseball if it weren’t for those two. It’s almost as if it’s not just me playing, but all three of us playing through my body because they rarely miss a game no matter the distance.



everyone will do everything for each other. If someone doesn’t have his day we all pick him up! Bobby “The Bus” Morgensen, Omaha, Neb. : How are your coaches involved and helpful to you guys?


: Our coaches are always there for us no matter what. They have our backs in games and in life. The know the game like the back of their hand and they always put us in the best situations to win. Will “Swervin” Ervin, Junction City : What is it like having to overcome an injury during the season?


A: Overcoming an injury, such as Tommy John surgery, is an

everyday process that you have to overcome and be persistent with rehab both physically and mentally. After overcoming a serious injury and encountering another one like I have with Thoracic outlet syndrome, you have to have a team first mentality all the time and find any way that you can help the team either it be from the bench or on the field.


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11 Overall 30Runs 370 Hits 450 Doubles 77 s 70 Home Run d In 328 Runs Batte Hits 163 Extra Base es 72 Stolen Bas erage .336 Batting Av 27 rcentage .4 e P e s a B n O 75 ercentage .5 P g in g g lu S


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The Blue Dragon Baseball team lines up in preparation for the national anthem.

Wyatt Divis, Lincoln, Neb., runs to first after hitting a single. Divis’s batting average this season is .330.

Julian Rip, Vianen, The Netherlands, slides into second as Garrett Stephens, Lenexa, rounds third. Stephens has a total of 14 runs so far this season.

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Nolan Hakel, Lincoln, Neb., fields a pop fly in center field. Hakel’s fielding percentage is .945 this season.

Zach Moore, Edmond, Okla., throws a pitch over the plate. Moore has pitched in 50.1 innings with a total of 6 wins and 0 loses.



Marquise Doherty, Kansas City, Mo., walks back to the dugout to celebrate his home run. Doherty was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball FirstYear Player Draft, but he went to Mizzou instead, and then came to HCC this year.


Pitcher, Will Ervin, Junction City, fields the ball and throws to Brady Hoover, Wichita, on first. Hoover has a total of 173 putouts this season.


Rip and Bobby Morgensen, Omaha, Neb., celebrate a Blue Dragon run.

Photos by Allie Schweizer



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2016-2017 Baseball Scoreboard




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Northeast Texas LSU-Alexandria JV LSU-Alexandria JV Coffeyville Coffeyville Coffeyville Baker Baker Rose State Rose State Rose State Seward Seward Seward Seward Seminole State Colby Colby Colby Colby Cowley County North Iowa Area Cloud County Cloud County Cloud County Cloud County Iowa Western Iowa Western Butler Butler Butler Butler Cowley County Barton Barton Barton Barton Dodge City Dodge City Dodge City Dodge City

Results as of April 13, 2017

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Blue Dragons compete at indoor and outdoor meets throughout the winter and spring.

1 2017 NJCAA Division 1 Outdoor Qualifying List Men’s 100m: Kadrin Williams, Tampa Bay, FL, 10.34 110m H: Jeffrey Muirui, Great Bend, 14.54 4 x 100m Relay: Hutchinson CC, 41.51 Triple Jump: Ryean Mastin, Orange Park, FL, 48’ 7.5” Discus Throw: Nick French,Wichita, 155’ 5” Javelin: Trey Teeter, Holcom, TX, 177’ 8”


Women’s 100m H: Adriana Janic, Malmo, Sweden, 13.90 High Jump: Adriana Janic, 5’9.25” High Jump: Patricia Joseph, Wichita, 5’ 5.25” Long Jump: Adriana Janic, 18’ 5” Discus Throw: Kylie James, Manhattan, 137’ 4” Discus Throw: Alex Rodriguez, Hutchinson, 135’ 7” Hammer Throw: Hannah Smith, Andover, 141’ 3” Javelin: Morgan Ash, White City, 139’ 5” Javelin: Jaclyn Melillo, Wichita, 131’ 0” Results as of April 12, 2017



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1. Chris Gilliam, Wichita, hands the baton to Aaron Shannon, Wichita, during the 4X400m relay. 3:23.45 is this season’s men’s 4 x 400m’s best time. 2. Sahona Ross, Wichita, competes in the 400m hurdles during the Butler meet. Ross is HCC’s top preformer in the 400m hurdle’s with a time of 1:09.83. 3. Nick French, Wichita, throws the hammer. French is HCC’s top preformer in the Hammer Throw with 47.99m. 4. Marshelle Conley, Marion, runs the 400m dash. Conley is HCC’s top preformer in the 400m with a time of 1:03.09.


5. Jaylen Dixon, Wichita, long jumps in the finals at the Butler meet. 6. Jaclyn Melillo, Wichita, draws her arm back to throw the Javelin. 7. Patricia Joseph, Wichita, sails over the high jump bar. Joseph came to HCC to play volleyball this year and then walked on for track. Photos by Allie Schweizer

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1. Maggie Lambert, Lindsborg, hands the baton to Leah Nelson, Wellington, during the 4X400 relay. 4:14.76 is this season’s women’s 4 x 400m’s best time. 2. Hunter Thiesen, Maize, runs the 5k. Thiesen’s fastest 5k this year was a 16:52. 3. Michelle Parker, Salina, throws a javelin.


4. Dami Okeowo, Goddard, runs in the 200m dash. Okeowo is know for his goggles, which he wears because his glasses would fly off of his face! 5. Michael Bryan, Wamego, throws the shot put. Bryan is HCC’s top preformer in shot put with a throw of 13.13m. 6. Clayton Hamby, Hutchinson, throws the javelin. 7. Malcom Gardner, Wichita, runs in the 200m race. Gardner is HCC’s top preformer in the 200m race with a a time of 21.64. 8. Emiliano Orozco, Maize, throws the discus. Orozco is HCC’s top preformer in the indoor weight throw with a throw of 16.25m. 9.Chris Reusser, Buhler, long jumps, landing feet first in the pit.



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Hard work and dedication is key in the sport of golf. Qualifying 16 years in the National Tournament and determined to continue the streak, Head Coach Christopher Young, is determined to guide his team in the right direction. He originally came from Nebraska to coach women’s basketball at Hutchinson Community College, but Young eventually changed his role to golf coach. In his 18 years at HCC, Young coached basketball and golf for the first 3 years of his time and for the last 15 has strictly been the Blue Dragon golf coach. “I keep an average amount of eight students on the team per year, but has had as many as eleven,” Young said. For practice purposes, having four golfers per team, makes it easier on the courses. When it comes to tournaments, he can only enter five so the Blue Dragon golfers must compete for their spot. “Responsibility is key when it comes to being a part of the golf team,” Young said. This is where hard work and dedication to the sport comes into play. The team practices at four different local golf courses: Carey Park, Cottonwood Hills, Prairie Dunes, and Crazy Horse. They are all about 15 minutes away from campus and each team member is responsible for getting to practice. Once there, the golfers practice until dark. “Communication is the key as far as alleviating stressful situations,” Young said. “The very first week of practice, I sit down with them in the very beginning. I sit down with them and tell them about my expectations of them as individuals and as a team.”

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Young has three main goals that his team will agree on and set for themselves. First is to finish first at the Jayhawk Conference, then they want to win the region, and finally, they want to finish top ten in the nation. Individually, their goals are to compete for a title. When recruiting for the team, Young looks at high schools and visit websites with videos of students’ swings and their academic transcripts. He will normally have two to three international athletes on the team, and then the rest from Kansas. “This year I have three Australians on the team, and four Kansas kids,” said Young. Two of the three Australians are brothers. These athletes were able to come to the United States due to handlers. Handlers are responsible for helping international students get recruited in the U.S. “I’m kind of like their dad/coach, and if they need a kick in the butt, I give them a kick in the butt. If they need a stroke on the back, I give them a stroke on the back and tell them they are doing a great job,” Young said. Every year on the golf team, relationships are built, achievements earned, titles won, and memories are made. William Arnold, Emu Heights, Australia, takes a stroke at the golf ball during a golf tournament. The tournament was held at Terradyne Country Club in Wichita. Megan Ryan

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Reno County, Kansas

Design: Monica Pulliam

(Above) Jack Lanham, Hutchinson, drives the ball to the green. The Dragons received 3rd in their second Jayhawk meet.

(Right) Lanham takes an approach shot to the greens. He is a freshman this year at HCC. Photos by Megan Ryan

2017-2018 GOLF SCHEDULE September Nebraska-Kearney Fall Invitational Nebraska-Kearney Fall Invitational Missouri Southern Fall Invitational Missouri Southern Fall Invitational October 3  Newman University Fall Invitational 4  Newman University Fall Invitational 10  NJCAA National Preview 11  NJCAA National Preview 24  McLennan Dr. Pepper Fall Classic 25  McLennan Dr. Pepper Fall Classic 12  13  26  27 

Mac McNish, Hutchinson, chips onto the green. Tied for 18th at 155, during the Jayhawk Conference No. 2, on April 3. Megan Ryan

March 6  Lubbock Christian Invitational 7  Lubbock Christian Invitational 27  Jayhawk Conference No. 1 April 3  Jayhawk Conference No. 2 36 Holes 10  Southwest Kansas Shootout 17 Jayhawk Conference Championship 36 Holes 18 Jayhawk Conference Championship 18 Holes

23 NJCAA District III/Region VI Championship 24 NJCAA District III/Region VI Championship 25 NJCAA District III/Region VI Championship May 16  NJCAA Division I Championships 17  NJCAA Division I Championships 18  NJCAA Division I Championships 19  NJCAA Division I Championships

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Dragon's Tale - Spring 2017 Issue  

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

Dragon's Tale - Spring 2017 Issue  

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