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Green Day’s American Idiot T h e at re pro du c t i on


F i f t e e n p a i r s of t w i n s on c a mp u s

A long time in the making

D r. D av e re t i re s a f t e r 3 0 y e a r s

Breaking Records

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Meet the Staff 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.

Allie Schweizer Nickerson

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On the Cover: The cast of Green Day’s American Idiot production performed in the Stringer Fine Arts Center on April 12-14. The musical consisted of 19 cast members who rehearsed a month to prepare for their performance. Photo by Dustin Curiel

Dustin Curiel Hutchinson

Haydnn Neufeld Hutchinson

Jacob Bruch Hutchinson

Megan Ryan Inman

Sami Rios Hutchinson

Shannon Leininger Newton

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Table of Contents on campus SGA President Lane Wiens

4 Duke the Dragon 6 American Idiot Theatre Production 1 0 Pair-a-dise 1 2 Transfer Students 16 i n t h e c l a s s ro o m

20 Fine Arts 24 Instructor Prof ile - Dr. Dave 26 Pharmacy Tech 28 Capstone Classes

in the community

Local Bookstores

32 HutchCC President Dr. File 34 Circle K 38 on the f ield Track

42 44 Sof tball 46 Baseball 48

Mckenzy Bell and Jayde Bell, both from Hutchinson, pose during a photo shoot for a article on twins. There are fifteen confirmed pairs of twins on campus. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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on campus SGA President

Student prof ile - Lane Wiens

Duke the Dragon

Get ting to know who’s behind the mask

American Idiot

Spring theatre production


Twins across campus

The Final Stretch

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Students prepare for the transfer process

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Duke the Dragon poses during a photo shoot in the basketball practice gym next to the power dragon logo. He was a member of the HutchCC spirit squad and his identity is kept a secret. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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STORY & DESIGN  Megan Ryan 

College is a place where students come to find out who they are and what they want to be. Whether that means becoming a doctor, artist, lawyer, or teacher, many come to Hutchinson Community College to find their future career path. Experiences on campus, allowing students to have a say in all parts of student life, is very important. Lane Wiens, Galva, helped shape student life during the 2017-18 school year by serving as the Student Government Association President. According to the HutchCC website, the “SGA participates in covering school activities, providing social activities, and representing the student body in student affairs issues with administration and faculty.” Each year, a new SGA president is voted into office and that person has several responsibilities on campus. Expectations include maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA, attending events sponsored by the SGA, and going to meetings both weekly and monthly. “In order to be the SGA president, I became a member my freshman year. That spring, I was nominated by my fellow SGA members to be the president the next year. I created a ‘platform,’ convincing the student body that I would be the best for the role. Then an election was held on DragonZone for the students to vote. After the election, it turned out that I had won,” said Wiens. Fellow SGA Member Seth Yenni, Smokey Valley, is the senator representative of the students at HutchCC.

Lane Wiens, Galva, poses with his diploma prior to graduation. Wiens served as SGA president during the 2017-18 school year. Photo Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

“I would advise other students to join SGA. Serving on SGA is a great way for students to give back to the college. Being a part of SGA is a great way to get to know faculty of HutchCC,” Yenni said. “All chartered clubs of the college are run through SGA, so all the decisions made by this group can have a large effect on many people. SGA is not necessarily about being in some fancy power position but being with a group of people who wish to do their best at being a reliable link between their fellow students and the faculty of the college. SGA is a great way for students to get involved at all levels, and something I highly recommend being a part of.”

There are several benefits for joining SGA. Helping students is SGA’s priority, and by being president one can make a difference. “I think our SGA President, Lane Wiens, has done a great job. Lane has had lots of experience with parliamentary procedure and running meetings from 4-H, and it shows. He has always been organized every meeting to help lead the group in the best way possible,” Yenni said. “Lane has done a great job communicating with the endowment office and students across the campus, which is what makes SGA great. I am thankful to be a part of this year’s student government lead by Lane.” Despite having some obligations, SGA

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The Student Government Association gathers together for a photo with Sen. Ed Berger. The group took a visit to the Kansas State Capitol during the 2017-18 school year. Photo Courtesy of Denny Stoecklein

allows students to meet people. Not only do they get to meet fellow members who share the same interests but also administrators and faculty. Through this they are able to make connections they can use not only at HutchCC but throughout their lives. “Being the SGA president does have a couple perks. For the Dillon Lecture series speakers, I have had the opportunity to meet some very interesting people, including Mitch Holthus and Shawn Johnson,” Wiens said. “I have also had the opportunity to connect with a large number of faculty here on campus.” Agreeing with Wiens, Yenni said, “The connections a student can make with teachers

Wiens gives a presentation at the Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The event took place on Jan. 20, 2018, at the Stringer Fine Arts Center. Photo Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

Wiens looks over a packet during a SGA meeting. Students discussed which teacher would win the Dragon Educator of the Year Award. Photo by Megan Ryan

SGA members join together for a photo. The association is the primary student government group on campus. Photo Courtesy of Denny Stoecklein


SGA President


and other faculty is such an important part to being successful at this level, and I am so thankful for the connections that I have made through SGA. I would say another great benefit is the connections that you make with your fellow members serving on SGA and the friendships that develop from working together all year. SGA is a great group in which the more you put into it, the more you will get out for your own and HutchCC’s success.” Being a part of something greater, helping by being the middle person between students and administration is greatly important. Their purpose is to give students the right to have a voice on issues here on campus.

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Duke the


Allie Schweizer


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Getting to know who’s behind the mask Across the state, college students are commonly known as Wildcats, Jayhawks, Tigers, or Shockers. There are several unique mascots but Hutchinson Community College students can tell their friends and family they are Blue Dragons. Back in 1930, there was a vote to determine the school’s mascot and the Blue Dragon was born. Eighty-three years later, in 2013, the mascot was finally given a name, Duke. Duke the Dragon is the face of HutchCC and is an important part of the college’s culture and atmosphere. While the person behind the scenes and in the mascot costume may change from year to year, Duke’s identity is always to be kept a secret, leaving students on edge wondering who is behind the mask. “It is important to us to keep Duke’s identity hidden, so that children do not know who he is. It is also important to him, so that other students and teachers do not know him as Duke,” said Head Cheer Coach Holly Rowe. When talking to the current Duke, he said that only his closest friends, like his roommates and a few people, know that he puts on a dragon suit. He hasn’t even let any teachers in on his secret. “My mascot does a good job of hiding his identity,” said Rowe. While students are left wondering who the mascot is, many also may wonder how a student even goes about getting the job of Duke the Dragon. “In the past, students that are interested have contacted me to tryout

for Duke. I then have them put on the suit and tryout as if they were at a game day. I have them interact with others, show some of their skills, and show what kind of personality they give Duke,” Rowe said. However this year, the current Duke had a friend that received a cheerleading scholarship and he mentioned that Rowe was searching for a mascot. He then contacted Rowe to tryout and got the job. “He is very dedicated to his job, loves children, and loves cheering on the Dragons,” said Rowe. Duke the Dragon attends all the home football and basketball games and can be seen occasionally around campus or at smaller non-sporting events. Being the Dragon isn’t too complicated, Duke isn’t allowed to reveal his identity or talk when in the mascot costume. However, other than those two things, Duke has free will to do as he pleases. Duke said, “They just say to be as energetic, as you can.” He doesn’t even have to practice either, he just shows up to games ready to go. This year’s Duke said when he gets in the dragon costume he turns into someone different. He said Duke is kind of like his alter ego. With all of the events he attends, his favorite this year has been the basketball games. “Both teams bring so much energy and always gets Duke hyped up,” he said. “It’s fun, I look forward to going to basketball games, even though it is really hot in there for four hours.”

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Some of Dukes favorite things about being the Dragon are that, “everyone loves me. It’s nice to be able to joke around and it’s accepted because that’s just what people expect from Duke.” He also loves seeing all the little kids’ faces. When kids first see Duke there can be an array of reactions from confusion to happiness and even terror. “I scare at least ten kids a game. Their parents always bring them to me, thinking they will like me but it usually backfires and they cry and I feel bad,” said Duke. Duke also likes to egg on the other team, he can be a little ornery at times and usually makes at least one opposing fan mad every game. He likes to act goofy when we are ahead and points at the scoreboard. Duke described one downfall of being the mascot. “How hot it is,” Duke said. “I start sweating about 30 seconds after I put on the mascot and it’s so hot I eventually run out of sweat. I have to chug a bunch of waters to keep sweating. But you get used to it after a while.” Duke is a freshman this year and plans to be Duke again next year. “If I go to WSU, I’d probably apply to be a WU Shock and tryout for it and I have mascot experience so that might help out a little bit,” he said. It takes a special kind of person to be Duke the Dragon and this year’s Duke does a great job of giving him a fun personality. HutchCC wouldn’t be the same without Duke and the energy he brings.

Duke the Dragon


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1. Duke the Dragon poses for a picture with a Hutch Rec basketball player during one of HutchCC’s home basketball games. Duke loves seeing and interacting with kid’s at sporting events. 2. Duke the Dragon shows of his athleticism by jumping over a hurdle on the track. Duke does not attend track meets, however he still supports everyone! 3. Duke high fives spectators in the front row at one of the home basketball games. Duke got to trade in his usual jersey for a pink night shirt. 4. Duke goes up for a Blue Dragon dunk. Basketball games are Dukes favorite events to attend. 5. Duke the Dragon does a little dance after a participant caught a chicken in his basket during a media time out game. Duke is an important part of sporting events because he is there to pump up the crowd and interact with the audience. 6. Duke falls over backwards from the weight of his wings during a media time out game. Believe it or not, the current Duke had no prior mascot experience before becoming Duke the Dragon this year. 7. Duke pedals down the court with his pizza box during a media time out game. Although Duke got a slow start and didn’t win, the crowd cheered him on.

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Isaac Glover, Hutchinson, and Eddie Ibarra, Durango City, Mexico, sit on a couch during the beginning of the production. Glover played the roll of Johhny while Ibarra played his friend Will.

Ibarra sings during the first part of the musical. Members of the ensemble sing in the background. Allie Pooler, Hutchinson, plays the roll of Johnny and Will’s friend, Tunny. Tunny was being recruited into the military after moving to the city with Johnny.

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Two members of the ensamble hold up Allie Pooler, Hutchinson, shortly before her character, Tunny, becomes an amputee.

Isaac Glover and Gabby Hernandez, both from Hutchinson, meet on stage. In the musical Hernandez played a f igment of Isaac’s imagination named Saint Jimmy.

Eddie Ibarra, Durango City, Mexico, and Lauren Couchman, Newton, have a confrontation on the stage. Couchman played the role of Heather, Ibarra’s girlfriend.

The Hutchinson Community College theatre department put on four productions during the 2017-2018 academic year. On April 12-14, they put on a rendition of the award-winning Broadway show, Green Day’s American Idiot. Music in the show is from Green Day’s album of the same name and their 2009 release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Eva Planthold, Hutchinson, and Pooler swing on a trapeze during the last half of American Idiot. Planthold played the roll of Extraordinary Girl that falls in love with Pooler’s character Tunny.

Green Day’s American Idiot

PICTURES & DESIGN  Dustin Curiel

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Another Day in

STORY  Haydnn Neufeld DESIGN & PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer


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Fifteen Pairs of Twins Take Over Campus

Seeing double while walking around Hutchinson Community College is quite a common occurrence. With 5,260 students attending HutchCC, it’s hard to imagine that 15 pairs of twins have been identified by students, staff, and faculty. A study done by shows that 1 in 68 pregnancies results in twins. These siblings are said to have more in common than other siblings, meaning a definite stronger bond. On campus, many similarities can be found in Donovan and Denilson Whitmore, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Always smiling and energetic, these two can be found wearing identical outfits almost everyday, backpack included. Their similarities don’t end at just their clothing, they can both be found competing for the Blue Dragon track team as well. Caitlin and Ashton Schlickau, Haven, can relate to having things in common as well. This pair of identical twins love to confuse people into thinking one is the other, and have even gotten away with switching classes in high school before. The Schlickau twins can be told apart merely by a freckle, or a slightly different smile and are both members of Blue Dragon Track and Cross Country. Chance and Chace Penner, Lindsborg, are easily identified by how identical they are. Something that helps tell them apart is a pair of glasses, or a different hairstyle. “In middle school, when we got our

picture day pictures back, they gave us both copies of Chance’s photos.” Said Chace, “I realize we look alike, but not that much.” Similarities don’t stop at appearances for Jamie and Jeremey Walden, Nickerson. They can be found together doing mostly the same things, hanging out with the same friends, and are typically identified by their shoe choice. Hunter and Kenzie French, Buhler, can be seen all around campus, both with kind hearts and white-blonde hair. Hunter is the founder of the new BASS Club here on campus, dealing with bass fishing and other similar activities, and Kenzie works in the campus bookstore. Rebecca and Amanda Carney, Wichita, can be found doing different activities around campus. Amanda Writes for the Collegian, the campus newspaper. Their similarities will start to align as Rebecca will be joining the newspaper staff next fall. However, different looks go along with the different personalities that these fraternal twins possess. “Our personalities are extremely different.” Amanda said. “I am outgoing, loud, and energetic. Rebecca is more reserved, quiet, and prefers to stay at home.” Some siblings have found themselves in some awkward situations, being opposite genders. “Our teachers thought we were dating because we are so close,” Aaron Embrey, Wichita, said about himself and his sister,

Veronica. “Since we don’t look alike, people think we are dating, our teachers didn’t even know we were twins or related,” Veronica said. According to a study on betterhealth. gov, there are up to seven different types of twins, but a proposed third twin type has been looked into further than the others. The most commonly known type of twins would be fraternal, meaning not similar in looks, and identical. Some researchers believe this third type is produced when the egg splits in two, and each half is fertilized by a different sperm. This proposition is an attempt to explain why some fraternal twins may appear identical. Kaleb and Kyla McLean, Nickerson, share striking blue eyes and long dark hair, but the stereotypical “twin” definition does not fit them. “We are like everything opposite of what you think of when you think of twins,” Kaleb said as he referred to their interests and appearance. Jayde and Mckenzey Bell are fraternal twins that share many similarities. A great bond is one of them. Mckenzey is a part of Media Communications/Production, and Jayde is majoring in Accounting. As you’ve seen (and read), twins are a common occurrence on and off campus as students of HCC, so don’t be surprised when you see double next time you’re walking to class.

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Wayne & Eric Schoenecker

Jamie & Jeremey Walden

McKenzey & Jayde Bell


Donovan & Denilson Whitmore

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Aaron & Veronica Embrey

Do you feel a sense of closeness with Q: your twin more than your other siblings?


Yes, Aaron and I get along better and understand each other more.

Q: Who is older, by how many minuets? Aaron: Me, by one minute. How are your personalities different, how Q: are they similar? I am more outgoing Veronica: and adventurous than he is, we both care a lot and have big hearts, we like most of the same things.


Trent & Tyler Pauly

Have you ever switched places on purpose? Yeah, Tyler’s girlfriend didn’t Trent: like that.

Q: What is the worst part about being a twin? People expect you to be exactly Tyler: the same. How are your personalities different, how Q: are they similar?


I am more level-headed and a little more quick tempered. He is more competitive. Our sense of humor and thought processes are very similar.


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Do you get offended when someone can’t tell you apart or thinks you’re the wrong twin? No, I’m used to it. It can be Tyler: somewhat amusing at times.

What is the most embarrasing situation Q: you’ve found yourself in because you’re twins? Since we don’t look alike, Veronica: people think we are dating, our teachers didn’t even know we were twins or related.

Ashton & Caitlin Schlickau

Q: People have a lot of different caitlin: ways to tell us apart, but the most common How can someone tell you apart?

way is by the freckle on Ashton’s cheek, because I don’t have one in that spot. Some people can tell by our voices, laughs, hair, or have to refer to different colored shoes/ backpacks. Did you play sports together? What was Q: it like? I played sports with my Ashton: sister and it was a lot of fun. When we were younger a ref mistook my sister for me during a basketball game. I was supposed to shoot two free throws and they got Caitlin instead and she was about to shoot my free throws!

Q: Do you like being a twin? Most days, I like being a caitlin: twin. I always have a built in best friend and a partner to work with and I also have someone to talk to 24/7. She is literally my “other half ” or “partner in crime”.

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Chace & Chance Penner

Rebecca & Amanda Carney

Q: Yes, we like being twins. School Chace: is a lot easier since we can help each other

Q: Most of the time I do like Amanda: being a twin. Having a twin is also like having

when we have the same classes.

a best friend no matter what. I always have someone to talk to or do things with.

Do you like being a twin?

Do you like being a twin?

Q: Did you play sports with your twin? In high school, we both did Chance: cross country and track. In track, we both

For the most part I like rebecca: being a twin. She’s my best friend and someone I know I can trust no matter what.

did long jump, triple jump, and the 4x100, but Chace also did high jump while I did not.


How are your personalities different or similar?

Q: Do you have any funny twin stories? Chace: In middle school, when we got our picture day pictures back, they gave both of us copies of Chance’s photos. I realize we look alike but not that much.

Q: We get along well and rarely Chance: get angry at one another. Do you get along well or fight often?

Our personalities are Amanda: extremely different. I am outgoing loud and very energetic. Rebecca is more reserved, quite and prefers to stay at home.

Kaleb & Kyla McLean

Q: We get along pretty well I think, Kyla: more now than we used too at least. I mean, Do you get along well or fight often?

siblings are going to argue, but it’s rare that we don’t get along.

I am way more quiet and rebecca: reserved than Amanda is. I am more calm and collected, while she is more energetic and outgoing than I am. I think our different personalities balance each other out for the most part.


Most twins have a stronger bond than other siblings, is this true for you? I think most same-sex twins Kaleb: usually have a stronger bond than different sex twins because they do a lot more personal things together. I also think all twins have a better bond than non twins because they share birthdays, graduations, and other important dates.

Q: Do you like being a twin? I don’t mind being a twin. Kyla: Sometimes I wish he was a girl, but I’m stuck


with him. He’s not as bad as he seems, and I don’t know if I could imagine actually having a sister or not having a twin at all.

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Final The

Stretch Hutchinson Community College students and advisors expand on the ups and downs of the transfer process.


Haydnn Neufeld

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On average, about 500 students at Hutchinson Community College transfer to other schools after they finish the hours they desire. Rex Cheever, Research Coordinator, said, ”We identify first-time students each fall, and then follow them to graduation and/or transfer. We usually have about 500 of that group of students transfer to another

school within three years of starting (and the majority within two years).” Majority of students transfer to in-state schools like Fort Hays, Wichita State University, and Kansas State University, but students have also gone all the way to schools in Michigan, Arizona, and in a recent report from the Endowment Office, Puerto Rico. Where students plan to go next continues to vary. HutchCC students and advisors together work hard to make the

transfer process go smoothly. Transfer Advisors Kimberly Johnson and Christopher Lau say the top two schools they see students pursuing are Wichita State University (WSU) and Kansas State University (KSU), with The University of Kansas (KU) and Fort Hays State University (FHSU) not far behind. Both Johnson and Lau have been working with transfer students and trying to help ease the process for nearly ten years. Robyn Galliher, Hutchinson, is an Elementary Education major transferring to KSU next Fall. Robyn says the process for her was fairly simple, once she got her transcript and other requirements sent in for acceptance. How did her advisor help with the process? Galliher said, “I was mostly decided on where I wanted to go/what I wanted to do, but having the accessibility of my advisor really helped me to finalize my decision and look further into scholarship opportunities.” The advisors at KSU work hard to cooperate with the advisors here at HutchCC to make the process go smoothly and as simple as possible.   Shelby Jirak, Hutchinson, poses with the “Wildcat” hand symbol. Kansas State University is home to over 24,000 students. Photo by Haydnn Neufeld

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Tyna Stuart, Hutchinson, is pursuing a degree in Nursing at Washburn University. Washburn is home to over 6,600 students each fall. Photo Courtesy of Tyna Stuart

University next fall to pursue her nursing career. By the end, Tyna wants to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Kimberly Johnson, Business Instructor, uses an interesting start to her approach at finding her students’ future home. “One of the first questions I ask as an advisor is whether the student intends to transfer. In the business department, we use a scale of 1 to 10. A 1 means the student does not intend to transfer, a 10 means the student is definitely planning on transferring. I find that most students have a solid answer to that question, so even before coming to HCC, they have at least thought about whether they would like to transfer or not,” Johnson said. Johnson tries to provide helpful tips to ensure her students get a taste of what they want to do and where they could possibly want to go. “Start early. Go ahead and get on the university website to see if you can tour the campus, visit the town, check out housing, and meet with an advisor. Even if you plan on attending HCC for 2 full years, the time will fly by, so it never hurts to start looking at universities early in your academic career.”

Stress can play a big part of transferring and making decisions for your future, and your advisor is the best resource to help overcome that. Johnson said, “If an advisee is stressed out, I try to be a sounding board, a listener, and voice of reason.” Lau went into more depth, “If a student is worried about courses transferring, I can refer them to resources like the Kansas Board of Regents website to show system-wide transfer courses or their transfer college’s website as many of them list out all courses students can transfer in. If the student is stressed about a new environment, I highly encourage a transfer visit, to make contact with someone at the college that can be a familiar face, and we talk to other students who have transferred to learn more about the college environment. If the student is stressed about finances, we discuss financial aid, scholarships, outside employment, etc., and the opportunity cost of a college education (how they will make more money to pay off loans).”

Transfer Students

Shelby Jirak, Hutchinson, is also planning on attending KSU next fall. For Shelby, the transfer process was a little more difficult until she had her mind made up about a major and a future home. Jirak has made her decision, and will be majoring in Business, hoping to pursue a career in Human Resources. Christopher Lau, Coordinator of Advising, Career Dev., and Counseling, said, “HutchCC has excellent transfer partnerships with all public universities in Kansas as well as many private universities. These relationships make it easier for our students to seamlessly transfer after HutchCC. The sooner a student declares a major and decides where to transfer, the easier it is for a HutchCC advisor to make sure the student is taking all the critical classes needed for transfer.” While the exact numbers are uncertain, Lau said that he sees a common pattern with students coming to HutchCC with hours earned through the college while in high school. “If a student comes to HutchCC with 15 hours of college credit, takes two full-time semesters at 15 hours each semester, that student will have 45 hours at the end of the spring semester of their freshman year. This means the student has a decision - transfer early to the university and “reverse” transfer hours to HutchCC to earn a degree, take one more semester with HutchCC and earn the Associates degree at the end of a fall semester and transfer after the fall semester, or plan to stay at HutchCC for two years and take fewer classes each semester.” Tyna Stuart, Hutchinson, is a former Elementary Education major who thanks HCC for helping her realize she prefers Nursing. Stuart will be transferring to Washburn

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in the classroom Putting Skills Into Practice Capstone classes

Fine Arts

Courses showcase work

A Long Time in the Making Instructor prof ile - Dr. Dave Neufeld

Pharmacy Tech Program

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Students study to be pharmacy technicians

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Kelly Patterson, Residential Construction Instructor, revises the home designs of Computer Aided Drafting students Zachery Klaers, Hutchinson, and Jose Ruiz, Salina. Patterson will choose one design to use when the building trades program begins their house project next year. Photo by Samantha Rios

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Zachery Klaers, Hutchinson; Dayton Armer, Hutchinson; and Jose Ruiz, Salina, show their house plans to Kelly Patterson, Residential Construction Instructor. This year the Computer Drafting class is drawing up designs for a house to be built in town.

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Into Practice

Students use their knowledge and skills to work on projects with businesses within the community

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College students want to be prepared for their future and career. They want to be guided in the right direction and not just thrown out there. Hutchinson Community College is a great place for guidance and offers classes that prepare you well for your future. A great example would be Capstone Classes, these classes offer students a chance to put their knowledge and skills into projects that help them get in contact with employers and even gives them a chance to work with potential employers before graduation. Four capstone classes are offered Computer Drafting Capstone, Animation and Game Development Capstone, Visual Media Design Capstone, and Media Communication and Production Capstone. These classes are taken during the fourth semester that way students can pull together the information they have learned in the past three semesters and work on projects that are similar to what they will do in their career. This semester the Computer Drafting Capstone class has worked with Kelly Patterson, Instructor of Residential Construction, on designs for homes that are being built here in Hutchinson. The students drew up their designs and then met with Patterson who refines them. Drafters work with engineers and architects. This class offers students the chance to learn how to work with clients. “It’s good for my students to learn how to work with clients and meet their needs,” Tracy Chadwick, Computer Drafting Instructor, said. Other than specific projects the students can also work on “Passion Projects.” These are projects that they are interested in doing that involve information they have learned in the past and where they can apply their skills. There is a 3D printer that the students can use to make their creations come to life.

Mike Kollhoff, Lowen Corporation; Amber Brawner, Visual Media Design Instructor/Coordinator; Cindy Countryman, Oklahoma City, take measurements of the transformer outside of the Parker Student Union cafeteria. The Visual Media Design Capstone class worked on individual designs for five different transformers around campus.

HutchCC Capstone Classes -Computer Drafting Capstone -Animation and Game Development Capstone -Visual Media Design Capstone -Media Communication and Production Capstone “I feel this class is preparing me for my future,” Zachary Klaers, Hutchinson, said. Chadwick helps the students get in contact with employers and he even has job listings in the classroom for students to look at. “This class has absolutely prepared me for jobs in the future. Having the hands on experience and seeing the design turn from an idea to reality is something that can give any job portfolio the extra flavor above the rest,” Dayton Armer, Hutchinson, said. In Animation and Game Development Capstone the students work either on an animated short film or a video game. “The class simulates the work environment of a professional animation or game development team.” Blair Pauly, animation and game development instructor. The class is divided into sections depending on the project you choose to work on where the students are assigned new jobs. The class helps students test their skills, time management, and teamwork. By the end of the course the goal is for



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the student to be able to work with an animation or game development team in an effective and professional manner. Amber Brawner, Visual Media Design Design Instructor/ Coordinator, said, “[it] incorporates everything students have learned up to this point in the Visual Media Design Program.” Students use industry standard software such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign to create designs for jobs that they find on campus or in the community. A project they have done in the past is create a campaign brochure for United Way. Currently, the class is working on a beautification project where they are working on designs for the transformers around campus. In these projects the students get to meet with clients and come up with designs for these clients. HutchCC offers classes that can help put students on the right path for a future in their career of choice. Getting in contact and being able to work with local businesses allows students to build a portfolio and can help bring their goal to a reality.

  Kelly Pat terson, Residential Construction Instructor, shows Zachery Klaers, Hutchinson, the measurements of the counter. The students needed to know measurments when designing layouts for homes.

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  Mike Kolhoff, Lowen Corporation, uses a tape measure to record the dimensions of the transformers around the HutchCC campus.

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1. Zachery Klaers, Hutchinson, talks to Kelly Patterson, Residential Construction Instructor, about his house design. Patterson refined all the students’ designs. 2. Mikhaila Zelenka, Buhler, works on her 3D model for a game she is creating. During the animation capstone class, students could choose between working on a short film or game design. 3. Bryce Calhoun, Hutchinson, stands at the board to discuss their upcoming project. The class often meets together to talk about each of their assingments for their next project. 4. Calhoun and Bjorn Perkins, Norwich, work on their projects during class. The class gives the students a feel of what working with a professional animation or game development team would be like.






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DESIGN  Dustin Curiel

The Hutchinson Community College fine arts program, led by a group of committed artists, covers all mediums of art from 3D and 2D to graphic design, painting and drawing. The goal of the HutchCC fine arts program is to get students ready to explore career options or go on to study further at a four-year school.

HutchCC students emerse themselves in art.

  Scott Brown had his art appreciation class give President Donald Trump the Warhol treatment . Photo by Dustin Curiel

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1  Amber Klam, Garden Plain, works on an illustrative story for graphic design class. Klam has also won multiple awards for her self portraits. Photo by Jacob Bruch 2  Rachel Darby, Hutchinson, carefully uses an exacto knife to cute out a coin for a logo in graphic design class. As a psychology major, Darby is also very interested in art and its connection with psychology. Photo by Jacob Bruch 3  Ryan Wall, Hutchinson, works on a self portrait in painting class. Wall created this painting in a sepia tone and plans to bring in color later. Photo by Jacob Bruch



4  Tyler Halford, Hutchinson, cuts down papers for a project in grapic design. Halford’s favorite thing to draw is mythical creatures. Photo by Jacob Bruch 5  Scott Brown, Hutchinson, and Azriel Walker, Wichita, discuss her painting. Painting 1 focuses on paintings from still life settings to self portraits. Photo by Dustin Curiel 6  A mock-up still life painting of dinosaur life is staged for artist Jeannette Crossno, Hutchison. Each student painted a different scene in the class. Photo by Jacob Bruch


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Psychology Instructor Dr. Dave Neufeldt hands back tests at the beginning of class. He taught psychology and human growth and development his last semester. Photo by Dustin Curiel

A Long Time In The Making Area native and Hutchinson Community College alumni retires after 30 years of teaching.

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STORY & DESIGN  Dustin Curiel


For most, public speaking doesn’t come easy. In the U.S., 74 percent of people suffer from some form of speech anxiety. This anxiety often deters people from certain pursuits. However, for Hutchinson Community College Instructor Dr. Dave Neufeldt, also known as Dr. Dave, his enjoyment of speaking gave way to a career in teaching. “I had researched assistantships when I was working on my doctorate, I had teaching assistantships, I guess I just enjoyed getting in front of the class,” Neufeldt said. “That wasn’t my goal when I started my career, but it just sort of gravitated that way.”

The year 2018 marks Dr. Dave’s 30th and final year as an instructor for HutchCC, but his legacy with the institution goes back further than that to the 1970s. Being an Inman native, Dr. Dave grew up on a farm and attended Inman High School. He was recruited by then HutchCC track coach, Terry Masterson. As a Blue Dragon athlete, he attended the national track and field meet. HutchCC had always been in eye sight for Dr. Dave. He said that during his time at the school, “I didn’t live in the dorm. I had some roommates I went to high school with and we all pretty much knew all along we’d go

to Hutch Juco,” After leaving HutchCC, he transferred to Emporia State University where he also ran track. He eventually transferred to the University of Arkansas to begin work on his Ph.D. Dr. Dave enjoyed a small stint in Texas while teaching industrial organizational psychology to graduate students. Despite an abundance of research resources at the larger university, Dr. Dave still wanted to get back to the Hutchinson area. “I knew I wanted to get closer to around here,” Neufeldt said. “There was an opening at Kraton which would have been half way as close, but I knew I wanted to get closer

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back to here, so here I am.” While Dr. Dave’s motivation comes from wanting to be back home, it doesn’t deter the time and care he’s invested into his students during his career at HutchCC. He reflected on his contributions to the school and his years spent here. Speaking to some of Dr. Dave’s students gives insight to the type of instructor he is and the impact he’s leaving. Many students cite his sense of humor as being what draws their attention during class. Serena Williams, Hutchinson, has been a student of Dr. Dave for the past few months and his impact is already evident “When I heard he was retiring even though I’ve only had him a few months I was sad, he’s one of my favorite teachers I’ve ever had, and I’ve even had classes at KU.”

  Dr. Dave’s track team photo from the 1973 HutchCC yearbook, the Dragon’s Tale. He competed at the national junior college track meet.

Dr. Dave’s desire to see students strive is something that makes him stand out amongst the rest, the old saying goes along of the lines of “They’ll give you the shirt off their back,” in this case Dr. Dave lent Williams a copy of an expensive study guide while she was struggling in class. “I don’t like taking tests, they make me really anxious so he was nice enough to give me the guide book for studying from his personal books, so I went down to his office,” Williams said. “He wants you to do good.” “It’s gotta be all about the students,” Neufeldt said. “I’ve had good students, I’ve got students that are physicians now, gone on to get Ph.Ds. So it’s nice to hear back from students. It’s fun to write letters of recommendation to get them accepted into programs and I guess that’s probably where the pay off is, there’s some good students that come here.”

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  Fifteen years after attending HutchCC, Dr. Dave moved back to the area and began teaching. His love for psychology spanned his 30-year teaching career.

Dr. Dave

“It’s gotta be all about the students.”

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Pharmacy Tech Program Students study to be Pharmacy Technicians

Season Kemp, Pratt, uses a black light to detect spillage from her mock chemo preparation.

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The Hutchinson Community College Pharmacy Technician program is designed to have a variety of courses to help prepare a student to be successful in any pharmacy environment. This program involves a lot of hands on work in the lab. Students learn about the importance of a sterile environment while preparing medications. The students are also expected to be able to work in multiple environments. Cristal Greene, Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator, said, “They should be able to exceed in online classes, face-to-face labs, and practicum.” New classes start each fall with 16 being admitted every year. The program is a 33-credit hour program leading to a certificate.

Students admitted into the program 16 per year

Jobs in the field Community or hospital pharmacy Average starting Pay? $10-$15 an hour

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Thomas Martin, Wichita, practices making an IV antibiotic. Hospitals have pharmacy technicians devoted to making IV’s during their entire work shift.


2. Kaisha Reber, Anthony, practices an IV antibiotic reconstruction. 3. Reber practices cleaning her hood. The hood served as the workspace for the pharmacy technicians to ensure a contained environment.

Pharmacy Technician Program

1. Markayla Fisher, Wichita, practices scrubbing her arms and hands before putting her gown on. Technicians were required to scrub for two minutes to be sterile.

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in the community Open book, Open Mind Exploring Hutchinson’s local bookstores and study spaces

From Past to Presidency

Uncovering the road to Dr. Carter File’s position at HutchCC

Circle K

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Student club on campus

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A customer checks out at Bluebird Books in downtown Hutchinson. The store featured a little coffee shop that served sandwiches and soup. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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pen open

book mind

STORY, DESIGN & PHOTOS  Shannon Leininger

Exploring Hutchinson’s local bookstores and study spaces


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Bookends bookstore is considered to be a gem in Downtown Hutchinson. This used and antique bookstore is locally owned by two retired school teachers who have a keen eye for antique reads. This bookstore features many bargains and is often known for it’s cozy environment.

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Bluebird Books Bluebird Books is a locally owned, and operated book store that has both new, and used books on South Main Street. In addition to books, Bluebird’s also features coffee drinks and a variety of food items; creating an inviting, reader friendly space. This bright and charming bookstore features monthly best sellers, a bargain section and a wide array of genres for all ages.

Hutchinson Public Library

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The Hutchinson Public Library was established in 1901 and continues to serve the community and Reno County with variety of books, audio resources and internet access. Additionally, this public area has been newly renovated and has an array of quiet study areas.

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STORY & DESIGN  Shannon Leininger

Uncovering the road to Dr. Carter File’s Position at HutchCC

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Quick witted, good-humored, upbeat, genuine and committed are words typically used when describing the man in charge of Hutchinson Community College. While many of the students only see him as the president of HutchCC, there is a whole other side to Dr. Carter File. Likewise, there were many steps that were taken before obtaining this position in higher education. File’s story began in Boyd in a family of six children; he was the youngest. While in high school, File kept busy running track, playing basketball and football, and working as a carpenter with his brothers. As a teenager, File was very similarly natured to his current self. “I wouldn’t say I was the class clown, but I do like to make people laugh,” File said with a chuckle. “I would never describe myself as a nose-to-the-grindstone type of person.” Straight out of high school, File focused on obtaining a job only to earn a living. With that in mind, he went to a vocational school and learned to be an electrician. After he had decided to receive his associates from Cloud County Community College, File went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, followed by a Master’s degree from the University of Baltimore. Once he began working as the Chief Financial Officer at Cloud

  Dr. File’s HutchCC professional photo. Photo Courtesy HutchCC Marketing   Dr. File’s senior yearbook photo. Photo courtesy Dr. Carter File

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County, he realized higher education was the right fit for him and continued his education at the University of Nebraska, where he received his Doctoral degree. “Working with the students and helping them achieve their goals is my favorite aspect of my job,” File said. “Especially at community colleges, every day we are able to make a difference in their lives.” File has continued as an advocate for continued learning after seeing what his education brought to his life. Each day he is reminded of this and inspired by the students on campus. “There’s a lot of students who have challenges, and yet every day I see them show up to school and they do whatever they can in order to better themselves,” File said. “Dr. File has always backed up SGA completely,” Lane Wiens, SGA President said. “No matter what, Dr. File always has the best interests of the students and faculty at heart.” At Hu t c h C C , w i t h a background in business and finance, File has also brought many attributes to the college that have provided the school with a wealth of success. “Dr. File is a forward thinker,” Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance and Operations, said. “He’s a data guy so he’s constantly analyzing, estimating and forecasting and will very often consider the future impact of current situations and decisions.” The stress of funding, and other typical challenges a leader faces, often requires help. Robin Woodworth, Administrative Assistant to the President, works alongside him to make sure his day runs as smooth as possible. “My job through the day could be anything from scheduling

“every day we are able to make a difference” -Dr. Carter File

   Dr. File speaks to an audience during the Fire Science Building Dedication event. Public speaking is something Dr. File often participates in his career, as he also co-teaches a leadership class on campus. Photo courtesy HutchCC Marketing

HutchCC President Dr. File

  Senior in high school, Dr. File poses for a group photo. In addition to being a student, during his high school years, File worked as a carpenter with his older brothers. Photo courtesy Dr. Carter File

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   Accompanied by his president’s council, Dr. File participates in a lipsyncing battle in Gowans Stadium. The lip-syncing competition was a part of campaign kick-off for United Way. Photo Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

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appointments, booking professional travel plans, preparing agenda and agenda items for the board of trustees meeting, to always making sure there is always tea in the pitcher,” Woodworth said. His calendar maybe full of college-related events, as well as his community involvement, but File also has many interests and hobbies. Being a family man and spending his free time with his wife Tracey and two kids, Emily and Sam, File enjoys working on do-it-yourself projects around the house. These activities often include restoring his ‘91 Ford pickup, replacing flooring, or repairing drywall. “It’s a different kind of work than I do here,” File said. “It’s a single project that I have to finish and things don’t seem so big and overwhelming sometimes.” Being involved in the campus community, File participates in fun activities as often as possible. “I knew I’d made the right decision to join the college when the first homecoming assembly featured Dr. File and President’s Council lip-syncing for the student body,” Denny Stoecklein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said. At another event for United Way, File was even game to get his head shaved with a blue dragon carved in the back. Additionally, an event that featured the Christmas favorite, “Elf,” Dr. File readily arrived dressed up as Buddy The Elf. “There aren’t many leaders who are willing to put themselves out there like that and I think that’s a great attribute of Dr. File’s,” said Stoecklein. With File’s witty sense of humor and dedication to the college, he continues to bring the light, energy and business side to HutchCC.

   During the HutchCC Fort Riley building ribbon cutting event, Dr. File cuts the ribbon with the help of Fort Riley personnel. The building was constructed in 1889 as a barracks for cavalry troops assigned to Fort Riley. Photo Courtesy of HutchCC Marketing

HutchCC President Dr. File

   Dr. File races into second place during a hurdles relay as a senior of Beloit High School. Throughout high school, Dr. File was a year-round athlete; participating in three sports. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Carter File

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CIRCLE K PHOTOS  Haydnn Neufeld DESIGN  Megan Ryan




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2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

3. 7. 8. 9.

Kelli, Bret Sauvage, Lindsborg, and Jennifer pose for a silly photo during an Easter egg hunt on HutchCC campus. This program allows students to get involved with the community. Ashton Schlickau, Haven, Elissa Heller, Hutchinson, Caitlin Schlickau, Haven pose for photo after announcement of next years leadership roles. Ashton S. is secretary, Heller is president, Caitlin S. is vice president. Sara Patteson, Udall, stands to talk to her fellow members. The activities that are planned for Circle K are based towards the Hutchinson community, college campus or worldwide. Deandre Baugh, Hutchinson, and a member of the Tech Community search for Easter eggs during a Circle K event. Circle K has students who are service and social chair members who are put in charge of organizing each event. Alex Stika, Burdick, and Chad pose for a picture outside on HutchCC campus. Students are encouraged to join Circle K because it helps build their resumes for the future. Jesse Dealy, Gage Schoenhoff, both Fairfield, Morgan Rotramel, Hutchinson, and Lindsey Johnson, Lindsborg all sit around the table and vote for next year’s officers. Circle K is a part of the Kiwanis family. Sauvage, finds an Easter egg in a tree on campus during the Circle K Easter egg hunt with Tech. Sauvage decided to join Circle K because of the student activities fair, which he thought would be a good fit for nervous incoming freshman. Jesse Dealy and Gage Schoenhoff read the pledge aloud to fellow members. Tech is a partner to Circle K and focuses on helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Circle K


Gage Schoenhoff, Fairfield, and Steven pose for photo during a Wednesday night Circle K event. The Club is a service organization that provides service, leadership and fellowship opportunities for its members.

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on the field Breaking Records Track & Field

Climbing the Ranks Golf

Home Run Hitters Sof tball

Home of Blue Dragon Baseball

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The Blue Dragon baseball team heads off the field after the first game Feb. 27 against Redlands at Hobart-Detter field. HutchCC won both games 13-5 and 6-5. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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Breaking Records HutchCC Track team has record-breaking season. STORY & DESIGN  Jacob Bruch

   Denilson Whitmore pumps up his brother Donovan Whitmore, Murfreesboro, Tenn., before he runs the 200-meter dash. Both brothers compete in the 4x400 relay that was ranked 11th entering the national championship. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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  Adriana Janic, Malmo, Sweden, practices high jump at a team practice. Janic’s high jump personal record is 5-feet, 9.25-inches set at indoor nationals. Photo by Jacob Bruch

The opening meet of the track and field season at Hutchinson Community College set the tone for a record-breaking season as seven Blue Dragon athletes qualified for the national indoor championships. D ur ing t he R eg ion VI Indo or Championship meet on Feb. 16, 2018, Alex Grays, Decatur, Ala., broke a school record in the indoor 200-meter race. He was also named the Jayhawk Conference athlete of the week. The HutchCC track team earned two All-American Honors and broke a school record during the National Junior College

Athletic Association Indoor Championship in Lubbock, Texas, on Mar. 3. The 4x400 meter relay team ran 14 seconds faster than the previous record of 3:17.90 which was set in 1987. The relay team consisted of: Fred Gonsalvies, Miami, Fla.; Donovan Whitmore and Denilson Whitmore, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Elijah Smith, Anna, Texas. Setting a new school record for the 60-meter hurdles, Adriana Janic, Malmo, Sweden, became the second female on the team to ever win back-to-back national titles in the same event. Her time of 8.33 seconds

broke her own record set the previous year. Janic said “It felt good to come in as an underdog, being ranked No. 2 in the nation knowing that the girl that was No. 1 had the same time as my own personal record since 2015, I didn’t want to travel all the way up to Texas and end up as the runner up. “My mind was set up to win ever since I won it freshman year and when I came into nationals this year I was the one to beat and winnnig a national title as a freshman puts a lot a weight on your shoulders because people are expecting you to do it again.”

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Ocean Paul, Beloit, clears the bar pole vaulting in an indoor meet. Paul’s pole vault personal record is 10-feet, 6-inches, tying her for the third best vaulter in HutchCC history. Photo by Allie Schweizer

    Rachel Hagen, Hutchinson, gives all she has on a long jump in practice. There was a lot of optimism with the ladies program this year. Photo by Jacob Bruch

   Ta’Marche Mason, Junction City, rounds the first corner in a sprinting workout. Mason is a returning sophomore to the sprinting squad this season. Photo by Jacob Bruch

   Devon Henderson, Marietta, GA., fights for the lead in the 60 meter dash. Henderson placed fourth in the 60 meter at indoor nationals. Photo by Allie Schweizer

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   Jeremy Stiebens, Hutchinson, runs a distance workout in practice. Stiebens placed 2nd for the mens distance in the 5K at the first outdoor meet this year. Photo by Jacob Bruch

Track & Field

  Demetrius Washington, Marietta, GA., practices long jump at a practice. The mens out door track and field team is ranked ninth as of April ninth. Photo by Jacob Bruch

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Lake Leroux, Colombia, Mo., tees off one of the final tee boxes in the sceond round of the Jayhawk No. 1 meet in Manhattan. Leroux was not playing with the team, but as a individual and tied for 30th place.

2017-18 Golf results Newman Fall Invitational Oct. 2-3 Team 6th Mathew Percy T8 Bent Tree Intercollegiate Oct. 9-10 Team 3rd NJCAA National Preview Oct. 16-17 Team 8th Missouri Southern Fall Invitational Oct. 23-24 Team T10th Cole Gritton T7th Dr. Pepper Invitational Oct. 30-31 Team 3rd Doug Rios-Ceballos 8th Joseph O’Neill T9th Bethany College Classic March 5-6

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Jayhawk No. 1 March 26 Team 3rd Mathew Percy 4th Max Smith T8th Andrew Rios-Ceballos T8th

Cole Gritton, Manhattan, putts on the fringe of the first green. Gritton shot an 81 first round and an 82 second round with a cumulative score of 163 for the day in Manhattan.

Jayhawk No. 2 April 9 Team 3rd Doug Rios-Ceballos 2nd Mathew Percy T7th Jayhwak Championship April 16-17 NJCAA District III/Region VI Championship April 23-24 NJCAA Division I Championships May 15-18

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Climbing the Ranks HutchCC Golf Starts Spring Season at No. 7 DESIGN  Jacob Bruch  PHOTOGRAPHY Allie Schweizer

Andrew Rios-Ceballos, Sydney, Australia chips onto the green at the beginning of his second round. RiosCeballos was tied for first after the first round of 18 holes at the Jayhawk No. 1.


Max Smith, Colchester, England, holds his follow-through after a drive. Smith finished the Jayhawk No. 1 after two rounds tying for 6th place.

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Home Run


Hutchinson Community College Lady Dragons softball team has been one with the wind so far this season. With 25 home runs total, they are currently in the top twenty of all NJCAA DII schools. Kiara DeCrane leads the team with 8, and Raven Bass isn’t far behind with

DESIGN  Haydnn Neufeld PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

7. Six other players also have home runs; Brynne Stockman, Ashton Reynolds, and Bekah Roberts are not pictured with one each. The Lady Dragons currently sit at number 18 overall, with a record of 26-6 and have a promising future with the foundation they’ve set thus far.


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1  Izzy Godinez runs around the diamond after a big hit. Godinez has two home runs so far this season.

2  D.J. Cannon throws a pitch, she was recently named Jayhawk East Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time in her career. Cannon has hit three home runs this season.

3  Kiara DeCrane puts up Dragon horns as she stands on second base. DeCrane has eight home runs so far this season.

4  Natalie Semmel runs the bases after a hit. Semmel has two home runs this season.

5  Raven Bass swings at a pitch. Bass has seven home runs this season.


Feb. 8 Feb. 14 Feb. 27 Mar. 1 March 2 March 8 March 9 March 13 March 16 March 17

2017-18 Softball Scoreboard

Pratt CC Pratt CC Barton CC Barton CC Bethel JV Bethel JV Oklahoma Wesleyan JV Oklahoma Wesleyan JV Rose State College Rose State College Cloud County CC Cloud County CC Garden City CC Garden City CC Hesston College Hesston College Coffeyville CC Coffeyville CC Labette CC Labette CC

W, 16-1 W, 8-0 W, 6-1 W, 9-4 W, 28-6 W, 7-2 W, 5-2 L, 6-3 W, 4-0 W, 7-0 W, 9-1 L, 6-2 W, 5-0 W, 9-4 W, 8-4 W, 10-7 W, 11-2 W, 13-5 L, 9-8 W, 2-1

March 23 March 24 March 28 April 3 April 5 April 11 April 12 April 13 April 17 April 24

Johnson County CC Johnson County CC Fort Scott CC Fort Scott CC Tabor JV Tabor JV Independence CC Independence CC Highland CC Highland CC Kansas City Kansas CC Kansas City Kansas CC Neosho County CC Neosho County CC Allen County CC Allen County CC Cowley County CC Cowley County CC Bethany JV Bethany JV

L, 3-2 L, 8-0 W, 2-1 W, 11-2 W, 11-3 W, 11-1 W, 12-2 W, 11-1 W, 4-3 L, 9-3 W, 3-2 W, 12-2


Results as of April 12, 2018

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STORY, DESIGN & PHOTOS  Allie Schweizer

Garrett Stephens, Kansas City : What has been the highlight of your baseball career this year?

Julian Rip, Netherlands : What has been the highlight of your baseball career this year?

A: The highlight of my season would have

A: I’d say when I hit a home run in front of


to be hitting three home runs against Butler. That’s the most home runs I’ve ever hit in a series and to be able to do it against our rival was a good feeling. Timo Van Lingen, Netherlands : How are your coaches involved and helpful to you and the team?


A: Our coaches are great because they care

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so much about us. They spend so much of their time with the team and are always available if you need their help or some extra work before or after practice. I think it’d be hard to find a coaching staff that cares more about their team. Dylan Nedved, Shawnee : When was the first time you hit a collegiate home run?


A: We were playing against Barton at Hobart

D. It was cold and the wind was blowing in hard. I crushed the ball to left center and it barely scraped the trees. I put some juice into that one.


my parents, who came out of the Netherlands to see me. Ryan Stoecklein, Hutchinson : What are some of your baseball superstitions or pregame rituals?


A: Before every home game I have to shower

and shave my arms.

Logan Sartori, Lincoln, Neb. : What has been the highlight of the season so far?


: We were playing at Northeast Texas CC and we were down 7-2 in the 7th inning. In the 7th inning I hit my first career college home run over their “green monster” fence in left field. It was a solo homer. We didn’t score in the 8th so then it was the top of the 9th with 2 outs and Ryan Moritz hit a grand slam to tie the game. In the top of 10th Zach Baxley then hit a game winning two run home run. It was the coolest/craziest thing that happened this year because it brought our team together and made us closer as a team.

Wyatt Divis, Lincoln, Neb. : What is special about this year’s team?


A: This team is special because we have a

young talented team. We don’t even know how good we are and we show glimpses here and there but don’t know how special we can be. Really good talented freshman. Brock Schaffer, Andover : What is the funniest thing that has happened this season?


: Coach Cervantez was smack talking to me while I was up at the plate during an intersquad (fun smack talking of course) and he was saying how I would roll over this at bat or something and I ended up getting a line drive hit so I kinda stared him down and threw my bat his way when running to first base and then Coach C ended up throwing my bat out of the field. I couldn’t help but laugh so I would have to say that’s the funniest thing that has happened to me this year. Ryan Moritz, Omaha, NE : What has been the highlight of your baseball career this year?


: Hitting a pinch-hit grand slam to tie the game in the top of the 9th.

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1. Logan Sartori, Lincoln, Neb., hits a walk off in game one against Colby. Sartori was recently named the Jayhawk Conference Baseball Player of the Week. 2. Dylan Nedved, Shawnee, slides into home plate after Sartori’s walk off hit against Colby. Nedved leads the team with 55 hits. 3. The baseball team storms the field after Sartori’s walk off hit. The Blue Dragons have hit 59 home runs so far this season.



4. The team celebrates their win against Colby. The Blue Dragons tackled Sartori and threw water on him


Blue Dragon Baseball


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1 2017-2018 Baseball Scoreboard Coffeyville W 11-1 Coffeyville L 7-6 Coffeyville W 10-1 Northeast Texas L 7-1 Northeast Texas W 9-7 Northeast Texas L 15-11 Independence W 19-12 Redlands W 13-5 Redlands W 6-5 Colby W 3-2 Colby L 10-3 Colby L 5-1 Colby L 12-9 Seminole State L 5-2 Cloud County L 3-0 Cloud County W 9-6 Cloud County W 11-1 Cloud County W 9-8 W 28-24 North Iowa Area Butler W 14-10 Butler W 15-10 Butler L 5-4 Butler W 5-4 Cowley County L 9-3 Barton L 8-5 Barton L 13-12 Barton W 4-3 Barton L 10-3 Dodge City L 11-10 Dodge City W 11-2 Dodge City W 4-2 Dodge City L 16-3 W 18-2 Independence Garden City W 5-0 Garden City W 9-8 Garden City L 8-5 Northern Oklahoma W 15-5 Barton L 14-4 MCC-Longview W 11-1 Results as of April 12, 2018




Dragon’s Tale • Spring 2018

1. Garrett Stephens, Kansas City, catches the ball as it is pitched from the mound at Hobart-Detter Field. Stephens has a total of 119 putouts this season. 2. Timo Van Lingen, Netherlands, throws a pitch against Independence. During this game the Blue Dragons had three innings with five or more runs as they defeated Independence on a windy Sunday at Hobart-Detter Field. 3. Zion Bowlin, Lawrence, catches a pop fly in right field. Bowlin doubled off the runner at first base for a double play against Cloud County. 4. Scott Wolverton, Seward, Neb., slides into third base during the game against Garden City. Wolverton went 2 for 3 with a double, triple and run scored.

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6 Players Committed to Play

Division I Baseball 5. Masen Palmier, St. Louis, Mo., throws a pitch from the mound at Hobart-Detter Field. Palmier has committed to play at Southeast Missouri State University.

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6. Bobby Morgensen, Omaha, Neb., hits a triple in the home opener against Independence. Morgensen has committed to play at Florida Atlantic University. 7. Wyatt Divis, Lincoln, Neb., fields the ball in left field. Divis has committed to play at the University of Texas in Arlington. As of April 11, 2018

8. Julian Rip, Netherlands, rounds third and heads home to score another run against North Iowa Area. The Blue Dragons scored 28 against North Iowa Area and broke the team scoring record that had just been set last season when the team scored 26 at Cloud County.


9. Ryan Stoecklein, Hutchinson, catches the ball on first for another out against North Iowa Area. During this game Stoecklein also hit a two-run home run in the second inning.


10. Brock Schaffer, Andover, raises his helmet to celebrate a Blue Dragon run against North Iowa Area. Schaffer went 3 for 6 with a double, home run, three runs and three RBIs.

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2nd Place in Column Writing – Merissa Anderson

Conference in Wichita on April 8-9.

2nd Place in Feature Writing – Merissa Anderson 1st & 2nd Place in News Writing & Reporting – Merissa Anderson

Two-Year College Division Journalist of the Year

2nd Place in Page Design – Brenna Eller

Winner - Merissa Anderson

Honorable Mention in Special Sections – Collegian Staff

Runner-up - Allie Schweizer

1st & 3rd Place in Sports Feature Writing – Lucas Barlow Two Honorable Mentions in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

All School Individual Awards

2nd Place in Sports/Action Photography – Merissa Anderson

Honorable Mention in Ad Design – Monica Pulliam (Dragon’s Tale)

1st Place in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

Honorable Mention in Illustration & Infographics Kourtney Sweet (Collegian) Honorable Mention in Printed Photo Essay Allie Schweizer (Dragon’s Tale) Two-Year College Division

Dragon’s Tale magazine - Overall Gold Medalist & All-Kansas Award in the magazine division Yearbook & Magazine Honorable Mention in Feature Photography - Taryn Gillespie

2nd Place in Copy Editing - Merissa Anderson (Collegian)

Honorable Mention in Headlines - Dustin Curiel

The Collegian newspaper - Overall Silver Medalist in the two-year newspaper division

3rd & Honorable Mention in News/Event Photography – Allie Schweizer

Honorable Mention in News & Event Writing – Megan Ryan 2nd & 3rd Place in Table of Contents – Dustin Curiel 3rd & Honorable Mention in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

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Dragon's Tale - Spring 2018 Issue  

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