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We Got the Beat Students bring pep to campus

Sign of the Times Campus demonstrations


Community service projects

Loud & Proud

Cheer students bring pep to HCC

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Seth Williams, Pretty Prairie, plays the trombone during a pep band performance for a home basketball game. This is William’s first year playing in the HCC band. Allie Schwiezer

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




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Table Of

Contents 4 C reating a Career

Through a Passion

AV Club

Jeff Leddy

6 Making an Imprint Child Care Center

Megan Ryan

10 Sign Of The Times Campus Demonstrations

Loribeth Reynolds

14 ITS Awareness

Technology department helps students Keisha Hendricks

18 W e’ve Got the Beat Band students bring pep to campus

Taryn Gillespie

22 A Shot In The Dark

Photography class give students experience Megan Ryan

26 Volunteer

Scholarship students give back

Allie Schweizer

30 All Lit Up Students help local zoo

Taryn Gillespie

32 I n Business

Student runs a business and finishes a degree

Loribeth Reynolds

38 Loud & Proud Lady Dragon Cheer Team

Evan Newlin & Taryn Gillespie

40 Stay Focused & Have Fun Dragon Dolls

Jeff Leddy

42 Blue Dragon Basketball

Women & Men Allie Schweizer & Monica Pulliam

46 Advertisements

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Campus Sign of the Times On-campus rallies

ITS Awareness Department on campus helps students

Making an Imprint on the Next Generation HCC Child Care Center

Creating a Career Through a Passion Students explore Audio/Visual Club


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“AV club is a film club that hosts movies every two weeks. We usually meet and discuss the movies afterwards and it is also an outlet for people who want to explore film creatively.” -Joey Ralph 002-003 Divider-On Campus.indd 3

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Audio/Visual Club provides a chance to find a new career path through film.

For students who want to work with film, cameras, and editing, or others who seek a creative outlet, the Audio Visual Club at Hutchinson Community College may be the answer. “A/V club is a film club that hosts movies every two weeks,” said Club President Joey Ralph. “We usually meet and discuss the movies afterwards and it is also an outlet for people who want to explore film creatively. So maybe they have an interest in being a camera operator or editor, or being an actor or actress or things like that. There’s plenty of things people can do with film and we

wanted to have a club where those types of people could meet and network. And have the opportunity to not only be a part of some great movie nights, and discussions, but also be a part of potentially getting spots on a set when we bring in commercial work and stuff like that.” Ralph said that anybody can come to the A/V club meetings. Attendees do not have to be associated with a film course or media class at HutchCC. There are even some local high school students that attend and the club invites the public to their meetings as well.

“It’s the best way to meet people who are involved in the film program, the media production program here at HCC,” said Ralph. “It’s a great way to get connected and to kind of build on your film knowledge, and help you maybe narrow down your career path.” Kailey Lohrman, Wichita, is not only an active member of the A/V club, she is a co-founder of the club who helped write the original constitution. Lohrman is active with the media program here at HutchCC. “I have always been involved in media really,” said Lohrman. “I shadowed Andrew

Kailey Lohrman, Wichita; Joey Ralph, St. John’s, Newfoundland; and A/V Club President Joey Thiel, Herington, calibrate camera equipment for a media project. Students worked together as a team on the set. Jeff Leddy



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Tash, our sponsor, when I was a junior in high school.” Lohrman stays busy, always having projects going, including one she is currently working on with a fellow club member, about sunsets with a message about not wasting time. She has another message that she promotes through her work as well. “I attended the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute this summer and from there I created an honors project about how women are misrepresented in media and that our voices are kind of drowned out a little bit,” said Lohrman. “So I’ve been using that, in addition to honors projects throughout the year.” The club’s final meeting of the fall semester was a showing of the award-winning movie “Spirited Away,” and the turnout was surprising. According to Ralph, there was a 2.5 percent increase in the people that attended the meeting. “We need to do more animated films apparently,” said Ralph. Akiko Tomihara, Okinawa, Japan, said that she has seen “Spirited Away” before and that it is her favorite movie. She heard about A/V club from Lohrman and decided to show up to the showing of her favorite movie. “I’m from Japan and was a member of the movie club in high school,” said Tomihara. She is interested in doing more of that kind of stuff at HutchCC. Maddie Carithers, Hutchinson, has been to almost every A/V club movie showing and really enjoys the meetings. She heard about the club from a friend. I’m looking forward to editing videos in next semester’s A/V club,” Carithers said. The A/V club at HutchCC provides that creative oulet as well as a place where the community can come together and enjoy great films.

Audio/Visual Club

2016 SHOWINGS SPOTLIGHT Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Spirited Away The Thing

Visit Kailey Lohrman’s blog featuring her work for women in media: www. k aileylohrman. w ordpress. c om (Top) Jordan Horsch, part-time instructor, poses for the camera in front of a green screen as club members get ready for a project. Horsch and Lohrman went on to produce their project titled “Moment.” (Bottom) Ralph introduces the movie “Spirited Away.” This showing had the best turnout of the semester. Jeff Leddy

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IMPRINTon the NEXT GENERATION The HCC Child Care Center is a safe environment where children can learn and have fun. It’s a safe place for parents to leave their children and know they will be taken care of while at work or attending school. The Hutchinson Community College Child Care Center opened its doors 29 years ago. The center takes children between the ages of three and six; the facility is a home away from home for some of these children. It is a non-profit childcare facility, designed to provide care for HCC students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding school district’s staff. “I love the childcare center. They do a really good job and I feel safe knowing they love those kids. I have actually learned some parenting skills from them. I have used some of the things they say. I was like ‘I can use that at home!’ So, they have helped my parenting as well,”said Kim Johnson, Business Instructor and parent. There are currently 24 children attending the center. Ten HCC students take advantage of the service as well as seven HCC employees


and seven employees from the surrounding districts. The childcare center is actively marketing through posters and the HCC website to get more children in the door. Word of mouth has been the biggest way of promoting the on-campus service. The center is a full-time job and in order to be hired the teachers need proper credentials which includes a degree. At the center there is currently three full-time employees and one-part time as well as two work-study and a volunteer. The administrator at the center is Julie Wisbey, who loves working with the children. “I have worked here for 21 years. My niece attended here 21 years ago, which is how I heard there was a job opening. I was a teacher at the time and was able to take the coordinator position for the center,” Wisbey said. Like other schools, they teach the children, but also let them have fun. The kids get to work on projects where they build unique things, for instance they recently helped build a snow plow to enhance what they were learning. “The lesson plans are based on Reggio Emilla, which is basically seeing the world through the children’s eyes,” said Darla Piepmeier, Child Care Assistant. The teachers discuss themes they want to cover and teach the children about each over a three-week course.


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Carson, son of student Brittany Ramsey; Ambrosius, son of student Arabia Lydic; and Mia, daughter of USD 308 employee Nathan Henry, huddle together while playing a game. The children played under a bridge structure in the backyard at the center. Photo Illustration by Megan Ryan (Left) Playing a sensory game, Child Care Assistant Lona Willems surprises Lyndi, daughter of Visual Media Design Instructor Amber Brawner, while Haddie, daughter of Assistant Director of Marketing & Public Relations Janae DeWeese, waits for her turn. The children pulled erasers out of a purse. Loribeth Reynolds (Below) Luke, son of Kim Johnson, Buisness Instructor, builds a block tower. The separate magnetic blocks allowed children to construct different things. Loribeth Reynolds

“You can be surprised by what they do know. They are like little sponges anyway. So, it is interesting to watch them progress from the time they come to the time they leave. It is amazing,” Piepmeier said. “What I like is how they aren’t really necessarily a preschool or that they do a lot of hardcore learning because at this age what are they going to learn, but at this age they are teaching them how to communicate, and how to socialize. I have two older kids and so there is a nine-year difference so he [Jackson] doesn’t really get to play with kids his own age so this way he learns how to share and express anger in a positive way,” said Kim Newberry, Sociology Instructor and parent. The childcare facility was previously a home. The college is now putting in some updates to the center, one of the biggest updates is the backyard. The play area features a waterfall, and sandbox as well as a playhouse. “The kids got to help build the playhouse. It was a donation from the State Fair,” Wisbey said. “We couldn’t refuse it! The kids loved helping, they even put nails in the studs. It was such a cool experience.”

The Reggio Emilia approach is a technique of learning and teaching for children. In its most basic form, it is a way of observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them.

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The latest addition to the backyard is a slide hill that is currently under construction. “They are really excited because they get to see the slide, it will be quite the project to finish. They see it and they just can’t wait,” Piepmeier said. “They like to see the workers come over and dig. They just feel like they are a part of it, which they should feel that way. It is interesting to see their reaction.” Throughout the year, the children get to go on field trips that helps enforce what they are learning. During the month of September, they learn about farm animals and then take a trip to the Kansas State Fair to experience them first-hand. Other field trips include Dillion Nature Center and Trick-or-Treating around campus. “I remember one year there was this little boy dressed up as Batman and he was just really tuff, the second office apartment we went to, he looked at me and said ‘I just can’t carry this is anymore,’ and I said, ‘I thought you were the tough, brave Batman’ and he


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(Right) Morgan, daughter of student Elicia Lance, Hutchinson, puts on a puppet show while Haley, daughter of student Brenden Evans, South Hutchinson, watches. The window area was constructed in the center’s drama room. Loribeth Reynolds (Below) Jackson, son of Kim Newberry, Sociology Instructor, and Jesse Newberry, Computer Support Instructor, picks candy out of a basket with Willems and Mia. The children trick-or-treated around HCC’s main campus for Halloween, this event was called the Dress-Up Parade. Taryn Gilliespie

goes, ‘Its just pretend.’ It was so cute,” Mather said. During the summer months, the older children go on field trips every day. They explore the Reno County museum, the local parks, water park, and the library. With the Campus being so close to the center, the parents can stop by and eat lunch with kids. “I love that he is just right there but not too close so he is kind of separate, he calls it work. He goes to work and I go to work, and every now and then I get to see him on campus. And sometimes they go eat in the cafeteria, and if I’m free, I will go sit with him and all his little people and its really fun,” said Newberry. The childcare center offers convenience to the parents that are teachers because of its location. Other benefits include: being inexpensive according to Johnson, compared to other locations around town and especially for students. Hutchinson Community College students get a discount, which allows it to be even more reasonable for parents to take their kids there. The teachers that work at the center really care about their jobs and helping kids. One in particular considers some of these kids as family. “Six years ago I was on the cross walk across from Rimmer. I was hit by a car and I am very fortunate to be here. I was in the



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hospital two days shy of a month, and off work for four months due to numerous surgeries. The thought that kept going through my head was, I need to get back to my children, I need to get back to my children. That was a huge pull and a big driving moment for me. And then to walk in that door and have those kids to surround me. Unless you have been there, which I hope no one has to,” Piepmeier said. “My heart just wanted to burst because they are so loving and caring even though they are challenging at times. When you get those hugs and you know it is genuine. And they let you know you’re doing it right.” All of these workers have stories on what keeps them driven. There are reasons why they keep going. They thrive to help make a difference in the world. Sometimes they are fortunate to encounter these children when they grow up. “One of my coolest experiences was last spring, a kid I used to watch when he was three years old ran up to me and gave me a huge hug. Now he is a young man, 18 years old,” Wisbey said. They make an imprint on these children and, in a way, they help raise them. Teaching them how to interact with one another, manners, and providing a structured day-to-day schedule, these teachers affect the lives of every child that comes through the door.

(Above Left) Darla Piepmeier, Child Care Assistant, leads circle time while Tate, son of student Aimee Barrett, Hutchinson, plays a hula hoop game. Piepmeier sang along to the music that taught the kids how to listen by giving various instructions. Megan Ryan (Top) Grace, daughter of Cosmetology Program Coordinator Alex Hass, plays on the swing. The kids took turns in between groups to play outside in the backyard. Megan Ryan (Bottom) Willems reads to the kids during storytime. The teachers chose books that followed along with the lesson. Loribeth Reynolds

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Students participate in demonstrations on campus


hen James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, authored the First Amendment, it was an attempt to protect American citizens from possible tyranny. It gave them the right to free speech and free press. At the Hutchinson Community College campus, 227 years after the amendment was written, those freedoms were exercised in two demonstrations held in the public square outside of Parker Student Union. Journalism Instructor Alan Montgomery, along with his journalism class, sponsored both events. “The First Amendment is arguably the most powerful law in the world,” Montgomery said. “It issomething I build into just about every lecture and exercise I conduct with my journalism students, whether it is in Newspaper Production class, or Reporting class, or Introduction to Mass Communications, or even in the three photography classes.” The first demonstration was held, Oct. 24, 2016, in regard to National Bullying Awareness month. The goal was to bring attention to bullying that might takes place,


not only on college campuses, but also in the workplace, or at home. Ashtin Lechter, Kansas City, walked into the rally and started making a sign that read, “Ban Bullies.” “I’m all for this,” Lechter said “I had a friend growing up who tried to commit suicide because he was bullied all through school.” Amaelle Caron, Paris, France, is a part of the journalism program that helped organized the rally. She spoke about the event afterward. “I’m really happy we put this together, and I think it was very successful,” Caron said. “Students should feel free to have their voices heard and express their opinions, especially here in America. Also, who wouldn’t be against bullying? This is a cause everyone can take part in.” Montgomery said that his students were inspired to organize a rally after they watched the film “Gandhi,” and learned how Mahatma Gandhi organized his people to stand up to discrimination. Also, the nation-wide protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline was fresh on the minds of his students as they reviewed

Students rallied together to support their First Amendment rights at the “Get out to Vote and Support Your First Amendment” Rally. HutchCC journalism program sponsored the event. Loribeth Reynolds

how news exposure can help turn a message global. “I emphasize to my students that there is something really special about a group of human beings chanting a common message and holding signs,” he said. “With about 50 cents worth of materials in each sign, being able to project messages not only to their immediate vicinity, but to the world.” The group organized a second rally.


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This time it was a “Get Out To Vote and Support Your First Amendment,� rally. It took place the following week on Nov. 3, 2016. Students were able to paint messages on signs made out of recycled cardboard to support their chosen candidate in the both national and local elections. They were also encouraged to speak about their candidate through a sound system placed at the top of the stairs of the student union.

It was anticipated that many different types of ideas would be present at the rally. With the a tense presidential race, and America seeming more divided than united, Kathy Mendenhall, Speech Instructor, gave the opening speech at the event calling for a peaceful and respectful gathering.

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A group of HutchCC students gather around the kiosk in the public square, Oct. 24, to stand against bullying. October is national Bullying Awarness month. Loribeth Reynolds

Using tempra paint, Joel Lusk, Turon, makes a sign with the words, “Love Wins.” Lusk was a part of the “Get out to Vote Support Your First Amendment” Rally. Loribeth Reynolds


“Exercise your right to free speech and do it civilly so that this is a safe place - not a danger zone,” Mendenhall said. “Fear never solves anything.” Chris Conde, McPherson, donned a Bernie Sanders button and red bow tie at the First Amendment rally and spoke at the podium several times about the significance of voting. “It’s important to participate in an event like this and exercise, or Chris Conde, learn how to McPherson exercise our freedoms,” Conde said. “Let’s all remember if we don’t exercise our freedoms, they

soon, one day, can be taken away.” Journalism students encouraged others who were let out of class early to come and join them at the rally. They helped make signs, and handed out pizza and hotdogs. “Imagine being born in some other country,” Montgomery said. “Where you could be arrested, imprisoned, even executed for saying the wrong thing, or even thinking the wrong thing, and then getting the chance to emigrate to the U.S., and immediately enjoy the protection of our First Amendment.” To Caron’s surprise, there were even more students at this demonstration than the Anti-Bully demonstration. “At the First Amendment rally, there were a lot more students who attended,” she said. “I think because we had pizza, and hotdogs, and we got SGA to come, and guest speakers. There was a vulgar sign made, unfortunately, but all-in-all, it was peaceful. I was worried about arguments,


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definitely, between Trump supporters and Clinton supporters, but most people seemed willing to accept their differences.” Montgomery said it’s different “these days,” compared to when he was in college when students jumped at the chance to rally together for a good cause. “I guess the most surprising thing for me about the demonstrations was how hard it was to convince some students that they had the right to do this, because of our nation’s

First Amendment to the Constitution.” Experiencing firsthand the challenge of meeting someone who has a differing opinion, Hutchinson Community College students seemed to be having a good time at both rallies. The majority of students were respectful to one another, a proud Blue Dragon moment, indeed.

After making a sign, Devin Miller, Atlanta, Ga., walks around the outside of the public square, outside of Parker Student Union. Miller attended the “Get out to Vote, Support Your First Amendment” Rally. Loribeth Reynolds

What do you feel demonstations or protests accomplish? 103 HutchCC students surveyed


I don’t think it accomplishes anything


It brings attention to an issue


Having your voice heard

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Riley Patton, ITS intern from Maize, works on a student’s laptop. He fixed hardware problems to get the computer back up and going. Keisha Hendricks

ITS AWARENESS The Importance of what the ITS does for HCC Students

The ITS office, originally known as Data Processing, started with two people in the 1970s. 20 years later it changed its name to Information Services when Loren Morris joined the four-person team. It has evolved over time and is now known as Information Technology Services (ITS) and Morris, Chief Information Officer, leads seventeen-member crew. ITS is integrated into the everyday lives of people across the Hutchinson Community College campus. Some are overwhelmed by technology and some are excited for what the future has to bring. Morris said not to be afraid of the advancing technology, but to respect it with common sense. One of the services the ITS office provides is helping fix problems. They work with

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just about any type of device from desktops or lap tops to smart phones. Being the original creators of DragonZone, the student portal, ITS helps solve web browser related issues. If a student needs help with LearningZone, the Online Learning office helps remedy those types of problems. The ITS is always looking for challenges to face, and puzzle pieces to put together. “Just because you don’t know how to do it, doesn’t mean it’s difficult to do”, Morris says. The main goal of ITS isn’t just about technology, it’s actually working with people. ITS does what they can to meet the mission of the college, by focusing on providing students access to their education. Glenn Acheson, Assistant Director of

ITS and almost 15-year member of the team, said, “Being a part of the ITS, technology is only 25 percent of what we do, while working with people is 75 percent.” According to Acheson, if students aren’t succeeding, then the ITS isn’t doing their job properly to help students succeed. “Students’ success is my success,” Acheson said. A common problem ITS deals with is students’ DragonZone password reset according to Mo Odeh, Technical Support Manager. He has been with ITS for 10 and a half years. The team accepts many challenges, from hardware issues to downloading free anti-virus software on student devices. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’re always going to get the same result”, Adam Jefferson Assistant Director

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Loren Morris, Chief Information Officer, sits at his desk in Lockman Hall. Morris has been with ITS since 1990 helping students with their technology needs. Keisha Hendricks

Technical Support Hours Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. LH109 Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. LH109 Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. RLRC of ITS and Infrastructure says. As students run into problems with technology, whether its software or hardware issues, ITS is on campus to help. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays to resolve issues in labs across campus and help students and employees. Acheson said, “Awareness, that there is a lot of unseen faces that work very, very hard to make sure the systems are available and working for you, so you can be successful.�

Bianca Kunzinger, ITS intern, works on taking the hard drive out of a computer. A Little River native, Kunzinger was in her second semester being with ITS. Keisha Hendricks

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Classroom We’ve Got the Beat Students bring a well-rounded sound to different HCC bands

A Shot In the Dark Basic photography class utilizes dark room techniques


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“I want to keep band a time of release for the students.� -Brandon Blackburn

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Band Instructor Brandon Blackburn conducts the symphonic band during a concert earlier this year. This band performs four concerts per year. Photo courtesy of HutchCC Marketing


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Symphonic Band

t is compiled of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments and referred to as the symphonic band at Hutchinson Community College. Brandon Blackburn, director of the symphonic band, is in his second year directing full time at HCC. “I started helping with percussion here in the music department in 2011,” Blackburn said. Along with percussion and symphonic, Blackburn has another band to keep in beat. “I direct pep band and symphonic band,” Blackburn said. The symphonic band is made up of 53 students this semester and that number has changed from the number enrolled last semester. “Last year we had 39 students in band,” Blackburn said. “I’m excited for the direction that the band is going.” Blackburn said he foresees the band continuing to grow in the future. “Having a bigger band is good because we have a big full sound,” Blackburn said. “And with more students, we have a more balanced sound and I have more of an option to break them up into small groups, like quintets.” The symphonic band plays in four main concerts per year, two per semester. A final trip for the group each year is a fun change of pace for the students. “We take one big trip per year,” Blackburn said. “It’s a morale booster and a recruiting trip.” This year, the band will travel to St. Louis in April. “We get to tour the concert hall and see a professional orchestra,” Blackburn said. A trip like this gets students pumped up and eager to get to play with bands from other schools. “I’m really excited for the band trip this year because we get to go and play with other bands and help improve our sound and also show the younger kids what they could be a part of,” Baylee Maskil, Sterling, said. The trip will be three days long and the students will miss one day of class while taking part in the trip. Plans for next semester are already in the works for Blackburn. “Next semester I’m starting a percussion ensemble,” Blackburn said. The four major performances are something for the symphonic band to look forward to throughout the year and a showcase of their skills as a group.


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Chase Liby, Nickerson, plays xylophone during band practice in the Stringer Fine Arts building. The variety of different HCC bands gave students a wide range of possibilities to be involved. Allie Schweizer



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r. Nick Schroeder, the director of the Jazz band program at HCC is directing four bands this semester. He directs the Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Band, Blue Dragon Brass Band, and Jazz Combo. “On my side of the band program, our main event is the Annual Bryce Luty Jazz Festival, held the last Thursday/Friday in January,” Schroeder said. “We host from 15-20 middle- and high-school bands for a performance for our adjudicators in the B.J. Warner Recital Hall and they also have a clinic with one of the adjudicators following. The Thursday night of the Jazz Fest is our feature concert of the year that presents both big bands and a guest artist. This year’s guest artist is trombonist Ryan Heinlein, founder of the group Project H.” Schroeder is in his fourth year directing band at HCC. During that time he completed and received his Doctorate in Music from the University of Illinois. With enrollment at an all-time high, the bands this year are excelling. “This is my best year of enrollment in the 4 years I have been at Hutch. I currently have about 42 students participating in jazz. All four of my groups are full and sound great,” Schroeder said. “The best part about jazz band is definitely the people and relationships I have built with everyone, especially Nick,” Kobe Ford, Haven, said. “He is a really cool guy and a great teacher.” For Ford, the jazz has its own reasons to be respected. “Jazz is a very interesting and mysterious form of music that really has intrigued me personally this last year,” Ford said. “The cool thing about jazz is that it can tell a story through the music. Every song has its own way of being its own, whether it is a ballad, a bee bop, a blues, or a killer rock jazz rendition. They are each creating a different style of jazz music through the different instruments or lyrics.” For these students, skills in music are important for many reasons and can help them grow in other areas as well. “The are innumerable positive outcomes from participation in music,” Schroeder said. “First, it is a skill that each individual has cultivated through their own musical journey, from which they create art on a daily basis.” Each ensemble is a team according to Schroeder. “The musical product that they create comes from a group effort in which all the individual contributors are essential,” Schroeder said. “With this dynamic there is a necessity for compromise and understanding on many different levels. “They learn the importance of improvisation on many levels. Some students are eager to take improvised solos, but this music is always changing and requires each individual to be attentive and flexible and any given moment.”

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3. Cara Klinkerman, Hutchinson, plays the clarinet during the basketball game. She has been playing the clarinet since sixth grade.

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lackburn also directs the pep band whose purpose is to pump up the crowd at HCC events. The pep band is just barely smaller than this year’s symphonic band having 40-45 students who play regularly at events. They play during home football games as well as men’s and women’s basketball games. “Some people can join in and play at games and such without being in the band based on their skill and past experience,” Blackburn said. “But to play with the symphonic band you have to be in the class.” This gives some students who don’t have the credits to be in the class a chance to still participate. “I do everything I can to get the students enrolled in the class,” Blackburn said. “The vast majority of those wanting to be involved in music take music classes.” Pep band for many is a time to get away from the regular everyday stresses that haunt the average college student. “I want to keep band a time of release for the students,” Blackburn said. The band works well together and has a good sound due to the experience the players have with many of the songs. “The cool thing about pep band is that the students know how it should sound,” Blackburn said. “We either play very popular pop songs or something that many of them played in high school so knowing the sound helps them tremendously.” The pep band is a class that meets for 3 hours each week over the course of 12 weeks. The students are expected to work outside of class to perfect their contribution to the band. “The students are definitely encouraged to practice on their own,” Blackburn said. Students rely on Blackburn’s instruction and teaching to encourage them and help them learn and grow as musicians. Getting the crowd involved and pumped up is goal for the band students. “Brandon, our instructor, always encourages us to do our best and give 110%,” Cara Klinkerman, Hutchinson, said. “With pep band we can get the crowd involved by playing music that many of them will recognize.” Even the students recognize that practice makes perfect and they are working hard to make Blackburn and the school proud. “Each day in band makes us better musicians, and Brandon is there to help us along the way,” Klinkerman said. With countless hours of practice, these students make an effort to provide a fun atmosphere for the fans and get them excited to support the Blue Dragons.


. Mathew Davis, Newton, plays the trombone during a pep band performance at a home basketball game. Photos by Allie Schweizer

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Basic photography class allows students to learn the history, teaches the basics, and gives hands-on experience in the dark room. Darkroom photography is becoming a lost part of today’s culture. The beauty and art of one picture has more technique behind it than one may realize. The idea behind Hutchinson Community College’s basic photography class teaches students how to master a camera, develop film, and teaches the history behind the camera. “I like that we are working with actual film because it’s like an art form. In the digital age, things aren’t appreciated as much as in the old times. The film is a hands-on experience and you have to think about what picture you are taking before you capture it,” said Gavin Vindici, Halstead. The class is based around learning how to use a film camera, which is a lot like a digital camera. Alan Montgomery, journalism instructor, teaches a variety of photography classes including Basic Photography, Studio Portrait Photography, Advanced Photography and News Photography. “I first started with my grandma’s brownie camera. I have been involved from high school through college. I attended K-State and was on their newspaper as well as working for the Wichita Eagle in college,” Montgomery said. “After college, I wrote for the Associated Press, which is worldwide and I worked for McPherson, Salina, and was on the Hutchinson Newspaper for 14 years. My thing has

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always been the writing and the college photography.” He started out only teaching basic photography during the evenings. Having the experience out in the field, Montgomery eventually took on the newspaper production and news reporting position at HCC. He competed against candidates from around the state for the full-time position. Montgomery doesn’t see his job as work. “So now I get all the fun without having to deal with corporate. It is a lot like Peter Pan, all play. You get to research, research, like Never Never Land, writing news every day. I’m always learning and so are the students,” Montgomery said. Students learn many different aspects in the class, whether it’s hands-on in the dark room or listening to lecture in the classroom, they keep busy. Watching videos about National Geographic Magazine photographers or an Ansel Adams biography, they also learn about career paths of photographers around the world and in the past. “I have learned that a camera has an aperture and a shutter speed,” Amaelle Caron, Paris, France, said. An aperture is the opening that allows light to come into the lens. The shutter speed is what photographers use when they need to freeze action or show movement. Being in this class you not only get to learn how to properly use





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Preparing first steps in the dark room, Lyric Cox, Wichita, and Allie Schweizer, Nickerson, place film strips in the film carrier. The machines are photo enlargers which expose the picture onto the photo paper but this process takes place when the lights are off. Megan Ryan

Alan Montgomery, Photography and Newspaper Instructor, smiles for the camera while teaching. Before working at HCC, Montgomery was a reporter/ photographer for the Hutchinson News. Allie Schweizer

Film Strip: Illustration of the dark room process a camera, and what all the controls do, but you also get to use the darkroom. Lyric Cox, Wichita, liked learning these step. The dark room on campus is special to the students in the class and to the teacher. “As long as I work here, we can always convince the school to keep the dark room. After I retire whoever takes over, I will make sure they stick up for it. It is an art form and a direct link to our history, being that it is part of history and it is totally usable,” said Montgomery. During the class, students are given the responsibility of caring for a film camera and have weekly assignments where they are supposed to go out and capture something new. The goal is to build up a portfolio of film pictures they have taken. “I have learned patience for the process of photography and a greater appreciation overall,” Vindici said. “Montgomery teaches you the basics and you are given the rest, which helps you look at the world differently.” The dark room has still managed to capture the hearts of Montgomery and his students. Having class and spending four hours once a week in class has been fun for these students. The importance of photography and learning its basic forms and history is what this class is all about.



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taken on film are kept in the film cartridge. First step: take the film out of

the cartridge and put it on a reel, this step has to be done in complete darkness.

B. N  ext, pour developer and then fix into the tank waiting eight minuets in between each to let it soak into the film.

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the tank with water takes place between pouring the chemicals and waiting a

certain amount of time.

D. Take the reel out of the tank and turn to unlock it before getting the film. E. Let the tank sit in water for about five minutes. Next, squeegy the film strip to get all the bubbles and water off of it.

F.  After the film is completely dry, take it into the dark room. All light sources must be turned off and select the photograph. Place the negative into the film carrier and start the process by putting it into the photo enlarger.

G. Next, adjust the photograph so that it appears on the pallet. Once the image is in focus turn the timer off and get a piece of testing paper (strips of photo paper). Use the test strip to expose the image at different lengths of time.

H. After exposing the test strip, put it into a container called the stop bath. This is where the exposed picture shows up on the photo paper. This will tell if the picture is over exposed or not. Then continue to put the strip in the other baths.

I.  Select the right exposure for the image, grab a whole sheet of photo paper and then place photo into each bath, developer, stop bath, fix and then rinse in water for five minuets.

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In Business Student attends college and runs a business

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Presidential Leadership Scholars Complete Community Service Projects Did you know that almost 75% of all Hutchinson Community College students receive some kind of financial assistance to help them achieve their educational needs? HCC awards more than 500 students with scholarships every year. One of the many different kinds of scholarships students can receive is the Presidential Leadership Scholarship. This particular scholarship awards students with $1,500 wwper year plus books. As a freshman, the scholarship requires that students fulfill 40 hours of community service during their first year. HCC awarded a total of 89 leadership scholarships this year, with 53 freshman receiving one. “One of the most important parts of being a leader is being involved in the community and giving back to the community that’s supporting them,” Lisa Jolliff, Coordinator of Accessibility Services, said. The students are allowed to complete their service hours in many ways and the options are endless. Some choose to complete the work on campus or through the Volunteer Center, this allows them to get connected with people and organizations in the community. “An important part of being a leader is serving others and so by requiring community service to receive the scholarship that helps us to take that first step in getting involved in our communities. It also helps us to see all of the need for volunteers,”


said Megan Maness, Buhler. Some service activities on campus include campus clean up and the Endowment Phone-A-Thon. There were around eight students that showed up for the first campus clean up. They split up, walked around the whole campus picking up trash for about an hour. “By the end of it, we all felt as if we made a difference and helped make the campus look better,” said Connor Phelps, Wellington. Students that volunteered at the phone-a-thon came to campus in the evening and went through a list of alumni, calling them and asking for donations. “It was nice to give back to HCC and help other students who will be needing financial help” said Kirsten Long, Haven.

Aside from the scholarship, students can also become active in campus clubs that regularly do community service. Circle K provides leadership and fellowship opportunities to students involved. Circle K is known best for all the volunteer work they do throughout the year. “I decided to join Circle K because I knew that I would be surrounded by a good group of college students who were willing to help out in their community,” said Ian Allen, Hutchinson. This year, the club has helped with concession stands at community activities and with clean up. They also ran a Kiwanis BBQ contest, Kirsten Long, Haven, plays outside with Duke, a dog at the Hutchinson Animal Shelter. Every dog gest taken outside at least twice a day, if not more. Photo Illustration Allie Schweizer


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a Chili Fest, and trick or treated to raise money for UNICEF, just to name a few. They also participate in a Partners program where they meet with special needs adults once a month and do different activities, eat, and socialize. This year, two scholarship students Maness and Morgan England, Abilene, are the Circle K’s co-service chair and they get to plan and coordinate the Partners activities. “Partners can turn any bad day, good, because of their smiles and positive attitudes,” said Emma Schwertfeger, Fairfield. Some leadership students work with the Volunteer Center which assigns them hours with local businesses. Students volunteer at the Animal Shelter by walking the dogs. Others go to the cat center to socialize and play with all the cats as well as the two bunnies. They also clean, do laundry, and help with office work throughout the day. “I love animals and my heart really hurts seeing them bored in a kennel all day, so when I get to go out there it makes me feel a little better knowing the animals had a little affection and fun that day,” said Quinn Piontkowski, Haven. Reins of Hope is a therapeutic riding organization for kids that have a mental or physical disabilities. Riding the horses During the Reins of Hope Christmas Open House, a visitor rides Polly as Kenna Schweizer, Sterling, leads them around the barn. Polly is a permanent member of Reins of Hope. Allie Schweizer

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Kaley Archer, Newton, and Megan Maness, Buhler, sing karaoke with their Partner. Karaoke was a hit, everyone got a chance to sing a song of their choice. Allie Schweizer

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relaxes their muscles and allows them to move with less pain. Students that volunteer at Reins of Hope help with everything from catching the horses and saddling them to helping the kids with their therapy. Keena Schweizer, Sterling, loves helping at Reins of Hope. “My favorite part of being able to volunteer at Reins of Hope is that I had the opportunity to donate my horse so that kids can enjoy her the same way I did when I was a kid. I especially like seeing the kids’ faces light up when they get on because

they feel better and they are having fun,” Schweizer said. Other scholarship students branched off with their own unique and more personal ideas. Mallory Stucky, Hutchinson, volunteered at the Plum Creek Elementary School. She has helped with everything from a cup stacking day, to a fundraiser pickup, and a music program. “I choose to do this because I like to work with kids and it was a way to give

back to the school district I came from,” Stucky said. Another student Baylee Maskil, Sterling, has been hosting meetings for 6th grade girls at the Sterling Grade School to help prepare them for the new changes and opportunities that come with middle school. She provides snacks and guides discussions on various topics, such as body image, friends, and middle school opportunities. “I chose to do it because when I was in 6th grade, a couple of high school girls did

Morgan England, Abilene, loves on Daisy, one of the cats waiting to get adopted at the Hutchinson Animal Shelter. Morgan has devoted 10 hours of volunteer work at the Animal Shelter so far. Allie Schweizer



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Leah Chandler, Volunteer Center, shows Brant Finlay, Meade, trains how to check forms. Finlay volunteered at the Salvation Army to help people with their tax returns. Allie Schweizer

it for me and it was a fun time with them and I learned a lot,” Maskil said. Jordan Babcock, McPherson, and his friends who ride horses put together a trail ride and chili dinner to raise money for a baby who was born with Trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal condition. She will be having surgery soon to repair her heart. “We had a great turnout and were able to give the family a great donation,” said Babcock. Phelps volunteered some of his time at the Kansas Food Bank in Wichita in early December. He came across a news article explaining how they were desperate for volunteers to help package food to send out to local children who needed it before Christmas.

“I was impressed by the amount of other people who were there to answer the call for help. That specific volunteer experience made me feel good knowing I was helping a good cause and one that needed all the help they could get,” said Phelps. Jenna Tammerine, Lakin, has been volunteering at the Good Samaritan Society, a retirement village. She helped orchestrate board games, walked residents around outside, and even painted nails. “Being a part of Good Sam is something that has not only enabled me to learn so much, but also allowed me to grow as an individual. Through this place I have developed a lot of relationships and gained quite a bit of knowledge, just about life in general,” said Tammerine. Community service opens doors for students and teaches them things that will last them a lifetime. Forty hours of community service may sound like a lot, but it is a small price to pay in return for a needed scholarship and all the opportunities that come with it.

Levi Holcom, Culver, dances with his Parner during karaoke night. Circle K members meet with their Parners once a month. Allie Schweizer Emma Schwertfeger, Fairfield, looks at her Partner’s phone, as he shows her pictures of his family. Partners is Schwertfeger’s favorite thing about being in Circle K. Allie Schweizer

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Hands-on student project helps out local zoo The talent and knowledge of students at Hutchinson Community College were recruited to set up a Christmas-style light show at the Hutchinson Zoo for an event called “The Nights Before Christmas.” The event took place during the three weekends before Christmas and was open to the community. A representative from the zoo contacted HCC and asked if they would have anyone willing to help. It takes a group effort to get any show off the ground. John Pendergrass, Specialist of Technical Training and Instructor of Automation Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, helped make it happen. “Out of the blue, the zoo called the college and asked if we would want to help. Jillene Cunningham got the call and directed it to me at that point,” Pendergrass said. For Erich Fischer, a student from Sharon, this project is something new that he can gain experience from for the future. Fischer is part of the AET program. “It’s nice to be able to do something that we may use in the job field,” Fischer said. “Many people don’t know what all we do in this class so it’s something we can show off and even show our parents and

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give them a better understanding of what we do in the AET program.” Groups such as AET, MET, Skills USA, and Welding all had their hand in making the light show possible. “The students in these programs were looking for something to do with their hands, they wanted to do physical work,” Pendergrass said. “We try and find projects that incorporate our industrial partners because the students need to understand how to work with the customers and take words and turn them to action.” Some of these students have put in lots of time to get the project finished in time. “We have been doing this project for a month in class, maybe 20-30 hours overall,” Fischer said. For Seth Shelling, Marion, the cool part about this project is that it was done only by students. “The whole project was developed and done all by the students, none of the instructors even had a hand in it,” Shelling said. “This project is worthwhile because it’s going to be displayed for the whole community.” The light show is going to be just one small part of the whole event put on by the zoo.

Rachel Manley, Hutchinson Zoo representative, put in countless hours to get everything lined up for the event, including finding someone qualified to set up the light show. “I am not knowledgeable at computer programing and we didn’t have anyone on our board with those capabilities to do something like this, so we started looking,” Manley said. “We got ahold of Jillene Cunningham at HCC and she connected me with Bob and John. I explained to them what I was thinking and the big dream I have for the event and we started in on the project.” It included more than just a light show. “There is Polar Express train rides, hot chocolate, cookies, a light show, and for an additional charge, vendors, Santa, Chocolate Gingerbread workshop, bio-facts education, and arts and crafts for the kids attending the event,” Manley said. Admission to the event was three dollars. Children under two years of age and Friends of the Zoo members got in free. Because the event had a good turn out it is set to be an annual event. The possibility of another student project could be in the near future to help expand the light show and build on the students’ skills.

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Erich Fischer, Sharon, and Seth Shelling, Marion, work on a light box set to illuminate a dome-like tree of synchronized lights. The tree was the main attraction for the show. Taryn Gillespie

The HCC welding department made a rabbit which was wrapped with synchronized lights. The rabbits, in a set of four, were set up in a bush to look as if a rabbit was jumping. Taryn Gillespie

Aaron Kough, Abilene, and Fischer watch as Shelling finishes making holes in the light box before stringing lights. The show was put on over the span of three weekends in December. Taryn Gillespie

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The owners and staff members of J and J Cleaning Service pose for a photo in the lobby at Our Redemer Lutheran Church. Joy Holmes (middle), Hutchinson, plans to graduate this spring from Hutchinson Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree. Loribeth Reynolds


Joy Holmes owns a business while being student at HCC.

J and J Cleaning Service is the name of Joy Holmes, Hutchinson, business that she co-owns with her husband, Jim. It’s a “green” custodial service that began over 25 years ago. J and J Cleaning Service is the name of the business owned by Joy Holmes, Hutchinson, and her husband Jim. They are responsible for cleaning a wide range of residential and commercial buildings. Running a business and being a student at Hutchinson Community College had its challenges for Holmes. “When my last child enrolled in college, I decided to come with him,” she said. “It’s like keeping the ball in the air. For instance, one of the girls called in sick while I was in class. So, here I was, texting away in the middle of class while that was going on. I have an open Holmes communication path with whomever my instructor may be to make sure that my employees can reach me whenever they need to.” Holmes described herself as an entrepreneur. When she was just 12-years-old she wrote a “little jingle” with a girlfriend at an Awanas club (Christian children’s club). She now uses that song


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Grabbing a scrub brush, Kim Bishop, Plevna, prepares to clean kitchen mats. Bishop is a student at HCC, who one day, would like to start an interior and exterior design buisness. Loribeth Reynolds

as the official jingle for J and J Cleaning Service. “Who knew, I certainly didn’t, that little song would become something. My friend has since become a manager and I now own this business,” Holmes said. “So, you can say I’ve had that entrepreneur spirit for a while.” Holmes started a small cleaning service while being a stay-athome mom in the late 1980’s. She then inherited more cleaning accounts from her grandmother-in-law and from there her business blossomed. She is proud to say that the main growth of business has come from word of mouth. Coming to HCC was necessary for Holmes, she said, because of changing technologies. “Since I had my family young, I didn’t get to experience college. There is a lot more technical skill needed for a mom-and-pop business like ours, so coming to college was necessary,” she said. “My husband and I just jumped into this with both feet and learned how to hire employees. I’d say the classes I’ve found most helpful would be Excel and Small Business Management.” Holmes said she is enthusiastic about the skills she’s learned from HCC and even put together a slide show to showcase her business. “It’s been a very growing experience. I’m learning what you know and why,” she said. “Coming here has given me a lot of confidence with my own leadership skills.” Right now, both her and her husband work six days a week, and they are not turning down any work. They hire as they add more accounts, an opportunity that some HCC students have taken advantage of. “I met Joy in Small Business Accounting at HCC,” said Kim Bishop, Plevna. “I’ve been working here for about a year now, and

Vacuuming the church sancuary, Alicia Greene, Hutchinson, listens to music as she does her job. She said she enjoys working for Joy and Jim Holmes. Loribeth Reynolds

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The Holmes family poses in the sancuary of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. JIm and Joy Holmes have four children, on the far left is one of their sons, Jeremy Holmes, who helps with the business. Loribeth Reynolds

cleaner. Also, I’ve learned the layout of Hutchison because we drive I’m trying to work up to a management position. It’s neat to work everywhere.” inside a small business because I am wanting to start my own Holmes said she enjoys helping others succeed, and that is her interior and exterior design business.” favorite part of being a business owner. For example, she offers a Ana Woodburn, Hutchinson, is also a student at HCC and is ride for her employees to and from each cleaning job with a comseeking a degree in social work. pany vehicle. “I really like this job because I am able to go to school and work “It helps with accountability,” she said. ““It gives me a lot full-time,” Woodburn said. “Joy and Jim are very supportive of going of mercy — being a mom. It’s important to be empathetic with furtherand getting an education.” employees so that you create a good crew. We always have fun Woodburn has worked her way up to the manager position for together. The customer service class at HCC taught me to not only J and J Cleaning Service. She schedules employees and over-sees treat my customers as a customer, but also to treat my employees employees when the owners are away. as customers too.” Woodburn’s brother, Colin Tighe, Hutchinson, who is a partHolmes said overall time employee for the company and an HCC she has learned many Steps to start a buisness student. things from HCC that www.entrepreneur.com will help her grow her “It’s not too stressbusiness. She is excited ful,” Tighe said. “It’s r ntify you a e e Id Id Establish a budget n a to be graduating this fun and I learn new Start with arket m spring with an Associates stuff almost every day. in Applied Science which I’ve learned things like will only add to quality of how to fix a Vacuum her business. s isnes u b ea Writ lan p





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Using an iron, paper towel, and foil, Liz Crawford, Hutchinson, gets wax spots out of the carpet. Crawford has worked for J and J Cleaning Services for about one year. Loribeth Reynolds

Vacuuming a nursery at the church, Keyra McGlenn, Hutchinson, pulls out each chair to make sure she does her job efficiently. J and J Cleaning Service is set to help clean the new daycare rooms being built into the church. Loribeth Reynolds Cleaning windows, Emily Parker, Hutchinson, is careful not to leave any streaks. Parker, who graduated from HCC in May 2016 with an art degree has worked for J and J Cleaning Service for about a year. Loribeth Reynolds

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Court Loud & Proud Cheer team brings pep to HCC

Focused & Fun Dragon Dolls dance team

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he cheer squad this year is made up of 17 athletes. Being a coed team gives the squad an advantage in what they are able to do. Head Coach Holli Rowe is in her first year coaching at Hutchinson Community College and she took on not only the cheer team, but the dance team as well. “I have 11 girls and six guys,” Rowe said. “The cheerleading team performs college-level pyramids, partner stunting, and elite basket tosses.” The team also participates in a few other events throughout the year. “The team works at the State Fair in Cottonwood Court for a fundraiser,” Rowe said. “They also provide Bitty Blue Dragon Cheerleading camps for preschool through sixth graders to participate in.” Tristin Padgett, Sterling, has been involved in a cheer squad while in high school. He feels that college cheer is a change and he likes the new challenge. “College is way different,” Padgett said. “It’s way more coed based unlike high school was. Also in college you get to do more stunts and work on harder things.” Stunting is something that is different in college than in high school partly because it’s a more coed based team. “I’ve gotten to do way more with stunting than I ever did in high school,” Padgett said. “In high school, I only did girl stunting, which is having three bases and one flier. “In college I have mainly been doing coed and working on skills that only involve me and my flier. I feel like this has helped me because I’ve been working on skills that challenge me more than what I ever did in high school.” For team members such as Padgett, being on the team is something that is helping him with many skills on and off the mat. “It gives me a great experience with working through the tough times,” Padgett said. “You can’t always hit a stunt the first time so you have to work on it. You always have to keep working in cheer to do something bigger and better.” Squad members take away many skills learned in cheer. “Guys learn to respect women,” Padgett said. “I learn communication skills because cheer is all about communication. Then being able to work through tough times because in cheer you may take a foot in the face, but you have to get back up and try again. It’s taught me that things aren’t always easy right away, and it takes


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2 time to get good at them.” College-level cheer is classified as an athletic sport, and holds the same requirements by the school as the other athletes do, where as, the dance team represents an organization on campus. Since the cheer team follows the athletic requirements, they practice as much as a typical sports team would. “They put in eight hours of practice per week,” Rowe said. “Then four hours for the games on the weekends.” For some, this can be a change from what they are used too. “In high school I only practiced twice a week,” Padgett said. “But in college I practice almost everyday.” Being a man on a cheer team is sometimes an intimidating thing, but for Padgett it pays off in the end. “Sometimes it’s hard because people judge you,” he said. “But then you do something cool and they shut up because they can’t do that.” For first time coach Holli Rowe, taking on the larger role has kept her busy but also gives the teams a chance to bond and grow together while practicing and working on routines.

3 1 Destiny Allen, Salina; Asiana Bouahome, Haysville; and Halle Morris, Hutchinson, fly while other members of the cheer team base them in a pyramid. There are 11 women and 6 men on the cheer team this year. Allie Schweizer 2 Members of the cheer team laugh after finishing a stunt at a home football game. College stunting is a lot more advanced than stunting done in high school. Allie Schweizer 3 Bouahome holds a pose after the team finished a half-time performance with the dance team during the homecoming football game. The dance team and the cheer squad often perform together. Allie Schweizer

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Have Fun Under the direction of a new coach, Holli Rowe, the Dragon Dolls are ready to compete, perfect their skills and come together as a team.

Even though she just started coaching Hutchinson Community College’s dance team in August, Holli Rowe is jumping head first into the Dragon Dolls program. With competition in March, practices and game performances are all in preparation for accomplishing the goal of winning the Region IV dance competition. Last year, the Dragon Dolls won second place, this year they are shooting for first. Rowe has been involved with dance since she was five years old, continuing on throughout middle school, high school, and professionally for a dance company. After coaching at the high school level, for an All Star cheer program, and as a student assistant coach at Cowley College, when the opportunity to coach at HCC came up she took it. Rowe heard about the position opening, applied, interviewed, and was in. “I want to keep the competitiveness going,” said Rowe. “We have already started our competition choreography for the routines so we are still working on that all the way through March.” As far as expectations for her athletes she maintains clear communication about them. “I tell them what the skills I need are,” said Rowe. Some of the leadership in the dance team has fallen on the shoulders of the incoming freshmen. “I have a lot more freshmen than I do sophomores,” Rowe said. “Some of them are more of my leaders on the team than the sophomores. Sometimes I forget that they are freshmen because they are already maturing where I need them to be.” The new coach has two expectations for her team this year. “They just have to be focused,” said Rowe. “Have fun, but be focused.” Monae Williams, Kansas City, Mo., has been dancing for 17 years and came to HCC because it is far away from her home and has a good dance program. “I just like feeling the music and telling a story,” Williams said


about her love of dance. The dance team has its diversity, but for Williams, it works out well. “Each of us has our own type of style but we still seem to come to a beat and come together,” said Williams. As a sophomore, she looks forward to doing more hip hop and more different styles. Savanna Curry, Hutchinson, has also been doing dance for most of her life, 16 years total and being on a team for three of those years. “I don’t have to go to a gym or pay for a gym membership so that is kind of nice,” said Curry. “I really like the fact that I am part of a team and it is fun to be around people, doing what we love, and being athletic while doing it.” While she mainly likes to dance hip hop or contemporary dance, she is looking for the challenges that the collegiate team brings. The family atmosphere of the Dragon Dolls really appealed to Curry when she heard about how the team operates. “I heard really good things about the team and how they are like a family and I really like that and I didn’t want to give up a dance career so I just joined the team, hoped for the best and here I am,” said Curry. The team strives to support each other, both in practice, during competitions, and off the dance floor as well. “When we are learning stuff, especially fast choreography, we all look out for each other and help each other with eight counts and even outside of practice girls ask each other for help,” said Curry. “It’s just really nice to see how nice everybody can be.” The coaches are making a big impact on their athletes this year as well. “Holli and Jess are the greatest coaches in the world,” said Curry. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.”



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1. H  unter Hendrickson, Carter Lake, Iowa, performs during the fall homecoming football game. She dance team was part of the halftime routine.

2. P  aige Bruce, Hutchinson; Jasmine Merrell, Salina; Hunter Hendrickson, Carter Lake, Iowa; Savanna Curry, Hutchinson; Mia McDaniel, Salina; and Shannon Galliher, Hutchinson, perform to “Confident� at the halftime of the basketball game versus Cloud County Community College.

3. H  endrickson, and McDaniel perform a leap during their halftime performance.

4. D  uring a baketball game, Shannon Galliher, Hutchinson, performs a sideline dance. Photos by Allie Schweizer

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2. As of Feb. 7, the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team was ranked 6th in Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletic Association, while the Lady Dragons were ranked 3rd. After 22 games played for the men, and 23 for the women, high rankings looked promising for both teams going into the NJCAA tournament in March. With only seven games left in the regular season, both teams continued to push to finish the season hard. With the men’s tournament being held at the HCC Sports Arena March 20-25, it’s a big week, not only for the players but the whole college and the city. With the tournament bringing in large crowds, the event means alot to the Hutchinson area. If the Lady Dragon’s make it to the national tournament they will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to compete.

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1.  James Conley, Derby, goes up for a layup in the game against Garden City Community College. Conley scored 19 of Hutch’s 116 points that night, coming in as the second highest scorer of the night. 2. As the Pledge of Allegiance starts to play the Lady Dragons line up with their right hands placed over their hearts. Shayla DeGarmo, Hutchinson, signs the national anthem as part of her own game day tradition. 3. The Blue Dragons team lines up in preparation for the national anthem. 4. Lakin Preisner, Americus, goes up strong with the ball after grabbing an offensive rebound. Preisner was the highest offensive rebounder during the Seward County game on Jan. 18. 5. Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, goes up for a layup during a fast break. Butina scored 12 points against Seward Country. Photos by Allie Schweizer

4. Blue Dragon Basketball 2016-2017 Results Nov. 1 Nov. 4 Nov. 5 Nov. 8 Nov. 12 Nov. 16 Nov. 19 Nov. 22 Nov. 26 Nov. 30 Dec. 3 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Jan. 4 Jan. 11

Tabor College JV W, 91-63 Jan. Frank Phillips College W, 93-63 Jan. NE Okla. A&M College W, 90-57 Jan. Hesston College W, 104-62 Jan. Seward W, 95-87 Jan. Cloud W, 80-74 Feb. Pratt W, 103-75 Feb. Coffeyville W, 88-74 Feb. Neosho W, 90-67 Feb. Colby W, 91-74 Feb. Garden W, 116-75 Feb. Butler W, 109-82 Feb. Barton W, 98-86 Feb. Cowley W, 100-84 Feb. Independence W, 80-63 Scores as of Feb. 7

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Dodge City Seward Cloud Pratt Coffeyville Neosho Colby at Garden City at Butler Barton at Cowley Allen at Independence Dodge City

W, 92-66 W, 88-65 W, 84-70 W, 108-105 L, 86-85 W, 101-71 W, 102-92 8pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 4pm 7:30pm 6pm 7:30pm


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Lady Dragon Basketball 2016-2017 Results Nov. 2 Tabor College JV W, 107-40 Nov. 8 Lamar W, 87-33 Nov. 12 Seward L, 77-70 Nov. 16 Cloud W, 66-50 Nov. 19 Pratt W, 85-41 Nov. 22 Coffeyville W, 70-55 Nov. 26 Neosho W, 85-47 Nov. 30 Colby W, 90-46 Dec. 3 Garden City W, 85-54 Dec. 7 Butler W, 74-59 Dec. 10 Barton W, 61-56 Dec. 27 Eastern Utah W, 87-45 Dec. 28 Snow College W, 87-54 Jan. 4 Cowley W, 80-60 Sat. 7 Allen W, 89-57 Wed. 11 Independence W, 83-44 Fri. 13 Dodge City W, 65-40 Wed. 18 Seward W, 74-47 Sat. 21 Cloud W, 78-45 Wed. 25 Pratt W, 87-45 Sat. 28 Coffeyville W, 79-45 Feb. 1 Neosho W, 93-45 Feb. 4 Colby W, 91-49 Feb 8 at Garden City 6pm Feb. 11 at Butler 5:30pm Feb. 15 Barton 5:30pm Feb. 18 at Cowley 2pm Feb. 22 Allen 5:30pm Feb. 25 at Independence 4pm Mon. 27 Dodge City 5:30pm


Scores as of Feb. 7

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4. 1.  Bride Kennedy-Hopoate, Queensland, Australia, passes the ball around a defender. As of Feb. 6, Hopoate scored a total of 277 points in the season, averaging 12 points a game. 2. J.J. Rhymes, Phoenix, Ariz., shoots the ball. Rhymes was the highest scorer during the Seward County game with 22 points on Jan. 18. Shakur Juiston, Newark, N.J., soars 3.  through the air for a dunk. As of Feb. 6, Juiston led the team with the most total rebounds and the most blocks of the season. 4.  McClure, Lyons, dribbles the ball at the top of the key. McClure had the most assists of the night during the Seward County game.


Photos by Allie Schweizer

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Dragon's Tale - Winter 2017 Issue  

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

Dragon's Tale - Winter 2017 Issue  

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