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Science Olympiad News Briefs


Dance Marathon


NHS Initiation


Photo Essay


Staff Editorial


Guest Column

10 Debate: Bully App






Cover Story


18 Q&A w/ Emily Wollard

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Thanksgiving Hacks

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Q&A w/ Robyn MacDonald

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NEWS BRIEFS This month’s mustknow news stories by joe stoermann Staff writer


Hurricane Patricia took place in Northeastern Mexico. It was the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, starting Oct. 20 and weakening by Oct. 24. The hurricane hit luxury resorts and destroyed the homes of countless Mexicans. “I feel like people would have reacted differently if it was in California instead of Mexico. These people that are affected probably have less access to money and resources to rebuild than they would in the US and fewer people are helping them,” senior Ellie Bartlett said.


The Kansas City Royals won the World Series against the New York Mets, finishing the series in four games. The team celebrated with a parade through the city Nov. 4. that was attendend by over 800,000 people. Numerous school districts across the city canceled school for the day’s festivities. “I’m really proud of how our guys played,” Study Skills teacher Bradley Page said.


Student Council will be hosting its second annual movie night to benefit the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. The movie choices are “Jurassic World,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” or “Back To The Future.” Vote for your movie choice through a link on the school’s website. “It’s important to collect cans for the canned food drive so we can give back to the less fortunate and so they can have a good Thanksgiving,” senior Rachel Frenchers said.


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SCIENCE OLYMPIANS by keeli ward Staff writer Photos by savannah morgan

Members of Science Olympiad work on various events to prepare for their first competition this Saturday. The first Science Olympiad competition that the team will be competing in is Nov. 14 starting at 7 am. here are Shawnee Mission South. At this competition, 20 teams from the middle and high schools will compete against each other in the 23 events. Here is a sampling of some of the events students will be competing in:

Chemistry Lab: In this event

competitors will be collecting data based off of an experiment that they will conduct. They must thoroughly conduct the experiment so that they will be able to answer questions about the experiment after they are done. The competitors need to use the correct safety gear in order to stay unharmed by chemicals.

Bridge Building: In the bridge

building event students are competing against others to see whose bridge will withstand the most force using little pieces of wood. They are given resources that they will need to form a bridge. The bridge can be any shape but it is up to them to come up with the best design they think will withstand the most force.

Wind Power: This event consists of

building a PVC pipe wind turbine. Competitors will be given basic supplies like PVC pipes, gears and pulleys in order to complete the task of building a wind turbine. Not everyone will build the turbine with the exact design.

Forensics: In the forensics event they

will be conducting an investigation. They will find clues and answer questions that will help them catch the culprit who committed the crime. They will be looking at fingerprints and will also do a hair analysis based on the clues that they find. They must be able to find the correct culprit to win the competition.

Fossils: For this event the competitors are

given a kit that will allow them to dig up a fossil and inspect it. They look at fossils of those such as snails, mammals, sponges any many more fossils of organisms. The fossils that the students practice with are either collected by Science Olympiad sponsor Arthur Wells or they have been bought.

The junior varsity Pacesetters show off their skills to be featured in their newest dance. Every morning, varsity Pacesetters finalize their new routines for the upcoming dance marathon. Photos by Hannah Carter


Pacesetter’s Dance Marathon raises money while also supporting the community.


ancing, food, performances, games and prizes will be in an abundance during the Pacesetter’s annual Dance Marathon. This event is one of drill team’s biggest fundraisers of the year and will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow night in the main gym. The dance will be a throwback to ‘50s sock hop style dances. “We’ll ask everyone to come in their best ‘50s outfit and we’ll have some games and there will be KSMS doing their music for us,” varsity Pacesetter coach Allie Stankewsky said. “Most of it will just be dancing, but then there will be a few games and random prizes throughout the night.” Tickets can be purchased from any Pacesetter for $5 today or at the door for $7. Tickets include food and raffle tickets that give participants a chance at winning prizes which have been donated from local businesses. “We split up into groups and went out to businesses asking them for donations to give out as prizes,” varsity captain Carsen Schroeder said. “...We’ve also been doing

our letter writing campaign where we write to family members and friends asking for donations.” Money raised from the letter writing campaign will not only support the Pacesetters’ costumes throughout the year, but also go to a local dance studio, Caruthers’ Creative Dance. “A lot of those dance studios are non-profit. A lot of it’s personal funding from the people that run the program,” Schroeder said. “So when we give them proceeds, it makes sure that they have costumes, it helps them have chances to perform, and just keeps the program running because that’s what they rely on and they can’t just do it on their own. The varsity Pacesetters have been giving back to the community in other ways this year, too. Each varsity dancer is required to volunteer for two to three hours each semester. “[Volunteering] definitely unifies us as a team and gets us out there in the community and shows that we do have a good image as a team,” Schroeder said. “Honestly we have fun. It’s not like ‘Oh, we’re just required to go.’” The team’s willingness to support their community while having fun will be apparent through the night. “It’s important to help out others and give back to our community and just remember that it’s not just about us,” Stankewsky said. “It’s about helping out everyone else. If we can do that as a team it makes it more fun.”

{____________} ><><><>< To CoNgRaTs >< Ssophomore Cora Selzer and junior Ethan Iba for being top scorers in the October Math League Press competition.

Junior Megan Jenkins, senior Joe Petty and senior Kara Pringle for becoming the 2015 EcoMeet State Champions. Petty also individually won the Invertebre and Wetlands tests.

Senior Adric Tenuta for being selected as a QuestBridge Finalist in the National College Match process.

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New National Honor Society members hold candles as they are initiated to the program. Photo by Isabelle Hadley



n a candlelit auditorium, 100 students gathered to be initiated into National Honor Society (NHS). These students showed excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Only juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above were given the chance to be members. Once students are a part of NHS there are a number of duties that must be fulfilled. Fifteen hours of community service is required every semester,



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feel stressed with all of their responsibilities, teachers try to help by organizing the club and volunteers. “We run the monthly meetings. We communicate with outside community members in order to find volunteer opportunities for our students. We also initiate new members each year based on GPA, leadership skills and character,” co-sponsor and math teacher Melissa Graham said. While being buried in school work and outside activities, Shapiro still maintains a social life. Graham teaches all her classes and enjoys her position as a brand new National Honors Society cosponsor with math teacher Molly Fast. NHS can be an

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Members maintain their GPAs and fill volunteer requirements.

which may not seem like much to students outside of NHS, but members often have other responsibilities. A lot of time management is needed for members to be able to complete homework, participate in extracurricular activities, maintain a healthy social life and get service hours. Junior Stella Shapiro takes AP classes and practices in the Kansas City ballet seven days a week “It’s hard to balance homework, ballet, school, NHS and have a social life all at the same time. I wish there was another day of the week,” Shapiro said. It can be stressful environment around school because of all the things expected during the school year. Although students may


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Opportunities for Volunteer Hours

Christmas Tree Decorating - Nov. 13 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center Tutoring in the Counseling Center during lunch Mondays and Wednesdays

Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens - sign up online

Oak Park Carpenter Tutoring - after school Thursdays from 3-3:45 Theatre Work Days -

most Saturdays leading up to productions

advantage when applying for scholarships to colleges. “[NHS] could help prepare for other leadership roles,” vice president Remy Gordon said.

Miracle on 34th Street Play 2, 3, 4, 5

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Many activities kept Raiders and sports teams motivated and occupied throughout October. At the peak of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Raider Community pulled together to make it memorable. photos by jenna fackrell

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Covering the lights in the main hallway, junior Jacob York decorates after school for Deck the Halls.


Senior Joe Stokes is crowned by Principal Todd Dain for Homecoming King.

Reciting their chant, the gymnastics team finishes an assembly performance. The team took fourth place at State. Homecoming Queen, Erin Bunker (middle), first attendant Emily Wilkinson (left) and second attendant Abby Conner (right) talk while photos are taken at the Homecoming football game and coronation, Friday, Oct. 16.

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ighteenth birthdays, like most birthdays, are met with candles and cake, a hearty pat on the back and “Congratulations,” repeatedly pressed through taut, well-meaning smiles. But 18th birthdays are not like most birthdays. It’s the birthday. 18 comes with its own terms and conditions, new freedoms and new responsibilities: the chapter in adulthood that brings forth civic duty as a citizen of the United States like selective service, jury duty and ultimately voting in the next election. However, with such a low percentage of the student body even close to reaching the big one-eight day, it’s difficult to see such duties as anything other than faraway obligations, issues to be dealt with later rather than sooner. Teens are already stressed enough with schoolwork and the prospect of college, so why add politics to the list? Political apathy among millennials



is at an all-time high. Voters between the ages of 18 and 25 are one of the least represented demographics in U.S. elections. That’s an entire generation of Americans willingly silencing themselves in government, and for what? Inconvenience? Not enough knowledge on the issues? Two clubs founded this year are looking to turn the tides of political apathy. Young Republicans (YR) and Young Democratic Socialists of Eastern Kansas (YDS) were both created with the purpose of exposing students to different manners of political thought. However, as these clubs have risen to prominence and popularity, the climb has been fraught with controversy, petty arguments and childish name calling on both sides. After the Oct. 1 YDS vs. YR debate, student Twitter accounts were ablaze with “sick burns,” insults and accusations. Behavior between both of these clubs was seen as juvenile and unacceptable. As a result, students and teachers from various political backgrounds wondered if the student body was mature enough to argue about politics any further.

Differing opinions should not divide the school. These discussions should provide a forum in which students are able to discuss different points of view, not attack each other over personal beliefs. The fact that students are arguing about such abstract government issues at all is a promising sign that political apathy is fading within our generation. However, as the student body inches closer to adulthood, it’s important that we continue these arguments in a civil, adult manner. YDS and YR are incredible assets to the school, providing different perspectives on issues that become more and more relevant the closer students are to becoming full citizens of the United States, but in order to drive students to vote and stay politically active, the student body has to be able to conduct themselves in a respectful manner in the presence of conflicting opinions. After all, we are nearly adults.

9/9 editors agree with the views expressed in this editorial.




ou shouldn’t vote. Who cares anyway? It’s not like we’re responsible for the chaos America causes throughout the world or the destitution half of our country is living in. Invading Iraq: that was Bush’s fault. The Great Depression: Hoover’s to blame. The national debt: probably some bureaucrat’s fault, right? For a while, I loved Tweeting about political contests. The ability to put people on blast with hashtags and blow up twitter feeds with my fire opinions was fun. The only problem was, until recently, my opinions didn’t matter at all. Who cares about what I think should be done with our country if I’m not doing anything to get the change I preach about? I was a hypocrite. Then, I registered to vote. In 2012, we experienced the lowest voter turnout in our nation’s history, and the millennial generation was a big part of that. For one reason or another, freshly turned 18-year-olds just didn’t have the motivation to register for their constitutional rights. Young’ns not showing up to the voting booth is nothing new, but when other age groups join in on this practice of passing up the right to vote, our elections can’t possibly reflect the best interests of the majority of our

population. If you’re like me and have a dream of President Kayne, all you have to do is take 30 minutes out of your busy schedule and bring your birth certificate down to city hall (8500 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66212). This easy procedure is the end to your political apathy and a start to real change. Most people think that because they’re only one person, their vote doesn’t matter. The fact is with a 60 percent voter turnout rate, everyone else thinks that to. Because so many people don’t show up to the booth, minority political groups, which would usually be drowned out by the masses, always win elections. That’s how Bush kept getting elected. With this being true, your vote will go a lot farther than you think; maybe far enough to get Yeezy in the White House. The point is every vote matters, especially in this upcoming Primary Election. The best part is, it isn’t too late. Registering now, if you will be 18 on the day of the General Election, will still allow you to vote in this presidential race. Whether you vote Republican or Democrat, your voice needs to be heard. If you decide to be quiet and let other people govern your country, then what’s the point of

By ANDREW DUFFY CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST being in America anyway? In the words of Drake, “trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers.” Don’t just complain about #Trump, do something about him on election day. If you don’t want a socialist president, tell that to your politicians: not your followers. Regardless of your political affiliation, it is your responsibility to address problems the way they’re supposed to be, on the ticket.







ullying happens everywhere, even at South. It’s no secret that not everything here is sunshine and daisies when it comes to how students treat each other. That’s why every little bit of help is necessary. The Bully Referral app on students’ laptops gives them a way to prevent bullying from happening. All they need to do is

use it. Just click on it. After opening the page, students are encouraged to fill out two blanks: one is the school in which the bullying happened or is occurring and the second is where a description should be written about what happened or is going on. Students should include as many details as possible. They don’t need to include their name, but if they do, it will be kept confidential. After completion, the message will be sent to the School Resource Officer (SRO) for review. So far this year, there have been 53 reports of bullying referred through the app as of Oct 22. After review, 23 of those were followed up. Thirteen of the 23 were referrals that needed action, which did happen. Five of those were potential altercations; the other eight were verbal/text/email incidents. The numbers don’t lie. Reporting bullying really helps ebb the tide of negativity. Students have a voice with the Bully Referral app. They don’t have to attach their name to it either; it’s completely anonymous. Naturally, some people will send in phony referrals meant as jokes. The SROs that review the referrals know how to spot a fake. If there is even a little merit to the complaint, they will follow up on it. Every little bit helps. Some may call it insignificant, but just by having the Bully Referral app, bullying cases are addressed and reduced. Students’ voices are heard if they use the app. It’s not some pointless icon on their computer screen. It’s a constant reminder that if they need help, someone will hear them.




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he district, about a year ago, installed an app on all issued electronics to students titled “Bully Referral SMSD” in an attempt to solve and address the growing nationwide problem of bullying. This attempt of installing apps to solve student violence and harassment is one of the most popular across the country, yet statistics still increase. According to PACER, the National Bullying Prevention Center, 45 percent of students claim to have been bullied, and of the 45 percent who experienced bullying, 26 percent said, “I am bullied daily.” Statistics like that are only growing. Installing an app with no instruction seems like a small step in the right direction. Direct outreach and education about prevention should be provided instead of what we have now. The victims who don’t stand up and speak out are the ones who truly need the outreach. PACER reported that 64 percent of children who are bullied don’t report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying. On the app, when a report is sent in, depending on what’s said, a lengthy investigation can be initiated. Criminal offenses can be found like harassment, stalking, school violence and even reports of child pornography can be sent in. The app isn’t even fully dedicated to crack down on bullying. It’s more of a general tip line for administration. If an investigation is administered, an interview with the student who was reported is conducted. Based upon what is found within the interview and if the incident needs further action, a phone call is sent home and tabs are kept on the student in question. If the bullying continues, suspension or even expulsion can take place. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease, combined. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people in grades seven through 12. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. Social media like Twitter and Facebook never sleeps. Harassment and abuse gain a whole new playing field on social media. A little yellow box titled “SMSD Bully Referral” cannot be the biggest attempt at addressing this huge problem. The administration has only confronted the tip of the iceberg.





E-cigs, vaping on decline but still risky business for high school students.


hile the popularity of electronic cigarettes, vape pens and mods has been on the decline since last year, they still traverse the school in the backpacks, lunch bags and pockets of students. The real danger of vaping is that people don’t know what the danger is. The ingredients in the vape “juice” are mostly unknown, and the amount of nicotine in them is often different from what is on the bottle. A bottle that says it contains 30 milligrams of nicotine could turn out to contain 50 milligrams. “Lab testing showing no consistency…” Officer Richard

Spandel said. “There’s really no quality control.” There is no statewide ban on e cigs, though various counties and cities have bans. In Overland Park, it is banned from all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants. On a national level, sellers are banned from selling e cigs to anyone under the age of 18, though there is no law saying that the possession of e cigs is illegal to anyone of any age. However, in Kansas, both are illegal. Violations of the laws will be treated the same as a tobacco violation, though the courts will recognize the fact that that it is an e cig as long as there are no other substances. “There’d be a fine, maybe an education class involved,” Spandel said. “It is a mandatory court date, because it’s a progressive sentencing. First time’s never as bad as the third time.” Although vaping was extremely popular last year, its popularity has died down immensely. Blame it on the repetition of it coming up in conversations, like a bad meme on the internet. “It’s stupid,” senior Mackenzie Miller said. “People won’t shut up about it. Mostly dudes do it. They brag about it a lot, it’s like a side effect of vaping is having to brag.”




People start using the leaves of the tobacco plant for smoking and chewing. The first users are thought to have been the Mayan civilizations of Central America.


The first commercial cigarettes were made by Washington Duke on his 300-acre farm in Raleigh, North Carolina. His hand-rolled cigarettes were sold to soldiers at the end of the Civil War.


First strong connection is made between lung cancer and smoking. Dr I Adler is the first to strongly suggest that lung cancer is related to smoking. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY savannah morgan




Hon Lik develops the first electronic cigarette in Beijing.


Electronic cigarettes were introduced to Europe and the United States.



Arts programs are expanding and deserving of gratification the same as athletes.


arning a position on a team is followed by the same excitement one might feel after landing a part in the winter musical. Playing a sport and playing a role are both rewarded on participation. Students from all backgrounds and involved in any activity should be rewarded and praised just as an athlete would be after a big win. “[Lettering] shows that you’ve worked extra hard at what you’re lettering in, and [the letter] is your reward. I’ve lettered in orchestra because one of the years I taught private lessons; in choir I’ve done District and I did Solo and Ensemble for both of them, and I basically just worked extra hard,” senior Anna Featherston said. Just as athletes have routine practices, the cast of theatre productions, choir ensembles, orchestra and band have time during school to practice, but they have outside practice as well. “I haven’t heard anyone say that [theatre kids] don’t deserve letters. I’ve just heard that they don’t do as much as athletes, but that’s totally wrong. There’s tons of effort that is put into musicals... the dances are really complicated and that takes a lot of energy. It’s overall a lot of time,” sophomore Kaitlyn Fields said. Often times, students involved in the performing arts, spend just as much time practicing at home, at lessons and in rehearsal. Just as athletes have club season and extra workouts, arts students dedicate a majority of their time

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JACOB COX to their art in order to earn a solo or lead. “As people work hard in their sport­choir, orchestra, theatre­those are my sports. I work really hard in it. It’s not athletic, but I’m still working super hard,” Featherston said, “I’m putting in hours upon hours to do as great or better than [some] are doing in their sport.” The major difference between lettering in sports and arts is that choir, theatre, band and orchestra don’t have defined “varsity teams.” Students who excel and put forth effort with each new piece, earn letters. “A letterman should be someone who contributes as much time as possible and puts their whole heart into something they love no matter if it’s sports or arts,” senior Delaney Rundell said. Although many letters are awarded, but are not earned, there is still a respectfulness connotated to letterman. But should seniors letter just because they are a senior? “Maybe if they’ve shown effort of ‘I didn’t want to do this, but I’m working at it anyway, and I’m still doing it’...but I don’t think you should get [a letter] just because you’re a senior,” Featherston added. The feeling of earning the letter, and being rewarded for your efforts pushes students in all aspects of life. Having your talents put forth to be recognized by your peers is what students should strive for, no matter what activity it is associated with.








t started out with a vision, a way to encourage students to become more active politically, and what started out as a hopeful idea over the summer quickly turned into a blossoming new club, Young Democratic Socialists of Eastern Kansas (YDS). The club garnered controversy, attention and a following along the way that senior and chairperson of YDS Ryan Conley never saw coming. “I did expect some controversy with a name like ‘Young Democratic Socialists.’ People are afraid of socialism,” Conley said, “but I wasn’t expecting this amount of attention at all for a political group.” The creation of YDS prompted senior and president of Young Republicans Joe Petty to form a political group of his own, alongside senior Dom Esparrago. “I was thinking about forming a club after the shocking announcement of the Young Democratic Socialist club and the fact that they had ‘socialist’ in there. I was sitting in class when it was announced, and I was heartbroken. Dom thought something had to be done, and thank God he did something,” Petty said in a previous statement to The Patriot. At its heart, the two organizations were created to provide knowledge and a public forum to discuss political issues from the perspectives of both left and rightwing. “I never really expected Young Republicans or YDS to get this much attention,” senior and vice president of Young Republicans Skyler Rudy said. “I knew my friends were pretty big on it, but I never expected the [Oct. 1] debate to be as hot of a topic as it was, and I’m glad that it was. It got students talking about politics, and that’s what we wanted in the first place.” However, with great intentions came great blowback for members of both clubs. After the YDS vs. Young Republicans debate in particular, club members were bombarded by insults on social media from both sides. “All the buzz [after the debate] kind of turned toward the bad side of social media. I’ve really been trying to stay away from all that,” senior and public relations officer for Young Republicans Brady Anderson said. “It really took a turn for the worst and into a fight between the two instead of respecting each other’s conflicting ideologies.” However, Young Republicans was not alone in the sting of post-debate controversy. “One of our debaters, Mia Duncan, got a lot of hate for her comments about how America was never great, and people took it as completely wrong and un-American,” Conley said. “People backed her up though, and we definitely saw a spike in attendance at our meetings after the debate… so I think we killed [the debate].”


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Anderson says most of the hate directed towards Young Republicans on social media was based on misconceptions toward Republicanism and conservatism. “The biggest misconception is that we’re a bunch of rich, white guys with Daddy’s money,” Anderson said, “so that’s the view we got going for us right now.” Other insults directed toward members of Young Republicans included remarks about the demographics within the club itself, points that members like Anderson took into consideration. “We need to work on being more open and welcoming of other’s opinions and willing to hear other people’s sides,” Anderson said. “We’re definitely trying to push to get a girl in our next debate. That was one of the things that people deemed was wrong, that we were all male... It’s kind of intimidating now, I guess, if you’re a girl. I mean, it’s a club full of 40 guys.” While Anderson believes Young Republicans can drive more female students to meetings by broadening their points of view, Conley is still skeptical. “I mean, if I was a girl, I wouldn’t go to their meetings,” Conley said. “I went to one of their meetings, and there was a rant denying the existence of a wage gap between men and women. It’s not a very accepting environment. Finding diversity for their club would be awesome, but it’d take a lot of hard work.” The fallout after the debate prompted many teachers as well as students to question the integrity of both groups and whether or not the student body was able to accommodate further political discussion in a mature manner. “I’m not sure the people running for office are overly mature sometimes when it comes to their social media

posts... but I thought both YDS and Young Republicans handled themselves with decorum and respect when they were onstage,” American government teacher and sponsor of YDS Tony Budetti said. “Afterwards, kids will be kids on the internet. I don’t have a problem with what happened. We didn’t have a Sharks versus Jets situation in the parking lot. That would’ve been negative.” Budetti says that the fallout after the Oct. 1 debate was partially a reflection of the era that students live in today. “The kids handled themselves and supported their own opinions in the way we do things in 2015, which is through Twitter and through the internet, and that’s fine,” Budetti said. “It’s no different from what we used to do, which was just scream at each other or maybe have a fist fight in the parking lot. The students handled themselves appropriately. I’m just excited they’re fired up about government and current events and candidates. What could be better than that?” No matter the controversy, both sides within the student body’s political circle continue to plan for the future. Each with its own unique fireball of opinions and character, both Young Republicans and YDS strive to end political apathy regardless of party lines. “See if you fit in at Young Republicans. See if this is something that you’re interested in, and if you’re not interested in ours, try out Young Democratic Socialists,” Anderson said. “Find something that works for you, and if neither work out, then feel open and confident and start one of your own. Just don’t sit back and be ignorant to the fact that we as students need to be involved in politics. We’re the future generation. It’s going to be us handling the country one day.”

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Senior and treasurer of Young Republicans Briley Buckley jokes and shakes hands with senior and member of YDS Leah Thomas. PHOTO BY Jenna fackrell



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n her nine years of student government, Student Body President Emily Wollard had never planned a Homecoming parade. But in light of it being the 50th year anniversary, the school thought it was time to finally have one. When was the first time you ever got involved in school government and why? I’ve been in StuCo since fourth grade. It’s been a great experience, and I’ve had a lot of fun. It’s just something I love to do, because I love the fact that I’m helping my school and participating in a way that’s beneficial to the student body.

How does it feel to be student body president? It’s awesome, being in student council since fourth grade I’ve always loved it and always wanted to work up to something where I could lead a big group of people. I love leadership, and I just love helping people, so the more I can do that the better. Being student body president is a way I can help the people in our school.

Do you have any big plans for this year?

My personal plan was the Homecoming parade. That was my biggest goal because since freshman year I’ve always wanted to have a Homecoming parade. All of the other Shawnee Mission schools have had one, and each year I’ve kind of talked about it, and it’s never really gotten done until this year. I think one reason we got it this year is because it’s the 50th year and also because it’s a lot of work and you really have to be committed to putting the time into it.

What’s been the biggest obstacle for you this year?

I would say my biggest obstacle is student involvement. We have a school where there’s a lot of people who are really passionate about South and really involved but also people who don’t care as much. As student president, it’s one of my goals to get students more involved, and I hoped the parade would be something that would help with that. Like if you weren’t in the parade, you could be watching it or helping it, so I thought maybe it would boost people’s school spirit.

What’s been the most rewarding part?

So far this year, obviously the Homecoming parade. Working up to it was a lot of stress and lots of craziness, because I was running around and because there was so much to do, and I thought it wasn’t going to happen, but all of a sudden we’re standing outside directing things, and Mr. Cline came up and told us that it’s started and we needed to get in the car, and all the stress was gone, and it was just the coolest feeling to ride in the car and see all the people thanking us for doing it. It was just the coolest feeling ever, and I was sitting on the back of the car crying because I was so happy.

Do you experience a lot of stress being president or is it more laid back?

It ebbs and flows, there’s certain times like right before the homecoming parade or throughout the process, but we have the student council hour, fourth hour, and we get to work a lot during school. There’s definitely some stress but in the end it’s worth it because we get the product of the Homecoming parade and the dance itself had a huge attendance. So any stress that there is it’s not significant to me because it’s worth it, I signed up for this and I love it.

Do you feel that the future of the student government here is safe? We have a really solid group of sophomore and freshman in Student Council so I would say yes, the next few years at South are going to be fantastic.





story and Photo Illustration by Lauren rosenstock assistant editor-in-chief, sports editor

hanksgiving is the time of year when families travel to celebrate all the things they have to be thankful for; it is not the time to reinvent the wheel. So why can Thanksgiving dinner feel like such a chore? No matter what you make on Thanksgiving, there will be a mess, just accept it. So, if you’re going to make a mess, you might want to make it a good one.


Let me share a secret with you: stuffing should make you feel stuffed, hence the name- stuffing.


The flavor of pumpkin can either taste like cinnamon on a sand castle, or angel’s tears in the form of a pie. Let me reiterate, just because it’s Thanksgiving, does not mean you have to reinvent the wheel. Pumpkin pie can be as simple as you want it to be.



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Not every dish at Thanksgiving needs to be traditional, or even classically American. Chocolate Ice Box Cake is a little extra dish my family makes for those who are lactose-intolerant. Since this is such a simple cake, anyone can eat it.

Read the full recipes online at

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By Kate Anderson A&E Editor Photos by jenna fackrell

any people think that the only way to find local stores means a 30-minute trek to downtown Kansas City just to find overpriced knickknacks. But there is so much more just right down the street. Downtown Overland Park can be easily overlooked as just another part of a seemingly boring suburb. But an afternoon walking down Santa Fe will show you that Downtown OP is home to nearly 300 small and local business, great food and a strong community in the arts. Third Fridays are a lively and fun way to discover local businesses and visit your favorites. This Nov. 20 marks the next Third Friday. The Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clock Tower patio. During this time, Downtown OP businesses will have dining and shopping holiday specials as well as special events with a holiday theme.

Farmers’ Market 7950 Marty St, Overland Park, KS 66204

Rio Theatre 7204 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS 66204


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Restaurant: EL SALVADOREÑO 7926 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS 66204


ooking at the menu of El Salvadoreño can be daunting at first. With all the native foods with Spanish names, it is hard to know what exactly you are ordering. But the wait staff is helpful and open for questions. When I first went to El Salvadoreño, foods such as pupusa and pasteles threw me off at first, but ordering the “El Salvadoreño Sampler” was a good choice. It included a bean and cheese pupusa, a vegetable tamale, yuca frita, a vegetable pastel, and an enchilada. If that sounds like a lot of foods, that’s because it is. El Salvadoreño is great for large amounts of food for a reasonable price. El Salvadorian food can easily be mistaken as Mexican food and is generally just put into that category, but you cannot confuse the two because of their traditional differences. You might be wondering what all of these foods are, and I was too at one point. A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made with a stuffed rice or corn tortilla with beans or cheese. It is served with Spanish coleslaw called curtido and salsa. Similarly, a pastel is corn flour dough stuffed with ground beef and vegetables, But unlike pupusas, pasteles are lightly deep fried. Enchiladas differ from the traditional Mexican ones in that they are an open-face deep fried tortilla topped with meat, beans, cabbage, tomato, beet and shredded cheese. El Salvadoreño is a refreshing change from chain Mexican food restaurants, plus you’re supporting a local business.

Store: THE GENERAL STORE & CO. 7922 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS 66204

Among the quirky mugs and potted plants, The General Store harbors locally made items and Kansas City garb. Tucked away, The General Store is home to “a cabinet of curiosities,” as their slogan suggests.

Cafe: CLOCK TOWER BAKERY 7911 Santa Fe Dr, Overland Park, KS 66204

Clock Tower Bakery is known for its handmade baked goods produced right behind the counter. As you walk in the bakery and cafe, the aroma of pies and cookies hits you immediately. Overall, Clock Tower Bakery is a lovely corner to have a cup of coffee and a baked good.

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Students tweeted @smspatriot Royals themed photos. Here is a snapshot of the festivities surrounding the World Series and parade. The next Twitter photo contest is “dynamic duo.� Send us your photos to @smspatriot for a chance to win a gift card.

Senior Briley Buckley @BrileyBuckley45

Sophomore Daniel Baker @drbocks

Senior Emily Anderson @emilyandy151

English teacher Caroline Ewing @soccer_sms


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JuniorAndrew Anderson @aanderson

REVIEWS MOVIE REVIEW: “THE HUNGER GAMES” By Mark holland staff writer

With three movies currently out, “The Hunger Games” series has become a worldwide phenomenon.


he first film released was “The Hunger Games,” and it was an excellent starter to the franchise with heart-pounding action, at times gritty violence and a fascinating storyline that closely followed the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who is thrust from her home in District 12 and into a giant arena where she is forced to fight to the death with other teenagers. Along for the thrilling ride is the shy Peeta Mellark whose affiliation with Katniss goes further back than even she knows. The second film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,“ based on the second novel in the book series, continues Katniss’s story as the country around her (called Panem) is pushed to the brink of war following the events of Katniss’s trials in the arena, but the merciless Capital has an evil plan to stop this rebellion, one that will almost make the heroine lose her sanity. The third film and first part of the final adaptation, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” finds Katniss being convinced by a shady district leader to rally up the citizens of Panem and incite them to battle the Capital. While

this film followed the book, it failed to be as captivating as the first two films, mainly because most of the movie was devoted to Katniss and the other rebels making anticapital ads. The makers of the film are not necessarily to blame for this. It’s just that the part of the novel it is based on had its dull moments, and the movie reflected them. The second part, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” will come out Nov. 20. As long as this film closely follows the novel, it should be a decent one because the second half of the novel was quite thrilling.


New independent project by DICE yields interesting beta player results.


rom the creators of the “Battlefield” franchise, DICE, comes a new edition to the Star Wars series, “Star Wars Battlefront.” The game doesn’t come out until Nov. 17, but the beta version of the game was available from Oct. 4 - Oct. 12. The beta would have ended Nov. 11 but there was so much positive feedback and so many players that it was extended by an extra day. I played the beta and I can’t say enough good things about it. Besides the small graphical errors and physics errors, it’s still one of the best betas I’ve ever played. Quite a bit of customization and plenty of things to do even

though there was only two maps: like drive AT-AT’s or ATST’s, maybe you like playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, well you can do that too. I’m very excited for the full game and I’m expecting something amazing. The amount of players who participated in the beta was over 9 million, surpassing the previous beta released from EA, “Battlefield Hardline” beta by two million players. This made it the most played beta ever released from EA. The developers were surprised at the turn out because there were only two multiplayer maps, and one wave based single-player map. Other triple A titles coming out this year include: Fallout 4 Nov. 10, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Oct. 23, Halo 5 (which is an Xbox exclusive) Oct. 27, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Nov. 6, Just cause 3 Dec. 1, Rainbow Six Siege Dec. 1.

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Information gathered by Max Holmes, Mark Holland and Hannah Carter.

With fall sports wrapped up, coaches elaborate on events and highlights from the season.



“It was a really great season at all levels for girls golf this year. Our new golfers got better each day and competed in their first tournament. Varsity got better as a team each tournament and took 2nd at regionals and qualified as a team to go to state in Wichita.”

-Coach Shaun Henry

“We spent our first few weeks of the season trying to find people their spot on the team (either doubles or singles). We continued to improve throughout the year....Girls gained a lot of varsity experience this year to help them for the next few years. The girls played some their best tennis of the year... Senior Emily Anderson played on the doubles team that won the match at regionals.”



[The girls] went to State and placed 4th by .072 points. Three all around gymnasts [at state] were Eden Alderman, Sara Wilkerson, Hannah Carter... and three of our seniors were Kate Gawlick, Tara Anderson, Isabel Holcomb.

The season ended for the players during the first round of the sub-state tournament. they had a 6-10-1 record. But [the funniest part of the season] was during the fall assembly, the boys danced to “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC to open up their season.



The team took third place in the Desoto Spikefest tournament... They took second place in the Olathe South Invitational Tournament in September...and the girls had a Varsity Senior Night against Shawnee Mission North Thursday, Oct. 22.

“Both teams (boys and girls) showed great strides towards improvement and finished the season well with many on the team recording personal best times at the last few races. 4 Raiders qualified for the state meet being held on Oct. 31. Karynn Carroll, Avery Woods, Mitch Brock, and Harrison Polen with represent South at the 6A meet.”

-Coach Jennie Terflinger

-Coach Kathy Bates

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-Coach Kurt Hodge

-Coach Matt Gordon

-Coach JJ Wannamaker

7 FOOTBALL “I thought our kids played hard all year and got better as the season went on. We were competing agains great opponents and through that our young kids got some great game experience that will carry with them in years to come.”

-Coach Brett Oberzan




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Walking the green at practice, senior Hannah Waldorf prepares for an upcoming tournament. PHOTO BY Maxie crimm


At practice, senior Tara Anderson prepares herself to run through a floor routine. PHOTO BY savannah morgan

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Ready to pass the ball, junior Morgan Cossairt gets into a stance to receive a pass, and return it, during practice. PHOTO BY jacob cox At the beginning of the season, freshman Kaylee Bartel prepares to serve. PHOTO BY maxie crimm The JV and varsity soccer teams gather together in a circle for an exercise during practice. PHOTO BY maxie crimm


Running at Rimrock Farm, in Lawrence, the sophomore Harrison Polen and junior Mitch Brock begin the race for the Sunflower League State Meet. PHOTO BY Corinne Rogers


Warming up before the Green and Gold Scrimmage, the varisty football team runs through their plays. PHOTO BY hannah carter

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Alongside teammates junior Megan Gunter and sophomore Karoline Shelton, MacDonald analyzes the other team from the front row during their home match against Shawnee Mission North. Photo by Corinne Rogers

Sophomore athlete explains her feelings about playing sports through three seasons. What sports do you play?


Volleyball, basketball and soccer.

What was it like to letter your freshman year?

It was really exciting. I wasn’t exactly expecting it, but I was hoping that if I did my best, I would improve and... I would be able put my best out there and if that was enough, then I’m proud of myself.

In the middle of a play, MacDonald squares up to the net to hit the ball. PHOTO BY MATTHEW NEADERHISER

Do you have more dedication to one sport during summer conditioning or the off season?

I feel like this year it was basketball, just because I had more going on with my club soccer, and the way that things overlapped, I was able to go to more basketball than all the others. I didn’t like the other ones any less, it was just the way it worked out.

How did lettering motivate you to continue in your sports? MacDonald, Gunter and Shelton preparing to defend a returning ball. PHOTO BY MATTHEW NEADERHISER



I felt like I had to really help represent the school in all the competitions and that it wasn’t just me that I was playing for. I had the whole team and then the rest of all the other teams that I had to live up to. I couldn’t let them down.

What are the differences in team relationships between the three sports?

Volleyball is hard because I moved between teams, but... I feel like varsity is a lot closer... In basketball, you spend so much time together because it’s such a long season. I feel like everyone gets really close and really becomes like a family... Soccer was weird because a lot of the soccer players also did basketball, so we had already been super close...Spending all the time really does improve friendships.

What’s the most challenging part of being a three sport athlete?

Having to switch between them and… missing some stuff because of another sport. I’m missing basketball conditioning now because volleyball is going on, and I missed the first days of soccer tryouts because basketball was still going, and I missed a lot of volleyball preseason because of soccer and basketball stuff. I think the overlap, even during the off seasons, is hard.

And the most rewarding?

I like knowing that there’s so many different opportunities and there’s so many places I can benefit the team. I like knowing that I can help the whole team do better and be successful.

MAD FOR MADDEN Students go for the gold in celebrated football video game.


verybody loves to game, but the Distributed Education Classes of America (DECA) club is using this hobby to make money. This hobby is Madden, the widely popular football video game. Several students from across the school are competing for the top position through grueling matches of intense digital football. Business teacher Bryce McElroy is one of the two teachers, the other being business teacher Todd Nafus, who is organizing the tournament. “Kids signed up and paid


$5, to be in the tournament. We were trying to think of a way to do a fundraiser for DECA,” McElroy said. The proceeds of the tournament will go to DECA, “It’s called Distributive Education Clubs of America; it’s basically the marketing club at Shawnee Mission South. It’s our fundraiser cause it costs money for us to go to events and state tournaments, so we’re doing it to fundraise for the costs,” senior Matt Cashman said. Cashman and the DECA members have hopes for how the tournament will turn out. “We wanna raise money, so then for our DECA members it costs them less to go to state and other events,” Cashman said, “so we can have more money to spend on other things, and just for a fun time. Like

Students use this tournament bracket is posted in the business hallway for students to follow after weekly games. PHOTO BY jacob cox getting a bunch of people to play a fun game after school and have a good fun event.” Junior Andrew Brookerd competed in the tournament Friday, Oct. 23. “I thought it would be fun. It was something new to do. I don’t really get to do something like this usually,” Brookerd said Brookerd lost to Cashman in the first game


Student athletes work concession stands to raise money for season travel.


rying to raise money for your club or team can be a hassle, but if you work as a team it makes the job easier. Working the concessions is definitely a team bonding experience because you and your teammates or friends are all trying to raise money for the same reason. The concessions here at South are run by social studies teacher Joseph Laurenzo. “I think it is good for responsibility in an overall sense,” Laurenzo said, ”and I think it’s good when you are contributing to your organization or group whether it is debate or

of the tournament. “Oh yeah, I lost. but it was a fighting effort,” Brookerd said. There are 26 students participating, all of them are boys. The tournament consists of five total rounds and the prize for the winner is a gift card. Come to the final game two weeks from now. Look at the bracket outside of Room 250 to get more details.


forensics or basketball and football, it is good for the group to do something together.” Each week Laurenzo goes to Sam’s Club and buys the food and supplies that are needed to run the concessions. As resources start to run low he goes back and buys what is needed. Not all sports teams and groups have work the concessions, but your squad may be asked to work if your booster club is notified that they need workers. Working the concessions can give you new skills that you can use the rest of your life. Your group decides what you want to put the money raised towards. “The money goes into the club account and then they can use it for whatever they want. They use it for uniforms or equipment that they

need,” athletic director John Johnson said. One of the teams who has worked the concession this year is gymnastics. They had to work in the visitor’s concessions at a football game. The day that they worked was a very hot day out which made the experience not as fun as it would usually be. “I think it’s definitely fair of you to contribute to your team, if some of you are going to put in work but others don’t that isn’t fair. I think it should be expected, but it’s the type of thing that you should be willing to do to help your team,” gymnast Tara Anderson said.





n recent years, more and more celebrity athletes have produced custom basketball shoe lines. Each new shoe in their collection represents parts of their personality and highlights a new trend in the shoe industry. The question is, which celebrity shoe line should you wear? GRAPHICS BY ROSE POLLINA


Pick your zodiac sign from its belonging group.


Aries, Leo, Sagittarius


Red, yellow




Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn


Green, blue




Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Orange, soft reds


Nonchalant and laid back


Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Purple, dark blues



4 A B C


What color palette do your clothes follow? Black and neutrals




Basics: navy,, khaki, charcoal, or brown


I dabble in a varsity sport, workout in my free time, and catch up on sports on weekends.


Do you know how long stage makeup takes to put on? Sweating... no thank you.


My TV is always on every Sunday and sometimes Monday depending on the scheduling.


I kicked the soccer ball during gym once.


Would you consider yourself:


What are your feelings after an average day?




Mostly B Mostly A

Mostly C


Parties claimed that even at $15, these shoes were of the same quality as expensive counterparts. The bold accents of color and the ’90s look of the shoes show off your simpler, but outgoing side.


When it comes to sports, which best describes you?


Earth tones

Black with touches of bold colors

Which of these colors are your favorites?


It’s simple, you have name recognition. People know your name, but they don’t know what you’re really like. The original you is always more appealing and although you’ve seen many things and made changes, your classic look and soft colors are refreshing.



Like you, these shoes have a very interesting personality, style, strong authority and obvious confidence. People know who you are immediately, and you’re hard to forget. These shoes were made as part of the “I am not a role model” ad from Charles Barkley, as expected, he became a role model and a leader.

I can keep it together, but if there is a test I didn’t know about, I’ll lose it.

Sorry I’m so distracted, I can’t help but think about these sick shoes I’m wearing. If my day is uneventful, cool; if it’s busy and I don’t have free time to breathe, cool. Usually I’m in a good mood until someone ruins my day.

Mostly D


Nowadays, we are seeing more and more retro sneakers and shoes. This trend has peaked in the last year, and the earthy tone of the leather is appealing to all styles. It may have taken years to refine, but like this shoe, your style palette has grown and shrank, but you know what looks good on you.


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Performing with pride, the Rompin’ Stompin’ Raider Band, the Pacesetters and the Southettes present their version of “Stars and Stripes Forever” to kick off the grand opening ceremony of Union Station, Science City. Photo by Sara meyers


Sophomore Samah Boullaouz throws a T-shirt to senior Leorah Addadi. The T-shirts were from Pep Club and KSMS and were given away during the parade. Pep Execs and KSMS shared junior Steffen Seamon’s van which was driven by KSMS sponsor and English teacher Travis Gatewood. photo by jenna fackrell



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