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Contents 4 Senior Superlatives: 6 Famous Grads: Kearney High graduates who made it big 7 How to be Famous: Make a name (or meme) for yourself 8 KHS Staff Leaving: Saying goodbye to KHS staff 10 Senior Map: See where some of the Class of 2018 is headed 12 Amherst Esports: Amherst’s Striv eSports competition 13 Advice From Each Grade: Take our advice for next year 14 Going Against Trends: Make yourself stand out 15 Baddie on a Budget: Being a baddie affordably 16 Sports: Winding down the spring sports season 19 Ads: Local businesses that support The ECHO

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The ECHO staff members who attended prom get together for a formal photo. Members include: seniors Marina Peterson, Julia Poggioli, Isabella Breinig, juniors Emily Hansen, Ashton Mehlin, Jaden Engen, Jackson Lane, seniors Bethany Krull and Geoffrey Exstrom.


The ECHO is produced three times per semester, August through May, by The ECHO staff of Kearney Senior High School. The ECHO is a member of the Nebraska High School Press Association and is published by Morris Press.

Editors................Isabella Breinig Marina Peterson Ashton Masek Business Managers...Jaden Engen Jackson Lane Sports Editor..........Geoff Exstrom Reporters............Reyna Alvarado

Reporters.............Noah Carpenter Alli Chally Dani Chally Mackenzie DeVoll Shayla Fox Emily Hansen Bethany Krull Ashton Mehlin

Reporters..................Matt Nelson Julia Poggioli Makenna Smith Chloe Strecker Grant Tighe Gage Vasquez Advisor....................Mrs. Johnson

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- Best gossip - Most likely to have their own reality TV show - Biggest drama queen

by Gwen Stefani

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- Best at mediating

- Best at the quiet game

- Most likely to be a soccer mom - Biggest fan of “The Office”

- “Hollaback Girl” - BuzzFeed quiz writer


- “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez -Professional ninja

- Most likely to win a Nobel Peace Prize

- Biggest Bookworm - “Independent Woman” by Ne-Yo - Engineer

key - “Best...” - “Most likely to...” - “Biggest...” - “Song...” - “Future Job...”

Julia - Best at speakin g her opinion - Most likely to be on “Catfish”

- Biggest Teach ers Pet

- “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic at the Disco - Youtube Employee

Geoff Marina - Best Laugh - Most likely to lead a protest

- Best “Voice” - Most likely to marry Claire - Biggest Ego

- Biggest Whale Supporter

- “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled

- “Africa” by Toto

- Local Weather Forecaster

- Marine Biologist

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Where are they now?: KHS FAmous Graduates Leslie Easterbrook by Bethany Krull

Leslie Easterbrook, born in Los Angeles, California, moved to Nebraska then attended and graduated Kearney High School in 1967. Following high school, she went to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She is best known for her roles as Debbie Callahan in the Police Academy movie series and Rhonda Lee on “Laverne and Shirley.” Additionally, she has made appearances in “Baywatch,” “Matlock,” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” during her extensive career. She sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XVII in 1983, and has played Bunny on the Broadway show “California Suite.” When asked about Kearney, she said that she feels, “so grateful and I know a lot of it has to do with being from Kearney, Nebraska. Having a dream so strong. Knowing I had to work hard.” She is an actress with roots in Kearney High School who has made an impact on Hollywood and led a long fulfilling career.

Tim Schlattmann by Julia Poggioli

Fans of the popular Showtime series “Dexter” might be shocked to discover that one of the writers and executive producers, Tim Schlattmann, was a graduate of Kearney High School in 1981. After high school, Schlattmann attended Kearney State College and graduated in 1985 with a degree in telecommunications. While attending college, Schlattmann worked for the campus television and radio stations where he discovered his love for radio and media productions. While living in Kearney, Schlattmann worked for Kearney’s KGFW 1340 AM and KQKY 105.9 FM radio stations. He achieved his Masters in Speech Communications from Colorado State University in 1988, and eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of breaking into the television industry. His first writing position was on the popular ABC show “Roxeanne”, paving the pathway for Schlattmann to pursue even bigger projects. Aside from “Dexter”, Schlattmann is also credited for being an executive producer on CBS’s science-fiction television drama “Under the Dome”, along with other shows such as Fox’s “Get Real” and the WB’s “Smallville”. Since the start of his career, Schlattmann has received three Emmy nominations.

Jon Bokenkamp by Emily Hansen

Jon Bokenkamp was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska, and then graduated from Kearney High School in 1991. Following high school, he studied for two years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While at UNK, he focused on journalism, art and music classes, and then moved onto University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where he graduated in 1995. Since then, he has worked and collaborated with big names such as Halle Berry (The Call), Angelina Jolie (Taking Lives), Tony Scott (Top Gun), and Dennis Farina (Saving Private Ryan). Bokenkamp is most well known for his murder mystery “The Blacklist,” which first aired on NBC on Dec. 23, 2013. The show finished up its fifth season on May 2, 2018.

Darrin Butters by Ashton Mehlin Darrin Butters was a KHS graduate from the class of 1988. His career with Disney animation began in 2000 with the film Dinosaur, where he was one of the assistant managers in charge of making the dinosaurs’ tails wag back and forth. He also assisted in the animation of Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons. He quickly climbed the ladder from assistant animator to character animator, where he now works on films with a team of at least 70 to 80 other animators on specific characters and their actions. He has been a character animator for the movies Bolt, Prep and Landing, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Moana, among other successful films. Butters and his animation team were awarded an Oscar for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for their work on the 2014 film Frozen. The completion of this movie has been one of Butters’ greatest accomplishments throughout his career.

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How to Be Famou$ by Noah Carpenter and Reyna Alvarado You literally don’t have to try to be famous. It takes zero effort and sometimes just dumb luck. Here are several options that, if you are proficient in these categories, could make you famous. Some, however, lack the skills to make it big: not everyone can be totally awesome.


Be the owner of a famous pet. People love the pets of the internet: grumpy cat, what a laugh! Just think of all the wasted potential of Fluffy cowering in your mom’s room. A model, maybe not, but slap a cruel heart-breaking back story to your Fluffy and watch the world fall in love.


Be a sports star. There are so many professional sports that people strive to excel in. From the NFL to synchronized swimming with Auntie Bertha on the weekends, your procrastination and lack of will is bound to help you out in at least one area of the athletic world. There’s a great chance you could be pulling in dump trucks of cash and also it could probably get you married to a fine dime.


Be a meme. In today’s culture, everybody is looking for new memes to get a hoot out of. In order to become one of these atrocities, someone must catch you in the act of goofiness. So just make a fool of yourself all the time and who knows, you might just find yourself on “Ellen” with Alex from Target and The Yodeling Kid.


Be a musician. If you can conjure up some sort of half decent sound then you’ve got a chance at fame. Even if you do stink in the musical realm, and sound like a herd of dying cattle, then you could be a rapper. If you find yourself on the air waves then from there on, no matter how bad you sound, there is a good chance that some idiot out there will listen to you. Also, you make stupid amounts of cash.


Be a creator. Now, this may be considered an all-time low. Therefore, becoming an internet creator (just a YouTuber, it’s not that serious) should be taken as a last-case scenario. For those who have virtually no talent and anything more advanced than a flip phone, this is the perfect way to become famous. Just comment “follow 4 follow” on already popular YouTube personalities’ videos and watch your cult of Minecraft middle schoolers rise.

In conclusion, the road to fame is a bumpy one, full of lost love interests and tax embezzlement. However, for those who stick it out, fame can be a ticket to happiness. By following any one of these tips towards fame, you too could find yourself in the lime-light.

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KHS FACULTY Retiring in 2018 Mrs. Peterson

Mr. Clark

By Geoff Exstrom

After spending 36 years in the field of special education, Mrs. Sandi Peterson will be retiring from her position at Kearney High. Mrs. Peterson has been a staple at Kearney High in the special education department for 26 years. Peterson began her career by receiving a teaching degree from the University of Wyoming in special education. After graduation, she resided in Newcastle, WY, for 10 years. During her time in Wyoming, she taught high school for six years, elementary for two years and middle school for two years as part of the special education department. She was then hired to be in the special education department at Kearney High. Along with teaching, she became a member of the National Honor Society Committee (NHS) for over two decades, giving her a chance to further connect herself to staff members who were in other departments. Apart from her time as a NHS committee member, she remembers the many great memories she made while being a part of Bearcat Nation, “There are hundreds of favorite [memories] I think. Beyond memories of color week, talent shows and lots of fun times, the time spent learning from and being inspired by coworkers and students would be my strongest memory.” As Peterson will continue her life outside of Kearney High, she has some advice for future students: enjoy being a kid and be kind. “Slow down and enjoy the days, not wishing to be out of here so soon. More importantly though, I’d tell students that the greatest thing they could learn at school is how to be kind. Practice being kind. You have no idea what the life story is for someone else, and it won’t hurt to practice kindness in every single encounter with others.” With the horizon of retirement in sight, Peterson plans to slow down and enjoy things more with the extra time on her hands. She plans to visit grandchildren and make herself available to help whoever she can. In conclusion, Peterson has been a leader in the special education department that has been a big part of Kearney High for a very long time. In total, Peterson has taught special education for 36 years with 26 of those in the hallways of Kearney High.

Mrs. Peterson works with one of her students. Photo by Chloe Strecker.

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Mr. Clark teaches his second block class. Photo by Sheyla Vazquez. The end of the 2017-2018 school year also marks the end of Mr. Don Clark’s teaching and coaching careers. After 28 years of being an educator at Kearney High, he is retiring. Clark received his undergraduate degree from UNL in 1986 and his masters degree from UNK in 1995. After teaching at Odell High School for 4 years, Clark joined the faculty of Kearney High in 1990. Clark taught multiple math classes such as AP Calculus and Honors Advanced Math, as well as Introduction to Computer Science. Clark says that he will miss seeing his colleagues and friends every day and being part of a team. “And I will miss the students. Well, at least some of them!” Clark jokes.

“My 28 years went by really fast, and you will only be here for four!” Clark was a member of the math department as well as an assistant girls basketball coach and an assistant girls track coach. Reflecting on his time at Kearney High, Clark says, “There’s a lot of really great memories, but NOT getting stranded at school during the blizzard of 1996 was a highlight.” His favorite memory as a coach was getting to coach his daughter in basketball at the state tournament. He also favors the Kearney High championships in 1995, 1996, and 2016 in track and field. “Getting to work with so many great student athletes and coaches over the years has been a definite highlight of my career” states Clark. It is evident that Clark made the most of his career as a teacher, and he encourages future students to make the most of their time at Kearney High, saying, “My 28 years went by really fast, and you will only be here for four!”

Mr. Limbach

Mrs. Larsen By Geoff Exstrom

Mr. Limbach works with a student athlete. Photo by Chloe Strecker.

By Korbin Harshbarger

Mr. Greg Limbach is one of the many teachers saying farewell to Kearney High this year. In his schooling he was able to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in Health/Physical Ed./Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also has achieved a Master of Art degree in Physical Education Teaching - University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has been teaching students for 32 years at Kearney High School. Among these classes were Adaptive PE, Boys PE I, Advanced PE, Sports Medicine and Strength Enhancement. Some of his favorite memories were being recognized by coaches (past and present) and the student body at Kearney´s last home basketball game this year, winning the state football championship in 2006, and most of all, “all of the great students and staff that I´ve had the opportunity to work with. When asked what he would miss the most about KHS; he responded with “The students and staff ”. While Limbach was not a sponsor for any activity or team, he mentored students who worked as student athletic trainers. His favorite memory from his experience was building lasting relationships with these students and many others. When asked if he had anything to say to the future students of KHS, Limbach said, “You matter, and the more educated you are, the more potential you have for success in all facets of life, so take advantage of your opportunities to learn here at KHS.”

After 37 years at Kearney High School, Mrs. Julie Larsen has decided to end her tenure as she will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Larsen has been a presence at Kearney High in the science department teaching almost all subjects during her time at KHS. Larsen began her teaching career by receiving her teaching degree in chemistry, math and physical science at UNK, while also working on her Master’s Degree in Science Education from there as well. After graduation, Larsen was hired by, what was then, Kearney State College, instructing those three subjects from the fall of 1977 to the spring of 1981. That next fall, Larsen was hired by KHS to teach chemistry and physics. Over her years at Kearney High, Larsen was able to partake in multiple activities throughout the school. This included being a senior, junior, sophomore and freshman class sponsor, National Honors Society sponsor, Student Advisory Board sponsor and gymnastics team sponsor. “I really enjoyed going to the the gymnastics meets and watching the Kearney girls compete. They did a great job,” said Larsen when reflecting upon her years as a gymnastics sponsor. Aside from extracurriculars, Larsen had some fond memories when talking about her interactions with the Science department as they have become famous around Kearney High for their extravagant costumes during Halloween. Her favorite memories of those include those Halloweens, playing jokes on other science department staff members and the interactions she has had with many students throughout the years. Even though she will be leaving the hallways of Kearney High,

“I could not have found a better place to spend 37 years.” some advice she has for future students would be to take advantage of all the opportunities that KHS gives them in different avenues of classwork and experience in many career fields. However, the one thing she will miss most is the interactions she has had with teenagers over the years that inspired her to transition from the college level to the high school level. When the time comes when Larsen’s last lecture ends and her last wild experiment comes to a conclusion, she plans to take it easy for a while. Larsen said, “I plan to rest in my retirement. I’m tired. I have some home projects to do, then I’ll branch out and find some ways to stay active. I could not have found a better place to spend 37 years.” Through it all, Larsen has taught through some of the most eventful moments Kearney High has ever had from when a blizzard caused students to pack into the old Kearney High for a good night’s sleep all the way to when the first football state championship was won. In total, she taught 42 years with 37 of those at Kearney High.

Left: Mrs. Larsen helps a student in her fourth block chemistry class. Photo by Chloe Strecker.

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goodbye seniors

Kansas Fort Hays State University Trinity Burton Payton Koerner

university of kansas Daniel Lovitt Damon Kemp

kansas state university Masie Dulitz

oklahoma oklahoma city university Kristin Oliphant

Oklahoma state university William Hoback

missouri northwest missouri state

colorado colorado state university Cameron Luker

colorado mesa university

Natalya Nelson

utah utah state university Conner Brown

brigham young university Dallyn Ritchie

indiana valparaiso university

Bridget Besse Addison Palser

Christopher Barua



oregon state university

TRINITY university

Taya Buck

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Danielle Chally


Braylen Luke

south dakota University of South Dakota Jonathon Beck Sarah Lindner

Iowa Buena Vista university Cory Kitt

Iowa State university Ella Godfrey


John Brockmeier

california stanford university

Mia Kegley

new york

university of nebraska lincoln

central community college hastings

technology fashion institute of

Isabella Breinig Erin Burr Daniel Crocker Megan Darveau Geoff Exstrom Grace Farrall Reilly Glatter Jace Kratzenstein Bethany Krull Emma Luthans Andre McCoy Rowdy Melton Jaiden Morse Noah Peters Marina Peterson Julia Poggioli Kely Racine Rachel Rehtus Ralston Ripp Allison Sheen Madisen Sherbeck Claire Sorrell Tylo Spellman Sophia Steffen Cody Willers

Austin Bamesberger Brendan Roberts Brooke Shearer

Emily Frieden


savannah college of art and design

Emma Johnson

nebraska university of nebraska kearney Katelynn Allan Ivy Arnold Noah Bartlett Steven Berumen Koeby Bonner Kevin Downs Michael Carter Claire Choplin Lewis Herrington William Jorgensen Ashley Kemp Kanon Koster Carli Krell Noelle Lieth Noah Limbach Chloe Lundgren Isabella Maldonado Veronica Mejia Emily Meyer Nigora Mirzoeva Drew Morrow Gabrielle Onate Paige Pearson Canon Rath Joshua Ray Paige Robinson Haley Schall Beau Sostad Sadie Stansbury Jacob Temme Tracy Tran Yessenia Verduzco Jacob Wayman Katelyn Wells Andrew Wentz Avery Wood

university of nebraska omaha Claire Bean Claire Cordes Addison Parr Sam Shea Sam Straka Max Swails Emma Weis

hastings college Keegan Thurston

creighton university Jared Wegner

wayne state college Kaitlynn Garst Stephanie Lopez

southeast community college - lincoln Adam Green Alyssa Thomas

midland university Caleb Bean Trevor Payne

doane college Matthew Jamison

wesleyan university Sydney Richter

central community college kearney Alexis Christner Cristalina Escobar-Lopez Julianne Green Haley Nielsen Joshua Phelps Ramsel Rivera Claire Stanton Kiarra Slabaugh Ryan Webb Jonathan Winkelman

concordia university Abigail Deloach

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Students compete at Amherst eSports By Shayla Fox

The schools play “Super Smash Bros.” with a maximum of eight players.

Jason Stubbs does play-by-play on “League of Legends” in a viewing room.

Brennan Hansen helps host the last round of the “Smash Bros.” tournament while Taylor Siebert, founder of Striv eSports, manages the Twitch stream.

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The Amherst eSports tournament was on Sat., Apr. 28, 2018. For the event, the high school’s computer labs and two other classrooms were full of players and viewers alike. eSports itself is growing, especially in Nebraska, as this was only the second tournament ever in the state. True to its name, eSports is a form of competitive gaming or ‘electronic sports’. There are professional competitions, with prize money to the winners. For Amherst’s tournament, there were only certificates. On Saturday, the games played were “Super Smash Bros.” and “League of Legends” on the 3DS and Wii U. The tournament was streamed on Twitch. At first, only teams from Amherst, Broken Bow and Elm Creek were playing, but Kearney, Alma and Grand Island Northwest signed up to make six schools. The players from Kearney were sophomores Brennan Hansen, Oliver Sheldon, William Cavill, and Alexander Maxson. Kearney played only in the “Super Smash Bros.” tournament against Grand Island Northwest and Elm Creek. Because of the number of players for each, Kearney was divided into two teams of A and B, Elm Creek into three and Grand Island as one for six teams. Amiibos, Miis, equipment, custom moves and “random character select” were banned. The items and pause options were off, and the teams played by a “Gentleman’s Clause”- if the players agreed on a stage, it could be chosen. Ten games were played in the “Super Smash Bros.” bracket. Elm Creek B beat Grand Island Northwest, but the C team lost to Kearney High A. Kearney B won against Grand Island. The Kearney’s A team lost to Elm Creek A, Grand Island returned to win against Elm Creek C, and Kearney A beat Elm Creek B. It was short-lived, and Kearney A lost to Grand Island, but Kearney B came through to beat Elm Creek A. In the final play, it was Kearney B against Elm Creek A, and Kearney B, of Sheldon and Maxson, were the winners. In the “League of Legends” tournament, Amherst, Elm Creek, Alma and Broken Bow’s Varsity and JV teams played. Like “Super Smash Bros.,” this tournament had rules of its own, with a “No Ban” draft pick and no jungle invades at the beginning of the game. The League competition was played as single elimination and best of three. Elm Creek and Broken Bow played against each other in the semifinals. After three games, Broken Bow’s varsity team was the winner. This eSports event was one of the first in Nebraska, and it won’t be the last. The tournaments can be viewed at home, as they are streamed on Striv’s Twitch channel. If you’re a player, you may join your school’s team or even make a team. But playing isn’t the only way to support eSports. If you’re a viewer, you can watch future competitions in person or on Twitch, or reach out to Striv themselves for more information.

Advice From Each Grade

Advice for Freshmen By Noah Carpenter

There are many struggles during the transition from 8th grade to freshman year. One of the most simple ways to fly under the radar is just to stay quiet and go with the flow. If you want to stay away from the stereotypical scenario of being trampled by the upperclassmen, then keep to the right side of hallways, stairwells, entryways and other areas full of traffic. If you see a senior coming your way just move: jump in a trashcan, duck in the bathroom orclassroom, or squeeze into a locker, anything to get out of the way! Nah, just kidding, most upperclassmen don’t really pay attention to freshmen so basically have common courtesy with everyone, then nobody will have a reason to have beef with you. If staying hidden isn’t your forte, then get involved in high school activities. The best way to assimilate into high school life is to find a club, sport or activity to be a part of. Just make sure at sporting events, if you plan on being a rowdie, you listen to the words of the upperclassmen as to avoid any unnecessary drama. There are plenty of these activities for you to join all year long and with the extensive number of these activities you are bound to find at least one, if not more, that suit your interests. Get involved in as many activities as possible, that way you stay out of trouble and stay involved in the community. Soon enough you will be seniors and get to make the rules so remember how you are treated as a freshman and if you don’t like it then treat your future underclassmen the way you would like to be treated.

Advice for Sophomores By Shayla Fox

Freshman year was a breeze… or it wasn’t. If you made it, you know by now how to walk in the hallways. And if you don’t, please, please learn before next year. Your sophomore year is harder than your freshman. This is the year to get involved in the clubs or groups you want to if you didn’t in your freshman year. It isn’t so late that you’ll regret not doing so earlier, and early enough that you can always be in another. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing what you’ll be doing in your life for the next 50 years – you’re a sophomore, you don’t always know what’s for dinner today. Not that it’s wrong to be looking into it, either. I’m no procrastinator, and my advice is to never be one. Do your homework ahead of time, then you can be as lazy as you want. Be social. It’s a nightmare, I know, but it will always be worth it. It’s always worth it to make new friends. Most of all, like our parents say, be good. Be good to others and to yourself. I know it’s what we’ve been told all our lives, but that’s because it’s true. Your health, happiness, (and your record) matters. Sophomore year will be what you make it.

Advice for Juniors

By Mackenzie DeVoll

The end of the year is quickly approaching and your time as a sophomore is coming to a close. Junior year is almost in arm’s reach and you are about to become an upperclassman, but before you can get there, you need to figure out the necessary skills needed to juggle classes, homework and extracurriculars. If you have not already been told by your parents, teachers or guidance counselors, then it is time that you heard that junior year is not only the most difficult, but also the most important year of your high school experience. To survive junior year, you will need to quickly realize that some behaviors and habits that some teachers accepted during your previous years will not be easily tolerated anymore. Teacher’s expectations are elevated now that you are in eleventh grade. Homework and studying will need to be your top priority and everything else will have to come afterwards. Staying up until 1 a.m. to play video games rather than finishing your homework will not cut it. Eleventh grade will be the year where all students are required to take the ACT. You have already taken the PreACT, but that is nothing compared to the actual assessment. Start studying immediately, before it is even mentioned by your teachers, and take it seriously. After the assessment that the state provides for students, you will have to pay with your own money to retake the exam if you aren’t pleased with your score. Being unprepared for the ACT will only stress you out and cause feelings of angst and negativity. Do yourself a favor, take this advice and steer clear of procrastinating. There is so much more to being a junior than being an upperclassmen and attending prom, this is your final year before you have to prepare to leave high school so take it seriously and you’ll be fine.

Advice for Seniors By Marina Peterson

I think that just about everyone goes into their senior year with the mindset that they can take it easy, and not stress too much. Of course, you should never stress too much about anything, but you also shouldn’t take your senior year too easy. If you’re applying to colleges or for scholarships, you need to make sure you focus on deadlines and don’t procrastinate turning in applications - honestly, filling out scholarship applications is probably more important than math homework - I doubt that your teacher pays you every time you get an answer right (that would be awesome though). Scholarships and school aside, make sure to not spend too much time counting down the days until graduation - it may not be your thing, but you should also enjoy your last months of high school, because it’s the first of many lasts. Let’s face it - odds are, after graduation you probably won’t be living with your parents, you won’t be as close with the same people you are now and you won’t want to look back and regret not having as much fun. So spend time with your family (even your obnoxious little brothers), make memories with your friends, but don’t be afraid to meet someone new. The best advice I have to incoming seniors, is to make sure you are prepared for the future, but don’t forget to enjoy your senior year while you still have it.

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Going against Trends By Matt Nelson

Trends have been around as long as anyone can remember, yet they are evolving to be quite different (and more annoying) every year. From flashy 80’s headbands to chokers of the present day, trends continue to be seen all over not only the U.S., but the world. Some trends are fun and commendable and last a very long time, while others are just plain obnoxious and last merely a few weeks or months. However, if you are somebody who likes to step outside the crowd, going against trends is one way to do it. It may seem like going against trends would be quite difficult, but there are a plethora of solutions to your worries. Different hair styles, clothing styles, and many other trends are being displayed on the streets and schools of America, which makes going against them an even easier task. The first trend that one can easily go against is the infamous man buns. Not only are man buns completely unnecessary, they are barely socially acceptable. The origins of the man bun come from all over, but the most convincing point of origin is in Brooklyn, New York. Sometime in 2017, Brooklyn bartenders decided to start sporting man buns to the general public and alcoholics alike. At first it was nothing more than a funky fashion statement, but it gradually sparked into a wildfire of a trend that spread all across the states. Now everyone from Brooklyn to L.A. can be spotted with a man bun, and still, they remain obnoxious. You can try some different hairstyles. For instance, you can go with the classic combover. It’s still a little trendy, but it’s a better alternative than a man bun. Or, if you’re really feeling risky, you can go back to the classic 2000’s Good Charlotte liberty spikes. If you don’t know what that is, allow me to explain. Good Charlotte was a very popular punk-rock band in the early 2000’s, and they boldly sported the infamous liberty spikes. Look them up if you want a better visual, but basically to rock some liberty spikes you simply grow your hair extremely long and then proceed to spike it up with an intense amount of gel, hence the name liberty “spikes”. In summary, the only way one can really get away with sporting a man bun is by either being a professional soccer player or a hipster Brooklyn bartender. The next and possibly most preposterous trend on this list that you can go against is the wearing of spirithoods. Before I go into a description of them, keep in mind that some spirithoods aren’t all that bad, but the ones that need to be wiped off the face of the earth are the ones that I will be covering. Spirit hoods are little hoodies that are usually in the design of an animal or fictional character of some sort. The wearing of spirithoods is practiced all over the world, not just the United States. In Japan, where anime originated, spirithoods designed to look like pokemon and other anime characters are worn all over the city, but that’s Japan so they kind of have some leeway knowing that anime was created there. But of course, just like with basically everything, Americans have to jump on the anime spirithoods train. Not only do we Americans now wear anime spirithoods, we’ve also begun wearing animal spirithoods. You know, the ones with cat ears, doggy ears, and basically every oth-

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er animal ear under the sun? Yeah, those. That’s where it gets too much. It’s one thing to make a fashion statement, it’s another thing to wear cat ears around the school. You can easily go against this trend with a more socially acceptable alternative: regular hoodies. They are much easier to obtain, in fact, they are sold at almost every single store in the nation. Instead of embarrassing yourself by dangling animal parts off your head, you can just buy a stylish, comfortable hoodie. The final trend you can, and should go against, is dabbing. Now, you may not even view dabbing as a trend anymore, but just go to a middle school dance and you’ll see. First off, can we just get rid of middle school dances altogether? They were cool for a month, but nowadays they’ve became a place where you go to stand and see who can dab the most in one song and maybe talk to your Instagram girlfriend for like five minutes. Anyways, enough about middle school dances, let’s get back to the original issue: dabbing. There’s a whirlwind of opinions on who started the dab, but it’s clear who made if famous, and that’s Cam Newton. He’s the fiery quarterback for the Carolina Panthers who’s touchdown celebrations are almost as flashy as Odell Beckham Jr’s. Ever since Captain Cam performed the dab during a touchdown celebration in 2015, yes you heard me correctly, 2015, kids all across America have continued the trend to this day. So, almost a full three years later, we are still dabbing. That’s a problem, but not an unsolvable one. There are so many hip new dance moves you can rock at your school dance or wherever you want. Ever heard the new song by BlocBoy JB featuring Drake called “Look Alive”? Most likely you have, and I have to admit, it’s pretty rad. However, it’s not the song that I’m talking about, it’s the dance move utilized in the song called “The Shoot”. There are several pluses to doing this dance over the dab. First off, it looks cooler, and secondly, it takes more skill. So when you can master it, you’ll be more respected than if you just seizure dab (dab vigorously over and over until you and everyone arounds you loses brain cells). One other dance you can do is created by an American Youtuber named Roy Purdy. He’s known for wearing flagrant outfits, multi colored sunglasses, skateboarding, and most importantly dancing. It’s pretty hard to explain how to do it, but take my word for it. Not only is it hilarious to watch, it’s hip and way more in than dabbing. All that being said, trends keep popping up all the time, so be cautious when going against them, because you might create one yourself. On the contrary, don’t just bash every trend you see. Bash the stupid ones, or ones that have simply dragged on for too long like dabbing. It’s also important not to be judgemental to trend followers, just simply inform them on how ridiculous they are and it should do the trick. Real talk, if you want to just let trends continue to erode the humility of America one at a time, then so be it. Just remember, by doing so, you’re only feeding the problem of annoying trends.

Baddie On a Budget... By Isabella Breinig

So, you want to be the biggest baddie on a budget? Not surprising. American culture drives itś people to be the biggest, the best and the baddest in the world, or your local high school. However, being the great-great-great-great grandchild of some diamond miner in the 1940’s isn’t a luxury everyone is accustomed to. Personally, my step-dad cut me off my 200 dollar a day allowance so I’ve been forced into this life-style! What is an aspiring baddie with no cash supposed to do is this big old city! Not to worry there’s plenty of fashionable options… Buy an “exotic” pet: Now this first one may seem a little strong, but real quick let me clarify that this article is for BADDIES on a budget. If you don’t have the guts to go big or go home, I would just recommend shopping clearance. Now that we have that out of the way, having a hip exotic pet is a sure way to look like a baddie. Much like Taylor Swift (don’t come at me she looks like a baddie in her new album) or Cardi B, traipsing on the wild side comes with the title. However, for an aspiring baddie who has less than a dime, painting a current pet or gutter cat has the same effect. Using non-toxic paint simply choose a design, such as zebra stripes, cheetah print, or the Mona Lisa. EXTRA TIP: Water color does not show up on fur so use more pigmented paints! Steal your dad’s clothes: Every real baddie knows that oversize clothing is at the tippy top of the, “omg I don’t know if I want to be her or fight her” pyramid. It’s simple science! Assuming your dad is bigger than you, then he is the perfect target for a baddie swipey swipey. Extra baddie points if you can find some sick Hawaiian shirts and khaki shorts! These items can easily be accessorized by telling bad jokes and looking at your friends like you’re disappointed in them. If you don’t have a father figure no stress, tight clothing is also on the rise so your dog’s clothing also fits this philosophy. EXTRA TIP: If your dad gets mad, cry about your appearance! Dads hate that. Dye your hair with Kool Aid: Sorry brunettes; just like everyday life, you’ll just have to watch the blondes have all the fun. Benefits of dying hair with Kool Aid include the amazing smell, pops of color and always being a baddie even when you sleep! I really could go on forever. If you don’t have Kool Aid in your hair ,then sorry, you just aren’t a true baddie on a budget. Maybe try the points I mentioned before? I don’t know, if you really don’t have Kool Aid in your hair, then there is nothing I can help you with. EXTRA TIP: I guess Tang could work? I don’t know. While appearances are important when trying to be a baddie, the real baddie lives inside your heart. Quoting Rihanna in her song “Diamonds”, you just have to let your inner baddie, “Shine bright like a diamond.” Whether that is with painted animals and Hawaiian shirts or pure gusto, a real baddie can recognize another baddie anywhere- it’s all about the confidence. May 15, 2018 Breinig ll Feature ll Page 15

Boys Golf

Boys Track

The Kearney High School Boys’ Golf team had a late start to their season, but started practicing in early January with anticipation for the upcoming season. Because of those indoor practices at both KHS and Awarii Dunes Golf Course, the team looked good right off the bat. The first meet of the year for the Kearney boys was the Grand Island Invitational. It was a bit of a rough start, but the team still placed 6th with a score of 341. For the team junior Jake Ellis was the best on the day, placing 9th with a score of 80. The boys then moved on to Kearney’s home invite, which took place at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course. The home field advantage helped the Bearcats take 2nd place as a team as well as placing three of their individuals. Senior Jace Kratzenstein shot 72 which gave him 2nd, Ellis shot 78 for 10th, and senior Will Porter. This was a good round for the Bearcats. The players then moved on to the Hastings Tigers Invitational where they placed 3rd with a 321 team score. Kratzenstein placed 13th by shooting an 80, and Ellis came in with a score of 76, which rewarded him with 6th. After Hastings they traveled to Columbus where they would take 4th respectably. None of the boys placed but great effort was shown by Bearcats; Kratzenstein, Ellis, Porter, sophomore Trevor Kroenke, and freshman Preston Skeen. The Capital City Invitational came next which is a very competitive tournament where several of the states top performing teams and individuals compete. The Bearcats shot unusually high as the team placed tenth, shooting a 344. Next in line, the boys improved their team score by ten strokes shooting a 334 at Wilderness Ridge at the Lincoln Southwest meet. None of them placed individually in the top 10, but they all shot in the 80’s to place 7th as a team. The most recent event the Bearcats attended was Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte. The team really pulled together for this one and tied for third, shooting a 322. Kratzenstein placed 8th as an individual shooting his second best round of the season, a 76. The Bearcats will next be moving on to districts which will take place in Fremont. After that, if they qualify for state either as individuals or as a team, they will play in Norfolk for the state title.

The Kearney High boys track team started their season on Mar. 16 at the UNK Indoor Invitational. Sophomore Miko Maessner finished first in the 55m dash and the 200m dash leading the way as Kearney won the meet with 102 points beating second-place Omaha Burke who had 78.5 points. The Bearcats then hosted the Kearney High Indoor Invitational on Mar. 23 and they dominated once again. Although there was no team score kept, Kearney had six first place finishers in senior James Smith in the 400m dash, senior Tyler Tracy in shot put, junior Jack McFadden in the 800m run and the 1600m run, junior Brayden Miller in 55m hurdles, Maessner in the 55m dash and 200m dash and sophomore Seth Stroh in the high jump. On Mar. 29 the team traveled to the Colombus Invitational. The Bearcats had Maessner finish first in the 100m and 200m dashes, Tracy finish first in the shot put, and senior Cory Kitt finish first in the triple jump. The team won the invite with 183 points. The Bearcats hosted their annual Kearney High Invitational on Apr. 5. Individuals who finished in first included Smith in the 400m dash, Maessner in the 100m and 200m dashes, Stroh in the high jump, and Tracy in shot put. The team also finished first in the 4 x 100m dash relay with a time of 43.60. The team finished in second with 149 points behind only Lincoln Southwest. Kearney then competed in the Omaha Central Invitational on Apr. 12. Maessner finished in first in the 200m dash and freshman Leontae McDowell finished in first in the 110m high hurdles. The Bearcats finished in second once again with 123.5 points losing to Lincoln Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who had 158 points. The team sent multiple athletes to compete in the Kansas University Relays on Apr. 20. Miller finished fourth in the 300m hurdles, the 4x100 team finished in third, and the 4x400 team finished in 6th. Also on Apr. 20 was the Lexington Invitational. Although no team scores were recorded, many Bearcat athletes competed well. Although nobody placed first, many athletes placed in second. This included senior Noah Limbach in the high jump, juniors Grant Kowalski in the 800m run, Josh Sutton in the 1600m run and McFadden in the 3200m run. The Bearcats traveled to the Omaha North Invitational on Apr. 26. Maessner finished first once again in the 200m and Miller finished first in the 300m intermediate hurdles. The team finished second losing to Fremont by one point. The team traveled to McCook on May 3 to compete in the final GNAC invitational. The individuals who finished in first were McFadden in the 1600m run, Sutton in the 3200m run, Miller in the 300m hurdles, and Maessner in the 100m and 200m dashes. Kearney won the GNAC conference with 155 points. Kearney’s next two meets will be districts which took place on May 9 at Omaha Burke. State follows on May 18 and 19’ also at Omaha Burke.

Spring Sports

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Girls Track

Boys Soccer

The Kearney High School Girls’ Track team has proven to be very strong individually as well as collectively throughout the 2018 season. The team has definitely exceeded its initial ranking of third in the state in the Lincoln Journal Star at the start of the season. Since then, the girls track team has defeated in invitationals both Lincoln Southwest (LSW) and Millard West, who were ranked above them. Although the outcome of the state championships is uncertain, KHS girls track has a favorable chance at taking the state title. For the team, the road to Burke began on Fri., Mar. 16, at the UNK Indoor Invitational. Even with more teams competing in the invite than previous years, the Lady Bearcats won every single event, a feat that has never been accomplished by any Kearney High girls team at this meet. The team then traveled to compete in their second scored meet, the Buffalo Bill Invitational, on Wed., Mar. 28, where they dominated the competition, scoring more than every other team combined. On Thurs., Apr. 5, Kearney hosted the annual Kearney High Invitational. Once again, the Lady Cats proved to be superior, coming out on top with 197 points. LSW proved to be strong as well, and their team’s competitiveness tested the Bearcats. Although LSW is a solid all-around team, they still fell to the Lady Cats with 167 points. First place individual performances included sophomore Samantha Scarlett, winning the 100m and 200m dashes and the 4x100m relay, setting personal and meet records in both the 200m and 4x100m relay; junior Elle Dahlgren, edging out last year’s state champion Caelyn Christiancy to win in the 300m hurdles; senior Haley Schall in the long jump; sophomoreAdison Wood in the triple jump and senior Ella Godfrey in the discus. The 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams also took first place, securing their spots at the top of the podium. One week later, the Bearcats were on the road again to compete in the Omaha Central Invitational at Burke on Thurs., Apr. 12. They won the invite with 167 points, beating Millard West, who was also ranked above them at the start of the season, by 53 points. On Thurs., Apr. 19, the Lady Cats competed in the Lexington Invitational, a non-scored meet. Fri., Apr. 20, and Sat., Apr. 21, in place of the Lexington Invite, sixteen qualifiers competed in Lawrence, Kansas, at the KU Relays, a meet that Coach Pat McFadden believes simulates the state meet. It was back to the metro for the Bearcats as they traveled to Omaha North on Thurs., Apr. 26. Kearney dominated the competition, tallying just over 209 points, beating second place Omaha North by a 109-point margin. The Kearney High girls track team’s last ever Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference meet took place at McCook High School on Thurs., May 3. With many meet record-breaking achievements and outstanding performances all the way around, they sealed another GNAC win, racking up 235.5 points to second place Lexington’s 66. The Lady Bearcats then competed at Omaha Burke in the A3 district meet on Wed., May 9, against some of the top teams in the state: Lincoln Southwest, Millard West, Lincoln North Star, Omaha Burke, Norfolk, Gretna and Omaha Northwest. With the qualifiers from a very tough district, the Bearcats are hoping to secure a championship trophy at the state meet on May 18 and 19.

It has been a season to remember for the Kearney High boys soccer team this spring, amassing a 15-2 record and clinching a spot in the state tournament for the 11th time in 14 years. It all started in the cold month of March as the Bearcats shot out of the gate putting together a five game winning streak to begin the season. Those five wins came against the likes of Lincoln High, Papillion-LaVista South, Millard North, Norfolk and Lincoln Southwest. It was then on Apr. 3 that Kearney suffered their first setback of the season dropping a game to Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference (GNAC) foe Lexington 0-2 on the road. Later in the week, the Bearcats had to face the Minutemen once again in the semifinals of the GNAC tournament avenging their close loss with a 3-0 victory. Due to weather, Kearney was able to host the GNAC Championship at Kearney High where they would beat North Platte 1-0 in a shootout to win their last ever GNAC title. The schedule did not get easier for the Bearcats as they hit the road east to take on rival Grand Island, in what is known as the El Classico. In an always intense and competitive affair, the Islanders scored a goal with less than two minutes left to send Kearney home with their second loss of the season. Fresh off another loss, the Bearcats fought back winning sixstraight games to end the regular season. Kearney’s victims were those of North Platte, Columbus, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star, Hastings and Millard West. After the regular season came to end, the Bearcats came out of the fire with a 13-2 record clinching the number two overall seed in districts while being able to host both district games for the fourth time in six seasons. In the first round, Kearney faced off against future Heartland Athletic Conference opponent, the Fremont Tigers who only had a 4-10 record going into the match. The Bearcats scored early and often leading 4-0 at halftime with goals by junior Royce Austen and seniors Caleb Crittenden and Matt Stute. Crittenden would later score his second goal of the game in the second half where Kearney would finish the day beating the Tigers 5-0 to advance to the district championship against Millard West. Earlier in the district tournament, Millard West beat Lincoln High scoring five goals enroute to a 5-3 win. They continued their goal scoring ways against the Bearcats taking a 2-1 lead in the second half breaking a 1-1 tie. It was not even three minutes later that Austen sent a free kick to the top left corner to tie things back up at two. After the goal, all the momentum shifted towards Kearney as they went forward with a relentless offensive attack on the Wildcats who could not find an answer after Austen’s goal. In the 55 minute, junior AJ Faz chipped one over the Millard West goalkeeper to give the Bearcats the lead once again at 3-2. With the Wildcats unable to find an equalizing goal, Austen struck again for his 15 goal of the year and fourth of the district tournament to seal a 4-2 Kearney victory. With the win, the Bearcats clinched the fourth overall seed in the Class A State Tournament in Omaha setting up a first round matchup with defending state champions Omaha Creighton Prep which took place on May 10.

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Girls Soccer By Dani Chally

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The Kearney High girls tennis team competed at the North Platte Invitational on Mar. 28, and took home the team title. Senior Sophia Steffen and junior Taylin Copp went undefeated on the day winning the #1 doubles championship. Senior Dani Chally and junior Kendra Sears also cruised through their pool to win the championship at #2 doubles. Senior Allison Sheen finished the day with only one loss and finished in second place at #1 singles. Sophomore Alli Chally finished in third place at #2 singles. The Bearcats hosted the Kearney High doubles invitational on Apr. 12. As a team, the Bearcats took home third place just behind Lincoln East and Lincoln High. The tennis team traveled to Omaha to compete in the Millard West Invitational against some of the top teams in the state on Apr. 23. D. Chally and Sears had the highest finish while taking home third at the invite. Coach Troy Saulsbury said of their performance, “Dani and Kendra continued to play aggressive doubles. They were especially dominant in their three victories. Our pace and ability to put the ball away at the net was the difference in those three matches.” Steffen and Copp finished in fifth place at the invite. Coach Saulsbury stated, “Sophia and Taylin got stronger with each match that they played. We were able to neutralize different pace and strategies that we saw against us with our net play.” Kearney welcomed the defending Class B state champions McCook to their home court on Apr. 25. The Bearcats came up short losing the duel 3-6 after losing two matches in a tiebreaker. The following Friday the team traveled to Omaha for a dual against Millard West. The Bearcats battled strong winds and came out with a 6-3 win over the Wildcats. At the Papillion Invitational on Apr. 28, the #1 and #2 doubles teams had a strong day coming out with a third and fourth place finish. The following Monday the Bearcats got back on the road to Lincoln to compete in the Lincoln East Invitational. D. Chally and Sears had a dominating performance and took home first pace while competing with some of the top teams in the state. The #1 doubles team also had a strong day placing third at the invite. Kearney High finished in fourth in place in the team standings. On Sat., May, 5, they competed in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference (GNAC) for the last time before moving to the Heartland Athletic Conference next season. The team finished runner-up to McCook at the conference. The #1 and #2 doubles teams both went undefeated to take home first place. The #1 and #2 singles players both finished in third at the conference. D. Chally, Copp and Steffen all achieved their 100th career win during the season. The Bearcats will travel to Tranquility Park in Omaha on May 17-18, to compete in the state tournament.

Wrap Up

The Bearcats started their season with a matchup of top ten teams. Kearney, ranked #9, faced off with a #4 ranked Millard North team. Millard North came out on top, defeating Kearney 4-0. The team went on to win their next three games, two of which came from the Bellevue tournament, defeating Bellevue East 5-0 and Omaha Burke 1-0 in a shootout, and the third win came against Norfolk, defeating them 1-0. The Bearcats’ winning streak came to an end when they faced a tough Lincoln Southwest team. The team battled but could not come up with the win, losing 1-3. The Bearcats continued to improve after defeating Lexington 1-0. Although the team lost a tough match against Hastings in a shootout, they went on to defeat Holdrege and Grand Island, shutting out both teams. The Bearcats had a tough stretch of games losing their next three to North Platte, Columbus and Lincoln East. The team won their final two regular season games before facing Norfolk in the first round of districts. The Bearcats were seeded second in the district. The squad could not connect and they fell to Norfolk 1-0 to end their season. The Bearcats were led in scoring this season by sophomore Ashley Ringlein, scoring a total of nine goals. Junior Aly Troudt led the team in assists with eight. Sophomore goalkeeper Reagan Heelan led the team with help from a strong Bearcat defense, to seven shutouts and had 129 saves on the season. Coach Lerrin Rowe said of the season, “The 2018 season was one I will forever remember. It was my first season as a head coach, and another season full of fun memories and great girls. We ended our season with a winning record, and although it did not end like we wanted it to, we did a lot of great things in terms of both personal and team growth, and it makes me excited for the future.” The team ended their season with a winning record of 8-7, improving on last years record of 8-11. Overall, the team gained chemistry and improved their skill throughout the season. With the Bearcats only graduating two seniors and adding many talented underclassmen, the team has potential to be very successful in the upcoming years.

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The sixth and final 2017-2018 Kearney High School ECHO

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The sixth and final 2017-2018 Kearney High School ECHO