The Tiger Cub H a s t i n g s H i g h Sc h o o l Ma 2018
F e at u r e
E n t e r ta i n m e n t
S p o r ts
issue 6 Q ua r t e r 4
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1100 W. 14th Street, 402-461-7550 Thomas Szlanda, Principal Elizabeth Sorgenfrei, Journalism Advisor
Dear Past Me
Cheerleader Beats Cancer
Tiger Cub Senior Photos
Cover photo credits: Anna Cafferty, Kylie Hanna, Emma Mays, Joe Keele
Tiger Cub Staff
• Editor-in-Chief: Riley Nelson•
• Advisor: Ms. Sorgenfrei •
• Editor-in-Chief: Tasia Theoharis•
• Social Media Editor: Tatiem Bender •
• Assistant Photography Editor: Hailee Stark • • Staff Writer: Anna Cafferty•
• Assistant Editor: Kylie Hanna •
• Photography Editor: Sarah Waite •
• Historian: Hope Kohmetscher •
• Advertisement Editor: Emma Mays•
• Staff Writer: Joe Keele •
• Staff Writer: Lily Black •
• Assistant Editor: Sarah Spilinek •
• Website Editor: Chase Johnson•
• Staff Writer: Mara Franssen • • Staff Writer: Matilde Ricci•
• Staff Writer: Grace Redinger •
• Staff Writer: Federico Bonadonna • • Staff Writer: Alexis Henry •
DEAR PAST ME,
Dear Middle school Emma, If you’re actually reading this, just let me clue you in on a little bit of your future. First off, I just wanna tell you that it’s really great. Like better than you can believe. Second off, let me tell you a little secret. The girl that annoys you the most? Yeah, that one. Will be one of your best friends in just a couple short years. So just relax and give her a chance, you might have more in common than you think. But don’t stress some of the friends you have now will stick around. Another bit of advice is to follow those super random ideas you put in your head. One of them might turn out to be one of the best experiences of your high school career. You’ll just have to wait and see to find out what exactly it is, but trust me, it will surprise you. Also, just ask. You don’t know what that means yet, but in approximately 3 years, on a really nice day in September, you’ll know. I guarantee you’ll be thanking me later for that one. And finally, just remember to have lots and lots of fun. Dances, sporting events, classes, and even people will come and go but through it all remember that high school is only as enjoyable as you make it. I hope you’re excited to meet the person you become because it’s too late to change it now!
Tiger Cub Senior Staff
Dear eighth grade Tatiem,
Let me fill you in on a few secrets. You don’t need every graphic Aeropostale shirt, they will go out of style. Your hair does not look good combed back so tight it makes you appear bald, also please try and enjoy your natural hair before you mess it up… it’ll never be so perfect again. Remember that red kool-aid you put at the tips of your hair? Yea, that was the beginning of a decline that you never could undo. Homemade headbands with your name on it are as tacky as the colored camo print jacket and matching shirt you have hanging in the closet. Lastly, gaucho’s and heeled flip flops will forever be the dread of your outfit choices, please stop wearing them. Along with your poor fashion choices and your weird fascination with horrid selfies, it’ll get harder. You think your homework load is ridiculous now, try and fill my shoes. I have 3 papers that were due last Friday. You think half your friends hate you but really in 5 years you won’t even remember their last names and why they mattered so much. And remember that boy that you swore broke your heart? There’s a few more after him. Even though it seems so rough for you, try and focus on the amazing stuff to come. Like, winning state with your favorite people playing your favorite sport, enjoy them, soon you won’t play with them ever again. And even though you wanted to quit basketball every single year, stick with it, you’ll love it and everyone on your journey. I know it’s a cheesy saying but live, laugh, and love. Give your mom and dad a hug goodnight before bed, you never know the last time you’ll see them. Call grandma, yes the crazy one, even though she asks “Which grand kid is this?” every time you call. Hug white cloud, grandma Linda’s dog, and kiss Smokey, uncle richards dog, you’ll miss both them. When grandma and grandpa come to town from Texas cancel all your plans because they matter a little more than a Friday with the girls. Enjoy camping trips with your uncle, aunt, and parents, you’ll just get older and a lot busier, and those lovely trips will fade away. Make sure to give your parents friends hugs every time you see them, they’re all getting really old. Enjoy everyone and everything, because despite what you think, getting old isn’t as cool as it appears. As the wise Luke Bryan once said, “I believe kids oughta stay kids as long as they can, ‘Cause wisdom in your teens would be a lot less fun.” Even though you may believe you know everything, you really know nothing, nothing, I can not stress that enough. It sucks but everyone older than you ends up being right, have fun learning everything the hard way though because you’re as stubborn as a mule. One last thing, give up on cursive, you’ll never get it… And trust me on those gaucho’s.
Dear Fede, I recognize you by your “I will get them cut tomorrow” hairstyle By how you walk and what you wear By how you think that you have more cons than pros By how you break all the pencils By the shyness you have on everyday And while you don’t know what to say Embarrassment rains on you. We are so similar, yet so distant But I know how you feel and trust me When I tell you that No, it isn’t true That you aren’t capable That you can’t find the key So get up And seize the opportunity Don’t wait for it to come Never stop running Unless there is a sunset to watch Remember that it is okay to be sad You’re just lucky enough to have somebody To say goodbye to And nothing is lost if you keep the memory Just do what makes you feel alive Just try to have a good time Life is too beautiful and too short Don’t waste it And please get this damn haircut
With love, Emma Mays
Dear Joe, At the moment, you’re pretty average and that’s not gonna change. You’re average height and average weight. You’re gonna get a pretty average ACT score. You’re gonna have a pretty average GPA. You’re going to go to a pretty average college. You have an above average number of siblings but they have all moved out and you live alone with your parents so that’s pretty average. Start combing your hair now, it’s not cool to have gross messy hair, and avoid the buzz cut. Best of luck, Joe
Dear 12/13/14 year old Tasia, Dear Eighth Grade Mara,
You have no idea who you are right now. I know you think you do, but you don’t. Heck, I don’t even know who I am now and I’m eighteen and about to leave for college. Speaking of college, I know you have huge dreams of going to Duke, but once you learn that it is more important to going to a school that is the right fit for you is much more important, you will begin to thrive. Cherish the life you have right now. I know it doesn’t seem simple, but it is and it will never be as easy as it is now. And when you do get to the difficult times, know it WILL get better and you WILL learn things about yourself you never thought you could know. I am incredibly proud of the person you are right now. Keep your drive and desire to become more than you thought you could. It will propel you to become the real you. Do what you love and love what you do. Love, 18 year old Tasia
Dear Alexis, Here is your future self sitting in the library trying to think of something to say to you, but I got nothing. I suppose I should let you know that you should join Newspaper sooner. Also its 2018 and still no one likes your jokes so just let them go. Anyways, enjoy high school and continue doing what you’re doing. Oh, and if you still want to win the lottery and you read this before 2016, Donald Trump wins the presidential election 306 to 232 against Hillary Clinton, I suppose if you tell someone and bet a few hundred you’d be a few dollars richer. Well that’s all I got, Go Tigers and oh yeah one last thing, you turn out pretty cool if I may say so myself. (Two people pre-read this before I sent it through the time machine to you, so this should be pretty useful.)
Dear ®Riley, Hope you are doing well. Just to let you know, middle school Riley is a lot better off than high school Riley. You’re going to peak in middle school, but nothing wrong with that. Right now you are probably struggling in Ms. Beach’s Algebra I class. Don’t mess that up because the stuff you learn in there you use all throughout high school. Don’t take Vine for granted, enjoy it while it lasts.
Sincerely, Your Future Self - Lex
By this point of your life you will have spent countless dollars on Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee and Taco John’s oles. Ironically, I am writing this letter with an iced coffee keeping me company on my desk. You will soon fall passionately in love with learning, reading, and writing. You can most definitely thank your Grandpa Vince for encouraging your creative writing skills by mailing you handwritten letters and his original poems. Guaranteed, you will under-appreciate the power of your teammates, the power of a mom’s love, and the strength bestowed inside you. Most of the time a bowl of ice cream or a long run around the lake will be enough to get you through the day; other times it will be much more difficult to find your sunshiney self. By the summer before your senior year you will find yourself sitting at Heartwell Park with one of your biggest allies, Coach Rosno, listening to his wise words and asking him for advice as he asks you to ask yourself the same thing. You will go through hardships and challenges I
wish I could protect you from, but they are all parts of your journey. By senior year you will feel ten times older than you actually are, appreciate your few extraordinary friends, hug your mom and sisters a lot, and love everything that makes you, you. In closing, I would like to share the single handedly most important piece of wisdom I can offer you: in the words of Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
Dear Mati, You just came back from two wonderful weeks in England, during which you experience how being in a host family feels. now don’t settle down, please. keep your dream up, don’t stop at two weeks. Go big or go home right? I know you want to go for a year, and you will regret it for the rest of your life if you don’t. don’t worry about high school. You’ll get through it. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth all the sacrifices. this is one of the best opportunities in your life and you can’t let it go. it will be the best year of your life: you’ll meet new friends, a new family, then your heart will split into two pieces. At that moment though, you will feel complete. Follow your heart, Mati.
“I thought this was going to be another year of my life. I found out it is a new life in a year.” Federico Bonadonna, Italy “I was born again on August 2nd, on a different continent.” Matilde Ricci, Italy
“Unforgettable.” Carlos Serrano, Spain
Pugpow Munkong, Thailand 10
d n u o b e g e l Col Emma Redinger, Editor-in-Chief
Cambria Collins Nebraska Wesleyan University
Jaqi Hoffman Xenon Academy
Thomas Kerr University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Jenna Cox Midland University
Jennifer Boeve Northwestern College
*Megan Pohlmeier- Entry in the United States Army *Jeromy Barber- Entry in the United States Navy *Kai Anderson- Florida Southern College
Abbie Cully University of Nebraska- Omaha Alex Ceperley Grinnell College
Amanda Stramel Creighton University-
Maggie Nielsen Simpson College Shelly Eiseman University of Central Missouri
Christian Creech Western Nebraska Community College Kaila Avent Princeton University
Danyel Naslund Univeristy of Nebraska- KearneyBritney Kreuger Central Community College of Hastings Ben Howie Hastings College
Josie Bosilevac Southeast Community College-
Tasia Theoharis Elon University
Lauren Canady Emporia State University
Connor Laux Cloud County Community College
Cheerleader Beats Cancer “Every Thursday I went to get chemo, but after six weeks I had to do eight days of radiation while still going through chemo. I also had five-day stints where I would stay in the hospital for five days and get chemo every day. After awhile they shortened my chemo periods to every three weeks, but that meant getting all three chemo drugs at the same time, unlike before when it was on a rotation when I went every Thursday,” Axtell said.
Almost anyone can agree that they have known someone who battled some kind of cancer at some point in their life. Cancer has become ubiquitous in our society. It’s depicted in our television shows, slathered all over warnings, and talked about commonly, but it still shocks people when cancer strikes a healthy, talented, young high school student. This horrible disease became a reality for one Hastings High School junior, Cheyanne Axtell. She was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor which usually occurs in children of a younger age, but according to doctors it had been growing for quite a while before it was discovered. Radiation and chemotherapy have a high success rate with Wilms tumors and Axtell started her treatments in the middle of July. This involved a lot of traveling back and forth from Hastings to the Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Axtell’s treatment had many variations that shifted as time went on. 16
The treatment plan also included scans every three weeks to check on her progress.
the cheer team helped raise another $300. This money helped pay for food and travel expenses,” Axtell said. Axtell is a member of the cheerleading team and credits them with being some of her biggest supporters. “The cheer team was with me every step of the way. They visited me after my tumor was removed. They included me and always made sure I was doing okay,” Axtell said. Even with the support of all these people, Axtell still struggled with not being able to do the things she used to do. Before cancer struck, Axtell was a gymnast, and as previously mentioned, on the cheer team. “I was no longer the girl that stood on the top of the pyramid or did backflips across the gym. I was the cancer girl. I was the one that got tired just by standing up in the morning or it felt like I just got done running a mile from walking up the stairs,” Axtell said. These physical limitations also affected her at school. “There were a couple times that I went to the office for a pass because I didn’t have the energy to run to class,” Axtell said. She sums up the horror of these realizations.
As one could assume, this process was physically grueling as well as mentally taxing. Axtell developed what the doctors refer to as a “conditional response.” This means that the treatment was so horrible that she began to feel sick upon entering the hospital.
“So I lost a lot of my physical ability. That’s hard for me because it’s like that bad dream where you can’t do what you’re amazing at anymore. When others wake up from that dream it’s alright but when I wake up from that dream it’s my reality. That was really hard for me,” Axtell said.
“I hated treatment. I knew going to get chemo meant I wouldn’t feel good after. It meant puking, missing school, and laying in bed for a couple days,” Axtell said.
During Axtell’s many hospitals stays she met up with her social worker who advised her on applying for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The foundation provides once in a lifetime opportunities to kids with life-threatening diseases. Axtell’s wish was to go to Hawaii, which she recently found out will be granted.
Between the cost of the scans, treatments, hospital stays, travel, and medicine, costs started to add up. However, the goodness of friends, school staff, teammates, and strangers prevailed during this tough time. “People helped out with what they could. Some of these people I didn’t even know, especially the cheer team. In the beginning of the year, a small group of people helped raise $250 dollars for travel after that
couldn’t even imagine conquering, Axtell has finished her treatment and has beaten cancer. In a couple months she will return for more scans to see if the cancer is still gone. “Mentally-wise I can’t believe that I’m done. I’m ecstatic. I cried when I found out the news. You know we meet people who have cancer we know loved ones who have died from it but we don’t picture ourselves with such a scary illness. I certainly didn’t picture myself. But here I am. Everything is said and done and I can’t believe it,” Axtell said. Axtell has a lot of wisdom and humor to share with anyone going through a similar experience. “Use the cancer card as much as possible. Surround yourself with friends and family and be positive. You could easily be angry all the time, and sad and slip into a depressed state, but that only makes the disease win. You can’t stop fighting. Your illness and scars don’t define you but they do help tell your story no matter the ending. Hair grows back. But don’t think like ‘oh.. I’m hairless’ think ‘ha! I don’t have to shave.’ Oh and don’t eat spicy food or food you love right after chemo… you’ll regret it,” Axtell said.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii. I want to see the beach. I want to eat fresh pineapple and crab, not the stuff that we get in the middle of Nebraska shipped through several food trucks. I want to watch the sun dip below a blue horizon. I want to experience a luau. So I wished to travel to Hawaii,” Axtell said. Even though cancer is a mountain that most high school kids 17
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