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The Aviator Hutchison High School 3750 Geist Road Fairbanks, AK 99709

March 2010

In Brief: News


Champions at long last

Hockey wins first Alaska state title

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- Learn about the history of St. Patty’s Day. - Missed Challenge Day? Hear about what participants thought. - Teacher Lars Hansen enters ice competition again.


Entertainment Pages 4-5

- Gorillaz new album ‘Plastic Beach’ is crazy cool. - Games: How well do you know Hutch, Sudoku, Spot the Differences. - Chelsea’s Chuckles - Horoscopes

FEATURE Pages 6-7

- Randy Nelson gives us more insight on his life and teaching career. - The Construction cluster brings pratical knowledge to students.

Sports Pages 8-9

- End of the road for both boys and girls basketball. - Track and field and soccer begin practices and conditioning.

Opinion Page 11

- Ava Goepfert gives advice on hard work ethic - Skyler Evans talks about the many uses of cell phones.

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Captain Drew Baggen of the Hutchison hockey team hoists the First National Cup after winning the 3A State Hockey Championship. The other hockey players crowd around and cheer after a long game against Tri-Valley to win their title.

This time last year, after an overtime loss in the state championship against the Glennallen Panthers, the mood of the Hutchison hockey team was drastically different. Head coach Dave Teets and his players carried the Glennallen loss with them for the past 12 months, using it as a motivator for this season. “As [Teets] said, ‘It’s like getting kicked … and having it hurt for 12 months,” said Wyatt Stutzke, a senior of the team. This season, after an undefeated conference season, the hockey team skated to a state title. By holding onto the lead during both the semifinal game against Monroe Catholic and the championship game against TriValley, the Hawks confidently swept the state tournament. During a timeout at the end of this season’s championship, Teets could tell that every kid still believed in themselves, and See Page 10 CHAMPIONS

Give blood, save a life on March 31 teacher, more people usually donate in the spring because Hutchison High School will more people are old enough to host a blood drive on March be able to donate. 31 in the gymnasium. Emily There are usually several Middleton planned the event people who sign up to donate for her senior project. The last blood, but only a little more two years, Hutch has hosted one than half actually can, according blood drive in the spring and one to Gelvin. To donate blood, a in the fall. According to Andrea person must be 18 years old, or Gelvin, Health Occupations they can donate with parental


consent if they are at least 16. This will be the eighth blood drive that has been hosted at Hutch, and many people have donated at several of them. There are a number of students who have donated every year since they have been here at Hutch. Teachers also donate. Senior Forrest Luther has donated four times at Hutch

blood drives since his freshman year. “It’s something good that helps people,” Luther said. Before someone actually gives blood, they must answer a survey to determine if their blood is actually usable by the Fairbanks Blood Bank. See Page 10 BLOOD

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Hansen again puts creativity on ice By SKYLER EVANS

For the last month, Ice Alaska has been hosting the BP World Ice Art Championships. The competition at the Ice Park has been fierce, and has drawn thousands of spectators. The temporary works of art are the centerpiece of the annual Ice Park in Fairbanks. Ice Alaska has been hosting this event for 21 years, and brings a lot of diversity to the competition. The championships aren’t just limited to local applicants, and bring contestants from all over the world, including Russia and Japan. At the same time, there is some local flavor among the competitors, including Hutchison’s chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus teacher, Lars Hansen. Hansen has been participating in the competition for five years, and uses his mechanical and engineering knowledge for a different take on ice carvings. He and his partner, Mike Ossman, take their creations to a new level by making machines out of ice, instead of the static sculptures that are normally carved. Part of the reason for combining the art with mechanical parts comes from Hansen’s natural love of engineering. He even utilizes this passion with his tools. A handmade wood trailer was used to haul most of the equipment to the carving site. Even the band saw set up next to Hansen’s carving site was lovingly hand crafted by him out of a bicycle, a skateboard wheel, and a motor from a gutted washing machine. Hansen and Ossman were inspired after seeing an ice sculpture at the 2005 Ice Alaska competition that had meticulously crafted chains, with individual links.

“We lifted up these links and thought ‘Wow! These are mobile pieces of ice art.’ Then I made the offhand comment that one could make a clock out of ice,” Hansen said. Fast forward a year, and Ossman contacted Hansen about entering the 2006 competition with the idea of actually creating that ice clock. The duo signed up for the competition, and set about trying to create something new and interesting with ice sculpting. “It worked terribly. We had nothing. It kind of looked like a clock at the very end, but no functional gears,” Hansen said. Since then, though, they have improved on their techniques and experience. Last year’s entry, a penguin with a moving head powered by a camshaft that viewers could manually turn, managed to succeed in fusing basic machinery with ice art. Hansen and Ossman’s entry for this year, entitled Quixote’s Nightmare, expands on the success of the penguin sculpture by using two camshafts to drive a windmill located off the ground. This sculpture is powered by viewers as well. The finished product is a large step in the direction of increasingly advanced ice machinery, even though it did not place in the competition. Ice Alaska doesn’t only offer international competitions, though. The Junior World Ice art Championship is hosted every year, and is open to high school students who want to try their hand at ice sculpting. Numerous students from town participate in this competition, and it is designed to be a good starting point for those interested in carving, and students are encouraged to try their hand. In addition to the art championships, Ice Alaska hosts a children’s park for the entire


Lars Hansen and Mike Ossman partnered up to construct a working sculpture incorporating their idea from last year, a moving camshaft, and expanded it to use two camshafts to power a windmill. Their finished product was named Quixote’s Nightmare. The name has no specific reference to the ice sculpture itself. The name was the interpretation made from Ossman and Hansen’s eyes. family. The park includes slides, spinning bowls, and mazes, all made entirely out of ice. These are all part of Ice Alaska’s efforts to make the park fun for the entire family. The BP World Ice Art Championship is already over, but the Ice Park is still open for admission until March 28. The ice sculptures represent the best of sculptors from all over the world, and the thousands of attendees show how strong the competition is. Even if students only go to see Lars Hansen’s ice machinery, the Ice Park is an enjoyable experience that showcases a unique form of art, and lends something positive to the freezing temperature.


Mr. Hansen and competition partner Mike Ossman carved Quixote’s Nightmare for this year’s competitons.

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Go green for Irish heritage celebration the 4th century. Maewyn Succat was St. Patrick’s name given When most people hear the at birth in Britain. However he mention of St. Patrick’s Day, changed it later on to be Patrick they immediately think of green. meaning “father of his people” They think of how they have in Latin, according to riverdeep. to dig to find that one article net. of green clothing they own to St. Patrick was taken prisoner avoid getting pinched. What at age 16 by pirates and later should come to mind is the true sold to Irish slaveholders. He meaning of St. Patrick’s Day. was held captive in Ireland Christian Kootuk, who happens for 6 years until he escaped to be part Irish, said, “St. Patrick when ‘God told him to leave’, was some old guy who did according to something significant.” “St. Patrick’s Day celebrates In fact, St. Patrick’s Day has irony. St. Patrick wasn’t even evolved into many myths and Irish, he was British,” said Tim legends rather than just the Murphrey, an English teacher at simple celebration of Ireland and Hutchison. Irish heritage it used to be. Murphrey is also of Irish St. Patrick’s Day ages back to descent and proudly displays the By VERONICA SWAIM

Ireland flag in his classroom. After escaping captivity, St. Patrick found that his calling was to convert pagans to Christianity. St. Patrick later went back to Ireland and converted the Irish to Catholicism. “St. Patrick used a three leaf clover as a visual aid in explaining the holy Trinity to the Irish, the three leaves being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” said Murphrey. A myth that some know of is that St. Patrick ‘drove the snakes out of Ireland’. This serves as a metaphor for the conversion of the Irish pagans to Christians. The snakes were a symbol of paganism and the ‘snakes’ were

driven out of Ireland by St. Patrick. The ironic part about the snakes is that Ireland is an island, therefore there never were any actual snakes on Ireland to begin with. Not many people know the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day other than the few legends and traditions that just recently started, such as parades. The parades that happen throughout the world all began here in the United States. Ireland never traditionally had parades to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In Chicago, Illinois, they dye the Chicago River green, that runs through the downtown district, every year as a tradition. Other St. Patrick’s myths

include leprechauns. Leprechauns, Irish fairy people, are the chosen guardians of the pots of gold due to their solitary personality. Leprechauns are the fairy shoemakers and wear green pants, a hat, and a shoemaker’s apron. The only clues to where they are hiding are the sound of a little shoemaker’s hammer and a rainbow. Legends say if you catch a leprechaun they are forced to tell you where the treasure is, however the ‘catch’ is that if you look away for even a second they will disappear. St. Patrick’s Day is not just an excuse to go to the nearest pub. March 17 is a day to celebrate Irish heritage.

students. Andrea Gelvin, the health occupations teacher at Hutchison, said, “The teachers were asked to be true participants; I think I got as much out of it as any student did.” The program initiates the “Notice, Choose, Act” movement, which tries to inform youth that they must be the change and notice when something is wrong, choose to do something about it, and act on that. The program also brings the “12 hugs” movement into effect. Giving hugs shows affection and that you care, the program wants everyone to feel that and not be left out. When the Challenge Day session was over at Hutchison, many hugs were given as the students came out of the gymnasium. What people put into the program is what they get out of it. It can either be very influential and emotional for one, or not that big of a deal for

another. “It was pretty cool and eyeopening,” said Ian Elmer, a sophomore at Hutchison. Others also thought that Challenge Day was very effective. Austin Head, a freshman at Hutchison, said it was “emotionally empowering.” Jenny Benson, a math teacher at Hutchison, added, “It was a very, very deep emotional experience” and that it was “completely draining.” The program might have been so emotional and draining because it addresses touching subjects like violence, teasing, social abuse, racism, harassment, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol, and drugs. The Challenge Day Program has been around since 1987. This year was the first year that Hutchison held a Challenge Day but according to Natalie Luther, a guidance counselor at Hutchison, the school is going to arrange another Challenge Day for next year.

‘Be the Change’ influences students, school

By JESSICA HILDEBRAND As students sign up for Challenge Day, many think it is just something to do to get a day off of school. However, others are surprised by all the emotions and intensity that the program brings. The motto of the Challenge Day Program is, “Be the Change,” and everything that the program does and stands for is based on that. According to, “Challenge Day is a program that tries to help people gain personal power and self esteem, make peer pressure into positive peer support, and put a stop to teasing, violence and any other form of abuse.” The program tries to bring down the walls between different groups of people in a community and in a school. The Challenge Day staff tries to make everyone feel equal and see each other for who he or she is during the events of

the program. During Challenge students get a lot out of it, but Day, everyone involved watches the teachers did as well. The videos, participates in fun, program encourages adults to learning games, and takes part in take part in the program along powerful conversations. with the students because the “It was really fun,” said program administrators believe Gunner Bilbrey, a freshman at Hutchison, “You gotta get a lot of “It really changes things off your chest that have you, and makes you been bothering see the world from you. It really a different perspecchanges you, and makes you tive.” -Gunner Bilbrey see the world from a different perspective.” The Challenge Day staff strives to bring the adults participating will help people participating in their the students see a different side program together and empower of the adults around them. The them to bring the contents of students may then be more the program back to the rest comfortable going to confide in of the school and out into the them if they need to. During the community. Challenge Day at Hutchison, Hutchison participated in the many of the teachers took a Challenge Day Program on day off from school, and were February 4. Not only did the a part of the program with the

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Gorillaz’s ‘Plastic Beach’ mixes it up unusual bands in existence, mostly because they don’t actually exist. The band members used in music videos and band artwork are fictional, drawn by co-creator Jamie Hewlett. Damon Albarn, the musician behind the band, and Hewlett started working with their idea of a virtual band in 1998, and use the characters as a means to tell stories within the albums. Albarn does the majority of the music for the band, but also enlists help from many other artists in an effort to fuse many different styles together. “Plastic Beach” is no exception to this. Artists featured on the album include Mos Def, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music, and even Snoop Dogg.

The large number of artists collaborating on the songs makes for a tangle of different genres, with some of the tracks

“ ‘Plastic Beach’ goes crazy with the music...”

coming off as hip-hop, others as pop, and even a few as electronica. Albarn manages to juggle the musical genres well during most of the album, but there are a few times you might be confused as to exactly what type of music you’re listening to. For the most part though, the

music blends into an interesting fusion of drastically different music styles. For instance, “White Flag” has the Oriental Arabic Lebanese Orchestra playing in the background, yet also has synthesized pop beats over the top, with two rappers for the lyrics.Another example would be the second single from the album, “Superfast Jellyfish”, which actually uses samples from a 1980’s microwaveable breakfast commercial along with a rapper talking about fast food. “Plastic Beach” goes crazy with the music, and manages to pull it off, but just barely. A couple parts of the album will leave listeners lost for a bit, and many of the tracks take a second listen for the beat to catch on. Once the music gets in your head, though, there’s no

getting it out. Listening to “Plastic Beach” is hard to describe, but the album is silly, sporadic, and not afraid to make fun of itself. Some of the songs are a bit slow, especially towards the end of the album, yet others are fast, heavy, and hard not to dance to (if anyone requests “Rhinestone Eyes” or “Glitterfreeze” at Prom, you’ll see exactly what I mean). The album is definitely odd, but it’s well worth the purchase, and fans of most musical genres will find at least a few songs to like in it. “Plastic Beach” is Gorillaz’s last album, and they’ve taken a lot of time to make sure it has been polished to near perfection. Albarn and Hewlett have left their last mark on the musical world with the band, and it’s a strong one.

Spot the differences

Answers: 1. L on line is shortened. 2. Goalie’s number changes. 3. A puck is in goal. 4. Sock stripe is thicker on player number five. 5. The A in Baggen is altered.

By SKYLER EVANS Gorillaz are hard to describe as a band, partially because they don’t have a set musical style, but also due to the odd wave of success they have enjoyed since releasing their first album in 2001. While the band has enjoyed massive success in Europe, their popularity in America has been mixed. Their major singles, “Feel Good Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood”, have been extremely popular, but their reception otherwise has been more mild. The band’s newest C.D., “Plastic Beach”, still keeps the trademark offbeat style and strange sense of humor Gorillaz are famous for, but brings everything together more cohesively to create their best album yet. Gorillaz are one of the most


Chelsea’s Chuckles

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Aries - Mar 21 - Apr 19: There are fun times in store for you this month. Enjoy yourself. Taurus – April 20 – May 20: Keep up on your vitamin C. With St. Patrick’s Day this month, you may begin feeling a little green. Gemini – May 21 – June 20: With an energetic Venus, you may be in the gym more than usual. Avoid getting smelly. Cancer – June 21 – July 22: Odds are in your favor. Keep your mind open to new things, but don’t attempt a back flip if you have never done one before. Leo – July 23 – Aug 22: You are very spontaneous this month! Have fun! Virgo – Aug 23 – Sept 22: You are feeling very revengeful. Be careful what you wish on people, they may be wishing the same thing on you. Libra – Sept 23 – Oct 22: Seek out gratitude in your life this month and be thankful for what you have. Scorpio - Oct 23 – Nov 21: There will be moments of joy, and you may even feel like doing many random things. Sagittarius – Nov 22 – Dec 21: Your energy is great this month! Indulge in your inner child, but still stay level headed. Capricorn – Dec 22 – Jan 19: Your ability to be responsible may be helping you get through the month. Keep it up! Aquarius – Jan 20 – Feb 18: Many people will be grateful for the energy you provide this month; however, the lazy might start to grumble somewhat when you try to rouse them. Pisces – Feb 19 – Mar 20: Saturn is in disagreement with Neptune this month over your shopping habits. Spend wisely.


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Cluster helps students construct their careers

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By AVA GOEPFERT At first, the shops seem simple enough. The fronts have a shiny metal sign reading “WELDING” and “CONSTRUCTION,” a heavy metal door, and are checkered with windows. Yet behind what is seen in the school hallway is a world where students learn how to create the everyday items of our world, from simple table benches to beautifully complicated garden trellises. The Construction career cluster at Hutchison High School consists of three different sections: drafting, welding, and carpentry. In each of the classes, students learn basic skills that can help them improve their employability in these selected fields for after high school. CARPENTRY The carpentry part of the Construction cluster is taught by Randy Nelson. Ted Earl, a building substitute, also helps out and coteaches the Construction Academy, which is taught at night. According to both teachers, the most important element of carpentry, and the rest of the Construction cluster, is safety. Students spend a lot of time learning how to use the tools and equipment safely, so as to better use their skills. “If you start to work in construction, they do not want to have people who are unsafe,” Earl said. Students who complete two or three levels of carpentry can also test for National Center for Construction Education and Research certification. Both Nelson and Earl are certified to give these tests, which involve a written and skills test.

When students take classes, they use the basic skills that they learn to help them in future union apprenticeship programs, or to simply help them look for a summer job. “What we teach them are some good basic skills that help when they start to apply for jobs,” Earl said. The carpentry classes also work on many community and school projects. They built the benches in front of the school, a teacher’s computer cabinet, and several sheds that have been auctioned off. The students who are attracted to the cluster tend to enjoy working with their hands, and leave with a good work ethic. According to Nelson, the classes are treated as if they were a job, and teach the students good employability skills. “Every boss would like somebody who is eager to be there for a good day’s work for a good day’s pay,” Nelson said. Rayna Reynolds, a senior and one of the few females in the cluster, had been interested in carpentry since she was a little girl, and felt it was a “natural” choice. She said the skills she learned in the cluster have not only taught her repair skills, but helped her work as a team. Reynolds also commented on how important the knowledge is for bigger projects than small repairs. “If you want to see how your house is coming together, and understand it, [carpentry] is important,” Reynolds said. Bretten Winkelman, a junior in the carpentry classes, also realizes the importance of starting to learn these skills as a high schooler. “If they build the gas pipeline,

they are going to need people to build temporary housing,” Winkelman said. DRAFTING Steve Ratzlaff teaches three levels of drafting at Hutch. The drafting classes teach students how to hand draw and computer draw, using commonly used drafting programs such as AutoCAD. Students also learn the basics of two and three dimensional drawings. “Drafting is a very valuable thing to know; even though people might not go into drafting, it gives them a little bit more of a geometric-thinking mind,” Ratzlaff said. Ratzlaff also notes that drafting has a role in a lot of different careers, including engineering, automotive, and carpentry, some of which are also a part of the career cluster at Hutch. He believes that students in Construction should take a drafting class to understand the drawing that will come up in their respective fields. Rudy Martinez, a second year drafting student, likes the process of drafting. He enjoys seeing buildings come to life from paper to design, to an actual object. Martinez also believes that drafting will aid him in a future in architecture, and acknowledges its practicality. “As long as there are people, there is going to buildings, and they are going to need people to design the buildings,” Martinez said. WELDING In addition to drafting, Ratzlaff also teaches two levels of welding. By the end of the program, students can accumulate many

NCCER certificates. According to Ratzlaff, the welding skills they learn here can help students get certified in various apprenticeship programs. “I’ve had several students who immediately after school have gotten certified by a third party on the job,” Ratzlaff said. Tim Hasbrouck, a senior who has gone through both levels of welding, said he enjoyed welding

above any of the other cluster classes. “I like that welding is very highly skilled,” Hasbrouck said. Hasbrouck has been considering mechanical engineering for his future, and knows that his welding knowledge will help him understand the welders position. “I need to be able to think of practical designs for welders, and not have impossible ones,”

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Hasbrouck said. According to Ratzlaff, welding is valuable knowledge for mnay different careers: from a plumber, to a laborer. Hasbrouck also acknowledges learning these skills at Hutch, and how it looks to employers. “Just because our skills have Hutch attached to the name, employers are going to pay more attention,” Hasbrouck said.

Nelson, Earl, and Ratzlaff all agree that while their projects help demonstrate the skills the students learn, they also provide the students with employability skills. They transcend the career cluster, and give students a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, according Earl. “The skills that we teach help students as they get older cope in life,” Nelson said.

By BROOKLYN PHILLIPS Longtime Hutchison High School teacher Randy Nelson will be retiring after this year. Nelson has been an active part of Hutch throughout his years here. Along with teaching the construction cluster, he has also been a gym teacher here at Hutch and coached different sports teams around Alaska. Nelson has also worked around Alaska and around the states as a teacher. He started working at Hutch in 1992 when it was still just a technology institute. At Hutch he has taught welding, small engines, exploring technology, and construction. He said that out of every school he has taught at, Hutch is the best. “I would encourage every family in this city to try to get their kids into this school,” Nelson said. Sebastian Orders has had Nelson as a teacher since he started at Hutch. His classes with Nelson include construction and welding. “He’s taught me everything I know, from roofs, to stairs, to shingles,” Orders said. Tim Hasbrouck and Orders both mentioned the fact that Nelson tells a lot of stories. Nelson raved about his son and two daughters. With a family of five, the amount of stories is not surprising. Nelson proudly displayed a poster board covered in pictures of his kids. The board displayed pictures of his and his kids’ lives, and for each picture Nelson had a memory to tell. Orders said that it took some time to get interested his construction classes, but after a while he began to enjoy the cluster. He talked about how he and Nelson both love to fish, and how he has a lot in common with Nelson. “I like working with young students. I just really like working

with young people. Every student is a joy,” said Nelson. Orders and Hasbrouck both said that Nelson leaving will change the school in different ways. According to principal Jeanette Hayden, welding teacher Steven Ratzlaff will be taking over the construction cluster. Hayden said she has found good contenders for the drafting and welding programs, but nothing official can be said. Nelson talked about how the construction cluster can benefit students out of high school. He said at some point in life everyone has to deal with something needing repair, and about how expensive it can be to hire a repairman. “This is why Hutch is such a

retires, and he wants to go on fishing trips and have fun. Nelson said a big reason he is retiring is that he cannot seem to keep up with the technology. “We have these young kids come along and take out the computer, and I’m having high school kids help me on the computer all the time. They understand it all. I mean I didn’t understand what an icon was for years. It was a whole different language,” said Nelson. Here at Hutch, Nelson has a friend and partner in building sub Ted Earl. Nelson likes that he and Earl can both be watching students and working together. When Earl is not assigned to a class, he can be found working with students in the shop. Earl described working with Nelson for the past four years as a pleasant experience, and he says that Nelson leaving will be a loss for the school. Earl is applying for Nelson’s job, and has a lot of experience working in the shop. Last year during Nelson’s -Sebastian Orders absence, Earl took over the class for the first seven weeks of school. great school. They learn all these Earl and Nelson have become skills and in the long run it can close friends over the years. It’s help them save money,” said Nelnot uncommon to see Nelson son. laughing while Earl sings and Nelson said he wishes more girls plays guitar in the class. Nelson would join the construction cluster jokingly described the sound as because they tend to be more me“twangin’.” ticulous about their work. He said “It’s all bearable if you can hanhe wishes the cluster would be at dle his music,” said Nelson. least half girls. He said that boys Nelson will be traveling after he try to get the speed before they get retires. He wants to visit his famthe skill, which tends to be the op- ily and kids, and spend more time posite of girls. with his grandchildren. He will “I’d like to see more girls here. continue to put his construction Girls are fussier, they care more skills to use on his house, and he about what they do and I say that’s hopes to continue teaching, possia really good skill to have,” Nelson bly by becoming a substitute. said. Nelson says he definitely plans Nelson wants to spend more on staying in Alaska, and all he time with his grandkids once he really wants is to have fun and fish.

“He’s taught me everything I know, from roofs, to stairs, to shingles.”

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Girls hoops has optimistic outlook By BROOKLYN PHILLIPS

The Hutchison girls basketball team made a valiant effort this season, but fell just short of making the cut for the State Tournament. The girl’s team played five games at the Aurora Conference Tournament, winning three games. The team came in third place at the tournament, however only the top two teams went to State. “Throughout the season we were up and down but during [the conference tournament] we had a good break,” said senior guard Jessica Hildebrand. In their regular season, the Lady Hawks finished with a record of 6-14. The team came in sixth in the conference during the season, and overall ended with a record of 9-16. “It was just an awesome ending. The way our season went we were always so close to winning but we weren’t really winning many games, then to make it clear to the last game was pretty exciting,” said head coach Jenny Benson. Sophomore and co-captain Janessa Newman said the team definitely got stronger over the course of the season, and that they are going to work to be better over the summer. Benson said she wants her players to go to a summer basketball camp as a team this year. The team as a whole is relatively young. Over half the team consists of sophomores, including co-captains Jenessa Newman and Samantha Poeschel. The team is only losing two seniors this year, Hildebrand and co-captain Miranda Jenkins. Benson said the team as a whole is a bit wimpy, and not strong. To prepare for next season she wants to have more open gyms and weight lifting. Also, she will be doing

footwork exercises unrelated to basketball to further strengthen the athletes. Newman said she wants to be in shape earlier for next season, and that she is going to work on her fitness as well as her skills. She wants to be an overall better player, and work on the shooting and footwork. Benson said the team is going to take a well-deserved break. Before going to summer camp, they are going to slow down for a little bit. They will work hard, and Benson is optimistic about next year. “We do show promise and I’m definitely more motivated,” Benson said. Benson thinks the girls team has a better chance next year. Even with the losses of this past season, she’s happy with the way it all turned out. Like Benson said, “There’s always next year.”


Above: The girls basketball team huddles together before a game at West Valley against Monroe. Left: Echo Winfrey shoots a free throw as Jessica Hildebrand stands back to watch.

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Season ends with conference tourney By RACHELLE PIKE Coming into the season, the Hutchison High School boys basketball team had high expectations and a state title to live up to. Last year, not only had they won the Aurora Conference Tournament, but they went on to win state as well. This year, the basketball season was a rollercoaster for the boys, and in the end they did not make state.

The boys got off to a good start in the Aurora Conference Tournament by winning their first game against Eielson 65-57. However, they came up short in their second game against Glenallen 54-40. They then went on to play their third and final game of the tournament against Delta, who won 65–58. With the Delta loss, the Hawks’ season and their chance to defend their state title came

to an end. The boys team played well pushing eventual champ Glenallen to the final minute, but senior co-captain Kevin Rima said, “We could have run harder,” when asked what he thought they could have done better to help them win the tournament games. Not being able to run hard may have been due to the fact that they had so many games during the tournament. Fatigue

may have played a part. “They were feeling worn out from three games in three days,” as head coach Jonathan Andrews said. Having such a young team may also have affected the outcome of games. Six seniors graduated after last year’s title, and Rima and Keenen Mays were the only seniors on this year’s team. “What seemed to hurt us the most was the lack of experience from some of the team members,” said Junior Tre’ Anderson. Anderson is one of six juniors

who will return next season. Having spring break right after regionals was helpful for the boys who will be returning next year. They need the break to clear their heads, and think about next year’s season. Coach Andrews said he wanted the boys to “relax with spring break, and not think about basketball for awhile before next year.” Although there will be no next year for the senior captains, Rima and Mays, they have their state champion titles from their junior years.

Still indoors

T.J. Bynum and Kris Kozak practice after Hutchison’s first season game against Barrow. Bynum and Kozak are two of the six juniors who will return to the team next year.The boys basketball team had a record of 9 wins and 14 losses, and finished fourth overall during the regular season in the Aurora Conference. The Barrow trip was one of five long road trips the team made this season.



Aurturo “Guapo” Ebert and Ian Elmer run through the Hutchison hallways for track practice. The season recently began, and runners will begin moving outside as the weather warms up. Students can join track up until March 26. Soccer players can also be seen running inside and conditioning for the upcoming soccer season.

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March 2010

CHAMPIONS: Hawks defeat Tri-Valley at state

Continued from Page 1 that they could win the 2010 championship. “I can look in a kid’s eyes and tell you if he should be out on the ice. I could look at everyone on our team and they all know that they still had this game” Teets said. The Hawks used this motivation to charge through the season, working hard to make more points, skate harder, and be the most conditioned team in the conference. The fitness of their team was a large contributor to their season. “It showed in the third period,” said Drew Baggen, the hockey team captain. A major turning point for the season was early on during the

End of the Road 4A tournament in Homer. The Hawks won the tournament, proving to themselves and the rest of the state that Hutchison was a team to contend with. “When we won the 4A tournament [in Homer], it made us realize how good we can do when we play our game,” Baggen said. Two years ago, Hutchison hockey was unknown, and has now grown into a wellrespected team. Last year at the state tournament, the banner representing Hutchison hung hand-made next to the other team’s manufactured and printed posters. “Ours was handmade because

they didn’t expect us to be there. This year, we had our own,” Teets said. Before the first game of the tournament, the Hawks said they were “jumpy” because of the bye they had which let them have two weeks of no playing time. Teets said that they did not want to overlook Monroe, who had gotten much better since the last time they played them. “We were pretty nervous because we didn’t want to lose,” said Matt Daniels, a senior. During the game, Teets believes the team played hard after getting out the butterflies, and “played like it was the championship.” He also

mentioned that their third string, including Trevor Dudrow, Matt Farnham, and Dylan Edwards, came alive and got the momentum going. In the end, Hutchison defeated Monroe 5-1, and went to their second state championship game. Tri-Valley had been the team’s toughest opponent in season, which the Hawks had beaten in two overtime games. But Teets believes the team was up for the game, and had prepared for 12 months. Even though the score stayed close, 4-3, the team’s skating talent, and their ability to wear out Tri-Valley physically helped them keep the lead.

“[The Hutchison players] came with the intention of getting back to the state finals and winning that hockey game,” Teets said The players and Teets plan on enjoying themselves, and celebrating the win. After last year’s second place finish, the Hawks wanted the win much more, and now they feel it is time to be happy. Teets also acknowledged their behavior off the rink, and said that they receive compliments everywhere they travel about how well-behaved and respectable the team is. “We can look at ourselves in the mirror again,” Stutzke said.

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During the fall Blood Drive, sponsored by Rachel Schacher, senior Ryan Loud donates a pint to the Blood Bank of Alaska. The spring blood drive will start on March 31. Students 16 and older can donate with parental permission.

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“People don’t realize that there are excluding factors,” Gelvin said. “If a person cannot give blood for whatever reason, they still get a T-shirt.” There are many reasons for donating blood, whether it is a competition between two friends, the desire to help others, or even if it is just to skip class and get a free T-shirt. “People should donate because they can save lives,” Middleton said. According to Rachel Schacher, fellow Health Occupations student, each person who donates blood could save up to three lives. “Just because you don’t see the results, doesn’t mean you didn’t help,” said Middleton. “But sometimes I wish we had Skittles to give to people who donate, then everyone would want to.”

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Work harder, set habits for future By AVA GOEPFERT

The only way to truly encompass my frustration is a phrase that most of us have heard uttered on “Family Guy.” “What Really Grinds My Gears” is not just a nighttime spot for Peter Griffin on a fictional television station, but it is also a popular phrase for irritation. So, do you know what really grinds my gears? The work ethic of some of my fellow teenagers. It seems easy for kids nowadays to slack off in class and slide through high school without studying for any tests, just to be completely off the radar until graduation. However, since when has doing the minimum been acceptable? Would you be satisfied if a waiter at a restaurant only filled up your water with one single drop if you asked for more water? Or, if someone was building your house, and all they put down was the foundation and the frame? Students should be asking themselves, “Am I doing the minimum?” At Hutchison High School, students seem to work hard in the career cluster classes because

they’re working towards their future. When it comes to core classes like English or history, students tend to put the work load aside, believing it has nothing to do with their future

“Since when has doing the minimum been acceptable?” outside of high school. These students could not be more wrong. It’s true that many mechanics will not have to know when the French Revolution ended. Nevertheless, learning how to work hard and do your work right is an essential skill. In any class, whether you think you need it or not, we all can develop these skills. Consider thinking of your teacher as your boss. Would you expect to continue making a living if you ignored your employer? If this

kind of behavior continued, you would expect them to fire you on the spot. To not listen, and do so consistently, reflects poorly on you, and develops a habit that can transfer outside of the classroom too. Even though we are only teenagers, and have much to learn, the best we can do now as students is set good habits for ourselves. And if we don’t set good habits by regularly doing our work, and doing it to the best of our ability, then what’s going to happen when we all join the work force? I hate to say it, but the future can look grim for our generation if everyone is lazy, and doesn’t have a good work ethic. Remember that in everything, we should try our best. This not only gets you a good grade in the class, but sets a precedent for your future. Even if you don’t pull an A, or even a B, in a class, knowing that you tried hard and worked hard to achieve the grade brings you a sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment will show that the most powerful attribute one can carry through life is motivation from within, and hard work.

Cell phones can do more than call a friend By SKYLER EVANS These days, it’s hard not to see an advertisement for a cell phone or phone company without the product being compared to competitors. Whether it’s Verizon versus AT&T, or the iPhone versus Android, technology wars have developed into much more than just Macs and PCs. The big issue with this is that while these companies fight over and advertise their best phones, most people can’t afford them. Sure, everyone would love to have an iPhone or Droid, but most kids have to settle for lower end phones that just serve the basic purposes of calling and texting. To them,

it doesn’t matter who has the biggest screen or how many apps are in the store. They just need reliable service from the company and a phone that does what it needs to do. The odd thing about this is that most phones, even basic ones, still have applications and uses beyond just making phone calls. Almost every phone nowadays has a camera in it, and as technology gets smaller, the cameras get better. Most kids don’t always carry around a camera, but they have their cell phone on them all the time. This makes it useful for capturing important moments, or just funny things to show your friends.

The camera actually turns the phone into a useful tool for school, oddly enough. If students are in a hurry or just need to record some important note or date from the board, they can just take a picture of it. Or take some snapshots of a notebook for studying. In that vein, I can’t count the number of times students doing math homework have asked me for a calculator, forgetting that their phones have calculators built in. Almost every high school student has this handy tool in their pockets all the time, yet don’t even think about it. It also makes it worse that cell phones aren’t allowed in classes at all, because they could have

some great uses for education. Most phones also have voice recorders on them, which can be amazing for taking notes or rehearsing presentations. Especially during long lectures or class discussions, being able to keep a record of everything said can be very useful. Even basic phones can have tons of other features, including games, music creation programs, and web browsing. The problem is that most kids don’t actually know everything their phone can do. This is worsened because cell phone companies are too busy advertising their best smartphones to bother talking about how multifunctional their

lower models can be. This leaves a superficial gap in the phone world for customers to fall into. People either argue about which phone has the best features, or are left being told their phones aren’t good enough, and they should pine away for the newest technological behemoth to put in their pockets. Students should take a half hour and explore everything their phone has to use, and make use of their cellular Swiss Army knife as much as they can. Even if you don’t have an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android, you can still have apps for just about everything.

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