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SPRING PLAY FINALIZED Students make final adjustments to this year’s play BY ELLEN MERRILL


his spring, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” will be brought to life by the drama department from Tuesday, April 29 - Friday, May 2. Director Jon Copeland chose the play because it is one of his personal favorites. “It is one of my favorite movies that I watch every year, and we have never done it before,” Copeland said. The play is about a celebrity who

goes to dinner at a rich family’s home, but has to stay with them after breaking his hip. The cranky celebrity then tries to sue them for a lot of money. “A lot of people’s lives turn upside down, and there is a lot of comedy,” Copeland said. One of the leads, senior Madison Plouvier, plays Maggie Culter. “It gives me a chance to escape from the real world, a transition to a character in the theater,” Plouvier said. Junior Clayton Kistner also plays a lead role and enjoys his character. “My role is Sheridan Shoreside, or the man who came to dinner,” Kistner

said. “I like the role because I get to ride in a wheel chair and my character is really sarcastic.” “The Man Who Came to Dinner” is similar in-style to last years play, “You Can’t Take it With You.” “We have done a variety of styles, but this years and last years are around the same time period,” Copeland said. The tickets are $3 for students and $6 for outside guests. “Students will enjoy the play because there is a lot of over-the-top characters,” Copeland said. “There are a lot of clever insults that the celebrity directs towards everyone.”

ABOVE: Senior Joe Gunter and junior Tessa Wahlmeier run through their lines at rehearsal on Monday, April 14. “I really enjoy rehearsals. I’m big about the process [of preparing for the play],” Gunter said. Photo by Jena Smith


3D PRINTER FUNDED New technology could be helpful to Architecture class BY ELLEN MERRILL


he Architectural Design class has raised $1,859 as of Wednesday, April 9 for a 3D printer to bring the houses the students are building to life. Architecture teacher Helga Brown wrote a mini-grant online to raise the money for people to donate. “[Having the printer] would save about two weeks of class,” Brown said. “In the past, we built models out of cardboard, but the industry uses 3D printers instead of handmade models.” Junior Mitch Perkins, who is looking into the field of architecture, would enjoy having a good quality printer for use in class. “I would enjoy the fact we would be

using the same software that architects in the career path use,” Perkins said. To donate, students talked to their parents or other community members to pledge money online. “We raised the money from parents and community members,” Brown said. “They went online and found my project link [Print My House], created an account and pledged money via a credit card or gift card.” Perkins sees the benefit in getting the printer. “It would allow us to get a tangible object that would show the work that we put in all semester,” Perkins said. The next step is to get the paperwork approved. Brown hopes to get the printer before the end of the year. “I have already submitted the paperwork,” Brown said. “Then they will order my printer and it should take about two weeks to get here.”


The Advanced Marketing classes have been selling student-designed products since March. The top seller of JagTag will be awarded $20 and a parking spot.



The final quarter for the class cup is underway and the winning class will decide their prize. Make sure to attend the events of the week to earn points.

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FRESHMEN SOPHOMORES ABOVE: Junior Eric Marquardt prepares for his solo at the KSHSAA Music Festival in the auxilliary gym of De Soto High School on Saturday, April 5. Photo by Miranda Miller

ENSEMBLES COMPETE Band members participate in regional competition BY ANNIE CROUCH


The district’s Special Services Department has reached the highest level of achievement, Meets Requirements, on Wednesday, April 9.

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tudents from the band participated in a solo and ensemble competition at De Soto High School on Saturday, April 5. The regional competition allowed them to compete alone or in small groups. In the regionals solo and ensemble competition, getting a one at the competition allows the musician to continue to state. Sophomore Sherry McLeod received a rating of one in her Mozart bassoon solo. McLeod said that before regionals, she practiced her piece every day for two weeks. “It takes a lot to put together,” McLeod said. “I’m preparing for state and I’m hoping to do well there, too.”

McLeod hopes to do just as well at state as she did at regionals. “I’m hoping to get a one at state,” Mcleod said. “I’m so proud of all the people from band and choir who made it, it takes a lot of work.” Senior Ian Calkins performed a low brass quartet with senior Tristan O’Brien and juniors Jack Earlenbaugh and Clayton Kistner. He hopes to improve and do better than he did last year at the state competition. “For state, I hope to get a one because last year we fell a single point short,” Calkins said. Junior clarinet soloist Haley Dozier explained how challenging the competition is. “It’s a hard core competition,” Dozier said. “The other competitors are really nice, but hearing how well other people do makes me nervous.”



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The College Board changes AP course curricula and SATs over time in favor of a practical integration of concepts and factual knowledge


ABOVE: Science teacher Alyssa Meyer reviews Newtonian mechanics with AP Physics students on Tuesday, April 8 in preparation for the AP exam. Photo by Amber Nguyen



> The College Board implemented a new course in Fall of 2012

> The College Board implemented changes this year. Students will take this new version of the test for the first time this May

> The new test became more reading-based than knowledge-based, and incorporated more math in the questions > “There was a lessening of content so we lost probably ten chapters but with the chapters that were left, we went into more depth,” AP Biology teacher Eric Thomas said. “[It is better now] without a doubt. It makes more sense to have fewer topics with more depth.”

> Thomas said that the combination of memorization and concepts is beneficial for the course. “When a surgeon’s getting ready to perform surgery on me, I want him to know all the gross anatomy of every organ he’s working on,” Thomas said. “You have to know how much kids have to memorize to truly understand a concept.”


> The test will ask 15 fewer questions > More emphasis will be placed on providing explanations for how an answer was obtained instead of giving just a mathematical answer > “There’s limited sources to give [the students],” AP Chemistry teacher Mary Beth Mattingly said. “I’ve got about 15 years of practice exams and practice questions for the older way, but there’s only one exam actually released by the College Board for the new way. I don’t think one exam provides a lot of opportunity.”

> “When [teachers] ask about the [new test] questions, we’re told they’re ‘different, but we can’t really tell you,’” Mattingly said. “It’s frustrating.”

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fter a study by the National Research Council found that AP Physics B was too broad and failed to emphasize important physics principles, the College Board is splitting the class into two classes, AP Physics 1 and 2. “It’ll be the same topics spread over two years, but you’ll be going into more depth,” AP Physics teacher Alyssa Meyer said. “Also, we’ll be able to do more labs and independent learning. We’ll have more time to figure out the concepts.” Meyer will teach both of the new courses. AP Physics 1 will be introduced to the curriculum next year, and AP Physics 2 will follow in the fall of 2015. Meyer agrees with the College Board’s argument that this change would be more beneficial for students. “The College Board felt like ... the high school course wasn’t mirroring what students would take in college,” Meyer said. “They wanted to get more

away from just facts and get to higherlevel thinking.” Sophomore Jack Booth took AP Physics this year but says he will not take either of the new classes, preferring the current class. “I would prefer AP Physics B because it’s all the same material,” Booth said. “It’s just kind of in a shorter time frame, and I don’t think they need to go into as much depth as they want to. I just think it’s already well-covered in my experience with the class.” Meyer recognizes that students will have to take AP Physics 1 at least as juniors, and she said the class will have some new material. “My only concern would be that students will need to take AP Physics as juniors to have the opportunity to take both classes, but I’m excited about how they’re laid out,” Meyer said. “There are some new topics, and I’m pretty familiar with them, but there will be new labs, different homework, different setup.” Left: Junior Maddie Butterfield pours water from a graduated cylinder into a burette during a lab in AP chemistry on Monday, April 14. “I went into [AP chemistry] thinking it would be as easy as pre-AP chemistry, but it is much more involved and in depth than I expected,” Butterfield said. “Mrs. Mattingly ardently cares that we understand and that we do well. Everyone has lots of fun and we can have spontaneous stuff happen like pipet water fights that brightens the otherwise workintensive class.” Photo by Amber Nguyen








n order to provide students with the knowledge and skills of a college level class, the College Board has changed the AP U.S. History curriculum so that teachers will be able to focus more on the depth of a topic instead of the breadth. According to the College Board website, “The new AP U.S. History program reflects this by reducing the time spent on the 19th century and increasing the focus on early and recent American history.” “AP U.S. History has been very heavy on content knowledge,” AP U.S. History teacher Jeff Wieland said. “They’re backing off on the amount of specific material you need to know and focusing on larger concepts.” However, junior Kyle Foley thinks cutting back on 19th century content is a bad idea due to the importance of our history. “I feel like recent history might be a little bit more prevalent to the current AP student,” Foley said. “I think knowledge of the past might be even

more important. The 19th century shows some of the darker portions of American history.” Despite cutting back on content, the new changes will also allow AP U.S. History teachers the same flexibility and freedom of a college professor. “It allows me to diversify the kinds of exercises that we normally do,” Wieland said. “I think without [the students] knowing it I can do things that I [usually] choose not to do because of time.” To help students understand the material better, teachers will be working on chronological thinking, crafting historical arguments and other aspects of historical thinking. Despite this, Foley thinks that AP students are already prepared for success at higher levels and don’t need to focus on these skills. “If you’re taking AP U.S. History this year, you probably already have well-developed skills,” Foley said. “Pushing the development of skills will hold students back from learning.”


> The College Board did not change this; it is an addition to the AP courses provided at Mill Valley starting in the 2015 > Will span from before the Middle Ages to the modern era

> “All we know about our world here is directly derived from Europe, so it’s cool to see the link to U.S. history and the impact Europe has had on the U.S.,” future AP European History teacher Dustin Stinnett said.


> The College Board will release a changed Scholastic Assessment Test, a.k.a. the SAT, in Spring 2016 > The test will still have the same main sections of reading, writing, math and an essay. However, the essay section will be optional on the new test > More relevant words will replace the current vocabulary > The essay portion will focus on evidence, analyzing sources and real-world context > There will not be a penalty for wrong answers > There will be at least one excerpt from a founding document (such as the Declaration of Independence) on the test Above: Student teacher Phillip Warring explains the expectations of an upcoming debate on the Hiroshima bombing in AP U.S History. Photo by Amber Nguyen

UNCHANGED > AP Psychology > AP Government > AP Calculus > AP Statistics > AP Studio Art > AP Music Theory > AP Language and Composition > AP Literature and Composition

> “If you were to ask a school located on either east or west coasts you would find that the SAT is more prevalent,” Associate Director of Admission at Creighton University Amanda Kranz said via email > “It doesn’t hurt a student to take both [the SAT and ACT,]” Kranz said. “They are very different tests and require different ways of thinking. Some students say that they find one ‘easier’ than the other. You wouldn’t know which test suits you better if you don’t take them both. So, if you are always trying to get your highest score, it makes sense to give each one a try.”

SAT TALK Who changes the SAT and AP classes?

The AP tests are orchestrated by the College Board, which also does the SAT.

What are the changes to the AP classes? Counselor Randy Burwell explains AP and SAT changes

AP curriculums are going through very different stages of review right now. AP Bio and Chemistry already underwent revision. They’re trying to create an alignment be-

tween the AP curriculum and national college courses, but the actual AP exams will look relatively the same. They’re also going to give AP teachers better training and just improve the curriculum. For example, in AP Physics, there’s going to be a certain percent of time allocated for labs from the get-go.

What do you think of the changes?

I think they’re great. The process is that each

class goes into revision and it brings better resources to the teachers. As for the SAT is going, I like how the test is reflective. It’s trying to be a better indicator of success in college instead of making you memorize vocab words. It’s trying to prepare students for success at the post-secondary level. It’s asking if they have the resources to thrive in college instead of having them memorize useless vocabulary.



HALIE BRENINGER Junior prepares with KC Cheer to compete at Worlds Cheer Competition


What got you involved with cheerleading in the first place?

I did gymnastics for eight years before cheer, and then I started cheering in middle school, and once I got kind of burned out on gymnastics, I decided I’d try competitive cheer, which is a lot of the same tumbling as gymnastics. I started club cheerleading a year ago, so my sophomore year.

What is the name of your competitive cheer team?

We’re called KC Cheer; that’s the club that I cheer at. My team individually is called the Fierce Five.

How would you describe competitive cheer?

It’s sort of like high school cheer, I guess you could say. We do stunts, which is [when] we lift the girls up in the air, but we also do high-level stunts. And then we do tumbling, which is flips, and I guess people wouldn’t really understand that until they took a class on it or something. And then we do jumps, which is a big part of cheer.

What are the differences between high school cheer and competitive cheer?

I think that the biggest difference would be the difficulty ... There are some teams in competitive cheer that are the same difficulty or harder than high school cheer. The commitment level’s also a lot different. I go probably 12 hours a week for a com-


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petitive cheer squad, whereas high school cheer is not near that much. High school cheer is definitely sideline, which is where we cheer for a team. [In] a competitive team, you don’t cheer for anyone in particular; you’re kind of your own sport, which I like about it a lot. You compete for the best score against other teams. It’s based off of level of difficulty, and then technique is a big part of it; they watch how everything is constructed together.

How would you describe a typical cheer competition?

There are tons of people, and it’s usually in an arena setting, so there’s a floor in the middle and seats around like a football field, but usually indoors. When you walk in, it’s dark because the floor is the lit-up place for the cheerleaders, because when you go on the floor you want to be the center of attention. It’s loud and upbeat.

What do you enjoy about being in that kind of atmosphere? Well, for me, I’m a really loud and upbeat person, and I like it because you get your two-and-a-half minutes to show the world what you can do. It’s exciting because during those two-and-a-half minutes, everyone is cheering for you.

What was the competition you recently went to? That was the [Universal Cheerleaders Association] Competition in Orlando. UCA is [for] any level [team], so there was anywhere from

babies ... all the way up to level five, the best in the country. This was probably our biggest competition before Worlds, which is a big deal because we need to practice for that.

What is the Worlds Cheer Competition?

Only level 5 teams go to Worlds, which is ... the biggest event there is for cheerleading that’s made so far. You have to go to a national competition before you can even go to Worlds, and you have to get at least an at-large bid. Which is, from what I believe, at-large bids don’t give you any money, it’s just an invitation to Worlds. ... Since we got the full-paid bid, we got it all paid for by the [staff of the] competition, a lot like [a scholarship].

How does Worlds differ from a typical competition?

[It] definitely [does]. It’s, I want to say, the Olympics of cheer as of now. There are cheer gyms from all over the world. There are people from Australia and from Japan there, and it’s a really big deal. So if you’ve been there, you’re pretty lucky and some cheerleaders dream about going there. It’s really great to get an opportunity to go there. You see the best of the best teams, so the stakes are way higher.

What is it like to be a part of such a big competition? This is my first year

going, I’m really excited and really nervous. It’s televised ... it’s a big deal. It’s kind of scary [because] it’s a make-it or break-it kind of thing.

What is difficult about competitive cheer?

I think the most difficult part of competitive cheer would be the focus, the mental state of it. Everything that comes along with stunting and tumbling has a mental aspect, so if you can’t get your mind on part of doing something, it’s hard to be good at it.

What do you enjoy about cheer overall?

There’s a lot of things I enjoy about cheer overall. I guess my favorite part is performing for people, and getting to show everyone what my team and I can do. It’s exciting to know that you have a certain set of skills that some people aren’t able to do, and it’s exciting to see the people who look up to you for what you can do.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about competitive cheer?

A lot of people don’t think that cheer’s a sport, and I get that, but I think that if people were more persuaded to watch a competitive cheer competition, they’d be surprised how difficult the things we have to do are and how amazing it is to watch. I’m not saying that my team’s the best, but there are some really good teams out there, and it is awesome to get the opportunity to watch them.



Gum remains popular among students although sales drop 11 percent in past four years BY JUSTIN CURTO



t looks like gum companies are in a sticky situation. Over the past four years, gum sales have plummeted 11 percent, according to a study by Euromonitor International. Sales are projected to drop another 4 percent over the next five years. This, however, hasn’t stopped students like sophomore Grant Roach from appreciating chewing gum. “[I chew] about two pieces of gum a day,” Roach said. “It gives me something to focus on. The flavor is very, very good. Roach is not alone, either. According to a JagWire survey, 92 percent of

Mill Valley students chew gum, half of which do so every day. Junior Amber Buisch said she chews gum for many reasons. “It makes me feel refreshed,” Buisch said. “It helps me think better sometimes.” Formerly an avid gum chewer, sophomore Julian Teopaco ceased his habit after others began asking him for gum. “In middle school I used to buy a couple of packs a day,” Teopaco said. “Everyone wanted gum from me, and that bugged me.” Roach has had similar experiences. “[People] ask me for gum everyday, and it’s kind of annoying,” Roach said. Others, like sophomore Jack Booth, simply do not find chewing

gum appealing. “It’s kind of gross when I think about it,” Booth said. “[It’s] just saliva bouncing up and down in my mouth.” Booth also said he doesn’t buy gum because he sees it as a pointless purchase. “It’s a waste of money because it’s not like food that actually fills you up,” Booth said. “It’s just something to have in your mouth for no reason.” Buisch understands why others may not enjoy chewing gum. “It’s not something everyone likes to do,” Buisch said. “I know a lot of people that hate chewing gum.” While not everyone may think chewing gum is a good habit, Roach views it as more than that. “Gum is just a way of life,” Roach said. “It relaxes you.”

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FINDING A AVENUE TO ADOPTION Freshman Reno Kostynuk recounts his adoption process


“We were taken to a [temporary relief home] where we were to stay with two temporary foster parents for a week”


“We moved into our first foster home with a lady named Dena ... We were there for about a year”




lthough she may not be related to them, sophomore Sydney Humphrey stills loves her siblings. Last June, Sydney and her family decided to foster a nine-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl. Since then, Sydney has grown close to her foster siblings. “I get to pick on my little siblings and they pick on me,” Sydney said. “It’s nice having a houseful.” Foster care is a process in which a child is placed under temporary care of an adult or adults after their birth parents are unable to care for them. This differs from adoption, where an adult or adults become a child’s permanent guardian. Sydney’s mom, Heather Humphrey, chose to become one of over 2,500 foster families in Kansas after realizing their family was in a good place to care for other children. “[We decided] ... that we would be financially stable enough for me to stay home for a while and start taking in foster kids,” Heather said. “[We wanted] to help the kids in need.”

After that, the Humphrey family became licensed to foster children. “You do a lot of training, you do a lot of background checks, fingerprints and you take a ... class where you are licensed,” Heather said. Freshman Reno Kostynuk has also been a part of foster care, after having been in multiple foster homes. Currently, over 3,500 children are in foster homes in Kansas. Though he was eventually adopted, foster care was not an ideal situation for Reno. “You couldn’t make friends easily and you couldn’t keep friends,” Reno said. “You couldn’t have very many possessions either. Right when you started to get to know your foster parents, you’d have to move.” Despite this, Reno has had the chance to become close to his adoptive family. “I have parents that care for me and my brother,” Reno said. “It feels like they gave birth to me. It feels like I’ve known them my whole life.” Reno’s adoptive mom, Tanya Kostynuk, shares similar sentiments. “I felt an instant connection with both of them,” Tanya said. “[It was] like they were always supposed to be my kids.” Even though fostering children is difficult, Heather recommends it. “It’s very rewarding,” Heather said. “If you can financially do it, it is well worth the time and the energy.”


“Then we moved to Princeton, Kan. where we were switched to a second foster home with a lady named Beth”

Students see both positives and negatives in their experiences with foster care


“We met Tanya and ... her husband Graham and eventually we got a court order to be able to visit them on the weekends. [On] July 18, 2009, they adopted us officially”


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FAR ABOVE: After being officially adopted, freshman Reno Kostynuk stands with his brother, adoptive parents and social workers at the Johnson County courthouse on July 18, 2009. Photo contributed by Tanya Kostynuk ABOVE: Sophomore Sydney Humphrey’s dad and foster brother play catch outside their house on Sunday, April 6. Photo by Jena Smith LEFT: Sophomore Sydney Humphrey and her mom help her foster sister walk across the driveway on Sunday, April 6. “I like having her around the house,” Humphrey said. “[It is fun] watching her grow up even though she is a handful.” Photo by Jena Smith

According to the NHTSA, 1 in 3 people under 21 who died in alcohol-related accidents died during prom and graduation season. Be safe this prom weekend! -jagPRIDE Design by Miranda Miller





osters warning patrons about the risks of indoor tanning line the walls of Celsius Tannery as sophomore Katlyn Seyb prepares to tan for an upcoming cheer competition. If a proposed state bill banning the use of tanning beds for those under 18 were to be passed, indoor tanning would no longer be possible for Seyb or many other students. “A lot of people think [tanning] is going to give you skin cancer, but it’s just like going outside,” Seyb said. “I think it’s a personal choice, and you should be able to do it.” Not everyone shares this view. State Rep. Dave Crum, the chair of the House Committee of Health and Human Services (the bill’s sponsoring committee), cites the increased risk for skin cancer as a main reason for the bill’s creation. “As chairman of the Committee of Health and Human Services, I thought it would be something to look at,” Crum said. “Testimony pointed out that tanning under age 24 puts you at a 75 percent greater risk for malignant melanoma ... When you’re young, your skin is more vulnerable.” Seeing the effects of this risk firsthand was what initially prompted surgical oncologist Dr. Joshua Mammen, the state chair for the Commission on Cancer, to suggest banning indoor tanning for minors. Mammen brought the idea to state Rep. Amanda Grosserode,



a Lenexa Republican, who then took it to Crum, an Augusta Republican. “[I came to state Rep. Amanda Grosserode with the idea] after seeing a patient suffer from melanoma,” Mammen said via phone. “Hundreds of studies show an increased risk for malignant melanoma [from indoor tanning].” Sophomore Abbie Hughes supports the proposed bill and believes longterm benefits will come from it. “I think the law will make a positive impact,” Hughes said. “If teenagers can’t go tanning in tanning beds anymore, I think there could [potentially] be a lot less skin problems in teens.” One particular concern over the bill is how it will affect businesses. If the bill were to go into effect, Bask Tanning owner Lori Chapman said her business would change considerably. “[The law] will probably have a significant effect on my business, but it won’t shut it down,” Chapman said via phone. “It all depends on the demographic of the salon … The number one thing this law would affect is the number of employees we could have.” Despite this, Mammen said the bill is not intended to hurt tanning salons. “I’m not trying to put indoor tanning facilities out of business,” Mammen said. “I’m trying to put myself out of business [in terms of melanoma patients].” Chapman has followed the lead of other tanning salons that already take

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As Prom quickly approaches, JagWire takes a look at a new law proposed to ban tanning for those under 18


easures against the risks of tanning ds. “I make all customers fill out a in type questionnaire to kind of get basis of how they’re going to tan,” hapman said. “I explain to them that nning in a salon isn’t like tanning utside. We don’t want anyone turng pink.” According to Mammen, these preutions are not enough to prevent the ks of indoor tanning. When he testid in support of the bill to the House ealth and Human Services Commite, Mammen said indoor tanning is a ass I carcinogen, like tobacco, asbess and benzene. “There’s no such thing as a safe tan, d no medical society will say [there ,” Mammen said. “Indoor tanning bby tries to create doubt. There’s no ubt in scientific literature; it’s very ear the UV rays are associated with in cancer.” While this risk may exist, Seyb inks a ban takes this issue too far. “There’s always going to be risk th anything you do,” Seyb said. “I el like they shouldn’t ban it.” Chapman agrees, and sees an altertive step that can be taken to protect ainst the risk of skin cancer. “I don’t [think] it should be a law,” hapman said. “I think parental connt for tanning under 18 should be law … I require parental consent for stomers who are under 18.”

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Senior Holly Peterman also does not support the potential ban, citing that some know how to tan responsibly. “I think some people take it to an extreme and are hurting themselves,” Peterman said. “Just because some people abuse [tanning] doesn’t mean it should be taken from everyone.” Hughes believes the ban will benefit teens in the long run. “Overall, I think it’s really bad for you. If you tan a lot when you’re a teenager [it will affect you later],” Hughes said. “You’re only going to be a teenager for so much of your life. Why would you want to keep making your skin tan for a short time when it’s going to make it wrinkly for a much longer time and cause health problems that can last a lifetime?”

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TANNING TALK Dermatologist Dr. Amanda Tauscher opposes tanning What risks are associated with indoor tanning?

It’s a standard question on our paperwork because we know tanning is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer; causality has been established in the same fashion smoking is associated with lung cancer. There’s a 75 percent risk of melanoma for those exposed to UV [rays] ... In the sunlight we have UVA rays and UVB rays. UVB rays are the burning rays, but the tanning industry exploits the UVA rays because they don’t give you a burn. [Other risks are] worsening sun spots, freckling, wrinkling of the skin, a chronic reddish discoloration of the skin in some patients and of course damage to the eyes if you don’t protect them. Obivously, sunburn [is also a risk]. [Each year], there are approximately 3,000 emergency room cases due to tanning bed sunburns.

How does indoor tanning compare to sun exposure in terms of risk? The rays are more intense. The

UVA rays can be much more intense from the tanning beds, and you don’t have the UVB rays like Mother Nature intended to warn you and burn you.

What safe alternatives are there to indoor tanning?

Sunless tanners are regarded as safe. There are lots of good products available either for home use or professional [use] ... They’re not harmful. The best practice is to protect the skin type you have.

What would you say to a patient who wants to use tanning beds?

I try not to build any barriers because I want those patients to feel like they’re welcome in a dermatology practice ... I try to emphasize how important it is that their skin is checked regularly ... They recognize that it’s a behavior that’s not healthy, but some people have a really hard time giving that up ... The patients I think I have the most immediate impact on are the younger patients ... I never try to make someone feel like they’re committing a crime.

A survery of 472 students shows tanning habits

Do you tan? Yes 13.77%

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AP CLASSES IMPROVE New changes make Advanced Placement classes better for students

SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES HAVE VALUE Classes prepare students for citizenship



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n order to create more practical courses, the College Board is currently in the process of changing the guidelines for AP class curricula. Some AP classes have already undergone change, and next year AP U.S. History and AP Physics will undergo reformation as well. The general trend in the AP changes is a shift from strict memorization of knowledge to an increasing use of skills and an application of concepts. The JagWire staff supports the integration of factual knowledge and conceptual abilities to create a more applicable learning experience. On the newer versions of the AP tests, questions do not ask students to regurgitate information so much as apply it. The application of knowledge is an advanced skill that will assist

any student in college and in life, and therefore it has a rightful place on AP tests. When students learn strategies for the new tests, they will also be learning strategies for their further education and careers. Simply memorizing facts is more likely to lead to the cramming of information that will easily be forgotten. Memorization must not be downplayed too much, however. While AP classes will add more focus on skills and practicality, it is important not to disregard factual knowledge. College courses, and therefore advanced level courses, should offer specific facts for memorization. Proper knowledge of facts will help students understand the concepts, making them more capable of applying them. It is important to have a balance of both information

and ideas in the classroom. There are, of course, downsides to reforming curricula. The lack of practice tests for newer versions of the test make it difficult for students to study and for teachers to know how to teach the material. Changing lesson plans is no easy task, either. Some students may struggle as teachers adjust to new methods of teaching classes, and it may be difficult for them to acclimate to more difficult material in a class that is already hard. There are bound to be bugs in the system at the start. While change can be difficult, if AP classes work to integrate information and skills, then they will prove to be much more practical for students in the long run. The key to improving the AP system is to maintain a balance between the two.


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have wanted to be a social studies teacher for essentially my entire life. I’ve always loved subjects like history, government, politics, journalism and psychology, and it is my goal to educate others about these topics so they can become more aware of the world around them. But for as long as I’ve wanted to be a social studies teacher, I have also been surrounded by students who couldn’t be less interested, and I constantly hear things like “How does learning this affect me?” or “Why should I learn this if I don’t need it for my job?” While I understand that history will likely not have a direct effect on students’ careers, they should realize that learning about these topics will benefit them in their ability to become knowledgeable and active citizens. Social studies classes allow students to develop an understanding of the nation and the rest of the world before becoming citizens capable of voting and becoming politically involved. As I’m sure most people would agree, it is better for anybody who will be casting a vote to be knowledgeable about our political system and why our country and state is in its current position. These classes provide a general sense of history that aids students in avoiding ignorance. For example, I have heard multiple life-long Kansans question why the mascot for the University of Kansas is a bird that doesn’t exist. A basic understanding of the history of our state can make the difference between sounding like an educated and aware person and someone who didn’t pass seventh grade Kansas history. Not every part of a class will be exciting or interesting, and knowing all the causes of the Civil War or President Wilson’s Fourteen Points probably won’t be vital to your career. Just like with any other class, social studies courses are intended to make you a more well-rounded person and capable citizen.

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION CLASS NEEDED A YA fiction class would help students enjoy reading and be able to relate to what they read



love English class. I also love reading. Although I do enjoy a good classic, most of the books I read for pleasure happen to be young adult (YA) fiction. YA fiction is a genre of fiction that usually takes place sometime around present day and

features young adults and their struggles. After finding out that two of the YA fiction books I had recently read, “Paper Towns” and “Looking For Alaska” by John Green, are taught in some high schools (but not ours), I had a realization – we need an elective YA fiction class. There are many things that students can learn from studying YA fiction. Like novels already taught in English classes, these books contain characterization, literary devices and themes all open to analysis. However, these books deal with conflicts and situations that high school students experience and can relate to. A YA fiction class can also give students a greater appreciation for reading. I often hear students complaining about books they read in their

NEW SAT BRINGS POSITIVE CHANGES Reformed version of the standardized test is a step in the right direction



aking a standardized test isn’t the most pleasant experience. You sit in a room for several hours filling in little bubbles in a race to finish, are restricted to only a few breaks and then wait for your scores. The standardized testing norm in the U.S. is an unhealthy system that ranks intelligence based only off how good a student is at English and math skills on a specific day, early in a morning. While standardized tests themselves are an issue, the College Board recently took a step in the right direction when they decided to redesign the SAT. The new test, which will be implemented in spring of 2016, will test on much more relevant content and skills. To start, they are ditching the bogus vocabulary in favor of more useful words. In the reformed test, useful words used in college classes, like “synthesis” and “empirical,” will take the place of obscure ones. A common argument against this change that I have heard is that it will “dumb down” the test and cause a “lack of discipline and learning.” Yes, students will spend less time studying SAT vocabulary. This provides more time for students to study something more useful than definitions of obscure words; they can focus on learning strategies for the test and college or use the time to study for their classes. Another great change is the removal of the penalty for wrong answers. This encourages students to try their best and take a guess. By penalizing wrong answers, the current SAT is teaching students that it’s better to be silent than to be incorrect, which is a harmful concept for learning. The best way to problem-solve is to brainstorm all possible solutions, not remain silent out of fear

of being wrong. It also promotes procrastination, because writing nothing is better than something bad, according to this idea. This change should promote a more productive, creative frame of mind. The SAT has often been criticized for discrimination based on financial class. While the changes the College Board is making probably won’t eliminate the class gap in scores and college opportunities, they are definitely making improvements. When the new test is implemented, the College Board will also start a program that will allow low-income SAT test-takers to apply to four colleges of their choice for free. This is a great program that will hopefully lead to more equality within standardized testing. Even though the College Board is changing the SAT for the better, standardized tests like the SAT and ACT still promote the idea that intelligence is defined by a number and limited to math and English knowledge. While there is not a good substitute for a measurement of basic skills, it would be best if standardized tests weighed less in decisions of college and scholarship acceptance. The College Board has taken a step, hopefully the first of many, in a direction towards more practicality and less disregard for creativity.

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English classes being boring. I also hear these students talking about how they love their latest YA fiction discovery. If these students are able to read books that they love while also learning, they’ll begin to value reading more. While YA fiction has been stereotyped as the “bubblegum pop” of the fiction world, this is far from the truth. There are some books like this (i.e., anything involving vampires or werewolves), but they do not represent YA fiction as a whole. It has a different side perfect for a classroom setting. YA fiction deserves a place in English education. Not only would I love to be able to read some of my favorite books for a class, studying YA fiction would also round out the classic-heavy curriculum of other English classes.


What do you think about taking AP classes?

“I’m not in any, but they’re a good opportunity to learn more and challenge yourself.” FRESHMAN MARY PETROPOULOS

TOLERATE PHELPS Respect Fred Phelps’ death

“I think they’re a challenge. They’re harder than regular classes, but they make you a better student.” BY SAM LOPEZ



fter the death of Westboro Baptist Church’s founder and leader Fred Phelps, it seemed as though all of the United States cheered in unison. Known for his hate against gays, soldiers and the general population, Phelps quickly gained the reputation of “the most hated man in America,” according to CNN. Once the nation caught wind of Phelps’s death, a storm of comments spread around the Internet about this seemingly wonderful event. Of course, most were glad he was dead. Some even began exclaiming they would picket or even party at his funeral. I’m sure quite a few people would like to imagine Phelps going to Hell. However, none of that is really an appropriate response to a death. Even though Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church brought pain and humiliation to the country, the only reasonable response to hate is not hate, but love. A perfect example of this is a group of people who responded to Westboro Baptist’s protest at Lorde’s concert in Kansas City on Friday, March 21. The sign they held up to show the protesters read, “We’re sorry for your loss.” Some might be thinking, “We shouldn’t be respecting them,” or “They deserve pain, too.” I can assure you this is not the right thing to do. You might ask why, and the simple answer is hypocrisy. What gives us the right to turn around and disrespect them as they have disrespected us? It’s easy to hate someone who has caused an irreversible amount of pain. However, showing respect and kindness to that person, no matter how hard it may be, will always be the right thing to do.

“Well, they’re a challenge. They’re harder than regular classes, but you can do more learning in them.” JUNIOR BROOKE DRESCHER

“They’re hard. You’ve got to do actual work and really pay close attention.”






Unique Winter Olympic sport inspires freshmen boys to create curling team


FAR ABOVE: Freshman Austin Snyder pushes the stone to his teammates on Saturday, April 5. ABOVE: Sweeping the path of the stone, freshmen Austin Snyder and Nick Nelson attempt to knock off the other opponents stone on Saturday, April 5.

hile freshman Austin Snyder calls out commands to fellow curlers, freshmen Nick Nelson and Justin Hopper begin to sweep the ice in hopes of hitting the target with a stone to score the gamewinning point. Soon after the end of the Winter Olympics in early March, freshmen Spencer Butterfield, Nelson, Snyder and Hopper formed their own curling team. Although eager, none of them had ever curled before. “I was watching the Olympics and I thought it would be fun,” Nelson said. “So I got some friends together and joined a curling league.” Although skeptical at first, the group decided to give curling a chance at the KC Curling Club. “When Nick first brought up the idea [of forming a team], I figured I’d try it out,” Snyder said. Curling, an ice sport consisting of four players, is a game in which large granite rocks, or “stones,” slide down a sheet of ice towards a target. In order to maximize the accuracy and speed of the stone, two players sweep the ice in front of the stone using brooms. “The most difficult part [of curling] is throwing the stones,” Butterfield said. “They are actually pretty heavy.” Snyder believes that while the role of

each position is equally important, working as a unit with each other is the key to success. “[Getting in sync] is really a big part of the game,” Snyder said. “You really need to be on target and be very accurate with where your shot is.” Despite the uniqueness of the sport, Snyder said that it was relatively easy to learn. It only took them one hour-and-ahalf lesson to catch on. “Once you get the hang of it and once you’ve played a couple of times, it’s pretty easy,” Snyder said. “It’s all about getting into the rhythm.” Even though they have only been playing for a little over a month, they have already begun to make progress as a team during their Saturday night games. “I think we’ve improved a lot since we started playing. Our form was pretty awkward at first,” Hopper said. “Now that we’ve had more practice, we’ve gotten the hang of it.” According to Hopper, the distinctiveness of the sport is part of what makes curling a memorable experience. “It’s a unique sport, for sure,” Hopper said. “It’s fun to make a team with all your friends and be able to play a sport with them that no one else really plays.”


“There’s the big circle on the ice called the house. You’re trying to get your stones as close to the center as possible,” Butterfield said. “How many [stones] you have and how close they are determines how many points you get.”

Players take turns delivering the stone using a slider to the opposite side of the ice called the house “You have to release [the stone] before you reach the hog line, and the stone has to go past the hog line on the other side [of the ice] to be in play,” Butterfield said. Once the stone has passed the hog line, the players cannot touch the stone



ABOVE: Freshman Justin Hopper kneels on the ice ready to throw at the Kansas City Curling Club on Saturday, March 29. Photo by Jena Smith


The stone is made of granite and delivered by the players in a curling game

The brush is a device used by the The slider is a slippery players to sweep the material placed on the ice in front sole of the sliding shoe of a moving stone


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Spring sports strive to defeat private schools in this year’s state competition

Year after year, many spring sports teams have had successful regular seasons, only to be defeated by private schools in the postseason. This leads to the question if this is the year the spring sports teams can break the monopoly of private schools in state 5A competition. Girls soccer has fallen to a private school every year of post season since 2009. Head coach Arlan Vomhof has noticed a competitive atmosphere between public and private schools that is different from that of public schools versus public schools. “It’s always been a factor. I’ve been a head coach for 18 years, it’s always the same thing of ‘oh, they can recruit, they don’t have to follow some of the same guidelines [as public schools],’” Vomhof said. “And coaches have been trying for a long time to get the state to have a public and private postseason championship. I think you always know going against one of those schools is going to be a tough match.” Baseball fell to Bishop Carroll at state in both 2012 and 2013. Senior outfielder Nick Wilson believes that private schools hold themselves in higher esteems, making them a difficult opponent to lose to. “You know [private schools] have the slight advantages that we don’t have, such as recruiting,” Wilson said. “The fact that they carry themselves differently than public schools, they seem a little cockier, so [losing to them] does sting a little bit more.” Vomhof has noticed private schools utilize their history of success to their ad-


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vantage in regards to gaining players. “I think the private schools lure people because of state championships,” Vomhof said. “Some of those programs win and have won so much in the past that people opt to go there because they want their kid to be on the state championship team, so they pay the money to go there.” However, senior softball firstbasemen Jordan Blair thinks public schools advantage is having a wide variety of players. Despite this, softball was defeated by Bishop Carroll 5-0 at state on Friday, May 24, 2013. “Private schools have the means to hand pick their teams,” Blair said. “We kind of play with the cards we are dealt and do the best we can.” Sophomore outside midfielder Emma Wetzel said the soccer team plans on redeeming itself this year, after its most recent state loss of 2-1 against Bishop Carroll on Friday, May 31, 2013. “We’re always going to keep the state loss in our mind,” Wetzel said. “We wanted it just as bad as they did, and we’re going to do whatever we can to get it back.” Wilson said the baseball team would also like to redeem themselves at state. “It’s not really the fact that it’s a private school, it’s the fact that they have those advantages that you kind of wish you could use,” Wilson said. “But you’d rather beat them and show that your school doesn’t need those advantages. We just want to beat everybody.”


ABOVE: Crouching down, senior catcher Alex Rounds catches junior pitcher Luke Rachwal’s pitch. Photo by Amber Nguyen

PRIVATE RECORDS See how spring sports have competed against private schools in state competition

BASEBALL Lost to Bishop Carroll in 2012 and 2013




GIRLS SOCCER Has lost to Bishop Miege in 2006, 2007 and 2009, St. James in 2010, Saint Thomas Aquinas in 2011 and 2012 and Bishop Carroll in 2013


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THE END OF AN ERA Justin Bogart announces resignation after 14 years



fter 14 years as head boys basketball coach, Justin Bogart has announced his resignation. Bogart held a meeting with players on Friday, March 28 to publicize his decision. Bogart said that this choice stemmed from the attraction of new experiences. “I’ve been coaching every year that I’ve been in the district, and I’ve been a head coach every year that I’ve been in the district ... so I’ve never known what it’s like to be here just to teach, and I know that’s not what the entire job is about,” Bogart said. “I want to find out what that’s like and what I’m going to gain.” There has not been a decision made on a replacement head coach. During his time as head coach, Bogart led the team to Kaw Valley League titles in both 2004 and 2005, and took the team to state in 2006 and 2013. Senior forward Davis Cantwell appreciates the dedication Bogart gave to the team. “He was always very devoted to the team and always gave his best effort to help us succeed,” Cantwell said. “He wanted nothing more than to see us succeed as a team and get where we wanted to be.” Despite only being at the school for two years, athletic director David Ewers recognizes the impact Bogart has made on the basketball program.

“Mr. Bogart established a program that values community service, integrity, citizenship, leadership and great effort and attitude,” Ewers said in a statement. “Mr. Bogart has gone to great lengths to develop young men on the court as well as off of the court.” Assistant basketball coach Jack Johnson played for Bogart in the 2006 state tournament where the team took fourth place and attributes the program’s success to the experiences Bogart presented to everyone involved. “[Bogart] left a legacy by making each season a special one for each player and parent by really involving the community by doing camps and having elementary kids be ball boys on the sidelines,” Johnson said. “The face of Mill Valley basketball was coach Bogart not only to the school but to the community and it will be different without him.” Senior guard Ben Carroll and his family have been involved with the basketball program for 12 years. Bogart has made a positive impact on Carroll in his years on the team. “Coach Bogart has taught me to be a better person and not be a selfish human being,” Carroll said. “It really benefits yourself to help others.” When asked about Bogart’s legacy, Carroll noted past records made. “He left our team winning more games than we lost,” Carroll said. “Also, he has left the school with two really good seasons in 2006 and last year.” In the 14 years that Bogart coached the team, the program amassed an overall record of 119-114, but he says specific games will not be what he remembers

most about his career. “Something that we’ve done is watch a group of young men come together and be something more than they thought they could be,” Bogart said. “Those aren’t necessarily wins and losses in the paper or on the scoreboard, but they’re definitely a lot of wins to see people take a simple game and make it something about being a family, something about being generous with your time and being supportive of others who also enjoy the game.”

CAREER STATS A glance at the head coach’s 14 seasons

306 14 8 17,033 56 63 number of games with Bogart as head coach

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average number of games won in a season

average number of games lost in a season

average points per game in all 306 games

winning percentage in 14 seasons

FAR ABOVE: Former head boys basketball coach Justin Bogart discusses strategy with his players during a timeout on Friday, March 7. Photo by Karissa Schmidt ABOVE: Former head boys basketball coach Justin Bogart looks on as the team plays on Friday, March 28. Photo by Karissa Schmidt LEFT: In a photo from archive, then head boys basketball coach Justin Bogart embraces former player and current assistant coach Jack Johnson after the team placed fourth at state on Saturday, March 11, 2006. Photo by Ellen Gatewood

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“Floral and pastel colors are great in dresses and shirts,” senior Olivia Phillips said. “If you’re going casual, then a simple v-neck with shorts is always good.”

wearing them under jeans, lose the nike long socks. 2. Cargo shorts haven’t been stylish since middle school. Switch them out for shorts with a bold print that end above the knee. 3. Save the running shoes for the gym. Throw on a pair of New Balance classic trainers with short or no socks. 4. Sun’s out, guns out. Put on a button up shirt or t-shirt and roll up the sleeves twice. 5. When in doubt, go with neutral colors. Stick to shades of white, light blue or indigo.

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darker clothing. Spring should be about bringing out the lighter and brighter colors. 2. An accessory appropriate for spring includes any type of colorful, light scarf which go great with a light, neutral colored top. Be sure to stay away from heavy, knitted winter scarves. 3. A variety of prints are a must for the spring season. Try to include more floral, plaid and chevron designs. 4. Since the weather is getting warmer, break out the strappy, wedged and blinged out sandals.

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The JagWire reviews famous Kansas City barbecue

LEFT: A man orders from behind the large windows at the original Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, April 10. Arthur Bryant’s was founded in 1908 and has been visited by several former presidents and celebrities, making it one of Kansas City’s most storied barbecue joints. Photo by Jack Lopez


s a resident of the Kansas City metro area, odds are you have a favorite barbecue joint. Odds are you have sworn allegiance to said barbecue joint and odds are that you turn up your nose at the mention of a rival. Barbecue in Kansas City is more than just a food, it’s a lifestyle and, as with any lifestyle choice, it deserves some careful consideration. First, we take you to Jack Stack. Jack Stack Barbecue manages to stand out among the many joints in the city with excellent barbecue and presents itself as more of a fancy restaurant than a homestyle barbecue place. However, this style isn’t always a good thing. While it is somewhat unique, the atmosphere of the restaurant is a little off-putting. Extra sauce is served in tiny, fancy-looking bowls and the dim lighting can sometimes make it hard to see. These aspects of the restaurant make it a bit harder to enjoy the food. However, the food itself is excellent. The Jumbo sandwich allows for two different types of meat and tastes delicious. The barbecue sauce tastes very good as well, but there isn’t a lot of it to go around. While it seems expensive at first, the food you get is well worth it. If you order the right thing, you can get a lot of bang for your buck. An $11 sandwich is big and comes with a large side of fries (tasty seasoning on the side). Jack Stack Barbecue provides great food, even though it tries a bit too hard to be classy. Next, we head down to the original Arthur Bryant’s at 16th and Brooklyn in Kansas City, Mo. Arthur Bryants is a famous Kansas City Barbecue joint that even former president George W. Bush enjoys. The original restaurant location doesn’t appear to be the place

that the president would go. However, there is also a location at the Legends. The whole building is made of brick which really gives it a rustic feel and huge order windows give a view of the kitchen. We got the ham sandwich with fries which is made right behind the windows in full view. The sandwich is packed with meat and comes with a heaping pile of fries. The three barbecue sauces to choose from are all labeled “The Presidents Choice.” There is the Original, Rich and Spicy and Sweet Heat. All three had a kick of spice in them. The ham sandwich was delicious, especially topped with the Original Sauce. The fries were not seasoned to our preference, so we topped them with salt. We were full before the food was gone from our plates. All in all, Arthur Bryant’s is a great choice for those who like to get down and messy. Finally, we take you down to Southwest Boulevard to Rosedale Barbeque. Founded 80 years ago, Rosedale Barbeque is a staple in the Kansas City barbecue scene while it remains under the radar. Today, it is the oldest barbecue establishment in Kansas City that has been open under the same owner throughout its history. What sets Rosedale apart is its ser-

vice of only traditional barbecue and its sauce. Rather than serving meals with a smoky flavored sauce, Rosedale puts all the smoky flavor characteristic of Kansas City barbecue in its meat. Instead, the self-proclaimed “famous sauce” is layered with tangy and spicy flavors that combine perfectly with the smoky flavor of the meat. Rosedale has stuck to the basics with the sandwiches themselves, serving only beef, chicken or pork on bread or on a bun along with other traditional items like ribs and hot dogs. The result is a sandwich that has been perfected with more attention to detail. The fries at Rosedale are more of a general debate topic and a matter of personal preference than anything: crinkle cut versus natural cut fries. In our opinion, with a little bit of extra salt and pepper, the fries went well with the meal and were fried to golden perfection. Based on tradition, excellent customer service and even better barbecue, there’s a reason this family-owned gem has been around for 80 years. The next time you are craving barbecue, try something new. You never know who you might swear allegiance to next.

WHO DOES IT BEST? We rated restaurants using these categories ROSEDALE

1727 Brooklyn Ave.* Kansas City, Mo. (816) 231-1123


9520 Metcalf Ave.* Overland Park, Kan. (913) 385-7427


600 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, Kan. (913) 262-0343





























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FAR RIGHT: Junior Teddy Gillespie competes in a relay event at the home varsity invitational on Friday, April 11. Photo by Miranda Miller RIGHT: Jumping over the hurdle, junior Cody Deas races ahead against his competitors. “I am very happy to be where I am at this point in the season,” Deas said. “I expect faster times and new personal bests as the team competes with tougher competition.” Photo by Karissa Schmidt


Striving to uphold their Kaw Valley League Champion title, Mill Valley track athletes put in work on and off the track competing in running, throwing and jumping events

RIGHT: Freshman Devonte Smith competes in the long jump event at the Lansing Split on Tuesday, April 8, at which Smith placed 2nd. Photo by Ashley Kitchen

LEFT: Junior Savannah Rudicel runs the 4x800 meter relay at the Jaguar Invitational on Friday, April 11. “Relays are so much different than running closed events,” Rudicel said. “This is my first year running track and I absolutely love it.” Photo by Jena Smith

RIGHT: Junior Cassi Benson placed 7th overall in the pole vault event at the Jaguar Invitational on Friday, April 11. Photo by Jena Smith

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