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Haley Childs Angela Chu Jordan Cline John Cobb Taylor Cooke Tori Couts Melissa Creiger Jessa Dahlin


Vincenzo De Vito Hannah Deaver Kayla DeBerg Victor Dominguez Susanna Donati Andrew Dotts Matthew Dujakovich Dane Dunham


Scott Weidner Student Body President Henry Thomas Vice President Jacob Burris Student Body Vice President Miranda Wagner Treasurer Lauren King Student Body Treasurer Julia Buescher Secretary Taylor Bellus Representatives Cassie Gerhart, Tori Couts, Kaitlin Rolig, Hayley Lollar President

Emily Eaton Marcia Ebb Cameron Eckardt Dalton Ellis Samuel Ellis James Evans Andrea Exon Adam Farnow Lindsey Felshaw Alexander Ferren Michael Floyd Mitchell Floyd Chance Fouts Alyssa French

Brittany Abell Ernie Abril Madison Acree Quincey Adams Austin Allen-Atchison Emily Altman Emma Andres Ethan Appleby Rebecca Atkinson Naomi Ayalew Taylor Bailey Kevin Bankowski James Barnett Nicole Bartel Jordan Bath Joseph Bebel Felecia Becerra Hannah Beck Leo Beck Taylor Bellus Camden Bender Haley Bensel Andrew Beran Alexis Bergeron

Jordan Hopper

Samual Carroll Shelbie Carver Dillon Casper Kyle Castro Joselyn Cevallos Rachael Chapman Robert Chapman Cristhian Chau

How many colleges did you apply to? “Two.”

llege decisions as they prepare for the

Which college is your first choice? “KU because I didn’t want to have another big move so soon and KU is close but still far enough to get away. Also, the campus is amazing.”

Tyler Bessey Mark Biesma Christopher Bolton Tory Boudreaux Christopher Bradley Alexandra Brake Sara Brigham Alison Brookhart Kyle Brunson Lindsey Buenger Julia Buescher Courtney Burke Mackenzie Burke Jacob Burris Kaitlyn Butko Diana Carreira

students discuss co

What was your cost in putting applications? “I spent about $50 in filling out applications.”

Brandyn Sisson

How many colleges did you apply to? “One.” Which college is your first choice? “Emporia State because they have the courses that I am interested in.” What was your cost in putting applications? “I didn’t have to pay for putting in applications.”

Amanda Nelson How many colleges did you apply to? “Five.” Which college is your first choice? “KU because it is so close to home and it has always been my dream.” What was your cost in putting applications? “I just had to fill out the applications.”

Matthew Friesner Christopher Gaignat Macauley Garton Sara Gentry Cassandra Gerhart Sara Gillespie Emily Grey Courtney Griffin

lexi bergeron

Victoria Griffith Demitris Hall Paige Hamilton Isaac Hammes Sara Hampton

competitive swimming demands a balance between school and the water Buzzers sounded signaling the end of the 400-meter individual medley on Friday, Dec. 10. Senior Lexi Bergeron finished in second place with a time of 4:41.61, a new personal best. Lexi started swimming at the age of five and later joined the KC Blazers. As she continued to swim, Lexi spent more time in the pool trying to improve her technique and finishing time. “You don’t really win, because you are competing against yourself,” Lexi said. “The goal is to better yourself and your times consistently.” Lexi’s parents supported her by driving her to practices and meets, as well as by paying for training, transportation, and traveling. When Lexi accomplished a personal goal, her parents celebrated with her. “We are so proud when she meets her own goals in the pool,” Lexi’s mother Kristi Bergeron said. “It’s always very exciting.” During the school year Lexi

Michael Hardy Meghan Harre Aaron Harrington Travis Heath Michael Helton Alex Henrich Donovan Henrich Alex Herrold Daniel Higgins Colin Hilk Ryen Hill Joel Hodgdon Ryan Hodges

Emily Hoeven Anthony Hontz Jordan Hopper

attended practice three days a week before school, five days a week after school, as well as every Saturday morning. “It throws off my eating schedule,” Lexi said. “I eat before practice, but then I come to school and I’m hungry again.” Lexi traveled all over the country to compete in a variety of meets. “I miss a lot of school which makes it tough to get everything made up,” Lexi said. While missing school for competitions proved difficult, Lexi stayed focus and made school her first priority. “She does a great job with her school work,” Kristi said. “Because of her focus and determination she is able to not only keep up, but excel.” Lexi planned to continue swimming in college. “I just like it and the stability it gives me,” Lexi said. “No matter what is going on, I always have practice.” By Paige Hamilton

Photo by Ally Garton

students share the consequences of getting

Vanessa Schwager

Ryan Howes David Irvin Tenille Iskra Hayley Janner Alec Jones

Jordan Jones Iniki Juarez-Haden Alicia Judy Mackenzie Justis Christina Karcher Alexis Kelford

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever been grounded for? “Not taking Tylenol when I had a headache.”

Vicky Griffith

What is the longest amount of time you’ve been grounded? “My whole life basically. Probably six months.”

John Cobb

What is the worst punishment you’ve ever received? “Having to eat soap. It tasted terrible.”

Alex Wallace

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever been grounded for? “I walked in on my neighbor’s wife taking a shower.”

Kayla Kenne Nichole Kennelly Allison Kersey William Keungkhamphong Ashley Kieffer

Lauren King Haleigh Koca Patrick Koetting Rachel Kravitz Emily Krier Alexander Kuhn Rachelle Lange Robert Larson

Jerica Leiby Megan Leonard Kyle Lichtenauer Trace Linton Hayley Lollar Emily Longhofer Jessica Lopez

Jacob Morgan Sean Muldoon Jonathan Mustapich Shannon Neill Amanda Nelson Marysa Nickum Danielle Niemann

Miranda Lopez Joseph Lugo Kaitlyn Magner Kelcie Marquardt Nicole Martin Scott Martin David Massmann Ruby McDaniel

Paul Nmair Nicholas Oberle Christian Ochoa Amanda Organ Lance Parker

stirring up memories abo

carly spano


a special addition to her life brings more responsibilities and change

Alyssa French

Senior Carly Spano’s life changed a weekend so [Matt] and I can be forever on Aug. 14, 2010, the day she teenagers.” gave birth to her son, Cooper Wurm. Although Matt worked and at Balancing school, work and an tended Johnson County Community unexpected child took a toll on College full time, living with Spano Spano’s high school experience. The enabled him to see his son grow up. sacrifices made her relationship with “I’ve really enjoyed watching him her family stronger. grow and develop,” Matt said. “It’s After living apart, in October, seriously the best feeling ever.” Spano and Cooper’s dad, 2010 Before moving in together, Spano graduate Matt Wurm, moved into an felt that she played a bigger part apartment. Although Matt’s parents in Cooper’s life. Once the family disagreed with the decision, they real- began living together, Matt began to ized that it would better for Cooper. establish a deeper relationship with “There are just some obstacles his son. that we have run into that have “The relationship between a mom strengthened our relationship,” Matt and a son is so different than a son said. “[Spano] is a great person and I and a father,” Spano said. think she is the only girl I could have Support from others helped gone through this with.” Spano and Matt establish their new With support of her mother, lives together. Spano was able to go to school, work “We couldn’t balance our lives two jobs and care for her son. without the help of friends and “I don’t know what I would family,” Matt said. “They are such a do without my mom,” Spano said. blessing in our lives.” “She will watch [Cooper] one night By Lisa Galvan

Devak Patel

“I played with a lot of Barbies, I probably had 150 of them. There’s just so many of them with diversity between them. There’s always a different Barbie for what kind of mood you’re in.”

“My favorite was Mr. Potato Head. I think I got my first one when I was four or five. I lost all the pieces pretty quickly though, so I basically just had a brown thing.”

Rebecca Atkinson

Mandy Organ

Catie Mellott

“I had a teddy bear named Josh that I always carried around, I still have it. I just got it for Christmas one time and I got attached to it.”

Does it bug you when people wear Toms? “No, I wear them. They’re shoes, they shouldn’t bug anyone.”

“[My favorites] are Hot Wheel cars, I love those things and I still collect them. It’s something me and my dad have in common, we like to talk about cars.”

Devak Patel Nichious Payne Lauren Peppel Matthew Perkins Andrea Pernales John Pierce

Aleksandra Milewski Lindsey Miller Shane Miller Alyssa Minshew Tanner Minshew Brian Moore

What is the cause for Toms? “To provide shoes for the poverty stricken Africans.”

Hannah Beck

Ali Judy

Photo by Lauren King Sean McDuffie Elise McEllhiney Brian McEnery Kaitlyn McGuire Grace McWhirt Allison Meier Nicholas Meisenhelter Catherine Mellott


students share their thoughts on the charitable and stylish shoes

Ross Platt Alexander Podlasek Lauren Proctor Zee Pultz Katherine Rainey Maxwell Ravenscroft Taylor Reinoehl

Do you think Toms are cute or do you just wear them for the cause? “Both, I just wore them for the cause at first but then they grow on you and now they’re cute.”

Ian Ring Brandon Ritenour Aaron Robertson Lucas Robinette Jacob Rohrer Kaitlin Rolig

examining the effects of approaching graduation

Anastaszia Roseberry Jordan Ross Alexandria Roy Matt Runde Malorie Schuler Kelsie Schuman

Brian McEnery

Vanessa Schwager Julia Schwartz Margaret Simanowitz Brandyn Sisson Darrien Smith Naomi Smith How would you define senioritis? “The effect that the nearness of graduation has on senior’s work ethic; i.e. “I don’t need to do that now.”

Rory Smith Cameron Snyder Jesa Sokol Veronica Soto Jeremy Spalding Carly Jo Spano

Maxwell Ravenscroft

Ryan Speer Matthew Stack Derek Stene Kenzie Stephens Kelsey Strobel Elizabeth Stroder Is it a fact or a myth? Why? “It is a mythical fact - doubted until you have been stricken and ravaged.”

Maya Sudduth Anneka Teerlinck Chad Thomas Henry Thomas Samantha Thomas Jehoshua Thompson

k e s a l d o alex p reflecting on the difficulties and outcomes of surviving a tumor “I still remember the doctor’s face when he told us,” Trish Podlasek said of the brain tumor her son, senior Alex Podlasek, suffered from six years ago. “I remember locking eyes with him. He was almost relieved that he found out what the problem was.” The Podlasek family remembered vividly the diagnosis of pilocytic astrocytoma contained in the fourth ventricle of Alex’s brain, but finding the correct diagnosis at first proved difficult. Alex went through a series of different treatments for the misdiagnoses before the tumor was found. “Each time there was a different diagnosis, we thought, ‘That’s it. It would be solved,’” Vernon Podlasek, Alex’s father, said. “We just went through it with him.” A specialist successfully removed the tumor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and released Alex with a clean

bill of health. The surgery left Alex’s neck muscles weak, preventing him from playing contact sports. “I would risk serious injury if I did play football, which I would want to do,” Alex said. “It’s disappointing.” Though relieved by the surgery’s success, Vernon wished Alex still had the ability to do the activities he wanted. “I just wish there weren’t any limitations for him,” Vernon said. However, the desire for Alex to play sports was not equal to the desire for his cure. The doctors performed follow up MRIs, and the tumor did not return, allowing the Podlasek family to feel blessed. “[The doctors] told us [Alex] was good and we feel good about that,” Trish said. “It has been true. We are glad that it all worked out.” By Allie Love Photo by Rachel Mills Andrew Van Holland Callie Vannier Sarah Verhamme Logan Vincent Kayla Vognsen Miranda Wagner Alexander Wall Alexander Wallace

Taylor Cooke

Daniel Tracy Deven Triebel Cody Triggs Cole Tripp Leah Uridge Alexander Ussery

Kelsey Waller Lindsay Walling Ian Waters Khrystalle Weathers Kathryn Weaver Trenton Webster Reanna Weidner Scott Weidner

How would you define senioritis? “You don’t want to try or do school work and have no motivation.”

Ian Waters

Allison Weis Cassandra White Francis Wiewel Alexis Williams Bryce Williams Alex Wilson William Windsor Emilie Winn

Not pictured: Jennifer Brown, Sean Brown, Brice Edwards, Kelly Evans, Tarah Follmer, Jason Hay, Kenneth Johnson, Angela Longman-McCabe, Daniel Nelson, Hayley Ostronic, Michael Pierce, William Rosales, Justin Schmitt, Ronald Sloop, Cherie Vasquez, Ty Aaron Wilson

How has senioritis affected you this year? “It hasn’t [affected me] because there is no such thing.”

Colin Wistuba Jacob Witt Nicholas Wright Asia Yates Katelyn Yoder Natasha Yousif

ViAnn Abel special services Ashley Agre communication arts Eric Ammerman communication arts Joel Applebee physical education Lynn Bath attendance secretary Patty Beck special services Allison Blanchard math

department heads

Math Amy

Welzenbach Science Mary Beth Mattingly Social Studies Jeff Wieland English Justin Bogart Journalism Kathy Habiger Foreign Language Edith Paredes

Justin Bogart communication arts Heather Bray special servies Patricia Brock business

Helga Brown drafting technology Randy Burwell counselor Rebecca Caves FACS Patricia Chandler counseling


Mark Chipman Drafting Technology Arlan Vomhof Physical Education Amy McClure Art Jodi Ellis FACS Ellen Gray Business

Jessica DeWild math Jennifer Dillon foreign language Chris Dunback social studies Jodi Ellis art

Eric Chaney math Kristen Chavez math Mark Chipman business Marilyn Chrisler associate principal Jon Copeland drama Erica Crist art Kristen Crosbie communication arts

Carlos Espinoza custodian Tyler Euthon science/learning coach Landra Fair science Matt Fedde associate principal Vicki Ferleman special services Michelle Gerhart special services Heather Gillespie foreign language

Angie DalBello social studies Katie Davis communication arts Laurie Deuschle math

Ellen Gray FACS Debbie Gudenkauf special services Kathy Habiger journalism

inions teachers have varying op regarding the popular network Kristen Crosbie, English

“Yes, [I have a Facebook]. I’ve had one for maybe two years. It’s an easy way to keep in touch with military friends. I have friends all over the world, and it is a good way to keep in touch with them. I rarely ever post, and I’m rarely on it. I only use it as a tool to keep in touch. It has proven to be detrimental in a lot of ways. It bothers me how kids would say things in that venue that they wouldn’t say to each other in person.”


Jennie Dillon, Spanish

Kelli Haeffner social studies Jeanette Hardesty communication arts Jennifer Harp foreign language Robin Harris special services Belinda Hartman special services “I do not [have a Facebook]. I like to spend time doing things other than being plugged in all the time. I spend too much time on computers already. There is also the potential for things to be misinterpreted. I think [Facebook] could be a good way for friends and family to stay connected. But I think it is misused sometimes to hurt. Not every thought needs to be broadcast to the world.”

Sarah Haub physical education Erin Hayes counselor Sherleen Haynes nurse Connie Henderson special services Robin Hodges special services

Alex Houlton math Jerry Howard art Carolyn Irish special services Deb Johnson bookkeeper Karen Johnson math Travis Keal physical education

Adam King business Casey Kuhn math Kim Leaf special services Bob Lewis special services Debby Likes special services

Jill Lloyd science Sandra MacGill math Kale Mann science Mary Beth Mattingly science Clint McAlister physical trainer

Amy McClure physical education John McFall math Betsy Meeks science John Midiros resource officer T.J. O’Neill physical education

Edith Paredes foreign language Debi Porter special services Rebecca Presley special services Christine Preston physical education Lindsey Prewitt communication arts

Niti Rattan foreign language Shelby Rebeck nurse Jamie Resseguie special services Ann Ring special services Donna Riss science

Julie Roberts science Brian Rodkey math Mike Roush social studies Sara Sedgwick communication arts Kimberly Service foreign language


secret life

Andrew Shelly librarian Carmen Shelly voyagers Sarah Sides math Jennifer Smith associate principal Neil Sniffen communication arts Keith Stanton special services

of the teacher

Deb Steiner music Dustin Stinnett social studies Sheree Stoppel music Jeff Strickland social studies Dorothy Swafford communication arts Cindy Swartz journalism

Eric Thomas, Science

Deana Thom registrar Eric Thomas science Jim Thompson special services Arlan Vomhof drafting technology Tobie Waldeck principal Kelly Warren social studies

“During track I go to practice [after school]. [On the weekends] I like to go do something active with my daughters like bike or swim. We like each other so it’s not laborious to spend time together, it’s nice.”

Edie Waye receptionist Amy Welzenbach math Leigh Wheeler counseling secretary Jeff Wieland social studies Pam Willcott special services Cory Wurtz social studies

Karen Johnson, Math

“I prepare for class [after school]. I like to have dinner with friends on the weekends. As the weather gets warmer, I attempt to golf. I exercise, I do my chores, and cook dinner. I’m really pretty boring.”

k c e d l a w tobie

Jerry Howard, Art

“I do the art design coordination for [the musical and play]. [I like] working in my garden, fishing, cutting wood, anything outdoors. I go to my daughter’s volleyball tournaments.”

Dorothy Swafford, English

“I go home and I hang out with the kiddos [after school]. We always have family time [on the weekends]. We think it’s important to have a day reserved for family.”

the difficulties of balancing a new school and new stresses during a year full of changes Not pictured: ViAnn Abel, David Bowers, Monica Dennis, Don Dobbels, Kim Dollard, Allison Eckelman, Jean Gile, Tammy Gonser, Jan Good-Bollinger, Pam King, Shari King, Ami Keopke, Tammy Krueger, Patty Long, Khamla Malathip, Rebecca Martin, Sharon Martin, Bob Nossaman, Gina Oberle, Tina Peterson, Aaron Pflughoft, Susan Rice, Cassandra Smith, Robert Tatum, Roger Verrill, Karie Werner, Lyndie Willhite

Standing by the jaguar statue in the foyer, first-year principal Tobie Waldeck checked students’ seminar passes on Wednesday, March 23. Relief filled each student’s face as Waldeck cleared their passes and wished them a good day. Because of interactions like this, Waldeck enjoyed this part of the day the most. “When I walk in the halls, there are so many good kids, nice and impressive,” Waldeck said. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many good teachers and good students.” Besides getting to know the students, Waldeck learned many new things over the course of his first year as a high school principal. He spent the year emphasizing existing policies, such as those about dances, book bags and seminar passes. Because of the stricter enforcement of these policies, Wadeck encountered some opposition

from the students. “I expected some students to resist because they thought I made a lot of changes,” Waldeck said. “But overall, considering the fact that I have talked to a lot of students, [the student responses] have been quite positive.” Waldeck faced hardships for him and his family. Waldeck’s absence from home proved to be the most difficult for his wife, Carolyn. “There has been things he’s missed every once in a while for our kids,” Carolyn said. “But he does his best to give 100 percent to the school and 100 percent to the family.” Waldeck managed his stress by keeping up with his hobbies. “It is stressful, no question,” Waldeck said. “You have to continue doing the things you love, like being with family, hunting and fishing. Just taking one day at a time.” By Allie Love Photo by Allie Love

Brian Abernathy Kyle Abernathy Misty Adkins Aaron Akin Austin Alexander Rachel Allen Joseph Allen-Atchison Kylie Andres Juliana Ayala Hannah Bacon-Dietz Bhupinderjit Ballagan Devon Bandad Madison Bangs Aeby Barber Mallory Baska Ryan Bath


Representatives Anna

Hughes, Chris Stack, Emily Brigham, Hanna Torline

Morgan Battes Brian Benzing Marina Bernal Derek Beyer Kristen Blair Rachael Blair Ellen Bodine Jeremy Bohnert Haley Bonebrake Emily Brigham Alec Brown Cory Brown Elizabeth Brown Taylor Brunson Daniel Buescher Anthony Bukovaz

Hannah Muxlow

President Austin

Gillespie Vice President Jillian Mullin Treasurer Stephen McEnery Secretary Lisa Galvan

Stephanie Ciston Sarah Clark Cole Clay Mackenzie Conklin Blake Correll Emily Costello Bailey Crosbie Cole Davis

Cody Bunn Katie Burkhart Schylar Burleson Katherine Burton Kristin Casper Dakota Chambers Zakkary Chambers Marc Nikolai Cid

Alexa Mallow


Sarah Davis Annie-Laurel Deaver Tauna DeBauge Andrew Deckard Regan Delich Courtney Deuschle Susan Dietrich Bailey Dollard

“For my 16th birthday I took a friend, [sophomore] Cody Moore, to the Mall of America in Minnesota. We celebrated by going to Rainforest Café because the one in Kansas City was closed down. We got balloon hats. I really enjoyed the trip.”

“I went camping with a bunch of friends for a weekend and had tons of birthday dinners. I kind of wish I could have had a big dance party, but I also wanted to keep it small. It was a lot of fun.”

students celebrate milestone birthdays in various ways Mallory Herbert “I went to dinner with my best friend, Mariza McDonald, and got cupcakes. I also hung out with friends.”

Christopher Gillespie

Jessica Dominguez Alec Donn Hattie Doolittle Tyler Dubas Peter Eastwood Hugh Ebb Mackenzie Eckman Andrew Eigsti Eleanor English Madison Estell Courtney Felshaw Zachary Ferren Kelsey Floyd Keenan Ford Nicholas Francis Daniel Franken Brianna Franklin Audrey Frye Lisa Galvan Alexandra Garton Hayden Garvey Kaitlyn Gibson Austin Gillespie Christopher Gillespie

“On my 16th birthday I went to track practice with my friends and had peanut butter pie with my family.”

Ryan Gillespie Megan Grauer Aaron Gray Austin Gude Marisol Guerrero Evan Guilbeau Isaiah Gum Cade Gussio

Taylor Hafer Ashley Hague Allison Hamilton Brett Hamilton Kayla Hamner Lillian Hanning Josie Hanson Jacob Harrington

Cristina Javier Danielle Jenkins Joseph Jerome Monique Johnson Dane Johnston

Quinn Jones Caroline Kain John Kain Kyle Kain Molly Kelley Allison Kelsey Joylyn Kennedy

John Hatch Kendall Haun Brooke Helton Mallory Herbert Mitchell Herrold Tyler Hite Stephanie Hoffman

what’s the best you’ve ever seen? Brooke Steiner @x3brookee

“Maybe they will bust the 976812456 drug deals that go on in my locker bank daily!”

Sidney Snyder @sidsnyder


Joey Perkins @JoeyPe

“Dear Rebecca Black, I HATE YOU! Sincerely Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.”

“Facebook is for friends that are now strangers. Twitter and Tumblr are for strangers that should be your friends.”


a love for the sport of baseball grows along with his collection of memorabilia

“It’s annoying when overweight people say that a weight issue ‘runs in their family.’ Be real, clearly nothing ‘runs’ in your family.”

Olivia Mayberry @oliveeee319

brennan mens

Allison Weese


“Yo my name’s Voldermort and the t is silent, but don’t say my name or Imma get violent.”

“It’s good to see [sophomore] Brennan Mense sporting his Royals jersey again,” English teacher Justin Bogart said over the morning announcements on Thursday, March 31. Mense’s visible love for baseball first sparked around 2003, when the Royals began a promising season. “All of a sudden, out of no where, they looked like a good team,” Mense said. “Then I started liking [baseball] and loving it more.” As his love for the sport grew, Mense attended many Royals games. His personal connection to the sport began after attending what would be his grandfather’s last Royals game in May 2009. “[My grandfather] was a lifelong baseball fan,” Mense said. “He had gone to Royals games since the 1970s. It’s a little emotional to look back now.”

The initial enjoyment of watching a team succeed grew into a bigger passion for Mense, who began to collect baseball memorabilia over the years. He accumulated bobbleheads, World Series and Royals programs and baseballs signed by Royals and other Hall of Fame players. Though Mense kept a variety of items, the largest portion of his collection consisted of roughly 6,000-10,000 baseball cards. “I just love having it,” Mense said. “It’d be interesting to see how much [the cards are] worth in 20 years.” Though he collected the items as a hobby, he kept his passion focused on the sport. “I love the whole sport and particularly the Kansas City Royals,” Mense said. “I just grew to love it, and I love the history behind it.” By Miranda Wagner Photo by Ally Garton

Jason Hogard Darrel Holden Kenyon Holenbeck Jessica Holthouse Julie Holthouse Christopher Hopkins

Carlie Howe Ashley Howell Anna Hughes Taylor Hunter Brenna Iskra Akibah Jackson Michaela Jamison Carter Jardon

Trent Keopke Lauren Kiehl Kaitlyn Kile Lindsey Kimbell Karlton Kinley Carleigh Kinney Jayce Knowles Mckenzie Koch Halie Kramer Matthew Kravitz Brent Kuhlman Avery Laluk

James Laning Morgan Lay Stephanie Lichtenauer Dakota Loftin Brett Logbeck Katheryn Macgill

Tyler Molz Alyson Moore Andrew Moore Cody Moore Logan Moore Austin Moylan Jillian Mullin Hannah Muxlow

how sophomores hold onto their


Allison Mackey Ryan Magee Ryan Magner Alexa Mallow Cole Manning Nicholas Mannoni

Steven Neely Kathy Nguyen Jacob Niday Weston Noyes Abby Ostronic Alexander Owen Baylee Owen Kaelynn Parsons

Mallory Baska

Megan Marquardt Ashleigh Martin George Martin Luke Marx Braxton Matlock Christopher Maupin

Cierra Patterson Derrick Paxton Lauren-Zoe Payne Joseph Perkins Stephanie Perkins Matthew Peters Ashley Pfister Amanda Platt

“I have three lanyards and my favorite is a K-State one. I get them at Nill Bros. Sports.”

Jordan May Coleman McCann Megan McCartney Stephen McEnery Preston McKeown Andrew McQueen

Johnathon Poorman Erik Porzelt Gracelynn Presley Daniel Reagan Daniel Rebeck Alexander Reeves Cory Reinoehl Albert Reitz

Coleman McCann

Zachary Mendenhall Brennan Mense Jenna Middaugh Blake Miles Kristina Milewski Alexis Miller

“The Navy lanyard is my favorite out of the two that I have. [When I get them] they are usually free.”

Kathy Nguyen

Brandon Miller Molly Miller Kahn Minter Austin Mitchell Emily Mitchell Zachary Mock

n a g a l l a b i d pin Sikh faith brings lifestyle changes and social barriers

“My KU Jayhawks one [is my favorite because] I love the Jayhawks. I got my lanyard from the Kansas Sampler. They have a lot to choose from.”

the positives about dating older students Aly Steen

Drew Deckard

Regan Delich

“[My boyfriend is] mature and respectful towards me and my family. The age difference is nice because we can share different experiences with each other.”

“I [started dating an older girl] because we were around each other a lot: three hours after school everyday during football practice. But I didn’t like how different our opinions were on some things.”

“[Upperclassmen are] way more mature than our grade, and they know how to treat girls better.”

Wearing a red traditional Indian dress, sophomore Pindi Ballagan took off her shoes before entering the Midwest Sikh Association on Saturday, March 26. She then bowed, touching her forehead to the floor, and began to pray. Pindi attended the place of worship twice a week to practice her religion, Sikhism. In 1990, Pindi’s parents traveled to the U.S. from Punjab, India where Sikhism originated. They maintained their religious traditions of not cutting their hair, wearing Indian clothing and a kara, a metal bracelet. As Pindi and her sister freshman Mandeep became older their traditions became more difficult to preserve. “It’s really hard to take care of long hair,” Pindi said. “With doing sports it became too hard to handle so I got it cut.” When Pindi and Mandeep attended elementary school, they wore traditional Indian dresses, but quit when they entered middle school.

“We stopped wearing Indian dresses because we didn’t want to get picked on anymore,” Mandeep said. Since Sikhism was not a prominent religion in the U.S., other students did not understand the religion and its traditions. “I’ll tell them that I’m Sikh, but then they end up thinking that I’m sick,” Pindi said. After 9-11 people associated American Sikhs with Muslim terrorists, and it became harder for Pindi and Mandeep to practice their religion peacefully. “We’ve been called terrorists,” Mandeep said. “Most of the time it’s just as jokes, but it still hurts.” Despite the teasing and misunderstandings, Pindi remained strong in her faith. “We didn’t do anything wrong,” Pindi said. “I just wish people would ask us questions because we won’t be offended.” By Paige Hamilton Photo by Austin Becker

Catherine Riddle Megan Ring Jeston Robertson Nathan Robertson Autumn Rodriguez Michael Rohr Grace Rohrer

Brooke Steiner Alyx Stephenson Chloe Stewart Zachary Stinnett Abigail Stoner Cameron Summers

where do you get your

Alexander Roman Ethan Rounds Shahin Sakopanah Paul Santaularia Shawn Schiedel Megan Schmidt Brett Schmit

Logan Sutliffe Samuel Switzer Olivia Talavera Hadley Tharp Jacob Theis Sarah Thomas


Hugh Ebb

McKenzie Schmitt Grant Schrepfer Hayley Seibel Erik Sell Preston Simmon Brooklyn Sloop Kayla Smith Miranda Snyder Sidney Snyder Chelsea Spalding Kelli Spring Christopher Stack Nathaniel Stacy Alyson Steen

Timothy Thomas Jack Thompson Chase Toalson Riley Toombs Hanna Torline Gabe Torson

Tanner Tripp Johanna Van Holland Paul VanMeerhaeghe Maria Vannicola Riley Vomhof Hailey Vorbeck

“I get music at I like hip hop and it has the latest music on it, and on top of that, it’s free. I get [new music] once every few months.”

Chloe Stewart

r e u a r g n a g me natural piano talent develops into a sense of accomplishment Fingers fluttered across black and white keys as sophomore Megan Grauer practiced ‘Tara’s Theme’ from Gone With the Wind on the piano in her family’s formal living room. “[The piano] is very easy to play, once you get past a certain level,” Megan said. Megan started taking private piano lessons at piano teacher Connie Sorter’s house during elementary school. “In first grade, I told my parents that I wanted to play [piano],” Megan said. “A few days later, they went out and got an electric keyboard for me to mess around with.” Megan took lessons every Monday night from 8-9 p.m. at Sorter’s house. Megan also practiced at home for 30 minutes each night. “I’m assigned a song that I have to play three times through for five days, but sometime I miss a day here or there,” Megan said. “If I skip, I just have to practice 30 extra minutes the

next day.” Megan’s mom Shar Grauer thought Megan’s experience had grown since she first started. “Megan can pretty much pick up a piece of music and start playing it right away now,” Shar said. “If it is a more difficult piece it takes her a couple of days to pick it up, but she puts her best effort into learning a new song.” Although playing the piano took up time, Megan thought it came with many benefits. “Learning a hard song is really gratifying,” Megan said. “It gives me a sense of accomplishment.” Shar enjoyed listening to Megan play the piano. “Megan has been playing the piano for eight years and not once asked to quit,” Shar said. “She does the bare minimum when she practices, but she is very talented.” By MacKenzie Eckman and Camden Bender Photo by Camden Bender

Bailee Walk Luke Weaver Allison Weese Betsy Wendorff Sarah Wetzel Casey Wiewel

“I get my music from iTunes. I get iTunes cards around a gift giving holiday, so I spend them.”

Skyler Windmiller Hailee Windsor Shad Wing Hunter Winget Kelsey Winscott Christopher Wirtzfeld

Riley Vomhof

Garrison Wood Jason Younger Nadya Yousif Logan Zavodny “I get my music from either iTunes or Frostwire because it’s just easy. I download new music every few weeks, I like my music to be updated.”

Molly Miller

“I steal my sister’s [music] off of iTunes to bug her, and it is less time consuming. [I get it] whenever my sister downloads new music, which is pretty often.”

Not pictured: Preston Adam

Vanessa Aldana Mary Altman Meagan Anderson Nathan Anderson Austin Arcand Lydia Archibong Connor Armstrong Kaleb Baechle Mandeep Ballagan Duron Bandad Natalie Beashore Brian Bebel John Beck Christian Beran


Jason Biesma Vice President Henry Midyett Treasurer Jasmine Hitt Secretary Olivia Harding President

Marissa Bernal Gurkeerat Bhandal Jason Biesma Hannah Billings Rebecca Bilyeu Bailie Blackburn Jordan Blair

Representatives Amanda

Curtright, Emily Klahn, Elonay Gete, Maegann Parsons

Jordan Blankenship Katelyn Blubaugh Drew Boatwright Rachel Borchardt Evan Boxler Stephanie Boyer Riley Boyle

transition from middle school

to high school brings

Shelby Rayburn

Jake Hager

“In middle school we were so restricted, especially in our free time like in the mornings and during passing periods. [Now] we can go see our friends in other hallways or go talk to a teacher. The best change from middle school is that we were only really associated with people in our grade, but in high school you’re not limited to certain people. You can make a lot more friends [now], and people don’t really mind how young you are.”

Ryan Dickinson

“This year we can hang out with friends in the hallways. There are also longer bell times and more people.”

Erica Leonard “One freedom this year is having my iPod in class. We are also [offered] different classes and have more opportunities.”


“In high school [there are] so many more options; who to talk to, who to date, what sports to do, what classes to take, newspaper or yearbook, honors or not. You’re not told what to do anymore. You pick clubs, sports, classes, activities, and people you want to be a part of. The best changes from middle school are the new responsibilities and sports, but also there are so many more people. It’s a matter of finding your friends and yourself.”

Paige Brady Wyatt Brecunier Jacob Brewer Nathan Brinker Jordan Brodbeck Logan Brookhart Nathaniel Bross Hans Brown Blake Bunner Elizabeth Burris Ian Calkins Graham Cannon Davis Cantwell James Caponetto Benjamin Carroll Colton Chapman Geralddy Chavez Brayson Christopher Francis Marc Cid Kaylina Clair Kyrina Clair Micah Clarke Jordan Collene Caden Combs Austin Corbitt Taylor Cowan Chaderic Craig Alexis Crispin Dyllon Culp Amanda Curtright Brooks Danahy David Dance James Dandridge Jonathan Darby Gregory Darnell Kyle Davis Lee’Ryan Dickinson Tyler Dickman Steven Diebold Jessica Dion

Jacob Dmyterko Amanda Dotts Rachel Dressler Paul Dresvyannikov Carly Eaton Jacob Ellis Ethan Everhart Gabrielle Fangman

Elonay Gete Haley Gibson Emily Godwin Kali Gracy Daniel Gray Alex Grey Jordon Grundy Nicholas Fields Bailee Flaming Emily Fleming Alana Flinn Abigail Ford Matthew Forst Aaron Fox

Suzette Guerrero Joe Gunter Jacob Hager Haley Hamilton Madison Hammons

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Hope Riedel

“The worst part about not having a car is that if your parents aren’t home you can’t go anywhere and [you have to] bug people for rides. Usually my parents get me from place to place. The first thing I’ll do when I can drive by myself is pick up my friends all the time and drive everywhere. My dream car is any car that works.”

“The worst part of not having a car is not being able to go anywhere without walking. I get from place to place by walking or driving in friends’ cars. The first thing I’ll do when I can drive on my own is pretty much drive anywhere I want. My dream car is a Camaro.”

“The worst part about not having a car is having to rely on your parents. Normally I get from place to place from my friends, parents, or [my boyfriend] Derek. When I can drive by myself the first thing I’ll do is probably just drive around and go to random places. My dream car is a Range Rover.”

rolling into an uncommon sport teaches athletic skill and competitive spirit As black lights glowed against her white shorts, freshman Grace Rittenhouse secured her pink helmet to her head on Saturday, April 9. Dressed in a shirt bearing her roller derby name, “Grace Lightning,” Rittenhouse skated over to the skate rink with freshman Riley McDonald and began to practice for roller derby. Rittenhouse participated in roller derby after spending time watching McDonald practice. Two teams of four, each called a pack, skated around a track while “jammers” tried to break through the opposing team’s pack to earn a point. For every person the jammer passed, their team earned a point. “I love the fact that it’s on skates,” Rittenhouse said. “A sport on skates is not too common. You don’t know a lot of people that do it.” Strict rules such as no grabbing or hip checking made the sport less

aggressive than Rittenhouse expected. “I think it’s a lot less violent than people make it out to be,” Rittenhouse said. Despite dangers, Rittenhouse’s parents supported her decision to play. “They wouldn’t let me play if it was violent,” Rittenhouse said. “They know that the focus of the sport is not to hurt people. It’s just a competition just as any sport is.” Although Rittenhouse only participated in the sport for a few months, she felt accomplished in how much she had grown as a player. “I went from not being able to stand on skates to being able to skate really fast,” Rittenhouse said. “With other sports, I couldn’t tell if I improved but with [roller derby] I knew when I improved because I wasn’t falling as much and was blocking better.” By Megan York Photo by Aleksandra Milewski

Jordan Freeman Joshua Freudenhammer Chandler Friedel Brendan Frieders Nicholas Friesner Anna Frontaura Colton Fruehling

Cassy Smith

Connor Mills

“Not being able to drive myself anywhere [is the worst]. [I have to depend on] my parents or friends get me from place to place. When I can drive myself, I’m going to the mall. My dream car is a Mustang.”

“Having my mom take me everywhere in her minivan is the worst part of not having a car. The first thing I’ll probably do when I can drive myself is drive to McDonald’s and back. My dream car is a Lamborghini.” Olivia Harding Nickolas Harper Devynn Harris Erin Hay Andrew Hecht

Meghan Fuller Ryan Fullerton Coltyn Gatton Aaron Geise Dona Gentry Rylie Gerber

Brandon Heinson Robert Hellon Andrew Henderson Benjamin Herrold Coleman Hess Tyler Hinnen Jasmine Hitt Alyssa Hobson

what extraneous items are on your bedside table?

Stephanie LeBlanc Richard Lecuru Derrick Lee Emily Leonard Erica Leonard Kara Lewis

Anna Frontaura

Kylie Lewis Bryce Lievens Katherine Linsey Jack Lopez Makiyah Loren Frank Love Richard Loya Elizabeth Luder

“A lamp, a phone, a clock and my computer.”

Tyler Smith

Alex Luna Cabrera Isam Madi Jacob Markham Sarah Matthews

Hanna Nealey

Brendon Maxey Olivia Mayberry Kylee McCalmon Alyssa McCarthy Mary McDaneld Riley McDonald

“An alarm clock, a phone, an iPod and an iPod charger.” “A coloring book with crayons.”

Pierce Hodgdon Alec Hoeven Eric Horton Eric Howes Stephanie Hudleston Parker Hunt

Zachary Huston Miranda Isaacsen Lindsey Jackson Tyler Jamieson Taylor Jenkins Shawn Johnson Regan Jones Blair Jorgensen

competitive wrestling bridges gaps between gender barriers in male-dominant sport Mariah Kalma Nena Kaushal Matthew Kavanaugh Aaron Kennedy Noah Kilgore

Victoria Kilkenny Ashley Kitchen Kurt Klaas Emily Klahn Walter Knight Laurel Knust

Madison Labarge Dakota Lange Reid Langston Rachel Larson Rebecca Laubsch Alexandria Lauderdale Jordan Lawyer Alina Le

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The gym buzzed with the din of spectators at the wrestling match as the bleachers slowly filled with people waiting for the matches to begin. Wrestlers stood on the edges of the mats, stretching and talking to coaches. When freshman Kali Gracy stepped through the gym doors, some stared at the female wrestler. Gracy started wrestling at age five and continued through school and club teams as she got older. After an uncertain start, she gained the support of her family and friends. “At first my mom was terrified, but she finally got used to it,” Gracy said. “Now my family thinks it’s awesome.” Competing in the Cadette 106 division, Gracy earned the second and eighth places at the USA Girl’s Nationals in Oklahoma City the past two years.

With much success in wrestling Gracy also participated in other of sports including softball, dance, soccer, cross country, track and basketball. Males competing against Gracy did not back down and treated her like any other opponent. “Most guys, when they see they’re wrestling a girl, get more aggressive,” Gracy said. “They don’t want to look stupid for getting beat by a girl.” Gracy’s involvement in a predominately male sport made her realize the equality between genders. “It shows you that girls can do what guys do and be the same,” Gracy said. “You can’t just do [maledominated sports] for fun, you have to love the sport and be ready to be beaten up.” By Marcia Ebb Photo by Marcia Ebb

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Morgan Murray Gregory Neal Hanna Nealey Tyler Neidholdt Jacqueline Nelson Matthew Nesselrode Michael Nesselrode

friends and growth in talent After freshman Rebecca Laubsch finished practicing “Basket Case” by Green Day, she set her purple electric guitar down and picked up her acoustic to play another Green Day hit, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” To learn to play these popular songs, Laubsch attended School of Rock, an after-school music camp in Parkville, MO. Every Tuesday since summer 2008, she took guitar lessons and learned the music of famous bands, including Queen, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. After 12 weeks of rehearsal, Laubsch and other School of Rock students performed at local bar and grills for friends and family. “My two best friends were in [School of Rock] and I went to one of the practices,” Laubsch said. “I had fun and enrolled the next weekend.” Laubsch made friends easily at School of Rock. “It gets you out of your comfort

zone,” Laubsch’s friend and fellow School of Rock student Michaela Davis said. “I get to hang out with people I wouldn’t normally hang out with.” While taking guitar lessons from School of Rock, Laubsch also taught herself to play a variety of instruments, ranging from flute to drums. “I started liking a lot of different music and wanted to play it,” Laubsch said. “It came pretty easy to me.” Laubsch participated in many events while attending School of Rock. “My favorite cover to perform was Queen, because of the vocals,” Laubsch said. “I’ve also performed with the bass player from Pink Floyd, Roger Waters.” While she enjoyed School of Rock, Laubsch loved getting to have fun with other people. “I love being around the same people who love the same thing I do,” Laubsch said. By Betsy Wendorff

Martha Nguyen Brittany Nicholson Joseph Nickum

Tyler Nielson Chandler Nienstedt Courtney Norris Talia Nottingham Andrew Novak Tristan O’Brien Emily Oaks Alexia Oehlert Molly Oshinski Chase Oswald Connor Oswald Lyndsey Painter

Photo by Lisa Galvan

t-shirts show students’ team

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Nathan Brinker “I have about eight team shirts and I get them at Sports Nuts at the Legends. My favorite is my Nebraska letterman jacket.”

“I get my team shirts either at the Gear Sale or the Nike or Adidas store and I have around 10 or 15. My favorite is my Troy Polamalu jersey. My favorite team is the Kansas Jayhawks.”

Alex Grey

Ryan Smith “I get my team shirts at Kansas Sampler. I have 10, maybe, and my favorite is my Markieff Morris shirt. My favorite team is Kansas Jayhawks.”

Richard McFarlin Drew McGee Clifford Meeks Emily Meier Bret Messer

Tyler Midiros Henry Midyett Jonathan-Craig Miller Connor Mills Noah Minshew Kristy Mo Ashlyn Moll

“I get my shirts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. I have 10 but my favorite is the one I’m wearing. My favorite team is the Jayhawks.”

Bailey Parke Toby Parrish Maegann Parsons Jacob Patterson Holly Peterman Caroline Peters Tyler Phillips Madison Plouvier Graham Porter Shelby Rayburn Grant Reiner

Michaela Remijio Krista Riccitello-Brewer Emily Rice Abigael Riedel Alexis Riedel Elisabeth Ritenour Grace Rittenhouse Jessica Roach


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Danielle Roberts Logan Robertson Dakota Rogers Alex Rounds Brittany Rouse

Brett Troutner Brandon True Clifford Vaden Jacob Vest Joshua Vest Joseph Vincent

where freshmen walk since they cannot drive

Justin Wagner Logan Walk Luke Walling Daniel Ward Drake Waters Kellyne Weathers

Emily Leonard Alyssa Rule Halie Rust Erin Sackett Benjamin Sawyer Brian Schath Taylor Schmidt Dylan Schoenfeldt

Samuel White Cassie Widmer Tyler Willard Izabella Williams Adam Willoughby Graham Wilson “I walk to Emily’s Frozen Custard. I am excited to get a car so I can go to places that aren’t in walking distance. For now I don’t mind to walk as long as it’s nice out.”

Alexa Schriner Landon Scott Emma Shaw Abigail Sieperda Cassandra Smith Donald Smith Michael Smith Ryan Smith

Nicholas Wilson Sydney Wilson Natalie Windham Haley Woods Regan Wright Clarissa Young

Steven Diebold Tyler D. Smith Tyler S. Smith Spencer Sparks Alexus Starr Austin Stendebach Ian Stone Nicole Stone

Maryah Young Brodric Yount

Adam Swearengin Alvin Tapang Mastin Tapp Maxwell Taulbee

Jacob Tharp Jessica Tharp Madison Thomas Nathan Tolle John Townsend Jordan Townsend

“If I don’t have anything better to do, I will just walk to walk, go to the gas station, buy something random.”

Mary McDaneld

“I only walk in the summer if I have to get somewhere and there is no other way to get there.”

Josh Vest

“I walk anywhere I need to do, mostly to my friends’ houses though, over in the town homes.”

Not pictured: Canaan Ayalew

Mackenzie Acree Emily Adams Jill Applegate Elizabeth Bae Kelsey Barrett Anthony Bator Olivia Beashore Katherine Beck Austin Becker Kaitlyn Beeson Connor Bickle Laura Blaine Mitchell Bliss Madison Bohling


Rachel Mills Vice President Carly Granato Treasurer Sarah Darby Secretary Kati Strickland


Colin Bonebrake Gabrielle Boyd Brandon Boyer Margo Bradley Paul Brake Hannah Brinker Tara Brinkoetter Meredith Brooks Elaina Brower Adrian Brown Kiersten Bruce Parker Brush Anna Burland Brandon Burnworth

About how long have you been working at Price Chopper? “Five months.” Why did you start working at Price Chopper? “To make money.”

Chad Gilmore

imity local Price Chopper’s prox provides jobs for many students Brandon Boyer Why did you start working at Price Chopper? “I had to get a job in order for me to get a car.”

What is your least favorite part about working at Price Chopper? “Everything.”

How do you feel when you see teachers or friends while working? “The same as when I see them at school. I don’t find it weird seeing friends or family.”

About how long have you been working at Price Chopper? “One year.”

What is your favorite part about working at Price Chopper? “Working with friends and getting paid for the easiest job.”

What is your favorite part about working at Price Chopper? “Don’t have one.” What is your least favorite part about working at Price Chopper? “Working at Price Chopper.”



Taylor Young, Paige Hillebert, Katie Harris, Austin Becker

Jenna Curtis Sarah Darby Victoria Darnell Hayden Davis Zachary DelVecchio Le’Rohn Dickinson Jenna Dickman

What is your favorite part about working at Price Chopper? “Don’t have one.”

How do you feel when you see teachers or friends while working? “It’s normal. Nothing’s really different.”

Student Body Secretary Sarah

Taylor Christy Jameson Colin Holly Conrad Courtney Cooke Hanna Cooke Alexandra Crouch Tucker Crouch

Olivia Cain Zachary Callahan Jordan Campbell Zachary Carey Jaclyn Carpenter Kerrigan Chadwick Lindsey Christopher

Austin Schlemmer


What is your least favorite part about working at Price Chopper? “Coming in to work when something better is going on.”

Carly Doane Aubrey Drozinski Joshua Duden Katherine Duke Matthew Eber Christian Eklofe Devin Ellison Patrick Epps Ashli Ezzell Mallory Fleenor Daniel Fleming Mariah Foerderer Tyler Fraker Olivia Frey Sarah Fulton Cecilia Fyock Margarita Galvan Brittnay Garrett Alexander Gaulke Austin Gebhardt Andrew Geise Nicole Gephart Allison Gibson Chad Gilmore Regan Godwin Sarah Gonzales Rayanna Gossett Carly Granato

Marcus Grant Zachary Greene Lauren Greer Haley Grigsby Nicholas Grissom Geena Gunter Lauren Hall Kelsey Hamel

Lisa Joerling Emily Johnson Joshua Johnston Brian Justice Ryan Kavanaugh

Holly Hampton Wade Hanna Ryan Hannah Lauren Hara Kristyn Harding Alexandra Harper Logan Harper

Erica Keithley Brendan Kendall Jacob Kidney Tyler Kile Michael Klein Jessica Klempnauer Andrew Knabel

adam henders life-long passion for art carries into the classroom and a career Pulling his stool up to the wooden table, junior Adam Henderson sat down and began to work. He took out a variety of worn down sketching pencils and his project to begin drawing. Henderson sketched and shaded a picture of a walking man as he added marks to the white paper. Henderson began drawing at a young age when influenced by his mother, who enjoyed creating scrapbooks. “[Drawing] was just a hobby that I took up,” Henderson said. “I kept at it because I enjoyed doing it.” Henderson composed a large variety of works that included sketches, animation and projects for various art classes. He sketched in his free time, uploaded animation pieces to the Internet and produced projects for his AP Studio Art and Painting classes. “[In his projects] he is not just creating images but is developing a story,” art teacher Erica Crist said. “He starts with a detail and then grows


his sketch from that.” Henderson improved his skills by taking the available art classes at school to learn new techniques. He practiced drawing regularly. “I draw every day, even if it’s for five seconds or just on my math notes,” Henderson said. Henderson planned on making his passion for crafting art a career. By having so many options, he became uncertain on a specific field choice. “He has an ability to create uncopyrighted images,” Crist said. “He could definitely make it a career as an illustrator or doing graphics for movies and video games.” Despite the challenge of getting his ideas in his mind to look the same on paper, he enjoyed the feeling of creating something original. “[My favorite thing is] making ideas come to life,” Henderson said. “I know I am creating something that I thought of.” By Kelsey Barrett Photo by Jaclyn Carpenter

juniors explain the importance of the ACT Austin Ross Courtney Minter

How important is the ACT? “Pretty important. Scale of one to ten, probably a seven.”

How important is the ACT? “Really important if you want a scholarship. I’m in an ACT prep class right now.” How important is the ACT? “Really important if you want to get into a college of your choice.”

Ryan Hannah

Daniel Fleming

What’s the ACT like? “Really long and frustrating. Toward the end I start answering C for most of them.”

Did you practice for the ACT? “Yeah I did, a lot. I also took a class.”

Katie Harris Abigail Hartmann Grant Heinson Adam Henderson Aaron Henrich John Hernandez

Megan Hightower Paige Hillebert Rodney Hodges Kyle Hoener Bret Holloway Natalie Howe Austin Irish Jillian Jobe

Paige Hillebert

Lucas Knehans Megan Korte Maxwell Lamons Chase Langston Zachary Latas Travis Lawson Samantha Le Aaron Lee Kayle Lintner Cassandra Linville Sydney Love Lameese Madi

Amy Shook

Zachery Poorman Kathleen Porter Jessica Praiswater Gabriel Presley Ashton Proctor Malayia Reece

Emily Johnson Chloe Wistuba

juniors explain ineffective weight loss techniques

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“My friend and I were talking about weird diets and she mentioned the cube of cheese diet. You starve yourself until you feel like you are going to faint and then you eat a cube of cheese. I am not really sure if it works. I wouldn’t try it though.”

Josh Duden


“I’ve heard of this girl who went on a special tea diet. She wanted to fit into her dress. It didn’t work. She didn’t even need to lose the weight.”

“I try to take harder classes so I can be more prepared for the future.”

Wade Hanna

Gabrielle Reiner Leah Rettig Ethan Rice Yessenia Rizo Alyne Roemerman Christian Rogers Kaitlyn Rogers Chelsea Rohr

“I tried those five-minute workouts in CosmoGirl Magazine and I would eat healthy all that day. I would do it everyday for like a week but then give up.”

“I have baseball late at night, I get home at like 11 [p.m.] and sometimes I procrastinate.”

Carly Doane

“I work after school or babysit...and then I wake up at 5 a.m. to go to VoTech in the morning.”

Aaron Lee

“It’s kind of hard to find the motivation to do homework because I have so much of it.”

on school nights?

Gregory Mason Lindsay Mason Tanner Matthews Stephen McCabe Shannon McGraw Madalyn McNally


Connor Mehalovich Sierra Miles Rachel Mills Courtney Minter Lauren Mizner Cody Mock Steven Moll Kelsey Moore


equestrian competitions have rewards in the arena and at home Tyler Moore Amanda Morgan David Murphy Heidi Mustapich Anne Neal

Kilee Nolen Alyssia Norby Justice Oehlert Morgan Ottesen Tyler Owsley Dominic Padilla Jessica Parke Regine Payne Kylie Pfannenstiel Diana Plang Kurtis Poorman

“Come here, guys!” junior Whitney Austin said with a rope over her right shoulder as her horses trotted over to her on Monday, Feb. 7. Whitney owned 11 horses which she kept on rural land near her house. She put seven of the horses in various competitions, ranging from Hunter Jumper, where her horse jumped obstacles, to Western Pleasure, a more elegant form of being a cowgirl in a horse show. “I really enjoy Hunter Jumpers,” Whitney said. “I just like being able to predict what a 1,000-pound horse is going to do.” Austin found her passion through her mother, Patricia Austin, who owned horses for 40 years. “[Horses are] something that we have in common and can do together,” Patricia said. With her passion for horses taking

priority over winning, Whitney strived to make the best of her time spent in competitions. “[The competitions are] more about being someone people look up to and ask for help on their technique,” Whitney said. “It’s about the experience.” Whitney started preparing her horses for competitions a week in advance. “Getting to spend time with my horses [is my favorite part of getting ready],” Austin said. “I’m hopeful that I’ll win and have fun winning.” Her mother’s experience with horses led to a unique bond with Whitney and pride in her accomplishments. “It’s like somebody that has their kid in football,” Patricia said. “You just beam with pride.” By Megan York Photo by Braxton Matlock

Austin Ross Alec Rounds Kaitlin Rounds Zackery Rowan Devin Rudicel Cody Rupert Hillary Rupp

Samantha Stephan David Stichka Kati Strickland Danielle Stuerman Rylan Sutton Alejandro Tapang

explaining the process of

job hunting

Brendan Russell Kelli Rutherford Rachel Sackett Leonardo Santos Garrett Scheffler Austin Schlemmer Grant Schwartz

Jason Tharp Nicholas Treaster Alexis Trent Anthony Vannicola III Aundrea Vannier Anthony Vitale

Jessica Sommers

Kyle Vognsen Austin Wagner Kelsey Wakefield Whitney Walsh Jacob Waters Madeline Webb

Stefanie Scott Christian Service Michael Shaw Tyler Sheridan Amy Shook Lauren Shurley Katherine Simms

“I basically just needed a job at the time, and I applied to Finish Line [at the Legends]. They had this extensive personality test that booted you out if you weren’t what they wanted.”

Navpreet Singh Andrew Smith Heather Smith Kayla Smith Jessica Sommers Holly Sprague Jacob Spring

Robert Weber Matthew Weitlich Andrew Wesp Taylor Whitlow Dakotah Widmer Emma Wiedner

Jenna Dickman

parker brush natural talent sparks a love for homemade hobbies As “Two and a Half Men” played on the television, junior Parker Brush checked to see if the lumpy mass of dough that was his homemade bread was ready to be placed in the oven. “Bread is the hardest thing to make,” Parker said. “But it tastes amazing.” Parker started making different household items, including shampoo, conditioner and deodorant at the beginning of the year. “Shampoos and soaps today are really detergents,” Parker said. “It’s cheap for companies to make...but it’s terrible for your skin.” It took Parker sometime to get the perfect combination of ingredients, especially for making bread. “One time the yeast died because I put in too much hot water,” Parker said. He became so skilled that his mother, Amy, wanted him to teach

Travis Williams Michaela Willoughby Daniel Wilson Sebastian Winchester Chloe Wistuba Maddison Wood

“I called Monkey Bizness to get the interview, and when I started working there everyone was transferring to Jose Pepper’s, so I applied to Jose [Peppers] and worked at both.”

Ryan Wright Megan York Alyssa Young Brayton Young Taylor Young Brittany Zarda

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her how to bake. “I’m scared to make anything with yeast,” Amy said. “Before he leaves home I need him to teach me.” Parker used many natural ingredients for his homemade supplies. “You can use any basic liquid to make shampoo,” Parker said. “Conditioner is acidic so any acid works.” Though he occasionally shared his products with others, he had no plans to turn his hobby into a career. “I donated some of my stuff to auctions for charity,” Parker said. “But I don’t think [selling] would work out very well.” He still planned to continue his unique activity of making homemade treats, especially for friends and family. “My favorite thing to make is bread with blueberries and almonds,” Parker said. “It’s pretty awesome.” By Betsy Wendorff Photo by Aleksandra Milewski

Zachary Zarnstorff Joseph Zuchowski

“I basically just walked in [to Subway] and said I lived really close, so the manager gave me an application. Next week I turned it in and she hired me on the spot.”

Andrew Wesp

“I went to this summer camp, Barstow, for five years. When I applied I think that gave me an edge, and I’ve been working there for three years.”

Not pictured: Whitney Austin, Alexia Brady, Nathan Kersey, Kaylen Treu

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