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8-9 Students find various ways to show support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month







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The Student Leadership Team has created the Class Cup competition to bolster student spirit and pride in the school as part of the PBIS initiatives established for students last school year. “The [SLT] came up with the idea of promoting school spirit and pride in the school in terms of the locker banks and the cafeteria,” SLT sponsor Chris Dunback said. “That comes ... with pride, that comes with loving the home team. It’s providing an incentive to the class that supports our school the most.” The SLT has decided that the first quarter reward will be a Fall Festival. According to Dunback, this will be something along the lines of a celebratory day away from school as a reward for the



2 Briefs 3 Election


5 Parenting styles 6 School musical technician 8-9 Breast Cancer Awareness


10-11 Class Cup, awareness months, teenage behavior, education and the Internet


12 Cross country duo 13 School mascot


14 New trampoline park 15 The Flipside

Photo Essay

16 BMX and skateboarding

Cover illustration by Kristina Milewski


LEFT: Sophomore Maddie Butterfield checks in senior Julie Holthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the varsity boys soccer game. Butterfield and Holthouse went to support the team and to win points for their class. “[I] came because I play soccer and want my class to win,” Butterfield said. Photo by Ashley Kitchen

class with the most points. Sophomore SLT member Mitch Perkins thinks the competition is supposed to improve school unity. “[Our goal is] to have more school spirit and unite the classes,” Perkins said. Junior Tori Kilkenny thinks the competition shows promise. “I think it will work if they can get the other classes involved because it normally seems like just a spirit competition between the juniors and seniors,” Kilkenny said. SLT sponsor Ashley Agre hopes the incentives successfully develop school spirit. “There’s nothing wrong with having pride in your school and being proud about being a Mill Valley Jaguar,” Agre said. “It’s part of your identity. Embrace it.”


Over 150 participants from Johnson County schools filled the Kansas State campus in Olathe for the Numana Swipe Out Hunger event on Saturday, Oct. 13. The goal of the event was to fill 20,000 boxes of food to be distributed to the Horn of Africa. Senior NHS member Hannah Reichle described the process of preparing the food in order to pack the bags in the boxes. “There are 36 bags in each box that contain beans, rice and soy beans and

they fill about 216 meals,” Reichle said. “You have to put one cup of each product in and then we weigh it and make sure that it weighs a certain amount. Then all we have to do is seal it.” Director of K-12 K-State Olathe Dr. Mike Strohschein who has been doing this event for two years now, was thrilled about the turnout of the event. Attendance this year was three times bigger than the previous year, where they bagged about 17,280 boxes. “Knowing that Johnson County students are working to provide hunger relief is the greatest part of the event,” Strohschein said.


The school district recently initiated a district-wide change of student usernames over the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 29. The eventual goal of this change is to give all students district email accounts. Technology Integration Coordinator Lisa Lund said that the email accounts are meant to help meet the Common Core Standards the district recently put into place for the Teaching and Learning Department and will be worked on over the next few years. The Common

Core Standards are supposed to help students gain higher-level thinking skills through the use of technology. The email accounts are currently in the process of being available for student use. “By allowing students to have emails, they will be able to collaborate [with teachers and other students] and work to create a 21st century environment of learning,” Lund said. “We are working to deliver professional development to our staff that allows for the integration of technology into the curriculum, and [student] emails will be an important step in that process.”



TRICK-ORTREATING It’s free candy. Chaperone a group of kids to help out and have fun

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER This recent book-to-movie adaption is a big hit


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HOGGING THE CANDY Trick-ortreating can be fun, but avoid stealing candy from the younger kids Photos by Ashley Kitchen

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET This movie’s intention of being scary somehow gets lost in translation


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LEFT: AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher Jeff Strickland discusses the presidential election and debate with his class on Monday, Oct. 15. “It’s more than teaching [about the elections],” Strickland said. “It’s getting their perspective.” Photo by Devynn Harris

What is the greatest influence on your political beliefs?


Who will/would you be voting for in the election?

“My parents ... I don’t know a kid that has different beliefs than their parents.”






“My parents. They have specific views that I agree with.” SOPHOMORE JALEN OEHLERT



“Probably my dad because he’s really opinionated ... he tells me what to believe, but it doesn’t really work.” JUNIOR LOGAN ROBERTSON

“Just an understanding of what I think a government’s role should be. They should take care of the people.” SENIOR AARON AKIN

In a recent JagWire survey, data was collected on students’ candidate preferences for the upcoming election, as well as the greatest influences on their political beliefs. It was found that 87 percent of students share political views with their parents, with 40 percent citing their parents as having the greatest influence on their political preferences. However, news was found to be the most common influence on students’ political preferences, with 49 percent. Senior Lexi Riddle has been following the election attentively. She looks carefully at a candidate’s goals for office and the policies they are planning to enact. “I do debate, so I have to do lots of research on policy,” Riddle said. Riddle thinks it is important that students are well informed about political candidates. “Election years are annoying because so many people are talking who have no clue what they’re talking about,” Riddle said. “A lot of people just watch the debates, but they don’t have the background [to form an opinion].” Social studies teacher Jeff Strickland

agrees with Riddle. “It’s important for every citizen to be informed about politics,” Strickland said. “It affects their lives more than they know or care to believe.” In this era it is not hard to find information about the elections and its candidates. Students can find themselves influenced by sources such as friends, family, news networks and the school curriculum. Strickland advises students to do their own research on political candidates. “It’s best to look at non-partisan

“We don’t discuss politics because we don’t all agree.” SENIOR ASHLEY HAGUE sources so the information isn’t skewed and so the reader can make their own mind up,” Strickland said. Senior Taylor Hunter said that his parents were very influential in shaping his own political views. “I was born into [my political views],” Hunter said. “My dad ... has extreme political views and loves sharing them with anyone who will listen, so I hear them all the time.” Unlike Hunter, senior Ashley Hague and her parents do not discuss politics often. “We don’t discuss [politics] because

we don’t all agree,” Hague said. Junior Joe Gunter says that, while he has different political views from his parents, they are still able to talk about politics. “We respect each other’s beliefs,” Gunter said. “We talk about politics, but it’s not really an issue that we have different beliefs.” Although some students, like Hague and Gunter, don’t necessarily agree with their parents in terms of politics, according to the survey, a majority of students do. Riddle finds that, while she agrees with her mother in certain ways, they still disagree about certain topics. “It’s funny, because my mom and I often like the same candidates, but we argue about why we like their policies,” Riddle said. “A lot of her Republican views are based on religion, but I try to keep my politics and religion separate.” Hague said that on top of her parents, living in Kansas has influenced her political views. “Just growing up where we do [influences us].” Hague said. “It’s a very conservative environment, and my parents are very conservative also.” Though he shares a political standing with his parents, Hunter believes that people need to form their own opinions about politics. “Be open minded,” Hunter said. “Don’t just think that you’re a certain political party just because your parents are.”

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percent of students agree with their parents’ political views

Which is the biggest influence on your political beliefs? 6%



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COMPARING PARENTAL CONTRO Different parenting styles have impact on relationships BY ANNIE CROUCH

It’s the age-old problem: teenagers versus their parents. Battles over curfews, rules, grades and dating are the norm in most households with teens. Regardless of whether students are aware of it or not, every parent has a unique way of raising their children. According to Family Studies teacher Rebecca Caves, the two parenting methods most parents approach are permissive and authoritarian. According to Caves, the permissive style is displayed when parents are tolerant and patient toward their children. “[Parents who are permissive] generally give a lot of time and energy to a child, but have a hard time saying ‘No,’” Caves said. On the other hand, the authoritarian style parents use a stricter approach. “[The authoritarian style is] when the parents say ‘It’s my way or no way. Don’t ask why, you’re living under these rules as long as you’re in this household,’” Caves said. Senior Kathy Nguyen’s parents follow the authoritarian parenting style. Tina Nguyen, Kathy’s mother, says the reason they are strict is because of their Vietnamese culture. “It’s not a mean or personal strict,” Tina said. “It’s cultural. We are protecting her.” Junior Izabella Williams’ parents are more permissive. Izabella’s mother, Kelly Williams, says her parenting is laid-back. “They can come to me about anything,” Kelly said. “I am definitely laidback and relaxed.”


According to Kelly, she expects her children to never be disrespectful. In addition to showing respect, Kelly thinks honesty and openness are vital. “Never lie to me,” Kelly said. “That is a big one for me. If my kids tell me the truth, we can talk about things. But if they lie to me, heads will turn.”

Likewise, Tina believes the most important rule for her children is to always show respect. “Show respect to everyone; elders, others and yourself,” Tina said. When it comes to curfew, both parents have differing opinions. Jokingly, Kelly said she likes her daughter to be home by sunrise. To clarify, Izabella says she is usually expected back home by midnight. However, curfew for Kathy is stricter. “She is allowed to have fun, but we like her to be home by dark,” Tina said. “Usually no later than 10 p.m. if we don’t know the group she is with. If we trust who she is with, she gets to stay out a little later.” The hardest rule for Kathy to follow is the curfew. “I have to be home whenever it gets dark,” Kathy said. “In the summer, it’s around 10 p.m., but in the winter it’s like 6 p.m.” DISCUSSING EXPECTATIONS Tina has high expectations for Kathy’s grades and education as well. “We talk about her grades every single day,” Tina said. “[Grades are] very, very important.” Laughing, Kelly also mentioned how she prefers that her children get good grades. “Good grades would be preferable with us,” Kelly said. “My husband and I plan on retiring soon and hope that the kids can start paying our bills. We have high standards; McDonald’s wages won’t pay our mortgage.” The punishments for when Kathy disobeys are clear cut: no car, no phone, no friends. “I pretty much don’t have a life when I’m grounded,” Kathy said. For Kelly, as long as Izabella is honest with her, there is nothing for her to get in trouble for. “I don’t really have any rules,” Izabella said. “As long as I listen to my mom, I can do anything.” Caves explains that with strict parents, some kids don’t understand why rules are important, which can lead the

child to rebel. “[If there is a misunderstanding with rules], the child can act negatively to discipline,” Caves said. As Kathy has gotten older, she has become more aware of why all of the rules are in place. “When I was younger, I had no clue why they were so strict,” Kathy said. “But as I’ve gotten older, I’m more understanding.”


Both the permissive and authoritarian parenting styles come with positives and negatives. Some positives about the permissive style are the support of parents and unconditional love. On the negative side, children are sometimes not aware of where their boundaries lie. “Being too much of a friend can be a detriment to the child,” Caves said. “[Parents] can’t say no, [and] they are not giving their kid proper directions.” On the other hand, Kelly and Izabella think that their family is so close is because of their open relationship with each other. “I guess they are still my parents, but with how open we are, I see them as my best friends too,” Izabella said. According to Caves, the positive aspect that comes out of strict parenting is that the parents have their “own standards and values and want their kids to do the same.” The negative would be that even if the child does not agree with their values, they can feel pressured to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Despite this, Kathy likes her parents’ strict style. “I like the fact that they are a little strict,” Kathy said. “They keep me in line. It’s a good thing. I am going to be strict with my kids too.” Although Caves recognizes the different parenting styles, she thinks parents should adapt theirs as their kids mature. “Parents have to see their child as a constantly growing individual,” Caves said. “And their expectations [should] change based on that as well.”


ABOVE: Senior Kathy Nguyen and her mother, Tina Nguyen, talk about her strict rules and regulations. “I believe it’s a good thing my mom is strict,” Kathy said.” I am going to be strict with my kids too.” Photo by Devynn Harris

ABOVE: While talking to her daughter, junior Izabella Williams’ mother Kelly Williams explains why she is so laid back. “They are still my parents,” Izabella said. “But I also think of them as my best friends.” Photo by Devynn Harris

RELATIONSHIP TIPS Family Studies teacher Rebecca Caves gives solutions to common issues teens may have with their parents

When you can’t find a good time to talk to your parents:

Try to talk to them when they seem relaxed and aren’t stressed. You could also form a “family council” or meet to discuss important subjects

When your parents ask you a When you’re unsure how to lot of questions: talk to your parents about Ask yourself why they might problems: want to know. Understand that they are asking because they care about your well-being

Ask a third party you respect about it first, and then you will find it easier to talk to your parents FEATURE 5

LEFT: Trying out the different light commands in the sound booth, senior Jamie Laning checks the spotlight placement during a set crew practice on Saturday, Oct. 6. “The best part ... is seeing how it’s all coming together and hearing the applause and laughter from the audience,” Laning said. RIGHT: Laning fixes the lights on the catwalk on Saturday, Oct. 6, adjusting them for the upcoming musical. Photos by Kelsey Floyd



Senior Jamie Laning spends time and talent helping with musical and play productions BY CONNOR OSWALD

What do you do for the musical? For the musical I run the light board and focus all the lights. [I] make sure they’re aimed where they need to be aimed and basically do whatever else needs to get done with lighting or sound. [I] make sure the microphones work and are turned on at the appropriate times.

How did you get involved in the musical at first? I got involved freshman year. I was in Mr. Copeland’s seminar class and I asked him if I could run something technical for the show, because I’ve been involved in previous shows in middle school and just wanted to get involved here.

Why do you continue to work on the musicals? I continue because it’s fun. It does take a lot of work and it’s stressful but the outcome [of] putting on the show is fun. [It’s] rewarding to see that people appreciate and enjoy what I’ve done or what I’ve helped to put out and accomplish.


How much time and effort do you put into the musical? The amount of time I spend on a given show, between all of the rehearsals and building sets, is over 150 hours per show.

What is your favorite part of working on the musicals? My favorite part would have to be the people. We just have a lot of fun. Even during some of the most stressful times, we just have fun with each other.

What is your least favorite part of your job? My least favorite [part] is tech week. [I don’t enjoy] having to get all of the lights timed to the right spots and making sure all the mics are working because the mics are evil. But making sure they all work on time and that they work when we need them to.

How has this given you experience for later in life? Working on the musical has given me a lot of experience on how different systems work, how to best light a show and how to make a show look certain ways and sound how you want it to [so that you] get the right message across. It has given me the skills to be able to do that

and use different technology.

What is your favorite memory from working on the musical? My favorite memory would probably have to be my first show here, which was “Thirty Reasons not to be in a Play” because we just had a lot of fun with that show and the cast and crew were all really close.

How will you miss not being able to work on the musical next year? It will just be different not having the same group of people or the same location. I’m sure there will be other places that I can work, but it has just been one of the best experiences I’ve had.

Do you plan to continue working this type of work? My hopes are to continue working in the technical aspects of music and theater. [I want to keep] producing shows.

After working in the technical field, have you ever considered acting? I’ve thought about acting in a show but my preference is to work on the backstage aspects. I think it would be fun to be an actor but at this point I’m still working backstage.


A look at the different duties of the production crew

STUDENT DIRECTOR Current student director Betsy Wendorff helps block scenes, coordinates the actors and assists the director with anything he needs.

TECH CREW The tech crew is tasked with not only running the audio for the theater, including mics, but also working with the stage lighting.

SET CREW Set crew creates, paints and designs the sets. The set crew also moves the props around between scenes during the show.

COSTUME CREW Primarily made up of parents and teachers, the costume crew fits, creates and buys costumes for the many different roles in the production. Photos by Kelsey Floyd


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General Surgeon Carlo Jurani gives advice to those dealing with and wishing to prevent breast cancer

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Breast cancer Q&A with General Surgeon Carlo Jurani What are the physical effects of breast cancer?

The number one thing people suffer from is diagnosis. Once they are diagnosed, they are worn out and scared. The good thing is we’re catching things really early, before you can even feel them. The most physical effect from treatment is discomfort.

For patients diagnosed with breast cancer:

For taking preventative measures:

-Bring a pen and paper to write everything down at appointments

-Assess your risk at http://www.cancer. gov/bcrisktool

-Bring someone else to appointments for a second pair of ears

-Talk to your physician and get mammograms done

-Go one step at a time

-Examine yourself -Be aware of your family’s history of breast cancer and breast problems



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Mother’s recent battle with breast cancer leaves student with an emotional lesson

What are the mental effects of breast cancer?

The biggest thing is no one can sleep. You’re stressed out, irritable, but mostly just scared. It’s remarkable how well people do when they bring their family.

When a patient is diagnosed, is there a way to prevent it from growing or slow down the progression?

No. The number one thing is moving through the process and getting the appropriate operation. Whether it is chemotherapy, surgery, radiation or any combination of the three.

How do the patients you have affect you personally?

If they cry and [my medical assisant] Ashlee cries, then I crack. I intentionally have to have distance. A lot of doctors are huggy; I’m not. We have some really sad cases sometimes. I always look at the husband, especially when it’s a young patient because they have that look in their eyes that [says], “You better help, because I’m scared.”


ABOVE: Senior Cody Moore and her mother Candi Moore discuss on Sunday, Oct. 7 how their lives have changed since Candi’s diagnosis of breast cancer late last December. Photo by Kristina Milewski


How much of an impact has breast cancer had on your life?

Has one of your loved ones ever been affected by breast cancer?

A lot 36%


Somewhat A little



35% 65%

Yes No

Not at all Survey of 198 students

As senior Cody Moore and her mother, Candi Moore, sat at their kitchen table, a nine-year-old shar-pei, chow mix came bounding into the room. “Get down, Kona,” Candi said. When the dog jumped down, his hot pink bandana was prominent against his dark fur. To any other family, a pink bandana might be nothing more than just a bandana. But for the Moores, it means much more. Kona wears a pink bandana because late last December, Candi was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. “You always think it’s never going to happen to you,” Cody said. “It was shocking and didn’t feel like it was happening.” Cody’s father, Bill Moore, had a similar reaction to that of Cody when he first found out about Candi’s cancer. “I was just hoping and praying that it wasn’t [cancer],” Bill said. “[I was] praying that it was something else.” Despite the unwelcome diagnosis, Candi is grateful to have caught the cancer so soon, especially since it was discovered at just a regular checkup. “I was shocked [when I first found out],” Candi said. “But I was happy because the reports were early. I was more scared of waiting too long [than of the actual cancer].” Cody also saw both the positives and the negatives of her mother’s situation. “The crazy thing is that it was caught early but it grew fast,” Cody said. Around the same time as Candi’s diagnosis and treatment, the Moore family was dealing with multiple other family emergencies. Cody underwent emergency surgery for MRSA, a resistant staff infection, and her grandfather passed away on the day Candi’s first surgery was sched-

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for Cody,” senior Anna Hughes said. “A couple of us stayed with her on the night of her mom’s surgery. But the dance team is so close in general, so we were all there to try and support her through it.” Although part of the reason that Hughes supported Cody was because they are good friends, it was also due to the fact that she has a close relationship with Candi as well. “[Cody’s] mom and I are pretty close,” Hughes said. “I know that I could go to her if I needed something. I think that if it would have happened in my family they would have all been there to support me as well.” Another avenue of support came from Bill’s co-workers, who got together and took a picture with pink t-shirts and signs with the family members’ names to give to the Moore family. “I came back to my office one day and there was an envelope and a picture on my desk,” Bill said. “We weren’t expecting it at all.” After her treatment, Candi is currently cancer free, and there is a 95 percent chance that the cancer will never come back. The family believes that they took all of the right steps, and they are optimistic about the future. “We got lucky,” Bill said. “We think we made the right choice. It was the toughest decision we’ve ever had to make and it took a long time to make it. We did as much research as we could do to make sure we were making the right decision for her … But if it did [come back], we’d deal with it like we dealt with this.” While many people might imagine that they would treat their mother differently after such an emotional experience, Cody has a different perspective. “I don’t treat her like an angel now,” Cody said. “We still fight and I still feel like I treat her the way I did before. But we’ve always been close. It didn’t change who I was … but it made me appreciate how strong she was.”

Student wears pink every day in support of her mother Every day of October, junior Lexi Starr wore pink to support breast cancer awareness. Starr says wearing pink reminds her of what her family went through. “[My mom’s battle with breast cancer] has made me a stronger person,” Starr said. “Wearing pink is just a symbol of everything that my mom has endured and everything my family has endured.” With her decision to wear pink, Starr came to the dilemma of whether or not she could find enough pink outfits to wear.


“For me, it is not that hard because [about] 60 percent of my wardrobe is pink,” Starr said. “But it is hard sometimes when you try not to wear the same thing every day. My mom is also wearing pink every day too, so if I don’t have pink one day, then she will go out and buy me something or I’ll wear something of hers.” Starr’s mother has a foundation, called Survivor’s Foundation, that did a campaign called Commit to Pink on Saturday, Oct. 20. In Commit to Pink, members of the foundation stood outside of businesses such as Walgreens and collected donations. They also did another event on Sunday, Oct. 21 called Cruising for a Cause, for which bikers rode around Kansas City for breast cancer. Starr says that dedicating a whole month to breast cancer is a good cause. “I think [dedicating a whole month to breast cancer] is amazing because there are so many people affected by it,” Starr said. “Having a whole month dedicated to women or men that went through breast cancer is awesome.”

Facts regarding breast cancer in women About 85 percent who have breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer The risk for breast cancer doubles if she does have a family history of breast cancer About 12 percent will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime Just under 30 percent of cancer cases in women are breast cancer In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. About 39,520 cases in the U.S. in 2011 were predicted to likely result in death

STUDENT SUPPORT Students incorporate pink into typical activities to show their support PINK CHEERLEADER POMS AND BOWS For the month of October, the cheer team replaced their regular blue and silver poms and bows in order to support breast cancer awareness “It’s an honor to respect all the people that have been affected or have dealt with it,” senior cheerleader Rachel Allen said.

VOLLEYBALL DIG PINK GAME The volleyball team held its fourth annual Dig Pink game against De Soto High School on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Each player wore an item of pink apparel. Although donations for breast cancer awareness were not taken, the small gesture still showed support. “I think it’s really great that we all came together to support such a serious cause,” sophomore volleyball player Maddie Little said. PINK HAIR STREAKS Senior Sidney Snyder showed support for her aunt battling breast cancer by dying a couple of pink streaks in her hair on Saturday, Oct. 13. She did this alongside her aunt, who is currently battling breast cancer. “I wanted to dye my hair to show support for my aunt and just kind of let her know she has a whole support group,” Snyder said. Photos by Miranda Snyder, Stephanie Hudleston and Kylie Lewis


SPEAK OUT What are your thoughts on the Class Cup competition?

“I think it’s a positive because it gets the students more involved in the school.” SOPHOMORE KAITLYN JACKMAN

Cartoon by Riley McDonald

“It’s a good thing because it helps us be more active in the school community.” FRESHMAN DANIEL SACHEN

CLASS CUP A POSITIVE IDEA JagWire staff looks forward to a new school year with a new staff BY JAGWIRE STAFF

“I think it helps the school grow to as one and each grade is working together to accomplish one goal.” JUNIOR ALI SPRAGUE

“I think it is a great way to improve school spirit. It’s definitely the best I’ve seen in my four years here.” SENIOR STEPHEN MCENERY

When the Student Leadership Team brainstormed ways to boost school spirit last year, members decided to implement a Class Cup competition. In the competition, each grade is awarded points for participating in different activities that help increase the school atmosphere. Among other things, points are given for attendance at extracurricular activities, participation in fundraisers and cleanliness in the lunchroom and locker banks. Overall, we feel that this new implementation is a positive incentive that is beneficial to the school. It has the potential to truly change students’ attitudes about our school and the surrounding atmosphere. Not only is this competition between classes a motivation for students to boost school spirit, but it also improves the overall school environment and gives students a reason to be excited to come to school. Because the lunchroom and locker banks are being kept cleaner, administrators, teachers and janitors aren’t forced to unnecessarily pick up after students. By encouraging students to attend extracurricular events, the competition allows individuals, such as soccer players or choir singers, a chance to get the recognition they deserve. It could bring many advantages to our school, including the abil-



ity to unite classes under the idea of ‘friendly competition.’ But we want everyone to understand that this competition can’t be taken to the point where it tears the school apart. It has to be used by the student body as a positive incentive to bring the school together. We need to understand that as a relatively young school compared to many of our neighboring schools, we are still working to create school traditions. But we have to understand that this Class Cup can help create something at our school

“It has the potential to truly change students’ attitudes about our school.” that could be sustained for years to come. If we want it to be a long-term success, we have to view the competition as a spark that could ignite the spirit at our school. Despite the large positive impact this competition could have on our school, the reality is that not everything is perfect. There are juniors leaving piles of trash in the senior café, freshmen talking about how lame the competition is, and seniors griping about the juniors stealing their spotlight. And let’s not forget about the sophomores who seem like they could not care less. But while these attitudes are oftentimes what are most prominent




to others at the school, they aren’t the majority. Most of the students at our school, believe it or not, support the Class Cup and the ideas behind it. Even though there will always be people who criticize the school and act like they are above showing school spirit, no one can deny that they want to be a part of a school with pride. We all want to be in the gym during a pep assembly full of loud, enthusiastic students. Even if you aren’t a fan of the specific team, it is hard to deny the pull of the atmosphere in Allen Fieldhouse or Bill Snyder Family Stadium. As much as we support the idea of healthy competition, as a school, we can’t allow the rivalries to escalate to the point where they negatively divide us by classes. If they do, it’s our fault. The administration can tell us to have more spirit all they want, but if we don’t take pride in our school, it’s our high school experience that gets lost. We need to remember that the overarching goal of the class competition is to come together as a school. When we graduate as seniors, we want to be proud to be a Jaguar. We want to see our school colors everywhere we look, hear screaming fans in the stands at games and have pride in the place that we attended for four years. Regardless of where we go on to college, the fact that we all attend Mill Valley should be a uniting factor for the rest of our lives. Use this Class Cup competition to make that idea a reality.




Students disregard social issues despite federal prodding BY ALEC SANTAULARIA

Over the years, the national government has instituted a variety of awareness months in order to make citizens more cognizant of the situations that plague our society and its inhabitants. In 2011, the Department of Health and Hu-

man Services (HHS), the federal department that funds the campaigns for these awareness months, spent 10 percent of its $892 billion budget on discretionary programs. A good portion of these “discretionary programs” involved spreading awareness for a cause or an awareness campaign of some sort. Despite all of the effort that the federal government puts into bringing awareness to these programs, it still seems as if the majority of American’s don’t acknowledge that they exist. What is the point of spending billions of dollars from the federal budget on these issues if it’s going to waste? That is why we, as students of Mill Valley and citizens of the United States, should become more involved in these awareness months and help to promote their causes to the rest of society. As the

future leaders of America, it is our generation’s job to make our country the best it can be for all people, no matter their situation in life. It’s not difficult to get involved, either. October alone has eight awareness months that are sponsored by the HHS, including Stop Bullying Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. People simply need to get the motivation to participate in these activities, rather than disregarding them with a wave of their hand. Getting involved isn’t particularly difficult, either. It simply takes a little motivation on our part. Opportunities are all around us if you simply look. If every student got involved in some way, our nation would be such a better place to live in. It just takes a little movitation.


Teenagers disregard their behavior for a good time BY ALANA FLINN

What did you do this weekend? If you are hesitant to answer this question, then you are among the many high school

students who disregard their unlawful behavior and the impact it will have on their future. At certain ages, namely the teenage years, it is almost expected of teenagers to spend their weekends out breaking the law in various ways. For the unfortunate few, these choices will lead to arrests and charges such as possession of alcohol and narcotics or trespassing. While certain charges can be expunged from a person’s record at the magical age of 18, some people will not have the luck of turning 18 before college applications have to be submitted. Will a university really want you if you have to check the little box that says you have been convicted of a crime other than a

speeding ticket? I need more than two hands to count the number of people I know that were arrested over the summer at parties for stupid things like drinking and possession. One of the biggest problems for teenagers is discretion, and if you find it neccessary to get your adrenaline rush through illegal substances, at least have the decency to keep it private and keep yourself out of trouble. Obviously many teenagers tend to go out and be mischievous. It is not too hard to find a place you can legally have your bonfire, and it is not hard at all to conduct yourself correctly by moral standards in public. Think about the choices you make; colleges certainly will.


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What you can do online to improve your intelligence 1. “Homestuck” web comic http://www.mspaintadventures./ 2. “Hark! A Vagrant” web comic 3. National Novel Writing Month 4. Free Rice web quizzes 5. Sporcle web quizzes

The Internet is more than refreshing your newsfeed BY KATHERINE WHITE

We’ve all heard it: “The Internet is frying your brain,” “Your generation would be lost without your technology,” “You spend all your lives wasted away on your Facebook newsfeeds.” However, there are so many ways to use the Inter-

net educationally, and educationally does not mean boring. Intelligence and great ideas come with communication. Just take a look at history; as society becomes more knowledgeable, more ways to communicate appear. The Renaissance, a great time for art and science, was sparked by the creation of the printing press. The telegraph helped the Union win the Civil War. What’s different about the Internet from all of these is that it isn’t just two people communicating; anyone with Internet access can join the conversation. From troubleshooting forums to the comment section on our very own JagWire website, the Internet is all about having multiple people come together to share ideas without the necessity of meeting in person. Someone in New York can collaborate with someone in London on a project or idea.

One of the greatest ways the Internet has helped impact our culture overall is by encouraging students to try new things. With social networks designed to share creative works, from skits on YouTube to art blogs on Tumblr, the ability to try new things and get feedback has greatly increased. Say I read a blog about cellos, and decide I want to learn how to play. I can watch cello lessons on YouTube, post myself playing in a video, and get comments from similar people who can help me improve. This is an awesome opportunity that only the Internet can truly give people. Next time we pay a visit to our computer, let’s try something more productive than refreshing Twitter. Let’s prove that the Internet isn’t just “frying our brains.” Maybe one of us will become the next cello virtuoso.



RIGHT: Running laps around Okun Field House on Monday, Oct. 15, freshmen cross country runners Ellie Wilson and Amber Akin keep pace with each other as they practice for the cross country Regionals on Saturday, Oct. 20. “She is my best friend,” Akin said. Photo by Ashley Kitchen BOTTOM LEFT: Wilson and Akin practice for the Regional meet on Monday, Oct. 15 by doing stretches and warm-ups. “We push each other to do our best during the race,” Akin said. Photo by Stephanie Hudleston BOTTOM RIGHT: Having left their competitors long behind, Akin and Wilson compete against each other for first and second place at the Bonner Spring Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15. Photo by Miranda Snyder

Freshmen runners motivated by competitive friendship BY ALANA FLINN

Laughing, freshmen varsity cross country runners Amber Akin and Ellie Wilson talk about how their friendship has affected their season this year. “We’ve been at this [running competition] since seventh grade,” Wilson said. “We’re pretty much attached.” “We’ve been best friends for ten years,” Akin said. “We push each other because we’ve known each other forever.” Over the course of the season, Akin and Wilson have broken the school record for girls 4K, alternating who breaks the record at meets, each trailing the other by seconds. Head coach Mark Chipman said that the girls have a competitive edge that allows them to run as well as they do. “I think they’re both very competitive, which is good, but their friendship causes them to just enjoy competing,” Chipman said. “Whichever one has a better race that day is fine with them.” At the first meet of the season, Wilson placed first at the Shawnee Mission South High School Quad for the girls ‘individual two mile. Akin finished 13 seconds behind Wilson, both girls securing the first and second place medal. Junior cross country runner Holly Peterman enjoys watching the girls use their friendship as their motivation. “Since they are such good friends, it’s fun to see them battle at who is going to beat the other,” Peterman said. “It’s a fun


A look at Wilson and Akin’s times this season

Freshman Ellie Wilson

finish to watch.” Wilson broke the girls 4K record at the second meet of the season with a time of 15:56 and Akin finished one second behind her. At the third meet, Akin ran a 15:20, with Wilson five seconds behind her. Peterman sees the hard work the girls have put into their wins. Even as the season continues, the girls have finished every race within 20 seconds of each other. “I think we’ll peak by the end of the season and keep getting better because we’ll know the courses better,” Wilson said.

“We’re best friends first, running partners second.” FRESHMAN AMBER AKIN Chipman appreciates the girls’ hard work and the impact their friendship has had on the team. “I don’t think there’s any animosity between them,” Chipman said. “They know they’re both good runners and it’s made the team better so [I] appreciate that.” Akin agrees with Chipman that the girls’ friendship has allowed them to push each other further in cross country together. “We still goof off once in awhile, but we try harder,” Akin said. “There’s no bad competition between us. We’re best friends first, running partners second.”

Freshman Amber Akin 15:56* (first) 15:57 (second)

Paola meet on Saturday, Sept. 8 15:25 (fourth) 15:20* (third)

Bonner Springs meet on Saturday, Sept. 15

15:56 (seventh) 16:02 (11th)

Rim Rock Classic on Saturday, Sept. 22 15:23 (third)

Seaman meet on Saturday, Sept. 29

15:22 (second)

Cat Classic on Thursday, Oct. 4

15:42 (10th)

15:28 (third) 15:31 (fourth)

Regional tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20


15:44 (sixth)





*New school record







ABOVE: Sophomore Caleb Latas gets dressed in his mascot costume on Friday, Oct. 19. “It can be kind of awkward at times, but overall it’s a pretty rewarding experience,” Latas said. “I enjoy the whole atmosphere.” Photo by Alec Santaularia ABOVE LEFT: Latas stands with StuCo president Lisa Galvan and student body vice president Kylie Andres at the homecoming pep rally on Friday, Sept. 14. Photo by Madison Labarge LEFT: Latas poses for the crowd at the football game on Friday, Sept. 21. Photo by Jillian Mullin

Mascot entertains school for second consecutive year


While most people have possibly unattainable entries on their “bucket lists” along the lines of going bungee jumping or climbing Mount Everest, sophomore Caleb Latas had a slightly less lofty goal that he was able to cross off of his list last year: to be a mascot at least one time. Latas happened upon his opportunity to be the school mascot, JJ the Jaguar, by luck. During an idle moment in art class last year, his chance to shine presented itself, and he jumped at the opportunity. “I had Mrs. Crist for class and she asked if anyone wanted to be the mascot for the game that night. I said I would,” Latas said. “I’d call it history from there.” Although Latas does not remember much about his first game, it clearly made an impression on him since he has been dressing up as JJ the Jaguar ever since. In his second consecutive year as JJ, Latas can be found

encouraging spirit in character at pep assemblies and football games. Latas has a good time with the job he volunteers to do because of the freedom that comes with it. “I can just do whatever: dance, have fun and shake my booty,” Latas said. “There’s a lot of room for creativity in how I want to entertain people.” According to Latas, the hardest thing about the job is getting dressed, especially in inclement weather. Depending on the weather, it can take him 10 to 20 minutes to prepare because of the amount of clothing he needs to wear to stay warm. However, Latas says in order to fully mentally prepare to be a mascot, “it takes about three years.” Junior John Beck appreciates Latas’ talent and enthusiasm as JJ the Jaguar. “I think [Latas] does a good job encouraging the crowd to getting the crowd involved and cheering on our teams,” Beck said. Latas continues entertaining the school population simply for his own enjoyment. “It’s fun,” Latas said. “It’s just cool being the mascot.”





ABOVE: Sophomore Caleb Latas dances with the cheerleaders at the football game on Friday, Oct. 19. “I enjoy being the mascot,” Latas said. “I get to dance and act weird in front of everyone and no one criticizes me for it.” Photo by Alec Santaularia




LEFT: People of all ages jump on the main trampoline court at the new indoor trampoline park Skyzone on Friday, Oct. 12. “I would recommend it,” sophomore Drake VanBuhler said. “I had fun, but I hurt myself.” Photo by Kristina Milewski

SKYZONE SCOOP Quick things people should know about Skyzone LOCATION

6495 Quivira Road Suite A, Shawnee, Kan. 66203 HOURS

New local trampoline park creates a different experience BY CALLEE LINTON


The sound of squeaky springs and the laughter and screams of children of all ages echoing around the large building of trampolines is all that can be heard at the brand new trampoline park Skyzone. From dodgeball to basketball dunking to the foam pit to jumping on the regular, main court trampoline, Skyzone has a lot to offer. Skyzone opened on Friday, Sept. 26. After three months of building. Business is starting to take off at this point according to events manager Kristine Franklin. “[Business is] going fabulous, the sight of how many people are out there is amazing,” Franklin said. “[Business]

started off slow, but now I’m getting excited about Skyzone’s future.” Skyzone hosts many events, including birthday parties and dodgeball tournaments. Additionally, Skymania, a party geared toward kids ten to 15 years old, takes place every Friday night, and Skyjam, a party geared toward teenagers 16 and older, takes place every Saturday night. In addition to the events above, Skyzone is also a venue for a variety of other topics, including church and school groups. The next closest Skyzone location is located in St. Louis, MO, making this Skyzone more unique than any other place here in Kansas City. Franklin agrees that Skyzone is different from other things to do in the area. “There is nothing like this in Kansas City; there isn’t another indoor trampoline park,” Franklin said. “What makes us so different from inflatable businesses like Pump It Up is that we provide the extra wow factor.”

Students who have already visited Skyzone also find Skyzone to be a different experience. Sophomore Ally Shawger thought highly of her experience at Skyzone. “It was really fun, and I got to practice some of my gymnastics,” Shawger said. “It was kind of chaotic but they had it under control.” Sophomore Drake VanBuhler also thought his experience at Skyzone was great. “I enjoyed it; I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Vanbuhler said. “It was fun, and it was a good source of exercise, too.” Overall, students find Skyzone to be a nice addition to the current activities there are to do in the area. “My favorite [part of Skyzone] was the foam pit,” Shawger said. “I had a lot of fun at Skyzone; it’s a good place to go and hang out with friends.”

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Facility has 71 trampolines PHONE NUMBER

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Sophomore Ally Shawger practices gymnastics tricks on the Skyzone trampolines



BACK PIKE Photos by Kristina Milewski

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COSTUME CHAT What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

“I was a Rubik’s Cube for Halloween in sixth grade. I got all these boxes and glued them to make one big cube.” FRESHMAN JUSTIN CURTO

“In fifth grade, I made a genie costume out of pink and orange satin. It had beads...all over it, it was the bomb.” SOPHOMORE MICHAELA MENSE

“Last year I was a mummy. I looked like my flesh was rotting off, it was glorious.” JUNIOR RILEY BOYLE


“In sixth grade, [senior] Stephen McEnery and I were IRS auditors. It was awkward ‘cause we ran into a lady that who was an actual auditor.”

finds a box of footage that helps him to realize how and why a family was previously murdered in his new home. The box of footage puts the entire family on the path of a supernatural entity. I really enjoyed Sinister because of its intensity. It always kept me on the edge of my seat, and I could not stop watching. I love how the movie is laid out and how it leads up to the end. However, one thing I did not like about the movie is that at some points it was kind of confusing and difficult to follow. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys scary movies. If this is you, Sinister is the right movie to see.

Survey of 216 students

The bridge was a popular place for sacrifices. If you visit the bridge at night, you can hear babies crying and some people report that their car won’t start.






It is rumored that two teenage boys hung themselves from a tree on Ogg Road. If you take a trip, you may hear choking noises.



Do you think its acceptable for high schoolers to trick-or-treat?

BY KATE SCHAU Your sideways glance at all things Halloween


STULL CEMETERY STULL, KANSAS The tiny town of Stull may seem very inviting, however you may have second thoughts if you visit the cemetery. The legend says that the cemetery itself contains hidden steps to the underworld.

Illustrations by Riley McDonald


JagWire visits places that are rumored to be haunted around the Shawnee area


In Sinister, a book writer and his family have just moved into a new town to write a new book. While unpacking and taking things to the attic, the husband

Staff member Callee Linton reviews new horror movie

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Students spend their free time practicing tricks at Swarner Park

ABOVE: Gliding across a rail, senior Austin Alexander balances his weight so he doesn’t fall off. Skaters rub wax from a candle onto the rail beforehand so that they can slide more smoothly. Photo by Miranda Snyder LEFT: Jumping off a ramp at Swarner Park, senior Kahn Minter practices BMX biking on Wednesday, Oct. 10. “I just taught myself,” Minter said. “[My friends and I] used to ride around town.” Photo by Kelsey Floyd


ABOVE: Trying to land a difficult trick on Wednesday, Oct. 10, senior Austin Alexander focuses on what he’s trying to accomplish. Photo by Miranda Snyder

ABOVE: Junior Landon Scott tries out different tricks at Swarner Park on Wednesday, Oct. 10. “I go skating every day,” Scott said. Photo by Kelsey Floyd

ABOVE: Senior Kahn Minter rides his bike in the bowl at Swarner Park on Wednesday, Oct. 10. “I would like to [BMX bike] for the rest of my life or until I can’t do it any longer,” Minter said. Photo by Kelsey Floyd LEFT: Skating at Swarner Park on Wednesday, Oct. 10, junior Landon Scott hangs out with friends at his favorite park. “It’s fun, I started skating when I was eight,” Scott said. Photo by Miranda Snyder


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