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Vol. 77 Issue 2 | Nov. 7, 2014

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Hitting the high notes The vocal music department’s talent showcase is set Nov. 13 and 14 in the auditorium. Here’s a look at the some of the performers who will be featured in BRAVO. Chelsea Fletcher, 11

Taryn Remigio, 11

Amber Lies, 12

What are you performing? “Try” by Colbie Caillat. What made you try out? Lucy Florez and I planned on trying out last year, and junior year is the last year for me. What are you looking forward to? All of the other performances.

What are you performing? “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. What made you try out? I made district choir and it boosted my confidence and I thought why not try Bravo? What are you looking forward to? Overcoming my stage fright.

What are you performing? “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” by the Funk Brothers. What made you try out? Freshman year I didn’t try out so this is my last shot to perform in Bravo. What are you looking forward to? The adrenaline rush and sharing my talent with others.

Lucy Florez, 11

Aarionna Holliday, 12

Darius Sheppard, 11

What are you performing? “A Haydn Sonata” on the piano. What made you try out? I guess just being able to perform something that I’ve been working on for so long. What are you looking forward to? The whole show.

What are you performing? “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. What made you try out? It’s my senior year, and I wanted to do something big in the music department. What are you looking forward to? People coming out of their shells and having fun.

What are you performing? To be announced. What made you try out? My love for music and the experience of performing in front of a crowd. What are you looking forward to? The adrenaline rush, seeing the other acts and interacting with the crowd.

Changes for the athletic complex may be in store marissasatterfield | staffwriter A trip to a Friday night football game at David Jaynes Stadium is anything but easy. Guests are supposed to park in the high school lot and walk down to the field; however, that isn’t usually the case. Instead, people do their best to get as close to the field as possible, even if that means parking in the YMCA lot or up and down 138th Street. But big changes may be in store, and the district appears ready to start making those changes happen. On Oct. 5, Principal Joe Hornback, athletic director Doug Hitchcock and all coaches who use the athletic facilities attended a meeting to discuss what might be done to improve the athletic complex. Topics of discussion included the parking and traffic congestion, the locker rooms and restrooms, the direction of the ball fields, bus storage, and the possible addition of ticket booths and fencing. “During games and school activities people tend to park in the YMCA parking lot, which

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can be bothersome for those who are using the parking lot specifically for the YMCA,” Hornback said. “Safety is a definite concern as well. Speeding cars create a hazard for athletes crossing from the locker rooms to fields.” For student athletes, a big concern is the condition of the locker rooms. “We have such a nice stadium and people like to come play here. But our locker rooms need to be brought up to date so that people will want to continue playing here,” sophomore Jacob Freese said. There will be no bond election to pay for the improvements. Hornback said the district has been setting aside money over the years in the capital outlay fund to pay for renovations. There is no set date, but there will be a second meeting with an architect and the athletic department. After the meeting, the architects

A picture of a small portion of the current complex. will prepare a comprehensive plan.. Ultimately, changes won’t be made until the school board approves those plans. Hornback said it will take anywhere from five to seven years to totally renovate the complex.

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A sweet 16 of a lifetime Sophomore Kayla Willis celebrates her birthday in South Africa

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ericvalenzuela | staffwriter Usually, Sweet 16 celebrations are a hit-thetown with your friends type of deal, but for sophomore Kayla Willis it was a once-in-alifetime trip to South Africa. “I never dreamed I would be in a different country for my 16th birthday,” Willis said. Willis flew to South Africa on Oct. 1 with her grandparents, two aunts, two uncles, and 12 other travelers. Willis’ grandparents own a travel agency and they take groups to Ireland and South Africa every year, and they have long wanted Willis to join. “It seemed like the perfect time because other ok y aunt to family members were going, and my grandparents id shot m operty. d n pr l a e c t o a This was re exploring the h . thought that I would enjoy it more that way,” Willis we where while we said. als every ere anim w re e h T Willis found numerous highlights in her South African journey. “My favorite thing was the safaris, because it was pretty amazing getting to be that close to the animals,” said Willis. While in South Africa she encountered numerous wild animals such as elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, water buffalo, hippos, zebras, crocodiles, impala, enyala, warthogs and over 200 wild birds. “My favorite bird was the go-away bird; it actually sounded like the bird was saying go away when it felt threatened by another animal,” she said. While in South Africa, Willis went whale watching in Hermanus, visited the world’s largest diamond mine in Pretoria, climbed Table Mountain in Capetown, went wine tasting and shopping in Franschhoek, and went on seven safaris at the Karongwe River Lodge in I snapped this pictu Hoedspruit. re on Day safari In 2 of H oe Willis ate out every day in an African-based food feet awa dspruit. We were pr the y from lion obably 30 restaurants. . “I disliked some of the food in Africa because at some points I didn’t really know what I was eating,” said Willis. Not every part of Willis’ South Africa trip was a pro; she also experienced some cons. Being the youngest in a group of 19 people, Willis believed she would have had a better time going with people her age. “The people in South Africa were extremely nice. In fact, when I got back home I was shocked at how rude some Americans were,” said Willis. Only speaking English, Willis had some difficulty communicating with the people. “The most difficult thing was the language barrier. Most people spoke English, but it was hard to understand them by their accents; they were For my bir super thick,” said Willis. thday din ner, we ce at the ho To go on her trip to South Africa Willis had to lebrated tel resta urant. I h calamari miss 11 school days. ad fried for the fi rst time. “Although school has been very difficult to catch up on, I would not change my decision on going for anything,” said Willis. “What a once-in-a lifetime deal.” Photos/Kayla Willis

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Senior John Nay watches Cece Powers sign the name of her school teacher. Photo/Alysa Carpenter

Making a difference

Senior John Nay teaches sign language to Cecilia Powers juliannejackson | co-editor When you ask senior John Nay about his Senior Project, he might not tell you but maybe he’ll teach you a sign or two. Because both of his parents are deaf, using and learning sign language has been a way of life for Nay and his two siblings. “I’m still learning, and whenever I want to know how something is said in sign language, I’ll just ask my dad,” Nay said. Due to this personal connection, once senior project ideas came to the surface last June, Nay kicked around the idea of using this sign language knowledge to teach a kindergarten class. Nay said that media center specialist Iva Powers raised some important questions about the logistics of his idea and then she supported him with a better one: the idea of teaching sign language to her two-year-old daughter, Cecilia. As early as six months, children can understand words of the English language

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even though they can not yet communicate it. However, because Cece has Down syndrome, doctors have said she may not be able to fully speak until age five. Powers wanted Cece to learn sign language for many reasons. “She acquires signs easily and uses them just like words. It helps her to not get frustrated and it helps me to know what she wants,” Powers said. “I’ve been impressed with John’s maturity and compassion as he’s worked with her.” Thanks to Nay, Cece can demonstrate 25 signs and she can understand about 40 of them. Currently, Nay is teaching Cece how to sign the names of people she interacts with on a daily basis and she had previously learned food signs. “I’m teaching her basic signs such as, ‘I’m hungry’ and ‘I want some cereal’ or ‘That’s my uncle,’ “Nay said. To create lesson plans, Nay sits down with Powers and goes over what signs she thinks will be beneficial to Cece.

“We have to teach things that we can bring in as tangible goods. When we talk about food signs, we would bring in those food items,” Nay said. Nay began lessons with Cece in September and will continue until the end of the third quarter to give her time to pick up and remember all the signs. “It is actually very fun [teaching Cece] and seeing her reaction every time,” Nay said. “It is like every new day is a new experience for her, so you get to see that every day,” Nay said. As for Nay, his plans for after high school are to attend a community college and then later to pursue a California school for technology. Though Nay does not plan to use the sign language in a job setting or to become an interpreter, he did have to use his sign language skills while working at McDonalds. “Because of this project, I’ve actually learned a lot,” Nay said. “So by the end of this, I am hoping to be at a college level in sign language.”

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Senior Projects Who: Brenden Dotson What: Teachers versus varsity seniors basketball game Where: The Braves’ fieldhouse When: Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Who benefits: Money raised will be donated to Vaughn-Trent Community Services Who: Jennifer Hammond What: Made crafts with kids Where: Alpha Christian children’s home When: Sold the crafts at Tiblow Days Who benefits: Money raised went towards the Alpha Christian programs to keep kids out of foster care

Who: Rachel Johnson What: Shadowed pharmacists in retail, compounding, and long-term care distribution facilities Where: DeGoler Pharmacies in Piper, KCK, and Bonner Springs When: Thoughout September Senior Jon Ney watches as Cece Powers signs. Photo/Alysa Carpenter

American Sign Language Facts

“Sorry”

American Sign Language (ASL) is a language that uses signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body.

It is the primary language used for North Americans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

A, B, C

Sign language is based on the idea that vision is the most useful tool a deaf person has to communicate and receive information.

ASL has regional variations in the rhythm of signing, form, and pronunciation. Ethnicity and age are a few more factors that affect ASL usage and contribute to its variety.

English speakers ask a question by raising the pitch of their voice; ASL users ask a question by raising their eyebrows, widening their eyes, and tilting their bodies forward. When signing the word “help,” move the body and hands towards the person whom you are speaking to.

“Help”

For more info visit: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/ asl.aspx

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Who: Nathan Campbell What: Volunteered at a food kitchen and made candy bags to give to kids Where: Saint Mary’s Food Kitchen When: Throughout the year and on Christmas

Who: Lauren Murphy What: Skating for Skin Cancer Where: River Roll Skate Center When: Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Who benefits: The money raised will go to skin cancer research

Who: Faith Seaton What: Districtwide art show Where: The Braves’ fieldhouse When: Feb. 16 Who benefits: Money raised will go to the Bonner Springs Edwardsville Education Foundation

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Ebola jokes, not so funny I just returned from a once-in-a lifetime, two-week trip to South Africa. I’ve had lots of questions about what I saw, what I did, and what I ate. In some ways, though, the real adventure of this trip to Africa was not the actual trip itself, but it was coming back into the real world, back to school, back into the hallways. I have enjoyed talking about my trip and sharing my memories with everyone who wants to know, yet there’s one thing that has been mildly annoying and seems to have no end, the questions and jokes about the Ebola virus. Some people have covered their mouth when I come near them, while others act like they’re backing away and don’t want to be near me. To set the record straight, I do not have Ebola nor was I

close to the virus at all. I understand why people would want to ask me about it, but I wish they would check their geographic facts first. You see, Ebola was closer to everyone in Kansas than it was to me in South Africa. The distance from Kansas City to Dallas, where the first U.S. case was confirmed, is 537 miles. The distance from Guinea, West Africa (where the 2014 Ebola epidemic started) to Cape Town, South Africa, (where I was at) is 3,546 miles. In my opinion, Ebola is a serious virus and it should be taken seriously. It’s not something to be joked about, but of course, you’ll find numerous social media accounts devoted to making Ebola jokes. I’ve been tagged in multiple tweets and posts about Ebola. Not only is it annoying, but it is hurtful for people to think I have such a serious disease. There were even Halloween costumes of Ebola hazmat suits available, and I am slightly offended by them being made because it is just wrong. The pain and agony caused by Ebola is not funny. Someone’s suffering from a disease should be taken seriously and not considered a joke.

numbers | ebola virus

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521 health care workers who have contracted Ebola worldwide

272 health care workers who have died from Ebola worldwide Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A little digital etiquette, please It’s a strange world we live in nowadays. People stopping at random times to take a selfie or snap a picture of something instead of enjoying it with their own eyes. People running into things because they’re too busy texting or veering just slightly on the highway before swerving their car back on to the proper path. Yes, these scenes may be somewhat hilarious to anyone who sees them, but they can also be quite annoying. For instance, texting while driving. Is it really necessary? Your “lol” or “omg” text can wait five minutes until you get to a stoplight or to your final destination. The Snapchat from your bestie Billy will still be there when you’re done driving. Just hold off, you could potentially save your life as well as others. Now it’s not just texting and driving that gets me all fired up. It’s simple things like using the location bar on Instagram as an extra caption. I’m sorry to tell you, ladies, but your location is not “Because I feel pretty.” I can even accept “the B-Springz bathroom” as a location because, yes, it is a real place. The location bar is meant for

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locations, so let’s keep it that way. Which brings on another annoyance: There are too many selfies on Instagram in my opinion. Instagram was created as a way to share important moments from your life, not random selfies. I get you feel pretty that day, but your followers don’t need a new selfie of you every day to understand how beautiful you are. Or if you are one of the people I can constantly rely on for a sappy, or overly sweet Man Crush Monday or Woman Crush Wednesday picture, I am not your biggest fan. Once a month? That’s perfectly okay. A special occasion, say another lovely month together? That’s also fine with me. I understand you love your boyfriend/girlfriend, so do I. But people don’t need to be reminded of it every week. Another thing that just drives me crazy is Snapchat stories. If your Snapchat story is longer than 100 seconds, I’m sorry, but I automatically hate you. Even more so if each individual Snapchat is only two to four seconds long. For the love of all things good in this world, STOP! Now I know I’m not innocent when it comes to all of the things I’ve just complained and ranted about. I have certainly posted one too many Man Crush Monday photos and, yes, selfies. But if you noticed you do these things, just like I did, maybe think twice before hitting the send button next time. It will be greatly appreciated.

Editors-In-Chief Julianne Jackson Jacob Kraus Arts & Entertainment Editor Kynnedy Shepherd Features Editor Taner Shipman News Editor Taylor Vanden Hull Copy Editors Brenna Holt Taylor Vanden Hull Kynnedy Shepherd Sports Editor Darryl Terrell Photo Editor Hanna Wenzel Page Designer Lauren Murphy Staff Writers Alayna Dooley Lucy Florez Brenna Holt Paige Krone Alyissa Mendoza Marissa Satterfield Alexis Sechrist Payton Sechrist Eric Valenzuela Kayla Willis Adviser Jill Holder Contact us

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talking points | what’s your driving pet peeve? “When others try to be backseat drivers; it really makes me mad because they aren’t the ones driving.” caitlyn khatchadourian | senior “When people don’t turn on their blinkers. We could prevent accidents by using a simple tool.” mayra hernandez | junior

“When people don’t use their blinkers. If I’m sitting at a stoplight or stop sign, they can be turning or going straight but I wouldn’t know.” jordan shaio | sophomore “When the road is going to close and others merge at the last second; they’re trying to cut in line and that’s very rude.” jarod mortensen | sophomore

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“The anatomy classroom does not have sinks at all for students to do dissections,” Elder said. “A designated lab in general would give students the chance to participate in more rigorous labs and prepare them for college.” Gifted facilitator Sarabeth Morgan would like to see additional college credit courses offered while English teacher Jennifer Stricherz pointed to another basic need: More classrooms for teachers and students. Stricherz did say that even though classroom space is short, she felt like more resources had been made available to her this year than in the past. Previously, students had to share a class set of books while now each student has his or her own copy. Although it’s not an academic priority, this need topped almost everyone’s wish list: Renovated restrooms. “We need to update our restrooms because they are

really gross,” media center specialist Iva Power said. Once extra-curricular upgrades are made, we’d like to see our academic wishes come true.

—jacob kraus for the Pow Wow staff

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grinding my gears | alexis sechrist Even though I have only been driving for just over two years, I’ve discovered many things that literally drive me crazy. (No pun intended). So here’s what’s grinding my gears when I get behind the wheel. 1. Drivers who don’t slow down for squirrels who are crossing the road. Yes, the poor squirrels have no idea what they are doing or else they wouldn’t cross the road, but goodness, don’t kill them. 2. People who don’t use their blinkers or who turn them on at the last second. Like how lazy can you really be? All you have to do is flick on the blinker. 3. Next would be people who drive slower than my grandma and that’s really slow. If the speed limit is 30, then go at least go 25. Please don’t go like ten miles per hour. 4. People who text and drive would be next. It’s not that hard to wait to text someone. Most people who are texting swerve in and out of driving lanes without even noticing. Like hello, put the phone down you can wait 15 minutes. 5. My last pet peeve is when I am driving and another driver does something stupid and waves all cute as if to say I’m sorry. You are not sorry and that just ignited my road rage even more. My road rage is bad enough with the little stuff, and now it just got worse that I can identify you. Remember, getting rid of road rage starts with you.

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McDonald’s New Menu We appreciate McDonald’s plan to overhaul its menu to make it more customizable and healthy, as long as they don’t touch our nuggets. The Royals Even though our boys in blue lost the World Series, we are still proud of the way they played. Thanksgiving Break As of today, there are just 12 school days until we get to stuff our faces with turkey and eat our weight in pumpkin pie.

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Two weeks ago, the USD 204 board of education voted to spend an estimated $677,000 to renovate the auditorium this summer. With virtually no improvements in the past 25 years, this area was long overdo for a facelift. The upgrades will include everything from new carpet tiles and seating to additional storage for theater equipment. The board is also considering major renovations to the athletic complex. While we are pleased to see needed upgrades that will impact extra-curricular activities, we would like to hear about plans for updating academic areas as well. So we took an informal survey and asked students and staff what they would like to see in terms of improving things on the academic side. One area that really needs improvement is the science wing where classrooms are not equipped for basic labs. “I would love to have an actual laboratory with lab tables that have a sink, a gas line, a Bunsen burner and lab equipment,” science teacher Katrina Martin said. Her colleague, Trisha Elder, expressed the same sentiments and would like to see a new lab area.

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A Bug’s Life Centipedes, crickets, and flies, oh my! BSHS is in need of a major extermination of the creepy crawlies roaming the halls. Lunch TIme Inconvenience With the rearrangement of the lunch room, the location of the eating utensils and napkins has created a hassle for students who bring their lunch from home and wish to retrieve those items quickly.

just for fun | A little anti joke What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick What’s blue and smells like red paint? Blue paint

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Dieting: Harder than it looks Would you? Could you change your diet? See how three Pow Wow staff members reacted to a sudden change in food Making a diet work: Lacey Dean alaynadooley | staffwriter Sophomore, Lacey Dean, needed a change and decided to start a diet. Lacey has been on this diet for five months now and has made great progress.

Cut out all fast food, no dairy, gluten-free; everything we eat is reduced fat, and we eat a lot of organic foods.

What made you want to start dieting? I wasn’t happy with myself and I wanted to reach the point where I felt happy.

Diet attempted: Vegan What that means: Can’t eat meat, fish or poultry

Day 1

What is your diet? Describe the rules.

My mom, dad, and sometimes my brother.

When did you start dieting? Five months ago.

How much weight have you lost?

Day 2

Do you diet with anyone else?

25 pounds in 5 months.

For the rest of my life. I like how I’m eating, I feel better, my skin feels better, and I feel energized.

Day 3

How long do you plan on staying on your diet? What are some foods that you miss? I miss ice cream and pizza all the time.

Do you exercise along with dieting?

Diet attempted: Paleolithic What that means: Nuts, berries, and meat

Being a vegan has actually been harder than I imagined. Eating non-animal made products is difficult. The only bad part is watching other people eat candy or other dairy and meat products. I feel like I am constantly eating fruits and veggies but NOTHING is filling me up. I’m starving, although I’m not. I’m also getting a little grumpy with my friends for eating all my favorite foods in front of me. I know that it’s not their fault for not being a vegan but I can’t help but be grumpy.

The first day of being a vegetarian has been awful. I have low energy and I find myself eating more to make up for the low protein. Not sure how I am going to do it, but I believe in myself. I know that the next couple of days will be a real challenge for me. It was hard to see some hot dogs and chicken for lunch today and not being able to touch any of it. Overall, this is no problem. My confidence is very high that I will survive.

I forgot to follow my diet this morning (cut me some slack it was 6 a.m.) so I started at lunch. I forgot to pack a lunch that met the requirements of the diet, so I ended up eating only an apple. By the middle of fourth hour I was really, hungry. I’m still hungry and I am not happy about the fact that my only options for my next meal will be limited.

I am extremely hungry. I constantly feel like I’m going to cry because I keep craving foods that I can’t have. I can have peanut butter which would make my life easier if I wasn’t allergic to it (which I am). I noticed towards the end of the day I have a really bad headache. I’m so desperate to be off of the vegan diet that today I begged Taner to cut the diet short three days. He of course, said no.

I cheated already; I couldn’t help it. I’m just so hungry and I can’t stop eating. No matter what I eat, I don’t ever feel full. It is so much harder to get that full feeling that we all know and love. I also don’t feel very energetic. We are even considering shutting this dieting project down early. I believe I have the easiest diet of our three options, and I’m really struggling. I can only imagine what it would be like if I had either of their diets. Vegetarians are truly strong people.

I followed my diet a bit more strictly today. I’m not going to lie, though, I cheated. I saw a Laffy Taffy in the office and just couldn’t control myself. I kept to my diet for lunch and I really don’t feel too hungry. I had strawberries, cashews, and water to help keep me feeling full. I am saving an apple for the next time I am hungry. The hunger isn’t unbearable yet.

Last night I had a melt down which consisted of me crying and begging my mom to get me a taco or hamburger, but she wouldn’t. I was extremely angry and hungry. I then stole one of my brother’s tacos and threw it at him because he was eating it in front of me while I was eating a salad. I did not cheat, which is impressive. I was prepared to cheat and take the consequences for it but my mom wouldn’t let me.

I can’t handle this. This has been so hard and we are only a little over halfway done. It feels like an eternity. I never realized how much meat I actually eat until it was taken away from me. I miss it so much. I have contemplated ending this experiment early just so I can eat and have that wonderful food baby that we get from eating way too much. Who would have guessed it would

Today I did a pretty good job of following the diet. I stayed on track for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although I did slip up after school by having a Star-burst. Candy just sounds so much better when you’re supposed to be staying away from it.

Okay, today was extremely hard being at home and having to eat vegan while there was a bunch of normal food around me. Normally, during parent teacher conferences, my mom will bring my brother and I home lunch and it stinks that I wasn’t able to eat it. I can’t wait till this thing is over.

I could not stand walking around Legends without eating any kind of meat. Chipotle was calling my name. It was so worth it and quickly reminded me why I’m not a vegetarian and why I’m all about that meat! We’re almost done and nearly home free.

Have you ever cheated on your diet? We have a cheat day once every two weeks and my mom and I always get pizza.

Diet attempted: Vegetarian What that means: Doesn’t eat meat

Why Diet? Ryne Huff alaynadooley | staffwriter Social studies teacher Ryne Huff, needed a change and decided to create his own diet. He eliminated gluten completely and cut back on sugar and processed foods. “I found out that I was allergic to gluten last fall and I decided if I was cutting that out I might as well change everything,” said Huff. Huff’s diet also includes kicking up his water consumption while trying to avoid coffee and soda. Occasionally, he has a soda. Since starting his diet last fall, Huff has lost about 70 pounds. “I don’t think you will be disappointed with this diet,” said Huff. Out of all the problems that come with a new diet, Huff said the hardest part was trying to figure out what he can and cannot eat. Huff has never cheated on his diet even though he tries to steer clear from anything that’s not veggies or meat and sometimes goes for a gluten free cookie. “I only try to eat things grown from the earth,” said Huff. “If it’s not a veggie or a meat, then I don’t usually eat it.” This diet has given Huff a new found love for grilled veggies, but he still misses stuffed-crust pizza every now and then. Huff encourages anyone looking for a change in their eating habits or just looking to drop a couple pounds to take on this diet.

Would you rather give up salty or sweet food?

How strict is your diet? Strict

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Mild

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be this hard?

Do you think you’ve lost more weight from your diet or from exercising? Both, but in the beginning I just did the diet and then two months ago I started exercising. The initial weight was lost from dieting.

What’s your favorite food within your diet?

Day 4

I exercise five days a week and sometimes six if I am feeling up to it. Okay so today didn’t go well... at all. I was with friends and there was pizza, soda, and chocolate. I just couldn’t resist. Since I’m a quitter, I decided to take that whole day off because I had already ruined it so bad.

I make smoothies every morning and I love this peanut butter, banana, and spinach smoothie.

What’s your go-to snack? On cheat days I eat the Skinny Cow candy bars, but every other day I usually grab an apple or grapes.

Day 5

Yes, we don’t drink diet soda, but I do drink this soda called Zevia.

I eat a lot of fruit, granola bars, oats, and grains.

50% What diet would you chose if you had to?

Does your diet apply to drinks? Do you bring your lunch to school, if so what’s usually in it?

None

Today I cheated on my vegan diet because we went up to my grandma’s and she had no vegan food. I’m proud that I made it to Friday because no one else did but I’m also mad that I didn’t get to finish. Overall, I think this was a good experience because I got to broaden my knowledge on diets, but I prefer not dieting if I had a choice.

I made it through this day without eating any meat. I am already planning all of my meat-filled meals this weekend. It’s safe to say that I won’t eat anything that does not have some form of meat in it. This was so hard to do and I challenge everyone to prove me wrong and take on one of our diets.

I guess you could say that I followed my diet for breakfast since I didn’t actually eat breakfast because I slept until 11. Since I slept until 11, I woke up very hungry and couldn’t control myself and had to have more than the diet allowed me. I really struggled with this diet near the end. I really wouldn’t recommend this diet. we don’t eat like cavemen anymore for a reason.

Vegetarian

Paleo Vegan 8%

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67% Surveys out of 175 students


Dieting: Harder than it looks Would you? Could you change your diet? See how three Pow Wow staff members reacted to a sudden change in food Making a diet work: Lacey Dean alaynadooley | staffwriter Sophomore, Lacey Dean, needed a change and decided to start a diet. Lacey has been on this diet for five months now and has made great progress.

Cut out all fast food, no dairy, gluten-free; everything we eat is reduced fat, and we eat a lot of organic foods.

What made you want to start dieting? I wasn’t happy with myself and I wanted to reach the point where I felt happy.

Diet attempted: Vegan What that means: Can’t eat meat, fish or poultry

Day 1

What is your diet? Describe the rules.

My mom, dad, and sometimes my brother.

When did you start dieting? Five months ago.

How much weight have you lost?

Day 2

Do you diet with anyone else?

25 pounds in 5 months.

For the rest of my life. I like how I’m eating, I feel better, my skin feels better, and I feel energized.

Day 3

How long do you plan on staying on your diet? What are some foods that you miss? I miss ice cream and pizza all the time.

Do you exercise along with dieting?

Diet attempted: Paleolithic What that means: Nuts, berries, and meat

Being a vegan has actually been harder than I imagined. Eating non-animal made products is difficult. The only bad part is watching other people eat candy or other dairy and meat products. I feel like I am constantly eating fruits and veggies but NOTHING is filling me up. I’m starving, although I’m not. I’m also getting a little grumpy with my friends for eating all my favorite foods in front of me. I know that it’s not their fault for not being a vegan but I can’t help but be grumpy.

The first day of being a vegetarian has been awful. I have low energy and I find myself eating more to make up for the low protein. Not sure how I am going to do it, but I believe in myself. I know that the next couple of days will be a real challenge for me. It was hard to see some hot dogs and chicken for lunch today and not being able to touch any of it. Overall, this is no problem. My confidence is very high that I will survive.

I forgot to follow my diet this morning (cut me some slack it was 6 a.m.) so I started at lunch. I forgot to pack a lunch that met the requirements of the diet, so I ended up eating only an apple. By the middle of fourth hour I was really, hungry. I’m still hungry and I am not happy about the fact that my only options for my next meal will be limited.

I am extremely hungry. I constantly feel like I’m going to cry because I keep craving foods that I can’t have. I can have peanut butter which would make my life easier if I wasn’t allergic to it (which I am). I noticed towards the end of the day I have a really bad headache. I’m so desperate to be off of the vegan diet that today I begged Taner to cut the diet short three days. He of course, said no.

I cheated already; I couldn’t help it. I’m just so hungry and I can’t stop eating. No matter what I eat, I don’t ever feel full. It is so much harder to get that full feeling that we all know and love. I also don’t feel very energetic. We are even considering shutting this dieting project down early. I believe I have the easiest diet of our three options, and I’m really struggling. I can only imagine what it would be like if I had either of their diets. Vegetarians are truly strong people.

I followed my diet a bit more strictly today. I’m not going to lie, though, I cheated. I saw a Laffy Taffy in the office and just couldn’t control myself. I kept to my diet for lunch and I really don’t feel too hungry. I had strawberries, cashews, and water to help keep me feeling full. I am saving an apple for the next time I am hungry. The hunger isn’t unbearable yet.

Last night I had a melt down which consisted of me crying and begging my mom to get me a taco or hamburger, but she wouldn’t. I was extremely angry and hungry. I then stole one of my brother’s tacos and threw it at him because he was eating it in front of me while I was eating a salad. I did not cheat, which is impressive. I was prepared to cheat and take the consequences for it but my mom wouldn’t let me.

I can’t handle this. This has been so hard and we are only a little over halfway done. It feels like an eternity. I never realized how much meat I actually eat until it was taken away from me. I miss it so much. I have contemplated ending this experiment early just so I can eat and have that wonderful food baby that we get from eating way too much. Who would have guessed it would

Today I did a pretty good job of following the diet. I stayed on track for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although I did slip up after school by having a Star-burst. Candy just sounds so much better when you’re supposed to be staying away from it.

Okay, today was extremely hard being at home and having to eat vegan while there was a bunch of normal food around me. Normally, during parent teacher conferences, my mom will bring my brother and I home lunch and it stinks that I wasn’t able to eat it. I can’t wait till this thing is over.

I could not stand walking around Legends without eating any kind of meat. Chipotle was calling my name. It was so worth it and quickly reminded me why I’m not a vegetarian and why I’m all about that meat! We’re almost done and nearly home free.

Have you ever cheated on your diet? We have a cheat day once every two weeks and my mom and I always get pizza.

Diet attempted: Vegetarian What that means: Doesn’t eat meat

Why Diet? Ryne Huff alaynadooley | staffwriter Social studies teacher Ryne Huff, needed a change and decided to create his own diet. He eliminated gluten completely and cut back on sugar and processed foods. “I found out that I was allergic to gluten last fall and I decided if I was cutting that out I might as well change everything,” said Huff. Huff’s diet also includes kicking up his water consumption while trying to avoid coffee and soda. Occasionally, he has a soda. Since starting his diet last fall, Huff has lost about 70 pounds. “I don’t think you will be disappointed with this diet,” said Huff. Out of all the problems that come with a new diet, Huff said the hardest part was trying to figure out what he can and cannot eat. Huff has never cheated on his diet even though he tries to steer clear from anything that’s not veggies or meat and sometimes goes for a gluten free cookie. “I only try to eat things grown from the earth,” said Huff. “If it’s not a veggie or a meat, then I don’t usually eat it.” This diet has given Huff a new found love for grilled veggies, but he still misses stuffed-crust pizza every now and then. Huff encourages anyone looking for a change in their eating habits or just looking to drop a couple pounds to take on this diet.

Would you rather give up salty or sweet food?

How strict is your diet? Strict

7%

Mild

43%

be this hard?

Do you think you’ve lost more weight from your diet or from exercising? Both, but in the beginning I just did the diet and then two months ago I started exercising. The initial weight was lost from dieting.

What’s your favorite food within your diet?

Day 4

I exercise five days a week and sometimes six if I am feeling up to it. Okay so today didn’t go well... at all. I was with friends and there was pizza, soda, and chocolate. I just couldn’t resist. Since I’m a quitter, I decided to take that whole day off because I had already ruined it so bad.

I make smoothies every morning and I love this peanut butter, banana, and spinach smoothie.

What’s your go-to snack? On cheat days I eat the Skinny Cow candy bars, but every other day I usually grab an apple or grapes.

Day 5

Yes, we don’t drink diet soda, but I do drink this soda called Zevia.

I eat a lot of fruit, granola bars, oats, and grains.

50% What diet would you chose if you had to?

Does your diet apply to drinks? Do you bring your lunch to school, if so what’s usually in it?

None

Today I cheated on my vegan diet because we went up to my grandma’s and she had no vegan food. I’m proud that I made it to Friday because no one else did but I’m also mad that I didn’t get to finish. Overall, I think this was a good experience because I got to broaden my knowledge on diets, but I prefer not dieting if I had a choice.

I made it through this day without eating any meat. I am already planning all of my meat-filled meals this weekend. It’s safe to say that I won’t eat anything that does not have some form of meat in it. This was so hard to do and I challenge everyone to prove me wrong and take on one of our diets.

I guess you could say that I followed my diet for breakfast since I didn’t actually eat breakfast because I slept until 11. Since I slept until 11, I woke up very hungry and couldn’t control myself and had to have more than the diet allowed me. I really struggled with this diet near the end. I really wouldn’t recommend this diet. we don’t eat like cavemen anymore for a reason.

Vegetarian

Paleo Vegan 8%

25%

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Diving right in

Talented freshmen eager to make an impact

paytonsechrist | staffwriter The boys swim team will start its season with 20 swimmers, including two accomplished freshman swimmers. Freshmen Nick Passinese and Ryan Downing both have extensive club swimming skills and may end up rewriting the school record books in their first high school season. “This year I am excited to break some school records. Whenever I break my own time, it feels Ryan Downing like I’ve landed on Mars,” said Downing, the son of teacher, Bill Downing. Downing’s best event is the 500-yard freestyle with a best time of 5:06. The school record is 5:42, a difference of 36 seconds. Passinese’s strongest event is the 200 IM (individual medley), which consists of all four strokes: the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. His best IM time is 2:12. The school record is 2:20, so Passinese has already established a new record by eight seconds. “Nick and Ryan are awesome swimmers. Together they will break every individual school record we have,” swim coach Preston Williams said.

Downing and Passinese became friends when they were in kindergarten and competed on a Bonner Springs YMCA team. They progressed through the club and USA swimming ranks and now swim six days a week with the Kansas City Blazers, the area’s top club team. With all of these recordbreaking times, each swimmer has his own way to prepare. “I make sure I get lots of rest Nick Passinese and I eat healthy foods before a swim meet,” Passinese said. “I like to get pumped and try to get my blood flowing. I like to stay focused and listen to music,” Downing added. Passinese and Downing are looking forward to their first season swimming for the Braves. “Nick and Ryan will both make it to state in individual events, and I’m confident we can get all three relays to state,” Williams said.”I have a few more boys that I really want to qualify for individuals, but they will have to work really hard. This should be our best season since I’ve been here.” The Braves’ first home meet is Dec. 10 against Turner, Olathe Northwest and Washington.

#TheClashofTheKicks Morgan Lawrence, 12 Sport: Girls’ basketball Shoe: Nike Hyperfuses Cost: $100 Why this shoe stood out: “They are very comfortable to run in.” D.J. Ballard, 12 Sport: Wrestling Shoe: Nike Inflict Cost: $250 Why this shoe stood out: “I love them, the best shoes in my opinion.” Josh Adams, 12 Sport: Boy’s basketball Shoe: Under Armour Spine Bionic Cost: $115 Why this shoe stood out: “They are comfy and make me taller.”

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The Lady Braves ended their season at sub-state Oct. 25 in a hard-fought game in the championship match against Bishop Miege. Junior, Julianne Jackson had a big game against the Stags with 12 kills while senior, Caitlin Reed racked up 7 additional kills. Junior, Emily Nelson kept the momentum going with a lot of good action in the back row. The Lady Braves walked off the court with a 23-18 record.

cross country

Senior, Joe Casteel was the lone Brave to compete at the state meet this past Saturday. To get there, he had to battle heat exhaustion at regionals while running the race of his life, finishing fifth with a career-best time of 17:40. “I’ve been searching for the words to describe Joe’s performance at regionals,” coach Bill Downing said. “His placing was pretty remarkable. I’ve had some really big moments where kids stepped up and did some really big things, but this has to be one of the top ones.” Unfortunately, Casteel got off to a rocky start in his second appearance at state. In the beginning of his race, he got pushed over a large patch of grass and fell and hit his head, but then quickly got up to finish 74th with a time of 18:38.

braves | profiles For Brenden Dotson, the upcoming basketball season will be his last chance to compete in a Braves’ uniform. Here’s a look at the senior point guard’s goals and interests. What will be the team’s biggest challenge? Chemistry, and getting everyone to play together and making big plays. What are your goals this coming season? We’re going to state. Who is your NBA/college basketball player inspiration? Damian Lillard. How have you grown as a player since freshmen year? I’ve gotten faster, stronger and more athletic. I’ve started shooting more. Funniest memory made during basketball? It was probably when Jake Wylie fell out of a chair and broke it during sophomore year. Photos/Hanna Wenzel

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The wait is over

gameday

The matchup: Bonner Braves (7-2) at St. Thomas Aquinas (6-3) When and where: The Braves are making their first playoff appearance since 2011. They will take on the No. 7 ranked St. Thomas Aquinas Saints at 7 p.m. tonight at Aquinas. Tickets are $6. The stadium is at 11411 Pflumm Road, Overland Park.

Braves defeat St. James 13-0 to secure a playoff spot paytonsechrist| staffwriter Last Friday was an emotional night for the Braves as they defeated the St. James Academy Thunder 13-0 to advance to the playoffs the first time in three years. “Our season is at stake. This is a big week for Bonner football. Everything we want as a team and as a program is at stake,” senior captain Jake Wylie said. There were a lot of key plays that changed the momentum of the game and one of those plays was a big interception late in the third quarter by senior Darryl Terrell. “I felt like the turnover ignited the energy we needed,” Terrell said. Junior Jamison Freese also had a big play to end the night when he closed out the game with an end zone interception. After both interceptions, it was too late for the Thunder to make a comeback. The game was in the Braves’ hands. Head football coach, Lucas Aslin has high hopes for the team as take on the Saints. “We played St. Thomas two years before I came here in the playoffs and they beat us and we didn’t move on to state. So, it’s payback time,” Aslin said.

What’s at stake: The opportunity to advance to the next round and to play the winner of the Leavenworth vs. Topeka game. How did the Saints do last week? No. 13 Pittsburg defeated Aquinas last Friday 31-21. It was a painful loss for the Saints who lost a big threat on the field in junior fullback James Cosentino, who ended his season with a broken leg. Savoring the moment, the team celebrates the big win against St. James Academy. Junior Marcell Holmes dashes to the edge for a big gain on the play. Holmes finished the game with 101 yards and two touchdowns. Photos/ Sam Nelson

The Braves will win if: “We continue to be physical,” head coach Lucas Aslin. “Everybody has their own job to do. If everybody does their job well, then we will do great.” Key matchups: “Aquinas has a horrible defensive line. They like to throw the ball a ton and they focus only on offense,” Aslin said. “They don’t throw the ball well. Their defensive line is not as strong as ours.” Is the team ready? “Yes, we need to be confident and control what we can control,” Aslin said.

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The choices are plentiful when it comes to Lay’s chips lucyflorez | staffwriter There’s no shortage of potato chip choices when you visit the grocery store or gas station nowadays, especially when it comes to those produced by the Frito-Lay company. Some of their craziest and most inventive flavors come from their Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest, which has only been around for two years in America. In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s a quick synopsis of the fairly new competition. Lay’s wants their consumers to choose their next big flavor idea, so they take in flavor submissions for the first four months of the year and then narrow down the choices by judging them on 40 percent creativity, 30 percent potential, and 30 percent overall fun. After the top four flavor ideas are chosen, the flavors are developed and produced to be sold in stores for the next stage of the competition: the voting, which starts in July. The consumers can then vote on their favorite chip flavor in many ways, such as going on to Lay’s website, texting in their vote, or even

“I ca n’t chip stop eat alay s, they’re ing the D na d il j oole ust so g l Pickle o yls opho od.” more

through social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Vine by captioning specific hashtags. Finally, the last stage of the competition occurs, which is the grand revealing of that year’s winner. The 2013 winner was Cheesy Garlic Bread (which was the most liked out of the three the a&e staff taste tested). This year, there were four interesting flavors as finalists: Cappuccino, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa, and Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger. After the voting ended on Oct. 18, this year’s winner was eventually revealed: Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger. Meneko Spigner McBeth, the woman who came up with the idea of Wasabi Ginger, doesn’t have to wait any longer for her grand prize of $1 million. With the prize being so spectacular and the contest being so easy to participate in, maybe you could enter and be the parent of the next great Lay’s flavor idea. e mak you ve to d i d hy g to ha e! W thes I’m goin myself.” e k i l ow for ally “I re them? N uy some staff l y b r me t out and adlock m go n ja

“They taste so much like a pickle and I don’t quite understand it. If you want to eat a pickle, just eat a pickle.” bill downing l staff

And the winner is: Wasabi Ginger “It has a really funny after taste, but I do like it. I like things with with weird flavors.” heather campbell l staff “These are not good at all. They’re awful; you need to burn Wasabi Ginger and never buy them again.” dolan kile l sophomore


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To tumblr. or not to tumblr. Senior Joe Casteel blogs with a passion and has many followers to hear that passion kynnedyshepherd | a&eeditor It was a random day about six years ago when senior Joe Casteel came across the little blue Tumblr app when it was still in its early stages and not the huge social site that it is now. Not knowing much about it, but still being intrigued by it, Casteel downloaded the app. “I don’t really remember what happened or what made me download it, I just did,” Casteel said. He enjoyed the app so much he began posting more on it and spending more time on the app. He started to gain more followers and as time passed they began to add up to a lot more than he ever thought he would get.

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As did his interest in the app. So much so that he found a way to make money off the site. “I used to put ads up on Tumblr and people would pay me for it,” Casteel said. “Other people can do it too. All they have to do is email an online clothing store or some place they like online and ask to put ads up for them for a profit.” Casteel follows around 1,000 people, which would seem like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the 10,000 people who follow him on the site. He also gets up to 5,000 likes in a single day for a post that he creates. Tumblr has not only affected him on the Internet but also in his every day life. Some of his many followers from Tumblr have recognized him out in public. “It doesn’t happen very often because I mostly have followers in England but people have come up to me before and asked if I was the same guy off Tumblr,” Casteel said. Along with his followers in England he has more that are also scattered throughout Europe and he even has a small batch of followers located in Ontario, Canada. Now don’t think just because he has over 10,000 followers he doesn’t have his own accounts that he loves to stalk in his free time. “I would say my favorite account to look at is Jason Bulter’s,” Casteel said. “He has a lot of wisdom and a really awesome beard and I hope I can grow a similar one, someday. Plus I just really like what he posts.” So, if you’re interested in becoming Tumblr famous like Bonner’s own Joe Casteel or you just have an interest in the app itself, go ahead, join and get ready to blog away along with Tumblr’s growing number of users.

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YOU SAID

“I’m Grateful” With Thanksgiving not too far down the road, we’d like to find out what some of the students at BSHS are thankful for. “I am thankful for kind-hearted people.”

sally crabtree | sophmore

“I am thankful for Kanye West. He’s always there for me when I need a good beat.”

sabria zlitni | sophmore

“I am grateful for my family and all the support they give me. Having to move out [to Kansas City] to play for the Sporting Academy has really shown me the extent of my family's love and support. Without them I would not be able to do what I am doing. Thanks to them I am living my dream.” carlos galindo | junior

“For the thought that ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ It keeps me in a good mood and encourages me to go on.”

missy kempf l freshmen

“For being alive, as we are not promised tomorrow.”

lacey dean l sophomore

“I believe that when it comes to the holiday seasons I am thankful for spending time with my family and the weather of the seasons.”

peter klingele | junior

katie carpenter | junior

“I am grateful to have the ability to succeed.”

samuel nelson | senior

“The BSHS yearbook staff.”

mikaela bennett | senior

“I am grateful for Nurse Kim and Anne for helping me out at school.” micayla pierce-thomas l junior

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“I appreciate that I live in a free country because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able to do all the things that I do now.”

“I am grateful for my grandma Beverly because she is like a second mom to me.”

tristan foster | junior

“I am so very grateful for my cats, Netflix, and wifi.”

michaela augustine | junior

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