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Vol. 77 Issue 4 | Feb. 6, 2015

Bonner Springs High School | 100 McDanield, Bonner Springs KS, 66012

Braves of Bonner Springs page profiles on pages 4-5.


A closer look at drug dogs taylorvandenhull | newseditor For the first time in two years, a surprise drug dog search took place at BSHS on Tuesday, Jan. 13. It took four teams consisting of a police officer and a drug dog approximately 55 minutes to complete the search while students stood in the hallways outside of their classrooms. Dr. Joe Hornback, principal, said no drugs were found during the search and that he plans to have more in the future. Two of the dogs in the search were back in the building on Jan. 29 as part of a demonstration in Trish Elder’s fourth-hour forensic science class. We caught up with the officers who work with those animals before the presentation. What are the names, ages, and breeds of the dogs you work with? Officer Tommy Lee: My dog’s name is Thor, a three-year-old Dutch Shepherd who has been with the department for a year and two months. Officer Mike Wilcox: My dog’s name is Dax; he is a two-year-old Belgium Malinois who has been with the department for five months.

marijuana, crack, cocaine, How long does it take to heroine, and meth. train these types of dogs? What makes these drugs so What are the costs? special? The dogs train all day every Their breeding, high drive and Tuesday. Their general ability to complete the job. training takes three to six They can run from 25 to 35 months. It costs anywhere miles per hour for a quarter of from $10,000 to $14,000 to a mile. acquire and train the dogs. Do they ever play like the They pay for themselves many average dog? times over. They play like the normal dog, How many drug dogs does but they’re not house dogs. the KCK police department Your greatest reward in Officer Tommy Lee and Thor own? Where do they stay? working with these dogs? The department owns three They’re good partners and complete their jobs. dogs who stay with their handlers 24/7. What type of work do the dogs do? How accurate are the dogs when detecting Ninety-five to 97 percent of their usage is a the presence of drugs? location tool. They can locate the bad guys and If there is an odor, they can detect it. They drugs. They are also used in the tactical team, can detect an odor up to 30 days after. Their swat team, school searches and canine demos. sense of smell is 100,000 times better than the What do they do after they retire? average human. The average working life for these dogs is six to How many types of drugs can the dogs 10 years and then they retire and become the detect? handler’s dog. They can detect five different types of drugs:

ACT profile | Sam Nelson ericvalenzuela | staffwriter Whether you are taking the ACT tomorrow morning or later in the spring, here are some helpful tips from senior Sam Nelson. How many ACT tests have you taken? I took three ACT tests and two PLAN tests. What was your best score? My best score is a 31. I got 34 in science, 33 in English, 31 in reading, 27 in math. How did you prepare? I prepared by taking A LOT of practice tests. I bought a book full of them. I also expanded my vocabulary by studying from a book called Word Smart. It has its own exercises, but I mostly just memorized like 20 words at time.

What goals did you have? I really wanted a 32 and I got close. That’s really the big number; getting more than a 32 doesn’t really matter. What tips do you have for students taking the ACT? Study a lot. The more you study the better you will do. All the tests are the same in a sense. If you do enough practice tests, you will start to see that and the test gets much easier. I would also suggest getting a good nights sleep. The biggest problem I had was not relaxing enough when I took the tests for real. I know it’s hard, but my biggest tip would be to just relax and take the test.

New electives may be added ericvalenzuela | staffwriter Depending on student interest, many new electives could be added next year. Those courses include Mythology, Science Fiction, Pop Culture History, Conspiracies and Scandals in U.S. History, Debate, Forensics, Acting, Stage Craft, Web Page Design, IT Essentials and others. According to Dr. Joe Hornback, principal, staff members were asked to suggest new classes they thought students would want to take. Students were then given the chance to select those courses and other electives during pre-enrollment last week. After pre-enrollment requests are entered in Skyward, students will then create two schedules based on their requests the first week of March.

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Mock Trial marissasatterfield | staffwriter Mock Trial is exactly what it sounds like, a trial that students act out. Each student has a particular role. There are three lawyers and six witnesses, and one student is required to play two witnesses. The teams compete against other schools and perform twice as prosecution and twice as defense. The meet is right around the corner and will be held at the Johnson County Courthouse on Feb. 28. Sponsors Jennifer Stricherz and Linda Orangkhadivi will be taking 21 students who compete on three teams: one varsity and two novice.

Security cameras updated taylorvandenhull | newseditor Approximately 30 new digital security cameras have been installed all around BSHS. The cameras were purchased because the old ones were around 12 years old and needed updating. According to Dr. Joe Hornback, principal, the new cameras have more coverage all around the building than the old cameras did. The new cameras cost approximately $60,000 and were purchased with district capital outlay funds. The board approved the purchase of new cameras this past summer and the cameras were installed in January. “The old cameras will eventually be taken down and thrown away or sold,” Dr.Joe Hornback said.

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Need a summer job? Here’s a look at some work opportunities available through the City of Bonner Springs marissasatterfield | staffwriter Dobbs said. Calling all students ages 15 and up in need There are job options for those who love to of a part-time job for the summer. Head down to be around the pool 24/7. Those jobs include: the Bonner Springs Community Center to grab lifeguarding, pool concessions, swim instructor an application for various job positions. and pool admissions. Applications can also be found online and “An important thing to remember if printed out to be contemplating whether brought to the or not to apply to City of Bonner Jobs and Pay community center if become a lifeguard Park maintenance (18+) $9.00/hr preferred. is that you are According to Skip required to get your Camp counselor (16+) $8.25/hr Dobbs, the city’s lifeguard certification $8.25/hr Lifeguard (15+) parks and recreation beforehand,” Dobbs Pool admissions (15+) $7.25/hr director, potential said. Pool concessions (15+) $7.25/hr employees should There are also jobs Swim instructor (15+) $10.00/hr possess certain for those who don’t character traits for Baseball umpire (15+) $10.00+/game think being at the these job positions. Soccer referee (15+) $10.00+/game pool all summer long “We look for is an ideal job. Some those who have a of those jobs include: strong work ethic, willingness to learn, good camp counselors, park maintenance, baseball communication skills and responsibility,” umpiring and soccer referees. Dobbs said. A big concern for students is being able to Students are not required to have prior balance a job with other summer commitments. experience, but experience is definitely not “We work with your schedule in all aspects,” overlooked when hiring. Dobbs said. “Whether you’re going to football “Anytime someone has prior experience they camp, science camp, or on a vacation, we’ll are most likely going to be our first choice,” accommodate with your schedule.”

Top tips for a good interview 1. Firm handshake and eye-contact Eye contact and handshakes are nonverbal ways to tell a lot about people. 2. Do your research Research the company before an interview to know what the company stands for. 3. Be on time Never arrive late to an interview. Always arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. 4. Ask Questions Don’t miss opportunities to find out valuable information about the company and to show interest in the job. 5. Listen carefully Make sure you listen to details; you don’t want to miss something important. 6. Dress appropriately You always want to make a good first impression. 7. Be honest Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. 8. Emphasize your good qualities Let the interviewer know why you’re a good fit for the job.

sources: http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/ http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-10-job-

Aaron Ashford enjoys working with exotic pets ericvalenzuela | staffwriter While some high school students work retail or flip burgers to earn a few extra bucks, senior Aaron Ashford earns his wages working with exotic animals at Go Lizards in downtown Bonner Springs. Most of the work Ashford does consists of taking care of sick pets, cleaning waste out of cages and attending to customers. Ashford says the best part of his job is working and teaching people about animals that most have never heard of. However, not everything about working at a pet store is fun. “My least favorite part of my job is the days when I have to clean the rat cages. There is a lot of poop and it stinks,” Ashford said. Ashford makes $9.25 an hour working with the many different animals. The animals consist of pythons, cobras, bearded dragons, sugar gliders, turtles, small monkeys, and many more. So how did Ashford land such an interesting part-time job? He said he used to visit Go Lizards to buy food for his pet snake and spoke with the manager about working at the store. Ashford has definitely learned many things since his first day on the job in June of 2011. “I have learned that you have to be careful when handling any animal, no matter how small or large they are,” Ashford said. “You have to have a lot of responsibility when running the store by yourself. Dealing with the public can be hard at times.”

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Senior Aaron Ashford gets ready to clean the sulcata tortosie pen while working at Go Lizards on a Sunday afternoon. Sulcata tortoises are the third largest species in the world and can weigh up to 150 pounds. Showing no intimidation, Ashford holds the store’s 12-foot, 150-pound Burmese python that eats rabbits, rats, and even small pigs.

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Braves of Bonner Springs The reason behind this page is attributed to the famous photo blog Humans of New York, created by Brandon Stanton and the timeless journalistic idea that anyone and everyone has a story. The whole point of being a journalist is to share the story of the people around you. All of the people in this town we call home have unique stories. Some are happy, sad, frustrating, emotional, tear-jerking, and maybe even frightful, but what connects all these stories is that each one is important and deserves to be told. We will be updating our online profiles of the Braves of Bonner Springs on www.bshsnews.com.

“I can get into places that other people can’t, like my locker.” freshman Tyler Scott

What did you do to prepare for your first time spinning fire? “I did a whole bunch of research; what clothes I needed to wear and how far away people needed to be. I was a little nervous but had confidence. If you do this, you’ve got to be confident.” Video coming soon to www.bshsnews.com sophomore Cody Wilson

What was it like to win your first career win in wrestling this year? “I was super happy because it was a dream I had and it came true. I won for my mom; she is deceased and I wanted to win it for her. She is my motivation.” sophomore Josh Mullins

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What are your goals after high school? “Get a job, get married and have a happily ever after. How does that sound?” freshman Jesse Ramer

“Well, you see in sixth grade (she doesn’t remember) we used to yell at each other a lot, and we didn’t really like each other. Seventh grade is when I fell for her, eighth grade is when we started to talk but I couldn’t really talk to her because I had really bad anxiety. The most I could say was ‘Hi, friend’ in the hallway. And then in ninth grade... “ “I sealed the deal.” freshmen Dakotah Cook and Jacob Merino

“The best thing about us being in

What is your biggest

choir together is that we got to do our

inspiration?

BRAVO! solo together.”

“To keep myself from fading,

“I think that was real fun because both

I would prefer to be remembered

of us thought we weren’t going to

rather than forgotten.”

make it and then we ended up making it together. I guess since it’s our senior

Why is being remembered

year it made it special for us to go out

important to you?

with a bang.”

“People forget their ancestors and I would prefer to not let that happen.”

senoirs Mackenzie Jones and Caitlyn Khatchadourian

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freshman Michael Urton

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Pledge away the R-word According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “retard” is a verb that means “to make slow or to be delayed.” I have no problem with this definition. What I do have a problem with is when people take that word and use it to make fun of or to degrade those with intellectual and physical disabilities. I’m talking, of course, about the R-word. To this day, I can honestly say I have never said the R-word, and I’ve made it crystal clear that anyone who wants to be near me is not allowed to use it in a derogatory way. There are those who have questioned my position, saying “What’s the big deal, I didn’t mean it like that?” If you didn’t mean it, then change what you say. It’s a very easy fix. I despise this word because it does not accurately describe those with disabilities. To tear someone down for a disability that is out of their control is simple-minded and hurtful. We misuse the word. Just because you say it to your friends without disabilities doesn’t make it any less

offensive to those with a disability. Period. Beyond that, the word is degrading to our fellow human beings. If you’ve ever been in our Life Skills classroom like I have, you would see that the students there show more growth in a day than I do in weeks. It’s such an amazing feeling to go there and watch them grow so much and so quickly every single day. We are fortunate at Bonner that we have a school and community that is supportive of those with special needs, and I am extremely grateful that I don’t have to see incidents where students with special needs get physically harmed like I’ve read about online or seen in the movies. But I still hear the R-word lingering through the halls, which means there’s still work to be done. There are plenty of people that feel the same way. The website www.R-word.org is devoted to bringing awareness on this issue. The organization encourages people to sign a pledge saying they won’t use the word. We have a banner of our own, but unfortunately only 111 students have signed it. We can do way better than this. I challenge each and everyone of you to head up to the media center and sign the pledge to stop use of the word. Don’t have time? I have the perfect solution for you. Go online to www.R-word.org and be a part of the movement towards ending the offensive use of the R-word.

numbers | the R-word

March 4

www.r-word.org National Day of Awareness

1960

509,663

2010

the R-word transitioned from a medical term to a slang word

people have taken the pledge on www.R-word.org to end the use of the R-word.

Rosa’s Law was passed and banned the R-word in federal health, education, and labor laws.

Kissing PDA goodbye With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air and in the halls. The trouble is most of us just don’t want to see or hear that love. Almost every day while I’m peacefully making my way to class, I’m rudely interrupted with the sounds of lip smacking. I mean is it really necessary for a big long smooch during every passing period? Does the kiss expire after 50 minutes or something? It’s always the same couples standing against the lockers gazing into each others eyes like they just haven’t seen each other last passing period, ending their conversations with long awkward hugs and multiple unneeded kisses before the bell rings. I’ve really never understood these things; it’s weird to me that you want everyone including your teachers walking the halls to watch while you and your significant other are kissing and hugging. Honestly, what are you trying to prove? We get it; you guys are into each other.

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There is a time and a place for that and school isn’t exactly the place. Your PDA plays out like a horror film for those of us who must view it. And it’s not just the sloppy smooches that drive me crazy, it’s also the unneeded congestion that PDA adds to the halls. Why should we have to awkwardly maneuver around couples slowly walking down the halls, holding hands to show the whole world how in love they are and savoring every moment of the five-minute passing until they have to part ways? Holding hands is fine, but if it’s causing a roadblock you need to pick up the pace. Slow, romantic strolls should be saved for your Saturday date nights. Of course, there are those couples who shield us from their love and who refrain from PDA. Let me be the first to thank your for your self control. So to those happy high school couples who love each other (or think they love each other) as much as they love showing PDA, please stop crowding the halls with that nonsense. The bottom line is this: Even though you couples may be in “love,” none of us want to witness it, so instead of kissing your significant other goodbye try kissing PDA goodbye. It’s just awkward.

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As senior year is rapidly coming to an end, seniors aren’t primarily focused on their Senior Project or other work for that matter. Instead, many seniors are stressing over the question of how they will pay for their future. According to the College Board, the cost of attending an in-state college last year was approximately $22,000, while tuition at a private school was about $45,000 a year. Take those number times four and a college degree is going to cost you close to $100,000 if not more. The thought of taking out a loan to pay for this education is quite the nightmare, yet more and more Americans are forced to borrow money to pay for their dream of a college education. co According to U.S. News and de lleg gr e World Report, the average ee college graduate left school with a debt of $28,000, which provides an inside view of why a lot of seniors are stressing over money. “I plan to go to the college of veterinary medicine at K-State. That will mean eight years of schooling ahead and that will stack up to $200,000 if not more. To be honest, I am stressed over filling out scholarships and doing school work at the same time,” senior Shelbey Taylor said. Fortunately, people are starting to take note of this crisis,

talking points | your over exposed celebrity “Taylor Swift. It’s not that I don’t like her personality; I just don’t like any of her songs. She is everywhere.” baleigh shearer | senior “Kim Kardashian. She is a drama queen and she is crazy.” robyn lewis | junior

“Justin Bieber. He is getting into too much trouble. He needs to know when to stop.” dolan kile | sophomore

“Taylor Swift. She is all over posters, Instagram and other social media.” jenna mcdonnell | freshman

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and one of them is President Barack Obama. In his Jan. 20 State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed offering two years of community college for free to students. The federal government would pay for 75 percent while the states would pick up the remaining costs. “I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today,” d Obama said. e The idea has already become a reality in two b places. Last February, Tennessee became the first t state to provide free community college to high school graduatues regardless of merit or need. The new “Tennessee Promise” hopes to increase the state’s level of college graduates up to 55 percent. Last October, the city of Chicago followed suit and rolled out a similar plan, but with a required 3.0 high school GPA. Some might scoff at the idea, saying that America cannot afford this. However, we think America can’t afford not to do this. “Forty percent of our college students choose community college,” Obama said. “Some are young and starting out. Some are older and looking for a better job. Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market... this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt.” —jacob kraus for the Pow Wow staff

grinding my gears | kayla willis Who in the past eight years has written over 700 songs and produced five No. 1 albums? You’ve probably heard her on the radio; that’s right, I’m talking about Taylor Swift. Taylor isn’t just someone everyone knows; she is someone everyone has a clear understanding of and a strong opinion about. Her face and voice are instantly recognizable, and her personality and musical ideas are easily dissected. She is the epitome of a pop superstar. As I remember Taylor at the start of her career, she only wrote songs with strong stories. While I understand everyone needs to somehow cope with breakups, I feel Taylor needs a different angle, instead of writing her songs by repeating herself over and over. For example, when you hear the song “Out of the Woods,” she sings the word “woods” 37 times. In “Shake It Off,” she sings the word “shake” over 70 times. It eventually becomes annoying. When it comes to popular music or artists, there is no star as big as Taylor, and nobody who can fill her shoes. Taylor garners attention from around the world, selling millions of albums and filling stadiums around the globe. Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where there’s too much Taylor. From the Thanksgiving day parade to having a tumblr account devoted to her armpits, there’s no escaping her. I am just tired of constantly switching stations and hearing the same two songs of hers are playing over and over.

love it | hate it

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Debate If all goes as planned, we will see the reappearance of a class that has been gone way too long. Cowtown Cheesecakes Chef Terry has his bakery up and running, and we highly recommend the strawberry cupcakes. Life Skills Greenhouse The Life Skills Classroom has built their very own greenhouse behind the school, beautifying Bonner one step at a time.

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Free college in the making

Still No Snow Days Although we love the days that feel like spring and make us forget about our winter blues, we would appreciate at least one snow day. Disrespectful Pink Crush At last Friday’s game when guest speaker Peggy Callahan addressed the crowd, she had to stop to tell Pink Crushers to be quiet, an embarrassing moment to be a Brave.

just for fun | Pick-up Lines I don’t have a costume for the party, may I go as your boyfriend? You must be the square root of two because I feel irrational around you.

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Switching roles When most people think of your stereotypical video game players, they almost always think of a teenage boy like freshman Hunter Murphy (shown above) hunched over in darkness, but a new study is showing that’s not the case. According to a survey released last June by the Entertainment Software Association, adult women now play more video games than boys under the age of 18, making up 48 percent of the gaming market. The spike in female gamers is likely tied to the increase in smart-phone adoption, according to Charles Pulliam-Moore on PBS News Hour. “I am not surprised to see women getting more involved, ” said physics teacher Katrina Martin, who plays 10 to 20 hours per week. “Gaming has its own sense of community that people really enjoy, even women.” Video games have now adopted more female roles with options to customize the gender of certain characters in hopes of appealing to more women. “It’s like girl gamers are treated as goddesses in the gaming world,” said sophomore Alivia Crouch. “I guess in today’s world, video games are viewed as an interest towards guys more than girls.” Another female who enjoys video games is freshman Aneska Radcliff, who plays the Call of Duty games, HALO, and Insidious. She plays about 28 hours per week at a friend’s house because her console is broken. “You get a lot of attention sometimes. If you talk to someone and they ask if you play video games, it’s always a conversation starter,” Radcliff said. “There are some negative stereotypes, however, and lots of people think girl gamers are fake.” Crouch agrees that there is sometimes disbelief when it comes to serious female gamers and says other gamers are often surprised by her knowledge. “I love playing first person shooter games especially Team Fortress 2, and I have clocked in about 200 plus hours on that game alone,” Crouch said. “Whenever I play online against other players or when I meet other gamers in competitions, people seem to be really surprised when they realize I’m a hardcore video gamer that’s female,” said Crouch, who plays games about 30 hours per week. Video games generally are designed to appeal more toward younger men, but with girls getting more involved will the games change? “I don’t think girls playing video games will change anything,” said Dakota McKeehan. “But guys will be able to talk with girls about gaming more.”

Your favorite system Gaming is becoming more common among students. We asked you what your favorite gaming system is, here’s what you said.

39% Xbox 35%

Playstation

Surveyed out of 180 students

tanershipman | featureseditor

12% Wii PC 27%

the ugly

This game has had the most successful launch in Bioware history. It was released November 14, 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition has received three awards including the GLAAD Media Award for Special Recognition, Game Award for Game of the year, and Game Award for Best Role-Playing Game. We here named this one the ugly not because the game was bad at all, but because of the fact that most people just weren’t aware of how great this game was. Definitely a great game to check out. paigekrone | staffwriter

It is a multi-player online game allowing you to play quests with your friends. This game has received two gaming awards including Best Online Experience and Best Score/Soundtrack. Within the first five days, 325 million dollars worth of copies were sold. Although with all of its success some were not impressed with the game play making it a big let down for some. After you complete the story that makes up only a handful of missions you find yourself repeating these missions only on a harder difficulty making it super repetitive and tedious. paigekrone | staffwriter

My game, my way Here’s an inside look at freshman Mason Dobbs and the gaming computer that he built. Who inspired you to build a gaming computer? I saw someone else build one and thought it looked fun and decided to build one myself. Where did you find the money to build the computer? My grandparents and parents spoiled me with money during Christmas. How long did it take to build? It took 2 months to get all of the parts but I built it in a day. What is the difference between playing games on your computer and your console? The graphics are better and the game runs smoother on my computer. What was your parents’ reaction when you told them you wanted to build this computer? They said sounds good, you will have to get the money yourself and it would be a good experience for you. What was the hardest part? I had a broken part and I had to take it back to get a new one which took a day. Whats your least favorite thing about the gaming computer compared to a game console? It was much more difficult than going to the store and buying a console. How many hours do you play a week? I play about 16 hours a week. What type of prior knowledge is required before building your own computer? You have to know the parts you want, if they fit together, and how to put the parts and cords together.

the good

the bad

Call of Duty has been around since its initial release in 2003. Since then, the creator, Ben Chichoski, has released 13 more in the form of Android apps and console games. Every year Call of Duty has won an award, but last year with its new release of Advanced Warfare we felt like it was a refresher to the Call of Duty franchise with improved graphics and better game play. Adding new weaponry and especially the exosuit which added a completely new way to play Call of Duty. paigekrone | staffwriter


Switching roles When most people think of your stereotypical video game players, they almost always think of a teenage boy like freshman Hunter Murphy (shown above) hunched over in darkness, but a new study is showing that’s not the case. According to a survey released last June by the Entertainment Software Association, adult women now play more video games than boys under the age of 18, making up 48 percent of the gaming market. The spike in female gamers is likely tied to the increase in smart-phone adoption, according to Charles Pulliam-Moore on PBS News Hour. “I am not surprised to see women getting more involved, ” said physics teacher Katrina Martin, who plays 10 to 20 hours per week. “Gaming has its own sense of community that people really enjoy, even women.” Video games have now adopted more female roles with options to customize the gender of certain characters in hopes of appealing to more women. “It’s like girl gamers are treated as goddesses in the gaming world,” said sophomore Alivia Crouch. “I guess in today’s world, video games are viewed as an interest towards guys more than girls.” Another female who enjoys video games is freshman Aneska Radcliff, who plays the Call of Duty games, HALO, and Insidious. She plays about 28 hours per week at a friend’s house because her console is broken. “You get a lot of attention sometimes. If you talk to someone and they ask if you play video games, it’s always a conversation starter,” Radcliff said. “There are some negative stereotypes, however, and lots of people think girl gamers are fake.” Crouch agrees that there is sometimes disbelief when it comes to serious female gamers and says other gamers are often surprised by her knowledge. “I love playing first person shooter games especially Team Fortress 2, and I have clocked in about 200 plus hours on that game alone,” Crouch said. “Whenever I play online against other players or when I meet other gamers in competitions, people seem to be really surprised when they realize I’m a hardcore video gamer that’s female,” said Crouch, who plays games about 30 hours per week. Video games generally are designed to appeal more toward younger men, but with girls getting more involved will the games change? “I don’t think girls playing video games will change anything,” said Dakota McKeehan. “But guys will be able to talk with girls about gaming more.”

Your favorite system Gaming is becoming more common among students. We asked you what your favorite gaming system is, here’s what you said.

39% Xbox 35%

Playstation

Surveyed out of 180 students

tanershipman | featureseditor

12% Wii PC 27%

the ugly

This game has had the most successful launch in Bioware history. It was released November 14, 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition has received three awards including the GLAAD Media Award for Special Recognition, Game Award for Game of the year, and Game Award for Best Role-Playing Game. We here named this one the ugly not because the game was bad at all, but because of the fact that most people just weren’t aware of how great this game was. Definitely a great game to check out. paigekrone | staffwriter

It is a multi-player online game allowing you to play quests with your friends. This game has received two gaming awards including Best Online Experience and Best Score/Soundtrack. Within the first five days, 325 million dollars worth of copies were sold. Although with all of its success some were not impressed with the game play making it a big let down for some. After you complete the story that makes up only a handful of missions you find yourself repeating these missions only on a harder difficulty making it super repetitive and tedious. paigekrone | staffwriter

My game, my way Here’s an inside look at freshman Mason Dobbs and the gaming computer that he built. Who inspired you to build a gaming computer? I saw someone else build one and thought it looked fun and decided to build one myself. Where did you find the money to build the computer? My grandparents and parents spoiled me with money during Christmas. How long did it take to build? It took 2 months to get all of the parts but I built it in a day. What is the difference between playing games on your computer and your console? The graphics are better and the game runs smoother on my computer. What was your parents’ reaction when you told them you wanted to build this computer? They said sounds good, you will have to get the money yourself and it would be a good experience for you. What was the hardest part? I had a broken part and I had to take it back to get a new one which took a day. Whats your least favorite thing about the gaming computer compared to a game console? It was much more difficult than going to the store and buying a console. How many hours do you play a week? I play about 16 hours a week. What type of prior knowledge is required before building your own computer? You have to know the parts you want, if they fit together, and how to put the parts and cords together.

the good

the bad

Call of Duty has been around since its initial release in 2003. Since then, the creator, Ben Chichoski, has released 13 more in the form of Android apps and console games. Every year Call of Duty has won an award, but last year with its new release of Advanced Warfare we felt like it was a refresher to the Call of Duty franchise with improved graphics and better game play. Adding new weaponry and especially the exosuit which added a completely new way to play Call of Duty. paigekrone | staffwriter


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The boys made a trip to Sante Fe Trails on Jan. 28, where they took on Osawatomie and Santa Fe. The squad put up a tough fight while dropping a close match against Osawatomie, 35-33, and losing to Santa Fe 45-22. Senior Bryan Lanning and sophomore Taner Hitchcock both had big nights while winning both of their matches one by decision and one by fall. The squad was in action last night against Tonganoxie at home. —alyissa mendoza

All decked out in pink the cheer team excites the crowd between play. Junior Miyah Hightower cuts to the basket to score against Turner. Photos/Hanna Wenzel

boys basketball

The boys took the court against the Turner Bears on Jan. 30 while being a part of a good cause. At the end of the first quarter, they were ahead of the Bears 29-18 and withstood a Turner rally during the fourth quarter. Junior Aaron McGee had a good night, racking up 17 points, while junior Antonio Roark pitched in an additonal 15 points. The Braves ended the game with a 56-52 victory. —alyissa mendoza

Lady Braves tied for first paytonsechrist | staffwriter Currently tied for first in the KVL league play with Mill Valley, the Lady Braves are putting together a solid season. Last week was a particuarly intense stretch for the team. Not only did they play in Friday’s Pink Crush game, but also the next night at 5 p.m. in the finals of the Baldwin tournment where they lost 54-45 to place second. The Lady Braves were ahead by one point at the end of the third quarter, but Baldwin had a big fourth quarter, outscoring them 19-9. “They [Baldwin} are a really good team and I feel like we played some of our best basketball of the year. It was a very demanding week,” head coach Clay Oakes said. In the Cure game, the Lady Braves defeated Turner, 54-28. The starters were pulled after the

first half to rest up for the Baldwin tournament. Junior Miyah Hightower had a big night and swished three three-pointers in the second quarter which gave the team the big lead. The gym was filled with pink, screaming fans who also saw a victory from the varsity boys. “It’s always a special night to bring both communities together to raise money for something special,” senior basketball captain Caitlin Reed said. Stuco raised almost $3,000 dollars selling pink bandanas, necklaces and donuts along with “Coming Together for a Cure” pink and black T-shirts. Now it’s back to work for the Lady Braves. “When we win we celebrate and enjoy the victory but the next day its time to start preparing for our next opponent,” Oakes said.

Our Biggest Rival

Coaches

boys swimming

On Jan. 29, the boys swim team hosted the Wyco Championships where they finished second behind Turner. The 400 free freestyle relay team of Ryan Downing, Jacob Kraus, Preston Landers and Nick Passinese qualfied for state and broke the school record by .17 seconds. All three relay teams have now qualified for state. Freshmen Downing and Passinese have qualified for state in every individual event they have competed in. “It is a lot of fun breaking all of these school records, and it feels like we have the best team Bonner Springs has ever had,” swim coach Preston Williams said. —payton sechrist

Favorite TV show

McDonalds is...

Pet Peeve

Ever been pulled over for a traffic ticket?

Coach Chowning

Basehor-Linwood

“Intervention”

Ugh

Laziness

Yep, I can go fast without realizing it.

Coach Jobe

Basehor-Linwood

“Seinfeld”

Unhealthy

Liars

Not this week

Coach Rich

Basehor-Linwood

“The Walking Dead”

Disgusting

Laziness

Yes

Coach Striet

Basehor-Linwood

“Seinfeld”

Okay

Asking “Can I” instead of “May I”

Yes, about ten years ago. Photos/Kayla Willis

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Take 10 with Bryan Lanning Bryan Lanning

The Braves know what to expect from senior Bryan Lanning on the mat, but how well do his friends and family actually know him? Teammate Collin Wallar Coach Brandon Jobe Sister Shaunie Lanning

Drew Brees

Favorite Athlete

Tom Brady

Jeff Gordon

Ray Lewis

Chinese

Favorite Food

Pizza

Steak

Chinese

Athletic

One Word to Describe Him

Lazy

Comfortable

Funny

The Warriors

Favorite Movie

Pain & Gain

The Hangover

The Blindside

Dying

Biggest Fear

Spiders

Losing his Girlfriend

Doesn’t have any

Firefighter

Future Job

Construction worker

Mechanic

Fireman

Dodge Cummins

Dream Car

Ford Mustang

Yellow Ford

Truck

Texas

Favorite College Team

Texas

Kansas

Texas

Coach Jobe

Favorite Coach

Coach Jobe

Coach Beck

Coach Jobe

Mr. Holder

Favorite Teacher

Coach Jobe

Coach Aslin

Coach Jobe

gameday Tonight’s matchup: Bonner Braves vs. Basehor Bobcats at Basehor-Linwood High S`chool Varsity girls start at 5:45 p.m. Varsity boys start at 7 p.m. What happened when the teams met on Dec. 5? The Lady Braves opened up their season with a 54-39 win while the boys fell to the Bobcats, 67-46. What will the game mean for each team? The close proximity between schools makes for a natural rivalry that can get heated. For the 9-4 boys team, head coach Dan Streit says the game is all about getting the best seeding possible for substate. The 13-0 Bobcats will also be looking to extend their perfect season. For the 8-5 Lady Braves, it’s about taking care of business away from home if they want a share of the KVL title. Key matchups: The matchup that will be on center stage tonight will be shutting down senior Patrick Muldoon, a top area prospect. Streit said rebounding and not allowing second chances will be a key to victory. “You look at what you did good in the first game. Then look at the things you did wrong,” he said. Last week’s action: On the boys’ side, the Bobcats defeated the DeSoto Wildcats, 6643. The girls’ team lost to a Holton basketball squad that’s really playing well.

At long last: a game to remember darrylterrell | sportseditor On the biggest stage of the NFL, Super Bowl XLIX was anything but a blowout. The game was even filled with drama and suspense before the sunday night kick off in Arizona. The New England Patriots were ready to claim their fourth franchise championship while the defending champion Seattle Seahawks were hoping to become the leagues’ new dynasty. As the opening ceremony took place, emotions began to flare.

Both quarterbacks had shaky first halves, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throwing two interceptions. New England took the lead headed into halftime until Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a touchdown strike to rookie reciever Chris Matthews trying the game at 14-14. Behind the legs of star running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks built a 10-point lead in the third quarter. The fourth quarter proved to

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be the best for the Patriots as they battled back scoring on a pass from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski. New England showed a dominant display of defense by not allowing a single point in the fourth quarter. After a Jon Ryan punt, the Patriots took a 28-24 lead due to a touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edeman. There were two minutes left to play in the game. The Seahawks stormed back when Jermaine Kearse grabbed one of the most amazing catches in Super Bowl history, setting up a

potential score for the Seahawks. Seattle coach Pete Carroll made the final play call. As Wilson’s pass was intercepted by Patriots rookie cornerback Malcom Butler, many began to view it as the worst call in Super Bowl history. The Patriots took over on the goal line, dethroning the previous Super Bowl champions in a display of extreme resilence and heart until time expired and they walked off the field as champions. Tom Brady was name Super Bowl MVP as he won his fouth title as the quaterback of the Partiots.

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How to speak on fleek Do you know the slang of today? We put it to the test with these students and faculty members

“It’s interesting to see the English language still changing after thousands of years.” chriswood l bshs staff Nathan Campbell, 12

Sarah Peterson, staff

Chris Wood, staff

Bill Downing, staff

Darius Sheppard, 11

BAE

Your girlfriend/ boyfriend

Significant other

Goodbye

Keep someone away

Your significant other

NO CHILL

Don’t care what you say

Uptight

Don’t worry about it

THIRSTY

Want somebody

Desire of contact from the opposite sex

Want more knowledge

Want to use your phone

Desperate/lustfull

FLEEK

Dressed nice

On point

Recent news

Like on Netflix

To be looking excellent

CAN’T EVEN

Can’t even imagine

Can’t even describe can’t even

Wouldn’t dare

Can’t deal with it

You’ve reached your maximum stupidity intake

SALTY

You’re mad

Upset

Racy

Very edgy, sarcasm

You have an issue towards something

TBH

To be honest

To be honored

To be heralded

A new yogurt store in Bonner?

To be honest

RATCHET

Ugly

Broke down/ ragedy

Pretty rough

Heating things up

You’re trashy, out of order

HEATED

Mad

Mad

Some anger involved

Ratchet

Mad, furious, angered

FAVORITE SLANG

All of them

Sweet action/dude

Wow!

Twitterize

All/slay

No time to do what Myself you want (Darius Sheppard)

Evolution of Words How some of our favorite slang words came to be Bropar

Bretheren

Brother

Bro

Bruh

Posse

Peeps

Homies

Clique

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Dump Your Significant Other Day

Just because it’s Feb 6, doesn’t mean you can’t still do it.

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According to CNN, Americans will buy approximately 224 million roses, give 151 million love notes to a special someone, and consume approximately eight billion candy hearts.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Put away those feelings of hatred for a day and do something nice for someone else. It’s only one day a year.

18 Energize Yourself Day

Better start taking tips from the Energizer Bunny.

19

Temporary Insanity Day Now we finally have an excuse for being crazy.

20 Hoodie Hoo Day

International World Thinking Day

23 Tennis Day

Get out your racket, dust it off, and get to hitting.

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Fairy tales aren’t just for kids, make one up of your own and tell your friends.

Hoodie Hoo Day is a copyrighted holiday. It’s a special day for people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. At noon on this day you go outside Leap Day and scream “HOODIE HOO” to scare off winter Just kidding, Leap Day and bring in spring. (If isn’t for another year. But we gotcha! there’s a winter to chase away.) alexissechrist | page layout

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A new YOU conversation SAID

We gave students the chance to create new heart messages. Here’s what we got.

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