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A new year dawns. Check out new coach profiles on page 11 and changes in graduation on page 3. photo | Summer Ney

there’s no place like HOME Close friends describe me as... Funny, nice, easy-going Guilty pleasures... Slim Jims, pizza, fried chicken, BBQ and steak

by trinity jones | staff writer BSHS graduate Rick Moulin has returned to his alma mater as the new principal. A 1990 graduate, Moulin is a also a former English teacher, guidance counselor and vice principal. What does it feel like to be principal in the high school that you graduated from? “I’m very proud to be the principal at Bonner Springs High School. This is a huge deal for me because this is the only school district I’ve ever wanted to work in. I have a lot of pride in being a Bonner Springs graduate.” Why did you choose to be principal at the high school and not at the middle school anymore? “I really loved being the middle school principal. I’ve been at the high school before as well, so really it was about what was best for the school district. When I talked to Mr. Brungardt, the superintendent, about the high school position, we just thought that it would be a good fit and it would mean a lot to be able to go back to the school where I graduated from. Ultimately, I wanted to make a difference in the school that I graduated from.”

ASKED & ANSWERED Q: Why is the wifi password no longer available to students? A. According to technology director Ken Clark, “We have had a huge increase in wireless devices with every student receiving a district Chromebook. Each of these devices require an address to get to the Internet. Since we have a limited amount of these addresses, it was deemed not to allow student personal devices on the network. A primary reason is that if a student already has access with their Chromebook, why would they also need to have access with a personal device? As to the future of allowing personal student devices onto the network, I am not sure that we will go back to that.”


I think I’m really good at... Ping Pong and Spades The movie I’ve seen the most times is... Rocky III My favorite sport to play is... Ping Pong My favorite sport to watch is... Football


What kind of student were you in high school? “I was an average student who made Bs and Cs.” What sports and clubs were you involved in during high school? “I was on the newspaper staff. I played baseball, ran cross country and wrestled for three years.

Rick Moulin graduates from BSHS in 1990

According to an old yearbook, your nickname was “Hulkster” Moulin. Can you explain that? “I was a big wrestling fan when I was in high school. I used to watch WWF and I used to imitate Hulk Hogan.” What is the hardest part about being principal at the high school? “There are really high expectations from the community because a lot of people know me from being a BSHS graduate, so I don’t want to fail.” How are things different from when you attended the high school? “There’s more students, for starters. When I went to school here, it was only grades 10, 11 and 12. There was an outside smoking patio for students, no block schedule, not much of a focus on postsecondary and no computer labs. The current cafeteria, media center and band room weren’t around and the area where the weight room is was used for auto shop classes. Of course, there was also no YMCA, so varsity games were in the high school gym.” How’s the first month of school been like for you? “It’s been outstanding. We have great teachers, great students, great support staff, and they’ve made the transition really easy.” What’s something students might be surprised to learn about you? “I’m a picky eater, I scare easily and I love George Brett and the Royals. I named one of my sons after George Brett, and I once got to hang out with George Brett one night at a party.”

After high school, Moulin earns his bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s and his master’s degree at Emporia State.

Moulin joins the BSHS English department in1996; he becomes a guidance counselor in 2000 and a vice principal in 2010. In 2013, he leaves to become the principal at Clark Middle School.





NUMBER OF chromebooks issued to students

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“It’s a lot easier to do homework. I like that all my assignments are easy access and that I can finish them offline if needed.” SHAE BRUCH | 11 “I don’t like wearing around a case.” Shelby Cox | 10 by makensie frank | staff wRiter


Getting to know graduation

Photo | Anna Dutton SAVORING THE MOMENT, Isaac Bolton celebrates his graduation accomplishments last spring.

Although graduation is months away, the planning has begun by PAIGE KRONE | NEWS EDITOR New policies will be put in place for the 2017 graduation ceremony, along with the enforcement of old rules. Graduation coordinator Lisa Terrell, principal Rick Moulin and superintendent Dan Brungardt, all took time to sit down and discuss the changes. “We’re implementing a ticket system,” Terrell said. “Which, as I told all the seniors, isn’t a huge change because we’ve always recommended to every senior class that they have six to ten guests.” Terrell said the exact number of tickets that each senior receives will be determined in the spring, closer to graduation time. Seniors will submit their guest’s names through a Google form the week before graduation, and the tickets will be issued with caps and gowns. “The problem at last year’s graduation validated our need to implement a ticket system,” Moulin said. “Really, what we want to emphasize is that graduation is by invitation only, and the graduates should invite the people that they want to invite.” Infants through adults will require a ticket for the ceremony, and live streaming will be provided for those who are unable to attend or do not have a ticket. The start time for the ceremony has been moved from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will be allowed to enter the Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. The district is also looking to trim the


length of the ceremony. “It’s the time for high school seniors to spend time with family before they go off to Project Grad,” Moulin said. “Our goal is to try and get a ceremony that lasts about an hour.” With class sizes growing, the need for space has resulted in a cut back of the band and choir seating. “We’re going to try to utilize some of the space on the floor [where the band and choir sit] for handicap seating to ensure that we have it available for anybody that needs it,” Terrell said. The band will now perform before the ceremony and will play “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates walk in. The choir will perform one song on the stage. Moulin said the senior class will still be allowed to nominate the speaker and staff members to help pass out the diplomas. With safety being an issue, the amount of people on the graduation stage will be more limited this year. “The stage was so crowded that we could

barely get all the chairs up on the stage,” Terrell said. In addition, four or five staff members and the two assistant principals, will continue to help to make sure people stay safely seated and are not blocking the view of others. “We’re going to go from three police officers to four, with one officer patrolling the outside of graduation.” Moulin said. The district hopes the changes will make the event more memorable. “When we talk about high school graduation, we want the graduation to reflect how great seniors, teachers and staff members are. It’s a celebration for seniors,” Moulin said.


Current number of seniors

8 to 10

Estimated number of tickets per graduating senior

60 Minutes

Projected length of ceremony 3



A look at how students are balancing homework, sports and life by kayla willis | in-depth editor by foster hoch | staff writer According to a 2014 poll of public school teachers by the University of Phoenix School of Education, the average American teenager is assigned approximately 3.5 hours of homework per night, or more than 17 hours a week. “School, homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, repeat — that’s what it can be for some of these students,” said Noelle Leonard, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the New York University College of Nursing in an Aug. 11 article appearing on Homework is engraved in students from an early age. When a Texas teacher implemented a no-homework policy for her second-grade class last month, the topic of homework was brought to the forefront with more than 67,400 shares on Facebook. While you can’t compare the workload of an elementary student to a high school student, it got us wondering about how homework affected high school students. When 158 BSHS students were surveyed, more than 38 percent said they spent two to four plus hours on homework each night. “Two plus hours of homework is too much, especially since I am a


student-athlete. When I get home I want to eat, shower and then go to bed. I do not have the energy to get it done,” said junior Gracie Myers. Forty-seven percent of the students said they had a part-time job with 36 percent of those students working more than 15 hours per week. Forty percent said that they were up until at least 11 p.m. or later working on homework each night. This means that if a student were not to go to bed until 11 or 12 p.m., waking up at around 6:30 a.m., the student would receive six to seven hours of sleep a night. According to, high school students should receive from 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night in order to function correctly during the next school day. The National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA (NPTA), both say that a student should receive ten minutes of homework per grade per night. For a freshman that would mean 90 minutes and for a senior that would mean 120 minutes.

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So why do teachers assign homework and what are the benefits they see? “The answer depends on what is meant by ‘homework.’ If homework is used as meaningful practice, or to prepare for the next day in class, then students will gain knowledge,” English teacher Lindsey McCracken said. “ Homework should be a meaningful extension of what students are doing in the classroom, and it should prepare them for future learning. If your homework lacks meaning, students will likely not deepen their understanding of the topic.” One thing some teachers have tried to ease the homework stress load is to implement a flipped classroom, instead of a traditional one. In a flipped classroom the only homework assigned is a video to prepare students for the following class day. Class time is then spent doing a worksheet or other tasks that would have been the homework while the teacher is there to facilitate. “I did a lot of research before deciding to do a flipped classroom this year, and all my research suggested that students in a higher level science class learn better and deeper in a flipped classroom, than a traditional classroom,” science teacher Katrina Martin. Martin said that a flipped classroom is beneficial because students can stop, pause, and re-watch the video lesson over and over again until they understand the concept. The videos for Martin’s classes are anywhere from five to 30 minutes in length. “I have noticed students are more positive about their learning this year, than they were last year,” Martin said. However, Martin knows that the videos cannot explain everything. “I do add a traditional lecture portion to it because you can’t ask questions to a video. Certain parts of the classroom are still traditional lectures because it allows students to ask questions because those concepts are really abstract,” Martin said. As much as students might want a homework ban, it’s probably not in our future. “If we want our students to be college bound, you’re going to have it, and if you haven’t practiced it until you get to college, you’re going to be at a huge disadvantage,” social studies teacher Allison Bertels said. Bertles biggest tip for students struggling to get their homework done is “get as much homework done at school as possible, so that you do not have to go home and study. Use your seminar, go to the library, and stay late with your teachers. Try your hardest and get it done.”

Homework Log

A look at how senior peyton capehart balances schoolwork and everyday life

Sunday, Sept. 18

Monday, Sept. 19

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Wake Up: 9:30 a.m. Work: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Homework:8:25 to 11:15 p.m. Calculus: 8:25 to 9 p.m. FCA: 8:25 to 9:10 p.m. Physics: 9 to 10 p.m. Spanish IV: 10 to 11 p.m. Senior Project:10:25 to 11:15 p.m. Laundry:10:15 to 12:15 p.m. Bed: 12:30 a.m.

Wake up: 6:40 a.m. School: 7:35 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Tennis Match: 3 to 5:00 p.m. Homework: 6 to 9:45 p.m. Calculus: 6 to 6:07 p.m. Government: 6:07 to 6:28 p.m. World Lit.: 6:30 to 7:29 p.m. Physics: 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Extracurricular:10:13 to10:50p.m. Sleep: 11 p.m.

Wake up: 6:40 a.m. School: 7:35 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tennis: 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Shopping: 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Homework: 8:35 to 9:21 p.m. World Lit.: 8:35 to 8:52 p.m. Government:8:54 to 9:21 p.m. College Essays: 9:26 to11:07 p.m. Bible Study: 10:20 to10:45 p.m. Laundry: 8:35 to 11:30 p.m. Sleep: 11:40 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21 Thursday, Sept. 22

Friday, Sept. 23

Saturday, Sept. 24

Wake up: 6:30 a.m. Wake up: 6 a.m. School: 7:35 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. FCA: 7:15 to 7:40 a.m. Tennis: 2 to 7:30 p.m. School: 7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Homework: 8:30 to10 p.m. Dog sitting: 3 to 3:30 p.m. Calculus: 8:30 to 9:36 p.m. Work: 4 to10 p.m. Spanish: 9:40 to 9:52 p.m. Homework:10:20 to 11:30 p.m. Government: 10 to10:10 p.m. World Lit: 10:20 to 10:55 p.m. Bible Study:10:10 to 10:46 p.m. Physics: 11 to 11:30 p.m. Laundry: 10:10 p.m. Sleep: 12:30 a.m. Sleep: 11:00 p.m.

Wake up: 6:30 a.m. School: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Funeral:11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. School: 12:30 to 2:50 p.m. Dog sitting: 2:50 to 3:30 p.m. Band: 3:30 to 10:25 p.m. Dog sitting: 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. Sleep: 12:45 a.m.

Wake up: 8 a.m. Sleep: 12:15 a.m.

By the numbers “The issue with high school homework is that when I assign homework, I expect it to take an hour for the student, but I don’t plan with other teachers and talk about what homework I’m giving, so students could have one hour of homework per teacher, per night.” ­—Bill Downing, English teacher


Of teachers taking the newspaper survey said that homework for their class should take no more than an hour to complete


Of teachers didn’t see students progressing academically from homework; 47% said homework represents “extra practice”


Of teachers would agree with implementation of a “no homework” policy at BSHS


Of teachers say they do consider the needs of student athletes and working students when assigning homework *out of 38 teacher responses*

“Between all the hard work on the field, and in the classroom, I feel as if homework is the most stressful thing in the world. It’s like a 50 billion pound anchor just holding me down.” ­—Jamison Jackson, 11


Of students said that only sometimes do they get all of their homework done each night


Of students believe that homework does not help them


*out of 158 student responses*

Of students are up later than 9 p.m. doing homework


Of students rate their stress of balancing schoolwork and everyday life between a 5 and 10

by Kayla Willis | in-depth editor



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Start of a smooth school year As the weeks pass and inch closer to the end of the first quarter, we are starting to settle in and many are realizing that things have changed. For starters, we have a whole new administration team, yet they have hit the ground running. Kudos should go to new principal Rick Moulin and assistants Don Hillard and Matt Dunning for the smooth start to the year. That’s no small feat when you consider they are all new roles. One of the new administration’s most notable changes was adding more time to Seminar and splitting that time frame into two different sessions. Last-year it felt like Seminar was more of a chore than a time to truly gather our thoughts and do the things we needed to do. Beyond that, the first-ever Chromebook launch was equally smooth. From the first day, there’s been a plan for the Chromebooks and the set-up was easy to

understand. It was far from the chaos that some had predicted last spring. Other positives include a more spirited student body. From Braves Gone Wild to America Night, where a sea of red, white and blue packed the stands, the energy has been contagious. Kudos should also go to new teacher and new Orange Crush sponsor Tyler McMahan. He’s embraced the role and has truly listened to the suggestions of Orange Crush members. It helps, undeniably, that McMahan was a part of Orange Crush, when he was a student here. Of course there are things that still grind our gears— Illustration | Jacky Burnett from the new Chromebook printer taking forever to log-in to the bathrooms downstairs. And we’re split on whether we like the new lunch line organization. However, we are encouraged by the smooth start and are confident that the best is yet to come.

By Marissa SAtterfield & Alayna dooley| co Editors-in-chief

‘it could always be worse’ VIEWPOINT | Jordan thaxton

“I’m so depressed!” to most of us actually means “I’m so sad!” Many of us use those words interchangeably, but are they really the same thing? Sadness is a painful emotion, but it’s also a normal response to hardship. Although sadness is the most recognizable symptom of depression, we know that sadness will go away. For people with depression, it’s not so simple. Your brain is an organ. Just like any other organ, it can get sick too. When we think of depression as the same as sadness, we minimize the illness. “What do you have to be depressed about?” “Happiness is a choice!” “It could always be worse!” Everyone knows that. No one chooses to be depressed. Some great tragedy doesn’t always have to happen to cause depression. Depression can affect anyone, no matter how good they may seem to have it. Sadness is actually a small part of depression. In fact, some people may not even experience it. Depression can make people not enjoy the things they used to love. Feeling guilty, helpless, or even

being numb to any emotion can also occur. People can have difficulty concentrating, memory loss and forgetfulness too. People with depression can experience physical symptoms like headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, and exhaustion for no apparent reason, so much that getting out of bed or walking to the mailbox feels like an extreme workout. We often blame people for not snapping out of it, not trying hard enough and for not being motivated enough. We lose patience and run out of compassion. Most of the time, we don’t even know if someone is depressed because depression is so much more than just being sad. Sadness and depression are not the same thing. One is a normal response to hardship and the other is a treatable illness. Depression can feel isolating, but there are many forms of treatment. There’s nothing wrong with seeking help through therapy or medication. If you wouldn’t blame yourself for getting the stomach flu, why would you blame yourself for another illness you can’t control?

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Kaepernick Controversy

Should quarterback take a seat or take a stand? PRO | Sabria Zlitni Every time I go to a Braves’ sporting event, the national anthem has been one of my favorite parts. Taking pride in my country has always filled me with spirit. Now, things have changed. As I hear the national anthem, I ask myself, how can I take pride in a country where innocent citizens walk the streets in fear of being shot for no reason other than the color of their skin? Some say that Colin Kaepernick’s actions are disrespectful and useless. I say that he could not have done a better job at expressing his beliefs. His decision to not participate in the national anthem does not mean he does not appreciate those who have fought for his freedoms. One of those freedoms being the freedom of speech, which he is actively choosing to exercise. Even though his actions seem minuscule, he has sparked a flame in America that is steadily growing into a wildfire. Until I truly believe that I am able to stand for a country that is indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, I support Colin Kaepernick.

Illustration | Jordan Thaxton

In a game played on Aug. 14, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem in protest of the mistreatment and wrongdoings against people of color to this day. Kaepernick has continued to kneel during the anthem and has gained both scorn and praise.

CON | Foster Hoch Recently, Colin Kaepernick decided against standing for the national anthem, and I am not supportive of his actions. Not standing for the anthem is disrespectful. If you are trying to make a change, then find another way to do it. There are thousands of men and women fighting for YOUR country, and if you don’t have the respect to stand for them and our country, then I have little respect for you. I understand the goal of the Kaepernick’s protest and the meaning behind it. It’s a reasonable and respectable cause, but isn’t there a way that he could make a change and take a stand in a more impacting and respectful way? I accept that it is his right to kneel during the national anthem and exercise his right of free speech, but there are a multitude of ways that he could’ve stood up for what he believes in. I’m upset with how he is showing kids, that look up to him, that it’s okay to disrespect our country. Show some respect for the country that allows you to make the millions that you do, and stand up.

TALKING POINTS | What’s your take on Colin Kaepernick?

Love it

Sweet VICTORY No doubt we love a Bonner win, but when it’s a homecoming game, the win feels ten times greater. Props to the football guys for playing hard and getting that win.

The Tee pee We are loving the new and improved “Brave Cave,” now known as The Tee Pee. The location is convenient, and we appreciate the new options, like the YoDots.

Hate it

Royal blues After the Royals’ big World Series win, we can’t help but feel let down by the performance of the Boys in Blue this season. No Blue Snow Day for us this November.

Detention policy

“I think it’s disrespectful and he doesn’t have the right to speak for everyone.”

“I think he’s really not being professional; he could handle the situation better.”

Kim Whetstone | 9

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Tanner hanson | 11

“It’s all for publicity. His career is going downhill so he needed something to fall back on.”

Jon ellis | 12

“I don’t think he should be taking a knee. Since my husband was in the military, I do think it’s disrespectful to all men in the military. He is not protesting the correct people.”

Stephanie Billet | staff

This year we have just two days to serve a detention, a difficult maneuver for those involved in after-school activities.


UNDER false LIGHT A new law in Kansas prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds, due to the heightened rate of melanoma in minors



by sabria zlitni | features EDITOR

This time last year, high school girls throughout Kansas would be making daily trips to tanning salons to perfect their bronze glow for the annual Homecoming dance. Now? All that has changed due to a new law. Effective July 1, people under the age of 18 are banned from using indoor tanning beds, even with parental permission. Kansas is not alone, becoming the 13th state to ban the use of tanning beds for minors. The legislation is a response to public concerns about the risks of indoor tanning for teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you use a tanning bed and are under the age of 35, there is a 59 percent increased chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Kimberly Romero, BSHS Class of 2004, owns and operates Paradise Tan in Bonner Springs. Starting the business when she was 18, Romero’s business has flourished over the past 12 years. The new law threatens that success. “According to my computer, 24.5 percent of my customers are under the age of 18” Romero said, “I can’t tell you for sure that it has affected me yet, because the law is only three months old. To make up for the potential loss, I have remodeled and we are now a working hair salon.” Romero is not a fan of the new law. “I personally don’t agree with it” Romero said. “I believe that there should be a law saying that parents can decide when their children can or can’t tan. I don’t believe the government should be able to dictate that.” If a business were to violate the new law, the Kansas Board of Cosmetology can impose fines of $250 per offense. Romero said if a customer appeared to be underaged, their ID would be checked and if they were under 18, they would be encouraged to try spray tanning instead. Many students were not aware that the law had changed. In a Pow Wow survey of 86 students, 54 percent did not know there was a new law, and opinions about the law were mixed. “It makes me extremely mad because tanning actually makes me feel more comfortable in my skin”, said senior Paris Forshey, who often tanned at Jamaican Me Tan. Others see it differently. “I think it’s a good law,” senior Vanessa Calderon said. “You can get cancer out of it, so I think you should be older to be able to tan artificially.” Coach Jarrett Hernandez agreed. “You can get outside and get some real sun, not that artificial, nasty, cancer-in-a-box sun,” he said. The new law has shed the right kind of light on the dangers of tanning under false light.

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What is

Melanoma? Melanoma is the least common but most deadly kind of skin cancer. It is caused by UV radiation from sunshine or artificial sources such as tanning bed Source: Aim At Melanoma Foundation

Melanoma Myths Myth


Melanoma can only show up on my skin.

Melanoma can also show up on your eyes.

People with dark skin don’t get skin cancer.

Everyone, no matter your skin color, can develop skin cancer.

A tanning bed is a safer way to get a tan.

A tanning bed is just as risky as sun tanning. Source:

SCOOP ON sunless TANNING Students find success with self-tanning products “I like sunless tanning because it doesn’t require a lot of commitment. If you put it on at night, it takes maybe an hour, and then the next morning it’s done. It is also a lot better for you than using a tanning bed. I like Jergens and Sally Hansen because they are cheap and stay on your body no matter what.” ­—Sayra Serrano, 12 “I like this product because it is really easy to use. I use it once or twice a week right after I get out of the shower. I like the Jergens brand because it doesn’t make you look orange, and the results are gradual. It also smells really good.” ­—Brenna Holt, 12

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Q&A alex eICKHOFF Senior has had a tanning bed in her house for several years How long have you had a tanning bed in your house? I have had a tanning bed for nine years. Where do you keep it in your house? We keep it in an extra room, and that room is only used for tanning. Who uses the tanning bed? Both my mom and my dad used to use it, but now it is just my mom and me. How often is it used? It’s used all the time but also a lot when dances are coming up. When school dances are coming up, I usually use it about two weeks prior to the dance. My mom uses it once a week. Why did you guys decide to get your own personal tanning bed? My parents got it whenever they were really into tanning. They were tired of going to the salon all the time and figured it would be cheaper just to get our own. Where did your parents purchase it? They got it used from someone that they used to know. Do you think that the new law will affect your usage of your tanning bed? Not at all. Does your mom know or care about the new law? Yes, she knows about it but she doesn’t care. ­—Sabria Zlitni


Q&A | Chad eaddy Beginning this summer, Coach Chad Eaddy has taken over in the weight room. Eaddy also serves the football team as offensive coordinator. Why did you move to Bonner? My fiancée is from Basehor and we wanted to be closer to her family. What do you like about Bonner? It’s a great community, a great sports atmosphere and the town seems to pull together and is hardworking. What did you do before you came to here? I was a head football coach in South Carolina. What did your last team accomplish? We won a couple of regional championships and most importantly the team GPA average was a 2.95. Where does your expertise in football come from? I played football at South Carolina State University. You often talk to students about growth mindset. What is that? Growth mindset is how you approach everything that happens in your life, and in sports it applies to determining if you can get better and how you take coaching. What motivates you? Trying to be an agent for change for the kids here, for the student athletes and even non-athletes to have a growth mindset. Has the weight room seen any changes since your arrival? The weight room has seen many changes, from the way we upkeep and the things we have added and what we are going to be adding. A lot of it is how we approach the weight room now; it’s one of the biggest areas where you can make improvement athletically. What are some changes you want to see in Bonner? ­One of the changes is mindsets. I want to teach them more on how to be successful and as a strength coach, I want to get a powerlifting team and I’d like to win the 5A powerlifting state championships with boys and girls. —Kassondra Green, sports writer


After a successful field goal, LaDrew Murrell extends his hand to congratulate players.

photo| Maryam Zlitni


Changes in coaching staff bring new energy to football by KASSONDRA GREEN | Sports WRITER After former head coach Lucas Aslin’s change,” Murrell said, “But it made me really sudden departure, LaDrew Murrell was asked sad because I didn’t have a proper farewell to to step up from offensive coordinator to head those kids being that I left in the summer.” coach. Although Murrell has only been head “When Coach Aslin left this summer, I was coach for three months, he and his staff have kind of like second in command here at the implemented many changes. high school.” Murrell said, “I have been the “He’s a lot more active, more vocal and offensive coordinator, and we’ve had a lot of communicates a lot more with his varsity success in the past couple of years so it players,” senior Caleb Brungardt said. was somewhat of an easy transition.” Murrell feels that he can increase Murrell attended Shawnee player’s motivation by giving them Mission North High School where “When the team is invested a voice. he played football, basketball, “When the team is invested in in what’s happening, you’ll what’s happening, you’ll have the baseball and ran track. have the results you’re “I’ve played football since fifth results that you’re looking for,” grade, and I really enjoyed the Murrell said. looking for.” camaraderie between teammates The football team is no stranger —Ladrew Murrell and the relationships you get to to success, last year’s season record build with coaches,” Murrell said. of 7-2 reflects this. Murrell went on to play football at “My goals for the team are to play to Hutchinson Community College, he then our full potential every Friday night and to graduated from Mid-America Nazarene with a progress each week,” Murrell said. degree in physical education. At last week’s Homecoming game the Before transferring to the high school, Braves took home a win with 21-12 against Murrell was a physical education teacher at Tonganoxie. Delaware Ridge Elementary, where he taught “Our guys never gave up, they were resilient for six years. and figured out how to win the game,” Murrell “I was definitely ready for a professional said.

New coaches bring new traditions

The I Can, We Will Flag

Captains Sean Singleton and Jamison Jackson now carry this flag onto the field before every game. Murrell emphasizes the saying as the team motto.

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Q&A | Tyler Wolf

photo| Anna dutton Before sending Mason Dobbs onto the field, Coach Parker Ast points out who he should defend.

a new era for bonner springs soccer Program sees changes as Parker Ast becomes coach by KALEB HIGHTOWER | Sports WRITER Third-year special education teacher Parker Ast has taken over as the head coach of the boys soccer team, replacing long-time coach Mike Moulin. “I was super excited to take on this new position,” Ast said. “Coach Moulin laid a good foundation and left me with a great team to work with.” The soccer team was informed of the change during the summer and the changes have not gone unnoticed. “The transition was very difficult,” Ast said. “It took adjustment from myself and the players to get on the same page.” The changes have made the team more competitive with teams that had shut them out in the past. For example, Tonganoxie beat the Braves 10-0 last year, but this year the team went to double-overtime with the Chieftains, who hung on for a 3-2 win. “We changed formation and mentality,” Ast said. In the seasons past the formation has been a 4-42 which stands for four defenders, four midfielders, and two attackers. This year has been changed to a 4-2-3-1 which represents four defenders, two defensive midfielders, three attacking midfielders,


Captain Charlie Gray carries the boomstick onto the field before every game. Murrell says the boomstick represents perseverance.

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and one attacker. Ast says his long-term goals are to develop stronger players at the varsity level in hopes of eventually becoming a threat in the Kaw Valley league. Ast has emphasized the importance of camaraderie and has encouraged his team to do more together with an increase in team dinners and tailgates. “Camaraderie is very important, it strengthens the bond between us when we play,” Junior Zachary Nichols said. Ast is no stranger to the sport. Growing up, he was involved in Youth Olympic Development Program and played all four years at Emporia High School. He also played club soccer for Emporia State University while he was receiving his degree in physical education. Ast got his first official win against Bishop Seabury on Sept. 3, in a 5-2 victory. “It felt good,” Ast said. “I look forward to more this season.” His players are equally hungry for success. “We want to be successful and grow as a team,” junior Foster Hoch said.

Student teacher Tyler Wolf is assisting with the soccer program. A McPherson high school grad now attending Emporia State, he will be graduate with a degree in Business Education at the end of the year. Where does your expertise in soccer come from? I started playing on a traveling soccer team in third grade. I also played on the Emporia State Club Soccer team all four years of college. What made you want to go into business education? I love business but I could never see myself sitting at a desk for the rest of my life. This was a good way for me to be around business but not be stuck at a desk, eventually I started to love the classroom. How did you end up coaching the soccer team? Coach Ast actually approached me and said ‘Are you interested in coaching soccer?’, I said ‘absolutely’ and hopped on the opportunity. What do you enjoy about Bonner Springs High School? The camaraderie, I honestly feel that I could approach and staff or student and get the help that I need. What are your hobbies? I really love board games. I like video games as well but I prefer board games because it’s more personal when everyone is sitting around a table competing. What’s an interesting fact about you? Mr. Loecker and I were born and raised in the same town, and we went to high school together. ­—Sayra Serrano, Sports Editor

The Linked chains

Captain Jacob Freese carries out the linked chains onto the field before every game. It represents collective responsibility.





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the divine feminine | mac miller

October 7 Juan Serrano | Staff writer Released on Friday, Sept. 16, “The Divine Feminine” had three singles released before the full album: “Dang!”, with Anderson.Paak, “We,” with CeeLo Green, and “My Favorite Part,” with

Ariana Grande. Seven of the album’s tracks have features on them. The features include Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and Bilal. It was released under the labels REmember and Warner Brothers. On the day of its release, “The Divine Feminine” reached #1 on the iTunes sales chart. “The Divine Feminine” by Mac Miller is a great album to add to his already incredible track record. All of the songs were linked to the concept of loving

someone and trying to make that relationship better. Although some of his lyrics are just for jokes; overall, his lyricism has gotten better since his last album, “GO:OD AM”. Whether it’s a thoughtprovoking statement or just a punchline, each lyric adds something to the song. None of the songs on the album were weak links. Out of all the songs on the album, one of my favorites is “Dang!”. On “Dang!”, the hook, the verses, the bridge and the beat all link up to create a great song. Another great song on the album is “Cinderella”. In “Cinderella,” Ty Dolla $ign’s raspy voice mixes great with the bass guitar in the song. The beats in the album all have a jazzy undertone, much like Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book.” Many people were involved with the production of this album, most notably Mac Miller and I.D. Labs. It might be Mac Miller’s best album yet, but seeing Miller’s growth from “GO:OD AM” leads us to believe that there will be an even better album coming in the future.


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October 7 “13 Voices” By Sum 41 October 14 “Woptober” By Gucci Mane October 14 “MC4” By French Montana October 21 “This House Is Not For Sale” By Bon Jovi October 21 “Yes Lawd!” By NxWorries

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Chapter and verse | Bruce springsteen

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Jordan Thaxton | Staff writer “Chapter and Verse” will accompany Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. Handpicked by Springsteen, the songs tell a story that reflects the one in the book. Five of the album’s 18 tracks are previously unreleased, and recorded before The E Street Band was even an idea. The career-spanning album begins with two tracks from The Castiles, Springsteen’s first band. “Baby I”, and the Bo Diddley cover, “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover”, possess more than a touch of doo-wop and blues. The songs feature a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals. The roots of The E Street Band lie in Steel Mill. “He’s Guilty” is a dynamic piece of hard rock. Although the song is not lyrically sophisticated, it


features a terrifying organ solo and a nervous guitar line. This expertly arranged instrumental structure would become familiar in Springsteen’s later songs. “Ballad of Jesse James” by The Bruce Springsteen Band could be considered a rock and soul hybrid. Springsteen’s voice is like a yearning holler. The song opens up the exploration of American mythology that would go on to define his career. Springsteen’s vocal melody that would carry on into his debut album can be heard in the 1972 recording “Henry Boy.” This wordy use of storytelling and location as an indicator of identity is something that Springsteen continues to use in songwriting today. Familiar songs such as “Born to Run”, “The River”, and “Born in the U.S.A”, all appear in the album. Spanning from Springsteen’s earliest recording in 1966, the compilation ends with the title track from 2012’s “Wrecking Ball.” Across the five unearthed tracks and tunes that have defined more than 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll, “Chapter and Verse” reveals the building blocks of the Boss we know today.

Formerly known as Lil Herb, this Eastside Chicago drill rapper gives us an introspective view into his past with his lyrics.


Although not new to the game, Anderson. Paak is a 2016 XXL Freshman who’s music is a blend of R&B and soul.


This R&B singer has a very soothing, yet rough, voice that is always accompanied with a dark trap style beat

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With their location being fairly close to Chick-Fil-A’s, at the Legends, I was curious about how successful Zaxby’s would be, but now I know that it will do just fine exactly where it is. A relatively new addition to this area, Zaxby’s brings a southern twist to the chicken strip game in Kansas City with its Cajun style seasoning and signature dipping sauce. Zaxby’s breading matches that of some of the best chicken joints in KC, like Gus’s. Your meal also comes with a side of coleslaw and crinkle-cut fries coated in seasoning. Now their chicken could be eaten alone just fine, but if you really want the full Zaxby’s experience, you have to pair the chicken with their Zax Sauce. Their peppery sauce is the icing on the cake for this amazingly original chicken joint.

Like with all of their food, the chicken strips at Dairy Queen, one of the most popular places for food in Bonner, always deliver. Aside from their Blizzards and burgers, their chicken strips are one of their most popular menu items. It’s not because they are the greatest chicken strips ever. It’s because they’re just chicken, they have a great crunch and delicious flavor without trying, which is what makes them satisfying. They don’t need any special seasoning or signature dipping sauce, just chicken and gravy. Their six-piece chicken strip basket, complete with a large portion of fries, a slice of toast and cup of gravy, will be more than enough to satisfy any stomach. So if you are in need of a quick bite to eat and maybe even a cool treat, Dairy Queen is for you.

Raising Cane’s in many ways is very similar to Zaxby’s; it’s a chicken joint that revolves around their chicken strips. However, a big difference between the two is their style of food. Where Zaxby’s has a southern and Cajun flavor to their food, Raising Cane’s just has a normal chicken strip flavor. The chicken was good, but offered nothing new, and crinkle-cut fries didn’t stand out. However, the bread that they served was actually one of the best sides we sampled. Their portions also seemed smaller when compared to other place. But where they really shine is with their Cane’s sauce, which has a similar flavor to the Zax Sauce. Sadly, there are no locations near Bonner, and it’s not worth the drive to Lawrence, but it’s perfect if you’re in the neighborhood. by HUNTER MURPHY | Staff writer

Signature Sauces Zaxby’s Zax sauce is the perfect sauce for their chicken. It has a distinct pepper and garlic flavor which fits their Cajun flavors perfectly.


Dairy Queen’s gravy is the perfect partner for the already filling, carb-heavy chicken strip basket and is surprisingly superior to most restaurant gravies.

Raising Cane’s signature sauce has a similar flavor to that the Zax sauce, but lacks that strong pepper flavor. You may enjoy their texture more.


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You are one of the snapchat user’s best friends, but they are not yours. One of your best friends is one of their best friends.


| Longest snapchat streak |

434 days Juniors Amaya Stice and Maryam Zlitni have managed to keep a 434 day streak, the longest of the 132 students surveyed. “When we hit the 365-day mark, I baked a cake that said ‘Happy Anniversary’ and bought Amaya Starbucks,” Zlitni said.

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You and the Snapchat user are each other’s number one best friend. Someone has replayed this person’s Snapchat in the last 24 hours. You and the Snapchat user share a best friend.

Followed by a number, it shows how many days in a row you have been snapping someone. You and the Snapchat user have been each other’s best friend for two weeks straight. You and the Snapchat user have been each other’s best friend for two months straight. A warning that the 24 hours you have to maintain your streak is almost up. You and the user have snapchatted for 100 days straight. You and the user just became friends.

Out of the 132 students surveyed, 67 percent said their favorite Snapchat filter was either the dog, the butterfly crown or the flower crown. “Not going to lie, I take a lot of selfies. After my extensive research I have concluded that these three filters are indeed the best,” said senior Sabria Zlitni.


If you see a birthday cake emoji next to someone’s name, send them a snap—it’s their birthday!

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