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Augusta High School 2020 Ohio Street Augusta KS 67010 October 2011 Volume 78, Issue 1


2 “Charlie Brown� 4 Homecoming 6 Adventures of Sturm 8 Choir Concert 10 Sports 12 Pumpkin Patch Review 14 Great Debate: Which is better in general: K-State, or KU?

Bringing It Home! Kelsey Unrein (12) helps pump up school spirit among attendees, alongside fellow dance team members, during the 2011 Fall Homecoming. (Photo by Ally Spease)

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Augusta High School 2020 Ohio Augusta, KS 67010 Policy Statement The Oriole is published monthly from September- May and distributed free to the members of the high school community. It is reproduced at the USD 402 Copy Center, and is posted on the USD 402 website. The Oriole is a student-produced newsmagazine published to entertain the community and educate members of the Newspaper Publications class. Opinions expressed are those of individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the administration or staff. Signed guest articles are encouraged but are subject to editing for grammar, length, legiblility and taste. (Member of KSPA) Staff Editor in Chief................................Natalie Sykes Layout Editor......................................Ally Spease Photograper.................................Rachel Pangrac Reporters: Hailey Base, Mackenzie Cool, Kathryn Hooglugt, Laura Ewertz, Nick Reimer Adviser.......................................Kathey Gibbs

Coming Next Month... Nov. 7- No Classes(Professional Day) Nov. 11- Fall Musical in Aud. at 7 p.m. Nov. 17- Fine Arts Night in Aud. at 7 p.m. Nov. 23- 27- Thanksgiving Vacation

Practicing Hard The cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is rehersing for perfection. Pictured are Dani Harris, Catherine Hughes, Tanner Wallace, Austin Harlow, Lacey Schwartz and Angie Thompson. (Photo By Rachel Pangrac)

Fall Musical premieres Nov. 11-12

‘Charlie Brown’ to debut Everyone knows the legendary show, and it has a relatable theme. By Rachel Pangrac “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown…” Students have been hearing drama kids singing and humming around the hallways and in classes as they prepare for the Fall Musical to be presented Nov. 11-12 in the auditorium. Auditions were held Sept. 8 after school. Keegan Hallmark (10) will star as Charlie Brown, Angie Thompson (11) will play the critical Suzie and Michael Cox (10) will be the musical genius Schroder. Valen Pray (10) will play the smart, quiet kid Linus, and Ari Chandler (10) will play the bubbly Lucy. Austin Harlow

has been cast as Pigpen, and last but not least, Tanner Martindale (11) will play the ornery Snoopy. Drama Director Tim Laner has high hopes for the play. Laner decided to go with “Charlie Brown” because he enjoys the music. Everyone knows the legendary show, and it has a relatable theme. Laner’s favorite part in the play is a song Suzie sings to Linus. Laner also believes the strongest point in the play is the fact that most of the cast has a musical background. “I’m hoping that we get better attendance and support from high school students,” he added.

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On-the-job training offered in class

Health Science provides new work experience By Ally Spease Augusta High School has undergone a lot of changes during the past couple of years. We’ve gotten new science rooms, new tile, new carpets, new gym floors, as well as new teachers and a new principal. The school has changed the serving system in the cafeteria. The cell phone policy has been adjusted to allow students to text during their lunch break. Requirements to take certain classes have changed, and even new courses have been provided for students to take. Among these new classes is a course for students specifically interested in the medical field, Health Science 3. Health Science 3 is a dual credit course that is available to take after completing Health Science 1 and 2, which were already existing classes in the Oriole curriculum. Science teachers Nathan Stevens and Craig Thompson provided a

little bit of insight on what the Health Science courses are all about. “Well, Health Science isn’t really a science class at all. It’s more of a CTE (Career in Technical Education) class,” said Stevens.

“Health Science 2 is a prep course for Health Science 3,” said Stevens, the teacher of the class. Health Science 2 teaches the students the material they need to know in order to be successful in Health Science 3. Health 2

“I think it’s a fantastic program.” - Nathan Stevens Health Science 1, taught by Thompson, is a class that provides basic insight to the medical field. “Most people who take Health Science 1 are usually considering a career somewhere in the medical field, and that class helps determine if they really wanted to go through with it” explained Thompson. General history of health care as well as the health business aspects of the health field are taught in Health 1. If the students do decide to continue pursuing a medical career, they can take Health Science 2.

provides knowledge of the anatomy and more of an indepth look at the body. After Health Science 2, the student can finally take Health Science 3, the newest addition to our high school curriculum. “Health Science 3 is a dual credit course, and it’s taught by a Butler Community College instructor,” stated Stevens. “I’m like a co-instructor of Health Science 3. I sit in on the labs and stuff, but the Butler professor teaches the class,” Thompson clarified. Throughout the first semester of Health Science

3, the undergraduates can learn the different diseases and effects on the body, further expanding their knowledge that is needed to complete their CNA certification. Second semester, the students actually get to go out during class time and gain work experience doing the type of health work they have chosen to pursue. These occupations can vary anywhere from a dental assistant to an eye doctor. “We call them ‘externships’,” said Stevens. “The great thing about Health Science 3 is that by the end of the course you are able to take your CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) test,” claimed Thompson. The kids can actually graduate from high school and already have enough experience to get a job right out of high school. “I think it’s a fantastic program, and it’s going to open a lot of doors for a lot more kids,” said Stevens.

Students learn by sitting on ‘other side of the desk’ By Kathryn Hooglugt The new “teachers” class for students has been created for students who want to make a career in the teaching field. The students have observed in classes for the careers that they desire. They learned what teachers go through during a normal day.

The teachers even put these students to work, although it wasn’t anything hard like going in front of the class and teaching. The teachers sent them to do errands, or create seating charts or even take roll. These things will help the future teachers learn how and when to do certain jobs.

“ So far it’s been an enjoyable experience,” said Brenan Wiswell(11) who observed Rick Hess (Social Science) and Ben Parrish (AMS). Wiswill, who wants to be a history teacher some day, said that one of the things he learned was that teachers often have to teach the same repititious thing

over and over again during the day. The students were in the classrooms to get a perspective of what they can do there. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to build portfolios. In the future college students will come to talk to them about their options in college.


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Drumline! (Right) The amazing award-winning drumline plays at the homecoming game. Not only were they awesome, but they seemed to pump up the crowd. No matter what mood the crowd is in, the drumline can pick up their spirits to cheer for the football team. (Photo by Rachel Pangrac)

Serving To The Victory! Sophomore Nick Mitchell serves to the opposing team. Then the Dream Team served to a victory. (Photo by Rachel Pangrac)

Oscar Joins Cheerleaders During Homecoming Game! The AHS mascot walks around to pump up the Oriole spirit. (Photo by Rachel Pangrac)

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Good Game! (Top) The Powder Puff game was a success as the seniors went against the other classes in a game that’s been tradition for years. The teams ended up with a tie, meaning both teams had bragging rights. (Far Left) The varsity football team takes a moment to pray and to think about their upcoming performance against Anderson County. (Left) Arikka Hill (12) poses with her monkey hat. Homecoming Spirit week included Hat Day, Crazy Hair Day, and Super Hero Day. (Left)

‘Super’ homecoming saves AHS By Rachel Pangrac Preceding the Homecoming game against Anderson County, seniors Shawne Wallace and Alex Clausing won Fall Homecoming King and Queen. Other nominees were Kaleb MacNicol, Mary Allen, Hope Laubhan, Sidney Dey, Dalton Wheat and Ryan Albright. After the crowning, the Marching Orioles concluded the ceremony with the playing of the National Anthem, Alma Mater and the fight song. During the game Art

Club set up a table and did face painting. Bouncy houses were set up for the little Orioles, and tailgate parties were also held for graduating classes’ weekend reunions. Although the football game concluded with the Bulldogs winning 35 - 0, the loss didn’t get the crowd down as the night concluded with a rocking homecoming dance. The week’s theme was Superheroes. Each class decorated a hallway with their own unique theme. Tuesday the theme was Superhero Day, Wednesday

was Mismatch and Crazy Hair Day, Thursday was Hat Day, for those who supported a cure for cancer, and School Spirit Day. Then Friday it was the traditional Orange and Black Day. Thursday night, girls played Powderpuff football. The teams played a great game with support from their fellow yell leaders. Seniors led just barely throughout the game, but ended in a tie. The school week ended with boys from each grade creating teams, getting volleyball players to coach them and practicing for the

big game. The winner of Buffpuff was a sophomore team, “The Dream Team,” Kolton Schenker, Ian Rogers, Anthony Castillo, Sean Brandenburg, Greg Slaton, Kyler Steinkamp and Jeremy Travaile, along with coaches Hope Travaile, Mariah Zerr and Katy Nordman. The winner of Spirit Week was the Junior Class with the most participants. The community came together on Saturday, with a parade. On that warm Saturday, the homecoming queen and king rode down the street on a themed float.

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The adventures of Sturm...

Real ‘ghost story’ makes believer of teacher By Nick Reimer “It was dusk when it happened. The day was drawing to a close as my friend Dave and I stood waited in our deer stands. We were hunting in what we called the ‘L’ field, earned from the fact that it was shaped like one, on Dave’s land out near Haymeadow. “At first, I didn’t take any note of it. I heard what I could only describe as rustling wood, like you would hear from an old, moving Conestoga wagon. You see, I was on the far side of the L, looking over across the field to where Dave was

positioned. “Behind him in the trees I noticed a bit of movement and followed my eyes along it. “As expected, I saw a wooden carriage, moving along its way through the trees along an old path. I remember the driver was wearing a signature cowboy hat. I tried to signal Dave, but at first he didn’t notice. Before long he was looking at the carriage as well before it went into the tall trees. “Dave and I quickly got down out of our stands and merged together before deciding to go check out what

it was. I asked Dave what he had seen, and he described the exact same thing that I did: a wooden carriage without a cover and a man with a cowboy hat driving horses. “We made our way across the L, out through the dense woods. It was strange that a carriage would be out this way (Let alone, on someone else’s property.) We followed the path which suddenly ended in an eight foot drop down into the river bed that ran along the backside of the L. “It was a strange experience, and Dave and I decided to ask Dave’s

grandmother about the event. She told us that the man who had owned the land before us drove cattle, and fit the description of the man we saw; however, he was dead... And that is why I believe in ghosts.” (As told by Bryon Sturm)

Bryon Sturm (Math)

In case of Zombie Apocalypse, use bat... If you don’t have a plan of how you’re going to get out of town, then you’re already gone. Have a kit. Make a plan. By Nick Reimer Beware! October is Zombie Preparedness month! While light-hearted and humorous, the CDC has declared that October is Zombie Preparedness Month. They go by a simple motto; Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be prepared. While a nice car and a fortified mall may be your best bet for a Zombpocalypse, the CDC offers guidelines for a prepared-

ness kit. They suggest the following: water (one gallon, per person per day), food (non perishable), medications (prescription and non-prescription), tools and supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery radio, etc…), sanitation and hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc…), clothing and bedding (change of clothes for each member and blankets) and important documents. (driver’s license, passport, birth

certificate, etc…) Also, they highly suggest you have a first aid kit. (Even though, getting bitten by a zombie will pretty much end your survival plans.) Zombies can strike out of nowhere. Pick a place for your family and friends to meet up if you get separated. Identify emergencies as soon as you can, such as downed power lines and high water. Find out where your emergency areas are. Make a list of contacts,

like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Plan your evacuation route. Here’s the deal. Zombies run. Fast. If you don’t have a plan of how you’re going to get out of town, then you’re already gone. Have a kit. Make a plan. Ready your batting arm. The CDC will save those who save themselves. And a baseball bat makes a great “get away” device against those flesh-feasting fiends.


Stop Bullying! Have you noticed these posters in the hallways? They show that bullying isn’t just physical. It’s also verbal, and girls bully too. Everyone should be nice to each other. (Photo by Rachel Pangrac)

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What are you going to be for Halloween?

“Smufette or Michael Jackson” Ashley Maxfield (11)

Bullying Awareness Month By Hailey Base Did you know that bullying is the biggest form of violence in schools today? According to a recent study performed by Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles, more than half of the 43,000 teens surveyed had been victims of bullying or had been the bully at some point in their life. This month is AntiBullying Awareness month across America, giving students, parents, teachers and organizations the chance to continue to raise awareness about the dangers of bullying and cyber bullying. Think of bullying as a contagious disease. It used to be just face-to-face interaction between people, but as the years have gone by, bullying has spread to other mediums as well. As much as technology has helped our society grow, it has also given people

more ways to harass others. Today cell phones and the internet are used not only to contact friends and family members, but also to abuse others. The effect of this harassment? Clearly none of it is good. Between the years of 1994 and 1999, there were 253 in-school deaths caused by bullying. That’s not even counting the number of teens who attempted suicide after being driven too far. In a study done by the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPR), one in five teens have thought about attempting suicide, and one in six teens had even made plans for a suicide attempt. After finding out these numbers, the NYVPR decided to determine the reasoning behind these statistics. The most common answer? Kids were either being bullied or were

afraid of being bullied. The biggest shocker, however, is that 70% of all teens in America take some part in bullying. This means that most are either bullying, being bullied, or watching someone being bullied. A few months ago my little brother asked me to buy him a decorative sign that pictured his very favorite animal, a frog, not knowing what the words on the sign said. Normally, I wouldn’t be willing to shell out $25 for a sign he couldn’t even read, but it had the best advice I think you could give to a person, no matter what age: “Be kind to one another.” It isn’t hard, despite what the numbers convey. If you see someone being bullied, stand up for them. If you are being bullied, stand up for yourself. If you are bullying someone just stop.

“The Joker” Josh Burch (10)

“Rabid Thunder Hockey Fan” Kay Ward (English)

“Zombie Band Member” Sage Thompson (9) (Photos by Laura Ewertz)

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Class And Club News Stuco Student Council went to various places in the community to collect canned goods for “Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat,” Oct. 24. The goods collected went to the Augusta Caring Center. StuCo also provided cookies and water Oct. 25 - 26 to the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences. On Halloween, Student Council will announce their yearly “Cancer Bites” project to the school, which raises money for kids with leukemia.


Sophomores took the PLAN test Oct. 5-7. Wyotech was here during lunch Oct. 5. The PSAT was taken Oct. 12. KU had a lunch visit Oct. 19. Butler had a lunch visit Oct. 20. Emporia State University held a lunch visit Oct. 21. Washburn will be here for a lunch visit Oct. 31.



On Oct. 25/26 members of the FEA will be helping with parent-teacher conferences. They will be helping parents by giving them a map of the school. The members will also be doing the room identifiers to let parents and students know whose room it is.


Spanish Club

SADD had a chilli feed Oct. 21.SADD Members walked around the Augusta City Lake to pick up trash Oct. 27.

The little girls’ clinic had practices Oct. 11 and 13 in preparation for cheering the first half of the football game Oct. 14. After the football season, the high school squad will be splitting into basketball and wrestling squads.


The recent band fundraiser went well; they sold 1362 pies altogether. The band is having another fundraiser. This time they are selling oranges and grapefruit.

Spanish Club had a meeting Oct. 12 during seminar. They discussed T-shirt designs and began collecting $10 for the shirts. They also took nominations for president and vice president. Members volunteered to work concessions at the El Dorado game Oct. 21.


NHS was ready for October! Their activities included Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat Oct 24. They are also doing concessions to earn money for the group.

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Magazine sales went well for the Junior Class. Chase Winter was the big winner; he won a Senior Portrait Package. Oct.19 was the first prom meeting. (Insert drum roll here!) The prom theme for this year is Behind the Mask, a masquerade. It was the only theme presented on time. Prom will be held here, and this year the walk-in will be a bit different. When shopping for prom outfits, keep your eyes open for masks that match.

FCCLA FCCLA sold entertainment books in both September and October to earn money for their funds. During this month, they worked for the Kansas Food Banks. Also, the group made 1740 backpacks for kids that need them. FCCLA is doing a Teddy Bear Drive for Wesley. Last but not least, the group went to the Ronald McDonald House to help clean.


You may notice that the “K” at the end of “YEK” has been dropped; this change is due to the fact that the Youth Entrepreneurship class has expanded to more than just Kansas! However, YE will still function the same way as it did before. YE will be doing their Market Day field trip Nov. 2 when the members will buy ingredients needed to make their product for Market Day. This annual event will take place Nov. 10 during lunch in the upper commons.


Have you ever taken notice of the photos on the TV near the office? Thank Renaissance Club for their hard work in updating them. This month the group is featuring student videos in the commons, so instead of watching the regular boring news while eating lunch, you can quite possibly see yourself on TV. Students of the Week for October are: Oct 3-7: Ryan Jeanneret (nominated by Mrs. Gibbs) So far this year one deNate Kroecker (nominated bate team has placed. Novby Mr. Hallmark) ices Cassidy Wheatley (10) Oct 10-14: Jacob Lowery and Ashlyn Rosenbaum (9) (nominated by Mr. Hand) took third place at the WelWade Swa (nominated by lington Tournament, where overall the Augusta debaters Mrs. Hasting) Oct 17-21: Kaeley Hansen had enough points to place (nominated by Mr. Hess) fourth in sweeps. Also, in the month of November the Brad Stevens (nominated by debaters will be looking for Mr. Hollis) Oct 24-28: Brandon Unrein adult judges who are out of high school to help judge for (nominated by Mr. Husselman) Madison Cody (nomitheir debate tournament in nated by Mr. Ingrim) December.


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Choir shows off their magical voices

Talent! Audrey Bacon (12) shows off her self portrait made with water color. (Photo By Mackenzie Cool)

Art Work of the Month By Mackenzie Cool Audrey Bacon (12) is featured for the Art Work of the Month (which will be featured every month) for her self-portrait made from water color. You can find her portrait in the art rooms’ display case next to teachers Charles Bishop and Audra Shelite’s rooms. “I am proud to have art of the month, but I still wish I could change a couple of things on this piece. I have no way of doing this though,” said Bacon. Everyone, even the most seasoned artists, wishes they could change things about their drawings or paintings at times. Even if it is one of the best pieces that someone else has ever seen before, artists look for more things to perfect or change. “ I picked a horse for

my subject because I have grown up on a farm. Horses are just a big part of my life, also because I had a picture of my horse and I,” said Bacon. “When I was young, me and my grandma always water painted. Nothing big, though. My first real painting was last year in art class,” said Bacon. Practice seems to have made perfect in Bacon’s case. Painting with her grandma led to the glorious and creative things she makes now. Good talent normally seems to come from the people who start out young, but this is not always the truth. Sometimes people do start a little later. Bacon seems destined to go far with her drawings and paintings, because her passion shines through every stroke.

By Kathryn Hooglugt “Magic” was the theme of the first choir concert Oct. 20. The Mixed Choir’s songs were “Alice’s Theme,” “Nun Bin Ich Einmal Frey” (German) and “Te Deum Laudamus” (Latin). Bella Canto’s songs included “Children Will Listen.” Soloists for this selection were Cassidy Hartup and Alyson Blackwell. They also performed, “Sansa Croma,” an African duck-duck-goose game song, “Jubilta Deo” (a Latin song) and “My True

Love.” Concert Choir performed “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal,” which had a solo sung by Cassidy Wheatley. Their other songs included “Ya Ba Bom,” “I Wish I Was” and “MLK.” Take 2 performed “Feeling Good” with a solo performed by Austin Harlow. Their other songs were “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Born This Way” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.” The choirs are directed by Rachel Simmons. Kay McCollom is their accompanist.

Skills USA travels to Hesston By Nick Reimer Skills USA members Devon Sherraden (12), Nick Reimer (12), Ryan Jeanneret (11), Matthew Cartmel (11) and Patrick Bruce (10) attended the Leadership Conference in Hesston overnight Oct. 18-19. Items covered at the event included General Orientation, State Office elections and Competitions. Sherraden returned from Competition with a Second Place award for his poster design, and Bruce won his campaign for State Office. Bruce’s position will be decided next month. Skills USA also started

their annual Blue & Gold sausage sale Oct. 26 and will be finishing by Nov. 7. They will hold a “Blitz Night” on Thursday, Nov. 3. On this night, Skills USA members will be going door-to-door between 5:308 p.m. taking orders for sausage, bacon and breaded chicken strips. Skills USA has sold B&G products for many years and has received praise for the quality and flavor of the food. This year, Future Teachers are joining Skills USA for this fundraiser. Orders can be placed by calling AHS at 316775-5461 or by emailing Mr. Sullivan at tsullivan@

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During A Close Game (Above) Ryan Albright (12) dribbles the ball down the turf in the game against Ark City Oct. 13. (Bottom Left) Before the game, starters stand at attention. (Bottom RIght) Team huddles before game to prepare. (Photos by Ally Spease)

Soccer ends regular play 6-8-1 By Ally Spease Although the season is coming to a close, the Augusta Soccer team has not let up on their determination for victories just yet. Augusta headed to Maize South Oct. 25 to play the first round of regional play. The Orioles faced the Rose Hill Rockets Oct. 20.

The Orioles lost 4-1. Mulvane came to Augusta Oct. 18, where the Orioles defeated the Wildcats with unwavering willpower with a final score of 10-0. The boys played at home Oct. 13 where Augusta went head to head with Arkansas City. The varsity boys started their game off on the

right foot, entering halftime with the scoreboard reading 2-0 in Augusta’s favor. In the second half, Ark City came back to win, resulting in a 3-2 loss for the Orioles. An away game took place against the Thunderbirds at Circle High School Oct. 6 where the boys’ soccer team proved their perseverance to win when they took home a

victory of 3-0. Buhler hosted the soccer game Oct. 4, where the Orioles were defeated 2-0 which caused Augusta to gain a sixth loss of the season. Campus came to Augusta Sept. 29 where the Orioles beat the Colts 3-0, resulting in varsity’s fifth win of the season.

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Girls finish strong By Kathryn Hooglugt This year the tennis team brought home a surprising number of metals. The varsity team was made up of seniors Becca Carr, Lexi Wallingford, Caitlin Henry and Mary Allen, junior Claire Daniels, and sophomore Megan Burkett. The junior varsity members were senior Audrey Bacon; juniors Kaylee Glidden, Taylor Childers; sophomores Kathryn Hooglugt, Crystal Johnson, Taylor McLallen, Mason Kuether, Ashley Schneider, Stephanie Vander, Nicole Wright; freshmen Erin Hooglugt and Mackenzie Unrein. The JV team went to the Circle Quad Sept. 20. Childers (singles) won first

place while Unrein took second. Then Sept. 22, at the Circle Novice Quad Glidden and Johnson’s doubles team placed second, and Kathryn and Erin Hooglugt’s doubles team also placed second. The varsity played at the Circle Tennis Quad Sept. 15. Burkett (singles player) won second place. The doubles team of Carr and Wallinford also won second place. The novice team also played here on Sept. 12. They played against Circle. At the Winfield Tournament on Sept. 13, JV played, but no one placed there either. JV played in Andover Sept. 15. Glidden and Johnson doubles team took third. Childers (singles player) also placed third.

CC makes regionals By Natalie Sykes Chase Wells (12) received first team allleague and Kesten Trebbe (11) received second team all-league at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League (AVCTL) Oct. 13. At Wartick Farm, where the teams ran, the boys placed sixth and the girls placed fourth. Steve and Joan Riechardt hosted a dinner at their house for the middle school and high school cross country teams Oct. 12. Not only did this provided the middle school runners a chance to get to know the

high school runners, it also gave everyone a chance to get away from the stress and relax for a little bit. Directly a week after regionals, AVCTL State was held Oct. 29. Regionals were held on Oct. 22 where Wells placed 22. The Orioles ran Oct. 6 at El Dorado. The boys placed eleventh overall and the girls placed twelfth overall. Berean Academy hosted an invitational in Elbing on Sept. 29. The girls and boys placed in the top ten, the girls at three and the boys at five.

ScoreBoard Football Sept. 30- Lost to Anderson County 35-0 Oct. 7- Lost to Buhler 57-0 Oct. 14- Lost to Rose Hill 59-0 Oct. 21- Lost to El Dorado 33-28

Volleyball Oct. 4- Mulvane Tournament Mulvane def. Augusta 25-10, 25-10 Rose Hill def. Augusta 25-19, 25-15 Maize South 25-11, 25-14 Oct. 8- El Dorado Tournament Valley Center def. Augusta 25-11,25-16 Buhler def. Augusta 25-27, 25-16, 25-22 Chanute def. Augusta 25-15, 12-25, 25-20 Wichita Collegiate def. Augusta 25-17, 25-21 Augusta def. El Dorado 25-16, 25-22 Oct. 11- Augusta def. Wellington 25-14 Clearwater def. Augusta 25-14, 25-15, 25-16 Circle 25-17, 25-19 Oct 15- Goddard Tournament Garden Plain def. Augusta 25-16, 25-19 Cheney def. Augusta 25-10, 25-13 Augusta def. Campus 25-23, 25-22, 25-14 Oct 18- Augusta def. Winfield 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 Oct 22- Sub-State Quarterfinals Augusta def. Independence 26-24, 25-20 Oct. 22- Sub-State Semifinals Circle def. Augusta 25-13, 25-22


Oct. 4- Placed 7 , Team Score: 428 Oct. 10- Placed 4th, Team Score: 491 Heather Spyres (12) and Baylee Johnston (11) both qualified for State Regionals. Oct 17- Heather Spyres shot a 111, which placed her at 33rd in the tournament. Baylee Johnston shot a 127, placing her at 68th in the tournament. th

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Fun for the whole family

Reimer’s Review By Nick Reimer Rev your chainsaw bayonets and get ready to active reload; Gears of War 3 is here. Marcus Fenix returns in Gears 3 to end the war between humanity and the sub-terrain locust. The newest installment of Gears plays just like its precursors, with new weaponry, new playable characters and, of course, new executions. I mean, what in this world is better than violently ripping off a foe’s arm and beating them to death with it while they rage over Xbox Live? Gears 3 includes many new multiplayer modes, including Team Deathmatch, Beast Mode and a revamped and reworked Horde mode as well. In Beast mode,

for example, you take the role of a Locust that must destroy a fortified base inhibited by stronger and stronger versions of the Cog. Of course, for the faint of heart and those lacking a competitive attitude, there’s always the new storyline that’s thrown in with the Campaign. Will the third Carmine brother, Clayton Carmine, be killed in this version? Who and what exactly is the Emulsion that lies beneath the earth? Play and find out! Gears 3 is everything I thought it would be and more. I give all the highest kudos to this newest installment and implore you to try it if you have not yet. In terms of shoots, it definitely does not disappoint.

Gears of War 3 artwork by Crotate. Gears of War the Crimson Omen are trademarked or registered trademarks of Epic Games Inc in the United States and elsewhere

Pumpkin patch creates memories By Hailey Base As far back as I can remember, my family took trips to pumpkin patches every October. Just like people, not all pumpkin patches are made equal, and we went to dozens before we found THE pumpkin patch. Located in Burns, Kansas, Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is fun for the whole family! The attraction is a family-run business that was established in 1980 when Becky Walters (one of the business owners) decided to start growing pumpkins during the fall. Since then, the patch has grown from a small gardening hobby into a huge business. The land where the patch is located is gorgeous, with little streams, a pond, many trees, and other great natural features all enhanced by the way the Walters take care of it and add to it. Not only is the land beautiful but the way that the

family has integrated modern technology with natural resources is brilliant! For example, there is a hill that they have hollowed out and turned into a sliding tunnel, one of many examples of how creative the Walters are. Every year, there are new attractions, making it so that the visitors’ experiences never are redundant. A few of my favorite things are a huge jumping pillow like a big trampoline, the slide made out of the hill, a pumpkin cannon which launches pumpkins into the air, and the haunted cannery. It is a haunted hayride which opens in the evenings from 7:30-11:30. Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is a great place to go as a family because it’s something everyone can enjoy. Basically, it’s not just for kids, and it’s not just a field full of orange pumpkins…it’s a place that harvests memories.

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Revamping of a favorite show By Mackenzie Cool “Two and Half Men” was my favorite show, but now with the new cast member, Ashton Kutcher, I’m waiting to see if it retains that spot. In the past the only reason I liked the show was that Charlie Sheen was the main actor. I don’t think Kutcher is the right person for this role. Sheen played this character perfectly because he lived this life, so it wasn’t really “acting” for him.

The show has changed a lot since the new addition. Personally I don’t think it’s as funny. You can really tell that Kutcher is acting. On the show he looks a lot like pictures of Jesus with all that long hair and beard! Maybe if the viewers could see his facial features, it would help. It’s going to take a while to get used to Kutcher, but hopefully the show will still be one of my favorites.

Answers will be found on page 16 next month.

TAM when Brandt Patterson tries to TAM when someone says “yeah I remember that” and they weren’t even there – Hailey Base

re-enact a face-plant in psychology class and ends up face planting – Carter Smith


TAM when your 6th grade student pees in your computer chair and then another student sits in it – Mrs. Roberts

“TAM” originates from when the AHS Dance Team was overusing the phrase “That Awkward Moment” and needed a short abbreviation for it. You can use the term TAM when something totally awkward and uncomfortable has happened and there is really nothing else to say!

TAM when you think you’re doing really good at Mario Kart and then you realize you’re looking at the wrong screen. – Ally Spease

TAM when you feel like you’re not good enough when a creepy white van drives right past you. – Mackenzie Cool

TAM when someone posts “who’s Steve Jobs?” from their iPhone. – Laura Ewertz


T heWhich G dore at D e b ate you prefer: KU or K-State? KU

By Kathryn Hooglugt Supporting KU over K-State is one of the best choices I could make. Their sports teams might not always beat K-State, but KU is still a better school. Not only is the university better, but it is bigger and offers way more than K-State. Deciding to go to either of those universities would be easy for me. I would pick KU! Even the famous chant “Rock chalk, Jayhawks, KUUUUUUU…” is awesome! KU’s basketball team is for better than K-State’s. There’s no argument for the better basketball team, as KU has won national championships for their men’s basketball team and K-State has not. The Jayhawk Campus is absolutely beautiful. I’ve been to Lawrence myself. I enjoyed the scenery as much as the school itself. There are plenty of places that you can go to sit by a tree or on lush grass to study or even to watch your favorite KU team stomp another team. No matter the options, KU is the better choice. Kansas University is the largest university in Kansas. There are over 29,260 students attending the school. A Princeton review cited Kansas University as the best business school. So if you want to go into


By Laura Ewertz Purple is not just a color to these people. Purple is their life; it’s all they see… If you are a K-State fan, then you know what I’m saying. Thousands upon thousands of fans go to their games every weekend, filling the seats with waves of purple and white. The college is in the town of Manhattan, KS, located in the northeast part of the state. The occupants of Manhattan are Wildcat followers. Almost everyone in the town is a K-State fan. It’s a part of their lifestyle. A tough question for many Kansas sports fans is which team to follow? The rivalry of K-State and KU has been going on for years. For as long as I can remember, there have always been two sides. Of course, there are the people who are right and the people who are wrong. K-State is the correct choice, while KU is the stick in the mud, not going anywhere. Even in some households, there is a split between the two teams. My mother and I are K-State fans while my

business, you will want to go to KU. KU has a new athletic director who joined the school in January 2011. His name is Sheahon Zenger, and he is a great improvement to the Athletics Department. Instead of having only one boring color, KU has three, so the logo has some variety. The fact that the logo has changed over the years only means that more awesome artists want to draw the logo to make it better than it was before. When it comes to KU and K-State, there really isn’t much of a comparison. KU’s campus is much larger, and they have more national championships, making their sports more exciting. No matter the sport KU is enjoyable to watch; even if they’re losing. Even the loss to K-State this year in football didn’t diminish my KU spirit. But I can’t wait to cheer them on in the basketball season. The KU spirit gives you an undeniable pride in your team, so bring on more games for KU to win!

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brother loves KU. Also, here at school, there is a noticeable divide for the universities. The rivalry is strong against these teams. K-State opened in 1863 during the Civil War as an agricultural college. The school was the second public institution that had both men and women. In 1931, the school was expanded to include both agriculture and science. Today, Kansas State University has 65 academic departments in nine colleges: Agriculture; Planning and Design; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Human Ecology; Technology and Aviation; and Veterinary Medicine. The univsersity is the home of many museums, such as KSU Historic Costumes Museum and Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. They will soon have the Bioscience Research Institute, which has scientists who study high-consequence pathogens. The Institute will be finished in 2016 and will have 500,000 square feet of research space. Now to football…Kansas State is on a roll this year. Having no losses in the first seven games, the team is heading towards an NCAA championship. I believe Kansas State will go all the way!


Americans lose focus of what counts By Hailey Base Do you ever worry that all of the wonderful things that occupy the space in our lives are built on human suffering, and misery? During the summer my grandma really wanted to take a mini-vacation to a hot spring in Jackson, Montana, a very small town where the hot spring is pretty much all that’s there. So I was asked to do some research to see if there were any other tourist attractions around the area. That’s when I came across this webpage for “Big Hole National Battlefield: Nez Perce National Historical Park.” I clicked on it, curious for more information, and learned about, for the first time, the Nez Perce War, last of the Indian wars in America. I’ve never had a particularly good conception of what Native Americans were like during the 1800s in the West. I guess there are sort of two prevailing views. There’s the cowboys and Indians one where they’re shooting at each other, and then there’s the new age-y, in-touch-with-the-earth, seventh generation, use all of the buffalo, nomadic wanderer idea. There’re probably elements of truth in both of those ideas, but what I would never have thought is that Native Americans in the West during the 1800s were

both powerful and rich. Now I’m not talking about wisdom and spirituality; I’m saying militarily powerful and economically rich. In fact, they were much better fighters than the American Cavalry; the numbers in these certain battles prove so. There were far more American Cavalry members who died than Native Americans. What the Nez Perce Indians did economically was really remarkable. In the 50 years when white settlers started showing up and this last Indian war, the Nez Perce Indians were able to use the resources they had at their disposal, their land, and knowledge of their land in combination with entirely new technologies like horses and guns and carve out an extremely valuable and unique niche in the American economy. They bred really great horses for the American West, making a lot of Nez Perce very wealthy and their tribes very powerful. Basically, what caused the war was the fact that our government gave the Nez Perce a large piece of land (granted it was still smaller than the original land they lived on, but not by much) and then the government came to realize that this piece of land had a ton of really great natural resources in it including gold and other expensive minerals, resulting in our government decreasing the Nez Perce land size

drastically. The tribes that disagreed openly with all of our governments decisions are the tribes with whom we ended up going to war. The Nez Perce were ambushed, attacked during the night. The vast majority of the losses were actually women, children and the elderly who were all stuck in their teepees as General Gibbon’s force paraded through the Nez Perce camp. To me, of course, hundreds of years later, seeing pictures of this place, it doesn’t look like a battlefield. It just looks like a beautiful valley, nothing more and nothing less. We seem obsessed with remembering the places where we lost battles, but I think it’s probably more important for the future of our culture, and maybe even our species, that we remember the places where we lost something more than that, for example…our humanity, and our ability to tell when we are doing something wrong. In this valley, a nation of strong and wise people lost their lives, their family possessions, their homes, their EVERYTHING. They lost those things to greed, complacency, to prejudice; and they lost those things not because they were weak…but because they were strong. That’s something that I think is worth remembering every once in a while.

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Guest Editorial ‘Gossip Girl’

By Michael Cox No, this article is not about the T.V. show “Gossip Girl.” It’s about a really serious hot button topic: Gossip. Yes, we all know what gossip is. The dictionary definition of gossip is “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” Well, my definition of gossip is “talking about someone or something when you don’t know all the facts because you weren’t there.” I am not here to tell you what is right and wrong. I am just here to inform you about all the problems gossip has caused in the past and what it’s still causing. Gossip kills three people. The one who speaks it, the one who hears it, and the one about whom it is spoken. It may seem like gossip is fun and that it’s a joke, but it can really hurt people. So those of you who gossip, you need to stop. You may not realize it, but you are hurting yourself just as much as you’re hurting the people you talk about.

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What’s in your... Purse

Hefting The Haversack! Brianna Scott (11) reveals the contents of her backpack. (Photos by Rachel Pangrac)

By Rachel Pangrac Junior Bri Scott periodically walks down the hallway snatching food from her ripped backpack. She is ready for any class or even a sleepover. Things inside include:

-Ripped bag -Tennis shoes -Socks -Algebra book -English Notebook -Other classes notebook -Agenda book

Answers to the previous month’s game will be found here next month...

(Seriously this time.)

-Body spray -Pledge -6 pencils -Highlighter -2 calculators -Sticky notes -Toothbrush -Tooth paste (I think)

-Scissors -Broken book light -Glow stick -A glitter pouch -Chicago key chain -Note pad -3 wooden pencils -Broken pens

Layaway now for the best prom look of 2012

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