Photo By Chelsea Peterson
Dancing All Night: Saturday, Sept. 15, students from Montrose High School spent the night dancing to celebrate the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Seniors Gabriela Torres and Kylee Guy [front bottom right] readied themselves at Guy’s house where girls have dressed for every dance since her freshman year. “A lot of girls always come get ready at my house. It has always been a fun experience for everyone who comes, and we also do it so that we can all take pictures together,” Guy said.
Go Wild 2012
Was it the best Homecoming so far? Veronica Baas Editor-in-Chief
aturday, Sept. 15, Student Council hosted the Homecoming dance. This year the theme was ‘Go Wild,’ and some students said it was the best homecoming they have attended so far. This is the first major event organized by STUCO since the advisor change from Heidi Voehringer to Renae Manuel. “Student Council students made it a success; I was just behind the scenes. Everyone really stepped up and made it a success,” Manuel said. The leader of the dance committee was the junior class president, Molly Krabbe, and she feels that it was a memorable night. “There were a lot of people there this year. We printed about 950 tickets, and all of them were sold. So that was a change compared to last year,” Krabbe said. “I think that it was the best homecoming I have had in my three years at Montrose High School.” This year a different DJ was hired than in the past, and many students said the change was for the better. “I thought it [Homecoming] was pretty cool. The DJ was definitely better than last year,” sophomore Brayden Reese said. The DJ was a graduate from MHS, Kevin Masterson. “It could not have gone better for us. We put a lot of time into it, and it paid off,” Masterson said. Masterson hopes to be the DJ at more dances to come. “I would love to be the DJ at more dances. It is quite a challenge to play to a crowd that has such a variety of styles in it, so the feedback we got made us feel confident, and we would be excited to do it again,” Masterson said. Junior Ryan Nadiak thought the student body had more spirit than in previous years. “It was really fun, a lot better than
last year. The music was better, and so was the amount of people that were there,” Nadiak said. “I think everyone showed up and had a lot of spirit.” The DJ had a sound system with more base and a more attention-grabbing light show than in the past. “It [the dance] was better than last year, the DJ was better, and it was really fun,”sophomore Ryan Melvin said. Dean of Students Jim Pavlich hopes to see more spirit each year during Homecoming week. “Everybody seemed like they were having a good time,” Pavlich said. “Next year I hope for more spirit and school pride. Every year we should keep bumping it up. I was not displeased by this year, but each year it should just get better.” STUCO was proud of the dance but still sees room for improvement. “I think we just need to get the word out more. I felt like there was not enough advertisement this year, but in the end everything worked out really well, and it went really smoothly,” Krabbe said. There was some confusion regarding what was going on each day of the week. Manuel plans to make sure that does not happen in the future. “Next year we really need to make sure more students know what is going on throughout the week,” Manuel said. Masterson said that he thinks more energy would be better. “We definitely want to include the students more by more interaction with the crowd. We did a little bit, but the energy starts on stage,” Masterson said. Considering Masterson is new to being a DJ, he thinks the dance went well. “Actually, I have only been a DJ for a few months. I went to a few shows, fell in love with it and luckily caught on in a hurry,” Masterson said. For Manuel’s first year as the STUCO advisor, she felt Homecoming was a good experience. “I enjoyed it. I like working with this group of kids and being a part of a good leadership group,” Manuel said.
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Voted this year’s DJ as better than in the past
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*Survey taken by 50 MHS students.
Taylor Petschl Editor-in-Chief
omecoming week is one of the most well-known high school traditions across the nation, and it is always treated as a big event at Montrose High School. This year has followed along with the high expectations the past has set since the school supported a spirit week, powderpuff sports, an assembly and a parade for students to show their school pride. The spirit week consisted of Pajama Day Monday, Tank Top Tuesday, Twin Day Wednesday, Tie-Dye Thursday, and Spirit Day Friday. Many students of all grade levels showed their spirit by dressing up and making the week as festive as possible. The Powderpuff games happened all week, with the senior class claiming a victory in girls’ football on Monday night and again for dodgeball against all the classes and even a staff team during Access periods on Wednesday and Thursday. Next, the junior volleyball team shocked many when they took their win on Thursday night. The only thing missing was the Powderpuff cheer leading team, which typically cheers at the powderpuff football game and performs a routine at the assembly. Instead, the assembly focused mainly on showing the school’s pride in the fall sports, including a sneak peak at this year’s state cheer leading routine and finishing off with the annual walk of the homecoming royalty court, who were crowned at halftime during the Friday night football game. The parade was another successful event, since the different grade levels, staff, and the fall sports each had their own floats to showcase along Main Street on Wednesday afternoon. This is one of the more public events put on for Homecoming week since the whole community could be a part of appreciating the floats. Overall, this year’s efforts for making Homecoming week big definitely paid off and left students excited for the much anticipated Homecoming dance Saturday night.
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My favorite part was getting ready with friends for the dance, and dancing was the best.”
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- Junior Hunter M
- Freshman Sara Helton
1 & 2 - The senior powderpuff football team worked their way to a win after defeating the underclassmen’s teams. “I really like doing powderpuff football every year because we get to hit the underclassmen, and you really bond with your class,” senior Kylee Guy said.
3 - The Homecoming parade is a tradition where the different grades and sport teams ride down Main Street to show off their float and school pride. “I thought it was fun to see all of the little kids’ and adults’ faces when they saw our float, and it gave a good reputation to our class,” senior Ellen Boddeker said.
4 - Powderpuff volleyball is another one of the most anticipated events during this spirited week, where the boys from different grades play their version of volleyball. This year, the junior class came out on top and took the only win not belonging to the class of 2013. “Our aerodynamic uniforms and team’s energy helped us to spank the seniors. We were extremely happy and relieved to win the tournament,” junior Irah Wooten said. Photo Courtesy of Lindsey Rummings. 5 - Spirit week is always a way for students to break out of their usual dressing habits and dress a little funky, which is exactly was seniors Amanda Thoe and Dana Shellhorn did for Twin Day. “I really enjoyed twin day because planning it with Dana was super fun, and everyone’s reaction was hilarious,” Thoe said.
6 - Powderpuff dodgeball is a newer addition to Homecoming week, and this year it took two Access periods to showcase the battles between all of the classes
and then senior winners against the staff. “I thought it was a little bit scary being my size, and I felt a little bit insecure that I got out; but I felt like I did pretty good for our team,” sophomore Jack Wolanin said. Photos By Robin Hoover
which were the skills of an ideal soldier at the time. Modern pentathaletes fence, ride horseback and swim, and the results are converted into a time handicap determining which athlete starts first in the shooting and running portion, where athletes shoot five targets within 70 seconds, then run 1000 meters three times. Naturally the U.S. did not boast gold medalists; those went to Czech Republic and Lithuania. Because of the event’s lack of popularity outside of Eastern Europe, the Olympic committee will vote for its replacement after these Olympic Games with one of eight other sports under consideration for the 2020 Olympics. Baseball, a popular American sport, is being considered, along with karate, roller sports, softball, sport climbing, wake boarding, wushu, squash and beach soccer. Although American football is not being considered for the Olympics, it is only a matter of time. One of the appeals of the Olympics is the exposure to popular sports and athletes around the world, whether Americans hold the same appreciation or not. Even seeing a few minutes of an unusual sport like handball or canoe slalom broadens people’s perspectives. “I thought [handball] was really cool. I had never seen it before. It took me awhile to see what the point was, but once I
very four years, the highly anticipated summer Olympics becomes the most important event of the summer. The modern Olympics originated from Ancient Greek competitions between city-states in honor of Zeus. Now in the 21st century the Olympics are a frenzy of advertising opportunities, cutting edge sports technology and idolization of the world’s best athletes. Despite the stature of the Olympic games, Americans seem to get much more excitement out of the Superbowl, the NBA finals, and the so-called “World” Series. It may be because those events are held more frequently, but maybe it is because people just do not care as much about the Olympics anymore. The most popular Olympic events in the United States are probably swimming, track and field, and gymnastics. The Olympics are one of the few chances to see these sports at the highest level. It does not hurt that the U.S. tends to dominate in these sports either. In swimming and track, the United States had the most medals, with our athletes winning 31 and 29 total medals respectively. In gymnastics we came in
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did, I wanted to get in and start doing it too,” sophomore Amber Sanborn said. Unfortunately, the network is dominated by events that Americans dominate. Prime time television coverage slots are reserved for sports that Americans are featured in. People are more likely to watch a sport when they have someone to root for, but it does not help the exposure to a variety of sports. NBC over covered certain sports, like basketball and beach volleyball, and it was difficult to find sailing or badminton. “I did not get to watch the hurdles… I turned on the TV and they were never showing it,” Fierro said. Because Americans care more about certain sports, it is difficult to expand our interest. Due to the increasing world population, it would be impossible to downsize the Olympics, which would be a way to focus viewers to the event. But if anything, the Olympics will continue to expand, and so must the coverage. NBC holds the $4.4 billion rights to the next four Olympic games after beating out Fox news and ESPN for the bid. Maybe after the 2020 Olympics, the coverage will be shared by several networks, therefore expanding coverage of the games. But that might be a little too socialistic for Americans. Even if Americans are given the means to watch more Olympic events, they still would not care as much about the Olympics as their home grown sports like football, baseball, and basketball. Regardless of the coverage and the hype, Olympics do not elicit the same level of excitement and interest as NBA finals and the NFL superbowl. This is why networks tend to care more about what is popularized and dominated by Americans. “It is cool to see all the countries come together and compete in the games,” freshman Heather Stevenson said. The purpose of the Olympics is to unify the world through sports, not Americanize the world through our sports.
You probably never heard of it before... Weird Olympic Sports
Graphics by Dana Shellhorn
Origin: Weird Facts:
What MHS Thinks:
Badminton Created by British military stationed in British India based off games in India and China.
17th and 18th century English Aristocrats pitting their carriage footman against each other.
20th century water ballet competitions in Germany. Developed simultaneously in Australia, England, France and United States.
Originated in Switzerland in 1932 from the idea of ski slalom.
The “birdie” is actually called a shuttlecock. It is made with 16 feathers plucked from the left wing of a goose.
Judges are stationed along the course, if they do not like an athlete’s form, they hold up a red paddle. Three red paddles and the athlete is disqualified.
One of the only two Olympic sports that men cannot compete in. Athletes use nose clips to hold their breath longer, and underwater speakers provide the music.
Course is composed of 25 gates. Athletes go upstream through the red gates and downstream through the green gates. Touching a gate is a two second penalty and missing a gate is a 50 second penalty.
“I thought a lot of Asians were playing. [In the US] there is tennis, and that is just a bigger version of badminton.”
“Although I am sure the winner was quite athletic, the sport does not show any speed or explosiveness.”
“It is pretty underground. You have probably never heard of it before.”
“I did not know how they trained for it. It looked really rough and scary, and I did not understand how they scored points.” -- Daisy Galvan Junior
-- Ivone Jayme Rodriquez Junior
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-- Brenna Gaber Sophomore
-- Silas Almgren Math Teacher
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Photo courtesy of Brian Simpson
1. Standing at the plate, senior Vanessa Nelson winds up for a hit in the game against Central. The Indians won 4-3 and next face off against Delta. 2. Standing at the ready, members of the volleyball team wait for their opponent to serve in the game against Central. The team defeated Central and next face off against Cortez and Durango. 3. After taking a penalty kick in the game against Central, senior Nick Hansen watches his shot. The team played to a tough tie against Central, but the team came back and won 1-0 in a hard fought game against Durango last Saturday. 4. Followed closely by a Fruita runner, freshman Lindi Congour strides out the last mile of her race at Ridgway Reservoir. Congour finished tenth in the race, and the team next competes in Fruita on Saturday. 5. Swinging his racket back, senior Phurba Sherpa prepares to hit the ball back to his opponent. The tennis team will play in their regional tournament next week. Photos by Lorena Diaz and Robin Hoover