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Waukee High School, 555 SE Univ. Waukee IA 50325, Volume 24, Graduation Edition, May 2017

Letter From the editor As I write this letter, I am sitting across from Co-Print Editor Ana Hernandez and Web Editor Andi Munford at 10:31 pm the night before this edition of the Arrowhead’s “drop dead” deadline, as we refer to it here in room 602. For these two, this is a typical late night of sitting in the Publications lab with eyes glued to the computer screens and fingers flying across the keyboard as they put the final touches on the 16 pages that are due in less than 24 hours. However, for me, the measly print editor-in-training, I am new to this sort of commitment and passion: this is my first time being in charge of an issue. Heck, I thought we would be going home at 7 and getting some sleep, but the editors continue to strive towards making this edition, the one you are currently reading, reflect this past year at Waukee High School. The amount of effort and commitment my fellow editors display shouldn’t surprise me. It’s the same dedication that helped our show choir become Grand Champs, the same strength that lead our Boys’ Swim Team to first place, and the same work ethic that thrives in each Waukee student. Graduates, while these transitions can be startling at times, your journey has only just begun; the world is waiting for you to make your mark, and we wish you the best of luck as you embrace these changes. Thank you Class of 2017 for creating memories with us and making Waukee High School your home for the past three years. Congratulations and good luck with wherever this journey takes you! Grace Culbertson (Print Editor)

Thank you to our 2016-2017 staff!

Ethan Adato Dana Aguilar Rashed Al Sharqi Allison Baty Averi Baudler Vanessa Bittok Damion Miranda Boyle

Erin Crone Grace Culbertson Leah Doyle* Olivia Gagnon* Alena Gamble Megan Groathouse Powell Hauber

Ana Hernandez* Maddie Huntley* Emma Kern Emma Lyon Andi Munford* Kaitlyn Redman* Amelia Roberts

Gaby Shepard Andrew Tobey Damion Wallace Leah Wilson* Cameron Wolff *Editors Advisor: Kent Peterson Cover Photo by Andrew Tobey

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Alivia Bergman

“My favorite memory from this year was the Friday before homecoming, when the dance team and cheerleaders go around and perform at assemblies.”

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Chase Boland

“My favorite memory was playing for a great community during the Friday Night Lights and making good friends along the way.”

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Hunter Stumpf

“My favorite memory definitely was when [Damion Wallace] and Coach Vollmecke were duetting Metallica's ‘Enter Sandman.’”

Amy Weiland

“My favorite memory from this school year was [winning] the varsity girls soccer game against Ankeny Centennial.”

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Madeline Cook “I would have to say my favorite memory was getting to feed a giraffe at the zoo for APEX.”

Abigail Oetken “My favorite memory would be all of the activities I was involved in, band and choir related. This year was a lot of fun.”

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Maggie Laird

“My favorite memory is the mini dance marathon. It was Waukee’s first one and it was awesome.”

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Brandon Vacco

“My favorite memory was when we stormed the field.”

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“Sometimes when people go to college they don’t go to bed on a reg ular basis, make sure yo u get enough sleep. [Also ] be yourself and do wh at’s right for you.”


“Follow your heart and dreams and don’t let the pressures of the wo rld get you down. Rise above it all and yo u will succeed in life. Se ek advice from others who have been through trials and temptations an d have much to share. Find time to have fun and en joy life with friends.”

Eileen Dietman

“Work hard and stu dy hard because this is the only chance you ge t to do so.”

ALMA SHELL “Identify what is yo u love to do. Dream how it can make your lif e happy. Seriously wo rk to make it happen.”

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From Kee to Combat Safeguarding the United States of America can be an enlightening or devastating feeling, but for some people, it comes at a price of possibly losing friends, family, co-workers, or even their own life. From losings limbs to PTSD, men and women across America are brave enough to take the chance upon themselves and shield their own nation from harmful encounters. These fighters include Waukee Seniors who are graduating this May. They have made the choice to protect and serve. When joining the Carson Casmirri military, no matter what branch, there is risk involved, and there may be fears associated with these risks. However, many people find ways to conceal their distress. Carson Casmirri, senior, who is going into the Marines, explained his viewpoint.“There’s obvious risk involved[...] and I just tell myself if I die, I die. If I die I do it protecting my country.” Jonathan Sullwold, senior, who is also joining the Marines, feels similar to Casmirri saying, “The honor and pride of being a marine is worth the risk to me and I’m privileged to serve this great country.” Despite some students who hold unease, there are

students who feel no fear in the choice of their occupation. Senior Max Oberman, who plans to go into the Navy, shared his viewpoints. “I don’t really have any fears [...] I know so many people who have had successful careers in the military without anything going wrong, and if nothing goes wrong, I shouldn’t be in any real danger.” That feeling is mutual to Jasmine Cushing, also a senior, who will take part in the Air Force National Guard, who stated, “I don’t have any fears of going into the military.” Even though there are many, few, or no scares when part taking in serving America, the reason for joining the military seems to be alike for many people. Casmirri, Cushing, and Oberman all express that they have had or currently have family in the military. Oberman stated, “My family has a strong military background, with tons of people who’ve served, so I have always been interested in the military from a really young age.” He also includes that his two older brother went through the Naval Academy, and witnessing their experiences was an encouragement for him to join. Casmirri notes, “Other than incredible pride in Max Oberman

our nation, the majority of my family has served, and I felt the need to carry on their legacy.” Cushing remarks, “I have many family members who are and were in the military, so that has encouraged me to be a part of it.” Sullwold verbalized his involvement in helping America, sharing that he loves this nation and wants to, “protect the freedom of this country.” It is important to keep in mind that joining the U.S Military is a choice, and many people are putting their lives on the line for people they will Jonathan Sullwold never meet. We should thank them for the hard work they put in day after day. A former Waukee student, Kyle Dorr, who graduated in 2009, joined the Military says, “[The military has] been really rewarding. Traveling the world was amazing, and I was able to see and experience so much when my ships pulled into ports all throughout Asia and the Middle East. The culture, food, people, and everything was just amazing.” If you would like to know more about the U.S Military, go to By: Vanessa Bittock

Kid Kounseling Devon “Make a lot of friends and get a pet.”

Morgan “Get a good job.”

Ava “Help other people if they miss their family while they are at college.”


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“Try your best in school.”

Ellie “Be nice to others.”

Joel “Inviting more than just one person when you play a game so it will be more fun.”

What kind of sports did you do?


None, no one I knew did any sports either.

Which High school movie is most like your high school experience?

Close, small group of friends.


Pretty big group of friends, full of well known people.

A I get out as soon as possible.

Hang out with friends or family.


Studying/ Playing sports.



Diverse group of friends, many different kinds of people.

Only with the teachers.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

B Only when I needed to be.


Quite a bit. I stay at school after it’s out for a while.

B Only with friends or other students.


Not a lot of drama. I usually stay out of it.

What was your personal style?




I’ll wear Casual whatever is and in style or comfortable. what other people wear.

Stay home and do my hobbies.

Mostly A’s

My friends did sports, but I didn’t.

Did you experience drama during high school?

What did you do outside of school?


Basketball/ Football/ Baseball.


How often were you at school?

What is your friend group like?



Mostly B’s

High School Musical

C Whatever I feel like wearing.

Mostly C’s

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Saying goodbye to their furry friends

The phrase ‘a man’s best friend’ is most commonly associated with dogs. However, household pets are increasingly varied within hundreds of species. Waukee High School students house a variety of these pets, from hedgehogs to birds. “I think it builds a different type of relationship rather than just like humans. I guess it’s different because animals speak in a different way,” explained senior Taylor Manning. Manning is one of the individuals who is fortunate enough to have not one, not two, but four different types of animals in her home. “They don’t come up to you and [say] ‘hey what’s up.’ You can tell when they come up and wag at the door that they miss you and stuff like that. I think it’s neat how they communicate that way,” Manning finished. Her family includes a dog, two cats, three birds, and a turtle. As great as having these companions can be, pet owners have to be prepared to deal with complications. “Well he is about thirteen years old now--he’s a dog--his name is Ferrence and he got diabetes about four year’s back and from the insulin, he’s blind now,” explained senior Emilie Wilson. “He’s still happy. He runs into things every once in awhile, but he’s a happy dog,” she concluded. Ferrence has learned how to navigate his way around the house by memorizing the layout. He is considered a family pet and will be staying at home with the senior’s parents. To seniors who are debating the fate of their pets, Manning advises the following. “Keep the best interest of the pet in mind. You may want to take him with you and keep him in a cramped dorm but you have to think about what’s best of the pet.” Wilson plans on keeping touch with her pooch by visiting whenever she has a break from her studies at Iowa State University. When students leave for college, parents and guardians typically keep the family pet at home. However, some are able to accompany their owner on the journey to a new home. “Hedgehogs don’t have too much of a lifespan so if he’s still trucking along I might find a way to bring him with me, or my aunt would really love him for her classroom,” Junior Bailey Wellendorf explained. Her hedgehog is named Leo, who is about three years old. July will mark the one year anniversary of this dynamic duo. “I love unique pets, and despite him being a huge grouch he is a lot of fun to interact with. Again once he warms up to you he can be really funny and loving. I think the moment that really stands out to me is when he first came out of his “shell” and showed his face while I was holding him,” she shared. Whether you have a dog, cat, fish, or tarantula, as your high school career comes to a close, make sure to appreciate your pets.

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Michael Jacobson Michael Jacobson graduated from Waukee in 2015, then continued on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he played basketball. He recently decided to transfer out, and is currently looking at several schools to continue his carrer. Jacobson described his feelings on his first day of collegiate practice, “I was feeling a lot of excitement. The nervousness had kind of gone away because we had been working out, and been around our new teammates and coaches all summer.” Leaving Waukee for a big college not only introduced Jacobson to many new opportunities, but also many new people from all over the country, and world. Jacobson explained, “We have some really awesome guys: we’ve got kids from North Carolina, Canada, Australia, Chicago, and so on. It’s a really interesting mix, and it makes

a m in m h w f h im L e c d k li it fun.” All these opportunities and a unique mix of people comes with a large school size. Nebraska has an undergraduate enrollment of 20,182 students. Jacobson commented on this, “The school size makes it a lot of fun just because of the amount of support you get.” He added, “It also means you get to compete in the Big Ten Conference.” The school also comes with the expectation of high level athletics resulting in a lot of practices. “In season, I’m usually at the practice gym from 1-7:30/8:00 pm every day,” stated Jacobson. Out of season he will spend a minimum of four hours working out, and watching film, and he also adds that most guys are above that four hours. This requires having to have a lot of time management, Jacobson explained, “You really have to be conscientious of both your academic and athletic schedule.You have to sacrifice a lot... you really have to sacrifice your free time as far as hanging out with friends and just doing social stuff that a lot of kids do.” However, his love for the game will persist because the positives far outway the negatives of anything he has had to give up, one of which being a game against Wisconsin where he hit a three at the end of the game to bring it to overtime. Jacobson spoke about his on perserverence, “The thing I probably motivate myself with the most is just the light at the end of the tunnel, which is the NCAA tournament, and [I] would love the opportunity to play [in it].” There are many differences between high school and college, but Jacobson tells seniors, “My biggest advice would have to be, ‘Be yourself. Always trust your instincts. Know where you came from and what it took you to get there. There will be lots of new faces and challenges [in college] and just always stay true to yourself.’”


noah larrison Noah Larrison graduated from Waukee in 2014, and now competes as a redshirt sophomore at the University of Iowa. Iowa is a part of the Big 10, and has an undergraduate enrollment of 23,357, but the large size does not faze Larrison. “[There are] people coming from all around the world to come here and you learn about their life and what it was like back home for them [and it] is just awesome,” Larrison explained. The large size is also one of the main differences from high school to college, and going from being number one to fighting for a spot on the team can be intimidating. Larrison shared, “The first day of practice; I was so nervous. I was actually a few minutes late, which didn’t really help, and everyone was already warming up. I was worried I might get yelled at, but the coach wasn’t there. The older guys decided to play a prank on me. They convinced me that because I was late, I had to leave. Well, just as I was about to leave, the guys burst out laughing, which actually really helped break the ice for me.” Connecting with teammates early on is an important factor of any sport, or the long hours of practice would go by very slowly. Larrison explained, “In season, [practice time] varies. Some days, I could spend up to five hours, others it could be three.”

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There is no rest out of season, and even though practices are shorter, athletes will still spend an hour and a half to three hours on workouts. The difficulty of these workouts does not deter Larrison, and even throughout the season when the practices are long, Larrison stated, “Motivation throughout the season is easy, you see your teammates succeeding and working hard, and you want the same thing for yourself.” The time commitment leaves little free time, but Larrison stated, “I wouldn’t change this experience for anything. The friends I’ve made on this team, at this school, or even other schools are all amazing, and I’d never give that up.” His favorite memory so far was qualifying for the NCCAA’s. “My second year of running, I was able to post the 25th fastest time in the nation [in the 400 hurdles]. This was huge for me as I didn’t think I was doing very well the year before,” Larson Concluded. Competing in the first round of NCAA’s was amazing, and while the nerves ended up getting to me, and I wasn’t able to qualify for the final round in Oregon. [I] look back on this as a turning point in my career, because not making it to the final round has really driven me this year.” It took a lot of hard work to get where he is today, and he has high hopes for this year’s season. Since high school, Larrison has made many strides towards reaching new and improved goals, and to the seniors of this year, Larrison stated, “It’s very cliche, but work hard and enjoy the rest of your time [in high school], because college is tough. [There are] definitely going to be days where you think ‘wow, take me back,’ but also know that you’re in for the best four years of your life when you do go to college.”

ERIKA LEWIS Erika Lewis graduated Waukee High school in 2015. From there she went on to Louisiana State University (LSU) to compete as a cross country and track athlete. Competing at a school with such a great track reputation can be a little scary, but Lewis was not intimidated. “By my first official practice, I had already run with the team a couple of times, so it wasn’t too nerve-racking, and our coach kept our first workout pretty easy. Before my first run with my new team, I was extremely nervous because I wanted everyone to like me!” she shared. However, it is being part of this top tier team that pushes the athletes. “LSU has such a legacy in track and field, so there are high expectations on every athlete on the team. This environment unites people with a sense of purpose and pushes them to compete at their highest levels. I love having that kind of support; you get a little bit in high school, but it’s a new level once you get to college.” To Lewis, LSU was the choice for her. “I’m so glad I came to a big school like LSU. I’m training with national champions and Olympians, so standards are set pretty high. I feel like this has really helped push me to the next level.” Being able to compete at such a high talent level takes a lot of work. “Between practice, team meetings and treatment I typically spend four- five hours every day on my sport. In season, I miss school Thursday and Friday almost every week but have time on the road to catch up.” Managing all this is crazy, and Lewis described her daily schedule, “I start my day with 6:00 AM practice every morning, then go to to class all day until afternoon practice at 2:30. After I get home, I shower, eat, and study. And most week-

ends I’m traveling for competition, so I really don’t have much of a social life.” To handle all this Lewis stated, “In order to manage everything, I’ve had to become a lot more efficient. That has involved constant looks in the mirror to really get to know myself and find my most effective study methods. Self-evaluation has become my best friend because if you’re not constantly improving.” However, even with all the effort it takes to manage this, it is all worth it. “To me, this sacrifice is easy, because I can’t replicate the feeling of winning races and running PR’s by doing anything else.” Lewis emphasized to this year’s seniors, “Life after high school is a lot of looking yourself in the mirror and figuring out who you are and what you want. You

“Life after high school is a lot of looking yourself in the mirror and figuring out who you are and what you want.” have to learn what’s important to you and follow that. Sometimes it’s not so clear, but as long as you follow your passion I really believe everything will work out. If you would have told me even my junior year of high school I’d be running for LSU I wouldn’t have believed you--remember that huge life changes can happen at any moment.”

PATRICK GRAY Patrick Gray is a Waukee High School graduate from 2015. While at Waukee he was a top performer on the Warrior football team. After high school, Gray decided to continue playing to football and headed to Central College to do this. To Gray, football is a good escape. He stated, “I love being able to step away from the stresses of normal life. Taking that deep breath on a beautiful fall day and smelling that fresh-cut grass, and knowing that I get to do what I love to do...” He also describes the worth of all the hard work he has put in. “The feeling of pure exhaustion and soreness after a tough game is an awesome testament to the journey that my brothers and I put our whole heart into. I love the ups and downs [of football] that so much simulate the highs and lows of life.” As you go from high school to college sports, you have to accept and embrace the level of hard work you have to put in, and understand the sacrifices you will have to make. He explained, “It is a lot more work. There is no way around that. The competition is at a higher level, and the school work is more intense. It leaves

less room for video games or messing around on the weekends, but again, it is much more fulfilling!” The motivation to continue this hard work comes easily for Gray. He shared, “I have always had a mindset of doing things to the best of my ability, no matter how I am feeling at that particular moment. My teammates and coaches and professors all hold each other accountable as well. However, it isn’t really difficult to find motivation for something you love to do.” Having this mindset is very important, because the hours that the athletes have to put in can be strenuous. “During the season, we spend about two hours practicing and a half hour watching film each day during the week. Game days start around 9:00 AM for team breakfast then getting prepared for the 1:00 PM game that takes about three hours. Off season lifting takes about two hours a day on top of two hour film plus practice days a couple times a week during the spring,” explained Gray. He is now finishing his sophomore year of college, but the memory of his first practice is easy to recollect. “I remember being very nervous but knowing that I needed to dominate. I wanted to prove that I could play as early as a freshman; so in my mind, I practiced to be the best player on the team. I quickly learned that there were a lot of studs on that team, but I think my mindset helped me fit into what the team was trying to do.” Gray feels that he made the best decision concerning college, stating, “Central is perfect for me. It allows me to continue to compete, but I am able to find a lot of success as well. It is also really fun to know all the guys on a personal level outside of the football field, which makes playing together that much better.” He added, “It was tempting to go to a big university to have a lot of fun and not have to worry about playing, but I think I would regret not putting time and effort into working towards my full potential.” Now, as the seniors head off to college, Gray tells them, “Follow your dreams. It is important to do the things you enjoy to do. Utilize your talents and use the abilities that you were blessed with. Don’t ever sacrifice your gifts to do what the rest of world thinks is best. Get involved in you college community and don’t be a bum! Keep laughter in your heart and continue to do the things that put joys into your life.”

Ethan Adato We will miss your enthusiasm and passion that you put into all of your work and especially into world issues. You are dauntless, funny, and always willing to step up to the plate and write on some of the most controversial topics. We know you have a lot of amazing opportunities and experiences coming your way. We wish you the best of luck at the University of Iowa!

Leah Doyle You are driven beyond measure and have pushed us so far to meet our business goals. Your poise and need for success are admirable. Even though we were frustrated during phonebooks, you have truly helped us fund everything, and it only seems right that you will major in Business. We hope you keep up the hard work and your amazing spirit as you take on your journey at UNI!

Emma Lyon Although you have been on and off in publications since sophomore year, we are glad you have considered room 602 a home for the past three years. We love your ability to help others out, your bold sense of humor, and your commitment to hard-hitting journalism. You are an amazing writer and we will miss you dearly. We know you will find success as you major in liberal arts at DMACC.

Damion Wallace 602 will surely be quieter without you and your DJ skills. You bring a lively attitude and are always willing to go help the class out on adventures. We hope you’ll take Mr. P’s suggestion and go on to be a male model. Your strut and bold personality were made for the runway. We wish you the best of luck at Iowa Central next year, but hope you come and visit often!

Kaitlyn Redman Your dedication and desire to make this class run smoothly is something we have not taken for granted. You have the ability to help those in need and are a natural leader who will go forth to achieve so much more than you already have. Your hard work and support for each and everyone of your staffers is just what we need when a stressful deadline comes along.We wish you the best as you continue your softball and academic careers at Adams State University.

Ana Hernandez

You have been one of the main pillars of Publications ever since you joined your junior year. Your creative mind has really elevated The Arrowhead this year as you became Print Editor. Without your presence each and every day, our love for the class and for journalism wouldn’t be what it is now. You have spent many late nights working, and they have really paid off in each and every page of this years Arrowheads. You showed us all what true passion and love for journalism is. We will miss you. We wish you the best of luck as you continue your schooling at Western Washington University.

Cameron Wolff Your articles have been some of the best pieces in the Arrowhead yet. They are immersive, in-depth and generate a rollercoaster of emotions. We hope to see you continue to pursue writing, maybe in the form of journalism(hint, hint). Either way, we know your writing has the ability to capture everyone’s attention and make an impact. Thank you for all your hard work; we wish you the best of luck as you leave for college!

Averi Baudler Though you were only with us for half of the block because you are too talented for us in choir, you still made a lasting impact. You continue to come to class day by day with a bright smile and positive attitude. Your jokes will not be the only thing that are missed, as you are just as talented of a writer. We wish you luck as you continue your education, but hope you visit often.

Leah Wilson As one half of the unstoppable Leahs, your spunky, upbeat, and energetic attitude will surely be missed in room 602. You somehow can always find the perfect balance between having fun and working hard while still making it all look easy. Thank you for all of the late nights you have had to deal with as Yearbook Editor these past two years. We love that you are going to Drake, so you are close enough to visit often.

Send-offs written by Emma Kern, Grace Culbertson, Andi Munford, and Olivia Gagnon

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The smell of saltwater fills the air around Waukee senior Holden Sinnard as he lays on the beach, listening to the crashing of the waves. Sinnard fell in love with the ocean the day he visited the Pacific Ocean when he was nine years old and has adored it ever since. “[It is] a little bit terrifying, but also really cool, because there’s so much water all around you. … It has the ability to drag you under and really hurt you, but just to listen to the waves [and how peaceful they were] really juxtaposed with the threat of the ocean.” Although Sinnard has lived in landlocked Iowa his whole life, he plans to attend NYU; so his dream to live by the ocean will be fulfilled. Although he loves his hometown, he is glad to get out and explore other places. “It’s probably just because of living in the suburbs and Waukee for so long, and Des Moines is a nice capital, don’t get me wrong; but it’s still a very small big city. It’s small compared to Chicago, or Kansas City even, but [I want to travel] just to spice things up.” Sinnard will be following his love for language by studying linguistics at NYU. “Professor and translator are both options [for linguistics careers], but there’s also computational linguistics, which has to do with computers and forensic linguistics, which has to do with the language of serial killers and that sort of crazy stuff as well. So, yeah, there’s a quite a few different things you can do with it.” Sinnard loves linguistics because of how it changes over time. Specifically, how phrases change over time as people adapt the language to meet their needs. “A word that we use now can mean something completely different in the past. … I was just looking up the word ‘apology,’ like, ‘to apologize.’ Right now, we mean it as ‘I’m sorry,’ or ‘I didn’t mean to do that,’ but the Greek form of it, where it comes from, it means ‘defend yourself.’ So, an apology would really be saying ‘I did nothing wrong.’” Meanwhile, Sinnard enjoys his various AP classes at Waukee before he

leaves for NYU. He has been in the Waukee school system since kindergarten and has loved every year of it. He enjoys Waukee for the nice people and ELP program. Sinnard’s favorite class was Mr. Bennet’s Physics II course. “Mr. Bennett is a fantastic teacher, [he] goes on hilarious tangents; but [physics is also] really applicable to the world around you. You can see, ‘here’s a formula for something that happens in real life!’ It’s just like, I drop this phone on the ground, and I can tell you how fast it’s going to be [going] when it hits the ground, because physics!” Sinnard also enjoys various other hobbies, such as music, band, and reading. He plays tenor saxophone in both concert and marching band here at Waukee. In the alternative rock band he is a part of with his friends, he plays guitar. He mainly enjoys classic literature, such as books by Hemingway. However, his favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Although he is excited for college and the new opportunities in New York, Sinnard knows he will miss his hometown and all of the people here. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Waukee, and it’s gonna be really freaky moving out to the East Coast. I’m gonna miss probably how nice everyone is out here and just very personal. Like, people ask you how your day is or say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ but I’m afraid it may not be like that out there in New York City.”

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Waukee High School Grad Issue  

Arrowhead newspaper Waukee, IA

Waukee High School Grad Issue  

Arrowhead newspaper Waukee, IA