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in this issue... entertainment


6-7 | frozen and homeless 12 | mental health misrepresentation in film 15 | Taco bell vs. taco john’s

community 5 | 1 in 2100 } Kaylie Carey 10 | favoritism 11 | black history month

2 | posts of the month 4 | valentine’s day recipes 14 | love languages quiz 16 | crossword puzzle

sports 8-9 | waukee tennis 13 | a blessing in disguise

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Valentine’s Day Treats!

By Amelia Roberts Reporter

Chocolate Strawberries 16 oz milk chocolate chips 2 Tbsp shortening 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

1. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth. 2. Poke the strawberries with toothpicks and quickly dip into the melted chocolate. If chocolate hardens in bowl, put back in microwave for 30 second increments until melted again. 3. Turn the strawberries upside down and stick the toothpicks into styrofoam and wait for the chocolate to cool.

Valentine’s day bark

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 c. sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tbsp. red food coloring 1 tsp. kosher salt ICING 16 oz. cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 3 cups powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave until fully melted. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper evenly. 3. Scatter pretzels, sprinkles, and other toppings of your choice. 4. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, then enjoy!

24 oz semisweet chocolate, melted 1 1/2 cups pretzels 2 tbsp heart sprinkles and multi-colored sprinkles

Red velvet blondies 1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9” by 13” baking pan with cooking spray or butter. 2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a whisk or hand mixer until it’s light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. 3. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, food coloring, and salt. Mix until combined. 4. Spread dough into baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely. 5. To make frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix. Spread over cooled red velvet cookie and cut into squares. a51114/red-velvet-blondies-recipe/



1 in 2100

Kaylie Carey

By Kathryn Shumaker Reporter

Kaylie Carey is a born and raised Iowan. She is a junior at Waukee High School and currently lives with her parents and her two brothers, Parker and Connor, one of whom is her twin. “I don’t really like [having a twin]. It’s weird having someone in the same grade as you because you all know the same people, but it can be fun because they know what’s going on in your life too,”

“you get to create something yourself.” Carey commented. Her family are not the only people Carey spends time with, as she has many friends that she loves to hang out with. One of the places she spends time with them is at mall, and another is at various school activities. The biggest activity she participates in is speech team. The categories that she participated in were mime and readers’ theatre. Her readers’ theatre was called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and her mime–titled Wonderland–was based off the story Alice in Wonderland. Carey played the Red Queen. “I like mime because it’s nice not to memorize lines. You get to create something yourself and it’s not something that someone hands you a script for. It’s kind of cool just to make it your own,” she explained. Carey has found success in mime now that she is a two

time all-stater in the category. She made it to all-state this year with her mime Wonderland and the previous year with her mime She Gave. Her previous mime was based off the Giving Tree, and it showcased the theme of technologies impact on nature. Carey received the banner for this mime, which is the highest honor one can receive at speech contest. It also marked the first time Waukee has ever won the banner. In addition to speech team, Carey has participated in every theatre activity possible. Her reasoning for staying in the theatre community is one thing: the people. “ I’ve done, like, every single sport, like, you can possible think of. Like, every sport, and I’ve just never really felt like a big passion for sports,” she explained. “I just like theater because I’m more of a creative personality, so it was just kind of nice, and the people are always so accepting and nice. It’s a good environment to be in.”

“I’m more of a creative personality.” In the future, Carey hopes to go into criminal justice. The two main jobs she is looking at is either a CSI or forensic scientist. “I watch crime stories all the time and...I find it very interesting,” she stated. No matter what her future job entails, she will always try her best. “Always do your best and the best of your abilities and don’t compare yourself to other people,” she concluded.

Frozen and Homeless As the city settles in for the night and the busy noises quiet down, the chilling wind of the polar vortex blows throughout the streets. Strolling through the streets of Des Moines, the city’s homeless are stuck, vulnerable to the dangerously low temperatures and the raging snow storms. The term “polar vortex” has been thrown around for the last few weeks with no real explanation. A polar vortex is is a low pressure area that is in polar regions. During winter, the polar vortex at the North Pole expands, sending cold air southward. This happens fairly regularly and is often related to outbreaks of cold temperatures throughout the United States. However, this time around, the temperatures and storms the midwest is experiencing

have been much stronger than anything in recent years. While schools and universities across the state shut down due to the weather, the metro area’s homeless shelters experienced some of their greatest flows of residents. Melissa Gradischnig, volunteer coordinator at the Central Iowa Shelter and Services commented on the recent spike in capacity. “We certainly have gone into our overflow mode,” Gradischnig

“Homeless people were offered the choice of sleeping in the shelter’s day room on a chair or laying their heads on a table.”

stated. “I think we’ve had approximately 200 to 210 individuals staying in the shelter during the cold weather.” At the shelter, overflow mode means a shortage exists not only supplies, but in areas to sleep in for the night, as well. Since all beds were taken, some homeless people were offered the choice of sleeping in the shelter’s day room on a chair or laying their heads on a table. “[It] is not ideal, but at least it gets them out of the weather,” claimed Gradischnig. The ongoing storm has taken 21 lives, according to The Guardian, not counting hundreds of trips to the emergency room through the midwest due to cold related injuries. With record breaking low temperatures in many states, some being colder than the North Pole, anyone without shelter is in danger of freezing to death. Due to the overflow of shelters, Des Moines libraries began to open their doors to anyone in need. Although the storm hit the midwest hard, the shelter was ready and expecting it, with extra staff and volunteers on duty. However, throughout the shelter there was a feeling of unease and stress every

By Katie Ogden and Rashed Alsharqi, Reporters night. The metro community banded together to help as many people in danger as possible. The residents of the shelters throughout the city were given clothing, personal hygiene products and showers. During these cold months, there’s much more emphasis on getting winter garments out to the homeless. With some areas dropping below negative 50 degrees wind chill, fear

“We always need socks, undergarments and hygiene products... shampoo and that type of thing.”

and panic set in. What can students within Waukee do to help out? Donations, donations, donations! Shelters everywhere rely on donations and volunteers, needing everything from clothing to food to personal hygiene products.

“We always need socks, undergarments and hygiene products,” Gradischnig stated. “We could always use shampoo and that type of thing.” Shelters ask for people who would like to help to donate food, clothing and time. “[People] can pick and drop off donations of food as well,” Gradischnig explained. “We have a food pantry that serves the whole public; anybody can come into our food pantry.” Although temperatures have eased up in the past week, it is still in the freezing temperatures every day. The city bands together to ensure no one is stranded in the cold.



While winds howl and temperatures hover near zero, countless Waukee students embrace their love for tennis preparing for this year’s coming season. Students are paving their ways to greatness by preparing for this year’s season. Multiple aspects converge in playing tennis, with mental and physical strength being the most important ones. Physical strength is necessary because of the amount of energy needed when running on the court. “I practice tennis five times a week. I also lift and do conditioning at Aspen Athletic Club,” stated Will Ecklund, sophomore. As well as practicing 24/7, Ecklund participates in tournaments around the Missouri Valley to put his skills to the test. Mental strength emerges as a key component to be




junior, also readies herself for the girls’ season opener April 2nd against Lincoln, saying, “I play tennis all year, pretty much every day.” Hulten also takes weekly lessons and keeps her body in shape by doing body weight workouts, ab circuits and running. She additionally trains her brain by always trying to keep herself positive, “I keep myself positive while playing a match by thinking of it one point at a time and not overthinking.” Hulten truly believes the biggest thing in tennis is to be focused, and not getting distressed about point mistakes. Paige Kirschner is an example of one of those ambitious players. “I play during the off season, as well as your standard workout; cardio, core strength,” she Overall, Ecklund believes the most import- stated. Kirschner designed ant thing about tennis is a personalized workout having fun and enjoying routine for herself throughwhat you’re doing on the out the year to make sure she keeps her whole court. body in shape for tennis. Along with Will Ecklund, Grace Hulten, Kirschner loves to encourready for the season. Ecklund keeps his head about him, saying, “I keep myself positive by telling myself jokes on the court when I am down on myself. I also try to just focus on one thing at a time and not the big picture, especially if they are beating me.”


age her teammates when on the court or watching from the side, “I love to be positive on the court. I think my biggest motivation is my teammates, being able to share your victories or mourn your losses with others is a really great feeling. Encouraging others to play their best keeps me playing my best.” Kirschner views tennis “That’s how we grow, as players and as people.” as an amazing sport, noting, “Tennis is not only a great workout, but a great outlet. When I am upset or had a bad day, I know that I can hit the court and I will be feeling better in no time.” She strives to get better no matter the obstacle. Kirschner maintains it is okay to make mistakes, “That’s how we grow, as players and as people. John McEnroe didn’t start out as a professional, he played his heart out and worked his way to number one.” She takes pride that she can play a sport that she can play throughout her



lifetime. Morgan Seashore, a Waukee sophomore, competes for Waukee and is motivated to becoming better during practices, “I have been playing a lot indoors at group clinics, private lessons, and tournaments. I try to play as often as possible to keep up with my skills and to continue improving.” Seashore does weight lifting and private strength training on the side, throughout summer and fall. Cardio is a necessity for her. “Cardio is a must to be able to continue playing at your best for a two hour long match with minimal breaks in the scorching sun. Especially in high school, the top six players have to play both singles and doubles almost back to back, meaning I could be on the court for four hours with my team continuing on a win.” When not in the best mindset, Seashore has a routine to keep her going. “A lot of people say I’m a competitive person, and I tend to get very down on myself when I’m down in a tough match. However, what keeps me going is

n knowing that this match does not only affect me, but my whole entire team. They are putting their trust in me, and I need to deliver. There is nothing better than having the support of your teammates, they are Encouraging others to play their best keeps me playing my best.” what keeps me going.” Seashore has no doubt that the most important thing in tennis is both mental and physical toughness, “It takes a lot of discipline to finish out a two set match and to honestly keep yourself in the game. In tennis you are primarily alone or with a partner without much guidance. Sure, you can talk to your coach during changeovers, but on big points you have to be in charge of yourself.” In the end, Morgan thinks very highly of tennis and is happy that she is playing the sport, and meeting new people along the way.



Plenty of Waukee tennis players enter tournaments to keep their practice up, to use new and improved skills they have learned. For Wyatt Karras, a senior, entering tournaments is just what he needs to get ready for the upcoming season. “I try to hit once at least once a week and play in USTA tournaments to keep my game sharp for the high school season.” Karras always plays during the off-season making sure to keep his fitness up. Karras also goes to the gym several times in the off season. Physical strength is important, but so is mental, “ Having short term memory is crucial in tennis. You’re always going to make mistakes. The key is to not let mistakes turn into more mistakes. You always have to believe in your strokes and keep a

s positive mindset.” Karras added that he thought repetition was the most important thing in tennis, “It’s really important to practice your strokes over and over to build confidence for match time.” A person who has achieved importance or distinction in a field; the meaning of greatness lies within any athlete, making it known takes time. All in all, tennis players at Waukee know what they are talking about when it comes to mental and physical strength.

By Delaney Deering, Reporter


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in celebration of black history month, it is important to remember not only the strides that have been made towards civil rights, but also the steps we have left to take as a society. As you read this article, consider donating to organizations that focus on aiding people of color such as sncc, naacp, and aclu.

What is your love language? what’s your favorite way of showing affection? A. Complimenting and flirting B. going out on dates C. Buying something thoughtful for them D. Hugs and kisses E. helping through stressful situations

what is your ideal date night? a. late-night talks b. anything, as long as it’s with someone you love c. shopping d. cuddling and watching tv e. study date

AFTER A ROUGH day, what makes you feel better?

I don’t like it when... a. I am criticized b. they never find time for me c. they never buy me nice things d. they don’t kiss me goodbye e. they never go out of their way to do something special

a. talking about it b. taking time to relax and unwind c. surprise movie tickets d. a big hug e. Coming home to a home-cooked meal

what’s your favorite holiday to spend with your boyfriend/girlfriend?

What is your favorite love song? A. just the way you are b. i just wanna be with you c. that should be me d. kiss me e. love story

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By Audra Wilkinson Reporter

A Blessing in Disguise by Aubrey Mahoney, Reporter and Cheerleader

Highs and lows. Up and downs. Tears and triumphs. This season has been a rollercoaster of events and emotions for the Waukee competition cheer squads. From various illnesses to strings of injuries, members of the team had to learn how to adjust, stay positive and believe in each other and themselves. From the beginning, the season seemed to be cursed; lost members meant moving girls between the two teams and rearranging stunt groups and choreography. Injuries ranging from broken noses to broken hands to torn ACL’s required adjustments to be made to both teams, many times at the last minute. But the biggest setback? “Before state, the morale was very high, and we were so excited to show everyone what we could do,” stated senior Kaitlyn Koester. “After the disappointing loss, our morale was down a bit and it took a while to get our spirits back up.” However, despite the low spirits, the girls continued to come to practice every day in preparation for their biggest competition: NCA Nationals in Dallas, Texas “To prepare for Nationals, we added a few more advanced skills to our routine and cleaned it up to make it look up to scale with the teams we were going against at nationals,” explained Koester. What did these practices consist of? “When [nationals] got closer, we started to have morning practices to where we did lots of reps of stunts and the pyramid,” said sophomore Teagan Sindlinger. “During practices we would do lots of run throughs, including full outs, stunt run throughs, and tumble run throughs.” As practices went on and nationals grew closer, it seemed as though the team’s spirit was rising. Despite various illnesses and vacations, stunts were beginning to hit more consistently and confidence was slowly growing - but then, two weeks before Nationals, the “curse” came back in the form of an injury.

Picture by Kennedy Snyder

“One of our bases broke her finger into her hand two weeks before Nationals,” explained junior Katie Carlson. “This caused us to have to change the entire routine to fill in her spot, which caused a lot of challenge for our stunt groups.” In cheer, every member of a stunt group is essential. For example, if one girl is sick for a day, the only way that group can stunt is if they find someone to sub in for her. Usual-

“we knew we weren’t in first, so the ‘curse’ was broken.” ly it is not a big problem, since they normally only sub in for a day or two. However, in this situation, the base was unable to compete at Nationals, meaning the routine they had been practicing for months and months had to be rearranged completely. “It was difficult, but we made it work,” stated Koester. Finally, it was time for Nationals. On a Thursday morning at 5:45 A.M., the 38 girls and their coaches loaded the bus for the twelve hour drive to Dallas. They spent Thursday traveling and Friday practicing until Saturday came: day one of competition. The nerves were obvious, but the energy was high when Waukee’s varsity team went on. For many past years, the team had hit their routine, landing them the first place spot after day one, which was almost always followed by a second place finish after day two. However, this year was different. The routine was far from perfect, far from the routine they had competed months before at state. “It was such an upsetting moment,” claimed Sindlinger. “I knew that we didn’t do the best that we could and we didn’t get the chance to show everyone in that arena what we had been working on for so long.” However, it wasn’t over yet. “The best part of nationals was going over score sheets in coaches

room after day one,” explained junior Page Leibfried. “We knew we weren’t in first, so the ‘curse’ was broken. Going over scoresheets helped us realize that we weren’t far from first, and that all we had to do was hit the next day.” However, despite the calm nerves and the fun attitudes, day two did not go as planned. Stunts fell and some things went wrong. It was not the routine they wanted to end the season on. The performances earned the team fourth place in their division, which was much different from their usual top two placements. After a seemingly cursed season, it may be hard to see the good things that came from it. Yet, many of the girls have memories and moments that they’ll remember more than anything; ones that have affected the team in a positive way. “My favorite memory from the season is state,” reflected Sindlinger. “We knew and had this confidence from the beginning that we were the best and even though we didn’t get that title, everyone knew.” “Walking off the floor after performing was ab-

“we were so excited to show everyone what we could do,” solutely amazing,” the sophomore continued. “The energy from the crowd was seriously unbelievable. We knew everyone there wanted to watch us and see what we would bring to the stage this year and that is no doubt the best feeling in the world.” “After state especially we all really came together to support one another because that was a really hard time for all of us,” explained Carlson. “It really had a huge impact on how close our team became.” “I think the struggles we had throughout the season brought us closer together as a team,” acknowledged Koester, “and helped us see that win or lose, we were still a family.” The struggles and the hardships of this season are obvious. Right when it seemed as nothing else could go wrong, something did. However, the bonds and the strength that formed from it really prove how this “curse” is just a blessing in disguise.


Mental illness is a topic that’s discussed a considerable amount in everyday media, but despite that it still has many misconceptions among the general public. Some of this confusion can be attributed to the misrepresentation of mental health in film and TV. Movies like M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Visit” and “Split” are both good examples of movies that mishandle the responsibility of illustrating mental health in a positive light. One of the best, or worst depending on your taste, an example of this can be found in the movie “Halloween.” Michael Myers is presented as a serial killer who is motivated purely by his mental illness. He is shown at the very beginning of the film as an escapee from a mental health facility, in which he is placed for murdering his sister as a child. This unfortunate stereotype presents the idea that those who suf-

fer from mental illness become violent killers. Horror movies are notorious for this, but they aren’t the only offenders. The film “A Beautiful Mind” is about a math genius with schizophrenia, and won multiple awards. Ironically, the movie did worked wonders in bringing awareness to the topic for helping to combat the stigma against mental illness. However, the movie has a giant plot twist involving the person imagining an entire portion of their life. The way the movie does it especially doesn’t make any sense, and ultimately harms the public view against people suffering from the illness. So why bring this up? Why does any of this matter? Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2017 approximately 1.4 million people report-

ed suicide attempts. “In the U.S., no complete count of suicide attempt data are available. The CDC gathers data from hospitals on non-fatal injuries from self-harm as well as survey data,” their official website reads. These statistics mean that as of 2017, suicides are the highest they’ve been in decades, and that was over a year ago. This information really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been keeping up with the internet.It’s no secret that suicide rates are on the rise. It’s impossible to blame just one thing, as there are many contributing factors, but misrepresentation is certainly one of them. Stephen Hinshaw, a psychology professor at the University of California–Berkeley, stated, “The worst stereotypes come out in [film] depictions: mentally ill individuals as incompetent, dangerous, slovenly, undeserving.” So how can we fix this negative stigma that the media portrays in entertainment? One step that directors and filmmakers need to take is making sure not to visualize mental illness unless they are going to dedicate the time necessary to do it respectfully. As for the rest of us who haven’t spent their lives to studying film, we need to stop supporting movies that mishandle the responsibility of dealing with mental health. We can also start bringing awareness to any film that decides to do it well. Next time you go to a movie, make sure that it doesn’t contribute to the stigma against mental illness. You can help make sure that things like depression and schizophrenia are shown accurately in film.

Taco Bell vs. Taco John's article and opinions bY STEPhaNIE diaz As of 2018, Taco Bell serves a mix of Tex-Mex food to more than 2 billion customers each year at 7,000 different restaurants. Meanwhile, Taco John’s, a Mexican-inspired fast food (West-Mex) chain, was founded in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It now comprises nearly 400 restaurants in 23 states. Both are large fast food chains trying to attract as many customers as possible, but which one has the best qualities to do so? Both places are affordable and get your food to you quickly. Crunchy Tacos are a simple and classic must have at both Taco Bell and Taco Johns. Taco John’s Classic Crispy taco shell is made fresh in-house every day, then filled with their signature 100% American beef, mild sauce, lettuce, and cheese; while Taco Bell’s taco shells are not made in stores. While I was eating the Taco Bell taco, the shell was less sturdy and fell apart easily. Taco John’s shell was sturdy and crunchy and didn’t break when I picked the taco up. Taco John’s did put excessive lettuce in their taco, but Taco Bell had good proportions of meat, lettuce, and cheese. The crispy beef taco at Taco John’s is $1.29, while at Taco Bell it is 10 cents less at $1.19. If you are looking for affordable Mexican fast food, Taco Bell is the place to go. It has many things you can get for a dollar: as they say, “explore the power of the dollar.” If you want to see their lunch selection, check out their Dollar craving menu on their website. Overall they surpass Taco John’s in their options for food that’s less than a dollar. But if you decide to go to Taco John’s, trying their Potato Olés is a customer favorite and a must. The Olés are crispy potatoes you can dip into your favorite sauces. I recommend getting the Taco Taco Taco Combo at Taco John’s. The combo

is only six dollars and comes with three beef tacos, a small potato Olés, and a 20 oz fountain drink. A deal indeed! While comparing Taco Bell and Taco John’s customers service, I would have to say that both restaurants are very fast at attending their customers and have a clean atmosphere. Taco Bell does have more food items to choose from, but it comes down to what your taste buds desire.

Want to learn more about Taco John’s and Taco Bell? Read some fun facts below!

Taco Bell: “Live Mas” •It is named after the founder, Glen Bell •Tacos in the early 1960’s were just 19 cents. •The first location featured fire pits and mariachi bands. •The Taco Bell Chihuahua, Gidget, also starred in the movie ‘Legally Blonde 2.’ •Taco Bell was the first fast food chain to hire women as managers. Taco John’s: “Once we getcha, then we gotcha.... gotcha coming back for more! Taco John’s.” •The first taco John’s operated out of a camper. •Many of the first Taco John’s franchisees only had high school diplomas. •Potato olès have been around since the ‘70’s. •John Turner is the founder of Taco Johns. •Many Taco John’s locations are old gas stations.



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