Tripodium 2020-2021

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Volume 51, Issue 1•Salina High School South•730 E. Magnolia, Salina,Kan. 67401•10.27.20



Table of Contents Meet The staff Page 4-5 New south high Staff

Page 6 What is equity council?

Page 8-9 Covid-19

Page 10-11

Lizzy Franco

Hannah Kipp

Fall sports wrap up

Autumn Dunshie

Kamryn Kulas

Page 14 Fall This or That

Page 15 Fine arts photostory

Hannah Kipp

Design Editor Autumn Dunshie Staff Members Kamryn Kulas Zaida Segura Jorge Navarro Alex Rector

Shawna Rohrig

Editorial Policy Letters to the Editor

The staff encourages letters to the editor from its readers. Letter should be taken to room 2117 or mailed to the Tripodium, 730 E. Magnolia, Salina, Kan. 67401 The following guidelines will be used in consideration of printing letters to the editor. Letters should be no longer than 200 words. Letters should be signed and must be signed and must include the address and telephone number of the author. No anonymous letters will be published. If it is the wish of the author and editor is in agreement, the author’s name by be withheld. The letter must not be libelous, obscene, profane and it must not infringe upon copyright. The letter must not be an invasion of privacy or disruptive of the school process.


Zaida Segura

Halloween Favorites

Page 16

Editor Lizzy Franco Copy Editor


Black lives matter

Page 12-13

Tripodium Staff 2020-2021

Importance of voting

Page 7


Jorge Navarro

Alex Rector

The Tripodium is dedicated to publishing news, features, columns and sports in an unbiased and professional manner. All new, feature and opinion stories are determined by the staff and they invite readers to contribute ideas to them. The publication is a forum for student expression and will not be subject to prior review by the USD 305 administration.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Unified School District #305 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its program and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Any person having inquiries concerning Unified School District #305 compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, ADA, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact the Unified School District #305 Executive Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 797, Salina, Kansas, 67402, 785309-4726.

Cover: Senior Kamryn Sitton cheers during the home game against Newton on Oct. 16. The cheerleaders are required to wear masks during the game and have made matching ones for their whole team. photo by lizzy franco



Opinion peaks

South S

What do you miss most about pre-pandemic life?

What’s new(s)? By Hannah Kipp

Breaking news--there is none. Since the shutdown of businesses and closing of schools back in March, national news--or even global news--has been absurdly bleak. News sources are still chocked full of COVID-19 updates. Of course, this is how the news should have been at a time of a global pandemic and we fully support the use of media to inform the masses, however, at some point, when will the new stories and features be considered unoriginal? During the few months over the summer in which the protests for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign were at its climax, mass media still focused on what that meant from a pandemic stand point. Countless articles were about how the protesters did or did not wear masks; how social distancing was or was not being implemented; how Americans would use the protests as an example for why quarantining is a ‘bad idea’. The entire civil issue of systemic racism was downplayed because of the new COVID-19 mindset mass media had developed shortly after the shutdown. While in this case, the message of BLM should have been given more of a spotlight, however, is continuous news about the pandemic a bad thing? Without the constant reminder of COVID-19 looming over anyone who stays in touch with what is going on in the world, people will start to believe that the virus is not such a big deal anymore--when in fact, it is. There have been over 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and everyday there have been more and more people added to that statistic. Reading the news and staying updated is a good way to stay conscious about the pandemic. Despite the positive aspects of the news focusing on the pandemic, reading about statistics and updates can be stressful. Reading about other types of news would be a way to destress and keep updated but news like that is few and far between. What would be best for the media would be to find a happy medium between reminding the public and still finding other stories. There have been some other stories that are not related to COVID-19, but there has been a large decrease in feature stories and other events to write about. Regardless of the stress, keeping safe and others safe should be a priority for everyone. The news may be a broken record at this point but it should be that way until people understand that simple actions like wearing a mask, using disinfectant and washing hands are all necessary actions to prevent the spread of any disease.

“Hanging out with friends more often.” - Averie Hartman

FRESHMAN “Being able to go to big parites and not have masks on.” Daniel Esparza


“Being able to go out without a mask.” - Dylann Haas

JUNIOR “Having a crowded student section with the band playing nearby.” - Evie Barth

SENIOR “Everyday student interaction and stopping during activities.” - Juan maldonado





there’s a new doctor in the house By Alex Rector

Dr. Charles Kipp photo by alex rector

Dr. Charles Kipp was not always a principal, he started off at Kansas State University in engineering, which he soon realized was not for him. So he decided to switch to English, and he earned his degree in literature and creative writing. He was employed at Kansas Farm Bureau in Manhattan. After leaving the corporate world he returned to Washburn University in Topeka to get his English education degree. He then went back to Kansas State University for both his master and doctoral degrees in educational leadership. Dr. Kipp began his educational career at Manhattan High School as an English teacher, then was the lead associate principal at Garden City High School for seven years before transferring to South High. “After a corporate merger, I was laid off

from Kansas Farm Bureau Services in Manhattan. I wanted to use my degree in English literature and so I went back to college and earned my teaching degree. I really enjoy working with students in order to help them succeed,” Dr. Kipp said. Kipp believes that it is important to provide students with authentic educational connections to their communities, especially in terms of career opportunities. “I would like to expand the connections between members of the community and the school in order to provide students with experiences in a variety of occupational and professional fields,” Dr. Kipp said. “By partnering with colleges and universities, local businesses and business leaders, and civic entities such as the Chamber of Commerce, our students will be better prepared to contribute to their community in the future.”

Hola to Spanish teacher Raasch

Spanish teacher Calla Raasch helps Kohen Farris, freshman, with his Spanish assignment during first block. Rasssch teaches Spanish 1 plus is the new Stuco sponsor. photo by alex rector

Calla Raasch is one of the new teachers at Salina South High School. The students who are in Raasch Spanish class will hear her say “hola” as they walk into her classroom. Raasch has been teaching Spanish for 11 years. She also taught Spanish at Circle High School, Towanda, Kan. Waukee High in Des Moines, Iowa and Platteview High School in Omaha, Neb. She chose to teach Spanish because when she was in high school she had a good Spanish teacher. The only thing she would change is the online learning, because it’s harder to get to know the students. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the students better and learning the culture better,” Raasch, who is also the new Student Council sponsor, said.




Coach, teacher joins staff

Chance Clatterback his helps Justin Ebert, social studies teacher, during his first block. photo by alex rector

New teacher Chance Clatterback has been coaching football, wrestling and track for 19 years. But after seven years of coaching he decided to become a teacher. Clatterback has a daughter who has asperger. Asperger is a developmental disorder affecting the ability to effectively socialize and communicate. His daughter played a big role in why he became a teacher. “I thought it was a good fit and I like helping,” Clatterback said. For 12 years he has been a special education teacher. He has taught in Arizona for ten years, then at Lubbock, Texas and now at South High. For Clatterback Salina South High is a fraction of the size compared to the others schools he taught at. “I came from a 4,000 student school in Gilburt, Ariz, to about 1,500,” Clatterback said.

Officer falk to the rescue

Officer Laura Falk photo by alex rector

If there is ever trouble at Salina South High, Officer Laura Falk will be there to help. Officer Laura Falk has been a police officer for three and a half years and this is her first year as south’s school resource officer. She was asked if she would be interested in working at Salina South High School and she said yes. She thought she was a good candidate for this job because she had a degree in education and a second degree in English, plus she taught English in China. Along with she wanted to help others like how teachers and coaches helped her when she was in high school. She chose to become an officer because officers have a void with their badges, most kids do not know what officers are like because all they see is the badge. There are students who are not phased by the badge, because they either talked to Detective Dani Lemon last year, or they have

I get all my 10,000 steps.

Officer Laura Falk

a parent who is a cop. Because of this Officer Falk is looking forward to the SAFE Club because she is excited to get to know the students. “It’s good to know that the teachers and the students have welcomed me to this school,” Falk said.


What is the Importance of Voting? By Autumn Dunshie

When was the first time you voted and do you remember who the candidates were? “The first time I voted was in 1992. The presidential candidates were George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bob Dole won in the Senate race.” What compelled you to vote? “I have been politically aware for as long as I can remember. My parents Josh Massey, raised me to pay attention to political issues.” teacher Why do you feel it is important for people to vote? “I think that for us common folk, the vote is our most important tool. Americans choose our leaders, so we get the government we deserve.” What should a voter look for in candidates? “What I look for first is intelligent understanding of issues that affect me. After that, I want a candidate who plans to govern for all of the people they represent, not just the ones who supported them. I think that candidates should prove that they serve their constituents, and not small interests in their constituency. I want a candidate that believes in service to the community, because that is what they are there for.” Where should a first time voter look to get trustworthy information? “First time voters should first understand the issues that affect them. For a young person, those issues can be different than for say, senior citizens. First time voters should read broadly from a variety of sources that are established and trusted. These sources can be national or local, but should include sources that favor a variety of political views. There are a large number of Internet tools like that provide information with a large sampling of differing political opinions. They should be knowledgeable about the basics of how government works and what problems it can solve. They should be open-minded and willing to talk about issues of political importance. First time voters, in my experience, are not as well versed as they should be on local issues. They need to pay closer attention to their own community, and know who they are voting for in local races.” If you are able to vote this year, do you plan on voting? “I am able to vote this year, and I do plan on voting.” Why do you feel it is important that people vote? “I feel like it is important to vote because it gives you a say in who is elected. You also have a say in the rights and freedoms that you want. If I wanted to see a change in the world, then I would vote for who I believe will give me that change. For me to vote is a big deal since women never used to have the Jennifer Phomchaleun, rights to vote. For me not to vote while being given this right seems wrong.” What are you hoping to see change in after the election? senior I hope that after the election, women’s rights are chosen by women and not by men. I strongly believe that men should not have a say in what happens with women’s rights.

Jail Question

Some elections there is a question posed by the county on whether or not citizens want their taxes increased to fund a project for the county. This year they are asking if citizens want to add a 0.5% retailers’ sales tax to fund a new Saline County Criminal Justice Complex. The new tax rate will change from 1% to 1.5%. It is estimated that this increased tax will raise $6 million yearly. If voted passed, this sales tax will come into effect on April 1, 2021. Once the project is paid for through the sales tax increase, the tax will no longer be imposed.



On the Ballot Tuesday Nov. 3 President/Vice President United States Senate United States House of Representatives 1st District Kansas Senate District 24 Kansas House of Representatives 69th District Kansas House of Representatives 71st District Kansas House of Representatives 108th District State Board of Education District 6 County Commissioner District 2 County Commissioner District 3 County Clerk County Treasurer Register of Deeds County Attorney Sheriff Kansas Supreme Court Justices (4,6) Kansas Court of Appeals Judges (2,3,4,6,8,9,14) 28th Judicial District Judge Retention Jail Question



Equity Council By Autumn Dunshie

What is the Purpose of Equity Council

The Equity Council was first formed by USD 305 in the spring of 2018. The overall goal of Equity Council is to make sure students are administered enough support and resources to ensure they can be successful. They also strive to promote cultural inclusion and to solve diversity issues.Assessing data, information and feedback are some of the assignments members of the council are given. By doing these tasks, they are able to provide different ways to approach situations that have risen within the district.

Two Standing Students Attend South High senior Que Hill and junior Layla Jordan


Equity Council Members Consist of

Three Standing Students 14 At-Large Community Members

13 Standing Building Representatives Six Administrative Representatives

Through the Eyes of an At-Large Community Member Equity Council member, Kimberly Oxandale, shared some of her life experiences that have influenced her to become a part of the USD 305 Equity Council. When she was a young child, her mother had just moved to the United States from South Korea. Her mother was not able to help her with any homework, she could not communicate with her teachers, and she did not understand the importance of some holidays. Such as, Halloween, Valentines Day and American Christmas. “I can remember one year trying to explain to her that I needed Valentine’s cards for an exchange. She could not understand. I felt like the only child at school with no cards,” Oxandale said. Not only have her childhood experiences influenced her in wanting to be a member of the Equity Council, but also the experiences she has had through her job. This has given her the opportunity to work with an awesome group of at-risk students. “It was one the hardest and most rewarding experiences of my life. I felt so honored that they trusted me enough to let me into their world, a world I knew nothing about. I was awestruck at the challenges they faced and the strength they found in themselves,” Oxandale said. She has set individual goals for herself to meet while being on the Equity Council. She plans to Kimberly Oxandale make sure no child is left out in the ways she was as a child, because her mother did not understand the importance of holidays, the language barriers that existed and cultural differences. She also hopes to be a voice for children who have had other experiences or life circumstances so she can bring an awareness to their needs. “Through the Equity Council I am hoping to advocate for the at-risk children I meet, as well as the child with no Valentines Day cards,” Oxandale said.



New Precautions How To Stay Safe wash hands often social distance (six feet) wear a mask properly cover coughs and sneezes

clean and disinfect

monitor your health daily Source:

By Lizzy Franco Coming back to school after almost five months was a change to students. Not only was it a change in their routine but school itself has changed. Students now must wear a mask and have their temperature checked. Not only are students and faculty required to do these but so are any visitors that come to the building. The requirement of masks and temperature checks in schools was an executive order by Governor Laura Kelly (#20-59). After a student has a temperature check and their temperature is high (100.4) they are sent to the school nurse Kim Cook. From here Cook checks their temperature and watches it. If their temperature does not go down the student’s parents are called and the student is sent home. A student with a high temperature is sent home right away even if it is the only symptom they have. If a student does not have a high temperature they must have two or more symptoms before they are sent home. When a student begins to notice symptoms during the school day and go to Cook she has precautions to follow. “I first have to ask them what symptoms they are having before they enter my office,” Cook said. If there are COVID-19 symptoms she isolates them in a separate room before continuing on with their questions. Once the student is sent home from symptoms or a fever, the student can not return to school until they have a doctor’s note. This does not require them to have a test done. Along with Cook, the administrators have had a more precautions to follow. “We have turned off the drinking fountains to eliminate contact. The water bottle fillers have remained on,” assistant principal Scott Chrisman said. Teachers have also been asked to socially distance their desks in the classrooms. This is made easier with the students being in cohort A and B. The number of students in the


classrooms are at about half what they were last year. Along with the cohorts helping in the classrooms, spacing in the lunchroom has changed. During lunch there are about 125 to 130 students in the lunchroom. Last year there was around 250 in the lunchroom. Students are now asked to sit with the same people every lunch period. This is more for contact tracing. There are lunch cards instead of typing in a lunch code as well. The most noticeable change with lunch is the barriers at each table between each student. A changed that students may not entirely notice is the custodians go around hourly and wipe down door handles and keep everything clean. Teachers as well are wiping down desks and computers in between every class. As of Oct.19 there have only been five positive cases at South High. The protocol for the administration is to do contact tracing. The administration gets the seating charts from all the classes the infected student was in and sees who was within six feet of the student for more than 10 minutes. They also check the out of class tracker and see where else the student had been. These are sent to the Health Department but recently Cook is the one to call the students who were in close contact and need to quarantine. Now although there are no dances and pep rallies, athletic competitions have been happening successfully. The stadium has had a 25% capacity all year and spectators were asked to sit with family, socially distance from others and to wear a mask. These few things have kept the athletic competitions going on all year. School is intended to still be a hybrid schedule until Oct. 30 until the school board and Superintendent Linn Exline discuss the gating criteria once again and make further decisions.



Numbers Today 10.27.20

Saline County Map

As of Oct. 20

United States : 8,128,524 Saline County : 941 South High : 5


Gating Criteria District

Student Absenteeism based on building level average daily attendance in 201920 (i.e. 95%) Ability to staff classrooms Number of new cases in school compared with previous seven days Ability of the school to implement five key mitigation strategies 1.Consistent and correct use of masks 2.Social distancing to six feet 3.Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette 4.Cleaning and disinfection 5.Contact tracing in collaboration with local health department


two week County percent positive case rate (% positive tests/all tests performed) two week cumulative county incidence rate (# new cases/100K over prior 2 weeks) Local/referring hospital capacity





BLM Movement By Zaida Segura

Facts to Know

• BLM Movement was founded in 2013 in the response and murder of Trayvon Martins. • BLM is a global organization in the U.S.,UK and Canada. • BLM started as a social media initiative but grew into a global movement that works to intervene in the violence inflicted upon black communities.

Salina’s Downtown Protest

photo courtesy of Kacin Blake Photography

Facts to Know • BLM is not just a #hashtag it’s a global Network • BLM is a mission to eradicate white supremacy • BLM does not mean other lives don’t matter. • It’s not just about policy brutality


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Thoughts on local Protest Protest on May 31 2020

Social studies teacher Colin Carlson

“The reason why I was there was because the video of Floyd so deeply impacted me after watching so much footage for Tamir Rice in American Justice I kind of became desensitized to some of those images. Watching the video of Floyd pleading for his life and also seeing citizens pleading with the officers was so heartbreaking to watch because it contrived a lot of what people have been clamoring about for years on how our lives and our dignity are occasionally ignored or abused by those who are supposed to protect us.” Atatiana Jefferson

George Floyd

John Crawford III

#Lets Not Forget Eric Garner

Tamir Rice Breonna Taylor

Senior Tara Tresvant

Aiyana Jones

Alton Sterling

“A big impact I saw was actually after the protesting. People began amplifying black voices, listening to our stories and educating themselves on black issues. I Personally had many friends who reached out and wanted to hear my personal experiences and wanted me to help educate them. Educating others and people educating themselves is vital to building and maintaining this movement. What I want people to know about the BLM Movement is that this has been going on for years this movement is about structural change. It is about structural change, It is about creating change. It is about creating change and starting a conversation. When we say black lives matter, we are not only saying other lives don’t. Only when Black lives matter will all lives matter. When we protest we are highlighting systemic race issues all across the U.S. do not judge the movement based on what is portrayed on the media. We are NOT violent. We are angry, and are demanding change.”


Fall Sports Sports




GOALS CONCEDED 53 Senior Joshua Amador dribbles the ball against Central. photo by zaida segura


Junior Zoe Norton gets ready to hit the ball during a golf meet. photo by lizzy franco

GIRLS TENNIS Singles- sophomore Tess Daily, junior Laura Brucker Doubles- junior Iliana Armburst, senior Alexxa Nunemaker 3rd-Armburst & Nunemaker

as of Oct. 21

STATE TEAM junior Zoe Norton - 14th sophomore Nina Frees -16th senior Karlee Roudybush sophomore Payton Phillips sophomore Emily Anderson REGIONALS 2nd place




Junior Iliana Armburst serves the ball during a doubles match at home. photo by lizzy franco

AVCTL 1st place






OVERALL RECORD 1-5 as of Oct. 21


By Jorge Navarro



CROSS COUNTRY SALINA HOME MEET Varsity Boys- 10th place Varsity Girls- 5th place

Junior Brandt Cox evades a defender during a game against Campus. photo by lizzy franco

Junior Brooklyn Needham spikes the ball during a game against Campus. photo by nathan mcconnell


junior Izaac Leonard- 12th place junior Grace Allen- 8th place senior Miranda Strang- 15th place Senior Morgan Fischer runs during the home meet at Bill Burke Park. photo by evie barth


Fun Page


fall this or that Carve pumkins OR Paint a pumkin Halloween party OR Cosy spooky movie night By Kamryn Kulas

Pumkin patch


Buy a costume


Scare someone Apple cider


Apple orchard Make a costume Be scared


Pumpkin spice latte

Trick or treat


Pass out candy

Corn maze


Haunted house



Fun Page

Five Freaky Figures

Survey of 244 students

Favorite Halloween movie Favorite Halloween candy Friday The 13th

## 21.7%



Nighmare before christmas






Candy Corm




32.7% 13%

Favorite Halloween costume Favorite part ofHalloween Tv show character


grim reaper



Super hero


Horror mask


Dressing up


scary movies


Pumkin carving


I don’t celebrate


What Halloween pet would you want to own




black cat





Photo Story


Sophomore Ayianna Revels reads sheet music during New Dawn choir practice with face mask on. Choir has not made any performance dates. photo by hannh kipp

THE SHOw WILL GO ON By Hannah Kipp

Freshman Emily Streeter performs baton twirler routine during home football game on Oct. 9. Facial coverings were still required despite the physical activity. photo by hannah kipp

Junior Hector Cardona-Rodriguez performs at Salina Stadium during the football game against Hutchinson on Oct. 16. for the bands very first performance, The band was unable to perform prior to this date due to the lack of bell covers and band masks. photo by hannah kipp Junior Joseph Gogadi practices cello in orchestra while wearing mask and socially distancing from other students. Orchestra has not decided on any performance dates thus far due to COVID-19 restrictions. photo by hannah kipp Junior Mia Dennett runs through lines during dress rehearsal for “Echo of Wings,” the department’s first perfomance earlier this month. The drama department will still be performing this year but with restrictions. photo by nathan mcconnell

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