2018-19 Issue 5

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Tripodium Staff 2018-2019

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Cover: Khiley Davis (’19) cheers on teammate Peri Andrewson (’22) during the 4x100 meter relay. The relay team placed first at the Saline County track meet on March 26. photo by lizzy franco

UNEQUAL INTERNSHIPS By Taylor Cleveland There is no doubt every type of intern at Salina South has worked hard to get the opportunities and experiences they deserve. However, there are debates on whether the medical internship students should not have an ELO while all other interns at South have to attend ELO. The staff, other interns, and even medical interns agree on the unfairness of the intern ELO situation. We can all agree that no intern works more or less hard than other interns. Why should the medical internship students be exempt from an ELO? Despite the controversy, there is method in the madness. Larry Nutter, a science teacher, directs the medical internship program. The medical internship class is during Nutter’s sixth block which is also his planning period. By allowing Nutter to have a planning period during sixth block rather than teach a class, the school and the district save an overload of money. On the Mondays the medical internship class meets in Nutter’s room for sixth block, Principal Curtis Stevens compensated Nuteer for his lack of a planning period by allowing him to use an ELO period in place of a planning period. Otherwise, Nutter would only have one planning period in which he would have to teach a class during sixth block on Mondays and also an ELO every day. The medical internship students still have to meet for ELO on some career cruising days but most days they can be dismissed after the last block has ended. According to Nutter, the exemption from ELO has nothing to do with the medical internship program or the student interns. Despite the deal between Nutter and Principal Stevens, medical interns not having to go to most ELOs while other interns do is still unfair. In the future, administrators could create a schedule where all interns receive the same treatment but until then, medical interns will have the upper hand in the ELO debate.

South Speaks

Co-Editors Kaylee Warren Grace Hoge Copy Editor Marissa Russ Design Team Kearra Alvarez Alivia Heard Adriel Ordonez Staff Members DJ Chaput Taylor Cleveland Lizzy Franco Peyton Froome Daniela Garcia Kassandra Martinez Ivan Nava Hannah Schmidt Abby Teschke Cartoonist Tatum Forrester

How do you feel about the internship ELO situation? “It’s unfair but I don’t feel like the school is prioritizing medical interships over other internships” - Cris Dominguez (‘19) “Honestly I think ELO is pointless in the first place.” - Brylee Sader (‘21)

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HEADING NORTH FOR WINTER by Alivia Heard Almost, Maine is the 2019 spring play to be performed in South’s theatre. The show will be April 4-6 at 7p.m. This year, the drama department decided to change the norm of their performance by creating a different place for the audience to sit and experience the show: on the stage. Set crew has created a new seating area right on stage with the actors to make an in-the-round watching experience. There will be no seating in the normal seating area. “This show is gonna be done in the round which means the audience is on the stage with us which gives a closer and personal experience for everybody.” Allison Hull (’20) said, explaining her favorite part about the show. More than just the seating, there will be a difference in how the story is presented. Each of the eight scenes, including the prologue, interlogue, and epilogue, has entirely new characters and story than the others. Each scene contains two to three characters that have, want, or once had a love story. “The best part of having a separate scene from the rest of the play is that it allows me to focus more on the development of a relationship between one other character instead of multiple characters. I love how the story develops and I also think it’s really cute.” Amaya Dungan (’20) said.

“I get to have a very small intimate scene. I can focus on my scene and make sure that it is the best it can be while also getting to experience evryone else’s scenes.” - Santiago Vasquez (’20) (right) Amaya Dungan (’20) Santiago Vasquez (’20) kneel in panic after thinking they lost the contents of the bag: her heart.

Scene 1

“Jacob and I have to put on seven layers and then get under stage lights, and it becomes very very hot and becomes very very sweaty.”

- Whitney Turner (’19) (left) Whitney Turner ’20) and Jacob Sweet ’20) embrace in the last scene before they begin to undress their many layers.

Scene 8

Welcome to

ALMOST, MAINE Population: 9 Stories

April 4-6 7 p.m.

$5 Students $6 Seniors $8 Adults

“What I love about my scene is the innocence of the characters. They remind me of when I was younger and could picture what love looked like... and Pete and Ginnette are it.” - Jonah Winsky (’19)


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Staff and students weigh in on the generational differences in dating By Marissa Russ

The biggest phenomenon and mystery in the romantic lives of teenagers today is the illusive “talking” phase. What it consists of, how long it lasts and how exclusive it deems a couple to be varies from person to person. “I think [the talking phase] must be when they’re probably corresponding late at night on social media or by text and they’re just getting to know each other.” Social Studies teacher Josh Massey explained. Students can explain the talking phase more concisely. “I think the talking stage is where you’re only texting and you’re only going to hang out with them. You kind of just talk.” Lauren Davison (’21) said. “If you’re talking you just hang out. You just go do stuff outside of school.” Cesar Silvestre (’20) stated. English teacher Krista Devoe does not believe the generational gap has had any major effect on the dating lives of teenagers. “Dating was talking on the phone and going out. We would drive around, we would go eat, we would go to his house and watch movies. I don’t feel like [dating is] that much different than now, is it?” Devoe said. How long the talking phase lasts or should last has never been written down or established. Students today give varied answers of how long they have been in the talking phase with someone. Some teenagers will even include the

duration of the talking phase in their calculations of how long they have been with their romantic partner. Adults seem to have a more definite answer regarding how long they got to know their partner

“We would drive around, we would go eat, we would go to his house and watch movies. I don’t feel like [dating is] not that much different than now, is it?”

- Krista Devoe, english teacher before both parties decided to be exclusive. Massey recalled that he and his wife went on two casual dates before their relationship was exclusive. “Depends on what point it gets to,” Silvestre said when asked if the talking phase equates to exclusivity in dating.

The talking phase has grown into fruition as teenagers navigate the new world of social media and ever advancing technology. “I think the talking stage is essential because you get to know the person.” Davison reasoned. However, despite some support for the talking phase, others feel that the introduction of the talking phase by technology is a double-edged sword. “Technology is bad when you’re dating because… it’s boring when you talk through technology.” Silvestre said. Social media has notably altered the way people interact. Romantic relationships can be affected by the presence of social media more than any other kind of relationship. “When I think about the way I see relationships unfolding today among high school students, I don’t think think of them as unhealthy, but I think they can get really intense really early and that the two people don’t even really know each other yet.” Massey reasoned. Despite all of the new influences in the romantic lives of teenagers today, some things never fade between generations. “I just think as a label for absolutely anything leading up to some official declaration of dating is silly because if you’re going on dates, if you’re only spending time with that other person, you are dating them.” Devoe clearly stated.

A Golden Gala




By Lizzy Franco

Details -Prom is held at the masonic temple, 336 S Santa Fe Ave -April 13 -doors will open with valet parking at 7:45p.m. -refreshments will be served from 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. -dance will be from 8:45 - 11 p.m. -there will be no dinner -tickets will be $25 and can be bought during lunch -prom tickets and picture id are required -after prom will be Sunday, April 14 from 12 -2 a.m. at Kansas Wesleyan student activity center

Gretchen Cox (’19) and Cole Wassenberg (’19)

“We got the horses in the back”

Tatum Forrester (’19) and Parker Renz (’19)

Bryana Loisranoi (’19) and Cole Stein (’19)

Tylyn Samreth (’19) and Conner munsell (’19)

Jadyn Zamecnik (’19) and Karter Granzella (’19)

“Born to golf, forced to go to prom”

“It was a shocker you guys nominated us so shock us again and vote for us ”

“Be loyal and vote for the royals”

“401Katch us at prom”


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T h e d o ’s a n d d o n ’ t s o f e n c o u n t e r i n g p o l i c e By Kearra Alvarez

As the Black Lives Matter movement has become a huge topic in the media, citizens safety in the presence of police has become even more important than before. Through the recording of police encounters and the released footage from body cameras, the public can see different situations that citizens are faced with.

While some officers are friendly and polite, some are intimidating and frightening. Sean Morton, Deputy Chief of the Salina Police Department said that every citizen-police interaction is different from traffic stops to just a friendly conversation. “There may be other times when

What should I do if I get pulled over?

• Stay in your car • Keep your hands where the officer can see them (on the steering wheel is the best place) • Stay calm and be polite source: Deputy Chief Sean Morton, Salina Police Department

What laws should I be aware of?

• Know the constitution and its ammendments to the fullest degree • Fully understand the laws you believe are most important source: Deputy Chief Sean Morton, Salina Police Department

What should I do if I am arrested? • Do not argue, even if you feel your arrest is unjust • Stay calm and be polite • Comply with the officer’s commands source: Deputy Chief Sean Morton, Salina Police Department

you might come in contact with an officer. Plus, keep in mind not every contact with law enforcement is negative,” Morton said. Learning about what to do in certain situations may save you from jail time or even save your life.

When can police officers search my car?

• Officers can search if they believe they have “probable cause” • Stay calm and be quiet • Politely state that you do not consent to any searches source: www.flexyourrights.org

What should I do if I get into a car accident?

• Stop and protect the scene to prevent other accidents • Exchange information (phone number, name, etc.) and report the incident to insurance source: www.urymoskow.com

What should I do if a cop becomes aggressive? • Know that resisting arrest will bring you more charges • Stay calm and be polite • Ask to speak with the officers supervisor source: Deputy Chief Sean Morton, Salina Police Department





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HUMANS OF S By Daniela Garcia and Grace Hoge

Brianna Taylor


“It started with me wanting to be healthy and get that ‘summer body,’ so all I would eat was healthy foods. Then it turned into not eating breakfast, then lunch, and then I started trying not to eat anything at all during the day. When I would weigh myself, the number had to go down to make me happy. I would set a goal number and hit it. Then it wasn’t low enough; the number was never low enough. I got down to 88 pounds before I went to testament for four months. I thought that being gingery was a great distraction from other stresses in my life. But not eating was taking up all of my energy. I had no energy for school, sports or friends. I slept all day. I am so grateful that I am recovering because my life is so much fuller now and is filled with happiness. There is more to life than a number on a scale.”

Larry Miller

photo courtesy of brianna taylor


Shelby Mann

“My most cherished possessions is my family and my wife. They’ve always had my back and supported what I do. My wife and I have been married for 31 years, we met at Carol’s Bookstore where I was a maintenance man and she sold VHS tapes. I have two kids and one granddaughter. My daughter is an RN. When she was little she had E.coli and we spent a lot of time in the hospital, so I think that’s what got her into the medical field. My youngest lives in Colorado as a pharmaceutical assistant, so we don’t get to see each other as often.”

photo by daniela garcia

photo by daniela garcia

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SOUTH HIGH 6.0 Denise Bennett and Pam Henoch

main office

“I’ve worked here 24 years, and she’s worked here 13 or 14. We knew each other before that though, because we had kids at Coronado grade school together. It’s a lot of fun working together. If you work with someone you really like, it makes it so easy and fun, and yes there’s stressful days, but we can bounce ideas off each other and help each other.” -Denise Bennett “And when one of us is really busy, the other one is usually at a calmer part and it seems like they coincide real well. If I see that she’s stressed out, I’ll help people at the front desk or answer the phone more.” -Pam Henoch photo by daniela garcia

student teacher “I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but when I was in second grade I wanted to be a second grade teacher, and when I was in third grade I wanted to be a third grade teacher, and then when I was a sophomore in high school and I took my first chemistry class, it kind of came easy to me and I ended up loving it. Then I decided to major in it, and I asked my chemistry teacher how she did it, and I’ve never wavered in it ever since. I know it’s what I want to do. I’ve learned so much through student teaching. They can’t really prepare you in the classroom. I’ve taken a lot of education classes, a lot of theories on teaching, but nothing can prepare you for this. I’ve learned how much work it really is to be a teacher. I’m here until probably 7:30, 8 every night. I stay after school, I go to softball practice, and then I come back, and I work and make sure everything’s set up perfectly. I want to make sure everything is perfect and I’m doing the best that I can for my students.”

William Mencanin

freshman “When I first came to high school I was kinda scared and I didn’t know what was going on, because the building is a lot bigger and nicer than South Middle. The first day was very nerve wracking, and it was the scariest thing I’ve ever gone through. I was scared of getting judged by the upperclassmen. In the movies, freshmen always get bullied by them, but it’s not really that bad. I would tell incoming freshmen not to be scared; high school’s not that difficult and you can overcome this fear.”

photo by daniela garcia

photo by kaylee warren Jerzie Sierminski (’19) poses on the diving board during practice. Sierminski has been on the swim team for three years.

Girls Swim Upcoming Home Events: March 14, April 4, April 17, April 19, May 2.

photo by alivia heard Abigail S. Miller (’20) fields a groundball during an infield pickup drill.

Softball Upcoming Home Events: April 5 vs. Campus, April 12 vs. Central, April 23 vs. Maize, May 3 vs. Valley Center.

photo by lizzy franco (Left) Aila Yager (’21) competes in the 800 meter open at the Saline County Invitational Meet.

Track Upcoming Home Events: April 22 at Central.

By Peyton Froome

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photo by kati rivera Abigail A. Miller (’20) throws a ball in from the sidelines during the game with Andover. The Cougars won 1-0.

Girls Soccer Upcoming Aprill 11 vs. Derby, April 16 vs. Campus, April 23 vs. Hutchinson, April 30 vs. Newton, May 2 vs. Buhler.

photo by alivia heard Javon Suarez (’21) tags the runner, Cade Barber (’21), out in a play at third base during practice.

Baseball Upcoming Home Events: April 5 vs. Campus, April 11 JV vs. Central, April 12 vs. Central, April 23 vs. Maize, May 3 vs. Valley Center. photo by kaylee warren (Right) Cole Stein (’19) poses for his senior picture. Stein has golfed every year of his high school career.

photo courtesy of jackie cassle (Above) After placing ninth in singles at the Mcpherson Varsity meet, Cayden Cassle (’21) poses with his medal.

Boys Tennis Upcoming Home Events: April 4, April 8, April 18, April 19, April 23, April 29.

Boys Golf Upcominng and Home Events: April 4.

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TRIPLE THREAT By Kaylee Warren Being a regular studentathlete is hard enough, but being a three sport sudentathlete is even harder. For junior Victoria Maxton, playing three has been an experience for her. “During season I focus on one sport, but then I have to balance it with school and a social life,” Maxton said.

Maxton plays volleyball, basketball and track. To start out her junior track season, she was crowned Saline County champion in high jump and pole vault. Looking forward to her senior seasons in volleyball and basketball next year, Maxton hopes to have overall better seasons.

Zach Davidson (’22) Sports: football, basketball and baseball.

Favorite: “Baseball because I’m better at it, and not gonna lie, it is my better sport.” Favorite coach: “Tyler Smith because I am around him more.” Goals: “Get some varsity time in all my sports, and maintain all three sports throughout high school.” “Doing all three sports gives me something to do and keeps me active.”

Sports: volleyball, basketball and track. Favorite: Basketball because of the competitiveness and positive attitude. Favorite coach: JD Garber, pole vault coach. Goals: state champion in pole vault. “Doing the sports keeps me conditioned, and I create friendships.”

Victoria Maxton (’20)

While just starting high school is hard for most freshman, Zach Davidson (’22) decided to take on three sports on top of school. To balance all three sports, football, basketball, and baseball, Davidson focuses on one sport at a time.

Even though he just started his freshman baseball season, Davidson already has some goals for upcoming years. “I’m going to try and get some varsity time, and maintain all three sports throughout high school,” Davidson said.


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SPRING HAS SPRUNG By DJ Chaput and Hannah Schmivdt

What Are Your Favorite Spring Activites?

“Golf and just being outside in general.” - Charlie Lynn, English teacher

“Track, dancing and hanging out with friends. We usually just go out to eat or chill at someones house.” -Layla Jordan (’22)

“Take a walk with my dogs and enjoy nature.” -Kiley Meyers, family and consumer science teacher

“Play baseball and practicing at the batting cage. Also going fishing with my family at Wilson Lake.” -Jacob Scoville (’22)




PASSION FOR FASHION What Is Your Favorite Spring Outfit?

“What I like to wear in the spring is shorts, t-shirt and tennis shoes.” - Enrique Lucio (’21)

“My favorite spring outfit is a swing dress and flip-flops.” -Dawn Sheforgen, English teacher

“My favorite thing to wear in the spring time is shorts and a t-shirt.” -Bailey Johnson (’20)


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Aracely Osorio (’20) Public Speaking (5th) Halle Madina (’20) Public Speaking (6th) Eduardo Picaso (’20) & Jose Jasso (’19) Project Based Learning (1st) Cesilia Torres (’20) & Karla Hernandez (’20) Project Based Learning (4th) Luis Martinez (’20) Mathmatics (1st) Yulissa Hernandez (’19) Mappying My Future (1st) Alicia Medina (’19) Mappying My Future (4th) Kaylee Pickering (’20) Employability (3rd) Alayziah Williams (’20) Employability (7th)

club corner By Abby Teschke

JAG places first overall

JAG is designed in order to lead students directly to success in their future. “They get you used to public speaking and build your confidence,” said Sebastian Martinez (’19, ), JAG president. Whether the students plan to go onto post-secondary education or the workforce, JAG helps guide students into what is ahead. A group of students were able to travel to the North Central Kansas Regional JAG Kansas Career Development Competition and came home with first overall. “It helps you become more professional and dedicated to your work,”Sebastian Martinez (’19) said. JAG is an opportunity to feel comfortable in the workforce.

Janet Valencia (’20) Employability (8th)

Journalists compete

Lizzy Franco (’21) Journalism students travYearbook Theme and eled to Kansas Graphics (3rd) Sports Writing, State UniverYearbook Sports Writing sity in Feb. to (Honorable Mention) compete in the Kansas SchoAdriel Ordonez (’19) lastic Press Association regional Editorial Cartoon (3rd) competiton. “I really like going to the Kearra Alvarez (’19) competitions, it’s a new experiInfographics and ence especially because it’s my Feature Writing (Honorable first year in [journalism], I like the Mention) graphics,”Lizzy Franco (’21) said. By creating pages on the Grace Hoge (’19) computer, taking pictures and Feature Writing (2nd) writing various stories, the staff prepares for their future. Regional Alivia Heard (’20) competitions are a way to show News Page Design (Honorable off the skills that the student’s Mention) gain by being apart of journalism. Students that placed at regionals Lauren Raubenstine (’20) are able to go onto state. By participating, students Cutline Writing, Student Life increase ability and confidence. Photography (Honorable Mention), Yearbook Theme and Graphics (3rd) Daniela Garcia (’19) Academic Photography (2nd)

Victor Devora (’19) & Sebastian Martinez (’19) Students for Service (1st)

BPA earns national trip BPA strives to prepare future professionals by allowing students to gain skills in leadership, technology and academics. The club went to the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference and competed to show off their expertise. “BPA helped me get better at Microsoft,” Reese Altman (’21) said.

Marissa Russ (’19) Copyediting (Honorable Mention)

Kaylee Warren (’19) Advertising (3rd), Headline Writing and Design (Honorable Mention) Kati Rivera (’20) Sports Photography (3rd)

Sean Morton (’20) Entrepreneurship (6th) Brandon Woodhull (’19) Personal Financial Management (10th) Connor Talbott (’19) Payroll Accounting (10th) Reese Altman (’21) Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications (2nd)

BPA enjoys a mea after their state compeition. photo courtesy of tj slade



Fun Page 4.5.19

By Taylor Cleveland See announcements for dates and times. “How to Survive High School Without Really Trying” - Jonah Winksy, director “The Bible in 30 Minutes...Or Less!” - Kaylee Warren, director “A Murder Mystery” - Maddy Walter, director “Squad Goals” - Leighton Cline, director

Admission by donation

MAKERSPACE andPREGNANT? don’t know what to do? EVENT BIRTHRIGHT The library is hosting an event to create t-shirt crafts and personal buttons.

It will be on Tuesday, April 9th during ELO in the library.

they’ll help you make the decisions Free pregnancy tests Help with diapers, baby clothes and other needs All services free and confidential

1125 E. Iron (across from Casey’s)

785-823-3113 (800) 550-4900 hotline 24 hours

open 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday


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South’s got T LENT 1 By Ivan Nava

1. STUCO sponsor Nikki Chamberlain rehearses lines before the talent show. 2. Amaya Dungan (‘20) sings the song “Liability” while playing the guitar. 3. Ethan Foster (‘19) does various impersonations like Beavis and ButtHead and Kermit the Frog. 4. Santiago Vasquez (‘20) sings an original song while playing it on a ukulele. 5. Whitney Turner (‘20) and Lauren Stein (‘22) become the official 2019 talent show winners. 6. Michael Vongphakyd (‘20) solves a five-sided Rubik’s Cube in under six minutes. 7. STUCO President Taylor Davison (‘19) explains to other members what to move on stage during rehearsals. 8. During a card trick, Trey Turner (‘19) stuns the audience when his shirt matches the player on the randomly chosen card. 9. Various students set up the stage during rehearsals. The entire talent show was sponsored by STUCO. 10. Shelby Stolzenburg (‘22) performs a Twenty One Pilots song on her ukulele. all photos by ivan nava










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