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A timeline shows various apocalyptic scenarios, both of the past and future, p. 4.

opinions Staffers review Wichita’s sushi offerings, p. 9.

feature Celebrities and the media have affected society’s idea of a role model, p. 10.

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Three students discuss their experiences as members of a larger family, p. 14.

sports Senior Jeremy Lickteig talks about his basketball plans after graduation, p. 19.

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december/january news

New aspects of Affordable Care Act affect healthcare system this year President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — commonly called Obamacare — into law May 23, 2010. Though signed over two years ago, it was only considered legal by the Supreme Court in June 2012, and aspects of the bill continue to be implemented. Even after the Supreme Court ruling, various parts of the law continue to be disputed. Junior Chrissy Moore’s father is a doctor at the Cancer Center of Kansas. The Affordable Care Act can have a negative impact on doctors as well as their patients, Moore said. “He has limitations on what he can and cannot do for a patient,” Moore said. “It even goes as far to a possibility of him getting sued if he does more than what the government provides. My dad has a limit of how much he can spend on a patient. There are certain types of chemo and research that may help a patient, but he’s only allowed to do so much to help.” Moore’s father not only helps cancer patients, but has been one himself. A major concern for his family is how the Affordable Care Act will affect his treatment. “My father has had Stage IV Thyroid Cancer twice,” junior Chrissy Moore said. “We are praying it doesn’t come back because he won’t get treatment. Under the Affordable Care Act, it treats cancer twice. They want to spend the money on a third

round of cancer on someone else who is on their first round of chemo [instead].” The Affordable Care Act requires all citizens to have health insurance. If a person chooses not to have health insurance, he or she will be taxed 2.5 percent of his or her annual income or $695, whichever is

into consideration recurring diseases that cannot be avoided.” Likewise, Moore said she saw the benefit of everyone having healthcare, but did not, however, think this would actually be the act’s result. “In a perfect world, [everyone getting health insurance] would happen,” Moore said. “We don’t live in a perfect world, though.” Since Obama was re-elected, the The Affordable Care Act can and should be improved. Some of the limits that have been set Affordable Care Act will continue as it are, in my eyes, unfair and could be improved was originally intended. This month, by setting new limits that take into consideration businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will have to begin providing recurring diseases that cannot be avoided.” healthcare for their employees or face junior ainsley denoyelles heavy annual fines of at least $2,000 per employee, according to Forbes. com. greater. This will officially go into place in The healthcare bill has improved the 2016. medical care of many already. Children “By taking away the choice of whether cannot be denied insurance based on preor not you have insurance, it ensures that existing conditions, and those on Medicare everyone will have access to healthcare saved more than $3.1 billion in 2010 and whether they can decide it for themselves 2011 alone, as stated on or not,” junior Ainsley deNoyelles said. “It makes me happy to know that Even though she is in favor of the people, especially children, can finally have Affordable Care Act, deNoyelles does not access to healthcare, no matter their social see the law as entirely positive. class,” deNoyelles said. “Every decision in “The Affordable Care Act can and life has positives and negatives; in the end, should be improved,” deNoyelles said. one must decide if the positives outweigh “Some of the limits that have been set the negatives. In the case of affordable are, in my eyes, unfair and could be healthcare, I believe the positives outweigh improved by setting new limits that take the negatives.” - CAROLINE ENGLE

One of the more controversial aspects of the Affordable Care Act is the HHS Mandate. While it While it provides free screenings for colon and breast cancers, it also offers free contraceptives to women, a controversial concept because it is against the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Once the HHS Mandate goes into full effect in all businesses Aug. 1, 2013, both employees and their beneficiaries will receive

• Free annual women’s health exams • Gestational diabetes screening for pregnant women • Screening and counseling for victims of domestic and interpersonal violence • Contraceptives (including abortifacients and sterilizations), contraceptive education and counseling • Support, supplies and counseling for breastfeeding • HPV testing for women 30 and older\ • Sexually transmitted infections counseling • HIV screening and counseling

-The additional year given to religious institutions to comply with the HHS Mandate ends August 1, 2013. -The religious exemption does not cover Catholic hospitals, universities or service organizations because of the wording of the exemption. -The penalty for not complying with the HHS Mandate is $100 per day per employee.

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New chemistry teacher Sean Ritterhouse discusses hobbies, pets, high school Q: What phrase or motto do you live by? Integrity. The biggest problem I see in the world is lack of integrity. People don’t take responsibility for their actions. Integrity is a big personality trait missing from a lot of people. Q: Where did you go to college? Wichita State University Q: What are some of your hobbies? Working on cars. I’m trying to learn how to play the guitar, music and video games. Q: What is your favorite animal? A dog. I have a Labrador retriever. I like their personality the best. Q: What is your favorite movie? Office Space Q: What was the last book you read? The Hunger Games. I had to read it because of all the hype with the movie. Q: If you could be a superhero, what would your super powers be? Being immortal, having a really long life. Or the ability to fly. Being able to fly would be cool. Q: Where did you go to high school? Derby Q: What do you think of the idea the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012? I don’t think it’s going to end, definitely not how the movies say. I think we should take it as a way to see how humans interact with one another. We should take it as a way to change the world, but I don’t think it will end. information obtained by emma padgett; photo illustration by connor mueller

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HHS Mandate infringes on right to religious freedom “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The first Amendment to the United States Constitution grants us freedom of religion; however, the government has recently infringed upon this right. With the passing of the HHS Mandate, all employers are forced to provide contraceptives and abortifacients to its employees, including Catholic organizations. This forces religious organizations to violate their beliefs and conscience and should, therefore, not be implemented. The HHS Mandate provides many benefits. For example, it provides screenings for things such as blood pressure, cholesterol and type two diabetes. It is also good for women, providing breastfeeding support, mammograms and domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling. For both men and women, the HHS Mandate provides necessary services which can be very beneficial. Though there are many benefits to this mandate, there is also a large problem. Because it provides contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilizations, it violates

the religious freedom we as Americans are so fortunate to have. Also, this mandate is being forced upon religious institutions such as Catholic hospitals and individual institutions which may have religious affiliations. It would force Catholic hospitals to perform surgeries with which they do not morally agree. This is unacceptable and unconstitutional. These are not only violations of faith and conscience, but are also violations of the principles on which America was founded, most especially religious freedom. As this brings religious persecution, people of all faiths should stand together. As students, we must stand up for religious freedom, constitutional law and our consciences. For example, writing letters or petitions to government officials or newspapers would be an effective way to express thoughts and beliefs. At, students can download a postcard to send to Kathleen Sebelius. Most importantly, we must pray; pray for religious freedom, government leaders and the strength to defend our rights. We can make a difference; we are the leaders of the future.

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Term ‘role model’ takes on new meaning in corrupt society Growing up in an age of technology and media has made it difficult to determine fact from fiction. The media feeds lies to people which cloud good judgement, including painting most celebrities as role models. “Here are some size – double – zero girls who you should strive to look like!” A lot of students have celebrity role models whose appearance they want to emulate. This achieves nothing except putting pressure on girls to have that “perfectly” skinny, hourglass figure. Role models should not be based on physical appearance. Rather, they need to be the person who believes you should have confidence in however you look. Who would be better? The Joan Rivers/ Michael Jackson role model who does anything to change his or her appearance, or the Emma Watson/Audrey Hepburn person who preaches respect and self-confidence? This kind of media does not only affect women. I have no idea what kind of pressure men are under to be a “stud,” but I know it exists. Media does not usually focus on the respectable gentlemen, so it can be hard to find a

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male celebrity role model. I mean, if you admire Hugh Hefner, you have a problem. Looking up to those “playas” contributes to the increase in divorce and the downfall of society. More emphasis needs to be placed on men like Tim Tebow or Bill Gates. They set the best examples, whether it is through devotion to God, humility or donating money. Maybe then, mannerisms could revert back to the times when the gentlemen opened doors and respected women. Our society would be extremely improved if people tried to be like the saints or more down-to-earth, respectable people in general – not someone like Paris Hilton with her skeleton body, partying and addictions or Mike “The Situation” with his stellar ability to misuse women. The media is not the only place to find your role model. A role model is “a person regarded by others, especially younger people, as a good example to follow.” Good examples do not include unhealthy figures and faces you want to have instead of your own. It is the character, personality and good deeds of a person which transforms them from an ordinary acquaintance to a special hero and role model. - GRACE HESSE

senior anitra steward I would say [lead singer of Falling In Reverse] Ronnie Radke because he shows that you can come from nothing; you can come from a bad situation and turn what you have into something positive and influence a lot of people.”

sophomore lexi gilliam Christina Grimmie, because she started out her career by making music on YouTube, and was discovered by Selena Gomez. Christina is now singing with Selena Gomez in her band The Scene, and she is still making the videos today.”

junior craig lantz My role model is my sister Emily. She has been through a lot of stuff in her life, but she has never stopped fighting and trying to do her best to succeed.”

freshman a.j. weyant My friend senior Ryan Lindsay because I have known him for all of my life. He does sports with me and helps me out in school. If I have questions about anything, he always answers them for me.”


shi suFun Facts Unknown to most people, the word “sushi” describes the sticky rice surrounding the “sashimi,” which is the actual raw fish used. It cannot be classified as “sushi” without the rice.

The Japanese consume over 3,000 different kinds of fish every day because of sushi.

Americans have double the amount of heart disease than the sushi-eating Japanese because pork, beef and chicken have more fat calories than the most unhealthy raw fish used in sushi.

80 percent of fish used in sushi comes frozen from all over the world, as opposed to just Japan.

Sushi was first made by the Japanese about 1,300 years ago. It was first made was with all kinds of fish being were placed between rice layers and left there for a maximum of three years.

A lot of sushi bars in the U.S. do not serve raw fish, rather, the fish has been frozen in order to ensure the killing of any possible parasites.

Sushi is not only meant to “delight the palate,” but also it is to be “eaten by the eyes.” This is why sushi chefs create a beautiful and creative presentation of the sushi being served. facts from the little black book of sushi; photos by connor mueller; illustrations by ali oatsdean




Students visit sushi restaurants, evaluate various offerings

I must admit, I had high expectations for Kanai. In fact, a reliable source told me it was the best sushi restaurant in Wichita. Unfortunately, my trip to the restaurant was below my level of anticipation. First, it was on the west side – past the airport. When I finally arrived, I entered the restaurant to hear each employee cry “Irashaimase!” which means “welcome” in Japanese. The waitress was unfriendly when she took my order, which gave me negative feelings to begin with. Our meal began with small bowls containing

bits of tuna, which were delicious. The meal was ruined when the waitress recommended I try the Northern Lights sushi roll containing avocado, fish eggs, salmon and orange. Though I usually like fish eggs, these added a taste which I strongly disliked. I did try sushi off my friend’s plate which was tasty. With fresh sushi and many options available, Kanai is by no means a bad restaurant. I just ordered the wrong thing. My overall experience was disappointing, soured by a 30-minute drive home. I would recommend Kanai only to true sushi lovers; I would also encourage them to avoid the red-haired waitress. The journey to Kanai is not for the faint of heart. - RACHEL WALKER

As I had heard several glowing reviews about Wasabi’s sushi, I looked forward to visiting this particular restaurant. Located at 3242 N. Rock Road, this restaurant had the potential to be my new sushi bar of choice. Wasabi had combo meals which made it possible for me to share an order of sushi with a friend. We ordered a Crazy Combo, which gave us five pieces of a sushi of our choosing — though there was

a $12 limit — as well as three pieces of the chef’s choice and a bowl of miso soup or salad. We chose the Japanese roll, which has various kinds of fish and avocado, wrapped in rice paper rather than seaweed. All the fish was fresh and of high quality and blended well together, but nothing about it made it memorable. The chef’s choice sushi was similar: fresh but forgettable. As a whole, my experience at Wasabi was a pleasant one. The sushi was not the best I have had, but I will most likely visit again. - CAROLINE ENGLE

Eating at Sumo by Nambara was a pleasant experience, although the menu and service could be confusing to someone who is not a sushi connoisseur like myself. To order, the customer checks off what he or she wants on the menu. Our waiter was a little unapproachable in his demeanor so I did not feel comfortable asking him questions about the menu and even though the restaurant was busy, our food was prepared in a timely manner.

I ordered three kinds of sushi – nola noha, which contained salmon; the California roll, which had avocado, cucumber and tuna; and the avocado roll. I aslo ordered fried rice that cost $6 and was average, which was the only disappointment. While I enjoyed eating at Sumo by Nambara, I would still eat at Wasabi at Old Town first.Wasabi at Old Town comes with complimentary miso soup, which at Sumo would have been ordered separately. Plus, Wasabi is a more convenient location and, although it had less variety in the menu, I preferred the sushi there. - EMMA SEIWERT

Located in Old Town Square, Hana Café may not be close to some students’ homes, but it does have ideal sushi, salad and other sides that are worth the drive. Hana Café had a wide variety, including baked scallops on a California roll. It was reasonably priced for well-made sushi, as I was able to get eight pieces for $8.50. I also sampled other sushi, including tamago (egg omelet), which was delicious because of its

smooth texture. I also tried the salad and miso soup, both of which were basic but delicious. The ginger dressing made the salad more flavorful and unique. The ingredients in the miso soup seemed to be of high quality and it tasted excellent as well. The service was slow, but the server was friendly and answered all our questions. Overall, the food and service at Hana Café was great and was worth the few extra minutes of driving and waiting for the food. - CAROLINE ENGLE




(Pope 1978-2005); Blessed John Paul II has been recognized for making 104 foreign trips during his papacy, many more than any other pope, as well as publishing five books and declaring 482 saints during this time.

(First Lady 1981-1989); During her years as First Lady, Nancy Reagan dedicated much time to drug and alcohol education and securing her husband’s safety and success.

Students, teacher discuss purpose, influence of role models Teenagers today probably grew up watching The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls, or had at least heard of Lindsay Lohan as children. In 2007, 11 days after leaving rehab, the former Disney star and child role model was caught with cocaine and received a DUI, according to More recent articles include Lohan being charged for lying to a police officer and being arrested for assault. On the other hand, articles about singer Taylor Swift, another favorite of young girls, include her Christmas shopping trip in Australia, lunch with friend Selena Gomez, and interviews about her music. Swift’s clothing style is refreshingly modest, and the most scandalous news relating to her on regards the controversy of whether she and

(Singer 1983-present); The pop star’s first scandal was a suggestive television performance of her song “Like a Virgin” in 1985, followed by a music video featuring burning crosses in 1989; this has continued throughout her career.

singer Harry Styles are officially dating. With a continued increase of television and Internet use, this information is highly publicized and accessible to children. states that, as of 2007, the average American youth spends 900 hours in school and 1,500 hours watching television every year. Psychologist Albert Bandura determined in a 1961 experiment that children will copy observed behavior exactly, whether consciously or not. Bandura also found in his studies that children imitate what they see on TV at as early as 14 months of age. “I think [celebrity role models] overall have a positive effect because they encourage kids to work hard,” junior Matthew Samsel said. “[However, some celebrities] don’t always realize they have the effect they do.”

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(Singer 2006-present); Swift’s music has always been clean and relatable to her fans, with simple themes such as growing up and falling in and out of love.

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(NFL player 2010-present); Tebow has gained recognition for his talent as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, as well as for his strong faith (displayed by his “Tebowing” on the field) and starting the Tim Tebow Foundation benefitting sick children.

Samsel said he thinks it is better for children to look siblings can also have a powerful effect on children. Osler up to people they know personally, because these people said her 10-year-old son looks up to his older brother more are present in their lives and can look out for them. Samsel than anyone else, even dressing up as him for hero day at said as he was growing up he had role models ranging from school. sports figures to teachers and priests he knew. “It used to be [that] all role models came from family or “They encouraged me to try to get better at everything I people you hear about, like the president or other historical did and [taught me] that dreams can come true,” he said. figures,” Osler said. “Today, everyone who’s anyone can get Child development teacher Kristin Osler said she be- their face on TV and be very shallow, [not having] any sublieves some celebrities can have a stance for kids to see.” positive influence on children, but it Osler said, however, is better for them to find role models that most celebrities do in their real relationships with family It used to be [that] all role models came from not set out to be role or friends. She said children should family or people you hear about, like the presi- model figures for chilespecially look up to parents as role dren. dent or other historical figures. Today, everyone models. “I don’t know that I who’s anyone can get their face on TV and be “So many shows today make kids very shallow, [not having] any substance for kids can say it’s their responhave all the answers,” she said. “That sibility [to live as good to see.” leaves kids thinking there’s no one to child development teacher kristin osler role models], but I wish go to [with their problems] because they would take that remom and dad are too stupid.” sponsibility,” she said. This shift has been occurring more and more in recent Senior Hannah Martin said she believes celebrities years. For example, in children’s shows like Drake and Josh have a duty to provide a good example for children to foland iCarly, the parents or parent figures are meant to be low. However, she said, most modern celebrities live simhumorous, not helpful. In contrast, older shows like Full ply to enjoy themselves, not considering their influence on House and Boy Meets World feature parents as more impor- other people. tant characters. “If you know you’re being watched by younger kids, you Osler said siblings or older students can also be good want to show them the good person you hope they grow up role models. She said some high school athletes, especial- to be,” Martin said. “I think [children] need [role models] ly in small towns, are held to extremely strict standards of who are closer to them, who they can talk to and who can behavior, since younger kids admire them so much. Older be an active example in their lives.”

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(Stars in Keeping Up with the Kardashians 2007-present); Compared to a modern day Brady Bunch on, the Kardashians’ show actually focuses mainly on fame and wealth itself.

(Star of Jersey Shore 2009present); Featured in a show whose motto is “Gym, Tanning, Laundry,” Snooki presents an unrealistic and irresponsible way of life on and off the show.


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the bachelorette: kapaun mt. carmel edition

Senior goes on monthly dates to choose which suitor is best Bachelorette senior Anna Korroch went on a date with her fourth suitor Dec. 1. Readers chose junior Matt Gilbaugh as her date this month by online poll on Gilbaugh planned a date night at Bradley Fair after discovering it is one of Korroch’s favorite places. “It was better than I expected,” Korroch said. “It was a really nice night.” After picking Korroch up at 7:30 pm, Gilbaugh first took her to Il Vicino. “I was tipped off by an anonymous source who told me what her favorite places in Bradley Fair were,” Gilbaugh said. “Il Vicino is right next to Cocoa Dolce, so it was convenient.” After Il Vicino, Gilbaugh took Korroch to Cocoa Dolce for coffee. Next, the couple walked around the lake at Bradley Fair, then walked to Barnes and Noble to share their interest in books.

“Walking around the lake was pretty fun,” Gilbaugh said. “We had a good chance to talk and I learned a lot more about Anna than I had previously known.” Korroch said Gilbaugh’s choice in restaurants was impeccable. “It was really good,” Korroch said. “Il Vicino is awesome and Cocoa Dolce is my favorite place ever.” Finally, Gilbaugh took Korroch back to his house where she met his parents and watched The Devil Wears Prada. “It was good to just hang out,” Korroch said. “It felt normal. He was sweet, smart and a gentleman.” Gilbaugh is currently in first place. Korroch said she ranked him first because he was genuinely nice, and the date was the most enjoyable yet. “I was just trying to give a good date,” Gilbaugh said. “It wasn’t about winning for me.” - RACHEL WALKER

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don Nece and freshman Nick Thompson gather around the robot Nov. 3. “We were taking the robot into the game field,” Gaul said. “We got third place overall.” 2. IN CHESS CLUB, freshman Zoe Cosgrove and religion teacher James Lewis practice in Room 214 Nov. 8. “I like chess because you have to think about it,” Cosgrove said. “It’s like a logic puzzle.” 3. IN HONORS ENGLISH III, junior Paige Hungate receives a letter from junior Greta Ciccolari-Micaldi for Scarlet Letter Day Nov. 13. “Greta picked ‘B’ for ‘bold’ for me,” Hungate said. “It was nice that she thought I was determined.” 4. ADMINISTERING VISION SCREENING TESTS, senior Aleena Simonds points to the chart. Nov. 28 “It was fun,” Simonds said. “I want to be a nurse, so that helps with it.” 5. DURING CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING, seniors Tony Raper and Christian Castillo push senior Matt Kaysen in a tire Nov. 9. “Matt decided to get in the tire, so we pushed it,” Castillo said. “The situation got a little out of control.”


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“Every Sunday when we were little, we would go to College Hill Park and play capture the flag. My dad would invite random people walking by to play with us. It would turn into a huge game and it was really fun.”

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Students share experiences, memories with many siblings Looking through old yearbooks, one can’t help but recognize recurring last names — the names of students who come from families of six, seven or even up to ten siblings. These certain names are recognized by other students simply because, “Oh! I knew your older sibling.” For the Brooks, Verdeyens and Banns, having many siblings is simply everyday life. Students from each family said there were many perks to having many brothers and sisters. “You are never on your own,” junior Sophie Brooks said. “There is always someone there to talk to or to help you with homework.” Junior Maggie Verdeyen, who is the ninth child in a family of ten, said her older siblings set an example for her and she was able to learn from their mistakes. “You know what not to do and what to do,” Verdeyen said. “It makes tough times a lot easier because you have a lot of people to lean on for support and to learn from their mistakes.” Despite having older siblings to talk to and look to as an example, Brooks, Verdeyen and Bann agree there are some drawbacks to having a

big family. Bann, the second born of six children, knows all too well the difficulty of having many younger siblings. “If you’re trying to focus and do homework, it can be really hard,” Bann said. “Trying to concentrate is kind of annoying with a lot of people around.” Brooks said another drawback is being constantly compared to older siblings. Since Brooks is the seventh of nine children, she has many older siblings to whom she is compared. “There is always someone there,” Brooks said. “You can never really be alone and people compare you to your older siblings, which puts pressure on you.” Despite the inconveniences, all three agree that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. They say it is nice to have so many people to help them out and talk to. They also say they love all of their siblings very much. “My sisters are like my best friends,” Verdeyen said. “They are the most reliable people in my life. I cannot picture myself without all ten of us.” - ALI OATSDEAN

“Last summer we went to Durango, Colo. for my uncle’s wedding. The car ride was 15 hours with all of us in the car, and it was the first time in several years where my entire family on my mom’s side was together.”

-junior Gabe Bann

“When we are all together, we play Phase 10 and other board games. We are extremely competitive and we love to gang up on each other.”

-junior Maggie Verdeyen


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Competitive club season provides extra competition, practice for players Club volleyball provides girls the opportunity to play competitively throughout the winter and spring. This is often an extension of the school volleyball season, which takes place in the fall. Many girls all around the nation participate in club volleyball, including those at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. “I play club volleyball mainly because I love the sport,” junior Wesley Crowdus said. “I love spending time in the gym with my teammates and coaches, who become family throughout the season.” Both Crowdus and freshman Jayce Heiman play for ICT Elite, a club located in Wichita. “I chose this club because I knew that the coaching staff would provide the highest-level training and competition,” Crowdus said. Heiman said she participates in club volleyball to continue playing volleyball during the off-season. She likes to keep playing volleyball so when the KMC season begins she is fully prepared to perform her best. “I think people should play if they want to stay in touch with the sport during their off season,” Heiman said. “It gives them a chance to expand their skills and prepares them for their school tryouts.” Heiman and Crowdus both said they have also benefitted socially in club volleyball. “Some of my closest friends are on my club volleyball team,” Crowdus said. “We spend a lot of time together on and off the court. We become like a family as we all try to accomplish our goals.” -AMANDA SCHMITZ

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SETTING THE BALL, junior Wesley Crowdus plays for her club team, ICT Elite. “Some of my closest friends are on my club volleyball team,” Crowdus said.

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PRACTICING FOR DEVOTED, freshman Carly Holm sets the ball to freshman Sarah Schmitz Dec. 12. The club volleyball team practices twice a week.

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Coaches create new club volleyball team Kapaun Mt. Carmel volleyball coaches, Elaine Robinson and Terri Hessman, have created a Wichita volleyball club team called Devoted. Robinson said the philosophy of the club is to improve players’ skills and experiences through a safe and competitive environment where they can grow into mature individuals while upholding moral standards. “The creation of Devoted was a joint effort with head coach Terri Hessman,” Robinson said. “This year, when I moved back to the area, we decided it was a good time to get it up and running.” Devoted has age groups for 1216 year olds. Robinson and Hessman do not coach current KMC players because KHSAA guidelines say KMC coaches cannot to have contact with KMC players from November to May. Hessman is coaching a 12 year old team; Robinson, a 14 year old team. The current KMC players are playing in older age divisions of Devoted coached by individuals selected by Robinson and Hessman. “Our goals for the club are to help our players grow in skill and experience as well as moral and personal character,” Robinson said. “We strive to maintain quality coaches and competitive teams, all while

providing a morally supportive environment and financially competitive club.” Devoted’s team for the 15 age group has five KMC players: freshman Ashley Lesser, who played on KMC JV last year, and freshmen team players Carly Holm, Sarah Schmitz, Rachel Lee and Hannah Brock. “I chose to commit to Devoted because I think it is great to play volleyball with people you have already played with before,” Lesser said. “My hopes for this season are to improve my skills, learn new ones, work together as a team and succeed in tournaments.” Devoted boasts four teams younger than freshman age. Robinson said she hopes it will help the girls coming into the KMC program. She wants Devoted to help them grow mentally into strong players. “It will be extra beneficial for our current players playing for [KMC],” Robinson said. “They get consistency of coaching and are able to play with some of their high school classmates for a much better price than some of the other clubs in the area. Being able to play with their teammates for an extra club season is like them growing another year together.” -AMANDA SCHMITZ




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Maintaining weight for wresting proves challenging, favorable Only a few more days until weighin. Only a few more days of sitting at the lunch table watching his friends eat, while he goes hungry. Those days will be filled with skipping meals and trying to forget his hunger. “I do a lot to keep the thought of eating off my mind,” junior wrestler Parker Howell said. “I work out and watch movies to keep myself distracted.” Wrestlers aim for a lower weight class so they have a size advantage on their opponent, Howell said. “If you go up a weight class, they are twice as big as you,” junior Patrick Burrus said. “It makes it difficult to win.” Depending on how much an individual needs to lose, some wrestlers skip meals over a period of days, while others simply cut down the amount they already eat. According to the article “Wrestling with their weight” on, anywhere between one-quarter to two-thirds of high school wrestlers use fasting, excessive exercise, unbalanced diets and voluntary

What wrestlers eat while while trying to make weight:

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dehydration to help them achieve their weight goals. “I have to cut 6 pounds, which is fairly easy,” sophomore wrestler Alan Clark said. “[Instead of cutting meals,] I drink a lot of water and sweat to lose the weight.” According to the KSHSAA Wrestling Manual, each state should have a weight control program which discourages excessive weight loss because it may be harmful to the competitor. Wrestlers must pass a hydration test before they can establish their certified weight class. Those who fail to show acceptable hydration levels are unable to determine the weight class at which they would compete in. “I prepare for [the test] two days before,” Clark said. “That means no drinking sports drinks or juice, only water.” Coaches tell wrestlers they should eat and drink something every day, assistant wrestling coach Tim Nance said. Coaches recommend not drinking anything on the day of weigh-in, but they do not require wrestlers to go without eating for any pe-

riod of time. “We want our wrestlers to be able to focus in school and have energy to get through the day,” Nance said. “But if over the weekend they eat a lot, they are going to have to cut back during the week.” Burrus said because he has to cut back on what he eats, he feels compelled to stay away from people until weigh-in. He tries to distract himself by watching Food Network and by getting extra sleep. All the weight he loses is gained back before matches, and he will just have to lose the weight again, Burrus said. “It’s not healthy,” Burrus said. “It affects your attitude and you are out of energy all day.” The day of the weigh-in is here. He has not had anything to eat or drink all day. He gets on the scale, and the numbers prove that his hard work and sacrifice have paid off this time around. He may now go back to his normal life, at least until the next weigh-in comes around. -NICHOLLE WARD

Senior Sam Wescott

Senior Nick Heiland

Sophomore Matthew Roberts

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Standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall, senior center basketball player Jeremy Lickteig has been one of the key components to his team’s success, according to his teammates and coaches. “He can impact the game on both offense and defense,” senior Damien Akao said. “His leadership will help us repeat a 5A state championship.” Coach John Cherne III said Lickteig’s role as a leader plays a vital role in influencing the team. “Jeremy is a great role model and example of what Kapaun Mt. Carmel students and athletes are about,” said Cherne. “He thinks of others first and is willing to assist anyone at anytime.” Lickteig first realized he had a talent for the game when he played Biddy Basketball. “It took me a while to develop my game,” Lickteig said.“Once I started making all-star teams in Biddy Basketball, I discovered I really liked the sport and could do something with it.” Since Biddy Basketball, Lickteig has received many awards, including the Bluestem All-Tournament Team Award, the Bluestem Classic MVP Award, All-League honors, and the 5A State Title last year. As a result of the graduation of the many senior basketball players last year, Lickteig will be expected to take on a more influential role this year but his teammates are confident Lickteig can step up to the challenge Cherne said. “Jeremy is a good inside player,” said Akao. “His height and reach make him tough to guard.” Lickteig says his coaches’ continuous support has helped him grow. “My coaches at KMC have helped me develop as a player,” Lickteig said. “Coach Cherne has done a good job of letting me know what I have to improve on and so forth.” Cherne said that Lickteig’s effort is what has helped him improve as a player. “Since last year, Jeremy has gotten more proficient at facing the basket and minimizing putting himself in poor situations,” Cherne said. “He is a coach’s player in the sense that he loves to go hard and gives 100 percent all the time.” Lickteig has committed to playing basketball at Washburn University next year. Lickteig said he chose it because it is a great place for him to play and get a quality education at the same time. “He will do well at the college level because he is a hard worker,” Akao said. “He is always trying to improve on his weaknesses.” As for now, Lickteig is focusing on bringing his school some more hardware. “Ultimately we would like to win the City League game,” Lickteig said. “Then we would like to get back to the state tournament so we can bring another title home for KMC.” -OLIVIA AYRES design by ali oatsdean; photo illustration by connor mueller



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