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Administration takes preventative action against alcohol abuse.


student life


Editor discusses being single on Valentine’s Day.

NHS members interact with Little Elementary children.

Best foods to stay healthy, fit explained.




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diversions february 3

Seen on Kapaun Mt. Carmel students’ Facebook and Twitter accounts

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EXPLORING NEW INGREDIENTS, a student in Foods II bakes cinnamon rolls Jan. 19. “We made

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cinnamon rolls for our yeast bread unit,” FACS teacher Kris Osler said.

The first three people to bring a completed game to Room 215 will win a prize. START


#middleschoolmemories accidentally getting in the wrong car after school because I thought it was my mom’s #lookalikes @emilypeters 7


Kansas weather is about as predictable as a 13 yr old boy’s voice #whataday @samstevensgolf


A country song can fix just about anything abby o’neill


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newsfebruary 4

Boeing to leave Air Capital; Families concerned, jobs lost austin mcmaster

staff writer

Since the early 20th century, Wichita has been considered the Air Capital of the World. One of the city’s aircraft manufacturing plants, Boeing, will depart by 2014, causing 2,160 Wichitans to lose their jobs. “I feel like Boeing [treated people unfairly],” senior Philip Odette, whose father, Randolph Odette, is employed by Boeing and will be laid off, said. “It makes me angry.” He is not the only one who feels that way: congressman Mike Pompeo is fighting for Boeing to stay by demanding answers. The company insists it has become impossible for it to make a profit from the Kansas plant. Boeing claims the Wichita plant is 70 percent more costly than a Texas plant due to overhead costs. The move to leave Wichita came soon after Boeing won a government contract to refit lightweight Brazilian tankers for the military. The contract would have potentially brought hundreds of new jobs to the Kansas market. Though those employed by Boeing are the ones primarily affected, the local economy will also stagger. The decision means $1.5 million in wages lost in the next decade. According to a story in the Wichita Eagle, Jeremy Hill, director of Wichita State University’s center for

Economic Development and Business Research, said the move will affect the local economy, but the timing will determine how well the economy can absorb the loss. Senior Jessica Reed’s parents will be affected as a result of the closing. Her mother works as a project engineer, and her father is a liaison engineer. “The move doesn’t really come as a surprise to me,” Reed said. “They have been laying thousands of people off since 2004. I’m just thankful [my parents] have made it this far.” Others have mixed feelings about the move. “I don’t think it’s a good deal,” Randy Odette said. “It’s all about politics. The senior management has changed, and I don’t think they feel any loyalty to Wichita.” For now, many of Boeing’s employees will keep their jobs. The plant currently has other contracts it must fulfill before it can close its door. “We will have our jobs for at least six more months due to the work on airplanes that still has to be done,” Kathy Reed, Jessica’s mother, said. The decision to move will affect everything around us for a short time, but it still does not show an end to employee’s livelihoods. “It has not really affected our family financially,” Jessica Reed said. “We haven’t really cut back on spending.”

1930 Stearman Aircraft Co. builds a new plant in Wichita

1943 Boeing Wichita employment rises to 29,795 during the war

1950 A revolution in aircraft design, the first Boeing Stratojet is produced, becoming the country’s first multi-engine bomber


America’s first passenger jet, Boeing 707, takes flight

2000 Boeing Wichita is chosen to develop the Air Force’s Airborne Laser program

2005 Onex buys the commerical facility in Wichita, renaming it Spirit Aerosystems


Boeing obtains $35 billion Air Force contract to make tankers

2012 Boeing announces it will leave Wichita

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newsfebruary 6

The 2012 Kansas Republican Caucus, a party’s process for selecting the presidential candidate, will be held March 10 at Century II. Candidates and supporters make speeches and those in attendance vote for their favorite candidate. To be eligible to vote, one must be a registered Republican by Feb. 17. Register online at

PNewt Gingrich

Former speaker of the house Supports reform for education and immigration Pro-life

“If he can’t be faithful to his marriage, how can we expect him to be faithful to our country?” senior jared ojile

PRon Paul

Texas Congressman Constitutionalist belief in small government Pro-life

“I like him because he has a plan to reduce taxes that seems fair to the working class. He believes in small government and he’s pro-life.” senior emily elving

PMitt Romney

Former Massachusetts governor Wants to increase standards for education Pro-life

“ I find him to be boring but he’s a strong, conservative Republican.” senior matt ayres

PRick Santorum

Former U.S senator Against same sex marriage Catholic Pro-life information obtained by molly kush; page design by emma seiwert; illustrations by matt ayres

“I think he’s a better candidate than Gingrich and Romney, but I don’t think his platform is impressive.” senior christina kelley

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One-sided article fails to reveal full story An article by Ron Sylvester, published Jan. 1 in the Wichita Eagle, told the story of Kapaun Mt. Carmel graduate Yola Robert. The article focused on the difficult years Robert, the daughter of Egyptian immigrants, faced at Magdalen Catholic School and KMC. She spoke about feeling abused and persecuted at both schools, as well as the sense of helplessness she experienced in not feeling able to confide in her teachers. The article, which was accompanied by a picture of Robert in front of KMC, shows our school in a negative way, and seemed too one-sided to give an accurate portrayal of KMC. Robert said she agreed with how the article portrayed her opinions, although she felt that the picture’s caption was overly dramatic. She said she felt like students and teachers did not care about her situation, and that is what the article stated. Robert said that she does not blame KMC for the fact that she was bullied because it can happen anywhere and everywhere. “I am with KMC,” Robert said. “Not against it.” Although the article was one-sided, the reporter might not be the only one

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to blame. He wrote the original draft, but Robert said three editors eliminated information due to limited space. According to the article, KMC’s administrators take no action to protect their students from persecution, racism and bullying. The article provided feedback from only one administrator, assistant principal Kelly Dandurand, who stated that she felt the article sounded one-sided. Dandurand participated in an hour-long interview, but only one of her quotes was published. Contrary to these allegations of a lax administration, KMC officials, along with the diocese of Wichita, are taking necessary action to eliminate bullying and discrimination. As stated in the school agenda book, students suspected of bullying “will be subject to progressive discipline, from mandatory counseling to suspension from participation in school-related activities and privileges, and disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion.” Although there is always room for improvement in dealing with bullying issues, the way the article was written managed to show only one side of the issue, failing to recognize efforts KMC makes to protect its students.

the editor

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Teenage struggles on the rise

How do you feel about breathalyzing at all sporting events?

emma kaiser opinions editor

It is the boy you see at the gym. It is the girl you see laughing in the hallway. It is the guy you see surrounded by his friends in the Commons or the girl you see picking out dresses with her friends for Prom. When you think about the challenges that teenagers face, you never think that the people suffering most are the ones you see every day. People who are depressed sit in corners by themselves, dressed in black listening to whiny music, right? Wrong. The kids hurting are the ones you see living normal, healthy-looking lives. They may even be the ones you are jealous of. Between eating disorders and self-mutilation, bullying and rape, stress and peer pressure, drugs and divorce, how are teenagers supposed to live a “normal life?” Or, better yet, what defines normal anymore? Depression, alcoholic parents, bullies and anxiety — who is to judge whether these everyday traumas are “normal?” Have the people without these problems become the minority? Are these sufferings “normal” now? Teenage conditions prove to be less than satisfactory, as the Center for Disease Control reports that the third leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 is suicide. Which, more shockingly, was also reported to be the fourth leading cause of death for children 10-14. With statistics like these it is not hard to believe that 20 percent of people will experience depression before they reach adulthood and that one in every 200 girls cuts herself regularly according to and Until something life shattering happens to you, it is hard to believe that anything ever will. According to, one in three high school students has been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. These tragic events are not just stories on the news and movies on the Lifetime Network. They happen to the people closest to us; something awful may have happened to you. People are suffering all around us, but what can we do to help? How do you even know if the people around you are hurting? The boy you see at the gym is working out to help defend himself against his abusive father. The girl you see laughing in the hallway was date-raped at a party and does not want to tell anyone about it. The guy you see surrounded by his friends escapes to the parking lot at lunch every day because of his drug addiction. The girl you see trying on dresses at the mall cannot wear any of them because they all show the cuts on her arms. How are teenagers supposed to handle pain when it is all around us? Organizations such as To Write Love On Her Arms ( and Reach Out ( have been started to help those struggling with depression, addiction and suicide. If you feel like you need help to get out of bed or to get through the day, ask for it. The people you look up to most in your life — teachers, spiritual leaders, parents and friends — are probably more than willing to help you overcome the hardships you are trying to handle on your own. Graduation, college, children, the love of your life, a career you adore, happiness — they could be waiting in the wings for you. Do not give up. Just because our generation faces more threats than any other, does not mean that we cannot overcome them.

senior eva chavez

It hasn’t really bothered me. It’s not causing a big deal and it’s helpful.”

junior chase herrman

I think it’s [stupid] that they have to do that. It’s pretty obvious if someone’s [under the influence] at a game [or event].”

sophomore marco rojas

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I think it’s good that the school is taking consideration of our students’ safety. I appreciate it a lot.”

freshman lizzy norman I think it’s a good idea because people come to the games [under the influence].” information obtained by rachel walker, grace hesse


opinions february 10 Benefits of staying single vs. dating in high school explored

I like being single because it allows me to talk to anyone I want without getting in trouble, and I don’t have the pressure of having to impress someone.” sophomore regina dowling

I just like hanging out with her, and just having that one person that you can talk to.” sophomore kolton buer

[Being single] has its benefits. You have more free time and you save money.” fresman nico vigil

I like having someone other than just a friend there for you.” freshman kylie allen

I like being in a relationship because he is my best friend.” senior theresa perez

If I wasn’t single I wouldn’t have a bachelor pad.” senior nick hoffmann

My favorite part is going out to movies and eating. I enjoy being in a relationship because I love being with that person and having my best friend.” junior mari hoffman

It gets lonely [being single]. I would like to have the experience of being in a relationship in high school, but I am in no rush.” junior noah montgomery

According to, this is the amount of people who marry their high school sweetheart.


Students who are currently in a relationship.

39% Students who have been in a relationship for six months or longer.

71% 19%

Students who remain friends with their exes after a breakup.

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Single student ponders value of Valentine’s Day I am not a cliche, hard core, male-hating feminist. I am not telling ladies to spend their Valentine’s Day opening doors for themselves and attending the monthly women-empowerment meeting. I am not telling gentlemen to hide in their rooms eating mom’s PB and J, crust cut off, because they cannot face this lonely world. I am, however, questioning the irrational desperation and misdirected affection expressed on this highly anticipated holiday. Those in the bachelor state either put up a facade of numbhalsten higgins ness and I-am-way-too-independent-to-be-in-a-relationship nonstudent life editor chalance or walk around with Cupid’s evil twin on their left shoulder secretly shooting down couples they see. Underneath this facade though, hopeful, single girls think to themselves on the evening of Feb. 13, “Maybe I’ll get a secret love note from my crush.” The best note you will get is a JUG slip. Or “Maybe I’ll get just a single rose.” Honey, what you ARE is single; no rose for you. This is not healthy, single person. If one is in a relationship, it would be a service to the rest of the world to hide on Feb.14. Lock yourself in a cellar, sit in an igloo, go see Tom Cruise’s new Mission Impossible movie; go somewhere that there is no chance of being seen, because you are the single person’s enemy. According to Halsten’s Book of Made Up Statistics, 83 percent of the time, humans in a relationship on Valentine’s Day resort to infant-like babble, unhealthy economic investiture of commercialized goods or chronic pet-naming. Not only are these symptoms almost unavoidable, but also intolerable to others in the bachelor state. Why should this Valentine’s Day love be shared between couples only? Singles could appreciate each other in all their lonely, table-for-one glory. But this red and pink themed holiday has a strange power over us. Why does it make us act this way? We are sane people, but for some reason, our brain has an allergic reaction to copious amounts of pink. Valentine’s Day is not evil in any way. People should share their love with others. They should show them in many ways that they care. This expression of love, however, should be done throughout the year, in the box-of-chocolates kind of way OR in the normal here-is-a-hug kind of way. So single people, this Valentine’s Day, appreciate your independence. Just say “NO” to the little, evil twin sitting on your shoulder and enjoy the love you share with everyone in your life and try really hard not to be muggin’ any couples, even if they are very, e x t r e m e l y, annoying.

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opinionsfebruary Telling a timeless story, The Notebook follows Noah Calhoun in his quest to bring his wife’s memory back during her battle with Alzheimer’s. Noah reads to Allie the story of their blossoming love, climaxing in their touching final reunion. The Notebook is a great romantic pick for Valentine’s Day viewers. katie crandall A true Cinderella story, Pretty Woman tells the tale of a beautiful woman, who has become lost in society. That is, until she is rescued by a “prince” who lifts her from her life of poverty and prostitution and teaches her how a woman deserves to be treated. ali oatsdean As the “unsinkable” Titanic descends into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, Rose finds true love, only to be forced to choose between his love and her own life. Filled with realistic special effects and a timeless love story, Titanic is not only entertaining, but inspiring as well. ali oatsdean In this tender Nicholas Sparks film, preacher’s daughter Jamie brings bad boy Landon to terms with himself and teaches him many valuable lessons. For those planning to watch A Walk to Remember this Valentine’s Day, be warned: this sweet tale of true love and sacrifice is sure to leave everyone teary-eyed by the end of the movie. katie crandall


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Students express challenges, realities of high school, learn to cope with environme editor-in-chief

he pain of harsh name-calling, the angry text message from an abusive boyfriend, the overwhelming desire to look like an airbrushed supermodel, the incessant pressures of a fighting family—all of these challenges that teenagers face today can contribute to the large number of young people that turn to suicide as an escape. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 years old. For each death that occurs by suicide, the National Institute for Mental Health stated there are 10 unsuccessful attempts to commit suicide. Despair, apprehension and the inability to cope with pressure can lead to the depression that pushes some teens to commit suicide, according to the Teen Suicide Statistics Website. The University of Texas discovered that 75 percent of people who commit suicide are burdened with depression. Robert Zettle, psychology professor at Wichita State University, said the pressures of everyday life can contribute to teenage depression. “There is some related research that suggests that ‘daily hassles’ that vary in the form they take across age groups may be even more of a contributing factor to stress,” Zettle said. “For teens, pressure to do well in school, make the team or cheerleading squad and handle bullying and other peer and romantic relationships may constitute as ‘daily hassles.’” Suicide can seem to happen without warning, but there are several key signs of a pre-suicidal teen. According to the Teen Suicide Statistics website, these signs include sudden substance abuse, risk-taking, withdrawals and abrupt personality changes. Zettle said suicide rates have been increasing for all age groups, but especially for adolescents. Although there are many theories to explain this, Zettle believes that the stress of

transitioning from childhood to adulthood puts press on teens. “The boundaries between [childhood to adultho are becoming increasingly blurred and all too many lescents may not have the proper adult and peer sup and guidance to assist them in making this transiti Zettle said. “It’s a difficult period of life to have to navi through on your own.” Adding to this pressure, self image is a taxing as of a teen’s life, senior Abby Rinkenbaugh said. She celebrities provide unrealistic role models for teens, b in their appearances and lifestyles. “I think media is a huge [contributor to] depressi Rinkenbaugh said. “Celebs always seem so happy a think this makes teens think that is isn’t normal to be set at times. Body issues are also caused by the med constant focus on celebrities through magazines and vision.” The media’s influence on people, girls specific starts early in life. The National Heart, Lung and B Institute found that 40 percent of girls ages 9-10 years have attempted to lose weight. Seventy-eight percen 17-year-old girls feel disappointed with their appearan Another issue high school students struggle wit labeling, Zettle said. He said this name-calling is pre in adolescence because it is a time when finding one’s sition is important. The labels students have during h school can reflect an elevated social status or can be rogatory. “The concern is that once such a label or name i sued it can be so sticky that it locks the person into w ever social role it is reflective of and thus becomes a of self-fulfilling prophecy,” Zettle said. “All bullying is sive and verbal bullying can be just as, if not more, hu than bullying that takes a more physical form.” Along with depression, suicide, self-image issues labeling, abusive relationships are another challenge day’s teens face. Teenage Research Unlimited condu a study in 2005 that revealed a third of teens have frie in abusive relationships. Twenty-five percent of girls in lationships said they were frequently abused verbally. “Relationships that are more abusive are a m source of stress and as such undoubtedly contribut depression and suicide,” Zettle said. “I would include lying within such abusive relationships as clear evide that some teens see suicide as perhaps the only way o Zettle said that when dealing with problems like th that may lead to suicide, the most important thing to member is to take corrective actions immediately. “You have so much potential, and committing sui is taking that away,” sophomore Evan Pyle said. “It re hurts me to see [stories about teens committing suic on the news or online. For some reason it gives me g because I feel like I should have done something to sto Talking about a problem is better than taking your life

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student lifefebruary 15

ON THE MARCH FOR LIFE, senior Sean O’Neill visits Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 20. “I felt extreme respect for all the soldiers buried there,” O’Neill said. O’Neill learned that there is a guard stationed at the unknown soldier’s grave at all times.

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ON JAN. 24, seniors Michelle Nguyen, Gina Wade and Laurel Lujano dis-

sect a cat in Anatomy and Physiology. “We were looking for major muscles in the chest and neck and we got to skin the cat ourselves,” Lujano said. The group named the cat Eunice thinking it was a girl, but later realized it was a male cat. kasey weixelman

WORKING IN FOODS II, juniors Tony Raper and

Patrick Muriithi make calzones Jan. 27. “We were working with rolling dough,” Muriithi said. “We put a lot of meat in there for the protein.” The duo loaded sausage, Canadian bacon and pepperoni on their calzone and received an “A” on the project.

FOR “CRAZY TIE DAY,” seniors Drue Benning,

Max Hagan, Stephen Moore and Mark Stadler sport a variety of ties in AP English IV Jan. 31. “It is sort of a bonding thing, especially when all the guys in the class do it,” Hagan said. “We go around explaining our ties to waste time and annoy Ms. Raglin.”

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student life february NHS members volunteer at Little Elementary, 16 interact with atypical students halsten higgins student life editor The piecing together of pictures on a velcro strip makes the teacher, paraprofessional or one of three therapists aware that it is time to eat. The placement of a picture of food on a piece of velcro may mean that a child is hungry. At Little Early Childhood Center (Little Elementary), not all of the students can tell someone when they want to eat, go to the bathroom or read a book. For the past year, National Honor Society members have been volunteering at this elementary school. The Arc of the City Council approached associate principal Chris Bloomer about becoming a part of an organization designed to help individuals with special needs last year. This seemed a great option for the NHS monthly service project, NHS co-president senior Maria Vo said. More than 250 pre-kindergarten students and their families rely on Little Elementary for help. Seven types of educational classrooms provide options for students with a wide range of physical and mental needs. In the USD 259 district, Little Elementary is the only school for pre-k and kindergarten students with special needs. In what is called the “Circle of Friends,” KMC students interact with atypical children, children characterized by the abnormal time, order and quality with which their skills arrive, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. “We took them to the gym and then sat down and played with them in the classroom,” junior Jenae Hesse said. “We had to make sure they were doing things, like walking, properly.” The goal of “Circle of Friends” is to have atypical and typical students familiarize with each other, which is proven to help atypical students develop more normally Bloomer said. “When we first went I was really nervous,” Bloomer said. “I didn’t know how the students would respond, if they would just sit there or if they would jump in.” At the first Little Elementary visit, students joined the kids for recess. NHS students played with the kids in the sand or pushed them on the swings,

and also helped them do things such as walk. One child never walked for his teacher, but joined by two NHS students, he roamed around the playground, Bloomer said. “I love just hanging out with the children and even doing the simple stuff like reading a book,” senior Charlie Brooks said. “Every child you see is amazing.” As well as offering service projects to the NHS students, “Circle of Friends” allows students to gain a different perspective senior Caroline Morales said. “We learn a lot about how many advantages and gifts we are blessed with and others aren’t,” Morales said. “The first time we got to play with them it was amazing, they were so ecstatic to see us.” Because of the success NHS students have had with “Circle of Friends,” it will be offered in next year’s curriculum. Overcoming some obstacles, the administration has now made Little Elementary a volunteer option, along with parish service. Volunteering at Little Elementary is a way to put what is taught into action and help the marginalized Bloomer said. “I think stewardship is often misrepresented,” Bloomer said. “We undervalue time and talent and this is all they want -- our time and talents.”


student lifefebruary 17

Freshman StuCo makes changes to Sweetheart caroline engle

circulation manager

The Sweetheart dance is Saturday, Feb. 11. The freshman Student Council officers decided to make a change to the event this year. “The dance is a COTY event so that more people attend the dance,” freshman StuCo vice president Sam Bachrodt said. StuCo considered eliminating the Sweetheart king and queen competition, but decided to leave it in place, freshman Sophi

Frangenberg said. Sophomore Greta Ciccolari-Micaldi has mixed feelings about keeping the king and queen. “Last year, I was not a fan of Sweetheart king and queen because everyone knew the results beforehand,” Ciccolari-Micaldi. “I personally like doing the royalty stuff. I enjoy watching it,” junior Noah Montgomery said. “I think the COTY thing will make it a bigger deal.” The dance begins at 8 p.m. in the Commons.

Last-minute solutions Where to go to Mass: -5 p.m. at St. Thomas -5:15 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament -5:30 p.m. at Magdalen Where to take pictures: - College Hill Park or by the fountain - Eastborough Park - Keeper of the Plains statue And don’t forget: - Corsages & Boutonnieres (pre-made at Dillons) - Sweater/ Comfy Shoes - Camera/ Phone Charger

Question and Answer: Brooke Frisch and Logan McCully Couple discusses relationship, favorite dates



Logan McCully:

Brooke Frisch: Q: Favorite date? A: When we went to the Eve of Eves dance and got second place in a swing dance competition. It was SO much fun. Q: Favorite thing about each other? A: Probably my absolute favorite thing is how devout in his faith he is and how respectful he is. He’s the complete package! Q: What are the plans for Valentine’s Day? A: We will both be at rehearsal so we will be hanging out there. We might go to dinner after.

Q: How long have you guys been together? A: We’ve been dating for 11 months. Q: Favorite date? A: We went Christmas light looking in a horse carriage with a group of friends. It was amazing. Q: Favorite thing about each other? A: How she is so amazingly outgoing and not only in her personality but in her faith too. She inspires me. Q: What are the plans for Valentine’s Day? A: Well, Feb. 12 is our anniversary, so after the Sweetheart dance we will celebrate. And we’ll get to hang out at rehearsal on Feb. 14.

information obtained by miranda mccormack photo illustrations by tiana chin, christian williams, halsten higgins

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sports february Bringing high skill level and leadership to the court, Katie Andersen has been on the varsity girls basketball team since she was a freshman. Now a decorated senior, Andersen said she wants to make this year her best. “Katie is a very skilled basketball player including ball handling, shooting, passing and floor sense,” head coach Marvin Estes said. “She also remains cool when the ball game is on the line.” During her career at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Andersen has received awards such as Most Valuable Player from the KMC coaches her sophomore and junior year, Second Team All-city her sophomore and junior year, a 5A All-state Honorable Mention her junior year, and was a member of the Topeka Seaman AllTournament team as a sophomore. “I don’t feel a lot of pressure in being a team leader,” Andersen said. “I have a lot of confidence in my teammates.” Andersen has also helped the new underclassmen on the varsity team this year. “She was nice to me from the beginning,” sophomore Sydney Kuhn said. “If I had any questions I knew I could go to her and she wouldn’t put me down.” Kuhn also said Andersen humbly leads by

example and shows everyone the correct way to do something. “She has the experience and toughness to make things happen when the game situation calls for it,” Estes said. “I place a lot of confidence in Katie’s ability to lead through her skill level and toughness.” Andersen has also displayed toughness by working through an ankle injury this season. “I think it being my senior year made the injury more difficult to overcome because it is my last year I will be playing for KMC,” Andersen said. “I want it to be my best year.” Andersen said the reason she loves basketball is because of the games. She loves working really hard in practices and on her own because she can then show it in a game. “My favorite memory playing for KMC has been beating Bishop Carroll this year because it was my first time beating them in my career here at KMC,” Andersen said. Right now, Anderson said she is strongly considering Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. “I plan on playing college ball,” Andersen said. “I have played basketball for so long and spent so many hours on it that I feel I should give it a try.”

story by amanda schmitz; photo by tiana chin; design by emma seiwert

Meet the sports medicine team “I am interested in being an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon. I get to know about the field and the people in it.” sophomore Ainsley DeNoyelles

“My favorite part is football season; it is fun being on the sidelines as a part of the game.” junior Wendy Funes

“[I enjoy] meeting new people. I also like that I learn things about this field and how to treat injuries.” junior Aleena Warne

“The most difficult thing I have experienced in sports med is taping ankles. They are very picky about [how it is wrapped].” junior Jessica Paul

“My favorite part is growing closer to the other Kapaun Mt. Carmel students that are also in this group.“ sophomore Kristine Pfeifer

information obtained by amanda schmitz; photo illustrations by tiana chin, carla miller, kristen buan


sports february 20

Sports Nutrition Oranges help reduce inflammation and can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Along with providing a great amount of Vitamin C, they also provide fiber.

Blackberries contain antioxidants which help lower the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, keeping your active body healthy.

Almonds are high in monosaturated fats, which are beneficial to heart health and may aid in weight loss.

Gatorade contains an appropriate amount of sodium, helping the body replenish what it has lost from sweat and making the body want to drink more. Another sports drink, Liquid Power, which is sweetened by grains and natural fruit sugars, is helpful in providing both immediate and lasting energy. illustrations by sarah frangenberg; photo illustrations by madisen sleconich; information obtained from,

Spinach is full of iron, which is responsible for the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to muscles. Eating spinach can help prevent soreness.

sports sportsfebruary


Different foods, drinks, exercises beneficial to health of athletes

it-ups vs. crunches When working on the abdomen you must remember what is safest for your body. A normal sit-up can be harmful to the lower back; therefore, the classic crunch is more effective. To increase the workout, rise up in the crunch and hold for five seconds before coming back down.

trengthen the legs

Leg lunges can be very effective to tone legs. They are simple, yet effective, and can be done several different ways: moving forward, moving backward, moving to the side, going up stairs. Also, they are beneficial for people who cannot make it to the gym because they can be done anywhere.

ffective arm toning Arm and back toning should be done in a variety of ways. One way to target both simultaneously is the plank. To plank, begin by laying face down. Prop yourself up on your elbows or fully up on your hands and raise your body so it is parallel to the ground. Hold for as long as possible; rest and repeat.

Hot yoga provides intense workout, relaxation Grace Hesse

“Inhale, exhale. Open your chest, free your mind.” As junior Sarah Frangenberg and I tiptoed in between mats, towels and people at Firefly Yoga Studio, we hoped to find a place quickly, easily and after asking a couple people to move over, we squeezed in and got settled. Looking around at the very experienced yoga regulars, we hoped not to look like fools. The class began. Inhale, hold. Then, exhale. Namaste. This little mantra was whispered throughout the steaming hot classroom. And, so began our first hot yoga session. Held in a 90 degree room, hot yoga is meant to connect your mind with your body -- or at least that is what our teacher claimed. The experience was intense. If you are a beginner, make sure you are prepared for a real work out. The stretches look ridiculous and seem easy, but looks can be deceiving. From “up dog” and “down dog” to “pigeon pose” and “warrior one and two” poses, hot yoga had Frangenberg and me breathing hard. Because the classroom felt like a sauna, we left with our clothes plastered to our skin. My favorite part of the night was the end, when we were told to lay down and close our eyes. The teacher turned off the lights as she told us to “reconnect with our breathing and let go of that day’s challenges.” When she told us this, she walked around spraying some unknown substance on us. I think she wanted us to believe it was to improve our “chi” when it was probably just to mask the stink of all the sweaty people. We could not help but laugh at this gesture, and though I did not walk out feeling purged of all my troubles, I did feel like a limp noodle. The first time you attend, the class is free, and includes a free rental of a yoga mat, water bottle and towel. After that, sessions are $8 plus a $2 mat rental fee. Overall, hot yoga was a fun experience that stretched my body limb by limb and provided a better work out than weights and elliptical machines at the YMCA. Frangenberg and I will be returning soon for round two. asst. sports editor


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Step 2: “Let the ball swing back freely,” Klitzke said. “Don’t try to force it back more than it wants to go. Imagine your arm is a pendulum swinging freely throughout the entire motion.”




During the Kapaun Mt. Carmel football, basketball, and baseball seasons, devoted fans attend every game, keep up on scores and cheer their favorite players on. Go to a KMC bowling match however, and only a few fans can be found supporting the team. This season has potential to be different with the addition of 15 new players, head coach Marie Thomas said. “KMC can play as well as any other team as long as we consistently pick up our spares,” junior Jacob Klitzke said. “Spares are what give you the chance to win because we are not a power bowling team. We are not the team that gets seven strikes in a row every game. We have to sit back and pick up our spares and let the strikes come.”

Bowling is more than just throwing a ball down a lane, Thomas said. Many skills go into making a successful bowler, including the ability to be coached, consistency and focus. Bowlers also are encouraged to join bowling leagues outside of school and to practice often. “You need to be able to conquer the mind game,” senior bowler Kristina Gehrer said. “Bowling is basically a single person’s sport, and if you let one bad shot get to your head, it can affect the rest of your game. You just have to tell yourself that it’s a new frame and you have control over what can happen next.” Thomas said the 15 extra bowlers have positively affected the team, and

that four full squads add to the competition. She also said the biggest strength of the team is the ability to work hard. “We are still working on our progress,” Thomas said. “We have quite a few new bowlers, so they are just learning the sport of bowling and the technique involved with the sport.” The main goal the team has set this season is to improve upon its ability to pick up spares and consistency in shooting. “The team believes in itself,” Klitzke said. “We are working hard to get better and I believe we can have a good competitive season.”

KMC bowling team increases numbers; adds quality, competition

Step 1: “Push the ball away straight in front of you, but not so far in front that it throws you off balance and causes you to lean forward,” junior Jacob Klitzke said.

How to bowl your best:

Step 3: “Release the ball right as you are sliding towards the foul line and the ball reaches your hip, while simultaneously swinging your wrist inward to create spin on the ball,” Klitzke said.

Step 4: “Following through, continue the pendulum motion,” Klitzke said. “This allows you to keep your balance and control the amount of speed on the ball. Hold this position until the ball strikes the pins.”

story by ali oatsdean, miranda mccormack; page design by madisen sleconich; photos by madisen sleconich, tiana chin; photo illustrations by christian williams, carla miller, kristen


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