news Two recent snowstorms affect students, teachers, p. 4.
opinions Staffers review two of recent speaker Jason Evertâ€™s books, p. 9.
feature The music students listen to can be linked to their personalities, p. 10.
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Seniors Damien Akao and Anna Korroch go sledding for her sixth date as the bachelorette, p. 12.
Athletes discuss their goals, expectations for the spring sports season, p. 16.
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PROTESTING ABORTION, senior Hannah Martin participates in the Life Chain Oct. 9. “Most people just hear what the media says and don’t realize that abortion is killing a person,” senior Jenae Hesse, president of Crusaders for Life, said. “[We should] educate people and participate in pro-life events, such as the March for Life, Crusaders for Life or supporting Kansans for Life.”
George Tiller’s abortion clinic set to open under new ownership this year In 2008, the last full year Dr. George Tiller performed abor- are so desperate to know who the doctor is,” said one of the anontions before his death in May 2009, a total of 4,778 women from ymous doctors who will work in the clinic, according to the same Kansas had an abortion, according to the Kansas Department of article. “The physicians doing the procedure are subject to the Health and Environment. In the year 2011, when there was not brunt of the harassment and almost all of the violence.” an abortion doctor in Kansas, a total of 3,912 women from Kansas Pro-life supporters in Kansas are working to prevent the clinhad an abortion out-of-state. ic from opening. According to an article in the New York Times Julie Burkhart, a former employee of Tiller, is seeking to re- called “Four Years Later, Slain Abortion Doctor’s Aide Steps Into open his clinic to once again provide Kansas women with access the Void,” many people have filed complaints against Burkhart, to abortions in Wichita. She and her saying she is renovating the clinic supporters have raised a million dolwithout the proper licenses. lars over a period of three years to buy “We have already passed some the clinic from Tiller’s family. AccordI am disappointed that someone would think that Wich- very good laws restricting abortion, ing to thedailybeast.com, she plans to ita needs an abortion mill. Abortion kills a baby and no however, most of them are still tied reopen the clinic and rename it the up in court and could take two more one should think that is acceptable.” South Wind Women’s Center. years before they are resolved,” Git“I am disappointed that someone trich said. “For example, we passed a kansans for life director david gittrich clinic licensing bill that would require would think that Wichita needs an abortion mill,” David Gittrich, Kanall abortionists to have hospital privisans for Life development director, leges at a hospital within 30 miles of said. “Abortion kills a baby and no one should think that is ac- the abortion clinic. We have talked with the hospitals and they do ceptable. Bishop Eugene Gerber years ago referred to abortion not want anything to do with abortionists. But, since this law is clinics as ‘human slaughterhouses’ and I do not want a human not in effect, the clinic could open even though none of the docslaughterhouse in Wichita.” tors would be able to admit patients into a hospital.” According to an article from thedailybeast.com entitled “In Burkhart is currently making adjustments to the clinic and Wichita, the Ground Zero of the Abortion War, a New Clinic Ris- the date it will open is not yet known, although it is planned to be es,” Burkhart has found three doctors who are willing to work at early this year. this new clinic. Two would actually perform abortions and the “I hope and pray that they never open,” Gittrich said. “We other will oversee holistic women’s health-care services, such as need to nurture and love our babies, not kill them.” Pap smears and prenatal care. They would perform abortions for Senior Jenae Hesse, president of Crusaders for Life, said the women who are pregnant up to 14 weeks. Two of the doctors do club might get involved with Kansans for Life for protests or ralnot reside in Wichita, so Burkhart plans on flying them into town lies. Hesse also suggested actions which concerned citizens could regularly. The third doctor, who will not perform abortions, would take. work full time at the clinic. Their identities are being kept a secret “First of all, [we can] pray about it,” senior Jenae Hesse said. for their safety, Burkhart said in the article. “[We should] live pro-life through our actions and show people “It makes me very uncomfortable that [pro-life supporters] that this is a big problem and that it’s wrong. - EMMA PADGETT
Recent snowstorms cause problems, delays The two recent snowstorms that stretched from Feb. 2026 were problematic for travelers, the government and schools alike. Due to a record-breaking 21 inches of snow for Wichita this month – the most for any month in recorded history for the city, according to The Wichita Eagle – many schools were closed for four days, giving students a six-day weekend. Because school was already cancelled for parent-teacher conferences on Friday, Feb. 22, Kapaun Mt. Carmel has avoided the possibility of needing to make up missed days, a fate some other schools in the area may not share. While traveling was not advised during the storms, many people still drove to work, religious services or for entertainment purposes. Students who drove in the snow usually managed, though several vehicles were stuck in snow drifts. With the hope of preventing accidents, a state of emergency was instilled by Governor Brownback two different times during the snowstorms. In addition to this state of emergency, the city spent hundreds of thousands of dollars pre-treating and later plowing the streets. According to kansas.com, the need for an additional 20 contractors as well as more sand has depleted Wichita’s $560,000 snowremoval budget and caused an additional deficit of $170,000. The deficit is expected to be paid for by eliminating open positions and increased taxes. -- CAROLINE CAROLINE ENGLE ENGLE
The snowstorm was super cool because that meant I could actually do all of my homework and conferences were cancelled which was just awesome itself.”
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The most interesting activity I did was going truck sledding in my Tahoe. [The break] was very financially beneficial as I made $1,750 in the two storms just shoveling driveways.”
junior jonathan jessen
While students rejoiced over three snow days in February, many teachers spent the time thinking about how the time off would affect lesson plans. “It shoves plans backwards,” math teacher Karin Johnson said. “Long term I’m thinking ‘Do I need to cut any material out before the end of the semester?’. At this point I think I’m OK.” Rather than move plans to later dates, some teachers chose to shorten the length of time they spent covering certain information. “We couldn’t spend as much time working on King Lear,” English teacher Pat Raglin said. “We were going to watch all of King Lear but now we’re just going to watch Act V.” Johnson found the C-day on Feb. 28 to be beneficial. “The C-day helped get everybody on the same page to start fresh again on the A-day,” Johnson said. “[I spent] a little more time reviewing over materials we covered before snow days.” - CAROLINE ENGLE - CAROLINE ENGLE
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In each set of three statements based on articles in this month’s Paladin, one is not true. Choose which of these statements is a lie.
Seen on students’ Twitter accounts Giving up fast food for lent... So basically I’m gonna be on a whole new diet @maryoconnor32 I secretly wanted to go to school tomorrow to see @scottrider13 ... #IsThatWeird. @Acastrox95 And yes, I am on a first name basis with the Chipotle workers @annampauls Mila Kunis is only 13 years older than me... We can make it work @KoltonBuer
A. Grace Hesse believes snow days are a gift from God. B. Ali Oatsdean reviewed Jason Evert’s book How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing your Soul. C. Damien Akao is currently winning the bachelorette. A. Four doctors will fly in regularly to perform the abortions. B. A new abortion clinic is set to open this year. C. The identities of the abortion doctors is being kept a secret. A. Coffee can reduce depression in women. B. Kylie Wuestewald will cheer in college. C. No seniors are playing golf this season. The first three students to submit the correct answers to Room 215 will receive a prize.
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march paladin staff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/DESIGN EDITOR sarah frangenberg MANAGING/STUDENT LIFE EDITOR rachel walker PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR connor mueller ONLINE PHOTO EDITOR melissa mckinney BUSINESS MANAGER gabby ferraro COPY EDITOR emma seiwert NEWS EDITOR caroline engle OPINIONS EDITOR grace hesse FEATURE EDITOR katie elliott SPORTS EDITOR amanda schmitz ONLINE STORY EDITOR katie crandall CIRCULATION MANAGER monica davied ASST. NEWS EDITOR emma padgett ASST. DESIGN EDITOR ali oatsdean STAFF WRITERS olivia ayres, nicholle ward STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS tyler drinnen, emilie kennedy, crystal klaichang, sophie loehr, briana lopez, melissa mckinney, graham oldfather, meggie schafer, georgia schaefer, kaila trollope ADVISER ashley watkins
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Purity, chastity beneficial to all high school students, lead to more successful relationships Approximately 3 percent of Americans remaining pure. Abstinence also makes for wait until marriage to have sex, according better relationships. The average teenage to waitingtillmarriage.org. Though this relationship lasts 21 days after the couple statistic seems incredibly low, it does not becomes sexually active, according to Pure make staying pure impossible. Purity and Love by Jason Evert. The majority of high chastity should be guarded and respected school students are virgins, according to because they the Centers demonstrate for Disease true love and Control. lead to more Sex is not Chastity frees a couple from the selfish attitude s o m e t h i n g successful of using each other as objects, thus making them “ e v e r y o n e relationships. capable of true love.” In Pure is doing” jason evert and it is not Love, Jason Evert writes, necessary for “Chastity is happiness. what you can On the do and can have, right now: a lifestyle that contrary, teenagers who have sex are brings freedom, respect, peace, and even more likely to be depressed, according romance — without regret. Chastity frees to the National Longitudinal Survey of a couple from the selfish attitude of using Adolescent Health. each other as objects, thus making them When purity is respected and valued, capable of true love.” relationships are more successful, Approximately one-third of high teenage pregnancies and STDs are fewer school students claim to be sexually and teens are less likely to be depressed. active, according to childtrendsdatabank. Being sexually active does not have to org. Because of the mentality that people be a trend. Though temptations will still should be able to do whatever they arise, teens can persevere through prayer want and the belief that abstinence- and support from friends and family. only education does not always make an Jason Evert also gives advice, reasons impact on teens, public schools usually and answers on remaining pure in his implement “safe sex.” Schools hand out books such as If You Really Loved Me, How condoms, reducing the chances of teen to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing pregnancy and some sexually transmitted Your Soul and smaller booklets such as diseases. Pure Love, Pure Womanhood and Pure Teen pregnancies and STDs, Manhood. Practicing chastity is necessary however, can be completely prevented by for all teens and is far from impossible.
letter to the editor Many people tend to overstate the value of college. They see statistics saying that students who go to college earn more and have better employment opportunities. But these statistics fail to take into account all the motivated, hard-working students who would do well even if they never stepped foot in a university. The reason so many go to college is not because it is a great way to learn, but to signal to employers that they are at least semi-literate and can meet deadlines. But as more and more go to college and the pressure to inflate grades increases, the value of a college degree continues to decrease. Finally, as economists predict that tuition costs will eventually sharply drop due to competition from online colleges and artificial government inflation, I would urge students to consider low-cost public universities, or skip college all together. - senior Nick Ercolani As always, we invite your ideas, input and letters. All letters should be under 150 words and signed. We reserve the right to edit or omit any letters. Baseless accusations, libelous statements, insults or unsigned letters will not be considered for publication. Take letters to Room 215 or mail to the address on this page.
Snow days: A time to ignore, avoid any kind of labor As Kansans, we are all used to the extremes. One day, we are cowering in our basements from a nasty tornado. The next day, we are outside walking with a friend in shorts and a T-shirt. Oh, and the next day, we are sledding and shoveling 14 inches of snow off our cars. Of course, when the majority of winter passes and it is the brink of spring, Mother Nature decides to hit us with a doozy of a series of snowstorms. Do not think that I am complaining at all, this snowstorm gave us three snow days. Better late than never, right? I sincerely believe that snow days are a personal gift from God. They always come at a time when I feel very stressed. Not only does it give me a day of rest, but they are often very beautiful to watch. The millions of huge snowflakes blizzarding around you, the blanket of snow on the ground: how could you not love it? The only problem with this is that my parents see my idleness as an opportunity to put me to work around the house. Ahem, no. I will do your slave-labor chores, but not on my snow day. Snow days are not for homework either; they are God’s gift of rest and relaxation. Snow days are for
filling up your already full stomach with unnecessary foods, beauty sleep and hours upon hours of Netflix. The first enjoyment of a snow day is the mere knowledge that an alarm clock to wake up is not necessary. Secondly, when you do wake up, there is no rush to get anything done. You have nowhere to be. Everyone else is held up in their house just like you. Then, if you are not sledding or having hot chocolate with your friends, you are inside your warm house, possibly relaxing by the fire with a book or bundled up in front of the TV or even just enjoying the company of your family. Anything that may be boring on a normal day becomes relaxing on a snow day because of the knowledge that you should be at school instead. The only problem is that although snow days truly are some of the best days of the year, it also means that they are the shortest days of the year. Time flies when you are having fun. Snow days seem to go by so quickly that sometimes, I think all our parents conspired against us and somehow hastened time. Nonetheless, we should embrace snow days as they come, enjoy the time off school that God has given us and GO PLAY IN THE SNOW. - GRACE HESSE
How does the music you listen to make you feel?
senior tyeler rivera
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I like country music, like Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan. It gives me different feelings depending on the song, but I can relate to the songs and it puts me in a good mood, no matter how my day is going.”
sophomore kealy dwyer I like country because it relates to my life and it makes me feel peaceful and relaxed. Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley are some of my favorites. They are all great performers.”
junior alvin gitau I listen to pop and hip-hop because they always lift up my mood and make me feel energetic.”
freshman bobby cuillo I like hip-hop and rap. Depending on the song, I feel energetic. I listen to country and classic rock too; they are soothing and calm.”
Jason Evert: Students share opinions on Evert’s chastity talk
“I’ve heard a couple of his talks before and thought he was just awesome. He’s hilarious and has a lot of good jokes. I liked his story about the father who searched for his son after the earthquake and how that is the love of a father. Today that [love] is one of the things our generation is lacking.”
“I thought it was good because it was more down-to-earth than [past chastity talks]. Mr. Evert was really easy to relate to.”
“I think that it was extremely beneficial for the student body to witness such a great example of what it means to live a pure life. I think Jason showed us that living a pure life isn’t restricting us but calling us to something greater: a greater dignity.”
“I thought [Jason Evert’s speech] opened my eyes about the topic of chastity because I never really thought about it. I like how he added humor because it kept us all into it and it wasn’t boring the listen to.”
Evert’s chastity books provide helpful advice for students
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I enjoyed reading If You Really Loved Me by Jason Evert. In this book, Jason answers questions people regularly ask him about sex, dating and true love. He is sincere and uses extensive research to prove that saving sex for marriage is the best way to go. He spends chapters describing the harmful effects of various types of sexually transmitted diseases and contraception, both of which can be avoided in a chaste lifestyle. He does not, however, tell you that if you have sex, you will die or go to hell. He emphasizes the power of healing and explains that no matter how bad your past is, you can always come clean. Jason explains that both boys and girls are in search of true love, but most are looking in the wrong places. This book showed me how joyful a chaste lifestyle can be, and how teens can come much closer to God when they are free from the pressures and distractions of dating at young age. - NATHAN CARPENTER
“How does one find authentic, selfgiving love?” is a question that has plagued young people since the dawn of time. Jason and Crystalina Evert answer this question in their book, How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul. Although I loved every chapter, particularly memorable was the chapter titled “Love Your Spouse Before You Meet Him”, which talked about respecting the dignity and purity of others for the sake of loving one’s future spouse. It made me truly think about the larger picture and how the choices we make now, both good and bad, will affect both us and those we love in the future. Through testimonies, metaphors, and personal experience, the Everts give meaning and reason to save sex for marriage. They emphasize respect for oneself as well as respect and love for one’s future spouse. Every young woman needs to read it, if nothing else but to realize her worth in the eyes of God. - ALI OATSDEAN
Music found able to affect person’s mood, cause positive,
ickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead, once said “there’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.” Roughly 200 years before, German poet Berthold Auerbach said music “washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Though it changes over time and varies between genres, music has always been an integral part of any society. “Music has a huge impact in my life,” senior Natalie Nibert said. “Music is a perfect outlet to express my emotions. When I’m in a bad mood, I can just play some of my favorite songs and I’ll instantly feel better.” Today, people listen to music every time they enter a restaurant, clothing store or doctor’s office, attend a church service, or even turn on the television; however, when able to choose their own music, everyone seems to have a different taste. “Music has a way of connecting to our lives,” music teacher Bryan Miller said. “We find meaning in melody, as well as lyrics. The type of music one listens to definitely says a lot about
them.” According to a study by Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University examining 36,000 people worldwide, this preference is able to convey several aspects of someone’s personality. Miller, for example, said his preference for indie and progressive rock shows that he is a non-conformist in many ways. Nibert said she does not have one favorite genre of music, but has recently been listening to a lot of country. “The lyrics are always really meaningful, unlike a lot of music you would normally hear on the radio,” she said. “[This shows that] I have a lot of the same values that country singers sing about. God, family, and friends are what is most important to me.” Since music is so prevalent in the lives of teenagers, some people oppose modern music with the opinion that it is causing violence and other negative behaviors. Nibert said she believes music can affect behavior, but a person will not necessarily act
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, negative behavior, display personality characteristics violently just as a result of listening to certain music. “Music does lead to having certain feelings, which can lead you to act in certain ways,” she said. Junior Nick Bradley, on the other hand, said he does not believe music is powerful enough to incite violent actions. “Sometimes a good song can improve my mood, [but] I don’t see music as having much of a [serious] effect on people,” he said. On the other hand, many believe that music can have a positive effect on a person’s mental processes and behavior. Music therapy, defined by Boyer College of Music and Dance, is “an interpersonal process in which the therapist uses music…to help clients improve or maintain their health.” This can be used for patients with problems including psychiatric disorders, handicaps, developmental disabilities and communication disorders, as well as to improve learning and build self-esteem. “[Music therapy] can make the difference
between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort—between demoralization and dignity,” former president of the National Association for Music Therapy Barbara Crowe said. Classical music has also been proven able to reduce stress by slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing levels of stress hormones, according to “The Power of Music to Reduce Stress” by Jane Collingwood. Among other effects, music can bring security to disabled children, reduce anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery and reduce emotional distress among cancer patients. Students have also been found to score higher on tests after listening to a recording of Mozart, as opposed to a relaxation tape or silence, which is known as “The Mozart Effect.” “Music has a way of transporting us to a place we aesthetically want to be,” Miller said. “Whether it’s coping with a tragedy or celebrating an important event, music helps give us comfort.” - KATIE ELLIOTT
nts on effects of music, determines it should not define us
Music has always been a connt in life. As a society, we listen it to make us happy and relate to when feeling strong emotions. It undeniable that music has power er us and various genres affect ople differently. It is also becoming dent that the kind of music you lisn to speaks volumes about the kind person you are. Lately, many studhave been done to prove the link tween one’s music preference and rsonality. that soft, soothing music such as assical speak to the creativity and listeners, as well as their high selfn to indie music, Top 40 or rock are y and creative, but often with lower se who love country are almost al-
er myself, I decided to analyze my t what they said about my personough my iPod, I realized that I listy of genres. While I enjoy pop and ds channel 96.3 on my car radio, n the mood for the plethora of mu-
sic soundtracks or operas in my collection. Sometimes the mood you are in greatly influences your music choices, but more importantly, I think your music choices and the artists you listen to can have a great influence on your character. It is hard to pin-point exactly what my character is based on the music I listen to, but if I had to I would say that pop is my favorite genre. This relates to the vast majority of teenagers who listen to One Direction, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Many school-age pop fans pride themselves on being creative and unique, much like the artists they idolize. Those who struggle with low self-esteem find these artists that much more appealing and even try to act like them, because they seemingly have everything figured out. In reality, this is not the case. Popular singers Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus have made some questionable decisions in their careers, proving that they suffer from low self-esteem just like most teenagers. Since many of us see these artists as our role models, we should keep in mind that they may not put forth the best examples for us to follow. While it is true that music influences our life and conveys our human emotions, we should not let modern singers influence our lives as well. It may be easy to define one’s personality through music, but one’s character should be defined through positive choices and actions, not an imitation of someone else.
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the bachelorette: kapaun mt. carmel edition
Senior goes on monthly dates to choose which suitor is best Senior Anna Korroch went on her latest date as the Kapaun Mt. Carmel bachelorette Feb. 23. Senior Damien Akao took advantage of the abundance of snow by taking Korroch sledding. “The date was pretty fun,” Akao said. “We went sledding and then we went to Starbucks and Peachwave.” Akao picked Korroch up at 1:30 p.m., bravely driving through the snow as they struggled to find a hill to sled down. Finally, they arrived at College Hill where they went sledding, made snow angels and even had a snowball fight. “I haven’t made snow angels since I was 6,” Korroch said. “We stole a little kid’s sled because Damien forgot one. This random little kid attacked me with snowballs, so I chased him.” Korroch and Akao also borrowed a snowboard to slide down the hill before engaging in the snowball fight.
“I think Anna won the snowball fight because she pushed the little kid down at the end,” Akao said. “She is a strong woman.” After sledding, the couple went to Starbucks, since Korroch is a known coffee-lover. “Being warm inside was good,” Korroch said. “We got a chance to really talk.” Korroch said she enjoyed the date and cannot believe her time as the bachelorette is almost up. “It’s crazy how fast it has gone by and how many great guys I have met,” Korroch said. “This date was a blast, but nothing beats David’s date with the puppies.” - RACHEL WALKER
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3 1. REENACTING AN EARLY CHURCH SCENE, juniors present a skit
during Church History Feb. 8. “[The skit] was a lot about being forgiving even in difficult situations,” junior Julia Taylor said. 2.ON FEB. 8, history teacher Danny Adelhardt distributes candy to his class. Adelhardt promised to wear a bunny suit to encourage students to donate to the Walk in Sisters Shoes fundraiser. Students and faculty raised more than $9,000 for the campaign. 3. DURING A CORDON BLEU CLUB MEETING, juniors Melissa Trujillo and Bernadette Chinn make queso Feb. 6. “It was really good,” Trujillo said. “We literally ate all of it.” 4. MARKING THE BEGINNING OF LENT, sophomore Hannah Perkins receives ashes from principal Chris Bloomer during All-school Mass Feb. 13. “I’m trying to have a more positive attitude this Lent,” Perkins said. 5. FOR THE WINTER SPORTS PEP RALLY, a group of senior boys perform a dance with the pommies Feb. 8. “It was a good bonding time to spend with the seniors,” senior Nick Heiland said.
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What’s in your cup?
Coffee drinkers should be aware of positive, negative health effects In our society, coffee can often seem like a necessity — businessmen drink it at meetings, doctors drink it to stay focused
during long hours and students drink it to survive all-nighters. First used medically to help improve the digestive system, coffee has been shown to have other effects on health, both positive and negative. “Studies link coffee consumption to a range of good health effects, including the decreased risk of dementia and depression among women,” according to NPR. When caffeine is consumed in regular amounts (about one cup per day) it can be beneficial. According to the NPR story “Can coffee help you live longer?”, coffee appears to reduce the risk of death from heart disease, lung disease, strokes, injuries, accidents, diabetes and infections. Coffee is also said to protect against degenerative brain disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Protection against colon and skin cancers are another benefit of drinking coffee. “[Elderly people who drink coffee] had about a 65-70 percent reduced risk of Alzheimer’s in their 70s,” Huntington Potter, a neurobiologist at the University of South Florida, said in the article. “The results held up even when researchers tested for things such as cardiovascular disease.” Studies have also shown that coffee affects a person’s mood and drive. According to the International Seminar on Coffee and Health, lower doses of caffeine have made people feel more energetic, efficient, selfconfident, alert and have increased concentration and motivation to work. Scientific evidence shows that coffee increases the levels of alertness in people, improves short-term memory and improves the use of the prefrontal cerebral cortex. “When I drink coffee I feel more at-
tentive,” junior Bernadette Chinn said. “It helps me pay better attention in school.” However, coffee can also have a negative impact on the mind and body, especially when consumed in large amounts. According to NPR, a 12-ounce cup of coffee from Starbucks has about five times the amount of caffeine as a 12-ounce can of Diet Coke. The caffeine content in coffee has been linked to a decreased amount of sleep in the REM stage in coffee-drinkers. The body takes about ten hours to eliminate the caffeine completely. According to NPR, doctors recommend not drinking coffee after 2 p.m. “If you drink coffee while driving late at night, it helps keep you awake,” senior Michael Rott said. “But if you are trying to go to sleep, it also keeps you awake.” Another negative side effect of coffee is that it can be addictive, according to the International Seminar on Coffee and Health. There have been cases of people who go into withdrawal after going without caffeine for a period of time. It may also cause anxiety when consumed in large amounts. “I am giving up drinking coffee for Lent,” Chinn said. “ I now feel really tired all the time, but besides that I am not really affected by it.” While coffee has many health benefits, large amounts can lead to many health problems, such as anxiety and sleep problems. Long time drinkers may become dependent on the caffeine and may experience withdrawal. So whether one is in a business meeting, at the office or in the classroom, a healthier way to stay awake is a good night’s sleep. - NICHOLLE WARD
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Expectations for the season: “Our goal is always to win the state championship,” junior Nick Auer said.
Expectations for the season: “Work hard, place in the state tournament and beat Bishop Carroll,” senior Angie Vailas said.
Expectations for the season: “We expect to improve our techniques and overall understanding of the game, as well as place in regionals,” senior Max Hesse said.
Expectations for the season: “I think it will be a successful and surprising season,” senior Kelsie Miller said.
Key Players: Nick Auer, Matthew Gilbaugh and Sam Stevens “I’m hoping our experience will earn us a better finish at the Hutch invitational and achieve our goals of City League, Regional and State Championships,” coach Dan Phillips said. Finish last year: First in City League, regionals and state
Key Players: Kelly Burns, Sophie Brooks, Kate Madsen and Hannah Lienhard “I haven’t had the chance to see who we have yet,” coach John Kornelson said. “But as a team we have good depth — runners in different events.” Finish last year: Second in City League and regionals, 15th at state
Key Players: Hesse, Andrew Breault, Jacob Klitzke and Tony Raper “I only expect full preparation and effort from each player every match,” coach Chip Reed said. Finish last year: Second in City League dual meets, fourth at City League tournament, third in City League overall
Key Players: Missy Daily, Kate Watson, Kelsie Miller, Michele Riter, Audrey Grant and Madelyn Gaulding “I would like to see the girls improve as a team,” assistant coach Jane Gaulding said. “I would also like to see more of them go to state.” Finish last year: 15th at state
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“Expectations for the season: We will sweep the city tournament and place in state,” senior Jack Strickland said.
Expectations for the season: “We will be young, but the standards are high,” junior Taryn Kruse said.
Key Players: Ian Daily, Michael Rott, Craig Lantz, Jack Strickland, Damien Akao and Ross Puritty
Key Players: Taryn Kruse, Courtney Kempf, Courtney Boswell, McKenzie Heiman, Hayley Shepherd and Erika Boleski
Expectations for the season: “I expect this season to be very high energy and goal oriented,” senior Molly McAuliffe said.
Expectations for the season: “I am prepared for this season to be very relaxing and technical at the same time,” junior Matthew Samsel said.
Key Players: Lily Channel and Natalie Ramirez
Key Players: Ben Lippold and Greg Papadelis
“My goal is definitely for us to make it to state,” coach John Cherne III said.
“I expect us to have a very competitive season,” coach Jim Vanek said. “We have a lot of players coming back.”
“Last year we placed third in city,” coach John Kornelson said. “Our goal is to beat last year’s record.” Finish last year: Third in City League and regionals, 13th at state
“I feel that we will do well,” coach Alan Shepherd said. “It is too early to tell because we have a fairly young team this year.” Finish last year: Second in City League and first at regionals
Finish last year: Eighth at state
Finish last year: Fifth at state
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The game is on the line. Kapaun Mt. Carmel is down by one point at the timeout. Led by senior Kylie Wuestewald, the cheerleaders run onto the court to rile up the crowd. When the Crusaders win the game with a last-second basket, the cheerleaders lead the fight song, ecstatic for the players. “Cheerleading is something I have done since I can remember,” Wuestewald said. “It makes me feel like I belong here at KMC.” Wuestewald has been on the cheer squad all four years at KMC, and on varsity for three of those years. She has been cheering for six years, with eight years of experience at competitive gymnastics. “Tumbling and back-spotting are definitely my strong points,” Wuestewald said. “Last year I also received the ‘Best Back Spot Award’ from my coaches.” Cheer coach Nikki Currie said Wuestewald can bring a smile to anyone’s face even in the most stressful situations. She said Wuestewald has a “killer” back spot for stunts and is willing to work with anyone. “Helping the other girls become the best they can be is one of my main goals,” Wuestewald said. “I also try to make cheer a fun experience for them like the girls before me did. I try to do everything to help them all improve.” Currie said Wuestewald gets along with everyone and she always sees her getting to know other girls. She believes this a great trait to have as a senior because the squad respects her. “She builds personal relationships with a lot of the cheerleaders so she can reach out to us individually,” junior Amber Schutz said. “She is really good at tumbling and her personality puts everyone in a good mood.” Wuestewald has been nominated as an NCA All-American cheerleader all four years at cheer camp and was selected as a winner one of those years. “I love how Kylie has a positive attitude,” Currie said. “I have seen her go out of her way several times to help others whether it is help with new skills, a smile to cheer someone up or a friend to give a hug and listen to you.” Being on the squad all four years, Wuestewald has made many great memories. “[My favorite memories are] cheering both boys and girls basketball on to their state championship titles, the Bishop Carroll football and basketball games, and specifically the basketball game this year with the five overtimes,” Wuestewald said. -AMANDA SCHMITZ design by ali oatsdean; photo illustration by melissa mckinney
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