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Principal David Kehres leaves KMC after four years.

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Local pools reviewed just in time for summer.

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Eight outstanding seniors from the Class of 2012 featured.

Looking back at the most memorable sports moments of the year.



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AFTER SCHOOL, junior Peter Gaul receives instruction on how to make rosaries from

religion teacher Helen Hund April 12. Along with junior Sarah Doolittle, Gaul spent 30 minutes learning to tie barrel knots. “We learned it pretty easily,” Gaul said. “I hope we can go back soon and learn to do the end, which is the cross part.”

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DURING THE SERVICE FAIR, sophomore Caleb Fisher plays a game of Jenga at the Habi-

tat for Humanity station April 12. Each Jenga block had a fact about poverty in the United States and overseas. “I liked walking around and getting to talk to the different people,” Fisher said. “It kind of helped me figure out the different options.”

JUNIOR HOLLY NGUYEN empties at recy-

cling bin for Ecology Club after school April 18. As co-vice president, Nguyen tried to recycle once a week. “I’ll bring my sister and we will stay for an hour and get the whole school,” Nguyen said. “It is cool to see everything after hours.”

IN FOODS II, juniors shop for the

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ingredients for a meal with teacher Kris Osler April 24. The budget was $12 and they had to incorporate chicken, mashed potatoes, strawberries and bread into the meal. “We ended up making our fried chicken into a sandwich,” junior Patricia McEwen said. “It tasted kind of like Chick-fil-A.”

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Principal David Kehres leaves school after four years to be closer to family as a class become better. “He kept me on More than three decades ago, in my toes and made 1979, a 24-year-old David Kehres first me a better honor came to Kapaun Mt. Carmel as a student student,” junior Jack teacher in life science, teaching a biology Strickland said. class that was bigger than his high school’s Kehres said graduating class. his favorite In 1987, he returned as a coach for experiences as principal have football, basketball, baseball, track and cross been attending All-school Masses country, and became assistant principal in and graduation ceremonies. 1995, leaving in 1997. In May, Kehres will end “[My favorite part was] his third term at KMC, which he started in being able to share the success 2008 when he took the job as principal. the students have, whether “What struck me the most academically, spiritually or [the first time] was the size athletically,” Kehres said. “He a sm always of the student body and As for his legacy, day ile and greeted facility itself,” Kehres said. Burrus, Strickland i sop s going asked you wi “Each [experience] is a little and Pringle how th hom . ore ” you different in contact with the all agree that Stev r en Y students. I’ve enjoyed each Kehres has set an oun g and every one of them.” excellent example Next year, Kehres will be the for the faculty and principal at Northern Heights High students. School, near Emporia and only 25 “He’s a good leader, he minutes from his family. accomplishes what he sets out Senior Priscilla Pringle said she thinks to do,” Pringle said. “I think he Kehres has kept KMC running smoothly and made a good impression on the made certain areas of discipline stricter. school.” “When he got here, there were not many Burrus said the things needing to be changed,” President administration will miss Kehres’ Mike Burrus said. “He inherited a positive wisdom on school matters. environment and “He is very comfortable in exposing has done nothing his faith life,” Burrus said. “He is so quiet n a lem ord t over these four and yet he is very dedicated to doing the n w ge a kind years other than right thing for the faculty and students.” a ” ays n improve that Kehres said he hopes that the school alw s had rince! Ragli s y ap ’ t a e environment.” a maintains its Catholic identity and that the “H alw e’s er P Pringle said Diocesan stewardship model continues in and ay; h teach Kehres has always the future. to s lish Eng been present at “If I could move [the school] 70-80 school events, miles north, I’d never leave,” Kehres said. “I welcoming to students and a have always felt that this place was a second great example for the seniors, helping them family.”

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“I was so excited for [the royal wedding]. I spent the night at a friend’s house and we stayed up all night watching beforehand coverage of it, and then around 5 a.m. the actual wedding started. We actually missed first block to watch all of it, but it was completely worth it.” -sophomore sophie brooks

Prince William of Wales marries Kate Middleton. Three billion people all over the world watched the ceremony. April 29, 2011

Parent Clare Vanderpool becomes the first Kansan to win the Newberry Award for

The Diocese begins renovating the

Cathedral Casey Anthony June 10, 2011

is found not guilty of manslaughter charges.

Moon Over Manifest.

July 5, 2011

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The last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 comes to theatres.

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“I was really excited for the midnight premiere.” -senior emilie leivian

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President Barack Obama issues the

KONY 2012 video goes viral. Mar. 5, 2012

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HHS mandate. Jan. 20, 2012

“I’m sad because it is kind of the end of a generation. They did stick to the book though, much better than the other movies.” -sophomore bernadette chin

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Staff suggests changes to improve school As each school year progresses, it becomes clear to both students and faculty members that changes are necessary in order to make our school the best that it can be. There are ways to improve and maintain standards and expectations next year without treading upon the administration’s authority, or restricting students. A subject often debated, the dress code of the school could be improved. Rumors of completely banning purses for the next school year have been circulating. Seeing as students do not follow the size restrictions already in place, this new regulation would most likely not be very effective. A better option would be to enforce the existing rule and monitor more closely any suspicious behavior that administration thinks results from purses. Spirit Day dress code is another aspect of the school that should be reconsidered. With the existing rule, the only acceptable pants are jeans. Oftentimes on Spirit Days during this past school year, students have been reprimanded for wearing khaki or corduroy pants. This begs the question, what is the big difference between

khakis and jeans? Both styles should be allowed for Spirit Days. Another option students have discussed for Spirit Day dress code is sweatpants purchased from the spirit store. Most likely, more students would be willing to buy a pass if they could wear sweats. If sales increased, the student organizations selling the Spirit Day passes would benefit, improving Kapaun Mt. Carmel. Not all aspects of the school need to be changed, however. A new tradition from this past school year that deserves to be continued is the amazing student section. Earning citywide recognition, the spirit our crowd displayed at games brought a new and exciting meaning to being a Crusader. Next year’s students should strive to maintain the energy and spirit that this year’s seniors introduced. Throughout the year, the Paladin staff has seen many positives: the spirited student section, the talented sports teams, increased attendance to morning Mass, sold-out performances; making these small changes could make KMC an even better place without upsetting the student body, the faculty or the administration.

letter from the editor Dear PALADIN readers, Seniors graduating, temperatures rising, finals approaching — all of this means one thing: the end of the year is here. As the current juniors transition into leadership positions, they should strive not only to have fun and make memories, but also to serve as role models upholding the values treasured at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. 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. Sincerely, Alyssa Scott, Editor-in-Chief

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This year in Mr. [James] Lewis’ class, [senior] Jarvis Lawson and I brought in ten large pizzas and five orders of breadsticks. We spent around $70. We ate half of it and went around school giving the rest to people.”

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senior michelle nguyen The Big Sis/Lil Sis pool party this year, because it brought many of the senior boys and girls together and broke up the cliques.”

senior holly kouba Being in my last show!”

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Going into Ms. [Pat] Raglin’s room every class and changing the words on her board to ‘moist.’” information obtained by caroline engle

When I look back at these past four years, I see an enormous timeline of successes and failures. I see days spent learning sentence patterns on the projector, singing songs about cell reproduction and overhearing gossip in the commons. I see late nights slaving over semester projects, perusing math teacher Ryan Burr’s study guides and frantically pacing while trying to memorize colored note cards. I see weekends filled with sleepovers, Bishop Carroll games and stories of rebellion. As I ponder the achievements and shortcomings of the last four years, I cannot help but wonder how I made it through. Unfortunately, I cannot attribute it to pure motivation and self-discipline. My teachers certainly made an impact, and I cannot thank the administration enough for what it does, but when I question what got me through my high school years, there is only one answer: my friends and family. Whether it be an academic or social dilemma, I have always been able to fall back on my mom for the help I need. As most mothers do, she always knows when I am lying, when I say I am fine and I am not and, most importantly, when a dress will look better on than it does on the hanger. As for the other miscreants roaming around my home, my brother and sister are the only two people attending Kapaun Mt. Carmel that I know will be there for me no matter what happens. When people say friends come and go, but family will always be there, they know what they are talking about. Despite the bickering about whose turn it is to take a shower and which shirt belongs to whom, the last 18 years of my life would not be quite as special without my family. As for my friends, the people I have met at KMC may be some of the best friends I will ever have. I am sad to say I will not be able to take all my friends to college with me. Some of them I have had since I was a wee freshman, and some friendships I have had the misfortune to miss out on until this year. The concerts, the road trips, the study groups – these memories are irreplaceable. I know I always have someone to call in the middle of the night if I need help studying for a final or just to talk about what happened to me that day. Over the last four years, when I have needed someone to vent to, or someone to do something stupid with or someone to talk me out of something stupid, I have never been left empty handed. My friends have been there, through thick and thin; they have helped me stay sane. We have laughed until it hurts, cried until there are no more tears, studied until the coffee pot was empty, fought until there was nothing left to say – and I would not trade a single second of it. The experiences I have been through have made me who I am today and I cannot say I would be the same without the people that came into my life. The closer we get to graduation, the more I think about the people I have encountered. It is a small number compared to the number I have yet to meet after leaving here, but I will never forget them. So thank you. Thank you to every person who helped me through the last four years. You will be remembered.

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As summer quickly approaches, I am eagerly awaiting the annual opening of the Rockwood Pool. Even though I have a pool in my own backyard, it does not offer the social opportunities of a public pool, which is why I occasionally patronize Rockwood. Rockwood Pool members receive a yearly discount on their membership; however, it is also fairly cheap for non-members. The price can range between $5 -7 for each visit, which is quite affordable for those who, like me, do not go to the pool every day. Along with the swimming pool, beach volleyball, a basketball court, a barbecue pit and a jungle gym are offered. Although these are rather poorly maintained, the jungle gym and the volleyball net are common attractions among school-aged patrons. As to the number of people who visit the pool, it is always rather busy but never too crowded. My experiences there have been nothing but pleasant, and the lifeguards, many of whom are KMC students, are always friendly. Although Rockwood is just a swimming pool, without any waterpark slides or a unique design, it is a fun experience for those who simply want cheap summer entertainment.

As the weather heats up, thoughts turn to lazy days spent by the pool. One good option is Rock River Rapids in Derby. Although this waterpark is usually packed with people, it offers several attractions that can make up for the crowded conditions. Some of the attractions include different slides, a lazy river, diving boards, a lap pool, a large water playground for children and concessions. There are also many events held at Rock River Rapids in the summer. In the past, there have been concerts there. This year, there is a triathlon and a “pooch pool party” where dogs can swim at the waterpark on the last day of the season. Rock River Rapids opens on Memorial Day and closes mid-August; it is open Monday-Sunday from 12:30-7 p.m. Daily admission for ages 3-17 is $8, and for 18 years and older it is $9; Admission for ages two and under is free. Season passes are normally $70, but there is a discounted price of $63 if you buy the pass on their website before Memorial Day. If you are looking for an exciting place to swim and are tired of going to the YMCA, Rock River Rapids is the place to go.

As summer approaches, I am looking forward to leaving behind the frigid indoor pools I compete in for swim team and embracing the perfect temperature of outdoor pools. Though the Andover YMCA’s outdoor waterpark does not always have this perfect water, it does have other pleasant amenities. The pool is a good size and – as a teenager who still enjoys acting like a child – the water slides are actually enjoyable. My main issue with the Andover YMCA’s waterpark is the lines and over-crowding, especially on weekends. It takes a very long time to get in the lazy river, let alone on a slide. Also, while the pool is a good size, it sometimes still cannot handle the number of people crowding into it. It is also worth noting that non-members must pay $10 for a day in the waterpark. Overall, the Andover YMCA is a nice place to spend time during the summer if one is not in a hurry and is a member of the YMCA. Otherwise, it will cost $10 to spend half of your day in line. caroline engle

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emma kaiser opinions editor Who is Drue Benning? “A gentleman,” AP English teacher Pat Raglin said, with hardly any provocation. Aside from being a pleasant guy, Benning has been involved in soccer all four years and will graduate Cum Laude. Upon being asked to describe himself in three words, Benning chose “athletic, intelligent, and shy.” So far, that seems about right. This year, the soccer team went to state, which Benning said would always be one of his favorite memories. “Soccer is very important to me because it has been a part of my life for 13 years,” he said. “It has practically helped raise me.” While Benning said his soccer accomplishments are very important to him, he said he is most proud of

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Identified as “the girl with the gauges in her ears,” senior Katie Conlon is known around the halls for her personality and style; however, Conlon’s gauge earrings are not her only form of self-expression. “Right now I have six piercings,” Conlon said. “To reach my ultimate goal, I would, overall, have 13 piercings and cover the majority of my body in tattoos.” Senior Bridgette Ayala said she feels Conlon’s piercings reveal the insanity in her personality. “I think they define who she is,” Ayala said. “They scream loud and crazy.” Crazy, talented and unforgettable are just three adjectives Conlon used to describe her wild spirit. “I’ve always been called crazy,” she said. “I’ve grown to that title. I do crazy things for no reason. I adore being loud and being seen. I feel as though once you get to know me, you won’t forget me; it’s my personality. And of course everyone knows me by my piercings, so I know I’m unforgettable.” Ayala said people often think she is mean or

graduating Cum Laude. “My parents and siblings have really pushed me to keep my grades up,” Benning said. He also mentioned that his greatest weakness is his potential to be lazy, and that he has learned to motivate himself. “Benning will be successful because he has incredible self-discipline,” Raglin said. “He is always prepared, and even though he sits with the mischievous boys [in class], he manages to stay out of trouble. I admire that about him.” Senior Brenden Bombardier describes Benning as being caring and “always there for you.” Benning plays the role of the quiet guy within their group of friends, Bombardier said. “He is shy around others, but I think he comes out of his shyness around me and his close friends,” Bombardier said. “My favorite qualities about him are his friendliness, his humor and his ability to have a good time.” Bombardier, who has been friends with Benning since they were on the same soccer team

intimidating, but she is actually sweet and honest - a trait that Ayala will miss most about Conlon. “Who’s ever going to forget her?” Ayala said. “I will never forget her gauges, her appearance and her kindness.” Conlon’s teacher of two years, Kelly Dandurand, said Conlon is unique because of her real, strong and courageous personality. During school, she said Conlon added “spice” to the classroom. “She brings a lot of energy into whatever group she’s a part of,” Dandurand said. “She always has a smile on her face.” Without having Conlon as a companion during school, Ayala said that her classes are not as enjoyable. “She is always entertaining,” Ayala said. “When she’s not there, it’s really quiet. Class would be so boring without her.” Having a passion for self-growth is a key factor in Conlon’s decisions, she said. “I’m passionate about change and improvement,” she said. “I don’t want to settle for less, I want to know I’m doing my best and know that I make a difference.”

in the fifth grade, will not be going to the

University of Kansas next year with Benning, but says that he looks forward to visiting him regularly. Benning intends to study pre-medical biology. Along with academics and soccer, Benning said his family and friends are really important to him. “My family definitely defines me, and my friends have really helped me develop my personality, soccer career and social life,” Benning said. So who is Drue Benning? He is a dedicated soccer player, a motivated scholar, a little quiet at

Dandurand said she was happy with how Conlon has grown throughout the four years of high school, and was pleasantly surprised with her success. “She has challenged her peers to not judge people outside of the norm,” Dandurand said. “She’s her own person and she doesn’t care.” Dandurand said that Conlon has the ability to be successful in her future, no matter what she chooses. “If she believes in herself, I believe that she will be the best at whatever she wants to be,” Dandurand said. Next year Conlon plans to stay close to home in an environment she enjoys at Wichita Area Technical College. “[In ten years] I see myself living my life to the fullest,” she said. “I’ll have a good job and will be starting a family.” Until then, Conlon will continue to spend her time working at Schlotsky’s Deli, attending concerts and hanging out with friends. “I keep it pretty simple,” she said. “For now at least.”

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Varsity soccer player, Student Ambassador, Cum Laude student, French Club member, wrestling manager — although these terms describe a wide, seemingly disconnected array of activities, all of them have a special place in senior Emily Elving’s life. As an involved student, Elving said she had the opportunity to learn important lessons and participate in things that impact her life. “Soccer has impacted me the most because I’ve been playing almost my whole life,” Elving said. “It takes a lot of time and dedication.” In addition to the many clubs and student organizations Elving is active in at school, she has found ways to dedicate her time to outside activities, including club soccer and Catholic Youth Organization. “Being involved has helped me to learn to prioritize and has taught me how to deal with a lot of stress and how to operate on little sleep,” Elving said. “Kapaun Mt. Carmel has really taught me to be a well rounded person. I feel extremely prepared for the future.” Next year, Elving will attend Colorado College, a prestigious private university. There, she plans to study chemistry and French, in hopes of becoming a doctor. “My admission to Colorado College shapes my entire future,” Elving said. “It is absolutely my dream school.” In addition to this academic success, Development Director Kevin Arkin said Elving will be remembered for her outstanding character. He said her positive, sincere and honest personality makes her a “true Crusader.” “There is this award at convocation called the Heart of the Crusader,” Arkin said. “She’s perfect for it. She basically lives her life like Fr. Emil Kapaun would. She leads by example. She never toots her own horn. She leads by how she acts, the things she does and the way she carries herself.”

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Whether she’s lending a helping hand towards her friends, or spending time with her family, senior Natalie Roberts is known for her compassion towards others. “She always puts others before herself,” senior Morgan Cooksey said. “She has a good heart and a good personality. I don’t know what I’d do without her.” Senior Tiffany Tran took hip-hop dancing with Roberts for about three years. Roberts said she decided to do dance to have fun with her friends because she enjoyed “making a fool” of herself. “She has this signature dance move of hers that she always does,” Tran said. “I can’t describe it, but we always make fun of her for doing it.” Roberts is also one of Lori Sprague’s art students. “She’s definitely a leader, always working and brainstorming with new ideas,” Sprague said. “Her strong work ethic really rubs off onto her peers.” As an art student, Roberts said she expresses her creativity and shows a side of her that others don’t really know about.

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“It helps me create different things out of nothing,” Roberts said. When not creating art, Roberts can be found with her friends and family. Whether she is playing with her niece and nephew, or going to her nephew’s soccer games, she said she is always there being supportive. With her friends, she is known for being “a social butterfly,” said Tran. Roberts connects to others easily, but she is also always there for her closest friends. “I try putting myself in their situation, or seeing their point of view,” Roberts said. “I like to be a friend they can tell something to or vent to.” Having been friends with her since elementary school, Cooksey is glad she still has Roberts as her best friend, saying she can always go to her for anything. “Everyone always asks her for advice, and she’s never judgmental about it or them”. Tran said she also is grateful to have Roberts as a friend. “She’s truly a good friend,” Tran said. “She is always someone you can count on, no matter what.”

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He is the student who jokes too loudly with his friends. He is the athlete who leads his team by example rather than instruction. He is the guy at the back of the class blowing his nose so loudly one cannot help but look back and stare. He is Jack Martin. “Jack is quirky in about how he goes about his day,” senior Bobby Moore said. “He is really easy to like.” Martin is not only known for his humor, but also for his athletic abilities and dedication. He played basketball and football during all four years of high school. “He is really hardworking and dedicated,” basketball coach John Cherne said. “Jack was the guy that whatever the team needed he would do it; he was willing to sacrifice.” Football coach Ryan Burr instructed Martin for three years. Burr said that Martin had good instincts from day one, but they continued to improve with experience. “He was great to be around: humble, but accomplished,” Burr said. “You could usually get him to smile and laugh, but he didn’t usually have a lot to say. When he did, you knew it was important.” Cherne said Martin’s strength lied in his consistency throughout the season. Burr said his ethic and speed brought a lot to the team. Both Burr and Cherne said that Martin led by example rather than instruction this year. “I’m not very vocal,” Martin said. “People saw my hard work and hopefully that had an effect on them.”

After four years, Martin said the highlight of his whole high school career is winning the 5A State Championship in basketball. “I couldn’t believe it,” Martin said. “Winning the state championship is something you dream about doing, and for it to actually happen is pretty cool.” Sports have helped Martin develop and persevere through challenges and commit to activities he said. “Sports have helped me take on everyday life struggles,” Martin said. “I’ve developed a mentality [through sports] that I have carried with me.” One of Burr’s favorite moments with Martin on the field is when he made a one handed interception against North and returned it for a touchdown. Martin put his arms up for about half a second and then handed the ball to the ref and jogged back. His work ethic and humbleness were made clear to Burr. Burr said Martin has qualities that will make him go far in life. “Jack’s smart and a good worker, so whatever he chooses he will be successful,” Burr said. “He won’t be in the spotlight, but he will be making things happen.” Martin will attend the University of Kansas next fall and has not yet decided which career he will pursue. He said he will miss seeing his friends everyday and the crowds that come to support athletic activities. Martin hopes to be remembered among his classmates. “I want people from the Kapaun [Mt. Carmel] community to remember me, not only as an athlete, but a classmate too,” Martin said.

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Football player, Robotics club member, former St. Gianna Health Academy student, Sports Medicine member, future seminar student - senior Aaron Nguyen is all of the above. “Aside from being involved in various activities, family time is also very crucial to Aaron,” senior Maria Vo said. Upon being asked to describe Nguyen in three words, science teacher Larry Greytak chose “quiet, dependable, and funny.” He describes Nguyen as being a gentle giant with a great sense of humor; although, he said that at times Nguyen reminds him of Peter Griffin on Family Guy. Nguyen says his extracurricular activities have shaped him not only mentally and physically, but also in his faith. Finishing his senior year on a strong note, going to the seminary and finding his vocation are Nguyen’s

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goals. “I found my life quite pointless up until about two years ago when I finally asked myself the question ‘why?’” Nguyen said. “I heard my calling to the seminary and I could not afford to ignore it; however, there are a lot of questions I need to figure out and a lot that I still need answered.” Along with his family, faith and the various activities he is involved in, Nguyen enjoys putting others before himself. He said he likes to see the good in people. Nguyen said Kapaun Mt. Carmel has had a great influence on him. He describes his four years here as preparing him the best it can so he can go out and face the world for what it is. “My education here [at KMC] has given me exactly what it said it would – the best education while forming me in the image of Christ,” Nguyen said.

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Walking through the hallways, her head is up, not down. Every person she sees, she greets. The cross dangles from her neck as she reaches down to pick up someone’s dropped book. Friends, teachers and students agree that Molly Schmitz is an example of humility, compassion and kindness. “She is thoughtful and puts forth a lot of effort in class,” music teacher Bryan Miller said. “She just has a bright, kind aura about her.” This kindness, Schmitz said, comes naturally to her. Schmitz and senior Leah Chaska have been friends since fifth grade. “Molly is one of my best friends. She talks to everyone she meets and she doesn’t judge them at all.” Chaska said. Together, Chaska and Schmitz attended a Challenge group at Resurrection, a group that teaches fifth through eighth grade girls about their faith. After participating in it, the girls started to lead it, along with senior Lauren Pfeifer, in high school.

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“When we were younger, Molly made me want to go to the meetings,” Chaska said. “And then she wanted to lead it. Her example has really helped me grow in my personal faith.” Overcoming her shyness and reaching out to people took effort on Schmitz’s part. Whether it was meeting new people, singing at Mass or leading a Challenge group, Schmitz made a conscious effort during sophomore year to be bolder. “I decided I could spend time caring what people think of me, or I could realize that I would be happier by doing the right thing,” Schmitz said. The right thing lead her down a path where she found joy. Most of Schmitz peers can see by her constant smile and cheerful attitude that she keeps God close to her. Her faith plays a huge role in her life, and has improved, she said, after a retreat. “A big thing that helped me was going to a Teens Encounter Christ retreat before junior year, “ Schmitz said. “After that, I really cared a lot more

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Ranking sixth academically in the senior class, quiet student Marshall Pickerts has balanced four years of rigorous academics with involvement in French Club, Latin Club, National Honor Society, Boy Scouts and playing piano and organ. Although he holds a high academic rank, there are some things Pickerts said he wishes he would have done differently in his time at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. “I wish I could have done more with my time and been more involved in science-oriented clubs like Science Olympiad,” Pickerts said. AP Physics teacher Blake Cicenas has made Pickerts, whom he nicknamed “Marshall Yeeeah Dr. Pepper Jordan,” into a celebrity in his class. To keep students from talking during tests, Cicenas quieted them by saying “Marshall is taking a test, be quiet” or “Marshall is reflecting on the test he just took, shh.” To remedy the void when Pickerts was

about the meaning behind the actions I was doing.” Schmitz is involved in Madrigals, drama, Crusaders for Life, Student Council, Handmaids of Mary and Fellowship of the Unashamed. Of all the things she has participated in, Schmitz said her most enjoyable memory was singing at last year’s Souvenir concert. “It was so cool because I’m usually a baby about singing in front of people,” Schmitz said. “So I had to face my fears and [the concert] was a lot of fun.” Performing an Adele’s “To Make You Feel My Love” solo, Schmitz had Miller play guitar for her. Miller said it is one of his favorite memories of her. Although she was humble about her performance, Miller said she nailed it. “There are so many qualities I admire about Molly,” Chaska said. “It’s hard to pick one. I mostly admire her outgoing kindness to everyone she meets, even the people she doesn’t know.”

absent, Cicenas printed out a picture of him and attached it to a yardstick to put in Pickerts’ seat. “I’ll definitely miss his presence in my class,” Cicenas said. Pickerts’ best friend, senior Jacob Roberts, said he has made many fond memories with his comrade. “He’s a generous individual with a tendency for cruel humor,” Roberts said. “I’ll always remember the times we shared together in class, and the vacations we took together.” Other than his academic life, Pickerts has had a strong background in music. He has played the piano for 11 years, and the organ for six. “My favorite piece to play is the Chopin preludes,” Pickerts said. “I like to play the best of every genre.” Pickerts said he feels he has made good use of his time here at KMC. He does not regret much and has made friendships that will last him a lifetime. He said he has one piece of advice to give to future students. “Work hard, and manage your time well,” Pickerts said.

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Inside the Lines: Laurel Lujano Senior Laurel Lujano has been on the varsity soccer team for three years, most recently serving as goalkeeper. Her exciting and contagious attitude has become an expected sight on the field. “I usually lead by example and my performance on the field,” Lujano said. “Another way is through communication with my teammates and my coach. I follow through on the things I tell the team.” Lujano earned Second Team All-region her sophomore year, and last year she received Honorable Mention All-city. “She is very good as a field player,” coach Alan Shepherd said. “She is a very good goalkeeper and a well-rounded, excellent role model. Our players really look up to her.” Lujano said she is good at communicating and being vocal with the team, not by telling them what they are doing wrong, but by telling them things which can make them better. “Laurel is definitely a leader off and on the field,” senior Kristin Palmer said. “She is constantly trying to help make the team better. She is very motivational; she helps push each of us to get better every day.” Palmer also said the entire team looks up to Lujano as a great role model for the team. Freshman Maggie Kelly said Lujano is one of the most supportive players on and off the field, but she likes to mess around and have fun with them too. “I like letting the freshmen know they are freshmen,” Lujano said. “They still need to do their job and be respectful.” Shepherd said Lujano always helps and motivates her teammates in a positive way and is very encouraging. He said she works hard and she is committed to everything she does. “I am very coachable, so I can fix something coach is telling me I did wrong,” Lujano said. “We want to win our ninth consecutive City League championship, sub-state, the regional and ultimately take state.” Lujano said her favorite memories are victories and team dinners. She said she liked the team dinners because the team is very silly and likes to mess around. Lujano will be attending Avila University to play soccer. “I have built lasting friendships through soccer,” Lujano said. “Not only do we see each other in school, but we get to end our day with each other being at practice. It does not have to be soccer related; if we have problems we can help each other with personal stuff, too.” story by amanda schmitz; design by christian williams; photo by tiana chin

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Wuestewald said. With 13 cheerleaders joining the team With the end of the school year nearing, -- 10 freshmen, two sophomores, and one sethe concept of seniors leaving their teams nior -- it will be bigger than usual, sophomore becomes a reality, and the cheer squad is no Amber Schutz said. exception. With six seniors graduating, assis“I am expecting the cheer team to tant coach struggle with Nikki Curdrama and [KMC] cheer is like my own little family. These girls rie said listening,” mean the world to me and I would do anything for there will Schutz said. them.” be big “Especially junior kylie wuestewald shoes for since our the incomteam will be ing seniors to fill. a lot bigger than it normally is.” “Each one of the seniors had their own With the expanded squad, Wuestewald unique qualities and they will definitely be said she expects the stunts and routines to missed,” Currie said. be better. Also, the team will have more opThe six seniors are Oliva Klenda, Gina portunities to try things they could not this Wade, Paul Lievens, Jessica Reed, Rachel season with more girls on the team. White and Alyssa Scott. Currie said she is “I think we will be a lot better in tumconfident the incoming seniors have what it bling next year,” Schutz said. “A lot of our takes to fill the place of those who are leav- new freshman have some pretty advanced ing. tumbling skills.” “We will be losing a lot of great talent Even though these new members bring and [they] will really be missed,” junior Kylie positive aspects to the team, Schutz said

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there can be disadvantages too. Some of the incoming cheerleaders have to be taught the basics most of the cheerleaders already know. “I think that in order to successfully lead a squad, it is important to have a strong bond with most members,” Currie said. Leadership and the ability to bring the team together are things the seniors this year excelled in, Schutz said. Even though the seniors will be missed, Wuestewald said the juniors are ready and excited to lead the team this upcoming year. “The ending of cheer is really bittersweet,” senior Olivia Klenda said. “I’ve spent the past four years involved in it, and it’s sad to be finally over.” Klenda said being on the cheer team has taught her the importance of teamwork and commitment. “I will really miss getting to see the girls all the time, just like I miss seeing the seniors that have graduated before me,” Klenda said.

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Varsity boys soccer destroys Bishop Carroll 6-1 Sept. 13. “Bishop Carroll is our rival and we came right out and killed them,” junior Andrew Walsten said. “It [gave us] hope for a good season.” photo by Sydney Ain

KMC defeats McPherson 32-31 at the first round of state Nov. 4. “It was the first game we have won in state in five years,” senior Michael Graf said. photo by Anna Gonzalez

“We played our best against Heights on Senior Night,” sophomore Gabby Torline said. “We didn’t win but it was the best we played all year.” photo by Anna Gonzalez

Varsity girls tennis takes first at state Oct. 15. photo by Maggie Stout


Both girls and boys varsity basketball teams become state champs, which had never previously happened at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. photo by Kasey Weixelman

“[Boys swim] had at least one person in every event on the first day of state which is the most we have ever had at state,” junior Luke Vanderpool said. photo by Anna Gonzalez Boys golf took first place at the Bishop Carroll invitational April 2. “We played really well as a team and it set the tone for the season,” sophomore Matthew Gilbaugh said. photo by Sydney Ain

Senior wrestler Luke Bean is named state champion of his weight class Feb. 24-25. photo by Anna Gonzalez

Varsity girls soccer beats Northwest 2-1. “They are a really good team and we really came together as a team that game,” senior Kristin Palmer said. photo by Anna Gonzalez

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