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New teachers talk about their alma maters, hobbies and interesting personal facts, p. 5.

opinions Staffers review local natural and organic grocery stores, p. 11.

feature The emphasis on healthy choices affect students more as the cafeteria makes changes to the daily menu, p. 12. rachel walker



student life Senior Anna Korroch goes on her first date as the Kapaun Mt. Carmel bachelorette, p. 14.

connor mueller

sports Senior Roc Cyphert discusses the last season of his high school football career in Inside the Lines, p. 19.

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crystal klaichang

meggie schafer


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illustration by brandon le

Recent shootings across the nation cause concern On July 20 at the premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in to make sure everyone is safely inside the classrooms. Aurora, Colo, 12 people were shot and killed and 58 were The second policy is very similar but it deals with what injured. However, this was not the only recent shooting. to do if there is a suspected threat outside the building or There was a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. headed towards it. It states that no one will be permitted Aug. 5, where seven citizens died. Then, Aug. 13, there in or out of the building until it is absolutely certain there was a shooting at Texas A&M University, as a result of is no danger around the school. Principal Chris Bloomer which three students were killed. Locally, there were four said the school’s policy on suspicious behavior has not consecutive weekend shootings in Old Town starting changed since the shootings. Aug. 18 but no one was seriously injured. All these recent “If anyone strange is in the building, they will be asked shootings bring up questions of safety. to leave,” Bloomer said. “Any visitor or stranger needs to “I like for people to conceal and carry,” Wichita follow our procedure and check in with the office.” police officer Mark Gantt said. The school also has “If people need to protect a policy on weapons. Any themselves, they need to student found with one will protect themselves.” get at least a three-to-five-day I consciously think about what I would do to be suspension, or, depending The shootings have had prepared if an assailant came to my house, if I on the situation, expulsion. some effects on security. The was at a restaurant. I know this sounds crazy, Bloomer also said objects some Wichita Eagle’s story entitled but I don’t like to sit with my back to the door at consider toys—laser pens, toy “Warren Theatres review a restaurant.” security procedures in wake of guns, water or paintball guns— Colorado shootings” said all are considered weapons as Warren Theatre locations are religion teacher tony brandt well and will be confiscated if adding more security officers found. and additional shifts for these “Toys are harmful because officers as a result of the Aurora shootings. According to they are a perceived threat and they could cause a great the article “Old Town patrons remaining loyal despite panic,” Bloomer said. shootings” on, businesses in the Old Town After the shootings occurred in Aurora, gun sales area have continued to thrive, regardless of the multiple increased significantly, not only in Colorado, but in shootings in that area; however, some people in the area Nevada and Oklahoma as well, according to the National are becoming nervous with the recent influx of violence. Public Radio story “Gun Sales Are Up Sharply In Colorado “I consciously think about what I would do to be Since Theater Shootings.” However, in Wichita, gun sales prepared if an assailant came to my house [or] if I was at have not risen as a result of the shootings, Gantt said. a restaurant,” religion teacher Tony Brandt said. “I know The Wichita Eagle’s article “As attacks add up, are we ever this sounds crazy, but I don’t like to sit with my back to the safe?” says that safety can no longer be taken for granted. door at a restaurant.” Ordinary citizens may have to start thinking and acting Kapaun Mt.Carmel has two different lockdown like police, even during their most routine activities, for policies if there is someone dangerous in the building or instance, at school. outside of the building.The first policy focuses on what to “I think our schools are very vulnerable because there do if there is already a safety crisis in the building. First, an are a bunch of young people that can be targets and a lot administrator will notify everyone and teachers will have of times, they are targets,” Brandt said. “The biggest thing to keep their students out of the halls until the crisis has is that I will do anything to protect my students.” been addressed. An administrator will monitor the halls - EMMA PADGETT






Another year of lower-than-expected enrollment leads to development of new programs, minor budget cuts tudents choose to attend Kapaun The seven female and four male seniors that make Mt. Carmel for many reasons. Most up the Peer Mentoring program are available to talk to feeder school students know they students of every grade level. will be Crusaders from as early as “I hope to be able to help freshman and underclassman kindergarten. Other students moved to the best of my ability,” senior Jenae Hesse said. “I know here. Some have parents that tell them to that sometimes being in an unfamiliar place and trying attend. to learn new things is not easy. It’ll be a very rewarding Similarly, students leave for a experience to be able to answer their questions and make variety of reasons: moving, feeling their lives a little bit easier by helping them to have a excluded, an inability to afford smooth transition into Kapaun Mt. Carmel.” the cost of a private education or Bloomer also started another program this year: academic problems. These meetings among teachers by grade level in addition to academic problems have become department. The goal of the program is for teachers to a bigger learn what strategies work problem best when trying to relate to since the particular students. implementation “I think every teacherI hope to be able to help freshman and of the parish underclassman to the best of my ability. I know student relationship is contracts. that sometimes being in an unfamiliar place and unique,” religion teacher “I don’t know the Chris Stewart said. “Like trying to learn new things is not easy.” official number of students that is attracted to like, so you left because of parish contracts,” naturally find yourself Principal Chris Bloomer said. senior jenae hesse drifting to people who are “The parishes are feeling stress more like you or where you and strain. Most parishes spend just like their style. Maybe 80 percent of their budget on education. They have to it’s the way they do assignments, the way they do grades scrutinize their students now more than ever before.” that the teacher can go, ‘Oh, maybe I can do that in my Another common reason for students to leave is class to help that student.’ It’s huge.” because of personal problems. In the past, some students Though the primary focus of the meetings is on the have had trouble assimilating to high school for either academic performance of the students, personal issues of social or academic reasons, which is why Bloomer began theirs may also be discussed if it might have an effect on the Peer Mentoring program started this year. This program a student’s behavior. allows students to talk to seniors about any problems they “If something major comes up in a student’s life, like are encountering, both personal and academic. they have a grandparent that dies, and I may not be aware “I think that the Peer Mentoring program is a good way of that but maybe another teacher is and they can just say, for students to be able to talk to people who understand ‘Hey, you know, be aware that they had a relative die,’” what they are going through better than what some of Stewart said. “And that’s something good for me to know. the faculty might,” junior Krissy Pfeifer said. “It is just That’s information you want to have about your friend. better for people to have someone to talk to that is closer That’s information you would want to have about anybody in age to them. It could also be helpful towards building or anyone you’re going to have interaction with.” - CAROLINE ENGLE community and fellowship between different students.”

Large budget cuts avoided due to foresight


long with the introduction of new programs designed to keep student enrollment numbers consistent, the administration has also made minor cuts to the staff development and technology budgets.

Principal Chris Bloomer said teachers would still receive any materials they needed this year. He is optimistic about the budget and enrollment projections for the next several years. “The budgetary impact might

have more to do with the economy because people have been able to tithe less,” Bloomer said. “I think that the ability to stay ahead of the curve in enrollment keeps us from ever being in trouble.”



How well do you know the new teachers? Match the teacher with a fact about them. The first three students to submit the correct answers to Room 215 will receive a prize.

Karla Vogel

Seen on students’ Twitter accounts

As a senior, was voted most likely to come back and teach at KMC

Dorothe Hoppe

Rides a motorcycle

Raymond Luman

Makes own soap from lye and fat

Anne Grommet

Lived in Irian Jaya, Indonesia for three years

Jonathan Morgan

Born in Germany

I’m at school more than I am at home. This is a problem. @Datgreek1 My parents just told me they can’t find my birth certificate... THAT’S FINE WHO NEEDS A BIRTH CERTIFICATE ANYWAY @Madrazook Showering and brushing teeth accomplish 2 things at once. @watup_im_steven Soccer players run more in one half than I run in a year #respect @katieannnn44

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KMC welcomes 10 new teachers Jim Flax

Position - counselor for students with last names starting with I-M Hobbies - painting houses, gardening and sports Interesting Fact - has nine brothers and five sisters

David Kent

Position - teaches Biology and Honors Biology College - Wichita State University (Bachelors), Brigham Young University (Masters)

Elaine Robinson

Jonathan Morgan

Raymond Luman

Anne Grommet

Position - teaches Honors Spanish I, Spanish II and Spanish III KMC Activities - freshman volleyball coach Hobbies - writing and design

Position - teaches Algebra I, Honors Geometry and Geometry High School - KMC 2006 Interesting Fact - both his parents are teachers

Amanda Prieto

Position - teaches Spanish I and Honors Spanish II High School - KMC 2006 Interesting Fact - married another KMC graduate

Karla Vogel

Position - Program Coordinator for St. Gianna Health Academy College - Fort Hays State University (Bachelors), University of Maryland (Masters)

Position - teaches Intro to Algebra, Algebra I and Honors Algebra I Hobbies - watching classic films Interesting Fact - has two siblings adopted from India

Position - teaches Honors Algebra I and II College - University of Nebraska Hobbies - gardening and camping

Dorothe Hoppe

Position - teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry Hobbies - yoga, swimming and traveling

Marc Taylor

Position - teaches Freshman Chemistry College - University of Oklahoma (Bachelors), Baylor University (Masters) information obtained by monica davied, olivia ayres; photos by connor mueller



editorial paladin editorial

alex elson

Healthy cafeteria changes should be welcomed According to the Center for Disease are accompanied with more nutritional Control and Prevention, more than one options. third of American adults are obese. While Though these new changes bring this is a startling statistic, should this rate many benefits, they may not be welcomed affect what is served in the lunchroom? by all. Often, old habits can be hard to Should high school students be able break the longer they continue. If students to decide for have gotten used themselves? It may to not eating a fruit be beneficial to or vegetable every the overall health “More than one third of day for lunch, they of students if food may not welcome American adults are obese.” these changes. intake is monitored more closely. Also, high school Because of students are at new guidelines an age when they enacted by the are expected state, the cafeteria to make decisions on their own. If the is requiring fruits and vegetables to be cafeteria places too many restrictions on served with every student’s meal. Also, what students can and cannot eat, are 50 percent of the bread products served they really learning how to make healthy must be whole grain. These changes decisions? In the end, however, healthy should be welcomed; they are not eating is required at school, students can something to complain about. It shows still go home and eat whatever they want. our cafeteria staff cares what we put into Therefore, stick it out for the school day our bodies. Students can still purchase and then, if you really want to, go home cookies and fries if desired, but these new and pig out. The choice is yours. rules ensure they get something healthy Though these changes may seem in addition to these, which could create restricting or annoying, they are entirely good habits. These guidelines help teach beneficial. Making better food choices will students that unhealthy foods can be not be the end of the world and it will not enjoyed in moderation, as long as they hurt, rather, it may lead to better health.

letter from the editor Dear PALADIN readers, Though school may seem rough, this year will fly by; therefore, we should make the best of it. Stay strong, keep the faith and be yourself. In the words of Kelly Dandurand, “Make good choices.” 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, Sarah Frangenberg, Editor-in-Chief

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Columnist comes to conclusion: girls rule, boys drool

what is your favorite organic food and why?

Girls, do you ever think how much easier our lives would be if we were boys? Boys, are you ever bored with your lives? I do not know about most people, but these thoughts run through my mind a lot. Speaking with an unbiased opinion of course, males have a much easier life than females. This is just the cold, hard truth. First of all, boys can just wake up in the morning for school, or for anything, and do squat. If we did that, all hell would break loose. We have to style hair, do makeup and pick out an outfit. Guys wake up, throw on some pants and a shirt and call it good. Also, it is a social norm for girls to shave their legs. Sure, men have to shave their faces, but legs take longer. And eyebrows? Having perfectly shaped, nothing-out-of-line eyebrows only applies to girls. Boys can have as bushy and out-of-control eyebrows as they please. Not. Fair. For formal events, there is no denying that we women have much more to do in way of preparation.

Nails, hair, makeup, tan, shoes and dresses are only scratching the surface. Plus, we have to buy a new dress for each dance. The boys can have the same pants, shoes, belt and shirt for all four years. I will give the guys some credit; they do have to buy the tickets and dinner, which is much appreciated. From a different perspective on the subject, how can it be remotely fun being a guy? They do not get the excitement of shopping for a new dress every dance. They will never experience the fun of getting ready for events with your girlfriends. I cannot even imagine what the boys would be doing. Washing their hair together? Ironing their clothes? Shining their shoes? It is beyond me. Also, a world without girl drama would for sure be boring. I am not sexist and do not wish to undermine the guys. Looking solely at the facts, guys seem to have it easier. Maybe there is something I am missing. If you disagree with me, write a letter to the Paladin. Like I said, it is just the cold, hard truth.

senior caroline christman

sophomore elliot kindel “I like free range eggs because they give the omelet a more fulfilling taste.”

junior alyssa anderson

“I do not eat organic food. I have never really been a fan of it -- plus, it is more expensive than everything else.”

“Organic milk is all I get. My mom buys it, but I cannot ever taste the difference.”

freshman luke hesse “It would definitely have to be strawberries because they taste really juicy and are good with dinner and dessert.”

information obtained by grace hesse,rachel walker



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Students visit health food stores, evaluating prices, items, sections offered LOCATION: 2929 E. Central MOST POPULAR ITEMS: vitamins, gluten-free items and fresh produce PRICES: milk: $3.49 6 oz. roast beef: $6.45 strawberries: $5.99

SECTIONS OFFERED: clothes/hair accessories, school supplies, kitchen/ home utensils, deli, toiletries/cleaning supplies, hair salon/supplies, supplements, produce, gluten-free products, snacks, bread, frozen meats and bargain sections

connor mueller

Food for Thought felt a little “closed-in” with a small grocery section; however, it had a cute set-up and offered more than food, such as aprons, kitchen supplies, candles and even a hair salon.

LOCATION: 1715 N. Rock Road MOST POPULAR ITEMS: Coconut water, seaweed snacks and Noosa Yogurt

PRICES: organic milk: $3.99

16 oz. roast beef: $14.08 strawberries: $ 3.79 SECTIONS OFFERED: pet care, books, vitamins and supplements, small produce section, frozen food and health and beauty Natural Grocers had more packaged goods than Fresh Market, such as meat and cheese, and a larger variety of frozen food options. They have reusable boxes instead of plastic bags at checkout.

LOCATION: 1800 N. Rock Road (Bradley Fair)


serie chicken salad, French rounds (which are toasted and sliced), French baguettes with butter and garlic and connor mueller bananas PRICES: organic milk: $4.19 16 oz. roast beef is $9.99. three packages of strawberries: $10 SECTIONS OFFERED: Salad bar, produce, floral department, deli, bulk products (candy and nuts), bakery and standard grocery aisles with canned goods The Fresh Market had a warm feel to it. All the foods were organic and mostly gluten-free products. The classical music that played gave the store a very “posh” feeling. They also offered free coffee and put flowers in the front of the store which made it smell nice.

connor mueller

LOCATION: 8141 E. 21st St. N. (Bradley Fair)


chicken pot pie, Synergy energy drinks, Grace’s Best Cookies, organic produce and supplements PRICES: milk: $2.99 7 oz roast beef: $4.69 strawberries: $4.99

connor mueller

SECTIONS OFFERED: produce, dairy, health drinks/health

foods, deli and bakery, supplements, self-serve grains/rice/beans, snacks, meat, gluten free/allergy foods, cleaning supplies, cooking utensils, eating area/bar and skin care Green Acres and Food for Thought were very similar in food choices offered; however, Green Acres was less expensive.It had a casual and inviting atmosphere that made one feel at ease. - MONICA DAVIED AND OLIVIA AYRES





Students, coach discuss eating habits, benefits of healthy diet You are what you eat. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Many high school students have heard these sayings, but may not take the time to consider their meanings or take them to heart. According to the article “Healthy Eating Statistics: America’s Obesity Crisis” on, simply substituting whole grains for “white” carbohydrates and eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can substantially lower the risk for heart or other health problems; however, Americans still spend more than $140 billion on fast food every year. “[I think the] main reason kids generally eat unhealthy is because healthy food doesn’t taste as good as unhealthy food and kids have not been given the proper guidance in how to eat healthy,” PE teacher Marie Thomas said. Junior Julia Taylor, who is participating in cross country this season, said she enjoys eating healthily in order to uphold a good lifestyle. “[People who eat healthily] want to maintain a good body image and have control,” Taylor said. “A lot of people are careful [about what they eat] because when you hit college, if you’re not eating healthy it really affects your body.” Along with the short-term risk of obesity, Thomas said a major long-term effect of eating poorly is the risk of diabetes, along with an unhealthy lifestyle in general. “Healthy eating will help enhance everyday performance and allow a person to maintain a healthy weight,” Thomas said. Taylor said she keeps herself in shape by eating a light

lunch before running after school, usually consisting of fruits and vegetables or a protein bar. Taylor also said she tries to control how often she snacks and only eats healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Senior Kasey Weixelman, on the other hand, said a normal lunch for her would be macaroni and a muffin. She also said she snacks on anything that is available, such as Oreos or ice cream, but is still only 115 pounds. However, Weixelman said there are benefits of healthy eating, such as being more active. “It’s important to get in the habit of [eating healthy],” she said. “If I didn’t have a high metabolism, I’d be in trouble.” Taylor said there can be drawbacks to eating healthily. She said unhealthy food has a much greater effect when consumed if the body is not accustomed to it; however, people who watch their diet are always able to know what they are consuming and can feel more confident. “Once you start making changes [to your diet] you have more energy,” Taylor said. I think it’s really important to start eating [healthy food] at a young age because it will make [the rest of] your life a lot easier if you’re already in the habit of it.” - KATIE ELLIOTT


New cafeteria guidelines help students with healthy habits If a person were to fill his car’s gas tank with sugar water and oil, would the car run? This is the analogy cafeteria director Chris Farha used to illustrate the body’s needs for healthy food. “Americans have gotten into a pattern of eating less healthy foods,” Farha said. “I think the changes [in school cafeteria guidelines] really were made to help students in the future on a healthier path in eating and to combat obesity. I support that constant education.” School cafeterias are now required to serve lunches containing 750 to 850 calories, only whole grain bread, and five cups of different types of vegetables per week. Farha said these new guidelines are more of a framework for the cafeteria, since it does not serve frozen products that these rules regulate and was already serving healthy food. “[The] changes were dramatic for public schools, but everything here is the same,” she said.

She also said that, despite some students’ beliefs, fries and cookies are served on the exact same schedule as they were last year. Other changes were incorporated into the existing menu; for example, serving brown rice, whole grains, and a variety of vegetables. “Our bodies really need a broad spectrum [of food] to get nutrients,” Farha said. “Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential nutrients.” To encourage students to develop healthy diets, the cafeteria has also put new vending machines in the senior lounge. These contain organic milk, flavored water, and other healthy foods that Farha said serve as a constant reminder of the need to stay healthy. “[KMC] students are really fortunate because [cafeteria manager] Denise [Unruh] is very focused on preparing foods in a healthy way that taste great,” Farha said. “If we can encourage the purchase of [foods] that can be good fuel for the brain, why not?” - KATIE ELLIOTT


•More than 1/3 of American adults are OBESE. •IN COMPARISON, 10% were obese in the 1950s. •No state in the country has an obesity prevalence of less than 20%. •Kansas has an obesity prevalence of 29.6%. •In 2000, no state had a prevalence of 30% or more; now 12 do. •The average weight for a 10 year old went up nearly 11 POUNDS from 1963 to 2002. •In the past three decades, obesity for 12-19 year olds has more than tripled. •Sweets, desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks make up 25% of the calories consumed by Americans. information obtained from,,




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senior anna korroch



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4 1. PLAYING THE GUITAR, junior John Rogerson promotes the Knights of St. Cecilia at the activities fair Aug. 29. “We were trying to show people that even if you can’t play an instrument, we can teach you, and [the club is] open to anyone who loves music,” Rogerson said.

2. WAVING THEIR RALLY TOWELS, students participate in a yell practice led by the cheerleaders Aug. 30. Students learned new cheers along with practicing existing cheers for the upcoming football season.

3. EXAMINING THEIR PROJECT, juniors Audrey Grant and Gabby Torline finish a shoe for 3-D art Sept. 6. “[The best part] is making new 3-D creations,” Grant said. 4. IN THE OLD GYM, seniors Anne Hickerson and Hannah Bongers attend the Back to School Dance Aug. 24. “We loved just getting our dance on,” Bongers said. “The seniors made it a lot of fun.”



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DURING LUNCH HOUR, teachers Marvin and Wendy Estes eat together in Wendy’s classroom. The couple taught together at Kapaun Mt. Carmel together 28 years ago, and have reunited this year.


KMC’s cutest couple teaches together once again Anatomy and Physiology teacher and girls basketball coach Marvin Estes, often described as charming and charismatic, now walks the halls with his equally charming wife, Wendy Estes. Twenty-eight years after originally teaching at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, both are here again: Marvin as the Anatomy and Physiology teacher, and Wendy as a substitute teacher during English teacher Angela Etheredge’s maternity leave. “[Teaching at the same school] is handy,” Marvin said. “It’s exciting.” Although the general student population may not know who Wendy is, the girls basketball team would recognize her. “She was so excited for the state c h a m p i o n s h i p,” senior basketball player Hannah Lienhard said. “Seeing them

together is so sweet. Both of them would do anything for [the girls basketball team], and we all know that.” On the first day of class this year, Wendy admitted to one English class she did not care for basketball until she became acquainted with the players. Last season, she missed only one game. The couple met at music camp in high school. Although they attended the camp every summer and saw each other at music contests, they were not friendly with one another. “I thought he was a cocky jock,” Wendy said. “I’m sure he thought I was a stuckup snob.” It was not until college that they became better acquainted. After graduation, Wendy’s first teaching job was in Conway Springs, Marvin’s hometown. Marvin was stationed on the East Coast for the Navy. “I came home and called her to ask her on a date but she already had one,” Marvin said. “I went back to the Navy, and that was it for a year. The next time, it was an obvious set-up. My sister called me to have lunch. Wendy came in and ate with us. I

asked her out again to the Officer’s Club.” That was Thursday night. After a date each night that weekend, he knew he had found a future spouse. The couple announced their engagement that Monday. One reason for the rushed proposal was their age — 25 years old. “We were old,” Wendy said. “We both knew the kind of person the other was.” Forty-four years later, the couple still agrees that KMC is the best school either has taught at. “I would not have come out of retirement for any other school,” Marvin said. “I’ve been twice as blessed to teach here two times. The kids, community, spirit. The [KMC] community. There’s nothing like it.” - EMMA SEIWERT



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Students discuss having siblings at school

[Older siblings] can protect you, and it’s comfortable being here with them. My least favorite part is that Alex’s friends pick on me.

Getting advice from Jeremy about the teachers [is good]. The worst part is getting to school really early because I have to ride with him.

freshman nathan mills

freshman meghan lIckteig

danielle and jacob gomez

forrest and ashley kozan jeremy and meghan lickteig

My favorite part is being able to keep an eye on Ashley and on all of the guys her age to make sure they know their place with her. [I don’t like] having to take her to school with me.”

senior forrest kozan

nathan and alex mills

[I like] to see my brother grow up and play sports. Also, seeing Jacob in the halls is always fun. He likes to get to school way earlier than I do. But of course he does, he’s a freshman!”

senior danielle gomez

photo illustrations by briana lopez

Senior Lucia Scott receives degree of distinction for debate, forensics

connor mueller

IN CLASS, senior Lucia Scott leads a debate. Scott, who just attained a degree of Premier Distinction from the National Forensic League, has a “unique talent in the area of public speaking and argumentation,” debate and forensics coach Lynn Miller said.

Earlier this school year, it was announced that one of the debate and forensics students had attained the degree of Premier Distinction — the highest honor in the National Forensic League (NFL). To earn this honor, senior NFL president Lucia Scott had to compete in competitions to reach 1,500 NFL points. Students receive six points for a win and three points for a loss at each competition. “It was so unreal,” Scott said. “It was also incredible that I was in the top onehalf percent of all students in the country who participate in debate and forensics.” Debate and forensics coach Lynn Miller said Scott’s hard work and leadership abilities are what make her valuable

to the team. “Simply put, she has worked extremely hard to be competitive in both debate and forensics,” Miller said. “While many students only actively compete in debate or forensics, Lucia has excelled in both and has been extremely successful.” Even with the pride of this distinction, Scott says the simple joy of competing fuels her love of debate and forensics. “Debate and forensics challenge me,” Scott said. “Debate brought me out of my shell sophomore year. It’s become my high school identity, who I am at this stage of my life. I love the competition and the people I’ve met.” - KATIE CRANDALL



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The cold air hangs thick like a heavy blanket. It is Friday night and as the Crusaders rush onto the field, everyone goes crazy with cheers and screams of delight. This is what senior Roc Cyphert experiences almost every week of the season. “It’s pretty exciting,” Cyphert said. “Looking out at the crowd and seeing everyone going crazy gets me pumped and ready for the game.” Both his coaches and teammates said he brings his experience to practice, and uses it to help those around him. “I like football better than other sports because you have to play as a team,” Cyphert said. “Everyone has to come together and everyone has to strive for excellence.” Head offensive line coach Chris Bloomer said since his freshman year, Cyphert has improved in toughness, size, strength and knowledge of the game. He also said the team is very fortunate to have Cyphert’s size and experience anchoring the offensive line this year. “It is somewhat unusual for a sophomore to get the shot to play varsity the way he did,” Bloomer said. “He’s made the most of it.” Both Cyphert’s coach and teammate,



senior Alex Lutz, said he has a positive attitude and is a good role model to the younger players. According to Lutz, Cyphert is a player with great integrity. “He is always encouraging to everyone around him,”Lutz said. “He likes to be the first one to do everything and set an example.” Bloomer said while Kapaun Mt. Carmel has had some outstanding offensive games the past few years, the game against Northwest of the 2010-2011 school year exemplifies Cyphert’s high school career. “The memory that stands out is Roc being asked to go in his sophomore year when [then senior] Spencer Rotolo-Utz got hurt,” Bloomer said. “I’m sure he was nervous and maybe even a little scared, but he played well and it was really the beginning of a very special career at KMC.” Roc said he has plans for playing football after KMC. University of Tulsa, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Arizona and several junior colleges have contacted him. “We plan to run behind him and throw behind him,” Bloomer said. “He is the anchor of the line and the key to offensive success.”

design, story by ali oatsdean; photo illustration by crystal klaichang

Student urges classmates to continue legacy of school spirit Coming from back to back state chamBut getting the ball rolling will only get pionships in basketball, with more than it so far. This year’s student section needs 300 student spectators present to turn the ball into a wheel and for the entire the tournament, attach that wheel to an internal it is easy to see why Kapaun Mt. combustion engine. Some stuCarmel has the best student dents have already started off the section in the city. With loud year well by attending the KMC chants, unifying themes and an yell practice Aug. 30. The next overwhelming sense of enthuevening at the KMC v. Northwest siasm, our student section will football game, students rallied to once again take the crown. the new cheers and set the staLast year’s senior class bedium ablaze. luke vanderpool gan and fostered the movement School spirit does not extoward student enthusiasm for tend only to basketball and footguest columnist athletic events. Two seniors in ball, however. Our school has particular, Andy Hurtig and many other sports whose players Danny Mitchell, were responsible for the love having their fans support them. Home transformation. From starting new chants games are usually the most popular while to commissioning “spirit buses” these two away games generally do not get much atreally got the ball rolling. tention. In order to maintain the standing

of number one student section, all games need some kind of turn out. It scares our opponenets when we roll in with a bigger student body showing than anybody else, anywhere else. The student body has the power to turn the tide of the game. If our team may be losing, a surge of enthusiasm from the students translates to enthusiasm from the players. By keeping the noise level high and the spirit roaring, students can create an entirely different kind of sporting event. So this year I ask you, why not lead a Crusader charge through City League and beyond? This year, I challenge you to rev that internal combustion engine and get the wheel moving again. This year, I challenge you to once again conquer the city and to take the crown. Where school spirit leads, victories follow.



As KMC teams approach 100th state championship, coaches reflect on chances Football coach Dan Adelhardt: “I think we could win a football state championship. Every year is different and certain things have to fall into place, but I believe we’ll be very competitive. “Sports build special bonds, but championships make things that are much more meaningful. Having your photo or name on the trophy will always be a sense of pride.”

Volleyball coach Terri Hessman: “To win a state championship, a lot of factors need to fall into place, at the right time. I think our volleyball team is extremely talented, and time will tell if we progress as needed throughout the fall. We need to continue to improve every practice and match, and push ourselves to be prepared to play state-level competitors. “It would be such a blessing to win a state title. It would be the first volleyball state title in Kapaun Mt. Carmel history, as well as the 100th school championship. I would be so honored to be a part of that with my girls.”

Boys soccer coach Alan Shepherd: “The thought of being the 100th state championship team really doesn’t bother me either way; to me it’s just another championship, which in my mind are

all great. I think if we put this particular state championship up on a pedestal then doesn’t it take away some of the glory from the others? Yes, I think we can win a state championship this year as I think that every year. “It’s about changing lives for the better and doing something they love to do. I can think of many coaches and teachers that in my mind are legends simply because they have changed the lives of others. Many spend their whole lives and careers doing so with not much recognition.”

Girls tennis coach Kathy Schulte: “Winning state is one of my team goals this year. It is a lofty goal considering that I only have three of the six on my varsity from last year and only two of the four girls who qualified and won state last year. We have a lot of work to do to accomplish that goal. But we have strong leadership in our returning players, a few new rising stars that put in hard work during the off-season, and we have been blessed with some talent from the freshman class. It should be exciting to see how the dynamics come together during our season. “I believe that when you win a state championship you leave behind a legacy of excellence. The KMC girls tennis program has a long history of excellence and success and that is something that motivates and inspires future athletes to work

harder to sustain the program’s high level of achievements.”

Girls golf coach Dan Phillips: “The nature of a one-day state tournament opens it up to anyone that plays well. If we play our best the day of state, we could be the 100th state champion. I’d like us to just worry about improving each week so we’re playing our best at the end, and the scores will take care of themselves. “The history and tradition of golf at KMC is so rich that for them to add their names to the list of state champions here at KMC would be a phenomenal achievement. The girls have worked hard over the past few years, and have won city league and regional championships, and I would love for them to get the taste of winning a state championship.”

Cross country coach John Kornelson: “It will be hard for us. Bishop Carroll returns all (varsity) runners but one, and St. Thomas Aquinas lost two. Finishing in the top three is our goal. We have three guys who will be all-state, no doubt about it. “You know you accomplished the ultimate goal. The real legacy is the returning state champions coming back and giving back to the kids still competing.” -AMANDA SCHMITZ

design by sarah frangenberg; information obtained by amanda schmitz




“When you win a state championship you leave behind a legacy of excellence. It is something that motivates and inspires future athletes.� -girls tennis coach Kathy Schulte

design by sarah frangenberg; photos courtesy of photo by liz



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Freshman athletes become dominant force in fall sports

During their first year at Kapaun Mt. Carmel, certain freshmen have already made their mark on junior varsity and varsity fall sports teams. “You are a little nervous because you do not want to look bad,” freshman Christian Oatsdean said. “But it is still fun being a part of the team.” One thing these players have in common is attendance at summer conditioning programs. In conditioning, they worked to improve their endurance, running, agility skills, muscular strength and flexibility. “It gets players fit for 80 minutes of nonstop play during games,” coach Alan Shepherd said. Older players on the teams have been nothing but welcoming and considerate Oatsdean said. “The upperclassmen give me good criticisms,” freshman JV volleyball player Makenna Johnson said. “They tell you what to improve on and how to get better.” To keep up with teammates, these students have to work hard on and off the court, Johnson said. She ran into some minor complications right before this volleyball season. “I had a stress fracture and had to wear a brace for six weeks,” Johnson said. “I missed some of the summer conditioning, and tryouts were not that far off.”

photo illustration by meggie schafer

AFTER MAKING JUNIOR VARSITY, freshmen Brock Monty, Christian Oatsdean and Makenna Johnson are determined to begin their atheletic careers at KMC well through hard work and effort.

All the players have prior experience in their sports. After a five-year break from soccer, Oatsdean came back by trying out for the KMC team. Johnson began playing volleyball in third grade, later joining club volleyball in sixth grade. “I started playing in fifth grade,” JV and varsity football player Brock Monty said. “This is my fifth season playing. Another challenge these players face is with homework, Johnson said.

“It can be difficult to keep up,” Johnson said. “You have to find the right balance between work and practices.” As the fall sports season continues, the freshmen say they plan to balance all these obstacles in order to maintain their standings on their teams. “I don’t like to lose,” Monty said, “So the harder I work, the greater the chance of success.” -NICHOLLE WARD



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