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Volume 84

Issue 5

April 4, 2014


Students Emily Green and Jalen Heald continue to heal after time at KU Med.

Conspiracy theories create lively debate as social studies teachers weigh in. Ukraine’s controversies in the news have major effect on some Seaman students. Wyatt Hendrix spends time at International Bowl for ages 18 and under.

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Elayna Bonnewell, playing the role of Jojo and Andrew Ralston as the Cat in the Hat entertain students at the musical teaser for “Seussical the Musical” which played this past weekend.



April 4, 2014

New math curriculum begins next year by Brenlee Yingling staff writer

The math curriculum is set to change in the next school year. The 2014-2015-freshman class will be the first to be affected by the change. The names of classes will change. Instead of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, the classes will be Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3. Freshman will take Math 1, sophomores will take Math 2, and junior students can take Math 3 all year or one semester of Math 3 and then get into Trig/PreCalculus. Senior year students will either take Trig/ Pre-Calculus or Calculus depending on the previous year. “It is our hope that this will make students better thinkers and problem solvers. This curriculum is set up so that you can see what the math is used for, so hopefully it will make better sense to students, they will understand it better, and hopefully enjoy it more,” said math teacher and department chair Mrs. Deb Manning. The new math classes will have geometry and algebra concepts spread out throughout the three years. Students

will still have the option to take Trig/Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and the college classes we offer now their senior year. Often students have to decide before their eighth grade year whether or not they will take Algebra 1 instead of regular math. This decides senior year if they will take Calculus or Trig/Pre-Calculus. The new math curriculum is more flexible. The honors program will be easier with the new math curriculum. Students are no longer locked into the honors program or once they get out of honors not be able to get back in. The honors option will be offered within the classroom with extension activities that will have to be completed to get the honors credit. “We think it is what is best for the students. Our goal is to make our students better thinkers, and to make them develop those skills that will make them more successful when they graduate from high school,” said Manning. If any students or parents have questions or concerns feel free to contact any of the teachers in the math department.

Missing our classmate Words still fail us, friend. We miss your energy, your wackiness, the way you attacked each day with enthusiasm, the contagiousness of your smile...and that beautiful talent of putting pen to paper and capturing the stories of humanity. We are blessed to have shared life with you. --your Clipper staff

The Viking Variety Show has been moved to April 24 at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 and money raised will help send ITS members to summer festival in June.

Online enrollment for summer drivers ed will be April 1st to May 1st. To enroll, students should go to the Seaman High School webpage and locate the link for driver education. Drivers ed classes will be June 9 to June 27.

Interact Club will be hosting a Drive Out Hunger car show on April 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is $10 and regular registration, $15.

•• Fine Arts showcase will be Wednesday, April 30. The taco feed, from 5 - 7 p.m. will cost $5. The showcase of student work will be from 6 - 8 p.m.

FBLA State Conference winners: Michelle Anderson,7th, Accounting I, 8th, Intro to Business events; Jesse Kern, 9th, Business Law; Sam Moylan, 6th, Business Calculations; Team of Sam Moylan, Michael Owen and Zack Mumford,7th, Sports and Entertainment Management; Team of Grant Boyd and Rachel Shelton, 4th, Banking and Financial Systems; Grant Boyd, 8th, Impromptu Speaking, State Champion in Business Law event. The Seaman Chapter compiled the largest increase in membership from last year with a 220 percent increase. As State champ in the Business Law event, Grant can represent the State of Kansas at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville Tennessee this summer.

FCCLA will compete in Chapter in Review Electronic Portfolio April 7.


Editor-in-Chief Delaney Hiegert Managing Editor Mallory Searcy Business/Ad Managers Kendall Leatherman, Taylor Buessing Staff Ethan Brunetti, Mason Diederich, Cassidy Henry, Cortni Heston, Alayna Hutchison, Sydney Marney, Jakob Ready, Breanna Schmidt, Tatum Smith, Andie Sodergren, Delaney Spence, Kaelin Summers, Brenlee Yingling Adviser Kelly Neiman, MJE To submit a letter to the editor, the letter must be 300 words or less in length. All correspondence must be signed. The goal of the staff is to report school and community news and suggest ideas for improvement. We welcome your opinions and will do our best to publish what you have to say. Views in this newsmagazine do not always represent those of the faculty or school board of USD 345. The Clipper reserves the right to edit or refuse publication of material that is libelous, obscene, invading privacy, infringing on copyright or disruptive to the educational process of Seaman High School.

April 4, 2014 3 NEWS Tom Averill visits to discuss the book In Cold Blood

by Delaney Hiegert Editor-In-Chief

The senior AP English students have recently finished the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This novel is famous for the huge wake it made when it was first published, and it is still making waves today. It is about the real-life quadruple homicide of a small town Kansas family outside of Garden City and is said to be the first “non-fiction novel”. The senior students involved in this class had the opportunity to learn a little more about the murder case, Truman Capote, and In Cold Blood itself when Tom Averill, a writer and professor at Washburn University, paid a visit to Seaman. Averill is an expert on

Capote as well as In Cold Blood and has done extensive research on the subject. Mrs. Barb Chamberlain, AP English teacher, invited Averill to speak on this subject in order for her students to get a better feel for the story and the effects of the book on society. These students also have to write an essay based off of different prompts. Another goal of having Averill speak was to give the students another credible source to use in their papers. Senior AP English student Sloan Nicolay said, “It was very interesting to learn so many details of the story, about the family as well as the murderers. We’re about to write our essays over the novel and he gave us all new ideas to think about as we write.”

Key Club hosts 5K run by Cortni Heston Staff Writer

The Seaman Key Club hosted a two mile run/walk to benefit the Girls on the Run program of Topeka. Allie Crome, a junior at Seaman High, is the Key Club president this year and this was what she decided to do for her required project. “Since I do a lot of running I wanted my project to have something to do with that and I wanted it to have a fundraising element as well so we could help other people,” said Crome. This program is aimed at girls in grades three through eight and the purpose is to improve their self-confidence by keeping them physically active. There were about 25 students and staff from Seaman that were at Seaman High at 11 a.m. March 1st ready to run to help out Girls on the

Run. The event was supposed to be run outside on the track, but due to the cold weather it was moved inside. Regardless of the weather, $300 was still raised for Girls on the Run of Topeka. This money will be used at the end of their 12-week program where all the girls who participated will run a 5k. The program only asks each participant to pay what they can afford as an entry fee to the race and the money that was donated to the program from the Vikes on the Run event will help cover the rest of the expenses that some participants won’t be able to afford. Girls on the Run will be working with the participants over the next 12 weeks in order to get them ready for their 5K in the spring.

Tom Averill talks to senior AP English students about the famous murder novel from Kansas, In Cold Blood (Photo by Cassidy Henry).

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NEWS Two students with very different stories

Just down the hall at KU Med..... find specialized care away from home

Heald working hard to walk again soon

by Tatum Smith staff writer Junior Jalen Heald is recovering from the injuries he received in a car accident on Feb. 23. Jalen has suffered a broken left femur that required the insertion of titanium rod to piece it back together. He also has four pelvic fractures including his sacrum in the back of his pelvis that had a bolt inserted in it to keep it from separating. As a result of this he is unable to put any weight on it for six weeks. His left hand has many lacerations, nerve, tendon, ligament, and artery

damage and some broken bones. Jalen also suffered a broken orbital and sinuses on his face along with lacerations that were sutured and are healing with little to no scarring expected. Jalen is currently wheelchair-bound, but he has an appointment in April to get him walking again. He has another surgery to graft a tendon into his left index finger and will have intense physical therapy after the surgery. His return to school depends on how his finger recovery goes. Jalen is homebound schooling now. Mr. Steinkuhler comes to the house several times a week

and teaches Jalen coursework. Chris Heald, Jalen’s father, says, ”He is not fond of being in a wheelchair and not being able to use his legs or left hand but is keeping his spirits up.” He also adds “He would like to thank everybody for their outgoing support and looks forward to seeing everybody again along with getting back on the golf course”

Green finds slow but sure road to recovery What began as a birthday celebration for her little brother quickly took a bad turn for semester graduate Emily Green. She had spent most of her day on Feb. 21 learning the basics of skiing . So it was with some hesitation she agreed to accompany her brother Andrew and her boyfriend, Wyatt Goacher, to the more advanced slopes of Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri. “It was after 8 p.m. and the slopes were now a sheet of ice,” said Emily. But her ski partners convinced her that if she went in zig zags and not straight down the slope, she would be fine. “I got so scared. I went straight down the steepest part of the slope. I remember my headband flying off. I totally forgot how to turn.” Green was amazed that she made it down the hills upright, but now she didn’t know how to stop. Wyatt and Andrew saw the whole accident unfold. “I couldn’t speed up fast enough to help,” said Wyatt. Emily made it to the bottom and kept going. She flew right over a creek bed

and hit the opposite bank. Then she lay in the water and screamed for help. “I couldn’t feel my legs. It hurt to talk.” Her arm was swollen and broken, but she didn’t feel that injury because of the pain in her back. A long night lay ahead as Emily travelled by ambulance to KU Trauma Center and then on to KU Med. Over 20 scans later, doctors determined that she had shattered L3 in her back. “If I had shattered L4, I would be paralyzed.” More worrisome to the doctors were the bone fragments from L3 that were dangerously close to the spine. The solution: a cadaver bone to fuse everything together. Doctors put the shattered remnants of her L3 inside the bone. They had to go in through the leg, moving the leg muscle to reach the injured area. Twelve long days later, she was finally allowed to go home. What took such a long time was getting all her inner parts working together.

Emily Green during her 12-day hospital stay at KU Medical Center. Emily had to have a tube in her nose to drain out bad fluids. She had to wear a body brace even after she left the facility. (Photo provided by Emily Green)

Yet, she followed doctors orders, wore her body brace, and counted her blessings. “I can’t believe I’m not paralyzed. It’s a blessing. I’m glad that’s God’s plan.” Doctors have high hopes for Emily’s recovery. It will take 3-6 months to heal, and one year to be back to some sense of normalcy. “Sometimes I break down. I wish I could get a drink by

myself…turn off the lights. I want to walk by myself without people checking on me all the time,” she said. Yet she has been amazed by the kindness of others. “You come home to people you don’t even know who are praying for you from all over this state, this country. ,” said Emily. “People message me on Facebook and say the most beautiful things.”


April 4, 2014


Loneliness leads to new businesses by Breanna Schmidt staff writer

FAFSA: critical beginning for all college students, vital to receive grants by Kaelin Summers

staff writer

On the road to preparing for college, there’s one application that students can’t go without completing. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed by April 1 of the senior year for priority status. If that deadline has been missed, Ms. Dawna Edmonds, counselor at Seaman High recommends still completing the application. “If students need anything I

would be glad to help,” said Ms. Edmonds This form is a critical start to further education. The FAFSA offers student loans, scholarships, and grants. Every year about 22 million forms are submitted from college students. More than $150 billion is given out each year to more than 15 million college students. The form can be filled out on paper or online and it is recommended that students fill it out online. When filling

Every year about 22 million forms are submitted from college students. out the application online, anything in purple is for the applicant’s parent to fill out, and anything in green is for the student. Many colleges have their own deadlines and will send reminders to interested students to give priority status.

This financial aid form can also provide help at junior colleges and Washburn Tech. students. To gather more information on this financial aid form, contact school counselors or colleges of interest.

A new level of loneliness has rocked the country in the past few years. People have started feeling so alone that they have begun to pay to hug and cuddle someone, and not just anyone, but a complete stranger. All over the nation, there are snuggle businesses. These are businesses in which clients pay the company for a cuddle session that usually lasts an hour, or longer, depending on the business. These businesses have been deemed controversial for multiple reasons. Some consider it prostitution, since it is technically selling your body for money. However, Samantha Hess, owner of Cuddle Up To Me, says it should be more accepted because cuddling is therapeutic and helps a person’s emotional health. This doesn’t mean that the cuddle companies don’t have policies. Of course, clients are not allowed to touch staff members in an inappropriate manner. Another policy is regarding hygiene. Clients must shower immediately before the cuddle session and are typically asked not to wear strongly scented perfume or cologne. Most cuddle companies require staff to be certified snugglers, whether through company training or through Snuggle University. Yes, there really is a school just for learning the correct techniques of cuddling. Outside of the typical snuggle businesses, there’s one that is a little different. Cuddle Party is an organization that has certified staff members host a cuddle party. A cuddle party is a party in which anyone 18 or older can attend and cuddle anyone else that attends the party. Costs to attend the party are set by the certified host of the party. Cuddle Partyalso has policies . One person must ask the person they want to cuddle for permission to snuggle. Secondly, pajamas must be worn to the party, and must stay on the entire time. These sites could inspire change for the 1 in 3 Americans who are depressed.



April 4, 2014

Camera phone quality affects phone popularity

by Kaelin Summers staff writer

First let me take a selfie

It’s Sunday and the Instagram feed is full of the typical selfie for the new annual “#SelfieSunday.” Selfie, a type of self-portrait typically taken with a handheld digital camera or camera phone, is typically associated with social networking. Many times the quality of the camera greatly influences how great that selfie looks. The top four phones for selfies according to Molly Wood, journalist at New York Times, are the HTC One, iPhone 5s, Nokia Lumia 1020, and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The HTC One was determined the top selfie taking phone with a front camera of 2.1 megapixels and a 4.7 HD screen display. Following the HTC One is the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a front camera of 2 megapixels. After the Samsung Galaxy

S4 is the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a front camera of 1.2 megapixel but has astonishing 41 megapixel rear camera. Last is the iPhone 5s with a front camera of 1.2 megapixels. Critics note that the iPhone is known to distort the photos taken. “The iPhone 5s was the surprising disappointment of the bunch” (New York Times). Megapixels isn’t the only quality to look for in phone cameras. The cameras sensor size plays a relatively large role considering it determines how much

Graphic by Sydney Gifford

light is let into the photo being taken. A large percent of front facing cameras have small sensors. Apple and HTC have underlined that their forward-facing camera are a major quality in their phones. Comparing the U.S. phones with the best quality forward-facing in foreign countries puts the top cameras’ 2.1 megapixels to shame. India has phones with front-facing cameras up to 8 megapixels.

Photography apps gaining popularity

by Kendall Leaterman Ad manager

These days taking pictures on a smart phone is the easiest way to capture everlasting memories when on the go. As a generation where phones never leave the hand of its owner, many have left digital cameras behind. Now, iPhones and androids have high quality cameras, which are user friendly. When taking a photo it often needs to be enhanced, and the user doesn’t know where to begin with all of the options they have for photo apps. Some apps are more artistically driven while others are strictly photo enhancement. These apps, including the popular editor on instagram include color modes. Modes include amaro, willow, sutro, and lo-fi. Apps can vary from free to paid, and from simple to complex. Here are some beginner and advanced user-friendly photo apps that will help edit and enhance photography.






April 4, 2014 7 NEWS Nibs drive thru making appearance by summer

by Brenlee Yingling staff writer

Nib’s House of Coffee, a locally owned coffee shop by former Seaman students Brady and Nichole Yingling , is in the process of getting a drive-thru installed. They are wanting to have it up and running by early summer. They are hoping to increase business with the new drive-thru. “I want the drive-thru because the coffeehouse industry has changed. It’s more of a drive-up industry now because people want fast coffee every day. They don’t just want to sit down and read a book with a mocha once a week. They want a mocha every day,” said owner Nichole Yingling. Drive-ups at coffee shops are everywhere on the coasts, and it is just now hitting the Midwest.

Nichole was interested in installing a drive thru because not everyone has time to get out of his or her car. “Some people don’t have time to get out and come inside on the way to work. Moms may not be able to get out of their car and run inside. Summer and winter

elements are also a factor. It is just so much easier to not have to get out of your car to get your coffee,” said Nichole. Nib’s is also hoping to expand business hours with the new drive thru. The hours are expected to go into the evening and have different lobby hours than drive thru.

Nib’s most popular coffee drinks are the Snickers Mocha and blended Carmella frappe. Nib’s also has new Jet Smoothies. The flavors are strawberry, mango, wild berry, peach, and strawberry banana.

Parental involvement in student academics lacking by Kaelin Summers staff writer

Although PowerSchool was designed to make it more convenient for parents to see student’s grades, the parent-teacher interaction had greatly decreased. Looking back on first semester of the 2013-2014 school year only 25-30 percent of Seaman parents attended parent-teacher conferences. Counselors note that the students whose parents do attend parent teacher conferences are generally students who are doing a good job in their schoolwork and for the students who aren’t doing well, their parents don’t want to come and listen to seven different teachers tell them that their child is doing poorly or conferences simply don’t fit into their schedule.

Parents generally work past 5 p.m. and have to get their children to extracurricular activities. “I get off work at 5:30 and have to rush my son to basketball or football practice right after. There isn’t a lot of time for me to get to conferences,” said Darcie Norman. When students aren’t doing well in their schoolwork most teachers will call the parent into a meeting or just converse over the phone about how to help the student improve. Parent-teacher conferences are optional; they are also not the only source of knowing how well students are doing in school. Teachers can let parents know a student is doing well through PowerSchool by leaving comments with the grades of a student. Parents have PowerSchool to make

Ways for Parents to Become More Involved

• Check PowerSchool once a week.

• Attend Parent/Teacher conferences every semester. •Contact or email teachers if any concerns arise. •Sit down and discuss the school day. sure their child’s grades are staying where they need to be and if the grades are dropping the parents can call or e-mail the teacher by simply getting the contact information off the school’s website. Although parents can check grades off PowerSchool and contact teachers if their child’s grades are dropping, they can’t tell the students attitude towards

the assignment or whether they actually do their own work. Parent-teacher conferences help parents to know not only the grades but also how well they participate and pay attention in class. Many people may not think parentteacher conferences are important but they help parents know what they need to talk and help their child work on.


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New phenomenon ‘Divergent’ flying off shelves by Taylor Buessing ad manager Veronica Roth did an amazing job with this trilogy. It’s an thrilling and suspenseful adventure, through a dystopian Chicago setting. In this city within Chicago there are five factions, or a small, organized, dissenting group within a larger one. The five factions are Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Candor and Amity. Each faction has a certain personality type and things they find important and dedicate their lives to living as. Abnegation dedicate their lives to selflessness and forgetting ones self for the sake of others, Erudite dedicate their lives to knowledge and research, Dauntless are dedicated to courage, bravery and fearlessness, Candor are dedicated to honesty and Amity are dedicated to neutrality, kindness and forgiveness. When children turn 16

they are required to take a aptitude test, which will tell them which faction they belong to. The main protagonist and narrator is Beatrice Prior, a strong-willed 16 year-old girl. She is born an Abnegation member and struggles to live the life style she is expected to live. Her older brother, Caleb, is also a born Abnegation member and has no troubles living selflessly but has secret wishes to get out. Beatrice doesn’t know much about her parents, Natalie and Andrew, other than the fact her dad is an Abnegation leader and her mom is active in the community. As the story continues to unfold Beatrice meets more characters who continue to complicate her already complicated life. Beatrice meets Four, an initiate trainer at the Dauntless compound, the same day she chooses to be Dauntless. He is a strongwilled, brave, independent

man. She also encounters the “evil” Erudite leader, Jeanine Mathews, who is a powerhungry psychopath. I liked this trilogy because it was a thrill to read. All three books were so compelling I had to force myself to put them down so I could get something accomplished. Roth does a good job at making the reader constantly want to read more. There is also a perfect balance of action, love and mystery in the entire series. The reader never knows what is

going to happen. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games because they are very similar but I think these books are better. This trilogy deserves a 5 star rating. Veronica Roth did an amazing job. Divergent doesn’t just end with the trilogy, there are movies coming out too. The first movie came out on March 21. I highly suggest that before seeing the movie, you read the books. They are truly amazing.

Electronica indie pop group ‘Chvrches’ quickly rises to stardom by Delaney Spence staff writer Chvrches, the Scottish trio’s debut LP, The Bones Of What You Believe, was released on Sept. 24. They spell their name with a “v” instead of a “u” to stand out in Internet searches. This band almost entirely cuts out guitars from their songs. They are classified as an electronica indie pop group. Chvrches uses processed effects, pitcheddown vocal samples, and woozy synth-pad textures to create their sound. There is definitely a strong 80’s synth pop influence in some of the songs on this album. Lauren Mayberry, lead vocalist, in

the song “Lungs” has a voice that I would compare to Cyndi Lauper. I am stuck trying to figure out how I feel about Chvrches. The Bones Of What You Believe is a good album, and it is interesting. Although, it is not incredibly groundbreaking, I do like this electronic indie pop sound that they have created, so I am looking forward to see where they go from here. Given the fact that that this was their first album, it makes it tough to decide on if I like it or not, but I feel as time goes on and they develop more as a trio, they will expand as a group and more people will become interested in their style of music.

Band members: Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty pose for a group photo

With “The Mother We Share” and then “Recover,” the Scottish trio quickly rose to stardom within the span of a year. Martin Doherty takes over vocals for “Under The Tide,” and the last song on the album, “You Caught The Light.” He did a fantastic job

on vocals. More Mayberry/ Doherty duets are one thing that is missing on this album. Chvrches has not yet released any information about working on a new album, but I am looking forward to hearing more about from this group.



April 4, 2014

Athletes held Sportsmanship to a higher standard Perceived by Kids

by Mallory Searcy Managing editor

Athletes are often held to a higher standard, because it is a privilege to represent a school, team, and for those select few, our country. They are seen as role models, especially those who are seen on television screens throughout America, playing professional and even college level sports. Children aspire to be just like those athletes, whether the athletes chose to accept that role or not. Professional and college level sports organizations have various rules, regulations, and punishments when it comes to poor sportsmanship. This can range from sus-

pension to fines. Most professional athletes are signing million dollar contracts, and I believe those showing unsportsmanlike conduct such as heckling, or having physical altercations should be fined a large amount. If these organizations would hand out serious fines instead of 1000, which is pocket change for these athletes, then maybe their behavior would change. As an athlete myself, circumstances occur where tempers flare, but succumbing to physical altercations with fans no matter what they say is unacceptable. Some professional and college level athletes cross the line way too of-

62% say trash talking to others is normal 46% say athletes take cheap shots

74% say pro-athletes yell at referees

Statistics provided by and the Kaiser Family Foundation

ten when it comes to altercations with other players and fans. These athletes are role models, and are teaching a younger generation it is okay to argue with referees and use violence when things don’t go their way. A recent controversial case involved Oklahoma State basketball player Marcus Smart shoving a fan, after words were exchanged. Sophomore Coby Worcester

said, “I think Marcus Smart should have gotten suspended for more than three games. The new rules in college basketball are too strict, and they are trying to prevent fights, but I think that isn’t working and is actually causing more fights.” Senior Tyler Weishaar has different thoughts when it comes to Marcus Smart. “He may not have been justified, but it was in the heat of the

moment and the fan probably said something out of line. I think he will learn from his mistake, and become more mature and continue to be an awesome player.” No matter what words are thrown at athletes, or calls that don’t go their way, no person can justify violent outbursts. Our mothers told us, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” Athletes should

take it upon themselves to be the bigger person when faced with adversity, and realize younger kids do look up to them. Senior basketball and softball athlete Jeris Thomas thinks good sportsmanship should always be shown. “A t h l e te s should always represent their team or organization in the best light.”

Maintaining a balance crucial for student athletes by Ethan Brunetti staff writer Many students have heard someone say that they need to find balance from parents, teachers, and coaches. We all know how hard it is to ace a math test or play on a varsity sports team. However, these students work incredibly hard and are able to make not only one but both of these things work together in what seems like perfect harmony. First-year track athlete and veteran volleyball player

Bailey Bushnell, a junior, has been a three-year varsity setter on the volleyball team, making an appearance at the state tournament this season. She is also a sprinter on the track and field team; outside of school she plays volleyball for a club team year round. Not only is Bushnell an exceptional athlete, but she is also a fantastic student maintaining a 4.2 GPA. Bailey was also able to qualify with partner Kendall Leatherman for the state history day competition, earn a position on the Seaman bank

staff, and was also accepted into National Honor Society. Bailey says, “A very large part of my success is managing my time and making sure that I get all of my homework done on nights I don’t have practice.” Luke Shaw also balances school and sports with a 4.1 GPA. Shaw’s best tip to balancing academics and athletics is to, “get all of your homework done during seminar. They give you a free period so make sure and utilize it.” Luke Shaw has been a twoyear member of the Seaman

soccer team, a four-year track athlete, and has been swimming since his sophomore year. Luke has qualified for state in swimming, and track throughout high school and was a key contributor both years he spent on the soccer team. Shaw is a State History day qualifier, Stuco vice president, and an Eagle Scout. Shaw says, “The trick to balancing school and sports is dedicating yourself to whatever you are participating in whether you are practicing or studying and focusing at the task at hand.”



April 4, 2014

CVS makes bold statement, bans tobacco

by Delaney Hiegert editor-in-chief It’s the place you go if you want a donut before school, a Peace Tea after, or a slushy in the summer – a gas station. And behind every counter you go to pay at there’s a multitude of tobacco products set up in an eye catching display for you to choose from. There are hundreds of thousands of gas stations, retail, and drug stores that sell these tobacco products. However, this number is going to drop by about 7,600 in the near future. Why this drastic drop? This change will be due to CVS Pharmacy’s decision to stop selling tobacco products in its stores. CVS has made this

decision for n u m e ro u s reasons, its main being that it seemed silly to be a health care provider while also providing tobacco products. CVS has decided to make the switch from retail to health care, and this decision has created a spark of hope for antitobacco campaigners across the nation. In an interview with the

New York Times, chief executive of the Robert W o o d Johnson Foundation Risa LavizzoMourey said, “Decreasing the public availability of tobacco products as CVS is doing is an important and bold step toward making it harder for people to get access to these harmful products.” The possibility of more companies willing to stop selling tobacco products will

increase greatly because of this unprecedented decision. Numerous anti-tobacco campaigns have pressured different companies to stop selling or at least restrict their sale of tobacco products. CVS’s decision will aide these campaigners’ arguments and possibly convince other companies to follow suit. This bold step taken by CVS is not only courageous, but it is also selfless. They are going to lose $2 billion in annual revenues by stopping tobacco sales ( If other companies could put the health of the public over the success of their companies, maybe our nation could begin a climb to a healthier society.

Self-defense claim misused by Breanna Schmidt Staff Writer In Nov. 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software engineer, fired 10 rounds at a vehicle carrying four teenagers in a gas station parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida. One teen, Jordan Davis, was killed. After being questioned as to why Dunn committed the crime, he claimed it was self defense. Usually, this would lighten the crime. However, that wasn’t the case for Michael Dunn. Dunn’s explanation for why it was self defense shocked the nation. His reasoning was that the teens were black and were listening to loud and vulgar rap music. As several people agree, it’s not right to shoot or murder somebody just because of their looks. If Dunn didn’t like the teens or their music, why couldn’t he just leave the gas station?

drawn by Fee Bonnell

This case has been compared to the George Zimmerman trial, since Zimmerman shot and killed a young black teen, Trayvon Martin, solely because he “looked suspicious”. In both cases, the teens murdered were unarmed. It’s frightening that to some people, it’s okay to murder an unarmed

and innocent person just because of their race or the way they look. It has also opened eyes to the fact that there is still extreme racism and discrimination existing in America. There’s a major difference between self defense and stereotyping a person, and our citizens not only need to, but should understand this difference.


April 4, 2014


Proposed bill appalls citizens across the country House of Representatives LGBT discrimination bill leaves Kansans embarrassed, ashamed of their home state by Delaney Hiegert editor-in-chief Whether you follow 20 political accounts on Twitter or hardly skim the articles about politics in the paper, you undoubtedly heard about the almost passage of the Kansas’ Religious Freedom Bill, otherwise known as the Kansas Anti-Gay Segregation Bill. This was a bill that easily passed the state House of Representatives and would likely have passed the state Senate as well if there hadn’t been such an uproar from citizens. In broad terms, this bill would have allowed any individual, group, or private business to deny service to gay couples or individuals if it “would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs”. This means that if a gay couple were to get turned away from a hotel, dining establishment, or even a public

park, these blatant acts of discrimination wouldn’t be classified as discriminatory at all. State hospitals and even the police could refuse to help a gay couple with no consequence. This is clearly not right. It’s reminiscent of segregation laws of the 50’s. This obvious attempt at discrimination was shot down in the Senate, but only after the nation had voiced its opinions against it. What I don’t seem to understand about this situation is why a bill like this would ever be proposed in the first place. Yes, Kansas is a dark red state and that’s not likely to change. However, there are definite lines that people, even politi-

cians, shouldn’t cross. This didn’t just put a knot in the stomachs of Democrats; it made everyone feel uneasy. This made national headlines. The country now sees Kansas, your state and mine, as a bigotfilled state stuck in its ways that will do whatever it takes not to change them. This is not what I want to be known for, and this is definitely not something with which I want to be associated. I’m ashamed that a piece of legislature such as this has come from my home state. And sadly, I’m sure we haven’t seen the end of motions such as this. State Chair of Equality Kansas Sandra Meade said, “What is most disap-

There are definite lines that people, even politicians, shouldn’t cross.

pointing about the House vote to pass the bill isn’t the vote of the conservatives who we know must appease their extremist base, but the lack of public action to oppose or amend the bill by those legislators who claim they sincerely oppose it.” A bill of this nature should not fly through any level of our legislature. What is sad is how right Meade is in her claim. If our state does not see discrimination laws against Kansans, whether they be directed towards the LGBT community or otherwise, as an abomination and call to action, then we are just welcoming more bills such as this in the future. I want to be able to feel pride in my state, and if our leaders continue to operate like this, I don’t think I’ll be experiencing this emotion any time soon.

Current generation suffers lack of respect for authority; doesn’t understand the consequences by Andie Sodergren staff writer Whether it’s rolling your eyes at your parents or not paying attention to your teacher, almost every person in this generation has shown signs of disrespect to authority. While this is the nature of teenagers, disrespect has become a growing problem in today’s society. Back in our parents’ or grandparents’ time, if you sassed your parents, you were likely to be punished, usu-

ally with the snap of a belt. It was just something kids knew not to do. Now, with the lowering of the barrier between parent and friend, our generation has become more lenient with how we behave towards our parents. Teenagers are now doing things simply because their parents told them not to, as a sign of disrespect and rebellion. This disregard for authority is not only between parents and children, but also teachers and students. Teach-

ers are constantly disobeyed and talked back to. While kids shouldn’t just mindlessly follow every order given to them, there needs to be a line between what can and can’t be said. Figures of authority in teenagers’ lives should be shown more respect. It may seem annoying and unnecessary now, but they do want to do what’s best. Later in life, disrespect of this kind will get you more than a slap on the wrist, it could cause major consequences. 12 April 4, 2014 FEATURES “I think theories are created by people when really things happen that don’t make sense. People want to have reasons and sometimes they don’t want things to be simply that ‘BAD people do bad things.’ ” Randy Crome



Skeptics find flaws with 911 evidence

by Taylor Buessing and Ethan Brunetti

September 11, 2001 tragedy struck America. The attack now known as 911 includes the collapsing of the three buildings in the World Trade Center complex, the plane that collided with the pentagon in Washington D.C., and the plane that crashed into the field in Pennsylvania. A final count of nearly 3,000 people died in the violent atrocity (21st Century Wire). These horrors that took place are rivaled by very few events throughout the history of the United States. 911 is known all over the world as a terrorist attack on the United States by the terrorist cell known as Al Qaeda. However, some people have different theories about who was behind the tragic event. These theories include the idea that the government was completely aware that the attacks that were going to happen, the government helped orchestrate the attacks, that the government and numerous other agencies knew about the attacks were going to happen prior to and didn’t take all of the proper precautions and protocol to stop the plane crashes. The most popular fodder for conspiracy theorist is the lack of information or how no proper investigation was done following the collapse of CNN Viewer Thoughts

the third building on the World Trade Center complex referred to as Building Seven (Science of 911). Building seven was a skyscraper on the World Trade Center Complex. Standing at 47 stories tall, it was the third tallest building on the complex and was the least well known (Science of 911). The collapse of Building Seven has been in a cloud of mystery due to a lack of information. The theories started when Building Seven was not mentioned at all during the 911 commission report, and it took over seven years to issue a report on why the building collapsed. Building Seven was the first steel framed building to ever collapse due to fire damage (Science of 911). A number of individuals believe that the government took part in the attacks that happened on Sept. 11 in order to gain more control over the American people and for security purposes (911 Research). It is widely known that the hijackers may have been trained on US military bases prior to the attacks (911 Review). Also that during the 911 attacks, the government was conducting a training exercise in “airport emergency operations” at Fort Myer, a mile from the Pentagon (911 Review). Some see this as a huge coincidence. These and many other events are part of the reason the government is


“Inside job, really!?! Grow up!” Steve Darting

“Nineteen terrorist hijackers did attack the United States because of our Middle East policies and their crazy political and religious beliefs.” Randy Crome

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believed to be involved. Whether or not the Bush Administration or other insiders in the government were involved in the 911 attacks will most likely never be known, but what is known is all the coincidences that were occurring in the weeks before or the day of the attacks.

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theories “Tupac and Biggie Smalls are both still alive hanging out in the Caribbean. How does Tupac keep recording new music if he’s dead? It was all about publicity.” Allan Cooper “I think some of the theories bring up interesting points and are great for starting arguments. But most have no validity.” Travis Brown

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“I tend not to believe in them because of how hard it is for human beings to keep any kind of secret. They can make for interesting books, movies, etc., but that’s about it.” Larry Latimer


April 4, 2014


Doubters wonder if U.S. really won space race by Jakob Ready and Mason Diederich In the space race of the late 60s, the U.S. barely beat the Soviet Union to the moon on July 16, 1969. The USSR actually launched first but the U.S. landed first. Some question whether a moon landing actually happened or if this is a creative Hollywood-style ruse. Take, for example, the waving flag planted on the moon by Armstrong and Aldrin. It was seen waving on the moon even though there is no wind in space. NASA has counteracted this by stating that the flag was in a thin tube, which caused the waves in the flag. Others question why no impact crater exists at the landing site. NASA has said that the surface of the moon was too hard for the blast crater to be seen. Multiple light sources were found in

some pictures of the moon landing. This is a big deal because there is only one light source on the moon, which is the sun. The only way the photo could have had more than one light source, is if that the light was man-made. NASA blamed the light affect on the uneven landscapes of the moon. Most people believe that this statement is false, because the rocky surface of the moon couldn’t cause such angular differences. Another argument for the hoax is that there were no stars in any of the pictures Apollo 11 brought back. The qualities of the photos were what NASA fell back on to explain the missing stars (even though some of the photos were high quality). And so skeptics remain -- convinced that lunar landings have never been a part of world history.


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“We DID land on the moon! If you can’t trust Neil Armstrong, who can you trust?” Randy Crome

“Come on. Science has debunked the conspiracy theories. Read a book, people!!!” Michael Kennett

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Assassination remains hot topic through decades by Kendall Leatherman ad manager On Nov. 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was riding in an open-topped limo through Dealay Plaza in Dallas when he was shot and killed. Lee Harvey Oswald was convicted as the lone shooter. Is that truly what happened though? This debate has continued for the past 50 years. Seventy percent of Americans believe that the death of Kennedy is part of a deeper conspiracy than Oswald acting alone. Some suggest that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had a part in it. President Kennedy and the CIA were not on good terms The CIA was involved in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion intended to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Many believe that once they were not able to eradicate Castro, the CIA turned on Kennedy. Another theory is that the

Mafia is responsible for killing Kennedy. The President’s brother, Robert Kennedy, was the U.S. attorney general and was intensely investigating organized crime. He had prosecuted many senior Mafia leaders, which led them to make the whole Kennedy family a target. Oswald also flew to New Orleans before the assassination where people believe the Mafia hired him. “The Magic Bullet” is part of the theory that only one bullet struck the President in the back of the neck that went through his throat, and then through Governor Connally’s ribs and out his stomach, through his wrist and finally resting in the Governor’s thigh. Some say that the trajectory of the bullet does not align right from the sixth floor depository where Oswald allegedly stood when he shot the gun that killed the President, so they think

that more than one shooter was involved. The last big theory that is well known is called the “Grassy Knoll.” Shortly after the shooting, three homeless

men were found in a railroad car behind the Grassy Knoll, on the north side of Elm Street. These clean-shaven, homeless men were believed to be CIA assassins.

JFK assassination “I do believe there was more than one shooter in the Kennedy assassination, but that is no longer really a conspiracy theory because in the mid 1970’s, the U.S. government reinvestigated and concluded that the original Warren Commission report which stated that Lee Harvey Oswald was the only shooter was incorrect. They just didn’t say who else was involved, so that just seems like an unsolved murder.” Randy Crome “I don’t believe JFK was assassinated by a CIA or USSR-employed Lee Harvey Oswald, but I do believe JFK and the CIA were immensely incompetent in securing the parade route and for allowing JFK to ride in an open vehicle in about the most hostile, anti-JFK, everyone-hates-democrats states (Texas) in the Union. That’s not a conspiracy, that’s stupid!” Michael Kennett “There would have to have been a lot of people involved. Keeping those people silent would have been tough.” Allan Cooper

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Feb. 12, 2014


Law passes for industrialization of hemp

by Delaney Spence staff writer On Feb. 7, President Obama signed the 2014 Agricultural Act into law. This made hemp legal, under federal law, which allows state and agricultural departments to grow and research industrial properties of hemp, only in states where the crop is legal. These states currently include: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Hemp is derived from Cannabis Sativa, the same plant as marijuana, but it contains such an extremely minimal amount of THC that “getting high” isn’t a practical use for it. There has been a lot of misinformation about the crop, but it is finally separated from the marijuana category, which allows more legislation to be passed in favor of hemp. Industrial hemp is in high demand because the seeds are packed full of omega-3, omega-6, essential fatty acids and proteins. Unlike soy, it is not genetically modified. The annual retail value, before the bill was passed was estimated at over $500 million. Now, since the bill has been passed that value could raise well above $2,000,000, just in seed products (Hemp Inc.). The signing of this bill is not only beneficial for the economy, but also for the environment. Hemp can be used on many products because of its many components. Health-conscious people call it a super food. It can be used like flaxseed; sprinkle it in a smoothie, on cereal

or on a salad. It is proven to increase the body’s overall health and performance. In addition, hemp stalk is an exceptional building material. The chaff of it can be used in concrete, which is resistant to mold, mildew, insects and fire. More uses include clothing, food and beverages, paper, plastics, fuel and chemical cleanup. Some would even call this product a “wonder crop” be-

cause a single acre of hemp can produce as much materials as four acres of trees. The plant’s fibers are more efficient for manufacturing paper and are the strongest, most durable of all natural fibers. Hemp cultivation requires no chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. “With the U.S. hemp industry estimated at over $500 million in annual retail sales and growing, a change in federal law to allow colleges and universities to grow hemp

for research means that we will finally begin to regain the knowledge that unfortunately has been lost over the past 50 years,” says Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra“ ( This plant has been proven to be an excellent and versatile material and industrialzing it appears to be a step in the right direction. Consumers should focus on usefulness instead of its reputation.

April 4, 2014 FEATURES Prom decisions down to the thread Crossed neckline

•peek-aboo chest •jewelled waist

Mermaid back

•jewelled chest •bottom slit

Princess back

•conservative chest •wrapped, empire waist

Princess back

•Long, slim style •Jewelled torso •sweetheart neckline

by Cassidy Henry staff writer Finding a date to prom and picking out the party bus as well as the restaurant are only some of the obstacles experienced over the months leading up to prom. Imagine walking into a store and being completely and utterly lost in all the isles and piles of dresses. “The first thing I look for when I walk into a prom store is the color of the dress”, said junior, Bailey Bushnell. The 2014 prom dress fashion trend has changed from being simple designs and colors. This year the expected trend is exotic prints, chunky crystal embellishments and solid bright colors. On the other side of the expected bright colored dresses; nude, black and creamy- white has also added to the mix and even appears on the Red Carpet. One very unique trend that might come out this year is lace fitted dresses. “It’s all about lace, from head to toe! With its luxurious feel and modern twist, this trend has the versatility factor that translates beautifully into several different designs and shapes for prom”, said President of Camille La Vie and Group USA, Denise Viotti. So many styles are available— choice may be based on personality, on prom theme, or even favorite color. Professionals have been saying more girls will be willing to be “out of the norm” because of the availability of

the range of different styled dresses. One of the most different and rarely seen prom dresses is the two-piece beaded prom dress, which has been a big attraction over the internet and media. “I’m not sure how I feel about the two piece prom dresses, but if that’s your style then go for it”, said junior, Rachael Heald. Slim fitted mermaid style, or trumpet style have always been a popular trend for many years. Opposite of slim fitted is a princess ball gown or a plain fitted gown, which doesn’t hug the body at all except around the chest. Necklines can also be a big part of the dress decision-making process. The sweetheart neckline has been common in strapless dresses. This neckline simply has a dip in the middle of the chest, but is still thought to be conservative and classy. The most popular neckline on dresses with straps is a V-Neck neckline, which cuts further down than a sweetheart neckline but it is just as classy. The color, neckline and design of a prom dress does not have to be the “norm” or “unoriginal”. Give accents to your own personality and style; afterall, it is your prom and your dress. “Prom is one night. Don’t hold back at all, and make memories that you’ll never forget!”, said senior, Dani Spence. To make the most out of prom, spice it up and make it your night.

15 Crossed neckline

•sleek/ smooth bottom •open back •jewelled back

Mermaid back

•strapless •jewelled back

Princess back •strapless •voluminous

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If you could arrive to prom in any transportation device, what would it be?

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•long dip back •voluminous •jewelled torso “I would ride a shopping cart to prom.” Katie McLaughlin, 9

“I would ride a magic carpet.”

“I would Heely to prom.”

Ian Clarke, 10

Emily Maxwell, 11

“I would use a unicycle to go to prom.” Tristan Johnson, 12 Compiled by Andie Sodergren


April 4, 2014

New students arrive from Ukraine by Sydney Marney staff writer Imagine spending years going from family to family and finally finding somewhere permanent. Then, while in the adoption process, everything suddenly goes wrong. This is what happened to a former Ukrainian orphan, Angela. She had been through the adoption process unsuccessfully many times when her host family, the Jenkinses, decided they would try to adopt her. They had hosted her over the summer and decided she was a good fit for the family. During the adoption process they met two of her friends, Natalie, 15, and her sister Tatiana, 17, who had also been through the adoption process multiple times, but had never actually stayed with the family permanently. The Jenkins also learned that Angela had an 8-year-old brother with microcephaly, which is a disease present from birth associated with incomplete brain de-

FEATURES Meet the Jenkins girls Angela: “It’s scary because there’s a lot of people here, and it’s a big school, and we were in a small school before.” Natalie: “I like the Amerian churches because they are so different.”




velopment. They decided they would also adopt Natalie, Tatiana, and Angela’s younger brother. The first time the family went to Ukraine, they went for the nine-yearolds doctor appointment and to visit the other kids as well. They brought sophomore, Jordan Hayes with them when they went the second time. She came home after two weeks while the family remained. They all then went to court to have everything finalized and get the kids new ID numbers, which are equivalent to social security numbers here. However in the court process everything went wrong. Everything was delayed.

Tatiana: “It’s difficult here because we don’t understand English, and we cannot understand anyone.”

The family was only supposed to be in Ukraine for two weeks, but that time lasted over a month. Their visit coincided of riots in the city of Kiev, only blocks away and getting closer. They also had broken lines of communication with their facilitator who was supposed to assist with the adoption. They got home safely with the four children on the March 8 with around a dozen family members and close friends there to greet them. They are going to the Seaman school district, but they will need a translator until they can transfer from Ukrainian to English.

Student far from home in troubled times When students that country’s move visit for a semester into Crimea. Crimea or two from another has belonged to her country, they can country of Ukraine, usually expect and she doesn’t home to look about want to lose it. the same when they “I go every return. summer with my But for exchange parents. It’s really student Liza Liza Shevchenko beautiful.” Shevchenko, stories Crimea is a big of revolutions in Kiev and vacation location for the Russians occupying Crimea people of Ukraine. The have her worried about her people are famous for their homeland. vineyards. It’s one part of the “There are no police now. Ukraine with the strongest People have guns. People just economy and strong ties to beat people.” Russia. Liza is from Kupiansk, The rest of the country, Ukraine, a small town just however, is suffering which north of Kharkiv and just 45 makes the Russian movement minutes from the Russian into the country appealing to border. She is an only child some. of a traditional family with “Putin is a smart guy. He strong roots to her Russian saw the government in a bad ancestors. situation and took advantage But even with loyalties to of that. “ Russia, she is nervous about Putin has long been

•City closest to Liza’s hometown of Kupiansk. Kupiansk is north of Kharkiv and 45 minutes from the Russian border. • former home of the Jenkins’ girls and capital of the country. •area of controversy in the news. Russia has crossed into Crimea and claimed it, creating conflict between the two countries.

involved in Ukranian business. Ukranians have to have much imported from Russia, most importantly fuel. “We have to have it for survival.” Without help from Putin, there would be no heat to get through cold winters. This reliance on Russia is worrisome for some of

the country. Some would rather become a part of the European Federation(?). And so the country remains torn between allegiances. “We are looking for help from someone. Ideally, I wish we could be friends with Europe and Russia and still be independent.”


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Seaman student has life changing experience 2,000 miles from home by Brenlee Yingling staff writer Sophomore Victoria Stevens boarded a plane to head 1,989 miles away from home. She was traveling to Portau-Prince, Haiti without her family for a nine-day mission trip. She traveled with 18 other people with Haiti Lifeline Ministries. Victoria stayed in an orphanage called Centre Children International Lifeline of Haiti. In the orphanage she helped the kids with crafts, puppets, games, devotions, and praying. She also painted and built benches for other churches in Haiti. In Port-au-Prince, everything is different. They speak Creole. Shoes don’t fit, kids wear the same clothes for multiple days, and there are little to no electronics. “All the children there find joy through simple things.

They make do with the things around them,” said Victoria. In Haiti, driving is a whole different story. People don’t stop for others and it is normal to scrape against other cars. As Victoria was on the bus, she was hanging her arm outside to hold on. They went to pass another car and the two cars were scraping up against one another. Victoria’s arm was also in between the two cars and she couldn’t move it. “I had a bruise from my wrist to my elbow. I’m pretty sure my finger was broken too. They didn’t even stop or see if the cars were okay. It is just normal there for that to happen,” Victoria said. Going to another country really makes an impact on how people see things. “I learned that I really appreciate my family. I know it is easy to take your family for granted because you think they will always be there.

Some kids in Haiti don’t have parents. It is crazy to think I have family, and that is what the kids want the most. I take it for granted every day,” said Victoria. Leaving the orphanage kids after spending nine days with them was the hardest part for Victoria to do. “People try to prepare you for how you will This is one of the many children Victoria connected feel when you go with while at the Centre Children International Lifeline there and what of Haiti orphanage (Photo provided by Victoria Steyou will experi- vens) ence, but no one can prepare That’s hard to process,” said you for how you will feel. It Victoria. is so hard to leave when you Victoria plans to keep dospent a whole week with awe- ing as many mission trips as some kids that are thankful she can in the future. She is for the little things. I proba- currently raising money to go bly will never see them again. to Guatemala in July.


April 4, 2014


Children’s plan for their future evolutionizing by Mallory Searcy managing editor

As young children, parents and teachers would often ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Even friends and peers tossed around that question endlessly during elementary school. Although children do not know for sure the kind of career they want at such a young age, parents ask nonetheless hoping for an answer that points to their interests, personalities, and dreams. Answers ranged from a firefighter, ballerina, the president, and professional athletes. Very rarely were children set on occupations, which provide a big salary, such as a doctor. Now, as high school students are asked this question yet again, their answers vary immensely from elementary school days. Their answers now are more practical, taking into account: salaries, schooling, and less about true personal interests and dreams. About to enter into the ‘real world’ young adults think they have to be 100 percent sure about a career, which often brings the practical aspect to the fore front, leaving behind those impractical, but exciting dreams. Dameon Boland is not one of those people. He is a dream chaser, as he aspires to

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be president one day. “Some people ask me what I want to do, or what I want to be, and what I want to be is a politician, lawyer, even the president. When I’m asked what I want to do… it is to change the world,” said Boland. Some who are not dreamchasers might be swayed by the opinions of parents,

thinking the practical job route is the way to go, forgoing true interests and dreams. Not everyone travels the same path, and more young adults are looking for a job, which is well respected by others. According to the Independent, a doctor at Occidental College, Lisa Wade states that students’ chasing their dream

is something that will cause failure, and that one should find a job that they like well enough. Senior Jordan Jenkins disagrees with that theory. Jenkins said, “We should try to follow our dreams, even when they change because half the fun is when you are out there pursuing them.”

What would be your dream job? “ An actor because I want to be famous.” Lexi Heydenreich, 9

“ An MLS soccer player because they have hot wives.” Ryan Zeferjahn, 10

“A PGA golfer because of my strong love for the game.” Jake Weller, 11

“A nurse because I want to work with people.” Dani Spence, 12 Compiled by Mason Diederich


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Winter sports come to a close as spring season begins by Mason Diederich staff writer

Another winter sports season has come to a close, bringing about a time for reflection. Boys basketball finished with a third place in the Centennial League and an overall 8-13 record. A lot of positive growth occurred this season according to head coach Craig Cox. “I thought we made good progress but would have liked for the final three games to go a little better, but the season as a whole was successful,” said Cox. Reid Morgart was named Centennial League Newcomer of the year and was a very consistent player throughout the year. The highlight game of the year was beating Hayden at home. Seaman suffered a painful loss to them earlier in the year and coming back to beat them the second time was a great achievement as expressed by coach Cox. “My favorite memory of

the year had to be hanging out with the teammates in the hotel at the Valley Center tournament,” said junior Reid Morgart. Girls basketball finished second in the Centennial League with a 19-4 record. The team made it to state but was knocked out in the first round by Great Bend. “We wanted to do better than last year and making it to the State Tournament was one of these goals,” said head coach Steve Alexander. “When we played well everyone was a key player and played great inside and out but Cassidy Henry stepped up and shot 41 percent from the three point line,” said Alexander. Some highlight games included beating Hayden and Washburn Rural twice, especially handling Washburn Rural at home on senior night. This is also the first time going undefeated at home in twenty plus years. Wrestling had a very successful season by qualifying for state and

beating Manhattan and Shawnee Heights in the duals. This team was also named 5A academic state champions. Some wrestlers that improved throughout the season included senior Sam Mizell who finished strong at state. Junior Jaelynn Gay made great strides as well as freshman Dawson Podlena according to head coach Patrick Kelly. “The season went like every season. We had our highs and lows, but I think this team put it together and had a strong finish to the season at state,” said Kelly. The swimming team had a strong senior class to lead them to another good year. The team finished second at city. Freshman Weston Tanner and Issac Schreiner made big contributions to the team as well. “My favorite memory was watching Jake Wyer swim his personal best in the 100 freestyle at his last state meet,” said senior Luke Shaw. Bowling had a good year even though they couldn’t win

Hendrix tackles new challenges at USA football by Brett Lichter staff writer International bowl experience began on the drive down to Texas. What should have been a routine drive turned into an adventure. “It snowed in Texas, civilians of Texas freaked out,” said junior Wyatt Hendrix. Hendrix got chosen to be on the 18 and under USA national football team. Hendrix got an email telling him that he was invited to be on the team. “When I got the email telling me that I was on the team, I was really excited about the opportunity.” Wyatt would have the chance to play with some of the best players in his age group.

“It was a big honor playing with these kid and unreal that I was in the group. Hendrix went down to Texas to play a game against Canada. In Texas, Hendrix got a chance to play at the Cowboys stadium. “Playing at the stadium was cool but nothing spectacular. To me, it was just another stadium. I really don’t let things like that get to me, and it’s more about the game then the field.” In the Cowboys stadium, the USA team would play the Canada team. The USA team ended up losing the game, but it was a great experience for all of the players to compete with each other. “ You really don’t want to judge a team on how they

look, but they were some big boys. I was mostly wondering what the other team was thinking about me and my team.”

at regionals. Ashton Bigger continued his dominance this year by bowling a 300 at regionals. Junior Brandon Habig stepped up big this year by moving up from JV to varsity. “Hanging out with everyone was very fun, even though we didn’t win at regionals the season was fun,” said junior Brandon Habig.

(Top) Girls basketball pose with their sub-state title after beating Lansing at home (Photo by Michelle Anderson). (Bottom) Wrestling poses at state in Wichita (Photo provided by Patrick Kelly). (Clockwise from left) Wyatt gets picture with D-Line coach Tekyl. Wyatt as one of the team captains stands on field during National Anthem. Wyatt takes some reps at defensive end in Texas(Photos provided by Kerry Hendrix).


April. 4, 2014


Tennis hopes to live up to high expectations

by Brenlee Yingling Staff Writer With some competition already under their belts, the boys tennis team plays host to Lawrence, Topeka West, and Washburn Rural April 9. The team is solid in numbers but young. There are lots of boys out for tennis this year and there is lots of competition and improvement to be made through-

out the season. “After losing five of our top six players from last year, we will be very inexperienced. The guys have been working hard. We have great senior leadership, and we will be very competitive this year,” said head coach Greg Lutz. Last year all of the varsity squad qualified for state. There are high expecta-

tions for this year to be the same. “I expect everyone on the team to work their hardest and everyone help one another out so we can be a very successful team. I’d like to see everyone on varsity make it to state, like last year,” said senior Patrick Orton.

Goals for this soccer season

“I want to win all of our home games and have a shot at winning league. Personally I want to lead the team in assists, I really like to create chances and give my team the chance to score.” Briley Johnson, 9

“I am definitely hoping for a winning season and I would like to work on my foot skills, also work on my skills as a team leader.” Shayla Podlena, 10

“I want to be one of the best teams in the league and one of the top teams in 5A. My individual goal is to not score in my own goal.” Amanda Hurla, 10

To make it to state and beat Hayden. I hope to become a stronger player and form a strong bond with the other girls that last outside of highschool Summer Tetuan, 12

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McNorton relieves stress with a state championship

Justin found weight lifting when he was younger and it gave him a way to relieve stress. He has not put down the dumbbells since. “I work hard because I love the

by Ethan Brunetti Staff Writer Justin McNorton padded his athletic resume by winning the state powerlifting championship. Justin who squats over 500 pounds and bench presses over 300 pounds, went to Wichita and had a convincing win over the competition in the 220 weight class that had a lot of competition. “Justin isn’t like most kids that lift for the school. He goes above and beyond he puts in the extra hours outside of school,” said weights coach Mike Lincoln

Justin McNorton screams in excitement after getting on base. (Photo provided by Justin McNorton)

feeling I get after an intense workout. Being able, to see your gains over time make me work harder to achieve my goals,” McNorton said McNorton is familiar with state championship glory. He was the third baseman on the state champion baseball team last season. “Justin is an exceptional athlete. He runs harder, lifts more, and moves quicker than most of the people we play,” said Jacob Phillips, friend and baseball teammate of McNorton. McNorton was bitten by the injury bug, which may keep him from being able to throw at the beginning of the season. However he hopes to have a batting average of over .400 and hit at least 10 homeruns. McNorton hopes to lift throughout his life. His overall goals are to bench over 500 pounds, squat over 700 pounds, and deadlift 800 pounds.


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Lady Vikes look to kick off softball season strong by Kaelin Summers STAFF WRITER 1, 2, 3, strikes and the batter is out! Softball season has officially begun for the Lady Vikings. Tonight at Lake Shawnee, the Viking softball team competes against their rival Shawnee Heights at 4 p.m. Then the 11 come support the Vikes as they play against Junction City at home at 4:00. Head Coach Jay Monhollon wants the Viking softball team to, “enjoy the experience and process not knowing everyone very well and ending the season with complete support and appreciation for their teammates.” The girls have big goals for this softball season. They would all love to make it to the state championship game. Senior Kylie Dillon says, “The team is taking every game like a pool play game and are taking the games a lot more seriously than they did last season.”

The Viking softball team is focusing on what they do and how they can improve from that point on. Coach Monhollon wants the softball team to “get stronger as a team and as individuals.” The Viking softball team is big on getting to know everyone on the team very well. Team chemistry is a strong factor of playing a team sport. Every season the members of the Viking softball team get a PB. PB is a performance buddy. These buddies are used build trust and share goals. Every practice and game players warm up with their PB. Although the Viking softball hopes to make it to the state championship they also have a lot other things on their minds. Becoming a close team and having good team chemistry is another main goal of the softball team. Playing a team sport without any chemistry would lead to goals not being reached. The Lady Vikes are

focused on getting to know each girl on the team better and building trust to know that they will always be there if you need help through a problem. The Viking softball seniors do a lot of contributing to being leaders and role models. Mikala Smith says “leading by example and experience,” is one thing they do to help the underclassmen. As seniors knowing how practice runs helps to lead by example. Encouraging each member of the team to always work hard and give

Senior Delaney Hiegert hits ball into net at practice. (Photo by Tatum Smith)

their 100 percent no matter what the circumstances. Underclassmen look up to the senior softball players because of these good leader skills. As the season progresses the Lady Vikings hope to work their way up and build as a team. Completing the goals they’ve set; to take each game one by one. Treating every game as pool play for a better seed in regionals.

Track has high hopes for upcoming season by Sydney Marney STAFF WRITER Both Mrs. Claudia Welch, the girls track head coach, and Mr. Scott Petersen, the boys track head coach have high hopes for their athletes this season. “This season I’m looking forward to awesome performances by all of my athletes,” said Coach Welch. She is hoping that they will be able to improve on their second place finish at regionals and fifth place finish at the league meet last

year. The Lady Vikes track team will have 13 returning letter persons and three members of last years all city team. Coach Welch said “Our goal for this season is to not only improve on our places from last year, but also to win the regional meet and qualify as many athletes for the state meet as possible.” Coach Petersen is also excited about the boy’s track team this year. “I can’t wait to watch them compete again and be able to watch them get better throughout the season,” Said Petersen. He

hopes to improve their fourth place finish at state last year and have at least one state champion. Joe Regan, Luke Shaw, and Malcolm Mikkelsen are a few of the athletes Coach Petersen is really excited

Freshman Katie Mclaughlin, sophomores Andie Sodergren, Kaylee Snell and junior Allie Crome running on the track to prepare for first meet (Photo by Tatum Smith)

about. Both teams are hoping for a successful season this year.


Golf looks to capitalize with returning seniors by Jakob Ready staff writer FORE! Boy’s golf is back again for another season to follow up their triumphant season of 2013. Boy’s golf took home the title of regional champions last year and a sixth place finish at state. “I expect to place first at regionals again,” Coach Blackman said. “ I would also like to return and do better than last year at State.” The top returners for the Vikes golf team includes seniors Mason Wages,

Ruger Hummel, Colton Christenson, Tate Emert, Junior Jake Weller, and Sophomore Jakob Ready. Top newcomer of the 2014 season is freshman Reese Emert. Highlight meets include the City Invitational at Topeka Country Club and the League Championship in Manhattan. They also will be competing in a new tournament in Lawrence. “The new meet in Lawrence will be good for us,” Blackman said. “We will get to compete with some Kansas City schools which will be good for us.”

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Girls swim composed of young team by Ethan Brunetti staff writer The Seaman girls swim team hopes to start off strong with a strong team full of experienced swimmers, and young girls who are excited to start the season and help the top returners include Brianna Dittberner, sr., Heather Gandy, jr., Mallary Pierce, jr., Luci Brunetti, so. Brianna Dittberner and Heather Gandy both qualified last year in individual events for the state swim meet. Dittberner qualified for the 50 freestyle and placed 16th, while Gandy was able to reach state in the 500 freestyle. “We have many fantastic young swimmers that are

working hard and are going to make some fantastic times throughout the season,” said Junior Rachel Shelton an experienced swimmer. The top newcomers include McKynley Larson freshman, and Allie Arellano, sophomore. Both Larson and Arrellano are swimmers who have experience due to swimming competitively before this season. These two newcomers plus the addition of the other excited incoming swimmers hope to replace the talented class that graduated last year. Coach Andrew Taylor said, “We hope to have another good finish at City and League and have a strong showing at State.”

Baseball tries to recreate last year’s successful season by Brett Lichter staff writer Tonight the baseball team will take on the T-Birds at Shawnee Heights. “We won’t prepare any different for this game... it’s important for us to get a good start and play a quality opponent early,” said coach Steve Bushnell Last season the baseball team won the state

tournament. The team also lost 13 seniors from last season. “It’s always difficult to replace your seniors but we’ve never spent time dwelling on who’s not here and focus on coaching the guys that we have,” said Bushnell This year the team will be composed of two returning varsity players and players with no varsity experience. Coach Bushnell expects the returning varsity players to help the underclassman, provide leadership and to keep the Seaman baseball tradition going. This year the team will again have an opportunity to play at Kauffman Stadium. For these players this could be a once in a lifetime experience. “It will be a great experience. For some it will be the highlight of the season and career. It’s not often that you get to play on a major league field.” Said Bushnell

Baseball team preparing for their first game against Lawrence High by doing onfield batting practice. (Photos by Tatum Smith

The biggest challenge for us as a coaching staff is patience- Coach Bushnell


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(clockwise from top) Students do the ‘Bernie’ during a pep assembly to celebrate the girls basketball team going to state competition. (Photo by Allie Crome) Brett Broadbent and Marissa Nunley play the parts of Mr. and Mrs. Mayor in the musical “Seussical the Musical.” (Photo by Megan Lehman) Dez Burns, Cameron Hubbert and James Tucker listen to instruction from Mrs. Lewis while building engines in their science class. (Photo by Brett Lichter) Jeris Thomas is escorted by her parents, Sherrie and Ed Thomas, during senior night recognition after the girls game. (Photo by Allie Crome) Cheerleaders and friends surround Mrs. Chrystal Hutchison after their team dinner. The girls had written messages on pink balloons and were ready to release them into the night in memory of cheerleader Alayna Hutchison. Alayna died in a car accident on Feb. 23. (Photo by Pam Anderson)

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