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Mrs. Laurie Lewis is recovering from cancer treatments that included the amputation of her arm. “I just found out my status last week, and they consider my treatment a curative treatment (I will be cured) when this is over.” Lewis just started round two of chemotherapy. Each round is three weeks long, and she has six total. After round one, she picked up two infections and got very sick. “Doctors are working hard to help prevent that from happening again,” Lewis said. She is very grateful for all the support she has received. “I have been very lucky that I have such a great sub with Mrs. Benton…. I miss my students and am hoping to arrange some Skype calls soon. I love hearing from my students, but I am still learning one handed typing and would prefer to talk instead.” She is also thankful to all the staff who have provided help. “I would also like to thank the math bunch for their wonderful gift of some house cleaning. The Sped department for helping with meals when I came home from the hospital. Mrs. Krahe for her continued support and for being the one who gets my updates out. Mrs. Krahe was kind enough to raise some money for us to help with expenses, and I want to say how much we appreciate everyone’s help. And a special thank you to all who have continued to send me funny jokes and check in on how I’m feeling. Thank you to my flowers group who knew I needed some beauty to cheer me up. They were lovely!”
Junior Austin Freeman was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sacoma, a rare type of brain cancer, during the first semester. Because of this, he was unable to attend school for a long time. However, he will soon be able to return to school. “I have talked to the counselors, and they have set it up to where I can come to school when I’m feeling well and my counts are up,” says Freeman. Although it has been very hard for him to keep up with school throughout his cancer, he has persevered in continuing to focus on school. “I’m able to keep up with my school work by going online and using Edgenuity,” says Freeman. Although he is beginning to feel a little better, there are still issues that prevent him from returning. One of them is chemotherapy, which he needs to finish removing the cancer cells from his body. “The things I need to fully recover from the cancer is mainly just getting done with the chemo. The chemo is keeping me from fully recovering because my body can’t fully heal,” says Freeman. Austin has been keeping up due to his pure grit and determination. “A lot of it is just mainly just keep going. It’s hard. When you’re always tired and weak it’s hard to get up and keep going. There is a lot of willpower involved,” says Freeman.
Mrs. Welch endures surgery, physical therapy before returning to teach by Eli Laird One of Seaman’s long standing and well respected teachers, recently endured a life-changing event. On Dec 16, Claudia Welch, a physical education teacher who has taught for over 40 years, fractured her left patella. The accident happened as Welch was leaving the high school building to return the bus to the bus barn. On her way out the doors she slipped on a piece of ice and went down on her left knee. Nearly a week later, she had extensive surgery to repair the soft tissue and had a partial patellectomy, which removes bony fragments from the knee cap. The next step in her recovery process involves physical therapy three times a week, for the next four weeks.
Her return date back to school is uncertain, as it depends on the progress of her physical therapy and mobility. Then the doctor must release her to return to work. She also has to gain confidence in her knee and its ability to withstand the possible contact it could be exposed to in a gym setting. Many students taking her classes are eager for her to be back. Luke Konrade said, “I am excited for Mrs. Welch to teach again, I believe she is the heart and soul of the physical education program.” He also explained how the moment is bittersweet, as Barbara Bowen, the substitute teacher who is filling in for Welch, will go back to being a normal substitute. “As happy as I am to see Mrs. Welch come back, I will miss having Mrs. Bowen.” Mrs. Welch has attained a greater respect for people with disabilities and sympathizes with the difficulties they face. The process has also strengthened ideals she preaches to students. “As I have said many times over the years to my students and colleagues, our health is the most important thing in life because we all want to live an active, healthy life.”
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by Sophie Darting Whether it is an intense lip sync battle, a pizza competition, or a volleyball tournament, the KUP project has many fun ideas when it comes to fundraising Every year the president of Key Club picks a project for the President’s project. This year, Key Club president Kim Nguyen chose to fundraise for the Seaman Food Bank and the Kansas Honor Flight for her project. The project has been appropriately named the K.U.P. Project, which stands for Key to Unlocking Possibilities. “Our overall goal is to raise $1500 to send a veteran to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C. with the Kansas Honor Flight and to continue funding the Seaman Food Bank,” says president Kim Nguyen. “I love that this project is able to show students that they are able to make a positive difference in the world and change lives.” “I love that this project addresses a clear need and that I can serve as an advisor with students that are self-directed and responsible,” says sponsor Randall Crome. “It is great to see students have the opportunity to really practice creating, organizing, and leading something
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ssistant Principal Donna Schmidt has announced that she is leaving to be the principal at Russell High School. The main reason for her deciding to take the job is the opportunity to be closer to her friends and family. Russell High is a 3A school, with 259 students, that is 30 minutes from Hays. Schmidt says the change in size will be different, but it is similar to the size of high school she attended. She will be the only administrator at the school, besides the athletic director. The biggest challenge besides being the only administrator is getting to know the way a new school works and adjusting to the different community. Schmidt says she will miss the students,
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positive and productive.” The project is divided among three committees: Communications, Event Planning, and Logistics. Communications is in charge of getting all of the information about the project advertised and making sure that as many people as possible know about all of the fundraisers. Event planning is in charge of organizing all of the fundraisers and getting everything approved by administration. “I think it is cool to be involved in the KUP project because I am working with my peers to accomplish something that I know will do good for our community,” says Event Planning chairman Reese Emert. Logistics is in charge of scheduling all of the meetings and making sure that the members are doing what they are supposed to be doing and completing their tasks. “My favorite part about the project is being able to collaborate with my classmates in a new, unique way and to be able to help out veterans that have given so much for our country,” says Logistics chairman Benton McCann. “I think it is important that Seaman students continue to give back to the community through these types of projects.”
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The K.U.P. Project Board includes President Kim Nguyen, Vice President Zach Burns, Secretary Madison Russell, Logistics chairmen Benton McCann and Maria Grimes, Communications Chairman Sophie Darting, and Event Planning Chairmen Grayson Seevers and Reese Emert. “Kim is a great leader and she obviously has great friends that are committed to helping her achieve her goals,”
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says Crome. “It is clear that the students helping Kim conduct the project are very motivated and take care of most of the work on their own.” The project had a lip sync battle that raised $582 and a Gambino’s vs. Glory Day’s pizza contest. The deadline is the end of February. The next fundraiser is a volleyball tournament and a veteran walk at an upcoming home basketball game.
hi dren Pa ace ro ide daycare ed ca on or chi dren in need by Kennedy Mirowski The Topeka Rescue Mission (TRM), which shelters 2000 homeless people, has created the Children’s Palace to provide an education and a safe place for children under six years of age. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were in need of an education during their stay. This is what pushed the TRM to create the Palace. Due to homelessness, some parents can’t provide day care or schooling for their children; the Children’s Palace provides free daycare and a free education. The Children’s Palace will be able to assist 124 children who are homeless and reside at the TRM. The Palace will be open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Considering the Palace just had its grand opening on Jan. 6, weekends are still being considered. The Children’s Palace has 10 rooms for the children: two infant rooms, two crawler rooms, two toddler rooms, two trainer rooms and two preschool rooms. In addition to the children’s rooms, there is a chapel/storm shelter, therapy room, resource center for families, staff work room, indoor play area and sick bay. There are also outdoor play yards. The alace operates with staff persons, who are a mixture of volunteers and employees. “Volunteers are accepted at the Palace. They must be age 16 or older and willing to commit to a minimum of 1 day per week. Volunteers can sign up to begin the application process at trmonline.org” says Jessica Hosman, director of the Children’s Palace.
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“All volunteers will be interviewed and need to pass a background check in order to be eligible,” says Hosman. t present, they are waiting for final license approval and final hiring before the Palace opens. “Our goal is to be operational no later than March,” said Hosman. “The Palace is part of the Topeka Rescue Mission which is funded only by individual contributions. No government funding is received,” explained Hosman. The palace operates on an estimated annual budget of $1.5 million. If anyone would like to donate the the Topeka Rescue Mission or the Children’s palace, visit their website at trmonline.org.
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e reno a on a by Kyser Dougan Many renovations have been approved for next school year. The Board of Education has approved new security for the main entrance, new lockers for the boys and girls locker rooms, a new gym floor, and renovations for the locker bay areas. To make sure the entrance meets the same security standards as other school buildings in the district, changes are planned. The entrance will look the same, but once past the first doors guests will have to buzz in to go to the office or to advance to the commons. The second set of doors will just be pushed back from where they are now. People entering the building will need to buzz into the office, and there will be a new door on the other side for students to enter the office during the day. The second set of doors will just be pushed back from where they are now.
The 40-year-old lockers in the boys and girls locker room will also be replaced over the summer. The design will be the same but the lockers may be shortened for easier supervision. The south gym will also be getting a new court over the summer. The biggest change to the court is that the outline will be red, instead of blue. In the new locker bays some of the lockers will be shortened so students can talk and hangout while charging devices during the passing period. Students will be asked what size of locker they want. They will be able to choose from the smaller 40 inch locker or a bigger 60 inch one. In addition, there will be hydration stations replacing water fountains. New carpet and furniture will also be put in the open areas as money allows. Principal Mike Monaghan hopes students and teachers take advantage of the area, saying, “This area gives students a place to relax and even work on projects during class.”
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Every student having their own laptop day and night has been convenient for all. It is easy to complete assignments throughout the day and at home. At the end of the school year, they will be taken away. This first year we are going to collect them, service them, and then return them at the beginning of the school year,” says Principal Mike Monaghan. Over the summer, the laptops will be cleaned and checked for any damages. Additionally, software will be added as needed for classes students are taking next year. At the beginning of the next school year, students will receive their laptop back with all their documents. As for this year’s seniors, their computers will be wiped and will either be
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he S S ake the (the a to P and he co nica on ith t dent and teacher . - Principal Mr. Mike Monaghan given to the incoming 7th graders or freshman. The laptops are on a five year lease agreement with Apple. It is more affordable to lease the laptops in bulk and some of the textbook and classroom set money has been diverted into the laptop fund. Mr. Monaghan says, “The learning management system makes them (the laptops) top notch and helps communication with student and teachers.”
Since the laptops are on a five year lease agreement, they will be available for purchase at the end of the five years with some salvage value. This means that when this year’s seventh and eighth graders are juniors and seniors, they will be the first group to be able to purchase the laptops after having them for the full five years. The one-to-one program has been different for students and teachers to adapt to, but transitioning has been
manageable. Instructional Coach Brooke Ralph says, “For all of one-to-one last semester, everyone had to figure out how things were - now we can reach into better learning and teaching now that we know how things work.” all pass has been working effectively to keep track of where every student travels. Mrs. Ralph says, “I think from a safety input, it’s better to track students.” A new feature that will be potentially be added is a push pass. This pass would be initiated by teachers if they need a student to come to their classroom. Imagine something similar to an electronic red pass. “Teachers have been very positive with all the changes that may not have been very comfortable for them,” says Mrs. Ralph.
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Imagine students working on group pro ects to help solve real world problems using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and teachers focusing more time on inspiring students. ro ect ead the Way or TW, plans on executing these principles every day in the classroom setting and eventually doing so at Seaman schools. “It is one of the best programs of its kind because of the following factors, says r. Steve Noble. “It’s a highly rigorous, AP recognized pro-
gram it’s hands on pro ect based, has numerous partnerships with industry and higher education, provides students with competition and showcase opportunities, provides students a gateway into college and career STEM programs, and provides world class professional learning for our teachers. ro ect ead the Way focuses on creating a hands on environment and developing knowledge and skills deemed critical for students to thrive. The program not only focuses on students, but also on teachers. PLTW provides teachers with resources and training needed to engage students in real world problem solving.
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The admissions process has also changed, for new members. Students that want to get into student council, must now obtain student signatures, instead of only signatures. They also now need to get five teacher signatures, instead of the prior year’s two. In addition, they also have to write a short essay, e plaining what they will bring to the council. Returning members of Stuco must get 50 signatures and the five teacher signatures. long with this, former members must also have service hours. That is five hours per semester This year Stuco has sponsored many events. They have taken the lead by conducting fundraisers for Austin Freeman and his family, by selling
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Student ouncil has recently seen new changes to the requirements and curriculum, that makes Stuco what it is. Stuco is now using a new system called the REALMS. It is an acronym for Recreation, Education, Attitude, Leadership, Money and Service. rior to this year student council had no specific system that they would go by. It allows us to sponsor more activities since there are now multiple groups that are assigned to specific pro ects, says Stuco representative, ylie Cox.
The pro ect is something r. Steve oble is very e cited about and believes will help benefit the growth of Seaman students in the classroom. This is something that I believe will be a tremendous benefit to our students. or more information on ro ect ead the Way and the effects it will have on students and teachers, visit their website. https www.pltw. org
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Lumatons at home football games and selling Seaman Strong Bracelets. They also sponsored No Shave November competition. Student Council has some events planned for the near future also. They plan on selling Candy rams, and hosting a ight Owl Softball Tournament. Stuco is always looking for new members to oin. I want to encourage students to oin student council. says Stuco resident atie c aughlin. Our student council, I believe, is very welcoming and if one who wants to make a change, student council is the way to do it.
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igh choo ob teacher by Shyanne Osterhaus Teenagers today were born into the generation that wants to have success and fame and they want to have it now. What most don’t understand is that the journey one takes working toward their goals may seem insignificant at the time, but somewhat “menial” jobs in high school could help influence the future to come. Having a job in high school may seem stressful considering students are extremely busy, but it provides a sense of experience that nothing else can. “I worked for some farmers and I worked for the Rec. Department in Manhattan,” career advocate Mr. Steve Darting, says. “This helped me know I didn’t want a minimum wage job or a high level physical labor job. It taught me work lessons, like learning about work times and dealing with whiny people.” Students typically shy away from jobs that involve a large amount of hands-on work, but according to Mr. Gregoire, one of the physical labor jobs he had in high school was the most influential in preparing himself for his future. “My junior year of high school I was a maintenance clean-up man at a nursing home,” Mr. Gregoire says. “It was fairly easy because it was
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extremely repetitious. I had to do the trash, mop and clean certain rooms on a cycle. It was nice to have extra money to buy gas and anything else I needed or wanted.” Valuable life lessons can be learned from having a job in high school, and the people you meet could potentially affect the rest of your life, whether that be for a career reason or for simply a social reason. “My job was really neat,” Mr. Gregoire says. “Because some of those old people there had some really cool stories, and it was fun to make small talk with them to learn about their lives.” However, if one is pursuing a post-high school scholarship, having a job during high school may not be the best answer for gaining experience. “I did not have a job in high school,” social studies teacher Mr. Fries says. “I don’t think this was a disadvantage for me, though. I had a chance to run since I had a cross country and track scholarship, and I had a chance to work on school.” Having a job in high school can be stressful but gaining experience early in the workforce can help students prepare more definitively for their future.
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Pad is a great example of a setting where high school students work well. To obtain direct age requirements for working at certain locations, Between upcoming college expenses, gas and contact that select business. shopping-around money, most students are in When is the best time to apply? need of a bit more cash. A part-time job seems Summer has ust ended, sending off college to be the only way students can access this mon- aged employees along with other teens. The ey. The problem? School and other extracurric- holidays are coming up which means more ular activities take up a lot of the day, so what employees are going to re uest time off while employer would even consider hiring a teenag- others quit altogether. With all these variables er? When thinking of a job, requirements and mixed together, employers are forced to search working conditions should be considered. Ap- for potential workers throughout the middle of ply for a job that will be enjoyable. fall. Keeping this in mind, apply for a job around Locations such as the Pad, Walmart, Mc- the beginning of October. This gives students Donald’s, and many others hire as young as time to get the school year started and puts ap16. Communication, teamwork, multi-tasking, plications in the bosses’ hands around the time and other day-to-day skills can be developed companies are looking for new employees. through these workplace environments. The
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by Bethany Piel Senior CJ Thurlow received the unexpected honor that no other Seaman student has had. While usually Mrs. Katie Murphy designs the sets, as the new musical director, she let CJ expand his creative horizons. Mrs. Murphy says, “For his senior year, I wanted to give him an opportunity that allows him to reach another level that very few students get to achieve. Being able to design the entire show really shows how much we in the department trust and value his talent.” CJ originally got involved with the theatre department his freshman year. t first he was unsure of how he felt being on stage, so he decided to try the tech department. Well I was pretty shy at first, so I did not really do great on stage. So I decided to try tech and I actually enjoyed it quite a lot,” CJ explains. CJ has done tech for every musical and even though he was skeptical about being on stage, he decided to give it a try anyway. So far he has been in Out of the Frying Pan, Greek Mythology, Olympiaganza, Gossip, and The Election. He began designing the sets two weeks before Christmas. The process for designing the set was lengthy and diffi-
S riday night eat re a re ho i e arden dinner or an e tra or ad t and or kid nder . cult considering he had never done anything like this before. e plains, I first went back and looked at past shows and looked for what looked nice and didn’t. After that, I looked at the movie and looked for anything in there that I could bring to life in the show. After that I mixed the two and created my own version of things.” During the whole process, there were several ups and downs, but two specific parts stuck out in CJ’s mind. The most difficult part in my opin-
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ion would have to be finding pieces I have missed or having to change things to make sure everything works properly. As I go along and we get closer to the show I keep finding things I either missed or need to change so other pieces work,” CJ explains. On the other hand CJ prefers to look on the bright side. CJ says, “Easily the best part would have to be seeing the pro ects get finished. s the pro ects come together, you can see the show coming to life and the emotions you feel when you see how amazing the projects look and see that your visions are coming to life, it’s extraordinary!” While it may not seem like a difficult task, there is more to it than simply coming up with the design. Mrs. Murphy explains, “You have to really pay attention and figure out each set piece and how it will work in our space. It can be very difficult to take what the script says and make it fit to our specific theatre. owever, no matter how difficult, has proven that he is capable of any task set before him. “CJ has a great eye for detail and has really come up with some amazing ideas. I trust him completely and I cannot wait for the public to see what he has envisioned. I honestly don’t know what I am going to do without him next year.”
lapping and cheers fill the air. The glistening of the elegant dresses and the crown atop the winner’s head while upon the stage. Tears of joy and happiness bring in the scene of a beauty pageant. Senior Bailey Stattelman competes in beauty pageants. Recently, she won the Miss Topeka pageant. This is a relatively new experience for her. “Back in 2011 I got a letter in the mail from the National American Miss pageant system telling me they wanted me to compete. I thought it would be a good experience, so I signed up and got in,” said Bailey. ageants have their benefits. They
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are strong resumé builders and provide scholarship opportunities. owever, it means something different to every competitor. or me, it’s a good confidence booster,” says Stattelman, “The feeling of being on stage strutting it out in my swimsuit, or gracefully taking control of the stage in my evening gown, it makes me feel like I could conquer the world.” The Miss Topeka pageant is a pageant in the Miss America system at the local level. From the local competition, competitors move onto the state pageant. After that they go to the national competition, and this determines the winner of Miss America. Scoring is based off of a percentage system. Talent is worth 35 percent of the score, while the interview takes
place takes up 25 percent. The eveningwear portion is worth 20 percent, contestants earn 15 percent of their score for the swimsuit competition, and the onstage uestion takes up five percent of the score. Bailey has been a student of tap, ballet, and jazz dancing, along with baton twirling and cheer, at the Beverly Bernardi Post Conservatory of Dance and Pom for quite a few years now. Stattelman’s director, Beverly Bernardi Post, was a Miss Topeka winner herself. So she knows just what it is like for Bailey to go through this experience. Along with her team, Ms. Bernardi choreographed Bailey’s tap routine for the competition. Bailey hopes to bring home the crown at the statewide competition this upcoming June in Pratt.
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The new year doesn’t only bring in resolutions, it also brings in an abundance of new music and movies. Last year was a very good one for The Chainsmokers, a new EDM duo composed of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. Their breakout song “Closer” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 straight weeks. The duo is wasting no time in 2017, as they released their newest song “Paris” in mid January. “Paris” is their fourth Top 10 hit and they have appeared in the Top 10 for 38 consecutive weeks. They have a new album being released some time in the near future as well as a new tour that hits 40 North American cities. Ed Sheeran has always topped the charts with hit singles like “Thinking
Out Loud” and “The A Team” and shows no signs of slowing down with his new album, coming out March 3. He has already released two songs from his new album titled “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill”. They have both been listed in the Top of the Official Singles Chart. Thomas Rhett, who is best known for his hit songs “Die a Happy Man” and “Make Me Wanna”, released another hit single titled “Star of the Show” in late October of 2016. He is set to release another album in 2017, two years after his album ‘Tangled’ came out. Some other albums that are being released in 2017 are Brad Paisley’s ‘Love and War’ and Lady Antebellum’s ‘Heart Break’. Along with follow up albums, there are many movie sequels also being released in 2017.
ir t riday art a k aint o by Bailey Chinn Art lovers from all over town join together one evening of the month to walk from location to location to observe art work. ARTSConnect has been sponsoring the First Friday Art Walk in Topeka since the creation of their organization in 2007. Executive director of ARTConnect, Sarah Fizell, says, “At ARTSConnect, we are dedicated to ensuring that the arts – in all forms – continue to be a critical part of a vibrant Topeka. We are dedicated to expanding the arts, connecting artists with their audiences, taking on new and innovative projects that support and promote the arts in Topeka and challenging our community leaders to stand in support.” There are 51 locations that participate in the art walk. According to Visit Topeka Inc, “Shops and galleries across the
ne a b The recreation of isney films in live action continues with its latest installment, Beauty and the Beast, which comes out March 17. The eighth episode of the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, is being released Dec 15 and will center on the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Rey. It will answer many questions that the seventh movie did not. irates of the aribbean has a fifth movie coming out on May 26. It features Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow and follows his ourney to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon in order to escape deadly ghost sailors. Other movies being released include Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 on May 5, Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7 and War For the Planet of the Apes on July 14.
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city stay open late to feature local artists and sell their work.” The locations are spread across the city, from downtown Topeka, to the NOTO Arts District. Fizell says, “The vibrant and active artistic culture in Topeka is a result of a commitment to the arts by businesses, patrons, community advocates and others community leaders.” The Topeka art industry continues to grow and adapt to new arts. She adds, s the arts flourish, so does Topeka’s quality of life and economic well being.” Art teacher Mrs. Margaret Ramberg has had paintings of her own exhibited numerous times, at Warehouse 414 and Open Window. She also says, “This month I am part of a group show at Beauchamps Gallery, call ‘Wow’, 7 fabulous abstract painters.” Senior Hayley Woodyard has exhibited her artwork in the past art walks. Hayley says, “It’s such a great experi-
ence, it makes all the hard work pay off when people come up to me and ask questions about my piece or simply just compliment it, but there just something about seeing your vision up on the wall for everyone to see that really makes showing off my work incredible. To prepare for the event, ARTSConnect manages promotion and coordination of the art walks. An analysis on ARTSConnect recently found, “In the city of Topeka, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $20.2 million in annual economic activity and supports 480 full-time equivalent jobs. This activity generates $872,000 in direct revenue to the City of Topeka & $2,129,000 to the State of Kansas.” “The study also notes that 1 in 5 visitors to Topeka are attending arts-related events, and that these visitors spend nearly three times the amount of money on these activities spent by resident attendees.”
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Trinity Morris, 11“That Trump won’t put us into another world war.”
Laine Marston, 11- “I want to win a PAL championship.”
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Bernie Tuck, Special Education“To see all of the comic book movies when they come out on opening weekend.” Features
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In the second year of drug testing, administrators and students are looking at how the drug testing policy has affected student life. Ninety seven percent of students have opted into the testing, which is much higher than Principal Mike Monaghan would
have guessed. After the first year of testing, disciplinary reports are down 18 percent and drug-related hearings are down 70 percent. Hearings are for fights, having 24 discipline points, or having drugs on school property. Counselor Steve Alexander says, “It seems like there is less people being longterm suspended, and we haven’t heard as much talk of drugs in the halls.”
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Students now have fewer tardies and better attendance as well. Monaghan says, “We believe students’ academic performance and engagement in the classroom has improved directly from our drug testing policy.” In addition, Monaghan also believes that parents and students both wanting to help with the policy helped for it be successful.
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The Writing enter is a place for students to work when they need help with different writing assignments. urthermore, they decided to e pand in a uni ue way this year. The Writing enter decided to open up a coffee shop called the iking Brew. The Writing enter sponsors decided this would be a good way to raise money for our center, and something that the students would en oy, e plains s. verill. s. verill, who teaches nglish and helps in the Writing enter on Wednesday after school, is mainly in charge of the iking Brew. s. verill says, I decided to work the coffee shop because I have e perience in coffee, and I thought it sounded like something e tra curricular that I would en oy, so I volunteered. I like working with students outside of the school setting, and it’s fun to be around students with initiative and positive energy. long with s. verill, r. ollins and several students help out too. Those students include Trinidy Thompson, uincy o , mily owers, nnika loyd, le a Walker, arker Wildeman, and hoebe Stottlemire. While s. verill thought it would be challenging to find volunteers, she was actually surprised. She e plains, Writing enter students are the bomb. I asked who wanted to help out, thinking I’d have to recruit but a lot of students volunteered, then we ust waited it out to see who stuck around. While the coffee shop ust began, there are already several different options from which to choose. The coffee shop serves T’s coffee that can either be served on its own or made as our iking atte milk, coffee, and flavor . ight
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now we offer caramel, vanilla and hazelnut flavoring plus complimentary cream and sugar. We also have hot chocolate for those who don’t like coffee, and we offer almond milk for a lactose alternative, e plains s. verill. ustomers can re uest e tra milk or flavor or less coffee, etc. They also offer a discount for those who bring their own coffee mug. s time goes on, the hope to keep e panding. s. verill e plains, We hope to e pand on what we can offer, but we need support to do that. The more customers we get the more funds we will raise. We would love to add blended drinks and maybe snacks in the future, and be open more hours. So far, it has been a success and s. verill says, We’re having fun and we’re doing well, and we’re e cited to grow. The coffee shop is available onday, Wednesday, and riday in the morning from am in the commons.
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As teenagers, people seem to think that they have everything figured out. The opinions they have now will be the opinions they have forever. But, according to mentalhealthdaily.com, the part of the brain that is involved in decision making and udgment the frontal lobe is not fully developed until the age of . While growing up, the frontal lobe is not fully connected, which can e plain the poor reasoning that teenagers are known to have.
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With a gaining interest in politics and other controversial topics, adults wonder whether teens are mature enough to have definite opinions on these topics. I’m not sure if high schoolers are able to make a decision that will last a lifetime, said counselor Steve le ander. It can be difficult for teenagers to know what information is helpful for them to make important decisions. In light of the recent fake news stories, learning accurate information is key for teenagers to make
important decisions when necessary. Sometimes taking classes in an area that you’re interested in, even if it causes you to change your mind, can be worth it, e plained le ander. ccording to businessnewsdaily.com, decisions are strongly impacted by e periences. s teens are young and haven’t e perienced life as much as adults, it can make it more difficult to form an opinion about a controversial sub ect. ll e periences are helpful and will be part of who you are and how you ultimately make your decision, said le ander.
Bit o i trend add crea ity by Roland Westling “CASH ME OUSSIDE HOW BOW DAH,” is one of the many modern references available through Bitmoji, which has become the latest trending application in nonverbal communication. Bitmoji is an application that can be downloaded from one’s Android or IOS device, and allows individuals the option to design their own cartoon avatar that will appear in a number of clever stickers. “My favorite aspect of bitmoji is how I can express
myself through the little pictures of my dude,” said junior Lucas Hurla. This trend allows one the option to send a number of messages ranging from cheesy pickup lines to terminator references. When designing one’s avatar individuals have a wide range of options. The app allows users to choose from a variety of different hairstyles, body types, as well as dozens of different outfits and accessories. “I really like the wide range of styles and tastes that bitmoji caters to, but I think it could be improved if they were to offer crutches and hip braces to wear, said senior Lacey Dell.
ance ing choo ro e to be by Stone Brackett Any time after it snows, many students are an iously awaiting to figure out whether or not they will have school tomorrow. Some students want school to be cancelled, and others do not. Ultimately, however, the decision is not made by the students - but rather by the superintendent. There are many factors which the dis-
trict looks at when determining whether they should cancel school. First, they look at the forecast to see what the weather will look like prior to a snowstorm. “There have been some circumstances where we know early [whether we will cancel school], so it really depends on the timing,” says Principal Mr. Mike Monaghan. If the decision is not made the night before, then it is often made early in the
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After initially designing one’s bitmoji, the user will always have the option to go back and update their avatar’s appearance or outfit at anytime. “I like how easy it is to modify my Bitmo i to reflect my new beard, or my hair falling out),” said Mr. Riley. In addition to the number of exhilarating outfits individuals have access to, there are dozens of different stickers to choose from. Although there are a number of vague stickers for more occasions, a number of the stickers reflect specific themes and television shows such as: Batman, Silicon Valley, and Game of Thrones. Some stickers are considered to be
on a group stickers and give the user the option to send messages with the Bitmoji of the individual they’re texting in the sticker along with their own. “I really enjoy how Bitmoji contributes to conversations because there is always THE PERFECT thing to say,” said Mrs. Martinez.
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morning. The school sends people out to test the roads and see how slick they are; their job is to determine the condition of the roads and figure out if there is too much ice on them. “They’ll go out and drive on the roads, and if our roads don’t appear to be safe, we’ll make that decision,” says Mr. Monaghan. Although many students certainly find it nice to have an e tra day off for snow, there are advantages to not us-
ing any snow days. The district has two built-in snow make up days in the calendar, both around Easter (April 14 and 17). If no school is cancelled because of weather, then all of the students get these days off. lot of the students who would rather not have snow days feel that way because they would rather have these days off, as these days have nice weather.
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by Eli Laird For many students Saturdays are spent working, watching television, and relaxing. Some students, however, spend their Saturday playing in a basketball league at Oakland Community Center. This league is called the Topeka Police Athletic League otherwise known as PAL. It is a recreational basketball league that allows male and female students in grades 9-12 to participate. There are currently 14 teams and four of these are comprised of Seaman students. They play kids from other Topeka schools. One Seaman team, the Topeka Goats, enjoy playing in the league. Lucas Hurla, a Topeka Goat’s player, expressed his favorite things about PAL, “I enjoy getting good exercise and
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spending time with my friends and being able to practice good sportsmanship.” Lately the Goats have tried to become very official. They have created a twitter
account and even have multiple coaches and a statistician. Their goal is to make PAL more popular and give their players more recognition. Senior Cale Beam loves the team aspect, “I enjoy the camaraderie it builds between teammates.” Many students have set goals for the season, such as Janson Garman who said, “ I want to win the championship and get the opportunity to take a picture with some police officers. Another Seaman team, the NOTO Freeballers, have the illustrious honor of winning a PAL championship. Andrew Gill, a member of the NOTO Freeballers, said, “The experience was cool, and I have my sights on winning another championship this year.” The PAL teams also have some dedicated fans. Bryce Cowan has been at-
tending these games for multiple years. “I like the carefree attitude of the players, and the trash talk is funny and entertaining.” He likes to watch all of the Seaman teams, but has a favorite. “My favorite PAL team is the Topeka Goats, because I’m close with their players and they have lots of talent.” PAL has given students an alternative from playing on their school’s basketball team which may require too much time or talent. It also allows kids to demonstrate responsibility by organizing a team, paying fees, and showing up on time. The games take place on Saturday from 1-7 p.m. and the season goes until March 4. They are free to attend and take place at the Oakland Community Center.
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Nothing beats waiting in a checkout line or forgetting to buy milk during a trip to the grocery store. Now, however, with the click of mouse, consumers can skip that daunting trip and grocery shop from the comfort of their own home. The convenience of online grocery shopping is too much for consumers to avoid. To get started shopping online first visit a local grocery store’s website and begin shopping. When finished shopping select a location and time slot to go pick up the groceries. At the store, personal shoppers are picking out everything on the specified list. When they are done consumers will be able to pick up their essentials during their time slot. Stores like Walmart have no extra cost for shopping online; however, there is a minimum of $30 purchase for all Walmart grocery orders. Along with the having no extra cost for shopping, there are a few more advantages to online grocery shopping. Stores try to send their best quality produce, avoiding crowds and long checkout lines, and consumers are able to browse different offers and specials. However, there are also a few disadvantages. Some grocery store websites are badly designed, there is no social interaction, and some popular offers may be unavailable. These advantages are outweighing the disadvantages which is helping to boost the popularity of online grocery shopping. ccording to IBISWorld, a market research firm, online grocery shopping is estimated to grow 9.5 percent annually and is on track to be a $9.4 billion industry in 2017.
TONIGHT: The Fine Arts Showcase and Talent show at 7 p.m. March 9, 10, 11: Shrek the Musical. 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. April 2: Scholars bowl teams competition on the QUEST televison show airs on KWTU April 22: Interact club hosts a car show from 5-7 p.m. July 29: Dalton Cowan competes in the annual Shrine Bowl at Butler County Community College New Assistant Principal hired: Danira Fernandez-Flores has been serving as a district curriculum and instruction facilitator for the Lawrence School District serving Lawrence Free State, Lawrence High, and four middle schools. She is nearing the completion of her EdD at KU in Educational Policy and Leadership.
onoring the acco by Jacob Wildeman S Over 200,000 Americans are gathering in Washington D.C. for a political rally. The year is 1963 and the rally is known as the March on Washington, one of the most important political marches in U.S. History. This is where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and where the treatment of African -Americans would be changed forever. Even before the March on Washington occurred, one historian was working to set aside a week, and later a month, to recognize the achievements of African -Americans. This story began in 1915 when Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, also known as ASNLH. The group was dedicated to promoting the achievements of black Americans. In 1926 the group sponsored a national Negro His-
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tory week, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Woodson contended that recognizing and teaching black history was essential in preserving and ensuring the survival of the race. “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition. It becomes a negligible factor in the thought of
the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” This event inspired many communities nationwide to organize celebrations, performances, speeches, and lectures.In years to come, mayors of cities began issuing yearly proclamations to recognize Negro History Week. By the 1960’s, thanks to the Civil Rights Movement, Negro History Week had turned into Black History Month on many college campuses. In president erald . ord officially recognized Black History Month. He later called upon the nation to honor African-American accomplishments. “Seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then every president has designated February as Black istory onth and advocated a specific theme. The 2017 theme is “The Crisis in Black Education.”
Black History Month Crossword ACROSS . the first four words of the famous speech by r. artin Luther King Jr. 4. the name of the laws that required separate facilities for blacks and whites 8. what the C in NAACP stands for . last name of the first professional frican merican baseball player 11. last name of the man who organized the March on Washington and was MLK’s mentor 12. the act passed in 1964 that ended segregation 13. _____ vs. Board of Education DOWN . the act of having separate facilities for different races . last name of the first black B player 5. the month Black History Month falls in 6. the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was born . last name of the first frican merican to be appointed to the supreme court 9. last name of the president who signed the Civil Rights Act into law 14. the name of the woman who refused her seat on a Montgomery bus
hicka ig re o by Bethany Piel In 2016, news of a new board game began to surface. The board game is called Chickapig and over the past couple of years, Chickapig game creator Brian Calhoun joined forces with his farming buddy Dave Matthews in order to bring this game to life. Brian explains, “The idea for Chickapig first came to me while I was driving down the road with Ann Marie Calhoun. After visualizing it and making some very rough sketches, I remember cutting out cardboard pieces and moving them around a chessboard, then various paper boards, to determine the right number
oni e the board ga e ind try of squares and pieces. A few days later, the basics of Chickapig were hatched.” hickapig includes three different versions. The first edition comes with wooden pieces and a burlap bag, making it great for travel. The second version comes with 24 individually hand made Chickapigs, a handmade Cow crafted by Brian’s own mother, and a wooden box, which holds the pieces and serves as the board game itself. The third version is a giant 29” x 29” board with over 250 magnets embedded in the board and pieces. Brian explains, “Chickapig is easy to learn, and although the strategies can be complex, it has just enough luck to keep all four players competitive.” Through the Kickstarter campaign,
Brian and Dave were able to build a community of people who joined them as they brought Chickapig to reality. They wanted to introduce it around the world to gamers, families, friends, and everyone else who enjoys a really good poop joke. “As a lover of chess, animal hybrids, and poop, Chickapig pretty much sums me up,” Brian shares. Chickapig’s website tell you to, “break your flock of hickapigs free while dodging opponents, hay bales, and an unruly pooping cow in this strategic board game.” Order your very own Chickapig now at https://www.chickapig.com.
ntering ad thoood ha it a e o e ad antage by Roland Westling Adulthood comes with a great deal of responsibilities, as well as a number of new freedoms. As an 18-year-old, individuals are able to write a will, skydive, and even have the chance at serving jury duty. One of the more enduring decisions young adults have the ability to make is the option to legally get married. “When I marry young couples I always try and stress the weight of their decision, as I’ve seen too many marriages that have ended poorly, because their decision to get married was made impulsively,” said pastor Ethan Dolsky. In terms of dating newly legal adults
have access to a much larger base of online dating services such as Tinder, Christian Mingle, and Farmers only. “I really like how dating applications allow people to expand their potential acquaintances, and how the sites will direct you straight to people who share common interests with you,” said senior Colton Sturgeon. Similar to marriages, young adults also have the power to get tattoos, and should take careful consideration as tattoos can oftentimes be expensive and difficult to remove. Tattoos have become a relatively popular occurrence for 18-year-olds to receive on their birthdays, in order to celebrate their new freedoms, and independence. “Although I personally am not a fan of tattoos, I can see why a lot of people
get them in order to express themselves and use their bodies like a canvas,” said senior Dawson Podlena. In addition to tattoos, 18-year-olds are, also able to try their luck at gambling for the first time through the form of lottery tickets. Although 18-year-olds aren’t quite old enough to enter the casino, they can still engage in a form of gambling by purchasing lottery tickets. The first time I played the lotto I had the pleasure of winning $5 on my second chance drawing,” said senior Ethan Schultz. Despite legally being considered adults 18-year-olds still do not have all the privileges of adults until they’re 21. “My least favorite part is being considered an adult, but not having all the same abilities that someone over the age of has, said senior Bra ton uff.
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James Sadler, 10 - “My favorite memory of 2016 was when Nathan Brewer hit Camden Worcester in the face while he was doing fly, and he broke his goggles and made his nose bleed.” Erin Hebert, 10 “My least favorite memory of 2016 was when my favorite science teacher, Mr. Taylor, left school forever and didn’t help me on my chemistry homework like he said he would…still bitter.” Madison Dees, 10 - “My favorite memory of 2016 was getting my first car and being able to drive wherever I want!”
Alyssa Flower, 9 “My best memory of 2016 was going to cheer camp. I made a lot of friendships and learned a lot over that short time. It was pretty great!”
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A couple sits together on a couch, glued to their phones: texting each other, snapchatting each other, and tweeting about each other. They are doing all this when they could simply look up and start a conversation. In the 21st century, our generation artoon by oo er S oan relies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to communicate. Instead of asking for a phone number, boys or girls ask for another person’s snapchat username. That is, if the two meet in person. People will get to know each other better if they meet and talk. When people talk face to face, there is going to be better communication. Psychologist Ana Nogales says, “Our facial expression, physical gestures, and the emotional tone in our voice alter the meaning of our words, which is why it is very difficult to e press ourselves fully and authentically in an email or text-or even in front of a Skype screen.” Along with this, commonly in our generation, a handful of relationships start from talking online than from meeting in person. According to researchers Aaron Smith and Maeve Duggan, “18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10 percent in 2013 to 27 percent today.” Most people do not have the courage to say what is on their mind in person.
in on da ng habit Serious discussions should be done face to face. Texting through these discussions makes the conversation impersonal. That is why more people have been dumping their partner over text. Because of the fast and easy communication cell phones provide, it is just as fast and easy for people to cheat on their partner. This also means that it is easier for the other partner to find what those dirty cheaters have been doing. Although, technology breaks people up and creates drama, technology has brought together many people. With the help of online dating websites, people have found their spouse and are happy. Smith and Duggan say, “Sixty six percent of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23 percent of online daters say they have met a spouse or longterm relationship through these sites.” Plus it is faster to call someone with the click of a button, rather than text for hours upon hours just to have a conversation that could be said in a few minutes over the phone. Relationships should not revolve around technology. Go out on more dates, do not look for the love of your life through social media. Spending time with someone is the best way to show that a person cares. Relationships that begin in high school do not always last forever, and real relationships will spark in person.
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BUSINESS/AD MANAGERS Kennedy iro ki Bethany Pie SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Ky er o gan SOCIAL MEDIA CREW i ah aird acob i de an STAFF WRITERS Stone Brackett acob B ey at ar on Bai ey hinn So hie ar ng Ky er o gan i ah aird Kennedy iro ki Bethany Pie ercede Scarbro gh a ren e t o and e t ing acob i de an S oo er S oan ADVISER Ke y ei an 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 U.S.D. 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.
A girl dips her brush into a dark glob of blue paint, carefully guides her brush up to her canvas and makes a clean, clear stroke. She steps back, admiring her masterpiece, then steps back towards it and signs her name at the bottom of the canvas, solidifying the fact that this painting is her original work. Sounds like the work of a professional artist doesn’t it? Think again. A large number of teenagers believe that Topeka is “boring” and that there is nothing fun to do on the weekends. However, Paint Therapy Uncorked offers a new look on entertainment in the capital city. I myself recently went to Paint Therapy and enjoyed every minute of it. I was so focused on making each stroke perfect that I wasn’t really thinking about anything else, which is where the “therapy” side comes into play. At Paint Therapy Uncorked (depending on the night) you get to choose a painting from a large provided selection to recreate. After looking through hundreds of paintings I chose one of a dog with a green background, and my friend chose a wolf with a black background. The artists who work there help get the colors and brushes we needed, and they e plain how to create the first step
r nk dri ing accident by Jackson Cobb Drunk driving is a problem that has been around for awhile but still has not been solved. 2016 was by far one of the worst years for drunk driving accidents. On average there were 28 people killed every day by a drunk driving accident. That is 28 families a day that have to learn that one of their loved ones has been taken from them. The blood alcohol content (BAC) number that you can be arrested for on suspicion of driving under the influence is 0.08 percent, although you can still be charged if your number is any-
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of our paintings, which is the background. After the background is completed the artists explained to us how to finish the remainder of our masterpiece, which is basically the extent of the assistance you are given. The artists are there to help you if you ask, but they leave it to you own artistic interpretation to figure it out for yourself. It took approximately two hours to complete our paintings, and afterwards we felt extremely proud of what we had created. After placing our paintings side-by-side to the originals, we could
ore re a ent in thing above zero. ust one I offense can land you up to a year in prison, but if you are responsible for any property damage or harm to another person, you can be charged with a felony. Even with these consequences 47 percent of drunk drivers receive more than one. If people are getting more than one DUI that just indicates that the punishments are not harsh enough for this problem. In 1991 there was an estimated 25,000 people killed in a drunk driving accident. Since then the number per year has nearly been cut in half, but that is still too many people. ost e perts think that the best way to combat the problem is make the costs of this action more
barely tell a difference. y dog masterpiece is currently hanging in my room, where I can see my accomplishment every day. Tickets cost between $35 and $40. While it is a little pricey, the experience is worth it. I definitely recommend aint Therapy Uncorked to anyone who is wanting to have a little untraditional fun. Not only does it free your mind, but it is a great way to bond with the people you brought with you.
eradica on nece ary widely known among all people, especially the youth. The others gainst Drunk Driving organization thinks that if we spread the potential costs of drunk driving and almost “scare” kids out of doing it, then the problem has a good chance of being solved. The drunk driving epidemic has been a problem for too long. Our community has what it takes to solve this issue as long as we dedicate ourselves to doing it. I have been a victim of drunk driving, and I feel like if more people were affected by it personally and really knew the effects, then this problem could be eliminated.
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Humans are a very destructive species. One of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest living organism on earth, the Great Barrier Reef, is dying right in front of our eyes, Bumblebees are now on the endangered list for the first time ever and harmful greenhouse gasses are heating up the earth and melting ice filled climates at an alarming rate. According to Athena Chan at Tech Times, the efforts of underwater observations reveal that 67 percent of corals along the northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef have already died in the last nine months alone. 2016 had the worst recorded coral bleaching of the reef in history. Coral bleaching is when the water gets too
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warm, and the corals will get rid of algae in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, bumblebees are in “a race against extinction.” In the last 20 years, the bee population has dropped 87 percent. To help save the bees, people can help by growing a garden or adding a tree or shrub to their yards to minimize pesticide use. One of the biggest ice shelves ever recorded is about to break off from ntarctica and form one of the largest icebergs in existence. Many ice shelves have disintegrated as a result of global warming. If many more ice shelves are lost, then the glaciers could slide faster towards the sea while temperatures rise because of global warming. This would cause the sea levels to rise and could have catastroph-
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Dear Editor in Chief, Excessive use of prescription painkillers in sports is endangering the players and should be reduced. Painkillers should not be given to athletes as they can lead to drug abuse and health issues later in life. I myself am an athlete and have seen the effects of painkillers on players, and I don’t want athletes to feel like they need painkillers to play. The first reason painkillers should not be used is that they can lead to health issues later in life. The use of Toradol, a prescription painkiller, can cause poor kidney function and even kidney failure. Also painkillers like Toradol are anticoagulants. They make your blood thinner. If you were to be using Toradol and get a head injury while playing, it could highly increase your chances of a brain bleed. Prescription painkillers are dangerous to your current health and your health long term. Along with health issues later in life, painkillers can also lead to drug abuse. The second reason painkillers should not be given to athletes is they lead to drug abuse. In a study conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where they asked 644 former NFL players about their use of
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prescription painkillers, more than 50 percent of the players reported they use painkillers during their career and about 70 percent said they used an excessive amount. It was found that former NFL players use prescription painkillers at a rate nearly “four times more than the general U.S population.” Players who used the prescription painkillers irresponsibly during their career were also found to misuse them after retirement. When a player no longer has access to prescription painkillers they turn to street drugs such as heroin. Athletes are the most vulnerable to drug abuse and the abuse does not end when their career does. In conclusion, prescription painkillers cause health issues, specifically in the kidney and eventually lead to kidney failure. Athletes use more painkillers than prescribed during their playing careers and their use of drugs continues after their career is over. Therefore painkillers should not be given to athletes as they can lead to drug abuse and health issues later in life. Excessive use of painkillers is endangering the players. Sincerely, Ryan McNeely
ic effects across the world. The situation doesn’t seem to be a high priority to our new administration since President Trump nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has gone on the record saying that he does not believe in climate change. It is scary to think that we have a man running the EPA when he doesn’t seem to care about the environment and is in fact suing the the EPA.
2016 was the hottest year on record. All of these tragedies have occurred because humans are not taking proper care of the earth. The pollution that we create causes the temperature to rise and has taken a dramatic toll on the earth. If we don’t make efforts to stop pollution and global warming, we could lose treasures like the Great Barrier Reef and ice shelves forever.
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Dear Ms. Osterhaus, What we listen to can be terrible for our development. Today’s music contains references that are influential. Inappropriate songs should be restricted from us. usic lyrics affect teenagers because of degrading sexual lyrics, alcoholic references, and violent lyrics. This letter is written because it affects everyone. One day, a friend could begin drinking because of unrestricted lyrics. irst, music lyrics affects teenagers because of degrading sexual lyrics. Teens who listened to degrading lyrics pursued advanced levels of sexual activity. Those who did not, showed no differences in sexual behavior. Any teenager who listens to degrading lyrics pursued increased levels of sexual activity, than one who does not. This is a bad influence, how about alcohol? Next, alcoholic references. Studies show that exposing teenagers to today’s music, that contain them, will increase their chances to begin or increase drinking. A quarter of hundreds of songs, from 2009-2011, contained alcoholic references. A quarter of today’s music contain
them which increases chances for underage and more drinking. Music lyrics does more; it causes behavior change. Third, violent lyrics. Aggressive personalities grow by listening to them often. “...teenagers who are already at risk for these types of thoughts and feelings that violent song lyrics can lead to more aggressive thoughts and feelings.” says Ms. Sloyer. Aggressive thoughts and feelings will develop more if they listen to violent lyrics. Overall, degrading sexual lyrics leads teens to pursue advanced levels of sexual activity than ones who do not. A quarter of today’s music contains alcoholic references which increases chances for underage and increased drinking. Aggressive thoughts and feelings will develop more if they listen to violent lyrics. Music lyrics affects teenagers because of degrading sexual lyrics, alcoholic references, and violent lyrics. To prevent terrible actions, inappropriate music should be restricted. Sincerely, Tam Vu
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by Lauren West The noise of yelling and cheering fill the gym. very eye is on the players running down the court. Anxious fans are on the edge of their seats as they look at the close score of the teams. With every point made, the spectators get more and more e cited. The room is filled with a high energy that is only present when playing a rival school. very game is played like a championship match. Throughout their years at S S, most students can agree on who they believe the rival schools to be. ayden is our rival because r. onaghan used to work there, said unior Mackenzie Moylan. Our rival is Shawnee eights, e plained unior aymi leiner lot of people know students from there and that makes them much more competitive when playing against them. ayden, Washburn ural, and Shawnee eights are our rivals because they trash talk the most, said unior akayla Wischnack. ll of the high school’s biggest rivals are in the entennial eague, so they are seen often throughout the season The student section can always be heard, but it is especially loud when playing a rival. Whenever we play a rival school, the whole student section goes crazy with every point that we score, e plained unior adison ean. The players are not the only one’s who are competing during the games. heers aimed at the opposing school’s student section can be heard throughout the game. The student sections compete ust as much as the players, said unior ylee arrelson, we always make it our goal to be bigger, better and louder than the other student section. The students aren’t the only ones who recognize the rivalry between schools. Teachers and administration en oy the healthy competition among the Topeka schools. Seaman vs. ayden is our biggest rivalry, said rincipal ike onaghan “There is a rich tradition of the two schools competing against each other. While the games can be nerve wracking for the fans and players, most students would agree that they are the most fun to attend. The events with the highest attendance are often against the rivals of S S. I love going to the games against ayden, Shawnee eights, and Washburn ural. They are always really close - Madison Dean and there is never a dull moment, said unior enna Wilson.
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e tras and performers have to sign a document saying they will keep the performance a secret over million people watched the show children are often used as stadium fillers ady aga did not get paid for her performance she had two costume changes with no mishaps the beginning of her performance started on the roof of the stadium
Whenever we play a rival school, the whole t dent ec on goe CRAZY with every point that we score.
infographic by auren West
PINNED: Junior Gavin Heydenreich pins his opponent down at the Gardner-Edgerton dual here at Seaman High School. (Photo by Jade Slimmer) DETERMINED: Juniors Cooper Garman and Dawson Morstorf hang siding on the habitat house on a very cold February afternoon. (Photo by Colton Sturgeon)
CHILLED: Superintendent Dr. Steve Noble, Adapted P.E. teacher Candi Haeffner and Principal Mike Monaghan participate in the Polar Plunge at Lake Shawnee. (Photo by Kelly Neiman)
BELT IT: Junior Lauren Mills lip syncs “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone at the Key Club sponsored K.U.P. project lip sync battle. (Photo by Zach Patton)
DANCING: Seniors Josh Pagan and Maria Grimes dance together at the Vikettes guy/girl dance during hafltime at the boys varsity game against Washburn Rural. (Photo by Kylie Cox)
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