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The WIND TURBINE program has produced 436 Kw of power and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 445 lbs. since its installation. CHEERLEADING clinics are April 11 and April 12 from 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. and 3:30p.m. - 5p.m. Tryouts are April 13 starting at 3:30 p.m.

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The MUSICAL, “Curtains” will be March 8, 9, and 10 at 7 p.m. in the SHS auditorium.

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by Shelby Ronsse Passes for getting out of classes all day, free pizza lunches, and enjoying an entire afternoon devoted to fun. These are all rewards that the Seaman High Academic Recognition Program, also known as S.H.A.R.P., offers. Unfortunately, this may all come to an end due to the financial hardships that S.H.A.R.P. is currently dealing with. “This year we have struggled financially due to fewer donations since many businesses are dealing with the tough economy,” says Mrs. Barb Chamberlain, head sponsor. The school doesn’t even give any money to this program. “With all the budget cuts, an “extra” program like SHARP isn’t in the budget,” said Chamberlain. Another fundraising option for S.H.A.R.P. is a booster club. Mrs. Chamberlain claims, “It would be wonderful if the school could help, but I understand the limitations. I think an Academic Booster Club would be wonderful! I know there are parents who are willing to help with such an organization, and I plan to talk to Mr. Vinduska about this.” As of right now, Ms. Chamberlain is going through desperate measures to keep S.H.A.R.P. alive, requiring all committee members to obtain at least two donations that are used to make sure there are enough prizes to give out at the school assemblies in September and January. S.H.A.R.P. has tried other moneymakers. A few years ago in December 2010, S.H.A.R.P. started holding a Barnes & Noble fundraiser to help out with the finances. However, S.H.A.R.P. only retains 20 percent of all the profits, and that is if that customer is wearing the S.H.A.R.P. sticker. Overall, this fundraiser typically leaves the program with $200. However, there is another plan in the works. According to Mrs. Chamberlain, S.H.A.R.P. is currently selling flower bulbs from a company that offers a broad selection of flowers, and even strawberry plants. “These would make great gifts for Mother’s Day, too!   These flowers can be purchased from any S.H.A.R.P. committee member or any S.H.A.R.P. sponsor,” Chamberlain said. Regardless of these troubles, Mrs. Chamberlain lets her enthusiasm outshine all of this, declaring, “I hope that the program is better than ever! And I’d be very happy if we received enough donations so we wouldn’t have to worry about finances Finally, I hope that even MORE students can earn a S.H.A.R.P card and enjoy the rewards!”

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FORMER SEAMAN ST UDENT Justin Glasgow speaks about his success and inspires a crowd gathered at the SHARP assembly. (Photo by Mitchel Carver)

Science teacher Brooke Henry has been honored with the Horizon award from the Kansas State Department of Education. The Horizon award was established to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. Henry was among only 32 teachers that were honored from across the state with the award. She was nominated by the administration in September and was told about her award after being called into Mr. Vinduska’s office for an “emergency meeting.” “I was initially very nervous, but then they quickly told me that KSDE was on the phone, and via speakerphone, she announced to me that I was selected as a Horizon Award winner. It was very exciting,” Henry said. Henry will attend the KEEN Conference at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on Feb. 23 and 24 when the nominees will be honored with a luncheon that the administration and Henry’s friends will attend. “I feel very humbled and honored to have been selected by our administration, and then to have been selected as a regional winner for the Horizon Award. There are many deserving teachers in our State that should be recognized for their efforts and dedication to education, and this recognition reinforces that my colleagues see potential in me, encouraging me to continue learning and growing, to become a better educator,” Henry said.

Leap year babies celebrate (finally) by Shane Sumner staff writ er

Four little candles adorn the birthday cake as classmates surround the birthday girl. But the celebration is not for the typical four-year old. This time the party is for leap-year baby Dana Kottman, celebrating her fourth official birthday on Feb. 29th. Connor Tjelmeland also shares this special leap year birthday. “I think it’s a unique quality to have, my friends and family always give me a hard time joking that I’m only four years old, when I tell people that I am a leap day baby, most of them don’t know what that means, but the ones that do says it’s cool and try and guess my age,” says Dana Kottman. “It’s pretty special, I get to celebrate my birthday two days when it isn’t a leap year,” said Connor Tjelmeland. “It’s cool being a leap day baby because not very many

Four band members made ALL-STATE BAND. They are going to perform in Wichita in late February at KMEA. These students are Abigail Baeten, oboe; Kolton Colhouer, percussion; Chris Bonnewell, percussion; and Nick Shaw, percussion. SHARP (Seaman High Academic Recognition Program) is in the midst of another flower bulb fundraiser. The organization receives 50 percent of the sales for their program. Order directly from the website at www.flowerpowerfundraising. com/i/t/245025/NO85a9726U7J.

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people have the same birthday as me at school, and I also turn the same age twice,” says Dana Kottman. “I think its cool, I get to celebrate my birthday two days a year when it isn’t a leap year, most people say that it must suck only have one birthday every four years, but sometimes I get things cheaper because I technically only four years old,” says Connor Tjelmeland.

The IMPROV COMEDY SHOW for 3 and 4 star SHARP students will be Feb. 22 during seminar. A record number of 69 students will be competing in HISTORY DAY on Saturday, Feb. 25 at WU (History Day) The awards ceremony is at 3:30 pm. NATIONAL FFA WEEK is Feb. 21-24. Each day of the week, three farm toys will be hidden throughout the school. The three people that find them (all students and staff are eligible) just have to return

them to Ms. Thompson is W-11 to claim their prize. Conrad Kabus placed fifth in the FFA junior division with his speech at East Central District competition on Jan. 11. The poultry team took sixth place overall at the Feb.2 competition. Carly Cornelison, Eric Vincent and Abbey Harrison were the top three individuals from SHS. FFA members sold over $6000 during the FRUIT AND MEAT SALES. Larkin Downing was the top seller with over $500.

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On-line options jazz up gift giving by Shelby Ronsse and Katelyn Rollins staff writ ers

Tired of the same chocolate and flowers for Valentines day? Access to on-line shopping now gives thoughtful lovers a chance to locate unique gifts quickly. The ThinkGeek company is the place to shop for original valentines. The 8-bit Dynamic Life Shirt carries an interactive t-shirt with a lifebar of hearts that light up. When you are not next to that significant other, only a few hearts light up. When you and sweetie are together, the full bar of hearts lights up. Thinkgeek.com $17.99-$24.99. For the ladies who like their stuffed teddy bears, here’s a unique addition to the collection. The Plush Beating Heart is anatomically correct and beats when shaken. It is sure to blend in nicely with any bedroom décor. Only $17.99 from the people at Thinkgeek.com. ThinkGeek also has the heart hand warmer. For just $4.99, buy your loved one a heart shaped plastic blob of chemicals that keep hands warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Cats love them too. For the player who has multiple gifts to purchase, buy in bulk. Orientaltrading. com can get Romeo 33 different chocolate lips individually wrapped in red foil for only $3.99. For that very special sweetie, bigfunnycards.com sells, well, big funny cards. A 36” X 48” personalized love message can be sent to a lover for $39.50. They also carry smaller sizes for less, with a variety of designs to meet the most discriminating tastes. Amazon.com has the answer for valentines who have a more childlike outlook on life. Remember Elmo? “My Fuzzy Valentine” takes kids back to Sesame Street with Elmo and the gang – and it’s only 8 pages long for $4.99. Traditional lovers have a soft spot for conversation hearts. Now take “Be Mine” to a whole new level. Conversational Hearts Personalized Puzzle and Tin offers the consumer a 252-piece puzzle personalized with the lovers’ names. Also through amazon.com, this product sells for $29.95 and can ship in 1-2 days. Finally, As Seen On TV comes through in a pinch. The Snugglestrap is a handy little gadget the snaps to the shoulder strap of the seatbelt making it more comfortable. It comes in the shape of a stuffed animal …and it sold in pairs.

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How are you going “I am going to watch “I am going to spend it “I am going to send Notebook while with my cat.” myself flowers and to survive Valentines the simultaneously reading it.” Travis Kesinger, 11 chocolate.” Day alone? Katelyn Ford, 12 Brady Canon, 10

Country break-up lyrics say it best by Delaney Hiegert and Raechel Puglisi staff writ ers

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, there are quite a few students spending it alone. Argueably, country-western artists put the passion into breaking up. Let them provide some company and soften the blow. 1.A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans: “I’m done thinking that you could ever change. “I know my heart will never be the same, but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay, even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.” 2. You’ll Think of Me by Keith Urban: “Take your records, take your freedom, take your memories, I don’t need ‘em, take your space and take your reasons, but you’ll think of me.” 3.What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts : “What hurts the most, was being so close, and having so much to say, and watching you walk away.” 4.Best Days of Your Life by Kellie Pickler : “Cause I’ll be there in the back of your mind, from the day we met till you made me cry, and it’s just to bad you already had the best days, they best days of

your life.” 5.White Horse by Taylor Swift: “Got lost in your eyes and never really had a chance, my mistake, I didn’t know that to be in love you had to fight to have the upper hand.” 6.Leave the Pieces by The Wreckers: “There’s nothing you can do or say, you’re gonna b r e a k my heart anyway, so just leave the pieces when you go.” 7.Better than Revenge by Taylor Swift: “Soon she’s gunna find stealing other people’s toys on the playground won’t make you many friends. She should keep in mind, there is nothing I do better than revenge.” 8.Pray For You by Jaron and the Long Road to Love: “I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill, I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to.” 9.Let it Rain by David Nail: “So let it rain, let it pour, she don’t love me anymore, so let it come down on me.” 10.Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood: “I might’ve saved a little trouble for the next girl, ‘cause the next time that he cheats, oh, you know it won’t be on me.”

Pick-up lines help to attract all types Young or old, romantic or direct, pick-up lines can aide us all “I’ve got skittles in my mouth. Wanna taste the rainbow?”

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“Are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got FINE written all over you!”

“Can I take your picture? I want Santa to know exactly what I want for Christmas.”

“You have nicer legs than an isosceles right triangle!”

“Are you a sheep? Because your body is unbaaaalievable.”

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Important to spot teen abuse African-American history month by Shelby Slimmer editor-in-chief Dating violence is a big problem among teens. According to Peace At Home DC, nationwide, nearly one in 10 high school students have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Most teens in a relationship don’t realize how serious dating violence is and do not report it because they’re afraid of their partner. Recognizing the different types of abuse can build awareness. Physical- Physical violence occurs when one person tries to control, harm or injure the other person. Examples include kicking, spitting, pinching, hitting, or slapping. Emotional- Emotional violence happens when someone is verbally assaulted and their self-confidence is lowered. This type of violence affects the mind instead of the body. Examples include embarrassing the person in public, calling them names or telling them they’re not good enough. Sexual- Sexual abuse occurs when a person is sexually harassed, assaulted, or is forced to participate in unwanted activity. Financial- Financial abuse occurs when the victim’s partner cuts off all their access to financial information. Examples include denying access to financial resources,

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The entire month of February is dedicated to honor the rich culture of African-Americans and all of their achievements throughout the history of our nation. It was originally called “Negro History Week” and had its birth in 1926, but was exclusively celebrated within the AfricanAmerican community. In 1976, President Carter officially recognized that the entire month of February be dedicated to honor AfricanAmericans. He believed the adversity they had overcome merited distinction. The month-long celebration pays homage to everything accomplished in the civil rights movement and observes great achievements such as the Harlem renaissance, the Tuskegee airmen, and

countless other endeavors the community has gone on to conquer. African-Americans in recent days have reason to celebrate the present and future in that they possess an 82 percent high school graduation rate as well as accumulating $135.7 billion in blackowned business. There are currently 2.4 million African-Americans serving in our armed forces. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will be hosting the 22nd National African American Read-in on Feb. 12. Payless shoe stores are also selling $3 bracelets to raise money for the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship program. Partnering with the National Urban League, the organization raises scholarship money for qualified individuals.


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Mayor attempts to curb crime by Taylor Czajkowski

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ith the robbery rate in Topeka on the rise already in 2012, businesses all over the city have been searching or ways to curb crime. Robberies ranging from Orange Leaf to Hudson Crossing have left whole neighborhoods feeling unsettled. But Mayor Bill Bunten thinks he has the answer for this problem. He is trying to ban all hoodies and baseball caps from areas where security cameras are present. Asking people to take off their hoodies or baseball caps is an absurd way of trying to bring crime rates down. Just because everyone doesn’t doesn’t have the swag to rock a hoodie and a snapback, doesn’t mean they should be banned in businesses. Yes, our law enforcement officers rely heavily on surveillance to help catch people committing crimes, but

why punish people who just like to be warm, or look “fly” in a snapback? They need to use more rational ways to bring down the crime rate, other than banning hoodies and hats. Maybe instead of banning clothing that makes people “difficult to identify on camera,” they should upgrade their camera placement. Throw a ghillie suit over the camera to hide it, instead of leaving it in plain sight. Let’s bring those cameras down to eye level. Most security cameras do a much better job of photographing the top of a robber’s head than capturing facial features. People who commit crimes and know where the cameras are located know how to hide their faces. Let’s not punish the everyday person who wants to wear a hoodie, just because our law enforcement can’t camouflage the cameras. I realize crime rates have people looking for speedy solutions, but let’s look for some that are at least realistic.

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Where is creativity measured in testing? by Katelyn Rollins staff writ er

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he dreadful long hours, the mind-numbing problems, and the stress of waiting for the results. When anyone hears the words “standardized testing”, he or she will likely complain about the time being wasted. Standardized testing determines the success or failure of students, teachers, schools, as well as the amount of money rewarded. These tests have not always been popular amongst the students. One must ask, “Are we measuring the intelligence of the students or are we simply measuring test-taking abilities?” Many believe that standardized tests are inaccurate, biased, affect the placement of students, and those who are not successful test-takers can feel the burden of standardized testing. Does standardized testing really help? In reality, no, standardized tests are completely unrealistic, and do ab-

solutely nothing to help us later in life. Standardized testing only presents the results of achievements and academic skills. These tests are guidelines of what a student should test at, but what if you don’t hit the mark! What about imagination, creativity, conceptual thinking, curiosity, and judgment? These skills are utilized in every day life, so shouldn’t these skills be on standardized tests as well. Schools do not focus on the use of these skills because the criteria is too focused on the results of standardized tests. Evaluations should include graduation rate and other scholarly achievements. Standardized testing should measure other aspects like imagination and judgment because not all students are great test-takers and it shows in the results. What about an evaluation for student participation in extra curricular activities? Research shows that kids who are active and engage in school, stay in school. Let’s evaluate that.

Tobacco policy questioned by student by Jake T honen staff writ er

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onsequences are in place for having tobacco products at school, and even when our age permits us to buy it, we still can’t take it to school. But what about using tobacco products away from school when you are 18 and still a student at Seaman High School? The standardized policies for extra curricular activities section of our SHS handbook presents no information regarding this scenario, although our school resource officer Randy Diederich, as well as Assistant Principal Brad Dietz explains that since you are still attending the school you must abide by its policies. Therefore, if you are competing in any extracurricular activities as an 18-year-old, you are not permitted

by the school to use tobacco, even if you are legally able to purchase it. The consequences are the same as if you were underaged. Suspended from one extracurricular activity. Is this a suspension of your rights to consume tobacco since you are legal if are you still under the schools jurisdiction being away from home? Some may ask, “How can you be punished for doing something you are legally allowed?” That would be an appropriate question except that when you go out for an extracurricular activity, you must agree to the school policies and one of those policies is to abstain from tobacco use. So we must ask, does the school have the authority to overstep the law of permitted tobacco use with its policies, or the public school system, being a government entity be right to punish one for breaking its policy?

SOPA, PIPA postponed because of massive protest by Alex Hamilton assistant editor

When republican Senator Lamar Smith from Texas introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), he probably was not aware of the massive protest soon to come from SOPA. Jan. 18 was the largest online protest in history to stop the Internet censorship bills, an estimated 7,000 sites in total, protested. Many high-profile companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and Yahoo protested the proposed legislation by “censoring” their own sites for a day. Google for instance put a big black censorship box over the prominent logo on the site. Other well-known sites like Wikipedia, Craigslist, Reddit and TwitPic went completely black on this day for a period of time, many from 8 in the morning until 8 at night. Going black means to completely shut down the site and anyone who visited the site would see a page saying something about SOPA and it’s sister act in the Senate, Protect IP Act (PIPA). Tumblr (a well known blogging site) started placing censorship blocks over users’ text in an attempt to get people to call their senators. According to Tumblr’s official twitter account, 90 thousand users called in complaints and protests, averaging 3.6 calls per second to the Senate. Google claims to have collected over four and a half million signatures in a petition against SOPA. Members of Anonymous, a hacktivist group (the

group who shut down the PSN over the summer) claim responsibility for slowing/shutting down proSOPA organizations’ Web sites such as the Justice Department, FBI, Universal Music Group, Recording Industry Association of America, Motion Picture Association of America and CBS.com in a denial of service attack. Anonymous also threatened to shut down all of Facebook’s 60,000 servers on Jan. 28 had the legislators not postponed their attempt to pass SOPA. SOPA and PIPA are attempts by the government to stop online piracy, however, these acts give way to much power to the government by allowing them to take legal affirmative against sites that they feel are allowing or enabling copyright infringement. They will be able to sue any site that has not removed the blacklisted sites from their own. This would include and shut down search engines, blog sites, or directories. It would allow private corporations to create their own blacklists of Web sites that they feel are infringing their copyrights, which seems would contain a whole lot of bias. It’s almost as if a legal mafia would be formed, which would control the majority of sites everyday users visit. If enacted, “an entire Web site containing tens of thousands of pages could be targeted if only a single page were accused of infringement,” says Laurence Tribe, a big time law professor and author at Harvard, says that both of these are unconstitutional bills. Many say the proposed legislation is threatening free speech and innovation. Wikipedia alleged that SOPA is “an Internet blacklist bill (that) would allow corporations, organiza-

WIKIPEDIA black out page in protest of SOPA. (Photo provided by SodaHead) tions, or the government to order an Internet service provider to block an entire Web site simply due to an allegation that the site posted infringing content.” “Speeding is illegal too, but you don’t put speed bumps on the highway,” says Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes. She also believes that instead of enacting “bad legislation,” we should be taking measures to protect the open net.


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Doodling keeps mind focused on lesson by Alex Hamilton assistant editor

Many doodlers, fidgeters or foot tappers get a bad rap from their peers and instructors, sometimes being sarcastically asked by the proctor, “I’m sorry, was I distracting you?” The obvious meaning of the question is clear: pay attention. The assumption being made is that they were paying more attention to their drawing or pencil twirling than to the lecture. The reality of the situation is that this is a very effective way of paying attention and retaining information. When asked to just sit and listen to a lecture, people tend to daydream. This addictive hobby that most people succumb to, is something that takes up one’s entire

attention span. Rather than focusing on what is being said, one’s entire mind is focused on this alternate reality where every aspect is controlled by their wants and wishes so the daydreaming takes up most of or the entire cognitive load of a person. The cognitive load theory states that the mind has a finite amount of attention to give and once occupied, it stops processing other information passing through. The theory is very well utilized by magicians who keep the audience from catching onto their sleight of hand by having them concentrate on a bigger, more flourished movement. “It takes a large cognitive load to daydream. That has a big impact on the task you’re meant to be doing,” said Jackie Andrade, a University of Plymouth psychologist.

There are several ways that people pay attention and a common method is doodling. The cognitive load can only handle so much, but doodling only takes up a fraction of a person’s attention span. It forces the brain to use enough energy to refrain from daydreaming, but keeps it from using too much to pay attention. “Doodling takes only a small cognitive load, but it’s just enough to keep your mental resources focused on the main task,” adds Andrade. To test her theory, Andrade had 40 people listen to a two and a half minute voicemail that mentions 16 pieces of information. Half of the 40 were asked to doodle while listening and the other half just try to focus on it without any alternative activities. “…the doodling group performed better on the monitoring task and recalled 29

percent more information on a surprise memory test. Unlike many dual task situations, doodling while working can be beneficial,” writes Jackie in her Applied Cognitive Psychology article. These freehand drawings can also be used to reference and help them recall later what they have learned. Associate Professor Shaaron Ainsworth at the University of Nottingham’s School of Psychology did another study on the topic. Ainsworth had her science students free hand draw alongside their notes since science is usually presented alongside visual aids. She stresses that instead of replacing writing or talking, doodling should simply complement the learning process. “It was both more effective and enjoyable to learn through drawing,” she says.

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Top A ‘ pps’ hit the charts for users compiled by Mallory Searcy Swakker Doodle- Only for iPads and iPhones this app provides a place to draw and turn creations into real life items such as t-shirts and key chains, while sharing creations with others through social media.

Doodle Buddy- This free app allows finger painting with several colors and stamps. Also, this app helps other people draw together and can email to friends or post on facebook. handPaint- Doodling and painting is easier with this free version of the app and incorporates sketch books and backgrounds that make painting more exciting.

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Doodles say something about their creators by Raechel Puglisi staff writ er

Students tend to doodle away mindlessly during class without any thought to what their doodles actually mean. Little do they know the doodles they draw say a lot about their mood and personality. According to professional handwriting analyst Ruth Rostron “We tend to doodle when we are bored or stressed. Because of this, we’re usually only half-conscious of what we’re drawing — which means our inner preoccupations surface on paper.” So that little flower or star on those math notes actually have a deeper meaning behind them. To find out the hidden meanings of your doodles check the list below:

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“Chemistry. Because she’s such a good teacher, I don’t need to pay attention.” Brian Madeira, 11

“Geometry. I “Government have the feeling because I multitask. Listen at to doodle.” one time, doodle on another.” Domenic Douthit, 11 Emily Lehman, 12

“On a desk in AP Government. Other people come in to finish the doodle. The next class, I get to see the complete project.”

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“Spanish. [It] lets me express my feelings. It brings out my inner beauty.” Patrick Orton, 10

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Flowers: If the center of your flower is a circle, but your petals are pointy, you are probably hiding a warm heart behind prickly defensiveness. Hearts: Obviously a romantic doodle. Drawing a heart indicates you’re in love with love. Airplanes/Cars: Doodling any form of transportation often indicates a desire to escape from a situation. Spider Webs: This can symbolize a feeling of being trapped or the  desire to entice someone into a particular relationship or situation. Names: Doodling your name or initials is common for those who enjoy being the center of attention. Doodling someone else’s name, on the other hand, shows they are in your thoughts, perhaps romantically or because they are a presenting a problem for you. Stars: Ambitious people often draw stars. Lots of little stars indicate optimism. If you’ve drawn one big star you’ve got a definite goal in your sights. Neat, uniform stars suggest good mental focus, while freehand, asymmetric stars show an energetic personality. Zigzags: Zigzags are a particularly common doodle and show energetic thinking and a desire to get on with things. Stick Figures: Commonly doodled by highly successful people, the simple stick figure reveals someone who is in control of their emotions and incredibly focused on their goals in life.

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February 10, 2012

Barth family welcomes new addition soon by Mallory Searcy staff writ er

Imagine welcoming a new family member into a home, taking care of all of their immediate needs before anyone else’s, and loving them as if they have been there all along. This is exactly what the Barth family is fulfilling with their upcoming adoption. Sophomore and junior students Emily and Tyler Barth are welcoming a four year old girl from eastern Europe named Olga to their family. Mother Katie Barth said, “For me adopting has been something I have always wanted. When Randy and I first married we talked about adopting, but then we had our four children, and we put it off for a while. But it has always been in the back of my mind. Randy was open to the idea, and in the last five years we have seen so many kids that needed homes. Our kids are older now

and it just seemed like the right time.” According to www.adoptioninstitute. org, international adoptions have more than doubled in the last 11 years. Among those adoptions, 43 percent of the children are between one and four years of age just like Olga. The Barth’s planning began last year when they first started thinking about adopting in the United States. Shortly after learning about the paperwork and applications required, the Barth’s had a revelation. “Things weren’t going as planned with adopting here, and a picture was sent as a prayer request, but it wasn’t the only one we have ever received. I opened the picture and Olga looked just like our kids. The reason we thought she was the one was not only how she looked, but that her need was so urgent. We didn’t have a lot of time to think about it and the kids were on board,” said Katie. “In eastern Europe when a child

with special needs turns four and hasn’t been adopted yet, they are moved from an orphanage to adult mental institution. Almost 200 children under the age of four are in Olga’s orphanage since they don’t have foster systems like the U.S.,” said Mrs. Barth. Sophomore Emily Barth became attached immediately and said that her whole family fell in love with Olga. Olga has a condition called cerebral palsy and can’t yet walk. The Barth family is planning on starting her out with physical therapy and braces to help correct bones and strengthen her muscles. To prepare for their adoption, parents Katie and Randy Barth are planning on taking eight hours of online classes and two hours of reading books and meeting with social workers. They also are planning on taking a 10 week class about adopting in America just to learn more about the whole process. Emily Barth said, “We all wanted to

Olga Is one of 200 children under the age of four in her eastern European orphanage. (Photo provided by Emily Barth)

give her a better chance at life and this whole experience has been so humbling because many people have reached out and offered their help and support.”

Student enjoys visit to Haiti

Taking an in-depth look at colleges

by Delaney Hiegert

by Shelby Ronsse

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This past summer, sophomore Austin Rains went on quite the adventure. On July 15 of 2010, he set out for a weeklong trip to Haiti. Austin, as well as other high school student in the area, set out on a mission trip for their church, Topeka First Assembly of God. They stayed in a small village about 30 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. Once they adjusted to their new surroundings, they settled into a routine. In the mornings they would lead Vacation Bible School with the kids in the village, teaching them about God through Bible stories, songs, and arts and crafts. This way, the students made their visit fun while still getting their message across. They didn’t venture into the big cities too often, so they didn’t see the worst of the damage from the earthquakes. However, in the afternoons and evenings, they would go to different villages and help paint and fix houses.

Austin Rains with children from the Haitian village. (Photo provided by Austin Rains)

Rains said, “We got to use machetes when we needed to cut stuff. That was pretty cool.” Overall, it was a learning experience for both the kids in Haiti as well as the students who visited them. Everyone

had to chance to bond and they all we’re a little closer from the trip. “The main purpose was to reach out to the youth there, and show them God’s love. It was a great experience, and I’d love to go back,” said Austin.

For juniors, and especially seniors, graduation is right around the corner, which means college is not too far behind. Despite how quickly graduation is approaching, some students still haven’t got a clue about where they’re going to go for college next year. Before determining a good college, there are some key points that should be kept in mind, beyond who has the best parties or most promiscuity. According to collegetoolkit.com, “The key to finding a group of colleges that best match your preferences is to start early, identify the factors that are most important to you, cast a wide net, and continue to narrow down your choices based on additional information that you gather.” In order to do so, here is a list of 10 factors that should be taken into consideration when finding the right college. 1. Location: Determine whether to stay close to home or go off into another region of the country. 2. Enrollment: Consider a range of school sizes around what you believe is ideal for you. 3. Setting: Do you prefer learning in a remote setting like in the country or in a big city such as New York? 4. Safety: Is the college is secured? Inquire about campus security officers, dorm entrance security, available transportation, outdoor lighting and emergency phones, as well as the crime rate. 5. Public or Private: Remember

that private schools cost way more than public schools do. However, they also have a whole new pool of financial aid to access. 6. Religious or NonDenominational: While most colleges are secular, some do take religion seriously. 7. Single-sex or Coed: Most colleges are coed, but research from collegetoolkit.com has shown that women who go to an all-women college are more successful in life. 8. Academic Focus: Find out what that college’s most popular majors are because that determines the strength and focus on that subject. However, do not fret if your major is not one of the top three. 9. Structured or Free Environment: Each college has its own requirements for each major, some being strict on electives that can be taken, with other allowing students a wide-range of choices as to what they can take. 10. Extracurricular Activities: Think about what you would like to do outside of classes, such as sports, clubs, sororities/ fraternities, band, etc. Another factor not mentioned on this list, is of course tuition. It’s crucial to know whether or not if the college is affordable, but scholarships and financial aid can be used to help with that. By going over this list and looking at each criterion carefully, you’ll find the right college for yourself in no time. Happy hunting.

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Wrestlers achieve in classroom, on mat by Trenton Miller sports editor

Many coaches boast of maintaining high standards for their teams both inside the classroom and out. For wrestling coach Patrick Kelly, he can proudly admit that this season, his team has been tremendously well-rounded. Each year, Coach Kelly sets a goal for the entire team to earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The 31 member squad currently holds a cumulative GPA of 3.26. In addition, Kelly has recognized the top 14 GPAs to be a “Gold Standard Team,” where the cumulative GPA of the top 14 is at least 3.75. This year’s top 14 holds a 3.9 GPA. “I definitely believe there is a corelation between success in athletics and in the classroom. Its important for the kids to know that the student-athlete is real, not just talked about,” explained Coach Kelly. Philosophically, Kelly is correct because the boys are taking care of business on the mats, too. With only half the usual line-up, the team secured

Swimmers qualify for State by Ryder Chaffee staff writ er

Today, the swimmers are competing in the Centennial League Championship Meet at the KSU Natatorium in Manhattan. With five swimmers already guaranteed a spot in state, sophomore,Jake Wyer is confident that the team will do well. Jake is a first-year swimmer and has made it to State along with seniors Zach Henderson and Josey McNorton. Joining those three are juniors, Connor Henderson and Travis Kesinger. All three relay teams have made it to state, which are the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, and the 400 Free Relay. “The guys have really stepped up and embraced their leadership roles, and the underclassman have responded well,” says head coach Daryl Halsey. With so many young and new s w i m m e r s , State leadership is a key role for the team this Qualifiers year. There are 10 Jake sophomores on the Wyer team and only one is a returnee. Zach “So far they Henderson have exceeded my expectations, and Josey I am very excited McNorton to see how much they can achieve Connor not only at our Henderson Championship meets but also next Travis year as returning Kesinger juniors,” says Halsey. “I’ve had to learn a lot about swimming and the technique but I’ve picked it up really fast and enjoy participating in the sport,” says Jake Wyer. ­ Aside from the meet today, their next meet is State at the Capital Federal Natatorium in Topeka on Feb. 17 and 18.

T he 31-member squad currently holds a cumulative GPA of 3.26. In addition, Kelly has recognized the top 14 GPAs to be a “Gold Standard Team,” where the cumulative GPA of the top 14 is at least 3.75. T his year’s top 14 holds a 3.9 GPA. fifth place in the 14 team Southeast Kansas Invitational in Chanute. Seniors AJ Brown and Aaron Cool walked away with individual titles in a tournament field that included six ranked teams. “We performed well as a team. It puts us as a disadvantage without our

full squad, but we did a good job of working with what we had and competiing,” explained senior Aaron Cool, who leads the team with 28 wins. This past weekend, the wrestlers competed and placed fourth out of 17 teams in the Silver Lake Invitational. Junior Dylan Hall pinned-out for an indiviual title, but despite still being down five key wrestlers, Coach Kelly wasn’t completely satisfied with their effort. “We did well, but we just haven’t quite put together a breakout performance yet this year.” Coach Kelly’s wrestlers are now ranked seventh in the state’s class 5A rankings ahead of their Centennial League Tournament tomorrow, Feb. 11, at Highland Park. Kelly knows there is still plenty of work to be done before regionals and state, but has highlighted this tournament as a big first step into postseason. “League is an important meet in the State process, because it’s a place to gain momentum,

SENIOR DYLAN KADOUS puts a returning state runner-up in a single leg grab. (Photo by Kelsi Wenger)

Wheelchair basketball player finds success by Shane Sumner staff writ er

Some might recognize him as the wheelchairbound speedster during passing periods, but many don’t know the secret identify of junior Josh Ruoff, basketball player. Josh was born with Spina Bifida, a disease that damages the spinal cord and attacks the nerves. There are different levels of Spina Bifida, and Josh is a L3, L4 which means his third and fourth lumbar discs in his spine are affected. But all of that is put aside when Josh takes the court. Josh is part of a junior boy’s wheelchair basketball team in Kansas City called the Pioneers. “I always had a love for sports and when I heard of a team that practiced here in Topeka, I immediately joined,” says Josh. Josh, who has been playing since

“I just love the feeling of having a basketball in my hands and having fun with my great teammates.” Junior Josh Ruoff JOSH RUOFF takes the ball down the court during summer basketball camp at University of Missouri.

he was 12, uses a different wheelchair for basketball other than the one he speeds up and down the hallways in during school. “The chair I have now was around $600, but we are in the process of getting a new one that is around $3600. It’s different from my regular chair because it is lighter and quicker. The wheels are chambered, turning them to an angle, which makes it more aerodynamic,” said Josh. “We’ve traveled to St. Louis, Tulsa, Dallas, and at the end of the month we are going to Nashville. If we qualify for Nationals we will go

to Colorado Springs,” said Josh. “The sport is definitely rough, and you can’t be afraid to get knocked around. One drill that we do at practice is to pick ourselves back up after tipping.” The rules for wheelchair basketball are similar to regular basketball, except a player gets two pushes before having to dribble, and there is no double dribble. “I love playing basketball, as soon as I started playing I fell in love with the game. I just love the feeling of having a basketball in my hands and having fun with my great teammates.”

Lady Vikes pave way to win Centennial league title by Taylor Czajkowski staff writ er

The game tonight is going to be a tough one, as Manhattan is 13-1 and 7-0 in Centennial League play. Going to their place is not going to be an easy task either, but the girls look to have another game like they did against Junction City. Coach Alexander said, “I think against Junction City, we played well offensively and limited our turnovers, and we also played great defense.” The Lady Vikes are 11-3 and currently ranked 3rd in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. The girls have been on the move up the standings since their loss in overtime to Blue Valley in the Topeka West tournament. Currently the Lady Vikes are seeded first in their sub-state. Other teams in the sub-state include Topeka West, Shawnee Heights, Highland Park, Emporia, Lansing, KC Washington and KC Schlagle. The girls are trying to hold on to that number 1 seed,

“We have to keep up the hard work and keep pushing the younger players to help us get where we want to end up, in the State tournament.” Senior Mallory Diederich

but have six tough games remaining. “We have to keep up the hard work and keep pushing the younger players to help us get where we want to end up, in the State tournament,” said senior guard Mallory Diederich. The four seniors have really came through and done a great job providing leadership for the young players. The six returning varsity players have really stepped up, and are prepared to take on the rest of their season and hopefully win Centennial League.

SHELBY SLIMMER brings the ball down the court in the 34-27 victory against Shawnee Heights. (Photo by Tyler Huddleston)


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Reasons exist to keep the ‘Border Showdown’ alive by Trenton Miller sports editor

SENIOR ADAM HEALD closes out on a Topeka High player. Heald also led the team with 12 points and 8 rebounds. “We have really come together as a team and have improved tremendously,” said Heald. (Photo by Suzanne Marshall)

Boys looking for strong finish by Tyler Bushnell staff writ er

The end is near. Seniors Adam Heald, Tyler Ward, Trayl Chaffee, and Mason Miller are looking forward for the start of Sub-State. Sub-State being only 19 day away, the team is looking for the final push towards a last effort of picking up momentum going into the tournament. Trayl Chaffee added, “Our record might not show it, but we are improving our skills and fundamentals every day

and we will be at our best when Sub-State arrives.” Since the end of Christmas break and the start of 2012, the Vikes have a record of (3-6). The hard work and team chemistry building has shown within the past few weeks. “The team’s chemistry in starting to grow and show later in the season. At the start of the season, we lacked the strong chemistry that most teams need for success. Now we are beginning to hit our strive,” said Tyler Ward.

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A bloody rich history between the states of Kansas and Missouri date back to the political turbulence and era deemed Bleeding Kansas. Following the Civil War, it is said that the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri used athletic events to aid the states during the healing process. The heated fiasco kicked off when KU chose their nickname to be Jayhawkers (now Jayhawks), a term used to describe the militant bands affiliated with the freestate cause, who often fought against proslavery groups from Missouri. An intense rivalry ensued, beginning with the first football game between the two schools in 1891. Kansas and Missouri have now met on the football field 120 times with Missouri leading the disputed series 56-55-9. This series is the secondmost-played rivalry in college football history. Missouri won perhaps the final Border Showdown 24-10 at Arrowhead Stadium last November. The basketball squads first met up in 1907 and have since played 265 times, most recently last weekend in Columbia, MO, where the Tigers won 74-71. However, KU leads the 104-year-long series 171-95 and are seeking revenge Feb. 25 in Lawrence. But this could be the end. Missouri is departing the Big XII for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) on July 1, 2012. The fate of the Border Showdown is currently unknown, but both schools have expressed interests in continuing the rivalry through non-conference contests. And despite Bill Self’s negative thoughts on the subject, the decision seems clear to many others. Here are four simple reasons to keep Border Showdown alive. 1. History: The Border Showdown’s immense history shouldn’t die due to an unfortunate business decision from Missouri athletics. With the oldest current college sports rivalry west of the Mississippi River at stake, it would be terrible to see KU-Mizzou end, when other solutions are available. 2. Fanfare: The average attendance to the last five KU-Missouri football games at Arrowhead Stadium was 66,515. During the winter, each school has sold out their home basketball game for the last 10 meetings. It’s obvious the fans care, so why shouldn’t the athletic directors at each school?

3. High Blood Pressure: Three of the last five football games have been decided by eight points or less, while four of the last 10 basketball contests have had a margin of six or less. While KU dominates in basketball and Mizzou in football, the games have entertained for years and are highlights of each school’s season. 4. Money – Missouri’s annual athletic income may increase in the SEC, but their annual revenue for playing KU at Arrowhead Stadium is increased by nearly $2 million, and this goes as well for KU. A new deal would need to be worked out at Arrowhead too, but each would surely rake in more dough. Over time, most money in college athletics is made through donors. Donors donate when their teams wins, right? No guarantee Mizzou does well in the SEC, but they’ll surely donate after a win over KU. This easily works both ways. Plus, each school sells out their home basketball game every year, on top of their television network deals. Money should only aid the issue. There’s no doubt the Border Showdown is one of college athletics richest traditions. It would be a shame for it to end so abruptly in July, especially when something could be worked out. Whether or not a new KU-Mizzou deal will be finalized, we do not know, but it’s easy to say that we would all be at loss if there isn’t.

“So much has been made about the hatred and all that … I thought tonight (Feb. 4) − and this is hard for me to say to Mizzou people − but tonight was as good and classy an atmosphere as there is. I think it’ll be same when they come to our place (Feb. 25). I’m sure it will be.” - KU head coach Bill Self after their loss to Mizzou.

Bowlers aim for State title by Ryan Greenwood staff writ er

Out of the 13 tournaments the varsity bowling team has participated in this season, they have not finished worse than second place. “Things are looking really good for us,” said junior Austin Atwood. “We rallied as a team and wound up doing pretty solid for our school.Ashton Bigger bowled his new P.R. (personal record), an 812 series, to help us win in Lawrence.” The boys finished first at both the Westridge and Lawrence meets.The ladies are starting with a strong 6-2 record this season. Senior Courtney Bigger has bowled especially well of late, usually finishing in the top three for the team. “We have a good shot at reclaiming our state title again if we keep bowling well,” explained Bigger. Senior leader Alexis Hackler is out with a knee injury, but should return next meet if the injury heals correctly. Last year Hackler played a key role for the state championship. The boys team finished third at State in 2011, while the girls brought home a State championship. This year, both squads are eyeing the prize once again.

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