on the Kathryn Brooks plays semi-pro women’s football. Clarke family welcomes new addition. Nick Hurn and his band return from Memphis.
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Stueve battles liver cancer by Shelby Slimmer staff writ er
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Seaman High held a Taco Feed fundraiser for Emily Stueve, freshman biology teacher and former JV basketball coach, who is fighting liver cancer. Many people attended the game and enjoyed the food and silent auction. In honor of Ms. Stueve’s favorite
color, Seaman had a special orange out to let her know how much the students and staff appreciate her. Another fundraiser was held last week, on Feb. 15. The administration made an exception to let students use their cell phones during (continued on page 4)
Pence recovers from heart surgery Business teacher Jerry Pence is recovering from triple bypass heart surgery. He expects it will be two months before he returns to the classroom. Mr. Pence experienced tingling in his arms and chest tightness one evening, so he went to a hospital emergency room. At first, test were done to see if he had experienced a stroke, but eventually doctors determined he was having heart problems.
Before the procedure, doctors only expected to do two bypasses, but once the surgery was underway, doctors discovered a third bypass was necessary. According to Mr. Pence, he is feeling fine. He says he is right on schedule in his recovery.
SENIORS JESSE NADEAU and ABRA PIT T MAN perform the lumberjack song at the annual Viking Variety show, sponsored by the theatre department. T his was the first year that the show was opened to elementary and middle school students as well. T he next big project for the theatre department is “T horoughly Modern Millie” on March 10, 11 and 12. (Photo by Madison Kramer) TANNER FOST ER sings a solo while taking a break from his Master of Ceremonies duties. John Williams, sophomore, accompanies him in his act. Foster sang two different solos at the show: “Trouble” by Never Shout Never and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. (Photo by Madison Kramer)
History students compete tomorrow by Krysten Purkey editor in chief
Tomorrow, Mrs. Susan Sittenauer’s AP history students will be traveling to Washburn University for History day. The students will be starting their day at 7:30 a.m. to start the judging process. Then at 3 p.m. the awards ceremony will begin in Washburn rooms A and B on the main level of the Union. “My partner Abby Dittberner and I have been working on our exhibit since September,” said junior Brenna Morgart. History day is more than a textbook definition
CLIP The musical “THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE” will hit the SHS stage on March 10 ,11 and 12. The Jan. 24 Seaman High School BLOOD DRIVE collected 35 units of blood for the Community Blood Center. JUNIORS MaKayla Greeve and Adam Heald set up their display for their history class. Students take their projects to Washburn University this weekend for competition. (Photo by Paige Hildebrandt)
of a topic. Students start by picking their topic around the theme “Debate and Diplomacy.” Extensive research goes into making exhibits, research papers, websites,
and documentaries. An annotated bibliography is also required. “This process helps better prepare the students for college,” says Sittenauer.
Snow days save district money by Tyler Garst sports editor
While checking the weather report for another snow day or school closing announcement, instead of complaining, think about how much the school saves when U.S.D. 345 is cancelled for the day. Money is saved on bus drivers, paras, cooks, secretaries, lighting and diesel gas for the busses.
“The paras, secretaries, cooks, and drivers all have to either take a vacation day or a personal day,” said Principal Ron Vinduska. “Teachers are salaried employees and will be paid the same, 1/12th the amount of their salary each month,” said Vinduska. Seaman Superintendent Mike Mathes added, “We save $17,000 per day from classified salaries, busing and food service.”
VIKING JAZZ I has been selected to play at the Kansas Music Educators Association Convention today. The group was the only high school ensemble selected for the event this year. ACT PREP COURSES are being offered March 7 (Reading), March 8 (English), March 9 (Math), and March 15 (Science). All classes are from 6-8:30 p.m. Each class costs $10 or a student can enroll in all 4 sessions for $35. Pay the SHS bank and sign up with Mrs. Chamberlain in W-19 by Thursday, March 3.
Sophomore Breanna Dowd was elected FCCLA DISTRICT PRESIDENT after a questions/answer session and a 3-minute speech to her delegation. Dowd will receive some of her training at the National Leadership conference in Anaheim, California this summer.
At FCCLA DISTRICT EWest conference, junior Tyler Huddleston won a silver award in illustrated talk in the senior division and is going to State. Freshmen Delaney Hiegert and Rachel Riedy earned silver in National Programs in Action competition in the junior division.
COLLEGE CORNER by Erin Sumner staff writ er
•Finish financial aid forms. Being late can literally cost you. •Tell your parents you need their 1040 tax information. •You can estimate the financial aid you will receive. •Have school send updated transcripts or mid-year reports if needed. •Pay attention to correspondence from college. •Keep your grades up!
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Friday Feb. 25,2011
Unexpected senior takes the field as left tackle by Erin Sumner STAFF WRIT ER A play is being called, “Right 13,L Reverse.” The players run to fulfill their assigned duties, but there’s a noticeable difference in these players. They are women. Senior Kathryn Brooks is a part of the semi- pro women’s football team in Kansas. It all began when senior Kathryn Brooks was working out at Maximus and her soon-to-be coach, Shawn Smith, asked if she would be interested in playing. After much thought she decided to give it a try. “I was really scared when I showed up for tryouts and confused about why they would want me.” This semi-pro women’s league is for ages 18 and older. The oldest woman on the Topeka Mudcats is 42 years old. Any woman in the state of Kansas is able to play, and the practices are at Quinton Heights. “I also brought Amber Perot to one of our practices and now she is part of the team,” said Brooks The season is from April
through June every Saturday. Games are played in Topeka, Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa, Texas, and Arkansas. Kathryn plays left tackle on the offensive line. The rules for women’s and men’s football are the same. “Tackling is my favorite part, it’s a nice way to get the anger out,” says Kathryn.
“ Tacklin g is my favorite part . It’s a nice way to get the an ger o u t .” Kathryn Brooks
Topeka Mudcats Schedule April 16th--- Iowa Thunder
April 30th-- Columbia Enforcers May 28th -- Twin City Smash
June 18th-- Arkansas Rampage
June 25th-- Minnesota Lady Slippers To help support the Topeka Mudcats there will be a pancake feed at Giovani’s Pizza at 1505 S Kansas Ave, on March 5th. Tickets are $5 each. Contact Kathryn Brooks for more information.
TAKING T HE FIELD senior Kathryn Brooks gets ready for practice with her new team, the Topeka Mudcats in her new pads and jersey. (Photo provided by Brianna Brooks)
ST UCO sets restrictions on service hours, donations by Tyler Munger staff writ er
Since freshmen year, the junior class has been required to take 10 hours of community service every year as part of their success 101 and seminar classes. A new plan is in place created by a committee of students and staff. This committee helps set an equivalency of donations to community service hours. “We’ve had some other groups here that are having an exchange rate, so we had a committee of STUCO members come up with a policy to allow kids to be able to “buy out” two hours of service per semester,” said principal Ron Vinduska.
With the Key Club Food-aPalooza 2, students can donate items to cover up to two hours of service this semester. “Ten cans of food or donated items will equal one hour of community service,” said senior Paige Hildebrandt. The reason for giving students the opportunity to donate items is so students would be able to participate in the fundraiser that the school is participating in as well as volunteering in the community. However, the policy would not allow a student to totally buy community service points. Items that students can bring depend on the fundraiser at the time.
Texas gives records not points by Shelby Tajchman staff writ er
Recently, in Texas students as young as six years old are receiving class C misdemeanors for minor behavior issues happening during school. These include disrupting class, chewing gum, disciplinary problems and tardiness. Texas school districts, especially in Dallas 22 districts are able to give students misdemeanors and create a juvenile record instead of having a points system or detentions within the school. The Texas legislature passed HB 278, a bill designed to limit schools from having the ability to issue Class C misdemeanor tickets. Unfortunately, there are still loopholes that exist within the law and school officials are still able to threaten students by giving them a criminal record. Many students are worried this will affect their future while applying for jobs and to
universities. Although this is designed to help students learn from what is right and wrong it is creating a financial burden, prosecuting these minor offences of students are costing a lot of money, bill HB 278 was designed to limit these costs. In research conducted by the Texas Legislature Texas charges more than 100,000 juveniles with a crime, leading to one of the highest rates of juvenile criminal convictions in the United States. Minor offenses may prevent many of these students from attending colleges or getting jobs in their future due to these misdemeanors and the school districts. “It’s the school district’s job to help us as parents to help them determine what’s right from wrong. I don’t think it’s correct to give them a ticket at six years old,” said a parent from O.M. Roberts Elementary.
Compiled by Sierra Moore
1. Channi ng Tatum admits to previ ous job of exoti c danci ng.
2. Apple iPad 2 is now in production to be released on April 3, 2011.
3. Spiderman is replacing the Human Torch in the Marvel comic book “Fantastic Four.”
4. On Feb. 6, 2011 at 10:17:16, twitter users set a new tweets per second record at 4,064 tweets.
5. Facebook is developing a new mode “memorializing” for family members of deceased users 6. Sony Erricson is coming out with a new phone that is connected with the PlayStation.
7. Calvin Klein is coming out with a new 3-D sunglasses line for the booming 3-D market.
8. The water-powered jetpack , the Jetlev, is making its debut this summer. 9.Boys really do have cooties: males have 15 percent more germs than females.
10. Being grossed out can create a defense against pathogens in your body.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Stuco needs to be governing body by Tyler Huddleston staff writ er
Student Council, Stuco, has a tradition at most schools of taking on student-initiated fundraisers and schoolwide policy initiatives. However, in recent years at Seaman High School,
‘Diddy’ heads back to the top by Diana Hall clipper int ern
Sean “Diddy” Combs formed the group Diddy Dirty Money with ex-Danity Kane member Dawn Richards and singer songwriter Kalenna Harper. ‘Last Train to Paris’ is the group’s debut album internationally released Jan. 25, 2011 on Interscope Records. Diddy says ‘Last Train to Paris’ is a love story that he wants to be told from both the male and female perspective, which is the reason for the inclusion of Harper and Richards. The album has a smooth, modern, hip hop sound and includes well-known artists like Swizz Beats, Usher, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Justin Timberlake, and the late Notorious B.I.G. The debut album not only points out the positive aspects of a relationship, but also expresses the low points that could potentially break two people up. This allows listeners to relate. The album includes upbeat tracks that could appeal to young spirits. Track 2 ‘A** on the Floor’ is an example of this and could be defiantly be heard in the club. The voices of Richards and Harper add a lot to the songs with their soulful tone. The new smoother softer version of Diddy’s singing voice can come off as a bit boring in some songs like track 6 ‘Someone to Love Me’ because of his narrow range of notes. The chorus in this song was the best part and reminded me of old southern blues. Diddy’s part however had the same tone on each verse which made the song a tad dull. Also, the tracks that featured popular artists like Usher for example on track 5, ‘Looking for Love’, it seemed like the artist featured took over the song and you forgot who was the original artist. Overall, the ‘Last Train to Paris’ has a nice sound and the group has been successful since coming on the scene. The featured artists could help in promoting the album, but so far track 16 ‘Loving You No More’ and track 13 ‘Hello Good Morning’ can heard on radio stations, so we can for sure expect to hear more from Diddy Dirty Money.
Editor-in-chief Krysten Purkey Assistant Editor Morgan Simpson Ad Manager Peyton Michalski Sports Editor Tyler Garst Photo Editors Rachel Hutchings Staff Writers Kyle Dunham, Tyler Huddleston, Jessica Hillebert,Karisa Kirkendall, Tate Lawson, Sierra Moore, Tyler Munger, Erin Sumner Photographers Lucas Boyd, Tyler Bushnell, Makenzie Crow, Alex Hamilton, Brooke Harris, Dalton Hiegert, Paige Hildebrandt, Hayden Kramer, Madison Kramer, Shelby Slimmer, Shelby Tajchman, Broadcast Liaison Adam Gill Adviser Kelly Neiman
our Student Council position has turned into more of a social committee that plans the dances, than a governing organization. As a representative of the junior class, I will be the first one to tell anyone that Stuco members are very busy. We plan both the Homecoming
and Snowball dances and assemblies and plan Thanksgiving dinners for the staff. We also come up with theme for the Homecoming parade. But I would like to see us become active decision makers and take a more active role in student government.
Personally, I believe that we should show the school that we still have an active position. If any student has any concerns or questions that you would like Stuco to address, please contact Mr. Riley or Ms. Allacher or any of your Student Council representatives.
What is significant about your tattoo? “I have the verse Philippians 4:13 as a tattoo. It is significant to me because it’s a verse that I recite at my swim meets before each of my races.” Josey Wodke
“I have a tattoo of a scarab beetle. It’s an Egyptian symbol that means long life and health. Before I had the tattoo done, I used to wear a necklace that had the same symbol on it for about seven years. After wearing it for that length of time, I felt that it was significant enough to make it permanent.” Mrs. Krumins
“My tattoo is a nautical star with wings. I got this tattoo because I wanted something to remind me to be true to who I am and to be myself.” Samantha Blanchard “I have three tattoos! One is a marine corps and I went with some friends to get it after we were promoted to a higher level. The second one is a bulldog, and I had that done just for the heck of it. Lastly, my third tattoo is a border patrol that I had done after graduating.” Mr. Gregoire
“I have a tattoo that says “Live Life.” I got it done when I was 16 years old during my sophomore year. The reason I had it done is because I was at a point where I was maturing and growing up and wanted something to remind me to live to the fullest. DeAmbra Bond
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Seaman student achieves over 300 service hours by Lucas Boyd STAFF WRIT ER
Is there a such thing as having too many service hours? With over 300 service hours under his belt, junior Nick Grimes doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. “Working with people, especially kids and being around animals is what motivates me,” Grimes says. “It inspires me to help with my community.” Grimes has done volunteer training with small animal handling as well as off-ground encounters for the zoo. MS. EMILY ST UEVE comes to the taco feed to greet well-wishers. T he evening, which included the taco feed and a silent auction, raised thousands of dollars to help with Stueve’s medical bills. ORANGE OUT: Students and staff wore special orange shirts (Ms. Stueve’s favorite color) to the Senior Night basketball game. Juniors Taylor Medlin and Sam Minihan share their sign made for the game.
Stueve benefit successful ( continued from page 1) passing period and lunch. The students had to pay $1 to buy a sticker that they had to wear all day in order to use their phones. The phone campaign raised a total of $830 for Ms. Stueve. Up until the beginning of the school year, Ms. Stueve was living a normal and healthy life until things took a turn for the worse. In October of 2010, Ms. Stueve started feeling very sick and was in and out of the hospital dealing with fatigue, nausea, and pain. By December, the doctors came to the conclusion that it was her gall bladder and decided the best option was for it to get removed. While removing Ms. Stueve’s gall bladder, they did a biopsy of her liver. “I was first diagnosed with a disease call primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and it is a problem with my liver and bile ducts associated with it. The only cure is to have a liver transplant,” discussed Ms. Stueve. She continued to visit local doctors for a while but then started consulting
with some doctors from Nebraska. “After PSC was confirmed, I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). This just means that my body isn’t recognizing my liver as part of me, so my immune system is trying to destroy it,” added Ms. Stueve. On Feb. 2, Ms. Stueve was transferred to Nebraska Medical Center where she stayed until Feb. 9. While in Nebraska, they did another biopsy and with much rest and new medication, she slowly started gaining strength. The doctors did a couple more procedures where she was then diagnosed with liver cancer. “We have to get rid of the cancer before we can move forward with any transplantation,” informed Ms. Stueve. Last week Ms. Stueve traveled back up to Nebraska to get news on her new treatment. While visiting with the doctor, she was informed the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. The good news is that the tumor on Ms. Stueve’s liver hasn’t been around long. “The plan is to start by surgically implanting
something called a port. It is basically something that they put in your chest to be able to deliver the chemotherapy medications much more easily into the bloodstream,” informed Ms. Stueve. She will be starting chemotherapy and will have three weeks of treatment, then one week off. This will cycle twice then she will check back into the doctor and adjust the treatment as needed. Although the news for Ms. Stueve, family and friends was frightening, she still continues to approach her life with the same outlook and hopes for the best. She is trying to stay as positive as possible and celebrate the little things in life. Ms. Stueve can’t wait to be back at school and living normal again. “I miss the students and staff so much! I miss teaching biology and coaching basketball! Even though I’m not there physically, I feel the support of the Seaman community every day and feel so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing network of caring and wonderful people,” said Ms. Stueve.
Whether it’s cleaning cages or removing elephant manure from the pens, the zoo is what catches the eye of this young man’s future. Grimes would like to work at a zoo when he graduates from high school. “I’ve met a lot of really nice people who are dedicated to the zoo. Everyone who does community service deserves a lot of credit because it takes time and commitment.”
Marsh travels abroad doing mission work by Karisa Kirkendall FEAT URE EDITOR Junior Kimbre Marsh is far from ordinary compared to the average high school student. Most of the peers in her class would consider Kimbre lucky to obtain a shortened schedule as a junior. Little do they know that it is all for a superior cause. “I’ve been on three mission trips so far,” says Marsh, “I really enjoy volunteering.” In order to balance both school and attending mission trips, Marsh has a shortened schedule of three classes here at Seaman High School and is also homeschooled part time. Marsh has traveled to both Haiti and Africa to volunteer and has gained new knowledge about the new cultures. She went to Haiti with her church twice for 10 days each. Her sister and niece went along as well. “In Haiti, we worked in an orphanage and played with the kids,” explains Marsh, “We even built a playground for them while we were there.” Her sister did a lot of volunteering in Haiti before the earthquake hit. While there during an internship, her sister was present when the earthquake happened. “My family and I were so scared for her, but it turns out she was just fine,” reassured Marsh. Marsh spent two months on her trip to
“Our main intention is to show the orphanage kids that they are loved.” Kimbre Marsh Africa with just her sister. They worked in a school with kids and did most of the same tasks they had done in Haiti. “Our main intention is to show the orphanage kids that they are loved,” adds Marsh. Because of the mission trips, Marsh has seen poverty at first hand. “It’s a lot different when you have actually seen it in person. You truly feel for them and would do anything to help.”
T HE CLARKE KIDS: Hannah, Nati, Rachel, and Ian Clarke pose for one of their first pictures taken together.
Clarkes reach out, add special addition to family By Morgan Simpson Assistant editor On Feb. 8, the Clarke Family of five became the Clarke Family of six as they officially welcomed Nati Clarke from Ethiopia into their family. “This was all around such an awesome day, as we added Nati into our family. It was a great way to celebrate my 18th birthday,” said senior Rachel Clarke. On that day the Clarkes went to The United States Embassy in Addis, Africa, where they were given Nati’s birth certificate and passport, and from that point on they were free to take him home. But the journey to expand the family started well before this. After the earthquake in Haiti, Rachel’s dad, Jeff had an epiphany. He realized how blessed their family was and wanted to share that love with a child who had much less. At that point the family started looking for someone to adopt. “The first step would be to choose an agency whom you want to adopt from, then you must complete a home study, then wait to get matched with a child,” said Rachel. Once that happened, the Clarke family had to submit a GIANT packet of paperwork called a dossier. That was sent to the country where it was translated and 6-8 weeks later they were notified of their court date. But the process didn’t end there. It took a couple more months for the birth certificate and passport. The last step was returning to the country for the embassy visit and bringing Nati home. The trip to Ethiopia began on Jan. 31, and the family was treated to beautiful weather. Clarke said, “As we drove from place to place I would look out the window and see mothers grab their kids to
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“It truly makes you grateful for everything you have. Because from what I saw in Africa, they have nothing. It’s not easy, but they get by and make a living from it. It was a privilege to be able to go there with my family because I doubt I will ever go back.” Rachel Clarke, senior wave at me. Smiling at them would make their day. Their way of saying “hello” is a little different than ours. The men wink and nod their head, and sometimes wave. The women mostly smile really big; they are more shy.” Clarke added, “The strangest thing was how close guys were with each other. They walked down the street holding hands and putting their arm on the other’s shoulders.It’s completely normal and it’s a way to show friendship.” Rachel also got to see how people live in the country of Ethiopia. Their homes in the city were made from mud and wood, with tin roofs held down by a rock. Street vendors were everywhere, selling everything from sunglasses to candy to books. Whatever they could to earn money. “One U.S. dollar is equal to about 16.5 birr. I bought a coke for 5 birr. That’s like 35 cents!!” said Clarke. Rachel added, “The most emotional part of the trip was when we drove to Awassa, six hours from where we were staying. We got to meet Nati’s maternal grandmother. We
had a meeting with her and two translators, and she told us a lot about what he was like when he lived with her.” “ We cried a lot, because we knew how hard it was for her to finally say goodbye, but after everything was said and done she gave us all three kisses on the cheek, and she was much happier. She said she had been praying for a family like ours to give him a new life.” According to Rachel, Nati is adjusting well to his new life. “His favorite thing to do is take pictures and mess with my phone. Every time the phone rings he runs as fast as he can to get it and says “hello?” Clarke said, “He is a very hands-on kid.” He loves to push all the buttons on the TV remotes, computers, phones, cameras, and the fridge. He loves to play soccer and he’s amazing at it! “Nati always throwing in a trick shot or some crazy move, said Clarke. He’s plays at about the same level as my 12-year-old brother. He was signed up for spring soccer before he even left Africa and has his first game in two weeks! The toughest thing to adjust to is the language barrier. “It is really important that we make him feel safe and secure in our family, neighborhood and that he interacts with us as a family,” said Clarke. It only makes that harder when we can’t communicate with him but he is learning quickly, repeating things we say. It’s funny when we try to teach him something because if we tell him “say hi Grandma” he will say “say hi Grandma.” Nati will go to Logan Elementary starting in March where he can get help form the ELL teacher (English Language Learner). He is fluent in two different languages right now, Amharic and Sidamigna. Clarke commented, “You don’t know many kindergarteners who know three languages.” He will have to do a lot of translating in his own head, without someone there to help him do that. It’s hard to teach a six year old things they should have learned when they were two. RACHEL CLARKE gives her newly adopted brother, Nati, a piggy back ride. (Photo provided by Rachel Clarke and family)
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Library goes 21st century with new technology by Krysten Purkey EDITOR IN CHIEF The year is 2011. The world is at the height of technology, and it is only to get better. The library might be the last place one would find the newest technology but coming soon to SHS is some of the newest! “The plan is to get a few NOOKS,” said Librarian Marian Sweany. NOOKS are the electronic reader sold by Barnes & Noble, where a user can download books for reading pleasure. “I wanted to get these just so kids who couldn’t afford NOOKS could try one,” said Sweany. Sweany hopes to get two NOOKS. The expenses will come out of the library budget and will be watched very close. “They will be checked out with a barcode and we will have a pretty tight reign on them,” said Sweany. Students and teachers will be able to check out the NOOKS, and each NOOK will have different books on them. “ The students will not be able to download the books. They can let me know what they would like on the NOOK, and I will download them,” said Sweany Sweany encourages kids to come to the library to read electronically or by book!
Ticket prices make up for expense of stage settings by Hayden Kramer staff writer
Lights, camera, action! Seaman High students go and visit their high school plays or go and watch their best friend as they do something they love to see all the fun that these young thespians have. The truth is though, its not all fun and games for these young actors. The life behind the curtains is pretty tough stuff, especially building a stage setting. To build a stage setting, the acting crew had to spend $1,229 just on lumber and paint this year. On top of that they had to hire a designer, which was another $150. “The reason why we have to charge $8 per ticket is to make up for the huge payments,” saysMusical Director Diane Payne. The actors also had to suffer from a huge downside, snow days. From the five snow days, the crew is over a week behind. “Being an actor or actress is a very big time commitment,” says Mrs. Payne. The crew works everyday they can after school and even during seminar. They even came in during a snow day.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Senior rocks out around state, nation by Tyler Bushnell staff writer
Recently returned home from spending a week in Memphis, Tennessee, Nick Hern is already back to practicing with his band. The Nick Hern Band has four members, a drummer, Matt Ingram and Maria Cuevas on the vocals, and his brother Mike Hern that plays bass. Nick also rocks the mic with his vocals and plays guitar.
“My favorite memory was when I spent all night jamming with people from all around the world in Memphis.”
The Nick Hern band has existed for three years, but the current members have been together for six months. They have traveled to Kansas City and Wichita, but most of their gigs are here in Topeka at Kickstart, Uncle Bo’s and the Kansas Grille. The band Hern has put together
New technology cuts down on texting while driving by Jessica Hillebert Staff Writer Concern for cell phone use while driving is rising as accidents continue to happen. There are 18 states that restrict cell phone use, but like most laws that doesn’t stop people. Several companies have been working hard on developing technology that will turn off cell phones while their operators are driving. WQN inc. came up with a product that uses GPS technology to tell if a person is driving judging by how fast they are moving. If they are then the device would shut down the phone. This product would cost $10 a month. Drive AssistT has came up with a similar product that would join up with U.S. wireless phone carriers and a $10 to $20 a month fee to their phone bill. Many problems arise with these software programs though. Passengers in the car would get their phones turned off as well. FOXNews.com thinks a lot of people would be able to come up with a way to override the program. Two inventors from the University of Utah tried addressing the problem of passengers getting their phones turned off along with the driver’s. They made a prototype of a key fob. This key fob would use Bluetooth to turn off the cell phone connected to it when the key is turned in the ignition. The issue with this is people could simply duplicate the key or remove the batteries. For now companies are still working to perfect these devices.
SENIOR NICK HERN plays guitar at Uncle Bo’s here in Topeka with the other members of the Nick Hern band. (Photo provided by Nick Hern)
practices every weekend adding up to 12 hours a month, but he takes it up a notch and practices another 24 hours by himself. Nick and Mike Hern’s trip to Memphis lasted one week,
“Matt had not joined us at the time we registered to play in the International Blues Challenge, or IBC, and so my brother and I went as a duo,” said Nick. “I love everything about being
“A big chocolate chip cookie and twizzlers.”
Mason Wages, 9
“Owl pajamas from my Grandma because owls are my favorite.”
Hannah Bilderback, 10
a part of a band, but my favorite memory was when I spent all night jamming with people from all around the world in Memphis.”
What is the most creative gift you have ever recieved? “Handmade Christmas gifts from my sister.” Corbin Reed, 11
“A wooden plaque with my name on it from Aaron.”
March filled with weird celebrations March 1st: Pig Day March 2nd: Dr. Seuss March 3rd: I Want You To Be Happy Day March 4th: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day March 5th: Potty Dance Day March 6th: U.S. Snowshoes Day March 7th: National Be Heard Day March 8th: International Pancake Day (IHOP) March 9th: Barbie Day and Panic Day March 10th: World Kidney Day March 11th: Middle Name Pride Day March 12th: Girl Scout Day March 13th: International Fanny Pack Day March 14th: International Ask a Question Day March 15th: True Confessions Day March 16th: Lips Appreciation Day March 17th: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
March 18th: Awkward Moments Day March 19th: Swallows Return to San Juan Sapistrano Day March 20th: Proposal Day and Snowman Burning Day March 21st: National Common Courtesy Day March 22nd: As Young as You Feel Day March 23rd: Kick Butts Day March 24th: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day March 25th: International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic March 26th: Make Up Your Own Holiday Day March 27th: Viagra Day March 28th: Weed Appreciation Day March 29th: Texas Loves The Children Day March 30th: Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day March 31st: Bunsen Burner Day
Friday, Feb. 25, 2010
Vikes look to finish strong by Tyler Munger staff writ er
The Viking boy’s basketball team takes the court for their last regular season game tonight at Emporia at 7:30 pm. The Vikes are looking to gain momentum going to sub-state. “Emporia is usually pretty tough at home and we’ve had some struggles against them in the past,” said senior Tyler Garst. Last season the boys split with the Spartans winning one and losing the other. This game carries a lot of importance for the Vikes. “It’ll be an important game for us, it’s our last regular season game and it’s always good to go into sub-state after a quality win,” said senior Adam Gill.
Emporia is at the middle of the Centennial League standing with Seaman right behind them. The team has been working extremely hard in practice primarily on the defensive end. Again, the boys will focus on the inside game. “Our inside game has been our biggest strength on offense the whole year,” said coach Larry Latimer. The scouting report for Emporia shows that they too look inside for their big men. “They have two big sophomores that will make it tough for us inside but I think our big guys are more skilled and quicker. They just look to be physical and take it to the hoop, and our bigs can do the same,” said Latimer.
SENIOR ERIC CHERAY fends off a Washburn Rural defender. (Photo by Shelby Slimmer)
Lady Vikes hope to end with a W by Tyler Garst sports editor
The Emporia game tonight serves as the regular season finale for the Lady Vikes. They look to finish the season on a winning note before sub-state competition kicks off next week. Dropping the rivalry game against Hayden was a disappointment but the team is just getting back into a rhythm after coming off consecutive games without three starting guards. Junior Mallory Diederich has missed nearly three weeks with a concussion, senior Sydney Brownfield with a shoulder injury, and junior Kelsey Akin was out with a knee injury. They all are back now and it’s looking to be at just the right time
for the Lady Vikes. “It gives us more experience on the floor when those three are back,” said junior Shelby Slimmer. “It gives us more depth,” said coach Steve Alexander. “It hurts when you’re missing three of your top nine players.” Heading into Emporia is going to be a tough road test. “Emporia is 14-5, and they have a solid post player. She plays great on offense,” said Alexander. “We can handle their guards and take them to the rim.” The post-season looks good for the lady vikes. They are predicted to be anywhere from a two seed to a five seed. A likely first-round opponent would be a Kansas City school. With a win the girls look to lock up a 2 or 3 seed.
SENIOR T YLER HAYES takes the approach at Gage North. (Photo by Paige Hildebrandt)
SENIOR HALEIGH T ENPENNY pulls up for a short range jumper in the paint. (Photo by Makenzie Crow)
Bowlers promise strong finish by Kyle Dunham staff writ er
The Seaman boys’ and girls’ bowling teams take the lanes today for their regional competiton. To qualify for the state meet they must place first or second in their region. Both teams have bowled well but need to pick it up in order to make it state again. The boys have qualified every year since Seaman started a bowling team three years ago. 2008 is the only year the lady bowlers have made an appearance but are looking to make their return. “We need to stay focused, keep a positive attitude and believe in each other and our team,” said senior lady bowler Shelby Shaw. As for the men, senior Kenny Benoit said, “We need to work on lane play (figuring out the conditions of the lane and adjusting accordingly) and of course spares.” They both know they have work to do, and so does
their coach. Coach Poston has confidence in his squads. “We have a great opportunity to qualify the boys and girls to state. We need our best effort and I think we are up for it,” said Coach Poston. The Viking bowlers were recently in action at the Centennial League meet in Emporia. Performances from either team weren’t their best this season, with the girls placing fourth and guys placing fifth. Individually Shelby Shaw placed second with a strong 654 series, only 10 pins shy of first place. No boys placed, although Ashton Bigger and Ryan Dindios were close, rolling a 618 and 614 series. Leadership has been key so far this season and will be needed the rest of the way. “We need Kenny to lead us for the boys, and we need all six girls to step up,” Coach Poston commented. The seniors have been there before, so it’s their time to step up.
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Swimming finishes sixth at state; best in history
by Adam Gill staff writ er
The Viking swim team had an outstanding showing at the state meet this past Saturday at Hummer Sports Park. Senior Devin Wittmaier led the team with 31 points total, finishing third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle and was selected to the first team all state team. “It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record-setting meet,” Devin said, “It was a great way to go out.” Fellow senior Nathan Allen did his fair share by placing second in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 50 freestyle, scoring a total of 28 points and receiving second team all-state honors. “It means a lot to us seniors to go out this way, after four years of hard work, to end it all like this is really special.” Wittmaier and Allen also teamed up with senior Nick Hern and junior Zach Henderson to gain a fourth place finish in the 200 freestyle, and sixth in the 400 freestyle relays. The team prevailed to its best finish in school history taking 6th overall and improving by four spots from last year. “It was great to share this with the team. The tough practices and hard work paid off. We can say we were the best team in school history,” says Allen. “This was for all the teams before us, for our coaches, parents, and for the entire school.”
“It was great to share this with the team. T he tough practices and hard work paid off. We can say we were the best team in school history...this was for all the teams before us, for our coaches, parents, and for the entire school.” Senior Nathan Allen
The state meet was just the cherry on top of an unbelievable season. Overall this was the best season the swimming program has ever experienced. “We meshed really well as a team,” junior Josey McNorton said. “We didn’t have a lot of people out this year, but we really came together and bonded as a team and that helped us be one of the best teams in the state.”
Above- SENIOR MICAH OFFERMAN butterflies at the State meet. T he Vikes finished sixth overall improving their finish from last year at tenth. Left- SENIOR NAT HAN ALLEN starts his leg of the relay at the league meet on Feb. 11. (Photos by Kimberly Meader)
Viking State Qualifiers Aaron Akers (9) , 103 Jonathan Boucher (11), 112 Zach Pittman (11), 119 Zak Kennedy(11) 125 Bret Simmons(12) 130 Brandon Fuller (10) 135 Cole Schreiner (12) 140 Bryant Guillen (10) 145 Dylan Kadous (11) 152 Aaron Cool (11) 160 Austin Ogden (12) 171 Nathan Stanley (10) 189 Jason McGinty (12) 215 Dylan L. Hall (10) 285
Wrestling heads for state; whole team qualifies by Hayden Kramer STAFF WRIT ER The scent of victory filled the packed stadium as the Viking wrestlers finished Regionals with a third place spot. Cole was one of the regional placers who finished with a first place title along with his 105th win. After this third place victory the whole varsity crew of 14 qualified and gets a hack at the state title. With a recap of the recent tournaments the Vikes took on Silver Lake. The Vikings left the meet satisfied with a win and were ready to take on the League tournament. After a hard fought
battle, Seaman finished the league tournament with a third place victory. They also had the most wrestlers place for the first time since 1998. The league champs included senior Cole Schreiner, sophomore Bryant Guillen, and junior Dylan Kadous. The Vikes travelled to Wichita yesterday to begin play in the State tournament. “The hope is that we pull together and perform our best at State,” said Head Coach Patrick Kelly. Left- SOPHOMORE NAT HAN STANLEY began his match at Seaman during the league meet. Above- SENIOR COLE SCHREINER wraps up his opponent at the league meet as well. Cole and the Vikes head to Wichita this weekend for state competition.