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’Blown Away’ and ‘Cruel Summer’ album reviews
Meet the 20 new faculty members of Seaman High.
C4 lab becomes Tech Central hub.
Joseph Reagan medals at Junior Olympics.
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Senior class launches Internship program. Football’s defense holds off league opponents.
JUNIOR PATRICK ORTON and sophomore Kelsey Haverkamp chow down on some delicious watermelon at the annual watermelon feed for fall athletes. (Photo by Megan Lehman)
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New lunch policy gets students riled up by Tyler Bushnell staff writer New policies in the lunchroom have created controversy amongst students. Going into affect this year, Seaman High school students will no longer be allowed to order food from nearby restaurants, to have it delivered to them. This is not a new rule and Seaman is not the only school that has to follow this rule. The “No Delivery” rule was put into place because the Federal Government reimburses school lunches, and the government requires students to meet their regulations. Otherwise, the district would not receive their money. One of the regulations is that we prohibit delivery
from local businesses so that there is no competition with the school lunches. Every school lunch must also meet specific USDA requirements. That is why we now have to take a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables. If we didn’t, again we would not receive government money to help us pay for our non-profit school lunches. According to Seaman Food Service Director Kaye Kabus, there are a lot of students at Seaman who are receiving free school lunches or lunches with reduced pay. Administrators are not fans of the rules being enforced this year, but the rules nonetheless must be followed to receive the benefits that are needed. Students are still allowed to order from
restaurants, as long as it is not during the school’s lunch period and if the administration is fine with it. Parents of students can also bring them food during lunch, as long as it’s a parent. Even though we are not a fan of this, it is understandable that we must comply, so we can receive benefits from the government. If a student is craving Chinese food, they will be denied. But what if teachers or administrators want to have some ordered in for a lunchtime meeting? Now they will not be allowed due to the new rules put into place. Another new rule is that salt is being removed as much as possible from the lunches. There are no longer salt shakers on the dressing island in
the lunchroom. Salt is not the only thing being removed from lunch. Bread is now being rationed, and even for the elementary students, the Vienna bread that goes along with spaghetti will no longer be available for them. Wholewheat noodles are also substituted on the salad bar. Choosing to go through the main lunch line, students have been required to receive a main meal entrée. Now students do not have to. But, they will have to pick up a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables. Going along with all the new changes, three new meals are being tested this year. Salisbury steak, egg rolls, and teriyaki chicken will all be added.
New student influx in USD 345 by Shane Sumner staff writer This year, the district has seen a slight rise in out of district enrollment. In past years, out of district enrollment was at 207, this year 237. “We usually accept between 200 and 250 out-of -district students, that have to receive permission in order to go to Seaman. We base our acceptance on class size,” sayid Mr. Mike Mathes superintendent. This year, in-district students at the elementary level rose from last year’s number, causing enrollment for out-of
-district elementary students to close early. At the high school level, there are a total of 47 students that transferred from out-of-district schools, and a total of 78 students that live out-of-district. “I transfered to Seaman because I felt that there were more oppurtunities for the students,” said junior Summer Tetuan, transferee from Hayden. This year, the total number of students in the high school is an estimated 1190, and the whole district totals to 3935.
Tonight 6:30 - Homecoming festivities before kickoff Tonight 7 - Homecoming vs. Topeka High Tonight 9:30 to 11:30 - Homecoming dance in the commons Next Week - Kansas Bullying Awareness Week Tuesday Oct. 2 - Boys Soccer vs. KC Christian @ HOME Wednesday Oct. 3 - Band Concert in Seaman Auditorium Thursday Oct. 4 - Boys Soccer vs. Emporia @ HOME
Clip Notes A recent survey showed that 97 percent of teens know that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43 percent of them admit to doing it. Take the pledge to put the phone down at www.itcanwait.com Soldier Township and school patrol officers would like to remind students to look out for emergency personnel with sirens activated like cop cars, ambulances, fire trucks and especially first responders. Students should pull to the side of the road and come to a complete stop.
3 G.O.O.D. Music’s ‘Cruel Summer’ lives up to expectations www.seamannews.com
by Landon Weller staff writer Cruel Summer’s release on September 18, gave way to yet more thematically complex verses by Kanye West and company. As Kanye references in Cruel Summer, “G.O.O.D. could’ve been God” and he openly expresses the swagger of G.O.O.D. music throughout this album. Kanye expresses his power in the rap industry in this new album, teasing his enormous audience with breakout singles including “Mercy”, “New God Flow”, “Cold”, and most recently “Clique”. Cruel Summer seems to mix the awe-inspiring lyrics of “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, with captivating beats matching that of his recent collaboration with Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne.” Most of the tracks on his most recent album seem to be songs
within songs. For example, Kanye’s verse on hit single “Mercy”, which changes into his own up-tempo beat. The diversity of Cruel Summer matches that of any past album released by G.O.O.D. music entrepreneur, Kanye West. This album includes sleek beats with “Mercy” and “The Morning” but exposes the uniqueness of artists Kid Cudi and John Legend in tracks “Creepers” and “Bliss”. Many other artists of G.O.O.D. music are featured throughout this album with several big time features from R. Kelly, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, The Dream, and many others. Without a doubt, G.O.O.D. music will maintain their supremacy in hip-hop as Cruel Summer exposes the extrinsic lyrical content of upcoming artists Pusha T, and Common, along with CyHi The Prynce. The veterans of G.O.O.D mu-
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sic, such as Grammy winners John Legend and Kid Cudi, also accommodated Kanye in this recent release. The track choices on Cruel Summer say more about Kanye’s confidence than even his egotistical lyrics. This album is not one to take lightly. I believe that G.O.O.D music will be seeing many awards coming their way with recent mega-hits “Mercy” and “Clique”.
A few personal favorites of Cruel Summer, aside from the singles, are “Creepers” sang by Kid Cudi, the album opener “To The World”, and “The Morning” led by Pusha T. There isn’t a track on this album that I skip over when I listen to it. With one of the most anticipated releases of the summer, it did not fail. I would recommend that any fan of hip-hop invest in Cruel Summer without hesitation.
‘Blown Away’ album excites country music fans by Madison Henderson staff writer
‘Blown Away’ sold 644,000 albums, according to usatoday.com. This is season 4 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s eighth album. Several of her albums have broken the Billboard Top 200.
American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood released her fourth album titled “Blown Away” on May 1. Two hit singles that have came from this album are country pop with the exception of a few that are pure country. “Good Girl” is about Carrie’s view on a bad boy, a heart breaker that can’t be trusted. It’s one of my favorite songs from “Blown Away” because it is hard to get out of your head and has an extremely catchy beat. “Blown Away” has always been a favorite of mine. It’s a
mix of pop and country and to me, this song stands out most on the album. “Good in Goodbye” has a deeper meaning to it than meets the eye. It’s about a girl who has found the “Good in Goodbye” after seeing an ex she thought she’d spend forever with. Between Carrie’s heartaches and joys, she has created this wonderful album relatable to almost everyone. I would recommend this album to anyone who has an interest in country music or has recently gone through a breakup. This is Carrie’s eighth album, according to usatoday. com.
September 28, 2012
Viking trail offers community safe exercise area
by Taylor Buessing staff writer Our school is hosting a Fun Run November 10 at 8:30 a.m. to help fund expenses for the Viking Trail. The Fun Run is $15 a person. Seaman High School is implementing a “Viking Trail” that will be the length of a 5K when its finished. The purpose of the trail is to provide a safe environment for students, athletes and other people in the community. The trail will prevent the problem of worrying about traffic and the dangers of running at night because the plan is to put lights near the football field that shine across the trail to make it easier to see. Another idea behind the trail is to get the community excited about exercising by providing a twelve-foot wide trail that has great landscape and scenery. The trail is going to be built in four phases; the first phase alone has a bid of 190,000 dollars from Schmidtlein Excavating Inc. This phase is going to be dealing with any dirt work and the culverts they are putting under the trail to drain the water when it rains. Phase one isn’t going to cover the entire trail. It only covers the sidewalk behind the stadium, across the edge of the practice football field, past lake Viking, around part of the soccer field, past the water tower, back down the hill past the sand pits and finally back to the practice field. The map outlines the proposed trail for the next phases. These encompass parts of the optimist facilities as well as SHS outlying sports facilities. As far as funding goes, the school has applied for three grants so far that they are waiting to hear back on. Also, the plan is to have memorial benches that will be available to be purchased and put on the sides of the trail in various spots to help pay for some of the expenses.
“I’m excited with the opportunity for our students to be able to work out in a safe environment.” Mrs. Welch
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Fitness Gram testing continues USD 345 has incorporated the fitness gram into physical education since 2000. The fitness gram tests physical ability in many different areas. Here, Amontre Peppers works on his reach for his fitness gram test. Physical Education instructor Claudia Welch has confirmed that fitness gram testing is not over. The state of Kansas is going to start collecting data to help funding for Physical Education departments in school all over Kansas. Students will see one change. They will no longer have to wear pedometers outside of school because a grant from the University of Kansas has ended. (Taylor Czajkowski/Taylor Buessing)
C4 lab becomes Tech Central The computer lab formerly known as C4 is undergoing a major facelift and a name change. After the school board approved the new technology initiative, 13 new portable iPad labs and 12 new portable MacBook Pro labs added to the inventory. Storage suddenly became an issue. Tech Central was the answer. The computers that were housed in C4 moved and carts moved in. When construction is complete, Tech Central will house a technology help desk for technology malfunctions and login information. According to Secondary Instructional Coach Jeff Debacker, it will provide secure charging stations for mobile labs that cannot be housed in the open classrooms. “Once renovations are complete, a classroom area will enable teachers to bring students in to complete project-based learning activities
“We are hoping that Tech Central will be a onestop technology resource for students and staff as technology becomes a common part of the educational experience...” that require a flexible setup or small group collaboration that may not be possible due to noise or space constraints in open classrooms,” Debacker said. He also noted that Tech Central will be open for students and small groups needed to receive assistance. “We are hoping that Tech Central will be a one-stop technology resource for students and staff as technology becomes a common part of the educational experience at Seaman High School and the Seaman Freshman Center,” concluded DeBacker.
by Cassidy Agnew staff writer It’s that time of year again! This year’s Homecoming has a lot in store. The theme for the parade this year is “Tales of Mini Cities.” Along with this different theme there is a different parade route. The parade begins on the west side of Logan Elementary, then travels south to Lyman Street, east on Lyman to Tyler, then north on Tyler Street and back west on the Frontage Road. Also Logan’s parking lot will be closed for busses and it’s suggested not to drive west of Logan Elementary on Clay Street, as it will be congested. The reason behind the change is construction on Topeka Avenue Spirit days for this week of Homecoming were nothing out of the ordinary except for Thursday. In memory of Brenna Morgart, last year’s queen, students celebrated Purple Day. Tonight, the crowning of Homecoming queen and king will take place before the game. Taking Brenna’s place to crown the new queen will be her sister Arianna. She will be joined by last year’s king Taylor Dunham. There will be a moment of silence at the crowning. “We are trying to find the right balance of respect of Brenna and enjoyment of Homecoming,” said Principal Ron Vinduska.
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New staff members welcomed to Seaman Sarah Mitchell Special Education How many years have you taught? This is my first year as a para. I went to Washburn University.
Brandon Steinkuhler Science Where did you attend college? Kansas University
What sports team do you root for? Washburn
What sports team do you root for? Vikings, Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and KU.
What’s your favorite television show? Big Bang Theory
What’s your favorite television show? Tosh.O and Breaking Bad.
What’s your favorite food? Ice cream.
What’s your favorite food? All kinds of food -- except for seafood.
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Band. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I love photography.
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Science.
How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? This is my tenth year of teaching. I taught the last nine years at Washburn Middle School. I gained a Bachelors Degree from K-State and a Masters Degree from Washburn. What sports team do you root for? K-State, Wisconsin, Washburn. I also like the Royals, Chiefs, and Packers. What’s your favorite television show? Game of Thrones and Political Animals. What’s your favorite food? Qdoba. The chicken queso burrito.
Jeff Pierce History
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Phyisical Education, Science, and Social Studies. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I can move my ears without touching them.
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How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? Three years of teaching high school, and eight years in college. What sports team do you root for? Kansas Jayhawks and the Royals What’s your favorite television show? Top Chef. What’s your favorite food? Mexican What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Design and Art classes
Margaret Ramberg What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? Running trails, knitting, and going to the Bark Park. Art Laura Ahrens English
Allan Cooper Social Studies
How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? This is my fifth year of teaching. I went to Weber State University in Utah.
How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? This is my ninth year of teaching.
What sports team do you root for? Kansas, Kansas City Royals, and Chiefs. What’s your favorite television show? Modern Family. What’s your favorite food? Tacos. What was your favorite subject when you were in school? English (shocking, I know) and History. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? Despite my athletic background and my affinity for sports, I also love Broadway musicals.
What sports team do you root for? I root for the Chiefs, Cubs, and KU. What’s your favorite television show? Swamp People. What’s your favorite food?Ice cream What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Does recess count? (chuckles) What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I’m a pretty boring guy to be honest.
How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? Three years at Rossville one year at Silver Lake and graduated from Labette. What sports team do you root for? KSU, Labette Cardinals, Royals, and Chiefs What’s your favorite television show? Sons of Anarchy, How I Met Your Mother, and the Office. What’s your favorite food? Mexican Food; On the Border, and Southwest Chicken Tacos What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Algebra
Tim Horgan Para
What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I’m a great uncle called “ Uncle Timmy the Great”.
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How many years have you worled as a counselor? This is my first year! Where did you attend college? K-State What sports team do you root for? K-State, obviously! What’s your favorite television show? It’d have to be a tie between Once Upon A Time and Mad Men. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I have a younger brother who’s only 11 months younger than me, so we would be the same age for 2 weeks!
Chelcie Heitman Counselor
What’s your favorite food? Pasta in general. What was you favorite subject when you were in school? I liked business courses.
Mrs. Abbie Carlson Physical Education
Mrs. Stacey Wall Mathematics
How many years have you taught? Where did you go to college? This is my sixth year of teaching and I went to the University of New Mexico.
How many years have you taught? Where did you go to college? This is my fifth year teaching. I went to Emporia State.
What is your favorite television show? Modern Family
What is your favorite televison show? The Big Bang Theory and Suits.
What’s your favorite food? Mexican Food
What is your favorite food? Mexican Food
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math
What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I’m fit, tall, and enjoy working with kids.
What’s unique quirk no one would know about you? I really enjoy fishing and playing softball
What sports team do you root for? KU
What sports team do you root for? Florida
How many years have you taught? 4 years. Where did you attend college? I started at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Then I went to KU to receive my Masters Degree. What sports team do you root for? I’m not into sports much, but KU! What’s your favorite television show? Damo, it’s a Korean drama. What’s your favorite food? Korean food.
Evan McCormick Foreign Language
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Science and Art. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I joined a dance/theater group for 9 months and toured Canada after high school.
Luke Weins Language Arts How many years have you taught? Or where did attend college? Taught for eight years and I went to Emporia for five years. What sports team do you root for? I root for Emporia State, KU, Chiefs, Royals, and Vikings.
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Jessica Conley Para How many years have you taught? This is my first year as a para. What sports do you root for? I’m not much for sports but will cheer for any Kansas team.
What’s your favorite television show? Breaking Bad
What’s your favorite television show? I love to watch “Chopped” on the food network.
What’s your favorite food? A pulled pork sandwich.
What’s your favorite food? Lasagna
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? English
What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math and science were both my favorites.
What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? My left thumb is double jointed.
What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? My nickname is “Duck”. My dad gave it to me when I was born because I have webbed toes.
How many years have you taught? I’ve been teaching for 4 years Where did you attend college? Kansas State University What sports team do you root for? Steelers
Tracy Reisinger Special Education
What is your favorite television show? News What is your favorite food? Mexican
Markie Gallagher Mathematics
Jennifer Varner Nurse Para
How many years have you taught? Where did you teach? First year teaching. Went to Washburn.
Where did you attend college? A Tech School for 1 year.
What sports team do you root for? No preference.
What sports team do you root for? Anything that is Kansas related.
What’s your favorite television show? Law and Order. What’s your favorite food? Popcorn What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I’m very OCD.
What’s your favorite food? Anything that is Mexican. What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Science. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? My money has to be in sequential order and not upside down.
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Danial Ruda Success 101
Laurie Lewis Special Education
How many years have you taught? I have been teaching for 3 years.
Where did you attend college? University of Kansas
Where did you attend college? I attended college at FHSU receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in ‘06 and my Master’s in ‘11.
What sports team do you root for? Patriots, Jaguars, KU
What is your favorite television show? The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air What is your favorite food? Hawaiian pizza What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math What is a unique quirk no one would know about you? I was a volunteer firefighter for the past 6 years.
Sara Myer Tech Theatre How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? This is my first ‘official’ teaching job. I’ve worked with kids of all ages at Topeka Civic theatre, doing tech work. After high school (SHS alum class of -04), I went to Washburn University and after that attended the art instruction schools What sports team do you root for? I’m not that into sports any more, but back when I was, I was a KU fan. What is your favorite television show? Dexter. Best. Show. Ever! Grimm is pretty good too. What is your favorite food? I love seafood...but living in a landlocked state, I don’t get to enjoy it as much as I’d like. I also really like bacon. I could probably eat bacon all day long. What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Tech theatre, of course. I also really enjoyed art/ drawing. What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? I like to moonlight as a tattoo artist. I’ve drawn dozens of tattoos for myself, friends, and family. In fact, all 11 of my tattoos I’ve drawn myself. Just to ensure that nobody else will have one like them.
What is your favorite television show? Science Fiction What is your favorite food? Seafood, lobster What was your favorite subject when you were in school? English What is a unique quirk no one would know about you? I moved from Florida to Main by throwing a dart at a map of the U.S.
Janet Norris Special Education Para How many years have you taught? Where did you attend college? I taught 16 years at Washburn Rural Middle school and worked there 5 years as a substitute and prarprofessional. I attended Washburn University. What sports team do you root for? Cornhuskers and Denver Broncos
What is your favorite television show? The Biggest Loser What is your favorite food? Fresh fruit, all kinds, but especially strawberries. What was your favorite subject when you were in school? Math What’s a unique quirk no one would know about you? Chuck Norris is not my big brother, but my son, Phil Norris, has been in 26 countries.
Compiled by: Ryder Chaffee, Bailey Bushnell, Chris Richardson, Landon Weller, Katelyn Rollins, Logan Konrade, and Connor Shephard
11 New internship class provides opportunity for students www.seamannews.com
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By Mallory Searcy Staff Writer
Senior Kendall Konrade works with Calvin at the Animal Clinic of North Topeka. This is one of the many tasks Kendall takes part in while interning at this facility. (Photo by Alex Hamilton) Lucas Boyd Placement: Davidson Funeral Home Funeral Director Ed Popkess Matthew Bryan Placement: Kansas Dept. of Transportation Engineering: Chemical, Mechanical, and computer Debbie Wallace Rick Kreider Kendall Konrade Placement: Animal Clinic of North Topeka Veterinarian Dr. Bryan Stancliffe, DVM Katelyn Rollins Placement: Washburn University- Education College Professor- Early Childhood Education Dr. Judith McConnell- Farmer
Many high school students approaching college are consumed with nerveracking feelings about finding a major that is compatible with their interests. Another stressor is thinking about life after college and what kind of job will be available in their field of interest. New to the curriculum the district has developed a College and Career Ready Internship Program for seniors taught by Mrs. Cathie Klein. “The idea for this class came about in continuous talks with our school board, administrators, teachers, and counselors about what else we could do for our students and how to help them with their next career move and help them become nationally ready for college,” said Klein. This semester-long internship program is a way to help students gain knowledge about their future career paths and skills needed in the work environment. For this class, Klein said that she asked the seniors for their top three choices of careers they may want after high school or college. “I work really hard to match the student’s first interest,” said Klein. She also asks the students to think about their results of Career Pipeline
Jessica Schreiner, Hannah Poort, and Kristen Thiessen Placement: Stormont Vail/ Baker University Nursing Kathleen Harr Loanne Martin Mason Shields Placement: Bartlett and West Engineering, Engineering- Various Fields Ali Williams Hailey Tucker Placement: Northland Christian Church Consoling- Development of a Special Needs program for the church Doug Mingus Rokaia Aboras Placement: Washburn University- Biology dept. Environmental Science Jason Emery
from their Success 101 class. Another major component of this new class is wide networking. Receiving references, calling those references, using parent contacts, and putting an advertisement on the school webpage are all the ways Mrs. Klein has come about finding career mentors for the students. There are three main parts of this course, which include online instruction, on campus direct instruction, and an on-site career and business mentor. Another major part of this class is incorporating 21st century technology skills. “Throughout the semester, students journal their experiences on imoodle, compose a resume, write a letter of introduction, are on-site with their mentor, and will create a final presentation about their internship,” said Klein. At the presentation, the other students will be able to hear about their classmates’ experiences with business community members, while sharing their experiences with other families and mentors. This semester, 13 students are enrolled in this course and in the spring semester, currently 12 students are enrolled. “We are all working hard this year, and a goal of mine for next year would be for this class to be available to those who are interested,” said Klein.
Brenna Dowd Placement: Making Cakes and Confectionaries Culinary Arts Scott May Janelle Sparkman Placement: USD 345- Logan Elementary Speech- Language Pathologist Logan Early Childhood Center Lexi Doane
Kennedy Wools Placement: Topeka Police Dept. Forensic Science/ Law Enforcement Detective Doug Searcy MAJ Warren Wilson
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Student prepares culinary delights in big city by Katelyn Rollins staff writer
“While my mom was sick, she and my dad spent a lot of time in New York City at her hospital, leaving me with my grandma and aunts. I learned a lot through those years in the kitchen, and I like to say my grandma was my inspiration to become a chef.” Hogan Popkess
ashing around counters. Sautéing vegetables. Plating exquisite food for the customer. Before one becomes a renowned chef, they must attend cooking school. The CIA or Culinary Institute of America not only stands for a government program, but a premier culinary school. The Culinary Institute of America is a top-notched school in the culinary world. Hogan Popkess, a graduate of 2011, attends CIA in Hyde Park, New York. Popkess said, “I grew up in a family of amazing cooks. My mom died of brain cancer when I was six, leaving tools and recipes behind. I picked up the reigns and continued her legacy in the kitchen.” During the program, students take core classes, but after the first year students go on an externship anywhere in the world. “After my first year, which ends in March, I will go on an 18-week externship anywhere in the United States or even the world. I am hoping to extern at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It’s
by far the most prestigious golf club in the country and they have five restaurants. I would be paid minimum wage and housing will be offered at a discount rate,” said Popkess. After the externship, the program continues in the production kitchen. Popkess said, “The production kitchen includes banquets and catering, a la carte banquets, modern American cuisine, Mediterranean, and others. In those classes, I will prepare and serve meals for students and faculty. After the production kitchen, I will enter ‘restaurant row’, which means I will work in the kitchen for one of four formal restaurants on campus. After three weeks in the kitchen, I will be in the front of the house for another three weeks and then graduate for the associates program.” From an externship to production kitchen to restaurant row, Popkess has developed
favorite parts of the program. “I look forward to the most is its immense network of people and businesses. The CIA is the world’s premier culinary institute and carries a huge reputation. After graduating, I will have connections in every major city with multiple CIA graduates. Also, chefs as a whole are very generous people and will do anything for a young chef, especially a CIA graduate,” said Popkess. Not only are the connections a fantastic opportunity, but the location is spectacular. Popkess said, “Another thing I love about the school is that it’s located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. There is a nationwide movement for farm-to-table foods going on right now and its epicenter is the Hudson Valley. There are thousand of farms and markets that support the CIA by selling and donating fresh produce and meats.”
The CIA’s program is extensive and can be challenging in certain areas. One of these areas is the wine classes. “After my externship, I will spend three weeks in one of the worlds most elaborate and recognized wine classes. I will have to memorize an upwards of 100 wines and where they are grown and made. This class is very difficult and extensive because 60 percent of students fail this class,” said Popkess. After Popkess graduates from the CIA, he hopes to leap into the world of culinary arts and make a name for himself. Popkess said, “After my experience at the CIA, I want to find a restaurant that is well established and has a good reputation and become the executive chef. Afterwards, I may want to open my own restaurant. I won’t know what I really want to do until I get out into the field and experience the restaurant business.”
September 28, 2012
Dancer goes for dream in Big Apple
by Emily Worley staff writer
•six months of kitchen experience in a professional kitchen. You must work with fresh ingredients and work at least 15 hours a week for six months. •financial analysis of the family •several references •two essays •a placement test called the compass test
“I had a reference from a CIA alumnus, which gave me a great advantage in the application progress, a substantial scholarship, as well as a mentor throughout the program.” Hogan Popkess
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion,” Martha Graham. Passion for dance is something that junior KeShawnda Frisby possesses in excess. After the end of her sophomore year, she made the decision to drop out of traditional high school to continue her education at home with the American School of Correspondence. Her reason for this decision was so that she could further her dancing career by having the option of a more flexible schedule. KeShawnda will also be able to complete her high school education more quickly. For almost 11 years, KeShawnda has been an esteemed member of June Landrith’s School of Ballet, but will attend the Kansas Ballet Academy in the fall because her teacher retired this past June. For now though, she is taking the professional and pre-professional classes at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Joffrey Ballet was founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino and has the most well-rounded dance curriculum in New York City. Besides classical ballet, Joffrey offers many other forms of dance including jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and character. In order to be accepted into this program, KeShawnda traveled to Kansas City Ballet and competed in an audition. Dancers were simply given a number and then took a class. After a couple of weeks, an email was sent out delivering the news that she had indeed
been accepted into Joffrey School of Ballet. Out of the 70 dancers that were at this particular audition, only 40 were accepted. This has given her an opportunity to enjoy New York living. Even with her temporary schedule, a routine has developed. Every evening after her classes, KeShawnda gets changed and is able to spend an evening out on the town with her grandmother. She then returns to the dorms she is staying at with all the other girls at night and gets ready to do it all again. Yet all of this routine is worth it for Frisby. “Ever since I was a little girl, it was a dream of mine to come to New York and dance!” This dream came true for her.
“Ever since I was a little girl, it was a dream of mine to come to New York and dance!”
September 28, 2012
Students represent school through trips around country by Conrad Kabus staff writer
Many students enjoy doing sports and activities representing our school, but few get the opportunity to represent the school during the summer. The few students who did represent did so on a state and national level which included going from places like Baltimore to Washington D.C., truly taking in a capital experience. From June 10-11, 12 students participated in the National History Day in our nation’s capital. Students were able to tour the monuments, Smithsonians, Baltimore Harbor, Arlington Cemetery, and Georgetown. “Some of the students had never even flown in a airplane, been in a metro, or rode in a water taxi or train,” said Mrs. Sittenauer, History Day sponsor. There were many memorial experiences. “One of the students, got kicked out of the archives for taking a flash picture of the Declaration of Independence,” claimed Sittenauer. After the touring the city, the competition was in Col-
lege Park, MD, where students were entered in events such as documentary, website, research paper, and dramatic performance. Mrs. Sittenauer said students compete at a regional tournament and must place in the top three to go state. The students who place in the top two at state get to compete in the national tournament. Student’s projects are graded on 60 percent quality, 20 percent relation to theme, and 20 percent adherence to rules and appearance. Mrs. Sittenauer enjoys the completion of all the projects and seeing the students excited about their projects. “I really like working with students one on one. I get to know them as people.” The ITS club took three boys and three girls to the ITS festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mrs. Diane Payne said the shows they see set a bar of excellence that she and the students try to strive for on Seaman’s stage. Mrs. Payne went on to say that there were two main stage productions every day, one in the afternoon and one at night. After the shows students
do you wish you could Viking Voices What have done over the summer?
Victoria Stevens, 9
Mariah Creollo, 10
Mason Wages, 11
Mitchel Carver, 12
“To join the circus.”
“Go on a vacation out of the country.”
“Get a hole in one.”
“To go party with the Jersey Shore.”
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could break off to see studio shows or participate in workshops. “We saw shows like Tarzan, Pippin, The Foreigner, Elephant Graveyard, and Crimes of the Heart,” said senior Corey Perkins. The participates get a real experience from not only seeing kids from all over the country, but out of the country too. “I saw Australians a couple years ago,” said Mrs. Payne. This year, Mrs. Randi Thompson and seven FFA students attended the State FFA convention in Manhattan. “I enjoy watching the students getting excited about FFA and seeing the success of other chapters in the state,” said Mrs. Thompson. The convention is set up so that there are sessions, a dance, and special programs that students attend. The sessions are made up of several award shows, drawings, elections, and programs. “It was pretty exciting to see one of the students in the running for a gator.” By next year’s convention, Mrs. Thompson and the FFA Chapter hope to achieve a few things like the National
Chapter award and a POA (Program of Actives). The Seaman Forensic students who participate in National Catholic Forensic League and qualify at a regional tournament can compete in the Grand National Tournament, which was in Baltimore this year. Forensics and Debate teacher Mr. David Ralph said, “At the regional contest, students compete in different events with about 40 students in each; to go to nationals, students must be in the top six”. This year, Seaman broke the record for the most people qualifying at nine; students competed in events from oral interpretation and original oratory to duo and dramatic performances. For the first couple of days they toured the city, harbor, and several historical places “We had several memorial experiences, like jogging around the harbor in the morning”. Mr. Ralph went on to say that the students had a good time exploring the city. “The kids get a global experience like flying in a plane and experiencing culture from different areas.”
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September 28, 2012
Midwest farmers suffer worst drought in 25 years
by Conrad Kabus staff writer Whether it was mowing the yard, gardening, or watching the weather itâ€™s hard to deny that there was much less rain this year and a lot more heat. In fact, the state has suffered one of the most dangerous droughts in the history of Kansas. The historic drought was so severe that every single county in the state of Kansas was in a severe disaster zone. The blistering heat and shortage of rain has caused dying crop fields and undernourished cattle. Many producers began selling their livestock early, and crops have been receiving some of the poorest ratings in 25 years. Most of the cattle producers in the state have not only been suffering from the heat, but the rise in feed prices too. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has been making federal financial assistance available to producers, and opening 3.8 million million acres of lands that had been off limits to farmers for conservation purposes. In all, almost 80 acres of all agricultural ground In the United States has been impacted making this drought the worst since the 1950â€™s. The down production of crops and livestock will be affecting consumers soon by raising prices and even lowering quality. Although consumers are not noticing change now, food prices are expected to rise in two months and likely to affect the public for 10-12 months, this is according to the USDA.
Story writer Conrad Kabus knows firsthand the peril of the farmer in the Midwest. Consumers can expect to see rising prices at the grocery store as a result of the drought.
FFA chapter sets goals, plans for school year by Erica Harper guest writer Future Farmers of America (FFA) has kicked this year off to a great start. Already this year, the Greenhand members have gone to a Greenhand Conference in Ottawa with 585 other members, with members Julia Flott and Makinly Cramer both finishing in the top 20 on the information test. Later in the year, FFA
will be hosting two major events. The first event is a Roadrunners Hockey Night at the Expocentre. This will include other nearby FFA chapters, who are coming to watch the game, as well as attend a cookout as a group. Hopefully, this night can help strengthen the relationship with the other chapters. The second event is the Helping Hand Humane Society Fundraiser. This
fundraiser will be throughout the school, involving a little competition between all the seminars in who can raise the most items. Also this year, there are students starting a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program. These students will continue expanding their projects or working for agriculture businesses to earn Chapter, State, and American degrees. In Indianapolis, mem-
bers Mackenzie Funnell, Alek Herring, Julia Flott, Tyler Filbert, and Megan Harrison are to attend the National Convention. This is the second year in a row that FFA sponsor Randi Thompson has taken students on this experience, to expose students to FFA on a national scale. Approximately 55,000 studetns attend National Convention every year.
NEWS 16 New, revived businesses add flavor to North Topeka www.seamannews.com
September 28, 2012
by Kendall Leatherman staff writer
Businesses are trying to revive the “Wanamaker of North Topeka” with a few new and improved restaurants. Some restaurants have been brought in brand new, and others have been given a new look to attract more customers. They are all located on northwest Topeka Boulevard. One restaurant new to North Topeka is Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Jimmy John’s sandwiches are made with homemade bread and fresh sliced toppings. It will be located between McDonald’s and Taco Bell. The look of it will be similar to the one located at 10th and Wanamaker, sitting approximately 50 people. The owners of Jimmy John’s are hoping to have it open about the middle of October. “The reason we chose North Topeka is because it is an ideal location and North Topeka needs a new restaurant,” General Manager Jacob Bond said. Customers will have the option of delivery if they call in their order.
Jimmy John’s will also offer catering to those customers who love to throw parties and host events. With the option of delivery and catering the owners are expecting it to become a big hit in North Topeka. “We could have thrown it into a back alley because everyone loves Jimmy John’s,” said Jacob Bond. Another new restaurant on northwest Topeka Boulevard is Ling’s Café. Ling’s Café is a Chinese buffet located between Dollar General and Maximus Fitness. The owner, Loeia Zheng, has been able to expand the tiny Chinese restaurant into a 7-table buffet that has a capacity of 154 customers. “You see all these fast food places around here, and I just wanted something a little different and new for everyone to try. I don’t think fast food is bad. I just think that people enjoy a sit down lunch or dinner,” Loeia said. Ling’s Café has many different options for you to choose from. Customers can have the $5.99 lunch buffet that includes the sushi bar and the Mongolian grill. “Our old restaurant was so tiny, and you felt packed
all the time. You had to order off the menu, and people always had to decide what one entrée they wanted. Now with our new buffet tables we have happier customers who are able to have more choices,” said Loeia. One of our hometown favorites is back in the hands of the original owner. Nib’s House of Coffee has been bought back by Nichole Yingling. “We missed it. We knew that it was up for sale and we didn’t want it to go to waste. So we thought we would buy it back and create a new and improved Nib’s,” said Nichole. With new extended hours they are hoping to get students in after school. They are now open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nib’s has added some flare to its menu with fresh baked goods, fancy cupcakes and summer and winter menus. Even with new food items on the menu, they are still focusing on adding good healthy drinks that will catch people’s eye. “People have always liked
Nib’s joins the north community as a new and improved coffee shop. Located right off of Highway 24 and Topeka Blvd. The restuarant will be adding fresh baked goods, speciality cupcakes and new seasonal menus. (Photo by Kendall Leatherman)
the blended coffee drinks, but we are now starting to make real fruit smoothies. The smoothies are made with real fruit, yogurt and milk. Customers will have a choice of what fresh fruit they want and they won’t have to worry about the fruit being frozen. It will all be fresh,” said Nichole.
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Foreign Exchange Students Laura Fohry Germany
What is your favorite sport? Dancing What is your favorite American food? Hamburger What is the weird thing you have seen here in America? People eating cereal with water
Vinicuis Cicero Brazil What is your favorite sport? Soccer
Tri Nguyen Vietnam What is your favorite sport? Weight-lifting What is something different between America and Vietnam? America has modern technoloogy, itâ€™s clean and quiet What are your favorite types of movies? Action, Science Fiction, Comedy
Jack Ziaus Germany What is your favorite American food? Burger and American pizza
What is your favorite type of movie? Comedy What is something different from America and Brazil? The climate, especially in the winter
Patrick Herz Germany What are your favorite sports? Hockey and soccer What is your favorite American food? Hamburger What is your favorite type of movie? Comedy
David Marnet Brazil What is your favorite sport? Soccer.
What is your favorite sport? Parkour What are your favorite type of movies? Horror and Comedy
Bill Wang China What is your favorite sport? Badminton What is your favorite American food? Hamburgers and sandwiches What is the weirdest thing you have seen while here? People with a tattoo can be seen everywhere
Frederik Benthin Germany What are your favorite types of movies? Horror, Action, Biography, and Documentaries
What is the weirdest thing you have seen here in America? People burp while eating
What is the weirdest thing you have seen while here? 40 school buses taking children to and from school
What is your favorite American food? Pizza
What is something different between America and Germany? Everything is wider
18 Camp energizes teacher
September 28, 2012
Mrs. Elizabeth Woodman, freshman science teacher, was selected from more than 500 professionals to participate in the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center this past summer. Only 25 people from across the nation and three members from Canada earned this distinction. “Being a student again, with research assignments, project due dates, group tasks and presentations is both a change of pace and a chance to reflect on what I ask my own students to do.” To be accepted, Woodman had to fill out a 12-page online application. She also had to submit lesson plan examples of actual classroom activities. The selection committee looked at school demographics, her experience and degrees and the technology she used with students. The experience focused on neurobiology, the study of how the brain works, which Mrs. Woodman describes as a relatively new frontier of biology with more questions than answers. “It was hard work, but so worth it...the experience gave me a chance to be part of something even bigger than our local community,” said Woodman. “For me, programs like these offer a passion-for-learning recharge.”
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Elmont introduces new structured learning program by Madison Henderson staff writer
Structured learning classroom teacher Joane McLaughlin picks up learning material used by kids in their previous lesson. (Photo by Madison Henderson)
eaman has recently introduced a new structured learning classroom opportunity for elementary kids at Elmont. This classroom provides a structured learning environment for students from any elementary school to attend. There’s certain criteria the students must meet in order to be in this class. If the criteria is met, a decision is then made up by the parents and teachers about getting the student in the class. The first year everything is going as expected and is pleasing everyone associated with it. “Our goal was to provide a unique environment for students so they could be successful when they couldn’t be in the other school,” said Diederich. The structured learning classroom does exactly what it’s called. It provides more structure in the classes. “An example would be high school kids having an agenda they follow. These kids have a
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visual agenda,” said principal Annie Diederich. “They have sensory breaks as well as a recess. They use these breaks to shorten up classes so they aren’t sitting and learning for a long time all at once. Their breaks are usually activities that get them up and moving around and getting some type of physical activity in.... I have a passion for students with special needs,” said Diederich. “It’s still early, but I think our awareness will be greater about knowing how to best meet the needs of our students.” With the smaller classes the kids are able to get more one-on-one help. There are still some minor improvements needing to be made for the class though. The structured learning class is always in need of materials and supplies because things that will work for one child might not work for another. “I’d say it’s definitely a team approach. A lot of people working together, just wanting to do what’s best for the kids,” explained Diederich.
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Fantasy Football celebrates 50th Anniversary by Taylor Czajkowski web editor
hy do people find it so entertaining to use fake points to assess a football player’s performance? Whatever the reason is, it is catching on and it’s catching on fast. You can thank three guys; Wilfred “Bill” Winkenbach, Bill Tunnell, and Scotty Stirling. They came up with the rules for what is now fantasy football. This coming season marks the 50th anniversary of fantasy football, and the game has been developed into an entirely new, strategic competition. The times have changed, as has the way fantasy football is played. Back when this game was
first invented, there were only 14 NFL football teams and no Super Bowl. Currently, there are 32 NFL teams and a 12-team playoff format. Winkenbach’s league consisted of using defensive players and only counting points for touchdowns. Nowadays, most leagues consist of only offensive players and a defense as a whole. Also, you earn points by how many yards your player has, instead of only when they score a touchdown. That being said, you can pretty much play fantasy football however you want to. The original league created by Winkenbach, Tunnell and Stirling is still going strong today, playing the same way they did when it first began. There are several different types of fantasy football
Reagan competes at Junior Olympics by Tyler Bushnell staff writer
This summer, sophomore Joseph Reagan attended nationals in Houston, Texas, which was held during July 30 through Aug. 4. Reagan competed in 16U divisions. He won second in the 100m, 4x4 relay, and long jump. He also earned a bronze in the 200m. Rewinding back to last spring, Reagan tried out for the baseball team, making the roster on C-Team. He was not practicing with the track team. Yet, he still ran at meets without specific training on his events. Just a freshman at the time, Reagan qualified for state and made a trip to Wichita with the track squad to compete. He had high hopes for reaching the champions podium. Reagan came out on top with first place in the 100m and the 200m. In the 100m, he set a 5A state
meet record with the time of 10.45 seconds. Throughout the summer, Reagan trained with NE KS Track Club. He practiced twice a week with his club and self-trained every night. Since he was already waking up for 7 a.m. weights with the football team, he was improving his skill on the track. After coaxing from his club coaches, he was convinced to compete in districts during June in Des Moines, Iowa. Reagan placed first in his age and moved on to compete in Des Moines once again for regionals. Again, Reagan placed first. This time the reward was much more, sending him south to Houston, Texas. Now it’s fall and he is off to the gridiron, contributing to the Viking’s offense and special teams.
leagues. The two most popular types are: head-to-head and total points leagues. The type of league is the first thing in which a manager must designate to participate. Once you know what type of league you want to be in, you then must focus on the most important part: the draft. The draft is the means by which you pick your team. Your draft can make or break your team and your whole season. After your draft is complete and you have your squad, it’s time to focus on the season. Every week you have to set your lineup according to matchups, injuries, and bye weeks. Once you have set your lineup, you just watch the games and wait to see how your team did. During the course of the
season, you can go in and add players to your team. You can only have a certain number of players, so that requires you to drop a player. This goes on throughout the season, until there is a winner in your league. After the season is over, it’s the worst time. Waiting seven months to play again next year is agonizing if you lost, or exciting if you won. Regardless of if you won or lost, most likely you’ll keep coming back. Fantasy football has lived strong for 50 years and don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon. It will keep growing and growing until the NFL is over for good. It is never too late to join a fantasy league, so go sign up as soon as possible.
Girls golf take first at meet in Emporia by Mallory Searcy staff writer The girls golf team has started their season with the only first place team medal in several years at their meet in Emporia. “We have been medaling at meets both individually and as a team. I think we are improving a lot since last year. At our Alvamar Meet in Lawrence we had three all time individual bests,” said Lexie Heiniger. The junior varsity has also been competing at a top level. At the SilverLake Invitational the girls all individually medaled, including a first place finish by freshman Tory Darting. They also scored an all time team best taking first place in the nine-hole meet.
Senior Raechel Puglisi said, “The team’s goal is to continue placing in meets and eventually ending up at state.” Two of the meets that have already taken place include both varsity and junior varsity home meets at Village Greens and Lake Shawnee. “They were aerating the front nine holes so we had to play the back nine, which I have only played a couple times before. It was definitely a challenging meet at Village,” said sophmore Mikala Smith. These season will come to an end soon. Coach Steve Darting thinks a goal for the team this year should be to finish in the top one-third of the league. “We should hopefully qualify as a team for State,” said Darting.
Intramurals add fun to summer activities by Brandon Stromgren staff writer While many kids were working or playing video games all summer, a group of Seaman High students decided to join an adult intramural softball league at Shawnee North Community Center. Jake Wyer, sophomore, was the founder of their team, the Vipers. “We thought it would be fun to hang out every Friday night and play softball,” said Kyle Romick. They played every Friday night in the summer from the end of the school year to the start of the next. “We would show up
early before games and grill hamburgers while listening to music and hanging out. Then after the game, we would all go to Austin Haas’s house and go swimming. It was a weekly routine,” said Jake Wyer. Out of all of the games they played, they won one game. They were the youngest team, but still enjoyed playing. “Every game, we said we would do better, but it only came up good once. The other teams would usually go easy on us once they got a huge lead. This made it more enjoyable and worthwhile,” said Jacob Crawshaw. Next summer, they are all looking forward to playing again in hopes of competing at a higher level.
September 28, 2012
New fishing license law in effect by Savannah Workman staff writer This past year, the Kansas Legislature passed an important law sponsored by Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). This law removes the hunting and fishing license exemption that people 65 years of age and older currently have and replaces that exemption with a half price yearly license or a Lifetime Senior license, costing around $40, according to Secretary of KDWPT Robin Jennison. “This bill addresses concerns with regard to how we manage Kansas natural resources now and in the future. For every license we sell, we not only get the licensing money but also Federal money through two programs. By not having seniors pay for those licenses, we lost the federal money. That money
was collected based on sales of outdoor equipment. By not collecting license fees, we were not only getting fees to enhance hunting and fishing opportunities, all the federal money collected for outdoor items they bought (shotgun shells, bows, fishing tackle) were given to other states.” Jennison pointed out that with the growing number of seniors reaching retirement age, that demographic needed to pay some nominal fee in order to not strain Kansas of the natural resources. “I received around 200 phone calls from concerned seniors when the bill first came out. By the time I explained the issues and the merits of the bill I have converted 199 of them. They want to see our natural resources to flourish, and they want to pass our hunting and fishing heritage to our youth.”
Sporting KC, soccer reigning supreme in KC by Trenton Miller sports editor
The rainy, warm evening of Aug. 8, 2012 forever changed Sporting Kansas City (SKC) and the culture of soccer in the City of Fountains. Sporting KC, in only its second year of existence as a new club, defeated three-time defending champions Seattle Sounders in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in front of a sold out crowd of 18,863 at LiveSTRONG Sporting Park (LSP). The victory came through penalty kicks, but a trophy earned nonetheless – Sporting’s first as a new franchise and first since winning the Open Cup in 2004. Sporting Kansas City is owned by OnGoal, LLC, making it the only locally owned professional sports team in Kansas City. OnGoal CEO and president of Sporting KC Robb Heineman had pushed for a soccer specific stadium in Kansas City for quite some time, and on June 9, 2011, his work paid off. The unveiling of LiveSTRONG Sporting Park to the Village West Parkway area sparked huge interests in the club from the surrounding communities. The $180 million plus project is among the most technologically advanced venues in the nation, primarily focusing on fan experience and connectivity.
Season ticket sales jumped and the average attendance through 15 home games grew from 10,286 fans in 2010 to 17,668 fans in 2011. Success followed in 2011 too, as SKC finished atop the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS) and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in three years. This season has been much of the same. Head coach Peter Vermes led the club to its second U.S. Open Cup title and SKC currently sits atop the East in MLS play. Through 15 games, the average attendance at LSP has been 19,296 and season tickets are going fast for the 2013 campaign. In addition, LSP has drawn national soccer attention by hosting World Cup Qualifiers and friendly matches for the United States men’s and women’s national teams. LiveSTRONG will next bring in the U.S. men to play Guatemala in a 2014 World Cup Qualifier on October 16. Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi has appeared with the national team in it’s last three fixtures. Since the club’s change in 2011, Sporting KC has been 2818-16 in MLS play and have only dropped five of 32 games at LiveSTRONG Sporting Park. As more and more attention shines on the club, things only look up for Heineman, Vermes, and company.
September 28, 2012
Soccer playing with target in 2012 by Trenton Miller sports editor
SENIOR linebacker Hayden Kramer (4) and sophomore Hunter Poort (40) team up to tackle a Junction City ball carrier. (Photo by David Marshall)
Football holds off 6A foes by Taylor Czajkowski web editor
The Vikings beat archrival Hayden, 23-6, on the road to open the season and then won their home opener against Junction City in convincing fashion, 35-0. Even though the Vikings started out 2-0, they could not escape the underdog card going in to Manhattan. They have been the underdog all three games this season. Coach Blake Pierce’s team went to Manhattan with something to prove. The Vikes got off to a quick start with a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Butch Rea to speedster Joseph Reagan. Rea adding another rushing touchdown in the second quarter. A late first half touchdown from Nathan Stanley run made the score 21-14 going into the half. The Viking defense, led by seven senior starters, came out of the locker room strong, proving why their defense is ranked first in the Centennial League. Manhattan scored a touchdown midway through the third quarter, but their kicker missed the extra point, which would prove to be a crucial turning point in the game. The Vikes took the 21-20 and ran with it. They didn’t score any more points, but neither did the opposing Indians. Defensive coordinator Mike Lincoln made the proper adjustments as his defense did just enough to hold the Indians before a late fourth down conversion by Nathan Stanley clinched the game for the Vikings. They will next take on the Topeka High Trojans tonight at 7 p.m. following the Homecoming festivities.
Coming off of a second consecutive fourth place finish at 5A State, the boy’s soccer team has a lot of expectations for this fall. The team is led by nine seniors, and returns 12 varsity players from the 2011 season. However, this year is completely different, and Coach Louis Di Leonardo is stressing that to his group. “This season is unlike others because we’ve developed a reputation. Other teams know that we can play and that we are now a team to beat,” said Di Leonardo. However, the Vikes responded well during their three-game road trip to begin the 2012 campaign. Wins at Maranatha Academy, Lansing, and Shawnee Heights by a goal margin of 14-0 kicked off what many of the seniors are hoping to be a record-setting season. “This year is everything we make it out to be. I know all of us want to return to State; to be the first team to reach it three consecutive seasons. “We want to set an all-time wins record by winning more than 15 games, and as always, we want to compete for the Centennial League title,” explained senior captain Erick Rivera, who leads the team with 11 goals on the season. The Vikes debuted at
home the following week against a successful Wichita Trinity team, a night earlier than planned due to a scheduling error that resulted in the cancellation of an away fixture at Leavenworth. The match ended with a tie, but DiLeonardo’s squad picked up a win the next night against Junction City, 4-0, and two nights later against last year’s 5A State RunnerUps Blue Valley-Stilwell, 2-1 in overtime. “Blue Valley is traditionally a good team. We knew they’d be good competition, so by winning, we found out where we are as a team,” explained Di Leonardo. After suffering their first home defeat since 2010 to Manhattan, 2-1, the Vikes bounced back against Topeka West, 4-0, to finish out their five-game home stand. “Manhattan is a very good squad and the loss to them made the guys aware of the importance of working hard to get better individually and as a team because even the littlest things matter,” noted DiLeonardo. The Vikes are now ranked third in 5A with their 6-1-1 record. They will next play at home Oct. 2 against KC Christian, while Breast Cancer Awareness Night is set for Oct. 9, and Senior Night is scheduled against Washburn Rural for Oct. 11.
Lady Vikes volleyball battling to stay above . 500 by Bailey Bushnell staff writier
The Lady Vikes volleyball team has had its ups and downs this season. They started off the season, 0-4, with disappointing losses to Lansing and Lawrence Free State, that both went to three
sets, where the Vikes just narrowly missed a victory. Once on their home court, the Vikes came out strong with four wins, two against big rivals, Manhattan and Silver Lake. They were unable to defeat Shawnee Heights, but will face them again later in
the year. Another disappointing loss came at the hands of Washburn Rural in a best of five match. Coach Brooke Henry’s team won the first set, but Rural fought back and took the victory, taking the Lady
Vikes record to 9-9 on the season. “We’re not down. We’re still focused and are remaining hopeful for the rest of the season. As long as we improve every day, we will be able to reach our goals,” said senior team captain Tatiana Schafer.
September 28, 2012
Girls tennis eyeing history
XC gearing up for home meet
by Trenton Miller sports editor
by Trenton Miller sports editor
Second-year girl’s tennis coach Andrew Taylor has his ladies swinging through competition. This year’s team brings back only one State qualifier from the 2011 season, Taylor Hiltgen. However, Hiltgen injured her elbow early in the season and she has not been able to return to play quite yet. Instead, younger girls have picked up the slack. Senior Erica Harper has stepped into the No. 1 singles position while sophomore Katie Andrews has occupied the No. 2 position. Julia Damman and Bailie Crow hold down the No. 1 doubles spot with Meggan Schrock and Brenlee Yingling playing No. 2doubles. Luckily for Taylor’s squad, their first two meets came at home. Both Seaman Invita-
tional Tournament’s featured six schools. The girl’s placed third as a team in their first meet and first just four days later. At the 10-team Hiawatha Tournament, Erica Harper placed first in No. 1 singles to lead the girls to a third place team finish. Andrews and the doubles tandems each took third for the Lady Vikes. Most recently, the doubles group of Yingling/Schrock medaled at third in the eightteam Washburn Rural Invitational, while Erica Harper placed fourth. Next up for the Lady Vikes is their regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 6, where they hope to make school history. “Our goal hasn’t changed despite the loss of Taylor. We still want to get everyone to State and compete for City and League,” said senior Julia Damman.
The boys and girls cross country teams agendas never really change from day to day; they run and run and run. And while running may not seem like the most intriguing activity to partake in, the teams have a total of 52 spirited athletes this fall season. The boys team, which is led by seven seniors, has a total of 31 runners. The Vikes placed second as a team at the Topeka West Invitational earlier this season, led by a fourth place effort from senior John Figgs in a time of 17:56.0. Freshman Daniel Kramer earned fifth and sophomore Mike Devoe finished for the Vikes. The next weekend, the Coach Bob Camien’s team placed second again at their meet at Wyandotte County
Park. Several runners set personal records and placed inside the top 10, with Figgs leading the group once more. On the other side, the Lady Vikes have found success in their early meets, too. The girl’s team is comprised of 20 underclassmen, but only one senior. However, the inexperienced are running hard for Coach Rick Brading. Freshman Krista Akers finished sixth at the Topeka West Invitational with her four-kilometer time of 16:50.3. Junior Jenna Wildeman and sophomore Allie Crome came in at 16th and 17th, respectively. Both teams will be competing in their only home meet of the season tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at Shawnee North Community Center. Next week they will run the city meet at the Stateland course around Hummer Sports Park.
Sportsmanship Summit unites league, new name for spirit section by Trenton Miller sports editor Be positive and full of spirit for your school, show respect to your opponents, and keep all derogatory comments to a minimum. This was the general theme for the 2012 Centennial League Sportsmanship Summit at Emporia High School. Over 80 students from nine Centennial League schools attended the summit, which focused on improving the actions and fan hood of student sections across the league. Prominent members of each school’s various athletic teams and spirit squads participated in spreading sportsmanlike behavioral skills and themes. Blue Valley School District Athletic Director and National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association (NIAAA) President Rich Bechard served as the keynote speaker for the event. Bechard, who held the athletic director role at Holton High School for 16 years, works with the NIAAA to “develop, enhance, and preserve the educational values of interscholastic athletics and enhance leadership skills.” Ten students from Seaman, including Spirit Council and three cheerleaders, engaged in the activities alongside cheerleading sponsor Mrs. Wolfe. “The summit is a great tool for the Centennial League and
Seaman because it brings everyone together under one roof and lets us share ideas, themes, and learn about what is and isn’t right for our spirit sections,” said senior Lucas Boyd. Second-year summit attendee and varsity cheer captain Danielle Davenport explained that although sportsmanship has a fine line, it is up to our students and leaders to show class in their chants and hoopla. “The seniors, especially those on the front rows of games, really set the standard because they know the traditions, the chants, and the underclassmen look up to them. If they’re respectful, the section follows suit. That’s what makes our student section better than others.” At one point, Bechard had the students split into separate groups to share ideas for showcasing spirit and to communicate about acceptable and unacceptable actions for enthusiasts among the crowd. Toward the summit’s end, each school provided a new idea they would implement to improve school spirit in some way. Seaman’s leaders conferred for a very clever notion. “We renamed our student section the Sportsman-Ship. The others at the summit didn’t catch on at first, but they understood we are the Vikings and got a kick out of it. I’d definitely say they were jealous because it was creative and really only fits with SHS,” Davenport explained.
September 28, 2012
(right) Katie Waetzig, Kiley McManaman, Hannah Gill, Breckyn McDonald, and Maddie Schmidtlein celebrate after their team wins the semi-finals in the dumpster dive at ‘Sleep in a box.”
www.seamannews.com (below) Kelse Cummings and Emily Maxwell help dress Kali Haas in the layered man competition at “Sleep in a box.” Jaimie Hayes performs during the halftime at the first home game of the year against Junction City. (Photo by Suzanne Marshall)
(below) Members of the drumline rev up the crowd at the first pep assembly of the year. (Photo by Megan Lehman )
(above) Joseph Reagan runs the field against his Junction City opponent. The Vikes won, 35-0. (Photo by Suzanne Marshall)
(above) Marissa Willard and Katie Doty study their camera settings for their composition slide shows in Convergence Media class. (Photo by Morgan Ronsse) (left)Emily Barth signs up for Spirit Club during the Club fair. (Photo by Alexis Kokenge)
Published on Oct 2, 2012