Sept. 27, 2013
Meet foreign exchange students from around the world. Dairy Queen employees become crime victims in store robbery. Find out the background on this week of Homecoming festivities. Injured athletes continue on the road to recovery.
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Junior Victoria Sparkman signs up for Key Club at the annual club fair. (Photo by Molly Mulqueen)
Sept. 27, 2013
10-year plans continue
by Taylor Buessing ad manager
In 2004 the district had started a 10 year plan to reconfigure USD345. This plan included consolidating to five large elementary schools, building a new middle school, and bringing the freshmen up to the high school. Part of the plan has already been completed with the closing of three elementary schools. Lyman and East Indianola merged into Logan Elementary. Logan Elementary used to be Logan Junior High. Now all 7th and 8th grade students in the district attend Seaman Middle School. Also, in the 10 year plan was the addition of the freshman center, bringing all 9th graders in the district to Seaman High with grades 10-12. This year the 10 year plan continues. Recently a $57.5 million bond issue was passed. This money will go towards the expanding of West Indianola Elementary and Elmont Elementary as well as the remodel of what will be Northern Hills Elementary, and the construction of the new Seaman Middle School.
The new middle school will be built south of the current middle school, in between the football field and Topeka Boulevard. The current design plan is a two-story plan having the seventh grade teams on the bottom floor and the eighth grade teams on the top floor. “We’ve all been working hard the past few months to get the design dialed in,” said Middle School Principal Bob Horton. Seaman Middle School will be changes into Northern Hills Elementary and will be significantly remodeled. “We are all pretty excited about the possibilities it is bringing,” said Mr. Horton.
Two more elementary schools will be closing, Rochester Elementary and Pleasant Hill Elementary. The students attending Pleasant Hill when it closes will all be going to Northern Hills Elementary, and most of the students attending Rochester Elementary will also go to Northern Hills Elementary. The rest of the students will be attending West Indianola Elementary. Superintendent Mike Mathes said, “Right now we are working with Shawnee County Recreation to see if we can make them [Rochester and Pleasant Hill] into community centers.” Construction is expected to be completed by the winter of 2016.
lipper Editor-in-Chief Delaney Hiegert Managing Editor Mallory Searcy Business/Ad Managers Kendall Leatherman,Taylor Buessing Staff Ethan Brunetti, Bailey Bushnell, Mason Diederich, Cassidy Henry, Cortni Heston, Alex Hurla, Alayna Hutchison, Sydney Marney, Michael Owen, Jacob Phillips, Jakob Ready, Breanna Schmidt, Tatum Smith, Andie Sodergren,Delaney Spence, Marissa Willard, Brenlee Yingling Adviser Kelly Neiman, MJE To submit a letter to the editor, the letter must be 300 words or less in length. All correspondence must be signed. The goal of the staff is to report school and community news and suggest ideas for improvement. We welcome your opinions and will do our best to publish what you have to say. Views in this newsmagazine do not always represent those of the faculty or school board of USD 345. The Clipper reserves the right to edit or refuse publication of material that is libelous, obscene, invading privacy, infringing on copyright or disruptive to the educational process of Seaman High School.
• ACT Prep Classes schedule is released. Cost is $10 per section of the test, total is $30. Oct. 7 - Reading/W-19 Oct. 14 - English/W-9 Oct. 21 - Science/N-15 • Tonight, Homecoming festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Seaman vs. Emporia football game at 7 p.m., and finally the Homecoming dance after the game from 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. • Picture retake day will be Oct. 2 during seminar in the freshman commons. • The annual Interact Sleep In a Box activity takes place on Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Participants need to plan to spend the night.
New program helps guide students by Alayna Hutchison Staff writer Deciding what an individual wants to do after high school can be confusing, and frustrating. Each person has his or her own idea of success. The real working world has a wide variety of opportunities following graduation. A career advocate can help. By October 2012, the percentage of high school graduates to go onto college was totaled to 66.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To encourage students to take the steps to be prepared for their future, a new program here incorperates career advocates who visit regularly to collaborate with each student twice a year. Senior BriAnna Dittberner explains, “ Talking to my advocate really helped me decide what I wanted to do for certain.” Currently, there are three experienced career advocates prepared to answer student`s questions concerning their future. The program came about after a board meeting discussing post- high school plans for students. Dr. Carolyn Orozco put the program into action. College and career advocate Kyle Hicks said, “ The goal is for every student to graduate with a post high school plan. “ Students with last names A-G are paired together with Kyle Hicks to discuss possible post-graduation plans. She graduated Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in School Administration. “ I love this job,” she later said. “ The most helpful thing that I got from the advocate was that she helped me find an ACT prep book, which was really nice,” said Senior Garrett Pepper. “In today`s society, students have to become more aggressive to receive the benefits of the educational opportunities available”, explains career advocate Bill Russel. Students with last names H-O are guided onto their path with Bill Russel. He believes that “ I have a good background about this type of stuff. It`s my 42nd year in education, and I have had two daughters go through the same things. “ Helping students at the end of the alphabet is Melissa Mikkelsen. She is a graduate of Washburn University, and has taught mathematics for seven years. “ I am excited to work with both students and their parents to help all students work to their best potential and prepare for a bright future.”
Sept. 27, 2013
Viking Trail approved
After 365 days, the grant has passed y Sydney Marney b Staff Writer Rounding the last corner and finishing a 5K on the Seaman Viking Trail is something that will soon be a reality for any runner or walker in the community According to Mrs. Claudia Welch. After the 365 days it took to get the $160 thousand grant from the state and the $23 thousand grant from the Kansas Health Foundation plans are being finalized on the Seaman Viking Trail. The school is now in the process of getting bids from construction companies so they can begin phases one and two of the trail. The construction of the trail should begin early in the spring of 2014. The estimated total cost of the twelve-foot wide trail will be $240 thousand. It will be made of small gravel, have benches, exercise stations, and lights for those late night runs when the temperature is more comfortable for running. It will be handicap accessible so that all in the community can use it. The trail will be used for physical education classes and various sports. It will also promote safety amongst students when walking home from school. According to Claudia Welch besides the grants, they will also be selling the benches along the trail, have bricks that alumni can buy, and they will continue to have the Fall Into Fitness 5K every year for upkeep of the trail. The completion date depends on the amount of money raised but will hopefully be done within a year.
September 27, 2013
NEW TEACHERS AT SEAMAN HIGH SCHOOL
== Jessica Otradovec
What do you teach? Freshaman Biology How long have you been teaching? First Year Where did you attend college? K-State What is your hidden talent? Draw chickens What was your first car? 96 Red Mustang GT
What do you teach? SLA, JLA, and Shakespeare How long have you been teaching? Fourth Year What school have you previously taught at? Iola High School What is your favorite board game? Facts or craps What is your dream vacation? Tour of Europe
What do you teach? Sophomore and Junior Language Arts How long have you been teaching? Seven Years What school have you previously taught at? Derby High School What is your hidden talent? Double-Jointed Thumbs What was your first car? 1984 Ford Mustang
What do you teach? Special Education How long have you been teaching? First Year Where did you go to college? K-State for two years, Washburn Grad Who is your celebrity crush? Jennifer Anniston What is your favorite board game? Life
What do you teach? Math How long have you been teaching? 12 years Where did you previously teach? Hayden What is your dream vacation? Hawaii What is your favorite board game? Monopoly
What do you teach? English How long have you been teaching? First year Where did you go to college at? Washburn University Who is your celebrity crush? Leonardo DiCaprio What is your hidden talent? Flair nostrils, Bomb at the Cello Complied by Jakob Ready
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NEW TEACHERS AT SEAMAN HIGH SCHOOL Jamie Jones What do you teach? FACS How long have you been teaching? Six years What school did you previously come from? Parker Hill Missouri What is your favorite board game? Game of Things Who is your celebrity crush? Jr. High: Nick LachĂŠ Now: Channing Taum
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Elaina Musson What do you teach? Work Study How long have you been teaching? 11 years What school did you previously come from? California King High What is your hidden talent? Balloon Animals
Mariah Barnett What do you teach? Orchestra How long have you been teaching? First year What school did you previously come from? Baker University What was your first car? Cadillac DeVille What is your dream vacation? A tour of Europe
Mrs. Torbett dressed up as a witch to help her junior students learn about The Crucible (Photo by Meagan Nussbaum). Compiled by Mason Diederich
Sept. 27, 2013
Parents becoming too involved in social media by Kendall Leatherman ad manager
hese days you cannot get on social media without a parent or friend’s parent requesting to follow you on Twitter or be your friend on Facebook. Parents want to be involved in the new trend of social media, but sometimes their involvement with their teen’s group of friends online goes overboard. A study from Brigham Young University show that a bond is stronger between children and their parents when they engage with their parents on social media. In fact 16 percent of the 491 adolescents they surveyed communicate with their parents through social media at least once a day. There may be a difference between a parent being on
social media, versus being too engaged with their child and their friend’s posts. When parents add their comments to the teenage banter, or God forbid, tweet advice, I feel as if a line has been crossed. I don’t bust into my dad’s conversations with his golf buddies to put my two cents in about their swing. I don’t want their advice on how to deal with my boy problems. What is the barrier between those relationships? Parents may argue that they are only online for your protection or to make sure you aren’t getting into trouble. So how do you explain the advice that they give to your friends when they post about being stressed, overwhelmed or in a difficult situation? As teenagers we create these profiles to interact with our friends, catch up on the typi-
cal high school drama and see the latest trends. Parents do not really fit into either of those categories. We go there as an escape from parental
influence. It is starting to become more challenging when you have a comment from an adult family friend right after you post.
Hold past students accountable for textbook damage by Andie Sodergren staff writer he start of the school year means checking out textbooks. You get to class early and find a seat near the book cabinet. When your teacher tells the class to grab a book, everybody rushes to get a good one. By the time you get to the front, all that’s left are the frayed, torn up books falling apart at the seams. Pages are falling out and someone has written in all the wrong answers. Despite that, you are extra careful with it all year, doing your best to hold it together with tape. After doing everything you can to get through the year without losing any pages or the cover, at the end of the year you’re slapped with a rebind fee that will cost at least $10 or worse, a replacement fee
Michelle Anderson received this textbook for her Honors Algebra II class. In addition to the cover detached from the pages, it has extensive water damage.
that could be anywhere from $20 to $70, depending on the book. Why should we be held responsible for damages done before we even touched the book? It could’ve been any one of the people whose names are scrawled on the front cover. The condition of these books should be inspected at the beginning and end of each school year, so the person who’s responsible for mutilating their book pays for it, instead of passing on the fine to the next unlucky person. After all the effort we’ve put in to keep our textbooks together, all we get in return is a huge fine. If the people that damaged the books in the first place were held accountable, we wouldn’t have to pick up their slack and pay for their irresponsibility.
Sept. 27, 2013
Do new headbands reduce concussions? by Alayna Hutchison staff writer
t’s game day, and the locker room is crammed with energy. Everyone is putting their jerseys on, showing off the number they represent. The time to go is now. Walking out of the locker room it’s realized that a part of your uniform is missing… the concussion prevention headband. Why exactly is it so important for players to wear these headbands? Coach Louis DiLeonardo said that he’s seeing more and more concussions occurring. So he is in favor of the addition of headbands. Athletic trainer Mike Longhofer has seen a total of six players receive concussions related directly to high school soccer. Senior Luke Shaw said, “They make it hard to direct the ball on a header, but having the extra protection is nice,” Overall he likes them.
A 2010 study shows that “heading” a soccer ball doesn’t actually even cause short- term memory loss or at the least, concussions. Senior Clay Haag said, “A small piece of padding isn’t going to help.” “People have played soccer for centuries without them, and in my mind, they serve at useless equipment,” said senior Clay Haag. Being a part of the game, I can attest that it’s frustrating to have a bulky headband constantly falling off. Too many times they’ve fallen off during the game. Why is our school the only one wearing them? “Anything that helps prevent concussions is a positive thing,” said Coach Louis DiLeonardo.
Teachers violate students’ rights by looking through cell phones by Jacob Phillips staff writer
eaman High School’s cell phone policy has been implemented to reduce the amount of kids that are on them in class, but teachers might be taking it too far. The teachers are allowed to take the student’s phone if they see students on it during class without their permission. Teachers are supposed to turn it into the office after class and let administration deal with it from there. Administrators are allowed to go through specific parts of the phone depending on the situation it was taken. Teachers are allowed to take them and give them to administration, but cannot go through them in depth whatsoever. Doug Fehr said, “Law En-
forcement can’t go through any phones at all unless it is to find a legal guardians phone number to report a lost phone”. Principal Ron Vinduska said, “Administrators can not look through a phone unless we have reasonable suspicion that someone is in danger. The same is true for teachers that confiscate phones”. He also said, “So if a threat was sent or texted to a student, we could check for the threat. If we confiscate a phone because the student was on it, or playing a game, we may not look through anything else on the phone. Because law is very clear on this topic.” There are legal actions that can end this problem if teachers or administrators go through student’s phones without reasonable suspicion.
Sean Stattelman runs down the field wearing his concussion headband with a defender right at his heels. (Photo by Allie Crome)
Lunch trays irritate hungry students by Breanna Schmidt staff writer
s many students have noticed, Seaman High has gotten brand new lunch trays. Red trays with different compartments have replaced the blue trays that were previously being used. The old trays required bowls and plates to also be used. New trays have eliminated this need. The new trays have brought up one question: Why? “It was mainly because we wanted to speed things up in the lunch line by not having to deal with the different bowls and plates,” Dawn Onnen, manager of the kitchen, said. “We were also spending a lot of money replacing the bowls and plates that were
accidentally being thrown away by students.” Mrs. Onnen says the new trays are a good thing, but many students disagree. “They suck, they’re way too small,” junior Greg Richardson argues. Senior Kelcie Radford agrees with him. “I’m a big girl at heart,” she promises. “I need a big tray with plenty of food. These trays just seem tiny.” As seen above, one complaint often made by students is that the serving size has gotten smaller due to the new trays. Onnen negates this rumor. “No, they have not changed due to the new trays,” she assures. “If anything, they have changed due to new food regulations. The trays have nothing to do with it.”
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Name: Ana Gabrielle Oliveira Country: Brazil Host: Cramer Talent: plays guitar Hobbies: reading, listening to music Name: Liza Shevchenko Country: Ukraine Host: Bolander Talents: Modern dancing Hobbies: Listening to music, mostly Michael Jackson
Name: Steven Micheal Gerth Country: Germany Host: Webel Talent: football Hobbies: Listening to music and biking
Name: Sara Menoni Country: Italy Host: McNorton Talents: Fashion Hobbies: Photography and cooking
Robin Wendt digs into his watermelon at the annual watermelon feed for fall athletes. (Photo by Marcy Anderson) Mehdi Saffar and Yoonseo Park sign up for clubs at the club fair. (Photo by Kaylee Snell)
Name: Marina Jurlina Country: Montenegro Host: McNorton Talent: Debate Hobbies: Listening to music and watching movies
Name: Alberto Gentili Country: Italy Host: Palmer Talents: Good at kissing and styling my hair Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and homework
Name: Robin Wendt Country: Germany Host: Jones Talents: Traveling Hobbies: Hang out with friends and traveling
NEWS Meret Jannsen competes at the Manhattan invitational cross country meet. (Photo by Molly Mulqueen) Marina Jurlina and Sara Menoni sign up for a school club at the club fair. (Photo by Molly Mulqueen)
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Name: Mehdi Saffar Country: Tunisia Host: Baeten Talent: 3D computer sculpting and art Hobbies: Playing tennis and swimming
Name: Gaia Forini Country: Italy Host: Weaver Talent: Bilingual Hobbies: Shopping
Name: Sofia Koskinen Country: Finland Host: Leon Talent: cheerleading Hobbies: cheerleading and jogging
Name: Yoonseo Park Country: South Korea Host: Hang Talent: Good at puzzles Hobbies: Listening to music and Le Hana
Name: Luca Gobbi Country: Brazil Host: Wellers Talents: Surfing Hobbies: Soccer
Luca Gobbi waves at the camera at his first home soccer game and enjoys watermelon at the annual Athletic Booster Club watermelon feed. (Photo by Karsen McCarter and Patrick Orton)
Name: Meret Jannsen Country: Germany Host: Lightfoot Talent: Running Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and listening to music
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Student travels ‘across the pond’ by Mallory Searcy Managing Editor Fishing in ponds may have been how some students spent their summer, but freshman Brooklyn Carter literally took the plunge and jumped the pond to the United Kingdom. After receiving a letter in the mail from the organization People to People, Brooklyn began the long process of applying, fundraising, and attending the numerous meetings before traveling to the U.K. and learning about other cultures. After being accepted, she began fundraising for her 19-day trip, which included stops in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. “I babysat, sold cookie dough, wrote letters to possible business sponsors, and helped my cousin with his business’s paperwork,” said Carter. Soon after fundraising, Brooklyn met with a teacher from Baldwin City and attended meetings around Topeka to prepare for her trip. Leaving June 8 and returning the 25,
Brooklyn had a hectic schedule, which included three countries, and four major airports in one day. Arriving in London, Brooklyn met with 38 other people in the group, and the three delegations with whom she would spend most of her time, which included students from Kansas, Tennessee, and Florida. Their delegation manager, who showed them the sites and helped participate in their service work, was a man from Cahersiveen, Ireland. “ I spent two to three days in London, which was more modern and multicultural than I thought it would be. We cruised on the Thames River, went to the Tower of London, and the London Eye, the huge Ferris Wheel,” said Carter. The next stop was Wales, where Brooklyn and the other groups rappelled down a castle, and visited the longest named port in the world. Ireland was their next stop on the journey, which included many ferry rides. “People in Ireland were really nice. I loved Dublin, because of the
Freshman Brooklyn Carter explores London, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland while on her summer trip with the organization “People to People.” Carter met people from around the world. She even stopped by Buckingham Palace. (Photos provided by Brooklyn Carter).
...we saw Bill Clinton, took pictures with him, and ended up in one of Scotland’s newspapers.
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atmosphere. The streets were brick, and the countryside was green and hilly,” said Carter. While in Dublin and completing a scavenger hunt, Brooklyn was later told that Michelle Obama was in town visiting Trinity College during the president’s official trip to Northern Ireland and Germany. Scotland was the last stop before the trip home, and Brooklyn had the honor of meeting former president Bill Clinton. “He was playing golf on St. Andrews golf course, and my group came back from shopping and saw secret service. Then we saw Bill Clinton, took pictures with him, and ended up in one of Scotland’s newspapers,” said Carter. Brooklyn had a traveling experience not many other students can say they experienced during the summer. Carter said, “Being able to meet with other kids from overseas was definitely my favorite part. I learned a lot about other cultures and lifestyles.”
Held at gunpoint
Sept. 27, 2013
by Breanna Schmidt
Part-time job takes terrifying turn Sunday, Sept. 15 started out as a normal work day for six staff members at the Dairy Queen on Topeka Blvd. It was 10:06 p.m., and all the normal closing procedures were taking place.
Chandler Wildeman, junior, was wringing out sponges while Seaman graduate Harley Olson-Thomas was washing dishes. Michael Ginzel, senior, was taking out the trash, and Rachel Lundin, junior, was cleaning up front. The peaceful night changedl when the lights suddenly went out. “Harley and I just kind of assumed that the power had gone out because it was storming,” Wildeman recalls, “but all day I had been having this gut feeling that something weird or bad was going to happen.” A few short minutes passed, Wildeman and Olson-Thomas heard Tamika Lowery, shift leader, shouting for everyone to move to the back of the store; Dairy Queen had been broken into by two intruders that were covered head to toe with no skin showing. One of the intruders then held a gun to the head of Toya Lowery, the other shift leader. He demanded that all the employees relocate themselves to the restroom. “As soon as we were in the bathroom, they turned off the lights and demanded our phones,” Lundin said. “They didn’t take Michael’s phone, though, because I guess he was too slow at getting it out. They broke Tamika’s phone right in front of us. I don’t know why though. Maybe to scare us.” The intruders had definitely been successful in trying to cause fear in what is known as the “DQ Crew”. “I was just sitting in there, praying. I didn’t think I was going to make it out of there alive,” Wildeman expresses. “I seriously thought they were just going to, like, line us up in the bathroom and shoot us.” Lundin had a similar feeling. “I just kept doing this nervous laugh. I was trying to do anything to keep what was actually happening out of my mind.”
I was just sitting there praying. I didn’t think I was going to make it out of there alive.” Chandler Wildeman
I feel much more safe with the people I was with that night. They made sure nobody was left behind. This has made us stronger and closer. We are like a family now. Rachel Lundin After waiting by command in the bathroom while the intruders rustled around the register and destroyed the manager’s office, they carefully ventured out into the shop. Once it was clear that the intruders had left, the police were contacted. Soon, police were at the site of the crime and parents were being called. Through this traumatizing experience, the teens have learned a lot. “It just makes me appreciate life a lot more, and I now realize that life can be gone in an instant,” Wildeman claims. Lundin adds, “It’s just something where you realize that these kind of people are out there. You can’t assume everyone is like this, but they’re out there.” Lundin doesn’t seem to be the only one that’s a little more cautious because of the recent increase in robberies. The Fryer Shack business, located off of Huntoon, recently announced in the Capital Journal that they would close to “make renovations to help prevent robberies”.
The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association offers this advice for business owners and their employees to help crime prevention. “Preventative measures include utilizing two employees for opening and closing, maintaining proper outdoor lighting, keep rear doors locked at all times, remove trash before dark using two employees, establish and enforce a ‘no weapons policy’, and utilize video cameras inside and outside as well as post signs that they are in use.” The girls both confirmed that Dairy Queen will be taking part in some of these procedures. The increase of robberies in Topeka has a lot of people worried. “Topeka has been going down hill. There’s so many robberies,” Lundin contributes. “But I feel much more safe with the people I was with that night. They made sure nobody was left behind. This has made us stronger and closer. We are like a family now.”
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Homecoming Kings and Queens of the Past Homecoming candidates from the class of ‘95 pose for their group picture outside the high school.
1995 Tonya (Barta) Stallbaumer
1999 Matt Tinsley and Brooke Rinehart
FCCLA, President of Key Club, Secretary of Student Council, Co Captain of Vikettes, girls swim team. Matt: Basketball, Cross Country, Track, Class President, SADD, National Honor Society
2000 James Hurla and Yvonne (Adame) Etzel
Life after high school:
We didn’t have the parade and everything that is done now. We did a big assembly where the King and Queen candidates did skits in front of the school. Then we rode out in corvettes around the track when we were introduced at the football game. Favorite memory: It was great being nominated with such a great group of people, winning was definitely shocking for me! We had a great time at the dance afterwards.
Activites in high school:
I did cross country, basketball and track. I also did the ads and some stories for the yearbook.
Life after high school:
I attended KSU and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. I am currently a nurse at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center. My husband, Todd, is the assistant basketball coach for Seaman and we have four young kids that keep us very busy! I love to still run as much as I can. We are still, and always will be, big KSU fans! Fun fact: The girls didn’t wear fancy dresses to the ceremony at all. I wore a black skirt.
Brooke: During the assembly each candidate was announced, a slide show played of past and present pictures, and a classmate was selected by the candidate to tell stories (normally funny ones) about the candidate. Matt: That year (1999) I believe was the start of the homecoming parade through downtown North Topeka. It was a great idea because it involved the entire Seaman community and that is the purpose of homecoming in my opinion, to involve everyone associated with the school both current and past. Favorite memory: Brooke: Being crowned. When they called my name, my mom wouldn’t let go of my hand. My dad had to tell her to “let go!” Looking back at pictures is priceless. Not only seeing my family member’s faces, but other people’s faces and expressions is so fun. Matt: My favorite memory of homecoming was being able to spend a special time with my family and friends.
Activities in high school: Brooke: I was a state officer for
Brooke: I attended Manhattan Christian College for a year, then came back to finish my degree at Washburn University. I graduated with a degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Gerontology. I worked during school at Midland Hospice and at Stormont Vail in the PACU and Geriatric Psych unit. Currently I am the Head Age Group Coach and Swim School Director for Topeka Swim Association. During the day time I run a daycare in my home. I also have two boys John Michael and Jacob who keep me very busy! Matt: After high school I went to Washburn University to study business and to play basketball. I was fortunate to play with great players and even better teammates. We won our league three times and were runner-up NCAA Division 2 National Champions in 2001. I originally planned on working in the business field upon graduation, but I always wanted to be a teacher because I enjoyed learning and going to school. After I graduated college and received my business degree I decided to go back to school and get my education license and fulfill my dream of being a high school teacher and basketball coach. Some of my hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, watching sporting events, coaching, exercising and spending time with my newborn daughter, Mollie.
Yvonne: The homecoming assembly was fun! It was hilarious listening to everyone’s embarrassing speeches and watching their picture slide shows. James: We wore festive attire to games, and Homecoming was the night to go all-out. Favorite memory: Yvonne: It was storming so we ended up having to have the king and queen announcement in the gym. Then the rain stopped just in time for the game! James: My classmate, Laine Brumley, and I were called out of Mrs. Chamberlain’s classroom to be told we were both nominated. We were convinced it was a prank.
Activities in high school:
Yvonne: I was in choir, show choir, in musicals all three years, and the play my senior year. James: I ran cross country, track and was in Clipper, yearbook, NHS, Key Club, SADD, Stuco, math club, and the Seaman Bank.
Life after high school:
Yvonne: I went to K-State and received a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with a
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And Their Crowning Moments James and Yvonne Homecoming 2000(cont.)
a minor in Rhetoric and Speech Communication. Currently, I’m a communications coordinator at Stormont-Vail HealthCare. I’m active in my church, Pleasant Hill United Methodist, and my newest obsession is my six month old baby, Audrey. James: I went to Kansas State to study Journalism. My favorite hobby is being coach for my three awesome little boys, Nathan, Nowlan, and Louie. My primary job is being their dad, and being a husband to my wife, Laura. I’m also senior vice-president of operations at Infoition News Services, a small mediaanalysis company based in the D.C. area.
Fun Fact: Yvonne: I ended up marrying my homecoming date! He was also in the class of 2001. We built our home a block away from SHS. It’s cool to look out and see the place we first met.
2001 Tyler McClellan King
2007 Reagan Domer Queen
If you could choose how to be asked to Homecoming, how would it be? “It has to have candy, flowers, and fireworks involved.” Tori Reynolds, 9
The traditions were pretty much the same as today. Favorite memory: When a fellow candidate, Ansley Strobel, told an embarassing driving story about me in front of my parents who didn’t know the story yet. Their faces were priceless.
“By a pigeon delivering a note on my doorstep.” Hunter Hershey, 10
“With a Starbucks coffee that has “Homecoming?” written on it.” Ashley McCune, 11
Activities in high school:
I was in Student Council, Spirit Club, and on the golf team.
Life after high school:
I attended Kansas State, then I began my current career at Koch Industries in Wichita as a Procurement Analyst. currently.
Favorite memory: The as-
sembly prior to voting. Each candidate was asked to have someone give a speech on their behalf. Each pair of candidates would stand on the stage, in the auditorium, while the entire school would listen to how their peers depicted them. I was fortunate enough to have some very good friends, who knew how to tell a good story and loved to be in front of a crowd.
“Good ole’ date to Qdoba and end the night with a nice raspberry ice tea.” Ryder Chaffee, 12 They build and design communications equipment for our military and SWAT teams. I’m rather fortunate they let me stray away from only doing accounting; last month I was in Hartford, CT, and Vienna, VA working with some SWAT teams. I still manage to find time to run. I just ran a half a marathon in Columbia, Missouri.
Activities in high school:
Homecoming traditions: We did the dress up thing all week. During the week we had the school assembly and all the candidates were allowed an open lunch afterwards. The school also had a half day, and everyone participated in it. Pretty much like how it is
I played basketball my freshman and sophomore years, track and cross country for all four years, and Clipper for three years. Life after high school: I joined the Marine Corp reserves and went to Kansas State University. I work for a company called Atlantic Signal where I do their accounting cycle, and they let me do some sales on the side.
Yvonne (Adame) Etzel, homecoming queen class of 2000 placed the crown upon 2001 queen Lyndsey Wickham, who won along side king Tyler McClellan. Students attended the game and contined the celebration at the dance.
Above homecoming activities from 1999 commence in the annual parade and game, where students show off their school spirit.
14 Sept. 27, 2013 HOMECOMING www.seamannews.com Homecoming parade; traditions through the years by Delaney Hiegert Editor in cheif Students all across the district wait all September for that last Friday of the month. The school bell rings to let the kids out much earlier than usual; moms rush to pick up elementary kids so they can park a lawn chair in the busy parade route. The reason behind all this anticipation is the annual Homecoming parade. It’s one of the essential parts of Homecoming week in the community. However, few of us stop to think a mere 17 years ago we didn’t have a parade at all. The history of our Homecoming parade starts in 1997. The current student body president asked then Principal Carolyn Orozco if it was possible to have a parade to celebrate Homecoming and incorporate the community. Dr. Orozco felt this was a great idea because at the time the closest thing they had to a parade was pulling the candidates and a few floats
around the high school track. They started the parade tradition with a few principles they wanted to always be a part of the parade. The Teacher of the Year was to be the Grand Marshall of the parade so that there was a focus on academics. They also wanted to make sure it was a “Seaman” parade, meaning all the floats would come from clubs and schools within the district. These main principles are still followed in the parades today, 16 years down the road. However, one aspect of the parade that has changed is the way the floats are judged. The Booster Club has given away the prizes since the beginning of the parades, but the way the winners are decided has slowly transformed. Instead of judges being scattered throughout the parade route like they are today, there was a judging table at a designated point in the route. The judges of the first parade were retired administrators and teachers.
From left to right, Myra Sodergren, Don Pierce, Chuck Sodergren, Buck Adams, Bruce Henoch, and Larry Bowser sit at the judging table of the 1997 Homecoming parade (Photo provided by Dr. Orozco).
From the very start, there was a tremendous amount of community involvement in the Homecoming parade and it has only grown over time. Dr. Orozco said, “We have a great community in this district. The people love to be involved and that helps to make events such as the parade a success.” When the parade first started the schools weren’t all released early so they
could participate. Due to the growing number of families that wanted to be a part of the parade or witness it, the district started to let all schools out early to encourage the eager desire to participate. From its start 16 years ago to the parade seen today, it has changed in many ways. However, the community’s excitement on Homecoming day for the activities that it entails will never waiver.
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2013 Homecoming Candidates
1) “A flame-hoop jumper because it’d give such an adrenaline.” 2) “A penny because I’d be able to travel the world.” 3)“If I just smell food and it smells but don’t feel like eating it, I will be satisfied by the smell.”
1)“I’d be one of the motor cyclist that drive upside down because they’re awesome.” 2)“I’d be an ice cream scoop because ice cream is my favorite.” 3)“I sleep with a DW doll from Arthur and a Webkinz turtle ever night.”
1)“Lion tamer because I love cats.” 2)“I would be a minion because I want to learn how to speak minionese language.” 3)“Kara and I practice daily to be future contestants on Toddlers and Tiaras.”
1)“Are you kidding? I’m weird enough to be myself.” 2)“An Avatar because it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” 3)“I used to take naps with my dog while locked in her kennel.”
1)“I’d be a clown because they make people laugh.” 2)“A tree because they don’t do anything.” 3)“I’m definitely afraid of tendons. Even the word just freaks me out.”
1) If you could be in the circus what act would you do and why? 2) If you could be any object in the world, what would you be and why? 3) What’s your weirdest secret?
1)“A lion tamer because I tame the inner beast in people.” 2)“A rock because rocks are cool.” 3)“I’ve been in love with Selena Gomez for the past three years.”
Brooke Stueve Question Key
1)“I would be shot out of a cannon because chicks dig that.” 2)“I would be a football because my favorite thing to do when I’m bored is play catch.” 3)“I love tea and drink it everyday.”
1)“The balancing act because I’m really good and balancing things on my nose.” 2)“A sword because I like to be in power of things.” 3)“I still have four baby teeth.”
1)“The Guy that gets shot out of a cannon. The thrill of it would be amazing.” 2)“A Snuggie because they are warm and cuddly.” 3)“I still play Pokemon to this day, it never gets old.”
1)“Probably one of the motor cycle guys that ride around and do crazy tricks.” 2)“A brick wall because I’ll be super strong.” 3)“I do most of my Snapchats when I’m pooping.”
Jake Wyer 80 students questioned from various seminars
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Mission Trips Katie Waetzig Junior
Where? St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica Work done there? Mixed and poured concrete, dug latrines and played with little kids.
“It made me realize we are lucky, I take too much for granted. I wanted to make an impact on someone else’s life.”
Emily Barth Senior
Mariah McCommon Senior
Where? Espave and Nueve Esperanza, Panama Work done there? Moved rubble and painted fences. “It was a very humble experience because they are happy with what they have, and they have so little. It made me appreciate things more.”
Jeremy Hurla Senior
Where? Guayaquil, Ecuador
Where? St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica
Work done there? Chidren’s activities, dance sing and play game with the kids.
Work done there? Mixed and poured concrete, brought food to families, dug latrines, and visited an infirmary.
“It made me realize I have it really good here. If you look, it isn’t hard to find people that deal with the same situations almost everywhere. I like to make a difference.”
“Though it sounds cliché, it really makes me step back and look at what I have as far as family, friends, school and really enjoy that and not take that for granted.”
Austin Rains Senior
Where? Honduras Work done there? School assemblies with multiple schools and orphanages. Painting was also done.
“ I realize how fortunate I really am. I don`t have to be in a foreign country to make a difference. I can do it right here in Topeka.”
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Around the World Cale Beam Freshman
Alex Gutierrez Junior
Work did there? Built houses, help build a communtiy center, and delivered food to those in need.
Work did there? Dug latrines, moved and mixed concrete, and helped build a home.
“ We`re lucky because we have food and all these luxuries, while they barely have the necessities. It makes me feel grateful.”
“ I had a different outlook on life, after viewing the poverty.”
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Student involved in uncommon extracurricular activity by Cortni Heston staff writer
It’s the fifth lap of the bout and Fizgig is rounding the corner in the lead with an opposing teammate close behind. It looks like they’ll be battling at a close finish. Karin Juarez, a junior at Seaman High is a member of a roller derby team. She has been a member for 3 years and this year she’s leading the team. After working her way up the ladder she can hardly believe how far she’s come. “I never would have thought I could be a leader but all of the girls look up to me in some way or form and that’s probably my favorite part about being a derby girl.” Before she was on a team,
her and her dad would watch old roller derby bouts and that is what sparked her passion for the sport. Karin taught herself how to roller skate after her dad got her thinking about roller derby. “It’s good to look back over the past three years and see how much I’ve improved.” All of the girls on the team have a nickname and their own personal style. Karin is known in the derby rink as Fizgig, and wears fuzzy pigtails in her hair, which adds some character to the stereotypical derby outfit of fishnet tights and a tutu. Fizgig and her teammates are a close-knit group who really enjoy what they’re doing, “I’m very close with all the girls. I feel like that’s why
Karin Juarez (center) turns the corner in the first bout of the jam, blocking for her teammates close behind (Photo by Richard Wiley).
they look up to me is because they know they have someone they can get close to”. Being part of a team like this has
been a very unique experience for Karin and she encourages anyone with an interest in derby to try out for the team.
Girls golf off to strong start by Marissa Willard staff writer Girls golf has hopped off to a great start. Practicing everyday, the girls are only getting better. Having a team of 11, Varsity and JV have both been setting new school and personal records. Out of the four varsity meets, the girls have taken first in two of them and have set new school records for the lowest team score. JV has been breaking old varsity scores from the years past as a team and as individuals. At the Emporia meet varsity girls placed in the top 3 with Natalie Fish placing 1st, Taylor Harrelson placing 2nd and Tory Darting placing 3rd. Natalie Fish also placed 2nd at the Jeff West meet. Varsity is preparing for the league meet at Cyprus
The girls have been working really hard this year and have had some tough competition, but the results are coming out great, and we are hoping the rest of the season goes the same. Steve Darting Ridge in Topeka on September 30th. Their top competitors are Washburn Rural and Hayden. The girls have some pretty tough competition but are hoping to place in the top 3 teams. Coach Darting said, “The girls have been working really hard this year and have had some tough competition, but the results are coming out great and we are hoping the rest of the season goes the same.”
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Student athletes suffer injuries; work to get better by Alex Hurla Staff Writer Bailey Bushnell: As she was participating in the Seaman Volleyball Camp, Bailey Bushnell was executing a routine drill when she hurt her left knee. Not thinking it was too severe, she didn’t say anything to her coaches. “I waited almost a month until I saw Brad Parry, the Washburn Rural athletic trainer,” Bailey recalled. Mr. Parry believed she had torn her meniscus and recommended she visit Dr. Peter Lepse at Kansas Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. However, Dr. Lepse told her she had actually frayed the cartilage in her knee. Within a week, she underwent surgery; “I had surgery just in time so it didn’t interfere with the season.” Following the surgery, Bailey began the recovery process. Mike Longhofer, the Seaman athletic trainer, helped her with physical therapy. The therapy worked very well and Bailey was ready to go after two weeks. She is glad to be playing again, but she still has some
reserves about her knee, “I feel kind of scared playing on it because it still gets sore, but with the adrenalin of the game, it doesn’t bother me.” Looking back, Bailey says she was very fortunate only to have this injury, I feel lucky that is was not as bad as it could have been.” Jesse Kern: Starting the first week of football practice with pads, Jesse Kern jumped up to block a pass from the quarterback when he injured his left shoulder. He continued to play the rest of practice without showing any problems. However, after practice ended, he decided to get it checked out, “I went to the orthopedic doctor and had an MRI done, which showed my bones were bruised.” Jesse said remembering the play. The doctor told him that he would have to wear a sling for about a month to help his shoulder heal, which he has since completed. He now has physical training with Mike Longhofer to regain full strength; “I have shoulder strengthening exercises with the athletic trainer,” Jesse said. His
shoulder is healing rapidly and he should be ready to play in just a couple of weeks. Joe Millier: Joe Miller was playing basketball at Berkshire, here in Topeka, as he jumped in the air to get the ball. It seemed like a play no different than the hundreds he had made before, however, when he came down, he landed on another player’s foot, rolling Joe’s ankle. Fearing the worst, Joe was rushed to the hospital, “I went to the hospital immediately because I thought it was broken.” Thankfully, the doctor said he only suffered a severe sprain and the recovery time would be much shorter than if it was broken. Joe was required to wear a boot for two and a half weeks as part of the recovery process. Since then, he has been able to start playing basketball again. Although, while he is playing now, Joe is not quite at one hundred percent and still has some physical therapy left to do. He is getting better at running, but says he cannot fully jump on it yet. Nonetheless, he is continuing to improve and with
the help of his therapy hopes to be completely healed within the next few weeks. Dani Spence: In the beginning of August, Dani Spence was competing in a senior kickball league at the Sunrise Optimist Club. Everything was going great until she tweaked her knee. It ended up requiring surgery and a knee brace to repair. With some physical therapy left to do and two to three months left to a full recovery, Dani has been improving and is able to do more, “I’m still restricted to several things, but being able to hit again was one of the best feelings in the whole world!” She should be all set to go by softball season. Dani has taken many things away from this injury and has some wise words to tell athletes everywhere, “Never take anything for granted. My injury was somewhat short term, but not being able to run, hit, play catch, and many other things killed me. Make every play like it’s your last, because one day it really will be and it will kill you to just have to sit and watch the sport you love.”
Coach undergoes heart surgery, in recovery by Ethan Brunetti Staff Writer Mr. Blake Pierce, head football coach and science teacher, left the sidelines during halftime of the season opener against crosstown rival Hayden wildcats on Friday, Sept. 6. Medical personnel at Seaman checked out Pierce before he was transported to St. Francis Medical Center. Pierce suffered a mild heart attack dur-
ing the first half. On Sept. 7 Pierce had a stent put in to remove blockage. Pierce then failed a scheduled stress test. “A second stent was put in to optimize coronary artery circulation,” said Mrs. Cassie Cowan fellow teacher and family friend. Fellow coach Jay Monhollon said, “Pierce needs to make sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation.” “He is feeling much bet-
Coach Pierce(far left) stands with Coach Lincoln, who is currently filling in for Pierce, and the rest of his coaching staff (Photo by Marcy Anderson).
ter but is missing all of his students and players.” According to Cowan, Pierce
is scheduled to return on Oct. 2 and is excited to get back to the classroom and the field.
Volleyball knocks off No.2 Heights
by Cassidy Henry Staff Writer The team is expected to play Hayden, another anticipated rivalry, next week at their home. So far in the season, the Seaman Lady Viking volleyball team has a record of 13-4, with plenty of room for improvement. “I think we’ve done really well so far. Especially coming together as a team and accepting roles on the court. We’ve been working really hard,” said Coach Brooke Ralph about the success the team has already achieved. The team had played their rivalry, Shawnee Heights, during the second week of their season. The Viking victory was won in the third match with a nailbiting final score of 28-26. “We went to Heights focused and ready to play. I think we played as a team really well. We played aggressively for every point. We never gave up,” said Payton Summers, Junior captain. After this victory, the Vikes had a record of 6-1. “I think we are better this year because of better team chemistry. We are better skillwise too,” said Jenna Sackman, senior captain. Brooke Fender and Madison Henley, new sophomore varsity players this year, are helping out the team with roles that left the court when Erin Steere and Tatiana Schafer left last year. Brooke Fender is a starting outside hitter while Madison Henley is helping with the setting position on the team. Coach Ralph hopes to see the team win sub-state and make an appearance at State. The Vikes have a successful and aggressive team this year with high hopes for the rest of the season.
Ryder Chaffee blocks Hayden defender during a run by Joseph Reagan (Photo by Marcy Anderson)
High expectations for football team this season
by Jacob Phillips Staff Writer
Tonight, the Vikes face off against a talented Emporia Spartans team. The season started with a loss to archrival Hayden Wildcats, 27-16. Coach Blake Pierce was absent the second half of the game due to a medical condition. The next week under the leadership of assistant coach Mike Lincoln, the Vikes were victorious in a crucial overtime win against Junction City, 21-20. But they are still focusing on being more consis-
tent throughout the season. They don’t have an easy schedule ahead of them, The captains for the team this year are Ryder Chaffee, Sam Mizell, Brady Barnes, and Malcolm Mikelson. “They are the heart of our team,” said Jay Monhollon. Monhollon said, “Ryder Chaffee is key to our offense with running the read option because he has to make all of the right reads”. Hunter Poort, Brady Barnes, and Reid Fehr are also keys to the team this year. Monhollon said, “Hunter Poort, Brett Lichter, Garrett Streets, and Jordan Jenkins are some of the
top newcomers to varsity this year for the vikes. The Vikes have pretty high expectations every year and they are still the same for this year, to compete for a league title, qualify for state, and to hopefully compete to win a state title. Monhollon said, “If you can’t talk about your expectations then it will be very tough to reach them and we have been working very hard in the offseason to be able to reach the expectations we have every year”. The Vikes are ready for a great season and hope to make a run in the playoffs.
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IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN
High number of runners hit courses
Nick Roark competes at the Manhattan Invitational. (Photo by Molly Mulqueen)
by Mason Diederich Staff Writer The boys cross-country team has started out on a dead sprint this year and hopes to keep this pace going to the finish line at Rim Rock. The boy’s team has 36 runners this year, which is the largest roster in recent history. “Our hope for this year is to carry on the tradition of qualifying for the state meet and to score well at the championship season, which is City, League, Regional and State,” said head coach Bob Camien. To start this season, the boys have placed third at the Manhattan Invitational and second at the Topeka West Invitational. “We are pretty pleased of the results so far, but it can always be better,” said Camien. The top four runners this year include Kyler We i n g a r t n e r ( S e n i o r ) , Daniel Kramer(Sophomore), Dawson Podlena(Freshman) and Jordan Jensen(Freshman). The Vikes aim to stay on a winning course this season.
Lauren Wools races head to head with Topeka High for her place at the finish line. (Photo by Kaylee Snell) Tanner Brennan competes at Stateland. (Photo by Kaylee Snell)
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Team takes on Rim Rock tomorrow by Sydney Marney Staff Writer Tomorrow, cross-country runners face their most challenging course as they travel to the Rim Rock Invitational in Lawrence for their fourth meet. The Lady Vikes have taken home second place finishes at both the Manhattan and Joe Schrag invitationals. Coach Rick Brading is very impressed with the girls’ hard work this year. “We’ve seen a lot of improvement with girls who ran last year and because of that we are a much better team,” Coach Brading assured. In the last two meets they have brought home a total of 10 medals and have had six medalists. At the Manhattan Invitational Kaylee Snell, Betty White, Krista Akers, and Meret Jannsen all brought home medals for the team. The next weekend coming out of the Joe Schrag invitational in addition to the previous medalists, Allie Crome and Andie Sodergren also medaled. The girls are continuing to work hard and are hoping to improve even more as the season goes on. Spectators can see the Vikes at the Seaman invitational on Oct. 5 at the Shawnee County Community Center. Vikes also play host to the League meet on Oct. 19.
Kossover next for tennis team by Brenlee Yingling staff writer The varsity team placed second overall at both the Seaman Invitational and the Hiawatha Invitational and hopes to continue success at Kossover on Oct. 1. “This year’s team is loaded with talent and looks to be a very promising season for the Lady Vikes,” says assistant coach Mark Orozco. Senior Bailie Crow placed second at the Hiawatha Invitational and third at the Seaman Invitational playing
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I think we’ve had a lot of good competition so far. We have pushed the returning girls to try and earn a spot on varsity this year. I think we will continue to do great at the rest of the meets this season. Andrew Taylor
No.1 singles at both meets. Sophomore Brenlee Yingling placed second at the Seaman Invitational and first at the Hiawatha Invitational playing No.2 singles at both meets. Junior Katie Andrews and freshman Shyanne Osterhaus placed second and third at both Seaman Invitationals playing No.1 doubles. Junior Katie Waetzig and sophomore Mallory Lantz placed second and third at both Seaman Invitationals playing No.2 doubles. Sophomore Mallory Lantz and freshman Shyanne Osterhaus placed third at the Hiawatha Invitational playing No.2 doubles. “I think we’ve had a lot of good competition so far. We have pushed the returning girls to try and earn a spot on varsity this year. I think we will continue to do great at the rest of the meets this season,” says head coach Andrew Taylor. The JV girls are undefeated in both of their dual meets against Topeka High and Shawnee Heights. The upcoming JV meet is Sept. 30 at Kossover while the upcoming varsity meet is the Topeka West Invitational at Kossover on Oct. 1.
Carter Metzger bicycyle kicks the ball away from a Lansing opponent as he plays wing position. The Vikings beat Lansing, 1-0 (Photo by Megan Lehman).
Soccer prepares for Hayden by Alex Hurla staff writer
Monday, Sept. 30, soccer will face off against Hayden as the Vikes celebrate Spirit Night at home. The Seaman boys’ soccer team kicked off the 2013 season with three home wins against Maranatha Academy, Lansing, and Shawnee Heights. The team then travelled to Junction City for their first away game, which Seaman won 5-0. Head Coach Louis Di Leonardo commented on the team’s performance saying, “We are learning to play together and improve, and if
We are learning to play together and improve, and if we continue to do this, we will have success. Louis DiLeonardo we continue to do this, we will have success.” Seaman plays a total of 10 away games during the regular season with six at home. Special dates are Elementary Night on Thursday, Oct. 3 when the team faces Highland Park and Senior Night which will be on the last regular season game against Topeka on Thursday, Oct. 24.
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Senior R.J. Moser (far right) introduces the Robotics club for its first year. (Photo by Carolyn Countess) The front row of the student section cheers on the football team in the big game against Hayden. (Photo by Cortni Heston) Sam Mizell (below) takes advantage of a cold snack after football practice at the watermelon feed that was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. (Photo by Patrick Orton)
Senior Michaela Trobough shows her school spirit at the Spirit Rally. Each year cheerleaders, band, and dance team members teach the student body cheers for the upcoming sports season. (Photo by Megan Lehman) Sophomores Travis Alt and Frankie Finan work on their Diversity Club entry â€?Viking Massacreâ€? for the Homecoming parade today.