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WRITER Feb. 4, 2014 | Volume 20 | Issue 3 Trinity Academy | 12345 E. 21st St. N. | Wichita, KS



Small gives big college advice

EDITOR(S) IN CHIEF Madie Ripperger Clare Alise Warrington PHOTO EDITOR Lynzie Burdick DESIGN EDITOR Kate Radley NEWS EDITOR James Copeland SPORTS EDITOR Stephen Brunson STAFF WRITERS Bliss C. Baird Addi Grace (Herndon) Kristen Keene Maddie Pall Julia Rogg Sam Schroeder Maclaine Spencer ADVISER Stacey Stamps

[News] p.5

[A&E] p.18-19

[Sports] p. 12-17

{Inside this Issue}

FEB 4, 2014 | KNIGHT WRITER | NEWS | 3 Contact Information Trinity Academy, 12345 E. 21st St. N. Wichita, KS 67206 Phone: 316-634-0909 Room 205 Email: Editorial Policy: The Knight Writer is the official student publication of Trinity Academy. It is distributed free to the student body. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Trinity Academy, the administration or the board of directors. Knight Writer Staff

1) In the “Coaching My Kid” story, the caption under Tom and Matt Nykamp should have read: Boys Soccer Coach Tom Nykamp Matt Nykamp, sophomore Coach’s favorite part: “I get the privilege to see him everyday.” Kid’s favorite part: “He can balance being a teacher, dad and a coach really well.” 2) Clessie Cole Jr., 47, well-loved employee of Central Christian Academy, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, not Saturday as our student paper reported. We apologize for this error.


Cover Photo: Senior Micaela Heinrich highlights a few evening gowns donated to the Homecoming Dress Exchange held Sunday, January 19 at Trinity Academy. Dozens of dresses were available for students to borrow for free. This tradition began in 2008. Heinrich and Jill Beuttenbach, Bible teacher, organized the exchange.

Photo by Lynzie Burdick. Shelly Small, College Advisor, gives Maddie Pall, sophomore, a handout to assist her in choosing a college. She previously worked at Newman University as an Admission Counselor. by Maclaine Spencer

Of all the people a student might want to help them choose and apply to a college, someone who’s seen the process from the other side of the acceptance letter is ideal. That’s exactly what Trinity Academy has found in new Director of College Counseling, Shelly Small. Small is a former Admissions Counselor for Newman University, giving her special insight into what colleges are looking for in their students. Although Small will spend her days on tasks such as researching college requirements, contacting university officials and coordinating meetings - she said she’s most excited to work with the students themselves. “First and foremost, the students are my joy to help,” she said, adding that her door is always open. Small has a wealth of valuable resources to aid students in the process of college preparation, and she encourages students to stop by her office for help. When senior Madie Ripperger recently asked Small for some tips for an upcoming scholarship interview, she got a

lot more than tips. Within days, Ripperger was joined by half a dozen Trinity faculty members in a mock interview to give her practice answering questions before a panel. Beforehand, Small had contacted the university to find out what types of questions they would ask, the number of folks on the panel and what they were looking for in a candidate. “It never hurts to practice, and it is so helpful to know that someone is praying with you and for you through the process,” Small said. Small and her husband, Cory, will celebrate their sixth anniversary in March and have a 2-year old daughter named Lucia. If she could give just one tip to students looking toward college in the future, Small said it would be to take academics seriously. “Every semester counts,” she said. “Admissions Counselors look at your grades as a freshman and your very last semester as a senior.”

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Congressman comes to campus

Naughty knight strikes again

by Madie Ripperger by Maddie Pall

What would you do if a mysterious metal knight made of a shiny trash can was standing in your yard one morning? Dozens of folks have asked themselves that very question lately. “Who’s the tin man?” asked math teacher Mark Brooks last week when he first saw the knight in his yard. The Naughty Knight is certainly an intriguing bit of Trinity’s history. The story goes like this, as texted by Christin Tinius, junior varsity volleyball coach: “The original Naughty Knight was created as a fundraiser for the class of ‘98 their senior year. My sister was the president of her class (1998) and my uncle built the first one,” she said. “It kept going for years after that until someone threw it in the lake.” As part of Trinity’s 20th anniversary celebration this year, the Naughty Knight was recreated from a trash can, bucket and tubing - once again by Tinius and her family. This time all proceeds benefit Trinity athletics.

How it works

Photo by Lynzie Burdick. James Copeland, senior, interviews Congressman Mike Pompeo about his views on the recent light bulb ban. Pompeo answered student questions in an all-school assembly on Friday, Jan 17.

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo recently spoke to the Trinity student body about how a believer navigates the political landscape in Washington, during an all-school assembly January 17. His “Day in the Life of a Congressman” talk included a time for questions and answers from students. He visits one high school a week when he’s back in Kansas from Washington, a spokesperson said. Pompeo was elected November 2010 and has now served 36 months for the 4th district. Pompeo explained that he was “living an ordinary life” when he decided to run for Congress. He was a small business owner and a 5th grade Sunday School teacher at

Eastminster Presbyterian Church when God called him to Washington. His desire was to “try to advance the American dream.” He now does his best to do so while in office. When asked about staying strong in his faith as a member of Congress, Pompeo explained that he meets with a group of pastors in his office once a month to pray and discuss God’s Word. He encouraged students to also surround themselves with people of the same faith. As Congressman Pompeo explained, “Washington D.C. is a place absolutely filled with evil -- evil is everywhere.” God has placed individuals like Pompeo in those dark places, though, to be His light.

-Pay 25$ to place the Knight in the yard of a friend, fellow student or teacher. -Pay 25$ to remove the Knight if it shows up on your lawn -Pay 25$ to send the Knight to someone else’s lawn -Pay 25$ to insure the Knight never appears on your lawn again.

For more information Call the Trinity Academy office at 6340909 Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 4 p.m., to send the Naughty Knight to a friend or email Susan Billings at

The “Naughty” List Sarah Purdum * Shaylee and Malayna Webb * Taylor Kostboth * Kristen Keene * Zerbes * Savannah Elliot * Finles * Edith Angstadt * Baylee Dobler * Cole and Ethan Adams * Eugenia Pluenneke * Tim and Gail Buchanan * Lexi Ryan * Maddie Pall * Sam and Ruth Schroeders * The Hewletts

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Giving ‘Locks of Love’

News Briefs Music Man coming

New Student

by Addi Grace

Amongst the chaos of Homecoming preparations, the thespians are busy rehearsing for “Music Man” that they will perform Feb. 27 through March 1 in Trinity’s auditorium. “Music Man” written by Meredith Willson and best known for songs “76 Trombones” and “Gary, Indiana” will feature a large cast of Trinity students and guest performers. The plot revolves around con man Harold Hill, who comes to River City, Iowa, to sell a boys band that will never exist. He didn’t account for Marian Paroo, librarian and piano teacher, who sees right through his scheme (Dun dun dunnnnn). The large cast includes Will Morris and Caleb Curry as Harold Hill, Katie Shelley and Micaela Heinrich as Marian Paroo, Caroline Boesen as Zaneeta, Ethan Mershon as Tommy, and many other students. Tickets will be available online soon. Backstage help is still needed and all interested students can contact Stage Manager Madie Ripperger.

photo by Lynzie Burdick

Freshman Lauren Scheufler Previous School: Wellington High School Something different about Trinity: “It’s a lot more positive environment.”

Food drive update By Kate Radley

The Spanish Club’s 5th annual Thanksgiving Food drive provided turkeys and food baskets to 100 needy families on November 20. A local company donated 100 frozen turkeys and 43 Trinity families donated $3,431. Students and their families helped shop, sort food and deliver baskets to the families who were carefully selected by spanish teacher and food drive coordinator Wanda Rowe.

Creative Writing Club forming By Kate Radley

All students are invited to a new Creative Writing Club by seniors Haley Chester and Sydney Schleuter. The club will meet every other Thursday in Room 215 (Mrs. Fox’s room) to share stories, discuss their writing and suggests prompts. The next club meeting is Feb. 13 after school.

Students send packages to the Philippines Trinity students and families helped create about 100 care packages to send to victims of Super Typhoon Hiayan in the Philippines. Trinity partnered with a company called Heart to Heart International, an organization that provides disaster aid. Many students and staff members volunteered including senior Jacob Loon and spiritual life coordinator Lee Rickman. Trinity alumnus Lauren Martin also collected bags to send from John Brown University.

Freshman Baylee Dobler, is sporting a shorter hair cut this month so that she can donate to Locks of Love. She will join senior Katie Sandlin and sophomore Zoey Miller who have also donated their hair this year to the organization whose mission is to provide hairpieces for children with diseases that cause hair loss. For more information go to Dobler holders over 10 inches of her own hair. She plans to send her hair as soon as possible . Photo by Kate Radley.

Snorting Smarties not smart

Addie Grace

The latest YouTube craze is hitting the cafeteria. Kids are snorting or “smoking” crushed Smarties--or in some cases, Sour Skittles. It seems like it wouldn’t be a big deal, it’s just candy, right? Wrong. This gives kids a temporary sugar rush and can lead to severe problems. It sends the candy into the lungs and can cause infection, scarring in the lungs or nose, allergic reactions, and, in extreme cases, maggots. Maggots in the nose.

Observances James Copeland TeenexexsTM We’ve all seen them - those Georgia Pacific dispensers that popped up like mushrooms over Christmas break containing neither Kleenexes nor paper towels, but the cross between the two which I am henceforth dubbing: TeenexesTM.

These teenexesTM mimic the size of tissues (they are 33% larger than traditional tissues by my “scientific” calculations) and although they can be used as tissues, have a myriad of other classroom uses that include cleaning up spills, wiping desks off and more. The real question is, where did they come from? According to Darlan Mahan, building supervisor, the supplier for Georgia Pacific demonstrated the product to the school and units were purchased for each room. So next time you pass a TeenexTM dispenser, just thing of all the possibilities! You could blow your nose, or clean up that puddle of water left on your desk by last period’s water bottle… the possibilities are endless! Just remember to pull straight down!

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Official Guide to Homecoming James Copeland

homecoming 19 years ago. Homecoming has evolved over the years. The first Trinity Homecoming was small and consisted of little more than a relish tray and karaoke. The students were also not actually allowed to dance. In fact, the first four Trinity Homecomings were dance-free. Dancing was finally allowed when Trinity moved to their current building. Ballroom dancing was brought in, Amber Zimmerman, senior, puts the finishing touches on a and swing dancTiana cutout from Disney’s Princess and the Frog. Homecom- ing was eventualing decorations continue to take shape under the direction of ly incorporated. Sheryl Deutsch in the new gym. Photo by Lynzie Burdick While Trinity Homecomings Homecoming can be an excithave changed, a high level of respect ing yet chaotic time. Between decoand maturity is expected by the adminisrating, Spirit Week, the Homecoming tration. game, the dance and after-parties, the That being said, students are whole season can be overwhelming. also expected to have a lot of fun. According to activities director “[Homecoming] is an exciting, Sheryl Deutsch, Homecoming is all about having fun and growing as a class. wonderful opportunity for the Trinity “This is just an all-school party,” community to come together for fun and service,” spiritual life coordinator she said. Lee Rickman said. While it can be easy to get lost Trinity’s Homecoming is different than in all the hubbub of Homecoming, most public school dances. Deutsch said that students should get “The way we treat our dates is differinvolved in decorating and with their ent,” said Nathaniel Black-Prim, 2013 class. Homecoming Duke. Trinity culture “The biggest thing is to come,” encourages boys to go the extra mile to said Deutsch. make the girls around them feel speDeutsch has seen her share of Homecomings. She took over planning cial by doing things like opening doors

them. These actions are not confined to Homecoming, but extend to the whole year. While a lot of homecoming seems to revolve around having a date for homecoming, Deutsch and Rickman stress that there is absolutely no pressure to bring a date to Homecoming. “It is by no means a couples’ event,” Deutsch said. She said students have a lot of fun going to the dance with a group of friends. If students choose to bring a date, they are reminded that their “date” can be just a friend. Jack Kriwiel, 2013 Homecoming Prince, said Homecoming is about including everyone and making sure they have a good time. While the Homecoming dance is the climax of the buildup of Spirit Week, Deutsch reminds students that Homecoming is not just one night; it’s a whole season. Students, parents, and even board members put in countless hours of work to prepare for the magical night. “It’s not just the kids who enjoy Homecoming,” she said. Homecoming is also a time to bond and grow together as a class. During Homecoming, each class works on creative skits for the Spirit Week competitions held daily during break. Kriwiel reminds students to get into each day during the week and to have fun. “Let loose during spirit week -it’s a judgment-free week,” he said. Admissions Director Amy Bankston, in a recent letter to parents said, “Encourage your students to get involved, especially if they are shy or hesitant. They will only stand out if they do not participate in any of the festivities.”

A knight in... Decorating Students help prepare for Homecoming while earning points for their class. Come on the scheduled work days or during an off hour and contact Mrs. Deutsch to find out how you can help. Work Days: Saturday, February 8th (8 a.m.-finished)

Homecoming Night Schedule 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – STUDENT ARRIVAL – All vehicles should enter the lot near the soccer field from Founder’s Circle. Drop-off will be at the south entrance (near soccer field). Parents will be providing valet parking. 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – DINNER SEATING – except seniors & dates 6:45 TO 7:00 p.m. – SENIOR RECOGNITION 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. – DINNER 7:45 to 8:00 p.m. – DANCE FLOOR SET UP 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. - DANCE

Class Skits

Classes put on three-minute skits in front of the school during an extended break in the Gym. Skits are scored from one (worst) to four (best). Homecoming skit times: 9:25 a.m. - M, Tu, F 10:00 a.m. - W, Th

Calendar Monday- Holiday Day Tuesday- Career day Wednesday- Decade Day (freshmen: 60s, sophomores: 70s, juniors: 80s, seniors: 90s) Thursday - Disney Friday - Spirit day

Homecoming Games Thursday, Feb. 6: 2 - 3:15p.m. in the Gym - Students compete in “minute to win it” type games while earning points for their class.

Dance Instruction

Thurs Feb 6: 7-9p.m. - Abby Lee Miller from Abby Lee Dance Company will lead students in learning appropriate ballroom and swing dances.

Homecoming Court

Freshmen: Lord and Lady: Isabel Stevens and Ben Martin Sophomore: Duke and Duchess: Elise Alexander and Caleb Johnson Junior: Prince and Princess: Shiloh Miller an Isaac Stevens Senior: King and Queen nominees: Girls: Taylor Billings, Madison Clinton, Kaelin Hoch, Stevie Mack Boys: Stephen Brunson, Josiah Degrado, Jack Kriwiel, Ben Mosley The final homecoming court will be announced at the Homecoming game on Friday, Feb 7.

Spirit Week

M-F Feb 3-7: Spirit week Thurs Feb 6: 7-9p.m. Dance instruction Sat Feb 8: Homecoming Sun Feb 9: Tear down decorations (double points) Mon Feb 10: No school



Etiquette? EtiBy Maddie Pall



* Don’t show up looking like a Cheeto. Nobody wants to dance with an Oompa Loompa. * Don’t wear shoes that make you taller than your date. Boys become dangerous when you crush their ego. * For that matter, don’t wear skyscraper-tall shoes at all. You will most likely chip a tooth or break an ankle - or both. * Don’t buy the same dress as someone else - even if it’s a different color! (But if you do, let me know. I will ref the fight.) * Embrace the chocolate fountain -- you don’t have to fit in that dress after tonight anyway. (On second thought, approach with caution. I speak from experience, you don’t want a double dipped dress. fon-don’t.) * If spaghetti is on the menu, mummify yourself in napkins. * Avoid stabbing your date with the boutonniere. He won’t call you back. * You’re not a cow, so don’t flash the cud. Chew with your mouth CLOSED. * Mirror-selfies are, in fact, unacceptable. Especially at Homecoming. I don’t care how fierce you are.


* Don’t step on the dress. This is inevitable, at least aim for girls with straps. * Bathing in the chocolate fountain is, in fact, frowned upon in most societies. * Don’t rush the stage. You’re not in college yet. Don’t crowd-surf either - we won’t catch you. * Your mother is going to take pictures even if your house is on fire. You should know this by now. There’s no power in heaven or earth that will stop her. * Don’t step on the shoes. Those cost more than your life. And they aren’t insured. * Inside the limousine is not an appropriate time to ask a girl to Homecoming. * Waist-holding pictures are a big fat no. This isn’t the Titanic. * Don’t make make eye contact with your date’s father. (Serious tip.) * Playing video games isn’t a valid excuse to skip Homecoming. You can talk smack to fourth-graders any other day you want. * The phrase ‘I’m going to get us some punch’ has never ended well. * Don’t ask a girl to dance if you don’t know her first name. * Wait until everyone is seated at your table before you start eating. You don’t want people calling your parents accusing them of starving you.


How to wear the Homecoming hair By Lynzie Burdick

When it comes to homecoming, girls always seem to stress over how they should wear their hair. They look at Pinterest, they ask their friends, and some have no clue where to start at all. Well, fear no more! There are a few tips to follow to getting picture perfect hair. Lisa Leslie, hairstylist at Hair Etc. shares some of her tips.

Strapless - Leslie said, “The hair should be down and curly, or off to the side loosely around the face.” This hairstyle takes on a more romantic looks while also being traditionally classy.

One Shoulder - Any hair that is all pinned up would work with a one shoulder however, if a more casual look wants to be achieved, wear your hair off to the side on the same side as the strap; the goal is to accentuate your bare shoulder.

Halter - “With a halter, your hair needs to be up,” Leslie said. “The hair should be up in order for your shoulders and neck to show.”

Spaghetti - There really is not a wrong way to wear your hair with a spaghetti strap dress! Wear it down, up, or half-up. Though typically, the hair most often seen with this style of dress is low curls with braided strands or part of the hair pinned back; this is what Leslie suggests.

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Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Knee injuries sideline Trinity Academy student athletes in record numbers

By Bliss Baird

Sophomore Julia Rogg felt a sharp pain on the outside of her knee while racing to the ball in a club soccer game. “It wasn’t even a weird tackle. It was just something you would normally do in a game,” she said. She stayed in, assuming it would get better. The next morning, she could barely walk, though the swelling was only mild. Still, she did what most dedicated athletes would do - go to the next game. “I thought it wasn’t anything I couldn’t play through. I played the game, but every step, pass, and kick ached. I felt like someone was trying to rip my knee apart,” Rogg said. She persevered for a week before her dad forced her to go to the doctor, where an MRI revealed a tear in her meniscus that would dramatically change her first semester of school. According to a USA Today analysis of youth sports injuries, knee injuries make up only nine percent of the 1.35 million sports injuries to children each year. However, if it seems like knee injuries are on the rise amongst Trinity students this year, it is no illusion. Certified athletic trainer Mackenzie Castle said she’s seen five knee injuries already this year, as compared to only one in all of last year. The nature of knee injuries is most likely the culprit.

“Even a well-trained athlete can tear their ACL because of the mechanism of injury,” Castle said. In other words, serious knee injuries are caused by accidents. When a situation places more force on the knee than it was meant to take, or in a direction it wasn’t prepared for, something is going to have to give. Often, that means the tearing of a ligament, like the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) or the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), or the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the shinbone and the thighbone in the knee. Rogg’s injury did not require surgery. But two other Trinity students - senior Rachel Kater and junior Isaac Stevens were not so fortunate.

Rachel Kater joins her team’s huddle wearing street clothes instead of her uniform because of a knee injury. Photo by Baylee Dobler.

Kater’s knee gave out when she landed wrong in the first varsity volleyball tournament of the season. She knew recovery would be difficult when doctors said she had torn her meniscus and ACL. Even before her September surgery she had to use crutches and wear a brace because her knee was too inflamed for surgery. As the inflammation went down, she worked on gaining flexibility and staying in shape so that she could have a smoother recovery after surgery. “The ACL is probably the worst thing you could tear in your knee,” Kater said. In the surgery, doctors cleaned out her old ACL and secured her patellar tendon as a new ACL. In addition, Kat

mer received two stitches for her meniscus tear. Stevens tore his ACL during a Trinity football game when he tripped over a lineman during a blitz. He said he felt the characteristic pop when he landed awkwardly. Like Rogg, he tried to stay in the game, but when his knee popped again a couple plays later, he knew it was time to get it examined. At first, doctors thought his knee had shifted and that he would be back in action the following week, but they went ahead with an MRI. “We were all surprised,” Stevens said about the tear the MRI revealed. He went for surgery in October and started physical therapy two days later. Knee injuries have a huge effect on the lives of the injured. Rogg spent four and a half weeks on crutches, scheduled four specialist appointments, and has attended physical therapy twice a week for eleven weeks so far. The hardest part for her was the hindrance of crutches. “Getting ready in the morning was like trying to push a brick wall. You just don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere,” she explained. “Just carrying stuff to my locker was nearly impossible… Everything took at least twice as long.” She is grateful for the help Trinity students gave her in all the little things - opening doors, carrying her books or backpack - that suddenly had become monumental tasks. “I couldn’t have gone through the injury without the people around me who always could put a smile on my face,” she said. Along with the physical pain, every serious sports injury has a mental com-

ponent. Rogg described her injury as “a constant mental battle.” “Trying to be motivated is insanely hard when you’re hurting all the time. I was exhausted by the end of school,” she said. Castle also recognizes the toll of the mental aspect of injury, especially for athletes eager to get back to the game they love. “They need to focus on rehab and understand the time-table of returning to play,” she stresses. “They need to realize their body needs time to heal.” Patience was difficult for Rogg, who was originally told that she would be back on the soccer field in just three weeks. That deadline would have been eight weeks ago. It’s

hard to believe that any good could come out of such debilitating injuries. However, Castle notes that time off because of injury is a chance for athletes to put sports in perspective and re-evaluate their commitments. After some thought, Stevens realized that he is more grateful for everything now, especially the simple, often-overlooked act of walking. “God has taught me a lot of patience,” Rogg said. “In the long run, my knee doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is if I glorified God through it. If I didn’t, I failed even if I was healed. It took me way too long to learn that. Rachel Kater, senior, poses with her crutches after her second surgery for her knee injury. “It has hurt since I tore it on August 31,” she said. Photo by Madie Ripperger

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Girls basketball returns talent By Stephen Brunson

The Trinity Academy girls basketball returns eight varsity players. Coming off one of its best seasons in school history, they know they have to work hard. “We kind of knew what to expect,” head coach Brett Gunderson said. “We have eight returning kids that saw some kind of minutes last year on varsity. They have done a great job of working hard in practice and battling for different spots on the team.” One weakness that had kept Trinity from moving to the next level Photo by Madie Ripperger. Head Coach Brent Gunderson encourages his team is their height. With their tallest player being 5’9, during a timeout in their game against Independent on January 10. The Knights crushed their rivals 51-27 the team has a problem rebounding. Trinity is looking for someone to lead them. In the past, of those, then we are going to have a lot of success.” the team has had a lot of great leadership. The Knights plan to continue to surprise teams as they “With the loss of three seniors from last year, we lost a lot grow as a cohesive unit, Gunderson said. of leadership,” Gunderson said. “While we have a lot of great “Every year we have surprised some people, and we have kids that are working hard and bringing it every day, we’re still won a few more games than we were supposed to,” Gunderwaiting to see if there are a couple of kids that will step up son said. “Last year we won the Berean Tournament, and a and lead.” lot of people outside of the lockTeam chemistry plays er room didn’t see that coming. a huge role in its success, “This year we have a lot of talent, and we Everyone inside the locker room players said, as it has in love each other. It will be a deadly combiknows that they can achieve their years past. goals, and those goals are attainnation.” “Our team genuinely able for them.” loves each other,” senior -Madison Clinton, senior As people gain respect for the guard Madison Clinton girls basketball program at Trinity, said. “We’ve played teams the players will gain respect for themselves, and that will lead with a lot of talent, but they didn’t like each other at all - and to more success, he said. we have come out on top. This year we have a lot of talent, “Now people see us as one of the top four teams in the and we love each other. It will be a deadly combination.” league and are viewing us as more of a threat,” Gunderson Last year’s seniors instilled the connection that success said. “We’ll be expected to do some things.” comes by hard work. Now the players from this year are The team will need to focus on hustle and working as a passing it on. cohesive unit in order to make another run at a Central Plains “The key thing this year - and every year - is our attitude and effort,” junior guard Shiloh Miller said. “If we have both League title.

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Boys basketball pulls off close victories By Stephen Brunson

Boys basketball is hoping for a big run at state this year after pulling off some close victories; something they were not able to do last season. “It’s always more fun to win than it is to lose, but this has been a great bunch of young men,” Head Coach Steve Miller said. “They have been working hard since day one and they have competitive practices.” One big weakness for Trinity this year could be their size, but the team works daily on boxing out drills to prevent being outrebounded every game. Senior Preston Miller says that the problem comes from not being solid in their post game and settling for three point shots. “Our biggest struggle is we’re not shooting well from the outside,” said Preston Miller. “We need to get some post touches and get Mitch (Mitchell List, sophomore) a little more comfortable down in the post and more aggressive so that if we are struggling in our threes we can go to the post more. We need to drive a little bit more.

We sometimes like to settle for open shots and just the three ball. It’s not a bad thing when we’re making them, but when we’re not, we need to find another way to score.” The upside of Trinity being a small team is that the entire team is able to dribble the ball up the court and the teams quickness can wear the opponents out. “There are definitely some disadvantages but there are also some advantages,” said Preston Miller. “We’re really quick and we like to push the ball. We can wear teams out when we push it all the time.” Right now, Steve Miller is playing nine of ten guys right now in the first quarter. The rotation has a lot of depth that includes three seniors, five juniors and a sophomore. Steve Miller is able to mix up the rotation with most of the players on the same talent level. The junior class has stepped up after playing supporting roles last season and has filled the shoes of departing seniors. “They were thrown into the varsity

roles as sophomores,” said Steve Miller. “We lost Malachi and Ryan, and those were some big shoes to fill. They are all a year older and most of them have that varsity experience. I expected them to step right in and do good work on varsity and that is exactly what they have done. They had a good summer with the league and playing at team camp.” The team knows that they can make a run at State this season. Trinity has the talent, but the Knights have to make it over the hump of substate; where they have fallen before. “I feel like this team has a lot of experience,” said Junior Alex Carro. “We have three seniors that have played varsity these last two years. I just feel that with all the experience we have coming back this year we could make a run at State this year if we peak at the right time,” said Carro. The Knights will host Belle Plaine and Douglass next week as the team tries to defend their Central Plains League title. Photo by Madie Ripperger. Senior Ben Mosley looks for a teammate in Trinity rivalry game with Independent on January 10 at Trinity. The Knights won the rivalry game 58-55 when junior Alex Carro scored 11 of Trinity’s first 13 points and had 22 points overall.

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Wrestling works through first season

Patton trains for Paralympics By Sam Schroeder

Is it possible to overcome a devastating birth defect to compete in the paralympics? For sophomore Noah Patton it is. Patton was born with a birth defect called spina bifida that prevented him from running, walking normally, or doing any kind of land sport. “I’m thankful everyday that I can walk because other people with my defect are stuck in wheelchairs.” Patton says. When he was in 3rd grade, he found a way to compete in wheelchair racing. In looking for other ways to compete, he found out about swimming. Patton got into it and was told that he was real-

ly talented and needed to do more. It was there his passion for swimming started to grow. Patton swims for Trinity and also competes outside of the school team year-round. He swims long-distance events, because it requires pulling and not as much leg which is perfect for Patton. “I’m nervous until I get up to start, then I forget everything and focus on the race.” he said. Recently he has been training to get fast enough to qualify for the paralympics. “My goal is to get to the paralympics so I can minister to people with my defect about God,” Patton said. When it comes to the

paralympics, meets are organized by severeness of the disability. In some cases there are even blind swimmers out there competing.

Patton says,“ the worst part of swimming is the lack of people attending the meets. Come to the meets!”

Photo by Baylee Dobler. Sophomore Noah Patton swims during practice in December. Patton has swam since 4th grade, spina bifida did not hold him back from his goal of the Paralympics.

Trinity produces first college bowlers Photo by Stephen Brunson.The bowling team is having a successful season under the leadership of seniors Jacob Kloth and Taylor Nasi, who will both bowl for Kansas Newman College next year. The boys bowling team has won all its meets, an impressive record. “The guy’s team this year is the strongest we’ve ever had top to bottom,” assistant coach Tim Loftin said. Although the girl’s team lost both of their meets, Loftin said he is impressed with their consistency. The Knights will face Collegiate and Andale Feb. 4, at The Alley.

By Kristen Keene

This season is the very first wrestling season Trinity Academy has ever had. The team has faced challenges and adversities but continues to work hard. The team has participated in 3A-4A tournaments and 5A-6A tournaments. According to Coach Ed Edison, the 4A competition level is the toughest in the state. The competition is helping the team mature and become better. Coach Edison said, “The reputation of Trinity Academy is a school of tough competitors with high intelligence. We’re still striving towards the goal of making wrestling of that reputation.” Jackson Troutman, sophomore, said it is exciting to be on the first wrestling team at Trinity Academy. This team will have the opportunity to start a great program. In comparison to other sports, Troutman said it is very tough. The team expected it to be hard, but they know they will only get better. Noah Yager, senior, said he enjoys being on the wrestling team but it comes with lots of hard work. “It takes a lot of dedication,” Yager said.

Manager needed for wrestling team Contact: Coach Edison: Cell # (316)-259-5399 Practice Times: Mon.-Fri. 4:00-5:45pm @ Coach Edison’s house Manager Requirements: Keep scores/stats, be at practices and meets

Photo by Linda Werhan. Freshman Beau Fleeman takes down his opponent during a duel with Independent. The Knights won the duel, the team’s first wrestling victory in school history.

Sports briefs: Fall sports in review Football honors

Volleyball achievements

Congratulations to the following Trinity football players on receiving CPL honors: First Team Offense -Tyler Burns, Josh Osborne, Erik Hansen, Ben Mosley First Team Defense - Alex Ast, Erik Hansen Second Team Offense – Matt Jones Second Team Defense – Jacob Loon Honorable Mention Offense – Garrett Kuntz, Jacob Johnson Honorable Mention Defense – Tyler Burns, Mitchell List LEAGUE MVP: Tyler Burns

Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team on their outstanding finish at the Clearwater Tournament. Emma Hilgenfeld, Annie Friesen and Jenna Goscha were named to the All Tournament Team. JV and Varsity will complete league play tomorrow night at Douglass. Match times are 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Make plans now to attend and cheer the varsity team on to a CPL championship! Congratulations to Annie Friesen, Jenna Goscha, Emma Hilgenfeld, Taylor Billings and Kristin Miller on receiving “All League” Honors. Congratulations to Annie Friesen, Emma Hilgenfeld, and Jenna Goscha on being selected to the ALL STATE first team!

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erything you do makes a difference in somebody’s life.” Tim Loftin, campus pastor and board member for Eight Oaks, said teenagers can make an impact on the problem of unfair trade. “I think students should feel empowered to try to do some things on a small scale at this point and then try to grow to big things on a bigger scale later in life,” Loftin said. Doing something on a “bigger scale” is exactly what senior Caleb Maine said he will do. He plans to study international business and to someday help alleviate the global problem of unfair working conditions by starting a business that treats employees fairly - from the top dog all the way down to the bottom of the production line. Maine believes that Americans have the ability to bring change to their world. “I don’t think Americans really realize that they have such power to change things in this world,” he said. “We’re using that power, but we’re using it to get cheaper and cheaper stuff, and we kind of ignore peoples’ needs in order to do that.” For now, Maine and other Trinity Academy students, can take Loftin’s advice to bring change by doing things on a small scale - like choosing ice cream from a Fairtrade company. “There’s really nothing a single teenager can do,” Maine said, “but our generation is given such a voice today with social media...trends go through our generation so easily like wildfire - we can start some really cool movements really easily.”

“Everything you do makes a difference in somebody’s life.”

What percentage of ingredients in each flavor is fair trade?

Students make a difference and shop Fairtrade

by Clare Alise Warrington

What if saving slaves was as simple as eating ice cream? For fans of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, it is. That’s because the ice cream maker is a certified Fairtrade company and its ingredients were produced by farmers who will receive a fair wage for their harvest - in stark contrast to international reports of forced labor and child-trafficking in the cocoa fields of impoverished countries. For a composite item to be certified Fairtrade, 20% of the ingredients within it must be sourced from farmers who are paid a fair wage and who work under fair conditions. On its website, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield said the company would transition all products to Fairtrade in 2013. “Fairtrade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie,” Greenfield wrote. “Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.” By using ingredients such as bananas, cocoa, coffee, sugar and vanilla grown by workers on small farms in countries such as Belize, Ecuador, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Mexico and Uganda, Ben & Jerry’s is equipping these nations to invest in their own schools, health programs and housing. Through buying Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, students have the ability to fight for fair trade with every spoonful, something senior Taylor Nasi said she really admires about Ben & Jerry’s. “It’s comforting to know that people aren’t being exploited over something that is so simple - like coffee beans or vanilla beans or whatever goes into each ice cream,” Nasi said. “Ev-

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Price/pint of ice-cream brands at QuickTrip:

$2.09 $2.29



Photo by Clare Warrington Seniors Taylor Nasi, Katie Shelly, and Ali Walton enjoy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. All three girls are involved with Eight Oaks, a non-profit that works to free child slave in Ghana, Africa.




What is Fairtrade? The goal of Fairtrade is to partner businesses with small farmers and workers all around the world in order to source goods such as food, clothing, house hold items and beyond from fairly paid individuals.

Use a QR reader on your smart phone to visit Fairtrade’s website to learn more about their mission.




The American Dream:

Fact or fiction?

Trinity seniors recently answered a question posed in Government class by their teacher, Linda Heron. We excerpt four of those papers here. In 1931, James Truslow Adams, an American author and historian, coined the term “American Dream” in his book The Epic of America. Adams’ American Dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

Adam McKinney

… several new polls along with recent trends indicate that support for the American Dream by the American public may be withering. According to Dan Kadlec, a journalist and author who has written extensively for Time Magazine about the economy, a poor jobs market and substantial debts have been the driving forces behind the evaporating support for the American Dream. Americans are faced with an economic recession that is leading them to question whether the American Dream still exists today. Furthermore, adults have a pessimistic outlook on the work ethic, civic responsibility, and level of patriotism of today’s children. The Adult’s uncertainty of the future generation is a reflection of the uncertainty of the American Dream today. Adults are already unsure whether the dream is achievable for themselves, and are even more concerned about their children. It seems as if many Americans have awoken from the American Dream. However, Kadlec notes that optimism about the American Dream still prevails among younger people. Kadlec cites the Heartland Monitor poll in his article that says nearly half of

children believe when they are their parents age they will have more opportunity than their parents did. It is possible this young generation observed their parents during the recession and they are becoming more conscious about spending and accumulating debt (Kadlec).

Kaelin Hoch

Many people today consider their American Dream to have a comfortable bank account, a beautiful home, a successful career, and a perfect family. Living in a country whose motto might as well scream “entitlement,” young people don’t consider the effort and heart that must go into any dream they might have. Entitlement, along with materialism, has become so prevalent in American society that, together, they have disintegrated the value of the American Dream. No longer is the American Dream a singular aspiration of an eager and empowered individual, but it has become a standard resulting from our fallen and materialistic culture.

At this point in history, the American Dream is a myth because we are a product of our culture and the materialism that stems from society. Superficial value will never satisfy humans. No matter what we seek and strive to attain on earth, we will not be fulfilled by material goods. We will be left wanting more. Throughout history, the American Dream has impacted all ages and ethnicities because it provided the hope for a better tomorrow; now, this purpose has become a myth in our time. The motives that inspired the original American Dream have become suffocated by our entitled, selfish culture.

Throughout history, the American Dream has included many different aspects: the dream of freedom, opportunity for jobs, owning land, being a homeowner, and having an affluent retirement. Difficulties like medical expenses, lack of jobs, and social status have been barriers in the attempt to achieve the American Dream, but despite all of this, a new form of the American Dream has emerged. The American Dream is still a reality, albeit a vague and loosely defined reality based on a dream that differs from person to person. It brings new hope, new opportunities, and gives Americans something to strive for.

… The American Dream is merely a social construct; we have convinced ourselves that America is a land of freedom and opportunity that should be attainable for all. However, the American Dream is not a measurable, physical thing. It is simply an idea. Caldwell offers a justifiable view of the American Dream. Society makes out the American Dream out to be a dream of freedom and equality. Reality is that the human desire for material wealth and power underscores the American Dream. The American Dream is nothing more than a figment of our imagination, a vague, fanciful term that evokes a sentiment politicians are quick to exploit. It is time to wake up from the American Dream, focus on the real dreams of Americans, and abandon our preconceived delusions of superiority over the rest of the world.

Annie Friesen I believe that the American Dream has simply been hindered in places, but not completely eradicated. For myself, and most of middle and upper class America, the Dream is still there, but we may need to work a little harder for it. It also helps that we have our parents there to help us along if we ever are in need. Although, the American Dream may be slipping away from those in the lower class, the cost of college can prevent them from getting an education that would help them get a successful job. Also, with the popularity of marriage

Sarah Sondergard

decreasing, people may live in cohabitation rather that go through marriage. The cost of moving away from home can be a hindrance to the lower class as well. Instead of stepping out on their own, and making their own successes, they milk off the hard work that their parents put in their own life. Therefore, the child never learns to be self-sufficient and make a name for themselves. From all of these examples, I think it is clearly shown that the American Dream is a reality, but it may be becoming a façade for those in the lower class.


{Display of His Splendor} I have a dream...


“to inspire people to care more about putting effort into their appearance but also to be equally beautiful inwardly”

by Bliss Baird and Clare Alise Warrington

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” If that’s the case, there is a lot of future being dreamt up inside the walls of Trinity Academy. These dreams have the potential to take students halfway around the world or deeper into the heart of a city, down a runway or to the side of a hospital bed.

“that every ear, every tribe, and every nation will at least have heard the gospel from people like you and me.” - Nathan Hansen, Trinity graduate Nathan Hansen graduated Trinity Academy college-prep high school in 2013 and then flew to India. For three months, Hansen served as an intern for the India Gospel League in Salem, Tamil-Nadu, India, teaching at schools and leading a Bible study with college-age Hindu boys. On Sundays he preached at local villages. Hansen said he traded the American Dream - and even the course the majority of his peers would have expected him to take - for something else. “I have a relationship with Jesus, and when you have that, He often calls you to do some weird things,” he said. “I wanted Jesus’ dream.” Hansen said he felt called into ministry but did not know where to begin. “I wanted to get experience before just sitting in a classroom,” he said.

He credits Darren McClintock, outreach pastor at Central Christian Church, with helping him narrow his mission opportunities to two choices: France and India. “God kept the India door open the entire time,” Hansen said, “and He really blessed the decision-making process.” Hansen isn’t sure where “Jesus’s dream” will take him next, but he is “definitely, definitely” sure that he will never be satisfied with the American dream again. The American dream is so predictable, he said, whereas “He [Jesus] can take you anywhere. It’s just so much more exciting.” Hansen encourages current Trinity students to prioritize what God has to say over what the world - and even what well-meaning others - may be saying. “Don’t worry if your dream doesn’t make sense to the world’s standards,” he said. “If it makes sense in Jesus’ standards, go for it whole-heartedly.”

Bella Castro-Miller

A couple years ago, after seeing a fashion blog on the movie Frenemies, freshman Bella Castro-Miller started her own blog. “I really like putting together outfits,” Castro-Miller said., her blog, features photographs of various outfits, fashion advice, snack recipes, craft ideas, challenges from her small group, and more. Paige Minor said, “She has her own style and doesn’t dress like everybody else. She’s herself, and it’s an inspiration.” Other students say they appreciate her unique ideas and her thoughts on fashion trends. Bella said that her dream for the blog is to get more followers and to be featured in a

fashion magazine such as Teen Vogue. Most importantly, her dream is to encourage modest, thoughtful choices in the way teens dress and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Castro-Miller’s dream is to be a fashion designer or a nutritionist. She believes that Christians can touch people in any career. Castro-Miller realizes the importance of her faith. She said she plans to filter through the messages the world sends by remembering what her parents, friends, and school have taught her. Castro-Miller has her sights set on design schools in either New York City, NY, or Savannah, GA. From there, she hopes to get an internship, perhaps at a bridal salon, and eventually launch her career.

“that the love of Jesus would touch the urban communities and help them grow and teach others.” Sophomore Abby Grier’s heart for inner city kids is exemplified by her work with Lady Bugg House, a home for young mothers and their children. Grier attends Bible studies, babysits, and builds friendships with the girls and the kids. She also reaches out to other children in her neighborhood. “I've always had a heart for inner city kids,” Grier said. When she was only a couple of months old, Grier’s family moved into an inner city neighborhood to carry the light of Jesus into a poorer section of Wichita. Abby Grier’s mother, Melissa Grier, was instrumental in the founding of the Lady Bugg House. When the Unitarian Church

across the street from the Grier house went up for sale, Melissa Grier called Michelle Pitman. Soon, the Lady Bugg House was created. Melissa Grier serves as the Program Coordinator, along with leading Bible studies and mentoring the girls. Abby Grier’s dream to serve inner city residents by either mission work or by being a police officer in a rougher neighborhood, reflects her desire to reject the American dream of getting more money or having bigger, better stuff. “I don’t care about that. I want to help people,” she said. For Abby Grier, it is truly more important to give than to receive.

Abby Grier

“that God will use me to save both people’s physical lives and their spiritual lives.”

Kathlyn Gomendoza

For senior Kathlyn Gomendoza, reaching a hurting world for Christ with the healing truth of Jesus means ministering to body and soul. She said she sees the medical field as a mission field and that she plans to become an Oncologist -- a cancer doctor. “Cancer is a scary word. When people hear it, immediately they think of doom and gloom and death and such,” she said. “So they’re more open to hear things like the message of Christ.” In addition to bringing people physical healing from their cancer, Gomendoza said

that she desires to bring them spiritual healing and a second chance. “I want to give people a new hope and a second chance at life, which is what Jesus has always been giving people, you know -- a second chance to make the most out of their lives,” she said. Even if she is someday a high-paid doctor, Gomendoza said that she is more concerned about growing God’s kingdom than growing her own personal bank account because she knows that, in the end, her money will inevitably “go bye-bye.”



by Julia Rogg

1. How did Valentine’s Day start? 2. Who is Cupid? 3. Who is your valentine? 4. What do you expect to get on Valentine’s Day? 5. What’s the worst Valentine’s Day gift? Ryan Royle, band director 1. Something to do with flying babies, arrows and the corporate machine selling flowers and chocolate 2. He’s the flying baby forcing men to buy flowers and candy 3. My wife 4. Nothing - my wife is all I need 5. A break up

Jake Windholz, freshman 1. A man named Valentine. He was short, wore diapers, and killed people. 2. The ghost of Valentine 3. My snowboard 4. A broken arm 5. If you are allergic to chocolate, chocolate

Claire Hansen, sophomore 1. By a guy named Valentine 2. That baby who goes around shooting people with arrows of love 3. My dog, Tootsie 4. A trip to Paris, anything less is not enough 5. Sugar-free chocolate

Caleb Curry, junior 1. St. Valentine had a vision of Caleb Johnson in the sky 2. The guy who shot me with his arrow of romance 3. Anyone who can dance, knows some great poetry and enjoys a strong glass of sparkling grape juice 4. A broken heart coupled with some dramatic lyric tweets 5. Love, for it is both the thorn of my side and the joy of my soul Denna Roney, senior 1. By Saint Valentine 2. A dance that you do at Homecoming - you get shuffly 3. 20 cats I adopted from the Humane Society and a tub of Ben and Jerry’s 4. 20 piece chicken nuggets from McDonald’s 5. Swine Flu

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