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May 19, 2017 [Senior Edtion]

Lafayette High School 17050 Clayton Road Wildwood, MO 63011


[2] Opinions

&Gripes 2013-2017 edition Stars:


• Knost, don’t get us wrong you’re cool n’ all that, but we’ve gotta give a shoutout to former Rockwood superintendent Terry Adams for those snow days freshman year. • Best senior prank ever, flooding the entirety of Eureka. • Thanks for all your hard work over these last four years, Dr. Shaughnessey. Have fun mowing your lawn or whatever retired people do. • High-fives all around! Lafayette was named the fourth best high school in Missouri by U.S. News for 2017. Probably because of that lovely graduating Class of 2017, wink wink. • The turf! Other than finding those little black rubber pieces in my shoe a week after stepping foot onto it, it’s pretty sick! • Even though about 90 percent of us haven’t even stepped foot into it, our greenhouse is pretty cool. All that mood lighting, plant growing, and other greenhouse things. • All of our sport teams are seriously so good. Not one Friday night was wasted with our amazing athletes. • Four years of Lancer memories.

• The school wifi. Goodbye forever, see you never. All I ever wanted was to browse Instagram. • Remember when Jostens crowded us in the theatre only to show us embarrassing pictures of us from sophomore year? Don’t bring it up, please. • They pranked us good on day one. Getting rid of early release days as soon as we start high school? Come on, man. You’re better than that. • We’ll never get to taste those gooey chocolate chip cookies from freshman year ever again. I mean it’s been three years already but come on! Thanks (Michelle) Obama. • Oh, real cool guys. Dropping that parking pass price from $180 to $80? Where’d that $100 go? Took ya’ long enough. • We were the first class to have our hallway be changed year by year. Do you even know where the senior hallway is? Are you sure? • The “fish dance,” arguably the most awkward way to be welcomed into high school. • One gripe to us for complaining for all this time, it really wasn’t all that bad, I guess.

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Kayley Allen, Kyran Ballard, Jackson Bartholomew, Arpan Das, Jack Deubner, Thomas Francois, Kate Golder, Nick Horstmann, Anna James, Megan McFarland


Opinions [3]

You’re you, show it off for the world to see Do not ground yourself in a scenario where you aren’t 110 percent yourself. I know in this day in age reputations are important and all, but if that’s stopping you from doing what you want to do and what you love, then what are you doing? Take care of yourself in a way where you feel in harmony with what you’re doing on an everyday basis and I promise you’ll be surrounded by people you love doing what you love. When I was in middle school I was a pretty shy dude around everyone but whenever I was with my friends, I was really lively. It was easy being this quiet kid throughout all my time in middle

school but it didn’t feel right, I wasn’t acting how I wanted to. Little Jack was too caught up in his head thinking “well, shoot. Everyone knows me as this shy kid, so I guess that’s my life now,” I oughta’ slap myself. Whenever I switched schools and came to Lafayette, it gave me the opportunity to wind back and think about everything. I could really, truly, be myself. It occurred to me: if I wasn’t being myself, then I wouldn’t attract people who like me for who I am and I’d be thrown in some loop of disconcerting or “fake” relationships. I’m not saying take inspiration from me (especially not freshman year Jack) but you get the general

idea. If you’re not living or loving your life, change that. You’re all you’ve got sometimes, treat yourself right. So, seniors, while I’ve got your attention let’s talk about this. We’re all venturing off to different parts of our lives, whether you’re going to college or not. While we’re all jumping into something completely new (or just something that isn’t Lafayette) let’s situate ourselves comfortably into this huge world in a way where we don’t screw ourselves over and everything doesn’t suck. Be yourself and people who love you will follow.

[ ] Hi-Jacked by Jack Deubner Opinions Editor

This is going to be one of the biggest transitions in our lives, maybe even the last transition into the real world for some of us. So what should we do? Be ourselves. Get out there, try new things, be a weirdo, embarrass yourself, make mistakes and don’t be afraid

Once an athlete, always an athlete Kayley Allen editor in chief

A mixture of sweat, tears and dirt cakes our faces. We hang our heads low as we walk quietly to the locker room alongside our teammates. We look around and take in this very moment because we won’t get another one like it ever again. This is what it felt like to play in the last game as a lancer, and for a lot of us, the rest of our lives. Many of us were forced to hang up our cleats for the last time this year. While this does mean that wearing the word “Lancer” across our chest is over, it’s safe to say that sports have shaped some of us into who we are today. Just because we are starting a new chapter in our lives soon doesn’t mean we should abandon

everything that our sport has taught us. We should continue to live by the rules of our favorite games. As cliche as it is, sports have taught us to work as a team to accomplish one goal, and value other people’s talents and dedication along the way. Teamwork and staying humble are effective tools that we should continue to apply to our lives. Being able to look at your coworkers or classmates and praise them for their good work is extremely important in the real world. Sports also teach people how to take criticism, and to become better from it instead of letting it tear us apart. Looking at stats and tapes

after a tough game was one of the worst feelings, but it always showed me what I needed to do to a better player. This can be applied off the field as well. Being able to look at your mistakes, fully accept them and then move on from them is something not everyone can do. Holding on to your ability to take criticism will be rewarding in the long run. As we all take our last at bat, run across our final finish line or say our last “Lancers on three,” we should plan to stay athletes in our actions and way of thinking. I wouldn’t trade anything for the time I’ve spent with my teammates and the lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

Your life doesn’t end at graduation As the years we have shared inside of the walls of Lafayette come to a close, the bittersweet melody of “Thank God” and “I’m gonna miss this so much” inside of our heads ring louder than ever. For most of us, it isn’t hard to proclaim we won’t miss the drama and shenanigans of high school. However, it’s not time to wish your whole life away. For some odd reason, I became saddened when I read through senior future plans on the sheets passed out for this booklet. It seemed like almost everyone saw themselves in debt, married with two kids, or working a job in 10 years. While this is realistic, it isn’t what I believe we should all settle


Why would you want to be ordinary when you can make the most of your life? Most of us will be 27 or 28 in 10 years, so why are we looking to be so content with a seemingly ordinary life? We gawk at people all over the internet and TV living lavish lives, traveling all over the world. So why would we not strive to excite our future and spark a start of nonconformity? Granted, the majority of our class is going to college to get a degree to get a job; why does your youthfulness have to end at college graduation? Does living your life stop because you’ve had your fair

share of mindless partying? People are so scared to live life to the fullest because of what others think, but why? Sometimes following the traditional route of life isn’t the way to find peace with what you’ve become and what you’re going to do. As you move on to whatever path you chose for your life, make it your own. Stand out in the crowd, but still be true to yourself. As cheesy as it sounds, you only have one life so make the best of it. I learned from one of the best teachers that the most reward you can get in life is going out and living it to your fullest. See the world for the beauty it is.




Anna James editor in chief


[4] What’s Next?

Class of 2017 declares post-grad plans Arizona State University Grace Laudeman Dominique Anderson Georgia Tech Arizona State UniversityGrant Palm Tempe Harding University Austin Harris Mary Uebelein Arkansas State University Harris-Stowe State Hailey Schue University Auburn University Tyler Miller Chloe Wright Highland Community Avila University College Ronald Beasley Caylon Carroll Baylor University Nicolas Cleere Ally Kang Hope College Garrett Worley Jack Deubner Bradley University/STLCCHouston Community College Meramec Jamahd Perry David Tuttle Indiana UniversityBrigham Young University Bloomington Grant Oscarson Alexandra Dederer Brown University Lauren Kirtser Sai Allu Iowa State University Butler University William Schatz Ian Murray IU-PU Indianapolis Haley Stephens Gary Harris Central College IUPU-Fort Wayne Adam Flinn Kade Bontrager Chapman University Jefferson College Karina Patel Kennesha Cleaves Clemson University Lehigh University Kendall Goedeke Dylan Schaschl Culver-Stockton College Lindenwood University Jackson Bartholomew Bradyn Herrboldt Depauw University Austin Stofer Paige Miller Lindenwood University-St. Dominican University Charles Gabrielle McCoy Simone Hall Drake University Maryville University David Holmes Taylor Hensley Drury University Parker Sohn Torrey Gabriel Jamie Stein Blake Hagedorn Emma Wahl East Central College Miami University Of Ohio Andrew Phipps Grace Mandis Elmhurst College Mississippi State University Grace Gregory Keilah Moore Taylor Hand Missouri Baptist University Flagler College Kyran Ballard Bryan Buchholz Missouri S&T George Washington Alexander Andrews University Timothy Palazzola

Ryan Panzitta Nicholas Roberts Arpan Das Thomas Francois Zachary Freestone Nicole Morgenthaler Andrew Paczkowski Matthew Paczkowski William Preckel Joshua Reiter Rebecca Reynolds Missouri Southern State University Lydia Kemmerling Missouri State University Emma Ferguson Christopher Amburn Russell Barefield Jada Branch Emma Forness Brooke Fuhrmann Justin Galisim Erica Koble Bridges McElmurry Emily Patterson Abbie Poisson Jack Rymer Lillian Van Biljon Danielle Wintermute Andrea Zakrzewski Mount St. Mary’s Bryce Horstmann Murray State University Catherine Hine Nick Horstmann Kathryn Kamrud Grace Krug Liz McKenna Napa Valley College Alianna McCormick Northern Illinois University Matthew Ference Northwest Missouri State Joseph Bennett Madeline Curtis Northwestern University Caroline Pozo Ohio State University Steven Pennington Pennsylvania State

University Akhil Devulapalli Pepperdine University Alex Gettinger Purdue University Zachary Janicki Connor Pierson Abigail Trieschmann Quincy University Brett Balzraine Andrew Lucas Regis University Valerie Gruender Southeast Missouri State University Taryn Brewer Sarah Dobson Brianna Hercher Jenna Killips Morgan Kirchhoff-Blodgett Christina Leslie Allison Quist Jack Riney Anna Strode Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale Mia Alexander Peyton Berardi Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville Nicholas Defrancesco St. Charles CC Brianna Hercher Bianca Kelly Jackson Snitzer St. Louis College Of Pharmacy Steven Jin St. Louis University Hannah Agolia Morgan Croarkin Andrew Ruesch David Zhang Aldo Noseda Olivari Stanford University Logan Panchot Stephens College Mashontea Henley STLCC-Flo Valley Keara Wingo


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Class of 2017 post-grad plans cont. STLCC-Forest Park Madisyn Henne Demonta Reece STLCC-Meramec Kristian Finneman STLCC-Wildwood Jenna Andrawos Madeline Curtis Elyse Derryberry Emily Dicarlo Nicholas Fechter Brittan Haight Kayleigh Halter Madison Halter Grant Heckmann John Henneberry Brianna Hercher Alexia Hines Regan Johnson Conner Keithly Justin Lafrance Malorie Luensmann Abigail Murphy Liam Ogle Hannah Partridge Casey Sickinger Sydney Tillman Brandon Tomschin Justin Van Buren Brendan Vorhees Wesley Ward Peyton Monroe STLCC-Wildwood/Meramec Alexandra Dillon Texas A&M University Aaron Hoyt The Ohio State University Luke Schneider Jacob Williams Truman State University Peyton Beasley Michael Christian Joseph Gay Justin Houldsworth Daniel Huffman Elliana Levy Jacob Messer Margaret Moloney Zoe Moore Christian Oliver

Deacon Owens Brittany Rissmann Barrett Schroeder Mansi Trivedi Tulane University Sanika Nanda University of AlabamaTuscaloosa Nathaniel Dailey Chadwick Ohlms Jonathan Solomon Lane Strotheide Samantha Willhite University of Arizona Marlo McElroy University of ArizonaTuscon Grant Fox University of Arizona/ Pima CC Flor Campbell-Espinoza University of Arkansas Courtney Klohmann John Levine Jessica Smith James Turner Kaley Williams University of CaliforniaBerkeley Griffin Sauter University of CaliforniaLos Angeles Jade Joiner University of Central Missouri Elijah Candela University of Illinois Kate Golder University Of Kansas Adison Balderston Sari Cohen Chloe Descher Claire Duncan McKenzie Hall Julia Holdmeyer Luke Morgan Saria Peterson Julia Rector Justin Schreiner Kelsey Short

Alexander Walker Anna Wilhelm University of Kentucky Cameron Reinisch Amanda Shaw University of Memphis Hannah Flowers University Of Mississippi Meredith Foster Jack Mazza Marisa Panasci University of MissouriColumbia Dawson Albright Kayley Allen Rachel Brown Kory Brubaker Logan Brunk Robert Butler Alexandra Childers Alexa Culver Nick Emms Madison Filley Emma Flinner Joseph Frimel Sarina Gaines Mackenzie Hallahan Aubree Hardesty Kyle Hillier Austin Hindman Hamza Iqbal Lauren Pepper Alex Petti Jaclyn Robinson Andrew Runge David Schultheiss Sarah Schupp Adam Scott Jacob Sessen Vladimir Trifunovic University of MissouriSt. Louis Destiny Lampkin Dejarae Middleton Christian Sosa University of North Texas Melanie Flowers University of Notre Dame Victoria Ruesch University of San Diego

Anna Luckenbach University of South Carolina Kathryn Mullen University Of South Carolina-Columbia Natalie Elser University of South Florida Sophia Hartin University of Southern California Kennedy Plant University of WisconsinMadison Yasmine Abdennadher Thomas Laarman Mary Reynolds University of Wyoming Joshua Taylor Vanderbilt University Peyton Boyd Vet Tech Institute - Hickey College Anna James Wabash Valley College Ryan O’Connell Washington University Joy Chen Charles Nosal Meridith Schoening Christine Shao Shruthi Ramalingam Webster University Sabrina Buhlinger Samara Hall Victoria Hoffmann Western State College Karson Lamp Wichita State University Aaron Collier Yale University Lisa Wu *This information was obtained by the Lafayette Guidance Department based on information students turned in on a May 1 deadline.


[6] Quotes

Class of 2017 shares parting words Yasmine Abdennadher: “So if you’re from Africa… why are you white?” (Raven Smith, Mean Girls) Dawson Albright: “Last name ever, first name greatest.” (Drake) Kayley Allen: “Just keep swimming,” (Dory, Finding Nemo) Sai Allu: “As a lifestyle you always being the focal point is innately unhealthy,” (Frank Ocean) Dominique Anderson: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way,” (Coco Chanel) Alex Andrews: “The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem,” (Captain Jack Sparrow) Megan Armstrong: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” (Christopher Rubin) Abby Bahr: “It means ‘no worries,’ for the rest of your days! It’s our problem free, philosophy! Hakuna Matata!” (Lion King) Adison Balderston: “I am never going back!” (Rapunzel, Tangled) Kyran Ballard: “A vision without action is merely a dream. Action is the pride. It’s the hustle. It’s the persistence,” (Kevin Gates) Brett Balzraine: “You’ll never get what you want if you’ll always let people step all over you,” (Sheldon J. Plankton) Jackson Bartholomew: “My life has been about winning. My life has not been about losing,” (Donald Trump) Peyton Beasley: “Good people don’t rip other people’s arms off,” (Spongebob) Ronald Beasley: “If you want something go get it,” (Pursuit of Happiness) Peyton Berardi: “Don’t hide yourself in regret. Just love yourself and you’re set, I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way,” (Lady Gaga) Abuzar Bhatty: “Still… could be worse,” (Jeremy Clarkson) Suzanna Blalock: “Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I’ve ever been,” (Lain Thomas) Kade Bontrager: “You never see it coming, you just get to see it go,” (Drake) Peyton Boyd: “I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making,” (Beyonce) Lauren Bower: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it,” (Julia Child) Brittany Brown: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) Ryan Brown: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way,” (Michael Scott, The Office) Taryn Brewer: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment

until it becomes a memory,” (Dr. Seuss) Bryan Buchholz: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough,” (Albert Einstein) Andrew Butler: “We don’t stop going to school when we graduate,” (Carol Burnett) Maddie Cain: “Every ending has a new beginning,” (Marianne Williamson) Kyle Campbell: “Quality is not an act, it is a habit,” (Aristotle) Jaclyn Canova: “Hermes link,” (Drake) Nick Catalano: “I don’t think any professional accepts defeat,” (Mariano Rivera) Casey Carpenter: “I hit my tenthousand step goal and have now achieved total self actualization,” (Jonny Auping) Maria Chetupuzha: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” (Winnie the Pooh) Alex Childers: “Does the walker choose the path, or the path choose the walker?” (Garth Nix’s Sabriel) Michael Christian: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other live,” (Jackie Robinson) Logan Coffman: “Fish cannot carry guns,” (Philip K. Dick) Brad Cox: “Everyday, everyday, like we sittin; on the bench, man, we don’t really play, everyday, everyday,” (Drake, The Motto) Caleb Covert: “Wax on, wax off,” (Karate Kid, 1984) Alexa Culver: “Never say goodbye because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting,” (Peter Pan) John Curran: “We’re gonna win, win, win and we’re not stopping,” (Donald Trump) Nathan Dailey: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the lord,” (Psalm 37:23) Arpan Das: “No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!” (Sonic the Hedgehog) Charlton Day: “You don’t know pleasure if you don’t know pain,” (Carl Scrubby) Alexandra Dederer: “I’m not that great at advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” (Chandler Bing, Friends) Haley Degato: “Ice Blue Mink” (Drake) Jack Deubner: “Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful,” (John Linnell, They Might be Giants) Akhil Devulapalli: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me,” (Michael Scott, The Office) Emily DiCarlo: “Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly,” (St. Francis de Sales) Megan Dill: “Crushed it,” (Fat Amy, Pitch Perfect) Sarah Dobson: “Don’t make the

same mistakes everyone else makes. Make wonderful mistakes. Make mistakes that make people so shocked that they have no other choice but to be a little impressed,” (Jenny Lawson) Claire Duncan: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ole days before you’ve actually left them,” (Andy Bernard, The Office) Joshua Edwards: “The ceiling is the roof,”(Michael Jordan) Nick Emms: “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica,” (Jim Halpert,The Office) Emma Ferguson: “Started from the bottom, now we’re here,” (Drake) Max Ferry: “What a time to be alive,” (Nayvadius Wilburn) Madison Filley: “May your hats fly as high as your dreams” (Michael Scott, The Office) Emma Flinner: “Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” (Monica, Friends). Emma Forness: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything,” (Albert Einstein) Luke Foster: “The education of a man is never completed until he dies,” (Robert E. Lee) Thomas Francois: “Watch out for snakes!” (Mystery Science Theater) Sarah Frederick: “So, good news, I saw a dog today,” (Buddy, Elf) Zachary Freestone: “Question ever reality, there is always another way,” (Destiny) Joseph Frimel: “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one!” (Marcus Aurelius) Eric Frings: “Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned,” (Alexander Alvarez) Faith Frings: “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana,” (Groucho Marx) Brooke Furhmann: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until is becomes a memory,” (Dr. Seuss) Torrey Gabriel: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” (Vivian Greene) Justin Galisim: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value,” (Albert Einstein) Connor Gay: “Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace,” (Migos) Hannah Geurkink: “I have nothing on my horizon, except everything,” (Dwight K Schrute, The Office) Kate Golder: “I am McLovin,” (Fogel, Superbad) Matt Graves: “I’m big, I’m hot,” (Daniel Lugo) Sean Greenwood: “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless

mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign’d,” (Alexander Pope) Grace Gregory: “We accept people right where they are just the way they are,” (Tex Evans) Valerie Gruender: “Livin’ like Larry,” (Spongebob) McKenzie Hall: “Don’t wanna see a single person today, thanks! Really really fun night with everyone today, but don’t talk to me,” (Niall Horan) Samara Hall: “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow,” (Oprah Winfrey) Simone Hall: “Few but ripe,” (Carl Fredrick Gauss) Aubree Hardesty: “We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss,” (Cassanda Clare) John Hardie: “Hasta la vista, baby,” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Sophia Hartin: “Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love!” (Monica, Friends) Austin Harris: “My homeboys will get you, pay you on the 33rd,” (Waka Flocka Flame) John Harrop: “Wow, Ethan! Great moves, keep it up, proud of you!” (Michelle Obama) Daniel Head: “Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?” (Guard, Monty Python and the Holy Grail) John Henneberry: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one,” (George Washington) Taylor Hensley: “You should have never doubted me,” (Future) Bradyn Herrboldt: “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people,” (Neil deGrasse Tyson) Austin Herrera: “Was honest to remain flesh instead of software,” (Greg Egan) Kyle Hillier: “More life,”(Drake) Allison Hine: “Take care now,” (Owen Hunt, Grey’s Anatomy) Nathaniel Ho: “Pikaaaachuuuuuuu!” (Pikachu) Nava Hojreh: “Oh, east? I thought you said weast,” (Patrick Star) Clayton Hornberger: “Keep your shirt on, and let me read,” (Grandpa, The Princess Bride) Nick Horstmann: “When you come from where I come from, if anyone in the family makes it out, the others kind of come with you,” (Dolly Parton) Justin Houldsworth: “You have to risk it to get the biscuit,” (Fired Up!) Aaron Hoyt: “Because I’m eighteen and I still live with my parents,” (Khalid) Callandra Hudak: “You can be down but not out and you can be out but not over and you can be over and done with already and still sprout like the spring does the clover,” (Dallas Clayton)

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Class of 2017 shares parting words Daniel Huffman: “Laughter is the best medicine- you’re diabetic, then insulin comes pretty high on the list,” (Jasper Carrot) Alyssa Jackson: “If you're not smiling you're doing it wrong,” (Alex Wassabi) Anna James: “I don’t have to be hateful I can just say ‘bless your heart’,” (Miranda Lambert) Michael Jandro: “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know I’m doing it really well,” (Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation) Zach Janicki: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t takeWayne Gretsky,” (Michael Scott, The Office) Logan Jones: “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday,” (Don Marquis) Alec Jurgensen: “Go to Heaven for the climate. Hell for the company,” (Mark Twain) Camilla Kachar: “But everyday above ground is a great day, remember that,” (Pitbull) Tanvi Kadiyala: “ Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different,” (C.S. Lewis) Kathryn Kamrud: “Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart,” (Maya Angelou) Ally Kang: “Alright that’s it! Dishonor! Dishonor on your whole family! Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow!” (Mushu, Mulan) Ryan Kelly: “Sorry losers & haters, but my I.Q is one of the highest- and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault,” (Donald J. Trump) Lauren Kirtser: “Don’t you worry child. See, heavens got a plan for you,”(Swedish House Mafia) Ashley Kneemueller: “I haven’t got it yet, but I’m hunting for it. I want something serious, something freshsomething with soul in it! Onward, onward,” (Vincent Van Gogh) Srikar Kommareddy: “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun,” (Winnie the Pooh) Kolbe Koziatek: “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it,” (Winston Churchill) Carson Krone: “Nip it in the bud!” (Barney Fife, Andy Griffith Show) Grace Krug: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” (Dr. Seuss) Thomas Laarman: “If enough people believe in something, they will will it into existence. Use this knowledge to do good in the world. Now go! There isn’t much time,” (Jonny Sun) Sam Lagoy: “But with one thing in common, when we’re told we can’t, we all have the same answer: watch me,” (Casey Neistat) Jennifer Lance: “Rumors about me being dead are not true. Rumors

about me being a massive legend, all totally true,” (Matty Healy) Grace Laudeman: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets you soul on fire,” (Jennifer Lee) Julianna Lee: “Oh, I survived. Brilliant. I love it when I do that,” (The Doctor, Doctor Who) Christie Leslie: “The moment I stop having fun with it, I’ll be done with it,” (Drake) Elly Levy: “For too long you live and high you fly, and smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry, and all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be,” (Pink Floyd) Brent Linneman: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” (Abraham Lincoln) Drew Lucas: “All my boys are with me, going up for the night,” (Khalid) Anna Luckenbach: “The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen, and the memories you’ve made along the way,” (Unknown) Malorie Luensmann: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Charles Dickens) Shreyas Maddi: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!,” (Jay Z) Nitara Margana: “I’m a good noodle,” (Spongebob) Jack Mazza: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do,” (Pelé) Haley McAndrew: “Don’t get bitter, just get better,” (Alyssa Edwards, RuPaul’s Drag Race) Colleen McCann: “Hey Chicago, what do you say, the cubs are gonna win today!” (“Go Cubs Go”) Gabrielle McCoy: “When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be,” (Three Junes) Emma McDonald: “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years,” (Abraham Lincoln) Bridges McElmurry: “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today,” (Phineas and Ferb) Marlo McElroy: “I just wanna learn and I wanna grow-I wanna consume as much information as possible. I wanna be great,” (Kid Cudi) Megan McFarland: “Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined,” (Unknown) Liz McKenna: “I’m the best there is plain and simple. I wake up every morning and piss excellence,” (Ricky Bobby) Jarod (Alex) Mick: “Your focus determines your reality,” (Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace) Gabe Montgomery: “They say you are what you eat, but I don’t remember eating a goat,” (Kevin

Hart) Rachel Monson: “The question isn’t ‘What are we going to do?’, the question is ‘What aren’t we going to do?,’” (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) John Monash: “I became insane with brief horrible moments of sanity,” (Edgar Allen Poe) Keilah Moore: “You don’t want no problem with me,” (Chance the Rapper) Zoe Moore: “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them,” (J.K. Rowling) Luke Morgan: “The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not...are both correct,” (Confucius) Jarid Morton: “In the end they’ll judge me anyway, so whatever,” (Kid Cudi) Cody Mosley: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future,” (John F. Kennedy) Andrew Moser: “I feel like I’m the best, but you’re not going to get me to saw that,” (Jerry Rice) Alexander Moss: “Warning shots to the face and abdomen are authorized from youtube video,” (Arma 3: Awfully Familiar) Nicole Morgenthaler: “We’ll never realize our potential if we always live inside the boundaries of what we fear,” (Awaken) Abbey Murphy: “I’m responsible for my own happiness? I can’t even be responsible for my own breakfast,” (BoJack Horseman) Ian Murray: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope to find it along the way,” (The Office) Sanika Nanda: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it,” (Ferris Bueller) Kerri Newcomer: “And then, I realized what you can do with an idea. You can change the world,” (Kobi Yamada) Margaret Nicholson: “You’re never ready, it’s just time to play,” (Yo Yo Ma) Charles Nosal: “And if you feel you can’t go on, And your will’s sinkin’ low, Just believe and you can’t go wrong, In the light you will find the round,” (Led Zeppelin) Liam Ogle: “So long and thanks for all the fish,” (Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) Franco Noseda Olivari: “Jelly Beans,” (Ellison: Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman) Christian Oliver: “Stepped on me, Stepped on me? Are you kidding me? This guy was dancing on me! I mean just look at this, broken, broken, gone, gone, broken, broken, broken…”(Surf's Up) Pat O’Neill: “Don’t do anything I would do,” (Tony Stark, Avengers) Emilie Orlando: “Hard Work beats talent when talent fails to work hard,”

(Kevin Durant) Grant Oscarson: “Many would say caution is essential to life. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down,” (Ray Bradbury) Liliana Otero: “Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling,” (Heathers) Deacon Owens: Greater love hath no one than he who lays down his life for his friend,” (The Jungle Book) Andrew Paczkowski: “Bad news comes, don’t you worry even when it lands,” (Modest Mouse) Marisa Panasci: “Love the life you live. Live the life you love,” (Bob Marley) Logan Panchot: “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” (Abraham Lincoln) Ryan Panzitta: “Young, dumb, broke high school kids,” (Khalid) Steve Pennington: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me,” (Steve Jobs) Justin Park: “I’ll be back,” (Terminator) Emily Patterson: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those you mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind,” (Dr. Seuss) Alex Petti: “I’m not sure how to put this, but...I’m kind of a big deal. People know me,”(Ron Burgundy, Anchorman) Kennedy Plant: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Charles Dickens) Abbie Poisson: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” (Dr. Seuss) Caroline Pozo: “I’ve lived through this chapter in my life, it’s time to move on and start a new one,” (Unknown) Allison Quist: “Quotes are for dumb people who can’t think of something intelligent to say on their own,” (Bo Burnham) Shruthi Ramalingam: “Hasta la Vista, baby,” (Terminator II) Julia Rector: “All we can control in this silly and wildly perfect life, is the love that we choose to give out, without any regard to ever getting it back in return,” (Tyler Knott Gregson) Cameron Reinisch: “F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me. N is for anywhere and anytime at all down here in the deep blue sea,” (Spongebob) Mary Reynolds: “My life has nothing but a great failure,” (Claude Monet) Rebecca Reynolds: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose,” (Dr. Seuss)

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Image [8] Quotes Class of 2017 shares thoughts

Nicholas Roberts: “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of,” (Bruce Lee) Grant Robinson: “He who has a why can bear any how,” (Nietzsche) Jaclyn Robinson: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them,” (Walt Disney) Andrew Ruesch: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” (Martin Luther King Jr.) Victoria Ruesch: “I’m not so good as advice. May I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” (Chandler Bing, Friends) Jack Rymer: “No matter where life takes me, you can find me with a smile,” (Mac Miller) Dominic Scaglione: “I don’t make money I take some, and when it comes around I snake some,” (Josh Kennedy) Dylan Schaschl: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities,” (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) Luke Schneider: “I’m Kan, the Louis Vuitton Don, bought my mom a purse, now she Louis Vuitton Mom,” (Kanye West) Millie Schofield: “Man I swear my life is perfect, I could merch it. If I die I’ll probably cry at my own service,” (Chance the Rapper) Justin Schreiner: “The only time I set the bar low is for limbo,” (Michael Scott, The Office) Barrett Schroeder: “What’s this guy’s deal?” (Step Brothers) Sarah Schupp: “We’re adults.

When did this happen? And how do we make it stop?” (Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy) Adam Scott: “A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep,” (Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones) Amanda Shaw: “He can choose his course and fight it through and win,” (John Steinbeck) Kelsey Short: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” (Dr. Seuss) KiKi Sims: “You’ll never be brave if you don’t get hurt. You’ll never learn if you don’t make mistakes. You’ll never be successful if you don’t encounter failure,” (Ally Mbululo) Jessica Smith: “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason,” (John Mayer) Jonathan Solomon: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me,” (Michael Scott, The Office) Nikita Sridhar: “Think inside the box. Because while everyone is chasing each other outside, what is the box? Empty,” (Phil Dunphy, Modern Family) Jamie Stein: “The only way to get where you want in this world is through hard work,” (The Princess and the Frog) Haley Stephens: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t takeWayne Gretsky,” (Michael Scott, The Office)

Austin Stofer: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it,” (Charles R. Swindoll) Anna Strode: “Live for the moments you can’t put into words,” (Kid Rock) Lane Strotheide: “Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do,” (Denzel Washington) Daulton Sweeten: “When I’m with my squad I cannot do no wrong,” (Travis Scott) Anna Tarpey: “Don’t look back leave it all on the track!” (Racing Stripes) Brad Thomas: “If no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it then how bad of a decision can it really be,” (Bill Murray) Abigail Trieschmann: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” (William Shakespeare) David Tuttle: “Try to be like the turtle, at ease in your own shell,” (Bill Copeland) Mary Joy Uebelein: “What good is all of this if you’re not going to let it change you,” (To Change a Life) Lillian Van Biljon: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars,” (Norman Vincent Peale) Audrey Wagdy: “Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get,” (Forrest Gump) Alex Walker: “I pull up in yachts so big they try to hit me with boat fines,” (Drake) Danny Walter: “Fear none, respect all,” (Anonymous) Kyndall Walton: “I’m still going to work like I have something to prove.

Peace,” (Drake) Wesley Ward: “They make the honey, and we make the money,” (Bee Keeper #7, Bee Movie) Libby Weiss: “This is the beginning, of anything you want,” (Unknown) Jake Williams: “How can the sky be the limit, when there are footprints on the moon?” (Sir Robert Bryson Hall II) Kaley Williams: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” (Jeremiah 29:11) Alexander Wollam: “Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread through shadows to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight,” (J.R.R Tolkien) Garrett Worley: “Can’t you see I am the Big man? God level. I am the “I am,” (Frank Ocean, Chanel) Chloe Wright: “She believed she could so she did,” (R.S Grey) Lisa Wu: “We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled,” (J.K.Rowling) Erika Youngberg: “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange,” (Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks) Andrea Zakrzewski: “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again,” (Charles Dickens) David Zhang: “So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?” (Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes)

Nosal receives music department award Jack Deubner opinions editor Balancing his time between marching band, pit orchestra, home court advantage, winter drumline, jazz band, symphonic band, Tuesday night rock band and an AP packed school schedule, senior Charlie Nosal hasn’t missed his beat throughout his entire high school career. Since freshman year, Nosal has been heavily involved with the music department at Lafayette, starting his day off with jazz band and ending it with marching band. “I started jazz band, marching band and pretty much everything since freshman year,” Nosal said. Nosal sets his musical focus on playing guitar and percussion instruments for his various musical endeavors. “It’s pretty 50-50 [between guitar and percussion.] It

I’ve always thrown myself head first into everything.” Charlie Nosal, 12

depends on what time of the year it is. If it’s during marching band I’m definitely spending more time with the drum or keyboard stuff but during second semester I’m more focused on guitar with pit orchestra and Tuesday night rock band,” Nosal said. Being so involved since day one of Nosal’s career at Lafayette, he’s worked his way up in the musical hierarchy of the school and in his own personal endeavors. “I’ve definitely gained a lot of confidence through all the things I’ve been in, I still get a little nervous every time before I perform but with things like

improvising I’ve definitely grown way more confident,” Nosal said. With all of Nosal’s after school involvements and dedication, he often had some scheduling conflicts. “I signed myself up for enough after school things to where they conflicted with each other. My freshman year thursday jam band conflicted with pit orchestra, but I still dedicated time to practice what music I needed to for those groups. Now during my senior year the loads of home work are way different where I have five AP classes. I’ve got a Google Calendar that has like 50,000 events on it to help me schedule everything going on.” Rewarding his heavy involvement in the music department, all the music directors of the department chose Nosal to receive the first Music Department Award during Senior Awards Night.

Receiving the award “was a rush,” Nosal said. The award was given out to put a student in the limelight to congratulate his or her work, based off of accomplishments and involvements in the various fields of the music department. This was the first time to department has given out an award at Senior Awards Night and Nosal was the prime candidate for his dedication to his varying participation in the field.


Four Year Review [9]

[1] The Chicago Cubs rush the field after winning the 2016 World Series for the first time in 108 years.







[2] Auburn holds the SEC championship trophy after a 59-42 victory against Missouri [3] The Women’s U.S. soccer team celebrates its FIFA World Cup win after defeating Japan on July 5, 2015


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[4] The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp lifts the 2013 Stanley cup trophy [5] Los Angeles Rams fans celebrate the NFL decision to relocate the team to California on Jan. 12, 2016

[1] The South Carolina Highway Patrol Honor Guard removes the Confederate Battle Flag on July 10, 2015

[2] Donald Trump addresses his supporters during a rally on March 11, 2016 in St. Louis. Trump was elected as the 45th President.

[3] Protesters gather at Mizzou on Nov. 9, 2015. Political unrest concerning racial issues resulted in the resignations of the University president.

[4] Protesters chant “Hands up, don’t shot” after 18-year old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014

Prince performs at Supreme Court American actress, South American On Aug. 11, 2014 Coachella in Indio, CA. Justice Antonin Scalia comedian and President and beloved actor and The musician died in speaks to the State television host Joan humanitarian Nelson comedian Robin his home recording Bar of Texas. Scalia Rivers died at age 81 Mandela died on Dec. Williams died as a studio on April 21, died on Feb. 13, from cardiac arrest on 5, 2013 at age 95. result from reported 2016. 2016. Sept. 4, 2014 suicide at age 63.

American actress Carrie Fisher, who first became known as Princess Leia, passed away on Dec. 27, 2016

David Bowie performs at the Area2 Festival Irvine, CA. Bowie died on Jan. 10, after an 18-month battle with cancer.


[1] Ellen Degeneres [1] breaks the record for most retweeted tweet in 2014

[1] Throughout Sept. 2014, hundreds of forest fires in California burned over 700,000 acres.

[2] Prince George was born on July 22, 2013 [3] Pope Francis [2] arrives in Philadelphia on Sept. 26, 2015



After five years with the famous boy band, One Direction, singer Zayn Malik left the group on March 25, 2015.

Justin Bieber poses for a mug shot after his arrest for DUI and drag-racing in Miami in 2016



[2] St. Louis experienced a particularly harsh winter with Jan. 5, 2014 setting a record one-day snowfall [3] record of 10.6 inches. [3] Two years after the record breaking flood in 2015, Eureka refaces another flood that resulted in many highway shutdowns and cancelation of Rockwood School District May 2-4.


[10] Future Plans These Colors Don’t Run


Seniors make choice to serve country in military Jackson Bartholomew reporter Thomas Francois reporter

Not all our classmates this year will be attending a university after they walk across the stage this May. Some will be shedding the civilian life and donning the uniform of one of the branches of the United States military.

Justin Van Buren One of these students is Justin Van Buren. He is currently a member of the Missouri National Guard. On June 10, Van Buren will be going to Fort Leonard Wood, MO to complete basic training. Next, Van Buren will take part in specialty school to be a military policeman. After he finishes both basic and specialty school he will take advantage of the GI Bill and attend Wildwood Community College. f After that, he hopes to be sent to Fort Benning, GA for Infantry and Ranger school. Van Buren has chosen this path for his life because, “I have always loved and have always wanted to protect and serve my country.” Van Buren’s love for his country is what drives his aspirations to protect and serve. “I feel like I was put on Earth for one reason, and that one reason is to terminate the enemies infringing on our way of life.”

Ryan Brown Congratulations on doing such a fantastic job at Lafayette! We are sure you will be a great “Hoosier”. Good luck at Indiana this fall! Love, Mom & Dad

Claire Bueckendorf Claire Bueckendorf plans to enlist in the Navy after May 19, and work toward becoming an officer in the Naval Nuclear Engineering program. “I am the youngest of five kids and we have always done the same thing – same sports, same classes. I want to do something just for myself and joining the military is going to be that for me,” Bueckendorf said. Enrolled in ROTC for the past three years, she recognizes the need for the skills she already has. In addition, she said “I didn’t want to go through four years of

sitting in a college classroom, I want to be working toward my goal through hands-on training,” she said.

Asia Dudley Asia Dudley is also an active participant in the ROTC program. She has said that she wants to join the Air Force, just like her cousin. “He was a better person after he got back. I really want to see what it’s like,” Dudley said. Going a non-traditional route is

what Dudley is looking for. “I see the Air Force as much more exciting and unpredictable than college. Starting on a base and learning to be an engineer, a welder or even a pilot sounds like much more fun than sitting in a classroom,” Dudley said. Many of her goals and morals reflect in her desire to join the Air Force. “If you like saving people and standing up for what you believe in, the military is a good influence,” Dudley said.

Student Publications Seniors:

Congrats on all the solid work this year. You set the bar high! Best of luck on the next steps . . . Smitty Kayley, Kyran, Jackson, Arpan, Jack, Thomas, Kate, Nick, Anna, Megan, Peyton, Carly, Claire, Grant, Kendall, Lauren, Liz, Saria, Hailey, Jessie, Audrey, Emily


Shout-outs [11]

Seniors give shout-outs to staff members Yasmine Abdennadher: “To Mr. Carel—Thanks for dealing with my crying and not giving up on me.” Megan Armstrong: “Ms. Pautz, thank you for being there for me whenever I needed it. Thank you for supporting and pushing me.” Abby Bahr: “Shout out to Mr. DeBlasi who made World History interesting and fun to learn. You’re my favorite teacher in the building.” Kyran Ballard: “Crystal Gray, thank you for always being there whenever I needed you.” Brett Balzraine: “To Mr. Carel for letting me know to complete my homework.” Ron Beasley: “Shout out to Jonathan Sumner. He’s a good guy.” Abuzar Bhatty: “Thank you Mr. Marx for teaching me that learning is more important than grades.” Suzy Blalock: “Mrs. Peters, I adore you so much. Thanks for inspiring my love of art, the history behind it, and the will to travel and see it! I was so lucky to be a small part of your big legacy at Lafayette.” Kade Bontrager: “Coach Ell, thanks for pushing me to be better.” Rachel Brown: “Mr. Willard, thank you for making me enjoy Language Arts and for putting a smile on my face everyday.” Andrew Butler: “Madame Tamaroff for always motivating me to be the best student I can. Maddie Cain: “Thank you Mr. Krull for the easy A.” Kyle Campbell: “I’d like to thank Ms. Pautz for teaching me how to write and Ms. Soucy for getting me through Algebra III.” Jaclyn Canova: “Mr. Krull, thank you for being a part of the roots for my love of learning, helping and growing.” Casey Carpenter: “Shout out to Schumacher and Choate for agreeing to take me to Italy.” Alex Childers: “Shout out to Hurr Paladin, du bist roll der Hammer!” Michael Christian: “Shout out to Mr. G for teaching me how to play and really appreciate music.” Alex Culver: “Mrs. Mabie has been someone who has motivated me for 3 years and has taught me to always be myself.” Arpan Das: “Mrs. Smith for making me realize that there’s something I’m actually not too bad at.” Charlton Day: “Shout out to McAllister for helping me quit snapchat.” Alexandra Dederer: “Thank you to Mrs. Fischer for always believing in me and supporting me and always letting me start over when words become difficult to speak. Elliot is one lucky kid.” Megan Dill: “Shout out to Mrs. Peters for sparking my interest in Art History.” Nick Emms: “Coach Wiseman thank you for pushing me to do the best I can be in all the sports I play.”

Matt Ference: “Shout out to Coach Manne for his support.” Emma Ferguson: “Mr. Krull, you rock. Every student deserves to take your finite class!” Max Ferry: “Mr. Deken, absolute gangster. Kept me interested in class since sophomore year, I appreciate it.” Sean Flannery: “Mrs. Overcash, good luck without me.” Emma Flinner: “Mrs. Loeffler, thank you for being such a great teacher. Not only do I enjoy going to class, but the information you teach. I know that I will take the information you taught me to college. Thanks for letting me express my humor and be inspired.” Emma Forness: “Special thanks to Toro, Krull and Mrs. Phillips for being such great motivators and inspiring me to do my best.” Joseph Frimel: “Tamaroff for encouraging me to challenge myself and to strive for success.” Faith Frings: “Thanks Mrs. BC for being someone I could always talk to and geek out on meeting authors with. You showed me the best satisfaction one can have in life is doing what they love.” Connor Gay: “I would like to give a special shoutout to Mr. Willard. You were my favorite teacher and enhanced me not in just writing but in my learning in general. Keep it real and thank you.” Sean Greenwood: “Shout out to Mr. Landow for being the best AP Lang teacher I could’ve dreamed of and for pushing me to try my best.” Samara Hall: “Shout out Coach Hicks for getting me semi-swole.” Simone Hall: Shout out to Mr. Fischer and Mr. Carel for bumping C’s to B’s and shout out Mr. Krull, he’s the GOAT.” Sophia Hartin: “Dear Mrs. Phillips, thanks for getting me through PreCalc and my last golf season! Glad we both got to spend our last year together!” Daniel Head: “God bless Bolton.” Nathaniel Ho: “Thanks to Mrs. IF for making learning a lot more exciting.” Justin Houldsworth: “I want to give a shout out to Mrs. Bargeon for influencing me to become a better student.” Callandra Hudak: “Dear Mrs. IF: These last 3 years you have inspired me to work hard for my dreams! Your friendship means the world to me and I’m going to miss you so much! Alyssa Jackson: “Thank you Mrs. Fischer, Mrs. Arnet, and Mrs. Koziatek for being incredible people who constantly make me laugh and put a smile on my face.” Anna James: “Thanks Choate for making me enjoy poetry two years in a row.” Alec Jurgensen: Shout out to ZangBerns; love you. Camilla Kachar: “Shout out to Marx for putting up with my complaining

for two years.” Ally Kang: “Shout out to Mrs. Clark for being the best coach and teacher.” Ryan Kelley: “Shout out to my freshman language arts teacher who told me how to write and to Mr. Choate who told me to forget it.” Lauren Kirtser: “Mrs. Loeffler, thank you for being one of my favorite teachers in high school! I loved visiting you every day in study hall!!” Srikar Kommareddy: “Shout out to Shannon Campbell for somehow explaining physics to me.” Kolbe Koziatek: “Mr. Deken, a great teacher, passionate about his subject matter, and a caring and vibrant personality.” Jennifer Lance: “Shout out to Mrs. O’Donnell, you are the E.T. to my Elliott. Shout out to Mrs. Dolan for always giving me a smile when I need it.” Julianna Lee: “Teacher shout out to Mr. Marx, Mr. Willard, Mrs. Peters, Mr. Schnedier, Mr. Lofgren, Mr. Decker, Mr. Brandon, Mrs. Glenn, Mrs. Phillips...I can’t even decide on one teacher they are all so amazing. Thank you for everything, I am eternally grateful.” Malorie Leunsmann: “Thank you Mr. Krull for making class the best.” Drew Lucas: “Shout out to Fowler for pushing me to learn more about Engineering.” Jack Mazza: “Thank you Jason Schneider for giving me my calculus common sense.” Colleen McCann: “Thank you Madame T for always providing a supportive, encouraging and fun environment and making an effort to relate and get to know your students.” Liz McKenna: “Shout out to the lunch lady that gave me extra cheese on my sandwich everyday!” Pat O’Neill: “Jaycox is the dopest teacher I have ever had.” Luke Morgan: “Mr. Choate thank you for not just teaching us about your class, but inspiring and encouraging to find passion in our life.” Jarid Morton: “Matt Landwehr, thank you for teaching me the fine art of cookie baking.” Cody Mosley: “Mrs. Morningstar, the teacher who made my creativity sparkle.” Sanika Nanda: “Madame Tamaroff taught us we’re more than our grades and always supported us.” Margaret Nicholson: “Ms. Hartley, thank you for helping me keep everything in perspective and successfully plan my future. Your office is truly a sanctuary.” Charles Nosal: “Thanks to all the band directors for supporting me through high school.” Christian Oliver: “Jaycox, your sarcasm brought joy to my life daily.” Grant Oscarson: “Mr. DeBlasi, you provided the most motivation of any

teacher I’ve ever had (or perhaps merely the loudest). Regardless, I loved your class and how you taught, so thank you!” Liliana Otero: “Hagglund, Fischer, and Arnett thank you for your endless support, laughter, advice, and brilliance. You guys make me happy to go to school and work hard; you’ve provided a safe haven.” Maris Panasu: “Shout out to Mr. Sumner who is one of the best teachers I’ve had.” Emily Patterson: “Ms. Obenhaus, You are always so positive in every class and can relate to your students very well.” Cameron Reinisch: “Shout out to Mr. Krull for helping me every week with math even though I was never in his class.” Sarah Schupp: “Mrs. Pautz for helping me become myself upon moving here.” Kelsey Short: “Mr. Willard, you made school fun and inspired me to find a job that I love as much as you love yours.” Jessica Smith: “Mrs. Trott has been not only an amazing, wonderful teacher, but also a best friend, mentor, and sister. I will never be able to thank her enough for all she has done. I love her endlessly.” Anna Strode: Ms. Finley for being my #1 all four years of high school. Gonna miss lunches together.” Lane Strotheide: “Mr. Krull—you never fail to make me smile and laugh. You make math fun and I hope one day I love my job as much as you do.” Anna Tarpey: “Shout out to Mrs. Villwock who has been so helpful and supportive of my dream!” Mansi Trivedi: “Mr. Marx’s jokes are always sodium funny, I slapped my neon them!” Lillian Van Biljon: “Mr. Schneider pushed me to do my best and always encouraged me to do better.” Alex Walker: “I’m leaving a shout out to Ms. Overcash because everyday she motivates me to work hard and goes out of her way to help when I am confused.” Andrea Wagdy: “Thank you Jaycox for being such a great teacher.” Kyndall Walton: “DeBlasi, I will miss you homie. Thanks for everything.” Wesley Ward: “Vince DeBlasi is real neat-o.” Jake Williams: “Mr. Beaver for being the coolest teacher at his school.” Alexander Wollam: “Shout out Mr. Carel for his great teaching and my first 5 on an AP exam.” Chloe Wright: “Mrs. White—thank you for always listening to me and solving my problems. War Eagle!” Erika Youngberg: “Mrs. Keillor, for helping me learn to love science and introducing me to HOSA.” David Zhang: “Jeff Marx definitely made me interested in science and his help made me a better and more successful student.”

[12] Superlatives


Class of 2017 Senior Superlatives

Most Talented

Biggest Flirt

Class Clown

Peyton Boyd Alex Dederer

Cameron Reinish Kelsey Short

Grant Robinson Dayanna Smith

Best Dressed

Most School Spirit

Most Athletic

Nathan Dailey Camilla Kachar

Alex Walker Liz McKenna

Austin Hindman Addie Balderston


Superlatives [13]

Class of 2017 Senior Superlatives

Best Looking

Most Likely to Succeed

Apple Polisher

Logan Panchot Hailey Schue

Nick Catalano Kendall Goedeke

Cameron Reinish Megan Dill

Most Friendly

Most Gullible

Most Intelligent

Ryan Panzitta Lily Van Biljon

Steven Jin Brooke Fuhrman

Sai Allu Lisa Wu


[14] Inspirations

Class of 2017 inspired by their peers Kayley Allen: “Sarah Dobson for being such a great friend and teammate. She’s incredibly talented and the hardest worker I know, and so humble about all of it. She deserves everything she has coming to her.” Suzy Blalock: “Amber Spriggs, such a kind soul with amazing intelligence and depth of thought. She never stops to make everyone feel included and loved.” Andrew Butler: “Jack Deubner and Joey Frimel for being try-hards in gym.” Casey Carpenter: “Mary Reynolds because she inspired me to wear hoop earrings.” Michael Christian: “Mary Joy because she volunteers a lot and is smart.” Alexa Culver: “Sarah Dobson because she always pushes herself to be involved while still getting good grades and being a kind person.” Emily DiCarlo: “Marlo McElroy inspires me to be very hardworking and kind to everyone because she is such a motivated person and she is very sweet.” Megan Dill: “Paige Miller, she is so kind and sincere and is involved in everything but she makes it look effortless.” Claire Duncan: “Kennedy Plant because she always encouraged me no matter what the situation was and still managed to succeed with everything she does.” Thomas Francois: “Alex Walker, really nice, terrific guy.” Emma Ferguson: “Nathan Dailey because he is very talented and has a bright future ahead!” Hannah Flowers: “Liz McKenna inspired me to make the most of every moment because she always has a positive attitude!”

TaylorHensley During senior year, students face normal stress as they begin to plan their futures; however Taylor Hensley had a little more to keep in mind as she and her boyfriend raise their young son together. “I’m going to Maryville in the fall,” Hensley said. “Demarko and I work really hard to do everything in DJ’s best interest.” Hensley said she appreciates all the support and love from her peers.

Torrey Gabriel: “It’s impossible for me to pick one student who has inspired me the most. Everyone in the senior class has inspired me somewhat in their own way, especially my friends.” Connor Gay: “Matt Graves. AKA Matty G./The ‘Shark’. He’s been one of my best friends since the beginning of sophomore year and has constantly been motivating and pushing me to go after my aspirations. Love you bro.” Sean Greenwood: “Steven Jin his unparalleled personality and determination makes him a unique person and one that isn’t deterred by simple things.” Grace Gregory: “Meredith Schoening has always inspired me because she is so talented, intelligent, and friendly to everyone.” Aubree Hardesty: “Elaina Creighton, she graduated early and has a more exciting life than I ever will.” Austin Harris: “Nick Catalano because of his entrepreneurship abilities and leadership skills.” John Henneberry: “Grant Palm because he always knew what to do when I didn’t.” Aaron Hoyt: “Justin Schreiner: He is naturally gifted and very smart. He is very well balanced and devotes himself to school while having fun.” Callandra Hudak: “Peyton Boyd! His humble attitude to his many talents and great intelligence is sweet to see, and it makes me proud to be his friend!” Kolbe Koziatek: “Cameron Reinisch, great personality, caring, and a great work ethic.” Grace Laudeman: “Sarah Frederick because she is awesome. Elly Levy: “Sai Allu. He’s got everything. He’s super smart, has a good taste in fashion, is musically

Anna Strode: “Taylor Hensley for being so successful and having a child.” Sarah Dobson: “Taylor Hensley because in addition to taking care of her baby, she is in AP classes, NHS and HOSA. I’m so proud of her and inspired by her determination and strength.”

inclined, and is friends with everyone. How does he do it?” Brent Linneman: “Omair Habib for his tireless work to help the environment.” Nitara Margana: “Nikita Sridhar because she’s always on top of all her work and gives her 100% for everything she’s involved in.” Jack Mazza: “Matt Graves for his personal and physical transformation.” Colleen McCann: “Peyton Boyd. He always tries his best, involves himself in many activities and pushes others around him to do better!” Emma McDonald: “Caroline Pozo. This girl works incredibly hard. Tennis is her life. She is dedicated and if she fails, she gets back up and tries again.” Marlo McElroy: “Keilah Moore inspires me the most as she works to take care of her family members and strives for a prosperous future.” Bridges McElmurray: “John Harrop for reassuring me that quitting sports is never to be put out of the question.” Paige Miller: “I am most inspired by Mary Reynolds because she is not only extremely smart, but through much adversity, she always knew how to have a good time.” John Monash: “Kayley Allen because she always made me feel I can do whatever I put my mind to.” Zoe Moore: “Ashley Kneemueller, Grace Laudmen, Mel Northem and Karri Newcomer because they’ve always been by my side through everything.” Andrew Moser: “Logan Panchot. Great friend and athlete, makes me want to be better.” Abbey Jean Murphy: “Lisa Wu! I only met her recently but she’s an extremely hard worker and super fun

Megan Armstrong: “Noah Cook because he always made me laugh and helped me through times. He was the most constant friend someone could have.”


Haley McAndrew: “Taylor Hensley, for her incredible motivation, persistence and beautiful family.” Camilla Kachar: “Taylor Hensley because she had a child and stayed in school, and is now going to college.”

to talk to every morning.” Margaret Nicholson: “Addie Balderston.” Charles Nosal: “I’m inspired by everyone because everyone has some unique aspect about them.” Liam Ogle: “Arya Royal, because she’s nice, smart, and funny.” Marisa Panasci: “Hailey Schue because she was so kind to met at the mother daughter bunco brunch.” Logan Panchot: “Hailey Schue, she has been through a lot, yet is always positive and smiling. Alex Petti: “Kyran Ballard; his inspiring quotes.” Saria Peterson: “Nick Horstmann. He always comes to the rescue for the yearbook staff no matter what and he always does it with a smile on his face. Not to mention he’s amazing at what he does.” Emily Patterson: “Sarah Robinson because she puts others before herself and makes sure they are happy.” Barrett Schroeder: “Sai Allu because his is so smart.” Nikita Sridhar: “I can’t choose. My friends are some of the strongest, most inspiring people that I know.” Haley Stephens: “Mary Reynolds for being equally sardonic and likeminded.” Brad Thomas: “Nik Cleere - he always has something inspirational under his belt.” Mansi Trivedi: “I believe Nitara Margana is the most inspiring senior member because of her generosity and ‘LIT’ administrative skills” Kaley Williams: “Meredith Foster because she came from a private school senior year and made tons of friends and joined a lot of clubs.” Chloe Wright: “Kendall Goedekeshe is so involved and is going to do great things.”


  The loss of a classmate is never easy.   For Megan Armstrong, losing one of her best friends sophomore year was a devastating.   “Noah was one of those people that you always wanted to be around,” Armstrong said. “He welcomed me into Lafayette as if he knew everything about me and it was great to have someone right there when needed.”   Armstrong said she felt inspired by Noah, to take charge in her actions and always be happy and laugh like he did.   Cook participated in football and wrestling along with his twin brother, Adam.   “His death, it took a piece of my heart. I was devastated,” Armstrong said, “He will always be my friend at heart. Love you NC. #NC82.”


Last Wills [15]

What will we give to the underclassmen? Yasmine Abdennadher: “I leave my sass and love for GIFs to Amisha Paul.” Alex Andrews: “I leave guitar #10 to whoever else wants to rock on.” Jaclyn Canova: “I leave my impeccable studying skills to Caleb Barnes.” Nick Catalano: “I leave the FBLA presidency to Shlok Natarajan.” Brad Cox: “I leave my legendary bench antics to Thomas Antolik.” Alexandra Dederer: “I leave my mom jeans to the Maggie Thomure and my amazing puns to my brother.” Sarah Dobson: “I leave my habit of singing constantly and my teachers’ high expectations to my little sister, Emily.” Joshua Edwards: “I leave Alec Moser my brain, his won’t get him through these next two years.” Madison Filley: “I leave annotated Romeo and Juliet to my little brother, Ben, who will be attending Lafayette in the fall.” Zachary Freestone: “I leave all my good luck to David Golder.” Eric Frings: “I leave my locker to my little sister Kristen.” Justin Galisim: “I leave my 02 Honda Civic to my little sister, Julianna.” Kendall Goedeke: “I leave my STUCO Dance Chair duties to London Smith.” Kate Golder: “I leave my constant stream of sarcastic and snarky comments to Catarina Kalamboukas.” Grace Gregory: “I leave some of my memory to Lindsay Armstrong to help her remember to take all

her belongings with her when she leaves class.” Austin Herrera: “I leave my loose leaf paper to Zach Bishop.” Nick Horstmann: “I leave the future of the student publications to Jack Weaver. Make me proud.” Alyssa Jackson: “I leave my car to my brother Brenden.” Michael Jandro: “I leave my eternal tardiness to my little sister, Emily.” Steven Jin: “I will leave the French beret I wore for Mr. LHS to the underclassmen in my French club.” Ryan Kelly: “I leave my unflinching motivation to procrastinate nighimpossible amounts of homework to every upcoming senior who regrets signing up for so many AP classes.” Ashley Kneemueller: “I leave my locker mascots Pertri and Dish (plastic snakes from the dentist… long story) to my younger sister Savannah.” Carson Krone: “I leave my tennis racquet to my little sister Audrey.” Thomas Laarman: “I leave Overcash’s disassembled rolling chair that resides in my locker to Harrison Brown.” Jennifer Lance: “I leave at least 5 of my water bottles to whichever little devil keeps taking them from the lost and found.” Christie Leslie: “I leave my hard earned reputation and my car keys to my baby brother, Ethan.” Haley McAndrew: “I leave the molding coffee cups in my locker to whoever occupies it next.” Gabrielle McCoy: “I leave

bequeath the Lafayette French Club Presidency to Sophia O.” Emma McDonald: “I leave all my class notes I kept to my little brother, Ian, who will need them throughout high schools to get through all the long hours of homework and studying he will have to do.” Alex Mick: “I leave my water polo goalie position to George “Steve” Reich.” Paige Miller: “I leave my dank meme collection to Cali Gammil.” John Monash: “I leave my secret note to anyone who finds it.” Jarid Morton: “I leave the Superfans to Tommy Williams.” Liliana Otero: “I leave the responsibility of saving the bees to Maggie Thomure.” Emelie Orlando: “I leave my volleyball socks to my sister Sofia.” Steve Pennington: “I leave my 3 point shooting to Spencer Stewart.” Julia Rector: “I leave my mediocre boy advice to Carly Shelmire, my orchestra chair to Alyssa Hahn, and my germ-x to Melina Hudak.” Cameron Reinisch: “I leave my old age to Alec Byous and Quentin Van Buren.” Dylan Schaschl: “I wish good luck to all future graduating class members who will soon have to go through the college application process.” Kiki Sims: “I leave my positivity and motivation to Katlyn Lumpkins.” Austin Stofer: “I leave the rack I

always used in the weight room to the future captains of the Lafayette football team.” Anna Tarpey: “I leave my horrible parking spot to Clara Tarpey.” David Tuttle: “I leave my hockey number 37 to Carson Albers.” Mary Joy Uebelein: “I leave my ability to be a loving human being to Grant Janick.” Lillian Van Biljon: “I leave the swim team to Claire, my younger sister, to make it even better than it already is. Lisa Wu: “I leave Lauren Zhou, Jojo Lu, and Nina Ruan all my test prep books.” Audrey Wagdy: “I leave my witty humor to Mollie Rogan.” Alex Walker: “I leave my dad bod to Gavin Stulce.” Danny Walter: “ I will leave my locker to my friend Drew.” Kyndall Walton: “I leave the crappy cafeteria food to all the incoming freshmen.” Wesley Ward: “I leave the holding of ‘The Duchy of Lafayette’ and all lower titles to my court physician, Ivan von Rochester the mad.” Jake Williams: “I leave my golf legacy to Maxwell Kreikemeier.” Kaley Williams: “I would leave my AP Calc study guides and notes to the next suffering student.” Erika Youngberg: “I leave my endless stream of movie, TV, and video game quotes to Lily Glazer.” Andrea Zakrzewski: “I leave my Chem notes to my freshman friend Alyssa Ruckman.”

Caroline Beirne receives Most Improved Student Award Kate Golder reporter During the annual Academic Pep Assembly, Renaissance recognizes one student whose Grade Point Average (GPA) has improved the most between freshman and senior year to receive the Most Improved Student Award. “It was a complete surprise, but once the announcer said my last name wrong I realized ‘oh wow that’s me,’” Beirne was completely unaware she was receiving the award. She even debated going to school that day, but her parents, who were aware of her award, convinced her. “I was trying to be reserved, but I was shaking and didn’t

believe this was actually grades will affect college,” she happening,” Beirne said. “I didn’t said. think anyone would even notice Although her success later how I improved and this was paid off, she claims to initially not really huge have taken school for me.” with a level head like In After falling behind, I she should have. addition to Beirne said, “I realized that if I took was not trying in the award, Beirne the time to do my my classes, and I received a more on work and do it right focused free chicken other things instead meal a week I could be really of finding a healthy for a year sucessful .” balance.” from Canes. Despite having Although Caroline Beirne, 12 a lack of motivation honored to freshman year, receive this her motivation accolade, Beirne admits having to succeed increased as she some regrets about the way she entered her upperclassmen years. started her high school career. “Each year I would try a little “My freshman year I came into more, but it wasn’t until second high school not treating it very semester junior year and senior seriously, and I was not thinking year that I really tried 100 percent about my future and how my on everything,” said Beirne.

Beirne is excited for the future and determined to start college of on the right foot. “I was really honored to receive [this award.] It was recognition for all the hard work that went into improving my GPA,” Beirne said.


[16] 10 years

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Yasmine Abdennadher: “Bathing in money.” Peyton Berardi: “Working in Disney World designing the attractions.” Peyton Boyd: “I can see myself in two ways. I either see myself doing my residency and continuing my medical training, or starring in an Oscar nominated film.” Bryan Buchholz: “Florida living in paradise.” Brad Cox: “Rebuilding the Celtics franchise.” Sarah Dobson: “Teaching high schoolers in choir and living in a cute house in Colorado or Florida with my MLB player husband and our dog and baby.” Matt Ference: “Married to a smoking hot wife.” Max Ferry: “Back here for the 10 year reunion.” Sean Flannery: “Nick Catalano’s boss.” Sarah Fredrick: “A doctor and dog owner.” Justin Galisim: “Collecting income from my newly flourishing social media app.” Kate Golder: “Practicing human rights law for either the ACLU or the UN.” McKenzie Hall: “Living on a sheep farm in Ireland with Jennifer.” Simone Hall: “Performing reconstructive surgery on the Kardashians.” John Hardie: “As an architect or a storm chaser, whichever comes first.” Austin Harris: “Working for Mercedes Benz in Germany.” John Harrop: “In the wilderness, searching and travelling the world in the pursuit of happiness.”

Kyle Hillier: “In a penthouse.” Nathaniel Ho: “A materials engineer helping Elon Miok and Space X to go to Mars.” Torre Hoffmann: “Married with cats.” Michael Jandro: “28, surrounded by dogs.” Kathryn Kamrud: “Starting up my own private practice with a few other vet school friends. Hopefully married (preferably to a bearded lumberjack who wears flannel and loves coffee).” Ryan Kelly: “I’ll be 28.” Grace Krug: “Hopefully will have a good job and maybe a family.” Liz McKenna: “Working at Old Navy still.” Pat O’Neill: “Breakin’ necks and cashin’ checks.” Liliana Otero: “As the firm leader of Machu Picchu.” Allison Quist: “Hopefully married to a rich man because teachers make no money.” Shruthi Ramalingam: “With more than $14 in my bank account (current balance).” Cameron Reinisch: “I see myself ending my residency and ready to join the medical work force.” Mary Reynolds: “On a ship I made myself with my lover of the week, sipping piña coladas, and working my presidential campaign from the sea.” Victoria Ruesch: “In my second year of residency in pediatrics to then complete a fellowship in neonatology to become a neonatologist.”

Justin Schreiner: “I want to be taller than any other man has been.” Millie Schofield: “On a beach with at least four dogs.” Adam Scott: “Living on my 42-foot long sailboat.” Jessica Smith: “I see myself out of college, married to my best friend and love of my life with a kid on the way.” Jonathan Solomon: “Owning a professional sports team, living the dream.” Daulton Sweeten: “Married with a job.” Lillian Van Biljon: “A successful doctor with a family.” Audrey Wagdy: “ A successful doctor, married to the love of my life and two amazing kids.” Alex Walker: “Enjoying whatever I am doing.” Danny Walter: “Work in business.” Kyndall Walton: “Nurse.” Wesley Ward: “Alive, hopefully.” Libby Weiss: “Hopefully with a good job as an insurance owner, maybe living in Florida.” Jake Williams: “CEO of a fortune 500 company, obviously.” Alexander Wollam: “Barely paying off college debt.” Erika Youngberg: “Hopefully studying to be in oncology!” Andrea Zakrzewski: “Having a family and owning a second home at the lake of the ozarks.” David Zhang: “In massive amounts of debt and maybe having an MD.”

Marlo McElroy receives Lancer Award at Senior Award Night Arpan Das time I turned around, it “ Every reporter was like déjà vu, Marlo was Every year, one senior is awarded with the Lancer Award. This prestigious award is given to the person that embodies what it truly means to be a Lafayette Lancer. The people who are awarded are top students, model citizens in society and, really, people who are excellent leaders in everything they do. Nominated for the 2017 Lancer Award were Alexa Culver, Sarah Frederick, Jack Mazza and Marlo McElroy. McElroy was nominated by Physical Education teacher and 2017 Lafayette Teacher of the Year, Denise Meyer. “I have had classes with Mrs. Meyer since sophomore year and I tend to stop by her office a lot because she is so fun to be around and truly cares about me. I am also a member of Lancers Helping Lancers, the club that she sponsors, and we have truly bonded through that,” McElroy said. Meyer herself mentioned something unique about Marlo that she calls the Marlo déjà vu effect. “The bottom line is, every time I turned around, I saw Marlo doing something for somebody else. I’d be walking down the hallway and she’d be in the process of helping, whether it’s Lancers Helping Lancers or being in the process of helping organize the Special

helping somebody else.”

Denise Meyer Olympics event. It was almost like a déjà vu moment for me, so I called this the Marlo déjà vu effect. Every time I turned around, it was like déjà vu, Marlo was helping somebody else,” Meyer said. McElroy has been a model student at Lafayette in her four years. She is heavily involved in several things in the school, including exec boards for STUCO and Key Club, NHS, Lancers Helping Lancers, Link Crew and manager for boys basketball and tennis. McElroy said, “It's still so surreal to have won the lancer award. Especially looking back at previous winners, it is truly an honor to have something in common with them. I am very humbled to have received it.” Her friends also know that she is well deserving and fitting as the winner of this award. Longtime friend and fellow senior, Kendall Goedeke, said, “She has always been very involved in everything. She is someone who just wants to be a leader in any situation, so it definitely made sense that she was nominated for the Lancer Award and that she won it

because she’s a big part of our school and a lot of the things that go on here.” Meyer said, “It’s really cool that as I noticed that she was doing so much for so many other people I started asking other teachers in the building, ‘What does Marlo do for you?’ and all of them could not say enough about how she specifically was motivated and directed their clubs and activities whether is be honor society or others. She’s just amazing. She’s everywhere.”


Big Dreams [17] Shooting for the stars

Graduating seniors share future aspirations Kayley Allen editor in chief For many seniors, the dream after high school is to attend college or pursue something they’re interested in, eventually landing them in a decent job that can provide for them. With this said, many seniors are setting big goals for their plans after high school. Whether you’ve seen him on stage representing Lafayette Theater Company, or being the emcee for this year’s Academic Pep Assembly, it’s safe to say that Peyton Boyd loves performing in front of an audience. Aside from aspiring to complete intense medical training in the field of neuroscience, Boyd also aspires to be in an actor. “I can see myself in two ways. I either see myself doing my residency and continuing my medical training, or starring in an Oscar-nominated film,” Boyd said. Boyd said the steps to achieving this goal is to start small and build his way up. “In the acting industry you have to do a lot of minor roles, like being extras in films, then slowly build your way up, and then doing bigger roles. Just slowly building up your resume and getting more opportunities to audition for different things that have bigger names and reputations attached to it. You have to start small and build your way up,” Boyd said. In the fall, Boyd will attend Vanderbilt University to major in either neuroscience or psychology. It’s not uncommon for an animal lover to aspire to one day be a veterinarian; however, Kathryn Kamrud’s dreams are a bit bigger.

“My dream is to open up my own practice with two or three other vets,” Kamrud said. Eventually running an animal clinic or hospital is Kamrud’s main goal. She said her love for animals has been with her for as long as she could remember. “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed about making people’s lives a little bit better by helping their pets. It’s just crazy to me that I’m starting to actually make it happen,” she said. In the fall, Kamrud plans to attend Murray State to major in preveterinary sciences, and then plans to further her education at the University of Missouri-Columbia for veterinary school. In the fall, John Hardie plans to attend the University of Kansas to study architecture; however, his backup plan reveals another passion of his. “If architecture doesn’t work out, I would want to be a storm chaser. I really enjoy scary storms and things like that. I’ve been obsessed with the movie Twister since I was little, so that kind of sparked my interest,” Hardie said. Hardie said he is not be afraid of storm or tornadoes and one day would love to have a T.V show based on his adventures storm chasing. “I don’t think my mom would like me storm chasing, but I’d be safe. Even if I do become an architect, I would still love to chase storms as a side job or hobby,” Hardie said.

Image [18] Advice Seniors leave advice for Lancers

Sai Allu: “Drama is absolutely unnecessary.” Alex Andrews: “Friends are more valuable than you think.” Abby Bahr: “Do not rush to grow up and leave high school you will miss it and your second semester of senior year.” Addie Balderston: “Make friends with at least two teachers and get enough sleep.” Brett Balzraine: “Work hard, work smoothly, but definitely take naps.” Rachel Brown: “ Go to every football game because it will be over before you know it.” Nick Catalano: “Take engineering classes.” Logan Coffman: “Find the balance between staying motivated with school but to be too stressed.” Brad Cox: “Enjoy the time you have playing sports because before you know it you won’t have them anymore.” Charlton Day: “Take your hard classes junior year.” Haley Degaeto: “Take easy classes senior year so you can have fun--senioritis is real.” Claire Duncan: “Attend all the events that you can because before you know it it’s your last football game, homecoming, prom and that’s not something you’ll want to miss.” Madison Filley: “Keep track of all volunteer hours and extracurriculars so filling out college and scholarship applications is easier later.” Hannah Flowers: “Take senior option in the morning (standard not blocked).” Brooke Fuhrmann: “Always try your best. Never doubt yourself.” Eric Frings: “There is a light at the end of the tunnel.” Faith Frings: “Always have a sweatshirt in your locker.” Torrey Gabriel: “The harder you work the easier it gets.” Justin Galisim: “Don’t let

people's preconceptions stop you from being yourself.” Kendall Goedeke: “Please whatever you do get involved in something that makes you feel important and impactful in the school. It’s worth it!” Aubree Hardesty: “Keep your grades up, it will help in the end on college applications.” Austin Harris: “Good luck, LOL.” John Henneberry: “Walk on the right side of the hallway.” Austin Herrera: “Bring your own lunch.” Brayden Herrboldt: “Get a parking spot close to your last class.” Kyle Hillier: “Be a part of CCE.” Allison Hine: “Bring your own water from home. The water fountains taste a little off and Dasani is overpriced.” Torre Hoffman: “High school social life doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.” Nava Hojreh: “Get your work done so you can be prepared for college.” David Holmes: “Find something you’re passionate about and pursue it.” Aaron Hoyt: “Enjoy every moment and do not rush high school because in the end, you will be sad by how fast it went.” Danny Huffman: “Make your life easy and do CCE senior year.” Steven Jin: “Never jump off the shelf.” Logan Jones: “Don’t put off thinking about college.” Ally Kang: “Always double check which bathroom you’re walking into.” Kolbe Koziatek: “Try and make as many friends as possible, be nice to everyone, you never know who you may end up becoming good friends with.” Sam Lagoy: “Work hard, find your passion and stick with it. Life isn’t all about grades.” Grace Laudeman: Don’t be afraid to ask for more time on something

if you are overwhelmed with work.” Brent Linneman: “Workout.” Elly Levy: “Just use your locker. Your back will thank you later.” Anna Luckenbach: “Take senior option! Extra sleep is great.” Bridges McElmurray: “Feel free to wear hats to bring back being able to wear hats in school cause it doesn’t make sense that we can’t anyway. Hats are nice!” Megan McFarland: “Don’t slack off until senior year because senioritis will hit you like a train.” Liz McKenna: “Read the Bible.” Maxwell Miller: “When it doubt, dab it out.” Anishika Montgomery: “Don’t let anyone stop your dreams, go after what you want in life.” Keilah Moore: “Get involved in everything you desire, but manage your time well. No one wants to live a life of regret in their teens.” Zoe Moore: “Mix work with entertainment.” Nicole Morganthaler: “Be yourself and don’t let other’s opinions affect who you will become in the future.” Andrew Moser: “Take all of Mr. Beaver’s classes.” Cody Mosley: “Keep trying, it won’t last forever.” Sanika Nanda: “Starting an essay the night before it’s due is still 10 times better than starting it the day of.” Kerri Newcomer: “Try not to trip up staircases.” Charles Nosal: “Sometimes taking a minute to do nothing is better than doing something.” Christian Oliver: “Nap...whenever you can, wherever you can…” Emelie Orlando: “Get to know your teachers, they will teach you things you’ll never forget.” Deacon Owens: “Don’t think about tomorrow, think a week in advance.” Andrew Paczkowski: “Don’t wait until the night before to write that essay, you’ll probably regret it.”

Matthew Paczkowski: “Senioritis is real. No matter how good of a student you are, it will hit you hard.” Logan Panchot: “Don’t take life too seriously, smile at every turn.” Steve Pennington: “Take engineering classes because they are weighted grade and very easy.” Saria Peterson: “You can definitely get away with not reading a single book in language arts.” Abbie Poisson: “Do not procrastinate on college applications or scholarships! During senior year, you are so busy, it’s hard to make time to complete the applications while focusing on school and having a social life, so start things early! Remember to have fun and enjoy your senior year while it lasts.” Kennedy Plant: “Don’t miss out on some of the best opportunities of your life. Go on all the field trips, dress up for football and basketball games because once it’s over you can’t go back.” Millie Schofield: “Say hi, or smile to somebody new everyday.” Luke Schneider: “Time goes by fast, so make the most of it.” Justin Schreiner: “Do not wait until senior year to take Art Fundamentals.” Sarah Schupp: “You can download Netflix. Use it! Just delete it when you’re on wifi.” Adam Scott: “Pick parking wisely.” Kiki Sims: “Stop worrying about things that you wouldn’t worry about 10 years from now.” Jamie Stein: “Don’t be the annoying people who crowd in the middle of the hallway.” Haley Stephens: “Get some sleep, watch TV.” David Tuttle: “Popularity is not your first priority.” Brad Thomas: “Learn the flow of traffic, use deodorant.”

Bridges McElmurry plans mission trip after his graduation Megan McFarland reporter

Although the majority of graduating seniors head off to either a two year community college or a four year university, some students opt to take less traditional routes to reach their future goals. Bridges McElmurry, for example, will be taking a gap year to go on a mission trip to an Indian Reservation in Yakima,

Washington to do ministry. There, he will be spending his time as a teacher and mentor to children on the reservation by teaching them about God and leading them in a small group setting. Additionally, he will be helping the community of the reservation by partaking in manual labor jobs with the older demographic. McElmurray will leave for his mission trip in August and most likely will return in January. Although McElmurray will be

embarking on this trip by himself, he will be meeting a leader of the ministry there in Washington who is a friend of his father’s. Ultimately, when McElmurray returns, he might go to Missouri State University if the option is still available; however, his goal is to become a full time missionary in the future so he plans to pursue that in the most effective way possible. McElmurray said, “This is the perfect opportunity to emerge myself in a different community

and learn how to serve selflessly and grow as a Christian. It will also help me see what type of ministry I want to be in later in life.” So while McElmurray might not be taking the traditional approach to obtaining his career goal in attending a two or four year college, he is adamantly pursuing his goals in becoming a missionary by taking his trip to the Indian Reservation of Yakima.


Miss/Not Miss [19]

What will seniors miss the most? Yasmine Abdennadher: “Spending lunch with Ms. Overcash and Austin Harris.” Sai Allu: “School Dances… I live for these.” Kayley Allen: “Softball season with some of my best friends, #boomski.” Kyran Ballard: “I’ll miss going to all of the sporting events. Especially every Battle of 109.” Jackson Bartholomew: “Beating Eureka.” Ron Beasley: “P.E. basketball.” Taryn Brewer: “Seeing the people that are strictly ‘school’ friends.” Ryan Brown: “My mom yelling at me every morning that I was running late.” Kade Bontrager: “Volleyball season.” Peyton Boyd: “I will definitely miss having the ability to see my friends everyday. That and leaving LTC and Undefined behind.” Bryan Buchholz: “AFROTC.” Kyle Campbell: “The feeling of representing your school through sports.” Arpan Das: “Our mornings at the table, talking to Jennifer the copy room person, orchestra, newspaper, math class.” Haley DeGaeto: “The old cookies from the cookie stand.”

Jack Deubner: “Work nights, Tuesday Night Rock Band and Thursday Jam for letting me be a goon with all my friends.” Emily DiCarlo: “I’m gonna miss pizza Thursdays and the M&M cookies.” Joshua Edwards: “Spirit weeks.” Sarah Frederick: “Spanish class.” Zachary Freestone: “Breaking my personal record with my friends at the last cross country race.” Drew Feltz: “I will miss playing high school sports with all my friends.” Luke Foster: “Talking to Mrs. Campbell and Mr. Allen.” Daniel Head: “Skipping school.” Allison Hine: “Making John Hardie dissect our frog freshman year. The beginning of an obnoxious and loving friendship.” Nava Hojreh: “I’ll miss the great teachers this school has, especially junior and senior teachers who are relatable and funny.” David Holmes: “Musicals, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Mr. LHS.” Nick Horstmann: “Staying late to work on the yearbook.” Danny Huffman: “The school spirit and sporting events.” Kathryn Kamrud: “All of the teams I’ve been apart of, the

laughs and best friends I found through my sports.” Srikar Kommareddy: “Seeing all the kids that I’ve grown up with for the past 10+ years.” Lauren Kirtser: “I’ll miss seeing my best friends on the daily.” Christie Leslie: “When the snowpocalypse hit and we barely had school for the winter.” Elly Levy: “I’ll really miss spending the majority of my days in the band room.” Shreyas Maddi: “Male Escadrille and Mr. LHS” Marlo McElroy: “I will miss Grant Robinson blasting music in the hallways during each passing period.” Alex Mick: “Water Polo pasta parties.” Maxwell Miller: “The prank nobody found out about.” Keilah Moore: “The feeling of walking onto a stage and entertaining people with my singing and acting.” Kerri Newcomer: “The veggie burgers in the lunch line. They’re actually pretty good.” Grant Oscarson: “Getting up at the crack of dawn, I wonder how I’ll manage without constant sleep deprivation.” Deacon Owens: “I’ll miss the

community that Lafayette always had.” Ryan Panzitta: “Hearing the super fans cheer for you.” Kennedy Plant: “I’m going to miss my STUCO exec board and all the amazing things I got to experience with them. #BeAHero. Love you guys.” Abbie Poisson: “I’ll miss Friday night football games and helping the trainer on the field for various athletic events.” Justin Schreiner: “I will miss the roar of Daniel Trulove’s sick car.” Amanda Shaw: “AP Chem.” Kelsey Short: “I’m going to miss the hallway jam sessions with 60 of my friends.” Nikita Sridhar: “Mr. LHS, school plays, and musicals.” Jamie Stein: “Joining new clubs and activities.” Austin Stofer: “I will miss competing in sports at Lafayette.” Jonathan Solomon: “Slushies from the cookie stand, Mr. Krull’s jokes, and t-ravs at lunch.” Garrett Worley: “I will definitely miss Model UN, we had a great group and it was a fantastic time.”

What will the Class of 2017 NOT miss? Yasmine Abdennadher: “When Mike Lu rejected my prom-posal.” Addie Balderston: “Walking the halls and immaturity of the junior hallway.” Jackson Bartholomew: “Substitute teachers.” Peyton Berardi: “The zombie lunch line.” Taryn Brewer: “The crowds of people across the whole hallway.” Peyton Boyd: “I will definitely NOT miss the barricade of sophomores that block the entrance to the foreign language hallway... EVERY...SINGLE...PERIOD!” Emma Flinner: “Busy work, bell schedule, yellow lockers, parking lot, tardy policy.” Emma Forness: “Getting up really early in the morning.” Kendall Goedeke: “The yellow lockers.” Aubree Hardesty: “All of the busy work we do in every single class and unnecessary homework.” John Hardie: “Grant Fox.” John Harrop: “That day Danny Huffman didn’t help me up after I fell on the stairs. I will always remember but hope to forget.” Austin Harris: “AP Exams.”

Samara Hall: “I will not miss the childish little minded freshmen.” McKenzie Hall: “The grade below us.” Justin Houldsworth: “I’m not going to miss Flex scheduling.” Taylor Hensley: “Having my own orthodontics Office.” Logan Jones: The last two weeks when every teacher gives a test right before finals.” Grace Krug: “The dirty looks I would get from the hall monitors when I would walk into school late with Starbucks.” Ryan Kelly: “I’ll never miss the days when a snow day is forecasted but DK never calls.” Sam Lagoy: “Homework. Like I ever did any of it.” Julianna Lee: “Waking up early for zero hour.” Malorie Leunsmann: “Drama and the ACT.” Luke Morgan: “AP tests.” Anishika Montgomery: “Rushing to class to not be tardy.” Abbey Jean Murphy: “I will absolutely not miss picture day.” Nicole Morgenthaler: “Having 7 classes a day.” Liam Ogle: “The ghost that haunts

the commons.” Liliana Otero: “I will not miss being tossed into a chaotic social environment in which I’m forced to learn beneath standardized regulations.” Ryan Panzitta: “The parking pass fines.” Alex Petti: “Science classes acting like math, and vise versa.” Shruthi Ramalingam: “Congested halls!” Julia Rector: “I won’t miss the frustrating, constant testing.” Cameron Reinisch: “I will not miss the school lunch everyday.” Mary Reynolds: “The ignorance.” Rebecca Reynolds: “The groups of girls vaping in the bathroom...I have to pee.” Nicholas Roberts: “Having to wake up at 6:30 am everyday.” Jaclyn Robinson: “The parking lot at 3:05.” Victoria Ruesch: “Being in the same building and sitting in class for 7 hours straight.” Jack Rymer: “I won’t miss last minute studying in study hall.” Dylan Schaschl: “I’m not gonna miss underclassmen clogging the halls in large groups.”

Luke Schneider: “I won’t miss the busy work I always stressed about, but ultimately never did.” Lane Strotheide: “I won’t miss the drama.” Daulton Sweeten: “Math.” Audrey Wagdy: “I won’t miss all the AP classes.” Alex Walker: “Drama.” Danny Walter: “Waking up in the morning and parking violations.” Kyndall Walton: “Being here for seven hours each day.” Wesley Ward: “Having to learn things I don’t care about.” Jake Williams: “Zero Hour.” Libby Weiss: “I won’t miss busy work.” Lillian Van Biljon: “I will not miss the traffic coming in and out of school.” Erika Youngberg: “I won’t miss the pettiness and annoying underclassmen.” Andrea Zakrzewski: “Coming to school for 7 hours straight and all the drama.” David Zhang: “Homework, standardized testing, huge projects that I procrastinate, school lunches.”


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