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major in pre-medicine and music, which entails auditions and essay supplements to his respective college prospects. The process is now more difficult for him. “Having to prepare and organize music auditions at all the schools I apply to will be the hardest part of applying to college,” said Jaton. Jaton will be traveling to different colleges, even as far as Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for an audition. These trips, in Jaton’s eyes, will add up financially. “Each trip [3 total] may be around $300 for transportation costs; on top of the $1,000 I’ll be spending out-ofpocket for audition costs,” said Jaton.
It doesn’t take long for application fee grand totals to reach $400, even $500, if students are applying to five schools, like Jaton. No doubt, the formidable force that is the college application process has become more complicated as schools become more selective, and applicants become more competitive in turn. Myers says however, students don’t have much incentive to cheat, as it can be easily caught in the twenty-first century technological realm. Yet, there is much more pressure on students to succeed, and to potentially stretch the truth while using the Common App. “Although students will sometimes stretch the truth, we can usually catch that,” said Myers. Most students will be up against application deadlines in January and February, or if applying under early decision or early action plans, as soon as Nov. 1. The Common App asks applicants under which decision plan he or she would like to be under for each college. There are pros and cons to each option, but the major red flag is that early decision applications are binding, meaning at times all other applications must be withdrawn and a student must enroll at that particu particular school, given a sufficient finan financial aid package is offered. As Jaton and 404 other seniors plan their impending future to begin in months, rather than years, there are decisions to be made. The Common App’s goal is to expedite the time it takes to make these decisions. Students need to know what they’re getting into when they hit “Submit” on each application—its ramifications are all too significant.
The moment of surrender: Applying to college in 2012 is a whole new story BY KADEN GREENFIELD
For senior Eric Jaton, the college application process is in full swing. In addition to his large volume of coursecourse work, Jaton is in the midst of completcomplet ing five applications to five colleges, four of which will be submitted via Common App. The Common App is the relatively new, universal college application syssys tem. Every year students, like Jaton, submit applications through ComCom mon App to more than 480 accredited colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. That number grows each year. There are several steps to completcomplet ing the Common App, which is one application users complete, which in turn will be sent electronically to each desired institution. It may sound easy to navigate, but users should be wary of its structure. Jaton, like many other seniors, is plugging away at the process with caution. “Some may struggle with the detailed nature of the Common App,” said Jaton. While Jaton claims the Common App may not be necessary, he said he sees it as beneficial for students applying to more selective, out-ofstate schools. “More selective schools have small, narrow discrepancies that place you in an all-or-nothing, accepted or rejected situation,” Jaton said. “On the other hand, I feel the Common App is more detailed and thorough than it has to be, especially for students applying to South Dakota colleges.” Counselor David Myers tells the story of the Common App differently.
“All I have to do is upload the school report for each student, an it’s submitted to each school being applied to. The process has been streamlined for me,” said Myers. There are several components to completing the application that easily swallow up its user. There are 12 arduous steps to completing it. Users initially input their
Where it gets especially complicated, however, is when students have
personal information, such as address, family background and racial makeup. The app then requests more in-depth information about the applicant. Much of the system is devoted to individual data, such as grade point average, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and current enrolled courses. Finally, students enter their extracurricular involvements.
to get personal with each college he or she is applying to. Many schools require supplemental information, along with the Common App materials, to be submitted. This typically includes a 500-word essay, financial aid preferences and potential areas or majors of interest to applicants. Jaton says he plans to double
The costs of applying to college can add up for most students, even ones not involved with music auditions. Applications themselves have fees, and some are not cheap. Stanford University charges applicants $90 to apply, and many other universities in the “U.S. News and World Report” top 50 rankings charge north of $75.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Buying back what is theirs
BY HEATHER HAUSHILD
The Dakota, Nakota and Lakota people are currently working towards acquiring the $9 million to purchase an important piece of land to their culture called Pe’sla, located in the Black Hills. Pe’sla consists of more than 1,940 acres of land, located two miles north of Deerfield Lake. Currently owned by Leonard and Margaret Reynolds, the piece of land offers a tranquil and peaceful gift to a troubled world. According to Peter Champoux, author of “The Black Hills- America’s Sacred Site,” “In total the Black Hills resembles a heart- from an eagle’s point of view. As the seasons change the coloration of the hills change giving the appearance (in time lapse imagery) of a beating heart.” The South Dakota Tribes are willing to buy back their sacred land, which was once awarded to them through the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. This treaty went unenforced. “This is a beautiful thing that has happened,” says A. Gay Kingman, the executive director of the Great Plains Tribal
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Area in Black Hills known as Pe’sla, where Lakota tribe originated
Chairman’s Association and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. “It feels really good, especially from what our spiritual leaders tell us. They are praying and guiding us as well. Saying that if we move forward in a spiritual way this is doable. If politics or anything gets in the way, we don’t know what will happen.” The Tribes plan to preserve the site, as it is considered sacred to the Lakota people, and put it into trust to be used
for spiritual ceremonies. “The Black Hills are where the Lakota originated; it is considered a sacred holy land to them. Two excellent resources to learn more about this origin story are “Lakota Society” and “Lakota Myth. I would encourage students and staff to read one or both of these books, as they offer incredible insight into the culture of the Lakota,” said LHS Native American Connections teacher Janet FlemingMartin.
Great Plains Zoo expands exhibits in new renovation project BY CARLY HOHMAN
The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History has a proud 50-year history in Sioux Falls. A few changes are being brought to the zoo this year in a project called “Monkeys, Magic and More,” to update and improve the appearance of the zoo, and create a new, exciting Snow Monkey exhibit. “Renovations will feature a new Snow Monkey exhibit, create a new greeting plaza and entrance to the zoo, and enhance the museum building with additional education classrooms, better gift shop access, and improved member and
NEWS CTE enrollment numbers soar
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guest processing.” said Kate Arjes, the marketing manager for the zoo. The zoo’s new Snow Monkey exhibit will feature up to 25 snow monkeys which will offer year-round viewing opportunities. These monkeys are endangered, so they will
become one of the now 18 endangered species bred at the zoo. “Snow Monkeys are native to the snowy mountains of Japan so they will feel right at home during the cold, South Dakota winters,” Arjes said. The 4.2 million dollar project has created a sense of excitement among the zoo guests and the grand opening for the zoo’s “Monkey, Magic and More” project that will be held in spring
2013. “The goal of the zoo is to foster a greater understanding of the natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery,” said Arjes.
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BY PAT BOWDEN
“This year we are actually at 750 [students] across the three block day, the most we’ve ever had. People finally understand what CTE is – it’s so much more than a big auto shop,” said head of the Career and Technical Education academy counselor Mike Hawkinson. “Students are benefitting from taking courses out here that aren’t available at their home schools. Things such as engineering, culinary and carpentry can all be career pursuing paths but you can also be used in your everyday life,” said Nancy Sutton Smith, a media teacher out at CTE who has been with the program since it began at LHS. Smith said she believes CTE offers valuable classes that have invaluable lessons. In terms of reaching new students, CTE needs give enough effort every year into advertising their purpose. The crowd CTE is directing their attention to may not be anyone who will be attending their classes for a while. Smith deems the key to CTE growing is what students say to each other about the programs and give them a reputation. “We need to get word out to the middle schools – that’s how we’ll grow,” said Smith. “The student’s word of mouth is what generates the numbers.”
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But the interest of middle school students can only go so far when it comes to courses with dull names. CTE’s eye candy, if you will, might be their full classes this year, but as students mature, they realize the most beneficial classes may not be the most entertaining. “Right now media and health careers are packed, with no room for expansion. Engineering and bio med are growing like crazy,” said Hawkinson. As far as expanding goes, people may have opposing opinions on how large CTE should be after the building reaches its maximum occupancy. “I hope we are going to continue to grow and max out the number of students at 960. It’s really hard to anticipate the numbers but my goal just for next year is over 800,” said Hawkinson. However, others feel the academy is at a good, safe number for the specialized courses they offer. “I don’t think CTE should be much bigger for this type of environment – it’s at a perfect size,” said Smith. Whether a full time CTE student or a locked-down booked up LHS student, the academy is a first-class place with open arms to take hands on experiences with plentiful opportunities.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Election update: surveys show a Democratic plurality in LHS
BY PRANAM DEY
Student Responses: If you could/would vote this November, for which presidential candidate would you vote?
As of press time, only 21 days remain until Election Day, Nov. 6. Both presidential candidates have 33.26% campaigned for months, blanketing the airwaves with ads and leading to the home stretch now before us. Over the past months, the three presidential debates and the one vicepresidential debate have shaped the news coverage and public perception of both Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Romney’s overwhelming success in his first presidential debate shocked most major media outlets who quickly panned the President’s lackluster performance. Unlike four years ago, however, the vice-presidential debate showed no clear winner. Romney’s bold choice of Representative Paul Ryan quickly vindicated itself as Ryan held
Teacher Responses to: If you could/would vote this November, for which presidential candidate would you vote? 4.35%
Student responses to:
Do you approve of President Obama's performance in his first term? Yes 46.93%
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Teacher responses to: Do you approve of President Obama's performance in his first term? 28.57% Yes No
Margin of Error: ±3.37%
his own against the vastly more experienced Vice-President Joe Biden. Although both candidates initially seemed to find common ground on foreign policy and national security issues, questions on entitlement and tax reform led to an acrimonious debate that displayed the irreconcilable ideological differences between the two candidates. Biden and Ryan sparred on topics ranging from corporate tax rates to Medicare reform,
but on domestic policy, they had virtually nothing in common. The debate clearly differentiated the policy positions of the two parties, making it easier than ever for undecided voters to choose their candidate. This year, most Beltway insiders agree nine swing states will more than likely decide the presidential election. Therefore Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vir-
Margin of Error: ±11.39%
ginia and Florida remain locked in the sights of both campaigns. However, more than the White House is at stake this November. While most sources predict Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio) will remain Speaker of House, several key races all over the country, including in North Dakota, will determine whether the Democrats can hold on to the Senate or if the GOP will take over.
Teacher responses to: Is the government doing... 28.57% Too Much
Too Little About Right
Student responses to: Is the government doing... 31.67%
Too much Too little About right
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school juniors take the PSAT. The National Merit Scholar Corporation recognizes only 50,000 of them for Prospective Schools: Georgetown University, Amherst College Prospective Schools: College of Wooster, Colorado College and achieving a stellar score. A further 16,000 of the recognized students become and Pomona College National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, 94% of whom receive a scholarship unNarnia Prospective Major: International Relations/Environmental Studderwritten by businesses, colleges or the National Merit Scholar Corporation. ies, etc. Prospective Major: Undecided
What is your favorite class/teacher? Favorite Teacher: Mario Chiarello, favorite Class: Mario Chiarello. Advice for other students: Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? My friends
Rachel Nevin Prospective Schools: Augustana College, St. Olaf College, Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther College Prospective Major: Mathematics What is your favorite class/teacher? Band with Bob Carlson Advice for other students: Work hard in all that you do. Never give anything less than your very best effort. What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? Success
What is your favorite class/teacher? Government with Kim Maass and all my other English classes/teachers Advice for other students: Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? Synthetic wool socks
Prospective Schools: Stanford University, Yale University, Duke University and University of Iowa Prospective Major: Microbiology, Chemistry or Journalism What is your favorite class/teacher? AP English-Harvey, AP Spanish-Señorita Roberts, AP Psychology-Aukerman and AP Chemistry- Jarovski Advice for other students: Invest in a coffee maker What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? My own cupcake bakery
Prospective Schools: Northwestern University, University of Prospective Schools: University of Chicago Michigan, Carleton College and USC Prospective Major: Archaeology or Linguistics Prospective Major: Percussion Performance and Ecology What is your favorite class/teacher? AP Latin with Lynn ThomaWhat is your favorite class/teacher? AP World History with Mr. son Morrison Advice for other students: Try as hard as you can, and never Advice for other students: Caffeine is more reliable than friends. PHOTO BY MADDIE SCHULTZ assume that you’re worthless. Find something you enjoy and stick What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? Llama rug…so The National Merit Scholar Semifinalists from left to right: Dylan with it. soft Ensz, Rachel Nevin, Charlie Mogen, Bryant Yang, Lexy Medema What would you see in the Mirror of Erised? I would see myself and Adam Bierstedt. travelling the world, studying ancient languages at sites around the world.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
MTV takes interest in LHS marching band
BY SARA ATSKE, JOURNALISM STUDENT
MTV contacted Dan Carlson, LHS band director, last month in order to audition marching band members for a season of “True Life.” Representatives from New York emailed Carlson after coming across the LHS marching band website. MTV informed Carlson of their interest in the LHS marching band.
After getting the go ahead from Principal Val Fox, Carlson reached out to MTV to discuss details. “They want to do a special on siblings and how following in the footsteps of an older sibling who has been a successful band member affects family relationships,” said Bob Carlson. There are about 10 students planning on auditioning. Out of all the
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applicants, “True Life” will choose two families. The commitment will entail being followed by a camera crew for three months. “In media, your life would be an open book for the world. You have to be willing to accept that,” said Carlson. Other members of the band will have an opportunity to be on television as well. They will be filming at LHS five or six times throughout the duration of the season. “They will want to know the environment that the students come from,” said Carlson. The band directors are planning on sending home permission forms with the students for all band parents to sign. “If MTV was filming in the band room, I think at first people would be shy, but eventually it would turn into an attention competition,” said LHS senior and marching band member Skye Dearborn.
The publicity will more than likely benefit LHS as a whole, but could be a disadvantage. Exploitation is a serious possibility. “With reality TV…you just don’t know,” said Carlson. The angle MTV decides to take and the message “True Life” decides
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to portray on television could potentially change the public’s image of LHS’s marching band forever. “I hope they capture the hard work. A lot of people have misconceptions about how difficult the activity really is,” said Skye Dearborn.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
From the Deep South to Dakota: A tale of two states
BY PRANAM DEY, STAFF WRITER
A few months ago, I didn’t know Sioux Falls existed. Living in Atlanta, I thought about South Dakota about as often as I did of walruses. When I found out in the spring we were moving to Sioux Falls, my first question was one of simple geography. Sating my curiosity with a quick Google search, I started to think about exactly what lay ahead. I would be a junior, a junior who wouldn’t know a single person in the city. I would have to relearn everything. Scheduling was the first priority. Thankfully, David Myers set up my junior year schedule in a matter of minutes. Transferring school records was almost as easy. I sat through the summer
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Editors-in-Chief: Kaden Greenfield*, Lexy Medema* Senior Photographer: Maddie Schultz Photographers: Marie Claire Christenson, Michael O’Hara Sports Editor: Sydney Torgrude Staff Writers: Pat Bowden, Zac Campbell, San Chandra, Pranam Dey, Dylan Ensz, Kaylie Ericson, Taylor Glasoe, Heather Haushild, Carly Hohman, Maggi Ibis, Mackenzie Jones, Ellen Koester, Maddy Ryan Advertisement Coordinator: Maddy Ryan Advisor: Karen Walker Technology Advisor: Charnelle Wooledge *Indicates All-State Journalist
“As the first day of
school blended into the first week and then the first month, I was struck by how similar LHS was to Lakeside High School in Atlanta.”
with relatively little to do. To be honest, I desperately wanted school to start, so I could meet people. Patriot Power Day came along, and following my map from class to class, I blended in
remarkably well with the freshmen. As the first day of school blended into the first week and then the first month, I was struck by how similar LHS was to Lakeside High School in Atlanta. In both places, I went to seven classes a day with a few minutes in between. I would be hard pressed to name any significant differences between the two LHSs. Before coming to Sioux Falls, I was warned that it would be nothing like the place I had called home for so many years. Yet in so many ways, I have not felt any different. Is it something about Lincoln High School or Sioux Falls itself that makes one immediately feel at home? I don’t know, but I certainly was not expect-
ing such a smooth transition. Do I miss my friends? Of course, but there is nothing I can do about that. Thanks to Facebook, it has never been easier to keep in touch. I have to confess, though, to a secret fear, a deep-seated, heart-chilling terror. Winter. In Atlanta, anything below 45 degrees is cold, and the temperatures rarely drop into the single digits. For me, the temperatures early in the morning are already chilly. So when I hear people talking about sub-zero temperatures and snow, I get scared. After transitioning so well from the Deep South to the Midwest, let’s hope that I can survive the winter.
What is “real music,” anyway?
BY KAYLIE ERICSON, STAFF WRITER
We’ve all heard someone say, “That’s not real music. That’s just noise.” Country, dubstep, hard rock and rap have all been “hatedon” from all ends of the spectrum for years. What some people are failing to realize is that music means different things to different people. Talented artists come together to create the playlists on our iPods, to share their inspirations with different audiences and to express themselves in whichever genre of music they prefer, which can be anything from pop to R&B to death metal. It doesn’t just take a band kid like me to realize that, either. If you love music but don’t know how to read it, that’s okay too. There
“Incredible things can be done with all kinds of music, and opening yourself up to these possibilities can do nothing but good things for you as a person...” is no such thing as music that doesn’t mean something to someone, whether it’s inspiring or entertaining or both. That is not to say that your iPod has to have every single type of music on it. But what you
can do to lessen your ignorance and have a better understanding of musicians and their fans is to have an open mind and maybe have a listen on Spotify to the new music that’s out, whether it’s Taylor Swift or Skrillex or Megadeth. There are even crossovers that artists have done: Lady Gaga meets Flo-Rida, The Script meets will.i.am, Ludacris meets Mozart. Incredible things can be done with all kinds of music, and opening yourself up to these possibilities can do nothing but good things for you as a person, as a music-lover and as a stereotypical teenager. You might surprise yourself and have a new appreciation for music that used to be outside of your comfort zone.
Men, I am cutting you some slack
BY HEATHER HAUSHILD, STAFF WRITER
Leonardo DiCaprio. Channing Tatum. Ashton Kutcher. What do these three men have in common? They make women wish that all men could be just as perfect. Romantic movies hold men up to physical, emotional and romantic standards that are nearly impossible to meet. Romantic movies make all men seem physically perfect. The actors in these movies most likely spend five hours each day in the gym with a personal trainer to obtain their “perfect” look. People in the normal world would probably not have the time to do so. These men are chosen for their roles based on their looks and their charm. We can’t all be perfect. So perhaps the young female population needs to stop expecting so much out of young men. Most LHS males do not have personal trainers and the luxury of state-of-the-art equipment. Many males are stuck with the free, stinky LHS weight room with a best friend as a
personal trainer/motivator. Romantic movies also display relationships that aren’t realistic. Roses, wine and chocolate are not daily gifts to women. Furthermore, no relationship is perfect. Couples argue, men and women burp and both can be nasty. This is the reality of all relationships. Emotional relationships in movies are also, of course, scripted. You don’t often hear, “The world stopped turning when I looked at you.” Rather, women might hear, emphasis on the “might,” “You look good” or “Nice dress.” Men in the real world don’t always know the perfect way to say something to make girls’ hearts soar. When they make the effort, women need to learn to accept they are being, in their own realistic way, romantic. Real life is thankfully mundane. There aren’t usually sinking ships that bring two people together (“Titanic”) or a summer fling turning into a life-long romance (“The Notebook”).
“Men in the real world don’t always know the perfect way to make girls’ hearts soar.”
Life is too busy to put 100% into a romantic relationship. People go to work or school, come home, do housework, eat dinner and sleep. There is little time to be perfectly romantic. Yes, it’s a bit sad for the actual realization, but life isn’t a romance movie, as much as I don’t want to admit it. It just isn’t. The standards that the media sets are much too high to live up to. We need not expect so much out of men, and women, for that matter. After all, they can’t all be Ryan Gosling.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Communication skills worsening with increased use of smartphones BY MACKENZIE JONES, STAFF WRITER
I look around as I sit with all my friends, and realize things just aren’t the same anymore. It is silent; no one is talking. We are all zombies, endlessly staring into the glow of our socialnetworking news feeds. Smartphones, in my friend group and seemingly in society, have overtaken the social lives of many people. Smartphones are without a doubt the best form of technology that has been produced in the past few years. Relatively speaking, though, these tiny, powerful machines have impacted the way our society works in many negative ways.
pressured to do what With social “There is no way we can get those people are doing networking as well. It’s almost like dictating our back to the way everything a competition. For lives, we are now used to be. For now, we some users, social more interested networking is the only will have to live with our in who and what reality they have. friends staring into their goes on when we Some people search sites, such as phones, ignoring us as we have lost major Twitter, Facebook interpersonal share a story with them.” and Instagram. communication skills People get so caught in result. Teenagers up in everyone else’s lives and worry too much about what everyone else is doing that they feel are so accustomed to texting, instant messaging
and even tweeting, many do not know how to use the English language anymore. Shortcuts, abbreviations and acronyms are a whole new language for them. With so many apps and things to do on our phones, it’s distracting us from reality. The sad part is, there is no way we can get back to the way everything used to be. For now, we will have to live with our friends staring into their phones, ignoring us as we share a story with them. We must learn to disregard the truckload of drama on social networking, and enjoy the technological decade we reside in. I’m not so sure I like that.
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Kaden’s Korners To be honest, the truth may be overrated (yes, I know it’s a big claim) BY KADEN GREENFIELD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Honesty, in its pure form, may be the biggest lie around. In the current trend of feeling good, many claim being truthful may be the best way to reach a utopian-esque, open society. Several notable people have opened the doors to this mentality. Dr. Phil, Walter Cronkite, Oprah and many others have emphasized the importance of laying it all out there, going so far as forcing it on seemingly unwilling subjects. In their minds, confrontation may just be the best cure to chronic repression. Why lie when you can just speak your mind? In truth (no pun intended), there are several reasons not to. The way I see it, the consequences to speaking the truth wait for us after the fact, and if one chooses to tell it like it is, he or she needs to know what they are getting into.
Many times feelings are hurt, bridges are burned, respect is lost and the “truth teller” often walks away with not much left. We have to wonder if it’s worth it. Often we see telling a friend or foe what we really think of who they are or the choices they make as most beneficial to building healthy relationships. But is it really true we’ll properly align our moral compasses with the revelation of a few things we saw fit to say out loud? We may not be foreseeing the theory of cause and effect inculcated in us at an early age. This point is all too counterintuitive for someone like myself, who will not hesitate to tell others, to the best of my ability, the entire story. As Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie says, “There is danger in the single story” of anything, really. We as a culture should have no qualms understanding the entire situation and making our judgments based on that. After all, it’s easier
to stereotype than to see everything as it is. Where the buck stops for me, and everyone else, is for what purpose honesty is being used. If we share everything to everyone, and feel no regret about it, we assume no one else will mind. In this frame of mind, how else would we ever get everything out in the open? There is grave danger in using honesty correctly, if you will. Contrary to the belief of some, there is little therapeutic, altruistic value in disguising loathing as honesty. If someone says something you don’t agree with, and you just happen to be in a bad mood that day, launching into several ad hominem attacks, claiming you’re being “honest,” what good does that do anyone? Neither person goes home feeling any better. Moreover, honesty may even be selfdemoting. I once cheated on a test with a friend in elementary school and never got caught. My
friend felt the guilt more than I did, and told the teacher. Not only did he get a zero on the test, he also had a talking to with the teacher and his mom. I never told anyone, and it didn’t matter. I fully understood what I did wasn’t right, but in the scheme of the eighty, ninety years I have to live, is it always worth it to fess up? I still don’t even feel guilty. Being honest is a ubiquitous occurrence in American society. From an early age we’re all taught it’s bad to lie, to always tell the truth. What no one tells us, however, is that there will be a price to pay for disclosing any information or opinion considered heresy. If we want to be a progressive, accepting society, we have to decide if we want to go down the path of being honest about everything, or just the essentials. Do with it what you will, but don’t let what I think get in the way.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Serving up ice cream and homework
BY MAGGI IBIS, STAFF WRITER Each and every LHS student has their own reasons for having a job or not having one at all. Those who decide to save up for the dream car, the ultimate college experience, or the limitless wardrobe must consider if it’s really worth it. It may seem like balancing a job and the demanding schoolwork of the final two years of high school is no big thing, but there is more to a teen’s life than just those two factors. With the added practices, extra-curricular activities and social events, students can find themselves falling behind in every aspect of their life. From my experience, I have found that it is no easy task. I began working at Dairy Queen
BY PAT BOWDEN, STAFF WRITER
at the end of my sophomore year, and it has been a great job so far with flexible hours and good management. As my junior year was approaching, I had to decide if I was going to be able to manage my time during the year with a job thrown into the mix as well. I knew that continuing my job was going to make my life more complicated, but at the same time I really want the money. Not only am I saving up for a new car but, like every other kid, I need cash for open lunch outings and new clothes. Considering both sides made for a tough decision for me. There are so many things to think about when it comes to deciding if a job is necessary to have during school. Every upperclassman at LHS knows firsthand that the workload in the final
years of high school is HUGE. Some nights I
ask themselves is: If I don’t like my job or get bored of it, why shouldn’t I leave and go somewhere else? After all, there are plenty of places hiring. What many teenagers don’t understand is the fact most cities outside of Sioux Falls just don’t have as much flexibility with jobs. Leaving a job in another town could lead
to many months of unemployment, which isn’t as preferable as keeping a job a worker might despise. On the other hand, there are
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find myself with three different assignments from a single class, along with a lack of sleep and no time to eat dinner. As a junior, it is important to take the time to do schoolwork and make the most of the time we have to do it. In the end, I made the decision to keep my
job during the school year, but I don’t think I would have kept working if I didn’t have such flexible hours and such an understanding boss. Here is my advice to all the working students out there: find the right job that suits your needs and works with your schedule. Once you find a job that allows you to work whenever and as little as you want, the strain of balancing your time between work, school and everything in between will become less stressful. The job, too, has taught me a lot about balancing and saving money, work ethic, and that everything will not be handed to me in life. As long as you don’t spread yourself too thin, you will still have time to make it to games and hang out with friends during your high school years.
Appreciate the job you have, not ones you don’t
How often does a typical given teenager change jobs in Sioux Falls? Given the amount of opportunities in the area, it’s probably more than it should be. There is usually a ‘Help Wanted’ sign somewhere in town, and if not, aren’t Hy Vee or Burger King usually hiring? What any working-teen might
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criticism: whining about work hours. There is the all too common “I don’t get enough hours”; Or better yet, the “I think I’m working too much” complaint. There is no appreciation for actually being a part of America’s “ Quitting a job bework force which, by the way, isn’t a burden cause flipping burgers at this age, but a privilege. Not to sound like isn’t the most intera broken record player, but youth in other sting thing to do in cities or countries would love to put their the world shows poor work gloves on and dig in towards a paycheck – large or small. We have it good in commitment .” Sioux Falls, but many don’t fully appreciate it. Sticking with a company at least for a jobs that happen to be the definition of ter- handful of years can lead to a considerable rible – the ones that give workers a headache raise, depending on the business. Along with just thinking about them. But quitting a job some commitment will also come nice benbecause flipping burgers isn’t the most inter- efits from your co-workers and managers – esting thing to do in the world shows poor get to know them and work might not seem commitment and a huge lack of interest in such a chore. Accepting that you chose this being promoted. place to work at would be a great start to apThis brings up another point of work ethic preciating any job.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Saugstad honors fallen Americans of 9/11 on ride BY SYDNEY TORGRUDE
In honor of the civilians lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, LHS student Andrew Saugstad was given the opportunity to ride a fire truck to school on Sept. 11. Saugstad proudly represented our country by carrying an American flag while on board. “I was very little when the terrorist attacks happened,” Saugstad explained. Saugstad won the ride at his Special Olympics Team Fundraiser at the end of August and had looked forward to the thrill of flashing lights and sirens for months. “All the firefighters were very nice and didn’t mind having their picture taken,” said Saugstad. After picking him up from his home, the truck took a longer route to school in order to give his parents enough to time to get to LHS to watch him arrive. This fire truck he rode has the biggest ladder in Sioux Falls and is usually operated by four firefighters. “I had so much fun. The fire-
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Andrew Saugstad carries an American flag to honor those lost in the Sept. 11th attacks as he travels to school on its 11th anniversary.
fighters made my day. I hope I made their day also,” Saugstad said. Saugstad’s parents, friends, teachers, and LHS secretaries and principals were awaiting his arrival outside of the school for quick pic-
tures. Although he was excited to see everyone, he wanted to stay with the firefighters for as long possible. “I hope someday I can ride the fire truck again. I am very lucky to have had this experience,” Saugstad said.
“Sparklers” exemplify true spirit
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Seniors Sydney Torgrude and Jessi Johnson teach two members of the Sparklers a new routine. BY MACKENZIE JONES cheerleading team made up of about
Every Saturday morning, a group of young, dedicated girls gather at the Dakota Spirit gym in Sioux Falls. LHS seniors Sydney Torgrude and Jessi Johnson coach the “Sparklers,” a
15 girls who all have a disability. “They’re the happiest and most upbeat kids I know,” said Johnson. During each practice the girls get to learn a wide variety of skills
including jumping, tumbling, stunting and cheering. Not only are they learning physical skills, they are also learning teamwork, dedication and listening skills. “There is no better feeling than seeing them smile and laugh when they learn something new,” said Torgrude, “but they can be easily distracted, so we find ways to keep them entertained and having fun.” As difficult as it sounds, working with this group of girls gives Torgrude and Johnson a new view on life. “They are always full of life and are willing to work hard. They appreciate the little things in life and unknowingly make my day,” said Torgrude about the positive attitudes that the girls portray. For many of these girls, doing an activity such as cheer can keep them excited about physical activity and teach them life skills in a way that interests them as well. “I hope they are having as much fun as we are. Although we are there to teach them, they teach us life lessons without even knowing it,” said Torgrude.
The Facebook of education BY ELLEN KOESTER
Yes, you read the headline correctly. There is an educational Facebook, and its popularity is on the rise. The site is called ‘Edmodo’ and 52 schools in the Sioux Falls School District have signed up, including LHS. There has been a lot of positive feedback from teachers. “I think Edmodo is a better way to connect with the students of the social network generation. I use it to keep students and parents caught up on what is happening in the classroom,” said Danyelle Brown, one of 42 LHS teachers who have an account. The list of things teachers can do on the site is long enough to stretch from A to E wing. Teachers can post homework and documents, and a few have posted podcasts. Teachers can also have private online conversations with students who need help when they’re outside of class. “I get a lot of questions and comments on Edmodo,” said Brown. One of the advantages of Edmodo is that students can limit their comments, posts and replies to just their class or teacher. This is just one of
Edmodo’s many differences from Facebook, although the websites’ layouts look eerily similar. And unlike its counterpart, Edmodo isn’t a waste of time. It actually helps students get organized especially if they missed a day of school. “I like being able to see what my classmates did in class if I’m gone,” said junior Kim Infield. Teachers can update the online calendar on Edmodo with homework assignments and test grades up to the end of the year. Their assignments meld with the other teachers’, creating one place with every due date and test date that students can check in one glance. Unfortunately, not all LHS teachers use the site. “I wish all our teachers would use it so students have a central information hub to use,” said Brown. So far, this is Edmodo’s only disadvantage. Luckily the site’s popularity has quickly grown. It is guaranteed that the 42 LHS teachers who have Edmodo accounts will increase or already has. With the number of accounts slowly on the rise, Edmodo may soon create that perfect central information hub.
Clubbin’ it at LHS
BY CARLY HOHMAN
Every year new clubs are established at LHS, some of them are a big hit with the student body and some blend into the background. LHS students are given the freedom to form clubs with fellow students and teachers who have similar interests. School clubs introduce students PHOTO BY MARIECLAIRE CHRISTENSON to new people and can Fishing club is planning their first outing at the help them find an activ- Outdoor Campus on Nov. 25th ity they would like to be advisor. Although this club only has involved in. Ben Gertner, a member of Bike nine members, they all have one comClub said, “It’s just a great group of mon interest, fishing. “One benefit in belonging to Fishpeople who are fun to hang around ing Club is you get some of Fluth’s and enjoy getting exercise.” Bike Club is a small club with awesome snacks and get to hear some about 15 members. They meet on of his stories,” said Nate Sletten, a Tuesdays and Thursdays in Danyelle member of Fishing Club. If a student would like to start their Brown’s room. “For our “meetings,” we ride our own club they can talk to Jim Dorbikes on the bike trails,” Gertner man. They will then need to find five people who would like to be in the said. Fishing Club also is small. Social club and a teacher who will let them sociences teacher Tyler Fluth is the use their room to meet and supervise the club.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Body art trend gains momentum at LHS
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Seniors Cera Ledbetter and Tracey Hackworth are enthusiastic to the tattoo craze
BY TAYLOR GLASOE
The newly revitalized tattoo craze is strong among teenagers and young adults in Sioux Falls. Senior Tracey Hackworth is one of the many students at LHS to get a tattoo. Hackworth has five tattoos, and each of them have their own individual importance. Her most significant tattoo is of a hummingbird. “I got the hummingbird in remembrance of my great grandma who loved it,” said Hackworth. Along with the hummingbird tattoo, she has the “hakuna matata” symbol, and three other inspiring quotes. “My other three tattoos are sayings I either made up or are sayings many people know. I got them because they are a permanent sign and reminder of motivation,” said Hackworth. Nich Emerson is another LHS senior with tattoos. Emerson has three; his initials, his birthday and a yellow rose in between his shoulder blades. Similar to Hackworth, Emer-
son chose the yellow rose in memory of his great-grandmother. “The rose is for my great-grandma. My mom also has 11 tattoos, one of them being a yellow rose which matches mine,” said Emerson. Senior Cera Ledbetter also admires the art of tattooing. Among her three tattoos, she has a basketball that says “She Got Game,” a cross, and the quote, “without struggle, there is no progress.” “My ‘She Got Game’ tattoo is based on the movie “He Got Game.” I chose this tattoo because basketball is my passion,” said Ledbetter. Tattoos have a wide range in price, depending on the size, placement, design and other characteristics. Hackworth’s hummingbird tattoo cost $220 while Emerson’s rose tattoo cost $75. Outlaw Tattoos & Piercings and the Electric Crayon are two businesses among many places in Sioux Falls that “tattoo”. One must be 18 years or older to get a tattoo or parent consent is required.
A ‘whole’ lot of organic food
BY MADDY RYAN
When one first thinks about organic foods, the first thing that probably comes to mind is something incredibly healthy that tastes like a compost pile. Today, however, organic foods can taste better than ever and a consumer craze has begun. “A plus to organic foods today is that they just taste really good,” said freshman Evin Avery. “They also usually don’t contain any harmful chemicals.” Organic foods are a special type of food made in a way that limits the use of synthetic materials during production, making them more beneficial to one’s body. “My mom got me started on organic foods,” said Avery. “I have been eating organically since I was a toddler.” Avery and her family purchase their organic foods from the local Co-op. Along with the Co-op, there are many other stores in Sioux Falls that carry organic foods, such as Pomegranate Market and the long-awaited future Whole Foods Market. The Whole Foods Market Inc. recently announced they are planning on tripling their locations to eventually have 1,000 stores across the
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U.S. The company also announced their expansion process is being accelerated in the Midwest area. However, being healthy and eating organically can come at a price a very high one, in fact. On average, there is roughly an 11% increase in prices from non-organic foods to organic foods. A majority of the consumers who purchase organic foods do not mind spending a little bit more money. “Paying a little bit more for organic foods is worth it,” said Avery. “If consumers buy locally, a majority of the money goes back into the community.” Although organic health food
markets can be a great source for organic foods, the best place to produce fresh organic foods is your own backyard. “My favorite organic food would have to be freshly grown vegetables from our garden,” said Avery. “That’s where we get a majority of our fresh produce.” Growing your own organic food helps our environment by increasing soil fertility, encouraging natural organisms to flourish and allowing plants and animals to boost their natural resistance to disease. Even if you begin to grow an organic garden, remember: it is making a difference.
“Poor Richard” often plays at local coffee shops and has also performed at Latitude 44 and the Sylvan Green Theater in Brookings. “You just need to put yourself out there. We have gotten to know some bands and have had the opportunity to open for them,” said Rossing. Having a band isn’t always as pleasurable and easy as he may make it appear. Rossing claims to have learned how to collaborate with others and play in time with his band mates. Practicing, he says, is key in order to play and sing at a steady rate so his drummer can keep up. “Poor Richard’’ practices one to three times a week, depending on their week’s events. “Trying to prepare for shows is difficult. We usually practice and end up watching ‘The Office’ and talk-
ing about nonsense things,” Rossing said. Rossing hopes to share his music with others and is currently recording an album in his home. Although he does not have an ultimate music goal, as long as he is able to continue doing what he loves, he is satisfied. “I don’t have any realistic ideas. I just want to keep playing. It is a great stress reliever and it definitely clears my head,” said Rossing.
Triple threat: Rossing a singer, songwriter and guitarist BY SYDNEY TORGRUDE
As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, LHS senior Bryson Rossing is the lead vocalist and solo performer of two local folk/rock bands, “Poor Richard” and “Heavy,” which formed almost two years ago. He also plays acoustic guitar with OG graduate and drummer Forest Wasko. Rossing says he writes the majority of his own music from personal experiences and lessons learned. His inspiration for song lyrics often come from his daily life experiences as he learns how to deal with personal situations. “I like to get thoughts out of my head and put them in the form of music. I usually write at night when no one is listening,” Rossing explained. “I feel independent when I sing. I feel how I felt when I wrote each song.”
“You were shanking in your hospital bed, speaking in past tense. But you’re not even dead, so get that tense correct. I think you’re more alive than me, despite the monitors and I.V.s that you hid under the sheets because you didn’t want me to see”
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Making it BIG: Seniors prepare for college music auditions Skye Dearborn
Prospective schools: Juilliard, Eastman, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University anxiety is to be prepared. If I go into an audiINTERVIEW BY ELLEN KOESTER Q: What instruments do you play and tion, and I’m comfortable with the material, then there is less to be nervous about. when did you start to play them? A: I play piano and I began that when I Q: Are you confident with your choice to was six. I play trombone which I started audition? at age nine. For fun I play ukulele which I A: Yes, I am confident because although these auditions are stressful, started two years ago. I also sing. Q: What makes your college application I want a career path in music. [Auditions] process different from that of your peers? be never go away, A: My application process is different because it involves an audition. My accepaccep so it’s best to tance is based on how my audition goes. just try to When [most other seniors] are applying to get used to other schools, things like test scores and them. GPA and involvement play a more imporimpor tant role in getting accepted. Q: Describe the audition process. A: Colleges release their audition materials around Sep. 1. I have an idea of what I need to be practicing, so I’ve been pracprac ticing for a year. Then auditions take place any time from December to March. re Q: What are you doing to relieve some of the pressure of the auditions? A: I think the best thing to do in terms of
Prospective schools: New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music INTERVIEW EW BY PRANAM DEY
Q: What makes your college application process different from that of most seniors? A: I’m graduating a semester early. I have to audition [for viola], so I’ll have to fly to the schools that I’m apap plying to. Q: You’ll be under pressure to perper form at best during multiple auditions. How are dealing with the tension? A: It’s very stressful. I have to learn a lot of the repertoire. I need to be able to wake up at four in the morning and play everything as close to the way I want as possible [to simu simu-late the pressure of audition]. Q: What is the audition process like? A: You have to play one or two movements of a standard viola concerto or sonata, as well as a
couple of movements from a Bach suite. Some schools also require etudes as well as scales and arpeggios in three octaves. Q: When did you decide to play the viola? A: I started playing seriously in sixth grade. A lot of the com competition has been playing since they were five or four years old, so I have to work hard to play at that level. I also play the violin. I am frequently hired to play for weddings and other events. I usually play violin for those. Q: Are you confident about what lies ahead? From what I can tell, your chosen path is, in some ways, a lot harder than that of your peers. A: I know I can do this. Everything about it [the college application and audition process] is what I enjoy do doing. I want to play professionally in the future.
Prospective schools: Luther College, Concordia College, St. Olaf College, University of South Dakota INTERVIEW BY MADDY RYAN
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Q: What makes your college application process different from that of most seniors? A: There is an extra step involved for students going into a music school. They have to request an audition and if you get accepted to the college you have to actually go down to the college and audition there. Q: You’ll be under pressure to perform your best during your audition. How you dealing with the tension?
A: Lots of practice. Good musicians practice so much that you can’t mess up. Q: What is the audition process like? A: Normally there is a form you fill out for a request to audition at the school of music at the college. Once you are accepted, then you go to the college where the college usually provides an accompanist for your solo or repertoire. Q: When did you decide to start singing? A: I started getting really serious about sing-
ing in middle school when I was in Singing Boys where I sang Soprano I. Today, I sing Bass II. My voice has changed just a little bit! Q: Are you confident about what lies ahead? From what I can tell, your chosen path is, in some ways, a lot harder than that of your peers. A: I have confidence that my career in music will go well. I have great teachers and they help me a lot.
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DIY Nails at LHS BY HEATHER HAUSHILD
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Junior Hannah Lamberty’s 1996 Ford Ranger, known to her as Truck Testa, is the true definition of American pride. “Truck Testa has a wicked sweet personality and a killer CD collection, both essential for a champ like Mr. Testa,” said Lamberty. The pickup also has a variety of stickers on the rear bumper. The bumper stickers range from “”I Love Ethanol” to Notre Dame decals. “I would like to add more bumper stickers and lights under it so the kids in the Staples parking lot will finally accept me and my kickin’ car,” said Lamberty. “I’ve learned to appreciate the personality and novelty of older cars, but it definitely makes me grateful for luxuries like cruise control, air conditioning and a good stereo system.”
Sophomore Dayton DeLange’s 1991 Ford Festiva is just one of the Festivas that can be found in his driveway. DeLange, his father and his brother all have the same kind of car, but in different colors. DeLange refers to his car as Ol’ White. The car does get good mileage, but if given the chance, DeLange would like to add a new motor and tint the windows. DeLange said he would like to drive the Festiva until it quits. “I love my car because it can make very sharp turns. It also has 250,000 miles on it, and its small size is convenient for parking. Although it’s an old model, it’s more fuel efficient than other cars from the 90s,” said DeLange.
Junior Max Hofer can be seen driving his 1990 Volvo 240 DL, with lucky dice hanging from the rearview mirror. When Hofer first got behind the wheel, he felt an immediate connection. “I call my car Tenacious V or sometimes, the ‘Vo.’ Tenacious D is my favorite bands and the ‘Vo is the name of the car from the show Workaholics,” said Hofer. Hofer said he would not upgrade his car if given the chance, even for a brand new model. “I’m good where I’m at right now. I love my car, and it gets all the ladies,” said Hofer.
Slovakian exchange student embraces American culture BY MAGGI IBIS
Imagine traveling overseas to live in an unfamiliar country for an entire school year. Imagine being surrounded by people of a completely different culture and eating strange food. For some students, this may sound terrible and rather frightening, but for Lubica Puchalova, a junior from Slovakia, the opportunity to be a foreign exchange student was something she couldn’t wait to experience. Puchalova, who lives with LHS junior Hannah Asfeldt and her family, says her interest in being a foreign exchange student was sparked at a young age. “I was in Australia when I was eleven, and when I got home I wanted to go somewhere else,” said Puchalova. “It’s an amazing, once-ina-lifetime experience.” Puchalova arrived in America on August 13, and she says that she has
already learned that school here is nothing like her school in Slovakia. Puchalova feels it is much stricter here, for she isn’t familiar with having to carry a pass or not being able to leave the cafeteria, but also thinks the students here are also more involved at school. Puchalova has become very involved playing saxophone in the marching band, performing in Fresh Faces, and going to a youth group on Wednesday nights. “I thought I would hate marching band,” said Puchalova. “But I actually looked forward to waking up every morning for practice.” Being surrounded by the English language wasn’t a big problem for Puchalova because, despite her first language being Slovak, she has been immersed in the language for a long time. “I’ve been learning English since I was six,” said Puchalova. “In Slova-
kia, I’m in a bilingual program, so I speak English every day.” Although there are differences between students in America and stu-
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Lubica Puchalova’s says her LHS experience has been well worth it.
dents in Slovakia, Puchalova has discovered that no matter what country teenagers are from, they are pretty much the same all over the world. She has also discounted a stereotype about Americans in general. “Not all stereotypes about Americans are true,” Puchalova said. “Not all Americans are fat.” Puchalova thinks it takes a special type of student to consider embarking on a foreign exchange student experience. Students need a desire to travel and be able to adjust to a different lifestyle. “People who are couch potatoes would not like being a foreign exchange student, because you need to socialize and have fun,” Puchalova said. “I would recommend this to anyone who isn’t afraid to talk to people. Don’t do it if you don’t want to, but it has been awesome because I got the best family I could ask for.”
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Get lost in the corn maze
BY TAYLOR GLASOE
The fall season has a lot to offer. The temperature outside begins to cool down after a sweltering summer, people are anxious to whip out their fall clothing, the seasonal foods and drinks pop up on menus everywhere and let’s not forget the beautiful transformation of green leaves to crisp yellow, red and orange foliage. There are many fall festivities to participate in as well such as apple picking, pumpkin carving, jumping in leaves, visiting haunted houses, and many teen’s favorite activity: venturing through the corn maze. The Heartland Country Corn Maze is a very popular activity among LHS students during the fall season. It’s located southeast of Harrisburg, South Dakota and consists of 11 acres of cornfield. Every year, the towering corn stalks are cut into a maze which resembles an animal. Mazes from previous years have resembled a turkey, a horse, an eagle, and nine other animal designs. This year, the
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Like’s this year’s owls, the corn maze design often pays tribute to the wildlife and history of South Dakota.
maze is carved to look like an owl. There is a lot more to the corn maze than just walking through corn stalks. Upon arrival, visitors are provided with a map of the maze and a list of ten questions. Throughout the maze are ten checkpoints containing the answers to the ten questions, which must be recorded. There is
also a “hidden checkpoint” not located on the map, and if visitors find the hidden checkpoint, they receive a free treat from the Concession Barn. “The corn maze is awesome because it’s educational and fun at the same time,” said junior, Sophie Smith. On Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, the corn maze becomes
Halloween at Jaycee’s
BY KAYLIE ERICSON
What is Halloween without a trip to a good haunted house? Perhaps the most appealing attraction for teenagers in Sioux Falls in October is Jaycees Haunted House, set up by volunteers in the Fine Arts building at the Sioux Falls fairgrounds. Once visitors get past the tantalizingly long line, the fun begins as they step into the maze of terror. Complete with creepy costumes, realistic makeup, dim lighting, and frightening sound effects, Jaycees shows thrill seekers a frightening time as they make their way through the haunted
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house. In the past, even the most courageous visitors have been known
to shriek at everything from the evil clowns to the walking dead. “The scariest part is when they chase you out of the building with chainsaws,” said junior Kayla Hanson. “One of the clowns singled me out last year and chased me all the way out to my car. It was freaky, but the thrill was definitely worth it.” The house will be open this year every night from Oct. 18 to Halloween, including a Kids’ Day on Oct. 30. Admission is $8 per person, or $6 with a canned good.
haunted. Because it is the weekend before Halloween, corn maze employees dress up in frightening costumes and chase guests around the maze with faux chainsaws. This is often a favorite weekend for teens to go. It makes for a more thrilling corn maze experience, rather than a laid back, take-your-time experience. “I love going to the haunted corn maze. I have to admit, it’s kind of scary but I always have a good time,” said junior, Jimmy Keating. The corn maze is open on Fridays from 5-9, Saturdays 12-9, and Sunday 12-5, however its hours change to 6-9:30 on the Friday and Saturday of the haunted maze. Admission fees vary: adults pay $7, children 14 and under pay $5, and kids under the age of four get in for free. Visitors are advised to bring their own flashlights if attending at night.
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Fall into autumn treats
Baked apple streusel pancake Bars Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 3 tbsp. sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 3/4 cups buttermilk (can substitute whole milk) 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1 small apple, diced into ½ inch pieces 2 cups Granola (apple cinnamon granola recommended) For topping: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup brown firmly packed sugar 3 tbsp. melted butter 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
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1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add in wet ingredients and stir lightly. 2. Add granola and apples and stir until coated. The batter will be lumpy. 3. Pour batter into 2 8x8” greased pans. 4. Mix all topping ingredients and drizzle over batter. 5. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Spend an afternoon at the apple orchard
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BY ELLEN KOESTER
There are a lot of activities at the Orchard for little kids. Children can play in the hay pile, pet the farm animals, ride the cute little impersontrain that a Santa Claus imperson ator drives, and collect apples for their parents as free labor. But does
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the orchard have anything in store for high school students? Actually, there are a lot of things to do. Activities range from the hay pile for the young at heart to caramel apple eating for the hungry. “It’s a good place to have great,
clean fun,” said sophomore Gretchen Zacharias. Entrance to the orchard is free of charge although apple collecting bags range from five to twenty five dollars. Armed with a bag, one will find themselves amid 6,000 trees and thirteen; I’ll repeat that, thirteen different varieties of apples to choose from. Once among the trees, there are a lot of activities for imaginative high school students including fencing with fallen tree branches and tree climbing. “We recreated the apple-throwing scene from The Wizard of Oz,” said sophomore Sydney Lovrien. After a full afternoon of picking apples and getting beaned in the head, a trip to the Country Store is required. There are homemade apple pies just begging to be bought and devoured. A hot pie with a cold side of ice cream is the perfect wrap up to the day.
Everything about the orchard is fall-related. There are colorful leaves, pumpkins, and of course, apples. It represents and houses everything that comes to my mind when thinking of fall. For those who have nostalgic feelings about the place and all those fall-fans out there, a visit to this Sioux Falls landmark is necessary as a final farewell to the summer.
On the hunt for South Dakota game BY MADDIE SCHULTZ
Fall is a favorite season for many; the leaves are changing colors, there is a shift in weather and there are endless activities that come along with the season of in-between. For many South Dakotans, fall equals hunting. LHS junior Makayla Wooledge has been taking advantage of this change in seasons by traveling to her cabin in Gann Valley, SD and hunting everything from pheasants, to deer to rabbits, and even a coyote when she can find one. Since she was eight, Wooledge has joined her dad and family friends on
their weekend hunting trips. When she was 12 she could join in on the hunt. She impressively shot her first pheasant while it was still in the air. “My first reaction was, wow! I actually shot it,” said Wooledge, “My first year out I didn’t think I would shoot and kill one myself.” Hunters learn a lot about the wildlife they shoot when on their trips. “I’ve learned where the animals sleep, live, and eat,” said Wooledge. Although Wooledge’s favorite catches to eat are the deer jerky her family makes, her favorite animal to hunt are rabbits.
“When you shoot a bunny just right, they fly up into the air a couple feet,” said Wooledge. In Wooledge’s opinion, the best part of hunting is the feeling she gets after she gets a good shot. “It’s a mix of when you are really hyper and knowing you accomplished something,” said Wooledge. For youth, deer hunting opens Sept.8 and opens for all ages Nov. 24, pheasant hunting opens Oct. 20. Wooledge and many other LHS students are counting down to the opening of their favorite hunting season.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
BY PAT BOWDEN
38 years later, “SNL” in need of reform
As with the past few years of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” this year’s season is equally as awkward and painful to watch. Unlike the 1970s, when the show was a blast, today there are very few skits that seem humorous. Though the musical guests and hosts are interesting so far (Seth MacFarlane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Craig, etc.) the core performing crew and writers this year (Seth Meyers and Colin Jost) seem to be on the fence
stereotyped themes – they need more unforgettable classic skits similar to ‘What up With That’ or ‘More Cowbell.’ It becomes harder and harder to watch the show; until this season I had only seen bits and segments of the show since 2009, never taking the time to watch a complete episode. Yes, regrettably, it is that bad. Broadcasting such a production requires the most of talent on the acting side and
between what is SNL appropriate and what is just ridiculous to put on air. At an hour and a half long, the show does have more to offer, such as ‘Digital Shorts,’ usually created by Jorma Taccone and the Lonely IsIs land crew - which are admittedly very funny. But they’re also typitypi cally on the more inappropriate side, which can sometimes ruin the skit for viewers. I have personally grown tired of their constant over-
“Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane hosted the Sept. 15 season premiere
behind the scenes side, but also talent especially on the writing side. It feels like they have run out of good ideas and are falling back to what a child could think up – like dancing and voice changing. Their lack of original ideas keep borderline viewers unsure of whether watching the show is even worth it anymore, which is the opposite of what a show in its thirty-eighth season should be doing. Until NBC gets on their A-game, SNL won’t be part of many fans’ Saturday agendas anymore.
J.K. Rowling writes on for new audiences
Harry Potter author’s “The Casual Vacancy” introduces a new style, but doesn’t live up to expectations BY LEXY MEDEMA
After seven volumes of the epic tale of Harry Potter reached unprecedented commercial success and grew a fan base that spanned all generations, there were high expectations for J.K. Rowling and her new novel, “The Casual Vacancy.” The question in every Potter fan, critic and reader’s mind was: can she do it again? Five years after her release of the concluding installment of “Harry Potter,” Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy” explores themes and characters on the complete opposite side of the spectrum as Harry. Set in the fictional, picturesque small town of Pagford in Rowling’s native England, this novel opens with the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, chancellor of the village’s parish council, and then expands to chronicle its political aftermath in dealing with an election for Barry’s empty seat on the council (deemed a casual vacancy), as well as the differing personal reactions for a variety of characters.
There are Howard Mollison, who is the antithesis of Barry when it comes to considering what is best of Pagford, and his meddling wife, Shirley, who manipulates and schemes to get their son, Miles, elected as Barry’s replacement. Another character, Krystal Weedon, is a troubled teenager left to take care of her 3-year-old halfbrother because of their mom’s status as a hopeless drug addict. There is the newcomer Kay Bawden, a social worker from London who uprooted her embittered daughter, Gaia, to pursue her relationship with Gavin, a native of Pagford. And then there are Stuart (“Fats”) and Andrew (“Arf ”), two supposedly best friends so completely bored with their lives in Pagford that they’ll conspire and scheme against their families and each other. Meanwhile, at the center of all of these superfluous intertwining relationships and every character’s selfish motive, is the debate over redrawing the town’s boundaries in order to
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move responsibility over the town’s “projects” neighborhood, the Fields, infamous for its junkies and drunks, to the neighboring city. In the course
of the upcoming election’s unfolding events, families and friends turn against one another with the help of a computer, the parish council’s website, and some amateur hacking skills. While Rowling presents an intriguing cast of characters and a sometimesdramatic storyline, it takes some effort not to toss this book aside after a few hours of reading. In 500 plus pages of what is supposed to be a story based on character development, readers are left with questions over the histories behind the cast. Even after witnessing a series of events that, realistically, would reveal the true motives of characters, readers realize after turning the last page that they don’t know the people they just read about and their complexities as intimately as they had hoped. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Rowling’s new novel is the depressing note that every character seems to end on. Unlike the longawaited, satisfying ending to Harry
Potter, there is no such comfort to be found in the last chapters of “The Casual Vacancy.” Through all the trials that the people of Pagford experience, there is no inspiring restoration of hope to end on, and readers are left wondering if the publisher forgot to print the last 20 pages. As an avid fan of both Harry Potter and Rowling herself, I really wanted to like this book. Although I did occasionally catch myself smiling at some of Rowling’s cleverly crafted humorous scenes, inspired by the courage or kindness demonstrated by some characters, or heartbroken at some of the more poignant confrontations, I didn’t walk away contemplating the themes Rowling explored or reflecting on the more momentous events. In a word, “The Casual Vacancy” was unremarkable, but as Rowling’s reputation as a brilliant story teller lives on with the legacy of Harry Potter, readers can still look forward to better novels in the future.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
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BY MICHAEL O’HARA
On July 21, 2011, Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat bought out Chrysler, which also owns other companies like Jeep and Dodge. Since then, Fiat has added a certain Italian pizazz to the current American lineup, ditching the unsuccessful models, tweaking engines and even bringing back a model that was dis-
continued in 1976, the Dodge Dart. Replacing the now-obsolete Dodge Caliber, the Dart is modeled after a car that Fiat sells exclusively in Europe, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Dodge will feature the same engine as the Alfa Romeo, although in an entirely different package. This means that at a starting price of $16,000, many Americans can have
the experience of a European car while still supporting America. New American cars aren’t all there is to be excited about, however. Honda has just announced the ninth and most recent generation of the Accord, which, while not the most exciting car, is in fact one of the world’s most reliable cars.
a place called “Bulls--- Mountain,” on which “Our problems are amplified and our solutions are simplified and that is why they won’t work.” The ruler of this mountain, according to Stewart, is none other than O’Reilly. Neither debater had yet answered the opening question, yet the debate was off to an entertaining start. Though both men were congratulated as debate winners at the night’s end, it was clear Stewart came out ahead both in entertainment quality and political ideology. He took control of the audience with his comedy. When asked what would justify voting for Obama, Stewart simply replied, “Well, it’s between him and Mitt Romney.” The debaters were asked, “If the
U.S. were burning, what famous person would you save?” O’Reilly said, “I would save Oprah, she’s worth about 100 billion.” His voice practically dripping with sarcasm, Stewart answered, “Uh… my family? But hey, listen! Oprah’s a great answer too.” When asked what he had learned most from hearing Stewart’s point of view, O’Reilly stated “Now I know I’m right.” Though a mostly serious political debate, the rumble did manage to include dancing, Stewart sitting on O’Reilly’s lap as if he were Santa and a good deal of profanity. The Rumble, which took place Oct. 6, can be viewed online for $5. Half the profits go to charities.
Honda has stepped up their frontline model, improving it in nearly every way possible. The 2013 Accord is set to come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and it will be available with either a four- or six-cylinder engine, both improved since the eighth generation. In addition to the tweaked engines, the Japanese manufacturer has slightly de-
creased the size of the midsize sedan, tidying the dimensions and making the car slightly lighter. With all the improvements that come with new advances in technology, the future of the automotive industry looks bright. I would dare to say it’s even brighter than the LED headlights Audi brags about.
Politics as a laughing matter: The Rumble 2012
BY DYLAN ENSZ
On Oct. 6, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly entered into a mock political debate entitled “The Rumble 2012.” Unfettered by the need to gain voters, they were allowed to use any despicable tricks they could. Bill O’Reilly’s response to the opening question was simple: “I don’t care.” O’Reilly followed with an opening speech replete with visual aids and expertly crafted rhetoric, demanding that Obama take responsibility for the past four years. Jon Stewart’s retort was even less traditional. His first words were, “My friend, Bill O’Reilly, is full of s---.” Then, as he rode up and down on his customized platform (he was introduced as “hobbit-like”), he spent his opening minutes describing
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Rice on Rice: Lam’s
Is quantity better than quality?
BY DYLAN ENSZ
An entertainment conundrum
The American version of “The Office” has returned to NBC for its ninth and final season. When it was announced in August that this season would be the show’s final run, the end of the show was widely lamented. This decision was hardly unprecedented, however; the show recently lost its former main character when Steve Carell resigned from the show and its ratings have been steadily dropping ever since. It’s hardly debatable that the show was much better in its earlier seasons. In stark contrast to our American version, Ricky Gervais’s British version of “The Office” lasted only two seasons. Both seasons were exceedingly successful and were completely without character loss. However, Ricky Gervais cancelled the show once it lived out its intended purpose and before it declined in quality. These shows illustrate an old question: is it better for our entertainment to aim for quantity or quality? There is no clear answer.
Many shows argue for the success of a quality over quantity. Among these is Britain’s “Sherlock,” a wildly successful and critically acclaimed modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories. “Sherlock” only runs three episodes every season, and only one season each two years. The show has certainly profited from this format, as each episode is very well thought-out and executed. Most television shows we view in America have about 24 episodes each year. This means one episode of “Sherlock” has as much production time as 16 episodes of a normal show, such as “Elementary,” our American Sherlock Holmes show. There are also many examples of excessive quantity failing. Author Piers Anthony is known for his popular “Xanth” series. While the first two books in the series were fantastic and the next few nearly as good, the series had become so bad by its eleventh book that many fans would no longer even read the books. Deteriorating work and falling sales have done nothing to stop Anthony
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and his publishers, however. He is currently working as far forward as the series’ thirty-fourth book. While Anthony’s lack of original work may not be entirely his fault - publishers would buy nothing from him that wasn’t set in the Xanth universe - the series still shows a clear downfall of quantity. On the other hand, many sources of entertainment can thrive while producing massive quantities of material. “The Simpsons” is still going strong despite the fact that it is now in its twenty-fourth season. Although it is widely agreed the show’s quality peaked early on in the third and fourth seasons, the show is still very well-recieved and draws a significant number of viewers each week. In modern entertainment, quantity frequently seems to trump quality. This may be due to entertainers attempting to crank out as much material as possible to maximize profits. It would certainly seem many of them should learn to slow down and produce higher-quality material.
“Battlefield 3” one year later BY PAT BOWDEN
After an overkill of game updates and a number of expansion packs, DICE Studios’ ex-anticipated game “Battlefield 3” is finally starting to shape up to what it should have been…a year ago. The game’s recently released content pack has put playability back onto the battlefield, as well as smoothed out engine glitches that caused many people to stop playing it. “Battlefield 3” is a near-realistic FPS (first person shooter) that puts other FPSs to shame in terms of actual battlefield situations, including war vehicles, realistic weapon characteristics and destructible environments. All these features aren’t new to the game series; however, the level of customization and realistic graphics are. DICE celebrates the anniversary of the game on Oct. 25, which is truly a shame since it’s just at the tip
of gaming season for America (fallwinter). The stunning graphics of this game wowed commercial viewers and excited gamers back in 2011, as well as promised multiple content packages and constant maintenance on the game. As the graphics and features of this game are still some of the best around, the timing couldn’t be more awkward for DICE to have decided to pick up their pace. With industry leading titles such as “Assassin’s Creed,” “Halo” and “Call of Duty,” all dropping new games soon, some gamers are swaying to the conservative side and deciding to not buy the new content. In fact, quite a few owners of “Battlefield 3” sold the game long ago and have never seen improvement on it. For those who have sold it, it would be strongly recommended to pick up a used copy, download a few updates and packs, and then enjoy some classic “Battlefield” game play.
Lam’s, located in north Sioux Falls on Rice Street, serves Vietnamese cuisine. As infrequent consumers of Vietnamese fare, our trip to Lam’s was meant to remove us from our comfort zone; therefore, we also decided to order each other’s meals. We were seated immediately. For Michael, Dylan ordered the Autumn bowl, a salad-type dish with meatballs, chicken spring rolls and rice noodles. He considered it a delectable treat. Dylan had the Pho, with which he was not as impressed.
Although the food was tasteless, it wasn’t necessarily bad. I didn’t mind eating it. It was very filling, and I was served more of the food than I’d ever be able to ingest. The service was good: quick to refill our drinks, not visiting our table so often as to be annoying. Lam’s atmosphere is nice, with good lighting and only the PHOTO BY MICHAEL O’HARA frequent and obvious sound of a I like onions. I like noodles. I like microwave in the kitchen to distill basil, meatballs, beef, green onions, and the ambience. There were two televibean sprouts. But I didn’t like Pho. sions, showing soccer and football, and Lam’s onions were cut way too thin neither made noise. to have any effect. My noodles were Lam’s seems to be a very good restautasteless and had no resilience. The rant and great at what they do. It’s just meatballs had a texture and flavor con- not my cup of tea. sistent with rubber.
As far as Vietnamese food goes, Lam’s is some of the best I’ve eaten, and it is by far the best I’ve tasted in Sioux Falls. I’m not generally a huge fan of Vietnamese food—I actually prefer other Asian foods— but the Autumn Bowl at Lam’s (with a little added Sriracha hot sauce) was an exceptional dish. It’s a simple concept, just an arrangement of minced pork and chicken spring rolls placed on rice noodles with a side of salad, but I found it to be delicious and enjoyed every bite. Besides the tasty meal, the aspect I appreciated most about this establishment was the atmosphere. The restaurant is nicely arranged and
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aesthetically pleasing, with good lighting, a clean eating area, and the members of the wait staff are polite and were always there when we needed them. All in all, Lam’s is an experience I would fully encourage others to partake in.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Taylor Swift previews “Red”
BY SYDNEY TORGRUDE
Swift claims her new album “Red” is all about “intense emotion.” Since announcing the release date of her new and highly anticipated album “Red,” Taylor Swift isn’t losing pace. After releasing her hit single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which set the record for the biggest digital sale in one week for a female artist, Swift has unveiled a new song from her upcoming album every Tuesday until the album is released Oct. 22. Swift continues to preview each song every Monday on “Good Morning America” to promote “Red.” A single is released the following day on iTunes. Singing both country and pop songs, Swift displays her music versatility as she gives eager fans a sneak peak of her fourth album. The eventempoed ballad, “Begin Again,” released September 24, has the familiar country twang, similar to tracks on
her first self-titled album. “It [“Begin Again”] is actually a song about getting through a really bad relationship and finally dusting yourself off to go on first date after a horrible breakup and the vulnerability that goes along with all of that,” Swift said about the song as she premiered “Begin Again” on “Good Moring America.”
Swift exposed the title track, “Red”, on Oct. 2. Featuring banjo and guitar flailing, Swift’s effective lyrics are relatable amongst teens across the world. “I wrote this song about the fact that some things are just hard to forget because the emotions involved with them were so intense, and to me intense emotion is red,” said Swift. The latest promotional single, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” is unlike Swift’s traditional and personal break up song. The pop single has a slight interpretation of dubstep. There will be 16 tracks on the album, not including possible bonus material. Swift said she narrowed down the track list from over 35 songs. As fans continue to count down the days until “Red,” they currently have a taste of what is about to arise.
“Taken 2” a dud
BY KAYLIE ERICSON
Ageless Liam Neeson is still in the game when it comes to intense, intelligent action movies, but “Taken 2” is not his best. At barely over 90 minutes, “Taken 2” could be considered the rough draft of an alternate ending to its predecessor, “Taken.” The plot involves retired government agent Bryan Mills (Neeson), who is trying to reassemble his life after the kidnapping of his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) during a family vacation to Istanbul. And what is a “Taken” movie without a kidnapping? That’s right, Mills and his ex-wife are kidnapped by the same organization of men as in “Taken,” who are determined to avenge
Mills’ killing of their brothers. Much of the sequel consists of flashbacks from the first movie, as if it wasn’t already a 90-minute déjà vu, and the film is tied together with unrealistic fight scenes and video game-like car chases. I counted two intense, hold-yourbreath moments throughout the film, and the majority of the audience was largely unaffected by any of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it action. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give “Taken 2” a 5. Much more effort could have been put into this film, and I feel it was a lazy attempt at a sequel to an award-winning movie. I was not “taken” with this film at all. Please, please, please let there not be a “Taken 3.”
TV watchers warm up to same-sex relationships in “The New Normal” BY SAN CHANDRA
Television has never been more open to portray same-sex relationships. “The New Normal,” NBC’s new hit comedy, centers on a gay couple in Los Angeles, a surrogate from Ohio, her daughter and her nagging, extremely conservative grandmother. David Murray (Justin Bartha) is a successful gynecologist and his partner Bryan Collins (Andrew Rannells) plays a highly fashionable television producer. In this show, Murray and Collins decide to conceive a child through surrogacy. Goldie Clemmons (Georgia King) decides to flee her old life in Ohio with her daughter, Shania (Bebe Wood). Clemmons arrives in Los Angeles with limited money and soon finds herself strug-
gling to provide for herself and her daughter. She decides to become a surrogate for gay couples because she feels every couple deserves a chance to have and love children. Immediately after the interview, Murray and Collins decide to hire Clemmons as their surrogate, but her grandmother, Jane Forrest (Ellen Barkin), refuses to let her conceive a child for a gay couple. In this up-to-date show, viewers get a glimpse at the life of a gay couple and their struggle to be seen as normal in their society and the disapproval they endure in public. In addition, viewers can also witness the love and support this couple receives from their friends and family. This comedy not only illustrates our society’s new perception of what is considered to be normal, it
also shows us the obstacles people face to pursue their dreams. Forrest pushes Clemmons away from making what she calls ‘drastic decisions’ in her life. After being cheated on by her husband and dealing with a lowwage job, Clemmons feels she really has nowhere else to go. She and her daughter are invited to live in the lavish home of Collins and Murray, and they kindly accept. This show will keep viewers on their toes, grabbing at a tissue and causing them to laugh out loud. “The New Normal” is comedy for a crowd that is yearning to see the future of our society, whether they agree with it or not. “The New Normal” airs on Tuesdays at 8:30 pm on NBC.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Gabriel and Russell hope for rockstar status
BY PAT BOWDEN
“If I found someone playing my tracks on their iPod… I would have a big old smile on my face. I know it sounds corny, but I really would,” said aspiring musician and LHS student Edell RaShawn Gabriel. Gabriel first began making music because he didn’t like what was popular and needed music with more meaning. “When I was ten I started creating music because the music on the radio was terrible; since I’d been doing it, I figured it was a waste to not record it,” said Gabriel. Adam Russell, another ambitious musician at LHS, has been creating music for more than six years. He is driven to create music not only his own but also to produce the music of others. “The feeling of accomplishment is what drove me to make it in the first place. The feeling I get listen-
ing to it – the feeling of knowel. “However, I do also listen to ing I made it,” said Russell. some popular music like Kanye Both Gabriel and Russell conWest. I mean he makes the beats, struct hip-hop and rap songs, the lyrics, and the fashion. You however the two couldn’t be have to respect that,” said Gamore night and day. Russell’s briel. Christian background has inWhat they do have in comspired him throughout the years mon? Their strife for becoming along with Christian-rap names famous for their music. like 1:16 Clique and Reach Re“If I can make it big and live cords. on pursuing music, that’d be “I look up to my friend John ‘boss,’” said Gabriel. “It would Schlitt. One day I hope to be as be like becoming famous for my famous as my multi-Grammy personality.” winner friend,” said Russell. Russell has had music as his Opposite of Russell’s genre, future goal for a while, and he Gabriel followed the path (or works hard at it on his own free tunnel) to underground rap. time. Underground (punk) rap strays “It’s my main goal in life. Muaway from the ordinary music sic is something that comes from themes and offers a more oldmy heart and portrays who I am. style sound of rap. It gives out a message and can be “I would consider myself a positive influence,” said RusPHOTO BY MARIECLAIRE CHRISTENSON punk rap - it’s kind of out of the Gabriel and Russell are always think- sell. “Music…is about the mesordinary and experimental. Peo- ing music. sage, not the money.” ple usually don’t know a lot of the The artists are already on their artists on my iPhone,” said Gabriway with albums produced and
Snapchat is where it is at BY TAYLOR GLASOE
Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends. It is very similar to picture mail, although the difference is that Snapchat users are able to choose how long their friends can view the picture. The timer can be set up to 10 seconds and senders can type a 30 character message. Once the time is up, the image and message are irretrievable. However, there is one way a viewer can save a hilarious Snapchat. They can simply screenshot the picture during the few seconds they have to view it and it will automatically save to their pictures folder. If the reciever chooses to screenshot the snapchat, the sender will be notified.
more anticipated in the future. “I just give my album away – so people get to know me more before they buy anything,” said Gabriel. “The quality’s not up to par with the pros, and it does get critiqued more because of my budget as a high school student.” After playing a few concerts and having his music online for some time, Russell is getting ready to release an album as an alternative to demos. “Right now it’s free listening on the internet. But I have an album coming out and would like to be able to sell it at LHS,” said Russell. The future for Gabriel and Russell seems buoyant and successful, as they’re already coming out with full length albums in their senior year of high school. The two are open to discussion on their music and producing as well as ready to give anyone a listen.
By the Numbers NUMBER OF YARDS JUNIOR CADEN QUINTANILLA
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Pats golf victoriously rises to the occasion
score, junior Parker Klitzke placed fourth, junior Cole Peterson placed eighth and junior Thomas Beck came in at twelfth place. The Patriots were ahead of O’Gorman by only three shots after the first day of competition, but the team ended up pulling away from the runner-up team to seal the win. “We really wanted to win as a team,” said Vining. “The individual race was close, and I never really pulled away, but the team did a great job of doing that.” Not only was O’Gorman LHS’ closest competitor throughout the state tournament, they were also PHOTO PROVIDED BY THOMAS BECK the toughest team to beat Celebrating their state victory, LHS golf team members (from left to right) throughout the season. Since head coach Lyle Pearson, Lee Radke, Thomas Beck, Parker Klitzke, Tommy the Knights beat the Pats at Vining, Cole Peterson, Ben Prisbe, and assistant coach Robert Amundson. the city meet and LHS beat OG at the Greater Dakota BY MAGGI IBIS LHS the momentum to beat the secConference tournament, the state The LHS boys golf team was ond place finishers, O’Gorman, by competition was expected to be a crowned this year’s Class AA state 14 strokes. boys golf champions Oct. 2 for the Despite the obstacles of mild winds close match between the two teams. Despite the great pressure to win, first time since 2000. LHS sopho- and unfamiliar greens throughout the the LHS golf team stayed motivated more Tommy Vining led the team tournament, the LHS players put up to victory by winning the individual impressive scores to allow the team for the whole season to prepare them state title by a mere stroke, giving to reach the top. Behind Vining’s top for the state tournament.
“As a team it was a successful season because all we really cared about was state,” Vining said. “We just had the best mindset.” Coach Lyle Pearson helped to prepare the team by telling players to take the tournament one shot at a time, as well as to stay focused. Another key factor was the help of Jared Jaton, a psychologist, who assisted the team in the mental aspect of the game. Vining credits Jaton for having a good mindset during the tournament. “I was in the first group, so I was nervous, but Jared helped me to stay calm throughout the whole tournament,” said Vining. “He always told us to think ‘no one is better than us.’” With no seniors on the team this year, LHS boys golf expects to continue having successful seasons in the next few years, and this year’s championship has been a clear sign of the great skill on the team. Junior Thomas Beck is especially proud of the team’s strong finish to top off the season. “Holding the trophy was my favorite part of the tournament,” said Beck. “It’s a good feeling to know that we have our own stamp on history.”
Standing Pat: Replacements, you’re being replaced
BY ZAC CAMPBELL, STAFF WRITER
As of Sept. 27 the NFL players and fans went back to enjoying the best sport in the fall, football. Why did fans and players rejoice again? The “official” refs and the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally agreed on a deal that brought back the original refs and got rid of the horrid replacements. The replacement refs were one of the most discussed topics throughout the early weeks of the NFL. These refs were responsible for blowing games, upsetting fans and causing the players to go on rampages. Having re-
placement refs was like having a bad, inexperienced substitute teacher: they know what they’re doing, but they aren’t as good as the real deal. As a strong NFL fan, I was very happy when they announced the return of the regular refs. I’m not the only one who got tired of watching Division II football referees try to ref a faster paced, intense football game. Even in the preseason the refs just couldn’t get the calls right. It took the refs anywhere from five to ten minutes to get the call correct, which is something that NFL fans found difficult to endure. I got to thinking that maybe Mr.
Halseth could be the new Roger Goodell, and my sports officiating class could be the new replacement refs, seeing how we could probably do a better job refereeing games than the replacements. The final straw for referees was the infamous Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers in which Seahawks upset the Packers with one of the most talked about and one of the most controversial calls in NFL history. On a last second heave to the end zone the Packers safety M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball but at the same time Seattle’s receiver Gold-
en Tate had one hand on the ball and the replacement referees called it a touchdown, resulting in a 14-12 victory for the Seahawks. The amount of negative feedback that the NFL was receiving was never ending (see @ TLang70 tweets on twitter for some examples). The NFL and the referees settled a labor deal that brought back the real referees for the rest of the season. For the rest of all mankind, may we never have to watch replacement refs do the job of a professional, not only in the NFL but in any sport for that matter.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Girls soccer finishes strong
PHOTO PROVIDED BY ERIN ELSHAMI
BY KAYLIE ERICSON
For the second year in a row, the LHS girls soccer team placed second in the state tournament. After an undefeated season, the team lost to RHS when their opponents scored in the last seven minutes of the championship game on Oct. 13. “I was confident that we would do well; we had a legitimate chance,” said senior Darby Hugunin. “We were both undefeated, we both had two tie games and we tied each other during the season. . .it could have gone either way.” Although they came off of a strong undefeated season with a 10-2-0 record and entered the tournament seeded second in the state, the team knew they would be facing tough competition in the championship game. “I think it was better for us to go in seeded second, it kept up ‘humble and hungry’ as Steve would say,” said senior Liz Magnuson Despite the championship game being their first loss of the season, Hugunin looks back on it with satisfaction. “We have a lot of seniors on our team and they all played well,” said Hugunin, “but it also kind of surprised me how the younger kids stepped up. And we have the best goalie in the state, Maggie Smithers.” Other than winning second place
in the championship, Hugunin said she has plenty of things to appreciate about the season of her senior year. “I was sad, not because we lost, but because the season is over. I loved going to practice every day and hanging out with the team.” Many players on the team attribute their continued success to the closeness of the team. “We are so close as a team and the bond that we have helped our game so much. Whenever we were down a goal during a game, we knew that, together, we could come back,” said Hugunin. “We all love each other and play for each other,” said Magnuson. “It sounds cheesy, but we are very close. Soccer is not just a hobby for us all but our lives, and we really gave it the attention it deserved and pushed each other to do better.” Although the team will take a hit next year by losing eight talented seniors, players have faith in the future of the LHS girls soccer team. “Clearly LHS soccer is on the rise and we’re only going to go up. Steve [Burckhalter] is a really good coach and knows what he’s talking about. He knows what to drill us on and what to practice.” “We’re going to miss all of the seniors because of their attitude and ability, but if we stay motivated we will definitely have a shot at the title next year,” said junior Lily Breukelman.
A season of hard work comes to a close BY MAGGI IBIS
The LHS boys soccer team had a great season, placing third at the Class AA state tournament and ending the year with a final record of 7-1-3. The team faced many obstacles throughout the season, such as the frequent unknown absences of the head coach. Despite challenges the LHS soccer team faced, there were many positive accomplishments the players will remember. Not only did the team beat the WHS Warriors in the consolation game to place third, the players also grew as individual players and as a team. Senior Zac Campbell credits the team’s ability to work together to their successful season. “I will remember all my teammates and how we had such good chemistry,” Campbell said. “No matter what, we never gave up on each other.” Seniors Tanner Hoffman and Sam Koob and Junior Adam Belhaj were the co-captains of the team, and not only were they key players; they kept everyone motivated and focused dur-
ing the season, and especially at the state tournament. Koob says he looks tournament was a disappointment to forward to the state tournament ev- this year’s senior players in particular, the rest of the team is already looking ery year. “It always brings out the best tal- ahead to next season. Campbell says ent in everyone and every team,” that despite tough games and unfortunate losses, the unfailing support of Koob said. Belhaj will be returning next year, the LHS student body was beneficial to the boys soccer season. and is looking forward to the under“We have always appreciat appreciatclassmen that will step up to ed the amount of support become important comour fans have given us ponents of the team next all season,” Campbell season. said. “We are very “Teren Shuster althankful for that.” ways comes ready Although the to play, and he team didn’t achieve the has great skills,” “three-peat” they were hoping Belhaj said of for, they agree that next year’s the sophomore. team will have another shot “Cesar Cuelat the state title. lar will be our “We gave [the tournament] brick wall in abour all, but even in the ab defense next sence of this year’s seniors, year.” next year’s team will be While the loss to Yankstrong,” said PHOTO PROVIDED BY ZAC CAMPBELL ton in the Junior Adam Belhaj challenges a WHS op- Koob. second day ponent in the semifinals of the tournament. of the state
Ethan Landon commits to Kansas State BY: ZAC CAMPBELL
Senior Ethan Landon has known where he will be attending college in the fall of 2013 since last winter. Standout senior pitcher for the LHS Baseball team verbally committed to Kansas State to play baseball for the Wildcats. The recruiting process for Landon started after his sophomore year of high school, and he enjoyed everything about it. “I thought the recruiting process was fun. I liked getting to see the campus and facilities of a lot of big schools,” said Landon. When the process started he went into it open-minded, not having any idea of where he wanted to go play baseball post-high school. “My parents helped me in making the right decision and finding the right school for me. I just wanted to find the right fit where I would have to chance to play in the post-season,” said Landon. With other scholarships offers that came from big time schools such as Baylor, Michigan State and Coastal
Carolina, Landon finally chose Kansas State as his destination. He knew he didn’t have any regrets with his decision to commit. “I really like the coaching staff, campus, the opportunity to go in and pitch a lot as a freshman and the opportunity to go down where it’s warmer to play baseball,” said Landon. When it came down to choosing a place to play baseball, Landon knew was relieved when a decision was made. “It felt really good when I committed, it was a relief to get that weight off my shoulders and know where I’m going to school. My parents were happy for me too. They liked the fact that I chose a school with good academics as well,” Landon said. Also being recruited helps a lot with the cost of tuition during school. “Since I got a scholarship to play baseball, I won’t graduate with a ton of debt,” said Landon. After his final year of LHS baseball this summer he can finally focus on
PHOTO PROVIDED BY ETHAN LANDON
Landon gets ready to pitch during last year’s baseball season.
making the transition of high school baseball to college baseball. “I’m excited to get a chance to play in the Big 12, a premiere conference, and the opportunity to play with and against great players,” said Landon.
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
Starting off strange on the gridiron BY DYLAN ENSZ
We are six weeks into the NFL season, and it’s hard to believe we ever even took a break. Peyton Manning gets overpublicized, the Ravens and Giants are finding ways to win and the Chiefs and Browns are terrible. But there are quite a few surprises this season: replacement referees, unexpectedly failing or dominating teams and a conspicuous lack of Tebow-mania. Superbowl favorite Saints are off to a rough start at 1/4. The Saints’ picture could hardly have looked more bleak coming out of week three; at this point they were not only 0/3, but the teams they had lost to were a combined 0/6 against everybody else. On the other end of the spectrum, the NFC West has been unexpectedly dominant through the early weeks of the season. Less than two years ago, the winner of the division had a 7/9 record. Now, three of the teams have a positive record of either 4/2 and the Rams are at 3/3. All four members of the AFC East are tied with a record of 3/3 despite the fact that the Bills have a worse point differential than the Patriots by a whopping 106 points.
In the NFC South, The Eagles won their first two games by a single point each and, in these games, turned the ball over nine times. At one point, they were first in the NFC South with a negative point differential while the Giants were last in the division with a positive overall score. The replacement referees were catastrophically bad. Miscalls were made in almost every single game. The outcome of a game was almost certainly mishandled when the referees awarded the Seahawks a touchdown when Packers safety M.D. Williams clearly had greater possession of the ball. This was the metaphorical “straw that broke the camel’s back”: the referee’s lockout was over in just two days. Sports Illustrated’s cover that week showed prominent referee Ed Hochuli with the text “Oh, now you love us.” Though NFL fans may be overjoyed to have the better referees back, I hardly think we love them. We just hate them a lot less than their substitutes. And, in the greatest and least expected development of the year, everybody finally shut up about Tim Tebow.
Running the extra mile LHS cross country prepares for state
BY MICHAEL O’HARA
The LHS runners on the cross country team are confident in their abilities for the ongoing season, and they are putting in long training runs to be at their best for the state meet on Oct. 20. The LHS runners train six to seven days a week, with each session lasting from one to one and a half hours. Training runs average seven to eight miles or often more than ten miles on days when they have long runs. “The mental aspect is the most difficult part of training,” said sophomore Nathan Schroeder. “You have to constantly push your limits just to keep going.” The team also said they find their hard work rewarding though, even after a grueling run. “It’s a good feeling when I feel like I got something accomplished,” said Schroeder. One of the most potent strengths of the team is the camaraderie of the runners.
PHOTO BY MICHAEL O’HARA
Will Lauer runs past a WHS competitior at last year’s State Cross Country Meet.
“We know we can stand out over the rest, mostly because of the bonds we have as a team. We get comments from other teams on how strong our bond is, which is cool because most of the time those commenting are pretty much strangers.”
Despite arduous running, the team has suffered few cramps, sprains and pulls. “We’ve had a couple injuries, but I’m confident we can overcome them in time for state,” said Schroeder.
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STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
By Kaylie Ericson and Heather Haushild
Hockey players trade in friends and home for their sport 18-year-old Tony Calderone, originally from Trenton, Mich, was drafted just this year to play with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Along with putting in more than 15 hours weekly with the team, Calderone is a senior at RHS. “Tony is a very talented player,” said Stampede Director of Player Personnel
Craig Sarner. “He is a natural goal scorer
who finds the back of the net when given the opportunity. He is a leader and someone who we feel can come in and contribute right away.” Calderone knew that to play with Stampede meant to give up his “normal” life, as he would become a known face in Sioux Falls. This, however, didn’t seem to faze him. “I don’t regret anything about choosing my hockey career over a normal high school life,” said Calderone. “I love representing the city of Sioux Falls. The fans are awesome, and I love the looks that we get when we go in public wearing our Stampede gear.” Calderone is already committed to Princeton, with plans to extend his hockey career as long as possible. He has an ultimate goal to play with the Detroit Red Wings.
RHS senior Jake Ahlgren doesn’t consider himself a local celebrity, but his fans might think otherwise. Originally from Fergus Falls, Minn, Ahlgren was drafted to play for the Sioux Falls Stampede this year. His high school life was interrupted, but he has no regrets. “I’d much rather be playing hockey all the time,” said Ahlgren. “A typical day for me is going to school, then hockey, then homework and hanging out with the boys. I love it.” Ahlgren’s goal in hockey is to play for his favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks, alongside his role model, Patrick Kane. He works
hard with the Stampede to reach this goal. But along with talent and hard work, superstition plays a role in Ahlgren’s hockey game. “I don’t do it much anymore, but I used to have to go to Subway before every game and order the same thing so that I would get 12 cents back, because 12 is my favorite number,” said Ahlgren. “If I didn’t get 12 cents back, I knew I wouldn’t play well.” Ahlgren also has advice for young hockey players: “The off-season training is the most important part and never give up.”
Scheels IcePlex to be constructed in 2013
By Kaylie Ericson and Heather Haushild
Scheels announced its $750,000 donation to the building of a new ice and recreation center Sept. 13. The Sioux Falls Ice Sports Association (ISA) is in charge of the “IcePlex,” which is projected to be open in the fall of 2014. Executive director of the ISA, Sue Salter, provides an inside perspective of the project. “The idea of a new indoor ice facility in Sioux Falls is not new. For over 20 years, our community has suffered from an inadequate supply of ice and substandard facilities,” said Salter. “We’ve lost out on tournament and competition opportunities, and the majority of our young skaters spend most of their time on the road, traveling to other communities for games, tournaments, camps and competitions…even for practice ice time.” The Scheels IcePlex will be built on a gift of land offered by Sanford as part of the Sanford Sports Complex in northern Sioux Falls. With the completion of the IcePlex, the city will have spent over $11 million on additional recreational facilities. Over time, the facility
Photo provided by the Sioux Falls Ice Sports Association
will acquire venues not currently available to Sioux Falls, such as four sheets of ice under one roof, one of them being accessible year-round. Other amenities will include permanent seating, locker rooms, a heated viewing area, a championship rink with sufficient seating, and meeting rooms. The current facilities are substandard. The Sioux Falls youth hockey teams practice in ei-
ther the Expo Building or the S.F. Ice and Rec Center, both old facilities. “The two rinks that are in town are really worn down,” said senior Matt Tastad, who plays for the Sioux Falls Flyers hockey team. “Every year we lose ice in the Expo building for a month and then are left to one small rink; it makes scheduling practice times really difficult.”
LHS sophomore Caleb Anderson, another Sioux Falls Flyers hockey team member, has been waiting for the new facilities since he was just five years old. “Just about every other city has nicer facilities. I know for a fact that none of them have horse barns like we do.” The organizations that will be using the IcePlex are the Sioux Falls Youth Hockey Association, the Sioux Falls Figure Skating Club, and adult hockey leagues from the surrounding areas. “Our community will be able to host local, regional, and even national games, tournaments, competitions and camps,” said Salter. “Sioux Falls will finally be on the map with regards to ice sports.” Upcoming Stampede Games: Oct. 26: Home vs. Sioux City Oct. 27: Home vs. Tri-City Nov. 2: Home vs. Fargo Nov. 3: Home vs. Chicago
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
FOOTBALL Luke Meyers, 12
Ethan DeCosse, 12
Landon Thompson, 12
Zach Long, 12
Caleb Kjose, 12
Trevor Naasz, 11
Lane Brown, 12
Caden Quintanilla, 11
Matt Wagner, 11
Good luck charm: My leotard I wear under my uniform. Random fact: My brother is single. Inspiration: Female underclassmen
Good luck charm: Onesie pajamas I wear under my pads Random fact: Ethan DeCosse drinks Pedialyte Inspiration: Dylan “Catfish” Mertes
Good luck charm: Micah Dix’s mullet Random fact: I’m the next Tech N9ne
Mike VanVeldhuizen, 11
Good luck charm: Gold bond Random fact: I’m single and ready to mingle. Inspiration: The Incredible Hulk
Dylan Bartow, 11
Good luck charm: Eric Wagner Random fact: Trevor Naasz and I are actually brothers. Inspiration: Captain Caden
Good luck charm: My leopard print underwear Random fact: I’ve been known to make a mean Sloppy Joe. Inspiration: My duck Silly Band... he broke
Good luck charm: Jimmy Keating’s ginormous bicep Random fact: I have an evil twin Inspiration: Tanner Hoffman’s amazing ability to somehow wear shorts
Good luck charm: Pre-game prayer Random fact: I enjoy spending time with my little toy and Matt Swagner Inspiration: To be able to play in a controlled climate (The Dome!!)
Good luck charm: My lucky compressions Random fact: Nobody can replicate my dance moves Inspiration: Father David and “Cam” Burgard because of all the work he puts in in the weight room
Good luck charm: The red headband Lily gave me Random fact: I once got bit by Matt Wagner’s anaconda... and survived. Inspiration: Big Bad Bart
Good luck charm: Dylan Bartow Random Fact: I enjoy long walks on the beach and romantic dinners with Ellie Brecht. Inspiration: Sydney Miller
Keshaun Britt, 11
Connor Burchill, 11
Random fact: I’m actually white inside #oreoswag
Good luck charm: Lil Breuky Random fact: I have grey hair. Inspiration: Conrad Adam
Good luck charm: Lil Breuky
Taylor Salava, 11
Good luck charm: Trevor Naasz’s sprained ankles Random fact: I’m on ‘Simply Perfect’ baseball team (a.k.a. Caleb Anderson) Inspiration: Ethan DeCosse
Levi Rozeboom, 11
Good luck charm: Seeing Wagner’s pet iguana Random fact: I dress like a pretty boy (Reciever). Inspiration: Cabes’ football pants
E VARSITY Lexy Edwards, 12
Good luck charm: My main meatball, Whitney Hanson Random fact: I’ve been chased and pulled over for speeding by Lily Breukelman’s mom #notacop Inspiration: Christmas count down, Annie quotes, and boys in football pants... (Nadia Elshami)
STATESMAN | October 22, 2012
CHEER Whitney Hanson, 12
Good luck charm: My main meatball Lexy Edwards Random fact: I walk with a limp like an old school pimp because I can’t straighten my leg. Inspiration: Nadia Elshami’s smile in the crowd
Ona Schuck, 12
Good luck charm: Regan O’Connor and her beautiful bows Random fact: I won’t eat anything grape flavored Inspiration: The masters (Pabst and Hopp)
Good luck charm: My little brother :) Random fact: I’m a cat lady. Inspiration: Maddie Schultz’s laugh... Ever heard it?
Chelsey Davis, 12
Good luck charm: My favorite necklace Random fact: I went vegan for a month. Inspiration: My family, Ellee Darkow, and previous coaches
Mae Meierhenry, 12
Ellee Darkow, 12
Morgan Sorenson, 12
Steph Buss, 11
Katie Sim, 12
Good luck charm: Blue Ribbon Random fact: I can’t go to sleep without a fan on. Inspiration: My grandpa, Chelsey Davis, my mom
Jami Fitz, 12
Good luck charm: Caleb Kjose Random fact: I dislike Caleb Kjose. LAWLZ. Inspiration: Sydney Torgrude’s muscles
Keylee Rentschler, 11 Random fact: I enjoy MC’s photography skills Inspiration: Max Hooker’s convertible with Adam Belhaj in the passenger seat
Good luck charm: My lucky red bow Random fact: I’m a klutz. I was concussed from rolling into a wall. Inspiration: Coach Paladino-Hazlett
Aliyah Tiede, 12
Good luck charm: Chrissy Schmits’ big booty! Random fact: I have a small booty... siiike Inspiration: Keirrah Randle, Cera Ledbetter and the dance team... duhh
Alyson O’Connor, 11
Good luck charm: Lauren Hoyne Random fact: I’m pretty sure I’m part Asian. Inspiration: Sydney Miller and Keshaun Britt <3
Good luck charm: Chelsey Davis in spandex Random fact: My motto is: peace, love, volleyball, bump, set, spike it, that’s the way we like it! Inspiration: Febreeze, because it makes my knee pads smell fantastic
Good luck charm: The sports bra I’ve won both state championships in Random fact: I like to think of tweets that will help me lose the most followers. Inspiration: Erin Radke
Sydney Bartels, 12
Good luck charm: My #1 diabetic friend, Nadia Elshami Random fact: I stuck a Skittle up my nose in Kindergarten and it melted! Inspiration: Tommmmahh!!
Shelby Meier, 11
Good luck charm: My seeeester... She’s a leprechaun. Random fact: I am married to Jenna Martin. Sydney Bartels is our adopted daughter. Inspiration: Aliyah T. :)
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