Issue 6_2020 The Budget

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VOLUME 127, ISSUE 7 JUNE 1, 2020







IN THIS ISSUE Scholarship awards ceremony goes online to recognize seniors page 4



VOLUME 127, ISSUE 7 JUNE 1, 2020


Timeline marks important events from past four years page 6-7 COVID-19 cuts senior year short, impacting life plans page 8-9 Artists ready to take creativity beyond LHS in a variety of ways page 10-11 Teachers share their best wishes for members of senior class page 14-15







Seniors headed across the country as they plan their next steps page 16-17


Mayson Quartlebaum to play D1 basketball page 20-21 Seniors find new ways to celebrate prom with at-home events page 24

ON THE COVER — The unexpected end to their school year left seniors apart but still looking for ways to feel connected. Pictured are: Lazlo Mardis, Ashton Gaultney, Justice Ellis, Avery Harrington, Josie Abernathy, Bryce Smith, Sam Goddard, Lyndsey Fletcher, Deshon Lewis, Kanak Masten, Isabelle Santee, Frances Williams, Charlie Nigro, Banner Williams, Hailey Coon, Emmeline Schneider, Katie Williams, Peyton Mallory, Aryaf Muyidi, Alivia Rapp, Samira Laytimi, Jude Bernard, Keely English, Tracy Allen, Josh Woolverton, Bradie Barnes, Jillian Decker, Haven Rethman and Melanie Meyer. ILLUSTRATION BY SAMI TURNER


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FINAL GOODBYES Three teachers retire at the close of strange school year




natomy teacher Jo Huntsinger had been looking forward to diving into cat dissections with a “brain surgery” day when students returned from spring break. Like everyone else, she had to adjust when schools closed. Start to finish, it was an unusual school year. Huntsinger had to start the year on the auditorium stage when three dozen classrooms were unfinished on the first day. “I was all set to finish strong fourth quarter with some of my favorite units and activities...”

she said Huntsinger was disappointed to miss coordinating Mud Volleyball but promises it “will not die with COVID-19” as other LHS staffers are prepared to take over. Senior Hailey Coon said Huntsinger was one of the best teachers she had at Lawrence High. “You know sometimes the material she teaches can be difficult to fully comprehend, but she makes you want to learn more,” Coon said. “She teaches you the material in a lecture, which can get old fast, but she keeps it interesting with funny stories and little tricks to help you remember the anatomy.”





harlie Lauts didn’t always want to be a teacher. Instead of going to college, she planned to continue to work on her family’s farm in Nebraska. The decision to go to college came only a few weeks before the school year was set to start. “In August, after I graduated high school and all my friends were getting ready to leave… it was 105 degrees outside… and I was outside putting up hay on my tractor,” Lauts said. “No shade or air conditioning or anything. I came inside for lunch

and told my mom that ‘I think I want to go to college,’ ” Fresh out of college, she accepted her job at LHS in 1987 and felt immediate support. Lauts involved herself with the school and was the assistant varsity softball coach for 18 years. When asked what she would miss the most, she answered with no hesitation: her students. “I truly consider them my kids,” she said. “Of course the people I work with, the people I’ve worked with for years, the camaraderie within the staff is just amazing.”





or retiring English teacher and department chair Kimberly O’Brien, the school closure meant having to spend her final months at LHS teaching her students online. Long-time co-worker and fellow English teacher Paula Bastemeyer said the loss of O’Brien’s knowledge will be felt particularly strongly. “She was a walking reference,” she said. “I could ask her anything, and she would know the answer.” The years leading up to her retirement have not been easy for O’Brien. Her father passed away

a year ago, and she has been helping with her stepmother’s care. “I’ve had a lot of loss lately,” O’Brien said. “I’ve been involved in grief. And I was thinking this morning that I feel that way about my classes, too. I feel like my classes were just ripped away from me, and I’ve been in a grieving process.” O’Brien already has plans for her future, saying tutoring is one option. “There’s so much that I’m going to miss,” O’Brien said. “I know I’m not going to be done with teaching.”





HONOR SENIORS S Seniors honored during local scholarship awards night eniors received more than $76,000 in scholarships on May 6 during a virtual awards ceremony. These were the winners:

Altrusa Memorial, $1,000, Megan Drumm Award for Excellence, $100, Chaska Cloud Can We Talk/Young Women of Color Participant, $250, Analise Reeder, Anasuya Subramaniam, Brayden Bloxsom, Tena (Rose) Hicks, Tracy Allen Elise H. Randolph, $1,000, Chloe McNair First State Bank & Trust, $1,000, Mira Jo Simms Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club, $1,000, Nolan Smith Jon Blubaugh Memorial, $4,000, Matteo KalushaAguirre Kahlyn E. Heine Memorial, $1,500, Charlie Nigro Lawrence Branch NAACP , $500, Tracy Allen Lawrence Breakfast Optimists Club: Jim Yowell Memorial, $1,000, Carly Cooper Lawrence Jaycees Gary Saathoff, $1,000, Jillian Decker Lawrence Kiwanis Club, $500, Lucy Schmidt Lawrence Lions Alumni Association, $1,000, Alivia Rapp, Allison Grammer, Anasuya Subramaniam, Brayden Bloxsom, Jennifer Munoz, Deshon Lewis II, Ella Nobo, Jonathon Smith, Henry DeWitt Lawrence PEO Scholarship, $1,500, Samantha Turner League of Women Voters Lawrence-Douglas County, $1,000, Samantha Turner Lions Pride PTO, $500, Marian Frick, Nicholas

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Kennedy, Nolan Smith, Ryan Claycamp, Tatum Grammer, Trevor Arellano LMH Health Volunteers, $1,000, Elijah Eklund Lynn Leban Journalism, $250, Daniel Davidson Margaret McReynolds Math, $1,000, Banner Williams Martin Luther King, Jr. Award of Excellence, $1,000, Bryce Smith Mei Mei Montgomery Memorial, $500, Tabatha Peters Reece Wright-Conklin Memorial, $1,000, Christopher McGee Sharon K. Stultz Family Foundation, $1,000, Noah Stussie, Trevor Arellano Steve Sublett Most Inspirational Cross Country Squad Members, $200, Connor Bewley, Tracy Allen Lawrence Education Association High School Senior Scholarship, $500, Nicholas Kennedy, Julia Maria Rossillon Al and Leona Deiser Memorial, $1,000, Colby Otting Al Woolard Memorial, $1,000, Chris McGee Arthur “Mike” Browning Memorial, $1,000, Josie Abernathy Barbara Burnett, $500, Kelcee Reese Bob & Pauline Johnson, $1,000, Tatum Grammer Carl Mibeck, $2,500, Amelia Vasquez Carol JC Church , $500, DeShon Lewis Central Bank of the Midwest, $500, Tyler Soukhot Coach Kermit D. Aldridge, $500, Julia Marie Rossillon David “Doc” Johnson Memorial, $500, Trevor Arellano, Amudat Oladimeji Del and Don Fambrough Memorial, $1,000, Trevor

Arellano Elmore Family, $5,000, Daniel Davidson, Raymond Lesmana Ethel and Raymond Rice Challenge Award, $750, Megan Drumm, Tabatha Peters Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #309, $500, Samantha Turner Gerald M. “Jerry” Vogel Memorial, $1,000, Tabby Peters H.C. Stuart Memorial, $500, Emmeline Schneider Haskell Award, $500, Star Her Many Horses Jan Green Memorial, $750, Josh Woolverton John P. Saunders Memorial, $1,000, Sophia Naramore-Winfrey Kennedy Elementary Alumni, $500, Kelcee Reese Latino Success, $1,000, Jennifer Munoz Martin and Cora Hickel Family, $1,000, Paiden Bell, Maleah Phommaseng McCownGordan, LLC, $750, Matteo Kalusha-Aguirre Pete Deiser Memorial, $1,000, Tyler Soukhot Preston Scheiler Memorial, $1,000, Arianna MyersArenth Randy Weseman & Empire Bank Leadership, $1,000, Noah Stussie RD Johnson Excavating, $500, Ryan Claycamp Rex R. Powell’s Burtons Hollow, $2,000, Cierra Krauss Sarah Ann Zimmerman Memorial, $500, Josh Woolverton Stan Roth Science, $2,000, Lazlo Mardis Travis E. Glass Memorial, $600, Raymond Lesmana Troy Tate Memorial Wrestling, $500, Henry DeWitt


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Seniors weren’t ready to say goodbye BY MERIEL SALISBURY

ments we have all together as a class, and sadly, we had our last moments together without even realizing it,” Schneider said. cross America, high school Schneider was an active part of seniors are grieving the orchestra and jazz band and plans to lost end of the school year continue playing bass in college. because of the COVID-19 “I am going to miss my orchestra pandemic. family the most because I know it will The story is no different at Lawrence not be possible to bring us all High, where state-wide together in person,” she said. school closures mean that “WE DIDN’T “Orchestra meant a lot to me for seniors, their last week and was a huge part of my at LHS was the first week of KNOW OUR high school experience. I am March. really disappointed that I will “I’m really sad about the LAST DAY WAS not be able to take the solo fact that we didn’t know our OUR LAST I have been working really last day was our last day,” DAY.” hard on for this whole school senior Keely English said in a — KEELY ENGLISH, year to contest.” virtual interview. “If I knew, English will especially SENIOR I definitely would’ve chermiss the teachers that have ished walking through the impacted her life the most at halls one last time and said a Lawrence High. proper goodbye to all my teachers.” “I loved all my teachers this year, but Senior Peyton Mallory feels similarly. two that stuck out a lot were Mr. [Matt] “If I knew beforehand that my last Ellis and Mrs. [Melissa] Johnson. They day at LHS was before spring break, I are just amazing teachers and always definitely would have thanked my teachwanted me to do the best I could,” ers for guiding my way through high English said. “I’m definitely going to reschool, and make sure I got to say my member them forever. They helped me last goodbyes to some of my friends that grow and challenge myself and made my I may never get to see again,” he said. senior year something to look forward Mallory plans to go to college to play to.” basketball. He says that the pandemic Another loss especially important has not completely halted his process of to seniors was the choir department’s being recruited, but has slowed it down. end-of-the-school-year performance of “The coaches have really grasped this Showtime. new recruiting process, so I’ve been get“[Showtime’s] such a big part of who ting texts and phone calls from some,” I am,” English said. “I got close to so Mallory said. “One actually walked many people last year during Showtime, around campus and videoed to give me a so not being able to do it this year is feel of what it looked like.” hard. I was really looking forward to Senior Emmeline Schneider will miss singing the senior song.” end of the year activities for the Class of The concert would have been an 2020, which she views as rite of passage. important send-off for senior Nicholai “The end of senior year is the time Jost-Epp as well. when us seniors cherish the last few mo-





“For me my experience at LHS has meant creating relationships through music,” Jost-Epp said. “I did band and choir for all of high school and had so many meaningful relationships with friends that were formed through making music together. It’s really unfortunate that seniors involved in music couldn’t have any sort of closure with their last music concerts as high school students.” Coronavirus has added uncertainty to Jost-Epp’s educational experiences after high school. “Whether we will be able to have opportunities to do activities in college that actually require being on campus, like clubs or internships or extracurricular activities or hands-on experience in classes, is based on what happens in the future,” Jost-Epp said. “For me person-


SEE YA Seniors wish goodbyes had been different

“I wish I could have said my goodbyes on the last night of Showtime. I would have loved doing the senior song in my college shirt.” —Macie Laurent “One final walk through with all my friends and seeing all of the teachers just one last time.” —Tatum Wallace “I wish I could have said goodbye and hugged my favorite teachers. And I wish I could have been able to just roam an had one more school day so that when I walked away I had closure to say goodbye to my school life.” —Ash Gaultney “Throwing all my papers up in the air in the halls like they did in High School Musical.” —Lizzy Lemmon “Driving through the parking lot in my rickety car with my friends cheering, laughing and having a good time.” —Chloe McNair “I wish I could have given all my friends and favorite teachers a hug.” —Jude Bernard

ally, if we knew how long we would have to do social distancing, I would be able to weigh these different factors when choosing a college, but of course no one knows.” Even though the loss of the last celebratory months of school and unprecedented uncertainty due to COVID-19 is challenging, seniors are trying to remain optimistic. “I’m not sure how much of an actual summer we will be able to experience, which is really sad, because this is the last summer I’m together with all my friends,” English said. “But I can’t wait to make it as good as we can. College is going to bring a lot of new beginnings, and I’m excited to see where it will take me.” Even though the school year was cut short, the impact of the coronavirus in no

way dampens the Class of 2020’s memories of Lawrence High. “The last 3.75 years at LHS have truly meant the world to me,” Mallory said. “Lawrence High culture has always run through my family so to be able to experience everything that really makes it a special place for myself was truly a blessing.” FIRED UP — Senior Max Northrop cheers on the boys basketball team during the Feb. 21 game against Free State game at Allen Fieldhouse. The game ended with a 50-42 victory. “We all know that this is what both teams work the whole year toward and being there to cheer them on — everyone wearing red and black is what makes LHS, LHS,” Northrop said. The game was one of the last big events for LHS students to come together before school unexpectedly closed for the year a few weeks later. PHOTO BY CAM BOHMANN

“I wish I just would’ve had time. If we were in school these last few months, finishing up the year and I would’ve had time to prepare for graduation, then my feelings would be different right now. ...But without that, I will just miss it.” —Hailey Coon “I was going to do a burn out in the parking lot and two-step my car. I will still try to do this some point.” —Tanner Walker “Kissing Chesty the Lion.” —Jasper Mumford “I wish I could have walked around the halls one last time and fully accept that it was the last time. Maybe even give the Chesty statue a hug goodbye. —Sophia Naramore-Winfrey “Being with my class and surrounded by the teachers and parents one last time. Being able to shake their hands and hug everyone who has shaped my view and who has touched my heart.” —Christian Johnson




NEXT STEP Attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design IMPORTANCE OF ART “Art to me is just another way of self expression.” IMPACT OF LHS “My teacher, Mr. [Todd] Poteet, has contributed tremendously to my growth and helped me to realize I wanted a career in art. If it wasn’t for him, I would not be anywhere near prepared enough to pursue this path.” BEST THING ABOUT ART “My favorite thing about making art is that I can do whatever I want with it. It gives me the freedom to create.”





Art seniors reflect on their time at LHS and discuss their plans for the future



NEXT STEP University of Kansas to study theater performance with a minor in studio art APPROACH TO THE WORK “When it comes to how I approach art, it has to be really personal. Whether it be photography or my music, I have to use my intense emotions to fuel my creativity. Other then that, I always go in headfirst. Whether I know what I’m doing or not I go in with confidence so I can be my best creative self.” INSPIRING TEACHER “The teacher that has impacted me most is Ms. [Angelia] Perkins. She always pushed me to make the best art I could and really helped me to realize what I was capable of. ...After four years at LHS, Ms. Perkins showed me that I am a professional artist.”





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NEXT STEP Attend Kansas State University, play in orchestra and continue passion for photography IMPORTANCE OF ART “Art, in all of its forms, is necessary in society because it has the ability to inform, connect and criticize.” INSPIRING TEACHERS Photo teacher Angelia Perkins and former orchestra conductor Rachel Dirks CREATIVE PROCESS “My favorite part about making art is the freedom you can have with it. I also love working with older processes like film. Developing prints in the darkroom surrounded by red lights, running water and chemicals is strangely satisfying.”

NEXT STEP Study mechanical engineering at the University of Kansas while continuing business making wooden earrings and pendants with father (YoungFineWoodcraft on Etsy and Instagram with works also for sale in Essential Goods downtown) APPROACH TO THE WORK “A lot of people like to carefully plan out every detail in advance, but I prefer to do a small amount of planning and then to just dive right into working. When I work that way, I feel that my art feels more natural, creative and unique.” INSPIRING TEACHER “Ms. [Deena] Amont is definitely my inspiration. I took a class from her seven out of my eight semesters at LHS. She taught me everything I know about art now.”

Asian Representation in Movies and Why It’s Important, an Editorial Documentary NEXT STEP Study video production at the New School in New York City on path to becoming a director APPROACH TO THE WORK “Art to me, means expression and representation. I think it’s extremely important to express yourself and to give representation to minority groups who may not have positive representation in the media.” IMPACT OF LHS “I think that LHS not only provided the programs I needed to succeed but also had so much support that I desperately needed to continue to create. I feel like through the years there has been many flaws at LHS but they allowed me to observe the injustice and grow inspiration from those experiences.”





2020’s top students share their advice for upcoming students REPORTING BY KENNA MCNALLY

Trevor Arellano

Ryan Claycamp

Marian Frick

Noah Stussie

Was there anything specific that made you successful? “My fear of a B. It’s stupid, but I developed a fear of anything lower than an A-. It really motivated me to study and perform for every test and assignment.”

What are your plans for after graduation? “I’m going to KU in the fall. I plan on majoring in electrical engineering and joining KU’s concert and jazz bands.”

What are your plans for after graduation? “Next year I’ll be going to KU and majoring in mathematics — and hopefully minoring in French — and I’m currently planning on becoming a math professor, but that could change.”

What advice do you have for underclassmen? “The best advice I can give is to not give up. There were many times when I wanted to relax and not worry as much about my grades, but I kept pushing through.”


Lisa Yang

Angela Young

Banner Williams

Was there anything specific that made you successful? “I kept a planner, which was really helpful when I had multiple tests, assignments, and extracurriculars on the same day. Most of my weeks were pretty busy, and it’s hard to keep track of everything and divide your time efficiently without a planner.

Were there any classes that you thought would make you lose your 4.0? “Calc BC this year was really stressful. I didn’t take Calc AB first, so I was really diving in without the experience that a lot of my peers already had. Also, APUSH my junior year was a lot of work, and I really struggled with the AP multiple choice tests.”

What are your plans for after graduation? “I’ll be playing Division 2 soccer at Missouri Southern State University, and double majoring in math and secondary education. I’m hoping to be as great as Mr. [Matt] Ellis or Mr. [Greg] Farley some day.”




Seniors make plans to attend county’s most elite colleges BY KENNA MCNALLY



rom dreams to reality, three seniors are preparing to leave Kansas and continue their education at a few of the most prestigious schools in the country. Among the schools Lions are heading to this year are the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and Harvard University. “I cried like a huge baby. I was sitting on my bed fully expecting to get deferred but once I saw the confetti, I bawled,” senior Trevor Arellano said about his acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania. “I was and still am baffled that I got in and now, five months later, I believe I couldn’t do it without my teachers, family and friends.” While Arellano has been dreaming of attending UPenn since freshman year, college acceptances came as more of a surprise to seniors Amelia Vasquez and Sami Turner. Both applied through the QuestBridge program. “I was honestly very sad when I matched with Northwestern because I had my heart set on UChicago,” Vasquez said. “QB [QuestBridge] Match scholars are required to attend the university they match with, and it took awhile for me to get comfortable and excited for NU.” While Turner also was a QuestBridge Scholar, she did not match with any colleges for early decision. This put her into the regular decision pool, where she decided to apply to 22 colleges. “After I applied to over 22 schools and was getting a lot of rejections or waitlists, going into Ivy Day, I was not very optimistic about my chances,” Turner said. “I kept opening up the decisions: I got accepted to Penn and flipped out...Harvard was last, and as I was opening up the decision. I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to Penn with Trevor. This is amazing,’ and then the screen said CONGRATULATIONS. I paused and did not think it was real at all.” While they all were accepted into amazing schools, the process to get there was less than amazing.

“It was the scariest and most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done,” Arellano said. “I applied early decision, which is a binding application. You apply Nov. 1 and hear back mid December, and if you get in, you have to go.” The application process was a little different for Turner, whose journey began with the QuestBridge program. “The application process was incredibly long and incredibly stressful,” she said. “I applied to the QuestBridge Scholarship, with Amelia, in September. QuestBridge is a scholarship program for low-income high achieving students, if you get accepted than you have the chance of getting a full ride to one of — TREVOR the nation’s top colleges. I had to write around 70 essays and shorts answers, in- ARELLANO, SENIOR cluding the ones for the questions for the ACCEPTED TO QuestBridge app. Managing all of this on UNIVERSITY OF top of my normal obligations was a lot, especially since most people in my family PENNSYLVANIA had not gone through this process.” While Arellano, Turner and Vasquez are all going to different colleges, the bonds they formed — especially through National History Day — will not fade. “Sami and Trevor are two of the most kind, capable and genuinely nice people I’ve met,” Vasquez said. “I love having them in classes, and Harvard and UPenn are incredibly lucky to have them.”






BEST WISHES You are amazing and can truly accomplish anything with your lives. Know that we love you and are your biggest fans! fans! —Jeff Dickson, CTE teacher and girls’ basketball coach

Faculty members share messages for Class of 2020

That’s a wrap on this school year but the very beginning of your greatest adventures. Go exploring, take chances and live a wonderful life. —Jen Dixon-Perkins, art teacher Cindi McCaleb/receptionist Do justice justice.. Love mercy mercy.. Walk humbly humbly.. And never pass up the opportunity to use a clean bathroom. —Dr. Margene Brohammer, associate principal

Tracy Urish/activities secretary

Dear Class of 2020, I was just getting to know you, and our time together has come to an end. Thanks for welcoming me into the Chesty Lion family! I love it here and I love the culture of which I am now a part. As you go forward and seek out adventures, remember, don’t be afraid to be awesome. awesome. —Kimberly Hawks, business teacher

David Platt/teacher Seniors: I hate that this year ended without the closing celebrations you so deserved. Know I will be celebrating with you as you take your next steps. Always carry that Chesty pride! —Lori Stussie, counselor

It has been my privilege to be your teacher. You will never know how much each of you has taught me. You all are an inspiration and I ask you to go conquer the world! Much love. —Charlie Lauts, engineering teacher Cynthia Johnson/principal

Congratulations! This year will be unforgettable in so many ways. Remember that you can choose to define who you are and where you go from here. No matter the circumstances, you choose your attitude and your destiny! —Sylvia Trevino-Maack, school psychologist

Charlie Lauts/teacher


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I’ve taught for 14 years, and I’ve had literally thousands of wonderful students. But this was my very favorite year of teaching, and it broke my heart not to finish the year properly with you seniors. I’m not exaggerating when I say I love you. you. I wish you all the best the world has to offer. Please keep in touch! — Melissa Johnson, English teacher Abby Hoffman/teacher To my faves (LOL): I’m so proud of you. You’ve had an incredible journey, and I’m glad I was able to support you along the way. You’re amazing, and I can’t wait to see what your do next. Go conquer the world and as I always say, “Use “Use your powers for good!” good!” — Lynisha Thomas, social worker

NEXT STEP — Faculty members (pictured on this page) cheered for students as they picked up their graduation caps and gowns on May 14 and 15 during a drive-through event. PHOTOS BY KATHERINE WILLIAMS AND KENNA MCNALLY


To the Class of 2020, enough about COVID-19 and pandemics, I want to celebrate YOU! It has been amazing to watch you grow from sometimes timid ninth-graders to self-confident seniors. Thank you for allowing LHS to be a part of your transformation, and I wish you success, happiness and health as you journey forward. —Mark Preut, assistant principal

Be kind. kind. Vote! Peace and love to you. —Heidi Woods, special education teacher

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -AA Mine If you ever need unconditional encouragement and love, we will be here for you at 1901 Louisiana. —Stephanie Scarbrough, health teacher and volleyball coach pictured with senior Asjah Harris As you embark on this new adventure in your lives and encounter numerous challenges and obstacles, I want you to remember the immortal words of Yoda, “Do “Do or do not, there is no try.” try.” —Todd Poteet, art teacher

Lisa Ball/teacher Here are the things I wish I could have said back at 1901 Louisiana: 1. Congratulations. 2. I’m in denial that you’re all leaving because I’m going to miss you so much. 3. Make a plan for the next stage of life. It’s always good to have a goal to work toward. 4. Don’t freak out about making a forever plan. It’s OK to change paths. If I hadn’t changed careers, I wouldn’t have ever met you all. 5. Be good to others and be good to yourselves. yourselves. —Barbara Tholen, journalism adviser

Congratulations Seniors! Wishing you all a lifetime of creativity, creativity, beauty and joy. Best wishes. —Deena Amont, art teacher

2020 Choir Seniors: While it hurts my heart that we didn’t get to finish the journey we started by performing at our Winter Postlude Concert, State Large Group Festival and Showtime, I continue to look back so fondly on the moments of great music you made — together! Music is always a friend to turn to in times like this, this, so please find ways to continue to share your talent as you go out to change the world! Remember - I am loved, I will love. I have heartfire and singing to give. Now at last I can live! —Dr. Dwayne Dunn, choir director

Congratulations Alec, Jaden and Dylan Class of 2020! We are so proud of you. Go out and do great things, things, and don’t be strangers! —Mr. Ruben, Mr. Ben, Ms. Santelli and the para team

Goethe said, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” We cannot wait to see how you will make this world a better place. —Zach Saltz, film teacher

Jo Huntsinger/teacher

Matt Ellis/teacher

We look forward to what you will become in the future. Be scholars, be advocates for justice, be kind, be charitable, be compassionate. Be the change you wish to see in the world. And remember to come home once in awhile to update your teachers on your lives! —Valerie Schrag, history teacher

GRADUATES — Staff members (pictured on this page) rang bells and cheered as seniors drove through the parking lot May 20 for Celebrate the Date, which was supposed to be graduation day. PHOTOS BY ARI WILKE, SOPHIA KAUFMAN AND BARBARA THOLEN JUNE 1, 2020



2020 graduates to head across the world with Lion pride Information compiled from student surveys and interviews



Utah Valley University Emi Neilson


University Of New Mexico Benjamin Hoopes


Arizona State University Henry DeWitt Arizona Western College McKenna Murphy


California State University San Bernardino Kanak Masten


Northern Texas Community College Jacob Miller Prairie View A & M Asjah Harris



Baker University Deshon Lewis II, Kelcee Reese, Aidan Bannister Bethel College Morgan Marsh Butler Community College Mattison Stenger C-Tran James Birdwell, Mikey Ebenstein, Raizer Evans, Dylan Gassmann, Mattie McCoy, Jaden Rawlings, Austin Reno, AJ Sanders, Sky Wilkerson Coffeyville Community College Nola Levings, Jessica Vassar Emporia State University Lyndsey Fletcher, Sophia DeWitt, Elijah Hite, Karly Johnson, Maiki Martinez, Emmeline Schneider, Abby Tyler, Macie Laurent, Chris McGee, Addison Temple-Bowie, Ashley Wildeman, Josh Woolverton Fort Scott Community College Austin Hollins, Ryan Lauts

Siona Baker, Amerikas Bell, Zoe Bitters, Hope Gaines, Joseph Gonzales, Kenna McCarty, Tessa Norcross, Amudat Oladimeji , Kaileb Ordiway, Aliksandra Pennewell, Joshua Sanchez


Marines Kindred Curry, Cole Morris, Keith Stands, Alex Stark, Jonathan Wertin Navy Luke Simpson-Merz


Colorado Christian University Luke Talkington Colorado State University Jackson Theilen University Of Denver Josie Abernathy

Haskell Indian Nations University Isabelle Blackwood, Chaska Cloud, Mollie Coffey, Mekhai Fisher, Lewis Gone, Christian Johnson, Skyler Magee, Ryan Sack Johnson County Community College Lizbett Andrade, Bradie Barnes, Jude Bernard, Joseph Braun, Joseph Burghart, Gavin Carver, Hailey Coon, Maria Copp, Emily Esparza, Devin Farris, Colin Greenfield, Acacia Harper, Christian Harris, Gannon Hill, Nicholas Holmes, Connor Holsworth, Austin Horres, Nathaniel Huffman , Salwa Iskandrani, Kyleigh Jenkins, Trey Kelly, Blake Kirk, Alex Lane, Luis Martinez-Sanchez, Chloe McNair, Colby Otting, Ethan Otting, Anya Ransom, Cobin Retter, Emilie Rodman, Camila Rodriguez, Guillermo Rodriguez, Santana Rodriguez, Devin Stark, Eliot Terkildsen, Miles Thomas, Kate Tilghman, Albert Vasquez, Alton Viloria, Avery Ward, Elyzebeth


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Benjamin Goepfert, Ray’Shaun Helm, Noah Schaumburg, Bryan Vandegrift



Creighton University Jonathon Smith University of Nebraska-Lincoln Harper Sandefur, Noah Stussie Creighton University Katherine Williams


McGaugh-Workman Kansas City Kansas Community College Bryce Johnson Kansas State Polytechnic Jackson Gray-Nichols Kansas State University Jordan Lavin, Samira Laytimi, Julia Rossillon Neosho Community College Melanie Meyer Ottawa University Willie Dotson, Nicholas Ray, Valdez White, McKenna White Paul Mitchell School Of Beauty Olivia Kouloukis Project Search Billy Spears-Gibler Southwestern College Paiden Bell Tabor College Rhett May University Of Kansas Max Adams, Tanthalas AmnotteZupan, Zimmer Bellemere, Haven Bellerive, Ethan Bentzinger, Connor

Winona Ayon, Ken Bigham, Cameron Bohmann, Lexis Collins, Jaylynn Columbus , Jack Doty, Kacey Eckert, Joesph Gatewood, Ash Gaultney, Clayton Goodell, Luke Gottschamer, Cayla Grammer, Elise Gutierrez , Daylon Heck, Isaac Hull, Cora Kelsey, Jon LaRue, Armando Lopez, William Maas, Kerry McClaskey, Boston McClelland, Eliseo Munoz, Ojay Nammychai, Andy Nguyen, Raven Oshel, Reese Root, Jake Signor, Addison Smith, Dakota Taggart, Tanner Walker, Terrell Walker, Nicholas Wallace



Chicago College Of Performing Arts Jasper Mumford Northwestern University Amelia Vasquez


University Of South Dakota Nicholas Kennedy


Coe College Tracy Allen Drake University Cierra Krauss Morningside College Tatum Grammer, Tatum Wallace Simpson College Peyton Mallory



Macalester College Nicholai Jost-Epp


Beloit College Jo Simms Milwaukee Institute Of Art And Design Alivia Rapp University Of Wisconsin-Madison Jacob Rayome University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lucy Schmidt

Bewley, Kaila Bradfield, Lana Chieu, Ryan Claycamp , Carly Cooper, Daniel Davidson, Isabelle Deamer-Santee, LexiAnne Dutcher, Elijah Eklund, Keely English, Alexander Flathers, Marian Frick, Allie Grammer, Ava Greene, Chandler Guffey, Joseph Hawker, Tena (Rose) Hicks, Matteo Kalusha-Aguirre, Frankie Kaufman, Lilah Khan, Sophia LaPoint , Raymond Lesmana, Kenzie Mason, Jennifer Munoz, Chloe Myers, Sophia Naramore-Winfrey, Charlie Nigro, Max Northrop, Maleah Phommaseng, Kayleigh Pokphanh, Haley Reed, Haven Rethman, Saul Reza, Meriel Salisbury, Liam Sheeley, Tyler Soukhot, Ella Stewart, Anasuya Subramaniam, Aidan Truong, Emily Truong, Ana Tosta , Frances Williams, Angela Young Washburn Institute Of Technology Isaak VanMeter Washburn University Allison Appelhanz , Lizzy Lemmon, Ryan Soehlke , Rylie Stellwagon Wichita State University Abigail Afful, Megan Drumm, Morgan Hunt, Jack Malin, Amelia Rodrock-Yoder, Ashlyn Schwarz



New York University Stella Tunge Sarah Lawrence College Keaton Hoy The New School Mia Robinson Wagner College Nancy Mai

University Of Ohio Tabatha Peters


Harvard University Sami Turner


University Of Pennsylvania Trevor Arellano


Cottey College Arianna Myers-Arenth Kansas City Art Institute Wesley Schmoe Missouri Western State University Andrew Flynn University Of Missouri-Kansas City Jillian Decker , Aryaf Muyidi, Colton Khatib, Nora Mousavi Gharavi Missouri Southern State University Banner Williams


North Carolina State University Avery Harrington


Vanderbilt University Lisa Yang



Oklahoma State University Bryce Smith

Kennesaw State University Mayson Quartlebaum


Loyola University New Orleans Alice Hull


University Of Southern Mississippi Sam Goddard



Aunreika Baker-Wilson, Avery Chaney, Bella Counts, Gentry Dennison, Isaac Edwards, Angel Fitzgerald, Jahmal Flowers, Ashlee Grammer, Myles Haynes, Juno Hickock, Angel Higle, Andrew Howard, Solomon Kaufman, Madison Keith, Chris Kogan, Clay LaPierre, Ruben Littlehead, Melvin Mack, Dyson Maples, Olivia McMahan, Kaela Needham, Raul Perez Hernandez, Skylar Porter, Camaron Pratt, Analise Reeder, Jacinda Rivera, Isaiah Sibi-Hackney, Kaleb Talkington, Tobias Taylor, Joseph Thurman, Elizabeth Vitela Regalado, Reese White Lightning, Braydon Wilde, Dakota Younkin

Northern Michigan University Sarah Cory

University De La Habana Ella Nobo



Ryley Brady, Ryley Brady, Makayla Cooper, Kaleb Gardner, Matthew Harrison, Savana Hook , Lazlo Mardis, A.J. May, Juliana Moreno Lopez, Elíseo Jr Muñoz , Kyra Ramirez, Jack Towey

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MEDICINE High school courses helped seniors plan for their future careers BY MERIEL SALISBURY



nspired by a desire to help others and personal experiences, many graduating seniors plan on pursuing medical careers. Among them, seniors Colton Khatib, Aryaf Muyidi and Emily Truong all took medicine-related courses at LHS that helped prepare them for what they hope to study in college. Khatib is going to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to major in nursing. He will have hospital experience as early as his sophomore year. “I want to go into medicine because I love to help people,” Khatib said. Aryaf Muyidi also will attend UMKC and plans to study human biology. Her interest in medicine began when she was young. “When I was 8 years old, I was hospitalized for a week and I guess that’s where my interest in medicine started,” Muyidi said. “Without doctors


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and nurses, I wouldn’t have been where I am today, and I just knew right then I wanted to heal the sick.” Muyidi wants to be a surgeon who works quickly in emergency situations. “I’m hoping to become either an orthopedic surgeon or a trauma surgeon because I want to fix things fast,” she said. Muyidi plans on working as a certified nursing assistant while getting her degree, and courses at LHS helped get her closer to this goal. “I prepared myself for the healthcare field by taking all the pre-med classes, anatomy and physiology, and certified nursing assistant classes to help better my chances,” Muyidi said. Emily Truong is attending the University of Kansas and plans to major in nursing and minor in psychology. “What made me want to pursue the mental health career was the realization of how important mental health was and how it affected the people around me,” Truong said. “[Close friends] had some

mental health issues, and I didn’t know how I could help them.” Truong’s goal is to be a mental health nurse. “I can envision myself being at a hospital with a small number of patients so my focus is more on the individuals and helping them in any way medically possible.” Khatib and Truong took medical field courses while at LHS, and Khatib said anatomy teacher Jo Huntsinger, who retired this year, and pre-med teacher Jennifer Hare were the best teachers he has ever had. “They used hands-on learning methods that really allowed me to interact with the material,” Khatib said. “I love how they also really cared about student health and well-being.” CAREER FOCUSED — Seniors Aryaf Muyidi, Emily Truong and Colton Khatib plan on pursuing careers in medicine after taking medical-related courses at LHS. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARYAF MUYIDI, EMILY TRUONG AND COLTON KHATIB


2020 CHESTY SENIORS Making those phone calls to you on March 17th was about as hard a phone call that I have had to make as a head coach. I am not sure I will really ever get over it! You all worked your butts off to be in a position to make a run at a title, but what you did is you showed the underclassman how to work and prepare. I hope you know I love you very much and miss seeing you on the field. We are one phone call away! Your friend, Coach Stoll To say that we are sorry our 2020 baseball season didn’t happen, doesn’t do our senior class justice. You have worked and sacrificed for this moment and it is extremely disappointing not to get to lay your cards on the table. My advice to all of you is to not dwell on the past. Live in the present and embrace the future. Give your future endeavors, whether in sports or not, every ounce of your time, effort and energy. Take care and we love you all!! Coach Green

The 2020 senior baseball players constantly supported one another and never lost sight of one thing: one last ride in 2020, reconvening as seniors to lead our program. The fact we were not able to experience this will forever leave a crack in my heart for these seven young men. However, I know over time it will bring us all closer than ever. The impact they are leaving behind will not soon be forgotten. I love and will miss them all dearly. Coach Johnson Dear seniors: It really is a bummer about what happened to your senior season. Not only the season, but all the other exciting things that happen in spring when you’re a Chesty Lion. For the last few years, you all had the opportunity to be a part of one of the best traditions around (to put it modestly!). I know being a Chesty Lion means the world to you, and it should. Nothing — not even this virus — can ever take that away from you. Once a Lion, always a Lion. Good luck in all of your future endeavors. I know you will make us proud! Sincerely, Coach Cooper


Quartlebaum headed to Kennesaw State in Georgia BY HENRY DEWITT



ayson Quartlebaum was not always the star that we see today. Not long ago, the small forward considered the idea of playing collegiate basketball at the next level only a dream. But after hitting a growth spurt following his freshman year, Quartlebaum shifted his mindset. “Freshman year, I wasn’t really focused on getting to the next level. I was mostly just playing for fun,” Quartlebaum said. “Then I grew four inches over the summer going into my sophomore year, and from there on out, I was pretty confident in myself and my abilities.” After giving up football to focus on basketball in his sophomore year, Quartlebaum was ready to get serious. He quickly realized his dream of playing basketball at the college level was no longer as distant as he thought. In fact as No. 44 on the junior varsity team sophomore year, Quartlebaum was showing coaches his immense potential as a future star. “Physically he grew,” head coach Mike Lewis said. “He became more athletic. He was coachable.” As a sophomore on JV, Quartlebaum was already proving himself of being above many of his peers, both figuratively and literally. Quartlebaum continued to grow until he had reached 6 foot, 6 inches. Despite his size, Quartlebaum proved his elite levels of athleticism game after game. However, he knew as well as anyone that size alone was not going to take him to the next level. Quartlebaum began to put in the work. “[I was] going to Kelly Barah three times a week for strength and conditioning and having basketball workouts


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everyday,” Quartlebaum said of his routine. “Waking up early to get shots up before school, and then going to get shots up after practice.” The work started paying off. After weeks of playing basketball seemingly all day every day, Quartlebaum was ready for his junior season, where he knew he was going to see a lot of varsity playing time. “Mayson’s physical growth helped him a lot,” teammate Ethan Bentziger said. “But his growth in maturity was the most important as a player.” Throughout his junior year, Quartlebaum showed how valuable he was coming off the bench, being a key sixth man for most of the season. Late in the season in the Blue Valley Shootout, the Lions found themselves in the final seconds of double overtime in the championship game against Lee’s Summit High School. With seconds left in the game down by two, Quartlebaum sunk a clutch three, giving the Lions the win in the tournament. Mayson Quartlebaum quickly became a name on the profiles of recruiters. “I was invited to the NCAA Basketball Academy,” Quartlebaum said. “It was also the last [game] D1 coaches could come see us play. I ended up having probably one of the best games of my life in front of a bunch of D1 coaches. And like 30 minutes after the game, I started getting texts from coaches… That’s when I realized that I would probably end up playing at a D1 school.” One of those schools was Kennesaw State University, a D1 school in the American Sun Conference located in Kennesaw, Georgia. The pitches by the coaches and coaching staff drew Quartlebaum in. But the recruiting process for athletes is never easy. Quartlebaum used help from people he trusted before jumping on the decision.

“I created open lines of communication with the coaching staff at KSU,” Lewis said. “I have an open door policy at LHS for all colleges who want to recruit our guys.” Along with coaches, Quartlebaum used guidance from family members. Having a mom who competed in Division 1 track at Maryland, a dad who played Division 1 basketball at Fordham and now coaches on the KU team, and a brother who plays collegiate basketball as well made the process that much easier. Ultimately, Quartlebaum decided that continuing his basketball career at Kennesaw State was his best option. “The relationships I built with the staff and the shared vision for success,” Quartlebaum said of his reasons for choosing KSU. “I got along really well with the other commits, so it just felt right to commit.” Quartlebaum spent his senior season proving anyone who had doubted him wrong. The people who questioned his D1 talent were left speechless when he put on a show almost every game. As for next year, Quartlebaum hopes to generate success along with a top 50 nationally-ranked recruiting class for KSU. “We all feel really good about us and know we are going to put in the work to be great.” Quartlebaum said. “Obviously last year we didn’t have a good season, but we are looking forward to showing everyone what KSU is really about.”

FINAL SEASON — Staying focused, senior Mayson Quartlebaum looks for a pass in a game against Olathe Northwest on Jan. 14. “My favorite part about the team is probably just the atmosphere at practice and the camaraderie that we all share,” Quartlebaum said. “The key to success is probably never getting too high and never getting too low and just staying focused on our game.” PHOTO BY CARLY COOPER



Seniors are headed across the country to continue their athletic pursuits Tracy Allen, track and field, Coe College Aidan Bannister, baseball, Baker University Paiden Bell, track and field, Southwestern College Sophia DeWitt, cross country and track, Emporia State University Willie Dotson, basketball, Ottawa University Asjah Harris, track, Prairie View A&M University Austin Hollins, football, Fort Scott Community College Bryce Johnson, basketball, Kansas City Kansas Community College

Karly Johnson, softball, Emporia State University Ryan Lauts, baseball, Fort Scott Community College Deshon Lewis II, football, Baker University Nancy Mai, diving, Wagner College Peyton Mallory, basketball, Simpson College Morgan Marsh, softball, Bethel College Maiki Martinez, cross country and track, Emporia State University Kanak Masten, soccer, California State University San Bernardino Rhett May, baseball, Tabor College

Christopher McGee, football, Emporia State Jake Miller, baseball, Northeast Texas Community College Mayson Quartlebaum, basketball, Kennesaw State University Nicholas Ray, football, Ottawa University Ella Stewart, rowing, University of Kansas Ashley Wildeman, track and field, Emporia State University Banner Williams, soccer, Missouri Southern State University McKenna White, track and field, Ottawa University

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Senior takes on unexpected magic hobby BY ANDREW PHALEN



ost people who start to learn magic are inspired by a famous YouTuber or magician, but for senior Isaak VanMeter, his magic career started to spite a seventh-grade teacher. “I got a C- on a project about magic and decided I’d show him,” VanMeter said. “Hopefully, I’ll bump into him, and I can freak his mind.” VanMeter has learned tricks from websites and videos. While he doesn’t perform his magic for money, VanMeter did perform during passing periods, at family gatherings and parties. “I love being able to do subtle things in front of people’s faces they don’t notice and having the self satisfaction of being able to say, ‘Haha, I got you,’ ” VanMeter said. VanMeter’s favorite trick is called Backup Plan, which he described as a “card jumping” trick. He performed this trick over Zoom for me. He started by removing all the aces from the deck and having me select a random card to keep secret from him out of the deck. I selected the nine of spades, and it was placed directly back into the middle of the deck. While the aces were still out of the deck, he asked me to pick one of them. I picked the ace of hearts. Then, the trick began. “The trick is called Backup Plan because if I mess up the trick with the aces, I have to find your original card in a magic way,” VanMeter said. He stacked up the aces and said he would make the ace of hearts flip, without me seeing, three times. He successfully did it the first two times, but by this point I was quite impressed and very confused. The magic trick went on for several more steps, but in the end VanMeter sure enough flipped over the nine of spades — the card I picked at the very beginning of the trick. While VanMeter doesn’t plan to continue with magic after high school, he said it had been one of his favorite hobbies throughout high school. “Lately I had stopped doing magic, but maybe this time will inspire me to continue doing magic after high school,” he said.





Senior Lisa Yang reflects on her LHS music career BY CUYLER DUNN



s the 2020 senior class’s final year comes to an unusual end, violinist Lisa Yang has many accomplishments in orchestra to remember her high school years. Yang participated in orchestra for all four years but had been playing the violin for years before she arrived at LHS. Yang was a concert master to the Symphonic Orchestra and was selected as one of LHS’s concerto contest winners. She was selected as concert master of the Northeast KMEA District Honors Orchestra, a member of the KMEA All-State orchestra and was selected as an intern for the Lawrence Youth Symphony during her time at LHS. “I joined orchestra because I had played the violin for several years, and I wanted to experience being in an ensemble with other people and different instruments,” Yang said. “It has meant so much because it is a reflection of how much I’ve grown as a person through my experiences in the orchestra and has improved my work ethic.” As an active member of the orchestra program at LHS, Yang got to experience an assortment of different events, but one specific one stuck with her the most. “The Chicago trip my junior year,” Yang said. “It was my

first time watching a profesIn the role of concert massional orchestra perform in ter, Yang had a special place in person.” the orchestra. Along with being able to be “Lisa has been a great leader a part of many unique experiand mentor for students in the ences, Yang benefited from the orchestra,” Barnett said. “Lisa is guidance of orchestra teacher currently concert master of the Mariah Barnett. Symphonic Orchestra, meaning “Mrs. Barnett is an amazing she is first chair in the first influence on the orchestra by violin section. A lot of responsistaying positive and reminding bility falls to the concertmaster. us of all that is possible with They tune the orchestra every each of us putting in the hard day, provide bowing guidance work to learn pieces and putfor members of their section, ting together performances,” and lead the orchestra when Yang said. the conductor is Yang achieved not present. Also, a lot during her she has to know “...IT IS A time as an LHS her part better orchestra member, REFLECTION OF than every other including perform- HOW MUCH member of the ing Mozart’s 5th section. It’s an I’VE GROWN Violin Concerto important position with the Symphon- AS A PERSON in the orchestra, ic Orchestra. and Lisa does an THROUGH MY “I was really excellent job.” nervous before As well as EXPERIENCES the performance,” being a great IN THE Yang said, “but performer, Yang ORCHESTRA... ” has attributes that it is also one of the most fulfilling —LISA YANG, SENIOR have allowed her experiences I can to have so much look back on. It success in the contributed to making me a orchestra. better violinist, which helped “Lisa is a disciplined learner, during the District and Allhas great leadership skills, State Orchestras.” a natural talent in music, is Yang’s classmates agreed flexible, has patience, is rethat Yang was a special part of spectful to all members in class the orchestra as a senior leader. respectfulness, and is a kind “It’s fun to make music and caring individual.” with other students during the school day instead of sitting at a FOCUSED — Senior Lisa Yang desk taking notes,” junior Anna performs with the orchestra during Marburger said. “[Yang] is a Gala on Nov. 5. Gala featured great player and has contributperformances from all of the music groups. ed to making orchestra fun and PHOTO BY MEGAN DRUMM sound good.” PAGE DESIGNED BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN | JUNE 1, 2020



ALTERNATE END From Zoom prom to mini-prom, seniors continue tradition BY RACHEL KRAMBEER



espite prom’s cancellation, many seniors didn’t give up on the night and had a celebration of their own. Senior Rose Hicks was one of the leading participants during the stay“I MADE A at-home order. PLAYLIST FOR “I tried to organize a US, AND WE Zoom prom JUST SLOWLY where LHS DANCED THE seniors all got together from NIGHT AWAY.” 7-12,” Hicks —GAVIN CARVER, SENIOR said.“We’d all eat our dinner at 7-8 and after that was dance/music time. So I got into my dress and cooked myself some chicken Alfre-


do and sat outside and started the meeting.” Senior Gavin Carver decided to throw his girlfriend, senior Josie Abernathy, a mini prom on April 18 — the originally scheduled date for prom. “Our prom was supposed to be that night before the COVID-19 outbreak, but since it was canceled, I knew I had to do something because she deserved a prom — no matter how big or small,” Carver said. Abernathy said she had a fantastic night. “He told my sister so she could help me get ready, but I had no idea until she had me put on my prom dress and he showed up at my house,” Abernathy said. “We took pictures and he took me out to dinner, in the car of course, and we went back to his house, and he had his basement all set up with lights, streamers and flowers.” Carver planned the music.


“I made a playlist for us and songs we both knew and loved, and we just slowly danced the night away,” Carver added. Sophomore Josefine Graven Ostergaard, a foreign exchange student from Denmark, had her own miniprom in mid-May. She met with a few foreign exchange friends from other schools, dressed up and took pictures. “We missed out on our only chance for a prom and really wanted some kind of prom experience in the US,” Ostergaard said.

ADJUSTING — When prom was canceled, students found new ways to celebrate the tradition. Senior Rose Hicks (top left) dined on chicken Alfredo before her virtual prom. Seniors Josie Abernathy and Gavin Carver (top right) posed at their two person prom. Photos Courtesy of Rose Hicks and Josie Abernathy



CLOSURE Celebrations changed as seniors head off to college BY MAXWELL COWARDIN



hen COVID-19 cut the school year short, it deprived the Class of 2020 a conventional graduation. Seniors said they’ve been left without an ending to wrap up their high school years. “I kind of just wanted to have a closure to my high school experience,” senior Lucy Schmidt said. “And I’m pretty disappointed that got at least postponed.” Graduation is now scheduled for 10 a.m. July 18. During what would have been graduation night on May 20, seniors were honored with “Celebrate

the date” — an event in 30, but it will not happen which they decorated then.” “I KIND OF JUST their vehicles and drove Some seniors are still through the parking lot WANTED TO HAVE trying to celebrate with to cheers from faculty. their families. Schmidt’s A CLOSURE TO Also during that week, plans to mark the MY HIGH SCHOOL family the football stadium occasion together over lights were turned on for EXPERIENCE.” the summer, but those 20 minutes and 20 secplans are tentative. —LUCY SCHMIDT, SENIOR onds at 8:20 (or 20:20 in “If not, we can just military time) to honor the graduating postpone it a year, so I’m still going to class. celebrate with my family, and maybe Other traditions have changed as some friends, too,” Schmidt said. well. Rather than handing out caps and In contrast, senior Jacob Rayome gowns just before senior appreciation was less concerned about missing the day, seniors picked them up driveceremony. through event in early May. Many “Personally I don’t care that much seniors canceled graduation parties. because to me it’s just pomp and cir“I had planned a graduation party, cumstance, and I’d be just as happy if but it has been canceled,” senior Alice they mailed me my diploma,” Rayome Hull said. “It was scheduled for May said.


These are some of the ways seniors marked the end of high school

LIGHTS ON — Scoreboard and stadium lights were turned on May 18-20 to celebrate seniors. More photos at QR link. PHOTO BY OWEN MUSSER

CAPS AND GOWNS — Senior Emily Esparza receives her cap and gown May 7 during a pick-up event that included cheering teachers. More photos at QR link. PHOTO BY KATIE WILLIAMS

CELEBRATE THE DATE — On what was supposed to be graduation day May 20, senior Nic Holmes and other seniors streamed through the parking lot in decorated vehicles .More photos at QR link. PHOTO BY ARI WILKE JUNE 1, 2020



Senior Classifieds ABIGAIL AFFUL To God be the glory, for bringing you this far. We are proud of you and we believe you are going to keep pressing on for the sky is the limit. Follow your dreams, never give up on something you desperately want. Lot’s of Love from your family. ALLISON APPELHANZ We’re so proud of you and wish you all the best! Enjoy Washburn and we know you’ll make a great detective one day. We love you! Love, Mom, Dad, Richie, and Jonathan LANA CHIEU Congratulations to you, our baby girl! This road has not been the smoothest or easiest; but you remained strong, happy and loving. Good job Ti!!! Thank you for your strength and perseverance. We are so proud of you! Love you lots!!! Dad, Mom, Sis, Cu JUSTICE ELLIS Congratulations!!! We are so very proud of you and can’t wait to see where you go from here! MARIAN FRICK Dear Marian, Congratulations! We love you. —MOM You did it!! —Susan Congratulations on all your hard work! Let the college adventure begin! —Gretchen So well done and proud of you! —Dad BENJAMIN GOEPFERT Ben, it seems like only yesterday I was walking you into your kindergarten class and now you are graduating high school. I couldn’t be more proud of you and can not wait to see what the future holds. We love you. Love, Mom, Brian, Noah, Austin and Ami


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LEWIS GONE Yay Lewis!! You Finished High School!!! All your hard work and determination paid off my boy. I’m looking forward to cheering you on while you complete your next milestone. Let’s tackle college Buddy! Mom loves you so much!

ALEX LANE Alex, we are so proud of you getting through a tough and unexpected Senior year! Your next chapter awaits at JCCC and we are excited for you to start your college years. Love, Mom, Dad, Emma & Ryan

LUKE GOTTSCHAMER Dear Luke, We’re so proud of you and excited for what comes next! From a tiny bundle of strength and energy as a young child to this nearly grown bunch of strength and energy, you never cease to amaze and amuse us! You’ve beaten rattlesnakes and mastered dirt bikes and we know you can do anything you put your mind to. We’re always here to support you and love you. Much love, Mom, Dad, Nick, and Max

SOPHIE LAPOINT Your four years at LHS have flown by in a whirl of great friends and great memories. No matter what has come your way, you have approached it with determination, a positive attitude, and your fantastic sense of humor. We are so proud of all you have accomplished as a Lion and can’t wait to see what you do as a Jayhawk! It’s a great day to be a Lion ~ Rock Chalk ~ Ad astra per aspera ♥

LUKE GOTTSCHAMER Dear Luke, Congratulations! We’re very proud of what you have accomplished and your great work ethic. But most importantly the person you have become, honest, sincere, kind and very cute. We love you and send our best wishes. Buelo and Marie LUKE GOTTSCHAMER Well done Luke! This is one of many milestones you will reach in your life. You know I’m proud of the grownup you’re becoming. Oh, I know you became a man at 13, and by the way, that was another milestone & job well done! I’m sorry you didn’t have the typical graduation, but in the scheme of things, it doesn’t take away from the fact that you are a graduate. I love your zest for life, your sense of humor, and your kindness towards those who need it. Everyone has setbacks in life, and probably you will experience that too. Don’t let them ever discourage you from reaching for that next goal. We all know how capable you are. Love, Grammie NICHOLAS KENNEDY Congratulations, you did it! You made us all proud of what you accomplished! We can’t wait to see what you will do in the future. Many adventures are ahead for you. We will be supporting you as you start your next journey in life.

JON LARUE We’re so proud of you and can’t wait to see where you go next! We love you so much! Love, Mom & Dad LAZLO MARDIS We’re so proud of all that you’ve accomplished Laz! You’ve grown into an amazing young man and we can’t wait to see where life’s adventures take you next. And truly, you’re an epic gamer! Love, Mom, Dad, Eli, and Ava

NORA MOUSAVI GHARAVI, JULIANA MORENO LOPEZ, AMUDAT (PEARL) OLADIMEJI, SALWA ISKANDRANI Congratulations Nora, Juliana, Pearl, and Salwa! We are so proud of you! Believe in yourselves and remember you will always be part of our family :) From, Mrs. Driggers, Mrs. Holland and Mrs. Hutchison” ANDY NGUYEN, ARMANDO LOPEZ PELCASTRE, LUIS MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, GUILLERMO RODRIGUEZ DE SAN MIGUEL, AZZAM ALFADEEL, RAUL PEREZ HERNANDEZ Andy, Armando, Azzam, Guillermo, Luis and Raul, We are so proud of you! Believe in yourselves and remember you will always be part of our family :) From, Mrs. Driggers, Mrs. Holland and Mrs. Hutchison

SENIORS THE BUDGET MAX NORTHROP We are tremendously proud of you and all your accomplishments at LHS! Your kind, fun-loving ways bring a smile to everyone. Keep believing in and working hard toward your dreams; they’re going to lead to some amazing realities! We Love You — Mom, Dad, Griffin, Carter, and Piper TABATHA PETERS Small Frye, I am so very proud of you. May all your hopes and dreams come true. Reach for the stars and you will go far. But no matter how far you go you will always be my small frye. Love you always Momma Shell. TABATHA PETERS CONGRATULATIONS - LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL 2020 SENIOR TABATHA PETERS You have pushed your way to the TOP. You made the top 10% of your class. You made the Lawrence High School Honor Roll Society along with the National Honor Roll Society. You won 3 Scholarships from USD 497. You have a FULL RIDE Scholarship to Ohio State University for your Bachelors Degree in Economics & Financing. Along with your Associate of Arts. We your family are so proud of you Tabby and what you have accomplished. You once told me, “I can be anything I want to be,” and you did it! Tabby you have ended a chapter in your Awesome book of LIFE only to start another journey, Chapter 3. We are all so excited to be walking with you. It will be an amazing walk for all of us. You are one amazing young lady. LOVE YOU ALWAYS, Mama nanny, Shell, Dad, Mischell, Nevaeh, Granny, Aunt Robbie, Uncle Rob, Uncle Shaun, Aunt Wanda, all your cousins. WE ALL LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH ! TO BE CONTINUED.... ALIVIA RAPP Congratulations, Alivia!! We know this was not the end you had in mind, but it does not lessen your accomplishments and experiences. You are such a gift to us and we could not be more proud. Although we will miss you terribly....We’re ready to watch you go for your dreams at MIAD and make your mark in this world! We love you beyond words. Mom, Dad, and Ashton

ALIVIA RAPP Alivia, we are so proud of you and love you very much. Congratulations! Nana & Granddad HAVEN RETHMAN Sometimes inspiration comes from a single ray of sunshine. The sunshine you spread through your smile and your acts of kindness are what make you YOU! Your family is so proud of the woman you are becoming. You will do amazing things in your life and we can’t wait to follow you on your journey! ROCK CHALK KU bound. We love you, Mom, Dad, Nana, Papa and Tristan HARPER SANDEFUR Congratulations, graduate! You have blessed us in so many ways throughout the years. You have shown us how to live and love big. We are so proud of who you are. It has been fun to watch your adventurous spirit try new things, from soccer, to volleyball, cheerleading, and choir. These first 18 years have gone by in a flash. We can’t wait to see what all awaits you in Lincoln! Go Cornhuskers! ISABELLE SANTEE Isabelle, You are an amazing human! When you are in a room, that room is always a little happier. Remember to work hard, be honest, lead don’t follow, stand strong in your convictions, help and advocate for others, get regular sleep, read, sing, dance, laugh, love and value others. Be strong and fight but know when it’s better to walk away and always listen to yourself. Take care of yourself, forgive yourself, be proud of yourself, laugh at yourself, nurture and love yourself and of course raise a little hell! You are a gift to me. I will love you for a 1000 years Cheebs. Mom JO SIMMS Mira Jo, Congratulations on all of your hard work and dedication! You are going to do great things and I couldn’t be more proud of you! I love you so very much, Mama Jo ;-)

NOAH STUSSIE These last few months have been full of lost events, lost memories, lost lasts. We watch with pride as you move toward new firsts. We are proud. Love you always. Go Big Red! —Mom and Dad JACK TOWEY So happy to share in the excitement of your graduation, and very proud of you, too! With love and pride today and always~Mom and Zack! JOSH WOOLVERTON Josh- You did it! I enjoyed every single moment of watching you in marching band, Clue, Too Much Light..., Spamalot, and John Proctor. You are a kind young man with a giant heart, who is a loyal friend and a great brother. I am going to miss our conversations so very much, and the house won’t be the same without you here. I am excited to watch you soar and shine at ESU and I know the best is yet to come. I am, and always will be, proud to be your Mom. I Love You!! —Mom JOSH WOOLVERTON We are so proud of the man you are becoming, Josh. You are such a caring and compassionate individual and you will make a difference in this world. You are not afraid to go after your dream and you work hard to achieve it. Continue to grow and inspire! We love you so much. Oma and Opa

JOURNALISM SENIORS In a different year, we would have met for our final banquet, and I would have said this: “The journalism program at Lawrence High is exceptional because of each of you. Every difficult story we have told, every national award we have won is because of a tradition of hard work that goes back many years. The challenge I give to each group of incoming leaders is to take these publications and elevate them. Leave them better than you found them. You have done that. Whether you were still writing stories and editing pages deep into May, or you brought your A-game throughout the months when we were still together, you have left these publications ready to tackle whatever comes our way. Thank you.” And then I might have cried a little, but I think you would have understood. Best wishes. —Tholen —30— JUNE 1, 2020





Joining journalism staff changed editor’s life for the better SAMI TURNER



oining journalism was the one thing (outside of sports) that I thought I’d never do in high school. Throughout freshman year my older sister was relentless in pestering me to join staff. I finally caved at the start of sophomore year and decided to try journalism out for ONE semester to get her off of my back. The next thing I knew, December


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rolled around, and I was promoted to design editor of the newspaper. That one semester quickly turned into three incredible years. Why did I stay? Because The Budget is special. It’s not special because we win grand awards, tell important stories or are one of the best student publications in the country. It’s because of the people on its staff. It’s the little moments that I would not trade for the world: staying up until 3 a.m. recovering the newspaper, hearing silly stories from Henry DeWitt, learning what a birthday suit actually is, getting married to the publication, feasting our hearts out at Thanksgiving, eating nut buster parfaits after becoming Pacemaker finalists, crying out of stress, drinking gallons on gallons of coffee, figuring out how to spell basic words, watching silly Saturday Night Live sketches, dancing to oldies music and hugging piles of newly printed newspapers. But what’s the glue that holds us all together? Barb Tholen. GRAPHIC BY RILEY UNEKIS

Tholen is far more than just an adviser. She walks to the ends of the earth for her students. I know this because she’s done it for me on countless occasions. In times when I felt like my world was falling apart, when no one was in my court, or there was no stability in my life, she was there. She’s the reason I got into college or even knew how to apply in the first place. Tholen has done more for me and made me feel more supported and cared for than anyone ever has. But my case is not an anomaly. Tholen is one of the most hardworking and compassionate people I’ve ever met. Word cannot describe how grateful I am for everything she’s done for me, my peers and this publication. While joining journalism was not something I originally planned to do, I now can’t imagine my high school experience without it. Lawrence High has shaped me into who I am, but The Budget has given me the tools and the courage to take the lessons I’ve learned and put them into action. This year has been wild. We started school late, adapted to a new administration, navigated the hurdles of construction, fit over 30 people into a maintenance shed corner and now are figuring out a new normal amidst corona. Things have been less than ideal, but I wouldn’t have rather told Lawrence High’s story with any other group of people. To Lawrence High, the student body, The Budget staff: thank you for the laughs, tears and memories we’ve shared over the past four years. I’m not certain about what the future holds. I don’t think any of us are. But I am certain that this is not goodbye but a see you later.



Amid COVID-19, we got to work DANIEL DAVIDSON



ven when we couldn’t step foot inside Lawrence High, our staff continued to report on COVID-19. While every year provides unique stories and challenges, the coronavirus forced us to adapt to being fully online. Instead of resigning, we began sending emails, making calls and taking to social media and our website to keep our school and community informed. As an online editor-in-chief, I learned how the internet can keep the information flowing and people connected, especially in times like these. With our newspaper as a platform, I had the power and responsibility to shape coverage and decide what news had to be reported on. As always, journalism is essential to spread awareness and provide for its readers when news breaks fast.

While talking to teachers about the memories preserved from old letters and looking back at the Red & Black’s reporting on the 1918 flu pandemic, however, I realized what our reporting this year means for decades to come. In this historic time, documenting the little things like how students learned in new ways, took to Minecraft to interact with their friends or even dyed their hair in mourning, allows us to tell the larger story of what life was like for Lawrence High amidst COVID-19.


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GOODBYE TO Best wishes to our seniors. who all deserved to be on the cover


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OUR SENIORS JOURNALISM STAFF MISSION STATEMENT The Budget newspaper is committed to providing the Lawrence High community with objective, inclusive news coverage that ensures relevance to its spectrum of readers. The staff devotes itself to the exercise of First Amendment rights and upholding the highest of journalistic standards. While the paper is a tool to publish student voices, it also works to help students grow as journalists and help readers access information. ABOUT US The Budget is published every four weeks and distributed free of charge to students and faculty at Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana, Lawrence, Kan. 66046-2999. The Budget is produced by students in the Digital Journalism and Digital Design and Production courses with occasional contributions from 21st Century Journalism and guest columnists. The newspaper’s goals are to inform, entertain, and present a forum of expression for students, faculty, administrators and community members. The newspaper is financed through advertising and staff fundraising. The editorial staff is solely responsible for the content of this newspaper, and views expressed in The Budget do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of Lawrence High School or USD 497. STAFF Benjamin Alan Allgeier, Anna Anderson, Trevor Arellano, Lance Atkins, Kadaan Barclay, Jojo Blackwood, Ashleigh Brown, Ben Cohen, Maxwell Cowardin,Molly Daugherty, Cuyler Dunn, Sarah Farhart, Lyndsey Fletcher, Maddy Freed, Josefine Graven, Rachel

Krambeer, Myka Krauss, Jon LaRue, Andrew Liebegott, Addie London, River Lynch, Nancy Mai, Morgan Marsh, Cole Mondi, Caitlin Mooney, Owen Musser, Arianna Myers-Arenth, Ella Nobo, Elijah Paden, Ian Perkins, Kyra Ramirez, Lenissa Reed, Aiden Ridings, Ashlyn Schwarz, Amelia Smith, Cassandra Teichmann, Kate Tilghman, Ella Trendel, Ally Wheatman, Asher Wolfe. 2020 STAFF LEADERS THE BUDGET NEWSPAPER EDITORS Sami Turner ����������������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Katherine Williams ������������������������������������������������ Photo Editor Riley Unekis �����������������������������������������������������������Design Editor Zora Lotton-Barker ��������������������������������������������������News Editor Meriel Salisbury �������������������������������������������������Features Editor Tony Racy ������������������������������������������������������������� Opinion Editor Alex Stark �����������������������������������������������Assistant Photo Editor LHSBUDGET.COM EDITORS Daniel Davidson ��������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Nadia Sanburn �����������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Iris Sherron �������������������������������������������Assistant Online Editor Mia Robinson �����������������������������������������������������������Video Editor Jackson Yanek ��������������������������������������������������������Video Editor Cam Bohmann ������������������������������������������������������� Photo Editor RED & BLACK YEARBOOK EDITORS Megan Drumm �����������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Sophia Kaufman �������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief McKenna White ������������������������������������������������������ Photo Editor Alex Lane ����������������������������������������������������������������Design Editor Kenna McNally ������������������������������������������������Managing Editor

JOURNALISM EDITORS Henry DeWitt �����������������������������������������������������������Sports Editor Nola Levings ������������������������������������������� Marketing Manager/ Social Media Editor Carly Cooper............................Photo Assignments Manager Arien Roman Rojas ������������������������������������������Captions Editor Ari Wilke ��������������������������������������������������������������Captions Editor Barbara Tholen ���������������������������������������������������������������� Adviser 2021 STAFF LEADERS THE BUDGET NEWSPAPER EDITORS Zora Lotton-Barker ����������������������������������������������Editor in Chief Riley Unekis ����������������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Owen Musser ���������������������������������������������������������� Photo Editor Sarah Farhat �������������������������������������������������������������News Editor Rachel Krambeer ����������������������������������������������Features Editor Addie London ������������������������������������������������������ Opinion Editor LHSBUDGET.COM EDITORS Nadia Sanburn �����������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Tony Racy ��������������������������������������������������������������Editor in Chief Cuyler Dunn �����������������������������������������Assistant Online Editor Asher Wolfe.................................. Social Media Design Editor Andrew Phalen ������������������������������������������������������Sports Editor RED & BLACK YEARBOOK EDITORS Sophia Kaufman �������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Kenna McNally �����������������������������������������������������Editor-in-Chief Ari Wilke �������������������������������������������������������������������� Photo Editor Arien Roman Rojas ����������������������������������������������Design Editor

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CELEBRATE THE DATE WINNER ­— On what was originally scheduled as graduation day, seniors drove through the school parking lot in decorated vehicles to soak up cheers and compete for prizes. Senior Ruben Littlehead won a $250 gift card for best overall representation of the “show us who you are” category. PHOTO BY KENNA MCNALLY MORE TO SEE Check out all the cars from Celebrate the Date at

SCHOOL PRIDE — Senior Ryan Lauts cheers as he drives through the parking lot on May 20 from the bed of a decorated truck. He won a $100 gift card and the red and black decorations category during Celebrate the Date. PHOTO BY ARI WILKE

CLASS SPIRIT — Senior Lizzy Lemmon travels through the parking lot in a car clad in a face mask on the way winning the “most creative representation of 2020” category at Celebrate the Date. The win came with a $100 gift card. PHOTO BY ARI WILKE

CHESTY LIONS — With a car resembling a lion in a graduation cap, senior Ashley Wildeman won a $100 gift card during Celebrate the Date. PHOTO BY ARI WILKE

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