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DR. MONDON: LHS’ NEWEST LINGUISTICS ENTHUSIAST Clare Heupel PATS OF CHRISTMAS PAST Bergen Quello FALL COLLEGE COMMIT: MALI VAN MEETEREN Ariahna Wells IS WIKIPEDIA REALLY THAT BAD? Delaney Gramlick
STRUWE: ONE LAST HURRAH Adie Theophilus THE WAYS OF JAG Raina Marty DR. MONDON: LHS’ NEWEST LINGUISTICS ENTHUSIAST Clare Heupel HUMANS OF LHS Katie Jensen DAPA: EMBRACING THE ACT Elysse Weber LHS CRIBS Anna Anderson & Lucas Hiatt FALL COLLEGE COMMIT: MALI VAN MEETEREN Ariahna Wells THE LAST GOLD STAR Jada Sandvall WHAT MY CHRISTMAS TREE MEANS TO ME Josie Tollinger & Kate Tollinger THE SCIENCE OF GIVING VS. RECEIVING Kate Matthes WHY WINTER MAKES PEOPLE SAD Adrienne Revier A CLASS TO CONSIDER (A SATIRE) Natalie Nolan LHS RANKS THE BEST HOLIDAY MOVIES Reagan Wulf PATS OF CHRISTMAS PAST Bergen Quello MURPHY’S MERRY MIXTAPE Kadence Dean FIGHTING FOOD SCARCITY AT LHS Anna Anderson 2022 RECAP Elana Bishop & Vanessa Timat WHAT’S UNDER THE TREE? Gabe Schmit LHS LOST AND FOUND FINDS Zoe Larson SOUP FALLS Sarah Bomhoff A CLASS TO (SERIOUSLY) CONSIDER Daniel Valentine IS WIKIPEDIA REALLY THAT BAD? Delaney Gramlick THE SOARING MR. MYERS Reese Duncan WHICH CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CHARACTER ARE YOU? Clara Binstock WINTER FORMAL PHOTO COLLAGE Emma Southwick GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME Ellen Merkley PAPER EDITORS-IN-CHIEF- Sarah Bomhoff, Morgan Sandness & Jada Sandvall ONLINE EDITORS-IN-CHIEF- Emma Forster & Kate Tollinger FEATURE EDITORS- Anna Anderson & Vanessa Timat ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS- Delaney Gramlick & Emma Southwick PERSPECTIVES EDITORS- Laura Heckenlaible & Clare Heupel SPORTS EDITOR- Lucas Hiatt NEWS EDITORS- Reese Duncan & Kate Matthes SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATORS- Raina Marty & Ellen Merkley STAFF WRITERS- Clara Binstock, Elana Bishop, Kadence Dean, Ella DuBois, Kinley Freese, Betsy Haft, Caroline Hughes, Katie Jensen, Zoe Larson, Fisher Meyerink, Natalie Nolan, Bergen Quello, Addison Remme, Adrienne Revier, Gabe Schmit, Adie Theophilus, Josie Tollinger, Daniel Valentine, Elysse Weber, Ariahna Wells, Thompson Wakefield, Reagan Wulf ADVISER- Dr. Katie Kroeze Statesman WINTER WONDERLAND MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON Morgan Sandness 4 6 10 8 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 30 32 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 FEATURES ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS PERSPECTIVES CONTENTS 12 19 28 17 14 16 Artwork
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on the front and back cover, along with the Table of Contents are
artwork from the original 1965 holiday edition of the Statesman.

LHS activities has a long list of accolades, including KELO cups, State championships and state records. However, who is the heart behind this successful athletic department? That would be the one and only, Joey Struwe.

Struwe is in his 37th year in education, his 28th year being an athletic director and his seventh and final year at LHS. He started off as an athletic director for Estelline for over 10 years, then moved to Harrisburg for two years and now is in his last year at LHS. Since Struwe has a great deal of experience in his field, he has overcome multiple challenges along the way. Struwe’s least favorite component about his job is the commitment to the long nights, multiple times a week. Along with working long nights and events, missing family can be an additional negative for Struwe. Although, the best aspect of his job is being around constant fun, live events and big rowdy crowds.

“My office gets to be a football stadium every Friday night,” said Struwe.

Working the State track meet at the end of the season is Struwe’s favorite event, and a close second is State wrestling, which he claims is an underrated event. During track meets, when the runners are on their last lap, Struwe loves hearing the sound of the packed and rowdy crowd cheering everyone on.

In his time at LHS, new stadium was built on campus. New turf and lights were added in the summer of 2022 which allow for events to feel like a “home field” advantage. Struwe can take pride in knowing that his athletes feel more comfortable playing under their own lights.

Although this is Struwe’s last year, he is not planning on changing or adding anything specific to his life. His hope is that whoever occupies his office next is set up for success and feels fortunate for the next person to fill his position. He will leave behind a legacy of change in the LHS athletic department and will be missed at every athletic event.

“I’m trying to make sure I leave things better than how I found them. I want the next person who occupies the office to be set up for success,” said Struwe.

AWARD-WINNING

STRUWE RECEIVED THE BRUCE D. WHITEHEAD DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD, WHICH IS PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THEIR LENGTH OF SERVICE, SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS.
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For the first time last year, the Sioux Falls School district adopted a half credit class where students in high school learn about the outside work environment. This helps young people succeed in both school and job paths that turn into rewarding careers. As they work with trained specialists, students improve in education and working skills through Jobs of Americas Graduates, known as JAG.

Offered district-wide to students, JAG takes on its first year at LHS. Tiffany Svennes is the teacher behind the JAG program.

“The goal of JAG is to give students who may not have the opportunity otherwise to have the individual and direct job and leadership skill training,” said Svennes.

From Denver, Colorado, Svennes continues her job at LHS working with alternative education for her eighth year.

“When I first got here, they wanted me and Annie Lanning to start the Patriot Post, which is what we do now. It is more of a recovery, academic retention program that helps students catch up on credits,” said Svennes. “JAG came along this year because the district adopted it district wide. RHS had the first JAG, and last year was their first year and now all schools have JAG. JAG stands for jobs of America’s Graduates, and it is actually a state-sponsored program, so it is sponsored by the Department of Education for the state of South Dakota.”

JAG focuses on involvement from students who are not always given the opportunity or cannot receive the opportunity to learn those certain leadership and development skills that are needed when it comes to having a successful career.

“The counselors and I kind of look through different students and pick students based on if we think they would be interested and if they would benefit from it,” said Svennes. “The JAG motto for

student participation is they have to commit to it and they have to be able to benefit from it. If students are already involved in, let’s say, HOSA, or other clubs that are giving them exposure to job opportunities, JAG might not be the best option for them.”

JAG students learn about the work environment and experience the workforce firsthand by visiting different companies and businesses. They learn about a variety of different careers people have and what it takes to achieve it.

“My favorite part about JAG is going to visit all the businesses and seeing how they are run,” said LHS senior Jahnessah Rondell. “We got to go to Subaru for one trip and got to learn about all the different parts going into making cars and what kind of degree someone needs and who needs to go to college for what. We have gone on a field trip once a week this month and we get to participate in the Parade of Lights.”

Going to different work environments assist graduates with job opportunities and post-secondary education. The program walks students through financial aid that will help them pursue the different degrees they need for their next step in education.

“We give assignments on a variety of job skills,” said Svennes. “They practice interviewing and attire. We take a variety of trips around to explore businesses and do reflections on those, email writing, all of the business type skills that you would need to know going into the workforce.

We visit colleges so they are

getting exposure to those and leadership skills.

JAG is mostly focused on getting students involved in service learning and getting them involved in the community as well as getting to plan service projects.”

These young adults learn and grow through what JAG as they plan for their future ahead.

“JAG teaches us leadership skills and other skills that we can use in the outside world,” said LHS senior and JAG student, Andrew Khanthavong. “We can use leadership when it comes to a job. I enjoy the traveling part of JAG. Just today we got to go to Dakota Abilities to learn how to help people with disabilities. They try to have 16-18 people help with them but you have to be 18 years or older with a high school diploma to join it. The most Ie benefited from JAG is talking to new people and getting to visit all the businesses.”

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Svennes

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WIN in the workforce with Sioux Falls Development Foundation where JAG students met mayor Paul TenHaken and former NFL Raven’s running back Justin Forsett. (far left) and JAG students go to Etiquette Dinner at their State Leadership Conference.
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learning about their community, JAG students tour Howe Inc. and Schulte Subaru with Career Connections.

HUMANS OF LHS

The Instagram page Humans of New York (@humansofny) has risen to fame in the past few years because of its unique and interesting ways of storytelling. The page features pedestrians on the street every day, each with their own interesting background or story. The primary purpose of the posts is to show that people can never really tell a lot about a person by just looking at them. Some people featured on the page end up having numerous parts posted about their story while others just share a simple quote. The page shows that humans are more connected than initially thought. This led me to wonder what LHS students have to share. I interviewed three completely random students and one staff member from LHS in order to prove that there is so much more to people than what meets the eye.

BOWMAN

Meet Kimberly Bowman: the gatekeeper of LHS, making sure everything is in order. Bowman prides herself on being the self-proclaimed gatekeeper, whether this implies triaging students for their intentions on seeing counselors or even registering new families to the school. She prioritizes her line of work as “customer service” and believes that everything she does is in her “customer’s” best interest. Her work may go unnoticed sometimes but that never stops Bowman from running the school.

“Helping students and families is my favorite thing to do here,” said Bowman.

Even with her amount of help at LHS, Bowman still has an adventurous life outside of school. When she is not traveling to see her family or hiking on new trails, she can be found doing science experiments with her grandkids. She loves to see them discover new interests such as their latest experiment: elephant toothpaste.

“I like to see them try and figure out why it happened,” said Bowman.

While a majority of high schoolers can be found working at the local Starbucks or Target, Mary Steffen has a rather unique job that many may have never even thought about. Steffen works two jobs, one is a receptionist at the Man Salon and the other is at her mother’s tarp shop, Cardinal Canvas. She helps complete many tasks throughout the shop such as organizing papers and undertaking busy work, but she also often is sewing rings into the fabric to have a place for rope or hooks. This rare job is just one of the activities that set Steffen apart from others.

Some may know her by her distinctive and iconic cow print shoes, but others probably know Steffen through band. She has been playing the clarinet since around the age of 10 and has learned many valuable lessons throughout that time. Not only has she kept this hobby because of the friends and community she has made, but because of what she was told by her first clarinet teacher. As Steffen was crying about the music she was struggling with, she was offered a piece of advice that she would apply to every other life event.

“My teacher told me, ‘It’s ok if you’re crying about it because it shows that you actually care.’ That has stuck with me my whole life,” said Steffen.

Besides video games and food, Nathaniel Borgum’s favorite pastime is arguing. Borgum finds joy in expressing his opinion especially if it’s against another person.

“I love arguing,” said Borgum. “It is my favorite thing to do. It is fun saying your opinion is right and the other opinion is wrong.”

BORGUM HUMANS OF LHS

Arguing has allowed Borgum to express himself and understand a variety of topics. His love to arguing has led him to potentially pursue law as a career.

Isaiah Kroesche is a senior at LHS but if you ask him what grade he is in, he might respond with, “mostly C’s and D’s.” Although he might be known as the ex-cross country runner or class clown, Kroesche could also be characterized by his “small business,” skateboarding, job or crazy stories.

SD Ice was a booming business that Kroesche started off at the beginning of the crosscountry season last year. He would acquire chains in unique ways and advertise them on his Instagram account made personally for the chains. He would sell them to all types of people around Sioux Falls for quite a large profit and ended up making around $300 in the span of a few months. Although the business’ run ended after a few short months due to a lack of interest, Kroesche still takes a lot away from the experience.

“It taught me how to make a business, talk to people and hustle at a young age,” said Kroesche.

A day in the life for Kroesche consists of arriving at school late and attending a few classes before driving his car, which he has characterized as the “turf oasis” to work for the rest of the day. The turf oasis gained its name when he was offered turf from a dumpster that he put in the back of his car along with a hammock. Kroesche finds this helpful when he wants to take naps during WIN time or just hang out after work. Every weekday, he attends his job of landscaping around the city, which inspired his future career. After graduating this semester, Kroesche will attend STC and then trade hop to explore other types of jobs. One of the reasons Kroesche loves his job so much is because of his older coworkers that he sees as mentors.

“My coworkers bring joy into my life,” said Kroesche. “They have taught me lots of things like how to put in an irrigation system.”

In addition to his small business and exciting job, Kroesche still finds ways to spice up his days and find new adventures. One of Kroesche’s fondest memories was when he switched shoes with a homeless man. As Kroesche gave up his pair of white Nike running shoes, he was handed over a pair of steel-toed work boots that he wears every day to work. He finds these situations common throughout his life and even gave the man his skateboard. He believes he finds himself in these adventures because of his personality and how easy to talk to he is.

wears

“A sentence I would use to describe me is dope as ahhh,” said Kroesche.

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bursts out of a turbine. The smell of gas and freedom fills the While some may fear this intense setting, David Myers feels at home on the runway and in the

bursts out of a turbine. The smell of gas and freedom fills the air. While some may fear this intense setting, David Myers feels at home on the runway and in the

Students and faculty know him as a seasoned LHS counselor; however, Myers possesses an aeronautical airplanes has followed him throughout every point in his life. Myers discovered his love for aviation on his childhood farm.

Students and faculty know him as a seasoned LHS counselor; however, Myers possesses an aeronautical

airplanes has followed him throughout every point in his life. Myers discovered his love for aviation on his childhood farm.

airplanes has followed him throughout every point in his life. Myers discovered his love for aviation on his childhood farm.

“Flying started when I was really really little,” said Myers. “I grew up on a farm and when I was little, I would lay on top of the haystacks and look at all of the contrails going across the sky. That was my first passion.”

“Flying started when I was really really little,” said Myers. “I grew up on a farm and when I was little, I would lay on top of the haystacks and look at all of the contrails going across the sky. That was my first passion.”

“Flying started when I was really really little,” said Myers. “I grew up on a farm and when I was little, I would lay on top of the haystacks and look at all of the contrails going across the sky. That was my first passion.”

His passion developed with him as he grew up, and soon he gained the knowledge to navigate the skies himself.

His passion developed with him as he grew up, and soon he gained the knowledge to navigate the skies himself.

His passion developed with him as he grew up, and soon he gained the knowledge to navigate the skies himself.

not always as effortless and relaxing as it may look.

not always as effortless and relaxing as it may look.

not always as effortless and relaxing as it may look.

“There is always anxiety,” said Myers. “But when I first started, there was a lot of anxiety with flying aerobatics and everything.”

“There is always anxiety,” said Myers. “But when I first started, there was a lot of anxiety with flying aerobatics and everything.”

“There is always anxiety,” said Myers. “But when I first started, there was a lot of anxiety with flying aerobatics and everything.”

locations to perform with the squadron over his last 10 years of flying with them.

locations to perform with the squadron over his last 10 years of flying with them.

locations to perform with the squadron over his last 10 years of flying with them.

“Usually we fly about eight to 10 air shows per year, all across the Midwest,” said Myers. “I have flown probably over 100 shows.”

“Usually we fly about eight to 10 air shows per year, all across the Midwest,” said Myers. “I have flown probably over 100 shows.”

“Usually we fly about eight to 10 air shows per year, all across the Midwest,” said Myers. “I have flown probably over 100 shows.”

The Vanguards both entertain and educate the public on aviation along with the usage of ethanol as a renewable fuel. They raise ethanol awareness at each show, exhibiting how it is as effective as common aviation gas.

The Vanguards both entertain and educate the public on aviation along with the usage of ethanol as a renewable fuel. They raise ethanol awareness at each show, exhibiting how it is as effective as common aviation gas.

The Vanguards both entertain and educate the public on aviation along with the usage of ethanol as a renewable fuel. They raise ethanol awareness at each show, exhibiting how it is as effective as common aviation gas.

“All of the fuel that we burn in our planes is 99% ethanol. We go to airshows and promote it that way” said Myers.

“All of the fuel that we burn in our planes is 99% ethanol. We go to airshows and promote it that way” said Myers.

“All of the fuel that we burn in our planes is 99% ethanol. We go to airshows and promote it that way” said Myers.

and mottos out of what he learned from aviation throughout his numerous years of experience.

and mottos out of what he learned from aviation throughout his numerous years of experience.

and mottos out of what he learned from aviation throughout his numerous years of experience.

“The motto I have is the more you practice, the luckier you get,” said Myers. “We just try to be the best we can.”

“The motto I have is the more you practice, the luckier you get,” said Myers. “We just try to be the best we can.”

“The motto I have is the more you practice, the luckier you get,” said Myers. “We just try to be the best we can.”

Myers blends what he learned from flying with his counseling strategies, connecting with kids and benefiting LHS.

Myers blends what he learned from flying with his counseling strategies, connecting with kids and benefiting LHS.

Myers blends what he learned from flying with his counseling strategies, connecting with kids and benefiting LHS.

“Moving on from there, I was always looking at

“Moving on from there, I was always looking at

“Moving on from there, I was always looking at

Over time, he gained the experience and skills needed to manage this anxiety and fly elaborate air shows. Myers currently flies with an aerobatic formation team called the Vanguards based out of Tea, South Dakota. As the lead pilot, he keeps track of the rest of the team to ensure shows are carried out accurately and safely. He has traveled to various

Over time, he gained the experience and skills needed to manage this anxiety and fly elaborate air shows. Myers currently flies with an aerobatic formation team called the Vanguards based out of Tea, South Dakota. As the lead pilot, he keeps track of the rest of the team to ensure shows are carried out accurately and safely. He has traveled to various

Over time, he gained the experience and skills needed to manage this anxiety and fly elaborate air shows. Myers currently flies with an aerobatic formation team called the Vanguards based out of Tea, South Dakota. As the lead pilot, he keeps track of the rest of the team to ensure shows are carried out accurately and safely. He has traveled to various

He found that educating others on aviation is vitally important to him and the future of the industry itself.

He found that educating others on aviation is vitally important to him and the future of the industry itself.

He found that educating others on aviation is vitally important to him and the future of the industry itself.

“This is mainly a hobby, but it is also a passion to promote general aviation to the public,” said Myers. “General aviation is always changing. Right now, there is a huge demand for pilots, and that is different than it was 10 years back.”

“Aviation is all about you, determination and getting to where you want to be. Sometimes that affects me working with students” said Myers. “I try to pass on the dedication, drive and commitment that you have to have to do something that you want to be successful at.”

“Aviation is all about you, determination and getting to where you want to be. Sometimes that affects me working with students” said Myers. “I try to pass on the dedication, drive and commitment that you have to have to do something that you want to be successful at.”

“Aviation is all about you, determination and getting to where you want to be. Sometimes that affects me working with students” said Myers. “I try to pass on the dedication, drive and commitment that you have to have to do something that you want to be successful at.”

“This is mainly a hobby, but it is also a passion to promote general aviation to the public,” said Myers. “General aviation is always changing. Right now, there is a huge demand for pilots, and that is different than it was 10 years back.”

“This is mainly a hobby, but it is also a passion to promote general aviation to the public,” said Myers.

“General aviation is always changing. Right now, there is a huge demand for pilots, and that is different than it was 10 years back.”

On top of this, Myers formed his own lessons

On top of this, Myers formed his own lessons

On top of this, Myers formed his own lessons

Myers takes pride in his role in the Vanguards and will continue heading the squadron and learning more about himself through aviation.

Myers takes pride in his role in the Vanguards and will continue heading the squadron and learning more about himself through aviation.

Myers takes pride in his role in the Vanguards and will continue heading the squadron and learning more about himself through aviation.

“The team is really good,” said Myers. “I am just proud to be a part of it.”

“The team is really good,” said Myers. “I am just proud to be a part of it.”

“The team is really good,” said Myers. “I am just proud to be a part of it.”

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Some students spend their time in school athletics, passing a volleyball or throwing a football, while thers enjoy playing an instrument or participating in the color guard. But for LHS seniors Fisher Meyerink and Katherine Jones, time is spent behind curtains, under lights and in front of an audience.

DAPA, “Dakota Academy of Performing Arts,” is a theater program made to give opportunities to K-12 students who are inspired by the idea of performing and acting. The program is designed for students who are interested in a creative and positive atmosphere that is directed by a team of theater professionals. They put on musicals and plays every year in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion and Orpheum.

“I think DAPA is really interesting, because as opposed to school theater, for many students this is an opportunity to do theater with many different kids from different backgrounds and who go relationships with one another.

“You meet a lot of people there that you wouldn’t have met anywhere else,” said Meyerink.

The most recent show that Meyerink and Jones took part in was “The Sound of Music,” a popular film made in 1965. Meyerink Captain von Trapp, one of the main parts in the performance. Meyerink was fulfilled in the role as it was

something new he got to experience.

“It’s been a part for me that is generally different from other parts I’ve been given by DAPA, where it’s a very serious role, as opposed to goofy and silly roles which I usually play,” said Meyerink. “It’s been a really good chance for me to try to take a different direction in my acting and think about it in a different way.”

has participated in more than 15 shows, starting in seventh grade.

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terrifying because I had to do a

bad Jamaican accent most of the time.”

Meyerink has much experience when it comes to acting, as he began when he was in middle school.

“I really enjoyed singing but I didn’t enjoy choir, so [DAPA] was an opportunity for me to be able to pursue my interest in musicals and theater more regularly, because in middle school at the time we only ever did one musical while I was there,” said Meyerink. Although Meyerink has years of acting experience he still gets nervous before shows depending on what role he is playing.

“There’s been certain roles that I haven’t been nervous for, but others I have been,” said Meyerink.

“My first big role in DAPA was being

The program usually performs popular adaptations that a variety of audiences enjoy. This does not only benefit DAPA, but also the actors who take part in the musical. Some future shows include “Freddie the Frog and the Jungle Jazz,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “The SpongeBob Musical.”

“My favorite shows in general are the ones that wouldn’t necessarily be appropriate to do with elementary and middle school kids,” said Meyerink. “So, my favorite shows I’ve performed in have been ‘The Addams Family: The Musical,’ ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,’ ‘Elf’ and ‘Matilda,” said Meyerink.

Jones, who also has much experience in theater, played the main role as Maria in “The Sound of Music.” She

“I’m a little nervous [playing Maria], but also very excited because It’s the biggest part that I’ve ever had so far, and I’m also just excited for other people to see it too,” said Jones.

Jones’ imperative role as Maria forced her to have the responsibility of performing her absolute best.

“I’m glad I got this role because I get to tell the story to a crowd of people who want to be here and want to see it,” said Jones.

Not only is she able to show her character’s personality, but it should not be a struggle for her because she shares similarities with this character.

“My character, she goes into everything wholeheartedly, and she cares a lot about how she’s influencing other people throughout the show, and I just try to embody that as much as I can,” said Jones.

While participating in DAPA, Jones has met people of all ages. Her experience has been made better because of the mix in age. Along with DAPA, the Washington Pavilion offers theater workshops for all ages, including The Improv Academy and Plays for Living. There are several theater camps that take place during the summer for elementary through high school students.

“It’s really cool to see how people of all ages are passionate about something like this,” said Jones. “I truly think that it’s a great experience to get to know people and to become more confident as well.”

Jones was more interested in the program as she would be able to sing more and be with her friends, since they were there doing it as well. Ultimately, “The Sound of Music” has also been one of Jones’ favorite performances alongside “Matilda.”

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“In ‘Matilda,’ I got to work with fifth graders all the way up to people in their 30’s, and it was just really cool to see interactions between people of all different ages,” said Jones. DESIGN BY ELYSSE WEBER ARTWORK BY ELYSSE WEBER
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Since LHS open enrolls a variety of students across Sioux Falls, there are a multitude of diverse houses which belong to these students. In addition, the large LHS district boundaries bring in students from many different neighborhoods and homes that come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most unique homes from students at LHS.

Questions:

1. What is your favorite part of your house?

2. How would you describe your house’s/room’s style?

3. When was your home built?

4. How far is your house from LHS/how long does it take you to get to school every day?

5. How long have you lived in your house?

Elliott Renville:

1. My room because it’s the only part of the house that my mom lets me decorate

2. Mid Century Modern

3. My house was built in 1959

4. I live six houses up the hill on Sherman Ave. It takes me five minutes every morning to walk to the administration doors.

5. I have lived in my house for nearly six years, but before that I lived in Lennox

Marley Mantz:

1. Either my bedroom, backyard or kitchen.

2. Spacious, looks like an Anthropology store, rustic modern vibe with lots of plants and natural light.

3. It’s a Tudor style home, built in 1932.

4. I live in the Mckennan Park area, so it takes me about five minutes to get to LHS.

5. I lived in a house also in Mckennan Park my entire life up until I was 13, when we decided to move here.

1. My favorite part of my house is my hallway because of the 30 foot long glass skylight.

2. The style of my house is midcentury modern.

3. The house was built in 1978. it was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

4. My house is about two miles away from LHS, and it takes me around 14 minutes to drive to LHS every day.

5. My family and I moved to my house in 2010, so we have been living there for 12 years.

Elise Poe:

1. I have so many favorite parts about my house, so it’s hard to pick

2. I would describe my house as a modern/ contemporary design.

3. My home was originally built in 1993 but when we bought the house we completely rebuilt everything down to the studs, so everything on the inside is new from 2021.

4. Depending on the weather and traffic, it takes me 5-10 minutes to get to school every day.

5. I have lived in my house since thanksgiving of 2021 so almost one year!

winter formal 2022

winter formal 2022

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School dances such as formal and prom are some of the events that students look forward to the most during their four years of high school. This year’s LHS Winter Formal was held on Dec. 3 in the LHS gym, where students of all ages had a blast dressing up and getting out on the dance floor with their friends. Here are some photos sent in by students from this year’s dance.

School dances such as formal and prom are some of the events that students look forward to the most during their four years of high school. This year’s LHS Winter Formal was held on Dec. 3 in the LHS gym, where students of all ages had a blast dressing up and getting out on the dance floor with their friends. Here are some photos sent in by students from this year’s dance.

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Sorum, Cason Raph (12), Jayden Raak (12) Fletcher Arndt (12), Carter Schramm (12) Rylie Brison (10), Camryn Reiter (10), Kinsey Jones (10) Jack Hilgenberg (12), Cason Raph (12), Ethan Wasmund (12), Jorgen Sorum (12) Hayden Kok (9), Lucy Hennies (9) Isabella Abels (10), Bo Bosler (11)
(12) Gabby Boucher (12), Rubben Johnson (12)
Jennifer
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“Home Alone:” Winning a third of the votes, making it the number one pick, is “Home Alone.” This movie follows eight-year-old Kevin McCallister as he accidentally gets left home from his family’s Christmas vacation. Kevin is ecstatic at this realization as he had made a wish the night before to have no family. But his excitement is ruined when he realizes that two men plan on robbing the McCallister home and that he must protect his family’s house alone. This movie has plenty of good laughing moments and never gets old no matter how many times it gets watched. You can watch “Home Alone” on Amazon Prime video, Disney+ and Vudu.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas:” Winning 11% of the votes, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” comes in fourth place. This movie is a live-action adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book. Rejected by the Whos as a child, the Grinch lives on the outskirts of Whoville on top of Mount Crumpit. The Grinch hates everything about Whoville and its residents, but he especially hates Christmas, their favorite holiday. After the Grinch is publicly humiliated by the mayor of Whoville, the Grinch robs all of the townspeople of everything Christmas related. However, the question remains, who will discover the true meaning of Christmas first, the Grinch or the Whos? You can watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Amazon Prime video, Vudu and HBO Max.

There are countless classic Christmas movies that can really put people into the Christmas spirit, but the unforgettable characters are what really make these movies so special. Use this map to find out which classic Christmas character you are most like and discover what qualities you share.

DO YOU THINK CHRISTMAS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR?

WHERE WOULD YOU RATHER HIDE AWAY DURING CHRISTMAS?

You are most likely to be the Grinch from the film and children's book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinch lives outside of Whoville in a mountain alone with his dog. He is sick of the Whos’ love for Christmas and does his best to make Christmas end as soon as possible.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COLOR?

As the holiday season approaches, there are traditions that make this time of the year special. Snowy cold days, treats like hot cocoa, eggnog and cookies, setting up decorations and spending time with family and friends are all things people look forward to. During this time of year, there is nothing better than sitting down and watching one of the many movies that are set up and revolve around the holiday season. Here is a breakdown of the top-ranked holiday movies voted on by LHS students.

WHICH LIST IS SANTA PUTTING YOU ON THIS YEAR?

WHICH ACTIVITY SOUNDS MORE APPEALING?

WHERE WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND CHRISTMAS?

WOULD YOU RATHER BE THE KINDEST OR SMARTEST PERSON EVER?

WHICH LIST IS SANTA PUTTING YOU ON THIS YEAR?

WHICH IS MORE LIKELY TO BE ON YOUR CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU?

You are most similar to Ebenezer Scrooge from the novella and film, “A Christmas Carol.” Scrooge lives in London and is tired of everyone’s Christmas cheer. To Scrooge, Christmas is nothing other than a “humbug.”

WHICH IS YOUR PREFERRED CHRISTMAS DRINK?

“Polar Express:” 16% of voters voted for “Polar Express” as their favorite holiday movie. This is an animated film based on the children’s book of the same name. This movie follows a young boy who on Christmas eve sees a train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window. After being invited on by the conductor, the boy joins several other children on the train as they embark on a journey to visit Santa. They face many tough challenges on their way and encounter many strange situations. This movie is full of adventure and definitely one everyone should watch at least once. You can watch the “Polar Express” on Vudu, HBO Max and Amazon prime video.

“Elf:” Winning 24% of the votes, “Elf” comes in second place. Buddy the elf was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby and raised to adulthood by Santa’s elves. Buddy notices that he does not fit in and decides to travel to New York in search of his actual father. After locating the man, he is told is his father, further DNA testing proves this as true. Buddy starts building a relationship with his new family and finds love along the way. You can watch “Elf” of HBO Max, Hulu and Sling.

You are most like Frosty from the film series and popular Christmas song, “Frosty the Snowman.” Frosty is a snowman who comes to life with the help of a magical hat, and is known to have a “holly jolly soul.”

You are most likely to be Buddy from the popular Christmas movie, “Elf.” Buddy has a love for Christmas like none other and does his best to be friendly to everyone. One of his biggest desires is cuddling up with his father, who he meets when he moves to New York City. While Buddy adjusts to life in New York, he makes some good decisions along the way, as well as some not so good decisions.

You are most similar to Kevin McCallister from the movie series, “Home Alone.” Kevin finds himself home alone during Christmas, but as soon as he is about to eat his mac and cheese dinner, he is interrupted by two robbers trying to break into his home. Nonetheless, he outsmarts the intruders by setting up traps and pranks all throughout his house. This may lead to him ending up on the naughty list, but he does what is necessary to protect his home.

You are most like Clark Griswold from the Christmas classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Griswold is a family man who wants to give his kids a Christmas to remember by making the ultimate meal for his family’s Christmas dinner, including a turkey and some eggnog. While he does his best to be friendly and welcoming to all of his relatives, sometimes he makes a few choices that could lead him to get on Santa’s naughty list.

You are most likely to be Hero girl from the movie, “Polar Express.” Hero girl discovers her love for Christmas when she takes a ride on the Polar Express, leading her to the North Pole. While on the train, Hero girl receives a delicious glass of hot chocolate and has enough kindness in her heart to bring a glass over to a boy sitting all by himself.

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The fire is burning, your grandma just made some cookies and the family is sitting next to the Christmas tree while you sit eager to open gifts. Right when it becomes your turn, you rip open your gift to see the item you wanted most on your wishlist. The joy consumes you and you cannot hold back an excited squeal. One way to celebrate this special holiday for LHS staff is remembering their childhood and the traditions they shared with their family.

In 1977 and days old, Anne Engelland shares a special moment with her brother and mom after she was just adopted into the family.

At the age of one, Heather Coombs’s first Christmas was spent with her grandparents as they gathered around the tree.

Jacob Noordermeer and his older sister sit in front of the Christmas tree with gifts in 2004 when he was seven years old.

In

With his new red barn in 1990, Jared Jansen, his sister and his father he will eventually look identical to, enjoy a Christmas morning playing and relaxing together.

Just after receiving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures in 1990, Mitch Lynch celebrates Christmas with both sides of his extended family, his older sister and her amazing glasses.

Cheesing for the camera with her missing teeth, Heidi Dykstra matched with her younger sister for a holiday in 1990, days after her brother was born.

With a full head of hair, Xavier Pastrano puts his hand to his chin for a Christmas photo at the age of seven in 1993.

With a grin from ear to ear, Kyle Stegeman sits on his new rocking cow at two years old in 1998.

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In 1993, Zak Fogle peaked his head out a chimney with his Santa hat on to get into the holiday spirit.

Sitting

At the age of nine and six, Jennifer DuBois and her coworker also known as her sister Rebecca Mehrens-Peters celebrate Christmas with their family in 1985.

Two years old in 1996, Kali Sloup helped decorate her Christmas tree with her family.

With the holiday season right around the corner, music is here to get you into that sublime spirit. 96.4% of LHS students believe that music is a large part of the holidays, so here are a few of the most popular Christmas songs amongst the student body this winter.

1974, young Scott Amundson celebrated Christmas in Lead, SD by playing with his brand new toys. their one and only professional Christmas card photo shoot in 1993, Regan Meyer at four years old smiles with her two brothers. in his “An American Tail” beanbag chair, five year old Shawn Bogart holds onto his Fievel stuffed animal in 1986.
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Carey by Wham!

As the holiday season approaches, it becomes more and more apparent of the food insecurity that is present not only in South Dakota, but in the nation as a whole. According to Feeding South Dakota, one out of every nine people struggle with food scarcity in their daily lives, and one in six children are at risk of going hungry. ese nationwide statistics prove themselves to be even more staggering with over 34 million people, including nine million children being food insecure according to Feeding America. Feeding South Dakota has had partnership with the Sioux Falls School District for many years and has come up with various programs throughout the years to help school-age children and their families with food access. Some of these include lling backpacks with non-perishable food and canned food drives. However, at LHS, a new system was created for the school year. is revamped system at LHS o ers a small food pantry located in the ROTC room in the E Wing. is cabinet o ers a relatively private system for any student to grab what they need for that speci c day from the cabinet. LHS counselor Sylvester, the main coordinator for the food pantry for the school year, was contacted by Feeding South Dakota at the beginning of the school year to come up with a revamped system to support a gateway to easy access food for high school students and their families. Since high schoolers already carry backpacks that are very full and heavy, the previous system of supplying bags of groceries in elementary and middle school is not as realistic for high school students both for privacy and simplicity purposes.

“It’s di cult for a high school student with a very full backpack to then also carry a very heavy bag of groceries,” said Sylvester. “It’s not very con dential or discreet.”

e average ow of food coming in is around four totes a week with the current demand, each with a di erent category of food product such as grain, canned foods, protein and others. Students who utilize the cabinet are essentially allowed unlimited access, as long as an adult from the building comes with them.

“Students do need a teacher to go with them, but it can be any teacher or faculty member,” said Sylvester. “ ey are allowed to go as many times in the week as they need, however much they need to access it.”

Despite this new way of distributing food, there has been great success thus far with three shipments of food coming in. Being one of the rst high schools in the district to incorporate this new program, LHS serves as a pilot project to hopefully carry on into the rest of the Sioux Falls high schools and possibly into elementary and middle school classrooms in addition to the ‘ ll a backpack’ program.

“We’ve had a lot of student support with regard to keeping the shelves stocked,” said Sylvester. “We are still trying to evaluate which products are most popular, and we will try to carry those and refrain from things that aren’t readily taken.”

Before picking up food from the pantry, students must sign out a form that asks for their school, date, initials and the total number of people that are in the household.

“ is way Feeding South Dakota can verify how many individual people they are serving,” said Sylvester.

For access to the cabinet, contact Sylvester in the counseling o ce for the sign-up sheet, and nd a sta member at LHS to go down with you to the little JROTC room in the lower level of the E wing.

Super Bowl Champions LA Rams February 13

“I was happy because I like the Rams, and Jalen Ramsey is my favorite player. We still have people who owe me money. ISAAC CARAZO. Pay up.” Mose Mahammad (12)

Will Smith punching Chris Rock

March 27

“Honestly, if I was Chris Rock, something would have happened after all that got done. He took it like a man. But me, I would have just beat him up right on stage.” Reuben Diehyee (10)

Inflation Hit an all time high April 19

“I don’t like it. It really hasn’t affected me yet. I hope it doesn’t affect me in the future.” Jeff Halseth

Kim Kardashian wore the Marilyn Monroe dress to MET Gala May 2

“I thought the dress looked dumb when it ripped.” Leah Bosler (12)

“Top Gun: Maverick” was released May 27

“Honestly I thought it was a 10/10. It was not over-hyped.” Sam Stensland (10)

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“I felt bad for Johnny Depp because he’s a nice guy and she pooped on his bed.” Jessica Nelson (12)

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Start of the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard case April 11 Space X is launched April 27

Tom Brady Returns May 10

JULY

Queen Elizabeth’s

death

September 8

“It was very tragic. But honestly I don’t care about British people.” Cole Weisz (9)

Hurricane Ian ends October 2

“I think that hurricane Ian sounded really scary, and I feel bad for all the people who went through it.” Camryn Reiter (10)

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What’s under the tree?

What’s under the tree?

reasons: meeting with family, enjoying delicious meals and icon of the event, giving and receiving gifts. We asked some of the students around Lincoln what they want Santa to bring them this holiday season, with some surprising results...

A horse on a stick was in the box, and one can only hope that this was used as a prop during Homecoming week, and not as someone’s actual mode of transportation.

reasons: meeting with family, enjoying delicious meals and icon of the event, giving and receiving gifts. We asked some of the students around Lincoln what they want Santa to bring them this holiday season, with some surprising results...

A horse on a stick was in the box, and one can only hope that this was used as a prop during Homecoming week, and not as someone’s actual mode of transportation.

Sixth toe on my right foot

More sodium and metal

Sixth toe on my right foot

Oculus Quest2

An extremely flat football was at the very bottom of the box, which leads me to believe that this ball was used in the early days of this school year, seeing as it is entirely too cold to spend any amount of time outside.

I need a unicorn. How else am I gonna get to school?

Airpods Cool Rocks ticketsTaylorSwift

Santadoesn’tlove me,bro...

I need a unicorn. How else am I gonna get to school?

The probability of this watch’s owner getting to class on time is slim, seeing as it is off by more than 13 hours.

More sodium and metal

As you can see, some people have lost their glasses, (unless you are the person who lost them, then you probably cannot).

I want a fox!

As you can see, some people have lost their glasses, (unless you are the person who lost them, then you probably cannot).

I want a fox! Oculus Quest2

Airpods Cool Rocks ticketsTaylorSwift

Santadoesn’tlove me,bro...

No more debt! A new car

Someone is missing their packed-to-the-brim gym bag, and due to the ominous scent of the item, I chose not to open it, despite my curiosity.

An extremely flat football was at the very bottom of the box, which leads me to believe that this ball was used in the early days of this school year, seeing as it is entirely too cold to spend any amount of time outside.

No more debt! A new car

The probability of this watch’s owner getting to class on time is slim, seeing as it is off by more than 13 hours.

Someone is missing their packed-to-the-brim gym bag, and due to the ominous scent of the item, I chose not to open it, despite my curiosity.

There were 13 water bottles in the lost and found, and fitting all of them into this page would have been next to impossible.

As unfortunate as it is, misplacing one’s earbuds happens frequently, and the result is having to deal with the maddening noise of people talking in the hallway.

The only conclusion that I could gather from finding this item is that there is a stray cat/unicorn(?) walking around LHS somewhere.

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As unfortunate as it is, misplacing one’s earbuds happens frequently, and the result is having to deal with the maddening noise of people talking in the hallway.

As a first timer at Zoup!, I was not sure what to expect, but with a bit of browsing on their website I was ecstatic to see their wide variety of different types of soups, sandwiches, salads and other options. When I walked in the door over my lunch period, I was shocked to see all of the tables full and five or six people waiting in line. The worker encouraged us to sample any of the 8-10 different soups that they had that day, as the selection changes daily. I tried a few different kinds but landed on the Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque and paired it with the Pesto Cheese sandwich, my total coming out to around $13. orders were ready extremely quickly, almost immediately after we paid. The soup was creamy and flavorful and it also came with a baguette. For $13, the portion size was a bit small, but definitely enough for a substantial meal. I rate this soup a 3.5/5.

Starting off strong from my all-time favorite lunch spot is the chicken tortilla soup from Bagel Boy. I will order this soup any time of the day, all year round. Bagel Boy offers chicken tortilla soup and chicken noodle soup at both of their Sioux Falls locations. A cup of soup is only $4 and they also have the option to purchase a quart for $10.75. Chicken tortilla soup is my favorite kind of soup, and Bagel Boy makes it best. There is enough chicken, but not an overwhelming amount, and its base is very creamy. It is full of flavor, but not too spicy or overpowering and every bowl always comes steaming hot. The chicken tortilla soup pairs well with a plain, toasted asiago cheese bagel, which altogether makes a nice meal for just $6.50. The only downside that I could find with Bagel Boy’s soup is that it comes out extremely hot causing the consumer to have to wait a few minutes before enjoying their soup (I have burnt my tongue many times due to this fact). Overall, Bagel Boy offers a delicious soup option for the winter months and is definitely a top contender for Sioux Falls’ best soups, earning a 4.5/5 rating.

As a first timer at Zoup!, I was not sure what to expect, but with a bit of browsing on their website I was ecstatic to see their wide variety of different types of soups, sandwiches, salads and other options. When I walked in the door over my lunch period, I was shocked to see all of the tables full and five or six people waiting in line. The worker encouraged us to sample any of the 8-10 different soups that they had that day, as the selection changes daily. I tried a few different kinds but landed on the Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque and paired it with the Pesto Cheese sandwich, my total coming out to around $13. Our orders were ready extremely quickly, almost immediately after we paid. The soup was creamy and flavorful and it also came with a baguette. For $13, the portion size was a bit small, but definitely enough for a substantial meal. I rate this soup a 3.5/5.

As a first timer at Zoup!, I was not sure what to expect, but with a bit of browsing on their website I was ecstatic to see their wide variety of different types of soups, sandwiches, salads and other options. When I walked in the door over my lunch period, I was shocked to see all of the tables full and five or six people waiting in line. The worker encouraged us to sample any of the 8-10 different soups that they had that day, as the selection changes daily. I tried a few different kinds but landed on the Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque and paired it with the Pesto Cheese sandwich, my total coming out to around $13. Our orders were ready extremely quickly, almost immediately after we paid. The soup was creamy and flavorful and it also came with a baguette. For $13, the portion size was a bit small, but definitely enough for a substantial meal. I rate this soup a 3.5/5.

Starting off strong from my all-time favorite lunch spot is the chicken tortilla soup from Bagel Boy. I will order this soup any time of the day, all year round. Bagel Boy offers chicken tortilla soup and chicken noodle soup at both of their Sioux Falls locations. A cup of soup is only $4 and they also have the option to purchase a quart for $10.75. Chicken tortilla soup is my favorite kind of soup, and Bagel Boy makes it best. There is enough chicken, but not an overwhelming amount, and its base is very creamy. It is full of flavor, but not too spicy or overpowering and every bowl always comes steaming hot. The chicken tortilla soup pairs well with a plain, toasted asiago cheese bagel, which altogether makes a nice meal for just $6.50. The only downside that I could find with Bagel Boy’s soup is that it comes out extremely hot causing the consumer to have to wait a few minutes before enjoying their soup (I have burnt my tongue many times due to this fact). Overall, Bagel Boy offers a delicious soup option for the winter months and is definitely a top contender for Sioux Falls’ best soups, earning a 4.5/5 rating.

Starting off strong from my all-time favorite lunch spot is the chicken tortilla soup from Bagel Boy. I will order this soup any time of the day, all year round. Bagel Boy offers chicken tortilla soup and chicken noodle soup at both of their Sioux Falls locations. A cup of soup is only $4 and they also have the option to purchase a quart for $10.75. Chicken tortilla soup is my favorite kind of soup, and Bagel Boy makes it best. There is enough chicken, but not an overwhelming amount, and its base is very creamy. It is full of flavor, but not too spicy or overpowering and every bowl always comes steaming hot. The chicken tortilla soup pairs well with a plain, toasted asiago cheese bagel, which altogether makes a nice meal for just $6.50. The only downside that I could find with Bagel Boy’s soup is that it comes out extremely hot causing the consumer to have to wait a few minutes before enjoying their soup (I have burnt my tongue many times due to this fact). Overall, Bagel Boy offers a delicious soup option for the winter months and is definitely a top contender for Sioux Falls’ best soups, earning a 4.5/5 rating.

As the temperature drops and the roads become icy, there is only one food on my mind during winter months: soup! There is nothing better than coming inside from the cold and warming up with a hot bowl of soup. I have made it my mission to scout out Sioux Falls’ best variety of soups from a mix of locally owned spots and more largely known places.

Although Krav’n is not the first place one might consider when craving a bowl of soup, the outcome was actually quite impressive. Krav’n offers chicken tortilla soup every day and their “soup of the day” as noted on their menu, which rotates daily with chicken wild rice, gumbo and others. All of their soups are made in house and they come in two different sizes, $4 for a cup and $6 for a bowl. I decided on the chicken tortilla and was very impressed with not only the taste, but the service as well. Their chicken tortilla soup was served with tortilla strips on top and a side of saltines. It came out very quickly and was hot and fresh when it arrived. The soup was creamy and flavorful, but a bit too spicy for my liking. In comparison to the other places, the soup was lacking in the chicken department, and the addition of more would have bumped its rating up. I gave this soup a 4/5 as it was a bit spicier than I would have preferred and also there was not enough chicken.

Although Krav’n is not the first place one might consider when craving a bowl of soup, the outcome was actually quite impressive. Krav’n offers chicken tortilla soup every day and their “soup of the day” as noted on their menu, which rotates daily with chicken wild rice, gumbo and others. All of their soups are made in house and they come in two different sizes, $4 for a cup and $6 for a bowl. I decided on the chicken tortilla and was very impressed with not only the taste, but the service as well. Their chicken tortilla soup was served with tortilla strips on top and a side of saltines. It came out very quickly and was hot and fresh when it arrived. The soup was creamy and flavorful, but a bit too spicy for my liking. In comparison to the other places, the soup was lacking in the chicken department, and the addition of more would have bumped its rating up. I gave this soup a 4/5 as it was a bit spicier than I would have preferred and also there was not enough chicken.

Camilles has been one of my favorite places for years, and I have been going there since I was a child, but one thing I had yet to try was their soup. When I went, they were offering two different options: tomato soup and chicken wild rice. Naturally I chose the tomato soup, yet this is was my first mistake. The soup was a solid temperature, not too hot but not too cold. As for the taste and consistency, I was immediately concerned that I accidentally ordered tomato sauce and not tomato soup, because the consistency was almost identical to tomato sauce. As for price, the total came out to around $5, which is about average of all of these soups. Overall, the soup was not terrible, but it did not compare well to the others. Camilles soup receives a 3/5 due to the strange consistency and average taste.

Camilles has been one of my favorite places for years, and I have been going there since I was a child, but one thing I had yet to try was their soup. When I went, they were offering two different options: tomato soup and chicken wild rice. Naturally I chose the tomato soup, yet this is was my first mistake. The soup was a solid temperature, not too hot but not too cold. As for the taste and consistency, I was immediately concerned that I accidentally ordered tomato sauce and not tomato soup, because the consistency was almost identical to tomato sauce. As for price, the total came out to around $5, which is about average of all of these soups. Overall, the soup was not terrible, but it did not compare well to the others. Camilles soup receives a 3/5 due to the strange consistency and average taste.

Camilles has been one of my favorite places for years, and I have been going there since I was a child, but one thing I had yet to try was their soup. When I went, they were offering two different options: tomato soup and chicken wild rice. Naturally I chose the tomato soup, yet this is was my first mistake. The soup was a solid temperature, not too hot but not too cold. As for the taste and consistency, I was immediately concerned that I accidentally ordered tomato sauce and not tomato soup, because the consistency was almost identical to tomato sauce. As for price, the total came out to around $5, which is about average of all of these soups. Overall, the soup was not terrible, but it did not compare well to the others. Camilles soup receives a 3/5 due to the strange consistency and average taste.

Although Krav’n is not the first place one might consider when craving a bowl of soup, the outcome was actually quite impressive. Krav’n offers chicken tortilla soup every day and their “soup of the day” as noted on their menu, which rotates daily with chicken wild rice, gumbo and others. All of their soups are made in house and they come in two different sizes, $4 for a cup and $6 for a bowl. I decided on the chicken tortilla and was very impressed with not only the taste, but the service as well. Their chicken tortilla soup was served with tortilla strips on top and a side of saltines. It came out very quickly and was hot and fresh when it arrived. The soup was creamy and flavorful, but a bit too spicy for my liking. In comparison to the other places, the soup was lacking in the chicken department, and the addition of more would have bumped its rating up. I gave this soup a 4/5 as it was a bit spicier than I would have preferred and also there was not enough chicken.

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As the temperature drops and the roads become icy, there is only one food on my mind during winter months: soup! There is nothing better than coming inside from the cold and warming up with a hot bowl of soup. I have made it my mission to scout out Sioux Falls’ best variety of soups from a mix of locally owned spots and more largely known places.
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As the temperature drops and the roads become icy, there is only one food on my mind during winter months: soup! There is nothing better than coming inside from the cold and warming up with a hot bowl of soup. I have made it my mission to scout out Sioux Falls’ best variety of soups from a mix of locally owned spots and more largely known places.
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Winter Wonderland marks the beginning of the Holiday season

The holiday season has just started and as lights, trees and decor come out of the deepest part of the storage closet, along with the annual tradition for most East River South Dakotans:

Winter Wonderland at Falls Park.

Winter Wonderland offers walking trails and roads for many to experience the bright downtown falls. The idea sparked almost 20 years ago when the CEO of Experience Sioux Falls, Teri Schmidt proposed the idea one day to Dave Munson, Sioux Falls mayor at the time.

“I thought it would be a great draw for visitors and it could be great for the people of Sioux Falls,” said Schmidt.

When Winter Wonderland first started, the event had a Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, horse rides and other common Christmas traditions.

A few years after the event had been established as an annual Christmas celebration, the Parks department took over the lights and event planning.

“We no longer have cookies, Santa and hot chocolate there anymore, but thousands of people come from all around the region just to see those lights,” said Schmidt.

Although the glow of Sioux Falls’ main attraction does not offer the goods unlike the past, the lights still remain a popular attraction throughout the region and continue impressing viewers every year.

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The LHS boys basketball team went 10-9 in their 21-22 season.

The LHS boys basketball team went 10-9 in their 21-22 season.

During the State championship, the tournament ended with them receiving a fifth place medal. The only loss during the tournament went to OGHS with a score of 34-57.

During the State championship, the tournament ended with them receiving a fifth place medal. The only loss during the tournament went to OGHS with a score of 34-57.

Ethen Lincoln is a senior this year for the LHS boys Basketball team. His basketball journey started back during his freshman year. One of his favorite aspects of basketball is the friendships that come with it. With almost half of last year’s team being seniors, the team took a major loss in this area; however, many new players hold potential for making this year favorable.

Ethen Lincoln is a senior this year for the LHS boys Basketball team. His basketball journey started back during his freshman year. One of his favorite aspects of basketball is the friendships that come with it. With almost half of last year’s team being seniors, the team took a major loss in this area; however, many new players hold potential for making this year favorable.

“Obviously losing the seniors on any team is hard because of the leadership and bonds that come with them; however, the loss of 2022 seniors is extra difficult,” said Lincoln. “They were very valuable people on and off the court. It’s time for new people to step up and fill the voids that were left.”

“Obviously losing the seniors on any team is hard because of the leadership and bonds that come with them; however, the loss of 2022 seniors is extra difficult,” said Lincoln. “They were very valuable people on and off the court. It’s time for new people to step up and fill the voids that were left.”

The obvious goal of the year is to win the State championship; however, the coaches and players know that a State championship will not come easy with the competition and skill level of other high school teams.

The obvious goal of the year is to win the State championship; however, the coaches and players know that a State championship will not come easy with the competition and skill level of other high school teams.

“I would say our biggest competition has always been the other Sioux Falls teams, and I know they will most definitely put up a good fight this year,” said Lincoln.

“I would say our biggest competition has always been the other Sioux Falls teams, and I know they will most definitely put up a good fight this year,” said Lincoln.

LHS girls basketball went 10-14 at the end of the 21-22 season. They placed eighth during the State tournament, with their losses going to Rapid City Central, OGHS and HHS.

LHS girls basketball went 10-14 at the end of the 21-22 season. They placed eighth during the State tournament, with their losses going to Rapid City Central, OGHS and HHS.

“We worked really well and hard together to accomplish everything we know we can do, but we also made time to have fun off of the court as well,” said Addie Fawcett.

“We worked really well and hard together to accomplish everything we know we can do, but we also made time to have fun off of the court as well,” said Addie Fawcett.

Addie Fawcett is one of this year’s seniors for the LHS girls basketball team. Fawcett’s basketball journey started back when she was five years old. Throughout all of her years of basketball, she has always found herself looking forward to the connections she makes playing the game. Two of these connections are with last year’s seniors, Ady Sand and Kaia Jensen. Although the number of senior losses is drastically less than the boys, the impact is heavy.

Addie Fawcett is one of this year’s seniors for the LHS girls basketball team. Fawcett’s basketball journey started back when she was five years old. Throughout all of her years of basketball, she has always found herself looking forward to the connections she makes playing the game. Two of these connections are with last year’s seniors, Ady Sand and Kaia Jensen. Although the number of senior losses is drastically less than the boys, the impact is heavy.

“We lost a lot of solid leaders,” said Fawcett. “But, I think we have a good bunch of upperclassmen that will be able to lead and work together, so we can all be successful this year in the long run.”

“We lost a lot of solid leaders,” said Fawcett. “But, I think we have a good bunch of upperclassmen that will be able to lead and work together, so we can all be successful this year in the long run.”

Going into the 22-23 season, the girls have a State championship title on their minds. Just like the boys, all other Sioux Falls teams will not give up an easy win; however, there are some that will be harder than others.

Going into the 22-23 season, the girls have a State championship title on their minds. Just like the boys, all other Sioux Falls teams will not give up an easy win; however, there are some that will be harder than others.

“I know that all Sioux Falls high school teams won’t make it easy,” said Fawcett. “There are two teams that I know will put up more of a fight than the others, and that is WHS and JHS. We were unable to take a win against them in the 21-22 season.”

“I know that all Sioux Falls high school teams won’t make it easy,” said Fawcett. “There are two teams that I know will put up more of a fight than the others, and that is WHS and JHS. We were unable to take a win against them in the 21-22 season.” PREGAME RITUAL?

PREGAME RITUAL?

“Listening to music in the locker room”

Pregame ritual? “Get the music going. stretch and drink either half or a full energy drink.”

Pregame ritual?

“Get the music going. stretch and drink either half or a full energy drink.”

Best advice given by a coach?

“Enjoy every moment” - Coach Daly

Best advice given by a coach? “In order to win, we need to score more points than the other team” -Coach Embry

Best advice given by a coach?

“In order to win, we need to score more points than the other team” -Coach Embry

Good luck charm?

“Timberlands”

Good luck charm?

“My socks”

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With the fall sports season coming to an end, it brings the question of what is next for the seniors completing their last game or meet. Some will “retire” from the sport that has consumed their thoughts and time and some will continue to pursue their passion in college. Mali Van Meeteren has stuck with her passion since the beginning, with no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Students may relate to the narrative that parents put their children in a sport for enjoyment and exerting endless energy, but few can claim the title of sticking to that sport for their whole life.

“I have been playing soccer since I was four years old,” said Van Meeteren.

“When I first started my parents just put me in it for fun, but as I got older I started to get much more passionate about playing and training. I realized I wanted to play for as long as I could.”

Participating in high school athletics is not always an easy load to carry while trying to balance school and other activities. A large amount of these athletes’ hard work goes unnoticed to the majority of people; however, it is the time put in outside of the games where the progress is made.

“On a normal week, I have practice four days a week for an hour and a half and then I have some extra speed and strength training four days a week for about an hour,” said Van Meeteren.

While college athletics will be a new experience for Van Meeteren, she has had some guidance along the way to help make the transition between high school athletics and college athletics more seamless.

“A couple of my past teammates have gone on to the collegiate level, so they have given me a few tips and tricks to help me out,” said Van Meeteren.

Van Meeteren emphasized finding a school with exceptional training in the desired field of study, but also a school that will continue challenging and pushing her limits to achieve the highest potential in her sport.

“My mom went to school at USD, so I have always been around the school and seen the community built around their athletics, so that definitely played a role in choosing USD,” said Van Meeteren. “I plan to major in nursing and then possibly become a PA. Because nursing is a major that requires a big time commitment, I plan to always be sure I communicate consistently between my coaches and professors to get the

most out of my experience.”

With a new chapter beginning to open, it is bittersweet having to leave behind high school athletics and the family that comes with it. However, there is a lot to be excited about for what lies ahead.

“I think the thing I’m most excited about is the new experience away from home and the high level of athletes I’ll get to play with,” said Van Meeteren.

Success in one’s passion not only lies in the hard work they put in on and off the field but also in the support all around them.

Success comes from the role models that have been there, cheering and supporting from day one, to the role models who have paved the way and created a great example for what is to come.

“My biggest role models would definitely be my parents, just because I see how hard they work at everything they do and they are always there to support me,” said Van Meeteren.

Success is not handed out, but something that is earned through hard work and dedication. However, it is in the enjoyment that comes with the hard work where stars shine.

“My biggest piece of advice would be to work hard and enjoy the moment,” said Van Meeteren.

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GOLD star

the last GOLD star

at the same Chinese restaurant since I was two, and this year favorite people during my favorite time of year, what could beat where the holiday spirit radiates, and I decorate cutout sugar blowing out my candles will just be another checkmark on my year.

I have celebrated my December birthday at the same Chinese restaurant since I was two, and this year will be no different. Gathering with my favorite people during my favorite time of year, what could beat that? I love this month, a joyous month where the holiday spirit radiates, and I decorate cutout sugar cookies with my grandmother; however, blowing out my candles will just be another checkmark on my long list of compiled “lasts” of my senior year.

at home. As bittersweet as it is, there is no way to change Christmas and birthday list have gone from Barbies and dresses The feeling of vacancy under the tree after all the presents the status of my childhood room. Although it still feels so packing up my whole life and moving 242 miles from the whole life.

This year is my last holiday season living at home. As bittersweet as it is, there is no way to change the outcome of this holiday season. My Christmas and birthday list have gone from Barbies and dresses to mattress toppers and college spirit wear. The feeling of vacancy under the tree after all the presents have been opened will soon be compared to the status of my childhood room. Although it still feels so far away, it dawns on me that soon I will be packing up my whole life and moving 242 miles from the place I have called home for almost my whole life.

have held close to my heart. Ever since I was little, it has the tree and drape the lights so that my mother and I could Although, the tree was never quite done until the cherry on top of adrenaline that shot through my body is quite literally one that will

The holiday season has always been one I have held close to my heart. Ever since I was little, it has been a tradition for my father to construct the tree and drape the lights so that my mother and I could hang the plethora of ornaments up. Although, the tree was never quite done until the cherry on top of the cake, the gold star. The rush of adrenaline that shot through my body is quite literally one that will forever be unmatched.

has been, the evolution of how the star was placed has would get picked up by my father and put on his shoulders and But, at 18, a kitchen chair becomes a ladder in this situation. with my family. I reflect back on the both during the holiday season and not. only child and only have two almost impossible to see them for every Midwestern family but I will forever be Not only does this give me more to be thankful for the individual each of my family members. move-in day for college, the idea home seems to be the end to an Opening presents with my dad infamous fruit salad are only two However, I know my brick house in central gold star may close one far from the end.

Having this process be as traditional as it has been, the evolution of how the star was placed has changed throughout the years. Initially, I would get picked up by my father and put on his shoulders and even that would barely reach me to the top. But, at 18, a kitchen chair becomes a ladder in this situation.

This year, as I cap off my 17th Christmas with my family. I reflect back on the

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An opinionated question arises multiple times a year on which holiday is the best. I can almost guarantee that my answer has been the same for as long as I can remember. Christmas.

An opinionated question arises multiple times a year on which holiday is the best. I can almost guarantee that my answer has been the same for as long as I can remember. Christmas.

KateAn opinionated question arises multiple times a year on which holiday is the best. I can almost guarantee that my answer has been the same for as long as I can remember. Christmas.

Most might think this is due to the presents under the tree or the extended holiday break, while those might be ever so slightly true, it is also so much more. It’s the snow slowly falling outside my bedroom window, the delicious meal my grandma makes, the late night card games played with a dozen family members and lastly, the smell of pine that comes from our large glistening tree that stands in our living room.

Most might think this is due to the presents under the tree or the extended holiday break, while those might be ever so slightly true, it is also so much more. It’s the snow slowly falling outside my bedroom window, the delicious meal my grandma makes, the late night card games played with a dozen family members and lastly, the smell of pine that comes from our large glistening tree that stands in our living room.

Most might think this is due to the presents under the tree or the extended holiday break, while those might be ever so slightly true, it is also so much more. It’s the snow slowly falling outside my bedroom window, the delicious meal my grandma makes, the late night card games played with a dozen family members and lastly, the smell of pine that comes from our large glistening tree that stands in our living room.

The Tollinger household tree is like no other. It typically stands about seven and a half feet tall and is by no means a skinny little thing. My dad, who is mostly in charge of picking out our tree every year, almost every year has trouble fitting it through our garage door. My mom then takes over once the tree is placed in its holder and has fallen into its shape. She glimmers it up with warm white lights and red ribbon that are wrapped around the entire tree. Lastly, an overload of ornaments is added to the tree. Ever since I was little, my grandma has bought my sisters and I a new ornament each year. The ornaments all remind us of a special moment that happened that year, whether that be losing our first tooth, going to our first day of middle school or experiencing something for the first time. Our tree usually goes up after Thanksgiving and is kept in its spot until the end of January.

The Tollinger household tree is like no other. It typically stands about seven and a half feet tall and is by no means a skinny little thing. My dad, who is mostly in charge of picking out our tree every year, almost every year has trouble fitting it through our garage door. My mom then takes over once the tree is placed in its holder and has fallen into its shape. She glimmers it up with warm white lights and red ribbon that are wrapped around the entire tree. Lastly, an overload of ornaments is added to the tree. Ever since I was little, my grandma has bought my sisters and I a new ornament each year. The ornaments all remind us of a special moment that happened that year, whether that be losing our first tooth, going to our first day of middle school or experiencing something for the first time. Our tree usually goes up after Thanksgiving and is kept in its spot until the end of January.

The Tollinger household tree is like no other. It typically stands about seven and a half feet tall and is by no means a skinny little thing. My dad, who is mostly in charge of picking out our tree every year, almost every year has trouble fitting it through our garage door. My mom then takes over once the tree is placed in its holder and has fallen into its shape. She glimmers it up with warm white lights and red ribbon that are wrapped around the entire tree. Lastly, an overload of ornaments is added to the tree. Ever since I was little, my grandma has bought my sisters and I a new ornament each year. The ornaments all remind us of a special moment that happened that year, whether that be losing our first tooth, going to our first day of middle school or experiencing something for the first time. Our tree usually goes up after Thanksgiving and is kept in its spot until the end of January.

Besides the cozy, comforting look and feel it gives to our house, the tree also makes those two months my favorite time of year. As I get up in the morning it is the first I see as I head down the stairs and when I get home from school, I see it peeking through the living room window. To me, our tree holds memories and special experiences that I hope to never forget. My Christmas tree will always remind me of the memories, love and laughter that I’ve shared with my family.

Besides the cozy, comforting look and feel it gives to our house, the tree also makes those two months my favorite time of year. As I get up in the morning it is the first I see as I head down the stairs and when I get home from school, I see it peeking through the living room window. To me, our tree holds memories and special experiences that I hope to never forget. My Christmas tree will always remind me of the memories, love and laughter that I’ve shared with my family.

Besides the cozy, comforting look and feel it gives to our house, the tree also makes those two months my favorite time of year. As I get up in the morning it is the first I see as I head down the stairs and when I get home from school, I see it peeking through the living room window. To me, our tree holds memories and special experiences that I hope to never forget. My Christmas tree will always remind me of the memories, love and laughter that I’ve shared with my family.

The best part of the year is when our house is decorated for Christmas, all the lights, the garlands and our Christmas tree. Every year, my dad brings up the idea of how a fake tree would be so much nicer and way more practical to manage. However, each year we always end up getting a big, sappy real tree. Our tree might not be the most lavish, but to me it is perfect just the way it is.

The best part of the year is when our house is decorated for Christmas, all the lights, the garlands and our Christmas tree. Every year, my dad brings up the idea of how a fake tree would be so much nicer and way more practical to manage. However, each year we always end up getting a big, sappy real tree. Our tree might not be the most lavish, but to me it is perfect just the way it is.

It is one of my favorite days of the year, the day after Thanksgiving when my mom decorates our house for Christmas. It’s always the same decor, yet we never get sick of it. The lights, the garlands, the stockings and the big tree. My mom does most of the decorating, and we try to stay out of her way; however, she always calls us down when she’s ready to add the ornaments. You could say the amount of ornaments we own is excessive, but there is not one that we could leave out. Each ornament our grandma gives us symbolizes a special event that happened in the year. My sister and I always look forward to what ornament we will receive that year.

It is one of my favorite days of the year, the day after Thanksgiving when my mom decorates our house for Christmas. It’s always the same decor, yet we never get sick of it. The lights, the garlands, the stockings and the big tree. My mom does most of the decorating, and we try to stay out of her way; however, she always calls us down when she’s ready to add the ornaments. You could say the amount of ornaments we own is excessive, but there is not one that we could leave out. Each ornament our grandma gives us symbolizes a special event that happened in the year. My sister and I always look forward to what ornament we will receive that year.

The coolest aspect about our tree is that it symbolizes the whole entire family. If someone were to come into our home, they could figure out most of our life story just by looking at our tree.

The coolest aspect about our tree is that it symbolizes the whole entire family. If someone were to come into our home, they could figure out most of our life story just by looking at our tree.

I love the feeling of waking up and going downstairs to see our home full of greenery and lights, or the comfort when watching a movie with my family next to the fireplace. To me our Christmas tree means family, memories, tradition and simply the best time of the year.

I love the feeling of waking up and going downstairs to see our home full of greenery and lights, or the comfort when watching a movie with my family next to the fireplace. To me our Christmas tree means family, memories, tradition and simply the best time of the year.

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With the holiday season upon us and the spirit of gift giving in full spring, we are reminded of the all-too familiar expression, “tis better to give than receive.”

The holiday season has become increasingly focused on gifts, whether you are buying presents for parents, aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents, data shows that Americans spend hundreds of dollars on holiday gifts each year. Many plan Christmas lists, take trips to the store and look online for the best deals throughout the months of November and December. During the holidays, the thrill of receiving gifts is undeniable, yet the act of giving has benefits of its own.

Whether it is buying a gift for someone, volunteering time or donating to a charitable organization, acts of generosity give us a boost of self-esteem and make us feel better about ourselves. The physiological results of giving are evident and immediate; giving someone a gift they enjoy or helping someone in need often brings happiness not only to the person receiving but also to the person doing the giving.

A study published in Nature Communications found that there is in fact a physiological link between generous behavior and happiness. Subjects in the study reported a greater increase in happiness when they spent money on others than when they spent money on themselves. The study also found that when subjects spent money on others, brain activity increased in areas of the brain associated with empathy.

According to ClevelandClinic. org, there are various health benefits to the act of giving such as lower levels of stress and depression as well as increased happiness.

Giving activates regions in the brain related to pleasure, social connection and trust. We also produce chemicals like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin during these behaviors, all

of which have a positive impact on mood. This is why the act of giving a gift to someone triggers feelings of compassion, empathy and happiness. Endorphins released during generous activity can also create an addictive “high.” According to The University of Notre Dame, Dr. Harbaugh, an economist at The University of Oregon, concluded in a study that “Giving surprisingly, is neurologically similar to ingesting an addictive drug or learning you’ve received a winning lottery ticket.”

The impacts of generous behavior aren’t just physiological, they are also physical. Acts of giving can lower blood pressure, make you feel more fulfilled with higher self-esteem and quality of life and even help you to live longer.

Humans aren’t the only species that exhibit generosity, animals such as monkeys, bees, rats and birds also show these behaviors. Elephants display empathetic behaviors towards each other using their trunks to physically comfort their young and those in distress. Research has also shown that rats share the distress of other rats and that empathy can even drive them to help each other. Furthermore, those with cats or dogs as pets will likely attest to the fact that our feline and canine friends experience emotions such as sadness and excitement and even seem to empathize with humans at times. From an evolutionary standpoint these characteristics may have emerged as an adaptation to help species survive by collaborating with each other. Human generosity is a result of a combination of things including evolution, biology and psychology. The act of giving is an important part of who we are and can help us to improve our self-esteem and even physical health. The gifts we receive on Christmas will give us joy, but an even better gift is the act of generosity towards others. Science has proven that it truly is better to give than receive, an important lesson to

With shorter days, less sunshine and busy days full of work and school, it is no wonder why the winter can bring out some not-so-fabulous feelings. Forget the holly-jolly and jingle bell rock, even with the holidays, winter is not always a fantastic time for everyone.

There is in fact a reason behind these feelings of depression, and it is called seasonal affective disorder also known as SAD. “Seasonal Affective Disorder affects your daily life, including how you feel and think,” said the Cleveland Clinic. This disorder goes beyond general feelings of sadness during the wintertime.

“SAD is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons,” said Mayo Clinic. Typically, effects from SAD begin to kick in early fall and continue into the winter months. Symptoms will then most likely last until the spring or even summertime. SAD can affect each individual differently, but there are various symptoms that are most common, include erratic sleep habits, loss of appetite, increased appetite, fatigue, muscle aches, backaches, headaches, difficulty concentrating, feelings of hopeless, worthless or guilt and even having thoughts of not wanting to live.

So, who really struggles with this disorder? “About 5% of adults in the United States experience SAD. It tends to start in young adulthood (usually between the ages of 18 and 30). About 10-20% of people in America may get a milder form of the winter blues,” said Cleveland Clinic. Researchers have discovered that SAD more commonly affects women rather than men. There are also many younger people being affected by SAD, and that includes individuals at LHS. In fact, more students here say they experience the effects of SAD rather than not. 67.5% say they experience feelings of winter depression, 12.5% say they do not experience it at all and 20% say they experience it in a mild form, according to a google form sent to the student body and taken by 40 students.

For those who do not struggle with this disorder, it may be difficult to grasp how it truly affects those around us. For a better understanding, here is some more feedback from fellow LHS students. 66.7% say they experience erratic sleep habits, 61.1% a loss of appetite, 27.8% an increased appetite, 72.2% fatigue, 11.1% muscle aches, 30.6% back pains and 77.8% experience headaches. When asked how long their symptoms usually last, answers varied. “Year-round,” “end of fall to winter,” “until March hits” and “leaves start growing on trees,” “October through January or February.” Seasonal depression can be a tough battle to fight, but there are ways to combat these feelings. Some people are able to help themselves by developing a regular sleep schedule and having daily routines. Finding ways to be more fit and including moments of meditation, can also be greatly beneficial, these are solutions recommended by many therapists. If feelings continue to be apparent, some individuals may need to seek out talk therapy. For those with limited resources, school counselors and teachers are always available.

Winter is inevitable when living in a place such as South Dakota, it is important to remember that it is only temporary and will pass. Finding little pieces of joy throughout the months, weeks and days can make it all the more bearable.

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While the school district does offer a plethora of unique classes, there are some areas which are lacking. Areas such as health, languages, and fiscal comprehension are things students could use a hand in.

LHS is a renowned school with plenty of fabulous classes, however, there are some additional classes that would benefit the school.

There is no doubt that LHS stinks, however, this does not refer to its outstanding academic record and championships in athletics and fine art, but rather refers to the students who walk the halls of LHS. Therefore, the school would greatly benefit from a class where students learn all things hygiene. The class would teach proper ways to stay clean and what students can use to stay smelling fresh. For example, the proper places to put on deodorant and when it should be applied. It takes more than one person to get the school smelling the way we all wish it would. Together, LHS will be the cleanest and best smelling school out there. Secondly, the hallway and parking lot etiquette at LHS is simply horrendous. Students simply find it okay to stop in the middle of the hall

to talk to their friends. They also cut in front of each other in the parking lot just to get out of the school as fast as humanly possible. LHS would improve from a class where students learn proper etiquette in the halls and the parking lot. An average class would have a group of kids speed walking the halls, so they know the appropriate pace to walk and the proper place to talk to their friends. In the parking lots, cars would practice pulling out of their parking spot and exiting at an appropriate speed so they are not at risk of hitting anyone. Students should also keep in mind that walking out in front of cars trying to exit the school is not the most effective way to get around, instead watching for cars to minimize the risk of getting hit by all the kids who decide to “Tokyo Drift” out of the parking lot. Finally the amount of PDA in this school is bound to make any student uncomfortable, making the phrase “PDA is not the Lincoln way,” a saying that most students are familiar with.

These cringe-worthy acts leave kids looking around to avoid laying their eyes on the grossest thing that lie in the walls of LHS. No matter how many people dislike the idea of public displays of affection, no one says anything about it, even if they want to. A class where kids learn when and where it is and is not appropriate to display PDA would minimize the amount of physical contact in the LHS hallways. An ideal class would consist of students getting assigned random scenarios and deciding what would be most appropriate in front of other LHS students. It is a problem that has existed in these halls for as long as anyone can remember, and it needs to be stopped. These classes will help improve LHS to be the school we all want it to be. LHS is home to the Patriots, not the sweaty smelly, slow walking and immense PDA in the halls, with some work this school will be better than ever!

Many students are employed and have to worry about those dreaded forms come tax season. While personal finance does do a lot for preparing a student for the real world, having a focused taxes class would benefit all students currently employed or not. Many students stress about taxes. 44% reported that students are so concerned about taxes and money at home that it is affecting their school work, according to a study done by EverFi Inc. Having a class to clear up confusion and relieve this stress would definitely be beneficial. This class would include an extensive guide for different tax forms, any exemptions students might need to know about, and what it means to be claimed as a dependent on your parents’ tax formsor what it means to file independently from your parents. Filing for taxes is a daunting task, and irresponsible filing could put a person in prison. A subject this hefty should be handled carefully. Another language class would definitely be a solid addition at LHS.

American Sign Language (ASL) could be an interesting skill to note on a job resume, especially as a high school student. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 3.5% of Americans have some kind of hearing impairment. Being able to accommodate them would be immensely beneficial for every party involved. While I personally took two years of Spanish, ASL absolutely would have intrigued me more. I regularly come across people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and feel as though I would be able to handle situations smoother if I were able to better communicate with them, aside from written notes. I am considering enrolling in a class to learn sign language, but having access to it at a high school level would be a huge step up for inclusion and accessibility for those who are hard of hearing. While health class is a requirement to graduate, most students take it in middle school and do not concern themselves with the credit. Having an extensive health course would

not only refresh our minds, but could help us expand on comprehensive sexual education, past being told to abstain. Middle schoolers are not exactly trusted with such a heavy and sensitive topic, but high schoolers would be able to handle the subject with more grace, even if it is just by a little more. Teen pregnancy is a huge concern among both genders - about 55% of all teens have had sex before age 18, according to a study done by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Only 80% used protection, which is still dangerously low. If we had a class to help elaborate on why teenage pregnancy is so terrifying (and expensive), perhaps these statistics could change for the better. Overall, our curriculum could improve by including tax education, ASL and extensive health into the roster. These overlooked courses would be good to have, and are important life skills that could benefit students.

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Is Wikipedia really that bad?

Is Wikipedia really that bad?

Pros: -very accessible -articles for almost every topic -proven reliable -made by all sorts of people -free -updated and improved frequently -sources are all linked for every article

Pros: -very accessible -articles for almost every topic -proven reliable -made by all sorts of people -free -updated and improved frequently -sources are all linked for every article

Cons: -anyone can edit or create a Wikipedia article -bad reputation, stigmatized -cannot be considered scholarly -article vandalization can occur

Cons: -anyone can edit or create a Wikipedia article -bad reputation, stigmatized -cannot be considered scholarly -article vandalization can occur

Beginning as early as elementary school, Wikipedia at all costs (they really make it seem like life or death), but there isn’t actually much validity to this arbitrary argument.

Beginning as early as elementary school, teachers instill in students the principle of avoiding Wikipedia at all costs (they really make it seem like life or death), but there isn’t actually much validity to this arbitrary argument.

Beginning as early as elementary school, teachers instill in students the principle of avoiding Wikipedia at all costs (they really make it seem like life or death), but there isn’t actually much validity to this arbitrary argument.

The case against Wikipedia is baseless and prejudiced. The idea of a website curated entirely from anonymous writers is intimidating and off-putting, but shouldn’t diminish the quality of the website that has been proved by many studies. Wikipedia, despite the taboo and the reluctance of society as a whole to accept it, is a reliable source and should be integrated into our bank of resources.

The case against Wikipedia is baseless and prejudiced. The idea of a website curated entirely from anonymous writers is intimidating and off-putting, but shouldn’t diminish the quality of the website that has been proved by many studies. Wikipedia, despite the taboo and the reluctance of society as a whole to accept it, is a reliable source and should be integrated into our bank of resources.

The case against Wikipedia is baseless and prejudiced. The idea of a website curated entirely from anonymous writers is intimidating and off-putting, but shouldn’t diminish the quality of the website that has been proved by many studies. Wikipedia, despite the taboo and the reluctance of society as a whole to accept it, is a reliable source and should be integrated into our bank of resources.

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Wikipedia is hated by scholars for many reasons, most of which are outdated. According to NCBI, Wikipedia’s quality has improved substantially, and continues to grow all the time. Arguments of the site’s unreliability due to the system of volunteer editors has been disproven study after study, all of which conclude Wikipedia is trustworthy and siteable.

Wikipedia is hated by scholars for many reasons, most of which are outdated. According to NCBI, Wikipedia’s quality has improved substantially, and continues to grow all the time. Arguments of the site’s unreliability due to the system of volunteer editors has been disproven study after study, all of which conclude Wikipedia is trustworthy and siteable.

Wikipedia is hated by scholars for many reasons, most of which are outdated. According to Wikipedia’s quality has improved substantially, and continues to grow all the time. Arguments of the site’s unreliability due to the system of volunteer editors has been disproven study after study, all of which conclude Wikipedia is trustworthy and siteable.

Washington Post, the amount of errors found in Wikipedia articles is on par with those of professional, specialized academic articles. However, the errors in Wikipedia articles differ from those of the academic ones: Since Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, these errors mostly consist of additions of curse words and nonsense to articles, not false content. Still, Wikipedia’s system of stopping this vandalism improves constantly, with additions of robotic algorithms and human patrolling to ensure the integrity of the site. These errors and nonsense additions are typically quite rare, especially in popular articles.

According to the Washington Post, the amount of errors found in Wikipedia articles is on par with those of professional, specialized academic articles. However, the errors in Wikipedia articles differ from those of the academic ones: Since Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, these errors mostly consist of additions of curse words and nonsense to articles, not false content. Still, Wikipedia’s system of stopping this vandalism improves constantly, with additions of robotic algorithms and human patrolling to ensure the integrity of the site. These errors and nonsense additions are typically quite rare, especially in popular articles.

Washington Post, the amount of errors found in Wikipedia articles is on par with those of professional, specialized academic articles. However, the errors in Wikipedia articles differ from those of the academic ones: Since Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, these errors mostly consist additions of curse words and nonsense to articles, not false content. Still, Wikipedia’s system of stopping this vandalism improves constantly, with additions of robotic algorithms and human patrolling to ensure the integrity of the site. These errors and nonsense additions are typically quite rare, especially in popular articles.

It is time to recognize Wikipedia for what it is, which is a culmination of vast people and ideas working together to create one gigantic source.

It is time to recognize Wikipedia for what it is, which is a culmination of vast people and ideas working together to create one gigantic source.

“When I heard about Wikipedia for the first time, it was like the highest ideals of humanity were manifested in the internet. If we all come together, we all have these pieces of knowledge that we can all put into the single source, it’s just a beautiful statement about humanity and art and science and beauty and society all being this one big apotheosis of the internet,” said English teacher Shawn

It is time to recognize Wikipedia for what it is, which is a culmination of vast people and ideas working together to create one gigantic source.

“When I heard about Wikipedia for the first time, it was like the highest ideals of humanity were manifested in the internet. If we all come together, we all have these pieces of knowledge that we can all put into the single source, it’s just a beautiful statement about humanity and art and science and beauty and society all being this one big apotheosis of the internet,” said English teacher Shawn

Unfortunately, the weariness around Wikipedia is extremely prevalent. Students, teachers and society as a whole have deemed the site unfit for consultation. The idea (and execution) of Wikipedia is incredible and inspiring, but we have to set aside the stigma to embrace the site.

“When I heard about Wikipedia for the first time, it was like the highest ideals of were manifested in the internet. If we all come together, we all have these pieces of knowledge that we can all put into the single source, it’s just a beautiful statement about humanity and art and science and beauty and society all being this one big apotheosis of the internet,” said English teacher Shawn Bogart.

Unfortunately, the weariness around Wikipedia is extremely prevalent. Students, teachers and society as a whole have deemed the site unfit for consultation. The idea (and execution) of Wikipedia is incredible and inspiring, but we have to set aside the stigma to embrace the site.

“Professionally, I can’t have you using Wikipedia in your research. The biggest problem is not that it’s not going to be accurate, the biggest problem is that it’s hard to track down the sources. Attribution is several times removed,” said Bogart.

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Unfortunately, the weariness around Wikipedia is extremely prevalent. Students, teachers and society as a whole have deemed the site unfit for consultation. The idea (and execution) of Wikipedia is incredible and inspiring, but we have to set aside the stigma to embrace the site.

“Professionally, I can’t have you using Wikipedia in your research. The biggest problem is not that it’s not going to be accurate, the biggest problem is that it’s hard to track down the sources. Attribution is several times removed,” said Bogart.

“Professionally, I can’t have you using Wikipedia in your research. The biggest problem is not that it’s not going to be accurate, the biggest problem is that it’s hard to track down the sources. Attribution is several times removed,” said Bogart.

Interview Conclusion

Writing a Wikipedia article is actually quite the task. In addition to writing an encyclopedic entry, authors must ensure the subject has been covered already in a reliable, independent and secondary source. Information covered in the Wikipedia article must be verifiable and original. Not only does this help to ensure the quality of the information, but it builds skills for the writer in research, authenticity and reliability. If we recognize Wikipedia as a source, not only would researchers gain access to a website with vast information and resources, professors and teachers could use this task of writing Wikipedia articles as assignments for their students. This would both improve the students’ skills and boost the widespread use and acceptance of Wikipedia.

Writing a Wikipedia article is actually quite the task. In addition to writing an encyclopedic entry, authors must ensure the subject has been covered already in a reliable, independent and secondary source. Information covered in the Wikipedia article must be verifiable and original. Not only does this help to ensure the quality of the information, but it builds skills for the writer in research, authenticity and reliability. If we recognize Wikipedia as a source, not only would researchers gain access to a website with vast information and resources, professors and teachers could use this task of writing Wikipedia articles as assignments for their students. This would both improve the students’ skills and boost the widespread use and acceptance of Wikipedia.

Writing a Wikipedia article is actually quite the task. In addition to writing an encyclopedic entry, authors must ensure the subject has been covered already in a reliable, independent and secondary source. Information covered in the Wikipedia article must be verifiable and original. Not only does this help to ensure the quality of the information, but it builds skills for the writer in research, authenticity and reliability. If we recognize Wikipedia as a source, not only would researchers gain access to a website with vast information and resources, professors and teachers could use this task of writing Wikipedia articles as assignments for their students. This would both improve the students’ skills and boost the widespread use and acceptance of Wikipedia.

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