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Fort Dodge Senior High Fort Dodge, Iowa

Little Dodger

Volume 101 Issue 5 March 2, 2018

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Fierke wins 2 medals at state: Page 11

STATE CHAMPS •Dodger wrestlers claim first tournament title since 1985 •Dodgers also claim first ever dual state team title •Brody Teske wins his 4th state indivdiual championship •Drew Bennett claims 1st title •Story, Page 12

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Little Dodger Fort Dodge Senior High

Farewell Van Zyl Superintendent Doug Van Zyl departs from the Fort Dodge Community School District By Joley Bird “Transitioning and finding the right person to fill this position is a challenge but then just the transition for myself and for my family to a new community,” said superintendent Doug Van Zyl. Van Zyl announced that he will be moving to Missouri to pursue a job in St. Joseph. Van Zyl was contacted by friends of his in Missouri that informed him about the job. At first he wasn’t planning on moving back to Missouri but when he heard about the job, he looked into it. “Reading through what the school district wanted and what the board was looking for, something seemed to click inside like ‘hey they are talking about you’ and I just explored the opportunity from there,” said Van Zyl. Van Zyl will be transferring to a school district of about 11,000 students while the Fort Dodge School District is only about 3,800. “More schools, more students but the makeup of the community is very similar to Fort Dodge, a hardworking community, social economics and diversity is about the same in that community,” said Van Zyl Van Zyl has been working as the Fort Dodge superintendent since 2010. Van Zyl has accomplished a lot here while working in the Fort Dodge school district. “Compared to 8 years ago, the school district is substationaly better than where we were,” said Van Zyl. “Finances are much better, academics are definitely improving on what we’re doing, facilities have improved and working with the community in passing the bond issue. And some good quality people that we brought into our team here in Fort Dodge,” Van Zyl continued. Although Van Zyl has accomplished a lot while being here, he still has some things that he wish he would have accomplished here in Fort Dodge. “We are not where we need to be academically yet as a school district,” said Van Zyl. “I think staff are working hard and we made some chang-

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Math and Science Recognition Night March 26 The annual Math and Science Recognition Night will be held March 26 in the Little Theater at 7 p.m. Students who have earned at least eight credits in math or science will be honored along

with the top math and science students. Jeremy Thede, a 1997 graduate of the high school, will be the guest speaker. He is a quality control engineer for Danfoss in Ames.

Annual Jazz Perspectives concert is tonight The annual Perspectives in Jazz Concert will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Gail Niceswange Little Theater at

the high school. Tickets are are $1 for students, $3 for adults and $5 for families.

Beauty and The Beast cast By Anya Hamilton

Doug Van Zyl es and change takes a little bit of time but just to make sure that every student is receiving the highest education possible we haven’t reached that yet that’s one of the areas that I am regretful of but we have a lot of great things in place and hopefully that work continues,” Van Zyl added. While being here, Van Zyl has made great relationships with the people he has worked with. “I’m going to miss the people that i’ve met within the community, the staff that we’ve worked with and all of the students,” said Van Zyl. Van Zyl’s position in St. Joseph, Missouri will separate him and his family. Van Zyl and his wife will move to Missouri and leave his three kids behind. Elizabeth Van Zyl will graduate from the high school and will attend Drake University in Des Moines. Parker Van Zyl is getting married and Lani Van Zyl is finishing up in college. “I have my faith. My family and my work and those are the priorities that I have in my life. It’s a lot of transition going on but still using those guidelines of what we believe and what we put importance on and continue to stay focused on that,” said Van Zyl.

“Compared to 8 years ago, the school district is substationaly better than where we were.” Dr. Doug Van Zyl

This year, the high school will put on its 91st musical. The musical this year will be Beauty and the Beast. After a tough audition process, the cast of the musical was revealed to be: The Beast - Eli Asay Belle - Karisa Meier Cogsworth - Kane Freeman Lumiere/Narrator - Brayden Bell Babette - Courtney Cordle Mrs. Potts - Natalie Peterson Chip/Belle Understudy -Victoria Pavik Madame (Wardrobe) - Olyvia Selby Gaston - Collin Ellsbury Lefou - Dartagnan Dohrn Maurice - Landon Getting Silly Girls - Chloe Vinchattle, Reagan Black, Annie Niemeyer, Keziah Henkelman, Kristin Sawnson, Grace Champagne Monsieur D’Arque/Fork Joey Kelley Cheese Grater - Josh Meier Napkin - Alaina Porter Fork - Jamie Lennon Plate - Skyler Neilsen Spoon - Emily Asay

Knife - Jonathan Brandt Plate - Maddy Vinchattle Plate - Erianna Howard Plate - Olivia Mitchell Wolf/Salt Shaker - Chris Hatton Sugar Bowl/Madame Understudy - Cayci Bidleman Pepper Shaker - Jeremy Brower Napkin/Enchantress - Elena Mora Plate/Mrs. Potts Understudy - Macey Peterson Napkin - Olivia Ferris Rug - Nathan Hayes Napkin - Hope Anderson Flower Vase - Erin Rogers Knife - Jacob Laird Whisk Broom - Hoo Won Corkscrew - Haider Zaidi Spoon - Kylie Portz Plate - Chelsea Sayer Spoon - Nicole McDowell Plate - Hannah Reynoso Plate - Grace Stackhouse Wolf/Fork - Antavion Adams Napkin - Dallas Richardson Plate - Gracie Miller Napkin - Ellie Yoder Napkin - Marissa Smith Napkin - Abby Adams Napkin - Katie Parsons Knife - Sawyer Springer

Comp team to perform at halftime By Ava Baedke After earning their title in November, the competition team isn’t quite finished yet. They are doing their performance for the second time at the halftime of the 2A state basketball semi finals. The competition team have been invited to perform eight years out of the ten. “The team votes if they want to do the performance. In past years, the team has said yes and other years say no,” says Head Coach KC Williams. It is a wonderful way to showcase and promote cheerleading as a sport and the competitiveness of cheerleading. The top level teams and state champi-

ons do the performances. Some changes were made to the routine. Basket tosses aren’t allowed on the hardwood floor and some of the upper level tumbling aren’t allowed; the tumbling into the pyramids had to be taken out as well. “This team gelled really well together. This is a team many thought, including myself, was going to be a rebuilding year. The level they were able to perform at was amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing it one more time,” KC stated. The competition team performs on March 5th. “I just want the comp team to have one more chance to perform and have fun together one last time,” KC said.

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Little Dodger Fort Dodge Senior High

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Sports Physicals are March 8

Sports physicals will be held at 5:00 p.m. on March 8. Spring and summer athletes must have a physical that is valid through the last day of competition. Seniors who had their physical done last year will need to complete a new physical. Height, weight, heart rate and blood pressure calculations will be done in the nurse’s office and trainers office during the week of March 8; forms will be handed out March 6, 7 and 8 during lunch. Information will also be in the announcements. Cost is $15.

Blood Drive experiences low turnout By Haidre Zaidi Senior High does the Blood Drive every year in order to help people and organizations who are in need of blood donation. This year, the blood drive will take place on April 20th 2018. Last year it took place in the new Auxiliary Gym and it is going to be at the same place this year as well. Ryan Takasuka became in charge of the Blood Drive this year and he said, “A single one-pint donation can save up to three lives. We likely have saved thousands of lives over the decades we have held blood drives at FDSH. We are one of the most successful high schools in the state for donations and have a long tradition of generously donating blood.” It is important to have blood donation programmes because there are some clinics and hospitals in the community who need blood on a daily basis. According to Takasuka, “up to one-third of all collected blood is done in group blood drives such as schools.” Many patients in the hospital depend on the same blood group donation and sometimes they even have to wait for more donations. According to researchers, the most variety found in blood groups is from high schools and colleges. There are some basic requirements students should meet before donating blood.

“Students should meet the donor requirements, sign-up with the National Honor Society Blood Drops and get a pass from them, get a parent signature and permission slip if they are not 18 and have not donated before, check in and out of attendance with their pass on the blood drive date and bring an ID (i.e. driver’s license, school ID)”- Takasuka. Last year, a lot of students showed interest in blood drive as compared to this year. It is encouraged if the students show more interest in donating blood and make blood drive a beneficial programme for the ones who expect something out of it. Takasuka said, “This winter was our lowest turnout since I have become advisor. There was some bad information going around about how you shouldn’t eat if you are giving blood, which you DO NOT want to do. You want to be well fed and hydrated. Every other year we have met our goal of at least 85 units of blood collected, and several times we have been over 100 units. We hope the confusion over the location (in the new auxiliary gym), food consumption (again, eat and hydrate before donating) and bringing an ID will help bring the spring numbers back to our goal in order to save more lives.” The blood collected from blood drive is used for the medical purposes for the people in hospitals and clinics in town.

Photos by Juliet Thompson

Author Kwame Alexander spoke with sophomore and freshman students during an assembly on Feb. 1. He also spoke to the middle school.

Iowa Assesments March 14

Iowa Assessments will start on March 14. On the first day of testing, the schedule will be fourth, fifth and sixth period. On the second day of testing the schedule will be first, second and third. Seniors will need to arrive to school by 11:15 both days.

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Freshman leadership group Teens raise awareness trainings to equip the cadre By Landon Getting

Fort Dodge Senior High recently introduced The Freshmen Leadership Cadre, a new organization which hopes to provide enriching experiences for freshmen aspiring to lead their school. A cadre is, by definition, a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession. Over the last few years, the high school’s administration and counseling departments have begun seeking to improve the transition for 8th graders shifting over to the high school. Major renovations, a newly established pod area, an upperclassmen mentoring program and an entirely new freshmen teaching department have all been established to give freshmen the infrastructure they need to be successful during their first year at the high school. The Freshmen Leadership Cadre is the newest edition to the ever-growing list of opportunities for the newest members of the high school.. 40 students who exhibited potential leadership skills in their classrooms, maintained good academic standing and presented exceptional behavior during the first term were invited to join the cadre. A second round of selections is planned to take place for freshmen who have recently emerged and met the cadre’s requirements. Carrie Traver, a freshman counselor at the high school, is one of the staff advisors for the cadre. Along with Dr. Kenneth Hayes, the Senior High Principal and Dan Adams, a Freshman Instructor, Traver helps provide monthly meetings and

with advanced knowledge and experiences. In November, the cadre traveled to Ankeny to attend a Josten’s leadership seminar. Traver explained that the event helped bring the cadre together and ignited positive conversations. “They talked about what changes they could make in their schools,” said Traver. She continued, “We want them to... take those ideas and put them here at Senior High.” Since then, the cadre has placed a “commitment to graduate banner” in the freshmen pod area and plans to add inspirational quotes as well as a graduation gown. Members of the leadership cadre will also have the opportunity to take an “analyzing leadership styles” course with Adams during third term. Gracie Miller, a member of the Freshmen Leadership Cadre, has high praise for the organization so far. “I think it can really help us in school and in general. We can use the skills that we learn later on in life,” Miller said. Although the cadre is in its year of inception, Miller would like to see the cadre continued in the future. Miller continued saying, “it’s really good for freshmen to have that community.” Traver remarked that the leadership cadre can continue doing great things and will eventually become the future leaders of the high school. “We’re hoping to take some of these kids who maybe weren’t selected for [leadership organizations] as Freshmen or who are showing potential, build them up a little bit more and produce more leaders out of Senior High,” Traver said.

about human trafficking By Val Wheeler Teens Against Human Trafficking along with many other organizations designed to bring awareness to human trafficking obtained a reward from Governor Reynolds for their work. After receiving the award, the groups went to a legislative meeting for the Iowa Council on Human Trafficking. Their discussions aroused to what methods were in place to relinquish attention and awareness to human trafficking as well as for each of the groups to get fundings. Further reflection on how the survivors could be helped was displayed to the groups. “Our goal is to two-fold, we want to bring awareness to the school and community about human trafficking,” says Emily Whitehead, a social studies teacher at Senior High. Her roll in the group is to advise and lead people to fight against human trafficking using various awareness tactics. With many kids all over America, great occurrences in there life such as human trafficking can happen creating a ripple in how lives play out. “There are two types of trafficking, sex and labor trafficking,” says Whitehead. The one message she wants everyone to know about human trafficking is location is redundant. Anywhere, anytime and anyone can be affected by these terrible events. Kids forced to perform inappropriate acts or slave labor could have been your best friend, your sister or neighbor. The simple but defi-

nite truth is that all this happens uncontrollably. “The things you can do is be alert, aware, responsive and compassionate to everyone,” says Whitehead. Although less populated areas are nearly guaranteed to have less cooperative subjects of these events it more than likely levels out as percent of a state. An example of this is New York which has 8.5 million people living in it and more than 100,000 or more kids involved in human trafficking. This is 8.5-15 percent in estimation. While Fort Dodge has a lower, population it may also have a similar percent rating. 15 percent of 30-35 thousand residents living in Fort Dodge is far less but plausibly equal in number of people affected per amount of population. The identified problem with subjects involved in human trafficking is there willfulness to come forward and speak. Most are too affected negatively to give themselves much attention. There’s also the additional feeling of not feeling safe enough to ask for help. 40 million people worldwide are affected by human trafficking. Individuals such as yourself can step forward in support of Teens Against Human Trafficking. Raising awareness is one of the many ways to get attention to wrongful acts like human trafficking. In total, there are around 20 in the group and 10 that show up every Tuesday. New people are always welcome.

Performers Club achieves seven Division Ones By Chloe Vinchattle Seven groups from the Performers Club received Division ones at State Large Group on Feb. 3 at Le Mars High school. Out of those seven, five were nominated for IHSSA Large Group All-State Festival at ISU. Fort Dodge hasn’t sent a group to AllState in four years and to have five groups selected is a tremendous achievement. “This was a tough one for me. I kept thinking ‘what aren’t we doing?’ We get one’s at state but why aren’t we outstanding? What is it that is going to push us over the edge?” says performance club

coach Lindey Krug. She continued to say, “I found that this year Ms. Rouse and I are very fortunate in having had a number of people ask to volunteer and that’s been a heaven sent because we are now able to spend more time coaching groups than we did previously.” The IHSSA competition is three tiered and divided by quarters of the state. In order to make All-State, two out the three judges at State Speech must express that the group was one of the most outstanding groups they had seen throughout the day to be selected for performing or non-performing All-State Speech. Because the state is divided into quarters, one quarter may have more perform-

ers in a category than in the other. Performers Club president, Karissa Meier says, “As the performance club president, I set a goal at the beginning of this year to make All-State in both large group and individual and we have half that goal already.” The Performance Club is making their mark this year and last Saturday, they hosted individual performers for districts here at the high school with their own 40+ performers. There was performers from approximately 25 other schools. Krug hopes to have as strong as a performance from individual speech as they did for Large Group Speech.

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What is your favorite series on Netflix?

“Brain Games.” Tyreike Mericle Senior

“Jane the Virgin.” Rodney Tilawen Junior

Kidneys for sale; ask your senator For 14 years, Thursday nights have been sacred to the Grey’s Anatomy fans. The excitement and drama is anticipated all week until we all sit down at 8/7c to watch the scenarios unfold. The complications like scary brain tumors found in our favorite characters and unrealistic barriers (rest in peace Susan) keep us all on the edge of our seats. It’s exhilarating but the transplant scenes displayed in the show are a tragic actuality. Quite frequently on the show, we see the desperate surgeons waiting for that call to tell them about an available organ that could potentially save their patient. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, this is reality for 116,582 people. Every 10 minutes someone is added to the United Network of Organ Sharing’s waiting list. Data from UNOS estimates that 20 people die everyday waiting for an organ transplant. Some people wait up to five years living off of life sustaining treat- Staff Reporter ments such as dialysis and the use of oxygen tanks. In the U.S., 6,500 people each day die of various causes. Over half of these people could be harvested for viable organs that could be donated to someone on the transplant list. According to UNOS, every person could save about eight lives via organ transplant. Everyday, 26,000 organs could be used to save someone, and the U.S. transplant list would completely disappear. But in 2016, the New England Journal estimated that only 28-63 people per million U.S. citizens were registered organ donors. There are 323.1 million people in the U.S, so this number averages out to less than 15,000 people on the U.S. donor list that year. These numbers have dropped to only 12,000 people, which seems to be unrealistic as it’s less than the population of Fort Dodge. In a survey out of 100 students at Senior High, only 20% said that they were not a donor on their driver’s license. I began to question if these estimates were accurate. According the The Atlantic, 45% of adults are registered organ donors so these numbers were not adding up. After investigating, I found out that being a donor on a driver’s license doesn’t mean squat. An employee at the Fort Dodge DOT said that being a donor on a license only implies your wishes. This means that you’re not a donor and it certainly doesn’t guarantee that your wishes will be honored in the event of your death. In order to be an Iowan organ donor, people have to register for the Iowa Donor Registry or imply it in a written will. The problem is not that people are unwilling to be donors. It is simply the ignorance of the population and inconvenience of the process. Our issue is with the system and with the way congress handles health care. If the black ink on our driver’s license meant anything, then there wouldn’t be a transplant list. This is a huge issue, and the answer to the problem lies on the other side of the world. Most of Europe has an opt out policy that is completely efficient. Instead of taking time out of your day to register as a life saving donor, you can take the time to unregister for the donor list. France, Austria and the United Kingdom have this same policy and there is not a waiting list in sight. These are crystal clear numbers and a dreadfully extensive amount of people are clinging on to the hope that someone out in the world can provide an organ they desperately need. There is an easy, viable way to solve this solution. It is a mystery as to why our country hasn’t been concerned with this issue, and we have an obligation to challenge our donor policy. Please sign up to be a donor at

Chloe Vinchattle

“One Tree Hill.” Sarah Rodriguez Sophomore

“Grey’s Anatomy.” Jabreauna Clark Freshman

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Latent racism right here in Fort Dodge It’s 2017 I’m thinking to myself, “How could and I’m I need help? Do I need help eating my sitting in a food, am I 5? Ordering dessert?” booth in the No, she wants to know if I’m ok. corner of Of course, I’m ok. my favorite I’m eating lunch with my boyfriend restaurant who just got up to use the restroom. This with my is a typical early out tradition that hapsignificant pens every other Wednesday and this other. It’s day is no different, or so it seems to me. a beautiful So now, I’m sitting in the booth, solWednesday emn-faced, waiting for him to return. afternoon In the short few minutes that he is and we just gone, a lot happens. The waitress puts got out of her hand on my shoulder and proceeds school earto ask if I am ok. ly. At this moment, I’m thinking that this After I orwoman is crazy. dered my Staff Reporter The whole time I was ordering we were favorite giggling and cracking jokes, barely able salad, the to hold back our grins. waitress comes and checks on us. I thought How could this woman think I need she was going to say the typical “hi, how’s help? Was there a fire? your food tasting?” waitress speech but I “Well I saw who you were with and I just was definitely wrong. wanted to make sure you were ok.” Instead of asking how our meal was goIs this woman for real right now? ing, she proceeds to ask me if I need help. She went out of her way to ask me if I

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needed help just because I have a different color skin tone than that of my date. There was no improper indication for her to do that. It would be concerning to see a young couple who is arguing, fighting or yelling at each other but certainly not a couple who is laughing and having normal conversation over a bowl of salad. Did this middle-aged white woman really just question my relationship? The fact that she saw something wrong with our little lunch date is very concerning. This was not something I took lightly. Racial discrimination is real. It happens everywhere, even in our community. It’s 2018 people, biracial couples are becoming more and more popular. Surely our generation will be better than this when we’re older. So to the waitress who took my order on that perfect Wednesday afternoon, I hope you read this and know that it’s never right to question someone based on their appearance.

Question of the day: are you worried about the future? Due to scientists in China successfully cloning a monkey, 50 students and teachers were asked if this worried them for the future of science?

Out of 50 students and teachers asked, 20 said YES.

Antavion Adams

“I am not worried because I am a firm believer in science and I think that this is one step closer to understanding who we are, what are our purpose is ... remember Dolly?”

Julie Hughes

“Advancements are exciting and naturally raise questions. My concern relates to a need for more information on the potential risks, as well as varying perspectives on what will be seen as right.”

Staff Editorial

Editorial Cartoon

Recently, the annual Blood Drive was held at the high school. According to NHS advisor Ryan Takatsuka, 72 units were collected. This was their lowest turnout since Takatsuka has been an advisor. Participating in the Blood Drive and donating blood is extremely important. Through providing your blood, you support the community and save several lives. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs

By Michael Martin

blood. And approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed everyday in the U.S. As a staff, we feel it’s important to encourage everyone to participate in the Blood Drive. If you are eligible to give, it is a small sacrifice in order to save several lives. There is no reason the turnout of the Blood Drive should ever be low. With the next Blood Drive taking place April 20, all who are eligible please sign up for the Blood Drive and start saving lives.

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Little Dodger Fort Dodge Senior High

The beauty and the beast By Sally Hively

It’s a tale as old as time but Karisa Meier and Eli Asay are ready to tell it. Asay and Meier have been cast as the leads in 2018’s musical Beauty and the Beast. ¨I’m excited to be Belle because it is kind of a culmination of all the work I have put into musical theater my entire life,¨ said Meier. ¨I am glad to spend time with my musical family and am pumped to perform on stage,¨ said Asay. Meier has participated in three musicals during her time at the highschool starting with 2016’s Crazy for You, having come over to the school as a sophomore. Asay has been involved in every musical since his freshman year, beginning with Damn Yankees. “The biggest challenge of being the character Belle will be trying to make her my own character. I have to come up with my own interpretation of her that works,¨ said Meier. Meier was scheduled to audition on Thursday but the winter weather caused her audition to be delayed till Monday during school which added extra stress. ¨It is a little nerve racking to have that expectation and the extra pressure of being The Beast but I am ready for it,¨ said Asay. ¨The most challenging part of being The Beast will always being angry. I will have to develop that side of myself in order to put it into the character,¨ said Asay. The entire cast is very excited about learning this musical because it is so well-known and admired. ¨In our musical, Belle has a lot more of a backstory then you see in the animated film so it will be a lot of interpretation,¨ Meier said. Meier and Asay were both confident about their auditions but would have enjoyed being cast as any character. Meier plans to study theatrical education in college while Asay plans to be a part of college musicals and choir. This year’s high school production is stylistically based off the original animated version rather than the live action movie. Asay, Meier and the rest of the cast encourage everyone to come and watch them perform Beauty and The Beast from April 25 through 28.

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What are you doing for Valentine’s day? Working Best binge-cry movie? Safe Haven What’s your favorite Valentine candy? Anything with milk chocolate What is the greatest love story of all time? Romeo and Juliet Above: Asay and Meier strike a pose in preperaion for their iconic waltz as Beast and Belle in the upcoming musical. Below: Director Al Paulson talks to the high school jazz band at rehearsal after their state performance.

Hanna Marks What are you doing for Valentine’s day? Wrestling Best binge-cry movie? Moana What’s your favorite Valentine candy? Kit-Kats What is the greatest love story of all time? Romeo and Juliet

State Jazz results By Hannah Reynoso On Jan. 22, the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) held its State Jazz Festival here at the high school, inviting many nearby schools to partake in the festivities. Both Fort Dodge bands received a Division II. Director Al Paulson said “the band played quite well and I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout.” In spite of the poor weather conditions, all judges were able to show up, allowing top-notch, collegiate level judges to give quality input to the band members on how to better their performance. Clinicians were Darrell Blevin, Paul Bloomquist, and Dr. William Klee.

Nolan Daniel

Drevon Ross

What are you doing for Valentine’s day? Fortnite with the boys Best binge-cry movie? Marley and Me What’s your favorite Valentine candy? Snickers What is the greatest love story of all time? Rose and Jack

What are you doing for Valentine’s day? Nothing Best binge-cry movie? My Sister’s Keeper What’s your favorite Valentine candy? Kisses What is the greatest love story of all time? The Notebook

Mackenzie Garrett

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Like father like son: the Hayes and Astors By Hannah Reynoso

This article provdies questions to Principal Dr. Kenneth Hayes and Assistant Principal Kevin Astor, along with their respective sons Nathan and Geoff on their lives in and out of school. Geoff What’s it like seeing your dad at school and at home? I don’t mind seeing him in school. School seems to be the only place I see him because he is always at work. Does he give you special treatment? I do not get special treatment. He definitely pushes me to do well and expects me to give 100% effort all the time. How is your relationship with teachers affected knowing your dad is a principal? I believe that there are some teachers that know me a little better or treat me better than others (that might also be because of my older siblings that have graduated already) but there are teachers who are harder on me because of my dad as well. What would happen if you were ever in trouble and you were sent to your dad’s office? I’m not really sure. I’d probably get a lecture, lose my phone

and get grounded What’s the best and worst part of having your dad at school with you every day? Good: It’s nice to be able to stop and talk to him every once and a while and it’s nice to have access to our facilities Bad: The reputation I get from students. There are people that don’t like to be around me because of my dad’s position. Kevin Astor What’s it like seeing your son at school and at home? I am so used to it that it would be weird if I didn’t see him. Does he call you dad at school? Yes, most of the time, depends on who is around. Do you give him special treatment? No, actually the opposite, I expect more out of him. He hates that part. How is your relationship with teachers affected when your son is in their class? It has lead to a few awkward situations but usually they treat me like any other parent What would you do if your son was ever in trouble and sent to your office? It hasn’t happened but I would be very upset. He knows he would get in more trouble

Dr. Kenneth Hayes and his son Nathan posing during a father-and son-selfie.

than the average student. Nathan tries real hard to Have you noticed that they blend in and not to be known act differently at school than as the “principal’s kid,” even they do at home? though everybody knows he is! Yes but that is true for a lot That said, we are a close family of kids. so if he does see me in school What’s the best and worst and needs to talk to me, yes, parts of having him in the “dad” is used. I wouldn’t want building with you? it any other way. I am always Getting the chance to see him his dad first and foremost. everyday, the chance to speak Do you give him special treatwith his teachers easily is the ment? best. The worst part is that I don’t think I do. I think that some students think he gets I have higher expectations for special privileges which is ac- him because he IS the princitually the direct opposite. pal’s son. We have had many Nathan conversations about being a What’s it like seeing your dad man of character, integrity and at school and at home? honor. I don’t mind seeing him,but How is your relationship with everyone always tells me teachers affected when your son whenever they see him and it’s is in their class? pretty annoying. Also, I rarely This IS the hardest part of see him at home on a daily ba- having a child in school. It’s sis. hard to separate the “dad” from Does he give you special treat- the “boss”. If I’m concerned as ment? a parent, I tell them, “I’m here I don’t get special treat- as a parent.” I think that helps ment. I think he likes my other but it doesn’t completely sepafriends more than me. rate me from being the “boss,” How is your relationship with it just goes with the territory of teachers affected knowing your having a child in the building. dad is a principal? Have you noticed that he acts I feel like the teachers treat differently at school than at me better because my dad in home? the principle. Some teachers Nathan is pretty consistent even tell me to not tell my dad at school and at home. We are things because he is their boss. a pretty close family and we What would happen if you talk often about life, school were ever in trouble and you and faith. I guess that is one were sent to your dad’s office? thing that I admire about my Considering I would proba- son: he is true to himself at all bly have to talk to me dad, he times. would tell me everything I did What’s the best and worst wrong and take my computer parts of having your son at away. I wouldn’t really know school with you every day? because it hasn’t happened yet. The worst part is that he sees What’s the best and worst that depth of social / emotionpart of having your dad at al needs that students have school with you every day? and carry with them daily. Good: I get to know every- At school, Nathan sees many thing that is going to be new in students that don’t have that our school ahead of time. Also, and as a compassionate young he pushes me to be the best I man, it weighs deeply on him. can inside and outside of the school. Bad: For some reason people think my dad can cancel school and they bug me about it. I’m pretty sure that is not my dad’s job! Dr. Kenneth Hayes What’s it like seeing your son both at school and at home? I didn’t have him in my school in my last administrative position so having him here at Fort Dodge with me has been great. I love that I get to experience “my job” with my son and I can experience “his job” with me. Contrary to belief, school con- Kevin Astor and his son versations at home typically Geoff. Geoff is finishing out his sophomore year. are the same as before. Does he call you Dad at school?

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Mrs. Yoder’s self-portraits

How do I cure Senioritis?

Madison Le

For those unaware, Senioritis is a plague that affects all people at some point during their high school career. It is most common in seniors. Symptoms include staring at blank word documents, considering how often it is acceptable to call in sick and complaining to every person see about how every homework assignment is stupid. The cure to Senioritis is easier said than done but if motivation can be gathered, Senioritis can be beat. Just do the work. Once the work is done, there is nothing left to complain about and there is the feeling of completion. Better yet, gathering enough motivation do actually get ahead on work will prove to make senior year much easier as coming to school would only include easy busy work and talking to friends.

Madison Le wants to be a mom or a princess when she grows up.

Chloe Harrison Chloe Harrison wants to babysit Madison Le’s kids when she grows up.

I can have a flex next tri, what period should I have it? Fourth period. It is hands down the best and most rewarding time to have a period all to yourself. Now, I’m sure some people would say that either first or sixth are the best but they’re wrong. If you have a first period flex I can guarantee that you will sleep through it and it will be wasted. Sixth period flex isn’t special, you won’t even realize your flexing and the school day will still feel just as long. Plus, you can’t hang out with anyone who has a class that period. Flexing fourth period is absolutely the best for several reasons. First of all, it’s the longest period of the day. While other classes are similarly timed, fourth period has the extra time put in for lunch. Since you won’t have a class, you can go to whatever lunch shift you want which means you can hangout with whatever friends you want. Besides all that, it’s in the middle of the day and a nice break in between your classes.

Brayden Schuler

Brayden Schuler wants to be a brick-layer when he grows up.

How do you get your crush to text you back?

Dawson Bacon

For starters, I wouldn’t get nervous about your crush not texting back if it has only been a day or two. But if you do want to start a conversation with them, then send them another text. Not a simple ‘hi’ or something else that procrastinates a real conversation. Try to send them something that you both mutually enjoy. If your crush likes a certain tv show, start a conversation on it. If you hear a song you think they would like, then send them a link. Don’t try to interest your crush with a mundane conversation, try to make things more interesting.

Dawson Bacon wants to take over his dads buisness at an insurance company.

Who Knows Who Better?

By Val Wheeler

The Little Dodger asked science teacher Cheryl Hage five questions about herself and then asked her two sons Isaac and Ashton the same questions about their mom. The questions asked were: favorite movie, favorite dessert, least favorite subject, desired vacation destination and favorite app on her phone. Isaac Hage What is her favorite movie? Pitch Perfect What is her favorite dessert? Cheesecake What is her least favorite subject? English What is her desired vacation location? Hawaii What is her favorite app on her phone? Facebook

Cheryl Hage What is your favorite movie? Pitch Perfect What is your favorite dessert? Cheesecake What is your least favorite subject? English What is your desired vacation location? Hawaii Favorite app on your phone? Facebook

Ashton Hage What is her favorite movie? ? What is her favorite dessert? Cheesecake What is her least favorite subject? English What is her desired vacation location? California What is her favorite app on her phone? Facebook

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Little Dodger Fort Dodge Senior High

March 2, 2018

New district set for Dodgers By Shane Halligan The Iowa High School Athletic Association has came out with the new districts and playoff format. A few of the new changes are that only the district champions are automatic qualifiers. All nine games count for postseason qualification and there is a formula called Ratings Percentages Index that’s used to determine the at-large qualifiers. The IHSAA also decided to stick with 16 playoff teams instead of 24 or 32. “I got a lot of concerns with RPI. RPI isn’t good for playoffs. I really wanted 32. The Majority of coaches in the coaches association wanted 32. We would like more input,” said head coach Matt Miller. The IHSAA based the RPI decision off of The Colorado High School Activities Association which debuted in 2016. According to the IHSAA, “our goal is to have the best 16 teams in each class qualify for the playoffs.” The playoff format might not be the most fair to these teams. “I think it will be I’ve always been a proponent for 24 or 32. How they do the playoffs whether it’s RPI how base things off of.” Last year, Valley was #1 seed as a district champ and 1 loss. Newton wouldn’t of gotten in but Western Dubuque at 5-4. Western Dubuque is going to Valley. (Cedar Rapids Gazette) That system last year if we do what we should’ve beat Indianola and Newton. We’re the 16th seeed,” said Miller. Another thing that came back is outof-state competition. They are allowed to schedule only border states like Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota are just a few. Maybe the biggest change is that there is no penalty for a 4A team to schedule a 1A school. The football team has been in a new

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The football team huddles around the TV during a home game last season. district too. The teams district is Ankeny Centennial, Des Moines Roosevelt, Marshalltown, Sioux City West and Southeast Polk. Ankeny Centennial went 9-3 in the regular and postseason but got beat in the semifinals. Southeast Polk went 6-4 in total but was beaten in the first round of the playoffs. The other three teams didn’t make playoffs. Marshalltown went 1-8, Roosevelt went 5-4 and Sioux City West was 2-7. “I think it’s a pretty good district all split up pretty evenly. I don’t think Sioux City West will be too bad once 20 is done. It’s a good facility. Southeast Polk and Centennial are very good facilities. I think about what kind of place we’re playing at,” said Miller. Coach Miller wasn’t very happy with the decision by the IHSSA.

2018-19 Football District Opponents

The Dodgers can also schedule local opponents like Webster City and Humboldt. “That would definitely help our attendance. We have to get over the fact until it happens that sure it would be nice to play Webster City and Algona or anything that could reduce travel. I also think we better have a huge advantage playing those teams. We can say what we want, but our attendance is a whole lot higher than those schools,” said Athletic Directory Matt Elsbecker. This system may be able to help the Dodgers but with this new system Miller has very basic expecations “Qualify, whether as a district champion or top 16. Qualify.” Miller isn’t the only person with high expectations. Junior Mason Bodholdt said, “We are going to the playoffs.”

Des Moines Roosevelt Last year: 5-4 Did not qualify for playoffs

Ankeny Centennial Last year: 9-3 Lost in Class 4A semifinals

Sioux City West Last year: 2-7 Did not qualify for playoffs

Southeast Polk Last year: 6-4 Lost in Class 4A first round

Marshalltown Last year: 1-8 Did not quality for playoffs

March 2, 2018

Little Dodger Fort Dodge Senior High

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Fierke wins two swim medals

This time is the eighth greatest timing ever completed in the distance event. Andrew Fierke, a senior at the high“In the water, it’s just a feeling of adrenschool, got two medals at the district state aline but out of the water it is very nerve swim. racking.” One which was a 200 freestyle, he placed Andrew practices for 3 hours a day. third and on the 500 placed second. Cedar Falls’ own Dylan Moffatt swam Leaving a memorable impression on all the fastest in the 500 race. of the viewers of the event. As a sophomore, he has 2 more years for He completed the 200 in 1:40.91. improvement and body growth. Despite the various crowds, multiple swimmer’s claim that this isn’t very intimidating during the competition. The thing that really gets them going is the team claims Fierke. Cole Pearson, a junior at the high school, held the 9th best time in the 100 freestyle. Fierke claims his inspiration came from watching the Olympic swimmers. These role models show and acknowledged that anything one wishes to accomplish can do so. “I started when I saw the summer Olympics swimmers. When I see them it’s like whoa I can actually get there someday,” declares Fierke. “It’s just fun, the adrenaline before and after a race. You swim your heart out and meet your goals,”says Fierke Experience pushes all things into motion. Fierke has been swimming competitively ever since he came to the high school. For everyone there is a hobby and a passion. - Photo by Britt Kudla “Swimming is not a hobby to me; it’s a Andrew Fierke celebrates after captur- passion.” ing the silver medal. By Val Wheeler

Basketball season comes to a close By Nick Bice

The Fort Dodge boys basketball team finished the regular season with a record of 13-8, with an overall record of 14-9. The Dodgers went 5-5 in conference play. In their sub-state opener here on Feb. 20, the squad defeated Des Moines East by a score of 59-47. “We lost to (Des Moines East) last year in a heart-breaking upset, so I won’t let myself look ahead,” said head coach Tom Daniel before the matchup. The squad was knocked out in the second round of sub-state by seventh-ranked Johnston. They finished the regular season winning six of their last seven, giving them at least 13 wins for the second season in a row. Before the past two seasons, the Dodgers hadn’t won 13 games since 2010-11. “We accomplished things no one thought we could,” said senior Trey Mosley. “In my opinion, this has been the most successful year we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Daniel. “We’ve had tremendous senior leadership and excellent team chemistry.” The team posted 14 total wins for the first time in Daniel’s tenure. Leading the team in scoring was senior Malcolm Clayton with 17.7 points per game. Behind him was junior Jordan Jackson and senior Trey Mosley, scoring 9.1 and 8.8 per game respectively.

“We accomplished things no one thought we could.” Trey Mosley Senior While the Dodgers scored just over 50 points per game, the team’s defense was what set them apart. The Dodgers finished 11th in 4A in defense, giving up just 44.4 points per game. Next year, the Dodgers will be without four of their seniors, including two regular starters. “I feel like the last three years we built a successful program all around by doing the little things, working hard, playing defense, and accepting our role,” said Mosley.“I know for a fact next year the team will do those things,” The Fort Dodge girls team finished the regular season with a record of 4-17, with an overall record of 5-18. They defeated Sioux City East in the first round of sub-state but were later bounced in the second round by West Des Moines Dowling. Senior Shareece Smith led the Dodgers in scoring with 15.9 per game. Senior Beth Murman added 9.8, while senior Liza Van Zyl added 8. Next year, the Dodgers lose all five of their regular starters in Smith, Murman, Van Zyl, Raeya Love, and Taelor Lessmeier.

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Kaleb Anderson competes in the district meet in Fort Dodge.

Anderson qualifies for state bowling By Ava Baedke

Freshman Kaleb Anderson qualified for state bowling, finishing 18th in 2A. “Kaleb is very mature for a freshman. When his game is on, he is able to bowl a high 200 game,” said coach Rod Riessen. Riessen said it was very unfortunate that only one bowler qualified for State because of how well the team did. “It was nice to see they were successful as a team,” said Riessen. State bowling was moved this year. Usually the competition is in Des Moines, but the bowling alley burned down this winter. This year’s tournament was held in Waterloo on Feb. 20. “Bowling is a second tier sport and because of that it doesn’t always make the paper,” said Riessen. Riessen has been coaching bowling for the last three years. In that time, he has experienced the students support for bowling. “Many students ask me questions about how the athletes are doing and how the team is doing. I really think there is support coming from the school,” Riessen stated. Anderson bowled a 176 and 234 for a 410 series at state. He rolled a 463 to win the district title to advance to state.

A Fort Dodge Tradition

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Little Dodger Fort Dodge Senior High

March 2, 2018

Legacy Solidified Dodgers bring home two state championships By Shane Halligan First it went bronze. Then a silver. Then a disappointing silver. But now the Dodgers have brought home traditional gold for the first time in 33 years. Before that, they brought home the dual championship crown for the first time ever. Wednesday afternoon is when it all started. They beat Dubuque Hempstead 65-6. Next was the reigning champion, for the last three years Southeast Polk. The Dodgers had three very big wins to beat Southeast Polk. Sophomore Austin Lee at 170, senior Tim Elliot at 220 and junior Logan Finowski at 285. “Those three wins really made a difference,” said head coach Bobby Thompson. “I think Southeast Polk was counting on winning 10 matches and those were three they had in mind.” After dispatching the team who has given them struggles the past year, the Dodgers still had one more hurdle: Waukee. Waukee got off to a quick start with 10 points right off the bat at 170 and 182. But the Dodgers answered at 195 and 220. The two teams were trading shots back and forth but Waukee had a 25-13 lead after the 120 pound match. Then it was time for the heart of the Dodger lineup to do what it does best... to win but not just win, to win with bonus points. The Dodgers went three straight pins from senior Brody Teske (126), senior Drew Bennett (132), and junior Drevon Ross (138). Damond Lockner added a win against Brock Parker in overtime at 145. Then senior Cayd Lara clinched the Dodger win at 152 with a pin. The Dodgers won the dual title 40-28 for the first of two championship crowns. Coach Thompson never lost sight of what’s important. “We don’t have time to celebrate this one. We need to get back to work and get ready for the next three days of wrestling,” said Thompson. “Our celebration will come Saturday night, hopefully with another title.” Thompson didn’t leave Wells Fargo unsatisfied. Thursday came the next morning and the Dodgers went right back to work. They sent nine of their 13 qualifiers to the quarterfinals. The Dodgers then sent six of the nine quarterfinalist to the semifinals (106,126,132,138, 152,160). Lockner (145) , sophomore Carson Taylor (113) and junior Triston Licht (195) all went to the consolation side of the bracket. That meant the Dodgers already had nine medalist for sure before Saturday’s finals. Only Egli and Ross lost their semifinalist matches, both to the number one rated kid in their weights. That meant that they had the chance to wrestle for third Saturday morning. They also had the most finalists of any school and the modern-day record of four (106, 126, 132, 152). Waukee only had three. The team score after Friday night was: Fort Dodge: 128 Waukee: 102 Southeast Polk: 99.5. It seemed as if it was the Dodgers meet to lose and man did they give us some heart attacks. Saturday morning gave Dodger parents, coaches, wrestlers and fans a lot to worry about. Fort Dodge only scored six consolation points while Southeast Polk and Waukee scored 40 and 33 respectively. Fort Dodge’s only wins on Saturday morning came from Egli at 160 and Taylor at 113 for fifth place. “Those were two huge wins by two sophomores,” said Thomp-

Photo by Shane Halligan

Senior Drew Bennett gets funky in The Well after winning the 2018 132 pound state championship. son. “And Carson added a fall. That was big.” Ross placed sixth at 138, Lockner (145) and Licht (195) both placed eighth. Heading into finals the score was too close for comfort for Thompson and his team. The Dodgers fell into second place as a team behind Waukee by one point. It all came down to whether Fort Dodge’s four finalist could outscore Waukee’s three finalists. Freshman Drake Ayala was wrestling Mason City’s Cullan Schriever. Ayala was the runner-up at 106 which is a great start for Ayala’s Dodger career. Waukee then had a finalist at 120, Kyle Biscoglia, who extended Waukee’s lead by five after a minor decision win, 139-134. Then it was Teske’s turn to do what he does and he did it. Teske pinned Kaleb Olejniczak of Perry for his fourth title. Teske is only the 26th high school wrestler to ever win four state titles. Thompson said Teske told him, “if I get a fall, we win.” This shows how team oriented Teske is and this whole Dodger lineup. They wanted the team title. Teske’s pin put the Dodger’s up 140-139. Next was Bennett at 132. He was wrestling for his first state title ever against Eli Lloyd of Pleasant Valley. Bennett won his match via decision 9-4 getting his first state title crown after coming up short getting third two years in a row. The team score was 144-139 after Bennett’s win. Next was Lara at 152. Lara was going for his first crown as well after getting second last year. Lara was edged by Harlan Steffensmeir of Fort Madison in heartbreaking fashion. Lara finished as two-time state runner-up. Although Lara has the most pins in school history with 100 of his second most wins ever at 175. The team score was still 144-139 and Waukee had two finalists at 170 and 182. The suspense was in the air and first Waukee’s Anthony Zach lost at 170. That meant Waukee had to tech fall or pin their 182 opponent but it didn’t happen. The Dodgers are the traditional and dual state champion for the first time in school history bringing them both home and ending a 33 year drought for the traditional title. “This means so much to us,” said head coach Thompson. “It’s been a four-day grind, a four-year grind, a 33-year grind. It’s just a compliment to our kids. They just got the job done.”

March 2 issue  
March 2 issue  

Read about the Dodgers' state championship wrestling team and the success of all the winter sports.