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Hawk Talk volume 9 issue 3 december 10, 2010 7001 s. 14th st. lincoln, ne 68512

on the cover: Senior Austin Blankenau and junior Harrison Drake prepare for opening night at a dress rehearsal on Dec. 2.

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Photo by Morgan Mills/Talon

on the inside:

2 “It all started as an idea,” feature: 3-4 2010: a look back news:

speech and debate

behind the scenes of speech and debate

by atley gustafson

Behind every club or organization lie the little things that people don’t that’s what counselor Colleen know about them. Speech and debate is no exception. The student body has no idea what they go through to Finkhouse first said about Southwest’s juniors prepare themselves for competition. This is a look beyond the suits, ties Memorial Garden. and dress shoes. Nutcracker Some of the top stereotypes of a Finkhouse explained speech or debater are as follows: 1. “That we are actually all in technology how Mary Metz (a student Career Ed and have interviews on the days that we show up to school in suits,” said senior Will Folsom who is who graduated two years Harry Potter in speech. 2. “That we are smart, socially ago) had lost a niece who was awkward and good speakers,” said sports previews senior Maddie Bien who is in debate born with birth anomalies. and competes in Public Forum. 3. “That we only do speeches winter fashion She was feeling an incredible where we write over a topic and give a speech on it. Half of the events we do are actually theatrical interpretations amount of grief and thou ght Co-Editors: Atley Gustafson and Ellie Clinch of literature. We have scripts and A&E editor: Ellie Clinch characters that we perform,” Folsom the pain other Featureabout editor: McKenzie Balfanystudents added. News editor: Ellie Clinch 4. “No social life, intelligent, at Southwest might Close-up editors: Rachel Dowd have been dedicated and analytical,” are the words others use to describe them, Opinion editor: Greg Smith said senior Benjamin Crelin who is Sportsfeeling. editor: Atley Gustafson in debate and competes in LincolnStyles editor: Jessica Castillo Adviser: Dianne Kuppig She wanted to take that grief Douglas. 5. “Smart, procrastinators, fast-talkers, competitive and Hawk Talk is the official newspaper and turn it into something beautiful, of Lincoln Southwest High School, knowledgeable about world affairs,” located at 7001 S. 14th Street, Lin- said senior Sarah O’Neill who is also in debate and competes in Public Forum a coln placeNEwhere people could go to 68512. ( serves as an open forum for with Bien as her partner. students and staff after to discuss issues Speech and debate members say remember and heal the loss of a concerning Southwest. Letters are they average four to eight hours a welcome and should be delivered to week researching, preparing and loved roomone. C110. Hawk Talk reserves the memorizing. This doesn’t include time right to edit letters for length, clarity spent at competitions. They work butbegan will not attempt to under the direction of debate coach and accuracy, That idea to thrive, alter meaning. An online edition of Toni Heimes and speech coach Matt the Hawk Talk can be seen at lsw. Heimes. and become a reality two years ago. Emphasis is put on practicing at Staff editorials represent the opinion home or else “you’ll be sorry,” Folsom Since than students of the Hawk Talk have staff. raised Other about opinwarned. ion pieces and columns represent the What do they get out of all this opinionwith of the writer. Hawk Talk ar$2,000 fundraisers; which isn’t hard work? What keeps speech and ticles do not necessarily represent the view of the administration, the faculty debaters motivated? “The tournaments are really fun. even enoughother to getthan a fountain, let or anyone the individual Also, I’m kind of competitive and this writer, unless labeled as such. is a great way to compete. And I like alone countless plants.



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Speech and debate members, seniors Andrew Francis, Benjamin Crelin, Sarah O’Neill, and Alex Renken are ready for their tournament on Dec. 3. the people on the team,” Bien said. “Winning tournaments, but it still feels great just to advance to the final round. In the long run though, speech makes you more self confident and gives you speaking skills that will help you for the rest of your life,” Folsom said. “You win!” O’Neill simply put. It’s not always stress and hard work though. The bus rides allow for some down time and turn out being the scene of some funny incidents. “Last spring we had an incident with a waffle iron falling on someone’s head on the bus on the way to the state tournament. We were a couple hours late to the tournament because we had to stop by the hospital,” Bien recalled.

“Okay, well normally, what happens on the speech bus, stays in the speech bus,” Folsom said. “Albert Zhou predicted the results of the tournament, without even going and was right,” said Crelin. “Paul Poulsen forgetting his suit jacket and shoes, and wearing black sneakers to fool people.” “I wore two different shoes to a tournament and didn’t realize until I got off the bus,” said O’Neill. It was agreed by both speech and debate that what they are looking forward to most this year is the National Qualifying tournament. “It’s my last year to go to LincolnDouglas nationals and there will be lots of competition in our district and from our own team,” said Crelin.

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on the edge...

when in france

Fêtes, Familles et Français


When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? Wrong. When in Rome, ignore the Romans and celebrate an American holiday! By far one of the coolest things I will have done yet, this Saturday, Dec. 4, I will be inviting over 20 French people to my host family’s house to eat a real Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Not a single one of the guests has ever experienced Thanksgiving, so I decided I would bring a bit of my own culture right here to Le Havre, France. There’ll be friends, family and family friends spread throughout the house eating à l’américain. Thanks to a few state-side packages containing American food not readily available in France, I’ll be able to cook a true American classic holiday feast. The second exciting event that has happened to me recently was a meeting with my second host family, the Bonins: Bruno (father), Sophie (mother), Margaux (daughter), and Simon (son). Bruno is a surgeon and Sophie is a psychologist. Margaux was an exchange student last year in Mexico, so the situation is much like my current family whose daughter is currently in Argentina. She’s 17 and goes to a local private school called Jean d’Arc. Simon is 16 and goes to a different high

school called François Premier. I’m very lucky to have at least one host sibling in both of my families who is the same age as me: and even better, two host brothers of the same age. Pablo, my current 18-year-old host brother, has been incredibly helpful by bringing me to parties and introducing me to his friends. En plus, the Bonins have already told me that we’ll go to Paris a few times, to Rouen (a very important city in Normandy) and Caen (the most important city in Normandy). They live in a thin but tall house that looks very French in the centre ville, about a three minute’s walk from the beach and a five minute’s walk from the mall and the pedestrian streets. Even though I’d rather not leave my current host family, if ever I had to go, I would choose to live with the Bonin family. Ils sont trop gentils. On Thanksgiving day, it had been three months exact since my arrival in France. On that day, I reflected on the stages of language development I have gone through so far. For the first month and a half, I often spoke English, whether I was at home or at school; however, during this time, my comprehension of the language went from 0 to 95%. I was still unable to speak effectively, or even at all, but after a month and a half, I was able to understand anything said to me. After the comprehension stage

came the reading and writing stage. I began to read real books (Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, 1984) in French and I could hold up real conversations on Facebook chat with my friends in French over subjects other than where I come from or what my name was. This lasted from week six to week 10, and during this time, I began to copy and understand notes taken by classmates in class. Now, I have entered the third stage: speaking. About two weeks ago, it just clicked. I can now hold up actual, lengthy conversations in French with little or no errors in grammar, and not many difficulties with pronunciation. I rarely have difficulty expressing myself, and almost never have to search for a word. However, the real task will be the fourth stage: the perfection of the accent. Even though I am starting to speak intelligible French, my accent is just as noticeable as always. I’ll get there, but not until after several months of speaking out loud to inanimate objects or layabout pets. Between the meeting with my next family, the idea of an American meal with French friends and my exponentially improving French skills, I’m really starting to feel at home here. Certainly I’m having more fun, speaking more, and being more active with my friends. Oh, c’est la vie!

winter break

Winter Break: Remember that we have our first day of LPS winter break starting Dec. 23. Jan. 3 is when classes will resume. Finals are Jan. 12 and 13. Term 3 starts Jan. 18. Enjoy your winter break!

pep rally

Pep Rally: A pep rally during school is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. to honor the winter sports.

senior ads

Senior ads: Tell your parents senior ads for the yearbook are due Jan. 7 with a payment of $35. This ad may consist of one to two pictures of you with a short message of congratulations. You may have only one ad per senior. Information is in the Silver Talon and is posted on the LSW home web page.

giving tree/paper drive

Student Council’s second annual giving tree toy drive for Cedars is happening now. If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact a council member. The drive goes through Dec. 15. NHS is conducting a paper product drive through classrooms for the Gathering Place through Dec. 21 and prizes can be won.

I’m dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’ musical by ellie clinch

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” comes to life onstage, featuring 17 of Irving Berlin’s songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful singing and dancing routine after World War II. With romance in mind, the veterans follow two sisters to a Vermont lodge to watch their Christmas show. When they show up at the lodge they find out that it’s owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. An orchestra, consisting of 22 students will be playing all of the music in the performance. The music includes famous numbers such as “White Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” photo by Morgan Mills/Talon and “How Deep Is the Ocean.” Some of the cast from “White Christmas” practices their performance at dress rehearsal to The main characters of the play prepare for opening night on Dec. 9. include senior Austin Blankenau who

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plays Bob Wallace, junior Harrison Drake who plays Phil Davis, senior Danielle Parde who plays Betty Hanes, and freshman Annaliese Saathoff who plays Judy Hanes. A chorus of 24 students will join the main characters. Everyone has learned huge tapping numbers and it is one of the biggest costume numbers that Silver Hawk Theatre has ever put on. Blankenau said, “My favorite part of the musical is the main sister’s dance and if you want to know what that is, you’ll just have to come and see it.” Tickets are on sale in the theatre box office, open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also buy tickets by phone, e-mail, or fax. “White Christmas” will be performed two weekends, Dec. 9-11 and 16-18.



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2010: a year to remember BY THE STAFF

January • Haiti earthquake hit on Jan. 2. • The 67 Golden Globe Awards took place. “The Hangover” and “Avatar” received awards for the best motion pictures. • Google begins to phase out its support for Internet Explorer 6 because it was identified as a weak link in cyber attacks on the search

• The Winter Olympics took place in Vancouver, Canada. • Beyonce sets the Grammy record by winning six awards in one night. • “Avatar” becomes the highest grossing film in the U.S. and Canada. It surpassed the $2 billion mark in world sales.

March • “The Hurt Locker” wins best picture at the Academy Awards. • Toyota marks its highest sales. • Google pulls out from China, (closing its Chinabased search service and began redirecting web searchers to an uncensored portal in Hong Kong)

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April • The Obama Administration promises to revise “No Child Left Behind” on April 5. • Facebook grew 113 million to 120 million monthly active users. • “Clash of the Titans” released Apr. 2 in 3,777 theaters.


July • Serena Williams won fourth Wimbledon title on July 4. • “Inception” came out in theaters. • Special Olympics 2010 National Games came to Nebraska for the very first time.

• The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill started May 11 and continued spilling for three months. • Part of New York City’s Times Square is evacuated and sealed off as a car bomb is discovered and deactivated before it could be detonated.

June • “Twilight Eclipse”the movie was released in more then 4,468 theaters. • ’Hey Soul Sister’ by Train was the number one song in June 2010. • Michael Jackson’s estate makes $1 billion since his death on June 9

August • Southwest opens its doors for its ninth year • “Modern Family” wins the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards • The 2010 Teen Choice Awards, hosted by Katy Perry, were held on Aug. 8

September • Lady Gaga sweeps VMA’s with eight awards. • H o m e c o m i n g dance rule changes made front page news for three days in a row. • Nebraska football season started.

October • San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers to win the world series. • 33 Chilean miners are rescued after 69 days underground. • We enjoyed our last full week of fall break.

November • Prince William is engaged. • 1st installment of “Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows” opens in theaters. • Conan O’Brien returns to television after a high-profile exit from “The Tonight Show.”

December • “Little Fockers” in theaters • Russia wins the right to host 2018 FIFA World Cup. • Eugénie Blanchard died at the age of 114 years, 261 days and was the oldest living person at the time of her death.

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Talk with a Hawk [Junior]

Each issue, the Hawk Talk will introduce two students you may or may not know at Southwest, and take a look into their lives inside and outside of school.

(Landon Sadler)

Tell me about your experience at Southwest? Southwest is really great. I’m in a lot of groups-FBLA, mock trial, speech and debate. I love block scheduling. Sports teams are really great and there are a lot of great people. Our school has something for you, no matter who you are. Why were you in Washington D.C.? NYLC National Youth Leadership Conference. I was there to study law, business law and constitutional rights, things like that. I was one out of three from Nebraska. There were 200-300 people there, just a rough estimate though. What did you do in D.C.? At D.C. the group toured monuments, went siteseeing, went to see seminars. We got to talk to Mary B. Tinker. She was a very big court case; it was very wonderful. We had the attorney general talk to us, we got to tour court rooms, crime scene labs and mock trial. Tell me about your experience with speech and debate and FBLA. In speech and debate I do public forum. Public forum debate is on current issues like economy and health care. Speech and debate teams are really good. Debate won

(Emma Mabry) How did you get involved in golf? Well, I got involved in golf because my whole family is really into golf. My uncle is a really good golfer, and my dad and grandpa love it so my dad just started taking me out. I didn’t like it at first because I was bad. But once you get better, it gets more fun and that’s why I keep playing.

How’s your junior year going? What’s it like being an upperclassmen this year? I expected it to be hard, but it’s really hard. I spend a lot of time each night doing homework. It’s really frustrating but in a way rewarding knowing that I’m getting through this year pretty well. I like being an upperclassmen because I get to go out to lunch.

Do you play in any golf tournaments? Yeah, in the summer I play in some. I’m going to try to play in more than I did last year so I can get better because I’ll be a senior and it will be the last time I can improve.

Tell a little about your family. I have a mom, dad, little brother, little sister and a dog. I’d like to say that they don’t annoy me because usually people’s little brothers and sisters annoy them, but I probably annoy them the most.

How do you feel about your season in golf this year? What did you place at state? I feel like we got better as a team. I feel like we could have done better at state, but it’s just hard when there’s lots of pressure and I understand that. We all could’ve played better, obviously because you can always play better. At state I placed seventh individually and as a team we placed fourth. We could have probably done better, but like I said we just need to improve a little bit and we’ll be good next year.

What’s it like having your sister at school? I’m used to it because she’s a sophomore this year. If I see her, I’ll like bother her or embarrass her in front of her friends, but she’s nice.

Do you have a favorite famous golfer? Why? Well, she doesn’t play anymore but Annika Sorenstam because she was obviously really good and she played in the PDA for a little while. I just look up to her because she was able to play with the guys, so that’s really cool.

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the last tournament at Norfolk. Every speech I do is extemporanious. You get your topic over a national issue, for example “Should judges be elected or appointed.” Another one we do is perform funny scripts a lot, like acting-it’s very enjoyable. Future Business Leaders of America compete in business things like job interviews and public speaking. Tell me about your family. First off I have a family of four: Dad: Doc Sadler head basketball coach at UNL, always busy with basketball Mom: Stay at home mom, which is always pretty nice. ME Brother (younger): Matt does basketball as his primary activity. Very interesting people. That’s about it for my family. Unique facts people may not know? To begin with I am really into detective mysteries. I really love Agatha Christie. I also really love potato chips; I am constantly eating them. I am a really big snack person. Also I am somewhat of an artist. I like to draw; I love to paint. For a really unique fact, I would say that I am very superstitious. I just love ghost stories.

How do you balance school and sports? It’s really hard this year with golf because you miss two or three days a week sometimes and it gets kind of difficult. You have to learn how to get used to it and manage your time well. I don’t do a lot on weekdays. But on weekends is usually when I have fun because on weekdays I just do my homework and go to golf. What do you do outside of school and sports? I hang out with friends.

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‘Walking in a Winter H

don’t let the winter blahs get you down; make your own


photo by Leah Letcher/Talon Students cheer at the first boys varsity basketball game of the season against Millard West on Dec. 2 Attending games is a way to have fun in the winter season and show support and school spirit.


During the winter there are many things to do outside the home, that people may not think of doing. Just because people can’t go to the pool there are still fun winter activities to do. Here is a list of ideas for you to consider: Go sledding at Pioneers Park Snow ski with family and friends Hang Christmas lights outside with your family Ice-skate at the Ice Box or at

what’s your favorite holiday movie?

It is the time of year when lots of holiday movies return to the screen as a family tradition. Some return every year. Others are new. Students were asked what their favorite holiday movie is?

“The Christmas Carol because it’s a cute family movie,” said freshman Kaitlyn Frank

‘“Nightmare before Christmas’ because it’s off the beaten path,” said freshman Hunter Maude

“‘Christmas Vacation’ because my family watches it every year,” said sophomore Sydney Svhela

“‘The Happy Elf because he’s so happy and he’s an elf!” said sophomore Connor Logsdon

“‘Elf’ because Will Farrel is hilarious,” said junior Kelsey Beosiger

“‘The Grinch’ because I grew up with it and I watch it every year,” said junior Keegan Sheridan

“‘Elf’ and ‘The Grinch’ is a close second,” said senior Ally Walker

“‘The Grinch’ because it’s a heart warming story,” said senior Andy Gospodarski


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their favorite winter activity outside Walters the house was. “Run “Skiing because it is the greatest because winter sport ever invented,” said to train freshman Noah Burke. “Sle “Hunting because it gives me junior S something to do, “ said freshman “Sno Schyler Luther. because “Sledding because I love the snow,” senior B said sophomore Ali Love. “Goi “Ice skating, because I like to it is a w A few students were asked what play hockey,” said sophomore Dillan said sen

Mahoney State Park Make a snowman Have a snowball fight with friends Make snow figurines Sing carols around your neighborhood Ring bells at the mall for charity Have a bonfire with friends and family Take a walk around your neighborhood Run with a team or friend Go Christmas tree shopping Go holiday shopping at the mall

finding the magic in BY RACHEL DOWD Everyone has a favorite tradition in the holiday season. For some it may be watching holiday movies with their family, making snowmen outside, and drinking hot chocolate next to the fireplace. For many ballet dancers across the country, it is performing in The Nutcracker. I am in Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company (LMBC) and my holiday season wouldn’t be complete with out it. It’s something my family has been involved with for 21 years and this will be my 10th year performing in the ballet. When I was 8 years old I danced in my first Nutcracker as a Children of the World. This year, I will be dancing the lead role of Clara, just as my older sister, Elizabeth, did 12 years ago. Several other students from Southwest have also been chosen to dance roles in the ballet. Caitie Cornelius is Snow Corps and Flower Corps, Hannah Duncan is a Snow Princess and Marzipan, Abby Flory is Snow Queen and Spain, Lisa Ingham is a Big Party Girl, Morgan Meeks Snow Corps and Flower Corps, Lizzy Miller is Flower Corps, Jordan Murphy is a Snow Princess and Dew Drop, and Ella Prussa is Jester, Snow Corps and China. Shari True is the artistic director

and one of the founders of LMBC. husband, Chris True, is a math tea here. Freshman Lisa Ingham said “ Nutcracker is really fun and it’s a great thing to be involved with”. It will be senior, Caitie Cornelius’s last year in the ballet. This is her 6th year in it and she said “It can be hard because of the long rehearsals on pointe because your feet start to hurt but it’s easy to get along with all of the cast.” Jordan Murphy, who is also a senior has been in it for 9 years, she said her favorite part of the ballet was “The party scene when Clara gets the Nutcrac The Nutcracker has been the m widely performed ballet in the wo “From the moment the lights dim, will be transported to a magical p filled with adorable children, marc toy soldiers, a glowing Christ tree that seemingly grows fore mischievous mice, crystalline walt snowflakes, the Land of Sweets

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Holiday Wonderland’

n fun

‘Tis the season for giving


n with the cross country girls e it is a lot of fun and a good way n,” said junior Hayley Hamm.

edding because it is fun,” said Sydney Worley.

owball fights with friends e it is incredibly fun,” said Benjamin Crelin.

ing skiing in Colorado because way to get away from Nebraska,” nior Dylan Lester.

Above: Student Council’s 2nd annual Giving Tree helps provide gifts for a child at Cedars, an organization that helps underprivileged children. The Giving Tree will be up until Dec. 15.

Student Council isn’t the only group getting involved and giving back to the community as with their Giving Tree. Key Club once again organized Holiday Hawks which is on Dec. 12. Members of the club organize games, movies and events for children to take part in while their parents are away shopping for Christmas presents. Boys basketball sponsored five children from Cedars and went shopping together to bring them

some holiday fun. They were one of several groups or classes that took part in the Giving Tree. NHS and GOPO students have been ringing bells for the salvation Army since November and will continue through the holiday season. They haven’t let the cold stop them from raising money for a good cause. When all is said and done, students look back on what they could give to someone else less fortunate and feel proud.

‘The Nutcracker’ ballet

. Her some of the most glorious dancing on acher earth” according to the New York City Ballet. “The LMBC began performing The Nutcracker in 1985 using a small cast of 20 dancers. Over the next 26 years, they transformed the ballet into an annual community holiday event. Today, LMBC produces a full production with over 200 cast members, professional guest artists, and the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra. LMBC will be performing The Nutcracker at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.            The Nutcracker Synopsis: ACT I

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The Stahlbaum’s are giving a Christmas Party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests. Drosselmeyer arrives and entertains the children with his magical tricks and wind-up dolls. He brings Clara a wooden nutcracker. Fritz breaks the nutcracker but Drosselmeyer quickly repairs it. The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaums retire for the night. Clara creeps down the steps in search for her doll.

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Drosselmeyer casts a spell over the entire ballroom and the room fills with giant mice who attack Clara. Life-size toy soldiers, led by her valiant Nutcracker, come to her rescue. The King Mouse attacks the Nutcracker, but Clara hits him with her pillow and the Nutcracker wins the battle. The Nutcracker is transformed into a prince. He turns the Stahlbaums’ house into the Land of Snow. He and Clara dance a pas de deux together and travel through the land. They depart for the Land of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh. ACT II The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier welcome them and command dancers from many nations to bring jewels and sweets to the visitors. Drosselmeyer, aware that the Christmas hour is approaching and that Clara must return home, comes to separate the two young lovers. As the Land of Sweets disappears, Clara and the Nutcracker plead desperately not to part. Clara’s enchanting adventure is completed when she awakens to find herself back in her parents’ house. To buy tickets, call the Lied Center at (402) 472-4747. The shows are Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.

photos courtesy of Wyn Wiley

Above: Senior Abby Flory dances as one of the Marzipan performers in last year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Lied.

Right: Sophomore Hannah Duncan dances the lead role in the Spain scene, also in last year’s performance.

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according to the editors

technology running our lives

by Ellie Clinch and Atley Gustafson


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Staff editorial Click, click, tap, tap, send, send, distraction, distraction. Unwanted use of technology in classrooms is becoming a bigger deal, and teachers are at a loss for what to do. Previously the attitude may have been “well, the student is just hurting himself.” But now, with the overobnoxious sounds of the keys, other students are distracted too. Te a c h e r s go about it different ways: Some just say put the phone away, others take it when they see it and some even make them be put in a box before class begins. Even if students don’t look at their

phones during class, they’ll be sure to check it in between passing time. Look around. Heads are down, backs are hunched and people are paying no attention to what’s in front of them. It’s starting to become a problem

about during the day. We can’t even go out and enjoy a movie without someone being on their phone. Don’t think you’re being sneaky when you “quietly” answer the phone and say you’re in a movie and can’t talk. Trust me, the whole movie theater heard you. Let’s not even get started with phones in the car. We will just quote Oprah and say “make cars a no phone zone.” Basically there is a time and a place for everything and people need to learn when it’s disruptive and be respectful Cartoon by DeWayne Taylor of other people how obsessed people are with their around them. phones and how knowing the latest inTechnology doesn’t need to run our formation is life or death. Forget our lives. phones at home, and it’s all we think


Josh Hinrichs, business teacher Dances for all: Principal Rob Slauson announced that students are allowed to bring students from other schools to the dances here at Southwest. We got this privilege because of appropriate dancing behavior at homecoming. However, if we abuse this privilege, he could take it away.

Tardies and Truancies: Have you ever been caught skipping class or being tardy? In term one alone, 4,281 students were counted tardy and 4,026 students were listed as truant. That’s a little ridiculous.

We can read: For the reading graduation exam, 90% of LSW students have met the requirement with a 95% participation note in this fall’s test. Way to go, Silver Hawks

Hallway traffic jams: Getting frustrated because there is a group of students cluttering the hallway, and you can’t get to class. Students decide to clutter in the hallways, and outside after school to talk to their friends.

On-line Hawk Talk: The on-line Hawk Talk is a place to check. You can see stories from the regular issue as well as other posts online. Just go to and choose Hawk Talk on line, or go to wpstu. It’s quick and easy to get to also.

Brrrr, it’s cold in here: Tired of being too cold, and having to carry around one or two sweatshirts in the winter. During winter time, we need to have it warmer in the school. In the months that are closer to the summer, it needs to be cooler, so we can enjoy school.


“Man, I hate college.” These iconic words written by singer, Sam Adams have already become the mantra for our future. We went into our freshman year thinking that high school was going to be the best years of our life. We would be making new friends, taking new classes and being a part of all high school has to offer. But we always knew that this was just one more step in the direction of our future: college. However, now that we’re seniors, senioritis has not sunk in. After the grueling process of college searches, applications, and visits, we have no desire to leave. Sure, parents and teachers say that the college process should be fun but it feels like they do not know the pressures we are facing. And on top of being constantly nagged by our parents, we have to find the right college, we have to get in, and we have to make it affordable. Scholarships. Free money. There should be no complaining. However, we still have to spend hour upon hour filling out these applications. Applying for college already takes enough time and applying for scholarships is just another essay, another background check, and another recommendation. And after all that work, we still might not get the money after all. All of the things we do to plan our futures only lead to stress. We’re supposed to be enjoying our senior year but we still have to focus on the year ahead of us. Sure, some of us have easy classes this year, after working our butts off junior year, we don’t blame you. We couldn’t imagine dealing with a full school load and figuring out college and whatever else we plan to do as well. For the people who are taking on a full load, we can only say one thing: you are our hero. We hope that we will be able to look back on the decisions we have to make now and be proud of them. We hope we make the most of our senior year and hopefully, once we reach college, we will love it as much as we plan to. After all the stress senior year is putting us through, we hope our motto will change to Asher Roth’s “I love college.”

Lanette Dunn, executive secretary

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by jessica castillo We’ve seen Harry Potter grow before our eyes in the past decade or so: from a gangly 10-year-old boy, to a young man. We’ve also seen the Potter series and franchise become something larger than life. With every new movie comes an onslaught of geeks and dweebs (like myself) who stand in line for hours dressed as some sort of magical character just to get a ticket. But sadly, we knew in the back of our minds that someday the “Pottercraze” would inevitably come to an end. “Harry Potter and the Deathly


Hallows: part one”…is the beginning of the end. Possibly the last movie was split in two just to help soften the shock we feel now. Both halves of the movie will be directed by David Yates, who previously directed “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” for which he won an Empire Award for best director, and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Yates has also won an abundance of various international awards for his work. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will reprise their roles in this next installment of the Potter series.



“Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” is by far the darkest of the other Potter movies. Not only in the plot of the movie, but in the actual filming. The scenery around the three main characters is dark and dreary: reflecting the turmoil that the wizarding world has been thrown into after Dumbledore’s death and Voldemort’s ascension to power. But there is also light humor and tender moments in the movie that keep it from becoming too depressing. The movie also has a different style than its predecessors: with its flashbacks that help keep newcomers up to speed, a daring topless kiss that is



something that hasn’t been done before and a completely unexpected animated sequence that is both visually interesting and foreboding. In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One,” we laugh, we cry, we gape in awe and then we gasp and groan about the cliff-hanger of an ending. But we walk away dazed, wondering what next year’s Part Two has in store for us. We only have to wait seven months and five days for the July fifteenth premiere: let the countdown begin.


Saturday 10

* White Christmas: 7 p.m.


* Annie at The Lincoln Community Playhouse 10-12 and 16-19 12 * Holiday Hawks 2-5 p.m.

13 * Saint Lucy’s Day (Saint Lucia)

19 * Lied Center presents The Nutcracker



16 * White Christmas 7 p.m.


20 * First Day of Winter

11 * ACT Test * White Christmas: 2 and 7 p.m.

17 * Pep Ralley * White Christmas 7 p.m. * How Do You Know? (Movie)

22 23 * Little Fockers (Movie) * Winter Break Begins * Christmas Eve

18 * White Christmas 7 p.m. * Lied Center presents The Nutcracker


25 * Christmas

* Playhouse presents Annie 26 * First day of Kwanzaa *Boxing Day








* Winter Break Ends * Online Registration begins for grades 9-11 9 * Lincoln Southwest presents Encore IV at 2 p.m. 16 * Ozzy Osbourne at Quest Center

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17 * School not in session Term Three Begins * Martin Luther King Jr. Day

30 Nebraska plays in * New Year’s Eve Holiday Bowl game


1 * New Year’s Day


7 * A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop (Mary Reipma Ross Media Arts Center)

8 * Lincoln Southwest presents Encore IV at 7 p.m.

14 *School not in session * Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at Marriott Hotel


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12 *Finals *Finals * Jazz Band/Show Choir Concert, 7 p.m.



19 * Student Council CookOff 6 p.m.


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‘glory days’

Teachers recall past, current passions in sports Salem serves state title

Tennis can be difficult if you have champion team playing for the no idea what you are doing. How- Southeast Knights in his freshman, ever, teacher Chris Salem knew junior and senior years. His sophoexactly how to make this sport his more year he won state and won favorite. doubles with his twin, Jeff. Learning this sport at age 6, SaSince then, he has coached for lem had no problem practicing. He six years including 11 boys and girls always had teams. a partner C u r r e n t l y, whether it he coaches the was doubles junior varsity or just a little boys and girls one-on-one tennis team. game. Salem decided What kept to coach to this going is help kids reach that Salem their full pohad a youngtential. er brother If Salem did rivalry with not pick up tenJeff, his twin. nis as a young As Salem boy, he would grew up and have settled got into midfor football. He dle school wanted to be a and high linebacker. Courtesy Photo school, he “Line-backChris Salem in his senior year on Oct. 13 2000, ing is in my did not let the love of this holds up the teams state championship trophy. blood” Salem sport affect stated. his grades. He was on a three-time state

Kubik takes it to the pros

Being able to enjoy something without the hassle of competition is nice and relaxing. However, athletic secretary and coach Nicole Kubik, she loves the sport of basketball just for the competition with others. Wanting to learn other people’s strategy and respect others when they show them up is just a few things that described Kubik playing basketball. Kubik played basketball at Cambridge High School, and was part of two C2 and one C1 championships. After that she played for UNL. Playing basketball all of her life, she knows a lot of strategies. Playing professionally really got Kubik to start thinking. She started playing basketball for her team and not for herself. When the women on the team seemed to be playing for themselves instead of the team, Kubik decided it was time to move on with the rest of her life. Now she has been an assistant coach at Southwest High and has Courtesy Photo worked in the athletic office almost Nicole Kubik in 2000 playing all nine years. If basketball had not chosen her, then she would have professionally for Phoenix Mercury. been playing anything athletic. Kubik is always up to date on every sport.

Brenden tears up the court as player and coach When you hear teacher Lis Brenden’s name, many people think of the word basketball. Brendan played basketball for two years in middle school, four years in high school and four years in college. She started to play in her family when she was a little girl. She then grew to like the sport. During Brenden’s career she was on two state championship teams her junior and senior years in at Silverton High School in Oregon. In college, she played on the University of Nebraska woman’s team. In her senior year, Brenden started all 29 games as point guard recording 99 assists and a team best 55 steals. When she tried out for the pros,


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she was cut so she retired. Now she is the head girls basketball coach at LSW, a position she has held since Southwest opened. She is also an assistant coach of varsity softball. Brenden said that she loves to coach basketball because she can share her skills and her life experience with basketball. Courtesy Photos Right: Coach Lis Brenden playing for Nebraska in her 1995-1996 season against Oklahoma State. Far right: Brenden in her 1992-1993 season playing against Weber State. All stories were compiled by Greg Smith.

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wrestling BY ATLEY GUSTAFSON 2009 Record: 14-4 Returning Varsity: Sophomores Evan Augustyn, Jared Torell, juniors Connor Carstens, Trew Bushhousen, Ricky Skillett, Brandon Charroin and seniors Jay Holechek, and Andrew Hill. Goals: stay at the same weight, keep improving throughout the season. Player Talk: Jay Holechek is the only returning senior who qualified for state last year. “I had a rough start, then got a lot better towards the end of the season,” Holechek said. “At districts I beat a kid that had pinned me twice and I ended up making it to state.” Holechek’s goals for the season are to get 30 wins and be a state medalist. His main wrestling partners are sophomore Jared Torrell and junior Trew Bushhousen. Upcoming Home Meet: Boys Varsity wrestling against Lincoln Northeast on Wednesday Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

SFF sets goals for winter sports BY JESSICA CASTILLO With temperatures dropping and the arrival of snow, there is also the arrival of winter sports. Winter sports include boys and girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, and wrestling. But it seems like the cold weather has also snuffed out the fire that was Southwest’s school spirit. SFF member senior Justin Pete gave his thoughts on winter sports. “They’re fantastic. It’s a good time for students to show school spirit, and not just for basketball but for other sports as well.” And as for the subject of school spirit, or lack-there of, Pete said: “The school spirit is sub-par, and needs to step up; more people need to go to games.” The first home basketball games of the season were on Dec. 2. Everyone was told to wear something Southwest related. The crowd support looked good and hopefully continues on throughout the season.

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winter sports preview swimming

boys basketball

girls basketball




2009 Record: Boys and Girls 5-4, both finished 3rd at conference, boys finished 13th at state and girls 11th Returning state team members: Meghan Senne, Nicole Schwery, ,Ashley Peterson, Lauren Mulgrue, Clara Calkins, Andrew Murphy, Matt Delisi and Dalton Meeske. Freshman to watch: Sophia Nelson, Lauren Ayars, Schyler Johnson, Chantel Rosenboom, Aimee Fischer, Frannie Calkins, Griffin Day and Noah Burke. Goals: Continue to work hard as a team, improve throughout the season and peak performances in February. Player Talk: senior Hayden Thomson: “our goal is to go to state and place in the top ten. We plan on working hard throughout the season.” Big upcoming meets: Northeast dual on Jan. 2, Southeast dual on Jan. 5, conference on Feb. 10-12 and state on Feb. 24-26.

2009 Record: 19-7, 4th at state 2009 Record: 11-11 Returning letter winners: Kelsie Standout players: Seniors Dylan Heath, Ty Headley, Shane Bonow, Jenna Cunningham, Liz Dike, Faith Fantroy, Tina Fantroy, Olga MweDavidson,and Kit Lofgreen. Returning letter winners: Dylan nentanda, Hannah Welter and Lauren Works. Heath and Ty Headley Player Talk: senior Kelsie Bonow: Player talk: senior Shane Davidson: “We’re going to work hard and “We have a lot of potential this year. Our success will be based on harnessplay hard. Good things will happen.” Coach talk: Duane Baack: “I’m ing that potential and playing as a excited for the first game and every team.” Coach Talk: Lis Brenden: “We’ll game after.” be looking for someone to step up in This year the players had to earn Tina’s absence and we’ll also be looktheir jerseys, they were not just hand- ing to the seniors to bring leadership ed them. They were told they made a team but not if they were on JV or to the team.” varsity. They had to continuously play Goals: To win the conference, win hard and give effort in order to earn a districts, and get to the state tournacertain jersey. Upcoming Home Game: Boys ment. varsity basketball vs. Omaha CreighUpcoming Home Game: Girls ton Prep on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. varsity basketball vs. Marian High School on Dec. 11 at 5:15 p.m.


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Teacher Fashion




“I wore pink and short sleeves because it’s going to be hot today.”

“It felt like a ruffle day.”

“I got a new watch, so I had to wear stuff that matched my watch.”

English teacher, Melanie Gross shows off her fashion for the week from Nov. 17-21. Friday Thursday

“These are the most comfortable pants in the universe.”

Winter Fashion

Junior Nick Small is layered and ready for the cold weather.


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Freshman Griffin Day shows off his plaid shirt and jacket.

Freshman Taytem Chapman matches her boots with a nice floral shirt.

Junior Ellen Peterson with her plaid scarf.

Senior Courtney Leikem still wears her floral print skirt in the winter with the help of black tights.

Junior Kana Lea Veney is able to keep warm while staying stylish with her leather jacket .

Senior Sydney Meister adds some color to her outfit with a bright red and green scarf.

“Today was all about the boots.” Photos By

McKenzie Balfany

Junior Alec Rowen is staying casual for winter with sweater and jeans.

Freshman Noah Burke is looking good with his red and black plaid button-up.

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