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The Stampede Volume 19

Issue 2

November 2016

McCook Senior High 600 West 7th St. McCook, NE 69001 (308) 344-4471

Enforcement of School Rules pg. 6&7


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The Stampede Staff Holli Ecker

Sports Editor Felicity Petty

Editor

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Assisted suicide rights

Speak Out

Emmalee Hall Photo Editor

Entertainment Editor

Connor Sandall

Halie Lindquist

Opinion Editor

Feature Editor

Tristen Kleckner

Connor Sandall Tim Brinamen

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Inside this issue...

Chloe Dixon

Mrs. Kristen Harris Adviser

What fears does the future hold?

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and 8 Coach Principal

Mr. Gross gets it done

Photo Essay

Fall Brain Bowl 2016

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About the Stampede

The Stampede is produced monthly during the school year by the McCook High School Journalism Department and is printed by ShortRunMagazines.com. The Stampede is an open public forum newspaper. The Publication attempts to provide a fair and accurate source of news and a forum for student expression. Content is not necessarily the opinion of the school board, administration, or adviser. The views expressed in the column section of the Stampede are solely those of the columnists. The staff encourages comments on relevant issues and encourages reader response. All letters must be signed in order to be accepted. The staff reserves the right to edit for content, length, or to reject any letter. Correspondences should be sent to: The Stampede McCook High School 600 West Seventh Street

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EDITORIAL

Death with Dignity Physician Assisted Suicide

Editorial Viewpoint of The Stampede As of November 2016, there are five states that allow medically assisted suicide--California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Now, of course, no one can just walk into a hospital and ask for this; there is a list of requirements that must be met before even considering medically assisted suicide. “The patient must be at least 18 or older, resident of that state, capable of communicating health care decisions for themselves, diagnosed with a terminal illness, and have a timeline of six months or shorter.” deathwithdignity.org reports. On November 8, 2016, Colorado residents voted to approve the End of Life Options Act. When it comes to Nebraska laws on assisted suicide, it is considered to be a class IV felony. In early 2016 Nebraska considered legalizing assisted suicide; however, legislators voted against it. We as the Stampede newspaper staff believe everyone, within reason, should have the right to death with dignity. The first major case of assisted suicide was Brittany Maynard. Brittany had an

inoperable brain tumor, and doctors had given her six months to live. She packed up her home and took up residency in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after her husband’s birthday, she passed away on her own terms with physician approval. Everyone deserves to have the right to die peacefully and on their own terms. The argument against assisted suicide is that it’s against the Hippocratic oath, one statement in particular “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan”. Howe ver, later on in the hippocratic oath the st atement, “similarly I will not give a woman an abortive remedy”. As we all know doctors can and do give abortions. Times have changed since this was first written, so why can’t doctors use medically assisted suicide? The doctors wouldn’t be forcing this upon anyone, rather it would be the patient’s want. Who are we to deny the request of someone who ultimately won’t get better?

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SPEAK OUT

is something SPEAK What about your future

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that worries you?

“Not being able to find a good enough job to support my family in the future.” -Reece Dellevoet (Freshman)

“Where I am going to end up at, like jobwise.” -Katlyn Gerih (Sophomore)

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SPEAK OUT

“College, I guess, and what field I’m going to go into.” -Bethany Vogel (Junior)

“Probably completely moving away from my family--all on my own for the first time.” -Jesse Dickey (Senior)

“Kind of the direction the country is going is scary... Everyone is mad, and no one wants to do the work to make it better.” -Mrs. Peterman (Teacher)

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FOCUS

Snapbacks and Backpac The school rules and why they matter. By Timothy Brinamen

Once we start on something, we have to be consistent in doing so. Many times we are tempted to do what is wrong than right, hearing not only from the mouths of others but rather seeing more than what the eyes can see. And what we saw was clear in the senses of our mind. School rules and regulations are very essential which each one of us must follow. This being said every one of us has a responsibility to decide whether we are either the leaders or just an ordinary pupil in the school. We must follow rules and regulations being implemented conscientiously. Thus it is our duty to take part in every rule being imposed in our school. Such rules might be backpacks. The days of struggling with stubborn lock combinations, balancing armloads of books and racing through hallways to beat the tardy bell to retrieve essential materials are virtually gone. Portability, low cost and attractive organizational features make backpacks invaluable accessories for busy students. However, recent

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health and security issues have raised questions about the pros and cons of backpacks in schools. Backpacks help students stay organized by providing a portable receptacle for school essentials. They permit students to keep school supplies, books and personal items like cell phones and keys in one readily accessible location. Despite their obvious appeal, backpacks pose some serious health concerns. Parents, medical experts and school administrators have raised questions about the long-term effects of backpack weight on developing bodies. Heavy contents can increase health risks for students by placing excessive strain on growing bones and muscles. Each year, thousands of students visit emergency rooms for treatment of backpack-related injuries, including muscle strains and spasms of the back and neck. Increased concerns about school security have raised further questions about backpacks in many schools. To discourage the concealment of guns and contraband, our school


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now requires that backpacks be constructed of clear material that allows visibility of contents. The no-hat rule is also one that a lot of students oppose. Now not wearing your favorite hat might seem unfair, but it’s all about respect. When entering a building, taking your hat off is a sign of respect and calmness to show you are ready to enter the classroom to learn. So the next time you decide to clapback and throw some hands at a teacher that tells you to take off your

snapback or put up your backpack, remember that the rules are there for a purpose: to protect your education and to protect you.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” -Jim Rohn 7


SPORTS

Coach to Principal Double Duty for Mr. Gross By Halie Lindquist With many changes to the school this year, football has been a new experience for everyone, including our coach and principal, Mr. Gross. The football team had an amazing season. This being said, the question begs: How have the changes in the school due to Mr. Gross now being the principal affected the football season? Our football coach is now our principal. Aside from the fact Mr. Gross is doing great taking on all of his new responsibilities, he did note a few changes in his time management now that he’s the principal as well as the head football coach. “Probably the biggest thing that’s changed was my weekend hours increased. The duties that in the past I would find some time during the week to do just weren’t there, I didn’t have those hours being the principal,” says Mr. Gross on his time management. Asking how he managed to get everything done football wise, he noted, “I did put a lot of duties on my assistants that maybe in the past I wouldn’t have done, as far as getting things ready during the day or for game days and preparations. Coach Vetrovsky, Coach Hosick or Coach Smock picked some of those things up.” Being the principal means Mr. Gross must coordinate much more than just the football team

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now. Now that he has more responsibilities, he notices more at games. He states, “I think I had a little bit more pride in everything [this season]. Before when I went to a football game, it was football. I don’t think in eighteen years I’ve paid too much attention looking over at the student body because I’m coaching. And not that this year I paid attention, but it sure caught my eye looking at all of those kids over there. “I asked more questions; how is the student body tonight? How are the cheerleaders? How is the band? So because I’m in charge of everything, I cared more about everything than just what happened during the game.” He cares more about the happenings of the school as a whole now that he understands just what it takes to really coordinate a great football game. This season has seemed to give him perspective into the eyes of the students. The lively student section being a prime example. It seems now that Mr. Gross is the principal of the school, school spirit has skyrocketed. From having a bonfire, to more pep rallies, to more vivacious student sections, even including more clubs and cheering on the football boys before their games, school spirit has been very

prevalent in our school. Asking Mr. Gross if he thinks that school spirit has made a notable impact on the football season, he stated, “I think every kid felt a part of the football program, and the softball and volleyball program, more so than in the past. In the past it was there’s that football team or there’s those guys and they’re gonna go do their thing. I think the kids that were in the student body [at the semi-finals against Elkhorn South]..they truly felt a part of that experience. So I think we grew from it in the student body, and the community grew from everybody working together.” He mentions that even students uninvolved with a sport this year truly felt like they had a part in the success of our teams. Mr. Gross doubling as the football coach and the principal has created numerous changes in the way not only the football season played out, but how the entire first semester of the year has played out. From the dedication he put in to coach football, to the extra time he took to coordinate games, and to the commitment to bring the school together through revamping our school’s spirit, Mr. Gross being principal this year has played a huge hand in the success of our football season.


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