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Students start new History club

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- Freelance Reporter Junior Sarah Kovash and sophomore Casey Osborn recently started a new club at Mandan High School, History Club. They went to History teacher Megan Hanson for help and to be the advisor for the club. “I was approached by a number of students that were interested in starting a History Club and I told them that it could be whatever they wanted it to be,” said Hanson. “I think it’s going to have a very academic focus, where we’re going to talk about things that we only touch on during school hours.” Kovash and Osborn had joked around with each other about starting a History Club, but once more students began to show interest in something that would allow them to learn more about history outside of class, they went to Hanson for help. History Club will go in depth on certain topics that interest its members. Meetings will consist of group discussions, movies and documentaries and other activities outside of the classroom. “Each meeting will be different, but there will be a lot of discussions about different eras of history,” said Kovash. Other activities that History Club may do are: going on a trip to Washington D.C. in 2015, going on trips to the heritage center once renovations are finished, making time capsules and tracing students’ ancestry. Meetings for History Club will be held in Hanson’s classroom bi-weekly on Monday nights at 7 p.m.


Volume 22, Issue 4 • February 2014

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FEATURE student teachers page 12

Mary Stark implements new desks

they used to. “It allows students to get up and move The staff at Mark Stark elementary school around the classroom to work with others in Mandan have decided to transition from throughout the school regular desks for their day, instead of feeling students to a new table they are ‘secluded’ technology, called the to their desk,” said Wave. Steckler. “The goal of the The Wave allows [Wave] is to develop teachers to change a classroom that is the layout of their based on reaching classroom for different every student’s personal lessons. learning style,” said Mary Red Trail Elementary Photo submitted school will have similar Stark Principal Dave Three Mary Stark students work at desks starting in the Steckler. The tables are able to their Wave desk. 2014-2015 school year. move around to fit in Steckler advises different spaces for multiple purposes. other schools in the district to research the Their unique shapes allow for students concept of the desks to see if it would fit to interact with their classmates more than their students’ learning styles.

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MHS introduces new digital library

kaitlyn SCHELSKE

With only a small amount of books offered so far, Hanlon Mandan High School looks to expand the Digital Librarian and Media Specialist Library for the coming years. Kathryn Hanlon recently “Each year I’ll have to renew bought an app for a Digital my purchase [of OverDrive] Library for students and faculty. and I’ll be able to get another “So many students these 70 books, so the collection will days use iPhones and iPads grow,” said Hanlon. and electronic devices,” said Along with being able to Hanlon. “I just wanted to use the digital library, there have that avenue available to are tools such as looking up people.” definitions, writing notes in The app, OverDrive, offers a the margin and highlighting variety of about 70 books and words. audios to choose from. Books For access to the library, you Staff Photo can download the OverDrive range from young adult Lit. books and curricular books app for free in app stores or The new Digital like Fahrenheit 451, 1984 and go to http://www.mandan.k12. the Great Gatsby, according to Library as viewed on for an iPhone. Hanlon. the link. - Editor-In-Chief



What’s Inside Editorial/Opinion

Monuments Men Review.....................................3 Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe......................................3


Club Roundup......................4 Job Search Poll.....................5

Student Life

Student Spotlight................6 Centerspread....................8-9 Noobs of the Month.......11 Student Teachers..............12 Long-Term Sub says Hello......................................12 North Dakota’s 125th Birthday................................13


Students should care about politics

In this day and age, if you ask a student what they think of politics, they may reply “I don’t know,” or “Who cares?” You could even ask them who the Speaker of the House is or who is head of the Senate and many students do not know, unless they are in a Problems of Democracy class. For juniors and seniors, the need to know about politics and what it involves is crucial. In a few years you will be turning 18 be of legal voting age. So what does that entitle? Having a say in legislative issues, who elected officials will be, and even in 2016 who the new President of the United States will be. Although it may seem small and insignificant on a ballot, it has the potential to change the course of history. While upperclassmen are closer to voting power than the underclassmen, underclassmen still need to know the importance of politics. Although they are just freshmen and sophomores, most of the legislation that is passed today will affect them in the future when they become legal adults. Though they can not vote now, they have a different power; influence. Knowing about the political debates and being well

informed on them can advance their case in talking with parents or other adults to sway their views on a certain topic and eventually what they vote on. Despite the fact underclassmen can not vote, they still indirectly have a say. Aside from just high school students, everyone should care about politics. Whether we like to admit it, politics is a major part of our lives, whether we are actually physically in it or not. But that is during this day and age. Now to go back to 1787 and to a sheet of parchment that holds some of the most valuable words to our government. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union...”. So, as we the people, to keep our perfect union, need to actually be involved in it. That can be achieved in several simple and different ways. As students, go to a School Board meeting or a Mandan City Commission meeting. As citizens, attend a meeting at the State Capital or even run for a type of office. Or just keep it simple by keeping tabs on the news and on your politicians.

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“The Monuments Men” shows monumental meaning kaitlyn SCHELSKE

- Editor-In-Chief

Bombs. Cities crumbling. Tanks, planes, and other means of causing destruction. American soldiers fighting against Nazis. But art curators? Most of those would be used to describe the movies that retell World War 2, but in The Monuments Men, Director George Clooney shows a different and unique side to the war that I find to be intriguing and worth watching. Now, as the war is drawing to an end, the Nazis are plundering all of Europe’s finest art treasures in as they retreat into Germany. Frank Stokes (Clooney) puts together a team of seven people ranging from museum directors to art historians to save and return art pieces to their owners before the Nazis destroy them. With an A list actors such as Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Bob Balaban, they displayed their characters greatly throughout the film, but I noticed

they lacked something. They hardly showed camaraderie between each other, aside from when they joked around. For example in the beginning, while Stokes was giving a speech on how what the team was doing was for good intentions, he spoke through a radio to his colleagues. It just didn’t feel as meaningful as it could have been had he actually said it in person. Although lacking camaraderie, the personal insight on some of the characters was heartwarming and moving. When Richard Campbell (Murray) received a record of his daughter singing for Christmas during the Battle of the Bulge, I nearly cried. Just watching him slowly turn his head in recognition to hearing his daughter’s voice singing Christmas songs to him over the phonograph to later him closing his eyes and listening made me want to melt into a puddle. While continuing throughout the movie, it focuses on the team finding the artwork and returning it. Though it strays from

original war movies with its unique plot, it still holds on to traditional war scenes and effectively shows them in different ways that I thought was intriguing and well-used. While the camera closed in on an injured soldier bleeding, it would then quickly changed to a loud bomb scene. Towards the end of the movie, I enjoyed how humbling it was, but be forewarned of a spoiler alert. With the team finding the Bruges Madonna that a fellow team member died over, and leaving an American flag flying high gave a little but definitely enough spurt of patriotism to the finale of the movie. Overall, I give the Monuments Men three out of five rating. While it lacked in some aspects, it also showed a true and different side to the war and an insight on a group of people not known for their courageous battle exploits; but rather on the men and women who fought for preserving history and people’s culture. Their work, shown in the movie, was truly, monumental.

Baked Chicken Nuggets sarah KOVASH - News Editor

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salt, thyme and basil. Mix well. Put

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Use homemade breadcrumbs to reduce the levels of sodium.

breadcrumb mixture. Place the wellcoated chicken pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Prep time 20 minutes, cook time 20 minutes. Yields about 6 servings.


National Honor Society

National Honor Society’s next meetings will be Wednesday, March 5 and April 2 at 7:30 a.m. in the library. The induction ceremony for all new members will be Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.


Mathletes’ will have meetings Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 after eighth period in room 127. If you are unable to attend the meetings, speak to Mr. Christen or your math teacher. Their next competition will be in Jamestown on Tuesday, April 8. If you’re interested in getting notifications about upcoming events/practices, check out the Facebook group: Mandan Math Team.

Senior class

Seniors, the Jostens representative will be back in the beginning of April to deliver graduation orders at the concession area by the gym.

Parenting: Take Baby Home!

Textiles: Make a toilet paper wedding dress!

News Club Roundup

French, Spanish and Latin clubs

French, Spanish and Latin clubs will be holding a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in room 225. There will be a costume contest along with mask making. There will also be food and games. Every club member is encouraged to attend.


Speech attended a tournament Friday, Feb. 21 at Shiloh and Saturday, Feb. 22 at Saint Mary’s. The coaches Mrs. Bender, Ms. Vetter and Mr. Thomas would like to remind students that it is not too late to join Speech. Their meets are typically on Saturdays but you don’t have to compete at every one to be a member. Everyone is encouraged to join.

History club

History club’s next meeting will be Monday, March 3 in room 214 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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SADD will be hosting an Above the Influence 5k Walk/Run on Sunday, April 27. The cost is $15 and registration is at 12 p.m. There will be door prizes given away and for more information visit the high school’s website,


FCCLA competed in the STAR events Wednesday, Feb. 19. They received three golds and one silver for their projects.

Nine members of FCCLA pose before competing in their STAR events.

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News Students work for wage

- General Reporter The longer an individual goes before having a job, the less appealing they are to future employers. A recent poll of 75 MHS students shows that students look at the wage rather than the atmosphere of a job. For some high school students having a job is a necessity, while for others it’s just a way to earn some extra spending money. No matter what the reason is for being a member of the workforce, having a job teaches students important life skills that they can not learn anywhere else. So what do students look for when searching for a job? A few students said the job they have must be located close to their homes in order to save money on gas. Other students stated that they chose

their jobs based on if they would be fun to do. The majority of students, however, stated that wage was the most important thing to them when looking for a job. Students said that the money they earn from working is used to pay for gas, car insurance, phone bills, outings with friends and food. With all of these expenses, most students stated that they work roughly four to five days a week. With work consuming roughly 70 percent of the average working students’ week, people can only wonder the amount of stress that students have on their plates. Junior Wayne Clark said, “High school is overwhelming enough as it is. When you add in work, sports and everything else, I’m not sure how I handle it.” A majority of the students with jobs said


that they work in the food service industry; others stated that they have begun working in areas that are similar to the ones they hope to go into after graduating from college. Although North Dakota is overflowing with jobs for high school students, the nation is at an all time low for its amount of working teenagers. According to, North Dakota has produced well over 75,000 new jobs in the past decade and now has 22,000 more jobs than residents looking for work. So who’s to blame for the job shortage? With jobs in fast food, movie theaters and shopping malls going to more and more college graduates, our elders are partly responsible for taking jobs that teenagers want.

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Art comes in many forms kaitlyn SCHELSKE

- Editor-In-Chief

Photo by Phyne Photography

Darth Vader “This piece that I made was me being a big Star Wars fan when I was younger and still am today.”

Jay and Silent Bob “I made this one because I am a big fan of Kevin Smith movies and these two characters are by far my favorite.”

Junior Dylan Kahl

Over the years, art has evolved. What began as just pencil sketches to paintings has changed to many new unique and different styles; for junior Dylan Kahl, it is stencil spray paint art. “I make designs on the computer, print it out and then spray paint it,” said Kahl. “There’s a special software I use and take any kind of hard surface and I put it on there and I cut it out.” For Kahl, inspiration comes from a fellow artist. Known as Mouse, he also specializes in spray paint on griptape, vinyl disks and records. But for students having trouble looking to find their own style or trying other’s, Kahl keeps his advice for them simple. “Keep trying.”

Gene Simmons “I grew up listening to KISS and when I started doing this I thought of how cool it would be to do one of Gene Simmons.”

Joker “I made this one because I am a huge Batman fan.” All other photos by Kaitlyn Schelske


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One of the most shocking facts comes We’ve all been there: eat, sleep, work right from the nutrition label, more repeat. This is a code that nearly every specifically, the sodium and saturated fat. teenager lives by. But take a closer look says sometimes more than at that first one - eating. In the perfect half the daily estimated limit of the sodium world, you’ll get three square meals a and saturated fat are consumed in just day consisting of just enough vegetables, one meal. fruits, dairies and grains to make Mom Sophomore Lee Haider says he eats happy. out for lunch nearly every day but is still “It’s fine at first. It doesn’t bother me, unaware of what’s all in the food. but then when it comes time for gym, I’m On average, a teenager should have a regretting it,” said senior Bre Silk. sodium intake of around 1,500 mg and “I definitely can feel its effects when saturated fat intake of around 16,000 I eat it more than once a week,” said mg. The Center For Disease Control and another senior, Courtney Pittman. “It Prevention supports this by stating nearly makes me feel gross,” she finishes. double the suggested amounts are being What exactly is this “it” they’re talking consumed on any given day. about? You guessed it. Fast food. The CDC directly blames this on fast As a student, juggling way too much food saying “The vast majority of the and spreading ourselves way too thin, sodium consumed is from processed and that should-be reality of a balanced diet restaurant foods.” The CDC finishes by is sometimes more of a fantasy. Students saying that little sodium is find themselves added during cooking or reaching for fast food at the table. more and more often, The vast majority of An article by R.D.Karen because it’s just that: Collins from NBCnews. tastier, and in the sodium consumed com says nearly a some cases, cheaper. is from processed and third of the population Though it’s a quick restaurant foods. consumes fast food fix for that gnarly daily. “These individuals stomach growl, fast consume almost 200 food is more of a extra calories, including con than a pro. The nine more grams of fat and more than two effects may not show in your wallet now, extra tablespoons of sugar,” she states, but rather reflect in your youthfulness compared to those who eat in. a couple years down the road as that Similar to the CDC’s accusation against teenage metabolism fades and the extra unhealthy food chains, Collins also sodium and fats tack on. explained this food “tend[s] to be from It’s no secret that fast food is jam65 to 100 percent more concentrated in packed with high counts of calories, fat calories than any other meal would.” One and sugars. But just how much are you of the three major parts of metabolism consuming with each meal outside of the is the thermic effect of food. Basically, home?

it contributes to 10 percent of the total energy that you need. Anything extra that one consumes becomes stored as fat. This is also why the body becomes fatigued at a faster rate as well. “When I eat fast food, it makes me feel lazy. I feel like I gained ten pounds and my skin gets this oily feeling,” said freshman Sidney Schaff. Metabolism is different for everyone, but as a teenager, metabolic rates are in their prime. This decreases as one ages, but unhealthy eating can play just as much of a negative role as age I feel like I g does. pounds and m “I definitely think it this oily fee all adds up, but I eat [fastfood] everyday and I haven’t seen a change,” said Haider. He goes on to say it cures his hunger and he is no longer distracted thinking about meal time. Day to day, little by little this might not seem like much of anything, but over an extended time, these extras will add up. What teens take in cannot be based solely on a busy schedule, but sometimes is the effect of what is cheaper than the rest. In some food chains like, McDonalds and Burger King, unhealthy food is sold at lower prices making it more appealing to buy for the targeted audience - low budget teenagers who may or may not even have a job. “Healthy food is always way more expensive. Why would someone spend that much when you can get a double cheeseburger for a dollar at McDonalds,” said Silk. Schaff concurs by saying, “Healthy foods are more expensive and that’s why



- Asst. Editor-In-Chief

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I think a lot of people go out to eat or buy junk food is because of the prices.” School meals and concessions are a primary example of this simple price barrier as well. With all bottled beverages being sold at the same price, soda and water are interchangeable cost-wise. A bag of veggies, on the other hand, costs more than its unhealthy opposite - the candy bar. MHS has taken some steps to ensure healthier choices around the school in the past years. In the process, gained ten school lunches have cut my skin gets back on sodium levels as eling. well as vending machines serving waters and various juices instead of the previous soda options. But in most cases, this plays no role in students’ decisions to eat out. “I definitely did not get enough food from the main line and I would always end up going to a la carte and spending a lot of money on overpriced food,” said Haider, “Sometimes up to $10 a day.” He says most fast food joints offer more food in combo meals for less than what he had paid at school. There are many reasons behind high school students and their eating habits, but one major thing needs to change - their mindset. Students say eating healthier isn’t just going to happen, you have to understand what you’re eating and what’s going into your bodies. “I personally would pick healthy food because healthy food makes me feel physically better,” said Schaff.

One small soda from a fast food restaurant contains more than teaspoons of sugar.


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Noobs of the Month Freshman Alicia Koch

How does it feel to be a noob? “It’s alright.”

Photo by Kaitlyn Schelske

What is your most embarrassing moment so far? “Falling on the ice and dropping all of my stuff.” How big is your freshmen pack? “Don’t have one.”

Freshman Levi Maxon

How does it feel to be a noob? “I don’t know.”

Photo by Kaitlyn Schelske

What is your most embarrassing moment so far? “I tripped up the stairs.” How big is your freshmen pack? “Not big at all.” *Each month the Courier will feature one or two freshmen to be the noob(s) of the month. Noobs are chosen at random each issue.

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MHS has five student teachers this semester

Birrenkott introduces herself

Hello all! My name is Pamela Birrenkott and, as many of you already know, I started here later into the year. That is a challenge, I must say. Overall, now that the second semester has begun I have found teaching here to be easier. I love teaching and I enjoy the overall atmosphere here at Mandan High! I am looking forward to the rest of the year and all it has to offer. I hail from a mixture of places. My family is from the Steele area here in North Dakota, where I have lived and spent plenty of time. However, I was born in Montana where my mom’s family is from, and my parents moved us to Washington State the summer before Kindergarten. I moved here, North Dakota, in 2007 and intend to spend my life here. I went to college at Washington State University, Go Cougs! Now, I am finishing my master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment with the University of Mary and will graduate this year. I taught in Dunseith, ND for the past two school years, but must say that I am so happy to be closer to home. My five-year-old son is as well, [and] my boyfriend and my parents. Prior to teaching in Dunseith I substituted, taught and worked every job at the Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press.

Hi, I am Krishna Pokhrel. I was born in India. I came to United State in 2008. My parents live in Grand Forks, ND. Currently, I am attending University of Mary and I will graduate [in May of] 2014, majoring in secondary mathematics education. I am planning to do my master’s degree in mathematics from University of North Dakota. Mathematics is my passion and traveling is my hobby. I enjoy working with kids and I like to spend my leisure time with friends and family. [My name is Brock Krumm and] I am pursuing a degree in secondary history education and am also getting a minor in philosophy and theology through the University of Mary. I guess I decided to teach cause my mom is pretty smart and she thought it would be a good fit. I enjoy teaching economics because it allows for so much theorizing, and if I ever got the chance to teach a theology or philosophy or history of philosophy elective, that would be pretty awesome. [And] I have red hair, so I got that going for me. Hey all, my name is Casey Jore and I am a social studies major at the University of Mary. Honestly, teaching was not on my radar of majors when I entered college, but I finally landed on it and have no regrets. My plan upon graduation is to teach World and U.S. History, preferably at a smaller school in the Midwest where I can coach as well. I am a huge fan of almost every sport and am always game to talk shop, so if you’re in one of my classes then you should know that’s the best way to get me sidetracked. Well first off, my names is Ryan Moldenhauer and I am currently a student teacher with Ms. Brannan, teaching Modern Literature, English II and Essential English II. I go to school at the University of Mary in Bismarck. I decided to go into teaching because of an English teacher from my high school named Mrs. Mallouney; she really helped foster my love for the subject and for reading. Some quirky traits or talents I possess include hard-topick-up-on sarcasm, fairly dry humor, as well as some mean karaoke skills from time to time. Hello! My name is Mitchell Smette and I am student teaching with Mrs. Andring this semester. I am a senior at the University of Mary and am pursuing a degree in English Education. I fell in love with reading and the multiplicity of meanings authors are able to create; as a result, I enjoy good literature and look forward to teaching the skills and strategies of indepth reading to high school students for the next 20-30 years! I hope to someday publish a novel and travel the world speaking to youth.

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North Dakota continues successful history


- Asst. Editor-In-Chief

If there’s one thing North Dakota is known for today, it’s its oil boom. However, only ten years ago the Bakken was a mere shot in the distance and Bush’s reelection was in the news’ hot seat. Go even further back to 1989 when North Dakota became a century old. That was 25 years and close to 85,000 people ago. There is no doubt this state has come a long way in the past quarter of a century between the ups and downs of legislation, weather and agriculture. Later this year, North Dakota turns 125 on November 2nd. Don’t forget to wish South Dakota a “Happy Birthday”, too, since they share the same birthday. It is said that our 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, didn’t want to show favoritism causing him to shuffle the statehood papers together. It was then decided alphabetical order was the route to take leading North Dakota to come in at number 39 with South Dakota trailing right after. Up until the past decade, North Dakota hasn’t stuck out as a state as much as others. Thanks to the oil boom, the tables have turned bringing more people, businesses, and of course legislation to the state. Controversies brought about in the 1890s included those relating to legalizing lotteries and prohibition from our first governor John Miller. Now, some recent landmark laws include smoking bans, gun permit

restrictions, and of course the hard hitting Dakota wasn’t a huge hit among other abortion laws signed in by current Governor states. Believe it or not, there were a handJack Dalrymple. ful of spoof articles claiming we don’t even New laws also put restrictions on housexist. Rest assured, we’re alive and kicking, but some skeptics still believe our stateing - especially in the western half of the hood is still not official. state where everything seems to be booming nowadays. This population expantion A discovery from three years ago shook the whole basis of our history when a Fargo called for and continues to call for more housing as North Dakota reaches nearly man made a discovery that might have shown a major fault in North Dakota’s con700,000 people, over double what it was at its beginning. stitution. Until the Bakken came about, North DaThe error in the constitution showed that kota relied more heavily on its wheat and North Dakota did not require its top ofcorn productions as an economic staple. ficials to take an oath of office making its However, record high and low temperastatehood illegitimate. However, a petitures, droughts and floods throughout the tion ruled out that “North Dakota did not require its Plains made strong no one believed it top official to take an oath of office crops a struggle even mattered that much then. and we’ve been domaking its statehood illegitimate.” The record highs and ing just fine. lows in the weather So here we are, 125 years down the road transformed from within the last 25 years have affected our crop productions along with natural disasone of the most forgotten about states to ters including recent flooding in 2009 and one of the most desirable to work and live 2011. in. Cheers, North Dakota, you’re in good These floods have defined the past couple shape. of decades in the state’s history and made To honor this milestone, home grown talNorth Dakota’s residents realize how aweent such as Tigirlily and Chuck Suchy persome of a state it is when we all work formed at a kickoff festival for a yearlong together. This is one of the contributuing celebration at the beginning of the year. reasons to why we were voted the happiA logo chosen to represent this event was est state in the nation according to abcnew. unveiled. The North Dakota Heritage Center com. expansion will open on Nov. 2, in honor of As stated previously, it’s no secret North the historic date as well. 701-663-5388

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Sports Roundup

Boys’ Swimming and Diving On Jan. 24 the Braves defeated the Demons and on Feb. 8 the Braves finished eighth at the Century Invite. On the Feb. 14 the team hosted the Williston Coyotes and came out with a win. To finish up the regular season the Braves finished fifth at the Mandan Invite. The Braves will host WDA on March 1 and will travel to Grand Forks for the State competition taking place on March 7-8.


Mandan took sixth overall at the Julie Ziegler Memorial gymnastics meet on January 24. All Around top placers were sophomore Kierra French who scored 27.375 out of a possible 40.000 and junior McKenzie Swallow who scored 34.100.


The Braves finished individually with 10 state qualifiers and five state placers and went 3-5 in team duals. Senior Curt Zachmeier went 37-0 and finished with his fourth WDA championship and his second state championship titles.

Girls’ Hockey skates to State

kaitlyn SCHELSKE

- Editor-In-Chief

For the first time in history, Mandan High School Girls’ Hockey is skated their way to State. With that being a new experience for the team, Head Coach DeWitt Mack had hoped for the best. “Getting to State was our goal and once you get there anything can happen,” said Mack. “The Girls are going to come out and play as hard as they can and what happens, happens.” After traveling to Grand Forks to face off against the Bismarck Blizzard in their first game on Feb. 20, the Braves fell short with a loss of 7-0. “They did a good job keeping us from getting shots on the net,” said Mack. “The Girls’ played hard it’s just that they were very talented team. When you play hard, you don’t hang your head very often.” After that loss, the Braves headed into a consolation game on Feb. 21 against a

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Both Boys’ and Girls’ headed to Dickinson on Feb. 25 for a final game of regular season. The teams will then head to Bismarck to play in West Region on March 6-8.

team that had prevented them from going to State in previous years; the Williston Coyotes. With revenge in mind, the Braves battled it out with the Coyotes, going back and forth before ending the game in a 2-2 tie and overtime. As time was ticking, the puck landed in front of senior Shaylynn Mack and she put it away, winning the game for the Braves. “We always battle against Williston. For the last three years, they have eliminated us from going to State,” said Mack. “At the State tournament that feeling came back that we were tired of getting beat by them and the Girls went out and played their hearts out.” After a victorious win against Williston, the Braves played a final game against Minot for the fifth place spot. While the Girls’ played hard, they ultimately lost to 4-2. With the new experience of playing at State, the future Girls’ know what to look forward to when winter rolls around again.

Athletes of the Month


Junior McKenzie Swallow

Boys’ Hockey The Braves won two out of three games at WDA. On Feb. 14 they beat Dickinson 3-2 and Feb. 15 beat Bottineau-Rugby 5-4. The Braves headed to State in Grand Forks on Feb. 20-22. Freshman Sawyer Schmidt topped himself with a 60-save performance allowing the Braves to throw a scare into Grand Forks Red River before falling 3-2 in overtime.


Senior Sam Ravnaas All other photos by Phyne Photography


Senior Adam Lech Sophomore Rebecca Helbling Junior Trever Leingang


- General Reporter

Freshman Dallas Marsh

PILF Sophomore Rebecca Helbling


Junior Jacob Mittlesteadt

Senior Kelsey Schulz

English Teacher Dori Schaefbauer “Take it outside on a windy day. The current will assist in blowing it away.”

How do you throw away a garbage can?

“Well, you shoot it down, but it won’t fall... it is TITANIUM!”

“You should really recycle it instead.”

“Pick it up and toss it.”

“Put it in my room, it’ll disappear along with approximately 90 percent of my clothes.”

What do people in China call their good plates?



“Seven. Yes, seven.”


“I don’t know Chinese. I teach English.”

When night falls who picks it up?

“The sun, because it loves the night.”

“The same people that help when day breaks.”

“Ghandi. Everyone knows that.”

“Uh, don’t drop that thun thun thun in the first place.”

“According to Homer, ‘the rosy-fingered dawn’ does.”




*All photos by Mikaela Herberg

MHS Courier February 2014  

The February issue of Mandan High School's Courier which covers the months of February and March.

MHS Courier February 2014  

The February issue of Mandan High School's Courier which covers the months of February and March.