Manhattan High School Volume 101 Issue 1 Aug. 14, 2013
Pool employees come together in friendly competition Liz Logback Editor-in-Chief Lifeguards all around town stepped down from their chairs to dance, race and enjoy each other’s company in a friendly competition. July 31 marked the first Pool Olympics held at City pool organized by Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation, and it will become an annual event. “It was an intra-pool competition with several different events. Some that tested our training and others that were pretty goofy. It was made to encourage friendly rivalry so we could perform our duties as best as possible and have a good time,” senior Hanna Hayden said. The three town pools, City, CiCo and Northview each formed a team and began preparing weeks in advance. One of the chal-
lenges was a dance that had to be choreographed to “Footloose” or “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” CiCo lifeguards spent close to two hours each night after the pool closed learning a dance. Junior Katie Bussmann estimated they spent 10 hours working on the dance all together. “When we got there, City didn’t even know their dance and all copied [junior] Levi [Jones.] Northview took the win, but CiCo deserved it,” Bussmann said. Senior Emma Samenus was proud to be on the winning dance team. “I contributed to the our Northview dance, which we beat the other pools at,” she said. Relays and mock situations made up the other portions of the Pool Olympics. Each team selected a few team members for the indi-
vidual competitions. “I pledged my services as a pro drowning victim to Team City for the deepwater spinal injury backboarding,” Hayden said. “But after an unfortunately-timed service I was drafted into team CiCo’s rescue tube relay.” The Iron Man challenge event included swimming 500 meters, performing five minutes of CPR, going up and down both slides, swimming a lap and a half against the lazy river current, then finishing it off with another 200 meters of swimming. Throughout the events, team members not participating in the event stood on the edge of the pool and supported their teams. “Being so close to my pool family and cheering them on is something I definitely got out of this event,” Samenus said. “We lost almost every race but still cheered each
Members of the pool staff dive into the water during one of the night’s relays. other on like crazy. Junior Lindsey Hageman was only a part of her team’s dance, but she remained dedicated to team CiCo throughout the events. “I wasn’t in any of the relays, but I went to cheer on my pool,” she said. “How excited and supportive ev-
eryone was of their pool, especially during the Iron Man and before the dance, was really awesome and memorable.” “It was a great way for all of the lifeguards to come together and end the summer with a bang,” Bussmann said.
Senior Melissa Bohn and Molly Webber jump during CiCo pool’s dance. Bohn choreographed the dance with junior Lindsay Hageman. Pam Stokes, Photographer
Enrollment draws parents, students
Above: Riley County Health Department dietician Lisa Ross educates parents about good nutrition. Above right: Student volunteers distribute schedules for 9th through 12th graders. Lower right: Parents work their way through the steps of the enrollment process, ending up at the fee payment table.
Administrator of IQ Academy Brooke Blanck talks to a student about the online learning program.
Photos by Liz Logback
New dismissal time ‘no big deal’ for Manhattan High Maddie Ross News Editor ----There’s a bright spot in the new school year for Manhattan High students: the school day is 10 minutes shorter than it was last year. Instead of dismissing right before 3 p.m., school will now let out at 2:47 p.m. The schedule is reverting back to what was in place before construction began in 2011.
“The total amount of time is changing from what is was three years ago,” Superintendent Bob Shannon said. “We are really just returning to amount of time, the length of day and the number of days that we had before the construction process. We adjusted this in previous years knowing that we had to utilize long, busy summers to complete the construction.” Students look to it as a
convenience as far as extracurricular activities go ---Despite the importance the new time holds for students, it’s less critical to administration. “I suppose sports practices will start a little earlier,” MHS principal Greg Hoyt said. “It will be a small adjustment for both us and the middle schools but overall it is not too big of a deal.”
Newspaper solicits reader input Staff report The staff of The Mentor student newspaper is inviting student input by reinstating the Question of the Week in an updated format. The newspaper, which is designed to serve the student audience at Manhattan High, invites readers to respond to the weekly question with their ideas and comments. This year the column will combine the print version with the online publication,
mhsmentor.com. Students can look for the Question of the Week to be announced on the Opinion page (page 2) of the printed newspaper each week, then go to the website to post responses. A number of the responses will be chosen to run in the next week’s print edition, and readers can find the full collection of responses on the online version. “Our whole generation is online right now, and we want to integrate The Mentor into
that,” Liz Logback, editor-inchief, said. “Our multimedia editor, Alan Brown, is generating new ideas to make our website more accessible and informative.” The website will be a place for timely news stories and extended versions of articles. “We may also be able to do some prizes for readers of online content,” Logback said.
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After being held at Susan B. Anthony in previous years due to contruction, the USD 383 central enrollment returned to Manhattan High School. Faculty, staff and volunteers helped direct parents through the process of paying fees and finalizing enrollment for students from preK through 12th grade.
Summer musical sells out two shows Danielle Cook Copy Editor “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” a comical musical “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’ was Manhattan Parks and Recreation’s annual summer theatrical presentation this year. Manhattan’s production of the medieval-set musical casted Manhattan High alumnus Alex Tolar as protagonist King Arthur and junior Charlotte Benjamin as the story’s leading lady, the Lady of the Lake. The show also included other classic Arthurian legend characters such as Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and Sir Bedevere, played by MHS alumni Da’Merius Ford, Claire Freeby, Tyler Cochran and Mariah Messmer. Directed by Ginny Pape and assistant directed by Alex Zolnerwich, the show’s cast began primary rehearsal on June 5, working toward two performance nights at Nichols Theatre on July 19 and 20.
“It was all a lot of hard after we put in all those work, as far as rehearsing,” changes, we still had some junior Rose Gruenbacher lines that required extra censaid. “We rehearsed for sev- soring,” Benjamin said. “It eral weeks and there were a was challenging sometimes, couple of numbers that took trying to keep the joke, a lot of practice to get perfect but having to change the and a lot of lines we had to words, and sometimes we get worked out, but it’s all just couldn’t pull off keeping worth it in the end when you the funny. It took away from know the audience will enjoy some of the really quotable, the show.” hilarious lines that truly addThe script ed to the show’s was originally overall hilarity. “We sold out It was still an exwritten including bits of crude hufunny both shows a tremely mor, as was the show, just not week and a with quite as film from which it originates. jokes as half before many Due to their originally writthe perfor- ten,” she said. family-friendly standards, the All the cast, mances,” MPRD cast, crew crew and direc-Benjamin. and directors tors’ hard work worked through paid off in sellthe script, choosout crowds for ing clever alternatives for the both performance nights. rude humor, in order to keep “We sold out both shows the whole show entertaining a week and a half before the and appropriate for viewers performances,” Benjamin of all ages. said. “Knowing that made “The script came with a everything even more excitbunch of pre-written cen- ing.” sored alternatives, but even
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Sophomores offer freshmen advice Freshmen, do you feel helpless? Don’t worry, it’s only natural to feel a bit awkward about high school. But take it from this year’s sophomore students: you will survive. You are perfectly capable of lasting through this year, despite how difficult it may seem right now. Thankfully, you’ll also have the benefit of a few pointers along the way.
“Don't wait for someone to get out of your way. Sneak past them as soon as possible. Using the second floor to get around might help since most people don't walk on it.” -Emma Galitzer
“How well you do all depends on how much you want to succeed. Most answers are easy to look up if you have the right resources.” -Tara Magaña
“School work should always come first, enjoy free time whenever you have it and make sure to see all of the MHS theater productions.” -Toula Sweeney
“Certain clubs give you school/ community hours, which looks good for college! Also they are fun, so sign up for one.”-Louis Melgarejo
“Sit with your friends if you can. But always have manners and don't be too loud.” -Flo Theisen
“Upperclassmen aren't scary people. If you need help from one, don't be scared to ask.” -Ethan Chapman
“You need to beat Junction City at all costs.”-Jacob Clark
“Don’t sit with [annoying] chaps.” -Muhammed Cifci
“Keep calm and carry on.” -Ben Stonebreaker “If anyone is [being bullied,] stand up for them. People will have new respect for you and you may make a new friend who will be thankful your kindness.”-Sierra Flowers
“Actually care about school, pay attention and study. Whatever you do in ninth grade will come back to you later, whether it's good or bad.” -Xavier Watkins
“The games are a lot of fun, but they are even more fun if you participate in the themes and go with friends.” -Susanna Gevock
Purpose defined by daily achievements Today is the day. You’ve walked through the doors of Manhattan High, maybe for your first time, or maybe for the 10 billionth time. Regardless, the same feelings of “Where has my summer gone,” “I hope I have second lunch” and “what is my locker com-
bination again?” have fallen upon everybody. Dozens of “I hate this place already #iwantsummer” tweets have been sent and I’m sure dozens more regarding terrible teachers will show up on my newsfeed later tonight. There’s a never ending list of things I could warn you about like the long lunch lines and crowded E Hall but that’s a lot of live and learn. More, I could tell you the best places to get cell service and how to get past the firewall, but then my secret spots would be crowded! I don’t want to give some
typical cliche first-day-ofschool advice reinforcing positivity and the “let’s be kind to everyone” speech. And while I do hope those things become a goal for you, instead let’s focus on purpose. It seems the question of the century is “What are you going to be when you grow up?” It’s been asked since the day we could speak, and for seniors it seems the time to make that decision is inching closer. Our whole lives we’ve been trained to think for the future; think about what we're going to do to leave our
handprint and how we are going to make a difference in this big crazy world. But what about today? What do we wake up in the morning and feel passionately about doing that day? What if instead of waking up every morning regretting the homework we didn’t do the previous night and blowing it off with an excuse like “I hate that teacher anyway,” we made it a goal to actually apply ourselves in class...especially the one with the despised teacher? I know that’s a long shot for a bunch of teenagers missing their late
summer nights and peak tanning hours at the pool, but I feel the entire atmosphere of Manhattan High could change with a simple purpose reevaluation. There’s purpose to be served today. The eight years of medical school aren’t going to fulfill that. It’s the little goals you set each day like getting an A on the math test, finally reaching the high D on the saxophone or making 10 free throws in a row that make up our purpose and ultimately create our drive. Don’t make this year another “I hate everything
Exchange student preparation an exciting,rewarding journey Maddie Ross
trending co-editorWith cher“Pretty please? ries on top!” “This could very well be the best experience ever, how could we pass it up?” “You are the coolest parents ever, what’s one more kid?” These are just a few of the countless phrases I used to persuade my parents to jump onto my foreign exchange student bandwagon at the beginning of last spring semester. After being an active member of the American Field Service club last year, I quickly developed a desire to turn my school activity into a home reality. After a month of pleading and family meetings I finally got the answer I was looking for. The process of becoming a host family is ex-
tensive, consisting of applications, background checks and a home visit. After being slightly bored with the earlier steps and checking the email up to 10 times a day, our family was finally approved by AFS and the more exciting part of the process began. Selecting my new “sister” was a strange feeling. I had the chance many jokingly wish for, to hand pick my sibling. We received about a dozen short profiles in about a two-week span, and with it a warning to act fast in case the one we wanted was already taken. With no hesitation we decided on Ana Maria Dominguez Carral from Spain, who coincidentally was the first profile we looked at. Like a library book, we then put her on hold, waited for more options but a day later secured our decision. Our application was then submitted to AFS Spain, and after what seemed like years but probably closer to three weeks we were accepted and Ana was ours. Starting in April we became friends, followers,
and contacts on every social media outlet. We talked and shared pictures on a regular basis leading up to her arrival. Picking her up Friday, I was nervous. Although I had talked to her numerous times before and we had basically concluded we were almost the same person, questions of the unknown still wallowed in my head and made their way to my stomach. But the second we saw her in the airport those feelings were gone and replaced by such positivity that overtook me. We hugged like we had known each other our whole lives and chatted casually the whole two hours home. Once we got back to our house in Manhattan she seemlessly shuffled to the piano to serenade us all, laughed along loudly at dinner, and unpacked her belongings. On Friday night my room that I once thought was sort of large became a little bit smaller, but it was absolutely worth the trade for the sister and friend I received.
about this school and who cares if I get a D in chemistry” year. Your talents are too valuable and your application skills too large to be thrown away by a skewed sense of purpose. Set some goals and strive daily to reach those. You’ll be amazed at the attitude adjustment you go through. Make today count. I hope nothing but the best for all of you this year. And on behalf of The Mentor staff, let me extend you a warm welcome back! Now, go get ‘em!
the Mentor staff Editor-in - Chief/Tren din g Editor- Liz Logback N ews Editor- Maddie Ross O pinion s Editor/Con ten t Man ager- Sarah Shi En tertain m en t Editor- Dheepthi Perumal S p orts Editor- Nick Bandy Feat ures Editor- Connor Bliss
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Cross country ready for season Dheepthi Perumal Entertainment Editor Number 241 might not ring a bell, but for senior Alaina Schroeder, preparing for her third year on the Manhattan High cross country team, that was her race number in the 33rd annual Topeka Tinman Sprint Course Triathlon. She was one of several members of the cross country team who did more than just running to prepare for the upcoming season. Many runners went outside of the box with triathlons, running camps and local races over the summer. Schroeder’s triathlon consisted of swimming 500 meters, biking 14 miles, and ending the race with a 5k. ”It was an experience I would never forget,” Schroeder, who has placed first in many cross country races, said. “It was weird because I didn’t really care about my time, when I always did for my cross country races.” Schroeder finished the race with a time of 1:17:54 and is planning on competing again this month in the Manhattan Triathlon. MHS Cross Country boys also did some-
thing new by going to KU Cross Country and Track running Camp for a week over the summer. With six boys going along with head coach Susan Melgares, the camp was educational for all of them. “I learned a lot of educational stuff about cross country that I didn’t know about,” junior Isaiah Koppes said. “And learning everything from a Division 1 coach was very interesting.” The boys did drills, ran, and had fun and bonded. “It was really good experience for the boys and for myself,” Melgares said. MHS Cross Country team also had their usual summer conditioning, with 30 runners showing up almost everyday and others running on their own. Many have been participating in Road Warriors, a goal that has a set number of miles runners have to complete over the course of the summer. Even with the coaches of team have set goals for themselves, such as coach Kory Cool breaking 15 minutes for his 5k with a time of 14:45. Along with Road Warriors, many boys ran in local races like Brew 2 shoes and the Fourth of July run.
“As a team this year we are going to bond more,” Junior Megan Ochoa said. The team will have their first time trial of the Aug. 24 and will also choose the captains of the team on the first practice. As a team the coaches and runners have set personal and team goals with adjusting everyday workouts and setting a team goal of placing higher or even winning at state this year. “As a coach I just want to see individual improvement across the board,” Melgares said. “And have some fun at the same time.”
Members of the cross country team go for a summer run. Most runners ran between 200 and 700 miles over the summer to prepare for the season. Michael Melgares, photographer
Alaina Schroeder competes in a 2012 cross country home meet. Schroeder competed in triathlons in the off season. File Photo
Soccer wins Salina tournament Tennis returns State qualifiers Michael Melgares Staff Writer
Coming out of nowhere with a 12-4-1 overall record and placing second in their sub-State division last season, Manhattan High’s boys soccer team had the perfect combination of senior leadership, up-and-coming role players and team chemistry to propel them to success. However, after graduating 12 senior contributors, acquiring a new freshman class and going up against the beast known as Centennial League, this year’s seniors have been becoming leaders by example through their work ethic and determination, which has been contagious to the rest of the team. “The players coming back have really taken control of the workouts over the summer. They have helped the younger players develop to
where they need to be to play at the varsity level,” sophomore Wesley Whitney said. The seniors, having played on last season’s varsity team know that in order to build off their accomplishments from last season, everybody on the team must be fully dedicated to the team’s goals. “Every player has to contribute 100 percent for us to be successful. As seniors and leaders of the team we just need to hold each other accountable for our performances and be willing to correct our mistakes,” senior Peter Maier said. The work ethic displayed by the 2013 boys’ soccer team has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff. In fact, it has been highly appreciated. “We’ve had a lot of commitment and everybody has gotten better. The guys have done cross-fit training and
they’ve played a lot of soccer by their selves too,” head coach Frank Alonso said. “Our job as coaches is easy when you get a group that’s this motivated and this committed to being good. I’d like to say it’s me, but I’d definitely give them all the props.” While the team has been sacrificing time, energy and sleep to reach their goals all summer long, they, of course, made time for one of the most pleasing parts of summer -- vacation. Except, for the MHS soccer boys, there was a twist. “We went many places to compete this summer. Iowa for an Adidas Summer Showcase, Salina for a tournament. We hopped on a charter bus and went to Missouri State for a four-day soccer camp,” sophomore Brandon Religa said. This summer soccer extravaganza featured 35 of the team’s most dedicated
athletes embarking on a seven-hour journey to the campus of Missouri State, where they received advice from a number of Division I college soccer coaches. In addition to this, they went unbeaten at their tournament in Salina, which included teams that the Indians will face during the upcoming season. The Indians are confident that this pre-season success will translate into another strong season in MHS soccer. “I think there is a perception that we’re not going to be as strong as we were last year,” Alonso said. “We’ve got a good program. We may not have gotten to the finish line, but I mean, we are a perennial top 10 program, and we’ll be right there again. We’re really expecting to compete for a regional title, hopefully a sub-state final and also conference,” he said. The Indians will host their first tryouts Aug. 19.
Matt Bandy Staff Writer The girls tennis team returns two key underclassmen in junior Kristin Fraley and sophomore Cathy Lei, the only State qualifiers on the 2012 team. That’s good news for a team that graduated 10 seniors last year and had a coach and player move away. Coach Joyce Allen said the team is raising its expectations and setting higher goals for the new season, after finishing sixth in Centennial League and ending with a J.V. league finish in seventh. “I wish we would have done better. We came really,
really close [to qualifying more at State],” head coach Joyce Allen said. The team has not practiced or competed together since last season due to regulations, but practices will start Monday. “I can’t do much with them as a team” in the off season, Allen said. “There are certain rules within the high school athletic association.” She did, however, encourage them to go to camps and tournaments. Rebuilding the team is the main focus right now. The first varsity meet will be a duel at Topeka High on Sept. 2 and the first J.V. tournament is scheduled at Emporia on Aug. 29.
Golfer earns trip to The Tour Championship Nick Bandy Sports Editor Turn on your TV in late September to The Tour Championship and you may see Manhattan High senior Hannah Devane in the crowds. While she may not be playing there yet, Devane, who is the captain of the MHS girls golf team, will be watching the prestigious golf tournament courtesy of Coca-Cola. Devane is an eagle level participant at the First Tee of Manhattan. The First Tee is a summer program that Dev-
ane has been doing for many years, and she was already at the eagle level when she moved to Manhattan from Kansas City four years ago. “It’s a golf program that teaches you the game of golf and life skills,” Devane said. In addition to meeting twice a week over the summer to work on those skills, the First Tee also connects students with academies and scholarships. During the summer the First Tee of Manhattan executive director Bernie Haney decided to enter Hannah into the CocaCola America’s Future con-
Golfers compete across Kansas John Rockey Staff Writer Summer was a chance for golfers to take part in tournaments in Manhattan and elsewhere. Beyond tournaments, the players found time to practice individually until the team comes together for the season next week. Returning varsity golfers Kylie and Kelsey McCarthy, juniors, competed with each other in tournaments including the Manhattan Junior Series and then the Kansas Junior Golfing Association tournaments in Emporia, Lawrence, and Hutchinson. Whether practicing or competing with one another, they both enjoyed the
otherwise pleasant summer weather. “I most enjoy meeting other girls from across Kansas,” Kylie said. “It’s so much fun getting to know them and also see girls from previous summer tournaments” Senior Amy Levin competed in different golfing charities for Manhattan Catholic Schools and participated in the golf team’s golf-a-thon over the summer. “I’ve been playing golf since freshman year, so it’s kind of bittersweet knowing it’s my last year,” Levin said. The varsity team will begin the season on Aug. 26 at Shawnee Heights and then the J.V. play at home against Clay Center the next day.
test. “She’s one of our shining stars here at the first tee of Manhattan and we wanted to reward her with that opportunity,” Haney said. So Devane submitted an application that included her golf skills, activities, leadership skills and community service. Then she wrote an essay on her community involvement. Out of the 43 First Tee members that applied, Devane was selected as one of five semifinalists that come from anywhere from New York City to Houston.
“There are over two hundred chapters worldwide in the First Tee network,” Haney said. “There’s more than just the 43 applicants, millions of youth are in the First Tee program and she was one of five that were chosen.” The five semifinalists will travel to Atlanta in September, where they will tour the Coca-Cola headquarters and watch The Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club. Then it’s down to business as they will each have their final interview with the First Tee board of directors.
Football hungry for new heights Alan Brown Staff Writer “Our goal at Manhattan is the same every year, and that’s to win a state championship.” For junior linebacker Luke Stegeman and the Manhattan High school football team, the focus for the season remains consistent year in and year out. “If we maintain that high level of intensity, I think we can compete with any team,” Stegeman said. Last fall, the Indians won most of their games and cruised through the regular season. But it was the first season that MHS had ever lost a regular season game under the leadership of head coach Joe Schartz. Though the team did qualify for the playoffs, their postseason was short-lived, resulting in a blowout loss to Dodge City at home. The losses left the team hungry and further
motivated them to achieve greater heights this season. Over the summer, the team attended a camp in Pittsburg, participating in padded practices, conditioning drills and weight lifting. The team will also lift together nearly every day during the school year. “All of these activities force us to bond with each other,” Stegeman said, “They are very physically and also mentally taxing, just like a football game. If the hard work we put in during the offseason fully translates to this fall, we’ll be well-prepared.” Matchups against Wichita West, Washburn Rural, and Junction City appear to be the main highlights this season. “Our team goals are fairly simple and start taking the season one game at a time,” said Prockish. “[We are] not looking past certain opponents.”
“They look at mostly at the interview, but they also consider how you act the other days in Atlanta,” Devane said. The winner will get a $5,000 scholarship and the other semifinalists will each get $1,000 scholarships. “I think a big part of Hannah is she’s not only an exceptional student and person but I think a big part of it is she’s very active in her community,” Haney said. With a lot of money on the line, Devane is hoping all her school and community work will pay off, and she is also
preparing for the big day by practicing her interview skills. “I’m doing mock interviews with my First Tee coaches and with people I’ve never met,” Devane said. Even if she doesn’t win, it will still be a memorable experience to be selected as a semifinalist and take a trip to Atlanta. “We were all very excited for her but I think whether she got accepted or not she has a good head on her shoulders and was just excited to go through the application process,” Haney said.
Volleyball looking for League title Kennedy Felice Copy Editor The Manhattan High School volleyball team has begun preparing for the upcoming season by consistently practicing and focusing on maintaining the close bond of a team. “The mentality we’ve been using is to simply work hard and play as one team,” senior Lauren Goralczyk said. With conditioning and summer practices, the girls were busy ensuring the team would return at the peak of their performance. “We haven’t spent the summer just focusing on ourselves as players. It’s really been about building the entire team up and taking us to the next level,” senior Michaela Braun said.
The team also participated in multiple tournaments and camps to further improve themselves as athletes. “All the girls have been getting stronger and working very hard all summer. I think we’re ready,” senior Jessie Kujawa said. This season, the Lady Indians have their eyes on winning Centennial League and bringing home a State title. “All the seniors feel like because it’s our last year, and last chance to leave a mark, we want to try even harder to meet our goals,” Kujawa said. On Sept. 7 the varsity team will travel to Olathe South to play their season opener, while J.V. will compete against Junction City and Seaman at home on Sept. 12.
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Your guide to West Campus Dheepthi Perumal Entertainment Editor
Weight Room :
Only go here if you want to see sweaty boys...
The only place to go with a breeze, when the cafeteria has no seats left to fill.
Senior Stairs :
Holloway’s Office :
If you are not a senior never touch The Stairs. Like ever.
Where you go if you get the dreaded pink slip.
For juniors and seniors this is where you go to skip class... with a pass, of course.
Faces of MHS:
A quiet place to study and get last night’s homework done.
There are 1612 lockers at the MHS West campus alone; 325 are not owned by any MHS students.
Incoming fears of the freshmen Kennedy Felice Copy Editor Freshman year is a time of learning, changing and awkward experiences for every student who is just beginning their high school career. “It’s always exciting to start at a new school, but this year, everything is so much bigger. Between classes and the building, it can all be kind of intimidating,” freshman Serena Nyswonger said. The building isn’t the only cause of fear; the people walking the halls are another source of concern. “I’m just afraid of meeting people who are mean. I’m just a nice kid who wants to have a good year surrounded
by good people,” freshman Isaac Sorell said. Though students may have to wait and see how their peers will behave, the staff at the east campus are ready to help them begin transitioning into high school. “I’ve only heard good things about the teachers. I’m not afraid of them right now, but I am nervous to get to know them and see how they are,” Nyswonger said. Though admitting fear can be hard to accept, every year, students find a way to survive as a freshman. “I wasn’t necessarily scared, but nervous. You really start to grow up freshman year, which can be terrifying, but it’s good to re-
ally start finding out who you are,” senior Madison Long said But with time comes the confidence to overcome freshman fears and realize what high school is truly about. “Somewhere during freshman year, I finally realized there is nothing to be afraid of. You embarrass yourself? Who cares? In 10 years nobody is going to remember that ‘one time,’” senior Tori Matta said. “You just have to enjoy your time and the people who are here and stop worrying so much about what other people think. Life is so much easier that way.”
Students take advantage of summer opportunities Connor Bliss features editor Students at Manhattan High School took this summer as an opportunity to gain new experiences. This summer Junior Gage Benne took a four-hour trip to Hoxie, a small town in western Kansas, with a group of more than 50 from St. Thomas More and Seven Dolors for Prayer and Action. Prayer and Action is a mission trip focused on serving the local diocese. While down in Hoxie, the
group painted, cleaned, did yard work and other work for the local community. “From painting a two story house to the simple act of mowing a lawn, (the community was) immensely thankful,” Benne said. “Collatio every night is always a blast: singing songs, telling stories and skits.” Every year Manhattan High holds their band camp to prepare for the upcoming year. This summer, sophomore Colt Joyce attended four different band camps. The first camp he went to was a specific drumline camp
at Kansas State University, which was only a half a day long. Later in the summer was the KSU band camp, which lasted a whole week and focused on concert band skills. Joyce also practiced his concert band skills at the Leadership and Auxiliary camp, which was also hosted at KSU. He finished his summer off with the MHS band camp. “My favorite was the MHS marching band camp because I already was friends with a lot of the people there,” Joyce said.
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