Manhattan High School Volume 101 Issue 23 April 22, 2014
Youth Impacting Community hosts youth service day Tracy Le Graphic Editor The sun was already shining brightly as students arrived at Manhattan High at 9 a.m. Saturday. Adult volunteers were quick to divide them into groups and fill their hands with trash bags and tools. A few moments of instruction prepped the teams, and then they were off for their day clearing the trails of trash and over-
growth. Every year, Youth Impacting Community and other volunteers make their way to the bike trails by Sunset Zoo to clean up the area. Last Saturday, many MHS students did just that. For most, the work day went from 9 a.m. all the way to 3 p.m. but was well worth it. “I think it’s very important,” senior Pilar Dritz said. “I mean, it’s our community, we can help make it better
MHS lands spot on Washington Post list Danielle Cook Copy Editor For the sixth consecutive year, Manhattan High School has been honored as a selection on The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list. The honor of a place on the list is given to U.S. school’s whose AP programs go above and beyond, administering College Board Exams to the most students in the nation. MHS Advanced Placement Coordinator Bev Fink, along with the school’s AP teachers and administration, has worked hard to keep Manhattan High’s AP program on the radar of See Washington Post page 5
and it’s a great way to get service hours.” Dritz joined YIC her sophomore year at MHS and has loved being a part of the club ever since. ”I really like this club because we are very active,” she said. “We do a lot of projects and we do our own volunteer projects throughout the year so we’re giving back in different ways.” Fellow member of YIC, senior Christine Shiau agrees.
”It’s one of the few clubs outside of school that actually is really involved with the community,” Shiau said. “I feel like we do a lot because people who are a part of it actually care and put a lot of effort into things that we do.” President and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation Vern Henricks sees YIC as a great opportunity for students. “They [YIC] raise some of their own money, they do
service projects, they make grant decisions on how much they would like to distribute to some nonprofit organizations that request support, so it gives them an opportunity to experience the foundation world in a small way, but yet they get to go through the steps to raise money and grant it out,” Henricks said. “They’re able to identity the greatest needs in the community so individuals who donate money know that
their money is being used in the most productive way.” The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation created YIC in 2002 and has since provided opportunities for teenagers to give back to their community. ”It’s very rewarding,” Henricks said. “Not only as a part of the Community Foundation, but it’s very rewarding as a citizen of Manhattan to know that we live in a community that cares so much.”
NHS prepares for induction Gage Benne Staff Writer National Honor Society is preparing to conduct dozens of students into the society on April 28. Even more vital to the club’s future, NHS is accepting applications for 2014 officer positions. Last year, seven students ran for president, a coveted position for such a large club like NHS. Current senior Marlee Evans ended up be-
ing elected, mapping out a future for NHS more focused on volunteer work and service hours. “Next year I definitely want to let the members have more input on what they want to do for service projects so that they will be excited to do them,” Evans said after being elected. Delivering on that promise, this year NHS has really intensified its efforts on volunteering. The club now
revolves around a point system, with each service project gaining anywhere from two to 20 points. The club offered tutoring at Marlatt Elementary, ushering at performances at McCain Auditorium, and many others. “My hopes for this year were to kind of change the attitude about NHS, cause everybody seems to hate it.” Evans said. “I don’t know that I’ve super-succeeded, but I’ve really tried. I have
gotten some new things in there, and some different things , we had a new advisor this year as well, so that kind of changed it up a bit. I think we took a really important first step in making NHS better but we still have a long way to go.” The president this year helped institute the point system, helping students to get involved, it gives members of See NHS page 5
Students attend Landon Lecture at KSU Madeline Marshall Staff Writer
Former national security adviser for President Barack Obama Thomas Donilon addresses the audience as he discusses American Declinism during the Landon Lecture Series at Kansas State University last week. Alan Brown, Photographer
This past Tuesday former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, Thomas Donilon, took the stage to discuss American Declinism in the Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues at Kansas State University. Manhattan High School students attended the series as part of various extracurricular activities. Three to five of the country’s leading personalities appear on the Landon Lecture platform each school year. Now seen as one of the most prestigious college lecture series in the country, it was
formed in 1966 by former K-State president James A. McCain -- namesake of McCain Auditorium. Almost 50 years later, the tradition is still alive and strong. “I liked the content, and the guy had a lot of analysis on his stance, rather than the flashy thirty second quips you see on the news,” said junior Trevor Bashaw. Donilon’s lecture took a very optimistic view on the American situation, but it certainly struck a chord with many of the audience members. “He was definitely thorough in his explanations,” junior Peter Sang said. “I have an interest in international
relations so it was definitely interesting and relevant.” The topic of the debate, as well as the focus of the Qand-A session afterwards, were seen as very valuable to many debate team members who attended. “The whole thing did a whole bunch of synthesizing that I can apply in debate,” Bashaw said. “Like, half of debates come down to how can America maintain its hegemony over the rest of the world. Getting the speaker's opinions on the issue was really helpful.” “Debate utilizes a lot of arguments about US leadSee Landon Lecture page 5
IPS recognizes annual essay contest winners Danielle Cook Copy Editor Four Manhattan High students are being recognized by Little Apple Optimist Club and MHS’s Interpersonal Skills class through the annual essay contest about their experiences of being involved in the IPS class. The scholarship competition is one of many ways Op-
timist Club joins IPS in doing services that help to create a bright, well-rounded Manhattan This year, two IPS mentors, seniors Lane Sorell and Liz Logback, and two IPS mentees, seniors Kasey Morris and Mallory Morris, were selected by a judging panel of 11 Optimist Club members as the winners of $500 scholarships and $50 gift cards for their personal essays.
Sorell, who plans to send his scholarship money toward attending Kansas State University, said, “I was flattered to have won, but I really wasn’t expecting it.” For Logback, who also plans for her scholarship money to go toward attending K-State, winning the essay contest also came as a surprise. “It was super humbling
to receive the scholarship. I was not expecting it at all,” Logback said. Logback explained that for her, though, writing an essay about her experiences in IPS was about so much more than just earning some money for college. “It was special to get the money, but it was more special to get to share my experiences with my IPS family and
to celebrate a great year,” Logback said. Sorell also felt that sharing his experiences was rewarding. “IPS taught me a lot -- if you put enough love and energy into your life, you’ll get a lot of that back from people,” Sorell said. IPS teacher Barb Crooks expressed her joy for the contest winners.
“We’ve been involved with the Optimist Club for a long time, so it’s nice to see the opportunities they give to the students go into effect,” Crooks said. “It’s obvious to us that they [Sorell and Logback] care a lot about IPS and about issues bigger than just this school.”
Cadavers provide unique learning Spanish Club shakes their hips opportunity for MHS students Alan Brown Multimedia Editor
Joseph Sell Staff Writer Dead bodies inspire The human body is an amazing thing, and teacher Patrick Lamb teaches that to all of his anatomy students. On Friday his students and members of the Medical Explorers club he sponsors got real-world experience studying the human body with a visit to the Kansas State University cadaver dissection lab. “It was a very good experience for people who want
to be in the medical career,” sophomore Cristina Oropesa said. The trip was something that Lamb used to do every year with his anatomy class until they closed the lab off for a time. “I think they have four cadavers, but we got to see three,” Lamb said. “Also we saw different organs that they had taken out that had various things like the hearts had valves replaced or bypasses.” The cadavers had many different procedures done
on them to show and educate the K-State students, as well as the students who got to visit the lab Friday. “It’s always pretty much the same. I don’t just take anybody. All the students I take took Accelerated Anatomy and Physiology, so you don’t remember all the details especially after this many months, but they’re serious students, so it’s not sort of a sensational thing, but it’s there to learn,” Lamb said. The fact that Lamb keeps See Cadavers page 5
¡Bailar! Influenced by Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures, salsa dancing has become a major cultural symbol of Latin America. Last Wednesday, a professional dance instructor volunteered to teach the dance to members of the Manhattan High Spanish Club. The event was considered a hit. “We were looking for something fun to do that was also cultural and would be new for a lot of people,” senior co-president Jonathan Turnley said. “I think it went
well. I had a good time.” “I had a fun time going out there and dancing with my fellow classmates,” sophomore Darien Stokes said. “The instructor was cool. She was a good dancer.” During the meeting, the club also announced that it was seeking officers for next year. Members that were interested in being selected for a position received applications. On these sheets were questions that asked applicants to choose their preferred position and to write a short paragraph about why they will be suited for the task. Final decisions will be made by current club officers
and advisors. Announcements will be made later this spring. “We are looking for someone that is responsible and can help us organize all the student members,” club advisor Lindsey Clark said. Sophomore Jake Bussmann hopes to be selected as an officer next year. Like many in the club, he is interested in Spanish culture and would like to become more involved. For him, earning the title of an officer would be an opportunity to share his knowledge with others. See Spanish Club page 5
BPA offers scholarship opportunity to members Jared Gebhardt Entertainment Editor Past and current graduating members of Business Professionals of America are up for a scholarship opportunity. The Kevin Coffey Memorial BPA Scholarship is available to any graduating senior who is currently par-
ticipating in BPA. The purpose of the scholarship is to memorialize and honor former BPA member, and Manhattan High School graduate, Kevin Coffey. This will be the first year this scholarship will be offered to students, and so far it’s receiving positive support. “I think it’s a wonderful
thing. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for our seniors here at the high school,” business teacher Tiffany Anderson said. The student who is awarded the scholarship will receive $1,000 paid directly to the post-secondary school of choice to cover tuition expenses and other related
fees. To be eligible for this scholarship students must be graduating seniors at MHS, served a minimum of one year in BPA and received an MHS business teacher’s recommendation. “Each student can ask one business teacher for a letter of recommendation, so I would imagine everybody
would pick the teacher they had [class with] the most or that they maybe felt the most connection to,” Anderson said. Among the students applying for the scholarship is senior Jerry Sextro. Sextro has been a member of BPA since his sophomore year and is currently part of a
team heading to the BPA national competition later this year in Indianapolis. “I just thought I’d take advantage of it because it’s $1,000,” Sextro said. “I think I’d be pretty good to be getting the scholarship because there may be three people See BPA page 5
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Don’t share acts of Embrace diversity, violence through don’t shun it social media The editorial is a compilation from a discussion held by the Editorial board. It’s known that social media is a source of good and bad, but how far should school officials use social media for violent incidents like the ones Shawnee Heights have had this year? While we like to use social media and we discourage censoring people’s use of it, we draw the line at using social media to share acts of violence within the school. Recently, social media videos streaming violent incidents at Shawnee Heights have made their way through the school and the Shawnee community. So far, the school district has witnessed 22 violent incidents that have led to 10 expulsions or suspensions, which is more
than in years past. To worsen matters, some of these violent actions have been posted on YouTube. The school district officials, and those in the community, have started to wonder whether the public viewing of violent incidents have sparked an increase in the violence. While these videos have blackened the reputation of the school district, they also provided a concrete base of evidence of the violent incidents for school officials; it’s a double-edged sword. The question then is: should school officials condone or condemn the public display of these violents acts through social media? Our editorial staff believes while the videos can help school officials pick out the culprits, those videos should
not be allowed on social media. If a student happens to record the incident, they should not post the video for public consumption but instead send it straight to the school administration. If this trend continues, students might start posting these videos for the wrong reasons, such as a hope of social media popularity. However, students should be wary of the possible consequences of uploading certain content on social media. Even if you aren’t explicitly participating in the actions done in the video, sharing the media can cause problems as well. To be safe, posting or sharing content that contains violent incidents at school should not be encouraged by students. If you’d like to listen to the discussion that led to this article, visit www.mhsmentor.com
Show a little love back to Earth Sammi Grieger Guest Columnist Happy Earth Day to You! Happy Earth Day everyone! And Happy Earth Day, Earth! Obviously, we are all ecstatic that spring has finally rolled around. I know everyone of you is budding with excitement as the sun comes up earlier every morning, the tulips begin to blossom, the loud thunder begins to boom and our nasty shriveled dry winter skin is beginning to shed into slightly less dry, shinier coats. Who doesn’t love spring? Even if you like winter, when spring arrives it’s like Aslan saving Narnia from the eternal Christmas-less winter. So, take into consideration how much you love spring… and the reason why you love it. Spring, the seasons, the weather, the amazing lightning shows, budding trees, tanned skin, swimming, or those hazy mysterious fogs are all possible thanks to our earth. Our world. We would have nothing without nature, we wouldn’t be alive! Therefore, since it is the Day of the Earth, I thought of some loving ideas if you ever want to show the world how thankful you are for its beautiful and glorious creations. What is a better way to say thank you for sustaining our lives, than showing a little love in return? 1. Recycle: (duh, I know… but here may be something new you didn’t know) If you
can’t seem to get all the way over to Howie’s, check out K-State’s Recycling center. It’s close by and convenient! Also, the struggle of annoying yogurt containers has finally ended. Howie’s can now recycle #5 plastic! And if you are stumped on what to do with old light bulbs, take them to Home Depot for recycling (unless they are fluorescent). 2. Microfiber cloths: If you like cleaning glass, try moving away from glass cleaner and paper towels. The chemicals and waste of paper aren’t efficient. But microfiber cloths moistened with a little water clean glass better than any product I have ever used. There are even $1 cloths available at Staples here in town. 3. Walk or bike! Not driving your car around will say thank you to the earth big time. Walking and biking whenever you can, once this lovely weather sets in, are huge ways to treat the earth nicely and enjoy it. If walking/biking to and from school right now is too much of feat, maybe keep it in mind for when you’re at college. While living on campus, walk as much possible. (It’ll save you money too!) 4. Thrift shopping…it’s the way to go. Wearing used clothes is a really classy and nice way to recycle. And so fun! Shopping at Goodwill, Rockstar & Roger or Grand ‘Ol Trunk are the coolest retail adventures I have ever had. And it can be a confi-
dence booster. If you find an amazing article of clothing for just three bucks, well… it feels really good. I made a goal this year to buy no new clothes, and I have really enjoyed it. Join in the fun of reusing with me! 5. Unplug your chargers or any electronic devices when done using them. This really saves energy. Plus, since our parents pay the electrical bill, maybe if we save them money now, they will help buy us those college books next year…just a hunch. 6. Throw away any trash you see. Even if it isn’t yours, just toss it. Two seconds could really pay off later. 7. Cold showers! I’ve learned in the summer to either count the swimming pool as my cleanser, or after a long day in the hot sun, to take a cold shower. Using less hot water is quick way to save energy. And it’s actually surprisingly refreshing. I love cold water streaming down my face; it’s like being under a waterfall in the Amazon jungle. These seven simple ideas are just the tip of the iceberg of things that you can do to love our Earth. I just wanted you all to know how beautiful this place is, and how blessed we are! If you feel the urge today to love on our earth, go for it! And know how happy you are making it; those birds don’t sing for nothing! Happy Earth day! Go outside. Graphic by Tracy Le
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What happened to the phrase “let freedom ring?” Our ancestors came to America to escape prejudice, start a new life and to seek new opportunities. People in this day and age who come to our country are still doing exactly that, so why is it that we feel the need to call them aliens and look down on them in disgust? Technically, we are a nation of immigrants. Immigration is not hurting the “American Experiment,” for we still have our individual rights and freedoms. Immigrants provide business connections to world markets, allowing America to profit in the global economy. Our economy is somewhat
reliant on immigrants in the fact that producers have to adapt to constantly changing consumer demands. The people who come to America from other countries not only improve our influence on the world, but they also help to enhance our culture. Culture has always fascinated me. I have always wanted to travel the world and indulge myself in the culture of other countries. If I don’t get the opportunity to actually go to other countries, I could just go introduce myself to the Arabic family who lives down the street or learn all about the culture of the family next door who moved here from Germany. My point is that there is already so much diversity in America and we should be embracing it, not shunning it. Immigrants can’t be blamed for causing overpopulation, either, because the world is ever-growing. There will always be an increase of people in America, whether immigrants move here or not. America’s annual population growth of one percent is below our average growth
Loss changes views Connor Bliss
In a black box in my house lies ashes that used to be my grandpa. Death was an issue that previously was not part of my life, but this year it has taken front stage. I’ve never really had any emotions attached to death before. It’s always been something foreign. I’ve always been on the outside looking in with sympathy. Last week, I lost my grandpa, which was incredibly emotional. Not too long before that, I lost my newspaper co-worker, Naomi McClendon. These deaths gave me new perspective on everything.
Some things seem meaningless and trivial while others, which held little significance before, now mean so much more. For instance, material items that I strived to earn money for, previously now fit one of two extremes -- either sentimental keepsakes or just cheap plastic taking up space. Television, which was always something I enjoyed but saw only as a form of entertainment, was a much-needed distraction and “Arrested Development” was something that flooded my wee brain with laughs. People’s attitude and their perspectives on life became my main focus on them. Self obsession is something our generation struggles with probably due to reality television where the rich and untalented get to be famous. I started noticing this more and more in certain people’s personality. It felt very weird to live in a world of pain and sorrow, but they were all
holding mirrors so that all they could see was themselves. While I noticed the flaws, people’s love also came pouring out as cards overfilled the mailbox and summer sausage overfilled my stomach. People went out of their way to help in all ways imaginable. Naomi’s death was very public and there was an outcry on social media of condolences, but with my grandpa’s it was a polar opposite, of radio silence. It felt so much more personal to process it with words and thoughts than with 140 characters. Even I took part in the first round of social media mourning but it all felt like meaningless shouts into the dark that received five favorites. My moments of loss really changed how I saw everything and it’s starting a whole new chapter in my life where nothing I ever do will be seen with the same eyes.
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rate of the last century. Without immigration, our labor force would drastically decrease. The most diverse gathering of races and ethnicities from across the world is living in one place. That place is right here in the United States. This is the country where almost everyone’s ancestors came from somewhere else, so we have no room to judge someone for wanting to start a new life here. The people who are forced to leave their country have the drive to stand on their own somewhere new. They bring with them a sense of cultural wisdom, and that is what helps enrich America. If you take the time to look, it’s not very hard to see the different cultures in the “melting pot” we call America. By realizing that other cultures that come into our country actually benefit us, maybe we can be less judgemental about someone not being “American.” Because in reality, everyone here is exactly the same.
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‘Bus Stop’ wows audiences Maddie Ross News Editor Manhattan High School’s drama department debuted this year’s spring play “Bus Stop” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The play was a whirlwind of a snowstorm, diner food, romance and talent. The small cast brought big personality to the characters they played, which ultimately kept the audience laughing along with the comedic nature of the play. “I think it was really well received,” junior Thom Billam said. “The energy from the audience was really great. It kept us going.” “Bus Stop” was written by William Inge, who is considered one of the greatest Kansan playwrights of our time. “Bus Stop” opened on Broadway in March of 1955 and closed in April of 1956. During its year on the big stage, “Bus Stop” ran a total of 478 performances and was nominated for four Tony awards in 1956. The play is set at a diner in between To-
peka and Kansas City in the 1950s when a snowstorm threatens the progress of a number of travelers as they are left stranded in the diner overnight. The cast has been working hard since the beginning of March to prepare for these performances. “A lot of work went into it,” Billam said. “We were here until at least fairly late every night in preparation.” Besides the obvious preparation of lines in staging, there are numerous other things that go into such a production. With the organization of props, lighting, a set, stage makeup and other things, there is much more that goes on than what meets the eye. Overall the work was considered well worth it, creating a positive experience for cast members and audiences alike. “Overall it was one of the most fun things I have done in a long time,” Billam said.
Junior John DaBeck makes a failed attempting at wooing Sophomore Toula Sweeny during the performance of “Bus Stop.” DaBeck played the role of a rancher whose constant advances at Sweeny’s character are rejected through most of the play. John Rockey, photographer
MHS choir, orchestra make high marks during Lawrence trip Madeline Marshall Staff Writer Manhattan High Choirs and Orchestras once again left an audience in awe this past Thursday at the State Large Ensemble competition in Lawrence. After a bus ride filled with movies, card games and chatter, the four busloads of Manhattan kids entered the competition and prepared to perform. Choir director Chad Pape and orchestra director Nate McClendon took more than 168 students. “KSHSAA [Kansas State High School Activities Association], who also oversees all official athletics and activities in the state, puts together music events as well,” Pape said. “They put together a couple of weekends in April for small groups, like 24 or less, and then there’s one day a year where they put together a big festival for big groups, which are 25 or more.”
The students sang and performed at a State level and competed against 5A and 6A schools from all around Kansas. The judges gave them feedback over their music and rated them on a scale, 1 being outstanding and 5 being a “disaster,” according to Pape. The students were awarded plaques as a group if they did well, instead of receiving individual awards. The Chamber Choir and Orchestra both received division 1 rankings and the Mixed Choir and Symphonic Orchestra each earned a division 2 ranking. “I think it’s cool. I don’t think we needed the confirmation, but I think it’s really awesome that we got a one,” senior chamber choir member Emmanuel Hardy said. “We did really well and the hall made it sound even better. After we sang the last chord it echoed throughout the whole hall and it was amazing.” “It [getting a 1] makes me
Harmon’s return brings ‘Community’ back together Connor Bliss
Last year I managed to convince myself that “Community” was not that bad without showrunner Dan Harmon, but my willpower fell out after a couple episodes as I stopped watching. However, this season it returned to one of the best shows in televisions with Harmon’s return. Last season was a wreck that could’ve been hard to recover from but “Community” brushed it off, referring to it as ‘the year of the gas leak,’ and the series did continue one of the only good storylines from the previous year. This was to be expected after Harmon compared season four to “...watching his family get raped on a beach.” This was the season of reclaiming Greendale after the characters had moved on and it had been besmirched in our minds after the previous season. The show worked around this in interesting ways, with Jeff Winger returning as a teacher and the rest of the cast as part of the Save Greendale Committee. Logically, it wouldn’t make sense to return as students but it allowed for the comedy and story to go in different directions, while dealing
with the new positions the gang were put in. Also Donald Glover, who played Troy, was moving on to pursue his own show and his rap career as Childish Gambino. It’s these limitations along with a shorter season of only 13 episodes that made the season incredibly dense where every other episode had an important plot point. The season made some of the more throwaway episodes to the plot more forgettable. This season certainly had an all-star team of guests with Nathan Fillion, David Cross, Mitchell Hurwitz and Questlove. “Community” has had its fair share of guest stars but this year they really brought it and many of them played a key part in the episodes. It really is a show for those who love television with Hurwitz, the creator of “Arrested Development,” and Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad.” One of the few stumbling blocks this season was how the show struggled at moments with its overly-referential style. For instance, one of the episodes was animated in the style of “G.I. Joe.” It wasn’t necessarily a bad episode but it wasn’t really something I connected with. While it was still funny, it was just before my time. This season of “Community” was a welcome return to what was severely missed before. All signs point to a renewal with NBC’s struggling ratings and maybe “Community” will get that #sixseasonsandamovie.
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very proud of our choir, there are always things to improve, but I do feel we deserved a one,” senior Ben Clark said. “At the same time, I know what I did wrong so it makes me want to improve myself more.” “It was amazing,” McClendon said. “Both groups performed really well.” While the Chamber Choir has been going to this competition for years, it was the first time that the mixed choir was brought and the first time in quite some time that either orchestra competed. “I was particularly happy with the younger group, the symphonic orchestra,” McClendon said. “The symphonic orchestra really had to step up. Because of the circumstances recently I was gone and wasn’t able to work with them on a lot of the stuff that they needed to play for the competition. So they had to prepare music in just a few weeks when in reality
it needed a good six weeks to prepare. So I was really proud to see them step up, they grew up a lot.” The award-winning chamber orchestra also continued to impress. “They’re a really special group and they played like it,” McClendon said. “They were really impressive so that was very cool. They were really excited with how they played and everyone that heard them was excited about how well they played. They’re just a really special group, and they’re also really young so they can only get better.” The competition last week was one of the last Ellie Mankin, as a senior, will sing in her high school career. “I really like most of the pieces we are singing,” Mankin said. “They’re fun to sing and really different, like they’re of contrasting styles. I like that we’ll get to show off different parts of our ensemble.”
Charlotte Benjamin, a junior, has been singing in musicals since she was in fourth grade at the Parks and Recreation in Manhattan. “The contests show us what we need to work on, and it just helps us show off what we can do,” Benjamin said. “Also, there’s a little bit more pressure than having a normal concert because we are getting judged. So it’s nice to have an atmosphere that we are all focused and dedicated and we’re working toward the same goals. It’s fun to join into that together with people.” Other than the excitement of performing, students also enjoyed being in the audience. “I had never heard the orchestra play before, so that was breath-taking,” Clark said. “The other thing is that it’s important for the students to get to hear choirs from other schools when they’re not singing,” Pape said. “So
again, they can start to train their ears and listen to kind of that State level musical standard that we should be teaching too. That’s why it’s a big deal.” “Getting to hear the other groups was great,” Hardy said. “It’s just different from having a normal concert where the audience doesn’t really comprehend what’s happening. It’s a better experience having music educators and music students in the audience that know the amount of work that goes into putting out the quality of product that we do. Getting to sit in the audience and listen to all of the other groups is great. It’s an eye-opener.” The groups got home that evening and were exhausted after a day of music and fun. “It’s tiring, to say the least,” Hardy said. “Doing something like that all day takes a lot out of you. It’s fun, but it’s exhausting.”
Summer Choral Institute provides opportunities beyond school year Retta Lazaris Staff Writer Two of Manhattan High’s own musically inclined have earned their spots in the Kansas State University Summer Chorals Institute. Juniors Trevor Hayden and Willie Michaels received definite spots in the program with Charlotte Benjamin,
also a junior, on standby as an alternate. For 36 years SCI has provided opportunities to 40 top American high school students involved in vocal music to practice their skills. SCI runs June 1-7 at KSU and is filled with activities ranging from piano classes to master classes. The Master Teacher Institute of the Arts
pays expenses for SCI students to stay in the dorms. “The auditions for SCI were in the same week as the summer musical auditions, which is very important to me,” Benjamin said. “It was really hard, but everything worked out and I’m really happy for the one’s who are going.” “Everything about the
program is all scholarships, so its very difficult to get into,” Hayden said. “There’s more to it than just music. There is a lot of leadership that is brought out in the program. You figure that you’re spending a third of your time sleeping, a third of your time working with music and then the rest of the time you’re building friendships.”
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Soccer shuts out both foes over week John Rockey Staff Writer
Sophomore Maddie Taylor attempts to recover the ball against Seaman on Friday. John Rockey, photographer
Swimming tops Seaman, takes first Joseph Sell Staff Writer The girls swim team finished first at the home meet Wednesday, April 16 with a score of 452, topping Seaman who scored a 298. “I think we raced real well,” head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We’re swimming pretty tired right now, we’ve been working pretty hard, so I was pleased with the effort they put in.” Top finishers for the team were senior Alana Bucholtz who took first in the 200-yard individual medley and second in the 50-yard freestyle, senior Emma Bartlett who took first in the 500-yard freestyle, junior Tara Schroller who took first in diving, se-
nior Amanda Buckwalter who took second in the 200yard freestyle and the 100yard freestyle, junior Mariah Scipio who took second in the 200-yard individual medley and third in the 50 yard freestyle, freshman Kelly Wichmann who took second in the 100-yard butterfly and junior Katie Bussmann who took second in the 100-yard breaststroke. The team also finished with first and second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and swept the top three in the 400-yard freestyle relay. “[Placing first and second in my event] feels really good, I mean I tried really hard, so I was happy with my swims,” Bucholtz said. “We saw good time drops
and we also saw a lot of people swimming pretty tired, which is kind of what should be happening right now because we’re swimming kind of hard,” Carpenter said. Bucholtz set a best time in the 200 individual medley. “I struggled a little, but in the end, I think I did okay,” Buckwalter said. “I’m okay with [the results]. You know, you win some you lose some, and so it’s just a learning experience.” “We’re still in the heavy workload phase of our season, so we’re going to keep on racing, keep on trying to do our very best,” Carpenter said. The next meet for the team will be today at Salina South.
UPCOMING MEETS • Today | Salina South Dive Invitational • April 30 | Trinity Academy / Salina Central / Salina South / Junction City / Garden City • May 2 | Manhattan Diving Invitational / Great Bend Invitational • Home meets in bold
The Lady Indians had a revolution when they came back from the previous week’s losses, and it showed as both teams won their games at Emporia last Tuesday, and then again at home against Topeka Seaman. The week brought their season record to 4-4 going into their last month of the season. In Emporia, the team went in having come off of a win and two losses the previous week and also hoping to bring back a few victories. J.V. went in and won with a single goal scored by Brooke Bliss and the Varsity followed with a 6-0 victory to wrap up their day. The next two days consisted of practicing their overall passing and communication skills going into the second half of their season, starting off with a home game last Friday against Seaman. Much of the game provided a test in different roles for athletes like junior goalie
Molly Fiser. “Games like this where I don’t handle the ball a lot, I communicate,” Fiser said. “My job is then to get people organized, get them where they need to be going, and keep them moving.” The J.V. team finished off their game strong with a 4-0 victory, that the players see as an improvement in their game. “I think we enjoyed putting our new practice techniques into the game,” sophomore Adelia CruzBianchi said. Varsity followed with déjà vu, as it won 4-0 to finish off the busy week. “I think it’s a good win. We finished our goals we needed to tonight and we saw good runs and had some good possessions,” senior Par McNair said. The Lady Indians have a week of practice ahead before their next game at Topeka West this Friday.
Baseball splits with Heights Greg Woods Sports Editor Following last weekend’s sweep of Hayden, the Manhattan High School baseball team managed to take one of two games from Shawnee Heights on Friday. Both contests were decided by one run each. The Indians were edged 5-4 in the first and prevailed 7-6 in the finale. The Indians’ 7-6 victory appeared to be under control. Manhattan scored one run in the first and sixth innings and five in the top of the seventh. Despite the deficit, Shawnee Heights came back from being down 7-0 to score six runs. Senior Henry de Noble was able to keep SHHS from plating the tying run, however, and helped MHS to its only victory of the
night. “I thought we did a really good job hitting,” senior Chris Klug said. “We came up with big hits.” The second game came to a controversial end. The Indians took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning. As a TBird batter came to the plate with two runners on first and second, he attempted to lay down a bunt and advance his teammates. After an error by the Indians’ infield, the runners were able to advance to second and third, and the ball made its way to the warning track, allowing all three to score. “The second game was really frustrating,” Klug said. “I thought we earned that win, but we came up short.” The Indians’ next game is today at Junction City.
Tennis takes top spot at first home meet of season Softball falls to Shawnee Louis Melgarejo Staff Writer
Junior Camden Adams returns a serve Tuesday at City Park. Louis Melgarejo, photographer
Manhattan High School boys tennis took first overall at their first home meet April 15 at City Park. There were four teams in attendance: Manhattan, with 11 wins, Junction City, with seven wins, Marysville, with six wins and Highland Park, with zero wins. “We won eleven out of twelve matches and I felt like we did a really good job this meet. I think every time we play we are improving, we find out who plays well with who but mostly we just need to get out there and play,” head coach Joyce Allen said. Manhattan, in total, had six players at the meet. Sophomore Carter Nelson
and senior Jonathan Turnley in doubles went 3-0, junior Justin Gittle and senior Jake Carlson in singles went 2-1, junior Camden Adams in singles went 3-0 and sophomore Bryan Armbrust in singles finished 3-0. “So far I’ve been to two tournaments and this was an easier tournament so the team did pretty well,” Armbrust said. MHS is currently preparing for its next meet on Thursday at Salina South. “Bryce [Easton] was my doubles partner last meet and this meet it was Carter [Nelson]. I enjoyed playing with both of them,” Turnley said. “At this point we’re just trying to figure out what our best combinations are in terms of doubles teams.”
Track competes at KU Relays, breaks records Kennedy Felice Copy Editor Two thousand meters, four sets of hurdles and water rounding off each lap. High schoolers from all across Kansas set themselves up to compete in an event not offered at any other meet they would compete in this season. Senior Nick Bandy competed in steeplechase Friday as part of the KU Relays. "It was the first time I had done something like that so I was definitely a little nervous," Bandy said. "But once I got up there I did what I
needed to, to perform well." Bandy placed eighth overall with a time of 6:57.68, setting a Manhattan High record. His individual event wasn’t the only high-placing race of the day for MHS. The boys 4x1600 team consisting of senior Jack Keeley, junior Isaiah Koppes, junior Josue Alvarado and Bandy finished seventh at 18:27.34. "It's a pretty big regional meet so it is not always easy to place highly but I thought we all competed well and we did get to go against some of the best in the state," senior
Chris Melgares said. Continuing the distance runners trend of dominance, Melgares beat the school record for the 3200m by nearly eight seconds with a time 9:16.86. "It definitely very rewarding. It took a lot of work to get there and being able to watch it pay off with a school record is part of what makes it all worth it," Melgares said. Senior Alaina Schroeder also boasted a fifth place finish in the girls 3200 running 10:55.75. “You don't always feel
completely prepared but you just have to go out there and do your best," Bandy said. The Tribe will host Manhattan's only home Varsity meet of the season Friday at Bishop Stadium. "Everything is kind of a culmination of what we have done throughout high school," Melgares said. "The past three and half, four years, running everyday after school and during the summers, it's feel like it has paid off."
George named new boys basketball head coach Greg Woods Sports Editor On Monday afternoon, former interim Manhattan High School boys basketball coach Benjamin George was named head coach. George and fellow interim head coach Shane Sieben coached the Indians the second half of last season after former head coach Tim Brooks resigned. “I don’t plan any real wholesale changes,” George said. “The foundation of our program is really good, and I want to bring a fresh approach and put my own style
on everything.” Sophomore Gabe Awbrey, a starter on last year’s team, was pleased with the decision. “I’ve always loved Coach George,” Awbrey said. “He’s a great guy and a great coach. [I’m] just ready to get to work.” The 2014-2015 team will return three seniors, among them junior Payton Stephens. Stephens helped the Indians to their 12-9 mark last year and looks forward to his new head coach. “I think it’s a good decision,” Stephens said. “Coach
[George] has been in our program; he knows us. We’ve been around coach; it’s not like we have to start over with a new coach. [George] is really experienced and he’s really excited.” George has been with the MHS basketball program dating back to 2008, beginning as the freshman coach. He worked his way through the J.V. level and is now head Varsity coach. “[George] has a lot of basketball knowledge and a lot of basketball background,” Athletic Director Mike Marsh said. “His father was a
high school, and still continues to be, a high school basketball coach. He’s invested in the classroom and our kids here at school.” The 2014-2015 season schedule has yet to be announced, but George states that he is ready to begin his head coaching stint. “There’s been enough time now, where we know we’re ready to move on and look forward to the future,” George said.
Chris Klug Staff Writer The Indians softball team had a rough week, as they dropped a doubleheader on the road against Rossville and got swept at home last Friday by Shawnee Heights. The Indians struggled to score runs in both doubleheaders, as they scored a total of six runs in the week. Rossville was able to get ahead of the Indians in both games on Tuesday, setting the tone for what would end up being a sweep. The Indians failed to get very many base runners in scoring position and had as many hits in the first game, two, as they had errors. The Indians were able to find more offense in the second game, but three errors added to a big inning for Rossville as they were able to put away Manhattan 7-3. Friday night results were very similar. The Indians fell to a strong Shawnee Heights team twice by scores of 3-1 and 8-2. The first game, senior pitcher Aubrey Jung pitched well enough to win in a full seven inning performance, but fell short due to lack of offense. “We didn’t get the offensive production we needed,”
head coach Scott Mall said. “That is something we need to work on.” The Indians did not fare well in game two either. The Thunderbirds were able to put up runs and take control of the game early, topping the Indians by six runs. After a long week, the Indians are now 1-7 on the year and look to turn things around this week. They are set to face the Junction City Blue Jays tonight at Anneberg Park and go on the road to Topeka West on Friday.
UPCOMING GAMES • Today | Junction City • April 24 | Topeka West • April 29 | Topeka Seaman • May 2 | Emporia • Home games in bold
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK JUNIOR MOLLY FISER
Q: How were you able to keep Seaman and Emporia from scoring? A: My job as goalie is to organize the team by talking. Q: How long have you played soccer? A: I’ve played since I was four years old.
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Earth Club goes all in for Earth Day Kristen Batson Staff Writer Today is Earth Day, marked by people all over the world as they pledge to use less water and electricity to pay tribute to the earth in anyway they can. Manhattan High’s Earth Club is no different. To kick off their celebration, club members and sponsor Katie Hancock tie dyed T-shirts while watching “Dirt! The Movie,” which is a documentary to bring to light the issues the world undergoes with the loss of soil and lack of water. “Earth Day is just an awareness. To me the best thing Earth Club has ever done was just have people sign a pledge to do something different. I think it’s pretty obvious that there are somethings we can do that are pretty easy,” Hancock said. “I’m not going to make you pledge to wear hemp and scratchy fabrics and you’ll have bread and water the rest of your days and stuff like that, but maybe something I do is take long showers and I’m kind of wasteful but I’m going to try and cut that down a little. Just be aware that we’re all here and it [Earth] is really all of our house.” Though she now teaches Atmosphere and Space as well as Geology, she began her career differently. “I worked in conservation so you work with people who are very much scientists and most scientists go to church as
much as the rest of the population. Some of them are like, ‘all that matters is the science’ and some say all that matters is that it [the Earth] is divine but either way, to me, it’s stupid,” Hancock said. “We spend so much time fighting about how it was made and we don't spend anytime taking responsibility for ourselves. Whether its an actual honest to god miracle or it’s just a miraculous set of circumstances that have led to this, it’s pretty awesome, and could we maybe do something to not trash it?” It’s no secret that the Earth isn’t in the best condition. Millions of people live without water and proper soil to grow food. “There's really two different ways to look at it. There are people that are preservationists, and they feel like nothing should be used, like historic preservation. I’m more of the school of thought of conservatism. We can use things, but we need to take care of them,” Hancock said. The movie night wasn’t the end of Earth Club’s recognition of Earth Day, however. Hancock will also be taking club members and Geology students who have an A in her class to The Land Institute in Salina on Friday. “I’m really excited. It’s super cool and nobody even knows about it. I think we’re the first group from Manhattan to ever take a field trip there,” Hancock said. Graphic by Maddie Ross
MHS alum presents on job in big oil Kristen Batson Staff Writer Oil companies are commonly associated with villainous activity, like the duckling covered in black goo from the Dawn dish soap commercial, or farmers being forced off their land. With Earth Day approaching, environmental issues are on the minds of many. But students in Katie Hancock’s geology class were able to hear the other side of the argument from former Manhattan High student Bret Williamson. Though his family lives
in Manhattan, Williamson spends two weeks a month in the very different climate of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. When the winter is a chilly 15 degrees with a windchill of -25 in Kansas, it’s -105 degrees with the windchill on Prudhoe Bay, and averages about 55 degrees there in the summer. Williamson and his team work together drilling three to five miles deep until they reach oil, with about 17,000 gallons a day pumped out. With all this oil coming from one place it may seem like they’d have to spill a pretty
substantial amount annually. But Williamson said that’s not the case. “Alaska is the most regulated place in the world for oil spills. The average American spills more oil in their driveway than we do in a year,” Williamson said. The drilling process he is part of for Neighbor’s Alaska Drilling, is very different from what can commonly be seen happening in Kansas. Instead of just drilling straight down, they drill at an angle and in chaotic squiggles. The average person working for this company,
Seniors Kasey Morris, Liz Logback, Mallory Morris and Lane Sorell enrolled in IPS accept their scholarships from the Optimist club last week. See Page 1 for full story. Courtesy Photo From Spanish Club
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“Learning the language and culture of Spanish speaking nations interests me very much,” Bussmann said. “It is fun to test my Spanishspeaking skills against other students.” Turnley was in a similar situation, working his way up the ladder. After joining as a sophomore, he became involved with several fundraisers and applied to become an officer. Then, with a year of consistent activity, hard work, and a treasurer's position under his belt, Turnley was presented a portion of the club’s most prestigious title: president. Now he is preparing to help decide the group’s future leaders. “We want someone who is going to be dedicated to the club, comes up with good ideas, and makes sure everything goes smoothly,” Turnley said. “Someone who is responsible, but also knows how to have fun.” Spanish Club is wrapping up their schedule. While no major events are on the agenda, the club does hope to have one last lunch meet sometime in the near future. Clark, in her first year as advisor, has enjoyed being part of the organization. “It’s been fun since I went to high school here. I remember Spanish Club but I was actually never a member,” Clark said. “It’s been interesting understanding all of the rules and making sure we are doing things correctly. It’s been fun.”
prestigious institutions, offering, as of this year, 15 AP classes. “The staff deserves the credit for earning this award every year for the past six years. We have a great staff, just wonderful teachers here. They know what they’re doing for sure,” Fink said. “But we must also accredit the students; if they didn’t have the drive to challenge themselves in these AP classes, we wouldn’t be here.” Earning a place on the list, according to Fink, shows off how much effort is put into making MHS’ AP program successful. Principal Greg Hoyt also feels that the award is an honor and is a display in writing of how much effort is put into making MHS a top high school. “It’s a really, really nice award for Manhattan High because it really shows how hard teachers, counselors and especially students work,” Hoyt said. “It also speaks volumes about how well the middle schools in this community prepare students for high school.”
taking students on this field trip is a testament to the value he sees in the experience. “I think it’s excellent. I think it’s better if it’s right after Anatomy where it’s just a really awesome intense review,” Lamb said. “I think we might be able to do it again, except the gentlemen who is doing it, Sam Wilcox, is going to leave next year, so I’m going to have to see if the person who is taking over next year will do it (open the lab) for us next year.”
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with no college education, can make an annual salary of $80-$100,000, but it’s at no small risk. Williamson’s job in particular is well control. He monitors the consistency of the mud that’s being pumped into the hole. If he gets the consistency wrong, the results are fatal. “If I don’t do my job right methane gas starts leaking. When this gas leaks any static electricity will cause an explosion. He dies, she dies, everyone dies,” Williamson said. He joined the field because
he knew there was money to be made, knowing very little about the industry and using all of the things he was taught in high school. “I sat in algebra and said ‘I’m never going to use this’. They tried to teach me about chemicals and reactions and I didn’t care,” Williamson said, “It’s amazing how much I use algebraic equations and how much I know about chemicals now.” Methane isn’t the only danger associated with the drilling process -- there’s always the risk of leaking hydrogen sulfate.
“It will kill a human being in about 45 seconds,” Williamson said. “At first it smells like rotten eggs, then you asphyxiate and you don’t smell anything at all.” Despite the risks, he enjoys his career and thinks the field offers career opportunities for others. “Yeah, it’s a lot of pressure on me and there are a lot of dangers involved but the benefits are good, the pay is good and I’m proud of what we do. I’d recommend joining the field to anyone who wants to make money,” Williamson said.
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ership, economy and international relations, so the speech is most likely going to have a lot of uses,” Sang said. “My partner and I will probably be looking for the transcript to use as evidence.” Overall, the lecture offered a unique opportunity to hear from an important political figure that should definitely be noted. “I think that, in general, more people should look into Landon Lectures, especially if you're interested in current events and such,” Bashaw said. “They're great opportunities to learn from people you would normally never get to hear from.”
NHS a really great chance to give back to the community. “Personally I like the point system,” Evans said. “It provides for more flexibility with volunteering for NHS. I think the ultimate test will be whether they continue it next year.” With the current leaders of National Honor Society, including Evans, ending their career at MHS, it leaves the club and members with a daunting fresh start. “Next year, I have really high hopes because we were learning, Mrs. [Robin] Smith was learning, I was learning,
some things didn’t go exactly as we planned,” Evans said. “I think next year it will go so much smoother, they will be able to do so many more and new things, as well as figure out what members like and don’t like. I’d be very excited if I was a junior.” The elections for National Honor Society are set for April 21. The meeting will decide president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The students running will give speeches where other NHS members have the opportunity to vote for the person who would best fit the job.
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Everything you must do before n o i t a u d ra
Liz Logback Editor-in-Chief Graduation is fast approaching but there is still so much to do. As of today, the seniors have 17 days left. 17 days left to rule the school, 17 days left to kick the locked vending machines and 17 days left to fist bump Holloway. After four years of jammed-packed adventures (may we never forget the terrors of walking 6.2 miles in the mud uphill both ways from Egypt just to get inside our school or the pure joy of dominating Junction City in sporting competitions all these years), we want to insure that your last days at Manhattan High aren’t wasted. So we’ve compiled a “bucket list” of sorts of everything you must do before graduation. This is no time to be slacking off, seniors; now’s the time to live up the last moments of your high school career.
Rage tweet every teacher and student that has ever made you angry and be sure to include #subtweet. That’ll show ‘em.
In a moment of rebellion and true senior style, jump over the cemetery wall and breathe in life. Oh, wait.
RIP Senior Year
Find a hidden place like the corner of a wall or under a library table to write your name and graduation year. That way you can be remembered in 40 years and don’t have to go to all the work of making a time capsule.
In honor of being a member of the 100th graduating class, bring 100 $100 bills to share with 100 of your closest friends.
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Take a trip back to your sophomore English class. Breathe in the glory days of using a locker and adolescent fart jokes. Maybe give the kids some advice on what you’ve learned in high school, the first being to ditch the locker.
15 Adopt a kitten or small dog from the local animal shelter then hide the creature in your backpack and try to initiate Manhattan High’s first ever “Pet Day.”
Have a staring contest with Mr. Hoyt during lunch.
Everybody needs their “High School Musical” moment. Jump on a table, confess the hobby you have been secretly hiding all of these years, then come together with your fellow classmates in celebrating each other’s differences while singing a song that expresses true acceptance of diversity.
Take a good long look at yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself “Is this who I want to be?” Then run before the security guards behind the one-way glass make fun of your angsty teenage moment.
Spend your final days trying to win every senior superlative. Best eyes, best laugh, most likely to become an MHS teacher; you can do it!
Pick a small weed or few blades of grass from the field out back and plant it in a mason jar. Then your pride and love for MHS can keep on growing, even years after you have left.
Rub Mr. Jordan’s head for good luck.
Drive through Taco Bell during open lunch and smile because you know that your lunch-time freedom isn’t an option for all MHS students. Apparently the sophomores aren’t too thrilled about their confinement during the lunch hours.
Go to the top of Manhattan Hill and announce the freedom you’re about to have to the world. “I’M FREE!”
MHS Treat every one of your last days as a spirit day. Pajama Day, ‘80s Day, Favorite Fruit Day and of course the ever-popular “Dress as the Childhood Dream You Have Realized Will Never be a Reality (ballerina, circus clown, Jonas Brothers band member) Day.”
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Go back to parking straight on in Big Lot. The diagonal parking is just plain wasteful. I’m sure your fellow classmates will thank you for efficiently making room for all students to park.
Graduation day! Throw up the deuces and kiss MHS goodbye, this is it seniors.
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