Manhattan High School Volume 101 Issue 25 May. 6, 2013
Forensics team takes first at State Madeline Marshall Staff Writer
The Manhattan High Forensics Team took first at the State Forensics competition in Olathe this past weekend, continuing a long tradition of high-placement (third last year and first the previous
year). The team had high expectations for themselves all year and fulfilling said expectations made their victory even sweeter. “They were very happy about winning but they were also somewhat relieved because when you’re living up to your own expectations it
can be quite nerve-wracking,” Forensics coach Shawn Rafferty said. “So while they were happy that they won, they were also a tad relieved that they were able to accomplish something that one, they thought they could, and two, had been trying accomplish all year. It’s hard to say
we’re going to win all year and then the closer you get to that the harder it is not to buckle under the pressure of the expectation they’d set on themselves.” The team had many individuals who ranked very highly including two students, senior Robert Kobza
and junior Peter Sang, who took first in their events and will move on to the national competition. “It’s a chance to prove how hard we’ve worked all year,” Sang said in reference to their victory. Sang took first in the Foreign Extemporaneous
FFA celebrates Agriculture Day Retta Lazaris Staff Writer Last Wednesday, the Manhattan High FFA chapter celebrated Ag Day by pairing up with various agriculture organizations and FFA chapters from Blue Valley and Riley. Michaela Braun, a senior at MHS, has been in FFA for two years and was one of the FFA members who helped out with Ag Day. “It’s a lot of fun because you get to be with all of the kids,” Braun said. “And show them all about agriculture.” Lou Irwin, part of the Master Gardeners Organization, ran one of the educational stands with her co-workers that talked about anything a third grader would want to hear, pizza. “We are teaching the kids that pizza can be a very healthy meal,” Irwin said. “I think that it’s amazing that children know these ingredients already. They seem to be -- for third graders -- some what knowledgeable about what’s on their pizza.” “Without food, fuel and fiber none of us would be here,” Melissa
Wahl, County Coordinator for the Riley County Farm Bureau, said. “This is our 12th annual Kids Ag Day, that is sponsored by the Riley County Farm Bureau,” Wahl said. “And then we have several other groups that are contributors that help out with the event, as well as the local farmers and vocational ag teachers from the three different area high schools.” According to Wahl, the Riley County Farm Bureau contacted approximately 30 classes, including the local public, Christian and home schools. Third graders from all over Riley County attended Ag Day, including Northview, Riley County, Flint Hills and Olsburg in the morning session, and Flint Hills Christian, Manhattan Catholic, Amanda Arnold, Frank Bergman, Roosevelt, Bluemont and Lee in the afternoon. “We need to educate our students; we need to educate everyone,” Wahl said. “More and more families are removed from the working farm as our society progresses. And it used to be that only one or two generations were See FFA page 5
Speech event. They have been preparing for the competition all year. “You spend the entire week going on every news site and taking all of the articles for your research are from that week and then we See Forensics page 5
Students ready for Girls, Boys State camps Maddie Ross News Editor
Sophmore Kyndall Norris and Senior Michaela Braun hold pigs at their Ag Day festivies and celebration. Rhetta Lazaris, Photographer
Girls and Boys State is designed to give young men and women a distinct responsibility and understanding about their government and community. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the program has given its students first-hand experience on how both state and local governments work since 1935. Every year the Manhattan area strives to send around 15 girls and 15 boys to their respected events. The program is for students who have just completed their junior year. Participants learn how to run a functioning government as they create their own. “Being from Spain, I think this will be a great opportunity for me to learn about and experience America’s system of government,” junior Ana Dominguez said. Girls State is held on the WashSee Boyes, Girls state page 5
Eco-Team takes 10 at Clubs hold elections in preparation for next year State competition Tracy Le Graphics Editor A State placing and medaling in one of the categories were a good start for Manhattan High’s students in the Kansas Envirothon competition. Leaving Manhattan High early last Wednesday, five sophomores made their way to Salina for the competition. “This is the first time in a long time, if at all, that we [MHS] have been involved in the Envirothon,” sponsor Noah Bush said. “It’s a fun group. We had a fun time. We took 10th at State and we medaled in the current issue and so I’m really proud of the kids.” Sophomores Madeline Marshall, Rachel Chang,
Krista Burton, Alan Brown and Aidan Rosenow were asked to join the team at the beginning of the year and though they admit they weren’t very prepared, they were quite happy with how they performed. “We didn’t do very well. It was our first year so we didn’t know what to expect. But we had fun and that’s what really matters,” Burton said. Chang agreed. “It was really fun. It was our first year so obviously we didn’t do the very best but we learned a lot this year and we have a lot more experience now than at the beginning of the year,” Chang said. Though the team did not do as well as they wanted to, the State competition greatly
Student journalists place at Kansas Scholastic Press Association State competiton Joseph Sell Staff Writer Two Manhattan High students, sophomore Halsey Camera and junior Jennie Jordan, managed to place at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association State journalism competition. Camera placed fifth in editorial cartooning and Jordan took fourth in photo illustration. KSPA annually hosts Regional and State competitions for journalism in which students compete to see who are the best writers in different categories. This year MHS qualified eight students for the State competition, which kicked off Saturday morning at the University of Kansas. “I feel like I’ve definitely achieved something. I actually surprised myself, didn’t think I’d make it,” Camera said. “It looked like there were I don’t know about 20 kids competing and to get up in fifth place is pretty good for me.” Camera draws the “Ivan the Ignorant” cartoon each week for The Mentor. This was her first year competing at the KSPA competitions. “[Placing fourth] felt awesome,” Jordan said. “I was having a lot of doubts on m photo and when they posted the results I was surprised but really overjoyed.” This year was also the first year Jordan competed at the KSPA competition, having just joined the Blue M yearbook staff this year. She will be editor-in-chief of the yearbook next year. Journalism teacher Kristy Nyp was proud of her students’ accomplishments. “It’s always a good thing to have students place at that level because as a 6A school, we’re competing against some of the best journalism schools in the country,” Nyp said. “Several of See KSPA page 5
benefited them. “I was proud of how we did considering the lack of effort of the team overall. We hadn’t prepared for it anywhere near as much as we probably needed to so there was a lot of last minute cramming involved,” Marshall said. “Now that we have a handle on what the competition is and what we’re supposed to be studying, it’ll be a lot easier in the future to know what we need to focus on so that we can do better overall. I feel like we actually have a good chance of placing really well in the next year or two.” The Envirothon is an outdoor high school competition that tests students on different topics. At the State comSee Eco-Team page 5
Tracy Le Graphic Editor The time of year has come for club elections, and many students are campaigning or preparing for new leadership positions. One of the many clubs at Manhattan High, Students Against Destructive Decisions, held their elections right after school on Wednesday, April 30. “We had a lot of people running for officer positions...we had a full ballot, it was exciting,” sponsor Kari Quiton-Humes said. “I feel great that so many people wanted to run and I feel great with the outcome.” Junior Alyssa Frey was chosen as president, junior Katie Dixon as vice president, sophomore Andrea
Miller as treasurer, junior Krystyn Winiecki as secretary and sophomore Hannah Craig and junior Trevor Hayden as the club’s representatives. ”I’m really excited,” Frey said. “I was actually kind of nervous because I was running against Hannah and Katie and I know that they’re both really good and they would have been really good in this position. So I was kind of nervous but at the same time I was like, well, if I don’t get it I’ll still be involved but I’m really excited and happy that I did get it… I think that it’s [SADD] really important because a lot of people have experienced loss and things to some of the things that we try to prevent like alcohol abuse, drinking and driving, texting and driving, and that
kind of thing. So I think that the club is really important and I hope that others see its importance, too.” Frey joined SADD her freshman year, was elected vice president her sophomore year, and is also this year’s president. “Alyssa has done a great job as president so it’ll be fun to have her in that role again her senior year,” QuitonHumes said. “We had a great Spring Fling this year, a great Red Ribbon Week and I think this year there was a lot of involvement from kids. At the beginning of the school year our meetings were packed and I’m hoping next year we can repeat that again… I’m excited. I think it’ll be a great year.” See Clubs page 5
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Capital punishment Transitions prove character should not exist The editorial is a compilation from a discussion held by the Editorial board. To listen to the conversation that led to this piece, visit www.mhsmentor.com. A botched execution from a failed lethal injection reignited the fierce debate on the death penalty last week. The Oklahoma prisoner, Clayton D. Lockett, woke during the lethal injection, called out in pain and died of a heart attack after officials tried to stop the execution last Tuesday. This is yet another reason why capital punishment should not be enforced. As a group our editorial staff objects to the death penalty. Those among our group who voiced that capital punishment should not exist believe that the decision of whether one should live is held in the hands of that tried criminal. Our majority opinion is that it’s
double-faced to say, “Let’s not kill people, but since you killed someone, we’ll kill you.” Furthermore, it’s not enough to think that just because they’ll die in prison eventually that it’s justified to execute them. Yes, these criminals have done horrible things but it’s not called ‘justice’ to end their life. Nothing is horrifying enough to deserve the death sentence. In addition, people can change. Granted, not everyone does, but redemption is possible. Besides hypocrisy, the majority felt that the death penalty hasn’t doesn’t anything to stop the crimes that are punished by the death sentences. However, the dissenting opinion among our editorial group is that there are certain crimes that are too heinous to go unpunished, and more specifically without the death sentence. Further-
more, it’s cheaper to execute someone than have to pay his or her prison expenses for a lifetime through taxpayer money. After hearing about the botched execution President Barack Obama asked the Justice Department to reevaluate the execution system. While Obama supports the death penalty in certain cases, he encourages Americans to “ask ourselves some difficult and profound questions” about its use. “I’ve said in the past that there are certain circumstances in which a crime is so terrible that the application of the death penalty may be appropriate — mass killings, the killings of children,” Obama said. But he adds, “the evidence tells me that the death penalty does little to deter crime.”
Poverty plays crucial role in lower education Allison Olsen
According to the Program for International Student Assessment, Finland is ranked near to the top in educational quality. A lot of cities in China, such as Hong Kong and Shanghai, are ranked in the number one and number two spots, almost every time. Finland doesn’t have as high of intelligence scores as China does, but it still has one of the highest-performing education systems in the world. The United States is in the middle, just like we have been for quite some time. The problem with our education system is not in the wealthy areas of the country. Those families have the money and means to give their children the best education possible. The problem with our education system lies in the fact that there are so many families with such a low income that they are below the poverty line. According to the 2011 United States Census Bureau, the poverty line in America for a family of four
(two children and two adults) is less than $23,021. A family of this size is estimated to have a basic-needs budget of just over $31,000 in order to stay out of poverty. Poverty is the most relevant factor in determining the outcome of a person’s educational journey. The poverty rate in the United States is about five times as high as Finland’s. A new study, on education and poverty, was reported in “Education Week” in October, and the Southern Education Foundation shows that nearly half of all U.S. public school students live in poverty. Children in poverty have a higher number of missed school days because they are most likely forced to work or care for family members. Students from 16-24 years of age who live on low income are seven times more likely to drop out of school than those from families with higher incomes. We usually think, as students in Manhattan High School, that our education is meaningless. Most of our parents make an income high enough to send us to school and to get an education in order to send us on to bigger and better things. But even at MHS, there are a surprisingly large number of students whose parents can’t afford to send them to school on their own money. They have to have reduced-price
lunches or get scholarship money in order to go on trips or to actually attend school. If we, as Americans, want to improve our education system we first have to figure out how to fight poverty. About 50 years ago was the mark when Lyndon B. Johnson started the $20 trillion “war on poverty.” Today, it is painfully clear that the war has not been won. Since President Clinton, poverty has increased in every state in the country. I don’t know much about politics and I’m sure that there are many factors on how the theory to end poverty is irrational, but it’s safe to say that it is affecting more than just people’s lifestyles. It’s now starting to affect our education. According to PISA, the education level in the United States is decreasing. We’re moving more down the list every year. The biggest factor of getting an education, to lead a sustainable life, is the poverty level. So poverty, not race, ethnicity, national origin or where you attend school, is the best predictor of college attendance and completion, which in turn shows the outcome of a person’s life and the life of their children. It’s a never-ending circle that we need to be working on breaking for the future of our country.
Minimum wage should rise with inflation John Rockey
In the past week, there was a list online of the 42 senators who blocked bill S. 1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. This bill would have worked to increase the federal minimum wage as soon as six months after passage to $8.20 an hour, then $9.15 one year after passage of the bill, $10.10 two years after and then to a certain amount determined from year to year based on inflation. The issue stood that some Republican senators may have not voted on the bill since it would help the other party with the midterm elections coming up later this year. That raises the critical question with how political parties operate in this country while much of America is still lacking an adequate minimum wage. On the topic of minimum wages, we can look to economist Robert Reich, who raises the point in YouTube that if minimum wage was increased with inflation since 1968, the current wage would end up being $10.56. That’s far different from the current wage of $7.25 that has been in effect for close to five years and has ridden out
the recession and a substantial increase in the cost of living in our country. We cannot continue paying a wage that people in our nation are forced to live on. The specified increases over the next few years would have helped businesses to transition in any costs from raising their employees wages and does the job of compensating for that increase in living, the inflation from the past four decades and would keep smaller families just above the poverty line. It won’t just go to high schoolers like us; the wage increase would go hundreds of thousands of workers who have to help support their families on at low wages. It certainly would help students in this school who face financial troubles and want to help their families out. But it should not just be about us, but how the passage of this bill would have worked gradually over the next few years to get the economy moving again and give people a bit more money to save and work themselves out of poverty. In the book, “Back to Full Employment,” Jeannette Wicks-Lin wrote about just how much the minimum wage increases would affect businesses. Wicks-Lin said that if businesses were to offset the costs of raising wages on to consumers, they would only need to raise prices by less than one percent to ensure the same profit margin -- certainly miniscule enough for most people to really think
that all prices would go up to an exorbitant amount. We do indeed face an increase in prices, but the amounts that Wicks-Lin describes should not affect consumers like us that much. What we’re left with is politicians who don’t care enough to enact change for the rest of the nation because they are worried about keeping their job through the next term. Both of Kansas’s senators, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, were among the 42 senators who denied bringing the bill to legislation and then passing. The men and women who Kansans chose to represent them are not voting on a bill that can affect thousands of families in the state simply because they are worried about an election. A politician should be worried about how they are going to represent their state’s ambitions, not just if they can maintain a job that pays what most Americans could not even save up in their lifetime. The minimum wage law that could have come into effect would have helped families across America. The passage of the law accounts for the inflation we have seen in several decades and can account for the huge increase in the cost of living over the past few years. We should care as high schoolers since the bill would go a long way in our lifetime to change our economy and could have helped people like us now to save up and prepare for the coming years in our lives.
In an itchy blue-sequinned tutu, I took the stage for the first time at the age of four. I picked my nose more than I actually twirled or leaped, but nonetheless my first dance recital was a special one. Now, 14 years later, I prepare to embark on my last dance recital. I no longer pick my nose and I have nine more costumes than that first recital, but the specialness of being on stage hasn’t changed a bit. This is a coming of age story. More experience, more strength, more knowledge and (I would hope) more grace has brought me to the point I am at now. But how
do I just walk away from something that has been so active in my life for as long as I can remember? I can no longer remember my life without dance classes or trying on costumes. Dance has been as constant in my life as my brother’s B.O., and now I am expected to let that all go, simply because I have grown up. Talk about emotional. I’m not even sure how to cope with that, so I just drink a lot of coffee, have random jamout sessions to Li’l Wayne and push all the ridiculously sad thoughts to the back of my brain. That’s basically all I can do -- just get up each morning and keep pressing forward. I’ve learned to live in the present because worrying about the future has proved to do nothing beneficial for me. I wince to think about all the time, and precious moments, I’ve wasted worrying about what’s to come. A lot of y’all are in the same boat as me: ready to
move on from things we have known most of our lives. And I don’t want this to turn into the cliché “senior column” that talks about embracing every moment and cherishing memories (though, ultimately that is good stuff.) But what I’m picking at is much deeper: How we react to this huge transition coming up in our lives determines a lot about our character and shapes who we are as people. This is one of many, many transitions to come, so learning about yourself and your coping techniques now is almost essential. Loud rap and caffeinated drinks is what gets me through. So maybe my technique of not thinking about or coping with the sad stuff isn’t the “healthiest” or social-worker-prescribed way of doing things, but for now it works. It keeps me moving and grooving, and most importantly, it keeps me focused on the present and today’s troubles alone.
Issues shouldn’t be brought to light through Hollywood stars only Jared Gebhardt
By now, even the people who don’t watch basketball know what’s going on. Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recently found to be the voice behind an audio file in which racist remarks were made. However, that isn’t the whole issue. The questions being asked and the actions being taken are all well and good right now, but what about back when Sterling was under the gun for the first time he said something that related to racism? And it isn’t just him. Other celebrities and icons have faced similar scrutiny; for example, Paula Deen had a stint about her use of racial slurs not too long ago. The problem isn’t entirely that racism is still alive and kicking today, it’s that we
often choose to overlook it, and many other things, until the last possible minute, until someone gets hurt by it. Sure, there are settlements for lawsuits, but it just keeps the upset party quiet for a little while. It sweeps the issue under the rug for someone else to find. Racism, like a lot of issues, gets the most attention when someone rich or famous makes the mistake of doing it publicly, or in this case, in a private way that becomes public. I’m not going to make a big deal of the fact that this came forth from a recording of a private conversation between Sterling and his assumably now ex-girlfriend, or that the issues of invaded privacy were never really brought up. Regardless, it does bring up the idea that some topics are more important than others. No, that doesn’t mean Sterling is a victim, too. He’s been digging this hole for years now, he just now finally fell in. Here is something to consider, though: if the recording hadn’t been publicized, if Sterling had never been seen as a racist for the
second or even third time around, what would be happening right now? Probably nothing. Our day-to-day lives would continue on without much of a second thought on how racism is still a problem in the U.S. or how it takes a breaking point before anything really gets done anymore. So, what is being done about it all? The obvious answer is that Sterling is being punished for his actions and that he got what he deserved, end of story. But what about the regular people, the ones who grow up taught that it’s okay to think people should be treated differently based on where they come from or how they look. For our society to make any progress towards true equality, we need to start accepting that it’s not just about the celebrities and the top percent of the nation, it’s about everyday people and the ordinary situations. Our focus should be on working to fix the little issues, the little problems, before they become national news and get someone banned from the NBA.
Question of the Week: What s u m m er jo bs will yo u b e workin g? “Music director for the summer youth musical!! Teachers get summer jobs, too!!!!!!!!.” - Chad Pape, choir director
“Somewhere that pays well but also allows naps because college is expensive and I’m sleepy.” - Madi Fellers, senior
“Papa Murphy’s.” - Jace Morganfield, junior
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Liz Logback, Editor-in-Chief/Trending Maddie Ross, News Editor Sarah Shi, Opinions/Content Editor Jared Gebhardt, Entertainment Editor Greg Woods, Sports Editor Connor Bliss, Features Editor Kennedy Felice; Danielle Cook, Copy Editors Alan Brown, Multimedia Editor Tracy Le, Graphic Designer Allison Olsen, Photo Editor
STAFF WRITERS/PHOTOGRAPHERS: Kristen Batson Gage Benne Retta Lazaris Louis Melgarejo Madeline Marshall Madison Newman John Rockey Joseph Sell
CIRCULATION: Kristyn Baker David Clinkinbeard Karl Drown Patrick Falcone Karl Harmon Jordan Hatley
Colten Kirk Josh Kohls Kasey Morris Mallory Morris Megan Ritthisorn Jeremy Romig Zane Smith Austin Tatum
OTHER: Gage Benne, Business Manager Kristy Nyp, Adviser
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Variety show features talent Madeline Marshall Staff Writer This past Friday and Saturday, Rezac Auditorium was the venue for the annual Variety show, which was hosted by none other than Batman and The Joker. With performances from many different groups including Pops choir, Varsity Choir, Color Guard, Jazz band and many other groups, the show was considered a success. “I think the show went great,” Tomas Nocetti [Batman] said. “We messed up sometimes but in the end everything went perfect.” The individual acts were also pleased about their performance. “I think my duet with Jillian Kiracofe and our guitarist Hannah Schmidt went extremely well,” junior Madi Monaco said. “I’m really happy we did an act together. I also think my performance with Varsity Choir went great even though we didn’t have our full group there. We worked really hard on ‘Pompeii’ for a couple weeks and I’m glad we pulled it off.” “I think the best part of the night would just be that the show ran very well and went smoothly and that all the performances were good,” sophomore color guard member Jennifer Meierer said. “My favorite part was probably just jamming to all of the acts from behind the curtains,” sophomore jazz band member Lilly Marshall said. “I really liked the string and bell group that played songs from ‘Frozen,’ but my absolute favorite was hearing Claire [Naranjo]’s scat solo during our performance.” “Hanging out with all the other performers was great,” junior Jillian Kiracofe said. “They are all extremely talented and it’s fun to be around people with similar interests.”
Performers had been preparing well in advance for this performance, spending countless hours perfecting their acts. “Varsity practiced daily during class for our part and then Jillian, Hannah and I tried to find time in our busy schedules to practice at each other’s houses whenever we could,” Monaco said. “For the past two months, we have been practicing every Monday night for about an hour and a half,” sophomore Kylee Gullion said. “The week of the show we practiced three nights for the same amount of time.” “Well, it gave us some work to put together all our acts and we went to our first rehearsal without anything,” Nocetti said. “The three days before the show were a little bit hard due to track practice and homework but we tried our best to meet as many times we could with Joe [Haug].” “I was very proud of my group, we had a lot of fun performing and I felt that we all were a little braver on stage than we anticipated being,” Kiracofe said. “In my opinion, I think the show was really cool and a great opportunity to show off many different talents of many different kids from our school,” Monaco said. “This was my first year ever going to the Variety Show and first time ever performing in it, too. My favorite part was either singing with my best friend, Jillian Kiracofe, or listening to Janelle Collado and Charlotte Benjamin sing ‘Demons’ together. They are both so talented. I gained a lot more confidence singing with just Jillian in front of a large audience and I know she and Hannah did too. I was really honored to perform with my Varsity family and my two great friends Jillian and Hannah.”
Members of the MHS color guard take part in the Variety Show, displaying both talent and skill at handling their flags. Christian Gulker, photographer
‘Amazing Spiderman 2’ surpasses past films Louis Melgarejo Staff Writer “The Amazing Spiderman 2” swung into theaters May 2 and was nothing less than amazing. The movie hit all the right notes that a comic-book movie should hit. What was best about the movie is that it knew exactly what it was, -- a superhero movie -- and it didn’t take itself too seri-
ously. It had a goofy comic kind of feel that was spaced throughout the movie and incorporated a serious tragedy, great visual effects, with mystery mixed in there and Spidey crime fighting action. What more could you want? Andrew Garfield, who played as the main character Spiderman, did a decent job in playing the part. I did prefer his acting compared to his predecessor Tobey Maguire.
Jamie Fox played Electro, Emma Stone played Gwen and Dane DeHaan played Harry, they all did a great job in their acting. The director, Marc Webb, really hit it out of the park this time. I wasn’t that big of a fan of his first hero movie, “The Amazing Spiderman” (2012), but after seeing the second I’m looking forward to his next movie.
Streaming movies becoming popular Kristen Batson Staff Writer
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also more convenient. They can be streamed on your phone or laptop while you’re sitting on a bus or in the comfort of your own home, which users seem to appreciate. “I watch the majority of movies on Netflix,” junior Kathy Davoudi said, “But it depends on the movie. If it’s a movie I really like, like ‘Captain America,’ I would totally go see it in the movies. Twice. It’s not a money thing, it’s more about convenience.”
New album provides foot-tapping beats Connor Bliss
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lion hours on Netflix annually, which could be due to the fact that the cost for a month of subscription, which includes unlimited movies and TV shows, is cheaper than a movie ticket. “I have to be dedicated to see it in theaters because they’re too expensive to go and watch. They’re $10 a ticket and it keeps getting worse. I have to be like ‘I need to see this now’ and if not, I’ll wait,” junior Alexis Colston said. The new programs are
The Old 97’s new album “Most Messed Up” is the definition of country rock. It has the foot-tapping rhythms with the meaningless lyrics of getting drunk and hooking up. The album sticks to this theme for the entire 39 minutes, and not in the thematically cohesive way, but in the “all the songs sound the same” way. This is not a
terrible album at all though, and doesn’t have a bad song on it. However, too many of the songs sound similar for it to be anything above ordinary. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” starts out the album by deceiving you that you’re listening to a folk album, but is a nice way to ease into an album that doesn’t slow down until the end. It’s an autobiographical tale of the band’s journey amidst stories of drunk misadventures. If this album is the definition of country rock, then “Lets Get Drunk and Get it On” has to be the exact synonym of the genre. As shallow as this song -- and really the whole album – is, it has great hooks and makes you want to whip out an air guitar every couple of seconds. Sometimes it feels like the band’s trying a bit too hard to create
a hit with every song on the album, containing hooks especially with the song “Give it Time.” It’s hard to hate any one specific song, with all of them sounding the same. If you hate the tone of one of the songs, this album is probably not for you because you’ll hate the rest of the 11 which all sound like close replicas. Only one song didn’t really stick with me, that being, “The Ex of All You See.” Lead singer Rhett Miller put on a real weird tone in his voice that sounds as if Sean Connery was in the rock-n-roll hall of fame. “Most Messed Up” is a foottapping album that has great sounds that carry all the way through. The problem is the sound never changes and gets boring after a while.
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Baseball sweeps Emporia with ease Greg Woods Sports Editor
Senior Jacob Biller winds up to pitch Friday. Manhattan won both games to sweep Emporia, 9-1 and 6-1. Madison Newman, photographer
Coming off a dominating sweep of Topeka West last week, the Manhattan High School baseball team continued its momentum last Friday. The Indians took both games from Emporia, 9-1 and 6-1, and has now won six straight games. “It was kind of an uninspired effort all the way around tonight,” manager Don Hess said. “Sometimes you have those days, and we were able to not be at our best and still be successful.” Manhattan scored one run in the first inning in the first game and used it as fuel for the rest of the contest. Senior Henry de Noble made the start for Manhattan and helped keep the Spartans to one run. “Wins are wins and we’re happy to take them,” Hess said. “We left a little bit out there today.” Manhattan blew the game
Swimming takes two first place finishes Joseph Sell Staff Writer The swim and dive team for Manhattan High School had a long week of competition, starting with a home tournament Wednesday at the K-State Natatorium, then the swimmers traveled to Great Bend Friday, while divers held a tournament at the natatorium. The swim team took first at both tournaments, and junior Tara Schroller placed first for the dive team Friday. “We had great competition and our depth really paid off,” head coach Jerry Carpenter said. “We were able to score points with virtually all of our girls in each
event.” The team faced some illnesses and had been missing some good swimmers for the meet Wednesday. “[Having times go up] kind of was [disappointing] but at the same time we still have a few more meets left in the year, and I know I still have time to improve,” junior Mariah Scipio said. Scipio finished second in the 200 individual medley and second in the 50 freestyle on Wednesday. Other top finishers at the meet Wednesday were senior Amanda Buckwalter, taking second in the 200 and 500 freestyle, and freshman Kelly Wichmann taking first in the 100 backstroke. The team also took first in the 200
medley relay, second in the 200 freestyle relay and first in the 400 freestyle relay. “Great day for our ladies, facing great competition our depth showed strong yet again,” Carpenter said. “We scored points in 32 of 33 point scoring opportunities [Friday].” Top finishers on Friday were Buckwalter taking second in the 200 and 500 free, Wichmann taking second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, senior Alana Bucholtz who took first in the 100 backstroke, and senior Emily Cady who took second in the 100 freestyle. The team will next compete tomorrow at KSU.
Track boys, girls finish in top spots Kennedy Felice Copy Editor The Manhattan High boys track team brought home another first place finish from the Topeka Seaman Relays Friday with a combined team score of 118. “I was really pleased, we had lots of PRs. Obviously our boys did quite well, winning by 40 points, and the girls competed well, too,” head coach Jesse Woodard said. “We had some people that have been hovering around the same marks, and to see them getting those PRs and finally breaking past the humps is always encouraging.” The girls team was able to bring home a sixth-place finish with 45 points. “They all have been working pretty hard and I think they are doing what they need to do,” Woodard said. The boys 4x100, composed of senior Patrick Guvele, senior Henry Bieber, junior Tre Daniels, and junior Christian Mack, currently ranked first in the state, brought home another first place finish at 42.66.
Daniels also took second in the in the 100 running 11.10, and Bieber took second in the 200 at 22.7. “I’m not going to get too excited because anything can happen,” Woodard said. “But, if we keep everybody healthy then I think things may work out for us.” The distance runners
our goal since day one and that hasn’t changed so we are going to continue doing everything we can to achieve those goals. Coming in strong for the girls, senior Alaina Schroeder took second in the 3200, running 11:13.73 and the 1600 at 5:05.43. In current state standings Schroeder is the topranked 6A girls runner That has been our goal since day in the 1600. Multiple athone and that hasn’t changed.” letes from - Jesse Woodard Manhattan have continued to climb state pushed for excellence with rankings as the season profirst, second and fourth place gresses. finishes in the 3200 by senior “They’ve been pushing Chris Melgares at 9:31.48, themselves to the point junior Michael Melgares at where it’s beginning to pay 9:34.86, and senior Jack off. They may not like it all Keeley running 9:52.52. the time but they set the Chris Melgares also ran goals for themselves,” Woo4:20.97 earning a first place dard said. “Most of them are finish in the 1600. going to try to achieve those “I tell the kids all the time goals and they know the the most impotent meets are only way to get there is hard our last three meets of the work. Nobody is just going to season, League, Regionals give it to you.” and State. We want to win Manhattan will travel to those three if possible,” Wo- Salina this Friday to compete odard said. “That has been at the Salina Central Relays.
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open in the fourth inning. Senior Bret Fehr hit a three-run home run, giving the Indians a 6-1 lead after the frame. “I’m seeing the ball really well, and my timing’s locked in,” Fehr said. “[Over] the past couple weeks I’ve been hitting the ball hard every day in the cages.” The Indians brought eight to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring three runs and providing insurance for the top of the seventh where they closed out the game. Junior Jesse Steinbring started the game pitching for MHS in the finale. Steinbring gave up two hits and a run in the top of the first inning, but he held Emporia scoreless the rest of his outing. “I really like my fastball,” Steinbring said. “I felt like I had some movement on my two-seam fastball today.” While Manhattan did not score in its half of the first inning, it countered with a run in the second off the bat of senior Mike Leeper. Leeper
drove in senior Kellen Myers with an RBI double. “I had to go [to the plate] with a little bit more focus; just [try] to do my job,” Leeper said. The Indians scored one run apiece in the third and fourth innings, the latter assisted by a double from Leeper, who would later come around to score. Steinbring then retired the next 12 Spartans over six innings, racking up nine strikeouts on the afternoon. “Jesse [Steinbring] is very competitive,” Hess said. “We knew that if we could figure out how to get three or four runs, we were going to have a chance to win.” After sweeping Emporia Friday afternoon, the Indians will look to win another pair at Seaman tomorrow. “Any time you play Seaman, they’re going to be wellskilled,” Hess said. “We’re going to have to be able to throw the ball over the plate and make the routine plays.”
Athlete of the Week Senior Bret Fehr
Q: What allowed you to do so well Friday? A: My mechanics have been good the past few weeks and I’m feeling confident.
Q: How long have you been playing baseball? A: I started playing Tball when I was five years old, so 13 years.
Q: What’s the most challenging part about it? A: Definitely the mental part of the game.
Soccer tops Wichita Heights John Rockey Staff Writer The beginning of the end is upon them. The Lady Indians continue into their final week before playoffs, defeating Hayden last Monday and then Wichita Heights this past Friday. That leaves four games in their season before they go into their Regional competition. Last Friday, the team journeyed to the nation’s windiest plains to compete against Wichita Heights to finish off their week that included a
Varsity win and J.V. loss to Hayden last Monday. “They [Wichita Heights] have similar players as they did last year. Their center mid is still there and she is a solid player,” coach Mike Sanchez said. Far from home, J.V. took a single goal victory that Varsity met with a resounding 3-1 win to end another successful week. Sanchez described the players as a cohesive group that’s taking their days one game at a time. The upcoming playoffs will start after they go into a busy two weeks.
Today the team again leaves for Wichita to face Wichita Northwest and they come home for a Thursday game against Highland Park. Next week will be at home on Tuesday against Junction City and their last regular game of the season will be on May 15 at Shawnee Heights before the start of Regional Playoffs. “We don’t know which teams we’ll face in the postseason yet. We need to take care of the remaining games we have,” Sanchez said.
Softball splits with Emporia in dramatic style Chris Klug Staff Writer Just like a buzzer-beating three pointer in basketball, or a Hail Mary on the last play in football, a walk-off in softball or baseball is always exciting. However, the Manhattan High School softball team lost the first game of the double header at Emporia in walk-off style. The Indians were able to keep the Spartans from getting a big inning and fought hard the whole game before losing 4-3 in the bottom of
the seventh. The Indians were close to getting out of the jam, with the count full, but the Spartans were able to come through with a game winning hit. Losing the first game was heartbreaking, but gave the Indians a chip on their shoulder that they took in turn to come out and play a great second game. In a low-scoring pitchers duel, the Indians were able to get the best of the Spartans, coming away with a 2-1 victory in yet another close game. The Indians have shown improvement in the past
couple of weeks, splitting with Topeka West and now Emporia. The pitching staff seems to have found a groove and have only given up five runs in the last two games, striking out batters, hitting their spots and getting stronger defensive play backing them up. After two splits in the past two doubleheaders, the Indians look to get better and continue their success this week as they host Seaman in a makeup game and Highland Park both at Anneberg Park.
Tennis falls at Emporia, changes schedule Louis Melgarejo Staff Writer
Spring weather often throws sports schedules into havoc, and now that they’re nearing the end of the season Manhattan High School’s boys tennis meets are back to back. “We’re in the bulk of our schedule right now. We have all our meets around this weekend,” boys tennis coach Joyce Allen said. Last Tuesday’s meet at Emporia was moved to Fri-
day at Emporia. MHS took seventh place out of the seven teams in attendance. The
fourth place of 10 teams in attendance . “Now is a good time for our team to step up because of the Centennial, Regionals and State coming up,” Allen said. The hectic pace continues, as J.V. has a League tournament today in Topeka.
Now is a good time for our team to step up.” - Joyce Allen
Senior Scott Woods watches a drive Monday afternoon at Stagg Hill. His brother David Woods took third personally while the team took second overall. Reid Beer, photographer
next day they had a home duel against Olathe North West, where they won two of the eight total matches. Finally, at yesterday’s Varsity Centennial League meet in Topeka, MHS took
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Seniors perform final recital Danielle Cook Copy Editor
Sophomore Megan Herpich, senior Liz Logback and sophomore Amber Daveline dance at the Washington Dance Studio recital this past weekend. Courtesy Photo
The curtains were drawn and the lights of McCain Auditorium went up, suddenly shining brightly on and drawing attention to the stage, where dancers from Washington Dance Studio would spend the evening showing their audience how to “Dance Out Loud,” the theme of this year’s recital. Following dress rehearsal on Thursday night, Washington’s Senior, Junior and Core Companies performed dances they have rehearsed all year at their annual spring recitals Friday evening and Sunday afternoon at Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium. Dancers who performed were of all ages. From predance levels all the way up to more advanced levels of dance, many were composed of students from Manhattan High School. Seniors Emily Andrews, Hannah Ewy, Madi Fellers, Serena Beltz, Liz Logback and Allison Olsen performed their final dance recital as part of a Washington Dance Studio’s Senior company, an elite
dance team that they auditioned for last spring. “It was really good. I feel like I gave it my all. It was a good experience. Every recital is, but this one was special because it was my last one,” Andrews said of her 15th and final dance recital with Washington. Andrews also expressed that dancing with Washington has been a rewarding experience in that it has taught her to work hard to reach goals and dreams. “I’ve definitely learned how to have a good work ethic. You have to work hard at something to be good at it, and it’s also taught me how to work with other people as a team. I’m really going to miss it all. It’s nice being able to go somewhere every day and kind of having a second family there and doing what you love to do.” The “family feel” of Senior Company is accredited to all the time the girls spend together both on the dance floor and off. “Being on Senior Company was more than just being on a dance team. We are all really close and we had a lot of fun memories like getting
frosties at Wendy’s before rehearsal and stuff like that,” Logback said. The senior members of Senior company were given a special dance with indiviual solos interwined for each senior. They rehearsed the dance outside of normal class time and took it to competition in March where they recieved first place. The senior dance was extra special at the recital because it was the last time for the seniors to perform. “We went out there and did our solos. We also were crying and the lights stayed on when we did our encore for about five minutes and it was kind of awesome,” Olsen said. “I’ve spent 12 years working in dance, so it was pretty emotional for me especially in my senior year.” Logback was overwhlemed by the crowd’s reaction to the senior dance. “It was really humbling. At the end of our dance the audience just kept clapping and clapping and as I was standing on the stage holding the final pose it all hit me that I had just performed for the last time. That’s when I started to cry,” Logback said.
Beer entrepreneurial in business Shack where he has picked up his business skills. Beer runs an eBay store selling items that he gets directly from China. “Pretty much I just sell things like phone accessories. It’ll sound really boring but phone batteries are what makes the most money, so that’s what I sell the most of,” Beer said. Beer has so much business that he employs juniors Trevor Bashaw, Lisa Zhu and Peter Sang to help him. “I pay them an hourly wage of $8. Basically they work whenever they want
to, it’s not a set schedule,” Beer said. “Right now we are running kind of like a contest where the person who works the most hours wins concert tickets, and if they work more, the hotel is paid for.” Beer also has a specific plan for handling the money he makes. “I save some of it to go back and re-invest and buy more products, and some of it I put into my savings account, mainly for college, and then some if it I just spend,” Beer said. His expectations for the future are that his business
will grow big. “I hope that someday it can become something to where it makes me enough money so I could open my own warehouse and make hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Beer said. Beer first got experience working at his family’s Radio Shack and started his business there. “I really liked it and so I started to do it myself. I started finding my own suppliers and manufacturers so then I eventually grew it to branching off and doing it on my own,” Beer explained.
There are some drawbacks, especially the time it takes to run the business. “On the day of prom, I spent three hours doing things for [the business] when I should’ve been getting ready,” Beer said. The biggest time consumer is the process of shipping: wrapping, labeling, checking off, sealing it, repeat steps one through four over and over. Listing items online is also very time consuming, something Beer explains as “the most boring part.” “Oh man I hate it. It takes
like 30 minutes. it’s the worst part. But that’s why I have employees,” Beer said. Over a month with consistent shipments, Beer estimates that he can make up to $2,000. Currently, he’s not too consistent so he makes roughly $1,000 instead. “I’m still using my dad’s credit card, so I can’t spend the money I want on it,” Beer said. However, his older brother is interested in his success and is considering investing in the business this summer, which Beer hopes will help him continue to grow his business.
Goal! The sound of millions of fans cheering resonates throughout the stadium. The announcer bellows through the loudspeaker while the players embrace on the sidelines. Thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, Manhattan High Students are celebrating. They are Eu-
ropean soccer fans, and they are a rare breed here in the United States. European soccer teams, particularly those in the English Premier League (EPL), have caught the attention o f many students. It has become unusual to go a single day at MHS without seeing someone wearing an EPL soccer jersey. Some may find it difficult to understand why these students support teams
that are so far away. According to the fans, the competitiveness of the league makes the games especially entertaining. “In Europe the quality of play is better,” sophomore Muhammad Ciftci said. “It’s exciting because there is a rivalry between me and my friends.” May is a particularly exciting time of the year for EPL fans. The Champions
League Tournament final will be played this month, and an EPL league champion will be determined as well. Manchester City gained the upper hand yesterday after Liverpool tied with Crystal Palace. Sophomore Matt Turnley, a Liverpool fan, is disappointed by the result. However, he is glad his team is still guraranteed to finish in the top 4. “It’s just a lot of fun any-
time the team you’re supporting is successful, and it feels really good to be back on top after Liverpool has struggled a little in past seasons,” Turnley said. “They’ve been doing so well this year, ” One of the challenges of being a EPL fan living in America is the fact that attending a game is nearly impossible. Turnley, however, was fortunate enough to visit London this past year. While
he was there, he and his family were given tours of soccer stadiums, including those of Chelsea and Arsenal. “It was a really cool experience. We got to visit the locker rooms, go down to the field, and even got to sit in the player’s seats (the bench),” Turnley said. “It was exciting to actually set foot in some of the places you normally only get to see on TV.”
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removed; now we’re seeing three or four generations are removed from the farm. It really makes a big difference, because their are not many kids coming from a farm anymore.” Having an understanding of where food comes from is important, Wahl said. “It is important to keep on teaching kids about the beneficial side of agriculture, because unfortunately agriculture has some negative propaganda rushing toward it, and it is a constant battle over what is considered safe or humane.” These negative assertions are thrown at the agriculture community by organizations like PETA, HSUS and even the MHS lunch-time-favorite Chipotle. The most recent controversial topic is Genetically Modified Food (GMO). Though agriculture specialist like Wahl claim “it’s so we can feed the world.” Some argue that the increasing amount of chemicals going into produce and livestock cause more harm than good. However, Wahl disagrees. “I belong to Kansas AgriWomen. We post signs along the highway displaying agriculture facts,” Wahl said. “And through the years we’ve had to update those signs. The ones that we have just recently updated used to say, ‘One Kansas farmer feeds 121 people.’ The updated signs now read, ‘One Kansas farmer feeds 155 people.’”
compile it all every Thursday and then we just give a lot of speeches,” Sang said. “My finals question was ‘Should Shinz Abe, Japanese president, apologize for his recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine?’” Sang said. “To be honest, I thought my finals question was probably the best I had all day because I had prepared for it quite a bit more. That was one of the questions I had answered in a practice speech earlier in the week, so I better prepared for it. And I like given speeches over the Asia region, because that’s probably the region that I best know.” As far as preparation for nationals, Sang’s plan is rather simple. “Two weeks of prep, research and two speeches everyday and then I’ll just pack up and go to Nationals,” Sang said. The seniors on the team are very happy to be ending their forensics career on such a strong note. “It’s probably the best class I’ve taken in my entire high school career and its really helped me with public speaking and now I’m a graduation speaker and I would never be able to do that if it weren’t for this class and this program,” senior Hanna Hayden said. “It was a really good four years and if I had to do it all again I would in a heartbeat.”
those schools who we were competing against were winning first, second and third place were sweeping these competitions, get national Pacemaker awards for their publications.” Kansas as a whole has nationally-recognized journalism programs and has people who are national level competitors, Nyp said. Over the weekend The Mentor staff also got critiques on the online and print publications in the AllKansas awards. Although neither publication won the award this year, Nyp feels it’s worth it to have the critique. “[Winning all Kansas] is our goal every year. My newspaper editors always set as a goal, and our yearbook editors always set as a goal to try to raise our publication to the All-Kansas level, so that’s something that we’re aspiring to,” she said.
The Foreign Exchange Program, AFS, had their elections recently as well. Juniors Maddie Ross and Megan Weathers were elected as co-presidents with vice president, sophomore Mackenzie Gwinner, secretary, junior Haley Heaton, treasurer, sophomore Sterling Edgar, club council, junior Flora Riley, and juniors Riley, Jillian Kiracofe and freshman Kelly Wichmann as representatives. On Friday, May 9, Thespians will hold their Awards Banquet and vote for students to fulfill the positions of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, points recorder, historian, Student Council representative, state board representatives and class representatives.
burn University campus and Boys State is held on the Kansas State University campus. “I am excited to stay in the dorms and meet new people,” Dominguez said. The program consists of learning about government as well as living it. In the first few days, students campaign and hold elections for the
leaders and congress members of their new “State.” Students learn about the processes of government while exerting their own leadership skills. “I consider myself a strong leader,” Dominguez said. “So we will see how this goes.” Both Girls State and Boys State will take place during the first week of June.
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a lot of benefit to others," Smith said. Smith also is excited for next year with hopes to include a fashion show and other fundraisers, and community activities. If there is anyone with a suggestion for service projects for NHS in the Manhattan community, whether it's the high school community or family member of MHS students, Smith welcomes students to stop by her office.
Madison Newman Staff Writer Many teenagers have traditional jobs in food service or retail while they wait to decide what they want to do later in life. But 17-year-old Reid Beer, Manhattan High junior, already some life goals in mind. Beer has been handling his own business for the past six months. Beer estimates that he works about 10-15 hours a week on his online store. Operating a retail business is in Beer’s blood -- his family owns the local Radio
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installed the new officers for the 2014-2015 school year, including the new president, junior Katie Bussmann. Bussmann gave a speech with her visions and goals for the following year. "One of the things I really liked about what she had to say her desire to send school materials to places that school supplies are very low. I think that that would be an easily obtainable goal, with
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on something like that, it’s pretty awesome.” The team has many hopes for the years to come. “I really hope that we can get a little more serious about the things that we’re doing so we can come together and perform well,” Marshall said. “We were surprised that we got anything at all this year, so getting something was great, but I feel like we should be able to place higher and I’m hoping that eventually we can qualify for Nationals. That’s my hope, which is kind of out there, but it’d be nice to have our work pay off eventually.”
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finals survival guide Madeline Marshall Staff Writer
It’s two in the morning. You’re on your sixth cup of coffee and the only thing that seems to be speeding up is the clock. Your hair is a mess, your gray, stained sweats are in desperate need of being washed and all you can think about is summer vacation. The papers around you seem to be nothing but a jumbled mess and -- oh whats that? They’re turning into birds?
Words are jumping off the pages? No. They’re just hallucinations. “Snap out of it,” you think. It’s four now. Less than four hours until school starts and finals begin. The struggle of preparing for AP Tests and finals is common in high schools across the country, and MHS is no exception. With this being the week that AP testing begins, many students have lost the opportunity to study ahead of time. Instead, student after student
is left cramming the night before wondering why they ever thought this was a good idea. However, for many it’s not too late. If you’re worried about finals, or even AP tests that don’t happen until next week, you still have a chance! For tips on how to study, when to study, what to study and more read on. This is Manhattan High’s Official Finals Survival Guide.
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Stock pile food
Set goals and reward yourself after every half hour
Grab a pet to cuddle up with
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Turn off your cell phone
make flash cards and write out your notes
belt out songs from ‘frozen’ and “Let it go”
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