December 9, 2011 Manhattan High volume 99 issue 11
News Briefs Lockdown On Wednesday the School Resource Officer called for a school lock down. Without an explanation, many students were left questioning their teachers who didn’t know either. The cause of the lock down was due to an upset on Westwood, a street near the high school. There was suspicious activity at the 200 Westwood. The RCPD contacted Principal Terry McCarty and the announcement was made that the school was on lock down at 2:29. At 2:51 McCarty was informed that the area was in the clear and free of any dangerous activity. “I got orders from my captain to make sure everything was safe and secure,” Resource Officer Brian Swearingen said, “It sounded like it went really well. There was a rapid response from administration. Within minutes of McCarty’s announcement the hallways were clear.”
AFS American Field Service Club is preparing for their Kansas City Winter Trip on Saturday, Dec. 15. They will be shopping at the Kansas City Crown Center and Legends, strolling the Plaza and ice skating. The first 25 students are eligible to go, and the host family members of the foreign exchange students will be participating as well. “It’s going to be fun. You can get your Christmas shopping done and we’ll ice skate at the Crown Center,” President James Weiss said. For more information and questions, contact AFS Sponsor Tony Wichmann.
page 2: Staff editorial -- hashtags, Senior year page 3: Christmas albums, Pops Choir preview, Watch the Throne page 4: Sunrise Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling picture story page 5: Daniel St. Amand, Photography wall, Senior pictures page 6: Horoscopes, Special crossword
REDRAWING USD 383 every Thursday to discuss topics about the redistricting. As of now the committee has looked at 30 scenarios of redistricting with the schools.
with the parents, which is a concern with the committee.” Some parents of student Committee members for shave felt that the change the redistricting of USD in school would split up the 383 are busy at plans for the family and consistency overredistricting of Manhattan all, Amanda Arnold Elemenand Ogden elementary and tary Principal Larry Liotta middle schools. agreed. The plans are to cre“An issue for parents is ate large and small schools, that the bus neighborhoods by redistricting them into for students that are farther existing elementary schools away from schools. It’s harder to go along with the bond for the parents with the disissue passed in 2008. The tance, where as the students definition of a large school in neighborhoods closer to is student population averJones, the school only have a walk to age of 472 students, school,” Liotta said, “That’s one while a small school of the small problem with this has 246 students. plan.” Large schools such Liotta continued to exas Amanda Arnold, plain that the growth areas Bergman, of Manhattan would benefit Northwith having a large school view, Marnear them to accommolatt and date that USD 383 student Lee were growth. designated “That’s a challenge with for maxidesignating large schools mum capacity with growing neighborhoods as the larger and redistricting with small schools. The Graphic of districts of Manhattan shaded to fit appropriate schools assigned areas. schools, also,” Liotta said. reason for small Image courtesy of USD 383 “The general argument schools such as Redistricting means the committee members who parents are making is ‘Don’t Ogden, Bluemont, Theodore move my kid,’” Jones said. Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wil- designating which neighbor- has been part of the redis“These opinions we are willtricting process three times son are to reduce lesson loads hoods are assigned to which schools. Redistricting in USD before, expressed the impact ing to listen to, every comon large schools. mittee meeting we have.” it has on the schools. The redistricting commit- 383 has been challenge for The final decision, which “With past experience tee is made up of elementary the district, parents and students with the possibility that we’ve seen, children are will be made later in Februteachers, principals, a parstudents may have to change always resilient. Introducing ary, would be effective the ent from each school, and fall of 2012. them into another school transportation director Ron to a different school. USD 383 Communica“The redistricting and always goes pretty seamless,” Swearingen and Associate tions Representative and moving of students from Jones said. “The process of Superintendent Robert Seytheir old school to a new mour. The committee meets committee member Michelle transition is often harder Cole Anneberg news editor
Students perform at District Choir The day began early, at around 8 a.m., and the practices lasted until around Nearly a month after 11:30 a.m.. The musicians the strenuous auditions, the were then given a long lunch select few chosen for the break and were to return in Kansas Music Educators concert attire. The students Association District choir, were to refer to their school’s band, jazz band and orchestra concert dress code on what congregated at Junction City to wear. The students from Middle School for rehearsal MHS wore either the black and performance last Saturconcert dress or a tuxedo. day. “I enjoyed getting to dress Through live auditions on up. I felt more professional, Nov. 6, the District was able but it also made it very hot,” to hand pick the top students Junior Brady Kiracofe said. in the region in their respecThe hard work of the day tive musical categories. Stu- paid off when the bands, dents could audition in more choir and orchestra came than one musical category; together for a special District however if students were concert for the parents and accepted into more than one other onlookers. Each group they had to choose just one performed for about 30 minin which to participate. With utes. many multi-talented students “The whole day was a at Manhattan High School, great experience and ended this could have easily posed a up being a lot of fun,” Junior problem. Alec Schlotzhauer said. “I just decided to only try Freeby agreed. “District out for band and not choir band was really rewarding so that my decision would be but at the same time very tiring. I thought that the direceasy,” Junior Claire Freeby tor was nice,” she said. said. Kaitlin Wichmann staff writer
Jones noted the stress redistricting is bringing to USD 383. “Like other situations, plans are never perfect, it’s always a hard process, and there is always parents that talk of their concerns about redistricting their child into another school,” Jones said.
one would be provided later in April, a welcome day and tour for elementary students subject to the redistricting change,” Jones said. “Our direction is to make the students feel that they are welcomed into their new school with faculty and students being present for that start of transition.” Another side of the redistricting plans is the change in school for middle school students as well. Students can possibly change middle school from Anthony Middle School to Eisenhower Middle School and vice versa. This redistricting of schools ultimately affects all schools in the district. “This process of redistricting is easier said than done,” Jones said. “All the
“Like other situations, plans are never perfect. it’s always a hard process.” -Jones committee members are still discussing how to finalize the change.”
New school event u n i f i e s club members Cole Anneberg Dheepthi Perumal staff story Student Council is planning a new event for Manhattan High School clubs. Club Feast will take place 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the commons/cafeteria area. The concept of Club Feast is to unite every club at MHS with a common cause of donating to Manhattan’s Breadbasket. “All the students who are going should bring food to share with the other clubs,” StuCo Vice President Shawn Sheu said. “They’re also invited to bring a can donation to support families in need. We will be donating all the cans to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.” The opportunity first was brought up during 20082009 by then-Secretary Bella Alonso, but it was never presented because of time limitations with the fall
blood drive. “This year we wanted to take off with huge leaps in StuCo,” StuCo Secretary James Weiss said. “We didn’t want to sit around and do what StuCo normally does. These fresh ideas help us be more active in the school.” In past events that StuCo has held as food drives for the Breadbasket, the contribution donated has been substantial. StuCo had a canned food drive at the MHS football scrimmage in September raising around 300 pounds of food and close to $500 dollars, the biggest amount recorded ever, to send to the Breadbasket. “We’ve done so incredible so far with giving back to the school and community,” Weiss said. “I don’t see why we can’t be more successful with this next function.” Clubs that already reserved spots for the night are German, Spanish, Earth, Amnesty International, AFS and
Thespian clubs and many more clubs are still reserving their spot. Freshmen Class President Andrew Hodges is collaborating with Junior Class President Jack Hubler-Dayton to organize their class representatives for decorating the event. Hodges thinks that having Club Feast is a great way to come and meet students from the school’s diverse clubs while helping the community. ”It is an amazing concept to give to the needy,” Hodges said. Many in StuCo are greatly excited for the event and look forward to the turnout. “I’m very excited to see a lot of the clubs there,” Sophomore StuCo Representative Sarah Shi said. “It’ll be so sweet to see the turnout at the event.” Club Feast continued on page 4
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Senior year not the end who desperately want to. The kids who are forever tied to their high school usually fit the profile of sentimentalists, regarding their absolute love for anything features editor that happens their senior There are a few things year. You will usually see every teenager looks forthem crying about how “this ward to while they’re in high is my last home football game school: their first homecom- ever” or “I can’t believe you’ll ing pep rally, getting to drive be the last guy I ever ask to to school, playing on a varsity Sub Deb.” They tend to love sports team and, of course, everyone just because they their senior year. think it will make their class Senior year has been the one big happy family, uniting highlight of books, films, the notoriously cliquey class television shows and songs. of 2012. Perhaps they expect The typical “I’m a nerd to hold hands as they walk trying to survive my senior across the stage in May, but year,” “I’m so cool and the cases vary. popular and everyone loves Then you have the kids me,” and the infamous “I’m who absolutely hate everya nerd who becomes popular thing and everyone that is only to become hated just to involved in their high school. become ‘normal’ again” sce- They don’t go to games, dancnarios come to mind when es, or club activities. Instead, you think of how the media they moan about how much depicts high school. they “just want out” to their And to some extent, friends who usually just want they’re right. There are out, too. They have a countseveral kids who go through down until their graduation something remotely similar day and lay in bed at night to one of the above topics, planning ways to completely but there are so many more cut ties with anyone they kids who fit into two larger went to school with from groups: Those who will never freshman to senior year. leave high school and those
There’s a good chance that they want to go to an out of state school, if nothing more than one that is out of town, just because it gives them hope that where ever they go will be full of awesome people who love the exact same things that everyone else loves. Everyone is probably guilty of being both at some point. It’s easy to love high school one day and hate it the next. But as seniors, we need to realize we are in school for a couple of important reasons. The most obvious reason is we’re here to create the stepping stones that will take us to college, which will take us into a career that we will be involved in for the rest of our lives. It’s a much bigger picture than where you’re going this weekend to get your party on. We’re also here to grow up. College is not going to be a place where mommy wakes you up every morning and is waiting for you with warm cookies when you get home. You have to be ready to go out into the world and make your own decisions. A lot of people get scared
student and tell them to kill themselves because you didn’t like their hoodie. Even thinking about saying that just seems wrong. However, recently on Twitter it has become a trending topic. A ton of us are guilty of it, just throwing in the hashtag at the end of a tweet, not really thinking about how it might affect another student. Some of our peers are so selfBlatantly telling someone conscious that they can take to go kill themselves is one of any nonchalant comment and lowest things that a human direct it towards themselves. being could do. The power that we have over Many would say that it’s of- others when we indirectly fensive. I mean, you wouldn’t tell them to kill themselves is just walk up to another more than we know.
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Question of the Week What’s the best gift you ever received? “The gift of friendship.” “My little brother.” “Mandolin.” Krissy Armstrong, senior Nick Clark, freshman Katie Theobald, junior “A can of Pringles and dol“Birthday suit.” Kelsey Schroll, freshman lars.” Fahim Anwar, junior “Being best friends with Pe“Being best friends with Mi- ter Maier.” Michael Cossey, sophomore chael Cossey.” Peter Maier, sophomore “Tickets to the 2011 Alamo “My puppy and my black Bowl.” Jacob Stutheit, junior light.” Meagan Williams, junior “A silver bell off Santa’s sleigh “A card two weeks late that and my two front teeth.” Daniel Bigley, junior my mom gave me as an apology for forgetting my birthday. It was a pop-up card with “I went on a cruise for Christmas.” Hit: The Club Feast will be cats. Kind of cute.” Maddie Urban, freshman Ada Davis-Nouri, junior next Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m. Yay for food! “A cat drawing from Avery.” “I think skis.” Marlee Evans, sophomore Olivia Bashaw, senior Miss: Suspicious activity down the street caused a lockdown on Tuesday.
Hit: Only eight more school days until Christmas Break!
“My grandparents took us to “I asked for bacon when I Disney World.” was little and I got it. I was Jaylen Condra, sophomore weird.” Gianna Peabody, sophomore “My favorite Christmas present ever was a Barbie castle “I’m Jewish so I get eight house that was bigger than I nights of presents.” Rotem Arieli, senior was. When I was in kindergarten. I miss my childhood.” Kady Billam, senior “My birth.” Gage Benne, freshman “Probably my first digital camera.” “I got Banjo McGee, my Taylor Warner, junior crested gecko.” Haley Goff, junior
“Josh Olsen.” Wesley Garibay, sophomore “Being adopted.” Katherine Hwang, freshman “A plane ticket to spend two weeks in New York City.” Shelby Strange, senior “A replica Zelda sword one Christmas.” Jr Davis, senior “A trip to Belize.” Pilar Dritz, sophomore “I got a hug for five dollars.” Gavin Larson, freshman “Being taught to knit by Kristina Armstrong.” Emilie Arnold, senior “GameCube. 2002. Saville and I were gaming all the time.” Kodi Minocha, sophomore “My brother made me a packet saying he would do my chores.” Ben Clark, freshman “Gianna Peabody is my favorite gift.” Summer Senn, junior
and decide to live at home so they still have some one to cook for them and do all of their laundry, and that’s fine and dandy until your parents realize their 25-year-old kid still lives at home. The next thing you know, they’ve kicked you out and you’re looking out on the big bad world without a clue as to what you’re supposed to do in it. Going through high school with a small mind thinking that you’ll always be able to go home when it gets scary is just going to ruin you in the end. You have to be brave. The last big reason we’re here is to enjoy it. Senior year is a lot of work, a lot of money and a lot of memories. It’s okay to get sad when you’re standing in the student section of the last home game, or when you’re going into your last curtain call of the musical that you poured yourself into for months. But there’s a line that people need to take a good look at. The friends you make right now will most likely not be there when you’re done with college. I know most of you have heard that from your
parents, and some of you might even want to prove them wrong, but they say that because they went to high school, too, and a lot of them don’t even know the people they graduated with anymore. Instead of spending every moment you can planning how you’re going to enjoy every moment of your senior year, sit down and start thinking about the next few months. Consider your scholarship deadlines, ACT and SAT scores, your college applications, school visits, how you intend to pay for school, where you will live, if you want to take a car, and playing a sport at the collegiate level. These are important to think about as you head down the short road to graduation. It’s great to want to love every second of your last year in high school, but as seniors -- and, for most of us, soon to be legal adults -- we have to grasp that this isn’t it, there is so much more out there waiting for us, we just have to make the decision to either grow up or continue to never get past ages 14-18.
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Entertainment December 9, 2011 Manhattan High
“Watch the Throne” showcases our generation Ben Shields staff writer Twenty or so minutes into their show last Tuesday evening, Kanye West and Jay-Z both made an odd gesture, locking their thumb and index fingers on each hand together and slowly bringing their arms up and down. They motioned for the crowd to do it too, and we did. It wasn’t until I looked down upon the crowd from my balcony seat that I realized all 15,000 of us appeared to be bowing before “The Throne.” The luxury rappers took to the stage almost two hours late, opening with, for whatever reason, “H.A.M.,” arguably the worst song they have ever made together. Bob Dylan often starts his shows with the godawful “Rainy Day Women,” and it’s highly possibly all three of these
men enjoying pissing off their fans for a few minutes. It didn’t matter though, because what followed was an intoxicating evening packed with killer beats, sick rhymes, and even a video of a cheetah during “Who Gon Stop Me?.” Kanye stole the show for me, partly because I like his music slightly more than Jay’s, but also simply because he played the most. Just over half of the solo performances were Ye, and he just didn’t slow down for one second all night long. Most incredible was his performance of “Runaway,” the best song from his best album, “My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy.” He did all nine and a half minutes of it, and instead of the the final three being the muffled, auto-tuned singing with no words, he added a new verse to it (surprisingly) about the importance of loving the one you’re with and also (totally not surprisingly) what a jackass he is.
that they are happening now. “99 Problems,” “Gold Digger,” “Heartless,” “Touch the Sky”--these songs are our generation’s, and no one else’s. The night ended with the Artists Kanye West and Jay-Z perform together on stage during their joint tour “Watch the Throne.” Photo courtesy of Montreal Gazette rappers playing “Ni**as in Paris” four times in a row, an That isn’t to say Jay didn’t very presence in the arena is a fascinating experience. appropriately audacious enddelver; on the contrary, he brought true respect not just They are of different schools ing to the most audacious rap totally rocked “99 Problems,” from the audience but the of rap, and seeing Jay, the show of all time. Complain plus a few songs from his man performing with him as smooth businessman, play about their heavy- handedclass “The Blueprint” album. well. with Kanye West, the looseness if you want -- after all, At this point, he is an elder Watching Kanye West and cannon showman, is amazing. every superhero needs his statesman in hip-hop whose Jay-Z work together onstage But what’s more amazing is theme music.
Christmas albums don’t lack variety Music concerts conclude semester Shawn Sheu entertainment editor While you were all busy after Thanksgiving dinner lining up for a new PS3 outside of Target at midnight, I was busy at home downloading Christmas music in preparation for the happiest time of the year in music. Now that it’s officially seasonally and socially appropriate to openly listen to Christmas music, I recommend you get busy and add a little joy to your iPod. Here are some of my favorite holiday albums. “A Very She & Him Christmas” -- She & Him I love Zooey and I love Christmas music, what could be better than the two combined? She & Him is an
upbeat indie duo consisting of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. The two have doowopped their way through two sunny, sweet albums and released their third, a Christmas album, last month. The album consists of covers of favorite Christmas songs (“Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and a couple of originals. The couple even covers the Beach Boys’ original Christmas song “Christmas Day,” leaving you feeling tan and surf-ready. M Ward’s guitar skills are, as always, fantastic and Zooey’s
sweet vocals make listening to music feel like sipping hot cocoa. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” -- Vince Guaraldi Trio Everyone has seen the holi-
day staple “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The movie is timeless, just like its soundtrack. The Vince Guaraldi Trio recorded the album on vinyl back in 1965, and it only gets more charming as time goes on. The jazzy feel of the album is nothing like the obnoxiously sugary pop renditions of Christmas songs (I’m talking to you, Glee). It is mostly instrumental, with a few carols accompanied by a chorus of Charlie Brown and his buds (“O Christmas Tree,” “Little Drummer Boy”). There are also a couple of originals that have since become familiar holiday tunes (“Christmas Time is Here”). The whole album feels nostalgic, innocent and joyful all at the same time. “Christmas” -- Michael Buble There is one magical time a year when I’m not ashamed to listen to Michael Buble and it has arrived. Buble’s new Christmas album was released this year and has climbed to the #1 selling album as of last week. He released a Christmas EP back in 2003, establishing himself, in my eyes, as a Christmas music miracle. His new album channels old classics (“Silent
Night,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”). Exciting additions include a cover of the overplayed Christmas staple, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and a duet with Shania Twain on “White Christmas.” Don’t be embarrassed to admit that you love Buble’s silky voice that gets you wiggling and snapping your fingers. “Winter Songs” -- presented by Hotel Cafe, various artists This is the exception to the more traditional Christmas albums on this list. “Winter Songs” is a compilation album featuring female artists such as Katy Perry (“White
had performances one after another on the same night, the groups will have separate In between study sessions concerts. The music departnext week, Manhattan High ment decided not to have a students can take a break and Winter Gala this year because of how lengthy it has been in take in one of the Indian’s recent years. There are plans music concerts in Rezac to modify the Gala next year Auditorium. The choirs will to make it shorter. This year, have a concert on Monday, though, the music groups will orchestra will perform on be able to hold full-length Wednesday and marching concerts at the end of second band will play on Thursday, semester, rather than shorter all at 7 pm. performances for the Gala. Unlike previous years, “Chamber Choir is singing when the music department Carol of the Bells,” Senior
Matt Webb said. Webb is also a member of Pops Choir, which will be performing several Christmas carols. The orchestra will separate into its concert and chamber orchestras. “The full orchestra will come together and play as well,” Senior Alex Fees said. Fees said the full orchestra will be playing jazz pieces alongside classical. The marching band will be playing all of its marching music, including the Alma Mater and the Victory Song.
“Pops” pops into the season
Member Emily Londene As the holiday season loves performing in the many comes into full swing, there shows and all of the interest- will be even more demand on ing experiences she has. the performers. The schedule Pops Choir has been busy “One time we were singkicks into high gear near the this year. With around 20 ing ‘Come On Everybody,’ end of the semester, with two shows already performed and we sing ‘Woo!’ a lot, and or three Christmas parties a from Board of Education meetings to retirement home this old man started shouting week in some cases, and even shows, the singing and danc- ‘Woohoo!’ with us,” Londene multiple shows in one day. said, remembering their time It’s not all hard, work though. ing members of Pops have Pops members get a lot out of been entertaining their tails at Meadowlark. As for her favorite performance to date, the program. off recently. she chose the Showcase in “It’s a lot of fun,” Pops DiPops member Ivy Calvert Christmas”), Meiko (“Maybe conjunction with the Manrector Chad Pape said. “It’s a Next Year”) and Colbie Cail- really enjoyed the show at hattan High Jazz Band. “We small group so they get close. Meadowlark Retirement lat (“Mistletoe”). The album The smaller the ensemble, Home. “I liked performing at were just having a blast up does have covers of the bethere,” she said. the more personal responsiloved Christmas songs, but it Meadowlark because they reThe show choir’s reperbility for each performer.” also features several original ally liked us and knew all our toire is steadily expanding. Pops will be performing as winter-themed songs. Sarah songs,” Calvert said. “I saw one of the old ladies Performances so far this year part of the choir concert at Bareilles and and Ingrid Mi7 p.m. on Monday in Rezac chaelson team up on “Winter dancing around,” Pops mem- have included their rendiAuditorium. Song,” an original by the two ber Daniel St. Amand added, tions of “Bohemian Rhapthat makes you want to crawl agreeing with Calvert on her sody,” “Swing Street,” “Timewarp” and other favorites. into hibernation and cry. Of choice of favorite show. course, this is followed by the festive “Sleigh Ride,” sung by KT Tunsel. Every song, whether original or cover, is sung soulfully. This album is a unique, wintry one that is a nice alternative to the overName: _______________________________________________________ bearing, cheesy Mariah Carey Address: _______________________________State: _______Zip:________ albums that are such a guilty E-mail address:_________________________________________________ pleasure. Honorable mention: “ChristPhone number: ________________________________________________ mas with the Beach Boys” Please bring the completed form and payment to E-108 or mail to The Mentor! -- Beach Boys
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Sports December 9, 2011 Manhattan High
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Sports Notes Boys fall to Sunrise Taylor Weisman staff writer Manhattan High boys basketball was unable to overcome Sunrise Christian in its season opener Friday night losing 67-44 at home. Through out the game the Indians had trouble offensively, scoring only 16 first-half points. Until late in the game, things did not look much better. The Tribe put up a late game rally led by Senior Guard Keaton Barragar who finished with 15 points. “We need to take good shots,” Barragar said. “Hopefully when everyone is making shots our offense will come better.” The main disadvantage to the Tribe was size. Sunrise Christian listed only two of its players under six feet tall while Manhattan listed five under six feet. While the tallest player for the Tribe is Senior Jacob Sobering who is listed at six foot seven, the tallest Sunrise player is listed at six foot eleven. The Tribe will take on Great Bend at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the North Gym in hopes of rebounding from the opener.
Tribe basketball kicks off season Boys hoping to make a comeback in game against Panthers best talent,” Senior Guard Aaron Pulliam said. “But they play hard and we can’t sleep on them.” Another key factor is ball control and limiting turnovers. Fast break points are good and can lead to a shift in momentum, but controlling the ball and not turning it over is far more important.
Taylor Weisman staff writer Manhattan High took a tough loss last week from Sunrise Christian, but the team will look to claim a victory at home against Great Bend at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. MHS had trouble putting up points as well as keeping Sunrise from scoring, but this week the Tribe hopes to get back on track with a win against Great Bend. Great Bend is 1-2 and finished 5th at their most recent tournament in Hays. In order for the Tribe to be victorious, the Indians need to get their offense back on track. Late in the previous game against Sunrise, the Tribe’s offense showed signs of life when Senior Keaton Barragar
Turnovers always play a factor into the outcome of a basketball game. Points off turnovers can prove key for any team and the Tribe will need to capitalize on every chance they can get in order to come away with a win on Tuesday. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the North Gym.
Above: Junior Jonathon Turnley calls out a play for the Indians against the Buffaloes on Tuesday night. RIght: Senior Patrick Keck fights for a loose ball on the court. Manhattan fell to Sunrise 67- 44. Photos by Cole Anneberg
scored 15 points late in the game. If they can get the outside game going, Manhattan could prove to be a tough team to defend. On defense, they will need to control the glass.
Rebounds lead to more offensive possessions, which lead to more points on the board. Whoever controls the rebound margin, controls the game. “They may not have the
Lady Indians top Buffaloes; working for win against Panthers Kassidy Scroggs sports editor Last Friday night the Lady Indians girls basketball team played the first game of the season against the Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes. It was a slow but sure start for the Lady Indians, and they were able to pull away with a 54-37 win over the Buffaloes. "In the beginning of the game, we weren't attacking the basket at all," Senior Onyeka Ehie said. During halftime Coach Mall talked to the team
about working the ball into the lane according to Ehie. "We started penetrating toward the basket more and that got us points," She said. It was a big night for Senior Mari Jo Massanet as she led the team in scoring with a total of 25 points. Ehie also had a big night with 11 points for the Lady Indians. For a season opener, Ehie said she was pleased with the outcome and knows the team can only improve. "I think it was a little rusty and our rebounding wasn't that great," Ehie said. "But we can only go up from here." The Lady Indians are pre-
paring for a match up against the Great Bend Panthers at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at home. "Well, they have lost some people but we aren't going to look at them any differently," Ehie said. Ehie said the team is working on rebounding and defense. "They have all guards so we are just going to have to stay on high pressure defense," she said. The Lady Indians will also face off against the Junction City Blue Jays at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Junction City.
son for a shot off the back board. The Lady Indians beat the Buffaloes 54-37. Photos by Cole Anneberg
Spor ts in Pictures Moorman-Meador wrestles in first home meet
Stone ranked in top of weight class
Club Feast continued from page 1 Any member, officer or sponsor of a club who is interested in attending Club Feast is suggested to talk to Leslie Campbell in room E-152 or to Student Council officers for more information.
The Manhattan High School wrestling team hosted Junction City High School on Tuesday night. The final score was 58-18, a big win for the Indians. “We were happy it went well, it was an early season meeting,” head coach Robert Gonzalez said. Sophomore Dallas Vesta won perhaps the biggest match, beating the current state champion in his weight class. Photo by Cat Bridegam
Junior Jase Stone faces a match against a wrestler from Junction City. Stone is ranked No.1 in his weight class. Photo by Cat Bridegam
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Senior embraces viral talent YouTube since May of this year, under the title TrueDynamic. “I wanted something out Creativity can be found all over Manhattan High School. of the norm,” he said about the channel’s name. Whether it be in ceramics, Without any professional English, band or choir, every Carly Tracz opinions editor
student has their niche. One student in particular found his own on YouTube. Senior Daniel St. Amand has been creating videos for
“I get ideas in the shower or on a walk,” St. Amand said. “It just happens.” St. Amand started making videos when he was little, mostly about Star Wars and Legos. His first serious video, “Tiny Zombie,” was posted on YouTube last May. Everything he’s learned so far has been a product of trial and error. “How does anybody learn anything? I had a camera so I decided to actually use it,” St. Amand said. “After that it’s just film, film, film. You’re going to get it right at some point.” While school, sports and preparing for college take up a majority of his time, St. Amand always makes time for his channel. “When you love to do something, you always find time.” Senior Phillip Dix has experienced St. Amand’s videos first hand, starring in a number of them. “He has really good vision at what’s good in the video,” Dix said. “He just always seems to know what will work best.” St. Amand is inspired by YouTube artists like JacksFilms, Julian Smith, Corridor Digital and Toby Turner. “They love what they do which allows them to produce great videos consistently,” he said. “They have such a relationship with their viewers that people just keep coming back for more and bring people with them.” He hopes to gain enough subscribers on YouTube to apply for a partnership so that making videos can support him through college. With currently 55 loyal subscribers, he needs over 1,000 more to apply. To cameras, costumes or sets, he spread the word, he posts his manages to release a new one videos around Facebook and Twitter. every week, sometimes not “I’m thinking about getting having an idea until the night business cards and throwing before the release date.
them at random people,” he said. Out of his 55 subscribers and many more fans without an account, only one can come out on top as number one. “My mom is my biggest fan,” St. Amand said. “She sits at home and watches every video like 300 times and then posts them all on Facebook. Yeah, my mom’s a nerd.” St. Amand’s next big video project will be creating a video for the MHS Film Festival. He has written the script about vampire hunters by himself and plans to film when it starts to snow. Not only are scripts and
Features December 9, 2011 Manhattan High
Photo project on display Kori Bridegam staff writer
Student photographers are revealing their personal stories through a black and white project in E-001. “Inside Out,” a world wide project, is being adapted to show the deeper meaning each photographer wants to convey. “Inside Out is a project people do all over the world,” Junior Tyler Hoyt said. “People have their pictures all over buildings and walls.” The assignment given by Darren Allman, the photography teacher at Manhattan High School, was inspired by YouTube videos. The viral videos are of public places covered by the faces of various everyday individuals. “Mr. Allman showed us a video in class about the projeffects completely original, so are the costumes. Most are ect. He wanted to hang our made by St. Amand himself, pictures all around the school like the set of leather and but the school wouldn’t let chainmail featured in a reus,” Junior Allie Massanet cent video called “Quest.” said. “We ended up hanging “Other (costumes) I’ve just acquired throughout the them on boxes in his room.” The pictures are blown years,” he said. St. Amand plans to attend up to an extremely large size Kansas State University next and a special program that year. He wishes to eventually involved several steps had to receive a doctorate in mebe used to create the final chanical engineering before images. moving to Los Angeles to “We used a program called pursue a career as a direcSoho which printed out tor/cinematographer. “The separate pages that we taped PhD is just in case that plan doesn’t go anywhere.” together,” Hoyt said. Screenshots taken from St. Amand’s The photos are on display videos show his wide variety of ideas. in E-001. Some videos only include him alone,
“When you love to do something, you always find time.” -St. Amand
others feature his friends. Check out YouTube and search for “TrueDynamic” to see all of his work. Photos courtesy of YouTube
Seniors make big picture decisions The company that one goes with is going to determine everything. How many Senior pictures have been outfits, the price, if your beloved poodle Fluffy can be popping up all over Facebook and, with the yearbook in them, and where you can deadline approaching, many take them. “A lady I work for told me students are scrambling to get theirs taken. Finding the about [La Brisa], she had her family pictures done by them right company, outfit, and so I thought I could give locations are some of the hardest decisions that one has them a shot. I really liked that they gave you a CD and to make for the photos. The you had the option of printoutfit and location speaks volumes. It says, “This is who ing them on your own. Once I took my pictures with them I am.” a lot of other people did too,” “Yes, senior pictures are Senior Caroline Fry said. “I a huge deal. They’re a girls definitely compared money. passageway to womanhood for their senior year,” Senior It was a big deciding factor. I mean, I wasn’t going to pay Kelcie Dies said. $1,000 for some pictures.” Other students feel difOther students don’t go ferently about the subject. with a well-known company Senior Ben Stegeman does not feel like they mean much and choose a local photographer. to him. “I went with Alan Honey, “They aren’t that big of a he’s Will Honey’s dad. I don’t deal, but I think they mean think he’s done a lot of senior more for my parents,” he said Lindsey Goff editor in chief
pictures but he did a good job. I think I also got a discount because I know Will,” Stegeman said. Preparing for pictures is also something to think about. “I honestly had no preparation. I didn’t really wear a lot of makeup and they were really causal. I wanted them to be really natural,” Fry said. “I went shopping and got a few outfits and I really didn’t put too much makeup on. I just woke like thirty minutes before and got ready,” Dies said. So when it comes down to planning for senior pictures it’s always wise to make sure one compares and contrasts companies to make sure that they have the best deal, plan ahead for locations, and make sure that the outfits that have been chosen represent you.
Senior pictures are due by Dec. 21. If you don’t submit it to E-108, your Lifetouch photo will be used. Thi s i s y our y earbook. Take it pers onally!
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December 9, 2011 Manhattan High
Hey Keaton! Down:
1. The other girl in your life’s name. 2. Your truck smells like this. 4. Our anniversary. 6. Your basketball number. 7. You’re making me a piggy bank in the shape of what animal? 11. You know almost every word to this movie. 13. We’ve been to _____ dances together. 15. You got me these last year for my birthday. 16. My birthday is in what month?
3. Where we went for Thanksgiving last year. 8. This is what your grandpa named the chicken that I liked. 9. Your favorite color. 10. Your birthday. 12. For some reason this is your favorite food. 14. Call me Copper the Hound and I’ll call you ____ 17. We had some ______ in this class last year. 18. The number of letters in I love you. 19. What I got you for your birthday this year. 5. The number of dances we’ll have gone to if you go to Sub Deb with me.
So Keaton Barragar, will you go to Sub Deb with me? ________ --Linds :)
Photo by Kori Bridegam
Regular ‘scopes not doing their job? Try our SUPERDELUXE HORO-SCOPES! Look below for this week’s reliable* astrological advice.
Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December) The feature presentation is about to begin. A trip to the movies will be most enriching. Number: 6.50 Capricorn (22 December – 20 January) If the shoe fits, buy it and if the knot slips, re-tie it. Number: 1,961,990,553,600 Aquarius (21 January – 19 February) Valentine’s Day is still a while a way. On the optimist’s hand, you can get a gift for your SO or future SO now, while Christmas deals are around. On the not-so-optimist’s hand, now’s as good a time as any to buy a couple of tubs of ice cream and a large spoon. Number: 67 Pisces (20 February – 20 March) Waffles for dinner is a good idea. Number: 64 Aries (21 March – 20 April) You may be experiencing an event that makes you want to hide your face inside a paper bag, but resist the urge. Facing your
faux pas can help you come out of the situation a stronger person. Numbers: 28 Taurus (21 April – 20 May) Christmas bells will ring, Christmas bells will chime. An invitation in the mail for happy wedding time. Number: 4 Gemini (21 May – 20 June) Have chicken, or your favorite chicken substitute, for dinner. Number: 8.1 Cancer (21 June – 21 July) If you’re hungry and you know it... make sure you keep a snack in your purse/ bag/“satchel.” Number: 6 Leo (22 July – 22 August) Click. Click. Tap. Tap. Beep. A text to you is on its way, and I think you just might like it. Number: 3 Virgo (23 August – 22 September) Get together with friends and have a chicken (or chicken substitute) and waffles party. Numbers: 1975 Libra (23 September – 22 October)
Beware Saran wrap. Number: 768,806 Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) This horoscope is/ a warning to the reader/ only write haikus Number: 175 *These horoscopes are intended for humor only. Do not make life decisions based on these tips. NumbersSagittarius: Matinee ticket price at local cinema. Capricorn: Possible methods for shoe lace tying. Aquarius: Days until Valentine’s Day. Pisces: Pockets on an Eggo waffle. Aries: Pages printed by the average web user, according to HP and Gartner group. Taurus: Weddings I have been to. Gemini: Grams of protein per 100 gram serving of raw tofu. Cancer: The average daily snacks eaten by American children, according to a 2010 study. Leo: Non-letter producing keys on a standard telephone dial pad. Virgo: Marks the founding of Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Libra: The average distance to the moon and back. Or how much you hate me. Scorpio: Is equal to 5x7x5, or syllables in the first, times the second, times the third line.
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