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Volume 4 / Issue 6

April 3. 2013

Nationalist Staff Co-Editors: Napoleon Martinez Courtney Miller Cheyenne Zephier Staff Writers: Whitney Fryer Molly Gray Long Ha Luke Herbert Kristina Ivanov Destiny Moen Kourtney Sundheim Adviser: Mary Gail Monahan

“The Nationalist” is published monthly by the newspaper staff of Roosevelt High School, 6600 W. 41 Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Circulation is free to students and faculty. Letters to the editor, columns, quotes, polls and editorials are the opinion of the bylined author(s). The opinions expressed in “The Nationalist” do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the faculty, administration or entire student body of Roosevelt High School. Signed letters to the editor of 200 words or less are welcome. Letters may be edited due to subject, length and decency.

Cover: Following the assembly with Diversity and Inclusion Consultant Jamie Utt on Career Day, junior Kayla Nack tears off a section of a poster to keep as a reminder of greater tolerance and acceptance of all people. Photo by Tyler Lindgren.

The Nationalist - December 12, 2012



Level up and don’t blame games for violence

RHS Community Voices

It is easy to go along with our lives not realizing that we make a negative or positive impact in someone’s life. It is a shame that the majority of the time negative actions get more attention than positive. You may not realize, but people are watching your every move in and out of school. It would be alarming for some students if they knew how many calls come into the office on a daily basis, to either complain or compliment a student’s behavior out of school. When I tell people that I am the School Resource Officer at Roosevelt they will often tell me about positive things Roosevelt students do. It always makes me feel proud knowing that people are watching and noticing the good things that are happening in and around Roosevelt. On the other hand, people are always quick to call and make their voice heard when things are not positive. Some of the

percent of parents check the ESRB rating before buying video games. The Federal Trade Commission reports that parents are present when video games are purchased nine out of ten times. It’s good to see that the industry is pushing for greater information for parents, the ones who are raising the children, and creating a more prominent and satisfactory way of gauging video game appropriateness for children. Through my experience connecting with others through the various online networks I’ve learned that gamers tend to be better people than those that don’t. Not to say that those who don’t play video gamers are bad people but the fact is that video gamers are a generally very sociable, friendly and fun people, excluding the stereotypical 12-year-old. It’s interesting to learn how different people think and work. Sure, it’s fun to play the bad guy sometimes but that’s part of the experience too. Knowing the bounds and limits of your abilities and applying those skills to further yourself as a person. I would not be half the person today I am without the video games I’ve played. In fact, I might not be here at all. Video games, like art, have the power to send deep, meaningful messages of inspiration to players. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time, scholars have blamed popular media for crime. The crime wave of the 70s and 80s was often accredited to television. If video games are indeed a small part of the problem, simply restricting them will not solve anything. If we made violence in video games regulated it would not have stopped shooters like Lanza from doing what he did. Psychology, law, culture and perception will always be a part of this equation. But the psychology has only proved correlation, which does not mean causation. The laws, culture and perception are merely confusion and fear trying to scapegoat video games as a target by, I’m sorry, an ignorant perception of video games. If you’ve never played a violent video game I implore you to try it right now. You might not agree with the violence and may even have a stronger opposition but there is a difference, as both sides of this issue will claim, between watching an event unfold and actually interacting with it. Who wouldn’t get a little competitive in such an environment? I am proud of the video game industry for everything they have accomplished for itself, the United States and for all the gamers out there. Video game violence should never be a scapegoat and hopefully, as perceptions change, video games will one day be as highly regarded as film and literature. It is a true experiential and interactive art form, as well as an entertainment source. The public will see that one day; or better yet, take up the chance to live it.

RHS Community Voices

biggest complaints that we receive include but are not limited to vandalizing (egging) houses, driving complaints in residential areas, jaywalking across W. 41st Street, harassment via computers or phones, and loud boisterous behavior in places of business. A lot of these complaints come to Roosevelt because the citizens automatically assume that the teenagers involved are students at Roosevelt. This is the area that concerns me. All staff members and community members want each of you to enjoy your high school experience. But we need you to be safe while experiencing high school. When you find yourself in a compromising position, take a moment to think about what is happening and make the best decision to keep yourself safe and out of trouble. Remember that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Take pride in yourself, our school, and our community.

Office Tim Kacena, RHS School Resource Officer

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Dear Editor,

By Napoleon Martinez

the link between aggression and video game violence is very weak. Research into video game violence is nowhere near foolproof. Some researchers have agreed there is some sort of correlation between violent video games and aggression. However, the pool of research is merely that, a pool of data and speculation of psychology that is poorly done and guided by no standards of how to collect the data. Christopher J. Ferguson, an associate professor of psychology and criminal justice, said that “I look at [the data] and I can’t say what it means.” Researcher Douglas Gentile has stated that one problem is the small sample size of data. He has noted, however, that exposure to violent video games is probably just one part of the larger picture. The media also adds to the confusion by not being definitive in claims against video games. Aggression is defined in many of the studies purporting links as symptoms such as an increased heart rate and increased competitiveness. These same feelings are the same kind of feelings that a sports participant would receive though. Sports participants who get their heart racing and in This confusion between what aggression is and how it applies to the violence we see in the news has created this error in thinking for the general public. Everybody needs to take steps to make the situation more understandable and remove stereotypical allegations against any kind of “violent” media. Violence is in many different mediums. Violence can merely create good narrative through the creation of conflict. Emotion is often evoked through violent narrative. The highest grossing film of all time, not adjusted for inflation, is Avatar, a movie where an innocent race of people on the planet of Pandora are killed violently with guns for their natural resources by humans. Conflict is a major part of narrative. Thankfully, there are those who are standing up for the video game industry. EA’s CEO has said that his company plans to be part of the solution. Also, the Entertainment Software Association has joined the fight to protect the image of the industry. On March 11, they announced that they would be launching a new national public education campaign to increase awareness as well as promote and display the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB)’s age rating system where they appear and where do not yet. This will help families become more educated so that they can manage their entertainment choices more closely. “No one knows better than parents when it comes to making decision about which games their children should and should not play,” said Senator John Thune. According to a survey conducted in 2012, 70

Back in 2011, oh so long ago, in the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that had been enacted in 2005. In a 7-2 vote decision, the high court called the law unconstitutional because it impeded our First Amendment rights. The law was one of a long series of failed attempts by Californian legislature to censor violent entertainment for minors because they had “determined” that they were harmful to minors. I’m here to tell you that these always-correct politicians are wrong. While the law itself was revoked because the government does not have the power to restrict expression in a medium that communicates ideas such as books, movies or video games, it did bring to light the topic of video game violence to the media. It was a wake-up call for the game industry because now the perception of society had shifted to a view that video games are causing an increase in violence. It might be argued by a proponent of this view that video games are much more intense and interactive than a movie or book which is causing people to have increased violent tendencies. But that is simply a matter of perception as well obscure and ambiguous societal views. Fast forward to the recent news of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary and the video game controversy beings to unfold once again. A report citing unnamed law enforcement officials came to the conclusion that the shooter Adam Lanza, a Starcraft II gamer, had been motivated in part by video games. This has culminated in video games being brought back to the spotlight for one simple reason: It’s easy to blame video games. A great, many people can look at a “violent, gun-toting” video game and scapegoat it as a major cause for increased violence. The statement President Obama has responded with is to call on Congress to release $10 million to enable the CDC to conduct fresh investigations into possible links between media and violence, but it’s still slightly absurd. There is nothing wrong with more research (and spend your tax dollars where you will), but the reaction seems to be merely an appeasement to the American people. By questioning video games and violent media, you are almost reassuring ignorant views. Just as Gamasutra editor Kris Graft has commented about game developers meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, if you are meeting about gun control, you are claiming you’re part of the problem. With these actions the public perception will only increase in terms of the vilification of game creators and the video game industry. Research into



Women in the draft Yes, let us help out, America

By Molly Gray It all started with the Nineteenth Amendment; the right for women’s suffrage. Then, during World War II, women were encouraged to take up jobs to support their families while their husbands were at war. Now, women are able to be in any branch of the military and attend college, which they are doing in greater numbers than men. The government needs to stop living in the past. Women are no longer a minority group; women are on the rise. In the past, it has always been the viewpoint that women should be privileged or granted the right to vote, work or fight. But if this country is truly united in equality, then shouldn’t women bear the load, too? Is it fair to expect men to be the bread winners, the soldiers and the political leaders? It’s not. Women are citizens, too. We should have equal rights and equal responsibilities. There are about 13 million males in the United States that would qualify for the draft according to the United States Census Bureau. If women were included in the draft, there would be a total of 26 million that qualify. That doubles the amount of ranks we would have in the draft if our country ever needed to use it. All branches of the military currently have 1.5 million active members according to the U.S. Military Data on If we ever needed to use the draft, including women in the draft would increase our ranks 17 times over. This proves that there is strength in numbers, if women are included. The line between gender roles is beginning to blur. Women are no longer staying at home making sandwiches in the kitchen. The New York Times did a study that revealed women make up 58 percent of college students, and care more about their GPA than men. Women clearly have the determination and the brains to make it far in life. We are no longer submissive to men, we are equal. Men are also starting to pursue women-dominated areas of the work force. One in every 15 men are becoming nurses, a typically female job, according to the Heath Resources and Services Administration. There are also more male teachers and stay-at-home dads. So if men can pursue these feminine careers, why shouldn’t women pursue male-dominant lines of work? If America is truly “One Nation, under God, indivisible”, do we have the right to divide it between “male roles” and “female roles”? We’re all citizens, so we should all work together to protect our country. It shouldn’t matter what gender a person is; what should matter is their passion for their country. In conclusion, our country has reached a time where women have the same rights and responsibilities. I believe that we should continue to make our country equal in ALL aspects, not only to be fair, but to give the guys a break, too. Doing this would also greatly increase our ranks as a nation and it would live up to the words of Francis Bellamy, “liberty and justice for ALL.”

No, we need to support at home

By Whitney Fryer

At the age of 18, men are required to sign up for the selective service. Recently, the government has been debating whether or not women should have to register as well. I think women make as good if soldiers as men do and possibly even better, however, I do not think our government should require women to sign up for the draft along with their male counterparts. In the case of a situation requiring a draft, all able-bodied males will be removed from the workforce, leaving vacant positions that could be occupied by women. This is the reason Rosie the Riveter was created during World War II. Rosie assisted in selling the importance of the war effort and luring women into the workforce. According to nearly 18 million women had joined the workforce by the end of war in 1945. Roughly three million of those women worked in war plants, but the majority filled traditional female occupations, such as jobs in the service sector. Overall, drafting is primarily used to fill positions in combat units. Personally, I feel that many women may not be able to efficiently serve in these combat roles. Army basic training requires men, 17-21, to complete a minimum of 35 push-ups in two minutes, while women of the same age group only have to do 19 push-ups in the same time frame. This shows the gap in the strength difference between men and women. Proving how difficult it could be for a woman to carry a wounded male solider twice her size out of the line of fire. Another reason not to draft women is that many of them in the 18-26 age group could potentially have young children at home or are planning to start a family. In 2008, 25 was the average age a woman gave birth to her first child, according to Also, I do not think mothers should be forced to leave their children unless it is their personal choice. War can be devastating, particularly for a young child who could ultimately end up losing both parents due to a selective service. If both parents are drafted, what would happen to the children who had no one to look after them? Sending them to live with another family member may not be a possibility for many children. Creating a nation of orphans is nothing to be proud of. Lastly, people debate that if women want equal rights they should have to register for the draft. Even though women have earned the right to vote and made great strides since the 1970s, they still do not have equal rights in the workforce. In 2012, women were earning about 82 percent of what their male coworkers were receiving. Women can register for the selective service, but only after Congress adds an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Which will prevent anyone from denying someone their civil rights due to their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. In the mean time, the military should be a voluntary option for all women, even if the U.S. had to call on a draft to recruit soldiers.

Timeline of Women’s Rights in History 1826 - First public high school for girls opened in New York and Boston

1890 - Wyoming is the first state to allow women to vote

1972 - U.S. Congress passes the Equal Employment Opportunity Act

1820 1848 - The first Women’s Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, NY

1920 - The 19th Amendment is ratified, allowing women to vote in federal elections


2005 - Condoleezza Rice becomes first African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State



Dumpster diving yields discoveries, disappointments AP U.S. History teacher, Mary Schmitz, was lucky enough to witness three rambunctious rascals diving through the school dumpsters. She may have caught us in the act, but little did she know what our true intent actually was. Garbage can say a lot about who someone is; it is a dirty record of what we buy, what we eat and what we do. So we made it our mission to find out what RHS’s garbage said about our student body. We found many interesting things. First, we found a lot of empty Pop-Tart boxes. The Student Store is awfully busy trying to keep their Pop-Tart reserves stocked for the student body. In terms of beverage disposal, we saw the following; preference goes to Juice Stop over any other drink dispensing store. Among all the cups, we found just one cup of Caribou Coffee. Starbucks was completely nonexistent. The band room is awfully thirsty; sneaking around in secret, we spied with our little eyes that their recycling bin was overflowing with waterbottles, Gatorades and AriZona teas. Two words: Mountain Dew. This pop was so prevalent it is easily our number one drink; RHS students love their caffeine. There was only ONE, JUST ONE, can of diet

pop. Yeah, we sure as heck crave our sugar, too. Talking about sugar, we really like candy. The garbage can crevices were stuffed with discarded candy wrappers. We found everything from Warheads to Sour Punch Straws to Kit Kat bars. We also eat healthy, or somewhat healthy, that is. We found so many banana peels, we ourselves went bananas. We only calmed down when we smelled all the discarded orange peels. Only one apple was sighted. We found gargantuan amounts of leftover duct tape, especially around C-wing. The school seems to be up to something nefarious. We were very glad to find only four copies of “The Nationalist” circulating throughout the school’s garbage cans. Here is a list of some super-duper By Kristina Ivanov

interesting things we found. One Profit and Loss sheet for the Art Department; one discarded diary entry written for “Of Mice and Men” by freshman Asia Martinez, a container of Red Wigglers, worms for a science class (something was definitely still a’ wiggling); a lot of worksheets that showed us that RHS might want to work on its grammar; a couple of interesting works of art; and one organized spreadsheet for the Kaleidoscope concert. Digging in the trash really pays off. While rooting around in the dumpsters out back, we found several curious sheets of blank computer paper with scribbling on them. Later, we discovered that those pieces of paper were librarian records of books with orders of special bindings. We checked with the librarian to make sure it was indeed trash, and as it turns out, those records were thrown out by mistake. She thanked Destiny Moen (one of the rambunctious rascals) for bringing them in and awarded the entire Nationalist staff with a big bag of candy. The student body is like a little toddler, fond of wiggling worms, sour candy, and sugary soft drinks. Whether it was the garbage outside or the garbage inside, RHS sure has a lot to say with what it throws away.

There is more to politicians than meets the eye Originally, when I started writing this piece, it was going to be about sequestration, which is the cutting of the federal budget. But in order to write that, I wanted solid evidence to back up each of my claims. So I went searching for the best answers I could find, from the best source, our federal government. I emailed everyone I thought would be helpful, Chairman of Office and Management Budget Paul Ryan(R), Speaker of the House John Boehner(D), South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, both of our state Senators Tim Johnson(D) and John Thune(R), S.D. Representative. Kristi Noem (R), and even President Barack Obama(D). I knew it was a long shot, but I was determined. Senator Tim Johnson and Representative Kristi Noem got back to me right away, and I was surprised to say the least. Although, I know they represent South Dakota and are for the people in their state, I did not envision a reply, let alone that they would be willing to answer any questions I had. It was not long after that, I got my interview with Gov. Daugaard. Becuase of these events, I realized that this piece was about more than just the federal budget being cut. It is about the ones who had a voice in the dramatic cuts and their willingness to talk to a high school student. When Rep. Kristi Noem called me, her very first concern was whether she was taking me out of class time, which surprised me because; one, I’m a high schooler--anytime out of class is a good time. Two, this showed she cared, not only about her interview, but who was doing the interview. Noem answered each question I had about the sequester giving me new insight to the problem. During the conversation she informed me of two bills that the House passed, but the Senate did not pick up. Noem never stated what these bills were exactly, but she was confident that they could have prevent sequestration. Although I deem it highly unlikely that the sequester could have been prevented, it was

a relief knowing the House of Representatives saw the problem approaching and attempted to push it back down before it surfaced. Later in the conversation Noem expressed her frustration with President Obama and the Senate because neither have fulfilled a budget plan for the year, which is true, but neither did the House of Rep. Noem then talked about the lack of trust she had in countries such as China, “Every dollar the United States spends, 33 cents of it is owned by another country,” Noem stated. She proceeded to explain how the idea of China holding U.S. treasury bonds was terrifying because they were communist, how it was not in the best interests of the United States. I do admit I was confused as to why China came up, but Noem connected China to the sequester by saying the United States needs to stop overspending because other countries are accumulating treasury bonds. Next I talked to Sen. Johnson. Now I am neither a Democrat nor Republican., but I do admire Sen. Johnson. While he experienced some health issues in 2006, he continued to do a fantastic job in his Senate seat. In the interview, Johnson explained how he wanted to cut tax loopholes and raise taxes on the wealthy. Johnson did not hesitate when he expressed his distaste for tax loopholes. He acknowledged that Republicans do not support his idea, but he was set on maintaining South Dakota’s bonds. Johnson went on to explain that health care would be affected by $85 billion in cuts. In a press release on Feb. 25 Johnson said that health care would lose $122,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health issues in SD. In the same press release Johnson said that education would lose $1.7. Thankfully, in my interview with the senator, he explained that a limited amount of money comes from the government for education. SD’s budget will be able to cover the cuts where the government left off. In my email exchange with Gov. Daugaard. He further explained to me the true effects sequester will have on education in S.D.

“The department administers $110 million in federal funds, while other federal funds go directly to the schools. If sequestration goes into effect, the U.S. Department of Education will receive a 5 percent cut,” said Daugaard. By Cheyenne Zephier “These cuts to each school district could be more or less than 5 percent depending upon which federal programs those schools participate in.” Gov. Daugaard wants to see a balanced budget to take effect. However, he said that S.D. is ready to process the cuts the federal government is making nation-wide. “I realize we need to fill in the gaps when South Dakota receives less federal money in the future,” said Daugaard. In each of my interviews, I learned both about the sequester and about the politicians themselves. Despite popular belief that Congress is doing nothing to help the economy and instead wasting time, my interviews showed me that they are doing the best they know how to do. I personally, thought that both houses of Congress were doing nothing, but now I realize that was naive of me to think because with every problem, time is needed to solve it. Gov. Daugaard is fulfilling his responsibilities to our state by making sure S.D. can handle whatever cuts are being thrown at us. As I get closer to voting age, it is this kind of information I will take with me to the polls. While I know that each candidate may make a bad decision from time to time, I now recognize that each candidate is willing to solve problems and make time for the people in the state of which they represent. By the way, I’m still waiting for Obama to email me back.


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Veteran teacher to retire after years of service

By Kristina Ivanov said Kemmis. She also plans to travel and Six years ago, people from RHS volunteer for some of her favorite programs. came knocking on Rhonda Kemmis’s front Working part time is a possibility as well. door; asking Kemmis to exclusively teach Kemmis said that she won’t forat RHS as a Health and Wellness teacher. get the kids she has taught. “Working with Throughout the years, her teaching career kids is always fun, is always changing [and] is has jumped from teaching elementary school never boring. I’m going to miss them tremenchildren physical education to teaching lan- dously,” said Kemmis. She loved the aspect guage arts, social studies, and physical educa- of guiding students toward getting out in the tion at Whittier Middle School. world on their own. “They are in that uncer Kemmis has tainty point. It’s fun been a very active teacher. to communicate with Not only has she taught them on that level.” a variety of subjects, she Freshman Hahas also coached several deel Kadhim will sports, including gymmiss seeing Kemmis nastics, volleyball, and at school next year. basketball. Kadhim is a student It’s a very bitin one of Kemmis’ tersweet moment in Speech classes. “From Kemmis’s life to be the first day I saw her, stepping away from I feel like she’s my teaching. “It’s a very friend,” said Kadhim. difficult thing to walk “She never separated away from something us from the American that you love so much,” students. When you said Kemmis “I’ve been talk to her, she feels very lucky to work in a what you’re saying.” profession with other Her desk and bulteachers and adminisletin board are overtrators that are so smart flowing with notes and so professional and that over the years so hardworking.” For she has received from Kemmis, teaching hasn’t Rhonda Kemmis, Lucas Wilber. Photo by Haley Hofer students. Little post it only been a job where she only cares about notes saying things like “Have a great day,” the paycheck. For her it’s been a way of life and “I love you.” “Every time that I get that has allowed her to impact the future. some kind of acknowledgement that I make After Kemmis officially retires she a difference in some kids’ life, those are my plans to stay busy. “We have a place in the fondest moments,” said Kemmis. “These are Hills, so I want to spend more time there,” hopefully the best years of my life.”

Lukens to take a year off to educate educators with Texas Instruments By Kristina Ivanov He is a science teacher, the Science Department chair and the AP head coordinator. Jeff Lukens will be taking a leave of absence next year to pursue his dream of educating teachers to become bet- Jeff Lukens, Science Department Head ter teachers with the help of Texas Instruments Technology. For seventeen years, Lukens has both taught at RHS and trained science teachers around the world. “It’s an opportunity to make an impact outside of my own classroom. This is an opportunity that will allow me to help other teachers become better,” said Lukens. He is the only science teacher in the nation that is doing this. Lukens has traveled to several different states around the nation and has even trained teachers in different countries. Last year, he went to India to train science and math teachers on using Texas Instruments and technology. After he is done traveling for the year, spreading his knowledge, Lukens hopes to come back to RHS. “It’s going to be very difficult for me to walk away from Roosevelt, even for a year,” said Lukens “If I walk away from Roosevelt for a month it would be tough. But just to not be here for next year is going to be hard, I was looking forward to next year with the students I was going to have.”

Big names in music have concerts in Sioux Falls By Molly Gray Sioux Falls has recently been hosting a variety of fairly popular bands, and RHS students have taken this opportunity to attend the concerts and support their favorite artists. Tenth Avenue North had their concert at the Washington Pavilion on March 1. They are predominantly a Christian Rock band. Junior Amanda Herman and some of her friends attended the concert. Herman described the band’s music as inspirational. “I think they’re music just helps me get through the day. It’s Christian, and I’m Christian, so it helps me with my religion,” said Herman, “After a lot of songs, he’d give a speech about different things and it was just nice to hear someone that big talking to a crowd as big as we were about God.” The sold out Phillip Phillips concert was also at the Washington Pavilion on March 19. The 7 p.m. show had the band Churchill as an opener. Junior Erin Running attended with 3 other friends and they were some of the first people in line for tickets. “The Washington Pavilion actually opened early, and we

got there at, like, 8 a.m., and we got in line. We were the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th people in line,” said Running. Folk singer Phillip Phillips was also American Idol’s season 11 winner. “I watched him on American Idol. It was cheap tickets and it was someone somewhat big coming to Sioux Falls, so I was like, ‘yeah I’ll go. I do like his music’, ” said Running. Rap group Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be performing at Augustana’s Elmen Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 5. Tickets for the show have been sold out since the end of January. According to Big Events co-governer Adam Jorde, who is in charge of the event, there have been about 4,200 tickets sold. “It’s incredible how quickly they sold out. I mean, it surpassed our expectations by four-fold,” said Jorde. He is not sure if there will be an opportunity for fans to meet Macklemore or not. “I can’t make a guarantee about a meet and greet. In the past, Macklemore has, after the show, immediately gone to his merchandise table and kind of met with whoever was around there. He’s

quite a bit bigger now so I don’t know if that will be the same with this show or not,” said Jorde. The band held the number 1 spot on iTunes for their hit “Thrift Shop”, but senior Adam Kost was a fan before he even heard the song. “A buddy of mine, Seth Bolan, introduced me to him. I actually didn’t hear the song “Thrift Shop” until after he showed me some of his other songs,” said Kost. Kost, who is rumored to have bought the very last ticket for the show, said, “I think the coolest thing to see is an independent label go to the top of the charts.”



Debate students qualify for national tournament this summer By Whitney Fryer Debate partners, junior Connor Munsinger and sophomore Jaedon Kroger attended the National Qualifying Tournament at Washington High School and qualified to the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament. Then a week later, the team won State in Class AA in Yankton. The National Tournament is being held June 18 – 21 in Birmingham, Ala. Kroger and Munsinger are proud of their accomplishment. “We are all pretty excited to go to Nationals; this is the first time in Roosevelt’s history that we have directly qualified a team to go Nationals,” said Munsinger. Munsinger and Kroger are a part of policy debate. In policy, two teams argue against one another, explained Director of Debate Jackie

Wilber. One team is affirmative, for change, and the other is negative, against change. This year’s topic was transportation infrastructure,

Wilber with Munsinger and Kroger after State. Submitted photo.

which dealt with roads, bridges, and highways. Wilber will be attending the National Tournament with Munsinger, Kroger and the other 500 qualifying students from across the United States. Kroger explained how Nationals works, “You are guaranteed six rounds, but if you continuously win you can have as many as 15 rounds.” Kroger said he and Munsinger will be working on preparations for Nationals through the end of the school year, along with research for next year’s debate topic. Next year’s topic is trading with Latin American countries, explained Kroger. “[We will be] meeting a couple of times a week to ensure we are adequately prepared to debate at the National Tournament,” said Munsinger.

School Lunches: Nourishing the student body since 1944 By Kristina Ivanov All the school lunches are made on site. The school cafeteria is governed by the Child and Adult Nutrition program. It’s a federal program that covers all of the United States. School lunches have changed over the years. Just this year the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, pioneered by Michelle Obama, has made it mandatory for each and every student to have a fruit or a vegetable on their tray. The amount of food thrown away has increased from last year. “We did find more garbage in the beginning of the school year, but now it seems like things have evened out” said Joan Texley, Kitchen Manager. There are five components to a meal. There’s the entrée (main source of protein), fruit, vegetable, milk and bread. The kitchen staff follows the regulated guidelines making sure that portions are balanced in calories, nutrients and nutrition. The max amount of calories allowed in a school meal

for the high school student is 850 calories. “That’s quite a substantial meal” said Texley. “Most everything is cooked in very healthy ways” said Texley. Many, if not all, of the vegetables are cooked in the steamer, which uses water vapor to cook the food. “If we do have to use oil, we use Canola oil which has no trans-fats in it.” 99 percent of the food is fresh and new every day. If there is something that can safely be used back in food sources the kitchen staff does try to reuse it in order to keep from wasting food. In the meals there are no by-products. For example: in the Chicken nuggets there are no tid bits of ground beak or feathers. The chicken nuggets are 100 percent white chicken breast. “When we go to market to buy, we go right to Tyson or these big manufacturers and they have to sign off on it, that it is what we require” said Texley. The meals are healthy and nutritious; the kitchen staff makes sure of that. Even

Photo by Kristina Ivanov

the peanut butter jelly sandwiches are healthy, they have whole wheat bread, and the peanut butter and jelly are a great source of protein. With seven different meals every day, there is a lot variety and nutrition in what to eat.

Rock and Roll Academy offers kids, teens music opportunities By Courtney Miller Recently, Chuck Brennan announced the opening of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, Mar 26 – 30. To get involved at the Academy, kids from first grade to the age 18 can join, as long as they are already a part of the Sioux Empire Boys and Girls Club. The member fee for the Boys & Girls Club is $25 a year. This also includes transportation to and from the Eastside Boys & Girls Club. At the Academy, youth can learn how to play guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and learn to sing by taking weekly lessons with musicians, along with practicing and performing for concerts put on by the Academy.

To kick off the opening of the Academy, different rock bands and comedians performed at the Academy. Bands like Night Ranger and Alice Cooper & All-Star

Celebrity Band took the stage at the Rock & Roll Academy 300 seat concert venue. All of the proceeds went to the Boys & Girls Club. On Fri. Mar 29, the Academy held a free open house for the public. The Academy itself has nine rehearsal rooms for the weekly lessons, a 4000 sq. foot concert venue and a Pro Tools recording studio. According to the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy web site, “Brennan Rock and Roll Academy was established to help children uncover and develop their love, passion and talents through The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy located at 900 W. 11th Street. the power of music.”

The Nationalist - April 3, 2013



Fine Arts activities wrap up school year Theater II to perform the final play of the year

By Whitney Fryer On April 30, May 2 and May 4, the Theater II class will be perform “The American Dream, The American Car” in the Little Theater. The cast includes 17 students who will take on a minimum of three roles each. Director Randy Hanzen chose this play because, It has an interesting combination of scenes that will allow the students in the calls to be actively involved. The play also has humor and a historical perspective that will hold the interest of the audience.

Music Theory students form own ensemble By Whitney Fryer Six Music Theory students are taking a piece of music and writing out the different parts for each instrument. The song they are working with is “Chicago” by Sufjan Steven. They will be performing the piece here at RHS on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. during an Orchestra concert. Senior Jes- Riley Johnson, 10, and Jessalyn Holsing, 12 use Finale 2012 Photo By Napoleon Martinez salyn Holsing is very excited to perform the piece. “It’s a unique piece and I think anybody who hears it will enjoy it,” said Holsing.

Art showcase to feature student work

By Destiny Moen “It takes a lot of creativity and problem solving and technical skill to create a work of art.” said Art Director Lisa Dresch. On April 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. RHS fine art students are having an art show in the commons, the display case on the way to C-wing and the C-wing itself to display and admire student artwork. Also, family and friends are invited to the art show. “It’s a way to showcase the talent that we have at RHS,” said Dresch.

Six selected to display at Sanford Hospital By Destiny Moen Sanford Heart Hospital heart show, “Food for Art and Heart” began on March 22 and will continue to run until July 20. With six high-schools participating, RHS included. As it happened RHS fine art students had projects fit that category. “A few students have Displayed art “Avacados” by Chelsey Bertelson. Submitted photo. artwork such as the oil paintings of fruits and vegetables on display at Sanford until July,” said Art Director Lisa Dresch. The gallery is in a hallway at Sanford for visitors to see and admire the student healthy art work as they walk by.

Concert Choir prepares for trip to New York By Cheyenne Zephier On April 11, Concert Choir is traveling to New York City, where they will remain for four days to sing in the Carnegie Hall, “The Carnegie Hall is a big honor to sing in, only the top choirs sing in there,” said senior Erin Bechtel. The itinerary for the trip is listed below. Day 1: They will spend at the Rockefeller Center and have a walking tour of Central Park and Times Square. Day 2: They will have a group warm-up then spend the day at the School of Music with Aaron Copland. Their day will continue with unprecedented interaction with ex- RHS Concert Choir singing at RHS in December. Photo Submitted. ceptional world-class faculty Andre Thomas, Jerry Blackstone and Joe Miller. They will personally work with Matthew Oltman, a Musical Director, Ken Davenport, Broadway producer. Day 3: The RHS students will have a walking tour of Columbus Circle. Concert Choir will then have a mass rehearsal Dr. Anton Armstrong, who was the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in Carnegie Hall, which will lead them to their overall purpose off the trip the evening concert in the Carnegie Hall. Day 4: The group plans to have a guided tour of Liberty and Ellis Islands before deporting home.

Executive Suite takes fifth with Hunger Games show

By Cheyenne Zephier On Mar. 5, RHS Executive Suite performed at a competition at Washington High School, placing fifth overall. The group performed an interpretation of the movie Hunger Games, the leading characters of the teen movie were, high school student performers, Daniel Otamendi as Peeta, Alexander Buchloh as Gale, Hayley Hogan as Prim, and Alise Wagner as Katniss. The audience was packed for the group performing. The parents and student who attended had to switch out seats in between each school that performed in order to see their school Daniel Otamendi 12, Hayley Hogan 11 “Choir is something incredible; you meet so many new people. The excitement of meeting people who love the same thing you do, it is awesome,” said junior Preston Needles. To see parts of the dance and hear the choir sing, go to the RHS Choir Facebook page.

First season of Winter Guard sets stage for next year By Kristina Ivanov This year, RHS added a new sport available for the RHS student body. Winter Guard. The season started in December and ended on Mar. 9. A sport that is normally compared to is Color Guard, however, differences between the two vary from Winter Guard where there is no marching band but rather just the Guard performing by themselves in a gym. Winter Guard performed at two basketball games and was in one competition where they placed fifth place out of five teams. “A goal we had was to stay positive and set the stage for next year,” said senior Louisa Jastram.

The 2012-2013 RHS Winter Guard participants. Submitted photo.

Walking the halls, one can see many different types of people. There are the sports kids, the theater department and the “nerds.” Each one walking on with their own problems and own stories and their hearts on their sleeves. Often, there are many whose stories are untold because the problems they face aren’t always easily visible. Some problems are avoided rather than faced. One of the few groups who are not openly talked about that often is the community of the LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered.

The Unspoken Reality: The Diversity of our Sexuality By Napoleon Martinez, Luke Herbert and Destiny Moen



HOMOPHOBIA According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, homophobia is defined as having an irrational fear of, aversion to or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. A few weeks ago, RHS had Career Day where Jamie Utt, a diversity and inclusion consultant, spoke to students about prejudice, bigotry and hate in respect to race, religion, sexual orientation and other demographics. According to Utt, homophobia, and also heterosexism, the discrimination or prejudice by heterosexuals against homosexuals, affects everyone because they can cause a community to act out from a negative standpoint of fear and discomfort. “Diversity is a demographic reality,” said Utt. “It’s not even how it affects us, but how we respond to it.” Adapted from the University Of Southern Maine’s “Safe Zone Project”, a report by the Case Western Reserve University’s LGBT Center said that homophobia “compromises human integrity by pressuring people to treat others badly, locks people in gender-based roles that inhibit creativity and self-expression, and inhibits the ability of heterosexuals to form close, intimate relationships with members of their sex, for fear of being perceived as LGBT.” “We need a ‘Let’s Make It Better Right Now’ campaign” - Jamie Utt, diversity, Inclusion consultant

According to studies throughout the United States, the national estimate of LGBT Americans is 3.5 percent of the population. Some studies show percentages of up to 10 percent. Based on national estimate above, in a city like Sioux Falls, there would be an estimated number between 5,000 and 15,000 LGBT members in our community. In RHS, there would be between about 75 to 210 LGBT students.

Ways to Support LGBT Students

There are numerous ways to find support or to support the LGBT community and LGBT students. Here are three: 1: Write to your Senator or State Representative. They represent the voice of the people. 2: Register to Vote. If you’re 18, voting allows you to voice your opinion in polls. 3: Sign a Petition: Petitions like those of allow grass-roots movements to support LGBT rights. LGBT Organizations in South Dakota PFLAG Sioux Falls Chapter: Meets every second Sunday 3pm-5pm at First Congregational Church, 300 S. Minnesota Ave. Learn more at GLAAD: Black Hills Center For Equality: Equality South Dakota:



A woman who is a homosexual

Humanity has invented esbian the light bulb, steam-powered trains, satellites in space, and raFamous Lesbian: Ellen DeGeneres dio waves in the hopes of communicating with life. But one of the few things humanity has yet Of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward both sexes to discover is how to define sexual orientation. Sexual orientation isexual can play a huge part in a person’s Famous Bisexual: Nelly Furtado life. It can determine who they are attracted to, how they act around Four in 10 LGBT youth say the certain people, how they form relationships and how they are treated by other community in which they live in is not acpeople. According to Utt, however, people cepting of LGBT people, they are twice as should not be looking to figure out why likely to say they have been physically assaultsomeone is LGBT, but rather figure out how ed, kicked or shoved at school compared to we are going to respond to it. “The question their straight peers and 28 percent of LGBT should be, how can we ensure that everyone has a youth drop out of high school because of discomfort due to verbal and physical abuse place and feels comfortable?” said Utt. in the school environment. HARASSMENT Counselor Katie Heavlin said that Coming out of the closet is not al- harassment is a threatening or tormenting beways the easiest thing to do seeing as how 50 havior that goes on for a continued amount percent of LGBT youth have reported that of time and Utt said that it is any behavior their own parents reject them due to their that targets an individual and makes them sexual orientation. In 26 percent of those feel unsafe or unwelcome in their commucases, the LGBT youth was thrown out of nity. RHS’s policy on harassment is a zerothe home. As a result of this, approximately tolerance policy. “If kids tell us something 40 percent of homeless youth in the United happened, we’ll do something about it,” said States are identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Heavlin. “When kids aren’t telling us stuff, With those numbers, the estimated number it’s hard to do anything about it.” In a report by the National Gay and of LGBT homeless here in Sioux Falls sits around 70. “The [LGBT] are a part of our Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, at least schools, whether we recognize them or not,” 75 percent of crimes against gays and lesbisaid Utt. “We need to be building communi- ans are not reported to anyone. Three-quarters of LGBT youth ties where [LGBT] students feel safe and in- cluded; this is their community like any other also say they know things will get better. student. Because that’s one of the great fail- However, Utt said to students during Career Day that is not enough. “The reality is we ures right now in American education.”

Students speaking out without words By Destiny Moen Founded in 1996, the National Day of Silence is the annual day of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to protest the bullying and harassment of LGBT students. It has become one of the largest student-led actions for making schools a safer place for everyone. Every year in April, both LGBT students and those who support them attempt to send out a powerful statement by taking a vow of silence for one whole day. This year, the Day of Silence is on April 19. Day of Silence’s purpose is to bring attention to the issue of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling. According to their website, GLSEN is focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, “envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.” Started at the University of Virginia by over 150 students for a class assignment on non-violent protests, the Day of Silence has grown to become a day to “illustrate the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.” There are people that bully, harass

or take away the rights of LGBT students every day and Day of Silence is one of the few days each year where they can stand up for what they believe. Hundreds of thousands of student in over 8,000 schools across the nation take part in the Day of Silence. Day of Silence encourages everyone to help and support those of different sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Although students do have the right to participate in Day of Silence, they do not have the right to remain silent when a teacher asks a question in class. RHS rules allow students to be silent in between classes and on breaks. GLSEN recommends students talk to their teachers ahead of time of what they plan to do. You can even ask if it would be okay to communicate through writing on that day. Principal Tim Hazlett has approved of this. Hazlett believes that Day of Silence is a good thing. “I know some people who may have had these issues since 3rd grade and to have it over and over, it affects their education over time,” said Hazlett. To learn more about Day of Silence or to register, visit


accept homosexuals. However, homophobia affects numerous Of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward people. It is something that is beay another of the same sex. ing fought against by groups such as the Humans Rights Campaign, Famous Gay: Neil Patrick Harris Equality South Dakota and various other organizations. Through campaigning, these organizations Of, relating to, or being a person (as a transsexual or transvestite) hope to support the LGBT comwho identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs ransgender from the one which corresponds to the person's sex at birth munity, educate the public and advocate for the understanding Famous Transgender: Chaz Bono and equal civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. cannot afford an “It’ll Get Better” campaign Utt also believes that we have to in Roosevelt,” said Utt. “We need a “Let’s look to ourselves and at ourselves to find the Make It Better Right Now” campaign be- solution. “If I know I’m laying that brick, if cause people are dying in our community. I know I’m making that judgment, I can stop People are hurting in our community and we myself,” said Utt. have to choose to change that.” Self-reflection is one of the four steps that Utt uses to describe how he thinks that we SUICIDE can change the way we treat others. “What I Utt prefaced this by speaking about always say is that listening is the root of jussuicide. Suicide affects everyone. It’s such a tice,” said Utt. “I would say that listening is a big problem that the United States even has a vital thing so you listen to voices you meet in National Suicide Awareness Week. “Though our communities as well as reading more from the leading cause of death of straight teen- scholars who are discussing these issues.” agers is auto accidents, the leading cause of Heavlin also thinks that reaching death of gay teenagers is suicide,” said Utt. out to other groups is one way to educate Suicide causes the death of LGBT youth at a oneself. By finding a group like the Gay statically higher percentage that heterosexual and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation teens. Teens in the LGBT community are (GLAAD) to work with, you can find retwo to six times more likely to attempt sui- sources in the community to help explore cide than heterosexual youth. any questions one might have or to become a supporter or ally. One does not have to be EDUCATION an LGBT person to be an ally. “Being an “We need to educate ourselves,” ally is that you are just there for your friend said Utt. Some scientists say homophobia and your family and people who are working is caused due to a lack of education. Oth- their way through and understanding who ers say that it’s an irrational fear of the they love and why they love the way they do,” unknown. And still others say that it’s be- said Heavlin. cause some people just really don’t like or “The thing that makes us human “That’s their life, not mine. They can live it like they want.” - William Cochrane, 9

“I don’t know.” - Kaleb Feyereisen, 9 “They’re awesome people, most of my friends are [LGBT].” - Meghan Schartz, 10 “I think it’s great that they’re around.” - Miranda Marron, 11

“I’m fine, I’m good [with it].” Shona Bird, 9

“I really don’t care. It’s a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ thing.” - Austin Uhrich, 11

“People can do whatever they want. I’m not against it.” - Lukas Nelson, 10

RHS students sound off on the LGBT



beings is the power of cognition,” said Utt. He believes that by thinking critically about one’s own thoughts and feelings and changing oneself into the person one wants to be, that person is taking one huge step towards a better community. “If we just cope, if we just go along without thinking critically…we are surrendering the very essence that makes us human beings,” said Utt. “Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in South Dakota.”

- South Dakota Constitution

LAW In a recent national Gallup poll, people were surveyed to estimate the amount of those who identify themselves as LGBT. South Dakota placed amongst the top 10 states, coming in at eighth with 4.4 percent. But out of the 11 states with a LGBT population of over four percent, South Dakota is the only state with no laws that are against discrimination based on sexual orientation or sexual identity or allow for civil unions or gay marriage. South Dakota has also adopted the controversial Defense of Marriage Act which establishes a federal definition of “marriage” as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. This is restated in Article XXI of the South Dakota Constitution itself. Because of Article XXI, same-sex couples have none of the rights that a straight couple would, such as the entitlement to property without a will or the ability to be recognized as a family member for emergency reasons. Even former President Bill Clinton himself, the man who signed in the Defense of Marriage Act, is calling for repeal. “I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. It should be overturned,” said Clinton in an editorial posted in the Washington Post on March 7. In some laws, South Dakota does not address, or explicitly protect, serve or afford, rights to LGBT couples. For instance, nondiscrimination laws do not explicitly address gender identity discrimination. Hate crime laws also do not expressly include gender identity or sexual orientation. However, some places such as larger private employers do have their own regulations regarding such discrimination. However, many studies also show that openly homosexual employees suffer harassment as well as a decrease in pay due to public perception. Laws in South Dakota do not currently explicitly support the LGBT community and, in retrospect, LGBT youth. 75 percent of LGBT youth say that most of their peers do not have a problem with their identity as LGBT and yet also 92 percent of LGBT report hearing negative messages about being LGBT. These negative messages are a clear example of the bigotry LGBT youth face. The question of whether or not being LGBT is morally correct is irrelevant when compared to the larger idea that every person should have the right to freedom from fear.



How To Pull Off Prom In A Month Are you a little freaked out about prom? Are you worried that you’re forgetting something? Or did you just decide to go? This is the list to end all lists. We’ve got everything from dinner reservations to hair styles for all of you trying to pull off prom in a month. Compiled by Kourtney Sundheim, Long Ha, and Molly Gray


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Food 2 You’re going to need energy for all the dancing you’ll do at prom, so we’ve pulled together some good eats for you. Olive Garden, Minerva’s and Grille 26 all have different ways to accommodate your group. Minerva’s manager Jerry Bremmon says, “We have a large party room that holds up to 70 people, we could do a large group.” So 8 if you’ve got a bigger group, make a reservation at Minerva’s about 3 weeks in advance. Grille 26 manager Sami Bohlen prefers smaller groups to host. “My favorite size is six, six is the magic number,” said Bohlen. If you’ve got that magic number, give Grille 26 a jingle about a month in advance. If you’ve got too much on your mind and don’t have time to make reservations, Olive Garden doesn’t take them, so they won’t be booked for the big night! Manager Karissa Zander recommends just getting to the to beat the rush. 15restaurant by 5pm16

Hair At Dimensions, Hair Salon, Stylist Liza Mott recommends making an appointment a month before prom. Mott said, “usually we do a lot of [straightening] with a poof, lots of volume.” But Mott recommends loose curls with braided bangs. She said their styles usually last all night. “It’s always good to have dirty hair, 22 said Mott. So 21 the dirtier the better,” this is the ONLY situation where it’s okay to not take a shower girls! Dress Ladies, according to Hannah from Elegant Expressions the best time to get a dress is as soon as possible, or “before all of the popular in styles are already taken at your school.” So better get on it ladies.




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10 Flowers The best time to order your flowers would be the first few weeks of April according to the florists at the Hy-Vee on 49th St. and Louise. A rose corsage will cost around $15 while a boutonniere with a rose is around 18 get a color 17$9. Make sure you that brings out the color of your dress. There is nothing worse than having a corsage that doesn’t match your dress or date.

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After Party Does your group have a plan for after prom? The party doesn’t have to end the minute the dance is over!

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Shoes Don’t spend to much on a pair of shoes to match that gorgeous dress, chances are you won’t be wearing them to much.

Tickets Prom tickets are being sold the week of prom and are $15 a person according to Lisa Griebel and Tony Lanham.



Dates Guys, don’t have a date to prom? Or having trouble trying to figure out how to ask? We found some cute ways to ask that lucky girl. One way we found is to make a video of you asking her to prom, but make sure it goes with her personality. You could make a video where you don’t speak at all and ask her with note cards, or you can make it into a funny video. Anoth12 13to fill a maer cute way would be son jar with sand and stick a piece of paper asking her inside. Then all you have to do is hang it on her door and wait for her to find it.


Group Make sure you figure 20out who is all going in your group. You don’t want to be scrambling the last minute for a group

Rides Royal Limousine representative Steve Haddorss recommended reserving a limo or party bus around three days before prom. Their limos and party 27 two 26seat anywhere from buses to 40 people and are described by the representative as comfortable and affordable. The average price of a limo or party bus with 10 to 12 passengers is $125 per hour or $11 per person per hour. Get your group to chip in and have a bangin’ ride to the dance! Nails It’s time to get the nail polish remover out and make-over your nails! Nail stylist Kim Vu of Venus Nails recommends making an appointment a few days before prom. The most popular styles to get are fake nails with a French tip. “We have a special price for students in high school, $25,” said Vu. If you’re not ready to make the fake-nail commitment, they’ll paint your nails in any design for $10! Double Check Check to see Kourtney and Molly’s final checklist!


Too young for prom? Try these fun date ideas


Tired of always going to dinner and a movie for your date night? Here are three fun (and free!) dates that the Nationalist staff came up with. We asked four couples, junior Carissa Adams and senior Trevor Wood; junior Bailee Hetland and senior Alexander Clem; juniors Anna Latza and Kyle Olinger; and sophomores Abigail Behm and Luke Peterson to participate in the dates and take a couple pictures of their dates. Compiled and designed by Courtney Miller and Cheyenne Zephier.

Carissa and Trevor

Anna and Kyle

Bailee and Alex

Abby and Luke

Picture Date: Go to a ran-

dom spot and take pictures: if it’s warm and sunny out, grab a camera and head to some random places around town….

Cereal Date: Spend a

Saturday morning together by watching some favorite cartoons on ABC or Nickelodeon—in pajamas and with a bowl or two of cereal, of course.

The Cereal Date

Bailee: “It was fun to just goof around and eat cereal.”

The Fort Date

Alex: “[We were] just messing around-- not doing anything. Carly helped us.”

Fort Date: Build a fort: if

it’s too wet or cold to out, grab some blankets, a few chairs and build a fort. Spend the rest of the afternoon playing card or board games in your fort.

What was your favorite date?  Why? The Fort Date

The Picture Date

Carissa: “We built a really nice fort.”

Anna: “It was funny, unique and exciting.”

Trevor: “[It] brought back old memories.”

Kyle: “Because the fort was a fail.”

The Fort Date

Abby: “Cause you can go in your basement and grab some pillows, blankets and whatever.” Luke: “[I] felt like a kid again.

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Brandon Gildemaster, 12 Hercules Harder, 12

Dexter Herr, 12

Joshua High, 12 Warm-up song?

Warm-up song?

“The jig is up” by Kendrick Lamar

Warm-up song? “Hall of Fame” by Script ft.

Warm-up song? “Pursuit of Happiness”, “Booty Wurk”

Biggest fan? Parents

Biggest fan? My coach (Coach Nelson)

Biggest fan? My dad, he is at every meet to support me

“Zoned Out” by KB Biggest fan? Sam Alfred

Alexander Hoang, 12 Warm-up song?

I just shuffle my music and listen to whatever comes on Biggest fan? Pretty much whoever comes to see me is my biggest fan


Tyler Howard, 12

Warm-up song? “Love Sosa” - Chief Kief Biggest fan? Jordan Johnson, he loves my form when I jump

Russel (Jordan) Johnson, 12

Warm-up song?

“Love Me” - Lil Wayne/Drake

Biggest fan? My family. I would also like to say my team because we all support eachother

Adam Kost, 12

Warm-up song? Something upbeat to pump me up! You’ll see me sporting some giant headphones that are 10x too big for my head blasting something with a heavy bassline

Keyvion Mayhan, 12 Warm-up song?

Trevon Moody, 12

“Love Me” -Lil Wayne

Warm-up song? “Do My Dance” - Tyga

Biggest fan? Drew Brees, Usain Bolt

Biggest fan? My momma

Biggest fan? Probably my parents


Not Pictured: Connor Grove, Baseball Jordan Wetering, Track and Field Cole Stienblock, 12 Warm-up song? “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba Biggest fan? Jason Wagoner

Dylan Top, 12

Warm-up song?

Ball 4 Eva- Ace Hood Biggest fan? My little brother, Ben

Zachary Tuschen, 12 Warm-up song? I don’t listen to music when I run Biggest fan? My parents Compiled by Courtney Miller and Cheyenne Zephier The Nationalist - APRIL 3, 2013



Meet the senior varsity BASEBALL

Dylan Schieffer, 12 Warm-up song? “Here Comes the Boom” by Nelly

Biggest fan? Seth Peterson, Lucas Wilber, and my parents

Seth Peterson, 12 Warm-up song?

“Candy Shop” by 50 Cent, “Can’t Be Touched” by Roy Jones Jr.

Biggest fan? Lucas Wilber and too many girls to put down.


Taylor Leasure, 12

“Get Your Shine On” by Florida Georgia Line

Anything Lady Gaga

Biggest fan? Rickie Fowler

Biggest fan? Kenny Dobberpuhl, Seth Peterson, Jeremy Eich, Dexter Herr, Creighton Thompson, Pierre Guzman, and Zack Ekeran

Kenny Dobberpuhl, 12 Warm-up song?

“Cinderella Man” by Eminem Biggest Fan?

My grandma, after games she always calls and asks how well I did and how the teams’s doing.


Morgan Weiher, 12 Warm-up song?

Lucas Wilber, 12

Warm-up song? “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Warm-up song?

Biggest fan? My BFF Kassie Friese

Amanda Mauss, 12

Warm-up song? I don’t have a specific song, it just has to have a good beat and be loud Biggest fan? Either my mom or my sprint team

Alexis Rupp, 12

Tanner Ahrendt, 12

Biggest fan? Andrea Bramley

Biggest fan? My family

Warm-up song? “Booty Wurk”

Warm-up song? “Ace Hood”


Samuel Alfred, 12

Warm-up song? “Let Go” by Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo Biggest fan? My daddy, he watches all my races and wants to see me succeed

Eric Anderson, 12 Warm-up song? “Hero “by Skillet Biggest fan? My dad

Seth Bolon, 12

Warm-up song? Listen to dialogue from the Notebook Biggest fan? The mailman, because I always deliver

Jeremiah Clark, 12 Jose Diaz-Gutierrez, 12 Warm-up song?

Warm-up song? “Til I Collapse,” “Lose Yourself,” “H.A.M”

Biggest fan? Treyvon Moody

Biggest fan? My mom. She’s been cheering me on since 7th grade.

I Woke Up in a New Bugatti



Things to do in Sioux Falls

Do you ever get bored with the things you regularly do? Ever wish you didn’t live in Sioux Falls so you weren’t so bored, or do you just want to get up and do something active? Well, The Nationalist staff is here to help. We decided to compile a list of things to do in Sioux Falls to maybe kick that annoying boredom to the curb and get you up and moving. Compiled by Kourtney Sundheim and Long Ha.


Human Foosball- Thunder Road has the

ability for students to play Human Foosball for free. This game is perfect for reliving childhood memories by bringing a game everyone has played to life. Also, this game is perfect for stress relief.

O u t d o o r Campus- This

is perfect for students who enjoy the outdoors but don’t want to spend a lot of money. All a student needs is a permit for whatever they want to do, like fishing.

Bungy- A student is able to jump What do you do for fun? Euro on a modified trampoline that flings you “It’s definitely fun to cruise around town with friends on weekend nights” Kim Luong, 10

“Ride around in a truck with my friends”

Brady Swartz, 10

Go-Karting, Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, Laser Tag, and Laser Maze-

Gaming Time-

At Galaxy Gaming a student is able to play games for only $4 an hour. This is perfect for an avid gamer who does not want to go out and buy a whole new game for one night’s worth of fun.

“I like to go to movies with my friends” Alex Defries, 12

date, Adventure Mini Golf is only $7.25 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays. Mini Golf can also be fun and relaxing. Adventure Mini Golf is located at Thunder Road.

Sertoma Butterfly House- One


Gaming Time- In case a student wants to spend longer than a couple hours they have an option to pay $14 and game all day long.

has a 60 minute jump available for only $12. This is perfect for students who would like a fun activity that isn’t too time consuming. “My favorite place to go is Pizza Ranch. Have you ever had their potatoes?”

Ryu Jackson,9


Adventure Mini Golf- Perfect for a

only $3.80 per person/game and then $2 for shoes at Sport Bowl. This is the lowest cost of bowling. Sport Bowl is located by the arena on 1901 Burnside.

Sky Zone 60 min. jump- Skyzone

Laser Combat- Galaxy Gaming has

Laser Combat that is perfect for students who are fans of First Person Shooters. It only costs $6 and lasts until one team wi ns.

Winter O p e n Bowling- For

is able to go in and just enjoy the species for $8.50 a person. They also offer birthday parties, and a “touch pool” for marine life such as sharks and sting-rays.


Thunder Road has plenty of things to do in this price range. The prices range from $2-$5 and can give you plenty of entertainment for those boring weekend days.

up into the air. The cost to jump is only $6.25 and is available at Thunder Road.

“I like to go to Wild Water West in the summer and Great Bear in the winter or just hang out with friends”

Maisy Kleinschmit, 9


Skyzone 120 min. J u m p –

Skyzone provides 120 minutes of jumping for only $20. Students can play dodgeball, or just show off their stunts.

Skyjam at Skyzone- Every Saturday

night from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. Skyzone has a teen night called Skyjam. For just $16 they provide pizza and pop along with two hours of jumping time. Skyzone recommends buying tickets online because they sell out fast.



12 Questions with Chris Hanmer Chris Hanmer, Top Chef Just Dessert Season 2 winner, is coming to Sioux Falls to open a new pastry place, CH Patisserie. Opening this spring, his new shoppe will serve “everything from chocolate bon-bons to French macaroons.” Also, pastry classes will be taught that will be geared for everyone, “from beginner to the advanced.” The goal of CH Patisserie is to “provide world-class desserts to the people of Sioux Falls.” Co-editor Napoleon Martinez caught up with the World Pastry Champion to find out what it takes to be a culinary artist. Where did you grow up and what was it like growing up there?

Why did you choose Sioux Falls as the destination of your new patisserie?

I grew up in Southern California in Costa Mesa. It was great because of all the outdoor activities like snowboarding and surfing.

My wife, Caryn Hanmer, is from Sioux Falls and also went to RHS. I’ve always enjoyed visiting Sioux Falls, so it was an easy choice moving back here where our family is to open up CH Patisserie.

What kind of person were you in high school? I was home-schooled, so high school was a little different for me. I would see my friends after school and on the weekend at church. I liked working, going to the beach and snowboarding. Just a normal kid growing up in Southern California. What kind of education have you received? Certificate in Culinary Arts. What inspired you to become a pastry chef? I loved working with my hands and the creativity that comes with the job. I choose pastry because it’s a blend of creativity and science. I like cooking other foods but my heart will always be with pastry. What are some of your proudest accomplishments? I started competing early on in my career, so one of my fondest memories is competing as a student in the ACF Hot Food Team. I also did the Culinary Olympics in Germany.

What do you think that CH Patisserie will offer that will make it unique?

Chris Hanmer. Submitted Photo.

How has becoming the youngest American World Pastry Champion impacted you and your career? Winning the World Pastry Team Championship has opened up many doors and opportunities. I have had the pleasure of traveling the world doing demonstrations & seminars. What did you learn most from your experience on Top Chef Just Desserts? What I learned from my experience on Top Chef is that it’s important to work hard, be flexible and to do your best every day. [When I won] it was very surreal, and it didn’t feel real for a very long time.

What will be so unique about CH Patisserie will be the whole experience. From the moment you walk in the door until the second you leave you. What do you think helped you most get to the position you are now? It was hard work and dedication. I made the choice early on in my career to work and learn from the best. What would you say to an aspiring high school student, especially one wanting to join the culinary world? I would tell them that it is a very big commitment. You have to be ready to give up every weekend, every holiday, every birthday, and work long hard hours for not much pay. Being in the culinary world is about love and passion. The bottom line is you have to love it, I mean really love it! What are you going to do next?

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