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Happening NOW •Bowling: State Tournament 10 a.m. today at Prairie Lanes in Brookings •Wrestling: State A Tournament today and Saturday at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City •Show Choir: Rhythm in Red Saturday in Vermillion—WHS at 3:15 p.m. in prelims •Sub-Varsity Basketball: City Tournaments 9 a.m. Saturday—sophomore girls at WHS, sophomore boys at O’Gorman, freshman girls at Lincoln, freshman boys at Roosevelt

Lunch Time at WHS •Today’s lunch: Popcorn chicken •A la carte lines: Cheese pizza, cheese quesadilla, baked potato bar, chef salad, sandwiches

Group Meetings •AP Students: Will meet in the auditorium during reading period today to discuss next year’s classes. •Library Advisory Group: Members will meet at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in the library. See librarian Kerri Smith for information or to join. •Boys Tennis: Sign-up meeting 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in A-135. All interested should attend. •Academic Letters: Will be presented to students who maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for second semester of the 2012-13 year and first semester of the 2013-14 year during second periods next week—seniors Tuesday, juniors Wednesday and sophomores Thursday. Qualifying students should have been notified—see the list in the administration office if you were not notified and think you qualify. NOW Friday Staff

Co-Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . Hannah Nieman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Andy Hack Staff: Maddie Wiley, Nate Weberg, Amy Walker, Kelsi Kearney, Olivia Nieman, Carson Herbert, Taylor Kevan Editor-in-chief . . . . . . . . . Chloe Goodhope Managing Editor . . . . . . Anna Kate Nieman Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Lueth The News of Washington is a publication of the Orange & Black Staff Washington High School–Sioux Falls, S.D. WHSNOW.COM Some material courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/ MCT Campus High School Newspaper Service

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Wrestlers begin quest for State A title today Warriors looking to bring home first title for city schools since 1972 By Hannah Nieman and Nate Weberg n Rapid City today and Saturday, members of the varsity wrestling team will compete in the Class A State Wrestling tournament. With 10 qualifiers, the Warriors are looking to claim the first state title for WHS and the city in 42 years. The Warriors will lean on seniors Trey Crisp-Peterson and Chris Vroman, as both enter the tournament as top contenders for their weight class. Senior Luke Reiter and sophomores Grant Rosheim, Chase O’Connor, and Hunter O’Connor are also expected to help the Warriors in their title run. The Warriors really like their chances, Vroman, who wrestles at heavyweight, said. “We’ve worked hard all season to get here,” Vroman said. “Now, we need to go out onto the mat and wrestle hard to see all that work pay off.” On Saturday, WHS alumni Jim Jensen will be honored. Jensen was a two time All-American at

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TOUGH GUYS—Qualifiers for the State A Wrestling Tournament include (kneeling, left-right) sophomore Chayden Fitzsimmons; seniors Luke Reiter, Zac Freese and Trey CrispPeterson; sophomores Hunter O’Connor (standing) and Grant Rosheim; senior Chris Vroman; sophomore Chase O’Connor; senior Dorian Simpson and junior Caleb York. Northern State and has coached and officiated for 25 years, working 23 state tournaments.

Show choir competes in Vermillion By Olivia Nieman Members of the WHS varsity show choir Classic Connection (ClaCo) will travel south this weekend to compete in the “Rhythm in Red Invitational” at Vermillion High School. ClaCo will face show choirs from Aberdeen, Mitchell, Elk-Point, Omaha, Neb., and Emmetsburg, Iowa, at the event. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with ClaCo competing around 3:15 p.m. Finals will

follow the preliminary event. The Warriors were not able to attend the scheduled competition in Wisconsin last weekend because of the weather, and are anxious to get back at it again as the season winds down. Senior Liz Ferdinand she is ready. “Since we couldn’t make it to our last competition, over the past two weeks we’ve practiced hard and are coming back stronger than ever,” Ferdinand said.

Freshmen, sophomores play in city tournaments Saturday By Jade Visker and Maddie Wiley Sophomore and freshman basketball teams will participate in various city tournaments at all four large Sioux Falls high schools beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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At WHS, the sophomore girls will take on Lincoln in the first round. At Lincoln, the freshman girls will face-off against Roosevelt in the first round. The sophomore boys will play Lincoln at O’Gorman and Warrior Nation Events

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the freshman A boys O’Gorman at Roosevlt. The freshman B boys will face Roosevelt. Finals will follow the first round games at all sites. Admission at all sites is $2 for students and adults and $1 for senior citizens. All WHS News

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A profile of a WHS staff member

Editor’s note: The Warrior Q & A is a weekly profile of a Warrior staff member with the goal of helping members of the WHS community come to know each other better. Subjects are chosen at random by the NOW staff.

Jennifer Witt •Name: Jennifer Witt •What is your position at WHS? I am a counselor for students with last names D-Han. •Who are your family members? My

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 family consists of my husband Jesse, and my son and daughter. •What do you like most about WHS so far? I really enjoy the students and the staff. •What did you do before you came to WHS? First, I was a teacher, and then a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. •Where did you go to school? I got my undergraduate degree at USD and my master’s at SDSU. •Where did you live before coming to Sioux Falls? I grew up in Arlington, S.D., and then lived in Omaha, Neb., for four years and Portland, Ore., for five years before moving to Sioux Falls.

World works together to play video game From Grumpy Cat to the Selfie Olympics, the world wide web provides no shortage of the hilariously bizarre. But in the past two weeks, a very strange and interactive internet phenomena has developed. It consists of, get this, 60,000 people simultaneously playing a game of Nintendo’s “Pokémon Red” Hear me. . . for the Game Boy. Yes you read that right— 60,000 people Andy Heck playing one game, a single button push at a time. “Twitch Plays Pokemon,” also known as TPP, is hosted on the popular live streaming website Twitch.tv. Viewers can enter the commands “up,” “down,” “left,” “right,” “a,” “b,” and “start” via the chat box, and thanks to a bit of computer wizardry the protagonist, “Red,” will then fol-

low the viewers’ commands. The manner in which the program decides what command to execute again resides in the hands of the viewers, who can vote Anarchy, which chooses a random command every second, or Democracy where the most typed command is selected after ten seconds of voting. As with any show with a following, TPP has spawned countless Imgur posts, new memes, and even a “religion.” Known as “The Church of Helix,” the parody religion focuses around an item picked up by Red early on in the game, the “Helix Fossil.” Hailed by some as a social experiment, or as a passing fad by others, TPP is truly a unique occurrence. Never before has such a hive-mind of players attempted to play a single game together, and against all odds made progress. As of last night, Red was journeying through Victory Road on his way to the Pokemon League, the final destination in the game. TPP will enter it’s 16th consecutive day of play tonight. Junior Andy Heck’s favorite starter Pokémon is Mudkip.

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New strong artificial muscle made By Amina Khan Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — By taking simple sewing thread and fishing wire and giving it a twist, scientists have created artificial muscle that’s 100 times stronger than human or animal sinew.

Science Friday The invention, described in the journal Science, could be useful for prosthetic limbs, humanoid robots, implanted medical devices and even wearable clothing. This wouldn’t be the first artificial muscle out there: there are carbon nanotube yarns and metal wires, but they’re often expensive or store relatively low amounts of energy compared to their competitors, scientists said. These new highstrength polymer fibers, made out of cheap, everyday materials that cost about $5 per kilogram, draw their strength from their geometry. In experiments led out of the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, scientists took these thin fibers that were just a few hundred micrometers long and twisted them until they began to coil. (You can see this same effect yourself if you take a rubber band and twist it until it starts to collapse into larger loops.) As it coils, the twisted fiber cable becomes shorter and thicker, and then the researchers heat-treated it to make it set. The scientists found that if they made the fiber coil in the same direction as the twist, the fiber cable would contract. If the fiber was forced to coil in the opposite direction of its twist, the fiber cable would expand. When they applied an energy source to the fibers—typically heat— the scientists got different versions of their artificial muscle fibers to contract by 49 percent or to expand by 67 percent. They even produce 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same power as a jet engine (when scaled down for size). And the fibers can last through millions of these cycles, making them very durable, reusable devices.


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