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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Happening Now •Homecoming: Variety show rehearsal 3:15 p.m. in auditorium •Chorus: All-State audition rehearsals 3:15 p.m. in chorus room •Boys Golf: JV City Meet 4 p.m. at Westward Ho

Lunch Time at WHS •Today’s lunch: Chicken nuggets •A la carte lines: Cheese lasagna, chili cheese wrap, baked potato bar, chef salad, sandwiches

O.L.D. Homecoming •Today: Rock, paper, scissors contest before school •Thursday: Decade Day—freshman 50’s, sophomores 60’s, juniors 70’s, seniors 80’s, staff 90’s; variety show and coronation 7 p.m. in auditorium •Tickets: Variety show/coronation $5, pizza feed (Friday’s lunch) $5, Famous Dave’s tailgaiting to benefit the senior class party $5, dance $5—buy at lunch •Recycle: During the Pizza Feed Friday to earn first dismissal at the pep rally. The class that recycles the most will be dismissed first, courtesy of the Green Club.

Other Reminders •Voting: Has been extended in the Target School Giveaway until the $5 million is gone. Visit com/school/67964 to vote one more time. NOW Wednesday Staff Co-Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Simko and Kassidy Kruger Assistant Editor . . . . . . . . . . . Lexus Paulson and Joscelyne Gonzalez Staff: A.J. Breck, Lauren Brudigan, Noah Weber, Shayla Abbas, Tamra Thomas, Luke Reiter, John McMahon 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.

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Nationally-known author speaks to WHS students

Neal Shusterman also at Barnes and Nobel tonight By Makenzie Huber ationally-known author Neal Shusterman took time to visit WHS and share his story as an experienced published author Tuesday morning in the auditorium. Shusterman focuses on young adult novels. His most popular series is the gripping “Unwind” series, featuring suspense, mystery and action. The first of the trilogy is currently in development for a film version to be released in 2015. Librarian Kerri Smith said she is especially glad that such an event could happen at WHS, and believes that it is essential for students to be exposed to famous authors. “Occasions like these are rare in the Sioux Falls area,” Smith said. “They inspire creativity in students and get them excited to read.” In addition to speaking at WHS, Shusterman is visiting all other middle schools and high schools in Sioux Falls, made possible with the help of the South Dakota Library Association. Over 500 students signed up to attend the event, including senior Sarah Hammond who enjoyed Shusterman’s presentation. “I always love when speakers come to WHS,” Hammond said. “It’s awesome to have such a well-established author as Neal Shusterman here.” Having written over 30 books, Shusterman


Photo by Anna Kate Nieman A REAL WRITER—Neal Shusterman speaks to WHS students Tuesday about his career as a published author. is an accomplished writer and enjoys sharing his story with such a young audience. “I try to share my passion for writing in hopes that young readers will get a passion for reading and writing themselves,” Shusterman said. Students who missed Shusterman or want to hear more can catch him tonight at Barnes and Noble on 41st Street at 7 p.m.

Volleyball team falls to O’Gorman in three sets By Lexus Paulson The varsity volleyball team fell in three matches to the undefeated O’Gorman Knights Tuesday night at O’Gorman. The Warriors put up a fight in the secSports ond set, but came up a little short. Final scores were 10-25, 23-25, 15-25. Senior Kiah Damme led the team with seven kills. Senior Peyton VandeBrake,


who also had seven kills for the Warriors, thought they could have played better. “I thought we played slow and timid,” VandeBrake said. “We picked it up in the second set, but it just wasn’t enough. There’s things we need to work on in practice this week before we play Brookings.” Senior setter Hannah Nieman had 20 set assists on the night, and senior libero Ellie Benson had 31 digs.

In sub-varsity action, the freshman ‘A’ Team won in two 25-16, 25-22. Other teams were not as successful, as the freshman ‘B,’ sophomore and JV all lost in two sets. The Warriors are next in action Saturday as they host Brookings in the Warrior Gym. Matches begin with the JV and freshman at noon Saturday. The sophomores follow around 1:15 p.m. and the varsity at 2:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Dance team takes first at Huron event Cheer team finishes fourth in stunting, tumbling division

By Lauren Brudigan and Kate Simko The Warrior cheer and dance teams travelled to Huron Tuesday night to compete in the Huron Invitational. Continuing their run of first place finishes, the dance team took home Grand Champion, overall. The Warrior cheer team took fourth in the stunting and tumbling division at the event with an overall score of 178. Brandon Valley won with a 197.5, followed by Watertown and Roosevelt. Eleven teams com-

peted in the division, overall. Junior Mackenzie Jensen was proud of the way the night turned out. “We were all really happy with the outcome for dance and are excited to keep improving our scores throughout the rest of the season,” Jensen said. “Cheer has had its ups and downs, but we are ready to continue the hard work to come out on top.” The dance team started off the night with Hip Hop, scoring 282.5 out of 300 points. Next, the team competed their Jazz routine and

scored an outstanding 292.5 points. Finishing off the night with Pom, the Warriors scored 243.5 points, winning all three divisions they competed in. Overall, the Warrior dance team scored a 272.83. Brandon Valley came in second with a score of 252.3 and Watertown third with a score of 229.33. The cheer and dance teams next compete at O’Gorman in the O’Gorman Invitational next Thursday Oct. 3.

Softball team splits pair of games Softball

By Luke Reiter The varsity softball team split a doubleheader with Roosevelt Tuesday night at Sherman Park, winning the first game 8-3, then losing the Sports s e c o n d g a m e 10-7 in extra innings.


By Noah Weber The varsity girls soccer team matched up against the Brandon Valley Lynx Tuesday night at McHardy

Park in Brandon, winning 3-0. In JV action, the girls won 2-1. The boys team lost a friendly match to Brandon Valley 2-1. Both the boys and girls play the Yankton Bucks on Saturday.

Girls Tennis

By Kassidy Kruger The varsity girls tennis team defeated Rapid City Central 8-1 and Stevens 5-4 Tuesday at WHS. The 14-4 Warriors travel to Yankton Thursday.

Boys Golf

By AJ Breck The varsity boys golf team competed in the final round of the City Meet Tuesday at Elmwood, finishing with a total score of 936 strokes and beating Roosevelt to take third. O’Gorman won overall. Junior Dayton Schumacher had a standout performance, finishing ninth with 230 strokes. The boys will compete in the Metro Conference meet in Brandon Oct. 3.

Freshman Football

By John McMahon The freshman football team defeated the Lincoln Patriots 40-24 at Howard Wood Field Tuesday night. Freshman Mitch Waddell thought the game went well. “Our starters came out going, and kept on through the beginning of the fourth quarter; but then we got right back in at the end,” Waddell said. WHS plays at O’Gorman Tuesday.

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Plastics pose threat to Great Lakes By Josephine Marcotty Star Tribune (MCT) MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s top pollution officials are setting ambitious goals — primarily for farmers — to cut back on the millions of tons of pollution that each year flow out of the state and down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, where it adds to a dead zone incapable of supporting sea life.

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Within 12 years, according to a plan that will be publicly released next week, the state hopes to reduce nitrogen lost from farm fields, urban streets and water treatment plants by 20 percent. Phosphorus, another nutrient that primarily comes from agricultural fertilizers and soil runoff, would be reduced by 35 percent, said Rebecca Flood, assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She laid out the plan Tuesday before a group federal and state environmental regulators meeting to assess progress on fixing the gulf’s 6,000-square-mile dead zone. “Minnesota takes its role as a headwaters state very seriously,” she said, pointing out that almost all the water that falls on the state in the form of rain and snow ends up in the Red and Mississippi rivers. But by the time it leaves the state, it is contaminated with nitrogen and phosphorus. About 78 percent of the nitrogen and 40 percent of the phosphorus in the state’s major rivers can be traced to fertilizers used on crops, according to state researchers, even though farmers use far less per acre than they did a few decades ago. Minnesota is one of 12 states along the Mississippi that has agreed to devise a cleanup plan for the nutrients. Ultimately, the goal set by the Environmental Protection Agency and other states is a 45 percent reduction by 2045.

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