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Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Regular Schedule

Happening Now •Upward Bound: 3:05 p.m. in A-203 •Faculty: AdvancED exit report 3:15 p.m. in auxiliary gym

Lunch Time at WHS •Today’s lunch: Spicy chicken strips, scalloped potatoes, green beans, dinner roll •À la carte lines: Pepperoni pizza, cheese enchilada, chef salad, sandwiches

Group Meetings •Boys Soccer: Players for WHS will meet at 3:15 p.m. today in A-135. •SALSA: Student volunteer organization will meet at 3:20 p.m. Thursday in the orchestra room, C-111. New members welcome. •SMASH Book Club: Will meet to discuss “A Monster Calls” fourth period and “Fight Club” fifth period Friday in the library. See librarian Kerri Smith if you cannot attend.

Other Reminders •Hour of Code: Is coming soon! See teacher Mark Emry. •Musical: “Wizard of Oz” will be presented Dec. 8-10. Pre-sale tickets are $8 before or after school in A-126. •Baseball: Registration is now open at by Jan. 27, 2017. NOW Wednesday Staff Co-Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Talley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Rheannan Bills Assistant Editor . . . . . . . . . . . Lauren Olson Staff: Jack Bren, Deion Larsen, Justin Strutz, Devyn Kennedy, Joe Simko, Maddie Risch, Thomas Vissers Co-Editors-in-Chief . . . . . . . . Maham Shah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and Carson Herbert 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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Vol. 22 • No. 54

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Over 30 WHS marketing students attend conference

Regional event held in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 18-20 By Maddie Risch and Lauren Olson hirty-four WHS DECA marketing students joined approximately 2,000 other students from 13 states Nov. 18-20 for the DECA Central Region Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Not only did the students learn a lot about business and leadership at the event, they also had a lot of fun while doing so. DECA adviser Brad Kennett said he enjoyed the group’s first trip of the year. “Our trip to Indianapolis was a great way to start the year,” Kennett explained. “We have a lot of new members and it was an awesome educational opportunity for all of the students.” At the conference, the students listened to many keynote speakers and attended different workshops that helped them hone their business and marketing skills. In their free time, they shopped, played laser tag and even played mini golf at the Circle Centre Mall. Students also got the chance to tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and attend the conference’s entertainment night which featured a dance. Senior Ryan Le said he had a blast on the trip. “It was an amazing experience, and I’m so glad I went,” Le enthused. “Catch me in Anaheim for the next trip!”


Photo courtesy Brad Kennett BRICKYARD—DECA members (L-R) seniors Aaron Yam, Brayden Nath, Chase Flickema, Cody Holder, John Loofe, Ryan Le, Chad Zimmer and Owen Alvine pose at the finish line of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the leadership conference.

Gymnastics team opens season By Jack Bren and Devyn Kennedy Gymnastics team members competed in their first meet of the season Tuesday, a triangular meet with Lincoln and Vermillion at Vermillion. The varsity team finished second, scoring 115.3 team points. For WHS, freshman Kia Gjoraas placed second on balance beam with a 7.2, fourth on uneven bars with a 7.1 and fifth in All-Around


to pace the team. Freshman Mary Christensen took fifth in floor exercise with an 8.05. Sophomore Katie McKee took fifth on uneven bars with a 6.6. Freshman Faith Ungang and seventh grader Campbell McKay tied on vault for fourth place with 8.1’s. Lincoln won the varsity event, scoring a 121.65. Vermillion had 110.15 for third. The JV team also took second, scoring 80.75 team

points. Lincoln won with 95.75. Coach Ellen Engebretson said she was pleased with the girls’ performance. “Despite being very nervous, the girls performed well,” Engebretson said. “We will focus on increasing beam and bar scores for the invitational this Saturday at WHS.” WHS hosts the 12-team Lolly Forseth Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Warrior opinions

Menase Megosha Sophomore

Anna Vroman Freshman

WHS is now allowing cell phone use during lunch in the commons on a trial basis. If you could change/establish a WHS rule on a “trial basis,” what would it be? Assembled a nd photos by Th o mas Vissers and Justin Str utz

“If I could change a rule, I would want to be able to use cell phones throughout the day.”

“I would like everyone in the school to be allowed to use the elevator.”

Page 2 Bryar Jans Junior

“If I could change something, I would say open lunch is allowed for all juniors.”

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 Deitrich Stellingwerf Senior

“I would like to allow seniors to have one free period a week of their choice.”

Duane Boer Teacher

“I would change the school day to be from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day.”

Take charge, make your own decisions Breaking the rules is something that everyone has done at least once in their life. While it depends on the level of consequences you will endure, sometimes people think it is okay. For example, speeding down Sycamore Avenue seems to be a commonplace law that every WHS student seems to break. While this is extremely dangerous and Hear me. . . c o m p l e t e l y unhinged, students seem to get a thrill from Jack Talley doing this. It might all seem OK, until you hit a child crossing the street or a dog who runs out in front of you or get in an accident. Will you then still feel like the “thrill” is worth it? Nonetheless, rule breaking seems all too human. Tuesday, while mentoring at Anne Sullivan Elementary


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School, I agreed to speak with some fourth graders who were breaking the rules at recess. I was told to tell them about the severity of consequences as you get older and how being a good student and person can impact you for life. This was nothing but the truth—prison and fines are nothing good as an adult. While you’re a minor it could be something simple like being grounded by your parents or getting a warning from an adult. While having fun with your friends, you need to be careful that you do not get peer pressured into doing something that you know is wrong or that you don’t want to do. Being your own person is important, both as a young person and as an adult, so start now. Put your own morals and your own beliefs first, and be independent enough to say no when you need to. It might not be “fun” now, but you’ll thank me later—fourth grader or now. Senior Jack Talley is independent.

A vast forest of dead trees By Matt Stevens Los Angeles Times (TNS) The number of dead trees in California’s droughtstricken forests has risen dramatically to more than 102 million in what officials described as an unparalleled ecological disaster that heightens the danger of massive wildfires and damaging erosion.

Your green world Officials said they were alarmed by the increase in the number of dead trees, which they estimated to have risen by 36 million since the government’s last aerial survey in May. The U.S. Forest Service, which performs such surveys of forest land, said Friday that 62 million trees have died this year alone. “The scale of dieoff in California is unprecedented in our modern history,” said Randy Moore, forester for the region of the U.S. Forest Service that includes California. Trees are dying “at a rate much quicker than we thought.” Scientists say five years of drought are to blame for much of the destruction. The lack of rain has put California’s trees under considerable stress, making them more susceptible to the organisms that can kill them, such as bark beetles. Unusually high temperatures have added to the trees’ demand for water, exacerbating an already grim situation. The majority of the dead trees are in the southern and central Sierra Nevada region, officials said, though they warned that high mortality levels are also creeping into forests in Northern California. Even with a historic deluge this winter, Moore said, die-off would continue for at least a year or two.

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Sioux Falls, SD, Washington High School daily student newspaper for Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016