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volume 14 | issue 10 may 4, 2012


may 4, 2012 Vol.14:Issue 10

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3 Behind C200 4 Homeless but not Hopeless 5 What Doesn’t Kill You 6 Room Makeover 7 Senior Advice 8 Farmer’s Market 9 AP Overachievers 12 13 Summer Abroad 14


Double Take 15 Sibling Struggles


16 A Knight Among Thee 17 Instant Classics


18 6-pg multimedia section 23 by the spring 2012 J1 class 2 |


{LETTERS FROM THE EDITORS} It’s almost over. My four years here at South are, at long last, coming to an end. I came in a skinny, awkward freshman in August of 2008, and I am leaving a slightly less skinny, awkward senior. Like everyone else, there are things I wish I would have done differently. I wish I would have made it to more games my first few years in high school, and would have taken some different classes. But I can honestly say that for the most part I have loved my senior year at South. It has been the time of my life, and the memories I have made are some that I will never forget. To my fellow members of the class of 2012, we have finally done it. Our time in these halls is coming to an end. It is time to go out and make our mark on the world, and say good bye to South. To all of you underclassmen who will be returning next year, remember that these are supposed to be the best times of your life. Cherish the friends you make and do your best to make 2012-13 the best you have had yet. Never forget, it’s a great day to be a Panther.


I cannot believe I have made it this far. I remember walking into the ominous halls of South for the first time with shaky legs and my head hung low; I avoided the glances from boisterous upperclassmen and finally made it to first block. The first day was by far the hardest. After day one, the days flew by with little significance. Looking back, I wish I would have made more of my high school career. I wish I would have played more sports and went to a few more games, but most of all I wish it would not have taken me as long to discover who I really am. Overall, I am proud of what I have accomplished at South and I know that I have few regrets. Be sure to live for the moment and do not count down the seconds until graduation; believe me, you will be there sooner than you could possibly imagine. Be true to yourself and do not change for other people. Do not set limits on yourself--you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Laugh often and treat your friends with the utmost respect. And most importantly, remember that these are NOT the best days of your life, but the things you do here will shape your existence. No pressure. And always remember to keep your head up. Even the teacher you think you will hate may end up being your favorite ever. And that dorky boy you picked on freshman year just may turn out to be the love of your life. After all, people do change and so will you.

cover art by KYLIEVANDEVEN



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“We have the freedom to do what we want with the paper.” -- Jessica Freeman (12)

“I like how it’s student led - we get to make up the stories and choose what to write.” -- Blake Reser (12)

“The entire staff, how we’re like a close-knit family.” --Daniel Kerwin (11)

“I love writing and the fact that my work is distributed to the whole school.” --Caleb Fenner (9)


What The View staff really does behind closed doors



pening the door to C200, The View staff The C200 classroom is also very different from members are busy at work, making an endless most other classrooms as the class is student led. list of decisions, working to perfect their stories They can report on a wide range of topics and aim and create an aesthetically pleasing display for all to hit all aspects of South so no one is left out. readers, but what really goes on behind the door “I love the independence [in this class]. of C200? We get to choose our own story topic, how Every day the C200 door is opened by staff we write it and the sources we interview,” said members ready to get what is needed done. Elizabeth Williams (12). Whether it is working to achieve deadlines, Each staff member puts passion in their work campaigning to get ads or writing web stores, each to hit the hearts of the South student body. They member knows what needs to be done before 2:38 jump over obstacles to become better writers and p.m. comes around. But it does not go without many of them enjoy the experience that comes saying that there is not a bit of fun that goes on in with being on staff. the class as well. “The hardest part [to overcome] is to keep “I like how the trying to write just as well as environment is really relaxed, did in a previous story,” “Best way to end the day you but we’re still managing to said Spencer On (12). make a great newspaper,” said a part of The View is with the C200 family.” staffBeing Karlie Bischoff (11). also gives members a Along with The View sense of “in the know” about deadlines, the staff still what goes on. They are more aware of television makes time for social activities such as food and online news. days, birthday parties, field trips and cupcake “I consider news to be a lot more important decorations. It helps for them to get to know each now. I want to be the first to report something staff member as a whole and work better as before anyone else can,” said Megan McMullen (10). a group. Overall, behind that C200 door is a group of “It’s a group of students who would not different personalities coming together as one to normally interact, often because of their different create something that they want everyone to love, grades, opinions and interests, but they come The View. together to create a final product and really As Harrison White (12), co-editor, put it, “Best become a family together,” said Megan way to end the day., is with the C200 family.” Hughes, adviser. | 3



omeless but not Hopeless by KARLIE BISCHOFF Two students at South share their stories of leaving home and starting life on their own

photo by IDA PATTON

A bed to sleep in, food to eat, a bathroom to take a shower. These are all commodities we have in life, and too often take for granted. Some students at South and all around the country don’t have a home to live in and are forced to scrape by with almost nothing. “I got kicked out of my house. I jumped place to place, sometimes I didn’t know where I would sleep that night,” said Ian Gorham (12). Gorham’s parents kicked him out after having continuous “general disagreement” over his life. For nine months, he was homeless – living in friends’ houses, his car and even on the streets.

“The hardest part is the loneliness.” Alexander Heuton (11) had similar family struggles that led him to move out, leaving his younger sister at home. “The family problems just got a little drastic, and I needed to find a way to get out of that drastically,” said Heuton. Heuton looked into his options before moving out. He first considered emancipation, legally being freed from parental control, but instead was welcomed into his best friend’s house and decided to stay. He has been provided with food, shelter and company as they supported him when he went to state with the swim team. But he knows it has not been easy for them to support an extra family member. “The family that supports me also struggles with medical bills,” said Heuton. “It’s another mouth to feed.” Gorham wasn’t as lucky with finding a place to stay. Every day was a new struggle for him as he tried to find somewhere to sleep that night, and he often found himself without any probable options.

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“I’ve slept in my car, I’ve slept in the school parking lot, on top of the Hen House produce fridge, even under an overpass,” said Gorham. Even harder than finding a place to stay was finding something to eat. He often skipped meals or waited desperately in his car for a stranger to come and give him “a magical apple.” “The longest I ever went was four days without food. I remember tearing up my car looking for change,” said Gorham. “I ate a lot of bananas – they’re only 25 cents.” Apart from the physical burden homelessness puts on people, the emotional toll can be even worse. Without family to lean on, facing the troubles can be unbearable. “The hardest part is the loneliness,” said Heuton. “I got cut off from my other family members; I had to leave my sister behind to deal with everything.” Both Heuton and Gorham have struggled with much more than the average student and both know that their living situations have changed them as people and the way they live their lives. “I’m definitely a better person,” said Heuton. “It’s given me the opportunity to see things in a different light.” The physical, emotional and economical burdens of homelessness can take strong tolls on high school students. Heuton gives advice to anyone in troublesome living situation thinking about moving out. “Really think about what you’re doing,” he said. “It can have some really serious consequences.”

SCAN HERE for statistics on homelessness around the country


What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You “Type 1 Diabetes: a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy..” This is’s medical definition of type I Diabetes. Diabetics learn to adapt and live with certain things as they grow older, including a change in eating habits, smarter exercise planning, constant checking of blood sugar, and the taking of insulin. Type I Diabetes is far less common than Type II, and generally is apparent at birth or very early adolescence. Type II Diabetes is less deadly and much more preventable than type I, because type II is spurred by unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. However, Type I Diabetes can also be spurred by a virus, which is what happened to Mason Keller (11), last summer when he was diagnosed with the disease. “The doctors didn’t really know what happened for sure. They figured I got a virus, and my immune system thought that my

by Kevin Briody Mason Keller battles against Type I Diabetes

pancreas was the virus, and that’s how my diabetes started,” said Keller. Keller was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes August 8, 2011 after contracting a virus. Type I Diabetes symptoms include extreme hunger and thirst, as well as unusual weight loss and extreme fatigue and irritability. “It’s really affected my life because it’s just

“When I found out I really had it, I was just in shock .“ something you have to deal with for the rest of your life, and you always have to be aware of it,” said Keller. “When I found out I really had it, I was just in shock. It’s made me really have to reconsider all the decisions I make in regards to eating, working out, and planning. I just have to be more carefull overall.” Keller’s family has been very supportive of him. They have helped him take counts of his daily calorie intake as well as help him cope

with the differences of converting from an everyday teenager to a young diabetic. They have also helped him make decisions about what foods to eat and how often to eat them. Despite the challenges Keller has faced with this new disease, his sister Madi Keller (10), couldn’t be more proud of him. “When he got Diabetes, I was really sad and also in shock because I thought he was really healthy,” said Madi. “Our whole family has been really supportive and I’m really impressed with how he deals with it. He acts like he’s just a normal teenage kid without any problems.” There is no current cure for Type 1 Diabetes, but Keller does not plan on letting that bring him down. According to Mayoclinic, it’s possible for victims of Type I Diabetes to live a healthier life than their life without Diabetes. “Just because it’s not curable doesn’t mean it’s not manageable,” said Keller.. “It’s a part of my life, and it’s something I’ll learn to live with.”

“It ’s a part of my life , and it ’s Something I’ll learn to live with .”

Elizabeth Williams checks her blood sugar with a glucose meter as part of her routine.


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Saving Space 1 Most dorms allow for beds to be lifted. Take advantage of this. The idea is to go up, not out, any time you can. 2 Utilize door space. Keep your shoes off the floor and out of the way with a door organizer.


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3 Hooks are easy to install and huge space saver. No need to worry about permission either. Pick up some command hooks. They won’t tear up your walls. 4 Use the area you left under your bed for a private study hall. Just enough room for a desk and chair. 5 An ottoman or chest is a great way to gain storage and be used as extra seating.




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6 Milk crates are easily stackable and perfect for books or random objects.

Design Do’s

7 Hanging up a cork board or chalk board can help add texture.

8 Bring in an accent piece like this floor lamp. It also gives the room some warm light instead of fluorescent light.

9 Pictures are wonderful reminders of memories. Blowing them up to hang on a wall shows your personality as well as covering up some of the cinder block.

10 Instead of getting carpet for the whole room, get a rug. They’re cheaper and stress free when it’s time to move it.

Bell Ringing Assembly

11 Find some mirrors at an antique store and arrange them vertically. This is a creative alternative to the common floor length mirror.

12 Pick a color scheme and STICK WITH IT. Having a theme will make your room look put together even if it’s not.

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Yearbook Distribution

Last Tutorial

Last Monday

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Several South students are utilizing their extra time this summer by getting a job


hether it is going to the lake for the weekend, flying for vacation or working to save up for a nice car, everyone has something different they want do do for summer break.    Some, like Rachael Norfleet (12) are working toward a goal. Norfleet is going to be a nanny for two girls every day for the entire summer. On top of nannying, she also will be working at her weekend job at La De Da.     “I used to work for just me, but this is the first time I actually have to work to pay for something necessary like college,” said Norfleet.      Norfleet will be helping her father pay off her college bills. Paying off her expenses gives Norfleet the freedom to have her own money to spend on whatever she desires. Although some are paying for college, Sophie Moody (12) is saving for a trip. Moody was asked to coach at a soccer camp in Ojai, Calif.     “I pay for all of my extra stuff and I was asked to coach, so this summer I will be working about four days a week to help me save up for this trip,” said Moody. Moody is not the only one who wants her own spending money; Chase Whorton (10) would like to have the freedom to do what he wants with his money without anyone controlling where it is going. “Yes, my parents wanted me to get a job but also I wanted to have money so they don’t have a say in what I can buy.,” said Whorton.

Whorton works for more than just the money. While working at the National Golf Club, he hopes to make connections with the people he meets there. Whorton wants to make connections for college and jobs after college.   While Whorton is working for more freedom, Jenna Allison (12) is working for the experience of real life. For the past two summers, she has been an intern at Cerner Corporation in North Kansas City. Allison, not only is a full time intern, but also trains interns coming into the business. However, the main reason she is working full time is to build up a resume and get the experience, so one day she can work in the corporate world.     “This gives me the communication skills that I can use in everyday life and it helped me decide that I want to be in a more interactive corporate job,” said Allison.     Some students like Kerry Maas (12) are working just for entertainment. Maas works at Worlds Of Fun for the fun of it. The main reason Maas works there is to get a free WOF pass for the season and see the many friends she enjoys working with. “I have never spent a dime of my paychecks, so I guess I’ll just use the money for college,” said Maas. Some use the excuse to have extra money and some say it is their last opportunity to get a little more cash in their pocket for college. Whatever it may be, summer jobs are a great way to occupy your time.


“The entire student body commenting on the size of my butt after Big Cat” –Kevin Luton

“Beating Park Hill and storming the field” –Madison McDowell.

“Justin Weymuth’s legendary truffle shuffle” –Peter Thomas

3rd and 4th Block Finals

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Senior Slide Show 10:30 a.m. Auditorium

16 Last Day Half Day

“Watching Luke “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was unforgettable” – Lauren Rittman

“Nothing I can say in the paper” –Jack McCormick

Baccalaureate St. Therese 7p.m. Senior Picnic at EH Young Park ($3)



Senior Outing Worlds of Fun ($30) | 7

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A look into Parkville’s own Farmers Market

It is Saturday morning; the sun is shining and the aroma of fresh produce fills the air. For over 30 years, Parkville has held its own Farmers Market, making fresh fruit, vegetables and homegrown gifts available to its citizens. Farmers from around Missouri travel to Parkville with their products in tow. Those products include everything from meats and farm fresh eggs to local preservatives, homemade breads and sweet treats to fresh cut flowers. “Our goal for this season is to make customers more aware of our presence,” said Shelly Oberdiek, manager of the Parkville Farmers Market. The Parkville Farmers Market opens in the middle of April each year. However, a farmer’s work begins just before the thaw of spring, as they start to bed their plants from seed. Once the plants have matured, most are moved into the farm’s greenhouse. The remaining plants are then transferred into the fields. L & R FARMS is a family owned and operated farm that has been following this procedure since 1999. They began selling their home-grown fruits and vegetables at the East Hills Farmers Market near their home town of Rushville, Mo. Over the past decade, L & R FARMS has expanded their business 40 miles over to Parkville’s Farmers Market, along with three other local markets. “We proudly provide our locally grown quality produce to our consumers so they too can enjoy the flavor of fresh homegrown fruit

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and vegetables at an affordable value,” said Larry Frakes of L & R Farms according to the Market’s website. For a twist on the traditional farmers market produce, Parkville’s newest addition, Sweet Irene’s, provides authentic Greek pastries to Parkville citizens. Dragon Moon Mushroom Farm also adds an alternative to basic vegetables by bringing their famous mushrooms to the Market. As a small, urban farm in Raytown, Dragon Moon Mushroom Farm grows all of their mushrooms organically in an indoor climate controlled greenhouse, which allows them to grow year round. Once spring rolls around, they transfer their mushrooms to the Parkville Farmers Market. “We really enjoy the other farmers, customers and the atmosphere of the Market; We feel blessed to be a part of such a beautiful and unique market,” said the owners of Dragon Moon Mushroom Farm according to the Parkville Farmers Market website. Oberdiek would encourage citizens to come to the Farmers Market because of the “high quality” items it provides. Parkville’s Farmers Market also benefits the local economy, due to the fact that “everything is grown within 200 miles of Parkville and the profits made are returned to Parkville” said Oberdiek. To learn more about Parkville’s unique farmers go online to parkvillefarmersmarket. com or visit the Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings this spring.


Students begin to prepare for the Advanced Placement tests


en questions are still unanswered with this year. “I think you’ve got to focus on less than two minutes to go. Feet are studying during the year because it’s a tapping on the carpeted floor while whole year’s worth of knowledge that you students glance up and down at the aren’t going to be able to cram for,” said ticking clock. One question is left when Richey. “By prioritizing the information in someone calls: “Stop. Time is up.” these classes, you can use your knowledge This is the anxiety of taking an AP test. much more effectively.” Despite the nervous and stressful atmosphere of AP tests, there are students at “...Who will have taken 12 AP tests South-such as Lauren Blair (12)-who are used and 13 AP classes after this year.” to taking AP tests. In May, Blair will have Although Richey goes to study sessions, taken six. he says that it does not take him much to “There are teachers who hold study prepare for the tests. He also believes there sessions that have helped me prepare,” said is usually not enough time to do all of the Blair. “It’s something you really have to knowledge in an AP class, which is one of the discipline yourself to.” adversities in taking AP classes. Besides recommending that people be “Generally they’re pretty rigorous,” said disciplined in studying for the AP finals, she recommends that they get lots of sleep in the Mason Godding (12). “A lot of the stuff you learn in class does prepare you for it, but days prior to taking their test. sometimes they’ll throw curveballs at you The same disciplined nature from Blair is just because you can’t get to the material similar for Joseph Richey (12) who will have taken 12 AP tests and 13 AP classes after in time.”

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Along with gaining college credits, he also feels that AP classes have helped him to realize what a college class is going to be like. Seniors are not the only students permitted to take AP classes. “I highlight any notes or packets we have because if it’s just black and white it’s hard to study or remember,” said Emma Cahill (11). “It will look good on my record when applying for colleges.” She feels that discipline is essential when taking an AP course in that “you have to take it seriously,” says Cahill. AP test takers like Jacqueline Pierre (12) are taking AP classes because they want to possibly obtain a minor in college with the AP test they are taking this May. “I feel like [AP French] will come in handy,” said Pierre. “I want to travel. I might minor in French at UMKC.” Whether taking an AP course was for college, fun or a challenge; be prepared for AP testing in May.



Big Value


Gladstone’s Favorite Burger is Second to None


ou might be familiar with fast food venues such as McDonald’s and Sonic, but allow me to fill you in on the greatest burgers in the Northland: Big Burger. Located on Northeast Vivion Road in Gladstone, Big Burger’s menu is similar to Dairy Queen’s. Featuring burgers, fries, onion rings, other sandwiches and tons of frozen treats, the restaurant is most known for their “Big Burger” and “Cyclone” frozen treats. I took the time to enjoy a meal at the Northland’s very own burger joint and was not disappointed. The “Big Burger” comes with cheese, onions, pickles and their very own sauce (a mixture of ketchup and mustard). The burger was grilled to perfection and, along with the crispy fries, made for a perfect lunch. An unknown bonus of Big Burger is their thirstquenching Cherry Limeade. In past visits, I’ve tried multiple flavors of ice cream and different Cyclones (similar to Dairy Queen’s Blizzard), and the desserts are second to none. Although the restaurant is a tad small, it has a long history of serving hungry Gladstone customers. All for under $10, you can order a burger, fries/onion rings, a drink and dessert. The low prices, along with such high quality of food, combine for the best value of any fast food destination in the Northland.

Big Burger Crowd Favorites “Cyclone” Ice Cream Tater Tots The Big Burger

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Saigon 39 Pleases Crowds with Their Vietnamese Cuisine


Saigon 39 Crowd Favorites Spring Rolls Chicken Egg Noodle Stirfry Spicy Pineapple Salad

ugar, spice and everything nice--all of the ingredients to create the perfect Vietnamese dish. I have been a ‘food critic’ for as long as I can remember, so believe me when I say I know good food when I find it. I am exponentially obsessed with almost every type of Asian food and Vietnamese is by far my favorite. Saigon 39 is located on 39th St. in the Volker district, close to unique locally-owned clothing stores and my favorite ice cream shop, Miami Ice. Saigon’s environment is perfect for a casual lunch or a date night, due to the low lighting and fairly small crowd. The servers are fast and friendly to ensure a pleasent dinning expierence. The spring rolls are an essential pick at a bargain price. A order comes with six half rolls for around $6.50. If you are not adventurous, choose the pho soup. Pho is the traditional soup of Vietnam; combining mint and spice, the soup is a definite crowd pleaser. End your night the right way by purchasing a few pieces of their specialty candies for around $0.10. I promise you will not be disappointed with your trip to Saigon. | 9

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Mad for Lit Mag


The Literary Magazine will be distributed the week of May 7

After reviewing and editing submissions all year long, South’s second Literature Magazine is finally being published in early May. Lit Mag is 40 pages of art, short stories and poems written by 30 South students. This year’s magazine is supposed to be even better than the last one. “I’m so impressed with everyone’s work,” said Andy Dale, communication arts, “the design is also pretty awesome.” Dale, along with Megan Hughes, journalism, advise a team of eight students. They received over 150 submissions over the course of the year, reviewing them every Tuesday after school. Each piece of artwork or literature has to meet certain requirements before being approved for the final product. “When we critique, we look for originality, how well it’s made and how good it looks,” said Ami Bhatt (12). Quality of the work is especially important, according to the Lit Mag members and advisors. Dale said that there are a lot of talented writers and artists in the club and they “know what quality work looks like.” A couple of these talented writers were in South’s Writer’s Club during the 2009-2010 school year. According to Hughes, writer’s club used to meet every Tuesday after school. Dale advised the club, and it


evolved into Lit Mag because it gave these writers a “purpose.” “What better way to celebrate the craft than to publish it?” said Dale. Sure enough, South’s Lit Mag members have something to celebrate about. Heather Fatino (12) is this year’s editor and she is very excited for the final product. “It’s nice to show all the kids in our school that there’s some great artists here,” said Fatino.

The BOOK to end all BOOKS As the signing and distribution day approaches, anticipation for the new yearbook rises.

Uncapped pens, the smell of ink filling the air, and hundreds of students penning their autograph in one of the most memorable books of one’s life. This is yearbook signing day. “People used to have to come back the next year to get their yearbook,” said Max Rodgers (12) co-editor of the South Paw Yearbook. This year, the South Paw went to press with the theme of ‘ideas’, but the theme didn’t just come overnight. “We start planning the next book in May; we even go to summer camp,” said Rodgers. When students receive their yearbooks this year, they will also be able to sign the books. Yearbook signing day, originally the idea of Megan Hughes South Paw advisor, is a tradition that started at South last year and will continue this year. “Ever since elementary school, people signed yearbooks,” said Abby Moore (12) co-editor, “it’s just something for people to look forward to.” Although the administration was a bit wary about implementing the new signing day last year, everything ran smoothly. On signing day, all students are released from classes early and those who ordered a book can pick it up fourth block when the signing begins. “We dismiss seniors first so they get the most time to sign, then the underclassmen get dismissed by hallway,” said Megan Hughes advisor of the South Paw. Signing day is more than just autographing it’s about making memories as well. “I remember all these girls crying in the hallway.. I was worried the girls were upset about something in the yearbook, but they were crying because of something they wrote to one another,” said Hughes.

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by ELIZABETH WILLIAMS The seniors planning to attend the signing will not only receive their yearbook, but the complimentary senior magazine that goes with it. Within the senior magazine students can find photos from prom, and other fun things that go along with senior year. “I’m excited this year because I have more senior friends, so it will be more memorable. Last year not many people knew about [the signing].” said Jordan Fields (11). For those who bought a yearbook, or plan to buy one on siging day, be sure to attend the signing and collect as many meaningful signatures as possible. And, for those who did not order a yearbook, keep your pens capped, but just until next year; the yearbook signing day is not something that should be missed.

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mindful meditation

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A blank piece of paper can only be filled when you have something to fill it with. Some fill it with paint, others with numbers and still others with doodles. I like to fill mine with writing. For those of you who have never read my column, I would like to welcome you. For those with me since the beginning of the year, I would like to thank you for stopping by, yet again. Believe it or not, I have no intention of making this column sentimental; however, I would like to leave you all with a few last sentiments. Throughout writing this psychology column, I have hopefully been able to bestow some wisdom to a few, and food for thought to many. But you know what? Though I am the one penning or typing, this column, it’s not really me who made it. All of you--the students, faculty and passersby at South are really the ones who have made this column possible. It is because of all of you that I even had the idea for this column. Maybe, before I type my last word, I can leave you all with one last definition. Psychology, according to Webster’s dictionary, is the mental or behavior characteristics of an individual or group. Walking around, not only South, but the world in general, I’ve

been able to experience many different characteristics of people. And although people tend to group others into categories such as outgoing, reserved, eccentric and many others, everyone has their own personality. Everyone has their own unique story that is them. So, whether or not reading this column has had any effect on you personally, is something that only you would know. I feel as though, by writing this column, I have been able to show people a side of me that is usually reserved for family and close friends. Whatever style you use to fill your blank piece of paper is up to you. I have already chosen mine. I hope that all of you, if you don’t yet know your style, have some idea of who you want to be or how you want to improve the world. Everyone is important, individually and also as a group. You matter, and so does the way you fill your paper, because I guarantee that no one else’s paper will look exactly like yours. I know I said I wasn’t going to get sentimental but, come on, I am a senior, after all. I think I have the right. As I pen my last words, I hope I have left all of my readers psychologically sound.


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intelligent and required more effort from the artist in the ‘90s. “Imagination has been a major change from the ‘90s to today,” said aspiring rapper Del’von Davis (9). More artists are being recognized around the world. Through the use of social networking, fame has come to many artists who might not have been recognized otherwise. Sites such as YouTube and Facebook have played huge roles in several new artists rise to the top. Take Mac Miller for example. He was, and still is, a music video sensation. Without YouTube, he would likely not be known. “Rap had better stories and rhymes (in the ‘90s),” Brewster said. Artists have changed majorly from the ‘90s. Artists considered among the top in ‘90s



Rap has evolved from the ‘90s to the ‘00s. But many of the same elements are as relevant in today’s rap

ach generation has its own brand of music. This music is synonymous with the people of that generation, and will always be associated with that decade. The ‘‘60s had classic rock. The ‘70s had disco. The ‘‘90s had rock and hip hop. The ‘90s however, share a common thread of music with our generation: rap. Although rap is a link between the ‘00s and the ‘90s, much has changed since the days of Tupac Shakur, and Dr. Dre. New artists such as Lil’ Wayne, Drake, and Tech N9ne have taken over, and with them come a new style. “Rap has turned into hip-hop and doesn’t qualify as rap anymore,” said Kyle Brewster (9). New styles of rap offer more emphasis on beats, instead of lyrics. Rap was more



would have been less successful today. The Notorious B.I.G. and 2pac were extremely focused on the imagery of their music. Their words are somewhat poetic, and paint an image in listeners head. “The major change from today’s rap and the ‘90s is the stories,” Davis said. “The ‘90s tell you to stand up for what you believe in. Today’s rap tells listeners what they want to hear,” said Davis. Rap may have changed, but many of the same elements are still present. Beats are the primary focus of today’s rappers, but lyrics are still essential to their music. It has been played millions of times across the planet. No matter how much it has changed, rap is still rap. And it always will be. | 11

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ow would you like to spend a day basking in the sun in the south of Spain? Who would not want to explore the streets of Madrid or eat tapas in Seville? That is just the opportunity a group of South students will get this summer. Mary Anderson (Spanish) is taking a group of five students on a NETC Educational Tour across Spain. Ashley Kildow (11) is among the students going on the nine day trip. “I really like Spanish culture and language. When I heard about the trip, I really wanted to go,” said Kildow. Kevin Horstmann (11) is also going on the trip. “I’ve never been to Spain before, and it’s a trip I’ve always wanted to take,” said Horstmann. Though Horstmann is in Spanish III, he is not worried about the not being able to communicate. “I’m going out of the country with five girls, that’s the real scary part,” said Horstmann. That trip to Spain is not the only one South students will be taking this year. Meredith Williams (German) is heading her 10th annual student exchange. Nine South students are going to spend 22 days in Europe where they will participate in a foreign exchange program.

They will live with a German family and attend a German school. Olivia White (12), is participating in the exchange even though she has never actually been in a German class before. “I thought it would be a good experience before I went off to college, and what time better than graduation?” said White. White is both apprehensive and excited about the experience “I’m a little afraid of getting lost and not being able to communicate, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said White. Three more South students will join for the group for an EF Tour of Europe where they will see Italy, Austria and Germany.

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ugust 13, 2008 I was 14 years old walking through the doors of South igh school is a very defining four years of a person’s life, and l for the first time as a freshman. Four years later, here I am, writing although I cannot wait to be done and get out of here, I’d love to this last article for all of you preparing to leave South for the last time. go back to freshman year and change a lot of choices I’ve made. So, for those of you who have enjoyed my advice in the last nine issues, It’s funny, you get to be where I am you begin to think about who you are and how you got there. You realize that it’s over and that you had listen up one last time for a final reflection of my time here at PHS time. You’re worried because you prepare for college or your job Senior year changes people. It’s the time to grow up your and it will all change. That’s the harsh reality of it and we’re all going to if you haven’t already. I can honestly say I’m a lot smarter this year graduate and go our own ways. than I have been any of the other three years, and I’d like to share What is high school? You would think it’s about having a good time, some things I’ve learned. partying with your friends, going to sporting events, but lately I’ve been First, recognize that you aren’t going to be friends with everyone you were freshman year and you probably won’t continue dating the seeing it differently. After being here for so long I’ve noticed that about people you did in high school. Be grateful for the time you had with 95 percent of people have actually no clue what they’re talking about. these people, but be able to move on to the next chapter of your life. Every day, I walk around the hallways and look at people who swear that they’re someone of importance and all you can do is laugh because they The most important advice I can give anyone, especially girls, is have absolutely no clue how lame they really are. If you actually pay to love. Other people, but mostly yourself. Until you love yourself attention for one passing time you will hear five different conversations whole-heartedly, no one else will be able to. Embrace your flaws. We saying less than nice things about someone else. And my question lies all have them, but they always look better with confidence here: who honestly cares? Next, think about how your decisions today will affect you The past four years I’ve been wondering that same question. tomorrow; while something may sound like a good idea at the time Honestly, in the grand scheme of things, does it really it may cause you sadness tomorrow. I’ve personally learned this the hard way, which leads me to my next point: don’t be too stubborn to matter? You guys don’t understand what high school is about. Trust apologize when you know you’ve done something wrong. Sometimes me it’s not about who let the cops in at the party; it’s about who you called first after you got away. The people who are in your life now might a simple apology won’t fix everything, but at least have the courage not be there. It’s a time in your life you’ll never get back and as much to admit your mistakes… people will respect you for that. as you want to leave and as much as you are ready, your time will end Finally, remember that this is just high school. As cliché as it sounds, none of the drama will matter in 10 years. So live every day in high school. You will move on but that doesn’t mean you didn’t have good time. I’m just saying… you can’t deny the fact that you got to love to its full potential, and enjoy the easy years while you’ve still got high school. #broh’n them. P.S. I love you, class of 2012.


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he moment when your new baby brother or sister is born, getting to hold them for the first time almost seems unreal. As you grow older mixed emotions arise for the older siblings, knowing they may have to play sports against them or share a car in the future can create drama. Courtney and Mallory Land (11) not only look alike, but also have the same interest and friends. Since both are softball players, things may get a little competitive at times. “I hate when she plays better than me because at the end of the day everyone compares us,” said Courtney. These twin sisters may always get compared or mixed up, but also have an advantage. “The plus side of having a twin is I always have a friend around no matter what,” said Mallory. From sisters to brothers, the Gillespie boys may have their little fights, but they are slightly different than the Land girls; unlike the girls the boys are physical. “One year in Florida we were dunking each other in the lazy river. I told him I didn’t want to play anymore but

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he proceeded to do it anyway and so I punched him in the mouth his blood went all through the lazy river,” said Logan Gillespie (10). Not only do the boys have their physical fights but the biggest fight to this day is over their car. “We don’t get in many fights, but when we do it’s over the car. It’s mine and he knows it,” said Nick Gillespie (12) Two sisters that are very close not only in age but basically best friends are the Welch sisters. However, there is one major thing that comes between their bond. “She always steals my clothes!” said Erica Welch (12). In the Welch household, clothes are the only thing that cause conflict between the two sisters. “One day we came across each other and we had each other’s clothes on which started a whole argument. But at the end of the day, our fights never last long,” said Bridget Welch (10). No matter what the pointless arguments are about if it has to do with sports, a car or even something as little as clothes, there will never be an argument big enough to break the bond between blood.

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A Knight Among Thee Students at South prepare for the new world of LARP by JOSHUA PHILLIPS


nights, goblins, mages and Christopher Blevins (11) will be on the battlefield this summer in Atchison, Ks. to determine who the best larper is. With a group of friends, Blevins will engage in Live Action Role-Playing (LARP). After the popular game Skyrim was released, Blevins wanted to make the game become real. “As a joke I had mentioned it to my friends and said ‘okay let’s do this’,” said Blevins. The league Blevins wants to fight in will be in Atchison, Ks. where four other guilds will fight for roughly three days. But before he is able to get into larping, he will need help from those who are experienced

in LARP. Blevins plans to ask Terrence Carver (11) for help in making swords, chain mail, etc. Carver is no stranger to LARPing. He got into it after being at the Renaissance Festival because “it was something my friends were into.” Blevins will also be doing LARP for his “fair maiden” Lauren Rittman (12). “I feel so proud,” said Rittman. “I’m sure he’ll go out there on the battlefield and kick butt.” Blevins even wants Rittman to join the LARP with him, although she does not want to partake in LARP. While he fights, she plans to film him on camera.

“It’s... where you can step outside of who you are and become somebody else for a while.” “I think it will be fun just to mess around,” said Blevins. “I guess some of the guys and I will take it seriously, but hopefully it’ll be fun.” Although Blevins and his guild might take it seriously, Carver believes it should not be a serious event. “It’s supposed to be a relaxing activity where you can step outside of who you are and become somebody else for a while,” said Carver. Hunter Norton (11), close friend of Blevins’ and a rookie to LARP, was asked by Blevins to join the experience. “Chris just came up to me and said, ‘Hunter, do you want to go kill some people in a game?’ and I was like, ‘that sounds fantastic’,” said Norton. “So I decided to make some swords and get ready to go.” Although Norton has never been into LARP, he was inspired by Blevins’ description and by the movie “Role Models” to get into LARP with Blevins. Norton feels that in the guild he would be an archer. “I feel like it’s going to be a really fun time,” said Norton. “Hopefully [we will] kick some a’s and taking some names.”

Poe & Co. are the Newest Chiefs Chiefs address depth and take developmental players in 2012 draft T


he NFL Draft is an annual football festival in which the futures of many men are changed and fans everywhere believe they can evaluate talent better than the experts. The 2012 draft, held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City, surprised many and left eyebrows risen. For Kansas City Chiefs fans, it was a split decision with the 11th pick. The Chiefs addressed their biggest need, selecting Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, a 6’3” 346-pound junior who Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel believe will be the dynamic nose tackle of the future. Some like the pick of Poe while others aren’t too fond of it. Bench pressing 225 pounds 44 times (the most of any player at the combine), Poe also topped out at a 29.5” vertical jump. Although he ran a 4.98 40-yard dash at the combine, the first 40-yard dash under five seconds by a 330+ pound player in six years, Poe looked less than average on tape from Memphis competing against substandard Conference-USA opponents. Only coaching and time will tell if Crennel has found his next Vince Wilfork or if the

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Chiefs have selected another Ryan Sims. Although the first round pick is always the most criticized or praised, the Chiefs added seven other men to the family during the rest of the draft. Second round pick Jeff Allen, offensive linemen out of Illinois, has a chance to make an impact early with the ability to play both tackle and guard. Kansas City took another lineman in the third round, former Oklahoma Sooner and Blue Springs standout Donald Stephenson. After adding depth up front, the Chiefs went with skill position players on both sides of the ball with the following selections. Fourth round pick Devon Wiley might be the most intriguing pick of Pioli’s selections. The 5’9” receiver from Fresno State has drawn comparison to New England Allpro wide out Wes Welker, but his production in college was limited due to injuries. Wiley very well could see time in the return game as well.. Other than Poe, the rookie who could see the most playing time this coming season is fifth round pick DeQuan Menzie, a defensive back from Alabama who could play either nickel back or come in as a third safety

for Eric Berry or Individual Grades: Kendrick Lewis. Dontari Poe: BSixth and seventh round picks Jeff Allen: B+ include Texas A&M Donald Stephenson: CDevon Wiley: Brunning back Cyrus DeQuan Menzie: A Gray, San Diego Cyrus Gray: BState defensive Jerome Long: Cend Jerome Long Junior Hemingway: C+ and Michigan wide receiver Junior Total Grade: B Hemingway. All three have good potential but will take a little time to develop into true contributors. This Chiefs draft is a tough one to evaluate. The front office’s approach of selecting depth and developmental players makes it hard to grade the picks right away. There is huge upside with this group of players and with the right coaching they could help the Chiefs become a consistent AFC West power; however, if the risk doesn’t pay off and they don’t pan out, Chiefs fans will be calling for Pioli’s head for another draft debacle.


memories of senior athletics. The question they must ask themselves is, are you satisfied? And the answer to that question is, yes. As a sports fan, I tried to find my favorite moments of this year in South as sports. And I like most South students, came up with a list of who, what, where, why and how. These are the top five sports moments of this year, at South.

s another graduating class comes and goes, so do the memories of students, teachers, places and events that run through the minds of the class of 2012. While patiently waiting for their names to be called, South student-athletes will reminisce on their athletic careers. While these athletes sit in their purple or black cap and gown they will be looking back on the


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Last year, the girls’ volleyball team sort of blew it in the district championship, losing 1-2 in the finals against Winnetonka. This year, though, the girls redeemed themselves by defeating Truman High School in the district championship game. Even with just one senior, they still managed to advance farther than previous years. Unfortunately, their next match-up resulted in a loss to St. Teresa’s and their season ended at Sectionals. A district championship is still a huge success. Needless to say, the girls really impressed their fans and gave them something to look forward to in future seasons. Here’s hoping they can keep up the tradition and one day, bring home the State Championship.


South rugby has only been existence for three years, but the team has already earned its place among the State final four teams and will advance to the State Championship for the second year in a row. The aspirations were high this year and everyone expects the team to do just as well, if not better, than last year.. But when you look across the field and see the fouth-best team in the country staring back at you,the pressure definitely affects the players. The Panthers needed to play the ideal rugby game, and they did just that. With a 12-10 dramatic victory, the Panthers qualified for State.. The rugby team not only shocked the school but the entire rugby community in the Kansas City Area.

3 At the beginning of the school year, the shocking scandal involving long-time Panthers basketball coach, Anthony Perry, became public. Perry had been a panther ever since the first brick being built, and without him, our team was left coach-less. Coach Sedler came to the rescue and took his place as new head coach. The drama eventually settled, and the boys went on to beat their rivals, Park Hill, in overtime. A 50 to 45 score seems like a pretty comfortable win. But if you played, or even watched the game, you know that game was anything but comfortable. The Panthers were behind the whole game but somehow managed to pull it out in the last minute and a half.


We can all agree that wrestling isn’t the most popular of sports. I’ll admit, it isn’t. Most people who watch wrestling, have wrestled or know people who wrestle know the rules. But if you don’t have any experience with wrestling, it’s understandable to be confused. But here’s something that everyone can relate to: being the first to do something.. The Panther wrestling team traveled to Park Hill and beat them on their own gym for the first time ever. It was as dramatic as anyone could imagine, as the winner was determined in the very last match.. Just watching the duel, you could feel the tension from both schools radiating. The intensity made the victory just that much better.

simply incredible. As a football player, just being able to run out Itheont was the field and see 7,000 plus fans gathering to watch you play, was most incredible experience. It was the biggest and most anticipated


game of the year. The Panthers, up to that point, hadn’t beaten Park Hill for nearly a decade. Let me put that into perspective for you; the last freshman class to see South beat Park Hill in football is now 22 years old. Panther fans had practically lost hope that South would ever beat Park Hill again. But, a young, inexperienced team--led by a few experienced seniors--walked onto the field and pulled off the impossible. Whether you thought the losing streak was a curse or not, it was definitely broken that night. Things went OUR way, and with the simple phrase “I believe… that we will win” the Panthers rallied together.. An amazing second-half comeback brought us to victory for the first time in seven years. And I can promise you this: the numbers 13 and seven will go down in South history. | 17

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From dressing up to staying completely casual,South students always find a way to express themselves through their personal styles and trends rom Sperry’s to snapbacks, trends are “I like to look fresh –-fresh to death,” constantly changing head to toe, and said Luton. to keep up with those trends, South Luton also explained that some days students are always switching up are just meant for comfort, but others are their styles. “like a mission,” or a goal to look his best. Olivia Ortiz, sophomore, defines style Not only can clothing styles and trends as expressing herself through dress and show off mood, they can also describe a clothing choices. person’s personality. “I’m not afraid to wear things I think Woodson said she believes style is are cute but are goofy,” Ortiz said. “I don’t being who you are and showing who pay attention to anyone else’s style.” you are through clothes. Luton, on the Students also believe that as new other hand doesn’t believe style should trends are coming up, some of the old be planned, and said it should all come ones are being brought back, such as together when you wake up. jeggings, snapbacks and Polos. “Fashionwise – I don’t really go to the “I want ponchos to come back,” said extreme,” said Luton. Emma Woodson, A new trend popping up and “I like to freshman. “They increasing in popularity is one where comfortable following the trends of others isn’t look fresh are and awesome - who necessary. Hipster, or also known as Indie, want ponchos is a creative trend that has no boundaries. --fresh to doesn’t to come back?” The style consists of vintage and thrift Woodson also notices store clothing and steering away from the death. ” trends like socks and mainstream trends. Sperry’s appearing again. “I love it. I wish I was a hipster,” said Ortiz said she is very excited about ‘80s Woodson. “They have no worries; it’s just trends making a comeback. a different style.” “I freaking love the 80’s,” she said. “The While some think hipster is totally styles back then were super colorful” unique, others don’t seem too excited She also said she sees jean jackets and about it. block coloring (bold, bright colors) “It’s cool – if you’re into that kind of coming back. stuff,” said Ortiz. Kevin Luton, senior, said he doesn’t Although it seems trends are always necessarily follow certain trends; his style changing, one trend that is always constant changes day by day. While one day he is being yourself. may dress to impress, another he may “If it works, it works,” said Woodson. “I choose comfort over classy. wear what I like.”

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atching one more episode of your favorite show or finishing one more level of a video game seems like a good idea until you crawl out of bed the next morning. Many teens do not realize how good sleep is for their bodies and how it helps them get through their day. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, teenagers need an average of nine hours of sleep, although some may need as few as five hours or as many as 10 hours each day. Not getting enough sleep creates a “sleep debt.” Eventually, a teen’s body needs to repay that debt. “All teenagers should have an 8:30 p.m. curfew and be in bed by 9: p.m.,” Bob Bohning (business) said. Bohning believes that sleep is very important in order for teens to be successful in school. Like Bohning, Tessa Ballam (10) believes that sleep helps teenagers be more productive and keeps them focused in school to get good grades. Even though Ballam has sports,

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homework to get done and must practice her viola, she still manages to be in bed by 9 p.m. so that she gets enough sleep. Some students have jobs or other responsibilities that prevent them from getting the sleep they need. Unlike Ballam, Ivan Hernandez (12) gets between three and five hours of sleep each night.

“I’m usually still in sleeping mode when I get to school.” Hernandez goes to bed around 1-2 a.m., but it can be as late as 3:00 a.m. The main reason why Hernandez goes to sleep so late is because he usually gets home around midnight from work. He says he does not wish he had more sleep. “I got used to it because of work.. I’m not too sleepy at school or anything. Whenever I try to go to bed earlier I can’t fall asleep,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said that even though he doesn’t feel like he needs more sleep, he sometimes falls asleep in class. He also said he doesn’t believe that lack of sleep has affected his grades. Other students get very little sleep time as well because they would rather do other things, such as watching television. Jack Summa (11) goes to sleep around midnight, or 1:30 a.m. at the latest. He stays up watching “Big Bang Theory” on his television “because he can.” Summa said that he does his homework while watching television and admits that he procrastinates. Other students are going to bed earlier but still aren’t getting the reccommended hours of sleep. Haley Stewart (9) said she wishes she got more sleep. She used to go to bed around 4 a.m. but now goes to sleep around 10:30 p.m. “I’m usually still in sleeping mode when I get to school,” Stewart said. Like Ballam said, “If kids are sleepy during class then they should get more sleep.”

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usic has been around since the beginning of time. From caveman rock and roll bands to modern day dubstep, music has changed just as much as the planet itself. The change of music was no overnight ordeal, but more of a generational kind of thing. With each new generation came a new type of sound. Many genres of music have come and gone. Today’s generation of high schoolers listen to mostly country, rock, pop, alternative and rap. As today’s youth grows old, they witness the sudden change that music succumbs to. “Today’s music tries to clash too many types of genres together,” said Spenser Braymer, junior. Braymer, like 27 of the 100 students surveyed, mainly listens to rap music but also enjoys R&B, rock and some alternative. Braymer has been listening to rap ever since he was a kid. He has listened to many of the greats and feels like they would be ashamed of what rap music is today. “Rap has become more of a bubble gum mixed with rock,” said Braymer. Country, like rap, has also adjusted over time. In the past country was more of a western folk sound, but today it has become more

party music. “I like country music today, compared to what it used to be,” said Sara Parolin, sophomore. Country music was played constantly by Parolin’s older brothers as she was growing up. She has listened to country artist both old and young, but chooses the sound of today’s country music over the classic western sound. “It just sounds better today than what it used to sound like,” said Parolin, “I don’t like the whole hick sound it used to have.” Age plays a huge factor into what kind of music a person likes. Everyone grows up listening to different music. Older adults are not always too fond of the younger generation’s music choice. “Music used to have a message,” said Adrian Singletary, history. “Today, most musicians do it for the money and the fame.” Music will continue to change as each generation grows old, and as it changes, each generation will reminisce on the sounds of their time.

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Summer is almost here and South students are ready to relax


ummer is here at last and while most of us will be kicking our feet up by the pool, a lucky few will be living it up far away on glittering beaches or humid jungles or doing what they can to help out those less fortunate. It would be hard to find someone that would turn down the opportunity to do a little “R and R” on a tropical beach, umbrella drink in hand. South students are no exception many already can’t wait to pack their bags and head off to the exotic travel spots of 2012. For the kids in Spanish, they are getting to do just that. This summer, five students head to Spain on a nine day trip to experience the cuisine and culture of the Latin people. Along the way they will stop in Madrid, Segovia, El Escorial, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville and Granada. “I definitely want to try new things [and] give everything a chance,” said Danielle Van De Vyvere, junior. “I definitely . . . Van De Vyvere is one of several students traveling to Spain this with Mary Anderson, Spanish. But she isn’t the only one. want to try new summer Kevin Horstman, junior, Ashley Kildow, junior, and others all plan to find their inner Latin flair. Most can’t wait to try the local food like things [and] Van De Vyvere. give everything . . .“Seeing all their historical aspects to the country. That’ll be pretty cool,” said Rachel Carroll, junior. . . .If exotic isn’t your thing, remaining stateside can still offer plenty of a chance.” fun. Ariana Hayward, sophomore, plans to take a week-long road trip to Colorado with her friends from church. “We’re just winging it,” said Hayward. But sometimes, instead of choosing to relax, the truly selfless ones among us choose to travel to other third-world countries to help out those who are in need. “[It’s just] serving others and serving God,” said Raven Jennings, sophomore.. The Northland Baptist Church and other church groups in Missouri are traveling to El Salvador this summer to aid orphanages in Usulutan and San Miguel. “I don’t know if you consider it a vacation. [We’re] going to work and help out orphanages,” said Harrison Fox, freshman. For two weeks, both youth and adults will be lending a hand wherever they can to make a difference. “It means you’re doing something to help someone out that can’t help themselves,” said Fox. Whether you happen to be exploring the Monasterio de San Jaun de los Reyes or driving through Colorado this summer just remember: sometimes it is just about the destination.

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May 12

June 2

Dancefestopia at the Riverfront Park

June 1


at the Cricket Wireless Ampitheater

August 18

Red, White and Boom at the Starlight Theater

June 23

S u m m er C h ec k li st Cookout Hike Make popsicles Water balloon fight Fishing Zoo Bowling Drive in movie Picnic Fireworks Obstacle course Game night Fly kites Ride bikes Watercolor Movie night Pillow fort Make a movie Mini golf Visit grandparents Camp Twister Pillow fight Make pizzas Water gun fight Lemonade stand

Play with chalk Oceans of Fun Worlds of Fun Royals game Play chicken Scavenger hunt Dress in bunny suit Learn to unicycle Go swimming Read a book Make a tree house

Flag football Tie-dye Shaving cream fight Zip-line Make a tire swing Horseback riding Go on an adventure


What’s your favorite thing to do during summer?

Make cookies Volunteer Karaoke night Go to the lake Carwash Bake sale

Sporting Event Swim (pool , lake , ocean , etc.) Stay Inside

out of 100 students surveyed

funin thesun go to


to read a story about summer sporting events by cj whisnant and to watch a video about what south is doing this summer by ryann smith



Students look forward to months off for a variety of reasons

ummer is less than a month away and the buzz around South shows it. Seniors are starting to wind down and everyone is ready to get out and do their own thing. Everyone has their own way of approaching summer, but no matter what everyone has something fun they are ready to do. “Me and my friends like going swimming,” said Senior, Danielle McKenzie, “I like going on vacation too.” Going to the pool and the lake is what a lot of people say is their favorite thing to do in the summer. “I like going to the pool. The National is definitely my favorite,” said Bridget Welch, sophomore. Others like doing different things like going to a Royals game. But either was, there is something to do during summer for everyone. Chase Jones, a junior, who has already been to three Royals games this year, says that’s one of his favorite things.

“I’m going to watch every game until they win,” said Jones. Jones also has other hobbies during the summer, watching Netflix and going to the Lake of the Ozarks are towards the top of his list. “I love summer,” said Jones. “You can’t beat a weekend at the lake.”

“I just love summer.”

Summer isn’t all about fun though for everyone, some kids have to get a job so they can have fun. People work at all different types of places. Jones busses tables at 54th Street, while his brother, Evan Jones, a junior, works at the YMCA. Sophomore, Hannah Brown, works at Watercolors. Junior Megan Dunn works at Smokehouse BBQ.

There are a wide variety of jobs, but this is how a lot of people will have to spend their summer. Another popular thing to do over the summer is go on big vacation. Freshman Justin Weymuth is going to Maui, Hawaii. Both Robert Lane and Hannah Brown are going to California over the summer. “I’m going to Florida to visit my grandparents and California to surf and visit family,” said Cooper Saunders, freshman. “I love going to those places because I love the atmosphere. With all the fun things that everyone has planned for the summer, there is always something that everyone aspires to do that is just a little bit more. “If I could do anything this summer, I’d go streaking at a Royals game and slide into home face first and hold my hands in the air until I got tackled by security,” said Weymuth. “I’d spend time in jail for that.” | 23

What I Want to do this Sleep


Sleep is worth every minute of it, and is not something everyone gets during school. If I can choose to not wake up at 6:30 a.m., I will take full advantage of it.

Summer Getting in Touch

Theater in the Park is a play that happens every year in Gladstone that anyone can see, First Fridays are the first Friday of every month and happen in the art district and block parties are all going to be new additions to my summer this year. They are cheap and they can open up great opportunities to see new things. Nothing says summer to me like s’mores, the smell of fire smoke and getting together with friends in the dead night over a bon fire. Just another thing I am excited to do.

Take a Trip

Bon Fires

I have not taken a trip for a long time, so this summer for my senior year I want to take a trip, hopefully around the world to Malaysia and Australia. Although that is definitely an adventure, a trip anywhere for my last year of high school would be amazing.

Summer Swim Team Summer swim is something that I have done every year for a long time, and for my last year I am planning to have just as much fun as every single other year with the Hills of Walden Swim Team, and see friends on other neighborhood teams.

For more stories by The View staff and a full calendar, go to:


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T h e V i e w S t a ff - S p r i n g 2 0 12

reporters ida patton harrison white copy editor elizabeth williams art director kylie vandeven managing editor blake reser business manager ben andersen malana bradford public relations staff development jessica freeman co-sports editors jon holden danny kerwin photo editor heather fatino web editor emily “maxx” beshears adviser megan hughes co-editors


kevin briody elizabeth brown karlie bischoff megan mcmullen spencer on halle ponick caleb fenner elie quiroz chandler termini emily orvos joshua phillips willeke van doorn

The View, published 10 times during the regular school year, is the student news publication of Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo.. Editorials and opinions expressed in this student publication are that of the student journalists and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Park Hill South staff and administration or the Park Hill School District. For editorial policies or to submit a Letter to the Editor, visit our website at The View is a member of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and National Scholastic Press Association and is printed by Osage Graphics in Olathe, Kan.

The View, Issue 10, Vol 14  

The final issue of the 2011-2012 school year for Park Hill South's newsmagazine

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