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2014 GRADUATION. CHARLES KOCH ARENA. 5:30 P.M. MAY 18. 367 SENIORS CLASS QUOTE “Behind us are memories, beside us are friends. Before us are dreams that will never end.” GRADUATION SONG “Roots Before Branches” by Anders/Hastron.

PROGRAM

WELCOME Principal Chris Botts DISTRIBUTING DIPLOMAS Board of Education SENIOR ADDRESS Sarah Calvert and Luke Mohr PRESENTING SENIOR KEY Kyle Baldwin to Dylan Jones

The senior issue is comprised of responses to Play’s senior survey. 167 seniors responded to the survey.

Play newsmagazine *denotes 2014 senior

Editor-in-chief Jordan Watkins* Senior Issue Coordinators Devan Horning* Becca Zinabu Visual media editor Brooke Johanson Sports editor Maite Menendez News editor Hannah Henricks Features & lifestyles editor Cheyenne Esser Advertisements manager Dagny Castelli* Reporters & photographers Hallie Bontrager Kendra Cunningham Lauren Debes* Gabby Hermes Tori Lemon Nick Mathias Katie McLachlan Justin Noble Delanie Pierce Mikaela Stevenson Kassidy Watkins Shalene White Madeline Wofford* Meagan Wofford* Adviser Dan Loving

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*Decided by seniors and presented at Senior Night; released courtesy of counseling dept. prior to press time

WORST CASE OF SENIORITIS Taelyn Entriken & Anna Weaver MOST DRAMATIC Emily Cork MOST UNIQUE STYLE Rachel Henderson MOST ARTISTIC Bele Benard & Lauren Hadley MOST LIKELY TO BECOME PRESIDENT Kellor Yde MOST LIKELY TO COMPETE IN OLYMPICS Zeke Welch BEST HAIR Emily Gaston BEST EYES Kory Haught MOST LIKELY TO WRITE A BEST-SELLING NOVEL Todd Nelson MOST LIKELY TO BE ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Michael Tiede MOST LIKELY TO BE ON THE BACHELOR Kevin Combs MOST LIKELY TO BE ON THE BACHELORETTE Olivia Baalman & Vanessa Gonzales MOST LIKELY TO FIND A CURE FOR CANCER Kellor Yde MOST LIKELY TO ATTEND HOGWARTS Erin Bye

MOST LIKELY TO BE ON A REALITY TV SHOW Jordan Watkins MOST LIKELY TO BE A KID FOREVER Trevor Farney & Elizabeth Herrington CUTEST COUPLE Amanda Baker & Austin Binder BEST LEADER Kyle Baldwin BEST SMILE Molly Green BIGGEST FLIRT Olivia Baalman FUNNIEST PERSON Sara Calvert MOST LIKELY TO BECOME A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER Molly Green BEST FEMALE ATHLETE Whitney Lucas BEST MALE ATHLETE Kavan Jobe MOST LIKELY TO BE ON THE VOICE Ashley Balza MOST LIKELY TO BE ON BROADWAY Jessica Curtiss MOST LIKELY TO WIN THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Alyssa Cole & Kellor Yde MOST FRIENDLY Becca Andrus seniorissueplay3


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Seniors give advice to underclassmen on what not to miss Aaron Ake Underclassmen should bowl. Erin Alliger Underclassmen should definitely join lots of clubs. Béle Bernard If you have an interest in something, do it. Don’t be afraid to be the only girl in a Woods class, don’t be afraid to sing your heart out in choir, don’t be afraid to take sewing if you’re a guy. Do what you want to do. Jacklynn Brock Don’t miss extracurricular activities! Aaron Chansombath Go to school events, you could be missing out on a lot. Jessica Curtiss Try new things, as many as you can. Don’t be afraid to travel outside of your social norm. I did and found the best friends I could ask for. Quentin DeRoulet Underclassmen should learn! Lauren Dunbar Participating in school-wide activities can make high school more enjoyable, but you should also make more time for your friends and get to know everyone you go to school with. Connor Eleeson Try something on your own instead of with your friends. Amber Fisher Go to clubs, assemblies and prom. Everything you do here is a memory you carry with you. Molly Green Don’t miss out on being in the student section of basketball and football games. Believe me, you will regret it later on in life! Rachel Henderson Don’t miss prom. Brady Hoover Don’t be too cool for anything because you are still a kid. Ray Luc Clubs help to make the best memories. Whitney Lucas Being a part of Friendship Club is something that I think everyone should be a part of. Kole McCorkendale Do what makes you the most happy. Gage Morgan Play sports and get into a little trouble. Ben Nguyen Underclassmen should play sports. Olivia Baalman Get involved. High school is a blast if you put yourself out there and participate in a variety of clubs and activities. Jake Omo Get out and have fun, life isn’t all about school. Danny Owen Cool fun. Brandi Phillips I think they should definitely be involved with school as much as their daily schedules allow. Daniel Reep Do not miss out on all the sporting events, the atmosphere is great. Go see the choir shows and drama shows, you’ll be surprised how much fun they are. Laci Rekoske Take chances and be involved. Shea Roy Underclassmen should just get involved in everything. Tanner Shirk Sports events and prom shouldn’t be missed. Matthew Smith Make sure your yearbook photo is a good one because it will stick with you forever! Austin Snell Join choir! Lindsey Spencer Be in the student section! Kris Super Clubs and activities should not be missed. Megan Theodore They can make new friends and have a good time at school and that it isn’t boring. Alex Tran The clubs. Join clubs makes friends and memories. Taylor Utter Find a club or activity that you enjoy. Lauren Villarreal Anything Mr. Super teaches. Even if it’s not on your career path, all of his classes are really interesting and he makes learning fun. Also try out Yearbook if you’re into writing or photography. It’s a great way to get to know everyone in the school and we also eat a ton of food, whether it’s for something to much on while working or for a party day after completing a deadline. Samantha Watson They should go to Homecoming and football games, dances, Prom and the pep assemblies. Emma Watt Participate in every school activity you can. It may seem like a waste of time at first, but trust me you will end up enjoying it. The most rewarding for me was joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters club which cooperates with Maize Central Elementary. The emotional reward you will receive from this club is priceless. Anna Weaver Spending Friday nights in the stands. It may seem overrated now, but those down-to-the-wire games and cheering alongside your friends will be the ones you remember. Freshman year counts. Take as many different classes that you can and find your niche. You might even end up finding your best friend in an art 1 class. Spencer Weaver Take college classes and earn college credit. Suzanne Webb Get involved and go to school events. Madeline Wofford Get involved and join as many clubs and activities as possible! Dustin Yoder Get involved with the school’s productions of plays, musicals, and concerts, whether you help with set construction, lights, or simply go and watch them. Some responses were edited for length and clarity. View all responses on our website, www.maizenews.com. 4playseniorissue


Royal Flush Teachers inspire students throughout high school JOHN ANDERSON

I couldn’t be more thankful for having him as my tennis coach. Anderson always gave me the hardest time on the court, but he bought us McDonald’s after tournaments, so he’s the best. He truly is an educator on and off the court. Anderson is a teacher that really cares about what’s going on in your life, and he takes the time to help you in whatever way he can. — Olivia Baalman

KATHLEEN BARBARA

I received so many opportunities through this woman. From stage directions to life lessons, I’ve learned more than I ever imagined. Even the help that seemed so small at the time, like staying late to finish set work, means so much. I mean, how many teachers dedicate their free time to putting together four productions throughout the school year? Whenever I doubted myself and told myself I couldn’t face the task at hand, she was there telling me I could. I can’t thank a high school teacher enough for that. — Jessica Curtiss

MIKE DARRAH

He can really relate to his students and he is a lot of fun to be around. — Jacob Horsch

ANNE DEBES

KEVIN FRYE

Before my class with Mr. Frye, I admit that I was a very lazy student, breezing through school doing just enough work to pass. Upon entering Mr. Frye’s “dreaded” class, I found that he was definitely a different kind of teacher. He not only pushed me to work hard in class, but he made me want to work harder. I felt like he was teaching me on a personal level instead of treating me like one part of a whole class. Since taking his English class, I am performing much better in school and always am striving to not settle for mediocrity in any aspects of my life. — Austin Snell

DAN LOVING

Whenever I felt like I wasn’t capable, he was there to remind me that I was. He never let me doubt myself, and if it weren’t for him I probably wouldn’t be going to college for art. — Béle Benard

SANDY NITCHER

She’s given me advice, listened to my problems and motivated me to explore the languages of the world. She helped me fall in love with the beauty of people and culture. She gave me my future. — Mikayla Hoffman

SHERRY PFEIFER

When I first started high school I chose to do Yearbook, a class I was not even sure about, she was so welcoming along with the older staff members. She has always been a great listener when it comes to personal problems and has a great sense of humor. She also knows how to cheer you up and boost your self-esteem. I’ve also learned that behind her sunny disposition she holds a powerful rage that you never want directed at you. I learned that real quickly. — Lauren Villarreal

Pfeif is such a babe. From day one she helped me and made sure I was comfortable in the environment of her classroom. She is a tough teacher but has a good heart. She lets you know when you’re wearing your emotions on your sleeve when you’re not accepting constructive criticism. She actually cares about her students and takes time to help you in school and in your own personal life. — Devan Horning

SHERRY ELDER

He was my math teacher two years in a row but retired last year. He just gave me all the support I needed to follow through with my dreams. He was also a great guy to be around all the time. — Tyler Stratton

Señora Elder is such a wonderful and inspiring person! If not for her and her passion for teaching I may have missed out on the trip of a lifetime, Spain. She shows the love she has for Spanish and has inspired me to continue on with it throughout my life. Not only is she a truly wonderful teacher, but she also wants to get to know you and understand who you are and listen to your life stories. She wants to see you not just succeed in school, but in life. — Kayley Perkins Some responses were edited for length and clarity. View all responses on our website, www.maizenews.com.

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DORIS PRATER

I’ve had her all four years of high school, and I have had no teacher that has pushed me to my limits and praised me for how hard I work as much as she does. She’s really the greatest teacher, and she plays a motherly role for every student in the choir. — Kelsey Nickell seniorissueplay5 seniorissueplay5


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Army Teddy Pranion Butler Community College Adam Denton Amanda Gill Alexa Durano Austin Snell Blair Summers Daniel Reep Diana Bennett Hannah Wagner Jessica Neises Jonathan Bloodworth Kaitlyn Delinger Kelsey Nickell Laci Rekoske Lauren Dunbar Lauren Villarreal Marlene Rubio Central Christian College Todd Nelson Chestnut Hill College Hannah Hills Cowley College Gabby Harding Jacklynn Brock Jacob Worm Emporia State Cody Campbell Lauren Robinson-Loyd Fort Hays University Amber Fisher Friends University Alec Edmisten Sage Chaffin Hadley Davis Sydney Roy Grand Canyon University Dustin Yoder Greenville College Linnea Smidderks Hutchinson Community College Brady Hoover Rebecca Morse Nick Benford Tyler Young International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Quentin DeRoulet John Brown University Daniel Funk Johnson County Community College Kevin Combs

Kansas State University Alyssa Cole Dagny Castelli Ashtyn Dalal Kayln Helm Kinsey Keltz Marques Jozefowicz Molly Green Olivia Baalman Sara Calvert Shea Roy Tevin Davis McPherson College Zach Heyer

University of Kansas Ashley Reiswig Connor Eleeson Jordan Watkins Kayley Perkins Kellor Yde Laken Downes Lauren Debes Lindsey Spencer Mikayla Hoffman Nathaniel Reali Rachel Corr Taylor Hughey Vanessa Gonzales

MidAmerican Nazarene University Matthew Smith

University of Mississippi Emily Cork

Missouri State University Jessica Curtiss

University of Missouri-Kansas City Whitney Lucas

Neosho County Community College Drew Johnson

University of Oklahoma Aaron Chansombath Jennifer Terrell

Newman University Megan MacGill Rachel Klausmeyer

Vanderbilt University Ariana Perez

Oklahoma State University Kavan Jobe MacKenzie Wedman Rachel Reko Pitt State Mason McCreath Rachel Schreiber Rockhurst University Jacob Bothell School of the Art Institute of Chicago BĂŠle Benard Southwestern College Jacob Horsch Sterling College Elizabeth Herrington Tabor College Catherine Hayes Tulsa University Maddy Koehn University of Arizona Cynthia Jainarine University of Central Missouri Taelyn Entriken

Washburn University Bailey Harris-Krueger Wichita Area Technical College Tiffany Pham Wichita State University Alec Stephens Alexa Durano Austin Binder Alexis Loudermilk Austin Hill Cassie Hohstadt Cora Witten Craig Lehman Devan Horning Emma Watt Ghazal Moghaddami Hannah Wagner Johannon Rucker Jordan Burlie Kendra Midcap Kiowa DeBerry Kole McCorkendale Kyle Baldwin Lauren Villarreal Leah Jenlink Luke Mohr Madeline Wofford Meagan Wofford Paige Mans Rachel Bosley Samantha Inman Suzanne Webb Tanner Shirk Taylor Miller Tyler Stratton Zach Edwards

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SCHOLARSHIPS as submitted by seniors Erin Alligier Xenon’s Skin Care scholarship. Olivia Baalman Kansas State Foundation scholarship and Kansas State Memorial scholarship. Calum Battaglia MWI scholarship. Claire Beard ACT scholarship. Nick Benford full ride. Bèle Benard Merit scholarship/$52,800. Austin Binder Presidential Merit scholarship. Rachel Bosley Academic scholarship. Jackylnn Brock ACT scholarship. Jordan Burlie Academic scholarship. Sara Calvert Foundation scholarship/$10,000. Dagny Castelli Leadership scholarship/$8,500 renewable over four years. Sage Chaffin Soccer scholarship and Academic scholarship. Alyssa Cole Putnam scholarship. Kevin Combs Vype scholarship. Emily Cork Academic scholarship. Rachel Corr Crimson and Blue scholarship. Jessica Curtiss Midwest Student Exchange scholarship, Centennial Leader/Hutchens Honor scholarship, Kansas State Thespian Performance scholarship. Ashtyn Dalal Memorial scholarship and Legacy scholarship. Alec Edmisten Founders scholarship and Golf scholarship. Zach Edwards Academic Merit scholarship/$4,000 a year. Connor Eleeson Fraternity scholarship/$2,000. Taelyn Entriken Academic scholarship and Golf scholarship. Trevor Farney Drama scholarship and Academic scholarship. Amber Fisher ACT Bronze scholarship and an Academic Opportunity. Alli Freese MSU Governor’s scholarship. Daniel Funk Chancellor’s Award. Amanda Gill Journalism scholarship and Dean scholarship. Vanessa Gonzales KHEDF/$2,500 and Black Hills Energy/$1,000. Jordan Grant Girls Basketball Manager scholarship. Molly Green Leadership scholarship. Haylee Hanna Softball scholarship. Gabby Harding Softball scholarship. Bailey Harris-Krueger Academic 8playseniorissue

scholarship. Catherine Hayes Band scholarship and Academic scholarship. Colton Helm Bronze Medal and Vype scholarship. Kayln Helm Rowing scholarship. Rachel Henderson Chancellor scholarship/$20,000. Elizabeth Herrington Renewable Presidential Academic scholarship/$10,000, Renewable Leadership scholarship/$1,500 and Mel Hamelton Spirit Award/$250. Zach Heyer Fine Arts scholarship. Hannah Hills Athletic scholarship and Academic scholarship. Brady Hoover Baseball scholarship. Jacob Horsch Basketball scholarship. Taylor Hughey The Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Jayhawk scholarship. Samantha Inman Honors scholarship and Freshman Merit scholarship. Drew Johnson Baseball scholarship. Rachel Klausmeyer John Henry Cardinal Newman scholarship/full tuition-$82,800 over four years. Maddy Koehn Vision Leadership scholarship, Dean scholarship, Black Hills Energy scholarship. Alexis Loudermilk Freshman General scholarship. Ray Luc Chancellor scholarship/$20,000. Whitney Lucas Soccer scholarship and Academic scholarship. Megan MacGill Academic scholarship and Bowling scholarship. Kole McCorkendale Policy Debate scholarship and a scholarship for living in Sedgwick County. Mason McCreath F. Morgal Warzel scholarship. Ghazal Moghaddami Engineering scholarship. Luke Mohr Debate scholarship, Heritage scholarship, Merit scholarship. Jessica Neises Band scholarship. Todd Nelson Central Christian Business scholarship. Daniel Reep Vocal Music scholarship. Rachel Reko Academic scholarship/$12,500. Laci Rekoske Drama scholarship. Lauren LoydRobinson Academic scholarship. Skyler Roth Putnam and Pell Grant. Sydney Roy Presidential


scholarship. Johannon Rucker Academic Merit scholarship. Rachel Schreiber Dean’s Academic scholarship/$1,000. Aaron Shaw Crimson and Blue scholarship. Tanner Shirk Academic Merit scholarship. Linnea Smidderks McAllister Honors Program scholarship and a church scholarship. Matthew Smith Academic scholarship/$9,500. Austin Snell Vocal Music scholarship/full ride. Alec Stephens Academic scholarship/$4,000 a year. Kris Super Miller Black and Gold scholarship and FHSU Presidential scholarship. Jennifer Terrell Out-of-state partial tuition waiver, School of Music scholarship, Wichita Youth Talent Award scholarship, Delano Chamber Young Artist Competition scholarship. Alex Tran Chancellor scholarship/$20,000 and Dean of Engineering/$18,000. Taylor Utter Academic scholarship/$7,000 and Art scholarship/$6,000. Hannah Wagner Academic scholarship and Maize High Essay Competition scholarship. Jordan Watkins KU Rock Chalk scholarship, Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism scholarship. Emma Watt $1,000 scholarship from WSU. Anna Weaver Crimson and Blue scholarship. Suzanne Webb WSU Merit scholarship. Mackenzie Wedman Nonresident Achievement scholarship, E Pauline Osborne scholarship, Vype Student-Athlete scholarship, Okstate Freshman Research scholarship. Jacob Worm Instrumental Music scholarship. Amelia Wynn Academic scholarship. Kellor Yde National Merit scholarship. Dustin Yoder GCU Freshman scholarship/$8,750. Tyler Young Academic scholarship and Soccer scholarship.

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FREE ROLL Seniors predict where they will be in 10 years Aaron Ake In Kansas. Erin Alligier Hopefully owning my own office. Olivia Baalman Making bank, traveling the world, snorkeling with dolphins, and married to my personal version of Jim Halpert. Kyle Baldwin I will be working at or managing some sort of sports facility. Working in Green Bay would be pretty cool. Oh, I imagine I might also have some awesome girl in my life “somewhere down the road.” Calum Battaglia Probably in the welding industry. Claire Beard Traveling overseas with an international business degree. Béle Benard Married to Dave Grohl traveling the world while he sings to me the entire time. Diana Bennett I’m not sure. I hope to be traveling or at least be working as a nurse, for neonatal ICU, maybe married with a couple kids, but you can only hope. Austin Binder Working, trying to make a difference in the world and expand God’s kingdom. Jonathan Bloodworth Doing stand up? Or have some job on the Internet. Rachel Bosley I hope to be graduated from college, married and maybe starting a family. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I just hope I am doing what I love and making people happy. I’m just going to let God take control. Jacob Bothell Married, possibly children with a job that leaves me the money and time to enjoy my family and hobbies. Jacklynn Brock Married with three kids, hopefully making some big bucks in the health care field. Jordan Burlie Successful in something. Sara Calvert Hopefully a 10th-year senior still working in Spirit Central. Fingers crossed! Cody Campbell Living in Kansas and living the American dream. Dagny Castelli I’ll be traveling the world as one of Beyonce’s backup dancers. Sage Chaffin I plan on being an exotic car salesman and condo salesman on the East or West coast. I’ll probably have one or two kids and I will be married. I’ll have 10 cars and 2 dogs. Aaron Chansombath I don’t know where I’m going to be in 10 years because I live each day one step at a time, and don’t really like to plan anything. Alyssa Cole Married to my Australian, Jesus loving, musically inclined, grammatically correct cowboy/ missionary/volunteer firefighter husband and two or three of our future seven children. Kevin Combs Hopefully making bank. Emily Cork Married and working. Maybe popping out some kids. Who knows? Rachel Corr I hope to be married and working in a children’s hospital as a neonatal nurse in St. Louis. Jessica Curtiss The drama freak that made it big, performing my face off. Ashtyn Dalal Married to my version of Ryan Gosling, living in a beach house, making sand castles and living happily ever after. Hadley Davis Hopefully graduated college with a stable and good career. Lauren Debes I’m not sure, I hope they have canned bread though. Kaitlyn Delinger I will have traveled the world and already have a degree in Early Childhood Development, and love going to work. I will hopefully be married and starting a family of my own too! Adam Denton I will be working on my masters or maybe even my doctorate. Quentin DeRoulet Plan on being in a successful career with a wife that’s still hot. Life. Addie Driskill I have no idea where I will be in six months, let alone in a decade. I find it incredibly unrealistic that anyone will know exactly

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where they will be in 10 years. No one can plan out every detail of their life and if they do they must be very unhappy with the life they’re living right now. With that being said, best case scenario I’m married to a billionaire living in the Galapagos. Lauren Dunbar Living in Crested Butte, Colorado, as a trophy wife. Or a pediatric nurse. You know, whatever happens first. Alexa Durano Ideally, living in a beautiful home with a husband whose main priority is to please God! Realistically, I’ll probably be living in a cramped apartment with my 50+ cats. Alec Edmisten Denver. Zach Edwards Hopefully, I’ll be doing something I love. I haven’t figured out what exactly that is yet, but it will be great. Connor Eleeson Working for HUDL. Taelyn Entriken Married with kids and the No. 1 golfer in the world. Trevor Farney Acting. If not, probably just living for the day. Amber Fisher I hope I graduate from FHSU and am doing well as a graphic designer, and that I’m married and still doing crazy things with my friends. Patricia Frazier Making a lot of money in a big city that has a beach. Daniel Funk Probably somewhere rainy like Oregon, probably with lots of cats. Amanda Gill Honestly, I don’t know anymore. I used to have this big plan of going to med school, but I know I don’t want to do that anymore. So maybe I’ll be at my dream job, hopefully married with two kids by then. Vanessa Gonzales What won’t I be doing in ten years? That is the question. Shelby Goss Hopefully I will be teaching high school band somewhere in Washington State. Jordan Grant Hopefully being part of a team staff in the NBA or some other professional sport. Haylee Hanna Well, in 10 years I will be digging in the dirt and finding artifacts, because I will be an archeologist. Gabby Harding Hopefully teaching elementary education somewhere. Bailey Harris-Krueger I see myself finished with law school, married and hopefully in Washington, D.C. Catherine Hayes I would say in 10 years I would be teaching math to either high school or middle school students. Colton Helm Hopefully with a family and a good job. Kayln Helm In 10 years I will hopefully be a dentist and fixing teeth with Lindsey Spencer. Rachel Henderson Working my way to the top of a famous law firm. Elizabeth Herrington Hopefully married with one or two munchkins running around. Zach Heyer Teaching choir to middle school students. Austin Hill Hopefully out of college with a career and very special lady friend. Hannah Hills On the beach, hopefully sitting next to Harry Styles. Sandra Hjelmseth In Norway. Mikayla Hoffman I will be somewhere across the world, representing some company in a business deal, or helping them improve their own business by speaking in the native language, of course! Cassie Hohstadt Graduating from vet school at K-State. Brady Hoover Who knows… Devan Horning Married to Jordan Watkins. Jacob Horsch Living in Wichita with a beautiful wife and two kids. Taylor Hughey In residency at a hospital. Samantha Inman Hopefully in 10 years I will be not only be an accredited actress working in both movies and films, but also selling my artwork and becoming a known artist. In addition to this, I hope to act and work with some of my favorite


people, actors, artists, and musicians among other people. Leah Jenlink Hopefully I will have a job in a different country and married. Kavan Jobe Playing on the U.S. Ping Pong team, also making special appearances on the PGA Tour caddying for THE Garrett Winn, the best golfer to play on the tour since Tiger Woods. Also, living in the mountains of Colorado while having a mini zoo in my backyard from my many safaris in Africa. I’ll have a plethora of wild animals including lions, tigers, great white sharks, and banana slugs. Drew Johnson Hopefully not dead, wherever the wind blows me. Marques Jozefowicz Chemical engineer for Koch Industries. Kinsey Keltz Seattle, working as an accountant. Rachel Klausmeyer I have no idea. I’m planning on having a great job that I love and not living in my parents’ basement. Maddy Koehn Hopefully working as an attorney/ mediator and exploring Europe with my husband and a kid or two. Craig Lehman 10 years from now I hope to be married to my lovely girlfriend Sally Rowell, while pursuing a career in animal sciences. God has saved me once; I can’t wait to see what He has in store. Camilla Lindblad I hope to be a successful architect in Sweden. Alexis Loudermilk Raising a family. Ray Luc Hopefully somewhere outside the US. Whitney Lucas Hopefully married and a soccer mom. Megan MacGill Hopefully I will be working at a hospital as an awesome nurse who makes kids laugh and makes them feel better. Paige Mans I will be making lots of money as a plastic surgeon, buying vacation homes around the world, and spending rainy nights watching reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Pretty Little Liars” with my Great Dane and handsome husband. Kole McCorkendale Hopefully alive with no debt. Kara McDaniel I hope to be a somewhat successful artist with a family. Kendra Midcap Hopefully graduated and getting ready to settle down and start thinking about a family. Taylor Miller In a ditch somewhere. Luke Mohr I plan to be working with a political organization as either a communications director or otherwise involved in the policymaking apparatus. Cameron Molina Hopefully doing some sort of sports broadcasting. Molly Green I will be happily married to Ron Baker, who will be a freaking hot NBA player, living out my dream of working for a nonprofit organization and changing the world while also owning my own cupcake business! Gage Morgan Owning my own business in Colorado. Rebecca Morse Hopefully working a good job and starting a family in a small town. Jessica Neises Teaching music and learning more instruments, have my own little studio where I write musical compositions with the knowledge I’ve acquired from mastering as many instruments as I can. Todd Nelson I don’t know where I will be exactly. Wherever. The point is that my own goals and expectations balance with fate and circumstance. Kaylor Nelssen Graduated from Maize High and having a good job! Ben Nguyen Texas. Kelsey Nickell I’d like to be rich. You know, invent something stupid that you know EVERYONE will buy. I’d like to live on the beach on some remote island. Unfortunately that may not happen because someone already invented bottled water, so I hope that in 10 years I’ll have a good job that I enjoy going to. Or I may still be in school. I really will just go wherever the wind blows me. Jake Omo Colorado or a fire department. Danny Owen FUN. Ariana Perez I’ll be locked up in a lab laughing with my adult nerd friends about nerdy science things. Kayley Perkins I hope to be a rich and successful pharmacist! Maybe own a beach house or cabin somewhere awesome. Most of all love my job and be happy wherever I am! Tiffany Pham Done with college and holding a steady job. Maybe married with one or two kids. Definitely starting to fulfill my bucket list, because like I mean it is long. Something around makeovers with manicures and pedicures with my girlfriends, going to travel to the Bahamas and Hawaii. Living life free man! Brandi Phillips My dream would be to become a famous, well-known and loved actress. If they were to not work out, I would have a steady job in nursing. Teddy Pranion If I’m not dead, still serving my country. Chelsey Ratzlaff Living on the beaches of Australia, surfing every day. Nathaniel Reali President. Ashley Reiswig Let’s see. Ten years... I’ll be 28. Hopefully I will be married to a total babe and have a kid or two. Also, I hope my Pinterest closet is a reality by then.

Rachel Reko I’ll still be in school, unfortunately. I’ll be studying to become a neurologist. Hopefully married to an Irishman, with adorable Irish babies. Laci Rekoske Hopefully done with college and settled down with a husband, possibly children. John Retzlaff Living on the moon. Samantha Roath Moved in with my boyfriend, cutting hair for a living. Lauren Robinson-Loyd Working as a nurse practitioner. Skyler Roth Working my way to the top of a famous law firm. Shea Roy I hope to be traveling all over the world with Sydney. Sydney Roy Speaking Spanish somewhere and being a goofball with my best friend. Johannon Rucker Hopefully directing some kind of music program. Martina Salas I’ll probably be living on my own and have a job! Rachel Schreiber In 10 years, I want to be graduated from college and teaching at an elementary school as well as starting a family. Trevor Schweikert Working on a cruise ship. That would be awesome. Devin Self Hope to be working! Aaron Shaw Hopefully away from Kansas making some decent money with a nice family. Michael Sheets Your guess is as good as mine. Tanner Shirk Hopefully going strong with some kind of sport. Haley Smith Hopefully I will be in New Zealand making music and being a rich person who swims a lot. Linnea Smidderks I will have a cat! My mom hates cats, so I have never had one before. Matthew Smith I hope to be in a graphic design job, making some money. I hope to have a wife and at least one kid by then. Hopefully I’ll have a nice house and live somewhere other than Kansas. Austin Snell I will be a married man with at least two children with a successful and fulfilling job in computer engineering while still dabbling in music. I may even be able to help with Maize High’s choir program. Dalton Sorell Probably working. Lindsey Spencer Living out my dream of being a professional trophy wife! Alec Stephens A pharmacist. Tyler Stratton I hope to be finishing up school in specialization. I hope to have a new car, new house, and a job that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Hopefully, I have my own clinic for Dentistry. Kris Super Maybe married, probably fossil hunting. Jennifer Terrell In a professional symphony orchestra! Megan Theodore I will be in New Orleans having fun. Alex Tran Hopefully working a nice job in engineering making decent money in New York City, Chicago or Seattle. Taylor Utter I will probably be married and starting a family, and hopefully have a job as an art teacher. Lauren Villarreal I will be done with school with little to no debt, maybe have my own little apartment. Probably see my sister graduate from high school. Hannah Wagner Happily married (maybe even with a kid or two) teaching an awesome group of fourth graders. Jordan Watkins Married to Devan Horning, covering politics for CNN. Samantha Watson I would maybe say have my own photography studio and have that as my career. Emma Watt I will be already out of college and working as a Human resource or public relations manager at a large firm in Boston, frequently going on business trips to Shanghai. Anna Weaver I hope to be a famous radio host. I want to travel the world and document things that few people get to see. I want to combine my love for journalism and music together into something that everyone can love. Spencer Weaver Working somewhere as a band director. MacKenzie Wedman Hopefully happy with the people I love, practicing medicine as a physician’s assistant. Ezekiel Welch Hopefully in the Olympics. Clay Wells Working in a zoo or in some government place. Cora Witten I see myself with a good job and a family. Madeline Wofford I will be married to a fantastic guy and I will be teaching at a great school. Meagan Wofford I will be teaching in a school somewhere close to my family and I will be married with two children. Jacob Worm Hopefully, I will be a design engineer for Caterpillar, John Deere, or Bobcat. One of those. Amelia Wynn I hope to be living in Chicago and pursuing a career as a crime scene investigator but I don’t know. Kellor Yde I don’t know, according to my palm reader I’ll be making a fortune as a basket weaver on a beach. Watch out, world. Dustin Yoder Best case scenario, I’ll be a stay-at-home dad. It’d be awesome to just cook, clean, and go fishing every day. Worst case scenario, I’ll be working as a technical writer. Tyler Young College, finishing medical school.

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A few last words Play seniors share their last column before graduating

Where it started By Jordan Watkins When I was in sixth grade, the eighth grade broadcasting class that produced the school news invited a sixth-grader to read the quote of the day each morning. A couple weeks after school started, that sixth-grader was me. I sat down in the tall, wooden chair next to the cool older kids in the all-black room and waited for my time to shine. And when that time came, I butchered it, live. Nobody told me that the camera was right behind the teleprompter I was reading from, that the teleprompter would move itself, or even when I was supposed to start talking. So I sat silently while 800 people in the school watched me look around the room in a confused daze until I was told what to do. I was embarrassed, but I was in love. I knew someday I wanted to be back in front of that camera and under

those bright lights. I went through Maize’s middle school broadcasting program the next two years and had a blast, but in high school I learned that journalism is about much more than cameras and lights. Play newsmagazine taught me that journalism, in all forms, improves our world by sharing the things that matter. Journalism promotes fairness, equality and honesty. And that is where my love is now. I’ll be forever grateful to Dan, Dagny, Béle, Devan and all of the Play family for the things we’ve learned and achieved together. I’m proud of our staff and am confident that Play will be in good hands. I’m excited to start a new chapter at KU and for everything the future holds, but I will miss calling Maize High home.

Not afraid By Devan Horning I am about to come to terms with the fact that I am graduating. I am one step closer to entering the real world and being an adult. This transition may be scary to some. Fear to graduate could come from the simple fact that wearing a Maize High T-shirt doesn’t tell people what school they go to or where they are from. We will now wear red and blue or black and yellow instead of red and white. Another fear may be the unknown. Not knowing what your future will be like or how many times your major in college will change. Or for those who aren’t going to college, how many jobs they will have before they find that one that they love. For some, the fear may be leaving their parents or moving hundreds of miles away from home. To most, not having to dread waking up at six in the morning sounds relieving. We won’t have to press snooze until the very last minute and then arrive at school right 14playseniorissue

at 7:40 if not later. For me, that’s my favorite part. In college we get to choose what time we get to school and what days of the week they are. And who doesn’t want that? Who doesn’t want to be in charge? When I was a freshman I looked up to the seniors. They looked so much older than me. (Now those people I looked up to have become me and my peers.) Although, I don’t feel that old. I always wanted to just fast forward to being a senior. Now that I am, I miss all the times that I had, all the friends that I had. I actually miss not knowing things that I do now. Being young, we were so care free. Now all we care about is who dates who and who goes the coolest parties. If I could give any advice to underclassmen, it would be to enjoy being young. People really do mean it when they say high school goes by fast.Oh, and I don’t think the senioritis ever really goes away.


The next chapter By Dagny Castelli In just a matter of days, I will be filing into Koch Arena with the rest of my class for graduation. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for years, and now that it’s finally here it’s a little eerie, really. As cliché as this may sound, it seems like only yesterday we were beginning our freshman year so excited about the next four years to come. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, those four years have passed, and pretty soon we’ll all be moving on our way. The past four years at Maize High have been an experience to say the least. Most of us have grown up together since elementary school, and the people and the experiences I’ve had here have taught me so much, and made me into the person that I am today. And now the time comes for the next chapter in our lives, and I couldn’t be any more ready. After a few summer months, many of us will be leaving home, along with everything we know. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than that. The possibilities and opportunities before us are end-

less. There’s no way of knowing what’s going to happen after we leave home. And I love not knowing what comes next. Maybe that explains why I’ll be an undecided major my first year at K-State. If only I had my life together, and knew how I wanted to spend the next 50 years. But until I have my life-changing epiphany, I’ll be taking things as they come. I’ve met a lot of awesome people in high school and had a lot of really great experiences. But I’m ready for a fresh start and a change in routine. If I could give any advice to freshman just now beginning their journey, it would be this: Don’t take everything too seriously, because what you think matters now won’t matter at all a few years down the road. Don’t get caught up on the little things, because everything seems to have a way of falling into place. Don’t care so much what other people think of you. Friends come and go and people change. Take things slow and enjoy every bit of it. Your time here will be gone before you know it.

To be relentless By Béle Benard Change is a funny thing. This fall, most of us will experience one of the biggest changes of our lives: College. It’s going to be strange branching off from everything I’ve ever known, and to be honest, it’s terrifying ... but that’s the point, right? College is supposed to be the time when we really find ourselves. So, as I’m writing my final column, my last words to all my fellow classmates are these: Do what you want and don’t hold back. There’s been so many moments in my past four years I’ve let the opinion of others

alter my actions, but now is the time to be selfish. It’s the time to join that club you’ve always liked. It’s the time to choose the college you’ve secretly dreamed of for years. It’s the time to go down that career path you love even though it may upset your parents. It’s the time you realize that this is your future, this is what you’ve been preparing for. Nobody else has to experience every second of the next four years of your life except for you. Do what you want, and don’t hold back.

Enjoy it By Lauren Debes I was thrown up there, 15 feet up in the air in white paint and told to recite something I didn’t completely understand. There I stood, mortified, taking deep breaths. I was only seven years old and with the last week in mind, I wasn’t sure I would make to eight. I was in my first Maize High show. Kathleen Barbara is close to my mother, so when she needed a child to play an apparition in her production of Macbeth, I jumped at the chance. However, the delightful experience soon turned sour as the history of the cursed Scottish play became a reality. Our ceiling leaked, our Macbeth dropped out, our new Macbeth passed out during tech week, and it was storming on the day of the show (and if you know anything about the auditorium, nothing can be heard during the slightest sprinkling.) However, when I began to recite the Shakespearean language I calmed down.

I thought about the hour before, when the entire cast stood together quietly in the dark, doing “heartbeat,” as tradition. It’s hard to describe the feeling, but no matter what happens during the endless rehearsals and killer tech week, the cast is united during these pre-show rituals. The theatre department has taught me so much, and if there’s one thing I’ll miss about high school, it’s this group. It may be hectic and stressful, but even in the worst of situations—such as leaving the house on stage during Oklahoma or the desk in How to Succeed (that show remains the vain of my existence)—it’s worth it. I’ve developed tremendously and learned how important it is to take a chance. I’m ready to move on, but as I continue forward Ms. Barbaras’ words always come to mind “What we’ve created can’t be replicated. It will never be the same, this art form you’ve created. Enjoy it.” seniorissueplay15


Olivia Baalman

Kyle Baldwin

Claire Beard

I’m so proud of you, Olivia Madison! I wish you all the luck in the world!

We are proud of all your achievements and look forward to your next chapter; college. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but rising again after you fall.” - Vince Lombardi Love, Mom, Dad, Chris, Brandon, Jeff, Lindsay and Wyatt “And in the end on dreams we will depend, cause that’s what love is made of.”

Claire- We are so proud of your accomplishments. Follow your dreams and you will go far.

Love, Mom

Love you, Dad & Mom

Dagny Castelli

Kevin Combs

Lauren Debes

Kaitlyn Delinger

We are very proud of how hard you have worked in school and dance. We love you!

Kevin, You have grown to be an amazing young man! We love you.

LaLa, we love you so much! Throughout the years, you have made us so proud.

Kaitlyn, I am so proud of all you have accomplished. You have grown into a beautiful young woman.

Love, Mom, Dad, Ames and Dominic

Addie Driskill Emma, We love you very much & we are proud of the person you have become. Love, Mom, Dad, Brittany, Nick, Maddie & the dogs

Laura, Brett, Melinda, Troy, Sandy and Mom.

Colton Helm You have become a wonderful young man. Don’t forget those responsible for your success. Good luck as you chase your dreams. You have made us proud. Love, Dad, Mom, Jordan and Landon

Love, Mom, Dad, Jack & Sophie

Love, Mom

Hannah Hills

Kolby Kern

Hannah, Congratulations! We are so proud of you. You’ve dreamed big and have achieved something special.

Kolby, We love you and we are so proud of you! Mom and Dad

Love, Mom and Dad

Amanda Kwasniak

Gigi Marquez

Chelsey Ratzlaff

Ashley Reiswig

Amanda, reach for the stars, follow your dream. You can do it!

You’re the happy memories of my past, the joyful moments of my present and I will gaze with pride as you soar confidently in your own sky.

Your dedication to high goals & standards is inspirational. May they be used to God’s glory! Love, Mom & Dad

You have given us so much happiness, laughter, and joy! Your accomplishments have been many, and we are so proud!

Tyler Stratton

Kris Super

Sydney Travis

We love you lots and are excited for you... to get out of the house. Go to college already!

I know you will be something BIG someday. I don’t think you would settle for less. We are proud of you.

Love, Mom and Dad

Trevor Schweikert We love you Trevor and are very proud of you!

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Dearest Tyler, We are enormously proud of you!! Not only for your accomplishments, but for the remarkable person you have become! We love you dearly! - Your family

More congratulatory messages can be found on Page 23

Mom & Dad


Seniors recall their most memorable stories during high school Olivia Baalman This year, tennis regionals was the day after fall Homecoming. Coach Anderson, Coach Bernard and the other five girls left Friday afternoon because regionals was hosted in Garden City, but because I was a Homecoming candidate I was going to drive there after halftime of the football game. Once I got to Garden, it was about 1 in the morning, and my doubles partner, Amanda Vo, was really determined to have me come up to the hotel room. Turns out, my teammates wrote my name in peanut butter on my hotel bed and gave me a peanut-butter-covered crown. I have a HUGE peanut butter phobia; being around it makes me cry (embarrassing I know). Even though it was a stickier, more repulsive crown, it’s one of my favorite high school memories with some of my favorite people. Jacklynn Brock Throwing grapes at kids during lunch with my friends at our lunch table. Sara Calvert One time, junior year I was watching the girls basketball team play at Olathe Northwest and I did the roller coaster in front of the student section ... of the other team. Sage Chaffin My most memorable moment would definitely be Homecoming week. The day I found out I was a candidate I was shocked. I had no idea people were going to vote for me. That whole week was so much fun, and I had never really been a guy that had any school spirit, but that week I had as much as the whole cheerleading squad. I’ll never forget campaigning with Sara Calvert and seeing people wear around the sc^2 shirts. It was an awesome feeling to be up for Homecoming king, and I’ll never forget the memories I made that week. Aaron Chansombath My most memorable event would probably be at the Hutch Invitational track meet, when I had a personal record of 13’6 in pole vault. It was a three-foot personal record so everybody at the meet was just so surprised and shocked. Emily Cork One time I got a concussion ... twice. Zach Edwards Mrs. Fisher basically set up my girlfriend and me. She made us chemistry partners and we literally had chemistry together. Jordan Grant A group of friends and I got out of school to go to Lawrence and we went to Late Night In The Phog. It was our first road trip without any parents. We waited outside Allen Fieldhouse for a good four hours. When they finally opened the doors 13,600 people ran through the doors frantically and we barely made it in because they went over capacity. It was my first time at Late Night, and I’m glad I was able to experience it with my closest friends. Rachel Henderson When I had my baby in November, Mrs. Elder visited me in the hospital. My Spanish class gave me a card with gift cards to Starbucks and Dillons. It was really sweet. Knowing I had the support of my classmates, people I hadn’t known prior to that class, made the experience so much easier for me. Ben Nguyen Junior year, I was waiting for soccer practice to start, so my friends and I were passing the ball back and forth, then my friend Alec blasted the ball right at me, and my only reaction was to get a foot on the ball. Good things did not happen because after hitting my foot the ball popped straight up and broke the light. The next day Ms. Schmidt gave me a four-hour detention and made me pay for the light. Tiffany Pham Taking at least 15 minutes every single day to take attendance in Albin’s class was always a classic because we would get so off track. Mr. Frye’s constant sarcasm and “wickedness” was an experience you won’t know until you’re one of his students. Cora Witten In between my freshman and sophomore year. My hero passed away. My grandmama Sue Witten passed away from three types of cancers at once. I am was a very insecure person and once she said her last words to me about how beautiful I was and how strong I have become. I learned to be myself at school to not let anyone tell me different. Some responses were edited for length and clarity. View all responses on our website, www.maizenews.com.

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1. Kaitlyn Delinger, Bailey Dewey, Elyssa Self and Ashtyn Dalal. 2. Abbie Homan, MacKenzie Wedman, Kara Buck, Molly Green, Lindsey Spencer, Maddi Cumpston, Lauren Appenfeller, Allison Freese and Lauren Dunbar. 3. Kara Buck and Devan Horning 4. Lauren Hadley, Sara Calvert, Lindsey Spencer and Elizabeth Herrington. 5. Emily Gaston, Sidney Stone, Lauren Copp, Brittany Schumacher, Haley Amspacker, Claire Beard and Cynthia Jainarine. 6. Elizabeth Herrington, Chelsey Ratzlaff, and Becca Andrus. 7. Lauren Dunbar, Sara Calvert, Elizabeth Herrington, Lauren Hadley, Lindsey Spencer and Maryiah Blaine. 8. Shea and Sydney Roy. 9. Mason McCreath, Jacob Wilgers and Kyle Baldwin. 10. Michael Gorges, Luke Bontrager, Claire Beard, Addie Driskill, Maddi Loomis,

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Play looks back on senior’s highlights from their final year including pep assemblies, sporting events, drama productions and other memorable moments. The seniors will graduate at 5:30 May 18 at Koch Arena. 1. Senior Devan Horning asks her friend Skyler Alexander to Maize’s prom. She spelled out prom with pictures of the two of them. 2. Senior Aaron Shaw embraces Principal Chris Botts after a hard earned win placing them in the semifinals. 3. Seniors Alec Edmisten and Shelby Goss reinact ‘Breaking Bad’ for their fall homecoming skit. 4. Fly guys perform their annual performance with the fly girls during a February pep assembly. 5. Senior Jessica Curtiss embraces the audience during the play Much Ado About Nothing. 6. Varsity and junior varsity football players compete in a tug-of-war match during a pep assembly last fall. Multiple football players bleached their hair in blond mohawks in honor of junior Elijah West’s knee injury during the season.

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ATHLETES OF THE YEA R MacKenzie Wedman

Kavan Jobe

Basketball, Football How have your parents impacted your high school sports career? Greatly. They’ve been at every game, and they were always supporting. My dad would always give me advice on what to better on going forward to the next game. Best advice you have given to a younger player? Make sure you take it all in, because four years goes faster than you think. What was the most valuable piece of advice you received? It’s a two-way street for giving advice and taking it. Most valuable piece of advice was to take it all in. Four years flew by and I tried to take as much in and don’t take it for granted as much as possible. Who did you look up to as a child? I looked up to multiple people. Football, I looked up to Donovan McNabb, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Basketball, I looked up to Gary Payton and Reggie Miller. And soccer, which is my personal favorite sport, I looked up to Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo and American soccer player Landon Donovan. What is your most memorable moment from all four years at Maize? Sophomore year basketball playing JV for Coach Martin Shetlar was the most fun year of basketball I’ve ever had. Then senior year making it to state in football and basketball was pretty awesome.

Track, Cross Country

PHOTOS BY BROOKE JOHANSON

Do you have any plans pursuing your athletic career? Maybe walking on to the football team at Oklahoma State University. What will you miss most about high school athletics? I will miss all of the relationships I have made with coaches and other players. I made numerous new friendships just through sports. How do you want to be remembered at Maize? As a good kid, student, and friend. There’s always the athlete part that people remember but what people always remember most is the kind of person you were and what kind of impact I had on other kids. I want to be remembered as a good kid with good attitude and character and who was nice to everyone. The good athlete part is something that isn’t too bad either, but that can come last. What would you like to say to everyone at Maize? Be apart of anything you can. You don’t wanna look back on high school and regret not being apart of something. Be involved and be social.

Senior signings BASEBALL

Brady Hoover, Hutchinson Drew Johnson, Neosho Seth Troll, Barton

BASKETBALL

Jacob Horsch, Southwestern

CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Sydney Roy, Friends

FOOTBALL

Nick Benford, Hutchinson Chase White, Northwest Mo.

How have your parents impacted your high school sports career? They’ve been my No. 1 fans since day one, and they’ve always been supportive and encouraged me to work my hardest. Sometimes they’ve been my hardest critics, but at the end of the day they are the first ones to congratulate me. There’s no way I could have done what I’ve done the past four years without all of their help and support. Best advice you have given to a younger player? I’m always telling others to work hard no matter what, because I feel like the amount of hard work you put in will turn into success in the end. What was the most valuable piece of advice you received? My dad’s always told me “give it all you got, then a little more.” I feel like it’s always been my motto to leave every practice and competition knowing I’ve given everything I can. Who did you look up to as a child? My parents were the best role models. They both succeeded in sports growing up and are also really good-hearted people who have always worked hard, and since I was little I’ve

wanted to be just like them. What is your most memorable moment from all four years at Maize? My 4x800 state race sophomore year. We came in the race ranked pretty low, but we all ran our hearts out. After I crossed the line, I saw we placed fourth and ran a really fast time. I had a rush of emotions, and so I just collapsed and started crying. My teammates came by me and were so happy, and there happened to be a camera nearby that caught it all, and to this day it’s my favorite track picture and memory. Do you have any plans pursuing your athletic career such as coaching? I’ve thought about coaching in the future, but I’m still not so sure yet. But even though I chose not to pursue it in college, I don’t think I’ll ever stop running and it’ll always be a big part of my life because I love it so much. What will you miss most about high school athletics? Definitely the relationships I’ve formed with my coaches and teammates. It’s like every season I get another family of great people to work and have fun with. How do you want to be remembered at Maize? Probably as someone who was always smiling and laughing and working really hard, whether it was in sports or in the classroom. What would you like to say to everyone at Maize? Thanks so much for supporting me and always making me smile.

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Taelyn Entriken, Central Mo.

Hadley Davis, Friends Whitney Lucas, UMKC

Emily Griggs, Louisiana State Haylee Hanna, Allen Hannah Hills, Chestnut

VOLLEYBALL

Maddi Cumpston, Hutchinson

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MacKenzie Wedman You are a blessing to our family. We can’t wait for the new chapter of your life! We love you!

Chase White Chase, we all love you. We are so proud of what God’s helped you accomplish. “Chase” your dreams. God Bless. Love, Mom, Dad, Shayne, Austin, Teresa, Colby, Keely, Christian, Joseph, Nama, Papa & Grampa Frank

Kellor N. Yde Kellor, our love and pride for you knows no boundaries. Your future has no limits. Love, Mom and Dad

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