Issue 9, Series 87
Newton High School; 900 W 12th; Newton, KS 67114
Feb. 25, 2011
Angles of incidence
Juniors Ana Andrade, Haleigh Kerr and Shea Brill look at eye level to gauge where their object appears in a flat mirror during a lab activity in Physics class Wednesday. The objective of the lab was to see if the angle of incidence was equal to the angle of reflection. Each group did eight trials and averaged the results.
District works to boost graduation; new calculation likely to lower rate pg 3
New restaurants to open in Newton pg 2 TM
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Feb. 25, 2011
New dining experiences come to Newton Chuck’s Familia restaurant reopens after 11-year absence CODY MICK sports editor A new competitor of local Mexican restaurants will be introduced to Newton residents early next month. In early March, Stan Estrada and son Rob will open the doors once again to Chuck’s Familia. On Feb. 20, 1988, Chuck’s Familia opened to the public. After many years of success, the owner, Joaquin Estrada, became ill and eventually could no longer run the business. As none of his relatives had much experience in the food service business, the restaurant was forced to close in October 1999. The building on North Main that was once Chuck’s Familia now serves as the building that houses a Chinese buffet, Jackie Chen’s. Now Rob Estrada, grandson of the original owner, is partnering with his father, Stan, to bring back the popular eatery. “I worked there [Chuck’s Familia] since I was six years old pretty much,” Rob Estrada said. “I practically grew up there. My family was always there dancing and performing, working and having a good time.” After more than 10 years, Estrada decided it was time to open the popular restaurant to the public once again. “You have to have a passion for owning a business if you want to be successful,” Estrada said. “You always have to remember that you must pay your employees before you get paid, so you have to really have a passion. I
also like to be around people. I’m a people person, so that helps.” To make certain the business will thrive, Estrada has decided to join the Newton Chamber of Commerce. “[By joining the Chamber of Commerce,]I will be able to take a lot of training sessions that will allow me to become a better business owner, and they will provide good ideas for running a business,” Estrada said. With opening day drawing closer, the Chuck’s Familia staff will begin training to become experts in their field. What sets this particular staff aside from other restaurants is the fact that every person on the staff is family. Valerie Romero, cousin to owner Rob Estrada, will help to train the staff. “When [Chuck’s] originally opened, me and all of my cousins who were my age got to come on as waitresses and busboys,” Romero said. “Now that we all have our own kids, it’s like a whole new generation of family staff taking over.” Training for new staff is set to begin Monday. “The opening date has been set back a couple of times due to inspection,” Romero said, “but training will for sure start on Monday. None of these kids have ever waited tables or worked in a restaurant before, so we have to teach them the basic skills and customer service skills.” With a full staff ready to work, Romero is confident the business will thrive greatly. “When the restaurant originally opened, there was never a slow day,” Romero said. “We would be packed
photo by Brandon Hanchett
It’s in the family Rob Estrada (left) and Stan Estrada (right) stand outside Chuck’s Familia Restaurant. open to close, and every Thursday before a home football game the mothers of the players would come in and decorate for a big meal for the team. My grandpa [Joaquin] was a huge Railer fan.” Chuck’s Familia currently has nearly 200 fans on its Facebook page, and with menu items consisting of the original menu’s burritos, tacos and enchiladas, these fans will not be disappointed. “There are going to be tons and tons and tons of people attending on opening day,” Romero said. “We are sticking by the classic [Chuck’s] menu, and look out for Chuck’s world famous cheese dip. That will definitely not disappoint.” Chuck’s Familia will open March 4 at 1021 Washington Road in Cedar Village.
Huddle House franchise opens first Kansas branch in Newton EMMA BRADLEY news editor This April, a restaurant that is the first of its kind in more ways than one will open in Newton. Not only will this be the first Huddle House restaurant in Kansas, but it will also be different from all other Huddle House restaurants in the United States. With a menu ranging from milkshakes to chicken fried steak,
the Newton Huddle House will have more variety in its menu than most. “[The restaurant will serve]
breakfast, eggs - literally everything,” restaurant owner David Key said. The owners chose to open Kansas’ first Huddle House in Newton because they were looking for a place where the community would receive the restaurant well. The Huddle House originated in Georgia in 1964, its name coming from the fact the restaurant was a place where football fans would “huddle up” after games. The Huddle House restaurant, which will be
located at the northeast corner of Broadway and I-135, has features different from most other area restaurants. The restaurant will have free Wi-Fi and will be open 24-hours a day. In addition, the restaurant will serve breakfast all day. Their menu will include “heavenly omelets,” golden waffles made with top secret batter, and the “Southern Smothered Biscuit Platter,” which is a Huddle House original. “I think there needs to be a place for high school and college students to go,” Key said. “This is a place that will be received by all.”
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District actions work to boost graduation New calculation method likely to lower graduation rate, increase accuracy Tyler Prochazka online editor-in-chief Every year, 200 to 300 students cross the stage at graduation, completing their journey through Newton High School. However, some never make it to this moment. Sophomore Demi Collins, who currently attends Newton’s Alternative High School, said “it is a way better environment for someone like me.” Collins formerly attended the traditional high school. However, she said the teachers and some of the students frustrated her. If she stayed in the traditional high school, Collins predicted she might have had to repeat a year of high school. Ultimately, Collins made the switch so she could graduate early and save-up for college. “I want to make as much money as I can after I get out of college,” she said. Last school year, Newton’s school district had a graduation rate of 90.3 percent, slightly higher than the state average. The graduation rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who graduated by the number of students who enrolled four years before. The trend of graduation rates in Newton has been on the rise since at least 2006, when it was 84.2 percent. Principal Ken Rickard said the primary reason students in Newton drop out is they “get so far behind they can’t get caught up” after lack of attendance. “One of the sad things is, kids lose sight of how important a high school diploma really is,” he said. Across Kansas, there is a disparity between minority and Caucasian students as well as low-income and higher income students. NHS defies these state-wide and national disparities for minorities. Last school year, African Americans and Hispanics had higher graduation rates than Caucasians and the overall population. English Language Learners teacher Crystal Sanhueza attributes this to Newton encouraging minority students to stay in school as well as programs such as the
Azteca dance troupe. Menzel attributed the discrepancy for “This is what education is all about,” minority students to “cultural differences,” Sanhueza said. “All students should sucwhich sometimes makes it difficult for ceed, whether they are minorities or other- teachers and students to communicate. wise.” She said KNEA attempts to alleviate the However, there is still a significant inequity with minority students through disparity for low income students on the CARE strategies, which help teachers free and reduced lunch program at NHS, implement “cross-cultural” teaching. who had a graduation rate about 7 percent “Your success in school should not be lower than the overall rate last year. This dependent on your culture,” Menzel said. was still higher than the In spite of this, she state rate for this group said, “Kansas is one of last year. the better states in the For this graduanation” when it comes •In 2009, Hispanics had a tion year, the federal to the graduation rate, higher graduation rate than government has manhowever more work Caucasions in USD 373. dated changing the way should still be done. graduation rates are Menzel said the •NHS had a graduation rate calculated to adjust for focus on a diploma is of 90.6% in 2009-2010. student movement into critical because graduand out of school disation is necessary for •Low-income students are tricts to create a more students to compete in less likely to graduate in USD accurate graduation the economy and in373 and across Kansas. statistic for schools. crease career earnings. This is likely to de“If you want to be •High school drop-outs are crease graduation rate successful in life, you’ll more likely to be imprisoned, statistics, according to need a high school unhealthy and unemployed. the Kansas Commisdegree,” she said. sion on Graduation According to the and Dropout Prevention GDPR, Kansas unemand Recovery’s (GDPR) 2011 report. The ployment rates in 2009 for those without lower statistics do not necessarily mean a diploma are four percent higher than the graduation rate is actually significantly those with one. There is an even higher lower. It is just more accurate. discrepancy for those with a college degree Rickard said it will be a “challenge” compared to those without a high school adjusting to the new calculation method. diploma, the former earning twice as He said the new method has made his goal much or more depending on the degree. for graduation this year 80 percent, 10 The report indicates there is also a percent lower than last year’s rate. higher likelihood of non-graduates beThe 2009 Kansas graduation rate was ing imprisoned, unhealthy and living in 89.1 percent, according to the GDPR. poverty. When minority and low-income students Rickard said many dropouts are conwere singled out, the report said these nected to a “lack of relationships” at home groups were about twice as likely to drop and at the school. out than their peers. “When kids know they’re welcome, that Cynthia Menzel, the Communicapeople care about them, then they know tions Director for the Kansas National [the school] is probably a good place to Education Association (KNEA), said this be,” he said. is because students in poverty are more However, Rickard emphasized many distracted than their peers. students have been able to graduate, in “If you can come to school without hav- spite of their circumstances. ing to worry where your next meal comes “Really successful kids come from all from, [then you can learn],” she said. kinds of homes,” he said.
The goal of Newton’s alternative school is to help those at-risk students who may struggle in the traditional high school. The alternative school’s principal Lisa Moore said the school’s environment allows students who may have had past behavioral or academic problems to focus and work at their own pace. This year, she said the alternative school is on track to graduate seven out of nine seniors, a number she said would be much lower if these students attended the traditional high school. Moore said she has had to counsel some students about the importance of continuing to attend. She said issues and responsibilities in their personal lives sometimes distract them from the goal of graduation. “There are challenges that students face everyday that we don’t realize,” she said. At the alternative school, Moore said students are able to “build a relationship” with their teachers, which may help some students overcome their challenges. “[The school] has a family feeling to it,” she said. Senior Aaron Kern, who formerly attended the alternative school and now attends school in Wichita’s district, was given the opportunity to join the alternative school after he was expelled at the traditional high school. Without the alternative school, he said he would not have been able to graduate on time. For Kern, the alternative school helped him on his journey towards graduation by having teachers who were “always willing to help” and who allowed him to stay at the school late. Kern said he stays motivated to stay in school by recognizing the benefits of a diploma. “It is probably one of my biggest achievements in life,” Kern said. Menzel believes getting students to graduation takes help from everyone, including the students themselves. “I think Kansas, the legislature, the communities, everyone should step up to the plate and make sure every student graduates from Kansas,” she said.
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Feb. 25, 2011
HOSA ‘real world experience’ Students gain knowledge of medical field BRENDA VALDIVIA random railers editor As the sirens blare and the lights flash and the ambulance speeds down the road from Newton Medical Center to Wesley Medical Center, Newton High School students get to experience all the action first hand. “I’ve gotten to see three surgeries already. I got to see half of a patient’s thyroid taken out,” senior Maggie Porter said. “I also got to see a sinus surgery being performed and one where they were removing a person’s cyst.” Health Occupations is a class taught by physical education teacher Richard Mick. It is a full year class that can be taken by juniors and seniors. The only other requirement to be in the class is students need to have their own method of transportation to get to their job shadow. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a club that meets during Health Occupations class everyone who is in that class in involved with HOSA.
“It’s a good experience. It gives us a good idea on what each career in the medical field is like, and even if you aren’t sure of what career is good for you, it will help you decide if the medical field is right for you,” senior Lexi Coffey said. During the first semester, students are in a class where they are taught how to get a job in the medical field as well as health history, medical terminology and medical ethics. Second semester, students are no longer in a class. They spend the rest of the year job shadowing. Students
leave after second hour to wherever they are shadowing that day and are gone from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every gold day. “I think it’s a great experience for students. They get to get out and get a lot of real world experiences. They’re exposed to all different health career,” Mick said.
• Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are required to attend 1,116 hours per year. Seniors are required to attend 1,086. • The district is set to end the school year with 1,167 hours. • The district is allowed to count half of the time teachers spend in school on professional days as hours students spend in school.
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Doggie dentist Seniors Jade Southern and Ali Kaufman watch as a a dog has its teeth cleaned at Newton Animal Hospital on Feb. 23. Over the course of the semester, HOSA students shadow several places in the community relating to health occupations.
Saving the dummies Seniors Chelsie Hill and Maris Bobitt learn proper techniques for caring for unconscious victims from the Newton Fire/EMT staff. The two spent four days shadowing at the Fire Department and were allowed to go on call with the firefighters and EMT staff if there was an emergency.
Snow day fast facts
• The district ordinarily sets aside two snow days per year, but because the school year exceeds the state’s requirements, the district is allowed up to six cancellations without concerns.
staff editorial Feb. 25, 2011
When cutting budget, certain programs should stay Picture a school without art. Without sports. Without vocational programs. This could become a reality for Newton High School if students do not take a stand to retain programs that are important to them and will help make them more successful and productive individuals. It is vital that students’ needs are considered when cuts are being made. College credit courses, sports, career and technical education programs and fine arts are important aspects of NHS that should not be cut or tampered with. AP and HCC Classes Advanced Placement (AP) and Hutchinson Community College (HCC) classes are an important part of the day for many students. These classes provide an opportunity for students to get both high school and college credit. In regular classes, some students are not provided with the challenge they need in order to learn. However, because these students have the chance to take college level classes, they are being provided with the opportunities they need to excel. When students who have taken college courses in high school move on to higher education, they will already have some of the credits they need to get their desired degrees. This not only saves students
money but also time and alleviates some of the stresses of the transition from high school to college.
students skills, such as welding, that provide lifelong prosperity.
Sports This school year, the district saw an increase in the pay to play fees. The fee increased from $30 to play as many sports as a student wanted to $50 per sport. Increased fees made it difficult for some students to play sports. Raising pay to play fees any higher will hurt students and potentially cause our sports teams to lose athletes. It could also cause decreases in school spirit because the teams will struggle to be competitive. Sports are important to many students - eligibility to play sports is the only reason some students come to school. Athletics are an excellent way for students to sublimate their feelings in a constructive way, thus leading to a more peaceful and cooperative high school environment.
Fine Arts Fine arts are a place where students can find their voice. Without a creative outlet in school such as band, orchestra, choir or art, students would be more likely to spend their time taking part in less productive activities. Many students are able to find their niche through involvement in fine arts programs. Without the arts, Newton High School would be tasteless, no art in the hallways, no music wafting through the air, no beauty.
Career and Technical Education Programs CTE programs are important in that they provide an opportunity for careerdriven students to develop skills in a certain trade. These experiences will help them succeed in the work place. If these programs are cut, students will struggle to find jobs. CTE programs teach
Class sizes If it is necessary, increased class sizes would be a better option than the elimination of courses. Larger classes could be a challenge, but with creative teaching and student cooperation this could a valuable solution to some of the district’s budget woes.
the newtonian staff
Ashley Murrell editor-in-chief Tyler Prochazka online editorin-chief Emma Bradley news editor Alex Stucky news assistant Larrah Bills sports editor Cody Mick sports editor Tyler Brotton opinions editor Joanna Epp entertainment editor Carlie Blaufuss entertainment editor Christina Poulsgaard reporter Erin Regier fine arts editor Mindy Ragsdale features editor Brenda Valdivia random railers editor Shannon Ahlstedt photo editor
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All of these programs and classes are important so that every student has an opportunity to participate in activities that will adequately challenge them and help them achieve career preparation goals. Education is for students, and we need to keep opportunities open for them.
What do you think. . .
What programs do you think could be cut, and which should not be cut? so. Karen Felix “Pointless classes that can be taken in college. Sports should not be cut.” sr. Bryce Volk “I believe life classes should be cut, if anything. Knowing how to care for a baby, cooking, etc. are not necessary.” fr. Dakota Chard “Computers should be cut, like Computer Tech, because we wouldn’t be able to afford all the computers and updates.” so. Austin Regier “Take out the fashion and sewing type classes before taking away extra honor classes.”
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Feb. 25, 2011
Should the U.S. intervene in the Middle Eastern protests? Intervention leads to more problems
United States obligated to intervene
tyler prochazka online editor-in-chief
Tyler brotton opinions editor
Over the last century, America has grown increasingly intrusive into the affairs of other nations. Particularly in the Middle East, the United States has attempted to maintain a certain level of power and influence. Continuing the policy of interventionism in this area is not only unsustainable, but it comes at an enormous cost. Even with unrest spreading throughout this region, starting in Tunisia and then to Egypt, the U.S. should withhold from resorting to doubling down on intervention. There is a long history of Uncle Sam sticking his proverbial hand into the hornet’s nest of the Middle East. This inevitably leads to blowback, which is the unintended consequences of America’s foreign policy. Egypt is a perfect example. America has been propping up the Hosni Mubarrak regime with billions of dollars of aid annually, primarily to the military. In fact, the tear gas sprayed on the protesters was labeled, “Made in America.” These huge Western cash infusions helped solidify Mubarak’s power and allowed him to maintain his status as the dictator for over three decades. The justification for these payments to a dictator were that they helped to “maintain stability.” America was able to leverage these payments to create a peace-treaty between Israel and Egypt. This alliance has helped Israel to oppress the Palestinians in the Gaza strip through a devastating blockade, which Mubarak helped implement. It also gave the United States free reign to hand over terror suspects to be tortured by Egypt’s intelligence agency. Not only has this obviously led to harsh anti-Mubarak sentiment in Egypt, but it has also bred widespread anti-Americanism. America is not seen as the “beacon
of freedom” in these Arab countries, but instead as an imperialist colonial empire intent on exerting its control over their societies. While these kinds of interventions are cloaked with admirable goals of aiding these societies, the government’s true intentions are revealed in its selective responses to human rights violations. The U.S. government and media are quick to criticize Iran’s handling of its opposition groups and its nuclear program. However, it ignores the human rights violations in the countries aligned with the United States, including in Tunisia and Egypt. Iran is yet another instance of the backlash against America’s interventions. In 1953, the U.S. CIA overthrew the democratically elected government to install the oppressive and dictatorial shah. He was able to hold on to power for decades until he was toppled by a revolution that arose under his repression, almost identically to Mubarak. Due to this intervention in Iran’s affairs, the government has since remained anti-American. The historic revolution that has emerged in the Middle East should be celebrated. Finally, these countries are being ejected from the chains of American imperialism. Further intervention by the United States will only ferment more anti-Americanism. As our own American Revolution ensured for the United States, we should allow the Arab world to determine its own future.
Democracy.The justification behind all interventions the United States conducts. The United States has, for a long time, desired to spread democracy to unstable countries in hopes of settle disputes, especially in the Middle East and parts of Africa. However, the United States is in danger of getting surpassed as the world’s leading super power by countries like China and India. In order for the United States to maintain its influence in the world, it must intervene in these unstable regions. Lately, Egyptian civilians have protested to illustration by Wes Derstine overthrow Honsi Mubarak’s government regime. President Barack Obama has enforced democratic ideals in Egypt by supporting the protesters and giving aid. However, these protests are spreading through out Africa and the Middle East, most notably in Iran, Lybia, Yemen and Bahrain. The United States has a long history of intervening in foreign affairs in hopes of spreading western democratic ideals throughout the world. President Ronald Reagan had a reputation of succeeding in his intervention
attempts. The more well known attempts included uniting East and West Germany and playing a crucial role in ending the Cold War. Many people believe that Obama is treating the Egypt situation similar to how Reagan would have handled it, by spreading democracy. However, as more protests spread in the region, the question of whether or not the United States should intervene arises. If the United States ignores the situation, it could get out of hand, but if it intervenes too much, then that could entrench anti-American sentiments. So, the government must find a balance of intervention suitable for sustainability in the region. The United States is in jeopardy losing its status as the strongest nation in the world. It is important the United States continues to exert its influence throughout the world. These uprisings of civilians against their governments are the perfect opportunity for the United States to prove that it’s still the world leader. Although, intervention does not always work out the way it’s supposed to. A key example of this is the war in Afghanistan. For 10 years now, the United States has been trying to enforce democratic ideals in Afghanistan, but the world has still not seen the positive effects. Nonetheless, it is the thought that matters. The United States cannot let these destabilizing countries down. The world is expecting the United States to play the primary peacekeeping role in international affairs. The whole reason the United States intervenes in foreign issues is to promote western democratic ideals throughout the world. These uprisings by citizens are a good way to show the world the United States is still the world’s leading super power. If the United States wants to spread democracy, it has to intervene despite any negative side effects.
opinions Feb. 25, 2011
Be smart, fashionable; do not wear leggings alone larrah bills sports editor
gings are worn correctly as follows: underneath a skirt, underneath a pair of shorts, underneath a dress. Heck wear them under sweats or jeans for all I care. Just please, please, please do not wear leggings as pants. The only time leggings alone looked cute was on Peter Pan. It’s understandable students may want to break the norm with their wardrobes, but there are more attractive ways to do so, such as mismatching outfits. I hate to say it, but at this point a mullet would look better than only leggings. If and only if students are willing to take a chance on committing social suicide by wearing leggings alone, make sure they have the correct body type. The only stipulation that needs to be met is a weight of 45 pounds. This is a weight that could not possibly be met by any high school girl, ironic, considering no one should be wearing leggings solo. Wear some pants.
I will not wear booty shorts, spaghetti straps or low cut shirts. I repeat, I will not wear booty shorts, spaghetti straps or low cut shirts. Most female students at NHS can recite the dress code as if it were the Pledge of Allegiance. Unfortunately, this memorization does not cause students to abide by the rules, but they are aware of said rules nonetheless. Besides the rules set by the administration, there is an unwritten set of rules students should follow. It’s called a conscience. Apparently girls aren’t aware they are committing a major fashion crime. Leggings are meant to be worn under something. Fashionistas are by no means chic or stylish when wearing leggings solo. During a Leggings Long-Johns recent chat with sophomores Kay Hamm and Emily Epp, we became aware this leggings solo epidemic is comparable to the mullet fad that plagued the eighties and nineties. In case it was forgotten, that was not a good look. Essentially, they’re the same thing. The day is coming where women will only wear ON ANYONE. underwear. The legillustration by Wes Derstine
American guys should be more romantic Christina POULSGAARD reporter Prom is less than two months away, and many students, mainly girls, are all about prom. To me, the prom tradition is almost as American as it can possibly get. As I enrolled in the exchange student program more than a year ago, I remember my coordinator and other contacts from the organization telling me about prom. They said how prom was one of the most memorable experiences during high school. I already knew about prom, as it is another American tradition Danes are familiar with thanks to the Americanized radio and TV. Before I came here, my girlfriends and I would always talk about prom. It was a very popular and often-brought-up topic that awoke a lot of excitement. My girlfriends were, and still are, jealous I get to get to experience a real, American high school prom. Since the beginning of my high school adventure, prom has been one of the experiences I have been looking forward to the most. Unfortunately, we do not have prom in Denmark. Gala is kind of
the replacement, which is a formal dance where the girls usually wear beautiful dresses - not necessarily long - and the boys wear a nice suit or tux. It is less formal than prom is here. Last year we held gala at my boarding school. Before the gala night, there was a competition going on between the boys. It was about which one of the boys could ask a girl to be his date in the most romantic, original, fun or creative way. There was even a reward for the winner, and even more importantly, he got titled “Romantic of the year.” This was also printed in the yearbook. I am not sure there is really a tradition for asking girls to prom in a very special or neat way here. By that, I do not mean the boys necessarily have to jump on a white horse and bring their girls red roses and chocolates in order to ask them, but it never hurts showing off a little affection or at least pretending. Actually, when I think about it, boys are better off just getting used to that. Trust me, that advice can come in handy for any boy. As the competition was going on at my boarding school, it got really entertaining after a while. I tell you, the guys were really getting into it trying to come up with the best way of asking a girl in order to win the competition. When one boy did something really cool,
the next boy would have to beat that, and so it went on. Most of the boys really did try hard to find the perfect way to ask their girls. The boy who ended up being the “Romantic of the year,” did an even better job than all the others. He created a treasure hunt for his girl with five destinations. Together, the first four clues said “Will you be my.” To complete the sentence, the girl was led to a tent with a carpet laying in front of it. As she arrived, the boy popped out of the tent and sat down on his knees. While holding a red rose in one hand, and a homemade heart shaped cake saying: “gala date” in the other, he asked her the full question: “Will you be my gala date?” Getting asked in such a way, the girl barely had any other choice but to say “yes,” which was also the case. Oh yes, this boy was quite popular among the girls afterwards. In previous issues, I have often been talking about how Americans are a great inspiration in all kinds of ways. Usually Americans inspire the Danes, but for once, I would encourage the American boys to learn a lesson from the Danish boys. Figure out a good way to ask a girl. It does not take that much to ask a girl to prom in a special way. It just adds to the whole experience of prom and can make a girl really happy.
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Feb. 25, 2011
Behind the scenes in the lunch room... Food service staff uses teamwork, arrvies at 6:15 a.m. to prepare meals for students Erin Regier fine arts editor By 6:15 each morning, Meat Manager Theresa Burkett is already at work in the kitchen. Burkett is in charge of preparing the main dish for the entire NHS student body, and sometimes even for all the schools in the district. “My days can get long, and sometimes they’re pretty hectic,” Burkett said. Luckily for Burkett, she is not in charge of making the entire meal. Many other employees, such as Susan Eagan help wherever they are needed. “I run the dishwasher, clean up, put the condiments out, serve ice cream at lunch. It just all depends on what they need me to do,” Eagan said. Both Burkett and Eagan have
been working in the cafeteria for three years. Students likely see them at least once every day but know little else about them or how much work they put into the food preparation. “I don’t think people realize it, but a lot of the food is homemade,” Burkett said. “The chili, baked goods, pies and almost all of A la carte is homemade. I’ve even brought in some of my own recipes, like the tater-tot casserole.” Because they spend so much time together, the cafeteria workers say they have become close. “It’s fun to work in the cafeteria because of all the close bonds I’ve made,” Eagan said. “We’re all really good friends.” While cooking is their daytime job, the cafeteria workers also take interest in many activities outside
Stereotypes NHS’s lunch staff breaks the mold
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of school. “I do a lot of RVing outside of school,” Eagan said. “I also love reading romance novels.” Eagan has recently started up a romance of her own. “I just got married and now I have two step children, so it’s hard to spend so much time at work,” Eagan said. “I’m also attending an online college and working towards my bachelor degree, so that takes a lot of my time. While Burkett said she loves her job, she also wishes she had more time for her family. “The reason I took this job was so that I would have the same schedule as the kids,” Burkett said. Still, Burkett thoroughly enjoys what she does. “I’m from the South, so I love to feed people,” Burkett said.
by the numbers The food service staff gets to school at
6:15 in the morning. They spend 6 hours preparing for lunch each day. It costs
$6,000 to provide lunch for NHS for 1 week. There are 13 members of the food service staff who help make the food. In
1 day for a chicken nugget meal
at the high school, the lunch staff uses
18 gallons of fruit, 6 gallons of gravy, 1,000 dinner rolls, 19 gallons of mashed potatoes, 6 gallons of green beans and 3,000 chicken nuggets.
Zinn ‘not like the bosses on TV’ mindy ragsdale features editor Behind all the work that goes on for the food service staff at NHS is a young women sitting at a neatly organized desk with a picture of her beloved lunch employees as her screen saver on her desktop. Food Service Director Mandy Zinn has been working at NHS for about two and a half years and is behind most of what it takes to get lunch up and going for about 1,000 hungry high school
teenagers. Zinn is in charge of planning the high school menus and meeting the sanitation guidelines. Student account manager Terry Portluck takes care of the money, but Zinn orders the food that is delivered each day. “My daily schedule is to come in and check to make sure all the staff is here. See if I need to call in any substitutes,” Zinn said. “I then look at the menu for the day and get lunch started. After that, I sit down to pay the bills and any other odds
and ends that go on during the day.” Zinn has not worked at NHS for long but has already built a bond with her employees. According to lunch server Sheryle Andrews, Zinn is a “great boss.” “I have been working under Mandy ever since she started. She has always been good to me, and I feel free to ask questions and expect an understandable answer back,” Andrews said. “She is not like one of those bosses you see on TV that everyone hates.”
fine arts Feb. 25, 2011
ERIN REGIER fine arts editor They are the faces of NHS pep assemblies. They are the one act that brings the entire student body to it’s feet, whooping and hollering for more. They are the NHS drum line. As of Thursday, students have seen them for the last time this school year. With 14 drummers, the drum line is a force to be reckoned with. They pack a powerful punch and are known to throw in choreography, swinging their hips to the beat and even standing on their heads. While the drum line has been around for years, not until recently did it become the powerhouse students see today. The large group of seniors helped to change this. “My freshman and sophomore years it wasn’t even really a drum line,” senior Brittany Grosch said. “Our group of seniors has been trying to change that.” Grosch plays snare and helps take leadership in the drum line. While she is the only female in the entire group, she does not let that hold her back. “I love being the only girl,” Grosch said.
“It’s been that way since sixth grade, and now they treat me like I’m one of the guys. No one gets to tell me what to do.” Because the drum line is not an organized school activity, Grosch and other senior leaders have taken it upon themselves to set up their own rehearsals. Practices occur outside of school hours, and many of the cadences (in this case, a cadence refers to a rhythmic pattern), as well as much of the choreography, are written by students. “We just get together and eventually we get something worked out,” senior Adam Schmidt said. “Sometimes it just happens, like with [the cadence] Remo Remix. It used to be a really lame cadence, but we spiced it up. It’s really cool because we were just messing around and we turned it into a really neat cadence.” With all of the time spent together, the drum line has become very close. Both Grosch and Schmidt said they have close ties with the other drummers. “We’re kind of like a dysfunctional family,” Schmidt said. According to Schmidt, with the enthusiasm and effort the seniors put in, the drum
line is stronger than ever. “The drum line has really improved since freshman year,” Schmidt said. “Still there’s always room for improvement, and we hope it keeps getting better, even after we leave.” For the seven seniors who have put so much time and effort into reestablishing
The 2010-2011 drum line
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the drum line, Thursday’s performance was an occasion they hated to see come. For Grosch, it is especially hard, because she does not plan to continue playing with a drum line after graduation. “I’m going to miss this,” Grosch said. “Still it’s nice to know that I made my mark at NHS.”
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‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’
Novel about high school freshman ‘all-around win’ CARLIE BLAUFUSS entertainment editor Loss. Drugs. Abuse. Welcome to the mind of Charlie, a high school freshman who wishes to remain under an alias so readers do not know who he is or where to find him. Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” is a novel beyond our time. The book was published by MTV in 1999 but is set during the 1991-92 school year. The novel consists of letter after letter Charlie has written to an anonymous person, but many may assume he is simply ad-
dressing the reader. Charlie, being a little less experienced than many kids his age, is unaware of both the wondrous and completely illegal surprises high school has to offer. Pair him with seniors Samantha (Sam) and her stepbrother Patrick and Charlie spends his year encountering these surprises firsthand. In the beginning, he witnesses how the effects of drugs and sex can alter relationships. The novel touches on how being a homosexual is viewed at the time, particularly for adolescents. Charlie also experiences what happens when a relationship becomes abusive and struggles to answer the impending question: “Who
am I?” The beauty in the novel lies not within the “awkward teenage” story line, but in the struggles faced by its main character. “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” is one of the most artistically written novels to date and is generally moving. Chbosky’s ability to swim around the issues and allow readers to create their own assumptions is what makes the novel so invigorating. Readers will inevitably become captivated by Charlie’s character and his charming cluelessness. Despite being so beautifully written and incomparable, it is not for everyone. It has been challenged because of some of
“ its explicit references, but this is all in good taste. Whether readers can relate to Charlie or are simply looking for an unconventional read, “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” is an all-around win.
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One Day by David Nicholls “The well-deserved buzz of the literary world last summer, this tale of the romance between two friends has a beautiful and poignant ending.”
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Gayngs’ ‘Relayted’ more than just a band, collaboration JOANNA EPP entertainment editor
This song combines the perfect combination of instrumental music and lyrics to provide a faster-paced love song that will not make listeners either want to cry or puke. Not too dreary or drab, it can easily be the song listeners play repeatedly in the car with the windows down as they belt out the lyrics. graphic by Wes Derstine
When I visited a friend last summer, I often heard the same eerie melody floating out of his room. His roommate complained he overplayed the song, forcing everyone who stopped by to listen to it. After hearing the album, I could understand why he played it for everyone. Gayngs’ “Relayted” is a perfect mix of haunting tunes, techno beats, soft rock and smooth jazz. Gayngs is more than just a band - it is a collaboration. Based in Minneapolis, Gayngs is composed of more than 25 musicians who are already famous in their own right. Members include Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, members of bands Mega-
faun, Solid Gold and Lookbook and Rhymesayers rapper P.O.S. The music is soothing and enveloping. Each song is written at 69 beats per minute, providing slo-o-oow sounds. The songs seem to have an infinite amount of layers, making the music complex and encompassing. “The Gaudy Side of Town” is the song that started the whole thing, and also the song I listened to repeatedly throughout the summer. As the first track, it starts the mood off right. A plethora of sounds are dispersed within the song and an insouciant and mellow tune threads in and out, pulling everything together. It is an incredibly chill, hazy mix of a vocal and instrumental creation. Although all the songs stand out in some way, several of my other
favorites include “Cry,” a dreamy cover of the 1985 Godley & Creme hit and “Last Prom on Earth,” which has an unobtrusive beat and a variety of voices affirming the quiet melody. I like to listen to Relayted at any time, but I particularly enjoy using it as wake-up music. My clock is a radio-iPod dock combination, so I can replace the annoying beepbeep-beep of my alarm clock with the soothing sounds of jazz saxophone and Justin Vernon’s falsetto crooning in the background. This album is an excellent collaboration between some very different yet very talented artists. The foggy sounds, slow build-ups and dense harmonies all combine to form a poignantly mellow album.
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Freshman’s brain cancer in remission alex stucky news assistant
attitude and have a positive outlook on life.” “I feel like I’ve been able to Feb. 5 of this year marked a help people have a positive outmilestone for freshman Sarah look on life. I’ve had to grow up Martin. It is the second year she fast and mature a lot faster than has been cancer-free. Martin is people in my class,” Martin said. currently recovering from her Martin’s family and friends struggle with brain cancer. helped her through the experiShe was diagnosed with the ence . disease in January 2008. She was “I think it made me and my in sixth grade at the time. friends closer too because they “I had headwere there for me aches since I was through the whole I feel like I’ve 9 or 10, and I was thing,” Martin said. been able to sick all the time,” Freshmen Logan help people Martin said. “I Porter and Caitlyn had to go through have a positive Wedel were with surgery, which was Martin through outlook on life. probably one of the I’ve had to grow middle school and scariest things.” were supportive up fast. Along with the through the hard surgery, Martin times. freshman went through one Porter said “I Sarah Martin year of chemofelt really bad. It therapy treatment was scary. I wasn’t and six weeks of radiation. She sure if she would come back. I describes the situation as “tough” knew her when we were really but now has the chance to view little kids.” life a little differently and cherWedel and some other friends ishes what most others would would support Martin by visiting take for granted. her in the hospital for every docThrough her experience with tor’s appointment. cancer, she feels she can help “The only time she ever comothers now to “keep a positive plained is if it was really, really
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considered cured until five years of remission has been completed. Wedel and Porter both described her being stronger from the experience. As a result of how serious and dangerous brain cancer is, Martin still has to visit the hospital regularly, every six months, and will have to continue having check-ups once a year for the rest of her life. “I feel like I’ve been able to help people have a positive outlook on life,” Martin said. “I’ve had to grow up fast.”
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Bowling team competes in regional meet LARRAH BILLS sports editor
in different areas of the lane to get a strike. In a previous interview, head With the end of winter sports coach Keith Woolery remained season close, NHS bowling went hopeful that the team would into regionals hoping to win a “continue improving” for the state title. upcoming regional and state On Thursday, the bowling competitions. teams travelled to Salina to parThe regional competition ticipate in regional competition. entailed playing a series, when To make it to state, the teams a player plays three must place first or games and the scores The bowlers second respectively from each game are at regionals. Junior totaled. Fitzjarrald’s competed Abigail Holler said own series best is 615, at regionals she believed the which helped him on Thursday team will be state achieve his varsity despite the fact status. bound. the planner “I think we’ll “This is my first place how we did year of bowling. At reorginally had last year. We got gionals I plan to good, it listed as second and Buhler hopefully,” Fitzjarrald Saturday. got first,” Holler said. said. Results from the According to regional competition Holler and sophomore Isaac Fitz- were not available at press time. jarrald, during practice the team Visit railernews.com for regional has been working on picking up scores along with scores from the spares and “playing different rest of the season. lines,” which is throwing the ball
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Juniors Megan Cross (above) and Issac Fitzgerald (left) release their bowling balls in hopes of improving their average scores during bowling practice at Play Mor Lanes Tuesday.
Swimming coach’s corner with Philip Schmidt How did the team do overall at state? We took 20th place this year. Who placed individually at state and in what events? [Senior] AJ Jost placed 23rd in the 500 free, [junior] Matt Scheuermann placed 13th in the backstroke, [junior] Cameron Spreier placed 9th in the 200 IM and 9th in the backstroke, [sophomore] Aaron Clark placed 23rd in the fly, [sophomore] Alex Trumble placed 18th in the 200 free and 11th in the 500 free. How did you prepare for state? The week before state, we start our taper.
Boys swim team wraps up season
Everyone has been working hard in practice, so the week before state you reduce the workouts that the guys are swimming. This allows the swimmers to build up some extra energy for the next couple of days.
What went well at the state meet? On Saturday, the guys really swam with some fire. All of the guys who swam on Saturday, in their individual events, swam their best times of the year. That was a big plus for me. Was there anything that didn’t go as well as hoped at the state meet? I was a little disappointed in the team’s performance on Friday. We had a tough time. There were a number of guys who were not feeling well, and it was difficult to get the guys excited and pumped up for the meet. I don’t think the guys had their heads in the
game so to speak.
What is the team’s biggest accomplishment of the season? I would say the biggest accomplishment is that everyone dropped time during the season. What is something the team will work to improve for next year? I think that something that I want to emphasize next year is that we practice like we want to compete. You need to work hard and push yourself in practice to get yourself ready for the meets. What did the team really excel in this season? There was not one event or one person that went beyond all expectations. I think that can be a strength. We worked together as a team. We did not rely on any one person to pull us through the season.
It takes a group of people to do well and win meets.
What is something you are most proud of as coach? I am always amazed at the way our team seems to come together. The team gets together for a meal before every meet. This helps with team unity and getting everyone pushing each other to do their best. I think that our team spirit is one of the things that I am most proud of. What is a memorable moment from this season? For me there is no one moment. The things that I look back on are the practices, getting to know the guys during the long hours they put in during the season. The times that they got a little squirrely and made me laugh, and then I gave them sprints.
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Wrestling team qualifies 9 wrestlers for state CODY MICK sports editor Stepping on to the mats last Saturday, the Newton wrestlers looked into the faces of their opponents at the regional meet at Hays. With the effort put forth by the wrestlers, the team was able to finish third, with nine individuals qualifying for the state meet. “I think we did pretty well,” head coach Jude Wilson said. “The kids competed really well. We did lose a few [wrestlers] that didn’t place that we would have liked to get there, but they all competed well.” Sophomore Dillon Archer will travel with the other qualifiers to the state tournament in Wichita. “Personally, I thought I did all right,” Archer said. “I kind of had a slow start, but I pulled through and ended up wrestling well by the end of the day. As a team, I thought we did pretty good by taking third. I think we could have taken second or even first by pulling off some close matches that we lost or by making a few more pins instead of just winning by decision.” Freshman Elijah Johns, sophomores Quinton Harrison, Anthony Monares, Garrett McEachern and Garrett Lee, and juniors Rigo Magana, Miles Johns and Hugh McConnell are joining
Archer at the state competition Friday and Saturday. “State’s definitely a tough tournament,” Archer said. “It’s one of those tournaments where every match is going to be tough, but we expect that. We expect upsets and crazy things to happen, and hopefully we will be on the winning side. I’m excited…we’ve been working hard for it and feel like we’re ready. It’ll be fun.” Coach Wilson said the team is ready and that he has high expectations. “I’d just like to see the guys compete like they have been all season and hopefully we will do well,” Wilson said.
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Sophomore Garret McEachern works on his take down moves with teammate Quinton Harrison. Both qualified for state, which is Friday and Saturday.
STATE QUALIFIERS regional placings
fr. Elijah Johns (103 lb.): 4th so. Quinton Harrison (112 lb): 1st so. Anthony Monares (125 lb): 1st so. Garrett McEachern (130 lb.): 2nd so. Dillon Archer (171 lb.): 1st so. Garrett Lee (285 lb.): 4th jr. Rigo Magana (119 lb.) 4th jr. Miles Johns (135 lb.): 1st jr. Hugh McConnell (189 lb.): 1st
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What has been your favorite part of playing basketball at NHS? Just being around all the girls on the team because we have such a strong bond. I love my basketball girls. AVERY VOGTS
What is a memory you will always have from basketball? I will always remember the time when we won in overtime to go to state last year. KATE LEHMAN
What was it like joining the team your senior year? It was a big change compared to home school basketball, but I enjoy this more for the competition. It helps me prepare for college basketball. JACI GARVER
What will you take away from your basketball experiences? How important team bonding is and playing as a team. Oh, and running sucks.
Boys basketball coaches bond on, off court ALEX STUCKY news assistant “I think they’re fortunate to have him.” “We all look up to him as someone we can respect.” “I think he does a great job.” “He has great communication skills. He’s just a great coach.” JV coach Justin Helmer and varsity assistant coach Jeff Comer both express feelings of admiration toward head varsity coach Don Cameron. Before Cameron became the head coach at Newton, he coached at Buhler High School when Comer and freshman coach Andy Preston were players. Even though they have transitioned from their role as players to coaches, their respect for Cameron has remained through the years. “He’s the best coach I’ve ever had,” Preston said. “When he’s talking in the locker room, I still want to throw a jersey on and play. He’s very motivating.” Cameron also enjoys working with former athletes. “They are both very intense, competitive, people. They were very hard-nosed athletes when I was coaching them,” Cameron said via e-mail interview. Comer and Preston did not actually play together because Preston was still in junior high when Comer graduated from high school. However, they still have that close Buhler connection. “I remember going over to [Preston’s] dad’s full basketball court and playing in his backyard,” Comer said. After coaching two years at Prairie Hills Middle School, Preston got a call from Cameron and jumped at the chance to come
coach the freshman boys. “It’s been really good. We’ve had a lot of diversity, and the guys have worked hard. I’ve really enjoyed building a good player-coach relationship,” Preston said. His goals are “not based on wins and losses” but finding a way to get better every game. Other goals are to play consistently and to enjoy and embrace the game of basketball. As for Comer, this is his first year teaching at Newton but his Head varsity coach Don Cameron, varsity assistant coach Jeff Comer, JV coach Justin Helmer. Not sixth year coaching basketball, pictured: freshman coach Andy Preston. having also coached at Marysville and El Dorado. He enjoys Preston and Comer said the close coachcoaching at Newton and the way ing staff benefits the team and their positive the guys work hard in practice. attitudes around each other spreads to the “I’ve noticed the resiliency of the kids players as well. and how they continue to bounce back,” “It makes them [the team] more coheComer said. “They’re really committed.” sive, and practice runs a lot smoother. If Comer is proud of the way the guys have I’m doing my job, practice should go a lot been putting forth their best effort in pracbetter,” Comer said. tice and hopes to see some “positive things” Helmer, who is in his ninth year of as the season is wrapping up. coaching, said the players are fortunate to “I define success as putting everything you have on the line every game, and I think have Cameron as a coach. “He does a great job not only teaching they’ve done that,” Comer said. the game of basketball but relating those According to Helmer, all of the coaches lessons to life,” Helmer said. “He gets the have a good relationship and hang out outguys to buy into the program and to work side of the school day and coaching. hard.” All the coaches agree the close coaching As for the rest of the season, Helmer and staff creates a positive practice environComer have set goals to continue to get betment. ter every game and do what they need to do “If the coaches are on the same page, it as a basketball team to be successful. definitely helps the team,” Cameron said. “We want to finish strong and make sure “It would be hard for the team to buy in if that if teams beat us, they have to earn it,” they observed that the coaches did not have Cameron said. “Never quit.” unity.”
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