Newtonian Issue 11, Series 88
Newton High School; 900 W 12th; Newton, KS 67114
April 27, 2012
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Handsome Huskies Sophomore Preston Ford leans down to pet a dog brought in by sophomore Marcus Mull for his YEK business plan presentation. The YEK Trade Show took place on April 24 during seminar, where observers voted for the best business plan.
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Music students compete >> 52 band, vocal students qualify for state
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Laser Works aids local golf course Kasey Stucky news editor
nicole anderson reporter Many music students from Newton competed at the music festivals on April 14 at Wichita North and April 18 at Wichita East. Newton had six vocal ensembles performing, two of which received ones, qualifying them for state on Saturday in Emporia. Two vocal soloists, Monika Markus and Olivia Henning, also received ones. Eighteen band soloists performed, 10 of which earned ones. There were also three band ensembles that played, and all of them received ones. Orchestra members from all grades participated, with 12 recieving one ratings. At the State Large Group Music Festival on April 18, Orchestra, Freshman Orchestra, Choraleers, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band all performed. The two bands recieved postive ratings. “We had a lot of state qualifiers,” band director Greg Bergman said. “The students did really well.”
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Above: Vocal music teacher Donna Woolery plays the piano during a choir class. At left: Sophomore Bailey Edson and junior Danica Williams share a laugh during choir rehearsal. Two vocal ensembles and two vocal solos qualified for the state contest.
The Laser Works class made tee markers for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Golf Championship. By the Laser Works class, that means junior Joey Greene. “It’s just Joey and me,” Laser Works teacher Rusty Jolliff said. “We made [the tee markers] in eight days. It’s about an hourand-a-half each day.” They finished with a total of 40 tee markers. Jolliff and Greene used the laser to engrave the logos of Sand Creek Sta-
tion, the NJCAA and NHS on the sides of each six-inch tall marker. Tee markers are used to show golfers where they can put their ball. “They can’t just put their ball anywhere in the tee box. That’s what the markers are for,” Jolliff said. People of all ages from all over America will be competing at Sand Creek Station for the championship using markers made at Newton High School. “Anyone can qualify for the tournament. [Making the tee markers] earns us national attention,” Jolliff said.
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StuCo planning elections Mikayla cordero news editor
As the year winds down, StuCo elections are just around the corner. StuCo has had a busy couple of weeks getting ready for class elections on May 10. New requirements for running have been made, which StuCo sponsor Chris Wedel said is for
the better. “We really want kids to make about a 50-word speech instead of going up there and saying, ‘I’m John Smith. You know what to do,’” Wedel said. He mentioned that students have done that in the past, and that it’s not appropriate for the occasion. Students should make an effort when going up and rep-
FFA to host Come Alive Outside event Mikayla Cordero news editor For the past couple of weeks the FFA chapters have been getting ready for an event called Come Alive Outside. The whole goal of the activity is to get kids going, being interactive and playing outside. Come Alive Outside will be all day Saturday, for kids K-6. About with approximately fivehundred kids are expected to participate.
“There will be lots of activities kids can do like having kids do an egg race by using their noses,” Ag teacher Lowell Ely said. Come Alive Outside is a physical activity that FFA is doing to get kids moving. “We want kids to get up and play instead of being a couch potato. There are multiple events that will suit all different types of students. I think kids will have a great time,” said junior Maddie Hinz.
resenting their class. “Students should also know that anyone can run for the elections. They would just need to meet the requirements and grab a petition,” Wedel said. Petitions can be picked up in the office. Students also need to have at least a 2.0 GPA, turn in a petition with signatures from classmates, and a 50-word
speech, as do the executives and class officers. Executive elections are on April 30, if there are officers who want to run. The normal voting in the auditorium will happen after the candidates make their speeches. “It should be a good run, and I’m excited to see who runs,” Wedel said.
Market Day to return Thursday Shelia Autry reporter
Looking for delicious delicacies to satisfy those tastebuds? Or how about some rad knickknacks? All of those wants and desires will be fulfilled at the annual Market Day on Thursday. Whether students would like to buy dirt cups, tamales, or crispitos, Market Day is the place to be. For the second time this year, YEK students will show off their creativity for the whole student body to see. Market Day is a way for YEK students to get a feel for running a business while making a profit for themselves or, in some cases, losing money. Everything YEK students have learned over the past months will be put on the line as they face their peers in attempt
to sell various merchandise. “[Market Day] lets kids put in practice what they’ve been learning,” YEK teacher Lisa Yoder said. With this being the second Market Day of the year, YEK students know what to expect. Months of planning and learning what it takes to run a business prepares these students for Market Day. “First of all, we brainstorm and come up with ideas. After that, we contact people for prices and then come up with our own prices,” junior Dillon Archer said. On Thursday, students should be prepared for crowded hallways, loud music and an aroma that will tickle the noses of teenagers ready to spend cash.
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NHS groups compete at state, national contests >>BPA Wyatt Burbrink reporter The Newton High School Business Professionals of America national qualifiers are currently in Chicago for the national BPA competition. Second year BPA member and senior Shelby Grosch expects the trip to be one of his best high school memories. He will be competing in Administrative Support Team for the second year in a row. “The trip to Chicago is going to be crazy; I had a great time last year in D.C. I am expecting more this year,” Grosch said. “I’m really looking forward to the Segway tour of the city.” All odd transportation methods aside, the club members will have learning opportunities on the trip. They will attend several informational sessions. There are also internships that they will participate in. “BPA exposes us to business leaders in the workplace, and teaches us how to be professional and meet new people,” Grosch said.
>>Forensics sheila autry reporter Prom is the day that high school girls look forward to. They cake on their makeup, apply red lipstick, curl their hair, squeeze into that oh-so-tight fitting dress, practice their walk in 6-inch heels, all while trying not to break a nail. For junior Danica Williams, prom day also consisted of competitive acting and speaking, not to mention the stress that came with being in two places at once. This year prom and the National Forensics League
national qualifying tournament were on the same day. Instead of strolling through a day that was supposed to be magical and a night that was supposed to be remembered, Williams and several other NHS forensics students were competing for hours on end in Great Bend. Although the thought of choosing one over the other was quite tempting, Williams had trouble deciding which event she would attend. Instead, she decided to rush from one place to another and attend both. “I’ve had to give up going for the whole prom experience and just go for the minimum amount I can go,” Williams said. The worries of doing well at the national qualifier were completely overshadowed by the
anxiety of finding a prom date, hair and makeup and speeding from Great Bend all the way back to Newton. “It is unfair because a lot of people choose between the two, and it’s harder on you emotionally doing both because you worry about getting from Great Bend to here [prom],” she said. All in all, Newton finished second as a team for the season, although James Davis qualified in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking for the national speech and debate tournament in Indianapolis this summer. Other NHS finalists at the Great Bend tournament were Kyle Houseman and Lydia Swisher in Duo Interpretation, Matt Miller was 5th in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, Lydia Swisher was
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>>Machine Tech and Welding Kasey stucky news editor Undefeated since their first competition in 1972. There’s only one group at Newton High School who can make that claim: the machine technology and welding students. “We never lose. We’re going to win this year, too,” machine tech teacher Shawn Taylor said. On Thursday, eight NHS
students competed in Skills USA competition in Wichita. Around 2,000 people were there competing at different skills including machining, welding, baking and 3D animation. NHS students were only competitors in the machining and welding sides of things. “Each [machining] student is given a print that they have an hour to make. It’s usually a pretty complicated part,” Taylor said. All the machining students were given a written test as well as a test with each machine while the welding students showed what they’ve learned at welding. Results of the contest were not available at press time.
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Math teachers should reconsider use of Cognitive Tutor software Going home to work on your online math assignment is not as easy as you would think. Cognitive Tutor is harder to handle with other assignments, and it is a waste of time. In other words, Cognitive Tutor needs to disappear. Cognitive Tutor is a stressor for math students here at Newton High. It easily angers people when a simple rounded answer isn’t accepted. The answers have to be exact or else it is wrong. It has to be specific and precise. Students who don’t have a computer at home kill their grade for Cognitive Tutor. There is not always enough time to finish a chapter or even just a few problems during the class period. The questions take a lot of time for students who are not very good with word problems. Working on Cognitive Tutor at home is harder to deal with. Students having trouble with a problem can’t get any help. Teacher help is hard to get when you are sitting at home or even when you are in the crowded classroom. Every other student in the classroom has his or her hand raised for help. One teacher can’t get to every student in the short period of time students are given to work on Cognitive Tutor. There are some advantages to using Cognitive Tutor. Some students find it easy and fun, but that doesn’t include very many. The software does help some students understand math problems better, and it is a way to learn on their own. It gives teachers a break from standing in front of the room teaching, and it is an alternative to the usual paper, pencil homework. But it is still an awful computer program. Cognitive Tutor gives extra practice with word problems, helps students learn new skills, and helps students learn to deal with technology. In college or jobs, people will likely have to deal with technology in some way.
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Using Cognitive Tutor gets students comfortable with doing work on computers to prepare them for the future. Although our experience with it may be helpful in the future, Cognitive Tutor is still something students want to avoid now. Teachers say it is a good way to get math students to work harder and do math problems that make them think more. They also say paper, pencil work would double if students did not have Cognitive Tutor. Even though there are good things about Cognitive Tutor, the stress and
torture and agony far outweigh them. The math department should reconsider the $25 being spent for each student who uses Cognitive Tutor.
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Students are on overload Angie Richardson graphic artist Fifty questions for History, a review sheet for Math, a 2,000 word essay for English, and a crossword puzzle for Science. That is way too much homework. According to guidelines by the National Education Association, a student should be assigned no more than 10 minutes per grade level a night. That means freshman shouldn’t have more than an hour and a half of homework, sophomores no more than an hour and 40 minutes, so on, so forth. That might work for kids in elementary or middle school, but by the time a student is a senior in high school, they should have two hours of homework. Junior and senior year is the busiest time in high school careers. Hours of homework is the last thing we want. High school is the prime time to get
a job. If homework takes up 2 hours of your home life and your job takes up the other 4 that leaves no time for a social life, unless you’re willing to stay up late and wake up tired the next morning; which most of us end up doing. Life gets difficult when the teachers go into classes with the mindset of “You have my class, and I require you to to do this and that and there aren’t excuses.” Teachers should realize that students have more than just their class. It’s not just English, it’s also Math, History, Science and electives. Homework ends up being done in a hurry with students fighting the urge to crumple up the paper and throw it in their backpack to finish the next day when they’re not so tired. Some of the homework they expect students to do is ridiculous. So in order to maintain some sanity in this busy world, I’m just going to disappear into lala land for awhile.
Facebook Timeline not wanted Taryn McHaley reporter The popular social network Facebook has decided to make another radical, yet controversial profile change called the “Timeline.” Timeline is a new Facebook profile feature that organizes one’s life in reverse chronological order. It backtracks through what members find to be the most important times in their lives. Some people are starting to refer to it as the “online scrapbook.” This layout is arranged in a dualcolumn view. It allows members to view the main, essential column and be able to navigate the smaller column in a faster manner. “Timeline is the story of your life... a new way to express who you are,” Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg said.
However, not everyone feels the need to express themselves by converting to a complicated profile layout. With the new Timeline, access to old posts and activities from the past can be viewed by anyone. Don’t want to talk about the past? Too bad. The past can’t be left behind, and hiding it will be time consuming and pointless. This new layout also includes the prominent display of Facebook Maps. This allows anyone, including creepers, to see where and when an activity or status was posted. Making it private requires manual adjustment. Not everyone asked for it, not everyone wants it, but like all inevitable things, everyone will soon have it. Members will be deprived of the option. Control over the display of your profile, besides controlling what is posted, will be taken away. Enjoy Facebook Members.
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Hiring age unfair to teens Caitlin Conner opinions co-editor Once a kid hits 14 years of age, he or she can apply for a job at a fast food place, restaurant, grocery store, etc.. Once they turn 16, then they can apply anywhere as long as it’s not deemed hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. But before then, children 13 and younger aren’t allowed to work unless it’s on a family farm, delivering newspapers, babysitting or such. Honestly, it’s slightly unfair. There are children
younger than 13 with the maturity to handle the pressure of a “real” job. There are teens who are too immature to handle a job, yet they are hired. We see the first case in the 13 year old who has delivered newspapers for four years, always smiling when dealing with unhappy subscribers and doing their best to fix the complaint. We see the latter in the stereotypical teenage fast food cashier, smacking her gum loudly as she cleans her nails, oblivious to the line of impatient customers. Then there is the matter of 14 year olds who aren’t hired because they don’t have the experience needed for the job they want.
Fast food places like the now-closed Dairy Queen wouldn’t hire 14 year olds, and they would only consider hiring 15 year olds. It’s a nice break for the 16 year olds looking for jobs to save up for a car, but for the younger teens it’s hard. There aren’t many options by way of employers willing to hire an untried 14 year old. If 14 year olds are unhired, they don’t gain experience, and businesses don’t like to hire employees who haven’t had experience. It’s a never ending circle of not getting hired. Start by volunteering at the library, or ask for an internship at a law office. That looks amazing on a resume, and that equals a first job.
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Private schools do not harm sports leagues
Kylie mick co editor-in-chief
The underdogs were giving the crowd its money’s worth as the opposing team’s coach was forced to call a timeout. It was the last game of the state volleyball tournament, and it had come down to who wasn’t going to make mistakes. It was no longer who wanted to win the most. Neither team had ever wanted anything more. During the timeout, Newton would’ve refused to think that in just minutes, they would fall to Bishop Miege and lose hope of being state champions. Despite the loss, The Kansan’s headline contained the words “state champions” the following day, preceded by the
words “public school.” Such a daring headline seemed as if it were a gesture to private schools, reminding them that many sports fans don’t think they should play in the public school league. This argument has been kept alive due to false accusations that private schools recruit players and have unfair advantages. Fortunately for private schools, many believe that none of those statements are true, and those people would undoubtedly be correct. First of all, no school can recruit because, as the rule book says, “KSHSAA prohibits any member school, public or private from recruitment, inducement or other forms of persuasion.” Bishop Carroll, a Catholic school that tends to do well in
sports, is one school that many sports fans assume recruits. To their defense, only two nonCatholic kids attend the school and neither of them play sports, according to the Bishop Carroll Athletic Director Larry Dostert. It’s also hard for non-Catholic students to get into Catholic high schools because students must meet strict requirements. As far as advantages go, it’s fair to say that all schools have certain advantages. “The advantage that Catholic schools have is the same as suburban school districts such as Blue Valley, Andover and Maize...all are examples of affluent communities that support their kids and put them in activities at an early age,” Dostert said. Newton High School athletic director Brian Engelken agrees
Celebrities need to clean up Conner Mitchell co editor-in-cheif Today’s celebrities have developed a serious problem. They have no moral values. In a world with Twitter and Facebook, where everyone finds out information the second it happens, celebrities must realize people will eventually find out what they are doing. Accidental inappropriate tweets, affairs and every other stupid thing a celebrity does will be made public at some point. Recently, the now former head football coach at Arkansas University, Bobby Petrino, crashed his motorcycle in the middle of the
night with 25-year-old football office employee Jessica Dorrell on the back. Petrino recently hired Dorrell as student-athlete development coordinator over 158 other applicants. Along with hiring Dorrell, Petrino also gave her a $20,000 gift when she joined his staff. Arkansas fired Petrino 10 days after the incident. Tiger Woods had 11 mistresses with a wife and two kids at home. Kobe Bryant was charged with a sexual assault when he admitted he cheated on his wife. Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with a White House intern while he was the president. Celebrities need to change their attitude of “I can do
whatever I want since I’m important.” Just because they are important and so many people idolize them does not mean they can commit adultery and hope they don’t lose their jobs and their families don’t desert them. Whether it is Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, or Anthony Weiner, today’s celebrities feel the overwhelming need to act like Snooki, and it does not make sense. With endless amounts of money and happy families waiting for them at home, athletes and celebrities never have enough. So I suggest just one thing to these celebrities: STOP before you hurt yourself and everyone around you.
that all schools have advantages. “In some instances, a public school could have better facilities or pay better coaching salaries than a private school,” he said. Another reason private schools should be in our league is because they save taxpayers millions of dollars. According to www.ksde.org, it costs $13,069 to send one pupil through a year of school. Bishop Carroll, Kapaun Mount Carmel, Bishop Miege and Pittsburg Colgan are four private schools that together have 2,957 students. If those kids went to high school all four years, then we’re saving approximately $154,580,132. That’s not including thousands of kids that attend other private schools. Another reason that many want private schools to form
their own league is that private schools are “too good”. “People who claim we cheat are uninformed and do not look at the success of many schools,” Dostert said. Take, for example, Wichita Heights, a public school that has also done well in sports by winning four boys basketball state championships in a row. Also, the Liberal High School track team won 14 straight state titles. Despite the temptation to blame losing a state title on a school that ‘cheats’, senior volleyball player Katie Loescher says the team “didn’t feel disappointed.” “We played well...it didn’t even feel like a loss,” she said. Although Newtonians were devastated by the outcome, it’s comforting to know the team who won, did so fair and square.
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Students manage school, work CARLIE RODGERS features editor
To various NHS students, the cons of working part time and attending school outweigh the pros. But for others, the benefits are plain to see. In an anonymous survey of
50 NHS students, the majority of students had something good to say about their working experience. Many students commented about how working helps to establish responsibility, money management, self-discipline, productivity and indepen-
dence in young adults. Fewer students simply commented that the money was the only good aspect about working because they have little to no free time because of their jobs. To these students days feel crammed with long hours spent
A Spotlight On... Haleigh Kerr BRooke machmer photo editor
Senior Haleigh Kerr works as a dietary aide at Kidron Bethel, a retirement home in Newton. This job has its humorous and gross moments. One morning while she was working she got flashed by one of her residents, and she has had about four people throw up in her Kerr presence. She mainly got the job for the money. Kerr works about 16 hours a week, earning $7.40 on weekdays and $7.90 on weekends. Kerr drives herself to and from work. She’s a hard worker but managing work and school sometimes can be overwhelming.
Dakota Long taylor stahly reporter
The purple uniform and the ice cream name tag say it all. For junior Dakota Long, wearing this uniform 15 hours a week is part of being a Braum’s employee. Long “I really need the money for me,” Long said.
“My job stresses me out sometimes. When I get home from work, I don’t feel like doing anything, for instance, my homework. I get some rest. A lot of the time I have to stay up late to finish a homework assignment that is due the next day. I’m stressed with college stuff, also all the things we have to at the end of the year,” Kerr said. The workload isn’t the only reason Kerr finds herself flustered. “It takes a ton of patience to work around the elderly,” Kerr said. Work can be stressful at times, but it also has its okay times too. Even though Kerr has a lot on her plate with being a senior and trying to get things done, she does find time to relax. Overall she sees the experience as a positive one.
“To work in high school prepares you for adulthood,” Kerr said.
“I really hate it, but I need the money.” Long has been working at Braum’s for over one year and is not liking the experience, but sticks with it anyways. “[I have issues with] some of the employees, but mostly customers with bad attitudes,” Long said. Balancing this job and homework is no small task either, and it doesn’t help that Long is involved in sports.
at school and then heading to a part time job after school. This leaves them with little time or energy for homework, studying, or projects. Working part time can also cause problems for students who participate in sports or are
Carlie rodgers features editor
For four to five hours at a time, senior Brandon Guilles shuffles about Newton’s Applebee’s seating customers, cleaning tables, taking orders, and serving food. Guilles Guilles usually only has about 3 days a week off in which he can relax, and spend his time how he wishes. “You gotta fight for your right to party,” Guilles said. “I work my butt off to gain
“I usually have to hurry home and do homework before work,” Long says. “[Plus], there are a lot of conflicts with baseball and wrestling.” Even though it may not seem like it, Long is not alone. More than 80 percent of people hate their jobs, and that number is staying steady, according to BusinessInsider.com. “It [the conflicts] hasn’t gotten that bad yet,” Long said. “I don’t have much homework, just
money so that I can have a greater standard of living.” Guilles started working at the end of his sophomore year in order to earn money to buy a car. These days, however, the money he’s earning is going towards a bigger goal: college. Guilles is working towards making it easier to afford school at Wichita State University next fall. When school clashes with work, Guilles finds himself a little overwhelmed and haggard. “Very stressed? No. Stressed? Yes,” Guilles said. Guilles claims he hasn’t noticed a negative change
30 minutes to an hour.” Despite having to show up for work every week, Long says that there are some perks to working at Braum’s. “The only thing good about working there is I get to work with [junior] Jacob Wright,” Long said. “So having more friends [there] would be great.” Plus, the occasional customer comes through the door that can possibly make someone’s day a little brighter.
members of clubs that have outof-school activities. Practices and games tend to clash with a steady work schedule. It’s not easy to hold a job and be a hardworking high school student, but some of NHS’s own do it well.
in his grades since he’s been working, but that doesn’t mean maintaining his GPA is easy. “If a teacher wants to assign something on a day when I have work, that makes it difficult,” Guilles said. Even though he has a lot on his plate, Guilles appreciates his job. “Having a job in high school builds character because you don’t get everything handed to you. It helps you not to be spoiled,” Guilles said.
“One day some lady gave me a tip because she named her Porsche Dakota,” Long said. “It was pretty cool.” Long works at Braum’s for spending money now, but he has plans for the future and his dream job. “[I want to] be an athletic trainer for a pro baseball team,” Long said. “When I get out of playing baseball, I’d still like to be close to it, and this is a job where I could do that.”
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Senior cancer patient gives back sarah bartel features editor It was supposed to be a normal checkup with Dr. Michaels. She was supposed to be told everything was fine and she could go, but that wasn’t the way it happened. A month ago, senior Morgan Welch Welch went in for a yearly visit when the nurse practitioner, Carla Claassen, told her she had cancer. “I was told I have skin cancer,” Welch said. “My moles are what the doctors are concerned
with. The doctors said it was high risk.” Despite how awful the word “cancer” is made out to be, skin cancer is one of the easiest cancers to cure. There are two types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, a common skin cancer, and melanoma, which is less common and more dangerous. Treatments require the patient to undergo a surgery that removes the area of concern by taking out a chunk of skin. This is the same procedure that Welch will have to go through. “I have four moles and won’t know if [the moles] are connected until they’re removed,” Welch said. “I’m a little nervous about the surgery because I’ve never had surgery before.”
Although surgery has Welch wary, her family and friends are there for her. They have helped her the most by being with her through treatments. “My friends have been supportive and have kept me mellow,” Welch said. Since the diagnosis, Welch has started to look at things a little differently. She does not do what she would have a year or even six months ago. “I’ve started taking things slower and look at things before I do them. I cover up more, don’t tan, but I’m still a typical teenager,” Welch said. While attempting to keep life as normal as possible, Welch has been involved in her second year of DECA and her second community service project, which is Carhop for Cancer. Carhop for Cancer is a fundraiser that will take place at Sonic on May 5 and all the benefits go to Shriners Hospital for Children. Shriners helps parents with
their children’s cancer treatments, orthopedic care, cleft palate and lip treatment, and spinal cord and burn injury care. It has also had an impact in Welch’s life. “Shriners pays for part of treatments, bills, and gives parents places to stay. The money could pay for a child’s chemo or a mother staying with her child,” Welch said. “It could be the difference between life and death. It will influence a lot of lives even though we don’t see it.” Shriners has impacted many other people, and Carhop for Cancer will help families of those who have been affected. Welch said it will impact families “a lot” and the Carhop for Cancer fundraiser could make a big difference. “[Shriners] helped me a few years ago with my flat feet and has helped [my friend’s] little sister. It’s my turn to give back,” Welch said.
Childhood Cancer By the Numbers
Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children. This year alone it is estimated 12,060 kids under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer. 46 will be diagnosed daily, and of those diagnosed, 83% will survive. An average high school has 2 students that have been cancer patients or are cancer patients. 1/330 Americans will develop cancer before the age of 20. Information from: www.cancer.net, www.kristinasrainbows_of_hope.org
DECA teams up with Sonic Club works to raise money for Shriners Hospital LIncoln moyo reporter Imagine being told it was impossible to receive treatment for cancer unless the treatment was paid in full. Imagine it was impossible for a family to pay for that treatment and they would instead have to watch their child die. Fortunately, there’s a way
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for children to receive treatment even if their parents can’t pay. On May 5, DECA members will be working at the North Sonic to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children. It is one of the major community service projects that the club participates in. The money raised and tips they receive will help pay for treatments for chil-
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dren under the age of 18. Shriners works specifically with orthopedic and burn care. They treat children with cleft palates and lips, those who have been involved in car accidents, and more. It even helps give parents a place to stay while their children are receiving treatment. Carhop for Cancer is more than a ride on rolling tires and working in an environment swallowed in cheesy air. It’s about giving back to the community. A small donation could help a child or family in need.
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Grosch has busy freshman year riley rodriguez reporter
As she slowly walks into Newton High the first day wearing shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt, she is nervous and fearful, but she knows she is ready. She came during the summer before school started and looked around at all her classes. Also she talked to her friends the night before on the phone and found out what lunch they have so they can meet up. Freshman Courtney Grosch has been involved in many activities throughout her first year in high photo by Maggie GIle
school. Softball, forensics and the “Camp Rock” play are just some of the events she has participated in. She has advice to the upcoming freshmen. “Try new things, but don’t do so much that you are overloaded,” Grosch said. In addition to her to all her activities, she spends a lot of time in forensics. “I like that you get to choose what you write about and it doesn’t have to be about a certain topic,” Grosch said. Being a freshman wasn’t all that she expected. Everyone has heard
the stereotype of being the new kids, getting shoved in lockers, being called fresh meat, the feeling when all eyes are on you. She thought different after being here. “If you’re not for sure about something, ask. People will help you,” Grosch said. When school started, Grosch did have the familiar face of her cousin, senior Shelby Grosch, at the high school with her. Also, she thought people were quite helpful, and she liked the freedom of it all. “It’s hard to find time to keep up with your work, but it’s worth it in the end,” Grosch said.
McConnell’s business idea wins contest Amanda wright reporter
Recently sophomore Joseph McConnell won the best business plan in his YEK class. His project was Business and Iron Artwork. In YEK, students work on completing a business plan of their choice. They work on the business plan for up to three and a half months, and they compete to see who moves on to regionals. The students learn business concepts, and they do things like Market Day and the Trade Show so they can see what it is like to run their own businesses. McConnell’s intentions are that he can “start selling his product and make a profit out of it.” McConnell thought that the other winners had good ideas and did really well on their project. Sophomore Megan Regier’s project for YEK was Volleyball Lessons. She had one of the best business plans in her class. Now that there are three sophomores and three juniors
that have won the best business plan in their classes, they will be moving on to regionals at Koch Industries in Wichita and get the opportunity to win $1,000. Sophomore Bryan Brison, came in second in his hour with his business plan for BB Beats, which is an online beat producer with music and lyrics. He said the competition was “stimulating,” and he congratulated the winners. Nathan Wood, who also had one of the best business plans, talked about how he did at regionals and what his business plan was. “Time management was tough,” he said. “I think I did
really good, but it was a little nerve wrecking.” Woods business plan was Baseball Day Camp in the summer. YEK teacher Lisa Yoder’s said the winners’ business plans were “very good” and that there were a lot of great students. The best business plans from each YEK class went on to compete at the regional contest Wednesday. “I think we did well, and I think the students had great business plans,” Yoder said. The students who competed in the regional contest will get to see who will move on to the state contest on May 9.
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Nicki Minaj, the street smart “hood rat,” has evolved into one of her multiple alter egos, Roman Zolanski. “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is destined to top the charts. Once again, Minaj has defied all odds with yet another fivestar worthy album. Minaj whips off her pink wig and replaces it with a blonde wig and a pair of diamond studded boxing gloves. Roman is off his leash and shows no mercy. When picking up the album, not only does the phenomenal album artwork catch various viewer’s eye, but so does the explicit content sticker located on the bottom. Although the sticker may be small, it does the album justice. Rolling Stone proclaims the album is “a purist’s nightmare” due to the vast number of profanity and vulgarity.
Minaj’s explicative sense of humor sets her apart from other M.C.’s in the game. She thrives in arrogance and swagger. Minaj’s pride is like a tsunami wiping out all signs of life. “Ain’t a witch that could do it, not even my imposter,” boasts Minaj, who then goes on and says “and if they don’t get Nicki, it just won’t be the same.” If that doesn’t sell Minaj’s rare style, then track No. 1, “Roman Holiday” will. The lyrics and menacing beat can be easily mistake as a scene from hell. “Pink Friday: Roman’s Reloaded” then does a 360 degree turn as Minaj turns from hardcore rapper to a natural born singer. Fans are used to Minaj’s raw lyrics, but with songs such as “Starships” and “Right By My Side” shows off the savvy M.C.’s ability to hit various high octave notes, with the help of autotune. Featured on the album are
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‘21 Jump Street’ surprises, delivers plenty of laughs NOAH SCHMIDT reporter When I bought my ticket to see “21 Jump Street,” I didn’t expect much. From what I saw in the commercials, it seemed like I was in store for another 90 minutes of sitting in a hot theatre wondering when something worthwhile would happen on screen. The difference this time, however, was that I was able to genuinely enjoy the movie. The partnership between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill is what makes the show enjoyable. The two contrast each other perfectly. They have an
original brand of humor that feeds the raucous, high school side, while having a fair share of wit. Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are on opposite ends of the spectrum in high school. Jenko is an all-star track athlete and head of the school, while Schmidt is a pudgy nobody. After graduation, the two choose careers as police officers. After a cliche meet up, the protagonists become something they would never dream of in school, best friends. Schmidt has the brains, and Jenko provides the athletic prowess. After a long line of no success, the pair are assigned to
infiltrate a high school drug chain, undercover. The following journey is an inappropriate, laugh-fest including a drug induced brain-trip, an out of control party and a gunshot wound which will make several in the audience flinch. “21 Jump Street” is an original spin off of a classic. It even features a cameo, albeit short lived, from the original duo. I give the film a four out of five. It was hilarious because of its ability to blend an original humor with a certain sweetness only Hill can pull off. I would recommend checking this movie out. It’s a good addition to any collection.
‘Cabin in the Woods’ shocks speculators Caitlen barham artist In April, on Friday the 13th, “Cabin in the Woods” hit the theatres. Starting with a less than average twisted horror plot, the movie took some unexpected yet exciting turns. The typical jock, high school harlot, full-of -it drug user, brainiac and “virgin,” as they call her, go on a camping trip. Once they get down there, they notice strange modern alterations in the old cabin, and they all start getting killed off one-byone. The catch is that a group of technicians are controlling every death. Whether it’s zombies, ghosts, creatures or serial killers with a past, they appear all throughout
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The track team’s last meet was April 20 at Campus. The boys took second and the girls took third. “We did well and had a lot of personal records broken, but we had a lot of people gone,” freshman Sarah Bartel said.
The team’s next meet is Friday in El Dorado. “We’ve had a great season so far,” head track coach Tad Remsberg said. The team is currently training hard for league, regionals and state. So far, the team has finished in the top half at every
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With the last few tournaments of the regular season approaching, the golf team has been working hard to prepare for regionals and state. “We plan on winning regionals and placing pretty high at state,” junior Omar RamosThaw said. Last Friday the boys golf
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their meets so far, with many individuals placing along the way. The girls placed first in their meet last Friday at El Dorado. On Thursday they had a meet at Campus, but results were not available at press time. “Right now we’re working hard to win AVCTL and to move on to state,” freshman Sophia Miller said. The girls compete at Great Bend Friday and host a home invitational Thursday. The league meet is May 12.
The varsity soccer team has started off with a 2-8-1 record. “I think [the season] is going pretty good. We have good potential, and like coach always says, we have a lot more skills than the past few years,” sophomore Logan Porter said. Tuesday the girls played Maize, who was undefeated and ranked second in the state. Newton lost 4-1 in a defensive battle. Junior Ardys Woodward scored the only goal for Newton. The girls soccer team had a game on Thursday against Salina, but the score was not available at press time. The Railers’ next two games will be at home, Monday against Buhler and Tuesday against Hutch.
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Leadership is key for baseball team
Sophomore, Maddy Akers (left) waits in ready position for the next play. Freshman Alyssa Saenz (middle) waits for the a ball during warm-up. Junior Dalton Porter (right) makes contact during a game against Goddard.
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Softball team looks to improve avery anderson reporter The varsity softball has started this season with a 1-11 record, but freshman Alyssa Saenz says that they can only improve from this point. “If we turn around and work hard from this day on and play with heart, we have a chance for state,” Saenz said. The team is getting ready to play Derby on Friday, which is
senior night. Lexie Hector, Felisha Martinez and Kylie Bass are the only seniors on the team. “[Senior night] won’t affect the game. It should actually make us play harder,” Saenz said. The varsity team is made up of mostly sophomores, a couple juniors, three seniors, and a few freshmen who made the team. The freshmen are working hard and loving the position they are in.
“[Being on varsity as a freshman] is fun, but sometimes it is hard,” freshman Maycee Jones said. “I think the next three years [of my high school softball career] we will gain more experience and have a good chance of winning state if we continue to work hard,” Saenz said. The Railers played at Salina Central Tuesday, where they lost 20-19 and 12-9.
The baseball team’s senior night is Friday, and the three seniors graduating this year are Ben Koerner (shortstop), Austin Crumrine (catcher) and Dakota Stein (pitcher). “With Ben Koerner being in the starting lineup for shortstop and Austin Crumrine being the starting catcher, leadership is an important role both on and off the field,” head coach Mark George said. “It’s great to have Dakota Stein, who is an experienced pitcher and right fielder.” Crumrine said he enjoys being a leader. “I like it. I like leading the younger guys and setting traditions,” he said. Friday’s game is at Klein Scott Field at Centennial Park against the Derby Panthers. It
starts at 4 p.m. “We need to work on hitting early in the game and attacking the ball,” Crumrine said. The team’s record is 3-9. They split with Salina Central Tuesday. They lost the first game 12-5 and won the second game 6-5.
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Q & A: with Riley & Jenson Kingsley photos by Brianna Hadaway
Above: Senior Keenan Zielke hits a forehand during practice Monday. Right: Senior Brooks Taylor gets ready to volley the ball during practice.
Boys tennis striving to make state ALyssa saenz sports editor With the AVCTL meet on Monday and regional tennis on May 4, the boys tennis team is looking to end the season strong and qualify for state as a team. “We started out the season strong. Right now we are currently ranked third in 5A,” senior Jenson Kingsley said. After taking first at the Campus Invitational, the last meet of the regular season, on April 17, the Railers are challenging themselves everyday in practice to prepare for the league tournament. “[We are] working to improve our long distance volleys so we can pass people during
the matches,” sophomore Josh Carlgren said. The boys are hoping that their hard work in practice pays off in the end. “Our goal is to win league, win regionals, qualify the entire team and then place top three at state,” Kingsley said.
Aside from working hard and challenging themselves, the boys are also striving to achieve even bigger goals this season. “Beating Salina Central at league, [winning] regionals and [qualifying for] state as a team is another big goal for us,” Kingsley said.
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How do you like playing with your brother? Jenson (JK)- “I like playing with him because he is good competiton and we both help each other prepare for matches.” Do you help each other get better? Riley (RK)- “Yes, we go out and hit a lot together outside of practice.”
How competitive do you guys get when playing each other? JK- “Not much, but we both hate losing, so it gets very competitive.” How did you feel when you guys had to play each other? RK- “I don’t feel much pressure because I’m not suppose to beat him, but sometimes I get close to beating him.”
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1. Junior Hannah Yoder and sophomore Jared Rangel walk through a crowd of people after arriving at prom in their Jeep. 2. Seniors Levi Blaylock and Amanda Wright enter prom, which had the theme “A Sweetest Dream.” 3. Junior Brooke Regier smiles as she enters prom. “It didn’t phase me that people were looking at me. I’m used to it because of track,” she said. 4. A chocolate fountain was one of the attractions that was featured at prom, along with a painted blue bridge and large paintings that hung from the walls that were painted by junior Carl Folkerts. 5. Juniors David Jantz and Katrina Gerbrand pose for pictures as they walk into prom. 6. Junior Kelsi Langley and senior Adam Kelsey dance during the evening. “The chocolate fountain was my favorite,” Langley said. 7. Seniors Hugh McConnell and Rachel Volk are carried in by NHS freshmen and sophomores.