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Gift of a lifetime Checking over the Red Cross information sheet, senior Erica Phillips prepares for her second donation of blood. “Giving blood helps out a lot of good people who need it,” Phillips said. “It just makes you feel good to know that giving blood will save one of those people’s lives.” photo by Shannon Ahlstedt

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Jan. 21, 2011

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Hutchinson Community College courses ‘beneficial to students’ Carlie Blaufuss entertainment editor At the start of this school year, college classes were implemented into the regular schedule to give students the opportunity to earn college credit as well as high school credit during the school day. After a decision was reached between the district and Hutchinson Community College (HCC), the courses became available. The administration is pleased with the effects they have seen so far. “I think we’re just kind of getting our feet on the ground now and have learned quite a bit,” principal Ken Rickard said. “I don’t see any major changes at all for the next year.” Rickard has seen many advantages to incorporating the HCC courses into the regular school day.

“It’s positive because they are courses that we need in the schedule, and they fit within the schedule very well,” Rickard said. Rickard also said he has received only positive feedback from students who are enrolled in the courses. “It’s fun for me to see kids that feel good about being able to get college credit during the school day,” Rickard said. Counselor Chris Headrick is also supportive of the change and noted a few other reasons it is beneficial to students. “(Students) can get college credit while in high school, it’s a smaller class size and a more familiar area for them to be learning,” Headrick said. Senior Austin Ahrens completed College Algebra last semester and is currently enrolled in Elements of Statistics. Ahrens also said taking the college

courses now will help him in the before you get into college helps long run. you make some decisions on “They didn’t have this opwhere you want to head with portunity in the past, so it’s nice your college career, at a reduced to be able rate,” Headto pay less rick said. money Rickard and get has seen no the credits • English Composition IA negatives to • English Composition II out of the implementing way,” Ahthe courses • Elements of Statistics rens said. into the • College Algebra Headschedule, oth• General Psychology rick is er than some • Certified Nursing Assistant optimistic confusion in (CNA) about how the beginhaving ning from • Music Theory and Aural the opNHS teachers Skills portunity that were not • Small Business so readily accustomed Management available to instruct• Government during ing college high school courses. will affect “Initially students in the near future. to our teachers that are teaching “Just to have that background the dual credit courses, it was

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a little new to them,” Rickard said. “I think for a little bit that was a stressor, but they’ve gotten beyond that and have done very well.” In order to be qualified to teach one of the courses, teachers must have a master’s degree in that area. All HCC courses through the high school are being taught by current NHS teachers, with the exception of Elements of Statistics and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course, which are taught by HCC professors. In the future, there may be an opportunity to utilize the lecture hall for distance learning, but it is only in the works at this time. There are currently no plans to eliminate the HCC courses from the regular schedule or make any alterations, but the administration will continue to look at the opportunity to add courses.

news briefs Enrollment to begin Monday New courses offered for 2011-12 school year

Spanish Honor SocietyThere will be a Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. Winter HomecomingWinter Homecoming Week is coming up Jan. 31 through Feb. 4. Scholars bowlThere will be an AVCTL division 1 meet at Newton on Tuesday after school.

JazzJazz I and II will have a concert Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Alex Stucky news assistant Counselors will begin presenting enrollment information to students starting Monday and continuing throughout the week. Afterward, students will have two weeks to complete online course requests. Counselors Jana Crittenden and Chris Headrick both stress the importance of students enrolling in the classes they actually want and not simply taking a class to be with friends. According to Crittenden, courses are offered or not based on the number of students who signed up during pre-enrollment. For example, last year’s enrollment showed a low interest in AP Biology. If only three

students are enrolled in a course, it will not be offered due to the lack of numbers. However, such classes are not eliminated entirely but are available as an option for next year. “It is really important to select the courses you want.... and to also choose classes that are going to meet graduation requirements and give you exposure to career interests,” Crittenden said. Another point stressed by Crittenden was completing and turning in enrollment in a timely manner. Meeting this deadline can both relieve stress on the counselors and increase a student’s chance of being enrolled in a certain class. There may be a few changes in some course titles this year, however, the content of most classes will remain

the same for next year. On the other hand there will be a few new courses offered. These classes include Honors Physics, Financial Management II, Business Essentials, and an additional Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course. Honors Physics will offer a more advanced, faster paced class for students. Financial Management II will focus more on individual investments. Business Essentials, as described in the course description, is designed to give an overview of business marketing and finance occupations. The new PLTW course, called Aerospace Engineering, will be the third in the sequence and focus on the field of aeronautics. “I think that’s a good fit because of the close association with aeronautic industry in Wichita,” Headrick said.

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Busing policy leaves some behind District only transports grades K-9; policy may be reviewed Tyler prochazka online editor-in-chief Each morning, the district buses approximately 95 students to the high school. In Newton, students from kindergarten through ninth grade are given the option to be bussed to school. This forces some students above ninth grade to find alternative modes of transportation. Sometimes, these students get left behind. According to Superintendent John Morton, it is a rare occurrence for students above ninth grade not to find transportation to school. Only about 10 exceptions to the district’s busing policy have been requested this year. He also said the district does whatever it can to accommodate students who cannot otherwise get to school by allowing them to ride the bus, if space is available, or by helping to set up carpools. Even so, he said that transportation is “fundamentally” a parent’s responsibility. Sophomore Mindy Ragsdale and her brother, senior Randy Ragsdale, have had difficulty trying to get to school. Ragsdale’s mother has called the high school and the district office. However, despite her efforts, she has not been able to get them on the bus in the morning.

Every morning, since she was not able the new law regarding the driving age, to ride the bus, Mindy has had to rely there will be a meeting regarding a potenon her mother’s friends, who sometimes tial increase in the grade levels that are are not able to take her to school. First bussed, Morton said. semester, she missed 13 days of school and If Mindy was a freshman, she would missed half of two other days. be allowed to “triple up a seat,” meaning “Freshman year three students would sit I was an A-B stuin one seat, Jamison dent,” Mindy said. said. However, since “This year, I’m a she is a sophomore, •Kansas requires students C-D student because the district is no longer outside city limits and I’ve been missing required to provide her those with special needs be classes.” transportation, and it provided transportation. According to Rita becomes her “parents’ Jamison, the secreresponsibility.” •USD 373 transports any tary dispatch for USD Transportation direcstudent K-9 to capacity of the 373, three years ago tor Tony Sehorn said it busses. the district decided would be a safety issue if to bus ninth graders three students sat in one •Students above ninth grade to school in addiseat at the high school can be granted an exception tion to K-8 students. level because they would to ride the bus. She said if there is be “hanging over in the room on the bus, aisles.” •Busing policy may be reupperclassmen can Kansas only requires viewed due to the new be transported if it transportation for studriving law. has been approved by dents with physical or Morton. While Mormental handicaps and ton approved Mindy, for students that live outthe bus was at capacity so she could not side the city limits of where their school is ride, Jamison said. located. The state does reimburse districts These rules regarding transportation for transporting students that live more for students may soon be altered. Due to than 2.5 miles from school but does not

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require districts to bus all students, according to Sehorn. The individual districts decide which students have transportation, if any. After becoming aware of Mindy’s situation, principal Ken Rickard tried to intervene on her behalf. He personally attempted to find her an alternate way of getting to school. Rickard eventually found a senior to take her and her brother to school in the morning. “The worst that can happen is [Mindy] can’t make it to school,” Rickard said. Mindy is still worried about days when a student cannot take her and does not know what she will do next year. “It would just be a relief to know I had a ride on the bus,” she said.

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Debaters finish season, make history Ashley murrell editor-in-chief

At novice state debate, the Debate Coaches’ Invitational (DCI) and varsity state debate, students made history. The National Forensics League (NFL) national qualifier did not go as well as expected, but as the season came to an end, the debaters reflected positively. While at NFL national qualifier on Dec. 10 and 11, senior Tyler Prochazka and junior Emily Runge, who are debater partners, went in with high hopes but were just short of qualifying for nationals. Overall, the team did not do as well as anticipated. “Our other three teams did not do as well as we hoped, and Tyler and I anticipated going further than the fifth round,” Runge said. “We were both heartbroken because that’s what we strived for all season. The fact we lost because of seemingly unfair decisions made it even harder.” Who wins the round is based on the judges perception of how the round went. It is not always

cut and dry and often the judge’s bias is an issue. Debate coach David Williams said what happened at NFL is the most difficult part of his job. “One of the hardest parts of my job is telling students when they fail,” Williams said. “These kids put their heart and soul into the activity. They put maximum effort into it everyday. You can work your butt off, but don’t always make it.” However, after NFL Prochazka and Runge kept their heads up in anticipation of DCI on Jan. 7 and 8, which the partnership had been invited to. Throughout the season, teams can receive bids at designated tournaments for placing in the top eight or top 16 depending on the size of the tournament. They can also get bids for making it to the finals, but debaters need two bids to qualify to compete at DCI. “In regards to DCI, our main focus was to have fun. We weren’t so focused on winning,” Runge said. “We just wanted to have fun because it was one of our last tournaments as a part-

nership.” Prochazka and Runge finished with a 4-3 record at DCI and placed ninth overall in what is known as the most competitive tournament in the state according to Runge. This finish made NHS history as they were the first to have a winning record at DCI and finish in the top 10. The novice state tournament, which is for first year debaters, was the same weekend. At the tournament, sophomore Mariah Smith made debate history as well. Williams was at DCI when a Hutchinson coach informed him Smith was the top speaker at novice state. She was named the top speaker out of 260 debaters. This was the first time this had happened for an NHS debater. “I was hoping to do better on my overall record, and I wasn’t expecting the speaker thing,” Smith said. “But it felt good especially because we had a losing record, and it just proved we did have a good day.” Freshmen James Davis and Whitney Jones also medaled

with a 4-1 record. State debate brought the season to a close for the novices. Varsity state debate was held at Blue Valley North Jan. 14 and 15 and was the final courtesy photo tournament of Junior Emily Runge and senior Tyler Prochazka the year and pose with debate teacher David Williams after Prochazka’s last placing second at the state debate tournament. as a high school debater. After ering we did that well and made going 2-2 on the it to finals. We lost to a really first day, Prochazka and Runge good team,” Runge said. had to win both preliminary Prochazka and Runge finished rounds the second day to qualify for the elimination rounds. When with a 39-19 record this year. Because Prochazka is graduating Williams informed them they had won both preliminary rounds this spring, debate will be differand would break into elimination ent next year for Runge. “It definitely sucks because rounds, Prochazka jumped onto one of my main enjoyments of Williams. Prochazka and Runge finished debate is debating with Tyler,” Runge said. “We are best friends, second in the state for twoand debate brought us even speaker debate teams with a 7-3 closer, so next year will not be record. as fun as the past two years have “It was definitely disappointbeen.” ing because we never placed first before, but it was exciting consid-

Bethel College celebrates Martin Luther King Day Erin Regier fine arts editor For more than 50 decades, Bethel College has been closely tied to the teachings and theology of Martin Luther King Jr. This past Monday, close to 375 people filled Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center auditorium for the annual Community Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The program featured music by alum Roz McCommon, poetry readings by current students and community members and featured speaker Mark McCormick. McCormick spoke on the topic “A

Choice of Weapons.” Dale Schrag, campus pastor and a member of Bethel’s MLK Day celebration planning group, said attendance was exactly what he expected it to be. “We had right around 400 people,” Schrag said. “The Wichita Eagle reported that the Wichita State University Martin Luther King Day celebration for the city of Wichita had an estimated total of about 800 people in attendance. For Newton to have half as many people as Wichita speaks very well for our community.” People of all ages and backgrounds attended the celebra-

tion, each with their own reasons for attending. “I think it’s important to remember Martin Luther King because he was a very influential person,” sophomore Nat Dick said. “We need to carry on his dream.” The overall focus of the evening was taking the path of non-violence. As McCormick put it in his message, “Violence is a reaction. Peace is a choice.” Schrag hopes that this message will stick with those who attended the celebration. “Mark’s message encouraged us to have the courage to choose

non-violent ways of dealing with conflict,” Schrag said. “This may often entail suffering, but you find truth in that suffering.” The evening of celebration was referred to as “inspiring” by attendees. “One of the personal stories that Mark shared was especially inspiring for me,” Dick said. “You could tell it was very heartfelt.” According to Schrag, Bethel has held a celebration every year since it became a national holiday 25 years ago. However, Bethel’s tie with Martin Luther King goes back even further, to a speech he gave in Bethel’s Memorial Hall in January 1960, three

years before his “I have a dream” speech. “I believe I attended that speech. I would have been 13 at the time,” Schrag said. “I have a vague recollection of my father saying on the drive home, ‘They say he’s going to be a real important person someday.’” Although Martin Luther King Day is over, Schrag said the path to equality is still a long journey. “I think Martin would be pleased if we could all acknowledge the many dreams of his that are still unfulfilled and set about establishing true equality for all,” Schrag said.

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What do you think. . . Second semester is in full swing and students are eagerly anticipating prom and graduation, and as January comes to a close, seniors are piecing together their Senior Exit Portfolios (SEP). As many know, this year the process of the SEP received a drastic makeover. The Newtonian took a look at these revisions after the seniors on the staff experienced the process. We came to the conclusion some pieces are worth doing, but others are pointless.


The most beneficial part of the SEP is the resume. It is nearly impossible to go throughout life without having to have a resume. Colleges and future employers like to be able to see what the prospective student or employee was involved in. A completed resume also comes in handy when applying for scholarships. The information on the resume is going to come up in life and be a good tool more often than students might assume.

Personal and Reflective Essay

Work Samples

While completing projects, tests and assignments is a large part of going to high school, what good is it going to do anyone who looks at the SEP to see a vocabulary test a student received an A on? Work samples are a good way for students to show pride

Volunteer/Service Work

Students can complain all they want that having to have 20 hours of community service is “stupid,” but volunteer work can do everyone some good. Coach a youth sport team at the Newton Recreation Center and bam. There’s more than 20 hours right there. Learning to help out without always expecting money or something in return is something everyone should experience. Volunteer hours also looks good on resumes and scholarship applications.

Reference Letters

Reference letters are used for a number of reasons throughout life. Getting them now puts students ahead of the game. However, the fact one of the let-

ter has to be from someone who students did volunteer work is a bit pretentious. After volunteering at the homeless shelter, a student could walk to the person running the place and say, “Hey can you write me a reference letter even though I’ve only known you several hours?” Yeah, doesn’t make much sense.


Excessive. This would be an appropriate word to describe the required SEP meetings. Students do have lives during seminar besides SEP such as clubs, BIGS, other required meetings, SET time, oh yeah and homework. Teachers tell students, “Do your homework after school,” well that is when students have jobs, sports, church, play practice and everything else under the sun. The meetings are not completely pointless however. It is a good time for students to get help if needed and get caught up, but they would make more sense to only be required once a month. There could be monthly deadlines and then each month students would get assigned the next piece, and if they had any questions they could be answered then.

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These two essays could easily be combined into one. While the personal essay is something good for students to complete, aren’t they “reflecting” over their high school experiences? Hence the reflective essay’s pointlessness. While reflecting on high school experiences in the personal essay, students could easily spend a paragraph or two of the essay discussing the work they were most proud of. Which brings us to our next pointless piece of the SEP.

in their work, however if there is something students are proud of they can include it if they want, but it should not be required. The truth of it is people rummage through old assignments their senior year as they are trying to get their SEP over with, and they pick random assignments just to fulfill the requirement. In reality, students aren’t any more proud of that piece of paper than any other one they’ve completed.


Unfortunately this year’s seniors did not have the opportunity to complete the SEP the traditional way and were forced to do it digitally. This is where the big red flag goes up for many. Students should be allowed the choice of doing their SEP either in a portfolio the traditional way, or digitally. Not everyone is tech savvy and can show their creativity on the computer, and not everyone can put their SEP in a binder and make it look nice. People are diverse and have different capabilities. The format of the SEP should cater to these diversities in order to give students a finished product they are truly proud. Juniors, don’t stop fighting. Maybe it can change before next year’s SEP endeavors start. Overall the SEP can be beneficial to students, but the SEP coordinators and the administration should take a look at our handy dandy guide we just laid out. With some adjustments, students would have a greater enthusiasm to complete their SEP because it is more useful and less of a burden.

What parts of the Senior Exit Portfolio are beneficial and which are pointless? sr. Maggie Sanchez “I don’t think any part of it is beneficial except the resume. We don’t even put forth any effort. It’s ridiculous that this stupid powerpoint can determine whether I graduate or not.” sr. Courtney Reimer “Community service, and reference letters are beneficial, but we shouldn’t have to put it in a presentation. The new online portfolio is ridiculous!” sr. Devin Beckmeyer “I don’t find any of it beneficial. I know I will not use it.” sr. Hannah Schrag “Beneficial: Resume, references, community service. Pointless: Two essays, work samples, PowerPoint, and taking our time.”

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Should the debt ceiling be raised? Raising debt ceiling avoids shutdown Keep debt cap to force spending cuts tyler brotton opinions editor For the past two years, the government has continued to spend money without having a means to repay what we spend, which results in debt. Right now we are $14.05 trillion in debt. There is, however, a cap or a ceiling that says we can’t go over $14.29 trillion in debt. There has been much talk over whether or not we should raise the debt ceiling to accommodate for large amounts of spending. We should raise the debt ceiling to $15 trillion and cap spending there to force the government to reevaluate our spending. Top economists predict that the government will hit the ceiling in late March or early April. If Congress does not raise the ceiling before we hit the limit, then the government will shutdown for some time. There has been a shutdown of the government as a result of not raising the debt ceiling before. In 1995, the government hit the debt ceiling and was forced not to spend anymore money. This resulted in a government shutdown twice, once for five days and once for 20 days. The government cannot risk a shutdown in this economic crisis that we have now. The United States is just pulling out of its greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, and a government shutdown would have disastrous effects on our efforts to improve economic growth. It would also cause a panic in the global economy. If the United States shutdown, the global economy wouldn’t be able to thrive. Failing to raise the debt ceiling would also have major domestic consequences. The government would be frantically looking for programs to cut. There would be cuts in Social Security, defense spending, health care and other programs. House Republicans are threatening Obama and other Democrats that they will vote against raising the debt ceiling

because of Obama’s carelessness to spend Tyler Prochazka more money than we have. Obama needs online editor-in-chief to negotiate with Republicans to avoid having them join together and not allow a Across the wide array of issues that House vote to raise the debt ceiling. face Americans, one thing remains conThe debt ceiling has been raised five stant: politicians use apocalyptic rhetoric times in the past two years, which has not to justify state intervention to “ensure segotten the message across to Democrats curity.” This hyperbolic discourse should that we need to stop spending. Although not only be ignored, but also completely spending is not a good thing in a recesrejected. sion, raising the debt ceiling one final time Currently, the president and many to $15 trillion is needed. After the raise, in Congress are claiming an “economic the governcollapse” will ensue if ment should the debt ceiling is not freeze the raised. The debt ceiling ceiling at is the cap Congress that amount. places on the amount This opof debt the U.S. federal tion would government can accuforce Obama mulate. This law was to negotipassed in the early 20th ate with century. Most of the Republicans time, it is passed with over spendbipartisan support, but ing policies. not before a big politiFreezing the cal show. However, as debt ceiling the debt approaches the at $15 trilcurrent cap, $14.3 trillion would lion, many Americans allow time are becoming increasfor negotiaingly upset that the govtions to take ernment is doing little place and to curb the spending. decisions to The Treasury can be made over perform some accountwhat spending programs to cut or illustration by Wes Derstine ing tricks to prolong the trim down before we hit the $15 trilincrease, but the deadline lion ceiling and default on our debt. will probably come in March. This has put Although spending is a bad thing, the pressure on Obama and the Democrats to debt ceiling needs to be raised in order to convince the Tea Party affiliated Republilet negotiations happen over what spendcans to vote for the increase. As the deading programs we need to cut. Failure to line comes closer, Republicans seem to raise the debt ceiling would result in a govbe caving. The Republicans’ only demand ernment shutdown and force the United has been that there are spending cuts States deeper into the worst economic attached to the increase. It is likely these decline since the Great Depression. spending cuts will be piecemeal because a Democrat controlled Senate is unlikely to vote for the drastic cuts that are needed to

balance the budget. The only way to get Congress to balance the budget is by refusing to raise the debt ceiling. This would force the Congress to reign in the entitlement system and trim the bloated defense budget. If it is raised, business as usual will continue in Washington: record deficits and denial of reality. This year, the deficit will reach a record $1.3 trillion, and interest on the debt will continue to consume an increasing amount of the budget. The debt is now nearly equivalent to the U.S.’s gross domestic product, the amount of goods and services produced in a year. Economists almost unanimously agree this is not sustainable. Unless action is taken now to curb the record deficits, it might become too late to smoothly transition to a sustainable budget. The cuts have to come sometime, and they will be much deeper and be implemented much more hastily if the government waits too long. Moody’s Analytics is warning that the United States may lose its AAA status. This is the rating that is placed on the quality of government bonds (how likely creditors are to be paid back). If this occurs, the value of the dollar will plummet, interest rates will skyrocket and the economy will grind to a halt. It will resemble Greece’s fiscal situation where the government had to take immediately slash the budget, triggering massive social unrest. The government cannot wait until this occurs in the United States. In the past when the debt ceiling increase was postponed, there was not a default on the debt or an economic collapse. In fact, Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid voted against raising the debt ceiling in the past. If we want to find real solutions to our economic problems, we have to start questioning politician’s apocalyptic predictions so we can finally make policy in reality.

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Newton’s policy for busing overlooks those in need Mindy Ragsdale features editor

School system different in America Christina POULSGAARD reporter

The beginning of a new semester always results in more visits to the counselor. Students want to change their schedules to something easier than what they first thought suitable. I consider American high school students very lucky to have this opportunity. In Denmark, both schedules and the school system work differently. The schedule is set by school officials, and it is unchangeable. Something that is new here is the opportunity for students to design their own schedules with some required courses. American high schools offer a variety of courses, and it is interesting how students get the chance to show their skills in more artistic inspired courses, instead of just focusing on academic learning. By the start of a new year, the schedule has already been planned out for students in Denmark. They take mostly required courses. In some grades, depending on the education form, Danish students may have one or two optional courses a week. The courses Danish students are taught usually include Danish, English, German, math, geography, biology, government, history, religion and physical education. Some courses are added as they reach a higher grade level. Their schedules are

planned so they take different courses every day, but they stay with the same group of students. Danish students are divided into permanent classes they stay with throughout the school year. An average class might contain around 20 students, who will stay together and take the same courses at the same time. They also do not walk from one classroom to another after the bell, but they have their own assigned classroom they stay in the whole time. Not necessarily all students end up being in a class with their best friends, so I think it would be more advantageous to switch classes like here in America. That way students are not forced to be with the same group of people all day, every day and instead get a chance to meet more people. Danish children start school when they are six to seven years old, and for the first 10 years of their school career, the way school works does not change a whole lot. Many students stay at the same school with the same classmates and teachers all through these basic years of education. It is very normal for students to have the same teachers all of their basic years of school or until teachers retire, quit their job, etc. I think that is helpful because the students bond with their teachers and get to know them on a personal level, which can help teachers give students

the best guidance possible. The first 10 years are grade zero through grade nine, which is considered the basic school education everyone has to complete. After grade nine, which I finished last year with both written and oral exams, students have completed the required school years, though without any further education they cannot make much of the rest of their lives. Many 14-17 year old students in Denmark attend a boarding school. I did that last year as my ninth year. It is much like college, where students live in dorms and stay at school for courses, sports and activities. It is a neat experience I wish everyone could have, and I highly recommend attending a boarding school. One or more years at a boarding school are part of the basic school years in Denmark. After the basic 10 years of school, many students start a youth education, where they choose a direction they want to study. It takes two to three years to complete. They will usually be between 16-20 years old. Both the American and Danish school systems have unique parts. I like how they continue with the same teacher for years in Denmark and how they switch classes in America. There are great things about both school systems, and if it was possible to combine those, we would have a nearly perfect school system.

All my life, any adult I have ever known has told me an education is most important. They have said they will do anything in their power to get me to school so I can have a successful future. So why is it now, in my sophomore year of high school, that some adults have stopped caring about my education or merely just stopped trying? USD 373 should provide transportation for kids and teens of all ages to get to school. Without this policy in place, many kids are essentially being denied the right to an education because they can’t get to school. For me, sophomore year sounded great at first, and I could not wait to start. I was excited to see the familiar faces of students and teachers, go to art class and learn new skills, but someone forgot to tell me and my family that I would not be allowed to ride the bus to school. My life, like many others who have had this problem, started to get really hectic and stressful. There were only a few days left before school started, and I did not have a ride to or from school. Thankfully, after many phone calls, my mom had arranged with Superintendent John Morton for the bus to take me home in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t be needing the ride home if I couldn’t even find a ride to school. Within the first month of school I had already missed

four days of school due to an unsteady ride, and my family had a feeling those would not be the last unless I had a constant ride to school. It is now my second semester, and I have been absent from school 15 times because I could not get to school, and my grades show it. After lots of investigation, I found out that transportation denied my request to ride the bus because the bus is “full.” This is understandable, but when they said full, my mother and I thought they were fitting three people to a seat already. It turns out, after asking many freshmen who ride the bus in the morning, that there are only two and sometimes only one person to a seat in the morning. It’s crazy what the transportation department considers full. Rita Jamison, secretary dispatch for USD 373, said it is preferred that students ninth grade and below sit two to a seat for safety purposes. There is no one who measures each and every person to determine how many people a seat can hold. Just because the policy says only two people can fit in a seat does not mean that is actually the limit. The busing policy of the Newton district is unfair and needs to be changed or common sense needs to take over. If they sat me with two other people who are small so none of us hung out in the aisle, the bus would still be safe and regulated. illustration by Wes Derstine

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Westhoff shares Locks of Love donation experience Erika Westhoff guest writer The summer of 2009 my youngest sister, Nora, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As of today she has still not been proclaimed cancer free and goes through countless whole body scans with a tracer dose of radiation. This alone should probably be enough to explain my donation to Locks of Love, but the real trigger for my action came when my cousin, Abby, was recently diagnosed with rhaboid cancer. She is only a sophomore, one year older than me. My aunt gives us weekly calls to keep us updated on everything. Everything being that she has not been in school since before Thanksgiving due to massive pain and drowsiness, that the football size tumor in her abdomen has slowly been decreasing in size, and the fact that after having fifteen hours of chemo she started losing her hair in chunks. Hearing all this it was impossible not to do anything, and living more than a couple of hours away I thought of the only thing that I could do that would actually mean something. When I confronted my mother on the fact

that I wanted to donate my hair to Locks of Love she was all for it. Of course, after hearing my plan, Nora was more than happy to join in and do so as well. Truthfully, I was more excited than nervous to have my hair cut, hair grows back so what’s the big deal? The actual process was simple enough: measure out 10 inches of hair, put said hair into two pony tails then snip, snip you’ve just become a Locks of Love donor. My hair actually came to right under my ears after the ponytails were cut, but if I was going to cut it why not go a bit more . . . drastic? So the outcome was a super short pixie cut, and I gotta say guys are lucky, I barely have to do anything with my hair anymore. The next day back at school was interesting to say in the least. When people heard my reasoning behind my new hair cut the normal reaction was this: “Oh, I was going to do Locks of Love, but I decided not to.” So, next time you feel like doing something nice for no apparent reason why not measure your hair and take a trip to your good old barber shop. It’s just hair after all, but when that hair becomes a wig well you’ve just made someone’s day.

Want to donate a lock? Cut at least 10 inches of non-bleached hair. It must be in a ponytail. Place the hair inside a plastic bag and then inside a padded envelope. Mail to: 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701

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Q&A with a Locks of Love recipient

1.What is your name and age, and when did you receive your hairpiece? My name is Courtney Martzall and I am 20 years old. I was in the 7th grade, so I think around 12 or 13. 2. What condition made you lose your locks? I have a condition known as Alopecia Universalis. It means that you lose all of the hair on your body; head, legs, arms, eyelashes, eyebrows, everything.

3. At what age or how long ago did you find out you had this condition? I was diagnosed with Alopecia when I was seven years old. My mom noticed that my hair was starting to fall out in large clumps one day when she was brushing my hair. It grew back completely when I was 10 and then fell back out a later exception to my eyelashes. 4. Was it hard dealing with everything going on, and were your friends and family supportive? It was incredibly hard. I was at that age where hair meant a lot to a girl. I had long beautiful hair, and one day it all decided to fall out. That takes a lot out of a person. Luckily I have amazing friends and family that was there for me through everything. I don’t think I would be as strong as I am today if it wasn’t for them. 5. What was life like before you received a hairpiece from Locks of Love? It sucked. I felt like I was constantly looking for new wig shops that had wigs that looked somewhat real. It’s hard to find a synthetic wig, or even a real hair wig, that looks believable. And it’s incredibly tough on a family when you have to go get a new one every couple of months when they can cost up to hundreds of dollars. I felt like people were constantly staring at me and automatically knew I was wearing a wig. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. 6. Do you feel having the hairpiece has changed your life any, if so, why is that? It has definitely changed my life. Before getting my locks of love hairpiece I was

very insecure. It was hard for me to be social, or just be who I was. I have always been known as the happy girl with no worries in the world, and this condition definitely put a damper on that. When I got my Locks of Love wig, I finally felt like myself again. I didn’t feel like people noticed I was wearing a wig, and I could finally do all of the things that people love to do yet take for granted, such as swimming, curling my hair, straightening it, or even just putting it up. These are just a few of the things that made such an impact in my life. I never had to worry about this hairpiece falling off or accidentally getting pulled off because it was made to fit my head and stay there. It is definitely an amazing hairpiece. 7. Do you think going through this was the hardest thing you have ever gone through? Yes I do. There has definitely been many struggles in my life but nothing that lasts forever. This is something that isn’t going to go away. I’ve had to come to terms with the idea that this is how I’m going to live the rest of my life. I’m going to have to draw my eyebrows on every morning and wear wigs for the rest of my life. It is definitely something that has gotten easier as I’ve gotten older, but there are still days where I cry myself to sleep. 8. If it was or was not the hardest thing, could you please explain why. I also believe that this could be one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have been able to meet some of the strongest, most inspiring people. I have been able to impact peoples’ lives just because of a story I tell. I feel as if there isn’t much that can bring me down because I’ve learned that life is too short and random to let the little things bother you. I honestly don’t know if I would be so strong and determined if it wasn’t for this condition. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t one day that I don’t wish I had beautiful long hair that I could call mine, but I am so blessed to be given the opportunities that I have been given.

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Art hallway receives facelift ERIN REGIER fine arts editor A stroll down the art hallway is much like a trip down memory lane. Murals line the walls, some dating as far back as 1977. Beneath these murals lie older murals, chipped and worn with time and eventually covered over with fresh paintings. The painting of the art hallway began with previous art teacher Mr. Preston sr, chemistry teacher Jon Preston’s father. Now, not many of the original murals remain. “That’s the nature of murals,” art teacher Raymond Olias said. “They aren’t meant to last forever.”

With the passing of time, the art hallway is once again looking for a face lift. Starting with the art club lock-in this evening, the wall directly outside of Olias’ art room will get a fresh coat of paint. The design, inspired by graffiti Olias saw while on a trip to California, is the brain-child of sophomore art student David Gadea. “I designed most of it,” Gadea said. “I have three drawings that are going into it.” Olias said he picked graffiti as the theme because he knew of several art students, such as Gadea, that were skilled at graffiti design. “I guess I was picked to help design it because I’m pretty good at graffiti,” Gadea said. “I enjoy this because our ideas are not limited. We can draw

Students win art show honors BRENDA VALDIVIA random railers editor Imagine going through 17,000 pieces of art work from students all around Kansas and having to narrow it down the best. That is what the judges from the Scholastic Art Show competition had to do. Only 365 of the pieces entered received recognition, which included four NHS senior students. Three different types of awards are given. Abbi Holler was awarded the gold key which is the highest ranked, Maria Jantz and Bearly Aboite both received a silver key, Honorable mentioned was also given to Wes Derstine and Aboite. Eighteen pieces of art were entered into

the competition by NHS students. The students then got a response back letting them know if their work was one of the selected ones. “I just expect them to do the best they can but we cannot control the outcome. That is up to the judges” Art teacher Ray Olias said. Out of the eighteen work pieces entered from NHS students, five were chosen to be displayed at the art show. “There was a lot of competition. I was surprised that I got a gold key, but I’m so excited to do the art show,“ Holler said. The students art work will be displayed at the Art Show held Tuesday through Mar. 6 at the Wichita Center for the Arts.

whatever we want.” The design for the wall features the words “create, inspire, art” and will include many vibrant colors. While the painting of the mural begins today, the process began over a month ago. After the design was decided upon, students had to project the design on the wall to get the outlines drawn in before the actual painting could begin. Now all that is left to do is paint. Olias said they decided to paint a new mural because they have not done it in the past couple of years. Unfortunately, because they are limited to the hallway, older murals have to be covered up. “We may have to eventually move to the ceiling,” Olias said.

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“I decided to draw this picture because grafitti people put what they want to say Sr. Andrew Thompson wherever and whenever. I wanted my drawing to express freedom of speech.” Pencil

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The tea plant is an evergreen that can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.

A cup of tea

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Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.

A few tea facts TOP TEA PICK

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An average of 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world - the first is water. India is also the world’s largest tea producer, with an estimated 850,000 tons of tea being processed each year. Darjeeling black teas are traditionally considered to be the “champagne” of tea. Tea was accidentally invented in 2737 BC in China when some tea leaves blew into a pot of boiling water and produced a pleasing aroma. New York importer Thomas Sullivan wrapped tea in gauze “packets” to save money, confusing customers. Instead of removing the tea, they plopped it, gauze and all, into boiling water, thus creating the tea bag.

Why all the tea hype?

A cup of tea can have a delicious aroma and drive away winter chills with its boiling hot temperature. A cup of tea also has numerous health benefits, according to online magazine Tea contains antioxidants which are known to fight against cancer. It also has two to three times less caffeine than coffee. Drinking tea keeps the arteries smooth, banishing blood clots and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. In a nearly six year study, researchers found there was a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank upwards of two cups of black tea a day, as compared to non-tea drinkers. People who consistently consume tea throughout their lives also have stronger bones, studies show. For milk-haters, tea is an adequate substitute to protect against osteoporosis. Tea contains fluoride and tannis that keep plaque away - so tea is good for teeth. It even prevents bad breath. It also helps the body fight against infection with higher immune system activity in the blood. Besides all the health benefits, tea is appealing to many because of its abilities to help with weight loss. It is calorie free, keeps you hydrated and increases metabolism. Green tea has been shown to increase the metabolic rate so that 70 to 80 additional calories can be burned simply by drinking five cups of green tea a day.

Tea Facts taken from, an informational Web site about tea and, an educational Web site about tea and its benefits.

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Heard in the Hallways

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Which of my dreams will come true today...a new Lambo or a snow day?

Hey, I know exactly where Mr. Helmer hides his candy. You wanna go steal some?

I have a taco in my backpack, and I bet you’re jealous.

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The calmness of winter always provides the perfect setting for low-key and relaxing music. Mumford and Sons’ debut album is the perfect winter playlist. Although the album was released in February 2010, the band has been receiving increased coverage lately as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist and with the release of the single “Little Lion Man” across radio waves. The unique background instrumentals and vocals provided by front-man Marcus Mumford set the English folk rock band ahead of its mainstream opponents. The album incorporates a perfect combination of quick

and mellow tunes, with lyrics that keep listeners following along song by song. Deriving lyrics and ideas from John Steinbeck novels and Shakespearian plays is one of the many attributes that make the band so rare. The album’s namesake, “Sigh No More,” makes solemnity seem favorable. “I Gave You All” impeccably captivates the band’s ability to make simplicity seem extraordinary, while songs like “Roll Away Your Stone” and “Winter Winds” pick up the pace

and emphasize the band’s folk background. The album itself will no doubt blow any and all listeners away with its individuality and lack of fear to be different than any music available to date.

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Students speak out What is your New Year’s resolution

Railerman through the years A look at how Railerman origninated, changed over time EMMA BRADLEY news editor

fr. Lexi Pauls “I didn’t have one because I don’t need it to be New Years for me to achieve what I want.”

so. Carl Folkerts “My New Year’s resolution is to get a job so I can spend my own money.”

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At home games attendees can see the Railerman with his overalls, boots and hat, but many do not know the history of the NHS mascot. The Railerman was originally modeled after Ken Schlup - a former NHS basketball player and coach. The first Railerman was drawn by John Entz, and was later redrawn by Eddy Seger. According to assistant principal Janis Whitfield, in the 70s or 80s, the Railerman came to life as he transformed from simply a logo to a costumed mascot. However, in the late 80s a parent wanted a Railerwoman in addition to Railerman. The Railerwoman that was added was not a person in costume, but a foam cutout that was hung on a wall in the gym. Some

students protested the addition of the Railerwoman. “They stole a 7-foot foam Railerwoman and took their pictures with her at various places in Newton and mailed photos to the school,” assistant principal Roger Erickson said. After this incident with the Railerwoman, the mascot disappeared for several years. In 1998, Whitfield put forth an effort to bring the mascot back. She found a woman in Haysville who made mascot costumes and got the head that can be seen on the Railerman now, as well as the gloves and boots. Railerman remains an important part of NHS today. Railerman appears at many sporting events and pep assemblies. Although he did not know of a mascot before the Railerman, Erickson mentioned the logo of the N with a train going through it. “The N with the train going through it is kind of our school symbol, while the Railerman is our mascot,” Erickson said.


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Nearly perfect

Girls basketball team has high hopes for rest of season Larrah bills sports editor On Tuesday night the girls basketball team recorded its first loss of the season. The loss to McPherson is the only blemish on the team’s otherwise perfect record. The girls have maintained a 9-1 record, and senior Jaci Garver is confident the girls can continue working towards the state championship. “We just need to keep working hard and not let pressure get to us,” Garver said. Head coach Randy Jordan said if the girls continue to strive for perfection “many great things will happen for the team and for each player,” With the Newton Invitational coming up, the girls are focusing on their offense in transition and

working on picking up their dribble in the correct spot, according to Jordan. The girls’ next competition is the Newton Invitational, which begins Thursday. Jordan and Garver are hopeful the girls continue their race toward the top. “I predict that this team will continue to get better each day in practice. They will learn to trust each other on the floor more,” Jordan said via e-mail interview. “They will continue to support each other on the floor and I predict each player will enjoy the journey.” With 10 games down, the team is nearing the post season. Garver is confident the girls will do well. “We would like to win the state championship. That’s our ultimate goal,” Garver said.

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Making the shot Sophomore Emily Hiebert takes her free throw shot in the second quarter. Held up by the defense Senior Jaci Garver fights her way up court against the McPherson Bull Pups. Railers lost a close game 40-37.

Boys basketball team hosts clinics brenda valdivia random railers editor Walking into the Chisholm Middle School (CMS) gym on a Saturday morning, people will see high school students cooperating to strengthen the basketball skills of elementary and middle school players. The Junior Railer clinics are

organized for third through sixth grade students and held whenever the CMS gym is available. The Railer clinics help the junior Railers improve their basketball abilities. They get exposed to basic fundamentals, defensive stance, ball handling and shooting. “It is good for the students to interact with the younger kids, and it is good for the little ones

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Little Railers Senior Kaven Denno, junior Jenson Kingsley, sophomore Austin Resser, junior Matt Lawrence and coach Don Cameron give “knucks” to the participants at the Jr. Railer Clinic Jan. 8.

to be able to look up to the high school students,” coach Don Cameron said. Junior Matt Lawrence found the experience rewarding. “Kids respond to people that are closer to their age and look up to them. I think when we are there, we are just making them better, and it’s worth it,” Lawrence said. Lawrence is one of the basketball players that has been showing up to help out with the Junior Railer clinics. Lawrence’s dad helps coach the team that his sixth grade brother is on. Lawrence also gets to share his basketball knowledge with his brother through the Junior Railer clinics. “They are respectful, and it’s easy to teach them because they listen to us. It is nice to see them get better after every game session,” Lawrence said.

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Diving in with the boys swimming co-captains Reporter Joanna Epp sits down with the captains of the boys swim team to uncover their real feelings about this season.



Reporter Joanna Epp (JE): How has the season gone so far? Senior Mason Unruh (MU): We’ve done fairly well for the size of our team. JE: What big events do you have coming up? Senior AJ Jost (AJ): State and league. MU: No, Manhattan. Most of the Topeka teams will be there, so

we’re just going to die. AJ: We probably will not die, but it’s going to be a tough meet. JE: What is something the team needs to work on? MU: Strokes. AJ: Turns. MU: Starts. And listening to their captains and coaches. And not screwing around in practice. JE: What has been your favorite part of the season? AJ: Halo parties. MU: Our bonding swim dinner and going out to eat with the team. Our time together is precious. JE: What has been your least favorite part of the season? MU: Maize. AJ: Losing.

MU: To Maize. JE: What are the team goals for the rest of the season? MU: Get better on starts, turns and strokes. AJ: Win. MU: Yeah, and win. JE: How is the team preparing for state? MU: We’re not thinking about it. AJ: Those who want to go are working hard. JE: How does the team compare to previous years? AJ: We have lost a lot of our talented swimmers. MU: And we’ve gained a lot of new swimmers. JE: Any other thoughts? AJ: We’re going for world domination.


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Bowling Coach’s Corner Keith Woolery

Woolery What are your goals personally as coach? To get both the boys and girls teams to state. The girls have been the past four years. Who are some of the strong players? Austin Jones is exceptional. He bowled a 300 in tryouts, which was his fifth perfect game. Cassidy Ashcraft is our best girl player. What has the team gained this year? Most of the varsity girls are back, but we did lose a few. There are a lot of talented young men on the team. We are bowling three freshmen on varsity on [Jan. 14.] We’ve never done that before. There is definitely a lot of depth on the boys team this year. How does the team look as compared to previous years? Both teams show a lot of promise. We have a good chance of making it to state this year. What is something that the team could improve on? Picking up spares. That’s what wins and loses matches. We know how to get strikes, but spares is what will help us.

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Newton wrestlers finish 8th out of 26 at TOC ALEX STUCKY news assistant For the past 48 years, Newton High School has transformed from the ordinary school day to being filled with the aroma of sweat and determination. While NHS students enjoy a day off of school, wrestlers face some of the toughest competition in the state. Teams from as far west as Liberal and as far east as Kansas City traveled to Newton last Friday for the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). According to Activities Director Brian Engelken, the school calendar is adjusted for this tournament because it is physically impossible to do both. According to wrestling coach Jude Wilson, the wrestlers face “legitimate competition” at this tournament and it really lets them know where they are. “There’s not just a lot of teams but top teams in the state and some out of state. That’s what makes this tournament so difficult,” Wilson said. This tournament is closely related to the state tournament in terms of the level of competition and is one of the largest in the state of Kansas. “A lot of people see this as the most difficult tournament, even more so than the state tournament,” Engelken said. Despite the daunting competition, Newton finished the tournament higher than it has during the nine years Wilson has been coaching, placing eighth out of 26 teams. Five Newton wrestlers placed in the top seven of their weight class, and sophomore Quinton Harrison made it to the finals. With the whole crowd watching and cheering for the two wrestlers in the final match, it created a nerve wracking experience.

“It was really exciting, but I was pretty nervous. But once I got out there I started wrestling and it went away,” Harrison said. “He’s a tough kid, hopefully I’ll get to see him next year.” He lost in the finals, finishing second and recording his first loss of the season. Junior Miles Johns missed qualifying for the finals but came

back through the backside of the bracket to finish third and improve his record to 18-2. “It has been several years since Newton has had a wrestler make it to the finals. All but two of our 14 varsity wrestlers won a match, which means we have a considerable number of wrestlers contributing to our team score,” Wilson said via e-mail.

Although the outcome of the tournament was fairly positive, Wilson expects the wrestlers to continue improving in practice and prepare for future competition. “There are always places we can improve, but we have to be somewhat pleased with the team results, considering the level of competition of the tournament.

I know we have wrestlers who believe they should have done better,” Wilson said. “We need to find time for the wrestlers to focus on their individual weaknesses while we still maintain an intense environment in the practice room.”

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Take Down (above) Sophomore Dillon Archer battles with his opponent to get a take down during the Tournament of Champions Jan. 14. Archer wrestled in the 171-pound weight class and placed seventh in the tournament. Pin his shoulders to the mat (right) Junior Hugh McConnell pins his opponent during TOC. McConnell placed fifth in the 189-pound weight class. The team took eight out of 26 teams.

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SENIOR DIRECTED ONE ACTS The Senior Directed One Acts are a series of short stage performances put on by senior Thespians. These seniors call all of the shots in casting, directing and rehearsing the show of their choice.




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The Open Meeting Freshman Kyle Houseman (Eddie) threatens to end junior Hugh McConnell’s (Roy’s) life to avoid an aristocracy. directed by Adrienne Buss

Pushing Daisies Shocked by the news of her brutal death, sophomore Ginny Loeffler (Chuck) pauses to hear senior Tyler Prochazka’s (Ned’s) side of the story and why he brought her back to life. directed by Chandler Williams

Death Trapp Junior Claire Blann and sophomore Lydia Swisher question senior Maris Bobitt (Alex) while surrounded by her family, juniors Katelyn Dorrell and Robin McGonigal.

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Newtonian issue 7  

The complete 7th edition of the 2010-2011 school year.