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>> Forensics

Friday, nine NHS students are representing Newton at the National Qualifier Congress. Competing in the Senate are senior Emily Runge and sophomore James Davis. Juniors Mariah Smith, Kate Voorhees and Clinton Unruh, sophomore Matthew Miller and freshmen Emily Kondziola, Lynden Voth and Jerod Fox are competing in the various Houses. If these students score at the top of their rooms, they will go on to participate in super session. Those who score at the top in super session qualify for the national forensics tournament. So far, 10 forensics students have qualified to compete in individual or duet events at the state forensics tournament in May. Friday is the National Qualifier Congress, in which many forensics students will compete. This will be followed by the Valley Center forensics tournament on Saturday. Forensics students have had a successful season so far, placing among the top three in every tournament this year excluding only one.

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another place to participate in recreational activities. Construction on a regional YMCA can begin as soon as enough money, $5 million, is raised by the community. According to a press release from the Newton Health & Wellness Initiative Group, the new YMCA will “complement current Newton recreational offerings.�

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Plans for the two-story facility include a variety of wellness centers; an indoor track; two gymnasiums; an aquatics center with a zero-entry warm water family pool, a multi-lane lap pool, whirlpool, sauna and stream room; and two racquetball courts.


For years, Newton residents have used the Newton Recreation Center (NRC) as the primary location for their indoor athletic needs. Now, however, after the donation of a project site on the grounds of the Newton Medical Center, and a great deal of work by the Newton Health & Wellness Initiative Group, the people of Newton will have

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Runway show to ‘raise awareness’ for dresses through Princess Closet

Spiritual Growth

Brenda Valdivia co editor-in-chief

Satisfy the soul Juniors Mark Kreider, Lincoln Moyo and Ardy Woodward listen as sophomore Caleb Zook leads a devotion Tuesday in the library. Anyone can attend the student-led Bible study.

Alex Stucky news editor Sophomore Caleb Zook has played his trumpet in front of a crowd of 500 people, but talking in front of a group he finds a little more intimidating. Since the week after Thanksgiving, Zook has been leading a group Bible study in the library on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. “God gave me the idea to start this Bible study,” Zook said. “[I] just needed a way to reach out to people to make a difference. I had it on my heart a while to start the Bible study.” Zook put up posters initially to promote the sessions and get members to join. “I struggled for a while with actually starting it, because I was afraid no one would show up, of nervousness and talking in front of people,” Zook said. “I just decided that one week I was going to do it.” Over time the meetings have gradually progressed from one person showing up to about eight steady members. Zook’s apprehension with public speaking has also gradually diminished. “God has gotten me over it,” Zook said. “I haven’t really enjoyed talking in front of people, but God has helped me through that.” Junior Lincoln Moyo, a member of the devotional group, has attended the meetings since early on. Coming from a Christian family, he said he is driven by his passion for God, the Bible and his love to be with other believers. “When we talk, we combine our knowledge, and we gather so that we grow in God,” Moyo said. “[The Bible study] is important for all those who believe in God, because they are an inspiration and eye opening.” Siblings, freshman Rachel Fitzjarrald and

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junior Isaac Fitzjarrald, started attending at the request of one of Isaac’s friends. “It’s student led, and I think that’s really cool,” Rachel said. “The leaders are spiritually strong in what they know.” Zook said he hopes the Bible study will continue to grow. “I went into it thinking it wouldn’t get huge,” Zook said. “My dream would be for it to get big and encompass lots of people.” Zook said he hopes the devotions can provide encouragement to those who have already professed their faith in God, while those who have not can find the opportunity. “It’s hard at a public school. You can get down. And it’s nice to have a place to come for encouragement and to learn more than you already do,” Zook said. “And for nonbelievers to find out who God is and what he did for them and how he can change their life; to ask the questions they’ve never had the chance to ask.” Zook said that before he started the meetings he had topics picked out a couple of weeks in advance. Now, he said things progress week by week by whatever God plans and according to the questions that members have or the topics they want to discuss. “We all have areas in our life that we need to work on, including me,” Zook said. “I do have a pretty close relationship with God, but there are areas I have to continue to work on. I’m far from perfect.” Along with the Bible study, Zook acknowledges that he has ideas for other ministry projects but is still uncertain of how to put them into action. “Through this Bible study, God has opened my eyes to more things I could do in conjunction with the Bible study,” Zook said. “Whether it’s me personally or another ministry opportunity.”

Although the hallways of Newton High School may be full of all sorts of different school sponsored activities, only one time a year can you expect male teachers to be modeling formal dresses down the commons. The Princess Closet was marstarted in 2006 by district ket a real event. staff and community people, but is “Even thought we’re no longer now run by Rotary Interact club. Rotary Interact allows students to involved in running the actually get their community service hours by Princess Closet, it gives us a way to still support the event, and it allows participating in the different activistudents to put their marketing skills ties and projects that the club offers. to the test in a real life situation,” “I think it is a good idea that business teacher Lisa Yoder said. we do the event because girls can If 27 dresses are donated by high get dresses and not have to pay for them,” sophomore Cale Preston said. school students, male teachers will The idea of the event is for girls to model dresses during the runway show on March 9 during all three donate prom dresses from previous lunches. years to give other girls the chance “Having current dresses is importo find a dress that they could not tant for the event, so if male teachers afford otherwise. dressing up raises awareness and a “Prom can get really expensive runway show gets students excited, for girls, and it makes sense to find then it makes the event worth it,” a way to recycle expensive prom Nickel said. dresses,” Interact club sponsor EuThe Princess Closet will take nice Nickel said. place at the Chisholm Trail Room The Marketing I class no longer sponsors the event but still continues on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help out with the advertising of the Girls can get a dress for a small donation or at no cost. event. The class also puts together a “Over the years, there have been runway show to feature some of the a lot of girls who have come to the prom dresses that will be available event for dresses, so it is very imporfor girls at the event. Since Rotary tant for us to continue this opportuInteract club meets monthly, not nity for them,” Nickel said. only does it take a lot of the burden from the club, but it also gives the marNHS LETTER JACKETS keting class the opportuMain & Broadway w Newton w 283-3570 nity to

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Q&A with new superintendent Deborah Hamm

1. How many years have you been involved in the administrative aspect of education? I have been involved in administration since 1996 and have a total of 14 years in a variety of positions. 2.What qualifies you to fill the superintendent position? “In addition to legal qualifications or qualifications related to experience, I have a love for the Newton community, a passion for the importance of education ... and a deep belief that what I do can and does make a difference for students.” 3. What are you most looking forward to about becoming a Railer? “Mostly, I am looking forward to being a returning Railer... our three children are all graduates of Newton High School. I am looking forward to... assisting the “Railers” as the district moves forward in the years to come.” 4. What is a fun fact about yourself? “I went ATVing for the first time in Hawaii a couple of years ago and LOVED it. My own children were amazed that I even got on one yet alone wanted to go fast and didn’t freak out when the guide tried to knock me off of it.” 5. How do you feel about snow days? “I enjoyed snow days a lot more when I was a parent and teacher than I do as a superintendent. Whether school is cancelled due to inclement weather has to be determined based on various factors. The decision to close school should not be taken lightly - and I won’t take it lightly.”

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FFA more than an agriculture club Hana Robinson entertainment editor FFA stands for Future Farmer’s of America, but to junior FFA member Maddie Hinz, it means so much more. “It means I take pride in the fact that I am learning new things every day and that I have been keeping an open mind to the possibility of trying new things, too,” Hinz said. Last week was National FFA week. To start off the week, FFA participants were asked to wear their “official dress.” “On Tuesday we were supposed to wear our official dress, which is a blue corduroy jacket, a scarf, a black skirt, black hose and black shoes for girls, and the same corduroy jacket for boys with a tie and black slacks. Nobody from our school participated in that, but all the students who come from other districts wore theirs. The outfit is just not too comfortable,” Hinz said. Wednesday the FFA members were asked to wear their official FFA t-shirt, and Friday

they drove their tractors to school while Thursday they took a break from dressing up and served breakfast as dinner to FFA members and supporters. “We just served biscuits and gravy, and I think it went well. We definitely had more people this year than last year,” Hinz said. In order to increase FFA awareness, activities even took place during lunch. “I liked the hot sauce challenge. [FFA Sponsor] Mr. [Greg] Krenke is new this year, so he added a few things during the lunch period to help make it more fun for everyone. People’s reactions were really fun to see,” Hinz said.

FFA is known particularly for its emphasis on the importance of agriculture, but a vast knowledge or craving for agriculture information does not have to be apparent to be apart of this organization. “A lot of people assume you have to be involved in an agriculture class to be in FFA, but that’s not always the case. In FFA we learn a lot about agriculture, but it’s open to all students, and it is really fun to be involved in. We go to a lot of neat places,” Hinz said. Because of this very stereotype, Maddie didn’t think she would like taking part in FFA. “At first I didn’t want to be involved in FFA at all. But, as I

enrolled in the high school, my brother, [Senior FFA member Mason Hinz] was really persistent and he talked me into it. I’m glad he did, though, because I really enjoy it,” Hinz said. Students participating in Voag courses are asked to take part in the judging of some aspect of agriculture, whether it is cattle, sheep, plants or food science is up to the student. This is an activity that can take up an entire day of the week. “I like going to the contests because they are challenging, and I really enjoy learning about things that I didn’t even know existed,” Hinz said.

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>>Overuse of technology leads to loss of important face-to-face relationships Years before our time, as the school day would come to a close, students would do the obvious. They would, as we do today, think about what they would do after school. Here is where the dramatic difference of our times comes into play. When students in the past heard the ring of the final bell, they would go out with friends, play sports, spend time with family and socialize. As mentioned before, these activities appear to be things of the past. Now, when students are released for the day or the weekend, students almost reflexively pull their phones from their pocket, put their headphones in their ears and become slaves to their technology, isolating themselves from a world we have nearly forgotten. The average day for a teenager in the 21st century may include the following activities: watching movies and television, playing hours of video games, logging in and out of Facebook numerous times and devoting several hours to an iPod. We are sliding down a slippery slope into the belly of a technological beast which will only grow stronger in the future. It is hard to resist the urge to have the latest technological advances, but the more we are plugged in to technology, the more we are disconnected from the aspects of life which truly matter. High school students, as well as everyone else living in this era of touch screens, buttons and game controllers, would be wise to consider a life outside the popular gadgets. There are many positive benefits to technology however, for every good aspect, there are several negative ones. The biggest aspect of our lives that is threatened by the influence of technology is the social aspect. Sure we can communicate over numerous mediums of technology, but our conversation skills are being greatly hindered by it. We are losing valuable

oral skills when it comes to important parts of our lives. Job interviews will never happen over texting in the same way a political debate will not happen over Xbox LIVE. In addition, communication over technology is often taken the wrong way. An e-mail or Facebook wall post meant to convey humor and sarcasm might not be read the way the writer intended it to be read. It is obvious that unnecessary drama and broken friendships are often the result of written messages that the writer intended to be taken in a lighthearted way. Often times we may find ourselves in a car with our closest friends on a trip to any given destination. It is anything but a rare sight to see everyone in that vehicle completely silent with their heads tilted at a 90 degree angle so as to talk solely to those who text them. They make no attempt to start a conversation with those around them. A hyperbole of an example, maybe, but it is frightening to think that, someday, this could very well be the case for all relationships. Imagine living in a world where face-to-face contact is nonexistent. This could happen if we keep abusing technology. Many years ago, when Digital Equipment Corporation founder Ken Olsen said, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,� he had no way of knowing just how much our relationships with people would depend on them. It seems as if we rely on the Internet for everything. We use it to make plans, start relationships, end relationships, argue and make fun of each other, only to seemingly forget about everything that was said when both parties see each other in person. It is as unnecessary as it is childish.

If we could simply stop relying so heavily on technology to solve our problems, we would be able to make our relationships with others concrete and meaningful. Face-to-face interactions and conversations strengthen our confidence and give us the satisfaction of having true friends, not just names in our contacts lists.

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March 2, 2012

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Refrain from your obvious Lenten sacrifices

>>Mick offers alternative practices to refrain from during Lent

cody mick columnist

Choosing something to give up for Lent is a task which is often taken for granted. Too many times have I heard of people giving up the obvious: chocolate, pop, and miscellaneous food items. Allow me to suggest some more desirable, arguably better activities to give up these pre-Easter weeks.

PDA in the school hallway. I’m tired of gagging at the sight of youngsters hugging and

grabbing each other in places only Michael Jackson’s choreographer would have approved of.

Inexcusable parking lot driving habits. Before some-

one is horrifically injured in a careless accident, try to maintain a speed of less than 50 miles per hour. Fighting at school. No one ever gets in trouble for fighting at a playground or in a friend’s basement. Save the school drama till after the 3:05 bell, and then the childish slaps, hair-pulls, pathetic insults and severely immature rumbling can begin. However, I would not recommend it.

Bad student section behavior. When attending school

sporting events, keep in mind the following: cheer for Newton, refrain from kicking over drinks, stop breaking the plastic bleachers, do whatever activity director Brian Engelken commands and actually be involved. Being at the game is pointless without cheering and going absolutely insane. Drugs and alcohol. It may be difficult for some, but in the long run, marijuana and Coors Light might only serve as an answer to the following question: “Why is your life a complete failure?” Drama. Shut up, people. Are there no bigger questions in life than “How am I totally going to ruin this person’s life?”

Tips to keeping warm at “ludicrously” cold building

Hana robinson entertainment editor

Billowing winds and freezing temperatures torture the young girl as she swiftly walks towards the glowing building, her high school. As she reaches the doors and takes that first step into the building, a large gust of disappointment rushes through her veins. The school is no warmer than the parking lot. This is how I feel every single day. In case you have not noticed, our school is ludicrously cold. Though this circumstance is irritating, like the “bug issue,” it is just one of the many faults in our school building that we must learn to deal with. The temperatures of the

classrooms are not controlled individually, but by a larger thermostat, which controls the temperature of an entire area. Therefore it would be next to impossible to make all of the classrooms in the school a comfortable temperature for each and every one of the 1,000+ students here. Instead of installing a new heating and air conditioning system that could possibly cost millions of dollars, students, like myself, who are accustomed to wearing t-shirts, shorts and/or skirts should break out the wool sweaters, boots, gloves or socks once again (even though it’s nearing spring). But wearing an assortment of wool clothing is not the only trick to keeping warm in the school. In addition to wearing Eskimo clothing, one can also make quick and constant trips to the bathroom, where the

sinks offer a nice flow of warm water. Running the water over your hands for a period of five minutes is a good way to start warming up. Then you can move down to your legs and end with your face. This may take up to 30 minutes, but who can focus while freezing? What’s you’re teacher going to do? Ask what took you so long in the bathroom? I’m more concerned about catching hypothermia and the future amputation of my limbs than Aristotle’s most memorable quote concerning government on a specific date. Jumping jacks, buttoning up your entire letter jackets or foot races are all activities that also may help students remain warm and thus increase their focus in the classroom. These are the things we must turn to because, God knows, there is no other possible way to make the school a little warmer.

I truly hope this list will serve as a helpful guide to some of my friends who definitely need it. Giving something up for Lent is not supposed to be an easy task. Giving crazy driving up caffeine or candy is indeed a sacrifice, but in the long run, it is not as rewarding loitering as refraining from one or, preferably, several of the ideas I have metioned.

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Forget about all Male chivalry diminishing, minor mishaps expectations have dropped larrah bills sports editor

should be positive experiences, but at the present moment the emphasis is beIt ing placed on the negative. seems I agree that in high the school we gain some responphrase sibilities and have to make “the life-altering decisions, but worst let’s face it. If you’ve been is yet to carrying a 1.7 GPA since come” kindergarten, Harvard Law has no apparent value for was never looking at you NHS students. As high anyways. The things that do school students, every mimatter, the ACT, nor mishap the right to vote, As high school our driver’s liin our lives students, every censes will come in is seemingly multiplied minor mishap to play later in our by 100. A lives. The things in our lives low grade on is seemingly that don’t matter, a Chemistry high school relamultiplied by test becomes tionships (that 100. a sign of the will definitely apocalypse, not turn into a and a break-up causes the marriage) and failing tests flood gates to open, giving shouldn’t bother us now or Hurricane Katrina a run for we’ll regret it later. Will we her money. And the gossip really remember the source in the halls might as well be of Junior A and Junior B’s on the TMZ breaking news break-up? banner, it’s that credible. The problems consuming What impacts our lives every high school student’s now won’t even begin to thoughts can be easily fixed. come close to what we’ll face Don’t be dramatic. Don’t be later in our lives. Since the obsessive. Don’t be stupid. vast majority of students Don’t date stalkers. Don’t are taking every problem date cheaters. Stop making so seriously, all the fun is out in the freshman hallway. being sucked out of the Study more. Don’t spread small amount of time we rumors. Focus on school will spend in high school. and sports. But most of Looking back on our lives in all, stop talking about your 20 or even 10 years, a first “horrific” problems because quarter grade of a D will be everyone’s tired of hearing a source of entertainment, about them. not a real life nightmare. The memories that will follow us from high school

kyle weins online editor-in-chief

With the shift of social expectations, I find myself hearing plenty of complaints from the female portion of our population asking what happened to male chivalry. From what I hear, the days of guys opening doors and pulling out chairs and overall showing appreciation for the one they care about seem to have come to

an abrupt end. I personally make an honest attempt to open the door for my significant other and do everything I can to make her feel appreciated, but a big part of that came from her asking for it. The first thing to learn about guys is we are not exactly the most insightful creatures on the planet. Every once in a while we need a little nudge in the right direction. Just look at the differences in music and movies from today and 40 years ago, and it’s obvious to see that expectations from women have dropped. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a

guy singing sappy love songs in the rain. I’m not saying that its all the girls’ fault for not demanding it, but if it’s something you feel is lacking in your relationship, don’t be afraid to bring it up. As for guys, a good thing to remember is it’s not like every second has to be spent catering to your girl’s every need. Remember that a little bit of effort can go a long way in making them feel good about the relationship, like opening a door every once in a while or just finding ways to show that guys do care.

Music influences many lives Alyssa gaede reporter

allows freedom and individuality

Music influences the way people dress, act and speak. It helps make people who they are. When people are able to connect with a rhythm or lyrics, it allows them to express themselves in ways words cannot. Music opens up doors to new friends, experiences and ideals. In the 1960s John Lennon used music to inspire people with his song “Give Peace a Chance.” People of this time used this song as their chant against the war. People were encouraged to make a change in their world and all because one song spoke to them

better than any other statement could. Then again, the influence from music, at times, may not always be good. People that followed Charles Mason believed that the Beatles’s song “Helter Skelter” was telling them an apocalyptic war would arise from tension over racial relations between blacks and whites. Through music we gain individuality, but at the same time we are accepted for the type of music we like. We are able to stand out because our taste in music is our own and helps us figure out a unique style we want to portray ourselves with. At the same time, we are able to make friends because we like the same music and artists. The music we like and listen to is never going to be exactly the same as the person sitting next to us. The differences

are what makes people themselves. Music allows people the freedom to express their individuality and take a break from reality. It encourages us to take a stand in what we believe in or to start the latest trend. It lets a person express herself with lyrics, melody and tempo and allows a person to be who he wants to be with the simplicity of Do, Re, Me.

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Are you Plugged In... or

March 2, 2012

Addicted? According to The Nielsen Company, the average teenager age 13-17 sends 3,339 texts per month. Teens are sending more than 8% more texts than they were at this time last year. Data usage on phones by teens has gone from 14 MB to 62MB per month, quadrupling from this time last year. According to TechCrunch, Facebook currently has about 350 million registered users, double the size since just last year. Half of all registered users log in to Facebook every day. According to DeadZones. com, approximately 5 billion texts are sent per day. There has been a 50% growth rate of texts sent in 2 years.

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In the spotlight...

Featuring NHS ar tists and their work

Name: Sophia Miller Class: freshman Artwork: colored pencil Inspiration for Work: “I wanted to do something of me and my sister.” Favorite part about art: “The freeness. You can do whatever you want and create whatever you want.”

Name: Andrez Cervantes Class: senior Artwork: charcoal Inspiration for work: “I like to draw and see other artists and how they draw.” Favorite part about art: “I like how creative someone can be. Art can depict someone, whether they are colorful or abstract, or whatever else.”

Name: Carl Folkerts Class: junior Artwork: painting Inspiration for work: “I saw this picture in a magazine. I liked it and thought it was unique, so I just painted it.” Favorite part about art: “Getting to make things people enjoy looking at.”

Name:Morgan Hamblin Class: sophomore Artwork: paper cut-out Inspiration for work: “I was just doodling, and this is how it turned out.” Favorite part about art: “I like the creativity and originality.”

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Senior students adjust to American lifestyle

>> Leaving loved ones in Haiti, Joseph able to overcome harsh reality of her move Emma Bradley co editor-in-chief Four years ago, when she began the process of moving to Newton from Haiti, senior Diany Joseph expected it to be simple. However, her expectations were in no way similar to the Diany Joseph harsh reality of her move. Joseph’s dad wanted her to come to Kansas, so she came to live with her father, stepmom, grandparents and five siblings. “It was really hard. I couldn’t talk to anyone. I didn’t have any friends. I didn’t like the food,” Joseph said. “When I first came here, the only thing I could eat was apples and bananas because that was the only thing I knew.”

Upon moving, Joseph was thrown into a new world where nothing was familiar to her. “Everything was different,” Joseph said. “The food. The people. Transportation. Schools.” Two years after Joseph made the move to Kansas, disaster struck. Haiti was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010. This earthquake came as a great shock to Joseph. “There was no communication,” Joseph said. “I was trying to call and see if everyone was all right.” Three months passed before she was able to contact her family in Haiti. Joseph said it was difficult because she had no information about the well-being of her mother, three sisters and extended family. When she finally contacted her family, Joseph cried because she learned

that the earthquake had taken the life of one of her uncles. Since her move four years ago, Joseph has not yet had the chance to return to the country she still calls home. This summer, however, she will make the trip back to Haiti to visit her family and friends, who she has continued to contact regularly. Joseph said she likes Newton High better than schools in Haiti because of the ability to choose her own classes. “NHS is better,” she said. “But I miss Haiti school because you get to wear uniforms.” The main difficulty Joseph experienced when she came to NHS was the language barrier. “Mrs. [Nora] Kelting was the only teacher I could speak to because she speaks French,” Joseph said. Kelting said she tried to wel-

come and reassure Joseph when she arrived at NHS. “I was her back-up plan. She came to me every day, to my seminar or to one of my French classes,” Kelting said. Besides Kelting, Joseph was only able to communicate with upper level French students. “[Making friends] was difficult. [Students] would ask me questions and I wouldn’t know how to answer,” Joseph said. “I only knew how to answer if they asked me what my name is.” Despite Joseph’s initial struggle with communication, she was able to quickly transition into a culture that required her to speak English. In fact, Joseph picked up on the new language faster than anyone imagined she would. “My teachers thought it would take me two years to

learn English, but it only took me five months,” Joseph said. After she learned English, Joseph said everything became much easier for her. She gained more confidence and began to shed some of the fear she had when she first arrived. “I’m not shy anymore,” Joseph said. “When I first came here, I was afraid to walk in the halls. Now I walk in comfort.” Kelting has also noticed a transformation in Joseph’s overall demeanor since she first arrived here. “She is a shining example of what people at NHS, both teachers and students, are willing to do to help another human being,” Kelting said. “One of her desires is to give back to others as much as she received - another testimony to what kind of a person she is.”

tions at home,” he said. Moyo and his family moved to America three years ago, and he is still getting use to the changes of his new home. Moyo says America is different in many ways, but the main difference is that people are much more independent “America is different from Zimbabwe in the way that Americans are more liberal

in speech, behavior and culture. Zimbabweans are more reserved, laid back, and more submissive to the rules of their culture,” he said. Moyo has become accustomed to living in the U.S. and enjoys new experiences, but he still misses his home. “I really like living here. It is a very new experience, and I really enjoy it,” Moyo said, “ but

I do miss home. I mostly miss being able to see my friends and relatives whenever I want. That is the hardest change for me ” Although Moyo misses his home country, Moyo said he is lucky to be living in America.

“My favorite part about being in America is the larger amount of opportunities that I have,” Moyo said. “ There are many more chances for me and my education, and I feel very lucky to have these opportunities”

>>Moyo now accustomed to living in Newton after moving from Zimbabwe Alyssa gaede reporter Faced with an unstable political situation that jeopardized his family, junior Lincoln Moyo and his family made the journey from Zimbabwe to Newton for a new start. The family traveled 9,048 miles Lincoln Moyo to make a new start. “We moved to America for greener pastures. Living [in America] is better for me and my family, and we really enjoy it,” Moyo said He said there were things he was glad to get away from. “I did not like the economy and some of the political situa-

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When I go out to the movies, there are a few things that I expect: salty popcorn, the back-row seats and a movie that does not make me want to crawl in a hole for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I only got the first two expectations fulfilled with Tyler Perry’s latest movie, “Good Deeds.” Perry is known primarily for his humorous antics and being able to fill out a woman’s dress in movies like “Madea Goes to Jail” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” He should stick to that type of movie, instead of dramas that fall flat. In the movie, Perry plays the role of CEO businessman Wesley Deeds, who has what some people would describe as the perfect life. He is rich, has a fiance whom his family loves, and is very successful. However, when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a


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single mother who works as a janitor in his office building, the predictable Deeds strays from his normal routine. The plot was as cliche as it was boring. After a series of encounters with Lindsey, Deeds is forced to choose between what society thinks is the right choice, and what he actually wants in order to be happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for movies with happy endings, but “Good Deeds” moved at such a slow pace and the characters were so flat that eventually I stopped caring whether they got their happy ending or not. I just wanted to get my $6 back and my popcorn bucket refilled. Movies, especially films by Tyler Perry, are supposed to fall under the category of entertainment. Unfortunately, the only scene I found relatively entertaining in this movie was watching Perry attempt (and fail) to dance when he discovered Lindsey’s iPod at work. The movie

comes across as too blunt at some places, with no sugar-coating and no comic relief. I think the message about searching for happiness was a good idea, but it’s already been done in films like “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “Junebug.” When Tyler Perry decides he wants to direct, write and act in another movie at the same time, he should stick to something humorous. With all of the hardships and drama that people encounter in their normal lives, they want to go to a movie for a break. They wish to be entertained by action movies, have a good laugh at a comedy or see some romantic love stories come to life. They rarely come out of the movie even sadder than before.

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Lady Railers determined to do their best at substate ashlynn hamm features editor

The varsity girls basketball team played in the sub-state competition at NHS Thursday. The Railers’ first competitor was Great Bend. Results of the game were not available at press time. If they won, they will be playing the winner of the HaysLiberal game on Saturday. “I think we should do great against Great Bend, we beat them pretty bad the last time we played them,” junior Abbie Lehman said. “Hays, who we’ll most likely be playing on Saturday, we beat at the Hays Shootout. It was a close game, so it should be a good game if we end up playing Hays.” The tournament is singleelimination, so any team that

loses will be out of the running for state. Lehman is positive about the potential outcome of this weekend’s tournament. “We get along really well,” Lehman said. “We have also been working on playing with emotion, so if we all carry that into the game and we all want to win, we’ll have the will and determination to do so.” The state competition will be held in Topeka at the ExpoCenter. It will start next Thursday, and the championships will be held next Saturday. The girls have to make it through the first hoop, though, and Lehman encourages students to help. “Since we are hosting substate, everyone should come out and support us and help us make it to state,” Lehman said.

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Bleeding black and gold

Before the varsity boys basketball team faced Derby on Feb. 7, a tribe of junior Railers parade down the baseline.The boys ended up losing the game against the Panthers 69-54.

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The boys ended their season with a first round sub-state loss to Liberal, 60-47. The team’s final record was 6-14. “It was a good season, we were doubted a lot by didn’t let that keep us down.,” said sophomore Gunar Drinnen. “We worked hard everyday at practice, just trying to make ourselves better for ourselves and the team. With the support of our fans, friends and family we managed to prove to everyone that we can do it, and ‘bring it back.’”

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On Feb. 24 at the 5A state wrestling tournament, the Railer wrestling team was represented in each weight class. The team finished in second place, the highest the team has placed since 1991, where they took third. Claiming eight medals at the tournament as well as two state champions, senior Miles Johns (145 lb.) and junior Dillon Archer (195 lb.), the wrestlers enjoyed a successful season. “We had a very good season. Many of our wrestlers were able to reach their goals which is what made the season most satisfying for me. We have a lot of wrestlers who will be doing the right things in the off-season which should make us competitive next year. I’m excited about what’s to come,” head coach Jude Wilson said.

Boys Swimming

The team took eight members to state competition on Feb. 16 through 18. Out of the twenty teams, Newton took sixth overall. “We did better than we did at state last

year. There were more high caliber swimmers on our team this year,” senior member Matt Scheuermann said. Fr. Jace Schmidt, juniors Nat Dick, Dylan Anderson, Alex Trumble, Aaron Clark, Dylan Moore, and sr. Cameron Spreier also represented Newton at the meet. Spreier was awarded first team all state, and Trumble was awarded second team all state, as well as other individual placings. “ I was very satisfied with how we did this year. The majority of the squad was able to drop time over the course of the season,” head coach Philip Schmidt said. “We swam a lot better at league this year than we did the year previous. The team we took to state this year did a great job. I was amazed by the times that the guys turned in at state this year.” Scheuermann also had positive thoughts about the team’s state results. We did wonderful, we worked well as a team and represented Newton well. I could not be more proud of my teammates,” he said. “It’s been a great four years with everyone.”


After two months of scheduled meets and league and regional matches, junior McKenzie Senn and sophomore Austin Gronau will be representing the NHS bowling team at state on Friday, March 2. After the regional held at Great Bend, the two will be traveling to Wichita Northrock Lanes for the state competition. “I’m looking to win,” Gronau said.

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March 3 | V B & G BB Sub-state @ Home March 7 | V G & B BB State @ Topeka March 15 | G Swim @ Derby March 15 | V/JV G Soccer @ Home March 26 | V B Tennis @ McPherson Inv. March 26 | JV B Golf @ Great Bend Inv. March 27 | V G Soccer @ McPherson Inv. March 27 | JV B Tennis @ Ark City Inv. March 29 | JV B Golf @ Winfield March 29 | JV Track @ Wichita NW




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With year-round conditioning, including yoga, the baseball team has had time to bond. During the season, the team will have a mere four weeks to practice before heading to Andover on March 30 for the first game. “This is my senior year. Hopefully we’ll be good and make it to state,” senior pitcher Dakota Stein said. “Personally, I’m going to try to get first team [all league] honors.” Stein is already predicting a winning season for the Railers. “I think we’ll win 14 games and lose 6,” Stein said.

>>Girls Swimming

Although the varsity girls swimming and diving team may not have an overwhelming number of members, senior diver Erin Doerksen is confident in the abilities of her teammates. “I think we’ll do really good this year. Not a lot of people are on the team, but the people we do have are good swimmers,” Doerksen said. The girls first meet is on

March 15 at Derby. In the meantime, Doerksen has her sights set on state on May 17. “Hopefully I’ll go to state. We haven’t had a diver go to state for a while,” Doerksen said.

>>Boys Golf

After hosting last year’s 5A state golf tournament at Sand Creek Station, the varsity boys golf team will be hard at work ensuring a return trip to the state tournament on May 21. “I’m looking forward to having a good team, qualifying for state again and hopefully placing high at state,” senior golfer Jared Fromm said. On a personal level, Fromm said he is hoping “to stay consistent and to be shooting in the high 70’s and low 80’s at the tournaments.” The boys first tournament is at Bishop Carroll on April 2.


Senior Kylie Bass signed to play softball with Tabor College, but currently her attention is turned to her last year on the

Railer softball team. “This year I’m hoping to become a better player and a leader on the team,” Bass said. With a large number of newcomers and several returning playmakers Bass looks forward to “collaborating with the other girls and hopefully winning some games.” The girls travel to Andover March 20 to begin the season.

>>Track & Field

In less than a month, the varsity track team will travel to Winfield for the first meet of the year. Junior sprinter Lauren Anderson is looking forward to this season so she can “make new track friends and hopefully make it to league and regionals.” Anderson said her personal goal is to beat her time from last year in the 100. Anderson and the rest of the team will have roughly three months before the state meet in Wichita to work towards their goals. Anderson believes the team will be able to make a name for themselves.

“I think we’ll do pretty good this season. I think we can place at state,” Anderson said.

>>Girls Soccer

Countless hours of conditioning and practice will hopefully work to the girls soccer team’s advantage when the Railers take on Goddard Eisenhower on March 15 at home. Junior Emily Mosqueda has high hopes for both herself and the team during her third season playing for the Railers. “I hope to finally score a goal this year,” Mosqueda said. “The team should be good.”

>>Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team has several returning players as well as promising newcomers. Returning player junior Nat Dick is most looking forward to “the competition for varsity spots. It’s going to be intense.” Dick aims to earn a varsity spot and is confident in the team’s abilities. “I think we’ll compete for a state title,” Dick said.

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The Newtonian photos by Griselda Medina Spring sports begin Track athletes huddle around Head Coach Tad Remsberg during the first practice on Feb. 27. The first track meet is on March 30 at Winfield.




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