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Attentive Listening The French and German Honor Society listens to a ceremonial speach given by French teacher Nora Kelting, after receiving their honors cords in Lecture Hall on Sunday. The French students recieved red, blue, and white cords to resemble the French flag, whereas the German students recieved yellow, black, and red. The ceremony included a traditional reading in both French and German read by six younger members of both honor societies. photo by Julie Loken

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Upcoming Events March 18-22 | Spring Break. No school. March 27 | 2nd clubs will be during seminar. March 29 | Good Friday March 31 | Easter April 3 | Because the Career Fair has been canceled, this will be a gold day. April 5 | The spring play premier will be at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. April 6 | The spring play will be at 7:30 p.m. April 7 | The spring play matinee will be at 2:30 p.m. April 9 | Senior cap and gown pictures will be at 10 a.m.

Former Railerman to run for school board Sheila autry reporter Chris Ross is running for school board. The name might sound familiar, because Ross is a Newton High alumni and was previously the school mascot, Railerman. Since graduating high school, Ross is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Newman University “I’ve always had interest in helping and promoting our schools, but I can’t say I’ve always been interested in running for school board. I care about these schools and think I can be an asset, so why not run,” Ross said. The main objective of the school board is to maintain the budget and make decisions based on the needs of students and keeping the teachers, administrators and community in mind. Due to a dwindling budget, the educational system has been suffering, but Ross said he believes there are ways to fight around the budget and improve through adversity. What makes Ross different from the other candidates is that he is fairly young at the age of 23. After sitting next to Ross at the Chamber Candidate Forum last Thursday night, incumbent candidate Randy Zohn said he

was impressed with Ross’ answers to questions from the audience. “I admire him for running for school board, and I think he would do a great job and give a needed perspective of a recent NHS graduate,” Zohn said. If Ross wins school board, he plans to talk to as many teachers and administrators as he can to see what needs to be improved in the educational system, and Ross mentioned taking it as far as talking to teachers who have left USD 373. Next Ross plans on talking to students to help know how he can make the preparation for the “real world” much easier and be that support for students. “It’s important that I win because I bring something unique that none of the other candidates bring. I know what it’s like to be a student in today’s world. The incumbents or candidates have more ‘life experience’ than I do, many of them in the field of education, but you can’t put a price on actually knowing what goes on from a student’s point of view. There are seven school board members elected, a little diversity would be a very good thing. Without that, our generation won’t be represented,” Ross said.

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Kreider attends national nature photography contest conner mitchell news editor For someone who has only been working seriously for three years, senior Mark Kreider has made great strides in his photography . Kreider attended the annual North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) High School Scholarship Program, a conference held Feb. 24 through March 3 in Cumberland Island, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Fla. NANPA offers scholarships to only 10 high school students nationwide, and Kreider was accepted after completing a written application along with an image portfolio. “I had never heard of NANPA until three days before the application deadline,” Kreider said. “One of the members [of a

photography club at the Newton Public Library] posted a link on the club Facebook page, and I immediately saw that this scholarship program would be a great opportunity.” Kreider is a mainly selftaught photographer who began learning three years ago. He says his regard for photography has grown since that time. “One day my freshman year, I decided to take the family camera outdoors and experiment. My interest in photography has grown a whole lot since then, as I’ve become engaged in the larger photographic community and thought deeper about what photography actually means to me,” he said. One of the subjects of photography Kreider said inspires him the most is nature, which correlated well with his involve-

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Photos taken by senior Mark Kreider during the NANPA conference. Kreider spent three days capturing scenery in Cumberland Island, Georgia, as part of NANPA. For more Kreider photography, visit “Mark understands that the goal of a [photographic] journey is to improve, but never arrive.” Outlining the technical and psychological aspects of photography that NANPA taught him, Kreider has absorbed information that will be influential throughout the rest of his career in photography. “The most important thing that I learned while I was in Florida is the importance of


sharing one’s work, experiences, and abilities with others. That is, to not do photography for yourself,” he said. “I think that the experience of making images for yourself can be satisfying in and of itself, but it is so much more rewarding if you’re working for something bigger than yourself.” On top of the photography aspect of NANPA, Kreider said the friends he made during the eight day conference will be just as beneficial in his life. “The relationships I formed with others are relationships that have the possibility to grow into lifelong friendships, and they mean so much more to me than whether or not I made good images or was able to use professional gear,” he said.


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USD proposes, approves ‘13-14 schedule changes alex stucky co-editor-in-chief In January, a team of teachers and administrators began meeting to discuss several issues related to time, such as when school would start, when semesters would end and what days would be professional days or work days. In result and after several meetings, the team decided to propose a calendar that reduced the number of days from 191 to 184. In order to accommodate this, the school day will begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m. rather than 3:05. The calendar will allow students to begin later in August and still get out in May at the same time as in previous years.

Superintendent Deborah Hamm said via email that in order to accommodate scheduling issues it was decided to add 10 minutes to the school day. However, because the high school already had a five minute longer day than the other schools only five minutes needed to be added to the high school day. Up until this schedule change, USD 373 had the second longest calendar in the state. Most districts have between 184 and 186 calendar days. On Monday night, the board of education approved the new calendar for ‘13-14, however, Hamm said the additional time in the day and other components of the calendar are items that must be negotiated with

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Hamm said. “The calendar, however, affects both students and staff in the number of days that students will be in class and the number of days that staff members are scheduled to work.” With the schedule changes, there will be one calendar for the entire district. Students and teachers will all report on the same days and be out of school on the same days in all the middle and elementary schools and the high school. Hamm said this should allow parents and students to schedule for those days easier. “The advantages establish a more efficient school calendar and use of student contact, work and professional development days,” principal Ken Rickard said via e-mail. Other advantages of the new schedule include the reduction of issues for transportation for buses and of food preparation and delivery for food service. Buses will no longer be half empty or the food service personnel only cooking for half the district. “The disadvantage is that students will be in school fewer days next year,” Hamm said. “Teachers will need to be more purposeful in planning for instruction to ensure that students

receive instruction in essential standards.” As for teachers’ contracts, they will be reduced from 191 to 184 days. However, their workday will increase by 10 minutes each day, which equates to approximately five days. Parent/teacher conferences will occur at the end of the first quarter and midway through the third quarter. Hamm said each school will determine when the conferences are scheduled during a two-week window of time. However, the number of workdays for teachers to prepare classrooms, grade finals, prepare for conferences and close the classroom will remain the same. The number of professional days will increase from five to nine, allowing for one day each month except in October, December and May. This time is needed for teachers to prepare for changes in subject standards and collaborate across schools. The changes will eliminate early release days for next year and maximize the number of complete weeks for instruction. “I have served on the calendar committee for four years, and I believe this calendar, established with the leadership of Dr. Hamm, Superintendent, is the best calendar I have helped develop for students and teachers,” Rickard said.



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the teachers’ association. This process is currently underway, and Hamm said she hopes that everything will be finalized by the time school dismisses in May. Hamm said the time that is added will be instructional time, but it will be the responsibility of high school administration to determine how to adjust the daily schedule of classes to accommodate the additional five minutes. School districts are required to build an instructional schedule that includes 1,116 hours of instruction for students in grades 1-11 and a minimum of 1,086 hours for seniors. Junior Melina Schrader said she is looking forward to the new schedule changes. “Having an extended summer break will be nice and an extra five minutes won’t hurt anybody,” she said. Although Hamm said the budget was not a consideration in the decision-making, there will be a slight reduction in costs due to fewer instructional days. Less electricity, water and fuel will be used, but the cost savings will likely be minimal. “The additional five minutes will be minimal for students and staff members. However, it will allow for scheduling at the building level to improve,”

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Changes in schedule ‘great’ for students, staff

‘The positives of the new calendar far out way any negatives that it may present.’ The 2013-14 school year is just around the corner. Many changes will be coming along with the new year including a new daily schedule and yearly calendar. With the new calendar all Newton schools will be on the same schedule. This means that all USD 373 schools will end the day at the same time and have the same days off of school. Another major change is an extra five minutes will be added onto the day at NHS, postponing the end of the day to 3:10 rather than 3:05. The added time will be made up for with extra professional improvement days, meaning no school for students, the same winter and spring break, and the same last day of school. Winter and spring break will still be the same length, and school will still get out the same time in May. While the new schedule has not received final approval, the extra five min-

utes will most likely be added onto seminar. The positives of the new calendar far out way any negatives that it may present. Suffering through five extra minutes a day is completely worth getting extra days off, while still ending the year no later than usual. Also, students who have younger siblings in elementary school and junior high will have the same days off as them. This will solve any babysitting issues parents may have if they have young kids at home while their high school students are in school. Few changes, if any, are needed to the new schedule. Adding on 10 extra minutes rather than five in order for even more days off might make the new calendar even

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graphic by Corey Helsper more worthwhile. Other than that, no changes could make the schedule better. Principal Ken Rickard was right in saying that it is “the best calendar” he has helped develop for students and teachers since he has been at NHS.” There’s no doubt that the new calendar is full of great changes that both students and staff can enjoy.

A schedule got approved that will change the number of school days from 191 to 184. There will be 5 minutes added to each school day. School districts are required to have 1,116 hours of instruction each school year. There will be 0 early release days, but students will start school 7 days later.

We asked you: What do you think about the new schedule?

I think it’s a good idea because we get a longer spring break and less school. so. Michael Vo

It’s awesome. It’s just five more minutes and doesn’t make a big difference. jr. John Jurado

I don’t really like it because I like the time that we get out of school now. fr. Sydney Mook

I like it. We get more school off, and it’s cool. so. Jessica Motes

I guess in some Sure I like ways it is good. it. We get out Nobody likes of more school, longer school what’s not to like? days, but it’ll be sr. Spencer worth it. Berning jr. Jada Atkinson

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Letter to the editor Everyone should have the right to go if they get asked, and every girl does deserve the perfect prom fantasy. My name is Olivia Mitcham, and I’m a freshman. I think I speak for most underclassmen here at NHS when I say that the story published last issue dealing with underclassmen being able to go to prom went too far and was offensive to a majority of us. Freshmen should be able to go to prom if they get asked by an upperclassman. If prom is made for upperclassmen, then why do they keep asking freshmen to prom? It’s acceptable for them to ask us because their “standards are lower.” The problem is that we try to look as nice as the rest of the girls going to prom. I personally found the story to go over the line

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when the writer said that senior boys have to have lower standards if they ask a freshman girl to prom. I’m sure that some of the seniors in the class of 2013 attended prom their freshman year, and I don’t think it’s right or even fair to say that they are lowering their standards. Yes, I understand that prom is a big deal and is for juniors and seniors. But here’s a thought: maybe the freshman have enough respect for the upperclassmen that they want to look nice for prom. I’m sure any girl would want to have the best dress, and not try to copy an upperclassman just to make them mad. I know that I respect the senior class and am not

trying to offend them in anyway. But just as I don’t want to offend them, I don’t really want them to offend me either, which happened with this article. I think that it went too far and was almost bipolar in some cases. The headline talked about how it was meant for seniors, but a majority of the story was about a dress. Everyone should have the right to go if they get asked, and every girl does deserve the perfect prom fantasy, even if she’s a freshman.

Don’t hate, appreciate ALYSSA GAEDE reporter Don’t hate, appreciate. Many students complain about the thin walls, the outdated bathrooms and the insects that infest our halls, but no one really focuses on the advantages that they have by attending Newton High School. Our school provides the students with many opportunities in sports, academics, and other areas that many other schools

may not provide. The athletic department is only one of the many pluses of attending Newton High School. There is a large variety of sports that student can participate in or manage. We have strong programs and coaches that help these activities, and the students that go out for them, soar to their fullest potential. Our teams within this program have won many awards, titles, and respect throughout the years and continue to excel. Instead of complaining about how often a certain team loses, think about how lucky we are to


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“We have been graced with many advantages at NHS.”

have so many teams to cheer on while other schools have trouble getting a team together. The school also provides us with many different academic courses students can enroll in depending on their interests. We are provided with opportunities to prepare for our future while still enrolled in high school. The school provides access to technical programs to help students become a certified welder straight out of high school or earn their CNA. Along with required classes, there are also electives students may choose. YEK, BPA, DECA

and Model UN are just a few of the many extra activities that students can join. We are very lucky in multiple ways. If you look around, you can see many of them. We are able to attend most of our classes in one reliable building while some other schools have to resort to portables to be able to accommodate for all their classes and students. Another under appreciated luxury is the fact that we are able to use certain technology for our classes. We are provided with new computers, laptops and many other devices that

assist in the delivery of our education. Most importantly we are able to learn in an environment that is safe. The school does a good job of making sure student safety is a priority. It is nice to be in a school where we do not have to walk through metal detectors or have our bags searched before we can enter. We have been graced with many advantages at NHS. Yes, there are things that need to be fixed or improved, but we need to remember the good things about our school.

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worldviews: Australia

First sight of snow favorite memory so far rachael Monaghan guest writer

Name: Rachael Monaghan Home Town & Country: Townsville, Australia What has the hardest thing been so far for you? I miss the heat, the beaches, friends, family, also being able to be more independent and not having to count on everyone. And there’s always things to do on the weekend other than the movies or/ and Applebee’s. What do you like the most about NHS? Most of the students are really friendly and easy to get along with, and the curriculum is pretty easy. What are you most looking forward to? I was most looking forward to seeing snow and traveling across America during summer break. graphic by Cody Mick

Unlike most exchange students, I decided to come to America during second semester and am staying until December. I’m from Australia, and I was really looking forward to seeing snow. The snow has been my favorite American experience so far. It was the first time I’ve ever seen snow, and even though I got over it pretty fast, the snow is beautiful, but it can go away now. The biggest difference between Australia and here is easily the weather. Where I’m from in Australia, the weather never gets below 50 degrees. Another difference is that in Australia we drive on the opposite sides of the roads and the driving seats are on the opposite side of the car, which still confuses me. I sometimes accidently go to the driver’s seat instead of the passenger’s seat. Something everyone should know is that if you hear me say “ta” it means thank you. Also, we DO speak English in Australia. One last thing is that I’m really excited for American graduation and prom. Those should be amazing experiences, and we don’t have that back at home.

On the flip side: traveling abroad Savannah Sailor guest columnist When someone thinks of an exchange student, they usually picture someone coming to America with unique styles, funny accents and lots of courage...not someone from America going someplace else. That’s not the case for me. Next year, I’m going to be an exchange student in Australia through the Rotary program. I’ll be boarding a plane this

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June and coming back next June, so I’ll be back in time for my senior year. I chose Australia because it was one country that spoke English, and I definitely would have a difficult time learning another language. I also wanted someplace with warm weather and beaches. I am so excited to experience a whole new culture and meet new people, but what I’m most excited about is being independent. I’ll be making

my own decisions and getting a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I’ll be able to have for the rest of my life. I’m kind of scared, though. It’ll be hard going to a brand new school and having to start over by making new friends. I’ll miss my friends and family, but in the end, I think it will be worth it. I’m excited to see what this next year has in store, and for all the new experiences I’ll have along the way.

The forgotten icon Quest for Railer Woman: Part 3 CODY MICK columnist

I was finally able to contact Anonymous 1. His real name is Ron Lackey, and he was able to tell me exactly what happened the night he and some of his friends kidnapped the forgotten icon. “The doors of the school weren’t locked around 8 or 9 back then,” Lackey said. “Anyone could just walk in. We distracted Billy [the janitor], got a ladder and took her.” Before the group of seniors, Lackey, Grant Horst, Shawn Bowen and James Williams left the scene, they left behind a ransom note. “We made a ransom note and taped it to the wall of the gym,” Lackey said. “It was one of those [anonymous ones] where you’d clip out all the letters from a magazine to make the words. We didn’t ask for money. I forget exactly what we asked for.” As far as the motive, Lackey insists their intentions were not malicious. “None of us had ever been in trouble,” Lackey said. “I even doubt if any of us had ever been in detention. It wasn’t like we were troubled kids. There comes a time when you know you’re gonna might as well have some fun.” However, despite the fact they were all in good standings at Newton High School, they knew something had to be done about the Railer Woman. “Ever since we were kids and decades before that, we were the Railers,” Lackey said. “Doesn’t the

“This day will not end until I find and return the Raile Woman once and for all.” colomnist Cody Mick

Railer cover both sexes? It didn’t matter, male or female, you were a Railer. I wonder if we weren’t being a little rubbed the wrong way by political correctness. Something just wasn’t right.” After the theft, the seniors took the mascot, described by Lackey as being “a bearded old man in a dress,” all the way to the town of Walton. There they posed and took pictures with the large cardboard cut-out, most of which cannot be used by “The Newtonian,” due to the inappropriate, graphic content. Not even a week went by before the principal of Newton High School, Don Wilson, grew suspicious of who might have taken the Woman. “He wasn’t exactly sure who did it, but he had a hunch,” Lackey said. “He talked to [senior] Shawn [Bowen] and basically said that it had better be back by 4 p.m. the next day or there would be suspensions.” Justice has been served for the Railer Woman. The truth has been told, at least for the most part. Apparently, after Railer Woman was returned, it was taken again some years later in the early ’90s. I had been told it was destroyed, but PE teacher and head track coach Tad Remsberg insists he saw it once in a supply shed behind the old Washington school building. This day will not end until I find and return the Railer Woman once and for all. Actually, after having seen the pictures of her, I don’t really want anything to do with her.

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1. The word “Newton” is missing from the golden sign. 2. The back of NHS graduate Hugh McConnell’s shirt is plain. 3. Jr. Tucker Sweely is no longer in the picture. 4. The “Derby” poster and the “Maize” poster have been swapped. 5. Jr. Levi Lettau’s shirt is green. 6. Jr. Raymond Gaellegos is now wearing two necklaces. 7. Jr. Sam Peirce’s hair is unspiked. 8. The “swoosh” on sr. Jacob Wright’s shoe is red.


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vies in a minute Movies hitting the Chisholm Trail 8 theater just in time for Spring Break. Compiled by columnist Cody Mick.



Two magicians are offered a contract in Vegas if they can impress the big wig owner of “The Palace.” The problem? Only one of them can be hired. Starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell as the rival magicians, this film is sure to deliver plenty of memorable moments, special effects and tons of laughs. Early reviews of the film claim Carell’s character is flat, while Carrey brings life and laughs to his character, which comes as no surprise. Hits theatres March 15.

THE CALL Veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted. In order to save her, Jordan must confront a killer from her own past. The film is produced by WWE studios, so expect a lot of mindless stunts and cheap scares. The film also stars WWE professional “wrestler” David Otunga, so any high hopes I might have had for this movie are pretty much gone. Hits theatres March 15.


Terrorists have infiltrated the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) and taken the president (Aaron Eckhart) hostage in this explosions-fueled action flick co-starring Morgan Freeman. America’s national security team is forced to rely on the inside knowledge of former presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) to save the president and prevent future catastrophe. It appears as though this movie was intended for fans of explosions and outlandish story-telling. Hits theatres March 22.

THE CROODS DreamWorks Animation returns with the story of the world’s very first family as they travel great lengths to find a new home after the cave they had lived in for so long is destroyed. Starring Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Clark Duke, the film has an all-star cast who have all made a name for themselves at one point in their career in comedy. By no means is it a Pixar film, but it’s family-friendly humor and unique plot will surely attract audiences of all ages. Hits theatres March 22.


What are your spring break plans?

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“I am going to Broken Bow, Oklahoma, to visit old friends and go to the lake, which is very clear.” “I am going to Florida to race dirt bikes and ride horses, play on the beach and visit family.”


jr. Kimberly allen

SUPPORT SERVICES TEACHER GEORGETTA GRIMMET “I am going to Phoenix to visit my daughter with my mom and sister. It will be a fun girls vacation.”


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Dropping out does not have to mean failure carlie rodgers features editor Life has definitely changed for former Newton High School student Damon Dispensa since he decided to drop out. First he went from attending school on a semi-regular basis to working about 60 to 70 hours every two weeks at a minimum wage job. Now, being currently unemployed, he spends most of his time with his family. He certainly isn’t the only student to drop out of NHS or the only student who thinks about dropping out. “I dropped out for a few reasons,” Dispensa said. There are a vast number of reasons why a high school student might consider dropping out. They may feel they cannot make up the credits they need in order to graduate because of a previous expulsion. They may be a student who is truant, or facing substance abuse, or they may have family responsibilities like working or caring for siblings or their own children. They may not feel welcome at school or they may struggle with school work and so on. “I never really stayed out of trouble enough to experience all that the high school had to offer,” Dispensa said. “But nothing the high school had to offer

really interested me enough to care.” Whatever the reason may be that a student decides to end their high school education, it is the responsibility of the student to deal with that decision. What happens after a student chooses to drop out? They basically have two options: to either get their GED (General Education Development) and continue their education further or enter the workforce; Or they can chose not to continue their education and try to get a job without a diploma or a GED. Counselor Jana Crittenden urges students to avoid entering the workforce unprepared. “It is hard enough for people who even have a college education to get a good job. They are ending up with jobs that they are overqualified for,” Crittenden said. “Then, because of that, there are less jobs available to young people who don’t have an extended education. They’re at the bottom of the rung.” Dispensa doesn’t plan on working minimum wage forever. “I do plan on getting my GED. Without it I probably wouldn’t be able to get by later on in life,” Dispensa said. It is definitely more difficult to go straight to the workforce and get a well-paying job without a GED or a high school

diploma. According to employers generally focus more on whether or not someone applying for a job made the effort to complete their education, whether it be with a GED or a high school diploma. According to recent statistics by the ACE (American Council on Education) 96 percent of employers accept the GED. With a GED a person also has a much better chance of getting into college than if they didn’t have one. Also according to the ACE, 95 percent of colleges accept the GED. There are some limitations that come along with getting a GED though. “The Military is not as willing to accept the GED. They accept it only under an exemption window,” Crittenden said. With a GED some colleges may require other testing as well in order for admittance to their

schools. Some of these tests include standardized tests like the ACT or SAT, placement tests and proficiency exams. GED graduates who are interested in attending college find it helpful that, especially in today’s economy, they are still eligible for most federal financial aid. “I do plan on furthering my education, as soon as I figure out what I want to be when I grow up,” Dispensa said. Though some may consider the GED to be the quicker alternative to completing high school some say otherwise. Counselor Jana Crittenden sees using your GED in the future to accomplish things you want to do as a challenge. “Sometimes a student thinks a GED is easier. This is not necessarily true,” Crittenden said. It takes just as much studying to do well on the GED. The GED is graded on an equiva-

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lency scale compared to current high school students. It is also legally the same as a high school diploma. The GED is composed of five different tests: science, social studies, mathematics, language arts - reading and language arts - writing. How a GED differs from a high school diploma is complicated and there’s two ways to look at it. “I made the decision that I felt was the best for me,” Dispensa said. “I trust that things will have a way of working themselves out.” Crittenden leans towards graduating from high school as the best option. “Get your diploma. Stay in school,” Crittenden said.

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TATTOOS When: February 1 What: A Butterfly Why: My mom has the same one, and I wanted to represent her. Additional comments: I got it on my 16th birthday because my mom couldn’t say no because she got her first tattoo at 16.

Whose tat is that?

Match the tattoos to their owners below!

Hint: Most of the tattoos belong to a Railer interviewed on the left.



A. Grant Gaeddert B. Dakotah Kiehl C. Justin McBeth D. Jordan Walton 1. __________

fr. Jordan Walton When: The second day of school What: A cross with a ribbon for breast cancer Additional comments: I’m getting another one this weekend.


3. __________ 4. __________

When: Beginning of August What: My last name across my back Why: It represents my last name and where I came from. Additional comments: I’m probably not getting any more tattoos.


so. Jordan Brewer


2. __________

sr. Derrick Garnica

jr. Grant Gaeddert

When: Last January What: A cross with a rose Why: It symbolizes my grandpa’s death. My mom got the same one. Additional comments: A buddy did this tattoo for me. I plan on getting more. The pain is comparable to someone pinching you over and over. When: Februrary 22 What: I got birds on my shoulder. Why: It symbolizes freedom Additional comments: I plan to get more tattoos in the future.

sr. Dakotah Kiehl When: The day I turned 40 What: I got the planet Saturn on my upper arm Why: It stands for what the planet Saturn stands for. Additional comments: I would get another tattoo. It’s a unique kind of pain, like a minor sunburn.

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“What do you think of teens with tattoos?”

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“[Tattoos are] okay. It’s their body, why should it matter?” - Jr. Katie Schroeder

“It depends on what [the tattoo] is of. If it’s with family or beliefs, then it’s alright.” - So. Roy Medrano

“It’s alright [for teens to get tattoos] if their parents are okay with it. [Tattoos] are alright. Personally, my parents won’t let me, but I would get one if I could.” - Sr. Karla Gonzalez

“I’m okay with [teens getting tattoos], as long as they have meanings. Don’t get it because you just think it looks cool.” - Sr. Julie Vo

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Boys Basketball Freshmen step up on track team Final Game: First round of sub-state Score: 45-40, L Opponent: Salina Central “I believe that the team improved greatly but did not reach its fullest potential. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys and having the support from the great student section.” - Senior Grant Walker

Girls Basketball Final Game: State third place match Score: 35- 30, W Opponent: Kapaun Mt. Carmel

“I think we did really good [this year]. My favorite part was winning sub-state. We were able to beat Salina Central for the third time and go to state.” -Senior Abbie Lehman

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The varsity track team kicks off its season on March 28 in Winfield. Freshman Robert Loeffler hopes to be running in the 1600 meter and 800 meter races. “I have competed in track since seventh grade,” Loeffler said. The distance runners lost five seniors last year but think with a relatively young team, they will be able to develop and be a tough team to beat. “I think the boys will win league, and I think the girls have a good chance to win also,” Loeffler said. Loeffler is a freshman this year who excelled in middle school races in both cross country and track. “I feel [Robert] has a chance to be pretty good. He will just have to adjust to the amount of training that we do,” track coach Justin Helmer said. Loeffler competes in club

track during the summer to stay in shape and to stay in competitions while he is not running for the school. “High school running is different than middle school running. It will be an adjustment, but we have confidence in him,” track coach Richard Mick said. The top three runners in each event run at the varsity events. “I hope I make varsity this year. My parents think I will,” Loeffler said. Track is different than most other sports because in track the athletes spend all day preparing and getting their mind ready for usually just one race or event.

“High school running is different than middle school running. It will be an adjustment, but we have confidence in him.” track coach Richard Mick

“I usually try to relax [before the race] and not think about the actual running part too much,” Loeffler said. The team works to see improvement every year. The 4x8 team got third at state last year and returned two runners off of that relay. They hope to repeat this year.

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Q&A with Dalton Porter Q: How many years have you played baseball on varsity? A: “Two years.” Q: How are practices going so far? A: “[They are going] good. It is kind of disappointing because we have not seen the field yet since they have been too wet.” Q: What are you looking forward to the most this year? A: “[I look forward to] hanging out with the buds and winning games.”

Softball gains new member ABOVE right: Freshman Amairany Rubio takes soft toss from one of her teammates. The softball and baseball teams had to stay indoors due to the fields being wet during the first few weeks. BELOW LEFT: Sophomore Kaley Archer works on her bunting during an indoor practice. below right: Sophomore Jordyn Graf works on her batting form in the battingcages in the mezzanine.

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Q: What do you expect from the team this year? Why? A: “[I expect] us to get to state, because this has been our goal for a long time.”


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Hana Robinson entertainment editor As little girls it is common to fantasize about growing up and becoming a princess, a ballerina or maybe even a superstar, but sophomore Jordan Graf dreamt of becoming a softball player. “My step-dad always took me to college games, and I thought it was cool. I liked the way they all worked together, and it was something that was all girls. It was one of the only things that was all girls, besides cheer, and I am definitely not a cheerleader,” Graf said. Graf moved from Alabama to Newton during October, and has been using softball to help with the transition. “It brings me a sense of home. It made me feel not so out-of-place. It’s a place to get away from the stress of moving and being the new kid,” she said. Not only has she found comfort in the sport, but she has found a support system within the team. “Everyone is encouraging. The way the girls act towards each other is a lot better [than the way the girls acted on my team in Alabama]. On my old team, if you messed up, they yelled at you and made you feel bad, but here they’re encouraging and supportive. It’s definitely a better environment to play softball in,” she said. Whether she is playing softball in Alabama or Kansas, Graf claims winning is her favorite part of the game. “When you know that all the hard work and running you’ve put in has paid off... That’s the best,” she said.

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Freshman joins swim team after leg amputation due to cancer Taylor Stahly sports editor Ever since she was five, freshman Kristy Anderson wanted to prove people wrong. After becoming Anderson involved in the sport of swimming, Anderson found a way to do exactly that. “I started practicing swimming in my pool after eighth grade,” Anderson said. “I decided that I wanted to be on the swim team my freshman year and show [everyone] that I can swim, even with one leg.” Anderson was diagnosed with cancer when she was only four years old. Due to the lack of treatment provided, the cancer spread to her leg, forcing the doctors to amputate it. “I was scared because I didn’t have my leg,” Anderson said. “It was hard to walk around, and when I first got my prosthetic le,g I never wanted to wear it. I would always go in my room and cry or get mad because it was complicated.” Despite her struggles, Anderson has found a way to stay optimistic going into this swim season, even though she knows it will be hard.

“I want to inspire people to test their limits and believe that you can do anything.” freshman Kristy Anderson

“The most difficult part about swimming is doing sprints and challenging my physical abilities,” she said. “The workouts are already hard, and the fact that I only have one leg makes it all the more difficult. It’s tough, but I enjoy it.” Other members on the team notice how hard Anderson works as well and are impressed with her work ethic and dedication. “I think it’s awesome that [Kristy] is trying swimming,” sophomore Sophia Miller said. “She works really hard in practice and tries new things, even if she might be a little hesitant to do them.” As the swim season begins, so do new goals for Anderson as she begins her new journey. “My personal goal is to make and beat a personal record and win some medals,” she said. “I want to inspire people to test their limits and believe that you can do anything. If you can do it with one leg, you can do it with two.”


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Ford brothers could play each other in challenge matches Hannah Carlgren opinions editor Between siblings, competition is common. But not every sibling gets to take the competition to the court. This is the case with junior Preston Ford and freshman Adam Ford, who are both members of the boys tennis team. The team started practices a week late due to snowfall and have started challenge matches this week. The Ford brothers could potentially end up competing against each other. “My goal is for Adam to beat me,” Preston said. “We’ve started challenge matches this week, and I’m probably going to play Adam in the finals, which

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would be interesting.” Adam said his goals include beating Preston as well as making varsity. Preston said he feels that the competition between himself and Adam is not necessarily a bad thing. “I think because we are so competitive, we can actually help push each other to be better players. It’s also beneficial to have Adam on the team because I have somebody to train with,” Preston said. Adam said he agrees that there are benefits of training with his brother. “He keeps me mentally tough,” Adam said. “He’s competitive, but I’m more competitive.”

Although he does think that it could benefit his play, Preston says having his little brother on the team has some drawbacks. “It’ll be weird playing tennis with him, because when we have problems at home, they might reflect on the court,” Preston said. Head coach Nick Sisson said he believes the Ford brothers will both be assets to the team in different ways. “They both have worked hard to become better players. Adam put in a lot of work in the off season, and I look for them to both have a successful spring. Adam will focus more on singles and preston on doubles,” head coach Nick Sisson said. The boys’ first meet in on March 25 in McPherson.

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Golf team doesn’t cut for 3rd year Elyse cash reporter

TOP LEFT: Soccer players work on their footwork during a drill. BOTTOM LEFT: The soccer team lines up for a drill at practice last Thursday. TOP MIDDLE: Junior Evelyn Chavez and freshman Tamra Wilson practice making moves against each other at the practice fields at the high school. BOTTOM MIDDLE: Senior Mitzi Solorio, freshman Erika Ledesma, senior Henriette Nordli, freshman Aubrey Bartel line up for a drill at the start of practice. TOP RIGHT: Senior Sophie Schmidt approaches the ball and prepares to kick.

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Refraining from cuts is having a positive impact on the boys golf team for the third year in a row. “We have not cut for the past two years,” Coach Joanie Pauls said. “I don’t foresee a negative impact of not cutting this year.” There has been a more positive outlook on not having cuts, according to Coach Pauls as well as seniors Dalton Ayres and Lane Pauls. They agree it gives students a better opportunity to learn and participate in golf. “If they want to learn, then they should get the opportunity to do so,” senior Lane Pauls said. “This gives the players improvement opportunities.” Ayres has a similar view on learning opportunities. “It is a good idea to keep people involved in the sport,” Ayres said. Coach Pauls agrees with the boys’ views. “I’m pleased that all the boys interested in playing golf and learning the sport have been given that opportunity,” Coach Pauls said. Many people agree that not having cuts is going to be a better thing for the team. “I have pretty good expectations [from the team],” Pauls said. “I believe we will be able to pick up from where we left off last year, which was a successful year.” Ayres agreed. “I think it will go pretty good,” Ayres said.

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1. While holding her niece, sophomore Olivia HInz watches the dodgeball tournament. All the profits from the tournament were donated to Hinz to offset medical expenses. 2. After taking first place, senior Keil Stauffer, junior Tucker Sweely, junior Gunar Drinnen, senior Nathan Wood, sophomore Wyatt Burbrink, graduate Colby Tessendorf, graduate Alex Koerner, and senior Austin Resser pose for a picture. This team’s name was Octaswag. 3. Participants in the dodgeball tournament huddle together to discuss the game. 4. Sophomores Jared Cooper, Brendan Downey, Josh Roinson, Kayden Besher, Kyle Kelsey, graduate Tyler Robinson, sophomores Jared Langley and Cameron Cassil pose with their uniforms. This team left the tournament with the “best dressed” award. 5. Sophomore Reagan McCloud watches the opposing team before throwing the ball. 6. Junior Jared Rangel, senior Lane Pauls and senior Ian Boston line up to get ready to start a dodgeball game.

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