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Q&A with principal Ken Rickard What will the schedule look like next year? It will be the same as this year. What do you like about the schedule? I still think it serves all of our kids the same way. Ninth and 10th grades do well with the 45 minutes, and others like the 90 minutes, so I just try to mesh the best of both worlds together. I really think for the most part it works. What are your plans for filling teacher and counselor positions? We will fill the vacated positions. I’m working on it and have been for the past three weeks. The teachers that are leaving or retiring will be replaced. What will class sizes look like next year? Similar, not much change at all if any. How will new teachers affect students? I think teachers will grow into the position. They will be very competent people, and overall it will be very smooth. Will there be any other general changes next year? We will have the same master schedule, and there will be as many opportunities for students. Even with some new people on board I’m looking for a very successful year.

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News in Brief >>Students in Spain

On June 5 Spanish teacher Evy Gregg will be accompanying seven students on a 10-day trip through Spain. Through American Council for International Studies (ACIS) and the efforts of Gregg, students enrolled in upper-level Spanish classes have been offered a trip to Spain every two years for the past twelve years. Students participating this summer include juniors, Dylan Moore, David Jantz, Matt Darrow, Aubrey Floerke and Abby Lehmen and seniors Kendra Scott and Alyssa Tolle. The next trip to Spain will take place in the summer of 2014. Students wishing to attend Spain in 2014 may contact Gregg for additional information. While in Spain, students will visit Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo, along with many other historic sights. “I’m most excited for the change in culture

Spain will offer, but I’m not very fluent in Spanish so I’m a little nervous for the language barrier,” Darrow said.

>>Yearbook signing

On Tuesday the Yearbook staff will be hosting a signing party in Willis Gym during seminar. Seniors are welcome to attend as soon as seventh period has ended. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen who bought books will be dismissed by an announcement. Seminar teachers will have a list of students who will be excused until 3:05. Students wishing to attend the party must first purchase a yearbook from the bookkeeper. Yearbooks will continue to be sold for $35 until they are sold out. Nightlife Sounds will DJ the event and prizes will be given away. “It’ll be fun seeing all of our hard work pay off and being with everyone one last time,” yearbook staff member Griselda Medina said.

Upcoming Events May 12 | There will be a Pops and Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. May 14 | There will be an orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. May 15 | Seniors’ last day of school. Drama awards will be at 7:30 p.m. May 16 | Baccalaureate rehearsal will be at 10 a.m. and Baccalaureate will be at 7:30 p.m. May 19 | Graduation will be at Fischer Field at 7 p.m. May 21 | There will be a Jazz II & Vocal concert at 7:30 p.m.

Students excel on language exams The following students placed in the state of Kansas for the 2012 National Spanish and French Examinations. Jared Jantzen Spanish IV: Silver Level National Recognition Mark Kreider Spanish III: Bronze Level National Recognition Micayla Shepler Spanish I: Bronze Level National Recognition Shelbi Iyoha French II Henry Jantzen French III: 8th in the nation. The first national winner at NHS. Jenny Royston French III Azucena Gonzalez French III Rafael Mancera French IV Yadira Porras French IV Alina Petith French IV Diany Joseph French V

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Gold, silver, and bronze Freshman Micayla Shepler, senior Jared Jantz and junior Mark Kreider all placed in the state of Kansas on the National Spanish Examination. 18 other NHS students who took the Spanish Exam received honorable mention. Sophomore Henry Jantzen was the first NHS student to place nationally in the French Exam.


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Students’ artwork to be displayed at Newton Armory Brenda Valdivia co editor-in-chief Students with mud on their head might be unusual to some but not for the students who will be participating in this year’s Art Show. The Newton High School Art Department will be hosting its annual art show Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Newton Armory. The Newton Armory is located at 400 Grandview Ave. All art students have submitted at least one piece of artwork that will be displayed throughout the building the day of the show. Seniors who have been involved with art all fours years of high school will have their own booths set up to display their artwork. The Fashion and Mudheads presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Students will showcase alternative fashion as well as make sculptures on top of other students’ heads. The art show is open to everyone and admission is free.

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Stark fits engineering program into busy schedule larrah bills sports editor Junior Brittany Stark gets about four hours of sleep every night. “I have a really crazy schedule,” she said. “I have early morning seminary classes at my church at six in the morning. From there I go to school. After school, I have soccer practice or games. After soccer I go to AP Calc study sessions. Then I go home and eat and shower and around 11:30 I am ready to study.” Stark Stark’s time is spent studying because she is participating in the Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholar, which is a science and math based program sponsored by NASA. “It’s an online class. In order to pass, you have to complete everything. There are es-

says, graphics that are designed around the essay, discussions, a lot of reading and quizzes over what you have read,” Stark said. Approximately 230 high school girls applied to take part in this program. Only 135 were selected to continue into the online phase of the program. “Once you complete the online portion, they will select a certain number of girls to go to a week-long camp at Johnson Space Center in Houston. All expenses are going to be paid, like food and board. If you make it there, you go to workshops and there will be mentoring and a big project to do,” Stark said. Stark found out about the project from engineering teacher Brian Rickard. “Brittany is a great student, very hardworking, and detail oriented. I knew that she was interested in pursuing engineering as a career, and she met all of the requirements. I showed her the program and she took off

with it,” Rickard said. “Mr. Rickard showed me an e-mail about the program and it sparked my interest. If something catches my eye. then I’m going fit it in my schedule and make it work,” Stark said. “Over 200 people applied. You had to prepare essays about why you should be selected and get letters of recommendation. It was a pain to get into the WISH program.” The WISH program includes lessons to familiarize themselves with space exploration. Through the online system, seven lessons and a final project completed and submitted. The girls will find out in June if they make it to the Johnson Space Center camp. “The lessons are due every two weeks, and the last assignment is due too, I believe, the second Saturday of June. I should be notified by June if I made it or not. Even if you aren’t selected to go to the camp, you get a certificate for completing the online program,” Stark said.

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RaileRobotics to fundraise through firework stand Fundraisers to help team with entry fees, gain competitive experience

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For the first time, the RaileRobotics team will set up a fireworks stand this summer in order to fundraise for next year’s expenses. It will be located on Washington Avenue in the parking lot of the old Claassen lumber yard from June 29-July 4. The Robotics program has a I don’t want to guaranteed $5,000 repeat where every year set aside in the school budget, we have somebut a normal season thing that costs about $40,000. could potenCaptain David Jantz tially do well at said the majority of nationals, but this money comes we don’t have from the team’s own fundraising. The team the funding to applies for grants do that. from big corporations junior such as AgCo and David Jantz NASA. AgCo provided $6,000, the largest grant the team received this year. During the school year, team members also do community presentations to try to raise awareness and interest in the Robotics program. “We had a great year and built maybe the best robot we’ve ever had,” Jantz said. “I don’t want to repeat where we have something that could potentially do well at nationals, but we don’t have the funding to do that.” The Team 935 robot placed second in the

Kansas City Regional this year, and took first at the Dallas West Regional. The team had built a robot that had the ability to compete at the national level, but there was not

2. Ask for an application. 3. Fill it out and turn it back in. Lights Out The robot Team 935 created for the 2011-12 season. The team placed second at the Kansas City regional this year and first at the Dallas West regional. To fundraise for next season, the team will be setting up a firework stand from June 29-July 4 in the old Claassen parking lot. photo by Johanna Patton

enough money in the budget for the expense. “We want to have enough so we can compete at the highest level we can possibly compete at,” Jantz said. Supervisor Shawn Taylor said the team’s number one objective over the summer is to finish the Emergency Response Team (ERT) robot for the Newton police department. The robot will serve as the eyes and ears for the police in dangerous locations, in place of a human. “That will help get our name out and be a fundraiser, and of course save lives,” Jantz said. After this project is completed, Taylor said the goal is to raise enough for two regional entry fees for next season. One entry fee is never in question, but Taylor said two is ideal in order to gain competitive experience for nationals.

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>>Playlist guidelines are set to meet state standards, can’t be changed School dances are a substantial source of revenue for StuCo. They are also chances for students to have a great time with their friends for a small price. Over the years, several complaints have been made by students that the soundtrack for the school dances is boring, overplayed and getting old. The common statement by a student that certain songs are played over and over at school dances may be true, but there are some facts to consider before accusations are made against the DJ. NightLifeSounds (NLS), operated by Eddie Griswold, has been the DJ at the Newton High School dances for several decades. From the viewpoint of the administrators, Griswold is reliable, trustworthy and the number one choice to DJ for homecoming, Prom and the back-to-school dance. It needs to be understood that neither Griswold nor NLS have a choice when it comes to selecting songs for high school dances. The fact remains and will always remain, no song with explicit lyrics, sexual innuendos or references to alcohol or drugs may be played at a high school dance. Even songs which are censored or “radiofriendly” are eliminated from the list because of state standards, since the students are already familiar with the songs’ inappropriate messages. Other complaints come from students who are bothered by the sudden randomness of the Jeopardy

or SportsCenter themes, but there is a reason behind it. When a CD or a computer malfunctions, songs such as those are saved and used to fill time between songs while the problem is attended to. If these songs were not played over that very short time period, dancers would be forced to listen to nothing and suffer an awkward silence. If those who regularly attend school dances are still, at this point, upset with the state regulations, there is a way to voice an opinion. Creating a list of desired songs for the DJ to play at a dance is one way to get certain songs played.

Sitting down with the DJ and going over the list with him is the best way to be able to come to terms with what can and cannot be played at these school functions. Perhaps a better suggestion is to just attend the dance and have fun. Very rarely do students cease to dance because they don’t like a particular song. People are going to continue to dance no matter what the song is. So why get upset over having to hear the “Cha Cha Slide” at every dance? Leave the DJ to do his job and enjoy the school-run dances as opportunities to have a fun night despite the music choice.

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Manage your time well cody mick columnist The final days of the 2011 - 2012 school year are among us. With finals on our minds, and sports practices and a social life to attend to, high school students often find themselves asking the same question at this time of the year: How can I find the time to do it all? My day usually consists of an eight-hour school day, a 90-minute track practice after school followed immediately by a five-hour work shift, and a six-hour sleep shift. Needless to say, there is never a lot of time for me to devote to myself, my friends and family. Surely I am not the only one who wants to know how time can be managed more successfully. A key component in time management is to plan each day, ensuring that the most important tasks are at the top of the to-do list. Make sure to leave room for some fun events like freeze tag, grass watching, ostrich riding and other common, miscellaneous teenage activities. Another factor of great time management is to say “no” to nonessential tasks. Too many

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times I have decided to spend my evenings watching soap opera reruns when I could have been doing my homework and saving myself from stress. I’m probably not the only one who would rather discover Luke’s evil twin brother’s dark secret than finish a Spanish essay, essé. We need to understand that some things are a lot more important others, no matter how boring and dreadful they may be. Work hard at the things you don’t want to do, and the reward will be glorious. Perhaps the most important part of time management is to do a quality job at every task we put ourselves up to. Don’t just call someone a hurtful name. Take the extra time to crush his feelings, throw some punches and insult his ancestors. One who understands quality work does not simply stop once the homework is done. They polish the homework, give it a manicure and complement its family. As this is my last editorial of the year, I figured I’d go out with the most important topic pertaining to this time of the year. Hopefully this advice is taken seriously, and time can be spared with ease. Don’t mess around with time; Cherish it, make the most of it and don’t waste it. You will be sorely disappointed if you do.

Make it count Sarah brill & katie loescher yearbook editors-in-chief Throughout high school, many students have the mind set that school is boring and useless. Unfortunately, most don’t realize how important high school is until their senior year. In the years before you realize this, here are a couple things many of you have probably thought at one point: “When am I ever going to need this class?” “I don’t want to be here right now.” Yes. Sometimes assignments aren’t interesting and you feel like you’d rather be anywhere else, but having that attitude isn’t going to help you in any way whatsoever. Everyone is required to go to school by the law, so you might as well make good use of it and quit feeling sorry that you have to be there. It makes sense that the law requires young adults to educate themselves. Our generation only

>>Find your niche, make it memorable

has to deal with the economic crisis that will probably be worse as we get older. So now that we’ve established that school isn’t an option, here’s how you can prepare yourself for what comes after high school. First of all, don’t slack off your senior year. You have anywhere from two to six more years of schooling left before you’re actually done. So we would suggest not taking three physical education classes and two aide hours your senior year. This will not prepare you for college. Second of all, get involved. You’ve heard this thousands of times, but “highest score on Modern Warfare” as a special skill on your resume and “hanging out with my dog” as your extracurricular activity on scholarship applications generally won’t impress anyone. This is why you should strive to try new things and get involved at school. Believe it or not, there are countless clubs, organizations and classes to choose from, and I’m sure you will be interested in at least one of them. For us, that class has been journalism. Our freshman year we took a chance and enrolled in Intro to Journalism. Little did we know, that class was the beginning of a

four year journey that ended in us being co-editors of the yearbook and making countless memories along the way. These memories range from seeing senior Jacob Beebe attempt to write with a pencil longer than his forearm in our Intro class to having a fiesta-themed food day that included enchiladas and a taco bar while on the yearbook staff. And in finding our niche, it came with a great reward— seeing our hard work pay off as we watched people at yearbook signing parties open their books for the first time. But above all, the best thing about finding our niche in the journalism department, is that the people in journalism have become a second family. So whether your second family is BPA, Azteca, FFA or any other class or organization, you can find a way to make high school memorable and beneficial. So instead of complaining about going to school and taking classes you don’t like, realize that these years will influence how you do in college, your career and if you’ll be successful in life. And we hope you realize this before it’s too late.

Many changes will happen throughout your NHS career kyle wiens online editor

There are a lot of things about me that have changed over the last four years. Starting off, you don’t realize how immature you were as a freshman until com-

ing upon senior year and witnessing current freshmen making the same mistakes. (P.S. Current freshman should take note of this since they will be realizing this in a few short years.) The main thing I believe I gained from high school was confidence. I’ll admit it, I was a dweeb, nerd, lame any name you can think of, my freshman year. Minus my close knit group of friends, I was pretty shy

back then. Anyone that knows me now, or has been to a jazz concert recently, knows that I’m not a shy person anymore. I’m able to talk and perform in front of large crowds. I can start conversations with people I normally would have been too scared to talk to because of fear of being disliked. I am what I am, and over the last four years, I’ve learned to be comfortable with that. I like who I am.

This is something I didn’t completely agree with at the beginning of my high school career. The reason I’ve came to the point I’m at has a lot to do with the fact that I went out and I tried different things. I joined different clubs, I tried different sports, I met new people, and I made plenty of mistakes along the way. Some things worked out for the better and some things I’d rather forget, but each and every one of

those things was an experience that I would never take back. My single bit of advice to anyone in high school reading this is to just go out and try new things. Don’t be afraid to meet new people and don’t be afraid to make mistakes because they are going to happen no matter what. So, embrace the mistake, take it and learn from it for a better future.

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Turn experiences into fun memories Brenda Valdivia co-editor-in-chief “Wake me up when high school ends.” Those are the exact words I said my freshman year. Four years to me seemed forever, maybe it was just the fact that I was a rookie at the school. However, the whole idea of school seems like a never-ending cycle to me. It starts, it ends, and it starts up again, kind of like Tiger Woods career. Elementary school, middle school and high school all come to an end, there is no doubt about that. It just does not hit us how fast that time comes till those last few days. In high school, I learned quite a bit. For example, when it is raining and you need to go to the other building, you can use a plastic bag

to avoid messing up the hair that Friends come and go. you woke up an hour early to do. If You lose some and you gain you want to know the latest news, some. I wish someone would you go to the girls bathroom, and have warned me that friends can fighting in school will only make change more than the weather you infamous. around here. Having the right You go to school to learn, well group of friends is key in high you are supposed to anyways. school and making time to hang Parents and teachout with them ers both want you to while still doing What happens gain knowledge in all good in school your school related is a must. The to you today may subjects, which is type of friends be 1.) forgotten by good. Yet, I think who will stick tomorrow or 2.) rethere is more to high around through membered for the school than learning everything with the carbonic equation you are the ones rest of your life. or how to calculate pi worth keeping. to the last digit. Sure, The ones who if you study those lessons you’ll let you convince them to transfer learn them and eventually they back to NHS just to be with you, will be hard to forget. However, like Angelica Chavez. The ones there are a few lessons that are not who will eat Chinese food with taught by teachers but you learn you outside Dillons during lunch, as you go on your own, like the like Melisa Gomez. The ones who following: make a scene every time they see

you in the hallway, like Haleigh Kerr. The ones who will do anything with you because YOLO, like Alyssa Wortz and Annelyse Whitney. The ones who laugh with you at everything even though it is not funny, like Sarah Andrews, and the ones who make you want to stay another year in high school like Larrah Bills. Last but not least, the people who come from a different country and you would do anything to keep them in the U.S. longer, like Guro Rodland and Charlotte Peine. Procrastination is bad. Do not be a victim of it. It is so easy to say you will do it later, but later turns into tomorrow, to next week to eventually never. I advise you to get things done and turned in on time because the feeling of completion is a lot better then the feeling you get when you find out you’re failing a class. Make innocent mistakes.

Stay up late on a school night. Talk to strangers in the hallways; they can sometimes change your life. Have an innocent crush on a teacher, at least it will give you motivation to go to that class. Turn mistakes into experiences, just do not be that kid who rebels so much that it gets you expelled. A little of something is good, too much is bad, like Mrs. Didier would say. With that said, do what you want to do, not what others want or expect you to do. What happens to you today may be 1.) forgotten by tomorrow or 2.) remembered for the rest of your life. The least you can do is turn all your experiences into fun memories that you will be telling other people about years from now. Life goes on, whether you like it or not. Four years may seem like forever to you, but everything comes to an end, even when it comes to forever.

Life Lessons from a (insert derogatory adjective here) Cat Emma bradley co-editor-in-chief Several years ago, my family acquired a small kitten, which we named Midnight because of his black fur (creative, I know). Ever since that day, I’ve believed he is evil and has no real purpose in life. I now have some respect for him because he at least inspired this column. His quirks will now amount to your gain of the knowledge of several important life lessons. #1 – I’ll start simple for you. Cats – and many other animals – are notorious for “marking their territory.” It’s not ok. Mid-

night has tried it (many times) and been punished. You will be punished too. This also applies to vomit. With a cat, it’s kind of understandable, because there’s no designated “vomit-spot” for cats. Fortunately for us, we have various places to take care of it. You’re in high school; you can make it to the trash can, or better yet – the bathroom. I believe in you. #2 – We all know about the little red laser. Cats will chase them for hours, Midnight included. The sad part is no matter how fast he runs, and how hard he tries, he can’t catch it. We can all learn from this. Always give it your all, even if you’re fighting a losing battle. Chances are, its not hopeless and everything will work out in

the end. #3 – Midnight is usually pretty quiet, but some nights his meowing is endless. Amazingly, we can learn from this too. We all have those nights when our brilliant ideas keep us awake. Don’t hate it, embrace it! Some of my best ideas (this column, for example) keep me up at night. The endless meowing is a lot like some of those people who have a knack for talking your ear off. It’s annoying in high doses, but sometimes we all need to share our ideas or get something off our chest. Be willing to share, but also to listen. #4 – Midnight is notorious for climbing on top of chairs – literally perched on the highest point– and howling at the moon. I admire him for that. Sure, he

looks crazy, but sometimes you just have to let loose and forget about what everyone else thinks. Be proud of what you love and don’t be afraid to show it. #5 – By far the craziest thing Midnight does is stick his head through the handle of a plastic bag, lick the bag, then parade around the house with it around his neck (if you don’t believe me, I have pictures to prove it). It’s crazy, and there’s no reason I can find as to why he does it. But he’s just like everyone else. There’s not a person on Earth who doesn’t have some unexplainable habit. It’s a good thing. These quirks make us who we are. Own your differences. You should feel free to show your uniqueness, but if it’s anything like Midnight’s please at least

try to keep it to a minimum for everyone else’s sake. #6 – Drinking from the toilet. Usually left to dogs. Midnight, however, can apparently play with the big boys. Either that, or he truly believes he is a dog. He tries new things, and maybe loses himself along the way. Try something new, meet new people, join a new club, - whatever feels right. But don’t forget to stay true to yourself and remember to do what’s right if things turn out badly. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Howl at the moon. Let loose and don’t look back. But remember where you came from. Remember who you are. And let the world know you’re proud to be you.

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“A Sweetest Dream”



On April 21, juniors, seniors and their dates attended the 2012 prom, themed “A Sweetest Dream.”


Camp Rock, ‘Taters and More


The business department has had a year of successes. Business Professionals of America qualified 21 for nationals held in Chicago April 24-29, and three students placed in the top 10. Three of the 15 DECA members placed at state in March. Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas (YEK) had six members go to regionals where they presented their business plans. The results of this competition were not available at press time.


In November, the drama department presented the musical “Camp Rock.” Three Senior Directed One-Acts followed in January, and most recently the comical melodrama “Heaven Help the Po’ ’Taters” or “I’d-a-hoe the Potatoes But They Just Won’t Grow” was performed at the end of March.


End of the World

According to the Mayan calendar, the world will be ending on December 21. How will you spend your last six months?



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Debate and Forensics

The ‘11-‘12 debate team qualified one team of two members for nationals. Forensics qualified one for nationals, and scored a team high in five years of 220 points. “Both debate and forensics had a lot of close calls for qualifications,” coach Dave Williams said.


A look back on Newton High ’11- ’12

FFA Competitions On April 29- May 1, 20 of the 120 FFA members traveled to K-State in Manhattan to participate in the state competitions. All of them finished in the silver division, meaning they placed in the top 25 percent.


Graduation will be held on May 19 at 7 p.m. at Athletic Park. The 2012 graduating class is made up of 210 seniors.

Hunger Games and Harry Potter Two of the biggest film debuts this school year have been the releases of “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.” Harry even made the fall homecoming theme, “A Hogwarts Homecoming.”




Jersey Shore

Jersey has continued to be a reality TV hit. Season Four came to a close in October, the gang returning from Italy back to the seaside where they began. Season Five has already brought new drama, as to be expected, especially when “Snooki” announced that she was pregnant.

Independent Studies

Senior Sarah Harrington and juniors Yeni Romero and Ginny Loeffler made a five-week stay in France in February and March for their independent studies. “It gave me more insight into our relationship with other countries and on the lifestyles of people from a different culture,” Harrington said.


Kicks and Spins

The Railiners traveled to Olathe in Kansas City to compete in the Kansas Spectacular Competition. The team got a Division 1 rating in all three dances, and one duet also received a 1.

Leggings Wearing leggings became a growing trend at NHS this year but was not one supported by the administration. The usage of leggings without another form of clothing on top was deemed against school dress code.

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Red Cross Donations


The Red Cross visited NHS in January to collect blood from eligible donors. “I donated blood because people need it,” junior Erin Bergen said. “It’s scary if you can’t have blood.”


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In the fall, the volleyball team, one girls tennis member, three girls golf members and three cross country members qualified for state. Two bowling members, the girls basketball team, eight boys swimming members and 13 wrestlers qualified for state. Two of the wrestlers claimed a state title. As of now, seven girls swimming members and six boys tennis members have qualified for state. Five FCCLA members also competed at state, two receiving silver medals.



The seniors won the powder-puff football tournament sponsored by Business Professionals of America in November. Cans were collected and donated to the Agape Food Pantry.


This year USD 373 went through the process of searching for a new superintendant. Deborah Hamm will be filling the position, starting in the ‘12-’13 school year.



Nearly 30 students gathered at the pole to pray early one September morning to recognise the national See You At The Pole event. “It’s powerful to know that there are hundreds of thousands of other people doing the same thing at the exact same time,” junior Dylan Palmer said.

Market Day

YEK students participated in two Market Days, one each semester. Mini businesses sold anything from enchiladas to mini golf putts to chainmail. Thirty students and 24 businesses made a profit of $1,101 during the spring Market Day.

Twitter usage has continued to soar as more and more high school students get smart phones and begin to Tweet about their lives. Smart phones have also opened up a new world of gaming, Temple Run being a big hit.

Variety Show

Tri-M and Drama Club sponsored the third annual Variety Show in December. Nearly 20 students participated, making up 14 different acts.

Opening soon... YMCA The plans for a YMCA in Newton have been in the works for quite some time now, but after this year are within sight. If the plan is passed to build a YMCA, the $76 million needed to build it would hopefully be paid back in savings over the course of 30 years.

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Unforgettable Memories

High school is the start of a new variety of unforgettable memories, especially for the freshmen. “I will never forget taking first at the McPherson wrestling tournament because I pinned him in a spladle.” -Fr. Manny Garcia. “The first day was the most memorable because that’s when you meet everyone and see what the school is actually like.” -Fr. Shelbie Chard



Charlie Sheen’s “Winning” craze took off this year as he continues to battle his addictions with drugs and alcohol. Winning.

Xylophones, Cellos, and vocals... Oh my! At state band competitions, 17 of the entries received a 1 rating. One quartet and two soloists received a 1 rating for choir, and eight of the 12 orchestra members that attended the State Solo Ensemble Festival received a 1.

The Oct. 31 release of Drake’s “The Motto” started the international “You only live once,” or “YOLO” craze. The track has sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.


Zoo visit

On May 3, science teacher Jerry Epp’s A.P. Biology class took a trip to do some scientific studies. Their location of choice? The zoo. The students observed the behaviors of different animals while on their visit.

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Current coaches to teach core subjects next year Preston returns to teach math, coach baseball, basketball alyssa gaede reporter Newton will be losing several teachers next year, but a couple of familiar faces will be joining the staff. Andy Preston, who is currently teaching at Valley Center, will be joining the Newton High School staff to teach math next fall. Preston coached basketball and baseball at Newton last year. Preston Preston attended Wichita State University, where he received his degree in teaching. Preston says he is glad he has the opportunity to be able to work with students. “I really enjoy working with kids in a school environment,” Preston said via e-mail. “I like being able to build a relationship with the students through their classes.” In his first year of teach-

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ing, Preston has found that he enjoys being a teacher. He has learned that while rewarding it can also be a challenge. “It can be overwhelming at times, especially in your first year as I am finding out right now, but it is very enjoyable and rewarding,” he said. Preston plans to coach at NHS next year. “I enjoy coaching. I coached basketball and baseball while I was at Newton and will be returning to the coaching staff next year,” he said. Preston is ready join the NHS staff and already has a plan to transition in easily with his students. “I am big fan of communication. I always ask for student feedback,” Preston said. “I’m inclined to make adjustments as long as their integrity and learning environment are not affected. I want students to learn and succeed at NHS.”

Assistant girls soccer coach takes position teaching English classes at NHS next fall alex stucky news editor Girls soccer coach Robin Montano said that she has wanted to teach since college, and next year provided the best timing and opportunity for that to happen. For the 2012-13 school year, Montano will be coming to the high school to teach English. Her classes will include sophomore and senior English Montano classes. Montano said being a coach and the experiences involved with coaching will help her in the classroom. “Coaching has allowed me to get to know so many students and understand some of the likes and dislikes,” Montano said via e-mail. “However, all of my athletes should know that I do mean business both on the field and in the classroom.” She said there is a definite difference between coaching and teaching. The main difference being that students choose

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Avenger’s villians ‘definition of cheesy’ cody mick columnist

After the success of several projects, “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and both “Iron Man” movies, Marvel Studios knew what to do next in order to satisfy the giant craving many comic book nerds share. “The Avengers” was the answer. After years of speculation and preparation, the team of earth’s mightiest heroes was finally assembled for a bigscreen debut. Needless to say, I could hardly contain my childish excitement as the opening scene graced my eyes. This certainly is the movie superhero fans have been waiting for. The plot is simple: a group of alien invaders heads to Earth seeking the Tesseract, a cube supplying an unlimited amount of energy. Because of the enormous threat of an all-out war, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D.,

is forced to commence the Avengers Initiative. The task of bringing together six superheroes is not as easy as it sounds. This is where the movie succeeds. Anyone who has seen the movies leading up to “The Avengers” knows that the attitudes of all these heroes differ greatly. Director Joss Whedon obviously has a great knowledge and love of these characters, as he was able to keep their differing personalities alive, which results in some of the coolest, unbeatable good guy vs. good guy fight scenes ever. Where the film falls flat is with its villain. Tom Hiddleston stars as Loki, brother of Thor. Wielding a glowing staff, donning a costume like that of a Power Rangers villain and with several monologues about achieving vengeance, Loki is the definition of “cheesy.” The scenes in space, which include angry back-and-forths between angry aliens, are goofy and had me laughing, though I doubt they were supposed to be funny.

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Despite the stupidity and cheesiness of the villain and his alien army, the film achieves its main goal: leaving audiences glued to their seats. “The Avengers” has more action than every “Rambo” film combined, more explosions than any movie by Michael Bay, more laughs than a room full of hyenas and computer generated imagery more impressive than “Avatar.” Though I might have have over-exaggerated there just a bit, “The Avengers” is a fun, must-see film for all fans of superheroes young and old. Don’t sit down expecting a complicated, serious hero film in the style of “The Dark Knight.” Rather, enjoy the movie as an exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most powerful superheroes: Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye and the Black Widow, come together to kick butt and leave us begging for a sequel, which may have been guaranteed in the film’s final scene.

Genre: alternative rock Gavin Degraw is known as one of the kings when it comes to love and break-up songs. Once again he has lived up to that title. Degraw’s song “Radiation,” off of his new album “Sweeter,” tells the tale of a fading relationship that he has to get out of. The light rock tune has a great dynamic and the added bonuses of a strong back beat and gospel choir, bringing the whole song together.

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“It’s a pretty catchy song.”

“I really enjoy listening to the song.”

“I really like it. It just has a good beat.”

“I like it because it has a catchy beat.”

- Fr. Brett Hasty

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For this year’s summer vacation, my fam-

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“It’s the only way I pay for things.”


Tomorrow, my ________family and I will adjective

load numerous suitcases and ________ number

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at least _________ stops to ________ and number


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We will do plenty of ________ activities adjective

while we are there. We will go ________ noun

climbing and ________ watching, as well animal

as eating world famous ________ and food

fishing for _________ at Lake ________. I plural sea creature

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My “They Best Friends make life interesting.”

“I’m a huge bookworm.”

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Regier, Yeargin break track records hannah carlgren opinions editor

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(Left) Sophomore La’Tiyera Yeargin competes at a track meet. (Above) Junior Spencer Berning competes in the two mile during a track meet. “The season is going pretty well, I’ve improved alot from last year and met my Get ready for the most fun you can goals so I’m proud of myself,“ Berning said.

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Three years ago, junior Brooke Regier set a goal to break the NHS record for discus, and on April 27 at the El Dorado meet, she did just that. With a throw of 135 feet, 10 inches, Regier shattered the school record and achieving a personal record. “I was happy. I’ve been trying to break the record since my freshman year, so I feel really good to finally do that,” she said. “I’ve been working on my technique and changed a few things, and it all just finally came together. I just had to focus because the technique has to do a lot with repetition, and that can get really boring really quickly.” With regionals coming up on May 18, Regier is working harder than ever to try and break her

record again. She also expressed the hope of throwing 40 feet in shot put. Regier was not the only one to break a record that day. Sophomore La’Tiyera Yeargin broke the previous records for the 100m dash and the 200m dash with times of 11.81 and 25.02 seconds. “When I found out I broke the record, I just jumped up and down and gave my coach the biggest hug ever,” Yeargin said. “All my teammates were congratulating me, and I felt amazing. It was my goal from the beginning of the season to break the 100 record, so I felt very accomplished.” Head running coach Tad Remsburg was also excited. “I was ecstatic, turning cartwheels,” he said. “I was so happy for La’Tiyera. I’m always excited when one of my athletes breaks a record.” Yeargin’s goals for the rest of the season include breaking the 4x100 NHS record and placing first at state in one of her events. The team has its league competition on Friday.

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2011-2012 sports year-in-review

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Spring sports wrap-up season with league, regionals >>Boys Golf

On Monday, the boys golf went to the Salina Muncipal Golf Course to participate in the AVCTL tournament. The team earned third place, while junior Lane Pauls won the tournament with a 74. The team will head back to Salina on Monday for the regional competition. “We should get first as a team. Hopefully I will play better. I am going to focus on putting during our practices,”

sophomore Cole Rother said. The 5A state meet is May 21 at Lawrence-Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence.

>>Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team has broken two records in the past two weeks. On April 30, they were the co-champions of AVCTL league for the first time in 26 years. Then, last Friday at the regional competition, all six members of the varsity squad qualified for state. “I felt like the coolest kid

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on the block when I found out we won league,” sophomore member Josh Carlgren said. “It’s going to be really awesome getting a plaque up in Ravenscroft, and to know that I was part of the team that did that is the best part for me.” Regionals was held in Newton, which Carlgren said was “good” because of the “great fan support.” Overall, the team took second at regionals. Senior Jenson Kingsley placed third and fresh-

man Riley Kingsley took fifth in singles play. On the doubles side, senior Brooks Taylor along with Carlgren took third. Senior Keenan Zielke and sophomore Preston Ford finished sixth. State competition will be held in Arkansas City on May 11 and 12. Results were not available at press time.

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The perfect spring athlete

If we were able to select a participant from every spring sport and combine them into one, NHS would have the perfect spring athlete. STUDIO


head: jr. Omar Ramos-Thaw sport: golf “Golf is a mental game. I have to focus,” Ramos-Thaw said.



Quilting with Class right arm: jr. Austin Resser sport: baseball position: 1B “You have to have the ability to throw the ball to make plays,” Resser said.


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right leg: jr. Karen Felix sport: soccer “I need my legs to trip people and to kick the ball,” Felix said.

right foot: jr. Nat Dick sport: tennis “Footwork is the foundation of succeeding in tennis,” Dick said.

left arm: so. Chloe Denno sport: softball position: 1B and 3B “In order to make fast, accurate plays, you need arm strength,” Denno said.

core: fr. Sophia Miller sport: swimming “In swimming, your core is important because it helps with your stroke,” Miller said. left leg: so. Matt Willis sport: track & field “If I didn’t have my legs, I couldn’t walk, and I kind of need them. I run track,” Willis said.

left foot: fr. Jerod Fox sport: tennis “Coach Sisson says I don’t move my feet enough. So my feet don’t matter to me,” Fox said.

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Senior Class[by the numbers] 228 seniors were enrolled this year. 210 of those seniors are graduating this year. 3 juniors are graduating alongside those seniors. 7 students graduated earlier, in December.

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not in Kansas any more. AK MO TX Sara slifer major: nursing William Jewell

Cameron spreier major: Chemistry Henderson State University

Angelica Chavez major: Graphic Design Art-Institute of Fort Worth

“1. I wanted to get away from home and 2. I wanted to swim in college, and no Kansas schools offer a competitive swim team.”

“I have family there and I wanted to go to Texas and try out living in a bigger city.”

“I feel like I want to experience a new environment, not that Newton sucks but people always say it gets harder to go places as you get older, so I want to experience those things now.”

MI Claire Blann major: Marketing and Journalism Creighton University


Amanda Wright major: Business Missouri State University “I want to go back to Missouri to be with my old friends, that’s where I’m from. I’ve always wanted to go there.”

Amy Kondziola major: Biology/Pre-Physicians Assistant Easter Mennonite University


“It was the closest school I could go to and still swim competitively, besides KU, and I didn’t want to go to KU.”

“I wanted to meet a lot of new people, and I was looking for a school that would give me a bigger exposure to people that I didn’t know.”

OK Colby Allmond major: Welding Tulsa Welding School “I’m going for welding.”

Emily runge major: Political Science Hillsdale College “It was small and conservative, it had an appealing learning environment, and being away from home didn’t really play a factor in where I went to school. I just tried to choose a school that was right for me. ”

Austin vermillion major: Stick Welding Tulsa Welding School “I have family that lives about half an hour away. I also wanted to travel. Plus, I have a part time job lined up with my uncle.

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Heelai Ahmadullah plans to attend KU to study pharmacy. Alec Ainsworth plans to work. Colby Allmond plans to attend Tulsa Welding School to major in welding. Chelsee Anderson plans to work for a year. Ana Andrade plans to attend Newman University to major in nursing. Sarah Andrews plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in Respiratory Therapy.

Jessica Armstrong plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major as a physical therapist assistant. Taylor Ayres plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in nursing with a minor in Criminal Justice. Levi Baer plans to work at Koch Industries. Colton Baird plans to attend Emporia State University to major in music education with a minor in history. Bryce Banks plans to attend Wichita State University to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. Ethan Barham plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in music. Kylie Bass plans to attend Tabor College to double major in social work and psychology. Alyssa Becker plans to attend Hesston College to major in accounting. Jacob Beebe Rebecca Bever plans to work with animals and help them. Harley Blackmon is undecided on her future plans. Meagan Blackwell

Alexis Blankenship plans to attend Xenon International Academy. Claire Blann plans to attend Creighton University to major in marketing and journalism with minors in English and music. Levi Blaylock plans to attend Baker University to major in business finance. Jenny Boehm Emma Bradley plans to attend Bethel College to major in biology. Sarah Brill plans to attend Wichita State University to major in elementary education.

Shea Brill plans to attend Wichita State University to major in elementary education. Courtney Briseno plans to attend the Art Institute to major in fine arts. Danielle Brockman plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in art. Steven Brown plans to start novel writing, song writing and screen writing. Zachary Brown plans to attend Northwestern to major in auto technician with a minor in therapy. Jared Calbert plans to attend Wichita State to major in accounting.

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Page 21 Angel Camacho plans to attend Wichita State University to major in business with a minor in psychology. Esteban Castillo plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in business with a minor in fine arts. Sarah Castleman plans to attend college at Emporia State University to major in business. Angelica Chavez plans to attend the Art Institute of Fort Worth to major in graphic design. Noah Cleary plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in psychology with a minor in art. Holly Cox plans to attend Butler Community College and then Mississippi State University to major in broadcast meteorology with a minor in weather/broadcasting. Austin Crumrine plans to attend Pittsburg State University to major in mechanical engineering. Santino Cuellar Valeria Davalos Dominic Davis plans to attend Tabor College to major in physical education and play football. Irene de la Fuente Villaverde Meghan Deering plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in nursing. Dillon Dennett plans to join the Navy. Payton Dickey Elizabeth Dodd plans to attend Butler Community College in Wichita to major in nursing. Erin Doerksen plans to attend Bethel College to major in art and education. Katelyn Dorrell plans to attend Emporia State University to major in English and Creative Writing with a minor in music. James Duncan plans to work at Casey’s. Staci Ensz plans to attend Emporia State University to major in elementary education and minor in special education. Christina Entz plans to attend Washburn University to major in nursing Johnathan Flores plans to attend a four-year college and study history to become a teacher. Courtney Foudray plans to attend Paul Mitchell to major in cosmetology and photography. Jared Fromm plans to attend Baker University. Alex Fryhover plans to become a computer repair/network technician. Betti Fuhr Konner Garnett Cheyenne Garrison plans to attend Pittsburg State University to major in graphic design with a minor in advertising. Morgan Gay plans to attend Hesston College to major in nursing. Christian Gehring

Ben Goertz plans to attend Wichita State University to major in criminal justice. Melisa Gomez plans to attend Wichita State University to major in dental hygiene Deven Gonzalez plans to attend Emporia State University to major in music education. Nathan Gouvion T.J. Graber plans to attend Pittsburg State University to major in exercise science. Dustin Griffith plans to work to save money for vocational school.

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Shelby Grosch plans to major in business finance with a minor in accounting. Brandon Guilles plans to attend Wichita State University to major in electrical engineering with a minor in physics. Seth Hamill plans to join the Army National Guard. Cassoday Harder plans to attend the University of Kansas. Chance Harder plans to attend OSU to major in Cat dealership prep. Steven Harms plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in electrical engineering. Sarah Harrington plans to attend Emporia State University to major in music dducation with a minor in French or psychology. Nicole Head plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in Radiology. Alexis Hector plans to attend Delaware County Community College to major in sports management and minor in history. Olivia Henning Donald Herbison plans to go through Project Search. Helam Hernandez plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in engineering technology. Mason Hinz Jonathan Holderfield plans to join the United States Army. Abbie Holler plans to attend Kansas State University to major in engineering with a minor in leadership studies. Ryan Hutton plans to do either firefighting, construction or be an electrician. Imanol Iriondo Andi Jackson plans to attend Wichita State University to major in dental hygiene.

Jake Jantz plans to attend Kansas State University to major in political science with a minor in leadership studies. Tim Jantzi plans to attend Wichita State University to major in athletic training. Jared Janzen plans to attend Tabor College to major in English with a minor in music. Annabella Jaramillo plans to go to college to become an LPN and to become a OBGYN. Joseph Jaso Miles Johns plans to attend Newman University to major in nursing with a minor in sports medicine. Elizabeth Johnson plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in dentistry. Jessica Jones plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in behavior analysis with a minor in music. Diany Joseph plans to attend Wichita State University to major in pharmacy or optometry. Halie Kasper plans to attend Hutchinson Community college to major in nursing or radiology. Zach Keith Adam Kelsey plans to attend Butler Community College.

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Will Kemph Haleigh Kerr plans to attend Bethel College to major in nursing. Kady King plans to attend Bethel College to major in nursing. Morgan King plans to work at Davis Moore as an auto salesman. Ashley Koehn plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in psychology. Ben Koerner plans to study pre-med and biology.

Van Kuhn plans to work at Dillons and go to a local college to be a computer technician. Alisha LaFave Nathan Lanier plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in computer science. Matt Lawrence plans to attend Wichita State University to major in business finance and minor in accounting. Katelyn League plans to attend Wichita State University to major in business with a minor in art. Chris Licata Ciera Lintz plans to attend Butler Community College to major in pre-med. Katie Loescher plans to attend Rockhurst University to major in nursing. Luca Lomonaco Sharon Long plans to attend Wichita State University to major in math or science. Bart Looijen Alexus Love plans to attend college to major in dental hygiene or become a police officer. Martin Lujano plans to find a job. Rabecca MacKenzie Rachel MacKenzie plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to study to become a physical therapist assistant. Rigo Magana plans to become a welding tech through Hutchinson Community College. Rafael Mancera plans to attend Hutchinson Community College. Edgar Marcial-Gutierrez

Felisha Martinez plans to attend college to major in pre-med. Brantlee Mathies Hugh McConnell plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in microbiology. Robin McGonigal plans to attend Cowley Community College with an undecided major and a minor in theater. Griselda Medina plans to attend Bethel College to major in mathematics education with a minor in photography. Julius Meyer-Ohlendorf

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class of 2012 Page 24 Dustin Miller plans to attend a vocational school to major in an electrical field. Maurice Montano plans to join the Air Force and explore what jobs they have to offer and then attend college for music and film. Adrienne Mosqueda Matthew Munger plans to attend college to major in accounting and construction. Halle Murphy plans to attend Pittsburg State University to major in automotive technology and minor in business. Isaac Olivas plans to go to as many rodeo schools as he can to be a rodeo clown. Brooks Osburn plans to attend Wichita State University to study science education. Charlotte Peine plans to finish school in Germany and then attend college. Maddie Pendry plans to attend Pratt Community College to major in accounting. Alina Petith Shayla Petrie plans to work. Alicia Plummer plans to attend Wichita State University to major in nursing with a minor in business. Yadira Porras plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in civil engineering with a minor in French. Nicky Ramos plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in computer science with a minor in business. Jenna Rangel plans to attend the University of Missouri Kansas City to major in sports medicine. Jacob Rankin Jared Ratzlaff plans to go through Project Search. Jedediah Redger

Austin Regier plans to attend college to major in mechanical engineering. Christa Richardson plans to attend Calvary Bible College to major in Biblical counseling with a minor in psychology. Kristen Riley plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in nursing. Beth Rinehart plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in criminal justice with a minor in political science. Ludwig Risland Riley Roberts plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in nursing or pre-med. Tyler Robinson plans to attend Wichita State or join the military. Janneth Rodriguez plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in radiology with a minor in sports medicine. Guro Systad-Roedland plans to finish high school then go to college. Emily Runge plans to attend Hillsdale College in Michigan to major in history and political science with a minor in Spanish. Matthew Scheuermann plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in veterinary medicine with a minor in art. Kendall Schmidt plans to attend Kansas State University to study mechanical engineering. Sarah Schmidt plans to attend Tabor College to major in business and then transfer to the University of Kansas to major in Japanese. Tyler Schmidt plans to attend Butler Community College. Kendra Scott plans to attend Bethel College. Terry Scott Ryan Secrest plans to attend Butler Community College. Bryce Seifert plans to attend Hesston College to major in commercial piloting.

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Page 25 Jerek Shoemaker plans to attend Wichita State University to major in computer science. Sara Slifer plans to major in nursing with a minor in Spanish. Erica Spencer Cameron Spreier plans to attend Henderson State University to major in chemistry with a minor in business. Kendra Stark Wyatt Stark plans to attend Butler Community College to major in physical education.

Dakota Stein plans to major in business. Nathan Stewart plans to attend Hesston College to major in nursing. Erik Stroud plans to take a year off to work. Conner Stucky plans to attend Kansas State University to major in ag-business. Stephen Sump Erin Thompson plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in occupational therapy with a minor in graphic design.

Alyssa Tolle plans to attend Emporia State University to major in elementary education. Juan Torres Suarez Brenda Valdivia plans to attend Hutchinson Community College and then Fort Hays State University to major in nursing with a minor in business. Austin Vermillion plans to attend Tulsa Welding School to major in stick welding. Rachel Volk plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in architecture. Jeremy Wedel plans to help on his uncle’s farm. Kai Wegerle plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in radiology. Morgan Welch plans to Hutchinson Community College to major in nursing. Annelyse Whitney plans to attend Kansas State University to major in marketing with a minor in graphic design. Kyle Wiens plans to attend Wichita State University to major in sports management with a minor in marketing. Peter Wild plans to attend Hutchinson Community College to major in agricultural diesel mechanics. Joseph Wilks plans to attend college. Tori Wilson plans to attend Butler Community College to major in elementary education with a minor in English. Dilan Winter plans to attend Wichita State University to major in aerospace engineering. Alyssa Wortz plans to attend Kansas State University to major in interior design. Amanda Wright plans to attend Missouri State University. Austin Young Veronica Zaldivar-Jaso plans to major in elementary education.

Not Pictured:

Mollie Blevins, Kaley Brown, Andrez Cervantes, Demi Collins, Zereya Conley, Danya Coulter, Landon Dellenbaugh, Breana Drake, Connor Galloway, Alisha Garcia, Mercedes Gomez, Jenson Kingsley, Amy Kondziola, Sarah Lanham, Katie Meyers, Melinda Ragsdale, Rebecca Southern, Amanda Stroud, Brooks Taylor, Fabiola Torres, Cheylyn Vannest

Zacharias Zastrow plans to join the Coast Guard. Keenan Zielke plans to attend Wichita State University to major in pre-physical therapy.

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Looking Back...


Freshman Entertainment & Technology: Twilight The Dark Knight The Hangover Transformers Hancock Donny Herbison Taken All Summer Long - Kid Rock Halo 3 World at War Love Story - Taylor Swift Quantam of Solace iPhone

Science teacher Fred Becker’s class, first day of school 2008

Riley Roberts

Entertainment & Technology: Avatar Iron Man 2 Harry Potter New Moon Despicable Me Alice in Wonderland UP The Blind Side Dougie

Hugh McConnell

Silly Bands Modern Warfare 2 Tik Tok - Ke$ha Glee Jersey Shore



Kady King & TIm Jantzi Austin Crumrine

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Entertainment & Technology: I’m Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO We Are Young - Fun. Hunger Games The Walking Dead Captain America My Strange Addiction Titanic 3D Modern Warfare 3 Project X 21 Jump Street The Vow TOMS Sperry’s Kindle Fire iPad 3 Twitter Instagram


Spanish Club Zumba dancing

2012 Senior

Entertainment & Technology: Jared Fromm Black & Yellow - Wiz Khalifa Born This Way - Lady Gaga Don’t You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson Transformers Toy Story 3 Inception Harry Potter Eclipse Bridesmaids The Hangover 2 Kinect Act of Valor Halo Reach iPad Sara Slifer & Bryce Banks

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Maddie Pendry & Alyssa Tolle

Claire Blann & Erin Doerksen

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“Oh the places you’ll go.. ”

The graduating class of 2012 will be headed out into the “real world” in just a few short days, focusing on many different fields in the work force. Here are two seniors with eye-catching plans for after high school.

Winter looks to major in aerospace engineering at WSU ashlynn Hamm features editor Hours upon hours had been spent designing it, even more time was spent building it. A freshman boy watched as the robot he and the other members of RaileRobotics team 935 had created began its competition against rival robots. Little did he know, this was just the beginning for him. Four years later, senior Dilan Winter will be taking his design to a whole new level. After being a National Merit finalist, Winter has locked in a four-year full-ride scholarship to Wichita State University to study aerospace engineering. Aerospace engineering involves the aerodynamics of airplane and rocket designs and the study of how air flows over the body of an aircraft. “Aerospace engineering is divided into two main areas, aeronautical, which deals more with airplanes, and astronautical, which is more rockets and stuff,” Winter said. “I want to focus more on the astronautical area.” Winter has high ambitions with his future in aerospace engineering. “I would like to work for NASA or some space organization,” Winter said. “WSU and other colleges offer internships, which is one way to get your foot in the door for a job. You can choose to go wherever. WSU offers interns at aerospace places in Wichita like Cessna and

Hawker Beach, and also some further away. NASA is an option I would like to explore.” Throughout his high school years, Winter has been a member on the RaileRobotics team and has taken engineering classes with engineering teacher Brian Rickard. Winter said he has learned a lot over the years through both activities. Winter said that engineering has taught him a lot about teamwork. “Most of engineering is working in small teams and each person is assigned a different job,” Winter said. “You’re responsible for your job so you can come together as a group and have one final project.” Engineering has come with more than just lessons learned. Winter likes the problem solving aspect of it as well. “It’s always fun to see how your solution will work and solve problems,” Winter said. Robotics, on the other hand, has gone from learning the technicalities of building a robot to more of a life skill learning activity. “Throughout my freshman season I learned a lot about designing the robot, which is important,” Winter said. “Senior year I have learned about leadership because I am the team captain, and I have needed to take on more of a leadership role this year.” Head robotics coach Shawn Taylor has been impressed with Dilan from day one, and still is today.

“During his involvement over the past four years he has expanded his technical knowledge at a phenomenal pace,” Taylor said via e-mail. “Dilan has also developed the important social skills necessary for him to be an effective leader, respect for others, tolerance, the ability to communicate at all levels, as well as the importance of discipline, planning and time management. Dilan has always been a standout at whatever he does. This year he was the unanimous selection for Team Captain.” Taylor said he believes Winter has a lot of potential in the aerospace engineering because of the skills he has shown and successes he has had through robotics. “[Winter] has always demonstrated exceptional intelligence,” Taylor said. “His capacity to learn, apply that knowledge to creative solutions and effectively communicate and work with others in a team environment lead directly to the incredible success of Team 935 last year, winning the OKC regional and sweeping the design and engineering awards. In addition, for the first time Team 935 was able to make it to what I like to call the robotics version of the sweet 16 at the Championship in St. Louis.” Winter’s successes and improvements are only one aspect of his love for robotics and engineering. “My favorite part is being down on the field competing and seeing the robot I helped create

win matches,” Winter said. In order to continue gaining experience in the aerospace engineering area, Winter is looking into participating in the robotics program at WSU. “WSU has a form of robotics with a dune buggy that I would like to participate in,” Winter said. “I would mainly focus on the aerospace engineering side of things, and work on the fin and nose of the design.” As Winter prepares to leave the life of a high schooler, he said he is going to miss being on the RaileRobotics team. However, he leaves advice for anyone

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interested in engineering, and even those who aren’t. “If you want to do something with engineering, get involved in Rickard’s classes and robotics,” Winter said. “Also, Robotics isn’t all about engineering. There are also other aspects to it like business and graphic design. There’s a lot of opportunities for those interested in things other than just the robotics or engineering side.”

Congratulations, Bart! Good luck at university next year. We’ll miss you! Love- your Host Family

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Senior aspires to become rodeo clown >>Isaac Olivas wishes to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps Alyssa Gaede reporter When the seniors were young, some imagined growing up and becoming a princess, a police officer, a ballerina, a firefighter or, in senior Isaac Olivas’ Olivas case, a rodeo clown. Olivas wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather who was in a tragic accident in a rodeo. Olivas’ grandfather was trampled while working, and that is something that has stuck

rodeo school, which takes places with him. in June. “My grandpa was trampled Olivas said that rodeo clowns while at work and ever since are not just then I’ve there for enterwanted to do As a rodeo clown, tainment value. it for him. I I would not only It is their job to want to proentertain the crowd, I make sure all tect the cowboy,” Olivas would be making sure riders are safe. “As a rosaid. “It also that if things got out deo clown, I seems really of hand the cowboys would not only exciting to be are safe. entertain the in the middle crowd,” Olivas of all the acsr. Isaac Olivas said, “ I would tion.” be making sure Olivas that if things got out of hand the plans to attend Northwestern cowboys are safe.” State University of Oklahoma, Olivas said after school he which is a college that provides a rodeo program. He also plans hopes to eventually make it as a to attend as many rodeo schools rodeo clown with Professional Bull Riders, PBR. PBR is an as he can, including Spanky’s

Congratulations Ryan!

Congratulations Mason!

We are very proud of you.

We are proud of you!!

Love, Mom & Dad

Congratulations Olivia

We’re very proud of you! Love, Mom & Dad

Love, Mom & Dad

organization that not only gives membership to only the best professionals riders around, but is also the highest acclaimed bull riding association in the business. Olivas may have his heart set on becoming a rodeo clown, but his family is not as excited as he is about his plans. Olivas’ family saw one family member injured from the career and does not want to have to watch it happen to another. “My family doesn’t really want me to become a rodeo clown. They have seen the dangers of it and do not want to see me injured or worse, dead,” Olivas said. Olivas does have a backup plan if he is unable to fulfill his

No Prisoners, Jenna Love,

Dad & Mom

dream of working in the rodeo. He would like to go into auto mechanics. Olivas has great interest in working on cars. He says he enjoys being able to accomplish something by himself. “Mechanics is my only backup if I am unable to reach my goal,” Olivas said. “I enjoy working with my hands and being able to understand how the car is working.” In some people’s eyes, being a rodeo clown may not be a real profession, but Olivas does not see it that way and encourages anyone to go after what they want in life. “Go after any dream you have. If someone tells you that you cannot do it, you need to prove them wrong,” Olivas said.

Congratulations Annelyse We know you will do great at K-State!

Love, Mom & Dad, Cassie & Juan, Brandy & Bryana

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Good luck class of 2012! Congratulations Haleigh! Good luck at Bethel!

We love you!

Mom, Dad, & Hunter

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Congratulations Breana We are so proud of you! Amlamlab, Mom, Dad, Ariel, & Makenzie

Congratulations Nathan!

We’re proud of you! Love,

Mom & Steve, and the rest of the “crew”

Congratulations Brooks! We are proud of you! Love, Mom, Tracy, Shelby, & Toby

Congratulations, Tim!

We are so proud of you! Love,

Mom & Jim Dad & Rachel

Congrats Cheyenne! Good luck at Pitt State. Love, Mom, Dad, & Montana

Congratulations! Danielle, Good Luck at College Love, The Whole Family!

Congratulations Imanol!

We are so proud of you! Love you much, Royce, Sharon, and Noah Your American Family

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how to survive college

Carly Willis, Washburn University

Jennifer Scott, Bethel College

“[You need] caffeine and time management. But most importantly caffeine!”

“Try to experience everything, sleep in on the weekends and get your homework done early.”

Brandi Regier, Cowley County Community College

Erin Bradley, Bethel College

“Study, study and study! It’s a lot of work and effort. It can be quite overwhelming, but it is worth it in the long run.”

“Always make sure to try new things. It’s the best way to make friends and have fun. Friends will be your support system, and in most situations you can make a little money on the side.”

Congratulations Connor!

Anthony J. D’Angelo

We know you’ll do great at KU... Rock Chalk!!

Never forget how to find joy in the little things! We love you and are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Erin, Ellie, and Ma

We are very proud of you Love,

Mom, Dad, & Kyle

“Even though you don’t spend that much time in class, you will spend time studying and doing homework. Don’t procrastinate and manage your time wisely. Get to know a lot of people and get involved.”


Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Great Job Alyssa!

Ashley Murrell, Washburn University

Love, Grandpa and Grandma McCall

We are proud of you



Mom, Dad, Hana, Josh, Emily, & Ezio

GOOD LUCK GRADS! Best wishes,

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“Gain happiness by living in the present - Without regret for the past or fear of the future.”- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


What is something you did in high school that you wish you wouldn’t have done? Sarah Andrews “I slipped on a grape and then spilled [my lunch] in the process. This happened during lunch in front of the senior boys table. I was so embarrassed.”

Dillon Dennett “I failed my English class because I didn’t turn in a big exam.” “It was not worth it because I still had to make it up the next year.”

Courtney Foudray

What is something you wish you could have done in high school? Angelica Chavez “I wish I could have done a play. It looks like fun.” “I couldn’t do it because of work and sports.”

Morgan Welch “I wish I wouldn’t have procrastinated so much and turned things in on time.” “My grades would have been better and I would have been more qualified for scholarships.”

Dakota Stein

“Skipping a lot even, though I don’t have anymore excused absences.”

“I wish I could have done football.”

“I guess it was worth it since I’m still graduating.”

“I couldn’t because I hurt my back.”

Maurice Montano “I fell down a flight of stairs in choir class.”

Ethan Barham “I wish I would have spoken my mind to the things that were said in the hallway.”

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Baby Pictures

take a step back in time and match the seniors with their baby pictures





















1. Claire Blann 2. Erin Doerksen 3. Alexis Blankenship 4. Amanda Wright 5. Kylie Bass 6. Kendall Schmidt 7. Keenan Zielke 8. Connor Galloway 9. Kadyn King 10. Konner Garnett 11. Brooks Taylor 12. Alyssa Wortz 13. Courtney Foudray 14. Tyler Robinson 15. Imanol Iriondo 16. Kendra Scott 17. Morgan King 18. Janneth Rodriguez 19. Levi Blaylock 20. Jenson Kingsley 21. Griselda Medina 22. Bart Looijen 23. Ben Koerner 24. Cassoday Harder 25. Jenna Rangel 26. Bryce Banks 27. Guro Roedland 28. Tim Jantzi 29. Adam Kelsey 30. Sarah Brill 31. Riley Roberts 32. Olivia Henning 33. Shea Brill 34. Erin Thompson 35. TJ Graber 36. Veronica Zaldivar-Jaso 37. Haleigh Kerr 38. Katie Loescher 39. Shelby Grosch 40. Rachel Volk


















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When Seniors Were Scrawny Photo Essay By Johanna Patton (Albums) Updated 13 hours ago Edit Album

“My favorite part about basketball games would definitely have to be reppin’ the Helmer Mask all night.” -Haleigh Kerr

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Shelby Grosch’s “N-Town-Down”

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The complete Senior Issue of The Newtonian for the 2011-2012 school year.

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