Red & Blue Winter Royalty R eview Volume #45 Issue #4 February 2013
Santa Fe Trail High School Carbondale, Kan.
They danced and got all fancied up, and you voted. Exclusive Winter Royalty pictures and interviews on page 6.
Details and information on the bond issue and upcoming election available on pages 4 and 11.
Auditorium and Gym
Junior Shelby Dahl drives down the court on January 11â€™s game against Holton. Photo by Maria Penrod.
Charger Athletics BY JAEDEN ROMINE PHOTOS SUBMITTED
Guard 5’7” - 17 years old Scranton, KS 12 MacKenzie Herren, 12, also known as Mak, has averaged 2 points per game and 20 points overall this season. She shoots 58% from the free throw line. Herren averages .2 steals per game and 1.1 rebounds per game. She is ranked 33 of 51 in the scoring category. Herren grew up in Scranton where her dad is a pastor at Cross Roads Community Church. She has four siblings, and her little sister, Grace, will be a freshman next year. “Don’t worry, there will be some-
body to take my place,” Herren said. She doesn’t just play basketball, Herren competes in cross country and track and field as well. She also played volleyball her freshman year. Herren started playing volleyball when she was six years old. “My most memorable memory from basketball was when Shara Luther purposely hit me in the face while I was playing defense,” Herren said. One of the best moments One of her best moments from basketball was when Holly Ullery, 12,
came out of the game and gave the referee a high five thinking that he was Coach Duncan. Herren mentioned that her least favorite memory was when the team had to run 50 down and backs from Racheal Forrestt, 12, and Dani Jo Kuney, 12, playing in the play place at McDonalds after a game. Mak is planning on going to Emporia State University for college to run cross country and track.
Wrestles in the 220 weight class 5’10” - 15 years old Carbondale, KS Travis Reynolds, 9, grew up in Carbondale with his parents and sister, Megan Reynolds, 11; and was probably his number one fan. Travis started wrestling when he got into the 7th grade. He said that he only started wrestling because his friends did it and it looked fun. “It was really hard at first with all the running and conditioning, but then it started to get fun,” Reynolds said. He believes the worst thing about wrestling is getting hurt, but
he has never been hurt himself. The wrestler that Reynolds looks up to the most is Dan Gable. “Dan is the best there is. He’s a great wrestling coach and a great wrestler himself. He won a gold medal in the Olympics without giving any points to his opponents,” Reynolds said. The best moment of Reynold’s wrestling career was when he went into double overtime, but it was also the most embarassing
but it was also the most embarrassing moment because he lost in the double overtime. His favorite wrestling move would be the double leg take down because it is easy. Between school and wrestling, in the little down time he has, Travis likes to play his playstation, and watch Duck Dynasty. “I just like to relax when I’m not busy with wrestling,” Reynolds said.
Player Profiles Lane Clark
Power forward 6’2” - 17 years old Overbrook, KS 42 Lane Clark, 12, also known as Grizz, has played basketball for eight years. His favorite thing to do on the court is dunk on his opponent and his least favorite thing is not being able to be physical like in football. Clark said that his number one fan is Mr. Burgett, because he has taught Clark many things throughout his high school career, and Lane feels very honored to have Mr. Burgett as a teacher and friend. Many embarrassing things happen to players when they are playing a sport. “The most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done on the court would have to be when I was running down the gym at full speed, when out of no where I tripped on a lose string from my shorts and my shorts just fell off,” Clark said. Although many memories are made, Lane said that his favorite memory from basketball throughout all the years he has played would have to be the stories the boys tell each other on the back of the bus. “My idol is Kristopher Dale Wayne Ullery because he has stacks on his two wheel drive truck,” Clark said. He also mentioned that his favorite thing that Coach Staab says is “Holy Cats!” Between basketball and school Clark doesn’t have very much free time. When he is not at basketball games or practices Clark has many other hobbies including, hunting, fishing, CACO, golf, riding his horse, Blade, and football. Lane recently
verbally commited to play football for Fort Scott Community College during his college career. “Fort Scott will be a blast! But I also feel like it is going to be a challenge. Nothing in life comes easy and I feel like I will leave Fort Scott as a better man then I was when I got there,” Clark said. He also said that he has dreams outside of sports as well, like winning the lottery. Clark mentioned that if he ever won the lottery he would put in a regulation size basketball court at his house that way he could play basketball all the time with his buddies. Clark also said that he would buy a new truck, and get a foam pit. “I don’t really know why I want a foam pit, but it just sounds awesome and dangerous,” Clark said. Once he had his foam pit he would have his idol, K. Ullery, 12, over and have him jump his lawn mower into the pit. Clark said he has really enjoyed the years that he has played basketball at Santa Fe Trail High School. “I made a bunch of friends and a whole lot of memories during the years I have played,” Clark said.
New Additions Auditorium BY DOYLE HESS
The bond issue would propose the construction of two monolithic domes to house a fine arts facility and an auxiliary gym. There is a strong belief that state aid for construction will be lost, or at the least completely changed around. As of right now, our district qualifies for 44% state aid. The bond issue would be for 4.6 million. The preliminary mill rate for this bond would be around 4.6 million, for 15 years. Current bond million rate is 7.6 million, a reduction of nearly 3 million. The fine arts facility would include classroom space for 120 band members, 60 choir members, and seat 500 audience members for fine arts productions and drama presentations. An auxiliary gym would provide additional practice space, regulation volleyball facilities, additional restrooms, and locker room space. Seating capacity would be no more than 500. This would not be a competition gym but would host JV and freshman activities, along with volleyball. “ Voting will take place April 2nd. Construction time is estimated 6 months to develop plans and 18 months to cunstruct but no more than two years.” Superintendent Steve Pegram, said. “The dome would be safer, more energy efficient, easier to heat and cool, and better protection from weather forces. There is a real need for the additional facilities. First off our fine arts department participation has sky rocketed. Where we once had 30 some in the band, we now have numbers in the 80’s with projections of numbers reaching over 100 in the next couple of years. The same can be said for both drama and choir, the numbers in these programs have also increased. There is talk in the Kansas Legislature of doing away with this facility aid program. Should the take aid be removed, the full responsibility of paying for the project would fall on the district patrons.” said Pegram. The experience would change from what it is now for those who perform on stage and on the court. “I think the new facilities would help our school across the board.” debate/forensics coach and dramatic instructor Ryan Reed said, “Over half of my classes use the stage for class activities and the distractions from the gym make it tough for students to stay focused. Our school provides multiple opportunities for students to get involved but space is only so limited. We definitely need more space.” Reed said. The Physical education instructors would also benefit from this to of course.
“I believe that the issue would easily solve a lot of our space problems.” said Regan Erikson. Physical Education instructor at SFTHS. “We wouldn’t have to give up our gym to the blood drive or to student testing. I think that it would be beneficial not only to the wrestling and other sports teams here at SFT.” Every year Santa Fe Trail speech and drama classes, as well as the school’s athletic groups, increase in size. But the school is going through some growing pains, and these housing units are becoming to small to handle extracurricular groups. The construction would provide the space the school desires.
Dark Ages Are Gone BY APRYL CORLEY
New Online ACC Classes
Next year’s enrollment brings a lot of new classes opportunities, and excitement. Principal David Swaim he is excited about making all these classes possible for all of the students here. He believes that these classes will bring the school out of it’s dark ages. There will be more technology classes offered at the school, more online Allen County Classes, and students can go to Burlingame for a couple hours to take classes over there free of cost. Right now the Allen County Classes will be about 75 dollars, but that’s not set in stone yet. The new online classes that will be offered are Criminal Justice classes, Pharmacy Technician, Certification in Early Childhood Education, and Allied Heath. Criminal Justice classes prepare students for a future job with the law or jail services, and they prepare students that are majoring in criminal justice or other related fields. Pharmacy technician training can be completed in high school to help make a living while completing college. Certification in Early Childhood Education classes prepare students for a job as a head start assistant, head teacher in a childcare center, a childcare provider or a family care provider. Allied Heath classes help students who are planning on going into a variety of healthcare fields. These fields include Certified Nurse’s Aide, Home Heath Care Aide and Rehabilitation Aide. The class ing, how to make a good foundation for garments, other is also helpful for those students who plan to major in textile crafts. nursing or other similar fields. Burgett said that she wanted the culinary classes to The high school classes offered at Burlingame include be offered for two class periods is because it allows the Computer and Network Support Technician Certiclass to work on more advanced food projects. Also the fication, Business, and Allied Heath. When students longer the class is the more complete the Computer and prepared students will be for Network Support Technician working in the food industry classes they can complete business. testing requirements and “For successful careers, obtain their industry recog“I’m thrilled to death with the opportunities that stable families, meaningful nized credentials as a Cisco relationships, and strong comtheses classes will give the students,” Certified Entry Networking munities, individuals need to David Swaim said. Technician. The business manages responsibilies, solve classes prepare students problems, make informed dethat are going to major in a “Getting the opportunity for more choices in cisions, and relate to others,” business field in college. The your education pathway is always a good thing,” said Burgett. Allied Heath class is a real Keith Johnson will be life version of the online Allen Keith Johnson said. teaching the new online game County class. design class, but before he Along with the online Alcan teach them he has to take len County classes and those the classes and learn what all offered at Burlingame, Mrs. Burgett the students will be going through. Right now he is takwill be offering more classes. She will be teaching Cuing the class through e2020 and communicating with linary Arts one through three, Nutrition and Wellness, other teachers who are teaching the class, so that he and Textiles, Fashion, and Fun. When taking Culinary can figure out what is the best technique. Art 3, students now have the option to take it for two “I am very excited about the new offerings. It should consecutive hours, so that they can get more done durbe fun, but challenging too,” said Johnson. ing the class. The Nutrition and Wellness class is all Along with the game design class there are going to about staying healthy. The class will be teaching you be a lot of other technology classes offered; animation, how to eat healthy, but it also require you to move, not website design and multi-media. as much moving as gym, but students won’t be sitting all the time either. Textiles, Fashion, and Fun class will teach students how to make simple repairs to cloth-
Winter Royalty: Tim Wilson and Holly Ulle BY MARIA PENROD IMAGES BY MARIA PENROD
Amidst a crowd of friends, family, and fans, seniors Tim Wilson and Holly Ullery were crowned Winter Royalty King and Queen by last years winners, Tyler Beckman and Barbara Sue Branson. “It was cool,” Wilson said of his crowning. “I was happy that I won, but I think there were more worthy candidates.” “I was happy, excited, and I didn’t know what to think,” Ullery said. The main event of Winter Royalty is the crowning ceremony at halftime of the boys’ basketball game. However, that was not the highlight
for many of the candidates. “The dance we did at the pep rally was fun. It was fun to do it with all the other candidates,” Wilson said. Ullery agrees. “Doing the dance was fun with the people we did it with,” Ullery said. Winter Royalty queen candidate Mckenna Reed’s favorite part of the entire week was performing the dance at the Winter Royalty pep rally. “I was up with all my friends. It was really funny when we did our dance, because we only practiced
once and looked like fools,” Reed said. Winter Royalty king nominee Dawson Colglazier did not learn of his nomination in the traditional fashion. “When they announced it over the intercom I was making copies and I could not hear. I was walking down the hall and Mrs. Mayes yelled at me,” Colglazier said. The four girls nominated for Winter Royalty queen: Mak Herren, Dani Jo Kuney, Mckenna Reed, and Holly Ullery, are all very close friends. Kuney and Reed even share
Top row from left: Lane Clark, Dawson Colglazier, Tim Wilson, and Dallas Gloss. Bottom row from left: Dani Jo Kuney, McKenna Reed, Holly Ullery, and Mak Herren.
Current Wnter Royalty Queen Holly Ullery hugs 2012 Winter Royalty Queen Barbara Sue Branson after being crowned.
ery Crowned a locker. All four girls have played basketball all four years of high school. “We didn’t vote,” Winter Royalty queen candidate Mak Herren said. “We did not want to have to decide which of us to vote for, so we didn’t vote for the queen. We only voted for a king.”
Winter Royalty attendants from top to bottom: Lane Clark and Dani Jo Kuney, Dallas Gloss and Mak Herren, Mckenna Reed and Dawson Colglazier (Photo by Brad Shaffer).
Six of the eight Winter Royalty candidates are basketball players, including Lane Clark and McKenna Reed.
Access Denied BY MARIA PENROD IMAGES BY MARIA PENROD
The Internet content students are permitted to view at school affects how they complete class assignments and how they use the Internet at home. The Santa Fe Trail school district began blocking sites in April 2001. USD 434 follows the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The CIPA was enacted by the United States Congress in 2000. Its purpose is to prevent children from viewing harmful, vulgar, or disturbing content on the Internet at schools and libraries. The content filter the Santa Fe Trail school district uses to meet CIPA requirements blocks websites based on key words. Images are blocked based on the words in their captions. “All websites are categorized,” Sean Nelson, technology director, said. “Filters are shipped with default settings in place. This is commonly altered to follow district policy.” Nelson has served as technology director for the school district since July of 2001. “There are two sides at the high school now. There is a regulated student side which we have to do because of E-rate,” Steve Pegram, superintendent, said. “There is also the Wi-Fi side, and the Wi-Fi side is pretty open. Now in order to do that, we can’t allow all things we allow on the student side on the Wi-Fi side.” There is also a teacher section of the content filter, Pegram says, that is a little more open. When a teacher believes that a site is blocked that should not be, they should email Nelson and their
The E-rate Program
By following CIPA guidelines, the Santa Fe Trail school district partakes in the E-rate program. The E-rate program, in connection with CIPA compliance, refunds schools that obey CIPA requirements by giving them a 25-90% refund on their telecommunication bill. Telecommunication services that the Erate program provides a refund for include rudimentary phone service,
building principal about the site. “If a student thinks a blocked web site should be unblocked, I am always willing to look at it,” David Swaim, Santa Fe Trail High school principal, said. All social media sites are blocked, with the exception of Pinterest. “A lot of teachers, especially elementary teachers, use Pinterest for lesson plans and things like that,” Connie Left: The screen appears when someone attempts to access a blocked site. Right: Students use computers in the LMC. Lindell, business and technology teacher, said. need less [blocked sites],” Pegram Lindell has taught for 33 years, and said. “That is kind of why the Wiserved on the technology committee Fi was developed, to open up a lot for eight years. Lindell thinks the more.” district needs fewer blocked sites. Pegram knows that with the She believes that if it was easier for power of the Internet comes the teachers to proctor and supervise responsibility to protects its young classes in the computer labs, the users at school. district would not have to rely so “I guess one of the biggest isheavily on the content filter. sues I have with this whole thing is It is possible for different webthe cyberbullying,” Pegram said. “I sites to be blocked in different don’t want someone getting onto our buildings. stuff, doing it at our school, because “The flexibility to restrict groups then it becomes our problem.” while allowing others is possible,” The school district monitors eveNelson said. “Too much customizarything done on its computers. They tion can cause other problems.” can see what site a computer has Swaim believes Santa Fe Trail open at any time. All district emails, High school needs more education including both student and staff on what is appropriate Internet accounts, can be reviewed. Despite usage. He wonders if blocking sites the technological supervision tools just makes students curious about available, face-to-face monitoring their banned content, enough so is still USD 434’s frontline defense that they go home and find what against student misuse of the Interis forbidden at school. However, he net. knows that there are certain things “It is still the classroom teacher’s he cannot have students seeing at responsibility to know what a kid is school, on his watch. doing on a computer,” Pegram said. “From my nature I believe we which includes local and long distance service, leased data circuits, T-1, 56K, ISDN lines dial-up internet access, direct internet connections, email, telecommunications wiring, routers, switches, hubs, network servers, certain system operating software, wireless LANs, installation and basic maintenance, and private branch exchange. The percentage of a school’s telecommunications bill that E-rate refunds them for is based on how
many of the school’s students qualify for the National School Lunch Program and whether the school is in a rural or urban area. The Santa Fe Trail school district paid approximately $125,000 for telecommunications in the 2012-2013 school year, and received 77% of it back.
Willkommen in der USA BY APRYL CORLEY IMAGES BY APRYL CORLEY
In January, another foreign exchange student joined Santa Fe Trail High school. Julia Richter is visiting from Halten, Germany. She is staying with Drew Dubberly, 12. The major differences between Germany and the U.S. for Richter include having pancakes for breakfast, the land being so flat, and everybody being so nice. Her favorite thing about the U.S. is meeting new people, and being able to experience how another country lives. “My favorite class here is acting. It’s my favorite because we don’t have it in Germany, and it’s fun,” Richter said. Richter enjoys acting teacher Ryan Reed because he makes everything fun and he is funny. She considers Jessica Arnwine, 12, and Taylor Kent, 11, her best friends here. “Julia (Richter) is a very fun and friendly girl, and makes hanging out with her fun,” Arnwine said. Dubberly said that she was super excited when she heard that Richter was coming to stay with her family. Dubbery lived in Germany for seven years and was starting to lose the
language, but with Richter coming to the United States she could start conversing in German again. “Julia (Richter) is a sweet, quiet and trustworthy, but also really fun,” Dubberly said. Dubberly said that having Richter stay with her, feels like she has another sister, because she is the only kid in the house right now. The foreign exchange program is important to Dubberly because she believes that it allows people to share their culture with us Americans, so that we are not so culturally ignorant. It also allows people from other countries to experience how other cultures live. Principal David Swaim said that to be a foreign exchange student, students need to be old enough to be able to handle the changes that they will go through. Students also need to actually know the language of the country that they will be going to. He said that in the past some foreign exchange students have had problems communicating with students and faculty. However, Swaim believes that the foreign exchange students this year came very well prepared,
and have a good understanding of our language. “Our foreign exchange students come to our school, because their host families live in the district. I don’t think we have ever had a foreign exchange students from a different district,” Swaim said. Host families are usually contacted by the agencies that sponsor the foreign exchange student. The agencies contact families that have previously hosted a foreign exchange student first, then if they are not interested, the agency contacts the school principal to see if they know of anyone that would be interested. Swaim sees two good things about the foreign exchange program. For one, it allows the foreign exchange student to talk to American students and experience America through us. Secondly it allows American students to experience what another country is like through the foreign exchange students. He also said that most of the time both parties end up with a great experience.
1) Julia Richter and Drew Dubberly enjoying their new found friendship. 2) Haltern, Germany, Richter’s hometown. 3) Richter taking in how an American school works.
Young, Wild, and Mostly Free BY DOYLE HESS
Sweet teenage freedom. The first taste of adulthood to come. Obviously some kids grow at different times, and more than just physically. Some are more apt to pursuit the world, others are unsure of themself. For example, one kid may turn sixteen and go strait for the driving permit, but another kid may turn sixteen and study the book first just to play it safe. Alot of kids here at SFT are already driving by the time their a sophomore. No water or electric bill, no heat or cooling bill. With three separate towns like what we have here, cars are our lifeline. Its our first taste of freedom. Its also a pretty good way to get to their job and back. But we can’t help but admit, teens would still be children if it wasn’t for the adult qualities like being able to drive. Teens here, like most spend a lot of their cash on the gas to get where they want to go. But what about all the rest of the cash? So what do teens here at Santa Fe Trail high school spend their money on? If it’s not the boring stuff that has to be used by the adults, then what can all that cash be used on? First thing’s first, they need to find a way to make it. And it could be anything from a job, to odd domestic jobs, maybe even just birthday or holiday gift money. Then the possibilities are endless for what they can buy. They can catch a good movie, buy a ice cream or a soda, stop by the drive-thru, get some music, parts to trick out their car, clothes for school, video games, dvds, supplies for hobbies, personal care supplies, the list goes on. And believe it or not, not too much contrast is there between the younger and older stu-
Top left: Heather Waller talks about having her own car Top Right: Roman Torres shares the greatness of Peace Teas Bottom Right: Kira Corley wishes for a shopping spree Bottom left: Scylar Spoonemore and Shelby Waetzig decide their favorite movie to see
dents. Sophomores Shelby Waetzig and Scylar Spoonemore say, “We would go to our favorite movie if we had the cash.” While Kiara Corley, 9, says, “ If I had extra money I’d just go shopping for the fun of it.” And then there are the older students. Roman Torres, 11, says “I buy three things mostly. Peace Tea, gum, and other kinds of food.”
And finally Heather Waller, 12, says, “I would probably just save for a car.” In the end, its interesting to see how great teen life is. From the pitfalls and the fails to the successes and achievements. There are so many new experiences in life that are freshly coming to us. It makes us feel great knowing we can be young, wild, and mostly free.
Charge the Vote BY MARIA PENROD
It is an honor and a privilege. It is a civic duty, a patriotic act. It’s a responsibility. It is the future of our city, township, school district, county, state, and nation put into the hands of its citizens. It is a right only a handful of countries have granted to their people. It’s voting, and it’s important. In my family, voting is like going to church. We do it proudly and often. Government and politics has been a dinner table conversation in the Penrod house since Joe and I were old enough to understand it. At election time, these discussions often escalate. We do not agree about many issues, people, and policies. The fact that my parents can vote for different presidential candidates and still get along has always baffled me. I guess that’s true love. One thing they have always agreed on is that voting is vital. Not voting is like refusing a piece of Grandma Phyllis’s Boston cream pie. It simply is not done. For my 18th birthday, I did not buy cigarettes (gross), porn (gross), or a lottery ticket. I went to Lyndon, the county seat of Osage county, and registered to vote. Many adults were impressed by this, and many kids were confused. Tyler Shaffer made fun of me for the following week. Truthfully, I did it because I was excited. I was completely pumped about being able to contribute to the democratic process! I, Maria Penrod, a lowly high school student in rural Kansas, was given a voice. I love to talk. And behold, the American government had given me a way to directly communicate with them about everything. My vote shows who I think is doing a good job, who is doing a bad job, and what issues I think are important. It is a beautiful thing!
Who Can Vote?
Any American citizen age 18 and above can vote. The next election is April 2. If you are going to be 18 years old on or before April 2, you are eligible to vote in that election. To vote in the April 2 election, you
must be registered by March 12. If your 18th birthday falls between March 12 and April 2, you can register while you are 17. You just need to be registered by March 12, so that the county clerk’s office has time to process your application. To register, you need a copy of your birth certificate or your passport. You can register to vote at the courthouse of the county you live in. Most of us live in Osage county, so our courthouse is in Lyndon (717 Topeka Avenue). The Douglas county courthouse is in Lawrence (1100 Massachusetts Street). You can also register to vote online at https:// www.kdor.org/voterregistration/Default.aspx.
Where Do I Vote?
You will vote at a polling place in your township. If you live in the city of Scranton or Scranton township, you will vote at the Scranton Community Center. Those residing in the city of Overbrook, Elk township, Farifax township, or Michigan Valley township, vote at Grace Community Church. If you live in North or South Carbondale or North or South Carbondale township, you will vote at the ELM building. Those living in Marion township of Douglas county will vote at the Marion Township hall.
The Bottom Line
Voting is the key ingredient in our cake of democracy. It is your way of having a say in the future of our country. You can also write a letter or call your elected officials to let them know how you think they are doing. The smaller the election, the more crucial your vote is. The last USD 434 bond issue failed by 22 votes. The future of our school was changed by a meager 22 votes. Your vote matters. Your vote counts. Change will happen, if you create it.
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Brenna Burlew, 10, said, “I grew up playing sports with a lot of the juniors, including Amber Moore.” Samantha Abendroth, 9, grew up and spent a lot of time with Brenna Burlew.
Amber Moore, 11, played soccer with Dallas Gloss when they were younger.
Ronnie Forbes, 11, and Suzie Forbes, 9, show their sisterly love for one another.
Zach Deshazer, 9, and Devin Deshazer, 10, stop in between classes to take a picture.
There are quite a bit of siblings that go to Santa Fe Trail High School. Many of them fight all the time, including Zach Deshazer, 9, and Devin Deshazer, 10. “I hate being at school with him. I’m around him enough at home,” Devin said. “Thankfully we don’t have classes together this year, and I’m really hoping that we never do!” Zach said. Other siblings like Suzie Forbes, 9, and Ronnie Forbes, 11, who get along great. “If we fight it’s mostly about wearing each other’s clothes. The fights only last around five minutes and then we forgive each other,” Ronnie said. Ronnie and Suzie both play volleyball. Ronnie said that she likes to play volleyball with Suzie, but she hates having to play next to her on the court. “It just gets annoying because we both go for everything,” Ronnie said. Zach and Devin avoid each other at all costs. Devin said that they fight about every little thing, and never get along. Zach said that he is always right and Devin is always wrong so they are always fighting over the most stupid things. No matter how much siblings fight deep down you love them very much and would do anything for them.
Dallas Gloss, 12, said, “I always played a lot of sports with Kyle Wechsler. I mainly remember basketball games though.”
“I have Physical Education with Mandy Watson 3rd hour,” Kyle Wechsler, 11, said.
Mandy Watson, 10, played basketball with Peyton Workman.
“I went sledding over winter break with Dani Jo Kuney and a bunch of other friends,” Peyton Workman, 9, said.
Dani Jo Kuney, 12, said that she went shopping with Mandy Watson.