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Volume #46 Issue #7 Santa Fe Trail High School

May 2014 Carbondale, Kan.

Letters to the Editor Scholastic Journalism is Invaluable All Hail the Trail Those running today’s schools the 100,000 teens questioned. But Recently, it has been my good fortune to experience a number of events of which the Santa Fe Trail community can be quite proud. Last month our girls brought home the State Class 4A Basketball Championship.  The girls showed great fight and tenacity and they refused to lose.  In addition, the SFT student section and the Charger pep band both showed great class, enthusiasm and sportsmanship.  All of these are qualities that will serve you well in the future.     The SFT Band made a trip to New Orleans and experienced the challenges that sometimes occur when traveling on a charter bus.  Our students conducted themselves very well in New Orleans and received many compliments along the way in regards to their behavior.  A number of situations truly tested our patience, but we managed to stop the drama and simply understand that it was just life going on.  Thanks for letting Tish and me tag along with you guys!     Finally, I really enjoyed the school play - The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.  There was certainly a lot of funny stuff going on there!  To say the least, it was an opportunity to see the “other side” of your personalities!  It looked like all of you had a blast putting this show together.     These are just a few of the events around our school, and I could name many others.  Students and staff invest a great deal of time in a variety of activities, and there are countless opportunities for students to get involved and express their talents.  For me, the past month has simply been a reminder of the many accomplishments we have achieved.  All of you should be proud of your effort for a job well done.  Keep up the good work!  I know many people of the Santa Fe Trail community share my feelings.  All hail The Trail!!! Bob Hug, Social Studies

must cope with limited finances, aging technology, and increased security without losing sight of their primary concerns: helping students learn and getting them ready to make wise decisions for college, career and their lives in a democracy. The Journalism Education Association (JEA), the largest organization in the country for journalism teachers and student media advisers, believes those educational needs for today’s classrooms are exactly what our teachers do. A major part of JEA’s mission includes “providing resources and educational opportunities” to its members so they can offer their students the strongest programs possible. Students who work on high school media learn critical thinking, researching, interviewing, writing, editing and creating visuals while collaborating with other staffers to produce a product for an audience. In schools with strong journalism programs, students also learn how a free and responsible press can improve their school communities by informing, entertaining and influencing their audience. They model civics in action. Others have noted these connections as well: Those with student media experience get better high school grades overall, outscore others on ACT tests, and earn higher grades in college, according to Jack Dvorak, Ph.D., Indiana University, author of the NAA Foundation’s “High School Journalism Matters” (2008) and portions of “Journalism Kids Do Better” (1994). Not only do students who participate in school media improve their core academic skills, but they also understand more than other students about their rights and responsibilities in a democracy. “Future of the First Amendment,” a series of national surveys by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, show an alarming lack of knowledge and concern about basic freedoms in

those who took journalism courses or participated in their school newspapers or other media understood those freedoms better and were more willing to let others express opposing views. The National Council of Teachers of English also reaffirmed the value of journalism courses when it passed a resolution to support “maintaining, reinstating or creating journalism programs and courses; and (promoting) the value of journalism programs that, under the guidance of a qualified journalism educator, give students a voice and allow them to exercise their constitutional right of free speech.” Clearly, scholastic journalism is a value-added program that aligns with all these initiatives. Middle school and high school media programs are invaluable to students as they become better writers, thinkers, and doers. It’s a plus to the community, too, as these students learn to value democracy and civic engagement. Kelly Furnas Executive Director Journalism Education Association

Yearbook Distribution and Signing Party When: May 8 during Activity Period Where: Commons Area Who: All students who have already ordered their 2013-14 Charger yearbook

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Journalism Promotes 21st Century Skills Dear Editor: I am quite astonished any educational leader would not do everything in his or her power to create and maintain a vibrant student media program. The skills and traits being taught in journalism classes, especially student media programs, are exactly the skills and traits that our education, political and business leaders are demanding, our parents are asking for and, most importantly, our students want and enjoy. As an example (and there are many, many more), of the ten Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing, journalism meets every single one. Here are a few where journalism absolutely shines as the premier way to teach 21st writing skills: For students, writing is a key means of asserting and defending claims, showing what they know about a subject, and conveying what they have experienced, imagined, thought, and felt. Check, journalism does that. To be college- and careerready writers, students must take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately. Check, journalism does that, too. They need to know how to combine elements of different kinds of writing—for example, to use narrative strategies within argument and explanation within narrative—to produce complex and nuanced writing. Check, that’s covered in journalism. They need to be able to use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing. Check, journalism is all over that. They have to become adept at gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and

analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner. Check, journalism has that one taken care of, too. They must have the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce high-quality first draft text under a tight deadline as well as the capacity to revisit and make improvements to a piece of writing over multiple drafts when circumstances encourage or require it. Check! The Partnership for 21st Century Skills website ( says P21 “provides tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation).” The 21st Century Skills framework identifies three broad categories, each with several subcategories, of skills that are essential for students to “survive and thrive in a complex and connected world: Learning and Innovation Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Communication and Collaboration. Digital Literacy Skills: Information Literacy, Media Literacy, and Information and Communication Technologies Literacy. Career and Life Skills: Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Social and CrossCultural Skills, Productivity and Accountability, Leadership and Responsibility. I’m positive I don’t even need to tell you that, “Yes, journalism has all of those covered, too.” If we were going to create the perfect classes that connect learning standards with the 21st Century framework in authentic, real-world ways, it would, without a doubt, be journalism. If the workplace is demanding a new kind of employee and colleges are demanding a new kind of student, then scholastic journalism is best prepared to deliver that


student. Several studies, most notably “High School Journalism Matters,” conducted by Jack Dvorak of Indiana University and released by the Newspaper Association of America in 2008, found that “students who work on their high school newspapers or yearbooks earn higher grade point averages, score better on the ACT college entrance examination and demonstrate better writing and grammar skills in college, compared with students who do not have those journalism experiences.” So, taking all this into consideration, it is quite shocking to me that any educational leader would shutter journalism/student media at their school. In fact, any true educational leader would do everything in his or her power to make journalism a significant component of all their students’ educational coursework. I encourage the administrative team at Santa Fe Trail High School, to take 15 minutes in its next meeting and identify the kind of educational experience they want for their students. Then, go down to the journalism room and see it in action. Sincerely, Mark A. Newton, MJE Teacher, Mountain Vista (Colorado) High School President, Journalism Education Association

Letters to the Editor High School Journalism Increases Test Scores Dear Santa Fe High School Newspaper Staff: I am sad to learn your newspaper is putting out it’s last issue. At a time when readers of journalism are on the rise, advertising expenditures are increasing, when research has found a positive correlation between high school journalism and increased test scores, at a time when research has found a positive correlation between being engaged in high school journalism and better grades, I find myself at a loss as to why your program would be cut. The state of Kansas even provides extra funding, from the property taxes your parents already pay, for courses in the Career and Technical Education tract that involves newspaper/yearbook/ journalism curriculum. Why your school and district would say no to extra money is really beyond me. But let’s look beyond the funding at what makes journalism and publication courses important. I have been teaching for more than 20 years and have former students who are teachers, doctors, lawyers, Wall Street bankers, soldiers, Hollywood actors, ministers, groundskeepers, farmers and just about any other career you can think of. One of the things this diverse group of individuals tells me every single time I talk to any of them is that they credit much of their success to what they learned in newspaper and yearbook. It wasn’t their AP courses, their math and science courses, it was the thinking, writing and problem solving they learned working on the school newspaper and yearbook that they credit with much of their success. They were able to impress their college professors with their ability to think and write better than their classmates that helped them stand out above the crowd. It was their ability to problem solve that got them through interviews for their first jobs and beyond. So many former students tell me they got their first job or a promotion because they were able to redesign the company’s blood drive posters, or get some promotional materials together for the company’s United Way campaign, or simply by writing a better memo than anyone else. The skills they

learned with newspaper and yearbook gave them an advantage in a career that seemingly had nothing to do with journalism, newspaper or yearbook. Most of my students will never pursue careers in journalism or other media-related fields, but all students in all high schools in this country will be massive consumers of media. The students who have a background in journalism from working on a high school publication have a better understanding of the influence of the media. They will be more critical consumers of the media and frankly, more involved citizens, because they read and follow the news. Isn’t that really what high schools should do? Isn’t the purpose of school to prepare our students for the life beyond? Why take away one of the best tools students will ever have to develop many of the skills they need beyond textbooks and whiteboards? As a born and raised Kansas resident, as a Kansas educator, as the parent of two Kansas high school students and as president of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, I understand the value of high

school publications in the culture of a school. I value the skills students learn in publications classes, and I appreciate what students gain both intellectually and socially from being part of a group of students who think and write. I do not understand cutting that out of student’s lives. I do not understand saying these skills aren’t valued enough to keep the classes in the curriculum. I hope your community rallies behind you in your efforts. I hope your community understands your school is saying no to receiving the tax dollars available to your school for the CTE courses that cover journalism, and I hope there can be discussion and understanding of the damage involved to students when schools cut activities such as journalism, newspaper and yearbook. Sincerely, Jim McCrossen Publications adviser at Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park, Kan. President, Kansas Scholastic Press Association

Journalism teaches life skills I didn’t know what I wanted to major in until my junior year of high school. I had such a hard time deciding until I joined the newspaper. Once I joined the newspaper, I knew I wanted to work in journalism. I can definitely say that if it weren’t for the journalism department at Santa Fe Trail, I would not be the person I am today. Some would say that I was a bit of a “free spirit” in high school. I had a definite problem with being told what to do. Journalism helped me learn discipline and humility. I had to submit my articles to not only my editor, but Mrs. Scott as well. Mrs. Scott definitely helped teach me that my work wasn’t as perfect as I thought it was. I learned to accept criticism and then step outside myself and evaluate my work to better improve it. This has become an essential skill in college. I learned to deal with deadlines and work with a team. The newspaper staff became like a second family to me. We didn’t always get along but we were always helping each other improve. My fellow staff members would help me when I started out. And as I got older, I started to help others. By the time I got to my senior year, I practically lived in the journalism room. I created the programs for athletic events, and wrote for the newspaper and the yearbook. Juggling all of these tasks really helped me learn to organize. I devoted a lot of time and effort into every publication, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Without joining journalism, I would be having a lot of issues in college right now. I am more organized, critical and dedicated than what I would ever have believed I could be. School is going well for me because I have majored in something that I love to do. I have dedicated the rest of my life to journalism and don’t regret it for a second. Brittany Rhoades Class of 2012

5 High School Journalism Has Impact on Future Career Choice Dear Editor,

It saddens me to hear that my high school newspaper could be seeing its last issue so soon. It’s crazy to think that I was on staff only four years ago; it feels like it was just last week. As a freshman at SFT I took Intro to Journalism with Mrs. Scott thinking it would be fun to try out, never thought then that it would lead me to do amazing things in college. Mrs. Scott helped me to find my passion for writing, photojournalism, and graphics. I ended up writing, taking photos, and working on layouts for the Red and Blue Review along with The Charger for my next three years of high school. I was co-editor of The Charger my junior year with one of my good friends, Michelle Trejo, and went on to be editor-in-chief my senior year. All that work in high school really paid off. I was offered a journalism scholarship and a dance scholarship from Cowley County Community College; I took the dance scholarship but still was on staff for the newspaper at Cowley. There I started off as a writer and a photographer but eventually created a design editors position because the staff liked my work with layouts. I learned all of that in high school from being on staff for the newspaper and yearbook. While at Cowley I was given the opportunity to go on trips for journalism conferences to Louisville, Kentucky and New Orleans, Louisiana where I made networking connections and even introduced myself to Malcolm Gibson, the advisor of the University Daily Kansan at the University of Kansas. I learned a lot about networking and getting your work out there while at Cowley and I was able to do all of this because of the opportunities I had in high school. Having the background I got from

working on the newspaper, having deadlines and learning how to operate the Adobe Creative Suite helped me so much. All of that training I got four years ago has lead me down the career path I am on today. I am currently a journalism minor and photo media major at the University of Kansas. .I have worked for the University Daily Kansan as a designer, photographer and writer and I am currently the External Relations Graphic Designer for the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. You never really know how much of an impact something in high school could have on you in the future. I think it is incredibly sad that the first thing to go in most schools is anything having to do with the arts, whether it is the art program itself or a school newspaper. To all of you reading this, keep your head held high and never stop doing what you love. If the newspaper no longer exists, find a new outlet to get your creative word out. Create a blog online and share it with your friends. Keep writing, taking pictures, whatever it is that you love to do. And DREAM BIG! I have a dream of being a sports photographer, and I am currently like an inch away from getting an internship with Sporting Kansas City as a photo intern. You know where life will take you. Never stop dreaming. Rhiannon Rosas Graphic Design Student Assistant University of Kansas

Letters to the Editor High School Journalism Is Beneficial For Students It has recently come to my attention that Kristy Dekat’s position, yearbook, newspaper, and the entire Santa Fe Trail High School journalism program is being cut due to monetary issues. I understand that this is an uncertain time for education funding due to issues at the state-level, and sacrifices must be made, but as a recent graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School (Class of 2013) and former editor-inchief of The Red & Blue Review and contributor to The Charger, I believe cutting the journalism program is a mistake. Getting rid of Santa Fe Trail journalism will have a negative impact on the community, and decline the quality of students Santa Fe Trail High School produces and sends into the adult world. High school journalism is beneficial for students. In a 2008 study of 31,000 high school students, the Newspaper Association of America found that high school journalists have significantly higher GPAs, scored higher on college entrance exams, and had better writing and grammar skills than students with no involvement in journalism. As you can see, students with high school journalism experience are noticeably more intelligent and capable graduates than those without journalism experience. Don’t the students of USD 434 deserve opportunities to become more intelligent and capable, ultimately making them more employable? “Not only does participation in high school journalism programs put students on the path to academic success,” said Margaret Vassilikos, senior vice president of the NAA Foundation. “But - as previous NAA Foundation research has shown – newspaper programs aimed at youth also helps nurture a future generation of informed and involved citizens, a path toward active participation in our democratic process.” NAA studies have also found that high school journalists tend to have higher GPAs their freshman year of college than their counterparts who did not participate in

high school journalism. Journalism is not solely advantageous in high school. Its benefits stretch into college academics and into the career field. The National Council of Teachers of English states that journalism helps “students become better thinkers, better communicators, and, as a result, better citizens.” High school journalism programs turn out people who vote, who are civic leaders, and who care about their community. Doesn’t USD 434 deserve to produce these kinds of graduates? Journalism students learn how to talk to people with the objective of obtaining certain information. They learn to listen and be aware of what is happening around them. Journalists must gain raw information and then form it into something presentable and comprehendible. This is a skill that doctors, lawyers, auto mechanics, architects, plumbers, engineers, and many other professionals need. Cutting journalism is cutting opportunities for students to prepare for their future. The high school newspaper and yearbook bond communities together. The newspaper has helped to explain complicated situations to students, like when I wrote about how and why certain websites are blocked at school. Stories in the newspaper have given me a new perspective on my schoolmates. I did not know a classmate of mine fixed amplifiers until someone wrote about it in the newspaper. We see these people everyday, and yet know so little about them. The newspaper tells us about their goals, their quirky family traditions, why they play basketball, and what they were thinking before their solo at regional music festival. The newspaper and yearbook have helped share our joys and sorrows. An article on Tina McIver’s (and family) adoption of Jacob from Haiti allowed us to share in her celebration. The newspaper brings our community together, as is evident by the response to the

piece on our late principal, David Swaim, which was published shortly after his death. Throughout the four years I was on the newspaper staff, parents of students and other district patrons, whom I have never met complimented me on my newspaper articles and editorials, showing how the big impact of the journalism program. Whenever newspapers are distributed, students are excited and dive right into them, checking the pictures for themselves and their friends, and reading the stories. The yearbook also brings us together by helping us remember what the musical was, what people said, and lastly, what we were wearing. The yearbook and newspaper have both won several awards from Jostens and the Kansas Scholastic Press Association in the past two years, under the guidance of Kristy Dekat. Individual writers and photographers, like me, have also won Kansas Scholastic Press Association awards and journalism scholarships. Why cut a program that is showing so much growth and improvement, and shining a positive light on our district? The Santa Fe Trail USD 434 Mission Statement claims that graduates will graduate with the skills necessary to compete effectively and efficiently in the world, both now and in the future. How can USD 434 promise our district patrons that students will graduate able to compete effectively and efficiently while USD 434 is getting rid of opportunities for students? Keep journalism at Santa Fe Trail High School. By improving the community and students’ lives during and after high school, journalism is too valuable to cut. Sincerely, Maria Penrod

Journalism Replicates Outside World

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EDITOR Apryl Corley STAFF Tabatha Grim Allison Swisher Josey McGoyne Jordan Tinch ADVISER Kristy Dekat, MJE CONTACT Santa Fe Trail High School 15701 S Claifornia Carbondale, KS 66414 Phone: 785-665-7161 Fax: 785-665-7193 Email:

EDITORIAL POLICY The Red and Blue Review is an accessible public forum for the publication readers. Editorials represent the collective opinion of the publication staff. Other opinions expressed in any Santa Fe Trail student publication are not necessarily those of the Red and Blue Review staff, the student body, faculty, administration or school district. Signed columns and letters to the editor represent the view and opinions of the writer only. The publications are subject to state and federal laws, and the content reflects student thinking and is not necessarily in agreement with administrative policies. The Red and Blue Review newspaper will act as an open forum for public discussions and field letters for all of the journalism publications. A forum, by definition, is “a market-place of ideas”, or “a public meeting place for open discussion.” Letters will be edited for content and length as well as spelling, grammar and other considerations.Letters will also be edited if the letter is in poor taste, and letters will be edited to fit space requirements. Letters that are libelous, obscene, or are an invasion of privacy will not be printed in the paper. All letters must be signed and verified before publication. The number of letters included will depend on page space that is available. The Red and Blue Review will not directly answer letters, unless a question is posed. The opinion pages are a forum for the exchange of comment and criticism, and they are open to students and others interested in Santa Fe Trail High School. All letters to the editor must include the writer’s name, signature and class position or role in the community. Typed, double-spaces letters are preferred, but legible, hand-written letters are acceptable. Emailed letters to the editor WILL NOT be accepted (since no signature will be included.) Letters should be limited to approximately 300 words, or about one- and-a-half double-spaced, typewritten pages. Poetry is not accepted for publication.


Throughout my four years here at SFT, I have noticed many things that are in need of improvements. One of those things, of course, is the dress code. The school puts all these limitations on what you can and can not wear, yet as the year slowly progresses, the rules are being enforced less and less. During my freshmen year, the administration was fantastic about following the dress code. Now four years later, the rules are barely enforced. If they are enforced, it seems to be happening to only a couple students here and there. With the administration failing to enforce the no yoga pants rule this year, there are now rumors floating about that the yoga pants ban will be lifted for the next school year. If yoga pants are allowed back next year, I believe this will result in more deviation from the dress code than there is now. Everyone has the same basic rules that they have to follow. However with yoga pants not being appealing to the eye on everyone, I feel that the favoritism in our school will come into play. Students will be favored due to them looking better in yoga pants than other students. Every where you go, there is bound to be

some favoritism. However, I think this goes above and beyond the normal amount and it should be dealt with. Another thing that I have noticed is that teachers are giving students too many “get out of jail free passes.” All the teachers here are awesome and they support their students so much. They do not want to see any of their students fail, which is good. However, they should not give students an extension every time they ask for it. High school is meant to prepare students for jobs and continuing their education. If they are use to getting extensions on everything, how are they suppose to thrive when they go on after high school? The teachers need to learn how to say no. The truth is that a lot of students will fall on their faces when they get out into the real world because their educators did not properly prepare them for what life will be like outside of high school. The class offerings could also use some improvement. The school may be small but that does not mean that the students should have fewer opportunities than other schools. The English classes need to be separated into regular and advanced placements. They are

kind of separated now, but I think they should be even more split. The classes should be divided between the kids that need to have more time to process things and all the other students that have the mentality to work in a regular classroom but do not have to drive to succeed. Having the students that care about their grade and the ones that are only there because they have to be affects the classes work ethic. Separating the classes will allow teachers to cover more ground with the students that are serious about school, allowing them to be better prepared for other classes. Also, there should at least be one other foreign language class offered. SFT used to offer Spanish, French, and German. The summer before my ninth grade year started, I was excited about all the possibilities that I would have laid out in front of me. I was looking forward to being able to take advanced classes, because I was serious about my education. There are other students here at SFT that would love to have the opportunity to take honors classes. Being able to put college and advanced placement classes on your college application looks really good, but a lot of the students here are not given that opportunity. The clubs could also be improved. We have so many clubs offered to the students here at SFT, yet there is a sufficient amount of students that choose not to participate in anything because there’s nothing that suits them. Why do we not have a book club? The school is full of avid readers that do not socialize with each other because we do not know that we are into the

same type of things. The school is so focused on their athleticism that they do not pay any attention to the students that have their heads stuck in books. There are a lot of students that bond over their love for books they just need to be given the chance to talk. With nobody knowing wether or not newspaper will be offered next year, I think that a newspaper club should be started. Newspaper offers so many skills to students that, most of the time, they do not even realize that they are learning new skills. The class also can teach students valuable people skills. To get the stories, students have to interview people about the situation so they are forced out of their comfort zones. Also, with newspaper becoming a club instead of a class, people who have an interest in journalism that are in band would be able to join. The newspaper staff used to be a pretty big class when the class was not competing against band. With the newspaper having to compete for students after Mrs. Scott, the number of students left in newspaper greatly decreased. With there not being a lot of students involved in the newspaper, the creativity of the news stories have taken a hit. With SFT being a small school you would think that news would get around faster. This school could really improve keeping the students and the parents more informed. There has been multiple instances this year where students and parents alike did not know what was going on. Just because SFT is small does not mean that we shouldn’t provide for our students.

Bullying in the “Real World� By: Allison Swisher

Many teenagers throughout their lives look forward to graduation primarily because they assume all the school drama will stop there. What many do not realize is that unfortunately school drama is just as present throughout adulthood as it was in childhood. In fact, one in every six adult will deal with some form of bullying in the work place alone. Whether the bully is just abusing power and authority, leaving the bullied out of work related events, or even giving them the silent treatment- being bullied in the work place can almost be worse than high school bullying. Most adult bullies were the bully in high school or more common-

ly, the child that has been bullied their entire life. People bully for many different reasons. Some for a sense of power and some for a sense place. Yet some employees bullied can not handle the stress. Mike Schlicht, co-coordinator for New York Healthy Workplace Advocates, told CBS News that the bullying he went thru at his job made him dread going to work every day. Sadly, some go to drastic measures to get away from the bullying. They feel like there is no way out and will go to the extreme of committing suicide to get away from the pain. For Maria Morrisey, this became a reality when her brother Kevin committed suicide after years of bullying at his


job at the Virginia Quarterly Review on the campus of the University of Virginia. Why do the employees being bullied not speak up? Many fear retaliation from them. Employees will obtain sever anxiety, sleep disturbance, and clinical depression due to an adult bully. If you are a victim of bullying there are some steps you can take. First identify the problem, secondly document it. You need to document each event in detail. Then find out if there is a plan at your work for harassing employees. Lastly you just need to use your best judgement. Find someone to help you and just remember that you are not alone. There is always someone to help.

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What’s your best memory of the school year?

By: Josi McGoyne

As this school year comes to an end, all most can do is reflect on all the memories. The memories range from: homecoming, volleyball State Championship, basketball State Championship, and prom. This year has been filled with events worth remembering. Teachers and students found it hard to decide what their favorite/best memory is. “My favorite memory was riding the bus full of soon-to-be state champs to Wichita. It was an exciting experience,” Marci Alstatt, credit recovery, said. For some students their best memories have been spent with their closest friends. “My best memory will probably be at prom this weekend with Daytona,” Camryn Stallbaumer, 12, said. Sometimes it’s the little things that stick with us forever. Eric Lynch, librarian, said his best memory was one day in the library. “Four or five classes were in the library working on projects, presentations, homework, etc. Everyone seemed focused and on task,” Lynch said.

End of The Year Round Up


By: Tabatha Bell Grimm


The school year is coming to an end, several achievements have been made both Academically and athletically. From the beginning of the year up to the end students have made progress with state champion ships, scholar bowl wins, band trips, performances, and much more. One of the big events this year was when the volleyball girls helped raise money for Joy Schmidt’s battle. Santa Fe Trail also suffered a major loss with the passing of their principal David Swaim. Principal of Santa Fe Trail for 17 years and truly loved. Memories have been made and there are more to come.


1. Seniors Taelor Noonan, Dee Reinhardt, Faith Johnson, Megan Reynolds. 2. Grimms Brother Spectacularthon. 3. Volleyball. 4. Football. 5. Cody Hastings 10, Christian Davis 9, Bryce Erickson 9. qualify for State wrestling. 6. Derrick Terry, theater, during Spirit Week. 7. Principal Dave Swaim and Shelly Robinson, science, cruising Carbondale in the Homecoming parade. 8. Softball 9. Basketball girls 10. Student section at the football game. 11. Baseball. 12. Chet Hubbard with the Mascot 13. Jennifer Hall and the dance team. 14. Prom King and Queen-Dominic Capra, Briahna Beckman. 15. Band. 16. Dig Pink for Joy Schmidt.



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Prom Queen and King Brianna Beckman and Dominic Capra

Prom: Night of the Roaring 20’s

Santa Fe Trail Red and Blue Review May 2014 issue  
Santa Fe Trail Red and Blue Review May 2014 issue  

The Red and Blue Review is the student produced newspaper at Santa Fe Trail High School