A BERLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT OPEN FORUM SINCE 1924
VOLUME 45, ISSUE 3
-Talents pg. 4-5 -Musical pg. 7
-Boys Basketball pg. 8
NOVEMBER 30, 2012
All-school lipdub big success by
In the making
After much time, dedication and hard-work, Joel Johansen’s Graphics Communications Management class finished the Lipdub video. A whole trimester of work among seven people was put into a twelve-minute video. “A lipdub video is where a group, or in our situation a whole school, lip syncs a variety of songs while dancing around the school,” coordinator Shayla Ferrel said. “All of the school’s athletics, clubs and extracurricular activities got their time to shine in the video.” Many may wonder how a class could make this all work. It was a crucial step-by-step project that needed a lot of organization and hard-work. “We started by planning the production and picking out songs,” Ferrel said. “This was a highly detailed process. Then we timed everything to the second and made our route throughout the school. We had to organize and place all of the different groups in their spots.” After planning for the production, the team had to practice and rehearse every part of the lipdub. This took them several weeks due to multiple changes and requests from teachers, club advisors and individual students. Then the
Sophomore Benjamin Coronado and senior Amanda McClelland lip sync Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
Photo Submitted Cross Country participants in the Lipdub showed their enthusiasm during the taping. They lip synced and danced to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” class had to start shooing the video. “Shooting the video went pretty smoothly. Even though the music died the first round,” team member Celia Mueller said. “The second round had fewer people but better quality.” Although there were complications, the team still overcame them. “Sound was the biggest hurdle for us,” Johansen said. “We took the technical quality and availability for granted big time. Years ago,
we could play loud music with portable ease. Now everybody is using headphones. So getting the sound audible was a challenge.” Although Johansen’s class made the video, the class said it would not be possible if the student body and staff did not participate. “It was awesome to see the school pull together to help make this happen,” Johansen said. “Every team member, including me, was in awe when the camera crew panned to the commons area at the end of the first take. The sea of
Students start Kind committee by
As everyone knows, the high school devotes one week in February to being extra kind. Although this week is a great contributer to being kind, a group of students asked the question: Why not be kind all year round? In response, Guidance Counselor Ann Ragus decided she was going to start a new group called the Kind committee. “This idea was driven by the Kind video shown at Neenah that was shared with me,” Ragus said. “Although I got the idea from the video, this committee is completely new and fresh for our school.” A good number of students have already joined the committee. Though Ragus created the committee, she wants it to be student driven. “Seniors Mariah Moe, Emily
Photo: S. Ferrel Senior Mariah Moe hangs up Kindness signs for one of the committee’s initiatives. This one says, “Kindess is the rational thing to do.” Cox and Drew Dretske are the main leaders,” Ragus said. “But, all the students in the Kind committee have a say in what we do.” Twelve members are on the committee thus far. Ragus would like to see it grow, though. “We have a good group right now,” Ragus said. The committee meets every Tuesday to talk about the next
week’s kindness act. “We all meet and brainstorm ideas together,” Moe said. “If we aren’t thinking of ideas, we’re creating posters or activity plans.” Some Kind events include the famous people posters, the three-word video, doughnuts in the morning and nail painting.” “All of the activities had a great turn out,” Ragus said. “Students really got involved and seemed to enjoy them.” The Human Spirit class has become involved in kindness acts also. They are selling bracelets to sell in order to purchase the Kind video which costs $500. “We hope to raise enough money to buy the movie to share with the whole school,” Moe said. “We hope people take account of how important kindness really is and realize that even little acts of kindness can make someone’s day.”
Berlin pride was so cool.” The football team lip syncs to This is the first year one of Jothe beginning of “Firework.” hansen’s classes created a lipdub. “Given the right team and the Photo Submitted right circumstances, there may be another one in future years,” Johansen said. The Lipdub premiered on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 during Primetime. “I thought the lipdub ended up being really good,” senior Kara Wesner said. “I know how hard the team worked on trying to get Seniors Becca Wenig and Bryce Pomplun lip sync to “I Can Only it the best that it could be, and Imagine” by David Guetta. they did a great job.”
Newsbriefs Veteran’s Day program honors troops
Berlin High School, accompanied by multiple veterans, held a Veteran’s Day program on Friday, Nov. 9 in the gymnasium. Principal Lynn Mork and veteran Robert Przybyl spoke during the program, honoring all the past and present veterans.
Student Council sponsored “The Gobbler”
The annual Turkey Day 5k & 1 mile Run/Walk was held on Thursday, Nov. 22 at Nathan Strong Park. “The Gobbler” was sponsored by Student Council, who gave all donations made to the Berlin High School Foundation. Student Council also provided a Thanksgiving bake sale and a free t-shirt to the first 100 people who registered.
Odysseyware implemented throughout school district
A new online program, Odysseyware, has been purchased for the use of students throughout the district, with five “seats” available for students to sign onto the program. Odysseyware contains online courses that include text, interactive pieces, videos, virtual aspects, and more to meet students’ educational needs. “These courses can be customized for students and we are planning on using it in many different ways,” Director of Instruction Jodi Becker said. Several teachers were trained on Nov. 20 to assist students in using this new program.
School, community not impressed Berlin High School is known for being the “hick” school in the conference. Hmmm...and we wonder why we have that reputation? Maybe because when some students get to school, they get a kick out of revving their engines in their big, fancy-dancy trucks. We are all trying to figure out who they are trying to impress. We know it is nice to drive a sweet truck to school, especially when all of one’s friends have one too. But, surely most everyone has already noticed the big line of trucks showcased in the parking lot. By revving them up and honking the horns to draw even more attention, they are not impressing anyone but themselves. This attention-seeking behavior just does not go on in the school parking lot, but also down by a local hang out, the locks. One might think this secluded spot is the perfect place to hang out without any supervision. But, when the cops are sometimes sit-
ting at the locks or sitting on the road down there, why would students even go? It is hard to understand why students do not hang out at one of their friend’s houses. It would be a lot less annoying to the rest of the town. If the cops are constantly on their backs about little things, and are getting complaints from citizens around town, it is time to be mature about the whole situation and stop. Stop acting childish and acting proud about warnings and tickets. This is embarrassing because getting in trouble is the furthest thing from cool. Once we get out of high school and step into the real world, it is not going to be all fun and games. So please, just one little favor. Tone it down a bit, and people would maybe, just maybe, be a little less annoyed by all the ruckus at school and around town. Thank you.
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Going to dances..with the parents by
School dances are a safe way to go out and have a good time with friends. Students get to catch up with each other, take fun pictures and bust out some moves. Throughout my high school years, I never worried about the possibility of my parents chaperoning a dance. I knew they would want me to have a good time with my friends without them being there. Last month, I was proven wrong.
November 30, 2012
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Don’t stress so much about... Parents’ expectations
It does not matter if a student is a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, this applies to all students sometime in their high school careers. Students might hear the wrath of their parent’s voice, “Kimmy, did you get your homework done? You better get your homework done. If you don’t, you are going to get a bad grade in the class, and a bad grade is not going to look good when it comes to applying for college.” Oh my goodness, parents! Take a chill pill. We will get it done. But students, instead of snapping back with sassy response back, just say, “Okay, Mom.” Walk away or put headphones in to tune out the nagging voice and avoid the oncoming stress. If the pace a student is working at is creating no problems, keep doing it. On top of the stress of homework, there is always the pressure to get involved in school or various activities around the community. Parents may be
At the end of October, Linc Crew held a Halloween dance. Since my mom is one of the advisors, I knew she had to chaperone. When I got home from practice that night, I was excited for the dance. As I was running around the house trying to get ready, I overheard my mom ask my dad what time he was leaving. I stopped dead in my tracks and asked my dad, “You’re going to the dance too?!” He said, “You bet I am.” I could not believe it. Not only was my mom going to be there, but my dad also. I thought to myself, How am I going to get down to Lil Jon’s “Get Low” or possibly dance with a boy without my dad creepin’ the whole time? As my mom was leaving, she said, “Well, I have to go meet with Mrs. Femali to get our costumes ready.” This night was getting worse. Immediately I thought, Are they going to be ugly witches? Vampires? Maybe even scary clowns? When I arrived at the dance, I saw Mom and Mrs. Femali at the door. They dressed up as “tan mom,” (the woman who got in trouble for tak-
one of the main contributors of stress for this one. Even though getting involved in things during and outside of school is a wonderful, rewarding thing to do, it can add a lot of extra stress to a student’s life. Students themselves know what they can and cannot handle. So, if parents are breathing down their child’s necks, ordering them to get involved, simply tell them what is too much to handle. Most parents will understand. For the student athletes, parents may be a little crazy at times, wanting their child to be the absolute best. Let’s face it, the chances of that actually happening are slim to none, so parents need to relax. I mean, there is already enough stress in general when students are in a sport. But when their parents are acting like they know everything about it, when most of the time they clearly do not, it can add a lot of unwanted stress. But, on the bright side, at least we know our parents care and are looking out for our best interests, even if it causes stress.
ing her child into a tanning booth) which thankfully was not embarrassing. Later on, I was scanning around the commons and I could not find my mom and dad anywhere. Then, I saw my mom walking around with her camera. It was like my friends and I had our own paparazzi. While my mom was taking pictures, my dad was standing in the corner, texting. He looked so thrilled to be there. The night ended up being enjoyable. The music was good, the costumes were fun, and I had a great time with my friends...and with my parents.
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Dear Editor, Why is it that certain sports in BHS go unrecognized? For example, last year the golf team did very well. Also, the girls’ swimming and cross country teams this year have done well. I understand it is more fun to watch volleyball, football, or baseball games, but we could at least show the same amount of love to a team who has already won sectionals compared to a team who has yet to go. Even little things like a pep rally or signs would support all teams. Sincerely, Aggravated Athlete
November 30, 2011
Work-Based Learning class offers employment opportunities by
For as long as Curriculum Director Jodi Becker can remember, BHS has offered Work-Based Learning and Readiness classes to its students. Through the Work-Based Learning class, students are able to work at a part-time job and earn school credit. “Students are required to take the Work-Based Readiness class first,” Becker said. “Once they have taken that, they can also sign up for WorkBased Learning.” Senior Kristin Erdmann has a job and is currently taking Work-Based Readiness and Work-Based Learning in the same trimester. She feels that Work-Based Readiness did not help her much to prepare for Work-Based Learning, but rather her experiences from actual jobs did. “We learn mostly the same skills that I learn at my current and previous jobs,” Erdmann said. In order for students to go on to the Work-Based Learning class, they must already have a job and get their employer to agree to the program. “If they have a job and work a minimum of six hours a week, they can have a work-based learning experience where they would be able to miss one hour a day,” Becker said. “But, they would make up that hour by working.” History teacher Gary Knoke re-
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Photo Submitted Photo: C. Schubert Senior Kristin Erdmann checks in with Knoke by showing him her work log, which is a big part of her grade for Work-Based Learning. cently took over as the Work-Based Learning Supervisor. “The students are graded based partially on their work logs,” Knoke said. “They have to fill out a work log indicating what kind of work they did and how many hours they worked. There is also a final evaluation form that the employers have to fill out.” Since the Work-Based Learning students get to miss an hour of school each day, it is Knoke’s job to make sure that they are getting in their hours at work. “I have phone contact with their employers,” Knoke said. “Students are also graded on reports that I get from them.”
Not only is Erdmann involved in the Work-Based Readiness and WorkBased Learning classes, but she is also in the Youth Apprenticeship Program. “The Youth Apprenticeship Program allows you to get work release during your junior and senior years,” Erdmann said. According to dwd.wisconsin.gov, the Youth Apprenticeship Program integrates school-based and workbased learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills defined by Wisconsin industries. This program is separate from the Work-Based Learning class, but shares a similar purpose.
“For Work-Based Learning you can have any kind of job that you want,” Becker said. “For Youth Apprenticeship there are very specific jobs that you can have. It has to be in either agriculture, manufacturing, finance or hospitality.” Erdmann currently holds a job at Royal Ridges in Ripon. “I am a server, part of the set-up crew and banquet captain,” Erdmann said. Erdmann is glad that she has had the opportunity to take these classes. “I get out of school early and get more hours for work,” Erdmann said. “It is a easy way to get out of school and still get credits.”
Ashley Gravunder What have you enjoyed most about high school? “Making new friends, learning new things and playing sports.” What subjects are you most interested in? “Science and English.” What college do you want to attend, and what will be your major? “I will attend Concordia for occupational therapy.” Tip for high school students: “Work your hardest and try to achieve your dreams and goals.”
New hangout, same problems by by
The entire community remembers the previous hang out spot for students with loud trucks, Riverside Park. After many complaints, students began to migrate to a new spot known as the locks. “Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of complaints from the public about reckless driving,” Police School Liaison Officer Doug Christensen said. These complaints are often about a particular group of students who race through town, hurry to McDonald’s, down to the locks to eat then hustle back to school, hoping to make it back on time. So, what is so great about the locks? “The locks is a quiet place away from school and drama where friends can get together and eat lunch,” junior George Jensen said. However, the locks has received a reputation, and a bad one at that.
Photo: L. Schmidt The previous lunch spot for these students was Riverside Park, but after many complaints and a few tickets, the new place to be is the locks. “Everyone thinks the locks is to hang out,” Jensen said. “It’s such an awful place and that hor- something to do.” To some, the locks is more of a rible stuff goes on there,” Jensen meeting place than a place to just said. “In reality, it isn’t half as bad hang out. as they think.” “We don’t sit down here all day No matter how good or bad the and do bad things,” Jensen said. locks may be, students still choose “A lot of times we just park our to spend more than their 40 mintrucks here so we can carpool and utes of lunch time there. go somewhere else.” “Most days after school, students To others, the locks is a place come down here before work just
where they can do what they want. Located in a very remote area, the locks, until recently, has had very little police force monitoring it. “In the past few months we have really stepped up enforcement and are monitoring the locks closer now than ever,” Christensen said. The issue with students being down at the locks is not that kids are hanging out, but rather the reckless driving, littering and tobacco use. “I’ve gotten in trouble for speeding and my exhaust being too loud while I was at the locks,” senior Grant Boese said. “It has happened more than once.” If students would drive more responsibly and simply behave themselves, there would not be a problem. “We’re just trying to keep everyone safe,” Christensen said. “We aren’t trying to ruin anyone’s fun.”
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Working sun up to sun down for two summers and spending about $1,500, senior Bradley Nitzke finally met his goal of restoring his very own military vehicle, a 1970 M35A2 2 1/2 ton truck. Usually one would have an interest in such a big project before they start it, but not Nitzke. “This was not my idea,” Nitzke said. “It was actually my friend Mark’s idea. He got me started and into this stuff.” Although Nitzke knows a lot about vehicles in general, he needed to do some research because this is not a typical, everyday vehicle. “The internet was a big help for me,” Nitzke said. “If I did not know what I was doing, I would just look it up.” Since the truck he restored was a military truck and it is much bigger than a regular truck, he had to prepare himself for it being that much bigger. “My first step I had to take was getting larger tools, which consisted of a lot of trips to Fleet Farm,” Nitzke said. With such a big project, problems are normal and things did not go the way he expected. “I found myself not having enough time,” Nitzke said. “I would make deadlines that I could
not reach. After a while it got boring and I would lack ambition.” Another thing Nitzke had to consider was the cost of everything after it was all said and done. “I think I helped him out some with money, but not much,” Nitzke’s mother Linda Nitzke said. “I do not expect him to pay me back. We are a family and it is just what we do -- help each other out if we can.” Along with dedicating most of his time to his restoration, he had other commitments he had to keep. “He worked as a farm hand at the Utecht farm and also helped out on my dad’s farm,” Linda Nitzke said. Nitzke had a lot of support through the whole restoration whether it was his mother, brother or girlfriend. “I was glad to see him doing something he loved,” Linda Nitzke said. “He was not getting into trouble. I knew where he was and I am very proud of the man he is becoming.” After the restoration was finished, Nitzke was also very proud of his work. “Seeing it when it was done was a great feeling, knowing I did it on my own,” Nitzke said. His mother believes that his hard work and dedication paid off in the end, and he should be proud of his accomplishments.
Photo Submitted Above: Bradley Nitzke shows off his 1970 M35A2 2 1/2 ton military truck, which took two summers to restore. Below: Mark Austin, the man to introduce this project to Nitzke, stands with him to display their finished restorations.
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November 30, 2012
While others may be running, shooting hoops or scoring goals, sophomore Emma Krueger hops on her horse and prepares for the next big English Hunt Seat Riding competition. English Hunt Seat Riding is a form of horseback riding where smaller saddles are used. The rider showcases her horse by performing different riding patterns. “Once I got my first horse, I immediately wanted to get involved with competitions,” Krueger said. Though horseback riding may look like fun, taking care of a horse requires hard work. “My horse needs dental and chiropractic work. He has to take daily pills,” Krueger said. “I must also board and bathe him.” Krueger practices for competitions every day in the summer, and about three times per week in the winter. “A normal practice may consist of warm up time for the physical fitness of both the horse and rider,” Krueger’s coach Jackie Curtis said. “With horses, there may be variables that need to be addressed as they present themselves.” When competition season arrives, the rider picks what class she would like to enter, then shows certain skills and maneuvers her horse does best. “Emma shows in a variety of classes. The horse is presented to the
Photo Submitted Sophomore Emma Krueger enjoys spending time with her horse, Leo, before she starts preparing for the next English Hunt Seat Riding Competition. judge by being led from the ground to intense riding patterns that usually require precise execution of harmonious maneuvers,” Curtis said. Not only does Krueger get judged on how precisely the movements are made by the horse, she must also bathe, clip and band (braiding the horse’s mane) her horse the night before to make sure he is presented with a clean look. “Owning a horse is a huge responsibility,” Krueger’s mother Maria
The thoughts in Emma Krueger’s head can be summed up in two words: be consistent.
Krueger said. “We consider our horse as an animal that requires a lot of love and care to be healthy and happy.” After each competition is done, Krueger fills up her trophy case a little more and gets back to practicing for the next one. “I have had some big accomplishments, but I have also had some bad days,” Krueger said. “My first show, my horse got nervous and bucked me off. It all depends on how my horse and I are feeling.”
Whether Krueger wins or loses, she still maintains a positive attitude. “Emma is a highly motivated learner because of her great admiration and enjoyment of the horse,” Curtis said. Krueger is getting older and is involved with other activities, but her affection for horses has not changed. “I have had a love for horses ever since I was little,” Krueger said. “Once my parents bought me a horse, my love grew from there.”
Emma and Leo’s canter
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“Canter” is one of the speeds a horse can move. It is an easy gallop and a required gait in a competition.
Keeping her eyes forward, shoulders back and spine straight, Krueger maintains good posture.
Krueger keeps a losely controlled hand on the reins to keep Leo’s head level, low and down. “I taught myself how to knit when I was in fourth grade,” junior Ashley Hebbe said. Text and photos by Annissa Haedt
“My grandfather taught me how to fly planes about three years ago,” sophomore Stefani Danzeisen said.
“I have been drawing little doodles in my notebook since second grade,” senior Leah Johnson said.
“I have been driving RC cars for the past two years, and I have been in a tournament,” freshman Jethro Schoppenhorst said.
Alice in Wonderland
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“My most important victory would be receiving my three ‘top tens’ at state,” Emma Krueger said. “That was a big accomplishment.”
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As my friend and I ventured off to the movie theater, we were debating on whether to see a comedy or an action movie. We decided on “Taken 2.” We both loved the first “Taken,” and the sequel definitely met our expectations. Within the first ten minutes, my legs were bouncing up and down. The opening scene when a group of men stand over an open grave and plot to kill Bryan Mills, the main character sets up the suspense of whether Mills survives. This tone is carried throughout the whole movie. In the first movie, the father, Bryan (Liam Neeson), is a retired CIA agent who allows his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), to go off to Paris with her friend, Amanda. The two girls ends up getting kidnapped, and the Dad goes to Paris to save them. The end result was that he was able to save his daughter, but now has many enemies due to all of the lives
Mitch Lucker : L egends never die
he took in order to save Kim. “Taken 2” takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, where Bryan is on a business trip. His ex-wife, Lenny (Famke Janssen), and his daughter Kim surprise him in Istanbul and it goes from a happy family vacation to a horrible nightmare. The sequel is all about how the tables get turned this time. Kim’s parents are taken by a group of men who are out to get revenge on Bryan for killing their family members. This time it is Kim’s turn to save her parents from trouble. I am not the type of person who can handle a lot of violence, and it became excessive at points. I was constantly turning away, or squinting my eyes to just barely see the screen. Besides an abudance of violence, the movie kept me on my toes and I kept wanting to see what was going to happen next. The suspense made it a phenomonal movie.
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November 30, 2012
After scheduling a spot in the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour this year along with Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire and Attila, heavy metal band Suicide Silence recently lost their frontman, 28-year-old Mitch Lucker. Being a fan of Suicide Silence for four years now, I was heartbroken and devastated when I heard the news. What hit me even harder was the fact that I would have been able to see them in concert for the first time in December. The band reported the news to their fans on Facebook on Nov. 1 saying, “There’s no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker- We love you brother.”
November 30, 2012
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You said it, ‘Sound of Music’ pleases audiences We write it
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In Spanish, senior Kristin Johnson was asked to say what her partner likes to do with his family. “Fernando le gusta cocina su mama (Fernando likes to cook his mom),” Johnson said.
Photo: www.abcnewsradioonline.com The motorcycle accident occurred late on Halloween night. Lucker was riding his 2013 Harley Davidson in Huntington Beach, CA when he lost control, hit a light pole and was thrown from the bike. Lucker is survived by his fiveyear-old daughter, Kenadee and his wife, Jolie. He was described as a family man and was known for bringing his daughter up on stage
with him at shows. The night of Lucker’s death, a candlelight vigil was held around the light pole that he crashed into. At one point, there was said to have been 400-500 people gathered around the pole. A long time friend of Lucker, Jacob Cato, held a sign that read, “You made your mark. You touched peoples lives across the world. You built a career from garage band dreams.”
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“You mean cocina con su mama (To cook with his mom)?” Spanish teacher Jairo Granados said.
The von Trapps sing one last time as a family at the Salzburg Music Festival. Many emotions overwelm them before they try to escape from the Nazis.
“When I was pregnant a lady pushed me for a DVD player!” special ed teacher Nicole LeDioyt said.
In Human Spirit, English teacher Amy Wenig asked the class if they understood the book so far.
Junior Adam Collins, what you got in that trunk? Bucket
“Well, half the book ain’t even in English!” senior Shelby Carlson said.
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“I got lost for an hour and a half with no phone!” senior Hannah Speers said. “I couldn’t find my mom!”
“It ain’t even in English, Shelby?” Wenig said. Photo Submitted Right after Maria (Gretel Laverenz) arrives at the von Trapps, she teaches the seven children how to sing with the song “Do-Re-Mi.”
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“I have seen multiple fights break out because of budging,” math teacher Shawn Manata said.
As I entered the theater for “The Sound of Music,” I expected the wonderful singing, but was surprised when the acting was just as good. The main character, Maria, (Gretel Laverenz), was exceptional. Laverenz seemed like a completely different person on stage, motherly yet childlike at the same time.
Speaking of playing a motherly role, the seven children made everyone, including myself “ooh” and “ahh” over their adorable characters. The musical was full of different dances and songs. One of my favorites was the classic “Do-ReMi.” The performers not only had to move to the beat while singing, but also sing while another was singing a different part. I would like to give a big shout out to Emma Hargrave (Liesl) and Garrett Stienbrink (Rolf) for
their very cute and lovey duet “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” It was the right mix of playful and genuine. One thing I was disappointed in this year was that the chorus was not involved as much. I know it is hard to have everyone involved, but I always love watching the group dances. Overall, the musical was fun, romantic, humorous and enjoyable to watch. Big props to Lisa Utecht for directing a musical for all ages to enjoy!
In Spanish class, teacher Jairo Grandos asked the students to complete this statement: “Susie cannot ride her bicycle because...” Sophomore Garrett Steinbrink completed the statement by saying, “... because she has no legs.”
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November 30, 2012 Becca Wenig
Freshman Payton Parmon was the only the female swimmer to compete in the state meet. Overall, she placed sixteenth in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 200- yard individual medley. Parmon’s coach, Bill Clewien, felt confident she was prepared going into the state meet. “Payton swam very well at conference, and then had an even bigger day at sectionals the week later. She ended up breaking the school record in the 200 IM,” Clewien said. As for most athletes, Parmon felt anxious before going into her events. “I was really nervous leading up to it, but when I got in the water, I was fine,” Parmon said.“I had my sister there with me so I felt more comfortable.” Next year, Parmon is looking to change up her events and achieve new goals. “I want to try something new, like the 200 open free and the 500 open free. I also want to break the 100 fly record and go back to state,” Parmon said.
Freshman finishes break out swim season
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Pros vs. Cons of
“They are some of the main leaders on the varsity team,” Coach Andrew Kasuboski said.
As the boys basketball team began practice for the tough season, senior Michael Falk is confident they will have success this season. “We have great team chemistry and good 3-point shooting,” Falk said. “Like any team we have our ups and downs, but our will power will carry us a long way.” Even with hope for success, there are still some laughs thrown around the court to help calm the nerves. “We have these golden shorts that are given to a player that is not acknowledged but who should be,” Falk said. “The player gets to wear them all week at practice. They’re huge!” Their next game is home on Dec. 4 against Laconia.
Returning Regional champion.
Boys Basketball prepares for “Golden Season” by
“He is one of the more experienced on the team and will be a team leader,” Coach Bill Clewien said.
“They are all very talented in the area of cheer, stunting, jumps, tumbling and dance,” Coach Dianne Weiske said.
Basketball is a sport that requires an immense amount of skill and athleticism. A person cannot just pick up a basketball and expect to be a big-shot right away. As with most sports, basketball takes a lot of practice to become good. Basketball is a spectacular way to pass the long winter months and keep in shape when it starts to get cold outside. It keeps kids off the couch and puts their hands on a ball instead of inside a bag of chips. There is one major downside to
Wrestling ADAM COLLINS
basketball: a large amount of running is involved. It seems like the athletes are almost always running back and forth down the court, which may get rather repetitive for someone sitting out in the crowd. Also, all that running is not very fun for someone who despises physical conditioning as much as I do. Nonetheless, basketball is a exciting, fast-paced sport to watch. Some of the plays seem like they were performed supernaturally. The high-flying heroics and ankle-breaking moves almost always make for a sensational spectacle that will be sure to amaze kid and oldster alike.
Boys Swimming TOBY HEGNER
“She has a lot of skill, and she has to show the conference that, HANNAH VOELTNER which I know she can,” Coach NICOLE KLASSA Joel Johansen said. Created by Jenna Horn
Sportsbriefs Boys swimming starts with little experience
The boys swim team only has five returning swimmers from last season’s team. “It will be interesting to see how the boys step up to the challenge of not having a large group of well-seasoned competitors on the team,” Coach Bill Clewien said. “Hopefully, the new members will catch on fast and fill some of the gaps.”
Wrestling team hopes to increase numbers
Last season, boys wrestling had some of the lowest numbers the program has ever seen. They hope to gain some wrestlers this year and be a serious contender in the conference. “I hope our team can demonstrate good sportsmanship and do the best they can,” Coach Dave Parker said.
Volleyball team goes undefeated, earns trip to state
The girls played Edgewood on Friday, Nov. 2 in the first round of state. They fought their hardest, but fell short in all three sets. Coach Eydie Reiser looks forward to going back to state next year. “I am excited to see who was inspired this year,” Reiser said. “We need to find out who is ready to work hard to see some great pay outs.”
Girls basketball loses few players from last season Photo: H. Prachel Senior Drew Wallace shows off his skill while wearing the golden shorts at practice. The shorts symbolize his talent and are given to teammates who are usually not acknowledged.
The girls basketball team is returning with most of their firepower from last season. They anticipate a good season and doing well in the playoffs. “I am looking forward to just having a good time with the girls,” senior Laura Trochinski said. “It is a great group of ladies.”