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“Do Not Go Gentle” pg. 8

Spartan Volleyball Wins State Pg. 10

Fireside 2017 pg. 12

Photographed by: Skyler James Kent


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The Sentinel Konah

December 7, 2017

a peek INSIDE

The holidays have arrived and with all the festivities in the air the Sentinel Konah has been raring go. We take this time to remember our year and what we have accomplished, remember the times we have shared and all of the great moments we get to take part in. This issue covers all the events of the past two months including the Spartan Volleyball team taking a consecutive First Place Title at State, to Fireside 2017. We also opened our pages to the photography students at Sentinel for the Annual Fall Photo Contest. Enjoy!- Aston Kinsella, Editor-in-Chief

Speech and Debate: off and running Aston Kinsella

Editor-in-Chief Speech and Debate is off and running on what promises to be one of the best seasons in years. Over 70 students turned out this year, the largest team in several years, and even though there are plenty of fresh new faces on the team, they are holding their own. Off to a good start the speech team took 4th overall at the Dusty Roads Invitational this past weekend in Helena. Junior Kade Headahl placed 3rd in Original Oratory. Junior Julie Quackenbush placed 2nd in Informative Speaking. Sophomores Jared Rosenquist and Peyton Shermer took 7th in Duo Interpretation. Senior Kincaid MacDonald placed 3rd inLegislative Debate, and Senior Chris Malcomson taking 1st in Legislative Debate. Coach Meredith Britt is pleased with her team thus far. “Highlights this season include several first place finished for individuals. Also, for team points, we have come out on top of Hellgate the past two meets.” While there are many up-and-coming competitors the Spartans they also have a long list of seasoned players.

“Senior debaters Joyce Liu and Chrissy Hartman are doing consistently well in Public Forum Debate. Julie Quackenbush is looking is looking strong in Informative and took 2nd this past weekend. Olivia Jenkinson took home a first place finish a few weeks back at the Bozeman tournament in Memorized Public Address,” Britt said. “Kade Hedahl has had a few top three finished in Original Oratory. Legislative debaters, Christopher Malcomson,and Maddy Braun, are consistently in the top 3, with a few first place finishes for Chris,” said Britt. Britt is also looking at the underclassmen to step-up this year and fill the holes of the past. “Some of our new freshmen are perfomring quite well,” Britt said. “Freshmen Kellen Moore, Ellen Loran, and Morgan Murphy are all showing great promise in Public Forum. “Meave Lange and Sophomore Peyton Shermer are performing quite well in Original Oratory. Sophomore Lincoln Douglas Debaters Hannah Gregory, Bailee Sjorstrom and Cole Sauter are shoing some great promise as well.” Britt is also looking to see Sophomore Nash Sauter, who is consistently breaking into the top 16 in his events, make it to the stage this season as well. The team will travel north this weekend to compete in the Kalispell Regionals for their last tournament before break.

Say WHAT? Comments made by students, faculty, and staff around campus “The Vomit ones by far.” -Sophomore Tia Vaneps on grossest JellyBean ever

“North Korea is a little Country that is cocky and full of themselves.” -Senior Zack Hawkins on North Korea

“Nike.” -Junior Connor Daniels on coolest brand of clothing

“What we are doing is clearly not working.”

-Mr. Hartman on Gun Control

“Will Demarois.” -Junior Nathan Holzer on who should have been elected

the sentinel konah Editor-in-Chief

Aston Kinsella Design Editors

Jada Knight Andrea Porch Reporters

Jordan Cowan Olivia Curran Mya Davis Max Dupras Darren Faughn Danika Firth Sarah Hauser Riley Nielsen Arianna Silva Miya Snead Ethan Violette Adviser

Jenn Keintz Principal

Dr. Ted Fuller, Ph.D. Konah means “bitterroot” in Salish. The western artist E.S. Paxson suggested the name for the paper when it was first published in 1913. The opinions expressed in the Sentinel Konah are those of the individual staff members and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff or administration. Letters to the editor are encouraged, but may be edited for libelous or obscene material or omitted at the discretion of the administation. We will not accept any unsigned or anonymous letters. Seniors: This is your final notification to turn in your senior photos. Senior photos were due October 31. Over 50 students still have not turned in their photos. If we do not have them by December 15, you will not be included in the senior portrait section of the yearbook.


December 7, 2017

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Disappointing finish for Model United Nations

BrainBowl repeat champs at Frenchtown Academic Challenge

CHAMPS! The Brain Bowl team crushed the competition once again at the Frenchtown Academic Challenge Tournament in November. The defending champs, from left to right, are junior Oliver Chinn, seniors Anna Vonessen, Dakota Thomas, Zach Tonnerre, adviser Will Pereira and senior Noah George, beat Skyview in the finals to retain the championship trophy.

PHOTO BY CAMERON CAMPBELL

PHOTO COURTESY EZRA SHEARER

The Montana Model United Nations team competed at the University of Montana the two days leading up to Thanksgiving break. A technical error in position paper submissions kept the majority competing, leading to a disappointing finish for the usually dominate team. by Danika Firth

of the Sentinel Konah While most students were enjoying the short two-day week before Thanksgiving, those were two of the busiest days for the Montana Model United Nations team. However, of the 18 Sentinel students who were to participate in the two-day state-wide competition, only a handful were admitted into the competition. MMUN is a two-day simulation competition held annually at the University of Montana to help students understand how the United Nations works. Students represent countries, and must work together to solve world problems by drafting resolutions and debate. Prior to the event, students had to submit a position paper through the online dropbox to be eligible to participate. However, not all of Sentinel’s submissions were received, and most of the team was unable to compete or be considered for awards. “They didn’t get all of our position papers accepted appropriately,” adviser Ezra Shearer said. Many students, as well as Shearer, feel greatly frustrated by this turn of events, as it hindered those who worked hard on their position papers from presenting and working with countries. “My position paper actually went through, even though we all turned them in at the same time,” sophomore participant Nash Sauter said. After a review of the technical error, on Dec. 1, 2017, Sentinel students were awarded the following: Position Paper Awards: Zoe Beck – Honorable Position Paper Stuart Christiansen – Distinguished Position Paper Zachary Tonnerre – Distinguished Position Paper Committee Awards: Zoe Beck – Honorable Delegate Maddie Braun – Distinguished Delegate Nash Sauter – Distinguished Delegate Ethan Seiler– Distinguished Delegate Zachary Tonnerre – Distinguished Delegate “It was cool collaborating with other countries and learning about what was important to them,” Braun said.

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at a GLANCE A brief summary of Clubs here at Sentinel Little Red Truck’s European Christmas Market

Come on down to the Missoula County Fairgrounds for vintage shopping, food trucks, and holiday fun. Friday, Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Santa will be visiting between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday: $8; Saturday: $5.

‘A Christmas Carol’

See the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge put on by the Missoula Children’s Theater. Dates: Dec. 7-17 Matinee and evening performances available. See box office for info.

Missoula Holiday MADE Fair Dec.10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The MADE fair is a modern art & handcrafted market featuring local & regional artists and makers. The event includes: • Over 200 local & regional artists & makers • Non-profit informational

& activity booths • 3 Levels of Shopping: Arena Floor, Balcony, and Upper Gyms • Enter through the Box Office Entrance. • Artist Product Raffle (check website and Facebook for details) Location: Adams Center

Garden City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Performances: Dec.15 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 16 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 17 (2 p.m. & 6 p.m.) in the Montana Theatre (PARTV Building) on the University of Montana campus. Tickets may be purchased online (www. griztix.com), by phone (888-MONTANA), or at any GrizTix outlet: Adams Center, Worden’s Market, Southgate Mall, and MSO Hub. All seats are reserved. For more information, please visit: www.gardencityballet.org Location: Montana Theatre (PAR-TV Building) University of Montana

Western Montana Winter Fair

Dec. 16-17; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Activities Include: • Carriage rides • Free coffee and hot cocoa •Giving opportunities through local charities • Holiday gift shopping • Festive drinks for kids and adults

PHOTO COURTESY WILL PEREIRA

• Hands-on crafts and activities—indoors and outside • Ice sports demonstrations and ‘Skate with Santa’ • Holiday tree sale • Holiday folf • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing courses (snow dependent) • Caroling and musical entertainment


4 Opinion •

The Sentinel Konah

December 7, 2017

Open Internet soon to close

With the election of Donald Trump last year, came new policies that spread across different topics such as immigration, gun control, marijuana, and what I believe to be at the tippy-top of the list: open Internet. If you don’t know what the open Internet is, then you’re blind to me. Soon, Internet service providers, such as Darren Faughn Comcast and Verizon, may be free to block Reporter contenct, slow video-streaming services from rivals, and offer “fast lanes” to preferred partners. The open Internet is what runs our economy and allows small business to thrive. In 2015, under Obama, the Federal Communications Commission passed the open Internet order, which treated the regulation of broadband as a utility, similar to electricity or water, something seen as essential to modern life.

In addition, companies were officially banned from offering tiered services – fast and slow lanes for different service in an attempt to preserve “net neutrality” – the principle that all traffic online should be treated equally. But now the new head chairman Ajit Pai, appointed under the Trump administration, is trying to disband what the open Internet is. If you don’t know who Pai is, let me fill you in. He’s a former Verizon employee. Let me say that again. He’s. A. Former. Verizon. Employee. He’s the most biased person that Trump appointed for the job. He and other chairmen are trying to disband how we use the Internet and are trying to make it harder to access the content we want. Recently, Pai unveiled a proposal for the FCC to cease regulating this core principle of the open Internet. The FCC will vote on the proposal on Dec. 14. Since the commission currently has a GOP majority, it’s a safe bet that Pai will prevail.

They want to have tighter regulations on what we see and intake daily. They want to have set prices, higher for those who can pay more and give less to those who don’t have enough to pay. The Internet isn’t even cheap right now and people like us still get cheap service and Internet that is slow. Now they want to make it even harder to get Internet for people to use. Hey, do you like looking at memes as much as you want? You like video gaming or watching Netflix for twelve hours straight, well by this December, your bandwidth could be shortened because you don’t pay as much as big companies to use internet. Now if you don’t want this to happen, contact your state senators and speak your mind. Tell them to vote against what the FCC is trying to do before it’s too late. This is the beginning of what an oppressive society looks like.

BSA to allow girls, Girl Scouts fearful The Boy Scouts of America have made a lot of changes in the past few years. They have made it acceptable to have openly gay leaders and scouts, along with recently allowing transgender Jordan Cowen scouts to join. Reporter Now they want to reach out to girls and allow them to join. As can be found on the Boy Scouts of America website, Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbuagh stated, “The values of Scouting—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave

and reverent, for example—are important for both young men and women. We strive to bring what our organization does best—developing character and leadership for young people—to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.” The people who are the most upset about this are not boys in BSA or even parents, but the Girl Scouts. As stated in their blog, “The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today—and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for suc-

cess,” the Girl Scouts said in a statement. The Girl Scout program is afraid that membership will go down now that girls have the option to choose Boy Scouts. The president of the Girl Scouts wrote a letter to the BSA administration when they were only considering accepting girls asking BSA to reconsider. But why shouldn’t girls be able to join Boy Scouts? If girls deem the Boy Scouts to have more useful skills and lessons, then they should be able to join. Why not let boys join Girl Scouts as well? If boys want to learn other skills that are taught in Girl Scouts then let them.

Keeping Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts separate and gender restrictive only encourages gender roles. Girl Scouts pride themselves in trying to empower girls but they still keep all of the skills they teach more feminine directed. Not all girls feel empowered by doing feminine things. Not all boys feel empowered by doing masculine things. So boys and girls should be able to choose what clubs they would rather join. These clubs are meant to empower young children so why shouldn’t we let kids do what empowers them.

Is Black Friday buying out Thanksgiving? It has always been tradition for Black Friday to follow the day after Thanksgiving in order to prepare for Christmas. Shoppers will go into full-on survival mode in order to get the best deals. They plan out months before the day laying out certain coupons and maps for what stores to hit up. But is the day of deals taking over the day of thanks? Stores now begin their deals during Thanksgiving and people actually leave their families in order to stand in line to buy the newest iPhone. Where Riley Nielsen has the core value of Thanksgiving gone? People should be at home enjoying a warm turkey and pumpkin pie for the Reporter holiday. Thanksgiving has taken the back seat to a lot of families in the United States and replaced with standing in frigid lines and searching for the best deal. If we end Black Friday now, there would have a lot more to be thankful for. In the past few years Black Friday has spun out of control. According to blackfridaydeathcount.com, there has been a reported 10 deaths in the past six years due to Black Friday. Several cases, the shopper had pulled out a gun and shot another person trying to get the good deal. Brutal fights have broken out in stores across the country against the moms who want the last Lego set for their son. People stampede the store’s entrances and chase to grab the bargain. It is almost as if our animal instincts kick in and the shopping trip becomes the survival of the fittest.

Hand in hand, retailers want you to spend your money by making you think that you have gotten the best deal. In all reality, shoppers are overspending in order to get the bargain. People make more impulse purchases on Black Friday because they just assume that it is a good deal. They store may say it is on sale but does the customer really know? Stores have to prepare months in advance for this one day. I was in Best Buy at the beginning of November and they brought out four extra cash registers while I was in the store. One of the employees said “ohhh boy I don’t like the look of this.” I asked her what it was for and she said they were preparing for Black Friday. It is insane! The poor employees have to miss out on Thanksgiving and prepare for an animal hunt and crazy customers. Employees know first hand how crazy Black Friday is. They have to cut their family time short and head into work. If everyone wanted a deal, why not wait until Cyber Monday? The shopper can sit in the comfort of their own home and calmly search for their gifts. Plus there won’t be any fights for who gets the last sweater at Kohls, because it will all be in stock on the website. It is a win-win. Or participate in your local Small Business Saturday and shop local around Missoula. In the future, enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family, don’t let the retailers get in your head. Always remember the true value of giving thanks and spending time with loved ones. You aren’t really missing that much of a deal out on Black Friday.


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Women in STEM, ready for the future STEM, also known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a very male -dominated field. Sarah Hauser In fact only 24 Reporter percent of STEM jobs are held by women. In the past women have only been able to be a housewife or hold jobs such as secretaries, but since those times there has been a drastic change in attitude in the United States. Even though the percentage is rising for women in STEM, there

is still a ways to go. “Girls will underestimate themselves because STEM is math based, so they believe they are not smart enough,” Maria Bray, teacher of Joy and Beauty of Computing said. “They are just seeing a dark room doing boring coding.” It has been shown that around high school, girls start to lose interest in classes that involve science and mathematics. Stanford professor Thomas Dee thought the reason girls lost interest in math and the science is that most teachers in the field are male and maybe girls feels more comfortable around a female

teacher. When he conducted a test relating to this, it was proven that the girls felt more comfortable learning from a female teacher. “I personally never payed attention to this stuff,” science teacher Beth Rugh said. “Most of my teachers were male.” However, Bray does see the professor’s side. “It is a valid point,” she said. I finally started to learn more once I was taught from other women.” Math teacher Laurie Schneider feels Dee’s claim may be valid, but a teacher’s gender isn’t the only factor when it comes to learning. “There are teaching and learn-

ing styles that go into it too. It’s not always true because of how many factors there are when learning,” she said. Because of this such teachers as Bray are hopeful to help influence the STEM program for girls and show that it is a fun program for them to go into to. Bray said she’d like to “show more exciting courses to take and to help show them what they can do when building apps and computers.” Women have been paving the way for other women for a while, trying to make jobs more accessible to all women within STEM and other fields.

Technology creates a dark future for teens Technology is a changing idea that constantly affects how we function as a society. Children born into this society are constantly destroyed by the constant fact that social media and technology have on their mind. Snapchat is an app that Max Dupras Reporter shows pictures for a limited amount of time before going away forever. You can chat with people conventionally using text or you can chat using pictures and chat that stay up for an allotted amount of time. It also has a video chat option. It is one of many apps that has reached massive attention in the past couple of years. This app helps communicate with others using pictures and fast paced actions. It is made for convenience and ease, but something else may

have come along with it. With a rise in social media prominence, kids and teens are taking to staying out of the sun and are spending more time on the computer. It is a sweeping issue preventing people from getting out and meeting new people. A huge part of being a person is being able to talk and converse in person. When 100 million people are using Facebook and Instagram a month, it is hard to get out and interact with each other. The large part of this is what it does in the long run. If a teen stays and uses social media, they don’t experience real contact. That is what a person needs to do if they are to help build not only relationships, but themselves. This can lead to social anxiety and depression if they don’t reflect on how they are acting around others. A person feeling different could be the end

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result of something much worse. When a developing teen is subjected to a tough social situation, it can make them feel unwanted or useless. With social media, there isn’t that fear of being humiliated if you can hide behind a profile. Social media can also have another terrible use: blackmail. Blackmail is a great way to turn someone into nothing by spreading rumors and lies about a person to ruin their reputation. This small act can destroy a person from the inside and that is not what social media should be used for. In a world where a teen stays indoors and works to take the perfect selfie or tries to get the most followers, there is no real human interaction. A sad sight for such an advanced society.

“I guess, it helps me stay in touch with people better. I also feel like it affects the way I look at the world and how I look at other people.” -Jaiden Hettick, Sophomore

“It allows me to see things that I wouldn’t normally see. It also fills spare time.” -AmyOster tag, Senior

How does current technology impact communication? “ I use it everyday, for teaching, for communication, and I try to keep it separate from my face to face interaction as much as possible.” -Jeremy LaPorte, Teacher

“I mean, I use it everyday. I use it as an alarm and to talk with my friends.” -Ethan Laisuthruklai, Freshman

“I do a lot of writing so I use Word and Google Docs, which helps me.” -Caroline Bowler, Junior

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EA: Up for the hype but not for quality Over the past week the gaming community has been outraged, once again, by the video game Darren Faughn production company Reporter Electronic Arts. Over the past couple of years EA has shown the gaming community it’s unreliable by releasing unfinished games like this year’s triple-A title Mass Effect: Andromeda. This game was far from finished, the many story lines were not completed, it was clunky to play and just overall bad. And the outcome of this was it was turned into one of the biggest jokes of the year. But gamers kept their faith in EA or what was left of it, in hopes for the much needed sequel for the reincarnation of the Star Wars Battlefront ll just two years ago. But alas, EA had to disappoint the fans again. With the fantastic multiplayer beta and the access to the first two missions of the game, the community was ecstatic for the full game’s release. Fans found, unfortunately, that EA had disappointed them once again. EA planned to release the game, made DLC and was planning on releasing it for free when completed, but made it so in-game loot boxes were going to be their main stream of revenue. They made it so the game was going to be pay-to-win. The community was outraged and started to protest all over websites like Reddit, with over 100,000 people coming together, and on other forums. EA responded though on the 16th saying they’d turn off all in-game purchases and re-adjust the balancing throughout the game. Fans had hope once again, but not an hour or two later, a fan found that the website USGamer had interviewed someone from EA and said they’d bring back the pay-to-win concept after Christmas. That’s going to be when millions of fans by the game for super cheap and EA will make gigantic profits from the game. Fans don’t know what EA is going to do, but they have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to do from past experience. They believe they shouldn’t have to deal with this nonsense of forced multiplayer, barely finished, pay-to-win games.


The Sentinel Konah

Photo Contest 7

Honorable Mentions:

Emma Castaldi

Baylee Ellis

2nd Place: Aillie E. Ewing

Patrick Sety-Brown

Alaina Cruson

Jeremy Willett

First place: Skyler James Kent Jack Hangas

Kaidun Jones

Jada Barham

Taliey Simms

All photos voted on by the students of the Konah staff.

Mackenzie Viegut Marissa Mittlestadt

Elliott Fall

Emily Arneson

Ashlyn Ellis

Alyssa Anderson

Brodie Weatheran

Runners Up:

Payton J. Ater

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3rd Place: Chandler Alexander

Winter/Fall Photo Contest

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8 Student Life

• The Sentinel Konah

December 7, 2017

‘Do Not Go Gentle’

Right: Stephen Clement, Morgan Lombardi, Will Thomas, Emily Barton, Hannah Ryan and Olivia Curran Below: Stephen Clement and Olivia Curran

Left: Stephen Clement and Emily Barton

Below: Stephen Clement and Olivia Curran

Above: Morgan Lombardi and Will Thomas At Right: Olivia Curran and Stephen Clement

The Cast:

Lillian Barron...........Morgan Lombardi Joanna..............................Olivia Curran Windsor......................Stephen Clement Kelly.................................Emily Barton Mildred Flumac................Hannah Ryan Nobody..............................Will Thomas

The Production Staff: Director............................Katie Cassidy Student Director..........Hannah Degarmo Stage Manager....................Max Dupras Ass. Stage Manager......Charlotte Green

Props...Peyton Smith, Aurora Segerstrom, Ina Benediche Aune Lights.....................Emma Lyon DelSordo Costumes.........Gabrielle Johnson, Dankia Firth, Maria Kouidi, Kendra Miland Sound..............................Sophia Leonard, Mena Carrara-Ackerman Run Crew.......................Jack Wolgamont, Dylan Sandau, Quentin Davis Scenice Painters.............Rylan Brunkhart, Mary Ellen Butz, Declan Roe Publicity..........................Maycee Nowlen PHOTOS BY ASTON KINSELLA


The Sentinel Konah • Student

December 7, 2017

Life 9

Winter: A Warm or Cold Relationship? by Danika Firth and Miya Snead

of the Sentinel Konah

Montanans are always prepared for the cold death grip of Montana winters but are high schoolers truly prepared to drive in the slow lane? As we dive into the coldest months of a Montana year nobody truly wants to obey the laws of nature as we think we’ve ‘got it down’, but the cold hard reality is, we don’t have this down. Mark Monaco, the school’s resource officer, agreed that driving in winter is a dangerous deed that everyone should know how to handle. “Always check your rearview mirror for anyone coming up fast behind you,” said Mo-

naco. If you’re a freshman with a new license, try driving slow at first before racing your friends to see who has the fastest acceleration. Even if you’re an experienced driver with three years of driving to your name, don’t try and start super-fast unless you’re trying out for the winter Olympics in car skating. That lovely patch of ice you can’t see is black ice which means that if you try and brake on it too hard, you will slide. If you slide into the car in front of you because you braked too hard on a patch of ice, it is actually your fault. If you do begin to slide turn your front wheels the same way as your back wheels are going and definitely do not over correct.

“Any of the older cars that have rearwheel drive, anything rear-wheel drive is tough,” said Monaco. The type of car you drive is important as well, while having a low car may be problematic when the snow builds up on roads, four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is best for winter. If you drive a stick shift you are definitely at a higher risk, some basic tips would be starting in second gear, avoiding hills, and when turning don’t press on your gas or brakes instead use your clutch to slow yourself down a bit. “If you’re sliding brakes aren’t going to do you any good,” added Monaco. So this winter, take necessary precau-

tions that you wouldn’t usually take because you’re a high schooler, and we know, it’s hard, but we’re here for you. Ya’ll need some tips: Stay home. Drive slowly, like, a lot slower than you’d think. But, not as slow so people coming up behind you rear end you, that’s too slow. Drive a reasonable speed. Just don’t brake suddenly. Brake at a distance. Don’t power up hills, looking at your stick shift. Snow tires are your friends this winter. So, congrats, you now have friends. Four to be exact.

Sentinel band snags a spot in Carnegie Hall by Riley Nielsen

of the Sentinel Konah In 2019, our Sentinel High Band will be playing at Carnegie Hall. This was not an easy honor to receive, the band had been practicing hours upon hours for the opportunity to play at this venue. “They only accept six bands nationwide. I put an audition recording in and they accepted us,” teacher Lewis Nelson said. The band will be playing in a concert band festival in New York City. The crew flies off to the Big Apple in March of 2019. “Of course Carnegie Hall is Carnegie

Hall, it’s probably one of the top three places you can play in the world as far as acoustics and the experience as a whole. What a great experience for the students who get to go on the trip,” said Nelson. Nelson believes this will only make the band stronger. “The band is growing. Last year we had about 67 kids and this year we have over 120. My hope is the retention will stay up and we will continue growing as a program,” he said. Much preparation is needed for the concert. There will be countless hours put in by each member going in order for the band to play at their top ability.

“We will, as far as the music goes, start next fall. We will rehearse once a week outside of the school day and probably a Sunday night,” said Nelson. Nelson knows a lot of hard work will be going into this trip, but knows his band will take the extra step. “The kids are going to step up, no worries. We will have to rehearse a quite a bit more than we are used to because the music is going to be harder and expectations for playing a festival like this are very high. We can’t just go in there and do it, you have to do it all the way,” Nelson said. The band will be getting the most that

they can out of the trip. They have sightseeing planned to go to Times Square, Central Park and several other famous New York attractions. “We might do a shared concert or two. I have some friends that teach out there too, maybe do a combined concert with them. We are also talking to (choir teacher Jessica) Franks about bringing a small choir ensemble. We are thinking about what we can do for Sentinel and representing Montana,” said Nelson. Nelson and his band are ecstatic for this once in a lifetime opportunity to play in New York.


10 State Volleyball

• The Sentinel Konah

December 7, 2017

Spartans take back-to-back State Titles

Leaving everything out on the court, volleyball wins Class AA State Championship Sentinel Konah Live Feed

Aston Kinsella

Editor-in-Chief With a team comprised of 12 seniors and being the reining State Champions, the Sentinel Spartans were the team to beat all season. For many players it was their final year to don a Sentinel jersey, but the girls were ready for the season to come. All season long the Spartans were hit with injury after injury starting with Junior Shelby Schweyen coming off a torn ACL and meniscus. But as players recovered they were ready to go and get back in the game. “Coming back was the best thing ever, I was finally on the court again. I wasn’t myself for a while and it took some time to get back into rhythm but once I did it was great,” Junior RS Shelby Schweyen said. But the Spartans fought through each setback as the team was set to face any challenge that lie ahead. The Spartans kept their pace from last season by playing ‘Spartan Volleyball’ every match--meaning, they played their game each and every time they walked onto the court. Spartans headed for the state tournament ending their season with a victory over the Flathead Bravettes finishing their season with only one loss to Billings Senior early on--the first loss in two years for the Spartans. With a commitment to leaving everything they had on the court, and playing Spartan volleyball, they knew the title was within their reach. Coming into Bozeman as the number one seed from the West, the Spartans faced off against Great Falls High Bison in the first round. Spartans took their first match in three sets, winning 25-8, 25-17, 25-17. The second match was later that night as Spartans faced off with the Helena High Bengals, winning 25-14, 25-20, 25-18. Senior Elsa Godwin lead the team with 15 kills and 3 aces. Senior Jordyn Schweyen had 35 of the team’s 37 assists, setting up the offense for a fast and hard victory. After the undefeated Billings Senior team beat Helena Capital, the Spartans had to face the only team they’d lost to all season in the semi-finals. The gym was packed for the most anticipated match-up of the tournament. “We waited all season to play Senior at state. We were all so full of excitement and ready to go out and play them,” Senior RS Cassie North said. Senior DS Mariel Warren added, “We were all focused on playing our game and not playing any different just because it was Senior.”.

PHOTOS BY ASTON KINSELLA

Top: Spartans celebrate their victory cheering as Senior Sarina Moreano raises the state trophy. Bottom Left: Senior Elsa Godwin scores match point over Billings Seinor. Bottom Right: Junior Shelby Schweyen and Godwin embrace after their victory.

The Spartans would lose their first set 2025, and came back winning the next two sets 25-13 and 25-16. They lost the fourth set in a grueling 25-27 and would come back to win the match with the final set 15-8. This moved the team into the Championship round to be held the next day. The Spartans had to stay focused and prepare for either outcome of the morning match between Billings Senior and Helena Capital, knowing they would face the winners in the final. “We were remembering how great it felt to win last year, and how we knew that we would get it again with all the hard work we had put in this year,” Senior middle and captain Kylie Frolich stated. As the semifinal match between Senior

and Capital resulted with Billings Senior winning 3-1, the Spartans were looking at a repeat of last season’s championship match. The game itself started off strong for the Spartans taking the first set 25-13. “I was mostly excited since I knew it was most of our last time stepping on a volleyball court and that’s what made us all want it that much more,” Warren said. The Spartans took the second set 25-18 and were leading the Broncs 2-0. “I was so tired yet so focused and knew I had to keep playing at 110 percent. After winning the first and second set, I had that feeling that it was ours,” North said. In the final set the Spartans put all they had into their game. With a back and forth

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set and the Spartans sitting at 24-23, they had one last point to seal the first place tittle. The final volley had Senior libero Sarina Moreno with the dig, who passed it to setter Jordyn Schweyen. Schweyen then set the ball to the outside for Godwin to bring it home with the kill, winning 25-23. The Spartans stormed the court in celebration as the took the second consecutive state title. “Scoring the winning point was super special. I concluded my senior season in a very memorable way,” Godwin said. “I was able to finish with all my teammates but they were also my friends. I’m going to miss playing with them, but I wouldn’t have wanted to end my last season any other way.”


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Grapplers take Polson Invite, plan to dominate state again

Basketball teams look toward state with senior heavy teams

For the sixth time in a row, the Spartan wrestlers took the team title at the Polson Invite last weekend, also securing several individual top three finishes to kick off their season. “We wrestled very well,” head coach Jeremy LaPorte said. “There are always a few that don’t go your way, but overall, I am very excited for the future of our team this season.” Placing first for the Spartans were Junior Reece Eckley (132), Senior Cam Hegel (145) and Senior Bryar Newbary (205). Hegel and Eckley both pinned their way through the tournament. Junior Luke Joy (152) earned a second place finish. Four wrestlers nabbed third: Sophomore Justin Kovalicky (126), Junior Beau King (138), Senior Dylan Goforth (182) and Senior Tanner Stack (285). The JV team also traveled to Ronan last weekend, placing 15 of their wrestlers. Though no team score was given, LaPorte was pleased with the results. “If they would have been keeping score, we would have won that, too.”

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The wrestlers stand victorious after their opening weekend at the Polson Invite. The team placed first for the sixth year in a row.

Looking down the road, LaPorte feels the teams to beat this year are Flathead, the returning state champs, and Bozeman, the returning runners-up. “I am counting on all of our seniors to be leaders this season. Tanner Stack, Cam Hegel, Bryar Newbary, and Dylan Goforth are all returning starters that I expect to be leaders,” LaPorte said. The team heads to Butte this weekend for the Mining City Duals.

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Both basketball teams started strong last weekend with decisive victories over Stevensville. The boys crushed them 8636 while the girls were equally commanding, winning 69-22. A bright future is in store for both the girls and the boys’ teams. Girls basketball is looking dominant this year with four returning starters and seven seniors. Head Coach Karen Deden said, “With Jordyn Schweyen and Kylie Frolich returning for us, who were a very solid crew, I feel like I have very good leadership.” After a tough second place finish at state in 2017, Deden thinks the girls will be in the running for the title this year. “Last year was a tough pill to swallow with Kylie getting sick right before the game, but stuff like that happens and it makes you realize that everything has to come into place to win a championship,” Deden said. Helena High was the team our girls lost to

Spartans start strong season with largest team in city Andrea Portch

of the Sentinel Konah This year’s swim team is one for the books. With a record amount of swimmers on this year’s roster, it is expected for them to place top three at state this February. With roughly 50 swimmers, and Hellgate losing some of their top seniors, Sentinel has bumped themselves up to one of the top teams of Montana Swimming. The athletes who have been swimming for two to four years have worked hard to make their team to what it is this year. With their first meet out of the way, and the first race jitters gone, we can hope to see great things from the Spartans this season. This past weekend the Spartan girls took first place at the Kalispell Invite, while the boys snagged a respectable 5th. Junior Brooklyn Leiby took first in the 50 Freestyle, Junior Caroline McCormick took second in the 200 IM, and Sophomore Alex Vatoussis took third in the 200 Freestyle. Sentinel is looking forward to placing in the rest of the meets this season. Head coach Helen Houlihan believes Sentinel has a shot at the top three this year. “We have excellent relays, and good state meet experience,” she said. In addition, Houlihan believes the new blood on the team will keep Sentinel in the

last year in a close 41-46 loss. Coach Deden thinks that they will be their toughest opponents this year as well. Senior Kylie Frolich said, “We want to get back at Helena High, we know we can beat them!” The boys are looking to set the pace against the competition as well. There is a lot of leadership with six seniors returning. Head coach Jay Jagelski said, “We have a lot of the necessary components to make a good run this year, but it’s going to take some time this year getting gelled together.” Jagelski said that there are many returning players who gave the team good time last year from the bench. Last year the Spartans had a great season and suffered a close season-ending loss at State to Billings Skyview 52-54. Senior Sam Beighle said, “I’m expecting to be playing at state and to finish top 3 in the conference. It is my last year so I would also really like to beat Hellgate again.” Both teams travel to Billings this weekend to play Senior and West.

New Year, new trophy cases Miya Snead

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running. “We have outstanding incoming freshman for both boys and girls, and I predict Sentinel will have a top three finish at the state meet for both boys and girls.” Missoula has one of the biggest teams in the state because we combine four schools to make one family. Sentinel, Big Sky, Loyola, and Hellgate all practice together, and all work on the guidance of Houlihan.

Senior captain Cody Carlson said, “I would like to finish the season with a smile on my face, knowing I did my best.” Senior captain Kennedy Williamson also shed some light on what she expects for her team. “We’ve got a lot of girls this year so we have a better chance at winning every single meet, so just hoping that we keep building momentum to State,“ said Williamson.

Sentinel High School is ringing in the 2017-18 extracurricular year with the addition of new trophy cases. According to Athletic Director Dane Oliver, “The trophy cases represent a history of excellence, and the current athletic programs’ success and recognition for the hard work they put in.” The cases will be decorated and set up by the Booster Club here at Sentinel as a way to commemorate and acknowledge the accomplishments of our school’s athletics programs. Some old trophies will be placed into these new cases while saving space for many new entries to come. Some significant past trophies include those from 1960s in which all of the boy’s team won every sports trophy for that year. Also significant, is the success of the girls’ basketball team a few years ago and the triumphs of the volleyball and girls track teams just last year. These trophy cases will not only represent the dynasty of success at Sentinel, but also the promise for new accomplishments in the years to come.


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