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Sentinel High School Class of 2014 The Sentinel Konah Senior Issue June 5, 2014
â€˘ The Sentinel Konah
June 5, 2014
Oh, the places weâ€™ll go... Adair, Katelynn- Air Force Alberts, Lashawn- Undecided Allen, Alyssa- Undecided Alsup, Melanie- Baylor University Anderson, Nathan- U of M Anderson, Ryan- University of Montana Anderson, Tiffaney- U of M Axe, Parker- University of Montana Azzinnaro, Austin- Undecided Baker, Micaela- Undecided Bangerter, Lisa- MSU Banzet, Shane- University of Montana Barham, Jordan- Undecided Barnes, Justin-Undecided Barnes, Tanner- Undecided Bartlett, Marcus- Undecided Bauman, Kyla- MSU Baylor, Kelsey- Undecided Beach, Emily- University of North Dakota Becker, Katie- University of Montana Becker, Logan- Arizona State University Beierle, Shay- Undecided Benson, Reid- Missoula College Benson, Trevor- Missoula College Bixler, Kristy- University of Montana Bixler, Lindsay- University of Montana Bond, Devin- Undecided Bouldin, Samantha- MSU Breeden, Matthew- Working Brents, Kaitlyn- Working Brown, Eliza- Unknown Burt, Tyler- Working Butler, Madalyn- University of Montana Cady, Jenna- University of Montana Cagle, Jaime- University of Montana Cahala, Jeremy- Unknown Calkins, Austin- Unknown Callahan, Darryn- Unknown Caras, Drum- San Diego State University Carlson, Wyatt- Unknown Carroll, Sean- Undecided Chabot, Sari- Carroll College Chinikaylo, Natasha- Undecided Clement, Hamilton- U of M Clemow, Josie-Montana State University Connery, Frances- Cornish College Contos, Jacob- Undecided Corwin, Jordan- Working Cote, Kelsey- University of Montana Crews, Taylor- University of Montana Croft, Samantha- University of Montana Crombie, Jacob- Unknown Czorny, Elizabeth- U of M Dabbas, Amana- U of M Dauenhauer, Bridger- Dakota Wesleyan University Davenport, Lindsey N- Unknown Davey, Christopher- Marine Corps Davis, Dylan - University of Louisiana Davis, Zachary- Undecided
Demarois, Meri- University of Montana DeMott, Nicole- Undecided DeShazer, Koahl- Flathead Community College Deutsch, Taurell- Undecided DeWalt, Timothy- MSU Dewsnup, Joseph- Utah State University Dimmitt, Connor- Undecided Doddema, William- Mission Domako, Kathryn- MSU Donnelly, Katelyn- U of M Donovan, Jenna- University of Montana, Western Doty, Austin- University of Montana Doty, Hailee- Undecided Doty, Lloyd- Undecided Dotz, Kallie- University of Montana Douglass, Kyle- MSU Duffalo, Skyla- University of Montana Earl, Macartney- Missoula College Edwards, Tryston- U of M Eileraas, Jacquelyne- Montana Tech. Eisenhauer, Kyle- Undecided Eisenmann, Jeremy- MSU Northern Elgin, Raymond- Undecided Ewing, Jillian- Brigham Young University Finsaas, Amy- Undecided Fisher, Rachael- University of Montana Fontaine, Rylee- Columbia College Chicago Ford, Camille- University of Montana Frank, Joseph- MSU Northern Frank, Samuel- University of Montana Frazier, Olivia- Undecided Gamell, Nina- University of Redlands Ganieany, Logan- UNLV Gendrow, Chloe- University of Montana Germanovich, Tanya- Undecided Gibbs, Dillon- University of Washington Gibson, Josie- University of Montana Glennon, Jordan- Oregon Institute of Tech. Goodin, Justin- Undecided Gornick, Michaela- Montana Tech. Grace, Sarai Rose- Undecided Gray, Hailey -Whitworth University Green, Brandon- Undecided Gregory, Jaden- Weber State University Grutsch, Adam- Univeristy of Montana Gunter, Trace- Undecided Gutierrez, Nathan- Undecided Hall, Dean- Undecided Hangas, Shayla- University of Great Falls Hanich, Abby- Northern Arizona University Harbison, Justin- Great Falls College Hardesty, Kayla- Undecided Harper, Samantha- Rocky Mountain College Harper, Zach- Arizona State Univer-
sity Hartze, Jacy- University of Montana Hassenstab, Jonathan- Undecided Heath, Sage- Montana State University Henning, Jessica- University of Montana Hernandez, Brandon- Undecided Hernandez, Isabel- Undecided Hettick, Lexi- University of Southern California Hill, Chase- Working Hilliard, Anthony- U of M Hilliard, Ollecka- Brigham Young University Hirning, Emily- MSU Hollist, Tristen- Undecided Holshue, Jake- Undecided Holtkamp, MaKenzie- Colorado Christian University Hope, Aaron- University of Idaho Hunton, Krista- University of Montana Western Hutton, Peter- Working Irvine, Daniel- Undecided Jackman, Deric- Mission Jaeger, Erich- Undecided Jenkins, Ethan- University of Montana Jensen, Kincaid- Undecided Johns, Jared- University of Montana Johnston, Shantel- Undecided Jupka, Darcy- Montana State University Kapalka, Eric- Undecided Keast, Madeline- University of Montana Keith, Jillian- University of Montana Kendall-Rasmussen - Undecided Khameneh, Kagen- MSU Northern Khoudary, Lexi- University of Montana Kollman, Ava- Undecided Laing, Collin- University of Montana Laird, Jared- Montana State University Laird, Stephan- Mission Lambert, Jordan- Undecided Lanzel, Cady- Undecided Laporte, Christopher- Undecided Larson, Beau- University of Montana Laughnan, Sean- Undecided Lawson, Kristin- Undecided Layman, McKenzie-MSU Leathers, Keith- Undecided LeClaire, Dallas- University of Montana Leibenguth, Robbi- U of M Lincoln, Amber- Working Lindburg, David- Crown College Linsted, Riley- University of Montana Long, Austin- Working Lund, Parker- University of Montana Lundell, Wyatt- Undecided Lynch, Chantel-Undecided Lyon, Thomas- Undecided MacAlister, Crystal- Undecided Madsen, Kyler- Undecided Maher, Olivia- University of Montana Malikie, Tim- Marine Corps
Marr, Jacob- Undecided Marso, Jayce- Working Mason, Erik - Montana Tech. Mathews, Tenison- U of M McCallum, Jessica- Undecided McGarvey, Nolan- U of M McKenzie, Hunter- Undecided McMillan, Jessica- U of M McMurry, Raven- University of California Davis Meier, Janelle- University of Montana Meiers, Curtis- Missoula College Messerman, Forrest- U of M Meyer, Dylan- Traveling Miller, Ethan- Undecided Miller, Matthew- University of Montana Miller, Tucker- Working Mitchell, Beau- Undecided Mitchell, Christian- Minot State University Mitchell, Sallie- Minot State University Mohan, Spencer- Army Moors, Christian- Undecided Morley, Logan- MSU Morris, Sawyer- Missoula College Morson, Connor- Western Washington University Moulton, DeLayne- U of M Murphy, Emily- Undecided Murphy, Madison- Undecided Mustard, Zachary- MSU Nagel, Ryan- Montana State University Nash, Niki- University of Montana Navarro, Ruben- Unknown Nelson, Kailee- Montana Tech. Nolan, Jonathan- MSU Nooney, Chandler- Technical College Normandy, Cassidy- Undecided Olson, Alexandra- MSU Ottman, Jackson- University of Montana Parmiter, Tyler- Missoula College Partridge, Jordan- University of Montana Paul, Lexie- Working Peltier, Logan- Undecided Perkins, Justin- Marine Corps Pierce, Kathryn- MSU Pine, Cole- University of Montana Plenger, Timber- University of Montana Pope, Jody- Undecided Porco, Joseph- Undecided Rahn, Anthony James- Undecided Rasmussen, Tanner- Undecided Rawson, Sean- University of Montana Redman, Brandon- U of M Reneau, Sterling- University of Montana Renschler, Kelli-Ann- Working Richards, Jason- Undecided Richter, Britton- University of Montana Richtmyer, Tyler- University of Montana Riley, Arielle- University of Montana Rivey, Sam- University of Montana Roberts, Olivia- University of Wyoming
Roos, Riley- Missoula College Rossmiller, Kristin- Undecided Rott, Emma- Montana Tech. Schmitz, Ryan- University of Montana Schulte, Dylan- Iowa State Serrania, Aspen- University of Montana Shackelford, Jennifer- Unknown Shanks, Mason- Undecided Sherman, Melissa- Undecided Sibley, Jocelyn- Undecided Simmel, Blake- Undecided Smith, Jackson- Claremont McKenna College Smith, Justin- San Diego State University Smith, Nathan- MSU Spore, Jesse- Montana Tech. Smith, Tyler- Unknown Spooner, Colton- Unknown Spurlock, Jeremy- Unknown Stephens, Kiel- Unknown Stevenson, Ethan- Unknown Stoddard, Eryn- Missoula College Stout, Troy- Working Stricker, Kincaid- MSU Summers, Ryan- University of Mississippi Suter, Hannah- Undecided Tarkalson, Ethan- MSU Tarkalson, Matthew- U of M Tate, Zoe - Unknown Tennant, Aubrey- University of Montana Thomas, Madison- Air Force Tobiason, MacKenzie- U of M Toole, Dyved- Missoula College Tree, Maxwell- Mission Trenkle, Justin- University of Montana Tripp, Alec- Undecided Valentine, Olivia- Whitworth University VanVallis, Jacob- University of Montana Veitenheimer, Bailey- U of M Veteto, Lucas- Northern Arizona University Violette, Austin- Chapman University Wade, Callie- University of Montana Wagner, Miranda- Undecided Wakkinen, Isaiah- Working Walker, Chase- Linfield College Wallawine, Tavia- Undecided Walrod, Jeffrey- Baylor University Walsh, Austin- Marine Corps Warren, Matthew- University of Nevada Reno Weiser, Joshua- Working Wilkinson, Brendan- Undecided Williams, Alicia- MSU Wilson, Jaydn- University of Great Falls Wilson-Seeley, Lucas- University of Montana Worrest, Hannah- MSU Wulf, Brittani- University of Montana Zetterberg, Cameron- Traveling
June 5, 2014
The Sentinel Konah â€˘
Four Years of perseverance Sentinel seniors that have dedicated four long years to their activities and sports
Logan Becker Golf
Hailey Gray Swimming
Olivia Roberts Basketball
Hannah Worrest Gymnastics
Jess Henning Soccer
Samantha Croft Speech & Debate
Krista Hunton Volleyball
Forrest Messerman Cross Country & Orchestra
Matt Tarkalson Orchestra
Ethan Tarkalson Orchestra
Jenna Donovan Tennis
Kyle Douglass Track & Field
Janelle Meier Wrestling Manager
Koahl DeShazer Tennis
â€˘ The Sentinel Konah
We believe in each other, we believe in ourselves
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Dedication. Education. Celebration.
What are your plans for next year? Attend the University of North Dakota What honors/scholarships have you received? UND Presidential Scholarship, Community Medical Center Scholarship, Plum Creek Scholarship, UND Honors College tuition wavier. What are you going to miss most? All of my friends and family. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Basketball, track, cross country, tennis, softball, HOSA, Key Club, and National Honor Society. Which class was the hardest? AP U.S. History What advice would you give underclassmen? Get involved and have fun doing it! Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself graduated from college, working as a pharmacist, and starting a family. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mrs. Dolezal What motivates you most? My parents and myself. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Being in the back at sporting events and not being able to drive. What was your favorite class? AP Calculus with Mr. Little. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? AP History assignment- reading every single page in our textbook.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. What honors/scholarships have you received? New American University Scholar Dean’s Award and the Arizona State University Sustainability Champions Scholarship. What are you going to miss most? Sentinel High School in general. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Varsity Golf, DECA, NHS, Sparta Mart Supervisor and Sparta Mart Manager. What was your best memory in the classroom? I can’t pick a specific one but some of the most memorable were from freshman year. Which class was the hardest? Some of the marketing courseswrestling with real world problems. What advice would you give underclassmen? Challenge yourself and give something back during your years at Sentinel. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Somewhere in the world of business. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mr. Hartman What motivates you most? My friends, family, and people who doubted me. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Getting destroyed by water balloons on junior takeover day. What was your favorite class? All of the marketing classes. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? Jackson Ottman and my 30 page research event for DECA.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Brigham Young University Idaho. What honors/scholarships have you received? The BYU award of excellence. What are you going to miss most? Being able to see my friends everyday. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Golf for four years as well as NHS. What was your best memory in the classroom? When we played all Disney music in orchestra. Which class was the hardest? Biology sophomore year. What advice would you give underclassmen? Be who you want to be, don’t let others decide who you are, or determine your happiness. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Married to Prince Charming and starting a family. Which teacher influenced you the most? Ms. Duneman What motivates you most? When I have a deadline. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Not being able to choose as many classes. What was your favorite class? Orchestra for the past five years. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? The twenty page research paper for Ms. Duneman’s AP English class.
What are you plans for next year? Study Industrial Engineering at the University of Washington. What honors/scholarships have you received? Academic All-State, Valedictorian and Hypebeast. What are you going to miss most? The JV Tennis squad, S/O to my boy Lemons. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Basketball, JV Tennis, NHS and Key club. What was your best memory in the classroom? When Mr. Little broke a marker and it sprayed all over a girl. Which class was the hardest? Nord Geography What advice would you give underclassmen? Make love not war. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working hard, probably a member of TMT. Which teacher influenced you the most? Tim. What motivates you most? Winning. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Gym What was your favorite class? Intro to Art. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? The final Stats project.
What are you plans for next year? Whitworth University in Spokane. What honors/scholarships have you received? Mind and Hearts Scholarship, the P.E.O. Star Student Scholarship, the KPAX Student Service Award, Academic All-State, All-State Swimmer, Elks Student of the month, Sentinel Swimming Coaches award, and Prudential Spirit of Community award. What are you going to miss most? All the people. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Soccer, swimming, Key Club, Art Club, French Club, Prom Committee, NHS, and the student trustee on the MCPS school board. What as your best memory in the classroom? Dance parties in Mrs. Rott’s 5th period AP English class. Which class was the hardest? Honors Pre-Calc. What advice would you give underclassmen? Try your best. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working for some school district as their Educational Psychologist. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mrs. Schneider. What motivates you most? My parents. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Gym class. What was your favorite class? My 6 person AP English 4 class, we got to know each other pretty wellsort of like a little family. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? Mr. Stein’s self-assignments, they weren’t the hardest but definitely the most influential.
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What are you plans for next year? Attend The University of Montana. What honors/scholarships have you received? The University of Montana Presidential Leadership scholarship, National Merit scholarship, Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Patricia Douglas Memorial, Community Medical Center Foundation scholarship, Sons of Norway scholarship. What are you going to miss most? The wonderful friends––both students and teachers. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Speech and Debate, Freshman Mentoring, Konah. What was your best memory in the classroom? Mrs. Dolezal’s evacuation plan. Which class was the hardest? AP U.S. History. What advice would you give underclassmen? Take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities this school has to offer. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? On a sailboat off the coast of somewhere warm with a Corgi wearing sunglasses. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mrs. Oliver. What motivates you most? If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Second period gym. What was your favorite class? AP U.S. History What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? AP U.S. History projects.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Montana Tech University What honors/scholarships have you received? Montana University Systems Tuition waiver, Marcus Daly Golden Tuition waiver, Helen S. Davis Scholarship, Plum Creek Scholarship, Chancellor Scholarship. What are you going to miss most? Walking through the hallways and seeing everyone. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Wrestling, cross country, NHS. What was your best memory in the classroom? Mr. Lyon’s class everyday. Which class was the hardest? AP U.S. History. What advice would you give underclassmen? Don’t blink, life is upon you before you know it. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Living in Alaska. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mr. Lyons and Mr. LaPorte. What motivates you most? The hardships I have overcome from my shoulder injuries. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? The intimidation factor. What was your favorite class? AP Calculus B/C and Physics 1. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? My senior project for the forest service.
What are you plans for next year? Attend the University of Montana. What honors/scholarships have you received? The Montana Resident Scholarship. What are you going to miss most? The familiar faces in the halls, including teachers and friends. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Cheer. What was your best memory in the classroom? After reading Pete Fromm we went to the Selway Wilderness and cleared out the channel. Which class was the hardest? AP Calculus. What advice would you give underclassmen? Work hard, don’t skip class, and have fun! High school flies by. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Married with a family. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mrs. Dolezal changed the way I look at life. What motivates you most? When I can study with friends then get ice cream after we’re done! What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Having to move up to the top of the bleachers at football games. What was your favorite class? Freshman English with Mrs. Hughes, we had the best class! What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? The budget project for Honors Pre-Calc. It was super long and detail orientated but a great life experience.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Montana State University. What honors/scholarships have you received? The Montana State University Premier Scholarship, Montana Resident Scholarship, SCAD Achievement scholarship, MCAD Visual Scholarship, CSU President’s scholarship. What are you going to miss most? The great friendships I have made. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? NHS, The Sentinel Design Lab, Softball, Key Club, Tennis, Freshman Mentoring, Konah What was your best memory in the classroom? Tie-dying in Mrs. Smith’s class. Which class was the hardest? French. What advice would you give underclassmen? Take your junior and senior year seriously. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? As a professional Graphic Designer working under a huge company. Which teacher influenced you the most? Ms. Schultz. What motivates you most? Myself, I have always wanted to be the best I can be. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? I miss absolutely nothing about being an underclassmen. What was your favorite class? Graphic Design. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? The Budget Project with Mrs. Dolezal.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Montana Tech University What honors/scholarships have you received? Montana University Honors System Tuition Waiver, Plum Creek Scholarship, Elks Most Valuable Student, Daughters of American Revolution, Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, Marle M. Moebus Presidential Scholarship, Montana Tech Chancellor Scholarship, Missoula Federal Credit Union Scholarship and the Masonic Lodge Scholarship. What are you going to miss most? Walking through the halls and seeing kids that I’ve known all my life. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, French Club, Key Club, Student Gov and Konah. What was your best memory in the classroom? Everyday in French class when Mr. Whitney questioned our sanity. Which class was the hardest? AP Physics What advice would you give underclassmen? Bring treats to block periods in tough classes (everyone will be your friend). Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Laughing in my villa in the South of France. Which teacher influenced you the most? Kimbo (Mrs. Rott) What motivates you most? The scent of failure. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Having fewer options for classes. What was your favorite class? French 4 and AP Physics What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? Any English paper.
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What are you plans for next year? Attend Northern Arizona University What honors/scholarships have you received? Western Undergraduate Exchange What are you going to miss most? I will miss my classmates that kept school interesting with their deadpan humor and stark contrasts in personality. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Tennis, Soccer, and DECA What was your best memory in the classroom? Most of my best memories have to do with Jackson Smith and Keith Leathers. Which class was the hardest? AP Physics What advice would you give underclassmen? Be less concerned with grades and more involved. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working for an engineering company in California during the day and surfing after work. Which teacher influenced you the most? Brendan Work What motivates you most? The idea of having a stable, wellpaying job in a sunny location. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Knowing I still had 2 years of high school left. What was your favorite class? Arabic What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? A murder mystery, all in Arabic, spanning roughly four months.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Chapman University in Orange, CA. What honors/scholarships have you received? Chapman Presidential Scholarship What are you going to miss most? My high school sports teammates and the support of my family at all my games. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Football, basketball, tennis, Key Club, NHS, Imagine Tomorrow. What was your best memory in the classroom? When Mr. Lyons dressed up on Halloween and scared everyone. Which class was the hardest? AP Physics. What advice would you give underclassmen? You don’t just represent yourself, you represent your family, friends, school, team, program, and everything you stand for. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Married with 1 kid, working in an established career. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mr. Hartman. What motivates you most? The potential for improvement. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Having less freedom from my parents and teachers. What was your favorite class? AP Physics. What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? Mrs. Dolezal’s Budget Project.
What are you plans for next year? Attend Montana State University What honors/scholarships have you received? MUS, MSU Provost, Local Elks scholarship What are you going to miss most? Seeing people I know everywhere I go. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Key Club, gymnastics, and NHS. What was your best memory in the classroom? Every day in my AP English 3 class last year. Which class was the hardest? AP Spanish because I still can’t speak Spanish. What advice would you give underclassmen? Don’t screw up. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I will be working and rocking my life like always. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mrs. Prather. What motivates you most? I motivated myself. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? Having to go to gym. What was your favorite class? AP Biology What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? Running in gym. I don’t run, ever!
What are you plans for next year? Attend The University of Montana What honors/scholarships have you received? Elks Student of the Month and the University of Montana Resident Scholarship. What are you going to miss most? All of my friends going to different schools. What activities did you participate in at Sentinel? Basketball, NHS, and Art. What was your best memory in the classroom? When Meri rapped in Government Which class was the hardest? AP Chemistry or AP Calculus B/C What advice would you give underclassmen? Stay on track and don’t mess up. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Either as a physical therapist or still in school to be a dermatologist. Which teacher influenced you the most? Mrs. Smith What motivates you most? Wanting to have a successful career and making good money, as well as getting a job that I enjoy. What do you miss least about being an underclassmen? How much school you have left. What was your favorite class? Study Hall What was the hardest project/ assignment you’ve worked on at Sentinel? Our Writ 101 project took forever and some of the AP Chem labs were hard.
“From the beginningseeing everyone come into high school and be so excited, to spending four years, seeing how you’ve grown, and changed, and reached your goals... it’s been very rewarding as a counselor.” -Mary Younger, Senior counselor
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As we stood in the student section, back to front, year to year, a chorus of the same chant rang over the remaining spectators.
seniors that swore in The Sentinel Konah would like to congratulate all other students that swore in after the paper was sent to press. Best of luck in your military careers.
We believe that... We believe that we will win For four years, we came together in this moment. It wasnâ€™t the only moment, though. Together we believed in our school, in our futures, and in each other with every day spent walking the halls of Sentinel High School. We hope this edition of the Senior Issue of the Sentinel Konah captures our moments of unity as we take our next steps into the world.
Justin Perkins Marines
Madison Thomas Air Force
Katie Adair Air Force
CHRis Davey Marines
Wyatt carlson Marines
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Austin Walsh Marines
Tim MalIkie Marines
Spencer Mohan Army
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Seniors that signed
Seniors who plan to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Kyle Douglass Track and Field
Kagen Khameneh Football
Jeremy Eisenmann Football
Krista Hunton Volleyball
Austin Violette Basketball
Justin Harbison Wrestling
Tyler Richtmyer Football
Jaydn Wilson Wrestling
Olivia Roberts Basketball
Maddie Keast Basketball
Jess Henning Soccer
Bridger Dauenhauer Baseball
Sterling Reneau Track & Field
Dylan Schulte Wrestling
Hailey Gray Swimming
Chase Walker Basketball
Sam Harper Basketball
The Sentinel Konah would like to congratulate all other athletes who signed at a college after the paper was sent to press. Best of luck in your athletic careers!
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Meri DeMarois Editor-In-Chief
There’s something about waking up to the sight of sleepy Missoula. Some mornings the mountains are touching a pale pink sky, other times there’s a burnt orange rim melting into cool green. Some mornings the mountains are dusted with snow, others they’re the familiar deep shade of blue. I wake up to some variation of this sight every morning. As I look out my window and observe the town at its most restful state, I like to think of the day coming. For the past two years, most of my thoughts have immediately turned to Konah. You might think I’m joking, but I’m really not. Almost exactly three years ago I was sitting on the tiled floor of one of the hallways of Sentinel, scrambling to fill out an application to be a part of the Konah staff. I answered the questions as thoughtfully as I could and walked through the door of an unsuspecting little blue shed behind Sentinel. Surrounded by walls colored violent shades of pink and orange and teal sat Mrs. Keintz, ferociously typing away on her computer, barely glancing up as I walked in. I sheepishly told her that I wanted to turn in my application for Konah, to which she enthusiastically answered, ‘Ok!’, and took it from my hand. By the time our summer meeting that August had ended, I knew Konah was going to be a perfect fit for me. My writing was rough in the beginning, but I realized around Christmas time when I began staying behind to help editor Kelly Balfour with tasks that needed to be completed that there was an art to Konah. There was rhythm in the way you write for a newspaper, and there was rhyme in how you present that writing. While on a trip to Salt Lake City with APS, I got a message from Mrs. Keintz, asking me to think about becoming editor next year. At first I was consumed with happiness, then startled by the gravity of the situation, and lastly, I was terrified of not doing a good job. On the last day of school for seniors my sophomore year, I hugged Kelly goodbye and cried more than one probably should cry, ever. I returned to the blue building, I sat in her chair at her desk, and I vowed that I was going to give Konah every ounce of effort that I possessed. I was going to do the best job I could. In her own senior goodbye, Kelly told me to never doubt myself. She told me to soak up the time I had in this building. “I wish you luck and assure you that after all the stressful deadline weeks and conflicts with your peers, you will wake up one day and realize you had the time of your life,” she said. Following through with my vow, I have thought solely of Konah in the last two years of high school. This year has exceeded any possible expectations I could have had when I first took this job. MyKayla, thanks for never being afraid to be yourself. It’s a
rare quality in the world, and I encourage you to cling to it as you grow up. Braelin, my sassy friend, it all began with Hao on the golf course. Konah might not have been all that you expected it to be this year, but I hope you made ties with people the way I have. Don’t you dare lose your fire in these next few years of your life, and soon enough you will come to see the potential you hold that I see in you every day. Thank you for all of your help. Abby, you and Braelin were saviors when it came to getting stuff done this year. Thanks for doing the Spartan Speaks and the Featured Athletes and for not being afraid to talk to people. I owe you both. Little Abby, enjoy the rest of your years at Sentinel, because they will fly by. Katie, it’s hard to believe we’ve spent so much time together and now it’s coming to a close. I wish you the most luck in the Air Force these next years, and hope you’ll always remember and laugh at the times we’ve had. Sallie, thank you for being so sweet. Thank you for recognizing my love for Gatsby, and for materializing it into its most beautiful form with your Christmas gift. I am still looking for the PERFECT outfit to wear it with. I am so proud of you, and the work you’ve done, and I have no doubt you are going on to do amazing things in the future. Best of luck to you, my dear. Kylie, thank you for helping me so much this year and understanding from the beginning how things needed to be done. It’s funny how this has worked out, considering you joined Konah literally the day before the first day of school, but nonetheless I hope you have enjoyed the year. When life gets you down, get right back up with a smile on your face. You can do anything as long as you stay positive. Good luck with the rest of your high school career. Kelsen, you have my vote for most improved this year. Your writing has become infinitely better just within these past eight months. I am so incredibly proud of you. I’ll admit, at first your ideas are crazy and hair brained and I start scratching my head, but after some thought I realize that you’re quite brilliant. Not only that, but you’re funny. Stay beautiful, and please, keep writing. Nicole, there is no one else I could possibly trust more in this program. You are so very hardworking, and so very lovely. From our volleyball days to now, you become an even more wonderful person every day. Your potential is overflowing, and I have a feeling that next year things will only get better for you. Even when you feel so discouraged you could cry (it’s happened to me, I know how it feels) remember that you are amazing, and you can do anything. I have so much confidence in you, and I can’t wait to see what the world brings you next year, and the year after that. Eryn, my beautiful Eryn, look how far we have come. You have successfully and gracefully won senior year. Besides being a fantastic back page editor, you have become a dear friend. I wish I hadn’t been intimidated by you freshman year so that we could have become friends earlier. From your sly, sassy, passionate comments to your sweet, tender, poetic thoughts you have become one of my favorite people of all time. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the near future.
Ethan, I thank the heavens every day that you joined Konah. You are a WONDERFUL sports editor, which is a job that I cannot do well. Thank you for your commitment and your work ethic, which has become so important to me this year. More so, you have become a wonderful friend, even though you tease me about what I look like when I get stressed. You send me funny pictures of pugs and tell me about Gatsby references, which I thoroughly enjoy, and you also put random stuff and things in the freezer. I don’t really understand it, but I don’t question it anymore either. Please join journalism with Taylor and I next year, because I think you’ve found your calling. Taylor, I wasn’t lying last year when I said that I thought I didn’t like you before I knew you. Classic case of judging a book by its cover, but it was more like I thought you were so perfect that it annoyed me. When I actually met you through Konah, I realized not only are you actually perfect, but you are HILARIOUS, among other stuff…and things. I am so happy I have become such good friends with you, and that we will continue to be friends these next four years. I am unbelievably proud of the things we have accomplished together, and I know none of those things would have been possible without your help and support. You have become my right hand gal, my confidant, and my friend. I love that we can talk about Walking Dead and Harry Potter and Vines and laugh until our stomachs hurt. You are wonderful, T, and I can’t wait for what comes next. Madison and Michaela, my M Crew, it has been a fun ride. Our roles as women in charge are at an end, but I wouldn’t take back a single moment. Ups, downs, nighttime ice cream/ Taco Bell runs, and crazy state weekends have made senior year unforgettable. Thank you for making those memories that last a lifetime. I can’t believe we’re all going our separate ways next year, but I cannot wait to see what’s in store for you both. Thank you for your support, your love, and your best friendship. We’ve done it. Tomorrow we graduate and tomorrow we will look at each other, clad in purple, and realize that we are now upon the edge of the rest of our lives. I couldn’t have made this year better without either of you, and we should all be satisfied of the incredible things we have done this year. Madison, while you’re off being one of the coolest people I know in the Air Force, officially, don’t forget about your times in journalism, or your times just sitting and talking with Mic and I. You’re amazing, my favorite ginger of all time, and I am so, so proud of you for following this path to your future, however you can’t forget about us back here in good old Montana. Michaela, it all began in kindergarten. This pretty blonde girl with the thickest hair I had ever seen walked up to me on the playground and asked if we could be friends. I am so glad I said yes all those years ago. You have the strongest heart of anyone I know, and I know you will (once again) take Butte by storm. I am so excited for you. Both of you better call me, and you better hit me up when either of you are in town, otherwise I might go crazy. M Crew fo’ life, ladies. To my first period independent study crew, thanks for making second semester fly by. It’s been fun. To second period Writ 101, we did it! We survived writ! To third period, we had some rough patches, but nonetheless, I am glad to know all of you. Kody and Andersen, please take care of this place next year, and I am so excited for you both. Spartan TV, you have also been a huge part of my life in high school. From tumbling into a broadcasting class to winning national awards, it’s been sort of REALLY amazing. I will forever miss sound checks and filming on location, both of which got real crazy. Hamilton, thanks for being a great coSee MERI P15
• The Sentinel Konah
Well this is it. My time, our time, seniors, at Sentinel High School has come to an end. If you’re reading this you are probably sitting in a chair at the Adams Center, practicing for the thing that has been your goal for four long years. While most of us are beyond ecstatic to leave Sentinel forever, I know that I, as well as many of you, have a lot to thank Sentinel for. Sentinel is where I developed amazing friendships with people who I hope will remain a part of my life for years to come. It is where I was taught by teachers who have instilled wisdom and a love for learning in me that I will take with me wherever I go. At Sentinel I have made some fantastic memories; moments filled with laughter and friends; sporting events and fun classes. And it has been at Sentinel that I developed a love for Journalism that I know has changed my future forever. I joined the Sentinel Konah staff my junior year, and I am forever thankful that I did. I wanted to join because I had seen the video announcements and the pictures in paper of the Konah staff having a blast, and I wanted to be a part of it. I got more than I bargained for. When I joined the paper staff I didn’t only join the paper staff. When you become involved in the Journalism program at Sentinel you become a part of the Journalism family. A family that spans from broadcasting, to yearbook, to Konah, to everything in-between, and it is a wonderful family to be a part of. Thanks to the Sentinel Journalism Department I have shared experiences with some of the most amazing people, and some of my favorite memories from high school are from late nights in that building. I have had the opportunity to witness this program grow to
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Assistant Editor become the best paper in the state once again, and there are so many people that I would like to thank for that. To my friends and family––Thank you for always supporting me in everything I do, for always acting as excited as I am when a new paper comes out, for always making positive comments on an article I wrote or page I designed. Thank you for letting me vent when I was frustrated with an issue of the paper, and understanding my passion for journalism. To the Konah staff––Without all of you, this year wouldn’t have been possible, and I am so glad that you could all be a part of this wonderful year in the journalism building. Each of you has unique gifts that all contributed to our amazing student newspaper, and I would like to thank each of you for you help and hardwork. Mykayla Hill––You are such a sweet girl and I am glad that you have shared your rad personality with us this year. You are always willing to interview someone you’ve never met, or take pictures at an event on the weekend, and I am grateful for your help. Abby Fox––Even though you joined Konah halfway through the year, it feels like I’ve known you forever. You are so funny and sassy, and you added a great energy to our little staff. Thank you for constantly running around the school to take pictures for Meri and me, and also for getting us popsicles when we were stressed (basically everyday). Stay Gucci girlie! Braelin––What would we have done without your hilarious comments and willingness to get stuff done. You and Abby are the dynamic duo when it comes to doing things that no one else wants to do, and this year would not have been possible without your fabulous social skills and hard work. Best of luck next year doll face! Miss Kelsen––You are such a talented writer, and I am so glad that our opinions page has been filled with your articles for most of the year. You are truly such a kind soul, and the Konah is truly lucky that you joined. When you find a topic that you are passionate about you write the most amazing articles, a skill that not everyone has. I hope that you will continue to write for the paper next year, it needs you. Sallie––You’ve lived right down the street from me ever since we were little, and I am happy that the Konah had your fashion expertise and occasional sassy attitude. I hope you have an excellent time next year! Katie––Katie Adair. You my friend are the sass-master, and I love you for it. I have been blessed to get to know you throughout high school, and I love that you always have a positive outlook on life, and can deal with hard times through humor. I’m going to miss you next year but I know that wherever you go you will find laughter and happiness Kylie––You have shown so much dedication to this paper, and we wouldn’t have been able to make it happen without you. Thank you for your understanding of how hard it is to put together the paper, and for helping out wherever you could. I know that you will be a huge asset to the Konah next year and don’t hesitate to call if you need any help! Nicole––At the beginning of this year I had no idea that you would become one of my favorite underclassmen. Even though you weren’t technically in Konah because you wanted to work on the paper, you turned out to be one of our hard-
est workers and most dedicated staff members. Whenever you didn’t know how to do something on InDesign you didn’t just want Meri or me to do it for you, you wanted to learn how to do it yourself. The desire to better oneself for future tasks is a skill that not many people have, and it will take you farther than anyone else in life. You are such a sweetheart and I know that Sentinel’s journalism program will be well looked after by you next year. Also, I’m sorry I backed into your car on the first day of school, but I’m glad that it was you and not someone mean. Thank you for everything that you’ve done for the Konah. Ethan––Who would have guessed that you were an amazing columnist and writer in general? You told me this year that the reason you joined Konah is because you couldn’t stand how terrible my sports articles were last year, and I am SO thankful that you did. You have been our saving grace when it came to sports coverage, and I was a huge relief to open up the sports page and see that you had already done it. I hope to see you in sports writing or broadcast in the future panda bear Jenkins! Ryan––I know we’ve given you a ton of Schmitz (I’m sorry I couldn’t resist) this year, but I hope you know that we all actually love your sarcasm and cynical nature. You never fail to make me laugh and I am very grateful for that. You are such a talented videographer and I know that you have a bright future ahead of you. Eyrn––Where to begin? In middle school I thought you were the coolest person ever, and even though I was kind of afraid of you, I just really wanted to be your friend. Here we are five years later and sometimes I’m still kind of afraid of you but I think we’re friends? You are one of the funniest people I know, and I love how you just don’t care what anyone thinks about you. You are such an easy person to talk to, and I know that I could tell you anything and you would know exactly what to say. I am so glad that you were our backpage editor for Konah and your Photoshop skills are off the chain. I hope that we stay in touch after high school because you are a ray of sarcastic sunshine in my life and I wouldn’t know what to do without you. Mic and Madison––How do I even begin? How do you say goodbye to two people who have become some of your closest friends in high school? You are both such amazing people and should be so proud of everything you have accomplished while at Sentinel. Both the yearbook and this year’s Spartan TV episodes are some of the best creations that have come out of Sentinel, and you were both a part of that. So many of the best memories from my senior year involve both of you, from our amazing time in Boston to the awesome moments in Billings at State 2K14. You both have the ability to make me laugh when I’m in a bad mood, and I love that even though we say really mean things to each other, we know that we’re only teasing. Ginger, I know you’ll tear it up in the Air Force next year, and I know that you’ll stay in touch and come back to visit us, best of luck! Mishaella, you better be ready for me and Mer to come and visit you in Butte all the time next year, because that’s what is going to happen. I love you both to the moon and back! Mer-Bear––We made it. These past two years have been rough but if you’re reading this it means that we have successfully printed our last issue of The Sentinel Konah. It has been a crazy, wonderful ride, and I wouldn’t have rather shared it with anyone else. Thank you for being the best Editor inChief in the history of ever, and for always working so hard to make Sentinel’s publications the best of the best. Our junior year you included me in the inner circle of newspaper making See TAYLOR P19
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Ethan Jenkins Sports Editor
Let’s just get this out of the way now; I will be using the word titillating. Joining Konah was one of the most nerve-racking decisions I made in my four years at Sentinel, and it also proved to be one of the best choices I could have made. I really didn’t know what to expect when I walked in on the first day. All I knew walking in was that it was a Keintz class which served as a guarantee to me that it would be a fun, crazy year. The moment I realized just how fun this all could be was the day I received my greatest challenge. According to Keintz, a sports writer has no use for the word titillating at any time. Little did she know at the time that it would become my mission to work that one word into a publication. I now realize that it is a difficult word to use in sports, but the titillating wait was absolutely worth it. My senior year has become everything I could have hoped for it to be and there is no one I owe that more to than the journalism kids and Keintz. For the first time in four years I really have looked forward to school. When I see kids that work as hard as these people do I’m just amazed. I can’t even imagine taking on all the responsibilities and stress that Meri has to deal with. I don’t think I could handle it.
But Meri, I’m glad I got to be one of your editors this year. It was absolutely worth it. With the year winding down I can look back on high school and know that many of my favorite moments took place in this building. Whether its random Writ 101 dance parties, or daily trips to the Sparta Mart with Matt Mill and sassy Eryn’s snarky jokes, or all the crazy conversations at lunch club, and random fifth period missions with Kylie, there is always something to make the day a little bit better. I know that none of those things ever would have happened if it wasn’t for Keintz talking me into joining Konah. This program has given me opportunities I never even would have imagined even existed. I’ll never forget that the first time I walked inside Hellgate after dark to hunt for ghosts. I’ll never forget the fact that we completely dominated the state journalism competition. On that note, I really appreciate the fact that so much of my year has been dedicated to such a huge passion of mine, allowing me to focus so much energy on the world of sports. No other classes I could have taken would give me that chance. The sense of humor out in this building is the best part. I never would have thought to try freezing
glitter (it doesn’t work without water, but after that it becomes quite titillating). I never would have experienced the adrenaline rush that comes from choosing the wrong chair and falling to the floor. Again and again and again. I never would have thought that a phone call with my dad would be messed with by my teacher. I don’t think the people out here know just how much they’ve meant to me, but they meant the world. I don’t know how I would have made it out of this school with any sanity if I wasn’t working on the Konah. Maybe sanity isn’t the right word. This is by far the most insane group of people I know. But also one of the best. This program gives so much more than any of the students do. We work to create a publication, but the skills we learn go far beyond the end of this year. I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. My senior year was everything I could have ever hoped for and then some. Maybe it was even a little bit titillating. I’m really going to miss all of this. At first I dreaded the idea of spending an evening after school, or a day off working here, but now I know I’m even going to miss that. More than anything I’m going to miss seeing these friends every day. I’m glad I got this chance. Now I have to say a few things to a few specific people. You guys are unbelievable. Meri, you are ridiculous. You’re absolutely crazy. But that’s a good thing. This paper would not have made it through this year without you and all of your work, and we all know it. You are extremely talented and dedicated and I admire that greatly. Michaela...I mean Finley, you are amazing. Even if you weren’t really working on Konah stuff I’m still so glad you were in here. You are absolutely hilarious. I really didn’t know how much work went on behind the scenes for journalism coming into the year, and seeing your Spartan TV screen up every day just goes to show how much there really is. Ginger Snap, thanks for putting up with all of my jokes this year and helping me freeze everything. You
did a great job on the yearbook. Enjoy the Air Force. Kylie, I don’t think I could have survived this year without you. You’ve been a great friend and I hope you have an amazing senior year. Don’t worry; I’ll make sure to stop by from time to time Katie, you know exactly what I want to say right now, and that I can’t. The fact that you know says it all though. Braelin and Abby, thank you so much for going and taking all of those pictures for me this year, and for going out to track down my athletes. Also Braelin, try not to kill anymore small animals. Nicole, I finally figured out which classes you’re actually in and you’re right, you have been there all year. Kelsen and MyKayla, I’m not just leaving you out. I just didn’t really work that closely with you this year. Taylor, I’m so glad I had this class with you. You’ve been such a good friend for so long. I have so many memories with you I’m not even going to try to start. Lolo was great and Sentinel was even better. Sallie, you’re in the exact same boat as Taylor. We’ve known each other since second grade and there have been so many great times since then. I’m really going to miss you next year. Keintz, thank you so much. This class has become so much more than a class. I’ve spent way too much of my life too shy and embarrassed to just be myself. This year alone I’ve had the most change I’ve ever experienced. Thank you for all the extra hours and effort you put into us. You go so far above and beyond what any teacher could ever be expected to do. I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am for everything you’ve done. I wish I hadn’t spent so long caring so much what anyone else thought of me. It would have made high school a lot more enjoyable. I can’t change that though. I’m finally at a point where I’m happy and I really don’t care what people think. It’s a relief. Thank you to all of you guys for just letting me learn to be me. I appreciate it.
Katie Adair Reporter
I can’t believe that it’s actually time to say goodbye. These past four years at Sentinel have been one crazy adventure. From my three years in DECA to my two years with the journalism family, I have made some amazing memories that I will never forget. It’s crazy to think that it’s all over, that we are finally done. I’d like to give a shout out to my friends who have been with me from the beginning. I wouldn’t be who I am today without your friendship and support. Even though I won’t be with you guys next year, I know that no matter how many miles apart, we will still be best friends. I’d like to give another shout out to the journalism family. I don’t even know where to begin with you guys! My high school experience definitely wouldn’t have been as fun without everyone in journalism. We are all so different, but somehow we all fit perfectly together. I’ve made so many memories with you guys that I will never forget. I will miss every single one of you next year! Well class of 2014, I would say that we left a pretty big impact on Sentinel. Some moments have been better than others, but I would say we are definitely a class to remember. Congrats class of 2014! We did it! See you later, Sentinel!
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A Walk in the Park Junior Jeff Krustlich escorts his date junior Morgan Becker across the gym during Grand March on May 17, 2014. PHOTOS BY BRAELIN SMALL PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MERI DEMAROIS
The smell of spring flowers could have been wafting through the air. Grand March was lined by twinkly lights, inclined trees, and wooden benches. The crowd marveled at dresses and snapped pictures, making it a magical night for Prom 2014.
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Prince Zach Burckhard escorting Princess Lauren Cady
King Marcus Bartlett escorting Robbi Leibenguth
Queen Taylor Crews escorted by Christian Mitchell
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Dear Sentinel High School, I may not have made the most of my high school experience, but I would like to thank everyone who has had a part in shaping myself and my future. Most of all I want to thank my best friend of almost eight years, Alicia Williams. We have had many ups and downs over the years. We’ve slipped in and out of each other’s lives more times than I can count. No matter what paths our futures take, you will always be one of my closest friends. Thank you for always being there when I need you most. Frances and Linnea Connery, you two are the reason I wake up and go to school (alMERI
and picturing Joseph as a pug with me. Joseph, thanks for letting me picture you as a pug. Timmy, I’ve hated you, I’ve loved you like a brother, and everything in between. I am proud of you and how you’ve grown since my first day of high school sitting next to you (with Beiber hair, I might add) in Messerman’s earth and space class. Michaela, while I am here, I applaud you on another fantastic year of Spartan TV, I am full of pride for the kinds of things you have produced. My teachers have all been influential, in one way or another. I would like to especially thank Mr. Taylor for all of his wisdom and guidance in these wild four years, including cupcakes, bunions, and John Weaver. No one will ever know, ever. I can’t wait to hear you speak tomorrow at graduation, and I hope I
most) every day. I’m always thankful that it’s so easy for me to be myself around you ladies. I have so many great memories with you, and I know there are more to come. Thank you for making me laugh and giving me a good house with cute cats to go to when I can’t stand being home. Ms. Geoghegan, I have known you for roughly eight years now. You helped make my sister the woman she is today, and I can say you have done the same for me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see beautiful, New York City, and for helping me come out of my shell in Drama 1 and 2. I hope to be seeing you at Oula and I will be sure to come back to Sentinel and visit. My cats, Lulu and Abbey, thank you for being freaking adorable and letting me take selfies with you. You kitties are the reason I wake up in the morning, even if it’s because you’re pawing at my face because you want someone to play with you or let you outside. I love you girls. Taylor (Little Bear) Crews, we have shared many great memories together. Even though you never learned how to spell my name, I still think you’re a great friend who will always be in my life. I hope we can keep in touch and send each other bad memes or pictures of Nicolas Cage on occasion.
have made you proud. Thank you for waiting to retire until after I graduate, like you promised. The reason why I still even remotely enjoy math anymore is because of you, Mrs. Umbaugh. This year you have shown a great deal of faith in me, and I will never be able to thank you enough for all of your support. I liked stats more than any other math class I took at Sentinel, and I believe it’s mostly because you were my teacher. Thank you, Mrs. Allison, for always having a smile on your face, and for suggesting I consider joining Konah. It has brought me endless joy, and it would not have been possible without your encouragement. Outside of journalism, there are still many people to whom I attribute a lot of my successes. Lexi Hettick, I can’t believe you’re leav-
ing next year, but I am excited to see what California has in store for you. Emma Rott, friends since before kindergarten, thank you for being wonderful and for being my friend. I can’t believe we won’t be going to school together for the first time in 13 years, but I am excited to see you succeed. Erik Mason, thank you for all of your support, I am so glad we met on the first day of freshman year. Best of luck in Butte next year! Some of my greatest thanks go to the custodial staff. You are all so wonderfully kind and supportive, and most importantly, helpful. Thank you, so much, you have been such a large part of my journalistic experience at Sentinel. To my parents, thank you for understanding my stress, and my need to stay late after school on more than multiple nights while being a part of
Emma Rott, thank you for keeping me sane during 7-8 hour shifts at work. I truly wish we could have become friends sooner because I think you are great. I hope your family in France is everything you hoped they would be and you make your trip one to remember. Michaela Gornick, you proved to me that first impressions are not important. We may not have gotten along freshman year, but now I can talk to you about almost anything. I wish you the best of luck at Tech, or wherever you decide that YOU want to go to school. If you ever need someone to talk to just call me, I got you babe. Ethan Jenkins, thank you for the all of the inside jokes that make me laugh randomly throughout my day. I don’t have many other friends that I can have a whole understandable conversation without saying a word. I hope we can keep in touch after high school. Lizzy Czorndog (I don’t know how to spell your last name), you always brighten my day with your smile…and questionable actions. I don’t know anyone else who would put a metal cup in the microwave, or get hurt on an hourly basis, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Meri DeMarois, my lovely editor, thank you for always smiling even when you are so stressed you feel like crying. I know it’s hard to get everyone to do their jobs, and you have carried the weight of others all year. But I want you to know that you have a beautiful mind and you are going to do great things one Konah. Thank you for your support all through my academic career at MCPS, and for your encouragement when I thought I could no longer pursue my dreams. There aren’t enough words in the entire world to convey how grateful I am for both of you. You believed in me when no one else did, and that has been invaluable to me. To my sisters, thank you for your support and your belief in me. It is because of both of you and your reassurance that I have come so far. We are fireworks, that’s for sure. Mrs. Keintz, if I think meeting deadlines is hard, writing this is even harder. When I made that vow to myself when I was sitting in Kelly’s desk, I also made a vow that I would never disappoint you. Instead, I would make you proud. I wanted to give you the best newspaper in the state, and I wanted to
day. Loose Caboose, thank you for all of the lattes, mochas, and iced tea. You kept me awake in first period Algebra 2, therefore you helped me pass. God Bless. Mr. Enich, even though I was upset with you for having me retake Algebra 1, I know now that you were doing what was best for me. Thank you for knowing that I am a better person than I am a student, and for not holding anything against me. Sallie Mitchell, thank you for helping me stay sane when I feel like I’m about to explode. Even though we were never super close in middle school we have had great times in high school, and I hope to keep in touch while you’re at Minot. My momma, Kathleen Tyson, thank you for not letting me skip school all the days that I tried to. If it weren’t for you I would probably not be graduating, My dad, Steve Stoddard, thank you for being a breath of fresh air when I am feeling frustrated. A simple phone call to you always makes me feel better. My boyfriend Alex Burkett, thank you for a great year together. People may think it’s dumb of me to put you in this because “high school relationships never last” but, I want you to know that you have made a lasting impression on myself and my life. Thank you for all of the memories we have shared, and I hope to make more. Ryan Schmitz, cut the Schmit.
leave the same kind of impression that so many editors before me did. I don’t know if this has held true, and I can only hope so now, but there is so much in my life that I owe to you. Thank you for believing in me from the beginning, and for giving me this opportunity to grow in a way I never knew was possible. Thank you for your undying support, for teaching me that it’s okay to stand up for myself, and that it’s okay to not be perfect. There have been countless moments where I have been so appreciative to have you as a teacher; I can’t pick out just one. I am forever in your debt for giving me the greatest experience of my entire life. It is because of you that I am moving forward in this field, and that I have been given the opportunities that I have. Thank you, endlessly. If you’re in the journalism department, you realize
over time that there are magical moments within every ordinary second of the day. From ghost hunts to pizza, and writing articles to recording interviews, there has not been a single second that I have regretted being a part of this program. I attribute every success in my life to it, that’s how deep of an impact it has had on me. It was in this program that I learned to laugh, to cry, to love, to learn, and to savor every moment of life. I learned to find the magical moments in ordinary instances. This morning, I woke up to another sleepy Missoula. This time, light blue graced the mountains and turned into gray, then to deep blue. I woke up, and I began to think. Just like Kelly said, I woke up this morning and realized that through all the stressful deadline weeks and the conflicts with my peers, I had the time of my life.
June 5, 2014
The Sentinel Konah •
Sallie Mitchell Reporter
Writing a “senior farewell” I thought would be difficult when there are so many things that could be said. Throughout these four years and really the past twelve years of my public education career there’s been a lot I’ve grown to love and appreciate. Like how much my education means to me. And how the faith and confidence of a teacher can make you feel invincible. How much I love art in all its forms, so much that I’m going to school for it. How growing together with my four siblings and watching them mature into the amazing and caring people they are, only makes me love them so much more. That my closest friend and biggest fan will always be the strongest person I will ever know, my mom. And how much, with every fiber of my being, I love Montana and it will always be home. With all of these amazing things in my life, how can I possibly say ‘farewell’ to them? Dear teachers, you may never truly know the impact you’ve had on my life, but I’d like to let you in on a small part of it. To Mrs. Hughes, you instilled in me the confidence to challenge myself. Your determination and passion for teaching is inspiring. Thank you for encouraging my love for a good story and to always find the underlying meaning in them. Thank TAYLOR
even though I had never done anything like it before, and I am forever grateful that you did. You are the kind of person that always puts 110 percent into everything that you do, whether it is a project for government, a PBS broadcast, or our beloved paper. For you, good isn’t good enough, and you have inspired me to always try and be the best I can be, to always create something that I can be proud of, and to learn from my past mistakes and move forward. I am so happy that the Konah won best high school newspaper in the state, because there is not a more deserving head editor out there, and I am thankful that someone besides our little journalism family finally saw how much of an amazing student journalist you are. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, and don’t be afraid to stand up to someone who disagrees with you, because you usually know
you for demanding more from me and igniting my fascination with literature. Mr. Lyons, there could never be enough words to wholly and absolutely tell you how much you’ve changed my life and the life of my family. You are not only an amazing teacher but an incredible human being. Your love of life is so motivating, you can’t help but to smile. You’ve cared so very much about my wellbeing all through my last four years. Sentinel sure won’t be the same without you, I’m just glad I was here in time to be taught by the great and humorous Mike Lyons. Thank you for your wisdom, inspiration and friendship. Best of luck to you in your ranching endeavors! To the greatest brothers and sisters anyone could ask for, you’re the greatest friends I know I will ever have Jordan, I know we’ve had our fights and arguments, but I would’ve rather spent that time arguing and reconciling then to have let the tension and distrust grow between us. In many ways, those arguments have only brought us closer together. You’ve grown to be such an honorable man; I know dad would’ve been proud of you and I am too. Christian, you seriously have been my best friend since before we were born. I’ve always admired your imagination and unwavering confidence. You’ve stayed true to yourself and what you believe in all through high school, I only pray that I have only an ounce of the courage you so proudly exude. Where ever you go, keep your mind and heart open for the opportunity of love and adventure. Janae, Ponytail, Naeners, Nae Nae, oh how I love you. You are the smartest and most driven person I’ve ever met. You have an amazing tenacity to excel in all you do, and you do! Thank you for listening to my endless ranting, even when I know you didn’t want to. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not beautiful, because you are more beautiful than you could ever know. To my little Bug, I know you’d hate me calling you this but I had to. You’re my little baby; I only hope you know how much you mean to me and how much I love you. I know we tend to
what you’re talking about. Thank you for always encouraging people, and always making people feel like they are needed. Thank you for your silly, infectious laugh and love for everything fancy. I know that this isn’t a real goodbye, and that we will be doing all the stuff and things at the U of M next year, but it is still so very hard to say farewell to someone who has made me become passionate about journalism, and someone who has become one of my very best friends. Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle Meri Helen, it would truly be a loss to the world. J Keintz- You are the final person I would like to thank because without you, none of this would even be possible. You are the most dedicated woman I know, and I am astounded by the amount of work and love you put into Sentinel’s publications. You have had a vision of everything that the journalism program at Sentinel could be, and you are the person that
have our disagreements but when we do agree, we are the fiercest of friends. You are the cutest little spit-fire. Please don’t ever let that fire go out; it’ll be what sets you free my darling sister. Mom, I don’t know how you do it. You’ve raised five kids all the while keeping us on the right path. I know you don’t give yourself enough credit, but you deserve the title Wonder Woman. You’re head-strong, kind-hearted and the classiest woman I’ve ever known. You radiate light and love everywhere you go. We’ve become the closest of friends these past few years, I feel as though I can talk to you about anything, I hope that can last forever. I’m so proud to call you my mother. I love you. Finally, to Montana. This may be a strange thing to say goodbye to, but to me it makes perfect sense. I’ll be going out of state for school next year and I won’t be home as often as I’d like. I feel as though this land has been a gift to me and as being so precious it deserves as much a farewell as my family and beloved teachers. When my parents where newly married they worked for Mayflower, hauling people’s belongings across the country. They’d been through and had seen every state in the lower forty-eight. So when the time had come to settle down, of all the places they’d been, they chose a little valley nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Throughout my life, this land has unfurled the grandest views, snowiest peaks, bluest waters and the most vivid of sunsets and rises. I know I didn’t have to go far to be amazed by the country that has been captivated by countless authors, novelists and poets as heaven. William Hjorstberg once said that “of all the memorable views, the best have been framed by Montana windows.” I couldn’t agree more. As of next year, my window will be in Minot, North Dakota. But I’ll never forget the quaking of aspen trees, cotton sputtering in the breeze, mountain streams gurgling, wild flower perfume wafting, lapping of lake shores, the scent of millions of pine trees, the taste of a ripe huckleberry, the grandeur of the mountains and the unspoken promise of home nuzzled deep in my heart. I only hope I was able to tell you all how important you are to me and how much I’ve appreciate you. Thank you for your presence in my life, for shaping it and helping me become the person I am today. You all have my gratitude, respect, and love.
made that vision a reality. You have created the best newspaper in the state, the best broadcast program in the state, and some pretty amazing yearbooks as well. You always listen openly to our crazy ideas, and help guide us in the right direction when it comes to a challenging spread or story, and are always there to listen to us when we have stories to tell you about things non-paper related. I know that you have been through hell and back for this program, and I know that you don’t receive nearly enough recognition for everything that you do for all of us, but I hope that 10 years down the road, when some of your students are famous journalists or videographers or photographers, you realize that everything that you’ve been through was worth it. You have built a program here at Sentinel that so many advisors would kill to have, don’t let the haters get you down Keintz, and thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful chaos.
While my time in the Sentinel Journalism Department was only two years, it was long enough for me to realize that it is a truly amazing thing to be a part of, and I am so very grateful that I was able to have this magical experience. I’d like to apologize to everyone for the constant “stuff and things” jokes Meri and I made throughout the year, it’s just kind of part of our love for The Walking Dead, among other stuff...and things. I would like to thank everyone in the Class of 2014 for four long years filled with laughter and friendship. I wish the best of luck to my fellow seniors and I hope that you are able to accomplish everything you are capable of and more. I suppose this is the part where I stop because I appear to be running out of space. So this is it folks. My final goodbye. It’s been real Sentinel, over and out.
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