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The Sentinel Konah

February 16, 2017


a peek INSIDE “This issue is close to the hearts of many of us on staff. We wanted to look into some of the invisible stuggles students and staff alike face, such as body dismorphia, anxiety and depression. In our current times, we feel it’s time to look after each other. Have empathy. Respect yourself. Support each other.”-- Aston Kinsella, Editor-in-Chief


Aston Kinsella

Reporter Nathan Hangas talks to Iron Horse owner Tami Ursich about P 10 making it in a man’s world.

Spartan Special Olympians hit the slopes for two days of competition, P 15 fun and festivities.


‘La La’ dazzles


Track triumph


Reporter Darren Faughn declares ‘La La Land’ a victory for the film industry.

He may appear unassuming, but don’t be fooled. Math teacher Gary Little is a force on the track.

Hardin best ever When James Harden has the ball in his hands, he is the most dangerous man in the NBA.

Junior Bryar Newbary wins the 205 weight class in last weekend’s AA P 14 Wrestling State tournament.


Falling through faults


Going vegan


Shield returns

The staff looks into the invisible struggle of mental health issues.

Senior Alexis Hegedus shares why going vegan was the best decision of her life.

It’s back! The Konah staff brought back the Spartan Shield with a new look for the new year.

Say WHAT? Comments made by students, faculty, and staff around campus “Beyonce is overrated. ”

“Nick is a terrible bachelor.” -Senior Samantha Hege about the new season of The Bachelor

“Adele is way better than Beyonce.” -teacher Drew Burfiend after watching the Grammys

“I was just there to watch Spongebob perform at half time.” -Senior Ryan Holter about the Superbowl

-Senior Dalton Roeser about Beyonce’s twins

“Valentine’s day really sucks for the guy.” -Senior Austin Leadbetter

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Zoë Beck

Design Editor

Madison Ulberg Reporters

Ciara Azure Rayna Crews Mya Davis Kinsey Douglass Max Dupras Darren Faughn Jacey Fillinger Westin Gibbs Nathan Hangas Tenzin Karchungtsang Jada Knight Sara Michell Emily Small 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.



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February 16. 2017

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Spartans commit on National Signing Day

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Celebrating Champions


Eleven of Sentinel’s 12 high school fall sports athletes who are destined for college athletics signed with their respective colleges on National Signing Day. Molly MacDonald will attend Montana State University for Cross Country and Track & Field, while teammate Madeline Hamilton signed at the University of Montana for the same. Spencer Schock, Ethan Jones, and Ryan Findley are headed to Montana Tech for Football. Connor Crawford will attend MSU-Northern for Football. Mitch Roberts is headed to the University of Montana to play football. Chelsea Bone signed with Dominican University to play volleyball. Brittany Delridge commited to Eastern Washington to play soccer, while Syd Steele is headed to the University of North Florida for soccer. Emily Earl is going to UM-Western for Cheerleading. Sean Ramsbacher signed with Montana Tech for Golf.

Thespians nab Outstanding Comedy


Senior Anna Mackey, Sophomore Chloe Ledbetter, Senior Sam Clement, Junior Gabrielle Johnson and Sophomore Stephen Clement show off their awards from the annual Thespian Convention at the University of Montana.

The Thespians walked away with a handful of awards at the annual Thespian Festival at the University of Montana two weeks ago. The troupe joined almost 400 other students from around the state to participate in a variety of workshops as well as compete. Awards from the weekend went to Sophomore Stephen Clement, who took second place in the “death scene.” Senior Sam Clement along with Junior Gabrielle Johnson and Sophomore Chloe Ledbetter received an “Outstanding” in Partner Work, and the troupe won for Outstanding Comedy Performance for “Words, Words, Words” and “Captive Audience” by David Ives, student directed by Senior Anna Mackey.

Last month, the volleyball team celebrated their state champsionship win at the Dinner of Champions, where the new banner was unveiled in the gym.

at a GLANCE A brief look at the news event on campus Break-ins on campus The administration would like to remind everyone to keep vehicles locked at all times. Three weeks ago, wallets were taken from an unlocked vehicle in the Bancroft lot, and a credit card from one of the stolen wallets was used at a local convenience store. The Missoula Police Department is investigating the situation, and believe the suspect is not a Senti-

Artwork display at ZACC Sentinel artists will have their artwork on display at the ZACC. The exhibit opens next Friday and runs through the month of February.

SHS remains on top Sentinel has the highest graduation rate in the state once again for all AA schools. Although the numbers are down from a year ago, we still have a graduation rate of 90.73 percent.

Amnesty meets tomorrow

Amnesty International will meet in room 110 tomorrow at lunch, Feb. 17, 2017 to take action, save lives, and protect human rights. SHS to offer AP Capstone

Sentinel will be the first high school in the state to offer the AP Capstone Program. This innovative diploma program developed by the College

Board allows students to develop advanced skills in research, collaboration and communication. To earn the diploma, students will need to earn a three or higher on six AP exams, including exams for the two courses that will be implemented in the next two years. Starting next fall, students can sign up for AP Seminar, which will be taught by social studies teacher Ezra Shearer.

The following year, AP Research will be offered. For more information please see a counselor when scheduling.

Snowball coming soon The Key Club SnowBall dance is March 4, 2017 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. This dance is a fundraiser for “Stand up to Cancer.”

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The Sentinel Konah

February 16, 2017

‘La La Land’ dazzles, gives hope for future of film


nce in awhile a film comes out and duce our characters, which seemed to show astonishes everyone who sees it. how unimportant our characters would be to Star Wars, Citizen Kane, Casablan- us in real life. My next favorite song from this movie ca, Amadeus––all transcended what movies could and will be. A movie like La La Land would have to be “City of Stars,” a duet with did exactly that--it was bold, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma beautiful and magnificent. Stone). This piano duet didn’t ask for much-Filled with vibrant col- just for the viewer to lean in and listen. ors, it was reminiscent of The movie showcased Stone’s talent. the good old days of mu- Along with her outstanding acting in this sical films. If I were old movie, she was also a surprisingly good dancenough, I’d call it nostalgic. er and singer. Darren Faughn I’m talking about musicals While her voice may have cracked a bit, Reporter like Singin’ in the Rain star- it could be argued as purposeful. I had only ring Gene Kelly and Deb- seen her in movies like Easy A, Superbad, or bie Reynolds. Spider Man. After Made back in this movie I re1952, this is “When I watched it for the first time spect her more for one of the most her acting. it made me feel good. watched musiStone has often cals ever made. It made me remember why I even been cast as shy, When I watched timid, and a little watch movies.” it for the first quirky, and that’s time, it made what she played in --Darren Faughn me feel good. this movie. It made me reShe continues member why I even watch movies. to be magnificent at it however, and in this What La La Land did was exactly that-- film we really get to see her character’s evoit gave me hope for the future of film--a re- lution throughout the movie because of that. minder that maybe I don’t have to only watch This is the third time she and Gosling have stupid Avenger movies or a Jason Bourne re- worked together. They starred opposite one make or some lewd and crude comedy like another in both 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love Sausage Party or The Night Before. and 2013’s Gangster Squad. The movie starts off with one of my faGosling gave a great performance and it vorite songs “Another Day of Sun.” A perfect was an even better one with Stone. opener, it set the mood right from the start–– Both are good actors by themselves, but both exciting and ordinary at the same time. when they’re onscreen together, they improve The very first scene takes place in a traffic drastically. jam on a freeway outside of Los Angeles. The Like Stone, Gosling has a casting pattern: first song and dance scene doesn’t even intro- he’s usually typecast as a charming, clever

“Wicked, because it gives a different outlook on The Wizard of Oz.” -Paityn McLean Sophomore

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guy looking for love. I already knew he could dance and sing, but I didn’t know he played piano; and let me tell you he plays some great piano. At a press event for the movie, director Damien Chazelle notes that the piano playing is all his-not one double was used. The colors of La La Land popped and the costume design intrigued me. It’s full of bright purples, oranges, reds, blues, yellows, and tans. Everything felt over-the-top, but not in a cheesy way--more of a dreamlike, surreal, you’ve got-to-see-it-to-believe-it-Techinicolor-world sort of way. With each major event in the timeline of the movie, a new season occurred. I liked that about the movie; it was simple and effective. With each season the audience sees how the characters’ hopes and dreams change and how they give up on some things to pursue others. It reinforces one of the greater themes of the movie: “What we do to achieve our hopes and dreams.” The story didn’t seem to have the proper ending it should have, but at the same time it reinforced the theme above. If they didn’t stop the movie where it ended, it would’ve went on for another hour or two and it was already two hours. Maybe that was the director and writer’s point, to keep the audience wanting––wanting to know what happened to Mia and Sebastian. I guess we’ll never know. This movie was nominated for seven Golden Globes this year and won all of them. I think by far this was the best movie that came out in 2016-17. La La Land left me with hope that movies will be better in the future. 10/10.

“I’d have to say Les Miserables because it’s a classic and I know every word to every song.” -Marina Gray Junior

Fun Facts About Musicals “The Lion King” brought in $1.09 billion and surpassed “Phantom of The Opera” back in April 2012

Top 10 Musicals Based On Success (Awards and Nominations): 1. “Singin’ In The Rain”

“Phantom of The 2. “West Side Opera” is the Story” longest running Broadway show 3. “Wizard of Oz” “Hamilton” has the most Tony nominations of any other Broadway show

4. “Sound of Music” 5. “An American In Paris”

“Coast of Utopia” 6. “My Fair Lady” has the most Tony Awards 7. “Chicago” compared to any other Broadway 8. “Phantom of show The Opera”

It cost $79 9. “Les million to create Misérables” the musical “Spiderman: Turn 10. “All That Jazz” Off The Dark”

“The Sound of Music because of its connection to history. It has good music, conflict, a good family story, connection with WWII and a compelling story.”

-Dave Hamilton math teacher

Spartans Speak: What is your favorite musical of all time and why? “Matilda, because I went to New York and I got to see it live.” Kian Kennedy Freshman

“La La Land because Ryan Gosling is super hot and the sound track is amazing.” -Kacee DeWit Senior

“Damn Yankees, because it’s about baseball, so why not?” -Tim Kerr teacher

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Cultural appropriation without cultural essentialism potentially harmful ultural appropriation is defined as We see cultural appropriation in our ev- problematic, as she failed to celebrate Asian We have also been caught up in exploiting


the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of another culture. However, cultural appropriation has little to do with one’s exposure to and familiarity with another culture. Rather, it typically involves members of a dominant group exploiting the culture of minority groups with little Emily Small to no knowledge of the culReporter ture’s history. African American, Asian American, Native American, Native Hawaiian and indigenous peoples generally tend to be those targeted by cultural appropriation or exploitation.

eryday lives and are so surrounded by it that we often don’t recognize it. We are most ingrained with the exploitation of cultures other than our own as a result of the media. When members of a dominant group appropriate the cultures of others, they often reinforce stereotypes. We often see celebrities attempt to represent cultures other than their own, completely misrepresenting and/or disrespecting them. In 2013 popstar Katy Perry performed as a geisha at the American Music Awards, describing her portrayal as an “homage to Asian culture.” Asian Americans strongly disagreed with her appraisal, describing it as “yellowface.” Perry’s performance was completely

culture, however managed to disrespect and misrepresent. Although we’ve seen such outright misrepresentation of minority cultures in America today from celebrities, we often fail to recoginize this in our everyday lives. As a high school student I’ve recognized the same types of cultural appropriation in school. After reading Fool’s Crow by James Welch in an English class, I found just how acceptable it appeared to dress up in an ever-so-stereotypical traditional Native American headdress for an assigned reenactment of a scene from the novel. Students did not seem to find said action to be disrespectful to Native American culture, most likely as a result of our ingrained ideas of culture.

Standing Rock not standing alone


n recent months, the Dakota Access Pipeline has gained national attention, as thousands of protesters--from Native Americans to veterans to celebrities, have gathered in North Dakota in an attempt to block the 1,200-mile project. The DAPL is proposed to transport 450,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude oil from the lands of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. This pipeline poses threats to the environment, human health and human rights. The Standing Rock Sioux Mya Davis tribe has opposed the pipeReporter line since first learning about plans in 2014, and even with President Donald Trump signing executive orders to revive the pipeline, the battle shows no sign of stopping.

There have been cases where police and military officials are pepper spraying protesters, shooting them with rubber bullets, hitting people with batons and much more. Individuals from around the country are gathering in North Dakota to peacefully protest. However, hundreds are being arrested and charged with felonies. The First Amendment gives us the right to peaceably assemble, and the protesters want the same thing--to save the water and the Earth. In one particular case, people were in freezing cold water protesting as the police officials were standing on the river bank spraying tear gas at them. After all of this, what is Trump doing to stop these encounters? Nothing. He avoids questions and when asked to comment, he puts his head down, and looks in the opposite direction. If this pipeline were to leak, it wouldn’t

“It shouldn’t be there because it can ruin the land.” -McKenna Liechty Sophomore

just affect people near the Dakotas, it would affect all of us. The leak would affect the Missouri River and Lake Oahe. The Missouri river stretches all the way from Illinois up into Montana. With that being said, the Missouri River is not one straight line between the two states, it has many streams coming off of it. The Missouri River also connects to the Mississippi River which covers a large amount of the United States. Spills and leaks from the DAPL would impact all citizens, threatening wildlife, water quality, and land integrity. As most of you can infer, DAPL is not a very good idea. Instead of moving in the right direction to conserve the water, our big corporations and government care about making the most money they can. Together as a community we can move towards conserving the water and do what we can do to keep our waters clean.

-Aaron Shattuck counselor

“I don’t agree with it. It could break and make the water undrinkable.”

-Jaden Trenk Freshman

Spartans Speak: What is your opinion on Trump’s travel ban? “I do not agree with it. There are too many ‘reasons’ for it that don’t make sense.” -Craig Mettler HPE teacher

“It’s not okay because it’s bad for our economy.” -Kinley Brant Freshman

“I absolutely do not agree. The ban is unnecesary.”

“It’s necessary, but not when it’s near the reservation.” -Bray Buchanan Senior

What do you think of the Standing Rock Pipeline controversy? “I oppose it, as it poses a threat to our water supply and land.”

cultures for the sake of school spirit. Spirit themes are often harmless, however it is important to recognize, for example, how a Hawaiian theme can potentially be problematic. When students dress up in what is considered Hawaiian attire, it is often forgotten or even unrecognized just how mistreated Native Hawaiians were nor do they seem to remember that Native Hawaiians were colonized and their culture was stripped away. Are we celebrating the oppression of Native Hawaiians and our lack of knowledge of the culture and its history? A spirit theme can be harmless, and in this case it may be, however ignorance can be harmful. Not knowing the history of a culture before you attempt to represent or celebrate it can quite frankly result in disrespect.

“I don’t approve, and it could just as easily be placed somewhere else.” -Maddy Hanich Junior

-Brian Jakubowski Junior

“I don’t think we need to let people in illegally when we should be housing vets.” -Payton Schild Senior

“I think it’s wrong and I don’t support Trump.” -Christian Bowman Sophomore

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Staying on track How teacher Gary Little used his record-breaking collegiate track career to help students succeed on and off the field Sara Michell


Little broke his first record when he was in 7th grade in the 80 meter hurdles but he didn’t stop there. He continued running and ran at Boise State, where he held the record for the 400 hurdles. His name fell off the record board just two years ago.

Math teacher Gary Little stands in front of his calculus class. He cracks jokes while teaching the class, his Air Jordans softly squeak as he walks up and down the columns of desks. Before Little was teaching at Sentinel, he was a world-traveled track athlete, competing all over Europe, including a race at the Crystal Palace in London. But before London, Little came from Richland, Wash., where he competed in track at the middle school level. He didn’t think of himself as a fast runner, but his career through high school ended up proving otherwise. He broke his first records in seventh grade in the 80 meter hurdles, and the pole vault. “I won events all through junior high. In high school I was always one of the top ones. In the state of Washington, I was the second ranked high hurdler in the state,” he said. Little was exceptionally fast in the 400 meter hurdles.


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After graduating from Richland High “It was my second choice actually. My School in 1976, Little attended Spokane first choice was the University of WashingCommunity College on a track scholarship- ton,” he said. “They only gave me a three-with some pressure from his father. quarter scholarship and Boise State gave me a Little hadn’t planned  to attend college, full, so I went where the money was.” but rather become an electrician. Little said his best memory from his colHis father, on the other hand, saw a lot of legiate career was during his junior season, hope in his son that he didn’t want to go to when he set the Boise State school record, the waste. Boise State Stadium record, and the Big Sky Shortly into his freshConference record all man year, Little was one “The sport gave me a lot, within the same year. of the top-ranked runners records but I have tried to give heldThose in the United States. for a long time His fastest time re- back as much as I could. after Little left Boise corded in the 400 meter State, and it was just hurdles was 50.7 seconds. I couldn’t imagine my two years ago that he Little then received dropped off the record life without it.” offers from Division 1 boards. -Gary Little schools, from the UniverHe not only went sity of Washinton, Eastern Washington, and on to meet the Olympic Standard, but comOregon State, to University of Utah and Utah peted at the NCAA Tournament ChampionState. ships where he placed twelfth in the 400 meLittle landed on Boise State. ter hurdles.

Track took Little all over the world. “I competed all over Europe but was never able to make it to Australia which would have been super cool,” he said. He also raced against Edwin Moses, who was ranked number one in the world for 12 years, in Eugene, Oregon at the Prefontaine Classic. Little took first, and said it was one of the most memorable moments in his career. Little graduated from Boise State in 1981 with a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics. Little coached track for a college track team in Idaho for a season, then a high school track team in Boise for year, and that’s where he found his niche. He became hooked on coaching at the high school level after one of his female athletes set the all-class state record in the high hurdles and a boy who was a state champion. He then went to the University of Montana for his master’s degree in teaching mathematics, and decided to stay and teach here. “I came to teach here because of the pay,” Little said. Montana was the seventh highest paying teacher salary in the United States at the time. Little started teaching at Sentinel 33 years ago, and at that time he was the head track coach as well. He retired from the head coach position in 2004, but also helped coach the cross country and football teams. Just last year he came back and coached hurdles for the Spartans, bringing his grand total to 24 years coaching here. Today Little is involved in many track events throughout Montana. He has been an official at the state track meet, coached young middle school track athletes, coached high school track athletes, and also has been a big help in the Missoula Marathon. “The sport gave me a lot, but I have tried to give back as much as I could,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine life without it.” He said from all his years of coaching and competing, he learned to always give one hundred percent and to push others to be their best as well. Little thinks athletics give kids a lot of valuable lessons. He will always love track and the experiences and lifestyle that came with it. “Kids need to do athletics,” he said. “It makes them more well-rounded and gives them a different perspective.” Little still runs when he’s not pacing his classroom and teaching his classes. His lifestyle would not be the same if he hadn’t run track in middle school, breaking his first records in just seventh grade.

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Kinsey Douglass

for the Sentinel Konah

Breakfast: cereal with almond milk. Lunch:  rice. Dinner:  fruit, vegetables, nuts. No meat, no eggs, no dairy. This is what Alexis Hegedus, vegan and student, eats in a day. In a country full of fast food, GMOs, and obesity, Hegedus is taking care of her body in the most basic way where most Americans abuse it. Instead of eating whatever she wants and then buying products to reverse the effects, she treats her body as a temple and reaps all the benefits from it. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.’ I always keep this in mind when deciding what to put into my body,” Hegedus said. “I follow a vegan diet, which means I don’t eat any animal products or byproducts,” Hegedus said.“Before I was vegan, I ate anything that I wanted and was pretty unhealthy. I was borderline anorexic and decided I wanted to watch what I eat in a healthier way.” Hegedus first became interested in veganism as a sopho-

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more in high school. While on are useless. Free range animals are a way better alternative YouTube she came across a video because the animals actually get a life, but the health effects by YouTube vlogger Freelee The on your body are still there.” Banana Girl and it taught her Hegedus is very passionate about veganism, although she about veganism. Hegedus heard does have moments where she thinks about going back to a about how it’s impacted Freelee’s regular diet, life and became more interested “I have moments where I’m like, so what? Whatever? and began researching on other What is one person going to do,” she said. Internet platforms. She decided Hegedus combats these thoughts by remembering what she wanted to try it. made her become vegan. After a week she wasn’t sure if “I go watch animal torture videos and come back to reality. it was for her. It was hard to find I just can’t stand  the thought of those animals feeling the way good food that followed the diet. they do all for a glass of milk.” She then found videos of animals Although vegans are doing something admirable for the from dairy and chicken farms be- sake of animals, they often get a bad rap from people who ing tortured and she committed to don’t understand what they are doing. They are seen as pushy veganism because of her love for and are often remembered as always bragging about their lifeanimals. style. Most of sophomore year she “People are often ignorant about veganism and rude towas fully vegan but fell off in the wards vegans. They think we’re pushy and annoying,” Hespring. She was vegetarian but ate gedus said. products with dairy Ve g a n s in them. are stereo“I talked to my- “I’ve noticed a change in my digestive typed a certain self and said, ‘What way:  assertive, are you doing? Dairy health and an overall good feeling.” annoying, ardoesn’t make me feel rogant. Hege-Alexis Hegedus good,’” Hegedus dus combats said. the stereotyping by not talking about veganism unless she is Then she cut it out completely asked about it. once again and has been vegan “I try not to talk about it because there are certain connotafor about two years. tions that come with being vegan. Unless people ask me about Hegedus has been vegan for it and are genuinely interested I don’t make a big deal out of it. a long time for two reasons, the I used to try and get people to be vegan or even vegetarian but first being the health benefits that most people don’t want to change their diet so it’s pointless,” come with it. Hegedus said. “I’ll tell people the reasons I’m vegan and the “I’ve noticed a change in my benefits of it, if they ask, but I don’t try and recruit them.” digestive health and an overall When people question her diet/beliefs, Hegedus doesn’t good feeling,” Hegedus said. get angry, rather she feels excited to explain why, and give “Since becoming vegan, school them insight and information on the subject. has made a lot more sense and “I think everyone should try it and decide for themselves,” I’ve had more energy and motiva- she said. tion.” Hegedus doesn’t think everyone should adopt this diet beSome vegans instead experi- cause some people feel tired and don’t get enough nutrition ence a lack of energy, known as ‘burn-out’. This is the op- through it. She does think everyone should try it and decide posite of Hegedus who says that as long as you eat a lot of the for themselves. Clear skin, weight loss, and less bloating are right stuff you won’t feel tired. Hegedus eats a lot of brown all benefits that Hegedus has experienced from going vegan. rice, spinach, apples, and other high energy foods to avoid “Seventy-five percent of people are allergic to dairy, so getting tired. when you cut it out of your diet it can drastically change the The second reason Hegedus keeps her vegan diet is animal way your body feels. Dairy is in a lot of food products and if rights. She explains that she doesn’t think people deserve to it’s not dairy, it’s the protein whey, that is made from milk to eat animals that they didn’t kill themselves, but since dairy add to the nutritional content,” she said. “Many people have a cows aren’t killed and need to be milked anyway, we’re just hard time not eating dairy because of its prevalence and they helping them, right? Hegedus explains that the dairy industry like the taste. But once it is cut out, people will have a better is actually more torturous than the meat industry. time with digestion and overall feeling.” “The cows live in a constant cycle of impregnation, birth, For Hededus being vegan is the best decision she’s ever and milking. With only a few months of rest in between, the made. cows are treated like objects rather than living beings. The The advice she has for all aspiring vegans is, “Eat a lot. calves being born are ripped away from their mothers only Don’t stop eating, it is so important to get as many calories as to become another dairy cow,” Hegedus said. “Chickens are you can. And the more food you eat the less non-vegan food kept in too small of cages with too many other chickens, while you’ll crave. Don’t give into cravings, if you can get over the the roosters are killed because they can’t produce eggs and first three weeks of cravings, you can do it.”

The reasons

Why going vegan made senior Alexis Hegedus feel better

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• The Sentinel Konah

February 16, 2017

From the cover:

Students cope with depression, anxiety, and suicide ANXIETY By Ciara Azure

of the Sentinel Konah Junior Caytie Tipps usually can’t breathe and her body shakes when she has a panic attack. She gets light-headed, making it hard to stand. “I usually just sit and stare off into space. Emotionally, it’s extremely overwhelming because it’s like you’re in a constant panic and there’s about 567 thoughts coming at you at 600 miles an hour,” Tipps said. Anxiety, the feeling of worry and nervousness due to an event with an uncertain outcome, is the number one most common mental disorder in 25 percent of all U.S. teens and 30 percent of teen girls. This specific mental disorder affects 1 in 8 children in the U.S., and untreated children are more likely to have poor academic performances, miss out on social experiences, and may even

engage in substance abuse. It goes hand in hand with depression, eating disorders, and ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). Tipps has ways of coping with her anxiety. But often times, people with anxiety are intimidated by confronting the situation at hand, resulting in difficulty receiving treatment, despite readily available treatments. One-third of anxiety victims receive the proper medical treatment, and people with anxiety are six times more likely to be hospitalized with psychiatric disorders. Adult cases of anxiety stem from the early teenage years of their lives. Adolescent stages of life (puberty, school, etc.) may appear as symptoms of anxiety, and parents or teachers might not recognize the anxiety as early as it appears. The different types of anxiety range from general anxiety, such as constant worrying about everyday things, to panic disorders, OCD, PTSD and phobias. INFORMATION FROM

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“Anxiety is like being stressed to the point that is holds you back from doing regular, everyday activities,” Tipps said. She said everyone experiences anxiety differently, which also contributes to difficulty in recognizing symptoms and seeking treatment. Since different people experience different anxiety, there are different coping methods that work for some, but not others. In addition to a prescribed anti-anxiety medication, Tipps has her own methods. “I cope with anxiety and the symptoms by avoiding places that make me anxious. If other things make me feel anxious, I have to try to tune everything out. I have a certain song I listen to that helps calm me down.” Many teens who experience anxiety often feel alone, and don’t feel comfortable asking friends or family for help. Tipps has let her parents and friends in on her life with anxiety. “I feel supported by my family, but my anxiety affects them because they don’t un-

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derstand how I can be in a constant state of worry over nothing. But for the most part, they’re supportive and try to help as much as they can. If we are in public and I start to feel anxious, they usually pull me to the side where it is a little quieter.” Apart from her family, her friends also support Tipps, and she feels just as comfortable with them. “I definitely feel comfortable and supported by my friend group because most of them have anxiety as well, so I’m pretty comfortable talking about it with them.” Tipps is just one of the many students at SHS who suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is often unrecognized as a serious issue throughout not only high school students, but many adults as well. Although easily treated, anxiety victims are often intimidated by situation at hand. There are many treatment options for people with anxiety and there is always someone who is willing to help.


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Depression Over A 12 Month Period 2015


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of the Sentinel Konah An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from depression and about 20 percent of adolescents are affected by the time they become adults. Depression, the number one contributing cause of suicide, is a diagnosed mental illness caused by a chemical imbalance of the brain which can interfere with the body’s ability to function and result in a handful of negative effects, both mental and physical. Symptoms include feeling sad empty and/or hopeless, loss of interest, insomnia, restless sleep, excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, agitation, excessive crying, irritability, social isolation, lack of concentration, slowness in activity, thoughts of suicide, weight gain or weight loss, poor appetite, or repeatedly going over thoughts. Teen depression is a risk factor for developing a number of other mental-health symptoms and disorders, and in many cases leads to death by suicide. While depression is alarmingly common, teen depression often goes unrecognized. Teens across the country suffer from depression and senior Lily Johnson shared just how her depression affects her personally. “Well I’m sad a lot. I don’t ever really get anything done, it just kind of seems like I’m a really lazy person but honestly it’s just because of my crippling depression,” she said. “I sleep all the time, sometimes I feel hopeless and like I’m going to die. I have no

passion, I’ve been disassociating nonstop, it’s like I’ve been having like an out of body experience. I just lay there and look at the ceiling.” While those with depression must experience physical symptoms, mental symptoms are unavoidably inclusive. Like Lily, most people with depression experience an overwhelming sense of hopelessness or loneliness, sometimes even as a constant state. These effects become daily struggles. As a result, these symptoms not only affect the person directly, but also those around them. “It makes my mom really sad. I think it just scares her and she doesn’t really know what to do about it,” Lily said. This is not uncommon among loved ones of teens with depression. Because it’s not simply a temporary sadness or an emotional outburst, it’s hard for families or parents to accept that their child’s problems go deeper than anything they can just fix. Depression is not something someone can “control” or “snap out of.” They are a constant problem that those are around can’t fully understand. Those struggling with depression are battling more than one might think. Not everyone has the resources or education about depression needed to treat it. With such a high number of those who suffer, starting at such a young age, it is critical to recognize depression for what it is, a mental illness.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, Montana has been deemed the number one state for deaths by suicide, at a crude rate of 24.5. For all age groups Montana has ranked in the top 5 for suicide rates in the nation for the past 30 years. There is no single cause of suicide. The reason teenagers attempt or commit suicide can be complex. On average, one person dies by suicide every 35 hours in the state of Montana. According to the article,“Kids Health,” suicide rates differs between boys and girls. Girls think about and attempt suicide twice as often as boys. Yet boys die by suicide about four times as often as girls. Suicide attempts most often occur when the victim of suicidal thoughts no longer

can see the purpose of life or living. A combination of individual, relationship, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of suicide too ( Suicide itself is not a mental illness. However, the history of mental illness is a huge factor that plays in this, such as anxiety, body dysmorphia, and especially clinical depression if untreated. Social worker Sarah Kragelund said, “Other reasons occur if there is a family history of suicide, substance abuse, family history of maltreatment, previous suicide attempts, bullying, feeling isolated, or parental disconnect the feeling of not being accepted or not having validation from your parents.” Some big risk factors are drugs and alcohol. “Alcohol is a mood alternating substance and can affect your judgment and decision making. It may be how you’re coping or self-medi-

cating and is a risk behavior,” Kragelund said. There are many devastating effects of suicide on family, friends, and love ones. Extreme guilt for not preventing the suicide, anger and resentment, feeling like a failure because the person they loved felt unloved, confused or distressed and committed suicide. Kragelund said, “Grief can come at different stages for different people, each process is different, there is no right or wrong to grieving as long as you aren’t hurting anyone or yourself.” Even though the appearance of suicide has become more common there is hope and if anyone needs help or a referral, there are suicide hotlines, counselors, and social workers that are more than willing to help. Don’t stay quiet about contemplating suicide, if anyone knows about someone who is suicidal, speak up to save

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Speech and Debate qualify two for nationals Spartan Speech and Debate finished their season in Great Falls at the National Qualifier Tournament last weekend. They have two qualifiers in Congress: Senior Taylor Gregory in the Senate, and Junior Christopher Malcomson in the House. Seniors Kelli Rosenquist and Jackson Petty are 2nd alternates in Public Forum and Junior Zach Tonnerre is an alternate for the House as well. On the Speech side, Sophomore Kade Hedahl is first alternate for Original Oratory, and Senior Magnolia Chinn had a top 6 finish in Informative.


Rounding out the top 12: Senior Kiersten Spear: 8th place Informative Speaking Senior Doug Stobie: 10th place Informative Speaking Stobie and Senior Grant Wyland: 10th place Duo Interpretation Junior Kincaid MacDonald: 11th place Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

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On the rocks Nathan Hangas

of the Sentinel Konah The 501 Lounge was empty. It was just Iron Horse Brew Pub owner Tami Ursich and me along with her golden retriever, Scout. She sat across from me all bundled up. Dressed in a black sweater, with black yoga pants, and a thick black headband made to keep her hair up along with keeping her ears warm. Her nose was bandaged from a battle lost with a hard concrete sidewalk. She stared aimlessly at me with drink in hand waiting for me to ask my first question. She was sitting straight up with her legs crossed. She looked prepared and eager, ready to tell me about her success. “With me being a drinker, everyone wants to see me fail,” Ursich said. Ursich said the hardships of being a small business owner in a competitive 21st Century economy have taken a toll on her, but she must have “thick skin.” As a Montana State University graduate with a degree in physical education, Ursich did not think she would one day be the owner of one of the most successful restaurants in Missoula. She wanted to be just like her dad and take hold of a profes-

Iron Horse owner Tami Ursich talks about the challenges of owning a small business

sion in teaching. “It wasn’t going to cut it for me, it was not the profession that was on the rise in the moment. The bar and restaurant was where the money was. It was all about tips,” Ursich said as she stirred her drink, which was a light shade of pink in a small glass accompanied by two straws. She was a waitress through college and at 29 she fell in love with a coworker. She said that she was young and felt as if she had

female entrepreneur in the 1980s would be difficult due to her gender, but Ursich said no, her gender has never been an issue when it comes to doing business with others. When she talks about hardships her employees came up frequently. “I’m responsible for them. I am the one that signs their paycheck, supports their family and if the bar is not doing well, they are not doing well,” Ursich said as she shrugged her shoulders and reached to take

means letting one of her friends go, or even some of her family that works for her, she will. When it comes to the hardship of letting one of her employees go Ursich said it is really up to them. “I can provide them with the tools to do their job. It is up to them to use them and be successful,” she said. As Ursich took the final sips of her drink she went behind the bar to make another one and I asked her

the world at her feet. She and her boyfriend had the ambition and the money they needed to open up the first microbrewery in the state in 1989 before she moved on and decided to open up the Iron Horse by herself in 1991. “I was excited and full of energy. I knew I could make it work,” Tami said confidently as she leaned back in her chair as if to tell me, look. I did make it work. There were plenty of naysayers. One would think that being a

another sip of her drink. Ursich tries to keep her relationship with her employees at strictly the professional level, but she said it can be difficult. “It’s hard when I know them and their family so well. I see them as friends outside of work so I see them as friends in work as well,” she said. Ursich said regardless of friendship the business does come first and she has to do what is best for it and everyone involved, if that

what she would tell hopeful Missoula business owners. “Good luck,” she said without hesitation. She followed up with, “Not good luck. It is harder than you think.” Ursich went on to say that one does not know how to run a business or the challenges of it until they do it. She encourages younger generations to follow their passion because opportunity is out there “The world is an oyster. Find

“The world is an oyster. Find your place and work hard. Everybody wants something for nothing, but that is not how the world works.” -Tami Ursich

your place and work hard. Everybody wants something for nothing, but that is not how the world works,” she said. Ursich said she does not plan to throw in the towel on the Iron Horse anytime soon, but she does have some regrets. “I am 54 and not a quitter. However, I do wish I could downsize,” she said. She feels as if maybe she has done too much to expand the Iron Horse and as it grows the cost expands as well, as it becomes greater and greater with every new addition. However, as the interview came to an end along with her second drink, Ursich ended it on a positive note. “This is all I know how to do and I love it,” she said. I turned the recorder off and she put her glass in the dishwasher. We both got up and Scout––lying at our feet the whole time, was quick to follow. I thanked her for her time as we headed down the stairs and she began to talk about the hopeful future of our country with Mr. Trump becoming president.

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What made you want to start playing hockey? My whole family played hockey, so it just seemed normal. How long have you been playing your sport? I’ve been playing for 12 or so years. What is the most frustrating or challenging thing about your sport? Just having it everyday for like five months. It can drag on. What has been your most memorable moment in your sporting career? Winning the state tournament in eighth grade then going to Nationals. What has been your biggest achievement in your sporting career and why? Being captain this senior year. It feels good to know that people look to you for leadership. Whom do you look up to and why? I really look up to my brother because I always watch him play. What are your goals for this season and how do you set your goals? My goals are to win state, and be competitive at nationals. I set them by working hard at practice. Favorite Class? TV1 & 2. It’s fun to make videos.

What do you like most about the sports you play? I like the intensity of basketball and how everyone in the world plays soccer. How long have you been playing your sports? I’ve been playing both since the third grade. I remember practicing basketball at the Y. I started playing soccer and basketball because I thought they were cool. Who are your biggest influences in your sports and why? In soccer it’s my coaches and in basketball it’s people who are better than me. What has been your most memorable moment in your sporting career? My senior year of soccer. We were good and took second at state. It was nice to be AllState junior and senior year in soccer. What are some things you do in your training that are keys to your success? Staying in shape and practicing in the offseason. How have sports impacted your life? It is my hobby, and has made me who I am today. Favorite food & why? Watermelon because it’s good. Favorite teacher? Mr. Taylor. He is the best.

What do you like most about your sport? I like how peaceful it is when you streamline or go underwater for a prolonged period of time. How has this sport impacted your life? It has turned me into a very driven and dedicated person and has taught me time management, and also how to push myself. What are your goals for this season? My goals are to place at state and to break one minute in my 100 freestyle. What has been your most memorable moment in your sporting career? Breaking 30 seconds in my 50 freestyle race. Who do you look up to in your sport and why? I look up to Katie Ledecky because she is such an incredible swimmer and is all around memorable and influencial. How long have you been playing? What is your earliest memory of swimming ? I’ve swam for four years. My earliest memory is my oldest sister teaching me how to swim when I was a kid. Favorite teacher? Ms. Pohl because she is very nice, an all around great person, and a great teacher. Favorite class? Calculus because it’s fun.

What made you start playing your sport? W I I love being a part of a team and have always enjoyed sports that involve some type g W of ball. What do you like most about playing for I h Sentinel? The positive environment and the amazing- W T coaches. What is the most frustrating or challeng- p H ing thing about your sport? In the moment it can be difficult to put in theI work. For example, running an extra set of I lines, but the end result makes it all worth it. m What has been your most memorable mo- W i ment in your sporting career? The first time I started for a varsity game. G What has been your biggest achievement I b in your sporting career? I am proud of how much I have improved at W i basketball in my four years at Sentinel. c What are your goals for this season? T My goals are to come home with a State a Championship and have this be the best t season of my high school career. How has this sport impacted your life? m F Basketball has made me a well-rounded T person. I gained time management skills, F became more social, and learned to love B physical activity.

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What made you start playing hockey? I had a few friends who watched it and so I got interested in it and fell in love with it. What do you like most about hockey? I love the chemistry the team has to have and how fast-paced the game is. What are your goals for this season? To get better and help get as many wins as possible. How has this sport impacted your life? It’s a happy place for me. I know as soon as I get on the ice the only thing that matters is my team and having a good time. What has been your biggest achievement in your sporting career and why? Growing and getting better each time I play. I have a strong love for this sport, I want to be as good as I can be. What is the most frustrating or challenging thing for you during your sporting career? This is also my first year skating, so probably my lack of skill compared to the rest of the team, but I have a bunch of great teammates that help me grow. Favorite food & why? Tacos because tacos. Favorite teacher? Beck. He makes class fun and enjoyable.

How long have you been swimming? I started competitively swimming my sophomore year in high school. What do you like most about the sport? I really like the team dynamic and the overall support for each other. It’s unlike any other sport. What are one or two things you do in your training that are keys to your success? I push myself harder at every practice and meet. I really take the time and put in the effort to better myself as an athlete. What are your goals for this season? My goal is to final at state in the 200 freestyle race. Who are your biggest influences and why? My biggest influences are my peers and coaches. The team dynamic makes it a comfortable and motivating atmosphere. What is the most frustrating or challenging thing for you during your sporting career? I’d say it is getting up every morning at 4:45 a.m. and being in the cold pool by 5:30. Favorite song & why? My favorite song is “I’ll be your reason” by Illenium. It is chill and motivating. Favorite food? Sushi. I have always liked sushi.

What made you want to start participating in wrestling? At first, it was the coaches wanting me to try it out. Then, once I tried it. I loved it and continued to pursue it. How long have you been playing? What is your earliest memory of participating? 5 years. Earliest memory, that was fun, was the Owen wrestling camp freshmen year. What do you like most about wrestling? I like how it goes year-round. It’s always wrestling season. The mental aspect is by far my favorite part of it. It makes you the toughest in the room. What is the most frustrating or challenging thing for you? Injuries. Getting injured is, I believe, the most frustrating thing that can happen. What has been your biggest achievement in your sporting career? Why does this matter to you? Overcoming the difficulties of wrestling is my biggest achievement. This matters because by doing this, I can overcome anything. What are the keys to your success? Showing up every day, no days off. How do you expect to get better if you don’t work every day? You can’t.

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How long have you been skiing? I started skiing when I was four, but started competing when I was eight. My first memory was learning to ski at Marshall Mountain. What do you like most about the sport? I like skiing fast, jumping high, and going upside down. What was your most memorable moment in your career? My first time competing in Junior Olympics. It was awesome to be one of the youngest skiers, and to be around the best freestylers in the US. What are your goals for this season? My goal is to get top 20 at Junior Olympics and to have a solid run at Nationals. How has this sport impacted your life? Skiing is a huge part of my life and I do a lot of traveling for competitions and training. Whom do you look up to in the sport and why? Who are your biggest influences and why? I look up to my coaches a lot, because many of my coaches have been National Champions and are a huge help to me in my career. What made you want to start participating in your sport? My siblings have all been freestyle skiers and it was always really cool to watch them.

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James Harden, most dangerous player in NBA


nce in every 10, maybe 20 years does a player come to the NBA and just flat out dominate every player. If there were a Mount Rushmore of the best NBA players of all time, it is easy to fill up three spots. You have to include the man with the most NBA titles, Bill Russell; arguably the best all-around player ever, Lebron James; and the best ever, Michael Jordan. But the last spot is the most hotly debated. Some say it should be Kareem AbdulJabbar, who has the most points scored Wes Gibbs Columnist in NBA history, or Oscar Robertson, the man who averaged a Triple-Double during the 1961-62 season. However, this debate shouldn’t exist, as that last spot belongs to one of the most prolific players ever. His name is James Harden, and he is the best player in the NBA, and maybe ever. He is what his Adidas commercial says, a creator. But his creativity goes beyond just creating shots. Sure he can score, after all he’s averaged over 27 points per game since he got to Houston. He does average over 11 assists and now has 13 triple doubles (and counting). However he isn’t a stat stuffer like some of the other stars in the league. Harden plays the game to win, and he does so by creating whatever is necessary to win. You need 40 points in 3 consecutive games in the playoffs? He’ll do it. You have a center with a favorable mismatch over his opponent? James will get him the ball at will. You need to win the game? Put him in. Even though he doesn’t focus on his own stats, he still posts out-of-this-world numbers. Last year, he became the only player ever to average 29+ points, 7+ assists, 7+ rebounds, and 2+ steals. In fact, without his superb play last year, the Houston Rockets, who had an even 41 wins and 41 losses, were predicted to have only 28 wins without Harden by Basketball-Reference’s power index. His 13.3 wins above replacement was the largest in NBA history, with the next highest being from Michael Jordan in 1997, with 11.8. On top of that, he became the first player ever to score 50 points, and have 15+ assists and rebounds in a game this year in a game against the New York Knicks, who ranked 7th in the league at the time in total defensive efficiency. The last, and most impressive part of his game is how he sees the floor. Until now, I’ve just glossed over the fact he averages nearly double-digit assists, but that part of his game is what makes him so great. Even with the mediocre team around him, he still finds a way to distribute the ball to guys in scoring positions. James Harden creates an assist on 4.8 percent of his passes, which is the highest average since John Stockton, who has the most assists in NBA history. When James Harden has the ball in his hands, he is the most dangerous man in NBA history.

February 16, 2017

Newbary defeats odds, wins state by AstonKinsella

of the Sentinel Konah Junior Bryar Newbary stood on the podium Saturday night, tears in his eyes, thinking only about how far he’d come in the last year for this moment. “I’ve never been on a stage that big, in front of 5,000 people. It was a huge accomplishment, and one I’d been working 13 years for,” Newbary said. And he’d only been cleared to compete a week before the seeding tournament.


Junior Bryar Newbary defeats Great Falls’ Rylan Moldenhauer 16-4 to win the AA State Wrestling Championship in the 205 weight class last weekend.

In the summer of 2016, Newbary was poised to win a Regional Triple Crown, in which a wrestler wins a Freestyle, Folkstyle and GrecoRoman championship in one year. With two titles under his belt, he was in the finals to take the Greco title, when he dislocated his shoulder--an injury his physical therapists were afraid he might never recover from. Yet, last weekend, as the 205 pound champion at the Montana AA State Wrestling


Girls finish 4th at state swim meet, Hellgate sweeps titles by AstonKinsella

of the Sentinel Konah The girls’ swim team took fourth place at the AA State Swim meet last weekend in Great Falls, with the boys team coming in 14th overall. Sophomores Keidon Reynolds, Caroline McCormick, and Audrey Fero were the top individual finishers for the girls’ team. Reynolds surprised the field, moving up from 11th place to 8th place in the 100 Butterfly. McCormick was dominate in


the distance freestyle style events, while Fero was strong and steady in the backstroke. These girls along with Junior Andrea Porch shocked some other relays teams with their 4th place finishes in the Medley and 200 free relays. “I couldn’t be prouder about how the girls’ team swam this weekend. They are a tough, well trained, and strong group who will be in top 3 and on the podium next year,” head coach Helen Houlihan

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Head Coach Helen Houlihan celebrates with Missoula teams after claiming another state title.

Crosstown basketball briefs

The boys faced off with crosstown rivals Big Sky Eagles this past Thursday. The student section was rowdy as ever with their Jersey Jam theme, shouting back and forth from student section to student section. You could feel the anticipation as you walked into the gym. The game started off well for the boys and kept consistent throughout the rest of the game walking away with a victory, 61-45. Saturday’s game with long time rivals Hellgate Knights did not go as well. The Spartan boys defeated the Knights at home early on in the season, and while we were looking for another victory, the Knights were out for some payback. The Knights took an early lead after the Spartans couldn’t land their shots, with the score 24-16 at half. Then in the second half the boys fought back hard and closed the gap sending the game into overtime. But the Knights took home the win leaving the Spartans with their second conference loss at 60-53 Hellgate.


The girls’ team walked away with two wins during crosstown week, beating both the Big Sky Eagles and the Hellgate Knights. Crosstowns are much different than a normal game, the crowds are roudy, the gym is electric, and the game can go either way regardless of the rest of the season. The girls maintained their undefeated season against the Eagles, with a final score of 54-30. Junior Jordyn Schweyen said, “It was a good game for us to work on things that we’ve been struggling with.” Although they picked up two wins, the second game didn’t go quite as expected. Schweyen said the game against Hellgate “was probably the worst game we could’ve possibly played but we’re going to learn from it and just get better.” With a close fight to the finish, and a final score of 32-28, the girls kept it together for the win and are keeping things positive as they go forth with the rest of their season. --all sports briefs by Aston Kinsella

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Participating Athletes: Breanna Curley Connor Combo Tamanie Riley Kyla Huston Faith King-Marshall Kendra Miland Logan Aftem Jessica Peterson Kaylor Feeley Lawrence Miller SIlver Chapman Rakeena Caye Melina Peck



Special Olympics Athletes Compete at Lost Trail

Spartan Special Olympics athletes competed the 26th Annual Winter Olympics last month at Lost Trail. They competed in Cross Country Skiing, Unified Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Melina Peck competed in the Downhill Ski using a sit ski. The group was accompanied by two peer tutors, Senior Halle Nurse and Junior Mariel Warren. Sophomore Connor Combo received the Spirit Award for his positive attitude and helpfulness.


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How long have you been playing? Four years since freshman year. What do you like most about it? I get to hang out with my friends. What is the most frustrating or challenging thing for you? I forget things and my teachers remind me. What has been the most memorable moment in your sporting career? Please explain. When we are at the hill and we go tubing.

What has been your biggest achievement in your sporting career? Why does this matter to you? I’ve learned how to do lots of things. Whom do you look up to in the sport? Michael Jordan What are one of two things that you do in your training that are keys to your success? Keep at it! And never give up.

How long have you been playing? What is your earliest memory of participation? It was fourth grade and I bowled. What do you like most about the sport? Until they got rid of it, I liked bowling best, yet I enjoy bocce. What is the most frustrating or challenging thing for you ? Maybe getting three fourth places in one day. What has been your memorable moment in your career? Why? I got all gold in my freshman year, and got a spray painted gold bike. What has been your biggest achievement in your sporting career? I’d have to say my first gold medals because I earned a golden bike which was made with love. Whom do you look up to in the sport and why? Well my parents are my muse. They push me to do my best and have fun. What are one of the two things that you do in your training that are key to your success? Well I go outside and take a fresh breath What are your goals for this of air. season and how do you set your What are your goals for this season and how do you set your goals? goals? I’m going to try to get some gold or silver. Do as best as I can, and be safe. Do you plan to pursue this sport Do you plan to pursue this sport in the future? in the future? Why yes, I plan on it. Yes. How has this sport impacted How has this sport impacted you? It has given me a new sense of victory that your life? I can feel every spring, summer, winter, and I get to have fun and be with other fall. athletes. Favorite teacher and why? Favorite teacher? Why? My favorite teacher is my old teacher Mrs. Mr. Reimers, she lets us eat in class. G. I love her very much.

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Spartan Shield some things hit the mark, while others missed completely


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The Missoula teams––Big Sky, Hellgate and Sentinel, which are all coached by Houlihan––consisted of 90 athletes, 25 coming from Sentinel. While Sentinel came up short, both the Hellgate boys’ and girls’


On Feb. 5, 2017 Superbowl LI went into the first recorded overtime in Superbowl history. The New England Patriots won 34-28, and apparently quarterback Tom Brady celebrated his win in Montana.


Social studies teacher Gary Stein announced he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House to replace Republican Ryan Zinke, Montana’s lone congressman, who’s expected to be confirmed in the next couple of weeks as President Donald Trump’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior. “I think it’s time,” Stein said. “I think the country is in a bad state. We need not just smart people, but competent people who aren’t as concerned about their own stuff as they are for the nature of the country.”

Beyoncé did it yet again when she shocked the world with her baby announcement, and this time it’s twins! However, we are getting a little tired of Beyoncé taking the spotlight from others. Come on, Adele. Don’t sell yourself short.

VP Mike Pence was the first ever VP to cast the deciding vote in a Senate confirmation for the President’s Cabinet, with a 51-50 confirmation for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. WWW.84LUMBER.COM/


Junior Bryar Newbary with his mom, Karis, after his win Saturday at the state meet.

Lumber 84 Superbowl ad was censored and cut short for depicting the proposed “Trump Wall.”

Lady Gaga killed the 51st Annual Super Bowl Halftime show, with a death defying jump from the roof of the NRG Stadium.



Championships, Newbary had just done what no one thought he could do--come back from a supposedly career-ending injury to claim the title. Head coach Jeremy LaPorte said, “He had shoulder surgery in July and had seven pins put in his shoulder. We were not sure if he was going to come back when the season started. Actually, it looked like he wouldn’t.” However, about halfway through the season, his coaches knew he was coming back-when no one else did. “It was a little secret,” LaPorte said. “I knew he had a very good shot at winning a title if we could get his conditioning up. I really have to give him credit for really pushing himself that last month to get ready for the post season.” And push himself he did. For months, Newbary spent hours in the weight room, in the gym, in physical therapy--sometimes upwards of four hours a day. “I’ve spent the last year basically rehabing my shoulder. Since Christmas, I’ve increased my workouts. Typically in a week, I will work out around four hours a day, and that includes an hour and a half of physical therapy two times each week,” Newbary said. The workouts paid off. Although he was only officially cleared to compete the week before the seeding tournament, Newbary went 9-0 on the season, sweeping both the divisional and the state tournaments. “I was not surprised that he won, I don’t think anyone was,” LaPorte said. “Going into the final match I would have to say Bryar was the favorite to win.”

Trump signs the “travel ban” and sparks a month worth of media coverage, protests across the country. Off the mark.




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The puppies stole the show in this year’s annual Puppy Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

teams walked away with the state title for the fourth year in a row. Houlihan said, “We’ve created an atmosphere where when one team wins in Missoula we all win.” SHS boys were led by Junior Cody Carlson, who finished strong in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. He and his teammates came to together

to shock some other teams in the relay events. “Sentinel has a lot to be proud of because no one anticipated how strong they were going to be this weekend. I can hardly wait to see how our line-up will stack up next year since most of them are only sophomores!” Houlihan said.

Saturday Jan. 21, 2017, women and men across the country gathered and marched to defend women’s rights.


Missoula girls celebrate with head swim coach Helen Houlihan at the state swim meet in Great Falls last weekend. From left, Junior Kennedy Williamson, Whitney Anderson (Big Sky), Houlihan, Senior Rachel Schaeffer, and Senior Kinsey Douglass.

Sentinel Konah Feb 16, 2017  

The February edition of the Sentinel Konah. Editor-in-Chief, Aston Kinsella

Sentinel Konah Feb 16, 2017  

The February edition of the Sentinel Konah. Editor-in-Chief, Aston Kinsella