TAYLER, May you have the courage to take risks, the strength to be compassionate & the wisdom to be humble. Remember there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself and your choices. Enjoy every minute of what is ahead and believe in the beauty of your dreams, because I believe in you. Know that I will always be here for you and I love you so very much!
We are so very proud of you and the kind, hard-working, smart, and selfless young man you have become. Graduation is just the beginning and we cannot wait to see what adventures life has in store for you! Love you to the moon and back,
MOM & DAD
You came into our world with endless smiles and brought us nothing but joy, happiness and pride. We are so proud of you and look forward to your bright and exciting future!
ALL OUR LOVEMOM, DAD & GINA
C L A S S O F 2 0 1 9
We are so proud of what you have accomplished and can't wait to see where your dreams take you. We love you very much!
LOVE, MOM, DAD
I am so lucky to have been blessed to be your mom. Watching you grow from a baby to a young man has been amazing. Time has flown by. I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished. I know you will do great things with your life. LOVE MOM
ON LOVE YA BUB....DADDY JAMES, I am so proud of
you. You have always been my boy. Life is gonna be so weird without you. I love you.....
J O S IE ,
We couldn't be more proud of the person you have become. You have the kindest soul that see's the best in people. We pray you never lose that. Stay true to yourself beautiful girl!
LOVE, DAD, MOM, DESHAWN, JAXON AND EMMALINE
H EIGH TS ON
Every year, the school puts on the annual Heights on Display to showcase student artwork and fine arts skills. This year, the orchestra performed a number of songs to showcase their personal skills in the field of music. This gave students the opportunity to show how music is truly an art piece within itself.
PATR I CI A
L IN DSAY Sophomore Violin
MASO N Senior Tuba
SENIOR PR OM At the beginning of the semester, the First Year Writing class took their annual trip to the LULAC Senior Center at the beginning of the Non-Narrative essay unit. Here, students developed relationships with the senior citizens residing in the assisted living home. English teacher Ms. Julie Coulter started the Senior Prom last year during the annual Heights on Display as a followup activity to the visit. Senior students, both from first and second semester, are invited personally by Ms. Coulter to come and help out. Not only do they get volunteer hours, but they also get the chance to continue getting to know the senior citizens from the LULAC Senior Center that they previously met. Eating a meal together, having meaningful conversations, and dancing to the music provided by Mr. Lyle Reynoso's jazz band creates a night of memories for both seniors in high school and senior citizens in the community as an addition to the annual Heights on Display.
STORY: ALONDRA RETANA
BRILEY GINTER, Junior Advanced Projects
ANDREW ROBINETT, Junior Ceramics 2
ANNIE HARRIS, Senior AP Studio Art
ANNIE HARRIS, Senior AP Studio Art
SPENCER DOOLE, Senior AP Studio Art
NATALIE RAMOS, Senior Sculpture 1
IN THE SWING OF THINGS
COURSE C RASH
Up to Par During this immaculate season so far, these twelve men have stuck their necks out to put up the best scores they could. Being up to par can be tuff depending on the course, but not for freshman, Blaine Johnson. Johnson shot a personal record of 115 at Lake Shawnee this season. "Golf is a game where you yell four, shoot a six, but write down a five," said junior Reid Holthaus. Holthaus had his best game at the Leawood Country Club where he shot a clean 88. Practicing is a key component for these golfers. "During practice we all just try to have a good time while taking it serious," said junior Alec Elskamp. Elskamp's best drive was around a 270 while his best game was a 46 at Lake Shawnee. "I felt good about it because I beat Jayson by a stroke," said Elskamp. STORY: KYLAN HUNTLEY
CH IP IN
As senior Jared Holmer chips the ball, he leads himself to his best game of the season. Holmer has been on the varsity team in all of his four years.
UN D E R PA R
Being under par in the sport of golf is good, and for junior Hector De La Cruz, he definitely did his best to have the lowest score. De La Cruz has pushed himself to be great since he came from Monterey.
Being teammates is forced, but for junior, Alec Elskamp, Reid Holthaus, and Braden Castro, being friends is a choice. These three have been on the team for the last three years.
SENIOR STU NNER
While putting his tee underneath the ball, senior Jake Huffman prepares himself to approach the ball. Huffman is on the varsity team and has been one of the best components to the team this
P UT IT UP
For junior, Ryan Selk, golf has always come easy. Golf has been the number one sport for Selk for the last three years.
BONDING ON THE COURSE
LINED U P
Lining up his shot, sophomore Tyler Peterson gets ready to par. Peterson had been on the golf team for the past two seasons and loved nearly every second of it.
PU TT PU TT
After many hours of practice, sophomore Ethan Rottinghaus putts his way to victory. Rottinghaus has been a key component when leading the T-Birds to a win.
OFF THE GR EEN
After getting his ball off the green, junior Jayson Zuperku chips the ball to get out of the sand. Zuperku was on the varsity team and planned to continue golfing for his senior season.
PU T THE BA LL
After landing nearly inches away from the hole, junior Ryan Selk putts the ball. Selk ended with a high placing at the varsity tournament.
Planning to get his ball as close to the hole as possible, sophomore Myles Zabala shoots his approach. Zabala shoots every shot with a smile on his face, knowing the ball is going to land where he wants it to.
Playing in his first season as a Thunderbird, freshman Ajay Sharma practices his serve return at practice while his teammates take pointers.
SENIOR STA RT
Tackling new competition in the United Kansas Conference, senior Josh Zeller is one of the few upper classmen that has experience playing against Centennial League competitors in years past.
GOOD TIME Known for his creative spirit in the classroom, senior Carter Wilch enjoys his time playing tennis in the spring to mix up his high school experiences.
STAY FOC US E D Listening to music while he practices helps sophomore Jose Soto-Muniz to stay focused on the court. Jose plays both singles and doubles in tennis.
KOSSOV ER The varsity team traveled to Kossover on a beautiful spring day to compete against Washburn Rural, including freshman Jaden Rodriguez.
POWER UP Bracing for impact, junior Mikey Ramirez returns a hard serve at practice in April. Ramirez said he toughest competition came against Seaman.
REACH FOR IT
The balls don't always come straight through the line. Junior Adam Hoobler jumps up to slam the ball across the net.
PHOTO: RYAN GOOD & KIRK HOCKMAN JAYDEN RODRIGUEZ
PHOTO: KIRK HOCKMAN
CA RTE R W I LCH &
ALON DR A
JO H NNY
J O HN
B RYC E
L E GACY
As the son of Washburn University's head tennis coach, freshman John Lysaught helps continue his family legacy on the court. Lysaught experienced success on the varsity squad his freshman season.
N E W EX PER IENCE
Although he's been playing soccer for years, freshman Garrison Johnson decided to go out for tennis for the first time this year. The social aspect of the game made the experience enjoyable for several freshmen who decided to try something new with their friends with this spring sport.
VO LLEY Practicing for the upcoming JV quad meet, sophomore Gabe Allen volleys back a ball over the net. When playing against another school, athletes play one singles game and one doubles game. During tournaments, they choose whether to play in singles or doubles for the entire day.
PHOTO: KIRK HOCKMAN & SHALYNN LONG
HUST L E , H IT,
R IL EY
CA RTE R
J OS H
"I play tennis to smell the fresh tennis ball and to get outside. The best I've played is with Spencer Doole and we beat the reigning state champs from Topeka West".
JO H N
"I play tennis because it's a good time going out and playing with my friends, the best match would probably be Seaman. They know how to serve the ball and are good competition"
"I play tennis because it's a fun sport and it's not too hard. De Soto might have been the best match just because it is a new competition"
S P E NC E R D O O L E &
LO N D O N
MARK ON YOUR
STA RT IT UP
Before beginning the race, junior Katie Roberds lines herself up. Roberds runs the 400 meter dash.
TONGUE TA S T I C
While running as fast as she can to reach her teammate, freshman Callie Henry runs the relay. Henry has had a habit of sticking her tongue out every time she ran.
NUMB ER EIGHT
Huffing and puffing her way to victory, junior Abi Ostensen runs the 100m dash. Ostensen wears the number eight to signify what lane she runs in during her race.
PEDAL TO TH E META L
Sophomore Katelynn Thomas lines herself up for the relay race. Thomas started with both of her feet on the pedals and was prepared to put that pedal to the metal to win the race.
S T RI VI N G F O R 1 S T O UT F O R A W IN
For the varsity girls team, confidence is easy coming while running the 2 mile. Senior Alisiara Hobbs, junior Kylie Phillips, and sophomore Laurel Padilla had been running their hardest this whole season to gain the first place title.
TAE G O N
While showing off her calf muscles, freshman Haley Haltom runs her way to a victory. Haltom was only in her first track season of her high school career, but she plans to continue running in later years.
LO N G S O CK S , LO N G S T R ID E
While pumping her arms, freshman Lauren McHardie runs the 2 mile. McHardie began her season only just a few months ago, but ended her freshman year on the varsity team. PHOTOS: KIRK HOCKMAN & RYAN GOOD
PERSONAL E Y E S ON T HE P R I Z E
Running as fast as she can, sophomore Shelby Butterfield focuses on getting over her next hurdle to beat her opponents. Butterfield was successful at the state meet her freshman year placing in three events and hopes for even more medals her sophomore season.
LE AP OF FAI T H
Taking it one hurdle at a time, sophomore Katelynn Thomas jumps as fast as she can to win her race. Thomas finished in third at the home meet on April 26.
OVE R T HE B A R
After starting pole vault her freshman year, senior Rylie Oshel now contends for a top spot on varsity. At the home meet on April 26, Oshel set a personal record of 9 feet in pole vault.
LO N G J UM P
Placing track on the top of her priority list, sophomore Kiana Glenn competes in the long jump. Glenn also competes in triple jump for the Thunderbirds. PHOTOS: KIRK HOCKMAN & RYAN GOOD
First 2 mile of the year: 15:46 Best 2 mile of the year: 14:02
B R I G ER M AN
First javelin throw of the year: 89ft Best javelin throw of the year: 98ft
E M I LY M E T ZGER
First 400m of the year: 1:10 Best 400m of the year: 1:08
S H E L BY B UT T ER FIEL D First long jump of the year: 17'6 Best long jump of the year: 17'11
First pole vault of the year: 8ft Best pole vault of the year: 9ft
Getting in formation, junior Ajayla Bayless does one last crossover before releasing her javelin. "I try to beat my last throw every meet," Bayless said. "The placement doesn't matter to me but my growth does."
C HARG ING UP
After getting across the ring, senior Taegon Black loads up to launch her shot put as far as she can. At the home meet on April 26, she threw 36 ft. 2 in. to place third.
LETTING IT FLY
Throwing the distance, junior Bri German gathers her strength to pelt her javelin as far as she can. German ended up breaking her record and threw 98 ft.
In the discus ring, junior Makayla Newman practices her formation during warm ups. Throwers compete in different flights, with three opportunities to complete their best throw. PHOTOS: SHALYNN LONG & RYAN GOOD
H OME TURF
Hosting two JV meets and one varsity meet, the Thunderbirds were able to compete three times at their own track this season. With the high tech timing system, all races are down to the hundredth of a second accurate. The gun goes off and triggers the computer to start the time. With tight races, a camera captures a photo finish to tell exactly who crossed the finish line first. The weather this year for the home varsity meet on April 26 was a beautiful 70 degrees, sunny, with light wind. PHOTOS: KIRK HOCKMAN, BLAKE HOLLINGSWORTH & RYAN GOOD
JAC O B M YE R S HAY D E N H E N D E R S O N
X AV IU S HU MPHR EY
F R E D DY M A IS BE R G E R
JOR DA N COLLINS
JACK A R N O L D
CA D E F O R R E S T T
First 1 mile of the year: 5:30 Best 1 mile of the year: 5:03
DAY V I O N GA R D E N H I R E First 100m of the year: 22.56 Best 100m of the year: 22.44
K E YO N D OW N I N G
First pole vault of the year: 9'6 Best pole vault of the year: 10'6
J T T E T UA N
First discus throw of the year: 115ft Best discus throw of the year: 139ft
PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD
First javelin throw of the year: 131ft Best javelin throw of the year: 142ft
BLA KE HO LLIN G S WO RT H &
F UL L E X T E N S IO N
New to Heights, sophomore Caddo Downs competes at his first varsity meet on April 26 in the shot put event.
LOA D IN G U P
First varsity meets are intimidating for everyone, but especially when you are a freshman. Matthew Etzel gears up for his first throw in the shot put after getting moved up to the varsity level.
POW ER FU L SPIN
Although his primary event is discus, junior JT Tetuan also competes in the shot put. He has been on varsity all season and his best discus throw of the year was 139 ft.
PHOTOS: KIRK HOCKMAN, BLAKE HOLLINGSWORTH & RYAN GOOD
J O LT IN G
Up in front junior, Dayvion Gardenhire does his best to stay in the lead. Gardenhire finished the race in first place.
S W ITCH IN G IT UP
Trying to overtake his opponent sophomore, Hayden Henderson pushes his hardest in his relay race. Hayden switched this year from a long distance runner to a sprinter.
H U R DLER
In the 400 meter hurdles event freshmen, JaeBreyn January leaps over another hurdle. In any hurdle event, the form of the runner plays a big role in how fast they can go.
D ISTA NCE R U NNER S
Running in the 4x800m freshmen, Alex Lehmann does his best to get a good time for his relay team. His relay team got 4th place in this race.
D E D ICAT IO N
Doing his best to keep pace junior Nolan Slusser leads the pack. Nolan has ran track the past three years and plans to run track again next year.
DUC E S
The team tries to rattle the pitcher by putting up their arms and saying duces in the traditional chant. The term is used when there are two balls, two strikes, and two outs while a fellow teammate is batting.
The team could always use some extra luck while playing, and that's exactly the point of rally caps. Folding the back end of your hat in and wearing it sideways is how they show their support for the team. PHOTOS: KAYLEE PUTTHOFF & SHALYNN LONG
FIGHTERS S H AUN GO M E Z JAD E N ZI M M E RMA N ZACK CUS H ING DAVI D S T E FFEN TYLER HILL T YCE BR OW N LO GA N BR E D E E T H A N H AUFLER A ND R E W R ANTS M A X O RTO N CAL E B BR OW N D E VO N R I CH A RDS ON JACK H OY TAL JAXO N S UL L IVA N DAW S O N D UR KES TJ SW IE T E K CH AS E CAR S ON D R E W BUCH ANA N
S T E A L IN G 3 R D
Once junior Drew Buchanan saw the pitcher release the ball, he sprinted for third. He came to an abrubt stop, making him safe during the Seaman game. PHOTOS: VALERIE ARREDONDO, RYAN GOOD, KAYLEE PUTThOFF & SHALYNN LONG
I S I AH
BAT T E R UP
Swinging away, junior Ethan Haufler tries to get a piece of the ball. This hit helped the team get on base against Lansing.
N E W BA L L GA ME
Coming off of a win, seniors Logan Brede and Tyler Hill jump with the excitement of the season starting. This celebration followed the 3-2 win against Lansing.
P L AY BA L L
Caught stealing, sophomore Chase Carson plays a classic pick off at first base while playing against Seaman. Even though it didn't result in an out, it stopped the runner from advancing.
PLAY HA R DBA LL
Coming in from third, junior Shaun Gomez does his handshake before entering into the dugout. This year's baseball team continues to work hard by cranking bats and making outs.
EYES ON THE BA LL
Waiting for the pitch, sophomore Max Orton prepares for the perfect opportunity to swing. The team ended the game with a loss of 5-3 against Seaman, their first of the season, yet never lost focus and drive.
PHOTOS: VALERIE ARREDONDO, KAYLEE PUTTHOFF & SHALYNN LONG
TEAM PLAYE R
With the season just starting, Senior, Tyce Brown high fives his fellow teammate after a good play. "It's gonna hurt playing my last game with people I've grown up with, but i'm looking forward to playing college baseball," Brown said. Next year, Brown will be playing at Xavier University. PHOTOS: VALERIE ARREDONDO
ST E P UP TO T HE
Colton Thompson, 11
E M I LY
Hunter Wohler, 10
Tanner Reed, 11
5 Andrew Rantz 8 Brayden Zirkle 11 Dominik Escobar 12 Will Schaub 15 Max Orton 16 Kaden Walsh 17 Devon Richardson 18 Tanner Reed 19 Jaden Florence 20 Chase Carson
21 Hunter Wohler 22 Caleb Brown 24 Toby Haverkamp 26 Gareth Wendt 27 Drew Buchanan 28 Jacob Becker 29 Caleb Appel 32 Eden Schimmel 33 Colton Thompson
11-4 *As of 4/26
Getting ready to throw his pitch, sophomore Caleb Appel gets into stance to get a good play in motion. Caleb says he has been working on his pitching for months prior to the season starting, claiming to want to "be better."
WA LKING OFF
As sophomore Jacob Becker walks back to the dugout, he takes time to reflect how the last innings went. The JV boys have had a great season and ended this game against Manhattan with a win.
A GOOD JOB
Waiting to give his fellow teammates a high five, junior Drew Buchanan stands in the dugout. Drew said that his team fought hard this game against De Soto.
LEA N ON ME
Coaching the JV team junior Dawson Durkes, who plays varsity, consults with junior Tanner Reed. Tanner explained that he enjoys learning from his teammates, making the advice "more real." PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD & KAYLEE PUTTHOFF
BATTER U P
Getting in swing stance, junior Tanner Reed and sophomore Brayden Zirkle get prepared to hit a dinger. The two boys have been preparing their swings for months prior to conditioning.
FA ST FEET
As sophomore Max Orton runs to third base, a look of determination rests on his face. Max exclaimed how ready he was to be back out on the field, and was excited to see what the season held for him and his team.
PITCHING U P
As they prepare to throw pitches sophomores Eden Schimmel and Max Orton get into their pitching stance. They hope to utilize the skills they have learned at practices to help them perfect their pitch.
TEA M HU DDLES
As the team discusses their game plan, many show looks of excitement, focus, and determination. They all hope and aspire to play their best every single game and make themselves and Coach Werner proud.
JOG IT OU T
As sophomore Dominik Escobar makes his way back to the dugout a look of desperation rests upon his face. The team had been tested with the game they had played, but they made it out with a hard fight to take home yet another win.
PRO B ALL
After taking team defense before the start of the game, junior Kamrin Wells high-fives her teammates. Kamrin overcame an injury to her wrist during the off season and was the starting catcher.
H YPE SEA SO N
Hyping each other, Junior Alexis Dial and sophomore Ady Burghart perform their pregame handshake. Before the start of each game, every player went through the line giving each other handshakes.
BIG H ITTERS
Turning on an inside pitch, junior Jaycee Ginter cranks the ball to right field. Jaycee not only showed her power at the plate, but on the pitching rubber as well.
STEP UP TO TH E PLATE
Awaiting the pitch, sophomore Taylor Hawkins focuses on the ball. Taylor was a back-up catcher and a designated hitter for varsity.
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES
SPOTLIGHT What is your favorite memory?
Giving coach Griffith a high-five, Senior Sydney Wellshear rounds third base after hitting a home run against Lansing. Sydney hit a total of four home runs in the double header.
"Sophomore year when Giddens gave us all hugs before the semifinal game at state, and how before every game Giddens would tell us to 'smile, relax, and have fun'."
"Junior year when Jonathan put me on KSNT for being excited about being on the news after we won regionals."
Softball Fights for a 75-0 Streak
FOR T HE ST RE AK
Shawnee Heights softball entered the season on a 50-game winning streak and back-to-back state titles. With an ultimate goal of 75-0, the team is on track by winning the first 12 games of the season. The team has felt pressure to keep the streak, with each opponent out to beat them. “Of course everyone on the team feels some pressure from being undefeated, but I think we use it as motivation because we know that every game we play we have to be our best because everyone wants to be the team that ends the streak,” senior Sydney Wellshear said. The team graduated five seniors last year, including the starting catcher and starting center-fielder, so they have had to fill some key spots. "I'd say we have struggled a little offensively. We have a few JV players that are in the lineup and they have had to step up a lot but they're doing great," junior Aniya Holt said. Even still, both pitchers returned, and four of the six infielders are seniors. The returners have stepped up to help the newcomers and
have worked hard to leave their legacy on the program. Another challenge to the team has been the change to the new league. Not only has the switch meant more traveling to away games, but also unfamiliarity with the new match ups. “I think the biggest challenge this year is the lack of hometown rivalry. We go into almost every game not knowing a single thing about our competition, and we have to be on our toes to fully assess each team in the beginning,” Wellshear said. On and off the field, the team has a strong camaraderie. Many of the players have grown up playing softball together and play together on club teams in the summer. “The best thing about playing for Heights is definitely the fact that I get to play with the girls I grew up with and my closest friends....We grew a family bond so quick,” Holt said. STORY: ABBEY FISCHER
TO UCH BA SE
After fielding the ball, sophomore Ady Burghart charges to tag the runner. Ady filled in at first for the home opener, but played outfield for the majority of the season.
H E AV Y H I TTER
In the first game of the season, junior Alexis Dial hits a stand-up double. Alexis had a batting average of .800 in the first two games, but then suffered a thumb injury which would keep her out for the majority of the season.
R IG H T O FF T H E BAT
Squaring up the pitch, junior Aniya holt hits an outside pitch to right field. Aniya was the starting third baseman and four- hole hitter.
A B B E Y FI S C HE R
"Winning state two years in a row and beating Washburn Rural 17-1 sophomore year."
"Freshman year at state against Andover when they loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs and we got out of it with no runs scored."
L EX I CO ULT ER
"At state when the coaches would take our phones for the night and we would unplug the hotel phone and give that to them."
P O S IT IV IT Y
Freshman Cara Lassman gets words of encouragement from freshman Abby Schulte after Schulte scores. Lassman and Schulte have played softball together for years in the past.
PAT I E N C E
Being one of the few left handed players on the JV team, sophomore Taylor Dekok gains an advantage to play for space. Dekok plays club softball in the summer on the team "Topeka Riot".
Helping the pitcher out, sophomore Brylee Prockish frames the pitch. This is Prockish's second season playing high school ball.
F RE S H M E AT
Freshman Hannah Droge is one of the few freshmen on the JV team. Droge found happiness in the extraordinary accomplishment.
F O CUS E D
Focused at bat, freshman Brooklyn Newberry hits a line drive, resulting in getting on first base. Newberry is known for wearing a scrunchy to every game.
P ITCH IT
Trying to find the perfect pitch to throw, sophomore Brooklyn Jordan looks down at her armband to relay the pitches her coach calls. This game was home against BasehorLinwood.
TAYLO R DE KO K The biggest challenge is the new league and not knowing how the team plays and bonding with your own team and knowing how we play.
TARYN DI AL My biggest challenge is adjusting to the pitchers.
UP TO BAT
Freshman Sydney Lang steps up to the box with hopes of hitting a dinger. Lang's bat ended with a ground ball to third base.
T IM IN G
Waiting for the perfect ball to be pitched, freshman Laura ElKoubysi hits the lower half of the ball. Doing this resulted in a pop fly towards right field.
CH E M IS T RY
B RYLE E P ROC K I S H
Making sure things don't get out of wack when games get wild.
Building on their chemistry, the freshman team huddles up to talk about their struggles. The team chose to switch out pitchers after their first pitcher was having an off day.
D I D YO U K N OW ?
Today, more than 40 million people play softball each summer, making it the number one team sport in the United States.
Being a left handed batter can be tricky, but not for sophomore Hannah Droge. Droge plays for the JV team and can not wait to someday be up to the varsity level.
R OU ND THE MOU ND
As one of the only freshman on the team, Olivia Morgan doesn't let the title discourage her. Morgan rounded the mound as her third base coach encourages her to touch home base.
LEA DING OFF
Waiting to lead off as the pitcher throws the ball, freshman Dejah Gardenhire takes one foot off the bag. Once the ball left the pitchers hand, Gardenhire stole third base.
While trying to read the pitchers hand signals to know what type of ball is coming her way, freshman Carson Brees waits for the pitch. Brees was awaiting a curve ball from her pitcher.
Freshman Nadia Emperly keeps her perfect form while waiting for the perfect pitch. Emperly always put her main focal point on bettering her team.
R EA DY Always being prepared for what comes her way, freshman KayLynn Kramer keeps her game face on. Kramer plays outfield because of her ability to throw the ball further.
With hopes of being a varsity pitcher one day, freshman Lauren Drum practices day and night. Drum has been pitching for a few years and is the freshman team's star pitcher. PHOTOS: CAYLA BORTZ
K ICK ING I T
A K NOTCH PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD
QU I C K C U T
Freshman Katie Mulligan does a quick cut against a Topeka West opponent to get her free touch away from pressure. Mulligan's skills have brought success to getting the ball to the width of the field during the games.
TU RN B AC K
Another incoming freshman was Sydnee Hadley. She brought her own set of skills to the turf with being left footed, as well as being a winger. Her quick turns and touch backs led her away from pressure unexpectedly.
P OWE R H O US E
Sophomore Kyler Bowman is a complete power house for the team playing center-mid. Bowman had the power, speed, and aggressiveness to take on any opponent who came at her when she had the ball at her feet.
A S T RON G F O OT
Freshman Bella Lejuerrne has been a main starter for the team this season. She held her spot as a forward, where she had a hard and powerful shot on goal anytime she got the chance for a look on goal.
MEET THE FRESHMEN
D OW N T H E L IN E
The varsity team welcomed four new freshmen to the field and their success for the 2019 season.
Receiving a pass and dribbling down the line, sophomore Camrie Habig hopes to get the ball to a forward. Later turning into a goal.
T H E R IG H T CR O S S
Starting forward, junior, Alie Fulks stretches to receive a cross from the opposite side of the field. This is where she had open field to dribble and later have a shot on goal.
"CO M E TO"
Often you hear a player yell "come to", when they're throwing the ball from the side lines. Freshman Katie Mulligan found herself throwing the ball in a lot while playing a winger because she was usually the closest to the ball and can get it back in the quickest.
First time member for the team junior Megan Bond finds herself cutting the ball back to get away from an opposing defender. Bond later crossed the ball to the other side of the field. PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD & SHALYNN LONG
Tatum Hoge Bella Lejuerrne Katie Mulligan Sydnee Hadley
SEASON FAST FACTS
According to April 25th, 2019
6-4-0 43 9
home games this season
T H E R IGHT TOU CH
Mickey Murphy sets up for a cross to the opposite side of the field in hopes to bring the team another goal against Topeka West. The girls finished the game winning 10-0. PHOTO: RYAN GOOD
O N E ON TWO
It isn't unfamiliar for senior Lauren Fleischer to find herself in a position where she has two to three opposite opponents marking her this season. She had been a stand out player since her freshman year, and teams had realized that.
" M A N ON"
A common term used in soccer is "man on", or "man coming", this lets the player know that she has a player coming at her defensively. This was exactly what the team told senior Fayth Boucher.
REN 12 LF AU LEI S C H ER Lauren has been a four year Varsity stand out player. She can play any position from defense to center-mid and sometimes you'll find her at the forward positions. For her senior season, she is averaging 2-3 goals a game.
12 FAYTH BOUCHE R
Fayth has been a three year Varsity player and has impacted the team by holding in the center-mid position. For her senior season, she is holding the center of the field down for offense and defense.
A NEW GOA LIE
Coming up for the stop, Jennifer Albrecht gains control of the ball. This was Albrecht first season and as goalie has only lost 5 games as of April 24th.
KICK IT U P
Getting ready to get back into the game, Ally Giron will be kicking the ball back in. Girls JV lost in a close game against Topeka High. PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD
PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD
SPOTLIGHT Jenn ifer A LBRECHT
You could usually catch Jennifer out on the cross country or on the track field but her senior year she decided to step out of her comfort zone and try something new. Jennifer took up soccer and did even the bigger job as goalie.
ALON DR A
TWO HALVES A GA ME OF
This year's JV Girls soccer team is made
up primarily of first time players. Most have not played soccer before but according to their coach, Nicole Main, they are the best working team she has had. The leadership is also a big step up in this year's team. Paige Devena and Tatum Hoge are both freshman that have played soccer for multiple years and have lead many of the first time players on the team. "I have been a leader by being encouraging and never giving up on the girls. I feel honored to be a leader and help make the girls better soccer players. I am glad I got to experience this season with these girls," Devena said. With the new league, the girls are playing teams they haven't played before. The season started rough but they picked themselves up beating Turner in a mercy rule game (10-0). As of April 26, the girls are 7-5. Besides kicking it together on the field they also like to hang together off of it. With weekly team dinners, ice cream after games, or just cheering on the varsity team, the girls have a great bond. STORY: ALONDRA RETANA PHOTOS: SHALYNN LONG & RYAN GOOD
COR NER KICK
Focused and determined Paige Devena, 9 is the only girl who is willing to do corner kicks. Corner kicks often have the rest of the team at the goal ready for the re-bound.
DOW N THE LINE
Playing right wing, Taylor Black 10, stays down the line to gain access to the ball. Black waits for teammate to get open in order to pass and shoot.
YELLOW ' S U P
Most girls woould be upset with a yellow card, not the case for senior Carson Root who got her first one against seaman. Root is available to play any position. PHOTOS: RYAN GOOD
FORIEGN SWIM M E RS
Juniors, Hector Botello and Collin Rahms both prepare for their next pull. Botello and Rahms are foreign axchange students and both swam on teams in their home countries.
STA RTING STRO N G
Swimming freestyle freshman, Shaheen Amin takes a breath so he can make it to the end. This is Amin's first year swimming and he plans to be on the swim team next year.
TAK ING LEAVE
Doing the butterfly stroke senior, Chris Berry does his best to push to the end. Berry has decided not to do swim in college next year but plans to swim for fun in his free time.
HAR D WORK
Sophomore Tatum Wiruth finishes her pull as she practices her freestyle. Wiruth works very hard at practice which runs for about two and a half hours everyday.
K I C K B OARD
During practice Junior, Abby Steffen and freshmen, Ava Jordan do a kickset. Kicksets are for the swimmers to use only their legs which helps build stamina for their races.
F RE E S T YLE
During the meet senior, Hailey Droge swims the freestyle. The freestyle is the most lenient race in swimming, as you have a lot of opportunity to swim how you want.
P IK E D IV E
Junior, Hannah Arensdorf practices her pike dive as she flips in the air with legs extended. She landed feet first in the water as she executed the dive.
STR A IGHT DIV E
Getting focused senior, Abby Finck spreads her arms in preperation for a straight dive. Finck has dived all four years of high school but says this year was hardest mentally and physically due to a lip injurry she recieved while attempting a new dive.
At every meet the lady swimmers have different events they participate in, and remembering all these events can often be a struggle. So the ladys came up with a technique to always have a list of their events with them at all times. The lady's take a sharpy marker and right out a code on their arm that tells them every event they are competing in, the heat they are in, and then the lane they are swimming in. And because each girl participates in 3-4 events the code they write on their arm helps them make sure they never miss a chance to show off their swimming skills.
MEET THE CAST
PHOTOS: CAYLA BORTZ
I S I AH
Spring play takes on events of the real world
Twenty years after the Columbine shooting, The drama department decided to take the chance of putting on a play based on the same actions. The Library is a play that takes the emotions, actions, and the insight of students after their school goes through a traumatic experience that is a school shooting. The audience was
Students spend months prepping a controversial yet heart-warming story. "The Library" deals with the after math of a school shooting more specifically the Columbine Shooting 20 years ago.
"I have never seen a group of people be so quiet for so long. Just because they where so intent and key into everything going on. While also seeing the students grow into the characters." MR . J E FF BOY E R
asked to be more silent through the performance due to it being a more sensitive topic. The play kicked off the emotions right off the bat with the sound of an EKG machine, indicating life. The play might have not had any major set changes throughout, but the concept that they wanted the audience to understand was preformed entirely. The amount of dedication displayed by the actors, especially the seniors, was unforgettable. They were able to take a difficult event and raise a conversation that was desperately needed at this point in our Nation.
N O INTER MISSION
With the show having such strong meaning, there was the decision to preform the whole 90 minute play without interruption. The brake went unmissed as it was made up with the depth of the show.
R IFE EMOTIONS
This show provided many moments of heart felt and real occurances that effect us today. The cast ended Saturday's night show with crying in disbelife of how much they have faced through the show.
STORY: ALONDRA RETANA
M O MENT OF SILENCE
During each scene change, silence provided further emotion to each character. This was done with light sounds playing in the backgrond to expand on the feelings of the audience. PHOTOS: CAYLA BORTZ
What was your favorite part of this years show and how did it stand out compared to ones in the past?
M O R GAN
P E Y TO N
The Library was my first dramatic acting role and it pushed me to my limits. This production was so much different than other ones in the past, and it showed so much raw talent from cast members.
This play was an intense drama and it focused on a topic that not a lot of people tend to talk about that much... And it dealt with different emotions that people don't really have to go through often.
Getting to know my fellow cast mates... This one definitely felt like it was a line that was crossed when it came to making light of this material that we were working with.
It was awesome to see my fellow cast members carry and perform their roles so well for such a hard topic. It was such an important play that every cast member handled with such talent.
Seeing everyone work together and see the actors progress. I think this show stood out because it was based of an actual event that has happened and could happen in the future.
Watching the actors push themselves to be more emotional and really get into their characters. It was really interesting to see them all change, and embody their characters and really get emotional with it.
S P RIN G
Seniors Get a Glimpse at Real World Realities
A requirement for the senior class is to take U.S. Government. It is possible to be enrolled with Mr. Braden Werner, Mr. Riley Propps, or Mr. Patrick Buchanan. One teacher, Mr. Buchanan has certain requirements and expectations for his senior students in the class. They are expected to do twenty hours of community service, attend field trips, and be a contributing member of society by registering to vote. Mr. Buchanan hopes to prepare seniors with the knowledge of knowing what the real world is like by teaching them about our government, current events, and the importance of being socially "I hope that the seniors taking my government class learn from the experts that there is more to life when you graduate. Also to have the moral judgement from right and wrong.'' MR . B U CH A NA N
and politically aware. Seniors had the chance to attend a speech by Mayor Michelle De La Isla, register to vote, hear from school officers, and visit the women's' prison all to get a glimpse of what the real life is like, because the real-world isn't very far for the class of 2019. STORY: EMILY LOPEZ
THE RIGHT FIT As Spring is finally arriving, the return of shorts, dresses and open toed sandals have finally arrived. Students can finally wear their favorite outfits as the weather is no longer holding them back in hoodies and sweats.
Madisyn Landry, 10
Diego Ruiz, 9
EMILY LOPEZ &
Makaila Astle, 11
Quynn Kearns, 10
Taryn Terry, 9
The spring insert for the 2019 Thunderbird yearbook is here! When printed, this will be inserted between pages 260 and 261 for a seamless tr...
Published on May 16, 2019
The spring insert for the 2019 Thunderbird yearbook is here! When printed, this will be inserted between pages 260 and 261 for a seamless tr...