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Vol. 88, Issue 9

364 Seniors graduate from SM North

May 2010


n May 18, 364 seniors walked the field at SM North’s graduation. Here’s a look at what they plan to do after high school.


INSIDE the issue

1 News 2 Opinion 3 Staff bios 4 Feature 5 College Map 6 CHECK US OUT ONLINE Cover- Photo by Nathaniel Zoschke

5 College Map 7 News 8 Feature 9 Sports 10 Sports 11 Sports 12

and be sure to comment.

PAGE 2 >>NEWS>>May 2010

Seniors plan for college A look at what seniors need to do to prepare for college {By Brandon Morrison} College is calling. Are you ready? Through all the mass chaos of prom, graduation and summer plans, did you stop to make sure that you have everything in place? Here is a quick list of the most important things you need to make sure you have before and when you hit the road to freedom. Transcripts are a top priority. They should be turned in to an admissions counselor first. “Make sure your college has your transcript,” counselor Janice Sidelnik said. “It’s to show that you have maintained your grades since you were accepted.” Senior Christian Dennis said transcripts were easy for him to handle. “I just went to the counselors’ office and paid two $2 to send my transcript,” he said. “It was really easy.” Housing is also important; it is where you are going to sleep for the next nine months. Most out-of-state colleges recommend taking advantage of the dormitories provided. Students will share a residence hall set aside for undergraduates, holding anywhere from 250 to 850 students. Dennis says he is not looking forward to living in a dorm. “It’s just that eight people have to use the same bathroom,” he said. “It’s something I will have to get used to.” Whether you are staying in town or moving across the country, college is a whole new world, and too much on your plate can lead to an overload of stress and low grades. Sidelnik stresses that you should simplify your life as much as

possible, and stay goal oriented. “Find a job near campus, and get familiar with activities around campus,” she said. “It will simplify everything.” Dennis plans on getting a job his freshman year of college. “After the football season, I will be getting a job as soon as possible,” he said. “It gives me extra money and something to do during the off-season.” Although Sidelnik said it is a good idea to just stay around campus, she stresses that students need to also stay close to family and keep in contact with friends. “Keep in contact with your parents,” she said. “Also, make sure you figure out money and have home visits.” Dennis and his family have already started planning how they are going to keep in contact. “My mom will visit me during football season, and I will go home for the weekends during the off season,” he said. So as you begin stuffing your suitcases and raiding Wal-Mart for the perfect lamp shade for your dorm room, remember to double-check all to make sure all forms are filled out and sent to the colleges admissions office. Be sure you are in communication with your parents and most importantly of all, be ready to experience the freedom. “Make sure you like your classes and know your major,” Sidelnik said. “Then you can worry about all those payments.”

Editors say their goodbyes Graduation is a new beginning, not an end

A better person thanks to North

Lessons from my experience at North

A final reflection

{By Nathaniel Zoschke} The sights and sounds at Northern Exposure intimidated me. The halls, which have become a nonchalant part of my daily routine, were part of what felt like an endless maze. Classroom after classroom, desk after desk, face after face blurred together as part of one indistinguishable, institutional blob. Unlike most of the incoming freshman, I hadn’t attended Antioch, Hocker Grove or Indian Hills. At North, my eighth grade class of 20 quickly gave way to my large, freshman class of 500 students. The protective bubble of my childhood burst open, and I was free to experiment. My experience during my first two years at North was the story of the Prodigal Son retold. School became my release from a stressful life in a single-parent home. As my dad often tells me, “Nathaniel, you went crazy.” And I did. As a consequence of my acting out, I regressed academically. Fortunately, I was able to turn myself around before it was too late. I’ve brought my grades back up, and I managed to score a 31 on the ACT the third time around. High school has been a trial and error experiment for me. It has been said that everyone should be given a chance to fail in life before they reach 40, and luckily, I’ve had my opportunity early on in high school. However, my high school experience hasn’t all been trial and error. I’ve won awards for my achievements, but most importantly, I’ve had the experience of branching out and living life as a young adult. At North, I’ve had my first glimpse of the real world. I’ve been exposed to a plethora of ideas and have met students from many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Because of this, my perspective is broader and thinking more open-minded. High school is what students choose to make of it. Students have the opportunity to slack off and get mixed in with the wrong crowd, but they also have the opportunity to become involved in school, showcase their achievements and make new friends. North is a flexible environment, one in which the student controls his or her fate. And for those who screw up in high school, opportunities still exist. College is a chance to start over, and I am among the fortunate ones who have high school mistakes to learn from. Each of the 300-some graduating seniors at North, regardless of class rank or popularity, have done something right- they’ve made it through four turbulent years and have a diploma to show. But high school is not the end; rather, it’s a jumping off point for the rest of our lives. How high we jump and how far is our own decision. Sincerely, Nathaniel Zoschke

{By Ephraim Chaney} True, it’s cliché, but time really does fly when you’re having fun. When I first accepted the proposition to be a co-editor, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After a year serving the student body, it has definitely been an eyeopening experience. I must thank my fellow co-editor, Nathaniel, and Tate for putting up with me for so long. Before this year I had no idea how hard it would be to run a student newspaper. The pleasure of being a part of the student body and the Class of 2010 made it more than worthwhile. I will miss my time spent at North. Four years ago, I dreaded the first day of school. Oddly enough, a large part of me is sad to leave the Tribe behind. Of course, I’ll never fully leave the Tribe. It has become a part of me, and helped make me who I am. The support and acceptance of teachers and friends made me feel as if I belonged. Exposure to all the different people, some good, some bad, has opened my mind to different perspectives. Only a place such as North could offer such an enriching environment. The wide range of people has taught me patience. From my time here, I’ve learned that everything takes time, especially to get the job done right. Had I not attended North, I may not have acquired that virtue. Even after four years here, I still struggle (especially when waiting for food). The spirit at North has calmed my senses, though. Spending time in marching band, cross country and track has improved my temperance. Bonding with friends and coaches, who instilled determination and commitment, has translated into all aspects of everyday life, and I’m thankful for it. Without North, I would be at a disadvantage as I prepare to begin the next chapter in my life. It will be sad to go, but North has prepared me to make an impact somewhere else. The time has come for me to go, and I do so with thanks to all those who have helped me along the way. Sincerely, Ephraim Chaney


STAFF GOOBYES Seniors on The Mission staff say their goodbyes to Shawnee Mission North.

Ephraim Chaney


University of Virginia Architecture

Favorite class:

Univ. of Missouri-KC Business administration, marketing and Spanish

Favorite teacher:

Favorite class:

Activities at North:

Favorite teacher:

AP Government Ryan Colburn


Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Pep Band, Cross Country, Track & Field, Newspaper

Becky Tate

Activities at North: Newspaper, Yearbook, NHS, Debate, Academic Decathlon, Quill & Scroll, Harmony Club, International Club

Favorite Memory:

When I went to get a textbook out of the recycling bin and ended up hiding in there and scaring two girls.

Favorite Memory:

Journalism trip to Dallas.

Favorite Quote:

Favorite Quote:

“Nathaniel! Filter!” -Becky Tate

“You’re such a wonderful child.” -Jim Coate

Copy Editor

Brittany Williams Missouri State University Psychology or Nursing, Minor in Journalism


Favorite class: Psychology AP

Cartoonist Kelsey Larson Johnson County CC Nursing

Favorite teacher:

Favorite class:

Activities at North:

Favorite teacher:

Steven R. Fluty

Newspaper, A.R.T., Club 121, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Sound Crew Head in Theater

Favorite Memory: Owning everyone in verbal altercations

Favorite Quote:

“There are realms of life where the concepts of sense and nonsense do not apply” - Anonymous

Kerenza Singletary

Nathaniel Zoschke

Favorite class:

American Government

Ericka Backs

Newspaper, Key Club, Soccer

Favorite Quote:

Being stabbed with a pencil freshman year.

Teachers Education with Kevin, Ryan and Kim. “Where’s Canada?” -Aimee Busch

Hayley Zahnter

Favorite Quote:

“With that being said.” -Kathy Taylor

Johnson County CC Photography

Favorite class:

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Ned Scott

Activities at North:

Combo Club, Rep Theater, Journalism and more

Favorite Memory:

Being combo club manager for four years.

Favorite Quote:

Favorite Memory: Favorite Quote:

“I can’t read your mind, but I can kick your ***.” -Kick***


Favorite teacher:

Favorite Memory:

Sherill Barkman

Activities at North:

Newspaper, procrastination

Activities at North:

Well... If I could remember anything...


Favorite teacher:

Favorite Memory:

Rep Theater, Photojournalism

Volleyball, Basketball, Newspaper, Track, International Club, Harmony Club, Student Council, Forensics

Favorite class:

Activities at North:

Favorite teacher: Steve Collins

University of Kansas Economics



Fort Scott CC Criminal Justice

Malcolm Shanks

“You practically live here.” -Ericka Backs

the BIG

Artbabies >>AP art students share their work Melissa Arroyo

Kathie Rupert “Everyone critiques and encourages you to make your art pieces better.”

The affect AP Art had on your life: It has challenged me to do better things and work harder on my art work.

Tell others:

AP Art is a really fun class. You have to work really hard throughout the class and you have to learn to challenge yourself to be better.

Cosette Wilson “AP Art is a class that art is no longer a hobby. It becomes a serious commitment that can open doors for you after high school.”

“AP Art has shown me to appreciate all aspects of art.”

Favorite Teacher:

Favorite Teacher:

All the teachers have been influencial, but Jones really helped me see art at a whole different level.

My favorite teachers are Thompson and Jones because they’re always sweet and they showed me the basics of art.

What have you gained?

I gained a lot. I met new people, I learned that art is something that I want to do in the future, and I was offered a lot of opportunities to show my artwork, get scholarships and make myself present in today’s art world.

Tell others:

There are actual assignments that you need to do and try to have an open mind during this class.

Melanie Arroyo

Amanda Turnbull “I’ve made great friends in AP Art. We are like one big family in going through the same struggles.”

What do you like about AP Art? “AP Art gave me a better understanding and a greater appreciation of art.”

What is AP art?

AP Art allows you to give yourself your own assignments and deadlines.

Favorite Teacher:

I like the freedom we have to do whatever makes you happy.

Tell others:

Take Art Seminar your junior year to see if you really want to take the class. It’s a huge commitment, so don’t waste your time.

Jones– she taught me how to see art correctly and she pushed me to draw more from life.

PAGE 5 >>FEATURE>>May 2010



Johnson County Community College

Melissa Arroyo Shadan Abdulateef Shagan Abdulateef Nora Anzawi Jason Atkins Tiara Benson Marie Bizal Gretchen Bohnert Patrick Bowman Shannon Brennan Elizabeth Bryan Andrea Budd Danielle Butenas Amy Carlisle Elva Coronado Tania Coronado Jeremiah Craighead Alyssa Crane Kendra Cruz Peter Davis Karla De La Cruz Dylan Dinino Lin Doung Ryan Finazzo Connor Foster Tera Frye James Gertis Matthew Gilbert Aaron Gomez Megan Gravenstein Terry Grimes II Ashlea Griswold Jakob Harmon Chrstian HerrmannNord

Andrew Hill Adam Holmes Brooke Horton Tessa J. Huffman Tessa N. Huffman Thomas Hughes Miles Hunter Britta Hydeman Rebecca Johnson Brittney Jones Hayley Kidd Nicholas King Emily Kinsey Kaitlyn Klaproth James Krehemker Jeanette Lara Kelsey Larson Morgan Ledgerwood Bruna Louis Cecilia Lozano Samantha Mallory Fanta Marah Mary Martin Jessica Maurer William McDermott Michael McGraw Monee McKinney Caleb Merrell Amanda Muir Summer Oliver Derrick Plowman Ryan Porter Alexandra Powell Lydia Reynolds Ashley Richards

Miguel Rodriguez Dayna Rucker Brianna Russell Jacob Ryan Alexzandria Sale John Sanders Afeera Sarfraz Mariah Sauceda Ericka Schweder Kaila Sheldon Mark Skryagin Paul Skryagin Mallory Smith MaryPat Specht Krista Swigert Jacqueline Tajin Carlos Tejeda Sarah Tremonti Ana Tripodi Amy Turley Rosa Valazquez Brandon Vandor Natasha Walker Megan Walsh Madylene Wheeler Steven Whitham Tony Williams Jr. Cosette Wilson Danielle Woodring Samson Yenew Hayley Zahnter Eleanor Zuschek


Creighton Univ. Jennifer Farnan


Coe College Courtney Worthington

Grinnel College Jessica McMillen Northwestern College

Univ.of Oklahoma


Univ. Tulsa

Erin A Aman

Megan Webb Bethany Krzensinski



Samuel Mahr Kalen Peterson

St. L




Graceland Univ. Thomas Krahl

Elizab Allison

Justin French

Coty Borst



Marissa Edgar


OK Baptist Univ.

Art Institute-KC Midamerican Nazarene



Andre Sama



Skylar Clingan

Jake Dejarnette

Andrew Jones

Brittany Williams

Aaron Patterson

Hayley Knappen

Bacone College Oklahoma State Univ.

Miche Brad E Ambe Lori R

Park Univ.

A look at the senior class’ postgraduation plans

Fort scott Community College

Dallas Buck Brandon Currie William Lohmeyer

Kevin Park Arthur Rucker Jr. Karenza Singletary

Devonte Wash Jodi Young

KANSAS CITY, KAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Brennan Pittman Lauren Preator Jason Schalk

FORT HAYS CC Ryan Daniels

DEVRY UNIV. Jacob Bohrn Anthony Zawada


Maite Urena Kelsey Wiggins Colton Bumstead

COFFEYVILLE CC Christian Dennis

BROWN MACKIE Brianna Newman

Angel Cervantes Spencer Coty Cally Cowan

BUTLER CC Abi Schnetzler

PAUL MITCHELL Brianna Higgins


Ben Belshe

Miriam Aguilar


Art Institute Internat’l

Richard Rollins Maria Romero Lauren Bryant Lucas Dow

Kayla Eagles Ryan Riley

PAGE 6 >>COLLEGE MAP>>May 2010

WEST: Wyoming:

Wyoming Tech Rocky Orozco Jr.


Univ. California State William Calkins




Ivona Anderson

Ephraim Chaney

Navarro College


Univ. Arkansas Elaina Blando Jenna Vogel


Louisiana State U. Jack Wallace


Savannah College of Art and Design Elliott Huchinson

Univ. Virginia

Tennessee: Memphis College Katherine Rupert

N. Carolina: Johnson and Wales

Kaitlin Hager

n Valley CC

a Franska


KANSAS (cont’d):

Zachary Sanders Mia Smith Nathaniel Zoschke

University of Kansas Hillary Batliner Kevin Boggs II Elizabeth Braden Taylor Brown Edgar Damian Jordan Davis Thomas Dunn Chelsea Fredrick Latoya Garrett Nathan Heim Seth Hydeman Jessica King Lauren Lawson

Ozark Tech College

Armstrong nda Turbull

David Huffman

Louis Univ. Fleming

thwest Baptist

beth Clark n Gomer


Il Institute Tech Bram Pruitt


man State

ua Reinhardt

v of Central MO

ew Boyce antha Wilkes

Daniel Johnson

Loyola Univ Chicago Ryan Harvey

Gustavus- Adolphouse Josef Haas


elle Counts Eker er Harrington Reierson


Kimberly Luhr Sheeba Mathew Caitlin Mordan Sarah O’Malley Matthew Ransopher Abigail Row Malcolm Shanks Jacqueline Stevens Casyopiea Tomlin Alejandro Velez Dean Voelker Jordan Warren Rachael Yearsley

Julie Kirby

Meghan Anderson Kristopher Bilyeu Bonnie Bowman Rachel Bryant Aimee Busch Emily Carter Jessica Conwell Joshua Culver Elizabeth Davidson Omar De La Rosa

Kara Cornwell Sean Foster

Emporia State Univ. Christopher Biswell Molly Cady Benjamin Hilleary Hannah Lubis Halyn Massey Dylan Meeker

University of St.Mary’s


Ohio State


Marilyn Diemer Sean Dreweatt Brenna Ford Kimberly Hoedl Zachary Jenks Brianna Kulas Charnai Mallory Kyle Needham Matthew Stafford Zachary Watkins

Melanie Arroyo


Shenequa Terry


Cory Hamilton Connor Lutz



EAST: New York:

Fordham Univ. Marvi Memon

Washington D.C. George Washington Jacob Sena

Alexandra Allen Alyssia Barajas Kayla Bergman Vanessa Bressem Kathleen Brough Christopher Denmark Nathaniel Ely James Faught- Helm Ronikka Floyd Alec Fuhrman Steven Garcia II Ana Gomez Francisco H enriquez Christopher Hill Thomas Kennamer Daniel Morlan Evan Morris Krista Murnan Matthew Oropeza Jalene Powell- Green Jacob Reyes Nicole Sanchez Westley Theel

Quinton Alderson Brittany Atkerson Matthew Carlyon Daniel Chritton Kara Griffin Valaria Guzman Landon Harris Steven Hawkins Joshua Hoffman Sergio Loeza- Espinoza Miles Losure-Huntley Patrick Luther Elizabeth Nieto William Ogden-Campbell Cullen Silva Djourdan Stevens Micheal White

UNIV. OF SWEDEN Oscar Klamer

Returning to Germany

UNDECIDED Cynthia Allen Alma Almaraz Carissa Alvarez Elizabeth Austin Kourtney Berry Zane Briggs Katrina Brink Johnathan Brown Joshua Bullock Connor Burns Micah Burns Sean Childs Bridget Coke Megan Creek Micheal Dirks Amy Flores Alexandra Gallardo Hector Gallardo Alexander George Sara Goode Bethany Harris Mitchell Hartman Hannah Heim Adrianna Hernandez

Brittany Hershberger Alexanderia Hicks Ashley Hopkins Kevin Hurt Morgan Hurt Leah Iniguez Travis Jewell Austin Ketzner Courtney Kurtzman Logan Lambert Matthew Lemon Derian Lockett Ashley Lujan Corbin Luther Melody Manan Anna Mansaw Jael Martinez Nicolas Martinez Jr. William Maynard Lashanna McDonald Susana Medina Munoz Michelle Moll

Jose Mota Juani Murillo Joshua Neumer Justin Noel Joseph Nugent Kevin Peeler De Juan Ponds Sara Portuguez Cody Pulliam Jeremy Raines Chester Rodriguez Dominique Rodriguez Jeimy Rosales Sydney Rowlands Larissa Shoate Brittney Underwood Victoria Vanbebber Carlos Vargas Zachary Walker Christopher Watkins Jr. Reginald Wood

Songran Shi

PAGE 7 >>COLLEGE MAP>>May 2010


Survival Guide

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

{By Brittany William}

Advice that all college-bound seniors should take seriously

DO NOT ROOM WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND(S) It’s very likely that the two (or three) of you will not only become involved in different activities, but the likelihood of getting sick of each other’s living habits is extremely probable.

KNOW WHERE BUILDINGS ARE LOCATED ON CAMPUS Always do a campus walk-through. Be sure you’re aware of where the cafeteria, student union, health center, and the buildings where your classes are located are. Some campuses can be spread-out, so it’s important to gather your bearings.

MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY Give yourself enough time to unwind. Scheduling classes back-to-back makes studying for each subject more difficult. Remind yourself that studying should come before play- but relaxation is equally important. Getting burnt out the first semester could happen if time management fails.

BUDGET YOUR INCOME Most teachers and parents recommend that students do not work through their freshman year of college. This generally means that students will be living on a fixed income. Beware of splurging on clothes and other “wants”, but instead save up for “musts” like toiletries, good food and gas.

MIND YOUR EATING HABITS The typical college meal brings to mind Ramen Noodles and cereal, and students wonder why they gain the Freshman 15. Note that almost all cafeterias have salad bars or healthier options. Ask about the food available before signing up for a meal plan.

TRY NOT TO SKIP CLASSES After skipping just one class, it makes it easier to skip again and again and again. Professors are not as understanding as high school teachers with absences, and with such few class-work assignments the majority of college grades rest on tests and finals. Go to class so you can ask questions if needed, and be more prepared for tests.

GET INVOLVED WITH SOMETHING Whether it be quidditch or campus council, getting involved opens many doors. Finding a niche creates opportunities to make friends with same interests, and also helps fill down time.

BEWARE OF THE “PARTY” LIFESTYLE Although drinking has become part of the “college experience”, the environment can still be unsafe. Underage drinking can lead to loss of drivers’ license and expulsion from the university. Be sure to attend parties in numbers, and don’t let anyone mix a drink for you. If you are 21 or older, remember to try and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum- alcohol and high grades do not mix well.

REACH OUT TO OTHERS You never know who you might meet in college. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to new people- everyone else is probably just as nervous being away from home as you.

FINALLY- REMEMBER, COLLEGE ISN’T THE 13th GRADE Professors aren’t concerned about your grades or why they’re failing. With college comes more freedom and responsibility for yourself. Although it may be a little nerve-racking, you’re on your own for the most part. And by following these tips, you can make your college career a successful one.

PAGE 8 >>NEWS>>May 2010

Drama Seniors Sean Foster Julie Kirby Amber Harrington Brittany Williams Josh Reinhart Beth Bowman Danielle Woodring Ben Hilleary Zane Briggs Ryan Harvey Cassie Tomlin Jesse King Jake Ryan Molly Cady

Jessy McMillen Jenna Vogel Marilyn Diemer Zach Watkins Amy Carlisle Jeremiah Craighead Alex Sale Jalene Powell-Green Jessica Crabtree Brianna Newman Meg Anderson Jason Atkins

Above seniors have been recognized as having a crew head position or lead in the 20092010 school year

Senior Julie Kirby, playing the role of Joanne in RENT, calls her girlfriend Maureen ( junior Amy Hastings) to discuss her upcoming show. Photo by Tucker Love

Left to Right: junior Val Kutcho, senior Jesse King, sophomore Elizabeth Nickolette, senior Alex Sale and junior Sam Meyers play a warm-up game during Children of Eden rehearsal. Photo by Tucker Love

Senior thespians reflect on experiences, receive scholarships {By Brittany Williams} This past year in the drama department has been hectic. With more than 10 productions, seniors involved have been kept busy throughout all seasons. Senior Jessy McMillen recalls the past 4 years of her high school career, most of which have been spent in the theatre department. “After I got involved [my freshman year] on props crew with ‘Hair’, I was hooked,” McMillen said. Senior Amber Harrington has also been extremely involved, but made the switch from technical work to student directing and even being a lead in the main stage production of “Inspecting Carol.” “I had no idea how much work student-directing would be,” Harrington said. “But it was so awesome to see everything come together; I think we all had a great time working together.” At the 70th Annual Thespian Banquet May 1, five seniors were chosen for specific scholarships based on Thespian-point value over the course of all four years. The Johnson Technical- Theatre scholarships were awarded to McMillen and senior Molly Cady, both of whom put in more than 1,000 hours of work behind the scenes. “I knew I’d done a ton of work in the theater department,” Cady said. “But to be acknowledged for it with a scholarship was more than I expected.” The Cochran Acting scholarship is also given out each year at the Thespian Banquet. The two candidates chosen this year were seniors Julie Kirby and Danielle Woodring. Kirby and Woodring have spent their time being cho-

rus members and leads on stage. “I remember first hearing about the Cochran,” Kirby said. “And I immediately knew that I wanted to get it my senior year; it’s what I’ve been working for this whole time.” For Woodring, the scholarship was a complete surprise. “I had no idea I would be the other person to get it,” Woodring said. “It was a total shock, but I couldn’t be happier.” The most prominent and last scholarship awarded is the Margaret-McClatchey. The recipient of the Margaret-McClatchey exemplifies versatility throughout his or her career in the drama department, along with a substantial amount of time dedicated to theater. Senior Bonnie Bowman was this year’s award-winner. “I’ve put in a lot of time here, so I was sort-of hoping I’d get the McClatchey,” Bowman said. “When my name was actually announced, I couldn’t believe it at first.” Near the end of Thespian Banquet, next years’ productions were presented. With much excitement drama teachers Mollie McNally, Maureen Davis and Ben Bartlett announced what each of them would be directing in the year to come. From emotional lyrics in RENT to creating a stage break in Inspecting Carol, this year has been a great ending for the seniors’ high school theatre careers. “Even though the drama department has been stressful at times, I don’t regret getting involved at all,” senior Jesse King said. “I’ve gotten involved and had great experiences because I did.” The past four years have been ones etched into McMillen’s memory forever. The drama department has been more than just something to do after school. “The [theater] department has been my second home,” McMillen said. “I’ve met all my best friends here… I’m going to miss it so much.”

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SENIOR ATHLETES say goodbye to SM North {By Lindsay Hinkle, Malcolm Shanks and Hayley Zahnter}

Brittney Underwood golf

Salmon is the new khaki The principal’s salmon pants have become a symbol of peace {By Brittany Williams} Mr. Kramer, this one’s for you. Your salmon pants have been revered schoolwide. They have had their own sketch comedies written about them, announcements made, and so much more. But this will be the first-ever column dedicated to those salmon-pants in the history of The Mission. It’s gotten to the point now that we’re all old enough to remember the trends of the 90’s: chunky shoes, overalls, greasy hair, knee-high socks and colorful denim. Amidst all the kooky patterns and bold colors, I cannot seem to recall salmon pants. When Mr. Kramer came to us in the fall of 2007, he brought with him a cheery disposition, the concept of 212 degrees, and of course- his salmon pants. In the hallways of such a large high school, many unique fashion statements have been made. I’ve seen girls showing off belly button rings, boys holding the crotch of their pants (they must really have to pee), and hair colors ranging from a deep ultra-violet to hot pink. Never have I ever seen anybody aside from Mr. Kramer with the ability to pull off such fishy pants. I salute you, Mr. Kramer. We need more salmon pants in the world. Think about it: Mr. Kramer wears salmon pants. Mr. Kramer knows everyone’s name (he’s even called me B-Dub), and is always happy and amiable. Therefore, salmon pants have the power to create world peace! We should have a Salmon Pants Day here at North, not only to show our appreciation for our principal, but also to promote world peace. Who doesn’t want world peace? Bringing salmon pants into the spotlight is certainly one way of doing it. Kramer, you da man. A sneaky, ninja man.

PAGE 10 >>SPORTS>>May 2010

>>Played golf at North for 1 year Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was the tournament at Tomahawk Dillon.” Biggest Rival: “Our team’s biggest rival is SM Northwest.” What to know about golf:“I want everyone to know that it’s not a boring sport.”

Sam Wilkes girls soccer

>>Played soccer at North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory is winning against Leavenworth on my senior night.” Biggest Rival: “Our team’s biggest rival is SM West.” What to know about soccer: “I want everyone to know if you try hard, it is really fun.”

Maitie Urena softball

>>Played softball at North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was getting hit in the face with a ball, cracking my elbow and winning games with my team.” Biggest Rival: “SM Northwest is our biggest rival.” What to know about softball:“People may think it’s easy, but it’s more work than you think and on top of that, it is fun.”

Amy Carlisle volleyball

>>Played volleyball at North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was making friends and meeting new people.” Biggest Rival: “SM Northwest is our biggest rival.” What to know about volleyball: “It’s more than just girls in short shorts, it’s an intense game.”

Senior athletes, cont’d Michelle Counts

girls basketball

>>played basketball at North for three years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory would be when Dennis called Lindsay Ryan to sub and she tripped over Dennis’s feet.” Biggest Rival: “Our rival would be SM East or SM West.” What to know about basketball: “I would like everyone to know that defeat is not a loss - it’s time to get better.”

Erin Armstrong girls swim/dive

>>swam at North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory would be Rinizzy’s ‘I’m on a Boat.’” Biggest Rival: “My biggest rival would be SM West.” What to know about swimming:“I would like everyone to know that swim/dive is really fun and they should try it.”

Luke Calkins boys swim/dive

>>Diver for North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory of diving at North would be taking second at state.” Biggest Rival: “My biggest rival would have to be Clark Thomas from Olathe Northwest, which is who I went up against at during state.” What to know about swimming:“I would like everyone to know that it is harder than you think.”

Sean Dreweatt

boys tennis

>>Played tennis at North for three years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was a tie between coming back to beat SM Northwest at League and then going on to get 3rd, and going to support Kevin Moore at state sophomore year.” Biggest Rival: “My biggest rivals are SM East and SM Northwest.” What to know about tennis:“I wish everyone knew how fun and laid back it is.”

Jeremiah Craighead cross country

>>Ran for North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory were the trips to Joplin, Mo. They were a lot of fun.” What to know about cross country: “I wish everyone knew that Cross Country is just a big family, we really hang out with each other and we’re all good friends.”

Andrew Jones wrestling

>>Wrestled at North for two and a half years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was winning my third league title for coach.” Biggest Rival: “My biggest rival is Tanner Johnson.” What to know about wrestling:“I wish everyone knew how hard wrestling is.”

Cory Hamilton track & field

>>Vaulted for North for four years. Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was looking up to the older polevaulters and wishing I could jump that high.” Biggest Rival: “My biggest rival is Tanner Johnson.” What to know about track: “I wish everyone knew how fun track and field is.”

Jessica Conwell girls tennis

>>Played tennis at North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory were the day tournaments because all of us girls bonded, and we ended up winning medals.” Biggest Rival: “SM East, especially Mimi, is my biggest competition. What to know about tennis:“I wish everyone knew how fun tennis is.”

PAGE 11 >>SPORTS>>May 2010

Senior athletes, cont’d Will Maynard


>>Played baseball at North for three years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory would be when North won the regional game sophomore year.” Biggest Rival: “Our biggest rival would be Olathe East.” What to know about baseball: “I would like everyone to know that as a team we work hard every day and we’re a good team.”

Arthur Rucker boys basketball

>>Played basketball at North for four years Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory would be practicing at Valley Center my freshman year.” Biggest Rival: “Our team’s biggest rival is SM Northwest and SM East.” What to know about basketball:“I would like everyone to know how hard the team actually practiced and that we had more potential than we showed.”

Luke Lohmeyer football

>>Played football at North for four years Favorite Memory: “Winning the Homecoming game and enjoying the feeling with the team last year.” Biggest Rival: “I would say our biggest rival is any SMSD high school. What to know about football: “I would like everyone to know football is not a joke and we work harder than most people.”

Adam Holmes bowling

>>Bowled at North for 1 year Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory was bowling a 205 at state.” Biggest Rival: “SM Northwest was our biggest rival because they beat us all year. But when it meant most at regionals, we pulled off a win.” What to know about bowling: “I want everyone to know that bowling is fun and really exciting.

PAGE 12 >>SPORTS>>May 2010

A “North”ern


Eight seniors receive sports scholarships from Fort Scott Community College

{By Kerenza Singletary} Fort Scott, Kan., is bracing for a stampede. Next fall, the small, sleepy Kansas town of 8,000 will be invaded by their neighbors from the north – SM North, that is. Seven Indians signed to play for the Fort Scott Community College Football program. Seniors Will Maynard, Arthur Rucker, Luke Lohmeyer, Kevin Park, Dallas Buck and Devonte Wash are going to be part of the process of the Greyhounds reloading their team since they have a strong group of sophomores graduating. Each player will all bring something positive to the field according to Head Assistant Coach Rico Cherico for the Greyhounds. “Rucker, Currie, Buck, Lohmeyer, Wash and Maynard all bring speed,” Cherico said. “They could see playing time on special teams and secondary positions.” Park doesn’t have the speed that his teammates have, but he uses his size to his advantage. “One thing that Park has that is uncoachable is his size,” Cherico said. “We can coach speed but we can’t coach someone to be 320 pounds.” Cherico said that Park will have to earn his playing time and possible starting position. “We lost the majority of our offensive line due to graduation, so, Park has to compete and work hard against other freshman for a starting position.” The decision to choose to be a Greyhound wasn’t difficult for Lohmeyer. “They have a winning program and I feel like Fort Scott is the best fit for me because of the style of defense they play,” Lohmeyer said. Wash loves the fact that six of his high school teammates are also going to join him in playing for the Greyhounds. “We already know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Wash said. “It’ll be easier to transition from high school to college actually knowing people there.” Becoming an immediate force on the squad is important to Rucker. “Hopefully I will be an impact player next year and be able to work at a starting spot,” Rucker said. “Or be top two in the depth chart and be looked at to make plays.” Seniors Kerenza Singletary and Jodi Young will also be attending Fort Scott on basketball scholarships.

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