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express Smoky Hill High School Volume 34• Issue 3•March 2, 2012

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Make-a-Wish child Elijah receives gifts from the Smoky Hill community during the Winter Pep Assembly.


EXPRESS CONTENTS

NEWS SOPA/PIPA 4 The House of Representatives and Senate decide to put a hold on laws that would control internet piracy

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Senior Tyler Sparacio still considers Pennsylvania State for college despite the recent scandals

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SAM LUTHER 6-7 Smoky Hill honors senior by hosting a volleyball match to raise money for breast cancer and animals

OPINIONS SOCIAL NETWORKING 10 Be careful what you put up on your Facebook and Twitter: it can affect your life outside the internet

TEXTBOOKS ON iPAD 12 Editor Alex Sorrell weighs the pros and cons of old-school textbooks and the new textbooks on the iPad

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Winter Spirit Week

NEHS TRIVIA BOWL 14 Reporter Lina Csillag investigates what facial structure and body shapes make a person attractive

MR. SMOKY HILL 15 Learn how to put on makeup and what brands to use to get the best results on your face

WINTER PEP ASSEMBLY 16

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Uggs and sweats, suits and sneakers, editor Alex Sorrell talks about what fashion trends really tick him off

SPORTS MEET JAYDE 18

Sophomore Jayde Moore speaks about why she started boxing and how it has helped her beyond the ring

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BOYS BASKETBALL 19 Meet the Johnson brothers: Gregory and Colby, and learn about their lives on and off the court

GIRLS SWIMMING 21 Seniors Kelse Johnson and Julie Woodworth speak about being leaders on the team and their friendship


A Message from the Express Staff As a high school newspaper, our mission is to inform and entertain our audience on issues of importance to the community. This audience includes students, faculty, parents, and the local community. We also want to be the voice of Smoky Hill High School by being a public forum for the community to share their thoughts. It is also important to note that the Express also serves as a learning tool for aspiring journalists. Through newspaper class, students learn how

to write journalisticallysound articles, how to tell a story through photojournalism, and how to layout and design a successful paper. During first semester, we lost sight of our mission. One of the main critiques we received as a paper in the 2010-2011 school year was that our paper was dry; it was informative, but the way we presented topics was not interesting to our readers. In order to solve that problem, we tried to be more dynamic and creative with our content. However, our plan was

executed poorly. Our actions have offended people, and for that the Express apologizes. We are working hard second semester to improve our newspaper. The editorial staff, who makes decisions for the paper, wanted to start afresh. We decided to change our design to represent our comeback. This semester, the Express staff is working hard to stay close to the mission: to inform and entertain our audience through sound journalistic writing. As always, the Express

welcomes your input through letters to the editor. Our policy for letters to the editor is in the editorials section on page 11. We also invite students interested in journalism to join the staff. Our class period is 4R, and we meet after school on Wednesdays. On behalf of the staff, I hope you enjoy the third issue of the Express. Hannah Kim, Editor-inChief

Errors and Omissions In the November 2011 issue, senior Danny Lee was reported as a street racer, when in actuality he is not. The Express regrets the error. In Issue Three, we have changed our feature to be a miniature magazine all of its own, named EX Magazine. This issue’s theme is the Winter Spirit Week. In this issue, we cover the spirit of Smoky Hill by creating a photo essay of the week, from the students dressed up to the theme days to the pep assembly. The money raised during this week will all be going to the Make a Wish Foundation for Elijah, who wishes to go to Hawaii.

Staff List Editor-in-Chief

Sports Editor Keltie Robbins

Hannah Kim

Design Chief

News Editor

Reporters

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Editorials Editor Alex Sorrell

Lifestyle Editor Nikki Martinez

EX Mag Editors Nikki Martinez

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Kyle Moffitt Bailey Neel Lina Csillag Indigo Ponce Zimiri Green A.J. Lising Megan Halleman DuShawn Al Amin

SmokyHill Spirit Week

The Smoky Hill Express is an open forum for free expression by the Smoky Hill High School community. The Express is a student-run publication produced in the state of Colorado, and is therefore not subject to prior review except by its own staff. All final design, reporting, and content decisions are the responsibility of

the student journalists of Smoky Hill High School under their adviser. The views articulated in The Express do not necessarily represent the views of the entire staff, Smoky Hill High School, or Cherry Creek School District.

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EXPRESS NEWS

SOPA/PIPA protests stop bills from passing Internet users and companies banded together to protest against the House of Representatives and the Senate’s bills against online piracy “Someone should have told me Wikipedia was going to blackout... I would have done my homework earlier!” tweets one disgruntled Twitter user. Across the nation, Internet users tried to get on their favorite websites, only to find them blacked out. Over 7,000 websites, including online encyclopedia Wikipedia and publishing platform WordPress, went dark Jan. 18 in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) which were introduced into the House of Representatives and Senate respectively. S O PA and P I PA were created to protect copyrighted material on the Internet by allowing copyright holders to seek court orders against the websites. This can result in search engines not being allowed to link to the websites, barring online businesses from working with the websites, and Internet service providers blocking the site.

However, many webbased companies have protested against the bills, stating that while they had good intentions, the bills were going about it the wrong way. “Fighting online piracy is important. We are investing a lot of time and money into that fight,” Google stated in an e-mail. “Because we think there’s a good way forward that doesn’t cause collateral damage to the web, we’re joining Wikipedia, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Mozilla and other Internet companies in speaking out against SOPA and PIPA.” Although SOPA and PIPA put an emphasis on protecting copyrighted material from foreign websites that are not currently under the United States’ jurisdiction, freshman Rahul Hosalli sees it differently. “I believe it’s hypocrisy on the part of American lawmakers. They have said time and time again that Iran and China and many other countries should stop

censoring the Internet from its citizens,” Hosalli said. “This takes away people’s rights and it harms the basic structures of the Internet and in the end it’s going to harm America’s economy as well.” According to McKinsey & Company’s report by James Manyika and Charles Roxburgh, “the Internet’s total contribution to global gross domestic product(GDP) is bigger than the GDP of Spain or Canada, and it is growing faster than the GDP of Brazil.” The report continues and states that for every job destroyed by the Internet, 2.6 jobs were created in its stead. “Thousands of jobs are based on the Internet,” Hosalli said. “With this legislation, you’re really taking away some people’s livelihoods within a matter of minutes.” Senior Jared Flynn notes a different aspect of what SOPA and PIPA could bring. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year

2012 was signed on Dec. 31, 2011, by President Barack Obama. This act contains Section 1021, which states that terrorist suspects can be detained for indefinite amounts of time without a fair trial. “A lot of people in foreign nations are saying that [SOPA/PIPA] could become the ‘Great Firewall of America’ which is similar to the ‘Great Firewall of China’ where it blocks out most information,” Flynn said. “Pairing the NDAA with SOPA, I see it as maybe initial steps toward the United States going toward a police state.” Update: Jan. 20, 2012 Both SOPA and PIPA have been postponed due to the Internet blackouts and the protests held in the streets of American cities like New York and San Francisco. SOPA will be rewritten due to the protests while PIPA will be postponed indefinitely.

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Penn State Timeline 1969: Jerry Sandusky starts as assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University 1998: Investigations begin. Sandusky released from court without criminal charges. 1999: Sandusky retires from Penn State 2008: Investigation begins as more sexual assualt charges are brought against Sandusky 2011: Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail for 40 criminal counts 2011: Penn State president Graham Spanier, head football coach Joe Paterno are ousted from the school 2012: Paterno passes away Jan. 23

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Scandal affects prospective students

Senior applying to Pennsylvania State University still holds interest in wake of recent scandal with football coach On November 22, senior Tyler Sparacio received a letter from Penn State University. Applying only a few weeks before, he had assumed it was a letter of acceptance. Instead, it was a letter requesting that he keep interest in attending the school. Sparacio quickly became aware of the purpose of the letter, after seeing Penn State in the news. Former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry S a n d u s k y, was arrested for multiple accounts of underage sexual assault. An investigation had been active since the spring of 2008 after a victim’s mother filed a report to the police.

Four days after the arrest of Sandusky, Penn State’s board of trustees forced the university’s president Graham Spanier to resign and fired longtime head coach Joe Paterno for failing to report known illegal activities committed by Sandusky. “I’ve come to know Penn State’s program as a successful one; one with credibility.” Smoky Hill head football coach John Thompson said. He has been following the issue since it’s media break in November. “As a teacher and a coach, we have a moral authority. It’s disappointing to see someone in that position [take advantage of

youth].” In wake of all of this, Sparacio still seems confident in the school. “I still hold the same opinion of its higherlevel educational system,” Sparacio said. “The individual actions performed by staff members shouldn’t affect the school’s integrity as a whole.” Sparacio applied to Penn State with an interest in its theatre program. Wanting to be involved with that department, he decided that the scandal doesn’t affect his interest. “Hopefully now it’s heading in the right direction” Sparacio said. Update Jan. 24: Joe

Paterno passed Jan. 23 due to complications from cancer and injuries in his legs. Friends, family, and former players of the coach paid their dues to his memorial statue located on the Penn State campus. On Jan. 26, there was a public memorial for coach Paterno, which was aired live on an episode of “Outside The Lines” on ESPN. Sparacio is still awaiting acceptance to Penn State. He is currently preparing for his audition into the theatre program on Feb. 8.

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Quiet settled over the gym. The crowd, standing side by side, bowed their heads in respect. A moment of silence was being held for senior Samantha Luther. As Activities Director Scott Cohen expressed his thanks, the crowd cheered, and the commemorative volleyball match between members of the football and volleyball teams was underway. On Dec. 30, 2011, while driving in El Paso County, northwest of Peyton, Colorado, Luther was involved in a high speed, head on crash. Police troopers report that she died instantly on the scene. “I received a phone call from [guidance counselor Michelle] Kleve telling me what happened,” science teacher Debbie Sengsavath said. “I didn’t register that she was talking about one of my students, but as we continued to talk, it hit me, and I was like ‘Oh my gosh’, and I knew.” Getting past the sudden loss has been difficult for Sengsavath, who had Luther in her AP Environmental Studies class. “I come into class, and I haven’t taken her off of my seating chart, and to see that void, knowing that she should be there is hard,” she said. “I went to the Science Resource Center where I looked at a list of kids who still need to take a certain test, and I saw her on there, and I lost it.” Sengsavath had to break the news to her class. “I stood in front of them,

and I just cried my eyes out, and I didn’t know how to handle it,” she said. Senior Rachel Hall was Sam’s best friend; she found out over Facebook. “I came home from work [and got] onto Facebook, and someone [had] posted ‘It’s safe to say we’re all going to miss you Sam. Rest in Peace. Prayers to the Luther Family,’” she said. Hall had not heard offcially if the news was true, but as time passed, Hall believed she knew that Sam was gone. “I literally flipped out,” she said. “It was really weird because I knew something was wrong, and I hadn’t heard from their parents, so I just knew. It was weird.” Hall remembers the positive qualities that made up Sam’s character. “I can’t just pick out one thing,” she said, smiling. “She was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. She was weird, and kind, and funny and she just did all this weird stuff. She would come up to my door and say ‘We’re going on an adventure’ and I was like ‘No, I have to do laundry!’ I am so proud that I knew her. She changed me.” Hall knows that she will see Sam again someday. “I hope the big man upstairs tells her again day after day how much I love her and how much I cant wait to see her again someday,” she said. Senior Skye Gullat, who was one of Luther’s teammates on varsity

In memory of Samantha Luther Smoky Hill hosts volleyball game in honor of deceased senior; raise $400 for breast cancer awareness and the Dumb Friends League


volleyball, experienced a similar reaction to the news of Sam’s death. “I was in the kitchen doing the dishes [when I heard about the car accident],” she said. “I thought it was fake; I thought it was a rumor. It had to be a lie, because I couldn’t believe it.” Gullat and other members of the team were close with one another. “We were a family. You build a strong relationship with the girls on your team,” she said. “We were all close.” When Gullat found out the news about Sam was true, she broke down. “I collapsed,” she said. “I cried, I screamed, I didn’t want to be touched or held. It was just unreal.” Gullat believes that the commemorative volleyball game that was held after finals on Friday, Jan. 13,

was a good way to celebrate to express what I’m feeling,” Sam’s love of the game. he said in a phone interview. “I liked it very much,” “We are taking this one day she said. “I thought it was a at a time. I guess [we’re] just good way to honor her.” simply surviving.” The Smoky Luther and Hill student his wife count body raised on faith to get She was one $400, which them through of the most will be donated the difficult amazing people to The Denver transition. I’ve ever met. Dumb Friends “They only She was weird, League and thing that and kind, and Susan G. comforts us funny and she Komen for the is knowing just did all this Cure. Sam’s that she is in weird stuff. love of animals heaven,” he influenced the said. “She had - Rachel decision to very strong Hall(12) donate to The moral values, Dumb Friends and she [will League while Komen for the be] up there waiting for us Cure was chosen for Sam’s one day.” mom, Kathleen Luther, who Luther knows that is battling breast cancer. distracted driving was not Samantha’s father, Robin the cause of the accident. Luther, continues to mourn “She was simply driving the loss of his only child. too fast on a road that she “There aren’t any words was not familiar with,”

Luther said. Luther wishes that teens will learn from his loss and take care of themselves. “All kids think they’re indestructible,” he said. “Every kid in every generation has always been that way.” Luther advises all teens to drive safely. “Until you experience it first-hand, you don’t realize how precious life is.”

tyler blair bailey neel Opposite: Senior Sam Luther plays in a volleyball game in 2011 Bottom Right: Luther’s senior picture Bottom Left: Volleyball team members and football team members play in the memorial volleyball game. Top Right: Senior Carrissa Currier serves a ball. Top Left: The cheerleaders and audience come down onto the gym floor to do a cheer.

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Jordan William Beasley Born: Sept. 9, 1992 Passed Away: Nov. 24, 2011

Jordan William Beasley, 19, graduated Smoky Hill High School in the class of 2011. He is survived by his parents, Corinne and Chad Roberson and Frank and Tonya Beasley; his sisters Hayley Roberson, Amelia Rogers and her husband AJ, Ashton Roberson and Katrina Sieminski; and grandparents Margaret Hansen and Bill Beasley. J. Beasley passed away in a car accident. He was studying Criminal Justice at Arapahoe Community College.

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1) (Beginning) Yearbook and Newspaper 1 are available to anyone who signs up (no application process) 2) In order to be enrolled in (Beginning) Yearbook or Newspaper 1, the student MUST choose the course as EITHER one of his six classes OR as the FIRST ALTERNATE 3) Students putting (Beginning) Yearbook or Newspaper 1 as their second alternate will NOT be placed in the class 4) Students who will be Juniors or Seniors in the 2012-2013 school year who wish to bypass (Beginning) Yearbook to participate in the Advanced Yearbook class (that we call Varsity) can see Ms. Faust to be placed into the advanced class *** See Ms. Faust in room I-219 with any questions ***


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Senior athletes (left to right) Kyle Ames, Tanner Ruhl, Michaela Herrmann, Skye Gullatt sign with George Washington University, Air Force Academy, College of Charleston, and University of New Mexico respectively.

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Smoky Hill’s thespians perform “West Side Story” at the Colorado State Thespian Conference. They were one of only two productions that were chosen to perform at ThesCon. Honors Physics classes make boats out of cardboard to race in the swimming pool. Seniors Keane Lim (left) and Norlando Adams (right) build their boat. Students had one week to make boats.

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Staff Editorial: A technological etiquette Vulgar actions of teenagers on social networks creates a hostile environment online for everyone and permanent bad impressions That picture you tweeted of you smoking a joint? That college you wanted to get into just saw it. What about the status update about your sexual escapades? Yeah, that too. It’s easy to feel like the world is much smaller on social networks. The world of your followers seems like a totally different worlds than reality, but social networks expand our world and more people know our business and are in our lives. Facebook is the secondmost visited site in the world according to Alexa. com and has 800 million active users. Twitter has amassed over 300 million users and has brought on revolutions in its short six years of existence. Ten years

ago the term “friend” has a very different definition than it does today and if you said you were going to “tweet,” you might have been committed. Facebook and Twitter have not existed for more than ten years and yet they have taken over our lives, and it seems teens didn’t learn how to use these networks responsibly. Everyone puts a lot of effort into how they present themselves. Clothes and other material items used to be the only thing teens used, but now social networks are probably the most used to create our identities. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, but people need to be careful how they present themselves online.

Now gossip that circulates around Smoky now often starts with the phrase, “Did you see what he tweeted?!” The most important thing to think about when using these social networks is that they are public. Every tweet and status update is sent to all of your “friends” and about a million other people online. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t say what you’re about to post loudly in the halls at school or in front of your mother, it’s probably something you shouldn’t say online. If you wouldn’t say or do this in front of a group of people in public, why would you broadcast it to thousands of people online?

Please Smoky, let’s clean up our acts on social networks. Think about the next time you want to brag about something illegal or post something mean about someone else online. It’s one thing to talk about things in private conversation, but another to broadcast it to 100+ friends and followers. Really a status update is the equivalent of printing 500 fliers and distributing them through out the school. Please visit http://www. facebook.com/safety/ groups/teens/ for more information and tips on safety and how to present yourself online.

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@TylerDBlair23 The fact that no one knew who Whitney Houston was when she died makes me really sad. She was the Adele before Adele could sing! #RIPWhitneyHouston

@NikkiMartinez 24 I hate how everyone talks about how V-Day is different. You should let the person know long after 2-15 that you care about them #whereisthelove

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@hkim Did that senator really think he would win against the internet. The INTERNET? Well fought, Senator Smith; however, this round goes to the netizens. #SOPA #gofreespeech

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editorial Staff: I want to express two concerns regarding the article AP vs. IB printed in the December edition of the Express. My hope is to provide some facts that will hopefully clarify some misinformation printed in the article, and to also address the way in which the piece was investigated. My first concern is with the notion that there are no real differences between the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate. If one looks superficially, one might say, yes, both are rigorous college preparatory programs. But the

way in which the programs prepare students couldn’t be more distinct. When M r. Kennedy, our AP coordinator, and I give presentations about the two programs, we highlight their differences. AP appeals to kids who want to specialize in a subject area, such as math or science. IB takes a liberal arts education approach, requiring students to study in six different subject areas. In May of every year, students of both programs have the opportunity to take exams that may earn them college credit. But IB goes beyond the tests, requiring students to

write a senior thesis, perform 150 hours of service learning, and take a critical thinking class called the Theory of Knowledge. Some students might look at that and say, “No thanks, too much work.” IB students, however, find value in the experiences and report that their transition to college was made that much easier. The beauty of having two great academic programs in the same building is that students have a choice. I think that was the point of the article, but it got lost in comments from students about lack of flexibility and hours of homework. I suppose

it would be nice to not have homework, nice but not realistic for someone who plans on being successful in college. My second concern is regarding the way in which the piece was put together. Neither Mr. Kennedy nor myself were interviewed, not even for background knowledge. Regardless if it’s a piece that has a student center focus, the facts in the article should be correct. The IB students interviewed were juniors and thus don’t have the broad view that our senior IB Mentors have about the program. It would have provided a more objective viewpoint if senior voices had been included in the

article. In closing, I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to meet with the staff and share these concerns in person. Having worked on a newspaper staff in high school, I understand the pressure to produce a quality newspaper time and time again. My hope is that the next edition of the Express will reflect the quality worthy of your award winning status. Sincerely, Mrs. Patricia Wetmore IB Diploma Coordinator, Smoky Hill High School

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iPad to the rescue: The 21st century textbook iPads are becoming the learning tool of the future and CCSD needs to realize it It may be clichéd to say it’s wrong.” With textbooks McGraw-Hill, Pearson Textbooks and Apple just revolutionized costing $50 to $100, schools Education, and Houghton students something, but they expect to use them for at Mifflin Harcourt are

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actually did this time. Their iBooks app for iPad has been updated to include textbooks now, ultimately revolutionizing education. Let’s face it, textbooks are outdated. They’ve been in their current form since the 1950’s. Some can be pretty heavy and when you have six different textbooks, it becomes a hassle. My biology book weighs around 20 lbs, and frankly I’ve stopped bringing it to class because it’s a pain to carry it and putting it in my backpack kills my back. Anymore, textbooks are outdated the minute they are printed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “Your book says this, but actually they discovered

least 5 years; with budget cuts happening books are being used to the point where they are almost completely obsolete. Now this is where Apple and it’s tablet, the iPad, step in. Textbooks can now be bought for a fraction of the price on iBooks, and that’s just the beginning. The textbooks are always updated with the latest information, so they’re never out of date, and come with different forms of interactive content. For example, if you’re in bio, you can see a moving diagram of a cell membrane next to the section on the make up of cells. Currently the top three textbook publishers,

supporting the textbook service in iBooks. It’s time for the textbook to finally evolve. I’m really excited for this and I hope our school is, too. I recently used iBooks for English class and, boy, did it help me. I could annotate and then search through them, which is amazing for finding that perfect quote for that English essay. Textbooks should be just as amazing on the iPad. Cherry Creek School District should consider buying iPads for students and teachers. I know they are all excited about their laptops that look like a Fisher-Price toy, but the iPad is the future of education.

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Textbooks date back to ancient Greece In 2005, a government commission attributed the rising cost of textbooks to “add ons” like CD’s According to kidshealth.org, kids should only be carrying 10-15% of their body weight on their back. Girls are more prone to injury from backpacks than boys


The sad, ignorant state of our generation Bailey Neel expresses her reaction to watching the State of the Union address It’s 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 24, 2012. It’s time. I send out a tweet. “@ baileyneel Is it nerdy that I’m watching the president’s State of the Union Address? Yea it is but I like being informed :) #NerdsWillRuleTheWorld.” I was excited to watch our president and learn his thoughts on our world. I don’t know what I expected, but the tweets I got in response were disappointing. While a few people tweeted that they too were watching the State of the Union, most tweets were about people watching or doing other things, and even worse, people

tweeting and posting on Facebook that they weren’t watching because they do not like the president or his ideas. People also responded that I was stupid and lame for watching it, that the President was boring. It was at this point I realized that something was seriously wrong with the priorities and closed mindset of so many in my generation. Everyone should be watching the State of the Union Address. I would even go so far as to say that it is our job as U.S. citizens to watch the president speak, for the future of our country. Soon our generation will be able to vote and have a say in the government; we owe it to ourselves to be informed and educated about our country.

While not everyone agrees with the president and his policies, that is not going to change the fact that right now, he is the president of the United States, and what he says and does affects us all. It’s time our generation started recognizing that being informed is not a bad thing or something to be ashamed of. It’s time to understand that differing political opinions is not justification for being ignorant. It’s time to become educated about the world outside high school and form our own opinions. It’s time.

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A history of the State of the Union Required by Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution First State of the Union was January 8th, 1790 Truman was the first president to have his speech broadcast on TV Regan has been the only president to postpone the address in 1986 due to the Challenger explosion

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Smoky pride has nothing to do with prejudice After heated game with Grandview, Smoky needs to prove who has most class

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Imagine this. You’re sitting in the stands, cheering your son on while he plays the sport he loves. You’re at the opposing school, watching the opposing crowd cheering on their team. Then you see it. A group of kids, wearing bright pink shirts, calling him a fag. Yo u go to the administrators standing on the sidelines and ask them to tell the students to take them off. They look at you, look at the students, head over there, and do nothing. Now imagine this. Not only is this group of kids wearing shirts that are offensive and directed toward your son, now they begin to taunt, harass, and push him while he prepares to bounce the ball into play. Administrators continue to stand there, doing nothing.

You go to them, angry, and instead of them trying to calm you down and be reasonable, they yell right back in your face, challenge you, then have you removed from the gym by police officers. This is what a parent experienced. Imagine this. The final basketball game of the season. As a senior, you just celebrated your final winter spirit week, and finished a lip dub that was a success. It’s Friday, you’re with your friends, and you’re headed to the game. The school you’re playing against is known for its infamous crowd. They are a crowd who spends more time verbally attacking the opposing school than cheering on their own. You’re pumped, and you’re ready for battle.

Then a Smoky Hill parent gets kicked out for defending his son. Now imagine this. The cheers from the other crowd become personal and more insulting. You’re called ghetto and your sports program becomes the next target. By this time, the opposing team begins to score more and more. The gym gets louder, the cheers get meaner, and by the end, your team loses. Because of the rising tension, you’re herded by police officers and forced to leave through the backdoor. Outside, garbage covers the road, and the dumpsters loom. As a fan, you’re insulted. Why do you have to go this way? Because your fans will attack the others. You walk with your fellow Buffaloes, seething with anger. You turn the corner,

and the opposing school is there. Waiting for you. This is what a student experienced. The ingredients were all there. The tension, the anger, the humiliation, the rivalry. They’re ready for you, you’re ready for them. As if on command, the crowd snaps, and the fights begin. It was the perfect storm. You’ve already yelled at a police officer, you’re embarrassed for representing your school that way, and now you’re caught in the crowd. You head to your car, waiting for your friend, but can’t stay there as more and more fans from the enemy begin to insult you. As you walk back to find your friends, it happens. The pepper spray is brought out, the students run away, holding their faces. People


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can’t see. They don’t know where they are. All hell has broken loose. Every cop in Aurora is at this school now, the parking lot is impossible to get out of, and people continue to scream and yell at one another. You look at your phone and see three missed calls from your best friend, worrying about what happened. The news spreads quickly. Twitter is abuzz. “We have the unified basketball team” someone tweets. “We raised $15,000 and granted 3 wishes” someone tweets back. This is no longer just a game; it’s war. “You breed whores,” one tweet reads. “You’re school is ghetto,” tweets another. “We win championships,” and “Your girls love us,” become common. It’s Smoky Hill against Grandview. A rivalry that has excited for years has been taken to a new level. I was the fan that Friday night. I was the kid who

yelled at a police officer. I was a tweeter, tweeting mean and nasty things about the other school. Am I proud of myself? Not at all. Should my school take all the blame? Absolutely not. There is a line when it comes to cheering. I thoroughly believe that Grandview crossed that line and that Smoky Hill once and a while stepped over it as well. But there was a difference between the two schools. Our administrators know that we can do better, and keep a watchful look over us to make sure we are representing our school in the best way possible. Grandview’s did not. According to CHSAA rules, “A ticket is a privilege to observe the contest, not a license to verbally assault others and be generally obnoxious,” and fans “are at a contest to support and yell for [their] team....not to intimidate or ridicule the

other team and its fans.” These rules were being abused. For them, the game was about attacking the opposing team, not supporting theirs. Most high schools are guilty of breaking the rules. I’m guilty of breaking these rules. However, if students are willing to go as far as wearing a shirt with the word “fag” on it with no punishment being given, and are comfortable chanting nasty cheers toward the opposing team and their fans, then it may be time to rethink our priorities. Things have now been taken to another level. On February 23, a picture surfaced on Twitter of a wall at Grandview covered in graffiti. I don’t know who did that, and I don’t know why, but it needs to stop. I may sound angry because I am angry and

disappointed that things escalated the way it did. But in order for us to “win” this battle, we have to move on and be the bigger people. We are Smoky Hill, and we pride ourselves on creating an environment filled with acceptance and pride. Do we just want to forget and act like it didn’t happen? Of course not. But if we are going to be the bigger school or have the better reputation, we need to show the district and the city that we are better, and we don’t sink to the level that they expect us to. We have class. We have pride. And at Smoky Hill, we’re better because of it. We may not have the finest facilities, or the state’s top sports program, but we have athletes, fans, and a community that bring a good reputation to Smoky Hill. Let’s keep it that way.

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EX MAGAZINE

Winter Spirit Week Mon: Tues: Wed: Thur: Fri: Sat:

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Neon Day Celebrity Couples Day Hawaiian Day Trivia Bowl Girls Basketball Blast from the Past Battle of the Bands Mr. Smoky Hill Spirit Day Pep Assembly Lip Dub Winter Dance

Above left: Make a Wish child Elijah holds his check from the school. The school raised over $15,000. Below left: Senior Tyler Blair paints a picture for the talent portion of Mr. Smoky Hill. He took home first place later that night. Right: Senior Student Government member Aleksandra Radunovic prepares to hand out leis before the pep assembly.

NEHS Trivia Bowl Feb. 15 National English Honor Society hosted their second annual Trivia Bowl Feb. 15. All proceeds went to the Make a Wish Foundation to the school’s sponsored child, Elijah, so he can go to Hawaii. Teams worked through eight rounds of 12 questions. The Magic Ponies, comprised of seniors Tyler Blair, Joe Sandoval, Haley Heath, Jordyn Reiakvam, and Michaela Herrmann, won Chipotle gift cards and winter dance tickets. Left: Joe Colacioppo MC’s the Trivia Bowl. All proceeds from the night went to Elijah, the school’s Make a Wish child. Bottom Left: A Trivia Bowl team chats before the questions begin. There were eight rounds of 12 questions each. Bottom Right: NEHS members get ready for the Trivia Bowl. The winning team after eight rounds of trivia won tickets for the winter dance. hannah kim

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Girls Basketball Feb. 15 Girls basketball played against Eaglecrest High School Feb. 15. This game was also senior night for the team. The game came to an abrupt halt when the fire alarm went off during the first quarter and the entire gym was required to evacuate. It resumed shortly afterwards resulting in a win for the Buffs against the Raptors, 40 to 30.

Above left: Sophomore Destiny Carter drives to the basket. Center: Senior Jessa Lyons runs through the gauntlet of poms and cheer. The Feb. 15 game was the senior night for the lady Buffs. Top right: Sophomores Destiny Carter (left) and Sarah Milafsky (right) try to reclaim the ball from Eaglecrest. Bottom right: The team talks strategy during the evacuation. The fire alarm went off during the first quarter, resulting in a halt to the game.

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First Annual Mr. Smoky Hill Feb. 16 The first annual Mr. Smoky Hill was held Feb.17. There were nine junior and senior contestants. Each round, a number of contestants were eliminated . The three rounds were the talent round, formalwear, and an interview. Senior Tyler Blair took home the title of the first Mr. Smoky Hill that night. Far left: Senior Brandon Stepter performs a dance for the talent round. Stepter placed second. Center left: Senior Garrett York sings for his talent portion. Left: Senior David Gardner shows off his formalwear. Gardner placed third. Below: Senior Tyler Blair accepts his sash and roses. Blair took home the title of Mr. Smoky Hill.

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MAKE-A-WISH

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Smoky Hill Grants A Wish

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It has now become tradition at Smoky Hill that Winter Spirit Week be dedicated to one deserving child. This is the second year that Student Government has partnered with The Make a Wish Foundation to raise money for the cause. Make a Wish grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. This year Smoky Hill adopted five year old Elijah’s wish to go to a luau in Hawaii. All of the money raised during Spirit Week goes to paying for Elijah and his family to go on a vacation to Hawaii so that Elijah can experience his one true wish. At press time the Smoky Hill community has raised roughly about $15,000 with more expected to be raised.

Above: Five year old Elijah opens a gift given to him by Student Government. It contained items to keep him entertained on the flight to Hawaii and activites to do with his parents.

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Support Our Soldiers (SOS) hosted a coin drive to let students vote on which teacher they would like to see rap at the winter pep assembly. The teachers with the most money in their cups were Andy Colella, John Thompson, and Ken Hamner. Right: Math teacher John Thompson participates in the Teacher Rap during the pep assembly.

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The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with lifethreatening illnesses. Smoky Hill High School became a part of this wish-granting with Elijah by fundraising throughout Spirit Week. Dominant:The senior class cheers as they throw baby powder into the air. Top Left: The poms team poses as the end their routine. Top Left Center: Elijah, his family, and members of StuGo watch a performance. Top Right Center: Senior Charlotte Iese perfroms during a traditional Polynesian dance. Top Right: Senior members of StuGo prepare leis before the assembly.

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Athlete Profile:

Jayde Moore Left jab, right hook, dodge left, uppercut, lights out. Sophomore Jayde Moore has been boxing for about five years. “I chose this sport because this was a way of showing who I was and it gives you strength in your own way,” Moore said. Moore found her passion through her brother, who also boxed. ”My older brother boxed for 15 years. He just recently passed away,” Moore said. This motivates her to follow in her brother’s footsteps. She carries her brother in her heart when she’s fighting in the ring. “ A lot of people don’t think girls can do it. They think that girls are weak,” Moore said. “And when you actually beat somebody in the sport, it shows you got power over yourself.” Moore has won 16 matches, and is proud to be a female boxer. “The first match I won [was my favorite experience]. It was against this girl and she was, like, two times my size, and I felt really accomplished when I beat her,” Moore said. She spends at least

20 hours training every week, but she has missed a couple weeks because she is recovering from a concussion. This injury was one of the several fears Moore had before boxing that she has overcome. “Chance of concussion was pretty much my biggest fear. So was breaking my ribs and not being able to box anymore,” Moore said Boxing has kept Moore going. She does well in school and excels in her sport; when she succeeds, she’s throwing jabs at life, fighting to win. “I guess boxing just gives me the power to know that no matter what, I’m a s t ro n g individual.”

Fun Fact Women’s Boxing was banned throughout the world for much of the 20th century.

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Moffit thinks... Reporter Kyle Moffitt shares his opinion on local Pro sports Denver Nuggets Although the NBA was officially locked out for the first month of the season, it is now in full swing. Keeping up with the best in the league, is the surprising Denver Nuggets. This new team underwent a complete makeover, picking up young prospects like forward Danilo Gallinari and towering center Timofey Mozgov. They began the season 12 and 5, sitting comfortably at second behind Oklahoma City. The season notables so far include outscoring the Miami Heat, 117 to 104 as well as beating the defending national champions, the Dallas Mavericks, on December 26, 115 to 93. After posting a six game winning streak on the road, the Nuggets have suffered loses to League giants such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. They have also fallen victim to key injuries, including a leading scorer Danilo Gallinari. Currently on a four game losing streak, Denver’s basketball squad is planning on adjusting to their recent mishaps.

Denver Broncos After losing the AFC divisional match up against the New England Patriots on January 14, the Denver Broncos knew one thing was certain; Tim Tebow would return as the starting quarterback for the following season. After leading his team to their first playoff appearance since 2005, coach John Fox and VP John Elway felt it was the best decision for the team. His playoff win and the other miraculous victories during the 2011 regular season guaranteed his spot, however, he has much improvement ahead. According to ESPN, he only completed 46.5 percent of his passes in the regular season and only 40.4 percent in the playoffs. Regardless, the Broncos have a bright future as Tebow hones his skills. Tebow and the team had four consecutive fourthquarter game-winning drives, and six overall comeback victories. TebowTime is far from over, as the Broncos look toward their future success.

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Meet the Johnson Brothers While the Johnson brothers, Greggory and Colby(10), are both on Smoky Hill basketball teams, they have different perspectives of the sport Q: So when it comes down to it, who is a better shooter? CJ: I’m a better shooter, I think, just because I work hard and make sure that I finish no matter what. GJ: I agree with Colby, he has heart and dedication to make sure that he is the one his teammates look to to score. Q: Greg, are you excited or sad this is your last year to be playing basketball in high school ? GJ: I’m not sad, I will miss my teammates that I have been playing with since, like, 5th grade. Isaiah Cockrell and I have been on the same team for 7 years. J-nyce [Javohn Bransford] is my brother, and I will miss him.

Q: Do the two of you have any pregame rituals that involve both of you? CJ: Greg and I don’t really do anything, I mean we will hand shake before our games. But for myself I eat Cheerios before every game. It’s an energy booster. GJ: I make sure that I say good luck to Colby before his games, he is always on the bench so when I need someone to cheer me up he is there. I also wear the same socks every game, but I wash them. Q: Having a big brother on varsity do you look up to Greg, Colby? CJ: No. Just kidding I do. Greg really helps me when I get down on myself. Q: What NBA team do you think is better, Miami

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Senior Greggory Johnson gets ready to make a basket. Johnson’s brother Colby also plays basketball.

Heat or Chicago Bulls? CJ: The Heat. LeBron will be MVP this year for the NBA. GJ: Is that even a question? The Miami Heat. Wade and LeBron are the team.

you are growing really fast. Greg do you think he will pass you? GJ: I hate to say it, but yes. He has my mom’s genes and I got my dad’s. My mom is 5’11” so Colby will get up there.

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Basketball currently stand at 10-12 Boys basketball defeats Mullen High School Feb. 10 (60-58) Boys basketball took a win against Mullen High School Jan. 18 with a score of 62-55. King Burt scored 17 points and was the lead scorer of the night. A loss against Eaglecrest High School at home, 4555, provided a setback for the team but they came back strong against Grandview High School Jan. 25. The Buffs went

into overtime and sophomore Trent Clay scored the winning shot. “I believe that my team fought until the end; we came together and we had faith in ourselves, and that’s what won the game,” Clay said. The Buffs currently sit at 10-12, after losses against Arapahoe High School (49-59) on February 1 and Cherokee Trail (49-

69) on February 8. The team defeated Overland High School (68-62) on January 27, Mullen High School (60-58) on February 10, and Cherry Creek (66-56) on February 13, but took a loss against Eaglecrest (6454 on February 15.

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Girls Swimming

SCORE BOARDS [12/1/2011] 267-85 (W) - SHHS vs. Eaglecrest [12/3/2011] 223-132 (W) - SHHS vs. Eagelcrest [12/8/2011] 243-117 (W) - SHHS vs. Cherokee Trail [12/10/2011] DNP (L) - SHHS at Denver East Invitational [12/15/2011] 198-156 (W) - SHHS vs. Grandview [12/17/2011] DNP (L) - Colorado Coaches Invite [1/5/2012] 204-147 (L) - SHHS vs. Cherry Creek [1/12/2012] 273-41 (W) - SHHS vs. Mullen [1/14/2012] DNP (L) - Smoky Hill Invite [1/19/2012] 131-55 (L) - SHHS vs. Arapahoe [1/24/2012] (W) - SHHS vs. Overland [1/28/2012] 1st Place (W) - Centennial “B” League [2/3/2012] DNP (L) - Centennial League Champ.

Q: Before the season ends what would you like to accomplish? Basketball player King Burt (12) A: Making sure my team goes to state, or even the playoffs.

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Swimmer Kayla Solis (11) A: I would like to make it to state! And have the rest of the swim team go far.

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2/21 70-45 (W)- SHHS vs. ArvadaWest 2/17 73-54 (L)- SHHS vs. GHS 2/15 64-54 (L)-SHHS vs. Eaglecrest 2/13 66-56 (L)- SHHS vs. Cherry Creek 2/10 60-58 (W)- SHhS vs. Mulen 2/8 69-49 (L)- SHHS vs. Cherokee Trail 2/1 59-49 (L) - SHHS vs. Arapahoe 1/27 68-62 (W) - SHHS vs. OHS 1/25 64-62 (W) - SHHSl vs. Grandview 1/20 54-45 (L) - SHHS vs. EHS 1/18 62-55 (W) - SHHS vs. Mullen 1/13 60-49 (L) - SHHS vs. CTHS 1/11 56-51 (L) - SHHS vs. CCHS 1/7 70-54 (L) - SHHS vs. Arapahoe 1/4 68-69 (L) - SHHS vs. Overland 12/17 72-64 (L)- SHHS vs. FMHS 12/16 78-42 (W) - SHHS vs. GJHS 12/15 73-61 (W) - SHHS vs. Hinkley 12/14 61-60 (L) - SHHS vs. GW 12/09 79-68 (L) - SHHS vs. CHS 12/6 85-55 (W) - SHHS vs. Littleton 12/3 65-62 (W) - SHHS vs. FFC 12/2 69-53 (W) - SHHS vs. Palisade

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2/22 68-49 (L) - SHHS vs. Chaparral 2/17 66-24 (L) - SHHS vs. GHS 2/15 40-30 (W) - SHHS vs. EHS 2/13 33-22 (L) - SHHS vs. CCHS 2/10 57-52 (L) - SHHS vs. Mullen 2/8 48-36 (L) - SHHS vs. CTHS 2/1 50-32 (L) - SHHS vs. Arapahoe 1/27 56-50 (L) - SHHS vs. Overland 1/25 64-37 (L) - SHHS vs. GHS 1/20 36-18 (W) - SHHS vs. EHS 1/18 50-30 (L) - SHHS vs. Mullen 1/13 44-36 (L) - SHHS vs. CTHS 1/11 58-50 (L) - SHHS vs. CCHS 1/7 58-13 (L) - SHHS vs. Arapahoe 1/4 52-39 (L) - SHHS vs. Overland 1/3 54-24 (L) - SHHS vs. RCHS 12/13 42-34 (W) - SHHS vs. Hinkley 12/10 48-47 (W) - SHHS vs. CSHS 12/9 38-22 (L) - SHHS vs. SMHS 12/8/2 41-34 (W) - SHHS vs. Valley 12/6 32-31 (L) - SHHS vs. Littleton 12/3 34-29 (W) - SHHS vs. EHS 12/2 41-25 (W) - SHHS vs. CHS 12/1 66-28 (L) - SHHS vs. D’Evelyn

Basketball player Jessa Lyons (12) A: I want the feeling of the good win after we all worked well together as a team instead of individually.

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Dancer Megan Rivard (10) A: It would be awesome if our team make it to semi-finals or even state.

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Girls basketball makes it to the first round of the playoffs, lose against Chaparral High School With a record of (7-17) the girls basketball team made it to the first round of the playoffs. Playing Chaparral High School Feb. 22, the Lady Buffs lost 6849. During the first quarter senior Katie Chelf had three 3-pointers and senior Chantel Bell had four rebounds against the Wolverines. “I have a bittersweet feeling towards the game,” Bell said. “I personally feel like my performance was my best; I had many rebounds and I made my free throws.” Because of the loss, the Lady Buffs did not move on to the next round of the playoffs. keltie robbins photos by derek nystrom

Dominant: Junior Brooke Zimmerman go to the free throw line to shoot 2 Above: Senior Katie Chelf warms up before the game Far Left: Senior Chantel Bell fight for the ball Left: Sophomore Sarah Mailfasky on a fast break, goes in for two points

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X-Games 2012: Year of the flying tomato Founded in 1995, the Winter X-Games is an event held in Aspen every year. Over the years the event has grown in mass popularity, so much that in 2004 it was televised for the first time by ESPN, ABC and ESPN2. The X Games finally started to turn heads in 2002 when they treated fans to two brand new events, the ski slopestyle and ski superpipe events. What made 2002 an even bigger year was when the entire 2002 U.S Olympic freestyle snowboarding team competed in one of it’s events. Also ESPN declared there would be an X Games global championship, demanding distinct locations for both summer and winter events. Fast forward a decade and we have the 2012 Winter X Games. Coming into its 16th year, the 2012 X-Games were held in Aspen, Colorado, for a 10th year. This year’s event

was full of record-breaking performances from Shaun White’s perfect score in the men’s super-pipe event to Heath Frisby’s astonishing snowmobile front flip in the men’s snowmobile freestyle event. What makes this year’s installment different from other’s is that it was broadcasted world-wide thanks to help from Apple, Microsoft XBOX Live and ESPN. Also, it received the highest ratings the event has ever received in its 16-year history and because of smart phones and the Internet fans were able to be more interactive with the event. Fans were even allowed to choose the winner of certain events by sending a text to a number that would give whoever they wanted to win a vote. With all that said, the attention wasn’t on how popular the event was this year but on Shaun White

and his perfect score in the Men’s super-pipe event. On White’s first run in the superpipe he scored a 94.00, On his second he earned a 71.33 and finally on his final run he tallied up a grand total of a perfect score of 100.00. However the X Games wasn’t all glitz and glamor. There were more injuries in this year’s games than any other one. There were an estimated 14 different athletes who could not participate because of injuries that acquired. The most well-known injury belonged to Canadian free-skier Sarah Burke who died from injuries she sustained in a practice run in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 10. Burke suffered irreversible brain damage which resulted in a lack of oxygen and cardiac arrest. Her tissue and organs were later donated. There are already 9 cities

that have been picked to host the next event: Sao Paulo, Brazil, Whistler, Vancouver, Rio De Janerio, and Lisbon, Portugal. X-Games wants a wider range of demographics, basically to get more people to watch the event. Another improvement added to the 2013 X Games to-do list is the introduction of six brand new competitions which are still to be determined. What Senior Executive President of Programming for ESPN, Scott Guglielmino hopes to get out of the expansion is to bring in more revenue and be as recognized as events like WrestleMania, the Super Bowl, and the Grammy’s. Guglielmino wants to set more records than he did this year with the revision of next year’s event. There are big plans in store for the future of the Winter X-Games.

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Smoky students wrestle their way to the top Seniors Kirk Owens and Jonathan Sidhu and junior Dan Kasberg make it to State

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If you’ve seen someone in the halls with a bleached head, you’ve just encountered a Smoky Hill State-qualifying wrestler. What the outrageous hair style doesn’t tell you is what’s most impressive.Friday, Feb. 10, one of three regional wrestling matches began at Bear Creek High School. This event brings schools from all over Colorado, and offers a grand prize of State finals admission to it’s more successful participants. Senior Kirk Owens planned not only on placing in the final four, but taking the

entire competition. “Going into the tournament I knew I had to take first,” Owens said, “I needed to get that first place win in order to have a good seed at State.” In fact, he did take first place, and propelled his way into second seed in the State final bracket. Along with Owens, senior Johnathan Sidhu and Daniel Kasberg also gained a seed at State. Owens placed 2nd in the state for his weight bracket.

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Senior Kirk Owens gets ready to take down his opponent during the Overland HS duel.


Two best friends with one thing in common Seniors Kelse Johnson and Julie Woodworth share their stories on swimming Kelse Johnson Q: Being in a position of leader ship how do you feel about it? KJ: I think it’s a lot of fun and gives me good experience for the future although its a lot of pressure sometimes Q: How many years have you been swimming? KJ: I have been swimming since I was 4. So 13 years. Q: Are there any personal goals you have for this season? KJ: Aside from having a successful season, I just want to make as many state cuts as possible so I can maybe dive in one of the meets. ( a deal I made with coach) Q: Did you and Julie meet through swimming? KJ: Yeah I think so, We have been friends ever sense I can remember! Q: Before a meet if you had the choice to listen to Drake or Taylor Swift who would it be? KJ: Drake, I love country but Drake gets me pumped!

Julie Woodworth Q: Do you believe swimming takes dedication and hard work? JW: Yes. In order to improve you must be dedicated and go to all the practices. Putting your best effort forth everyday. Q: What made you start swimming? and how many years? JW: I’ve been swimming since I was 4 but stopped for a while for soccer. I decided to swim in high school because the team and coaches were so nice and fun! Q:You swim wit your best friend Kelse, do you two have anything special you do before a meet? JW: (laughs) We have secret presents with out favorite snacks and drinks. And we just try to be positive and cheer one another on! Q: Would you rather swim in a pool full of root beer or a pool full of Jello? JW: Root beer! Jello would be too hard!

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Seniors Kelse Johnson and Julie Woodworth get ready jump in the pool and prepare for State.

Smoky Hill swimming goes to State Meet

Seniors Kelse Johnson and Elyisa Erickson place in State swimming competition The girls swim team headed to State competitions Feb. 11 at EPIC in Ft. Collins. Two Smoky Water Buffaloes placed individually at State. Senior Kelse Johnson placed 8th in Individual Medley and 5th in Backstroke and Senior Elyisa Erickson placed 10th in 50m Freestyle. Despite not placing in the overall team competition, senior Bailey Arithson believes that it was still a great experience. “We did as best as we could with the swimmers we had. [Overall] we had a good time,” Arithson said.

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Boys basketball makes it to the second round of playoffs, lose against ThunderRidge High School Boys basketball played Arvada West High School Feb. 21 in the first round of the playoffs. Senior Marcus Rhodes had six points and 3 rebounds at the end of the first half of the game. In the fourth quarter with 4:23 left, the score of the game was 64-31. Smoky was able to move on to the the second round of the playoffs against Thunderridge High School Feb. 24. With a score of 55-37 the Buffs finished their season losing to the Grizzlies. keltie robbins photos by derek nystrom

Dominant: Senior Marcus Rhodes gets fouled Above: Smoky fans join the cheer team in “Skake your booty� Far Left: Senior Gregg Johnson shoots a 3-pointer Left: Senior J.B Silletto goes through the tunnel Smoky students made after the game

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Top left: Senior Denis Terzic goes after a loose ball Above: Senior Gregg Johnson looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to Bottom Left: Senior Marcus Rhodes jumps to block ThunderRidge player from making the shot. Bellow: Buffaloe show support through staying silent during a free throw

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