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epic staff// important dates to remember freshmen mentor program 101 things to do before you graduate intro 101 things to do before you graduate 101 things to do before you graduate cont. important things with dani la londe etc. etc. etcetera the ultimate guide to: sports the ultimate guide to: sports cont. // fan guide admins & counselors 5 ways to survive lunch official school map student map memory lane ads club guide smw traditions

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“High school is what you make of it!� -- Ava Clark, junior

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editor-in-chief lana fanous assistant editors scott holm dani la londe elizabeth stephan features editors michael higgins whitney knightly alex leininger sports editor dan prem news editor chris brown opinion/a&e editor katherine mcgowan photog editor preston felgate copy editor terri harvey web editor timothy dodderidge ads manager matt smith staff alison bailes courtney lichtenberger cord powell adviser amy morgan

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viking voyage

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black & gold night

join your fellow 9th graders and enjoy a mixer while your parents attend an informational meeting @ 7-9 pm

make way for 10-12th graders as they attend their first day of school

fall sports will kick off the season with an informational meeting for parents and athletes. not involved in a fall sport? support your vikings and buy some spirit wear near the bridge from 7-9 pm

The Epic is the newsmagazine of Shawnee Mission West, 8800 W. 85th St., Overland Park, KS 66212. It is produced by a staff high school journalists dedicated to the principles of journalism: to present facts truthfully and without bias. Articles of opinion or analysis are labled and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff and/or the publication. In accordance with Kansas law, the Epic staff is entitled to freedom of the press. Neither the West administration nor the SMSD are responsible for any article, advertisement, photograph, illustration, or piece in the Epic. The Epic encourages letters to the edior, but they must be signed and submitted to room 11. The Epic is published bimonthly. It is printed by the SMSD and is distributed free of charge to students. For advertising information call (913) 993-7911. AUGUST 16, 2010 THE EPIC 3

“When you’re a sophomore stay out of the senior lot!” -- Trevor Ricketts, senior


Bright Shirts, Kind Words

The Freshman Mentor Program strives to ease the transition into the halls of high school by michael higgins 84. The number sounds random and odd, but it is the difference between a terrifying first year of high school and a smooth, productive one. There are 84 upperclassmen all part of the freshmen mentor program or FMP. The FMP program was started four years ago by Dr. Julia Crain, formerly associate principal, whom is now at Broadmoor. “The initial intentions were the same as today -- we wanted to create a smooth transition for our 9th graders as they moved from the middle school to the high school setting,“ Karen Tritt, FMP sponsor, said. These mentors went through an application process, evaluations and an interview. They were judged on their attitude, involvement and academic standing. The program is led by Tritt and a five-person exec-board, consisting of seniors Canaan Coker, Allyson Hall, Travis Thomsen, as well as juniors Megan Underwood, and Jacob Schnackenberg. This first day for freshmen-only was put in place for various reasons, but for the most part to make freshmen feel more comfortable. “Seniors can be very intimidating to freshmen. So this freshman-only day gives the class of 2014 an opportunity to become acquainted with the building, the cafeteria, their lockers, the locations of restrooms, etc. in a much less stressful environment,” Tritt said. “This summer we probably met three times to plan for FMP training day and the freshmen only first day of school,“ Coker said. As this year begins to unfold, the board, 4

as well as the mentors are focusing on involving freshmen in competitions and activities led by mentors. “We want to grab the freshmen’s attention and involement with the competitions. This will give them more of a motive to participate. It will also show them that we are serious are our seminars,” Coker said. The program has had a profound impact on students, including Matt Franchett, sophomore. “They helped make the transition really easy,” Franchett said. Part of the reason the impact is so great is because the mentors try and build relationships with all of their freshmen. “We want to focus on being very personable with the freshmen so we can develop a good relationship,” Coker said. Only time will tell if these 84 mentors can provide the support the class of 2014 needs to suceed in the crazy world called high school.

Executives Allyson Hall and Canaan Coker sport their 2009-2010 FMP t-shirts. PHOTO BY PRESTON FELGATE

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“Get invovled and find yourself a place in the West family!” -- Kaitlin Beeman, senior


0 11 by lana fanous | katherine mcgowan It’s the first day of your freshman year in high school. Contrary to belief highschool isn’t only to ready ourselves for what comes next, but to get involved and believe it or not, to have fun! When it comes to getting involved, the possibilities are endless. So to save you a little time the Epic staff has compiled a list of the most important 101 things to do before you graduate. Some are silly, some are serious and some will come with a challenge. So use this list to take advantage of your next four years because they will truly go by fast and these opportunities won’t find you!

things to do before you graduate 1. Run for a StuCo position

2. Earn a West Way parking pass

3. Paint your face for a football game 4. Go to the Homecoming Parade

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“E.L.E.- Everybody Love Everybody!” -- Abby Holliman, sophomore


6. Look at Paul Rudd’s signature in the auditorium 7. Go to atleast one of each school dance 8. Watch the Golden Girls at Spring Show 9. Stand in the student section at a basketball game 10. Sneak into the cages

33. Dress up for Heart of the West Week 34. Climb the rock wall 35. Hug Victor Viking 36. Join a club you never thought you would join 37. Try out for a winter sport

11. Take a class from Mr. Walker

38. Try out for Radio & TV’s Lip Sync Show

12. Cheer on choir at Spotlight Spectacular

39. Attend Rock for Hope sponsored by NHS

13. Try out for a school play

40. Raise awareness and participate in the walk for coalition

14. Explore the caves 15. Attend a musical 16. Participate in Beatnik Cafe 17. Eat lunch on the bridge 18. Go to Writer’s Walk 19. Eat lunch on the bridge 20. Take beginning Radio & TV 21. Challenge yourself and take an honors class 22. Get to know your counselor 23. Swim in the pool 24. Run to lunch on chicken nugget day 25. Buy warm Otis Spunkmeyer cookies in the cafeteria 26. Go on a field trip 27. Take a fun art class 28. Go to a Cross Country meet 29. Ride your bike to school 30. Talk to the lunch ladies 31. Buy candy to support Senior Sizzle on the Bridge

41. Take an AP test 42. Volunteer yourself at a Pep Assembly 43. Get a yearbook EVERY YEAR 44. Try out to be a freshman mentor 45. Apply to be a part of NHS 46. Donate cans for StuCo’s annual can drive 47. Pull an all-nighter for a school project 48. Watch a Westside show 49. Go to Drumline’s show in the Spring 50. Support West at a swim and dive meet

Find anything interesting yet? Don’t worry, you’re almost halfway done!

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“Don’t challenge the upperclassmen, they will win.” -- Dakota Hill, junior


51. Join a team for the StuCo dodgeball tournament 52. Sit on “the chair” in Mrs. Flurry’s

78. Help out at Future Viking Fun night 79. Eat lunch outside in the courtyard

53. Go to a Girl’s basketball game

80. Make a float for the Homecoming parade

54. Be a part of the Junior vs. Senior Powderpuff game

81. Actually read an entire book for English

55. Visit the art gallery

82. Design something new in woods class

56. Go out to breakfast on a late start day

83. Enjoy a self made meal in advanced foods

57. Catch a t-shirt at a football game 58. Deck yourself out in black and gold for a sporting event 59. Cheer on the track team at a meet 60. Do something to get yourself in the yearbook

84. Memorize the world in Mrs. Benolkin’s class 85. Try out for Pep Club 86. Get to know the Attendance Secretaries 87. Participate in Mathletics

61. Throw mud at Young Life’s Muckfest

88. Play putt putt in Dory’s class

62. Donate blood during the Blood Drive

89. Look into Broadmoor for unique class options

63. Dance to the minute music on your way to class 64. Go to Jazz on the Bridge 65. Take a foreign language class 66. Go to a DECA charity basketball game 67. Help out at West Beautification Day 68. Talk to Mr. Dory about his college days 69. Convince a teacher into an unnecessary class party

90. Start a snowball fight in the parking lot after school 91. Take a silly I.D. picture 92. Contribute to “Hot or Not” in the Epic 93. Take Writer’s Workshop 94. Go to a bowling match 95. Watch ROTC perform at a Pep Assembly

70. Thank the janitors for their hard work

96. Try to get through Time Square without touching anyone

71. Attend a Viking baseball game

97. Make the honor roll

72. Run around the track

98. Dissect an animal in a science class

73. Stay for the band’s flashlight show after the football game

99. Go an entire school day without texting

74. Dance at an after party 75. Cheer on the players at a soccer game 76. Attend the Robotic’s pancake breakfast 77. Go to Band’s Spaghetti Dinner

100. Buy a whole pizza on the bridge

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“Get involved with as many groups as you can! Make new friends and enjoy you next four years.” -- Kayla Grodzicki, senior


important things with dani la londe

some good intentioned advice To whom it may concern (that being you, freshmen) I would like to give you a short account of some the things I did these past years in high school. Hopefully they will guide you in the correct way. Freshman year I was very nervous but excited. I wanted to be heard, as so many of us do, but I wasn’t sure how to do that without getting into trouble like in middle school. I wanted to make a name for myself. I was naïve enough to believe that everyone and every teacher wanted to hear my opinion and anything else I had to say. Sadly that’s not the case. I learned that when, let’s say, a teacher gives you a C in Team Games, and you just don’t agree, choose your words very carefully. Do NOT get angry and/or give any sarcastic comments on the subject. Just calmly state your case. It’s like walking through a room when it’s pitch black- Either you smoothly glide through the room (your teacher really did make a mistake and graded you wrong) or you step on your cat (your teacher is just a vindictive evil monster who hated you the moment he saw you and will keep the extremely undeserved C emblazoned in the grade book.) In which case you have to move on or you’ll give yourself a headache. At the start of the year I did every assignment but somewhere around Halloween I realized that I’m here for three more years so I can slack a bit. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t study for a single test until junior year and I made it through with mostly A’s. Sophomore year Not that this is from personal experi8

ence but if you get Saturday School for some ridiculous reason let me warn you: it’s boring. You will NOT meet four other kids with deep emotional problems and spend the day dancing and bearing your soles to each other. It’s NOTHING like that. You will sit in the cafeteria in silence and do homework. Ironically, during my stint we talked about “The Breakfast Club.” Junior year The year I realized I couldn’t just pretend to do my work anymore, I actually had to do it. Well most of it. I would advise anyone who is planning on taking Mr. Walker’s AP US History class to speak up. Class is less awkward, infinitely more tolerable and yes, even interesting if you speak up and participate. Just don’t be annoying. My class didn’t figure this out until second semester; we just sat in our seats quietly and shuffled our papers around. And, for the first time in my life, I had to study. It’s actually a good class, you don’t just learn boring textbook stuff, a good portion is funny stories about all the respectable men of our history. It could come in handy if you’re ever on Jeopardy. Sadly, for AP English you can’t just get by on Spark Notes. There are so many essays that involve quotes from the actual book. I will confess that I couldn’t get through “The Scarlet Letter” without Cliff ’s Notes. After that it’s just reading book after book. The best ones were “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” which I’m pretty sure no one else liked, and the “The Great Gatsby.” I think my class was the only one not to read “The Catcher in the Rye” but it is one of the best and most brilliant books on the face of the Earth so don’t knock it till you try it. The worst book of all time is “Nickel and Dimed.” Ask anyone. Senior year Well it doesn’t officially start until tomorrow. I’m really not looking forward to ACT, SAT, college and scholarship applications and essays. I have no clue what I want to do in college or where I want to go. It’s embarassing and it strains me a lot

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“Be chill and you won’t have any problems with anyone.” -- Andrew Canon, junior


to say but I kind of envy some kids a bit that they have known since they were born that they are going to KU, no exception. They just have to fill out one application. Although it would suck to HAVE to go there if you weren’t interested. The saddest part of the year will be the beginning because inevitably one of my teachers will insist on knowing what every-

Only 12 pages left for American History tomorrow! Oh no! There are no pictures!

Saturday School 8-11 AM

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one did over the summer and all I have to say is that I read like 11 books and I saw “Inception” in theatres about a million times. Life should be looking up soon. Good luck.

written by katherine mcgowan

Sup, froshbabies. Ready to endure every heinous rumor ever told about high school? An upperclassman shoving you into a locker, an intimidating jock tripping you in the lunchroom, maybe even a classic swirly in the bathrooms by the gym? Enjoy this single day of solitude for once tomorrow comes and 1500 more kids swarm through the doors… you’re doomed. Just kidding, absolutely NONE of this will happen to you at West. High school has an overrated appearance as a place you should fear and escape as soon as possible. Whatever you do, don’t come into West with that mindset. High school gives you opportunities you haven’t been able to experience in any grade thus far. Whether it be found in sports, theater or music, you’ll

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find your niche and a place where you can fit in. So leave your big-shot eighth grade arrogance in middle school and prepare to find your real self. Listen to every cliché you hear about High School because believe it or not, it really does go by faster than you could ever imagine. I can still think back to my freshman schedule, yet here I am starting my senior year. I don’t feel like there is any way I could be at the top of the school, yet here I am. And here you’ll be one day too. So don’t let opportunities pass you by; make it a goal to experience everything you can that West has to offer. Don’t be so shy that you never ask your crush to a dance, or too intimidated to try out for your favorite sport. High School’s all about putting yourself out there and stretching the limits to find out your potential. Never convince yourself you’re not good enough for something and NEVER compare yourself to anyone else’s success. Envy is a waste of time, dears. Create your own goals and your own successes and live the life you love for the next four years. Enjoy your freshman year! AUGUST 16, 2010 THE EPIC 9

“Being involved is the best way to leave a mark on West!” -- Michael Garret, senior


the ultimate guide to: Sports are a big part of our school whether you participate or support them. Take an inside look at some of the main sports that are offered and how each will start of their next seasons according to last year’s finish.

by dan prem | matt smith

Head Coach: Tim Callaghan

Experience: 8th season Previous Record: 8-2 Outlook: The football team’s strength will continue to be the OLine and the backfield. Returning starters Connor Askren, Cordi Pascal, and Will Livingston will look to shine. Three year starter at quarterback DJ Balaz is graduated, so new QB Drew Humphrey’s will take over.

DAVID HOWELL

Outlook: The girl’s basketball team will be returning with 6 seniors including first team All-Sunflower League performers Lizzy Jeronimus and Brooke Katterhenry. They will look to return to state after a one year absence.

Head Coach: Scott Aldrich DAVID HOWELL

Outlook: The boy’s basketball team will be returning along with several key components from the 2009-2010 team. They will try to build on their early season success such as their four overtime victory over Shawnee Mission East.

Experience: 1st year Previous Record: 17-5 Head Coach: Mike Brinsko

Experience: 10th year Previous Record: 10-11 ALYSSA PARSONS

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“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” -- Jeff Fetzer, senior


smwest sports Outlook: Most promising events include the school record holding girls 4x800, boys 4x400, and boys 4x800 team. Notable returners include Chloe Weck, Jamie Escrich, Jordan Chapman, and Jason Crow. With a good display at state last year, another good future could be ahead for the track team.

Head Coach: Rick Rogers

Experience: 11th year PRESTON FELGATE

Head Coach: Todd Reed

Experience: 11th year Previous Record: 12-9

Being a fan takes a lot of enery, it takes committment and it takes dedication. Rumors of this year having a poor fan base should be entirely false. As a whole we need to be louder than any other year to come and that is for all sports, it’s for the whole game, and it’s for the whole year. As freshman you guys will contol the back of the stands. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to yell. The back is one of the most important parts of the stands, it anchors the crown, it adds that extra sound

that could change the outcome of a game. Your guy’s job is to yell and that’s it. Don’t start chants and dont come in full body paint. Last of all what ever you do, don’t sit down in the middle of the game.

freshman FAN guide

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Outlook: During the 08-09 campaign the team was the state runner up. Last season the baseball team lost in the regional championship to the state winner of the 2010 season. The upcoming season there will be eight returning players, five of which are returning starters. There will also be a new assistant coach but the decision has yet to be made.

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“It’s the best four years of your life, thus far don’t hold back and have fun!” -- Alyssa Parsons, senior


admins & counselors Meet your administrators & counselors as they give their most important advice on how to succeed in high school. by alex leininger | timothy dodderidge | photos by preston felgate

Dr. Charles McLean Principal “Pay attention to the upperclassmen so you can try to not make the mistakes they did.”

Keith Burgat Associate Principal “Be organized and get involved.”

Tommie Davis Counselor A-E “Try something new.”

Erica Warren Associate Principal Enjoy being a Viking while you can and take advantage of what West has to offer.”

Chris Foster Laura Hicks Counselor N-S Counselor L-M, ELL “Have fun because it goes fast. Get in- “Get actively involved in volved in order to meet new people.” school, especially in extracurricular activities.”

Rick Rogers Counselor F-K “Set academic goals for yourself, because you’ll do better in classes and be on top of everything.” 12

Connie Springfield Associate Principal “Stay positive and look towards planning a career, as academics are the most important thing.”

Cindy Neely Counselor T-Z “Use your seminar time wisely.”

Mary Lea Kieffer Social Worker “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

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“Get involved, it makes time fly by!” -- Megan Herbers, junior


five ways to survive Nervous about your first day of lunch in high school? Follow these five quick and easy steps to lunchroom success.

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by chris brown

Everyday, just before noon, the halls fill with students and faculty eager to stake their claims for positions in the lunch line along with their favorite table. Even though lunch is usually one of the best parts of the day, it can sometimes be difficult to master. Here are five tips to help survive your first day of lunch.

1) There are four lines to buy lunch! - There is an a-la-cart line in the cafeteria along with a regular lunch line. The a-la-cart line is the furthest left as you walk into the cafeteria, while the regular lunch line is the one on the right side. The a-la-cart line usually moves a little faster and has a larger variety, but is more expensive. There are also two lines on the bridge where you can purchase pizza and other snacks.

2) Track down friends to sit with prior to lunch! - Before lunch or while en route to lunch, try to track down a few friends or buddies to stand with in line and sit with. Staying with a group of your peers eliminates the potential awkwardness of the first week of lunch and is usually a successful strategy for an enjoyable eating experience.

3) A strategically located table is key! - Usually, seniors sit at the first row of round tables closest to the registers, juniors in the row behind them, followed by sophomores and then freshmen. The rectangular tables on the sides of the lunchroom are fair game for all grades. Use strategy #2 to help secure a good table with many of your friends. 4) Avoid challenging upperclassmen to races on chicken nugget day! - It’s no secret that chicken nugget day is one of the most popular, if not the most popular lunch choice. However, on chicken nugget day, the bridge resembles the Kansas Speedway more than it does a hallway. Avoid trying to run and claim your first place spot in line (it’s nearly impossible) and instead, wait patiently. There is enough for everyone, we promise! 5) Otis Cookies are delectable! - To the right of the regular lunch line is the snack bar that serves anything from ice cream to small sandwiches. However, what they are known for is the melted cookies that are available on top of the silver freezer. These cookies are the most popular dessert item available and there is always a long line, so either buy them early, or wait. These five steps are proven to effectively work and provide an enjoyable lunchroom experience the first week of school. Good Luck! AUGUST 16, 2010 THE EPIC 13

“Don’t let what people think and say about you define who you are.” -- James Eyestone, senior


official map

Over the next four years, you’ll come to learn the components of the building-the winding halls, the mysteriously ordered rooms, the “bridge” that’s no longer a real bridge. This is the official SMSD approved school map. It will help you find your classrooms, the practically hidden “little theatre,” and-hopefully-which staircase will take you to World Geography.

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“Don’t ever step on the Viking in Time Square and know your Alma Mater.” -- Brandon Nichols, junior


student map

Students know that this school has much more to it than just rooms and hallways, as represented by this student version map. It includes all the important locations in the school (with a few helpful hints) that streetwise freshmen need to know for a successful first year. by alison bailes

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“Go to all of the after parties, it will be the best decision you will ever make.� -- PD Delaney, sophomore


memory lane

As freshman, you may find yourself embarrassed during your first year. But don’t take it too seriously, everyone’s had embarrassing moments that seem like the end of the world. Even the upperclassmen have humiliated themselves in their previous years . by terri harvey “I was trying to scare one of my friends at the drinking fountain, so I ran up to it and there was water under it, so I totally wiped out and ended up underneath it; and go figure, a group of senior guys were standing right there and laughed at the whole thing.”

Chrissy Koepke, senior

Jarret Goodman, sophomore

“One day after seventh block I was in a hurr y to get to swim practice, so I was rushing up the stairs and I fell on my face in front of ever yone. They all laughed at me and my friends still tease me about it to this day.”

“First day of fresh man year, when we were gettin g ready to tour the building with our mentors, my contac t got lost somewhere inside my eye and I had to go to the nurse and it took five mi nutes to find it and I misse d pretty much all of the tou r.”

Haleigh Bingham, sophomore

Becca Samuelson, junior

“I remember freshman year when I was playing JV baseball and we struck a guy out and as I was throwing it around the horn, I tripped and fell and threw the ball into left field.”

Troy Arellanes, senior 16

“At lunch one day freshman year, I picked up my tray with all my dirty plates and I tripped and it spilled all over me and everyone laughed at me.”

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“I used to never use my locker during freshman year, so I kept all my books in my backpack and it was so heavy that by the third week of school, it was so heavy that I fell down the staircase backwards.”

Sam Whiteman, junior

“The school chili is poisonous, beware.” -- Charlie King-Hagen, junior


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“Try everything that West has to offer, you wont know what you really enjoy until you have done it.� -- James Clayton, senior


club guide With all of the clubs at West, it can be a little intimidating to choose. Here is an easy way to determine which group you should join. by elizabeth stephan If you like- Community Service JAWS, NHS, SADD AND NSHS encourage students to become involved in their school and their community through service opportunities. Prerequisites NHS- Juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher SNHS- Enrollment in Spanish 5 or 6 with an A in at least 5 semesters, and a 3.5 GPA overall. If you like- Foreign Cultures French, German, and Spanish Clubs want students to embrace foreign cultures through food, dance, film, etc. Coalition raises awareness and fundraises for local and global issues.

If you like- Business and Technology DECA and BPA introduce students to the business world with projects, competitions and professional meetings. Robotics encourages student’s interest in the field of robotics, and allows students to participate in building and competitions. If you like- Writing, Photography, Design Epic, Saga and Out of Hand allow students to have a major role in the production of the newspaper, yearbook and the yearly literary magazine. Students learn how to improve their writing, designing or photography skills through an authentic print experience. Prerequisites Epic- Journalism 1

If you like- Performing Arts and Theatre All of these clubs support student’s interests in pursuing the arts and improving their skills through classes and concerts or productions. If you like- Government and Student Leadership Stuco and Pep Club give students a hands on approach to managing the major activities, such as organizing dances and pep assemblies, and representing the student body’s concerns and ideas.

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“Be confident and smile.” -- Hannah Sailer, senior


viking traditions Want to become a true, spirited viking? Here are a few of our many traditions to help you on your way in becoming a devoted, genuine and faithful shawnee mission west viking. by whitney knightly

seniority

As freshmen, you are no longer the rulers of the school. It won’t matter if you call shot-gun because most of the time you’ll have to take the back seat to the upperclassmen. It’s not deliberate disrespect in any sense, it’s simply tradition and the law of seniority. Remember, everyone in the grade levels ahead of you have had to experience the same thing so don’t take it personally. The difference is the way you handle it – don’t take yourself too seriously. When at a team dinner or club banquet, seniors traditionally get the right of way for first in line for food, juniors are second, etc. Also, if you join a sports team, don’t be surprised if they make you do tasks you think the managers should be doing. Most of the things you’ll have to do as a freshman will build character. A bit cliché? Yes, but it’s to keep you grounded so that later on in your high school career you’ll enjoy the privileges you didn’t have as freshmen.

HC parade

Every year fall sports, clubs, and groups of faculty members compete in trying to build the most totally rad float of the parade. For those of you not involved with a float, you are encouraged to walk along side the parade. You won’t be forced to go, but if not for anything else it’s good exercise and a chance to be the spirited Viking we know you are! After following the marching band’s lead and parading down Santa Fe Drive and into Downtown Overland Park, the parade eventually stops at the gazebo for the much anticipated pep-rally put on by the football team. The pep-rally will be geared towards the team’s intention of beating a fellow Sunflower League team until said team yells “uncle” and waves the white flag. After the pep rally, everything abruptly ends and you are free to make your way home.

heart of the west week

Taking place before WPA in February, Heart of the West Week serves as one of the biggest events of the school year for creating and maintaining school spirit. Streamers, posters, and other forms of fancy décor will embellish the walls with Viking spirit. The only thing left to do is to fill the actual hallways with that spirit! Thus, every day of the week is designated a costume theme: PJ/hat day, beach day, profession day and movie star day. Also, by filling out a “Matchmaker” you can fall into the arms of fate and see who in the school is destined to be your soul mate or BFF. A teacher pep assembly and faculty-served breakfast on the Bridge are also fan favorites. Fulfilling West’s hunger for spirit doesn’t just happen, it requires participation. That means you, too-cool-to-dress up kid, because, honestly, no one is too cool for Heart of the West Week! AUGUST 16, 2010 THE EPIC 19

“Don’t let opportunities pass you by, you don’t know what you’ll miss out on!” -- Ashton Brunmeier, sophomore


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