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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 13

APRIL 3RD, 2013

THE SPARTAN VOICE

WICHITA COLLEGIATE SCHOOL

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Caught by Surprise By Diana Kim Other than the outstanding performance by the Wichita Shockers this season – Go Shox! –, we shouldn’t forget about other happenings within Wichita. It seems cliché to say that children are in need here, yet it’s becoming a huge issue in Wichita. I stumbled upon an article, I learned that graduation rates from high schools in Wichita have dropped from 76.4% to 61%. This is a huge drop. Regardless, with this in mind, schools have tried harder regimens and plans to raise the graduation rates. But what doesn’t seem to be understood is that maybe it isn’t always the way the American Express accepted at program is set up, but the children’s way of understanding and perceiving new Vending Machine..#only@collegiate material. With time comes change, and the that can be remembered. Their accomplishment way children learn won’t always be the is also your accomplishment. same as it was in 2000. Usually 3rd – 7th graders are the ones who need concentration help and attention. These are the years when bad habits are formed and the persistence of these habits will only solidify in high school. So what can we do? – What could I do? It seemed there wasn’t much I could do if it wasn’t for Mr. Nesmith’s tutoring opportunity that was spoken of a couple weeks ago. I went a couple of times due to curiosity, and it has been one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever had. That seems a tad exaggerated, but I’m just trying to be honest. I never thought teaching something so elementary could be fun in any possible way. The moment when a child understands something with ecstatic eyes is something

Since I cannot be a hundred people at once, I will say that I do not know if this feeling comes to everyone, although I wish it did. Tutoring is scheduled usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00. Each individual child gains so much from a personal tutor. These special relationships grow gradually throughout the experience, but unfortunately seem to be something that is consistently overlooked. The last couple of weeks have been wonderful to me. I have helped complete multiple math assignments, and a zebra research paper. Very eventful. But the one thing that caught me by surprise was how much I enjoyed it. So I say, indulge in all opportunities, not because you have to, but for a chance to find an unexpected passion.


Americans Love Prince Harry

Caroline Breit Prince Harry has planned to bless us with his presence once again by returning to the United States in May. He will travel to the East coast, Denver, and Colorado Springs to support veterans’ charities. He also plans on visiting areas in New Jersey that were hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and playing some polo in Connecticut – How cute. How does Mrs. Cunningham feel about this? She says, “He is an awesome diplomat for my country.” Personally, I am hoping that this visit is a bit more successful than his last, where he partied in Las Vegas with Ryan Lochte (Perfect

bromance). But perhaps it won’t be, considering Harry is set up to meet Jennifer Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Upton and Scarlet Johannson. A source reveals that Taylor Swift is “desperate to meet Prince Harry”, but we all know this won’t end up happening considering Taylor’s love life is a bigger joke than her music.

The best thing about Harry being in the states is that there will be TONS of media coverage – which means that Harry’s face will be on every magazine, gossip column, and news channel. Prince Harry will be in the United States from May 9th to May 15th, which leaves only SIX days to drive across the country and find him. Plus, there’s only 503 miles between Wichita and Colorado Springs. Who’s joining me?


Teacher Patronus:   Each person has an animal that they seem to resemble in facial features and qualities. We have compiled a list of teachers that seem to have an essence of a certain animal. These spirit animals are not to offend you, but enlighten you on what adorable or fearsome animal seems to be in your presence. Coach Messamore- Owl

Coach Fiegel- Bald Eagle

Mr. Ashbrook- French Bulldog.

Mrs. Hawley- Yorkie Coach Black- Bear Mr. Trombold- Snares Penguin Mr. Nesmith-

Mrs. Morales- Raccoon

Mrs. Soupene Bunny Mrs. RamseyerGolden Retriever puppy

Nr. Nesmith Ostrich


What’s her secret? By Wynn Hukle One of the questions humans have faced since the dawn of time is “why does it take women so long to get ready?” The answer is: we will never tell. Even if we did tell all of you men out there just what it takes to be a well-groomed woman, you still probably wouldn’t comprehend why we do the things we do. So here’s a list of things that women incorporate into their daily lives that men just don’t quite understand:

HAPPY PASSOVER! Chef Jemma For all you non-Jews out there (a.k.a. 99.99% of the school), Passover is the celebration of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. To commemorate this holiday, in tradition of the type of bread in which the Israelites ate when they left Egypt, Jews around the world will stop eating any leavened grain. This includes wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt and their derivatives. Now, for you to get in the spirit of Passover, you can make this kosher, flour-free desert.

Luffas, exfoliating scrubs, concealer, Greek yogurt, sparkle hair ties, the comfort of yoga pants, eyelash curlers, sock-buns, hydrogen peroxide, Channing Tatum, glitter, lipgloss, b o d y butter, E p s o m salts, fabric softener, M i d o l , shapewear, hobo bags, jumpsuits, Vaseline and Ryan Gosling.

Put 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butter in a bowl, microwave until melted. Pour in a bowl, and then stir in the following: 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons espresso powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 3 large eggs. Stir until smooth. Finally, add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and mix just to combine. Grease an 8” round cake pan, and line it with parchment. Bake the cake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.


What to Look Forward To….Until Summer By Ellen Oehmke. As we all know, the last month and a half of school is the worst. We just got back from spring break and are excited for summer. But, we need to remember that there still are some exciting things that we have to look forward to before summer! Coming up tomorrow, we have ISAS in Austin. For those of you not going, such as myself, do not fret. It is a lovely time being able to stay home and sleep in. Then, on April 20th, we have PROM!! One of the best events of the year (sorry freshmen and sophomores). It’s an opportunity for guys to get their creativity going and ask in a fun way. Then there is after prom, which is supaaaa fun. There are a lot of fun games to play and you get a free tshirt. Who doesn’t love Collegiate t-shirts?? Then, get ready for it, in May we get to take AP Tests!!! One of the second best events of the year because for one day you get to miss a class to take a two hour test! Trust me, it’s a good time. Then don’t forget about finals! Even better! But, in actuality, there still are some things to look forward to after prom. For seniors, we have graduation and the senior trip. Some excellent bonding time with your frienemies. Then for everyone else… There’s Honors Day… So be excited for the last month and a half of school, it’s gonna be GREEEAATTT!

YOUR FEARS DEFINED...

BY KARA MALONEY

After taking a trip to the dentist last week, I

Arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut

rediscovered how much I hate and fear the dentist. This is a type of phobia, also known as Dentophobia. Although it always seems that Denstists tend to laugh this off.... Anyhow, after some research on fear there, apparently there are

butter clinging to the top of your mouth) Peladophobia (fear of bald people) Spectrophobia (fear of mirrors) Alliumphobia (fear of garlic) Kymophobia (fear of wave-like motions)

some extremely common phobias in the United states. Such include Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and Acrophobia (fear of heights.) On the other hand, there are some not-so-common phobias...here's a list.

Consecotaleophobia (fear of chopsticks) Dutchphobia (fear of the Dutch) Koniophobia (fear of dust) Omphalophobia (fear of belly-buttons)

    Anatidaephobia (fear of being watched by ducks) Syngenesophobia (fear of siblings) Aphenphosmphobia (fear of being touched) Linonophobia (fear of string)


EASTBOROUGH IS EVIL By Riley Kemmer

I’m sure most of you students and faculty are quite familiar with the City of Eastborough. If you are not, then you should probably familiarize yourself with it. It is usually quite easy to find this 256 acre city on a map. In fact it is probably rare to not see the entire city crossed out on most maps… The reason for that: 20mph speed limit. On top of that Eastborough’s cops will not hesitate to pull someone over for going 21 down Douglas. But

decided 10mph is much better suited for the city. “In turn this should cut the moving violations in half, and keep people like this off the road” stated one Eastborough officer in the midst of issuing speeding violations to a group of 10 year olds on their bicycles. The second and even more menacing law the city is looking to put in place is the curfew at the city park. The curfew which states all visitors are prohibited after 11:00pm will be changed to say: “no visitors 12:00am to 12:00am.” Also riding the coat tail of this law is the installment of water-boarding as a punishment for feeding the ducks.

Pinterest-ing Craft of the Week by Grace Kohn & Jenna Farhat

wait… things are about to get a lot worse… Last Saturday the Eastborough city council met to discuss their outrage at the absurd amount of crimes taking place within the city this last year. At the conclusion of the meeting, the City council members announced their plans to help lower the annual crime by 66%. Yes, that’s right, these plans once initiated, are expected to bring the annual crimes in Eastborough down from 3 to 1. You might be asking yourself how they can even expect to accomplish this feat; well to them it is very simple two-step process. First: the city plans to lower their speed limits. Since 20mph seems to be a little on the ludicrous side of things, the city council

Tired of your hair ties showing? This is the perfect fashionable accessory to disguise those unsightly hair accessories. Take an empty paper towel roll and cut a one-inch cylinder off the end. Cut down the middle at one point. Paint it, cover it with decorative paper, or just decorate it however you want. Go crazy, make tons of them to suit all your entire wardrobe!


This was my Spring Break "To Do" list:      

By Rachel Fernandes As you all sadly know, Spring Break is but a distant memory now that school has started again.  A lot has probably left your mind so let me share with you some easy definitions to remember things by.       to procrastinate:  the act of saving homework until last minute because I will be older then and therefore wiser.   hideous grammar: the biggest turn off in the world.   stress: something that every single high school student has an abundance of.....   tomorrow: the day I do things from the day before.  

disappointment:  realizing that it is Wednesday when I thought it was Friday.   sarcasm: a natural way of self-defense against stupid people.   sweatpants: the comfiest article of clothing ever created in the history of the world.   deceit: the art of making my brother think he got the bigger piece of cookie.   Diet Coke: the drink I get to make me feel better about ordering cheese tots from Sonic (Diana you know how I feel).   Lunch time: the only thing that really gets me through the day.   cashew: a nut sneezing.   Pretty Little Liars: the only thing that gets me through Tuesday (until the season is over and then it becomes a very dark time for me).   windy: part of the weather forecast every single day in Kansas.   Dusty: Youngman.


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