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We are who we are! Check out the staff..as stick figures!

Students are on the With the Class of 2012’s graduation looming, it’s time to look back on how a high school career turns a timid freshman to a confident senior.

See what went down during Prom 2012! A Night in Paris

Index 2 News 3-6 BOTM 7-8 Opinion 9 Feature 10-11 Road to Graduation 12-13 Sports 14 Lifestyle 15-16 Athletes 17-18 Stick Staff 19 Social/Prom 20 Last Word


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Students compete at and drink in Art Symposium Korinne J.

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Art happens. And when it does, our students are in the midst of the action. Several THS students attended the annual Wyoming State High School Art Symposium April 26- 27 in Casper Wyoming. “There were a lot of different creative pieces of art work,” student Seren U. said. The Wyoming State Art Symposium is the nation’s largest high school art show and competition. There are over 4000 art works on display and each is judged: the best are awarded blue ribbons. The judges are art

teachers who stay at the symposium for three days. Art teacher Steve Law said, “The real honor is that my colleagues see our art work, and we have had some ribbons awarded each year. In the five years that I have taught in Torrington, we have now earned seventeen ribbons. I am very happy with the effort and expressed talent THS students put forth for this event.” Students attending the symposium can enter pieces in the categories of drawing, painting, sculptures,

and pottery. Student Josh R. took a six-inch piece of clay made into a model of a two -faced man. The students also have a chance to compete in contests such as the “Quick Draw.” Ring also competed in this contest. “The subjects were things like a new cell phone app or your prom look-alike. I chose to draw the new cell phone app,” Josh said “The best part of Symposium week is the work that the students bring in to show. I open it up to any one who made art this year. “I ask for certain pieces I know show well, but most are chosen by the artists. This is the best part because I get to reminisce with the artist about that time or struggle or the birth of the idea that resulted in their being so

proud of themselves. “Symposium is very reaffirming and comes at a great time of year when we all have made nice work and want that recognition,” Law said. Seren said her favorite part about symposium was “planking with Mr. Law,. We planked on the auditorium chairs and many other places. The symposium is not just all work. We have fun too.” “I would like to express my congratulations to Kendra O. Two ribbons in two years—amazing— and Stormy R. for her blue this year. “They both have a great story about how it all went together. Kendra started her project the second week of school, and Stormy collaborated with her mom to come up with a winner from an assignment in class,” Law said.

Torrington High School loses a seventeen- year veteran Kylie K. Collumnist

Not only is the end of the school year drawing near, but we’ll also see the end of a teacher’s career. A teacher who’s been teaching English for seventeen years has decided to throw in the towel. Katherine Patrick,(KP) gets to enjoy a life of retirement which, for her, includes finishing projects such as working on the house, gardening, reading, and not having to wake up at 5:20 every morning. Aside from this, there are things she will miss about THS. Some of her greatest memories include coaching her own son in speech and watching/coaching him at Nationals where he placed seventh. “I was also thrilled when our newspaper won All-State Newspaper in the 3A division. We’ve been fighting to get back there ever since. “I also really enjoyed directing the spring plays. We did some comedies, but also The Crucible one year. Student actors are incredible!” But along with those great memories comes one truly humiliating one. “I used to bring a change of clothes when we had layout nights for the news paper and sometimes I would change, but sometime I wouldn’t. I would just bundle things up, some items within others. “One morning, I put on some jeans, and I felt something odd in one of the pant legs. I fished around and couldn’t find anything, so I just put them one and went to school. “Part-way though first period, I had a male student tell me something was coming out of my pants and it was

my UNDERWEAR!!” Patrick exclaimed. Much will be missed for Patrick when she leaves, but thing she’ll miss most was flattering to hear about.:“The kids and the staff of course!” Patrick said enthusiastically. “I want to stay with you guys!” The feeling appeared to be mutual between Patrick and the students and staff. Brookee M. took the news of Patrick leaving pretty hard. “I was a horrible day when she told me she was leaving; totally ruined my day.” Shelby H. felt the same way. “I was really, really sad. I’ll miss her and it will be hard not having anyone to go to for help with College English.” “When she told me, I cried tears…of joy,” said junior Jake H. jokingly. “Just kidding, I’m going to miss her very very very very very very very very MUCH!” Math teacher Tamara McAnelly’s comment was very touching. “I was shocked and sad and surprised and jealous. I have a lot of favorite memories with her because she’s one person I can be myself around.” Even though freshmen Brittany P. didn’t know KP that well, she will still miss her greatly. “I thought it was so sad. I only had her half the year but she was pretty chill.” Brett G. shared the same feelings. “I only had her one year, but I wish she would of stayed until we graduated.” “I wanted to take her class again. She’s a good teacher,” said Zach E. Science instructor Lindy Ellis seemed to be pretty close with Patrick. “Well, my jaw hit the floor [when I heard the news].

I didn’t even know what to say. I WPA board, so a project was created for was very surprised and then very sad. Stevens to paint murals for the high She will be missed greatly.” school. Ellis and Patrick shared a lot of “We have a small painting of our memories together, but Ellis’ favorite house that Steven’s made as a gift in rememory came from when they were both turn for that favor.” in college. Patrick also has much in com“We were in the same biology mon with her students’ summer jobs as class and we about went blind counting she served for three years as a lifeguard fruit flies!” said Ellis. “We will miss her and swimming teacher at the Torrington greatly on the paper as well!” Municipal Swimming Pool. Patrick has an additional tie to THS that few people know about: her father-in-law helped facilitate the painting of the murals that now hang in our commons. “The family story goes that E.E. Stevens came to the door and asked Bryan [Patrick] if he could help get work as an artist on any WPA projects. In her prime! Mrs. Patrick as a freshman at the University of “We Wyoming knows nothing of the thrills in store for her in the think that Mr. halls of THS Patrick was Courtesy photo on the local


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Rising to the top: Jamie H., April‟s Blazer of the Month Dimitri N. Editor-in-Chief

It is always inspiring to see someone rise to the top in a short amount of time. This is the case with April’s Blazer of the Month, Jamie H. A Torrington native, Jamie, along with her sister, Alex, was raised in several different areas, from Henry, Chadron, and Mitchell, in Nebraska, to Fort Defiance in Arizona, to Brookeville, Kansas. “My only sibling is my twin sister Alex. We’ve been through a lot together and I’m glad she’s been there for me. There is a lot of stuff I couldn’t have done without her.” Daughter of Wyoma Lillian H, Jamie has become a symbol of immediate success in a new environment. She is the only student, in recent history that is, to become a Blazer of the Month while transferring into a senior year, an accomplishment not achieved by several seniors. Because of her mobile life, Jamie has varying favorite memories: “Mostly just spending time with my friends is memorable enough. But Prom and my dance team are also included,” Jamie explained. “Sports also. Cheerleading at the football and basketball games, playing softball, going to state football, state basketball, and state softball.” Nevertheless, high school has given Jaime two highly embarrassing moments. “In my Spanish II class, we made a scary movie and they dropped a football dummy on my head to kill me. But then, when everyone saw the movie, it just looked really bad.” she recalled. Her other moment involved a quick escape. “In my Algebra II class, I got sick and ended up running out of the room to throw up. My whole class knew I had gotten sick, and that sucked.” But with those memories behind her, Jaime is able to focus on ending a spectacular high school career on the right note. Her determination, devotion, and ambition has captured the attention of several teachers, leading her to secure a spot in Torrington High School history as a lifelong Blazer. Alex H., her sister, commented that

her favorite memory of Jamie is “her swimming and riding her bike.” Other students had different things on their minds, “Jamie is one of the nicest people in this school. She always has a smile on her face and is incredibly intelligent.” What fuels her likable personality? In her spare time, Jamie likes watching a variety of shows: “I love Supernatural, Secret Circle, That 70’s Show, Pretty Little Liars, Charmed, and definitely The Big Bang Theory.” While she admitted a favorite movie was a difficult choice, Jamie said that “either The Notebook or Disturbia or The Hangover or Mall Cop,” were in the running. Her favorite book is “probably The Mortal Instruments series.” Her favorite teachers include two from THS: “Mr. Kelly, I’ve learned so much from him and I feel his class has prepared me for college a lot. Mr. Fournier because his class always makes me smile and laugh. He knows how to get through to the students and is someone that you could really look up to. Also, Mr. Patrick, my biology and chemistry teacher. He makes his class a lot of fun. I always looked forward to it.” A busy lifestyle has carved out a multitude of activities that are reflected in her high school career. “Freshman year with state football was an awesome way to start my high school life. I joined cheer and dance and went to Worlds of Fun for band. It was an awesome experience. I met so many new people and played softball. I also joined drama club fort the first time. “During sophomore year, making movies in Spanish II was a lot of fun. I did more cheer and dance and participated in my first musical. I also was student of the month and got an I on my trumpet solo. There were awesome Sweet 16 parties all year. The kilt crew was born. And at the end of the year, I was inducted into National Honor Society. “My junior year consisted of more cheer and dance. It also had the best Homecoming dance compared to all four of my years. My psychology class was the best ever

and I participated in Rachel’s Challenge and Reaching for Reed as well as attended State Basketball (a first in forty years). I did amazing in the Scholar’s Bowl and Science Olympiad and I received an I on my trumpet trio and a II on my trumpet solo. I returned to Worlds of Fun and I became vicepresident for Drama Club. Not to mention Prom decorating. “Finally, my senior year has been exciting. I’ve been in Drama Club, attended another state basketball tournament, and I absolutely loved Prom. Getting to meet new people is great and I got another I on my trumpet solo as well as participate in Jazz Band. I’m getting ready for college but being on top is awesome.” concluded Jaime. “High school has been the most amazing four years of my life. I have had so much fun and learned a lot. Although I would never redo any of it, ever. I would never trade my memories for anything. I am so glad at all the things I was able to do and I really think these were the best years of my life, so far.” Jaime’s future is very clear. “I want to become a clinical psychologist so I can help people with their problems. I am a good listener and like knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life. I would prefer to work with kids and young adults but also on marriages and families. I would love to know that I stopped a kid from killing themselves or I stopped a couple from getting divorced. I just really want to be there to help.” Because of this, Jamie plans to at-

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tend Chadron State College to major in psychology and minor in math and music. “I hope to get a doctorate degree in psychology and eventually open my own business and help people work through their problems. Also to eventually get married and have kids. I also really want to travel the world” Even so, Jamie still has a few words about high school. “I won’t miss all the drama. Some people need to realize the high school is just high school. When it’s over, none of the stuff you complained about or were mad about will matter. People take high school way too seriously.” She will miss her friends because “for some of us, I might never see them again.” Finally, her advice to underclassmen reflects the type of person she really is. “Don’t get too stressed out about the little things in life. There is a big world out there. Get involved in school more. This might be the only chance you get to play a sport, join a play, join a club, go to a dance. Enjoy life. Don’t procrastinate. You’re young only once, so don’t waste your time.”

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April’s BOTM Anthony G. hopes to make history Sydney H. Columnist

Born and raised in Torrington, Wyoming, Anthony G. notches a number one spot. Being chosen as April’s Blazer of the Month. Anthony is the son of Pamela and Ramon , and the younger brother of Adrian and Hellie , who are both attending the University of Wyoming. “Anthony is a funny person,” classmate Patricia Martinez said. “He just knows how to make someone laugh no matter what mood you’re in!” Anthony’s freshman year he enjoyed being new to the school. He was glad to finally be in high school. Sophomore year brought on one of his favorite teachers, Max Mills, moving. Junior year, he enjoyed Criminal Justice with Mr. Lenhardt, but wasn’t too excited about tripping during life sports. Now, in his senior year, Anthony, cannot wait to graduate and move on with his life. “I don’t enjoy that I have never been able to play my favorite sports with all my friends,” Anthony noted. Throughout high school Anthony has an embarrassing moment that sticks out in his mind, “When my friend Christian Munoz and I were freshman. We got lost looking for our math class.” Although he is almost done with school, he will miss a few things; his teachers, friends, and just having a good time. Some of his favorite memories consist of: throwing water balloons at the underclassmen and riding the fire trucks, also spending high school with his best friends.

According to Anthony, he is involved in reading, writing, and more lame stuff. Anthony plans to attend the University of Wyoming and study history. “I want to become a history teacher, because I enjoy history. Yes, I’m lame like that,” he laughed. Anthony’s favorite movie is The Dark Knight, while his favorite T.V. shows are The Simpsons, Criminal Minds, Sports Center, and The Walking Dead. He enjoys reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X and The Cat in the Hat. Katherine Patrick, AJ Gross, Shawna James, and Tamera McAnelly are four of Anthony’s favorite teacher at Torrington High School. He likes Mrs. Patrick because she has always helped him

throughout high school. He looks up to Mr. Gross because he is a great teacher. “I also like Mrs. James because she understands my sarcasm and Mrs. McAnelly because she has been a saint to me this entire year!” “He is always cheerful, he is kind to other people, he writes beautifully, and he is a loyal friend,” Mrs. Patrick pointed out. “I never cease to be amazed by the level of awesomeness I achieve on a daily basis,” Anthony said. Anthony would like to leave all of the underclassmen with one last piece of advice, “Quit being disrespectful and listen to your teachers!”

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May’s Blazer of the Month is a “total mom” Korinne John balances taking care of everyone and being a Blazer

Dimitri Nesbitt Editor-in-Chief

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” ― Kurt Vonnegut. While, someday, this may become an adage adopted by the Class of 2012, the newest Blazer of the Month will undoubtedly put those terrors to rest. Korinne John, the unofficial “organizer” for the senior class, and now has added May Blazer of the Month to an ever-growing list of accomplishments. Born in Carson City, Nevada, John moved to Torrington when she was only three years old, along with parents Matt and Staci. Her family doesn’t stop there. John has one sister “Courtney, who is twenty-eight. Although we aren’t that close in age, she has taught me a lot. I have been able to watch her and learn

from her experiences. I don’t know what I would do without her,” John explained. With a strong sense of belonging and ambition, John has made her mark on Torrington High School. But while John completes the list of outstanding seniors, she still manages to maintain her individuality and finesse. “I don’t this I have just one favorite memory,” reflected John. “High school was filled with tons of amazing memories. But I would say the funniest is anything with Shai, especially cutting her toenails. The volleyball girls are amazing and we have more than enough crazy memories. :)” Long-time friend and fellow senior Jenny Rife said that her favorite memory of Korinne was “New Year’s Eve 2011. She takes care of anyone and is a total mom! Aleighica Keeran recalled” her making me cupcakes for playing with her hair in College English. She smiles

all the time and has an amazing work ethic. When I come back to Torrington I’m going to her chiropractic office and get my back popped!” “My most embarrassing moment was probably falling up the stairs. You would think I would learn to pick up my feet,” John commented. Nevertheless, high school has given John several opportunities to give herself a complete experience. “During freshman year, I remember being really intimidated by the upperclassmen. They looked so scary and so much older than me. I learned quickly that they weren’t scary at all! I also remember falling up the stairs on the way to my first class on the first day of high school. Talk about embarrassing! “My sophomore year was a little different. I remember school got a little bit harder. Classes were harder and life, in general, was getting busier. But I also met some amazing people who have now become some of my best friends. I grew up a lot that year and learned to be independent. “Junior year was probably my most fun year, so far. I had a lot of fun. I think it was the fact that I was growing up, I could drive, and I could run on my own schedule. The friends I made that year made my junior year the best. “Finally, my senior year has been the year to really grow up. When you start high school as a freshman, you can’t wait to graduate. That’s all you look for ward to, but when you start high school as a freshman, it’s super scary. You’re growing up and have to be an your own, soon. But it was one fun and crazy year. Don’t even take high school for granted!” concluded John. Throughout this detailed account, John has encountered new things that give meaning to her life. “My favorite movie is either Center Stage or Burlesque.” she said, adding that her favorite television shows include “Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives, and Make It Or Break It.” Aside from being a prominent member of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (where she just completed her one-year presidency), John was exposed to her favorite high school teacher: Family and Consumer Sciences instructor Alina Surber. “She [Surber] always knows the right thing to say and she is always there for you no matter what!” John explained. “Plus her Food Science classes are exciting.”

“Korinne always has her moments,” one student said. “She sometimes doesn’t understand something in class and will get frustrated, but it’s funny to watch. She’s very demanding but it gets her ahead in life. She’s incredibly nice and will take care of everyone regardless of the circumstances.” Even so, high school memories are different for everyone, and Korinne has her fair share of things she will and won’t miss. “I honestly am going to miss the easiness and slow-paced life of high school. College is a whole new world. I’m excited but still nervous about it,” John explained. “ On the other hand, “having to be at school for eight hours all day, every day” is something she won’t miss, a sentiment shared by several other students. Korinne’s future plans are clear: “I am going to attend Eastern Wyoming College and then the University in Laramie to major in kinesiology. From there, I’ll go to chiropractic school. I want to become a chiropractor someday. “I love helping people and I love medicine. I found that kinesiology is helping people the natural way, without any drugs. God created our bodies to work without drugs. Why do we need them now? “Helping people has always been my passion and I want to help people make their lives better,” John explained. “I see her being the next octomom except not crazy and being entirely successful,” added Jenny Rife. But as her year winds down, Korinne John still has a few words for her underclassmen: “Live life and have fun! It goes by fast. Enjoy it!”


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Patrick’s “chipper” attitude earns him the title of May’s BOTM Sydney H.

Golf coach, Jeff Halley, thinks a little bit different. “I think he will still be bagging groceries,” Halley Born and raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, this laughed. “I see him being successful in whatever he months BOTM has ‘chipped’ his way to the top. chooses. He will be a great After lettering in golf father, husband, and friend for four years straight, Patrick in the future,” Mark LenS. became May’s Blazer of the hardt said. Month. Patrick is raised by his Two of Patrick’s mother Heather Harms and his favorite teachers are Mr. step-dad Brian Harms. He has Law and Mr. Lenhardt. “I two step siblings, Jordan and like Lenhardt because we Sydney Harms. Jordan is in colenjoy the same activities, lege in Steamboat, Colorado, and Law because he is just and Sydney is a junior at TorMr. Law.” rington High School. Lenhardt had Patrick plans to attend nothing but positive things EWC and then transfer to either to say about Patrick. Chadron State or the University “Patrick is one of the most of Wyoming. He does not know kind hearted kids in our what he wants to major in yet. school. There is not a mean “I just wanna be a milbone in his body. I have really enjoyed getting to know lionaire,” Patrick said. “Who wouldn’t want that?” “In the fiture, I see Patrick being the manager at him and I love when he brings me his home-made jerky concoctions.” Main Street Market,” art teacher Steve Law said. Columnist

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Throughout high school, Patrick has enjoyed all of the golf trips. He plans to continue to play golf for the rest of his life! He has also been involved in FCA and Advanced Art. His favorite memory thus far, is planking with Mr. Law at the art symposium. One thing he won’t miss is, going to school from 8:00 to 3:35. “I’m gonna miss pushing Syd into the lockers when I walk by her,” Patrick laughed. “Although sometimes I wanna just hit him,” Sydney laughed. “Patrick has been a good asset to my family, and I am lucky to have got to know him.”


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OPINION

High school is not high school without the teachers Dimitri Nesbitt Editor-in-Chief

paper in itself. My high school career was complete when you let me join Four years may seem like a lot FBLA officially as a sophomore. Little to a regular student. But honestly, did I know then that it would be a bloswhere has time gone? It truly feels as if I soming moment for me. From State, to were walking through the doors of Tor- Nationals, to our simple projects, to Job rington High School as a freshman just Shadow day, you have given me the best memories of my high school life. I’m last week. going to miss you so much and feel reIn just four years, I’ve made so lieved that FBLA will always be in good many memories, I can’t even fathom where to begin. High school has given hands. Mr. Gross– I think we can both me experiences like Homecoming, Prom (even worse, decorating for it), count- agree Prom decorating was not the best less football, volleyball, and basketball experience for everyone. It’s funny how games, FBLA president, being Editor-in- I remember my freshman orientation Chief of this publication, Student Coun- and meeting you for the first time, or cil, Green Club, the list of activities goes how I can still picture the scene from when Kayla Broberg and I asked you to on and on. My success, however, can be be our class sponsor. All of your classes accredited to the teachers of this school. allowed me to stand out and, more importantly, to make sure no one makes Every single one of them. So, in my final column as Editor false assumptions about the world. I -in-Chief of The Blazing Sun, I would like appreciate all that you have done for to thank each and every one of my our class and for me and thank you for teachers for molding me into the person being the most open-minded person I’ve met. I am today. Mrs. Surber– You class was, by Mrs. Patrick– You are the only far, my favorite. Along with Mrs. Patrick, teacher that I’ve had for all my four you let me be creative in the kitchen. Paula Deen the Butter Queen was easily my favorite memory from when Dylan Slusher and I were sophomores. But you made sure we didn’t stop there. You taught me everything from baking procedures to improvising during a cooking disaster and everything in between (remember the doughnuts?) along with throwing a few life lessons in between. Mr. and Mrs. Rakiecki – My favorite duo. I hope you read this someday, because my junior year was completely influenced by you. History and science were my strongest classes and you constantly reminded me that there was a big world out there that was waiting On my way to the city...All teachers have influfor me to conquer it. You always enced every single student that passes through pressured me to be a cut above the doors of Torrington High School. Let’s just hope that those students know what to do with the rest and because of that, I’m that great education. ready to take on anything. Staff Photo Mrs. Nighswonger and Mrs. O’Connor - Merci, beaucoup! years, and I couldn’t have asked for a My studies in French were so enhanced better mentor. You taught me every- by your direction. You inspired me to thing there was to know about the pub- reach out and bring the world to our lishing industry and allowed me to classroom and also let me think conchannel my creativity into our newspa- versely, for the betterment of the class. per. I will miss you immensely and The multitude of projects were much thank you for all the opportunities such appreciated and I will be indebted to as journalism conferences. I’ll especially you for molding my global mind. miss our layout nights, too. Mr. Kelly, Mr. Harms, and Mrs. McGuire– as my second Mrs. McAnelly- Math was never my mother in this school, the list of things I strongest subject and you knew it. But it have to thank you for would be a news- didn’t stop you from hammering my

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Welcome to the Jungle! New students need to feel accepted Blazing Sun Staff

Being a new student is a scary experience, and if you can’t find a group of friends or hit your stride in the school system, then this scary experience can get exponentially worse. New kids are always fighting to fit into a school system, and in places like Torrington, this is harder than usual. Students can be very “cliquey,” and when they don’t go out of their way to introduce themselves to these kids, this comes across as us being rude and stuck up. If you see a new student wandering around the school, say brain with formulas and numbers. In a weird way, you taught me that, for a truly successful future, one needs to be balanced in both creativity and logic. Nevertheless, I thank you for always keeping me on my toes and pressuring me to complete all assignments. Mr. Meyer, Ms. Ellis, Mr. Mills and Mrs. Hayes- It’s incredible how much I learned from all of you. Science has always been a major interest and you always presented me with new information, new discoveries, and new challenges to continue and expand that interest. I’ll always remember winning Man Down in Chemistry as a sophomore and struggling to keep my notes for Environ-

hi. Make him or her feel welcome in an unfamiliar place. These kids have been uprooted from everything they know, and now they are trying to settle in and get to know a new place. Don’t let them just wander around by themselves— help them to their classes. Show them where their classrooms are and introduce them to teachers. Just show them the ropes. Try to be sympathetic and understand these kids can be shy. Help them out, and I bet you would even make new friends. Be welcoming and help these students out.

mental Science a little less dynamic. Mrs. James, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Shoults- English clearly would not have been English if it hadn’t been for your leadership. Those moments from laughing at Scout’s hair to bringing a giant bellybuster pizza on my birthday to an hour of accents will always make these classes memorable. And let’s not forget the “Geek Gods” I made in mythology. High school has been a time for extreme adventure, but let’s not forget the real purpose of this school. Education. And every single teacher has made my high school experiences more than enough.


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No, actually, the restaurant DID NOT make you fat Nick Prusia Opinions Editor

I often compare our generations to the ones before us. In a previous issue I compared our work ethic and motivation to others past, This time, I’d like to look at this generation’s health When a person becomes obese, particularly a younger person, many people like to point the finger at one group of franchises and chains: the fast-food joints such as McDonald's and Burger King. Their criticsisms state the restaurants don't care about them, and restaurants are the reason diners obtained poorer overall health. No, just no, it's not the restaurant's fault. While I agree that the standards for fast-food are not high enough and they can be unhealthy, every decision people make is their responsibility. Decisions are made by the people themselves, last time I checked, McDonald's doesn't have a mind control tower atop of their restaurants telling the citizens to buy a Big Mac. Every purchase was by a person, and it isn't the responsibility of the restaurant to tell him what he’s doing is bad for his health. People need to know what they put into their bodies. Heck, cigarrettes even have a Surgeon General's warning placed on the carton. Now I'm not saying that fast-food packaging needs to have a sticker: "Warning, eating forty burgers will put you into a hospital," That would be ridiculous. It is our responsibility to know if a choice is healthy enough, and we must live with our choices and decisions. We must moni-

tor what we eat and consume, and over consumption isn't due to the companies. It's due to our inability to have the self-discipline to stop when we need to. Some may say they have an addiction to fast food. This isn't as common as other addictions, but there are options to help anybody out who needs it. One more thing that confuses and concerns me is a select few parents who are doing the same thing. It’s one thing when a kid accuses another place or person for their faults, but the parents make it worse. Believe it or not, it happens; parents say fast food joints and other restaurants are the reason why their children are so unhealthy. Is the child the parent’s child, or is the child offspring of the fast food restaurant? Parents are responsible for how their kid turns out. Childhood obesity should be attributed little bit to the kids when it comes to how they turn out. The parents are liable for whatever the child does, especially when the child is a younger age. Not until later on in their life are they responsible for themselves. The main point I’m trying to get across is to take responsibility for what you do. Beyond health, everything in life in general is entirely up to the person. The finger-pointing is ridiculous. I’m sick and tired of seeing people cry and whine while pointing the finger at a different person or thing, and saying that it’s that person or thing’s fault that something bad has happened to them. Who remembers the old saying from elementary school, “When you point the finger, three fingers are pointing back at you?” I know I do. This applies to the problem here. I really haven’t heard anything as ridiculous as “It’s the fast food restaurants that are making me fat,” claims. The restaurants do not force feed anybody the food, the only person responsible is the person themselves; I can’t say that enough.

What are you doing this summer? Going to Grand for Jobs Daughters Erin M. Senior

Hitting clean up for Torrington Tigers Cameron K. Junior

Going on a cruise to the Caribbean Whitney W. Sophomore

Working at the pool and hopefully finding an additional job Tarah W. Senior

Wresting and training for Nationals Jake H. Junior

Working, fishing, and going to the lake Patrick S. Senior


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Suicide Prevention: Young lives need to be saved Blazing Sun Staff

As teens, we know how hectic life can get. Between, school, family, friends, jobs, activities, significant others, and sports, we have a lot to worry about. Throw in all the emotions and problems that teens can keep bottled up, and everything can seem overwhelming . . . but is the solution to end your own life? Recent studies have shown that every two hours and eleven minutes, a person under the age of twenty-five commits suicide. That’s almost eleven youths’ lives being taken each day, and by their very own hands. According to www.teachervision.fen.com, “A recent survey of high-school students found that almost 1 in 5 had seriously considered suicide; more than 1 in 6 had made plans to attempt suicide; and more than 1 in 12 had made a suicide attempt in the past year.” Child psychiatrist Dr. Shannon Croft says that fewer and fewer kids who are in need of antidepressant medicine actually take it. He blames this on the 2004 FDA caution referred to as the “black box warning,” in which Photo from Wikipedia Commons

it was claimed that antidepressants could cause s u i c i d a l thoughts in teenagers. D e pression in teens is often caused by bullying. Even the most “popular” kids have been known to take their own lives. Picking on someone can potentially hurt them so much they feel like there is no point in living. Bullying makes no one feel better, and it is common that after a kid takes their own life,

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the bully feels so bad about it, he/she also commits suicide. That’s two young lives that could have been saved. An article recently published on www.connectwithkids.com listed some signs that both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Association of Suicidology experts noted might be exhibited by a suicidal person: -A teenager contemplating suicide may refer to him/herself as a “bad person” or say s/he is feeling “rotten inside.” -S/he may give verbal hints such as: “I won’t be a problem for you much longer,” “Nothing matters,” “It’s no use,” and “I won’t see you again.” They stress that if someone you know admits to having suicidal feelings, don’t act shocked, because this will put distance between the two of you. Instead, be willing to listen, allow f them to express their feelings, and let them know that you accept those feelings. If someone tells you he or she is having suicidal thoughts, or are giving hints about it, let that person know how much s/he means to you, then go get help from an adult: you could save a life.

Teachers become fishing guides Avery Madden Columist

Ever wonder what teachers do when they’re not being “teachers?” For Mark Lenhardt and Jeff Halley the answer is easy: fishing. But recently, this hobby has become a second job for them. Within the past couple of years, Lenhardt and Halley have become fishing guides alongside brothers Jason and Mark Hamrick, and former THS P.E. teacher Anndee Meyer. The Hamrick brothers started a company based in Casper, Wyoming, called Cowboy Drifters. Lenhardt described Cowboy Drifters as “an outfitting business that takes people fly fishing on the North Platte River and other local rivers around the Casper area.” Lenhardt noted that Hamrick also Photo from Wikipedia guides goose hunting trips in the winter. “I’ve been fly fishing forever,” Halley explained. “I got to be friends with Jason Hamrick, and he needed some help with his business. One time he called me and said, ‘Hey come up and row and boat!’ and I went up and rowed and did a good job, so then he hired me for as much as I want to do! “I probably do it thirty or forty times a year,” Halley said. “Typically our job throughout the day is to take people fishing,” Lenhardt said. “We focus mostly on the fishing aspect of it, but some people just like to get out on the river and get out of work for a day, or just spend some time with loved ones

or friends. Our job is to try and put our clients on as many fish as possible.” Just like every other job, sometimes there are catastrophes. “I ran an old guy from Kansas into a bush once,” Halley laughed. “We went down this really skinny side channel that I thought would have more room. There was this one spot that didn’t have enough room, and there was no were else to go but into the bush…so that’s where he ended up! He was O.K., but I had warned him it was coming, so it only hit him partway in the back of the head.” “We do also get paid for it, but that isn’t the man reason I do it,” Lenhardt said. “I do it because I just like being out on the river, and I enjoy watching people catch fish and have a good time. It’s good exercise, and, again, it’s just fun! Getting paid is just a nice little perk.” Seniors Mark Mckee, Jason McManamen, Frank Stellpflug, and Nick Brower have all used Cowboy Drifters on one of their fishing trips. “I like that it was a fun, outdoor experience with nice scenery,” Brower said. “Mark’s dad is the one who told me about it, and it was really fun, especially when I caught fish. I would do it again and hope for more fish!” More information about Cowboy Drifters can be found at ww.wyocowboy drifters.com.

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Tigers’ baseball team plans to build on successes Staff report

After a rough 2011 season, the Torrington Tigers baseball team hopes to come back with a stronger 2012 summer. The Tigers finished the season under .500, with a 19-22 record, but on the positive side, they return most of their starters. Zach L moved from Chadron to Torrington in the middle of the season, and he was not able to get a full season of playing time. This year he will help the Tigers as the starting third basemen. “My goal as a team is to be competitive this season, do well in tournaments, and hopefully win state,” Zach said. “I want to be on the field as much as possible, and hopefully finish with strong stats.” “We need to make it to state,”

second basemen Austin Murphy said. “I want to earn All-State [honors] and have a .375 batting average.” Murphy started third base all last year, and had a strong finish at state. This year he is making the change from third to second base. Torrington Tigers’ Brock Y., looks forward to more playing time as the starting catcher. Brock started some games last year and played some games in the outfield. “I want to win districts and state,” Brock added. “I don’t want to have any passed balls, and hopefully, I won't strike out too much.” Wyatt W. had a shortened season last year, ending it early with a broken wrist. “I want to have a win percentage of 75% as a team, and hopefully win state,” Wyatt said, “ and I’d like to finish

the season without an injury.” “I am absolutely looking forward to the season,” Caden C. said. He started many games in the infield and at pitcher last year. “I want to hit as many home runs as I can and throw at least twelve perfect games,” Caden said laughing.

Mark M. had a slow start last year, missing a couple weeks due to a shoulder injury, but he came back to receive All-Conference [recognition] at second base. This year he is playing shortstop. “Our team looks better and gets along better. We should be able to finish out the season strong,” Mark said. “Hopefully I bat higher than .500 like I did for most of the year last year, and have a better year with my shoulders.” The Tigers first game was originally scheduled to be played on May 20 (Graduation Day), but is now May 23rd against Scottsbluff.

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Blazer girls victorious in three games; prepare for Powell Mackenzy P.

“Lexi B., Crystal M., Estefany T., and Hannah F., all had a role in this As the school year comes to the win,” Perkins concluded. This make the end, spring sports are growing more Lady Blazer’s record five wins out of intense and important. thirteen. In the previous few weeks, the During the Rawlins vs. TorringBlazer soccer girls have had some hard ton game, goalie Mikayla B. had one completion. save, demonstrating the improvement On April 26, the Blazers came of the Torrington defense. out with a win over the Rawlins OutRegarding the Rawlins game, laws, 4 to 0. junior Estefany T. said, “I played better Senior Caitlyn C. ended the at Rawlins because I think we all did game with two goals, junior Sydney H. better, especially since we gave it our made two assists, and had three shots all!” Injured player Elizabeth C. said, “I thought the girls did well at Rawlins. It was a good win. From where I was sitting, our team did good things and our defense did great because they only had two shots on goal, so they really improved!” Torrington went head to head with Cheyenne South on May 1, and came out with a win: Blazers 3 to 0. Mikayla had six saves, while Caitlyn had two shots and one save. Reflecting back on the Cheyenne South game, Perkins said, “South is a very physical team and we did not let up. There was a yellow card given to a player from the team for physical play. Our focus in this game was to be patient on offence and control the ball while waiting for the opportunity to shoot. We It’s all uphill from here!Lady Blazers head to the Regional tournament on Saturday to face the continue to solidify our dePowell Panthers. File photo fense and work on coverage.” Columnist

on goal.

“With the wind at our back and 8 minutes into the 2nd half, Caitlyn scored her first goal on an assist by Harms,” Girls’ Head Coach Mary Perkins said, “Caitlyn found the net again at the 17 minute mark on a throw in from Sydney, Clara was able to come up on defense and help move the ball on the offensive half, while Hill Avila, and Juliana anchored the defense and Brower held her ground in the goal.

In the coming weeks, the Lady Blazers will have to step up against their fierce completion at regionals, “We have a lot of work to do before regionals. We play Powell on May 12 for the chance to go to State. Penetrating Powell's defense to score will be our greatest challenges,” Perkins said. Last Friday the Lady Blazers went face-to-face with the Douglas Bearcats and came out with another Blazer win, 6 to 0. Brower ended the last game before regional's with six saves, Cummings with two goals, and Elizabeth with one assist. “We never gave up and stuck with it through the end. We may not have scored as much as we hoped, but we still stayed strong and came out with a win,” said Brower about the Lady Blazers/Bearcats game. “It was a physical game, but we still finished it with a win and played tough,” said Cummings who suffered a concussion during the game against Douglas. “We had some trouble adjusting to the [artificial] turf field. The ball plays differently,” Perkins said. “Shai and Caitlyn had several shots on goal that I thought would be in—the Douglas goalie did a great job knocking them out. “Cait scored the first goal at the ten-minute mark and then again at the 33-minute mark on an assist by Elizabeth. Sydney Harms did a nice job anchoring our midfield so we could free Caitlyn up on the attack.”


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Pat Summit isn’t any ordinary woman! Nick P.

as the Head Coach, every single player on the Lady Volunteers’ basketball team has completed earning her degree or is on track to do so. Along with all of the records, honors were bestowed. As early as 1990, she was already collecting honors, being inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, the first year coaches were honored. In 1999, Summit was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame; this was another inaugural class. In April 2000, she was named the “Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century.” After her retirement from coaching, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack

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At age twenty-two, most of us are just getting out of college and finally out into the real world. Our degrees are now being put into work, and it is the time to finally become a citizen. Most of us aren’t Pat Summit though. At age twenty-two, Summit became the Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers’ women’s basketball team. For thirty -eight years, she has been an icon to not only women’s basketball, but all of sports in general. In August 2011, Summit announced that she had been diagnosed with early -onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and though she made it all the way to the end of the year, she stepped down as the Head Coach at Tennessee. She has now taken the role as the Head Coach Emeritus, meaning she can still provide some coaching, but isn’t allowed to be on the bench of the team. In a thirty-eight year span, Summit accomplished more than almost any coach to ever lead a team— not only in the women’s world, but in all of sports. Summit could build a resume that includes numerous fantastic feats: most wins by any NCAA Division I coach (1,098; an average of just under twenty-nine wins per year), most NCAA Division I national titles (8; second to John Wooden, 10), most consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (38, she never was done with a season early), most number one seeds in Division I postseason play (20), most wins in postseason play (109), most Final Four appearances (18), third all-time best winning percentage with a minimum of ten seasons (.841; both the top two spots are held “Pat Summit did her job on and off by men’s coaches); and a list that goes on and on and on. While many coaches who are successful have a bad reputation for having the court” Pat summit players who don’t excel in the classroom, Summit is the opposite. During her tenure Photo from Wikipedia commons

Cheyenne Frontier Days:

“Grandaddy of „em All” Rodeo summer favorite for THS students Blake W.

famous singers and comedians. This is also called ‘The Daddy of ‘em All’, based on its long history and the fact that the rodeo is known as the largest event in the Cheyenne Frontier days, has been held in Cheyenne, world. This event also includes a free pancake breakWyoming since 1897. This is to be claimed to be one of fast held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday which the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in nearly 40,000 people take advantage of this. Another the world. This event occurs 10 days center around the popular event during Frontier Days is the United States last week of July. This event draws close to 200,000 Air Force Thunderbirds Air Squadron. This event takes people every year. Frontier Days features concerts with place on the Wednesday during the biggest event in the world. This show is displayed over the campus Columnist

at the Laramie Community College. Pilots fly famous and crazy stunts right over the crowd. “The smell is the best thing about Frontier Days; it’s the smell of Wyoming. I love the turkey legs, and popcorn it’s the frosting to the cake at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The best memories of Frontier Days is , The Outlaws, this was my favorite band. I love the loud noises. The Thunderbirds is a sight to see. The speed and accuracy of the pilots is tremendous. The loud noises and of course the jet fuel smell,” mentioned THS art teacher Steve Law. “You got to love the rodeo entertainment. The concert and the funnel cakes are to die for during these events. The Motley Crew concert is my favorite memory. This was my first live concert that I have ever seen. The lights and noises just put you in a whole different mood. They had crazy enthusiasm, which got the entire crowd going to make it fun. I have never seen the live presentation of the Thunderbirds, but I did see them fly over while stuck on the fairs wheel,” commented Senior Patrick S..

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Pushing teachers over the edge, one page at a time Kolter Elder Columnist

Every teacher has pet-peeves, whether it’s behavior in class or wearing a hat in school, but what about petpeeves in writings? The things that make teachers cringe every time they come across them? Run-on sentences have this effect on English teacher Chris Shoults. “When you are reading, the writing goes on and on with no punctuation,” said Shoults. “It’s like going down a street with no stop signs: it’s fun, but you keep getting hit by trucks.” Also, if you are trying to say on Shoults’ good side, using correct indefinite pronoun agreement would be a good plan. “[Those agreement errors] make the writer sound thoroughly uneducated,” said Shoults. So if you don't want to make a fool of yourself in his class, find a way to correct yourself before making those mistakes. Surprisingly, Shoults is not the only teacher with writing pet-peeves. English teacher Katherine Patrick is also a victim of writing abuse. Her blood pressure rises at the sight of using apostrophes for plurals. Ex. I have a pair of shoe’s. Patrick said, “It’s just ignorant.

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It shows that writers don't know how to create simple plurals correctly. “I can’t stand finding the word you and the coinage alot in writings,” Patrick said. “ You ios a problem because the writer is speaking about the reader and makes assumptions about the reader that the writer cannot make. I can’t stand finding alot because it’s not a word.” Even history and science teachers have problems with students not knowing the correct way to write a story. History teacher Matt Bullington’s pet -peeves are writings with no organization and students who write like they talk. “No organization is annoying because it’s hard to follow students’ writing when they have no direction or clear topic,” said Bullington,. “And I don’t like students writing like they talk because it doesn't sound professional. They need to realize that everyday speech is not acceptable for academic writings.” Roger Spears’ top pet -peeve is the ever-crucial spelling. This science teacher especially hates seeing errors in easy words that should never be misspelled. Another thing he lothes is textmessaging abbreviations used in writings (like u instead of you).

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Ninja Stars Pretzels Journalism K.P. Leaving Getting Down at Prom

Too Scared to Dance

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Landing on Your Dome

Being Responsible Drinking Alcohol

“It’s not proper. Someday these mistakes are going to be made on a job application or a scholarship application. Those errors will cost the student money instead of just points on a grade.” Clearly, we have teachers who seem to know what good writing should look like. We might need to all step it up a little.

Seniors‟ last day of public school: May 15, 2012

May 11th

Regional Track@ Worland Regional Soccer@ Riverton/Lander

May 12th

Regional Track@ Worland Regional Soccer@ Riverton/Lander

May 13th

Baccalaureate

May 14th

NHS Night

May 15th

THS Band Concert 7pm

May 17th

Wyo. State Track Meet@ Casper State Soccer@ Sheridan

May 18th

Wyo. State Track Meet@ Casper State Soccer@ Sheridan

May 19th

Wyo. State Track Meet@ Casper State Soccer@ Sheridan

May 20th

Graduation SE 1pm THS 3pm LFL 5pm

May 25th LAST DAY!!!


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1. This year 2. Seren U. 3. Running to McDonald’s. Best. Practice. Ever. 4. Running the mile my first track meet; I just about died. 5. No 6. Ryan L. 7. Always bring food to a track meet 8. Warm up before your race! 9. Oh you know, that one time...

7. Don’t stop running 8. Don’t smoke crack 9. Running beside Cotant’s van

1. I ran out of the womb 2. Mr. Cotant 3. Getting 4th at regionals with D. Wiz; Topless Tuesday 4. Running in the snow at state last year 5. Yes, I’ll run every 1. day 2. 6. Mrs. Lisa Flukiger 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

1. 7th grade 2. My parents 3. Winning Long Jump at the GOCO 4. Getting thrown back on the track during pole vault 5. No 6. Sergy Bubka (holds world record for men’s pole vaulting) 7. Work hard 8. Wrapping my pole in tape 9. Face planting in the sand during long jump my sophomore year

6th grade My dad. I WILL beat him One-handed discus catch Whenever I don’t win Yes, at Concordia Reese Hoffa YAHHHHH HHHH I need my cut-offs Watching Prusia’s whale call

1. 7th grade— I needed something to do with my life 2. Not Vetter 3. Good Question 4. Running in any race 5. No 6. No one 7. If you’re good— do it If you’re bad— do it anyway hahahahaha 8. Crossing Vetter’s path before competing 9. Every track meet


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4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

1. Junior year, I told Ramon I would and he didn’t believe me so I did it. :) 2. Plato “Courage, it’s a kind of salvation.” 3. Falling off the bench in Buffalo. Sage was the only one concerned— Thanks Guys! Shin splints— so every time they would ache. Uh — probably not Mikayla Brower Keep your head up No Stepping on the ball and eating grass at Newcastle

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1. I started playing when I was six years old and its been 13 years. 2. Carlos Amaro has pushed me to be better than the best. 3. When I tried out for the Olympic Development Program and was sent to play for the Olympic team for Wyoming. 4. I don’t really

have one 5. I would like to think that I will after high school 6. Messi 7. Don’t listen to the people who tell you that you can’t or do something when you know you’re right. 8. None that I know of 9. Having the entire team, after playing at state last year, just jump in the hotel pool.

1. Last Week 2. Perkins for sure! 3. Winning 4. Losing 5. For sure, forever and ever I will 6. Hope Solo 7. Stay badBUTT my friends 8. Wear my shoes on the wrong feet 9. My powerful shot against South last year.

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My uncle had me try out a real league in 2006 2. My parents are my inspiration 3. Scoring a goal with a bicycle kick 4. Tripping myself in front of the goal and missing it. 5. Yes, in college and hopefully in pro soccer 6. Lionel Messi 7. Compete and enjoy it 8. No 9. Missing a goal with no goal keeper two feet away

1. I started when I was five 2. My parents 3. Too many to pick one 4. There aren’t any 5. Yes 6. Don’t have one 7. Don’t skip school because you won’t get to practice 8. A quarter facing heads out in my sock 9. Going to kick the soccer ball and falling on my butt.


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STAFF

2012 Stick Staff The Blazing Sun

Dylan S.

Editor-in-Chief Dimitri N. Online Editor Dylan S.

Sports Editor Mark M.

Seniors Editor Jason M.

Layout Editor

Nikki M.

Korinne J.

Opinions Editor Nick P. Columnists Sydney H. Blake W. Kolter E. Avery M. Kylie K. Allison M. Mackenzy P. Reporters Frank S. Ryan L. Zach L. Nick V. Nikki M. Gabe T. Adviser Katherine Patrick Printed by the Torrington Telegram

Tracksters prepare to become “trackstars” With regional and state track meets looming, Blazer Track finishes regular season brilliantly Staff Report

The Boys track team has been winding down the season over the last two weeks. The whole team has been preparing for regionals and trying to get themselves on the state roster. At the Goshen County invite last Monday the boys placed fourth as a team, but they were missing close to 60 points, with part of the team going to the Meet of Champions in Casper. The boys were invited to perform at the Meet of Champions were sophomore Caden C., junior Isaac B., and senior Zach L. Caden placed 10th in the triple with a jump of 40 feet 4.5 inches. Isaac placed fifth in the 200 with a time of 22.72 seconds. Zach placed 4th in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet 7.5 inches. He also placed ninth in the disk. Mark Sims felt that the boys “could have performed better, but it was good for them to get a feel for the state complex.” At the Weisman this weekend

her in Torrington the Blazer boys shined. With their home meet being one of the toughest meets of the year the boys competed toughly with the 4A schools that came down. Most notably Isaac upset East’s Dominique Hill by .01 seconds in the 200 meter dash. The 4x8 team made up by Matty R., Brett S., Ryan L., and Garrett D. placed third with a time of 8:41.10. They lost only to the Gering and Laramie boys.

In the 110 hurdles junior Blake W. and sophomore Brock Y. went 1-2 in the event. Blake ran a time of 17.36 seconds and Brock ran 18.21 seconds. The 300 hurdles had three Blazers place in the top 6. Brock and

Blakeboth placed again in this event, but adding to this dynamic duo freshman Trey F. placed 6th with a time of 46.9 seconds. Brock placed 5th with a 45.10 and Blake was runner-up at a time of 42.24 seconds. The boys 800 had two from Torrington in the top 5. Garrett and Ryan both ran well with Ryan placing 5th with a time of 2:10.21 and Garrett claiming second finishing with a 2:08.03. Caden competed well in the jumps last Friday placing 5th in the long jump and 1st in the triple. His long jump measured 18 feet 6.25 inches and his winning triple was a distance of 41 feet 3 inches. The boys discus was won by Zach with a throw of 156 feet 6 inches. Joining Zach and junior Nick P. in the top 7 of shot put was freshmen Juan Gomez. He marked a toss of 40 feet 1 inch. Nick threw a distance of 40 feet 1.25 inches edging out his team mate by only one quarter of an inch. Zach placed 1st with a throw of 55 feet 7 inches.

WYOMING 3A STATE TRACK MEET

3A EAST REGIONAL TRACK MEET

May 17-19 Casper, Wyoming

May 11-12 Worland, Wyoming

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Social

Enjoying a Night in Paris: (pictured left to right, top to bottom) Tarah W. and Cody G., Benjamin L. and Shennan B., Sarah E., Marissa S., Mikayla Z., and Lisa H., Junior Attendents, Kaylie H. and Nick V., Queen and King, Mikayla B. and Ryan L., Senior Attendents, Grace F. and B.W. O., Kyle V. and David M., Jenny R., Avery M., Mark M., Jason M., and Taylor F., Dimitri N. and Mackenzy P.

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Every year, we try to feature a bit of information about each of our seniors: here’s the class of 2012’s edition! THE QUESTIONS: 1. What’s your favorite memory? 2. Most embarrassing moment 3. If you could change one thing about THS, what would it be? 4. What high school accomplishments are you proudest of? 5. What will you miss about high school? 6. What are your plans after high school? 7. Advice to under class men?

I think I lost my coat….I hope somebody didn't jacket. *Blazing Sun

Madison W. Tarah W. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

State basketball and volleyball. Far too many to remember. Everything is fine. Lettered in all my sports and got good grades. Frank, Jason, and Mark (all my friends). EWC. Always work hard in everything you do.

Aubree J. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Oh, goodness, there are too many. Basketball games with Dimitri, Chris, and Noah. Well, when I kicked Dimitri’s “We love the managers” sign onto the basketball court and stopped the game. Just one? The smell. NHS, State Parliamentarian for FBLA, Acceptance into UW’s Honors Program, Graduation, because that’s a big deal. Ha! Nothing. Dance at UW. Remember that no one is better than anyone else… and take as many college classes as you can.

Patrick S. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Golf Trips None Food and drink rule. 4 year letter winner in golf. Mr. Law Go to EWC, then UW Don’t be dumb, Grow up!!!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Tape Golf “Fighting” my “Best Friend” Definitely would be letting students listen to their iPods. Passing Mr. Harms’ Algebra 2 class with the best math grade of my high school career. My rad teachers Oregon, here I come, baby! Have fun. Live it up. But yet maintain your responsibilities.

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