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Cardinal the

Eudora High School • Eudora, KS • Issue 2 • December 2011

THE RACE FOR VALEDICTORIAN The valedictorian/salutatorian policy was changed this year in order to recognize a wider range of high achieving students. There are three tiers to the new system including Top Academic Honors, High Honors and Honors. The qualifications for each category are listed inside. The titles of valedictorian/salutatorian have not been removed. They will instead be chosen by class rank based on a non-weighted grade-point-average (GPA).

The student speakers at graduation will now be voted on by the senior class. Two will be chosen from the Top Academic Honors group and one from the High Honors group. The hope is that, instead of valedictorian being a race to see who can finish high school with the greatest amount of weighted classes, students will enroll and take classes that are suited more to their Continued on Page 3

Inside This Issue

Pg. 8 / Football Recap

Pg. 13 / The Snow Queen

Pg. 16 / Finals Frustration

EDITORS’ NOTE Contents from Auston Katzfey and Danelle Topil

Dear Reader, Finals are looming, but with that comes the end of first semester, and you know what that means: winter break. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! So, while you’re frantically scrambling to buy last minute holiday gifts and trying to get in one last study session, take some time for yourself and sit down with the latest issue of The Cardinal. It will definitely prove to be beneficial. There is a staff editorial on the new Valedictorian policy, a four-step plan for passing finals, and a football montage. We put a lot of tender love and care into this paper, and we hope you enjoy it! We have continued to improve the look of the Cardinal and hope that you take note of the hard work Mr. Grady Salzman put into making the articles come to life. We’ve cut down our print issues to four this year, so this will be the last paper you see until February, but fear not! We’re always watching and writing about the events at EHS. Be sure to check out our online edition of the paper at

Happy Holidays, Auston & Danelle

PAGE 3, Staff Editorial The staff debates the new valedictorian plan.

PAGE 4, Letter to Editor PAGE 5, Feature The PBS committee’s response to the PBS editorial.

PAGE 6, Opinion

A staffer talks about dating outside of EHS.

The Truth About Abuse article is featured.

PAGE 7, Student Polls Statistics on lunch room topics are featured.

PAGE 8, Photo Highlight PAGE 9, Sports Football photos are displayed.

EHS football’s accomplishments this year.

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PAGE 11, Spread

PAGE 12, Local News

PAGE 13, A&E

Holiday related items are displayed. Penny Annie’s move to Eudora

Holiday related items are displayed Shannon Pickett’s Ballet Performance

PAGE 14, Cardinal Online PAGE 15, Cardinal Online The move to online is featured

The move to online is featured

PAGE 16, Opinion

PAGE 17, School News

PAGE 18, A&E

PAGE 19, A&E

Students’ finals frustrations are discussed Horoscopes and Comic are included

The Talent Show and other activities are described Word in the Hall and Pop Culture

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Editors - In - Chief Auston Katzfey Danelle Topil Photo Editor Chloe Pittman Layout Grady Salzman Reporters Brooke Abel Nick Becker Sarah Brown Rebekah Case page 2 // Contents

Kate Dennis Camille Dickerson Madeline Dickerson Emily Durkin Julianna Fries Sabrina Heston Ryan Lahman Claire Mersmann Brock Miller Chad Mullen Kennedy O’Dell Hannah Penrose Chris Snow Mariana Rosales Whitney Weld

Photographers Katelyn Abel Anna Brown Garret Cleveland Kristen Dennis Lauren Gammon Fernanda Garcia Kourtney Hadle Sierra Johnson Jocelyn Medrano Tara Miller Hayley Turner Alyssa Welborn Darian White

Published by the Journalism and Photojournalism classes of Eudora High School, Eudora, KS. Under the guidance of Heather Lawrence and Matt Bova. Printed by the Graphic Communications class at Eudora High School under the guidance of Jim Lynch.

THE RACE FOR VALEDICTORIAN Changes in the valedictorian/salutatorian policy are discussed by members of The Cardinal staff in this issue’s staff editorial. possible valedictorian canidate Kate Dennis, photo by Chloe Pittman

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interests and future plans. In the past, students sometimes took weighted classes to boost their overall GPA in order to win the title of either valedictorian or salutatorian. With the new changes in the policy, it is much tougher to become valedicTop Academic Honors torian than just solely having a good GPA. • Minimum 4.0 GPA Our staff weighs in: • 28 or higher on the ACT At first, these changes weren’t fully understood and faced • At least 10 semesters of weighted classes large amounts of criticism. Certain students were worried that the changes would allow people to sail through high school without challenging themselves and still be honored for having good High Honors grades. That, however, is not the case. With the new system, stu- • Minimum 3.75 GPA dents must now work even harder to earn honors titles. More • 26 or higher on the ACT importantly, ACT scores are included in the requirements, as • At least 5 semesters of weighted classes they should be, since high scores are essential for college scholarHonors ships. Another misunderstanding occurred when rumors flew • Minimum 3.5 GPA that the student body would vote on graduation speakers. This lead to the assumption that the choice was out of the entire graduating class and left us frustrated that we might get stuck listening to a dull speech. When we learned that the student body would choose from those being honored, we were relieved. Now that the speakers at graduation will be voted on by the senior class, this requires students who are interested in becoming valedictorian to not only excel academically, but be a personable person. No matter how well you do in school, or what your score on the ACT is, you may still not be voted to speak if you are rude to those around you. No one wants to have someone speaking at their high school graduation who was mean or stuck-up 364 out of the 365 days of the year. Although not voluntarily, the new valedictorian policy has created an all-around standard. Overall, these changes to the graduation system bring major benefits and well-needed challenges to students striving to graduate with honors. Hopefully, these new requirements will push students to challenge themselves, yet make their quest for honors less stressful.

Want to comment? E-mail or submit a letter to the editor. Staff Editorial // page 3

in response to A LETTER TO THE EDITOR THE PBS STAFF EDITORIAL Written by the Positive Behavior Supports Leadership Team Editor’s Note - In the previous print issue of the Cardinal, there was a staff editorial written about PBS. The PBS Leadership Team wrote a letter to the editor in response and is as follows. After reading the student editorial about Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), the teachers and staff members who are part of the PBS Leadership Team felt a need to respond for two reasons: first, to dispel a few bits of misinformation, and second, to explain from our viewpoint what PBS means to our school. PBS is a nation-wide pro- gram that is implemented to create positive expectations in schools. Area school districts in Kansas that are currently implementing PBS include Shawnee Mission, Salina, Olathe, Gardner-Edgerton, and El Dorado. Eudora has implemented PBS in our district using SOAR as our expectation model, targeting behaviors that are Safe, Outstanding, Accountable and Respectful. SOAR is used at all grade levels and buildings within our district. Last fall, the high school staff began tracking behaviors that did not SOAR, using the Majors and Minors system. By collecting this data, we were able to see trends in our building that we could target to change. Can you guess what behavior we saw the most? Tardiness to class. We kept looking at ways to encourage students to get to class on time. This fall, we had our formal kick-off that finally introduced the most rewarding and exciting part of PBS to all of you – the incentive program. Students can earn SOAR cards when they do not receive Minors or Majors, or from a staff member that sees a particular student consistently meeting or exceeding expectations. It has given all of us on the staff great satisfaction to be able to give the proverbial pat-on-the-back that you deserve, and do not always receive, on a day to day basis. Teachers are here for YOU. We want your experience in school to be meaningful and positive. We unfortunately do not have a budget (like those middle school StarBucks prizes) for our incentives, so we rely on creative ideas for our SOAR tickets. Did you know there are 40 students that reprepage 4 // Letter to Editor

Members of the PBS Student Team pictured

sent you on our Student PBS Team? We’ve included a picture for you, so that you can seek out these students if you have comments, concerns or suggestions. The question still remains, “how do we implement something that will appeal to 400+ students, 30+ staff members, makes sense, and is easy to do?” Criticism is welcomed, but be prepared to offer a solution. Seek out the Student Team and relay your ideas. The incentive piece is not meant to make our students feel childish or immature. Quite the opposite is true! Teachers have commented that when SOAR tickets are given to a student, there is that glimmer in the eye, a sense of pride and accomplishment that is so important for you all to feel. Every human enjoys being recognized. One of the best things that SOAR does for our school climate is to form better relationships between all of us here. SOAR is a district-wide initiative and the high school is leading the charge. You are an integral part of that leadership, and we are encouraged to see all of you strive to do your best. EHS is a great school filled with incredible students, dedicated staff, and high academic achievement. SOAR aids all of us in remembering that good things happen here everyday. Letters to the editor may be sent to and are published online at Letters may be accepted or rejected at the editors’ discretion, and anonymous letters will not be published. and are accepted or rejected at the editor’s discretion




by Staff Writer

“How would you rape an elephant?” These are just a few of the many rape-related jokes I have heard recently. I’ve never understood why people enjoy making jokes about rape, and I don’t think people even begin to realize the impact of these thoughtless and seemingly harmless jokes. Discussions about topics such as sex and rape have a huge impact on me personally, and most people have no idea that it affects me or why it hurts. You see, I have been a victim of this extremely painful abuse. I was raped when I was 13 years old, and I haven’t been the same since then. For a long time, I kept all of this to myself, but more than anything now I want to tell my story. I want my story to be heard so that other people may learn from my experiences. First of all, I want to clear up any misconceptions you may have about rape. Rape is not a crime that only affects a few people. According to the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 1 in 6 women in the United States have been a victim of attempted or completed rape. And, not all victims of sexual abuse are girls. In fact, 9% of victims are male. Rape is also considered by the American Medical Association as the most under-reported of all violent crimes, often because of the fear involved in sexual abuse. As few as 10% of rapes are ever reported. Also, most rapes are not committed by strangers, as many people believe. According to the Women’s Rape Crisis Center, 47% of victims were raped by a friend or acquaintance, 17% by an intimate relation, and 3% by a family member. But the numbers aren’t what makes rape such a terrible crime. The atrocity of sexual abuse is truly shown in the individual stories of victims and abusers. My story started a few weeks before I started eighth grade. I was away at a camp for a week. It was my second year at the camp, and I was excited to be back for more adventures and excitement, although the excitement I found was not what I had in mind. On the first night, I met a boy named David. He was 8 years old, and he was really cute. We started innocently flirting for a few days. I thought nothing of this; to me, he was just another guy that I would never see again and who wouldn’t make any difference in my life. By the third day of camp, he started telling me about some of the other girls he had been with over the years. Again, I still didn’t think much of it until he started talking about having sex with them. I was only 13 and still just a kid. I barely knew what sexual abuse was, but based on his descriptions of his relationships with these girls, I was pretty sure that something was wrong with his statements. I was away from my parents and unaware of how to handle the situation. So, at dinner that day, I sat down and talked with him, letting him know that I didn’t want to pursue any sort of relationship with him other than a friendship. I assumed that that would be the end of it and relaxed. The next day, we spent the day at a rope course. I was assigned to a group different than David’s, so everything was fine, and I had a great time. When we got back that night, we went straight to dinner. David sat at the opposite end of the dining hall, so I assumed that he had understood that I didn’t want to be with him. After dinner everyone took a break, but I went upstairs to the training floor to work on a few small projects for our mission later that week. I was hard at work, so I didn’t notice that someone else entered the room. It was David. “What’cha working on?” He asked. “Rewriting,” I answered, still engrossed in my work. “Can you take a break for a few minutes?” He asked. “I’d rather not,” I answered. “I need to get this done tonight.” “C’mon,” he said, “It won’t take very long.” Before I could answer, his

arms were around my waist. “David,” I said in surprise, “What are you doing?” He said nothing but slid his hands under my shirt, running them up and down my body and feeling my breasts. I wasn’t completely sure what was going on, but I knew that something was severely wrong. Before I could fully comprehend what was going on, he took off his jacket and his T-shirt. For the first time, I saw his bare arms. Each one was covered, from his hand to halfway up his forearms, with scars and scabs, and they were streaked with fresh blood, still wet. Next he took off my shirt, kissing my shoulders and neck as he pulled it off. I had never been so scared in my life. “David, please stop,” I begged. He ignored my pleads. The next thing I knew, I was lying on the ground and he was on top of me. His pants were off and he was unbuttoning my shorts. “No, David, please no,” I whispered. I tried to fight back, but I couldn’t find the strength. Just in the nick of time, a good friend of mine named CJ found us. I’m still not sure exactly what happened. I remember that David was gone in a flash and CJ was helping me up from the floor and handing me my clothes. That night, I was up until 5 AM crying, but I didn’t want anyone to now that I was crying or what happened. I was so ashamed, and I couldn’t help but feel like it was somehow my fault. The next morning at breakfast, I could hardly eat. I was terrified, and I felt guilty beyond belief. Then, as if to add insult to injury, David came and sat down across the table from me. “Good morning, Sexy,” he said to me. “Don’t call me that, David,” I answered, fighting tears. “Hey, it’s all right,” one of my friends reassured me. “Yeah, Babe, relax,” David said. I pushed my tray away from me and got up to leave. As I walked away, David grabbed me, pulled me close, and whispered, “You little slut.” The words pierced my heart like a knife. I could no longer fight the tears. I went into the bathroom and tried to throw up, but since I hadn’t eaten, I couldn’t make myself. I went to the sink to wash my face. As I looked in the mirror, I felt like I had a sign on my forehead that read, “SLUT.” “Damn,” I whispered. “Damn, damn, damn, damn.” Then, a little louder, “Damn, damn, damn.” With complete disregard for who might hear me, I cried out, “DAMN. GODDAMN IT!” I fell to the floor, pulled my knees up to my chest, and cried. “Why?” I whispered through the tears. “Why?” David continued to harass me for the remainder of the week, and the pain didn’t become any more tolerable. The next night, after everybody else left, I went into the computer lab, closed the door, and screamed. I screamed until my voice was gone. Once I could scream no more, the tears began to flow again. I was furious. I was a bit angry with David, but more than anything, I was angry with myself. I seemed to know that it was my fault. I told myself that I could have stopped him or that I could have done something to prevent it. When I got home, I didn’t tell anyone about what happened. Night after night, I cried myself to sleep, but I refused to let anyone, including my parents, know what happened to me. I spent most of eighth grade slipping in and out of depression. I had always been shy, but I became much more reserved and even quieter. I couldn’t stand being around large crowds of people and being with friends was even harder than it had been before. I even took my pain out on some

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of my friends, bullying them as a way to try and relieve my own pain. Over the year, I did find some comfort in spending time with Mr. Kuhlman. I never told him what happened to me, but I better by simply talking to him. He Staffer Sabrina Heston discusses how choosing not to date classmates at felt could always tell when I was upset, but EHS can be difficult and offers advice on how to make it work. he never pried too much, giving me the by Sabrina Heston Don’t be afraid to ask these questions. option to tell him if I wanted, but never forcing me to say anything. This was ost of you know how hard it of great help to me as I went through is to make a relationship work Maintain contact. Skype, text and / or the year. Still, I was fighting depression while juggling school, work call each other to keep in touch. Being a part as I struggled to understand why this and other activities, even if you see your of each other’s daily life is very important. happened to me. Finally, a little over halfway significant other every day at school. But through my freshman year, even though what is it like to make a relationship work Do not become controlling. Let I was terrified to tell anyone these sewith someone who goes to a different your other half live his or her life crets, I found myself desperate enough speak up and tell someone what hapschool in a different town, or in a differ- and you live yours. If they want to to pened. I went to one of my teachers and ent state, or even someone who is in col- hang out with friends, or go to a par- told him my story. I found healing in lege? It isn’t the easiest job trying to make ty, let them. Trust is important; with- talking to him, and he reminded me that long distance relationships work, but that out it, your relationship will not last. I was more than what David told me I was. He then helped me tell my parents doesn’t mean that they aren’t possible. about what happened. They were, and If you are willing to put in See him or her often. Try visiting as of- still are, very supportive. Shortly after, the time and effort to make a long dis- ten as possible. Being in high school might I told another one of my teachers, and tance relationship successful, then a make this difficult, but the best way to visit she reminded me again that David’s actions did not have to define me. few pieces of advice might be helpful. someone in a different town or state, is to As I began to accept my situmeet in the middle. Plan ahead; figure out ation, I still struggled sometimes as I Define the Relationship. If he thinks what days work best for the both of you. dealt with my peers. My friends often made crude sexual and rape related you two are just seeing each other, and you jokes, and these hurt me deeply. I felt think you two are boyfriend-girlfriend, Many EHS students know first like they didn’t understand what I was then there is already miscommunication in hand the challenges of dating someone going through, and these jokes brought the relationship. Make sure you both have who does not go to school here. Junior back painful memories of the night I was raped. an understanding as to where you stand Darian White has been dating Pete I do want you to realize that with the other person. Are you boyfriend- Gonzales for a little over six months. there is hope. The process has been girlfriend or two friends just hanging out? White said, “We make it work by long and hard, but I have found healing. Day by day, I am made whole again staying positive. We see each other twice and I can see a bright future ahead of a week, and the days we aren’t together, me. The fear that once controlled my we support each other and keep our spir- life is losing its power over me. I still with the pain, especially when its up. I think the most important part of struggle other people are not sensitive to abuse. a relationship is by far trust. Being able I will probably always have to battle to trust each other in what we are do- these emotions but I am not going to ing, or where we are is very important.” let them control me. I can heal. I can grow. Also, not being able to talk 24/7 and Rape is a very serious crime, see each other every day could put and it is not to be taken lightly. For strain on a relationship,” “I’m not try- those who have never experienced it, might almost seem like a joke but ing to make us seem like the perfect rape it is one of the farthest things from it. couple either. We have our argu- Sexual abuse and harassment is a very ments and bad days. Sometimes real issue and it happens to people just we miss each other a lot and we like you and me, and perhaps the people you pass in the hall everyday. So aren’t positive about it. It’s hard, next time you’re about to make another really hard. But totally worth it.” joke about rape, stop and think for a Photo Courtesy of Darian White moment, and try to realize what it really means.



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by Whitney Weld

How much do you spend on lunch per day? 16% 4%

$3 or Less $3 to $4


$4 or more Bring Lunch


Do you buy or bring your lunch? 20%


Would you spend 10 or 20 minutes more at school in order to have open lunch? Art by Grady Salzman *Based on a 50 student survey


Buy Bring Split


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What is your favorite lunch entree served by the school? Dalton Strickell, Jr. “It’s gotta be the chicken patty sandwich.”

Bethany Thomas, Frosh. “Burritos.”

Lauren Gammon, Sr. “I don’t really like what they have.” Polls // page 7

Photo Highlight of The 2011 State Game

Top left, photo by Alyssa Welborn, Lucas Becker kicks off to start the second half. Top right, photo by Alyssa Welborn, Nick Becker breaks down in attempt to make the tackle. Right, photo by Alyssa Welborn, Derek Webb finds his gap and sprints through with some help from his linemen.

photo by Alyssa Welborn, Derek Webb runs the ball while Zach Bagwell finds his man to block. page 8 // Photo Highlight

photo by Jocelyn Medrano, After the game, sr. Jarrod Kaup remarked, “I just don’t want it to end.”

Cardinals Defies Odds On Road To State

by Chad Mullen The Eudora Cardinals came into the season facing expectations not as high as previous years from fans and players alike. Little did they know the team would make history, winning 12 games and going to the State Championship for the first time in school history. “I knew we would be a good team, but didn’t know we would be as good as we’ve been,” said soph. Andrew Ballock. How exactly did they put themselves into this position? For one, their defense was terrific, allowing only 11.4 points per game. Ballock commented on the defense’s success, saying, “As a team, we’ve been playing hard and doing the little things.” The defense forced 23 turnovers throughout the season, seven of which can be attributed to the younger Ballock brother, who is also the team’s leading receiver. He finished the season with six interceptions and a forced fumble, all despite missing four games with a fractured ankle. “It feels good to be back on the field with my teammates, and winning games," said Ballock before the Sub-State game against Paola. The offense was impressive, too. With the running game led by senior tailback Chris Pyle, the Cardinals averaged 310 yards per game on the ground. Pyle himself has gained 1,801 yards, including a mind-blowing 416 yard effort against Ottawa. The outstanding running back, however, would not take credit for his success, saying, “The offensive line has been a huge part of our running game.” The season started with a win over the defending 4-A State Champions, Louisburg, which appeared to spark the momentum that carried the team to almost unprecedented heights. Their next game against Saint James Academy was a disaster, as Eudora turned the ball over five times en route to a 17-13 loss.

Even though it photo by Jocelyn Medrano was their only loss of the regular season, it appeared to change the attitude of the team. “There was definitely a change in attitude,” said Matthew Gadberry, the team’s middle linebacker and leading tackle. “We realized we had to be more aggressive, myself included.” The Cardinals then steam-rolled through the rest of their opponents, outscoring them 186-56 through their next six games to earn a spot in the 4-A playoff bracket. The playoffs turned out to be especially exciting, starting with a 12-0 victory over the DeSoto Wildcats at home. The next two games were tough road battles, facing BasehorLinwood in the second round and Chanute in the third. The Bobcats proved to be a challenge, as the Cardinals came back from a fourth quarter deficit, winning 28-21. The Sectional round against the Chanute Bobcats was also a nail-biter, coming down to the final Chanute possession, with the Cardinals coming away with a 20-13 victory. Their next game, the SubState Championship, was a match up against Paola, whom they defeated 18-10 earlier in the season. The Panthers provided another close one, but the Cardinals sweated out a 13-10 win to advance to the championship game in Salina, facing the Rose Hill Rockets. This is the first time in school history the Cardinals made it to the state championship game in football, and throughout the season, the town as whole rallied around the team, and the players were aware of this. “The fans have been great. We really love and appreciate the school spirit the students have shown,” said sr. Chris Pyle. Although the season ended in disappointment when they lost to Rose Hill, the 2011 Cardinals team will go down as one of the toughest and grittiest Eudora High School has ever seen.

Football Season Historic in More Ways Than One Another story line to the fairy tale season of the Eudora football team was the relationship between head coach Gregg Webb and starting quarterback Derek Webb. by Staff Writer Read full article on Page 17

Sports // page 9

It’s The Most Wonder WINTER FASHION


t’s that time of year again! The time for bundling up and getting ready for colder days. You want to keep warm and fashionable at the same time, but don’t know what to wear? Have no fear; these five easy tips to a warm wardrobe and a fashionable new you will get you up to date in no time.

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1. Stock up on scarves. They will suddenly become your best friend. Scarves can be worn with just about everything and keep your neck warm at the same time! 2. Wear tights with your dresses. No need to pack away for winter, keep them in your closet. 3. Knee-high boots are oh-so-fabulous! Wear them with jeans and socks that peek out at the top, and you have winter look that works.

4. Layers are the key to a winter wardrobe. The more you layer, the warmer you will be.

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5. Make-up can really play up a winter outfit. Go for bronze and silver, they make your eyes stand out against the snow. Blush is also key as it makes you look warmer when you might not be.

Art by Grady Salzman


Give this

provide hours of entertainment during the frigid days of winter.

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Year DVDs

of your friends’ favorite movies or TV shows.

rful Time of The Year This Christmas Tree Maze is bound to make your head spin and drive you nuts. Don’t to much time or else you won’t be able to study for finals. If you are up for a real challenge, I dare you to do it in pen.










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Picture Frames

with a picture of your friend and you.

A Homemade Gift

for the people on your list you forgot about during your shopping spree. Spread // page 11

Mass Street

9th Street • Lawrence


Main Street


8th Street

• Eudora

Another Penny Annie’s special is their pop by Emily Durkin corn. If you go into the shop, you can pick up popcorn You may recognize the name “Penny Annie’s” as the place with the red and white stripped awning on balls or buckets of popcorn, varying in size, price and Mass Street, next to Acme. You probably remember the flavor. You can get cheese, caramel, cinnamon, and even order your cute shop with red carpet, and seating that own custom overlooked the popular shopping street in flavors. BowLawrence. You may have also noticed that ers-Istas said they closed shop in Lawrence. But, there’s that she will no need to fear, Penny Annie’s Sweet make anyShoppe has moved even closer to meet the thing that is needs of Eudora’s sweet tooth. Penny AnFudge (in holiday flavors) requested, as nie’s Sweet Shoppe has moved to 704 Main Ice Cream long as she Street, right here in Eudora. can figure out Owner, Monica Bowers-Istas, and Cotton Candy a way, “I’ve her family have lived in Eudora for 17 years Hard Candies even made now. They are very excited to start a new things like business in downtown Eudora. They were Chocolate Candies barbeque.” in Lawrence for 23 years, but due to fina Truffles If you want cial reasons, it was a better option for them to order your to move to Eudora. Bowers-Istas is excited - Nut Clusters own flavor to move her business to Main Street, sayGourmet Popcorn of popcorn, ing that “Eudora’s downtown is cute and you can stop old fashioned,” and that Penny Annie’s is Sandwiches in or call. just what Main Street needs to bring people and more Pe n ny down and put some life into it. Annie’s will Penny-Annie’s will be serving the be open on Monday through Saturday, from 10 am same, tasty items they previously served, when they were on Mass Street. Bowers-Istas has all her food items out to 6 pm, and on Sundays during the holidays. If you and ready, sans the soup, sandwiches and fudge. She will are unsure if they are open or not, you can always be making those soon, though. She home-makes her call in before leaving to stop in for some sweets. Their fudge, with special holiday flavor, cones for ice cream, phone number is (785) 542-2111. all baked goods, cotton candy, chocolate candies (truffles, nut clusters, ect.), and so on. A lot of work goes into the delicious treats that Penny Annie’s offers, and the family is always excited to put that work in for the customer’s satisfaction.


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THE SNOW QUEEN Sophmore english teacher Shannon Pickett dedicates her time not only to Eudora High School, but also to ballet. She has a lead role in the upcoming ballet, A Kansas Nutcracker, and is excited to have her daughter accomapany her. by Kennedy O’Dell She walks the halls of Eudora high school disguised as an English teacher. You’d never guess she has spent years on her toes or that she is starring in an upcoming ballet as the lead dance role in a Kansas rendition of the classic, the Nutcracker. This ballet princess in disguise is non other than Shannon Pickett. Mrs. Pickett has been a ballet dancer for 32 years. She began when she was three years old and was unaware at the time of the impact dance would have on her life. “When I was three I took tap and ballet. I hated tap. It was noisy and I had to be a grasshopper. I thought it was ridiculous.” She continued ballet though, a pastime for which her love would only grow. When asked about her favorite show Mrs. Pickett answered without hesitation, “Swan Lake, because it’s a ballerina’s ballet. I got to play the lead Odile whose dual personality, Odette, reflects her exact opposite. It gives you a chance to play good and evil in the same show. And the dancer who plays Odette must do 32 fouette at the end of show. It’s a big deal wherever you perform.” Mrs. Pickett was involved with a civic dance company, a group of performers made up of members of a community and the surrounding area. Annually, her company would perform the ballet classic The Nutcracker. “Every year you could pretty much gauge your progress based on the parts you were getting. When I was younger I always looked up to the older girls.” Mrs. Pickett’s Nutcracker days aren’t quite over

yet. This year she is starring in the Lawrence Arts Center production of A Kansas Nutcracker. She plays the Snow Queen in an adaptation of the classic Christmas tale. She isn’t written into the script, but look out for her. “I might just pop on stage for a bit and say something like ‘It’s very chilly’.” This show is important to her for two reasons. One, this is most likely her final lead role going en pointe, her swan song so to speak. “After this show, I don’t see myself doing any more work en pointe, mostly just small stuff.” As she closes this chapter of her life, a whole new chapter is beginning for her daughter Josie. “Josie is dancing with me in this show as a baby snowflake, it’s our first show together.” The Snow Queen couldn’t be happier to dance with her own baby snowflake. Ballet has truly changed the course of Mrs. Pickett’s life. “It’s always been there whether I’m happy or sad. It’s been a part of my life basically since I could form memories.” The memories she made during her ballet career won’t soon be forgotten. Dance will always hold a special place in her heart, and as she hangs up her shoes, she will do it with a smile. The show will open on December 9th at 7:00 p.m. with shows following on the 10th & 11th, as well as the 16th thru the 18th. Next time you see your friendly sophomore English teacher, attempt to look beyond the armful of novels and red grading pen to see the graceful ballerina she also is. A&E // page 13

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by Emily Durkin

Lesson 6: Basic manners. Manners are important when it comes to looking and acting like a classy character. I know what you’re thinking - Okay, mom. Well, if that’s the attitude you want to have, you can go to your room without supper. Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when it comes to manners: -Going back to our whole “SOAR” thing, you need to have some R. Just a little bit, oh just a little bit. Giving respect to other people will then allow you to receive respect from them. -Okay, listen, I know that you’re really hungry. I get it. But, seriously, you look disgusting. When you eat, keep your mouth closed and try to make the least amount of sound possible. -Smile and make eye contact. If you’re listening, but you aren’t looking, it will give the false appearance that you’re not paying attention. On the other hand, if you’re not listening, but are making full eye contact, you could trick someone into thinking you care. That’s always a plus. -Don’t let the door slam on people’s faces. Not only does that hurt their nose, it also leaves a smudge on the window of the door, which means someone will have to clean it up later. Do you see how much trouble you’re causing? Just hold the dang door. -Say please and thank you (please). When you want someone do to do something (for example: help you study), don’t say “You should help me study.” Not only is that extremely annoying, it’s also very rude. Instead, say, “Hey could you please help me study?” Then say, “thank you.” Don’t demand people do things for you, and don’t let them do things for you without showing them you’re grateful. The most important way to insure that your manners are upscale is to treat others how you would want to be treated. Oh, you think that’s cliché? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t applicable. Tune in next time for more lessons and tips, and hit up the online paper to read previous lessons! You stay classy, Eudora. Author’s note: I know you hate manners because you’re a rebel and all that crap, but can’t you just cut class or something to defy authority? You’re making yourself look like a jerk. Hey, want to help me out? I know you do. If something really annoys you, let me know at 13edurkin@eudoraschools. org, and put “how to be a class act” in the subject line. You could be seeing an article written about your subject. Your name will be mentioned - don’t worry; props will be given. Thanks a ton! page 14 // Cardinal Online

THE PUSH TO BUY by Rebekah Case

It’s mid-October. Fall is in the air. Everyone is busy getting ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving. You walk into the store to get a couple things for your costume and the first thing you see is a poster of Santa! Many stores are already putting up their Christmas displays and decorations in hopes of making early sales. Some are announcing deals already, desperate to make a profit. Many stores are promising to match their competitor’s prices in hopes of drawing customers. Wal-Mart is even offering to give customers gift cards to match the difference of price of an identical product found for less anywhere else. With all these deals and early advertising, stores seem to be willing to do anything to make their Christmas sales. For many, it is a convenience to be able to find the best deals early, but for others it is just an annoyance. On the surface, it seems that these stores are just spilling over with Christmas spirit, but once you look more closely, you realize that they are really only trying to make profits. For them the Christmas season is not about the spirit, the joy or the memories; for them, it seems to be all about the gifts, or rather the profits they make from selling the gifts..........................................

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Staffer Grady Salzman reflects on the pressure to do well on the upcoming finals and his steps to ease the stress and ace the test.

by Grady Salzman

Semester finals are coming upon us fellow classmates, and they’re back with vengeance for those of us who were exempt from last year’s finals. In less than two weeks you will be sitting down at your desk, number two pencil in hand, and writing down the answers that could very well determine your semester grade. As of now, most guys, myself included, are completely unprepared and are wondering how high our kill/ death ratio in MW3 currently is. And on the opposite side of the spectrum the typical girl is concerned if there is a new episode of the Real Housewives on tonight or not. But fear not, I am about to lay down my four step plan that anyone at EHS can follow in order to ease the stress and ace every one of those rotten tests. Step 1: It’s time to break out the books, ladies and gentlemen. When is the best time to start studying? Now. It is l safe to say that every teacher has already mentioned his/her semester final. They seem to annotate their own conversation and say, “Now that one you can guarantee will be on the test kids”. So write it down! The teachers give you those hints so you can do well on the test. If you start studying those bits of information now, you won’t have to learn them the day before the test. Most teachers have given back quizzes, and tests you’ve already taken. Teachers put the most important questions on those and they put the most important questions on the final, so you can be sure questions from previous test will be on your final. Step 2: Get your face away from Facebook. Honestly, if kids today would spend the amount of time they spend on social networking sites on their schooling, then we would all be accepted into Harvard. Time and time again page 16 // Opinion

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as I walk the hallways I hear, “like my status” or by Chloe Pittman “I’m going to tweet that”. So when you finally decide to study get off the computer, put down that phone, and just study. You will get through twice the amount information in half the time if you aren’t updating you status to something such as “Omg, all the teachers hate me b/c they gave me tons of stuff to like study and ... stuff ;( I’ll never get done!” Step 3: Cooperation is the key. Most teachers are about to read this and find out that us students are openly “breaking the system,” but in all honesty to get by you have to get ahead, and to do that you stay behind. What I mean is if you want to do well on a final, find out who is taking it before you and ask them what was on it. You’ll still have to remember the answers, but instead of studying chapters of information, study the answers to the questions your friend told you. Most of you already do this, but I’m just the first to blatantly put it in writing for all of the staff members to see. Another great step is to study together. Two is better than your one, and your one is not always that bright. Step 4: Breathe in, Breath out. When it’s finally test time, it comes down to what you know. You have to relax and hope you paid enough attention in class to ace the test. And for others, cross those fingers and sit close to somebody smart because it’s the only chance you have at getting a good grade. Finals can be stressful and can leave you at your breaking point. But by following these four easy steps, I can guarantee that you will be on track to passing your semester finals in no time.

Football Season Historic in More Ways Than One Another story line to the fairy tale season of the Eudora football team was the relationship between head coach Gregg Webb and starting quarterback Derek Webb. The father-son duo helped lead the team to a historic season finish as state runners-up with a 12-2 record. Coach Webb has coached all four of his kids in various sports. From the football field to the basketball court, he has come to know each of his kids in different ways by coaching them for a couple hours every day. “I know every one of my kids,” said Webb. “We’ve had good moments, and we’ve had bad moments where I’ve screamed at them.” Coach Webb’s screaming is enough to make even the toughest of football players shake in their cleats. “He’s more aware of who I am and what I want, and so it doesn’t really bother him too much when I get upset or something, he’s just kind of used to it, I guess, and kinda takes it for what it is,” says Coach Webb. Assistant Coach, Ty Pattison agrees, “I think Derek could just calm the team down.” Pattison explained that because of Derek’s personal relationship with his head coach, he might have been less intimidated and more focused on the message instead of the way it was delivered. Having his father as a coach taught Derek life lessons that may not have been learned any other way. “He taught me that things aren’t just going to come to you,” said Derek. “If you want something bad enough, you need to put hard work and effort into it.” Which is exactly what football is all about: putting in the extra effort in order to dominate your opponent, working hard in practice whether you feel like it or not. It’s that hard work and determination that led the Eudora football team to a state championship game. Both Derek and Coach Webb agree that the time together has helped build the relationship they have today. Although not perfect, that relationship reflected on the football field throughout the 2011 season. Although the end result was not as hoped, Coach Webb, Derek and the rest of the dedicated players and coaching staff taught Eudora that although the outcome is meaningful, it is not nearly as important as the journey along the way.

Talent Show In The Works by Auston Katzfey Senior Advisory committee is working on putting together a talent show. The talent show would be open to any high school student who feels he or she posses a special skill that should be showcased. A short audition process would take place after Winter Break, in order to make sure such talents are worthy. After the auditions, students would then be notified as to whether or not they made final cuts. The hope is that the talent

show will take place in late January or early February. Admissions to the show will be free and the show will not be affiliated with any club or organization at the high school. So, fellow students perhaps Winter Break would be a good time to get together with your friends and come up with an act to preform at the show. It will be a lot of fun and an opportunity you will want to take full advantage of.

UPCOMING IN SPORTS Boys Basketball EHS Invatational December 5th, 6th and 8th vs. Louisburg @Louisburg December 13th, 7:30 p.m. vs. Wellsville @Wellsvill December 16th, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball Paola Invatational December 5th, 6th and 8th vs. Louisburg @Louisburg December 13th, 6:00 pm vs. Wellsville @Wellsvill December 16th, 7:30p.m.

Wrestling Tournament of Champions December 9th and 10th Duel vs. Wellsville @Wellsville December 10th, 4:15 p.m. Emporia Winter Classic December 17th, 9:00 am Play Tryouts will be held December 6th & 7th. Contact Mrs. Lawrence for more information. Scholars Bowl League @ Eudora on January 9th at 4:oo p.m.

Strings Club will meet Dec. 1 & 15 in room E-108. See Mr. Pickett for details.

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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19) Mars is in Leo this month making your love life quite busy. You’ll start flirting with anyone of the opposite gender you come in contact with. Oh, wait . . . You do that already. Get yourself some standards. by Sarah Brown & Claire Mersmann

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Wondering what that funny smell is that’s coming from your locker? It’s a dead cat. Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Your life will be quite hectic this month. You should prepare by making a to-do list. Number one on that list? Stop wearing your “Free Weezy” T-shirt; that issue is over and done with. Also, no one cared when it was happening. Pisces (Feb 19 -Mar 20) The sun will strengthen and intensify your emotions this month, but that doesn’t mean you need to go cry to everyone about your problems. “Oh, you and your boyfriend are fighting? That stinks. Bye.”

Comic by Sarah Brown

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Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) All of the violent pictures you have drawn of your enemies and teachers will actually occur today. You have the ability to transfer events in your mind into reality. Do with that what you will.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Mars will help you get motivated and Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20) take action on things you’ve been Jupiter is in retrograde this month putting off. By the looks of it, the bringing growth into your life. By thing you been putting off is showertomorrow, you’ll be two inches taller, ing. Yeah, everyone knows that’s not and you’ll keep growing until your hair gel. Yikes . . . head bursts through the ceiling. You will get stuck like that, and have to Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) feed on the droppings of birds. A full moon this month will leave you Gemini (May 21 - June 20) You aren’t real. You are just living in someone’s video game: like SIMs. Sometime this week, they’re going to get bored, and go get a snack, leaving your life at a complete stand-still. Cancer (June 21 - July 22) A Libra full moon will increase your love for music this month. But, you absolutely do not need to stroll around wearing your Beats™ by Dre. They’re obnoxious; take them off.

feeling unstable and awkward for a few days. Oh, just kidding; you’re awkward all the time.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Everyone has flaws; yours just happens to be a total lack of personality. But hey, that’s okay. It makes you unique, you know; gives you character. Actually, it doesn’t. Never mind. Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will receive some sort of a ‘welcome’ present this month. Yours will come in the form of “Welcome to the bathroom!” and get barfed on right as you open the door.



What is your new years resolution? “To get good grades.” -Frosh. Clarence Walls

“To remember my brother’s birthday.” -Jr. Thaius Boyd

“To be the best Allie Webb I can be and to improve my mind, body, and spirit.” -Soph. Allie Webb

“I want to get my first foot popping kiss with Chris Pyle at prom. Quit playing hard to get Chris!” -Sr. Victoria Lehmann


Looking for a cure to the winter blues? How about some JB to soothe your soul? #justinbieber released his Chrsitmas album Under the Mistletoe this November to keep his Beliebers loyal through the holiday. The album pays tribute to some holiday classics such as “Silent Night” and “The Little Drummer Boy” with the unique flair that could only belong to JB. Whether your a true Bieber fan or just want to jam to some wintry remixes, this album is for you. image courtesy of

by Brook Able Winter break is a time to relax and watch some of your favorite holiday movies. #arthurchristmas is already in theaters, and is about Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, who helps deliver the one undelivered Christmas present to a child. If you aren’t in the mood to drive to see this movie, then there is always the classic Christmas movie #achristmasstory, where main character Ralphie must convince his parents to let him have a Red Ryder BB gun. If you don’t have #achristmasstory, then tune your television to ABC Family. ABC Family shows a wide variety of holiday movies throughout December.

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The Cardinal Issue 2  

December 2011