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Volume XXVI Issue III

November 17, 2017

Band makes school history again Delaney Jackson Assistant Editor-in-Chief On October 21, 2017 the Jaguar Pride Marching Band made school history, becoming the first band to make finals at a Bands of America Super Regional. Last year, the band attended their first BOA Super Regional in St. Louis, but they fell just short of making finals. Senior Lauren Collins says that made this year’s placement all the more sweet. “Last year was very disappointing, because we were so close. I’m so happy that we managed to make finals this year, and bounce back from last year’s setback. It’s kind of cool, because our freshmen year we were the first ones from South to make finals at a BOA, and now as seniors we were the first ones to make finals at a BOA Super Regional,” Collins said. The band practiced long hours this summer to get ready for the event. Band director Ken Hansen talks about how the preparation was. “We prepared for the event like any other event with the exception that we knew the competition was going to be very challenging. Since we knew it was going to

show. Holes in be so challengthe show are ing I think the spots where you students probcan tell someone ably focused was supposed a little harder to march and the week they didn’t, so leading up to they’re bad,” Hill Indianapolis,” said. “Luckily, Hansen said. we found some The band people that were had many willing to march unusual and fill in the setbacks this holes, and those season, with of us that were many injuries injured just stood where people and played in the couldn’t front so we were march. Howstill involved.” ever, they The band left didn’t let that for the competistop them tion Wednesday from achieving night, and stayed their goals in Indiana for two for this season. Tenor saxophones perform at a home football game. Photo by Delaney Jackson. days. Collins says Senior Jerry that the memories Hill says they made on the trip will stay with her forever. pushed through the obstacles to become “The experience was super fun, and an even better band. I got to spend it with my best friends. “A few of us were injured towards the Breaking school history, spending time end of the season, myself included, and in Indiana with my best friends, and couldn’t march so there were holes in the

South program resolving real and relevant issues Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief The Spirit Council has been working together to put forth solutions to various problems around South. The council has been split up into five subcommittees, each designed for their own specific problems: Student advocacy, emotional mental health, racism and prejudice, communication, and academic culture. Each subcommittee presented a new update on what they’ve been working on as a unit. There are five or six students in each group. Student advocacy brought forward the idea of surveying students to see what could make their experience at South better. They also discussed designing an advocate sticker, for staff to have on their door, so that they would be identifiable to students. South principal Charlie Belt explained the sticker. “This sticker represents a safe place, and that ‘This is somebody that I can go to.’ That would be the staff that is a part of the student advocacy program if a student needed someone to go to and talk to,” Belt said. There is also the possible situation of a student mediator program, a specific group of students that are trained where

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ROTC hosts run for local nonprofit

Crocs are making a comeback

they can become peer advocates. The details on that idea have not been discussed. Another subcommittee is racism and prejudice. One of the spokespeople for that group is junior Isis Bonds. This is viewed as one of the larger problems in the Spirit Council, and the solutions were put forth as such. The spokesperson for academic culture is senior DJ Frost. Academic culture is dedicated to improving the overall educational experience at South. Belt looks forward to the work this group will do. “The challenge of the coursework, is it too challenging? Not challenging enough? This is all about the quality and rigor of education the students feel like they’re receiving,” Belt said, “This leads us into issues like stress and axiety, and I’m hoping we can reduce those.” Communications isn’t so much a solution for the problems, but relaying the solutions to the public. That may include going to school board meetings, and communicating with superiors there. Their objective is to take the solution to the problems above, and put it out there for all students to see and understand. The next meeting is either the days before Thanksgiving break, or the days following, it is yet to be scheduled.

Page 4 Entertainment

“Stranger Things 2” was better than season 1

getting to do what I love is something I’ll remember forever,” Collins said. “I know I’ll look back on this in 10 years and I won’t remember what place we got, but I’ll remember what it felt like to be doing what I love with the people I love.” At BOA Super Regionals, they have a preliminary competition, and the top bands score wise in prelims advance on to finals. They announce the finalist bands in random order, so the anticipation is intense. Hansen discusses what hearing their name called felt like. “The most enjoyable part may have been hearing “3rd place… Blue Springs South.” That was a huge accomplishment for the program and a very memorable time. But hearing that we made finals was just as special,” Hansen said. The band has been improving year after year to reach the level of excellence they aspire to. Each year they have hit a new milestone, and this year wasn’t any different. Hansen recognizes this. “The students are achieving at a national level in the marching arena. We are so proud of how hard they work each and every day. We have very special students here at South,” Hansen said.

Tavarus Pennington Editorials Editor For the first time in a long time, you may have noticed a considerable number of students sporting rubber shoes with holes in them. A strap is pushed to the front or back of the shoe, depending on the student’s preference, and these shoes are objectively one of the most comfortable shoes ever created. Crocs have historically been looked down upon for being remedial and childish. Typically, the person wearing one of the large variety of colored Crocs shoes would be clowned for not only owning, but having the moxie to wear a pair of the shoes in public. Nowadays though, the tide is turning. People are quickly realizing that style is nothing without comfort and you can achieve both by wearing one of the many-colored Crocs shoes. Senior Blayce Tipton aptly appreciates the benefits of wearing Crocs. “First of all, Crocs are probably some of the most comfortable shoe wear I’ve ever worn. Second of all, they’re like top of the line style,” Tipton said. In a day and age where you can observe practicality’s increased importance through trends like the pop socket and fidget spinner, Crocs seem to be the next step in practical popu-

larity. Crocs also are latching their necessity on to those that already own a pair in the emotional implications associated with wearing the shoes. Tipton feels he and his pair of camo Crocs do have an emotional bond together. “Let me put A picture of Crocs. Photo by Colton Robertson. it this way, if I lost them… I’d that sees eye to eye with their be sad,” Tipton said. counterpart and Crocs do just The emotional appeal associthat. That is an attribute that ated with Crocs is one that garmany men and women haven’t ners the attention of many high attained yet. school students especially in the Siron realized this early and throes of cuffing season. feels he doesn’t get enough If a pair of Crocs were realisti- respect for appreciating Crocs for cally meant to be the companion what they were before everyone of a person though, the level of else did. practicality that they hold would “So many people are wearing stand up to the challenge. Crocs now and it makes me mad Senior Sam Siron sees the because I was kind of like one of potential of Crocs and their the OG’s that wore Crocs and I’m versatility not as special as I was. I’m for “House slippers are the sure a pioneer, without a doubt,” only thing better than Crocs Siron said. but they’re not really as useful The implications that Crocs because Crocs go anywhere you bring to those that decide to want them to go and you don’t put them on their feet is what have to worry about it,” Siron determines them as a shoe that said. is a solidified member of the new The greatest partner is one wave.

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Live a healthy lifestyle

Musical creativity is not dead

Senior girls finish first and second at State




“TBH” app is a pointless use of time Emma Anderson Features Editor There are a lot of new apps that gain and lose popularity and the new TBH (To Be Honest) app is one that most students can’t seem get behind. When you get this app it first has you sign up and create a username. It then asks you to select your grade and school so it can connect you with other people that you may know. This app has become somewhat popular among our age group and there are nearly 400 people in the Blue Springs South group. The app makes polls that say things like “who am I dying to add on snapchat?” or “I want to get the courage to talk to you.” and you chose which person applies most to you out of 4 total choices. The choices

of time. I honestly find are entered randomly it kind of creepy and by the app based off invasive when they of who goes to your ask you for your age school and is close to and school. It’s not your age.The person that important to me you chose each time to see who thinks I’m will get a notification attractive between called a “nugget”. only 4 people when 2 These notifications of which are guys. are all anonymous, The polls are lame the only thing you will and irrelevant and it’s know is what gender obvious they are made and what grade the by the app and not by person who chose you real people. It’s just a is. waste of storage space If you want to find “TBH” app logo, Illustration by for me. out the name of who is Colton Robertson Junior Ellie Branski choosing you in these downloaded the app polls you can send and deleted it the next day, them a message and that message will not “I think this app is terrible, it was not be anonymous so they will know it is you. well thought out and I would not redownI downloaded this app myself and I load it. It wasnt even fun or a good way to think it is extremely pointless and a waste

New classes offer new opportunities Mason Rhodes Reporter Every year at South we are experiencing new changes. Some of the most important changes are the new classes we are getting the opportunity to take. These classes allow us to further our knowledge in subjects that we may consider a career in. One of the new classes that is offered is the Judicial Law and Practice taught by Ms.Morrill. Morill explains what the class is about. “We learn the practices of lawyers , we learn how to try a case and we have a lot of guest speakers come in and help us,” Morill said.  Morill suggests that anyone interested in a career in law take this new course. Junior Isaac Colson is currently taking this new class. He said his favorite part of the class is practicing the mock trials. “I enjoy the class because I am preparing for my future and I want to be a lawyer so it will

be very benificial to me and my career,” Colson said. He would recommend this class for anyone who is interested in law or law enforcement, it would be beneficial for both of those two careers. Colson says this is currently his favorite class that he is enrolled in. “This is probably my favorite class this year so far because it is something that interests me and my plans for what I want to do with my life,” Colson said.  Lawyers will come and talk to the class periodically, and it has a positive impact on the students. Senior Anna Buchanan enjoys this aspect of the class. “My favorite part about the class is every week we have a lawyer from different practices come and speak to our class about their kind of law and what they do,” Buchanan said. South will always be getting new classes every year and this is just one of the classes we have this year so take advantage of the new classes that we have because they are very beneficial for our futures.

waste time in fact it made you wait almost an hour to be able to participate in the next game of polls,” said Branski. I also think that instead of the app making up the polls it should allow the players to make them up so that it is more personal and not so random. That way the polls would be more relatable. Senior Deshawn Lovejoy does not recommend the app. “I only had this app for a couple days and it just got extremely old after awhile. The app is kind of a mess and it would put my own name in the polls I was voting on which makes no sense. One time the same 4 people showed up on nearly 5 polls in a row and that is just very unorganized,” said Lovejoy. So basically the app is a waste of time and storage so I would not advice not downloading it.

ROTC puts on a successful run Matthew Willis News Editor The ROTC Hero Run occurred last Saturday, which is held to benefit the local nonprofit Honor Flights KC. There was a much-appreciated large turnout this year. “It was great to see a lot of clubs come in,” Senior Carlos Velasquez said, adding that players from South’s baseball team were especially prolific, and even several alumni showed up. In all, over 250 people participated. “It was just a fun time,” Velasquez said. The Mile Fun Run was the most popular event, and was non-competitive. In the 5K run, the top runners were Junior Nate Henks in first, Velasquez in second, and Senior Drew Self in third. All participants got a shirt and dog tags. All proceeds from the race went to Honor Flights KC, a nonprofit organization that helps elderly or disabled veterans visit Washington, D.C. to see the memorials and monuments made

The ROTC Hero Run begins outside of Blue Springs South on Nov. 11 The run raised money for Honor Flights KC. Photo courtesy of Col. Stan Cole. Nearly all veterans from that war for those who served. About are over 90 years of age. $4,100 was raised in total by the “It’s important to honor what event. they’ve done and giving them With free transportation, that opportunity is essential,” thousands of veterans are able Velasquez said. “It’s a phenomto go without being hindered enal program. In D.C. at Arlingby the modern financial woes of ton, I saw a group of old veterans modern retirees. Accommodavisit. It’s really breathtaking.” tions are made for the frequently Col. Stan Cole was grateful for ailed people, as about half of all the record attendance. veterans served in Honor Flights “Thank-you to the Blue KC are wheelchair dependent. Springs community for your A priority is given to veterans support, and to the baseball team of World War II; a generation for getting a lot of people out,” that is now quickly vanishing.

Life can always relate back to a sport Someone once told me that life can be related back to every sport, and with dive season starting just a week ago I figure it’s only right to talk about how life relates back to diving. To kick this off, I think each practice represents a day, the water represents life itself, and meets are big life events. Now that that’s cleared up, let’s dive in. In diving, the majority of practices are pretty boring and bland, you do the same dives over and over again and nothing significant happens usually. That’s pretty much how life is, with each day passing by and nothing major happening. However, there are going to be outliers of course. There will be practices where nothing is going your way; your hurdles are awful and you can’t ride the board, your back jumps aren’t happening, and no matter what dive you try none of them are working. On those days, any coach will tell you to just get in the water and keep trying. It doesn’t matter what the dives look like or how good they are, it just matters that you’re trying to do them and not shutting down. In life, there are days where nothing is going your way whatsoever, and it seems impossible that something good will

little towel things we happen. On those days, Dive in with Delaney use to dry off. We dry it’s important to just get off with them, we dip through the day. Do not them in warm water shut down and refuse to to keep us warm on get in the water. the chilly practice, and On the flip side of throw them around things, there will be for entertainment and days where every single fun when we’re bored. dive is going your way. In life, sammies are Your hurdles are great, friends. You want a your back jumps are the sammy that helps you perfect distance from the dry off before you get board, dives you typically in the water, a sammy struggle on are actually that keeps you warm good, and it feels like you through the cold and just got a star in Mario hard practices, and Kart and you’re flying entertains you on the through practice. Those days, embrace it. Don’t Assistant Editor-In-Chief boring practices. In life, your friends should do question it, just go with Delaney Jackson all of those things. They it. The days in life when should help you get you’re on cloud 9 and through life, and you everything seems to be should help them. They should be there going well for no obvious reasons, just go to comfort you on the bad days, and you with it. Enjoy it while it’s happening, bethem. They should entertain you when cause it doesn’t matter WHY it’s happenyou’re bored, and you should always have ing, it just matters that it’s happening. fun together. Sammies come in all differEvery diver knows the importance of a ent shapes and sizes, just like friends. good sammy. For divers, sammies are the

There will be practices where the heater is broken, and you do not want to get in the water. You know it will be cold and bad, and you’d rather just not get in. On those days, it’s important to have the teammate that will push you into the water. While you’re standing on the board complaining about how much you don’t want to get in and how bad it’s going to be, they tell you to shut up and just push you in. It’s important to have friends like that in your real life. On the days where everything seems bad and you just want to stay home and not even try, it’s important to have friends that will push you to try. It is a fact that you will have good meets and bad meets. You will have meets where you break school records, or meets where you miss All State by one place. Through the good and the bad meets, it’s important to learn from them. That goes for any major life event you have. There will be events that change your life for the better, and events that change your life for the worse. It’s important to learn through all of them, no matter the outcome of it. I could have compared life to any sport really, but here’s how life relates to diving.




New Staff Members

Mike Fanscher: 

Tracy Kempf:

Kelly VanDeventer: 

Jamie Haffner:

Where did you work prior to South?

Where did you work prior to South?

Where did you work prior to South?

Where did you work prior to South?

I worked 3 years at Georgeoff Baher Middle School, 10 years at Moreland Ridge and the last 8 years at Valley View. 

I worked at William Yates Elementary for the past 9 years.

Raytown South Middle School

Washington HS & MS in Washington, MO

What is your job at South?

I am a counselor.

I am the In School Suspension instructor.

What’s been your favorite part of the school year thus far?

What’s been your favorite aspect of the school thus far? The staff and students have all been great so far and have made the transition very easy. 

I love having grown up conversations with kids every day! Don’t get me wrong, I loved my sweet kindergarteners but trying to process with them effectively was a challenge for me. 

Darin Lewis:

What is your job at South?

What is your job at South? Special Education and English What’s been your favorite part of the school year thus far? The students! And getting to know all of them.

What is your job at South? Band and Percussion What’s been your favorite part of the school year thus far?

I love how cooperatively the staff works. There is value placed on the arts and real life skills and the ability to teach, hear, and play music everyday.

Chris Raouf:

Michelle Childs:

Allia Shelby: 

Where did you work prior to South?

Where did you work prior to South?

Where did you work prior to South?

Where did you work prior to South?

Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, KS 

Sherwood High School

Brittany Hill Middle School

Richardson High School in Texas

What is your job at South?

What’s been your favorite aspect of the school thus far?

What is your job at South?

What is your job at South? Computer Applications, Graphic Design, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing What’s been your favorite aspect of the school thus far? I love the student involvement and excitement and how proud everyone is to be a Jaguar. 

Algebra 2 and Geometry What’s been your favorite aspect of the school thus far?

The staff here at South is so nice and hepful and I love working with the students as well. 

The students are great and preparing my students to be ready for the real world 

What are you looking forward to most? Setting up for prom.

PLTW Biomed Medical Interventions and Principles of Biomed at the FC What’s been your favorite aspect of the school thus far? The friendly culture and getting to know the students, staff, and my new home state! 

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Sam Smith returns with a new album Joanne Lee

Entertainment Editor Singer and songwriter Sam Smith released his second studio album “The Thrill Of It All” on November 3.  “The Thrill Of It All” is a collection of 10 love songs. The songs are stories told through Smith’s soulful voice telling things he or other people in his life have been through dealing with love. Four out of the ten songs are about Smith’s own personal experiences in his love life and the rest are about different people and their experiences with love and heartbreak.   Unlike his past album, “The Lonely Hour” with songs talking about his experiences dealing with loneliness and almost the lack of love, this album is a story of him learning lessons from love. The album “The Thrill Of It All” is not only about sad love songs but also songs expressing emotions during the process of overcoming breakups and heartbreak.  Three singles were released before the full album giving hints of the overall album’s sound. “Too Good At Goodbyes” was the first single that was released. The song is very much like the title itself and is one of the songs about Smith’s love life. The song is Smith’s story on being used to breakups and people leaving him. He also expresses in the song how he is becoming stronger every time it happens. The meaning of the song is sad yet it is one of

the catchiest songs off the album.  The second single that was released off of the album was “Pray.” This single is another song about Smith’s personal experiences. “Pray” is about Smith’s coming-out experience while growing up Catholic. The lyrics express his journey of realizing he doesn’t need to follow an organized religion in order to still believe in God. The song is also filled with choir influences throughout the song.  The third and final single that was released was “Burning.” Smith considers this song as the “core” of the album. It is a beautiful song of about the ending of a relationship and the pain it caused him. At the end of the song it is also incorporated with choir sounds.   The whole album is a bittersweet creation and I loved every part of it. Some of my favorite songs off the album were “Nothing Left For You”, “No Peace”, “Midnight Train”, and “HIM”. “Nothing Left For You” is another sad love song off the album about being unable to love again. The chorus is my favorite part of the song. “No Peace” is just a beautiful song sound wise. This song really shows Smith’s soulful voice as well as YEBBA, who features in the song. Both of the artist’s voices together was a beautiful combination I didn’t know I needed in my life. The song is about trying to find peace and some sense of closure after a relationship ends.  “Midnight Train” is a song about conflicting feelings of leaving a toxic

relationship. It expresses the struggles of leaving a relationship even when you know its toxic which I think makes the song very relatable. “HIM” would have to be the most distinctive song off the album. It is another song based off of Smith’s personal experience. Like the song “Pray,” it deals with Smith’s coming out story not only with God but the people around him. The song expresses Smith’s journey of accepting himself for who he is and who he loves.  If you are worried about the album only being filled with depressing love songs there’s no need. Overall the album is filled with songs about heartbreak there are also aspects of overcoming them. There are upbeat songs like “Baby, You Make Me Crazy” which is probably the most upbeat song off of the whole album. Even though it still has a sadder meaning unlike its sound it is still an upbeat catchy song that is very enjoyable.  For having a lot of pressure from his last album, I think Smith did amazing job making another album filled with emotion. His ability to tell stories with his soulful voice really makes the al-

bum. Personally, I didn’t have anything that really bothered me or that I disliked off the album. Although some songs had similar aspects I think each song had a different viewpoint of dealing with love. You might think Smith only writes and sings about sad love songs, but that’s the exact reason why some people go right to him when they are in need of those type of songs. The mixture of Smith’s soothing voice and his heartbreaking lyrics puts you right in your feels. “The Thrill Of It All” overall is a beautiful sad album filled with feelings and emotions about love, heartbreak, and getting over breakups. 

Underrated artists to start listening to Delaney Jackson Assistant Editor-in-Chief With so many artists out there, many of them get overlooked and don’t get the appreciation they deserve. To kick this off, let’s start with one of my personal favorites Jon Bellion. Bellion is an alternative artist that is currently on tour with his latest album. One of his songs, “All Time Low,” blew up in 2016 and was played on nearly every radio station out there. This was by far his most mainstream song, and while it’s still good he definitely has much better out there. His album “The Human Condition” came out in June of 2016, and may be one of my favorite albums ever. No two songs have the same vibe attached to them, and it’s easy to listen to the whole album all the way through because of how many different vibes he makes. I think my favorite off this album would be “Maybe IDK,” and I think it’s a song that everyone should listen to. To some level or another, I think everyone can relate to at least one lyric of this song. With lines like “I wonder why I say yes to everyone in my life,” and “I wonder why I miss everyone and I still don’t call,” I believe this song is one of the best on the album. It’s slower and Bellion’s voice definitely breaks through with striking vocals. If you were to go

and listen to three songs off this album, I would suggest “Maybe IDK,” “Overwhelming,” and “Weight Of The World.” Another extremely underrated artist is Basenji. Basenji is a unique group, with a sound I can’t really explain. Their song “Can’t Get Enough” is featured in the movie “Nerve,” and is my favorite song from them. I think it describes the first stages of love perfectly, with lyrics like “I can’t get enough of you, I’m falling into this again, I can’t get a hold of you, I’m falling into this again.” Basenji is a good group for people that like heavily electronical music. Ansel Elgort is typically thought of as an actor, best known for his roles as Augustus Waters in “The Fault in our Stars” and Baby in “Baby Driver,” but his vocals are truly stellar and deserve more appreciation. He currently has a few singles out, but no EP’s or albums. A video of him singing the song “Easy” originally by Lionel Richie & The Commodores, recently blew up on Twitter. Elgort’s voice is beautiful, and he doesn’t rely on autotune to help him out. His song “You Can Count On Me” featuring Logic is a cute song that I think a lot of teenage relationships can relate to. The chorus goes “Baby, you can count on me, I’ll be right there for you, I’ll always adore you, My love will restore you, Baby you can count on me.” Elgort’s most well known song may actually be a feature for Logic’s song “Killing Spree.”

Elgort has a really nice, pure voice that is easy to listen to in the background of something else. One of the most underrated alternative bands is The Head and the Heart. Their debut album was their biggest album, self titled “The Head and the Heart.” They have a very easy, down to earth feeling attached to their music, and they are truly incredible. Their vocals and lyrics have the ability to give me actual chills every time I listen to them, and they never disappoint. My personal favorite song by them is “Rivers and Roads,” which if you watched the show “New Girl” you may remember this song playing in the finale of season four when Coach leaves for New York and Schmidt and Cece get engaged. I think this song is very relatable for many seniors because it is all about how things are changing. It starts off with the lines “A year from now we’ll all be gone, All our friends will move away, And they’re going to better places, But our friends will be gone away.” To me, that perfectly sums up the beginning of senior year. “Lost In My Mind” is also a very good song by them, as well as “Coeur d’Alene.” The Head and the Heart are the perfect band to listen to on a rainy day, and I think everyone should go and listen to them at least once. Daniel Caesar is incredibly underrated, and deserves to get so much more hype. He is easily one of the most talented artists of our generation, and is similar in

sound to Frank Ocean. Ocean will always be a classic with good music, but Caesar in my opinion has a better and more enjoyable voice. Caesar’s song “Get You” is truly beautiful, and makes you want to slow dance with ya boo to it forever. His album “Freudian” dropped in 2017, and was one of the best albums of this year. The entire album is just beautiful and his voice is something you don’t hear often in today’s music. The last artist that I’ll talk about is Ben Rector. Rector has a ton of music out for anyone that wants to listen to him, and all of it is good stuff. He carries the same sound throughout all of his music, so it can be repetitive at times, but in doses he is great. His song “When I’m With You” is great, with the chorus “But when I’m with you, I’m no longer wandering, And when I’m with you, I swear I can breathe, And when I’m with you I know who I am and who I want to be.” His song “When A Heart Breaks” is perfect for anyone going through a break up, and “Hide Away” is a good song for anyone going through a rough time. Rector has a very calm, soothing voice that you don’t hear on mainstream stations. There are endless artists I could talk about that don’t get the recognition they deserve but these are a few I think everyone should go out and listen to for various different reasons.

Which streaming service is better? Netflix or Hulu Caeden Smithpeter Online Editor Streaming services are a big part of our everyday lives. Netflix was established in 1997. It provides streaming media, video-on-demand online, and DVD by mail. Netflix has changed the way we watch TV shows and movies. Netflix is a big company worldwide, there are two plans you can subscribe to. The premium plan is $13.99 a month and the standard plan is $10.99 a month. Netflix has been a huge influence in the streaming business; other streaming

services have been created. Another big streaming service is Hulu. Hulu provides streaming media, video-on-demand online, and live TV. There are two plans you can subscribe to. The no commercial plan is $13.99 a month and the standard plan with commercials is $7.99 a month. Senior Morgan Wallace has used both streaming services and prefers Hulu. “I really enjoy Hulu. It’s my favorite because it has my favorite show, ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’. I love reality television and that is something that Netflix does not offer at the moment. Hulu has a different variety of films that Netflix doesn’t have and Hulu has live TV,” Wallace said.

Netflix and Hulu both have original series and movies. Netflix’s original series are far more popular than Hulu’s. “Orange is the New Black” and “Stranger Things” are two of the most streamed series ever. They are Netflix original series. Senior Casey Main is a huge super fan of the show, ‘Stranger Things’. “I love ‘Stranger Things’ because it’s not like any other show on television and it’s thrilling to watch. It balances moments of humor, nostalgia, and horror all wrapped in one that makes it impossible to stop watching! It is the best television show of our time,” Main said. In the near future, streaming services will be taking over the TV and movie industry. According to Netflix, by the year

2025, there will no longer be any cable channels; everything will be switched over to the streaming platform. Netflix is the biggest streaming service with over 109.25 million subscribers worldwide, including 52.77 million in the United States. Netflix has a strong lead ahead of other streaming services, including Hulu which only has 35.8 million subscribers in the United States. Other companies have created their own streaming platforms: Amazon NOW, HBO NOW, Watch Disney App, SlingTV, and many more.

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‘Stranger Things’ are happening Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief On October 27, “Stranger Things 2” was released to Netflix. I can sum it up in one word: Wow. This season of “Stranger Things” reflects aspects of the first season in numerous ways. The acting is fantastic. The 80’s vibe is still there and powerful. Even if you weren’t around for the 80’s, like most of us reading this, it still has the potential to give you a nostalgic feeling, which is mesmerizing to experience. The ties you can find to 80’s movies are impressive to, and will only catch if you really enjoy 80’s movies. The soundtrack is easily my favorite of any show there is. If you can’t tell already, I have a positive review of the second season of “Stranger Things.” If you have not watched it, stop reading now, there are spoilers ahead. I would like to dive into the allusions to 80’s cinema in the show. The one that will jump off the screen immediately is “Ghostbusters.” The four main kids of the show dress up as each of the ghostbusters. Other ones aren’t so obvious, like Eleven’s punk look reminds me very much of Ally Sheedy in “The Breakfast Club.” Steve Harrington becoming this protector of all the kids and being their babysitter essentially reminded me of “Adventures in Babysitting.” And then one of my favorite scenes of the entire show has Dustin and Steve walking along train tracks, and it fits “Stand By Me” to a tee. The season doesn’t start slow exactly; it is more easing you into what is about to happen. I wouldn’t say the show really goes full on “Stranger Things” mode until the end of episode three. That’s when the plot thickens, everything starts going the way you’d want it to in a show like this. Coming into this season, I was worried. There was quite obviously going to be a second season, but I had questions as to how the writers would reintroduce Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, to the show, after what seems like she’s killed off. My questions were answered. Returning her at the end of the first episode, as the Detective Hopper’s “daughter” was genius. The father-daughter bond between Hopper, played by David Harbour, and Eleven is overwhelmingly moving, and is something that none of “Stranger Things” fans knew that we needed. My favorite moment involving those two comes in the last episode. Hopper’s speech about how much he loves, and cares for Eleven is one of the best parts of the entire show

thus far. Eleven came back the same badass girl she always was in the first season. And, she had a new look. For the first six episodes, she had a tomboy look going on and long, raggedy hair and looked like Joyce Byers, played by Winona Ryder. But by the last few episodes she had a very punk look, and it reminded me of Ally Sheedy in “The Breakfast Club.” In the last episode it’s so nice to see her get all dressed up and cute and go to the Snow Ball for Mike.

Illustration by Colton Robertson. One of my favorite characters this season was Steve, played by Joe Keery. His character development from the first season to now is immense, and can largely be credited to his break up with Nancy, played by Natalia Dyer. After the split, he becomes a big brother type to Dustin. Which is something I never realized I wanted so bad. Steve helps Dustin, played by Gaten Matarazzo. The reason this duo works so well is because they’re a couple of guys, who come from completely different worlds, and they’re both kind of heartbroken, and that’s what brings them together. Steve’s character development is easily the best of the series. He becomes this protective guy who cares about keeping the kids safe no matter the cost. Oh, and if Steve has his nail bat, you better watch out; things are about to get absolutely awesome. In this season, the dynamic of the big three: Mike, Lucas, and Dustin, is kind of shaken up, but the bond remains intact. Mike, played by Finn Wolfhard, is abso-

lutely heart broken by the loss of Eleven, and he sinks into himself, becoming quite the loner. It isn’t until toward the end of episode three that Mike starts to resemble the Mike we saw in season one. Dustin and Lucas start a struggle for the new girl, Max, which, ultimately, Lucas wins. That is somewhat disappointing because anyone who watches the show roots for Dustin always. Their will to help their friend, Will, no pun intended, is what brings them back together to save the day. The finale of this season was my favorite episode of the entire show yet, and really put the cherry on top of what was an amazing season. An underrated part of that episode will be Steve coming in to the Byers’ home to protect Lucas from Billy. It goes to show that his character development is on another level compared to anybody else, and he got his butt kicked for that kid, something he never would have done a season ago. Something that will hopefully stick from this season is Nancy and Jonathan. The entire first season, they go through so much together. That is a main reason why I felt they should be together, the real stuff, the shared trauma. The build up to their big kiss scene was another one of my favorite moments of the show. Both of them being in denial about their true feelings for each other made their kiss that much better. This season will be hard to top. It brought people together you never knew you wanted together. Dustin and Steve, Hopper and Eleven, Mike and Will, Joyce and Hopper. Joyce and Hopper need to happen now. It won’t happen now. Hopper will just be the man who’s there to comfort her through her loss of new character, Bob, for now. But soon, Hopper will prevail. The two of them have a pretty emotional scene at the end of the finale, and the way they are together, it just seems right. The final moments of the finale are a dead giveaway as to what the foe will be in the third season of the sci-fi thriller. The shadow monster is still in the Upside Down, and there is no real telling how it will get back into the regular dimension, but that’s another thing to look forward to. Part of me is disappointed a new villain doesn’t appear to be making any entrance, but that isn’t completely out of the picture either. Bottom line is that this show always keeps you on your toes, and that is one of the reasons why it is so good. My final verdict on “Stranger Things 2” is that it is fantastic. Somehow, it was an improvement on the first season.

Kneader’s Bakery & Cafe is Thanksgiving and Black better than Panera Bread Friday shopping traditions Emma Anderson Features Editor Over the summer a new cafe called Kneaders opened up in Blue Springs. They have things like soups, sandwiches, pastries, smoothies, and coffee. I had been hesitant to try it because it seemed similar to Panera Bread and I am a big fan of Panera, so I would just go to Panera instead. Recently my mom and I decided we wanted to go to eat at Kneaders for a change. I got a full size of the BBQ chicken salad that came with a slice of bread and I added a Mango Tango smoothie for three dollars. I’m not going to lie; it was probably the best salad I have ever had and it was huge so I definitely could have gotten a half size for half the price. Senior Brianna Parker has been to Kneaders several times and usually gets a smoothie. “They have some of the best smoothies I have ever had and they are much better than Panera, I have had the mango tango and the green one that they also have at Panera and after comparing them I would rather have the smoothie from Kneaders,” said Parker. Their menu has a ton of options, they have about twelve different smoothies, six salads and about seven different types of sandwiches. Since the last time I ate there I stopped there for coffee and got an iced caramel macchiato and it was extremely good and only about three dollars and at Starbucks it would be closer to six dollars. I would definitely go there over Starbucks for cheap coffee. Another time I went there to eat, I got a French dip sandwich and three cheese cauliflower soup. The bread was so soft and the

soup reminded me of broccoli cheddar but it seemed to have more flavor. For dessert, I got a salted caramel cheesecake and it’s fair to say I was obsessed with it. Kneaders is very similar to Panera in a lot of ways considering their menu and the vibe of it. After going to Kneaders, I would definitely choose it over Panera because it is better quality and you get more for your money. I definitely recommend Kneaders and pretty much every item they have on the menu. Kneaders is located 800 NE Cornado Dr.

French dip sandwich from Kneader’s. Photo by Emma Anderson.

Jasmine Jenkins Reporter Roasted turkey, baked yams, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and cheerful voices on a day we share with our lovely families is Thanksgiving. Students at South shared their family traditions, from having dinner with best friends, family, or just sitting in the garage feasting with the family all of these have great memories to come.  What would sound better sitting down at a crowded dinner table in a crowded room or sitting at a dinner table in the garage bigger than the dining room. The Brickhouse family spend their Thanksgiving in the garage. It’s a Brickhouse way of sprucing things up for Thanksgiving. Sophomore Maddie Brickhouse talks about how she loves spending time with her dad’s side of the family at their special version of Thanksgiving they call Garagegiving. “We have Garagegiving where we eat in my cousin’s garage. It is really fun and we get to go around in a circle saying what we’re thankful for leading up to the secret sands draw. I would say one of my favorite parts of Garagegiving is spending it with my best friend, Macy,” Brickhouse said. Sophomore Macy Moon, who spends Thanksgiving with the Brickhouse family talks about the fun she shares with the family on the holiday. “At first I was a little skeptical about Garagegiving because I didn’t think garages could be big enough to fit the whole family but I had so much fun

talking and laughing with her family as if they were my own. I really enjoyed the delicious hash brown casserole,” Moon said. The students seem to really enjoy their Thanksgiving traditions shared with family and friends. The big event that happens the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. Black Friday shopping is dreadful for some and is exciting for the rest. The real question is how to survive Black Friday. Personally, I love Black Friday shopping especially when you feel the rush of seeing everybody fight over the things. Here are some tips to help you survive Black Friday. The first step is making your shopping list and having everything prepared before you go to the store so you can grab the things you need and go. The second tip would be to grab a shopping buddy that can keep up with you as you shop. It is very helpful when you have someone with you so you can get things twice as fast. The third tip would be to check online to see if you can save yourself a trip to the store if something you wanted ran out. The fourth tip is ignoring the big electronics that will always be in available in stores. The last and final tip is to be prepared to return products. Even though you may feel special inside because you got the last clothing item or last bottle of perfume, there may be some type of difficulties with it. Just because it’s the last one doesn’t mean it’s the best.   Using these tips, you should be able to have a smooth and successful Black Friday shopping experience. Make sure you score big on the deals and most importantly have fun.

Live a healthy lifestyle Adults expectations are too high Delaney Jackson Assistant Editor-in-Chief Teenagers have a lot of stress and pressure put on them from nearly everyone in their lives. All teenagers have pressure on them. The pressure their parents put on them, coaches, bosses, friends, and more. For me, on a typical day I wake up and am expected to go to school, where teachers expect me to stay awake and alert through all seven of my classes, and my parents expect me to have good grades. Right after school I go to diving practice, where I am expected by my coach to put forth effort, and then straight after practice I go to work where I am expected by my boss to do my job well. By the time I get home, it is 9 O’clock at night and I have to shower and begin my homework for the night. By the time I finish it is around 1am, and then I sleep for roughly five hours and start the day over again. That is the typical day, not including when I have newspaper or yearbook deadline to try and fit in after school, a meet for diving to add, or I need to stay after school to get help. The stress everyone has put on me has become beyond overwhelming, and nearly impossible to deal with, and I know it is the same way for many people. Adults need to realize that they are not the only ones that expect things of us. For

example, I have heard numerous times from teachers “I ONLY give about 15-20 minutes of homework in my class.” While that may not seem like a lot, let’s do the math. If you have seven classes, and you have 15-20 minutes of homework in each class, that is about 140 minutes of homework, or two and a half hours. That’s also the average, that’s not including if you have AP or dual credit classes. I have taken both AP and dual credit classes, and I can attest to the fact that there will be nights you have up to three hours of homework just for that class alone. The expectations that teachers have for their students not only inside the classroom but outside of the classroom are tremendous, and that alone is enough to overwhelm someone. The next expectations I will talk about is the expectations parents set for their children. The expectations to have good grades, be involved in extra activities, have a job, applications for colleges and scholarships, and so many more things. On top of that, they expect you to hang out with friends and have a social life, and if you don’t they get concerned. They also expect you to spend time with them, and get disappointed if you say you can’t. There have been times my mom has asked me to go to dinner or something, and I really wanted to, but I couldn’t because I had so many other things to do. I don’t think it is right to have to prioritize school, your job, or anything above your family, but I often have to in order to maintain the high

expectations that have been set for me. If any parent is reading this story, I ask for you to evaluate what all your kid has going on in their lives, and put yourself in their shoes. So the next time you get mad at them for not being able to eat dinner with you, or make fun of them for staying home on a weekend to study instead of going out with their friends, remember that they are just trying to live up to the expectations placed on them. Another pressure that a lot of people overlook is the pressure of friends. Friends can put a lot of pressur on you to hang out, or be availabale to text them 24/7, and many more things, and if you don’t hang out with them or respond within an hour they get annoyed or angry with you. If you have a friend that is involved in a lot of things, remember that they cannot be available to you all the time. They will do their best to make time for you, but sometimes it is extremely difficult to do so. Just be there for them while they deal with the stress, and don’t add onto it. A lot of people know I am involved in a lot of things, and I often get asked the question “How do you handle all of it?” The answer is: I don’t. Honestly, I am constantly overwhelmed by everything going on in my life, and I think a lot of teenagers can relate to that. My only advice I could give to someone struggling to handle all of it is to set expectations for yourself, do not just do everyone else’s expectations. Figure out what you expect of yourself, and then

live up to those expectations, and prioritize those above everyone else’s. However, don’t just add self expectations and not take away some of the expectations of others, all that will do is add pressure to yourself that isn’t completely necessary. Another thing that can help deal with the stress is to do things you actually enjoy. If you’re doing a ton of things you don’t enjoy, you won’t have the motivation to do it, and in result you will dread doing it even more since you don’t want to. If you enjoy the things you are doing, it may seem overwhelming still, but at least you have the thoughts of “It’s okay becasuse this is something I like doing.” If you are just being forced to do something because someone else is making you, it will seem 100x worse. Doing things you enjoy will help you remain positive throughout the stress, instead of just being negative because you don’t even like whatever it is you’re doing. Teenagers have a tremendous amount of stress put on them from nearly everyone in their lives. I don’t see that changing in the near future, so I won’t ask anyone to change what they’re doing. Instead, I ask for anyone getting frustrated with teenagers and them complaining about being stressed or them not having time to hang out, to remember all of the pressure they have on them and the expectations they are trying their best to live up to, and simply understand what they are dealing with and that they’re doing their best.

Teens must sleep Don’t break down to the temptations, stay sober and you’re be more bober more than they do Delaney Jackson

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Good sleeping habits are detrimental to a healthy life both mentally and physically , especially as a high school student. According to, high school students need somewhere around nine and a half hours of sleep, yet the average for students is seven and a half hours. Anybody that knows me well will tell you that I do not get enough sleep, and I can say with a lot of confidence it is the same for a lot of my classmates. Lacking sleep can affect a person in more ways than just being tired the next day. Adolescents that do not get enough sleep are more likely to have depression and mood swings, according to Myers Psychology for AP. During Illustration by Colton Robertson the dreaming portion of sleep, it gives us time to process our vation is microsleep (sleepfounemotions. Those lacking sleep are Microsleep is when often the ones that seem sad and you fall asleep for anywhere angry and often do not talk in between a few seconds and a few classes. They are the ones that are minutes and don’t even realize grumpy and do not want to soit. I know I’m not the only one cialize. I can attest from personal who has experienced this pheexperience when I am tired, I do nomenon. It can lead to missing not want to talk to anyone, and important material during class, anyone trying to talk to me will and if it happens on the road it annoy me. The difference in my can lead to tragic accidents. Many attitude and personality when I will tell you they don’t even resleep are tremendous, and I know member the drive they take to get it is the same in others as well. to school, and in a study done by Another way sleep deprivation the National Science Foundation can affect you is your level of pershowed that half of the driver’s formance. When we are tired, our early in the morning are driving brain isn’t as fast as it is supposed drowsy, a condition associatto be. We have troubles making ed with being drunk. Driving cognitive decisions and thinking exhausted can have major effects clearly when tired. This does not for not only you but everyone just affect our school lives, but driving around you. how we perform in activities. In Teenagers need to take their sports, if you are tired your reacsleeping habits more seriously, tions will not be as fast, and that and make sure they have enough can affect how well you play. The sleep to properly function for more you sleep, the more ready their day to day lives. and alert you are and the better you will do in your life. Another effect of sleep depri-

The human brain doesn’t stop growing and developing until you’re at least 25, so any time you add a different chemical that your body is not used to, it’s going to have effects. Alcohol will kill some brain cells and have other effects on the body.   According to short term effects that alcohol can have on an underage body include slower reaction times/reflexes, heavy sweating, blurry vision, nausea and vomiting, and lowered reasoning ability. Long term effects include increased blood

pressure, brain damage, memory loss, shrinking of muscles, increased chance of infection of the lungs, stomach bleeding, and in some cases death.  With drinking and driving, people don’t really realize how much just one beer could even affect you. Especially in younger bodies that are still growing. Having one beer as a teen can affect your body much differently than an a full grown adult. You may think you’re okay to drive, but that one beer as a teen may be the same as four or five when you’re fully grown.   There are many different consequences if you are caught drinking as well. In Blue Springs you will get a minor in possession

of alcohol. That’s a city charge, so you can get a ticket or even go to jail. The school has a bit more freedom with what they can punish you with, than an officer does. An officer cannot write you a ticket or arrest you for having alcohol in your system unless you are driving while intoxicated. The school however, can suspend you almost as if you have alcohol on your person. They also can notify police if you have it and you can serve consequences by both the school and the police. The moral of the story is, you shouldn’t drink. The health consequences are apparent and so are the potential legal consequences. Don’t drink. Don’t do it. Don’t.

Headphones are making you deaf Matthew Willis News Editor Students often turn to music in their dullest moments at South. While being an excellent way to pass time during passing time, there remains a menace in the melodies. Noise-induced hearing loss is a real danger. Human hearing cannot be healed. Loud noises overstimulate delicate little hairs in the cochlea, the organ that senses sound, and cause permaIllustration by Colton Robertson nent damage. The loudest one can safely listen to noise is at the 75 to 85 decibel range, which is about the for cheaper builds). This level of noise range from a vacuum to a noise is comparable to the noise small lawnmower. Beyond that of a jackhammer, and can cause noise level, hearing damage is permanent damage after a mere very probable. fifteen minutes of exposure. Among teens, the biggest To prevent against hearoffender in ear damage is loud ing loss, people should simply music. The loudest most headavoid listening to loud sounds. phones reach is approximately Earmuffs or earplugs should 115 decibels (or slightly lower be worn if a dangerous level of

noise is unavoidable. In practice, this mostly involves keeping music volume down and wearing protective gear in concerts, while using firearms, and while working in loud occupations. Though music is certainly valuable, playing it loudly is not worth losing your senses over.

Healthy equals happy Healthy diets lead to a healthy life Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief A nutritious diet – along with physical activity and refraining from smoking – is the foundation of good health. Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water in the foods you take in while minimizing processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol. Eating in this manner helps you maintain your body’s everyday functions, promotes optimal body weight and can assist in disease prevention. The nutrients in the foods you eat support the activities of day-to-day living, protect your cells from environmental damage and repair any cellular damage that might occur. Protein rebuilds injured tissue and promotes a healthy immune system. Both carbohydrates and fats fuel your body, while vitamins and minerals function throughout your body in support of your body’s processes. Vitamins A, C and E, for example, act as antioxidants to protect your cells against toxins, and B vitamins

Illustration by Colton Robertson help you extract energy from the foods you eat. Calcium and phosphorus keep your bones strong, while sodium and potassium help to transmit nerve signals. Without a healthy diet, you might compromise any of these essential functions. In addition to the quality of the foods

School is unhealthy for us Tavarus Pennington Editorials Editor Some may love school, some may hate it. Some may wish they were anywhere else but school, some may find joy nowhere else other than the schoolhouse. One thing all these types of people all share is the fact that they all have to go to school. When everybody has to go to one place, numerous studies are conducted examining the impact of the place on the person. One such relationship that has been studied is the student and the school. The question of how healthy school is for students is not a new question. An article in the Saturday Evening Post in 1969 argued for the unhealthiness of schools. “Our compulsory school-attendance laws once served a humane and useful purpose. They protected the children’s right to some schooling, against those adults who would otherwise have denied it to them in order to exploit their labor, in farm, store, mine or factory. Today the laws help nobody - not the schools, not

the teachers, not the children. To keep kids in school who would rather not be there costs the schools an enormous amount of time and trouble - to say nothing of what it costs to repair the damage that these angry and resentful prisoners do every time they get a chance”. While schooling is still identical to the institution it was in 1969, some establishments have begun to curb some of the most signature trademarks of schooling. For example, high stakes tests have been significantly limited for all attendees of Harvard University. According to The Week, “Harvard University no longer requires professors to issue giant year-end tests, and in fact, if a professor wants to give a final exam, he or she has to file a specific request to do so. In 2010, only 259 of the university’s 1,137 undergraduate courses still issued exams”. The fact that one of the most premier educational agencies has done away with a trademark of schooling speaks volumes to what the big guys at Harvard know about learning and evaluations.

you consume, the quantity matters when considering good eating habits. Taking in the same number of calories as you burn ensures your weight remains steady over time. Consuming more than you burn, on the other hand, results in weight gain as your body converts extra calories to fat tissue. When you accumulate fat tissue, you increase your risk of developing one or more health problems, including heart disease, hypertension, respiratory issues, diabetes and cancer. A healthy meal plan without excess calories helps you not only feel better but can prolong your life. Obesity is not the only nutrition-related cause of disease onset and progression.

Too much or too little of certain nutrients can also contribute to health issues. For instance, a lack of calcium in your diet can predispose you to developing osteoporosis, or weakening of your bones, while too much saturated fat can cause cardiovascular disease, and too few fruits and vegetables in your nutrition plan is associated with an increased incidence of cancer. Consuming foods from a wide variety of sources helps ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to avoid these health problems. If you are not used to eating a healthy diet that promotes your well-being, making gradual changes can help you improve the way you eat in the long run. You can substitute water for high-calorie, sugary drinks, for example, and switch from full-fat to low-fat dairy products. Selecting lean meats instead of fatty cuts and wholewheat grains instead of refined grains can lower your intake of unhealthy fats and increase your dietary fiber intake. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain less sodium than canned, and snacking on fresh, crunchy produce like carrots, apples and cucumber slices is healthier than the fats and salt in chips.


spends 7 hours a day looking at screens l The average teen spends 50 hours a week looking at screens l Excessive amounts of time spent looking at screens lead to higher levels of body fat l Looking at screens for many hours a day decreases your likelihood to participate in something active l Spending time on cell phones at night

has a harmful effect on sleep time l Studies have shown that excessive amounts of time spent watching TV is connected with depression l It takes you away from doing things with friends or participating in healthy activities l It also can give people unrealistic ideas about look like, act like, or own to feel good about yourself. Source:

A day in the life of a healthy teenager

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Terror attack in Manhattan tied to ISIS Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief Eight people were killed and 11 more were injured when a man rented a pickup truck and drove on a busy Manhattan, New York bicycle path. The suspect was identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. He’s been living in the United States since 2010, but was originally from Uzibekistan in Central Asia. Saipov had been working as an Uber driver for the last six months. He had traffic

citations in Missouri and Pennsylvania. He was arrested by Missouri State Highway Patrol in October 2016 after a warrant was issued when he failed to show in court for misdemeanor offenses. Near the truck, a note was found that said the act of terror had been committed for ISIS. Saipov was shot by police at the scene, and was not killed. It is unconfirmed whether or not the authorities have been able to get any answers out of him. The situation is being investigated as terrorism. Vehicles have been used in a number of terrorist attacks in recent years,

in places like London and Nice, France. The suspect was driving in a Home Depot rental truck, when he hopped a curb and drove down a bike path in lower Manhattan for several blocks, officials said. Saipov crashed the truck into a school bus, and exited the vehicle, where he was then shot in the abdomen by authorities. He was wielding a paintball gun and pellet gun when he stepped out of the vehicle, according to CNN. Just after the incident occurred, six were declared dead at the scene, and two were later confirmed dead at the hospital. At least 11 others were transported to the

hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Five of the deceased were Argentines citizens celebrating the 30th anniversary of graduates of the Polyethnic school in their home town. Hernán Mendoza, Diego Angelini, Alejandro Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi were their names. Another victim of the attack was from Belgium, according to the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Belgium, according to CNN.

Student of the Month ISIS militarily weakened, but excels in many areas ideologically remains at large Colin Brown

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The Student of the Month for October was Junior Addison Graham. Graham is recognized for outstanding citizenship, academics, and extracurricular involvement. He was in English class when he was awarded and was flattered to be surprised with the award by all of his teachers. Graham explains the experience. “I was just sitting in Mr. Strait’s class expecting it to be Student of the Month: Addison an ordinary day when all of my Graham. teachers walked in and Mrs. Rob“Addison is one of the most erts presented me the award,” thoughtful and inquisitive stuGraham said. dents I’ve had in class,” Strait Graham is the first chair said. violinist in the orchestra and an If you’ve ever been to Southeditor on the yearbook staff, but ern Exposure or a South talent he wasn’t only recognized for show, you’ve likely seen Graham extracurriculars. He was recogplay violin. He enjoys participatnized for his treatment of others ing in events that allow him to as well. share his musical talents. English teacher Jason Strait Graham is also an active writtalks about how Graham treats er, being on the yearbook staff others. and having editorials published “Addison treats others with in the Kansas City Star and St kindness and openness. During Louis Dispatch. in-class discussions, he listens More than anything, he just to what others say as opposed to appreciates being recognized. listening for his chance to speak,” “It’s nice to be recognized Strait said. for putting a lot of hard work In addition to being a kind in many different areas and for person, Graham is also a strong just trying to be a genuinely nice student in class. person,” Graham said. Strait talks about him as a student.

With a captured capital, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is experiencing a rapid displacement and is verging on military defeat. Though this may be a success of sorts for the West, the challenges posed by their ideology have yet to be countered. The Syrian city of Raqqah was the capital of ISIS during their stronger years earlier in the decade. With a combined effort from the Syrian Democratic Forces and the YPG (both largely Kurdish groups now supported by the United States), Raqqah was besieged for several months leading up to the final battle that ended in late October. Due to the simultaneous struggles ISIS has in fighting in the city Dier-Ezzor against the Syrian Government, ISIS is no longer in possession of any major cities. The victory in Raqqah was not without its downsides: there were heavy civilian casualties in allied airstrikes, and the last weeks of fighting saw and increased usage of human shields on the part of ISIS that challenged continued operations. To avoid potentially astronomical levels of collateral damage, the US-led coalition did the unspeakable. Negotiations were

made with ISIS for the evacuation of over 4,000 members, consisting of high ranking officials, fighters, and their families. This has been a stunning rejection of the US policy of waging a “war of annihilation.” Much action has been taken on the part of the Pentagon to shrink the geographic bounds of ISIS, but no specific steps have been outlined to oppose their brand of Salafism. Salafism is a movement within Islam that advocates for a rejection of modern interpretations of the Qur’an. This may be problematic at times, as interpretations made during the time of the caliphs after Mohammad (controversially beginning with Abu Bakr) had to more broadly define jihad in order to justify war with outside aggressors. That teaching alone is not enough to cause alarm, but ISIS has broadly labelled all who refuse to submit to them as an outside aggressor. The instigation of conflict is hence religiously justified by ISIS. Though there are many in the Muslim world who denounce that claimed perversion, the Salifi movement is especially popular in Saudi Arabia. Excluding Iran, Muslim governments abroad have not denounced Salafism out of concern of slighting Saudi Arabia. For this reason, there is no definite end in sight for radicalized Islam.

There was a terror incident earlier in the month in New York City perpetrated by an Uzbekistani immigrant who claimed allegiance to ISIS. This is one example that shows how ideology lacks borders. Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in this case, was known to be respectable by family and friends alike before moving to the United States. Saipov became radicalized in the States after several failed gigs as a trucker and Uber driver and feeling the need to turn to some community that would not judge him. It is not unusual to seek refuge in community after turmoil in personal affairs. The selling point for ISIS is not faith, but acceptance. ISIS has been successful in recruiting angsty teenagers in Europe with no prior connection to Islam. Propagandists for ISIS recognize and exploit common social insecurities to potentially hook someone despite their perverse teachings. ISIS has been compared to run-of-themill street gangs by Western and Middle-Eastern media alike when describing their recruiting procedures. A convoluted message that still includes a sense of belonging can ensnare the desperate. Despite the declines ISIS is facing on the battlefield, their ideological influence will continue to inspire more violence abroad.

26 killed, 24 injured in fatal Texas shooting Colin Brown Copy Editor On November 4 a gunman opened fire on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, killing 26 and injuring over 24 more. Those killed aged from 18 months to 77 years old. The shooting is one of the deadliest in American history, occurring about 30 miles of south of San Antonio. It occurred during a regular church service that morning. The pastor and his wife’s own 14 year old daughter was killed in the massacre. As of Monday, of the over 20 injured, 10 were left in critical condition. The shooter’s

mother in law attended the church but was not in attendance when the shooting took place; however, his grandmotherin-law was killed in the attack. The shooter has been identified as 26 year old,

Of the over 20 injured, 10 were left in critical condition.

Devin Kelley. He had served in the Air Force and had a history of domestic abuse. He had previously sent his mother-in-law threatening messages leading up to the shooting. Authorities say the shooting was not racially motivated or based on religious beliefs, but in response to domestic situation within the family. He entered the church wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a Ruger AR rifle, the weapon of the shooting. The shooter served in the Air Force from 2010 until he was discharged in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child. He bought the weapon after passing a back-

ground check, but was denied a license to carry the weapon. Immediately following the attack, the shooter was shot by a local resident using his own rifle. The gunman fled the scene in a Ford Explorer and was followed by a passerby named Johnnie Langendorff, who sped after him until he lost control. The shooter was then held under gunpoint until the police arrived. The police found him dead of gunshot wound in his car. Following the attack, politicians, family and community members, and other leaders have responded with condolences for the victims and some have called for gun control reform.The wounded are being taken care of at three local hospitals in the San Antonio area.

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Paradise Papers suggest scandal in cabinet Matthew Willis News Editor The rule of law is known to be a virtue but often not a truth in our modern civilization. This was found to be the case in the recently released Paradise Papers, a collection of over 13.4 million financial documents leaked from the foreign law firm Appleby. In it is the same message that was present in the Pan-

ama Papers two years ago: many rich people illegally avoid taxes, illegally trade despite sanctions, and launder money. Wealthy individuals mostly accomplish this by merely putting money somewhere with a really low income tax (often island nations) and have a law firm navigate through the complicated parts. Appleby has been one such firm for well over a century. The relevant difference between the two leaks is that

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the Paradise Papers have more American names than the Panama Papers. A prominent individual implicated in the release is Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who was found to illegally have stakes in a major Russian bank. The sanctions that the United States has imposed on Russia bar such practices. Additionally, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was found to have illegally ran an oil field in Yemen for a short time as the

Humans are nowhere near perfect Humans are menial beings. We labor after material dreams day after day to only imagine them at night. The light is trapped in the truth that there is nothing bright about the fight we light. Blazing in the forefront of our heads, the skull conflates according to the comfortability of our beds. We led the demons from the bed that we call home to the pavement deemed the source of our hope. Changes in the pursuit that is success are not defined by our ability to succeed, but rather our ability to conceive the realizations of acceptability in the day and age where two wrongs tend to make a right and the height of tolerance is cloudy. Pure painted outside of the margins of failure, everyone is expected to bail out the rightfully incarcerated. Souls of pure farce

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attend lectures that correlate space and time. It’s time that we bind the two, right and wrong in order to find the line that we cite and cross it. Mood lays the food that fulfills the cells of a living being. Water is debating, its necessity never malleable. Humans are the most selfish of them all. We take and we never realize we have it all. The guarantee. Life after death is theorized as best man knows. We hope and pray nobody makes it there. Its because they go and we don’t. Neverland is never found so we must wait. Longer and longer, we hold on to what we know, even if it betrays our true sense of goodness. I would say it is time to give up.

Google under fire for antitrust in Missouri Matthew Willis News Editor The future of technology in antitrust law may be decided upon soon in Missouri. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued an investigative subpoena to Google, Inc. to check for potential state antitrust or consumer protection violations, chiefly the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Google’s search ranking for competing services, alleged illegal manipulation of online content, and usage of user information is all being investigated by Hawley.

There have been several accusations that Google is approaching monopoly status in online website indexing and advertising. Criticism of Google has been on the rise since the technology think tank New America Foundation fired Barry Lynn in late October. Lynn is an antitrust advocate that has been critical of Google. Google donates more than one million dollars to the think tank annually, and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt is on New America’s Board of Directors. The explanation New America made for the firing of Lynn was an honest admission of “imperiling funding” and “imperiling the institution as a whole.”

Other efforts on the part of Google to silence corporate and political opposition is a significant motivation for Hawley’s investigation. It has been alleged that illegal censorship is automated on Google’s own search engine, but such findings of Missouri antitrust law violations have yet to be released by the Attorney General Office. There remain concerns about internet service providers such as Comcast and CenturyLink engaging in anticompetitive practices in Missouri. It is currently unknown if the Attorney General Office will initiate any more investigations against other technology companies.

Celebrities accused of sexual misconduct Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief In recent weeks, there have been numerous accusations of sexual harassment thrown in the direction of various celebrities, politicians, and more. After multiple women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, there have been a number of women who have come out and accused more big names in Hollywood of the same actions. Actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault of multiple men and sexual misconduct toward a minor back in the 80’s. As a result of these accusations, Spaceys Netflix original series “House of Cards” was suspended, the only remaining season of the show will be released, but there will not be any more episodes after that.

Comedian and producer Louis C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct toward at least five women and was accused of exposing himself to them with out consent. C.K. responded to the accusations confirming them as truth. Producer Andrew Kreisberg, most well known for his work on “The Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl,” was accused of sexual harassment. He denied the accusations, and confessed to the “occasional non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.” Several actresses and writers on “One Tree Hill” accused writer Mark Schwan, of sexual harassment. Male lead of the show, James Lafferty, who played Nathan Scott released a statement regarding the situation on Twitter. “I applaud every woman on OTH, every woman on earth, who stands up to a system that has failed them in the past and in

this moment I stand with them,” Lafferty said, “I encourage every human to pursue justice when that balance is willfully upset.” Actor George Takei, known for his work on “Star Trek” was accused of sexual advancements on men without consent. He was known to “persuade men to have sex with him by grabbing them.” He did not deny these allegations. The numerous accusations made recently have created a frenzy on social media involving President Donald Trump. President Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault multiple times. This drew several comparisons to the scandal involving former President Bill Clinton. Clinton had sexual relations with a woman by the name of Monica Lewinsky and ultimately gave up the office of President due to it. x

CEO of Exxon-Mobil. Ross and Tillerson are still members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet despite the revelations. This has concerned several people as to whether Trump has any motivations to tackle tax evasion. Another wealthy person caught up with the release is Bono, the leader of the band U2. He was found to have secretly invested in a Lithuanian mall through a firm in Malta. Bono

did not apologize for the small investment, pointing out that he has the rest of his income legally declared. This is a telling sign that tax evasion by wealthy individuals is as secretive as it is normal. The Paradise Papers are available to view online because of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. There is plenty of information to explore further for those who wish to learn more.

Cierpiot victorious in special election for MO Mason Rhodes Reporter Mike Cierpiot (R) hangs on to a sit in the seat after beating out Hillary Shields (D) and independent Jacob Turk. Mike Cierpiot of lee summit finished with 50 percent of the vote with Hillary Shields finished with 42 percent and Jacob Turk capping off at 7 percent. Cierpiot will take the place of Will Kraus(R) who resigned earlier this year to take a job with the Drawing by Tavarus Pennington. state tax commission. can Party now holds 25 of the The 8th district which is 34 seats in the Missouri State located in Eastern Jackson Senate. Cierpiot will have to County has always been prerun for a full four-year term dominately Republican and next and will possibly face Cierpiot was expected to easily Shields again. Shields felt as if top Hillary shields until Jacob this election was bought by milTurk entered the race. Turk is lionaires and is confident that known as a Republican but ran she will be reversing the roles as independent. Many Repubwith Cierpiot next year.  licans feared that Turk would If Shields plans on staying split the votes of the two and competitive in the race next it would leave an opening for year, she is going to have to acShields to win. count for a campaign spending To many Cierpiot winning is shortcoming. Cierpiot was very no surprise considering the fact successful in out-spending his that he invested a substantial opposition thanks to large outamount of money to this race. of-state donations. He spent $353,000 in OctoRegardless, this election was ber alone when Shields spent surprisingly hard-fought in a $48,000.Cierpiot spent over district that has handily voted seven times as much as Shields.  Republican in previous years. With this win, the Republi-

Tragedy strikes Californian elementary school Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief A gunman in California open fired on an elementary school, killing four and injuring two children. No children were killed, and the gunman was eventually put down after an altercation with the police. The shooting took place in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, several miles north of Sacramento, California. The shooter, Kevin Neal, was thwarted by a lockdown. The carnage he caused could have been worse, had teachers not heard gunshots from when he was roughly a quarter-mile away, and called for a lockdown. Neal rammed through the fence and gate of the school with his vehicle and exited with

a semiautomatic rifle. He was unable to enter the building due to the lockdown, and reentered his vehicle, instead taking his terror to the streets. The quick action by the administration and teachers of the school, saved many lives. One child was wounded at the school, and another child was struck when Neal fired into nearby vehicle driven by a woman who was also wounded. Neal was seen following a vehicle and firing at it, when police rammed his vehicle off the road, and he was then killed in a gun fight with police. A semiautomatic rifle and two handguns were recovered after the shooting spree was over. Last January, Neal was charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a woman, that woman is among the four people killed in the shooting.

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The true history of Thanksgiving Every November, countless Tavarus Pennington American families feast over a table of delectable “thanksgivEditorials Editor ing” foods. This is a tradition meant to signify the peace, common ground, and friendly communion found between the Europeans that migrated to the Americas and the Native Americans. This tradition has unfortunately whitewashed hundreds of years of oppression and racism against Native peoples. The idea that the first Thanksgiving meal had between the Europeans and Native Americans in 1621 was the signal of lasting peace between the two peoples is grossly ignorant of the subsequent actions taken by the colonial settlers. When the Pilgrims and Native Americans first brushed shoulders, it was out of necessity not graciousness. The Pilgrims approached the local Native tribes because they couldn’t figure out how to farm the land that was new to them and thus relied on using the Natives as the invaluable source that they were as a means of achieving their goal of colonizing the land that was already widely occupied. History has cast a bright smile on events such as this and I urge you to remove the veil and recognize reality. The Pilgrims usefulness as it pertained to farming American lands was not the first instance of white men using Native American peoples. In the periods of slavery that came about over the next few centuries after the original Thanksgiving feasts, Native Americans were used as slaves same as African Americans were at the time. The reason it was on such a smaller scale for the Natives was because the Native American population was facing new diseases like chickenpox that Europeans brought over and thus saw a massive increase in the mortality rates of their peoples. In addition to this, the Trail of Tears which was endured during Andrew Jackson’s 1820’s presidency was also an independent cause for a population decrease among

Illustration by Colton Robertson Natives which was a reason they weren’t utilized as much as African Americans as far as being slaves. The widespread displacement of a culture did not do the health of Native peoples well and slave owners only wanted to purchase slaves that were strong and healthy. The actions taken by the Pilgrims against Native Americans were not evident of a conducive and positive relationship between the two parties and it truly never was. The idea that Native Americans and Pilgrims are around a table together in peace, love, and positivity is a misrepresentation of the events that actually transpired between the two.

Breakdown: The best movie genres Every genre has merit but only one is greatest The last two issues, I have covered reasonably serious topics: A person seizing every opportunity they get this year, and kneeling for the national anthem. This issue, I’m diving deeper into the human psyche than ever before, I’m going to grind gears, and I’m going to hurt some feelings but the question must be asked: What genre of film is best? Overall, I break genres of film into five sections. In the first spot we have “Action and Adventure,” in slot B we have “Comedy.” The next three are as follows, “Drama,” “Romantic-Comedy,” and “Children and Family.” I will be ranking these five from worst to first with an explanation as to why they are in their spot below, along with one sample movie that fits my description perfectly, and one example that goes against the norm. In spot five, we have action and adventure. These are the movies that we all see and go “wow that explosion was cool but the acting was mediocre.” I cannot recall the last time I saw an action film where I did not think this very thing. A great example of this is literally any of the “Fast and Furious” movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love those movies, but everything about them is so incredibly cheesy and that’s how most action films are. The good guy always wins and that’s okay, no one wants to see the good guy lose. Nobody watched the original “Karate Kid” and hoped that Ralph Machiao was struck down after Billy Zabka broke his leg, nobody watched “The Avengers” hoping that the Avengers lost. That’s just how these films are. The good guy wins, the bad guy loses. It’s a simple premise, but always the most predictable, so it gets the fifth spot here. Another thing, action films that come in a series are rarely good. Especially when the first film was not made with the intention of there being a second. One movie that defeats the incredibly cheesy norm of action movies is “Over the Top.” The premise of it is simple Number four: Children and family. Yes, this beat out action and adventure. Not because the movies are truly any better, but because these always hold more nostalgic value. Which, lets face it, will always win out in the end. An example for us high schoolers that this goes perfectly for is “High School Musical.” All of us loved that singing and

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Colton Robertson Editor-in-Chief dancing they did at the time, and now if you go back and watch it, it’s truly a stupid movie, but the nostalgic value of it saves it. The movie that went against the norm was any of the “Air Buddies” movies that came after the original “Air Bud.” Sure, those puppies were cute and all, but they had nothing on their pops. I mean Air Bud was the pinnacle of multi-sport athletes: he won a championship in every sport he played, AGAINST HUMANS. Those puppies were never as good as he was, and all those movies were very forgettable, with little to no nostalgic value, so there you go “Air Buddies” sucked. Coming in at the three spot we have romantic-comedies. I love romantic comedies, but I will give you a run down about how every single one goes. Guy and girl meet. Guy and girl deny feelings for each other, yet spend lots of time together. Guy realizes he loves girl, and struggles with that fact. Guy and girl have a moment.

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Girl realizes she also loves guy. They do not discuss that they love each other. One of the two does something dumb, and they grow apart for a while. Something brings them back together and voila. They live happily ever after. These movies will make you so happy, and you kind of feel stupid for enjoying it. A perfect example of this is “The Ugly Truth.” You want to know how it goes? It’s that up there. An example defying these standards is “The Breakfast Club.” The connection between John and Claire is always there, there is no denying that. Yet they do not go through this step by step procedure that ends in them inevitably being together. The second best movies are dramas. This is a very broad genre, and honestly most of the other categories could fit in this genre. Some actions are dramas, most romantic comedies are dramas, and some children’s movies are dramas. Due to the fact that there is no one way to make a “typical” drama, it is in second place. Some great dramas include “The Notebook” and essentially any Nicholas Sparks movie ever. Yes, I like Nicholas Sparks movies, surprised? You shouldn’t be. Don’t judge a book by its cover people. Number one overall is a comedy. A truly good comedy is hard to come by. One that combines a good plot development with well rounded characters and the amazing one liners is rare. Rarely any comedy fits all three of these criteria, so the vast majority generally hit two out of the three. Any given Will Ferrell movie will hit two out of these three criteria. “Anchorman” has a terrible plot with some great characters and fantastic one liners. “Talladega Nights” has a halfway decent plot with a lot of useless characters and some great one liners. If you’re looking for a great comedy to laugh at that is about the same in premise as any other comedy, see a Will Ferrell movie. One that hits all three of these criteria is “21 Jump Street” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The plot of this movie is great, the characters are fantastic and the one liners are endless. Comedies are the most light-hearted and the most enjoyable to watch. The best films to watch with friends, and the one that will get the most laughs are comedies. Comedies are the best movies there are.

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Senior girls finish first and second at State Jacob Dec Sports Editor The girls cross-country team finished its season in one of the best ways possible. Seniors Tori Findley and Danielle Hotalling finished first and second respectively. Head coach Ryan Unruh talked about how Findley and Hotalling have improved since their freshman year. “They’ve both improved significantly, but in different ways. Tori was an elite runner from the start, but had to make a big commitment to reach the State Championship level. Danielle finished 72nd at State as a freshman, so she had a longer way to go. They both were difficult jumps,” Unruh said. Both girls stayed relatively healthy throughout their careers here at South which helped them greatly while training and preparing for the season.Unruh talked about what helped the girls succeed the most at state.

to give it every“Good, thing I had left consistent since it was my training is the last race. All I most importwanted was to ant. They don’t give my team miss practices our team our and they have best shot at stayed healthy getting on the their entire capodium and reer. They trust end my career our training on a good note. plan and their It was bittercommitment sweet coming allows us to into that last execute it and it showed in the Danielle Hotalling and Tori Findley hold the fourth- stretch for the meet,” Unruh place trophy after the State meet. Photo by Ryan last time, but I was determined said. Unruh. to finish my race The State off the best I could,” Hotalling said. Championship course for cross country Findley talked about how it felt to run ends with a significant hill in the last mile. with Hotalling all four years and how she Some competitors have been seen crawlfelt after crossing the finish line. ing and walking to the finish because of “Danielle has just shown me that if you how brutal the last hill is and shows how work hard year after year, the results will difficult cross country is. Hotalling talked come. She has also shown me to not focus about how she felt coming up the last hill. on the outcome but more on the process. “Coming up that final hill I knew I had

I was really overwhelmed with joy as I crossed the finish line, and then turning around to see Danielle made it so much better,” Findley said. Hotalling and Findley talked about their career at South and what kind of legacy they left. “My cross country career at South was the best experience of my life. I am so fortunate to have had Coach Unruh and Coach Ewan pushing me these past four years to be the best person and athlete I can be. I think my career ended well and I am so fortunate to have been a part of an amazing team. I can’t wait to see how this amazing program will grow knowing I was a part of that process during my career here,” Hotalling said. “I couldn’t be more thankful for my four years at South, I am shocked and so happy of the results that have came along with the years. I think I left a legacy here at South, I can’t wait to come back and see the next superstar and what they are accomplishing,” Findley said.

Softball finishes second at State Championship again Paterson Fallis Online Editor The Blue Springs South Jaguar softball team had another fantastic season but ended in a second consecutive second place finish in the state.  The regular season was a little more turbulent than last year’s and Senior Pitcher Sydney Righi talked about that. “We had a really successful season and went through a few low spots but we were able to bounce back and play our best softball when we needed to,” Righi said. Senior Outfielder Madison Crosslin talked about the softball team’s second

consecutive runner-up finish this season. “It was an amazing feeling to make it to the final four back to back years. Although the results weren’t what we hoped for, I couldn’t of had a better senior season,” Crosslin said. This year’s team was not quite as dominant as last year’s squad in the regular season but played extremely well down the stretch. They breezed past district opponents Columbia Rock Bridge and Columbia Hickman winning those games by a combined score of 21-1.  They rolled into Sectional play as they took on the Lakers from Camdenton. The offense came alive in the sectional game

Muehlberger and Terry lead football through playoffs Colton Robertson Editor-In-Chief Blue Springs South football comes to a close, but not before some record breaking performances by a couple of players. South was knocked out of the race for the state championship by crosstown rivals, Blue Springs High School. The two playoff games prior were against Francis Howell and Rock Bridge. Against Francis Howell, two single game records were broken, one on each side of the ball. In a dominant 48 to 20 victory over Francis Howell, senior safety Michael Muehlberger scored four defensive touchdowns, and junior running back Austin Terry rushed for 237 yards. Muehlberger’s four touchdown performance consisted of three interceptions returned from touchdowns, and one fumble recovery. Muehlberger credited his teammates and studying film for the performance. “The linebackers and defensive line did a great job of blocking for me on all of the interceptions, we studied a lot of the film. I knew that if we lost we were done, so that was some extra motivation,” Muehlberger said. The extra motivation provided from the “do-or-die” mindset was crucial to the performance of the football team in the last weeks of the season. “Everyone seemed more focused. We had a lot of underclassmen that really stepped up in preparing the first string guys for the last few weeks,” Muehlberger said. Muehlberger also took over

the quarterback position against Rock Bridge after senior Brody Parker went down with a knee injury, which required surgery. He quarterbacked the team to a 13 to 10 comeback victory over the Bruins. Head coach Jon Oyler was happy with how the transition from one quarterback to another in such an important part of the season went as well as it did, but also felt sympathetic for Parker, in his final year of high school play. “We’re lucky at a school like this to have multiple guys that are talented football players,” Oyler said, “It’s tough when you lose anybody because you know how much they sacrifice and how much time they put in throughout their lives to be successful, you feel bad for them, but it’s cool that we can have a guy that has gotten reps all year show what he is capable of.” Oyler won Coach of the Week through the Kansas City Chiefs organization for the week nine performance against Francis Howell. He was humble in his accepting of the award, and gave all the glory to the others on the staff and the players he’s coached week after week since the beginning of the summer. “I thought it was cool for our program, because I don’t do anything. Our kids are the reason for our success, I’m awfully proud of them and the assistant coaches for all the hard work and determination that they put in,” Oyler said, “So it’s kind of embarrassing to win this award, because they’re the ones that do all the work and put in all the effort.”

beating Camdenton by a score of 21-5. Senior catcher Haley Woolf lead the Jaguars with three homeruns and eight runs batted in over a the six-inning spread rule victory with Sydney Righi and Easton Seib pitching well for the Jags. The Jags took on Webb City in an Elite Eight showdown for a trip to the State Final Four. The Jags and the Cardinals went to ten innings and the game ended on Junior shortstop Abby Sciara’s walk-off two-run homerun.  Coming off their first close game of the postseason, the Jaguars took on the Staley Falcons. The Falcons came into the game favored as their record was 26-2 and

had First-Team All-State Pitcher Alana Vawter on the mound. The Jaguars trailed early but rallied around Sophomore Addie Lightner’s bases-clearing triple and went on to win the game by a final score of 5-3 and make their second consecutive State Championship game appearance. In the State Championship game, Blue Springs South faced another First-Team All-State Pitcher in Marquette’s Anna Junge. With the wind blowing constantly in from centerfield for the duration of the game and Junge’s riseball bearing down on the Jaguar hitters, the offense couldn’t get going and the Jaguars fell 2-0 in the State Championship. 

Junior diver sets both school and State records, wins State Title Delaney Jackson

Assistant Editor-in-Chief Boys swim didn’t have the season they hoped for, however the divers had the most successful season South has seen thus far. Junior diver Alex Burt had an outstanding season, breaking both school records, winning all meets but one, and becoming the State Champion for Class II. “This season went exactly how I hoped it to, I worked in the summer to get to where I wanted to be and it paid off,” Burt said. Burt was coach Missy Jackson’s first State Champion in her 46 seasons at South. Jackson said the wait was well was worth it. “Having a State Champion was an amazing experience. I knew

he could do it as long as he dove like he did in practice. We talked about taking it one dive at a time and enjoying the ride,” Jackson said. As well as Burt, South had another diver place in the top 16, getting All State honors. Junior Micah Currie placed fourth, in his first year competing at the MSHSAA State Championship. “I transferred from Kansas last year, so this was my first year in Missouri. Missouri is way harder than Kansas. The divers were a lot better so it was just different,” Currie said. Burt broke every school record, and now holds both the overall six and 11 dive records, as well as both freshmen records. He also set the Class 2 state record, with a score of 465.30. “It was really cool to set the

Alex Burt dives into the pool. Photo by Autumn Campbell state record, as well as every school record. I also won the MSHSAA Diver of the Year, so that was a dope experience to have,” Burt said. As well as having two divers in the top 16, scoring 35 points for the team, junior Chase Graham finished 7th in the 500 freestyle, and Adam Ryan was awarded All Honors as well for individual swims.

South athletes sign to college Patterson Fallis Online Editor Blue Springs South boasted nine signees earlier this month. Of those nine, six were softball players, two run cross-country and track, and the last is a baseball player.  Tori Findley, who is headed to Mizzou to join its cross-country and track teams, talked about the work she put in to get to the level she is at now.  “I’ve pretty much been running my entire life. I’ve run cross country and track while also playing soccer and basketball over the years, which all require you to be in top physical shape. My dad is a big runner, so that has influenced me a lot and running for the Ti-

gers has been a dream of mine for a very long time,” Findley said. Allante Hall, who is going to play baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks next fall, discussed his plans of getting to the highest level.  “I want to play professional baseball and going to Arkansas is another big step to reaching my ultimate goal. I’ve always had the dream to hear my name called in the MLB Draft and being a Razorback will help me get there,” Hall said.  Signees include:  Abby Cisneros ,who is headed to Central Methodist University next fall to join the Eagles softball program.  Madison Crosslin who is off to Syracuse University to play softball for the Orange.  

Nicole Curtis will be playing softball for the Park University Pirates. Tori Findley will join the Missouri Tigers Cross Country and Track Programs.  Allante Hall is going to Arkansas to join their baseball team.  Danielle Hotalling will be a Creighton Jay next fall on their cross-country and track teams.  Kailee Odegard will be an Emporia State Hornet in their softball program next year.  Sydney Righi will also play softball for Emporia State next fall.  Haley Woolf is attending the University of Evansville to play softball for the Purple Aces next season.   

November 2017  

The November 2017 edition of the Blue Springs South High School student newspaper

November 2017  

The November 2017 edition of the Blue Springs South High School student newspaper