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the student newspaper of ottawa high school

Ottawa High School • 1120 S. Ash St. • Ottawa, KS 66067 • 785.229.8020

October 2011


Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

Halloween traditions ar ound the world

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High school employment takes its toll on students

Discover Ottawa’s possibilities...

XXX Three Strikes and You’re Out!

School’s new substance abuse policy on p. 3

“Love” watching tennis but not sure how to play?

“If my mom paid for everything, I wouldn’t have a job.” Cailin Tatum, senior

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the ohs review | OPINION

Print Editor Jaime Birzer Online Editor Danon Taylor Reporters Kati Bunce Morgan Fredricks Ashley Haag Anthony Hendricks Cydney Lewis Dana Peterson MyKenna Sharp-Hadl Callie Shea Kaitlin Schulz Photographers Michael DeLosSantos Stevie Hart Samantha Heppler Mickey Jensen Alyssa Phillips Kiersten Roberts Turner Roth Emily Sands Lizy Seimears Rebakah Wade Adviser Michelle Wilmes

I don’t like to dress down when I am in public. I like to look good in front of people. I don’t like it when people dress as if they don’t care about how they look to others. I believe all people should dress as if they were dressing for a good first impression.

-Andre Lewis, freshman

I dress comfortable, that’s the main part of my style. I work at Capelli’s and you have to look nice at work, so it is easier to come to school looking nice and go straight there rather than having to go home and change. You should dress in what makes you feel confident and comfortable.

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“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.” - Jessica Savitch


-Sydney Normile, junior

New Lenient Substance Policy Needs Revision By Morgan Fredricks|reporter This year at Ottawa High School, there is a new substance policy. The students participating in school activities need to be in good standing like previous years, but now, the students may have three offenses before they are kicked off all sports and activities for a year to date. The penalties received accumulate throughout the school year. The first offense is a 20 percent suspension from the full season, counseling at the student’s own expense and an evaluation. In regards to the second offense, there is a 50 percent suspension from the season along with the repercussions from the previous offense. The third offense is a suspension of 365 days from all sports and all activities along with the previously mentioned

repercussions. This new substance policy is a lot more lenient than the policy that was in place before it. I think that this is not only harmful to the sports teams, but harmful to the students as well. I do not think that the first offense is that much of a reprimand for a student. Is a suspension for a few weeks enough to keep a student from substance abuse again? I thought that high school is supposed to be a stepping stone in life—a preparation period for college, readying students for the real world. How is allowing students to be caught with drugs or alcohol and still allowing them to participate in sports later on in the season any kind of preparation? In college, if a student is caught abusing a substance while playing for a team or involved in student activities, they are not going to get three warnings.


No, they will not even receive one warning. They are going to be seriously reprimanded or thrown off the team. In college, coaches do not have time for that. Drugs and alcohol can harm the players not only on the court or field but also in life. People die because of substance abuse and drunk driving. Drugs affect the heart, which can lead to serious injuries or the death of a player, or anyone for that matter. In the policy it states, “The expectations for our students is to be lawful in the conduct of their daily lives.” Is doing drugs or drinking alcohol while underage lawful? No it’s not. So really, students who participate on school sports teams or school-sponsored activities are not held to as high a standard as they should be. In no aspect is this right; students representing our school should be held to a high standard. Currently, they are not. This needs to be changed so that the lives of high school students can be made better in the long run.

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Despicable Me “It was a cute movie; I loved the little minions and I think Margret was hilarious because she scared one of my good friends.” -Erika Greiner, sophomore

NOTE: The following information was taken from the OHS Athletic/Activities Handbook. Because of space limitations, some parts of this policy have been edited out. For the full text, please refer to the actual handbook. The expectation for all of our students is to be lawful in the conduct of their daily lives. Participation in extra-curricular activities as defined by KSHSAA is a privilege. This privilege is afforded to all students that meet the requirements of academic eligibility, transfer and are determined to be “in good standing”. In the event it is confirmed that a student fails to comply with the guidelines established, the student is determined to be not “in good standing”. A student deemed not “in good standing” due to involvement with controlled substances will forfeit their opportunity to participate in or attend Ottawa High School and KSHSAA sponsored activities. The term “offense” indicates use, possession, disbursement, or reasonable suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, or any illegal drugs, in or out of school at any time the offender is enrolled as a student at Ottawa High School. ... An offense must be verifiable via student admission, police reports, documents from a court of law, direct observation by school personnel, or other evidence which is found to be reliable. Activities suspensions may carry over from one season to the next and/or from one school year to the next. Any student suspected of an offense shall be notified of the suspected offense. The parent/guardian will also be notified. Penalties will accumulate during any activity season from August through July. First Offense A. A 20% suspension of one full season of participation in activity competition/performance (in addition to school discipline invoked). B. Professional alcohol, or other drug and/or tobacco eval-

Adele “I love Adele! Her song ‘Someone Like You’ has been stuck in my mind for days!” -Meagan Powell, sophomore

uation/counseling, at student/family expense, is required before reinstatement. Counseling/evaluation deemed adequate and appropriate by OHS administration. C. Conference with student, administrator, coach, and parents before reinstatement. Second Offense A. A 50% suspension of one full season participation in activity competition/performance (in addition to school discipline invoked). B. Professional alcohol, or other drug and/or tobacco evaluation/counseling, at student/family expense, is required before reinstatement. Counseling/evaluation deemed adequate and appropriate by OHS administration. C. Conference with student, administrator, coach, and parents before reinstatement. Third Offense A. The student is no longer eligible to participate in any Ottawa High School activity for a minimum of 365 consecutive days (in addition to school discipline invoked). B. Professional alcohol, or other drug and/or tobacco evaluation/counseling, at student/family expense, is required before reinstatement. Counseling/evaluation deemed adequate and appropriate by OHS administration. C. Conference with student, administrator, coach, and parents before reinstatement. Additional Information Holiday Break, Spring Break, KSHSAA Buffer Week or KSHSAA Holiday Non-Practice Days will NOT count toward days of suspension. The length of all suspensions will be rounded up. If the violation occurs during the student’s off season, the consequences will be imposed at the beginning of the student’s next season of participation. In the event the violation occurs near the end of a student’s participation season, consequences will carry over to the student’s next season of competition.

BOOK Review

MOVIE Review

There is a plethora of things that I could talk about in this issue’s tip: the nerve that some underclassmen have, lack of respect, ignorance and unhelpfulness not only with their peers but also in the staff, or even the absence of school pride and participation. I could write about how I see freshmen smoking cigarettes, freshmen who are 14 and 15, how I have seen multiple couples trying to procreate in public hallways, or bullying at its finest…But no, today I will talk about something worse, something unfathomable. I want you to picture this with me—you are walking through the halls of our beautiful high school, what do you see? Aside from what I have listed above, what catches your eye? I’ll tell you—

OPINION | the ohs review THE TOP TEN


a bunch of little kids running around screaming nonsensical trash, for lack of better words. Blabber, blabber is all I hear. I hear girls screaming, “OMG did you hear By Danon Taylor| online editor what he did? Psh, imma smack that fool!” or “Did you see “Worst” Senior Pranks that girl’s hair? Mmm she needs to look in a mirror!” I’ve 1. Destroying the school in any way—so not cool. even witnessed a young girl screaming about an apple. 2. Distributing alarm clocks around the school with different times to go off. Why? Why do you feel the need to draw attention to 3. Placing parts of a stolen, dissected pig in random people’s lockers. yourself in such a grotesque manner? It will not cause the people looking at your tasteless display to like you 4. Letting tens of thousands of crickets loose in the school…and leaving the box with your name and mailing address at the scene of the crime. or appreciate the person you are. In reality, you create a bad name for yourself and lose respect from both peers 5. Filling the school with a variety of barn animals . . . (Cows can go up stairs, but they cannot go down). and teachers. But then again, everyone running around 6. Shooting freshmen with water guns filled with urine. screaming and hollering probably don’t care about their 7. Letting snakes loose in the school. self-image or character. So, I will put it nicely. 8. Filling the halls with a stench, from fart spray and stink bombs. Shut up. Shut your mouth; if you see a person close to you 9. Dressing tampons and pads in ketchup and decorating the halls with them. or feel yourself starting to open your mouth, stop. This is10. Cutting trees down. sue’s tip: lock it up children or go back to the playground.

MUSIC Review

By Dana Peterson|reporter

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Copper Sun by Sharon Draper “For the most part I liked the book. It was about the slave trade from Africa to America. In the book it described the difficulties the slaves faced.” -Connor Stepp, freshman

Policy Helps Correct Mistakes By Kati Bunce|reporter The school board made a new rule that you can get caught with drugs and alcohol up to three times before being permanently kicked off a sports team or club. Some people think this rule is just absolutely absurd; however, I am for the school board’s decision. Before you start judging this new rule, maybe you should find out a little bit more about it. Here at OHS, it is believed that school activities are a positive influence for all students. But after all, this is high school, and people get themselves into situations that are not easy to get out of. Now, it’s not like you won’t get in trouble for possession of drugs and/ or alcohol, because you will. In fact, you will be in a lot of trouble, and that's not something you need in your life—you’re already balancing school and sports, and who knows what else. I personally think this is a great rule. If kids are going to be involved with

drugs, they just are. At least sports will keep them motivated to go to school and get good grades so they can play in the games. If that rule weren’t there, chances are, they would get kicked off the team and suspended from school. To me that's idiotic, because that just gives them more of an opportunity to do drugs and consume alcohol. I think the school board finally understood that if we get suspended from school because of drugs and/or alcohol, we are not just going to stop. Students will most likely continue using them, which will eventually cause them more issues in the long run. Obviously people are going to make mistakes—it’s a part of life. However, by being someone who represents the school, you are looked up to by a lot of people. They will want to follow in your footsteps, so make those footsteps worth following. We all know drugs and alcohol are bad for us, so just don't do it. And, don't be a idiot.


the ohs review | FEATURE

Working Hard? Or, Hardly Working?

By Danon Taylor|online editor

are talking about student employment. All sorts—the good, the bad and the ever-so-ugly. The way in which students are Some may think they have received the blessing of all bless- employed at Ottawa High School differs from student to student. ings, while others are still waiting to receive theirs. The fortunate The “Work-a-holic,” is a rare species of student, but it does indeed were born blessed, and the rest think they have been hexed with exist. This is the one with two or more jobs. Many students have a a curse: fully consumed weekends, an array of hours, moody co- part-time job working around 10 to 20 hours per week. However, workers, critical managers and minimum wage. Yes people, we some of those “part-time” jobs require full-time hours, 30 to 40

per week. But every once in a while, a student comes along who is fortunate enough, depending on who you ask, to not need a job. They are 100 percent supported by their parents or guardians and are able to focus fully on their academics. Finally, there are the rest of the students, who are saddened by the fact that they cannot find a job here, there or anywhere! No need to worry though, The Review is here to break it all down for you.

Two Jobs & No Time

By Anthony Hendricks|reporter

Working one job can be hard enough, but having two, or even three, can take up a lot of time. “I used to work at Travel Lodge on the weekends and babysat after school,” Katlyne Schulz, junior said. Schulz no longer has two jobs, simply because the kids she babysat for no longer need a sitter. When people have multiple jobs, their schedule can be a bit hectic. How do they work all these hours in one day? “When I didn’t have much to do at Travel Lodge, or when the kids I sat went to sleep, I would do homework to pass the time,” Schulz said. Not only do some students have more than one job, but some teachers are employed in multiple situations as well. “On weekdays I work at OHS from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., except on Mondays, when I stay and teach reading content to OU students from 7 p.m. to 9

p.m.,” Angie Flax, English teacher, said. “On the weekends, I work for Homestead Apartments in Olathe as a part-time leasing agent.” Depending on the job, the time and money, most people look for a way to wind down from their busy lives, even when they don’t seem to have any spare time. “I believe it is easier to work these jobs, because I don’t have a husband or children of my own,” Flax said. “Working at Homestead Apartments can feel like freetime for me, because I have many friends that live there.” So if you are looking for money and you have plenty of free-time, then get off the couch. G=o out and get a job—maybe even two!

I Don’t Have A Job Because. . . “...I don’t have time. My focus is not on a job, more like staying out of jail and homework that I don’t do.” -Scott Deardorff, junior

“One day at [McDonald’s] the pitcher cleaner went off and all four of the cross country teams were there in the lobby, and I just sat there and watched it pour all over. Everyone was laughing and some costumers were mad because water had gotten all over their food.” -Michelle Keifer, senior


“...No one wants to hire me because I am too young and there are more qualified people. I want a job, though, so I can pay for my gas and going to the city to hang out with my friends.” -Aaron Buehne, sophomore

Miss Independent

By MyKenna Sharp-Hadl|reporter

Teenagers all over have many different jobs whether they like them or not. Cailin Tatum, senior, has a job—not because she wants to but because she has to. Tatum has been working at the North Dairy Queen since the beginning of last year. “I have to pay for everything,” Tatum said. Tatum said she pays for her car insurance,

food, clothes and everything else. “If my mom paid for everything, I wouldn’t have a job, and I would probably be a stuckup, stupid witch,” Tatum said. Having a mother who does not buy her a lot forces Tatum to be independent financially. For the most part, Tatum thinks her job is really easy and fun because she gets to work with all of her friends. But according to her, that’s not how it has always been. “I got fired from DQ for being rude and

disrespectful, so I got a job at Sonic— which I hated; I worked there for three days,” Tatum said. “I quit and went back to Dairy Queen and begged for my job back. Thankfully, they gave it back to me.” This taught Tatum to appreciate what she had and not to take anything for granted, because most of the time it’s better than what you would have otherwise.

Unemployed and Lovin’ It

Favorite On The Job Memory “One time when I was working in Wellsville, one of my fellow workers put his car in reverse instead of drive and he ran into a stump.” -Brandon Tiede, freshman

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“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” - John D. Rockefeller

By Ashley Haag|reporter Students choose not to have a job for a variety of reasons, one of which being that they are too busy to be employed, regardless of the hours. “It’s stressful to do sports and go to school and have a job,” Michelle Blitch, senior, said. Another reason is that often, the students’ parents provide everything. If the student’s parents are able to make

everything available to meet the student’s needs and desires, is there really a point in them having a job? Then again, it may be that the student is too lazy to have a job. People who fall into this category most likely don’t care about having money and are more than likely lazy in other aspects of their life as well. Many may wonder, how are those students who choose to be unemployed able to buy things, such as the latest video game or pair of shoes?

“I don’t. I go without it,” Blitch said. Unless you fall into the category of being too busy for a job, like Blitch, you likely have more free time to do the things you enjoy, like hanging out with your friends and family. Another benefit of being unemployed is having more time to work on homework and focus on your academics. Being unemployed is a lot like how people perceive beauty: it’s all in the eyes of the beholder.

the ohs review | SPORTS 6 Pirouette Tennis For Beginners

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” - Billie Jean King


By MyKenna Sharp-Hadl|reporter

Step: “getting your balance”

Prepare: “how to get your power for your turn”

Turn: “the pretty part!”

Land: “if you stick the landing it looks a lot better” demonstrated by Riley McAdoo, junior

By Cydney Lewis|reporter

Tennis can be a difficult game to understand, but if broken down into the most basic rules, it may become slightly easier for one to understand. The understanding of and participation in may not come easy, but for many, the effort is well worth it. A game of tennis that is played between one person and their opponent is called a “singles match.” When a game is played with teams of two versus two, also known as 2 v. 2, it is called a “doubles match.” In tennis, games are won to win a set, and sets are won to win a match. “I like to play doubles because it has more of the team atmosphere to it,” junior Jaclyn Ross said. The players serve alternately after each game and switch sides after the first and every odd numbered game. Games are further divided into four points of 15, 30, 40 and “game.” When scores are read, the name of the server is read first. When the score is zero to zero, or nil, it is referred to as “Love.” When the opponents reach a tie at 40-40, the score is read as “Deuce.” The person who wins the next two points in succession wins the game. This is also known as reaching advantage. “Tying at deuce happens a lot, and I don’t really like it, because you have to score twice after that, and there is a ton of pressure on you to win,” Kaylyn Rumford, junior said

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In sports like soccer and basketball, some penalties are known as fouls. However, in tennis they are referred to as faults. Faults can be caused by the ball hitting the net, the ball failing to leave the server’s side of the court or the ball falling outside the limits of the court. Matches are divided into sets and games. To win in women’s tennis you need to win two sets out of three, but in men’s titles, you need to win three sets out of five. Each set is divided into individual games. To win a set, a person must win a total of six games with a difference of two. For example, 6-4 or 6-3 are winning scores. If the opponents tie at six games, it goes into a tie break, which continues the game until one person passes six points with a difference of two—basically just a continuous rematch until a player wins the set. For example 40-Love.

Kaylyn Rumford, junior, prepares to hit the ball during the DeSoto Invitational on Sept. 24. photo by lizy siemears

Sports Scores

Varsity Football vs. Spring Hill, 9/30/11: 42-20, Loss Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Paola, 10/4/11: 1-0, Win Varsity Volleyball vs. Paola, 10/4/11: 2-3 (match), Loss Varsity Girls Cross Country Baldwin Inv., 10/1/11: 7th of 7 Varsity Boys Cross Country Baldwin Inv., 10/1/11: 7th of 10

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Playing the Guitar: “Kind of an Escape”

By Jaime Birzer|print editor

High school can be rough, and to take a break from their hectic schedules, teens often search for ways to unwind after a long day. Along with many students at OHS, sophomore Zach Hanson found his escape in a musical instrument. Hanson became interested in the guitar after friends introduced him to Guitar Hero in seventh grade. “[The game] didn’t suit me enough, so I got a real one, and I’ve been playing since,” Hanson said. Hanson is just one of many teens whose little-known passion lies within

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the notes of a musical instrument. Wes Weick, senior, also loves playing the guitar. Weick, who often plays with the band With Forte, began when he was just 10 years old. “I heard Jimi Hendrix for the first time, and that inspired me,” Weick said. Though both guitarists admitted that learning the new skill was difficult in the beginning, they agreed it does get easier with practice. After acquiring the guitar, Hanson buckled down and taught himself how to play, experimenting with different notes and chords until he heard something he liked. So what started out as a challenge

is now a hobby Hanson turns to every day, and the music comes without much thought. “I come home from the day and just let it out,” Hanson said. “I play whatever my hands are in the mood to play.” Similarly, after taking lessons and learning the basics, Weick went off on his own and started making his own music, which he describes as old-school alternative. “I like making my own type of music,” Weick said. But writing one’s own music can be undoubtedly difficult, so Weick turns to a jazz band named The Bad Plus for inspira-

Ottawa’s Boring—No, It’s Not! By Danon Taylor|online editor

All across the town, as well as in other towns people have heard of the youth-led organization called YIG—(formally known as Youth In Government). It seems as though some people are still not sure as to what exactly YIG accomplished this past year, especially teachers around the school who received emails asking for their participation. It is my honor to inform the students as well as community, that YIG has created and distributed what is known as The Teenager’s Guide to Ottawa, Kan., a pamphlet that will hopefully extinguish the notion that there is nothing to do in Ottawa. I was a big supporter of this project, which spanned seven months and required long periods of time community youthmapping, organizing and compromising—

primarily because, I do love Ottawa, but even I had caught myself uttering the very words “Ottawa is boring.” Also, I was not pleased with the fact that this pessimistic mindset had corrupted the minds of nearly every teenager in my community. This pamphlet provided me with so much insight on what there really was to do in our community. For example, several of my peers and I had no idea that J&W’s Collectibles had an arcade inside, nor did we know that the ORC provided activities for high school-aged students. To me, that was particularly handy, because I do not have the time to be involved in school athletics. The guide is really easy to read and comprehend. It is categorized into seasons, and has a year-round category as well! There is a wide variety of activities that could spark the interest of an array of students of all


tion. In addition, Weick comes from a family made up of musicians. Hanson, who has also written his own music, insists that song-writing is all about comfort and personal taste. And, like many teens, music is a form of selfexpression. “It’s kind of an escape,” Hanson said. “To kind of express yourself to yourself.” From tough beginnings, to bands and self-written tunes, playing the guitar is a pastime that lets a person be themselves, sometimes for the enjoyment of others. “You just play and don’t really think about anything else,” Hanson said.

different backgrounds, interests and ages. Can you imagine how helpful this could be to a new student who is not familiar with their new surroundings? What about all of the young, naïve and vulnerable middle schoolers (and some high schoolers) that we want to stay out of trouble? Not only as the Project Manager, but also as a student who has been the “new kid” and one of those “yet to be corrupted” middle schoolers, and a bored Ottawa teenager, I strongly recommend looking through it and realizing all of the things you, as an Ottawa citizen, are missing out on. To get your copy of The Teenager’s Guide to Ottawa, Kan. contact senior, Danon Taylor at or volunteer director, Lisa Rivers at Seriously, pick up a copy!

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President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world, with upwards of 350 words per minute Halloween. In America and Canada, honor the dead and departed ancestors, children dress in costumes and go door- to- because it was regarded as an “American” door receiving candies and other goodies. holiday and was unknown until 1996. This differs from countries who in Canada and North America. According Americans also carve pumpkins and are known to host Halloween parties. celebrate Halloween for weeks, like Sweden, to, every year more But do you know where this tradition whose version of Halloween is called “Alla than 65 percent of Americans decorate started? The custom of trick-or-treating Helgons Dag” and is celebrated from Oct. their homes and offices for Halloween. Students throughout OHS plan to honor has many origins. The earliest account 31 to Nov. 6, which entails similar trickof trick-or-treating came from Irish or-treating traditions, jack-o-lanterns, one of the oldest holidays known. “My family usually goes trick-or- peasants going door to door to collect and it’s a shortened workday. Some students are celebrating their treating. I will probably go hang out with food from neighbors, in preparation for own way. my friends,” Drake Whalen, sophomore the All Hallow’s Eve town feast. However, many countries don’t “I plan on dressing up and going said. Across the world, there are many celebrate Halloween at all. Halloween is trick-or-treating,” said Shania Lamm, different variations of how to celebrate not celebrated by the French in order to sophomore. “I also like to steal candy

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween By Callie Shea|reporter The leaves are turning from bright green to a warm brown; the climate is changing from sweat-inducing heat to a cool, peaceful warm. Yes, the fall season is among us. This also means that Halloween is right around the corner. Many people are celebrating the holiday by breaking out their carved jack-o-lanterns and getting decked out in their finest costume attire. The holiday maintains its highest level of popularity

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On Oct. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m., Ottawa University is hosting a Numana packaging event nicknamed SWIPE. The packaged meals are made to feed the starving, being sent to countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and Eritrea. “I’ve heard that it is a very fun experience and I’m definitely doing it this year,” Jena Richardson, OHS alumna and OU sophomore, said. “It’s a great chance to give back.” For more information, visit or contact Sandra Marlatte at or 785-242-5200 ext. 5545.


“Good News” About the OHS Musical “Good News!” will be presented on Nov. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and a special matinee will be presented on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. “Good News!” is about a college football star named Tom Marlow with a wealthy girlfriend, Patricia Bingham, who soon needs the help of Connie Lane, who is a very studious woman that is completely oblivious to him. Lead roles in this play are Ryan Tipton as Marlowe, Chelsea Jamison as Lane and Kayla Pelsor as Bingham. “It’s kind of like a 1920s version of ‘High School Musical’,” Lori Underwood, choir teacher and the show’s director, said.

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The Review October 2011  

Ottawa High School's student newspaper