Chancellor VOL. 43, ISSUE 2

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The Chancellor

Thomas More Prep-Marian High School Hays, KS

December 2012 VOL. 43, Issue 2

TMP Hosts “Be The Music Department Celebrates Match” Drive for the Holiday Season Blood Marrow and Stem Cell Donors Lexie Wasinger ‘15

TMP-Marian Students, Faculty, and Staff have been mourning the loss of Shane Gottschalk ‘09, who lost his battle with cancer just prior to Thanksgiving. In an attempt to honor Shane’s memory and fighting spirit, TMP-Marian hosted a donor drive on December 11 from 3:30-7:30 pm in the Canteen during the first home basketball game. Becoming a part of the database for blood marrow and stem cell donors was an easy process. Those wishing to join had to be between the ages of 18 and 44 and simply had to swab the inside of the their mouths to get a sample. The donor process was that simple. Complicating the process for the Be the Match Foundation is the cost of running the tests for these donors. Each test costs $100 to process. So in addition to the donor drive, there was also a collection to help offset the cost of these test for the foundation with a goal of raising $2500. Final results of the drive were not available at press time. Please look in the next edition of The Chancellor for an update on results of the drive.

“Festival of Lessons and Carols”, the title of this year’s choir-only concert symbolizes not only the theme of the show, but also another new change to the choir department. With the addition of Thomas More Prep Marian Junior High School, the choir department has gone through some renovations, including Mr. Michael Brandel, who directs both the junior high, and high school choirs. Students have learned many things from Brandel, in preparation for the concert. His music selections are classical in origin, and include

selections in French, and Latin, helping students broaden their horizons whether they’ll continue with music or not. also have learned the intricacies of music, and note reading, helping them excel through a wide variety of selections. The show contains both classics like Hark the Harold Angels Sing, and foreign favorites like, Two French Noels. This is also the first year the concert was held separately from the annual Christmas under the Stars and the band and Pop Singers concert under the direction of Mrs. Kathy Amrein. Brandel decided to hold the concert a week earlier in St. Joseph’s

Church to increase acoustics and to center the event on God. Throughout the last few months, the choir students have been preparing for their night to shine in the huge church, and their hard work paid off. Brandel managed the daunting feat of teaching students lessons through carols, and succeed. If you missed the choral concert on December 10, it is not too late to join in the celebration. The annual Christmas Under the Stars followed by band and Pop Singers concert will be held on Monday, December 17th.

TMP Students, Principal honored by KMEA Fort Hays State University played host to two Mini Convention concerts for the Northwest Kansas Music Educators Association. The November 3 concert included members from the TMP-Marian Jr. High Band, Jr. High Choir, and High School Jazz Band. Students representing TMP-Marian included Chloe Zimmerman ‘13 and Tanner Mermis ‘15 in the High School Honor Jazz Band. Torrie Gregg ‘18, Taryn Rupp ‘17, Clara Lee ‘17, Hope Aufdemberg ‘18, Joseph Whitmer ‘17, Autumn Hohmann ‘18, and Matthew Moeder ‘17 in the Jr. High Honor Band. Lizzie Leiker ‘17, Trae Megaffin ‘18, Erin Muirhead ‘18, Gracie Schmidt ‘18, Anna Speno ‘18, Katy Walters ‘18, Tabitha Brandel ‘18, Taylor Drees ‘18, Carson Klaus ‘17, and Elly Lang

‘18 were included in the Jr. High Honor Choir. On December 8th, the High School District Honor Band and Choir performed. The TMPMarian Band had more students qualify than any other school in the district. Five TMP-Marian students have been a part of the honor band for 4 years. These students include Hyo Jin Lim ‘13, Hannah Dreiling ‘13, Megan Gottschalk ‘13, Chloe Zimmerman ‘13, and Maria Marcotte ‘13. Other members of the High School Honor Band were Monica Michaud ‘14, Hannah Michaud ‘ 16, Allison Hohmann ‘14, Jenna Schuckman ‘13, Kaleigh Ummel ‘16, Kayla Hocket ‘16, Jordyn Manhart ‘16, Ryan Hammerschmidt ‘14, Rebecca Befort ‘14, Tanner Mermis ‘15, Megan Pfannenstiel ‘14 (1st Alternate), David Moeder ‘14, Roy Schmeidler ‘14,

Nick Schumacher ‘14, and Mason Choitz ‘14. Members of the High School Honor Choir included Jacob Brull ‘14, Adam Flax ‘15, Matea Gregg ‘15, Matt Mindrup ‘15, Erin Pennington ‘15, Kelli Veach ‘15, and Grace Volker ‘15. High School

sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to audition for All-State Groups. Auditions for these groups will be held at a later date. Junior High Students have already auditioned, and Tabitha Brandel ‘18, Shelby Knoll ‘18, and Matthew Moeder

‘17 were selected to the All State Middle School Honor Choir which will perform in February in Wichita. A d d i t i o n a l l y, Mr. Bill DeWitt ‘92 was named the KMEA Outstanding Administrator for the Northwest District.

Principal Bill DeWitt ‘92 received the Outstanding Administrator award from NWKMEA. Photo courtesy of Donna Lubbers.

Mikaela Flax ‘14 and Kade Megaffin ‘13 conduct an experiment to measure lung capacity in Mr. Clint Bain’s Biology II class. Photo by Jordan Staab ‘13.

Students To Attend March for Life

Forty Students and Eleven Chaperones made up of TMP-Marian Faculty, Staff, and Parents will be making the trek to Washington, D.C., next month to participate in the March for Life. For some students, this isn’t the first time they have gone. This seems to be a growing tradition within the march itself. According to the March for Life website, the first march consisted of nearly 20,000 people while the the past several marches have consisted of 200,000 people. Not only are more people attending each year, many of those attending are coming back year after year to have their voices heard. Normally the march is held on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. In 2013, however, that day falls on a Tuesday, the day after the Presidential Inauguration. Because of those festivities, organizers were not able to secure adequate hotel spaces, so they moved the march to Friday, January 25. Look for more information about the experiences from the trip in our February edition of The Chancellor.


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The Infamous “Penalty Period” Jena Ernsting ‘14 “Penalty periods result from minor and major violations and are to be served by the student on the day determined by administration…Penalty periods for high school are served from 7:00 am – 7:55 am on Wednesday mornings and normally involve work detail. The accumulation of Penalty Periods may lead to more severe disciplinary action including suspension and in some cases, expulsion.” –Thomas More Prep-Marian High school Student Handbook Is the penalty period worth it? When asking this question I stumbled upon some curious answers. Upon asking a senior with quite the tardy record she replied that having to do the penalty period really didn’t

Crack Down?

#UniformProbz Many students have been wondering about the “crack down” on dress down days and uniforms. The administration explains that there really has not been a “crack down”. The administration describes that there have been more uniform violations this year, they are reoccurring which is disappointing due to the administrations relaxation on allowing students to wear school approved jackets, Thursdays wearing t-shirts, and allowing boots, such as UGGs. Four to five dress code violations a week equal a red light for Monday spirit dress, so we, as students, need to figure it out ourselves and become less lax in the way we present ourselves. The deal with yoga pants and leggings…they don’t serve a purpose at school, thus students are not being allowed to wear them. First impressions are everything, and TMP-Marian is just preparing us, as students, for real life when we need to present ourselves properly.

make an impact on her arriving to school late. She said she would still continue to arrive at school at whatever time she got there. Many resident students have to attend penalty periods because of ESL violations, English as a Second Language, which means they were not speaking English during the school day. When asking these students if they would still continue speaking their native language when they wished, they replied they would, when no teachers were around. For the people that fall asleep in class, are they going to stay awake in the future…probably not. Other reasons students experience penalty periods are for having cell phones or other electronic devices on their person during the school day, having dress code infractions, or just plain insubordination, which is complete disrespect or incompliance with what is asked of the student.

Faculty in the building take different approaches to giving out penalty periods. Some teachers hand out penalty periods left and right while others like to handle the situation within the classroom. What makes a teacher give a penalty period? For Mrs. Pinkney, who has taught at TMP for six years and given only five penalty periods total, she says that she gave the penalty periods for complete disrespect. Other teachers give penalty periods because the students are “repeat offenders” to dress code violations or sleeping in class. Since some students do not “get much” out of attending a penalty period, what can be done to help these students understand they are being punished for a reason? This reason being to not repeat whatever they did to get themselves a penalty period. The majority of the students questioned

about what the worst part of the penalty period was, answered that waking up and having to get to school early was the worst part. So if the students are not receiving anything out of raking leaves or scraping gum off the bleachers, what would help them understand that there are consequences for their actions? The most reasonable solution in response to the complaints of waking up early, may be starting the penalty periods earlier making the student wake up earlier, or by making the penalty period shorter and have it two days in a row instead of one. Maybe it would feel more like a penalty period if the students had to wake up earlier, and complete their assigned task under more strict supervision, eliminating the opportunity for students to be on their cell phones, talking to other students, or messing around during their penalty period.

The Big “B”...Literally Jena Ernsting ‘14 Everyone talks about it. You first heard the word in kindergarten, when the other kid pushed you on the playground, and the teacher asked you if you were being bullied. In high school it seems like such a joke, but the fact is bullying is everywhere. You walk in the hall and hear a couple of girls talking about your best friend’s ugly hair cut, or you see the “cool” guy shoving that sophomore into the lockers. Studies show that 56% of students have personally felt some sort of bulling at school. Between the 4th and 8th grades 90% of students are victims of bullying. How do you act around the 7th and 8th graders? What kind of impression are you making on them? In high school in particular bullying is not as big of deal as it was in grade school, but it still happens. When was the

last time you felt secure telling one of your friends a secret? How afraid are you that telling one person a secret will spread to many other people? In the United States bullying can be called verbal harassment, threat, or physical assault. Bullying can be done on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. At TMP-Marian specifically both groups of students, resident students and day students, make fun of each other. For girls the bullies are just groups of popular catty girls who feel insecure about themselves so they decide to take it out on other girls, and for boys bullies are “tough guys” lacking in moral and social integrity. The stark reality of bullying…Even one demeaning comment though innocently spoken can lead to someone committing suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens, resulting in about 4,500 deaths a year.

Statistics show that for every attempted suicide among young people, bully victims are between two and nine times more likely to follow through and kill themselves as opposed to non-victims. ( What makes people bully others? The most common reason people, especially younger people, bully each other is because they are insecure about themselves or have been bullied in the past. So think next time think before you make a rude or foul comment, shove another person into the lockers, or make a hate page for them on Facebook. What will happen because of your decision to make another person feel unimportant or unwanted? So now is the time to take responsibility for your words and actions along with your friend’s words and actions if you haven’t already.

Chancellor Staff Editor-in-Chief Jena Ernsting ‘14

Lead Reporters Jin Lim ‘13 Maria Marcotte ‘13 Jordan Staab ‘13 Alexis Wasinger ‘15


Mrs. Heather Sramek

Intro Beat Reporters Kelsie DeWitt ‘16 Taylor Dinkel ‘16 Taylor Gabel ‘16 Matea Gregg ‘15 Olivia Herbel ‘16 Alyssa Keil ‘15 Bailey Rome ‘15 Ryan Ruder ‘16 Adrianna Staab ‘15 Bethany Staab ‘15 Lucas Stouffer ‘16 Bethany Weber ‘15


Mr. Bill DeWitt ‘92

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Publication Policy




The Chancellor

upholds the following policy in regards to the publication of the student newspaper. When tragedy or crisis occurs, it will be the decision of the staff whether or not to cover the topic. Pictures are chosen by the staff on grounds of availability and quality. Letters to the staff must include, but are not limited to: corrections, suggestions, and personal opinions. Letters must be submitted in type, less than 150 words addressed to the editor and be submitted no later than two weeks before the next publication. All staff members reserve the right to report any and all subjects that meet the elements of news. The Chancellor, being a newspaper wholly written and produced by students, reserves the right to determine the content of the publication. Suggestions are accepted, but it is up to the discretion of the staff to determine if coverage is necessary. The publication follows the guideline directed by the Kansas Student Publication Act (1992) which, in short, states that: A) content will not be censored only because it contains political or controversial topics, B) review of material is permitted to assure the articles are consistent with high standards of English and journalism, C) libelous, slanderous, obscene or matter that promotes illegal conduct is not protected, D) students are responsible for determining the content of the publication while publications advisors and other certified employees are responsible for teaching responsible expression and high standards of English and journalism, E) no student publication by students shall be deemed an expression of school policy nor can the employees be held responsible in any civil or criminal action. The staff recognized its responsibility to reflect the mission of Thomas More Prep-Marian, a diocesan Catholic high school, to serve the interest and needs of the school community and to provide fair, objective and accurate news, and commentary.


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Religon 3 Students Learn About, Create Icons Schuler creates her own egg yoke paint which is the animal. Every year the The paint is made Religion 3 classes make out of egg yoke, vinegar icons. Icons are stylistic and water. The vegetable painting on wood that are was the wood board the symbolic of the spiritual Icon was “written” on. world and are “written” For the incorpoaccording to sacred rules. ration of the mineral, the The Religion 3 students painted a finite students were all asked to amount of gold to accent choose a favorite or inspi- their Icon. The human rational Saint and paint it. element is the iconogra Icons must be pher, or the “writer” of made from four elements, the Icon. including vegetable, ani- When using Icons mal, mineral, and human. we must remember that To incorporate Icons are invitations of all these elements, Mrs. worship and should not

Jena Ernsting ‘14

Junior, Monica Michaud begins sketching out her Icon. She chose to “write” Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

Breaking Borders: Winter Celebrations Jin Lim ‘13 Victoria Issa (Mexico)There’s a tradition of eating twelve grapes before the final countdown for the New Year. The number twelve indicates twelve calendar months. We have to eat one grape at a time before New Year’s Eve and if we do, good luck will follow us for the rest of the New Year. Andrew Jiang (Korea)On New Year’s Day, family gathers together for a special rice ball soup called ‘Tdokguk’ at breakfast. In Korea, we gain a year of age on the New Year regardless of our actual birth day. The number of rice balls in the soup has the equal the age of the person eating the soup (e.x. If someone is seventeen then they have seventeen rice balls in their soup.)

shares a big meal. Then kids under 20 dress up in traditional clothing and bow to the elders saying “Happy New Year”. Elders, who are parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents give out money in a red envelop symbolizing luck. The amount of money depends on kid’s age. The older they are, the more the money they recieve. It’s the best moment of New Year.

Meng Meng (China)Like Christmas lights and decorations in the United States, in China lanterns brighten up our streets and houses. The lantern festival, Shangyuan Festival, is held on the fifteenth day of the first year on the lunar calendar. There’s food everywhere, especially all kinds of dumplings. There are people welcoming people who are coming back home, the Dragon Dance, and Trang Vu (Vietnam)- so many other desirable Family gathers together events. on New Year’s Day and

be worshiped. Throughout church history there have been many controversies about Icons. The Iconoclasm is initially what split the church into the East and the West. Throughout the years many different popes have met with the patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox churches to attempt to heal the schism, but little has been accomplished

Seasonal Happenings Resident Students enjoyed the Christmas Formal Dinner.

Teen went Christmas Caroling and Gift Wrapped presents at “The Mall”.

DSNWK Angel Tree Gifts due back to school by Monday, December 17th.

High School Christmas Concert Monday, December 17th.

St. Nick’s CYO purchased Angel Tree gifts and made blankets for the women at the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home.

Immaculate Heart of Mary CYO participated in “Drive by Prayers”. St. Joseph Life

Students Donate Toys For Tots Executive Student Council officers spend a lot of time trying to come up with ways to motivate students and create interesting, yet worthwhile class competitions. For the December class competition, they decided to ask students to bring new toys for the Toys for Tots organization. However, the officers didn’t want just a few toys. Setting a schoolwide goal of 200 toys, they offered a sweats day to the student body and

the opportunity to dress a faculty member as Santa Claus for a day. The winning class would receive an additional sweats day. At times in the competition, it looked as if the sophomores would win the class competition, but the school would fall short of the 200 toy goal. However, on the final day, the classes combined for a total of 348 toys. The sophomores won the class competition, bring in 210 toys of their own. Overall, the toy

drive was a success, and certainly went beyond the expectations of the executive officers and class advisors. The officers and a few members of the sophomore class delivered the toys to the drop off site on December. 5th. Students were scheduled to vote on the faculty member who would be Santa Claus after press time. However, faculty members were already campaigning for other teachers to be Santa Claus.

Chancellor Sponsors This Publication is made possible thanks to the generous support of these sponsors: Thomas More Prep-Marian Alumni Association TriCentral Office Supply Heartland Building Center Werth Heating, Plumbing, and Air Conditioning, Inc. Northwest Distributors Horizon Appliance Auto World Kennemer Orthodontics Cross Manufacturing Eagle Communications Sunflower Bank Ellis County Abstract Commerce Bank Lifetime Dental Care Taco Shop James Motor Company Western Cooperative Electric Ernsting’s Inc. VSR Financial Services, Inc.

Executive StuCo Officers Luke Brull ‘13, Adam Urban ‘13, Ross Werth ‘13, Nick Schmidt ‘13, and sophomores Jorge Murra, Tophy Park, Diego Martin, Eduardo Chavez, Kolby Haselhorst, and Cain Sehl deliver toys. Photo by Pamela Chen ‘15.

Christmas Fun

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Christmas Song-Lib Create your own Stocking Competition

Created by Bethany Weber ‘15 & Adrianna Staab ‘15 Instructions- By the end of Tuesday December 18th hand in your stocking to Ask a friend for words to fill in the Mrs. Sramek at room 103! Then they will be judged by Bailey Rome, Matea blanks with the appropriate part of Gregg, and Mrs. Sramek on Wednesday December 19th and will be announced speech. Then see how your version on the announcements at the end of the day! Developed by Matea Gregg ‘15 & Bailey Rome ‘15 Good Luck and Happy Coloring! of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

turns out!

You know ___________ (Name), and Dancer, and Prancer, and ___________ (Name), Comet and Cupid, and __________ (Name), and Blitzen. But do you recall the most ___________ (Adj) reindeer of all? __________ (Name), the _________ (Adj) –nosed _________ (Noun), had a very __________ (Adj) nose. And if you ever _________ (Verb) it you would even say it glows. All of the other __________ (Noun) used to laugh and call him names they never let poor Rudolph _______ (Verb) in any reindeer games. Then one_______ (Adj) Christmas eve _______ (Name) came to say, “________ (Name) with your _________ (Body Part) so bright, won’t you ________(Verb) my _______(Noun) tonight?” Then all the reindeer ________ (Verb) him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go _______ (Adj) in history!!

What do I Want Under My Christmas tree? Compiled by Taylor Gabel ‘16 & Olivia Herbel ‘16 “Season tickets to the Kansas City Music Theatre and I want Hannah to get a full scholarship for throwing shot-put in track, so I won’t have to spend money on her.” Mrs. Amrein

Christmas Trivia

Compiled by Taylor Dinkel ‘16 & Kelsie DeWitt ‘16

1 What is Frosty the Snowman’s nose made of? 2 How many reindeer are there?

“A puppy inside a black Range Rover holding an iPhone.” Hannah Dreiling ‘13 “A record player, a baby monkey, and Shakira.” Skyler Urban ‘14 “One Direction headphones. I would say Harry Styles, but I know he wouldn’t be there and I don’t want to disappoint myself.” Laurel Hageman ‘15 “A trampoline because I like jumping and I’m a natural jumper!” Braiden Werth ‘15 “The Nemo Combo Pack- HD and the fish. Also a new girlfriend.” Lucas Stouffer ‘16

3 What does the true love give on the tenth day, in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas? 4 What three gifts did the wise men bring to baby Jesus? 5 In A Christmas Carol who is the first ghost to appear to Scrooge? 6 Who wins the decorating contest in A Charlie Brown Christmas? 7 Who got to carve the first piece of roast Beef? 8 What was Scrooge’s first name? 9 In what city did Miracle on 34th Street take place? 10 What is St. Nicholas the patron saint of?

What’s Your Favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Story - 8%

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 10.5%

The Polar Express - 3% A Charlie Brown Christmas - 3% Elf - 35% The Santa Clause - 0% Home Alone - 27%

Miracle on 34th Street - 1% It’s A Wonderful Life - 1% A Christmas Carol - 1% Christmas Vacation - 10.5%

Compiled by Alyssa Keil ’15 & Bethany Staab ‘15

1. Button 2. Nine 3. Ten lords a Leaping 4. Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh 5. Jacob Marley 6. Snoopy 7. Grinch 8. Ebenezer 9. New York City 10. Children

Christmas Trivia Answers

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Musical review: Into the Woods FBLA Launches School Snack Shack Lexie Wasinger ‘15

The University of Kansas’ musical, Into the Woods, was very much a production piece, and had everything a good show should offer. The show started off with a bang, showcasing the talents that KU has to offer in vocals, set design, costuming, and lighting and sound effects. Throughout the show, singing is the major form of communication between characters, and with the audience, and spoken dialogue was seldom used, something I’d assumed I would dislike. Instead, it helped move the show along, and was a great way to showcase the numerous vocal talents the University of Kansas has to display.

The characterization of the cast was great, and the characters of Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella’s prince stole the show by completely transforming into incredibly believable and realistic versions of their characters. Also, the cast knew how to fix problems in the show, as any good cast should. A technical malfunction caused a bird prop to “hang” itself on stage and Little Red, had it off before the audience could do more than chuckle. The set design deserves just as much praise as the actors. It included a rotating stage which held a forest made out of fabrics hung down from the ceiling to look like trees, along with houses that could easily be

brought out when needed and didn’t look distracting. The queen’s spark shooting staff was great, but the origami birds, and the cow with a handle left more to be desired in the props department. Costuming in this show was either hit or miss. The costumes of the baker and his wife fit their roles to a T, as did the witch, and Little Red Riding Hood’s. The roles of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were a miss, as you could not tell who they were other than the fact one held an apple and the other yawned. The show overall did its purpose of telling the story of Into the Woods which gives fairytales a modern revamp. I felt it was a great show, enjoyable for all ages and frankly fun to watch.

In a response to student complaints about the new dietary guidelines for school lunches, and the reality that student athletes need fuel to sustain them through practices, FBLA has started a Snack Shack after school outside the field house. For $1 per item, students can grab a quick snack before heading off to their various practices. Healthy snacks included Life Water, Gatorade, granola bars, and the like are available for purchase. While this is advantageous for the student-athlete, it is also valuable real-world entrepreneurial experience for the members of FBLA.

Members must handle the monetary transactions, but they are also responsible for tracking inventory, stocking the inventory, and managing the books to make sure everything balances. FBLA will use their profits to help fund their competitions in the Spring. Just in time for Christmas, the Snack Shack is also selling Gift Certificates, available in $1 increments. These could be a great gift for a friend, or a good stocking stuffer for parents to get for their students. If you are interested in purchasing gift certificates, you should contact Mrs. Judy Mitchell at TMP-Marian..

Pick ‘Em: Who Will Win the BCS Bowl Games? We asked our in-house football authorities. Here are their picks for the big games.

Mr. Montgomery

Mr. DeWitt

Notre Dame vs Alabama

Kansas State vs Oregon

With visions of Rudy dancing in my head, there is no way I could ever put Bama ahead

Would love to root for the home state, but have you seen the Ducks uniforms?!

Notre Dame

Oregon Ironic that this Florida -

Notre Dame - Oregon -

It will be Catholics vs. Cousins for the National Championship and the school with the deeper gene pool will win. Go Irish!

Florida vs. Louisville

Florida -

Speed kills, and Florida will be too fast and too furious for Louisville

game was originally on KState’s schedule for this year, but the Bill Snyder Scheduling School of Self-Esteem replaced this game in favor of a traditional cupcake opponent. As brilliant at Coach Snyder is, he should know not to mess with the football gods. Ducks soar.

Is Louisville threatening to become a football power? No. Besides, anyone that has Rick Pitino on their payroll is clearly in cahoots with Beelzebub and doesn’t even know it. The Gators roll the Cardinals.

Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin -

Stanford has not official mascot...unless you call a Tree or the color Cardinal a mascot... so how could they ever compete with the mean old Badgers of Wisconsin


Unfortunately for Stanford, SAT stands for Scores A lot of Touchdowns, which is what Wisconsin will do as they are led for one game by former coach Barry Alvarez. The fact that Stanford has a mascot that looks like a Christmas Tree won’t help them.

Mr. Flax

Notre Dame




Mr. Meagher

Notre Dame

Kansas State



How do you think Santa gets around the world in 1 night? Chelsea Zi mmerman ‘13: “Ti me Zones make it possible!” Skylar Urban ‘14: “He trains hard...CARDIO and that’s it. Red Bull, it gives you wings!”

Dylan Zimmerman ‘16: “Super turbo jets, and he slows down time”

Mrs. Stacie Lang: “Miracles happen every day. Santa is just another miracle.”

Penny Chu ‘15: “He throws presents into a hole, the hole sucks the presents, and the hole delivers all of the presents.

Allison Hohmann ‘14: “I think his sleigh is a rocket-ship and it goes really fast.”

Allen Hsu ‘13: “He’s Santa Claus, he can do anything... he could even be invisible.” Mr. Randy Brull: “There once was a young lady named Bright, whose speed was faster than light. She left home one day in a relative way and returned the previous night.”

Student Council Plans Lock-In For several years, students have been asking through different organizations for a school lock-in. Their wish is finally coming true. The Student Council is planning a lock-in for the evening of January 6th. Doors will open at 10 pm, and students will be dismissed at 8 am on January 7th. Tickets are being pre-sold to this event since it will take place before students return to school following Christmas Break. The cost of a ticket is $3 and a snack or 2-liter of pop, or $5 by December 19th. Signed permission slips must be turned in when purchas-

ing a ticket. In addition to a wide range of movies, music, and games such as dodgeball and basketball, pizza, pop, snacks, and rolls will be served throughout the lock-in. Students may bring pillows, sleeping bags, or any other personal items. It is important for students and parents to know that there will be zero tolerance for alcohol, tobacco, or any other drug use or possession. All activities will take place on the TMP-Marian Campus. If anyone has questions regarding the lock-in, they should contact Mrs. Kathy Taylor at TMP.

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Chess Team Goes Undefeated Through 1st Semester Jordan Staab ‘13

Chess Team Members Jacob Brull ‘14, Bill Wiebe ‘13, Ryan Hammerschmidt ‘14, Patrick Kepka ‘16, Peak Navanimitkul ‘16, Justyce Briney ‘16, Joshua Stark ‘16, and Jacob Werth ‘15 show off their 1st place trophy from the Northfield Tournament. Photo courtesy of Mr. Randy Brull.

Wrestling Team Suffers Loss Jordan Staab ‘13 In the season opener at Ellsworth, the team lost to the Bearcats 30-36. At 106#, Lucas Stouffer ‘16 was pinned at the 1:50 mark of the first period, and Ricky Hockett ‘16, wrestling at 120#, was also pinned, but at the 2:35 mark of the second period. Senior Lucas Walker ‘13, wrestling at 138#, was pinned by Ellsworth’s Zach Martin at 2:48 in the second period. Jacob Roth ‘16 was also pinned by the Bearcats at the :52 mark of the first period.

The Monarchs lost 12 points to open weight classes, but gained 6 points, as the Bearcats did not put anyone against Austin Werth ‘13 in the 160# class. Jared Gabel ‘14, at 152#, was able to win via pin at the 1:44 mark in the first period, and David Moeder ‘14, 170#, was able to follow that with another pin at 1:38 in the first period. Nick Schumacher ‘14 was open at 220#. Mason Lagree ‘16, at 285#, won via pin at 3:28 in the second period. The team most

recently traveled to Minneapolis and scored 32.5 points, placing 12th out of 14 teams. L. Walker ‘13 placed 3rd in the 132# class. Results from the Riley County Invitational were unavailable at press time. Upcoming wrestling competitions include the Hoisington Tournament on December 14, MCAA at Larned on January 3, Norton Tournament on January 5. The Monarchs will see home action against Russell on January 10.

Great Bend. Once again, the Monarchs were hurt by turnovers from fastplay. Missed passes and throwing into coverage made for some difficult transitions. The Panthers went on to defeat the Monarchs 53-27. The Lady Monarchscontinued to adjust to the new schemes, set plays, and strategies that come with a new coach and new systerm. The Lady Monarchs would eventually lose in the second round to the Panthers by a score of 37-58. In the last round of the tournament, Coach Joe Hertel slowed down the offense, and it paid off for the Monarchs. The team forced 27 turnovers from Colby as the Monarchs took 7th place in the tournament through a 4333 win over the Eagles. The Lady Monarchs were not as successful in the last round, losing 24-33 to the Colby Eagles. Both teams show a

Scholars Bowl Looks to Return to State Winning Ways

Maria Marcotte ‘13 The winning traditions of the TMP-Marian Scholars Bowl is not easily missed in a school focused on academic excellence. After the team failed to make it to State last year to defend it’s title for the second straight year, the team this year looks to regain it’s former glory. The team placed 4th in the Natoma tournament. It was the first time in six years that the team failed to win it’s opening tournament. The team improved greatly in strong capacity for growth their second tournament and learning. The players at Wichita West, reachhave proven themselves ing the semi-finals before at moments in the games, failing to make the chamand the key to success pionship round on a tiewill be to continue to expand those moments into Larned. Results were not full-quarters, halves, and available at press time. eventually games. The teams will The teams were play in Victoria on Deback in action on Tues., cember 18th and host December 11 against Larned on December

Monarch Basketball Teams Drop Openers in Shootout Maria Marcotte ‘13 The season-opening tournament did not go as hoped for many Monarch fans or players. Both teams faced Kearney, NE, with the boys team leading off the night for a change. The Monarchs struggled with scoring early, and eventually fell in defeat, 44-83. The Lady Monarchs stayed close in their game against Kearney, but frustration was evident at times, especially as Senior Heather Ruder would be double-teamed. It was clear that teams were taking note of the loss of last year’s seniors Rachel Jacobs and Jenna Lang. Senior Annie Mindrup had great shooting in the first half, and the team looked to be in good form. However, turnovers were the key, and the Lady Monarchs lost the game 36-47. On the second afternoon of the tournament, both teams faced

Winning is no stranger to the TMP-Marian Chess team. The team recently brought home their fourth 1st place trophy of the semester. The team scored a season-high 16.5 point in their first place finish. Junior Jacob Brull placed 2nd individually with 4.5 points. Placing 3rd was teammate Ryan Hammerschmidt ‘14, also with 4.5 points. Senior Bill Wiebe scored 4 points to just miss the top ten, placing 11th, and Patrick Kepka placed 15th with 3.5 points. In November, the team brought home the championship trophy by scoring 15 points in the Concordia tournament. Justyce Briney ‘16, Wiebe ‘13, and Joshua Stark ‘16 each scored 4 points each. They completed the top ten individually by plac-

ing 8th, 9th, and 10th respectively. In October, the team was awarded the first place prize on a tie breaker over host school Independent. Not only was the team awarded first place, but Brull ‘14 was also the individual champion of the tournament with 5 points. Kepka placed 8th with 4 points. The team started competition this year at home in September. While hosting 12 schools, they took away the 1st and 3rd place team trophies with Brull and Hammerschmidt placing 7th and 8th respectively in the individual standings. The future looks bright for TMP, as the Monarchs also took 1st place in the junior high division as well. The next outing for the Monarchs will be Jan. 26 at Onaga.

breaker. The team’s most recent outing at Colby came with a second place finish to Goodland. Throughout the season, the progress is showing, and the team hopes to continue with this pattern through the regional tournament and securing a spot at State. This year’s team is led by Senior Ross Werth, and Juniors Jacob Brull, Rachel Becker, Justin Raynesford, and Ryan Hammerschmidt. The team is once again coached by Mr. Don Hageman. With the addition of a junior high team, the return to glory is sure to be secured for years to come. 20th. The teams will return to action after Christmas with a home game versus Abilene on January 8th.

Kade Megaffin ‘13 steals the ball from Kearney.

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