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March 2014 VOL. 44, Issue 5

Schulte, Glover Reign Madyson Koerner ‘17 Staff Reporter said.

Seniors Michael Schulte and Emily Glover were crowned Sweetheart King and Queen at the February 14 basketball game. They were chosen for their kindness towards others.

All of the school and faculty got a chance to vote for the sweetheart candidates. However, only the senior class voted for who would be king and queen. The five girls were Emily Staab, Emily Glover, Haleigh Jacobs, Rachel Becker, and Victoria Park. The five boys were Michael Schulte, David Moeder, Cameron Brin, Ryan Mayorga, and Taylor Wasinger. The candidates were introduced between the girls and boys varsity basketball games on February 14. Michael Schulte and Emily Glover were selected as the king and queen of Sweetheart.

The sweetheart dance was held on Saturday, February 15, featuring a carnival theme. At the end of the dance, Schulte and Glover danced the final dance. The senior class created photo props and hired photographer Traci Perrett to take pictures of groups and the dance. Many students took advantage of the photographs, doning clown noses and animal cage frames. The photographs really captured the specials moments shared at Sweetheart. Sweetheart was the final all school dance of the school year. The remaining dance, Prom, is open only to juniors, seniors, and their dates.

TMP Choirs Present Via Dolorosa Janice Chang ‘16 Pamela Chen ‘15 Staff Reporters Via Dolorosa concerts are scheduled to be presented by the TMPMarian Choirs on the following dates: March 7 at St. Nicholas Church in Hays, March 14 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays, and March 28 at St. Joseph Church in Hays, all

at 7 pm. The service will move to Victoria on April 4 at 5:30 pm at St. Fidelis Cathedral, and April 11 at a location and time to be determined later. Via Dolorosa translates to mean Way of Sorrows. It is the Stations of the Cross sung all the way through. This program involves all members of the Junior High and

Monarchs Make Music at State KMEA

Grace Volker‘15 Staff Reporter TMP’s own Elite

Eight (of music that is) made their way to Wichita on February 27th to attend the annual Kansas Music Educators’ Association (KMEA) State Convention. These students include four in the AllState band: seniors Alison Hohmann (clarinet), Monica Michaud (flute), Nick Schumacher (baritone), and David Moeder (French horn). Senior Roy Schmeidler made the All-State Orchestra on violin, and three students made the All-State Choir: senior Jacob Brull and juniors Kelli Veach and Grace Volker. After a live audition at Hays High School during the first week of November, the three choir honorees first had to attend the Northwest District Honor Choir; then, they were informed that they had made the All-

State choir right before Christmas Break. Like the choir the band students had to first attend the District Honor Band, which they had been selected into from a taped audition which was then sent in to judges. Then, they had live state auditions in Salina in January, and were alerted of their selection into the band following. As is similar in any activity, it is a great privilege to attend a state event. However, it is arguably even more of an accolade to make state music due to the vast number of students who audition and highly selective number who actually get in. Roy Schmeidler, who has been selected for an All-State group for all of his three eligible years, said, “What an honor it is to have participated in the orchestra all three years. It has been an amazing experience.”

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High School choirs. The concert will begin with chanted introductory prayers; then the TMP choirs will sing with the congregation during the stations and accompanying prayers as the cross bearer moves from station to station. The service will be ended with a closing prayer and a meditation song. Nearly all of the

prayers and responses will be sung in Latin and English in the style of Gregorian Chant. The whole thing will be very intense, reverent, and unique in many ways. It moves quickly and has a nice, uninterrupted flow. Each service is open to the public and is free to attend.

Rhoades places 6th at State Tourney Meagan Brin ‘17 Staff Reporter

On Friday, February 21, Justin Raynesford ‘14, Josh Plante ‘17, Ricky Hockett ‘16, and Tucker Rhoades ‘17 represented TMP-Marian at the regional wrestling tournament in WaKeeney. Rhoades placed third in regionals, and Hockett placed fourth. Placing in the top four of the regional tournament is all it takes to qualify for the state tournament. On Friday, February 28, Tucker Rhoades ‘17 and Ricky Hockett ‘16 wrestled in the 1-2-3A State Wrestling Tournament at Fort Hays State University. Both wrestlers lost in points during their first matches on Friday. This placed both wrestlers on the back side of the bracket, and they had to wait until Saturday to continue their competition. Hockett was defeated in his match on Saturday, eliminating him from the tournament. He finished the season with a record of 25-13. Rhoades placed sixth at state and ended his season with a record of 33-11. “I thought I did pretty good, but not as good as I wanted. For my first year of high school wrestling, it wasn’t too bad. I love wrestling!” Rhoades

Student Council to Host Red Cross Blood Drive Owen Toepfer ‘15 Staff Reporter March 11, 2014 will commence TMP’s semiannual American Red Cross blood drive. Every year, Key Club hosts the blood drive in the fall, and StuCo hosts the spring’s. This blood drive is particularly dire on account of the Red Cross being 35,000 units behind what is currently needed; 85 units is the goal for TMP at this drive. The American Red Cross is the leading blood supplier in the country. They supply to hospitals, disaster reliefs, the military, et al. Approximately 5.6 million blood donations are collected each year through the Red Cross. That’s roughly 3.3 million generous volunteers who roll up a sleeve each year. Also, a whopping

Spring Break March 17-21

20% of all the blood they receive comes from school blood drives Donating blood is an honorable act, and all are invited to do so; however, there are many criteria one must satisfy to donate. First, there are age requirements. Volunteers may donate with parental consent if they are 16 years old, and volunteers 17 years of age or older may donate without parental consent. There are also height and weight requirements. For a whole blood donation a donor must be at least 110 lbs. For a double red cell donation, using an ALYX machine, which will be used in the afore-mentioned drive, males must be 5’1” and 150 lbs, and females must be 5”5” and 175 lbs. All donors must

be in a healthy condition, must not carry certain diseases such as HIV or AIDS, and not be currently on any antibiotics. Donors should also eat a good breakfast the day of the drive, and drink plenty of water prior to donation. For a full list of eligibility requirements, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or look on their website: If you would like to donate at TMP’s blood drive on March 11, times are available between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Spring Sports Pictures April 2

Service day Multiculture Day April 16

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Faith &Opinion

Go All-In For Full Lenten Experience Matt Mindrup ‘15 Staff Reporter With Lent just around the corner, many Catholics are unsure of what to do for their “extra” Lenten penance. To most Catholics Lent is that dreadful time of the year when they are forced to give up something that they love and for some reason Mass becomes dreary, long, and depressing. Many also despise Lent because they are called to pray more often than usual. However, if you can take a positive outlook on Lent, it can ac

tually turn out to be a quite spiritually and mentally fulfilling time. The first thing that must be realized about lent is that you do not have to give up something! While giving up a bad habit is certainly a respectable thing to do, you can also try to read the Bible, attend confession more often, or do some extra service. Another thing that you must consider is, if you do decide to give up something, you should stick with it THE WHOLE TIME that even counts Sunday’s folks.

Also, in order to really catch the “Lenten bug” try to pay more attention in mass. You could be very surprised at how meaningful and helpful the readings can be during this liturgical season. Finally, try and stick with whatever you do for Lent throughout the year, I promise you that you will not regret it! And remember, Lent is a time of prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter, so make sure you sacrifice a little extra for Jesus, since he gave the ultimate sacrifice for you on the cross.

Service Hours Made Easy Taylor Gabel ‘16 Staff Reporter As everyone knows, service is a big part of being a Thomas More Prep-Marian Monarch. Students participate in various activities to earn the required ten hours of service for each quarter. Although ten hours is the minimum amount of hours required, many students go above and beyond. Junior Owen Toepfer earned 25 hours of service this quarter. Sophomore Melissa Pfeifer acquired 46 service hours for this quarter. The students at TMP-Marian have four categories to do service in. The categories are

family, school, community, and church. Pfeifer spends much of her time doing service for school. “I really enjoy running a spot light for school productions because it is so much fun it doesn’t even feel like I am doing service,” Pfeifer stated. Toepfer enjoys doing community service as he said, “One of my favorite things to do is shovel snow for my neighbors. They are so grateful when I do it, and it makes me feel good to be able to help them.” There are many ways for students to get service hours. One big way is to just simply be involved. Being involved

makes getting service hours super easy. If you are having trouble getting hours, participating in school mass parts is a great place to start. Also, periodically check in with Mrs. Wagoner, as she normally has various projects for you to help with. Due to the late calendar date of Easter this year, the Alumni office is looking for lots of student volunteers to help set up for A.C.E. on the morning of Monday, April 21. If you are interested, you can sign up with Student Council advisor, Mrs. Heather Sramek, in Room 103.

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Publication Policy The staff of 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.

Chancellor Staff Staff Reporters


Jena Ernsting ‘14


Mrs. Heather Sramek


Mrs. Kathy Taylor

Meagan Brin ‘17 Carmen Brull ‘17 Janice Chang ‘16 Pamela Chen ‘15 Adam Flax ‘15 Taylor Gabel ‘16 Maci Gerhard ‘17 Alison Helget ‘17 Alyssa Keil ‘15 Madyson Koerner ‘17 Matthew Mindrup ‘15 Bailey Rome ‘15 Cody Schmidtberger ‘14 Owen Toepfer ‘15 Grace Volker ‘15 Lexie Wasinger ‘15

Nye-Ham Evolution or Creation Debate Sparks Discussion Nationwide Alyssa Keil ‘15 Staff Reporter

In current news Bill Nye “the science guy” traveled to Kentucky to debate Ken Ham. Nye and Ham hold different views concerning evolution and creationism. They appeared at the debate for its original purpose, which was the allowance of evolution being taught in school. Bill Nye claims to be agnostic; therefore, Bill Nye supported his beliefs based on evolution and evolution only. Ken Ham, on the other hand, is a creationist, believing in a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis. Overall, I don’t think either candidate presented their argument extremely well.

Bill Nye, in my opinion, failed to stay on topic. It seemed like he would be trying to make a point, but then he would go off on another tangent. For instance, after talking about rock formations, Nye jumps right to asexual and sexual fish and parasites. He then starts to explain how it is relatable to humans. He finally finishes up after about three minutes. Nye never made his point and how it was even relevant to the debate and goes right to arguing the big bang theory. I watched him debate and felt he was presentable and made arguments that had evidence to back them up; however, he never made a point and did not argue with a purpose.

One more thing I will touch upon with Nye’s side of the debate is his poor answering in the Q&A section of the debate. When asked how the atoms in the “big bang” got there, Nye simply replied, “This is the big mystery. You’ve hit the nail on the head.” One can even hear some chuckles in the audience. With someone who is scientific minded he needs to come up with a solid answer. It only set Ham up for a perfect rebuttal. Ken Ham was not perfect either. Being a young-Earth creationist, Ham firmly believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old and Noah’s flood occurred 4,500 years ago. This literal interpretation of the Bible would not have been called out on by Nye if

Ham did not explain that he took some parts of the Bible into interpretation. Nye then was able to accuse Ham of taking only the parts of the Bible he wanted to hear literally. And so maybe the earth is billions of years older after all. I think that Ken Ham’s belief of the earth’s age was his main problem with, not only Nye, but the public as well. In conclusion, as a Catholic, I do not think either of the candidates was entirely correct. Since I am Catholic, I do believe there is a God, and I do believe he created us. Now when and how he created us is a mystery to me. I don’t know exactly how old the earth really is; however, it is doubtful that

the earth is only thousands of years old. Yes, we hear of the creation story in the Bible, but that does not throw evolution completely out of the question. If evolution did occur, which is a likely possibility; it was still done with the spiritual guidance of God and our souls were something that did not evolve, but were specially created in his image and likeness.


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Forensics Program Growing Under Kirmer’s Guidance Grace Volker ‘15 Staff Reporter This year at Thomas More Prep seems to be one of changes- from the elevator and field house renovations to a cache of new faculty and everything in between. It seems fitting for this year to be the one to institute an exciting change for the Forensics team. This spring the group will host the first home meet TMP has seen in a decade or more. TMP has had a forensics team for many years under various instructors, and each instructor has implemented their own ideas to improve the team into action. One of the improvements made by this year’s new coach, Mrs. Kelli Kirmer, was placing a home meet on the team’s schedule.

“I feel running a tournament is an important part of the class, and every serious competitor hosts its own meet,” said Kirmer when asked why a home meet was chosen to be one of the major changes enacted in the class this year. The competition was supposed to be held on Saturday, March 1st; however, due to the installation of the elevator that week, it had to be postponed to a later date, which will be determined in the near future. Buzzing with excitement, the forensics team looks forward with anticipation to the meet. Though the budding thespians are not allowed to compete at their own meet, they will work behind the scenes collecting scores from rooms, manning the practice rooms, and keeping the judges hydrated and comfortable.

For the team members simply being in the atmosphere of forensics will be an entertaining and pleasurable time. As Cody Kreutzer ’15, a third year forensics team member, says, “Forensics meets are enjoyable because we get to explore different aspects of our personalities, and we also get to be with some fun people the entire time!” There is no doubt hosting their own meet will give the team not only great experience, but also great fun at the same time. Though some changes around the school this year may be dreaded and scrutinized, the addition of a home meet to the forensics calendar is sure to bring only the best possible outcomes for the future of the program.

Flappy Bird Phenomenon Lexie Wasinger ‘15 Staff Reporter Flappy Bird flew onto the radar of smart phone owners, and in no time it had thousands addicted. Following the success of games like ‘Angry Birds,’ and ‘Candy Crush,’ ‘Flappy Bird’ appeared to be a simple game with outdated imaging, but it turned into an obsession for many. The game was insanely successful with 2-3 million downloads a day at the height of the product’s success. The game was then removed off of the IOS App store February 9th by the Vietnamese creator, Doug Nguyen. In an interview with Forbes magazine about the removable of

the lucrative app he stated, “‘Flappy Bird’ was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed.” “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down ‘Flappy Bird.’ It’s gone forever.” The Flappy Bird phenomenon spread throughout the country, including students at TMP. “I’m a bit flappy bird obsessed,” said Cody Kretuzer ’15. “I have a high score of 198.” Kreutzer is still able to play Flappy Bird due to downloading it prior to it being taken down. “It was probably a good thing they took it down,” said Kreutzer. “Honestly, I’m surprised there weren’t more

Flappy Bird related injuries.” For those dealing with Flappy Bird withdrawal, there are plenty of similar apps out on the market including the popular ‘Pugo,’ a Filipino copy of Flappy Bird, and ‘Flying Cyrus,’ an app that mimics the original game, but uses a figure of celebrity Miley Cyrus in place of the bird, as she dodges wrecking balls in honor of her infamous song. Both apps are highly-rated examples of multiple apps on the market currently dedicated to helping the ‘Flappy Bird’ obsessed find a cure to the madness, allowing them to keep calm and flap on.

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TMP Chess Team on Fire Carmen Brull ‘17 Staff Reporter The Thomas More Prep-Marian chess teamhas had an amazing and successful season so far, with the many talented players. There are 13 members all together including the junior high students. At the Onaga tournament on February 14, the team completed a total of 78 games. Patrick Kepka, sophomore, placed first. Jacob Brull, senior, placed fourth, and Justyce Briney, sophomore, placed eighth. Russell Krug, junior, placed 14th while Peak Navanimitkul, soph-

omore, recorded three wins which provided a point of emphasis to the four member team score. At the Wichita Pleasant Valley tournament TMP-Marian chess members compiled records of 13.5-10.5 on its side. This led to a third place finish. On March 1, the team braved the snowy weather to compete in the Hillsboro tournament. The team finished second in the tournament, and Kepka also finished second in the field of 40. The season will finish in March with the state tournament in Lawrence on March 8.

Winter Sports Review Alison Helget ‘17 Staff Reporter The winter season is coming to a close. With only a week left in the season, the Monarchs are finishing strong. The wrestlers closed out an intense season. Freshman, Tucker Rhoades, commented, “Hard work and dedication pulled us through these last couple of weeks.” The boys’ basketball team has entered sub-state play with a twenty point victory over the Norton Blue Jays. This victory and recent success has boosted the Monarchs’ confidence. The Monarchs will face Minneapolis later this week. The girls’ team is coming off a tough loss to the Hoisington Cardinals. Coach McFarland was looking to move up in the sub-state bracket with wins against their recent opponents. At press time, the girls were scheduled to play Phillipsburg on Tuesday night. As basketball and wrestling come to an end, many athletes are looking forward to their spring sports.

Spring Brain Teasers

Spring Maze



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March 2014

7 Simple Questions Daylight Savings Time Ahead Cody Kreutzer ‘15

Adam Flax ‘15 Staff Reporter


If you had a theme song what would it be? “My Heart Will Go On” by Celene Dion 2.) What is your favorite shade of the color blue? “Teal” 3.) Do have a guilty Television pleasure? “Dance Moms, King of Queens, Glee, Opposite Worlds, Are You the One, and American Idol” 4.) If you could live in any book or movie, what would it be? “Mean Girls” 5.) Which Disney Princess is most like you? “Ariel” 6.) If your life was a Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream flavor, what would it be and what would it be called? “2 Fabulous, with twice the chocolate and double sprinkles and two times everything having multiple of”” 7.) If you were a shape what shape would you be? “A Staaaaaar, wait i am already one!”

Mrs. Kathy Amrein 1.)

If you had a theme song what would it be? “Help” by the Beatles 2.) What is your favorite shade of the color blue? “Navy” 3.) Do have a guilty Television pleasure? “Say Yes to the Dress” 4.) If you could live in any book or movie, what would it be? “Gone with the Wind” 5.) Which Disney Princess is most like you? “Beauty and the Beast.” 6.) If your life was a Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream flavor, what would it be and what would it be called? “The Harmony Hawk” 7.) If you could have any TMP faculty member as a sibling who would it be? “Mrs. McFarland”

Adam’s Oddities

Adam Flax ‘15 Staff Reporter Like the vast majority of the world, I anxiously awaited the winter Olympics. I watched the opening ceremonies and prepared myself for weeks worth of international snow and ice competitions. Now two weeks later I am starring at my TV wondering when we will return to regular programing, because in case you have not noticed every single one of the seven sports are the same. They are all a variation of sliding. Do we need to spend 24 days every four years on sliding? Evidently, here’s to hoping that the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympics include scooting.

Getting to Know Mr. Klein

Jena Ernsting ‘14 Editor Some students walk into school dreading the idea of having to learn, while other students want to learn more than anything else. What causes students excitement or hatred for learning? Is it the teacher that affects whether or not students are willing to learn? What if your teachers were more motivated to educate you than you thought? Mr. David Klein, after years of other ventures took up the practice of teaching after earning his masters of Arts and History at Fort Hays State University. He believes teaching is the most rewarding thing he has ever done because it gives him the opportunity to get students interested in the world around them. “TMP is a strong group of students,” said Klein while elaborating about the joys of teaching. Though, not all aspects are joyful, Klein looks for the good in what is going on around him. Most people don’t know much about the man hidden in the west corner of the building. Klein is not a native Kansan, originating from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He said that people in the East did believe that cowboys and indians still roamed the West. Interested in many topics such as history, communication, and political science, Mr. Klein graduated Kansas State University with a degree in general studies, “I had an interest in a variety of topics and never decided which was the most important.” Many students see the variety of sweaters Mr. Klein wears. None of the sweaters have any rhyme or reason, they are just sweaters from colleges Klein picked up when he liked a par-

ticular school while coaching college debate for the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas State University. There is no favorite sweater, and Klein does not believe in a lucky sweater. Not only did Klein get into the college debating circuit, he found himself in politics. He did a lot of opposition research and debate preparation for for senatorial and presidential elections. Enchanted with politics is a way to describe the ambitious political side of Klein. His first job was working for Gloria O’Dell who was running against Bob Dole at the time. As the political scene became more about money, Klein became disinterested. When asked what the best piece of advice Mr. Klein could give is, he said, “Travel overseas if you can, and find something that draws you to the rest of the world.” Mr. Klein would know about travel. He spends most of his summers traveling overseas for pleasure. His favorite place is Egypt and least favorite is France because, it is true, the French are rude and annoying. Klein is able to travel with such ease and enjoyment because he has many friends who work in different parts of the world, some in embassies. Immersing himself in the culture of wherever he is his favorite part of traveling, said Klein. “Find what you love to do, find something that interests you. The worst thing to do is to get into a job for money,” said Klein in addition to his advise about traveling. Klein also believes in insanity in small doses.

Cody Schmidtberger ‘14 Staff Reporter Well, it is that time of year again; time to set your clocks ahead one hour. With this one hour jump, you will sadly lose one hour of sleep. Daylight savings time starts at 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 9 and will last until 2:00 A.M. on Sunday November 2. But is this annoying time jump forward any help? Daylights savings time (DST) can be traced back as far as the ancient civilizations where they would adjust their daily schedule in accordance with the sun. The idea of DST was coined by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, while many believe that the modern idea of DST was from the mind of George Vernon Hudson in 1895. DST slipped into our lives during World War I as an attempt to save fuel. After the War, DST went away until World War II, where it was finally here to stay. In its early years, there was much confusion since DST was not official. Because of this, trains, buses, and the broadcasting industry in the

United States had a difficult time keeping track of time. This is because states and localities could choose whether DST should be observed. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 finally got the beginning and ending date of DST set for the entire nation. DST has had many changes over the years, most recently in 2007. Yet were all of these changes and bumps in the road worth it? When DST is in effect, mainly during the summer, we all enjoy an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. With our clocks springing forward an hour, we are allowed an extra hour of our day lit by the sun. The sun shines longer during a summer day than during the winter, effectively giving us a longer day. The day is always 24 hours long, the amount of time the sun is out, though, does change throughout the year. So as an answer to the previous question, yes, DST does help. Everyone benefits from skipping to the future. We all get some extra time out in the Kansas sun to work and can enjoy that beautiful Kansas sunset an hour earlier.

Spring Break Ahead Maci Gerhard ‘17 Staff Reporter Spring break is right around the corner and all of the students at TMP are looking forward to some time off and warmer weather. Whether you’re going on a well deserved vacation or staying home to catch up on rest, the long break is highly anticipated. I asked Sophomore Annaka Applequist what she’s look-

ing forward to most about spring break and she replied, “I’m looking forward to going skiing with my siblings and their significant others.” We also asked Mr. Nyberg what he is plans on doing for the break and he said, “I’m going to up visit my parents in Nebraska.” Sadly, third quarter isn’t over just yet, so keep working hard and finish strong. Hang in there ,students, spring is on its way!

Just Ask... Connie & Blyde Q: Is my data match really going to tell me who my future spouse is?

A: Yes it most certainly will. Go buy it now. In actuality, though, it could potentially tell you who you would naturally fit with based on interests and personality type. Your number one on the match list is the person who answered the most questions with the same answers as you. This doesn’t account for the whole “opposites attract” thing though, and really, you can’t predict love. But data match is a load of fun anyway, and it is for a good cause (if helping the sophomore class defines a good cause), so go get your matches anyway! Lots of love, even if Data Match doesn’t have you on our lists, Connie and Blyde

Q: Why do you only answer three questions each issue, and why do they all seem like they are made up by you? A: Thanks to Blyde for this question, though we have no idea what he’s talking about. Still, please continue gracing us with your questions about anything and everything, or we’ll have to threaten a coup d’état of the Hays High newspaper’s advice column and take our services there. Keep Calm and Inquire On, Connie and Blyde

Q. Can all animals predict the weather, or is it just ground hogs? A. While groundhogs are most definitely the world’s greatest meteorologists, there are also numerous other animals rumored to predict accurate forecasts as well. Frogs, in fact, are said to croak longer and louder when bad weather is approaching. So you better head to the cellar if you hear these analytic amphibians crank up their croaks. Like frogs, birds can also predict the weather to a certain degree. Common knowledge is if the birds are flying high, start putting on your bathing suit because you are in for a sunny and clear day. However, if you see a bird whisk by your head, you might want to grab your umbrella because it is about to start raining cats and dogs. Do you have worried cows? Are your cows always on the edge? If you do, then you might want to consider moving because legend has it that when cows get worried a storm is brewing. Our final advice goes out to those of you that have sheep. If your sheep are gathering in a huddle, BAAAAAAAAAAD weather is on the way! Remember to put on your rain boots, Connie & Blyde

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