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Salina High School South


March 28, 2013 * Volume 41 * Issue 7 * Salina High School South * Salina, KS 67401 *

By India Brelsford

By India Brelsford

On March 9, 2013, the 9th annual Prom dress giveaway was held at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The program was created so that those who may not be able to afford a Prom dress can still go to Prom. The Prom-A-Rama goal is to make every girl feel welcomed and find the dress of her choice. The ladies there will find dresses in any size range and all different styles to create a unique style for the big night ahead. At Prom-A-Rama, a wide selection of dresses exists. From two pieces, princess dresses, goddess dresses and short dresses, they have it all. Dresses and accessories were donated at Sunflower Bank, the YMCA and StrongHer for Women. “Every girl deserves to feel beautiful at Prom even if they can’t afford a designer dress. Prom-A-Rama offers an excellent opportunity to receive a free dress and I think that’s a wonderful thing for any girl in need,” Josey Mallory (’14) said. Hank Boyer, one of the


Although Prom is supposed to be one of the best nights of your life, not all of them have a fairy-tale ending. The last thing a girl wants is do be stressed out over something silly. Merinda Dinkel, a 2011 graduate, took the wrong date to Prom both years. “He refused to dance with me both times and made me leave after the king and queen were announced. Plus, he never even asked me to Prom. But my mom wouldn’t let me go with anyone else because he was my boyfriend at the time,” Dinkel said. Dinkel wasn’t the only one to have a rough Prom night. “Last year one of my friends dates called her on the morning of Prom and cancelled on her because it didn’t feel right apparently,” Macy Schneweis (’13) said. On the brightside, Prom dress shopping and preparing for the big day is the best part of the big night. Dateless or not, everyone deserves to have a night to remember.


What are you most excited about for Prom this year?

Six weeks before Prom

founders said they came up with the idea when they saw Wichita had created something similar. They had heard ads on the radio Promoting it. “We started it nine years ago and it has made such a big difference in people’s lives. It is by far one of my favorite accomplishments. Girls will walk in not knowing their size, what they want in a dress, shoes or anything and to have the chance to give them something special and help them find the right dress is so exciting to me. Most girls leave overwhelmed,” Boyer said. To some, a free Prom dress could be the reason they go to Prom. Not everyone can afford to go out and buy a $200 Prom dress, shoes and jewelry for one night. Along with dresses, other items were donated this year in-

“I’m excited to dress up and get my hair done so I look like a foxy lady.”

Hunter Box (’13)

Katy Caswell (’13)

Find the perfect dress Plan your hairstyle

Four weeks before Prom

Do you think underclassmen should be allowed to go to Prom if they have a date?

“Since Cole is a sophomore, I wish he could go, but it makes Prom more of a privilege when you have to wait until you’re an upperclassman.” Emily Steele (’14)

“No, I think people look forward too for when they are upperclassmen and I think it would make it less fun for the upperclassmen.” Kole Smith (’14)


“Going to after prom and partying with friends.”


cluding; hoop skirts, petty coats, purses, gloves, shoes, jewelry and accessories. “We’ve had a lady that has come the past few years from Hope, Kansas and what she’s done is adopted a girl from a high school where she lives. She comes down, picks up a dress, accessories and shoes to bring home and give to the girl. This year, Prom-A-Rama was donated a tux that went to the lady that adopted a girl from a hometown. It happened to be that the girls brother needed it, so she said if it didn’t fit she would bring it back for next year,” Boyer said. This year, Prom-A-Rama had over 200 dresses and 90 percent of girls left with a dress in hand. Many towns have gotten involved in the last few years. On the brightside, finding a Prom dress there would mean no one else would have it. All girls and boys should have the opportunity to have a good night even if they can not afford it. “We’re making a big difference, one Prom night at a time,” Boyer said.



Event gives girls opportunity to attend Prom who otherwise might not


Event provides free Prom dresses


Prom catastrophies

When: April 13, 2013 Where: Masonic Temple Time: Cost of tickets: $35 Theme: Under the sea

After Prom Time: 12-3 a.,m. Where: Salina Central Mall What: Come enjoy prizes and games afterwards!

Perfect Prom Checklist Six weeks before Prom


Go for a tux fitting Figure out transportation, and who’s driving Purchase Prom tickets

Start planning the night with friends and your date 4 weeks before Prom Make hair, nail or makeup appointments Finalize plans with friends for pictures or afterwords Break in your prom shoes Order your dates corsage Whiten your teeth Several days before Prom Two weeks before Prom Get a haircut Order a boutonniere for your date What time will you pick her up? Wash your car and vacuum it if you are driving Night before Collect your supplies: camera, phone, cash, student Prepare your bag: chapstick, extra cash, camera, phone, clear nail polish ID and don’t forget the tickets Get a good nights sleep Prom day Prom day Pick up your date’s corsage (keep refrigerated until Pick up your date’s boutonniere you leave) Don’t forget your bag, with your emergency items Pick up your tuxedo, if you haven’t already, dress Have lots of fun and take lots of pictures! shoes, a tie and a cummerbund. Try to match your date’s dress!


page 2 Tripodium Staff Editor in Chief Courtney Main Business Manager India Brelsford Copy Editor Marisa Mitchell Photo Editor Kim Salazar Staff Members Megan Holloway Drew Mussat-Loveless Kelsi Baird Morgan Ayotte Cassidy Sweet Madison Toner Tiffany Bowers Editorial Policy The following guidelines will be used in consideration of printing letters to the editor. 1. Letters should be no longer than 200 words. 2. Letters should be signed and must include the address and telephone number of the author. No anonymous letters will be published. 3. If it is the wish of the author and the editor is in agreement, the author’s name may be withheld. 4. The letter must not be libelous, obscene profane, and it must not infringe upon copyright. The letter must not be an invasion of privacy or disruptive of the school process.

Tripodium The Tripodium is dedicated to publishing news, features, columns, and sports in a unbiased and professional manner. Any news, features, or columns, including letters to editor are welcome. This publication is a forum for student expression and will not be subject to prior review by USD 305 administration.

THIS WEEK Tuesday Night of Jazz 7 p.m.


Spring Band Concert 7 p.m.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES •DVD Sorter/Filer •Kids Cooking Class Assistants •Clothing Sorters •Song Leader/ Piano Player •Cookie Baker •Spend time with residents in long term care facilities For more info and sign up, call 785-823-3128 or e-mail The Volunteer Connection at


School in need of new laptop computers By Madison Toner

We are in an age where our lives revolve around technology. And because of this we are spending more time on the computer in school for things like research and actual assignments. So if we are meant to spend so much time on the computer, why can we not get some that actually work? One of the set backs about this school is the laptop carts. Whenever we have to get a laptop from one of those cursed carts during class, we’re all rearing to go on a ride on a technological roller coaster. Let’s begin with the biggest problem; most of them don’t even work. Batteries are shot, the internet connection is painfully slow, the cart’s chargers are tangled wires of destruction and the whole ‘this computer does not have the resources’ bit I do not even understand, but it makes my head ache with frustration. Then there’s the fact that no one seems to take care of

them once they are done using them. Some of these problems could be fixed rather easily if the computers were shut down properly. Yeah, remember all the teachers preaching about doing that? Well they are not just trying to listen to themselves speak. Believe it or not, it helps to not murder the laptops. It is really quite simple as they say. But I digress, the computers are already junk. I do not know about anyone else, but I get sick and tired of trying to get a narcoleptic machine to work long enough to get my homework done. We use computers in school quite a lot nowadays, so if we have to use them why can’t we get ones that actually work? I do not understand what the big deal is about instead of trying to ineffectually fix the ones we have now, why not just scrap the bad ones and get new ones? It is pretty much impossible to try and fix something that is complete trash. Every time I know we have to use a laptop for class, I can feel the tension in the air. Everyone is always on the edge of their seat waiting for the teacher to give them the right away so they can race to the carts and get the only mediocre working one in the bunch.

The rest of us are staring at the computers’ blank screens as it tries to reboot for the fifteenth time. Not only is it annoying, but we waste a good 15 to 20 minutes staring at a blue loading screen when we could be doing something more useful, like staring at our homework. Now it could be true that some of this could have been avoided. There are students who are being careless with how they treat the computers and they could try to be more careful with how they handle them. But to solve that problem teachers could check out a laptop to each individual student so they know who is being careless with the laptops and make it their responsibility. It would be easier and the rest of the students would not have to pay for it. We are supposed to cycle through the laptops every few years and replace the older ones with newer working ones, but for some reason they have not done that. We are stuck using laptops with some that are over five years old, and technology wise that is ancient. I guess I understand why it would be difficult to replace all of these computers. It would be a lot of money. But what I do not get is why can we not weed out

all the older ones and replace them with newer ones. There’s no point in teachers trying to save them. The staff puts bandaids on them, like making us use chargers while we’re working or having us just tell them when it’s missing a key. But this never seems to help the true root of the problem; a lot of these computers are useless. If you go to a computer cart and try and pull one out you have a really good chance of picking one that is missing the mouse key or a cracked screen frame. The teachers should know by now that there is no use in trying to fix these things; plugging in chargers across the room just makes a big mess of wires and making us switch out laptops every few minutes is a big time waster. Instead of wasting class time trying to fix the unfixable it would be easier and faster to buy new computers and throw out the older ones. And if If the solution is this easy, then why are we still trying to make the best out of a bad situation here? We need new computers, and the computers we do have should be put away properly until we’re able to get the new ones. It really is that easy to fix a problem the school has had for a while now.

Bell changes leave students rushed Change in bells causes more tardies, detentions By Cassidy Sweet Looking back on last semester, leaving for class at the warning bell still allowed time for students to get to class without being late. So, why change the warning bell? I have heard that teachers changed these guidelines in hopes that students will not be late as often. But personally, if that is the case, I do not think that is going too well. It seems as though people are getting more tardies than ever now with these changes. Some days, as I am sitting in my desk waiting for class to begin, even after the bell rings there are many students still sauntering down the halls. Clearly, changing our normally two minute warning to a “minute bell”, is not doing much justice to stop tardies. If the staff here wanted students to not be late as often, why not just change the consequenses of being late? Changing our warning that it is time to go to class is not helping the tardy situation at all. Yes, this situation could teach us to utilize our five minute passing periods but let’s face it: it probably won’t. And yeah, maybe these changes could teach us more responsibility and make us get to class earlier, but that is not

going to apply to all students. As anyone can see, a large portion of students stand in the commons talking to their friends until the warning bell. And if the teachers tried to get from the commons all the way down to the gym, the health room, the drama and vocal classrooms or basically any other part of the school in one minute, they would see where we are coming from. Personally, I go to my locker almost every passing period to exchange my books for binders and my binders for notebooks. And of course I talk to my friends, many students do. So last semester, two minutes was quite enough of a warning to get to class and I was almost never tardy. But the bell changes certainly are not working at my convenience. And I am not asking the school to change the warning bell back to two minutes for my benefit only. It will benefit most other students as well. Most days, walking into class can be followed by complaints on how “that bell wasn’t nearly a minute” and other things along that line. Speaking of how it doesn’t feel like a minute, I really don’t think it is. You would think that I would be able to walk at a normal pace from the commons to my Spanish class nearby in one

minute. Still, I find myself having to practically run down the hallways and I am still late some days. Some days it feels like more than a minute warning, but other days it feels the equivalent of 15 seconds. No, it probably has never been 15 seconds long, but it sure feels like it some days. All I am saying is, the teachers and faculty should understand that we students need time to be social. They can argue that they are giving us the same amount of time as last semester to get to class and be social, and that is the case. Last year, the year before and years before that, we have only gotten five minutes to pass to class. But let me tell you, the warning bell really does make a difference. Those passing periods are the only time that we get to really converse with our friends whom we do not have classes with. Some days, most students don’t want to be at school anyway. And I don’t know a single student who would like to rush of to class right away and not see their friends at all during school. I already dread going to some of my classes and I am not in a rush to get to them any sooner than I need to be. So having a two minute warning is

convenient. Not only for me, but for everyone. I think my question for the school is: why change something that was working so well? Having a two minute warning was convenient and it gave us more time to talk to friends and more time to get to class after the warning bell sounded. Just saying, but having the two minute warning back instead of our “minute” warning, would benefit most everyone at this school. Not just the students, the teachers, too. I am sure that no teacher would want to spend their afternoon after school with a bunch of students just because they were late to class one day. The point is, something needs to be done about this. The bell schedule should be changed back to how it was last semester. Students got less tardies. And if the amount of tardies really was the reason that they changed the bell schedule, something else could have been done. It would be much easier to just have harsher consequences on tardies and still have a two minute warning. That most likely would have taught students to get to class on time and it would have given us enough time to.



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National Honor Society members exhibit excellence By Cassidy Sweet

National Honor Society is an organization that was formed to recognize students who have good grades and who really stand out at school and in the community. After a student has completed at least five semesters of schooling at Salina High School South, they can apply for NHS. To meet the requirements to be in NHS, a student must have a 3.5 GPA or higher. The GPA requirements will change next year, as the class of 2015 is able to apply. The new GPA requirement will be changed to 3.75 as next years NHS applicants begin following their desire to be on NHS. With this requirement met, a student is able to request candidacy and must complete an academic resume to do so. This resume consists of performance in school, previous volunteer work and other things along those lines. Resumes are evaluated by the faculty council and students who demonstrate excellence in four categories are invited to join NHS. Those four categories are scholarship, leadership, service and character. Members of the NHS are encouraged to exhibit those qualities in and out of the classroom. Once a student is inducted into NHS, they are required to maintain excellence in those four categories. To help with the service category, throughout the year members do volunteer work and offer help to the community.

“. . . we want to be seen as leaders at South.” Carlene Stueve National Honor Society Sponsor

National Honor Society President Lydia Newquist (’13) prepares to introduce the 2013 NHS inductees. photo by cassidy sweet

“These past years we want to be seen as leaders at South. Our big focus this year was our commitment to service, so we did many service projects,” National Honor Society Sponsor Carlene Stueve said. NHS is looking for students who are going to be active. They want students who will go out and do volunteer work and service projects in the community. They look for students with homework handed in on time and good grades in classes. Even though there are many requirements to join, NHS is not an elite group. People do not need to get 100 percent on every test or devote every hour of every day to volunteer work. But being on NHS, students are encouraged and required to work a little harder inside and outside of school. “We want people to stop seeing us as the ‘smart kids’ and start seeing us as positive leaders in the community,” Stueve said.

And although anyone who meets the requirements has the chance to get in NHS, that does not necessarily mean that if they get in they are in it for the whole year. Students are required to keep excelling through scolarship, leadership, service and character, the four main qualities that a member of NHS should have. If students do not continue to meet the requirements throughout the school year, they could be taken out of NHS. On March 11, 43 Salina High School South students were inducted into NHS. Consisting of juniors and seniors, NHS will continue to do what they have been doing previous years: excel. The students in NHS will help with community service projects throughout this upcoming year. This year, students helped with the fundraiser called “Change for Charlie”, which helped a South alumni

Family and friends of NHS members and inductees gather in the commons for cake and punch after the Induction Ceremony. photo by cassidy sweet

get the liver transplant that he needed. With 43 new members in the National Honor Society, their service projects throughout this upcoming school year should

reach out to many different parts of the community. National Honor Society is a great way to help out, stand out and give back to the community.

2013 National Honor Society Inductees Katelyn Berndt (’14) Kortney Borcherding (’14) Morgan Bryant (’14) Cade Calvert (’14) Molly Courbot (’14) Aneli DeLaCrus (’14) Douglas DeWindt (’14) Ashley Freeland (’14) Jennifer Gartner (’14) Timeri Herrington (’14) Amanda Huehl-Phillips (’14) Michael Hutton (’14) Mikayla Janda (’14) Kristen Jewell (’14)

Kevin Kraus (’14) Michael Linton (’13) Shelbey Logan (’14) Courtney Main (’14) Josey Mallory (’14) Brady Mathews (’14) Sarah McConnell (’14) Hannah McGrath (’14) Marisa Mitchell (’14) Garrett Mortimer (’14) Cadie O’Donnell (’14) Alison Oliver (’14) Dalton Pittenger (’14) Amber Rayl (’13)

Lucas Renz (’14) Mitchell Roets (’14) Emily Schrage (’14) Gabriela Silvestre (’13) Katie Snyder (’14) Emily Steele (’14) Anneka Sundell (’14) Shaelin Sweet (’14) Pearl Tucker (’13) Walker Vinson (’14) Cameron Weishaar (’13) Shelbie Witt (’14) Nicholas Zajac (’14) Anna Zuercher (’14)

Current National Honor Society Council Lydia Newquist..................................President Margy Long........................................Vice President McKenzie Haynes..............................Treasurer Cassidy Coberly..................................Secretary Olivia Cooper......................................Parliamentarian


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Assistant principal to retire after 43 years By Morgan Ayotte At 64 years of age and 43 years of educational experience, assistant principal George Troutfetter is retiring. The good news is he has plenty of memories and plans to keep him company in the future, though it will be nothing in comparison to the thousands of students that he has came in contact with over the years. After announcing his retirement in January of this year, Troutfetter can be found getting school and administrative business done as usual. His days are always filled with lots to do. He recalls enjoying almost everyday he has had in his educational career. When he first started out, Troutfetter attended Kansas State University for engineering. It did not turn out to be his cup of tea. Instead, he turned his attention to administrative teaching and psychology. He has a school counselor degree as well. Back in his first eight years of teaching, Troutfetter resembled South’s favorite Joshua Massey. He taught sociology, psychology and pioneered a special peer counseling course that equipped students with the knowledge and skills to reach out to their peers and resolve tension. For 27 years now, Troutfetter has held his administrative position here at South. He has seen many cycles of incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. Troutfetter enjoys his job and carries pride in the students he gets to work with and in his day

to day tasks. This will be a bitter sweet retirement. Starting in 1970 he worked at Central High School and in 1986 begun his faithful career here. He says he wouldn’t change a thing about what he does. “It’s great, I always enjoy coming to work. We have such great staff and students. Working with teenagers is fascinating,” Troutfetter said. “It is rewarding to watch them grow up. You see them as tiny, immature freshmen to developed young men and women walking across the stage at graduation.” Troutfetter has no full intention of leaving behind his Cougar affiliation. Once a Cougar, always a Cougar. He plans to attend the graduations to come and looks forward to receiving invitations from students for such events. Troutfetter has even considered doing a little substituting. However, he hopes to teach elementary/first graders in the future. “I think it would be fun,” Troutfetter said. As of yet, there are no plans for Troutfetter to run for a position on the school board but he would be happy to receive an adjent professor position. A position of an adjent professor more or less teaches seminars or elective classes that college students can jump in on for something extra. It is neither a substitute position nor a job. “I enjoyed being an ajent professor. It’s different . . . fun,” Troutfetter said. What Troutfetter has grown most accustomed to is getting

Assistant principal George Troutfetter works on papers in his office. photo by morgan ayotte

to know his students and staff. With a professors’ position it is less likely that you get to know and enjoy the lives of students as they grow and learn. It is a different educational position than he has come to love. Learning is enjoyed by Troutfetter which is why he worked hard towards his doctorate degree. “I still look forward to contributing anyway I can,” Troutfetter said. “It’s been a great ride.” The last day for students is May 16 and surely shortly after it will be smooth sailing for Troutfetter as he takes to Milford Lake where he keeps a sail boat. In his retirement he wants to keep as busy as he did during the days here at South but instead full with his young grandchildren and animal training. In regards to Troutfetter’s retirement, Exline tells him, “You’re in charge of creating your own retirement environment,” Exline said.

retirement bucket list 1. 2.

Spend more time on my sailboat at Milford Lake


üMore time to do volunteer work with United

4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

üMore time to hike and ski in Colorado


üTrain our two miniature donkeys to pull a

Train my two German shepherds so they are not such “free range dogs. Way and other community agencies

üSubstitute teach (1st grade maybe!) üGo to a Hawaii beach and just relax üVisit my kids (3) and grandkids (3)

Ride my horse more often cart.

10. üGo to commencement in 2015 to watch this

years 10th grade class (the class I work with) walk across the stage.

Michele Palmgren wins Kansas Master Teacher Award By Morgan Ayotte Family and Consumer Science and previous Chemistry teacher, Michele Palmgren won the Kansas Master Teacher Award for 2013. Previously, Palmgren won the Kansas Teacher of the Year Award, the 2005 Renaissance Teacher and the Patrick Distinguished High School Chemistry Teaching Award, which is more than impressive with only 16 years of teaching experience. To become a recipient of the Master Teacher Award (MTA) teachers must be nominated

and voted upon from the surrounding teachers in the USD 305 district. After the voting, the winning teacher is required to make a 24 page portfolio on their schooling and teaching accomplishments and nine letters from students, teachers and administrative references must be submitted to the state. “It is a huge honor. It feels strange too. There’s many good teachers that deserve it.” Michele Palmgren Family and Consumer Science teacher Palmgren did not have a problem submitting a list of accomplishments because there are many to choose from. Palmgren is credited with the development of South’s ELO program, Teen Builders. The class teaches students that their lives outside of school affects their success in school.

The teen builders program gives participating students skills to build positive relationships and focus on success. Palmgren graduated in 1997 from Kansas Wesleyan University as a single mother of three. She counts this as one of her biggest accomplishments. “A lot of things that happened in my life could have kept me down but it didn’t. When bad things happened I fought back. These bad things that happened to me helped me relate to others so I can help them,” Palmgren said. A lot of the time it has taken to achieve change for the better of South’s students took time and a lot of effort. “It’s a huge honor. It feels strange too. There’s many good teachers that deserve it,” Palmgren said. Palmgren says that the best reward than a marble apple or an acquired amount of plaques is seeing her students do better, seeing positive results, something all teachers feel rewarded in. The building of these relationships that have sprouted out far beyond the classroom is gratifying. Students text and

e-mail Palmgren to let her in on achievements of their own in their lives now since graduation. She has received an abundant amount of support and love in her work and since receiving the MTA for the 2013 year. It has been announced through the news, radio, the school websites and social media site like Facebook and Twitter. Since the amount of press she has been given, e-mails have been flooding in with congratulations. Mid-March Palmgren traveled to the state capital building in Topeka to speak and dine with senators among Kansas whom she was able to share her passions and thoughts about teaching with. April 3, Palmgren will set off once again to Emporia, known specifically for their above average teaching program, to once again be the key

note speakers to students and professors about winning the MTA. “To get here can be overwhelming. It takes a lot of work and you sacrifice a lot in your personal life to be available to students,” Palmgren said. “Her impact is so far beyond what she does in the classroom. I’ve been lucky to see firsthand the influence on students’ lives,” principal Linn Exline said. “It is so incredible.” Just as a sacred mentor impacts a student’s life, teachers are impacted by their students as well. Palmgren recalls the satisfaction in seeing her previous students soar above standards because of the life skills they have developed.

Previous SHS Master Teacher Award Recipients 1987 Eloise Lynch

1994 Anne Nettleton

1989 Mary Anne Trickle

1998 Floyd Standridge

1992 Charles VanGundy

2008 Cindy Ramsey

1993 Carol Brandert

2013 Michele Palmgren


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Tips to apply for scholarships

College Checklist

3.28.2013 By Drew Mussat-Loveless Typical information seen on a scholarship: Requirements: –Must be a U.S. citizen or resident –Must be a high school se nior –Must have a gpa of 3.0 or higher Number or recipients: Awarded to 25 students annu ally Award amount: Awarded up to $4,500 Deadline: April 1, 2013 The only way to have a shot at receiving scholarships is to apply for them. Any kind of college is expensive to attend and students who receive scholarships are relieved of some of the financial burden that comes from the cost of college. “The importance of scholarships are the money that is rewarded and it is also a reward for you hard work,” Julie Falcon said. Different scholarships have different requirements and use their own criteria to select scholarship winners. There is no special way to apply for a scholar-

ship. But these tips can help you get stared: Follow instructions carefully: When applying for multiple scholarships at the same time, it’s easy to confuse and overlook the requirements on each application. Make sure to read all of the information provided carefully. Be organized: Always type out essays or essay questions that may be required to complete the application. If there is any hand writing that needs to be done on the application use your best penmanship. Avoid using white out to correct any mistakes. Follow submission rules closely: Scholarship providers usually provide a specific outline of submission rules that are important to follow. When turning in scholarships make sure they are either handed into the right person or mailed in which ever is specified on the application. Lastly, don’t wait until the last minute, it never hurts to have something turned in before the due date. “It’s amazing how the college

expenses add up, any amount of money to help pay will help your parents and yourself to say out of debt,” senior English teacher Matt Renk said. Although scholarships are mostly for seniors to fill out under class men can start preparing for college now as well. “Under class men can build up references, take the ACT/ SAT, go on college visits and start keeping track of volunteer hours,” Falcon said. Most scholarships awarded are solely on the application received by the applicant, without a personal interview. It’s important to provide a professional and precise application, and only apply if you are eligible.

It’s common for people to think that volunteering is just something nice that people can do for one another. Sure, it makes people feel good to volunteer, but what impact does it really have beyond the feeling of being nice? Volunteers have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of communities all around the world. “Volunteering says something about your character, that you care about others and your community,” Vicki Gieber, Youth Volunteer Coordinator at The Volunteer Connection said. Volunteers make a difference every single day by doing some of the following things: •Build houses and schools, dig wells, and repair damage around the world. •Help keep neighborhoods, streets, parks, river and water clean for everyone. •Volunteers educate the public on health and safety. Doctors and nurses donate their personal time and knowledge to clinics that are free to those suffering from disasters. When someone has suffered and lost faith due to a tragedy in their life they can be uplifted and reassured that there are people out there that do care and are willing to help. This is one of the most important aspects of volunteering. Volunteering is important

for many reasons that benefit the community and the volunteer themselves. When someone donates their time the difference made is tremendous and benefits the community for the better. Volunteering brings people together and that’s what shapes a community. A community is improved by helping others and lending a hand to get the job done quickly and more effectively. “Volunteering is important because it makes people feel good, you are helping the community and meeting new people,”Gieber said. There are multiple ways for volunteer work to be done.

Dorm Computer Related Cables Computer Headphones Keyboard Mouse Printer Printer ink/paper Surge Protector USB flash drive Room Alarm clock Blank CDs & DVDs Cell phone Cell phone charger DVD collection Extension cords MP3 player/iPod Television Video game consoles Wall posters

Bed Bed sheets Blankets/comforter Mattress pad Pillows Under bed storage Desk Calendar Desk lamp Envelopes Paperclips Pens & Pencils Sticky notes Postage stamps Rubber bands Ruler Scissors Stapler & Staples Three-hole punch Waste basket White-out

Classroom Backpack Calculator Erasers High lighters

Index cards Notebooks Notepaper Textbooks


Why volunteering is important By Drew Mussat-Loveless

Everything you need and more to prepare for living on your own

Everyone needs to be aware of what is going on around them. Before we know it, we could be apart of a fundraiser helping those in needs of a little extra help. One of the main places to check out volunteer opportunities on the internet is at www. Some of the benefits of going through The Volunteer Connection program is they track your volunteer hours and give out service awards. You don’t have to start out big, volunteering is anything from helping a friend or family member to rebuilding an entire community destroyed by a natural disaster.

Devin Unruh (’13) volunteered to donate blood. Each year in the Salina High School South gym there is a blood drive held. photo by ashley strait

Belts Dress clothes Flip flops Gloves Hats Jackets Jeans Jewelry Pajamas Pants Purse Shirts Shoes Shorts Socks

Sweaters Sweatshirts Swimsuits Underwear Watch Worckout clothes Laundry Supplies Clothes hangers Fabric softeners Iron Ironing board Laundry detergent Hamper/bag Quarters Stain remover

Food 5-hour energy Bottled water Cereal Condiments Granola bars Juice boxes Pasta Peanut butter & jelly Popcorn Ramen noodles Soda Soup


Supplies Can/bottle opener Chip clips Coffee maker Cups Microwave Mini fridge Paper towels Pizza cutter Plastic food containers Plates & Utensils Water filter Ziploc bags


Toiletries Cosmetics & makeup Cotton balls Dental floss Deodorant Eye drops Eye glasses Hair brush/comb Conditioner Hair spray/gel Lotion Mouthwash Nail clippers Q-tips Razor Shampoo Shaving cream Soap Sunscreen Tissues Toiletry kit Toothbrush Toothpaste Tweezers

Appliances/Other Bath towels Bathrobe Curling iron Hair dryer Hair straightener Shower caddy Shower flip flops Washcloths Medical Acne cream Antibiotic cream Band-aids BreatheEZ Contact solution Cough drops Decongestants First aid kit Hot/cold packs Pain reliever Pepto bismol Prescription meds Vitamins

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Blind date with a bo Amongst the thousands of books lining the shelves, the library has every genre under the sun. From realistic fiction, like romance and sports, to fantasy, including science fiction and horror, there is something in there to fit anyone’s interest. Also, the library orders new books three times a year, so if they do not have what a student is looking for, go in and ask, it may be next on their list. For those who do not

Librarian Roz Gugler shows a book covered for a blind date with a book. photo by courtney main

By Tiffany Bowers Debuting this year, librarian Roz Gugler organized “Blind Date with a Book”. The flyers were hung around the school, advertising that students should stop by and get a specially wrapped book to take home-- but if they didn’t like it, take it back because its “feelings wouldn’t be hurt.” Though the flyer had humorous comments and a colorful design, it did not quite get the attention it deserved. All it took was walking into the library with a library card and browsing the covered selection to participate. Once reading the tags and finding one or two that seemed interesting, taking it up to the circulation desk was just the beginning. Checking it out and ripping it out of its packaging, there lies a book that may or may not be interesting, but that is the fun in dating the book. One of the general purposes of this event was to not judge a book by its cover, because it may be one of the greatest books in the library and become an in-

stant favorite. After completing the book, participants filled out a sheet saying whether or not the book lived up to its expectations, and then they were entered into a contest. “It’s a way to spark in- terest and get students involved.” Roz Gugler Librarian All who entered won a prize, and those who won include Tiffany Bowers (’15), Brittany Trumbo (’16), Tasha Deiser (’15), Bobbie Slayton (’14), Elizabeth Motter (’14), Tyler Kirchner (’16) and Madison Pittenger (’14). Two winners received a gift card to the Central Mall movie complex and the rest won a gift card to BooksA-Million. Many of the winners enjoyed their books, and according to Trumbo, gave a chance to read books that they wouldn’t normally

read. This being the first year for Blind Date with a Book, Gugler enjoyed doing it and is very excited to do it again next year, with hopefully more interest. Now, there have been a few contests like this one in the past, but this one is one of the more fun ideas she had. “It’s a way to spark interest and get students involved. It was a little bit of a challenge writing the blurb that was on the brown wrapping-- I didn’t want to give away too much information about the book,” Gugler said.

one by her bed and another C.D. book in the kitchen to listen to

Getting to know the librarian

With nine years under her belt, Gugler has seen many students come through the doors of the library and has catered to every problem possible. To no surprise, she is an avid reader, reading five books at a time. She keeps a book in her car for when she isn’t driving, a book on a C.D. that she can listen to as she drives, one at school for ELO,

as she cooks or as she quilts, which is her favorite hobby.

Venturing into the library

If students took the time to take a trip to the library, on their own time rather than in class, there is a lot more to see than what people assume.

know how to check out a book, it is very simple. Make sure to bring a current school I.D. and the book of interest to the circulation desk, and then either the library aide or the librarian will check it out. Easy as pie, right? Since there are a ton of books to look through, it is understandable if students have a hard time finding what to read. But never


ok fear, there are four look-up stations to assist the lost reader and the aides or librarians can lend a hand or give a recommendation. For those share a love for reading like Gugler or for those with a huge research paper due, the limitation on checking out books is eight. Yes, that is right, only eight. Another eye-catching part of the library is the “Feature Teacher” display. If any-

one is paying attention to the announcements during lunch, it says to go check it out, but here’s why. It displays a teacher, but not just any teacher. These teachers have unique, one-of-a-kind experiences, memories, and quirks that many would never have guessed. The upcoming “Feature Teacher” is art teacher Kurt Wolf, who was run over at the age of six. Who would’ve thought? With all of the sights and wonders in the library, and the interesting contests and chances to win prizes, it is more than just the average high school library. It is a lovely addition to the school’s everyday life and a useful source to many. That is just a few of the many many things in the library, so take a chance and drop in anytime between 7:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., just make sure all bags, food, and drink are left outside.

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Sports Stats Girls Swimming

March 14 against:

Great Bend, Hutch, Hays, Junction City and Marian

Over all: 1st

Girls Soccer


March 14 against: Valley Center

Varsity 2-3

Junior Varsity 12

Boys Basketball

Varsity 9-12

Junior Varsity 10-4

Freshmen 15-0

Girls Basketball

Boys Tennis

Girls Swimming

Track and Field

Girls Soccer

By Megan Holloway

By Megan Holloway

By Cassidy Sweet

By India Brelsford

The boys tennis team starts off another season. This weekend both the varsity and junior varsity teams will be heading to Emporia on March 30 for a tournament. The Cougar tennis team had a meet Tuesday after it was postponed from Monday due to the weather. Matt Berneking (’16) is currently the No. 1 singles for varsity. As a freshman Berneking says that age doesn’t matter. “We’re young, we’ll be getting better as the season goes on,” Berneking said. The No. two singles on varsity is Kevin Kraus (’14). The No. 2 doubles team is Gage Kerns (’13) and Pierce Carey (’15). As the tennis team works on improving for the rest of the season, they also want to win. “I just want to win a couple of matches this week,” Berneking said.

Lady Cougar swimming starts off strong with the team placing first in their first meet in their own pool. Along with the beating all other 10 teams, the Cougars had several swimmers and relays qualify for state. The 400 freestyle relay including Martina Schartz (’13), Marisa Tomlins (’13), Brianna McClain and Chandler LaFrance (’13) won with a time of 4:08.67 and also qualified for state beating the qualifying time by 22 seconds. The other relay that qualified for state was the 200 freestyle including Tomlins, Schartz, Taylor Thompson and Kalene Paul. Schartz finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26:55 and in the 100 butterfly coming in at 1:04.77. She qualified in state in both races. Tomlins finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:14.68 and finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:14.91. Tomlins also qualified for state in both her races. McClain finished in third in the 100 butterfly. Her 1:10.90 is sending her to the state meet as well. “Going forward in the season I expect that a lot more girls will qualify for state, and hopefully we will win all the meets like we did this one,” LaFrance said. The next meet for the Lady Cougars will be March 28 in Topeka.

Just finishing a few weeks of conditioning, the track team has begun to train for individual events. With 62 students, the track and field team is sure to excel in all of the events in which they participate. There are 18 different events that students can participate in. Last year, the team excelled especially in middle distance, sprints, the 4x100 relay and javelin. “This year, the team should excel in all of them,” Head Coach Susan Montoy said. At each event, only three team members compete in each one of the 18 different events. However, there is only one relay per school. “The first home meet is April 9 and regionals are going to be in town, which we are pretty excited about,” Montoy said.

South’s Lady Cougars had their first soccer game March 14 in Valley Center. The Varsity girls lost 3-2, and JV girls won 4-0. For not having many practices beforehand they did a great job at their first game and had their spots on the field almost nailed. “As a freshman on JV I was so nervous for the first game. I seriously thought I would screw up the entire game even if I did one little thing wrong. Luckily, we went out there, did what we were taught and kicked some butt. We grew so much as a team that night it was awesome,” Alexis Humm (’16) said. The next action for the varsity team is March 26-30 when they will go to a tournament in McPherson. “If we continue to work hard I think we will do fine. We just need to take more shots on goal,” Allie Harvey (’13) said.

Upcoming Tennis Meets

Varsity 16-5

Junior Varsity 7-8

Freshmen 15-2

March 30: Emporia April 2: Junction City Dual April 9: Central April 11: Hutchinson April 13: Abiliene April 16 Topeka West April 18: Cougar Invite

Upcoming Track and Field Events March 28: Junction City April 2: Newton Invitational April 9: South Invitational April 12: Manhattan Invitational April 19: Buhler Invitational April 19-20: KU Relays April 26: Hutchinson Invitational

Upcoming Soccer Games April 8: Andover April 11: Maize South April 16: Maize April 18: Salina Central April 23: Hutchinson April 26: Great Bend May 7: Campus



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Girls Basketball

Lady Cougars finish season strong

Cassidy Cook (’13) running along her other teammates and coaches before the game against Mill Valley, in Topeka. The score ended 38-28. photo by kelsi baird

By Kelsi Baird

Sports Boys Golf



By Tiffany Bowers

By Kelsi Baird

By India Brelsford

Boys golf has been attempting to prepare weekly for their first meet April 6, but the weather has made this difficult. Though they have not had a lot of quality practice, their attitude and competitiveness is starting to arise and get them ready for the season. “We’re looking forward to getting some enjoyable days to practice and always look forward to going to our first meet, Garden City, where we get to travel and stay overnight. Overnights are what solidify team bonding, because with golf, being an individual sport, you have to count on one another to individually do their part to get the team goal,” Head Coach Dan Smith said. Spending their Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays playing nine holes on the course and their Tuesdays and Thursdays practicing, they are contributing a lot of time to build up their skill for their first meet. Players to watch throughout the season are Ben Hargrave (’13) who, according to Smith, has quite a bit of experience and is a great leader to the team. Smith also expects Clay Peppiatt (’13), Nathan Kroeker (’13) and Mitch Roets (’14) to help lead the team with their varsity experience. Another experienced player to watch, Smith mentioned, is Lucas Renz (’13) playing his first year of high school golf.

With the late start to the season, because of the snow, the boys baseball team has been working hard for their pre-season game coming up on Thursday against the Valley Center Hornets. The boys baseball team has 17 returning players from the previous year and 10 freshmen for this season. The head coach is Kris Meis. Assistant coaches are Kurtis Crawford, Zane Merritt and Chris Feil. Last year, the Cougars went 4-9-0. “It’s fun to play with the upperclassmen and get help from them,” Justin Allen (’16) said. “Once the games start the season will get better, and I like playing my favorite sport at such a high level and it’s exciting being able to play for the school.”

The Lady Cougars have been conditioning hard for the upcoming softball season. Long practices, multiple times a week will prepare them for what is next to come. “I’m really excited to see the team come together and grow. I think we’ll have a great season especially with the freshman girls that made the team. It’ll be a fun, inspiring season,” Cadie O’Donnell (’14) said. With 29 girls on the team, the season should be pretty fun. Players to watch are; O’Donnell, Morgan Bryant(’14), Carlie Olson (’14) and Kelsi Baird (’13). “I’m excited to see how all of this talent will come together and make a good team. I think we have good pitching and we could possibly be in the top half of the league,” O’Donnell said.

Upcoming Baseball Games

March 28: Away game in Valley Center April 2: Home Game in Campus April 5: Away Game in Newton April 9: Home Game at Salina Central April 12: Away Game in Hays April 19: Away Game in Derby April 23: Home Gamein Maize April 26: Away game in Hutch

Upcoming Softball Games March 28: Away game in Valley Center April 2: Home Game in Campus April 5: Away Game in Newton April 9: Home Game at Salina Central April 12: Away Game in Hays April 19: Away Game in Derby April 23: Home Game Maize

The Lady Cougars headed to Topeka a couple weeks ago to face Shawnee-Mill Valley (211) who was ranked number 2 in the tournament. Mill Valley moved on after beating the Cougars 38-28, to play the number 3 seed Witchita Kapun Mt. Carmel (19-3). Down by one, Mill Valley (21-1) opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to take control. Highlighted by back-to-back three-point plays, the Jaguars went up to stay, 27-20. They hit nine of 10 free throws down the stretch, going 13 of 14 for the game. Mill Valley’s Stephanie Lichtenaur scored 14 points to lead all scorers, while Megan

Holloway (’13) had 10 for South, which finished 16-6. Although the Lady Cougars outshot Mill Valley from the field, the Jaguars had five 3-pointers to one for the Cougars and hit 10 more free throws. Holloway and Janai Mitchell (’13) each earned all-league recognition for the third consecutive year. Holloway was named to the girls first team this year, the second year for Holloway. Mitchell was named to the second team this season. Cassidy Cook (’13) and Emilee Holloway (’15) each earned Honorable Mention. “We did something that wasn’t done in a long time and for us to achieve that as a team maybe the season a great one.” Mitchell said.

Boys Basketball

Cougars end season 8-11

Shawn Smith (’14) goes up for a shot against Shawnee-Mission South, where he then got fouled and made both baskets. photo by kelsi baird

By Kelsi Baird The Cougars played Shawnee-Misson South on March 7th where the score ended 82-38. The South Cougars kept up with the now 24-0 Shawnee Mission South Raiders for the first quarter. The Raiders were able to build a 31-18 at halftime and didn’t look back. It was the widest margain of victory in the history of the 5A state basketball tournament. The Cougars first basket of the second half came at the 3:30 mark when SM South was up by nearly 30 points. SM

South’s Dainan Swoope led all players with 18 points as teammate Jake Caldwell added 17. The only Cougar to break double digits was Conner Ryan with 11 points. SM South will meet No. 4 Mill Valley in the second round. The cougars ended their season going 8-11. Justin Stonebraker (’14) was named first team, as well as receiving honorable mention, and was the only non-senior named to first team this year. Earning honorable mention as well is Conner Ryan (’13) and Zach Nachbar (’14)

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Backpack basics: a peek in the student’s bag Freshman boy Freshman boy junior boy








Senior Girl SOphomore Girl Junior Girl





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ANSWERS A. Sara McElwain B. Justin Ebert C. Chris Feil D. Chris Barkley


Top challenges and other trends SALTINE CHALLENGE

A popular dare game that involves attempting to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon without throwing up or inhaling the powder.

Trying to eat six saltine crackers in sixty seconds. What’s the catch? No beverages allowed.



Where you put salt on your hand or any other body part. Then, put ice on it and wait a few seconds for a burning sensation and a red mark.

A challenge to quickly eat two bananas and drink two liters of Sprite without throwing up.



This challenge involves sticking as many marshmallows in your mouth as possible and saying chubby bunny without eating or chewing any of the marshmallows.

A competition where one is given a large amount of milk within a set period of time. Typically, one is given a full gallon of milk to drink in one hour without throwing up.


It is exactly as it sounds and is hilarious but stupid at the same time. For teens this is the new “in” thing and has taken the place of the “HARLEM SHAKE.” In the viral videos, teens pretend to fall while carrying two gallons of milk or orange juice. When this happens, shoppers try to help the fallen prankster, who are slipping and sliding in the mess created. Many believe it is a harmful prank and is a crime.

The Harlem Shake

Taking the place of PSY’s Gangnam style and Carly Rae Jepson’s famous hits, the Harlem Shake has become the new video craze that has exploded online. The Harlem Shake consists of a thirty second video starting with one person moving to the beat. Once the beat drops, everyone starts shaking like crazy maniacs.


Check out Logan Meis’ (‘13)“TED” version video of the Harlem Shake on YouTube.

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Some of the many ways students spent their spring break

Spring Break



Librarian hosts blind date with a book: page 6-7 Librarian Roz Gugler shows a book covered for a blind date with a book. photo by courtney main

March 28, 2013 * Volume 41 * Issue 7 * Salina High School South * Salina, KS 67401 *

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