Scottsbluff High School | Mar. 3, 2011 | Volume 94 | Issue 7golden A end to the BEARCAT winter sports Senior Taylor Counter displays Bearcat wrestling team boasts three individual her gold medal. Counter Class B state champions | pg. 14 swam her way to a first-place finish at the 2011 All-Class state swimming meet in theSenior Taylor Counter becomes first female Seacat 100 breaststroke. swimmer to win All-Class gold medal | pg. 15 photo by Karin Shedd Senior Willie Schwartzkopf holds his oppo- Junior Tyler Nation wrestles his opponent Freshman Colton Adams moves closer to a nent in a headlock at the Scottsbluff Invite. to the floor at the Scottsbluff Invite. Nation pin his opponent at the Mitchell Invitational. Schwartzkopf, a transfer student from Mitch- successfully defended his state title from Adams ended an undefeated season by ell, wrestled his way to the 2011 Class B state 2010 at the 2011 Class B state championship claiming the 2011 Class B state championship in the 171 weight class. in the 135 weight class. championship in the 112 weight class. photo by Mark Rein photo by Mark Rein photo by Ken Kurtz, Spectrum Photographics
The UPrising in EgyPT leads to reconnection with a long, lost friend Photo from opinion-maker.org often, but there were more times of all the police forces withdrew asstory bySCOUT WILSON | news editor concern when then-Egyptian leader 90% of police stations were burnt After the anti-government uprising Hosni Mubarak’s administration blocked and censored such social down by the angry protestors. With police forces gone, prisons The Youth Populationin Tunisia in early 2011 successfully media sites, resulting in many losses were attacked and 25,000 prison-overthrew long-time president Zine of communication with the people ers fled, causing many residents of Egypt’s population isEl Abidine Ben Ali, many countries in outside of Egypt. Cairo to panic for their safety. 80 million, with two-the Arab world - including Bahrain,Libya, Yemen, and Egypt - have fol-lowed their example and undertakenthe hefty task of toppling the decades-long dictatorial regimes running theirrespective countries. Along with this political restless- ” Ghada is the Assistant Resident Representative of the United Na- tions Development Program, and the UN Cairo office. Her work focuses on “We were very scared, so my sons, my husband, and neighbors barricaded the street where we live Poverty Reduction Team Leader in the with rumors of attacks all over the city. Men spent all night protecting capacity development for government homes and properties, community entities, and designing and imple- forces organized to manage security thirds of the population under the age of 25. Photo from fi.eduness is the concern of other countries menting and traffic for thefor the safety of the people in those support The protestors grew in num- following two Mubarak’s son, who was gettingcountries. programs ready to rule the country, also left. Some have gone so far as to travel bers and police became more and weeks,” Ghada Key Ministers were arrested and for the said. more aggressive as they began ”to those countries to make sure family small and Ghada saw are in jail with corruption charges,members or friends are all right; oth- micro to shoot tear gas, water guns and poverty and cor- and both houses of Parliament wereers have used the internet to commu- entrepre- ruption but didn’t revoked.nicate, athough some countries have rubber bullets. “The army is managing things, a neurs. imagine thathad restrictions on internet access. Living -Ghada Waly, Assistant Rep. of the students and youth new interim government is in place This was the case of WNCC so close to United Nations would get orga- and we hope to have elections in sixFrench/Spanish/Yoga/Belly Dancing the main nized and mobilize to twelve months. A very respectableprofessor Stacy Wilson. square, millions to be on team is reviewing the constitution,” As Egypt began to break out in Ghada was able to experience first- the streets. Ghada said.protest, a friend from the past was hand what was happening. “The protests were organized Security is still shaky as only halfon Wilson’s mind. While getting her “The protests in Tahrir Square by youth university students and the prisoners who fled were arrested,Master’s in French at Colorado State lasted seventeen days with a huge young professionals through Face- police are not back on the streets, andUniversity (CSU) in the late 80’s, demonstration starting on Jan. 25. For book, but were joined by hundreds some parts of Cairo suffer from drugWilson befriended Ghada Waly, an the next two days, the 26 and 27, the of thousands of supporters from all dealers and thugs.Egyptian woman studying at CSU for protestors grew in numbers and po- walks of life, unemployed, poor and “The mood after the fall of Muba-the same purpose. lice became more and more aggressive rich, who all asked for freedom, free rak was that of celebration by millions With the recent riots in Cairo, as they began to shoot tear gas, water elections, and change of the corrupt all night in the streets, followed byEgypt’s capital, Wilson worried for guns and rubber bullets,” Ghada said. regime,” Ghada said. high hopes and concerns for thethe safety and well-being of her Ghada had several family mem- Ghada believes the protests in future as one million tourists left thefriend. Wilson quickly began search- bers participate in the protests; one Tunisia had an effect on the Egyp- country,” Ghada said.ing the web for Ghada and was of her sons went down to the square tian revolt. Fear of military dictatorship fromeventually able to contact her via for one day, but Ghada had a 16-year “The quick removal of the Tuni- the army which has ruled since theFacebook. old cousin who caught a rubber bul- sian dictator made people feel that 1952 revolution is not very high as the Wilson became reconnected with let in the eye and another needed 15 these strong regimes are not that military announced they will managea long lost friend and came to learn stitches on the head. strong after all,” Ghada said. a peaceful transfer of power to civilthat Ghada lives in Cairo very close to The protestors, upset with the On Feb. 11, Mubarak officially authorities.the Tahrir Square where most of the police, filled the streets of all thirty stepped down from office, retreating “Demonstrators still hold weeklyprotesting has been taking place. provinces; police forces collapsed and to a Red Sea resort of Sharm el- demonstrations to insist on a big list2 | NEWS The two kept in touch started to fire live bullets. That night Sheikh where he has a residence. of suggested reforms,” Ghada said.
A year of change Introduces students to run as smoothly as everyone had BRIEFLYg s pe akin to online registration hoped. “This year I feel that it took more NSAA time because of the frustration and challenge of changing all the pass- Believer and Achiever words. I also believe that this new The Nebraska School Activi- process has brought students to real- ties Association (NSAA) is giving ize the importance of using their log recognition to 48 seniors in their ins and passwords more regularly,” Believers and Achievers program. Cantril said. The top eight of those 48 final- Online registration will be more ists will receive a $500 scholarship efficient than the old handwritten sys- from the U.S. Bank to the college or tem, as students become accustomed university of their choice. to the new system. Scottsbluff’s own Sam Harvey “Almost everyone, I’d say around made it into the elite ranks of the Photo from bplteensofwa.wordpress.com 95% of students or more, got regis- top 48. tered with the 2 or 3 make up days we This is not an easy accom- ing with kids who didn’t know their had,” Cantril said. “I think that online plishment, as each student that isstory byRYAN MEISTER | news writer passwords so we had to reset them registration will be a better way once selected has to be nominated by and then some kids still had difficulty we work all the bugs out and it will their school. This year has been a year of getting through the log-in process,” help prepare kids for the way that Then, to make things harder, hechanges: a change in administration, Cantril said. most colleges register.” had to compete with 632 studentschanges in school policy, and now a It is not generally known that pass- The overall process hasn’t changed from across the state.change in class registration. words and log-ins for Infinite Campus much, though. All students selected have to This year students were introduced accounts are not reset in the counsel- “Students will still come into the have an accumulated grade pointto online registration for the classes of ing office but through the central counseling office to do credit and average of 3.75 or higher on annext year. administration building. requirement checks so that we can unweighted 4.0 grading scale and This is the first time that students However, with difficulties aside, refine the classes being taken. For be involved in an NSAA sponsoredregistered using their infinite campus it looks as though online registration example, a freshman coming in might activity.accounts. will be used in the upcoming years. not have all the prerequisites for a cer- After being nominated, the “The information we got from kids “I haven’t talked to administration tain class so we would need to change students were judged on scholas-that had their log-ins and passwords yet, but I think that’s what we will be that,” Cantril said. tic achievement, NSAA activity[to their infinite campus accounts] doing in the years to come. Most col- With change comes progress, and participation, school involvement,was very successful,” counselor Rick leges use online registration for their online registration is a change that community involvement and aCantril said. students to register,” Cantril said. will help the administration run the citizenship essay. “The frustrating thing was deal- Yet the new program didn’t seem school to a brighter future. Winter Royalty The Academy Movie Awards Spanish/German Language, best Line, best Setting, best Music, best Change of command Costuming and a few others. Some of the key awards handed This years’ Winter Royalty saw out were the best Use of Culture, many changes to the normal way which went to the German movie things were often run. The most Deutch Klub T-shirt Commercial, and prominent change was the change the Spanish movie 300. Also was in command, from S-Club to Stu- the best Use of Spanish/German dent Senate. language, which went to the Span- The changes didn’t stop there as ish movie Monty Python and the Holy the traditionally formal dance took Grail, and the German movie Ferris on the appearance of a student run Bueller’s Day Off. dance party. Individual awards were also given However, some traditional to best Supporting Actress; Spanish: aspects were kept as royalty was Victoria Bravo of Sleepover, German: still named along with the first and Taylor Counter of Zombieland. Best second attendants. Sophomore Chad Nagasawa shows off his award for Supporting Actor; Spanish: Layton Taking the position of second best supporting actor. -Photo by Anna Teghtmeyer Croft of Twilight, German: Chad Na- attendant were Jarod Kerr and gasawa of Toy Story. Victoria Bravo, the first attendants ed, with many taking their seats while In addition were the awards for were Sam Harvey and Taylorstory by best Villian; Spanish: Sheila Cloud ofSCOUT WILSON | news editor eating a cookie. Counter, and the two crowned king Soon the masters of ceremony Homecoming, German: Riley of Frankie and queen of the dance were Avery The Academy Movie Awards took to the front and began by thank- and Riley. Best Hero, Spanish: Nick Montanez and Hattie Guzman.Night for German and Spanish Clubs ing all those who had participated in Roussel of Twilight, German: Ben Fulk The popular topic of debate wasfelt more like the Oscars this year, the videos. of Bourne Etwas (Something). what the dance’s theme would be.as many entered had their picture Then the moment all had been Best Actor, Spanish: Nick Roussel It was rumored that there wouldtaken in front of the Academy Awards waiting for finally arrived, as the first of Twilight, German: Keegan Schlager be black lights and strobe lightsposter, and proceeded down the red awards of the night were announced. of Zombieland. Best Actress, Spanish: that would light up the dance floor.carpet. No single video dominated the Sara Frederick of Sleepover, German: However, this was not to be the Attendants of the event wore some awards as many different people took Jessica Schluter. case, and although students mayof their best attire to set the stage for home their golden popcorn award. The night was filled with cries of have been initially disappointed,the announcing of awards. The categories for the awards joy and exuberance, as well as those many more still had a good time. The atmosphere was that of excite- were best Use of Culture Awards, best of disappointment and defeat, but allment as people began to fill up the Villain, best Hero, best Actor/Actress, was not lost as this year was a year ofboard room, all anticipating who best Drama, best Action, best Com- creative and enjoyable movies. 3would claim each award. edy, best Commercial, Most Creative Cookies and drinks were provid- Movie or Commercial, best Use of NEWS |
Senior Frank Sanchez dances She dances almost every single day. buSt under the spot light at the winter “When I dance, I feel like all the A royalty coronation Wednesday problems are gone,” she said. Feb. 9. Sanchez was the winner of MovE the dance-off. Photo by Terry Pitkin Ortiz really enjoyed watching the other dancers at the pep rally. Beat” came on and he started dancing Although she was very anxious when Pop and getting into the music. her turn came. Once the crowd began cheering “I was really nervous, but the Badillo felt the push to do better. crowd started screaming so I felt my lock& “The crowd cheering brought a adrenaline rushing so the nervousness smile to my face, and I felt accom- went away,” she said. plished,” he said. Senior Frank Sanchez also started Badillo learned how to do backflips dancing at a young age. He has been with his brother Anthony Solorzano. dancing pretty much his whole life. His brother also helped him come up “Dancing is something my whole with some moves for the pep rally. family does. We’re all dancers,” San- Badillo said he pretty much puts to- chez said. gether the dance right at the moment. Recently Sanchez started doing “It’s kind of like just thinking be- the popping style of dancing. “The fore the next thing,” he said. Everyone popping kind of just came out of drop6t dances for different reasons, but Ba- nowhere and I liked it so I stuck with dillo said he dances because it makes it,” Sanchez said. him feel more open. Music inspires Sanchez most to “Dancing is like expressing your- dance, along with dancing with his self. Through your dancing you can sisters and friends. show who you are, and how you feel, The Winter Royalty pep rally was ”Badillo said. the first time Sanchez ever danced in A dance-off at the Winter Royalty Senior Erin Wang, a foreign front of a lot of people. coronation brought unknown talent exchange student from Taiwan, also enjoyed dancing at the pep rally. Sanchez likes dancing because it can put him into different moods. into the spotlight Dancing allows her to express herself without words. Wang started dancing “If I’m ever feeling down I can just go put on some music and dance and three years ago, and her teacher Ash, it makes me feel better,” Sanchez said. Served’ all that dancing just seemed inspired her most to dance. At the pep rally, Sanchez freestory by “He not only just tells me how to styled to the song “Jam On It,” byRACHEL CLEMENS | feature writer really cool to me. It interested me be- dance; he also teaches me the history Newcleus. A lot of kids at school cause I like music and dancing a lot,” Badillo said. about dance and a lot of things in didn’t know he could dance so he Freshman Petie Badillo is, by his The late Michael Jackson is Ba- life,” Wang said. got a lot of comments the next day.own description, a pretty laid back dillo’s dance role model and idol, but The night of the pep rally, Wang Sanchez won the dance-off at the pepguy. overall Badillo believes just learn- said she was nervous because she is rally. Badillo’s cool exterior, however, ing new dance moves to put into his a shy person and doesn’t have much “It felt pretty good when I won, Iwas put to the test on Wednesday, “Feb. 9, when he walked in the gym forthe Winter Royalty pep rally wherehe was scheduled to participate in thedance off. “When I got there I saw all the peo-ple and I was like, ’Oh my goodness,’ dance collection have been the force Dancing is like expressing yourself. Through your dancing “ experience dancing in front of people. She just found the music, thought of what kind of style she wanted to do, didn’t expect it at all,” Sanchez said. CONTESTANTS: 1. Erin WangI didn’t think there would be that you can show who you and free styled it. are, and how you feel. 2. When themany people there,” Badillo said. “I crowd started Frank Sanchezwas scared. I usually don’t have stage -Petie Badillo, 9 cheering, she (winner)fright because I have done concerts that drives him to keep dancing. said she felt re-before.” 3. Petie Badillo “Frank and Alec came over to my ally happy. “When I went up to the DJ with house a month ago and we were all “It was so awesome! I felt so muchthe other dancers and saw all the dancing. Frank was doing that robot love from my friends, and it made me (with beat boxing)people in front of me I thought, ‘I stuff. I was like, ‘dang he’s good.’ So, feel like people really love my danc- 4.have to go get a drink.’ I was scared,”Badillo said. I was most intimidated by them at the ing,” she said. Sylvia Castro & pep rally,” Badillo confessed. Wang dances because it makes The night’s entertainment alsoconsisted of senior freestyle dancers Yet, dancing with close friends is her feel extremely happy. She feels Anessa Ortiz what Badillo prefers. dancing is the only way she can makeFrank Sanchez, Erin Wang, Alec Rojas, “I’m more open with them so I herself feel freedom in her soul. Tyler Webber & 5.Tyler Webber and Kirby Thornton, can do more stupid and fun stuff,” he Freshman Anessa Ortiz startedfreshman Anessa Ortiz, junior SilviaCastro, and sophomore Spencer Lake. said. dancing when she was 8 years old. Kirby Thornton Dancing in a circle is Badillo’s She lived in Denver, and a lot of (with Sam Harvey & Badillo started dancing in third girls would always dance around her,grade; where he got up and started favorite because people cheer him on and eventually she started dancing Emmanuel Gurrola) 6.dancing during an assembly and and he feels more confident. Badillo with them.ended up getting the Best DancerAward. practiced for hours leading up to the dance off at the pep rally. “My favorite place to dance is Alec Rojas After taking a drink and shaking at the mall, because crowds come The award and the movie “You 7. off his nerves, Badillo started beat around and watch me dance, “OrtizGot Served” encouraged Badillo the boxing in front of the crowd. The song said. Spencer Lake4| most to start dancing. FEATURE “In ‘You Got he picked called “Find the Perfect Ortiz spends a lot of time dancing.
Getting horrible, so they had no time to do fore, but it should get better,” Schaub anything other than surgery,” Schaub explains. said. Schaub also dealt with emotional Surgery is only performed in pain subsequent to surgery, but hadBACK on top very severe cases of scoliosis, which his family and even special guests Schaub had. visit in attempt to brighten his spirits. “My severity was just about as bad “I was really depressed after my as it can get. It’s a really rare type. It’s surgery. It was pretty bad, but we had different because usually guys don’t the Colorado rapids soccer team come get it,” Schaub said. “My back had visit me, so that was cool,” Schaub A two-year diagnosis of Scoliosis five curves, and usually there’s only one. They were also very large.” said. Schaub hoped he would never turned into reality when freshman Surgery for scoliosis is called spi- have to go through another surgery nal fusion, which consists of connect- again - scoliosis operations rarely Daniel Schaub received spinal surgery ing two or more of the bones in your have to be repeated. However, this spine together with new bone using may not be the case for Schaub.story by however, claims his only indicator metal rods, hooks, screws or wires; “They will probably have to doASHLEIGH SMITH| feature writer was the back pain. It’s similar to what occurs when a something later in my life, because it’s As for the causes of scoliosis, not broken bone heals. still not quite straight. I’m guessing It’s a beautiful day outside. The much is known except that hereditary Schaub underwent the four hour they will have to do another surgery,”sun is shining, birds are chirping, and factors are involved. Daniel’s dad surgery on Dec. 10, 2010, and left the Schaub said.the wind is at a still. The only thing happens to have scoliosis as well. hospital five days later. Even considering the pain andon twelve-year-old Daniel Schaub’s “It’s all my dad’s fault,” Schaub “mind is hitting the pool and swim-ming some laps. But there is one thingstopping him: an excruciating pain inhis back. What started out as a simplepain in then seventh grader Daniel jokes. It was the most pain- ful thing I have ever done in my entire life. “ “It went pretty well,” Schaub said. “I prepared for the surgery by trying to swim as emotional repercussions, Schaub is most concerned about his inability to participate on the swim team this season. “The worst part about it was be- cause I couldn’t swim,” Schaub said. “I was truly looking forward to it.Schaub’s back has since turned into an -Daniel Schaub, 9ordeal that has changed the course of much as This was my first year of high schoolhis athletic career. I could to and I really wanted to swim, but I Instead of stirring up a splash in get in the should be able to next year.”the pool that day, Schaub took a trip best shape possible. I was kinda ner- Schaub currently walks the halls of After discovering the scoliosis, the vous going into it, but I think exercis- SHS with his head held high and histo the doctor’s office, where they dis- Schaubs set up regular appointments ing helped.” back as straight as can be - with helpcovered the culprit of his aching back. with a chiropractor, on top of the doc- Although operating went smoothly from a brace that wraps around hisAfter taking and examining a few x- tor visits required every six months. and preparations were made, that torso and some Tylenol for the pain.rays, which showed several curves in Years passed, and things seemed didn’t help much with the aftermath “It’s kind of hard to move aroundSchaub’s back, the doctors diagnosed to be going smoothly – until a certain and pain. now, but eventually I will get a com-Schaub with scoliosis. visit to the doctor. Something wasn’t “It was the most painful thing I plete recovery,” Schaub said. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature quite right, and it was confirmed that have ever done in my entire life. I While the road to recovery mayof the spine that, like in Dan’s case, Schaub’s scoliosis had worsened over actually lost twenty pounds over ten take a while, Schaub is excited for theoccurs most often during the growth the past two years. days from the surgery. To this day, I future that awaits him. Hopefully byspurt just before puberty. “At first it wasn’t that bad; before still haven’t healed. I don’t feel any the next year, Schaub will be rid of Its symptoms are simple: uneven I had to go every six months, but better either since the surgery was so the brace, and be back in the water toshoulders, hips, or waist, and one when I went the next time it got really recent. It actually hurts more than be- fulfill his dreams.prominent shoulder blade. Schaub, The road to recovery • excruciating back pain • diagnosed with Scoliosis • worsened over next two years • prepared for surgery (swam) • underwent surgery • stayed in hostpital for five days • now wears a brace until recovery LooKInG Daniel Schaub’s x-ray shows the multiple curves in his spine. He underwent surgery Dec. 10, 2010. Courtesy of Daniel Schaub dEEp FEATURE | 5
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With hig ? eting an h schoo l drop o Americ d test scores ut rates sk ans are plumme y-rock- beginni ting, ma ng to w ny onder: Is the AMERICANeducation system T broken he American educational system has received more hits in the last couple of years than a Justin Bieber fan page. If Americans aren’t complainingabout the war in Afghanistan or how high taxes tition with other industrialized nations. Political pundits, name calling, and union busters will probably do little to solve the problem. At some point, meaningful educationare soaring, one can probably find them criti- reform needs to take place.cizing the local high school teachers who they In the next three pages The Echoes ex-perceive as only wanting higher wages and amines some of the issues facing Americanmore time off. education and how this country’s approach Anyone can chime in on the attack on public to education is viewed by outsiders.education in this country. Some people believe achieving educa- The question is, however, who has some real tional reform in this country may never takeanswers. place. How can we fix a system that was once a Maybe instead it’s time we took Justinparagon of how to educate young people, but Bieber’s advice and Never Say Never.has seen a steady decline in scores compared to Reform is on the way as American strivesother industrialized nations. to leave no child behind in our race to the The truth is, there are no easy answers. top. No doubt, educators must do a better job inthe future to keep American students in compe- CENTER SECTION | 7
Fixing an educationalsystem Exchange students love the experience, but don’t find the education challenging story by Gabrielle Carlin | center section editor bit harder though. Back in Taiwan we spend more time studying,” Wang said. Every country has its stereotypes. Castelli believes the American education For Australia it’s that they’re laid back system could learn a thing or two from the Teachers and administrators give their thoughts on the state of modern American education beach bums spending their days surfing and throwing a boomerang. German education system. “I think it would be good for America to For Ireland it’s that they’re all beer guz- focus on separating the students. The studentsstory by beyond its potential usefulness. worked for them must, by default, be what is children responsible for their homework, zling leprechauns. that are capable of learning material fastereTHan HUGHeS | center section writer “One of the greatest problems in educa- best for current students. Just because it was grades, and behavior are the greatest allies America’s stereotype is a little different. should be able to move on to tougher stuff, tion now is the emphasis on testing. While done a certain way in the past does not mean any student or teacher could have. We’re known for being overweight, over- rather than wait for teachers to explain things assessments are necessary to monitor the it was the most effective or efficient way,” Despite the flaws and downfalls of Ameri- confident…and under educated. to students that need more help,” Castelli “30% of Los Angeles students don’t gradu- learning process, I feel we as a society have Aaberg said. ca’s education system, it’s not all bad. While most stereotypes are unfair and said.ate from high school. 100% deserve a boost.” allowed the practice of testing to spiral out of “Many of the problems I see in education “The best thing we do is educate the can’t be backed up by facts, the lack of edu- Oftentimes the relationship between That statement decorates a billboard in Los control,” math instructor Shelby Aaberg said. today stem from society. We are a reflection of masses. We do our best to educate students cation Americans are getting may have a lot student and teacher is what determines theAngeles and is a sad reflection of the state of As a school board member and father of what is sent to us – if kids are ready to learn who speak languages other than English. I more truth to it than we would like to think. success of a class. If a student has a poor rela-America’s education system. four SBPS-educated children, Michael Shedd and have been brought up in an environment think our system really values kids first.” Why is America unable to compete with tionship with a teacher he/she won’t perform America’s education system has been a hot has strong opinions about the state of Ameri- where education and learning are valued, Largo said. foreign countries academically and what are as well as they would if they had a positivetopic in recent news and current events, and can education. they thrive in our school system,” Largo said. “We educate everyone who comes through other countries doing to receive the great relationship.with nearly a third of students in Los Angeles “The only problem with the American Oftentimes, the finger is pointed at the the doors. We do not tell students they can’t results that we fail to produce? “In Taiwan, students are always respect-not graduating high school, it’s easy to see educational system is that it has never been schools for “failing our students” or the gov- come to school.” Menghini said. “School here is definitely easier than in ful to their teachers. We always use politewhy. designed with the needs and interests of the ernment for “refusing to fund our education”, With all the buzz about education, people my home country,” Erin Wang, an exchange language and treat the teacher with respect,” But it’s not just the west coast: there was students first. It has always been a compro- and while the schools should be kept account- are taking sides. Do we need an overhaul student fromTaiwan, said. Nuntika said.outrage in the east and midwest when the mise between educa- able, the bottom line is that of the system? Are only minor adjustments Wang is joined this year at SHS by Nile “I think that students should be more “mayor of Providence, Rhode Island ‘fired’ tional goals and larger necessary? What is the future of the American Nuntika fromThailand abd Miriam Castelli, polite to their teachers. When students aren’t inTernaTiOnal Spanish teacher Pat Sulu (far right) teaches Spanish vocabulary words to foreign exchange students Nile Kom-nearly 2000 Providence teachers. Protesting social goals,” Shedd education system? Germany. polite, the teacher should stop them rather vongsa (left) and Erin Wang (right) during homeroom. Photo by Terry Pitkin learninGwas abundant in Wisconsin when the gover- said. The only problem with the American “The future of the American education “Back home the students can’t choose than overlook the problem,” Wang said.nor proposed to strip most public employees– including teachers - of their collective-bar-gaining rights. The City of Angels may be over 1,000 miles Social studies teacher Gary Largo agrees. “Aside from the ob- vious funding problems, education system is that is has never been designed with the needs and “ system all depends on the political persons making decisions that affect our system. As decisions continue to be made by persons without much experience in education, our what classes they want to take, and the classes we do take are usually much harder,” Nuntika said. Wang agrees with Nuntika wholeheart- “Here it seems like teachers are more like ‘friends.’ In Germany a teacher is there to do their job, it’s not as personal,” Castelli said. While the American education system is science, and English courses, American schools give their students the opportunity to express themselves through art and music While it’s great that American schools offer activities that help students excel socially, the bottom line is that academicsaway, and 2000 teachers may not be ‘mass the real problem I see is interests of the students first. system will continue to suffer.” Aaberg said. edly. far from being perfectthe system isn’t com- and expand their minds and social skills in needs to the number one priority for a that decisions are made “What we need to do is move from the in- “I like that American schools have so pletely broken. speech and psychology classes. school.laid-off’, but Scottsbluff High School still fits -Michael Shedd, school board memberinto the subdivision of “America’s educa- too far from the actual stant gratification ideas of high stakes testing many activities and elective classes to What American schools lack in academ- “In Germany we don’t have clubs and Until American students begin takingtion system” and we have our fair share of delivery of instruction. and get back to the concept that learning is choose from. I think it helps students have ics, they make up for in social and real world schools generally don’t offer sports. I like how their education more seriously, the stereo-problems – just ask Scottsbluff’s own faculty Policy makers at the crucial for life. It is a hard job, but like all hard a more memorable high school experience. preparation. kids here are able to participate in extra activi- type of being “ignorant Americans” maymembers. national and state levels are so far removed each individual is responsible for his or her work, the rewards are immense.” Largo said. I think American schools should be a little Rather than drown our students in math, ties if they want to,” Castelli said. never change. Principal Rick Porter points to the fact that from the process that they have no clue what own learning, or his or her child’s learning. “We educate everyone. We have laws pro-Americans use a different testing and overall the real problems are,” Largo said. “Parents are the most important teachers tecting students. We have human rights for allschool system than most other countries to With films like “Waiting for Superman” in any student’s life whether they wish to be people. Any student can get a good education. We’re waiting, upermanexplain why America has such a bad educa- (see review on page 9) in which America’s edu- or not. If they support the students in their The opportunity is there, is there a desire?tional image. cation system is broken down and analyzed, more awareness is generated and questions educational careers, the sky is the limit. If they are not able to or not interested in provid- Students need to remember, education sets us free from oppression and poverty.” Menghini Can he rescue the American “The biggest problem with our educationsystem in America today is that we are try- like “who is to blame?” and “ from where do ing that support then the student is already said. educational system?ing to compare apples to oranges. We aren’t these problems stem?” are brought up. handicapped,” Shedd said. The decisions themselves may lie with the While many like to pin the blame on the As Shedd has actively participated in his lawmakers, but perhaps a better source would review by Gabrielle Carlin | center section editorassessing in the same way as other countries, by the lack of education they receive in the also offers solutions to the many problems we the teacher.which gives us the image that we aren’t doing school system, others believe it is a cultural children’s education since day one, he is a be the administrators and teachers who are “drop out factories” they attend. are currently facing. You can’t have a great school without greatas well,” Porter said. problem. firm believer that parents who read to their actually closely working with the people the Although the American education system Hoping to ensure a better education for If there is a criticism of Waiting for Super- teachers, and nothing will change without Math instructor Shelby Aaberg dislikes the “I think the blame is collectively ours students at a young age, who stay involved educational system is supposed to help. has a lot of critics, one of the most recent has their children, the parents of the five children man, it might be that the finger of responsi- them.actual testing process itself, saying it has gone [adults]. Many adults believe that what with their children’s teachers, and hold their come in the form of a documentary by Davis decide to place the future of their children in bility is only being pointed at teachers and Waiting for Superman predicts that by Guggenheim called Waiting for ‘Superman.’ the hands of luck as they enter their children schools. 2020, 123 million American jobs will be high “When I was in the fourth or fifth grade, in a lottery sweepstakes where the lucky As a student it’s easy to sit back and let skill, high pay…but only 50 million Ameri- winners get to attend charter and boarding others take the blame, but it only seems fair cans will be qualified for these jobs. Students respond: growing up in the Bronx, I was an avid comic book reader. I can still remember crying when schools. to give students and parents a piece of the It is time for teachers, students, and par- my mom told me that Superman wasn’t real. It was easy to become overwhelmed by responsibility. ents to ban together and change the education In general, how do you feel about the education you are receiving at Scottsbluff High? I wasn’t crying because it was like finding out Santa Claus isn’t real…I was crying because the vast number of statistics and facts being thrown at me during the movie. If education is a cooperative effort between the school, parents, and teachers then all system. The problem has gone on far too long and “I think it’s “It’s good “It offers a there wasn’t someone with enough power As a senior in an American high school it’s three need to work together to produce better now is the time to ask the tough questions… “I think that embarrassing to think that the education I’ve results, not just a school and its staff. What happens when a school fails a child? pretty good. overall. Some wide variety of to save us,” Geoffrey Canada, education you will get out received over the past thirteen years has not While watching this movie, I couldn’t help Are we doing enough as a country to pro- reformer. of it what you There are some teachers make things to study, prepared me as well as my counterparts in but be a little fearful for the future of America. vide our children with the best education? There was once a time when America was put into it. The areas for im- it really fun, but which I like. a leader in education, now we are sadly fall- Asia, Scandinavia, and parts of Europe. “We cannot sustain an economy based I strongly believe that when we sit down teachers are will- provement, like others sometimes I’ve stayed here ing behind in nearly every aspect of the word. In general I’ve been surprised by how on innovation unless we have citizens well and explore these questions, we’ll begin to working on just sit and don’t for four years Waiting for ‘Superman’ is an enlightening reluctant people in America are to talk about educated in math, science and engineering. If take the education crisis more seriously and ing to help if you the current state of American education. we fail at this we won’t be able to compete in with more urgency. helping students help and expect and I’ve learned documentary that seeks to find the root of the put in the effort. While at times it was hard to watch, Wait- the global economy,” Bill Gates, Chairman of It’s time for America to stop waiting problem behind the failure of the AmericanI’m satisfied with the education I’ve become more you to know a lot, so some- ing for Superman tackles and brings aware- Microsoft. around for a “Superman.” If we expect to see education system.received.” fluent in foreign languages after four what you’re doing.” thing must be right.” The movie follows five children, kinder- ness to the problem, rather than hide behind If it is understood that parents need to step a change, we must create it ourselves. -Sara Frederick, 12 years of the classes.” -Mariza Pacheco, 12 -Josh Colerick, 12 garten through 8th grade, living in inner cities excuses. It was refreshing to watch a movie up and be more involved, and students need -Jon Michael Burmeister, 11 with such honesty. to be more motivated when it comes to their8 9 from Los Angeles to the Bronx…all have high | CENTER SECTION aspirations for their future, but feel suffocated The movie doesn’t just bash the system, it education…the most important factor is still CENTER SECTION |
Guess who’s NOTwinning the Race to the Top for academic excellence? story by language arts, math, and science as Phase 1 applications were due on KARIN SHEDD | editor-in-chief “core academic subjects,” its intention Jan. 19, 2010. Three months later, the of increasing quality of education by winners were announced: Delaware T he United States of mandating that schools improve their ($100 million) and Tennessee ($500 America: a nation known performances, and the increased at- million). The government released for many things. tention to minority populations. each state’s score in an effort to help The longest-lasting modern de- Critics of the act argue that NCLB’s improve applications for Phase 2, mocracy, a melting-pot of cultural goal of 100% proficiency in reading which were due on June 1. The win- differences, a plethora of hit movies and math tests is logically unattain- ners (Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Mary- and shows bursting from Southern able, as that would require that every land, Massachusetts, New York, North California, the home of internation- student in America be above average. Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and the They also point out the high-achieving District of Columbia) won anywhere al fast-food celebrity, McDonald’s, students who are left unchallenged from $75 million to $700 million. and Oprah - all things attributed to by curriculums that ‘teach to the Several states, including Washing- the home of the free. standardized tests,’ and the fact that, ton, Texas, and Vermont did not sub- However, the most notable (and concerning) distinc- mit applications tion America has Until the United States starts catching for either or both rounds of the misfortune of claiming is one that up with Finland and China academically, Race to the Top sets us as a nation far behind the rest education reform will continue to be an competitions. When asked to of the industrial- issue of paramount importance explain why, ized world: a weak Governor Rick education system. Perry of Texas In this respect, which is evi- since each state can lower their official stated that: “We would be foolish and standards on what is considered ‘pro- irresponsible to place our children’s denced by consistently low test ficient,’ NCLB encourages lowering future in the hands of unelected bu- scores and under-achieving the bar rather than helping students reaucrats and special interest groups students, the US lags behind other reach it. thousands of miles away in Washing- industrialized countries like Japan, In response to continuing criticism ton.” Korea, Finland, Canada, and New of the education system, the Obama Further criticism of RTT came from Zealand. Administration in 2009 passed a new the Economic Policy Institute, which In response to this unsettling bill: Race to the Top. released a report in April 2010 show- trend, the Bush Administration NCLB and RTT are different ing that the selection of Delaware and signed into law the No Child Left mainly in how they choose to dole Tennessee as first-round winners was Behind Act (NCLB) in 2002. out money to schools - while NCLB “subjective” and “arbitrary,” not as a The law’s purpose was, es- threatened to cut funding for schools result of these states’ “superior com- sentially, to hold schools account- that did not meet national standards, pliance with reform policies.” able for the success or failure of RTT requires that states, not individ- In President Obama’s 2011 State their students, a statistic that was ual schools, apply for funding awards of the Union Address, he officially to be measured by standardized by demonstrating ambitious but retired NCLB and referred to RTT as math and reading tests. Schools achievable plans for effective educa- “the most meaningful reform of our that showed no improvement in tion reform. public schools in a generation.” test scores from year to year faced The applications are judged holisti- Americans may not all agree with punishments such as decreased cally, with points being awarded for Mr. Obama’s statement, but, regard- funding. various categories, from “interven- less, until the United States starts Proponents of NCLB point to ing in lowest-achieving schools” to catching up with Finland or China American students’ improved national test scores from 2000 to “developing and adopting common academically, education reform will 2005, NCLB’s focus on reading, national standards,” for a total of 500 continue to be an issue of paramount possible points. importance.10 | CENTER SECTION
GRADUATION: the ECHOES staff it’s really about the studentsNo harm, no foul in allowing seniors 30 seconds of hoopla at the commencement ceremony editor-in-chief | KARIN SHEDD We here at The Echoes enjoy beating emony from one of youthful exuberance but why not allow a mere 30 seconds (a news editor | SCOUT WILSONdead horses (metaphorically, of course). to one of overbearingly solemn pomp fraction of the total time of the cer- news writer | RYAN MEISTER The topic discussed in the follow- and circumstance. emony) for the graduating seniors toing editorial has been pushed in Echoes Yes, all the parents, aunts, uncles, throw beach balls, toss confetti, scream,editorials past, but, with the end of the grandparents, and other extended rela- whoop, holler, yell, and generally feature editor | MEGHAN PRITCHARDschool year swiftly approaching, we tives who tow themselves out to the engage in benign expressions of teenagebelieve it is time to once again ques- Panhandle to attend the graduation cer- exuberance? feature writer | RACHEL CLEMENStion a long-standingpolicy that affects The views expressed emonies expect a tightly-run, well-put-together show, but This compromise should be suitable for all - the graduates get an opportu- feature writer | ASHLEIGH SMITHevery student who in this editorial were stifling every harmless glee- nity to release their pent-up excitement,will ever don a Scotts- supported 15-0 by ful adolescent outburst for while the dignity of the ceremony staysbluff High School their sake defeats the pur- intact for the remaining two or so hours. center section editor | GABRIELLE CARLIN The Echoes staffgraduation robe and pose of graduation, which With the 2011 graduation ceremony center section writer | ETHAN HUGHESmortarboard cap. is, as its name implies, about swiftly approaching, we here at The The graduation policy that prohibits, celebrating the graduates themselves. Echoes hope that this request be consid-on threat of withholding diplomas, such Certainly the entire ceremony should ered, lest our metaphorical horse-beat-horrific items as silly string and beach not be intermittently punctuated by ing be in vain. entertainment editor | RUSSELL MORGANballs, alters the commencement cer- party poppers and spurts of silly string, entertainment writer | VICTORIA BRAVO I cry during sappy I know all the arguments: the world movies starring ac- is a bad, bad place. Besides, everything’s sports editor | KELSEY EMPFIELD tors whose work I really just too normal for the kind of don’t even like, tears constant intensity present on Glee. sports writer | MADDIE HOLSCHER sports writer | MICHAEL MILLER well up in my eyes Intelligent, well-educated people when I watch my are supposed to believe that the world little brother run at functions not as a series of amazing cross country meets, things humans accomplish, but rather as ad manager | CASEY SIGRIST I attach extreme a series of abominable crimes humans sentimentality to commit. inanimate objects I’m pretty sure that kind of cynicism adviser | TERRY PITKIN and, yeah, I do wish is the society-approved route. I LOVE GLEE my life was actually But have you seen the world out a musical—prefer- there? Have you? The Echoes is a tri-weekly pub- ably with multiple I guess this could just be the serial lication printed by the Business impromptu dance optimist in me talking, but it’s pretty Farmer. The Echoes is a member of the Nebraska High School Press The world through the eyes scenes. I’m emotional. amazing. And even if I were to try, I don’t hon- Association and the International of an unflappable optimist I’m a crier. I’m one estly think I could let go of my fantastic Order of the Quill and Scroll. of those people who belief in the capabilities of the human The Echoes encourages read-guest commentary by MADDY PARSLEY gasp far too dramati- spirit. ers to write letters to the editor The other day I was trying to explain cally because of minor surprises. First of all, if I ever did, it would be in response to a story, but doesto my brother just why I love the TV Which is weird, because somehow super depressing. And also, how would reserve the right to publish saidshow Glee so much, why I watch it every I’ve always thought of myself as the I be able to enjoy anything at all in life? letter.single week without fail, glued to the exact opposite type of person: the laid- And maybe it’s a stretch to say I cancouch, not even switching the channel at back kind who is very calm and has a get all this just from some show in Fox’s The Echoes also encouragescommercials. nice Zen outlook on the world. Tuesday night lineup. But at their hearts, all readers to submit their ideas He said something to me like, “But But that’s not really true. the ideas are very much the same. for story coverage, feedback onMaddy, it’s completely fake.” Actually, I possess an extreme admi- At some point at the end of her stay stories, and any other input. And I replied, “Yeah, but….but…… ration, and possibly even idealization, in the Secret Annex, Anne Frank wrote, The Echoesaaaahh!!” when it comes to the best qualities in “In spite of everything, I still believe Scottsbluff High School I’m eloquent that way. people and other aspects of the world. that people are really good at heart.” 313 East 27th St. But although I couldn’t really come Basically, I’m just really, really dra- And honestly, if Anne Frank could Scottsbluff, NE 69361up with an appropriate reply to my matic. still think like that after all that she went Letters with obscene, slander-brother’s argument then, I think I can I want to believe that people can through, then why shouldn’t I? ous, libelous, or false informationnow. truly act with the cliché beautiful dig- I am for cheesy TV musicals, because will not be fun. The letter must You see, the thing about Glee is that nity and heart that they show on movies I secretly want the world to be at least ait throws actions and feelings and in- and in books, and about ninety percent little bit like them, and I do believe that also be signed to be run. Contenttensity around like they’re easy to come of the time, I do believe it. sometimes it truly is. may be edited due to grammati-by. Cheesy high school dramas targeted I can’t help it. And, try as I might, I I am for drama and sacrifice and cal or content needs. A signedat teenagers tend to be that way—and can’t see the world any other way. character, because I would so much copy must be presented to thethis one has the added bonus of random It’s not as though I believe that bad rather celebrate the truth in these things Scottsbluff High School journal-unnecessary singing. things never happen; of course they do. than the equal truth present in evil or ism department, room 130. Also, In other words, to me Glee represents It’s just that somehow my brain or soul danger or greed. please check out The Echoes’ Fa-all the epic lovely things that could hap- or whatever has been infused with this I am for optimism, not because I cebook.com group and MySpacepen in real life, but usually don’t. So, of unstoppable optimism that I don’t think would ever dare assume the world is page online!course, it draws me in like a magnet. I could push out even if I wanted to— perfect always, but just because I believe Because that’s just the kind of person whether it comes from minor everyday the world is perfect sometimes--withI am. entertainment or my outlook on the whole entire world. impromptu dance numbers or without. OPINION | 11
Filme fara frontiere without Películas sin fronteras Films senza frontiere Film Fim an fo ntyè sFilmer uten Borders grenser The United States boasts an impressive array of films, but what if we’re not seeing thestory byvictoria bravo | entertainment writer best the industry has to offer? Together they have an unbreakable to her underground kingdom she When the boys grow up, Buscape bond of romance and cruelty that must complete a trio of life-threaten- becomes a photographer and Bene a Action. Death. Crime. Technology. makes for a foreign film must-see. ing tasks. drug dealer.Suspense. Another foreign film that is worth- Ofelia plans on setting out on The story of how crime contributes These are all aspects we look for in while is Pan’s Labyrinth, a haunting reclaiming her kingdom and return- to the population is set in the middletoday’s movie industry. The Twilight fantasy-drama set in the aftermath ing to her of a brutalSaga: Eclipse, Iron Man 2, Tron: Leg- of the Spanish Civil War and details bed stricken crime war leadacy, and Inception are all examples of strange journeys by an imaginative mother. by Bene.this, and they all are some of the high- young girl, Ofelia. The Bene’sest grossing movies in the past year. Ofelia’s mother, Carmen just film is said longtime Not too many of us will find our- remarried to an army captain and is to be a friend Buscapeselves watching a foreign film such as soon to bear his child leaving Ofelia to more adult takes picturesMesrine: L’Instinct de Mort version throughout(Killer Instinct) on a Satur- of Alice in the war andday night. Wonderland, makes the Instead we might tune a successful famous storyinto something that has movie here of bravery andbeen frequently watched in America. violence.by our peers, something If one Foreignwe know, something safe. is looking films don’t get Though what we’ve for a more as much atten-been asking Hollywood for relaxed tion that theythroughout the years can movie, one deserve herebe found outside of our should turn in the Unitedcomfort zone, beyond our to a movie States.borders, in a foreign film. from South Last year a Mesrine is a four hour Korea and Korean film,biography of the notori- Germany Secret Reunion,ous French Gangster of the titled was second1960’s-1970’s, Jacques Mes- Spring, Sum- on the list ofrine. The film is divided mer, Fall, Winter… and Spring. the highest grossing movies in thein two parts Mesrine: Killer It’s a Buddhist-inspired tale of two 1st half of 2010, right behind AvatarInstinct and Mesrine: Public monks, one young and one old. and ahead of Ironman 2 and Alice inEnemy #1, both of which The story takes place over several Wonderland.can be found on Netflix. years and is divided into 5 sections, These foreign films don’t get much Mesrine is known as the seasons of the title. attention here, which isn’t logical due“The Man of a Thousand The plot follows the education of to the fact that a majority of foreignFaces”, and for being brave the younger monk, who is just a small films are more entertaining and makebeyond measure with his boy in the beginning but learns im- more money than many Americanrisky escapes from prison. entertain herself. portant lessons over his lifetime from films. In his lifetime, Mesrine carried out While her stepfather is determined his aging counterpart. One might not be used to watch-numerous robberies, kidnappings, to fulfill the orders of General Fran- Then there is City of God, a Brazil- ing a film in a different language orand murders in several different con- cisco Franco to crush a nearby upris- ian crime film that has been nomi- having to read subtitles for two hours,tinents until he was shot dead in 1979, ing, Ofelia ventures into an elaborate nated for 4 academy awards. but if the statistics weren’t enoughbut his infamy lives on. stone labyrinth presided over by Pan, The story follows the bringing up know this, foreign films are definitely Mesrine gets help along the way a mythical faun. of two young boys, Buscape and Bene worthwhile.by equally reckless, Jeanne Schneider. Pan soon convinces her that she is as they witness violence, hate, and12 | ENTERTAINMENT a princess and that in order to return crime.
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‘We are the (state) champions!’ Adams, Nation, Schwartzkopf capture state wrestling titlesstory by ams, Scottsbluff!”KELSEY EMPFIELD| sports editor “And the champion, Tyler Nation, Scottsbluff!” “And the champion, William As the lyrics from Queen’s, “We Schwartzkopf, Scottsbluff!”Are the Champions” began to blare Undefeated freshman Col-over the sound system in the Qwest ton Adams pinned senior DanielCenter in Omaha, the adrenaline Dominguez-Jiminez of O’Neill in onlybegan surging through the veins of 1:04 in the 112 lb. weight division.junior Tyler Nation. “My nerves didn’t affect me in the “We are the champions, my friend,” finals. I was just thinking about if Iwelcomed the traditional Parade of did get a pin, it would be more teamChampions prior to the final round of points,” Adams said.the state wrestling tournament. “Colton is probably the best An NETV camera captured a look freshman you can find. Everythingof anticipation on Nation’s face. is second nature for him. When you “We’ll keep on fighting till the end.” put the time in that he has, you will Nation looked to his side and his get success, which is exactly what heopponent for the final round, Kevin does,” head coach Claude RobinsonSmith from Central City. said. “We are the champions. We are the Nation also snagged a gold medalchampions.” for the second consecutive year, win- Suddenly, the realization hit Na- ning a 5-2 decision over Central City’stion. For the second consecutive year championship with only four minutes Undefeated senior Willie Kevin Smith in the 135 lb. weighthe had made it to the state finals. left in the match,” Nation said. Schwartzkopf makes a move on division. thE his opponent earlier in the year. “No time for losers, ‘cause we are the “When Tyler sprained his ankle, “I wasn’t nervous, I was confident. hEaD Schwartzkopf won the gold medalchampions…” that was when our hearts dropped. Once I made it to the finals, I knew I LocK at the Qwest Center in Omaha “This is it,” Nation thought to Tyler isn’t one to complain about for the second consecutive year. was going to win,” Nation said.himself. “I have a chance to defend bumps and bruises, especially on the Photo by Mark Rein Although Nation received themy championship.” mat, but we let him go and he pushed gold, it wasn’t without a major set- “…of the world.” through the pain. He did what he had does what Willie does best, which is back. Before the afternoon was over at to do,” Robinson said. being athletic and strong,” Robinson “During the first period, I sprainedthe Qwest Center, three Scottsbluff The extent of the injury was seen said. my ankle; this made the match a lotwrestlers would prove they were when he returned to school last Mon- With three top medalists, the Cats harder. I just thought to myself that itchampions. day and had to spend the entire week earned a fifth place finish in the team was the state finals and I wasn’t go- “And the champion, Colton Ad- on crutches. race with 92 points. ing to let it get in the way of the state “ After transferring to Scottsbluff “We had eight state qualifiers from which Mitchell last fall, the return- ing Class C cham- When Tyler sprained his an- kle, that was when our hearts dropped. “ is the highest I have had while pion at 171 -head coach Claude Robinson coach- lb., senior ing at Willie Scottsbluff,” Robinson said. Schwartzkopf picked up the Class B The Cats also finished first in the championship as well. B-4 district tournament Feb. 12. With Schwartzkopf defended his unde- such a successful season end, the feated record and won a 9-4 decision expectations are high for next year. over Grant Harrill from Boys Town. “Next year our goal is domination “There’s nobody in the state that at all costs. We will at least be in the can hang with Willie. He’s a freak. top 3 [at state],” Robinson said. He’s been wrestling for years. Willie (Above) Junior Tyler Nation controls his opponent in a match earlier in the season.In For (Right) The undefeated freshman, Colton Adams, takes down his rival. Both NationthE and Adams earned a first place finish at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 19.PIn Photos by Mark Rein & Alexis Cook14 | SPORTS
Getting the payoff when itCount(er)edCounter becomes the first female Seacat to win a gold at state the moststory byMICHAEL MILLER | sports writer S enior Taylor Counter touchedthe wall, rose from the water andquickly looked to her left at the lead-erboard. She was elated when she saw1:07.14 on the clock, a time that brokethe school record and earned hersecond place in the 100 breaststroke atthe state meet last Saturday. She turned to Katie Ditter fromOmaha Gross/Ralston in the next laneand offered the words, “Good job,” asshe watched Ditter celebrate her firstplace finish. Then something happened thatwould change Seacat history. After NET television interviewedDitter, meet officials disqualified herfor a technique violation. Counter’s face turned from happi-ness to utter joy. Tears ran down her face as sheembraced coach Mike Hayhurst. It was a bittersweet moment. Shecould see the pain and disappoint-ment in Ditter’s face who was beingconsoled by teammates. It did not, however, diminishCounter’s accomplishment. place finish. IN FOR Senior Taylor Counter competes in the 100 breaststroke in a swim meet earlier in the She had done it: she was now the “I felt a wave of emotions (upon THE season. Counter is the first female Seacat to earn a first place finish at the state tourna-first female Seacat ever to win the learning about the gold medal coming GOLD ment. Photo by Mark Reingold at state. her way). I was happy for myself but A calm, relaxed flow of thought sad for her (Ditter). Second place is thing you ask her to do. So, for her to In the boys’ division, a 200 free re- “was going through the champion’s amazing, but first place is just ridicu- get [first place] is a testament to what lay team including senior Jarod Kerr,mind lous,” can happen if you work really hard sophomore Jon Wiebe, junior Ryanbeforethe racestarted. “I just Second place is amazing, but first place is just ridiculous. -Taylor Counter, 12 “ Counter said. Ath- letes and you’re a good kid,” head coach Mike Hayhurst said. “I’m incredibly proud of her and how hard she works. If anyone Meister, and senior Kyle Hertig would go on to earn a sixth place finish. The same team competed in the 400 freestyle relay and earned anwanted to dream deserved it, it was her,” junior Triniti eleventh place spot.get a better of one Counter said. Among that team, Kerr got tenthtime. If I start thinking about places, it day having a gold medal placed Counter’s sister, Triniti, also had a in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100screws me up,” Counter said. around their neck; Counter got the noteworthy performance at state. She freestyle. Hertig came in twelfth in the As for during the race, she kept a opportunity to make the dream a real- finished in ninth place in the 200 free 100 breaststroke.focused mind. ity, although it wasn’t just for her. and 9th in the 100 fresstyle. The boys would end up going on “I never remember what I was “My main goal was to give coach The 200 medley relay consisting of to earn 12th place and the girls 13ththinking during the race, I just let my the opportunity to put a medal junior Triniti Counter, senior Taylor place with 30 and 37 points, respec-body do what it does best,” Counter around somebody’s neck and have Counter, senior Karin Shedd, and se- tively.said. some of the credit returned to him nior Brittany Walker walked off with Overall, the Seacats had a good Success is nothing new to Counter, because of all he does for the swim a twelfth place finish. showing at state, where Taylor onceas she finished fourth at last year’s team,” Counter said. Another relay, the 400 free relay, again proved that the team could 15meet in the same event. In this respect “She is a very deserving kid. She consisting of the same group went on “count” on her.she was happy with the initial second works really hard and she does every- to net a tenth place finish. SPORTS |
Thinkin’ Lincoln Basketball team advances to state tournament in Lincoln after winning the B-6 district tournamentstory byMADDIE HOLSCHER | sports writer The five seniors glanced at eachother knowing this would be a mo-ment they would never forget. As they sat hand in hand, theirgaze turned toward the scoreboard atWNCC’s Cougar Palace waiting forthe final buzzer to sound. Tears of joywelled in all of their eyes. It was the moment they’ve beenwaiting for since fourth grade. All those years of shooting hoopsin the driveway and playing on trav-eling teams together had come to this:the ultimate goal. They had won the district champi-onship and earned a berth in the statetournament. This was their team and their time. At the sound of the buzzer, thegirls stormed the court in excitement. THE The girls basketball team poses with a ‘Thinkin Lincoln’ poster after capturing theThey took it all in knowing moments BIg B-6 district title Feb. 25 at Cougar Palace. It was the second time in school historylike these don’t come around very WIn the girls basketball team earned a state berth. Photo by Mark Reinoften. Moments later the five seniors, best game last Friday at WNCC’s Cougar back. In fact, the Bulldogs would notfriends, walked together to receive the Palace. The Bearcats shot a blistering 79% overcome a double digit deficit for thefirst place plaque. The Cats came out hot, despite the from the field in the period, only remainder of the contest. Nothing could top this feeling. cold February snow storm outside, missing three shots. The Bearcats were lead in scoring The lady Bearcat basketball team and took an early 9-0 lead in the first They exploded to a 26-7 first quar- by senior Hattie Guzman with 18pounded their arch-rival from Gering quarter. ter lead which set the tone for the rest points. Seniors Marcie Sindt and Gil-59-35 in the B-6 district championship From there, they never looked of the game. lian Harkins also came up big scoring 13 points apiece. #8-Omaha Skutt (13-12) Class B Girls State The other two seniors, Makayla Westphal and Abby Zach, added eight Game 1 Pershing Mar. 3 9:00 AM Basketball Bracket and five points, respectively. Gering made a run at the end of the half to cut the lead to 13 points at #1-Seward (22-0) Game 5 March 3-5 40-27. Sports Center Scottsbluff, however, outscored Mar. 4 7:00 PM the Bulldogs 19-8 in the second half to #4-Scottsbluff (21-4) put the game away and earn a trip to the state tournament for the first time Game 2 Pershing since 2006 and only the second time in Mar. 3 10:45 AM school history. Game 8 The win set the school record for #5-Beatrice (18-4) Sports Center wins in a season at 21 games, break- Mar. 5 6:30 PM Champion ing the previous record set the night #2-Elkhorn (21-1) before. It also was their 15th win in the last 16 games. Game 3 The win earned Scottsbluff the Sports Center Mar. 3 7:00PM number four seed in the Class B state tournament where they will face fifth- #7-Norris (15-7) Game 6 seeded Beatrice. Sports Center Tip-off is scheduled for 10:45 AM Mar. 4 8:45 PM at Lincoln’s Pershing Auditorium. #6-Holdrege (21-3) Beatrice (18-4) qualified for state as Game 4 Game 7 one of the two wildcards after losing Sports Center Lincoln Southwest to No. 1 ranked Seward 45-17 in the Mar. 3 8:45 PM Mar. 5 2:00 PM 3rd Place B-4 district final #3-Lexington (23-3) at Lincoln’s North 16 | SPORTS