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THE FACULTY ONHOMEROOM The BEARCAT is back Student senate takes charge of the mascot Students and faculty were recently surveyed on Homeroom. The following are the results from and plans to bring back the tradition the faculty survey which included 48 responses. that the mascot will wear. while performing for people. story by SCOUT WILSON | news editor Student senate may pur- The selected students for chase another costume next mascot will subject to the Q: Do you feel that credit should be Wild, eccentric, and flying year, but physical education same requirements for any attached to Homeroom? through the air comes the instructor Linda Meininger other extracurricular activity, YES - 85% NO - 15% furry feline that represents says they have had a hard which would include eligibil- Scottsbluff High School with time finding a “Bearcat” ity. its positive and flowing en- costume. The revival of the Bearcat ergy to pump up the crowd. Tryouts for the mascot mascot is to promote students Q: What do you think would be an It’s a sad thing to think position were announced getting into activities as well approrpiate punishment for skipping that this tradition has been last week on the morning an- as serve as the ambassador Homeroom? absent from the school for 10 nouncements. Two students for the school at events such years. The school board has will be selected to represent as speech meets to gradua- Saturday study hall...................11 approved the student senate the school as the mascot in al- tion. Lunch detention.........................10 takeover of the school mascot. ternating events, to give those In addition to bringing Homeroom w/a principal..........9 Student senate is now students the opportunity to the mascot back, will be the going to be in charge of the rest every other event. naming of the new mascot Clean up the campus..................7 mascot for school events. The Those planning to try and could make an influential Summer make-up time...............6 original Bearcat costume, should have a creative mind icon for students to attend which is the first one used by to entertain the crowd and events. No participation in activities......4 the school will be the costume be able to enjoy themselves Assistant janitorial staff...............4 Can’t walk at graduation............4 A change in curriculum directors Q: Would you support adding study story by Dick. research proven to help stu- days to the homeroom weekly structure? RYAN MEISTER | news writer What these new positions dents become better writers, are responsible for helping thinkers, and learners. Second study day per week......22 Everyone’s has had one of teachers as well as reviewing Such as: clear coverage of those classes where they feel assessments of both high- the writing process, key writ- Increasing incrementally based upon like they don’t know what’s achieving learners and stu- ing forms covered in detail, time of year.................................12 going on. dents with disabilities. These integrated six traits instruc- They start to panic and teachers will also be respon- tion in every unit, mechanics Keep only 1 study day...............8 look towards there closet sible for creating curriculum usage and grammar skills, Students already study friend and ask the question’ strategies. clear and logical sequence of “Do you know what’s going There has been much instruction, comprehensive when needed..............................2 on?” discussion on what should go proofreader’s guide. Every day should be available..2 The response is almost into the language curriculum for next year and some ideas Teachers will also re- ceive their own research pack always a shrug of the shoul- ders or a shake of the head that have been discussed that will have skill books, no matter what it is it seems are the addition of a literacy overhead transparencies and Q: Does the pass system (students must like your entire class is being block. an interactive writing skills get permission from teachers before- thrown in the deep end when All the teachers helping CD. hand to leave homeroom) for homeroom the assignment for the day is to make next year’s curricu- The Content Area Special- given out. lum agree that the key to the ists are expected to be a big study days work well? This is the type of thing school day is a daily literacy help. YES - 63% NO - 37% trying to be avoided with the block that will be implement- “I am excited about the installation of the new posi- ed in every grade, school and potential of these teacher tion of Content Area Special- classroom. leaders. Simply put, it is tre- ists. But the changes don’t mendously hard to be a great end there as they would like teacher,” Superintendent Rick Q: If you answered no, what suggestions With three capable middle school teachers taking up to also change the grading Myles said. do you have for improving the study day the new positions it looks as rubrics for papers across the The hope is that these new pass system? though there will be a bright board so that each grade curriculum directors will outcome to the next year. levels rubric much resembles give that push to make every Follow procedure- consistency......4 With the major areas of all the others. teacher in the district great. Also they will also try “We owe it to them (teach- Email back from class teacher.......4 math, science and language all being covered by one to decide at which grade ers) to invest in their success Pass from homeroom teacher........1 teacher of each subject. level students will be able by supporting them with These areas will be to step up and change gears experts they know and trust Send without pass...........................1 covered by three separate from writing “regurgitated re- and can depend upon. That’s Is time consuming............................1 teachers, one for each of the ports” to full blown research what I believe these three core areas, language will be papers. individuals can bring,” Myles Treat like a class...............................1 headed by Sheryl Harvey, sci- With many changes being said.2 | NEWS ence by Marilyn Klein-Fisher, made they will also have help and mathematics by Shana for teachers by introducing
Walking the halls with a secret Some students hide their legal status to stay in school, keep their lives from turning upside downstory by school. “What it all comes down to is pri- pay for their further education.SCOUT WILSON | news editor Students are protected by Section 1 of the 14 Amendment which says, vacy. In education, we afford a bit of privacy. The philosophy of the school When it comes to getting citizen- ship, some do and some don’t. “All persons born or naturalized in is to provide a free public education Newman says many go through a In a school like Scottsbluff High the United States, and subject to the and we need to embrace it,” Newman family process to obtain citizenship.School, with just over 800 students jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the said. Since some members of a fam-roaming the halls every day, there United States and of the State wherein With public education aside, many ily may be legal residents, they canare innumerable faces passing one they reside. No State shall make or en- illegal students face greater difficul- sponsor the parents of an illegal child,another in the halls; some are famil- force any law which shall abridge the ties when it comes to graduation time whose parents are illegal. After theiar, some not, but all have a different privileges or immunities of citizens of and planning to go to college. parents become citizens they in turn “story, live a different life and face dif- the United States; nor shall any State Though many of these students do sponsor the child to help the childferent problems. deprive any person of life, liberty, or decide to go to college, with the lack gain citizenship. There is no way one person can property, without due process of law; of a legal status the obstacles they Others start in their country of ori-know all those stories. Some students nor deny gin and start the application process,simply don’t want others to knowtheir story because, if exposed, the to any person When you can put a face to but applying comes with the difficul- ties of hiring attorneys and the costs this type of predicament, ittruth could turn their life upside within its involved.down. jurisdic- “The families of these students are Those students are walking the tion the like anybody else; they want the besthallways of SHS illegally. “There is a very small percentage equal protec- can be very difficult to be for their kids and want them to get an education. They want to work and are judgemental about some- ”of students that are illegal who are tion of here to work,” Newman said. “It isn’tattending the school. Some who don’t the laws.” the kids who come here, their parentseven know they are,” senior counselorJulie Newman said. The court case one’s legal status. bring them and they get caught in a bad situation that they necessarily How do these students end up go-ing to an American high school when Plyler vs. Doe -counselor Julie Newman don’t want to be in.” In some cases, children have beenthere is such scrutiny in the country (1982) abandoned here, which creates aright now involving illegals? established that the equal protection face can inhibit any financial aid or whole new dilemma for kids living “The school only requires a student clause of the 14th Amendment applies scholarship opportunities available to here illegally.birth certificate and a current address “to anyone, citizen or stranger” resid- students. Newman said she feels badly forfor registration,” Newman said. ing within a state’s boundaries. These students are not entitled to kids who are caught in this situation The school focuses on establishing Therefore, someone of illegal status federal grant money and most of the and the obstacles they face.who a student lives with and whether cannot be denied entry to a public cost of education is their responsibil- “When you can put a face to thistheir address is within the district. education institution. ity. type of predicament, it can be very If not, whether they are coming “We are not a law enforcement Not only do they face financial difficult to be judgmental about some-from another state or another country agency, we are a school. This is a free obstacles but the simple issue of trans- one’s legal status,” Newman said.then the student needs a physical. public education within our district portation becomes an obstacle as these “Contrary to popular belief, theseThe school is not required to have a and community, we are morally ob- students cannot get a driver’s license people don’t have access to the socialstudent’s social security number. ligated to help kids to be educated,” and therefore cannot drive legally. services that people think they do.” As a result, public schools are not Newman said. Along with the lack of a social Legally or not, for now, it seems,required to know the legal status of a Why does the school not ask if security number is the lack of job op- kids like the ones Newman describesstudent in order to admit them to the students are legal or illegal? portunities to which students need to are here to stay. Pregnant? Think you might be? 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BRIEFLY g s pe akin State FFA Qualifiers This year the Scottsbluff FFA suc- cessfully qualified for the State FFA Convention in eleven team events and three individual events taking a total of thirty-seven students. The State FFA Convention is held in Lincoln, NE every year at the Cornhusker Hotel and at UNL’s East Campus. Their eight teams placed in the top half of their events. The Senior Livestock Judging team of Kenny Willman, Kyra Baldwin, Alyssa Shuey and Ashley Pike placed first out of sixty-seven teams receiving a purple ribbon and Gold medals. The team qualified to represent Nebraska at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN in October. The Floriculture team of Charity Burkey, Destiny Belford, Taylor Strong and Chrissy Peters placed third out of thirty-eight teams, receiving a blue ribbon. Pacheco, Hughes named prom royalty The Ag Sales team of Paige Steinle, Skye Martin, Maggie Hopp and Alexa Fulk placed seventh out of thirty-five teams, receiving a blue ribbon. The Welding team of Kyle Mein- Hollywood Nights was a of the paparazzi as they strolled Pacheco, respectively. inger, Hunter Bollman, and Chris Hart- smash this year as many students down the coveted red carpet. First attendants were Rolando suiker placed sixth out of sixty-seven teams, receiving a purple ribbon. showed up looking as glamorous The atmosphere was tense Sabala and Jessica Schluter while The Meats Evaluation team of Eliza- as any Hollywood celebrity at the prior to the announcement of the second attendents were Tyler beth Huffman, Hayley Clark, Tevyn Hampton Inn convention room. Prom Royalty. Webber and Meghan Pritchard. Baldwin and Trent Land placed eighth As students entered they were Prom king and queen were Only juniors and seniors voted out of sixty-nine teams, receiving a blue ribbon. bombarded by the camera flashes Ethan Hughes and Mariza for the royalty. The Nursery and Landscape team Journalism Dept. earns Class A2 state runner-up spot; of Sheila Cloud, Danni Becker, Charity Burkey and Destiny Belford placed fourteenth out of thirty-eight teams, receiving a white ribbon. The Junior Livestock Judging team of Taylor Russell, Colton Flower, senior Karin Shedd named NE Journalist of the Year Katie Willman and Emily Garl placed the runner-up spot,” Adviser story by SCOUT WILSON | news editor twenty-fifth out of seventy-three teams, receiving a red ribbon. Terry Pitkin said. The Junior Parliamentary Procedure The Journalism Depart- team of Tevyn Baldwin, Katey Myers, The culmination of a school year of full of ment also learned last week Akacia Kraus, Chrissy Peters, Alexis deadlines, designs, headlines and stories came that senior Karin Shedd has Aragon, Taylor Russell and Danielle to fruition for students in Journalism Depart- Pilquist received a Silver medal. been named the Nebraska The Senior Parliamentary Proce- ment on Friday, April 15, when the Nebraska Student Journalist of the Year. dure team of Kyra Baldwin, Kenny School Activities Association (NSAA) released Shedd is believed to be Willman, Charity Burkey, Ashley the names of the state journalism qualifiers along the first winner of the state Pike, Destiny Belford and Alexa Fulk with the team champions and runners-up. received a Silver medal. award in the history of the The Ag Demonstration team of Fifteen SHS students qualified for the state school. Pitkin will announce journalism contest scheduled for Monday, May Senior Karin Shedd Morgan Yost and Brayden Auer re- the award at the state contest ceived a Gold medal. 9, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School on May 9. In Co-op Speaking Charity Burkey of Journalism and Mass Communication. received a Gold medal and in Junior By winning the award, Shedd’s portfolio was entered Public Speaking Curtis Welsh received The five yearbook qualifiers included seniors in the Journalism Education Association’s National Jour- a Silver medal. Danni Becker, Charity Burkey, Taylor Counter, nalist of the Year competition. This is a record number of members and Maddy Parsley and junior Abby Benson. “I was basically floored that I won because I didn’t the Scottsbluff FFA Chapter has ever Ten newspaper staff members also qualified. taken to State Convention. decide to go in to journalism as a major (one of the Earlier this year two Range Judging They included seniors Gabrielle Carlin, Victoria requirements for the award) until about two weeks teams qualified to go to state range Bravo, Kelsey Empfield, Ethan Hughes, Russell before the application for the award was due and I was judging. Austin Groskopf, Ashley Pike, Morgan, Karin Shedd, along with juniors Maddie competing against people who had been working in Kyra Baldwin, and Hayley Clark were Holscher, Michael Miller and Casey Sigrist. members of the senior team. Tevyn journalism for years,” Shedd said. “And then Mr. Pitkin Baldwin, Zack Perlinger, and Katey Based upon these students’ placement in the and I didn’t even start putting a portfolio together until Meyers were on the junior team. preliminary competition Scottsbluff was named literally the day before we had to send it in.” The Ag Mechanics team consisting the Class A2 state runner-up behind champion After a feverish 48 hours of compiling Shedd’s former of Kenny Willman, Kyle Meininger, Omaha Marian. Ben Fulk, and Chris Hartsuiker quali- stories, designs, and columns and extracting four letters fied for the state contest which will be The staffs will receive the runner-up trophy of recommendations from various staff members, the held in June. at the awards ceremony in Lincoln following the portfolio was sent in on time. on-the-spot competitions. “Karin is an exceptional student journalist. The fact4 | NEWS “It would have been exciting to win the state that she won t isn’t surprising, but it is very satisfying championship but we are certainly thrilled with because the competition is so fierce,” Pitkin said.
Youtube. I was watching a walk- genres, but I am not limited to these But not only are the shows popularstory by through of a game and they made an certain groups.” among otakus, but the music as well.MEGHAN PRITCHARD | feature editor anime reference. I looked it up and Unlike other kids, Dorn spends “Anime music isn’t that much have been watching anime since,” most of his time watching anime different from what other people Remember getting up bright and Dorn said. series. listen to. The only difference is thatearly on Saturday morning when no Dorn is an otaku, or simply, an an- “It’s impossible to tell you every it’s made in Japan, therefore dupedone was awake yet, setting in to a ime fan. To become an otaku doesn’t single one I watch. Unlike American J-Pop,” Dorn said. “My personal fa-comfy in a chair with your blanket, take much, only a commitment like cartoons, most anime series only last vorite is none other than the one andand turning on the TV? Dorn’s is required. one or two seasons,” Dorn said. only Yoko Kanno.” Not to watch Jersey Shore or the “You must watch countless anime, The major difference between a Like most cartoon and comic bookSpringer Show, but cartoons. even watch the new stuff coming out cartoon and anime is that cartoons are fans, there are also conventions for Kids watched Bugs Bunny, The of Japan right away, to be an otaku,” simple drawings showing the features anime fans. Many of the conventionsRoadrunner and the Coyote, Tom and Dorn said. of its subjects in an exaggerated way. mix anime, video games, movies, and ANIMEJerry, Rugrats, along with countless American cartoons are character- Anime is a Japanese movie and many more animation series.other favorites. “Personally, I would It’s the thing when a kid go to all the animeis little. For freshman Eric conventions, but I don’tDorn, that hasn’t changed. have the money,” Dorn No, he’s not into Nick- said.elodeon anymore, but he Dorn doesn’t justhas found a new kind of enjoy watching andcartoon to love: anime. listening to anime, he “Anime is cartoons also plans on a career A different kind of cartoon from Japan iswith a certain art style that through it.are produced in Japan. He hopes to become more than just a show to freshman Eric DornComparing an anime with an a voice actor for animeAmerican cartoon, the char- dubs and attending theacters are much more realistic University of Toronto orand also have personalities the Toronto Academy ofthat people can relate to,” Dorn said. ized basically by the show or series, television animation, often having a Acting. We would best connect anime as and anime isn’t much different. science fiction theme and sometimes Dorn suggest that everyone getAvatar or Dragon Ball Z on Cartoon “Anime, just like books and mov- including violent or explicitly sexual involved into the anime world.Network, but Dorn sees it as more ies, is broken up into genres and material. “Anyone can get into anime. Therethan just watching TV. themes,” Dorn said. “I’m a personal Breaking it down, cartoons are for is always a certain show that will “I got bored one day and got on fan of the Drama and Horror type kids, anime is for adults. please your interests,” Dorn said. Top 5 movies Top 5 TV Top 5 songs 1. 5 Centimeters Per Second series 1. 5 Centimeters Per Second 2. Final Fantasy VII: 1. Death Note 1. Happy New Nyaa Advent Children 2. Naruto 2. Shinryaku no Susume 3. The Girl Who Lept 3. Bleach 3. NO,Thank You! Through Time 4. Code Geass 4. Utauyo!! 4. Grave of the Fireflies 5. Full Metal Alchemist 5. My Soul,Your Beats! 5. My Neighbor Tortoro FEATURE | 5
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Going “It sounded like everyone would do the same thing. I wanted to do something completely different than against the anyone else, so I wore an outfit that norm I thought would best portray a doll: heels, a pearl necklace, long spiral curled hair, lines on my face, bright cheeks, huge eyes and eyelashes,” Chain depicted. Both Ziegler and Vallejo faked a pregnancy by putting items under their shirts. Ziegler actually Papier-mâchéd a friend’s six Senior Taylor Ziegler & month pregnant belly to use as a mold underneath her own shirt. Vallejo used junior Briana Vallejo changed a small pillow. “I chose to be pregnant so I could their appearance to step inside know what it was like. A lot of people here in school that are pregnant are someone else’s shoes looked down upon, and I wanted to see what that felt like,” Vallejostory by said.ASHLEIGH SMITH| feature writer Although all four students It’s 12:15 pm and the shrill sound of the tardy bell resonates throughout the decided to go all out with thehallways. It’s time for Miss Elger’s fifth period Sociology class and students projects rather than use smallbegin to swarm into the classroom - some are pregnant, some are covered in tat- abnormalities, they were ner-toos, some are gangsters, some are all dolled up, and some lack shoes. vous when the day arrived. But Elger isn’t surprised. This is exactly what she was hoping for. “I was really scared. I didn’t You may have noticed around the middle of April many of your peers show- want people to judge me or thinking up to school a tad different than usual - or, to put it bluntly, just plain weird. badly of me. I didn’t want to The reason? Obviously they were voluntarily breaking away from the over- school and be looked at all day,” Vallejo said. “rated norms of society to shepherd their own dreams, However, unwanted bad glances and glares were exactly what the girlsgoing against the expected standards, not caring whatothers thought. The real reason? These abnormal students wereparticipating in a project for Elger’s Sociology class. Theproject entailed doing something deviant, against the A lot of people here in school that are pregnant are looked down upon, and I wanted to see what “ received, from adults and students alike. “I got really dirty looks. People talked about me and people that I didn’t even know flat out laughed in my face,” Chain admits. “I went to the cafeteria during first period and the lunch ladies couldnt stop staring and when I left even they were talking about me.”norm of society, and then writing about the reactions that felt like. Ziegler experienced judgment when she bought musi-received. -Briana Vallejo, 11 cal tickets after school in the commons. Most classes wouldn’t require such an unusual assign-ment, but that’s part of what sociology class is about. “I was in line buying tickets and the parents wouldn’t “It’s really the study of society; how we interact in groups, how we interact stop staring at me. They all thought it was real, and gave me looks of disap-with media. We talk a lot about social norms - what it is to be ‘normal’ in soci- pointment,” Ziegler said. “I kept on wanting to tell people it was fake, but Iety. We talk about social institutions like schools, prisons, religion. It’s mainly couldn’t.”about how society interacts with people,” Elger said. Hermann, who was forced to wear the tattoos outside of school, received To prepare for the project, which Elger learned negative response from people in the community, and even had mothers guard- while minoring in sociology in college, she had to ing their children from her. ask for permission from administration, and the Despite all the embarrassment and torture, a lesson was learned. students had to receive permission from parents. “It’s a good experience to draw attention to yourself, it’s humbling,” Ziegler Once ideas were brainstormed and okay- said. ed (many too-outrageous ideas were actually Chain learned a much different lesson. denied, such as drawing fake cuts on the body, “You obviously can’t be different at SHS, or even small towns, because ev- wearing distracting wigs, dressing as a strip- eryone hates it,” Chain joked. per, and smoking cigarettes), it was up to the Vallejo now empathizes with people who are actually in her simulated situ- students to put into action. ation. Four of the participating students were ju- “I didn’t appreciate the looks that I got. I knew people were talking and I niors Cierra Herrmann Ali Chain, Briana Vallejo, didn’t like it. I know people that are teen moms and it must be hard to deal and senior Taylor Ziegler. with that,” Vallejo said. Herrmann decided to cover all visible Elger’s intention was to teach students about humans and their differences. parts of her body with fake tattoos. It took The project was meant to help students realize what it’s like to be different almost three hours to put about 400 tattoos and to empathize with those who are considered not ‘normal.’ on her arms. “I think this project helps teens become more appreciative of others, in real- Herrmann was going for a rebellious izing that it’s very hard to be deviant in high school,” Elger said. “You want look which is completely opposite from to fit in, you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. But there are her usually innocent appearance. different people in the world and we need to learn to appreciate them, because “My mom had to help me put all if we were all the same life would be so boring.” of the tattoos on and they didn’t With no parental or administrative concerns to date, Elger plans to do the come off for days afterwards,” project again next year. Hermann said. Students should be on the lookout because this isn’t the last time you’ll Chain took an even more un- see sociology-freaks roaming the halls - but next time, maybe be a little more understanding. 7 usual route and chose to dress as a porcelain doll for the day. FEATURE |
450,000 miles 30 years and Drafting teacher Ed Hagerman has done it all teaching tactics for his regular classes. is I’m slower at doing things. I used “One of the things I have done to be able to walk pretty fast. A good over the years that works best is to comparison would be that I was al- just work with each kid and don’t most as fast as Mrs. Newman walking expect the same results from all of down the halls,” Hagerman said. them,” Hagerman said. Parkinson’s has also made teach- After 36 years of teaching, Hager- ing a little more difficult for Hager- man is hoping to retire at the end of man. Sometimes his students don’t the next school year. understand what he is saying if he Most of that decision is based on isn’t speaking very clearly. Hagerman being diagnosed with Hagerman also can’t project hisstory by “Most of the problems are mainly Parkinson’s disease in 2006 around voice as well as he used to. It’s defi-RACHEL CLEMENS | feature writer miscommunication. One time I told Christmas time. nitely a change since he used to be a driver to change into the left lane, Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of able to yell when he was a wrestling Teachers at Scottsbluff High School and she said, ‘Left?’ then I said, ‘Yes, the brain that leads to shaking/trem- coach.don’t ordinarily have near death expe- right.’ She jumped into the right lane ors, difficulty with walking, move- There are many drugs on the ho-riences here at school. That is unless and about ran the car off the road,” ment, and coordination. rizon for Parkinson’s, and some thatyou’re drafting teacher Ed Hagerman. Hagerman said. It is one of the most common ner- scientists think will eventually be able Those experiences didn’t happen Hagerman learned quickly it’s re- vous system disorders in people over to put some people in remission.in the classroom however, they hap- ally important how one says things to 50 years of age. Right now, Hagerman is takingpened during his 30 years of teaching the drivers. Hagerman first noticed the symp- four different medications for hisDrivers Education throughout the Only two car accidents happened toms when he had a twitch between Parkinson’s, and he goes to physicalvalley. during his 30 years, one was the stu- his fore finger and thumb. and speech therapy. Hagerman graduated from Upton dent driver’s fault, and the other was “I would see my hand twitch Exercise and getting enough sleepHigh School in 1971, and then went another driver’s fault. and think, ‘what is that?’ My writ- is also important to keep Parkinson’sto Chadron State College where he The first summer Hagerman ing started to get worse, my posture under control.obtained his Bachelor’s degree of taught drivers Ed, he taught in slouched a little bit, and I thought that “If I don’t get a good nights restIndustrial Arts in 1975. Bridgeport, Alliance, Kimball, Sidney, I should probably get things checked my speech is more slurred, and when He taught at a school in Wyoming and Scottsbluff. out,” Hagerman said. I am stressed, I get so shaky that Ifor four years, and then earned his That summer alone he totaled Hagerman was surprised at the can’t even write,” Hagerman said.master’s degree in 1980. He began 24,000 miles of driving. Since that diagnosis. Hagerman stopped teaching Driv-teaching at Scottsbluff High School in summer, he has averaged about 15,000 “At first it was kind of scary, but ers Ed because of Parkinson’s, but still1981. miles a year. In 30 years of teaching once I looked into it I saw there are teaches an online Drivers Ed class at In the past Hagerman taught Drivers Ed, that adds up to almost people that live clear to 80 years old the college.graphic arts, silk screening and rubber 450,000 miles. or more with Parkinson’s. They are re- Having to give up teaching Driversstamp making, printing and wood- Being a Drivers Ed instructor isn’t ally getting a handle on it with drugs Ed was a loss for Hagerman, but heworking. a walk in the park. It requires taking and treatment,” Hagerman said. is looking forward to his teaching “We used to have a print shop and many first aid classes, health classes, Hagerman has experienced many retirement.we printed everything including all three different Drivers Ed classes, changes since his diagnosis with “When I retire I will be able tothe forms for the school district. It was and instructors have to be re-trained Parkinson’s. have a slower pace. It will be nice toreally a headache,” Hagerman said. periodically. People with Parkinson’s tend to just slow down,” he said. Hagerman was also the wrestling “To be a Drivers Ed instructor you start one job, and then start another Even though Hagerman has had tocoach when the school won the Class have to be very patient. It only hurts job but won’t actually finish their first give up some things in his life due toA state title in 1989. It was the last things when you get impatient or get activity before they start the next. Parkinson’s disease, he knows that ittime the school won a state title in excited and start yelling at the driver. Hagerman has to tell himself to fin- isn’t the worst thing that could havewrestling. You also have to make sure you let ish what he is doing sometimes. happened. It was in his 30 years of teaching the students know ahead of time His typing skills have deteriorated,Drivers Ed, that Hagerman had sev- what you want them to do and don’t his posture has worsened, and his eral scary experi- surprise them,” Hagerman said. speech is a little slurred.8 | FEATURE ences. Hagerman said he uses similar “One notable thing that is different
theGraduation, ECHOESSIMPLIFIED staff editor-in-chief | KARIN SHEDD news editor | SCOUT WILSON news writer | RYAN MEISTER A tip of 197 red and white mortar board caps to thechanging of the policy of students speaking at graduation feature editor | MEGHAN PRITCHARD feature writer | RACHEL CLEMENS With the 2011 graduation cer- hand, offers the opportunity to speak sponsible for this change. No longer feature writer | ASHLEIGH SMITHemony edging ever closer, we here at at the commencement to every mem- will audiences at Bearcat Stadium beThe Echoes would like to offer a hearty ber of the graduating class. subjected to the boring rants of over-congratulations to the administration Seniors with any GPA may prepare achieving valedictorians who could center section editor | GABRIELLE CARLINfor changing the policy regarding a speech and audition in front of a se- put drying paint to sleep with their center section writer | ETHAN HUGHESstudents speaking at the commence- lect group of student senate members, mundane talk of goal-setting andment ceremony. teachers, parents, and administrators dream-reaching. Traditionally, the school has al- to win the privilege of taking over the How about some light, refresh- entertainment editor | RUSSELL MORGANlowed each and every class valedicto- podium for a few minutes at the com- ing reflections on the past four yearsrian and salutatorian to address their mencement ceremony. packaged and presented by students entertainment writer | VICTORIA BRAVOfellow graduates in a brief speech With all due respect to the students with proven ability in public speak-given at some point during the ing? sports editor | KELSEY EMPFIELDcommencement ceremony. It just makes sense – would the However, it does not matter The views expressed school ever send the starting quarter- sports writer | MADDIE HOLSCHERhow succinct each individual’s back on the football team to a math sports writer | MICHAEL MILLERspeech is. in this editorial were competition unless said quarterback supported 15-0 by Every year, this factor is over- was indeed the best math student?ridden by the number of speeches Probably not, so why not put our ad manager | CASEY SIGRISTgiven: the school averages roughlyfive to ten valedictorians and The Echoes staff best foot forward at graduation in the form of a showcase for the school’s adviser | TERRY PITKINsalutatorians total for each graduat- titans in public speaking?ing class, which adds up to quite a This move in no way diminishes The Echoes is a tri-weeklybit of time listening to them discuss, who slave away for four years to keep the accomplishments of the valedicto- publication printed by therecollect, and muse over the last four their grades perfect, recognition in the rians and salutatorians. Maintaining Business Farmer. The Echoes is ayears of their lives. form of being announced and wearing a perfect 4.0 GPA for four years is no member of the Nebraska High Unfortunately, a pristine grade special sashes and/or medals should small task, and they should and will School Press Association and thepoint average (GPA) does not imply suffice. still be recognized for having done so. International Order of the Quillprowess in the field of public speak- We are of the firm belief that peo- However, only allowing them to and Scroll.ing, which condemns everyone in at- ple in attendance at the 2011 gradu- speak does ignore the talents of other The Echoes encourages read-tendance at any given commencement ation and every ceremony hereafter members of the graduating class. ers to write letters to the editorceremony to the harrowing abuse would rather listen to two or three The skills of SHS students are in response to a story, but doesof listening to those few inevitable raucously entertaining speeches given not confined to inside the classroom reserve the right to publish saidspeeches that are either awkward, by the school’s finest public speakers walls, and those who are brave and letter.cliché-ridden, or just plain bad. than what has been the traditional savvy enough to entertain a crowd of The Echoes also encourages The new policy, enacted starting alternative. hundreds with words should have the all readers to submit their ideaswith the class of 2011, on the other Kudos are in order to those re- opportunity to do so. for story coverage, feedback on stories, and any other input. 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In 2009, 10,839 people died A choice made not to drink from a ‘party observer’ Once again it’s the weekend and crime’ and find a place to “post up”. That enjoying themselves. My last party was probably about six in drunk-driving crashes - there’s nothing to do. means I find a comfy place to hang out. As the music, laughing, and games months ago. In a small town where there are few at- My involvement in the night’s activi- continue, the ramifications of the fight I’m not a frequent party goer, but it tractions for young people, teenagers are ties is limited: I have lively conversations show up: the police. doesn’t bother me. left to find their own means of entertain- with folks throughout the night, and The music stops, eyes go wide, and I’ll admit I’m occasionally bored on time stands still. I admit I was even the weekends, but I’m content with no one every 50 minutes... ment. the conversations, as you can probably Those not stuck in alternate reality can imagine, get more interesting as the night slightly afraid despite the fact I had activity on some weekends. easily conclude that kids party on the progresses. nothing in my hand or bloodstream that My overall opinion of partying is that weekends. Those who refuse to accept There are a myriad of games going on would put me in a legal predicament. there are better methods of entertain- this fact are just plain ignorant. around me and if I feel up to it, I’ll par- The men in uniform inform us of a ment. I’m completely aware of it, and I used ticipate in the ones that can be completed noise complaint and sternly ask everyone I’m not an advocate of partying andIt could happen to you to be a part of it as much as I could. without the consumption of alcohol. to exit the house. We all stroll out the I understand the consequences. My Nowadays, I realize how stupid it The music is playing, people are door in single-file. decision not to participate is a personal was and that scene is just not my “bag of laughing- it’s not all a bad scene. I give a kind smile and nod, “Offi- choice, and I have to respect the personal snacks” anymore. After a time things get a little sketchy. cers,” as I walk out the door into the cold choices of everyone else. I’m the furthest thing from a party ani- I hear aggressive yelling coming from winter night. Occasionally it is fun to be in a so- mal, but the concept doesn’t bother me. I the entrance and I check it out. I stand on the curb as the officers cial gathering with my peers. If there’s have close friends who do it, I just choose I stroll over to find two guys face-to- speak with the owner of the home, then alcohol there, I won’t drink it, but I’ll stillstory by not to anymore. face and awkwardly close. return to their car and drive away. enjoy myself there.Gabrielle Carlin | center section editor stay home because I didn’t think it was going 20 other people in the waiting room and They don’t judge me for it, I don’t One is telling the other to “stay off his Standing in the middle of a winter I’ll have a good time with my friends judge them. I understand there is a huge girl” and the other doesn’t seem to know night in a tee shirt isn’t the smartest idea, and keep them safe if duty calls as the in her raspy, sleepy voice. I told her that her to be a big deal. Maybe she had a broken arm I’m sure all of them knew I had just lost my risk in partying and it’s not the most what he’s talking about. From his state of so I was awaiting the opportunity to get night winds down. boyfriend, her aunt and I would be waiting and would have all of her friends sign the daughter. Then all these people came to ask responsible thing in the world, but we’re mind, my guess would be that he’s being warm again. I guess if I had a title, it’d be “party for her when she got out. I’d rather remember cast. me these ridiculous questions about funeral kids- we’re young and dumb. honest. With the police long gone, people file observer”. I used to party, and I just her happy though,” Debbie said. She ended up having a broken arm, hand homes and I wasn’t ready to answer them. Sometimes we learn the hard way. You can guess what happens next. back into the house. didn’t like the substance part of it, as well ________________ and wrist, broken leg, and a torn aorta. Her Then an hour has gone by and I’m sitting in Maybe I’m lucky that I found no interest Punches were thrown and more people The music starts back up, the games as the risk of being in serious trouble. I’m spleen also needed to be removed and the a car driving home without my Jessi. I was in it and stopped. just looking for action jump in. resume, and the mood livens back up. there rarely, and if I am it’s for the social Mike* stumbled out of his brother’s house. It doctors were concerned about damage to her so mad because they had made me go home The following is a current narrative I calmly stand there and voice my I finally decide to call it a night and I aspect. had been a good night full of booze and laughter. liver,” Debbie said. without my Jessie,” Debbie said. of my experience at a random weekend opinion that “what you are doing is help get others get home safely who are He probably shouldn’t be driving; he drank way Debbie got dressed as fast as she could and got ________________ party. completely pointless”, and I walk back also ready to leave- quite an eventful *The author of this story choose not to use too much…but as the key slid into the ignition and into her car. She raced to the Beltline Highway I walk into the party with a ‘partner in to my post to observe the people actually night, to say the least. his name. bUSTeD! the car roared to life, he zoomed off without a care knowing it was the fastest route to the hospital, Jessi Kramer died on Jan. 16, 2004. in the world. but as she approached the highway she noticed it Seven years later the pain of losing Jessi is A loud, harsh noise suddenly ripped the was closed. as real to Debbie now as it was then. When parties with minors drunken bliss form him as he swiped a parked car. “I kept thinking to myself, ‘Why is the “I think just last year I got to where IDebbie Kramer’s daughter, Jessi, pictured above, Panic and paranoia took over as he looked around road closed?’ I had to go all the way around didn’t cry at least once a day. Even now I’ll bewas killed in 2004 by a drunk driver on the South for the cops. He wouldn’t see them just yet, but through the city of Gering instead of on the thinking about something and how I’m goingBeltline Highway. Courtesy photo he knew they were coming for him. As he turned highway to get to the hospital and I couldn’t put together in my mind that the road was to tell Jessi about it, and then all of a sudden go from bad...to worseT onto the Beltline Highway his foot pressed harder bam, it hits me. The pain never goes away,” and harder on the gas – he couldn’t seem to go fast closed because that’s how bad the wreck was. Debbie said. hey say no parent should ever have to enough. I just couldn’t get it and it really frustrated The man driving the car that crashed intobury their child – the pain is relentless and the Once Jessi was done eating she ran to her room me,” Debbie said. Jessi and her friend was sentenced to 17 years story byburden too much to bear. and got her clothes together. As she and her friend When Debbie got to the hospital she was met by in jail. eThan hUGheS | center section writer I ran to my car and the next hour consisted had gotten caught so I could hear the cops “Drinking is far from a risk free activity. I strongly believe it’s a gateway drug. Drinking of me hiding in the driver’s seat of my car,” talking and searching the house. At one point ________________ were about to leave, she turned and told her mom the EMT workers who handed her Jessi’s bracelets Under the current conditions of his convic- It’s a typical Saturday night for Steve*, Colleen said. they came into the room I was in and barely is like playing Russian roulette. The only way she loved her and then closed the door behind her. and personal belongings. She was ushered into a tion, he could be paroled in two years. to be 100% safe, is to not engage,” Newman a senior. The music is loud, the drinks are “I heard one of my friends run down missed me,” Carly said. It was Thursday, January 15, 2004. There was Jessi threw her belongings into her friend’s car and waiting room where she sat by herself thinking “When I think about him walking the flowing and all his friends are there. stairs and yell ‘Cops are heeeeaaaa!!!’ Since Each one of their minds was racing with said.a hint of excitement in the air as the students of hopped in. They turned the radio on and giggled about how upset Jessi would be if she had a broken streets I feel numb. It just isn’t fair. This com- Suddenly, just as the party seemed to be at we knew how this particular individual is, thoughts and questions. After that night, Colleen has taken anotherGering High flooded out of the school doors. A with excitement about the night ahead as the im- arm or leg. plete stranger took my daughter away from its peak, there is a loud knock at the door and we thought he was kidding. It turns out they “I knew I was getting an M.I.P. That’s all I perspective on partying and says she alwaysmuch needed three-day weekend was awaiting age of Jessi’s house got smaller and smaller in the It hadn’t yet hit Debbie how severe the accident me and he’s where he should be. I feel no the music stops and kids begin to scatter. actually were, so I ran into a back storage was thinking about,” Steve said. tries to stay smart and encourages other kidsthem. Jessi, a junior, had already made plans to rearview mirror. had been, not until a nurse came to tell her they sympathy for him because he’s forced me to The next thing Steve knows, police are room and hid there for about two hours,” “My mind was racing. I was thinking to as well.stay the night at a friend’s house. She would have “I remember being told that the drunk were flying Jessi to Denver for heart surgery. live life without Jessi,” Debbie said. storming the house, blinding kids with flash- Carly said. about how my parents would murder me if I “Know what you’re getting yourself into.to ask her mom first, but she knew she could talk driver got to where he was on the wrong side Debbie immediately called Jessi’s family. Without Not surprisingly, Debbie Kramer has some lights and asking for ID’s. With all the negative side effects, drinking got caught and how cold I was. I kept asking One night can determine your future, whetherher into it. of the road and the car in front of Jessi saw thinking she left for Denver with Jessi’s boyfriend strong feelings about people who choose to This scenario has probably played out a may not be all it’s cracked up to be. myself questions: should I drive away? Did it’s an M.I.P. or a fatal car accident. Don’t “Jessi was such a beautiful girl. She was him coming and moved out of the way. Of and aunt. drink and drive, including teenagers. million different times in a million different “I do not believe consuming alcohol is a the police see me? What time is it?” Colleen take anything lightly, don’t be stupid andfunny and loving, she had a great personal- course, Jessi’s friend didn’t. . . she didn’t even “When we got to the hospital in Denver it “I’ve lost a child. I mean can you imagine cities throughout the United States. Accord- right of passage, not even looking at it as a said. be responsible for yourself. I think the mostity, and she made the best jokes. I think she have a chance to move and they hit head on,” was all a blur. I remember seeing Jessi just be- your child getting killed or hurt or something ing to underage drinking statistics courtesy moral issue, strictly a health issue, it concerns “Since I could hear everything going on, I important thing is if you do choose to partywas wonderful, but I’m her mom. It’s hard to Debbie said. fore she went to surgery, but it never crossed because someone chose to drive after they of centurycouncil.org, More than 10 million me a great deal,” high school counselor Julia could hear the police talk and I thought, ‘are on a regular basis, learn self-control and knowthink of just one thing I miss the most about ________________ my mind that she wouldn’t be coming out,” had been drinking?” Debbie said. youths, ages 12 to 20, in this country report Newman said. they going to come in here and find me?” your limits for your sake and others,” Colleenher. I might have to say her awesome smile – Debbie said. Debbie is not naïve enough to think teen- they have consumed alcohol in the past 30 Although Steve was the only one of the Carly said. said.my Jessi’s smile,” Debbie Kramer, Jessi’s mom Around 8:30 pm the phone rang. Jessi was ________________ agers won’t make the choice to drink, despite days. three busted, the other two might have had Although Steve got caught, he was glad The best way to stay safe is to not engage.said. always really good about calling her mom to the fact that it’s illegal. She does not, however, “It was crazy. I got threatened to be tazed. more traumatic experiences. others got away. He admits he doesn’t know Period. It’s not worth the risks. “Why do you need to spend the night with update her on what she was doing and where she Debbie, her sister, and her daughter’s boyfriend want that person to make a second wrong There were around 20 people there, 15 got “That was the longest hour of my life. how some of his friends were able to escape “Kids are put in bad situations because ofyour friends?” Debbie nagged her. Jessi explained was going. Debbie picked up the receiver and was waited restlessly to hear news of Jessi’s condition. choice and drive. away and four were cited for MIP (minor I watched over a dozen police, numerous the police. alcohol. Kids will take risks they normallyhow they didn’t have school the next day and it shocked to hear the friend’s mom on the other end As the minutes turned into hours, a nurse finally “You’re old enough to drive a car, you’re in possession of alcohol). There was over 50 sheriffs, and a couple state troopers walk by “It’s safe to say God was looking out for wouldn’t if they were sober, whether it’s un-was only one night after all. Reluctantly, Debbie explaining there had been an accident and she came in. Jessi’s boyfriend went over to talk to her going to go off to college, you’re going to live empty beer cans and numerous empty liquor close enough to touch. Even worse, my phone us that night. It could have been so much protected sex, drinking and driving, alcoholgave in, but told Jessi she was making her favorite needed to go to the hospital right away. Debbie while Debbie stayed seated. She heard the words, on your own, you’re old enough to have a job, bottles,” Steve said. died before I got to my car and I didn’t want worse,” Steve said. driven fighting. I have known so many kidsmeal for dinner and she and her friend should at hung up the phone and tried to remember, did she “I’m sorry. We did everything we could.” you get a paycheck and you put it in the bank Steve ended up receiving an M.I.P. As for to turn my car on, so I had no idea what time Julia Newman agrees that it could have killed by drunk drivers, becoming paralyzedleast stay and eat. say something about a head on collision? “When I heard that I grabbed Jessi’s boy- - you’re old enough to do all these things. his friends Colleen*, a junior, and Carly*, a it was,” Colleen said. been much worse. As a counselor, Newman by drinking and driving and suicide. I could “My last real conversation with Jessi was “I told my husband and daughter Court- friend and jerked him. I think I screamed like Aren’t you old enough to find a way to get senior, the night transpired differently. “The worst part was that this storage room has seen her fair share of students who choose tell story after story. Don’t put yourself in badright before they took her to surgery. She ney that Jessi had been in a little car accident a maniac. It was all like a movie – a terrible home? Can’t you do that for somebody? Can “As I started to leave the party, I saw a cop that I was in was connected to the living room to party and knows the consequences of teen situations. The only way to be completely safe told me that movie that I was stuck in. There were about10 | CENTER SECTION and I was going to the hospital. I told them to you do it for me, for somebody like Jessi?” | 11 interrogating someone else from the party, so where the cops were talking to everyone who drinking. is to not drink,” she loved me Debbie said Newman said. CENTER SECTION
TALENTLESS: PERSPECTIVE: I may not have the talents that my As simple as it sounds, it’s really not easy siblings, friends possess, but I’ll be OK being ourselves when you’re a teenager personal commentary by GABRIELLE CARLIN guest commentary by MADDY PARSLEY Yesterday, I did an experiment. the heart of the problem—the fact Everybody is good at something. “Well, umm let’s see. Hmm, you’re I counted the number of times I that I counted the number of times I My little sister Rachel is extremely really good at…oh! You’re a good asked ridiculous questions, said things messed up, even if it was done in theartistic and creative. driver and you have good people I didn’t believe just to have something service of writing this column, just My older sister Victoria can bring skills.” to talk about, or used cookie-cutter goes to show that I clearly can’t detachthe house down with her soulful Thanks a lot for the ego boost responses when I didn’t know what my view of myself from the one I’m sovoice. Mom. else to say—or, worse, thought that the afraid others have of me. My older When young, reply I wanted to give would probably And I think that’s something that sound awkward. all of us struggle with. It’s incrediblybrother Chance You might be thinking kids participate in The final tally: 32 times. hard, especially while living withinhas amazing various activitiesartistic abili- there has to be some- and develop their That would be 32 times I was a bad the judgmental walls of high school. representation of my true self. It’s scary. There’s always the fearties and plays thing you’re good at or talents over time. 32 opportunities to get to know of not being accepted, or, worse, beingmultiple instru- A kid playing other people better that I more or less actively disliked for the person you’rements. that sets you apart, but backyard baseball completely wasted. becoming. And then there’s nothing. might discover 32 less-than-perfect conversations. But what’s ironic is that all we wantthere’s me. I’m he has the fastest All in one day. as teenagers is to be taken seriously.the middle child pitch on the block, Now, granted, I was being hard on But how could we be, when we pres-and I have zero talent. or the little girl going to dance for the myself. And maybe that number came ent so little of our true personalities to It’s not just my siblings either, first time might find she moves with out a little skewed just due to the the world to be judged, for better or fact that I was keeping track of dumb worse?I surround myself with a group of amazing grace. things I say (which is pretty weird in Well, the answer is…we can’t.friends that excel at everything they Unfortunately for me, I never had itself…). And that’s why we have to look atdo and have numerous talents. It’s a moment like that. I was always But here’s my main point: I don’t the larger picture here.completely demoralizing. extremely average at the things I at- usually act in a way that comes True, that guy in your Algebra II You might be thinking there has to tempted as a child. naturally to me...at all. Even when I’m class might think you’re a little onbe something you’re good at or that My mother put me in dance and I actively trying to. the odd side if it first occurs to you tosets you apart, but there’s nothing. was average. And I don’t think I’m the only one. say the test was “dicey” rather thanI’ve actually sat down and tried to She pushed me to play sports and I Now, don’t worry, I’m not going to simply “hard.” But he’ll also think ofthink of a talent, but I can’t think of was average. preach Seventh Heaven nonsense at you as more of a real person.anything because there is nothing. Voice lessons, instrumental prac- you (or whatever show it is that shoots Well, at any rate, I know that some- Even my own mother thinks I lack tices – average, average! out awkward moral advice these thing in the way I look at myself has days), but… got to change.talent It really is upsetting, and it’s not Be yourself. Specifically, I just need to stop Earlier this spring my mother and like I haven’t tried to be good at some- I know, it’s clichéd advice that thinking about it all so much. It’s aI were driving home one day talking thing. I think it might be impossible doesn’t make a whole lot of sense gigantic waste of time.about my brother and sisters when I for me to have a talent. when you really try to apply it; I So ordinarily, at this point, I wouldrealized that I’m a pathetic and talent- Since I can’t detect any talents at mean, if I weren’t being myself, then read back through everything I justless excuse for a human being. this point in my life, maybe that just whose self would I otherwise be? wrote and make sure I didn’t say When I shared this thought with means I’m going to be a late bloomer. But, all cheesy impractical advice anything that might look weird tomy mom she tried to encourage me I might go off to college and find I aside, here’s what the phrase “be somebody.saying, “Of course you have talents have some crazy hidden talent…but yourself” actually means—to me, But this time I won’t.Gabrielle!” even if I don’t, I think I’ll be okay. anyway: And maybe that wouldn’t be a So I asked her to name one…just Who says you have to be super First: do or say the first thing that bad idea for any of us—not only to be comes to your mind in any given situ- ourselves, but also to not be concernedone little talent. athletic, or artistic, or musically gifted ation (unless it’s illegal). about all the things we’ve said and That’s when she stuttered over her to be a person of substance? Second: don’t worry about it after- done in the past.words and started naming things that For now I’m content with who I wards. At any rate, it’s worth a try.practically anyone can do. am-even if that means I’m the most It’s really as simple as that. And if I mess up 32 more times? average person on earth. Of course, this is easier said than Well, I guess I’ll just learn to stop12 | OPINION done. I know I’m definitely living in keeping track.
THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE RELAXATION: A soon-to-be high school graduate recalls the An obsessive perfectionist’s best and worst of times of the last four years reflection on imperfection personal commentary by MEGHAN PRITCHARD personal commentary by KARIN SHEDD High school. does. But I want to give you fresh- I am over-thinking this column. let me write. It has to second-guess These four years are known to man, sophomores, and juniors the Here my fingers sit, resting on the itself on a constant basis.be the quickest of your life. One day best wisdom I wish I would have smooth buttons of a laptop keyboard, Am I utilizing appropriately intel-you’re a little freshman cowering in realized sooner. on the precipice of potential journalis- ligent vocabulary? Will my point bedark corners and spending excessive Do the right thing. High school can tic greatness and… clear enough to the reader? Is referencingamounts of time avoiding embarrass- easily become a place of kids trying Nothing. Homer and Colbert in the same sentencement, then before you know it you’re to please others by their choices, but Zero. Zilch. Nada. literary heresy?walking across a podium on the south I’ve learned that’s worthless. Trying to No fantastic ideas for ground- With questions like these ceaseless-side of the football field, wearing a gain the acceptance of others is mean- breaking or earth-shattering columns. ly cluttering my brain space in theirred or white robe, and moving the ingless without your own approval. No recent, funny personal anecdotes devious attempt to derail my train oftassel on your mortar-board cap to the It’s your life. Do what is right for to mock. No deep, fiery, hippe-esque, thought, it’s a miracle I ever get anyother side. you even if it’s not the most popular ‘stick-it-to-the-man,’ pro-vegan, work done at all. It’s also known as some of the best thing at the moment. The choices you anti-establishment, anti-television, I suppose my rampant perfection-days of your life. Friends, dances, make will affect you forever, not the anti-technology, or anti-government ism is to blame.activities, and memories all shoved others around you, so doing what’s sentiment to vent. As much as I like to think of myselfinto four short years. best for yourself seems perfectly logi- This phenomenon happens every as really cool, calm, and collected So what’s the truth? cal. In the long run you’ll be glad you time I attempt to buckle down and 24/7, I obsess over having every min- High school is not all fun. It’s the did. write my editorials/stories/columns/ ute detail of every little thing in everytime when adults start expecting you Complete with fights, break-ups, etc. for this paper. aspect of my life flawless.to all of a sudden know everything. and drama, high school is danger- I always expect poignant and I spend hours slaving over myResponsibility is shoved on you and ous. Don’t get involved in all that. I coherent ideas to flow easily from my laptop while writing essays so I neverchoices are forced in your direction can look back on my last four years fingertips with all the classy meta- have to go back through and editthat will affect your entire life. and be proud of what I’ve done. I phors, powerful imagery, and humor- them. When I practice the piano, I These treacherous hallway jungles remember the accomplishments and ous wit of Homer’s The Odyssey or compulsively play the same few mea-will determine who you become. great friends I’ve made. I don’t think Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (And sures over and over again to eradicateThere’s no way of escaping that real- anyone wants to look back and realize So Can You!) one tiny blip in rhythm. I routinelyity. they could have done better. Sadly, they never do. wear little to no makeup because if I I’m a senior, someone who has For the seniors: We are done. We I usually sit staring at a blank make one minuscule mistake I have towalked these halls all four, tired years. have accomplished America’s dream Word document (or Pages document, start over completely.I know how this place works. I’m of being educated. Now the world if I’m working on my far-superior-to- In retrospect, I probably couldbasically a wise guru of SHS. But how is at our hands. We have the power any-other-computer Apple laptop) have saved a lot of time, energy, anddoes someone like me, who is leaving to change the world and make a dif- for at least 45 minutes, then check effort had I just relaxed and beenthis area completely, boil down my ference. We have the choice of either my Facebook or email, then turn on satisfied with that one awkward-high school experience? being a blessing or a sore spot in the TV to see if any of the irreverent sounding sentence in an otherwise One word: EXHAUSTING. someone’s day. and useless blather on Jersey Shore or exemplary essay or with those few For seven hours in the day hun- Enjoy life and live it to its full po- E! can inspire me to greatness, then wrong notes in that 19-page sonatadreds of hormonal teenagers are tential. Nothing is more precious than back to Facebook…you get the idea. It or just dealt with having that oneplaced together to compete in every the few days you have to live because plain just takes me forever and a day tiny mascara smudge that most likelyarea of their lives. Sure, expect that to we don’t exactly get to redo it. to write anything. no one would have noticed or caredgo perfectly well. For me, high school was very chal- Case in point: it took me a solid about anyway. But there’s hope! As your personal lenging, but I’ve become someone I’m five minutes to formulate, finalize, Perhaps sometimes good thingsexperienced senior I will give you proud to be. I feel more prepared for and execute the above sentence about can happen if I just loosen up and ac-advice with no charge! the future than ever and I’m excited to Homer and Colbert. cept my human imperfection. Wow! That’s a low price! live my life. Five minutes to string together just Like, hey - I just finished this col- I could give you tips on the park- But enough about me. 51 words, 22 of which consist of three umn in half an hour!ing lots, what foods to stay away It’s your high school experience. letters or less.from, or what each teacher loves or What will you make of it? My mind just won’t shut up and OPINION | 13
One small town, one boy, and one guitar: the beginnings of musical greatness story by Russell MoRgan | entertainment editor J unior Pace Michele turns his white Mazda into the he has. Scottsbluff High School entrance. “I’m about the music,” Michele said. “This is what I want He splashes through a puddle and crawls over to do.” the speed bump. As far as his musical idols go, Michele claims he has The precious cargo in his trunk is reason enough not to none. go rampaging over the bumps like the majority of his fel- “I hate it when people ask me who my favorite artist is, low classmates. because I don’t have one,” he said. In the back of his car is his bass guitar- which he hauls Michele draws inspiration and enjoyment from many dif- to and from school every single day. It’s the bass guitar he ferent genres of music – jazz, blues, fusion, funk, indie, indie plays in jazz band, Music Tech class and any other time he pop, and some rock, to name a few. can spare a minute for a jam session. As a junior in high school, Michele already has a tentative But the bass is much more than just a hobby to Michele plan laid out for his future and his music. - it’s his passion. After graduation, he plans on networking to find other And if Michele had his way, it may people who play well and assemble a well define his future. “I may go to school to study music “I’m about the music. This band that will play well-known covers to start, then break into original song- because that definitely helps you get out is what I want to do.” writing. He isn’t sure yet about sealing there,” Michele said. “But whether I do a record deal, but he would love to tour or not I want to be in a band when I get -junior Pace Michele the country doing live shows. out of high school.” The music industry is a make or break Michele wouldn’t necessarily use the term “rock star” – path. Many often see it as the sold out shows, the Gram- that particular phrase conjures up images of the jokes seen my’s- basically making it all the way. on MTV who are all drugged out and whose music sounds In recent years, it has become much easier to get noticed like a collection of noises that annoy and confuse many. via YouTube, TV shows, MySpace, and hundreds of other A lot of kids in their young and rebellious stage wish sources yet to surface. to become rock stars. They dream of the huge crowds, the Unfortunately, the ease of getting noticed has stained the paparazzi, the after-parties- this is not the dream Michele talent pool in the music industry. Concepts like “auto tune” has. have taken the industry away from raw talent. “I’ve always thought I could do pretty well with my “Some people have done the YouTube thing. I have a music by keeping it small,” Michele said. “Maybe touring friend who did it, but it’s like they’re trying to catch the in a few states here and there…I’m not into all the fame coattails of the pop stars,” Michele said. “If you want to be and glamour.” famous and have billboards it will work, but it’s not going Michele definitely is not about the spotlight. He doesn’t to last long. No one stays on top for very long like that.” sing, he doesn’t write lyrics- the kid just plays. Artists like Michele and the guys he plays with are re- Michele began playing when he was around six when freshing in such an artificial industry given their ability to his uncle was going to get rid of an old guitar. The roots of just play and not dress up their acts. his talent began on the six-string, but he soon dropped to Michele’s goal is not the Grammy’s, it’s not the shows in four. front of millions- it’s just to play, and to be happy doing it. A few years after inheriting the guitar, he picked up a The art of music is not a tool to obtain riches for him - the bass and has been hooked ever since. music itself is the riches. Reluctant to boast about his talents, Michele keeps to himself as well as his music, but he will not deny the goals14 | ENTERTAINMENT
“Here’s... Johnny!” Scottsbluff High School students admitted to University of Nebraska- Lincoln’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Filmstory by Roussel has always had theatre in prepared so they had me sing happy money to go there as well.victoria bravo | entertainment writer mind for what he wanted to pursue. birthday… awkwardly,” Roussel said. “I had talked to my admissions February 25, 2011. Senior Nick “I wanted to go somewhere where Harvey, however, had it all counselor on the phone about the pro-Roussel knew this was a day that they solely concentrate on acting and planned out. visional results that they mentionedwould either make him or break him. theatre, but I also wanted a place that “I did the Laramie Project as Father to my mom earlier. He couldn’t find He walked into his audition for offered other kinds of schooling be- Roger Schmidt, like I did in the one them right away so I was on hold forthe Johnny Carson School of The- cause I’d really like a business degree act last year and my humorous piece like 20 minutes and after he told meatre and Film on the University of out of college,” Roussel said. was called ‘Cowboys and Idiots’. I he couldn’t find it and we were aboutNebraska – Lincoln campus, mouth Harvey had other things in mind, also sang ‘It’s Now or Never’ from All to hang up he said, ‘Sam I found thedry, stomach in knots, and his heart but ended up settling on pursuing Shook Up,” Harvey said. results,’” Harvey said.beating fast in his chest. Despite the theatre. Although Roussel is set on his de- The results Harvey received weredistress he was feeling, he knew he “Some of my plans for football cision for Johnny Carson, Harvey ad- promising.was ready. didn’t work out so, for a while I mits that he is 99.99% set on another “He said my essays gave the He looked to his left, his fellow thought, ‘what am I going to do now?’ school that he auditioned for AMDA judges insight into who I am, heclassmate, performer, and friend, That’s when I looked into my per- (American Musical and Dramatic went through my audition sheet, toldSam Harvey, stood next to him. forming arts options and I’m a Husker Academy). me what my scores were, told me I When it was time for them to boy; I bleed Husker red so I thought “I first found out about AMDA ranked intermediate/advanced whichaudition, Harvey had forgotten his Lincoln would be a good place to try,” when I got a letter in the mail they would put me in good classes, thatportfolio back in the lobby, which Harvey said. had an audition coming up and kind my scores were high enough and thatmeant Roussel, was up first. Roussel was ecstatic when he had of blew it off because I didn’t know if I was going to be accepted to AMDA. “I wanted to do my best, show received news he was accepted. it was legitimate. My mom had talked At this point my eyes started water-them what I was made of and how “They told me it would come in to a family friend whose daughter ing,” Harvey said.extraordinary I can be. If they see two weeks to a month, so at the two went to AMDA and praised it highly Harvey stayed on the phone to bethat, they’re going to recognize my week mark I was antsy. I was waiting so I got excited and decided to try it,” informed that due to the high scorestalent, and they’re going to want it,” for my food at the Wonderful House Harvey said. from his audition he was going to beRoussel said. and I got an email saying “Dear Nick, After he decided that he was going offered money. Harvey felt similarly about his Congratulations you’ve been ac- to audition in Kansas City, everything “It was crazy, it felt unreal. It stillaudition but was eased by the fact cepted”, and I thought, ‘this can’t be fell into place. feels kind of like a dream to me,”that he shared his audition time with real,’” Roussel said. “It happened to be the same week- Harvey said.Roussel. Harvey was also pleased with the end as State DECA. I left DECA early Roussel and Harvey’s talent and Both Scottsbluff seniors knew they news he received about his audition. to audition which was so exciting and dedication has set them up to do greatwanted one thing for sure in their “I was super excited for myself, nerve wracking,” Harvey said. things.future: theatre. and Nick as well. The first person His AMDA audition was similar to “I’m doing what I love, and having As a result of their efforts, dedica- I told was my mother; I told her to the one he had for the Johnny Carson fun while doing it,” Roussel said.tion and love for the arts as well as come read the email and she told my School. He performed the Laramie Harvey, like the rest of the class ofmusic, they were both accepted to dad to come read it, it was a chain Project monologue again and sang 2011 has a choice to make but as ofthe school as two of the 20 that are reaction of good news,” Harvey said. ‘Fortune Favors the Brave’ from Elton now is set on AMDA.admitted each year. There were different steps that John and Tim Rice’s Aida. “Life is for taking risks. I know “Only twenty a year are accepted the two had to follow as a part of the AMDA is an international school that at AMDA I’m going to be a poorso the fact that two of us got in, that auditon. and 5 – 10% of people that apply are college student, along in New York,is a big attribute to Rada, Ronne, and “I had to do two contrasting acting accepted each year and very rarely and scared but very happy. I’ll chooseKreutzer. So a big thanks to them,” pieces and they asked me if I would do they offer scholarships. They not being happy over anything,” HarveyHarvey said. sing for them. I didn’t have anything only accepted Harvey, but offered him said. ENTERTAINMENT | 15
On your mark... Get set... Go!Senior Bonn Alvarado takes on something he has never done before: distance running & the National Guardstory by “Enlisting comes with theMICHAEL MILLER | sports writer certainty of getting deployed and deployment comes with the Students are accustomed to uncertainty of what will happen,seeing senior Bonn Alvarado in but I figure everything will run itsBearcat Stadium. Whether it be course,” Alvarado said.playing his tuba in the marching As with many young Ameri-and pep band or cheering on the cans enlisting, his family hasCats, he’s there. mixed feelings of him joining the However, not many are accus- military.tomed to seeing Alvarado out of “My mom’s side is extremely,the stands and on the track. extremely proud of me, but my This spring, Alvarado has dad’s side has been fighting mejoined the track team and is run- this entire time,” Alvarado said.ning long distance, changing his “My dad’s always been kindrole from supporter to competitor. of protective over me and my MARCH vs. Senior Bonn Alvarado marches during a football game last fall. That’s right, this year Alvarado brother and they were all pretty Run Alvarado has just joined the distance team track order to gain close-knit and nobody besides my preparation for the National Guard. Photo by Gordon Rockis running long distance underCoach Barker’s tutelage, looking cousin has been in the military self’,” Alvarado said of his proud Because of this, Alvarado’sto improve upon his form and since my great-grandfather served mother. right leg is anywhere from abecome better fit for his military in North Korea. They all remem- Though many thoughts cross sixteenth to an eighth of an inchendeavors. ber him as the go-to guy. I don’t his mind about the military, the shorter than his left. For several years now, he’s con- think they want anyone to jump track season itself presents some All of this Bonn has overcometemplated joining the military and in to that again,” Alvarado said of challenges to Bonn. thus far in his quest to enlist in thehas decided to become part of the his dad’s doubts. “The challenges I’ve faced have National Guard.ranks of the Nebraska National “They’re (his mom’s side) ec- mostly been mental; just main- Coach Barker has also beenGuard. static because, for one, they didn’t taining a good diet and keeping very pleased with Bonn’s accom- “My main reason for joining think I was going to do anything hydrated,” Alvarado said. plishments.the military is I feel it’s my duty with my life. Through elementary That not mentioning Bonn was “Bonn made a decision to doas an American citizen and my and middle school I really didn’t born with minor cerebral palsy, so track and field and he is doing afamily has a history in the ser- care about anything besides video he has scar tissue on the left side great job. We are extremely proudvice,” Alvarado said. games and food so now it makes of his brain. As a result, the right of what he has accomplished so He’s well aware of the risks them see, ‘hey, he’s actually go- side of his body is slightly behind far,” Barker said.that come with enlisting. ing to do something with him- his left side developmentally. Not only does he run for the team, he also is the designated videographer at the track meets. Basic Training in the national Guard “Bonn does double duty for the team. He runs during the week What it takes to become a soldier: with the distance crew and is our designated videographer at track • 10 weeks of rigorous workouts and drills meet. After weeks of practice, Bonn has made the decision to • 212 tests to pass the final week compete in his very first track and field meet—he ran the 1600 at the -Including a two mile run and rigorous Alliance Invite!” Barker said of physical fitness test Alvarado. Though Bonn’s role is usually • Development of character off the field, expect to see him playing a role in this year’s track • Development of teamwork and leadership season as a Bearcat. SPORTS | 17
Senior Jennifer Maag prepares ONE to throw the shot put during FINAL practice. Maag set the meet record at the Buffalo Bill Invite SHOT earlier this season. Photo by Terry PitkinFinding that Edging the school record in shot put and discus, seniorquiet place Jennifer Maag finds serenity in the throwing ring another day of school. girl’s coach Tanya Vaughn said. learned to toughen up,” Maag said.story by In class her mind is filled with “She trained, threw, and put in the “Through helping around the houseMADDIE HOLSCHER | sports writer college applications and scholarships, prep work to be ready for her senior and participating in 4H activities I catching up on sleep, and counting season.” have developed a good work ethic The seven-foot space inside the down the days until graduation. Maag spent the offseason lifting and responsibility that has stayedshot put ring may not seem like much When the bell sounds at 3:20 she every day, completing swimming with me my whole life.”to most people, but for senior Jennifer heads to the locker room filled with workouts and throwing two to three Although there may be difficultiesMaag, it’s the most private place in girls and prepares for track practice. times a week. that come with growing up in a largethe world. As she steps into the ring, all goes “Coach (Osborn) pushes me to per- family, there are also many benefits. A world no one else can enter; not silent. form well. Leeza Henry also comes to “There are definitely days whenher parents, not her six siblings, and She takes a deep breath and fo- practices so it is fun to compete with we don’t get along and it can getnone of the expectations surrounding cuses on one thing. her,” Maag said. annoying not having much privacy,her as the oldest child. Throwing the 8.8 lb. shot as far as Maag feels the pressure to excel. but it’s nice always having someone It’s the one place she can go where she can. “There’s some pressure surround- to talk to and knowing that we haveshe doesn’t have to think of anything Maag is turning heads this track ing me as far as being like Leeza. each other’s backs,” Maag said.and can clear her mind. season as she broke the Buffalo Bill People expect me to beat the record As she gets home at night from In a family of five brothers and one meet record with a toss of 42’8” on and be better than her,” Maag said. track practice Maag is welcomed bysister, Maag struggles to find alone Sat., April 2. She now has her eye on a But pressure isn’t only coming a houseful of voices. She experiencestime. couple of other records. from the track world. Maag feels pres- countless interruptions from her She crawls out of the warmth of “My goal this season is to break sure from her parents and family as siblings while she tries to completeher bed at 6 a.m. daily and heads out at least one of the (shot put or discus) well. She also has high expectations homework due the next morning.to tackle her morning chores. records,” Maag said. herself. At the sound of her mother’s voice, She joins her siblings in feeding the Currently, the school record for “As the oldest, I feel like I have to the family gathers around the table toanimals, cleaning up the house, doing shot put is 44’ 5 ½” set by Leeza Hen- set the standard for the rest of my sib- eat dinner together.the dishes, and taking out the trash. ry in 2008. The discus record is150’ 8” lings because I know they watch what While an outsider might find the She then proceeds to get ready set by Jennifer Kamtz in 1992. I do and look up to me,” Maag said. 16 hands passing food and reachingin the morning to drive to town for Maag has marks this season that “I feel like being a part of a big for the salt and pepper shakers over-18 | SPORTS are close to both of those records. family has shaped me as a person, es- whelming, Maag couldn’t imagine it “Jenn put in a solid winter,” head pecially with mostly brothers, I have any other way.
Turkey Call Spring hunting season calls all hunters in the area challenge. tion course, purchase a big game “I made my first permit, and purchase a habitat long bow this year. I’ve stamp. shot an old compound Wallace learned to enjoy hunt- bow before, but I was ing from his dad, and now they inspired by Tred Barta have competitions. and Fred Bear (famous “My goal is always to get a archery hunters). Tred turkey before my dad does,” Wal- Barta always hunted lace said. with a long bow,” Wal- Wallace is not the only student lace said. who enjoys hunting. Junior Hunt- In order to build a er McCormick has been hunting long bow, one has to since he was ten years old. shape it so that it can “Hunting is fun and gets you taper out, make the away from everything else and it’s handle, and tiller it (re- never the same experience,” Mc- moving material from a Cormick said. “My dad got me in- bow limb). terested in hunting and since then, “The hardest and we’ve gone every single year.” most important step is Both Wallace and McCormick tillering the bow. The primarily use the ‘spot and stalk’ first one I made, I took strategy to hunt, which means THE Junior Kyle Wallace poses with turkey, killing it immediately. The they call for the turkeys, and once his turkey he shot last spring. too much wood off so it didn’t BIG Tom had an eight and a half inch they hear the Tom gobble, they The turkey had a 10.5 in. work very well,” Wallace said. SHOT beard and it was one of Wallace’s move toward it. But sometimes beard. Courtesy photo. “The second one I made is a lot biggest kill. they call them in and wait in a better, but I don’t have a string for “That was when I was eleven blind, like Wallace used when he it yet.”story by years old and it was my first tur- Wallace admits he hasn’t killed shot his first turkey.KELSEY EMPFIELD | sports editor key kill,” Wallace said. anything with a bow yet aside Alongside turkey hunting, Wal- Since then, Wallace has become lace and McCormick also partici- from rabbits, but aims to get a Junior Kyle Wallace glanced to an avid hunter and outdoorsman. pate in other hunting seasons. turkey with one.his left as he scanned the horizon. “I hunt and fish for the thrill “My biggest kill was probably Because archery hunting posesScratch-scratch-scratch. His dad and the challenge of trying to a double banded goose around such a challenge, the archery sea-mimicked the hen turkey as he outsmart the animal. I like being the neck and the leg,” McCormick son for turkeys runs from Marchworked his turkey call. outdoors too,” Wallace said. said. “But my favorite season 25 – May 31. Whereas, shotgun After being on the stakeout all Wallace hunts many types of to hunt is ducks. They’re such a season is shorter and lasts fromday, Wallace had nearly given up animals including turkey, geese, challenge and they’re harder to hit April 16 – May 31.hope. He was tired of being in deer, pheasants, and doves. than geese.” In order to turkey hunt, onea tiny Double-Bull blind all day “My favorite thing to hunt is “My goal when I hunt is to just must complete a hunter’s educa-with his family – his mom, his turkey. They’re hard to find but I make it fun,” McCormick said.dad, and his three brothers. love the challenge,” Wallace said. He was crowded and exhaust- With archery season for turkeyed from the useless anticipation.Then, all of a sudden he heard starting March 25, Wallace has set out to start getting into the sport Steps to Shoot a Long Bowwhat he had been waiting for all of archery, not only shotgun hunt-day…gobble-gobble-gobble. ing. • Stance. Eight feet away stood a Tom There are different types of Keep feet placed comfortably and do the same stanceturkey. The brilliant shades of bows for archery hunting. Two every single time. Do not grip the bow too hard.purple and blue stood out against types include compound bows • Draw.the setting sun and his heart be- and long bows.gan beating rapidly. Wallace knew Compound bows have a sight Grasp the bow string with three fingers. Then draw backit was time. and are more high tech so the until the anchor point. Draw the anchor point at the same He drew his shotgun up to arrow cuts through the air faster place every single time.his shoulder and aimed for the and more accurately. •Aim.turkey’s neck. He took one last big Long bows are the equivalent •Release string.breath and pulled the trigger. to what Robin Hood used. They The shot gun shell split the air don’t have sights and aren’t as Smooth and consistently to insure good arrow flight.and the bee bees penetrated the accurate, so they pose more of a SPORTS | 19
Erik’s year? Quiet, introspective, and a student of the game he loves...Will this finally beKrzyzanowski takes aim at individual GOLDstory by a competitor because theyKELSEY EMPFIELD| sports editor challenge each other. “That’s how we are. We Senior Erik Krzyzanowski go back and forth like that.closed his eyes in humiliation. He seemed sort of lucky that The strong breeze that blew day, but we won [as a team],across the Meadowlark Hills Golf and that’s how it goes. HeCourse in Kearney shook his usu- wants to be number one onally confident demeanor. the team, but he’s still trying He thought to himself, “I can’t to get there,” Krzyzanowskibelieve I just missed a two foot said.par putt.” To this day, in regard to Normally, he would’ve just state last year, Krzyzanows-shook it off and went with the ki still has regrets.breeze, but with stress devouring “I wish I could’vehim, this was not a putt that could changed the way I played “just get and the decisions I made“shaken [in that game] andoff.” Golf is weird because how I was thinking This was during that hole,” the way you end Krzyzanowskithe 2010state tour- dictates how you will said. Despite hisnamentand afterplacingsecond twoyears in a bad memories stay in your head. “ play the next day. The showing at state last year, Krzyz- anowski signed with Gonzaga Uni-row, his ob- -Erik Krzyzanowski, 12 versity in Spokane,vious goal WA to continue hiswas to win the gold medal. golfing career and Unfortunately, the putt he major in mechanical engi-missed in the 18th hole haunted neering.him the rest of the tournament. “Signing with Gonzaga Day two of the tournament has positively affected mywent just as poorly as day one. golfing game because I’m Although the team won the more relaxed. I’m still work-state tournament, Krzyzanowski’s ing as hard as I normallydream of a gold medal ended up do, but there’s no pressure,”in the hands of his freshman team- Krzyzanowski said.mate, Andrew Holloway. He said he is excited Individually, Krzyzanowski about going to Gonzagaended the tournament in third because it’s something new.place. “The competition is go- “Golf is weird because the way ing to be a lot harder, butyou end dictates how you will I’ll have the same goals as Iplay the next day. The bad memo- have here,” Krzyzanowskiries stay in your head,” Krzyz- said.anowski said. Krzyzanowski certainly There is still a competitive dy- has been a hard worker,namic between Krzyzanowski and practicing every day duringHolloway. season and off season. “I don’t resent him. He’s mak- “I practice so much because this is what I do, and more relaxed. We joke around ining me play harder and better. I practice which has made practice worK- Senior Erik Krzyzanowksi at-care about the team, but I don’t there’s nothing better to do,” Ing tempts a putt in practice. He Krzyzanowski said. more fun,” Krzyzanowski said. has been improving his shortcare about the publicity – that Despite some hardships on hIS When asked about team chem- game since his showing atdoesn’t matter to me,” Krzyz- throughout his high school career, ShorT state last year. Photo by Annaanowski said. istry this year, he said they are all gAME Krzyzanowski still wants to end it Teghtmeyer His relationship with Hol- friends, and no one is an enemy with a long anticipated individual20 | loway is that of with anyone else. state championship. SPORTS “A new coach has made us