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Kickapoo Homecoming Game and Parade!

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This Friday Kickapoo had a parade in the parking lot to display clubs and homecoming court. The seniors on court were; Ava Araujo-Tice, Kate McCarville, and Helen Ashley Bodenhamer. Following the parade Kickapoo played Hillcrest High School and won 39-20. During half time the homecoming queen was announced and the winner was Kate McCarville. Congrats Kate McCarville on being the 2020 Homecoming queen!

Softball District Champions

Kickapoo’s Varsity Softball team wins the District 6 Championship for the second consecutive year

Tonight Kickpoo’s Varsity Softball team competed against Carthage at Republic High School. The team, which is comprised of 14 students, won the game with a final score of 3-2. It was a close game according to Senior Mckenna Fink, “It was close but Ellie [Facklam] pitched really well and hit a two-run home run which sent us over the top”. This victory makes them the district champions for two consecutive years.

This week, on October 13th, they played against Nixa, beating them with a final score of 7-5. That win allowed them to move forward in competition to win against Carthage tonight.

This year, district sectionals were cut out of the game timeline due to Covid-19. Therefore the Lady Chiefs will go straight from winning districts to Quarterfinals.

Now they will move on to play at home for the upcoming Quarterfinals against Lee’s Summit West on October 22. If they win that game too, they will continue to the Final Four which will take place on the 29th of October at Killian Sports Complex.

Last year they won districts, but this year in doing so again, they set an expectation for future success in the future. Our Lady Chiefs have performed with talent and strength so far this season, thanks to the hard work of the players and supporting staff and coaches. Wish them luck in Quarterfinals! Go Chiefs!

What Kind Of Bread Are You?

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Do you have healthy sleeping patterns?

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Coronavirus

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Starting in December 2019, the coronavirus or codiv19 has spread around the world. First appeared in China, in the town of Wuhan, the virus arrived in Europe and America too. 

Thirty five cases are known in the U.S., but in Europe the disease is spreading fast, especially in Italy. The virus arrived in February brought by a married couple. 

The real panic started during the last two weeks of February when the codiv19 started spreading in the north causing the first deaths. Italy immediately reacted isolating the infected people and the government started a political ploy closing schools and meeting points like bars, clubs and sporting facilities. 

This should interest anyone thinking about traveling to Europe, especially to Italy or to Asia because the virus is causing problems with flight and airports too. 

To prevent the virus, doctors suggest to often wash your hands, don’t visit crowded places and put hands in front of your mouth when sneezing. 

Nationally Recognized

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Mrs. Fink is the sponsor of NHS.

National Honors Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization that only select students get to be apart of.

The sponsor of NHS is Mrs. Fink and Mr. Wilbur is also an co-sponsor. 

NHS has many different focuses but here on campus, they focus more on volunteering.
“The students that are in NHS focus on service projects which are pretty much volunteering here at Kickapoo,” Sponsor and Teacher Jill Fink said.
In order to be part of NHS, you must meet the qualifications that are set in place.

“The qualifications are that you have to have a cumulative 4.0 GPA or above, you have to be a sophomore or older and you have to apply,” Mrs. Fink said.
NHS has many goals and they do their best to try to include all their members.
“The goal of our club is to mostly we’ve already got really good scholars and students our push is to try to get them to understand the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community,” Mrs. Fink said.

Are You Eco-friendly?

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DECA Districts

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DECA recently competed at the district competition, which took place Thursday, February 20th at Seminole Baptist church. 

“21 people made it to state and 16 others were finalists.” DECA sponsor Cara Posegate said. 

For those who qualified, the state competition will be held March 22nd-24th. Depending on the category, participants in the state competition can move on to the national competition if they place in the top three, four, or five. 

Test Your Kickapoo Knowledge!

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Winter Guard Wins

   The 2020 Winter Guard season is off to a great start. 

   The JV team, Kickapoo Gold, took home first place at the Ozark Winter Guard Festival, which means that they get promoted to the next classification. They completed in the higher division the next weekend and got second place. They are currently ranked fourth in the state. 

   The varsity team, Kickapoo Emulation, placed first at the Ozark and Fayetteville Winter Guard Festivals. They are currently first in the state in their division and will be competing at the WGI Springfield Regional this weekend. 

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Southside Rivalry

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This Friday the boy’s varsity basketball team will come head to head with Glendale at 7:00 pm.
Kickapoo heads into the game 14-8. Glendale enters into the game 13-9. The matchup history since 2003 comes out at 14 wins for Kickapoo and five wins for Glendale.

Backpacks and purses are subject to search. The student sections will also be separated and monitored before, during, and after the game.
“Glendale has always been our rival and beating them feels different than winning other games,” sophomore Carson Noel said.

Change Wars

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Once again FBLA is doing Change Wars for this week. The teacher who’s going to collect the most money, in change, during their first block is going to win the “war”. All the money collected is going to be donated to March of Dimes, a non-profit organization helping newborn babies in town. 

Mr. Wooderson and the FBLA club are giving a delicious price to the winning teacher and their class, a party of donuts for the entire class.

Seals of Excellence

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Photo by: Lorna Peck

Seals of Excellence are due by the end of the day on Friday, February 21st. Forms for each seal are located in the counseling center.
Seals are represented by cords to be worn during the graduation ceremony. “Seals of Excellence applications are due to departmental chairs,” the Kickapoo Website reported.

Cheering For The Squad

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The cheer team practices a stunt commonly done at tryouts.

   Cheer tryout applications are available in the main office but just signing a paper isn’t all that goes into the cheer applications. Cheer tryout forms are due March 11th and tryouts are on March 23rd through the 26th for Freshman through Juniors.  Tryouts consist of four consecutive days where each day is a new challenge.

   On day one of tryouts, they go over a mixture of different types of stunts. 

    “On the first day they learn a cheer a chant and a dance and then we go over motions jumps tumbling things like that, Cheer coach Audrey Larson said. 

   On the second day of tryouts, they demonstrate there jumping ability.

    “They show us their jumps and there graded on there technique of there jumps and they demonstrate the level of tumbling they have so the harder the skill the more points you get, Coach Larson said. 

   The final two days they wrap the tryouts up with group stunts. 

   “Wednesday and Thursday they do group stunts and that’s when they practice learning the lifts, Coach Larson said. 

   Cheer does not need a set number of people to form a cheer team. It is based on a point system. They don’t always look for the skill they also look for personality. 

    “We really look for the potential we look for really good attitudes and if your willing to work you don’t have to be the best of the best you just have to want to be,” Coach Larson said.

Talent Show Cancelled

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Students and staff were preparing to host the annual talent show, which was scheduled to take place February 20th. Due to a lack of auditions, the talent show was cancelled. 

 

There were five auditions for the talent show, four of which were actually approved, but this did not meet the minimum of 15 performances needed to have the show.  

 

“There won’t be a talent show this year, but we will hopefully be back next year,” Kyle Loudis said.

 

Loudis is a communications arts teacher, and teaches broadcast journalism. He has been teaching for 15 years. In those 15 years he has never had this happen before, but he is still positive about the upcoming years.

 

“I hope it will be different next year, and we will have a rocking show,” Loudis said.

 

Buzzing To The Top

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The last few weeks have been very busy for Scholar Bowl. Their two teams have gone to different competitions and tournaments and placed highly at them.

“Last Wednesday we went to Sarcoxie where B team got first place and A team got second. We had four people that placed in the top ten at that tournament,” sophomore CJ Wears said.

Placing first and second in that tournament made Scholar Bowl fired up and prepared to continue on with their other competitions.

“That Saturday we brought four teams to WashU in St. Louis. A team got around top ten and B was around 15. There were 35 teams and it was a very difficult tournament. We have a tournament coming up in two weeks at Mizzou,” Wears said.

E-sports coming to Kickapoo?

 

Contender finally opened back at the end of January. Which is a E-sports “gym” to be able to train, learn, and compete against others or on their own time. Giving people the opportunity to be able to use high powered equipment that normally would cost thousands of dollars to obtain. With this obviously means that it is a goal for the other schools along with kickapoo to have true teams and tournaments as well too. The big problem though is funding. The cost to rent the space, the whole facilities, on top of the equipment ,etc. The amount it would cost wouldn’t be worth it to be able to have a full fledged team along with competition by the end of the year (3 months away).

   The goal now is to try and have all five other districts to be able to compete all together and against each other. Funding is the biggest thing tho because for the fall league (when it would be starting up) would be $2,400 for the whole school with only two teams JV and Varsity with a MAX amount of people at five. All details aren’t still completely in even though contender is now open they still have failed to respond back to Mrs. Cabbella the sponsor of the E-sports club. 

   Hopefully by the time the next year rolls around we will be able to show our school spirit at a E-sports game cheering on Kickapoo and creating another great rivalry with Glendale within another sport. All that can be done at this point is to wait and see what will become of Kickapoo’s E-sport team. The world of this type of competition is rapidly growing and it’s only a matter of time for more people to make it big by just playing games.

Furry Final Therapy

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A Therapy dog sits and waits patiently to be pet.

Pet Therapy of the Ozarks is a program that offers certified service animals to come to schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities.
They started doing this in the library as a way to try and relieve students of stress that they may feel at the end of a semester.
“We had seen some articles about colleges doing it and we know how stressful the end of the year can be for students,” librarian Melody Netzer said.

This is the third year in a row they have visited. They came Thursday, December 12th during lunch hours. Last year they implemented tickets to try to not overwhelm the dogs.
“It is free and the only reason we do that is so we don’t overwhelm the puppies,” Netzer said.
Pet therapy is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get out some stress or who just loves petting cute dogs.

The Taste Of Water

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  Imagine this, it’s between classes and you only have five minutes to get a drink and get to class. Knowing which fountain to go to can save you a few seconds of those valuable five minutes. Through a set of rigorous tests and an official chart, I’m going to tell you where to get the best water in our school.

     Eighteen fountains make up what most students can easily access in between classes. Fountains next to each other were rated together and their scores then averaged. This means only twelve fountains are up for the true title of the best fountain.

   Let’s start with the categories I went through to figure out the best water fountain. 

    I first started with the coldness of the water. After a long day getting a cold drink can make all the difference. On a scale from one to five, there were many fountains that achieved a perfect score.

 Fountains near the first floor science wing and first floor history wing have some of the coldest water. Another honorable mention would be the fountain near the concessions stand.

   The water there is crisp and cold, but did not reach the top of the ranks due to deficits in other categories.

   The next of the categories I choose to rank the fountains was accessibility. Some fountains were immediately disqualified for being in places an average student cannot get to.

   Depending on what class you’re in or traveling to could change the accessibility for you. For this, I went with fountains that weren’t meant for certain classes or too far from the rest of the school.

 My next category was the presentation. This severely lowered the scores of different fountains. Small chunks of food in the drain or unfortunately placed trashcans can ruin a good hydration experience.

   This caused fountains in the commons, near the gym, and on the second floor near room 244 to lose a majority of their points. 

   Next is taste. Some people might say that water is tasteless, but I would have to disagree. Water can taste metallic, dirty, and even stale. So, when picking the perfect water fountain, the taste was a big concern.

   The second floor science wing and second floor English wing fountains had a crisp, clean taste that left me feeling refreshed.

   Finally, the last of my categories was pressure. When you have to touch the spout the water comes out of to get a drink, it leaves you feeling grossed out. For this, I recommend the first floor science wing or the fountain near the concessions stand.

   There was one fountain that had everything I was looking for in a quick drink. With five in temperature, accessibility, presentation, and taste the second floor math hallway had the best water. With a 4.8 rating, as the water pressure lost a single point, it’s the best fountain in school.

   Next time you’re in need of a quick drink and have time to walk to any fountain, the math hall will be waiting. 

Bowling Club

The bowling club is one of the many events that take place at Kickapoo. Bowling starts after winter break and is a very competitive club. 

Bowling club practices at Andy B’s, starting after winter break. Senior Spencer Robarge is very excited to bowl this year and has been practicing very hard in the offseason. 

“We are getting ready to start and hoping we have a good team coming together. Personally, I had a 300-846 about a month ago” Robarge said. 

A 300 is a perfect score and 900 is a perfect score in three games. He is very excited and has been practicing for bowling by winning national events. 

 

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