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Down the Lanes

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  “If you pick up your bowling ball and you’re on the approach and you don’t know what you’re doing you’re in trouble,” sophomore Spencer Robarge said.

  Robarge is a bowler on the varsity bowling team. He’s been bowling for twelve years.

  “I spent so much time in the bowling center that it became second nature for me to be there for twelve-fourteen hours a day,” Robarge said.

  His mom started him bowling at a young age. While his dad would have preferred he play a different sport, he received endless support from his mom, brother, and grandma.

  “They’ve supported me taking me to tournaments all the time and watching me bowl,” Robarge said.

  He started bowling when he was four and soon after he was bowling competitively.

  “It was a lot of fun being really young and bowling, you didn’t really understand what was on only that you try to hit the most pins,” Robarge said.

  Over the years his love for the sport grew along with his knowledge and skill.

  “As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized it’s much more intriguing and much more intricate than I originally thought,” Robarge said.

  For him, bowling was the only sport he’s ever played.

  “I wasn’t fast enough to play basketball I wasn’t big enough to play football I didn’t have enough stamina for something like baseball I was really good at bowling,” Robarge said.

  “Nobody really understood what it was and as they got older, second or third grade, I got a lot of ridicule for it,” Robarge said.

  Another place he’s been able to find support is with his teammates on the lanes.

  “I’ve been on the team with him since a sophomore year but I’ve known him since freshman year,” junior Graham Mortimore said.

  From the beginning, Mortimore admired Robarge’s ability.

  “I remember first watching him and just being in shock about how good he was,” Mortimore said.

  Mortimore not only sees Robarge as a great bowler but also as an uplifting teammate.

  “He always takes the lead and gets up hyped up and gives us tips on how to improve,” he added.

  Growing up playing a nontraditional sport Robarge has been met with a few misconceptions.

  “Bowling is a sport you can do for the rest of your life. Go to Andy B’s on any afternoon and you’ll see older people that have been playing for years,” Robarge said.

  He combats nervousness with calm confidence in his abilities. His goal going in is always to win.

  “In my eyes, my job is to win the tournament, to make sure this kid who thinks he will win doesn’t,” Robarge said.

  He ensures his confidence in his playing through hard work and practice. Robarge spends anywhere from one to twelve hours a day bowling. Either working in the pro shop or bowling, his life is spent in the bowling center.

  “I really don’t like mediocrity if I can win, put the time in I’ve spent the last 60% of my life bowling, I’ve worked for where I’m at and my job is to work to stay where I’m at,” Robarge said.

  He also spends a lot of time studying.

  “It’s almost like school, you may be at school for seven hours but you’re doing school work for more than seven hours a day,” Robarge said.

  One way he stays calm during games is with a hard working and humble mentality.

  “If it doesn’t work out it doesn’t work out, all you can do is prepare better for the next time,” Robarge said.

  Robarge has had above average scores in tournaments in the last few years with the highest possible score being 300.

  “Between 230 and 250 in the last three or four years,” he said.

Robarge reaches for another ball

 He has scored 21 official 300 point games and is close to beating the youth bowling record with only ten more to go in the next four years.

  One of his main career goals is to work with storm bowling. Storm bowling is a leading bowling ball and bowling equipment manufacturer.

  “They’ve known me pretty well the last couple of years I have my foot in the door, they would allow me to go on tour which is my main goal,” Robarge said.

  Robarge has appeared in advertisements for this company within the last two years.

  “I want to work for them and hopefully make their company better than it is. With an already great company it’s a tough task ahead,” Robarge said.

  He is also interested in owning a bowling center when he’s older.

  “I’ve been around it my whole life and I feel like I could really run a center successfully,” Robarge said.

  He wants to combine old and new styles of bowling centers by combining cosmic flashy style bowling centers with more traditional lanes for league bowling.

  “A lot of people only do one or the other and don’t do both and I think that’s where the gap is at,” Robarge said.

  Before he works in the bowling industry Robarge wants to go to college. He wants to attend a college with a good bowling team as well as a business program to help him later on. Through his bowling, he could receive either partial scholarships or even a full ride as some schools have already offered.

  “If I keep on I should be able to get a full ride because I’m not only a good bowler but also a good student. I will have academics as well as athletics,” Robarge said.

  Robarge would also urge people who want to try bowling to come out and try it.

  Throughout his athletic career, Robarge has paid for bowling through fundraising through different companies. In the next few months, he plans to start fixing up and reselling used bowling balls from his own home.

Robarge throws another ball

  “I’m going to buy bowling balls plug them make them look good, and sell them,” Robarge said.

  “I would definitely encourage younger kids to come out and try it and see if you like it,” Robarge said.

Bowling has had an impact on his life and he wants to encourage others to play.

  “A wonderful thing about it is all the great people I’ve met,” he said.

  He is thankful for other athletes he’s helped throughout the years and hopes to spread a love for the sport.

  “I just want others to fall in love with the sport and hopefully grow the sport as a whole,” Robarge said.

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Are We Safe?

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To get into the building you must go through two sets of doors, the second set is only able to be unlocked if you buzz in using the intercom.

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ABC News states that fifty school shootings have taken place since the Columbine shooting in 1999.
School systems take shootings very seriously. A new procedure called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) is a plan of action that tries to keep students safer than they previously were under the old system of lockdown drills.
“ALICE is thinking about the situation and what you can do and what you feel comfortable doing if put in that situation,” Assistant Principal Chris Hunsaker said.
ALICE training for teachers started this school year. Later in the year students will be learning about the revamped crisis drills from teachers and be seeing them in action during intruder drills.
“We will have one intruder drill every quarter, I don’t know a specific date,” Hunsaker said.
The way schools and law enforcement respond to shootings
have changed dramatically since Columbine.
When the old lockdown system was designed to protect students from drive by shootings, gang violence, or random shootings outside the building.
“Even police officers were taught it would be a hostage situation. And most school shootings are no longer hostage situations,” Hunsaker said.
The first step of the new procedure would be to try to get the student body safely out of the building.
“If you knew you needed to get out of the building and you could get to it safely then you’re going to run,” Hunsaker said.
The next step, if it isn’t safe to get out of the building, is to block the intruder from getting into the room.
“If you knew that the person was right outside your door you’re going to barricade it and make it as
hard as possible for them to get in,” Hunsaker said.
And if neither of those options can be put into action and the intruder is already in the room, students and teachers are asked to contain the threat.
“If you knew that person was coming in the door, you’re going to do everything in your power to prevent the situation from getting any worse than it already is,” Hunsaker said. “You’re going to make things as difficult as possible for them to do the act that they’re wanting to do.”
Many teachers have strong opinions on the new procedures.
“I was skeptical. I’d heard through word of mouth a lot of different things about ALICE training, but I hadn’t received any of the training yet,” Hostetler said.
ALICE gives teachers and students a plan to rely on if an event like a school shooting was ever to take place.
“You cannot plan for a tragic event like a school shooting. They’re not all the same, they’re not carried out in the same way. So you really can’t be prepared for that, but what you can be prepared for is what to do in the moment,” he added.
School shootings are unique situations and should be treated as such.
“You don’t know until that day comes if they’re going to be in your classroom or the hallway outside of the classroom or the other end of the school,” Hostetler said.
ALICE could help teachers and students react in a high-stress situation outside of the school environment.
“It’s good thought process to have no matter where you go. Whether it be a movie theatre or some other public place,” Hunsaker said.
This will be new to a lot of students, but in the end, it could save lives and prepare them for situations later that may occur further down the road.
Trying to take out the intruder is the last step in ALICE, and it can save lives.
“The resource officer talked to us about training that he had been to. He talked about what happens if you just stay in your room versus if you just try to get out and what happens if you fight against a shooter coming into your room,” Hostetler said.
All the information about ALICE, such as a full history and tips on implementation is available at www.alicetraining.com.
“If we are running this efficiently, within seconds of a shot being fired people are getting out of the building or they’re blocking the room so an intruder cannot get into the room. That person is going to be left with empty halls and rooms they can’t get into,” Hostetler said.
ALICE is nothing for students, parents, or staff members to worry about. If a tragic event like a shooting was to ever happen, having a set procedure like ALICE is more likely to keep people safe.
“I think the training and their ideals are good, but the situation is something that I hate,” Hostetler said.

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`   In order to graduate high school, there are many requirements to receive a diploma. The classes and skills are taught to prepare students for higher education, and the work field. One component high school classes do not acknowledge is; soft skills. These skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

  With the absence of this teaching, Go Caps has made its way to the Ozarks to fix the issue.

  Greater Ozark Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS), is a year long education program that specializes in career paths for juniors and seniors. With a morning (8-10:30 a.m.) or afternoon (Noon-2:30 p.m.) session, Students will spend half of their day at their home school, and the other half in the subject area of their choice. In the 2018-19 school year, Kickapoo had  six students in the morning session and 11 students in the afternoon session.

It has been available to all 5 high schools here since it began.  GO CAPS is in the middle of recruiting for 2019-2020 school year, which will be its fifth year,” A+ Coordinator Kim Harris said.

  The program offers five different strands including Medicine and Health Care, Business and Entrepreneurship, IT and Software Solutions, Engineering and Manufacturing, and teacher education.

  Depending on what field is chosen, the location of the Go Caps setting can range from area hospitals, the Efactory, Elementary schools, to Springfields Remanufacturing Corporation.

  A drawback to the program is transportation. Although some of the classrooms may be far from home, or homesite school, Go Caps provides options for juniors and Seniors without means of transportation.

“ If an SPS student does not have a car, the Go Caps team will arrange with our transportation department to bus the student from home site to the Go Caps classroom and back,” Education Director Dana Hubbard said.

  Along with bussing, students can apply for transportation scholarships if they qualify for free or reduced lunch rates. The scholarship could include a gas card to help out with the costs.

  The learning experience is  hands on. With a class size ranging from 11-25, Go Caps is able to put students in real life situations.



 “At the beginning of the year, you have to learn a lot of procedures, and terms, but once you are past that you get to do job shadows, and watch surgeries. We were able to visit acute care unit, the  ER, laproscopic surgeries,” junior Alyson Thomas said.

  Classes such as the Project Lead the Way are just a gateway to some of the experiences in the medical strand.  

  The program drives students to polish their professionalism skills by; learning project management, collaborating with businesses, making connections with future employers, and most of all explore individual interests.

  A frequent misunderstanding is the ability to receive credits. The program is a full year, and taking up half of the school day, it may seem difficult to fit it in your schedule.

  “Go Caps counts as three elective credits. There are also dual credit opportunities (with MSU) in each of our five strands,” Hubbard said.

  If the credits  hinder the decision to enroll, there are more benefits to consider. The program’s goal is to pair students with local businesses, and better a resume.

  “ Students interact directly with high level industry professionals, and have many opportunities to network and seek out industry mentors. Recommendations from industry professionals  have the power to add depth and breadth to a college application and/or to a resume,” Hubbard said

  Many upcoming juniors and seniors are uniformed or have overlooked the program.

  “Each year, we always have vacant seats in nearly every strand and each year we know there are students out there that are missing out on what can potentially be a life changing experience. We want to fill every seat available” Hubbard said.

 The experience can show students a closer look at different career paths, along with narrowing down college majors.

  “What a better way to explore than in HS when you are not having to pay for college courses?,” Harris said. 

In the next five years, Go Caps hopes to expand the Teacher Education program, as they currently only offer a morning session. Along with a possible addition to the five current strands.



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Changing The Game

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   Football is a dangerous game. A game so dangerous that the National Football League (NFL) recorded 281 concussions last year according to ESPN.com. The NFL is making strides this year to possibly help combat this.  The NFL has, for years been fighting the rise of concussions by patrolling head to head hits. Despite the NFL’s efforts, the number of concussions has continued to rise. This season two new rules have been put into play on the gridiron to hopefully help lessen the amount of concussions we see in this NFL season. The rule making heads turn around the league and causing arguments all over the Internet is Rule 12 Section 2 Article 8 in the NFL rule handbook that states, “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.” according to operations.nfl.com.

  This rule makes it clear that any lowering of the helmet will result in a penalty, but what’s not clear is for whom and when does this apply?

  Anytime linemen go to battle on the line of scrimmage and a player’s helmet is “lowered” then is that a penalty? When an offensive player lowers his head to run over a defensive player is it a penalty?  This rule is unclear on so many levels. The NFL    has made it unclear how the rule will be officiated.  During the NFL pre-season there were countless penalties called under this rule. Frankly some of the hits looked as if they were by the book tackles without any head to head, or helmet contact at all.

   A safe tackle is considered one in which the head is up and the tackler can see what they hit. In the heat of the moment, in a fast paced scenario, it’s very unlikely for a tackle to be made with perfect form.  With questions around the league about how this rule will be officiated, will players be penalized for ducking their head to avoid injury to themselves?

From reading the rule, to watching it in effect during the NFL preseason, the rule is going to be one that continues to cause issues.    The rule itself may be foggy, but the main objective is clear: cut down on concussions in the NFL.

  The second rule implemented by the NFL this year is Rule 6 Section 1 Article 6, that states “Before the kicker approaches the ball and the ball is kicked, all kicking team players other than the kicker must be lined up and remain in their established positions no more than one yard behind the restraining line.”

  This rule is in effect during the kickoff play, which is, arguably the most dangerous play in football.

  In years past players on the kicking team had a five yard allowance to run before the ball was kicked, allowing build up of momentum before breaking the restraining line (where the ball is placed on the kicking tee). Now with only one yard between the players and the restraining line, as well as players not being able to move before the ball is kicked, kicking team players have little to no time to build up speed and momentum before reaching the first line of blockers.

  “League studies showed that concussions were five times more likely to occur on a kickoff than an offensive or defensive snap,” according to Sportingnews.com

  With concussions being five times more likely on this one play, then should the NFL not call even more attention to this phase of the game?

 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is more and more of a real and frightening thought for past and present players alike.

  Boston University CTE center defines CTE as a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma (often athletes), including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head that do not cause symptoms.”

  CTE can only be diagnosed after death so it is impossible to gauge how many past and present players are affected by the disease. One thing is certain, CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head and this includes but is not limited to concussions.

  With the NFL being under so much fire from fan bases and past players alike, about claims of CTE and other brain injuries, this brings up the question, does the NFL really care about player safety or are they just trying to cushion the blow of outside criticism?

  With the new rule changes this year in the National Football League, the league is hopeful that the number of concussions this season will be much less than last years. Hopefully the new rules will impact the game for future generations and make it a safer game for all to play.

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Beat Of The Drum

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Nothing gets an assembly going like our drumline.  Our drumline is one of the most appreciated sport of the arts we have at the school.

   The energy they bring to the gym every assembly  is what many students look forward to. The crowd always gets the loudest when you hear that first sound of a drum come from the hallway.

   Senior Alex Southard has been in drumline for six years.   

   “I started playing in sixth grade, but I didn’t really start taking it seriously until I got into high school. But now it’s my life,” Southard said.

   Southard’s skill is shown at assemblies for everyone to see.

   “We play some groovy cadence stuff for assemblies because it’s super fun and everyone loves it,” he said.

   But there is much more to drumline then what is seen at an assembly.

   “Competition is a whole other world,” Southard said.

   The amount of time spent getting ready for competition is monumental compared to assemblies.

   “It takes months to master a show. We perform on a big tarp while playing amazing music, running, and dancing,” Southard said.

   While performing at assemblies and  competitions is fun, Southard’s favorite thing about drumline is the social aspect.

   “The best part about drumline is making memories and the people I’ve met. In these last four years I have made many friends that I will remember forever,” he said.

   Southard plans to continue his drumline career after high school.

   “ I plan to march for Missouri State, and eventually tryout for Gateway Indoor,” Southard  said.

   Gateway Indoor is a percussion group out of St. Louis that competes nationally.

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Entrepreneur of Kickapoo

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Kickapoo student learns how to make profit as a young entrepreneur.

  Many students desire a way to make quick cash. Senior Andrew Sweet found a way to do just that. Sweet is a self-proclaimed businessman.
  Sweet has a personal shoe resale business that runs on a small scale. He started his business off with just selling in-style shoes he no longer wore on various social media platforms to friends. Once he saw that this could be a business opportunity for himself, he looked into buying more products.
  He now buys name brand shoes, specifically Ultra Boosts and NMD’s-types of Adidas shoes through various sources at a discounted rate. He then sells them at a marked up price allowing a 30 to 35 profit percentage, depending on purchase price from the seller.
 “Being able to make purchases and sales is something that interests me greatly. I like being my own boss and making the executive decisions that determine my profits on a daily basis,” Sweet said.
  Sweet has always had an entrepreneurial mindset, with that mindset he is always seeking new opportunities to pursue business that other have not looked into.

   “Since I was younger, I always wanted to make money. I did that by washing cars and mowing,” Sweet said.
  As an entrepreneur, Sweet loves selling shoes and getting people exactly what they want at a discounted price, while still profiting.
While Sweet is selling shoes, he is also gaining other business experience.
   “Along with this job, I also have my own mowing business in the spring and summer months, and a personal snow blowing business that I operate in the winter,” Sweet said.
In the future, Sweet plans to continue his career by attending Missouri State to study business and marketing. After completing college, he plans to open a larger resale business or start a shoe line of his own that will continue to make him successful.
   “Essentially I just want to be my own boss and control when I work and don’t,” Sweet said.

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Graffiti of Springfield

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Springfield, Missouri is home to many interesting things (the world’s largest fork?), but nothing rivals the beautiful street art featured downtown.
Perhaps the most Instagram-able art is the famous butterfly. During the summer, it isn’t odd to see people posing in front of the painting as if they had wings.
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Cry Pretty

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A country singer, Carrie Underwood, released her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, on September 14, 2018. The album consist of 13 songs. They are soulful and full of meaning. The songs show another part of Carrie that most fans are not use to seeing. Not all of the songs have music videos, but you still feel the meaning in each word she sings. The songs Bullet and Love Wins are definitely the most inspirational, and the words convey messages still talked about today. These topics consist of gay rights and gun violence. In today’s climate talking about these issues is important because it helps
open the minds of people in society, and brings light to some major issues. The album has taken some political risk, but nonetheless the songs aren’t just about the country, roads and drinking that most stereotypical country music holds, they’re about love and convey real meaning, but Carrie keeps her country style and full throat voice. I’m not a big fan of country music. I’ve never listen to it, but I decided to try something different. And I was pleasantly surprised. If you’re a fan of country music and songs with what, I believe, are meaningful and full of life, I highly recommend the album Cry Pretty.
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Swimming

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In his fifth and final studio album, the late Mac Miller drowns the listener in captivating songs of R&B, soul, jazz rap about heartbreak, self love, and healing. But do not be mistaken, this is not a breakup album.
“I’m just talking about things that I’m proud of myself for, things I’m afraid of, or things that are just thoughts and emotions,” he told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe.
The whole album itself, flows at the same pace and keeps you listening. The leading single, Self Care tells how Miller is overcoming struggles and making the decision to treat himself right.
The emotional and nostalgic feel of 2009 with a beautiful orchestra playing at the beginning will have you reminiscing on the past.

More upbeat songs like What’s the use? , which has a subtle cameo of Snoop Dogg, tells how Miller is dealing with personal devastation.
The title goes wonderfully with the album as a whole, the album flows you along song to song, each telling a story and has important meaning behind each one. Overall, the word that comes to mind when I listen to this album is patience, I’m not quite sure how to explain why but maybe because the album seems to keep you calm and focused, even the upbeat songs. I would highly recommend listening to Swimming on your lowest, chillest, or simply days you just need to be in your head.

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Sierra Burgess Really Is A Loser

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The Netflix original movie Sierra Burgess Is a Loser was supposed to be a homage to every self conscious girl who feels like they have no purpose or have no idea who they are. Instead, the movie portrayed its main character, Sierra Burgess as a vindictive and manipulative loner whose only purpose in life is to win the heart of a boy. Sierra is the basic stereotype for this sort of character. She has good grades, is in band, has one friend, who is just as nerdy as her, and she is bullied for every step she takes. She is even played by a plus sized actress, which is a step up for the teen film industry. When we first meet Sierra, she is going through what most high school seniors go through, college stress. Her counselor asks her the question of “What is Sierra Burgess?” but Sierra has no answer, causing her to stress. Her counselor suggests she takes up tutoring, so that her applications stand out. That’s when she decided to put her number around the school. When the head mean girl of the school, Veronica, decides to give Sierra’s number to a cute guy as a joke because he has “loser friends,” things start to take off. Sierra gets a mystery text, It happens to be Jamey, the cute boy. Sierra has no idea why or how this boy has her number but she plays along, hoping that it isn’t all too good to be true.
When Jamey calls her Veronica it is all clear and Sierra is crushed. She decides to play along anyway. The movie tries to justify Veronica’s horrific bullying with the fact that her mom is plus sized and her dad left. The mom is just a coverup for trying to be a ‘diverse’ movie and giving a mean spirited girl a scapegoat. The main problem I have with this movie is that it glorifies the act of catfishing. Catfishing is pretending to be someone else, and engaging in a fantasy that could eventually lead to emotional harm for both involved. Sierra is catfishing Jamey into believing that she is Veronica, when in fact she is not. Jamey eventually asks “Veronica” to FaceTime and (Sierra being an idiot) says yes. Coincidentally, the real Veronica ends up needing a tutor and Sierra offers to help her in exchange for a favor. Her plan is to FaceTime Jamey with Veronica’s face, but with Sierra’s voice in the background. When Sierra says something, Veronica acts like it is lagging. The FaceTime ends up being a success, and the catfishing continues. Overall, this movie was trying to send a major message to teenagers that you don’t have to be the most beautiful, skinny, or the most popular to win the favor of people, but it ended up being like every other Netflix original, with the same cast, bad acting, and the glorification of nasty internet ways.
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Kneeling For Nothing

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I do not support making Colin Kaepernick the face of the Nike campaign. I personally believe that it is disrespectful and a spit in the face to the men and women that serve and have served our great country under the flag and National Anthem. However, I don’t believe that Kaepernick intended for it to be viewed as disrespectful. I think that he just wanted to do something to get the NFL talking about him again because he is not a very good quarterback and he was probably going to get traded. No matter the intended outcome of his actions I do realize that he was just exercising his right to protest, I just don’t agree with the way he went about it. I am truly glad that he used his “celebrity” status to stand up for something that he believes in.
Honestly though, I don’t think that he is the right person to speak for the “oppressed black people and people of color” since he grew up in a white household and he did make it into the NFL so he wasn’t too oppressed if you ask me. Also, for Nike to name him as the face of their ad under the phrase “stand up for what you believe in, even if it means losing everything” is ironic. He DID NOT lose everything! He simply lost one overpaid job for another. That is not everything when there are people dodging bullets on a war front, hiding from the government in order to go to school, and when many people don’t have houses, food, or drinkable water. Kaepernick used his status and the issues of the world to benefit himself and Nike helped him to do so when they endorsed him.
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The NBA season has been an up and down roller coaster this season. The Cavaliers got taken to seven games by the Pacers, yet bounced back in the second round to sweep the number one seed Toronto Raptors. Lebron James has been solidifying his case as the best player of all time averaging over his last 30 postseason games, 33.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.4 assists while shooting 55.7% from the floor. These are some of the best numbers we’ve ever seen and are witnessing one of the best players of all time. The Warriors are back to their dominant ways as they currently lead the Pelicans 3-1 in their series and will look to finish them in game 5. The Celtics currently lead their series 3-1 over the 76ers in a battle of inexperienced playoff teams as they both have multiple players getting their first real taste of the postseason. The Celtics have outcoached and executed the 76ers this entire series and will look to finish them in game 5 as well. The Rockets are currently up on the Jazz 3-1 but this series has been a lot closer than the series would indicate. These two teams have fought back and forth for every game but game 3, but the Rockets firepower has ultimately been too much for the Jazz to handle. These series haven’t been too close, but once the conference finals come around there will be some very competitive basketball.

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Never Again

187,000 students have experienced a school shooting in the past 20 years. This time, thoughts and prayers aren’t enough.

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187,000 students, more than 100 times the student population of Kickapoo High School, have experienced a school shooting in the last 19 years, according to a March analysis by the Washington Post. Since then, over 130 students from teachers and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to young adults and faculty members at Virginia Tech, have been killed as a result of these shootings.

In February, 17 students and staff members at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School were shot and killed by accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former student of the Parkland, Florida high school. Cruz executed the attack with an AR-15-style rifle. He purchased the firearm legally nearly a year before the massacre, USA Today reports.

Federal law states that it is unlawful to “sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition” to those who have been committed to a mental institution or are believed to

be mentally defective. NBC News reported in February that Cruz was examined by professionals Henderson Behavioral Health, and the Florida Department of Children and Families when his mental state was called into question in 2016. Cruz’s own attorney also described him as a “broken child” who suffered from brain development issues and depression in February. Still, he was able to legally purchase the firearm used to kill 15 students and two staff members at Douglas High.

But for the survivors, the usual social media circulation of “thoughts and prayers” was not enough. Instead, Douglas students stepped into the limelight to demand change in an unprecedented student movement.

These demands went on to incite demonstrations like the Walkout for Our Lives: a student protest pleading for stricter gun control laws, especially those regarding AR-15 and other assault-style rifles. The Washington Post reports that tens of thousands of students walked out of their schools in protest, including students of Central, Glendale and Kickapoo High Schools.

Student protesters watch as sophomore Jaden Carter discusses the importance of safety in schools. Photo by Tony Madden.

Douglas High survivors also organized a nationwide protest dubbed the March for Our Lives, which drew hundreds of thousands to march for gun control in Washington, D.C. The Post compared the size and scope of the march to that of student protests during the Vietnam War.

   In March, juniors Grace Laflen and Zoë Sweaney organized Kickapoo’s participation in the Springfield Walkout for Our Lives: a peaceful protest to push for stricter gun control laws, especially those regarding assault weapons.

   According to Sweaney, more than 300 students walked out of their classes to the football field on March 23, chanting “no more silence, end gun violence.” Organizers of the walkout spoke to the crowd of protestors for approximately 45 minutes before returning to class. According to a News-Leader report from the week of the walkout, students at Central and Glendale High Schools also walked out.

   “I do think that we made a profound impact,” Sweaney said. “I think that in their minds -at the state level of our government, and even the federal level of our government- they know that we are here. And I think they’ll keep that in mind from now on.”

   Sweaney was pleased to report that the walkout was executed well, with support from administration and nearly three times as many participants than expected.

   Sweaney told KHQ that more restricted access to AR-15 and other assault-style weapons and more intensive background and mental health checks in both the private and public sectors of firearm sales are the two main priorities on their agenda for the #NeverAgain movement. While  she does not advocate for a repeal of the second amendment, she says  that no amendment is immune to regulation.

   “Although our right to vote is constitutionally protected, everyone still must register and voter ID laws exist,” Sweaney said. “I think it’s important they know that although we recognize their rights, we also recognize the importance of regulating access to dangerous weapons.” She also added that people who “stay hidden” behind the second amendment are the greatest barrier to change.

   Sweaney told KHQ that in all, this bipartisan movement has one goal: to keep children safe at school at all costs. She says she often becomes concerned when politics become too involved with this goal.

Junior Zoë Sweaney speaks to approximately 300 students who walked out in late March- more than three times the expected outcome. Photo by Jack Patrick.

   “…even if they aren’t agreeable on every single platform we have, if in all they just want to make America and specifically schools safer, then we’re on the same side as them,” Sweaney said.

   Not all students agree with Sweaney’s views, however. A group of approximately 80 students wore tee shirts with various facts and statistics in response to the Walkout for Our Lives to stand up for their second amendment rights and honor those who routinely save lives with firearms.

   “…there is a different point of view that is sometimes not seen or heard,” junior Carson Fink said. “Wearing the shirt gave me a voice without being disrespectful.”

   Approximately 30 students bearing these shirts walked out of the west side of the building to the flag pole in a counter-protest. One student reportedly mounted an American flag on his truck and parked in front of the protest. He was asked to move the truck, and later faced disciplinary action. Fink was not one of these students. Multiple participants in this counter-protest declined request for interview.

   Fink told KHQ that he does not believe that gun control legislation will stop school shootings or any other type of mass murders. He says the root of the problem lies within moral decrepitude in American society.

   “We have lost the value of the human life and our spirituality, and that is what I think we need to bring back,” Fink said. “We have lost our moral absolutes, and the lines of right and wrong are blurred…law-breakers do not respect the law.”

Approximately 30 students walked out in the Walkout for Our Lives counter-protest to stand up for their second amendment rights in front of the flag pole. Photo by Austin Frye.

   Fink added that arming officers and officials inside schools could prevent school shootings more effectively than more restrictive gun control legislation.

   “Armed professionals, who have been trained to be proficient, are the best defense against harm. This includes resource officers and police officers,” Fink said. “Law-breakers are not stopped by more laws but by professionals with arms.”

   Sweaney, however, is troubled by the idea of more firearms in schools.

   “…armed SRO’s do not deter shooters from entering the school… the problem was that they were able to get the gun into the school in the first place,” Sweaney said. “…we need to look at a solution that stops them from getting the gun in the first place, rather than confronting them during the face-off.” She added that the presence of more armed professionals could make schools feel like “prisons.”

Junior Carson Fink says that moral decreptitude in society is the root of gun violence in America, and new legislation is not likely to stop law-breakers. Photo by Tony Madden.

   In all, both Fink and Sweaney hope to see change in order to make schools in America safer for everyone. For Fink, this means bringing back common morality and “absolute truths,” while maintaining second amendment rights and increasing individual gun responsibility. For Sweaney, it means preventing firearms from falling into the wrong hands while avoiding the infringement of anyone’s constitutionally guaranteed right.

   “We just want to see change,” Sweaney said. “I feel like anyone who is against that is advocating for the status quo. And so many people are dying in the status quo.”

 

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Summer is the perfect time to contribute to your community. With all the free time you get in the summer you can join an organization or just donate a little bit of time to something you believe you can help with.
volunteering is a great way to feel better about oneself through helping others. It also helps someone appreciate what you have and gets you involved with a community. One could also make new friends who care about the same causes and ideas as you.

 The school year students also have many options to contribute such as key club, the food pantry, Girls for Good, Pay It Forward, RADD, NHS, and many others.  However, during the summer it’s a bit different there are many organizations and groups that offer may different ways to help out. Some of the organizations include Give 5, Ozarks Food Harvest, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Convoy of Hope, Red Cross, Community Blood Center of the Ozaks and quite a few others.

The Ronald McDonald House

Helping families whilst their child or family member is ill through providing housing, health care, and resources is another way to help others.

 

The Humane Society
Volunteering with dogs is always enjoyable and a great way to help sheltered animals in our community.

 

 

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Track and Field

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With track season already starting a lot of the members are look to have the same results as they did last year.

“Yes our main goal is not only have the same results as last year, but also do even better than last year,” said senior William Lynch

Also with returning seniors they look to the younger classmen to fill in the shoes of some great athletes last year; Devin Kruse, Maverick Mcgee, Chris Lawson.

“ I believe that our younger classmen will step up to the plate and who knows some of them might do way better than we expected,” said senior Adrian Davis.

With the younger classmen looking to impress the coaches, the upperclassmen are having some big time people returning, that include three time state qualifier Kennedy Aurentz, state champion Jaden Wiley and state qualifier Cy Warlick.

“ I’m really excited about this season, because I feel like that I can turn some heads this year and hopefully achieve my goal of finally winning the shot put state  title,” said junior Kennedy Aurentz.

So look for the track team to make a big impact this season and make history .

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The Young Adult Novel Apocalypse: Authors Exploit the Genre

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J.K. Rowling spurred the explosion of today’s young adult genre back in the late 90s with the release of the first Harry Potter book.

       She had to go to several different publishers —at least 12, according to The Guardian—because her story was repeatedly rejected.

   And it wasn’t because the publishers didn’t like the story. They were worried that the books would never sell, says the fandom-journalist site Hypable.

   Christopher Little, Rowling’s first agent, told The Guardian that publishers feared nobody would read Harry Potter because, they reasoned, it wasn’t relatable to an adult audience.

   Before Rowling, there wasn’t much of a Young Adult genre, and this is likely due to the same reasons why Rowling had to face so much rejection.  No company saw any profit in publishing a book that catered to such a small demographic of 12-18 year-olds.

   Although I’m glad that Rowling had determination to put what would become one of the most beloved book series of all time on bookshelves, it’s understandable that these publishers didn’t want to take the risk.

   Teens didn’t have their own genre before the last couple decades.  Books were published for children, and books were published for adults.  Before the late 90s, students read classics like Gatsby and Catcher in English classes, and any leisure reading was made for the grownup audience.

   Books like Gary Paulson’s Hatchet or like Hinton’s The Outsiders (she was 17 when her book was published, funny that) are some of the earliest examples of YA fiction, but few others wanted to write fiction for specifically young people because there was no demand for it.

   Rowling set the precedent for  young adult literature by showing everyone how much money you can make by creating something that teenagers want to read.

   Ever since Rowling’s immense success, there was an outbreak of young adult books.  Authors like John Green, David Levithan, Rick Riordan and Veronica Roth—all names you can find on our library’s shelves—have emerged as some of this generation’s most successful writers.

    YA literature has become the bottom of the barrel for books; publishers are using the genre as  loophole for authors who aren’t good at writing to get something published.

   Recycled plot lines, laughably bad dialogue and character arcs as flat as old Pepsi are only some of the many crimes against literature that run rampant throughout these god-awful books.

Joyce Carol Oates, American author with hundreds of published novels, short stories, poems and essays, said in an interview with the Michigan Quarterly Review that young adult writing takes a special kind of skill.

“[My editor] Tara encouraged me to write a young adult novel, which, for me, became an experiment in genre: how to present a narrative in the most succinct and dramatic way, relying mostly upon dialogue, a minimum of interior narration, virtually no description, exposition, or background. In adult fiction, the act of describing, for instance, a high school cafeteria could be a tour de force of sharp, sensory writing, but a young adult editor will simply cross out such a description with the gentle admonition: ‘Teenagers know what a high school cafeteria is, you don’t have to tell them.”’

   Oates may be right that good Young Adult fiction is dramatic and succinct, but much of the young adult books published these days aren’t on par with the leading authors of our generation.

   Rowling’s use of installments was artful, masterful and added to a gripping plot.  C.S. Lewis and George R.R. Martin have also used installments tastefully.  But  the rise (and plague) of series has become just another way to copycat Rowling’s successes.  It’s become less about writing impactful and thoughtful literature and more about making up new ways to keep making money.        One of my biggest problems with this genre is that it is insulting to our intelligence.  YA authors have this nasty habit of censoring themselves all the time.

   Do these authors think we don’t know what sex is?  Do they think that they are doing us some great service by only alluding to all the dirty things that teenagers do?  Young adult books should be as honest and real as the lives of those reading them.

   The Young Adult genre has become an outlet for middle-aged writers to reminisce about their high school experience.  While this style may be suitable for memoir writing, it’s not entertaining when placed in a modern setting with fictional characters in a slice of life plot line.

   Forty-year-olds do not know what the current high school scene is; they like to impress their ideas on what they think high school is like on their story and pass it off as real.

   Oates was right when she said that high-schoolers know what a cafeteria looks like.   There’s a special shared experience between students.  It’s a mutual language that we all know, and authors are making it all too obvious that they don’t speak the tongue.

  What are teenagers all about?  Their phones!  Let’s write all of our stories with a heavy reliance on texting and email in order to dig ourselves an even deeper grave.  Books that use threads as a means of carrying a plot makes a story boring as hell.  If i wntd 2 read txt lk ths (which is NOT how teenagers text, John!) id skrrt skrrt rite on ovr 2 twitter lol.

   This plot device-y way to make characters seem more hip and trendy falls short nearly every time and leaves readers bored, confused and a little uncomfortable.  This heavy reliance on technology in order to make a book seem more modern is a glaringly obvious crutch for someone lacking talent in writing dialogue.

   Our great-grandchildren will still be reading Mark Twain and Mary Shelley when they’re in school. Cassandra Clare who? Stephen Chbosky what?  Young adult books exist only in the present and have no literary merit to keep them relevant in the future.

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Student Art Featured at Springfield Art Museum

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AMBER BURNETT (12)

“BOWL OF DOUBT”

CERAMIC BOWL

“This is the best thing I’ve ever thrown.  In fact, when I went to glaze it, Mr. Blackburn thought it was his bowl that he used for demonstrations, and it didn’t help that I didn’t have my name on it.  When I heard it was going to be featured at the art museum, I wanted to name it ‘The Bowl That My Teacher Thought Was Too Good to be Mine.’ We decided that name was too long, so we just went with ‘The Bowl of Doubt’.  Mr. Blackburn is still skeptical that I made it.”

 

 

 

MAKAYLA MAXHEIMER (11)
“INTO THE UNKNOWN”
DIGITAL PRINT
“For this piece, I really wanted to do something that meant a lot to me.  At the time, I was really into this show called Over the Garden Wall.  The show helped me bond with my friends.  The show is very light and fluffy, and I wanted to be able to show that as well as how I was feeling at the time, with dark shadowy figures and the lantern.”

 

 

 

NATALIE GATES (9)
“ENVY”
MIXED MEDIA
“Hateful desire and envy are themes in this piece.  The outstretched hand represents a longing or desire for something more.  Snakes have always represented envy in my own mind, so I shaded them to show the dangerous side of that emotion.  And the old authors in the top right are covered in string to represent them being caged in.”

 

 

 

 

 

SCOTLYN BELEW (11)

“DUALITY”

INK ON PAPER

“When I was in middle school, I did lots of landscape drawings.  In my art foundations class, we had an assignment to create a line weaving.  I was inspired by my previous work, and I wanted to continue with what I always do.”

 

 

 

LAUREN PERRIMAN (10)

“VINTAGE SERIES”

PHOTOGRAPHY

“We had to do a theme in Photography One, and I picked vintage as my theme.  It’s interesting to see the items that were used in the past because we often lose sight of them because of technology.  Since Mr. DeClue teaches and knows a lot about photography, it feels good to hear that he likes my theme and the way I shot it.”

 

 

DALLIN FORSYTH (12)
“INSPIRATION”
PHOTOGRAPHY

“I definitely played around with this picture so that you could see the milky way.  My friend TJ Cirillo is looking off into the distance so you can kind of interpret the picture for yourself.  This was a really good shoot.”

 

 

 

 

OLIVIA HALL (11)

LA MESA STUDY”

CERAMIC SET

“This was the first wheel-throwing project for my ceramics 2 class. The project was based on “La Mesa,” an art show for professional artists to make sets for display as a place setting all on one super long table. I’m proud of the set, and it turned out better than I thought. I’m good at throwing, but you never know how the glaze will turn out.  I could eat off of it if I want, but I’m not sure what I’ll to with it yet.”

 

LAUREN SPILMAN (12)

“TIMELESS”

PHOTOGRAPHY

“This was for a portfolio project, and the prompt was “community.”  It’s supposed to be a commentary on older generations using technology in a good way with curiosity and not just ‘oh, you young people with your technology! Back in my day, all we had was sticks!’  It was really fun to shoot and my model, Ana, had a lot of fun, too.”

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Best Friend Quarterly

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HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET? 

Alex: 4th grade class

Annabelle: Mr. Flynn’s 4th grade class

WHAT IS ALEX’S BIGGEST FEAR?

Annabelle: Toes

Alex: Toes

WHAT IS ANNABELLES  MOMS MAIDEN NAME?

Alex: Summers

Annabelle: Summers

WHAT IS ALEX’S FAVORITE FOOD?

Annabelle: Apple Sauce

Alex: Apple Sauce

IF ANNABELLE COULD BE ANY ANIMAL WHAT WOULD SHE BE? 

Alex: Giraffe

Annabelle: Giraffe

WHAT IS ALEX’S FAVORITE KIND OF POPTART?

Annabelle: Wildberry

Alex: The purple and blue kind

WHAT DOES THE OTHER PERSON DO THAT ANNOYS YOU THE MOST?

Annabelle: Alex doesn’t speak English half the time

Alex: Annabelle is book smarter than me

 

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Voting Must Follow Petition and Assembly

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Voting Must Follow Petition and Assembly

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials accounted for 27% of the eligible voting population in the States.

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials accounted for 27% of the eligible voting population in the States.

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials accounted for 27% of the eligible voting population in the States.

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials accounted for 27% of the eligible voting population in the States.

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Across the nation, people are waving banners, holding signs and pushing for legislation.  We’re exercising our rights to petition and assemble, but lost in the passion of protest is one of the most important liberties of a free democracy: the right to vote.

  1 in 5 Americans participated in protests of some sort since the last presidential election, according to the Washington Post.

   It is admirable that all of us are taking stances, whatever they may be, in order to create a nation that we’re proud to be a part of.  And it becomes especially admirable when we consider that so many young people are taking part in demonstrations, both locally and nationally.

    There’s a misconception about young people voting. Many believe that Millennials (those born from the early eighties to the late nineties) do not vote, but that is untrue. Statistics from the 2016 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center, found that 62 million Millennials voted.  Compare that to the 57 million Gen-Xers who also voted, and it’s easy to see that Millennials are certainly putting to use their right to vote.

   Most of the students in high school currently are in Generation Z (those born after the late nineties).  It is incredibly important that Gen Z keeps up the same momentum with political involvement, especially by voting, because it is one of the most important rights that Americans have. And all of this political involvement becomes meaningless if we do not translate that same energy into voting

   In order to register to vote, go to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website (sos.mo.gov) and go to the Elections and Voting tab.

   Registrars must fill out the voter registration application, print and mail the application (the application already has the mailing address to the county clerk’s office on the page).

   Those registering must be 17 ½ to register and 18 by the day you go to the polls. The only requirements are that you must be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen.

   July 11, 2018 is the last day to register to vote for the primary election for Missouri.  The primary election allows people to vote for those who they think should be in the running for the general election, where voters will choose all or most members of the political body.  The third Wednesday before the election is the deadline to register in order to participate.
   Polling places are open from 6AM to 7PM; if you are in line at 7PM, you still have the right to cast your vote.

   It is important to be informed about voting rights, how to register to vote and to go to the polls so that those representing the public can act with its people’s best interests in mind.

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FBI Exposes NCAA

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The NCAA FBI probe is one of the biggest scandals in sports that will shake the college basketball world for years to come.
This multi-year investigation finally had some findings as in February the FBI released its report on it. Numerous big name schools such as Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina have been linked to the FBI investigation. Some allegations have had steeper accusations than others. There is also already been some fallout to these accusations. Some parents have been accused of receiving payments as well as players. Miles Bridges from Michigan State could not practice until the NCAA cleared him a couple of days later. Deandre Ayton and Sean Miller drew negative press when a audio recording was released of Sean Miller discussing a 100,000 dollar payment to Deandre Ayton to get him to go to Arizona. Sean Miller took a leave of absence for a week before returning to coaching after nothing official was confirmed.  Wendell Carter has also had to deal with opposing fans taunting him about being involved in the scandal.

This is only just the beginning as no harsh punishments have been handed down and they are not done investigating. NCAA president Mark Emmert was quoted as saying “Everybody from me on down is deeply committed to making big, significant changes,” Emmert said. This could come down hard on some programs resulting in sanctions such as loss of scholarships, vacating wins and titles, and a postseason ban. This will be something top college basketball programs will not take lightly and will be on the lookout for the foreseeable future. Multiple schools will be expected to receive some form of punishment Wins will be vacated, championships will be vacated, coaches will be fired, and recruits will be lost. Most of the student-athletes featured in this scandal will go play professionally soon and will never see any sort of punishment. Although if some athletes stay, they can be counted as ineligible until the NCAA does more investigating.

This scandal could affect more people than who are involved in this. There has been talk of the NCAA tournament being put on hold until everything is resolved. Future recruits could consider other options such as going to the NBA G League and Overseas to help further develop their basketball game and get paid. This could also affect the conferences as some

Miles Bridges shoots a contested jump shot over a Penn State defender. Photo Courtesy of Tribune News Service

Legereald Vick and Bill Self are talking during a time out. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

of the best teams in the power five conferences will not be able to compete at that same high level.

The college game is losing their amateur calling and will look to crack down hard on those ruining the reputation they had built on the college game being an amateur game.

They have kept that reputation for over 70 years and will not go lightly on these coaches and schools.

This upcoming season will be filled with multiple allegations, recruits having to sit out due to being ineligible, and some coaches finding out they no longer have their job.

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