News 6 Suessical Jr. presents Suess silliness by Liam Smith Seussical Jr. by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) is Seabury’s spring musical, with two performances, May 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m. The play centers on two stories from the popular Dr. Seuss stories: “Horton Hears a Who” and “Gertrude McFuzz.” Before Seussical became the firm choice, the directors and students considered other possibilities: Grease, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast and Tom Sawyer. “It was hard to find the right piece for this group for two reasons,” said director Cary Pandzik. “We have a lot of younger kids in [the cast], and the kids who are in the cast match up with the characters in [Seussical]. “I think it’s going to be good. It’s hard, but it fits our kids really well, and they seem to be excited about it. That’s the most important thing, really. I hope everybody comes out to support this cast, because it’s going to be very fun and entertaining.” Seniors Phil Anderson and Jenn Crawford play the lead roles, Horton the Elephant and The Cat-in-the-Hat, respectively. Eighth-grader Emma Cook plays Gertrude McFuzz, sophomore Julia Davidson plays Mayzie LaBird and sophomore Grace Yang plays the Sour Kangaroo Seventh-grader Patrick Shields plays Jo Jo, and junior Christine Caffey plays Mrs. Mayor. Eighth-graders Taylor Thurman, Reed Grabill, Skyler Malone and William Wolfe and seventh-grader Austin Barone play the Wickersham Brothers. Sophomore Carina Fowler, seventh-grader Alex Hoopes and eighth-grader Molly Olson-Kelly play the Bird Girls. Eighth-grader Sarah Henry plays Yertel the Turtle, eighth-grader Geneva Claflin plays Vlad Vladistock, and senior Christopher Neal plays the Grinch. Seventh-graders Charlotte Burch, Reese Grabill and Megan Smith and eighth-graders Angela Grimes and Willow Garcia play the Whos, while eighth-grader Zach Silvers plays the Mayor of Whoville. Seventh-grader Kansas Fiori-Brown plays a Boy. Carol Dewar is the play’s musical director. Question of the Issue What would be your ideal theme song? Bishop Seabury Academy Seabury Culture pg. 2 The Chronicle March 16, 2007 Applause Remembered pg. 4 Musical pg. 6 the school’s bathrooms. The students will not fast over the four-day period, but will try to eat only three core meals a day and will eat the majority of their meals at the Salvation Army or other local shelters. During their week, students will volunteer in service projects at the Salvation Army and Lawrence Open Shelter, distribute collected goods, help serve meals and provide any needed labor or cleaning. Students who volunteer, warned Gollier, are bound to stick to their commitment and camp outside for the whole time. “This is not going to be a slumber party,” Gollier said. “I want it to be fun, but I also want it to be an intense service project that people will really get something out of.” Gollier said he first got the idea for the spring camp out when he heard how depleted the food pantries were during the springtime. “Everyone donates cans over Christmas time,” he said. “But all the pantries get really low around April.” Gollier said that he was thrilled with the student senate camp out in November, but he really wanted to take things to the next level. “I wanted to do a service project that didn’t have a reward like time off from school or a dress down day. I want this project to be more like the service trips that are taken to places like Guatemala, only in Lawrence.” People can drop off canned goods at Seabury, the Salvation Army or the Lawrence Open Shelter. Vol. 6 Issue 11 7th grade Britni Coulter “The Superman theme song.” Camp out for cans by Brooke Sutherland Over spring break, Student Senate adviser Bill Gollier will lead Seabury students on an extended service project. Like the campout in November, this service project centers on a canned food drive for local homeless shelters. The project has space for about 25 volunteers, and there are still spaces available. Interested students should speak to Gollier. Students will camp outside of the school from March 2529 or until the students meet the goal set forth for collected canned goods. Unlike the campout in November, when students could only have two blankets and clothes that they could have worn to school, participants can have tents and sleeping bags. Students can also take showers and use Students commit to week-long service Five make finals SHOUT tries to rub out “Bum Bashing” by Brooke Sutherland “Bum bashing” or abusive criminals or hate crime groups, violence against the homeless, but rather by high school teenhas skyrocketed, reaching the agers. Nearly all of the teens highest level in almost a decharged with “bum bashing” cade. According claim that to the National [According to the Na- their vioCoalition for the lence started Homeless, there tional Coalition for as merely a were 122 attacks the Homeless, there game. To and 20 murders them, beat122 attacks ing up the of homeless in- were dividuals across and 20 murders of h o m e l e s s the country. The with bats, Coalition report homeless individuals b a r b e q u e looked at 2006 across the country.] grills and homeless attacks. golf clubs As high as was only fuel the number seems, however, it for their own personal amuseis only a small reflection of the ment. troubling trend sweeping the Some social activists atnation. Many attacks against tribute this disturbing trend the homeless are never reported among teenagers to the popuor worse, never even noticed. larity of the video series “BumThe majority of the recent viofights,” in which people either lence against the homeless has attack homeless individuals been perpetrated not by known themselves or pay them to fight each other. Students Helping Out—a youth “Bumfights” has sold outreach program for local high 300,000 copies worldwide and school students. has released four volumes. SHOUT provides a medium Legal action has been taken for students to discuss issues against the creators of this such as international poverty video seand the suffering of ries, Ryan Yet [SHOUT provides a the homeless. and McPherwhile Holtaway son and medium for students Williams have set a Zachary for to discuss issues such general direction are Bubeck. the group, they The cre- as international pov- open to the suggesators only erty and the suffering tions and desires of its received student members. p e n a l t i e s of the homeless.] Starting March 6, of commuSHOUT will meet nity service, which they failed on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to complete, and they have to 8:15 p.m. at the Java Break continued to produce and dis- Coffee Shop in downtown Lawtribute “Bumfights.” rence. Anyone interested in parDisturbed by trend and rat- ticipating in the group or meretled by its presence in Lawrence, ly learning more about current KU students Jenn Holtaway issues involving poverty should and Shannon Williams took attending the meetings. No sign action. They created SHOUT— up is required. Just show up. 8th grade Jack Hoffmann “Life’s Been Good to Me So Far, by Joe Walsh.” 9th grade Lara Thompson “The Time of My Life, from Dirty Dancing.” 10th grade Grace Yang “Come What May, from Moulin Rouge.” Senate springs for April 5 dance by Alex Alvarado The spring dance will be Thursday, April 5, either in the commons or on the tennis courts, from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Spring is the “unofficial” theme. As usual, the dance costs $2. Seniors Will Davidson or Phil Anderson will be the DJs. After spring break, there will be a music sign-up sheet. “It will be fun,” said student senate adviser Bill Gollier. 11th grade Brooke Sutherland “Brown-Eyed Girl, by Van Morrison.” Service campers“T” off to experience homlessness SHOUT—Students Helping Out—a youth outreach program for local high school students, will join Seabury’s spring break campers for a bus ride activity that will build awareness for how homeless must navigate the city and its social service agencies. On March 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the campers will break into three groups. Each group will visit three of nine agencies important to the city’s poor and homeless. They will visit SRS (Social and Rehabilitative Services), Heartland Medical Clinic, DCCCA (Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism), the Pelathe Center, the Lawrence Community Shelter, the Social Service Administration, LINK, Penn House and the Ballard Center. Representing federal and local agencies, the nine offer an array of services to the needy—food, clothing, job placement, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, educational programs, health care and financial assistance for those who qualify. The groups’ challenge will be to get to their agencies by using the Lawrence Transit System, or the “T,” Lawrence’s public bus system. Student Senate adviser Bill Gollier said SHOUT members Jenn and Shannon—he said he has never known their last names—have designed the afternoon activities. Each group will leave SHOUT materials with each agency and will ask assigned questions of their respective agencies. For example, the group that visits Heartland will find out how clients become eligible for health services. At the homeless shelter, students will introduce themselves to a guest and write down his or her name. The SHOUT literature said that one objective for the bus activity is to experience a day in the life of a homeless person in terms of transportation and to learn which agencies provide which services. 12th grade Aaron Chung “We are the Champions, by Queen.” Sophomore Julia Davidson and freshman Pete Esau perform their duet acting piece, “I’m Herbert” by Robert Anderson, at Forensics Night. Davidson and Esau played the parts of Muriel and Herbert, an old married couple frustrated by the fact that they can’t remember each others’ names. Other pieces included poetry by Shiv Subramaniam, prose by Justin Esau, an extemporaneous speech by Jeff Miller, and improvised duet acting by Pete Esau and Kate Kline. “It was one of the biggest audiences we’ve ever had,” said Davidson. Photo by Liam Smith. by Bandar Albalbisi Five of Seabury’s forensica- maniam placed fourth among tors made it to finals at the 53 students, qualifying for Lansing tournament, last Sat- state. Senior Justin Esau also urday, March 10, and three performed in Prose, taking first qualified for state. The squad place and qualifying for state. of 14 also brought home the The team’s competitive third-place trophy. season is over, but two events Senior Christopher Neal remain—the National Forensics placed fourth in Informative League competitions in Topeka, Speaking, junior Christine April 20-12 and the state comCaffey and sophomore Carina petitions in Salina the first week Fowler each placed in Serious of May. Solo Acting. Caffey placed fifth, “My expectations are high,” and Fowler placed second, qual- said Coach Don Schawang, ifying her for state. who said he has confidence in In Prose, senior Shiv Subra- his team. Faculty Steve Kellogg “One Way Out, by the Allman Brothers” Eric Nelson, creator and MC of the Spring Fever Grudge Match, crouches between the student team and the faculty team during Monday’s activity: Pictionary. Nelson officiated the round, listening for the correct answer. The students won the Pictionary round, and also the improvised duet acting round on Tuesday. Faculty won the trivia round on Wednesday and the battle of the bands on Thursday. Today will be the deciding round: flag football. by Will Davidson The junior-senior prom is Saturday, April 28, at the Scarlet Orchid restaurant in the Louisiana Purchase at 23rd and Louisiana streets. Students already should have turned in their prom confirmations--the red pamphlets—to junior class adviser Amy Meyers. Meyers said she needed confirmations so the restaurant would know the minimum the restaurant would have, and these numbers would help to set ticket prices. Confirm your Prom plans Right now, tickets are estimated at $30 for those students who are not having dinner and $50 for those who are eating at the Scarlet Orchid. Vegetarian options will be available. Dessert is included for both ticket prices, and students bringing guests are responsible for ordering food for them. Any further questions and concerns about prom details and menu options can be addressed to Meyers. News & Views by Carina Fowler Thanks to modern technology, we don’t spend much time alone in today’s world. With instant messaging, cell phones and Facebook, we are constantly in contact with one another; then with TV and the Internet, we are constantly in contact with the media. It has become practically impossible to spend 10 minutes truly alone without having some product marketed to you or without seeing images of borderline-anorexic models. You cannot escape seeing facts and figures about the depress- 2 ingly high budget deficit or about the world’s plummeting confidence in America. Sometimes you don’t want a newscaster irritatingly reminding you of the disastrous state of the world. Sometimes, you just need to be alone. To be truly an individual, we need to have some experiences alone. Sometimes there are things we need to discover for ourselves. We have to be brave and not allow some prepackaged idea to be implanted into our heads. You can’t always call your friends or your parents and ask them what to do, and you certainly can’t have them constantly telling you what to do. I think in today’s society, people have a lack of confidence in their own opinions, and as a result, people no longer seem to want to think for themselves. It will always be easier to borrow someone else’s opinion, but that is not good for anyone. More often than not, it’s better not to pick up that phone to ask a friend what to do; more often than not, it’s better not to look at the Web page for advice. Maybe, time away from our media-inundated culture is just what we truly need to be ourselves. 5 Sports Technology hinders personal growth Seabury life looks locked by Brooke Sutherland I still remember walking into the gym at the old school for the first time as a visiting sixth grader. A tattered and stained red curtain marked the stage at the back, scuff marks and lunch leftovers covered the floor and weathered green, plastic milk crates lined the walls. At the time, I thought nothing of it. The crates reminded me of the “cubby-holes” we had used at my elementary school. It hadn’t yet occurred to me what a big deal it was to leave everything out in the open like that, to have so much trust in the community that there wasn’t need for locks—or even doors for that matter. Once we moved to the new school, we upgraded our plastic crates to actual lockers. Yet despite what the name may suggest, our lockers were purposefully lockless. Every time anyone would give a tour of the school to any sort of visitor, our lack of locks was always one of the first things they would point out. Our lockless status was more than just a principle; it was a source of pride. The welcoming openness of the plastic crates had survived the transition of buildings and had remained an integral part of the Seabury atmosphere. By then, I had truly come to appreciate the meaning of open lockers. I heard stories from my friends at public school about the frequent theft of money and possessions. I was so grateful that I didn’t have to worry about that at Seabury. Thievery thwarts trust Recently, however, the security of the open lockers was challenged by an influx of thievery. Things started to go missing, and suddenly Seabury was faced with the same issues that had plagued the public schools. Suddenly people no longer felt comfortable leaving things in their locker. The openness and trust that so many of us had taken for granted was put in question. Thankfully, most of the thefts appear to have been committed by people outside of the Seabury community, suggesting that honesty and integrity still remain the core values of Seabury. Yet as much as we would like to maintain our sheltered little bubble, we cannot escape the outside world. As our school depends on rental funds, the only viable solution to protecting our security seems to be to allow locks. I completely understand the reasoning and necessity for locks. It is unfair to require students to expose their belongings to theft. It is unfair for students to suffer personal losses, because the school needs to lease out the building. Yet it is also unfair that the trust that has so defined our community must be compromised. I myself do not plan on putting a lock on my locker. Call me impractical or idealistic, but I still cling to the sense of community that I have always known at Seabury. I still remember walking into the gym at the old school for the first time as a visiting sixth grader and seeing those open crates on the wall, and I cannot imagine Seabury any other way. Soccer team still kickin’ Sports news 2007-2008 Tennis splits; baseball nosedives despite loss of seniors by Peter Zemansky Next year, the tennis team likely will split into separate girls and boys teams, a baseball team doesn’t look like it will take off, and golf is staying strong during the 2007-2008 school year. Next year’s tennis program will include a fall team for girls and a spring team for boys. Since the inception of Seabury’s tennis team, Athletic Director Brian Clyne said he envisioned splitting the team. “Based on surveys and numbers from this year, I think that the numbers for a girls’ and boys’ team shouldn’t be an issue. It is certainly looking possible to have a girls’ tennis team next fall.” Even if the girls’ team doesn’t draw its expected numbers, Clyne said the girls who want to play could compete as individuals. “[I] owe it to the upperclassmen girls to let them compete against other girls,” said Clyne. Some have raised concerns that girls’ tennis will take away key members from the cross country team. Clyne doesn’t think that will be an issue, because tennis players can still run cross country during the tennis season. “A number of soccer players have competed in both soccer and cross country in the past few years,” he said. “If the girls make that decision, then competing in both sports will be a possibility.” Rumors that Seabury will have a baseball team are just that: rumor. Clyne said he is interested in fielding a baseball team; but by sheer numbers, it looks like that program is a couple of years away at the earliest. He did mention that he would meet with the Board sometime this spring to talk to about baseball’s possibilities. “A baseball team would be great,” said freshman Ryan Gutierrez, “because baseball is my favorite sport, and we don’t have it here yet. I don’t want to miss a season, so having a team here would be awesome.” While baseball has had a hard time getting off the ground, golf is doing well. It only takes a minimum of four players to compete, and four have signed on this year. Volleyball, basketball and cross country are sure things and look to return strong as ever in 2007-2008. “Our main concern,” said Clyne, “is that we take care of the major sports that cater to the most students that we possibly can.” Clyne said he’s open to possibilities of other sports if there are enough students who want to participate. “I just want to provide sports that our kids want to compete in,” he said. New building disturbs community feeling by Erin Levy Although the Seabury culture has persisted despite the change in location, one cannot help but notice a slight shift. One of the most important aspects of that culture is the sense of community that bonds the school as a whole. Definitely, some things about the new building make the new building an asset to the school. For one, there are noticeably fewer rodents and assorted vermin. The stage and gym give students a place to practice and showcase their talents. The classrooms are larger and allow for some elbow room. There is no long drive to get to school, at least for most students. Also because it is in town, the school is more in the middle of things. Ultimately, more students are attracted to the school. But at the same time, there are some downsides to the new building. Despite the old building’s sulfur water and toilets covered in rusty grime, there was a certain feeling of home, which the new building lacks. For one thing, in the new building there is an upperand a lower-school hallway. In the old building, everyone was thrown in together. Even if there wasn’t direct interaction between upper-school students and lower, the lower-school students could see how the older kids interacted with each other and the building. As the younger and older students interacted and as the younger observed the older, the school’s values became instilled in the newcomers. In this way, Seabury culture was kept strong, and this togetherness helped to build a sense of community in the school as a whole. At the old school, being out in the middle of nowhere also added a dimension that can’t be manufactured, and the sense of isolation at the old school was part of the bonding experience. There may be a few grassy areas around the new building, but being right next to a busy street detracts from the calming effect the outdoors can provide. All those quirks that made people think the old building was undesirable also added to the bonding amongst students and between students and teachers. Living through the adversity, like the gym that was freezing in winter and fly swarmed in summer, brought the community together. We were the only ones who knew the quirks and that knowledge made the building ours. On top of that, if you didn’t love the school, you probably wouldn’t put up with the building. Both buildings have their pros and cons, there is no denying it. But, as the number of students and teachers who experienced the old school dwindles, we must try our best to maintain the sense of community and find new ways for the school as a whole to bond together. 19 Hawks rush nets by Mike O’Malley Prospects for the 2007 tennis season are looking good, with 19 players signing up to play. Seniors Simon Thompson and Scotty King, the only players to qualify for state last season, are both returning. Other seniors on the team include Shiv Subramaniam, Aaron Chung, Min Kyu Lee, Max Cannon and Mike O’Malley. Juniors Brooke Sutherland, Peter Zemansky and Tim Stuart; sophomores Gabrielle Dillon, Amber Lehman, Jennifer Hughes and Kristin Capps; and freshmen Pete Esau, Elizabeth Simons, Rebecca Zheng, Kirsten Vogel and Jordan Caffey fill Talented team needs confidence out the rest of the roster. “Since a lot of the same people are returning, there will be a lot more experience and focus than we’ve had in seasons past,” said King. Kirsty Elliott coached during the opening weeks of practice, and King and Sutherland will be the team co-captains. They will report to Athletic Director Brian Clyne periodically and lead the team in a stretching routine at the beginning of daily practice. Practices began in late February and focused on getting the players as much time on the court and as many hits in as possible before actual matches start. “I think that we have players that worked hard at their game in the off season,” said Elliott, who said she saw a lot of improvement in many of the players. “We have a lot of talent on the team, but we need to build confidence in our talent,” said Elliott. As a good luck gesture to all of the tennis programs in Lawrence, the Lawrence Tennis Association donated two cases of tennis balls to each team. Seabury plays its first match on April 26 against Lincoln Preparatory of Kansas City, Mo., at Parade Park. During an afternoon practice, freshman Lara Thompson uses knee control on her soccer ball. Photo by Britni Coulter. by Aaron Chung The Seahawks girls’ soccer don’t have experience and I’ll team starts the season with 13 be vocal on the field.” players, a young team and sevCoach Gunar Harmon said eral new players. this team brings some chalThe Seahawks lost seven se- lenges, because there are many niors, but they have a lot of new new players who don’t have a talent in freshmen players Jamie lot of soccer experience. He said Fischer, Soo Hyun Kang, Preethi he has to start working on every Singh and Katie Smith; sopho- basic skill. more Dana Sohn; and juniors Ye“I want to develop individual Gi Moon and Leah Tomassian. players’ skill,” said Harmon, Returning players are soph- “and combine all team players omore Melissa Burch, Bria as a team. My goal for this seaPhipps and Arielle Spiridi- son is every player’s having fun gliozzi; juniors Ellie Gibbs and on the field.” Sun Young Yoon; and senior The Hawks started pracLiz Hughes, who along with tice on Tuesday, Feb 27. This Burch will serve as co-captain. season, the girls will play six Among the new players, games. The first is at Kansas Sohn said she joined the team City Lutheran on April 4. because there is no opportunity After this away game, the to play soccer in South Korea. Seahawks will have four home “I want to experience teamwork games in a row: Center Place and mainly have fun from play- Restoration on April 17 and ing soccer,” she said. again on May 3, Wichita on With years of soccer experi- April 20, KC Lutheran on April ence, Burch steps into a lead- 30 and Immaculata on May 5. ership role. “I will help people The Seahawks will have their understand how to play,” said last game of season at Hyman Burch, “especially people who Brand on May 10. Senior wins essay contest, moves to state level by Max Cannon Senior Laura Gauch took first place in the local Breakfast Optimists Club’s essay contest. Gauch wrote in response to the statement, “I want to make a difference because.” “I was really excited that I won,” said Gauch, “because the question I had was very difficult, and I struggled with the essay.” Gauch said she wrote about how people make a difference whether they want to or not and for the good or bad. The important thing, she said, is trying to focus on making a positive difference. Her essay now goes to the regional contest, and if it wins there, it goes on to nationals and a chance to win a scholarship worth $6,000. New York Public Library honors Galas for book The New York Public Library has selected The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide to Teens Helping Teens by Judith Galas and Richard Nelson to be among its list of Books for the Teen Age 2007. The list, in its 78th year of publication, selects the best of the previous year’s publishing for teens, 12 to 18 years old. The library will host the authors at a reception in New York, on March 24. “While I’m delighted to have my book included in the library’s list,” Galas said, “New York is a long way to go for an afternoon reception.” The Chronicle is published at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66047. It is distributed free to students, faculty and friends of the Academy. The Chronicle accepts letters to the editor and guest writings that include the author’s name and phone number. Submissions may be edited for space or libelous content. Letters may be submitted to the main office, mailed to the school in care of The Chronicle or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor: Amber Lehman Design and layout: Erin Levy Staff Writers: Bandar Albalbisi, Alex Alvarado, Max Cannon, Aaron Chung, Will Davidson, Scotty King, Amber Lehman, MinKyu Lee, Erin Levy, Mike O’Malley, Liam Smith, Brooke Sutherland, Simon Thompson and Peter Zemansky. Adviser: Judith Galas Technical Support: Steve Kellogg Publisher: Christopher Carter The Chronicle is a member of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. Seahawks making long drive to Olathe by Max Cannon Seabury’s golf team is starting with some new faces. This year only four people went out for golf, but the quality of the team is neverthe-less good. After losing three seniors last year, the team will be headed by freshman Bill Gibbs. It also has some talented newcomer’s: freshmen Ryan Gutierrez and Dan Simons. “I think we have a good shot at state this year. If we have three guys shoot under 100 strokes and one in the low 100s, we will make it, said Coach Brian Clyne.” This year’s golf team is run a little differently than last with the absence of Chris Thomson, who is on a golf tour. Clyne is filling in as the primary coach, but is still trying to find a local golf expert to teach the boys the small things like chipping and putting. The Seahawks will start their season on April 5 at the Olathe Christian Invitational. 3 News Applause 4 ISACS visit ends well Team notes BSA’s friendliness, hardwork by Amber Lehman On March 5 and 6, the ISACS team visited Bishop Seabury. The visit went well according to Christopher Carter. “I don’t think we could be more pleased with how things went” It also went well for the visitors. “We enjoyed our time at Seabury,” said chair of the visiting team, Alice Munninghoff. The team members also shared that they were pleased with the respect that students and teachers show each other, and they were pleased with how engaged and interested the students were in their subjects. They said they were surprised that the students have jobs, that students just naturally help, and that when students are asked to do something, like move chairs from the commons to the gym, there isn’t any complaining. Students just do it. Overall, the team was pleased with the school’s friendly atmosphere. In fact, the school’s atmosphere was one of the commendations, or what the team commended the school for. Munninghoff read both the commendations—what Seabury does well—and the recommendations—what could be improved—at a meeting after the visit. The team met with the faculty and then later with the trustees. The report that the visiting team wrote will come to Seabury much later. One of the other commendations the visiting team had was that the school used its space well. The team also was impressed with how ambitious Seabury was in terms of academics and extracurricular activities. They also commended how much time and labor parents put into the school and community. One of the recommendations suggested the school evaluate certain programs and how those programs relate to the mission statement. They also thought there should be more help in the admission and development department. Currently the school only has one person doing both jobs, and both jobs are large. They also said the school should look at how much of an impact the school makes on the environment. The visiting team did not realize that the school had recycling bins, but Carter said he believes the school could still be more environmentally conscious. Even though the visit went well, it was hard to accommodate the visitors. With limited classrooms, the school relocated French classes so that the visiting team could set up in the French room. The school also had to pay for the visiting team’s hotel, meals and transportation costs $2,025. Sophomore Gabrielle Dillon and senior Jenn Crawford mix it up at the pancake feed. Seabury raised $600 for the Salvation Army. Photo by Liam Smith. Chicago, D.C., Pineville? Ready to walk, shop, paddle? by Scotty King The annual class trips for each form are quickly approaching. The ninth, 10th and 11th grades will go on their trips Thursday and Friday, April 12-13. The seniors take their trip to Walt Disney World April 20-23. The sophomores are going to Chicago. While there, they will visit the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Their hotel will also be on Michigan Ave., which is a prime shopping destination for tourists. The junior class will be going farther away from Kansas then they have in the past by going to Washington, D.C. While on their trip, they will visit both Georgetown University and George Washington University to better prepare them for their college searches next year. During their stay, they will also visit museums including the Smithsonian Institution. The freshman class will be going on a much more adventurous trip to the Big Elk River in Pineville, Mo. While there, they will both canoe and camp out for the one night they are there. “It should be fun,” said freshman Chris Parker, “and it will be a worthwhile experience.” The seniors trip will include senior night at Disney World, where seniors and their chaperones from around the country have the park to themselves until 4 a.m. The seniors also may visit Universal Studios or take a trip to the beach. Seventh and eighth graders took their form trips in September. The seventh graders went to St. Louis and Cahokia Mounds, and the eighth graders went to Hutchinson. Seahawk allies with robots by Mike O’Malley This weekend, sophomore Adam Schwager is participating in a robotics competition in Kansas City. The competition goes from March 15-17. The competition consists of a game the robots play. This year, the game consists of two alliances of three robotics teams each competing to place inner tubes on a rack. Each team has a supply of inner tubes on its side of the rectangular arena. The robots have to pick up the inner tubes and hang them on horizontal pipes protruding from the rack in the center of the arena. Schwager said his team’s robot is a large, articulated arm with a claw on the end, mounted on a small platform with wheels. “I think our robot will have an advantage, because it will have better accessibility to the poles on the rack,” he said. Schwager said if his team loses, it won’t be because of problems or inefficiencies in the design, but rather because other teams did a better job. Sophomore Steven Peng and junior Bandar Albalbisi watch a movie about the involvement of the USA in World War I and what the War was like for the civilians and the military. The sophomores and juniors took a trip to the renovated World War I museum and memorial on March 13. Eighth-grader Sara King, junior Brooke Sutherland, senior Liz Hughes, sophmore Gabrielle Dillon and junior Ellie Gibbs dance to “Footlose.” “We had to get up early for practices, but it was worth it for our performance,” said Sara King. Eighth-grader Angela Grimes sings “I Could Have Danced All Night,” from the movie My Fair Lady. “I was really nervous, but it was fun,” said Grimes. Junior Tim Stuart drags Don Schawang off the stage as senior Phil Anderson holds a mic to his mouth. “It was really fun to be an MC,” Anderson said. Performing a ballet piece, sophomore Julia Davidson dances to “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Davidson has done tap and jazz, but mostly does ballet. Juniors Ellie Gibbs and Sun Young Yoon sing the song “Sisters.” Both also had solos in the Girls’ Choir performance of “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now.” Photos by Erin Levy.