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					      The Ellsworth High School

BEARCAT                     February 2009

Alumni in
political arena
talk about jobs

                      budget cuts
                          to affect
                     EHS schedule

Sport of trapping
                         takes of
                          at EHS
lures students
to great outdoors
         I N S I D E
                                                                                                            On the cover:
                                                                                                            Senior Clayton Bruning
                                                                                                            disguises a coyote trap in
                                                                                                            a field north of Ellsworth.

                   B            E           A             R            C           A                    T                       Weird-
                                                                                  February 2009

                    news briefs
                                                                                                            MEXICO - When you come to Guanajua-
                                                                                                            to, pucker up. Mayor Eduardo Romero
                                                                                                            is declaring the colonial city in central
                                                                                                            Mexico “the kissing capital” of the world
                                                                                                            to disprove, once and for all, claims that
EHS is a 3A              February 16                                                                        he has banned smooching in public.
                                                                                                               The flap arose over an anti-obscenity
school with an           President’s Day
enrollment of                                                                                               law that many people believed would fine
200. Circulation
                         Freshman/Sophomore Tournament 6 p.m.                                               anyone caught kissing in public. The gov-
is 300. “The EHS         February 17                                                                        ernment denied it intended to ban kissing,
Bearcat” is giv-         Basketball @ SES 4:15 p.m.                                                         but agreed to suspend the legislation so
en to students,
staff and local          February 19                                                                        its wording could be reviewed.
                         Freshman/Sophomore Tournament 6 p.m.                                                 Romero unveiled advertisements recent-
                                                                                                            ly featuring a couple locking lips on one
“The Bearcat”
                         February 20                                                                        of Guanajuato’s many winding, cobble-
staff strives to         Basketball at home vs. Larned 4:15 p.m.                                            stoned streets. They read, “Guanajuato,
cover stories            Wrestling Regionals TBA                                                            the kissing capital.”
that people in
the school and
                         February 21                                                                                       
community                Basketball at Beloit 4:15 p.m.
                         Wrestling Regionals TBA
would like to
                         February 23
Letters to the           National FFA Week begins                                                             GALVESTON, TEX. - A contractor
editor are en-           February 24                                                                          helping clear debris from Hurricane Ike
couraged, but
may be edited            Basketball @ home vs. Sacred Heart 6 p.m.                                            searched for the owner of an ammuni-
for grammar,             FFA Appreciation Breakfast                                                           tion box he found buried in sand that
length and
                         February 26                                                                          contained keepsakes, including an 1863
                                                                                                              Confederate $50 bill, war medals and
                         KMEA StateChoir/Band                                                                 diamond earrings.
The EHS Bearcat          February 27                                                                            The green steel Army ammunition
                         KMEA StateChoir/Band                                                                 canister found by Michael Pate also held
Lucas Ranker,            State Wrestling @ Hays                                                               several clues that may help him confirm
Kara Svaty                                                                                                    the owner: family photographs, a driver’s
                                                                                                              license and a Social Security card.
Page Editors                                                                                                    Pate was working on a tractor equipped
Brent Keener,                                                                                                 with a grappling arm, snatching storm
Hayley Keener,                                                                                                debris from the sand at Galveston Island
Kelli Soukup,
                                                                                                              State Park, when he found the box Jan. 7.
Sadie Kratzer
Ad Manger
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Dawnae Bunch                                                                                                LONDON - Bill Gates and other donors
                                                                                                            are giving more than $630 million to the
Contact us at:
Ellsworth High
                                                                                                            international effort to eradicate polio,
School                                                                                                      after the disease spiked and spread to
211 W. 11th                                                                                                 seven countries that were previously
Ellsworth, Kan.                                                                                             polio-free.
67439                                                                                                         Gates announced Wednesday that his
(785) 472-4471
                                                                                                            foundation, along with the charity group
dbunch@                                                                                                  Rotary International and the British and
                                                                                                            German governments, would donate the
Member                                                                                                      money in the next few years.
Kansas Scho-                                                                                                   Despite the new injection of funds,
lastic Press                                                                                                the campaign still needs $340 million
                                                                                                            to get through 2010. The World Health
All-Kansas                                                                                                  Organization estimates about another
Newspaper                                                                                  kara svaty       $2 billion would be needed until 2013,
2004-2005              Students cheer during a recent pep rally. On the day of the pep rally, Stu-          when it hopes that polio will have been
2000-2001              dent Council sponsored Hats On Day, a chance to wear a hat during school             wiped out.
                       for $3, with proceeds going to the Foundation for Children With Cancer.                              

2 Briefs        EHS Bearcat
Kansas state budget cuts                                                                             SAY
to affect EHS students
brent keener                     School in Salina also got theschools in the area have to
                                                                                                What is your opinion
 Change might be coming          day before Christmas Eve.    do that for sports and other       on the amount of
for Ellsworth High School        Some schools got out as earlyreasons.                             school days?
students next year because       as December 14.                “We could go to a four-
of budget cuts from Topeka.        According to superin-      day week if it goes state- or                       “I personally
                                                                                                                  like the
Those could include changes      tendent Ken Arnhold,         league-wide, but other than                          amount. I like
in the class schedule as well    Ellsworth’s schedule is builtthat, who knows. It will have                        the number
as in the school day.            mainly around the budget,    to take a lot of planning,”                          compared
  According to Salina High       sports and snow days.        Arnhold said.                                         to other
School South’s website, their     ”We have to build in some      One of the main things                              -Senior
total number of school days is   days in our schedule for     being discussed is taking out                          Amanda
172 per school year, and they    snow days and other emer-    the block schedule at EHS                             Stone
have shorter daily hours than    gencies. Every school district
                                                              and putting in an eight-pe-
EHS.                             does that. That way when it  riod school day. As a student,
                                                                                                  “Too many
  ”We get out at 2:30 ev-        comes down to the end of the I do not like the idea. The        days. I enjoy
eryday, and on Mondays,          year we don’t have to extend reason it is being discussed      the summer.”
Wednesdays, and Fridays we       the school year or carve off is because of budget cuts and     -Sophomore
start at 8:00, and on Tuesdays   days of Easter and Christmas because four members of the               Hlad
and Thursdays we start at        break to meet state mini-    USD 327 faculty are retiring.
7:30,” former                                                                     “I like the
EHS student                                                                     schedule

and current                         We don’t want to get in any                 the way it                             “We have
SHSS sopho-                         situation where we are                      is. We won’t                        too many. It
                                                                                                                     takes out of
more Kimber-                        cutting programs or people.                 get anything                        our summer
ly Montague                                                                     done with an                         time; it gets
said.                                                                           eight-period                         shorter and
                                                                                                                   shorter every
   But a                                     	 		–	Ken	Arnhold                  school day,”                                year.”
1,200-stu-                                                                      freshman                                 -Junior
dent school                                                                     Jacob Froese                             Nathan
environment can be more dif-     mums,” superintendent Ken    said.
ficult to handle for teachers    Arnhold said.                  With an eight-period day,
compared to a 193-student         Arnhold has been looking    things would be more dif-
                                                                                                 “I think that
school.                          into what other schools are  ficult for classes that need          we have a
                                                              more time to work. For            lot, because
  At Ellsworth, teachers have    doing to change their sched-
                                                              example, woods, music and              I like the
to have a certain number of      ules to deal with the budget journalism.                           summer.”
contact and contract days. A     cuts coming from the state.    “We are looking at every-       -Freshman
contact day is a regular day     Every school schedule is     thing like eight-period days,         Marissa
where teachers meet with         based around a budget. Some seven-period days and even
students. Contract days is       schools have eliminated fac- a modified block schedule,”
the total number of days they    ulty or cut programs to deal Arnhold said.
have to work in a school year.   with the budget cuts.          A modified block schedule                         “It’s way too
  Getting out for break the       “We don’t want to get in    is a schedule that could have                       long. It won’t
                                                              block classes in the morning                        be that bad
day before Christmas Eve         any situation where we are
                                                              then have regular classes in                         unless it
was displeasing to the faculty   cutting programs or people,” the afternoon, or for three                          warms up.
and students. Students and       Arnhold said.                days of the week you have                            I’m stuck
teachers need more time to        According to Arnhold, other                                                      being inside
                                                              the regular block and for
                                                                                                                    all day.
see their families at Christ-    schools have gone to a four- two days you have all eight                           - Sophomore
mas. But Ellsworth isn’t the     day week as a way to save    of your classes. The sched-                           Kourtney
only school in Kansas to get     money on heating, transpor-  ule changes could be in the                         Denney
out a day before Christmas       tation and food preparation, future or they could happen
Eve. Sacred Heart High           but for that to work, other  as early as next year.

February 2009                                                                                      EHS Bearcat    Opinions 3
learning through hands-on experience

kelli soukup
  There are many ways
                                 used include cats, mice,
                                 rats, worms, dogs, rabbits,
                                                                            vens. Animals dissected
                                                                            at EHS are obtained from
                                                                                                                   a lecture,” senior Heather
                                                                                                                   McCoy said.
students can go about            fetal pigs and fish.                       companies such as Nasco                 Though not everyone
learning while in high             In a typical year, EHS                   and Bio Corporations.                  goes into a health-related
school, but one of the best      science classes offer dis-                   If done properly, dissec-            career, dissection in high
ways to actually gain                                                                                 tion         schools can seem like a
full knowledge of the                                                                                 can be       waste of an animal’s life to
material being taught                                                                                 a good       some people.
is doing or seeing it                                                                                 learn-         Basic knowledge of the
first hand. The perfect                                                                               ing          body is important for
example of this is dis-                                                                               oppor-       students to learn, but there
section. Some think it’s                                                                              tunity       are alternative ways it can
a great learning experi-                                                                              for stu-     be taught without the use
ence while others be-                                                                                 dents        of an actual animal’s body.
lieve that the study of                                                                               who          Programs such as The Dig-
life should not involve                                                                               plan on      ital Frog use a vast range
destroying it.                                                                                        going        of technology to make
  “If I could be told                                                                                 into a       the experience as realistic
that they (dissection                                                                                 health-      as possible. Some of the
specimens) died of                                                                                    related      features include full-screen
natural causes, I could                                                                               career.      video, animation, sounds,
dissect,” sophomore                                                                                     “When      narrations, in-depth text
Mackenzi Choitz said.                                                                                 we dis-      and still images. Students
  While the animals                                                                                   sected       can make their own “cuts”
                                                                                         abby habiger
are already dead when       Senior Cris Gourley, sophomore Jake Kubick and agricultural education     cow          with just a click of the
they reach the schools      teacher Amber Sharpe dissect a fetal pig in animal science.                            mouse. This eliminates the
to be dissected, most                                                                                                         mess, cost and
don’t realize the pro-                                                                                                        the loss of an
cess they go through to                                                                                                       animal’s life.
get there. Most animals                                                                                                         “If you can do
endure suffering or                                                                                                           it on the com-
pain during the devel-                                                                                                        puter, why not
opment of becoming                                                                                                            so you can keep
dissection specimens.                                                                                                         something from
 According to www.                                                                                                            dying,” Rathbun, a lot of the                                                                                                        said.
animals come from                                                                                                               Some states
companies that raise                                                                                                          have passed laws
them specifically for                                                                                                         or policies pro-
dissection. Some are                                                                                                          tecting students’
also obtained from fur                                                                                                        rights to choose
farmers, pounds, shel-                                                                                                        not to dissect,
ters, slaughterhouses,                                                                                                        including Vir-
                                                                                                                              ginia, New York,
fisheries and factory
                                                                                                                              Florida and Cali-
  “Dissecting animals                                                                                                         fornia. It’s also
from a company that                                                                                                           been banned in
kills them and tortures                                                                                                       Argentina, Israel
                                                                                                                 abby habiger
them is like buying                                                                                                           and India.
shoes from a company                                                                                                 At EHS, students are
that underpays children to       section of worms, insects,                 bones, it was different be-
                                                                                                                   offered alternatives to dis-
make them. It’s sickening,”      fish, amphibians, cow                      cause the cow was already
                                                                                                                   section. According to Cra-
junior Mallory Rathbun           muscles, bones, sheep                      dead,” Rathbun said.                   vens, the grades will not
said.                            brains, fetal pigs and pig                    “It’s gross, but if you             differ from their students
  The most commonly used         hearts, according to sci-                  learn something, it beats              who choose to dissect an
animals are frogs. Others        ence teacher Kenny Cra-                    sitting there listening to             animal.

4 Opinion      EHS Bearcat
EHS alumni find careers in politics
lucas ranker                                of consumes you. You always                       with the Human Rights Cam-                        worked for World Wide Impact
  One of the most generic child-            have to take yourself with                        paign in Washington D.C. The                      Now.
hood questions is “What do                  a grain of salt,” Svaty said.                     organization is the largest gay                     “I did fundraising and
you want to be when you grow “Another thing, I did debate                                     and lesbian rights group in the                   marketing for the group. We
up?” For most, the answers                  and forensics. From a nuts-                       nation.                                           worked with the refugees from
fall along the lines of fireman,            and-bolts perspective, I think                      “I was really adamant about                     Burma,” Finke said.
                                                                                              helping my friends gain their                       When she returned from Thai-
astronaut, policeman, doctor,               my first opponent just pre-
                                                                                                                                                land Clinton had seceded from
lawyer. Not many imagine                    sumed that I would not be very                    rights,” Finke said.
                                                                                                                                                the presidential race. Finke was
themselves involved in the                  prepared to talk against him. I                     Finke traveled to Washington
                                                                                                                                                then appointed the campaign
political realm. That may well              cannot say enough about how                       D.C. and was trained to work                      director for the state of Kansas
have been the case for Ells-                extremely valuable debate and                     on a campaign then the group                      for Barack Obama’s campaign.
worth High                                                                                    assigned her a campaign.                          After Obama won, Finke then
School gradu-                                                                                   “I was assigned to work on                      became a press lead on his
ates Josh                                                                                     Senator Harry Reid’s campaign                     whistle stop train tour.
Svaty and Sa-                                                                                 in Las Vegas,” Finke said. “Af-                      For most having a job in
mantha Finke,                                                                                 ter he won reelection he offered                  politics isn’t a major source of
but both                                                                                      me a job as the assistant to the                  income. Even though Svaty
have begun                                                                                    chief deputy of staff. Then I got                 serves as a Representative his
                                                                                              bored, so I started looking for                   occupation is listed as farmer.
to establish
                                                                                              another campaign to work on.                      “One thing I love about my job
themselves in                                                                                                                                   is that it’s completely different.
the business                                                                                  I called people in Kansas, but
                                                                                                                                                I rarely ever do the same thing;
of politics.                                                                                  I had no connections here. I                      there is really no monotony,”
  In high                                                                    samantha finke
                                                                                              was finally hired as the deputy                   Svaty said.
school, Jerry      Vice president Joe Biden walks with his wife after the inaguration         finance director for Kathleen                       “It’s really cool working at the
                   of President Barack Obama. Samantha Finke worked as a press
Marsh’s social lead of the 2009 inaguration.                                                  Sebelius’ campaign. I worked                      Capitol. It pays terrible, but if
studies classes                                                                               on that for a year and half.                      you’re in politics, it’s some-
offered inspiration for both                forensics were. I did extemp,                     From there I became Cebilius’                     thing you have to do,” Finke
Finke and Svaty.                            debate, oration and informa-                      liaison to the Democratic As-                     said. “On the hill you make
  “Politics was a total accident.           tive.”                                            sociation in D.C.”                                $20,000-$30,000 a year. No one
I applied for my internship                   Finke originally planned on                        Continuing with her theme                      does it for the money. They do
because I didn’t really want                working in theater, but decided                   of never staying in the same                      it for the experience and the
a regular job,” Finke said. “I              it would take too long to catch                                                                        Working in politics isn’t
loved Mr. Marsh’s government                a break. On a whim, she took                                                                         always about gaining ex-
class. I could have cared less              some social welfare classes.                                                                         perience. Obviously, a job
about politics until I took his                “After graduating, I went                                                                         like Finke’s involves a lot of
class.”                                     to KU, originally for theater                                                                        traveling, but it also enabled
                                                                                                                                                 her to meet and interact with
  “I loved Mr. Marsh’s classes,             and journalism,” Finke said.
                                                                                                                                                 influential people.
but then I kind of I stepped                “I came out with a degree in                                                                           “I met a ton of celebrities.
away from it in college. I did              social welfare. The more classes                                                                    I had to ask Edward Norton
other things,” Svaty said.                  you take in college, the more                                                                       to move out of the way of the
“Things have a way of coming                you find out what it is you care                                                                    copier like a thousand times,”
back around. The opportunity                about.”                                                                                             Finke said. “I just talked to
                                                                                                                                                Joe Biden about how much he
presented itself. In many ways               “It’s funny, when I got started                                                                    loved KU and Lawrence. I met
I don’t think it’s much differ-             (in politics) I really didn’t have                                                                  Obama four times.”
ent from a lot of people; they              an ambition outside of I didn’t                                                                        “There are a lot of really cool
seem to just kind of fall into              want to lose. Especially since                                                     samantha finke   successful people from small
something when it happens                   I was young, I did not want to                    Before his inauguration, President Barack         towns. They had a bright idea
                                                                                              Obama went a on a whistle stop train tour.        and have risen very high,”
and they might not have antici- make a fool of myself,” Svaty                                 Samantha Finke was in charge of media at one
                                                                                                                                                Svaty said. “In my experience
                                                                                              of the stops.
pated it.”                                  said. “It’s really scary, that mo-                                                                  working with big business
  There were a few other high               ment when you sign up to run                      position for long, Finke went                     people is that they are more of-
school experiences that may                 and register. Rain or shine your                  to work for Hillary Clinton’s                     ten excited to get people from
have helped prepare Svaty for               name is going to be on that bal-                  presidential campaign for six                     a small town because we’re
                                                                                              months. On Clinton’s cam-                         dependable, reliable and have
his future career.                          lot in November. I just imag-                                                                       a strong work ethic.”
  “I ran for student body presi-            ined people coming in and see-                    paign, Finke worked as a press
                                                                                                                                                  “In a small town like Ells-
dent my senior year and lost. I             ing my name and laughing and                      lead.                                             worth, it’s even more impor-
think that was one of the best              then checking the other guy.                       “I was in charge of setting up                   tant to dream because it’s so
experiences because it taught               That’s pretty strong motivating                   events and talking to the ven-                    easy to let college and life out-
                                                                                              dors. I took care of the entire                   side a small town over whelm
me that you can’t take yourself             factor once you sign up. I had                                                                      you. You can do anything you
                                                                                              media, from traveling press to
too seriously. If you become                no idea what it expect.”                                                                            want; it doesn’t matter who
                                                                                              the local press,” Finke said.
obsessed with winning or                      Finke’s first job in the political               The next stage in her career                     you are or where you came
holding that office, then it kind           arena came as an internship                       took her to Thailand where she                    from. You just have to want it
                                                                                                                                                bad enough,” Finke said.
February 2009                                                                                                                                       EHS Bearcat   Features 5
                                             Students enjoy age-old winter sport
                                                       Clayton Bruning.
                                                          He has been         came to Ellsworth last year dur-
                                                                                                                                                                           Lack of gym space forces morning practice
                                                                                                                                                                           hayley keener                          goals and a small amount of                said.                                        rational or doable,” athletic
                                                           trapping           ing the season, one from Hoising-                                                              “Where do we practice                floor space,” Haxton said.                   “It would be more efficient director Ken Windholz said.
                                                           since sixth        ton and the other from Nebraska.                                  finding mostly             tonight?”                                “We’ve split the teams up,               if we had another gym to                         “I would love a new place
                                                           grade.             “Those guys buy the furs or the                                   opossums in his              Anyone who has played                which has served us well,                  use instead of wasting time                  to practice, but I’m realis-
                                                            “My uncle         carcasses from the trappers then                                 traps this year,            basketball                                                                                                                                             tic and it’s
                                                             trapped          take them to Canada to sell for a                  “I haven’t been doing quite               at Ellsworth                                                                                                                                           never going
                                                                and he        premium,” Bruning said.                                                                      High School                                                                                                                                            to happen,”
                                                                                                                               as well this year,” Miley said.
                                                                                Freshman Chyler Hudson has                                                                 has heard                                                                                                                                              junior Cade
                                                                                                                                 Miley uses pheasant meat for
                                                                              been trapping for three years.                                                               or asked                                                                                                                                               Cranston
                                                                                                                               bait and he traps alongside
                                                                     showed      “I trap around the creek below                                                                                                                                                                                                                   said.The
                                                                                                                               the river.                                  this ques-
                                                                   me how     my house. Last year I made
                                                                                                                               Senior Chris Gourley has been               tion. With                                                                                                                                             coaches are
                                                                  to do       somewhere from $150 to $170,
                                                                                                                               trapping for four years now.                only one                                                                                                                                               more opti-
                                                             everything.      “Hudson said.
                                                                                                                                 “I started trapping because               gym at EHS,                                                                                                                                            mistic.
                                                        It is a lot of work     “I started trapping because I
                                                                                                                               it something to do and I like               the boys and                                                                                                                                            “I think
                                                        and it takes a lot    really liked American History
                                                       of money just to                                                        being outside so it works,”                 girls rotate                                                                                                                                           that in time
                                                                              and that brought my attention to
                                                   get started; I think                                                        Gourley said.                               every other                                                                                                                                            you have to
                                                                              it , it is really just an old way of
                                             I spent about $2,000,” Brun-     hunting,” English teacher Clay                     Gourley traps at his house                day, one                                                                                                                                               update, but
 kara svaty                             ing said.                             Manes said.                                      and at his brothers place.                  practicing                                                                                                                                             it has to be
  Some may think trapping is           He traps raccoons, coyotes,              Manes has been trapping off and                  “ I have’t had to much luck               at the City                                                                                                                                            beneficial to
 just a sport, but there is more     beaver, badgers, skunks and opos-        on since he was 14 years old.                    this year, I’ve mostly caught               Hall and the                                                                                                                                           the district,
 to it than that. According to the   sums. Skunks bring about $2 and            “To be able to trap an animal,                 coons,” Gourley said.                       other at the                                                                                                                                           and I know
 Kansas Department of Wildlife       opossums bring about 50 cents.           you have to know quite a bit                                                                 high school.                                                                                                                                           the issue is
                                                                                                                                 If you are one of those who
 and Parks, trapping during            “Even though skunks don’t bring        about how they live,” English                                                                The discus-                                                                                                                                            more mon-
                                                                                                                               doesn’t know what to do with
 the legal seasons serves as the     too much money, there are a lot          teacher Clay Manes said.                                                                     sion has been                                                                                                                                          ey-based.”
                                                                                                                               yourself after school, and you
 primary means of furbearing         of them. Last year I think I made          He has mostly found raccoons in                                                            brought up                                                                                                                                             “We all have
                                                                                                                               like the outdoors trapping
 animals population and damage       like $20 from skunks. The main           his traps this year.                                                                         whether or                                                                                                                                             wants but
                                                                                                                               may be an interresting hobby
 control, such as keeping the        money source comes from the                “I check my traps in the morning                                                           not a new                                                                                                                                              money is
                                                                                                                               to try. It does cost to get the
 population down to prevent          coons which range from $15-$20,          because I don’t want the animals                                                             gym should                                                                                                                                             probably the
                                     coyotes, beavers, and badgers all                                                         traps to get started but if you
 diseases or overpopulation.                                                  to suffer all day, that may cost me                                                          be built, but                                                                                                                                          underlying
                                     bring $20-$50, and the bobcats                                                            do it right it will pay off in
 Regulated harvest also provides                                              some animals because that is usu-                                                            with funds                                                                                                                                             issue.” Hax-
 generally rural participants with   bring $100 and up. Last year I           ally when they are out and about,                the end.
                                                                                                                                                                           low, it’s                                                                                                                                              ton said.
 fur, meat and income in an envi-    mostly sold coyotes, Bruning             “Manes said.                                                                                 looking like                                                                                                                                             A new gym
 ronmentally friendly way.           said.”                                     “Trapping                                                                                  it won’t be                                                                                                                                            could poten-
  Fur has been an essential part       Bruning traps on government            is kind of                                                                                   happening                                                                                                                                              tially cost
 of human life since the begin-      ground around Kanopolis.                 like Christ-                                                                                 any time                                                                                                                                               over $1 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hayley keener
 ning of time. Harvesting and          “I usually scout out the area          mas for me                                                                                   soon.                                                                                                                                                  lion.
 selling fur pelts is one of the     for tracks before the season             because it                                                                                       “I think
                                                                                                                                                                                            Freshman Ben Murrell and Sophomore Carver Moon load onto the bus to go down to the City Hall while the girls practice at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I could
                                     starts,”Bruning said.                                                                                                                                  the high school. The C-team practices in the mornings usually, but ocasionally will switch with the varsity and JV.
 oldest industries.                                                           is excit-                                                                                    the major                                                                                                                                            see in the next
  As stated by www.wild-about–         There are three main types of          ing to see                                                                                                                          but the downside is that                   going down to the City Hall                  five to 10 years building a
                                                                                                                                                                           problem with gym space is, trappers played       traps. The leg hold trap it is           what you
                                                                                                                                                                           more the fact that we have             the coaches can’t evaluate                 every other day,” senior                     new gym. Prior to this fiscal
 a big role in opening up the        designed to restrain the animal          get in the
                                                                                                                                                                           to travel from one place to            every single player unless                 Jordan Seitz said.                           downturn, I think they were
 western half of the United States   until the trapper comes to kill it,      morning,”
                                                                                                                                                                           another for practices and              we go to two practices a                     It takes time to organize,                 definitely talking about it,
 for settlement in the 1800s.        the body grip trap is designed           Manes
                                                                                                                                                                           activities. It would be nice           day, which is next to impos-               load, transport, unload and                  and it’s the next most valu-
 Trappers mapped the trails that     to instantly kill the animal by          said.
                                     hitting the vertebrae or skull, the                                                                                                   to have a facility that could          sible.”                                    reorganize players who                       able asset, it’s a factor that
 settlers would later follow.                                                   Junior
                                     snare trap is one of the simplest                                                                                                     provide adequate space for               The boys’ basketball team                travel to the City Hall.                     draws people to a commu-
  In Kansas there are 12 main                                                 Trent Mi-
                                     of traps used for coyotes. It works      ley said he                                                                                  all students and all activi-           has 36 athletes participat-                 “You probably lose 10                       nity,” Cravens said.
 furbearing animals: the beaver,
 badger, bobcat, red fox, swift      by tightening around the animals’        has been                                                                                     ties,” head boys’ basketball           ing in the sport. The C-team               (minutes) at the beginning                     “It would benefit the
 fox, gray fox, mink, muskrat,       neck or leg as they struggle.            trapping                                                                                     coach Kevin Haxton said.               usually practices in the                   and 10 at the end, about 20                  students by giving them a
 opossum, raccoon, striped             By law, a trapper is supposed to       since he                                                                                     Along with a new gym                   morning and JV and varsity                 to 25 minutes every time,”                   facility that they are proud
 skunk and the coyote.               check the traps at least once a day.     was five.                                                                                    would come the opportu-                practice after school.                     head girls’ basketball coach                 of. Also it would give the
  Season date for all trapping         “When there is an animal in             “My uncle                                                                                   nity to host summer and                   “I think the split practices            Kenny Cravens said.                          students an added incentive
 starts November 12 and ends         the trap, I shoot it if isn’t already    taught me                                                                                    post-season events such as             have probably given each                     A new gym may be in the                    to participate in an indoor
 February 15. Beaver trapping        dead, take it home, skin it and          everything                                                                                   sub-state.                             group some ownership into                  future, however.                             activity. It would give more
 season goes a little longer and     scrape off all the fat and put it on     I know,”                                                                      lucas ranker      “For the size of our team,          the program as a whole.                      “Different people have                     opportunities for more stu-
 ends March 31.                      a stretcher,” Bruning said.              Miley said. Senior Clayton Bruning checks one of his coyote traps after school.              it makes it very difficult to          There isn’t as much watch-                 talked for many years about                  dents because there would
  Several EHS students enjoy           Fur buyers will pay more if it is        He has         Bruning puts a fine layer of dirt over the trap so the coyote doesn’t       organize a practice that will          ing and standing around                    adding a new gym, but right be more space to conduct
 trapping. One of them is senior     already cleaned. Two fur buyers          been             see it. By law, all traps are supposed to be checked every day.             involve every player when              and each participant is ac-                now with the budget be-                      practices that would include
                                                                                                                                                                           you only have so many                  tive in the practice,” Haxton ing as it is, it’s not really                             every player,” Haxton said.

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                                                        E-Page presents...

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
                                             Listen                                               Reilly, Black please on big screen,
                                                                                                  Murphy should go back to stand-up
                                                                                                  brent keener                           Black has had multiple voice
                                                                       decided to take a
                                                                                                    There are comedians in movies        characters, such as Po in the
                                                                       break from the music
                                                                                                  who we are all think are abso-         animated feature film “Kung
                                                                       industry at the age
                                                                                                  lutely hilarious and those we          Fu Panda,” Lenny in “A Shark
                                                                       of 34.
                                                                                                  are tired of seeing.                   Tale” and Zeke in “Ice Age”.
                                                                         “Maybe we will play
                                                                       again sometime and           Starting off the good list is        He is currently in the band
                                                                       maybe I will work my       John C. Reilly, whose most pop-        Tenacious D with Kyle “Kage”
                                                                       way back into some         ular roles have been Dewey Cox         Glass.
                                                                       kind of music situa-       in “Walk Hard,” Cal Naughton,             Eddie Murphy, who was
                                                                       tion, but this time is     Jr. in “Talledega Nights” and          huge in the 80s, has been on a
                                                                       the time for me to step    my personal favorite, Dale Do-         downhill slide ever since. His
                                                                                                  back in “Stepbrothers.” Reilly         recent roles have been the voice
                                                                       back now, to reel it in,
                                                                                                  is a great actor. He is extremely      of Donkey in “Shrek” and mul-
                                                                       and I wish everyone
                                                                                                  funny, but has also been por-          tiple roles in “Norbit.” His most
                                                                       peace and happi-
                                                                                                                                         infamous character was a minia-
                                                          kelli soukup ness,” Adams said          trayed in more serious roles like
                                                                                                                                         ture alien captain who controls a
The cover of the most recent album released by Ryan Adams & The        on his blog at www.        “The Perfect Storm” and “The
                                                                                                                                         spaceship that looks like a man in
Cardinals, “Cardinology.” It’s the 10th studio album by Adams and his
                                                                        Aviator.” Reilly has even re-
fifth with The Caridnals.                                                                                                                “Meet Dave.” After that perfor-
                                                                         Fans of Jeff Buckley,    cently starred in the broadway         mance, Murphy should have
kelli soukup                                          Wilco or Kings of Leon could                musical “Proposition 8.”               stopped acting and gone back to
  Folk rock singer/songwriter,                        easily enjoy Adams’ music and if              Jack Black is No. 2 on the good      stand-up. Murphy was hilarious
Ryan Adams was born in Jack-                          there’s a time to start listening to        list. Black made it big with “Na-      in his stand-up feature Raw.
sonville, N.C. Adams is a part of                     him, it would be now. Adams is              cho Libre,” a comedy in which            So keep a look out for anything
The Cardinals and also does solo                      on his final tour and is coming to          he depicts a Mexican wrestler,         with Reilly and Black, but don’t
work.                                                 the Kansas City Uptown Theater              and “School of Rock” and an            get your hopes up expecting
  Starting music at 16, he has                        Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m.                  appearance in “Walk Hard.”             anything from Murphy.

 EHS graduates provide insight into college life
  hayley keener                                  Professors at your college may                   to make an appointment during          and “doing her work as it needs
   College is a time for fun and                 not care whether you are there                   the teacher’s office hours. As for     to be done.”
  freedom. You’re in a new place                 or not. They may not even take                   tests, there are no re-dos, you         “Treat college as a job. Job
  with new friends with a new                    attendance.                                      only have one chance to do well.       comes first and fun comes after,”
  start. Nobody makes you go to                   “There are lots of papers and a                   “Being in college is hard be-        Hoffman said.
  class, nobody makes you wake                   lot of bad teachers. They don’t                  cause there are no safety nets; if      While Macek plays volleyball at
  up, you are on your own.                       really care and they leave you to                you fail a test, there is no way of    Barton, Herzog, West, and Hoff-
   High school and college are so                do stuff on your own,” 2008 Ells-                getting out of it,” 2008 EHS grad-     man all agree they miss playing
  different. Your classes now are                worth High School graduate and                   uate Tim Hoffman said, “and            sports the most.
  easy, your guidance counselor                  current Kansas Univerity student                 be ready when college starts            “If I could do it over again, I
  tells you what you need to take                Ryan West, said. “They give you                  because it goes really fast and it’s   would have enjoyed high school
  and when you need to take it.                  an assignment and if you don’t                   really easy to get behind.”            more,” West said.
  She schedules your appoint-                    do it right, you fail.”                            Hoffman is a freshman at Kan-         “I would have prepared myself
  ments and seeks you out when                    Another student talks differ-                   sas State University.                  better for college,” Herzog said.
  you need to know something.                    ently of her teachers at Barton                    “Don’t skip classes. Go out on        “I would take more college
  In college, you sign up for your               County Community College.                        weekends, but hang out with the        courses so I wouldn’t have to
  own classes, you make the                       “I was told that teachers don’t                 right people,” 2008 EHS graduate       take as many classes now,”
  appointments, and you are not                  really care and make you do                      and KSU student Jordan Herzog          Macek said.
  supplied with books, you have                  everything on your own, but at                   said.                                   So have fun, but be responsible.
  to buy them.                                   Barton, they are just as likely to                 “College is busy, but it’s not       Get out and get involved, but do
   The teachers are different. In                help you as they are at Ells-                    structured. I have a lot of activi-    your work. Enjoy the freedom,
  high school all the teachers                   worth,” 2008 EHS graduate                        ties, but they aren’t at the same      but don’t abuse it.
  know who you are. If you miss                  Laura Macek said.                                time every week. I just have to         “Do what you need to do, be-
  class, they find you and give                   In college, if you miss class                   balance and prioritize,” Macek         cause you have the freedom not
  you the notes. Don’t hand in a                 you have to get the notes from                   said.                                  to go to class, but if you choose
  paper? If you weren’t at school,               another student, and if you want                   She said she stays on top of         that freedom, you won’t be there
  you can turn it in next time.                  some one-on-one time, you have                   everything by using her planner        very long,” Hoffman said.

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    Candids                                                                                                                           sadie kratzer
                                                                                                                                                      Watching a
                                                                                                                                                      duet during
                                                                                                                                                      forensics class,
                                                                                                                                                      junior Whitney
                                                                                                                                                      Steinike, sopho-
                                                                                                                                                      more Nichole
                                                                                                                                                      Pacey and
                                                                                                                                                      freshman Anna
                                                                                                                                                      Hand, enjoy
                                                                                                                                                      “The History Of
                                                                                                                                                      Mankind.” The
                                                                                                                                                      duet is performed
                                                                                                                                                      by senior Jes-
                                                                                                                                                      sica Pflughoeft
                                                                                                                                                      and sophomore
                                                                                                                                                      Daphne Dufon.

                                                                                                                                                      Ellsworth Sing-
                                                                                                                                                      ers perform at
                                                                                                                                                      the Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                      Commerce din-
                                                                                                                                                      ner February 4.
                                                                                                                                                      Singers consists
                                 hayley keener                                                                                                        of a select group
                                                                                                                                                      of choir members
 Sophomores Ashley Habiger, Jordann
                                                                                                                                                      who had to try
 Bell, Amber Williams, Brittany Betten-
                                                                                                                                                      out for the group
  brock, Abby Habiger and Kayla Most
                                                                                                                                                      first semester.
yell with the cheerleaders during a pep
 rally January 23. Head girls’ baskeball
      coach Kenny Cravens spoke at the
rally, encouraging the students to come
                 to the game that night.

                                                                                                                                     hayley keener
                      English teacher Clay Manes and business teacher Kevin Haxton race against seniors Ryan Manes and Gabe Paull and junior
                      Levi Schneider in a relay race organized by the cheerleaders at a recent pep rally. The race involved pulling a teammate
                          a lap around the gym, then dancing a                  smaller lap to the finish.

                                                                                                                                                                   hayley keener

February 2009                                                                                                                     EHS Bearcat         Features 9
                                                    EHS jumps on board
sadie kratzer                       cans throw away 25 billion          tell whether an item is recycled,              that can be recycled, such as sid-
 The school has begun to take       Styrofoam cups, which are not       you can look on the insides of                 ing, gutters, car parts, window
a stand on recycling by putting     recyclable. That many cups can      boxes for example, and if the                  frames and lawn furniture.
recycling boxes in the Com-         circle the earth 436 times.         inside of a box is gray, the pack-               The fourth and final of the
mons. Many people only know          The third of the Four Rs is        age has some recycled material                 Four Rs is rethink. Rethink
the Three Rs of conservation        recycling, which is the most        in it. Every year Americans go                 whether you need to actually
reduce, recycle and reuse. There    known and most popular of the       through 2.5 million plastic bot-               buy the product. If you buy a
is actually a fourth R rethink.     four rs. Recycling is the process   tles and could keep 200 million                food product with a long shelf
 Reduce is the first of the Four                              of a      pounds of plastic out of landfills             life and you don’t end up using
Rs and is one of the more obvi-                                         a year if they just recycled one               it, donate it to an organization
ous choice for a                                                                  out of every 10 bottles              such as a food bank. Americans
greener and                                                                                  they use.                 produce more waste than any
cleaner                                                                                       Aluminum                 other industrialized nation,
                                                                                              cans, which              throwing away 5.2 pounds of
                                                                                               are                     waste per person per day. Ac-
                                                                                                                             cording to www.Earth911.
                                                                                                                                      com, in one year,

It means
ing the
amount of
products you
buy, making them
produced less in
general. Buying in
bulk helps reduce the
amount of items that are
thrown out, 75 percent of which                                                                                                                              more
can be recycled. If you are                                                                                                                                then
thinking of reducing waste, take                                                                                                                        $16 billion
in mind that every year a person    material outliving its                                                                                             of bottled
uses enough paper and wood          original expected life                                                                                           water. It
products to equal a 100-foot fir    span, and then being                                                                                            takes 700
tree.                               collected, separated, re-                                                                                     years for a
  The second of the Four Rs is      made and produced as a                                                                                       single plastic
reuse, which is prolonging the      new product, only to begin                                                                                  bottle to begin to
life of an item by using it more    the cycle again. It conserves                                                                              decompose.
                                                                                                                           die kra          Conserving. It doesn’t
then once for a purpose, such as    resources by keeping the objects                                         ratio n by sa
donating clothing to Goodwill.      in circulation, reducing the use                                                                    take much time or energy
Instead of drinking coffee out of   of non-renewable resources                        now made of 50                        to do, and with humans produc-
a disposable Styrofoam cup, use     such as fossil fuels and miner-     percent of already recycled                         ing 600 times their body weight
a ceramic coffee mug. Accord-       als. According to,     cans, are the most recycled item                    in trash within a lifetime, we
ing to www.recycling-revolu-        30 percent of all waste sent to     in the United States, but there                     need to try to cut down the, every year Ameri-         a landfill could be recycled. To    are other types of aluminum                         number.
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   D id You Know ....
kara svaty

cool facts from the
                                         -Ellsworth High School goes seven more days per
                                         school year than Salina High School South.

stories you just read
                                         -In a typical year, EHS offers worms, insects, fish, am-
                                         phibans, cow muscles, bones, sheep brains, bones
                                         and fetal pigs for dissecting.
                                         -The average politician makes anywhere from
                                         $20,000-$30,000 a year.
                                         -Ryan Adams has been in the music industry for 34
                                         -By law, a trapper is supposed to check their traps at
                                         least once a day.
                                         -Guanajuato is considered “the kissing captial” of
                                         -Thirty percent of all waste sent to a landfill could be
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