The Ellsworth High School
BEARCAT February 2009
talk about jobs
Sport of trapping
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-
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
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
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 www.msnbc.com
community Basketball at Beloit 4:15 p.m.
Wrestling Regionals TBA
would like to
Letters to the National FFA Week begins GALVESTON, TEX. - A contractor
editor are en- February 24 helping clear debris from Hurricane Ike
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
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
State Park, when he found the box Jan. 7.
Dawnae Bunch LONDON - Bill Gates and other donors
are giving more than $630 million to the
Contact us at:
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
foundation, along with the charity group
usd327.org 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. www.msnbc.com
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
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,
”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
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
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
There are many ways
used include cats, mice,
rats, worms, dogs, rabbits,
vens. Animals dissected
at EHS are obtained from
a lecture,” senior Heather
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”
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
peta.org, 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
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.
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.
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
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-
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
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
trapping.com, 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.
6 Features EHS Bearcat February 2009 EHS Bearcat Features 7
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
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
cardinology.com. 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.
8 Features EHS Bearcat
Candids sadie kratzer
“The History Of
duet is performed
by senior Jes-
ers perform at
the Chamber of
ner February 4.
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
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.
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.
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,
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 wisegeek.com, 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
tion.com, every year Ameri- a landfill could be recycled. To are other types of aluminum number.
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D id You Know ....
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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