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									                    Kelly Kall
Volume 41                                                                                                     Issue 3                                                                     December 2005
                                    Fifty years of solid gold
      Wyoming Association of Student Councils
               convention at KW                                                               By Cassie Ellwood – head editor

   Left to right: Junior Ashley Lyden is sworn in by outgoing state WASC secretary Adam Cowger. Advisor Ben Schanck organizes welcome packets before the schools arrive Monday morning. KW Stud Co members smile in relief when the
   convention is all over. Senior Micah Ross takes a brief nap while the delegates are at lunch. Juniors Justin Meidinger and Jake Yelton direct traffic, namely the honor councils, through the labyrinthine halls of KW. All members of the student
   council assisted in directing visitors over the course of the convention.

         The halls of Kelly                     ganized, and there was the                         WASC delegates divided into                        than be changed by it. Tired                       state executive council.
Walsh were a little more                        small matter of nametags for                       two groups, one of which                           though they may have been,                                  After being sworn in,
crowded November 7th and                        every individual in attendance                     went and read books to stu-                        KW students and visitors alike                     the delegates dispersed, most
8th when several hundred                        and welcome packets for each                       dents at Willard elementary,                       seemed thoroughly engaged                          heading for busses and the
students from around the                        school to consider.                                the other put together care                        by Bano’s fun anecdotes and                        long ride home. “Celebrate”
state attended the Wyoming                               “It was two weeks of                      packages for Wyoming ser-                          congenial way of addressing                        began piping over the audi-
Association      of   Student                   pure insanity,” Soper said with                    vicemen overseas. Upon their                       the crowd                                          torium speakers as the KW
Councils (WASC) 50th                            a sigh. “Especially the last few                   return, delegates attended                                  Later that morning, a                     Stud Co members found
annual convention.                              days.” As student body presi-                      advisor-run workshops and                          question and answer session                        themselves alone. After danc-
         Although Monday                        dent, Nate was not only the                        then were off to prepare for                       for the final candidates was                       ing from sheer joy for a few
the 7th was an early release                    person interviewed by several                      the banquet held at the Park-                      held, and then the second,                         moments, it was back to
day, KW students felt the                       local reporters, he was also                       way Plaza.                                         and final, round of voting.                        business. Students cleaned
crunch before and after school                  responsible for speaking at                                 After the banquet, it                     After this, the executive of-                      the auditorium as quickly as
as KW student council (or,                      the opening of the conference,                     was back to KW. The initial                        ficers of the 2004-2005 ses-                       they could and were rewarded
“Stud Co”) members effec-                       running two workshops and                          round of voting was held in                        sion (President Erin Weishaar,                     moments later in the lobby
tively blocked off the green                    a small group discussion and                       the cafeteria and a dance,                         Vice-President J C McCann                          with food.
area and surrounding hall-                      singing in the choir perfor-                       which was held in the aux-                         and Secretary Adam Cow-                                     “It’s finally over!”
ways. Tuesday was somewhat                      mance on Monday morning.                           iliary gym, went until 11.                         ger) spoke about the national                      Many of the students were
less stressful because WASC                              Always a crowd fa-                        While most delegates and                           convention and gave their                          heard breathing in relief as
events concluded at noon,                       vorite, A Capella and Encore                       advisors seemed to be enjoy-                       farewell speeches. There were                      they all but inhaled their food.
though this was unapparent                      received rave reviews from stu-                    ing themselves, it was not un-                     several teary moments as                           The sentiment was shared by
when looking at KW’s Stud                       dents and fellow Trojans alike.                    common to find KW Stud Co                          the officers recounted their                       advisors Becky Byer and Ben
Co members.                                     “Amazing vocal program,”                           members huddled in a corner                        year of service, and then the                      Schanck, who were just as, if
         Planning for WASC                      commented Dennis Freeman,                          or sprawled out on the choir                       incumbent officers were an-                        not more, exhausted than the
began immediately after KW                      the advisor from Green River.                      couch, fast asleep.                                nounced.                                           students.
confirmed that they would be                    “Very well done.”                                           This trend was con-                                Junior Beth Simpson                                The lesson of the story
hosting the 2005 conference                              In addition to the                        tinued the next morning in                         of Cody High School, grand-                        is this: Host WASC immedi-
last November. That said,                       choirs, principal Brad Diller                      the auditorium where the                           daughter of former United                          ately after COED if you plan
most of the hardest work, or,                   addressed the delegates, fol-                      students from KW listened                          States senator Alan Simpson                        on investing in energy drinks
“grunt work,” as student body                   lowed by Nate, who spoke                           to speaker Dick “Bano” Ban-                        (R-Wyo., 1979-1997) was                            and caffeine pills. “It was good
president Nate Soper put it,                    about goals and the impor-                         izewski from the orchestra                         elected president while Mag-                       to see it come, but it was bet-
was not put in until the two                    tance of student council. Erin                     pit. That said, students found                     gie Stubbs, a sophomore at                         ter to see it go,” Nate Soper
weeks preceding the conven-                     Weishaar, WASC president                           it difficult to speak because                      Newcastle High School, was                         reflected a week after the
tion. In those two weeks,                       for the 2004-2005 year, spoke                      Bano’s material seemed almost                      chosen as the 2005-2006                            convention. “It was the hard
schools from around the state                   and members of the local color                     more like a comedy routine                         vice-president. Ashley Lyden,                      work our council put in that
sent their school banners to                    guard presented the flags.                         than a motivational talk. He                       a junior, was ushered in as                        made it go so well. Without
be hung in the auditorium,                               After a long day of                       encouraged students to, “be                        WASC secretary, making her                         them, it wouldn’t have gone
two rounds of elections and                     candidate speeches, work-                          the bean,” that is, to change                      the first student ever from                        nearly as smoothly.”
several workshops were or-                      shops and group discussions,                       the world around them rather                       Kelly Walsh to serve on the

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Up and away with Trebuchet
Students launch into new learning experience
By Kramer Hirz - staff writer
         Last year’s physics                   ics teacher, came up with this                 areas as well. “The kids got                            “We built scaled down                  to pumpkins, as long as the
classes put in hours of work                   idea in order to reinforce what                to practice some skills such as                models first to find the right                  object is in between 10 and 20
after school, on the weekends,                 he was teaching in his class.                  trigonometry, algebra, wood-                   kind of structure, the ratio of                 pounds. But the physics class
and during vacations so they                            “The reason we start-                 working, public relations,                     the effort arm to the load arm,                 is looking to set a new record
could be a part of a once in                   ed this project was to rein-                   planning, welding, teamwork,                   and the amount of mass we                       when they launch it next.
a lifetime experience. These                   force the concepts of velocity,                and volunteerism.”                             would need to launch a bowl-                             Mr. Sharpe plans to
students built a trebuchet that                gravity, forces, energy and                             This massive struc-                   ing ball 250 feet,” explained                   make this a tradition in the
stands sixteen feet tall and                   centripetal force. It was a                    ture took about 150 hours to                   Mr. Sharpe.                                     upcoming years. “It is a pas-
weighs about 2000 pounds.                      real world, hands on experi-                   build. They could not just                              The farthest distance                  sion of mine,” he explained.
This amazing machine took                      ence that we couldn’t pass                     build it first. It took hours of               the trebuchet has thrown                        “I plan on building many
hundreds of hours of work to                   up,” Sharpe explained. He                      planning and calculations in                   something is 220 feet. This                     more during my time here
build and design.                              said that the kids get some                    order to make sure that the                    amazing machine throws                          at KW”
         Mr. Sharpe, the phys-                 valuable experience in other                   machine was built right.                       anything from bowling balls

Students and Mr. Sharpe load the trebuchet (left) prior to the first launch. Students and onlookers back away from the trebuchet as it is prepared for launch (right). “The reason we started this project was to reinforce the concepts
of velocity, gravity, forces, energy and centripetal force. It was a real world, hands on experience that we couldn’t pass up,” explained Mr. Sharpe.

Leading the way with Dan the Man
Kelly Walsh Finds spirit in different ways
By Eric Platt -staff writer
         Standing six foot two                 games to watch the guys. I                     the rec. center, watching TV,
at center, from Milwaukee,                     also liked the colors of Kelly                 or listening to music, he is
Wisconsin is Dan “the man.”                    Walsh,” Dan explained. This                    always busy. He also works at
People may have seen him at                    year, Dan has been to every                    Coliseum Motors.
an occasional football or bas-                 home football game and plans                             “When I’m not at
ketball game. But this year, he                to go to every home basket-                    Kelly, I love watching west-
is at Kelly Walsh for good.                    ball game. He won’t only be                    erns on T.V. or watching the
         “When Dan was 18,                     attending games, but also                      Star Wars movies. My favorite
he moved to Casper because                     practices.                                     is listing to music. The Bee
his dad got a job at Shepard                            Danny added, “I like                  Gees are one of my favorite
of the Valley nursing home.                    working out with the guys                      bands of all times. I like the
His love for sports drew him                   and helping them out. Coach                    beat and like how they sing.”
to Kelly Walsh. I have known                   Adams helps me out when I                                This inspiring man
Danny for at least twenty                      need it. Practice is just a fun                lives his life to the fullest and
years. When I was in high                      atmosphere to be in.”                          values things that are impor-
school playing hoops at the                             According to senior                   tant to him. If you see this
rec. center, Dan would be                      Chris Moberly, “Danny gave                     man at a game don’t be scared
hanging around, trying to                      me so much help in football.                   to talk to him; he would love
get in a game. Our team likes                  He always tells me to protect                  to talk to you.
having Danny around because                    the quarterback, which is a                               Danny commented,
he helps provide a positive                    key part of football. Without                  “If I could tell the students
energy,” commented head                        him I would be lost,” Chris                    something, it would be if you
boys basketball coach Kreg                     stated.                                        really want to do something
Adams.                                                  When Dan is not                       in life, do it. It doesn’t matter
         “When I moved here,                   around Kelly Walsh, he likes                   what you look like or what
sports were still a part of my                 to stay active with his own                    you do. If you set your mind                   Danny flexes his guns for the camera. “Dan the man” is a very helpful person at practices and
life and I liked coming to the                 hobbies; working, playing at                   to it, you can do it!”                         cheers his team on during the games.
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Myspace Madness is new Internet hospot
By Kayla Petrie – copy editor
    “I just got the idea after     users growing rapidly ev-
seeing other sites. I thought      ery day, many may wonder,
I could combine a lot of sites     “What’s the big deal with
into one, and make some-           Myspace?”
thing better than anything           Junior Tommy Russell con-
else that was out there!” states   templates for a moment, then
Tom from              replies, “[Myspace] is like one
     Myspace Tom is auto-          of those things that everyone
matically everyone’s first         hates until they try it. It’s the
friend when they sign up           one and only way to meet
for Myspace. Not only is           other people when you are
he the guy who created the         from a place like Casper,
Myspace madness, but he            Wyoming.” Myspace has
is also the one to go to with      been used as a way to keep
site problems or ideas. At         in touch with people from
only 29 years old, this Cali-      places outside the borders of
fornia boy has become nearly       Casper. Sophomore Molly
famous through his internet        Mayer also uses Myspace for
creation.                          the social aspect. She says,
       My s p a c e h a d ov e r   “I think Myspace is good to         Sophomore Lauren Popish takes timeout of her day to check her Myspace web page. For many students, checking their Myspace page has become as
                                                                       common as checking their e-mail.
37,238,422 users as of the         have for social people to keep
end of October, and has only       in touch with friends and
                                                                       your homepage. I have fun                       quizzes, Myspace is a perfect                   Junior Jillian Foss is one of
been running for two years.        their friends’ personal lives.”
                                                                       going through people’s pro-                     place to get creative and                       those people. While laugh-
This means that approxi-                Others use Myspace to
                                                                       files and seeing how they did                   show the world the person                       ing, she says, “Everyone has
mately 18,619,281 people           express themselves. Senior
                                                                       their page too. It’s the new                    within.                                         Myspace…except me! People
join each year, 1,551,601          Kylie Turner explains, “I love
                                                                       rave!” Equipped with blog                          Myspace might be all the                     say that it is addicting, and I
people join each month, and        Myspace. It is a fun way to
                                                                       space, bulletins, personal pic-                 rave, there are still the people                don’t want to get addicted. I
2,155 people join every hour.      express yourself and to be cre-
                                                                       tures, custom backgrounds,                      who choose to not conform,                      am sure it is cool – another
With the number of Myspace         ative and unique in making
                                                                       music videos, surveys, and                      and do not have Myspace.                        way to express yourself.”

The New Year is coming
New Year resolutions are in the mind of many
By Natalie Balerio - staff writer
        When the New Year          them change something in            pounds, getting better grades,                        There were a variety of                   People make New Year resolu-
rolls around, many people          their life. There are many dif-     not ditching class anymore,                     answers when going around                       tions because it is a new be-
are trying to pick out a great     ferent resolutions that people      being more respectful to oth-                   the school and asking Kelly                     ginning for another year and
New Year’s resolution to help      choose, such as losing five         ers, and many more.                             Walsh students the same                         their slates are clean. Many
                                                                            “To stop eating junk food.                 question. Some of the answers                   people are starting to think
                                                                       I freaking live off it,” junior                 were, “go to class more often,”                 about what their new year
                                                                       Britney Bisiar answered when                    “stop eating sweets,” and “ to                  resolution is going to be for
                                                                       asked about her New Year’s                      be more respectful to others,”                  the next year and if they are
                                                                       resolution.                                     among many others.                              going to succeed with it this
                                                                                                                                            Sophomore                  up coming year or not.
                                                                                                                                 Luke Underwood                                 The top ten most
                                                                                                                                 plans, “ To stop                      common New Year resolu-
                                                                                                                                 d r i n k i n g s o d a ,”            tions are to get in shape, spend
                                                                                                                                 when asked what                       more time with the family,
                                                                                                                                 his New Year resolu-                  quit smoking, enjoy life more,
                                                                                                                                 tion is.                              quit drinking, get out of debt,
                                                                                                                                             Becoming                  help others, learn something
                                                                                                                                 fluent in another                     new and get organized.
                                                                                                                                 language is an ob-                             Most people try to
                                                                                                                                 jective of one Kelly                  pick a resolution dealing with
                                                                                                                                 Walsh teacher, Cyn-                   something they are not cur-
                                                                                                                                 thia Farrell, who                     rently doing and want to do
                                                                                                                                 hopes, “ To read                      or something that are doing
                                                                                                                                 more in Spanish.”                     too much. New Year Resolu-
                                                                                                                                             M a n y                   tion is something that people
                                                                                                                                 people try to stick                   believe that will help them
                                                                                                                                 with their resolu-                    for the New Year. The idea
                                                                                                                                 tions through the                     of starting over is relieving to
                                                                                                                                 year, but some fail                   most when beginning with a
                                                                                                                                 and others succeed.                   fresh start each year.
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                                          Get a Groove on
                                                             COED Ball
                                                                 Kylie Oates - copy editor

       At this year’s COED       winners at the dance were       was my last dance, made it my group, and the decorations                   Junior Regan Diller
 ball many students got their    Kylie Oates and Eric Platt      more special than all the other were awesome.”                    added, “My favorite part of the
 groove on. The theme for        as queen and king, Amanda       dances,” stated senior Melissa         Along with the dance,      dance was dancing appropri-
 this year’s dance was Funk-     Bryant and David Schmitt        Garcia.                         some students also enjoyed        ately, but still having fun.”
 a-Delic Love, 70s style.        as pr incess                                                                   the decora-                 Many of the girls at-
 Many students went out to       and prince,                                                                     t i on s a n d    tending COED started out
 dinner, got pictures taken      Adam Morse                                                                      music. “The       the day much earlier than
 with friends and their dates,   and Brit-                                                                       decorations       when the dance started. They
 and also went to the dance      tany Richards                                                                   were awe-         had to get their hair done up
 from 9:00 to 12:00 and          as duke and                                                                     some, and         really nice, either profession-
 danced the night away.          duchess and                                                                     they really fit   ally or by themselves. Many
      Royalty was elected by     Alex Oates                                                                      the theme,”       girls had their nails done.
 the students at the dance.      and Dani-                                                                       stated junior     Some had fake nails, while
 The week before the dance,      elle Brown                                                                      Tika Perry.       others just painted theirs. The
 students were given a list of   as count and                                                                    “It sure          girls took the day to look their
 the candidates during their     countess.                                                                       wasn’t 70’s       best for their dates.
 T.R.O.Y. periods. Then, by           Students                                                                   music, but it          “Keepin’ it real with my
 choosing their favorites, the   had many                                                                        was still fun!”   DBT brethren, and having the
 list was narrowed down to       opinions on                                                                     was what ju-      best date in the world, Taylor
 three people per category.      what their fa-                                                                 nior Veronica      Black!” stated senior Jason De-
 Those three people were         vorite part of the dance was.        Senior Travis Haynes Elseroad had to say about the           spain, concluding that COED
 then on the nomination          “Being with a huge group        added, “It was fun getting to music that was played this          was a huge success.
 forms at the dance. The         of friends, and knowing it      meet new people that went in year.
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National car
accident statistics
reveal the truth
What to do to reduce ac-
By Catherine Manning – staff writer
         Annually there are      asked why they think so          Consider-
about three million car          many teenagers get into ac-      ing car ac-
related injuries a year, two     cidents they all had some-       cidents are
million injuries, and sadly      thing to say. Sabrina Med-       the number
forty thousand deaths in         ley stated, “They’re trying      one cause of This is a picture of Kelly Walsh’s front parking lot. As you can see alot of students drive themselves to school, but what you may not know is one in
the United States each year.     to impress their friends,        young peo- thirty of these students according to the Department of Transportation will get into a car accident before there out of there teens.
According to statistics          or they can just be plain        ples’ deaths
       The Department of         reckless.”                       here are some driving tips                                           sequences of                                                   comfortable.
Transportation indicates,               Samantha Grundhof-        for teenagers:                                                       drug and alco-                                         10. C e l l p h o n e s
“accidents are usually re-       fer expressed, “Teenagers               1. Teenagers driv-                                            hol use while                                                  should be re-
lated to irresponsible driv-     are having too much fun,                    ing with friends,                                         driving.                                                       stricted to emer-
ing behavior.” Forty per-        they’re listening to loud                   as passengers,                                     6. Have a gradu-                                                      gency use only.
cent of fatalities are related   music, and driving too                      should be lim-                                            ated license                                           11. Safe cars should
to drinking and driving,         fast.”                                      ited because of                                           that limits new                                                be chosen for
thirty percent are due to               Joanna Bonck simply                  the possibility                                           drivers driving                                                new drivers.
speeding, and around thirty      says, “people just don’t pay                of distractions.                                          privileges.                                                    Look for cars
three percent are from cars      attention.”                             2. Be a role mod-                                      7. L i m i t n i g h t                                                with high safety
going off road. Seat belt              Alex Lee added, “teen-                e l . Te e n a g e r s                                    driving because                                                ratings, air bags,
use is only at about sixty       agers are over confident                    with poor driv-                                           most teenagers                                                 and crumple
eight percent nationally         in there driving especially                 ing records of-                                           get in accidents                                               zones.
which is suspected to be a       in weather conditions.”                     ten reflect their                                         between nine                                           A decline in reck-
known cause for so many                   The Department of                  parent’s driving                                          p.m. and twelve less drdiving would ul-
deaths.                          Transportation has con-                     skills.                                                   p.m.                                    timately mean needless
       Statistics show that      firmed that young drivers               3. T e e n a g e r s                                   8. Highways and deaths and injuries could
older and younger people         are four times more likely                  should practice                                           any place where be prevented. The number
are much more likely to          to die in a car accident and                their driving su-                                         driving fast and of car accidents has been
get into a car accident then     are more likely to speed,                   pervised for at                                           the flow of traf- declining for many years,
middle aged people. Cur-         drive recklessly, not wear                  least six months                                          f i c a r e t h i c k so drive carefully and the
rently, car accidents are        a seat belt, and drink and                  before getting                                            should gradually number of accidents will
the number one killer for        drive.                                      their license.                                            be introduced to continue to decline and we
people ages one to thirty                 Although car acci-             4. A s a f e t y b e l t                                      a driver.                               can avoid needless injuries
seven. One in thirty young       dents have been declining                   should be worn                                     9. Driving during and deaths.
drivers will be injured each     for over thirty years, society              at all times with                                         poor weather
year.                            still needs to do what they                 no exceptions.                                            should be limit-
      When a few students        can to prevent these need-              5. Parents should                                             ed until the teen
f ro m Ke l l y Wa l s h we re   less deaths and injuries.                   discuss the con-                                          is confident and
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“The Man Who Came To Dinner”
Play hit Kelly Walsh Stage in November
 By Elise Butler – staff writer

         “The Man Who Came                                                                                                                                                          every year if I could, but we
To Dinner” is a spectacular                                                                                                                                                         don’t always have the right
twentieth century play that                                                                                                                                                         actors. However, this year we
came to the Kelly Walsh stage,                                                                                                                                                      did have the right actors,” Mr.
November 17-19, 2005. The                                                                                                                                                           Stedillie stated.
cast was comprised of forty-six                                                                                                                                                              The students also en-
actors and actresses. “It’s a de-                                                                                                                                                   joyed working on the play.
lightful play and the characters                                                                                                                                                    Many people like acting be-
are just a riot. This play has                                                                                                                                                      cause of the feeling that they
been delighting audiences for                                                                                                                                                       get on the stage. “I like to be
over sixty years and has been                                                                                                                                                       performing in front of an audi-
in the top ten for high school                                                                                                                                                      ence because of the adrenaline
plays,” Mr. Stedillie, the play                                                                                                                                                     rush you get,” senior Nick Per-
director, explained.                                                                                                                                                                kins, whom played the part of
         Moss Hart and George                                                                                                                                                       Professor Metz, stated.
S. Kauffman wrote this play,                                                                                                                                                                 Many talented actors
entitled, “The Man who came                                                                                                                                                         and actresses performed in this
to Dinner.” The story begins                                                                                                                                                        play. It could have seemed to
at the home of Mr. and Mrs.                                                                                                                                                         be easy for some students, but
Stanley, who were portrayed by                                                                                                                                                      it wasn’t easy to for the actors.
seniors Lyall “Chase” Woolery                                                                                                                                                       Perkins explained, “Any play is
and Hope Dewell. Mr. and                                                                                                                                                            challenging because you have
Mrs. Stanley invited a famous                                                                                                                                                       to play another human being.”
radioman over for dinner. Se-                                                                                                                                                       People of all ages agree that
nior Des Bennion played the                                                                                                                                                         this play was a success, despite
dinner guest, Sheridan White-                                                                                                                                                       how difficult it may have been
side. When Whiteside left their              Arttu Laitiner, Jenny Jackson, Des Bennion, and Cami Lund act out a scene together. There were many instances when a large number of
                                                                                                                                                                                    to learn.
home, he fell on the porch and               people in this play were required to be on the stage.
injured his hip. Confined to a
                                                                                            wheelchair, Whiteside made                  roaches enjoying the wonderful
                                                                                            himself comfortable at the                  kitchen. If this wasn’t enough
                                                                                            Stanley household.                          trouble for Whiteside to make,
                                                                                                     Unfortunately, this                another problem arose.
                                                                                            was the straw that broke                             The love of his life,
                                                                                            the camels back for the or-                 Maggie, portrayed by senior
                                                                                            derly fashion of the home.                  Cami Lund, fell in love with a
                                                                                            Convicts began joining the                  local reporter named Bert Jef-
                                                                                            family for dinner and their                 ferson, played by senior Trent
                                                                                            phone bills began to rise                   McAteer. Maggie was unaware
                                                                                            horrendously. Unusual gifts                 that Whiteside was hatching
                                                                                            kept arriving at the Stanley                a scheme to distract Jefferson
                                                                                            home from the friends of                    with a woman named Lor-
                                                                                            Whiteside. It didn’t take long              raine. However, Maggie quickly
                                                                                            for all chaos to break loose.               picked up on what Whiteside
                                                                                                                                                                                    Seniors Brice Oates and Cami Lund rehearse
                                                                                            In this play, chaos could be                was doing and fought back. It               a scene together during a rehearsal. It was
                                                                                            defined as penguins making                  is a play that everyone enjoyed             incredibly important for the actors and actresses
Many of the cast members of the Fall Play, “The Man Who Came To Dinner,” gathered           their home in the library, an               doing this year.                            to practice a lot in order to produce an outstand-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ing performance.
around Sheridan Whiteside, portrayed by senior Des Bennion, during a dress rehearsal.       octopus residing in the cel-                         “I would do this play
This play consisted of more than forty young actors and actresses.                          lar, and ten thousand cock-

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Wheels on The Bus
Do go all around the town!
By Brooke Schmill - staff writer
      The wheels on Casper’s the city has started.                                                 Casper College and since         in, “And out to eat!”
new public transportation               K r i s t i n a                                            she doesn’t drive she calls                 Besides common
started going round and Braukmiller and her son                                                    The Bus a lifesaver. “It takes   citizens, The Bus serves
                                                                                                                                                                               Instead of behind the wheel, Marge Cole is be-
round this year on April 18th, Michael have ridden the bus                                         me to school, doctor’s           a diverse group of the                     hind the whole bus operation. Cole is the current
                                                                                                                                                                               director of Casper’s public transportation.
and has proven to be one of everyday since it opened.                                              appointments, shopping…”         community. Casper college
the most successful programs Kristina is a student at                                              then her 6th grade son pipes     students,      the     elderly,                  “Even the mayor uses
                                                                                                                                    handicapped         (including             it occasionally!” Bus driver
                                                                                                                                    wheel chair lifts), families,              Carol Lange tells. Lange
                                                                                                                                    teenagers, and elementary                  drove for the Casper Area
                                                                                                                                    kids ride the bus. People can              Transportation Commuter
                                                                                                                                    also bring small animals in                (CATC) for 10 years before
                                                                                                                                    carriers, and service dogs are             going to work for The Bus.
                                                                                                                                    more than welcome.                         Working in the office most

Music entertains Kyle Gunderson while he waits for his stop. Gunderson started riding the bus to support conserving energy.         Michael Braukmiller and his mom, Kristina tease each other after they boarded. The
                                                                                                                                    Bus is their main method of transportation.
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                                                     of the time, she only drives                     years passed The Bus started!     one, just figured that on really, the name is simple and
                                                     when needed, but looks                           With fixed routes there are       average, with car insurance, yet clever.
                                                     forward to those days. “I                        four buses that go all around     gas, and the cost of car repairs,         Perhaps        the
                                                     love it, I love working with                     the town: Red, Blue, Green,       riding the bus is much more next time you want to go
                                                     people.” Before going to                         and Yellow. Each Bus has a        economical.                       downtown, to the mall,
                                                     work for CATC 17 years ago                       different route that travels                  “A buck to go to or merely on a lovely ride
                                                     Lange was an accountant,                         on 2nd Street, 12th Street,       Wal-Mart on a bus, can’t around Casper, just walk to
                                                     however, said she got sick                       Paradise Valley, downtown         beat that.” Kyle Gunderson, the closest bus stop!
                                                     of it. Driving CATC (and                         (with some of North Casper)       17, rides the bus to support For more information on The
                                                     now The Bus) have been a                         and other numerous stops          conserving energy. “I can Bus call 237-4BUS or visit
                                                     perfect change.                                  along those courses.              drive, I just choose not to,”
                                                               Marge Cole, the                                  “There are very         he simply stated.
                                                     current director of The Bus,                     few places it doesn’t go,”        Gunderson             also
                                                     stated that over the years                       passenger Crystal Cavender        believes that the new
                                                     Casper’s #1 need was public                      says. The Bus costs only $1       bus system has drawn
                                                     transportation. So, the                          dollar every time you board,      attention to Casper,
A sign on 12th and Nottingham                        Transit Development Plan                         unless you are transferring       and Wyoming is
Street indicates a bus stop. There are               was started. After funding                       from one bus to another,          catching up with the
72 bus stops in Casper, this being
the closet to Kelly Walsh.                           was provided and two                             that’s free. Passes can be        rest of the nation.
                                                                                                        purchased for $30 a month                   Another CC
                                                                                                        for adults and youth. As        student, Sam Hill,
                                                                                                        of now, the bus has given       journeys on the bus
                                                                                                        a total of 31,000 rides,        because, “It got cold
                                                                                                        with a growing average of       and I got sick,” referring
                                                                                                        6,500-7,000 rides a month.      to how he used his
                                                                                                        The system operates Mon-        bike as a method of
                                                                                                        Friday between 6:30am           transportation.
                                                                                                        to 6:00pm (minus legal                      Now,       the
                                                                                                        holidays) The Bus only          question        everyone
                                                                                                        transports around the           asks, why did they
                                                                                                        Casper area, but extensions     name it The Bus and
                                                                                                        into Evansville and Mills       not something more
                                                                                                        are being looked into for       original? It’s easy! How
                                                                                                        the future.                     to people refer to buses
                                                                                                                  So why bus it?        everywhere….where’s A man stands at the downtown
                                                                                                                                        the bus? There’s the bus! transfer station waiting for the
Going over the pamphlets, bus driver Carol Lange shows all of the routes and stops. Lang has worked
for the city transportation for 17 years.                                                               Frances Nel, who has
                                                                                                        ridden the bus since day        Here’s the bus stop. So bus. He’ll be riding one of four
                                                                                                                                                                  buses that circuit the city.

Teen depression a silent burden
Depression exists in teenager population
By Erin Lund - staff writer

          “I’m depressed.” It’s                   Certain neurotransmitters                           themselves don’t know what        deny the possibility of depres-   school counselors. “In a mild
a normal enough phrase that                       regulate different moods and                        is wrong.                         sion because nothing par-         or moderate case, the teen in
people use to refer to tempo-                     emotions.                                                   It is often left up to    ticularly awful has occurred      question would be advised to
rary sadness or anxiety, and                               Often times the cause                      the adults in teens’ lives to     in their life to cause it. But    come and talk to one of the
is not really taken seriously.                    of depression is when there                         recognize the symptoms, and       according to Kelly Walsh          counselors, who would prob-
Unfortunately, in many cases                      aren’t enough neurotransmit-                        then acknowledge them as          School Counselor MarySue          ably suggest a change in diet
it could be completely true.                      ters or there is an imbalance,                      depression instead of an at-      Jacques, “Depression can be       and exercise,” suggests School
          Depression is a men-                    causing there to be more nega-                      titude problem. Some symp-        situational, caused by some-      Counselor Jacques.
tal illness that has been grow-                   tive emotions than positive                         toms are                          thing in your life, or it can               In severe cases just a
ing at an alarming rate, and                      ones. This causes the person                                *Feelings of guilt,       also be biological, a mental      change in lifestyle may not be
not just among the adult                          in question to have feelings                        worthlessness or sadness for      imbalance inherited from          enough. Counselor Jacques
population. Statistics show                       of sadness, guilt or loneliness                     no apparent reason                your parents.” This means         says, “If the teen had a case
that about 4-5% of teenagers                      in even the happiest situation                              *Irritability, anger,     that you don’t have to have a     of severe depression, they
now have depression or simi-                      because it is what the brain is                     anxiety, or the inability to      bad experience to have depres-    would probably be referred
lar mental illnesses.                             being told to feel.                                 concentrate                       sion; it may be something you     to a doctor for immediate
          That’s about one in                              One of the main prob-                              *Lack of energy or        get from your parent’s genes      medical attention.” This may
every 20 people. Many of                          lems with teen depression is                        significant change in sleep       like hair or eye color. But in    include therapy and medica-
them are unaware that there                       that it is often misdiagnosed.                      patterns                          many cases depression does        tion. There are also support
is a real reason for their emo-                   Parents often see the symp-                                 *Aches and pains          come from some sort of trying     groups available for teens to
tional state or problems.                         toms of depression as normal                        (without physical cause) or       experience in a person’s life,    have the opportunity to speak
          Teen depression is a                    teen rebellion. This can cause                      significant weight loss or        such as family problems at        with others going through the
mental illness, meaning that                      many problems in home life as                       gain                              home or the death of a loved      same situation. No matter if
the person afflicted is very                      the parents are led to believe                              *Pessimism, indiffer-     one. Even the normal stresses     the case of depression is mild
sick and can’t just, “get over                    that their kid is lazy or antiso-                   ence, or the inability to enjoy   of everyday life can cause de-    or severe, whether it has been
it.” Depression is caused                         cial, refusing to acknowledge                       what once brought pleasure        pression in certain cases.        there for years or months,
when something affects the                        a larger problem. The fact is,                              *Withdrawal from                   Once depression has      there is help for any teen that
chemicals in the brain called                     this can many times lead to                         friends, family, and social       been diagnosed, however,          needs it; but they need to
neurotransmitters. These                          a worsening in condition as                         situations                        there are ways a teen can get     realize that there is a problem
chemicals help in the process                     the teen is pressured, causing                              *Thoughts of death        help to solve the problem.        before they can begin to find
of transmitting messages be-                      even more negative emotions                         or suicide                        One of the options open to        a solution.
tween nerve cells in the brain.                   and retaliation, even if they                               Many times people         the teen is talking with the
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                       Upcoming Events
                          Winter activities
                            By Tiffany Lange – staff writer

Date                        Event                      Opponent             Contest Site      Time

Tue, Jan 3, 2006            9th Boys BBall             CY                     CY                 4 & 5:30 pm
Tue, Jan 3, 2006            9th Girls BBall            CY                     Kelly Walsh        4 & 5:30 pm
Thu, Jan 5, 2006            Wrestling                  Sheridan               Kelly Walsh        5:30 & 7:00 pm
Fri, Jan 6, 2006            Swim-Boys                  RS & GR                Green River        4:00pm
Fri, Jan 6, 2006            Wrestling                  Green River Invite     Green River        7:30 am
Fri, Jan 6, 2006            Ski-Nordic                 One Day Race           Hogadon            9:00am
Fri, Jan 6&7 2006           Ski-Alpine                 Casper Invitational    Hogadon            10:00 am
Fri, Jan 6, 2006            Basketball-Girls           Lander                 Kelly Walsh        4-5:45 & 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            9th Girls BBall            Sheridan               Sheridan           10-11:45 am
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            Gymnastics                 Natrona Invitational Natrona              10:00 am
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            Wrestling                  Wright Invitational    Wright             TBA
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            Wrestling                  Green River Invite     Green River        9:00am
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            Basketball-Boys            Green River            Kelly Walsh       12-1:45 & 3:30 pm
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            Basketball-Girls           Green River            Kelly Walsh       12-1:45 & 3:30 pm
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            9th Boys BBall             Sheridan               Kelly Walsh       9:00 & 10:30 am
Sat, Jan 7, 2006            Swim-Boys                  Central East NC        Kelly Walsh       11:00 am
Tue, Jan 10, 2006           9th Boys BBall             Sage Valley            Sage Valley       4 & 5:30 pm
Tue, Jan 10, 2006           9th Girls BBall            Sage Valley            Kelly Walsh       4 & 5:30 pm
Thu, Jan 12, 2006           Wrestling                  GR & RS                Rock Springs     TBA
Thu, Jan 12, 2006           9th Girls BBall            Twin Spruce            Kelly Walsh       4 & 5:30 pm
Thu, Jan 12, 2006           9th Boys BBall             Twin Spruce            Kelly Walsh       4 & 5:30 pm
Fri, Jan 13, 2006           Basketball-Boys            Laramie                Laramie           4-5:45 & 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 13, 2006           Basketball-Girls           Gering                 Gering            4-5:45 & 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 13&14, 2006        Ski-Nordic                 Jackson Invitational Jackson            9:00 am
Fri, Jan 13&14, 2006        Wrestling                 Tourn. of Champs        Vernal, UT       9:00 am
Fri, Jan 13, 2006           Swim-Boys                 Riverton Lander Cody Kelly Walsh         4:00 pm
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           Gymnastics                Gillette Invitational   Gillette         10:00 am
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           Swim-Boys                 Cheyenne Invite         Cheyenne          9:00 am
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           9th Girls BBall           Laramie                 Laramie           10-11:45 am
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           Wrestling                 Casper Jamboree         Casper            TBA
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           9th Boys BBall            Laramie                 Kelly Walsh      10-11:45 am
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           Basketball-Boys           Rock Springs            Kelly Walsh      1:45 pm
Sat, Jan 14, 2006           Basketball-Girls          Rock Springs            Kelly Walsh      12:00 pm
Tue, Jan 17, 2006           9th Boys BBall            Centennial             Centennial        4 pm & 5:30 pm
Tue, Jan 17, 2006           Basketball-Girls          Natrona (So/JV)         Natrona           4 - 5:45 pm
Tue, Jan 17, 2006           9th Girls BBall           Centennial             Kelly Walsh       4 pm & 5:30 pm
Tue, Jan 17, 2006           Basketball-Boys           Natrona (So/JV)        Kelly Walsh       4 - 5:45 pm
Thu, Jan 19, 2006           9th Boys BBall            Sheridan               Sheridan          4 - 5:30 pm
Thu, Jan 19, 2006           Basketball-Boys           Natrona                Casper College 7:45 pm
Thu, Jan 19, 2006           Basketball-Girls          Natrona                Casper College 6:15 pm
Thu, Jan 19, 2006           9th Girls BBall           Sheridan               Kelly Walsh       4 & 5:30 pm
Fri, Jan 20&21, 2006        Ski-Alpine                Cody Invitational       Red Lodge        10:00 am
Fri, Jan 20&21, 2006        Swim-Boys                 Scottsbluff Invite     Scottsbluff       4:00 pm
Fri, Jan 20, 2006           Swim-Boys                 Laramie East           Laramie           4:00pm
Fri, Jan 20&21, 2006        Wrestling                 Chadron Invite         Chadron           TBA
Sat, Jan 21, 2006           Basketball-Girls          Lander                 Lander            4-5:45 & 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan 21, 2006           Gymnastics                Kelly Walsh Invite     Kelly Walsh       10:00 am
Thu, Jan 26, 2006           9th Girls BBall           Dean Morgan            Dean Morgan        4 & 5:30 pm
Thu, Jan 26, 2006           9th Boys BBall            Dean Morgan            Kelly Walsh       4 & 5:30 pm
Thu, Jan 26, 2006           Basketball-Boys           Riverton               Kelly Walsh       4-5:45 & 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 27, 2006           Basketball-Girls          Cody                   Cody               5:45 & 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 27, 2006           Swim-Boys                 Sheridan               Sheridan           4:00pm
Fri, Jan 27&28, 2006        Ski-Nordic                Utah Invitational       Soldier Hollow, UT TBA
Fri, Jan 27, 2006           Ski-Alpine                Casper Invitational     Hogadon            10:00am
Fri, Jan 27, 2006           Basketball-Boys           Cody                   Kelly Walsh         5:45 & 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           9th Boys BBall            Twin Spruce           Twin Spruce          10 & 11:30 am
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           9th Girls BBall           Twin Spruce           Twin Spruce          1 -2:30 pm
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           Basketball-Girls          Riverton              Riverton             2-3:45 & 5:30 pm
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           Gymnastics                Rock Springs Invite Rock Springs           10:00 am
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           Wrestling                 Trojan War Dual       Kelly Walsh          TBA
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           Ski-Alpine                Casper Invitational Hogadon                10:00 am
Sat, Jan 28, 2006           Swim-Boys                 Gillette              Kelly Walsh          10:00 am
December Issue                                                         Kelly Kall - Student Interest                                                Page 11

Microsoft aids schools
Schools take steps to prepare students for college
By Becky Junge – staff writer
         Do current education to enable the completion of        room, to learn more easily,    delphia School Reform Com-         School Reform Commission,
curriculums prepare students the position.                       enjoyably and successfully     mission to create a “School of     stated in a press conference.
for higher education? Studies             Statistics show that   than ever before,” Gates       the Future”. In this school                 The vision for this
show that American teenag- even with the increasing tech-        stated in his book, The Road   technology, will play a key        school is to create an envi-
ers graduating high school are nology and its impacts on so-     Ahead.                         role.                              ronment where learning is
still at a great disadvantage. ciety, only 31% of American               Microsoft has re-              “Each student will be      continuous, relevant and
When entering the career students have internet access           cently teamed         u p      administered a technological       adaptive. The goal of this
world, they are not prepared at home, while a mere 56%           with                  Phila-   device along the lines of a        school is to present more stu-
for what lies ahead of them. can use it at school.                                               personal laptop computer.         dents with the technological
With the ever-changing eco-               Bill Gates and Mi-                                          It will assist in inquiry,   access that they need, as well
nomic shifts in our country, crosoft are teaming up                                                        support content         as improve digital literacy,
schools and students are left with schools around the                                                           distribution,      and give the understanding
in the dust.                   US to create programs                                                                  and im-      and skills necessary to use the
         Current education that will better prepare                                                                      mense     technology.
systems around most of the youth for life in the real                                                                      effi-            Along with the part-
US are the same or similar world.                                                                                                  nership in Philadelphia, Gates
to those first derived in the             “Har-                                                                                    has teamed up with schools
early nineteenth century. nessing a passion                                                                          ciency,”      in Georgia, Illinois, and New
At this time, the Industrial for technology                                                                       reported a       York, all with common goals
Revolution was the biggest and applying                                                                           Microsoft        of improving digital literacy,
development in the country, it to learning                                                                  Representative.        raising the graduation rate
and most students left school will empower                                                                        “School          across the country, and im-
as eighth graders completely people of                                                                          of the Fu-         proving college readiness.
prepared to fulfill the jobs all ages,                                                                           ture will                  So far, the Bill and
available. Now, careers are both in-                                                             be              the most          Melinda Gates Foundation
much more technologically side and                                                               unique educational structure      has invested one billion dol-
oriented, and require a higher o u t s i d e                                                    in the world,” Jim Nevels,         lars to improve high schools
amount of specialized skills the class-                                                         chair of the Philadelphia          across the US.
Page 12                                                Kelly Kall - Holiday Special                        December Issue

  Santa’s Naughty Elves Take Over
“The Twelve Days of

Christmas” is a popu-
                                    On the twelfth day of Christmas, the naughty elves
                                    woke up early and ran down to the Christmas tree.

lar song.
                                    They opened every present, even if it wasn’t their
                                    own. When all of the good elves woke up and saw

But when it’s sung by
                                    what the two naughty elves had done, they were
                                    infuriated! They asked the naughty elves what had
                                    happened. The naughty elves lied and told them

naughty elves,      it all
                                    that the Grinch had come to steal Christmas late
                                    at night. They explained that they tried to fight

goes wrong.
                                    him off and in the battle all of the presents were
                                    opened. The nice elves did not believe a word of the
                                    story, but in the spirit of Christmas they forgave the

Follow the path
                                    naughty elves. They then all sat down around the
                                    fire and had some cocoa.

to see what they do.

And make sure that it
                                                 On the ninth day of Christmas, the naugh-
                                                 ty elves went to the great store of Wal Mart.

doesn’t happen to you.
                                                 They filled up several carts of amazing toys
                                                 and went to the check out stand. After the
                                                 cashier scanned all of the toys, the elves told

Take their advice,
                                                 her that they didn’t have any money. They
                                                 walked out of the store, leaving the carts

and     learn   what   they
                                                 full of toys for the cashier to put up.


By the Twelfth Day
                              On the Eighth Day of Christmas, the
                              naughty elves went to an apartment

of Christmas, you’ll
                              complex. They started on one end
                              and ran through the hallway to other

be a pro.
                              side. Along the way, they knocked on
                              all of the doors and yelled, “MERRY              On the Seventh Day of Christmas, the
                              CHRISTMAS!” By the time the ten-                 naughty elves once again went around
                              ants came out of their apartments, the           the neighborhood. They went to the

From     Exlax     cookies
                              elves were already gone.                         houses that had decorative reindeer
                                                                               in the yard and rearranged them into

to the beard that they
                                                                               various positions.

took, you will learn ev-

ery trick in the    book.
                                                                                    On the First Day of Christmas the
                                                                                    naughty elves baked cookies with a spe-
                                                                                    cial ingredient: Exlax. They gave some
                                                                                    cookies to each of their neighbors and

Once you go naughty,
                                                                                    told everyone that their mother had
                                                                                    made them.

it’s hard to go nice.

So be careful when you

take these elves’ ad-

December Issue                                                 Kelly Kall - Holiday Special                                         Page 1

    the Twelve Days of Christmas
                                                                                                  By Devon Crotteau - Copy editor

                                                                                                     Disclaimer: Batteries,
                                                                                                     dice and tokens are
                                                                                                     not included.
             On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, the
            naughty elves went doorbell ditching.
            They picked a house with several bushes.
            One of the elves walked up to the door,
            rang the doorbell, and ran behind a bush.
            When the door was opened, the other elf
            threw a snowball at the face of the resi-
            dent. The two naughty elves then ran off,
            laughing all the way.

                  On the Tenth Day of Christmas, the naughty elves went to the mall again.
                  They stood in line for hours to see Santa. When it was their turn, one of the
                  elves ran up and sat on Santa’s lap. She told him all of the toys she wanted for
                  Christmas. Then, she told Santa that she had a crush on him. She began to
                  twirl his beard around her fingers, but it got caught. She pulled on the beard
                  with some effort and yanked it off. The elf screamed in surprise! “He’s a fake!
                  He’s a fake! Santa’s a fraud!” she yelled as she ran through the mall still clutch-
                  ing his beard.

     On the Sixth Day of Christmas, the
     naughty elves went to the mall and told
     all of the children waiting in line to see
     Santa that he wasn’t real.                                           On the Fifth Day of
                                                                          Christmas, the naughty
  On the Third Day of Christmas,                                          elves went to every house
  the naughty elves spotted several                                       in the neighborhood that
  people walking along the sidewalk.                                      had Christmas lights. They
  The elves drove through the slush                                       removed one bulb from a
  in the gutter, spraying the pedestri-                                   strand of lights, causing all
  ans.                                                                    of the Christmas lights on
                                                                          the house to go out.
                                          On the Four th Day of
                                          Christmas, the naughty elves
                                          switched the name tags around
                                          on all of the presents.

  On the Second Day of Christmas, the
  naughty elves went to a park where they
  saw children frolicking in the snow. The
  elves challenged the children to a snowball
  fight. After smoking the kids in their faces
  with snowballs, the elves whitewashed each
  and every one of them. They left before the
  children could tattle on them.
Page 14                                                                      Kelly Kall - Student Interest                                 December Issue

Middle now or middle later?
Administrators discuss how junior highs trans-
form into the middle school setting
By Gretchen Skatula – staff writer
        For the past few years     Jennings, assistant principal at   doing outstanding here, “ Jen-    middle school, junior high              Casper is unique never-
Casper has watched East            CY Junior High when asked          nings stated energetically.       school, or elementary school.     theless, and we have adopted
Junior High School undergo         if there was a time frame for             Southridge Elementary      For seventh and eighth grade      a system called, “school of
critical construction, basically   how long until all the Casper      principal Rick Skatula be-        they can go to a middle school    choice.” Sixth grade will al-
being torn down and rebuilt,       junior highs will be middle        lieves some of his students are   or a junior high, and for ninth   ways be available in elemen-
and turned into an new build-      schools.                           ready for the change and for      grade a high school or a junior   tary schools in this system be-
ing called Frontier Middle                In a middle school set-     some students it is essential     high. It’s almost overwhelm-      cause some children will need
School. What most people           ting, the grading is sixth grade   for them to stay in elementary    ing how many options kids         that extra year in elementary
don’t realize is, however, the     to eighth grade. CY, Centen-       school.                           have, junior high ad elemen-      before switching to an older
transformation from a junior       nial, and Dean Morgan Junior                “It depends on the       tary principals all agree that    school setting.
high setting into a middle         Highs have actually already        child and where they’re at        it is good for parents and                  Our school system
school setting takes a lot of      started to integrate sixth grad-   in their lives. Even though       students to have so many          is very complicated at this
time and effort for many           ers into their schools. Some       a child may be a certain age      options.                          point in time but between 3
people. Now that there is          parents have had speculations      chronologically, they might              “It is necessary for our   and 10 years from now the
one middle school, the district    that children in sixth grade       be two years older or younger     district to offer many diverse    kinks should be worked out
wants all junior highs to be       and children in ninth grade        mentally. Each child has their    programs for the student          and everything will be run-
middle schools.                    aren’t mature enough for the       own pace and we will base         population. No one program        ning smoothly once again. It
         “The goal is a five to    higher school levels. The ad-      instruction on that.”             can fit the needs of every stu-   takes time to give children the
seven year time line, but of       ministrators however, believe           Another obstacle parents     dent in our community. We         education they deserve, and
course there’s always some         the kids are completely ready      and students have to over-        are lucky to offer so many op-    Casper is doing their best to
leeway and it may be shorter,      for the change.                    come now is so many options       tions for the students to meet    accomplish an outstanding
it may be longer, you just                “The sixth graders that     for schooling. Students and       all their unique needs,” Tom      school system.
never know with projects such      came up to CY absolutely           their parents can now choose      Ernst, a principal at Centen-
as these,” commented Mike          need to be here! They are          if they go to sixth grade in a    nial commented.

                                                                                        Fables, labels, fake smiles
                                                                                        Dealing with peer pressure in a
                                                                                        world of chronic influences
                                                                                       By Riane Menardi – staff writer
                                                                                                  The escalating they wear do or say. An        the most common form
                                                                                       downpour                of underclassman almost          of positive peer pressure
                                                                                       influences on people always looks to someone             she sees is when people
                                                                                       in public society is that is older, who they             help their friends make
                                                                                       very intensely rooted think is “cooler” to find          good decisions that will
                                                                                       in peer pressure. how they should act, and               keep them from doing
                                                                                       Everyone faces peer in that way everyone has             bad things. When a stu-
                                                                                       pressure         everyday. an impact on everyone         dent helps another with
                                                                                       Young, old, it doesn’t that they meet.                   class work, or intro-
                                                                                       matter, but it affects             “I think that peo-    duces them to someone
                                                                                       teenagers most of all.      ple who pressure you to      who doesn’t have many
                                                                                                  Peer pressure is do bad things are people     friends, they positively
                                                                                       seen in the classrooms that I try to avoid,” com-        influence those people
                                                                                       and halls of junior high ments Ashley Brown, a           to be better in everyday
                                                                                       and high schools every junior. She also says that        life. Furthermore, just
                                                                                       day. It is showered down the most common form            saying hello to someone
                                                                                       on teens when they go of peer pressure that she          in the halls, or talking
                                                                                       out with their friends sees around her is pres-          to a person on a bad
                                                                                       or make new friends. If sure to smoke and do             day can make a world
                                                                                       that isn’t enough, there drugs.                          of difference.
                                                                                       is ever-present media              Sophomore                      So how exactly
                                                                                       hammering it into Dylan Holthus said, “If                should one deal with
                                                                                       adolescent minds of I don’t want to do it, I             all this peer pressure
                                                                                       what people their age won’t, but if I want to try        and influence being
                                                                                       should be, and what is it I will,” about dealing         bombarded on them all
                                                                                       expected of them.           with peer pressure. He       the time?
                                                                                                  Peer pressure says that he doesn’t think               “Just do what
                                                                                       does not always mean people should be pres-              you think right- don’t
                                                                                       that someone is be- sured to do something                pay attention to peo-
                                                                                       ing forced into doing that they don’t want to            ple who are pressuring
                                                                                       something bad, such as do.                               you,” says Brown.
                                                                                       doing drugs, drinking,             However, nega-                 S i m i l a r l y,
                                                                                       etc. It also lurks be- tive peer pressure is not         Holthus advises, “ If
                                                                                       neath the surface, when the only pressure faced.         you want to do some-
                                                                                       people unconsciously There is also positive peer         thing, don’t let anything
                                                                                       affect others by what pressure. Brown said that          hold you back.”
December Issue                                                                 Kelly Kall- Student Interest                                                      Page 15

The flu treads its way to KW
Several treatments available when it strikes
By Elise Butler – staff writer

      In previous years, sneezes     clinics were held a little later   season.                                 1,300 students in the school     epidemic. It is in no way
and coughs have rampaged             in the year. Fortunately, there          Scientists are always tell-       building. However, the Tro-      meant to diagnose diseases or
through Kelly Walsh’s halls          was not a shortage of the vac-     ing senior citizens, young chil-        jans of Kelly Walsh are capable  replace a medical profession-
leaving students to wonder if        cine this year.                    dren, and people with chronic           of keeping themselves healthy.   al’s advice. Please contact a
the flu season will ever disap-            If a person did not get a    diseases to get a vaccine.              The Kelly Walsh Trojans will     physician if questions arise
pear. These can be signs that        flu shot, there are preventative   There are a few simple reasons          once again conquer the flu       about how to treat your per-
influenza, otherwise known as        measures that can be taken         for this. People with AIDS,             season!                          sonal flu because some treat-
the flu, is upon Casper. Un-         in order to avoid illness. As      diabetes, and cancer should                                              ments don’t always work for
fortunately,                                                                                 always get         Editor’s note: The ideas ex- other people.
the flu sea-                                                                                  a flu shot.       pressed in this article are only
son does                                                                                      “It [the          suggestions to keep students
not just                                                                                      flu] can be       healthy during the influenza
evaporate                                                                                     life-threat-
into thin air.                                                                                ening to a
Trojans may                                                                                   medically
put some                                                                                      fragile per-
precautions                                                                                   son and
into place                                                                                    people who
so that this                                                                                  are im-
season is                                                                                     mune-sup-
not quite                                                                                     p re s s e d ,”
so dreadful                                                                                   Mrs. Esau
this year.                                                                                    stated.
          The                                                                                 Deaths
s c h o o l                                                                                   have oc-
n u r s e ,                                                                                   curred with
Maureena                                                                                      the flu,
Esau, had                                                                                     but the in-
some useful                                                                                   stances are
tips when                                                                                     incredibly
it comes to                                                                                   rare. Dia-
protecting students from the         mentioned previously by Mrs.       betics are at high risk with the
flu. “The number one way,”           Esau, washing hands is the         flu because they are prone to
Esau explained,” to try to pre-      first thing that people need       infection and their blood sug-
vent the flu is to wash hands.       to do. Washing hands after         ars can spike. We must take
Other ways are to get good
rest, eat correctly, and visit flu
                                     sneezing, coughing, and go-
                                     ing to the restroom is a very
                                                                        into account that everybody
                                                                        can react differently to the flu,
                                                                                                                                  Flu Symptons
vaccine clinics.”                    good idea. Also making sure        but flu shots can save the lives
      Flu vaccine clinics are        that one is getting the correct    of high-risk patients.
typically held in the months         amount of sleep and drinking              It is vital to understand                          Sudden fever
of October and November.             lots of fluids is important.       that the flu is an upper-re-
There have been rare mo-             Water is an especially valu-       spiratory illness. According                             Muscular aches
                                     able resource during the flu
ments in history when these                                             to medical scientists, gas-
                                                                        trointestinal problems are                               Muscular pains
                                                                        not commonly found in the
                                                                        flu. The “stomach flu” is not
                                                                        influenza, but a virus. Symp-
                                                                        toms of the flu may include a
                                                                        sudden fever, muscular aches                Preventing the spread of the
                                                                        and pains, and weakness.
                                                                        Bronchitis and pneumonia                          influenza virus
                                                                        can result from the flu and is
                                                                        dangerous toward the elderly
                                                                        and infants.
                                                                                There are several reme-                    Wash hands.
                                                                        dies but the most common are
                                                                        over-the-counter medications.
                                                                                                                    Get decent sleep and other
                                                                        Another important way to
                                                                        stay healthy is to stay hydrated
                                                                        and sure to get a good enough                     Get a flu shot.
                                                                        amount of rest. “Students
                                                                        with the flu should call their              Drink plenty of fluids, such
                                                                        physician as necessary,” Mrs.
                                                                        Esau advised. If questions                           as water.
                                                                        arise during the flu, it would
                                                                        be wise to ask a doctor.                     Staying home if the flu is
                                                                                    As flu season draws
                                                                        nearer, it may seem impos-
                                                                        sible to avoid the flu with over
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                    Let us enlighten your day
                               Medicinal value of laughter
                                     By Amanda Visoky and Samantha Conley - staff writer and assistant editor
         Have you ever felt like your day is dragging on and nothing is boosting your mood? Well, you are exactly like many students, and laughter is a com-
mon way to enlighten your day. Better living through chemistry is not only expensive, the side effects can be debilitating; the best type of medicine is laughter,
and it’s priceless.
Fun                                                                                                            side and then suddenly run up and kick the gun
    1. Take your time and see if you can read                                                                  out of their hands.
         each line aloud without making a mis-                                                                         If I were being executed by injection, I’d
         take.                                                                                                 clean up my cell real neat. Then, when they came
This is this taco                                                                                              to get me, I’d say, “Injection? I thought you said
This is is taco                                                                                                inspection.” They’d feel real bad, and maybe I
This is how taco                                                                                               would get out of it.
This is to taco
This is keep taco                                                                                                      How come the dove gets to be the peace
This is an taco                                                                                                symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feath-
These are idiot tacos                                                                                          ers than the dove, and it doesn’t have that danger-
These are busy tacos                                                                                           ous beak.
This is for tacos
This is thirty tacos                                                                                                   I don’t think God put me on this planet
This is seconds tacos                                                                                          to judge others. I think he put me on this planet
    Now go back and read the third word in each                                                                to gather specimens and take them back to my
line from top to bottom.                                                                                       home planet.
                                                        If a girl who is well-endowed works at hooters,
                                                       where does a girl with one leg work? IHOP.

                                                       Where do you find a tortoise with no legs?
                                                       Where you left it.

                                                       How does a blond kill a fish? Drowns it. A bird?
                                                       Throws it off a cliff. And a worm? Buries it alive.

                                                       There are two muffins in an oven and one muffin
                                                       says man it is hot in here and the other muffins
                                                       say ahh… a talking muffin!

                                                       Why did the blond climb on the roof? She heard
                                                       that drinks were on the house.

                                                       If Barbie is so popular why do you have to buy
The top 10 reasons computers must be male:                                                                     Pick up Lines:
   1. They have a lot of data but are still clue-                                                              Your legs must be tired because you’ve been run-
       less                                                                                                    ning through my mind all night.
   2. A better model is always right around                                                                    Do you like bacon? Yeah. Well, do you wanna
       the corner                                                                                              strip?
   3. They look nice and shiny until you                                                                       Did it hurt? What? When you fell from heaven.
       bring them home                                                                                         Do you do karate? Because your body is kick’n.
   4. It is always necessary to have a back-up                                                                  What do you want to be when you grow up? I
   5. They’ll do whatever you want if you                                                                      don’t know, what do you want to be? A tear so I
       push the right buttons                                                                                  can live in your eyes, lie on your cheeks and die at
   6. The best part of having either one is the                                                                your lips.
       games you can play                                                                                      So how is Charlie doing? Aren’t you one of his
   7. In order to get their attention you have                                                                 angels?
       to turn them on                                                                                         A guy drops a sugar packet at a girls feet, and
   8. The lights are on, but nobody is home                                                                    says, “ Hey I think you dropped your name tag.”
   9. Big power surges knock them out for                                                                      Is your daddy a terrorist? Because you’re the
       the night                                                                                               bomb.
   10. They crash at inopportune times.
                                                        her friends?

                                                                                                                     You cannot be mad
                                                        Deep thoughts – By Jack Handey

                                                                                                               at someone who makes you
                                                                 I believe in making the world a safer
                                                        place for our children, but not for our children’s

                                                                                                                   laugh. It’s as simple
                                                        children, because children shouldn’t be having

                                                                                                                                as that.
                                                                 I’m not afraid of insects taking over the
                                                        world, and you know why? It would take about

                                                                                                                                             Jay Leno
                                                        a billion ants just to aim a gun at me, let alone
                                                        fire it. And you know what I’m doing while
                                                        they’re aiming at me? I just sort of slip off to the
December Issue                                                               Kelly Kall - Musings                                                                Page 1

The Chronicles of Weffer
Volume 1
By Lance Fondren - staff writer
         In the jungle, the        long it would be before I found                                                                                             waste….. but
mighty jungle, my story is so      another little shack. When I                                                                                                     wait! Jack-
crazy. My life began as a child.   walked in there were beads,                                                                                                       ie Chan
I was very little. My parents      statues and smoke everywhere.                                                                                                     popped
loved me all so much but my        What was this place? I slid                                                                                                       up from
curiosity was too strong. I        past the beads, dodged all the                                                                                                   the ground
loved the wild and hated the       statues and sifted through the                                                                                                  a n d
city. Nature was my calling.       smoke until I found a back                                                                                                      grabbed a
The wind and the rain, the         room. I walked in…..                                                                                                           stick.
roars and the hisses, the moun-            Once inside the room a                                                                                                      Whoop,
tains and valleys all called to    shrieking voice yelled, “Ooga,                                                                                               ziek, pop,
my soul, but mostly the loin       booga, who is in my room?”                                                                                                   bow, blaw,
cloth persuaded me to leave.             It is only I, Weffer                                                                                                  w a w, h u h ,
With a plane ticket bought and     the…..                                                                                                                      pop, smack,
one goodbye, I left my dear               “I’ve been waiting for                                                                                              grunt, poof.
home in Van Buren, Maine           you. Sit down my child.”                                                                                                   Jackie Chan
and headed for the Congo                     I sat down in this                                                                                              d i s a p p e a re d
Jungle in Zaire, Africa.           reclining chair; it was really                                                                                            and the hip-
          Right when I got off     quite nice, but I couldn’t see      tigers. You                                                                          po laid on the
the plane I changed into my        anything at all. All of a sudden    must travel over the riv-                                                            ground beside
tie-dye loin cloth and was on      the smoke cleared the room          er, through the ancient ruins,         I am Wef-                                    the path. I closed
my way.                            and what I saw was quite dis-       and into the pit on Monkdom.       fer, why can’t I pass?                          the hog bag and
        Something was wrong        turbing. I saw a huge clear ball,   Take this, you will know when             “You shall not pass!”      w a l k e d down the path.
but what could it be? Why          and behind the ball I saw this      to use it. Now go!”                       There was no way I was            No more than ten steps
are these people all looking at    African woman with braids                  She snapped her fingers     going to make it through this     away was the river. It had to be
me so funny? Then it hit me!       and only two teeth, a spirit        and the shack was gone. I was      hippo. He was huge. He also       a mile wide. What would I do
I remembered no one wears          reader kind of like Whoopie         left standing in the jungle with   scared me when he said he         now? I knew I would have to
shoes in the Congo, so I took      Golberg in Ghost. It was very       a tiny bag made out of hog         knew this weird hip move.         cross because Whoopie look-a-
my shoes off and was on my         interesting. The lights dimmed      stomach with what felt like        Those hip moves mess with         like told me so, but how would
way again.                         and she told me to shut up, she     absolutely nothing in it. So I     me, so I didn’t know what         I cross?
       I must have walked for      needed to focus.                    just began walking. I walked       to do. I opened the hog bag.           To Be Continued…..
almost twenty minutes until             “Whoooo booooo looooo          for four days and three nights     Glitter fell out of the bag and
I found a little shop, kind of     koooo….. I see you Weffer,          until I came upon a hippo in       this crazy mysterious music be-
shack looking thing. I went in     look into my ball. You will save    my path.                           gan to play, but it faded away
it because I had no idea how       the Queen Monkey from the                 “You shall not pass!”        very quickly. Well that was a
Page 1                                                            Kelly Kall - Musings                                     December Issue

                         Pointless facts with TB
Mind-boggling specifics, to daze and confuse
                                                           By Tyler Barrett – staff writer
         “Wow! That is ri-     imports come from                                             in your body is your          in your face to frown, but
diculous.” In the cur-         outside the country.                                          tongue.                       it only takes four muscles
rent state of the world,       (Attributed to our cur-                                       The ant can lift fifty        to extend your arm and
trivial facts abound and       rent President George                                         times its own weight,         smack them in the head.
yet amaze us with their        W. Bush).                                                     pull thirty times its own     Weird Facts
inimitability and point-       If you yelled for eight                                       weight, and always falls      A dentist invented the
lessness. Well, here are       years, seven months                                           over to its right side        electric chair.
some facts I thought of        and six days, you would                                       when intoxicated.             It is impossible to sneeze
that fall into that category   have produced enough                                          A cockroach can live up       with your eyes open.
perfectly.                     sound to heat one cup                                         to nine days without its      Every year 2,500 left-
Think About It                 of coffee.                                                    head before starving to       handed people are killed
The advantage of exercis-      If you “let wind” con-                                        death.                        from using right-handed
ing every day is that you      stantly for six years and                                     El e p h a n t s a re t h e   products.
die healthier.                 nine months, enough                                           only animals that can’t               Just a few things
Marriage is a very expen-      gas is produced to cre-                                       jump.                         to get your mind-bog-
sive way of getting your       ate the energy of an                                          Remember, when                gling and your thoughts
laundry done.                  atomic bomb.                                                  someone annoys you, it        jogging.
The vast majority of our       The strongest muscle                                          takes forty-two muscles

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            Kelly Walsh Literary Arts
Are you a writer?
                           A poet?       Have you written an awesome essay or satire?
        An artist?

The KW Literary Arts magazine, Voices                  of Troy, needs your talent!
If you are interested in submitting work for the Literary Arts Magazine, come down to
room 48 (the Journalism room) to get an entry form. Make sure your name is on the piece
of art or written work; we cannot publish anything without a name. We have the right to
correct spelling and grammar in writing, but not content. If at all possible, submit work
on a disk using Microsoft Word with a printed copy as well.
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Page 20                                                                                       Kelly Kall - Musings                                                         December Issue

      The official rules for riding shotgun in a car
                                                                                    By Ashley Klone – staff writer
          Every day students race               word “shotgun” in order to ride       this, another passenger can steal
out of their classrooms to meet                 in the front seat. The call must      shotgun by yelling, “Laser” or
their friends in the Green Area                 be loud enough to be heard by         “Shotgun Double Barrel.” Also,
right before lunch. As soon                     at least one other passenger or       shotgun will be relinquished if
as they spot each other, they                   else it doesn’t count. This rule      they lift up the handle as it is
sprint down the stairs and out                  may seem to be simple, but            being unlocked, causing it to
the doors in order to leave the                 there are many stipulations           stay locked. A new round of
parking lot before it becomes                   along with it. For example,           shotgun calling will begin in
the daily traffic jam.                          every passenger must be outside       this event.
          While deciding where                  (a garage or parking structure                  If there is a tie for
to go and who is driving,                       is considered outside) and on         shotgun, there are a couple of
someone yells, “SHOTGUN!”                       the way to the automobile,            ways to resolve it. The driver
and the other people begin                      which must be in sight. An            must first decide which rule he
arguing, “No, I already called                  amendment to this rule states,        will follow in his car, and let the
it!” “Fine, I’ll race you there…”               “any person who wishes to             other passengers know. Bribery,
They hustle to the car and still                claim shotgun must actually           such as money, food, or soda
there is a fight over who gets to               pronounce either the word             is allowed between passengers         Seniors Morgan Johnson, Kramer Hirz, Caleb Coleman, and Jason Despain battle for
                                                                                                                            the right to ride shotgun. Not knowing the official rules of shotgun hinders many stu-
sit in the front seat. The other                “Shotgun” or “Gun.” One may           in hopes of the driver acting         dents from resolving ties in the correct manner.
passengers in the car don’t have                not say the name of a type of         in their favor. “The Race” is
a clue as to how to settle it fairly.           shotgun, such as “12 Gauge.” If       another method in which the           “First Blood” rule.                         watching for signs, speed
Sound familiar?                                 a passenger does, then he or she      passengers that tied for shotgun                  There are many                  cameras, and police that the
          Fortunately, there is an              can lay no claim on shotgun,          race to the car and the first         exceptions to the shotgun                   driver might miss, as well as
answer to many of the shotgun                   and the seat may be called by         person that touches the car           rules, and it is important to               asking for directions out the
problems that may arise. In fact,               another person.” However, if          wins shotgun. “The Duel” is a         know all of them. If the owner              window. Other responsibilities
there are about thirty of them,                 no one has claimed shotgun,           standard game of rock, paper,         of the vehicle is not driving               include controlling the radio
and they are all listed here,                   and a passenger has managed           scissors, and whoever wins has        for some unknown reason,                    and air conditioning, insulting
thanks to http://www.shotgun-                   to touch the door handle, they        the honor of riding shotgun.          then they are automatically                 other drivers if they deserve it,, the website for the                  are awarded shotgun. This is          “Australian Shotgun” awards           awarded shotgun. Also, if the               and inviting any babes they see
official shotgun rules.                         known as the “Chinese Sneak           shotgun to whichever passenger        driver’s “boy/girlfriend, spouse,           to their destination. Refueling
          First, there are the                  Attack.” If a passenger does not      has called it, then places his        friend or partner, is going to              the car and going inside to pay is
general rules.         Of course,               have shoes on, he cannot call         thumb on his forehead. Finally,       accompany the group, he/she                 the shotgunner’s responsibility,
someone must first yell the                     “shotgun.” This is called “the        “Survival of the Fittest” is a        is automatically given shotgun.             although usually the money is
                                                barefoot rule” and is designed        tiebreaker in which all rules are     This is so that people traveling            provided by the driver.
                                                to stop people from grabbing          overruled and whoever can take        without           boy/girlfriends,                     If the shotgunner
                                                their shoes and running outside       shotgun by force gets to ride it.     spouses or friends can talk                 fails to do his job, the driver
                                                in hopes of calling “shotgun.”                     However, before          amongst themselves in hopes                 may suspend him from riding
                                                If the passenger plans to wear        “Survival of the Fittest” can be      of acquiring a boy/girlfriend,              shotgun for a period of time or
                                                shoes, they must be on his/her        put into action, the driver must      spouse or lover.”                           for life. This includes playing
                                                feet.                                 announce it in order to reduce                  Once it is decided                bad music or commercials,
                                                         Once someone has             the amount of blood lost or           who the shotgunner is, it must              being pulled over, and many
                                                called shotgun, the situation is      damage done to the car. If a          be understood that it’s not all             others. It is the responsibility
A group of KW students pile in the front        not final. Callers must protect       person draws blood, they get          fun and games because with                  of the shotgunner to pay for
seat of a car in the south parking lot.
Fighting for the front seat is an actual rule
                                                their right to shotgun by saying,     shoved in the trunk with the          shotgunning comes many                      the ticket, as it was he/she that
to calling shotgun known as “Survival of        “No Blitz.” If they forget to say     spare tire. This is known as the      responsibilities.     Navigating            was not doing a proper job. If
the Fittest.”
                                                                                                                            is a must, and this includes                the car has to stop because of
                                                                                                                                                                        infractions on the shotgunner’s
                                                                                                                                                                        part, such as spilling sodas,
                                                                                                                                                                        being annoying, breaking parts
                                                                                                                                                                        of the car, or “in extreme cases,
                                                                                                                                                                        just being ugly,” their seat will
                                                                                                                                                                        be relinquished.
                                                                                                                                                                                   It is important to
                                                                                                                                                                        understand these rules and it is
                                                                                                                                                                        the driver’s responsibility to have
                                                                                                                                                                        a current and updated copy in
                                                                                                                                                                        the glove compartment of their
                                                                                                                                                                        car. If disputes cannot be solved,
                                                                                                                                                                        the driver has the final say; after
                                                                                                                                                                        all, it is his car. If someone has
                                                                                                                                                                        already claimed shotgun, there
                                                                                                                                                                        still are opportunities to claim
                                                                                                                                                                        other fun seats. For example,
                                                                                                                                                                        “Anyone who wants to be duct-
                                                                                                                                                                        taped to the roof calls, “Mir!”
                                                                                                                                                                        and if a trunk is present in the
                                                                                                                                                                        vehicle, then this “seat” will
                                                                                                                                                                        hereby be recognized as “Ex-
December Issue                                           Kelly Kall - Sports                                            Page 21

                                      Practice, Already?
 What Kelly Walsh Athletes are doing this winterBy Morgan Johnson -Staff Wrtter
   WRESTLING –Mr. Tod Lattimer                         Coach Reimer was at prac-         Allan Ballard, Richard Constantino,
           Ricky Carper, “We’ve got a lot              tice the other day and, “was      Phillip DeWitt, Weston Hampton,
           of kids out this year, a lot more           thrilled to see that Millberger   Matt Nolan Alex Oats, Garrett Ste-
           then we have had in the past.               had removed his arm floaties!”                 vens, Garrett Stricklen,
           We have at learst four kids who      Connor Catus, Alex Lee, Alex Mil-                      Keith Thomas, Calvin
           should contend             for the   berger                                                  Whited
           state titles.”
   Caleb Coleman, Zach                          Ben Jensen, David                                        GIRLS BASKET-
   Dillon, Travis Haines,                        Kahler, Max Kopit-                                       BALL- Pat Scissons
   Derrick Shaffer                              nik, David Schmitt,                                        Jackie Onigkeit,
                                                Jack Wookworth                                              “I think we will
   Kyle Berry, Ricky                                                                                         be pretty good this
   C a r p e r, Jo s e p h                      Zach Jablonski, Daniel                                        year, I think we
   Jackson, Kyle Hop-                           Sanders                                                       all have great at-
   per, Joseph Giralt,                                                                                titudes and it should be
   Tyler Lynch, Jus-                            Michael Cardenas, Eric                          fun this year.”
   tin Meidinger,                               Sanderfer, Robert Schmitt,
   Clifton Miech,                               Andrew Specht                            Samantha Conley, Morgan Johnson,
   Cor y Snyder                                                                          Jackie Onigkeit, Lindsey Hadlock
                                                BOYS BASKETBALL – Mr. Kreg
   Mi c h a e l                                 Adams and Tony Cornelio                  Chelsea Eades, Dawn Froncom, Kar-
   Banks, John                                        Chris Moberly, “I just want to     men Horton, Ashley Klone,
   Creel, Brandon                                     run around and hit somebody,       Amber Lebsock,
   Harpster, Franklin Hender-                         but really the team looks good     Abbie Patik, ,
   son, Tyler Ludwig, Perry McAfee,                   and I’m extatic about the          Nichole Scis-
   Eric McCourt, Matt Moore, Mitch                    season.”                           s o n s , Je s s i e
   Murray, Adam Morse, Brenton Par-                                                      Stoneking,
   kinson, Chase Pickett, Dalton Pow-
   ers, Ryan Rosty, Sa,m Rosty, Ryan                                                     Jenny Marshel,
   Schulz, Nicolas Sliverira , James Un-                                                 Whitney Barrett,
   derwood, Mark Welasquez, Matthew                                                      Danielle Hoppe,
   Yeager, and others.                                                                   Jordin Fakelman,
                                                                                         Fawn Fladeland,
   NORDIC SKI –Mr. Jim Miller                                                            Ashley Lyden, Beth-
          Bob Rogers, “We lost a lot of                                                   any Pearcey, Shayna
          seniors last year, but we have                                                   Reed, Ericka Trujillo,   Breana
          some returning skiers, and quite                                                  Armijo, Kelsey Potter, Elizabeth
          a few new comers. So we will                                                      Sternberg.
          ski hard, have fun and see how
          it goes.”
   JJ Cordonier, Ross Eldridge, Cas-                                                     ALPINE SKI – Mr. Joey Lamb
   sandra Garcia, Steven Neuberger,                                        Tyler Bar-         Molly Elder, “I am exited to
   Trenton Nickerson Robert Rogers,                               rett, Aaron Cook,           hit the slopes, if there is snow.
   FW Sullivan, Erika Swirzcki, Wil-                    Jason Despain, Kramer Hirz,           We may have an advantage this
   liam Voigt                                   Kameron Holbrook, Chris Moberly,              season because of the skiers who
                                                Joseph Pearcey, Eric Platt                    are trying out.”
   Atkinson,                                    Tim Ackerman, Andy Akers, Sean                             Molly Elder, Jere-
   Paula Bark-                                  Bell, Chris Brown, Regan Diller, Joey                             my Mun-
   e r, De re k                                 Gunderson, Robert Hall, Drew Hays,
   Be a m e r,                                  Michael Loveland, Evans Nganga,
   Joshua Hol-                                  Brian Ridgeway, Steven Whited, Pete
   land, Timo-                                  Zaharas,
   thy Hough,
   Arttu Laitin-                                Caleb Atwood, Charles Bergeron,
   en, Robert                                   Paul Bonifas, Jamaine Brigance,
   Metzler                                      Andrew Cook, Kenneth Cox, Nick                                           dorf,
                                                 Ellis, Chris Farley, Lance Faulkner,                                  Eric
   Brittany Ben-                                 Robb Gilchrist, Luke Ginbach, Ja-                                    Mil-
   n i o n , Et h a n                             cob Gustafson, Erik Heiss, Milton                                  liken,
   Harris, Richard                                Herman, Joel Holbrook, Will Jobe,                                 Paula
   Ortega, Kodee                                   Zack Johnson, Travis Lewarchik,                                 B a r k e r,
   Pearson, Jordon                                 Hayden Locke, Daniel Marken,                                    Aglaia
   Sherer, Emmy                                     Majera Adrian, Matt Neely, Neil                               Beckaert.
   Vo i g t , C h r i s                             Neuberger, Jason Pietrzak, Lance
   Wipps                                            Robinson, Chase Thompson, Luke                             Chris Ma-
                                                        Underwood, Robert Watt,                               cauley, Brett
   Hana Beamer, Kameryn Brewster,                                   Eric Zespy,                               Kahler.
   April Lubenow, Lorian Stegelman

   BOYS’ SWIM- Mr. Dean Hawks
         Tyler Stewart, “ I think we                                                     GO TROJANS!!
         will be pretty good this year, I
         think we will have good show-
         ings at the meets and hopefully
         at the state meet too,”
Page 22                                                                        Kelly Kall - Viewpoints                                        December Issue

Lights may be shining but beware,
The Dark is Rising
A holiday novel of a different sort
By Cassie Ellwood – head editor

      Yet another example of         restore hope to the powers of      makes sense now.                    the-storyline type of novel.     day, it is not comparable to
a book I listened to rather          the Light. Of course, defeat-           There are times when the       The suspense is gripping,        “The Little Drummer Boy,”
than read, The Dark is Rising        ing the dark would be ideal,       English slang makes it hard to      building from the first page     “The Gingham Dog and the
by Susan Cooper is an inter-         but this is only the first novel   comprehend (boorish Ameri-          of the novel and not letting     Calico Cat” or even “How the
esting twist on the holiday          of several.                        cans that we are), but overall      down one bit, even at the end.   Grinch Stole Christmas.”
novels we are so used to. Set                Even more amazing          the book is an easy read and        It is a stunning amalgam of            The novel is decidedly
in the southeastern part of          is that it seems to be set at      definitely a story better read to   English and Celtic traditions,   dark, though not depressing
England, it follows young            present time. I say, “seems to     oneself than aloud. Good as it      seamlessly weaving classical     in its darkness. The author
Will Stanton from just before        be” because though there are       is, this is not a book I would      myth and folklore with mod-      has managed to keep the
his birthday in December to          cars, televisions and radios,      recommend as a light, don’t-        ern storytelling.                tone of the novel as black as
halfway through January as he        there are things we take for                       get-involved-in-             Although it centers     pitch while slipping in bits of
discovers that he is not quite       granted that do not appear in                                          around Christmas and the         humor and enough moments
human.                               this world (like the Internet).                                                    midwinter holi-      of levity to give the reader a
    I know, I know. Not quite        At first I thought this was                                                                             sense of hope.
human? What the heck kind            merely a cultural difference.                                                                                               Guiding the
of strange book is this? The         Then I found out that the                                                                                              reader through a
same thoughts ran through            book was written in                                                                                                   series of ups and
my mind before I gave in             the 1970’s.                                                                                                           downs, constantly
and pulled it off the shelf. It’s                                                                                                                         wondering what
the truth, though. Will                                                                                                                                  is going to happen
Stanton, the                                                                                                                                            next and whether or
seventh son                                                                                                                                            not things will ever
of a seventh                                                                                                                                          get better, The Dark is
son, is the last                                                                                                                                     Rising by Susan Cooper
of the, “Old                                                                                                                                        is well deserving of its
Ones,” a group                                                                                                                                      Newberry Honor desig-
of immor tals                                                                                                                                      nation. The story blends
fighting for the                                                                                                                                  realism and fantasy nicely
Light against the                                                                                                                                and, like Tolkien’s Lord
forces of Darkness.                                                                                                                             of the Rings saga before it,
It sounds cliché, and                                                                                                                          develops an entire universe
I was skeptical, but                                                                                                                          around itself.
the author really de-                                                                                                                               This winter break while
veloped the idea until it                                                                                                                    the snow piles up, carols are
became something truly                                                                                                                       sung, food is consumed by the
unique.                                                                                                                                      ton and teenagers around the
     The gist of the story is                                                                                                                country are busy evading their
this: Will is the last of this                                                                                                               over-zealous relatives, they
race to be born, and he has                                                                                                                  would be wise to slip away
come of age at a time when                                                                                                                   with a mug of hot chocolate
the Dark is about to make                                                                                                                    and a thick blanket. Whether
their greatest offense, when                                                                                                                 traveling or staying close to
the Light is at its weakest. It is   It                                                                                                      home, one can always escape
his task to gather the six signs     all                                                                                                     into the pages of a good read,
of the Light – Iron, bronze,                                                                                                                 and The Dark is Rising is just
stone, fire and water – and                                                                                                                  such a book.

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Wake up and smell what’s cooking
A few restaurants for those willing to wake
By Jessica Brauer- staff writer
        With           winter                              hunger needs. There are                       Anyone dining at Plows is
break comes the joys of                                    many hidden restaurants                       guaranteed to leave with a
no homework, plenty of                                     around                  specializing     in   full stomach.
sleeping time, and of course,                              breakfast and lunch that                              Omlettes, biscuits
the holidays. For those that                               are worth stepping out of                     and gravy and many other
are up and out of bed before                               the box, or even out of bed                   traditional breakfast favorites
dinnertime, going out for                                  for. Going out can be much                    are featured on their menu.
breakfast and lunch could                                  more satisfying than cereal                   Although their small, truck
be an easy answer to any                                   or a 10 a.m. McDonalds fix                    stop atmosphere may not
                                                                                                                                             Plow’s sign draws in a large variety of a crowd. Their food can be eaten inside or
                                                                                      this break.        appeal to some, their food          more conveniently, taken out.
                                                                                       Plow’s Diner,     makes it worth stopping in.
                                                                                      tucked right               For a slightly more        breakfast this is definitely a                conveniently      close    to
                                                                                      off the East       elaborate dining experience        top choice.                                   Beartrap and Hogadon.
                                                                                      Yellowstone        there is The Cottage Café                   On beautiful Casper                  Skiing,       snowboarding,
                                                                                      H i g h w a y,     and Catering located on            Mountain sits the Broken                      sledding and snowmobiling
                                                                                      is definitely      South Lincoln Street. Near         Spur Café, feeding those                      are all booming this time of
                                                                                      a       hidden     downtown, they are a great         determined to get a good                      year and a meal is necessary
                                                                                      treasure.          place to stop at doing your        meal. This log-cabin themed                   for a day of any winter
                                                                                      Although           holiday shopping. The              restaurant is well known for                  activity, so why not make it
                                                                                      small, it offers   Cottage, specializing in           their pancakes and offers                     a good one?
                                                                                      a full home-       breakfast as well, has a full      a whole array of choices                               These three places
 The Cottage Café and Catering, with its cottage charm, is tucked just off of         cooked meal        menu offering everything           for breakfast and lunch.                      are just a few of Casper’s
 2nd Street. They offer everything from their signature apples and potatoes to
 unexpected flavors of pancakes.                                                      for breakfast.     from bacon and eggs to             Pancakes from buttermilk to                   hidden gems. Each offers
                                                                                      Their meals        carmel      nut     pancakes.      pumpkin are featured here                     an excellent breakfast with
                                                                                      can       either   They are known for their           along with other breakfast                    many conveniences. A good
                                                                                      be eaten in        breakfast potatoes and warm        choices. The Broken Spur                      meal in a short amount of
                                                                                      their      tight   cinnamon apples, which are         Café serves dinner as well                    time, a relaxing sit down
                                                                                      dining room,       served in generous helpings.       for those who are unable to                   meal or a full meal where
                                                                                      or taken out       True to their cottage title, the   get themselves out of bed in                  it is least expected can all
                                                                                      for those on       restaurant is set in an older      time.                                         be found. There is bound
                                                                                      the run. On        home and is chalked full of                 The location is                      to be a place for just about
                                                                                      top of this        charm. They are more of a          perfect for anyone planning                   anyone out and about this
                                                                                      they      aren’t   sit-down restaurant, with          activities on the mountain at                 break. Step out of the box,
                                                                                      at all selfish     a slightly larger, furnished       most any time. It is in a great               live the break to the fullest,
Broken Spur Café sits conveniently on the mountain for anyone taking the journey      with       their   dining room than Plows.            place to stop on your way                     and treat yourself to a good
up or back down. They offer a great meal in a location where it is least expected.
                                                                                      helpings.          For those very interested in       up or down the mountain,                      breakfast for once.

Letters to the Editor
   Editor:                                          most other countries com-
                                                    bined. Furthermore, fossil
                                                                                                         Also, walking and bike rid-
                                                                                                         ing to the destination has                    Letters to the Editor
         Why is it that we                          fuels are nonrenewable re-                           become fashionable, as they            will be accepted for the Feb. issue until
   as Americans complain                            sources. By the basic theory                         have learned to do it while            January 15, 2006. Letters may be sub-
   about everything? At                             of supply and demand, it                             wearing stiletto heels.
                                                                                                                                                mitted to KWHS Journalism in Room
   the first sign of potential                      was guaranteed that sup-                                   This is just one example
   sacrifice we immedi-                             ply would fall, and demand                           of a place where people got            4, placed in the mailbox of Jeannette_
   ately write to notify our                        would continue to rise, and                          lemons, but made lemonade.             ,
   newspapers, bash on our                          therefore prices will too.                           There are so many countries            or mailed to us at the school. Please limit
   political leaders, and just                            So why is it that                              where people have never            the end of the world.
   complain in general to the                       spoiled Americans find it so                         known what it is to drive          Riane Menardi
                                                                                                                                            Casper, WY
                                                                                                                                                             Get your voice
                                                                                                                                                          your letters to 50 words.
   people around us. One of                         hard to accept this? I was                           a car. Still others, where
   the worst examples of this                       recently in Europe, where                            people don’t have the oppor-                            heard!
   narrow-minded attitude is                        gas costs as much as it does                         tunity to wear shoes, when
   all the junk about recent                        here for a liter. So, naturally,                     they have no other transpor-
   gas prices.                                      the people of Europe bit                             tations but walking.
         Yes, the prices were                       the bullet and made due, by                                 I desperately hope
   higher a few weeks ago                           finding new effective way to                         that we can get over our
   than they have ever been,                        conserve energy. They have                           problems and realize that by
   but honestly, it was bound                       the most fuel-efficient cars in                      complaining, it is going to             All letters must be signed and names will
   to happen sooner or later.                       the world, called Smart cars                         be a very unhappy world.
   The United States alone                          lining their streets, along                          Small sacrifices go a long
                                                                                                                                                 be published. Letters may not contain
   consumes more fuel than                          with small, efficient mopeds.                        way, and I promise, it is not
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                      Cdoozle Revoozles                                                                                                                    Kelly Kall
                  CD Reviews for the Holiday     By Adam Skatula – guest writer
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  1 piece of blue clay- I would blindfold myself, light myself on fire, and locker box a demon before listening to this record                        E-mail: Staff members at the Kelly Kall may
                                                                                                                                                      be contacted by addressing them by name
  again.                                                                                                                                              and sending them in care of Jeannette_Mc-
  2 pieces of blue clay- I would rather be in a knife fight with Mr. Clean and that crazy get rich quick guy in the question                
  mark suit on t.v. instead of listening to this record.                                                                                               Responding to the Kelly Kall
  3 pieces of blue clay- I would journey to the deepest caverns of Africa and battle the cave dwelling knomes living there in                        Letters to the editor will be accepted for
  order to listen to this record.                                                                                                                    the Feb. issue until January 15, 2006.
                                                                                                                                                     Letters may be submitted to KWHS
  4 pieces of blue clay- I would shoot Santa with a poisonous dart and steal this record out of his sleigh. It would be a stun                       Journalism in Room 4, placed in the
  dart, don’t worry. And I’d leave a cookie for him when he woke up.                                                                                 mailbox of Jeannette_McCoy@ncsd.k12.
                                                                                                                                                     or mailed to us at the school. All letters
Mariah Carey: Emancipation           down the hammer on the la-            I award you with 1 piece of         a dentist. Theodore tried to          must be signed and names will be pub-
                                                                                                                                                     lished. Letters may not contain personal
of Mimi                              dies this time, but it needs to       blue clay. I encourage you to       keep the band up and running,         attacks against an individual and may be
Praise the lord! Finally, after      be done. Madonna came out             roll the clay up, flatten it into   joining up with Chip from             edited for libelous content and/or length.
all these years, Mimi has                 with a new record, and           some sort of piece of paper or      Chip and Dale and changing                           Purpose
been emancipated! Freed                          that is not ok. This      scroll type object, and write       their name to The Munks.              The Kelly Kall is a student publica-
                                                                                                                                                     tion sold to all students, faculty, staff,
from the bonds of slav-                                 woman has          or stencil in an apology note       The band did ok until 2002
                                                                                                                                                     parents, and community members in-
ery, she is now free to                                       been         to the world for your crimes        when it was discovered that           volved with Kelly Walsh High School.
roam anywhere her                                                          against the human ear.              their drummer was actually a          The newspaper serves as a public
                                                                                                                                                     forum for expression and two-way
little heart desires.                                                      Alvin and the Chipmunks: A          squirrel. Although these guys
                                                                                                                                                     communication for both the school
I’m not sure                                                               Chipmunk Christmas                  have had some rough times, I          and community. Opinions expressed
what exactly                                                               Well party people, the holidays     still worship the ground they         in the newspaper are not necessarily
                                                                                                                                                     that of KWHS.
was keeping                                                       flail-   are here again, and I don’t know    walk on. After such outstand-
Mariah                                                          i n g      what’s in your headphones, but      ing arrangements of “Jingle                      Credentials
                                                                                                                                                     The newspaper is a member of the
down, per-                                                     around      I’m listening to everybody’s        Bells” and “Silent Night,” how        Wyoming High School Press
haps all those                                              on stage       favorite chipmunks                   could you not love this terrific     Association and Quill and Scroll.
radio inter views,                                        since I was      sing some Yule-                        trio? I give these magnificent                Advertising
maybe it was her horrible                              born. I think       tide carols.                              mammals 4 pieces of blue        Businesses are encouraged to
acting, but my guess is that it                      it’s time we all      Al-                                        clay, and I’ve heard ru-       advertise in the Kelly Kall when their
                                                                                                                                                     ads adhere to specified guidelines.
was probably just “the Man.”         have          some sort of                                                         mors about a reunion         The policy is available in Room 48.
Whatever it was, Mariah has          meeting or get together                                                               tour.
given up her ball and chain,         were we all discuss putting                                                             Thrice: Vheissu                       Content
and by doing so, most likely         Madonna down. It doesn’t                                                                 Ok, if you haven’t     The adviser is responsible for all con-
earned another cool million          have to hurt or anything, but                                                               heard of Thrice,    tent. Editors and staff aim to provide
                                                                                                                                                     balanced coverage of the news and its
or two. I don’t know what it         it’s really for the best. She’s                                                               then I believe    significance.
is about the types of songs she      been forcing her music on the                                                                   you need a
puts out that just make me feel      world for too long now, and it’s                                                                 firm slap to                     Staff
                                                                                                                                                     This list contains the names of
tired. I listen, expecting to hear   time for an end. I know we’ll         vin                                                    the face with a    editors only. For a complete list of the
a new song, but no, they seem        all miss her fake British accent      and                                                     fresh salmon      Kelly Kall staff, visit the Kelly Walsh
                                                                                                                                                     High School website.
to all be the same. All singing      and no, we won’t ever get to see      t h e                                                   of some other
about how she lost her man           her make out with Britany ever        b o y s                                                 sea creature.     HEAD EDITOR: Cassie Ellwood ‘06
and how he should remember           again, but we’ll move on. But         b ro u g h t                                            Their second
the good times they had. Why         there will be many positives in       this inge-                                              major label re-   ASSISTANT EDITOR: Sami Conley
gentlemen? Why did you leave         her being gone. I found out           nious record out                                        lease Vheissu,    ‘06
this poor maiden to whom you         from my penpal in the Middle          quite a few years                                        is absolutely    COPY EDITORS: Devon Crotteau
were so close? Do you realize        East, that Madonna is why             ago, but it’s just                                       amazing, and     ‘06, Kylie Oates ‘06, Molly Elder ‘06,
what you’ve done? You’ve given       people over there hate us. Also,      as good as ever. I                                       I would ad-      Kayla Petrie ‘07, Emma Lee Stienmetz
her the right to make music          I don’t know if you guys heard,       remember in my                                           vise you to      LAYOUT DESIGN: Emma Lee Stien-
sobbing about you guys leav-         but her music is actually the         younger years,                                           spend the        metz and Cassie Ellwood
ing, and we have to listen to it     cause of global warming. Fun          these guys were on top of the       better part of your paycheck
                                                                                                                                                     PHOTOGRAPHY EDITORS: Kayla
now. Thanks a lot guys. Now          Fact. I know that many of you         world. They had a number of         to purchase it. If you like hard      Petrie ‘07 and Morgan Johnson ‘06
I need emancipation from                    enjoy getting your grove       records out, a TV show, and         rock with lots of time changes
Mimi. And let us not forget                       on, or shakin that       a few movies and sing alongs        and weird feels, then these guys      BUSINESS MANAGERS: Eric Platt
                                                                                                                                                     ‘06, Caleb Coleman ‘06
that Mariah Carey nearly                                tail feather, or   here and there. These Sultans       are definatley for you. I can’t
ended the universe single                                      whatev-     of the Song kept us rockin with     really tell you who they sound        MARKETING MANAGERS: Tiffany
handedly by starring in                                              er    tons of hits, and had a world       like, because they really don’t       Lange ‘06 and Natalie Balerio ‘07
the movie “Glitter.”                                                       wide fan base. Life has been        sound much like anybody.              ADVISER: Jeannette McCoy ‘85
Many lost their                                                             rough for the guys since then.     They are a unique band that
lives and it’s tak-                                                        When the band’s popularity          doesn’t follow the “norm,” I          PRINCIPAL: Brad Diller
en a long time                                                             started to loose steam, Alvin       guess you could say. They sing                    Page Makeup
to get back                                                                went on a drinking binge for        about what they believe in, and       Page makeup was completed by
                                                                                                                                                     Emma Lee Stienmetz and Cassie Ell-
to where we                                                     the        a little over a year. He left       write how they want to write.         wood. Ad design was completed by
were, but we                                                  cool         the band for good in late 97,       I saw these guys live in Denver       Jacob Yelton and Nicki Strom.
did it. Let’s give her                                      c a t s        entering himself into rehab.        this fall and, wow. The best                       Printing
                                                                                                                                                     JS Printing in Birmingham, AL prints
a break though, she does                                  are sayin        He’s been in and out of self        way I can describe their music        the Kelly Kall.
have a nice voice. I give her 2                         these days         help groups since then, and is      is powerful. My favorite tracks
pieces of blue clay only if she’ll   t o              her music, but       now working at a supermar-          are “Music Box” and “Hold
stop acting and stop rolling         her being      gone may very          ket in West Virginia. After         Fast Hope.” Since my last
around on the floor in all of        well prevent us from nuclear          an unfortunate mountain             review was long, I’ll keep this
her music videos.                    war. I encourage you all to           bike accident, Simon lost two       one short, but buy this record,
Madonna: Confessions from            think about this long and hard.       fingers, a toe, and broke his       or your Christmas will suck. I
the Dance Floor                      I know you’ll do the right            glasses. After a long recovery,     give this record 4 pieces of clay.
Well, I’m sorry to be bringing       thing. As for you Madonna,            he quit the band to become          Put it on your Christmas list.

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