Story & Graphic by Talon Cleveland – Staff Reporter Each November, LSN Archery searches for the best archer; state cuts are made at the end of January. If you are interested in joining archery and are hearing about it too late, you need to join archery club. Archery club is a no-cut club where anyone interested in archery can practice and meet new people. Archery is a great sport for anyone that does not meet physical requirements for other sports. All you need is a collected mind and a steady hand. “My favorite part of doing archery is being able to shoot and have fun with my friends. I like archery because it doesn’t really have any physical strain. I like how it focuses on mental fortitude and keeping a calm and collected mind. This challenges me to do better and to just work on myself. I can also just be myself and don’t have to worry about if I’m physically fit and healthy enough to participate and shoot at tournaments,” Kiera Lor, junior, said. Carrie Miller has been involved with archery for eleven years, this is Miller’s third year as head coach. “The best part of coaching archery is seeing archers improve and gain confidence in their abilities…I am not nervous about this year. We have a great group of kids who always try their hardest,” Miller said. The archery team has qualified for tier two for State in bullseye. Miller’s goal is to also qualify for tier two for State in 3D; shooting 3D objects such foam animals, at various distances. LSN Broncos strive to bring back every metal and trophy. “My hope for this season is to just do the best I can and to have fun. This is my last year on the archery team as I have other accommodations and activities to do. I will be doing archery for myself and just to hang out with friends, but I won’t be on the school team anymore. My hope is to just help my team to be the best they can and to just have the best time I can before I quit,” Lor said. Archery has been around for a long time, and has always been about precision more than strength. This sport is a great way to relax and calm your mind; a way to feel uplifted and concentrated. Anyone hoping to find a new hobby can email Coach Miller or find her in room 1301.
Story by Kay Haas – Staff Reporter Lee’s Summit North hosted a Cultural Festival on February the 17th. The four languages of LSN, Spanish, German, French, and Chinese, came together to create a festival with activities from each of the cultures. Each language club plans, researches, and helps at the actual festival. Some of the activities at the festival were Chinese Calligraphy, a crepe station, a potato cake station, and a pinata. Valda Hsu, Mandarin Chinese teacher, believes that the Cultural Festival has more than one benefit for the students and the community. “All cultures come together and then you can easily see the similarities and then you can also see what each culture has that is uniquely theirs, it is fun to see why they celebrate certain things.” said Hsu. The Cultural Festival is a great way for the students to show off their knowledge of the language and culture. “This helps them to retain knowledge about particular cultural events. This also means that by working together collaboratively you also solve problems, like practical things and how to show off certain things,” said Hsu. The Cultural Festival is also a great place for members of the community to come and learn about the different languages. “It is also part of the effort of inviting families. They may come and say I want to know about this or I take part of this because of my heritage so that is fun to have families come and do that for us,” said Hsu. The Cultural Festival is a great place for students and the community to come together and learn. Photo courtesy of Valda Hsu
Story & Photo by Morgan Hill – Staff Reporter This past week the spring sports started practice, one of them being by boys tennis. Boys tennis, run by Coach Reece, is a beginner-friendly sport that promises major success for the varsity players this season. Many players enjoy the sport and the team’s comradery which is very welcoming to beginners. “I have played for three years, beginning my sophomore year, and I have enjoyed it a lot since I joined the team,” Willem Haas, senior, said. While many are looking forward to being successful on the court, others are looking to meet new friends and have fun. “I am looking forward to improving and challenging myself to be better than last year. I also look forward to making new friends and having a good time,” Haas said. To develop as a tennis player you would want as many “reps” as possible as it is crucial to stay improving even during offseasons. “Some things I do to develop my skills during the off-season, include playing with someone of a similar level and attending camps and activities that the coach needs help with,” Haas said. For upperclassmen, showing up and being a leader to younger players is very important as it keeps the athletes motivated and improves the program. “Being on the team as a senior, and having prior experience on the team, I plan on showing up with a good attitude and having the mindset that good sportsmanship and energy can help win the game,” Haas said. Overall, most players would recommend the program and sport to anyone who would be motivated to play and contribute. “I would recommend tennis to people because it is a no-cut team sport and overall tennis is just a fun time as long as you are willing to put in the work,” Haas said. Tennis is a very fun sport to play and offers a lot to each individual player at LSN regardless of playing ability.
Story by Bailee Council – Social Media/Co-Assistant Editor For many years, Lee’s Summit North has offered students a chance to earn credit from working. With 30% of teens across the US having jobs, this provides an easier way of managing the two. “My goal is to make each student a better employee. I hope to show them what employers need and expect and why they are an important asset to the business so they will be reliable and have a good work ethic for the company,” Joy Reed, business teacher, said. With this option, students are released early to work, earn money, earn elective credits toward graduation, and learn career-related job skills. The first step, to apply to one of the three departments; supervised business, taught by Perri Laterza, Cooroportice Career, taught by Reed, and Marketing work with Katie Wilson. “This is a great opportunity to learn expectations and how to work with others. You are able to pick your friends but you are not always able to pick your co-workers. You need to learn how to deal with and get along with many types of people,” Laterza said. This program allows students the ability to work and make money to save for their future and allows students the chance to get experience. Students learn how to manage their time, which gives them a chance to find a job in a field they are interested in, and see if they enjoy it. “This is a great opportunity to learn how things get done around the office. We sometimes just take for granted that things will be there when we need them, but it takes a lot of preparation to pull off a task or event,” Laterza said. Students are given the opportunity to take a step closer to a career path they are interested in. Take the next step to sign up for the work program.
Story by Talon Cleveland – Staff Reporter LSN baseball is ready to dominate the season; conditioning has started and the team is gearing up for a winning start. “Conditioning has been a bit rocky with the weather/snow days. When we have been able to get our workouts in, we have some guys really working to get better. The Spring Season is a “sprint” so putting in the key work prior to the season is absolutely essential. There is just not time to “get up to speed” after the season starts. We have to be ready to go on day one,” Michael Westacott, baseball coach, said. The Broncos are dedicated and pushing themselves to be the best. They have been training hard and are ready to take on any challenge. “I expect that we will compete. We play one of the toughest schedules in the state of Missouri. We love the challenge, and we plan to play our best baseball when we hit the postseason in May,” Westacott said. The baseball season starts on February 26, the first Bronco varsity game is March 15. Fans are encouraged to come and support and help give the Broncos a rocket start.
Story by Bailee Council – Social Media Editor/Co-Assistant Editor Friday, January 26th at Belton High School, students participated in the FCCLA regionals. Presenting projects from four categories students compete in Interpersonal Communications, Fashion Construction, Fashion Design, and Chapter Service Display. Junior, Rylee Ekiss, created a fashion design representing Korean culture. Another group helped carry out the Period Packs service project and did their project focusing on the process. “I have grown just my personal life learning about my identity and culture because we don’t do a lot of Korean cultural things so it was nice getting to learn more about traditional culture,” Ekiss said. At regionals, there are four judges, and students must present their projects in front of them. As the competition progresses, it slowly gets harder. Regionals aren’t known for being that hard, but as students get to state and nationals it does get more strict. “It takes a lot of planning and a lot of hard work but it pays off in the end and it is really fun, last year I did homelessness and I feel like I learned a lot,” senior Bailee Sanderson, said. Two of the four groups advanced and will be going to state. Sanderson and Jaden Maltbia, who ranked silver in interpersonal issues. Along with Ekiss, who ranked gold in fashion Construction.
Story & Photo by Morgan Hill – Staff Reporter This year the LSN Girls Basketball team went through a lot of changes. From adding new players and coaches, this team has played this year through a lot of firsts. Although this is a new experience for LSN, the players are reacting very well to this change of coaching. “This season has been good so far. It’s been full of change and the new coaching has created many new opportunities,” Bailey Wirth, sophomore, said. This coaching change at head coach has been the first in school history and the new environment has created an impact on the players. “The coaches are so much more involved,” Wirth said. With a new team and environment, the excitement for this team, and its fresh look for the school, most players are enjoying playing this season. “I enjoy playing with my teammates the most this season and being able to grow as an athlete,” Bailey Wirth, said. As well as the addition of Coach Dunn and her fellow coaches, some of Coach Dunn’s former players at her prior school have followed her to LSN. One of them is Summer Yancy, a senior who is committed to play women’s basketball at the University of Central Florida. Summer this past year surpassed 1,000 career points in high school. “Summer’s 1,000-point accomplishment has inspired our team to strive for this amazing accomplishment! The praise is well deserved and we are so proud of Summer,” Wirth said. Throughout all of the changes to the team and accomplishments, the team has rallied around each other. “I’m the most proud of this team for our ability to support each other and our accomplishments,” Wirth said. The support and encouragement have positively impacted the girl’s season and will change the culture of the team for years to come.
Story by Isabelle Flood – Staff Reporter The NFL Playoffs always come with celebration, devastation, screaming, and cheering. 14 different teams go in, but only one comes out with a Super Bowl ring and the bragging rights. Everyone has their predictions but this year it isn’t so obvious. “I don’t think there is any one clear winner, I think every team has shown that they are beatable…I don’t think its an easy prediction,” Katie Wilson, marketing teacher, said. The easy predictions went out the door when the postseason came around and every game had upsets, along with impressive victories. “I am just shocked about how poorly the Eagles have done the past couple weeks, it just blows my mind I don’t know what is happening,” Wilson said. Chiefs fans are excited the Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl again, but everyone has their backup teams they secretly root for. “I just really like the Cowboys, I am a fan of the Steelers, I like the Eagles, so I definitely have other teams that I follow but hopefully the Chiefs go,” Wilson said. Reflecting on the regular season is just a part of the post-season. Many Chiefs fans can say it hasn’t been their best season. “Every one of our losses was surprising to be quite honest, like the Broncos, terrible loss… the Chiefs need to invest in way more running backs and wide receivers and we have put a lot of money into good guys but nobody is catching the ball,” Wilson said. Offense is very entertaining and arguably the most thrilling part of the game, but many are in agreement that defense is what wins games. “Defense has changed the game this year, the Eagles offense can get it done, but their defense is sorely slacking… defense is big, it can change the momentum of the game,” Wilson said. This past weekend, the Chiefs traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to play the number one seed, the Ravens. The Red Kingdom is ecstatic that the team pulled off another win to get to that Super Bowl game. Photo by Morgan Hill – Staff Reporter
Story & Graphic by Abbey Euritt – Co-Assistant Editor/Sports Editor During the Chiefs game on January 7th against the Chargers, stakes were high as Chris Jones, defensive tackleman, had to make his final sack needed to earn his 1.25 million dollar bonus. Chiefs fans had mixed opinions on the risk that entailed putting him into the game just to earn his final sack, but in the end it was a good risk to take. “It was definitely a risk, but if you’re a coach and you have a player who has a chance to get that amount of money, I believe you let them try to get it,” Jamar Mozee, Varsity Football Coach, said. Though fans were hesitant about the decision of putting Jones into the game against the Chargers, risking injury, he was so close to reaching his bonus, so that was the main objective. “I did expect him to get that final sack, because I understood that he could get that 1.25 million dollar bonus. That large number of money can provide a lot of inspiration,” Mozee said. When Chris Jones signed with the Chiefs his contract included the incentive of the 1.25 million dollar bonus that would be given when he hit 10 sacks. Now that Jones received his bonus, another incentive may be in the near future if he reaches 15 sacks, giving him an additional $500k. “It was in his contract that he needed a certain amount of sacks to get that 1.25 millions dollars, and he accomplished it,” Mozee said. Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs were full of celebration on January 7th, knowing that he walked away with 1.25 million dollars more than he arrived with. Jones revealed to the media that getting his 10th sack was a collective effort, so in return he bought the whole defensive line a Rolex. Overall, the 18th week’s game left the Chiefs with not only a win, but a player reaching his impressive bonus of sacks.
Areesa is Editor-in-Chief and this is her third year on staff. She is a member of the LSN tennis team. She also likes to spend time with loved ones and thrift.
Bailee Melchion Council:
Bailee is Co-Assistant Editor/Social Media Editor and this is her third year on staff. She likes to work, go to the gym, cook, and spend time with her dog, Aria.
Abbey is a Co-Assistant Editor/Sports Editor and this is her second year on staff. She plays soccer for LSN. She enjoys reading and shopping in her spare time.
Kate is the News & Feature Editor and this is her second year on staff. Kate dances ballet and enjoys hanging out with friends outside of school.
Morgan is a staff reporter and this is her second year on staff. She enjoys writing and talking about sports.
Talon is a staff reporter and this is his second year on staff. Talon is involved in Wrtiter’s Circle, FCCLA, and Eco Club.
Kay is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. She is in Student Council, Chinese Club, and she enjoys aerial arts.
Isabelle is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. She plays club volleyball and for LSN. She enjoys reading and hanging out with friends.
Mrs. Haesemeyer (Adviser):
Mrs. Haesemeyer was on the yearbook staff when she was in high school. In college, she wrote for the newspaper at The University of Central Missouri, The Muleskinner. She has been a Language Arts teacher and the newspaper adviser at LSN for the last 23 years.