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Story by Bailee Council – Entertainment Editor Herndon Career Center, allows students to explore careers and opportunities they may not have thought about before. A common trend in high school students is not having a plan for the future, LSN is again giving students that outlook with a tour of Herndon, on November 17. “ We have taken kids on this tour before, but when covid hit and all the restrictions started we were no longer able to go. This year is the first year we are able to go again,” Counselor, Robin Gray, said. With so many programs: Transportation and Logistics, Industrial Technology, Creative Services, and more, for a variety of careers Training high school and post-secondary students enables them to get the technical skills, knowledge, and work habits necessary for successful employment and continuing education. “ I know I want to go into nursing, but I just want to know if that’s for me,” sophomore, Shonnah Mulinazzi, said. For almost 50 years now, Herndon had helped so many students find their way to a fantastic career. With the hope to introduce young students to the possibilities Herndon holds, LSN students await was there is to learn.
Story by Abby Langle – Editor-in-Chief 2022 fall sports are coming to an end which means boys’ swimming is wrapping up their season. The Lee’s Summit North boys swim team had a great end to their year. The team went to state being led by their head coach, Thomas Faulkenberry, who has been with the program for six years, four of them as head coach. They finished with a total of three All-State finishes. “State went well. The 200 Medley Relay of Graham Adkins, Weston Hemmerling, Ben Luna, And Jamison Haines placed 8th, The 200 Freestyle relay of Graham Adkins, Blake Carter, Ben Luna, and Weston Hemmerling placed 12th and Graham Adkins placed 4th in the 50 freestyle,” Faulkenberry said. Success wasn’t found with just luck. A well put together team and hard work led to players and coaches reaching their goals. A lot of credit is given to team chemistry which many hope will continue to lead to success in years to come. “It [the season] went pretty well. We had a nice blend of experienced seniors, to pair with a strong set of underclassmen. Not only were we able to accomplish a lot this year, but feel very good about the years to come,” Faulkenberry said. When a team has strong chemistry like this one, the memories they make with each other can be just as important as results. Since there were so many to choose from this year, it was hard to pick the favorites. “Too many memories to pick with this team. This was a particularly great group of guys who loved being a part of the program. They were fun, energetic, passionate and loved competing for their school, which led to many pleasant memories throughout the season,” Faulkenberry said. Boys swim will pick up again next fall in hopes to continue to create lifelong memories and big accomplishments. Photo courtesy of LSN Swim
Story & Photo by Kate Gerding – Staff Reporter Speech and Debate is not for the weak-minded. Speaking, writing and performance skills are all put to the test in this club. Hannah Robertson, sophomore, loves being a part of Speech and Debate. Every week, they prepare their arguments for end-of-week tournaments. “Speech and Debate is a cocurricular, so most Fridays and Saturdays you go and you compete in either a speech or debate event,” Robertson said. Being well-prepared for tournaments is essential. Leading up to these events, members put in a lot of work and effort. “It takes a lot of research and writing,” Robertson said. Like any school organization, the teachers and advisors play a big role in the success of the group. Fortunately, Mr. Jewell, social studies teacher, and Mrs. Russell, language arts teacher, have had many years of experience coaching Speech and Debate. “I love the teachers, they lead the program amazingly, and they’re super helpful,” Robertson said. Public speaking and persuasive writing is challenging to master. However, Speech and Debate can make an impact in school and your future. “First of all, it really helps you with confidence. And second, it teaches you a lot of effective skills you’ll use for the rest of your life,” Robertson said. As a whole, Speech and Debate pushes people out of their comfort zones and encourages them to think deeper.
Story & Photo by Abbey Euritt – Staff Reporter Starting the season in July with altitude training in Colorado, the boy’s cross-country team has put in hard work to make it to state this season. Assistant Coach, Colby Matthews went to Columbia, Missouri for the state meet with the other coaches and helped lead the team to success. The cross country state meet contained many athletes and was filled with talent. “The boys and girls are both there; each race 45 minutes apart. Knowing that most kids have been competing since August makes you realize how big of a meet it is,” Matthews said. The boys had competition when racing with the best 16 teams in the state, but they ended with a quality race. “You have all the best runner’s in one place, so it is a fast race,” Matthews said. The boy’s LSN team finished in 10th place and ended the season positively. “They went down, competed and did exactly what they should have done,” Matthews said. The varsity senior boys, including Logan Binger, had their last race of their high school cross-country career. “I just wanted to make sure I had as much fun as possible. Before the race started all of us seniors were taking in the fact that it was our last race. It was honestly a pretty emotional experience for me. We were all very proud of how far we’ve come,” Binger said. During the race, the runners competed against heavy competition from the other top runners in Missouri. “At state, you’re guaranteed to be competing against the best people in the state. You know that everyone around you had to earn a spot to be there. The race feels very fast from start to finish, and there are spectators everywhere,” Binger said. The boy’s team represented LSN profoundly at state and ended the season with a well-earned state championship experience.
Story & Graphic by Lily Temple – Assistant Editor Winter sports have just begun here at Lee’s Summit North. As of last year, girls practice players were added to the girls basketball team’s training. Many people might not know what a girls practice player is, but it is a great opportunity for LSN boys. “A girls practice player is a male volunteer that goes to practice and helps the girls team. We scrimmage and help the girls with drills,” Brennan Anderson, senior, said. Brennan was a practice player last year and decided to participate again this year. Anyone can volunteer by contacting Coach Lillygren. The practice players participate in drills and scrimmage against the team in order to provide competition to the girls. It is a great way to earn community service hours. “I enjoy being a girls practice player because a lot of my friends are practice players as well and we get to have fun playing basketball together,” Anderson said. In addition to helping better the girls basketball team, practice players get to hang out and enjoy the sport with no pressure. If you like basketball and have some free time after school, you should consider becoming a girls practice player next winter.
Story by Mia Gatti – Feature/Sports Editor The annual Macho Madness volleyball tournament on Thursday, November, 17th was a huge success. Students at Lee’s Summit North made teams of six to compete in this fun volleyball competition to raise money for a great cause. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Lee’s Summit Education Foundation for the Lola Rose Memorial Scholarship. “Coach Moses was our volleyball coach and she had a child die at birth, so this event was created and its main purpose is to fund the scholarship,” Mike McGurk, Athletic Director, said. This year we had four male teams competing at a chance to play against the girls’ varsity volleyball team. The girl’s varsity team has never lost in the Macho Madness competition and this record still stands. “The Dirty Half Dozen” played the girls in the end and fell short. “Every year the kids have so much fun, and every year the student team thinks they have a chance against the varsity team, and every year they lose,” McGurk said. This event is not only about the fun but, this year they raised approximately $500 for the Lola Rose Foundation to help others.
Story & Graphic by Areesa Steele – Social Media Editor Thanksgiving break is one of the most exciting times of the year. It is the first long break of the year. Many students choose to either celebrate by going out of town or staying in town. “I have family coming over from St. Louis to celebrate with us,” Jia Patel, junior, said. Thanksgiving is known for its food and being able to celebrate with the people you love and are thankful for. Many of the thanksgiving meals are loaded with choices like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and even more options. Not only that, you get to end with many different dessert options. “My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the food,” Patel said Students are excited for break because that means they get time off from school. Most students are hoping to be able to not have school work to do over the break so they can relax, get rest and spend time with loved ones “I hope I don’t have homework over break so I will be able to spend time with my family,” Patel said. Not only are the students happy for break, but teachers and other staff are too.
Story by Mia Fuller- News Editor The curtains are drawn, the auditorium has been swept and the book’s been closed. Matilda the Musical wrapped up its final performance on Sunday, October 30th. William Palmer, musical director, reflects on the overall final outcome of the show. The show saw a lower attendance the first weekend of performances, but attendance picked up the final weekend. “We saw more people come out the second weekend, and I think that is because word about the show spread more after the first weekend,” Palmer said. While it is always nice seeing the final product, some of the best moments happen off the stage for Palmer. One of the highlights being when Emilie Sula-Goff, junior, who played the show’s titular main character was able to get a photograph with LSN’s Aaron Layendecker’s, Spanish teacher, daughter, also named Matilda. Plays of any kind, especially musicals, require weeks and weeks of preparation both inside and outside of school. Matilda the Musical is no different. Rehearsals and meetings for both cast and crew started all the way back in early September before culminating in the October performances. The work paid off in the end though according to Palmer. “I am proud about everything. The students did amazing both onstage and backstage. The performers gave it 100% every show and tech crews performed their cues cleanly and problem-solved beautifully,” Palmer said. With Matilda the Musical over, the next step for Palmer is to start focusing on the production of Abigail, For Now which premieres this spring.
Story & Photo by Abbey Euritt – Staff Reporter After four years of teaching at Lee’s Summit North, Leza Palguta, a sophomore English teacher, has many positive things to share about her career at LSN and her life before being a bronco. Before Palguta lived in Lee’s Summit, her home was Amarillo, Texas. The long move from Texas to Missouri has given Palguta many opportunities to experience a different culture than she was used to. After visiting Missouri, the Palguta family favored the city of Lee’s Summit and moved when the opportunity came. “My niece was here when we visited, and we really liked it, and all of our family had moved out of Amarillo, so randomly, my husband got a job offer from Kansas City,” Palguta said. A significant factor in Palguta’s life is her family and friends, which she values tremendously. “Family is my number one. I love my family more than anything, as well as my friends and students, who are very important to me,” Palguta said. Outside of spending time with the people she values, Palguta enjoys reading and crafting. “I read all the time; reading is my life. I also craft and do quilting or create stuff,” Palguta said. Being an English teacher is something that Palguta takes pride in, and she enjoys seeing her students’ progress. “When kids come back and say that they remember something they got from me, and it has made a difference in their life [is an accomplishment for me],” Palguta said. After years of teaching, being a teacher has shaped her life in admirable ways that take part in her life. “It has made me more thoughtful, and in the last couple of years, I’ve been working on how I speak to people and the power of our words,” Palguta said. As she continues to be devoted to her student’s success and cherish her teaching moments, she constantly has a positive impact on the well-being of her students.
Abby is Editor-in-Chief and has been on staff for four years. In middle school, she was a member of the broadcasting staff. She is a member of the LSN tennis team and she teaches gymnastics at Dave’s Gymnastics Factory here in Lee’s Summit.
Lily is the Assistant Editor and this is her third year on staff. She was on the yearbook staff in middle school. She enjoys playing tennis and has been playing since the 4th grade.
Mia is Feature/Sports Editor and this is her third year on staff. In middle school, she was a member of the broadcasting staff. She plays competitive volleyball, she has a Bernese Mountain Dog, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Mia is the News Editor and this is her second year on staff. She loves to read and spending time with her cats, Winston and Apollo.
Bailee Melchion Council:
Bailee is the Entertainment Editor and this is her second year on staff. She likes to work, go to the gym, cook, and spend time with her dog, Aria.
Areesa is Social Media Editor and this is her second year on staff. She is a member of the LSN tennis team. She also likes to spend time with loved ones and thrift.
Abbey is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. She runs Cross Country and plays Soccer for LSN. She enjoys reading and shopping in her spare time.
Kate is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. Kate plays tennis for LSN and she dances ballet outside of school.
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 22 years.