A Change in Finals

By Riley Phillips

First semester is very close to the end and that means finals are quickly approaching. Students are rushing to turn in their missing working, raising their grades, and giving themselves as much cuisine for their finals as they can. This year finals will be held over the course of two days instead of three. “I don’t feel bad about taking finals this year because we can get them done faster. I don’t have to sit around for three days thinking about them,” said senior Andrew Allen.  Not only does this take out the long drawn out study periods, but also allows the students to start their finals on Monday instead of Friday, eliminating the long weekend break where students “forget everything they studied for”.

Many students are in favor of this idea as well. “I think it will be more effective and efficient for the students. When you prolong the amount of days when taking finals, kids become drained and can’t work on the third day of finals because their brain is so tired,” said senior Bradi Basler. This is not a huge change from last year, but with the new principal in place things around the building are starting to change for the better.

Thanksgiving Traditions

By Riley Phillips

With Thanksgiving Break quickly approaching, students minds cannot escape the idea of the big Thanksgiving dinner, watching football with their families, or even having a Friendsgiving with a few of their closest friends. “On Thanksgiving my family and I don’t really do anything that special. We eat a big dinner together and enjoy all of the good food that has been made. After we eat, I personally take a nap to recover from all of the food I just ate. Then lastly, we all pile into the living room and watch football,” said junior Locarno Hilton.

Thanksgiving is definitely a time for family being together, even if it means being stressed out preparing for the big day. “My family will spend the whole morning cleaning the house and making sure everything is perfect. My siblings and I are in charge of making a dish for dinner later that day. Then, we finally spend the whole evening together. We get lucky if my siblings get along the whole time without fight. I really enjoy the whole aspect of Thanksgiving, like i genuinely enjoy getting to be around my family and having a good time all together,” said junior Kaelyn Hoppes.

It seems to be that many students around the school do the same thing for Thanksgiving, but yet there has to be that one person who does something different. So ask around and get to know your peers a little better, find out what traditions their family has, and what they do to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Positive Principal Phone Calls

By Riley Phillips

With the new school year well underway, many changes have been put into place by the new principal, Rob McKim, in order to better the school’s environment. One of these changes is the “Positive Principal Phone Calls”. At the end of every week Principal McKim will announce a list of student names who teachers and staff around the school believe deserve recognition. “This is one way to recognize students in a positive way that are either contributing to the school, doing good around the school, or working hard. For example there was a student who ran to open the door for another student whose hands were full. It is the little things that deserve to be recognized. It also gives us as a faculty an excuse to look for those positive things,” said Principal Rob McKim.

Even though this a very small thing, it gives a new feeling throughout the building and even has an effect on the students. “Of course this varies from students to student, but hopefully it boosts the teacher-to-student relationships and increases the positivity around the school,” said McKim. This recognition does not stop at school. The parents of the students are called as well so they positivity can carry home and those students can get a pat on the back from their families. “As a staff we are hoping that the students will receive some type of reward when they get home from doing good at school. Not only does it shock some students, but their parents as well, seeing that they are not at school and do not always know what their student is up to,” said McKim.

As of right now there are 39 students who have been recognized with plenty more to come. The students who have been recognized so far are: Sarah Wilson, Shemar Ximines, Eric Karpierz, Kaydence Robinson, Emma DaMetz, Luke Usera, Sammy Masisak, Kelsie Lynch, Joshua Twitchell, Vianne Arias, Justin Wendl, Logan Buffo, Isabelle Ward, Daviud Teegarder, Nick Rothmeyer, Ian Tippit, Corbin Holyfield, Kelsy Morse, Madison Muzzy, Tyler Kane, Diana Green, Lila Dietz, Geoffrey Stentiford, Aliana Anom, Molly Jo Genail, Anthony Beavers, Julia Mullins(2), Dakota Sill, Kaylee Arwine, Hailyn Toedter, Caitlin Bishop, Tre’Matt Pledger, Marissa Ober, Madison Kees, Cole Bilotta, Qahri Tucker, and Calvin Sholey. These students names were called over the intercome and receive a letter recognizing them. This will continue thought the school year and hopefully carry to the next school years to come.

An Inside Look at Lansing High School Football

Members share their memories and what it means to be on the team

By Special Reporter Zaiylah Bronson and Riley Phillips

The team played 9 games, with a 5 to 4 win-loss ratio. The team scored 66 points, their highest of the season, at the homecoming game against the JC Harmon Hawks. As the team of 43 players used their knowledge and strength in games, they were rewarded with many victories and some tough losses.

Athletes of the Lansing High School Varsity Football team believe that the home game of week two against Basehor High School was the best game of the season. Lansing won 14-13. Junior Quarterback, Luke Schneider scored both touchdowns to take home the win. “Beating the Basehor Bobcats was by far the most memorable part of the season,” said senior Safety and Wide receiver Tre’Matt Pledger. “I have friends from Basehor so it was extra motivation to beat them,” said junior Cornerback and Running Back Derrick Robinson.

Senior Corner Back and Running Back Konner McQuillian said, “Lansing has created a reputation of getting knocked down and staying down. When we got down, we got right back up and kept fight, My favorite part of games would’ve been the lead-up, after our warm-ups. We get hype in the locker room and wait to play.”

Senior Dylan Mclain and juniors Reece Thomas and Derrick Robinson practice kicking field goals. “if you don’t practice, how can you perform at a high level on a Friday night,” said Robinson.

Coach Brad Gourley said the team worked extremely hard and he was pleased with the season. “A strength within the team was the amount of effort they put forth, but they overthink and that sets them back in the wrong direction,” said Gourley. The team agreed that they motivate each other to work hard and do their best.

Sophomore Safety, Wide Receiver, and Outside Line Backer, Dylan Ward said the game of football was a lot to learn at first, but it got easier as the season progressed. “Our intensity and  motivation to win was fun to be apart of,” said Ward.

Sophomore Wide Recievr Malik Benson explained how the game on October 28 against the Leavenworth Pioneers was on to remember. “The game was great because we came together as a team to beat our rivals.”

The Lions made it to game two of the playoffs, but lost to Saint James Academy 34-27. The boys were upset but are beyond ready for next season.