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Addie is a dead shot

posted May 9, 2016, 1:19 PM by Unknown user

What if you could time travel back to a time period and experience how they dress and shoot? Well, junior Addie Jenkins is part of a group called Indian Territory Single Action Shooting. The group gathers to dress in period clothing and participate in shooting competitions. The contestants are given a scenario or sequence and have to shoot it in order, with prizes going to the fastest shooter. Jenkins has won several awards because of it.

“My grandpa started the shoot when he lived in El Dorado, and when he moved to Oklahoma, he met more people in it and signed me up,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins shoots in three competitions: Ruckus In The Nations, Pursuit into the Osage Nation and Land Run, all in Oklahoma. The events can last two to three days.

Jenkins shoots with a Winchester .38 lever action rifle, a .38 special rotor revolver and a 12-gauge double barrel shotgun. She said she prefers her rifle.

“I like to participate because it's challenging,” she said. “You have to think fast, shoot fast and be accurate, all at the same time.”

Students stand out in ‘CSHS Got Talent’

posted Apr 29, 2016, 9:28 AM by Unknown user

With a couple hundred students and teachers, it is inevitable that Conway Springs High School will have talent spread throughout. Pep Club sponsor Jennifer Kunz decided the talents of our school needed to be shown off and put together “CSHS Got Talent”. Six acts were shown off in the show, including singing, dancing, Bal-A-Vis-X, piano and comedy.

“It was really fun being a part of the talent show,” senior performer Romi Huggins said.

To start the show, sophomore Makenna Beesley played a piano piece titled “The River Flows in You” from the movie “Twilight”. Following the piece, seniors Romi Huggins and Farrah Gilmere performed a duet ofI Hate U I Love U” by Gnash. Bringing laughter to the crowd, junior Mathias Doffing followed the duet with a comedy performance.

“I had a lot of fun in the Talent Show,” Doffing said. “I’d like to do it again with more people involved.”

Bringing in a unique physical act, senior Ashley O’Neal demonstrated Bal-A-Vis-X. She was followed by Mrs. Kunz who surprised some CSHS students by singing a solo to “Anyway” by Martina McBride. Lastly, Chelsea Linker brought in dancers from Full Out Dance Company to perform a routine with her that they performed in previous competitions.

In addition to the performances by CSHS students, there were also students who submitted their artwork to be displayed at the show.

“The show went good, and I heard good things about it from other people,” Kunz said. “I would like to do it again in the future, hopefully at a time during the year when there are less activities going on.”

Work out: It will work out

posted Apr 28, 2016, 10:02 AM by Unknown user

There is absolutely no excuse to not workout. Working out is beneficial for almost every aspect of a person’s life.

There are many benefits to working out:

  • makes you feel better

  • improves your physical appearance

  • helps your body releases pheromones, improving your mood

  • increases sleep quality

  • reduces stress

  • strengthens and tones your body

  • improves posture

  • increases stamina

  • results in more energy for a longer period of time when working out consistently

  • eventually results in being able to do the same thing using less and less energy to do so

  • controls your weight by burning more calories than you take in

According to Health Discovery, keeping a regular working out schedule is very important. Stop and start exercise is ineffective and can lead to injury. You want to stay consistent, but working out too much can also put you at risk of injury and loss of lean muscle. Your fitness levels will plateau, and you will not progress like your body is meant to.

There are many different things to do when you work out. Riding a bike is a great way to keep your leg muscles toned and improve strength in your calves. Running works your whole body, keeping everything toned and slim. It’s important to start out at a comfortable pace for you and then slowly start climbing in speed or distance depending on the results you are looking for. You can also do sprints in short increments to improve speed.

However, it doesn’t always have to be running or strenuous exercise. Even if you are walking, you are benefiting yourself.

Lifting weights is very important if you want to keep toned muscles, and if you wish, you can slowly increase the amount you lift to gain more muscle rather than just stay toned. Again, with lifting weights, you need to remain consistent. Lifting more than necessary can cause to muscle strain and tears.

To tone abdominal muscles, there are many exercises depending on what part on your stomach you are trying to define. The same thing applies to working out your leg muscles and glutes.

  There are many places to work out at; you can even do it at home with the right equipment and motivation. There are 18 places in Wichita alone that you can go work out at, including Genesis Health Clubs, YMCA, Planet Fitness, Fit Physique Fitness Center, Crossfit Wichita, Curves, Omega Training, Fox Fitness and many more. You can run or walk on the “town course”.  There are plenty of opportunities to work out; you just have to do it.

Interesting facts about villains

posted Apr 27, 2016, 12:59 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 1:02 PM ]

Seniors Strut their Stuff

posted Apr 26, 2016, 10:00 AM by Unknown user

April 21, the BPW held the annual dinner and fashion show at the Methodist Church. All senior girls and their mothers were invited. The girls and even a few BPW members themselves got a chance to model clothing from the local store “Jetts” in Anthony. “It was a bunch of fun,” said senior Kristen Hilger. The girls had the option to buy the clothing they modeled, with a 15% discount.  

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‘Arabian nights, like Arabian days.’

posted Apr 26, 2016, 9:51 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 9:52 AM by Unknown user ]

CSHS experiences an Arabian night

Saturday, April 16, juniors and seniors of Conway Springs High School got to dress up, grab a date and roll up to the high school in style. Starting with Prom Preview, students showed off their attire, their dates and their rides. After taking pictures with family, friends and classmates, students enjoyed the “Arabian Nights” theme set up for them by the Steering Committee and dance all night long until it was time for After Prom.

Steering Committee planned all year, decorating the commons area the day before prom.

“I thought the juniors did a really good job putting everything together in a rush,” senior Liz Berntsen said. “I think everyone had a lot of fun.”

After the dinner and dance, juniors and seniors went to the South YMCA in Wichita to celebrate After Prom. A variety of fun activities were open for attendees, including swimming, volleyball, basketball and arts and crafts activities. In addition to activities, there were artificial tattoos, a photo booth and a wide variety of snacks.

“I really enjoyed playing basketball at the Y,” junior Dawson Tarrant said. “It was a lot of fun.”

To end the night, students headed back to the high school, where they found out who won the grand prizes. Prizes varied from gift cards to flat screen TV’s. Students who won prizes were more excited than those who didn’t.

“I felt like seniors should be the ones winning grand prizes,” senior Romi Huggins said. “But, it was a good time overall.”

April 26, 2016

Steering Committee put together the “Arabian Nights” themed prom on April 16. “There were a lot of people getting involved, dancing, and having a good time,” junior and steering committee member Janae Pauly said. “That's exactly what we wanted to happen.” The dinner and dance were held at the high school, but the students were then bussed to the YMCA for the after prom activities. At the YMCA, students had access to basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball, a swimming pool, and other small games where they could win raffle prizes.

Kick back and play some ball

posted Apr 6, 2016, 10:02 AM by Unknown user

It’s that time of year again, when underclassmen and upperclassmen band together to play kickball. The kickball tournament is put on by Stuco every year. 2016 is the 15th annual tournament. This year, kickball is April 30 with games starting at 9 a.m. at Kyle Trueblood Elementary.

The sign up for kickball will start April 11 and the cut-off date will be April 23. Interested students can sign up with Stuco sponsor Callie Bartelson. The teams can be made up of 10-12 players. The entry fee for teams is $60. Mrs. Bartelson said she must have team members’ names, team names, the entry fee, and the team’s T-shirt design by the cut-off date.

“I’m excited to play,” senior Derek Pauly said, who has played his previous three years as well. “We have a chance to win it one more time.”

Rules for the games are set as well. No cleats are allowed during the games, and cut-off shirts should be worn with a shirt underneath unless they are cut at the shoulder seam. The games are played bracket style, seven innings long with an hour time limit, though Mrs. Bartelson said games typically don’t last that long. Only seven runs can be scored by the team during each at bat.

The team that wins the tournament will receive their entry fee back as a prize.

“I’m excited to play for the first time because it seems like it would be fun,” freshman Dominic Pauly said.





CSHS students

Annual kickball tournament

April 30

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes

posted Apr 6, 2016, 9:55 AM by Unknown user

    Every few hours, freshman Cassidy Oswald checks her blood sugar with a machine that she carries around everywhere. This way, she is able to regulate her blood sugar by eating a snack or getting more insulin through her pump.

Living with diabetes can be difficult at any age. Usually, people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in childhood or young adulthood, which was the case for freshman Cassidy Oswald. Oswald was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during Christmas Break of her fifth grade year. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy. Only about 5% of people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 1.   

“When my blood sugar gets low, I get really light headed,” Oswald said. “Also, when I exercise, I get low blood sugar.”

Many things can contribute to Type 1 diabetes, including genetics or exposure to certain viruses. There have been various research studies, but there is still no cure for Type 1 diabetes. However, a healthy diet can help to regulate insulin.

“Having diabetes has taught me to eat a lot healthier,” said Oswald.

Another way Type 1 patients have been able to manage their blood sugar level better has been to have an insulin pump. An insulin pump helps by delivering rapid or short-acting insulin 24 hours a day to help keep a more stable blood sugar level, and according to Oswald, is like a needle that stays on her hip.

“I’ve had my insulin pump for about one year now,” Oswald said. “I don’t have to take any insulin shots anymore, so it saves a lot of time.”

Oswald said that another thing her insulin pump helps with is not having to worry about putting the insulin in a syringe.

With proper treatment, people with diabetes can expect to live longer and healthier than those in the past have.

“The most difficult thing for me has been remembering to check my blood sugar every couple hours,” Oswald said.

Half the School Goes Ice Skating

posted Mar 30, 2016, 9:55 AM by Unknown user

“I think ice skating is a good experience for the young mind,” freshman Travis Willson said. “Most people haven’t ever been before anyway, and it would be fun hanging out with your friends.”

Every year Student Council allows students who wants to go ice skating for $3 per person to drive up to the Wichita Ice Center and skate. This year, ice skating was on March 29.

“We’ve always done ice skating,” Stuco sponsor Callie Bartelson said. “It has become a tradition.”

Stuco does this for students to show appreciation for how hard the students have worked throughout the year.

“I’ve never gone ice skating before,” freshman Cooper Boyles said. “I just wanted to see people wipe out.”

Interested students drove to the Wichita Ice Center and met STUCO there at 7:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. There were about a hundred students who attended.

Taking a look at different cultures

posted Mar 30, 2016, 9:40 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 9:47 AM ]

In Conway Springs, it is easy for most people to find someone who thinks the same way as they do, but that’s not the case for everyone. Junior Amber Vanhsy is like this. Vanhsy, her mom’s side of the family, and her biological dad are all Buddhists. To Vanhsy, being a Buddhist is about peace and respect.

Vanhsy and her family worship Buddha, the equivalent to the Christian God. Vanhsy goes to temple on Sunday and sometimes Saturday. The temple they go to is the Lao Buddhist Associates of Kansas. Service starts at 10 a.m. and gets out between 12 and 1 p.m. At service, some things they do is pray and eat an assortment of Asian foods.

“Service is boring because I can’t understand the prayers, but I can still say them,” Vanhsy said.

Vanhsy said being a Buddhist is more than just service on Sunday to her because it is a part of her culture. Vanhsy has several different symbols of Buddha in her house. For example, she has a poster of Buddha in her bedroom over her bed. This is because Buddha is protecting them in their home and watching over them. She also wears bracelets given to her by the Buddhist monks at the temple.

“Being a Buddhist is important to me because Buddha is always with me and protecting me,” Vanhsy said.

Buddhists also have several holidays throughout the year. One holiday that Vanhsy and her family celebrate is Lao New Year. While Lao New Year this year is on April 12, it is observed and celebrated during Memorial weekend. It is celebrated at the temple and is a weekend-long celebration with food, dancing and a good time. People set up tents everywhere to stay the night, or some will come and go. Lao New Year is open for anyone of any background to attend.

“The food or the shaving cream fights we have are my favorite parts about the festival,” Vanhsy said.

For Lao New Year, people often compete in pageants during the celebration. Junior Amber Vanhsy and a student from Derby High School competed in typical outfits during a pageant in May 2015. Photo courtesy of Amber Vanhsy.

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