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2010 05 06 - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

2010 05 06 - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

2010 05 06 - Saint Thomas Aquinas High

Senior IssueI N S I D EVolume 22, Issue 9, Saint Thomas AquinasMay 6, 2010As you are exploring our seniorissue, take the time to seewhere all of your graduating seniorshave chosen to attend college(or what they’re doing otherwise),pages 6 and 7Photos courtesy of hst10.blospot.comRight, the students stop to take a group picture while in Krakow, Poland. Reichmuth, far right. Dunham back row, center. Left, senior James Dunham and teacher Lisa Bauman visit a Polish high school.Seniors explore history, get strandedRead senior letters from soonto-begraduates Devin Clement andMargaret Clark, page 9.Katie’sKornerKATIE HEITFront Page EditorAs the year winds down and usseniors are finishing up our last weekof school, there are mixed feelings.Yes, it’s exciting that high school isalmost over. No more Math (for someof us), no more Biology, no more splittingheadaches from stressing overhow much we have to do. At least,until the fall. But there are other feelingsas well. Looking back, many ofus have found moments full of regret,things we wish we had done. Whichis why here in Newspaper we’ve compileda list of things every Saint shoulddo before graduation.1. Climb the Rope in the WrestlingRoom.Personally, I think it would benice if everyone in the school just figuredout where the wrestling room wasbefore they graduated. Plus, as JoshLodoly was kind enough to point out,when you fall, at least you have a softlanding.2. Take several group shots with“Santa Claus” (aka, Mr. Farnan).Looking back, its fun to see thepictures from freshman year and obsessover how young everyone looksand who you were friends with thenthat maybe you aren’t friends withnow. Besides, where else are you goingto find twenty kids all struggling tosit on the same couch just so they cansit next to Santa?3. Eat lunch in the courtyardA privilege only extended to seniors,this is an opportunity many failto take advantage of. After a winter ofbeing stuck in doors all day, it is immenslysatisfying to be able to spendat least part of your stressful springsemester out in the sun. As an addedbonus for those of you who look sicklypale after a season inside, it’s a greattime to start to gain back a little color.4. Tailgate in the parking lotPersonally, I suggest breakfastbefore school so you have a decentstart to a hard day, but you could tailgateat any time. Dinner before a bigfootball game. A snack after school. Ifyou’re feeling up to it, I suppose youcould also tailgate at lunchtime overthe weekend...5. Attend a bonfireWhether it be a class bonfire orjust a small group, this is one of themost important things you must dobefore graduating. Wherever there’sa big fire, marshmallows, and plentyof chocolate, you’re going to havea good time. You are also more thanlikely going to find yourself hangingout with people you don’t usually talkto. Trust me, as graduation approaches,you will definately wish you haddone this.The point is, you don’t want toleave high school with any regrets.Your list may be longer and more detailed.If you don’t have a list, makeone. Underclassman--good luck.And seniors, guess what? We finallymade it. dTwo seniors spent an unplannedseventeen days visitingHolocaust memorial sitesKATIE HEITFront Page EditorThe call to serve one’s country isasked of everyone, but not everyone answers.Only a handful of seniors have answeredthe call to serve.Seth Canzoneri will be a member ofthe United States Army Reserves, JamesDunham will be a member of the UnitedStates Marine Corps, Adam Woods willjoin the National Guard and Jake Walkerwill be at the United States MerchantMarine Academy.For Walker, the future had a big impacton his decision to join.“College will be free,” said Walker.“And I’ll be able to get a job after graduating,plus I always thought it would becool to be in the military.”Senior Adam Woods is following inhis grandfather’s footsteps and joiningthe National Guard.“My grandpa was in the Marines,”said Woods. “But I just wanted to join themilitary in honor of him.”Canzoneri is following in his mother’sfootsteps by joining the United StatesArmy Reserves. After doing ROTC at theUniversity of Missouri, Canzoneri willbe in a six year contract with the Army.“I’m excited to see where ROTCtakes me,” said Canzoneri. “HopefullyI’ll be able to decide whether or not Iwant to continue my Army career.”Dunham hopes to make a career outof the military.“[As a combat engineer] I’ll get toset up communications and get rid ofIt’s the trip of a lifetime; two weeksspent touring various Holocaust memorialsites throughout Europe. For seniorsLibby Reichmuth and James Dunham,along with Holocaust Literature teacherLisa Bauman, the trip quickly becamemore when they were stranded in Krakow,Poland for five extra days due to arecent volcanic eruption that left all airtravel out of Europe impossible.“We went to learn about the Holocaustand to learn about injustice in theworld and how it affects everyone and tostop it from happening again,” Dunhamsaid.The original plan was for the trioto spend twelve days in various Europeancountries. The result was a seventeenday trip that took the students andteacher through many key places duringthe Nazi regime. Paired with three otherschools, two from New Jersey and onefrom California, the group was immediatelythrown into the trip.“We left the Monday after Easter at10 AM, flew all day, and arrived in Berlinat 7 or 8 o’clock the next morning.We went right into it,” Reichmuth said.The group of seventeen spent threedays in Berlin, beforeheading toPrague, and endingtheir travels in Krakow,where theyspent the extra fivedays of their trip.“Prague wasmy favorite city,”Dunham said, “I wish we could havebeen stranded there. It’s beautiful. Itwasn’t bombed during the war, so everythingthere was older and it lookedamazing.”The group visited various concentrationcamps during their trip, includingthe death camp Auschwitz and its associatedwork camp Birkenau.“Auschwitz was a great one timeexperience, but I wouldn’t go again,”Reichmuth said. “It was emotionally exhaustingand I felt nauseous the wholetime we were there.”The students were also given anopportunity that Bauman, who was beenThough many Aquinas studentshave been involved with the CatholicYouth Organization (CYO) for years,few know about the struggle for reformthat has been taking place within the organization.“The by-laws have beenamended a lot over the last few years,”said former Holy Cross athletic directorRich Weitz, who is currently the trackcoach at St. James Academy.The CYO is governed by an ExecutiveBoard. The role of the ExecutiveBoard, according to three-year boardmember SeanReilly, is to overseethe directionof the CYO.“We’re supposedto see thatthe activities aregoing accordingto the by-laws,”Reilly said. “Justlike any board, we’re there to make surethat the organization is doing what it’sSeniors answer the call to dutyJOSH LODOLYJoshua Tree EditorIEDs (improvised explosive devices),”said Dunham. “Plus I get to carry a gun,so that’s a bonus.”Canzoneri enjoys using all the differentweapons the Army has to offer.“When I got back from Basic [Training],I spent all my money on my ownM4 (an assault rifle),” said Canzoneri.“I go to the shooting range almost everyother weekend.”Most of the seniors going into themilitary are already enlisted and somehave already begun training. Canzoneri’sBasic Training occurred last summer inFort Jackson, South Carolina, and he willcontinue his Advanced Individual Trainingthis summer for 12 weeks. Dunhamis already a Private First Class and willbegin Basic Training in September. AfterBasic, he’ll start his Military OccupationalSpecialty training.At first Dunham was going to doROTC for the Army at Pittsburg StateUniversity, but changed his mind after aspecial phone call.“I got a call from a Marine recruiter,”said Dunham. “We talked a whileand I came in to see him the next day,and I wanted to join. I like that they’remore selective and have better training.”Originally, Walker was going to jointhe Coast Guard Academy, but realizedhe’ll benefit more with the Merchant Marines.“When you graduate you’ll be a certifiedofficer,” said Walker. “You’ll beahead of the Coast Guard, and you won’tbe active duty but you’ll spend time on aship.” don four study tours, was quite excitedabout. While visited the German town ofOlomouc, the kids were split into threeteams. Each had the chance to interviewsurvivors of Auschwitz.“These are stories that have neverThe kids were really preservinga piece of history. I made mewonder how many survivors...had never told their stories.Lisa Baumanbeen recordedbefore,” Baumansaid. “The kidsreally were preservinga piece ofhistory. It mademe wonder howmany survivorshave lived outtheir lives and never told their stories.”Reichmuth and Dunham also visitedTerezinstadt, a concentration campin Prague, Czech Republic. At Terezinstadt,they were given a tour by a survivorwho had spent the Holocaust in thatcamp. Reichmuth referred to it as themost “surreal experience” of the wholetrip, hearing about the camp from someonewho had lived through it.“My favorite part of the trip wasjust being where everything happened,because you got a sense of how it happenedand what people were feeling andwhat was going through their minds atthe time,” Dunham said.supposed to be doing.”By visiting cyojwa.org, anyoneis free to view themembers of CYO’sExecutive Board andthe by-laws they aregoverned by. This,however, is nothow things have alwaysbeen. As littleas nine years ago,board meetings wereclosed, board members were unknownand changes were extremely difficult toGEOFFREY CALVERTSports EditorDespite the youth of the SaintThomas Aquinas track team, the Saintsstill find ways to improve themselves nomatter who is wearing the gold jersey.On April 16 and 17, the team competedat the annual Kansas Relays, whichfeatures top competition that helps preparethe team for state.“A big part of KU is the mentalgame. The competition is always sogreat, but you have to not let yourselfget freaked out by it. This was my secondyear running at KU and I felt a lotDue to the volcanic ash in the air,the group was in Krakow, Poland whenthe Polish president died.“On the day of the funeral, we hada picnic in the park and watched all thepeople and the procession,” Reichmuthsaid. “We went back to the hotel andwatched the funeral on TV. It was coolto be there for such a big event.”A few days later, Reichmuth andDunham were among the first to visitthe former President’s tomb, which waslocated in the catacombs beneath thechurch in which Pope John Paul II saidhis first mass as a priest.Other activities during the unplanneddays included bowling and atrip to a local ski resort where the groupwent shopping and went down the Alpineslides.“One of the teachers said our groupwas one of the best groups to get stuckin Europe because we all got along sowell,” Reichmuth said.The blog of the seventeen day tripcan be found at hst10@blogspot.com“I just hope the Holocaust StudyTour continues to grow and more kidsat Aquinas take advantage of it becauseit really is a life-changing experience,”said Bauman. dCYO reforms take hold, improve transparencyLINDSEY MAYFIELDEditor-in-chiefWe’re supposed to see thatactivites are going according tothe bylaws.- Sean ReillyThree year CYO board membersecure.“The meetings were secret, and nobodycould go to them,” said Holy Crossparishioner Tim O’Brien.In March of 2003, a set of by-lawswere finally secured by Holy Cross parishionerMatt Harding. These by-lawshad remained largely unchanged since1988. Starting in April of 2003, however,the Executive Board began makingchanges to these by-laws “almost everytime that the board met,” according toO’Brien.See CYO page 4KATIE BOLIN/ The MedallionJunior Steven Radetic competes in the long jump at the Kansas Relays track meet in Lawrence.Underclassmen fill voidmore confident about it,” senior MeaganWilderson said.This year, each race was more importantthan usual because of the smallerteam the Saints have this year. But beingsmaller helps strengthens the team’sbond.“We only had four distance girls,Betsy Donahue, Annie Clark, Anna Sabatiniand myself compete. It was reallynice to get to be with these girls allweekend and bond over these races. Myfavorite part about KU is all the speciallittle things that allow us to get closer,”Wilderson said.See SABATINI, page 11

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