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The Dog Pound

As of 2012 Christianity, Islam,

and Hinduism are the world’s

top three most followed

religions. Naturally, with this

many distinct religions arise

conflicts and disagreements,

but I believe many of these

problems can be remedied with

some simple knowledge about

the world’s various religions.

In order to accomplish

this, LeMars Community

High School should offer a

World Religion class. This

class would not necessarily

indoctrinate students, but

rather teach them about each

religion’s

principles

and

beliefs.

Many

Westerners

are aware, but uninformed

about many Asian or European

religions. Islam, the second

most widespread religion, has

been in the news for quite some

time now. Muslims, followers

of Islam, believe in five pillars,

which include praying, fasting,

and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Muslims receive much flak

in the news for “forcing their

religion” upon foreigners, but

in reality Islam extremists have

falsely represented the entire

religion.

The idea that all

Muslims are terrorists is

as inaccurate as saying all

Christians are members of the

Klu Klux Klan. This is just

one of the many examples that

could be corrected with a little

bit of education on the topic at

hand.

Personally, I believe

the class should be a two

semester class. The first

semester would teach students

about the basics, principles,

and beliefs of religions. While

the second semester could

go more in depth into the

origin and progression of said

religions throughout history.

Editorial: LCHS students would

benefit from World Religion class

By Luis Barrera

Dreaded research projects educate students

By Skyer Toben

Teacher Profiles

By Kelli Susemihl

Choose friends wisely

It’s that time of year again!

Time for seniors to get their

hands on a laptop and begin

their ... *insert scary music*

…. COLLEGE ENGLISH

RESEARCH PAPERS!

College

English

students are required to write

a 4-6 page argumentative

research paper on a topic of

their choice. Topics this year

range from the extinction of

gorillas, to space exploration,

to the Electoral College.

“The goal of this

unit is to show students the

importance of researching

and objectively examining

evidence

before

making

decisions about controversial

topics. Too many people base

their beliefs on emotional

fallacies, fake news, and fear

mongering rather than actual

facts and logical reasoning.

Our world will become a

better place if people keep

open minds while calmly and

rationally learning more about

all sides of each issue,” states

Mrs. Sherri Permeswaran,

College English teacher.

Although students have

around two and a half months

to complete this project,

seniors are still feeling the

stress.

Sydney Rand says

sarcastically, “I haven’t cried

yet, so that’s a

positive.”

Likewise,

Krista

Zenk

responds that

her paper is

going “rough.”

Br yc e

F r e n t r e s s

speaks bluntly.

“It’s terrible,”

he says.

Jessica

Eisma has an

even more grim

outlook. “I’m

probably going

to get kicked out

of college for

plagiarizing,”

she explains.

Madisen

Parker

agrees with Eisma. “My paper

is a big pile of plagiarized

trash,” she states.

Some students have

chosen to procrastinate their

assignment.

When asked how

her paper was coming along,

Hazel La Breche responds,

“I actually have to have one

started before I can give you a

quote about it.”

Jeffrey

A h l e r s

agrees. “Like

my paper, I

don’t

have

anything for

this quote,” he

says sadly.

Cheyanne

Allen

was

c o n f u s e d .

“Wait

were

we supposed

to work on

it

during

break?” she

asks.

Even Mrs.

Permeswaran

is

feeling

the stress. “I already have a

headache,” she explains.

Although

research

papers are hard work, the

assignment

does

prepare

students for the workload of

college.

Colleen

Nemmers

states, “Dear juniors, good

luck next year!”

“Too many people base

their beliefs on emotional

fallacies, fake news, and

fear mongering rather

than actual facts and

logical reasoning. Our

world will become a better

place if people keep open

minds while calmly and

rationally learning more

about all sides of each

issue.”

-

Mrs. P.

Most people have heard of

the term

peer pressure.

The

definition of peer pressure is

influence from members of

one’s peer group. While most

teens would say that their

values would overcome being

pressured by their friends, that

is not always the case.

Parents have worried

about kids being influenced

in a negative way since the

beginning of time. The saying,

“you become like who you

run with” is reminded to kids

by adults at least once in their

teen years.

It

is

common

knowledge that when spending

a lot of time with new or old

friends you begin to pick up

on how they talk or act. This

could be a great thing if you

are hanging out with positive

influences. For example, if you

have friends who like to go to

parties or who are not very nice

people, hanging out with the

better behaved friends more

could improve your attitude ,

choices, and actions.

If you go down

the wrong path and start to

spend time with the wrong

crowd, you could get into

drugs, alcohol, or other bad

behaviors.

Senior

Maddy

Hunter says, “My friends have

influenced the way I talk. I use

a lot of the same expressions

and slang like them.”

Luis Barrera states, “I

hang out with so many white

people that my skin is starting

to become lighter.”

Whether you believe

the statement is true or not, the

people you surround yourself

with will impact your life in a

big way.

Name:

Judd Kopperud

Children’s names/ages:

Kortney (9), Jordan (6), and

Jess (3)

Hobbies and interests:

Sports, reading, outdoors

Plans this summer:

Basketball, spending time

with family, reading

Describe yourself in one

word:

Driven

Where do you see yourself

in 10 years?

Teaching and

coaching here at LCHS

What is something no one

knows about you?

I have a

Hawkeye tattoo.

What is the biggest obstacle

you’ve had to overcome?

Iowa losing to Iowa State in

football in 2002… cost Iowa

the national championship

game

What is your proudest

accomplishment?

The birth

of my three children

What is your favorite

teaching memory?

My first

day on the job as a teacher

What advice would you give

to seniors?

Dream big and

don’t quit.

What advice would give

underclassmen?

Care about

academics, activities, each

other, and our school.

Which movie is your all-time

favorite? Why?

Hoosiers

,

because it’s the greatest story

ever told

If you were famous in the

future, what would you

be famous for?

Making

a difference in the lives of

others

If you had one wish, what

would you wish for?

World

peace

Name:

Shane Hessenius

Children’s names/ages:

Brock (10), Britt (8)

Hobbies and interests:

Fishing, hunting, coaching

wrestling

Plans this s

ummer or after

retirement:

Spend the

summer on my boat

Describe yourself using one

word:

Driven

Where do you see yourself

in 10 years?

Still at LCHS

because I love it here.

What is something nobody

knows about you?

I am an open book.

What is the biggest obstacle

you’ve had to overcome?

Cutting 18 lbs. in 24 hours

What is your proudest

accomplishment?

Seeing one

of my former wrestlers attend

and succeed in college

when

I didn’t think he would even

graduate high school

What advice would you give

to seniors?

You make your

“real” friends in college.

What advice would you

give underclassmen?

The

decisions you make now will

affect your life down the road.

If you could have one

question answered, what

would it be?

Why do kids get

terminally ill?

If you were stranded in a zoo

overnight, what would you

do to pass the time?

Mess with the tigers.

If you received a million

dollars, what would you

buy first?

A new wrestling

specific facility

If you had one wish, what

would you wish for?

Health

What are your pet peeves?

Standing at the door prior to

the end of class

Name:

Jenna Bowmaster

Hobbies and interests:

Swimming, reading, and

travelling

Plans this summer:

Spend

the summer in Italy

Describe yourself in one

word:

Passionate

Where do you see yourself in

10 years?

Living in Iowa with

my family

What is something no one

knows about you?

I have

been a vegetarian for four

years

What is the biggest obstacle

you’ve had to overcome?

Moving to a new city alone

What is your proudest

accomplishment?

Becoming

a teacher

What is your favorite

teaching memory?

¡Fiestas!

What is the most

embarrassing thing that

happened to you in high

school?

Throwing up (off

stage) at a band concert

What advice would you give

to seniors?

Don’t take life too

seriously.

What advice would give

underclassmen?

Be a good

friend and you will have good

friends.

If you could change

something about LCHS,

what would it be?

A laptop

for every student

Which movie is your all-

time favorite? Why?

The

Nightmare Before Christmas

;

the music and story

If you could invent

something, what would you

invent?

Personal heaters so

we would never be cold

What are your pet peeves?

Clicking pens

Name:

Terry Fitzgerald

Children’s names/ages:

Ashley (27), Emily (30), and

Liz (33)

Hobbies and interests:

Five

granddaughters, Netflix,

football, and antiques

Plans this summer:

Family

vaca to Minnesota and have a

garage sale

Describe yourself using one

word:

Content!

What advice would you give

to seniors?

Finish strong:

Anyone can coast; it takes

character to put forth your best

effort.

What advice would you

give underclassmen?

Take

ownership of your own

education- it’s your future.

If you could change

something about LCHS,

what would it be?

The antique light fixtures in

the classrooms

Which movie is your all-time

favorite? Why?

Last of the

Mohicians

-

action, historical,

and perseverance

If you were stranded in a zoo

overnight, what would you

do to pass the time?

Ask the

monkeys why they dropped

out of school.

If you were famous in the

future, what would you be

famous for?

Banning political

parties and teaching public

servants to always be humble

and kind

If you had one wish, what

would you wish for?

For the

human race to stop killing

each other

What are your pet peeves?

Cell phone addiction and

littering

Name:

Mr. Kellie Bork

Children’s names/ages:

Jeremy (26) and Taylor (23)

Hobbies and interests:

Racing, Hot rods, Outdoor

Activities

Plans this summer:

Car trips,

travel

Describe yourself in one

word:

Compassionate

Where do you see yourself

in 10 years?

Getting close to

retirement I hope!

What is something no one

knows about you?

I have

seven tattoos.

What is your proudest

accomplishment?

Being a

great parent

What is your most

memorable teaching

memory?

Playing volleyball

in P.E. and ripping my pants

big time!

What is the most

embarrassing thing that

happened to you in high

school?

Shooting at the wrong

basket during a basketball

game and scoring two points

for the other team

What advice would give

underclassmen?

Work on

your character and respect

others

If you could change

something about LCHS,

what would it be?

More

hand dryers in the bathroom

and more staff meetings all

together!

If you had one wish, what

would you wish for?

More

peace and kindness in our

world

What are your pet peeves?

People that talk about others

when they don’t actually know

the real truth

Get involved in high school

When adults are asked about

favorite memories, they often

share something that they did

in a high school activity. In

the four years that a student

spends at LCHS, countless

opportunities arise to get

involved with other students in

the school.

Getting involved in

high school is a great thing

to do for many reasons. The

first reason is that doing so

gives a student something

to do. People who do not

get involved have so much

free time with nothing to do

because their friends are busy

with some activity. Why waste

time doing nothing when you

could be getting involved and

having a good time with your

friends?

Another reason to

get involved in high school is

because school activities are a

great way to meet new people

and to find out more about

yourself. When students join

a club or activity, they meet

people that are similar to them,

so they often become lifelong

friends. Being involved in

different activities also helps

people figure out what type of

person they are. For example,

when people go out for a sport,

they may find out whether they

are a vocal leader, a person who

does not say much but leads by

example, or a follower.

The most important

reason to get involved in

activities in high school is

because doing so is a great

way to make memories. Often

times when students go off

to college, they reminisce

about the activities they did

in high school. High school

activities create memories for

a lifetime.

So if you are trying to

decide whether to join a team,

club, or other organization,

do it. People often regret the

activities they did not do in

high school.

By Collin Nemmers