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By Luis Barrera

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The Dog Pound

The Dog Pound

By Miranda Hicks and Luis Barrera

The presidential election

from foreign exchange

students’ perspective

Child Development: The baby bump experience

Concussions continue to rise on the football field

Whether you support

Donald Trump or Hillary

Clinton, you cannot deny

that the 2016 presidential

election will be one

for the books. Several

million Americans have

asked themselves, “How

did we get here? What is

going to happen to our

country?”

M a n y

Americans are worried

about

this

year’s

election, and many foreigners

are just as worried as this

election could change not just

America, but the world. To

receive insight, the foreign

exchange students were asked

about their thoughts on the

2016 election.

Donald Trump, a

successful businessman whose

campaign is founded on

xenophobia, building a wall

between the United States and

Mexico, and “MakingAmerica

Great

Again,”

received

the republican presidential

nomination. Hillary Clinton,

former Secretary of State, First

Lady, and professional e-mail

deleter, is the first woman to

ever receive the democratic

nomination.

Foreign

exchange

student, Mika Wilhus, who

is from Germany, is familiar

with the election and the

candidates. When asked about

his thoughts, he said, “I feel

sorry for the U.S. because

both candidates are not very

good. In my opinion, Donald

Trump is worse for the country

because he is very open to war.

Hillary Clinton is worse for

the American people because

she will not change very

much, but she will try to have

a good relationship with other

countries.”

Other

exchange

student Albert Jovignot, from

France, also believes that his

home country will be affected

if Donald Trump becomes

president.

The

fifth

hour

child

development students were

recently pregnant (sort of).

Child Development

is a semester course that offers

students a chance to learn about

babies. The course covers

the development of children

from conception until they

become toddlers. For the past

seven years, many students in

Mrs. JoAnn Johnson’s classes

have worn a fake belly bump

to experience what it is like

to be pregnant. This “belly”

contains a bag of water hidden

underneath a shirt. The “baby”

weighs twenty pounds. By

wearing this bump, students

experience what carrying a

baby in the womb is like.

Mrs. Johnson says, “The

purpose is to show the physical

reality of what it is like to be

8-9 months pregnant.”

Students have the

option of wearing the baby

bump during the class period

which requires completing

some challenges like trying to

get up from a lying position

and picking things up off the

ground. Some students prefer

to be brave and wear the

bump for half of the school

day. Although it is physically

impossible for a male to be

pregnant, everyone, including

boys, is required to wear the

bump. The majority of students

who take this class are female,

but boys are just as welcome

and encouraged to join. Both

guys and girls are surprised

how quickly the baby bump

becomes uncomfortable.

Mrs. Johnson states,

“I have heard from many

students that it hurts their

back.”

Karissa Ellis concurs,

“While wearing the belly, I

learned that the weight does

make your back hurt. It also

takes up space.”

Though the belly

bump is somewhat unrealistic

because students do not get to

experience it for a long period

of time, Mrs. Johnson says the

experience leads to a good class

discussion, especially because

Mrs. Johnson never forgets to

include the boys in the class

activities and discussions.

One of the students who

chose to wear the belly outside

of class is senior Jamison

Anderson. When asked about

his decision to wear the belly

Jamison responded, “I wanted

to see how it affected me

throughout the day.”

Being

pregnant

wasn’t much fun according

to the senior. Jamison added,

“The experience was mostly

negative. My back started to

hurt, I couldn’t bend over,

and if someone bumped me, I

would almost fall.”

The senior doesn’t

regret

the

pregnancy

experience, however. Jamison

added, “It taught me just how

hard and heavy it is to carry a

baby around inside you.”

Senior

Aaron

Bagstad, who also wore the

belly, was asked about his

thoughts. Aaron states simply,

“I am happy to be a male.”

Concussions have risen 200

percent in the last decade

among teenagers aged 14-19

who are involved in football.

According

to

h e a d c a s e c omp a n y. c om ,

between four to five million

concussions are reported in

high school football each year

with one-third of these occur

during practice. Concussions

occur due to a direct blow to

the head or an indirect blow to

the body. Nonetheless, most

players believe the game

of football and all the great

friendships and discipline it

offers outweighs the risk of not

playing in fear of a concussion.

Concussions

are

not just an issue for the high

school students. Players in the

National Football League face

the same issue. According to

New York Daily News, during

the 2015-2016 season, over

182 concussions were reported

which was a 58 percent rise

from the 2014-2015 season.

Concussions occur regularly

in the pros because the players

are much stronger and the hits

are more powerful than the

ones that occur at lower levels

of football.

According

to

h e a d c a s e c omp a n y. c om ,

an estimated 5.3 million

Americans live with a

traumatic

brain

injury-

related disability (CDC). The

symptoms include memory

loss, confusion, impaired

judgment, control problems,

aggression,

depression,

anxiety, and even suicidality.

These symptoms often begin

years or even decades after

the last brain trauma or end of

active athletic involvement.

The damage concussions

cause range from mild to

severe. According to Stat

News, experts usually consider

the severity of the symptoms

and difficulties a player

experiences after injury.

Playing

football

brings the risk of concussions

with it, but playing the game,

meeting and spending time

with great people outweighs

the risks in playing this great

and incredible sport.

By Brady Kommes

“Benefits of procrastination:

You are older, therefore, wiser,”

are words from senior Collin

Nemmers. Thismay not be true,

however, as procrastination

can be a slippery slope.

According to

Dictionary.com

,

procrastination is “the act

or habit of procrastinating,

or putting off or delaying,

especially something requiring

immediate attention.”

P r o c r a s t i n a t i o n

can be a result of fatigue,

laziness, being distracted,

having a social life, and the

dread of actually having to do

something productive.

Students

of

Le

Mars

Community are prone to

procrastination. When asked

how often they procrastinate,

Kelli Susemihl and Sydney

Rand responded, “I’ll answer

that later.” Both seniors failed

to answer at a later time.

Juniors Lexi Thompson and

Alie Weiler both agree that

they procrastinate almost on a

daily basis.

Almost

everybody

procrastinates, but a select few

have taken it to the extreme.

Sophomore Matlyn

Krogman stayed home from

school in seventh grade to

finish a project that was due

that day.

A major source of

procrastination is research

papers. Senior Zach Pratt

admits, “One time I asked Mrs.

Cunningham what I should

write about in my paper- the

day it was due.”

A student who prefers

to be called by the pseudonym

of “Spooky Jim” said he started

his Junior English research

paper the night before it was

due and still managed to score

a B+.

The

author

of

this article is also guilty of

procrastination. “I used to

wake up at two in the morning

to work onmy National History

Day project right before the

deadlines,” she reveals.

One senior takes

the cake for procrastination.

Known procrastination expert

Hazel La Breche declared,

not proudly, that she “waited

to finish the rough draft of my

Junior English research paper

until three weeks after the final

draft was due.”

The best thing to do is

to just get the work done right

away to avoid the frantic all-

nighter homework marathons,

but the likely outcome is to

dive deeper into the spiralling

abyss of procrastination.

By Maddy Hunter

For many students, college is

the next step after high school.

Most peoplewill agree that high

school students also spend way

too much time on social media.

Students should be careful

about posting inappropriate

comments and pictures on

social media because many

college admissions counselors

check social media when

students apply for college.

According to an

article from

Forbes.com,

“About 350 administrations

officers from the nation’s top

500 colleges and universities

said that it has impacted an

applicant’s chances of getting

into the school of choice nearly

triples in size.”

Many blame Mark

Zuckerberg, the owner of

Facebook, for keeping future

applicants from getting into

their dream schools. Many

students do not get into schools

because of essay plagiarism,

vulgarities in blogs, alcohol

consumption in photos, and

suspicious activities that make

them easy targets.

Colleges look at

three major social media sites:

Twitter, Facebook, and You

Tube.

One Wake Forest

University

admissions

counselor said, “Officers have

also seen applicants who have

been involved in bullying

behavior or using drug and

alcohol.”

Remember that what

you put online could determine

your future.

College admissions sift through social media

By Miranda Hicks

Football players believe the game of football and all the great friendships and discipline it offers outweighs

the risk of not playing in fear of a concussion.

FCA members share fellowship

Visiting with Mr. Al Engebretson (far left), Zach Wingert,

Caleb Ketelson, and TJ Engebretson hanging out on a

Wednesday night at the Siouxland Youth for Christ building.

The following LCHS students went with Mr. Brett Oetken to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis:

(front left to right) Cheyanne McGee, Claire Ohlrichs, Whitney TenNapel, and Daniel Kessenich, (back row)

Christian Koch, James Kellen, Mason Kellen, Kennedy Schilmoeller, and Keaton Koerselman.

Students encouraged to avoid the slippery slope called procrastination

Kajsa Hallberg is checking

out the roster following the

announcement of All State

music selections on Saturday,

October 22.

Forty LeMars Community

musicians auditioned for

All State. Kajsa, a violinist,

is one of 12 LCHS students

who made the final group.

Congratulations to all LCHS

participants.

Eric Isebrand showing off his

baby bump.

All State: And the winner is...

LCHS students attend FFA convention