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The Dog Pound

The Dog Pound

Happy Holidays from the

Dog Pound staff

When thinking about the

holidays, people around here

usually think of the Christian

holiday, Christmas. Even


many Americans

celebrate Christmas, other

people in the U.S. and around

the world have different

traditions that fits their religion

and culture.

Christmas is probably

the most popular holiday in

the U.S. Many Americans,

especially Christians will go

to church on Christmas to

celebrate the birth of Jesus.

People like to decorate their

houses with lights, an inflatable

Santa Claus, or reindeer. Kids

also like to put milk and

cookies out for Santa before

they go to bed on Christmas


Another holiday that

Jewish households celebrate

is Hanukkah, the eight-day

festival of lights beginning

on December 25 this year.

Celebrants of this holiday

usually receive or give

eight small gifts every night

throughout the celebration.

Traditions include lighting the

menorah, playing the dreidel

game, eating gelt, and cooking

and baking delicious food.

Awell-known holiday

mostly celebrated by African-

Americans is Kwanzaa. This

holiday begins on December

26 and ends on January 1. This

holiday is celebrated to honor

the values of ancient African

cultures. Families gather for

the great feast of Karamu. The

foods served are traditional

African dishes such as sesame

seeds, peanuts, sweet potatoes,

collard greens, and spicy


Cultures and religions

around the world celebrate




remember to respect and

regard them.

Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzza!

Happy holidays to one and all!

By Skyler Toben

LCHS Bowling: Lady Bulldogs set goals

By Brady Kommes

Coming off an impressive state

appearance in the 2015-2016

school season, the varsity girls

bowling season is officially

started. Each bowling season




expectations, personal goals,

and team goals. The members

of the team share goals and

expectations for the bowling


Junior Jordan Schleis

says, “I hope we have a great




Peters says, “I hopewe improve

each meet and continue to get


Junior StephWilliams

says, “We need to work hard

and be successful.”


has an inspirational goal for

the team when she says, “I

hope we make it to state,” She

adds, “Don’t give up!”



Augustine shares a competitive

goal when she says, “I strive to

beat my brothers.”

The only sophomore

on the team, Lexi Schroeder

states, “My goal for the team

is to stay undefeated like we

accomplished last year and to

improve communication with

one another.”

Come check out the

girls bowling team as the group

continues a great bowling


Warning: this article contains

sensitive material. Spoilers are

ahead. Reader discretion is


Ho, ho, ho! Merry

Christmas! Santa is fake and

your parents are lying to you!

Wow, that’s some harsh

betrayal. But betrayal is exactly

what many children feel when

they find out the ugly truth:

Santa Claus is not real.




Twitter poll, 34 LCHS students

found out the truth between

the ages of 7-10. Seventeen

students discovered the lie

before age 7. Thirteen students

found out between the ages of

10 and 15.



are willing to relive when

they cracked the Santa Claus





teacher said something about

it,” junior Kailyn Huisman

reveals. “They didn’t know

I still believed. I’m such an

idiot,” states Huisman.



Hunter pieced together the

clues herself. “As a former

member of the Mystery Club,

I started putting certain things

together. First, I noticed the

‘letter’ Santa left us was in my

dad’s handwriting. Second,

Santa used the same wrapping

paper as my family. Third,

when I was roaming around

my house at midnight like the

average 7 year-old, I saw my

dad looking very suspicious,”

Hunter explains.

“From then on, I have

always had some trust issues,”

Hunter confesses.

Morgan Ten Napel

and Walker Raymond also

figured out the truth when

their parents’ handwriting just

happened to look like Santa’s.

Sophomore Haleigh

Allyn found out the Santa

truth on accident. “I figured it

out when my mom fell asleep

wrapping presents labeled

‘from Santa’ with a sharpie in

her hand,” she explains.



Kessenich’s discovery of

the truth is nothing less than

traumatic. “Kids at school

kept telling me Santa wasn’t

real, so I ignored them for a

long time. I finally asked my

mom and she told me the sad

truth. I bawled for hours,” she


In contrast, some





experience Santa Claus. Senior

Hazel La Breche’s parents

never participated in the Santa

Claus tradition.

“My mom told me

since day one that Santa was

fake and only liars tell their

children he exists,” La Breche

explains. “I refuse to tell my

children about him,” she states.

Junior Regan Albers

has an opposite opinion. “I

think parents should do Santa

so the kids have something to

look forward to,” she explains.



opinion is on the holiday

tradition, Santa Claus will

always remain close to the

hearts of many children and

adults around the world.

Twitter Poll: Students disclose the truth about Santa Claus

By Kelli Susemihl

Have a holly,

jolly holiday break

Culinary Arts class bakes

cookies to help support

Christian Needs Center

By Miranda Hicks

With the holidays coming

up, families are busy making

goodies. Cookies are the

favorite this time of year.

This is the fourth year

that the Culinary Arts students

did the baking for the LCHS

teachers and in the holiday

spirit, all proceeds were

donated to the Christian Needs

Center in Le Mars.

The teachers ordered





peanut butter balls, peanut

butter blossoms, gingersnap,

sugar cookies, rolo cookies,

and oreo balls.

The class was busy

throughout the month with all

orders due by December 12.

Mrs. JoAnn Johnson,

family and consumer science

teacher, states, “I always like to

have a big project for the class

and also to have the students

experience the business part of


Cookie monsters, Jaiden Davison and Alex Betsworth making peanut

butter balls.

Culinary Arts students busy bees during December. Front and center,

senior Miranda Hicks carefully places cut-out cookies on baking


School leaders control

the basketball fans

Dr. Mark Iverson (left) and Mr. Neal Utesch joke with Bulldog fans

before the game.

Varsity bowlers (from left to right) Jordan Schleis, Stephanie Williams, Lexi Schroeder, Sierra Augustine,

Abby Whiddon, and Cathrine Peters

Never too old to believe