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The Dog Pound

The Dog Pound

By Maddy Hunter

Happy New Year! Now it’s

time to reflect on the past year

of conspiracies. Investigator

Maddy Hunter hunts down the

wackiest conspiracies of 2016.

The first conspiracy

is obvious: the Mandela effect.

This theory exploded onto

the scene in 2016 with this

question: Is it Berenstein or

Berenstain? This question has

been floating around for a while

but suspicions around it spiked

last year. The Berenstain/

Berenstein conspiracy is based

on the classic kids’ TV show,

The Berenstain Bears.

A vast majority of

people distinctly remember

the spelling of the cartoon

bears’ last name being spelled




there is no record of it ever

being spelled with an “e.”

Many people explained this

phenomena by saying it was a

Mandela effect.

The Mandela effect

is when a large group a people

have a specific memory in

common that never actually

happened.Many people believe

in parallel universes that slide

between our reality and cause

alternate events to happen. It

is named the Mandela effect

because many people have a

memory of the South African

activist Nelson Mandela dying

in prison during the 1980s,

when his actual death was in

2013. There are several other

Mandela effects, from debating

the spelling of Wite-Out to

Disney covering up the murder

of Lindsay Lohan’s rumored


Who can talk about

2016 without talking about

the presidential race that made

history? There are countless




candidates, including rumors

that Hillary Clinton is a satanist

(most likely started by Donald

Trump), and that Donald

Trump was actually born in

Pakistan. The most talked

about theory was that Donald

Trump was actually trying to

help Hillary Clinton win by

running as a Republican. Many

people think that Trump ran

for president to in the hopes

that more people would turn

against the Republican party

and vote Democratically.



theme of politics, there was a

“conspiracy” that Republican

presidential candidate Ted

Cruz was actually the infamous

Zodiac Killer from the 1970s.

This theory was started as a

joke, considering Cruz was

born after the first murder the

Zodiac Killer committed. The

“evidence” for this theory was

his resemblance to the police

sketch of the Zodiac and also

his poetically creepy way of

talking. In fact, 38 percent of

Floridians believe that Ted

Cruz could possibly be the


Pop singer Beyonce

may seem like one of a kind,

but more recently it appears

that Beyonce has been replaced

by a clone. This theory was

founded by a picture on

Facebook that showed the

difference between the real

Beyonce and the supposed

clone. Furthermore, there is a

video of Beyonce in the stands

at a basketball game where she

displayed clone-like behaviors.



conspiracies are probably

not true so take a deep breath

before you attack the author.

This column was written for

entertainment purposes and

are not necessarily the views


The Dog Pound

or any of

its staff.

Meet the new Dog Pound staff members

By Kelli Susemihl

The Dog Pound welcomes

seven new staff members this


Alec Rieken is the

lone junior on the staff. He

states, “I am a very outspoken

and energetic person! I am

excited to share my outlook

on activities that are currently

taking place in the great school

of LCHS. ”

Andrea Kommes is a

senior who is in chamber choir

and adaptive PE. In her free

time she enjoys hanging out

with friends and family and

working at Maurices.

“I am looking forward

to coming up with exciting

articles people will want to

read, and I hoping people will

enjoy them!” states Andrea,



decided to take News Writing

because she wants to give

something back to the students

during her last year of high


The senior hopes to

become a better writer this

semester and to have fun

learning about other students.

The senior plans to attend

college, to enter the medical

field, and to become a pediatric


Nicole Plueger, a

senior, is also a member of

the and Bark staff. Outside

of school Nicole spends time

working at Taco John’s and at

an in-home day care. Nicole’s

plan after graduation in the

spring is to attend WITCC

and to enroll in the nursing


Nicole states, “I am

looking forward to writing

exciting articles for the

readers that they will enjoy


Megan Bergquist is

a senior involved in speech.

During her free time, she likes

to spend time with family/and

friends and to watch Netflix.

Throughout this semester, she

says readers can look forward

to fun-to-read articles about

students at LCHS and current


Gretchen Dodge is

also a senior this year. After

graduation, she plans on

joining the Army National

Guard and later attending The

University of Iowa. During this

semester of News writing, she

is looking forward to giving

readers interesting stories.

Ashley Vasquez is

also a senior. Her senior year

activities include Dog Pound

staff, yearbook, large group

speech, and working part time

at Walmart. She adds, “Come

through my lane so I can check

you out.”

Ashley’s plans after

graduation are to attend beauty

school and become a makeup

artist and a hair dresser.

Later in life she hopes

to become a family therapist.

She also plans to have children

If you are reading this, it means

second semester is here! In just

the blink of an eye (or maybe

an eternity for some), half of

the school year is in the books.

After struggling through first

semester, stress levels are at an

all time high in an attempt to

raise GPAs before the school

year ends, and many students

(especially seniors) have a

hard time staying motivated.

And, yes, senioritis is in full

swing. Never fear; the internet

contains a plethora of tips and

tricks for staying motivated

and managing stress for second


The first tip for

staying motivated is obvious,

but easier said than done.

Cutting out all distractions

is a brilliant way to avoid

procrastinating. This means

put away the phone and turn

off the TV until the task at hand

(homework) is completed. If

you need to take a break, go

for a jog to get those brain

juices flowing! Running also

produces endorphins, which

lowers stress levels.

Setting goals during

work time is a prime way to

increase productivity. Have

milestones set for yourself to

complete during an allotted

amount of time. For example,

giving yourself twenty minutes

to complete a paragraph in a

research paper and writing in

small chunks decreases the

workload from writing the

whole paper in one sitting. Just

be sure to keep an eye on the

clock and use time wisely!

Finally, try not to

overwork yourself and have a

positive attitude even if things

are looking rough.

An almost immediate




around. Take breaks; back

away from the homework for

a little bit if over an hour has

passed. Get up and drink a glass

of water; staying hydrated will

also lower stress levels.

Try not to cope

with stress with negative

behavior. Avoiding problems,

eating too much junk food,

and procrastination may be a

temporary fix, but in the long

run unhealthy behavior tends

to make stress worse.



may be tough, but they will

help you in the long run by

preparing you for college in

the real world.

Don’t be a slacker!

Stay motivated for the last

semester of high school,


Seniors: Stay motivated second semester

By Maddy Hunter

Stay warm: Go to a movie

By Collin Nemmers

During the winter months, many people go to movies. Every

year several blockbuster and studio movies premier throughout

the year. A blockbuster movie is any movie that has a production

budget of $100 million where as a regular studio movie has a

production budget that ranges from $30-$60 million. Regardless

of the budget, many of the movies coming out this year are ones

to look forward to.

Many movies coming out are either the next one in the

series or are the beginning of a new series. Here is a list of some

blockbuster movies coming out this year:


: Homecoming (July 7, 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight

(June 21, 2017)

Thor: Ragnarok

(November 3, 2017)


(March 3, 2017)

Power Rangers

(March 24, 2017)

Kong: Skull Island

(March 10, 2017)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

(May 26, 2017)

Beauty and the Beast

(March 17, 2017)

The Lego Batman Movie

(February 10, 2017)

Wonder Woman

(June 2, 2017)

Despicable Me 3

(June 30, 2017)

Star Wars: Episode VIII

(December 15, 2017)

World War Z 2

(June 9, 2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes

(July 14, 2017)

Fifty Shades Darker

(February 10, 2017)

Cars 3

(June 16, 2017)

Many other movies will be coming out in 2017, so head

down to the movies with some pals, buy a bucket of popcorn, and

enjoy one of the many films coming to a theatre near you.

Conspiracies galore in the New Year

Great fun at Snoball dance

Seniors (from left) Kelli Susemihl, Maddie Hunter, Skyler Toben, and

Collin Nemmers will continue to write articles for

The Dog Pound

second semester. Kelli is the editor this semester, but all staff members

help with the final edit.

January is finally here and

the holidays are over, so that

means that the NFL Playoff

games are here which will

lead to the Super Bowl in


The teams that

made the playoffs for the

AFC are the New England

Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs,

Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston

Texans, Oakland Raiders,

and the Miami Dolphins.

The teams that made it in

the NFC are the Dallas

Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons,

Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay

Packers, New York Giants,

and the Detroit Lions.

The Wild Card

games are the first games

played because they are for

the teams with the lower

records who just got to the

playoffs. The 12-4 Raiders

will play the 10-6 Miami

Dolphins and in the NFC

side it will be the 11-5 Giants

and the 9-7 Lions.

The Playoffs can

make people’s tempers flare

because of maybe a bad call

or a call that didn’t get called

on the field.

Being a referee

during the Playoffs is really

one of the hardest jobs

especially when you have to

referee the Super Bowl. It’s

not just the fans that get their

tempers it’s also the players

playing down on the field or

the players standing on the


The most fun about the

playoffs us choosing a

different team to root on if

your team didn’t make it

and getting together with

friends and family to watch

the games as one. Let the

playoffs begin and may the

best team win!

NFL season begins once again

By Alex Orban

Look who decided to stick

around another semester

A great time was had by all who attended the annual snoball dance.

The second semester Dog Pound roving reporters include (front left to right) Megan Bergquist, Ashley

Vasquez, Nicole Plueger, (back left to right) Maria Arredondo, Andrea Kommes, Alec Rieken, and Gretchen