Page 4 The Dog Pound by Breanna Martin by Andrea Barrett Several changes have happened with The Dog Pound this year. First, the class of 11 girls is responsible not only for the school newspaper, but also for the yearbook, The Bark . Previously, the staffs for these two publications were separate, with Rhonda Beach advising the newspaper staff and Sherri Permeswaran leading the yearbook. Due to English department cuts, as well as the retirement of Beach, the two classes have been combined into one, with Permeswaran advising both. “The structure of the class is ‘interesting’ at times. Some days students are working on their yearbook pages, and then I ask them to do more work on their newspaper stories; they often have to flip back and forth between the two roles,” explained Permeswaran. “The girls are doing a fabulous job of rolling with the changes and completing whatever challenges I put in front of them!” The all-senior staff consists of Anna Ahlrich, Siarah Augustine, Andrea Barrett, Chandler Grosenheider, Alaina Kessenich, Hannah Kliever, Grace Lamoreux, Maddy Mahan, Breanna Martin, Shelby Reeves, and April Vasquez. The first three weeks of class focused on The Bark . The girls practiced page layouts and editing to become familiar with the computer program used to create the yearbook. They also chose which pages they would take responsibility for. The next three weeks were spent researching, writing, revising, and editing stories for this October issue of The Dog Pound . Another obvious change to The Dog Pound is that it will be published only on the Internet. This change was made to save not only paper but also printing costs. Anyone with the link can read the paper online. The staff members enjoy the class for a variety of reasons. April Vasquez thinks the “class is a lot of fun. Everyone is super friendly and helpful.” Anna Ahlrich explains, “This class gives you a way to express yourself and meet underclassmen.” Alaina Kessenich likes the relaxed atmosphere, especially after lunch: “I like that I can sit back and write my own thoughts.” Hannah Kliever agrees, saying, “It is a lot of fun, but a lot of work is also involved.” Chandler Grosenheider adds, “I am really enjoying this class because it allows me to express myself and be creative!” According to both Siarah Augustine and Maddy Mahan,“The class is really fun.” Mahan explains, “The people make the class very enjoyable,” with Augustine adding, “It helps my writing.” Shelby Reeves replied, “It’s a time passer but okay.” Andrea Barrett adds, “I love it! I love being challenged to be more creative.” Grace Lamoreux agrees: “I really enjoy this class. My classmates are a lot of fun, and this class challenges me to think outside the box and be more creative.” As a member of the class, I can tell you that it has its ups and downs, but overall I love this class. The fall is a very busy time for many students. Students who are involved in music have the opportunity to audition for all state in October. Auditions were on Saturday, October 21 at Storm Lake High School. Students from all over Northwest Iowa went to Storm Lake to audition, while students from other areas go to other sites. Iowa has an all-state band, chorus, and orchestra. LCHS has two students auditioning in orchestra, 14 in band, and 20 in choir. Hopeful students begin to prepare for auditions months before audition day. Choir students go to a mandatory all- state camp at Wartburg College to learn the music in early August, and orchestra and band students start preparing as early as the beginning of the summer. Many band students take private lessons to get extra insight on the material. Once the school year starts, the musicians start meeting with teachers and others auditioning two to three times a week before school to get more prepared. They practice auditions with each other to get ready for the real thing. On top of practices at school, most students practice in their own time. Senior Sam Vacura practiced his saxophone an hour each day. Band and orchestra students learn thirteen scales, two to three etudes, and a solo piece for that instrument, while the choir learns seven pieces of music that will be performed at the festival. This music is difficult music for high school students and takes a lot of practice. Directors Randy Ewing, Ted Hallberg, and Curt Ohrlund have spent a lot of time with these students helping them get ready. Ewing shared, “We have a lot of talented students auditioning, many returning all staters who know what to expect and are motivated to make it again.” Audition day is probably the most stressful for most musicians. Competitors from many schools congregate in the gym as they get ready for their auditions, hoping for one of the limited number of spots in their section. Students have different motivations that help get them through the season. Senior Sam Vacura, who is auditioning for his fourth and final year on alto saxophone, shares that his motivation is Quinn Adajar, a fellow saxophonist from SC North who has beaten Sam every year. Sam believes this is the year to redeem himself. JuniorArlinna Bowen shares that trying to improve each year is what motivates her. Auditioning for all-state allows her to sing from her heart and do what she loves. Bowen also loves auditioning because she gets to spend time with friends. “It feels like a second family,” Arlinna shares. As the days go by and audition day gets closer and closer, students start to question whether they are prepared. Junior Cassidy Provecek states confidently, “Yes. Very prepared.” Senior Sarah Benton responds with “Sam Vacura is!” When students realize how close audition day is, most start to practice a little extra each night. A musician learns a lot preparing to try out for the all-state festival. Orchestra director Ted Hallberg explains,“Your skill level increases immensely when you go through the audition process.” In addition to becoming better musicians, students also learn skills related to time management, goal setting, and handling stress. Ultimately, senior Grace Lamoreux says she learned, “You just gotta have fun.” LCHS students had an awesome day at tryouts. See page 8 for results! All-state tryout preparation benefits students Changes affect Dog Pound and Bark staffs Front: April Vasquez; 2nd row, l to r: Hannah Kliever, Siarah Augustine, Grace Lamoreux, Breana Martin, Chandler Grosenheider, Anna Ahlrich; back row: Shelby Reeves, Andrea Barrett, Madison Mahan, Alaina Kessenich.