Category Archives: Student Life

Art Talent Found Outside Classroom Walls

by Elizabeth Gerken – Staff Writer

Walking down the halls, student art from the classes offered here are plastered in display cases and pristinely lit. However, there is more student art than just the pieces that are displayed from the kids in art class. Students across the school create art whether they are in the class for a variety of reasons. Art goes beyond just a required subject for these students, “It’s a way for me to escape reality as a kind of calming thing. If I’m drawing I am not listening to reality and I can get away with my own differences and things.” says Sophomore Kendra Lilley on why she is driven to draw. Lilley began drawing in kindergarten without much thought but soon realized that it was something she could improve on and be good at. As she aged it became an escape as well as an improvable talent so she keeps at it to this day. Although this is an escape for many some simply enjoy it. Take for example freshman Fiona Mason who says, “It’s my passion!”

This passion of may seem like an out of reach career but while it is difficult, it is not impossible. There are many careers in art from graphic design to animation to editorial illustration. “Yes, I hope so!” said sophomore Megan Young when asked if she planned to make her talent a career, but what exactly does she plan to go into? “Concept art but that’s a little… it’s a work in progress.” For those who don’t know, concept art is used to develop the visuals for characters, landscapes and anything else that exists in film or on tv. The process of becoming a professional artist is long and arduous but Megan is sure to succeed with her talent.

Despite their abilities, these artists often dislike their own work and struggle to be proud of what they have created. Mason struggled to pick a piece and said, “That’s a hard question. I like my drawings, but I hate them also.” This sentiment is shared among communities of young artists but as people age and improve they gain more confidence about the things they can do. Young explains it by saying, “Being an artist is a vicious cycle, because you get into these ruts where you think you aren’t improving at all. Whenever I feel like my art is at a standstill, it’s really degrading for my morale.” Getting stuck in these ruts is something that all people feel with whatever they choose to do and it is hard to combat but Young does this by, “Making a little chart documenting the progress of my art over the course of a year or two is really motivating because putting my art side by side makes the improvement really obvious. I’m never completely satisfied with my art because I know there is always something that could be improved about it, but I keep working hard and practicing.” These student artists are talented whether or not they are in art class and art is much more than a required subject to them.

Featured Falcon: Ms. Kirsten

by Sharita Jackson – Staff Writer

Kirsten Scheffler is a paraeducator commonly known by the students as Ms. Kirsten or Ms. Kiki.

Scheffler has been a paraeducator for three years. Even though Scheffler graduated college with a business degree, she has always been pulled in the direction of teaching. “I’d always wanted to be a teacher, I graduated from college with a degree in business, so teaching made sense to me.” Scheffler said.

Scheffler has a learning disability that she had to overcome in school to be a successful student: dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading. She said, “I wanted to help other kids overcome their disabilities and help them be the best they can be.”

Some of Scheffler’s duties include teaching reading, lifting weights with the boys in PE, and helping with Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy feedings to students in the class. Scheffler loves the diversity of her students and getting to know each of them. She loves coming to school daily to see the students.

Scheffler also has a daughter Bailey who is 21 and a senior at Carroll College in Helena, Montana and is graduating in Environment Science.

When Scheffler is not working she likes to hike, bike-ride, camp, and visit friends.

Scheffler plans on staying in education for the rest of her career. She said, “I don’t think I’ll ever do anything else, because I love my job and what I do, although, I do plan on getting my master’s degree in special education.”

Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas

by Cooper Lewis – Photographer

Its December which means it time to celebrate. December is full of religious holidays and traditions that are celebrated all around the world.

Kwanza is a seven-day holiday celebrated specifically for African and African American culture. It was created in 1966-67 by Maulana Karenga. Since then the holiday has been spread to other places like Canada and Great Britain. The holiday starts on the 26th of December and goes till the first of January, and celebrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or the seven principals of African heritage. The seven principals are unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The seven symbols are objects used to represent the aspects of life. The seven symbols are Mazao, Mkeka, Vibunzi, Mishumaa, Kinara, Kikombe, and Zawadi. Karenga originally thought that Christianity was a whitewashed holiday and looked down on it but later stopped claiming that so to not discourage black Christians to participate in Kwanzaa as well as Christmas.

Hanukkah has many different names such as the festival of lights and festival of rededication. It is an eight day holiday that usually falls during December, on the twenty fifth if kislev. It is to celebrate the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after its defilement from the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. The heart of the festival is the nightly Menorah accompanied by a reciting of special blessings and prayers. One being the Hallel which is repeated everyday. The menorah is placed under a window or doorway. There is special music sung after the lighting of he candles. Since the hanukkah miracle involved olive oil a lot of the foods are fried in oils. It is also traditional to play with a dreidel, the game is normally involves coins or nuts which are won or lost.

The most main stream religion is Christianity. Christmas is technically a religious holiday and is to celebrate the birth of Jesus (even though there Is no proof he was born on that day) on the twenty-fifth of December. While many people do celebrate Christmas because its religious meaning but a large amount of people who are not religious also celebrate Christmas. For example, Japans main religion is Shintoism and Buddhism but Christmas is still celebrated. Of course, it is different around the world. In Germany they have the Krampus run, which Is a festival where young men run through the streets dressed as Krampus. Krampus is a demon goat that punishes bad children, the contrast of saint Nicholas. This legend is told in multiple places such as Austria and Croatia. In Mexico the celebration of Christmas is much longer and from the 16th to Christmas eve children will perform “the posada”, these are to celebrate the part of the bible where Joseph and Marry where looking for a place to stay. Holidays are uniquely celebrated around the world with each family celebrating there own way with there own customs.

Ex-Mas: Christmas with Divorced Parents

by Megan Monahan – Staff Writer

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about Christmas morning? Some of you are thinking about the brightly colored Christmas tree sitting in your living room lit up with lights. Others are thinking about opening presents that were sitting there waiting under the tree. Others simply don’t know because they don’t celebrate Christmas. For me the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Christmas morning is the fact that I have two of them.

The joys of Christmas morning for me include; waking up in warm flannel pajamas and running into my mom’s room, jumping on her bed, and pulling her up with an enticing cup of coffee so that we could go downstairs to open presents. Or, in my case, wait until my dad came over to open them with us. Picture this: a firm knock on the door causing a small child to catapult over the side of the couch and around the corner to fling open the door to see there smiling father looking down on them. The waiting and surveying over a warm cup of hot chocolate brought me more joy than opening the presents themselves because I knew that the minute that doorbell rang it would be like we were our own small family again.

Christmas time was always sacred to me when I was a small child and quite frankly still is. The holiday season to me represents the outward expression of joy, love, and family. Three things that my parents made sure that I always experienced. The Christmas I was 12 was the first Christmas ever where I didn’t see my dad. My mom and I went and visited my Uncle in Eastern Washington and no matter how hard I tried, no matter how hard we all did it just didn’t feel like Christmas without him. That is the year I really realized what Christmas was about for me. It wasn’t about the giving or receiving of presents, the decorations, or even the delicious treats that you munch on. The holidays are about spending as much time with you family and telling them how much they mean to you.

Winter Wishes Promotes Kindness During December

by Taylor Bailey – Staff Writer

Winter Wishes is an event held by Mr. Kaas’ 4th period leadership class. Winter Wishes is an event in which teachers and students from our school can make a wish to get a present for another Kentlake student or another Kentlake staff member. A select few of the students from Mr. Kaas’ leadership class work on the Winter Wishes program. The project leaders are Taeya Thompson & Gunner Ellsworth. To get someone a gift you had to fill out a “Wish List” form attached to the e-mail sent by Mr. Kass.

Now what is the point of the Winter Wishes program? When asked this question the kids in charge on the program all agreed on what it was all about. They all agreed that the point of Winter Wishes was to just think about the people you like and care for. It’s your chance to give them an opportunity to get something they like. It’s a reminder of thoughtfulness and helping out people in need.

How are the gifts for Winter Wishes payed for? When asked this question, project leader Taeya Thompson responded. “We pay for the wishes using leadership funds and sometimes we pay for the wishes out of our own pockets.”

The craziest wish the leadership class received was by, math teacher, Rick Chance. Taeya Thompson said “Mr. Chance wished for three kids to receive blow driers but instead of an actual blow drier, balloons. Chance said you would have to inflate the balloons and release it on their hair. It was a very unique but weird wish.”

The gifts were set to be delivered by the second week of Dec. depending on when the start shopping for the gifts. If you have not received your gift yet, all gifts will be delivered by the fifteenth of Dec.

Daisy Definitely Pulls it Off

by Taylor Bailey – Cartoonist

“Daisy Pulls It Off” is the story of a girl named Daisy Meredith who has been accepted into the private school of her dreams, Grangewood. After learning about a secret treasure hidden within the building, Daisy and her new friend Trixie Martin head off to find it.

Drama opened the play “Daisy Pulls It Off” Nov. 9. The plays Facility Director was English teacher, Sarah Wilson and its Facility Technical Director was math teacher, Alex Chopyak. The play featured actors Robyn Janssen, Hannah Williams, Lindsay Campbell, Hailee Stedman, Cade Rae, Anna Hartman, and Eden Daus in the cast.

Janssen did an amazing job as the role of Daisy. She put so much expression into her character that the audience could always tell she was having a good time acting. She had a great and powerful singing voice as well. Likewise, Williams was fantastic in her role as Trixie. She was so exuberant, always bouncing around the stage, and was “uncommonly” funny. Campbell (Sybil Burlington) and Stedman (Monica Smithers), were authentically villainous. Each put a lot of effort into hating Daisy and Trixie. Rae (Clare Beaumont) and Daus (Alice Fitzpatrick) and the rest of the phenomenal supporting cast really brought life to the show. The Kentlake set construction and crew brought the sight, sound and artistic realism of the play to its full potential. Their hard work certainly did not go unnoticed.

This play was an absolute blast. It was full of funny moments that had the entire audience laughing. It also had a few sentimental moments in it as well which was a good break from all the jokes. The only “bad” parts of the play were when it ran a bit slow, which wasn’t often, and that the twist at the end about Daisy’s dad didn’t make sense. The actors rarely slipped up when speaking their lines which shows they put a lot of effort into learning them. When the characters would step out frame and introduce themselves, characters in the background would have to freeze, and they all did a really good job at that.

“Daisy Pulls It Off” was a spectacular play. I highly recommend that you attend. The actors, the crew, the directors, and all of Kentlake High School Drama poured their heart and soul into this play.

By the time this article comes out, you will have two days to see the show: Nov. 17 and 18.

Little Change to the Office Main Staff Team

by Madison Marko – Head Photographer

Sue Little is our new main office secretary. With years of travel under her belt and honed skills in cardmaking, Little is more than prepared to take on the battlefield that is Kentlake High School. Oh, and her background in HR, finance, and communications certainly won’t hurt anything.

Little said, “I decided I wanted to come work here mostly because my kids attend this school and I wanted to be on the same schedule as them.” She has two kids, Evan Little (11) and Erica Little (10). Little said, “When I learned about this job opportunity, I checked with them first to make sure they were ok with it. I know some kids would say, ‘I do not want my mom working at my school’, but Evan is fulltime running start, and Erica gets a ride to school every morning. They both gave me the thumbs up.”

Not only did her kids give her the thumbs up, but so has the school. Little said, “Everyone has been helpful, welcoming, and friendly so far. What has impressed me the most is how respectful the students have been. It’s nice when I’m walking somewhere and I say, ‘good morning’ to someone and they actually respond.”

Little’s fondness for travelling is represented in her extensive country collection—which includes the likes of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Mexico, England, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her favorite place in the world is Maui, Hawaii, and if she could go anywhere else, she would go to Italy.

Little said, “When I was staying in a youth hostel in Belgium, I had set up my bunk for the evening, and then I went out sightseeing for a few hours. I came back to find someone else sleeping in my bunk. I woke them up and told them that was my bed. The person said, ‘I’m sorry’ in very broken English and proceeded to move to a different bunk that was not already occupied.”

This year, she is looking forward to meeting more of the students and staff and excited to see how she can contribute. She said, “I know I can bring a positive attitude and be a knowledgeable resource for people to come to. I am excited to be a part of this team.”

Fun and Interesting Jobs

by Jillian Felker – Entertainment Editor

SFX makeup artist: Special effects makeup artists practice the art of imagery, film, imagination, and basic makeup skills all in one profession. Using prosthetics, latex, paints, and unmeasurable amounts of fake blood all are greatly included in the special effect makeup process, and can be seen in majority of films and tv shows at one point or another.

A famous SFX makeup artist includes Tom Savini, who is not only an actor, director, and a past combat cameraman, Savini just so happens to be admired among large groups of fans for his groundbreaking work during the “splatter-movie” boom of the 1980s, which includes the films “Dawn of the Dead” and “Friday the 13th”.

Though the profession may be one that is less practical, it is an artform at its core and is one that is constantly evolving, a profession that will leave its artists constantly on the tips of their toes. Shows such as “The Walking Dead” have changed the art of creatures, realism, and the ideas of how to continue being this artist when many projects are now using computers. The SFX artist, Greg Nicotero, for “The Walking Dead” said “We have always kept it practical, because we feel that its more realistic, not to take away from the great visual effects team that we have, because they do a fantastic job on the show as well. “The Walking Dead” celebrates the practical aspect of makeup effects and has put it in the forefront of today’s pop culture.”

As far as pursuing a career in the art goes, many schools for Esthetics and general Cosmetology include SFX programs, and there are specific schools for only SFX such as CMU College of Makeup Art and Design located in Toronto, Ontario, and local makeup schools that teach such programs include Evergreen Makeup Program and Tacoma Beauty Academy, which teach the basics and beyond of makeup.

Professional Sleeper: Sleeping is included as a daily part of almost every person’s schedule, but what if you could make it a profession? That’s exactly what professional sleepers do, although it can be much more complicated than just sleeping all day long.

Specific jobs for professional sleepers may include doing things such as sleeping while hooked up to monitors or having other such medical equipment around/in the person sleeping to help study things such as heart rate or brain activity while asleep. Sleeping for scientific research is a very common form of work for a professional sleeper.

Other tasks may include staying at hotels or specific resting points to test the room/setting, while filling out forms and such as far as the experience went. As well as testing products such as mattresses, duvets, and beds for specific companies.

Depending upon the position, most often there is little to no educational requirements past a high school diploma or college degree, which makes the job of a professional sleeper much easier to obtain than other positions, but can prove to be difficult depending upon the field and work. Although it holds very little potential for future advancements in the work-field.

PSAT Memes Still Popular

by Fiona Higgins – Opinion Editor

If you are a sophomore or older, you definitely understand these memes. What was once a serious test, designed to prepare students for the SAT, has become an anticipated time of year in which an explosion of obscure memes come to light. Last year, it was artisan bread and Juan Ribero. Two years prior, it was Herminia’s poetry and wolf puppies. This year, it is shrimp ex-husbands and tomatoes. None of these things make any sense at all to anyone who wasn’t taking the PSAT.

It might seem strange, with PSAT memes being so popular, that SAT memes haven’t risen to the same level, but there is a pretty simple explanation. On both tests, you have to sign nondisclosure agreements to assure that you will not discuss the test material. With the PSAT, it’s a practice test, and no one feels like it’s an urgent member. With the SAT, though, there is a lot on the line. Ergo, seniors and freshmen will collectively get to be confused by the onslaught of seagrass and classic health booth smoothies.

Culminating Project Confuses Seniors

by Alicea Alford – Staff Writer

The senior project is everyone’s favorite part of senior year. With the ever-changing requirements, seniors are not sure what they’re supposed to do. With shorter homerooms, seniors will have to do the project more individually this year than ever. The increased individual amount of responsibility on seniors has done nothing but increase their confusion. Senior Amanda Ades said, “I wish they (administration) would give us more information on it. I have zero knowledge of what the new revised culminating project is. I just wish that I was less confused so that it would contribute to me being less anxious on that whole thing.” The project lacks the consistency that students need to really understand how to do the project. If information was more consistently distributed throughout the senior class, stress, anxiety, and confusion about the project would all significantly decrease.

When asked how about the project, Brooklyn Zanazanian said, “I feel stressed out. And I’m tired.” She is unaware of what specifically needs to be done which just adds unnecessary stress to something that should be straightforward. The senior project is supposed to benefit seniors but it seems to be only confusing and adding stress. For the most recent requirements, the Culminating Project section on the Kentlake Website is a great way to see what you have to do, now that you have got to do it alone for the most part because of the switch-up with the schedule. It seems like the way to go would be to get the harder requirements out of the way like community service hours and job shadows, so you cannot skate by with the easy stuff later on. But for now, if you are confused and stressed about the project you are not alone.