by Trenton Curtis – Staff Reporter
The music department will march.
However, instead of performing in Victoria, Canada this year, instead the music students will participate in the annual Lilac Festival torch lit parade in Spokane.
The annual Lilac Festival is a celebration that started in 1938. The festival runs May 18 to May 21, with the torch lit parade starting at 7:45 PM Saturday evening.
Due to a unanimous vote, the Kent School Board cancelled the music department’s annual trip to Victoria, Canada, where they usually march in the Victoria Days Parade. The trip was cancelled due to concerns regarding potential undocumented immigrants not being able to cross the border back into the United States.
Students are undecided whether the Lilac Festival will be a good substitution. Junior Megan Monohan said, “I think that it would an appropriate substitute however it won’t be the same since it is a very different experience. In a sense of performing in a parade, yes. But everyone will still have the sense that they were cheated. And I think that regardless of the parade, people enjoy Victoria more as a location.”
District executive director of communications, Chris Loftis said, “You cannot go on a field trip with 60 kids and come back with 59.” With this statement, the school board is acknowledging there is an undisclosed number of undocumented immigrants who attend school in the Kent District. The board made the decision to cancel the trip to Victoria because they did not want the undocumented students to feel excluded. “This is about equity not equality,” a board member said during an emergency meeting.
Several students in the music department have voiced their displeasure with the board’s decision. “To be honest, it’s more than just a bit heartbreaking” sophomore and trombone player Braden Ross said in an interview with the Seattle Times.
Sophomore Cayla Dreisbach said, “I feel that it’s really unfair for the KSD Board to not only cancel this trip because of ‘suspected’ undocumented kids but to also give different excuses each time we ask. They also took credit for the Lilac Festival that JU [John Urmenita] had to scramble to arrange and the KSD board didn’t touch any of the paper work, trying to cover themselves up. If illegal immigrants are smart enough to get into this country, they sure as hell will be smart enough not to leave, especially due to the recent political conflicts. They’re also thinking about defunding the arts so it’s just another step towards that I believe.”
Regardless of the location change, there are aspects of traveling with the band that will still make it a positive experience. Jason Thiel is still looking forward to “spending a weekend with all my graduating senior friends.”
Monohan said, “Well, it’s a torchlight festival, so I am looking forward to still playing the music. I think it has been very cool every year and that it is different than every other school.”
by Trenton Curtis – Staff Reporter
Paranoia, sprinting to class, and mass anxiety is upon us. KL Assassin begins May 15.
KLAssassin is a school wide hide and seek game organized by students where there ends up an ultimate winner. Tyson Wenger and Brandon Jessup organized the game this year.
In KLAssassin, each participant is given an envelope containing a sticker and the name of their target. In order to get a “kill”, you, not a hired mercenary or your friend, have to place the sticker on your target’s back without them noticing. If you are “killed” you must give your envelope to whomever “killed” you. Any “kills” must also be confirmed by entering the “dead” target’s ID. This is done by going on the website, klassassin.com/report or by simply clicking on the “report” tab on the KL Assassin website.
There are a few rule changes from last year in order to keep the game fresh. Jessup said, “This year, you must have two kills in the first week or be disqualified. In addition, a randomly selected day will be chosen as a ‘do or die’ day, where you must kill or lose. The conclusion to the game will be a surprise.”
Less experienced assassins should not be worried about how to do well. Jessup said, “People that are not in Kentlake Assassin are your best resource. Use them to help you find your target and the best spot and time to take them down.” Jessup also warned to not be too trustworthy with your allies however. He said, “…remember that these people could also be working for your assassin.”
The beauty in assassin is how each year’s game turns into something different. Jessup said, “In past years, the game ended anticlimactically because the school year ends before a champion wins.” However, this year, the rule changes are making sure the game will be faster paced with even more anxiety.
Jessup said, “There is never a clear predictor of a winner because people will let their guard down and lose. However, the vigilant and the lesser known have a real good chance.”
Rule number 1: You can only participate if you are enrolled in AT LEAST 4 CLASSES at Kentlake.
Rule number 2: “Kills” must happen on Kentlake school campus, during 7 to 7:35, passing periods, the TARGET’S lunch and between 2:10 and 2:30 PM
Rule number 3: “Kills” must be completed by the person who was assigned the target
Rule number 4: If you are inactive for one week, you will automatically be eliminated
Rule 5: Three absences from a school week will also result in an automatic elimination
Rule 6: the sticker must be placed on the target’s back without the target aware of the attempt until its completion
Rule 7: Any sticky note or sticker can be used if the one given to you has been lost
Rule 8: Contested kills must be reported within an hour or no consideration will be given
Rule 9: Any continued or aggressive conflict because of a contested kill will result in both parties being eliminated
Rule 10: There will be a “Do or die” day on an unannounced day after the first week of assassin. Everyone must get at least once “kill” or they will be eliminated
Rule 11: DO NOT DO ANYTHING DANGEROUS OR STUPID
And finally, Rule 12: Have fun, chill. It is just a game.
by Trenton Curtis – Staff Reporter
After a series of hard-fought battles, we have finally brought the battle of 272 spirit trophy back to its rightful home. It was not an easy battle, but the hard-earned victories are the best ones and what happened on that fateful night of January 26 was no exception. With both student sections ready to yell and scream and each pep band ready to play their hearts out, the Battle of 272 was set out to be a good one.
After our girls team beat-out Kentwood 53 to 13 the spirit section hype train was going full speed ahead, powered in part by our pep band. “…Everybody was great. The band was fantastic, the cheer team was fantastic, and the student section was fantastic.” Said Pep Band Director, Jonathan Urmenita.
Without a doubt there was an intense atmosphere coming into the boys game. Kentwood was the favorite coming into the game and quickly they gained a decent lead on our boys which lasted the whole game with the final score being 82 to 41. While it is unfortunate that our boys lost, our girls won and we also won the spirit trophy so the Battle of 272 was won by us.
The basketball games are technically the focus of the Battle but the students in the student section and pep bands are the focus of the battle for the spirit trophy. After two excellent halftime shows the competition for the spirit trophy seemed to be fierce, but the competition quickly died when the opposing team’s pep band as well as their cheer team left roughly halfway through the boys game.
Perhaps one of the most optimistic aspects of the Battle of 272, aside from our girls team winning and us taking the spirit trophy would have to be the pride that was showcased on that fateful night. Despite the Battle of 272 being on the eve before finals, a large portion of our student section and majority of our pep band alongside our cheer team showed up to support our basketball teams and show Kentwood who is the boss which is all you could ask out of your student body and we did it with flying colors. “I think it was very important to show who has spirit and to show how big it is to the falcon family.” Said Urmenita when asked how significant winning the spirit trophy was for Kentlake.
Without a doubt, bringing the spirit trophy back home means something for this school. The amount of enthusiasm and the intensity in our victory cheers showed not only to Kentwood but to our fellow students, our Falcon family that we truly care about our sports and do have spirit and pep for all of our sports teams. I would like to thank all members of the pep band, the whole cheer team, the members of the student section and all basketball players and coaches alike for truly showing off our Falcon pride at 272.
by Trenton Curtis – Staff Reporter
All across warm and sunny Arizona, several Major League Baseball teams are getting their rosters together to perform drills and practices along with scrimmage games against other teams. Yes, MLB Spring Training is now upon us.
With the Mariners’ pitchers and catchers having reported on the 14th and position players reporting on the 18th Spring Training has started. There definitely is a lot to sort out for the 2017 Mariners. General Manager Jerry Dipoto has been very busy this offseason with several signings and trades, such as the addition of starting pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Drew Smyly. Other notable additions to the Mariners offense were outfielder Jarrod Dyson as well as infielders Danny Valencia and Jean Segura.
Since several of these players were traded, the Mariners also lost a few somewhat notable players. Fan favorite outfielder Seth Smith and young, talented starting pitcher Taijuan Walker were arguably the two most important players we traded away during the offseason but hopefully the new additons will outweigh the players we lost. With that said, the additions that Dipoto made were well-needed ones. Starting pitching was easily one of the Mariners biggest downfall last season and it was good to see two solid starters added to the rotation. Also, Jarrod Dyson and Jean Segura are very fast players which will have a large increase on the Mariners base running and stealing capabilities.
Going back to Spring Training, the scrimmage games are essentially the MLB’s version of a pre-season. The games’ primary purpose is for a team to determine if their prospects are good enough to move up in the minor leagues or even to a team’s roster. Spring Training games are also used to see how a starting roster works, and allows managers to mix and match batting lineups as well as starting players.
As a fan of any MLB team, Spring Training is one of the best baseball events to experience. The generally smaller fan turnouts and smaller fields mean that you are closer to the players than ever before. There are many opportunities for autographs and even talking to your favorite player at the games. That, alongside with the lovely Arizona weather are two great excuses to go down to Arizona to get some well needed, extra baseball in any MLB fan’s life.