The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1998 A3 the Grade FROM PAGE A1 ,;.«.Blomquist said she has always wanted :• to be a doctor, like her mom. > "It's not the money," she said. "I like >!to help people." •"; She'll be at the University of Kansas '^;next fall to major in human biology and j'take a premed curriculum. > Blomquist's school activities include ,-lcross country, track and student council. ',. "I think our generation is going to ''have to worry about government spending and Social Security," she said. > The environment and health care also 'are concerns. ">• "The cost of health-care insurance and what it covers and what it won't" will be :'.-ah issue. .--"', "There will be a lot of challenges," she : Jessica A. Dupes \ Southeast of Saline High School i. Jessica Dupes has learned to make ; good use of her time. She studies while : back stage waiting io go on during play »vrehearsals. Or she saves a few minutes to i>c(ram in some studying when she's not i,'bUsy editing "Small Town Treasurers," a :"42-page publication one or two seniors at Southeast put together of works of local [-writers. ;" "I'm able to fit it in somewhere," the i;i 18-year-old said of her schoolwork. "I i" like being busy. But I don't like the feel;;| ing of being overwhelmed." ;;j Dupes, the daughter of Louise and i ; Greg Dupes, will attend Bethany College :i next fall. She plans to study biology and ;.'; hopes to become an obstetrician. ;,i "Ever since the second grade, I've ; ;; known I wanted to be a doctor," Dupes ':,; said. "I think being an obstetrician will i; be the most fun and interesting for me." ;"• She has worked as a hospital volun- :' teer, where she witnessed two babies be, ing delivered. ;!i Dupes said her generation will be up to i;! solving problems they will face. '•', "I think we'll be able to tackle one or !•' two of them," she said. But she admits her mind hasn't been ; ; focused much on world affairs. ; Instead, her attention has been on •i school activities such as music, drama •; and journalism. Learning to stand up in !; front of a group of people has helped ;' with her self-confidence, she said. Crystal Giersch 'Southeast of Saline High School '•'•', Crystal Giersch thinks her generation •;! is going to surprise people. That's be!;; cause youth have been unfairly labeled !' as bad because of the actions of a few. ;' "We're going to have to prove our: selves to the older generation," said the ;; H ; year-old daughter of Kenneth and Lu/ cretia Giersch. "You hear so many nega- tiye things about juveniles. But that's only a small percentage of our popula- •: tidn." ':;!._" Giersch plans to attend Bethany College next fall to study premed. She hopes to be a pediatrician. -In high school, she's been active in 'softball, volleyball, FHA, forensics, student council and other clubs. She also tu- .--tors younger students. ; ^Taking third in state in softball last. 'year was a highlight. •"''•'"I love to play softball," said Giersch, .who plays second base. '/Keeping up her academics while being so'-involved at school has been a challenge. \>].-'It's been a lot of hard work and dedication, but it's worth it," Giersch said. Vj>he started getting straight A's as a -sixth-grader. ;5'By my sophomore year, it became pretty important to me to keep that up," 'she said. . ' Support from her family helped. They pushed her to do her best in a supportive , way. Terah Isaacson .Salina South High School - .Terah Isaacson's makes lists to make .sifre she gets all her school projects dtfne. Isaacson, the 18-year-old daughter of Rex and Jennifer Isaacson, is on the South Peppers dance squad, was a state winner in the science olympiad and has ; played volleyball while in high school. ; :She also has been involved in school or- 1 ganizaticins and is serving as a student liaison for the Salina Arts and Humani- Y'SINGLES IN AGRICULTURE SALINE COUNTY GOVERNOR SCHOLARS North-central and Northwest Kansas Scholars The Kansas Governor's Scholars Awards Program honored 773 high school seniors this year. Governor's scholars from north-central and northwest Kansas (by high school and excluding Saline County) are: • Abilene High School: Sarah Jackson. • Northern Valley High School (Almena): Amanda Keith. • Atwood High School: Anita Mumm, Mandi Schmidt, Bonny Schroeder and Melissa Timm • Belleville High School: Heath Baxa and Angela Hoops. • Belolt High School: Travis Engelbert, Courtney File and Stephanie Standley. • St. John's High School (Beloit): Amanda Wendell. • Bennlngton High School: Amanda Williams. • Cheylin High School (Bird City): Tenley Hankins and Cliff Leach • Brewster High School: Caleb Hudson. • White Rock High School (Burr Oak): Chad Simmelink. • Canton-Galva High School: Michael Gross. • Waconda East High School (Cawker City): Douglas Armknecht. • Chapman High School: Melissa Strauss. • Clay Center Community High School: Jamie Beck, Kari Brockman, Melissa Hafner, Travis Lee, Michael Martin and Lindsay Sanneman. • Clifton-Clyde High School: Sarah Folkerts. • Colby High School: Jacob Cranston. • Concordia High School: Joshua Collette and Jonathan Haritatos. • Hillcrest High School (Cuba): Carrie Cherney. • Downs High School: Aaron Rodehorst. • Ellis High School: Michael Shepherd. • Ellsworth High School: Caryn Huslig and Joshua Svaty. • Glasco High School: Ty McClellan. • Goodland High School: Kevin Rummel. • Wheatland High School (Grainfield): Benjamin Packard. • Grinnell High School: Gregory Dickman • Hanover High School: Katrina Wollenberg. • Hays High School: Rebecca Blocksome, Kimberly Campbell, Meagan Chaffin, Kimberly Pfannenstiel, Kelly Tauscher and Jeffrey Willms. • Herlngton High School: Candace Granzow. • Herndon High School: Rebekka Martin. • Hill City High School: Audrey Hickert. • Hlllsboro High School: William Goertzen. • Hope High School: Gary Brockmeier and Kelli Gruber. • Hoxie High School: Brent Feldt. • Prairie Heights High School (Jennings): Amy McKenna and Sarah McKenna. Jewell High School: Kirsten Barrett and Julie Scheef. West Smith County High School (Kensington): Patricia Conaway, Amanda Luiso and Maria Sweat. Lincoln High School: Janelle Mai. Smoky Valley High School (Lindsborg): Tamra Radatz and Erin Wann. Linn High School: Heidi Sedivy. Logan High School: Natahan Jones. Centre High School (Lost Springs): Lucas Carlson. Lucas-Luray High School: Nathan Bean. Mankato High School: Shawna Dempsey. Marion-Florence High School: Nicholas Kraus and Andrew Methvin. 1 Elyria Christian School (McPherson): Rachel Wesley ' McPherson High School: Jessica Batchellor, Emily Flemming, Joletta Friesen, Brian Vancil and Holly Worthen. • Miltonvale High School: Michael Cote. • Minneapolis High School: Mindy Baccus, Jennifer Barker and Sarah Prochaska. • West Graham-Morland High School: Stephanie Richmeier. • Natoma High School: Jeremiah Kerr. • Norton Community High School: Lincoln Wong. • Oakley High School: Elizabeth Robben. • Decatur Community High School (Oberlin): Erin Doeden. • Osborne High School: Corrine Nuss. • Palco High School: Matthew Allphin. • Phillipsburg High School: Jana Chester, Jessup, Megan John and Kristin Vogel. • Plainville High School: Heidi Post. • Quinter High School: Elizabeth Stover. • Russell High School: Jamie M. Vlcek. • Pike Valley High School (Scandia): Jennifer Lindberg. • Wallace County High School (Sharon Springs): Carrie Collins, Brenda Kirkham and Stephanie Unruh. • Smith Center High School: Jenna Peterson. • Solomon High School: Kathleen Ferrell. • Sylvan Unified High School: Megan Dohl. • Tescott High School: David Larson. • Tipton High School: Cheryl Eck. • Victoria High School: Clint Her). • Trego Community High School (WaKeeney): Matthew Hoosier. • Wakefield High School: Millie Fehlman and Quinton McElhaney. • Washington High School: Laura Bolt. • Weskan High School: Jessica Burch. • Wilson High School: Joseph Vondracek. Roy ties Commission. Isaacson plans to attend the University of Kansas to study a premedicine curriculum. "I've gone back and forth between wanting to be a lawyer, architect or a physician," she said. "I'll probably still change. But being a doctor is something I'd like to do. I think it would be challenge, and I like being around people and helping people." She worries that people her age don't have anyone worthy to admire. "There's a lack of heroes and good role models," she said. "We need people who have good qualities who we can pattern ourselves after. It's not one person or individual you look to." But she is optimistic about what her generation will accomplish. "We just have to say, 'I can conquer whatever comes, and I'm not going to let anything stand in my way,' " she said. Christina Jaster Emmanuel Christian High School Being at a small school, Christina Jaster might not have had the course selections available to other high school seniors. But the 17-year-old daughter of Paul and Carolyn Jaster has been challenged in her classes at Emmanuel, a private, church-affiliated school. "My parents expected me to do well in school," she said of what's influenced her success. "But I also knew that making good grades was important for college." Jaster will attend Sterling College next fall to study elementary education. Her work as a teacher's aide during high school helped her realize that choice. Jaster has been involved in volleyball, drama, forensics, cheerleading, student council and the school choir. "I had a lot of late nights my sopho- more and junior years," she said. "But 1 got everything in on time. I like being busy." It's all how you manage your time, she said. Jaster said one of her concerns about her generation is the number of youngsters who come from broken homes. Those problems can lead to a lack of respect for authority and a bad attitude, she said. "You need a positive outlook on life and respect for people around you," she said. Shelly Laubhan Salina South High School Shelly Laubhan learned early the value of her education. As the daughter of a longtime teacher who also has an uncle who teachers, she felt a lot of support from home. "Good teachers are the people I respect the most," she said. "Every day they go to school prepared to teach us and try their best. In return, we need to do our best when we walk into that classroom." Laubhan, 18, the daughter of Glenn and Sue Laubhan, will enter the school of human ecology at Kansas State University next fall. She's thinking about being a pharmacist or a dietitian. She is an 11-year veteran of 4-H and is an active community volunteer, including work at the pharmacy at the Salina Regional Health Center and the Salina Public Library. At school, Laubhan has been involved in orchestra, the school newspaper and programs such as the Governor's Center for Teen Leadership and Teens as Teachers. She also teaches Sunday school at her church. "I set my priorities, and I like to set goals for myself," Laubhan said. "You're going to spend four years in high school. Why not try and do the best you possibly can?" Now that they are leaving school, youngsters her age will have to learn to manage on their own and be able to help those who can't face the challenges of the future. "If we don't, we will have no one to blame but ourselves," she said. Kathleen McDowell Salina Central High School Kathleen McDowell has worked hard , to be an A student, especially when she moved to Salina from Colorado in the eighth-grade. "I was behind a lot," she said of where Salina students were. "I had a lot of ^ catching up to do." But she'll finish high school right cm."' track. The 17-year-old daughter of J. Hampton and Julie McDowell isn't yet sure of her major. She will attend Carlton College in Northfield, Minn. McDowell has an interest in science as well as films, music and art. Other activities include band, orchestra, school musicals, one year of track and three in vol 1 ^leyball. "„ Being motivated about schoolwork is easy if you make that a goal and valuc«- the learning process, she said. £ "Lots of students don't think they'll . ever use this stuff. But I think of it as,, learning to think in general and preparing for the future," she said. "In algebra you're taught how to think logically." _; Among challenges her generation will face are population growth, debts of the Baby Boom generation, disease and Social Security, she said. People want low?' er taxes now, but she fears her age gr' will have to pay more down the road. "But every generation has its prob-. lems," McDowell said. "For some it was ; the nuclear bomb. But everything seems to work out." Aaron Pavkov Southeast of Saline High School Violence abroad and right in his own' country has hit too close to home for Aaron Pavkov. His family immigrated to America from Yugoslavia, now a region riddled.-'.; by violence. And his father's football ^ coach was John Gillette, the teacher -.r- killed last month by a student in Edin-> - boro, Pa. "All these conflicts are pointless," said Pavkov, 18, the son of Roger and Marshs Pavkov. "It doesn't seem logical that people should be fighting each other." And random acts of violence make no ; sense, he said. •' Pavkov will attend Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., to pursue- a degree in mechanical engineering. '. He has enjoyed being at a smaller school. ' "You get to participate in a lot of activities, and you can be friends with everyone," he said. His activities list includes choir, band, madrigals, jazz band, school musicals, ' track, cross country and scholar's bowji He also tutors younger students and hag, taken several college-level courses. ' = "I sometimes would get frustrated • when teachers assigned homework," hel said of keeping up his academic record., "But I try to stay up on it, and I like to'be busy." Dahx J. Marrs Sacred Heart High School High school doesn't get much better than being captain of the football and basketball team, unless it's getting that all-important letter of acceptance from Notre Dame University. "Getting my acceptance letter from Notre Dame was a highlight," said 18- year-old Dahx Marrs. He hopes to study medicine at the prestigious Catholic college to become an obstetrician. "It's been important to me to do well at everything I get involved in," the admitted perfectionist said. "If I don't succeed, I don't like doing it." Marrs, the son of Donnie and Mona Marrs, credits his family for his success at school. His father, especially has been a role model. Besides sports, Marrs has been sports editor for the school's yearbook, student council president and part of the school's project with the Rolling Hills Wildlife Center Refuge. He has helped develop a CD-ROM for the center and will work this summer photographing the center's exotic animals. He also serves on the North Central Chapter of the American Red Cross board. "I like to stay busy," he said. He worries about the moral decay of society. "Views about sex and violence are changing and not for the better," he said. Kelsey D. Snavely Salina South High School Wearing braces for three years not bil- ly straightened Kelsey Snavely's teeth, it gave her an idea for a career. Snavely, the 18-year-old daughter of Rex and Cindy Snavely, hopes to become an orthodontist. She will pursue a degree in biomedical sciences and a minor in Spanish at Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. Snavely wasn't tempted to avoid tough classes to keep up her GPA, but she was worried about her humanities class this year. "I knew it was going to be hard and taking it would risk getting a B," she ^, said. "But I have loved that class more';^ than anything." > She has played volleyball, softball, basketball and participated in science ™ olympiad and student council. She is al-J; so involved in Teen Ambucs, Camp >*; Hope, Meals on Wheels and her church.*, youth group. • $J "I do much better when I'm busy," said. "It drives me crazy when I'm n That's why she said the school needs to challenge its smartest students and not let them feel overlooked by providi&g new programs and computers to others'^ "The past couple of years, the school'.^ has become so concerned with at-risk ;jj| and dropout students," she said. "They;,* should not overlook those students who! have been and are still working hard. •'>< Single farmers, ag workers gathering in Abilenej *•" ^^hi^^ .'^* National organization formed to give singles a chance to meet others By 1 . DAVID CLOUSTON 'The Salina lonriml Finding a date, let alone a mate, can be a challenge when you're a single farmer and rancher in rural Kansas. ';. ••'•Often there isn't much time to socialize, what with planting, harvesting and taking care of livestock. !"And there's not much opportunity other than the pool hall," Wilson farmer Mark Sebesta said; Early in 1984 a writer to Farm Journal ^magazine similarly lamented the difficulty of meeting single women interest- ed in rural life. Two years later was born Singles in Agriculture, a national group devoted to providing opportunities for single farm people throughout the country to meet. Singles in Agriculture plans to celebrate its 12th anniversary June 11-14 in Abilene, with the Kansas chapter as host. There are about 1,300 members nationally, of which about 130 are Kansans, said Sebesta, vice president of the Kansas chapter. The Abilene event is expected to draw about 200. Singles in Agriculture chapters are primarily in the Midwest and West, from Colorado to Indiana and from the Great Lakes to Texas. The Singles in Agriculture has three national events each year: the anniversary event in June, a business conven- tion in February and a campout in August. State chapters sponsor their own events. The group's mission is to promote educational, recreational and social opportunities for singles with an agricultural background or ag-related occupation. Sebesta, 39, said he had grown tired of conventional ways to meet women when he read a notice about a meeting of the group on a bulletin board at a Manhattan business in November 1995. "1 was tired of the bar scene. 1 was tired of the smoke, and the lines, and 1 wanted something else," he said. At that first meeting he found kindred spirits. "We talked about horses, we played cards ..." he said. Likewise Kansas chapter treasurer Lisa Nelson, 40, Mankato, was tired of the bars. She had lived in Wichita, Manhattan, Concordia, Lindsborg and Salina, and loved to dance, but didn't like the drinking and smoke and other activities that went on in nightclubs. She heard about the group from a coworker in 1992. The two of them went together - "for moral support" — to a meeting in Council Grove. "We were thinking swinging singles. We were thinking cults. We didn't know what to think," she said, laughing. Instead they danced, took a stagecoach ride and had a good time. "They (group members) are courteous and nice. It's not a bar scene, period," she said. And it isn't just for fanners either, Sebesta and Kansas chapter president Kevin Stuenkel, Greenleaf, are quick>;8) add. Members have many different agtS- cultural-related jobs, from working at^J- evators and implement dealers to tenjj- ing sheep and cattle. •>» The members range in age from midjj- 20s to the 80s, and the ratio of men to women is about equal, the Kansas chapi- ter members said. Widows and widowe'cji find the group a safe place to mingtb with the opposite sex, Stuenkel said. '? The group stresses friendship, n<J]t necessarily marriage. But for those wjro do find wedded bliss, the group of few; membership in an associate group, Sift- gles No More. ; *[ "That's so if you make friends in tjiSfe group, and you don't want to give thejjj up," Sebesta said. ••»-

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