The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 24, 1998 · Page 1
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Fine dining Palco restaurant serves meals amid Victorian elegance/B1 LIFE the tody 500 Billy Boat has pole position for race's 82nd running / D1 SPORTS National bee next test for Salina spelling champion / A3 • raise nOpeS: Indonesian students doubt new leader will bring reforms / A10 INSIDE Kgh:85 Low: 60 Partly cloudy with chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms / D7 WEATHER Salina Journal Qarwinn l^ar»oao oinr*a 1 Q~7^ ^^fc^^ Classified/C1 Crossword / B6 Deaths /A11 Great Plains / A3 Life/61 Money/B7 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX 2 Serving Kansas since 1871- SUNDAY MAY 24, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 NORTHERN IRELAND Peace plan OK'd Northern Ireland voters endorse blueprint for new era of compromise By The Associated Press BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The people of divided Ireland have united behind a peace agreement designed to allow the British Protestants and Irish Catholics of Northern Ireland to pursue a future forged in friendship, not fear. Official returns Saturday showed two convincing "yes" votes for the April 10 accord: a surprisingly strong 71.1 percent in British-linked Northern Ireland, and 94.4 percent in the independent Republic of Ireland. Difficulties may lie ahead, but for many it was a day simply for ' savoring victo- * Northern Ireland celebrates amid skepticism / Page A10 ry — and for recognizing that a conflict that has claimed the lives of 3,400 people in the past 30 years finally may be over. "The will of the people has spoken. They, the people, have said 'There has to be a better way,' " said David Ervine, a former prisoner and now a leader of the pro- British Progressive Unionist Party. "We now have to get our hands dirty and deal with people who perhaps we don't like in order to achieve something better." The outcome of Friday's referendum vote in Northern Ireland represented a triumph against the odds for Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble, whose support for the agreement drove a wedge through the ranks of the province's main Protestant party. T SCHOOL SHOOTING Boy tried to knife officer By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — After he was arrested in a school shooting rampage that left two classmates dead, Kip Kinkel lunged at an officer with a knife that he smuggled into the police station, authorities said Saturday. Kinkel, who also is charged in the shooting deaths of his parents, had a hunting knife taped to his leg that escaped notice when he was arrested following T.h u r s d a y ' s morning's cafeteria shooting at Thurston High School. The freckle-faced 15-year-old was handcuffed and placed in an interview room at the police station while an officer left briefly to secure his weapon, said police spokeswoman Rosemary Pryor. Kinkel maneuvered his handcuffed arms to his front and lunged at the returning officer, she said. "The officer stepped back and used pepper spray on Kinkel." Police made the disclosure after finally clearing away the bodies from Kinkel's home, along with five "sophisticated" bombs. * Residents work to reclaim town; police remove bodies / Page A2 Emmanuel's first- ever homecoming queen, Krista Wearing (right), is congratulated by fellow senior Stephanie Bednar. Bednar moved out of town later in the year, leaving the class with only 10 students. Amanda Williams, who attended Emmanuel for the full 13 years of school, sweats out the last moments of an important language test in English class late in her final school year. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Mark Larson (No. 25) leads his Emmanuel Christian School teammates in prayer for an injured Olathe Christian School player In the homecoming game. FIRST CLASS 10 seniors set standard as Christian school's first graduates By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Lean Imel waits quietly for her turn on the Javelin runway during a track meet this spring. I n a kindergarten classroom in a church that is also a school, 10 students dressed in" blue caps and gowns stood in a circle to hold hands and pray. They had prayed together many times — at football games when a player was injured, after Friday worship services, during weekly Bible study and before the start of computer class. But this time was different. The seniors at Emmanuel Christian School,'1325 E. Cloud, were about to graduate and say goodbye to high school forever. "Yes, Jesus," several murmured as their principal prayed for them. "We pray that you would bless their lives physically and spiritually and help them on that special path you will find for them," Larry Mattson said. By now the novelty of their pioneering role at the school nearly had worn off. "This was the first year for our school to have a senior class," said Kelle Nowak, reading an essay she wrote for English. "We're the first graduating class ... duh." But when they stood with diplomas before a crowded church sanctuary, a stand- We've grown together as a class and made some big decisions. - Lindsay Lustick co-salutatorian speaking at her class's graduation _ _ ing ovation reminded them of the magnitude of their achievement. "I'm proud of this group," Mattson said. "They represent a lot of hard work, not only for what they've done but their parents and what the school has done." Four years ago, the private, Christian school made a commitment to expand into a high school. A class of nine freshmen started that year. Four of those were among the 10 who graduated this spring. The nonaccredited school was founded in 1977 when 12 students in grades kindergarten through third enrolled. The school grew to include a junior high in 1982. This year, with classes from preschool through 12th-grade, the school had 250 students and a staff of 25. As Emmanuel's first graduating class, it was up to them to set the example of what the high school could be. They struggled at football, volleyball and basketball but seemed to be hitting their stride by the time they hit track season. They crowned their first homecoming queen, danced at prom, pulled off a senior sneak day to the lake and took a senior trip to the Branson, Mo., area for a weekend. "I remember being in English class our first day, and we looked at each other because we knew we'd be setting the standard for the school," Kelle said. "We've been through so much." One of them got married. Another is buying a house. Several got scholarships for college, and a couple aren't sure yet what they'll do. But they do know they endured dressing up each Wednesday for Bible study. The girls wore dresses and the guys ties. They survived finals and last-minute assignments in English class. See STEPPING OUT, Page AS T SCHOOL VIOLENCE Topeka area school district reacts to rumors of violence By The Associated Press TOPEKA — A Topeka area school district, concerned about rumors of possible school violence next week before the term ends for the summer, says parents may keep students home and schedule final exams in June. The Shawnee Heights School District in Tecumseh, prompted by recent deadly school shootings across the country, also has increased security and moved its eighth grade promotion ceremonies and dance to daytime hours. The district sent fliers home with junior high and high school students on Friday, saying the district was investigating rumors of possible violence during the last few days of the school year. No details were provided. "Parents or guardians who have concerns have the right to choose to keep children at home," said Superintendent Stephen G. McClure in the fliers. "If parents contact the building and make arrangements, students will have the opportunity to make up exams during the first week of June," he said. McClure said the changes were prompted in part by school shoot- ings in West Paducah, Ky., Pearl, Miss., Jonesboro, Ark., Edinboro, Pa., and, most recently, in Springfield, Ore. "The (Topeka) schools are investigating all allegations and rumors regarding acts of violence," McClure said. No disciplinary action linked to the rumors had been taken, he said. Students will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the school next Tuesday and Wednesday, the last days of school. Any student who is excused will not be allowed back on school property, McClure said. Shawnee County Sheriff Dave Meneley said the district had hired two off-duty sheriff's deputies to provide security at the schools next week. The department also will have two squad cars patrol that area.

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