Majority of DHS seniors choose college

By Levi Jordheim and William Schwindt.

A recent random poll of a group of seniors at Dickinson High School revealed that 80 percent intended to pursue college.

Colleges in North Dakota were a popular choice, including the State universities, along with technical colleges and a local university. Out of State colleges also mentioned were in Colorado and Wyoming.

Tyler Maule, who planned to stay in State and get a degree in criminal justice, said, “It is cheaper, and I know more people here.”

Ryan Sharp, who will go into auto technology out of State, said, “North Dakota isn’t as interesting as other places, and I want to go to another State.”

The career fields pursued by the seniors were of a wide variety. The careers ranged from auto technology and agriculture to criminal justice and elementary education.

Not all students chose future education.

Cody Kuntz will pursue a job in welding right after graduation.

“There is money to be made right now,” Kuntz said.

The average welder for the Bakken area will make $60,000 to $80,000 a year, well above the median pay for entrance jobs right out of high school.

Liz Adsero, one of the seniors at Dickinson High, will be ready to graduate.

“I’m ready for the next step in life. Graduation day will be sad, but after that I’m going to be excited,” said Adsero.

Dickinson High graduation will be held May 26 in the Dickinson High gymnasium.


New elementary school spikes city’s interest

By Kelsey Gillen and Bailie Trittin.

On Aug. 21, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., Prairie Rose Elementary School opened its doors for the new students to come flocking in, excited for their first day.

Over 200 students had the opportunity to enjoy the new building this school year.

The new building began construction in April of 2012 and took about 15 months to construct. It was declared to be substantially completed on Aug. 19, 2013. The school, about 58,000 square feet, is cooled and heated using all geothermal energy.

“Prairie Rose is our only school with geothermal heating and cooling, and that is an all ground source heating and cooling. It is one of our issues to make that school as green as possible,” said Vince Reep, assistant superintendent for Dickinson Public Schools.

Prairie Rose Elementary School also took some very extensive security precautions.

It has four sets of lockdown doors, which can all be securely locked with the press of a button. The school will be adding a call system. With the call system, visitors will have to be admitted into the office and then from there allowed into the school.

“Everyone has to access the office before they get into the school. So for instance, when parents or visitors come in the front entry way, they can’t get into the doors that lead directly into the school. They have to come into the office first. Whereas in the other schools, they just have the sign on the door that says, ‘Visitors please come into the office,’” said school principal Sherry Libis.

Students also had their own views on the new school, such as second grader Trayton Fasthorse.

“I don’t like the new school as much as I liked Jefferson. In Jefferson, we got to sit in some beanbag chairs for reading time, and we don’t get to do that here,” said Fasthorse.

Fellow classmate Morgan Binstock had opposing views on what she thought of the new school.

“I like the new school because it is really big, and my friends are here. The teachers are really nice too,” said Binstock.

Prairie Rose Elementary had an open house on Sep. 25 from 3:30-5:30. The open house began with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in front of the school. Afterwards, the public was welcomed to tour the building.

The school is located on 29th St. W. in Dickinson.

Prairie Rose Elementary teachers prepare constantly for new school year

By Dalton Fuchs and Kyle Billman.

   At Prairie Rose Elementary School, teachers were still getting used to the new school. With the new technology, teachers and ideas, many teachers in the building are going through a different way of preparing for the 2013-2014 school year.

“It has been a big change for me this year,” said Rebecca Bautz, one of the second grade teachers at Prairie Rose.

“One of the biggest changes for me,” said Bautz, “was the change in age group I am teaching this year versus what I have taught in the past. The transition from high school students to little second graders has been different, but with the new ideas that are constantly being traded by the different members of the faculty that have experiences from so many places, it really helps make it easier.”

The open house of the new elementary school for the public was held on Sept. 24. The open house was a successful event. Many people around the community, including parents with children at other schools, came to check out the new school.

“The school was very nice and up-to-date,” said Jody Billman, a parent who went to the community open house. “It is a beautiful school and I absolutely love the giant windows that let in the natural light.”

Billman commented on how safe the school seemed and how relieved she would feel if her own kids were to go there.


Stevenson brings ‘Pippin’ to DHS auditorium

By Cheska Faye De Castro.

Magic once more will surround The Dickinson High School auditorium! Since “Pippin” is here to thrill the audience, this captivating play, directed by Michael Stevenson, will open on Nov. 21, 22, and 23.

“Pippin” tells the story of a young prince on a death defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or, will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

Stevenson worked hard to find the best characters who would suit the roles for the show. Luke Ensign, senior, will play the role of Pippin. Makayla Hardcastle, junior, will play to Ensign’s Pippin. Other roles are Sarah Ramsey, senior, (Frastrada), Chris Prchal, junior, (King Charles) and Michael Jaynes, freshman, (Lewis).

The director chose Ensign because of the strength of his voice and the physical look about him that fits the role. Stevenson knew that Ensign was dependable and had worked hard for 4 years.

“Pippin is wonderfully odd! It’s fantastic and amazing! I should focus more since I never had a big role like this, and I am nervous,” said Ensign.

Stevenson chose “Pippin” because it would be a good show for the DHS students to do with lots of characters in it and because of its popularity on Broadway.

“People will find this play a lot of fun. It will not only poke fun at real people from long ago but some of the situations there in will poke fun at things that are happening today,” Stevenson said.

According to Stevenson a lot of hard work, teamwork and sincerity to the roles must be invested during rehearsals for the success of the play.

Stevenson’s goal is to introduce students to new ideas and help them become more than they are right now.

After “Pippin” Stevenson will direct ‘I remember Mama’ a story about immigrants from San Francisco.

Stevenson directed approximately 250 plays in 38 years. All kinds of plays have been presented in International styles, Kabuki (Japan), Swedish, Danish and many more. One of his favorite was Godspell, it is composed of various musical parables from the “Gospel according to Matthew,” which he did in college.


DHS cross country improves

By Alissa Allen.

The Dickinson High School cross country team improved dramatically from last year.  The girls as a team ranked fourth in the State.  Three people from the team ranked in the top ten.

Shannon Stockert, senior, ranked seventh and Emily Tyrell, junior, ranked eighth.  Jackson Binstock, junior, ranked second in the State.

Caitlin Klitzke, junior varisity runner, ran for the Dickinson cross country team for three years, and she talked about her experiences.

“We have moved up as a team,” said Klitzke.

Klitzke talked about her teammates and how the freshmen were “really good” this year. Klitzke also said that the team improved a lot from the beginning of the year.

“We aren’t doing two day practices anymore, and not as many miles as the past,” said Klitzke.

Klitzke also said that her team was her motivation.

“They make me want to do better,” said Klitzke.

“Being able to improve in every race is my favorite part,” Klitzke added.

She offered her final thoughts.

“I ran for the cross country team in Stanley, and they have great people on their team, but the Dickinson cross country team is better. I do cross country every year because it is fun and a great way to stay in shape,” Klitzke said.

Dickinson girls’ golf team talks State

By Rachel Lantz.

Dickinson High School girls’ golf team is at the top of their game.

The team took  first place at 3 consecutive meets, out of the 7 total Western Dakota Conference golf meets. They won the meets at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson, Sept. 6; Tom O’ Leary in Bismarck, Sept. 7; and the Links of Williston, Sept. 13.

The team was led by two seniors, Rachel Jahner and Riana Cooper. Junior Rachel Lantz, senior Kelsey Yon, eighth grader Sidney Charchenko, and sophomore Katherine Kessel filled out the rest of the team.

Head coach Sara Berglund is proud of the team, but knows that little improvements could make the difference to win the State title.

“Each girl plays at different skill levels, but in the end (of the season) I would like to see Rachel Jahner and Riana Cooper scoring in the 70s, Rachel Lantz in the 80s, and the other girls under 100. If that happens, we will really be sitting good at State,” said Berglund.

Jahner had 5 individual medalist wins this season and has the best average score in the State. She is the “player to beat” according to the North Dakota Class A Girls’ Golf website. Last year at the State tournament located in Mandan, Jahner took runner up after a 3-hole sudden death play-off for the individual title.

Berglund talked about the success of the team.

“I’m really happy with how we are playing right now, but throughout the year we have really been working on our short game. We have done a really good job of that. We have improved, and we are not wasting strokes around the green,” said Berglund.

The team traveled to Jamestown on Sept. 23 to qualify for the State tournament. State girls’ golf tournament will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Grand Forks Country Club.


Softball girls have high hopes for season

   By Jessica Priebe, Madison Steier and Marissa Thompson.

   Last year, the Dickinson High School Midget’s softball team made their first appearance at a State tournament in the history of softball at their school. They finished with a fifth place victory but have much higher expectations for the coming season.

Returning senior Briana Farnsworth said, “To win State is the biggest thing. But my personal goal is to keep my batting average up and better myself at playing third.”

Coach Bill Butterfield stated that he has high expectations for the team this year, since a majority of the players were starting varsity players last year.

Butterfield said “One more goal for the program was accomplished last year. Expectations are higher [this year].”

The team lost just two starting varsity players from last year.

Farnsworth said, “I think we will adapt quite well because there was a year we lost four starters, and we came back and did even better the following year. The juniors and seniors are going to step up, and I hope the underclassmen will feel the need to step up as well.”

Butterfield said, “You always miss the seniors you lose, but I know that seniors this year are prepared to step in with their leadership. The younger girls will need to step in and help with the leadership. Most of the younger girls are experienced and will contribute on all phases.”

Losing senior Kelsey Lafond, starting pitcher last year, Haley Butterfield has big shoes to fill as a junior starting pitcher.

“Well it’s a little scary, but not too bad. I had a lot of experience pitching last year, and Madi [Jahner] will be with me, too. I’m just going to focus on all the things I usually do. Nothing to worry about, really!” said Haley.

Madi Jahner, freshman, will also need to step up this year. Haley Butterfield has high hopes for her, though.

“I thought she got enough time to get a good feel of what’s there and what to expect. I have high hopes for her really stepping up this year,” said Haley.

During the off season, the Midgets attended numerous open gyms and camps. They worked on skills on their own to improve themselves individually for the upcoming season.

Mackee Hoffmann, junior, starting catcher since the program started, tore her ACL before season last year and could not participate.

“I have been running and doing leg workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays, lifting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and getting the equipment to practice hitting every now and then,” said Hoffman.

Coming back from a year off, Hoffman said, “I’d hope [it’s] not too bad. I need to work on my reaction time and playing a different position, but just catching and hitting, I think I can pick back up with some work.”

The team’s main competitors have always been Minot Ryan and Bismarck Century.

Haley Butterfield said, “I definitely think we can win both of those games. We have most of our team back, and all of us are a year wiser. Century is losing Sarah Lardy so it should be interesting to see what they have for pitching. Minot Ryan might be a little hard because they have pretty much the same team as well. But we have always competed with both of those teams, and if anything, we have an even better shot this year.”

Having an even better shot this year could very well be true for the team.

“We have everyone but two girls coming back. We have two strong pitchers and an all-State third baseman and skillfully filled positions all around. We need to pick up bats this year though. Getting either bigger hits or improving speed and bunting or slapping,” Hoffmann said.

Coach Butterfield’s main goal for his team to achieve this year is for the team to play hard and perform at their best “one game at a time.”

The Midgets started their season with a home game against Bismarck Century on Apr. 4, 2013, at Gress Complex in south Dickinson.


Girls’ hockey members discuss dynamics

   By Megan Dukart, Sara Elliot and Kade Colbert.

Girl hockey players at Dickinson High School discussed the dynamics of the team as well as their personal opinions on the sport.

“The purpose of my position is to protect the goal, stop the puck, and be the backbone of the team,” said junior Paige Fahlstrom, DHS goalie.

Fahlstrom started playing hockey when she was in the second grade and fell in love with the sport.

“It takes a lot of time and dedication,” said Fahlstrom.

What Fahlstrom liked best about hockey was the sport itself, and time spent with the team. Listening to music and warm-ups will get her the most excited for a game.

The team’s best rivals, according Fahlstrom, were Sidney,  Mont., and Williston.

“But Devils Lake is our biggest rival,” said Fahlstrom.

Abby Wandler, DHS freshman, played the wing and center positions.

“The purpose of a wing is to cover the points and be open to shoot, and the purpose of the center is to chase the puck,” said Wandler.

Wandler also started hockey when she was young.

“It’s a good sport, and it is always fun to play in games and be aggressive,” said Wandler.

What prepared her the most for games were the pep talks in the locker rooms.

Hockey started in Nov. and ended in Feb.

New teachers in small town

By Angila Newton and Cody Kadrmas

Dena Bergstead, science teacher, was apprehensive to teach at Dickinson High School, but found out that it was better than expected.

“I was influenced by my mother and my aunt to become a teacher.  After working with Mr. [Ron] Dockter, [school principal], and Mr. [Calvin] Dean, [vice principal], I believed that I would enjoy working here,” said Bergstead.

Bergstead expressed concern with students in the classroom.

“The biggest thing I push for is for kids to do their best,” said Bergstead about students.

However, Guy Fridley, activities director, knew exactly what he was doing in becoming a new member to the DHS administration.

“I knew it was a great school with good teachers and good people,” said Fridley.

Fridley was not influenced by anybody to join DHS.

“It was just something I’ve always wanted to do,” Fridley said.

Fridley believed any job would challenge him, but the advisors and students of DHS made the job worthwhile.

Clarence Hauck, welding instructor, as a new teacher in the system had to deal with classroom management plans and school policies.

“For the most part, I agree with them [school policies]; but in my classroom, I allow drinks,” said Hauck.

Hauck lives in the Dickinson area and was influenced by the previous welding instructor, Rudy Privratsky, who retired, to become a teacher at DHS.

“I am just hoping that the students make the best of their time here,” said Hauck.

High schools create ‘bomb bowling team’

By Ben Douthit and Nathan Barth.

Gutter, spare, strike! Dickinson High School formed an alliance with Trinity High School to create a bomb bowling team.

Motives remained high on the conquest to Williston, the first meet, to face the Williston team that lost a lot of varsity bowlers. Confidence of the DHS bowling team was at a record high due to the lack of varsity experience on the Williston squad. Another reason DHS was so confident was because three out of five of its starting varsity members had varsity experience.

Ben Douthit, senior, stated, “It makes sense to be in bowling due to my nine years of experience.”

Douthit went on to say he had been bowling since the age nine.

Gustavo Franco, senior, said, “I tend to get nervous; but when I start bowling, I tend to let go of the stress.”

Logan Tisor, senior, described the team’s training techniques.

Tisor stated, “We warm up for ten minutes just bowling normal. Then we bowl three games.”

The first games in practice mostly involved bowlers hitting their spots so they have good strike balls. Then after a while, they will try to hit the corners where the seven and ten pins stand. After they are warmed up, they will bowl their three games. The three games’ scores are taken as averages, and the bowlers with the best averages in a certain time frame make varsity.

Douthit said, “I take it real serious when I’m at a meet, but other than that, I like to kick back and relax.”

Jared Welk, senior, said, “We have two [meets] in Williston, one in Minot and one here in Dickinson. Then State is in Fargo.”

“The Bowler” in Fargo will host State. State will happen at 10:00 a.m. mountain time, on Nov. 17, 2012. This will be an all day event and will get done around 5:00 p.m.

Coach David Ball reported no injuries except for ripped skin and strained tendons. The coach told the team that an important focus when they were bowling was to keep their bodies straight and follow through with their shots.