The Guidon Online Hays High School's Official Student Newspaper Sat, 06 Feb 2021 01:41:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Potatoes are the best food! Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:07:52 +0000 The debate about what the ‘best food’ is has always been something on which no one can agree. People have argued that it is chocolate, mac n’ cheese or pasta, but let’s be honest. Potatoes are the ultimate vegetable and the best food there is.

There are multiple reasons I make this claim. One is the fact that potatoes are full of things our body needs.

According to Healthline, “Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which make them very healthy.”

Potatoes are also filled with fiber and resistant starch. Resistant starch is not broken down and fully absorbed by the body. Instead, it reaches the large intestine where it becomes a source of nutrients for the beneficial bacteria in your stomach. Research has linked resistant starch to many health benefits, including reducing insulin resistance, which, in turn, improves blood sugar control.

All the different ways you can prepare potatoes is another reason to how they are so good. They can be baked, boiled, fried, mashed, sliced and can be made into literally anything. You can make mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato soup, French fries, potato salad, potato pancakes, potatoes au gratin and so many other things that would be too long to list.

Some may say that potatoes can be unhealthy for an individual, and they are not wrong. However, it purely depends on the potato itself is prepared. If the skin is removed, you are losing a decent amount of the nutritional value. If you fry a potato, the calorie count is going to be higher than if you had not done so. The only concern behind the healthiness of potatoes is that, if you consume a large quantity of potatoes, they could possibly cause weight gain.

In defense to this, if potatoes are consumed a healthy amount, potatoes could help someone regulate or lose weight by curbing hunger pains and cravings. Some evidence shows that a certain potato protein, known as potato proteinase inhibitor 2 (PI2), can curb appetite. This protein appears to enhance the release of cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone that promotes feelings of fullness.

In conclusion, potatoes have a lot of nutritional value, can be made into a variety of dishes and taste delicious. Potatoes are definitely the best food, and I will continue to stand by that.

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Student Council sells candy grams during Indian Call week Thu, 04 Feb 2021 18:37:39 +0000 From Feb. 1 through Feb. 5, Student Council will be selling candy grams in the Commons, while StuCo members will be selling and delivering candy room to room during PRIDE Times.

Students can buy ring pops, Hershey bars, Kit Kat bars and Skittles.

Prices vary from $1 to $2.50 per item:

$1 Ring Pops

$1.50 Skittles

$2.50 Hershey and Kit Kat bars (or two for $4)

“We chose to sell candy grams so we could bring some school spirit and raise some money,” senior StuCo treasurer Hope Kisner said. “We are limited on our options for school activities, and this is one of the activities the whole school could potentially participate in.”

On Feb. 1 and 2, StuCo sold out on all candy grams and had to buy more.

“I think the favorite candy among students is the Hershey’s bar,” Kisner said. “We have done other candy sales, just not specifically these with the notes attached.”

StuCo public relations officer Emelia Morley agreed with Kisner.

“I would say the favorite candy grams among students have been cookies and cream Hershey bars and Kit-Kats,” Morley said. “The candy gram sales have gone really well! I It’s a great way to raise money for StuCo, and it’s fun for the students to be able to send candy to their friends.”

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Online talent show results announced Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:36:56 +0000 The annual Student Council Talent Show looked a little different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead of the typical assembly, the acts prerecorded their performances, and then on Friday, Jan. 29, the student body watched and voted for the acts during PRIDE Time.

The performances were recorded in the Lecture Hall earlier in the week, and a select group of students were able to watch it live while socially distancing.

“It was a really cool experience, and I’m glad I got to be one of the few people to watch the show live,” senior Hope Schumacher said.

The Talent Show consisted of seven acts this year with talents ranging from musical performances to poetry reading.

In third place was an electric guitar duo consisting of freshman Gauge Horlick and Brendan Stults.

Second place went to sophomore Carter Muehleisen with his original song titled “Apocalypse.”

First place went to junior Shirley Lee Jones with her performance of the song “Tears of Gold” by Faouzia.

“It was really nice to get first,” Jones said. “I was also just really glad that a lot of people at Hays High enjoyed watching my performance as much as I did performing it.”

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Lady Indians add a win to their record with win at Scott City Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:18:16 +0000 On Feb. 2, the lady Indians traveled to Scott City to take on the Beavers and won 38-33. This matchup is rare for both teams, and they usually only meet at the annual Orange and Black Tournament in Colby.

The lady Indians scored the first seven points of the game, and they would never trail after that.

The largest lead of the second quarter would be a lead of eight points, and they went into halftime leading 21-17.

They came back onto the court after halftime carrying momentum, but a long stretch of no points being scored would allow for the Beavers to tie the game with only 1:40 left.

The lady Indians were able to build their lead within the last 1:40 and ended up winning the game by five points, with the final score being 38-33.

They were led by sophomore Carly Lang, who scored 13 points, and junior Jersey Johnson, who had 11 points as well.

The lady Indians move to 5-9 on the year, and they will host Dodge City on Fri., Feb. 5.

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Scholars Bowl ends season with third place finish at Regionals Wed, 03 Feb 2021 18:20:22 +0000 Varsity Scholars Bowl placed third at the regional tournament on Feb. 1.

The team consisted of senior Andrew Duke (captain), senior Alicia Feyerherm, junior Liahna Hyatt, sophomore Evan Dealy, freshman Henry Fitzhum and sophomore Bradyn Dreher (alternate).

There were seven rounds of pool play followed by finals. Each team had a “ghost” round because Emporia was unable to attend. Questions were still read and answered for points, but the teams did not have an opposing team for that round.

Hays vs. Valley Center (100-20)

Hays vs. Maize (60-50)

Hays vs. Newton (40-65)

Hays vs. Great Bend (105-5)

Hays (ghost round) (90)

Hays vs. Salina Central (80-5)

Hays vs. Salina South (70-40)

Hays lost to Maize (40-50) and did not advance to finals but beat Salina Central (50-30) in the consolation round for third place.

“It’s a shame we won’t be making it to state, but I think our experience altogether at regionals was pretty good,” Duke said. “We did well in a lot of our rounds, so my high school Scholars Bowl career is closing out on a relatively high note.”

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‘Cobra Kai’ offers continuation of ‘Karate Kid’ story Wed, 03 Feb 2021 03:05:42 +0000 “Cobra Kai” elicits the feeling of nostalgia, as it outlives its predecessor from the mid-’80s.

“Cobra Kai” is a action series that is set in the years after the popular hit, “Karate Kid” (1984).

Most of the main characters in “Cobra Kai” return from the original “Karate Kid” movies, including Parts I, II, and III. These actors include Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) and Martin Kove (John Kreese), along with others who appear for a small amount of screentime.

“Cobra Kai” tries to fill in the shoes of its past. With the protagonist Mr. Miyagi deceased, the show continues without him.

The characters are in their older, adult forms and show how they have changed throughout 40 years.

Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence are presented as the main characters. Since the ‘80s, they have had children. Johnny has had a son named Robbie, while Daniel has had a daughter named Sam and a son named Anthony.

Daniel is a married man who owns a string of car dealerships, and Johnny, not married, starts out as a handyman but is eventually laid off because of an attitude problem. The two rivals have opposite lifestyles, while figuring out that no matter what, everyone goes through rough times.

“Cobra Kai” was initially released to YouTube Premium in 2018, then was picked up by Netflix in June 2020.

“Cobra Kai” currently features three seasons with 10 episodes each. The producers, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, along with Will Smith, are planning for a next season. They are debating on even going past five seasons.

The popular series has a Rotten Tomato rating of 9.2, IMDb rating of 8.6 and a Facebook rating of 5/5.

My rating of the series is a 9/10. The series gives a good feeling of nostalgia but leaves a lot of questions that I want answered and may be answered in later seasons.

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QUIZ: What form of potato matches your spirit? Tue, 02 Feb 2021 19:23:40 +0000

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Scholars Bowl takes first at Norton Invitational, defeats TMP in finals Tue, 02 Feb 2021 19:14:02 +0000 Varsity Scholars Bowl competed at Norton on Jan. 28.

The team consisted of seniors Andrew Duke (captain) and Alicia Feyerherm, junior Liahna Hyatt, sophomore Evan Dealy and freshman Henry Fitzthum.

The team started off with a 50-30 win against TMP and continued its winning streak through the other six rounds of pool play.

Hays vs. Decatur Community (80-10)

Hays vs. Norton II (110-10)

Hays vs. Phillipsburg (90-10)

Hays vs. Plainville (100-20)

Hays vs. Smith Center (80-10)

Hays vs. Stockton (85-20)

The team went up against Norton in the semi-finals, winning 80-10 and progressing to finals, where they beat TMP again 50-40.

This is the last meet before the team goes to regionals in Newton on Feb. 1.

“We have a pretty good streak going,” Duke said. “We’ve won our last three meets, and we have a pretty strong team. Regionals is always difficult, and a lot of the teams we’ll be competing against, we haven’t played at all this season, so there’s some uncertainty there, but we’ve been doing really well this season.”

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Wrestling competes in Liberal Dual Tue, 02 Feb 2021 19:13:07 +0000 On Jan. 26, boys wrestling competed in the Liberal dual.

106 lbs. – freshman Elijah McCullough loss/decision, 11-9

113 lbs. – freshman Tacoma Augustine loss/decision, 6-4

120 lbs. – sophomore Cyrus Vajnar win/fall

126 lbs. – freshman Harley Zimmerman win/forfeit

132 lbs. – senior Cesar Macias win/fall

138 lbs. – sophomore Jake Talliaferro loss/decision 5-4

145 lbs. – sophomore Aidn Flock win/decision 8-7

152 lbs. – junior Dalton Dale win/fall

160 lbs. – senior Gabe Garcia loss/fall

170 lbs. – senior Tayshaun Birch loss/fall

182 lbs. – freshman Kaiden Bunger loss/fall

195 lbs. – sophomore Ashton Putz win/forfeit

220 lbs. – junior Gavin Meyers win/fall

285 lbs. – junior Karson Russell win/forfeit

JV 106 lbs. – freshman Rylee Atkerson win/fall

JV 113 lbs. – freshman Jaiden Desaire win/decision 9-7

JV 153 lbs. – sophomore Tegan Turnbull win/fall

JV 160 lbs. – freshman Derek Quach win/decision 7-2

Girls varsity 109 lbs. – sophomore Sarah Zimmerman win/fall

Wrestling’s next dual will be on Feb. 4 against Garden City.

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Indians do not disappoint in front of students for first time during season Tue, 02 Feb 2021 07:09:46 +0000 Hays High boys basketball had a highly touted match-up versus the Salina Central Mustangs on Jan. 29.

With the new form of playoffs, the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) has thrown away the 1-16 ranking model and is using a divisional look, pairing high schools closest together in the postseason. Hays High has rival Great Bend, Salina Central and Salina South in their divisional bracket.

The game was on everyone’s watch list as the No. 1 Indians looked to stay undefeated and to secure hosting throughout their playoff run. Salina Central played cross-town rival Salina South on Dec. 11. The game was the third game of the year for each team, but it would be a knock-down, drag-out fight, in which South edged out Central by five points in overtime.

As of the week of Jan. 25-30, Hays High was sitting atop the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association for the 5A classification with an 11-0 record. Salina South is also undefeated in their season with a 7-0 record and are sitting in the second seed in the 5A classification.

Hays High had a hard time starting out the game. Central matched up with Hays High with a smaller and spread out offense that gave the Mustangs a boost shooting the ball from deep on most of their offensive drives, always finding the open teammates. Central forced the lead to 19-6 by the end of the first quarter.

In second quarter, the Mustangs kept shooting the ball lights out from the three-point line. The Mustangs pushed the lead to 19 points with a score of 32-13 at halftime. This was the Indians’ worst trailing margin of the season.

In the third quarter, junior Carson Kieffer started heating up for the Indians. He shot a three-pointer that helped boost the Indians, and the Mustangs had crucial turnovers turning the game multiple times through multiple drives. Senior Jason Krannawitter hit an important three-point shot that cut the lead to eight. At the end of the third quarter, the Indians managed to cut the Mustangs’ lead to six, 42-36.

In the final quarter, junior Jace Linenberger got a set of free throws that set the Indians only four points behind the Mustangs. With a minute and a half to go, the Indians were down by two. Senior Dalyn Schwarz got a foul that sent him to the line with under a minute to go in the game. Schwarz sunk both three throws that tied the game for the first time in the game. Junior Jordan Dale got charged with a blocking foul, stopping the clock at 10.1 seconds left. The Mustangs’ McHenery rattled the ball in with a one-point lead with 10.1 seconds left in the game.

Hays High took a time out. Kieffer brought the ball up but was stopped at half court. He switched his dribble to the right side of the court. Linenberger gave a key screen, giving Kieffer the ability to drive the ball to the basket. Kieffer drove right under the goal, making him contour his body for an underhand lay-up with no time remaining in the game.

The Indians came back from a 19-point deficit to win the game by one with Kieffer’s shot. Hays High moved to stay undefeated at 13-0 on the season, along with beating divisional foe Salina Central to keep first place seeding in 5A standings and the ability to host games in the postseason.

The Indians will travel to Scott City on Feb. 2 to take on the Beavers for a non-conference match up.

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