April’s Tigress of the Month

By Sydney Goldenstein

Because of her dedication to soccer and school, the female athlete of the month for April is senior Hannah Carlstedt.

Carlstedt was born on March 13, 1998. Her parents are Amy and Eric, and her siblings are Mary and Sam. They have three dogs; Dakotah, Chance and Nash.

She has maintained a 3.4 GPA throughout high school.

Carlstedt usually plays right midfield, but this year she has also played goalie.

“As a pre-game ritual, I like to listen to music, and my pre-game playlist isn’t even pump up songs, it’s actually music that calms be down because I get really nervous before games,” said Carlstedt.

Her favorite sports memory was doing “3 vs. 3” soccer this summer; her team made it to nationals and it brought her closer to her teammates.

Her favorite high school memory was her senior year in general.

“I’ve had tons of fun and I have done it with my favorite people by my side,” said Carlstedt.

“The worst thing about soccer is I hate running, but in average a soccer player runs 7 miles in a game, so we condition at practice a lot,” said Carlstedt. “I love my teammates and the fun we have. The best thing is the feeling of winning, especially a very challenging game.”

Carlstedt’s best game was this season in the Frontier Academy game when the Tiger’s won 3-2.

“The first time we played Frontier Academy, we lost 6-0, so beating them felt great and showed how much we have improved,” said Carlstedt.

Her goals for soccer are to make it to state and do her best in every game.

“I definitely expect to make it to state this year,” said Carlstedt. “We are ranked ninth in the state right now, and I’m positive we can win the rest of our games in regular season before state. I at the least want my team to make it to semifinals this year.”

“My confidence boost is winning a soccer game that I personally played well in; it always makes me feel very happy and confident,” said Carlstedt.

Her best advice to underclassmen is to work hard, listen to your coaches and upperclassmen, and you will get where you want to be.Hannah Carlstedt

Some of Hannah’s favorite things include the movie She’s the Man, the book Anything by Cassandra Clare, the T.V. shows Grey’s Anatomy and New Girl. When asked what her favorite food was, she answered, “Kylie Ross’s mom’s chicken tacos,” and added that she made them for her birthday this year because she knows they’re Hannah’s favorite.

Her biggest role model and inspiration is Carli Lloyd from the woman’s national soccer team.

“She is an amazing soccer player, and an amazing leader,” said Carlstedt. “And we can both score goals from midfield.”

“My goals for high school is to graduate with good grades, despite the fact that senioritis hit me like a train this semester, and I also want to participate in an amazing senior prank,” said Carlstedt.

“Shout out to Kyndall Feather for working her butt off this season to the point where our coaches trust her enough to put her in for me in some games, because I prefer to play right midfield.”

She plans on attending Doane University next fall and majoring in Pre-Nursing Bio, and will also play D2 soccer.

“In ten years I will be out of college with the career I want, and possibly be starting a family,” said Carlstedt.

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is the little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… Play for her” is her all-time favorite quote.



Kayla’s Korner

By Kayla Smithgall

On April 29, 2016, I will be donating my hair. This will be the second time I’ve donated my hair, with the last time being seven years ago.

When I tell people I’m donating my hair, their responses are something along the lines of “Oh…” with a surprised look on their face.

I have spent several months growing out my hair. I do not straighten it very often so it will be healthy when it is cut. I even moisturize it two times a day. Doing these things has made me anticipate the “big day” so much more.

Having people show less than excitement when I tell them about what I’m doing is frustrating to me. It’s just hair; it’ll grow back. More importantly, my hair is going to someone who doesn’t even have hair.

“When you are battling cancer and lose your hair, it is often hard to be in public places and feel comfortable.  Having a wig to wear can make you feel more comfortable and you don’t have to deal with strangers staring at you. I lost my hair during chemo treatments 10 years ago; however, I bought a synthetic hair wig to wear in public.  It is one way to make you feel healthier when you aren’t feeling your best,” said cancer survivor Kendra Short.PicsArt_1462204728893

Perhaps when you think of hair donation, you think of Locks of Love (LoL). Most people think of giving free wigs to children with cancer when they think of LoL.

In my opinion, Locks of Love is more about money than it is about love. LoL charges between $3,500 and $6,000 for their wigs, which are sold to “financially disadvantaged children who have permanently lost their hair.” How in the world can a family struggling to make ends meet afford a $3,500 wig?

Also, because cancer patients’ hair will grow back, LoL does not sell wigs to children with cancer.

On the other hand, Pantene’s wigs are free and are given to women who have lost their hair to cancer.

Another difference is Pantene’s minimum donation length is eight inches while LoL’s is 10 inches. If donated hair is shorter than 10 inches, LoL will sell the hair to offset manufacturing costs of the wigs.

Also, according to LoL, 80 percent of the hair they receive is unusable. They also said that to make one hairpiece, 6 to 10 hair donations are needed.

According to forbes.com, of the estimated 104,000 hair donations, LoL should produce a minimum of 2,080 hairpieces per year. In 2011, they only produced 317 natural hairpieces. This means that only three percent of donations received are used. The 1,763 unaccounted pieces are worth $6.6 million.

When LoL was contacted and asked to verify Forbes’s claims, they responded by saying “they do not count, catalogue, nor maintain lists of hair donations.” Because of this, they do not know how much hair they have sold because they “do not count it.”

Since beginning in 2006, Pantene has received 800,000 ponytails and made 42,000 wigs.

LoL started a year later, in 2007.

Assuming they receive over 100,000 hair donations each year and that they only produce 2,080 wigs each year, in the eight years they have received hair donations, they have only produced 16,640 wigs.

LoL has received more donations than Pantene, and yet Pantene has produced more than two times as many wigs as LoL.

If you ever have the desire to donate your hair, which is a wonderful thing to do, please donate your hair to an organization that is not Locks of Love.

Other organizations include: Pantene Beautiful Lengths, American Cancer Society , Wigs for Kids, Children with Hair Loss and Angel Hair for Kids.

A Night Out for Prom

By Kirsten Hernandez

For some high school students, finding the perfect place to eat for prom is very important.

A recent survey shows that the most popular place to eat for prom is River City Grill located at 1116 W. Main Street in Sterling.IMG_2656

For some high school students that don’t like to go out to eat, they went to a friend’s house or simply just ate at home.

If you still prefer to go out to eat, but don’t want to go somewhere expensive there are other options such as McDonald’s, which was rated 10 out of 10 for both food and service, or Baja Tacos, which is located at 231 Broadway Street in Sterling. Baja Tacos was also rated 10 out of 10 for food and service.

Last year senior Ashli hellman went to Baja Tacos for prom.

“Dinner at Baja Tacos made the prom experience way better; no one else did it,” she said.

Hellman’s best memory of dinner is “eating; I love eating and food, and spending time with friends.”

Other restaurants that students have gone to before prom include the Bistro, which was rated seven out of 10 for their service and eight out of 10 for their food. Another good option is Mi Ranchito, which was rated eight out of 10 for both food and service. Out of 29 people, 13 people went out to eat, nine people stayed home or went to a friend’s house to eat and seven people didn’t go to prom at all.

By far, sit down restaurant are the most popular to eat at for prom.

The Cost of Prom

By Amber Antinora

$400 on a prom dress, $200 on a suit or tuxedo, $300 on a “promposal”, makeup, nails, hair, shoes, jewelry, tickets and dinner for an average grand total of $919. So, is it worth it?

In the United States, prom is a pretty big deal for most high school students. In order to feel their best, students and their parents can be expected to pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000. For the most part, they will only make a few hundred bucks back if they’re lucky enough to sell their tux or dress for a fraction of what they bought it for.Erick Krier and Alexis Rutz-Egan

When thinking about the cost of prom, it is hard to ignore all the seemingly unnecessary expenses. Spray tans, professional photography, limousine or car rentals, “promposals”, a bag and a fancy dinner are sure to add at least a few hundred more dollars to the night.

When seeing what each person tends to pay for, it definitely seems as if there is some gender-specific expectations. The guy tends to pay for the his suit of course, the food, tickets, and feel obligated to “look fancy” and drive something nice, which according to Conor Alsup is a moped. The girls seem to pay for the dress, nails, accessories and other cosmetic things, and feels obligated to “act appropriate,” specifically no “dirty dancing” or alcohol.

While some people get dresses for up to $500, senior Josie Blagg got her 2015 prom dress at Enchanted Dreams here in Sterling for free. She said she felt good about herself: “I love myself, no matter what I’m dressed in.” Junior Gabrielle Deleon wore a suit last year, costing around $80, but this year she says that she will feel more comfortable in a dress. “Wearing what I want at prom reflects who I am.”

Prom is what you make it. It might sound like a lot of fun and totally worth spending hundreds on or it might not. The important part is wearing, spending, and acting a way that is personally comfortable. And of course, having a great night with friends.


April’s Tiger of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

For his four years of hard work and commitment to track, the male athlete of the month for April is senior Todd Hodges. Hodges was born on Dec. 18, 1997. He is the son of Troy and Nikki Hodges, along with his sister Kelsey. He has one dog named Dempcey.

Hodges is one of the few senior boys on the Tiger Track and Field team this year.

“The best thing about track is meeting a ton of new people and the worst thing is having meets every Saturday,” said Hodges.

His favorite track memory was going to state freshman year for long jump.

“My best meet was at UNC because I set my PR for long jump there.’Todd Hodges

Hodges’s PR for long jump is 19’ 9.5’’ and his PR for triple jump is 40’.

This year Hodges will go to state to compete in long jump, triple jump and the 4×1 relay.

His advice to the underclassmen on the track team is, “Don’t take everything too seriously.”

Hodges’ favorites include the movie Division Three, the TV show Better Call Saul and steak. His favorite class is auto tech because everything is hands on.  His favorite sport is track and his favorite athlete is Ryan Dungey. His favorite hobbies include motocross, hunting and fishing.

“My role models are my parents because they work hard to make sure I have what I need to succeed,” said Hodges. “My inspirations are people with disabilities that prohibit them from doing anything they want by themselves.”

“I pretty much operate on adrenaline and ignorance,” said by Johnny Knoxville, is his all-time favorite quote.

“My goals for the rest of high school are to get over ‘senioritis’ so I can graduate,” said Hodges.

He plans on attending college at Northwestern Lineman College in Denton, Texas.

In 10 years he sees himself hopefully starting a family and working as a lineman.



SHS FBLA Attends State Conference

By Brynn Abernathy

On April 14-16, 51 Sterling High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members competed at the State Leadership Conference in Vail, CO. These members competed with tests, presentations and projects.3

2Throughout the course of the three-day conference, members took part in an opening ceremony, competitions, a dance and closing ceremonies. They also had the opportunity to attend multiple workshops presented by business professionals and a college fair.

Four SHS students, sophomores Cassidy Paxton and Lauryn Luft and juniors Jessica Holloway and Amanda Scherbarth, beat out other competitors from all over the state to earn a spot to compete with their projects at the National FBLA Leadership Conference this summer.

Paxton was awarded first place for her Website Design project.   1

“At nationals I’m most excited to compete with my project that I worked so hard on and to experience Atlanta,” she said.

The team of Holloway, Scherbarth and Luft placed fourth in their Mobile App Development project.

“I am looking forward to meeting new people at nationals and doing the best on our presentation that we can,” said Luft.

“I was very pleased with how our chapter competed at State FBLA this year,” said FBLA President Logan Kiefer. “I believe the four girls who qualified for Nationals are a group of competitive, intelligent girls. They surely will leave a strong impression on the judges they will face at Nationals.”

The National FBLA Leadership Conference will take place on June 28- July 2 in Atlanta, GA.

NJC Reopens E.S. French with “All That Jazz”

By Ethan Robinson

Starting in 2014 and throughout the past year, large-scale renovation took place for the liberal arts building on the Northeastern Junior College campus, E.S. French Hall. Improvements have rendered it a beautiful building, with a full black-box theatre, atrium, and high quality facilities for collegiate learning. The changes allow for high technological potential for the performing departments of music and theatre. Spacious classrooms and workshops also proudly take up the rest of the building. The facility also has an art gallery hosting the work of many local artists, including some high school students as featured elsewhere on the Bengal Cry. Total costs for the renovations numbered near 14 million dollars.NJC French Hall

To celebrate the reopening of the building, NJC held a ceremony on the first Saturday of this month, April 2. Attendees paid a large sum of 50 dollars a ticket, and for good reason. The celebration’s featured lineup was as follows: musician Braydon Zink, then the NJC choir, followed by a performance from international pianist Richard Steinbach, a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Theatre class, the NJC community jazz band, an hour long set by Eagles tribute band The Long Run, then some final dance-worthy songs from the Juke-Joint Cruisers, where Music Professor Lee Lippstrew plays as the drummer.

High school students that are a part of the NJC community jazz band and performed include: sophomores Bowen Brandt, Luke Jensen, and Alex Kalan, juniors Ethan Farquhar and Kinzi Kaiser, and senior Kelly McDonald.

McDonald, also drum major for the SHS Band, commented that, “The jazz band killed it, and the opening ceremony of ES French went really smooth and transparent as far as changing sets for the different performers.”

Earlier this month, the theatre class held the first drama production “The 39 Steps”.