Coming Home With a Touchdown

By Danessa Allen, Amarise Buanteo, Jessica Guerreca, Michael Kenner, Autumn Marrinan, Hannah Mildenberger,  Amela Nevaljalovic, Carlos Reyna

Homecoming week is always an important and exciting week for all students. It has become a tradition for most of the schools in the United States of America. Sterling High School had a very interesting Homecoming week this year. First of all, students had to dress up for each day during the week of Oct. 9. Each day had its special costume day. The first day was Colorado day, the second one was Safari day, the third Holiday day, the fourth Redneck day (which was the funniest one, according to the students) and the last day (Friday) was Tiger spirit day. It was fun watching students dress up as Safari explorers and old cowboys!

The most exciting part of the week was the pep rally, which was held on Friday, Oct. 17. The students that had the most fun at the pep rally were exchange students. This was a new experience for them, especially because none of their countries celebrate Homecoming. Chat Theerakitpaisal, an exchange student from Thailand said that even though she did not participate in the pep rally games, it was really fun watching it. Also, this was Chat’s first and probably last Homecoming dance.

“We don’t have Homecoming in Thailand, and because of that it was very fun going to the dance. I loved it! The best part about it was having dinner at friend’s a house and how all of us (friends) took pictures, and of course the dancing was great! I enjoyed it very much,” said Chat.

Chat made memories which she will treasure always. Another exchange student also had some good things to say about their first and last Homecoming experience.

Ons Laroussi, a girl from Tunisia, also had her first dance here in the USA, as well as her first pep rally.

“This was an amazing experience, especially because we don’t have these dances in my country. The thing I will remember the most is definitely dancing with my friends all night long.”

This was Ons’ first time dressing up for a Homecoming week and about the pep rally she said: “It was so nice of them (teachers and staff) to put on a slide show like that. It really felt like we are a part of a large family.’’

The entire Homecoming week, the game and the dance were a great way of showing kids from all around the world, from Europe to Africa, how a high school dance and spirit works.

We hope that they all had an amazing time and that all of the exchange students will remember this week as one of the best weeks of their exchange year.

Homecoming week went pretty great at SHS and hopefully the next years’ Homecoming will be even more fun.

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Dancing For Victory

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the students of SHS gathered at Tiger Den for the annual Homecoming dance. The dance takes place the night after the Homecoming football game. The night consists of hours of fun with free food, and a D.J. to play music that you and your friends could dance to. However, some of the attendees of the dance had some problems with the songs that were played at the dance.

Junior Amarise Buanteo said, “The music at the dance wasn’t that great. A large majority of the songs played were country, and that’s not really something you can dance to.”

Quite a few of the students had the same complaint.

Overall, the dance was full of fun. There were many opportunities to dance with dates and friends. There was free food at the Homecoming dance, which consisted of cookies, pretzels, jelly beans, and many other treats. The night was full of fun, and the songs consisted of everything from “Little Things” by One Direction to the “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper. The Homecoming King and Queen shared a dance at some point in the night, celebrating their victory. The Homecoming King and Queen for 2016 were Logan Kiefer and Jenna Maxwell. The rest of the night was filled with fun for all the students that attended the event.

The 2016 Homecoming dance happened on Saturday at the Tiger Den gym, starting at 7 p.m. It was on the day directly after the Homecoming game in which the Sterling Tigers won against Platte Valley. It ended at approximately 11:10 p.m, only 10 minutes after the originally planned end time.

The school appeared to use the same DJ and gym they always use. The gym appeared to be just big enough for everybody and the DJs (there were two of them working together) did their job.

The theme was Hawaiian or Luau, something beach-like. Fake trees and leis were seen all around the gym. The entrance into the building after visiting the entrance fee table was where wallpaper was plastered, which most likely meant to give a feeling of being on beach, despite being in Northeastern Colorado and in the middle of the United States of America where there aren’t any beaches to be seen within miles.

Senior Jonathan Deleon said that he did not like the theme of the dance. “Not very many trees. I didn’t even know there was a theme. They (the people who ran and set up the Homecoming dance) did not try very hard,” he said.

Junior Brenna Swenson said that she also did not know that there was a theme to the dance.

Some of the songs that were played are “Uptown Funk” sung by Bruno Mars, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and “Sexy And I Know It” and “Party Rock Anthem” both songs by LMFAO.

One of the songs that people screamed at when they heard the very first note of the song was “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Practically everybody sang to the song and the DJ encouraged everybody to do so.

“Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid was played twice at the dance and many danced to it. “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper was played once and many people also danced to it.

Deleon said, “The mass migration of everybody dancing together was the best part. Everybody was unified.”

Swenson said that the worst part was being around a large group of people and that it made her feel claustrophobic.

The DJ also took requests. They laid a notebook to the side of the stage along with a pen, that began to run out of ink after a while, to let people write down what songs they would like to play.

Deleon said that the song choices were “terrible” and that “the DJs just should not have played “Gas Pedal” by Sage the Gemini.”

Swenson agreed.

Some of the songs requested were “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, and “Welcome To The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance, but the DJ did not have enough time to play by the end of the night.

Deleon said that he would have included “Gangnam Style” by Psy in the songs played. Swenson said she would have liked the DJs to play “Amnesia” by Five Seconds of Summer.

Quite a few people just sat on the chairs and bleachers set up for them and enjoyed the music while occasionally getting up to request a song.

Deleon said that students should still have control over what songs are played despite not liking the song choices at the dance.

“Creative thinking. They should get a say in what songs are played even if they are bad,” he said.

Swenson also believed that students should still have control over songs. “Everyone’s opinion matters.”

The entrance fee was 10 dollars and was partially run by Science teacher Paula Etl. Etl took the money and checked the students I.D. People who paid to go to the Homecoming dance could then go on into to the gym.

Drinks such as Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Gatorade and others were one dollar whereas the food was free. They served cookies and chips among other food.

Deleon said that the free food was also one of the best parts, but the drinks being one dollar was not great.

Deleon said that he would have liked there to be more activities to do other than dancing. He suggested that they add beanbag toss and three-legged races.

Swenson also would have liked there to be more activities. She said that they could have added face painting and board games, among other things.

Swenson also said that this year’s Homecoming was definitely better than the previous ones and she did not regret going.

Despite rating the dance 0 out of 5 paws, Deleon said that he did not regret going to the dance. He did not say why.
Tigers Pounce on the Devils

On Friday night the Tigers played against the Fort Lupton Devils at SHS. It was an important game to the Tigers, as the Homecoming game is one of the most important parts of Homecoming. The Tigers took the victory against the Devils with a final score of 49-16. Two special guests also came out, which was a  t-Rex and Tigger.  They had Daniel Spoon, a manager of the football team,  escorted by the fireman and police officers, bring in the game ball.  All the football players lined up on the end of the field facing the crowd while he brought in the game ball.  During the first quarter both teams kept getting flagged for a false start a few times, making the quarter longer than expected.
As the first quarter began, the Devils had scored their first touchdown outing them in the lead 9-0. It wasn’t long until the Tigers came back with a touchdown, leaving them just a few points behind the Devils. The Tigers were soon in the lead by the second quarter, leaving the Devils behind. Though most of the timeouts were short and there wasn’t much time to talk, it was still  a great homecoming game and a lot of hard work and effort was thrown into the game. A lot of Tiger fans had come to the Homecoming game, making the student section more alive than it has ever been before. Everyone is proud of the Tigers and the win they brought home, making the homecoming week better than it was before.
    Costumes and Controversy

In the tradition of Homecoming past, students were allowed to show their school spirit through various costumes. Certain items have caused an uproar with controversies, such as face paint, confederate flags, Donald Trump masks/costumes, dress code,and Clowns. According to Student Council, they didn’t really expect there to be many controversies surrounding the days they chose.

Finding days that would be school appropriate seemed to be the biggest issue that Student Council President, Amanda Scherbarth, was worried about. She said she worried about people getting offended over certain days, and taking advantage of being able to dress up.  The biggest issue seemed to be over people wearing face paint. Student Council said they didn’t expect that Mr. Beardsley would be against face paint.  Another big problem was controversy around “Redneck Day.” Some felt that the day would allow people to be “offensive,” while others felt that there were too many restrictions because they weren’t allowed to use confederate flags.

Outside of the many controversies surrounding the spirit days, multiple students thought that the week was very successful.

“It was super fun, I loved seeing all the people participating and dressing up!” said junior Bailey Rauch.

While many complained that the days were either overused or boring, many people dressed up and enjoyed themselves. The most popular day seemed to be Redneck Day, despite the controversies. Everyone seemed to enjoy “making fun of themselves,” and liked that most people already had everything they needed to dress up.

Overall, the week seemed to be a success, and despite all the drama, most seemed to enjoy the fun week of dressing up.

At the end, we can say that Homecoming was a fun event with only a little complaining. It was great that many students from other countries who never got the experience of Homecoming and Spirit Week finally got the chance to do so. We can just hope that next year’s will be even more fun and everybody enjoys it more than this year’s.

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Tiger Scholar of October

By Kirsten Hernandez

Will Couchenour, a senior at SHS, is October’s Tiger Scholar. Couchenour has worked hard for the last four years and hopes to graduate with a 3.7 GPA and as many college credits possible. After high school, Couchenour plans to attend Nazarene University. He wants to pursue a career in either teaching or engineering.will-couchenour

10 years from now he sees himself graduated from college and working as either a teacher or a engineer.

Couchenour’s advice for underclassmen is, “Do not procrastinate!” Couchenour said, “It may seem like a good idea and that it won’t affect you, but it just makes you fall further behind in school.”

Couchenours favorite high school memory is when he moved to Sterling from Michigan and a student name Neil Bergman introduced him and helped him  as he started school at SHS. Couchenour’s favorite subject in school is history.

His role model is his dad. He said, “My dad has always been there for me and has shown me the ropes.”

In school Couchenour enjoys participating in football. He said, “I really enjoy playing football even though I get hurt a lot.”

Couchenour’s favorite teacher that he’s had throughout school is his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Wescott. He said, “She is who helped me get into the advanced classes.”

Some fun facts about Couchenour is that his favorite food is bananas, his favorite book series is Second Hand Alliance and his favorite movie series is Unfortunate Events. Couchenour has a pet dog named Cooper.
Couchenour’s favorite quote is, “I am nobody and nobody is perfect so therefore  I am perfect.”

 

Teacher of October

By Kirsten Hernandez

Kayla Sherman joins SHS for her first year of teaching. This year Sherman is teaching pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Sherman wanted to become a teacher because of her love for kids.

Last year, Sherman graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in biology. Although she doesn’t have a degree in math, she thought she was well equipped to teach math.sherman

On her free time Sherman enjoys to go running, hiking and traveling or anything outdoors.

Sherman said, “My favorite holiday is Christmas, because it’s a time you get to spend with your family and there’s great food.”

A fun fact that most students don’t know about her is that for her last year of college Sherman studied abroad in Thailand. Another thing that some may not know is that Sherman grew up and graduated in Sterling. Sherman has two pets, she has a dog named Ralph and a cat named Zip. Sherman said, “I became a teacher this year to help prepare students and to be a role model.”

October’s Tigress of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

On deck for October’s Tigress of the month is four year varsity softball player and senior Taylor Knudson.

Knudson was born on Dec. 18, 1998 to her parents Bob and Carrie Knudson. She has two older sisters, Rachelle and Jenna. Her dad, is the coach of the Sterling High School softball team and really pushes her to do her best.

Knudson has been playing softball for as long as she can remember. Knudson plays the position of pitcher.

“The best part of softball is the thrill of throwing a strikeout pitch,” said Knudson. “The worst part of playing softball is losing.”taylor-knudson

“My favorite memory is being regional champs and making it to state all four years,” exclaimed Knudson.

Knudson’s goal for this season is to win state.     Knudson also competes in high school basketball and has played varsity all four years for basketball as well. She also hopes to win state this year in basketball.

She lives by the quote, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Her biggest supporters when it comes to sports are her family.

Although Knudson is a great athlete, she is also great when it comes to academics. She maintains a 3.9 GPA along with playing sports year round. Her favorite subject in school is English.

Playing sports are among her favorite hobbies. Her favorite food is spaghetti, and the holiday she loves the most is Christmas.

“My favorite memory from high school is Ms. Howard telling the story of being attacked by a monkey in speech class sophomore year,” said Knudson.

Knudson wants to give a shout out to Brooke Polenz for always being there for her in softball the past three seasons they have played together.

The advice Knudson wants to give to underclassmen is to “enjoy the little things because it goes by fast.”

 

2016’s Seniors: Where Are They Now?

By Ethan Robinson

The 2016-2017 school year is already more than a month through. For all seniors, this means the time for graduation is edging closer and closer every day, no matter how distant it seems after 12 years of public school. There is surely a mixture of excitement and uncertainty in everyone, as it was for all preceding classes.

The Bengal Cry has interviewed three of last year’s seniors about their time outside of high school so far, whether that be collegiate experiences or banal adulting. Big thanks to Danny Sonnenberg, Kelly McDonald, and Kaitlyn Anderson for this look into their lives, and for offering our current seniors reassurance for the horizon ahead.

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  1. What have you been up this past summer and now?

Danny Sonnenberg: This summer I had been working for my aunt on a landscaping project and working with my friends to start the Libertarian Party here in Logan County.

Kelly McDonald: This past summer I took a paid internship position at SCR Performance in Loveland. It was very fun. I made some great friends, and I learned a lot about the automotive performance industry and what goals I need to set to get there. As of now I am attending NJC as an automotive technology student.

Kaitlyn Anderson: I’ve mostly just been working, although once school started I was more focused on that. I tried to enjoy my free time while I could.

 

  1. Do you miss anything about High School?

Danny Sonnenberg: Yes, a few things. I miss homecoming season and the fall football games. It was also fun to be a senior and walk on graduation.

Kelly McDonald: No, not particularly.

Kaitlyn Anderson: I really miss my choir, French and English classes, and my friends. And sometimes I honestly miss the structure of high school classes (I miss just having one building).

 

  1. Do you have any current goals in mind?

Danny Sonnenberg: I would like to spend a year here at NJC where I’m hopefully getting my associates, then transfer to CSU to get my bachelors in Economics.

Kelly McDonald: I have several current goals, such as maintaining good grades in all of my classes, and making as many connections I can with people in the automotive performance industry.

Kaitlyn Anderson: Well, right now my goal is to get my core credits–math, science, English, etc– at my current school and then I’m hoping to transfer to a more specialized university in Cleveland.

 

  1. What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far in the past four months?

Danny Sonnenberg: Finding how to balance my time right in college. There’s more homework in college, various clubs and activities and friends to have fun with.

Kelly McDonald: The biggest challenge I’ve had in the past four months was getting motivation to finish the 10 hour online OSHA course for my ASE 101 class. All of the modules were basic safety and common sense.

Kaitlyn Anderson: I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty hard to leave home. I really miss my dog, and classes are really stressful for the first couple of days before you’ve figured it all out.

 

 

  1. What difficulties or aspects of adult life did you not expect?

Danny Sonnenberg: The importance of staying organized and remembering obligations. Mom’s not there anymore to remind you of your appointments.

Kelly McDonald: Surprisingly, it isn’t super difficult if you schedule yourself.

Kaitlyn Anderson: I don’t know about difficulties yet (besides money) but it’s more different than I anticipated. I mean, talking about moving away and going to college is one thing, but it’s much different in reality, whether you’re living all on your own or not. I’m also really close with my mom now. Nobody ever mentions the fact that you get closer to your parents once you’re out of the house.

 

  1. What parts of adult life are you really enjoying?

Danny Sonnenberg: The independence. I chose to live on campus because of that reason. You have the freedom to be successful or fail all of your classes.

Kelly McDonald: I’m enjoying the fact that I’m learning about subjects I’m really interested in. Between learning automotive technology during class, and reading up on audio production and putting it into practice in my free time as a hobby, I am always pretty busy.

Kaitlyn Anderson: Oh man, you really do get a lot more freedom. I can do just about anything I want, whenever I want– if I have the time and money, that is. It’s pretty great to not really have to answer to anyone.

 

  1. Are you currently trying to achieve goals you had in high school? Or have you taken a different path entirely?

Danny Sonnenberg: I have similar goals. I want to get good grades like I did in high school but it’s different in the sense that I have to think about my career more and what I’m going to do after college.

Kelly McDonald: Toward the end of my high school career, I was not entirely sure on what I wanted to do, therefore my goals didn’t really reflect my interests. I have decided now, and it has been a different path than what I was expecting in high school, but I wouldn’t change it; I thoroughly enjoy going to class.

Kaitlyn Anderson: I’m still dedicated to being a music major, so those goals still stand, but I’m not aiming for all the same things either. It’s a big change of perspective and it’s actually done a lot to help me decide what I want out of life after college. So some of my goals are different, some are the same.

 

 

  1. Going beyond high school and growing up is a big transition. What do you think the next biggest transition in your life will be?

Danny Sonnenberg: Graduating college and deciding whether or not to go to school longer or get a job.

Kelly McDonald: My next big transition will be deciding whether to go straight into the workforce up in the foothills at a performance shop, or to study electrical engineering with a focus on the automotive industry.

Kaitlyn Anderson: However long I decide to go to college, I think the biggest transition is going to be actually finishing school. College is much more career-oriented than high school, but it’s still learning in a classroom, and once I’m done learning, I’ll be out of the classroom for the first time in my life. That’ll be a big change to just be working and pursuing my career.

 

  1. What is your favorite college study food so far?

Danny Sonnenberg: Trolli sour gummy worms.

Kelly McDonald: Pistachios.

Kaitlyn Anderson: I eat so much Qdoba! And Chick-fil-A has really addicting fries; I eat those probably way too much.

 

  1. Any last advice for this year’s seniors at Sterling High?

Danny Sonnenberg: Have fun but do NOT procrastinate on applying for scholarships and applying for colleges because it comes way sooner than you’d ever think. Also, think about what major you want to do so the college classes you take in high school can count toward your degree.

Kelly McDonald: Don’t be so caught up in making friendships and relationships last. I get it, you are going to miss them. After graduation, you most likely won’t talk or see each other for a long time, aside from your closest friends. Don’t make it a priority. Prioritize your education and interests at this point in your life, and you will be surrounded with people that have similar interests eventually.

Kaitlyn Anderson: SCHOLARSHIPS!!! Seriously, as many scholarships as you can, doesn’t matter how small. Also, keep in mind that just because you’re going to college doesn’t mean you’ve set your life in stone. One thing no one ever really talks about is that college is a massive transition and literally no one knows what they’re doing or where they’re going. It’s completely okay to decide you want something else, whether it’s a different class, or a different major, or a different school. Just follow your instincts a little and do what makes you happy!

 

Sterling Tiger Steps in the Cage

By Ethan Robinson

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Dylan Prelle’s double-leg takedown urged the widest reaction of the night.
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On Saturday Oct. 1, one of SHS’s very own seniors made his mixed-martial-arts (MMA) fight debut.

Dylan Prelle travelled to Aurora for the “Kickdown” promotion. Having turned 18 just two days prior to the event, Prelle expresses that he may be one the youngest to ever fight in a promotion like this, perhaps in the entire state of Colorado.

Prelle had been preparing for this debut since July, his manager Paul Garcia at Garcia Sports lining him up for this fight based on weight and experience. Prelle has been fighting much of his life, starting wrestling in 8th grade, boxing in Sophomore year, and now partaking in MMA. Prelle has earned the nickname ‘Bad Boy’ from his sparring partners, for a brand of sports clothing and for his spirit in the fight. Least to say, Prelle was ready to make his MMA debut.

The event center was packed, kicking off with muay thai and going into MMA. Prelle’s fight was one of the few just before the main event. His opponent was Danny Eaton from Castle Rock, and was shorter but only slightly heavier.

Eventually, it came time for Prelle to face his enemy, and step into the cage. The debut fighter was sure to remain calm, aware that impending nerves may weaken his energy and so ruin his entrance into blows.

In the first round, Prelle went out there and dominated the striking. He came out swinging and cracked his opponent with a good punch. After spending time trading a few light jabs, Prelle then wrestled him to the ground and got him into a full mount position. He sat on the shorter man’s chest and dropped good solid blows on him like artillery. The frenzy was ended with the opponent turning his head and Prelle striking an illegal blow. The referee then pulled them back and returned them both to standing position.

The next round began with a flurrying exchange of blows. Prelle got a few locks in, landing his knee into his opponent’s stomach. Then, Prelle lowered and braced for a double-leg takedown, slamming his opponent into the ground. Prelle then got on top of him, trying to get around his legs, but his opponent in the process had reversed him and got on top of Prelle with a full mount. The punches went raining down on Prelle, but the referee was pretty fast on stopping the fight after that.

The opponent won by a technical knockout, with the referee stopping the fight because he thought Prelle was taking too many punches. Although, Prelle put up a really good fight, coming out rather unscathed while his opponent ended up bruised and battered. Many spectators and trainers saw Prelle as the real victor and believe the referee called the fight off too early.

Prelle has learned a lot from both this fight and his entire training.

“Winning and losing doesn’t really matter,” Prelle said. “When you think about it, it’s the experience that’s more important.”

Through boxing, Prelle learned to not just be in shape but to keep getting up and taking those learning experiences. His biggest inspiration is his father, who won a Golden Gloves tournament when he was younger. Prelle’s father has been pushing him since day one.

Prelle may pursue MMA as a career after high school, but definitely plans on maintaining it as a hobby.

But what’s closest on the horizon for the Tiger Cage Fighter? Possibly another fight on Dec. 3, where Prelle will emerge better and stronger, “that’s for sure.”

But no matter what, Prelle knows to stay resilient for all that’s ahead in life.

“You just gotta roll with the punches, and take what life gives ya,” he said.

 

October’s Tiger of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

Senior Peyton Kloberdanz does not only excel in sports, but also in academics. He has always maintained good grades along with playing sports throughout the entire year. He sets the bar high as October’s Tiger of the Month.

Kloberdanz was born on Aug 12, 1998 to his parents Nicki Smith and George J. Kloberdanz. He is unique because he has an identical twin, Braedon. They have three dogs, Cash, Gracie and Stella.

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“The best part of football is hitting people, and the worst part of football is getting hit by people,” said Kloberdanz. “My goals for this season are to hopefully make a playoff run just like we did my sophomore year. I hope to win out this season but I do not plan on playing college football.”

His favorite football memory is when all his teammates came to visit him in the hospital after the playoff game when he tore his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) which is the smallest ligament in the knee. Kloberdanz also plays baseball, which happens to be his favorite sport.

“I like the part of the game that requires being mentally tough,” he said.

Aside from athletics, Kloberdanz has also pushed himself his entire life to maintain good grades. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.67 and right now has a 4.0 for senior year. He is also active in FFA and his favorite subject is Ag.

Playing guitar is one of his all-time favorite hobbies. His favorite food is cabbage pockets, his favorite movie is Toy Story, and his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” is a quote that he lives by.

“I want to give a shout out to Braedon for keeping a girlfriend this long,” said Kloberdanz.

“In 10 years I see myself married with kids and working somewhere in the agriculture business, production agriculture, or in some vocational area,” said Kloberdanz.

“Don’t be afraid of change and don’t worry about what tomorrow may bring. Keep faith in your Creator and love hard,” is the advice Kloberdanz has for the underclassmen.