By: Kate Manjoine

Hallie Hanssen

“Gratitude, memorable, humbled.” Hallie Hanssen chooses these words to describe what the homecoming court experience is like for her. Hallie is 17 years old, and a senior this year at MHS. From being apart of the Pom Pom team, track, and student council Hallie is keeping herself busy! Hallie did not see her nomination for homecoming court coming! A few people had told her they had voted for her to be on the court but she didn’t think she would have enough votes when it came down to it. So when she heard she was on it, she was very surprised! As soon as she found out she had made the homecoming court she ran upstairs and told her mom and one of her big sisters. After high school Hallie plans to attend ISU and go into the vet program and wants to try out for their dance team. Hallie would love to be your queen, but she knows all the other girls on the court would be just as amazing and deserves it just as much as she does! Hallie wants to thank the senior class for her nomination and doesn’t want anything to change from before to after court. #HAPPYTOBEAMUSKIE

Josh Thomas

“Fun, honorable, humbling.” 17 year old senior at MHS Joshua Thomas uses these three words to describe the homecoming court experience. Joshua more commonly known as “Josh” is involved in mainly the varsity football team at the high school, but has also participated in track. Josh loves to hang out with his friends in his free time, whether that be going to one of his close friends' cabins in town, or his friends coming over to his place for a pool party! Josh had no expectation to be on this year's homecoming court, the thought didn’t even cross his mind! But when announced he had made homecoming court he was super excited, especially because one of his closest friends Trevor Diederichs was also on court with him! Josh was partnered with Kaylynn Salyars, who he has actually known since he moved here in the third grade! It brought back a lot of fun memories of the two for him, and he has looked back and seen how their friendship has brought them to this point. From third grade to seniors in high school on homecoming court together! Of course Josh would love to be your king, but he knows every other guy on court deserves it just as much as him and they would all be great kings! Post-high school Josh plans to RETURN to Costa Rica where he was actually born and study abroad there. He plans to study Spanish! He hopes to find a school on the coast with the help of his dad. Josh wants to be near the water because he loves to surf! He wants to be able to surf in the morning, go to class, and then surf in the evening. Josh wants to express his gratitude for being nominated onto homecoming court this year and he can’t wait to spend the week with the rest of this great group of people! #ONCEAMUSKIE

Togeh Deseh (TD)

“Stressful, tense, and exciting all at the same time!” This is how Togeh Deseh describes what the homecoming court experience is like. Togeh Deseh also known as “T.D.” to his friends, is a 17-year-old senior at MHS. T.D. is involved in football and wrestling, both varsity spots. Outside of school T.D. likes to hang out with his friends and sleep. T.D. lives with a family friend, The Burkcampers, because his family is in Minnesota. It is a priority of T.D. to be able to finish his high school career as a Muskie and with his friends. T.D. knows just about everyone at the high school, so making the homecoming court wasn’t a big surprise to him, but of course it's still an honor. His partner on court is Hallie Hanssen who he did not have a previous close relationship with but they have hung out in the same friend group since middle school so they get along just fine. Post-high school T.D. plans to go play college football somewhere and has an undecided major as of right now. The first person T.D. called was his mom since she isn’t in Iowa with him. The last thing T.D. wants to add “Use your noggin vote for Togeh!” #PROUDTOBEAMUSKIE

Sophia Emmert

“HOLY HOLY COW!” Those are three words that senior Sophia Emmert uses to describe what it’s like to be on this year’s homecoming court. Sophia Emmert is 17 years old and is a senior this year at MHS. Sophia is involved in all forms of music at the school. She is also a part of FCA leadership and student council. In her free time, you can find Sophia hanging out in a hammock with her friends when the weather is right. She is also a proud coffee addict, so you can always find her at the Coffee Belt! When she found out she was part of court she had to stay quiet because they were on a school live stream. She and her partner on the court, Trevor Diederichs, were very excited to be paired together on court as they were already such good friends! Of course, Sophia has high hopes to win the crown for queen, but she knows every other girl on court is a fine candidate who would all be amazing for the crown. After high school, Sophia plans to attend Cedarville Christian College in Ohio and major in Intercultural Studies; Sophia wants to study abroad and get as much cross-cultural experience to help her get ready for a full time overseas ministry job in her future. Sophia would like to add that she loves and appreciates everything her mother and father have done for her! #MUSKIELOVE

The secret of students' coffee lives

By: Haylee Diercks

Over quarantine, people discovered a love for coffee and have developed a go-to coffee shop.

MHS sophomore, Drew Soltwedel, said “My go-to coffee shop is Dunkin’ Donuts because their coffee tastes really good.” He also stated, “I go to Dunkin’ Donuts around 3 times a week.”

Dunkins’ motto is “America runs on Dunkin.’” Soltwedel definitely believes that.

“I am already working somewhere else but I would quit and work at Dunkin’ and drink it every single day if I had the chance,” said Soltwedel

Not all share this love for Dunkin however. MHS freshman, Cambree Dohrman, has a different opinion.

“My favorite coffee shop is Starbucks because there are many places you can get it from and there is a large variety of options.” Dohrman is a competitive dancer outside of school so she needs energy from coffee a lot because of the long hours. “COVID has affected Starbucks because a lot of them have made the location drive-thru and takeout only and have taken the ability to sit in the building, which could possibly take away some business because people like students who went there to study aren’t able to do that anymore.” Dohrman is very upset that COVID has affected it but says she thinks she’s lucky because other places were harsher about COVID.

Senior Devin Glenn disagreed and said “I love Coffee Belt because their coffee is amazing and they always make it just right.” Although he doesn't want to work at coffee belt he is definitely fond of it. He’s been going there for about a year, and never gets bored of it. When asked, if he had opened his own coffee shop, how would he run it, he said “I would run it very similar to coffee belt, I would want to hire warm, and welcoming people who do know how to make coffee correctly.” Glenn is not involved in any outside of school activities but he sure does love to go get coffee.

Sophomore, Brody Toborg with yet another opinion, similar to Soltwedel, “Dunkin’ is my go-to coffee shop because I love the taste of their iced coffee, and the size of the cups are larger than Starbucks and they are less expensive.” He states that he wants to try the ‘Charli’ and Dunkin’ but it is similar to his go-to order already. Toborg does not have a job right now so he said “I might work there, I guess it just depends on their requirements to work there, I would want to work there because I am able to create the coffee I drink everyday and I’ll learn how to make it at home.” Toborg is also involved in baseball so he loves to go get coffee before practice to keep their energy up.

Every one of these students loves the coffee in town, and I wonder if they would love to have a coffee shop in their very own school, I asked them all and they all loved the idea, so if you are ever stuck on which coffee spot to go to, trust these students.

A Different way of learning

Taking classes through a computer screen

BY: ella Kuhn

With the school year having just recently started back up, there have been many changes to the old routine. This year, because of the pandemic, many students in MHS have moved to a 100% virtual learning environment. Unlike the other students who are doing both learning at school and at home, virtual learners do all of their work online through Google Meet.

While this is definitely a huge change, students have different opinions on this way of learning, and some even prefer it compared to the old way.

For Senior Sophie Wagner, online school has been very enjoyable so far. She spends about 4 hours a day working on assignments for her classes and finds that she prefers virtual to in person learning.

“I personally like virtual learning better because I get to work on my own time with my puppy in the comfort of my home.” At the same time, Wagner also expressed that she has had some difficulty with things such as procrastination and time management but feels that it has also impacted her in a positive way.

On the other hand, Sophomore Wesley Holt spends roughly the entire 7 hours of the school day doing his assignments at home. Holt describes online learning to be fairly easy, but he has had some difficulties as well.

“The biggest challenge has been trying to put together my own schedule and handle my workload,” said Holt. He also describes some of his hands-on classes like industrial tech to be a challenge, considering he can’t be there in person to work on assignments.

For the staff, English teacher Amy Konczyk describes the whole experience to be really great and that her students are doing their work well. Although, she definitely has had to adapt to some huge changes this year when teaching.

“I feel like the biggest challenge for me is that it is hard to get to know students teaching virtually. I enjoy getting to know and working with students and this is a little different. I am also learning a lot of technology that was new for me,” said Konzynk. While it is a lot of work, Konczyk enjoys teaching virtually and is looking forward to the school year.

Even though the school year just started, online school has been an interesting experience whether students find that they love it or not. It most certainly has been both a learning experience and huge change for everyone involved.

Hopefully, both teachers and students will get a steady routine going and will feel more confident with virtual learning as the school year goes on!

Homework helpers

how our furry friends get us through the day

By: sophie wagner

This 2020 school year has obviously brought a lot of changes for the students of MHS, one of the biggest changes being students participating in online school. So far, though it is still early in the year, virtual learning has presented both positive and negative changes to students daily routines.

One of the positive changes is students getting to stay home with their pets all day long.

It’s pretty obvious that having a pet makes online school better for virtual learners. Senior, Isabella Patino, who is a virtual learning student, agrees.

“I feel so excited because I had the biggest amount of guilt when I would leave my dog home until 3:00 pm and now I am home with her all day and it’s the best!” remarks Patino.

Hybrid students who do online school for half of the time get to experience this feeling as well. Sophomore Maura Chalupa who is both an in-person student and virtual student says doing school at home puts not only herself, but her dog in a happier mood.

“I get to spend more time with her than I normally would and she gets more attention during the day, so that makes a happy dog!” she exclaims. Chalupa chose to do hybrid learning over 100% virtual learning because, “I felt like I knew that if I was going to school in-person some days of the week I would stay on track better.”

Yet she definitely enjoys virtual learning due to the fact that she can do her schoolwork at her own pace and spend time with her dog, Marley, throughout the day.

Having a pet definitely makes online school days better because during breaks throughout the day, students are able to spend them with their adorable pets. Virtual learner, Amaya Wagner, explains how much more relaxing school is when you are in the comfort of your own home with your best friend by your side. Patino, Chalupa, and Wagner all agree that without their dogs, their online school days would be way less interesting.

Amaya said, “If I did not have my puppy, I would not have as much fun on my breaks that I get in between classes because I love spending time with him so much.”

After all, there is nothing like having your cute puppy by your side as you finish your assignments for the day.

Maura Chalupa’s dog, Marley, peacefully snoozes next to her as she completes her virtual assignments for the day.

MHS Adds state of the art science wing

The new wing is a perfect fit for the new learning taking place

BY: Leah Frantz

In 2019, construction started on a new science wing at MHS. The new science wing has added a new section to the school near the Commons. There’s an upstairs and a main level section with a modern, minimalist style. After being in the school for hybrid learning for 4 weeks, students and teachers alike have an opinion on the new addition to the school.

Most students really like the new science wing.

Jolie Risenberg, a sophomore, complimented the new science wing saying “The best thing about it is how spacious it is, the desks aren’t super close to each other. It’s really great quality, everything just looks really nice.”

The old science wing was lacking in windows for natural light, hot water, new working equipment, and space for storage. The new science wing has addressed all of these issues.

Jennifer Leslin, a Chemistry teacher, stated that “Everything is better, the equipment new and functioning. There’s a separate space for labs and teaching- now students don’t have to sit at lab tables all of the time. Everything we needed was taken care of.”

She also said that in the new science wing, students tend to behave better. She thinks it’s because they respect the space. The new science wing had been a long time coming, Leslin was skeptical at first that it would happen.

“They had been saying that we would have a new science wing for years, so I wasn’t sure it was really happening until they started construction,” said Leslin.

The beautiful facility has made teachers and students' school lives significantly more efficient. Everyone loves the science wing, it has a college feel due to the layout that really helps with student focus and overall behavior. Teachers can do more experiments as well, due to the see through fume hoods.

The science wing will be a great addition to the high school for teachers and students to enjoy for years to come.

Fall trends and mask wearing at mhs

MHS students are on board with fall trends, but masks serve more of a practical purpose

by: andrew hayes

With the season of fall here there are many new trends to come with it, not only in reality but online too. There are many fall trends this year like clothing, crafts, cooking and many more!

Trevor Diederichs, a senior at MHS, enjoys the various trends that come with the fall weather.

“The [fall] weather is in a perfect position when it's not too hot or not too cool. My favorite fall trend is wearing jeans with a sweatshirt or flannel,” said Diederichs.

Nalani Frank, a junior at MHS, doesn’t quite feel ready to start her own fall fashion choices, but like Trevor, enjoys the weather that comes with fall.

“I’m waiting a little longer before I start. I am already wearing boots and jeans,” said Nalani.

Even though she is not ready to change her fashion yet, she looks forward to some of the other fall trends, but some more than others.

“I like some pumpkin, but hate the sour apples, and only like certain candies,” said Nalani.

A few things we see this fall as far as fashion goes is the wearing of a mask, but that doesn't stop people from being fashionate about wearing one. On social media, many people are matching their mask with their outfit and it's a new fall trend. However, at MHS, masks trends this fall tend to be more practical.

For a lot of MHS students, choosing a mask is more practical than picking out a matching outfit. At least that is how Diederichs views it.

“I have a certain black Nike mask that I wear with almost every outfit. Besides lifting I have a different one for that,” Diederichs said.

Nalani feels similar when it comes to getting dressed each morning. She sticks with a mask that will most likely go with anything.

“I just use the same mask that looks good with everything; it’s blue purple and dark shaded,” said Nalani.

Regardless of mask trends reflect the fall season, but fall is officially here so take time to enjoy fall events. For Trevor, this includes “enjoying more campfires.”

Sprinkling in success

Tee's ice cream never slows down making it, in a way, the staple of muscatine

by: keaira Lick

The Muscatine mall during the Christmas season many years ago was full of people scurrying to buy last minute gifts from the variety of stores like Maid rite, Maurices, Music land, and Von Maur. The parking lot was packed car to car. It was the place to be. Two years ago the very last clothing store was taken out of it, leaving the once popular place with nothing but a few stores with small business.

Skateland, a roller rink built in 1950, was another popular Muscatine attraction that many residents remember like Chuck Beckman, a Muscatine life resident.

“Me, my brother and my cousin went almost every Saturday night, we got fifty cents and it cost twenty five cents for skates, so we had enough money to buy pop and candy,” said Chuck Beckman.

Skateland didn't stay popular for long though, the year of closure is unknown.

Many stores and restaurants have come in and out of Muscatine over the years. If you ask a grandparent, like Muscatine grandparent, Linda Beckman, what Muscatine looked like when they were kids, their answer looks different then how a Muscatine high school student might describe it..

“Well, there were a lot of stores, the downtown area was the place when I was a kid, there were stores on both sides of second and on friday nights we walked down there and did all kinds of shopping, it was thriving.,” said Linda Beckman.

Built in 1964 was the restaurant that still today gets a lot of business, known for their ice cream and “old look,” Tee’s ice cream. Why has it kept so much business? What has kept it so busy?

Even a popular restaurant built in 1958 called Sandy’s who sold a fifteen cent hamburger, a twenty cent milkshake, and a ten cent bag of fries eventually died out in 1979 and became Hardees. What makes Tee’s so special?

When it was first built it was called “Dairy Queen,” years later it changed to “Grandpa’s,” and then to what we all know it as today, “Tee’s Icecream and Burgers.” Over the years, unlike other Muscatine businesses, it has managed to keep its doors open and thriving.

Alivea Vigil, a current Tee’s Employee and MHS sophomore said, “Tee’s has a lot of unique flavors, most places have your three basic vanilla, chocolate, and twist, and people look forward to ice cream on a hot summer day.”

There have been other chain ice cream places in Muscatine. For example, “The Dari Barn,” which was a popular ice cream place around the world.

“The Dari Barn was an ice cream place down on cedar street and it was across from where the old Kum and Go was, all the kids went and hung out for ice cream, I think because it was so close to the highschool,” said Linda Beckman.

Dari Barn, like Tee’s. also had a variety of flavors, shakes, malts, cones, etc. So why didn't this restaurant last?

There is no big sign pointing to the right answer, it could potentially just be luck of the draw, who’s to say what will thrive and what won’t. There’s no real way to determine if a restaurant will be successful or not. But, they have proved that they are here for the long haul as they sell their pumpkin pie snowstorm for yet another year.

What's for lunch?

By: abbie yerington

Lunch is everyone’s favorite time at school! Since the virus, school lunch has changed a lot and that may affect some student’s lunch choices.

There still is A and B lunch which has always been an argument over students and staff. Now at this point, it’s very important we have A and B lunch to help stay six feet apart from each other definitely since we have our masks off while eating. Only four people are allowed a lunch table and if you are not eating you must have a mask on. This year can’t have someone bring lunch to school for them, junior Emma Yerington shared her opinion on that.

“I am not a fan of that rule, I liked it when my dad could bring me lunch,” said Yerington.

Due to COVID, it’s dangerous to have people from out of the school to bring lunch and that rule upsets students.

“I really want an open campus lunch, a lot of other schools have it,” said junior Sophia Thomas.

This has always been an issue for students because they want to leave for lunch, it would definitely not be a good idea to leave for lunch. Besides the point of what you can’t do now at lunch because of COVID, some people may change what they bring for lunch.

Most food choices at the school are the same but some people think we should have more choices. Last year the school had Little Caesars and that was a huge hit Emma Yerington wishes we still had it. “Bring back Little Caesers” she said.

Since the virus, the trend of bringing your own lunch instead of buying lunch at school has not increased like some may have assumed. The lines for the cafeteria are just as long as last year and the two girls I interviewed had the same answer on what they bring for lunch. Emma Yerington and Sophia Thomas both bring lunch from home because it’s healthier and just better.

“I bring a salad and snacks” Emma said. Sophia said, “ I bring granola and yogurt.”

Many years, students bring their lunch, but this year food at school is free and that’s a huge thing for students who can’t afford food. If teachers let students leave during lunch to have parents bring them food it would be hard to control what is coming into the school.

Overall, MHS is looking much different. It’s hard to get used to it. Some students may not have access to school at home so students are allowed to pick up lunch. It’s hard for some people to follow the mask rule and stay six ft apart. The school staff tried their best to keep this a safe environment.

Overall, a fair amount of students bring their lunch from home if they can and although frustrating to students, the rules from last year are the same this year just some more strict rules to keep everyone safe.

I know I bring my lunch from home to stay safe and eat better!

Show Choir

what will it look like this year?

BY: addyson randleman

Football, golf, cross country, and many other activities have already started this year with set up guidelines and restrictions because of safety precautions. Although other activities have begun, show choir has yet to start this year.

Many students are involved in show choir, adding up to around 125 members. Show Choirs travel to different towns competing in competitions against other show choirs and schools for daytime and night awards. Many schools have already begun cancelling their invitationals and competitions but will we still have practices and a show to perform for the community?

Practices are held inside the school so making guidelines and restrictions for students may be harder in terms of masks and social distancing. After long consideration the plan for show choir is to still begin practices sometime this fall or winter. Safety measures will need to be put in place and there is still a lot of work to do before any gatherings can be put together. There is very little chance of a Muscatine Show Choir Invitational being held this year because of cancellations made by other schools that have already made the decision to possibly cancel their own competitions.

Although show choir has been put on hold until further notice, there are many other music department opportunities in the school. Our school holds a variety of choir classes ranging from concert choirs to audition choirs.

The Muscatine Highschool fall play has also completed auditions and begun planning, with many show choir members involved in that activity. Now, a glance at what the show choir season looked like last year and years before. Show Choir usually begins auditions at the end of the previous school year, auditions include a section of choreography that needs to be performed along with a singing portion to hear your voice.

In past years, MHS has had a varsity group referred to as the River City Rhythm and a prep show choir group that goes by Encore, the prep group is made up of all women and the varsity is a mixed group. MHS plans to only have a varsity group this year composed with a larger number of students. After auditions get posted at the end of the school year you will find out whether you made show choir and which group you will be in. Practices can start as early as July and continue throughout the winter. Competition season begins in January and lasts until March with a competition almost every Saturday.

MHS competes in competitions around Iowa and will sometimes attend an out of state or overnight competition. With the new normal that every student has had to adjust to the plan for this year will be a huge change, auditions have not begun, but we still plan on having a season, although we may not get to host or travel to competitions we still hope to hold a community performance and gain more experience.

Spirit week at the high school

by: Lauren wetzel

During the middle of a pandemic Muscatine High School is trying to carry on with school just like every year. Yet, that can’t be the case with everything. This year's Homecoming theme is "Dancing through the Decades!” Spirit week has been split into two weeks this year to give every student the opportunity to participate in the dress up days.

Tuesday and Wednesday of the first week were “70’s Hippie”. Thursday and Friday were “Tacky Tourist”. The second week was “90’s Fashion” on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday were “2000’s Fashion”. Then lastly they finished off the week with Muskie spirit. The spirit week festivities all started the day students came back from their long, Labor-day weekend.

“School spirit keeps the blood flowing with good vibes,” junior Keira Kreuzenstein said. “I think it will give us all something to distract ourselves with rather than focusing on this pandemic any longer.”

The school is trying their best to keep students’ spirits high with everything going on. Though it may be very different, the high school is taking all the precautions they can to make sure their students are allowed to enjoy the homecoming week just like every year.

Luda Engel, a sophomore at the high school said, “Not as many people dressed up for the theme this year. Although, the people that did dress up always went full out.”

It seems as though because of how different things are this year students didn’t seem to put in as much effort for homecoming week as they usually would. Yet, there are still those few students who are sticking out and keeping things as positive as they can throughout their days at school.

“I actually feel bad for the seniors that don’t get the normal homecoming week like every other grade has,” junior, Bayley Hawkins says. “ But at least the school did what they could to make it feel like it has in the past years.”

This pandemic has taken a huge toll on so many things and has already taken so much from the class of 2021. The school seems to be doing everything they can to make this special for them. A lot of the senior class is frustrated with the way things are turning out this year. But others are taking this as an opportunity to make it the best they can given the circumstances. Even though they can’t provide a homecoming dance for the seniors as it wouldn’t be safe for students, they’re giving them as much of the ordinary spirit week as they can.

“I really like spirit week so not being able to be involved this year kinda sucked,” sophomore and full virtual student, Hayden Evans said.

The Mhs spotlight shines on mr. johnson

The school year through the eyes of mr. johnson!

By: taylor lewandowski

After his interview, Mr. Johnson poses excitedly with his classroom's president skeleton!

Justin Johnson is one of the many friendly faces you can find in the new science wing here at Muscatine High School. He teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science. Outside of the classroom, he is a member of the National Science Teaching Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers, along with being an active Officer in the United States Army.

Being a teacher in the middle of a pandemic is no easy feat, but Mr. Johnson is handling it tactfully, and with a smile! He said, “I have been preaching since the beginning of this craziness that we just have to be Bruce Lee.”

By this, he means that we have to follow Bruce Lee’s advice, and that we have to adapt to our circumstances much like water adapts to its conditions. Mr. Johnson is taking this opportunity to study and teach about the incredible ways in which COVID-19 is impacting our society.

“I find it absolutely fascinating, to be alive during this time is amazing. Looking at the pathology, there is still no known reason why it will affect certain people. It’s very unpredictable how acute your symptoms would be.” Johnson said.

Though this pandemic is being used as a teachable moment, there are still downsides to it. The lack of direct communication and less interaction with students due to the hybrid schedule is proving difficult for Mr. Johnson.

Johnston said, “The fact that I’m not interacting with the students as much as I’d like is my least favorite part of the hybrid schedule.”

There is a silver lining, however. Since every student has some sort of schooling online, it is forcing them to become more proactive in terms of their learning and education.

“I have amazing students who have really stepped up. We’re in a situation where we have to be those proactive learners. I was afraid that you guys would sink, and you’re not,” said Johnston.

Not to mention, Mr. Johnson is able to safely follow social distancing guidelines, which is definitely a benefit of the hybrid schedule and smaller classes.

Johston said, “Most of my classes are small enough that we can keep the six feet apart rule, but most of my students voluntarily keep their masks on, even in situations where we are more than six feet apart.”

Staying at least six feet apart and maintaining social distancing keeps students, their families, and the staff at MHS safe, and will help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mr. Johnson hopes that in the future, classes will be able to resume as normal, or even as a block schedule, where he gets to see his students for 90 minutes instead of 50! But for now, considering the circumstances, the current schedule is the safest and most efficient way for students to continue to get an education while also staying healthy.

Although this year isn’t going quite as planned, Mr. Johnson has taken this new schedule with stride, and is providing his students with the resources they need in order to succeed, stay healthy, and have fun!

kicking off with future college recruits


by: alivea vigil

He was only in seventh grade when he put on his first jersey. He is number 23 on the field… Timothy Nimely.

Nimely’s first offer was from Grand View University, but soon after, his dream college, Simpson College, also made an offer. Regardless of his offers, he is still mentally focused on his season at hand and reflects on his position as the senior running back.

“It takes a good leader to play running back, also it’s nice to score,” said Nimely.

Nimely is wanting to go to UNI and play division one. He is not really set on anything in specific for what he wants to study but has a general idea which is business. He's done a lot of the recruiting process by talking to coaches and going through socials. He has also been to a lot of campuses.

“This season has been rough… I haven't been able to show what I have to offer with my injury,” said Nimely.

Beyond the required practice days, he is always grinding and pushing himself to be better.

“You just gotta do it… it makes you better," said Nimely. His oldest brother was the first to start lifting weights with him, but no one in his family plays football.

His senior year has been different starting with an injury, but also different because of his role as a senior member.

“The team this year was all on the same page. We are all wanting to win.”

Seniors in the summer usually go out to Coach Hawkins and swim at his cabin, but this year was different since Covid. The team wasn't able to partake in some of their usual traditions, but they still have team bonding.

“I'd tell you some stories but there's a lot of crazy seniors,” said Nimely.

Not only is he getting scholarships in football, but he also has three for wrestling. Making that kind of a decision for him has been hard.

“Football is family, but wrestling takes discipline.” But if it did have to come down to one sport over the other," he said. “Football because then i wouldn't have to lose the weight.”

But beyond sports, he was a nominee for Homecoming Court. Along with a lot of his friends from the team. Nimely’s dedication to his family, team, and school is evident in his life advice that he would give himself.

“I would tell my younger self to be patient in every situation. I would tell my future self to just stay true to myself and don't try to change for other people,” said Nimely.

He described in three words what being a part of a team was and to him it was being considerate, tough, and a leader.

Even with a sprained ankle, he was there to support his team playing against Davenport West for the team's first win, 31 to 0. Hopefully before the end of the season, he's done enough icing that he’ll be back on the field!

Leaving our spot in the high school parking lot

the tradition of senior parking spots is back, with a fun twist!

BY: Kylie Green

As October approaches, the talk of senior parking spots has been whispered around the senior class. The tradition of senior spots was started last year by Meg Manjoine and Sydney Cox, and some members of the 2021 class wondered if they would get the chance to personalize their own spot in the parking lots.

Last year, the spots were $35 each, and by paying that, the students got to have a reserved place to park wherever they chose in the lot, that was personalized to show their own muskie spirit.

This year, a meeting with Mr. Hogenson confirmed the tradition of personalized senior parking spots to be brought back for year number two! Most details about this year's parking spots have not been finalized yet, however we do know that the spots will most likely be $35 each, and the students will have to provide their own paint.

This price might be a little controversial amongst the senior class.

Senior Kristen Schlawin says, “I think $35 is a lot for a parking spot, especially since they’ll have to also purchase paint. The combination of buying both will add up quickly.”

This tradition is definitely not a cheap thing for highschool seniors to participate in, however it is a very special memory that students can create with each other.

There have also been a few updates to the tradition this year. One of these being that the spots will not be spread across the lot, as they will all be featured in the new section of the parking lots called Senior Row. Senior Row will have 30 spots available for purchase, and there will be one in each parking lot, meaning the school will only be selling 60 spots. By having all the spots in Senior Row, the seniors will all have a place to call their own, and it will be more convenient for staff and students to have their own place to park.

Another fun change to this memorable tradition is the parking spot lottery that will be taking place! If a senior student isn’t financially able to pay the price of $35 for a spot, they will have the opportunity to enter into a lottery for the chance to win a spot! Five spots will be given away to five different seniors, and they will only have to purchase their own paint. To enter this giveaway, a senior student would just have to email Mrs. Rauenbuehler and would be sent a confirmation email if they were a winner!

One big concern however with bringing back the tradition is not having enough student involvement. Since this school year is so different, a parking spot is not as hard to come by as it was in previous years.

Seniors Kristen Schlawin and Catherine Arellano both believe however that the location of the spot is not as important as the fun that they would have painting the spots with their friends. The overall theme throughout the senior class is that the spots will be a special memento for students to create and cherish with their friends throughout the school year.

When asked how he felt about if the spots should be available to everyone or just seniors, Cole Palmer said, “Just the seniors because it's just a special thing for us to do for our last year.”

This is a common response amongst the other seniors.

The spots will most likely be filled with vibrant colors and be an amazing way to showcase the class of 2021 and their beautiful personalities.


Created with images by Cathy VanHeest - "Autumn leaves" • Dave Adamson - "untitled image"