Progress is Thirsty Work

By Taylor Boyer

You’ll have to excuse me; my mind has been on this election, and more specifically, the low voter participation during this cycle. In an article published by NPR on February 24, entitled “The 10 States Where Millennials Could Sway The Election,” author Asma Khalid explains how Millennials have the ability to influence the outcome of this year’s upcoming presidential election. Yep, that’s right, they could influence an entire election.

Khalid explains that in the last election, Millennials had the lowest voter turnout of any age group. On the plus side, Khalid predicts that this trend will reverse in years to come and suggests that if political parties and candidates began to target Millennials and “tap into the power of young voters,” election results would start to show record numbers of voters from ages 18-24 participating in the election process. However, it’ll take some time until this kind of progress is made; progress is thirsty work.

The issue of voter turnout has a large amount of political significance as low voter turnout can potentially become a problem for equal representation in our political system in terms of age, and, as the article suggests, an increased voter turnout by Millennials could sway an entire presidential election.

Without more outreach to young potential voters, our political system will become increasingly more disproportionate with each subsequent generation of young voters. The article suggests that several improvements be made to the current voter registration process including pre-registration and same-day registration in order to attract first-time voters.

Young voter turnout has become so significant in recent elections because when these young voters are mobilized and actually vote, they have the ability to sway an election in a direction that was not originally projected before taking these young people’s votes into consideration.       

While it may not seem like much, voting is one of the most basic examples of political activism. Voting is a relatively new process in terms of human history; it allows each voice to be heard and weighed, and as Khalid suggested, may allow young Millennials the chance to sway the outcome of the presidential election.

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Tiger Wrestling Comes to a Close

By Faythe Harris

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David Nance sets up on bottom during his third match of the state wrestling tournament. Nance, the only Wiggins wrestler to place at state, placed sixth.  

The Wiggins Tigers wrestling season came to a close as the team competed at regionals and state. The team took 10 wrestlers to regionals on February 12 and 13 to compete for a spot at state. According to senior 170-pounder Dillon Donaghy, the week before regionals consisted of a lot of technique work.

The Tigers achieved 15 wins and 19 losses at regionals. Six of the 10 wrestlers placed, with four placing high enough to make it to the state championship. Sophomore Cael Croissant and senior Dolphus Grindle placed sixth. Freshman Mark Barkdoll and juniors Cameron Holm and David Nance all placed third. “It felt really good, but I wish I could have done better because the kid I lost to I had beaten, but I know what I did wrong,” Barkdoll said. Senior Dillon Donaghy placed fifth; however, he won his wrestle back match, moving him to place fourth and continue onto the state tournament.

The next weekend the four wrestlers made their way to Denver to compete in the State tournament. On Thursday, the first day of the tournament, Barkdoll and Nance won. Holm and Donaghy lost and were sent to the consolation matches. According to Donaghy, it was a tough day and he did his best.

Friday started off with two losses from Barkboll and Nance. The opponents they lost to went on to be state champions. Holm and Donaghy both won their first consolation matches to stay alive.

The evening matches went the exact opposite. Barkdoll and Nance both won their consolation matches to continue into Saturday. Holm and Donaghy, however, lost their next matches and, with that, were both done wrestling for their team.

On Saturday morning, Barkdoll lost to his opponent from Holly, while Nance pinned his opponent from Hanover. With that win Nance went onto a medal round. Nance lost his final match to an opponent from McCleve to place sixth.

“I was so excited to be able to place and make my coaches and team proud. I hope that I will be able to return to state next year,” said Nance.

Winter Dance Turns to Wallapalooza

By Ellyna Van

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Shooting two laser guns at once, junior Josh Dorren tries to take out the competition at last week’s Winter Wallapalooza. Dorren played laser tag most of the night, often recruiting friends from other activities.

After many years of having the annual winter dance, student council made the decision to change the Winter Dance into the Winter Wallapalooza. The Wallapalooza was held on February 13 from 7 p.m. to 11 pm; there were 42 attendees.

The Winter Wallapalooza consisted of various activities to occupy the attendees. Some of the activities included laser tag, washer boards, card games, and ping pong. Laser tag was a favorite among many students. “Laser tag was definitely my favorite! I don’t get to do it often so it was really nice,” said junior Raquel Galvan.

The games and activities were all set up in the Event Center. With many things to do, the students were always occupied with fun things to do, according to senior Jessica Veeman, student council member. She was in charge of creating the obstacle course for laser tag, along with other student council members. “I was happy with the turnout of our obstacle course,” she said. Veeman worked with junior Luke Eikenberg and sophomores Tori Jordan and Courtney Jensen to create the popular activity among the students.

In order to create a cohesive event, student council created several committees to create the Winter Wallapalooza, according to junior Alli Kopetzky. The committees included laser tag, music, food, advertising, and games. “We all divided into groups to create organization. Because we split up into groups, we were able to accomplish a lot!” said Kopetzky.

There was a division among the students because some wanted to continue with the Winter dance. Junior Mason Baesler thought the dance would have been better. “I think that there would have been a better outcome of attendees if there was a dance,” said Baessler. “I still enjoyed the Wallapalooza, though. I had fun getting to hang out with my friends.”  Baessler refers to lack of freshman and sophomore attendees.

Others were very pleased with the Winter Wallapalooza, and they hope to have the Wallapalooza next year in place of the Winter Dance.

 

Tiger Lose Two Crucial League Games

By Makayla Harris

The Lady Tigers lost two league games, against the Haxtun Bulldogs on Friday, February 5, and the Merino Rams on Saturday, February 6.

The Tigers lost to Haxtun 60 to 27.  According to senior guard Laura Walker, the basketball girls we were unable to communicate to get the ball in the paint and put up a good shot.

The Bulldogs’ overall record was 12-3, and the Tigers’ record was 3-13, putting the Tigers at a disadvantage going into this game. Even though the Tigers had the disadvantage, they were able to outscore the Bulldogs in the third and fourth quarter by 10 points, but that still wasn’t enough for them to win the game.

The following night, for the second time this season, the Tigers went up against the Merino Rams. “In playing Merino twice, it helped us as a team to see what we still need to improve on and what we have already improved on throughout the season,” said sophomore starting guard Courtney Jenson.

The Lady Tigers lost to the Lady Rams 33 to 22. Even though the Tigers lost this game, they were able to keep a closer score than the first time that they played them. Coach Bill Von Loh said he is proud of his girls no matter what, and the fact that they were able to go out there and play the way they did after they have already lost to them once was pretty impressive.

The Tigers have only three games left before districts. “Before going into our next league game or any game, we need to work on our communication as a team and boxing out for rebounds,” said junior post Kamryn Seiber.

On Friday, February 12, the Tigers will be playing their last home game against the Akron Rams for league status starting at 5.

Tigers Take Close Loss in Another League Game.

By Cody Huwa

The Wiggins Lady Tigers basketball team lost 38-32 to the Holyoke Dragons on January 29th in a game where the score went back and forth throughout the game.

The Tigers and Dragons, both in the LPAA league, were both in need of a league win.  The Tigers played the Dragons three weeks ago; that game was very similar to this last Friday’s game. “We knew we had to control the game by limiting their posts and points scored in the paint,”  said senior guard Laura Walker.   

The Lady Tigers started strong, leading the Dragons 14-11 at the end of the second quarter. The Tigers had three players who scored points at the beginning of the game.  With the start of the third quarter, the Tigers kept rallying throughout the game and kept it up deep into the fourth.

“During the game, I thought we were going to have to take care of the ball and make crucial shots to stay with the Dragon’s high-scoring posts.” said sophomore guard Courtney Jensen.

The Dragons drew fouls that allowed the Dragons to get to the free throw line multiple times to extend their lead with a 6-1 run.  The Tigers still kept fighting back with help from Walker, who hit some much-needed late free throws, and junior post Kamryn Seiber’s drive down the right sideline to close the gap.  

Senior Maria Enriquez lead the team at the end of the game with 10 points and 5 rebounds, and senior Brienna Baer led the team in points with 14 points and accomplished two steals and three assists.  Enriquez felt that she did all that she could, and she was pleased how the team still gave it everything at the end of the fourth.

The Tigers gathered a majority of their points inside the paint, with help from sharpshooters Baer and Enriquez.  Baer said the team could have bettered themselves if they could have played better help defense and guarded the posts more efficiently.  

The Lady Tigers will take the court for their last home game of the season against the Akron Rams Friday night, February 12, at 5:00. “It really hasn’t hit me yet that Friday will be my finally time playing on this court,” said Walker.  

 

Drama Club Prepares for Huck Finn

By Pete Kammerzell

The Wiggins Drama Club is featuring the “High Tailin’ Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” as the play this spring, which is stirring up some controversy among cast members.

Senior Dillon Donaghy is playing Louis in the play. He is excited to play this part, as he has done the play for four years and this is his first time playing a villain. However, Donaghy did say, “I don’t know how much I like this play; it has been done before and repeat plays usually don’t turn out as well as they did the first time.” Nonetheless, Donaghy is looking forward to his last play in high school.

Another senior who is doing the play for her fourth year, Maddy Shepherd, is playing Aunt Sally. Shepherd says that she is looking forward to doing this play because she thinks it will be interesting to see the contrast of the treatment of African-Americans during the time of the play compared to the present day. Shepherd is excited to do her last play and possibly make some new friends.

The lead role, Huck Finn, is played by senior Trevor Dye. Dye is performing in the play for his fourth year as well, and he is very excited to play the role of Huck Finn. However, he agrees with Donaghy that a different play should have been selected, not only because it was done before, but also because of its racist undertones.

The part of Becky Thatcher will be played by junior Jenna Ashbrook. Ashbrook has concerns about the play: “There are a lot of guy parts and not a lot of girl parts, so that’s kind of weird.” However, she still feels like the play will be a success.

Director of the Tiger Den Theater, Linda Epple, is very excited for the play. “The fact that it’s a classic with a lot of action and comedy makes this play exciting,” said Epple. She also said that although this play has been done before, she believes that since it was last done ten years ago and that it is a classic, the play needs to be done again.

Epple is going to miss the seniors who are doing their last play this year, saying that they “showed a lot of leadership and were the backbone of Tiger Den Theater.”

Play practice began January 27 and the first play performance is tentatively scheduled for mid-March.