Vermin Supreme: A Boot on His Head and Change in His Heart

By Claire Boyer

Vermin Supreme: A presidential candidate who promises ponies, mandatory toothbrushing laws, and a brighter future. His goal is to not actually be elected, but rather to raise awareness about the downfall of the American political system today. Vermin Supreme, acting as a sort of mediator, has been known to occupy the streets in efforts to extinguish quarrels between fellow protesters and law enforcement before they even happen. Although his methods may appear outlandish, bizarre, and eccentric, Vermin Supreme catches the attention of citizens looking for a way to fight America’s current political injustices.

Starting with his attention-grabbing outfit, the boot that occupies the top of his head has no other purpose but to attract attention. It works. Supreme, who because of his outfit is often mistaken for a threat, is regularly approached by law enforcement who have concerns for the public’s safety. Vermin Supreme, in a documentary made about his political involvement, has stated that he has never had the intention of harming anyone. Supreme’s methods are as simple as marching down the street with a bullhorn, but the message he wishes to convey is much deeper.

Vermin Supreme first became active in political protests as he started forming and voicing his opinion during high school when police surveilled, and arrested students for using drugs on school grounds. Feeling threatened by what he viewed as an overreaction on the part of the police, Supreme took matters into his own hands and began a campaign in which he argued against the police’s’ surveillance of his fellow classmates. Supreme has set a precedent for youth as he has encouraged youth and shown them how, even at a young age, it is easy to speak their minds. Especially in today’s ever-changing society, future generations need to learn to express concern for issues involving the nation in which they reside. While he grew up in an era that was arguably ‘more free,’ Vermin Supreme refused to follow the crowd and comply when he felt that his freedoms were being infringed upon.

Reinforcing his physical appearance to illustrate how politics has become indiscernible from show business, Vermin Supreme mocks the empty promises made by candidates by making  his own outlandish promises to voters. One example of such promises includes his pledge to give a pony to every American. “If actually elected,” says Taylor Boyer, “Vermin Supreme isn’t going to give away ponies. He is opening people’s eyes; showing them that a lot of the promises that candidates make are just words to get them elected.” Boyer has been in the process of organizing a rally to present Supreme to the Morgan County community. According to Boyer, Supreme is capable of appealing to young, confused voters. Boyer believes hearing the brutal truth in a captivating, entertaining way will increase students’ knowledge about current and rising issues. Through his unconventional methods, Vermin Supreme has proven himself to be an effective advocate for free speech and individual freedom that he believes should be granted to all citizens of this nation.

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Not Dressing Up, You Halloweenie

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? This is a commonly asked question at this time of the year. Some people think that after the age of 12, you shouldn’t dress up for Halloween. Others, on the other hand, believe that it is cool no matter what age you are. I have always really enjoyed dressing up for Halloween ever since I was little. I took a couple years off from dressing up though because I was “too cool.” Most people go through that “too cool” stage though, you’ll grow out of it.

No one is too cool for Halloween. I am unsure on how Halloween is even a thing, but I think we can all agree that it is not the most important holiday. Halloween is still a day that everyone should participate in. It’s like Homecoming week at school, you have the people that dress up, and the people that don’t.

Let me tell you a story. When I was in fifth grade, there was this sixth grader that I liked. It was right before Halloween, and he was asked what he was going to be. He laughed and told everyone he was planning on being himself for Halloween. I was then asked what I was going to be, I knew that I was going to be a pirate, but instead of telling him the truth, I lied and said I wasn’t going to be anything. I was 11 then, and now I am 16, still regretting lying to him. Good news though everyone, the guy I liked is going to be Harry Potter this year. Things change. Give yourself a year, you’ll want to dress up next year.

People that are ashamed of dressing up for Halloween, don’t be, in the end it’s one day out of the year you get to pretend like someone you aren’t, so you might as well. If you want to be Harley Quinn or Donald Trump for Halloween, own it. Be proud. You obviously have a valid reason for them to be who you chose to be for Halloween this year, then don’t be ashamed. If you aren’t dressing up for Halloween, please seriously consider it within the next couple days or before next Halloween. Don’t be afraid to dress up, Halloween is supposed to be fun no matter your age. 

Tigers Volleyball Season Ends Against Wray

Heading into their first district game against Wray, the Wiggins Lady Tigers lost and missed their chance to move on to regionals. With the Tigers being sixth in their league, they played Wray, who was second in league, and to move on had to beat them.

“Heading into the week we felt confident that we were going to beat Wray since we had beaten them two times before,” said junior Courtney Jenson.

The Tigers had a good head start leading the first set 6-0. At the beginning of the first set junior Tori Jordan got the first point of the game with a kill. Even with the Tiger’s strong start, they ended up losing and not moving on to regionals.

Next year the team hopes to make it to regionals and hopefully state. According to Jordan, she hopes that next year they will be able to beat Yuma and be first in their league. Sophomore Chloe Baker said that to obtain those goals they need to “become more confident, volleyball smart, and consistent with everything we do.”

He Said, She Said: Sometimes it’s the small things

By Chloe Baker

It’s the big things about Wiggins that we love, but it’s the small things that are wrong with the school that we will someday forget. My small issue is the dress code.

Sometimes when I wear a V-neck shirt, my sports bra or bra strap pops out, and it’s not like it’s my fault, but I will get dress-coded. I have foot problems, and sometimes I just want to wear slippers, but I can’t do that because of the dress code. If I want to wear my slippers to school, I should have the right to do that.

It’s against dress code to wear a shirt that hangs past your fingertips when your arms are fully extended. That’s not right. What if I spent $60 on that T-shirt? I obviously like it if I am going to spend my money on it. I’m not going to not wear it. It’s covering up my body. I’m not showing anybody anything they shouldn’t see, so what’s wrong with it?

Not being able to wear hats to school bothers me. As long as I take my hat off for the Pledge of Allegiance, I should be okay, right? Some days I have bad hair days, and I want to be able to wear a hat if I don’t feel comfortable about the way my hair looks. Athletic headbands that are too big are also against the dress code. I don’t even know what to say. I could say, “Oh my goodness, wow, that’s a dumb rule,” but I don’t feel like it would resolve my problem.

Attire that disrupts the teaching-learning process is also not allowed. This upsets me. How is what I wear to school the teachers’ business? It’s my body. They’re my clothes. I think I have the ability to decide what I should and should not wear to school.

Some members of the Wiggins student body feel like they are being targeted when it comes to the dress code. I have felt this way. A staff member dress-coded me in August. I didn’t throw too big of a fit, but I know there were people who wore similar-sized shorts. The staff wasn’t dress-coding them.

I’ve talked with other girls, and they feel like some of the more athletically built girls can’t wear what some of the bonier girls wear. I have bought shorts a size bigger just so they were baggier and better to wear to school. That didn’t work out too well, because I still managed to get dress-coded. If you guys didn’t know, I am kind of built, and I have overly large thighs. I can’t help feeling like one of the reasons I got dressed-coded that day was because of my thighs. No one should feel this way. No one should feel like just because they are built differently they can’t wear certain types of clothes. School is the place where you’re supposed to find yourself as a person, not be alienated for expressing yourself.

The Wiggins dress code is a little too much, and I think a lot of the students would agree with me. The dress code should be rewritten with equality in mind.

You Say Tomato, I Say NPK

By Roxanne Bashor

For the past few months, the Ag Science class has been working on an experiment that tests the effect of primary nutrient deficiencies on tomato plants. They have been working on this experiment with the 7th-grade science classes so the Ag Science class could submit their project to the Nutrients for Life contest.

The Ag Science class consists of juniors Roxanne Bashor, Rachel Columbia, Bailey Eklund, Connor Kaufman, Julie Rowe, and Charlee Teague. The idea for this experiment came from their teacher Mr. Ernst, as part of the Ag Science curriculum is learning about the primary nutrients of plants and the effect of their deficiencies. According to Kaufman, the general purpose of the of the experiment was to gain experience and knowledge about fertilizer and nutrients to educate others on what was learned.

The experiment was designed by the Ag Science class; they had fertilizers that they made to give to each plant, so the plants could get a water only, complete nutrient, nitrogen deficient, phosphorus deficient, or potassium deficient solution. The tomato plants were planted in washed sand, so the class could have control over the nutrients that each plant had access to. “I was in charge of the plants,” said Eklund, “and I made sure that the plants received the right nutrients, so they would not die.”

Part of the contest included influencing members of the community. To accomplish this part of the contest, the ag students incorporated teaching the 7th grade about their experiment. The ag students created powerpoints, worksheets, and games to teach the 7th-graders about the importance of primary nutrients.

One participant in this experiment was Tasha Hansen. Hansen said that she gained knowledge about plants that could help her in her everyday life when planting flowers and vegetables in a garden.

Overall the students were able to see results from their experiment by looking at the improvement of the 7th-graders for their pretest and posttest scores. “I was excited to see my students learn this material,” said 7th-grade teacher Jordan Sonnenberg, “ This was a definite benefit to my students and an opportunity to enhance what we do in the middle school classroom.”

The students will receive the results of their contest at the State FFA Convention in the beginning of June.

 

Twelve Tigers Qualify for State at League and Holyoke Track Meets

By Cody Huwa

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Senior Ryan Rohn winds up to throw the discus at the Lower Platte League Regional track meet. Rohn qualified for state as part of three relay teams.  

The Wiggins Tigers traveled to Holyoke on May 7 to compete at the Lower Platte League Regional track meet, and they attended the St. Vrain Invitational track meet on May 13.

The Wiggins girls’ team rounded out the Holyoke meet in fifth overall. Senior Faythe Harris finished second in the 300 hurdles with a personal record of 51.68; she also competed in the 400m dash and the 4×100 relay.  The girls’ 4×100 team that consists of Harris, Jessica Veeman, Tori Jordan, and Claire Boyer finished sixth and had a PR of 43.78.

Veeman thinks that the 4×100 relay team can do much better, and she hopes to see a big improvement in the team’s time, but she was extremely proud of her team’s effort.

The Wiggins boys’ team took fourth out of 13 teams at the Holyoke meet. Junior Shane Finegan took the top honors in the 400m sprint with a time of 48.78.  

Following the track meet in Holyoke, the Tigers took their talent to the St. Vrain Invitational.

Junior Maggie Allen PR’d in the 2-mile with a run of 12.15 minutes. The girls 4×200 relay also PR’d with at time of 1.45 minutes.  Maggie Allen said, “ Getting a PR in the 2 mile has really boosted my confidence heading into state.”

Along with these participants, sophomore Courtney Jenson and Allen will be competing at the state track meet in the 2-mile and mile runs. Junior Connor Kaufman qualified for state in the 2-mile, mile, and 800.  Sophomore Tyler Hein qualified for state in the 300m hurdles, 100m dash, 4×200 and the 4×100 relays.  Sophomore Teggan Freauff and senior Ryan Rohn both made it to state in the 4×100, 4×200, and the 4×400 relays.  Veeman and Jordan both qualified to state in the sprint medley, 4×200, 4×100, and the 100 dash.

Coach Mario Garcia was satisfied by the team’s performance, but feels that everyone can still keep improving their times.  He also said that he has high expectations for everyone who will be competing at state.

The Wiggins track team will be taking their talents to Jeffco Stadium on Thursday, May 19 at 2:00pm, where many of the runners hope to bring back state titles.

 

Pulling Up One’s Bootstraps

By Taylor Boyer

Unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want. It’s another sad truth of life. (There seem to be a lot of those). No matter how hard we try, sometimes things just don’t pan out. I understand how it feels to fall short of goals, and being the generous person that I am, I thought I’d offer some helpful suggestions as to how to get through the often-depressing stages that follow.

My first suggestion is to remain physically appealing at all times. The worst time to fall short of something is when you’re sure that you’ve got it. The period of time that precedes failure can often be the worst. The following week includes sleepless nights, an unshaven face, bingeing on Funyuns, and wearing large hoodies. However easy it may seem to sink into a state of reclusiveness and straight up patheticness, don’t; people will be watching to see how you handle failure.

The second piece of advice I have is to keep trying. Yeah, yeah, I know, it sounds really cliche, but let me expound on what I meant. If the chances of getting something may seldom, or possibly never, arise again, it can be very hard to pick yourself up after not succeeding. However, I’d suggest that you identify several broad goals you have in your life: things you have to work up to. After doing this, find alternate ways to ultimately get your way.

Third: make connections. The absolute best way to find more opportunities is to let other people find them for you. I’ve learned that networking is the equivalent to magic, and trust me, I don’t take comparisons to magic lightly. Like magic, networking can provide you with things almost instantaneously. While people won’t necessarily get in touch with you and inform you of opportunities all the time, it does happen. So remember, when things don’t work out the first time, get in touch with your contacts and seek out more opportunities!

Finally: don’t whine. Ask yourself this: What has whining ever done to help you? Nothing. First of all, no one like a whiner. Second, whining inhibits your ability to seek out more opportunities and keep trying. Instead of whining, immerse yourself in activities that can help you succeed. If you cared enough about something to slip into a state of depression over not getting it, you obviously care enough to work even harder to achieve greater.

I honestly hope this helps someone; it’s helped me. I’ve encountered failure enough to know that it is something that you can easily distance yourself from. I promise you that if you remain physically attractive, keep trying, make connections, and don’t whine, then you will find yourself happier and better off than you were before.