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Page 3 The Dog Pound Are you Buddy or the Grinch? by April Vasquez The holidays give people something to look forward to. But not everyone loves the season. Two common types of people during the holidays are Buddy the Elf and the Grinch. Buddy the Elf is over- the-top festive. He/she loves Christmas and goes all out when it comes to decorations and food. The Grinch, on the other hand, does not enjoy Christmas at all. This kind of person agrees with Ebenezer Scrooge: “Bah humbug.” Senior Kody Koerselman says that he doesn’t hate Christmas, he just hates the fact that people decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Senior Megan Friederich states, “I don’t like it. A lot of people die around the holidays and I feel sorry for the people who don’t have any family to go home to. Some people get depressed around this time.” Senior Giselle Sanchez says that she too does not like Christmas that much, explaining, “I’m just not a happy person.” However, most others seem to enjoy the season. Senior Andrea Barrett says she is a Buddy the Elf, stating, “I love Christmas! And I put syrup on my spaghetti...shh!” Senior Hailey Harris and Junior Anna Mae Lee love the holidays because of free stuff and no school. Senior Katelyn Lewis simply states, “It’s Christmas!” Children’s Theatre entertains masses Christmas is coming, and so is this year’s Children’s Theater performance by the Thespians! The Thespian Club is a group of actors at LCHS. Students must be involved in a certain number of plays and speech entries to become a member of the Thespian Club. According to cast members, the Thespians put this play on and have a grand time with the process. They do not practice for as long as most plays, but during the short time they spend together putting it on, they have an awesome experience. The cast also tries to make it fun and entertaining for the audience. One way they do this is to make and find crazy costumes that fit the characters. Typically this includes a Santa suit, elf costumes, and all other sorts of colorful characters to enhance the visuals of the play. Thespians started practicing in the beginning of December and will present the play the last day before Christmas break. Students have five one- hour rehearsals in the month of December, and the rest is up to the actors to memorize on their own time. Senior Morgan Boehme shares, “It’s always fun to have some control over the jokes and storyline. Definitely come see it if you enjoy average jokes and getting out of school.” Students in the play take off the whole day of school and perform it twice for the elementary students, once for middle schoolers, and finally, once for high school students. When putting it on for the high school, the cast always adds special touches to the performance to make it a little more entertaining and relatable to LCHS. The play gets students excited for Christmas and helps them enjoy their last few hours of school in December. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and have a good laugh before Christmas break! Sophomore Emily Martin shares, “I have loved watching my friends in the play and being entertained by a great comedy.” Junior Anna Vacura says that she enjoys watching the play because of the jokes and calling people out. High School students have to pay one dollar to attend and the money goes to a fundraiser through the Student Council. Director Erin Ohrlund announced, “The title of this year’s show is the Semi- Amazing, Sort-of-Sensational, Almost Unbelievable Christmas Spectacular! It will be a lot of fun for every audience.” In many countries, New Year’s celebrations begin on the evening of December 31 and continue into the early hours of January 1. NewYear’s celebrations first originated in Babylon. LCHS students celebrate the new year in many ways. Senior Grace Lamoreux says, “I like to stay home and watch the ball drop with my family.” Senior Luke Sudtelgte says, “My family and I watch Polar Express every year. My brothers and I will also exchange gifts, and we have an annual frozen pizza.” Junior Leah Volkert and Junior Andru Cumming both have big parties with family and friends. Senior April Vasquez says, “I go to church with my family. Everyone there brings a dish from our culture. Later on we go around saying what we’re grateful for.” Many people celebrate the New Year’s with loved ones, involving traditions meant to bring good luck and success in the upcoming year. Many of these traditions have to do with food. Some cultures serve ring shaped cakes, which is a sign that the year has come full circle; some serve pork because pigs represent prosperity and progress. A new year is a good time to look back at the past year and recall some fun memories. Senior Grace Lamoreux remembers, “Getting to hang out with my friends.” Junior Rhonda Perry had fun “when [she] visited Minnesota for New Year’s.” Junior Leah Volkert enjoys thinking about “The day [she] went to the fair with Nicole.” The new year is also an opportunity for many to learn from their prior year and to make changes in life through setting resolutions. Senior Hannah Kleiver says, “My resolution for this year is to lose weight for when my brother comes back.” Senior Grace Lamoreux says, “My resolution is to cut back on chocolate.” Senior April Vasquez says, “My resolution is to have and stick to a sleeping schedule.” The new year is a time to let go of frustrations and bad memories and instead look forward to the future and all new memories. Favorite holiday movies revealed by Grace Lamoreux by Andrea Barrett A new year brings new opportunities for students by Siarah Augustine Seniors: Email a senior picture to Mrs. P ( ) ASAP!! Wrapping up in a warm blanket and drinking hot cocoa while watching a favorite Christmas movie is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Vice Principal Neal Utesch elaborates on Christmas movies: “They are funny, light-hearted, and great to take my family to.” Here are some favorites: Jr. Katie Hartman: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Fr. Devin Hansen: The Night Before Christmas Sr. Hannah Kliever: Christmas Magic Sr. Sarah Benton: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Elf Soph. Drake Oswald: Elf Fr. Caroline Meis: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Sr. Alyssa Hoebelheinrich: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Soph. Sarah Meis: AChristmas Story Soph. Emily Martin: Home Alone 1 Soph Mitchell Schilmoeller: A Christmas Story Sr. Siarah Augustine: The Polar Express Sr. Hannah Richardson: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Soph. Anthony Lamoreux: Christmas Miracle Secretary Beth Collins: A Christmas Carol Mrs. Dalton: It’s A Wonderful Life Senorita Bomgaars: Frosty the Snowman Mrs. Ohrlund: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Going to movies over the holiday break is also popular. The following non-holiday themedmovies have December release dates: Dec 15: Ferdinand & Star Wars: The Last Jedi Dec 20:TheGreatest Showman & Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Dec 22: Pitch Perfect 3