UPBeat News- 2018 March
Covering the monthly UP Beat News of Upper Perkiomen HS
Greetings from Upper Perkiomen High School!
Throughout the country there has been much discussion on the causes of school violence and keeping our students safe. The recent school shooting in Parkland HS in Florida prompted that discussion at UPHS. I am proud to have been part of those discussions with students on the Principal Advisory Committee. Students representing many of our student organizations make up the committee. The students decided to participate in the national “walk-out” on March 14. What I am most proud of is that they decided to participate in the walk-out focused on two items: 1. To promote school safety and 2. To honor individuals who lost their lives in school shootings including a tragedy that impacted the UPHS community in 1993. Please watch this UPN video
created by our students covering the walk-out that was planned and scripted by students on the Principal Advisory Committee.
In addition, each school within the Upper Perkiomen School District will host A.L.I.C.E. parent informational meetings. Our high school meeting is scheduled for April 10 in the Audion at 7:00 PM. We will discuss our trainings on how to respond to an active intruder. I look forward to seeing you on April 10.
Lastly, I wanted to take a moment to discuss a recent phenomenon that is also negatively impacting students. This phenomenon is the rising use of electronic cigarettes or otherwise known as vaping or juuling. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (2016), vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of aerosol (vapor) from an e-cigarette. Our teenagers are under the misconception that vaping is a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes.
Our students are vaping within the community. They are vaping in our schools, our homes, in our stores, and on our streets. Schools and parents need to realize that vaping is occurring and we need to be more diligent with prevention and educating our kids on the ills of vaping. Our teenagers are vaping nicotine juice and in some cases liquid THC. THC is the chemical compound in cannabis, also known as marijuana. For more information, please read what parents need to know about vaping and are your kids juuling in school?. Rest assured, we will continue to fight this phenomenon and also know that vaping in schools is a violation of the school district’s tobacco policy. In the case of vaping THC, this action violates the school district’s drug and alcohol policy. Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.
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We Stood UP!
Rise UP for Parkland...and others. By Anne Kastelein, Class of 2021
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting
“Oh my God! Oh my God!” one of the students yelled over and over again in a video on social media, as more than 40 gunshots boomed through the door in front him.
February 14, that will forever be a day to remember. “The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, carried a black duffel bag and backpack, where he hid loaded magazines” according to the police report that was released Thursday. At 2:19, Cruz pulled up to the school parking lot in an uber and took out an AR-15 rifle. “He began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on school grounds,” the report said. Mr. Cruz also shot those inside 5 classrooms on the first and second floor in the freshman building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Authorities say, “He eventually discarded the rifle, a vest, and ammunition in a stairwell, blended in with fleeing students and got away.” Later that day, Cruz bought a drink at Subway and also stopped at McDonald's during his escape, he was arrested by the police without incident as he walked down a residential street at 3:41 p.m. “He looked like a typical high school student, and for a quick moment I thought, could this be the person who I need to stop?” said Officer Michael Leonard.
Nikolas Cruz now faces 17 counts of premeditated murder (each for those who lost their lives) and is being held without bond at the main Broward County Jail, “where he is placed on suicide watch,” according to Goron Weekes, the county's chief assistant public defender. The rifle he used in the attack was purchased legally at a gun shop called Sunrise Tactical Supply in Florida.
As a 14-year-old, high school student, and a freshman; I should feel safe when I walk through the doors at school, not scared of those around me. A shooter can be anyone you know, a friend, neighbor, or the person sitting next to you. It’s hard having to watch those videos on TV or on the internet, and know that it’s real and people actually went through it. It’s even harder knowing that a 19-year-old, was capable of buying an AR-15 rifle! How many students have to keep dying for the government to take action and do something about this? We are your future. Why won’t you protect us?
What happened on Wednesday soon lead us to the March of Our Lives, students walked out of schools and joined the march against gun control. “I think it showed a lot of selfness when we all came out and joined together as a body and as a school.” 9th grader, Karissa West states, “It sort of brought reality to live and realizing that things like that actually do happen it’s not a fairytale.” Upper Perkiomen High School Students also decided that there should be an action taken place with gun laws and joined the March of Our Lives too.
Bella Ryan as Cinderella rides in the carriage after her transformation scene
Riley Bowen as Prince Charming rides a horse made by students at UPHS
Bella Ryan while singing In My Own Little Corner
Cinderella: The UPHS Musical- A Magical Success- by Magdaline Camaratta, Class of 2020
Through the dates March 8th-March 10th, Upper Perkiomen High School presented this year’s musical, Cinderella. Hundreds came to attend the annual musical with Isabella Ryan and Riley Bowen playing as Cinderella and Prince Charming. Many of the performances throughout the play were based off of the 1997 version of Cinderella, including performances such as “The Prince is Giving a Ball”, “In My Own Little Corner”, and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”. After viewing such a phenomenal production, an inside look was taken of how all the magic was made possible.
Aside from the multiple performers that took the stage on the nights of the musical, there was also the work of stage crew that helped Cinderella come together. One of the stage crew members, Bridgette Creneti, stated that although she preferred to come most days of rehearsal, stage crew and make-up only had to make an appearance towards the end. She also revealed the most difficult part of her job was timing, stating, “When there was big transitions backstage it was very hard because there would be multiple props and a lot of people and it was hard to do very quickly. Also doing Bella’s transformation dress scene was hard.” The stage crew had to be on their toes at all points in order to accomplish transition scenes in a timely manner. There was around a total of fifteen people who made all this possible, this does not include the people who also spent time after school to create stage props. A majority of props included in the play were created by students apart of the play or others who volunteered to do so. The stage crew dressed in all black in order to draw less attention to themselves for the couple of seconds they were on stage hurriedly switching out props according to the scenes. When asked if any slip-ups were done, Creneti reveals, “One of nights we forgot to put a part of the railing on for the Prince’s palace”. For the amount of moving around they did, this slip-up was almost undetectable.
Everyone involved certainly made a show worth seeing, with astounding acting and a teamwork that allowed for a flowing story. Rebecca Wojcik, a UPHS student who attended the show on March 9th described the play to be “broadway quality”. When asked what her favorite part of the play was she stated, “My favorite part was when they performed Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful, it was really good”. It is guaranteed many others feel the same way!
The Oscars- The Envelope Please by Dillon Brendle, Class of 2021
This year’s Oscars were all about correcting past mistakes and fixing them in the future. From sexual harassment to gender and racial inequality, this year was supposed to sling shot us into the future where hopefully less negligence will happen. Many individuals took this as an opportunity to raise awareness for different issues or recruit others for their campaigns and causes.
This year saw many females take center stage after many years shunned aside at the Oscars. Greta Gerwig became only the fifth female ever nominated for best director, she did not win but steps like this hopefully show the younger and more diverse Academy moving in the right direction.
This wasn’t the only love Gerwig got, even though she left empty handed. A video was produced for her and other trendsetters like the first transgender nominee, Yance Ford.
Nominees showed a reinvented Oscars but the winners stuck to old ways. Acting awards went to seasoned veterans like Gary Oldman. He took home the prize for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”
Frances McDormand won best actress and used her time on stage to make a statement for all women. Saying “If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees stand with me.” Her speech was one of the most heartfelt moments of the night.
Here at Upper Perk, Mrs. Austin directed this year’s play, Cinderella. When asked about women like Gerwig and McDormand she said, “I am hopeful that one day women will receive the credit they deserve and I am indeed inspired by the five women who were nominated in fields that women are rarely, if at all, recognized for.”
She was happy that Francis McDormand demanded equality on movie sets during her Oscar acceptance speech. And said that it “made an impact in the week following the award show.”
She also applauding these women’s perseverance in the industry. “I am inspired by their perseverance in an industry that frequently overlooks them or treats them like a sexual object.” Finally she added that until men and women work together nothing can change and that nominations aren’t enough since these women had been doing great work prior to this year’s Oscars. Hopefully this year was a sign of what is to come in the future for the Academy Awards. I hope that in years to come women will take center stage and shed the barrier that has blocked them from getting the recognition they deserve.
International Women’s Day and Women’s Equality, by Carin Holmes, Class of 2018
In the past few months, women all over the world have been engaged in the Me Too and Times Up movement fighting against sexual harassment and gender inequality. But how many women believe that progress is being made?
Susan Miller for USA TODAY reported that on March 8th, International Women’s Day, organizers of the day made sure to capitalize on the idea of gender parity in efforts to push toward progress. This effort was further fueled when, “a World Economic Forum Gender Gap report that showed parity more than 200 years away further fueled the fire.” Women’s Day organizers see the momentum of this activism as a critical moment in the movement towards progress.
Glenda Stone, a partnerships director for International Women’s Day said that in today’s society there is “a lot more awareness-raising campaigns and an overall expectation by young populations that society will be more equal.”
When asked how she felt about the progress being made in gender equality, Esther Mack who is a senior at Upper Perkiomen High School states, “I believe that gender equality has become more aware to the public eye than ever before and it is a great thing.” She agrees that it is gaining more awareness in the overall scheme of things, however she also explains that, “I also believe that even though people are informed, it doesn’t mean that change is always happening.”
Though the movement is making huge strides towards gender parity, only 50% of people believe that women who come forward as victims of sexual harassment are not being taken seriously. This is alarming considering the fact that sexual harassment is still seen as the biggest issue facing gender equality.
The gender divide on this issue is also a buffer when in comes to progress being made in the topic of gender parity. Miller provides information on this by explaining that when the poll revealed that people believed 57% of women had experienced sexual harassment, women guessed 64% had been harassed where as men guessed that only 49% of women had.
While nearly half of the polled individuals believe that they will see gender equality within their lifetime, the reality is grimmer. In the United States, the people believe that they will see women be paid equally by the year 2028. However, using the data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the poll’s author believes that if we continue moving at the current rate of progress, we will not see the pay gap close until 2059.
Esther Mack was once again asked a question on this subject, and was asked when she could see the pay gap coming to a close. She explains that “I have no idea when the pay gap will close because there will always be people who disagree and think that there isn't a pay gap to begin with, or that things are fine as is. It’s part of life to have others disagree with you, but this is important and influences many peoples lives. I have hope that the pay gap will minimize over time, but I am unsure when it will fully close.”
The debate over women’s rights and gender equality may never end soon, but hopefully a solution will soon be found.
Mini-Thon 2018- Thousands Raised for the Four Diamonds- by Alyssa Sullivan, Class of 2018
On Saturday, February 24, the Upper Perkiomen High School held their 4th annual Mini THON, where our school raised a total of $13,015.33 for pediatric cancer.
Mini THONs are fun, interactive events for students that help raise money in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. They are modeled after Penn State’s THON, which is a 48 hour dance marathon that has been raising money for childhood cancer every year since 1993.
Our Mini THON was 9 hours long where students got to play carnival games, compete in a volleyball tournament, and dance the entire night. The goal was to raise $10,000, and those funds came from things like donations, tickets sales, and raffle tickets. We accomplished this goal and more by raising over $13,000, which was revealed at the end of the night. One of the Mini THON chair members, Kaylie Siwy, who was ecstatic when she found out they reached the goal stated, “After raising our $13,000 we will now give it to Four Diamonds and it is their responsibility to give it to families and children who have been touched by cancer.”
Four Diamonds is an organization founded by Charles and Irma Millard, who are the parents of a little boy who lost his three year battle with cancer, that want to help children and families in their own fight with childhood cancer. Christopher Millard, the little boy, wrote a story about a knight who was looking for four diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength to get away from an evil sorceress, which represented his own battle with cancer that he eventually lost short after. After this, his parents knew they wanted to dedicate their lives helping other families that went through the same struggle as they had, which is how the Four Diamonds organization started.
Alexa Aughe, another chair member, said, “All the money Four Diamonds collects is used for families that are impacted by pediatric cancer. They will help pay for hospital bills, cancer research, and the treatment for kids and families that are not covered by insurance.” The money our school raised, along with all the other schools that have their own Mini THONs, are sent to Four Diamonds to help all the families with these problems.
Kaylie believed the overall message of Mini THON, especially the fact that our school reached the goal is, “Anyone can make a difference and help conquer childhood cancer!”
The Sophomore Business Trips. By Madison Gochnauer, Class of 2020
Over the past few weeks, tenth grade students at Upper Perkiomen High School took part in an enriching trip throughout the community. Local businesses invited the sophomores to tour their facilities from March 13 to March 15 to experience the unique environments of each workplace. From Blommer Chocolate Company to Perkiomen Animal Hospital, students selected two different destinations based off of their interests and plans for the future. In particular, a group of students visited the Good Shepherd Physical Therapy building in East Greenville and the QNB Bank main branch in Quakertown.
After just a few minutes on the bus, the students arrived at Good Shepherd and were greeted by an employee, who works as an O.T., or occupational therapist, who explained the purpose of the building. As an outpatient center and extension of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Upper Perkiomen patients receive close-to-home access to different types of therapy. Speech therapy, orthopedic therapy, and aquatic therapy are just a small portion of the types of programs offered at Good Shepherd. The guide explained each type of work the different branches of therapy entails, along with schooling required and average income. Students were given behind-the-scenes access to the different methods used to help ease the pain of patients, whether it be programs to test mental reflexes or the swimming pool used to take pressure off of the joints. By the end of the tour, the students walked out the door with new knowledge and considerations for pursuing therapy in the future.
The other destination, QNB Bank, welcomed the sophomores to their main branch and office. Starting in the bank, tour guides took students around a number of exclusive areas, such as the vault and the downstairs training area. The students were taught about the responsibilities of the many positions available at the bank, such as tellers, managers, and analysts. Required schooling and similar subjects were discussed and students were given opportunities to ask questions. Afterwords, the guides lead the students across the street to their main office. There, the group got to see the work put in to keep the twelve branches up and working. Everything from the responsibilities of I.T. positions to what is required of loan managers was explained by the guide as students explored each floor of the office.
At the end of the day, the students left each of their tour destinations with a new perspective on local businesses. Many students had mixed feelings about the trip, but overall, there is a general consensus that it was enjoyable and worth the time. Alyse Thompson, a sophomore who took part in the trip, was asked her opinion on the trip, answering, “I thought the trip was very informational and gave me a look into what I might consider doing with the rest of my life”. One of her businesses was St. Luke’s. When asked what she learned, Thompson replied, “I learned a lot about the different incomes of the medical field, like the difference between a nurse and an infectious disease pharmacist. That type of pharmacist makes a lot!” Collectively, Thompson thought that the trips could definitely be improved if there was “a longer timeframe to spend at the business”. Although the trips are over, students and staff alike are grateful for such a great opportunity to not only explore different careers, but to influence a new generation of great minds in the Valley.
Traveling Indians- The UPHS Trips Abroad. By Andrew Niziolek- Class of 2019
Travelling to other countries with a group of near strangers who would become some of my best friends was an opportunity I never expected I would have. My trip early in the summer to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii is one that I’ll never forget and the memories are just as valuable as the friendships.
Of course without help from my parents and family it wouldn’t have been possible. I owe a huge thanks to them and in my opinion, there’s no price to those memories and friendships. Our flight out of Philadelphia was delayed, having us almost miss our connecting flight to New Zealand out of Houston; one that would have set us back a week.
After landing in New Zealand, we immediately boarded a flight to Australia where we learned that our bags were still in Houston and we wouldn’t have them for a few days. This trip was set to be a test of our patience already. Through our missing wardrobes and toiletries, I experienced the sun rises on the other side of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, and the local jungle which we mistakenly got lost in looking for a hidden waterfall.
Our adventures continued in Sydney, with lunch next to the Opera House shortly before boarding a ferry to Manly Beach where some took surfing lessons while myself and another member of our group rented bikes and took on exploring the Northern side of the island, finding view of the ocean that not many locals seemed to be taking advantage of. We biked back to town and found a pizza place nestled into a business lobby and I had some of the best pizza of my life.
Those nights in Sydney were some of the close bonding moments I had with the other members of our group, the other kids from Upper Perk that had signed on to take this adventure. Our family away from home and the others we relied on until we returned home. There’s a bond from that kind of travelling that can’t be formed without it, and it’s something that the my other relationships will forever lack.
From Sydney we left for Rotorua in New Zealand. Being that it’s in a highly active geothermal, everything smells like sulfur. At first this was horrible, off-loading from a 3 hour bus ride to the hotel after a 5 hour flight and immediately being hit with a wall of stink is not optimal. Through our days in New Zealand, we were harassed by the employees at the local supermarket, shown an indigenous town that still had people living in it and cooking their food as their ancestors have for centuries with the steam and heat of hot springs. Leaving there we went to the top of a nearby mountain to luge down the side, and later to the Agrodome -- a sheep show -- which sounds like a let down but was incredibly entertaining.
We then went off to an indigenous tribe where they reenacted the rituals for meeting new comers. We learned of how they lived and were given a chance to eat food prepared with the methods of steaming seen previously. One of our last days we spent touring Hobbiton, the movie set for the Lord of the Rings movies and a somewhat convincing hillside town.
After all of our time in New Zealand, we were off to Hawaii. We were on the home stretch and being back in the United States was a change of pace from the foreign countries -- all of the creature comforts of home had returned but we were still in paradise. Our hotel here was, by far, the best of the trip and our days in Waikiki were spent relaxing and being toured through the local scenery as well as visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial.
From Hawaii we returned to the mainland, first landing in San Francisco for a short layover and then back to Philadelphia. With this I learned that Pennsylvania has a very distinct smell, and you won’t notice it until you’ve been gone for a time.
This trip was one of a lifetime and I have everyone who went to thank for making the experience far better than it could’ve been. I also have our excellent tour guide Vic that followed us through Australia and New Zealand for making things that would normally bore me to death incredibly fun.
I usually don’t reflect on experiences and say “Wow that changed my life”, but every day spent there has had a last effect on my life and I’m incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity. Thankfully, for some of you reading, this may be something you can do. Mrs. Lychock, the group leader for my trip and art teacher at the high school is running a trip to Japan that sounds to be just as great a time as mine was.
Relax......it's time for a quick break. By Mickiah Johnson, Class of 2018
What are you going to do this Spring? When it comes to seasonal breaks, the go to thing to do is traveling. Whether you’re visiting your grandparents or distant relatives, or driving down to the beach to soak up in the sun. According to Travel Agent Central, 35 percent of American families travel during vacation. “I’m going to Baltimore and D.C for spring Break”, Upper Perkiomen senior Carin Holmes exclaim.
According to John Rampton from the Entrepreneur, the average family costs for vacation is around $1,000. Due to transportation, costs for spring break or any other holiday vacation can be quite expensive. It also depends on how far your destination is and what type of transportation you choose to get there. Also according to Rampton from the Entrepreneur, a single flight to Los Angeles from Philly could be as high as $700.
Spring break is the time to unwind , relax, and enjoy time with friends or family. But sometimes the activities that we want to do aren’t affordable. Instead of going to the boardwalk in Jersey or a Jamaican cruise here are the things that you could do. Go outside and walk or drive to the park, and if you have a dog or maybe even a cat take them with you . Have a picnic with family, friends, or a significant other. Take a hike up in the mountains with friends and maybe even stay in the mountains and camp. Take a day trip and travel to an amusement park like Dorney Park or Hershey.
Not an outside type of person? Go to the library and read a book. Drive down to the cinema in Quakertown or the local theater and enjoy a great film. Go to the mall and just roam the stores. You don’t even have to buy anything, just don’t loiter in there too long. Been thinking of cleaning your house for a while? Do some spring cleaning at your house and help your parents out. Take up some arts and crafts or do D.I.Y crafting. Or when in doubt catch up on some sleep to break away from some stress.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to Spring Break.
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The Fifth Season- Allergy Season- by Taylor Sottung, Class of 2018
Sniffing, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes all the symptoms of your average cold, but it’s also something all suffers love...allergies. Recently allergies have been hitting suffers and others harder than ever. Personally I hadn’t suffered from allergies until this year, more in the February, early March months.
Mainly the things causing winter, early spring allergies are dust mites, and mold. But more of the early spring allergies are trees, grasses, weeds, flowers, and even bugs (bees and mosquitoes). So with the spring cleaning that goes on around this time of year, that would be contributing to the suffering of allergies.
Some of the more specific and common triggers in the spring enclude, maple, oak, ragweed and the most common is pollen.
Pollen in cooler states can actually start being released in from plants in February and March. Tree pollen allergies are the most common in the spring months according to WebMD.
Allergy Cosmos came to the conclusion that pollen levels peak in the morning and in the late evening, but in some cases it can be high all day. If the ground has dew on it in the morning, usually more in the end of spring going into summer, pollen peaks are more likely to be later in the day. Since the pollen will not be released till the water has evaporated.
Some common symptoms of allergies include runny nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, ear congestion, itchy throat or ear canal. Some less common symptoms are headaches, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing. But as you can see all of these are the same symptoms as a common cold, now how do you know the difference is the key to treating the allergies.
Usually you can tell the difference between a cold and allergies by how long you have to symptoms, is what WebMD states. If your symptoms are on temporary, a few days to two weeks max, you probably had a cold. But if the symptoms are persistent more than 2 weeks it is most likely seasonal allergies. Something else that is different it that with a cold symptoms take a few days to kick in from the time that your body recieved the virus while allergies almost happen instantaneously. Also if you’re having body aches that is a tell tale sign that you are having cold symptoms not seasonal allergies.
Many of the people that I had talked to, 7 out of 10 said that they had suffered from seasonal allergies, majority of them told me they suffered more in the warmer months, spring and summer. But 3 of them had said it was more of an all year suffering with theirs.
Some ways to prevent allergies and stop them is to take showers at night so that the allergens aren’t on the pillows and you’re not breathing them in all night. Also wash your bedding regularly so that if you haven’t gotten all the allergens off that will get the rest. Lastly you’ll want to keep your doors and windows shut during allergy season so the allergens stay outside and don’t come in.
Indians Rule the Pool- PIAA State Swimming Championships- by Noel Fresa, Class of 2020
After PIAA 2018 Districts concluded for the swim team, the next competition was on the horizon — states. With a total of ten kids going, head coach Brien Kalnoski called it the largest group of girls going to states in over twenty year, and the largest team for the boys in over five.
Both the coaches and the swimmers were excited for the competition, and hopes were high for placements and finals. Fresa, who initially fumbled her 100 freestyle swim at districts went in seated tenth, claiming “I know I can go faster. In the 400 free relay at Districts I went faster than my seat time by over a second. I hope to medal in that, as well as my 50 free.” Her seating in the 50 freestyle was equal to her seat in the 100 as she was also seated tenth. Her high hopes were achieved as she medaled in both: 5th in the 100 freestyle and 6th in the 50 freestyle. She ended up breaking her own team record in the 50 free for the third time throughout the season. She was also the first swimmer to medal in over twenty years, an impressive feat for only a sophomore.
Her 400 freestyle relay was also seated to make finals, as she was joined by Bailey McCausland, Madison Modugno, and Jayme Fisher to compete. After crushing the previous record at Districts, the girls hoped to compete at finals and hopefully lower their time. Kalnoski spoke of their relay swim at districts by saying that it “was a record that has stood since 1998, and my girls broke it by two seconds." They were seated 14th going into their race, but gained a few places and ended up just missing out on finals by coming in 17th. Kalnoski spoke of their race, saying that “[they] are all underclassmen, this year was to get used to the pool. Next year [they] can place better.” Both their 200 free relay and the boys 200 medley relay — consisting of Kyle Kovalenko, Dan Miller, Cameron Junk, and Joel Williams — were seated 21st, just barely making it into competition. Both of these relays, while not dropped time, dropped placement. The girls’ 200 relay came in 19th, while the boy’s 200 relay came in 18th.
Kovalenko, who swam an “unbelievably good time” in the 100 breaststroke at districts, according to both Kalnoski and himself, was seated eighth. Kovalenko, despite being nervous — to the extent of shaking on the block — credits Kalnoski’s training and says he knew it would “put him in a high place.” Kovalenko medaled 6th in this event, re-breaking the team record he set at districts. He was the second swimmer to medal at states, following Fresa who medaled the day before. The 200 IM also joined his lineup for the states competition, being seated 30th. He dropped one placement in this event to end up 29th. Junk also competed individually for the 500 freestyle, just breaking five minutes at districts, a huge accomplishment for any swimmer. He came in 20th but achieved his goal to “stay under five minutes.” Trevor Cairns was also scratched into the 500 freestyle, as he was initially an alternate and ended up placing 29th. Cairns was very excited to be able, though he claims he was “did not expect it to happen.”
All of these athletes trained for months following Kalnoski’s intensive training schedule, at some points going up to six and a half hours a day of both swimming and weight training. Kalnoski considered his team’s showing at districts and the recently concluded states to be so good because he tried to outwork every other team. As he describes it: “a blue-collared team.” With this work ethic, many of the swimmers performed extremely well both throughout and at the final meets of the season.