The Hawk The Student News Site of Lincoln Southwest High School Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:36:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Road to PBA Starts Today for Silver Hawks Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:36:29 +0000 With March Madness just days away, the madness starts early for Nebraska high school hoops, with girls district basketball ending this past Thursday night and the boys district tournaments starting today, Friday, Feb. 28.

The Silver Hawks will start their road to Pinnacle Bank Arena and the state tournament tonight, with a home match up against Omaha Northwest High School with tip off at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re pretty excited,” said freshman guard Rylan Smith. “It’s most of the guys on the team first district game.”

The Northwest Huskies are just 4-18 on the season, with two of those wins coming against Omaha Bryan. Last week the Hawks ended the regular season with a dominant win against the Omaha Bryan Bears 84-56.

Omaha Northwest does not have an explosive scorer on their team, as no player averages more than 11 points per contest. However, the Huskies do have a balanced scoring attack with three different players averaging over 10 points per game.

“They are a really good rebounding team. They like to get out and run and can pass the ball well,” said Smith. “But if we do the three big things, communication, transition and effort, we should have a good shot to win.”

The Hawks themselves will try to continue the momentum and play from their last regular season game against Omaha Bryan.

“We just got to keep our confidence going and our momentum rolling,” said Smith. “If we win this game we will have our first win streak of the season and we’ll be one step closer to state.”

If the Hawks win this game they will move on to play Millard North, the second ranked team in the state, in the district semi-final game on Saturday Feb. 29 at a time to be determined at Millard North High School. However, with a Southwest loss against the Huskies, the Silver Hawks season would be over unless an unlikely wild card spot was given.

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February Hawks Night Cancelled Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:48:10 +0000 Normally, Japanese Club hosts one Hawks Night the last Friday of every other month. Hawks Night was scheduled for today, Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., but it is rescheduled this month due to a shortage of prizes.

“Prizes are donated by students that are part of Japanese club or part of Japanese class most of the time,” senior Evan Pitt said. “And some teachers donate, I know Cunningham-Sensei, and Willie Sapp donate some too.”

The event is normally hosted in the commons. Hawks cards are $5 for one, $8 for two and $10 for three. There are also concessions being sold during the event, so people can have a snack while they play. Prizes are needed to host the event, to give people something in exchange.

“All the money goes to the Japan trip and Japanese Club, and we use it to host Japanese-style events for everyone,” sophomore Hannah Nigh said. “The prizes are a good incentive to get people to come and buy things.”

The Japan trip is scheduled for the summer of 2021. Hawks Night is rescheduled for the last Friday of April 24, when the event will have enough prizes to be hosted.

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LSW Hoops District Hype Video Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:58:50 +0000 0 LSW vs. LHS Recap Video Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:56:43 +0000 0 Bubbles for Babies Raises Money for March of Dimes Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:56:18 +0000 Between Feb. 17 and Feb. 21, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held their annual March for Dimes fundraiser through their “Bubbles for Babies” booth.

As a partner to March of Dimes, each chapter of FBLA donates money to the organization every year. Southwest’s chapter sold bubble gum before and after school to raise money for the March of Dimes foundation. 

March of Dimes is a national organization committed to spreading awareness and raising money to reduce premature births, birth defects, and infant deaths.

“The awareness helps people to be more attune to the fact that there still are issues around premature birth,” FBLA supervisor Josh Hinrichs said. “Everybody seems to know one person that was born prematurely, but they just don’t know there are things they can do to help future babies.”

“Bubbles for Babies” was chosen by FBLA students three years ago to initiate student involvement in the fundraiser.

“March of Dimes is important because it helps future generations,” sophomore Gia Tong said. “High schoolers love gum, so we’re raising money and students are getting something out of it.”

Students can get involved with March of Dimes by making a donation or volunteering their time to the organization. The organization’s annual walk, March for Babies, will be held in Papillion the first weekend in May. Students are also welcome to join FBLA who meets on select Thursdays at 7:15 am in B200.

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Slumped Silverhawks Set to Finish Strong Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:47:43 +0000 Lincoln Southwest is going to be having 3rd term final exams for the on Wednesday, Mar. 4 and Friday, Mar. 6. 

Southwest is the only high school in LPS to have an official finals day schedule for 3rd term because of block scheduling.

A lot of students get into a slump 3rd term, and is referred to as the “3rd Quarter Slump” by psychologists. According to The New York Times, The 3rd quarter slump is often defined as that time in the school year when students’ grades drop fast.

“I’m not really worried about finals this term,” senior Kallie Harford said. “I only have one class though, so I think if I had a full schedule it would be different.”

Along with students, teachers struggle to motivate their students while also suffering from the “3rd Term Slump.”

“It’s hard sometimes to get my students’ spirits lifted,” Mr. Jacob Fahrlander said. “Some days are better than others, but this term is definitely the most challenging as a teacher.” 

There are many resources students can go to if they are struggling with classes. A commonly used resource is National Honors Society’s 1 on 1 tutoring or floating tutoring on Tuesdays from 2-3 in the library. 

“There are a lot of students who have asked for tutors,” senior Sydney Hatcliff, the NHS co-tutoring chair, said. “We always have a lot of NHS members who are ready to help with any subject on Tuesdays after school and any student is welcome to come for help.”

After finals on Friday, Southwest will not resume classes until Monday, Mar. 16, for Spring break. 

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Southwest Choir Rises Its Voice Up Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:52:04 +0000 On Wednesday Feb. 26, mix concert choir, freshman choir, varsity choir, chamber choir and other ensembles will perform in the Southwest Auditorium at 6:30 pm. After intermission, the second part of the concert show choir will be performing their show. It is the last time they will be performing in Lincoln. 

“I am in a varsity and a chamber choir,” junior McKenna Onorato said. “The chamber choir is an elite choir and you have to audition to get into it and you do harder music than in just a regular choir.” 

This year the choir program is focused on solos and ensembles to give personalities a chance to shine. Teachers have worked with each soloist either before or after school and during class. To prepare the ensembles, teachers divided girls and boys into groups and work with them separately. 

“We give individuals a chance to work on the solo and anybody can do it if they want one,” Cotton said. “We had 30 actual solos this year.”

Choir members are nervous and ecstatic at the same time before. The season is coming to the end and for some, it’s hard to realize that this is one of the last times they are going to perform this show.

“It is exciting to have our last performance,” senior Jack Nolley said. “We worked really hard and I think a lot of people will come to watch us for our last one.”

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Southwest Cheer and Dance Fly High At State Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:41:45 +0000 The Lincoln Southwest competition cheer and dance teams went to the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championships on Friday, Feb. 21 in Grand Island, Nebraska. The cheerleading squad placed first in Traditional Performance and fifth in Game Day, and the Emeralds dance team placed first in High Kick and fifth in Pom. 

In High Kick, the Emeralds had zero deductions and received a score of 87.65, and first place. In order to qualify, there must be at least 60 kicks that keep one foot on the ground and the other foot at least one inch above the ground.

“It was really hard to get 60 kicks,” junior Maggie Winklepleck said. “There were six teams this year in the competition and it takes so much energy to kick 60 times in two minutes but it is such an adrenaline rush.”

In Pom, there were zero deductions, and the Emeralds received a score of 86.83 with fifth place. To qualify as a pom routine, poms must be used through 80 percent of the routine. The team must be synchronized and movements must be sharp and precise. 

The competition cheerleading squad had zero deductions, a score of 80.80 and first place in the Traditional Performance competition. To be considered as a Traditional Performance, a routine must include a sideline cheer or chant, the musical performance must not exceed one minute and thirty seconds, and the entire routine must be under two minutes and thirty seconds. 

“I was really glad we got first place,” sophomore Maggie Troyer said. “It was fun to see all of our hard work pay off and to see that our coaches were so excited for us was cool.” 

In the Game Day competition, the squad had half a point of deductions, a score of 80.30 and took fifth place. In order to be eligible for Game Day, routines must include a band chant, a situational sideline, a crowdleading cheer and a fight song, in that order.

“Knowing that it was my last go-around at state was bittersweet,” senior Kelsey Hall said. “It’s hard being on the Emeralds for four years and then coming together to take the stage feels good and I have really enjoyed my years here.”

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LPS Bond Issue Passed Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:03:07 +0000 On Tuesday, Feb. 11 Lincoln Public School’s $290 million bond issue passed, granting LPS to build two high schools–one in the northwest side of Lincoln and the other in the new neighborhoods in the southeast district– one elementary school, and renovate 14 various schools in the district as well. 

According to the LPS Website, The Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee, made up of community members and LPS workers, has worked on this bond issue proposal for over a year. Using analysis from past bond issues along with data from all schools with various needs, the committee and Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel compromised on the amount of $290 million.

“Based on the needs of the various schools, the committee initially decided on a $460 million bond proposal,” LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel said. “But, we all compromised and discussed further leading us to our amount of $290 million.”

The new high schools are projected to house around 1000 students for their first year. Although the initial schools are going to be smaller than the other high schools in Lincoln, they are going to be built with the core amenities big enough to hold 2000.

Once the schools open, each pre-existing school is going to endure various changes in student enrollment and faculty.

“I think we’re definitely going to see an initial drop in student enrollment when the new high schools open,” Principal Mike Gillotti said. “I think the freshman class is going to have smaller numbers for a few years until we see the enrollment level out.”

The Southwest seniors who are registered voters were able to vote for or against the bond issue. They received a letter in the mail with information about the bond and a ballot to send in with their vote.

I voted for the bond to help our overcrowding issues at Southwest,” senior Jessie Harlan said. “One time my math class was held in the forum because we didn’t have enough rooms to go into and it was really hard to test.”

The first school in northwest Lincoln is predicted to open in the fall of 2022 with the other on the southeastern side planned on opening in the fall of 2024. Any additional updates available to the public will be posted on the LPS website. 

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LSW Hoops Traveling To Metro To Face Omaha Bryan Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:16:59 +0000 On Friday, Feb. 21, the Lincoln Southwest boys varsity basketball team will be taking on the Omaha Bryan Bears at Omaha Bryan High School with tip off at 7:15 p.m.

The Hawks will be coming off a 61-48 win earlier in the week against the Lincoln High Links on Tuesday, Feb. 18. This win ended a 3 game losing streak for the Hawks and improved LSW’s record to 8-15.

“We moved the ball around really well on Tuesday,” said sophomore center Dillon Riedmiller. “And when we are aggressive and moving the ball we’re really good.”

This will also be the last regular season game for the Silver Hawks before districts, which will be held the final week of February and the first week of March. With this in mind, LSW will not just be trying to beat the Bears, but also trying to sharpen a few facets of the Hawks’ game before districts.

“Defense is and has been a big focus for us,” said Riedmiller. “Whoever we play in districts is going to have people that are hard to guard, so we need to get ready for that.”

Omaha Bryan themselves are one of the weakest teams in the state with a 3-18 record. This may give the Hawks an opportunity to work on aspects of their game if they are able to jump on the Bears early.

“I think running in transition and executing ‘Fire’ [LSW Hoops’ transition offense], I think we can take advantage of them there,” said Dillon Riedmiller. “If we can run early, I think we will get a good start.”

In addition to the boys’ varsity team being in action, the girls’ varsity hoops team will also be taking on Omaha Bryan prior to the boys’ varsity game, with tip off at 5:15 from Omaha Bryan High School.

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