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Three DHS seniors named National Merit semifinalists

Three seniors from De Soto High School, Parker Riley, Austin Showen and Philip Kaul, have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

The representatives from De Soto join approximately 16,000 other high school seniors from across the country in the competition, all selected from the pool of more than one million students who apply for the scholarship.

Participation in the competition begins as a junior, when students take the Preliminary SAT, which is the standard National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. From this semifinalist placement, the boys must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. Each semifinalist will also submit a final application, with the assistance of a school official.

The National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring of 2012. Roughly 8,300 scholarships worth nearly $35 million will be awarded.

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DHS teacher named semifinalist in Kansas Teacher of the Year competition

A De Soto High School teacher was named a semifinalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award this past weekend.

Donna Rhodes, a Communications Arts teacher at DHS, was one of 24 semifinalists named for the award: 12 secondary teachers and 12 elementary teachers. Across the state, 106 educators were nominated for the honor, which is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Rhodes was honored at a ceremony in Topeka, along with six other semifinalists from Region 3 of the contest, which covers the state's Third Congressional District.

The final award will be presented in November.

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Wildcat wrap-ups: Tuesday a night of victory for volleyball and soccer

Senior Becca Maasen returns the volley to Louisburg with the support of teammate and fellow senior Danielle Dowdy during a home match on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Senior Becca Maasen returns the volley to Louisburg with the support of teammate and fellow senior Danielle Dowdy during a home match on Tuesday, Sept. 20. by Laura Herring

The De Soto High School volleyball team earned a hard-fought victory over Louisburg at home Tuesday night, going 3-2 with the visiting Wildcats.

The match started very well for DHS when they quickly won the first match 25-10. De Soto struggled to keep the momentum going into the second match though and gave up too many blocks at the net and lost 25-19. The girls rallied in the third match and improved blocking to win 25-18. The fourth match was another struggle as errors showed again on the De Soto side of the net and Louisburg won 25-17. Everything was on the line when the fifth game began and both teams fought hard to win the tie. The score went back and forth with neither team pulling ahead by more than one point for most of the match. The 15-point end mark came and went as neither team could pull ahead by the required two until Louisburg couldn't catch a ball on the edge of the court and De Soto won 19-17.

A photogallery from the game can be viewed here.

The De Soto High School soccer team also won Tuesday night, beating Paola 1-0 in overtime.

Head coach Darren Erpelding described the game as a "very physical" match-up in his online game notes. As Paola put the pressure on De Soto, the Wildcats responded the same but senior John Williams responded too much and was given a "deserved red card" in the second half, according to Erpelding. The Wildcats' win came off a header by senior Alejandro Lopez.

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Wildcat wrap-ups: Football heading into Homecoming on a win, Cross-Country places in Wamego tournament

The De Soto High School Wildcat football team improved to a 2-1 record after a 28-7 win over Baldwin on the road Friday night. Starting off the scoring for De Soto was junior Corbin Clark with a 21-yard run. Senior Cole Cannon caught an interception from Baldwin and ran the ball 20 yards for a second touchdown. Senior Ryan Hicks scored the third touchdown on a one-yard run and junior Zack Griffiths finished things off with a fourth touchdown on a 28-yard fumble recovery. Wildcat kicker Josh Pasley, a junior, scored the extra point for each touchdown. The homecoming game against Eudora will kick-off at 7 p.m. this Friday.

The DHS cross-country teams competed in the Wamego tournament on Sept. 10 and both the boys and the girls finished in the top three. The boys' team, which placed second out of 17 teams, had a combined score of 88. Junior Angel Vasquez took first-place in the 5K with a time of 16:46, the second-fastest time ever recorded on the course.

The girls' cross-country team placed third out of 14 teams at Wamego with a total score of 98. Top ten finishers were freshman Meredith Wolfe, who placed eighth in the 4K with a time of 16:48, and sohpmore Rebekah Burgweger, who placed ninth in the 4K with a time of 16:49.

Wildcat volleyball defeated Central Heights and Jayhawk Lynn last week, both in just two matches. Scores against Central Heights were 25-17 and 25-8 and scores against Jayhawk Lynn were 25-17 and 25-11. The girls will play Louisburg at home tomorrow night.

The boys' soccer team recorded a 0-0 tie against Ottawa in overtime at home on Thursday night. They have another home game tomorrow night against Paola.

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Homecoming royalty to be announced during Friday's game

The 2011 De Soto High School Homecoming royalty candidates and court members pose for a group photo in front of the school on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The king and queen will be voted on by the entire student body throughout the week and announced during halftime of the football game this Friday, Sept. 23.

The 2011 De Soto High School Homecoming royalty candidates and court members pose for a group photo in front of the school on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The king and queen will be voted on by the entire student body throughout the week and announced during halftime of the football game this Friday, Sept. 23. by Laura Herring

The De Soto High School Wildcats will play their 2011 Homecoming game this Friday night against Eudora. Princes and Princess for the Homecoming court have already been selected by the freshman, sophomore and junior classes and the senior king and queen will be voted on by the student body throughout the week.

Senior king and queen candidates are:

  • Hunter Endres, son of Tammy and Grey Endres. Hunter runs cross-county and track, plays in the DHS band and is a member of the National Honor Society.
  • Philip Kaul, son of Frank and Nancy Kaul. Philip runs cross-country and track, is a drum major for the DHS band, is a member of the Scholar's Bowl team, is on the staff of the Green Pride newspaper and is a member of the DHS debate team.
  • Andrew Duckworth, son of Tish and Johnny Duckworth. Andrew plays football and baseball.
  • Molly Brandenburg, daughter of Bob and Shelly Brandenburg. Molly is a member of the National Honor Society, the LITE team and is a tutor.
  • Hannah Stevens, daughter of Clark and Darla Stevens. Hanna is a drum major for the DHS band, is a member of Madrigals, is a member of the National Honor Society and the LITE team, is on the Student Council and participates in the musicals.
  • Haley Mills, daughter of Kirsten and Scott Mills. Haley is a member of the National Honor Society and the LITE team and is a tutor and mentor.

The court representatives are:

  • Juniors Zack Griffiths and Elise Miller. Zack is the son of Amy and Shawn Griffiths. He plays football and basketball, runs track and is a member of the power lifting team. Elise is the daughter of Shaun and Christy Miller. She runs cross-country and track.
  • Sophomores Michael Buffkin and Shelby Philbrook. Michael is the son of Michelle and Pete Buffkin. He plays football and baseball and is a member of the Student Council. Shelby is the daughter of Rex and Gabby Philbrook. She plays volleyball and runs track.
  • Freshmen Eli Pruss and Abby Oberle. Eli is the son of Annie and John Pruss. He plays football, runs track and is a member of the DHS band and the power lifting team. Abby is the daughter of Troy and Robin Oberle. She plays volleyball and is a member of the power lifting team.

More photos of the candidates can be seen in this photogallery.

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Driving simulator encourages safe driving habits in DHS students

DHS senior Anna Cline "drives" a test vehicle while wearing goggles that simulate drunken driving during the Arrive Alive safe driving event at De Soto High School on Thursday, Sept. 15. "It seemed pretty real and while I already don't drink and drive or text and drive this really showed me why it's so dangerous," she said.

DHS senior Anna Cline "drives" a test vehicle while wearing goggles that simulate drunken driving during the Arrive Alive safe driving event at De Soto High School on Thursday, Sept. 15. "It seemed pretty real and while I already don't drink and drive or text and drive this really showed me why it's so dangerous," she said. by Laura Herring

Excessive swerving. Driving below the posted speed limit. Driving on the wrong side of the road. Failing to stop at a red light. Hitting a parked vehicle. Driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving while texting.

Students and faculty at De Soto High School received "tickets" for all of these violations this morning after "driving" the Arrive Alive simulator vehicle.

"It seemed pretty real and while I already don't drink and drive or text and drive this really showed me why it's so dangerous," said DHS senior Anna Cline.

The simulator, which will be operating at DHS all day today and all day tomorrow at Mill Valley High School, was paid for by a grant from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and was planned to coincide with homecoming next week.

"The hope is that this exercise will give students a realistic view of what happens when they drive distracted in any way, drinking or texting," said DHS Principal Dave Morford, who drove the simulator himself. "I think everyone should take the opportunity to participate in an exercise like this, not just students but anyone who gets behind the wheel."

While the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration in the state of Kansas is 0.08, or less than one tenth of a percent, Arrive Alive technician Andrew Rogers varies the drivers' BACs anywhere from .077 to 0.1 or more.

"For the most part everyone who gets behind our wheel takes it seriously and tries really hard to obey the law," Rogers said. "I find a lot of people are surprised by how poorly they did or how big the difference between the sober drive and the 'drunk' drive really is."

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Wildcat wrap-ups: Frontier League standings varied among teams

A month into the school year the De Soto High School Wildcat fall sports teams are varied across the board in their Frontier League standings.

The Wildcat volleyball team has the best league standing at 2-0 in league play. A win against Ottawa on the road Tuesday night put the girls at 11-3 for the overall season. De Soto defeated Ottawa in five matches with scores of 25-22, 25-15, 16-25, 17-25 and 16-14. They will play at Central Heights tomorrow night.

Wildcat football is 1-1 in league play after losing 36-0 to Paola during the home opener last Friday. The boys face another league team, Baldwin, on the road this Friday before returning to De Soto for their homecoming game against Eudora on Sept. 24.

The DHS boys' soccer team is 3-1 in the Frontier League after defeating Louisburg on the road last night 1-0. A 5-0 loss earlier in the week to Lawrence's Free State High School has the Wildcats with an overall record of 4-3. DHS will play league opponent Ottawa at home tomorrow night.

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Wildcat soccer dominates Eudora

The De Soto High School Wildcat soccer team clipped the wings of the Eudora Cardinals with a final score of 4-0 at Eudora on Thursday, Sept. 8.

"We controlled the game from the opening tap of the game and we never let off the pedal," said head coach Darren Erpelding in his online game notes.

Sophomore Dustin Siebolt scored the first goal for the Wildcats early in the first half. The Cardinals helped De Soto out by shooting an own goal to end the first half 2-0 for the Wildcats.

Starting off the scoring in the second half was senior Parker Seaman with a "great header," according to Erpelding. Senior Billy Bauer ended the game on a high note for the Wildcats with a fourth goal and Bauer's first goal in varsity play.

The 4-0 game marked the first shut-out for senior goalkeeper Daniel Gooding as well.

Erpelding heralded his team's strong defense during game just as much as their offense in his notes.

"We did not allow a shot tonight and I believe that is the first time since taking over as the head coach that we have done that," he wrote.

De Soto Will take on 6A competitors Free State High School in Lawrence tonight.

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De Soto district adds new AP courses

Students in the De Soto school district had the opportunity to take three new Advanced Placement, or AP, classes this year as the district added chemistry, psychology and biology to its offerings.

The district is in the midst of a four-year plan to increase AP and Pre-AP course offerings at middle schools and high schools. AP courses prepare students for college-level assignments while allowing them to earn college credit through year-end AP exams. Pre-AP classes serve as professional development opportunities for staff members and prepare students for taking AP courses.

Early enrollment figures had 679 Mill Valley and De Soto high school students taking Pre-AP courses, with five such courses being offered. At the AP level, 511 students are enrolled among 10 classes.

De Soto High School is offering AP chemistry and psychology and Pre-AP science. Mill Valley now has AP chemistry, psychology and biology courses.

The four-year plan will continue until 2013 with AP physics and calculus classes expected for next year in high school and Pre-AP math courses for middle school students. In a news release, the district said it still must determine what additional courses to offer in 2013.

By Stephen Montemayor

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'Champions of Character' presentation being offered to USD 232 athletes and parents

Student athletes and their parents are invited to attend a "Champions of Character" presentation at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14 at De Soto High School.

Richard Bechard, the Activities Director for the Blue Valley school district, will be speaking on how to encourage positive character in student athletes.

"This presentation is going to showcase the positive expectations we have for parents and students involved in our athletics," said USD 232 District Activities Director Roland Van Wyhe.

While the presentation will follow the informational meeting for parents of fall athletes only, the presentation is open to athletes and parents involved in any sporting season. The presentation should last less than an hour.

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