Staff Member Daniel Owens

Daniel Owens a junior at Rockhurst leads an interesting life that includes playing basketball, doing schoolwork, and watching The Office.

 Owens enjoys all things  basketball. In fact when I asked him about a famous person he would want to meet he said, “LaMelo Ball because he has been in the spotlight for so long and handles it well, and is a good basketball player.” Owens has many basketball awards. When I asked Owens if he could be doing anything right now what would it be?He said,“Playing basketball in the gym working.”

Bad things happen to everyone, so when I asked him about something bad that has happened to him he of course had a very interesting response, “ I got lost in a Target, my mom left me.” He further explained that his mom didn’t realize he wasn’t there until she was half way home and he was just a little kid roaming around Target.

Prep News Staff Member- Gerald Brewer

Do you know who Gerald Brewer III is? Well, you will after reading this article. Brewer is a sophomore at Rockhurst High School, and his nickname is “G3.” Brewer plays football, wrestles, and is a member of the Prep News online staff. Brewer’s football season has come to an abrupt ending because in his game on September 16th against Basehor Linwood, he tore his ACL, tore his meniscus, and has two contusion fractures. That does not discourage Brewer though, when interviewed he said that if he could do anything in the world right now it would be to play for the “Kansas City Chiefs.” Even with his injury he knows next year he will come back ten times stronger and better than before. Brewer plans to do whatever it takes to fix his injury because football is life for the GOAT G3.

Brewer’s favorite restaurant is Chick-Fil-A. When the beef between Chick-Fil-A and Popeyes was brought up Brewer said he’d rather have, “ a Chick-Fil-A sandwich cause its 100% better than a Popeyes sandwich.” Brewers opinion is agreed with by most students at Rockhurst.

Brewer won a presidential medal for service because he was on a service trip out of the country for over the required hours. The trip was rebuilding people’s houses who had been destroyed in a hurricane. Brewer does not remember which hurricane caused him to go rebuild houses. When asked why he can’t remember, his response was, “I was seven.” 

Brewer wishes he was better at schoolwork and remembering things for tests. He says that “it is really boring and I find it hard to get past.” Most students agree with that opinion and there is really no way to make school not boring, because whatever is done to try to make school fun, it’s still school.

Brewer has strong opinions and many other good stories. This is just a small snapshot of his life, but it is enough to get an idea of who he is.

Newspaper 1 Staff 2019-2020

The Prep News staff is growing. Students enrolled in Newspaper 1 class write stories for the on-line edition. The Honors Newspaper staff publishes the Prep News print, the Quarterly magazine and video content. Meet your on-line news reporters.

Ethan Carolina

Meet junior, Ethan Carolina. When Carolina was asked what famous person he would like to meet and why, Carolina answered, “Blueface, seems like a pretty cool guy in person. Seems to know a lot about sports. I feel like we could relate a lot.” Carolina enjoys quality television. Carolina explained how Teen Titans was his favorite TV show and how it devastated him when it was taken off the air “Favorite TV show of all time easily has to be Titans… My favorite character on the show is Beast Boy. Um, I watched that show as a kid.

Carolina seems to have a thing for mac and cheese. Carolina explained this when he was asked what he would like to eat for lunch. “If I could have anything for lunch I’d like a little mac and cheese.”

Carolina is a man of many talents. “Something I’m good at doing is playing basketball and playing the trombone. I have been playing the trombone for around five years at this point. I’ve been playing basketball all my life. I’m the first chair trombone and I’m trying out for state I made districts last year. Yep.”  Carolina can add writing for the Prep News to his list of talents.

2K20

      NBA 2k game hit stores on September 6, 2019, to the eager players of the community. This game gives the player a chance to play with their favorite team and favorite players in different game modes.

Rockhurst students, Shane Bobo and William Pollard, had a few words to say about the new game.

When Bobo was asked about the best feature in the game, Bobo said, “I really enjoy the mechanisms of the game. The graphics are really clear.” 

In NBA 2k20, you are able to construct your own player which will determine how his playing style will be in the game. Occasionally, people aren’t always satisfied with their build, but they have the choice of making a different build. Players are able to use their personal builds in the myCareer and myPark modes.

Pollard was asked which mode he liked better out of the two and he said, “I’m more of a myPark player. I like playing with friends and against real people.”

Bobo was one of many whom was pleased with his player’s build. Pollard was also impressed.

Bobo said, “I made a playmaking shot creator. I am very satisfied with the build. It allows me to get shots up and finish at the rim. I wish the dribbling was better. The player’s dribble moves are really slow and confusing.” Pollard said that he made a playmaking sharpshooter. It seems to me that having a playmaker is popular in NBA 2k20.

Bobo and Pollard both enjoy the new 2k. NBA 2k20 is out now in all gaming stores and is coming off the shelves as we speak. 

 

Fantasy Football

  Rockhurst High School students have turned the fun activity of fantasy football into a high stakes, competitive activity. There are multiple leagues around the school. You can start one with a select group of friends, or even join the Fantasy Sports Club. Members of the football team have a fantasy football league going on during the season.

      Fantasy football is more than the thrill of making a  blockbuster trade or the defeat of a when a player disappoints you or collecting the winning money at the end of the league. What makes fantasy football so entertaining is the consequences the loser of the league has to face. The consequences the loser has to face differs from league to league. One of the harshest consequences among leagues at Rockhurst is found in junior Forrest Fox’s league. The consequence for last year’s loser-A clean, bald shave from Sports Clips.

       Fox chronicled how their infamous league consequences grew.  “It all started freshman year, and the stakes kind of ramped up every single year,” Fox said.  This year, the loser will have to wax their armpits.

  “This year we really wanted to heighten the stakes and shame the loser,” Fox concluded. 

       Fantasy football will continue to carry on at Rockhurst High School, and the stakes will continue to be high.

Super Bowl Contenders

     The Super Bowl is still months away, people are already wondering who’s going to make it. The top three contenders are the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams. The first contender coming in the updated week 2 power rankings as number 1 is the New England Patriots. The Patriots are led by ingenious coach Bill Belinchek and they are captained by the legendary quarterback Tom Brady. Their wide receiver core might be the best in the NFL with great wide receivers such as Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon. The Patriots also have a great secondary that is amazing at shutting down another team’s number one option. 

      Coming in at number two in the power rankings are the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have Andy Reid as their head coach and at quarterback they have a guy coming off an MVP season in only his second year in the NFL, his name is Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs also have a deep receiving core with Week 1 leader in receiving yards, Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. The weakness the Chiefs have is their defense. Despite making additions to their defense, they are still not an elite defensive team.

    Rounding out the top three, are the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have a young coach, Sean McVay and are led by Jared Goff. They also have great wide receivers with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks. They also have one of the best defensive players in the league, Aaron Donald, he also led the NFL in sacks last year.

     There are a lot of great teams in the NFL and these are just 3 of the new teams. With more than 15 teams having All-Pro players it will make for competitive playoffs and an even better Super Bowl.

 

People of Rockhurst-Jackson Pickard

    At first glance, you may not notice Jackson Pickard.

Jackson Pickard

A junior here at Rockhurst, Pickard leads a laid back life. He maintains a 3.2 GPA, (getting mostly As and Bs), and is a linebacker for the JV football team. Above all of that, however, Pickard is an example of your average Rockhurst High School student. 

      Pickard leads an “easy going and laid back life” here at Rockhurst. In the morning, (arriving around 7:55), the ginger sixteen-year-old rushes into school, iPad in one hand and a red bull in the other. “I’m almost late to first hour every single day.” After the first bell rings, Pickard works vigorously to get the homework done that he didn’t have time for the night before. “Before I know it, the day’s over and all of my homework’s turned in.”

       After three o’clock, however, Pickard spends a couple of hours on the football field, perfecting his linebacker skills. “I hope I can go to Mizzou in a couple of years.” By the end of the day, Pickard is sitting at home with another red bull avoiding his homework at all costs. 

      This look into Jackson Pickard and his routine offer a glimpse of a day at Rockhurst High School.

 

New School Shoes

     Rockhurst boys love their New Balances and classic running shoes, but some new drip from the StockX website dropped, August 28th. 

     For Adidas fans, three new colorways of the Adidas Ozweegos are being released. This shoe has been out since 1996 and it is still very popular in the Adidas community. The Adidas community is mainly known right now for the Raf Simmons which were introduced in 2013 when it comes to the Ozweegos. The new colorways  are “Core Black”, “Cloud White”, and “Orange.” The new “Weegz” have a Yeezy type of look to them which is one reason why these shoes are going to sell well. The prices for the shoes have not been shown on the website yet. They also have another shoe called the Adidas ZX 9000 “30 Years or Torsion”. These are being sold for a price of $120.

Adidas Ozweego Orange (GS) available on StockX 

Nike, on the other hand, released various types of shoes on the website. The featured shoe released is the Nike Daybreak. The colorways for this shoe are “Metallic Gold”, “Lavender Mist”, and “Metallic Silver.” The first colorway is $124, the second is $120, and the third is $122. Even though these shoes are made in 2019, they have a 1970s-80s type look. It is likely these new shoes will sell out. It’s best to buy the shoe right when you see the sneaker that catches your eye. 

Rules, Rules, Rules

      Rockhurst implemented many new rules and policies over the summer. Some of these include a new phone policy, a fourth chance on drug tests, and coffee now costs 50 cents instead of being free. The biggest change for students this year lies in phone usage. Students are only allowed to use their phones in the Dining Commons during lunch, which is quite a change from last year. Last year students could use their phones during activity periods in the Barry Commons and Dining Commons, this year students cannot use their phones during activity periods at all.

Snapchatting no longer allowed during activity period and drops.

     Another important rule change is the fourth chance for drug tests. Students used to be expelled after three failed tests but now if his grades are not declining, the student has the chance to stay in school after a third fail. The fourth test will not be extended to the student if he is not exhibiting good behavior in class and only if he has good grades that are not going down. 

     One more policy change is the price of coffee. Coffee used to be free in the Dining Commons but now students have to pay 50 cents a cup. Many students are not happy with the change because coffee is a necessity in the morning for them and they do not want to pay for it. Having to pay for coffee could make them not drink it. For students who need coffee every morning to stay alert in class, not having coffee will cause them to be tired and have trouble paying attention in class. 

     All these rule changes have upsides and downsides. The downsides to phones and coffee are that they might anger students. A downside to coffee is that students may fall asleep or be tired throughout the day. An upside to the new phone rules is that students are being forced to be productive and work on school-related things instead of messing around playing games on their phones. The new fourth drug test has no downsides only upsides because it is encouraged to help students.

One more policy change is the price of coffee. Coffee used to be free in the Dining Commons but now students have to pay 50 cents a cup. Many students are not happy with the change because coffee is a necessity in the morning for them and they do not want to pay for it. Having to pay for coffee could make them not drink it. For students who need coffee every morning to stay alert in class, not having coffee will cause them to be tired and have trouble paying attention in class. 

All these rule changes have upsides and downsides. The downsides to phones and coffee are that they might anger students. A downside to coffee is that students may fall asleep or be tired throughout the day. An upside to the new phone rules is that students are being forced to be productive and work on school-related things instead of messing around playing games on their phones. The new fourth drug test has no downsides only upsides because it is encouraged to help students.

A similar story can be found in the Prep News print edition.

 

Chick-Fil-A Closing

      Ever since they served their first chicken sandwich, the Chick-Fil-A on Ward Parkway has thrived as a second home to many of the students at Rockhurst High School. While it may appear as nothing other than another fast food restaurant, Chick-Fil-A continues to deliver a constant, quality meal time and time again. Aside from the support received from Rockhurst, Chick-Fil-A has held a reputation of being one of the busiest restaurants on Ward Parkway, until now.

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Where it all started, the first Chick-Fil-a.

 

     In early August, Chick-Fil-A announced that they would be closing their restaurant for nearly 2 months beginning on August 23rd. Not only did this mean that the restaurant would be losing an influx of business, but it also sent the students of Rockhurst into a frenzy. When asked about his opinion on the upcoming renovation, junior Eric Lasala was quoted saying, “At first I was surprised, but then I started freaking out. What am I supposed to eat now?” From an additional point of view, when asked about his opinion on the matter, junior and recent vegetarian convert Jack Cusick explained that” I think it’s a good plan because that means less meat for the people. I think its a positive influence on all Rockhurst students, everybody should do their part and begin to cut meat out of their diets.

   While this sudden closing may cause some annoyance to Chick-Fil-A’s consumers, this sudden turn of actions is not without probable cause. Chick-Fil-A’s drive-thru often becomes far too busy due to high consumption rates. This usually results in the drive-thru becoming so crowded that the growing line of cars begins to continue into the next lot over. The renovation plans to add an additional drive-thru lane to the fast-food mogul. With any luck, the new addition to the beloved fast-food restaurant will keep Chick-Fil-A thriving far better than before, for many more school years to come.